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30 September 2006 : Bees Stung
A Chris Cohen strike two minutes from time gave Yeovil Town their fourth consecutive win this afternoon as they grabbed a 2-1 win over midtable side Brentford. The win represented Yeovil's first ever victory at Griffin Park, and was their reward for another hard-working performance.

The first period somehow remained without anyone finding the net in a particularly open game. Former Grimsby Town midfielder Thomas Pinault led the chances for the home side with Terrell Forbes - another former Mariner - clearing his lobbed attempt off the line.

Marcus Stewart should have put Yeovil in the lead when through on goal early on but found the legs of Bees keeper Stuart Nelson in the way. However Arron Davies spurned Yeovil's best chance of the half when he followed up on a parried Kevin Cooper shot, only to slam the ball against the crossbar from 8 yards out with the goal gaping - seconds before the half time cuppa.

Just 12 minutes into a slightly less open half, Terry Skiverton finally broke the deadlock with a trademark Skivo goal. The Yeovil skipper rose high to power a Chris Cohen corner into the bottom right hand corner.

Matters appeared to be going the same way as the recent matches against Crewe and Brighton with Brentford getting plenty of second half possession but little in the way of tangible chances. However, 10 minutes from time they had a lifeline when a Gavin Tomlin attempt to shoot was blocked out by a Yeovil defender, straight into the path of Jo Kuffour and the former Torquay United striker found equalising an easy task from eight yards out.

It looked as though Yeovil would for once have to settle for the point, but strangely the home side seemed to be the ones easing up on their game, and that was to their cost when Marcus Stewart fed Chris Cohen deep in the Brentford box and the Glovers midfielder slammed the ball home on the angle to give Yeovil all three points. Not even the remaining two minutes plus an excessive four minutes injury time imposed by the unimpressive referee Ray Lee of Essex could prevent that from being the case.

The win takes Yeovil Town up to 2nd (pinch me I'm dreaming - Ed) in the Coca Cola League One table, sandwiched by the financial clout of Nottingham Forest and Bristol City. Needless to say, yet again, the Glovers have entered unchartered waters with the highest position in the club's history. With 12 games gone, it is far too early to speculate what that table position might lead to, but the main thing is that Russell Slade's side are way ahead of schedule and all rational expectations anyone may have had of them, and that is no bad thing.

Link: Latest Coca Cola League One (No Your Eyes Are Not Deceiving You) Table.


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30 September 2006 : MOTM Voting For Brentford
A reminder that you can vote for your Man Of The Match for today's match at Griffin Park that saw the Glovers win 2-1 against Brentford. A Terry Skiverton header was cancelled out by Jo Kuffour's equaliser. But Chris Cohen won the match with two minutes to spare.

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


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29 September 2006 : Brentford vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Brentford tomorrow looking to clock up their fourth consecutive win in League One and to continue their impressive drive up the table that has currently taken them to an unprecedented 5th place position. They come up against an 11th placed Bees side who lie four points behind.

Griffin Park is not one of Yeovil Town's most favoured grounds, with the Glovers having lost on all three occasions that they have played there. Last season's was the closest - a 3-2 defeat with the home side grabbing a winner two minutes from time.

Brentford are under new management with former Torquay United boss Leroy Rosenior having taken over from Martin Allen, who headed for Franchise FC during the summer. Leroy's side have only lost twice this season, but they have drawn six of their matches so far, including a 1-1 draw at Millwall on Tuesday night.

Defender Adam Griffiths could still play for Brentford despite breaking his nose on Tuesday. BBC Sport are claiming that he is being lined up to play in a protective mask. Midfielder Simon Cox has returned to his parent club Reading after breaking his fibula on Tuesday, whilst former Grimsby Town midfielder Thomas Pinault looks unlikely to play against his former manager after missing the midweeker with an ankle injury. Andrew Frampton has returned to training after an injury layoff and should be available, whilst Kevin O'Connor may be available after only just missing out on the trip to the New Den following a rib injury.

Also on the sidelines currently are Oli Skulasson and striker Lloyd Owusu whilst striker Chris Moore is serving the last match of a three game ban. That means that Yeovil will be almost certainly saying hello to Clyde Wijnhard, who has crossed swords with them on many an occasion as a Darlington and Macclesfield Town player. Former Torquay United striker Jo Kuffour will almost certainly partner him - another player the Glovers are all too familiar with. Less well-known is midfielder Jamie England, who is being tipped to make his debut for the club after being released by MK Dons.

For the Glovers, Andy Lindegaard is still not quite in full training following his rehabilitation from a groin injury. Striker Daniel Webb has returned to training following an ankle injury and is expected to travel, even if a full fitness test may be required to see him through. Fellow striker Lee Morris will also travel, although it would be a slight surprise if he is risked for tomorrow's game. Lee's injury has now been diagnosed as a hamstring injury, but physio Jim Joyce has stated that Morris pulled up feeling tightness only and so a more serious injury may have been prevented. Much more likely is that his place in the squad will be taken by on-loan Cardiff City midfielder Kevin Cooper who arrived at the club today (see below).

Tickets for the match can be bought on the day, and it is worth reminding that the Ealing Road terrace will be open for tomorrow's match as well as the originally publicised Braemar Road Stand. Fuller details are available in the Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.

Link: December 2005 : Brentford 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2006 : Yeovil Town 1 Brentford 2.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.


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29 September 2006 : South-West Trains Engineering Works
A warning to Yeovil Town supporters taking the train to tomorrow's game against Brentford that engineering works are taking place between Surbiton and Woking. What this means in practice is that services from Yeovil Junction should run, but may be diverted over slightly different routes and be subject to extended journey times.

The impact may be that your train could end up not calling at Clapham Junction - particularly relevant given this is where most Yeovil Town fans are recommended to change trains for the Brentford line. The alternative is to head all the way into London Waterloo and catch the Brentford service from there.

On the way back, you need to be more cautious of how you plan your journey. You need to be wary of changing at Clapham Junction, in case your Yeovil Junction service down from Waterloo does not stop there. Even more pertinent is that some services will start earlier than normal from London Waterloo, presumably to make up for lost time caused as a result of the track diversion.

If you are in any doubt about your journey, or have a tight schedule to cope with, we would recommend that you call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950, which is a 24-hour helpline.


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29 September 2006 : Falling Gates Not Of Great Concern
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has told the Western Gazette this week that he has yet to have 'great concerns' about the lower gates that have been experienced during the 2006-07 season. He feels the situation is a football-wide problem that is affecting the game as a whole and believes that other clubs are more strongly affected. Speaking to the paper he explained:

"I think these falling gates are something which has been waiting to happen for a long time. At the moment our attendances have not fallen enough to cause us great concern but we are always looking at ways to improve. It is important we market ourselves better in terms of providing services for travel to the games and making it easier to buy tickets. We did not increase prices for people like OAPS and children this season but we do understand that certain people have had to bare the brunt of that. We do hold regular customer charter meetings and ticket prices are a topic we discuss regularly."

Fry believes that where there are concerns, that the whole footballing industry should site up and take note, rather than just those at Huish Park:

"Of course falling gates are a concern and it must act as wake up call for football as a whole. At the moment people cannot afford to keep supporting their team home and away unless they are fanatics and got the money. We are based in a low-wage economy here in Somerset and the price of everything has gone up a lot recently particularly in the last 12 months. But falling gates are not just happening in one particular area, they are happening all over the country. Our attendances have been quite respectable in League One compared to others and knowing what some clubs' budgets are it is now wonder that they are in the red. Gate receipts are the biggest income stream and they are what keep most clubs afloat."

Fry claims that the football club are monitoring the situation and believe they face stiff competition from Digital Television services that show live games - somewhat at odds though with the responses Ciderspace got to this month's survey on attendances. Fry also claims that football is becoming a far more tactical sport which is taking away the entertainment factor out of games:

"At Yeovil, we have got to look at other income streams and we have to have a commercially-based environment to work in. We also have to make sure ticket prices are supplying demand and market forces will decide that at the end of the day. I can understand why people are picking and choosing their matches. They are looking for value for money. It is not just about waiting for a successful side either. I do not think that is the be all and end all. People are looking for more entertainment and a day out not just a football match. There is a lot more available to people nowadays than there ever has been. Take digital television for example. There is so much sport on the box with football matches almost every night, and that is what we are up against. I also think at League One level we have got to be more entertaining and creative in terms of our football. We are at a stage in football now where the tactical game has made it not so exciting. At the end of the day people want to be entertained."

Although the club may have some alternative research, our own survey concludes that supporters are happy with what they are seeing on the pitch this season. Furthermore of the 304 supporters who responded to our survey only one supporter admitted that they had missed Yeovil Town matches to watch live games on television. Read the first part of the survey results by following the links below.

Link: September 2006 Survey : Analysis Of Survey Results.

Link: September 2006 Survey : Statistical Results.


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29 September 2006 : Stewart Revelling In Glovers Loan Spell
Glovers boss Russell Slade believes striker Marcus Stewart has been given a new lease of life since joining Yeovil Town on a three month loan spell. The former Sunderland man was out of favour at Bristol City, but in speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Slade believes he is enjoying himself at the moment, highlighting the 6th minute strike he hit against Brighton and Hove Albion as evidence of how on top of his game he is now:

"Marcus is just revelling in playing again. He is enjoying his football. It's a long time since he scored with his right foot, certainly from that distance - I don't think he can remember when. That shows a good sign of someone who is in good form and is very confident and is enjoying his football."


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29 September 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 27 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have contacted us with the following results for the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 27 : 29th September 2006
Yeovil Town F.C. (01935) 423662 (Ext 291)

£1000 Monthly Jackpot Winner
E3163 - Mr F Mclaughlin, Goldney Avenue, Chippenham
£50 Agents Bonus - Agent - 140

£100 Winners
Monday D7323 Mr S Burrell Constable Close, Yeovil
Tuesday A3124 Mrs V Parsons St Patricks Road, Yeovil
Wednesday C6554 Mrs D Patten Tintagel Road, Yeovil
Thursday A0157 Mr R Newport Larkspur Crescent, Yeovil
Friday D4346 Miss C Pompey Bovemoor Close, Street

£10 Consolation Prizes
A7323 Mr N White Wingfield Road, Sherborne
B7323 Mrs J Samways Alexandra Road, Yeovil
C7323 Mrs Atkins Foxglove Way, Yeovil
B3124 Mrs Wines Light Gate, South Petherton
C3124 Mr L Spiller Broadway, Frome
A6554 Mrs G Kenyon Windy Ridge, Beaminster
B0157 Heather Gosney Freedom Avenue, Yeovil
D0157 Mrs Hurst Hurst Park, Martock
E0157 Hayley Durham Larch Court, Radstock
A4346 L G Small St Margarets Road, Tintinhull
B4346 Mr Chmieleuski Wheathill Way, Milborne Port
C4346 Mr D Pennell Horton Close, Yeovil


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29 September 2006 : Capital Glovers Regional Supporters Club
Capital Glovers! Coming Soon!
A new group of Exiled Supporters have decided to set themselves up in a semi-formalised basis to represent Yeovil Town fans based in London and the Home Counties. They have passed us the following message:

"Dear London and South-East Glovers,

Here is your chance to meet fellow supporters in the London area. We already have a thriving 5-a-side team and now we are aiming to provide travel to both home and away games, either through lift shares or more organised mini-buses or coaches, as well as social events such as pub meet ups, quiz nights and greyhound racing.

If you would be interested in being part of this fantastic group of people then please register your interest at info@capitalglovers.com.

Hope to see you soon.
The Capital Glovers.
"

Prior to tomorrow's game against Brentford, a group of Capital Glovers along with various Ciderspace representatives plan to head to the Waggon and Horses pub prior to the match. The Waggon and Horses is situated on Kew Bridge Road, next to Kew Bridge, near Kew Bridge Station and opposite Kew Bridge Steam Museum (worth a look steam buffs!) So that's near Kew Bridge for those that missed it!

Kew Bridge station is on the line from Waterloo that goes to Brentford (it's the stop before!). Otherwise take the tube to Gunnersbury and at that point you either have a short walk or alternatively hop on a 237/267 bus (and get off next to the bridge). If anyone wants to introduce themselves, whether you're a Ciderspace, Green Room or YTFC Forum reader or a Glover based in the South-East, then please pop in and say hello!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford.

Link: Ciderspace Exiled Supporters Database.


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29 September 2006 : Cooper Signs On Loan From Cardiff
Yeovil Town have signed the vastly experienced Cardiff City midfielder Kevin Cooper on a month's loan. The 31 year old has found his chances restricted this season after two knee operations and Bluebirds manager Dave Jones feels he needs competitive matches if he is to get back into contention with the Championship side. The Cardiff boss explained:

"Reserve games here will not be as competitive and he's not going to get the same decision-making situations. He needs to test his knee to see whether he's going to be right."

Cooper is Derby-born and started his career with Derby County but could only make a handful of appearances for them. He got his first real test of first team football in 1997 when he moved to Stockport County, initially on loan, signing for £150,000. This was to start his regular association with Dave Jones, who he has worked under at three different clubs.

An 800,000 pound move to Wimbledon (pre-Franchise) followed in 2001 and a year later he landed back under Jones when he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers, spending three seasons there transferring for a fee of one million pounds. Whilst at Wolves, he had loan spells at Norwich City and Sunderland and when Jones was appointed as Cardiff boss, he moved for Cooper a third time, making him one of his first signings in July 2005. Last season he played 38 times at Championship level, and overall he has made 361 appearances at Football League scoring 48 times. He usually operates as a winger in midfield.

With doubts over the fitness of Lee Morris for tomorrow's game at Brentford, it is expected that Cooper will travel with the first team squad. A big welcome to Kevin to Huish Park, and we hope he is successful in getting back to full fitness and showing some Championship-level form with the Glovers.


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29 September 2006 : September 2006 Survey Results : Part One
Between September 14th and September 23rd 2006, Ciderspace conducted a survey relating in the main to the attendance habits of supporters at the start of the 2006-07 season. The first part of our survey results can now be viewed on-line.

Still to come is analysis of the two questions that allowed supporters to give text-based answers on their current feelings. Those will be published in the next few days.

Link: September 2006 Survey : Analysis Of Survey Results.

Link: September 2006 Survey : Statistical Results.


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28 September 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Brighton
The (slightly belated) full match report from Tuesday night's 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion is now on-line. The match was won through goals from Marcus Stewart and Wayne Gray.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0.


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28 September 2006 : Club Has Startling Idea.......
....... be nice to customers!

Goodness, can it be true? A new broom sweeping Huish Park? Supporters being wooed rather than taken for granted? Well small beginnings, but yes, a wind light breeze of change seems to be stirring.

At the next home League One game versus Cheltenham Town on Friday 6th October :

the normal £2.00 surcharge for those paying on the day will be waived;

with the long delayed new away shirt close to delivery the matchday programme will contain a £5.00 discount voucher;

the Jolly Green Giant will be handing out sweets;

Five Minutes Of Fame will be launched - with fans invited onto the pitch at half-time to show off any er, 'talent' (has to be legal in a public place!) to the assembled multitudes. Contact Dave Linney on 01935 423662 to reveal what you, or your group of mates, can do.

Let's hope this initial breeze will become a gale of initiatives. It's inevitable that not everything tried in the future will turn out to be a success, but it's good to see the club taking some steps to be proactive and look after its supporters.


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28 September 2006 : Sheffield Duo On Trial
Glovers manager Russell Slade has announced his intentions to bring two young Sheffield United players to Huish Park next week on a trial basis. Both are part of the Premiership side's Academy system, and Russell has also stated that he is looking into clearance for them to play in next week's Somerset Premier Cup match against Welton Rovers.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol this afternoon he said:

"I have two players coming down from Sheffield United next week. We're hopeful that if we get permission that they can maybe play in that Somerset Premier Cup match. Colin Marrison and Ryan Gyaki are coming in. Ryan is an attacking midfielder and Colin is a forward player. Colin was out at Bury on loan last season. They are only young but it would be nice to have a little look and see if there is anything in there for us."

Striker Colin Marrison was born on 23rd September 1985 and has had loan spells at League Two side Bury and non-leaguers Hinckley United and Leigh RMI. His official site describe him as a "versatile striker" who is a regular in the Sheffield United reserve team. He stands at 6'1". He has made three appearances for Sheffield United's first team, all in the League Cup, whilst he clocked up 16 appearances for Bury last season, without scoring. His loan periods at Hinckley and Leigh came during the 2004-05 season.

Midfielder Ryan Gyaki is a Canadian born on 6th December 1985 in Toronto, who is 5'10" tall. He is described as a "box-to-box midfielder" by his club. In January 2006 he was awarded by his country as Youth Player Of The Year for 2005 following a series of strong performances at Under 20 level.

In the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament in Honduras in January 2005, Gyaki was responsible for all four of Canada’s goals. Canada and Gyaki first dispatched of Mexico 2-1 in the opener despite surrendering an early goal to the tricolores. Two days later against host Honduras, a deft lob from Gyaki an hour into the contest sealed Canada’s spot in the 2005 World Championships in Holland. Then, just to round off the three-game tournament, Gyaki entered the game against Jamaica with the score 0-0 as a 63rd minute substitute. It took him a mere 12 minutes to find his scoring touch and send the Reggae Boyz home pointless. Those performances effectively earnt him his professional contact at Bramhall Lane.

Despite sharing the same nationality as Glovers wide-man Gavin McCallum and both having played at Under 20s level, the two don't appear to have shared the same line-up in an international match. Ryan's Under 20s appearances came a year or two ahead of Gavin, so it is not clear whether the two know each other.


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28 September 2006 : Brentford Duo Ruled Out
Brentford manager Leroy Rosenior has been given a headache ahead of Saturday's match against Yeovil Town, following injuries to two key players during Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Millwall.

On-loan Reading midfielder Simon Cox is definitely out of Saturday's match in West London, having fractured his fibula. Defender Adam Griffiths is a major doubt having suffered what is a suspected broken nose. That has yet to be confirmed yet, but Rosenior is expecting some sort of a layoff. The Bees have a bit of an injury crisis with eight players now on the treatment table.

Speaking to their official site following Tuesday night's game, the former Torquay United boss said:

"I am absolutely gutted for Simon (Cox). Last night he was magnificent. Adam (Griffiths) is waiting to be assessed by a consultant to determine the extent of his injury. He too will be sorely missed. Taking into consideration all the players we had out I've got to be pleased with the draw. The most important thing was to restore some pride amongst the players and the fans and we achieved that. They gave it their best shot as we asked."

Rosenior also gave a breakdown of his injury problems which meant he had to blood several Youth team graduates:

"Thomas Pinault did his ankle, which he has been playing with in the last couple of games. He made it worse on Saturday. We're missing eight senior players and taking that into consideration I've got to be pleased. Kevin O'Connor had a late fitness test but he wasn't quite right. Framps (Andrew Frampton) had his first training session yesterday. Oli (Skulason)'s had a little set back and we'll have to see how he is. Adam Griffiths has broken his nose and Simon Cox took a nasty whack. But we'll just get on with it; I'm not going to moan. I knew the situation when I came here and I just hoped we wouldn't get injuries to senior players all at once because it makes it difficult."


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27 September 2006 : BBC Radio Interviews From Brighton Match
Perhaps BBC Radio Bristol's Ben Orr ate three shredded wheat on the morning of Tuesday night's match against Brighton and Hove Albion. On the Somerset Sound website you will find no less than four interviews around the 2-0 win at Huish Park, with Russell Slade, Chris Cohen, Marcus Stewart and Nathan Jones all featured.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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27 September 2006 : Slade Hails Resilient Performance
Glovers boss Russell Slade has praised his side's resilient performance during last night's 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. Despite grabbing an early goal through Marcus Stewart, the Glovers had to withstand some pressure from the Seagulls before they caught them on the hop with a Wayne Gray breakaway goal eight minutes from time. Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Slade explained:

"Obviously I am pretty delighted because we are on a lovely little roll and we played some attractive football in the first period. It was an astonishing strike by Marcus Stewart and that set us up, although we perhaps weren't at our best in the second half. But the resilience we showed at the back was fantastic and it is very satisfying to get a clean sheet when perhaps we are not functioning as well as we'd like to be. Overall we are very pleased because this has pushed us up the table again and solidified our top-six position."

Russell has also said that his side's lofty 5th-placed position is not too much of a surprise to him, even if it may have not been what most Yeovil fans would have predicted in pre-season. Slade explained:

"Outside of the dressing room perhaps people will be a little bit surprised to see us up there. But I said to the boys before the game that people outside might feel we are overachieving, but you are only just starting to fulfil my expectations of you. They went out there with that message and they knew that if they worked exceptionally hard we would get the points. It's nice to have three wins on the bounce and we will go to Brentford and do our level best to make it four."


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27 September 2006 : Blackpool Tickets On Sale
Tickets for the Glovers' trip to the seaside on Saturday 14th October are now on sale from Huish Park Ticket Office.

As for last season Blackpool have made the fixture against Yeovil Town one of their promotional games with prices set at :

adult - £14.50; over sixty - £10.50; under 18 - £1.00; under 8 - free of charge (if accompanied by a paying adult).

Tickets can also be bought at Bloomfield Road on matchday, but we believe will carry a 50p surcharge. We'd encourage fans to buy from Huish Park where possible. Not only will you save yourself the likely surcharge, but Yeovil Town will presumably be getting commission on sales.

The Ciderspace guide to Blackpool can be found here.


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27 September 2006 : Officials For Saturday v Brentford
The officials for the visit of Yeovil Town to Brentford on Saturday 30th September are :

Referee - Ray Lee (Essex)
Assistant referees - Gary Evetts (Hertfordshire) and Matt Stewart (Essex)
Fourth official - John Hayto (Essex)

Mr Lee has been assistant referee and fourth official at Yeovil Town matches previously, but we don't recall him being in the middle before.


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27 September 2006 : Brighton Hit By Sucker Punch
Yeovil Town made it three wins in a row for the first time since being promoted to League One with a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park on Tuesday night. It was their second consecutive victory over last season's Championship sides and the means of picking off the opposition was achieved in fairly similar circumstances. In both matches, the opposition enjoyed plenty of possession but came up against brick walls as soon as they hit the 18 yard line.

Russell Slade's side certainly got off to a flyer. In a highly impressive opening period, Marcus Stewart opened the scoring with under six minutes on the clock, firing home a wonderful goal from over 20 yards out into the top right hand corner - his third goal since arriving at Huish Park on loan.

The Glovers had opportunities from Jean-Paul Kalala and Chris Cohen to increase the lead before half time, before the visitors began to get an upper hand of sorts. They huffed and they puffed but ultimately they were unable to blow Yeovil's house down with the back four in sparkling form and keeper Steve Mildenhall ready when he was needed, saving Alex Revell's attempt before the break.

Brighton's possession game continued in the second period, but the return from their efforts appeared to diminish as the game went on. The Glovers were content to pack their half and break from deep and it was from one such move that the game was sealed, eight minutes from time. Paul Terry broke up play for the umpteenth time, threaded the ball through to Chris Cohen whose inch perfect pass found substitute Wayne Gray allowing the former Southend man the chance to grab his first league goal for the club since the opening game of the season. Perhaps against the run of play, but how many times have Yeovil Town been on the wrong end of such a situation in the past?

The only downside to a highly efficient performance was the 10th minute substitution of Lee Morris who had been borderline for the match, having not fully trained since Saturday. After the game Slade said it was a suspected groin injury, but that he had yet to get a full analysis from club physio Jim Joyce.

The win pushes the Glovers up to 5th in the League One table and only three points behind leaders Nottingham Forest. Once again, the new league table position represents a new high in Yeovil Town's history, watched by 5,243 spectators including 601 from Brighton.

Link: Man Of The Match Voting Form : Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion.

Link: Latest Coca Cola League One Table.


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27 September 2006 : MOTM Voting For Brighton Match
Don't forget that you can vote for your Man Of The Match for Tuesday night's match against Brighton and Hove Albion. The match was won by an early goal from Marcus Stewart followed by a late strike from Wayne Gray that has seen Yeovil Town move up to 5th place in the table.

Link: Man Of The Match Voting Form : Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion.

Link: Latest Coca Cola League One Table.


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26 September 2006 : Jones Shows No Mercy For Brighton
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Jones comes up against his former club tonight, which still contains a scattering of his former team-mates, but that will mean little to him come 7.45pm tonight. Nathan left Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer of 2005, and since then they have been relegated from the Championship to League One, meaning that he will face the Sussex club for the first time since parting company and heading to Somerset.

However, despite Nathan admitting that he had enjoyed his time at the Withdean Stadium, he offered little sympathy to their current plight when speaking to BBC Somerset Sound:

"They are the second result I look for really. I had a really good time there. Leaving was hard, but I felt that I needed to leave, and once you cross the line it is just another game. Before the game I will speak to people, and it will be nice to see people after the game, but once you are on that pitch you are spending 90 minutes trying to get a result. But believe you me, I will be losing no sleep if Brighton don't manage to get a result against us. I love Brighton, I love the club, I love the place and I love everything about it and I have never made a secret about that. But once we get onto the pitch, I know it is a cliche, but Yeovil is the club I want to do well now and I will be doing my upmost to make sure that we do."


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26 September 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park tonight in their second home League One fixture in the last four days - both against sides relegated from the Championship last season. The seagulls are currently under the caretakership of Dean Wilkins, having dismissed former manager Mark McGhee earlier this season after he failed to produce a strong start to this season.

The Sussex side's results have taken a slight upturn since the change in management, although are still erratic, swinging from a 4-1 thrashing of Leyton Orient 10 days ago, to a 3-1 away defeat at Carlisle United last weekend. Wilkins believes part of that is down to tiredness within his ranks and said of the Carlisle defeat:

"What disappointed me an awful lot was the more experienced players not leading the younger ones. We've got a lot of young players, and we're playing a lot of games at the moment. Whether that has caught up with us, I'm not sure. But the younger players have got to take responsibility as well. We had too many players with low energy levels."

Wilkins won't be helped too much by a team selection headache. Defender Adam El-Abd is expected to be out with an ankle injury, with midfielder Paul Reid also on the sidelines following a knee injury sustained at Carlisle. They will also have to check on the fitness of Jake Robinson and Richard Carpenter who missed the long trip up north through illness. Guy Butters was an unused substitute at Carlisle and so may have been in line for a recall, but he is another struggling through illness that Wilkins will need to check on. Of the three, Carpenter is rated as the most likely to play. Wilkins said of the situation:

"Just fingers crossed nobody else gets it. We've got enough players and quality around the place to shuffle things around. We had a great session yesterday morning, I think we've prepared fantastically well, we've got a plan in place and the players cannot wait to get out there and put it into practise. They let themselves down slightly at Carlisle and didn't work to the plan as they should have. We have to make sure it is a blip and not something that continues."

The Brighton Argus also speculates that three Brighton players could find themselves on the bench tonight following a shakey defensive performance in Cumbria. Goalkeeper Michel Kuipers and defenders Georges Santos and Kerry Mayo are the three named, with keeper Wayne Henderson and left-back Sam Rents rated as possibilities for a call-up.

The Glovers have three knocks of their own to contend with. Striker Marcus Stewart came off with an ankle injury at the tail end of Saturday's game against Crewe Alexandra, whilst Lee Morris was only involved in the warm-up for Monday's training session. Defender Terrell Forbes also ended that training session early, suffering a slight ankle injury. However, speaking to BBC Radio Bristol manager Russell Slade was still optimistic that all three would make it:

"Forbesy came off in training - he just went over on that ankle slightly again, but a fitness test should prove that he is OK. Lee Morris just had a very light training session - mainly just warm-ups and stretches and we are going to see how he is, so possibly he is the only doubt. But he wants to play and they all want to play right now, so don't be surprised if he starts on the teamsheet straight away!"

Saturday's win took the Glovers up to 6th in the League One table - the highest in the club's history - so it is unlikely that Slade will be doing much unforced tinkering with what is currently a very stable line-up. However he is mindful that such a situation could introduce complacency and wants his team to remain focussed, and said that was his message in the dressing room after Saturday's win:

"I said when you do pick up your papers on Sunday and when you do look at that table, before you get carried away just remember what got you there. The facts of the matter is that hard work is the main reason that we have got ourselves up into a good position at an early stage of the season. We are approaching the quarter mark stage of the season after Tuesday's fixture, so it is good to take stock, but just remember how you got there."

Kick-off is 7.45pm, and tickets for the match are available up until kick-off from the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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25 September 2006 : Three Down Already
Ten games into the season and a third manager bit the dust in League One today. However whereas it could be argued Dave Penney at Doncaster Rovers and Mark McGhee at Brighton & Hove Albion had passed their sell-by-date at those clubs after four and a half and nearly three years at the helms respectively, today's casualty Nigel Spackman was only appointed to The Den hot seat this summer. Such are the pressures and short-termism in the modern game that the Millwall Board decided a change was in order after Spackman's ten games saw the London outfit languishing in 23rd spot on five points. Assistant manager Willie Donachie will take over as caretaker whilst the club decides who gets the job long term - if 'long term' is appropriate in Millwall's case. At least Spackman might console himself that he lasted longer than IPATHLYK (a.k.a. Steve Claridge) who managed precisely er, 0 competitive matches last year before getting sacked.

AFC Bournemouth are also without a permanent manager, but not through their own choice, Sean O'Driscoll having headed for Earth Stadium (Belle Vue) to replace Penney.


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25 September 2006 : PT In TotW
Paul Terry is the latest Glover to make the Coca-Cola Football League Team of the Week for League One.

Terry has started the season in excellent form, happier now he's firmly placed in the holding midfield role each week than when he was needed to fill in at other jobs in the team on an ever changing basis.

Paul also got his second goal of this season on Saturday in the 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra when he stabbed the ball home from about two feet - something of a contrast to his first, which was a screamer from twenty-five yards against Port Vale.

PT is once again involved in the annual goal challenge with his brother John, Chelsea and England captain, and he was doubly chuffed that this put him 2-1 into the lead. As all strikers do, Marcus Stewart, who had put in the header, was keen to claim the ball had already crossed the line, but Terry was having none of it :

The goal is definitely mine. I asked the linesman if he would have given it before I put it over the line and he said 'no'. I knew it hadn't gone over from Marcus' header anyway because I'd have been off celebrating if it had. I thought I'd make sure and tap in over the line. It only just went, but it did and that's all that matters.

I've spoken to Marcus and he said that he'll take the champagne for man-of-the-match and I can have the goal. I think Stewie's probably on a goal bonus - that's why he wanted it! I'll have to start getting on the bonus myself now!


Paul joked :

I'm 2-1 up on John [Terry] now, and it's all over because he's finished goals-wise. He may as well bring the trophy round now. His goals have dried up. He's used a lot of them up over the last few years. He knows that as well - he missed a good chance last week.

He was really prolific as a kid. He played in midfield then and scored more than 100 goals one season. But he gets less and less every season now. He's working his way down - he scored eight last season and it'll be less this time.

He won it last year by quite a few and I've not beaten him since I got back into the league with Yeovil. I started the competition because I'd beaten him a few times before that - and I haven't won since!


PT was speaking to the Western Daily Press.

Well done to Paul on making the Team of the Week, but despite his confidence we think we'll hold back on congratulations in the fraternal competition a while - there's a long way to go yet, PT.

The full line-up is :

Kieren Westwood (Carlisle United)
James O'Connor (Doncaster Rovers)
Peter Murphy (Carlisle United)
Jamie McCombe (Bristol City)
Julian Bennett (Nottingham Forest)
Scott Murray (Bristol City)
PAUL TERRY (Yeovil Town)
Kevan Hurst (Chesterfield)
Jermaine Johnson (Bradford City)
Caleb Folan (Chesterfield)
Scott McGleish (Northampton Town)


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25 September 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
This week's match report comes from the pen of James Francis and his thoughts on Saturday's 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra are now online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.

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


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25 September 2006 : SPC Tickets On Sale
Tickets are on sale for the Somerset Premier Cup First Round tie between Yeovil Town Reserves and Welton Rovers at Huish Park on Tuesday 3rd October. Only the Yeovil College (Main) Stand will be open on the night, with kick-off at 7.45 p.m.

Prices for this match are :

adult - £4.00; senior and junior - £2.00.


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25 September 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Crewe Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade considered his side a touch fortunate in the way that they got their opening goal in the 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park on Saturday. Crewe keeper Ben Williams spooned an Arron Davies corner into his own net and that was the stroke of luck that gave Yeovil a half time lead to build on.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "Mistakes are made in football aren't they? We feel very fortunate that we got that type of goal today. Probably later on in the season we will have something like that go against us. You could only feel sorry for their goalkeeper. But I thought Crewe were a very good side and you could see why they hadn't lost in four games."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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24 September 2006 : Gradi Defends Keeper's Mistake
Crewe Alexandra boss Dario Gradi has refused to blame goalkeeper Ben Williams for gifting the opening goal that set Yeovil Town on their way to three points at Huish Park yesterday. Williams spooned an Arron Davies corner into his own net right on the stroke of half time to put the Glovers 1-0 up but Dario pointed to a number of saves the keeper had made prior to that moment:

"Ben had made two brilliant saves before that so I don't hold it against him. He has held his hand up to admit the mistake and said he tried to push the ball over the bar, but we have to put it down to one of those things. Ben made two great saves before his mistake and kept us in because it was a very open game. When he is making saves like that or he has been doing lately then he is entitled to make a mistake every now and again. He has done superbly for us over the last few weeks."

Both Glovers goals came from corners, with Chris Cohen delivering the goal that led to Paul Terry netting the second and with the Glovers getting four touches on the ball without a Crewe outfield player making contact, unsurprisingly Gradi was not happy about that one either:

"I still don't like corners like that and we need to stop conceding soft ones because both their goals came from corners this afternoon and were both soft goals to concede from our point of view."

Gradi blamed tiredness for the defeat, citing his side's Carling Cup win over Premiership side Wigan Athletic during the week. Strange though that the Crewe boss made only one meaningful substitution - the half-time replacement of Rodney Jack which was forced through injury. The remaining 'tired' Crewe players played out 90 minutes but Gradi felt that they failed to last the distance:

"A few of my lads looked tired after our midweek match and we also picked up a couple of injuries. I had to bring Rodney Jack off because he was injured and Michael O'Connor is also struggling after getting a knock. The young lads were dead on their feet at the end. They worked so hard against Wigan and it showed a bit today. That isn't an excuse because we know and wanted to do a lot better here."

One of the key second half moments occurred when Yeovil full-back Mark Lynch blocked a Nicky Maynard shot with just 20 minutes left on the clock and Gradi cited that moment as being one of the key events of the half:

"We had good possession without quite having that extra quality to take a goal. We often tried five or six touches when there should have been just one. When Nicky's shot was deflected over the bar I thought it wasn't going to be our day here. If that had gone in at that stage then it could have made the last 15 minutes or so very interesting but it wasn't to be."


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24 September 2006 : Away Terrace Will Now Be Open At Griffin Park
After a series of communications with Brentford FC and those responsible for health and safety issues regarding Yeovil Town based at Huish Park and in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Ciderspace is pleased to report that the Ealing Road Terrace will now be open to Glovers fans for our visit on Saturday 30th September.

The initial declaration from Brentford was that only Block A in the Braemar Stand would be made available to away supporters, pay-on-the-day. This block holds 635 fans, and we were concerned that:

1) This might prove insufficient, as Yeovil fans have a good record of turning up in numbers for matches in the capital.

2) That safety issues might emerge if it was likely that the seated section would be filled, as fans who prefer standing or wished to pay less for their tickets hung back hoping Brentford would be forced into opening the terrace at a late stage.

We have now received this communication from Brentford :

My name is Alistair Hill and I am the Safety Officer at Brentford. Thank you for your email and I appreciate your concerns.

I have spoken to your Safety Officer and we have agreed that both the Standing Terrace in Ealing Road and the seated area will be open for the match on the 30th. I have spoken to our Club Secretary and Operations Manager and they were going to pass this information back to Yeovil. I hope this will reassure you and your colleagues that there will be sufficient space and facilities for you all.


The cost of the terrace tickets is not mentioned, but we would presume Brentford will match it to the price home fans pay at the other end - £15.00 adults, £8.00 concessions, £5.00 juniors (under 16) - though we would of course still hope that Brentford take into account the lower facilities in the open terracing of the away end and accordingly charge less than for the Brook Road (home) Terrace. We'll bring definite news of the terrace pricing when it is confirmed.

The Ciderspace guide to Brentford, updated with this latest information, can be found here.


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23 September 2006 : Officials For Tuesday Night
The referee for the Glovers first competitive match against Brighton & Hove Albion since 1952 is Ray Olivier (West Midlands). We had Mr Olivier in our first two seasons in the Football League but have a feeling we missed out on him last term. Both previous appearances at Huish Park were fairly uneventful.

James Cox (Worcestershire) and Simon Snartt (Gloucestershire) are the assistant referees, Roger Vaughan (Somerset) the fourth official.


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23 September 2006 : MOTM Voting For Crewe
A reminder that you can vote for your Man Of The Match following today's 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra. Remember that with a match on Tuesday against Brighton and Hove Albion coming up, the poll will only stay open until Tuesday evening, so get your votes in now.

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


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23 September 2006 : Williams Drops A Clanger
Yeovil Town climbed up to sixth place in League One, their highest ever position in their 111 year history, having seen off Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park this afternoon after a goalkeeping blunder and a second half Paul Terry header.

A great early save inside five minutes from visiting ‘keeper Ben Williams denied Arron Davies his second goal of the season, as the Welshman aimed to maintain his position in the starting line-up having only started four games this season. Williams again did well to keep the visitors on level terms minutes later after denying a Lee Morris strike. However, despite those early efforts in keeping the scores equal it was a Williams blunder from a Davies corner that gave the Glovers the lead on the stroke of half-time when he punched the ball into his own net.

Half-time : Yeovil Town 1-0 Crewe Alexandra

Michael O'Connor wasted a decent opportunity for Crewe to get back in the game and blasted his effort over the bar before Yeovil’s lead was stretched. Paul Terry scored his second goal of the season, having got a decisive header from a Chris Cohen corner. As well as consolidating Yeovil's lead in this game Paul also took an early lead in the goal competition against his brother, Chelsea and England captain John.

A superb double save from Steve Mildenhall prevented Crewe from halving the deficit after a defensive error from Nathan Jones fed Luke Varney one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Scouts from Premier League clubs Chelsea and Portsmouth were at the game. Chris Cohen would have done his growing reputation no harm at all after yet another commanding game both defensively and pushing forward. There's a way to go, but it would be good to think that in the future Huish Park may be regularly attracting the sort of attention that Dario Gradi can command for his Gresty Road outfit with the talent he brings through.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2-0 Crewe Alexandra

Attendance: 5,333

George Murray.


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23 September 2006 : League One Round-Up
Ten games reached in the league, the point at which patterns are often said to have emerged. If so then Glovers fans can be well pleased with the season so far, but first to the top of the table.

The top two met at Prenton Park, and a predictably tight match ensued. The visitors, Nottingham Forest, nearly snatched all three points when they hit the bar in time added on but had to be satisfied with a 0-0 draw which kept them in top spot on 21 points, just ahead of Tranmere Rovers on 20. Bristol City, in third place, closed up on the leaders with a 0-2 away victory at Vale Park, their goals coming from Scott Brown and ex-Glover Phil Jevons. Port Vale have fallen away badly since their perfect start was ended at Huish Park, and a third straight loss sees them down to 7th.

Bradford City started the day one place behind Vale in 5th, but opponents Cheltenham Town are another club beginning to struggle after a good start to the season, and a 1-2 victory for the Bantams sees them move up one to 4th. The Robins had taken the lead early but then went down to ten men when John Finnigan got a straight red on 32 minutes, and Bradford took advantage with a brace in the second period. The Whaddon Road outfit have now fallen to 19th. Also on 17 points, tucked in behind the Bantams on goal difference, are new boys Carlisle United who recorded a comfortable 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Yeovil Town are now on their own on 16 points in 6th after beating Crewe Alexandra 2-0 without being dominating. This is the Glovers highest ever position to date in our brief Football League history.

After the Valiants come six clubs all on 14 points. Oldham Athletic are in 8th having brought the recent good run of Gillingham to a juddering halt with a comprehensive 4-1 at Boundary Park. Then come Chesterfield who raced to a 3-0 lead over Brentford in the first period before the Bees got a consolation after the half-time break. Swansea City dropped two to 10th when beaten 1-2 by Huddersfield Town at the Liberty Stadium, Gary Taylor-Fletcher getting two for the Terriers to a late reply from Leon Knight for the Swans. Then come the Railwaymen and the Seagulls, with AFC Bournemouth at 13th after a 1-1 home draw with Scunthorpe United, now on 13 in 15th, and Brentford the last of that half dozen on 14 points in 14th.

Northampton Town are as good on the road as they are poor at home. They haven't failed to pick up a point or better on any away trip this season, and lowly Millwall were today's victims, with Mitchell Cole scoring the only goal of the game just before half time. The Cobblers are now in 18th on 12 points, but the Lions remain in 23rd and are now just a single point ahead of Rotherham United. Millwall's problem isn't difficult to spot - they have scored just one goal in their last six matches.

The Millers are just one result away from their second target of the season. The first was achieved last week when they moved into the positive, after their ten point deduction, with a draw. A win 2-3 today over struggling Leyton Orient sees them on 4 points and close to getting out of bottom spot. Orient remain in 22nd on 7 points.

Finally, Doncaster Rovers and Blackpool confirmed their poor league starts to the season with a depressing 0-0 that started brightly for twenty minutes but soon fizzled out into tedium. Rovers dropped a couple of places to 20th on 11 points, Blackpool remain in 21st on 8.

A couple of clubs, Brighton and Doncaster, have moved already to change the boss, but with ten games gone and October nearly upon us we are rapidly closing on that time when chairmen traditionally start panicking, and a few more managers will doubtless be looking nervously over their shoulders in the coming weeks.


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23 September 2006 : Johnstone's Paint Trophy Round One Draw
With sixteen clubs, including Yeovil Town, having byes for the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy it was a very truncated draw that took place on Soccer AM this morning.

Southern Section (East)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Boston United
Northampton Town v Brentford
Notts County v Barnet
Gillingham v Nottingham Forest

Southern Section (West)
Wycombe Wanderers v Swindon Town
Walsall v Swansea City
Hereford United v Shrewsbury Town
Bristol Rovers v Torquay United

Northern Section (East)
Hartlepool United v Rotherham United
Huddersfield Town v Doncaster Rovers
Bradford City v Scunthorpe United
Lincoln City v Grimsby Town

Northern Section (West)
Accrington Stanley v Carlisle United
Wrexham v Rochdale
Macclesfield Town v Stockport County
Bury v Tranmere Rovers

First Round ties to be played in the week commencing 16th October. Round Two will see the draw return to the more familiar straight Southern / Northern format.


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22 September 2006 : Lee Hoping For A Tidy-Up At The Back
Yeovil Town striker Lee Morris has said that the Glovers plan to tighten up on their defence somewhat following last week's topsy-turvy 3-2 win at Huddersfield Town. Interviewed by BBC Radio Bristol, Lee said that it was something they had been working on in training and said of last week's match:

"It was one of those games where it was all action and end to end stuff. We had a chat after the game where the manager said that we looked brilliant going forward but that we were not good defensively. So we have worked a bit on trying to tighten it up at that end and hopefully we will be a bit tighter defensively this week."

Crewe Alexandra are tomorrow's opponents and as part of his career with sides like Sheffield United, Derby County and Leicester City, Lee is more than familiar with the style of football manager Dario Gradi likes to play:

"I have played against Crewe loads of times over the years and they have always played good football. They have been a neat and tidy team every time I've played against them. So they are always a good team to watch, but hopefully we will get a result against them."

Lee has also had high praise for the role Marcus Stewart has had since coming to the club in a three month deal. It was Stewart's pass that set up Morris for his opening goal of the season, and Lee admitted he had high hopes even before he started training with the on-loan Bristol City player:

"When I heard Marcus Stewart was coming here, it was an exciting time because he is a good player and I have played against him a few times over the years. So I knew what he could do. He is a clever player. He looks to not just work off me, he works off Chris Cohen and Arron on the other side. He is just one of those players who is easy to play alongside."

As for Lee himself, Saturday saw him play his third game in a week for the first time in three years and although he had to withdraw from the second half because of cramps in his calf muscles, he was happy to have got through another barrier on his return to full fitness:

"There were a couple of times when I thought I might not come back and play again, but fortunately the physios that have worked on and treated me have always said that these were not career-threatening injuries and that these were only niggles, so I kept the faith and eventually I got back."


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22 September 2006 : Yeovil Town v Crewe Alexandra Preview
After twenty-three years as manager at Gresty Road there's not much new under the sun for Dario Gradi, but putting a team out against Yeovil Town on Saturday will be a first for him.

I have never taken a team to Yeovil so it will be a new experience for me. I remember watching them in the F.A. Trophy at Villa Park a number of years ago, and ironically that was to watch Anthony Tonkin, who could be on the bench for them tomorrow.

Of course, that team has changed dramatically since then and they have some good players under a new manager in Russell Slade. Marcus Stewart has done very well for them and we have faced him many times before, so we know what he is about. I'm sure Marcus won't have any new tricks up his sleeve but he's always a threat.

They have made a decent start to the season and will be full of confidence at home, but we are in good form and shouldn't fear anybody. We have looked at how they are going to line-up and what they might do.


After a slowish start to the season Crewe are on a very good run, the mid-week victory over Premier League club Wigan Athletic in the Carling Cup taking them to six wins from the last seven games.

Jon Otsemobor is suffering with a slight achilles strain and Neil Cox has a foot injury after dropping a weight on his toe in training. Both will have late fitness tests but are expected to come through.

Jon has a tight achilles from the game on Tuesday and hasn't been able to train. He has been doing some work in the hydro-pool and I remain hopeful that he will travel. Neil dropped a light weight on his foot and is doubtful. He went for an x-ray and we hope it is nothing too serious. I'm sure he'll be fine but we will have to see how he goes today.

If those two are fit then I will probably go with the same team. There is no reason to change things after a performance like that. They all deserve to stay in the team and it is the first time for a while that I have gone into the dressing room after a game and told them how impressed I was.


However Ryan Lowe, who has been suffering with a stomach strain, is more doubtful and is thought unlikely to be risked for a place on the bench. Luke Rodgers has returned to training this week after an ankle problem and should travel. The match comes too soon for Tony Grant and Lee Bell. Although they have also returned to training they won't be fit enough for Saturday according to the Railwaymen's Official Site. Lee Matthews (ankle) and Paul Bignot (thigh) are definitely out.

Crewe's sixteen should come from : Ben Williams, Jon Otsemobor, Julien Baudet, Neil Cox, Danny O'Donnell, Billy Jones, Michael O'Connor, Gary Roberts, David Vaughan, Rodney Jack, Luke Varney, Nicky Maynard, Stuart Tomlinson, Darran Kempson, Ryan Lowe, Ben Rix, Darren Moss, Luke Rodgers.

Meanwhile the Glovers just have the two missing: Andy Lindegaard and Danny Webb continue to be unavailable, with Andy close to a return and Webb probably another two weeks away with damaged ligaments. Lee Morris was pulled off at half-time up at the Galpharm Stadium, but it is reported as just an attack of cramp in a calf.

Manager Russell Slade is aware of the vast experience Gradi brings to the match. Talking to BBC Radio Bristol he said :

He [Gradi] has changed his side around on numerous occasions, even during their run of four wins. So it is difficult to know and to pin him down as to what shape he will play with. He has done 3-5-2, 3-4-3, 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 so predicting it will be very difficult. I think he considers himself to be a wiley old tactician now, so it will be interesting to see what shape he comes with on Saturday.

He prides himself on bringing in new players and making them better and by allowing his younger players to come through and make an impression. They have survived on that and they have survived in the Championship. It's good as well that they have got a Chairman and a Board that despite this being probably their second relegation he's had, they've waited, and he has bounced back again and they've had promotions with it. They've stuck by him and it is a nice stable football club now.

He's doing a good job but I also think that there are a lot of other managers who would do reasonably well if they were given the length of time that people like Dario have been given. If you understand that there will be ups and downs then as long as your football club is going in the right direction then you have got to put up with that. I think that Chairmen and Boards are all too quick to fire managers just because they are having a poor spell.



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22 September 2006 : Rule Changes For Football League Trophy
There has been some tinkering with the format of the Football League Trophy, now under the name of new sponsors Johnstone's Paint.

The exclusion of any clubs from the Conference emerged some time ago, but other changes were only revealed today.

In Round One clubs are divided into four regions: Northern Section West; Northern Section East; Southern Section West; Southern Section East. From Round Two the format reverts to the straight Northern / Southern Sections familiar from previous years. This is designed to ensure more 'derby' ties.

Free tickets will be made available to under 16 supporters if accompanied by a paying adult. This is part of the Football League's Fans of the Future initiative.

There will be no extra time. In event of a draw on ninety minutes the tie will go straight to penalties. This will avoid late night finishes in a competition hoping to attract more families to mid-week cup football.

Clubs are required to include in their line-up a majority of the eleven players that have appeared most often in First Team games to that point of the season.

The total prize fund will be £350,000. Prize money will be awarded exclusively to the winners of each match.

Teresa Quinn, sponsorship manager for Johnstone's Paint, said :

As a sponsor, we're delighted with the changes. Bringing football to more people is our overall objective and if we can get younger supporters to games so much the better.


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22 September 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond : Week 26 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in this week's Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 26 : 22nd September 2006
Yeovil Town F.C. (01935) 423662 (Ext 291)

£100 Winners
Monday E5679 Mrs M Hilyar Rowan Way, Yeovil
Tuesday D0180 Mr J Hicks Simons Road, Sherborne
Wednesday D6857 Mr S Davis Fennel Way, Houndstone
Thursday B0034 Mrs R Crowe Westfield Avenue, Yeovil
Friday E5342 Mr I Evans Buckle Place, Houndstone

£10 Consolation Prizes
A5679 Mrs J Pugh Behind Berry, Somerton
B5679 Mrs Veale Shrewsbury Road, Yeovil
C5679 Mr S Speed Hillside Villas, Chard
D5679 Mr R Cave Victoria Park, Castle Cary
A0180 Mrs Fenn Clifton View, Barwick
B0180 Mrs Curtis Hillcrest Road, Yeovil
C0180 Mrs V Davis Monks Dale, Yeovil
E0180 Mr I Stent Little Sammons, Chilthorne Domer
A6857 Mrs S Gillham Tintern, Yeovil
C6857 Mr & Mrs Berkley Eastover, Langport
E6857 Mr R Knapp The Acres, Martock
A0034 Mrs T Humphries Buckle Place, Houndstone
C0034 Mr N Howard Westfield Grove, Yeovil
E0034 Mrs Lee Minterns, Chard
B5342 Mrs Williamson Mullens Way, Castle Cary
C5342 Miss Clarke Simons Road, Sherborne
D5342 Mr C Sweet Forde Park, Yeovil


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22 September 2006 : Glovers Get Cup First Round Bye
Yeovil Town have been given a bye in a special pre-draw today for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy (aka the Football League Trophy, formerly the LDV Trophy) First Round draw scheduled to take place tomorrow morning on Sky's Soccer AM programme at 9.30am. In fact there will be little West Country League One involvement with Bristol City and Cheltenham Town also putting their feet up. The groupings for tomorrow's draw are as follows:

Byes (northern section): Blackpool, Chester, Chesterfield, Crewe, Darlington, Mansfield, Oldham, Port Vale.

Byes (southern section): Bournemouth, Bristol City, Cheltenham, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Milton Keynes Dons, Peterborough, Yeovil Town.

Northern Section (West): Accrington, Bury, Carlisle, Macclesfield, Rochdale, Stockport, Tranmere, Wrexham.

Northern Section (East): Bradford, Doncaster, Grimsby, Hartlepool, Huddersfield, Lincoln, Rotherham, Scunthorpe.

Southern Section (West): Bristol Rovers, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Swansea, Swindon, Torquay, Walsall, Wycombe.

Southern Section (East): Barnet, Boston, Brentford, Brighton, Gillingham, Northampton, Nottingham Forest, Notts County.

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

The draw dates for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy can be found at 17th August on the Ciderspace News page.

The news means that the Glovers will put their feet up during the week commencing October 16th, and will join the competition at the Second Round stage, which is scheduled to take place during the week commencing October 30th.


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22 September 2006 : Slade Explains Paul Exit
Following yesterday's news that manager Russell Slade would not be following up his interest in former Aston Villa striker Shane Paul, the Glovers boss has confirmed this to be the case in an interview with BBC Radio Bristol. Paul had been in for training during the week, and also played in the midweek game against Swansea City's Reserve team, but Slade feels he has better players already at the club:

"We had a look, but obviously if we are going to bring players to the football club we need to make sure that they improve us. We had a good look at him in training and in the game (against Swansea City) and we think that we have got players here that are ahead of him. Hopefully he will be successful in finding a club somewhere else."


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22 September 2006 : Supporters Attendance Survey : Final Reminder
A final reminder for those who have not completed our Supporters Attendance Survey that was launched roughly a week ago. We will close the survey at midnight on Saturday, and will then publish the results.

Remember that if you have multiple people in your household who attend Yeovil Town matches, that you are welcome to get them to provide their own input and experiences into the survey.

Link: Ciderspace Supporters Attendance Survey Entry Form.


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21 September 2006 : Morris Inching Towards Permanent Contract
Both parties appeared postive in a Western Gazette interview this week that Lee Morris could be closing in on a permanent deal at Huish Park.

The former Derby County and Leicester City foward, who has racked up £3,120,000 in transfer deals but scarcely kicked a ball for two years because of injury, is on a month-to-month deal with Yeovil Town at present and spoke enthusiastically about his time so far with the Glovers :

I have played a bit more than I expected at this part of the season. I knew it was going to be hard but I am feeling fitter and fitter by the game. I am happy to have had any kind of a deal and want to make sure I can stay fit. I am taking it a day at a time. Yeovil is a really good club and all the lads have been brilliant. It helps having Marcus [Stewart] in the team. He is a clever player and is helping us along.

Morris hit the back of the net in the 2-3 victory over Huddersfield Town last Saturday, his first goal since scoring for the Rams against Stoke City in January 2004.

It had been quite a while since the last goal and it was nice to get off the mark. Playing a 4-5-1 formation suits us and we are a hard team to play against. Going forward we look very good but we gave Huddersfield too many chances and were not as difficult to break down as we have been.

Manager Russell Slade was also upbeat and again hinted that he was thinking about a permanent deal for Morris :

With the likes of Lee Morris and Marcus Stewart in the team we have that little bit of cleverness. We will be sitting down at some stage and seeing what we can do. I am pleased for Lee. He still has a long way to go but he is working tremendously hard. He has played three games in seven days and that was for the first time for three years.


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21 September 2006 : Forum Domain Closure
Yesterday, Ciderspace decided not to take up the annual subscription that covers what was our Web Forum. Having closed that domain with our ISP, you will find that using the link for the Web Forum results in an error message - this is expected and will continue to be the case.

A reminder that the two active message boards since January 2006 have been:

The Green Room: http://www.ytfc.com/ytfc.mpl

The YTFC Forum: http://www.ytfcforum.co.uk

Please ensure that your Favourites are updated to point to these forums. Both forums (as well as several of the main YTFC sites) are linked from the Home page of Ciderspace.


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21 September 2006 : Paul Fails To Impress
Former Aston Villa and Scunthorpe United striker Shane Paul has had his trial ended by the Glovers, according to BBC Somerset Sound this morning. Paul played in last night's 1-0 defeat against Swansea City Reserves but that was enough for the Glovers management team to decide that they needed to turn their attentions elsewhere.


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20 September 2006 : He Cheated And Cheated And Cheated Again
Finally, after years of twisting and turning and lying, and lying some more, even the man himself has had to admit what was clear as day all along to anyone without their heads buried under the World's largest sand dune (hello Boston United fans) : STEVE EVANS IS A CHEAT.

Back on 3rd February, when the case against Evans and his co-defendants was adjourned yet again, we said we were looking forward to September when the trial resumed. Now, after persistently and loudly asserting he was innocent and would be completely exhonerated, the cheating Boston United manager has changed his plea to guilty of defrauding the public revenue at the last moment. So, now an admitted liar as well as a cheat. One sincerely hopes that whatever other sentence he gets, and we trust it will be a custodial one as the charges of fraud cover a period of years, he also gets hit for the costs of wasting tax payers money for the past year with delays and prevarications instead on holding his hand up and admitting he was guilty straight off.

Former Boston United chairman Pat Malkinson has also changed his plea to guilty. Both men received bans from football for cheating to help gain Boston United promotion to the Football League in 2002. However, in an utterly disgraceful dereliction of duty, the F.A. failed to throw the cheating club out of the Football League. Too late now, but depending on how many of the charges Evans and Malkinson have admitted to, Boston United may have been cheating since their Northern and Southern League Premier Division days, as some of the charges brought date back that far.

Boston United general manager John Blackwell and ex-club accountants Brian James and Ian Lee continue to deny the charges. The proceedings at Southwark Crown Court are expected to last four weeks.

Evans and Malkinson will be sentenced when the trial ends.

As for the Boston United club official who talked in 2002 of legal action against this site for our coverage of the cheating at York Street, pick the bones out of this mate :

your manager is a cheat;
your former chairman is a cheat;
your club cheated.

Don't worry though. We're not interested in your apology.


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20 September 2006 : Reserves Lose At Swansea
Yeovil Town Reserves lost against Swansea City's Reserve team tonight with a single goal from Rory Fallon enough to divide the two sides. As mentioned below, the Glovers played former Aston Villa striker Shane Paul in their line-up, but neither he nor his team-mates could cancel out Fallon's strike which came roughly half an hour into the game.


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20 September 2006 : Shane Paul On Trial
Former Aston Villa and Scunthorpe United striker Shane Paul is on trial at Huish Park and is playing in tonight's Reserve Team game against Swansea City.

Shane was born in Walsall on January 25th 1987 and has represented England at U16, U17 and U18 level. After turning professional with Villa in January 2005, he was released this summer despite having scored consistently at Reserve level. After a summer trial at Wycombe Wanderers, he signed on a non-contract basis with Scunthorpe United, scoring in his one and only appearance for the Iron. He was released by the Lincolnshire side earlier this month and is therefore currently a free agent.


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20 September 2006 : Reserves vs Swansea City
Yeovil Town Reserves take on Swansea City in Port Talbot tonight, with the game taking place at the Reemax Stadium. Admission for the match is 3 pounds for adults and two pounds for concessions. Kick-off is 7.00pm.

To get to the Reemax Stadium in Port Talbot, leave the M4 motorway at Junction 40 and follow the signs to Aberavon Beach. The ground is on Victoria Road which is a left turn just after a row of shops, before reaching the sea front.

Address: The Reemax Stadium, Victoria Road, Port Talbot, SA12 6AD. Tel: 01639 882465.

There is currently no team news from the Yeovil end - most likely Saturday's substitutes at Huddersfield, plus Darren Behcet, Tom Clarke, Stephen Maher, Jake Smeeton, Craig Alcock and possibly Andy Lindegaard if he is deemed to be ready to commence his comeback from a groin injury.

Swansea will be rather unusually fielding strikers Lee Trundle and Rory Fallon. Trundle has been sidelined with a knee injury, whilst Fallon has been confined to the bench in recent games. Midfielder Kristian O'Leary, goalkeeper Andy Oakes and Steve Watt are also included in the strong Swansea line-up.


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19 September 2006 : Youth Team Statistics Updated
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side's match statistics have been updated to include the data associated with their last two cup matches against Portsmouth and Swansea City. A new page has been sent up to include the Cup Group table, and all appearance and goal data has been brought up to date.

Link: 2006-07 Puma Youth Alliance Cup Southern Section Group 1 Table.

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

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Results.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Appearances.

NB: As usual with so many new faces in this season's Youth Team, keeping all the spelling of all of the players names correct is always a difficult process. If you are aware of any errors, please let us know via the address below and we will do our best to correct.


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19 September 2006 : Somerset Premier Cup Date
It's a long time since the draw for the opening two rounds of the Somerset Premier Cup was made - see Ciderspace 17th May - but at last the competition is getting under way.

Since our entry to the Football League the SPC has become a reserve fixture for Yeovil Town. The first round saw us drawn at home against Welton Rovers of the Western League Premier Division. The match has been scheduled for Tuesday 3rd October, with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off at Huish Park.

Should the Reserves successfully negotiate this tie they'll be away to either Minehead Town or Wellington Town in Round Two.


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19 September 2006 : Skivo In TOTW Again
For the second time this season Yeovil Town captain Terry Skiverton has been selected for the Football League's League One Team of the Week. The full line-up is :

Kieren Westwood - Carlisle United
Neil Young - AFC Bournemouth
TERRY SKIVERTON - Yeovil Town
Ian Sharps - Rotherham United
Zigor Aranalde - Carlisle United
Matthew Jarvis - Gillingham
Lee Johnson - Bristol City
Gary Hart - Brighton & Hove Albion
Jermaine Johnson - Bradford City
Calvin Zola - Tranmere Rovers
Billy Sharp - Scunthorpe United

Our congratulations once again to Terry. It seems a long time ago since a large majority in a thread on the old Ciderspace forum insisted that Skivo wasn't up to League One standard. Rather pleased this site was part of the minority.........


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18 September 2006 : Officials For Visit Of Railwaymen
Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire) has been appointed to referee next Saturday's league fixture against Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park.

Brendan Malone (Wiltshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon) are the assistants, Ron Ganfield (Somerset) the fourth official.

The only reference we've come across to Mr Whitestone officiating at a Yeovil game in the past was as an assistant referee in one of our many failures against The Cheats up at York Street, this one in the LDV Vans in 2002.


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18 September 2006 : Kid For A Quid At Blackpool
As last season, we've struck lucky again (or the Seasiders have deliberately targetted us as an unattractive fixture), and one of the Bloomfield Road Kid For a Quid days has been allocated to the Blackpool v Yeovil Town fixture on Saturday 14th October, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

Prices have been set at : adult £15.00; over 60 £11.00; under 18 £1.00; under 8 free of charge, providing each is with a paying adult.

Tickets will be sold through the Huish Park Ticket Office, with the date they go on sale to be decided later.

Those who went last year will recall the accommodation for away supporters at Bloomfield Road is uncovered seating - yuck. Good job the prices are cheap then.


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18 September 2006 : Asaba Looks To Foxes
Striker Carl Asaba has completed his trial at Leeds United and has now moved on to the Walkers Stadium in an effort to earn a new contract. Asaba, who has also been interesting Derby County has had contact from Glovers boss Russell Slade, although the Yeovil manager has recognised that his chances of landing the 33 year old are slim whilst such Championship sides are still sniffing around.

Leicester City manager Rob Kelly, who is the latest man to have a look at the former Millwall striker explained: "Carl is a free agent and we've taken the chance to look at him. He knows the division well and has a wealth of experience."


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18 September 2006 : Brentford Profile
For those planning their next League One away trip the Ciderspace guide to Brentford can be found here.

Link: Brentford Profile.

Update: A series of e-mails and phone calls to Brentford Ticket Office has established that the Ealing Road Terrace will not be open to Yeovil Town fans this time (unless too many turn up) and they will fill the seating in Block A in the Braemar Road Stand first. Thus there is a single set of prices, which are -
adults £19.00, seniors (60+) and students £13.00, juniors (under 16) £5.00.

The profile has been updated accordingly. Further details on the rules concerning student concessions can be found there in the ticketing section.


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17 September 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Huddersfield Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade considered that the Glovers had completed a good week after he saw his side win 3-2 against Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium - four days after picking up an away point against Northampton Town.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I am delighted that we got four points from our two away trips. It has been a long hard week for us, but now this sets us up nicely. We have two important games now at home and we want to take as many points as we possibly can."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 3 : Match Report

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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17 September 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town
The full Ciderspace Match Report on yesterday's 3-2 win at the Galpharm Stadium against Huddersfield Town is now online.

Link: Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 3 : Match Report.


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17 September 2006 : Local Rivals Remain Managerless
News has broken this afternoon that Jamie Redknapp has turned down the offer of the vacant managerial position at AFC Bournemouth.

Speaking to the Daily Echo Redknapp said :

I'm really flattered and proud that my name has even been mentioned in relation to the Bournemouth job. It is a really great job for someone, but it won't be for me. At the moment, I just don't have that feeling of wanting to be a manager of any club. For some reason, it just doesn't feel quite right for me.

Maybe some time in the future when I'm a bit older, I might have a different view. If that ever happens, becoming manager of Bournemouth would be a job I'd love to have. But until that time, I'm privileged to be doing my media work and I'm really enjoying what I'm doing.

Bournemouth really put me on the map and I owe an awful lot to them. I absolutely loved it there when my dad was involved, they've got great fans and really nice people at the club. Someone will be very lucky to get that job.


New Cherries chairman Abdul Jaffer commented :

We can understand Jamie's reasons. He is very committed to his work in the media and he's made it clear he wants to carry on with that. Naturally, that is disappointing, but he was only one name that has been mentioned.

There are still many excellent candidates - some more I've spoken to in the last 24 hours who have declared an interest - and we will wait for the official applications for the job to start coming in next week.


Redknapp Junior began his playing career at Bournemouth in 1990 under his dad 'Arry, who was there in his first management post at the time.


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17 September 2006 : Jackson Feels The Pressure
When a manager spends most of his post-match comments talking about 'sticking together', and in defending his chairman, you know you're looking at a club and manager under pressure - as well as one aware of which side his bread in buttered and who holds his future in their hands.

After the 2-3 loss to the Glovers yesterday that triggered open protests from some Terriers fans after the game, Huddersfield Town manager Peter Jackson spent a lot of time 'sticking together' and praising his chairman, Ken Davy.

It was a very disappointing result for us today. It was important that we built on the performance of the Doncaster game [a 0-0 draw] and we did not do that. The good things were outweighed by the bad things, and that was defensive. We could have been one down within 30 seconds. It was disappointing because we looked very solid against Doncaster who never looked like scoring, but today we conceded three. If you score two goals at home then you expect to win.

It is important after a performance like today's and a home defeat that the players and I stick together. We have players coming back from injury which will add to the squad. We have to stick together as a club.

We are a Club and a team. I'm in charge of that and it is not Ken's
[Ken Davy, Chairman] fault or Andew Watson's [Chief Executive] fault. The buck has to rest with me. I have got a budget to spend and at the moment I am not getting results. My career is judged on results and we have not got a result today.

The crowd is a little bit frustrated but people have to remember that there were not many people wanting to rescue this club three years ago when Ken Davy saved it. Let's be grateful that there is still eleven players still running round at the Galpharm. If Ken Davy had not come forward there would be no football here.

He is not the sort of chairman who will hide. He has met them full-on and my message to people would be what I say in my programme notes - believe the faith. Some people will not believe now as much as they did at the start of the season, but I still have confidence in the team.

When I came here we got promotion and got 80 odd points, the following year we got 70, 1 point off the play-offs and last year we got 73 points. This is the toughest time of my managerial career because expectations and hopes were so high this year. We have not started well and I can hold my hands up to that. It is a difficult period for me personally, I have to get through it and become stronger for it, and the club will be stronger for it.


No point mentioning the contribution of Yeovil Town during the afternoon to Huddersfield's woes in the post-match analysis, clearly. After all the Glovers are just a pub team, put on this earth simply to be rolled over by the Mighty of League One.


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17 September 2006 : Supporters Match-Day Attendance Survey Reminder
Whilst you are putting your feet up during a lazy Sunday morning or afternoon, don't forget that Ciderspace has a survey open, examining the match-day habits of supporters and what factors are influencing their attendance at matches. Around 200 responses have been made so far.

A couple of observations can be made on the returns received to date. Several of you make reference to having multiple family members that are Yeovil supporters. If so, then don't forget to get them to fill in the survey if they can. If say three household members are/were attending Yeovil Town matches, then all three should be recorded, whether their experiences are the same or particularly if there are differences.

Secondly, a couple of entries have raised the question of relevance of some of the questions to those who have purchased season tickets. Whilst that is true to an extent, don't forget that you will be making purchase decisions on games like FA Cup matches.

Link: Ciderspace Supporters Attendance Survey.


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16 September 2006 : Can We Play You Every Week?
Yeovil Town's last - and most vital - away win of the 2005-06 season took place at the Galpharm Stadium five months ago, since when rather a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. It was therefore rather fitting that their first set of three points on their travels for the 2006-07 season should come at the same venue. Their hosts, Huddersfield Town, must be getting slightly sick of the people from Somerset and around 200 Yorkshiremen vented their frustration after the game in a demonstration held outside the club's main entrance. Once again, the shame of losing to 'the pub team' proves to be the final straw for another club.

During the 90 minutes played, the Glovers turned in an impressive performance, sparked off by Lee Morris cutting in from the left flank and firing home from the edge of the box with just quarter of an hour gone. Huddersfield threatened in fits and starts, although their equaliser came somewhat out of the blue, with Mark Hudson finishing well after he picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box.

Arron Davies made the most of an opportunity to start his first league match since the opening day of the season, by restoring Yeovil's lead six minutes into the second half, when he finished from a narrow angle whilst 10 yards out. But Gary Taylor-Fletcher continued the topsy-turvey match pattern when he equalised with a close range back-post header 12 minutes later.

Wayne Gray had replaced Morris at half time and it was his pullback that won Yeovil the game. A rather static looking Huddersfield defence allowed both Gray and Chris Cohen to occupy the penalty area unattended and the latter slammed the ball home from 15 yards to give Yeovil the points with 13 minutes remaining.

In truth there could have been many more goals to talk about. Marcus Stewart almost netted against his old club after just 20 seconds. Danny Schofield and Taylor-Fletcher hit the woodwork for the home side whilst a sublime Arron Davies 35 yard strike just before half time came off the underside of the bar. But the Glovers did more than enough to justify their claim of the points, and they coped with the surprise four minutes worth of injury time without Huddersfield truly threatening to send 253 visitors home feeling rather pleased with themselves.

The win lifts Yeovil up to 11th place in the latest League One table, but just two points off Bristol City who lie in 3rd, and two ahead of Chesterfield in 17th. Once again, League One looks like it is going to be a tight division, to say the least.


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16 September 2006 : MOTM Voting For Huddersfield
Don't forget that you can vote for your Man Of The Match from today's game at the Galpharm Stadium by using the online voting form. The Glovers beat Huddersfield Town today with goals from Lee Morris, Arron Davies and Chris Cohen, finally seeing off their hosts by a 3-2 scoreline.

Link: Huddersfield vs Yeovil : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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16 September 2006 : Mixed Fortunes For Loanees
There were rather different fortunes today for the three Glovers currently out on loan.

David Poole went straight into the Stockport County starting eleven as manager Jim Gannon made four changes to the side that went down to a tame 0-3 home defeat against Shrewsbury Town midweek. Making his debut at Edgeley Park Poole must have been bemused as to why County were struggling near the foot of League Two on five points as they ran riot against visitors Wrexham. Four goals from Adam Le Fondre contributed to a 5-2 final score, and County's second league victory of the season. Poole played out wide on the right, and it was his pinpoint cross on 12 minutes that nearly started the avalanche, but the resulting header from Glenn Murray came back off the post. Poole got in a useful 67 minute run out before he was substituted.

Like Poole, Gavin McCallum nearly opened up the opposition early when his excellent cross was rather wasted by Taiwo Atieno after 6 minutes, but his afternoon lasted 17 minutes less. However it was ended by the referee's decision, not the manager's.

Tamworth were entertaining bottom of the Conference Forest Green Rovers captained by ex-Huish Park favourite Jamie Pitman and fielding various former Glovers like Alex Meechan and Charlie Griffin, plus the nearly-a-Glover Les Afful. The Lambs took the lead in the first half when Atieno did better with his head from a corner. But two minutes into the second period the Gumps equalised, and just three minutes later should have taken the lead when McCallum up-ended Afful as he burst into the box. A straight red for Gavin, and a penalty for Forest Green - which they blew.

Forest Green sensed a first victory away from home for nearly a year was there for the taking and for the next forty minutes (plus nine of time added on) pressed Tamworth back, with the home side rarely managing to get out of their own half. It was backs-to-the-wall stuff, and Bradley Thomas played the full 99 minutes at centre back to help Tamworth cling on for a point. Final score: 1-1.


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16 September 2006 : League One Round-Up
A 2-3 thriller at the Galpharm Stadium saw Yeovil Town take three points, as on their last visit. With the Glovers hitting the woodwork and having one cleared off the line, while Huddersfield Town hit the frame of the goal on two occasions, it could have been an absolute goalfest, though the visitors were good for the win. Yeovil move back into the top half of the table at 11th, and the Terriers find themselves in 19th. This is not what the Galpharm faithful were expecting even at this early stage of the season, and a couple of hundred fans delayed their departure home to express their dissatisfaction outside the front of the stadium.

At the top of the table there's now a little gap between the first two and a pack of eleven clubs who are clustered on 15 to 13 points, even though Nottingham Forest failed for a fourth time this season to convert a penalty and so were frustrated in a 0-0 at home to Carlisle United. Second placed Tranmere Rovers made no such mistake at Sixfields, storming to a 0-3 lead, including a penalty which they did score, inside the hour. A consolation from Northampton Town to make it 1-3 provided no real scares and Rovers close to within a point of the leaders.

Port Vale, in third place this morning, lost ground as ex-Glover Colin Miles was red carded on 33 minutes at Valley Parade and Bradford City went on to secure victory with two second half goals and are in fifth. The Valiants drop to fourth with Bristol City jumping in to third spot after a 3-1 win over Chesterfield.

Crewe Alexandra's season is picking up nicely after a slow start, with three wins from the last four games, and one goal was enough to see off Millwall. The Railwaymen are top scorers in the division with 15 and sitting in seventh, the Lions are struggling badly, lowest scorers with a meagre six and on five points in 23rd position. Ridiculously early days with only nine matches gone, but new manager Nigel Spackman is facing mutterings around The Den already.

The only consistency Swansea City have is in their inconsistency. This afternoon they were well beaten at Priestfield 3-1 by Gillingham, a late Leon Knight strike only providing a superficial bit of respectability. Most clubs would be happy enough with 8th at this stage, but too many Swans believe themselves to be God's gift and anything less than a victory hears a few more knives being sharpened by fans for Kenny Jackett. The Gills move up to 12th.

Managerless Brighton & Hove Albion are probably full of thanks for the fixture computer giving them Leyton Orient, in danger of becoming the division whipping boys on the road at present as they leak an average of three goals a game away from home, this weekend. The Seagulls went one better, putting four past the hapless O's after the visitors were reduced to ten men on 15 minutes. Orient did get one from the spot but a minus goal difference already into double figures is an ominous sign for them. Brighton moved up to 9th, the O's languish in 22nd.

Another managerless club, AFC Bournemouth, are becoming draw specialists away from home, getting their fourth out of five this afternoon in a 0-0 at Griffin Park. Brentford are just ahead of the Glovers in 10th, the Cherries just behind on goal difference in 13th. There was also a 0-0 at Millmoor in the local derby with Doncaster Rovers. The Millers at last move on to positive points following their ten point deduction: one. Donny are in 18th.

Scunthorpe United jumped to 14th when a 90th minute goal from substitute Andy Keogh took all three points in a 1-0 win over Cheltenham Town. The Robins started the season brightly after their promotion to League One, but away form is currently their undoing with four losses out of five, and they have slid down to 15th.

Another 90th minute effort salvaged a point at home for Blackpool in a 2-2 against Oldham Athletic. Both clubs have begun the season with form below the expectations of their fans, and in Blackpool's case probably below the expectations of their new Latvian sugar-daddy. The Latics find themselves in 16th, the Seasiders in the last relegation place of 21st.

Next week sees the magic ten game mark reached, when managers and pundits say patterns have emerged and we should start looking at tables. It also becomes the point when some managers begin to hope their chairmen aren't starting to study that table closely.

Link: Latest 2006-07 League One Table.


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16 September 2006 : Youths Lose In Cup Again
The Yeovil Town U18 team lost their second Group One tie in the Puma Youth Alliance Cup this morning, going down 0-2 at home to Swansea City. The opening match in the competition saw a 1-3 loss to Portsmouth last Saturday. The Youths are finding it much harder going this season, all four matches in league and cup to date having ended in defeat.


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15 September 2006 : Huddersfield Town v Yeovil Town Preview
None of the 504 Yeovil Town supporters present at the Galpharm Stadium on 29th April 2006 will forget a 72nd minute free kick from Phil Jevons, nor the final whistle at around ten to five: League One football secured for another season.

The Glovers return to the scene of their 1-2 triumph tomorrow, and will find a Terriers side riding far less high in the table. As a team that would have been many fans tip to be one of the leaders from the off Huddersfield Town have made a surprisingly sluggish start to the new campaign.

As is always the case with players returning to former clubs, Marcus Stewart will be especially keen to add to his two in three league starts so far on his loan spell. Stewart moved to Huddersfield from Bristol Rovers in 1996 for £1.2 million, and made 129 appearances in three and a half seasons, scoring 58 goals, before moving on to Ipswich Town for £2.5 million.

Yeovil assistant manager Steve Thompson said :

Saturday will be a big day for Marcus Stewart. Huddersfield bought him from Bristol Rovers and he went on to score a load of goals there. It made everyone, even the big clubs, sit up and take notice of what a talent he was. We've been delighted with his application since coming here. He's a very clever player who has already scored two headed goals and I'm sure it won't be long before we see one from his feet.

It is an important game for us, because this league is so tight at this stage. And we also want some points to justify the quality of some of our performances. We could be sitting here today with at least four or five more points than we have now.


Yeovil's last victory on the road was in fact that April visit to the Galpharm.

The Glovers will be without Andy Lindegaard and Danny Webb. Lindegaard is back to full training but still probably a week away. Webb is a new injury, twisting his ankle in training yesterday, and likely to be sidelined for the next fortnight.

The home side have Jon Worthington (hernia), Chris Brandon (ankle) and Adnan Ahmed (metatarsal) out, but midfielder Andy Holdsworth should be back after missing two matches with shingles.


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15 September 2006 : Ello Jean Got A New Motor?
Ah the merry japes that footballers get up to when they have too much time on their hands. Thankfully the playfulness of Yeovil Town's players doesn't quite end up with the same consequences as a certain Big Club we could mention Up The Road but they do have their moments.

Some might have assumed that the tales of deceased rodents being left under unsuspecting team-mates car accelerator pedals and other such pranks might have become a thing of the past when practical joker Gavin Williams left Huish Park, but it appears that such matters are still alive and well this season.

Poor old Jean-Paul Kalala seems to be on the end of it though. When manager Russell Slade couldn't get into the home dressing room a few weeks ago, it was JP who was stood on a chair having to tell his teammates a story as part of an initiation routine for new signings. Now he appears to have fallen foul again and is having to drive a battered 18 year old BMW around as punishment for being the 'worst' player in training - as voted for by his team-mates. A stitch-up? JP unsurprisingly suspects so. He's probably right - coach Stuart Housley told BBC Somerset Sound the background:

"The players said to me have you got an old car, and funnily enough I've got an old BMW I've been driving around in for quite a while. So they asked me to spray it a funny colour, so I sprayed the boot, the bonnet and the wheel trims. Now what the players do, is whoever finishes being the worst player in the circle, has to drive it to match days. Every player is going to sign the car, and at the end of the year, one of the supporters might want to buy it!"

JP was the first lucky recipient of the players' vote-rigging carefully selected voting, and thus had to turn up to Huish Park this morning driving the car, prior to the players boarding the coach on the way up to Huddersfield today. Wonder if he expected all of this when he made the move from Grimsby Town this summer?


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15 September 2006 : Additional Fixture
Yeovil Town will be playing in a friendly against Gillingham Town on Tuesday 24th October to mark the official reopening of the club's Grandstand. Kick-off is 7.30 p.m.

The Gills are Dorset's oldest football club, having been formed in 1879. However they have never risen above Junior Football in all that time, currently playing in the Dorset Premier League. At the end of the 2003-04 season it looked as if they would move into the Wessex League and Senior Football for the first time, but off-field politics intervened. They remain ambitious to achieve senior status.

They play at Hardings Lane on the eastern edge of the town. Click here for a map. The ground has a clubhouse.


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15 September 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 25 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced this week's Glovers Gold Bond results as follows:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 25 : 15th September 2006
Yeovil Town F.C. (01935) 423662 (Ext 291)

£100 WINNERS
Monday B9073 Mrs P Dean Lyde Road,Yeovil
Tuesday D0089 Mrs W Hill Brookland Road, Langport
Wednesday D9002 Mr J Beckman Westfield Place, Yeovil
Thursday A3877 Mr L Clarke Sutton Grange, Yeovil
Friday D0124 Miss K Mcallister Horne Close, Stratton on Fosse

£10 CONSOLATION PRIZES
A9073 Trevor Harris Kents Bungalows, South Chard
C9073 Mr P Rawlings St Pauls Flats, Sherborne
D9073 Mr R Lewis Etsome Terrace, Somerton
A0089 Keith Buckland Etsome Terrace, Somerton
C0089 Mr C Takle Westfield Road, Frome
E0089 Mrs J Green Cherrytree Drive, Yeovil
A9002 Mr J Chester Terrace View, Sherborne
C9002 Mr & Mrs Hallett Penn View, Wincanton
E9002 Mr G Webber Lime Tree Avenue, Yeovil
B3877 Mr M Runyard Barnes Lane, Beaminster
C3877 Mrs C Bowles Font Villas, West Coker
D3877 Mrs K Hazelaar Runnymede Road, Yeovil
E3877 Miss C Beer Ryalls Court, Yeovil
A0124 Mrs M Cornelius Lightgate Road, South Petherton
B0124 Mr T J Martin Flax Way, Yeovil


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15 September 2006 : Stockport Sign Poole On Loan
Yeovil Town winger David Poole has joined League Two side Stockport County on loan in time for their home match against Wrexham. No loan period is specified, though it would be a surprise if it was for more than a single month at this stage.

County boss Jim Gannon has already earmarked Poole for a vacant slot in his side: "David became available. He's played a number of games in the division above and he'll give us natural width on the right."

Poole has played in four games this season but has dropped slightly down the pecking order since picking up a spot of tonsilitus during a period when manager Russell Slade was formulating a consistent strategy for his team. In the past three matches, Slade has more or less selected the same players - the only exception was caused by an international call-up for Arron Davies - and at present Poole's options seem slightly limited and he needs match fitness.

The only concern for Slade will be that Poole has been the only available senior outfield player left out of the squad in recent weeks - aside from the current 'favoured' sixteen, Slade's options lie in a trio of untried teenagers - Craig Alcock, Jake Smeeton and Stephen Maher. Anthony Tonkin and Andy Lindegaard are two senior options, but both are lacking match fitness at present.

Update: 1.30pm: Stockport County's official site have now confirmed this news, specifying a one month loan period.


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14 September 2006 : Supporters Survey On Match Day Attendances
Ciderspace has set up a supporters survey to examine some of the habits of supporters that has seen early attendances at Huish Park drop off during the opening matches of the 2006-07 season. The survey will be open for the next week.

Link: Ciderspace Supporters Survey : Match Day Attendances.


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14 September 2006 : Thomas Loan Extension Looking Likely
Ciderspace reported as far back as 28th August that Tamworth were impressed with the loans from Yeovil Town and immediately expressing an interest in extending one or both. Bradley Thomas has now confirmed that the Conference club would like him for the whole season :

Things have been going well. I am playing first-team football and I feel I am getting better with every game. Gavin has also been enjoying it and the fact that we have won a few games has been nice. Tamworth want to extend my loan until the end of the season but my Yeovil career is most important to me.

Russell Slade is being a bit more cautious, but indicated he could be happy to extend Bradley's spell to three months in the first instance :

We may look at increasing Bradley's loan there to three months.


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14 September 2006 : No Milton Link With Owls
Sheffield Wednesday Chief Executive Kaven Walker has rubbished newspaper reports today suggesting that former Glovers General Manager John Milton is about to join them as a Director of Football. Walker even delivers the ultimate insult in football - "never heard of him" - to drive home the point and try and head off rumours that Wednesday are looking to push out current manager Paul Sturrock.

Walker told the Owls official website the claims were "absolute rubbish" and added: "I've never even heard of John Milton and we have no intention of appointing a director of football. Football issues are dealt with by our manager, Paul Sturrock."

It would also be a major surprise if Milton landed a position in a high profile club like Wednesday. Milton himself explained that his departure from Huish Park was strongly related to health problems caused by a stroke last year, and so a return to football at a higher level than the position he held at Huish Park would be unusual to say the least.

The news was reported in today's Daily Star and The Sun. "Absolute rubbish" in the Star and Sun? Surely not!


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13 September 2006 : Slade After New Striker
On loan striker Marcus Stewart may have netted twice in three games since arriving at Huish Park, but manager Russell Slade has told today's Western Daily Press that he is still on the look-out for a player that can deliver more goals for the Glovers. Speaking after yesterday's game, Slade explained:

"We could do with another finisher like Marcus Stewart, that would not be bad - but they are very difficult to find. We have found one, now I will have to have a look into my crystal ball to see if I can come up with another. I have got a few irons in the fire and I would like to bring another one in. But I won't be forced into it - it has to be something that will improve the side."

It would seem likely that Slade would be after a taller target-man style striker who can provide penalty area dominance on the end of set pieces. Having allowed Matt Harrold to transfer to Southend United on transfer deadline day, Daniel Webb is currently the only player on Yeovil's books who fits that profile, and since Harrold's departure Webb has made two appearances from the bench.

With the Glovers having been linked with Chris Zebroski - now at Millwall - and Carl Asaba - currently training with Leeds United and wanted by Derby County - the current profile appears to be for a striker in excess of six foot tall. Unfortunately, good ones do not grow on trees, so Slade will certainly have a big task if he is to bring someone in with that kind of profile during the season.


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13 September 2006 : Customer Charter Meeting Agenda Released
In what is a welcome development, the Football Club have released an advance agenda for next week's Customer Charter Meeting that takes place, by invitation, at Huish Park next Tuesday evening. To our knowledge, this is the first time this has been circulated to supporters in advance of the meeting.

The full agenda is as follows:

Customer Charter Meeting : 19th September 2006 : 5.45pm

1) Welcome and Introductions

2) Appointment of New Chairman (of CCMs)

3) Outstanding Issues:-
3a) Tea Bars - Prices/Better Trained Staff/Mobile Drinks/Snack Trolleys
3b) Ground Board Advertising Fixtures
3c) Forthcoming Fixture Flyers
3d) Smoking on the Westland Terrace and within Stadium
3e) Membership Scheme (outcome from the previous meeting)

4) Supporters Bar Update

5) Attracting New Supporters

6) Ticket Prices - Categorised Matches

7) Disabled Lift

8) Any Other Business
8a) Firework night - 3rd November
8b) Meet the Manager Night - 5th October
8c) Christmas Draw
8d) Issues raised by Supporters Representatives

9) Date of next meeting to be arranged

If you have any thoughts on the above topics and would like to add your views in advance of the meeting, either leave a message on this thread on the Green Room or email Sara Bradley at the Football Club at supporter.link@ytfc.net to state your views. It may be worth highlighting which agenda item (if any) your comments are relevant to, so it is clear to Sara which area you are drawing attention to.


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13 September 2006 : Slade Wants More
Glovers boss Russell Slade said after last night's 1-1 draw at Northampton Town that he feels his side need to start picking up three points from some of their games. The Glovers have drawn four out of their eight opening matches, meaning a respectable points haul, but performances suggest that there could have been more.

Slade explained: "It's too early to be looking at the league table, but we need to start turning draws into wins soon, although on another night we could have had all three points. I was a bit disappointed with our first-half display, we did OK, but it wasn't good enough and it was never going to be enough to win the game. We allowed Northampton to get too many balls into the box in the first half, but they only had one chance, which they put away."

At half time, Slade pushed Wayne Gray into a more attacking position, allowing him to partner Marcus Stewart in a 4-4-2 formation, and that change allowed the Glovers to create a few more chances:

"I've always said we've got to be adaptable and when I switched it to 4-4-2, we looked the better side in the second half. We got much better quality balls into the box and one cross led to the goal, but Marcus Stewart still had lots to do to score the equaliser."


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13 September 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town
The full match report for last night's 1-1 draw against Northampton Town is now online.

Link: Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1 : Match Report.


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13 September 2006 : Stewart Strike Gets Draw At Sixfields
Yeovil Town picked up another valuable away point when they came back from a goal down against Northampton Town last night.

The Glovers have never won at Sixfields before, and despite providing a fair amount of first half penetration, it was the home side that struck first, with Jason Crowe netting from close range after Steve Mildenhall had made an outstanding parried save from a close range header.

The problem in the first half was that Yeovil couldn't really turn possession into chances, and during the half time break, manager Russell Slade tweaked his side's game slightly, moving Wayne Gray into a more advanced position.

The equaliser came though, after Slade had made a second change - bringing Ishmael Welsh into the side, and he played his part that saw a flowing move go from Mildenhall up to the other end of the pitch in brilliant fashion. Welsh was the man who fed Nathan Jones, whose cross was met by a flicked Marcus Stewart header which nestled in the top corner.

Yeovil looked the more likely team to grab all three points - substiute Daniel Webb headed over in the dying minutes, whilst Paul Terry found his shot saved, but Northampton could still have grabbed a rather fortuitious winner when Ryan Gilligan's cross turned into an unexpected on target 'shot' forcing Mildenhall to tip the ball over the bar.

The result saw Yeovil slip down to 14th in the table, although perhaps the Glovers will point to the fact that they have played all of the current top five during that opening eight game period. Saturday's opponents Huddersfield Town lie in 18th, although they have yet to be beaten at the Galpharm Stadium.


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12 September 2006 : MOTM Voting For Northampton
A reminder that you can vote for your Man Of The Match for tonight's game against Northampton Town by accessing the voting form here. The match tonight finished in a 1-1 draw at Sixfields with Jason Crowe netting in the first half for the Cobblers before a Marcus Stewart header midway through the second period gave Yeovil a valuable away point.

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


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12 September 2006 : Whizz.............. BANG!
Firework Spectacular
The fireworks at Huish Park may look something like this.


For the third year running, if we are recalling correctly, Huish Park will be hosting a fireworks spectacular. The pyrotechnics, bonfire and other attractions are set for the night of Friday 3rd November. Jot the date in your diary. More details as they emerge.


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12 September 2006 : Meet The Manager Update
As reported on Ciderspace on 3rd August a Meet The Manager session with Russell Slade has been arranged for the evening of 5th October 2006. Further details have now been released.

The meeting kicks-off at 7.30 p.m. in the VP Lounge at Huish Park and will be hosted by Yeovil fans favourite radio personality (ahem) Geoff Twentyman. One hundred and twenty tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis: adults £3.00, children £1.00. A complementary drink comes with presentation of your ticket at the bar - so that's a quadruple brandy please.

The long awaited lift in the main block at Huish Park is supposed to be operational before the end of this month - around the time of the home fixture versus Crewe Alexandra we hear - so disabled supporters should be able to attend this meeting.

Contact the Huish Park Ticket Office between the hours of 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday on 01935 847888 or in person.


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12 September 2006 : Car Parking Warning For Sixfields
The ever welcoming place that is the retail complex at Sixfields has upped the stakes this season in terms of their attitude towards football supporters visiting for the Cobblers games.

Apparently the local cinema are handing out 100 pound fines to anyone who fails to display a permit in their car, whilst Northampton Borough Council are sending around their traffic wardens during the games to ticket anyone who they believe may be infringing the local car parking rules. This extends to parking on grass verges and kerbs, and they will issue parking tickets to all of those they catch. There are designated football car parks around Sixfields on matchdays and Northampton Town advise supporters to use them - even though the route out of Sixfields post-match makes Huish Park look like the fast lane of the M5 at 3.00 in the morning.

The Ciderspace guide to Northampton Town can be found here. Do enjoy your stay ...


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12 September 2006 : Northampton vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Sixfields tonight to play Northampton Town in a night that sees a full League One programme taking place with all 24 sides playing midweek matches. The Cobblers are of course newly promoted to League One and lie in 17th place, five behind the Glovers, although in this early period that means only a single point in practice. The main reason for the home side's current position is their poor home form - they have lost all their games at Sixfields so far, and Glovers boss Russell Slade believes that will make for an interesting test in speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, and expects Northampton to make efforts to stop their problems:

"They are all tests of a different nature. Northampton will be no easier - that's for sure. John Gorman will be looking to put things right at home. His form at home hasn't been the best. But it is a crucial game for us. We need to bounce back straight away from a defeat. He likes to play good football and so do we. We will go there being very positive and make sure we get something."

The Glovers go into the game with three significant injury doubts. Midfielder Paul Terry has a back problem and has not trained, with the former Dagenham player undergoing intensive treatment in an effort to get himself fully fit. Anthony Barry will stand-by if Terry fails to make it. Ishmael Welsh is almost certain to miss the match after picking up an ankle injury, meaning that David Poole will come into the sixteen. Lee Morris is another doubt after he picked up an unspecified knock on Saturday. Right-back Andy Lindegaard continues to be unavailable with a groin injury, despite having now returned to light training.

Saturday substitute Daniel Webb has suffered no lasting effects from the head injury he sustained against Forest and will travel with the squad. Webb said of his situation, which has seen him only make one substitute appearance this season:

"It's disappointing. You come back in pre-season and you look to just impress the new manager and score goals, which I did. The gaffer has always been straight with me and has always been honest though. A couple of clubs have come in for me on loan and he said he wanted me to stay so that is a boost for your confidence. I hope I can get a chance to start on Tuesday, but if I am involved again then hopefully I will get some more time on the pitch and if I do that will be progress for me."

The Cobblers also have their own injury concerns with Sam Aiston and Andy Holt definitely ruled out. Aiston broke his ankle in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Carlisle United whilst Holt has a knee injury that required a weekend operation. Eoin Jess and David Hunt may come back into contention after back and groin problems respectively. Fred Murray has a heel injury and is doubtful. Top scorer Scott McGleish is expected to shake off a bruised calf. Boss Gorman said of Aiston and Holt's situations:

"Sam Aiston came off at half-time at Carlisle and that's another bit of bad news for us because it looks like a bad injury. He's hurt his ankle and it's not so good. He could be out for a wee while with that. We've been unlucky because Andy Holt had to have an operation at the weekend as well and he's going to be out. Both injuries are bad news. We think that Andy will be back a little quicker than Sam, possibly in around 5 weeks, but both will be a big miss for us. Both had settled in really well and had already had a positive influence on the side. To lose them both for a significant period of time is a blow and knowing both lads as I do they will be desperate to be back playing as soon as possible."

Kick-off is 7.45pm. Tickets must be purchased on the night of the game. Prices for the match are Adults £16.00, Concessions £12.00, Disabled £11.50 with their assistant admitted free of charge.

The Ciderspace guide to Northampton can be found here.


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11 September 2006 : Officials For Galpharm
As with the proviso for Northampton Town (see 9th September, below), the officials for Saturday's match against the Terriers have been announced.

Rob Lewis (Shropshire) has been selected to be the man in the middle, with Karl Evans (Greater Manchester) and Andrew Smith (Yorkshire) the assistants and Christopher Reeves (Yorkshire) the fourth official.

We think this is our first experience of Mr Lewis. His three games to date this season have seen nine yellow cards and one red.

The Ciderspace guide to Huddersfield Town can be found here.


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11 September 2006 : Mildenhall In TotW
Goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has been recognised for a fine performance despite the defeat against Nottingham Forest with selection for the League One Team of the Week.

STEVE MILDENHALL (Yeovil Town)
Alan Tate (Swansea City)
Will Haining (Oldham Athletic)
Stefan Stam (Oldham Athletic)
Zigor Aranalde (Carlisle United)
Matthew Jarvis (Gillingham)
Paul Murray (Carlisle United)
Dean Cox (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Wesley Hoolahan (Blackpool)
Leon Constantine (Port Vale)
Gary Alexander (Leyton Orient)


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11 September 2006 : Asaba Linked With Glovers
Former Millwall striker Carl Asaba is being linked with Yeovil Town according to this morning's Western Daily Press. The paper doesn't expect the Glovers to succeed in signing the 6'2" marksman - given he is training with Leeds United and Derby County are showing a strong interest, it seems likely that the London-born player would choose the Championship over a League One side.

Even if those two clubs withdraw their interest, Brighton and Hove Albion are also named as a club with a strong interest, but the paper states that manager Russell Slade has thrown his hat into the ring and has asked to be kept informed of future developments.

Asaba started his career with Dulwich Hamlet before making his Football League debut with Brentford. The 33 year old has had spells with Colchester United, Reading, Gillingham, Sheffield United and Stoke City before playing last season for Millwall - playing and scoring in last season's Carling Cup match. He is currently a free agent. With the deadline day departure of Matt Harrold to Southend United, Yeovil's only 'target man' option is Daniel Webb, and it would seem likely that with potential target Chris Zebroski having now gone to Millwall that Slade would now be looking at alternative options.


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10 September 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Forest Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade expressed his disappointment at the result but not the performance as Yeovil Town lost 1-0 against League One's leaders Nottingham Forest yesterday at Huish Park.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I am absolutely gutted for my players today because we couldn't have conjured up any more enthusiasm or effort out there. We threw everything at Forest that we possibly could. I just can't knock them. On another day we could have quite easily have won."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 1 : Match Report

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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10 September 2006 : Calderwood Glad Of Unexpected Winner
Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood admitted that he thought yesterday's match was going to end up in a draw between his side and Yeovil Town, up until Grant Holt's late winner settled the match. Speaking after the match he explained:

"I am delighted with how we performed, we got the break at the end from a set play and snatched a victory from what looked like being a draw. It was a very even game, an excellent game of football, great entertainment. We had better structure to us this week and reaped the benefit of working hard."

Calderwood did feel that his side could claim that all three points were justified on the basis of the visitors having created more clearcut chances:

"Although I am obviously very happy with the result there are little bits and pieces that we must pick up and work on in training. I had to make changes in the first half when we lost two of our back three (Danny Cullip and John Curtis) but we walked off delighted to win. Over the 90 minutes there was enough about us to take the points. Their keeper had made a number of great saves and although Yeovil had a lot of possession they didn't create as many clear chances as Chesterfield did against us last week."


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10 September 2006 : Zebroski Joins Millwall
Former Glovers target Chris Zebroski has signed a two year contract with League One side Millwall. The 19 year old interested manager Russell Slade after he was sacked by Championship side Plymouth Argyle, following a fight with a team-mate in a restaurant. But Zebroski was believed to favour a move to a London side, meaning that the Lions were always favourites to sign him. Because he was a free agent, Millwall were able to put him on a permanent contract, although they did not use him in yesterday's 1-0 home defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion.


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10 September 2006 : Bradley Stars In Tamworth Win
Yeovil Town defender Bradley Thomas scored the second goal in a 2-0 win for Tamworth yesterday as his loan spell with the Nationwide Conference side continued to be highly successful. The Lambs were up against former Football League side Kidderminster Harriers but scored two second half goals to lift them up the table to 14th.

Bradley struck in the 64th minute when he headed home an eight yard header from a Jon McGrath free kick with Taiwo Atieno having netted 10 minutes previously.

This is Bradley's fourth consecutive game for The Lambs, alongside fellow loanee Gavin McCallum who also made his fourth appearance yesterday, although the latter did get the chance to put his feet up for the first time since arriving in the East Midlands, coming off with the game already won with 16 minutes remaining.

During Bradley and Gavin's time in Staffordshire, they have won three games out of their last four, conceding just two goals in the process. Prior to that The Lambs had zero points, having leaked 11 goals in their opening three games. Quite some turnaround, and with Bradley operating as a centre-back and Gavin mainly playing in a slightly unaccustomed left-back position, both players can claim they have had a strong influence on Tamworth's fortunes.


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10 September 2006 : League One Saturday Review
Sadly, Yeovil Town couldn't ensure a change of leadership at the top of League One this weekend as Nottingham Forest maintained their excellent start to the season that has seen them drop just two points. Forest remain three points clear, but they are opening up a gap on the majority of clubs that lie behind them.

Tranmere Rovers, having struggled for most of last season, maybe weren't too many pundits tips, but a 100 percent record at Prenton Park has seen them maintain their second place position with a late goal from John Mullin against Bristol City on Friday night. Just a point behind though is Port Vale who bounced back from the shock of two consecutive defeats with a 2-1 win over early strugglers Blackpool. League One's deadliest strike force - Leon Constantine and Akpo Sodje did the damage with a goal a-piece.

Fourth placed Brentford had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their all-London derby with Leyton Orient. A late goal from Sam Tillen at least gave them a point to take home from Brisbane Road. Ditto fifth placed Carlisle United who lost their 100 percent home record with a similar result against Northampton Town.

Cheltenham Town's shock start to the season continues, thanks to goals from Grant McCann and John Melligan which were enough to see off Huddersfield Town by a 2-1 scoreline. The Robins were the favourites for relegation at the start of the season, but on early showings have little to worry about.

Swansea City's poor start to the season appears to be receding as they swapped places with Bradford City with Andy Robinson scoring the only goal of the game, that lifts the Jacks up to 7th and drops Bradford down to 9th. They are sandwiched by AFC Bournemouth, who didn't let manager Sean O'Driscoll's imminent departure to Doncaster Rovers upset them, as they defeated Crewe Alexandra 1-0 with a Leon Best goal. O'Driscoll leaves for Yorkshire having completed 23 years at the Dorset club.

Talking of Donny, the loss of Dave Penney - one of those mutually agreeable sackings that seems to exist in football - didn't do much to lift their season. Gillingham won 2-1 at Belle Vue and even had the cheek to score all three goals, winning the match despite playing an hour of the game with 10 men. The Donny goal produced the comedy moment of the day - Sean Clohessy unwittingly landing the ball into his own net, after a fellow defender decided to set up a game of penalty area pinball. Despite the error, Gillingham got their first away win of the season.

Donny weren't the only side to lose a game despite a man advantage. Millwall should have made more of Brighton and Hove Albion losing Richard Carpenter to 34th minute foul. But instead they opted for the more charitable approach, with Marvin Elliott putting through his own net two minutes from time to leave the London side firmly in the relegation zone.

The other sides left in the bottom four after Saturday's results didn't have a particularly good day either. As mentioned earlier, Blackpool lost their fourth match of the season at Port Vale, and Scunthorpe United lie second from bottom with a Gary McDonald goal giving Oldham Athletic three priceless points that lifted them out of the bottom four. Finally basement side Rotherham United are still in a negative state after they lost 2-1 at Chesterfield. Perhaps ominously for them, they lie 10 points from safety - the same margin they started the season with.

Link: Latest Coca Cola League One Table.


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9 September 2006 : Glovers Can't Holt Forest Progress
Yeovil Town were unjustly denied any points at Huish Park this afternoon after a last-gasp Grant Holt strike two minutes from time gave Nottingham Forest three fortunate points.

Steve Mildenhall had a commanding match throughout and within six minutes the shotstopper denied Grant Holt an early opener with a sharp reflex save. Lee Morris and Marcus Stewart combined well and displayed some touch of class together as the former Premiership pair piled on the pressure on the League leaders during the first half. The scores were kept blank in the first half due to another cracking block by Mildenhall, who continues to prove that he is more than capable to replace the highly-rated departed keeper Chris Weale.

The Glovers started the second period positively and had it not have been for a solid parry by visiting keeper Paul Smith, Wayne Gray would have fired his side into the lead. Mildenhall pulled off yet another stunning save when he tipped a low drive by Neil Harris out for a corner. Chris Cohen should have done better with his effort but failed to direct a superb cross from substitute Ishmael Welsh on target as Yeovil continued to dominate possession. However, the Glovers were hard done by as Holt scored his fifth goal of the season to consolidate Forest’s excellent start to the season under new manager Colin Calderwood.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 1.

George Murray.


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9 September 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest
The full Ciderspace match report from today's 0-1 home defeat against Nottingham Forest is now available.

Link: Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 1 : Match Report.


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9 September 2006 : MOTM Voting For Nottingham Forest
A reminder that you can vote for your Man Of The Match against Nottingham Forest by clicking here. The match was won three minutes from the end by a Grant Holt goal, as Forest stayed top of League One.

Link: Man Of The Match Voting Form : Nottingham Forest.


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9 September 2006 : Youth Team Lose To Portsmouth
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost 3-1 this morning on the Huish Park Top Pitch against Portsmouth. The match was the first in the Puma Alliance League Cup Group stage.


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9 September 2006 : Marcus Wants Reaction From Forest Comments
Yeovil Town loan striker Marcus Stewart believes that Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood's suggestions that last season's 3-0 defeat represented the lowest point in Forest's recent history. Reports in this week's Nottingham press suggested that Forest's players were fired up for 'revenge' after being played off the park in the October 2005 match.

Forest striker Jack Lester said of the game: "It was as bad as I can remember. It was bad- the whole day. You want to rule things like that out of your mind and never let them happen again."

But speaking to the Western Morning News, Stewart believes that Forest should be a little bit more respectful of the Glovers, rather than suggest that they had lost to the 'worst team they have played'. He explained:

"Your paths always cross. If you get one-up on someone, your paths will always cross one day, so that is a fair incentive to get revenge. But for them to say that is the lowest point in their history is a bit offensive to Yeovil and hopefully the fans will give them some stick. I think that should be an incentive for the Yeovil lads, really, because, in a way, it is as if they are saying Yeovil are the worst team they have played in their history, which isn't true."

Stewart added that the Glovers should go into the game in a positive manner, despite Forest's impressive start to the season:

"We are playing quite well at the minute, but just because we are not as big a name as Forest, it doesn't mean that they have a divine right to beat us. I think it's a great game. We are ready for them, they have had a great start with 16 points from six games so far, so it is a good start by them. But it's a game we feel confident of winning but they are dangerous attacking as well."


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9 September 2006 : Officials For Sixfields
With the proviso there are no injuries amongst officials in this weekend's round of fixtures, the appointments for Yeovil Town's Tuesday evening trip to Northampton Town are :

as referee - Tony Bates (Staffordshire); assistants - Steve Castle (West Midlands) and David Coote (Nottinghamshire); fourth official - Rob Steans (Leicestershire).

Mr Bates refereed the infamous 'blip' away at Nene Park in our League Two title winning season when a number of Yeovil fans rather lost the plot, and the much happier occasion last term when the Glovers took a major step towards League One survival with a 3-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park. The Ciderspace match report was very complimentary about Mr Bates' performance. Let's hope for a similar high standard this time out.


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8 September 2006 : Teamsheets Reminder For Forest Game
A reminder that the Commercial Department's trial of selling specially printed teamsheets for First Team matches continues tomorrow, prior to the match against Nottingham Forest. The teamsheets will cost 20p each and should be available from the Club Shop approximately half an hour before kick-off. The shop also has a small number of specially printed sheets still available from the Port Vale home game.


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8 September 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to the giants of Nottingham Forest tomorrow at Huish Park looking topple League One's leaders for the second home game in a row, having done the same to Port Vale a fortnight ago. Tomorrow though may be a trickier proposition. Whilst few expected Vale to stick in their lofty position, Forest were on most pundits tips for automatic promotion and with them only having dropped two points so far this season there has been little to suggest that they got it wrong.

The other advantage is that they have got money to spend, as the club with the best support in League One. Having snapped up Nathan Tyson from Wycombe Wanderers and Grant Holt from Rochdale, at a total cost of £875,000, you could be forgiven that an opening day injury to Tyson might see the purse strings stay firmly closed. However, someone at the City ground, did manage to find the loose change left over from January, and suddenly Junior Agogo - much loved by all Glovers fans from his time with Bristol Rovers was theirs - with the figure believed to be a bit of a bargain £125,000, helped by a contract release clause.

Agogo is expected to just be a substitute tomorrow, with Forest's forward line coping well without Tyson and in speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, manager Russell Slade is expecting a three-pronged Forest attack to be chosen by visiting manager Colin Calderwood:

"They have got threats - there is no doubt about that and they have got some fantastic attacking options. At the moment he (Calderwood) is opting to go for Grant Holt and Neil Harris, with Jack Lester just in behind them. That's three that are full of cleverness and strength and to come in if he wants to change it around is Junior Agogo so those are plenty of attacking options at his disposal. They are a big club, and they are going to put out a side that they think will beat us on Saturday."

Now you might think that tomorrow that it would be the Glovers looking forward to the match, whilst Forest consider the match an irritating banana skin that they will try to avoid stepping on, but Calderwood has told the Nottingham Evening Post that his players have been looking forward to this weekend's match to try and reverse last season's 3-0 defeat at Huish Park:

"The players have been talking about it in the dressing room. It is one of those fixtures that they have all been looking forward to. Because of what happened, it should keep us concentrated on the job. The players are certainly desperate to rectify what happened and that will heighten our desire to get the win, to get a good result. But we have to play with our heads as much as possible. Yeovil are in good form - in fact the reports I have had on them say they are the best team the chief scout has seen this season. They are also the only team who have beaten Port Vale."

Calderwood's team selection is complicated slightly by Sammy Clingan's involvement in Northern Ireland's spectacular 3-2 win over Spain. John Curtis will be available despite tweaking a hamstring last weekend. Tyson is obviously out, as is midfielder Kris Commons, who is back in training after a five week layoff, but will not be risked. Calderwood explained:

"Kris is not ready, it would be putting him at too much risk of picking up another injury. There is a chance of him picking up a calf strain or a hamstring. He has still been out for more than five weeks, although he will benefit from the fitness work he put in over the summer, because his fitness level was very good at the start of the season."

For the Glovers, Andy Lindegaard is the only definite absentee. The versatile player has returned to training following a groin injury at Tranmere Rovers, but is expected to need a couple more weeks before coming back into contention. The only other doubt is Terrell Forbes who suffered an ankle injury at Swansea City last weekend and had to pull out of training on Thursday. Wayne Gray has recovered from a heel injury sustained in the same match. Manager Russell Slade explained:

"Terrell Forbes and Wayne Gray had not trained during the first part of the week. They both trained on Thursday but Forbes did limp off so he is a slight concern with an ankle problem. But knowing Forbesy he will want to sort himself out and get himself strapped up and get out there. Jim (Joyce, physio) has done a great job anyway in making sure I have got as many players as possible and therefore more options available before we play football matches. At this moment in time, we just have Lindy out and hopefully Forbes will recover in time."

For Slade, the match against Forest has personal significance, as he taught PE at school in Nottingham whilst working for neighbours Notts County. But he added that he had ties with both clubs:

"I spent 11 years at Notts County and I used to watch both teams as a boy. They were great days under Brian Clough and I met him many many times and we had quite a good relationship. Forest will be looking to bounce back and they are a massive massive club and they shouldn't really be in League One. But that is where they are right now and Colin Calderwood has got them off to a great start and is doing a fine job."

The match kicks off at 3.00pm and contrary to the original details released for the game, tickets will be on sale on the day of the match right up until kick-off. Tickets can be bought from the Huish Park Ticket Office and can be found below.


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8 September 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 24 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in their weekly Glovers Bold Bond draw:

Glovers Gold Bond
Yeovil Town F.C.
(01935) 423662 (Ext 291)
Week 24 : 8th September 2006

£100 WINNERS
Monday C3445 Mrs S Newman Wheathill Way, Milborne Port
Tuesday E9864 Mrs S Chorley Lower Fairmead Road, Yeovil
Wednesday A7785 Mrs C Cosh Goodeaves Close, Coleford
Thursday D8822 Mr A Johnson Fennel Way, Yeovil
Friday B2750 Ivan Margetts Stembridge, Martock

£10 CONSOLATION PRIZES
A3445 Mrs M Dowling Hales Meadow, Mudford
E3445 Mr S Rolli Gould Close, Street
A9864 Mrs M Mowat St Marys Crescent, Yeovil
B9864 Mr E Smith Irving Road, Keinton Mandeville
C9864 Mr A Napper Kings Crescent, Sherborne
D9864 Mrs A Beckman Westfield Place, Yeovil
B7785 Mrs H Stoodley King Street, Glastonbury
C7785 Mr R Cousins Larkhill Road, Yeovil
D7785 Mr K Bennett Rickhayes, Wincanton
A8822 Mr D Connolly Glenthorne Avenue, Yeovil
B8822 Mr N Burfield Stoke Road, Martock
C8822 Mr F Newcombe Glebelands, Merriott
A2750 Mr A Locke Watermead, South Chard
C2750 Mr W Turner Lenthay Close, Sherborne


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7 September 2006 : Forest Game No Longer All-Ticket
Saturday's match against Nottingham Forest is no longer all-ticket for home supporters. In a similar move to the AFC Bournemouth home match earlier this season, tickets for the game will now be sold on the day to Yeovil supporters only.

The most obvious conclusion to be drawn is that ticket sales have been much slower than had been anticipated when the original decision was made. Last season the fixture attracted 9,072 to Huish Park - just 400 short of a total sell-out, with the away end easily sold out and tickets for the stands having been snapped up over a week before the match itself.

This season, although the gate will be comfortably Yeovil's biggest of the season so far, it seems clear that last season's figure is unlikely to be matched. Hopefully the ability to sell tickets on the day will help minimise that shortfall.

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

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

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

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

If you are a Forest fan, the all-ticket policy is unchanged - you must still buy in advance from the City Ground Ticket Office.


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6 September 2006 : Interview With Marcus Stewart
Fresh from scoring on his debut last Friday night against Swansea City, new loan signing Marcus Stewart is confident that he is in a team that is capable of going places. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Marcus believes the Glovers could push for a place in the League One playoffs this season.

Marcus explained: "I want to work well with my team mates and work hard like everyone else does. We've got that within us if we work hard for each other and I think that if we do that throughout the rest of this season then I think that we can finish as high as the playoffs and I am not just saying that."

Read the full interview with Marcus Stewart by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Marcus Stewart Interview.


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6 September 2006 : Dorchester Friendly Ends In Defeat
Last night's second friendly match ended in defeat for a Dorchester Town XI that was scheduled to feature three Yeovil Town players. They lost 2-1 to an AFC Bournemouth XI. Gareth Musson scored for the home side, which was believed to have included Jake Smeeton, Craig Alcock and Stephen Maher.

If we can get any more details, then we will publish them - meanwhile if you were there, drop us an email and tell us how the Yeovil lads got on.


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5 September 2006 : Yeovil Win Friendly
A brief report from BBC Radio Bristol records Yeovil Town XI defeated Team Bath in the behind-closed-doors friendly this afternoon, arranged to give some match practice to those players who haven't seen so much time in the first team recently. The goals came from David Poole, Scott Guyett and Arron Davies.

Anthony Tonkin got another ninety minute run out under his belt as he bids to build up his fitness. Another who manager Russell Slade gave the full ninety to was Anthony Barry.


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5 September 2006 : Ticketing For Huddersfield
Ticketing arrangements for the trip to Huddersfield Town in around 11 days time once again involve paying on the day at the Galpharm Stadium.

The match takes place on Saturday 16th September, with a 3.00pm kickoff.

Admission prices are Adults £17.00, Over 60s £9.00, Students £12.00, Under 16s £5.50. Students must pay at the ticket office with proof of status - everyone else pays at the turnstiles.

Wheelchair users are admitted for £11.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge. However, note that ambulant disabled are charged £17.00 - i.e. normal adult prices, with an assistant admitted free of charge.

The Ciderspace guide to Huddersfield will be given a spring-clean shortly and will be republicised when ready.


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5 September 2006 : Ticketing For Northampton
Tickets for next Tuesday's match at Northampton Town must be purchased on the day of the game - no tickets are available for advance purchase.

The match takes place on Tuesday 12th September, with a 7.45pm kickoff at Sixfields.

Prices for the match are Adults £16.00, Concessions £12.00, Disabled £11.50 with their assistant admitted free of charge.

The Ciderspace guide to Northampton is currently getting a facelift from the last time we met the Cobblers during the 2004-05 season. It will be republicised as soon as the changes are finalised.


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5 September 2006 : Forest Ticketing News
Nottingham Forest's official site are reporting that they have so far sold 1,150 tickets for this weekend's League One match at Huish Park and therefore have 350 tickets still to sell. There is currently no information available on how quickly home tickets are selling, but as far as we know, tickets are available in all three home areas of the ground still.

Present information is that you will NOT be able to purchase a ticket on Saturday, so if you can't get down to Huish Park during the week, telephone the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 and have your credit card ready.

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

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

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

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

NB: On the day before the match with AFC Bournemouth earlier this season, the club did a u-turn and announced that tickets would be available for sale on the day of the game. Hence if you are without a ticket on the day of the game, keep an eye on this news page just in case there is a late rethink.


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5 September 2006 : Squad For Bournemouth Game
As reported yesterday, Yeovil Town play two friendly matches today as they seek to make up for the lack of Reserve Team games during September. The match against Team Bath is labelled as being behind closed doors, however the match at The Avenue, Dorchester between a Dorchester/Yeovil Town XI and a Bournemouth XI is open to the public.

Kick-off at The Avenue is 7.30pm. Prices are Adults £5, Concessions £2. In the unlikely event that someone reading this site is a Dorchester Season ticket holders then admission is free.

Three Yeovil Town players will be in tonight's side. The full squad is as follows (all players Dorchester Town unless stated):

Simon Evans, Jack Cleverley, Michael Walker, Ryan Hill, Ian Hutchinson, Gareth Musson, Ludovic Quistin, Stephen Maher (Yeovil Town), Luke Ballinger (Bristol City), Craig Alcock (Yeovil Town), Jake Smeeton (Yeovil Town), Kishan Chengadu, Justin Keeler, Mark Jermyn, Glenn Howes.


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4 September 2006 : James Released
Despite manager Russell Slade saying he had hopes the month loan of Kevin James from next opponents Nottingham Forest might turn into something longer - see Ciderspace 5th August - BBC Radio Bristol has claimed this evening that he is not to be retained.

James made two starts and five appearances from the bench in his month with the Glovers, and we'd like to thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.


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4 September 2006 : Two Additional Fixtures
With a dearth of reserve games at the moment to keep squad members sharp, manager Russell Slade has arranged for some of his players to be involved in two friendly fixtures, both to take place tomorrow. The first is a behind-closed-doors affair, but the second, at The Avenue, Dorchester, will be open to spectators.

Team Bath v Yeovil Town XI at Bath on 5th September, Tuesday afternoon. This match is not open to the public.

Dorchester/Yeovil Town XI v AFC Bournemouth XI at The Avenue, Dorchester, Tuesday 5th September. According to the Magpies entry is free at least to season-ticket holders - theirs presumably. It's not clear if a charge will be made to other fans. Kick-off is at 7.30 p.m.

Slade is hoping that the matches will allow managers and scouts to see various younger and fringe players in action with a view to arranging further loan deals following on from the temporary departures of Bradley Thomas and Gavin McCallum to Tamworth.


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4 September 2006 : Officials For Saturday v Forest
Mike Russell (Hertfordshire) will be the referee for the visit of Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Mr Russell officiated two Yeovil Town matches last season: at home to Millwall in the second round of the Carling Cup; and away to Chesterfield in the league. Liam Fontaine was red carded in the cup tie, but there were no cards for either team in the Glovers 0-3 victory at Saltergate.

Andrew Rodda (Devon) and Stephen Tomlinson (Hampshire) are the assistants, Richard Palmer (Somerset) the fourth official.


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4 September 2006 : Follow-up On Letters From The Club
Ciderspace asked yesterday if those people who had not renewed their season ticket this term had received a letter from the club to find out the reason(s) - see Football League Announces Gates Are Up, 3rd September (below).

A prompt reply from the club's excellent new Supporters Liaison Representative, Sara Bradley, reads :

Thanks for your e-mail, not all season ticket holders were sent these letters and the ones that were, were selected at random. The supporters who did receive a letter also had a follow up call from the club, so they had the chance to express their views. If you want to e-mail me with your views on why you haven't renewed of if you would like a colleague to ring you and discuss this, please let me know and I will arrange that for you.

Any non-renewers who wish to inform the club of their reasons can send an e-mail to supporter.link@ytfc.net and Sara will pass it on.


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3 September 2006 : League One Weekend Review
With the weekend's League One fixtures taking on an extended look due to Saturday's glut of international matches, it is slightly unexpected to note that Yeovil Town's 1-1 draw on Friday night that took them up to 7th place - the highest league position in the club's history - was still in place by the time the last match of the weekend was played this afternoon.

Today's matches saw Kevin Gall grab his fourth goal in the last four games with Carlisle United's opener in a 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town. That saw both clubs swap around the Glovers as goal difference saw the visitors drop below, whilst three points gave Carlisle a lift up to 5th.

In the other game, Doncaster Rovers were heading for a 1-0 defeat at Port Vale until substitute Paul Heffernan grabbed a penalty and a last minute winner to relieve the pressure on managerless Donny.

Nottingham Forest are still top of the table - their 4-0 win over Chesterfield sending a few shivers down the spine of those with ambitions of an automatic promotion slot. Already Forest are three points clear at the top of the table.

Climbing above Port Vale are Tranmere Rovers who beat Leyton Orient 3-0. Tranmere produced the freak moment of the day - goalkeeper Gavin Ward using the gusty wind to full effect to score with a 70 yard free kick - Orient keeper Glenn Morris the man to suffer the red face at the other end. Two more Chris Greenacre goals put the result beyond doubt.

Brentford lie in 4th place with Jo Kuffour doing the business once again as they came from behind to beat Bradford City 2-1, who drop to 6th as a result. Kuffour has now scored five goals this season since jumping ship from Torquay United over the summer.

All eyes were on Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon, and not for the right reasons. Having had three players jailed on Friday, and having had two of their defence knocking each other about in the midweek Sky Sports game at Northampton, Bristol City were under pressure to exorcise the demons that had surrounded their club during the week. As it happens Scott Brown - the one of the 'Nightclub Four' to escape a jail term - scored the only goal against Brighton and Hove Albion to lift City back up to 8th and perhaps get the local press talking about what they do with the ball, rather than the ball and chain.

Huddersfield Town made a mess of another of the weekend's televised matches, going down 2-0 at Crewe Alexandra, with Nicky Maynard scoring both goals on the Saturday lunchtime game. Huddersfield slip to 10th, Crewe jump up to 12th.

AFC Bournemouth lie in 14th after their last minute 3-2 win over Oldham Athletic. Marcus Browning was the late late hero - the second week in a row that the Cherries have grabbed points in the last minute of the match.

Down around the basement, Blackpool and Millwall played out a 0-0 draw at The Den which leaves both directly above the bottom four. Rotherham United's recent clawback of their 10 point deduction was brought to a temporary halt when Northampton Town won 2-1 at Millmoor - Scott McGleish grabbing both goals for the Cobblers as they fought back from a goal down. The other basement battle was won by Scunthorpe United, who defeated Gillingham 2-0 at Priestfield, with manager Ronnie Jepson getting more and more vocal about his inability to bring in new blood to resolve their 21st place position.

There are no midweek matches this week. Aside from a single Friday night game where Tranmere Rovers play host to Bristol City, a full programme of normality resumes next Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3.00pm. Phew!

Link: Latest League One League Table.


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3 September 2006 : Let's See Some Imagination At Huish Park
A national newspaper recently ran a feature detailing what the author judged to be the twenty most family friendly and attractive clubs in the Premiership/Football League. These weren't all clubs with money to burn on offers and gimmicks, some are around the same size or even 'smaller' than Yeovil Town. What they are though is clubs with imagination and a will to do and try things, not just utter platitudes and vague aspirations that rarely see fruition. It will probably come as little surprise to supporters that the Glovers did not appear on the list. It's a personal one - we were surprised not to see Preston North End on there for example, who have an excellent reputation for initiatives - but the point is not whether these really are the 'best' twenty, but that there are all sorts of ideas and pricing policies being tried from which other clubs could pick and mix what would suit them.

The full article can be seen here.

Ciderspace has forwarded details to the club in case it hasn't been seen and can provide some useful ideas.


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3 September 2006 : Football League Announces Gates Are Up
Somewhat at variance with Yeovil Town chairman John Fry's claim that contact with other clubs had shown the drop in gates at Huish Park was a general issue (see Ciderspace 17/08/2006), the Football League has released figures to show gates are in fact up so far this season. The total figure for league matches across the 72 clubs has risen 0.73% to 1,704,846 on the same stage last season. League Two gates are up 3.56% and Championship League gates 2.05%. To be fair to John, League One, which would be the home of the clubs he might have been most likely to have contacted, has averaged a fall of 3.23%.

On the 15th August the chairman announced that letters had been sent in the name of manager Russell Slade to season ticket holders who had not renewed this term, as the club wished to discover their reasons. Has anyone received such a letter? We know a number of ex-season ticket holders, and no one has mentioned it so far.


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3 September 2006 : Laryngitis Sweeps Huish Park?
The Football League has published the results of its 'Real Football Roar' competition (see Ciderspace 31/07/2006). The winners have been declared as Colchester United, recorded at 128.3 decibels at Layer Road as the players took to the pitch for the fixture with Derby County. The U's will be presented with the 'Real Football Roar' award at a forthcoming home match.

Real Football Roar Top Ten

1. Colchester United (Championship)
2. Norwich City (Championship)
3. Carlisle United (League 1)
4. Crewe Alexandra (League 1)
5. Bristol Rovers (League 2)
6. Southend United (Championship)
7. Rochdale (League 2)
8. Southampton (Championship)
9. Stockport County (League 2)
10. Plymouth Argyle (Championship)


Top Five Championship League

1. Colchester United
2. Norwich City
3. Southend United
4. Southampton
5. Plymouth Argyle

Top Five League One

1. Carlisle United
2. Crewe Alexandra
3. Bristol City
4. Brighton & Hove Albion
5. Swansea City

Top Five League Two

1. Bristol Rovers
2. Rochdale
3. Stockport County
4. Hartlepool United
5. Milton Keynes Dons


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2 September 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Swansea City vs Yeovil Town
The full match report for last night's 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City is now online.

Link: Swansea City 1 Yeovil Town 1 : Match Report.


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2 September 2006 : Dragons Have No Magic Puff
The Wales U21 side failed to get the win they required to keep their hopes alive in a qualifier for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. A limp 0-0 draw against Turkey at Ninian Park, Cardiff, this afternoon meant the place from Group 13 will now be decided between Turkey and Israel on Wednesday in Ankara.

Wales U21 : Price, Eardley, Bale, James, Morgan, Williams, MacDonald, Edwards, Fleetwood (Haldane 75), Arron Davies, Jacobson.

Unused substitutes : Gunter, Critchell, Collins, Moses, Morris.

Attendance : 731


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2 September 2006 : Robins Do Bird
Three players on the books of local rivals Bristol City were handed custodial sentences yesterday, whilst a fourth was given community service. The four had already pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Wales international David Partridge admitted affray and causing actual bodily harm and was gaoled for two months and ordered to pay £1,000 to the victim, while club captain Steve Brooker and Bradley Orr, who was sent off on Tuesday against Northampton Town for headbutting team-mate Louis Carey, each received 28 days for affray. A fourth player, Scott Brown admitted a Section 4 Public Order Act offence and was ordered to do 120 hours of community service. Costs were awarded against the defendants. Brooker and Orr have previous convictions.

The court had heard the group were on a night out when violence flared as Partridge was thrown out of the Romeo Browns nightspot in Bristol city centre. Prosecutor Robert Davies told Bristol Crown Court that Partridge "lost control" and charged at the club's doormen. He became involved in a fight with the bouncers and his team-mates became involved.

The incident that led to yesterday's sentences was one of the first problems Gary Johnson faced after moving from Huish Park to Ashton Gate (see Ciderspace 13/10/2005). Today's statement from club chairman Steve Lansdown on the Bristol City Official Site reads :

While we are in no way condoning the players' actions, we feel the sentences are harsh, particularly bearing in mind that it would seem the players were provoked and that their assailants have escaped prosecution.

The players were disciplined by the club last October and one of the disappointing features of this case is that is has taken so long to be resolved. Management have taken steps since this date to ensure that incidents like this will not occur again in the future.

The players themselves have decided not to appeal against the sentences which is their decision alone, with the aim of putting this unsavoury episode behind them and get on with their careers.

The Board will meet to review each player's situation after taking suitable legal advice to decide what action, if any, should be taken against them.

No further comment will be issued by the club on this matter.


The Professional Footballers' Association chairman, Gordon Taylor, has confirmed that the club does have the option of dismissal in such circumstances. Brooker and Orr are first team regulars, but City have been looking to get shot of Partridge for a while, with loan deals out at Franchise FC at the end of last season and Leyton Orient for the first month of this.


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2 September 2006 : Swans Fail To Fly
Listen to Swans fans pre-season and promotion to the Championship League was a foregone conclusion. A moderate start to the season may have dented some of their inflated views of themselves. In fact given the delusions of grandeur there are probably already calls for "Jackett OUT" as they aren't leading the table on maximum points. Whatever the reason, the visit of Yeovil Town had the home side seeming rather flat on the pitch, effectively snuffed out for long periods of the match with high tempo pressing when the Glovers didn't have the ball, and good passing to retain possession when we did. Off the pitch it was a livelier matter, with what appeared to be some muppet fans in the home area to the left of the visitors fighting amongst themselves. Whatever the cause, police and stewards were kept busy through the first half kicking Jacks out of the stadium.

Yeovil manager Russell Slade gave new loan signing Marcus Stewart an immediate start as the lone man up front, Ishmael Welsh dropping to the bench and Wayne Gray moving to his position wide right. Lee Morris played left in a five man midfield, with Paul Terry and Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala at the base of a triangle in the middle of the park and Chris Cohen at the apex. And talking of triangles, Yeovil played some of the best passing in little triangles around the pitch, particulary first half, that we've seen for some time. Swansea were forced into a lot of fruitless ball chasing at times. There weren't a lot of chances made, but some would feel Yeovil are growing up on the road in the Football League : take the sting out of the opposition and quieten the home crowd first, then move to stage two if that's been accomplished.

And move to stage two the Glovers did at the start of the second period. Ex-Glover loanee Rory Fallon was removed at the break having done nothing in the first forty-five, not that he'd seen the ball to do anything with, and was replaced for Swansea by a barrage balloon in white, Adebayo Akinfenwa. The visitors were now turning possession into chances, and Stewart had one beat the 'keeper only to see a last gasp clearance off the line stop him claiming his first goal for the Town. However he was not to be denied for long. On 53 minutes a stooping header from a corner broke the deadlock: 0-1. Yeovil were further inspired and continued to dominate, with the home side looking bereft of ideas if not quite ragged. However the referee was to give them a lifeline.

Just before that happened the Yeovil contingent rose to their feet, not for the usual 'Stand Up If You Love Yeovil', but to give a standing ovation to Darren Way as he came on for Swansea to replace Tom Williams.

Paul Melin was already having a poor game, refereeing by crowd reaction, when the barrage balloon backed into Terrell Forbes on the edge of the box. Forbes was stumbling down gasping for breath as several tons of gas filled cloth enveloped him. As the whistle blew for the free kick Yeovil fans expected.......... a melon of a ref was suddenly seen pointing to the spot. Forbes was booked for being squashed flat, Morris for protesting the decision. For a team that generally gives away few penalties it might be seen as extraordinary that three have come out of four visits to Swansea. Who says officials aren't influenced by home crowds? The ever popular with Glovers fans - not - Fatboy Trundle, looking almost waif-like next to the barrage balloon, stepped up and blasted the ball straight down the middle: 1-1 on 64 minutes.

The home side were revitalised by their stroke of good fortune, and for a period Yeovil couldn't keep the ball at all. On a first showing Stewart has many talents and is an excellent acquisition for the Glovers, but holding the ball up front isn't his forte, and it kept coming back far too quickly. Step forward the back four to earn their corn. For all the possession Swansea had for fifteen minutes or so Steve Mildenhall was rarely troubled, well protected by his defenders. Captain Terry Skiverton was immense once again. Ever recall Weasel duck out when in a Yeovil shirt? Me neither. Perhaps he was mindful of his months out with shin problems, but he definitely backed off when he saw Skivs coming to get him in a last ditch tackle.

Once again the visitors took the sting out of the home side, and the last minutes, including an additional four added on, petered out fairly uneventfully. Before the game Yeovil fans would have been happy to come away from the Liberty Stadium with a point. When the final whistle blew there was some disappointment that weak officiating had denied us three.

Swansea City 1 - 1 Yeovil Town

Attendance : 14,513

A full Ciderspace match report will appear here.

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2 September 2006 : Slade Slams Penalty Decision
Glovers manager Russell Slade has criticised referee Paul Melin after his decision to award the penalty that stopped Yeovil Town from claiming all three points in South Wales last night against Swansea City.

Slade claims that even striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, who Melin adjudged to have been fouled by Glovers defender Terrell Forbes, admitted the spot kick shouldn't have been given. Speaking after the game Slade explained:

"The work ethic from start to finish was excellent and I thought we showed some good signs, particularly after half time. When perhaps you thought that Swansea might come at us, we actually went at Swansea and had two or three marvellous opportunities. We managed to get the goal. It was a great goal from Marcus Stewart and I'm really pleased for him. On his debut he has made an immediate impact for us and you thought that we could go on and perhaps win the game. It was there for the taking but in the end the referee tonight inevitably gave a penalty."

Swansea striker Lee Trundle stepped up and blasted the penalty straight down the middle, but his team-mate was honest about the decision to award it. Slade added:

"Akinfenwa himself said it wasn't a penalty. That is refreshing in many ways, but also sad in many ways. When a fellow professional says that, then you know that maybe the referee has made the wrong decision. It was like he (Melin) was bursting to give them something, which disappoints me. I'll take the video home and analyse it, as I always do. Let's hope he (Melin) does as well."

Prior to that, a Chris Cohen corner had given Marcus Stewart a goal on his debut, with a stooped header at the near post, and Slade said of the loan striker's performance:

"I'm delighted that Marcus got off the mark and some of the inter-play between him and Morris was of high calibre. They'd only had one training session together but they looked as if they'd played together for some time."

Slade though was philisophical about the result, admitting that a point at last season's Playoff Final losers was something he could take satisfaction from:

"If you'd asked me if I'd have been happy to go away with a point before we arrived then I would have said yes. Swansea is a difficult place to come and get points. But I'm disappointed at the end because I thought we deserved all three points."

[Quotes sourced from the Western Daily Press and BBC Radio Bristol.]


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2 September 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 23 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following winners in their Glovers Gold Bond draw:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 23
Yeovil Town F.C. (01935) 423662 (Ext 291)
1st September 2006

£100 WINNERS
Monday B7141 Mrs Cawley Milford Road, Yeovil
Tuesday E7632 V Banks Whitemead, Yeovil
Wednesday B5133 Mr G Burch Matthews Road, Yeovil
Thursday D3334 Mrs G Angel Bishopslea Close, Wells
Friday B3002 Mr Stayner Camborne Grove, Yeovil

£10 CONSOLATION PRIZES
A7141 Mrs C Hutchings Stoodham, South Petherton
D7141 Mr R Wheeler Seaborough View, Crewkerne
E7141 Mrs S Perry Mayfield Road, Yeovil
A7632 Mrs H Tuck Chatsworth Road, Yeovil
B7632 Mr A Mountjoy Morley Terrace, Radstock
C7632 Mr Mahoney Magna Close, Yeovil
D7632 Mrs S Higgins Knoll Place, Gillingham
A5133 Bob Clements c/o Coopers Mill, Yeovil
C5133 Mrs A Cook Hampton Close, Yeovil
D5133 Mrs L Chown Rowan Close, Wincanton
A3334 Miss L Hoare Englands Mead, Queen Camel
C3334 Mrs J Wilkinson Chistles Lane, Keinton Mandeville
E3334 Mr C Follett Brookes Court, Portway
A3002 Gordon Childs Long Furlong Lane, East Coker
C3002 Mrs Dowden Tintagel Road, Yeovil
E3002 Mrs C Woodford Westfield Grove, Yeovil


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1 September 2006 : MOTM Voting For Swansea
A reminder that you can vote for your Man Of The Match for tonight's 1-1 draw at Swansea City by heading to the online voting form. Tonight's game saw Marcus Stewart score a goal on his debut for Yeovil before a controversial penalty by Lee Trundle levelled the score.

Link: Swansea Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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1 September 2006 : Slade Expecting Tough Month
Glovers boss Russell Slade says he is expecting a tough September as Yeovil Town face up to some difficult fixtures across a four week period. Tonight the Glovers travel to the Liberty Stadium where they take on last season's Play-Off Final losers Swansea City and that is followed by he visit of league leaders and title favourites Nottingham Forest.

That is followed by an away trip at Northampton Town before a long journey to another one of the bookies favourites with Huddersfield Town the hosts. Then two of last season's relegated Championship sides pay a visit with Brighton and Hove Albion and Crewe Alexandra coming to Huish Park. Finally a trip to another one of last season's playoff losers comes in the shape of Brentford.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Slade explained: "It's a very tough period - most of the months are. But September seems particularly interesting as we play Swansea, Forest and Huddersfield. So it's a difficult month for us, although we've put down a bit of a foundation so far. It's still early days of course. But we are perhaps not the walkover everybody thought we might be. We've stuck with it and our form is good. If we can start picking up a few points away from home then hopefully we will stabilise ourselves in the league."


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1 September 2006 : Interview With Marcus Stewart
New loan signing Marcus Stewart hopes his three month spell at Huish Park can restore his personal happiness off the field following a torrid spell at Bristol City that has not seen him turn out for the club since March. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Marcus believes he can get his career back on track with the Glovers.

Marcus explained: "At the end of the day it's about football and it's about your happiness off the pitch. If things are not making you happy on it then you do tend to bring things home. So now I hope that I can play football and be happy in my head again."

Read the full interview with Marcus Stewart by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Marcus Stewart Interview.


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1 September 2006 : Swansea City v Yeovil Town Preview
Yeovil Town make their second trip to the Liberty Stadium, and again it is on a Friday evening. This time the excuse for moving the fixture is Wales are playing an away International on the Saturday, though as the kick-off is in the evening........ We haven't checked every club, but we are pretty confident the Liberty is unique from a Yeovil point of view : the only League stadium where the record gate has the Glovers as the visitors.

On our visit last season 19,288 saw the home side win 2-0 with two goals from the man Town fans rather like to dislike, Lee Trundle, one a penalty and the other a scruffy tap in off his more than copious backside....... OK, it was a er, moderately better than average effort from 35 yards (and that's the most praise he's going to get from us).

Matches between the two clubs have generally been tight and decided on small margins, the Liberty game being the only one where there was quite a discernible gap between the sides on the day, or in that case night. We are obviously hoping for a better performance from the Glovers this time.

There's no doubt that Trundle has been a thorn in our sides, also getting a late late winner in the 3-2 meeting in 2003. A week ago Yeovil fans were cheered by news that a tweaked hamstring should keep him out for two games. Unfortunately from a Glovers point of view it looks like he has recovered more quickly than expected, and he and Andy Robinson are likely to be available. Earlier in the week club physio Richie Evans said :

Both Lee and Andy trained today with no reaction. Their training will be stepped up as the week goes on, but both players could very well be back for Friday night. Lee's injury has not turned out as bad as we first thought and he's progressing really well.

Leon Britton is also set to return from a hip strain, whilst another midfielder who might just be remembered by Yeovil fans, Darren Way is also back in contention after coming on as a substitute against Leyton Orient last week after a five-month absence with shin problems. He also got through 90 minutes in a mid-week reserve 4-3 victory over Cheltenham Town with no ill effects.

Weasel, as we still think of him, commented on meeting up with his former club :

I'm a great believer that things happen for a reason and I knew that I would be back around this time. I hope the Yeovil fans remember that I gave my all for the club. They came a long way in a short space of time and I hope they respect the part I played.

Another ex-Yeovil favourite, though of shorter duration, the Glovers will be facing is Kevin Amankwaah. He said of the forthcoming clash :

I've obviously got fond memories of my time at Yeovil and I've kept in touch with a few of the lads since I left. Although I'm a fully-fledged Swan now, I will never forget my time at Yeovil. I wasn't getting many games at Bristol City and when Yeovil came in for me they put my career back on track. I will be eternally grateful to them for that.

It will be nice to see the boys again, but I won't be giving them the three points to take home. They'll be staying with me in Swansea.


Two players we definitely won't be seeing however are winger Kevin McLeod, who moved on transfer deadline day to Colchester United, and striker Leon Knight. Despite an assertion on the Yeovil Town Official Site that Knight isn't suspended for this evening's match, he most certainly is. Other Swans out are Garry Monk and Owain Tudur Jones, both with knee injuries, and Dennis Lawrence with a groin problem. Shaun MacDonald will be absent on Wales U21 duty.

Looking ahead to the match manager Kenny Jackett said :

The Yeovil game is a massive one for us and we are all determined to show the fans what we can do. Evening games under floodlights usually produce a special atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium and I am sure that will be the case again tonight.

We are expecting a good crowd and I am sure the fans will drive us on as we look to build on the last two encouraging wins in the League. I know our home performances have not been anything to write home about yet, but we all feel inside the club there is a lot more to come from us.


Yeovil Town only have two absentees. Andy Lindegaard is still about two weeks away from a return with a groin strain, and Arron Davies is, like MacDonald, with the Welsh U21 squad ahead of their UEFA qualifier play-off against Turkey on Saturday (see below, 24th August). After Yeovil's victory over previous 100% Port Vale last Saturday manager Russell Slade can be expected to be reluctant to change much in a winning side. However a week can be a long time in football, and of course Huish Park has seen two players in, Marcus Stewart and Anthony Tonkin, and one out, Matt Harrold, since then, as well as Mark Lynch turned into a permanent signing. Tonkin looked some way off fitness in the reserve match on Wednesday (see match report), but Stewart hasn't been brought in on an initial three month loan to sit around and will almost certainly play some part, be it a start or from the bench.

Playing the Swans, be it at The Vetch or the Liberty Stadium, is always an adrenalin pumping experience for both players and fans, with great noise, passion and atmosphere. This is what being in the Football League is all about. BRING IT ON!

The Ciderspace away guide to Swansea can be found here.


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