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30 September 2003 : F.A. Women's Cup First Round Draw
The draw has been made for the First Round Proper of the F.A. Women's Cup. Yeovil Town have an exemption until this stage of the competition, and have been given a home tie against Penzance. The fixture is scheduled to be played on Sunday October 26th.

The full draw is:

Bath City v Alphington
Birstall United v Stafford Rangers
Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle
Blyth Spartans v Bury Girls & Ladies
Bolton Wanderers v East Durham
Bradford City v TNS Ladies
Brentford or MK Wanderers v Gillingham
Brook House v Reading Royals
Cambridge United v Peterborough United
Caversham v Whitehawk
Chester City v Barnsley
Colchester United v Barking
Crewe Vagrants v Chester-Le-Street Town
Crowborough Athletic v Abbey Rangers
Crystal Palace v Southwark Town United
Dagenham & Redbridge v Tottenham Hotspur
Darwen v Ilkeston Town
Denham United v Queens Park Rangers
Derby County v Leafield Athletic
Doncaster Parklands Rovers v Leeds City Vixens
Forest Green Rovers v Rover Oxford
Exeter City v Clevedon Town
Leicester City v Bedford Town Belles
Lewes v NOrwich City
Leyton Orient v Woking
Lichfield Diamonds v Coventry City
London Colney v West Ham United
Manchester United v Newsham PH
Newton Abbott v Plymouth Argyle
Nottingham Forest v Rushden & Diamonds
Plymouth Oak Villa v Swindon Town
Preston North End v Rotherham United
Reading v Stowmarket Sophtlogic
Redbridge Raiders v Chesham United
Scunthorpe United v Blackpool Wren Rovers
Shrewsbury Town v Garswood Saints
Team Bath v Cardiff City
YEOVIL TOWN v Penzance


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29 September 2003 : Bournemouth tickets on sale now
Tickets for next month's LDV Vans Trophy match vs 2nd division Bournemouth on Tuesday October 14, 7.45pm kick-off, are now on sale from the Huish Park ticket office. Normal match day prices apply and telephone bookings are welcomed - phone (01935) 423662.

The Somerset Premier Cup 1st round tie vs Bristol City at Huish Park a week next Tuesday October 7 is pay on the turnstiles, Main Stand only. Adults: £5, concs: £2.

The Glovers next Division Three games are both away, full details as follows:

Cheltenham Town (Away) Saturday, October 4th :
All-Ticket. On general sale to all supporters until Thursday, October 2nd.
Ticket prices:
Stand - Adults £15, OAPs/Students £12, U16 £7.
Terrace - Adults £13, OAPs/Students £9, U16 £5.

Oxford United (Away) Saturday, October 11th :
Tickets available on the day, but cheaper to buy them in advance.
Tickets on sale at Huish Park until Thursday, October 9th.
Ticket prices if purchased in advance :
Adults £14.50, Students with NUS card £11, U16s/OAPs £9.
Ticket prices purchased on the day :
Adults £17.50, Students with NUS card £13.50, U16s/OAPs £11.50.


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29 September 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Boston United Match Preview
Yeovil Town stage their second home match in four days tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they take on Boston United for the first time since both sides arrived in the Football League.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson is expected to be forced into at least two changes from Saturday's match against Torquay United. Defender Colin Pluck is unlikely to play after suffering a cut forehead in Saturday's match and Johnson explained: ""He's got a large cut right across his head, which we can do without. I can't see him being able to head a ball with that cut."

Pluck's place is almost certain to be taken by Hugo Rodrigues with Terry Skiverton likely to make his first appearance of the season, albeit from the bench. The Yeovil captain is short of match fitness, but Johnson is likely to hold him there in reserve.

A second problem for Gary is that winger Nick Crittenden is reported to have suffered an ankle injury during Saturday's game and is also believed to be a non-starter. If he fails to make the grade, the most natural replacement is Abdelhalim El Kholti, although an alternative would be to switch Gavin Williams over to the left and use one of Paul Terry, Jamie Gosling or Andy Lindegaard in the wide right slot.

Boston go into Tuesday night's game still searching for their first away win of the season. The Pilgrims left for Somerset at 9.15am on Monday morning and are using facilities at Ashton Gate, Bristol, in the run-up to the match.

Speculation suggests that manager Neil Thompson may give Saturday's substitutes a starting berth in tomorrow night's side. If so then Ryan Clarke, Lee Thompson and on-loan Mansfield striker Andy White will be given the nod. The Pilgrims are expected to still be without Neil Redfearn who has a bruised foot. Graeme Jones has travelled with the squad but will have a fitness test to see if he has recovered from a knee injury, whilst Daryl Sutch has not played recently due to a hamstring injury.

The Pilgrims problem is that of hitting the back of the net. On their travels they have only scored a single goal, and Thompson said of their problems: "It has been a disappointing start to the season, but there have been pockets in every game that have impressed me. It is not the time to panic yet and we can turn this around. The simple fact is we haven't been able to put the ball in the back of the net again. We are creating chances but when you don't take them then you end up being on the wrong end of a scoreline."

Tomorrow's match is not an all-ticket match and purchases can be made on the night. However, the Main Stand and Bartlett Stands will be run on a 'cashless' basis meaning that tickets must be purchased in advance from the new Huish Park Ticket Office. Those using the Westland Terrace can still purchase tickets through the turnstiles.

Supporters are reminded that Saturday's match against Cheltenham Town is an ALL-TICKET match, and therefore tomorrow represents a good opportunity to purchase tickets for Saturday's game.


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29 September 2003 : We Didn't Do Enough Admits Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was in no mood to defend his team after their winning streak came to an end against Torquay United on Saturday. The Glovers lost 2-0 at Huish Park; a disappointing end to four consecutive wins.

Despite having the lion's share of the possession and goalmouth incidents Johnson did not want to use that as an excuse: "We didn’t do enough to win the game. I know people will say we had chances and two disallowed goals. One was a foul in my opinion and one was offside. I thought there were a couple of offsides before that, that were a bit dodgy but the two goals were definitely fouls. I didn’t enjoy our teams performance today and I’ve let them know that; we are much better than that. There are dribblers that are better than that, there are strikers that are better than that, there are midfielders that are better than that and defenders that are better than that. I felt they [Torquay] were clever in all departments and you’ve got to take a lesson when it's dealt out to you, so all credit to them."

"They beat us in every department," added Johnson. "It may have looked like we were doing OK every now and again, but they looked very dangerous with their two strikers up front. Their midfielders got on the ball, created a few opportunities for them and their defenders kept us down. We are still in the league [title race] and we are not a million miles away but we’ve got to hold our hands up sometimes and be honest. The honest thing to say is that on the day Torquay were better than us and I’ve got to do something about it very quickly because we’ve got a big game on Tuesday."

Johnson took off Ronnie Bull midway through the second half and switched to a 3-5-2 in an attempt to win the game back and he explained: "It was too open. I don’t like having to change the shape because some of my players are not performing and unfortunately that’s what happened which allowed them the second goal. I had to change the shape to do something, as we weren’t doing anything. We are in tomorrow (Sunday) morning and afternoon, so some grannies will be upset when there grandsons aren’t around for dinner. We are in every morning and afternoon. That wasn’t anywhere near how we can perform and we need to work hard."

Johnson admitted that one aspect the team needed to improve on was how to turn around games, explaining: "We’ve got to make sure that our team is able to come back from 1-0 down because you can be unlucky or a striker like the boy today can score a goal on the break. We are going to work hard and make sure we show a bit more mental toughness when we go 1-0 down."

The Glovers get an early chance to sort things out tomorrow (Tuesday) when they take on Boston United at Huish Park (kick-off 7.45pm). This match is not an all-ticket match and purchases can be made on the night. However, the Main Stand and Bartlett Stands will be run on a 'cashless' basis meaning that tickets must be purchased in advance from the new Huish Park Ticket Office. Those using the Westland Terrace can still purchase tickets through the turnstiles.


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27 September 2003 : Gulls burst Glovers bubble
Not such a happy birthday for Glovers boss Gary Johnson today as Torquay United took all 3 points in a smash'n'grab raid at Huish Park this afternoon after beating Yeovil Town 2-0 in front of 7,718, the highest crowd of the season so far at home, bringing to an end the Glovers run of 4 wins on the spin.

The Gulls were good value for the victory, defending in depth for great parts of the match, but always looking dangerous on the break. For their part the Glovers had the lion's share of possession and chances, but in an echo of last month's 2-0 home reverse against Northampton Town, came up against a goalkeeper, Arjan Van Heusden, in top form and were unable to convert pressure into goals. David Graham and Jo Kuffour were Torquay's scorers. Glovers defender Colin Pluck had to be replaced during the second half after a sickening clash of heads with Steve Woods but was reported to be recovering well after the match - it's not yet known whether he'll be fit for Tuesday night's match v Boston.

Final score: Yeovil Town 0 Torquay United 2.

The result means the Glovers drop to 5th place in the league table, today's opponents Torquay leapfrogging us into 4th alphabetically, both teams on 18 points and having the same goal difference. Leaders Swansea won 2-1 at struggling Carlisle to remain top on 22 points. Hull City enjoyed a 6-1 win over Kidderminster to remain in 2nd place on 21 points, and Oxford go 3rd on 19 points after an emphatic 3-0 home win over Northampton. Yeovil's next opponents Boston United, lost 3-0 at Darlington to drop to 20th place, on 9 points.


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27 September 2003 : TORQUAY TICKETS ON SALE THIS MORNING
Having spent the last several weeks insisting at regular intervals that all tickets for the Torquay game HAD to be purchased by 5.00pm yesterday the club has now decided to put tickets on sale today.

Tickets are available for the WESTLAND TERRACE ONLY from the Huish Park ticket office. Given the numbers left the office is expecting to have sold out by around midday.

Apologies to all concerned who have been messed about over this, but we can only put up the information we are given :-( . That apology comes from Ciderspace, not the club, by the way. :-(


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26 September 2003 : F.A. Youth Cup Draw
As with the senior competition Yeovil Town have exemption until the First Round Proper. The draw was made today. A date and kick-off time has yet to be confirmed, but ties must take place on or before Saturday 25th October.

Players are eligible to take part in this season's competition if they were born on or after 1st September 1985. There are no replays in the FA Youth Cup, so if a match is level at the end of 90 minutes, extra time of 15 minutes each way will be played. If the scores are still level at the end of extra time, penalty kicks shall decide the winner.

FIRST ROUND DRAW :

Hartlepool United v Chester-Le-Street Town or Bradford Park Avenue

Macclesfield Town v Blackpool

Marine or Worksop Town v Oldham Athletic

Huddersfield Town v Grimsby Town

Seaham Red Star or Darlington College v Tranmere Rovers

Barnsley v Altrincham or Hallam

Thackley or Northwich Victoria v Darlington

Sheffield Wednesday v Rochdale

Wrexham v Scunthorpe United

Stockport County v Carlisle United

York City v Hull City

Deeping Rangers or Alfreton Town v Mansfield Town

Kidderminster Harriers v Oadby Town

Rugby United or Alvechurch v Mickleover Sports or Sutton Coldfield Town

Notts County v Malvern Town or Lye Town

Shrewsbury Town or Kettering Town v Lincoln City

Northampton Town v Rushden & Diamonds

Hednesford Town or Boldmere St Michaels v Chesterfield

Hillingdon Borough or Gravesend & Northfleet v Oxford United

Crawley Town or Chatham Town v Lewes or Thatcham Town

Brighton & Hove Albion v Luton Town

Havant & Waterlooville or Walton Casuals v Brentford

Dulwich Hamlet v Ashford Town or Tooting & Mitcham United

Bowers United or Didcot Town v Cambridge United

Hitchin Town or Wealdstone v Woodbridge Town or Royston Town

Chalfont St Peter or Canvey Island v Wycombe Wanderers

Stevenage Borough or Waltham Forest v Enfield or Hemel Hempstead Town

Hayes or Northwood v Queens Park Rangers

Hoddesdon Town or Chelmsford City v Colchester United

Burgess Hill Town or Epsom & Ewell Athletic v Eastbourne Borough or Croydon

Southend United v Leyton Orient

Whitehawk or Sutton United v Bedford Town or Bury Town

Bristol Rovers v AFC Bournemouth

Cirencester Town or Forest Green Rovers v Exeter City or Newport County

Cheltenham Town v Bitton or Hereford United

Swindon Town v YEOVIL TOWN

Torquay United v Swansea City

Bristol City v Plymouth Argyle

NOTE: Tomorrow's Youth Team match has been given a switch to Bunford Lane. It appears that this is one of the Westland sports pitches, close to the air-strip at Westlands.


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26 September 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Torquay United match preview
The Glovers entertain the Gulls at Huish Park tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon for the first ever Football League match between the West Country rivals, and with an expected 1,500 Torquay fans packing the away terrace the atmosphere at Huish Park tomorrow should be red-hot. Glovers fans will be hoping the scoreline will be similar to the last time the sides met back in 1992, Yeovil coming out on top as 5-2 winners at Plainmoor in a 1st round FA Cup tie, Paul Batty with a hat-trick, Paul Wilson and Mickey Spencer the scorers for Town on the day.

The Glovers are 4/5 odds-on favourites with most bookies to win tomorrow's match after winning their last four games in a row and keeping four clean sheets during those matches, and boss Gary Johnson wants his players play to reflect their status: "I'm in no way being cocky," he affirmed, "but when you're going well it's important to play with confidence and to be positive. It's an attitude of mind and I expect my players to get the ball down and express themselves. Of course we always respect the opposition, but these two games [v Torquay and v Boston next Tuesday] offer us an opportunity to establish ourselves in the top three. We've done well to get where we are and we now have to kick on and maintain those standards."

Yeovil are expected to name the same squad tomorrow that was on duty for last weeks 0-1 win at Mansfield. Club captain Terry Skiverton is back training again afer recovering from the ankle injury that has sidelined him so far this season, but isn't ready to return to first team action just yet.

"It's great to have Skivo back in action," Johnson admitted. "But he does need more games to get properly match-fit and he's not quite ready for the first team yet. When you've won four on the trot and kept four clean sheets, it's difficult to change the side anyway."

Torquay United include at least one familiar face in their squad tomorrow - former Glovers loan player Joe Broad signed for the Gulls on non-contract terms last week and the midfielder is expected to start on the bench. His signing was a welcome piece of good news for Torquay boss Leroy Rosenior whose small squad has taken a battering through injuries and suspension: Definitely missing tomorrow will be centre-half Craig Taylor (suspended) as well as Tony Bedeau, Reuben Hazell and David Woozley (all injured). Amongst the walking wounded is another former Glovers loan player, striker Martin Gritton, who may be pressed into the action despite not being 100% fit. Lee Canoville is another who is playing through pain while he waits for an operation on an injured knee.

Despite these setbacks and the bookies odds of 3/1 for a Torquay win, the Gulls should not be under-estimated, especially with the likes of David Graham up front. The Scot has already scored 6 times this season and is rumoured to be the subject of serious interest from 1st Division Cardiff City.

Speaking to Torquay's official website, Gulls' boss Leroy Rosenior commented: "The lads are looking forward to it and are all up for it. It will be a tough game but we won't be treating it any differently. We'll play our way and we are going there for the three points. We go there as underdogs so the pressure is on Yeovil to perform"

A reminder that the game is ALL-TICKET and that the ticket office at Huish Park closes at 5pm today - phone the club on 01935-423662 if you can't get down the ticket office before then, the club continues to state that no tickets will be on sale tomorrow, the day of the game.


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25 September 2003 : Standing Room Only
There are no tickets remaining for the Main Stand and Bartlett Stand for Saturday's clash at Huish Park with Torquay United. Tickets are still available for the Westland Terrace, though numbers are dwindling fast. If they don't sell out before, tickets will remain on sale until 5.00pm on Friday. No tickets will be sold on matchday.

Update 26/09/2003 : The club have now changed their minds over the availability of tickets for tomorrow's game. Main Stand and Bartlett Stand tickets ARE still available and there are 800 Westland Stand tickets still on sale. Tickets need to be bought by 5.00pm today - phone the club on 01935-423662 if you can't get down the ticket office before then.


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25 September 2003 : Football League EGM
At an Emergency General Meeting attended by all League clubs at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, today the Nationwide Football League voted to introduce a 10 point penalty for clubs entering administration from the start of the 2004/2005 season. The Leagueís new insolvency policy, incorporating sporting sanctions, also means that clubs will only be permitted to remain in administration for a maximum period of 18 months. Clubs will have the right to appeal against a sporting sanction, but only on grounds of force majeure, where company insolvency has been caused by events that are deemed unforeseeable and unavoidable. Hmm......... can see those coaches and horses gathering for a drive through already.

Football League Chairman Sir Brian Mawhinney stated: I believe this is a very significant decision, primarily because it prevents the erosion of fair competition that occurs when clubs shed their debts through administration. It will make an important contribution to enhancing the standards of financial management within football. Sporting sanctions will help make club Directors more accountable to supporters for the way they have run their clubs. In The Leagueís view this will help foster a more sustainable approach to managing football clubs which ultimately will reduce the number of clubs needing to enter administration.

Agreement was reached on the introduction of parachute payments for clubs relegated from Divisions One and Two. Although no formal figures have as yet reached us the sums being touted before the meeting were £120,000 each for First Division clubs and £50,000 each for those relegated from Division Two. It is unclear where this money will come from. When the Nationwide League suggested a few months ago that clubs promoted to the Premier League might consider funding parachute payments for clubs relegated from Division One in the same season the response could be described as 'derisive laughter'.

Mawhinney said: The introduction of parachute payments is a decision that seeks to balance the realities of running a modern football club with the need to maintain fair competition. They are not intended to give relegated clubs an unfair advantage in subsequent seasons. Instead they are designed to address the considerable ongoing costs that are faced by relegated clubs.

This site has never been enthusiastic about the entire principle of parachute payments, seeing them as a reward for failure.

Rather more popular with us, and rather likely to meet with the approval of whoever was representing Yeovil Town at the EGM one suspects, was a move to make the activities of agents in the game more open and accountable - hello Mr. Denos. The new arrangements will make it compulsory for clubs to register with The League all their financial details surrounding individual transfers. The League will publish the total spending by individual clubs on agentsí fees on a six monthly basis.

Mawhinney commented: Only good can come from making the amount of money leaving the game through agentsí fees a matter of public debate. This decision will enhance the confidence supporters can have in the business integrity of their clubs. Todayís decision will enable The League to take a lead in encouraging an era of better governance in this area.

Finally, the EGM also saw League clubs agree to a new management structure for The Football League. This will be a three-man management team under the direction of the chairman Sir Brian Mawhinney. The management team will consist of Director of Operations Ė Andy Williamson; Commercial Director - Richard Masters; and a Division One Managing Director to be appointed.

Mawhinney added: By reaching agreement on a new management structure League clubs have created a strong platform from which this organisation can continue to move forward. The Football League is the strongest second tier competition in world football in terms of attendance, stadia and arguably, quality of football and I look forward to working with the new management team to develop our competitions for the benefit of all our 72 member clubs and all their fans.


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25 September 2003 : YTISA coach travel to Cheltenham/Oxford
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association is arranging travel to the Glovers' Nationwide League Division Three fixtures at Cheltenham Town on Saturday October 4th and at Oxford United on Saturday October 11th.

Coaches will be departing Huish Park at 10am for Cheltenham and 9.30am for Oxford.

Prices will be £10 for members and £12 for non-members. To book a place phone YTISA committee member Roger Brimble on 01935-475384.

Tickets are now on sale from the ticket office at Huish Park for both Cheltenham and Oxford games, see below for more information. A reminder that this Saturday's match at Huish Park against Torquay United is also an ALL-TICKET match. All tickets must be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office by Friday, 5.00pm. Supporters are advised to purchase tickets for next Tuesday's fixture against Boston United at the same time. Although the Boston fixture is not all ticket, both the Main Stand and the Bartlett Stand will be run on a cashless basis.


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24 September 2003 : Glovers Reserves Thrash Seasiders
Yeovil Town Reserves stuck five goals past non-leaguers Weymouth in a friendly this afternoon at Huish Park. The game, set up largely to give Club Captain Terry Skiverton match fitness, saw him joined by a mix of bench warmers and squad members currently hoping to break into the sixteen.

The Dr Martens League side took a surprise lead but Jake Edwards equalised before the break. The Glovers took control during the second half as Adam Stansfield grabbed a hat-trick and Edwards got his second. Scott Partridge, Carl Mutch and Kevin Gill were the Weymouth scorers.

Skiverton played a full 90 minutes and seems to have come through it without problems. Not so good news for Chris Giles though. The striker made his second attempt at a comeback this season, but limped off, with his ankle again the problem. Abdelhalim El Kholti also picked up a knock; requiring a couple of stitches in a head injury.


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23 September 2003 : Cheltenham and Oxford Tickets On General Sale
Tickets for the forthcoming matches at Cheltenham Town and Oxford United have gone on general sale this week. The Cheltenham match is an ALL-TICKET affair, whilst advance purchase of tickets for the Oxford match is very strongly advised. Ticket allocation details are as follows:

Cheltenham Town (Away) Saturday, October 4th :
All-Ticket. On general sale to all supporters until Thursday, October 2nd.
Ticket prices:
Stand - Adults £15, OAPs/Students £12, U16 £7.
Terrace - Adults £13, OAPs/Students £9, U16 £5.

Oxford United (Away) Saturday, October 11th :
Tickets available on the day, but cheaper to buy them in advance.
Tickets on sale at Huish Park until Thursday, October 9th.
Ticket prices if purchased in advance :
Adults £14.50, Students with NUS card £11, U16s/OAPs £9.
Ticket prices purchased on the day :
Adults £17.50, Students with NUS card £13.50, U16s/OAPs £11.50.

A reminder that this Saturday's match at Huish Park against Torquay United is also an ALL-TICKET match. All tickets must be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office by Friday, 5.00pm. Supporters are advised to purchase tickets for next Tuesday's fixture against Boston United at the same time. Although the Boston fixture is not all ticket, both the Main Stand and the Bartlett Stand will be run on a cashless basis.


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23 September 2003 : Latest Match News
A friendly has been arranged at Huish Park against local Dr Marten side Weymouth for Wednesday. Unconfirmed reports say that kick-off will be at 2.00pm, but it should be noted that the meeting is expected to be behind closed doors.

This is a late arrangement after the scheduled Reserve fixture with Oxford United was postponed through that club's involvement in the Carling Cup. Manager Gary Johnson said: It gives all my squad players who have not been playing in the first team the chance of a game. It also means Terry [Skiverton] should make his comeback.

Torquay United have requested their full 1,700 allocation of tickets for Saturday's first League meeting with Yeovil Town at Huish Park. The Gulls have already sold 1,250 tickets, and commercial manager Cedric Munslow explained: Of the 1,500 which Yeovil have sent so far, we've got about 250 left. So we have now asked them to send the last 200, because we think we might need them.

Home fans are reminded that this match is all-ticket for them too. No tickets will be available on Saturday. The ticket office will close at 5.00pm on Friday.

The Football League has announced the officials for Saturday's game as:

Referee : Iain Williamson (Berkshire).

Assistants : Jon Cordy (South Gloucestershire) and Malcolm West (Cornwall).


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21 September 2003 : Glovers Enjoy Their Stag Weekend
Manager Gary Johnson has hailed the Glovers 1-0 win over Mansfield Town as a 'fantastic result' - one that extended the Glovers run of what is now four consecutive wins. Once again, solid defending won the day for Johnson's side.

"I did say before the game that we needed to defend solidly again and we did," explained Johnson. "We needed to keep possession more than we did at Doncaster because there we had too many balls being pumped into our penalty area from where we had given the ball away. I thought that today when we needed to close the game down we did, and then we kept the ball that little bit longer. We even created a couple of chances ourselves. Make no mistake, this is a big place to come to and get a 1-0 result. It's a fantastic result for us."

Gary added: "We had the first five or ten minutes where we peppered their penalty area with corners, free kicks and lots of good play and their goalkeeper made three or four good saves. Mansfield then had the next 20 minutes, but we came good once we had scored the goal, as we started to put them under pressure. In the second half it was a matter of being professional and I thought we were. We got 11 men behind the ball. Wealey played his part, Gally, Jacko and Stanno all did - as defenders, closing people down even though they were high up the field. When you see the number of balls they [Mansfield] kicked out for throw-ins, or kicked too long, then you know that you've got them."

Gary said the result was all the more pleasing given that it took place at a ground that was hosting Second Division football last season: "You've got a second division mentality here, a second division stadium - a lovely stadium. Players that played in the second division last year, albeit getting relegated. They were on second division wages and I'm sure that not too many of them took a drop. We're creeping up on these teams and it was great to get that fourth 'zero against' on the trot, which they are all very proud of. They've got two home games on the trot. They are not going to be easy either, but we're up there and I suspect we're in one of the top three slots."

All of this is a far cry from three weeks ago when the Glovers had just suffered their third defeat on the trot, but Johnson said his team had always remained positive: "Our chins were never on the ground because there were only five games gone. I told you ten games. I always say ten games, although no matter what happens in the tenth game, I think everybody will be telling me to keep what we've got. The boys have proved themselves and we've got to make sure that these boys can go all the way through to 46 games and still be at the top."

A free week on the calendar will be followed by two consecutive home matches against Torquay United and Boston United and Johnson admitted: "We'll need this week, because we've had some long trips. Even in mid-week we went to Plymouth to make sure all the boys that didn't play kept match-fit. So they've had some journeys. We've been up and down the country and I just want to see a bit of Yeovil for the next week, and it looks like we're going to see Yeovil a lot over the next few weeks so that will be a nice break. But we've worked very hard to get two really terrific away results at Donny and Mansfield, so we can't be any happier."

Gary had spent part of his first half encouraging match winner Kirk Jackson to take control of the Mansfield penalty area, and was asked if Jacko had responded in the way he'd hoped: "They all respond, but I just wanted Jacko to be a bit more dominant in the penalty area. I needed him in there in a dangerous position. He gets there though and I'm pleased that he's got his four goals now. Jacko won all of his headers in the second half against two big defenders. He kept the ball up for us, so he did his job. He's better than what he thinks he is and what we've got to do is to being the best out of him. He's proving that he can score goals at this level now. I'd like to see him not just get the one chance now; I want to see him getting five or six changes per game. When you're working up there with Gally and he's running down both channels and playing left-back, right-back, left-wing and right-wing, you need someone up there that you can work off. He's a great player for our football club."

Gary added that he didn't want his teams to go too much on the back foot when defending leads: "We worked all week on not just defending. You can get too defensive in your mind, and at one stage it might go in. So you have to play as well so you don't leave it to chance. It was a fantastic support again. We're doing the travelling and moaning about it, but they're doing the travelling as well, and our coach is probably more comfortable than their coach!"

With Wednesday's Reserve Team match postponed, the next action takes place on Saturday against Torquay United in what is an all-ticket match. Supporters have until Friday, 5pm to claim their tickets for the match. The usual application procedures are in force, with credit and debit cards welcomed. Telephone 01935-423662 or head to the Ticket Office during normal office hours.

Saturday's Youth Team match against Cardiff City was postponed, after Cardiff had a large number of their squad called up for international duty.


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21 September 2003 : Glovers up to third after fourth win in a row
Yeovil Town made it four wins on the spin with an excellent 1-0 victory at in-form Mansfield yesterday afternoon, striker Kirk Jackson scoring the goal that takes the Glovers to third spot in the division three table.

Not only four wins on the spin for Gary Johnson's men, but four games without conceding a goal as well, and this against three teams in the promotion spots when we played them - Swansea, York and yesterday's opponents Mansfield. To be fair the Stags did have a number of first-teamers mising with injuries at Field Mill yesterday, nevertheless they were top of the form table and had scored more goals than any other team before the start of yesterday's match; so for the Glovers to go there, keep a clean sheet, beat Mansfield at the passing game they pride themselves on and come away with all three points is a tremendous achievement. A great team performance.

Final score: Mansfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 1

Glovers boss Gary Johnson was a very happy man after the match, saying: "This is a big place to come and get a result, it was fantastic. In the second half it was a matter of being professional, getting 11 players behind the ball."

Mansfield boss Keith Curle was more philosophical. "We looked lethargic for the first time and didn't perform," he admitted. "We couldn't even do the simple things right. I just hope it was a bad day at the office."

The result takes Yeovil up to third place on 18 points in the third division table, 1 point behind leaders Swansea who beat Huddersfield 2-0 at the Vetch Field yesterday; and level on points with 2nd-placed Hull City, 2-0 winners at Rochdale. Next Saturday's opponents Torquay United drew 2-2 at home with Darlington to go to 6th in the table, 3 points behind the Glovers. Oxford United, league leaders at the start of play yesterday, drop to 4th place, 2 points behind Yeovil on 16 points after losing 2-0 at Doncaster.



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19 September 2003 : Johno and Plucky Make Team Of The Week
Two Glovers have been selected in the Nationwide League Division Three Team Of The Week for their performances in the last seven days. Midfielder Lee Johnson and defender Colin Pluck made it into the side which is published within the Nationwide League Official Newsletter, and follows up Darren Way's selection during the previous week.

The newsletter says of Plucky's week: "Pluck scored his first-ever League goal in Yeovilís 3-0 defeat of York at the weekend. Having done the rounds at non-league clubs Stevenage, Hayes and Dover, Pluck has settled easily into life in the Football League with the Glovers and his first-half header from Lee Johnsonís cross rounded off a superb display for the London-born defender at the heart of Yeovilís defence."

Of Lee, the newsletter describes him as: "another former Watford trainee among the Gloversí ranks Ė fellow team of the week star Colin Pluck is also an ex-Vicarage Road student Ė Johnson was at the heart of most of Yeovilís best attacking forays against York, and it was no surprise that Pluck eventually profited from one of his delicious balls into the Minstermenís area. All it needed to cap off a perfect afternoon was a goal, but that unfortunately evaded him for the seventh game in a row."


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19 September 2003 : Gulls Flock To Huish Park
Third Division rivals Torquay United are hoping to pack out the Copse Road End when they visit Huish Park next Saturday. The match is an ALL-TICKET affair, and the Gulls went through their first 500 ticket allocation on Tuesday, when their Ticket Office had to turn away supporters hoping to buy tickets. They are expecting two more 500 ticket batches to land on their doorstep shortly.

Gulls Travel Club organiser Simon Cavanna said of the match: "The chances are that not many people have ever been to this ground, which in itself will put the numbers up. It may be an hour-and-a-half away, but it's a local derby for us. All United fans who live up and down the country will be there. And the League situation could be interesting, to say the least, because we could both be vying for top of the table next Saturday. I certainly think we will take a thousand fans up there, and probably nearer 1,500. We must be unique in the amount of away fans we often take, as a percentage of our home gate, especially considering the distances involved for our supporters."

Tickets for home supporters for the Torquay United match are on sale now, and must be purchased by next Friday 5.00pm, the day before the September 27th match day. Tickets are also on sale for the home match against Boston United which takes place three days later. Although the match against Boston is not all-ticket, those requiring seated accommodation must purchase a ticket before going through the turnstiles. Supporters are strongly advised to purchase tickets for both matches together, where possible. Postal applications are welcomed, and the club will take credit/debit card applications over the phone (subject to a 45 pence surcharge) by calling 01935-423662.


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19 September 2003 : Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town go on the road for the second time this week when they make their first ever trip to Field Mill, home of Mansfield Town in a match that will bring together two top five sides.

Manager Gary Johnson is reporting a clean bill of health for his squad, saying: "Any manager that has got 20 fit players has got to be happy. We've got good competition for places and - apart from Terry Skiverton and Chris Giles - they're all fine."

That all said, Johnson is not expecting an easy ride, and speaking to the Bristol Evening Post he said of Mansfield: "Their goalscoring record is very good and, defensively, this will be our biggest test so far. Mansfield were relegated last season, but they still have Second Division players on Second Division wages. They have started the season well, have been scoring goals for fun and will pose a massive threat on their own ground."

Stags manager Keith Curle has team selection issues over eight of his players. Iyseden Christie and Lee Williamson are both suspended after being sent off in the Stags defeat at Swansea. Meanwhile, central defenders Dave Artell and Tony Vaughan will both face late fitness tests after collecting respecting hamstring and ankle problems during Tuesday's 5-3 home win over Bury. Midfielders Tom Curtis and Craig Disley are both struggling with back injuries, whilst defender Luke Dimech and striker Colin Larkin are short of match fitness, having only just returned to training following injuries. Defender Adam Eaton has yet to play this season and this week went in for a groin operation.

David Artell turned out briefly for the Glovers in a single pre-season friendly at Dorchester and Curle said of the defender: "It appears he has a hamstring injury. I will have to wait and see and look in-house to rebuild. I have a small squad but it is a quality small squad."

Curle admitted to Mansfield's Official Site that physio Ian Pearce had his work cut out to get all his players fit, claiming that 20 players, including nine first teamers, were receiving treatment: "Ian is working long hours from first thing to last to get them patched up. We'll just have to see how they go and maybe we'll get some of them back out there, even if they aren't 100 per cent. As ever, if players miss out then one door opens as another closes and whatever 11 I put out will give Yeovil a game."

Curle said of the Glovers: "They are still on a rollercoaster from their promotion last year and they are scoring goals while not conceding many. They have good movement and pace. But they will have seen we have scored 13 goals in our last three home games and I would hope they are more worried about our attacking threat than us of them. Apart from the three goals Bury scored against us, we have looked quite solid at the back and no one has cut up apart like we have cut up other teams."

The Ciderspace guide to Mansfield Town can be found here. Yeovil supporters are housed in the Quarry Lane End and will pay through the turnstiles on the day. The Quarry Lane End is an all-seater stand, and prices are £15 for adults and £8 for senior citizens and Under-16s.


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19 September 2003 : Reserves match vs Oxford postponed
Yeovil Reserves Pontins Holidays Combination League fixture v Oxford United, scheduled for next Wednesday 24 September at Huish Park, has been postponed due to Oxford's continuing involvement in the Carling Cup.

No new date has yet been arranged for the fixture.


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18 September 2003 : Johnson still waiting on Parry decision
Glovers boss Gary Johnson is still waiting for a response from non-league Hereford United following the tabling of a recent undisclosed bid for 23-year-old winger Paul Parry. As reported on these pages over the last month, Johnson has been chasing the non-league Welsh international for some time now, but has yet to receive a formal answer to his offer - and it seems that the Yeovil manager is becoming somewhat impatient with the lack of a response from Edgar Street.

"There is nothing at the moment on Paul Parry - he talks to us through the newspapers." the Yeovil boss told the Western Gazette. "Someone has got to make a decision, either [Hereford manager] Graham Turner, Paul Parry or his agent. Until they let me know whether they are interested what can I do?"

Striker Jake Edwards is now on a week-to-week contract but will undergo more talks with Johnson this weekend regarding his future at Huish Park. Edwards played in a Glovers squad team in a friendly fixture against Plymouth Argyle reserves at Home Park yesterday afternoon. The Yeovil line-up was: Stephen Collis, Ian Patchett, Hugo Rodrigues, Sam Croft, Steve Reed, Andy Lindegaard, Jamie Gosling, Paul Terry, Abdelhalim El Kholti, Jake Edwards, Adam Stansfield. Subs (all used): Charlie Welch, Dale Williams, Steve Thompson. Argyle won the game 3-2, Jake Edwards and youth team striker Dale Williams scoring the Yeovil goals.

Do you want the good injury news or the not-so-good injury news? Good news first: Club captain Terry Skiverton is now back in full training following the hairline ankle fracture he sustained at the end of last season and is hoping to start playing again next week: "Skivo is looking to be involved in next week's reserve game at home to Oxford," Gary Johnson confirmed. "We have given him that as a target."

The not-so-good injury news is that defender/striker Chris Giles, suffering from a similar type of injury as Skiverton, is to undergo a further scan on his ankle after not making the kind of progress towards fitness that he would like. Giles started the reserves fixture against Cardiff in August, but only played 30 mins before being forced off and has not played a match since.

He didn't need to prove it to us at Ciderspace, but midfield lynch-pin Lee Johnson has been proving to the tiny minority of faceless moaners in the crowd through his deeds that he has the guts for a battle - literally! - should any of them have doubted it. During the day of the fixture at Doncaster Lee was taken ill with stomach cramps and ended up getting treatment at Doncaster Royal Infirmary before going on to play that evening in the 1-0 win over Rovers.

"There was a bit of drama," Lee's dad and Glovers boss Gary Johnson admitted. "First of all he was up in the middle of the night trying to find a 24-hour chemist and then we had to take him to hospital at 10am where he was four hours waiting in agony to be seen. Really they wanted to give him an injection but he wasn't going to let them do that. In the end they told him to go and rest so he went back to the hotel and slept from 2pm until 5.30pm. During the game I kept looking at him and he had a quiet first 15 minutes and I was thinking about taking him off before he picked up and finished the game strongly."

Finally, triallists Ian Joy and Andrew Davis, who both played in last week's 8-0 win over Swansea reserves, have been released by the club.


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17 September 2003 : Fortune Goes West For Donny
Yeovil Town continued their amazing playing record at Belle Vue last night when they grabbed another three points from Doncaster Rovers in their sixth win out of seven trips to Yorkshire. A single goal from Gavin Williams did the damage, though Doncaster's cause was not helped when Leo Fortune-West committed a moment of second half madness; elbowing Adam Lockwood off the ball, but in full view of the linesman.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson said of the win: "We feel very pleased with the result of course, but we also feel very pleased with our attitude in going up to Donny. It's a bit of an intimidating place, especially with some of their players like Fortune-West, and also their crowd. But we always seem to have a happy time up at Doncaster, and they must have wanted to send us home unhappy for once. The boys came through and put in another really solid performance again."

The game had added spice as the Glovers came up against former winger Michael McIndoe, but Johnson spent much of the pre-match talk stressing that the match was not about one player: "We knew that professionalism would win the day and that was an important thing. We had other side-issues such as Macca going to Doncaster and us going back there after a couple of great wins up there. We won the league up there and we had that big Trophy game up there when we were 3-0 down and won 5-4. We had a good support up there and we didn't want to let them down as that's a hell of a long journey for a Tuesday night. We came up trumps and our supporters came up trumps."

The all important goal came after 35 minutes of play and Gary said of the strike: "It was a very physical game, but we broke the deadlock when Nick Crittenden won a tackle on Michael McIndoe and ended up putting in Gavin Williams. Gavin struck the ball low and hard across the keeper and into the corner. We had a couple of other chances that we were unlucky not to get something from, but we had to defend well against a 6'5" Leo Fortune-West. He is always going to be dangerous in the way that he puts himself about. It made Donny go very long and very quick and we had to be aware of that tactic. Tactically it was a very good day for us when everything came off for us that we planned."

Gary added: "It was a fantastic result and a fantastic performance. We didn't put together too many good moves in the first half but we scored a great goal and I thought we finished worthy winners. There were some real heroes out there and credit to all of them because it's not easy to come to Doncaster and win."

Doncaster manager Dave Penney had no complaints about the sending off: "Leo has just admitted in the dressing room to raising his arm and if that's the case the referee had no choice. I thought we did better in the first half than we did at Darlington on Saturday but the ball just isn't running for us at the moment. We huffed and puffed to try and get back in the match but it was always going to be difficult once Leo had been sent off."

Final Score: Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1

The Glovers continue their travels on Saturday, when they visit a free-scoring Mansfield Town side who currently top the form table. The Ciderspace guide to Mansfield can be found here.


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15 September 2003 : Chris Gets Brassed Off
York City manager Chris Brass has slammed his side's performance at Huish Park on Saturday after the Ministermen went down 3-0 against the Glovers.

Brass was furious at his team's lack of application during the first half and said: "It is disappointing in that you make a six-hour journey, a lot of people have made a real commitment and we have performed for only 45 minutes. We have let our fans down, and ourselves, so we have to make sure we repay them on Tuesday night. The fans will back us if we do things in the right manner but the first half simply wasn't good enough. The second half was better but we have to play football for 90 minutes. I said that after the Rochdale match and I'm saying it again now. I hope I'm not talking about a 45 minute performance on Tuesday."

Speaking to the York Evening Post, Brass added: "If we were playing terribly throughout then that would be a major concern but we have shown we can play football. Two goals were lost to sloppy defending and we have to learn quickly from it. We have conceded these sort of goals previously and it has happened again. Questions have to be asked now and it is something we are going to have to work on in training. We knew what to expect, we had done our homework and we knew they would be a high tempo team. I think we are, but we didn't match them for whatever reason. We were on the back foot and they were on the front foot and why we have to wait until the second half to start playing I really don't know. It is something we have to nip in the bud because to be perfectly honest it is simply not good enough. You cannot afford to start two goals down and in our last two games that is what we have done. The standards which I expect of people were not matched out there. We have to evaluate. Fortunately, we have a home game on Tuesday and that is what we must look forward to."


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15 September 2003 : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on their former Conference rivals Doncaster Rovers tomorrow (Tuesday) at Belle Vue in the first meeting between the two sides since the pair gained promotion in May. It also represents the first meeting between the two sides since winger Michael McIndoe jumped ship under the advice of his agent Steven Denos, with the Yorkshire side the only club to put in a bid for his services.

Doncaster will have once forced change to their side, with left-back Simon Marples having torn a stomach muscle on Saturday. They have recalled defender Jamie Price from a loan period at Halifax Town, and Price is favourite to slot into the vacant position. Manager Dave Penney may be tempted into making other changes after a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Darlington on Saturday, but he remained tight-lipped about what those might be: "We won't make wholesale changes but we do have other options available."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson is extremely unlikely to make changes to his starting eleven after two very promising home results. About the only positions up for grabs are the two striker positions currently held by Kevin Gall and Kirk Jackson, but despite Adam Stansfield having scored two in his last two matches it would be a surprise if Johnson meddled with a winning team. The Yeovil camp report no new injuries, with just Chris Giles and Terry Skiverton - both back in training, still out of the squad.

The Ciderspace guide to Doncaster, including directions and pub information, is here.


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15 September 2003 : Johnson praises Glover's solidity
Yeovil boss Gary Johnson was a happy man following the Glovers 3-0 win against York City on Saturday - though not quite so pleased with the Glovers second half performance as compared to the first 45 minutes:

"The first half was superb," Johnson enthused, "and as we've said, we've had to be a little bit more solid. We were very solid and we've also showed quality in the first half. The second half was solid without the quality unfortunately, but who will remember that when we scored a goal in the 93rd minute? It sent the fans home happy and it made us happy. It was a great result - we've played against the two top teams of two weeks ago [Swansea and York] and we said if we get two results we will be up there and here we are."

"We defended in numbers and it was important to do that - we've got ourselves into this mode and we've got to carry it through just so we can call on it when we need it in the future. We have to keep focused and not give the opposition too many chances. We gave York too many corners but we defended them quite well and Chris Weale did what he had to do at the right times. But nil against us again and three goals scored with Stansfield getting another one - a magnificent piece of substitution work by the manager! I felt we just needed to freshen it up a little bit - somebody has different thoughts when they come on to the field and I think Jamie tried to shoot and Adam's desperate to get a goal again, so I was pleased we finished the day on a goal."

Commenting on tomorrow night's match at Doncaster and the probable presence of former Glover Michael McIndoe in the Yorkshire outfit, Johnson called for professionalism from the Glovers: "I'd be lying if I said there isn't a little bit of an edge to this game and that always happens when you go to teams with ex-players and vice-versa, but we have to be professional when we go there and know the job we've got to do. Macca's only one out of eleven in their team - we've got to make sure we focus on beating Doncaster and not just beating Macca."


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14 September 2003 : Glovers win with another clean sheet
Yeovil Town made it two wins in succession to leapfrog yesterday's opponents York City into the play-off zone with a 3-0 win at a sun-baked Huish Park yesterday afternoon.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson decided to stick with the 4-4-2 formation which made the Yeovil defence so much harder to break down in last Saturday's 2-0 win over Swansea and was rewarded with another clean sheet against the Minstermen yesterday. Yeovil dominated the first half, going into the break 2-0 up after headed goals from Kirk Jackson - now well and truly finding his third division feet after an uncertain first few games in the higher league - and the indomitable Colin Pluck.

The visitors came back into the game in the second half, forcing a couple of good saves from the otherwise underworked Chris Weale, but the Glovers were content in the main to sit back, soak up the pressure and try to catch City on the break. Kevin Gall thought he had done so midway through the half but his 'goal' was ruled out by a controversial offside decision; however substitute Adam Stansfield made it 3-0 and 2 goals in 2 games personally when he was on hand to tap in to an empty net in injury-time after good work from fellow substitutes Jamie Gosling and Jake Edwards. "In case you didn't notice, the substitutions were magnificently timed!", Gary Johnson quipped after the match.

Final score: Yeovil Town 3 York City 0.

The result moves the Glovers up to the dizzy heights of 5th place in the league table on 12 points, 3 behind leaders Oxford United, who drew 1-1 at home to 7th placed Mansfield, the Glovers opponents next Saturday. Tuesday night's opponents Doncaster, a team containing no Scottish internationals or first division players whatsoever, lost 2-1 at troubled Darlington.


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13 September 2003 : LDV Vans First Round Draw
The draw for the First Round of the LDV Vans Trophy is as follows :

Southern Section -

Barnet v Brentford
Boston United v Swindon Town
Brighton & Hove Albion v Forest Green Rovers
Cheltenham Town v Colchester United
Dagenham & Redbridge v Leyton Orient
Hereford United v Exeter City
Oxford United v Rushden & Diamonds
Peterborough United v Torquay United
Plymouth Argyle v Bristol City
Queens Park Rangers v Kidderminster Harriers
Southend United v Bristol Rovers
Stevenage Borough v Luton Town
Wycombe Wanderers v Cambridge United
YEOVIL TOWN v Bournemouth

Northern Section -

Blackpool v Tranmere Rovers
Carlisle United v Rochdale
Chester City v Doncaster Rovers
Chesterfield v Macclesfield Town
Darlington v Hull City
Halifax Town v York City
Huddersfield Town v Stockport County
Lincoln City v Telford United
Oldham Athetic v Hartlepool United
Notts County v Barnsley
Scarborough v Port Vale
Scunthorpe United v Shrewsbury Town
Sheffield Wednesday v Grimsby Town
Wrexham v Morecambe

Bury, Huddersfield Town, Northampton Town and Swansea City have received byes into the second round.

All first round ties will take place during week commencing 13 October 2003.


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12 September 2003 : Yeovil Town vs York City Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on third-placed York City tomorrow (Saturday) at Huish Park, hoping to claw back points on one of the early Third Division pace-setters. Despite lying currently in 13th position, the Glovers are in fact just three points off second place in a division that is currently wide open.

The match at Huish Park, which kicks off at 3.00pm, is NOT all-ticket, though those requiring stand seats must buy them from the Huish Park Ticket Office prior to entering the turnstiles. See our news story from yesterday for full details. Tickets will be available up until kick-off, although supporters are advised to make their purchases with plenty of time to spare to avoid congestion.

The Glovers go into the game with no new injury worries with manager Gary Johnson saying: "We're OK for injuries. Our squad is joined by Kevin Gall who is back from his exploits for Wales. Our only injuries are our long term ones. Terry Skiverton is back in training and is not too far away."

Skiverton will be expected to take part in a few Reserve games before he makes his comeback. Chris Giles is the only other absentee from the squad. Johnson's only likely dilemma will be whether he gives striker Kevin Gall an instant recall following his return from International duty, or whether he persists with Adam Stansfield, who scored one and created another last weekend.

York City are currently waiting on the availability of central defender Richard Hope. He is expected to agree the extension of a short-term contract which ran out last weekend. York have offered him another three months, and Hope is considering their offer.

They are expected to continue without defender Chris Smith, although the former Reading man did get in 25 minutes of a Reserve team match as he recovers from a hernia injury. They also featured Lev Yalcin for the first time this season, although again his 20 minutes of Reserve Team football are thought not to be sufficient to justify his full recovery from a groin injury.

More likely to feature in some form is striker Aron Wilford who was withdrawn at half-time in the midweek game, suggesting that manager Chris Brass is saving him for the trip to Huish Park. Brass is also believed to have worries over Jon Parkin (thigh) and skipper Darren Edmondson (calf). Parkin is not expected to make the trip to Huish Park whilst full-back Edmonson is rated as only 50:50.

To make matters worse for Brass, Darren Dunning serves a one match suspension following a sending off against Lincoln City last month. His place will be taken by one of Richard Cooper, Leigh Wood or Stephen Brackstone.

York's leading marksmen so far this season are the experienced Lee Nogan along with Lee Bullock, both of whom have grabbed a pair this season. However, after winning their first four matches of the season, they have lost their last two, and will be hoping to arrest their slide.

The match will be refereed by the rather familiar face of Trevor Kettle (Berkshire) and he will be joined by Ian Harris (Cornwall) and Neil Jones (Devon).


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11 September 2003 : LDV Vans Trophy Byes
The four byes in Round One of the LDV Vans Trophy have been announced as Bury and Huddersfield Town in the Northern Section, and Northampton Town and Swansea City in the Southern Section.

It has also been announced that last season's Golden Goal will be replaced by the Silver Goal system in ties that are drawn after ninety minutes.

The draw for the First Round is scheduled to take place live on Sky Sports 1 at 09.55 this Saturday.


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11 September 2003 : More Ticketing Information
Yeovil Town has announced important ticket details for the next six matches after York City, home and away.

Doncaster Rovers (Away) Tuesday, September 16th :
Yeovil supporters to pay through the turnstiles.
Ticket Prices :
Stand - Adults £13, Concessions/U16s £7.
Terrace - Adults £10, Concessions/U16s £5.

Mansfield Town (Away) Saturday, September 20th :
Yeovil supporters to pay through the turnstiles.
Ticket Prices :
Adults £15, OAPS/U16s £8 - only seating available.

Torquay United (Home) Saturday, September 27th:
All-ticket. More details to follow.

Boston United (Home) Tuesday, September 30th :
Not all-ticket, but early purchase of tickets recommended before day of match.

Cheltenham Town (Away) Saturday, October 4th :
All-Ticket. Tickets for season ticket holders go on sale from Monday, September 15th to Friday the 19th. General sale to all supporters from Monday, September 22nd to Thursday, October 2nd.
Ticket prices:
Stand - Adults £15, OAPs/Students £12, U16 £7.
Terrace - Adults £13, OAPs/Students £9, U16 £5.

Oxford United (Away) Saturday, October 11th :
Tickets available on the day, but cheaper to buy them in advance.
Tickets go on sale at Huish Park for season ticket holders from Monday, September 15th to Friday the 19th and general sale from Monday, September 22nd to Thursday, October 9th.
Ticket prices if purchased in advance :
Adults £14.50, Students with NUS card £11, U16s/OAPs £9.
Ticket prices purchased on the day :
Adults £17.50, Students with NUS card £13.50, U16s/OAPs £11.50.


For further details contact Yeovil Town FC on 01935-423662.


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11 September 2003 : Admission For The York City Game
The football club have stressed that this Saturday's match against York City is NOT all-ticket and supporters will be able to buy tickets for the game right up to the 3.00pm kick-off. However, supporters who have not yet purchased tickets for the game should allow additional time for entering the ground.

Supporters wishing to use the Main Stand or the Bartlett Stand MUST buy their tickets at the ticket office, which will be open right up to kick off. The Main Stand and Bartlett Stand turnstiles will not be accepting cash admissions.

Supporters wishing to use the home terrace (Westland Stand) can buy their tickets from the ticket office up until 1.00pm and then from turnstiles 5 and 8 when the gates open at 1.30pm.

The Football Club strongly recommend that supporters purchase their tickets prior to the match as this will help with congestion at the turnstiles and ticket office.


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11 September 2003 : YTISA coach travel to Mansfield
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association is arranging travel to the Glovers' Nationwide League Division Three fixture at Mansfield on Saturday September 20th.

Coaches will be leaving Huish Park at 8am. Prices are £12 for members and £14 for non-members.

To book a place phone association chairman Mark Kelly on 01935-412236 or email markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk by no later than September 16th.

Meanwhile the YTISA is continuing its latest initiative to tie up with local firms to obtain cash discounts for its members. The latest firm to sign up is the Cannons Health Club who is providing 300 day passes for YTISA members. The CHIPS computer game shop in Glovers Walk, Yeovil, is offering £2 off for every £20 spent. And negotiations are ongoing about sorting out YTISA discounts with U-Drive and Northgate Computers.

Other firms who have signed up so far are as follows: Bowlplex Yeovil; Yeovil Ford; The Carphone Warehouse; Sports of Bond Street; Acorn Records; Touch of Glass; Cottage Interiors; and Globetrotters in South Street, Yeovil.

Discounts will be given upon production of your YTISA membership card. More outlets are being lined-up to provide a discount service to association members. Click here for more information on the YTISA, including a print-out membership application form.


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11 September 2003 : We eight Swansea!
We don't really hate Swansea reserves of course and we didn't really eat them either, just couldn't resist the obvious headline after last night's demolition job on a scratch Swansea City reserve team, the Glovers squad team winning 8-0 (count 'em) to gain their first points in the Pontins Holidays Combination League.

As usual Yeovil reserves consisted of those squad players who didn't make the starting XI from last Saturday's first team fixture, plus a handful of youth team players as well as a couple of triallists at right-back and left-back respectively in Andrew Davies and Ian Joy. No information on Davies at present but Ian Joy is a 22-year old born in San Diego whose last English club was Kidderminster Harriers where he made 26 Division Three appearances before returning to America with the Columbus Crew. Ian has also played for Stirling Albion and Montrose in Scotland and is an American youth international.

To be fair to the Swans their reserve side was decimated by injuries and call-ups for the Welsh U-19 squad, forcing the club to field several players from various League of Wales and Welsh League clubs to make up a team. The Glovers took full advantage of the situation, with Jake Edwards (four goals), Jamie Gosling (three) and youth team striker Dale Williams piling on the agony for the Welshmen in a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable display of attacking football.

Final score: Yeovil Town Reserves 8 Swansea City Reserves 0.

It appears that Glovers boss Gary Johnson will be offering striker Jake Edwards a chance to stay at Huish Park. Speaking to the Western Daily Press after the last night's match Johnson said: "He (Edwards) has given me food for thought for the last week or so, so it's not just this performance. His contract is up soon so I will be speaking to him tomorrow. He's done well, he's got fitter and I think he wants to be here."


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9 September 2003 : Now The Reserves Tackle Swansea
Following the first team's 2-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday, Yeovil Town's Reserve side get a chance to repeat the feat on Wednesday (tomorrow) night in a Pontins Holiday Combination Wales & West Division match, kick-off 7.45pm.

Admission prices have been set by the club as two pounds for adult Season Ticket Holders and three pounds for non-season ticket holders. Under 16s and concessions get free admission to the match.

As usual, manager Gary Johnson is expected to mix Saturday's five substitutes with those who did not make the sixteen. Speaking to Teamtalk, Gary said: "This match gives me the chance to use the newish recruits. Players like Jake Edwards, Jamie Gosling, Paul Terry and big Hugo Rodrigues will all get a run-out."

Other likely additions for tomorrow night include Abdelhalim El Kholti, Andy Lindegaard, Stephen Reed, Steve Collis and Steve Thompson. A full list of fixtures for the Reserve Team can be found here on Ciderspace.

In the Under 17 match on Saturday, Yeovil Town gained a 2-2 draw at AFC Bournemouth; a result that puts them in 8th position in the table.


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8 September 2003 : Parry Goes On Transfer List
Non-leaguers Hereford United have been forced to put winger Paul Parry on the transfer list. The news was first broken by the Western Daily Press over the weekend, but the Bulls attempted to deny that Parry had been transfer-listed during a local radio interview broadcast after their weekend game.

Now in a press release that Alistair Campbell would be proud of, they have admitted that Parry's name has been circulated to Football League clubs, in a move that appears to be an attempt to turn Parry's transfer into a dutch auction. The statement claims that Bristol Rovers made a bid for the player last season, and also states that a bid from Yeovil Town was also turned down earlier this season, more or less confirming persistent rumours that Parry had been a target for the Glovers.

The official club statement says: "Following a meeting with Paul and his agent, we have agreed to circulate his name to Football League clubs as to his availability. He is aware that we refused an offer from Bristol Rovers last season and that Yeovil have made an offer this season, which was unacceptable. This is a very amicable arrangement with Paul and his agent and it is now a case of waiting to hear of any interest from other clubs. If the right sort of club make an offer the issue may progress, if not, Paul may be with us for several seasons to come."

Hereford may not be in quite as much control over Parry's future as they would like. The Welsh winger is out of contract at the end of this season, meaning that if Parry does wish to leave Edgar Street, then the Bulls face a ticking clock, with ever diminishing returns on the player as time marches on.

Hereford manager Graham Turner may claim that "in the past we have been in the position where we have needed to sell players to bring in money and that isn't the case now" but the Bulls are still believed to be 1.2 million pounds in debt, and will be under pressure to get some kind of a return on Parry before his contract runs out.

In other news, former Youth Team player Ian Patchett has joined Dr Martens League side Tiverton Town on what appears to be an informal non-contract basis. Glovers manager Gary Johnson said he hoped to give Patchett experience in the Reserve side this season whilst he enrolled on a course at Yeovil College, but the chance for regular first team football will also be of benefit. Tiverton's website still describe Patchett as a Yeovil Town player, so it seems likely that Patchett will still be training full time with the Glovers.


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7 September 2003 : Glovers clip Swans wings
Yeovil Town got their season back on track at Huish Park yesterday afternoon with a confident display and a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win over yesterday's league leaders Swansea City.

Loan signing Ronnie Bull made his Yeovil debut as left-back in a 4-4-2 formation and Adam Stanfield had his first start of the season with top scorer Kevin Gall away on international duty with Wales Under-21's. After a competitive first half-hour it was the Glovers who took the lead on 39 minutes with an Adam Stansfield header from a Lee Johnson cross; and Kirk Jackson made it 2-0 when one-on-one with the keeper on 55 minutes after being set up by Stansfield. Swansea created one or two chances themselves but a mixture of excellent defending and one incredible miss from former Cardiff tormentor Kevin Nugent (don't mention his name to ex-Glovers legend Tony Pennock, ever) meant that the Yeovil goal stayed intact. Gavin Williams, playing probably his best 90 minutes this season, was very unlucky not to make it 3-0 with a few minutes to go when after doing all the hard work his shot hit the post when it seemed he was certain to score.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 Swansea City 0.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson was a happy man after the game. "It was a great performance," he enthused, adding: "Iím very pleased for the players. I know how hard theyíve worked and how disappointed they were the last couple of games and on occasions how unlucky they were. We couldnít leave anything to chance and we were going to work as hard as we could and hope that our good players and our flair players would open them up. We needed to make it very difficult for Swansea and although Iím very pleased with the two goals for us Iím even more pleased with the nil against. I thought we defended like troopers. Whatever shape you play itís a matter of players playing on the day and its about getting a bit of luck on the day, but certainly what we did today was we blocked up any little holes that are being created by good strikers. By bringing Ronnie [Bull] in, it gave me the chance to play with a proper right and left back. There was eleven man of the matches today and I donít know how people could have picked anyone out, but Darren [Way] will get his bottle of wine tonight."

Swansea boss Brian Flynn was philosophical afterwards: "Looking through pre-season and the games weíve played we're not going to play well every single game throughout the full ninety minutes but we didnít do well today from start to finish," he admitted. "They came at us early on and we thought weíd weather the storm but unfortunately they got the goal in the first half and they continued things really. Youíve got to give credit to Yeovil. We did put a couple of really good crosses in but really that was our only threat. Their goalkeeper made one particular good save from Kevinís header but apart from that I cant remember us really causing any problems. I donít think we looked as though we would get back in it today."

The result means the Glovers move up to 12th position in the league table on 9 points, 5 behind new leaders Oxford United, who beat Southend 2-0 at the Kassam Stadium yesterday. Swansea remain 2nd on 12 points, the same total as 3rd placed York City, the Glovers next opponents. The Minstermen lost 2-1 at home to Rochdale yesterday.


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5 September 2003 : 2002-03 Goals Video Arrives
The Huish Park Club Shop has this morning received supplies of the 2002-03 Champions Goals Highlights video. The VHS video is priced £15.00 and contains most (but not all) of the goals from the season, including a blend of BBC, HTV and Sky footage. It is not clear at this stage whether the recording will be available on DVD. The club shop is open between 9am and 5pm today, or alternatively will be open prior to the Swansea City match tomorrow.


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5 September 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Swansea City Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Swansea City on Saturday 6th September (tomorrow) in a match that will kick-off early at 1.00pm. The Swans are currently top of the Third Division table and a large crowd is once again expected, with Swansea believed to have sold around 1,500 tickets in the lead up to the game.

There are a number of tickets still available for home supporters from the Huish Park Ticket Office, which is open between 9am and 5pm today and from 9.30am tomorrow. Supporters are strongly advised to allow extra time for the purchase of tickets as the Ticket Office is expected to be very busy tomorrow.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson said of the game: "It will be a super fixture. I think that the support that Swansea are bringing and the support that we will have will create a great atmosphere. We enjoy being part of these big occasions."

The Glovers are hoping to end a run of three consecutive defeats, but Johnson stressed that his side's attitude to the games was right: "They never lose their passion and their commitment towards getting a result. Whatever happens on Saturday, they will be 100 percent behind the cause and that's important."

Johnson received welcome news this week as Nick Crittenden completed his recovery from a thigh strain: "Critts is now fully fit. The only others (who are not fit) are Chris Giles and Terry Skiverton who are long term injuries anyway."

As well as Crittenden, Gary will also add on-loan Millwall left-back Ronnie Bull to his squad as the 22 year old comes in to stabilise the Glovers defence and give the side more width: "I've known him for some time, since my Watford days when he was in the Youth team at Millwall."

The only bad news is that Johnson will be without top scorer Kevin Gall, who will be playing for the Wales U21 side in Italy tonight, despite both Johnson and Gall publically saying that his interests would be better served by staying at home. Wales manager Jimmy Shoulder looks likely to start Gall as a left wing-back for the international, whilst Johnson is expected to look to Adam Stansfield to fill the void left by Gall.

Assistant manager Steve Thompson says he is also looking forward to the match: "It's a great game for us. It's the same in any division anywhere, you always want to pit yourself against the top sides and at the moment Swansea are on top of the table. They will bring good support with them, we will have our usual large crowd and so it bodes well for a really good game. We have lost the last three so we obviously want to improve on that and there's no better way than playing someone like Swansea, who have started really well. I feel we should have more points than we have at the moment and if we had scored against Northampton or Orient we would have them."

Swansea are expected to be without four players for the trip to Somerset, with midfielders Jonathan Coates (brother of former Glover Marc), Karl Connolly, Lenny Johnrose and Roberto Martinez all unavailable. Swans manager Brian Flynn has tried to plug that gap by signing 18 year old midfielder Richard Jones from Southampton. The on-loan player is no stranger to the Vetch, as he started his career there as a Youth team player.

Swansea also welcome back winger Bradley Maylett following his suspension, whilst goalkeeper Brian Murphy is also available after he missed their last match playing for the Republic of Ireland U20 side.

One player the Glovers will have to keep their eyes on is striker Lee Trundle. The former Southport and Stalybridge Celtic player joined the Swans over the summer from Wrexham and has so far hit six goals in his first five games for the club.

The match will be officiated by Steve Dunn (Gloucestershire) and he will be assisted by Ralph Bone (Kent) and Keith Stroud (Dorset).

Glovers manager Gary Johnson said he was confident of getting strong support for the game from the supporters: "We've got no doubt that there will be vocal support. We've got to be a bit patient this season but if we can get a couple of results, I'm sure we can get up to where we want to be."


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4 September 2003 : Swansea City Tickets Available On The Day
The Official Site has indicated that tickets for the match against Swansea City will be available on the day of the game. The match had initially been designated an all ticket game, but it now appears that home supporters will be able to obtain tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office from 9.30am on the day of the game, which kicks off at 1.00pm. The Ticket Office is also open between 9am and 5pm on Friday.

Next Saturday's match against York City is not expected to be all ticket, but tickets will go on sale on Monday to allow supporters to reserve prime seats and to ease congestion on the day of the game. The club are in the process of introducing a new ticketing system behind the scenes although it's not clear what effect, if any, this will have on supporters.

Groundsman Rod Pippard has been rewarded for his hard work by winning the 2002-03 Conference Groundsman of the Year Award in a presentation at Windsor Racecourse on Wednesday.

The Huish Park Club Shop will have the much-delayed 2002-03 Champions Goals Highlights video on sale from this Saturday. The VHS video is priced £15.00 and contains most (but not all) of the goals from the season, including a blend of BBC, HTV and Sky footage. It is not clear at this stage whether the recording will be available on DVD.

The Club Shop will also have on sale 12 inch bendy Jolly Green Giants, priced at £15. Sounds like the perfect office stress release toy, just made for working out all of those post-Saturday moments of anguish.

Bolton Wanderers winger Jermaine Johnson completed 90 minutes worth of Reserve Team action in a 0-2 defeat for his side against Middlesborough. Glovers manager Gary Johnson has indicated that he may renew his interest in taking Johnson on loan if he can prove his fitness.

Former Glovers striker Francis Kumbur has been spotted at Nationwide Conference side Scarborough's ground. The Nigerian is currently training with the Seadogs as manager Russell Slade looks for new striking options at Seamer Road.


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4 September 2003 : LDV Vans Trophy Draw Dates
The dates for the draw for the LDV Vans Trophy have been announced. The draw for the competition was broadcast live on Soccer AM last season on the Sky Sports One Channel and a similar format is expected for this season. The draw dates are as follows:

Round 1 - Saturday 13th September
Round 2 - Saturday 18th October
Area Quarter Finals - Saturday 8th November
Area Semi Finals - Saturday 13th December.


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4 September 2003 : Window Will Not Close On Football League
The Football League has confirmed that it will continue to operate an open domestic transfer system this season despite the suspension of Premier League transfers and international transfers earlier this week.

As Ciderspace understands the situation, the transfer window would prevent the acquisition of players from other European clubs and thus would impact on Gary Johnson's ability to sign new players of the likes of Portuguese defender Hugo Rodrigues until the transfer window reopens. However, it would not prevent him signing up players from other English League and Non-League clubs.

Football League Head of Communications, John Nagle explained the situation: "Once again, The Football League will not be implementing the transfer window system on a domestic basis. Consequently, Football League clubs will be free to operate under the same Ďopení system as used last season. Clubs will be able to trade freely with each other and with clubs from leagues below The Football League until the transfer deadline on March 25. They will also be able to make loan signings from the clubs of the FA Premier League and may subsequently make such moves permanent at any time. Our clubs will, however, be unable to sell or loan players to FA Premier League clubs or trade with football clubs outside the domestic league structure until the window re-opens on January 1. The League understands that FIFA intends to review the effectiveness of transfer windows at the end of the current season. Therefore it is the Leagueís intention to participate fully in this review in order to represent the views of its member clubs."

The wording of the statement means that if Gary Johnson were to renew his interest in Bolton Wanderers winger Jermaine Johnson, that he would be able to do so.


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3 September 2003 : It's no Bull - Johnson brings in defensive cover
Left-sided 23-year-old defender Ronnie Bull has signed for the Glovers on a month's loan from 1st Division Millwall, according to Yeovil's official website.

The tough-tackling left-back, voted Millwall's Young Player Of The Year for the 2001-02 season, has made 37 league appearances for the Lions and has been with the club since signing schoolboy terms.

"I'm always happy when a good new player arrives at Huish Park," Glovers manager Gary Johnson told the official website. "Ronnie has definitely got the right mentality for our team and is a player I have been following for some time so I was delighted when he became available. He will add some tough tackling and aggression to the side at a time when we need it."

Ciderspace wishes Ronnie the best of luck for his stay at Huish Park.


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3 September 2003 : Gall Out Of Swansea Match
Striker Kevin Gall is now not expected to be released from the Wales U21 squad in time for Saturday's home match against Swansea City. According to today's Western Daily Press, Wales U21 manager Jimmy Shoulder has decided he needs Gall, either as cover on the bench or as a left wing-back.

"Wales not only want Kevin for the game in Italy, but also for next Tuesday's match with Finland," Glovers boss Gary Johnson said. "I was hoping they would be able to release him, but they're keeping him and we just have to take it on the chin. Jimmy Shoulder called me to give me the reasons, but I was too disappointed to listen to what he was saying."

"Of course it's a big blow because Kevin has been looking so sharp," Johnson admitted. "The Welsh have no chance of making the Euro Under-21 finals and I thought they might have played ball with us. But when one door closes another one opens and Kevin's absence will provide an opportunity for someone else."

That someone else is likely to be Adam Stansfield, in line to get his first competitive start for the Glovers since August 2002, with Gavin Williams and Andy Lindegaard other possibilities. "Both [Williams and Lindegaard] have played there before and done well, so it's not as though I don't have choices upfront," Johnson added. "I'll see how they go in training before making a decision later in the week."

There's one bit of good news for Yeovil: Nick Crittenden has recovered from his thigh strain and should be available for selection for Saturdays game v Swansea.

Don't forget that the Swansea game is all-ticket, with no tickets available to purchase on the day of the match. Season-ticket holders of course need take no action, for everyone else the ticket office is open for the following hours:

Wed 3rd Sept: 9am - 5pm
Thurs 4th Sept: 9am - 8pm
Fri 5th Sept: 9am - 5pm

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


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2 September 2003 : YTISA Obtain High Street Discounts For Members
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters’ Association is currently liasing with local firms to obtain discount for its members. Details of firms who have signed up so far are as follows:
(a) Bowlplex Yeovil – two games for £5 from Monday to Friday until 6pm and from 6pm until 12 midnight on Sundays
(b) Yeovil Ford – 12 months free road tax on any vehicle purchased from them (c) The Carphone Warehouse – 15 per cent discount on all pay monthly handsets and accessories
(d) Sports of Bond Street – 10 per cent discount on all purchases
(e) Acorn Records – 10 per cent discount on all purchases over £20
(f) Touch of Glass – 10 per cent discount on all glassware
(g) Cottage Interiors – 5 per cent discount on all purchases
(h) Globetrotters in South Street, Yeovil – 10 per cent discount on food and drink (but only drinks bought with a meal).
(i) Chips (Computer Games) in Glovers Walk, Yeovil - two pounds off each item purchased costing 20 pounds or more

Discounts will be given upon production of your YTISA membership card. More outlets are being lined-up to provide a discount service to association members.


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2 September 2003 : YTISA Travel To Mansfield
The YTISA is arranging travel to the Gloversí Nationwide League Division Three fixture at Mansfield on September 20, 2003, although prices and times are to be confirmed.

To book a place phone association chairman Mark Kelly on 01935-412236 or email markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk by no later than September 16, 2003.


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2 September 2003 : Gary Plays A Game Of Patience
Glovers manager Gary Johnson has given the first hints of what he is working on at the training ground this week as he attempts to turn around Yeovil's three match losing streak. Johnson believes the key is to avoid the early goals the Glovers have conceded in recent matches against Leyton Orient, Northampton Town and Macclesfield Town.

Gary explained: "I said that we have got to take action and I think that involves our approach to games, especially early on. We are very excited when we play, which is natural, because it's a new league. We are winning or losing games in the opening 10 minutes. We have conceded in the first 10 minutes in our last three games which always gives us a mountain to climb and then we tend to go a little bit gung-ho in trying to get level. I think the first thing we must do is tighten up at the back and hold on to our horses, settle into games a bit more."


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2 September 2003 : New OTV Issue On Sale Soon
The next issue of the On To Victory fanzine has finally made it to the production line and will be ready for sale at the home match against York City. However, OTV Editor Seb White is asking for help in selling the fanzine as he will not make it to the match that weekend.

Seb writes: "Can anyone help with the selling of OTV at the York City home match on September 13th as I annoyingly and inconveniently I will not be able to make the game myself. This issue what with the virus and everything has proved to be a right hassle but Iím determined to make sure all contributors efforts of the last few weeks donít go to waste. It is not as hard as it sounds about 45 minutes or so before kick off and 10 minutes after. Of course OTV will gladly pay for any volunteers to get into the game and also let you have a few copies of the zine. This issue is once again 64 pages packed with some excellent articles."

Articles that will feature in the next issue include:
(a) Brendon Owen and Sparksy make their OTVís debut
(b) A 14 page Season Preview with descriptions of every Division 3 club including opposition fans giving us the lowdown on their clubs.
(c) An excellent interview with the Welsh Wizards Gav and Gally.
(d) All the goings on at the pre-season tour in Belgium
(e) Ground Guides written by opposition fans for the next round of away games
(f) Exiles tales from Amsterdam, Australia and Turkey.


Seb adds: "I would be very grateful if anyone could help and if there are some generous souls willing to give up their free time please email us at ontovictoryfanzine@yahoo.co.uk. Remember OTV gives all its profit back to YTFC through sponsoring kit, ball and goal sponsorship."


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2 September 2003 : Wazza Retires From Football
Striker Warren Patmore, who spent six highly successful seasons at Huish Park, has surprised the Nationwide Conference world by hanging up his boots just beyond his 32nd birthday. The Kingsbury born player had recently joined Margate, but has asked to be released from his contract, with Margate's Official Site citing Warren's business interests and a few recent injuries as being the main factors behind his decision.

Margate Chairman Jim Parmenter explained: "Warren does not believe he is doing himself or the Club justice. Because of lack of fitness and niggling repetitive injuries. The player has been honest with the Club and we appreciate that. Therefore we have reached agreement for his contract to be terminated. He is definitely retiring and has made it clear, we can continue to hold his playing registration. We wish Warren great success in his business venture."

Wazza scored 140 goals in 287 appearances for the Glovers, leaving him as the club's third highest post-war goalscorer. He has recently switched careers, starting up his own business and will no doubt channel his new-found time into making that success. Ciderspace wishes Wazza the greatest success in his future career, and trusts that these suddenly free Saturday afternoons will tempt him down to Huish Park one day to stand on the terraces ...


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1 September 2003 : Shoulder lends a hand
Wales under-21 boss Jimmy Shoulder looks set to release Glovers striker Kevin Gall from the Welsh squad due to travel to Italy this week for an under-21 European Championship qualifying game on Friday evening - providing other players in the Welsh squad prove their fitness for Friday's game. Gall will then be free to play for Yeovil in Saturday's lunchtime clash with league leaders Swansea City and will rejoin the Welsh squad when they return to Cardiff for their match against Finland a week next Tuesday.

"I'm joining up with the squad tomorrow," Gall told the Western Daily Press. "Jimmy Shoulder is waiting on the fitness of one or two players but if they are all fit he's said he will release me. The plan is that I miss the trip to Italy to play for Yeovil and then link up with the squad again for the Finland game."

Glovers boss Gary Johnson is now ready to pursue some new signings according to the WDP, with Hereford left-winger Paul Parry at the top of his list. With the non-league side going well at present at the top of the Conference however, Hereford are currently reluctant to sell the Welshman, though Yeovil have registered their interest in the player. Recent loan signing Jermaine Johnson could return to Huish Park after recovering from the ankle injury which cut short his recent brief stay with the club - if he can prove his fitness. To that end Johnson plays for Bolton Reserves this week.

In the meantime Gary Johnson has reiterated his determination to let the Glovers football do the talking in future after the recent media frenzy surrounding the club following the start of their first season in the Football League. "Like I said the talking has got to stop and we have got to put it right on the field now," he admitted. "This week we will be working our socks off to do that. It's about putting in plenty of hard work out on the training ground. We haven't got a reserve game yet this week so in that way we have a free week - for plenty of hard work."


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