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31 October 2003 : New play about the Glovers gets the green and white flag
Somersetís Peter Quince Theatre Company, set up to promote develop professional theatre in the county, is writing its next play about Yeovil Town Football Club and their first season in the football league.

The play will chart the life of two fans, ĎPennyí and ĎYandleí who have followed The Town for as long as they can remember. Covering Yeovil based locations, Somerset traditions and the progress of Gary Johnsonís Green and White Army in the 2003/04 season, the climax of the play will be critical as Penny and Yandleís relationship reaches breaking point. They are both devoted to the Glovers, but are they devoted to each other any more?

Writer Nick White will be writing the play with Will Gore, a Brentford fan who loves going to Yeovil. Nick will also be meeting up with YTFC staff on a regular basis to discuss the unfolding season. Crucially however, he wants all Yeovil fans to get in touch with him to talk about all aspects of life on the terraces of Huish Park.

Following the success of ďYeovil Till I Die: A Ciderspace OdysseyĒ, it is becoming very clear that Yeovil fans have a very unique relationship with the team they support. This is something the writers want reflected in the play.

The play will receive its World Premiere at a charity night, hopefully at the newly refurbished Octagon Theatre in July in Yeovil. Following this, it will embark on a three week run at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2004 before returning to the south-west for an extended tour. While PQTC hopes to see the players, their wives and other club staff there, it is also hoped that as many of Yeovilís fans who can fit into the theatre will come to see it.

In a final twist of involvement of Yeovilís fans, the writers want suggestions for the title of the play. The working title is ďUp The GloversĒ, but it is felt that the Huish Park crowd, who can be very creative with their singing, can do better.

Contact Nick White at Peter Quince Theatre Company:

Telephone: 01460 241123
Email: nick@pqtc.org.uk

He is also normally at most of Yeovilís home games and is happy to talk to anyone there.


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31 October 2003 : Glovers v Huddersfield lapel badges
Glovers supporter Tim Lancaster informs us that he will have the remainder of the Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town enamel lapel badges on sale at Bury tomorrow for those who have not collected them yet. The badge features both club crests and is in an oval design, costing £3.00.

The next lapel badge for sale will be for Yeovil Town's first ever FA Cup tie as a Football League Club vs Wrexham.




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31 October 2003 : Bury vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Lancashire tomorrow (Saturday) to play their first ever league match against Bury in a Nationwide League Division Three match at Gigg Lane.

The Glovers go into the match minus Hugo Rodrigues who is the first player at Huish Park this season to receive a suspension. Hugo serves a single match ban for picking up five bookings.

Manager Gary Johnson has added on-loan winger Lee Elam to his squad for the match and told the Western Daily Press: "He'll be involved - but I haven't decided if he'll start or be on the bench. If I want to sign Lee permanently there will be a small fee involved so I wanted to have a longer look at him. He has not got the fitness level of our lads at the moment, but he's a good footballer and I didn't want to miss an opportunity. Other clubs want Lee, but he wants to come here. He's proven at Conference level and provides a real goal threat from midfield."

Further changes to the sixteen that will turn out at Gigg Lane are unlikely, with Johnson's only conundrum being who slots into the vacant centre-back slot. Adam Lockwood would seem the most likely, with Paul Terry coming in to play the right-back position. However, should Johnson wish to blood Elam early, Colin Pluck could move into the centre, with Abdelhalim El Kholti moving into the back line to play behind Elam.

Lee Johnson has been selected for the Nationwide Football League Division Three Team of the Week again, the first Yeovil Town player to achieve this distinction twice.

Bury have five players struggling for tomorrow's game, with goalkeeper Glyn Garner, Chris Porter and Ben Thornley all suffering through stomach complaints. George Clegg and Matt Barrass are both back in training following knee injuries but are targetting next weekend for a comeback.

The Ciderspace guide to Bury can be found here. Away supporters are situated in the Manchester Road (West) Stand, and must use turnstiles 14-19. Prices are 12 pounds (Adults), eight pounds (Students with NUS id cards), six pounds (OAPs) and five pounds (Juniors). Yeovil supporters will pay on the gate for this game.


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30 October 2003 : Hugo Rodriguez is October's Internet Player of the Month
Central defender Hugo Rodriguez is October's Internet Player of the Month, beating off strong challenges from central midfield duo Darren Way and Lee Johnson. Fans favourite Hugo featured in 5 out of the 7 games played by the first team in October and was voted as Man of the Match in the internet poll on 3 occasions.

The top of the leaderboard for October is as follows:

341 points - Hugo Rodrigues

328 points - Darren Way

213 points - Lee Johnson

209 points - Gavin Williams

202 points - Kevin Gall

169 points - Colin Pluck

168 points - Terry Skiverton

159 points - Jake Edwards

149 points - Abdelhalim El Kholti


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30 October 2003 : Lee Elam Signs On A Month Loan
Winger Lee Elam, currently with Halifax Town, has signed on a loan deal for a month. Elam has been trialing with Yeovil this week, and manager Gary Johnson spoke very warmly of what he had seen so far at last night's Meet the Manager Evening at Huish Park.

Today he said: Lee will go straight into my squad for Saturday's match [at Bury]. I feel I want a longer look at him and this loan deal suits both parties, as we are taking him with a view to a permanent deal. I just want to see a little bit more of him and this way I can do that. He's a good player and can play on either wing or behind the front two.

If Yeovil were to sign Elam on a permanent deal he would command a fee.


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30 October 2003 : Customer Service Charter
Yeovil Town FC has issued an eight page Customer Service Charter booklet. It covers staff conduct, commitments to consultation and information, ticketing, the rights of away supporters, merchandising, community activities, customer service, anti-discrimination policies, and equal opportunities policies. Ask for your copy at the club.

Promotions Manager Adrian Hopper is the club's Customer Service Charter Contact. He should be contacted over any issues relating to eight of the nine areas listed above:

Adrian Hopper
Promotions Manager
Yeovil Town Football Club
Huish Park
Lufton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA22 8YF
Telephone 01935 423662 Ext.219
E-mail ahpublications@tiscali.co.uk

The charter commits the club to providing a response within 14 working days. The club will normally respond by letter or e-mail, but if a telephone response is requested the customer will receive one. The customer services manager will arrange meetings with supporters by prior agreement.

Re community activities the Community Officer, John Flatters, should be the first port of contact. Community issues cover areas such as women's and youth football, schools, coaching courses, and arranging visits from the team, managing and coaching staff. Phone and ask for John Flatters on 01935 423662.


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29 October 2003 : News From YTFC Disabled Supporters' Forum
A donation of £50.00 has been received from Jude Nash (a.k.a. Cheeky Monkey) and a further £25.00 from Mr. George Pearson of Somerton. George, who is from Teeside and a Middlesborough supporter, has been supporting Yeovil since 1999 and says: "I am enjoying the football played by Yeovil very much". George runs a Yeovil Town Score Forecast web site where you play for fun or cash, forecasting the correct scores of Yeovil's matches. Jude Nash was last season's winner and donated all her winnings to Yeovil's Disabled Forum's Funds, to which George has added his kind donation. Unfortunately we don't have an address for Jude, but if she would come forward with these details a personal letter of thanks will be addressed to her. Needless to say George will receive his shortly. These are the first donations received by the Forum for which we are most sincerely grateful.

Our aim is to provide funds for Yeovil Town Football Club to improve the facilities and services available to our disabled supporters. Who knows, perhaps one day we might even have an appropriate Mini-Bus in which to transport them to away matches, plus a lift in the Main Stand so that they can see for themselves, perhaps for some, the very first time, the facilities of the first floor of the Main Stand. What an improvement in their quality of life this would provide. Please remember, like those players on the field of play every week have ambitions so do the members of the Yeovil Town Disabled Supporters Forum.

Irvin Morris
Hon.Disabled Liaison Officer
(on behalf of Yeovil Town F.C.)
E-mail :Irvincb1@btinternet.com


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28 October 2003 : Lee Elam training with Glovers
Halifax Town winger Lee Elam has been reported as being 'in talks' with the Glovers and was today spotted training at Huish Park with the rest of the first team squad. Ciderspace's spy at the training ground writes: Lee was playing in front of Gareee [El Kholti] in the practice match, seems to have a good first touch, and at times his delivery into the box was impressive.

The 27-year-old winger has scored twice in 14 appearances for the Shaymen this season. Elam was at Morecambe last term, scoring 13 times from 42 Conference appearances. Prior to his short spell at Christie Park, Elam spent four seasons at Southport, scoring 45 goals from 156 appearances for the Sandgrounders - a very respectable return for a wideman. More on this story as we get it ...


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27 October 2003 : Hello (silver lined) Clouds, Hello Sky........
The F.A. Cup First Round tie between Yeovil Town and Wrexham on Saturday November 8th is to shown live on Sky. As a result the match will now kick off at 5.35 p.m.

The shift of TV monies away from the earlier rounds to the benefit of the fatter cats in the later stages means that First and Second Round broadcast fees are not as lucrative as they used to be, however both Yeovil and Wrexham will pick up a nice windfall of £50,000 each. Prize money for winning through to Round Two is an additional £12,500.

Tickets are now available (all pay) :
Normal prices apply - see Yeovil Town Ticket Prices 2003-04.
Monday - Friday 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. from the ticket office.
Late night opening on Wednesday 5th November and Thursday 6th November until 7.30 p.m.
Season Ticket Holders have until 2.00 p.m. on Thursday 6th November to collect their tickets, after which time they will go on general sale.
On the day tickets for the Main and Bartlett Stands are available from the Ticket Office ONLY. Tickets for the Westland Terrace can be bought from the Ticket Office until half an hour before the turnstiles open (around 4.00 p.m., but exact time to be confirmed) at which point remaining tickets will be transferred to pay on the gate.
Telephone bookings highly recommended : 01935-423662 Ext.1


The BBC will show the match between Conference club Accrington Stanley and Division 3 Huddersfield Town on Sunday November 9th, kick-off at 1.00 p.m. The third televised tie, to be shown at 7.45 p.m. on Friday 7th, has yet to be announced, pending a meeting with Police, Fire Service and the Local Authority. This suggests it will involve a small Non-league club at home.

[Update 29/10/03 : This has now been confirmed as Thurrock v Luton Town.]

News on the F.A. Women's Cup is not quite so rosy, with Yeovil Town Ladies defeated by a single goal, 0-1, by Penzance in the First Round Proper on Sunday.


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27 October 2003 : Smith Looks Foward To FAC Tie
Speaking to the North Wales Daily Post in response to the draw which brought Second Division Wrexham an away tie at Huish Park out of the hat, manager Denis Smith said :

The fans have not been there before so it's new for them. Yeovil do play good football. They pass it about but we're good away from home so perhaps it's not as bad a draw as it looks. It wasn't one you would pick but they have a nice stadium and a good pitch so that's not something you would worry about. It's not the Yeovil of old with a sloping pitch, although I don't think I ever played there.

Someone else looking forward to the tie will be Yeovil Town striker Jake Edwards. Edwards, who scored twice in Yeovil's 4-1 victory at Abbey Stadium on Saturday, had a spell at the Racecourse Ground from 1998 before permanently moving to Telford United, after a loan period, for £20,000 in January 2000.


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27 October 2003 : FA stands for F*** A** as usual
After nearly 14 months (count 'em) of waiting the case of Mr Graeme Westley (late of ripping the guts out of Farnborough Town and now storming to mid-table mediocrity with fellow non-leaguers Stevenage Borough) was at last heard by The Football Association on October 23rd, 2003.

Charged with improper conduct and abusive language (E2) during the Yeovil Town vs Farnborough Town match at The Avenue, Dorchester, on 3rd September 2002, Westley had had the case postponed or did not bother to show up on at least three separate occasions since. In a display of petulant and outrageous behaviour, the like of which would almost certainly have seen the likes of we ordinary fans risking a ban from attending football for a considerable period, Westley had to be escorted from the ground by the police. The F.A., in its wisdom, has seen fit to issue a reprimand, warn Westley as to his future conduct, and fine him £500.

Now wasn't that worth waiting for........


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26 October 2003 : Johnson wants to keep that Abbey habit
Glovers boss Gary Johnson thoroughly enjoyed the return to his old stomping-ground at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday for his team's 4-1 win against Cambridge United.

"It was a great game," Johnson said. "We were disappointed to let in a goal again just before half time after going 1-0 up. But it was a great performance by the lads. We had those four chances but we had a few others as well. We broke with such pace and passion that we were bound to score goals. I said at half time to the boys that there would be holes there, and that our fitness should be able to win the ball, and that if we worked hard hopefully we would get a few one-on-ones. Thatís exactly how it turned out. It was a great result to come here, particularly after Cambridge have had two excellent results away from home and would have expected to have carried that on at home. I think we well-deserved our victory.

"The midfield players were setting things up and pushing the ball through at the right times and we had players making some quality runs into the box for us. We knew we had dangers; they had John Taylor who for all his age is very good in the air and obviously Kitson showed that he only needs a half-chance to score a goal, because we gave him that half-chance. Other than that, I donít think he was effective, although we always knew he could score a goal. So we compensated for that by scoring four. I donít think he was going to get five!"


Asked about the relatively early substitutions of goalscorers Jake Edwards and Kevin Gall, Gary revealed that Gall in particular had a slight hamstring problem before the game. "We were a bit worried about Kevin on Thursday and Friday," he admitted, "so there was no need to risk him after he had done such great work. Jake was just tired and I know when Jake gets tired. But I donít ask him to save himself for 90 minutes Ė Iíd rather he gave us a good hour or so until he gets our level of fitness. Heís getting there and heís looking very potent, which is great. Heís a good finisher. When he gets that fitness and gets into those areas even more often, heíll show it more often. They were two great finishes just when you needed them. Heís improving. Abdou is, big Hugo is and they are all improving as they go along. Weíve got our regulars that you can hang your hat on as well, so itís looking good. Theyíve all asked for Monday off as well as Sunday, so being the sort of manager that I am, I said no! Theyíre in on Monday because we havenít done anything yet; weíre only a third of the way through the season and weíve still got to do the right job.

"Kevin deserved his goal didnít he? His work-rate for a sprinter is phenomenal. Heís a major part of what we are doing. Youíve got Adam Stansfield who can come on and do exactly the same. It means we donít weaken ourselves. Weíve got Adam and Jacko on the bench, so Gally and Jake know they have got two very good players in competition with them. Weíve got that good competition now because the reserves in midweek had a great result. So the boys have to be playing well and working hard at pace and passion to keep in the side.

"He [Abdel El Kholti] had his best game today and I told him so. He has still got to learn the game but his athleticism and his little touches are brilliant. He covers a big gap and sometimes heís like having two players on the left-hand side because of his athleticism and his ability to get up and down. Certainly you wouldnít want to mark him. I gave Skivo a fitness test this morning and I think I know Skivo quite well through his other injuries. His fitness test consisted of him getting his kit on, us meeting him in reception and then me telling him that heís fit!

"I thought the back four were solid, I thought the midfield were energetic and quick and onto the ball with quality passes, and up front they worked their socks off. If your team does that youíre going to win games. We had a great first half-hour and then they got their goal and that was so disappointing because we didnít feel that they were in it. There was a little bit of hesitation and someone made a mistake in there and with Kitson you canít let him have that. He looked dangerous and you know he was going to get one if you gave him a chance. I had to remind them about Rochdale. That happened at the start of the season when we did that but came out well. We came out well against Huddersfield and I reminded them about Huddersfield this week. We got that goal fairly early and once we got that goal we seemed to open them up.

"Ten wins out of sixteen is not a bad return. But we donít get too complacent here. Itís only a third of the season, but itís great to have 30 points for our first year in the Football League, so credit to everyone. We donít set targets other than the next game and our target is always to win that next game."


The Gaffer was delighted to hear that the Glovers had been drawn at home to 2nd Division Wrexham in the 1st round of the FA Cup, saying: "Weíve done well against Second Division sides, and Wrexham have given us another one, and I think it will definitely be another full house. They are a great football team and once again we are looking at another great football night at Huish Park. Itís a good draw. Weíve got more Welshmen in our club than they have! Gavin, Gally and Gilesy will be jumping up and down at that one.

"Weíve got Colchester as well, and thatís on another night, but the FA Cup is special and the fact that itís at Huish Park against one of the biggest sides in this First Round draw is a great test for us. Iím really looking forward to it."



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25 October 2003 : Fourplay thrills happy Glovers
Over 500 ecstatic Yeovil Town supporters made the long trip to the Abbey Stadium today to watch the Glovers beat in-form Cambridge United 4-1, consolidating their position in the play-off places in the process.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson enjoyed a warm reception from United fans on returning to his old club, but it was the away supporters celebrating after 15 minutes when Jake Edwards put the Glovers 1-0 up from a Kevin Gall pass. The home side levelled just before the interval, somewhat against the general run of play, the highly-rated Dave Kitson taking the ball around Chris Weale and finding the net from an acute angle.

Yeovil put the game beyond doubt in a two-minute spell after the break, Edwards with his second on 59 minutes and Gall 2 minutes later striking to make it 3-1. Darren Way wrapped up the scoring and a splendid Glovers performance with 3 minutes left on the clock.

"I couldn't have asked for a better return to the club were I spent so much time," Gary Johnson commented after the match. "I was disappointed that we gave the equaliser away but our play was so exciting in the last half an hour there was no way we were not going to be winners. There is still a long way to go but ten wins out of sixteen is a pretty good start for Yeovil's first season in the league."

Final score: Cambridge United 1 Yeovil Town 4

The result means the Glovers consolidate their hold on a play-off place in the league table, with a small gap now appearing between 6th and 7th place. Hull remain top with 35 points from 16 games after their 3-0 home win over Lincoln. Doncaster go up to 2nd on 31 points after winning 2-0 at Kidderminster; and Oxford drop to 3rd, also on 31 points after being held to a 0-0 draw at home by Bristol Rovers. Swansea got back to winning ways today by scoring the only goal of the match at Spotland against Rochdale and remain 4th, on 30 points. Yeovil stay 5th, also on 30 points; and Mansfield are 6th, on 29 points after beating managerless Cheltenham 4-0. Huddersfield move into the final play-off place on 25 points, following their 2-1 win over bottom club Carlisle. The Glovers next opponents, Bury, won 3-1 at Darlington to go to 16th place in the table, on 20 points.

Another 3rd Division manager lost his job today - David Moss paying for Macclesfield's recent poor run of results. As it happens the Glovers have lost 6 games so far this season - and of the 6 club's to have beaten us, so far 4 managers of those club's have since lost their jobs: Step forward Paul Brush (Orient), Martin Wilkinson (Northampton), Bobby Gould (Cheltenham), and now David Moss (Macclesfield). Should fans of Torquay and Oxford start to be concerned?!


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25 October 2003 : FA Cup 1st round draw - home to Wrexham
Yeovil Town have been drawn at home to Second Division Wrexham in the 1st round of the FA Cup. The Welshmen are currently 9th in Division Two after having won automatic promotion from Division Three last season, and beat our old rivals Ru$hden 3-2 at Nene Park today. The 1st round draw in full is as follows:

Lincoln v Brighton
Peterborough v Hereford
Oldham v Carlisle
Cheltenham v Hull City
Yeovil v Wrexham
Macclesfield v Boston United
Grays or Margate v Aldershot
Scarborough v Doncaster Rovers
Barnet v Stalybridge Celtic
Blackpool v Boreham Wood
Wycombe v Swindon
Lancaster City v Cambridge United
East Thurrock or Woking v Histon
Bournemouth v Bristol Rovers
Eastbourne or Stevenage v Stockport County
Grantham v Leyton Orient
Thurrock v Luton
Northampton v Plymouth
Tranmere v Chesterfield
Hornchurch v Darlington
Scunthorpe v Shrewsbury
Torquay v Burton
Accrington Stanley v Huddersfield
Grimsby Town v QPR
Notts County v Shildon
Brentford v Farsley Celtic or Gainsborough
Kidderminster v Northwich or Halifax
Southend v Mangotsfield or Canvey Island
York City v Barnsley
Port Vale v Ford United
Mansfield Town v Bishop Stortford
Sheffield Wednesday v Salisbury City
Farnborough v Weston Super Mare
Chester City v Exeter City or Gravesend
Telford or Tamworth v Crawley Town
Colchester v Oxford United
Bradford Park Avenue v Bristol City
Bury v Rochdale
Swansea v Rushden & Diamonds
Hartlepool v Bromsgrove or Whitby

Ties to be played 8-9 November.



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25 October 2003 : Can you see us on the box? Yes, no problem ...
In response to many requests from fans, a limited edition DVD version of last year's Championship season is being released by the club. Only 100 copies will be on sale, all signed by manager Gary Johnson and priced at £24.99. The DVD will be available to buy from the Club Shop at Huish Park, next Friday 31st October.

In addition, the club are making available videos of all of its games for fans to purchase. The videos will contain all 90 minutes of match action and will be available 2 days after the games in question from the Media Office in the portakabin next to the Ticket Office at Huish Park or by phone to 01935 423662 Ext 273, price £12 each. Caveat emptor - some videos will have no sound.

Finally, a special edition video of the club's first Football League match is also being released. The video of the club's 3-1 win at Rochdale contains additional footage of the preparation and trip up north and costs £15, from the Club Shop next Friday 31st October.


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24 October 2003 : Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their first trip to the Abbey Stadium for 16 years tomorrow, when they take on Cambridge United in a Nationwide League Division Three match, kickoff 3.00pm. The Glovers last trip to Cambridge saw an Andy Wallace goal knock their hosts out of the FA Cup at the Second Round stage, resulting in home match against Queens Park Rangers, who were then a top flight side, whilst the Glovers languished in the Isthmian League.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson has just one new injury concern, after club captain Terry Skiverton left the field early on Tuesday night, sustaining a knee injury in the Glovers 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town.

Johnson told the Western Daily Press: "We'll have to wait and see with Skivo. He's had a couple of days' rest and we'll leave it until the last minute. He got the injury early on in Tuesday's game and managed to play on until the second half, which suggests the injury is not that bad. But if he does miss out then I'm not short of options because I'd still have three central defenders available."

Otherwise Johnson is likely to travel without long term injury victims Chris Giles and Andy Lindegaard, whilst Roy O'Brien and Ronnie Bull continue to be sidelined with knee injuries. Giles has been given the all-clear from a scan on his ankle and will resume training next week, whilst Lindegaard requires match fitness before he can return to the playing field.

Provided Skiverton recovers from his knock, it would be no surprise if the same squad was picked for the fourth consecutive match, though Johnson may choose to add Stephen Reed to his squad just in case.

The trip to Cambridge will bring back old memories for Johnson, with the Glovers boss still having strong connections with the club he coached at and managed over a period of six years. Gary told the Western Gazette: "I have fond memories of Cambridge and I am still the patron of one their supporters' associations which is nice. I had a good relationship with the fans there as I have here but of course there is only one group who I want to win for on Saturday and that is my new friends at Yeovil. It is always interesting when you go back to your old club to see what the reaction is and to see whether you are liked or disliked so I am looking forward to it."

Gary was also responsible for introducing current Cambridge manager John Taylor to the Abbey Stadium as a player in 1993. Gary explained: "I signed John from Sudbury. I had recommendations about him from within the club at the time and since then he has had a move to Bristol Rovers for £400,000. He has also become the top-scorer and a legend at Cambridge so all credit to him. He deserves to be where is today and I hope he does well after us."

Taylor himself is a doubt for tomorrow after sustaining a foot injury in his side's 2-0 win over Swansea City in midweek. Fellow strikers John Turner (calf) and Dan Chillingworth (hamstring) will be assessed to decide which player has sufficiently recovered from injury to partner main dangerman Dave Kitson who has netted eight times this season, including both goals in their midweek win.

Glovers fans have been given both terracing and seating for this fixture. Seating behind goal is in the South Stand and costs 15 pounds (Adults) and 10 pounds (Concessions). Otherwise the southern end of the Habbin Terrace charges 12 pounds (Adults) and 8 pounds (Concessions). To get there from the Coldhams Common Car Park follow the path across the common and use the Habbin South turnstiles ot the South Stand turnstiles as appropriate. This is a pay on the day game.

Saturday's match referee is Paul Danson (Leicestershire) and he is assisted by Simon Beck (Essex) and Fred Graham (Essex).

The Ciderspace guide to Cambridge can be found here.


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24 October 2003 : Reserve Fixture Rearrangements
Yeovil Town have had two Pontins Holiday Combination Wales & West Division fixtures rearranged. Firstly the home match against Plymouth Argyle, originally scheduled for November 4th, has been put back by 24 hours. The game will now take place on Wednesday 5th November. Note that the kick-off time for this match is 7.00pm and not the usual 7.45pm.

The switch of fixture day has been forced due to the First Team's involvement in the LDV Vans Trophy Second Round on the date of the original fixture, where they will take on Colchester United, kick-off 7.45pm. Tickets are on sale for the Colchester fixture from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The second Pontins fixture to be rearranged is the away match against AFC Bournemouth. This match will now be played on December 3rd, with a 2.00pm kick-off. Bournemouth usually play their Reserve fixtures at Lymington and New Milton's ground in New Milton.


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23 October 2003 : Stansfield on song as reserves beat Robins
A very young Yeovil Town Reserves side recorded their second win in succession in the Wales and West Division of the Pontins Holidays Combination League, when they beat Bristol City Reserves 2-0 at Ashton Gate yesterday afternoon. Striker Adam Stansfield gave Glovers boss Gary Johnson a powerful reminder of his quality by scoring both goals in the game, though the Robins second-string were forced to play with 10 men for the entire second half after Clayton Fortune was sent off 10 minutes before the break for a professional foul on Stansfield.

The Yeovil side included right-back and former Watford player Mark Boyce, who played in several pre-season friendlies for the Glovers. Boyce has signed on non-contract terms, enabling him to play for the reserves.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson was delighted with the result, telling the Western Daily Press: "It was a great win, a super performance. All our squad are buzzing at the moment and it was great because we had a young back line with Dale Williams, 16, at centre back, Sam Croft, 16, at centre back and Steve Reed, who's 18 at left back."

Yeovil Town Reserves: Collis, Boyce, Croft, Reed, Williams, Lindegaard, Terry, Gosling, Crittenden, Jackson, Stansfield, Subs: Thompson, Patchett, Welch



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22 October 2003 : Johnson praises 'magnificent result'
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has described last night's 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town as a "magnificent result."

Speaking to the press after the game Johnson praised his team, saying: "I genuinely felt this was our biggest game so far this season. I know weíve played and beaten the likes of Swansea, Mansfield and Doncaster but I feel Huddersfield are a genuinely big club. Theyíve got some big players and thereís a few million been spent on a few of them. I think if we had stood off them and let them play weíd have seen how good they were but I thought our enthusiasm, ability and passion to win the game saw us through. We had some chances at the end not to have made it so close with some one v oneís, but this is a really magnificent result for us.

"The team that comes out in the second half after scoring the last goal before half-time normally comes out a little bit more lively and we worked hard at half-time to remind the players about the Rochdale game the last time we were in this situation, when Rochdale scored just before half time. I wanted us to come out flying like we did in the first half, and to be fair to the boys we had a great first 10-15 minutes that brought the goal and eventually that proved to be the winner.

"Paul Terry got into the swing of things very quickly which was great. Heís a quality player and getting better and better, and when we need him to fill in at right back if one of our centre backs gets injured which they did with Skivo, we can move Locky across to centre-half and Paul Terry does a very good job in the right back position. For the second goal Paul laid on a terrific cross and we saw a good run and header by the littlest player on the field, and it was nice that he got in there!

"Terry [Skiverton] has got a little bit of a knee problem at the moment, but we wont know if it's serious or not until it settles down. Heís professional enough to know that heís not doing the team any good trying to stick it out so we had to make the change.

"One goal is never enough, especially against a team like Huddersfield. They're a top side and theyíve been scoring goals. They were on a good run of form up until this week, but the only real chance we've allowed them was from a foul, and if the referee sees it as a foul then he gives a foul. Their first goal wasnít a foul and Hugo [Rodrigues] is upset about that, but thatís how the manager sees it when a goal goes in against him.

"Itís great to win our two home games - the crowd have seen three wins in the last week here at Huish Park, against Bournemouth, Darlington and Huddersfield and thatís got to be a good return for a club like ours against a Second Division team and two Third Division teams. Weíve got a nice number of points and we must be up near the top somewhere. I did say to the boys that this is the type of game that will prove to me that you as players can compete with the top few teams. We donít want to be in the middle to 7th place, we want to be at least 7th and upwards - we want to be in the top three."


Transcription by Richard Gibson


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21 October 2003 : Terriers muzzled by on-song Glovers
Yeovil Town entertained Huddersfield tonight at Huish Park, hoping to secure a third consecutive victory in front of a crowd of 5,274. Glovers boss Gary Johnson named an unchanged team from the side who beat Darlington on Saturday.

Yeovil began brightly; a wide free kick from Gavin Williams found captain Terry Skiverton positioned perfectly who headed powerfully in the top left hand corner - 1-0. Huddersfieldís first opportunity came in the 31st minute when a cross found unmarked Andy Booth who headed to the bottom right of Chris Weale, who acrobatically kept Yeovil ahead. Jake Edwards linked with Kevin Gall and a pass through the defence lead Gall to beat the offside trap and a good save by Ian Gray from the shot kept the visitors in the game. Just before half-time the visitors were awarded a contentious freekick a few metres outside of Yeovilís penalty box and a powerful shot from striker Jon Stead forced the equalizer- 1-1.

Yeovil bounced back early on in the second half after Terry Skiverton was replaced by Paul Terry, due to injury. Terryís low pass into the box from the wing was met by Lee Johnson whose header found the bottom corner- 2-1. The Glovers continued to dominate the second half and chances went begging from Gavin Williams who didnít manage to chip the keeper and Kevin Gall who shot wide. In the last 20 minutes Huddersfield began to pressurise the Yeovil defence and in the 83rd minute Andy Booth thought he had scored but Chris Weale had deemed to have been fouled just off his line. Terriers keeper Gray saved a one-on-one with substitute Kirk Jackson at the death and the three points was well deserved in the end. Glovers boss Gary Johnson was thrilled with both the result and the performance. "We have beaten Swansea, Mansfield and Doncaster, but Huddersfield are a big club and this was something special," he enthused after the match.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 Huddersfield Town 1.

One fly in the ointment for Glovers fans: Club captain Terry Skiverton was substituted with a knee injury early in the second half - it's not yet known if there is long-term cause for concern or whether he's merely suffered a tweak.

The result means the Glovers move up one place to 5th in the league table on 27 points from 15 games played. Swansea drop to 4th, also on 27 points after their 0-2 home defeat to 11th placed Cambridge United, Yeovil's next opponents this coming Saturday. Our fellow pub team (!) Doncaster Rovers move up to 3rd on 28 points after their 2-1 win over Rochdale; while Hull and Oxford remain 1st and 2nd respectively following away draws at Bury and York, Hull on 32 points, the U's on 30 points. At the other end of the table Carlisle already look to be in big trouble, 11 points away from safety following their 1-4 home defeat by Scunthorpe.

Match precis by George Murray


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20 October 2003 : Youths Out Of Cup
Yeovil Town Youths found the going tough at the County Ground on Saturday in the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Challenge Cup. A strong Swindon Town Under 18ís team, who got to the Fourth Round last season, secured a comfortable 5-0 victory.

Chris Taylor opened the scoring with a ferocious shot from the edge of the penalty area. This was quickly followed by an own goal that put Yeovil seriously on the back foot. Michael Pook, a recent debutant for the First Team, stretched the lead further with a well-worked team move. Mid-fielder Lance Lewis then finished off a stubborn but rather outclassed Yeovil side with a brace of goals.


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20 October 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town play their third home match in a week tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they take on Huddersfield Town in a competitive match for the first time in their history.

Huddersfield are boosted by the return from suspension of top scorer Jonathan Stead, who promises to be a tricky one to mark on the night. He will undoubtedly return to the starting line-up following the Yorkshire side's disappointing 3-1 defeat on the weekend at the hands of Lincoln City.

"We've got an immediate chance to leapfrog Yeovil and get back up the table and the return of Jon Stead after suspension will be a big boost to us," said Huddersfield manager Peter Jackson. "Everyone was disappointed to lose against Lincoln on Saturday, especially conceding a couple of awful goals when we've been defending so well throughout the season, but we've been on a terrific run and it's important we don't get down on ourselves just because of one defeat. I want to see us pick ourselves up tomorrow night and get something out of the game at Yeovil - preferably three points - because we are capable of going there and getting back to winning ways. Saturday was a setback, but the lads have got their heads up again and we'll be ready to do battle with Yeovil."

Other than the decision as to who will make way for the return of Stead, Jackson's only other concern in a squad that travelled down this afternoon is whether defender Efe Sodje will have recovered from a knee injury. Paul Scott is the most likely replacement if Sodje fails to pass his fitness test.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson faces a couple of late decisions before finalising his squad. Other press reports describe Darren Way as a doubt for Tuesday night's match, although this would be something of a surprise given that Way's only problem on Saturday was cramp in the 90th minute of the match. Hugo Rodrigues is the main question-mark, with the Portuguese defender having turned on an ankle late in the second half. Paul Terry is the most likely beneficiary, with the possibility of Stephen Reed finding his way onto the bench if Rodrigues drops out entirely. Otherwise, despite a stuttering performance on Saturday, the same line-up is likely to take to the field of play.

The match is not all-ticket and kicks off at 7.45pm. Usual admission rules apply in that spectators for the Bartlett Stand and Main Stand must purchase their tickets prior to going through the turnstiles. Advance purchase is therefore highly recommended, via the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The referee for tomorrow is Paul Taylor (Hertfordshire) assisted by David Phillips (Sussex) and Simon Snartt (South Gloucestershire).


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20 October 2003 : 700 Glovers Fans Given Police Warnings
Avon and Somerset Police issued a warning to over 700 Yeovil Town supporters on Saturday aimed at anyone who does not use the club car parks in Lufton Way during matches.

Special Constables from Somerset East distributed over 700 leaflets, placing them on supporters vehicles that were parked up during the 1-0 win over Darlington on Saturday. However, the action seems to have created unnecessary confusion amongst many supporters who believe they were parked safely during the afternoon. The action seems to have been prompted following complaints by local residents, but ironically the police appeared to target the surrounding industrial and retail parks, thus making it more likely for supporters to head for the residential streets, where supporters appear to have parked without receiving leaflets.

Video footage of some of the worst offenders has been taken and the police are threatening that they will issue formal parking tickets or tow vehicles away in the future. However, the decision to blanket-leaflet all cars in the area - regardless of whether they were parked legally or not - has left many unsure of what does or does not constitute legal and safe parking.

To make matters worse, the badly worded notice, which contains a typo and an error in terminology has led many supporters to believe the notice to be a fake, following a similar fake leafletting campaign that was claimed to be representing 'Brympton Council' and 'Yeovil Town Football Club'. On that occasion it is believed that the notices were not approved by either party, but on this occasion, the notices are genuine.

Special constable Steve Hatton said: "People are parking on grass verges and near to junctions causing problems for local residents. We are asking people to be more considerate when they come to watch the football, if they park illegally they will be fined."

Ciderspace contacted Yeovil Police, and their belief is that the action was taken only to target those infringing the Highways Act, such as parking too close to junctions and that it is unlikely that all cars that received leaflets were parking illegally.

However, the opinion of Ciderspace, by targetting all vehicles, all the leaflet drops have succeeded in doing is muddying the waters, making it unclear to supporters as to where they stand. A clear statement from Avon and Somerset Police to make their policy on parked cars clear would seem to be of paramount importance. Contact from Avon and Somerset Police is welcomed and can be made at ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com
Blanket Warning : This notice was placed indiscriminantly on over 700 vehicles on Saturday
Blanket Warning : This notice was placed indiscriminantly on over 700 vehicles on Saturday



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20 October 2003 : Three Points Can't Be That Bad
Glovers manager Gary Johnson had mixed emotions on the final whistle on Saturday after watching his side win 1-0 at home to Darlington.

It was a stuttering performance against a poor Quakers side and Johnson admitted: "We're satisfied with the win, but you can’t be satisfied with the performance. Having said that they were all more miserable than I was when they came in to the dressing room. I’ve had to pick them up by saying there’s a few defeats we’ve had where we didn’t deserve the defeat, where we’ve let a goal in at the wrong time so that pays us back for those. We’ve got three points having not played very well. We probably had 10-12 chances but everything in between that was poor. We kept them out to a couple of chances, they were busy in the end and at 1-0 down and they were going to throw things forward. We defended quite stoutly to be fair but we gave them the ball straight back. But we’ve got 1-0 and no-one will remember how we played at the end of the season."

After looking as though they would score a hatful following an early penalty scored by Gavin Williams, the quality of the game gradually degraded and Johnson added: "The second half, you couldn’t really call it a performance to be fair. They are more upset than I am because they were part of it but the effort is always there. The lads always show the effort and all I can say to them is we got the three points and its nice sometimes, preferably away from home not in front of you own fans, to win a game and not play well."

"We’ve got quality players in the team who couldn’t get their first pass off," added Gary. "We couldn’t quite take the chances that came to us, and really it was like an infection that went right through the team in the second half. It was unbelievable because you don’t normally get the whole team not quite on song, you may get 5/6 but I don’t want to be too miserable because I want to motivate the players. We don’t like the games that are flat, we want to entertain our Huish Park crowd and that’s what we try and do. Other teams would be ecstatic to win 1-0 like that but we are not and that’s the standard that we set ourselves. No goals against again, eight clean sheets out of 14/15 that’s not bad, and no draws. We don’t want to draw, but we were very close today; we want to win. The three points are very handy and we will be up 2/3 spots in the league table."

Gary made several enforced substitutions during the match with Hugo Rodrigues, Darren Way and Jake Edwards all giving way. He explained: "Hugo twisted his ankle in a tackle, Darren got a bit of muscle fatigue and we took Jake off to get the extra pace of Adam to cause them a problem. We're in the Third Division and any 1-0 result is a good result. A second goal would have been so important, I think we could have relaxed and got a third but while Darlington were still in it, they were going to throw men forward and change their shape a bit. Because it was only 1-0 it looks like they had a few chances but when you look at it Wealy hasn’t had to make a save."

No rest for the wicked as the Glovers return to action tomorrow (Tuesday) night in another match at Huish Park. Huddersfield Town are the visitors in a match that is not all-ticket and kicks off at 7.45pm. Usual admission rules apply in that spectators for the Bartlett Stand and Main Stand must purchase their tickets prior to going through the turnstiles. Advance purchase is therefore highly recommended, via the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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18 October 2003 : LDV Vans Trophy ticket news
As reported earlier today the Glovers have been drawn at home against 2nd Division Colchester United in the 2nd round of the LDV Vans Trophy.

The game has provisionally been pencilled in for Tuesday 4th November and tickets go on general sale from this coming Tuesday onwards (21st October). Season-ticket holders should note that their seats will be reserved for them until Friday 31st October, after which they will go on general sale on a first-come, first served basis.


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18 October 2003 : A welcome three points, but it was a struggle ...
Having knocked out Division 2 outfit Bournemouth in the LDV Vans Trophy in midweek, Yeovil Town were hoping to convert their cup form into league points at home to struggling Darlington at Huish Park this afternoon.

The Glovers started strongly and within 4 minutes the ball was handled in the area - penalty. Gavin Williams sent Price to the right and blasted it down the middle - 1-0. Kevin Gall troubled the Darlo defence with his lightning pace but neither he or Lee Johnson managed to convert the chances that he created.

In the second half Yeovil continued to dominate at first with Gallís surging run and powerful shot rebounding to Jake Edwards who fired narrowly over. As the half progressed, Darlington started to pressurise the Yeovil defence and their best attempt came in the 67th minute when Ryan Valentine shot narrowly wide. As the game wore on, Yeovil began to concentrate on keeping their lead and successfully held out for final whistle. A valuable three points and a return to winning ways in the league, but in all honesty a poor game and not the most convincing of performances in front of 4,892 - the lowest crowd of the season so far.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson appeared equally underwhelmed as most of the crowd at the final whistle, saying: "You sometimes get half a dozen players who are not completely on song, but you seldom get the whole lot who are having an off day."

Final score: Yeovil Town 1 Darlington 0.

The result leaves the Glovers in 6th place in the league table with 24 points from 14 games played, 7 points behind leaders Hull City, who drew 1-1 at Torquay United today. This coming Tuesday's opponents, Huddersfield Town drop to 7th place on 22 points following their 3-1 defeat at Lincoln City. Doncaster Rovers remain in 5th place, 1 point ahead of the Glovers on 25 points after they defeated 4th placed Mansfield 4-2 at Belle Vue. Oxford United move up to 2nd place on 29 points after their impressive 4-0 win at Bury, while Swansea drop to 3rd place on 27 points after being held to a scoreless draw by struggling Kidderminster at the Vetch Field. It was not enough to save the job of Ian Britton. Gossip was already circulating before the match kicked off that Britton would be sacked whatever the result, and he duly was. The rumour mill suggests that the return of Jan Molby, the manager who took Kidderminster into the Football League before jumping ship to Hull City in circumstances that left a sour taste in the mouths of Harriers fans, is being lined up. It is thought this may be part of a wider power struggle within the club at boardroom level.

At the same end of the table Cheltenham parted company with manager Bobby Gould following the Robins 0-2 home loss to Rochdale, the much-travelled former West Brom, Cardiff and Wales boss resigning after the final whistle at Whaddon Road this afternoon.

Match precis courtesy of George Murray


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18 October 2003 : LDV Vans Trophy Round Two Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn at home to 2nd division Colchester United in the second round of the LDV Vans Trophy. Glovers fans will be hoping for a repeat of the result the last time we entertained Colchester, that time being in a 1st round FA Cup match in November 2000, Yeovil coming out on top 5-1 winners.

The full draw is as follows, ties to be played in the week commencing November 2nd:

Northern section:
Scarborough v Halifax
Carlisle v Huddersfield
Hull City v Scunthorpe
Lincoln City v Chesterfield
Bury v Oldham
Stockport v Wrexham
Blackpool v Doncaster
Sheff Wed v Barnsley

Southern section:
Plymouth v Wycombe
Peterborough v Brentford
QPR v Dagenham & Redbridge
Exeter or Hereford v Northampton
Brighton v Boston
Swansea v Southend
Yeovil v Colchester
Rushden & Diamonds v Luton

Prize money for the competition has also been announced by the Football League, as follows:

Winners £50,000
Runners-up £25,000
Area Final losers £20,000
Area Semi-Final losers £15,000
Area Quarter-Final losers £8,000
Round 2 losers £4,000
Round 1 losers £2,000


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17 October 2003 : YTISA Travel To Cambridge and Bury
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association is planning to run coach travel to the Glovers' Nationwide League Division Three fixture at Bury on November 1. There will be no ISA coach running to Cambridge next week.

Prices for Bury are £12 for members and £14 for non-members and coaches will leave from Huish Park at 8.30am. For more details contact YTISA chairman Mark Kelly on 01935-412236.


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17 October 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Darlington Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Darlington in a Nationwide League Division Three match at Huish Park tomorrow, kick-off 3.00pm. The two sides last met during the 1989/90 season during Darlington's one and only season in the Conference, with the North-East side winning both matches.

The match is not an all-ticket match, and tickets for the game can be bought at the stadium on the day. Supporters requiring tickets for the Main Stand or the Bartlett Stand must purchase their tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office, prior to going through the turnstiles. Those requiring admission to the Westland Stand can purchase from the ticket office prior to 1.00pm, or on the turnstiles from 1.30pm. Darlington supporters will be housed in the open Copse Road Terrace.

Both sides have issues with injuries or suspensions and Darlington manager Mick Tait will leave it late to decide whether Neil Wainwright lands in his squad. The winger returned to training on Thursday after a lay-off with an ankle injury, but Saturday's match may come too soon for him. David McGurk is suspended but Danny Mellanby and Gary Pearson return to the squad following their suspensions. First choice goalkeeper Andy Collett remains sidelined with a collapsed lung whilst top scorer Barry Conlon has an ankle injury.

Darlington have this week made somewhat unrealistic claims that they were about to sign former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne but unsurprisingly the 'talk' from Chairman George Reynolds has not been matched by any apparent enthusiasm from Gascoigne, who is expected to sign for United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira. Darlington have had their fingers burned in the past by trying to sign big-name players. In August 2002, they claimed they had secured the services of another former Tyne-sider Tino Asprilla, only for the player to turn his back on the move and head for the Middle-East.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson may be tempted to keep the same squad that won 2-0 in mid-week against AFC Bournemouth. Roy O'Brien (knee), Ronnie Bull (knee) and Chris Giles (ankle) remain out of contention, whilst Andy Lindegaard (heel) has only just returned to training. Adam Lockwood took a knock on Tuesday, but this is not believed to be serious enough to keep him out of Saturday's squad. Former Wrexham and Telford striker Jake Edwards is expected to keep his place in the side, and should therefore make his league debut for the Glovers.


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17 October 2003 : Huddersfield Badges On Sale
Glovers supporter Tim Lancaster has now received stock of the latest in a line of Souvenir badges. The latest design is to commemorate our first ever meeting with Huddersfield Town. The two crests and details of the match are on an oval enamel badge, which costs £3.00.

The significance of the latest design is that this will be Yeovil Town's first Football League match against former Football League Champions. Huddersfield won the old First Division title on three consecutive seasons in 1924, 1925 and 1926.

To claim your badge, see Tim at tomorrow's match against Darlington or email him at tim.daff@btopenworld.com. Limited stocks are available on a first come, first served basis, with both previous runs for the matches against Rochdale and Carlisle United selling well.


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17 October 2003 : New Televisions In Marquee Bar
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association and Cary Glovers have joined forces to purchase two 28 inch televisions for the club to use in the Huish Park Marquee Bar.

Both televisions will be installed prior to tomorrow's match against Darlington allowing supporters to watch the Rugby World Cup Pool C clash between England and South Africa from the Subiaco Oval in Perth, kick-off 1.00pm.

The YTISA and Cary Glovers would like to thank all supporters who have travelled with them to recent away matches, have bought merchandise or attended social events that have made the purchase of the televisions possible.


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17 October 2003 : Bournemouth Tell Glovers To Keep Footballing Principles
AFC Bournemouth manager Sean O'Driscoll has praised his opponents following the Glovers 2-0 midweek win over their Second Division opponents.

O'Driscoll told the Bournemouth Official Site: "I thought Yeovil were excellent, they didn't surprise us one little bit and the better side won. The game was heading for a stalemate and Yeovil had an extra man in midfield the whole game, which caused us a few problems so we gambled on trying to win the game by bringing on Steve Fletcher and James Hayter. Neither team wanted the tie to go into extra-time and we have changed systems before and it has worked for us but unfortunately it didn't this time and they hit us on the break."

The Cherrys manager added: "When we gave the ball away we were playing against a side who can hurt you with their kind of play so it was always going to be a difficult game for us and it proved to be. We are disappointed to be knocked out because we came to win the tie. We prepared to win it as we prepare to win every game. The lads are extremely disappointed because we have been on a good run and our away form has been very good so far this season."

O'Driscoll also urged the Glovers not to abandon their footballing principles. Some of Yeovil's defeats this season have occurred against sides playing a long-ball game, but the Bournemouth manager said his side experienced the same problem last season and still managed to see his side promoted as playoff winners.

"Yeovil are a very good footballing side - they'll get beaten by sides in the Third Division that aren't a patch on them," he told BBC Sport. "Teams there will just boot the ball 40 yards, by-pass midfield and go route one, and they (Yeovil) will get frustrated, like we did, but they should do very well in the Third. They're one of the best footballing sides we've played this season, but that doesn't come as any surprise. They're a well-run club, and financially they're probably in a better situation than we are. Gary's got 22 pros, while we've only got 19. But like us, if they're going to be a passing side, their passing has got to be spot on, every time you play - and that takes a lot of work, and a lot of confidence from the players. When they hit a bad patch, as they will do, they've just got to believe you can play football and get out of the Third Division, as we did it last year."


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17 October 2003 : Thommo Targets Home Double
Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson is hoping that the Glovers can build on their 2-0 midweek win over AFC Bournemouth. With two home fixtures against Darlington and an in-form Huddersfield Town, Thommo is hoping that his side can use home advantage to great effect over the next week.

Speaking to the TeamTalk website, Thommo said: "We were back to playing some of our characteristic flowing football in the second half against Bournemouth. We want to capitalise on having these next two games at home, they have come at a good time for us because our home form is better than our away form, which hasn't always been the case. We know that six points would put us back up in the top four."

Both home matches are not all-ticket games, however as with all the Glovers matches this season, tickets for the Main Stand and Bartlett Stand must be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office prior to entering the turnstiles.


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16 October 2003 : Meet the Manager Evening
Yeovil Town have arranged a Meet the Manager Evening to give ordinary supporters the chance to quiz Glovers boss Gary Johnson.

The event will be held on Wednesday 29th October in the Marquee Supporters Bar at Huish Park, 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

The evening will be compered by the BBC's Geoff Twentyman. Entrance is by ticket only, cost £2.50, available now from the club's ticket office.


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15 October 2003 : Cherries picked
Yeovil Town got back to winning ways last night after a run of poor results, beating 2nd Division Bournemouth 2-0 at Huish Park in the first round of the LDV Vans Trophy, only the second time the Glovers have won a match in this competition.

This was a good performance by the Glovers in front of the highest LDV Trophy crowd of the night, 5023 turning up - including approximately 1500 travelling from the South Coast - to belie the competition's Mickey-Mouse reputation. The hosts could have been 1-0 up at half-time, a Jake Edwards effort hitting the underside of the bar and crashing down onto or around the line in an England World Cup Final 1966-type stylee - alas, no Russian linesman to assist this time around. Yeovil eventually did take a well-deserved lead in the 74th minute, Jake Edwards tucking home a Kevin Gall cross with aplomb. Gavin Williams put the seal on a fine performance with an 86th minute penalty following a handball in the box.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 Bournemouth 0.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson was a happy man talking after the match, and was particularly pleased to have kept a clean sheet: "I think we kept ourselves in the game for the whole 90 minutes and that was important, because we have been letting in goals early," he admitted. "I thought we looked solid at the back, with a very busy midfield and dangerous upfront and thatís what I asked for. We needed a bit more flowing football and as the game went on we eventually got it and obviously when we go one up they're chasing the game a bit, the game opens up and we get chances to exploit that, which is how we got the second one. I donít think thereís anyone in here that wouldnít say we didnít deserve the victory."

"With the way its been for us over the past few weeks it was important to go in at half-time without conceding a goal, and that gave us the confidence to say, 'right we now need to get a pattern going'. To be fair the boys got on the ball and we looked quite potent. It was a great time to get the goal, and obviously the second one thereís no coming back from, but its nice to see out the game for a change knowing that your 2-0 up. We havenít done that for 3 or 4 games."

"It was a great football match and we knew it would be. Bournemouth are very good on the ball as I think we are and I spoke to [Bournemouth manager] Shaun OíDriscoll a few weeks ago and he admitted that they struggled with some teams in the third division last season but you have to keep to your principles. Weíve done that and hopefully we can emulate what Shaunís done. It was a great atmosphere tonight, great for our home fans. Iíve been telling our boys that we're not too far short of being a Second Division team and every now and again they prove it, and they proved it today."

Asked about his decision to include striker Jake Edwards in the starting line-up at the expense of Kirk Jackson, plus the presence of Adam Stansfield on the bench, Gary replied: "It was Jake's turn to show what he can do, Adam will get his turn. We have a good squad who enjoy other people doing well, because that means we're a strong squad. The players all accept that and they know thereís competition for places and thatís how it should be. Jake did well, heís strong, heís quick and dangerous and certainly for the last three weeks we havenít had anyone in the opposition saying the two centre forwards gave us a problem, but I think they will be saying that today about Gally and Jake, and then Gally and Stano."

Bournemouth manager Shaun O'Driscoll was philosophical after the match. "The lads are disappointed because we came here to win it," he said. "We prepared to win it just as we prepare to win every game. We set out to be hard to beat and I think Yeovil didn't get their first corner until about 10 to 15 minutes into the second half."

"The injury to Derek Holmes's knee forced us to revert to three at the back after he had gone off and pack our midfield to try and get more penetration. But Yeovil caught us on the break and we were chasing the game from then on. Yeovil are a very good side and like I have said before they will lose games in Division Three to teams who boot the ball 30 yards like we did last season. They are a footballing side. They didn't surprise me. The best team won."

Injury news emerging from last night's game: Adam Lockwood was substituted in the second half following a bang on the hip - this was precautionary rather than strictly necessary and Adam is expected to be fit for Saturday's visit of Darlington to Huish Park. Roy O'Brien has damaged medial ligaments and is now expected to be out for at least 3 weeks rather than 2 as was optimistically suggested earlier in the week; and loan signing Ronnie Bull will also be sidelined for longer than originally estimated with a knee injury - possibly right up until his loan period expires.

Portugese defender Hugo Rodrigues picked up his 5th yellow card of the season last night - he will be suspended for one game and misses the trip up to Gigg Lane when the Glovers face Bury on the 1st of November.


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13 October 2003 : Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on AFC Bournemouth in the LDV Vans Trophy First Round at Huish Park tomorrow (Tuesday) night, kick-off 7.45pm. The match represents an excellent chance for the Glovers to test themselves against last season's Third Division playoff winners, who are off to a comfortable start in Division Two.

The match is ticketed for Bournemouth fans, and the visitors are currently running close to selling out the Copse Road End Terrace. Yeovil fans may claim their tickets on the night, for what is an 'all pay' game but are reminded that tickets for the Main Stand and Bartlett Stand must be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office prior to entering the turnstiles. Normal match day admission prices apply. The last midweek match against Boston United saw massive queues build up from 7.15pm onwards and so supporters are strongly advised to allow extra time to get into the ground.

Bournemouth have got Warren Feeney and Brian Stock back from international duty over the weekend but will be without Warren Cummings woh is serving a one-match ban. Shaun Maher is out with a thigh strain, whilst former Bashley midfielder Wade Elliott faces a late fitness test after receiving a kick on Saturday. However, the highly rated midfielder is back in training today, and so has a good chance of starting.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson continues to be without Chris Giles (ankle), Andy Lindegaard (heel) and Ronnie Bull (knee) who are all on the treatment table. Roy O'Brien is also highly unlikely to feature tomorrow as he left the Kassam Stadium in Oxford on crutches following a kick on the knee, and he is not expected to be used. Darren Way will be a late decision for Johnson, with the midfielder having stitches in a head wound on Saturday. Way should be fit to play, but Paul Terry will be the obvious replacement if Johnson decides to give the Yeovil vice-captain time to recover.

The competition sees a new rule come in tomorrow dubbed the Silver Goal. In matches where extra-time is needed to separate the two teams, a side leading at the end of the first 15-minute period will be declared the winner. Where scores remain tied at the end of the first period, a second 15-minute period of extra time will be played in full. If scores remain tied the match will be decided on penalties. The game will therefore be played to a conclusion tomorrow night.

If the Glovers progress, the draw for the Second Round of the competition will take place live on Sky Sportsí Soccer AM show on Saturday 18th October.


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13 October 2003 : On To Victory October Edition On Sale
The new issue of On To Victory will be on sale at this Saturday’s game versus Darlington. In this issue there will be the usual offerings from the likes of Brendon Owen, Wheeler Woodhouse, The Lancaster brothers, Mac from Oz and the Turkish Glover.

This month also sees some new additions to the OTV team with Chris Riley, John Baker, Phil Sumption and OTV’s very own ‘It’ girl Abby Carter making their debuts. The fanzine also looks at the fortunes of our sister club Seattle Sounders, a look at league leaders Hull, the new Yeovil radio station Ivel FM, the issue of Racism and the mad Chairmen of division 3.

The fanzine will be on sale at each of the 4 corners of the ground about an hour before and 15 minutes after kick-off. They will also be available in the programme shop and also at the away fixture at Cambridge United.

OTV Joint Editor Seb White says: "Remember all the profit from OTV is given back to the club; look in the programme - we are kit, ball and goal sponsors. Thanks again to all those that have brought one in the past and I hope you buy one again this time. In the meantime check out our website www.ontovictory.co.uk or email us at mail@ontovictory.co.uk."


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12 October 2003 : Few Chances Cost Glovers
Glovers manager Gary Johnson saw his side lose 1-0 against Oxford United yesterday, and claimed the root problem was his side's failure to create enough chances at the Kassam Stadium.

"That was the problem wasnít it?," he explained. "In the first half, they imposed their game on us. In the second half we probably showed a little bit more of our game, but to be fair they [Oxford] are a strong side and looked well organized at the back and we didnít have enough guile to break them down. Thatís probably why they are not letting in too many goals here. We needed to be a bit better on the day and we werenít."

Gary also blamed the defeat on a slow start by the Glovers that included the ultimately decisive goal scored by Steve Basham: "We had the kick-off and we gave the ball back to them almost straight from the kick-off. They then had three corners and a couple of throw-ins and right from that kick-off we had put ourselves under pressure. They are the sort of things that I canít do anything about. Itís up to the players to know that is not the right thing to do. We were under pressure and they got their goal during that pressure. It was a bit of a lucky goal. The ball ricocheted off the wall and fell to the lad who was running behind the wall. He took it quite well in the end, but it was a disappointing goal."

The second half saw the Glovers dominate the match, yet look a touch toothless in their final delivery and Johnson added: "We were pressing and I felt that we had every chance in terms of our possession, to create some chances. But on the day we just didnít create the chances and that was more disappointing for me today than anything else. We got lots of crosses in and we were finding our way into their final third, but we didnít create anything from it. Whether thatís us not being quite good enough, or whether thatís them [Oxford] defending well, only the next few weeks will tell."

Kevin Gall played his second game in 20 hours and Gary was asked if he felt the situation had worked to his satisfaction. Gary answered: "Not really. I donít think Wales have done him any favours really. He played for Wales yesterday and I think he was the only boy that played [for Wales] that was going to play on the Saturday. We played him because he is a dangerous player, but Wales took his legs away. He could have done with another 24 hours."

Johnson said that the game did result in a few positives, particularly in defence: "Terry Skiverton did well, and Hugo did well when he came on. But when youíve lost 1-0 and you havenít created too many chances, you canít talk too much about the good things. Weíve just got to work hard on our shooting, crossing, heading, getting into danger areas and taking people on in the final third. We didnít cause them problems and that was our problem. Hugo is a good player and thatís why he is here and thatís why he is hanging around the bench. I only took him off last week because he had been booked earlier and I knew there was a chance of him getting sent off and I couldnít afford that. Skivo's selection was a gamble, and I made that decision. I'm pleased that I did because he looked quite strong and solid back there."

Gary will be left with a few team selection issues for Tuesday's match against AFC Bournemouth, having lost Roy O'Brien and Darren Way during the match and Ronnie Bull during the week: "Roy has got a knee injury and Darren has taken a few stitches on an eyebrow. I couldnít afford to wait for the stitches to go in. They said two minutes and then two minutes later it was going to be another two minutes and so we brought on Paul Terry. We were in the ascendancy at that point and we needed to keep that going. Ronnie has got a medial knee ligament problem. He got that in training on Monday and that's why he didn't play. He's out for a couple of weeks."


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12 October 2003 : Basham strike sinks Glovers
Yeovil Town travelled in hope to the Kassam Stadium to play high-flying Oxford United yesterday afternoon but came away disappointed after a 1-0 defeat, a solitary Steve Basham goal proving the difference between the sides.

The Glovers, roared on by 1300 travelling fans - the second away game in a row that over 1000 fans have gone on the road with the team - were guilty of showing their hosts entirely too much respect in the opening period, and once again conceded an early goal, Steve Basham pouncing on a deflected free-kick to score on 13 minutes. The home side dominated the first half, the Glovers barely creating even one effort on goal and a mixture of brave defending and good goalkeeping from Chris Weale stopping the U's from adding to their lead. The second half saw a much improved performance from Yeovil in terms of keeping possession with Oxford content to sit back and soak up the pressure, but it's not for nothing that the U's have the meanest defence in the division currently, and clear-cut chances for the Glovers were very few and far between.

Some injury worries surfaced for Gary Johnson's men after the game: Roy O'Brien emerged from the dressing room on crutches after suffering a knee injury in the first half, it's not yet known how serious his problem is or how soon it will be before he can play again. Darren Way had two or three stitches in a head wound, again it's not known whether he'll be fit in time for Tuesday night's LDV Vans Trophy game v Bournemouth. Finally, Ronnie Bull missed the match with a knee injury - it's understood that he has returned to Millwall for treatment but will rejoin Yeovil when fit again.

Final score: Oxford United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

The result means the Glovers slip down to 8th place in the league table on 21 points from 13 games played, 6 points behind leaders Hull, who play today against bottom club Carlisle. Oxford remain in 4th position behind 2nd and 3rd placed Swansea and Mansfield respectively on goal difference, all 3 sides on 26 points from 13 games played. Next Saturday's opponents Darlington lost 0-4 at home to Bristol Rovers to drop to 17th in the table, with 15 points from 13 games played.


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10 October 2003 : YTISA Call Time On Racism
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association has thrown its support behind the anti-racism in football campaign Kick It Out - with a strict warning to members.

YTISA officials have warned that if they receive substantial evidence to prove that a member has been guilty of racial abuse during future matches they will have their membership of the group withdrawn with immediate effect and their details will be passed to Yeovil Town Football Club.

Group chairman Mark Kelly said: "We as a group are right behind the Kick It Out campaign. It is sad that we have to put out this warning to our members, but we feel it is necessary.

"There is no place in football for racism and we are 100 per cent behind the campaign to rid such disgraceful behaviour from the terraces and stands.

"We will have no hesitation in banning anybody from the association who are found to be guilty of handing out racial abuse at players during matches. This sort of behaviour has to stop now and this applies to all football supporters whether they are a member of the YTISA or not.

"We are fully aware that it is only a small minority of people who are actually racist during games, but we would appeal to the vast majority of fans who are not racist to point the offenders out to stewards or police officers so that they can be dealt with. It is the only way this sort of behaviour can be stamped on
."

The YTISA has also revealed that it is to take a hard line on anyone caught drinking alcohol or smoking on coaches during trips to and from away games.

Mark added: "Anyone caught drinking or smoking on our coaches for away games will be ejected from the coach at the next available service station - it is as simple as that.

"The YTISA has a growing membership and a blossoming relationship with Yeovil Town Football Club and we certainly don't want a few supporters to ruin our standing within the club
."

[Reporting by Steve Sowden]


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10 October 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Oxford United Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to the Kassam Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) where they will take on fourth placed Oxford United in a Nationwide League Division Three match. Oxford are managed by Ian Atkins, who was the manager of Northampton Town when the Glovers knocked them out of the FA Cup in 1998.

The main headache for Atkins is who he selects up front, with four strikers unavailable for him this week. Andy Scott broke his leg last weekend and is expected to be out for a minimum of three months, whilst Julian Alsop who scored against the Glovers last season whilst playing for Cheltenham is serving a suspension for a sending off. Lee Steele and Jamie Brookes are currently still recovering from injury and are not expected to feature either.

Atkins had said in midweek that he wanted to bring a player in on loan to fill the gap left by Scott and Alsop, but has been told by the Oxford board that if he wants to bring in more players then he must sell off excess members of his squad first. That may seem harsh on a manager currently without four strikers, until you realise that Atkins still has plenty more to select from.

Steve Basham is Oxford's top scorer with seven goals to his name and he seems likely to be partnered by Jefferson Louis, who has also netted seven goals, although five of these have come in a loan spell at Nationwide Conference side Woking. Louis has scored both goals since his return from Surrey and Atkins said of the striker: "He's come back a different character and has got the respect of the other players now. But it's up to him."

Another possible option for Atkins if he feels that Louis is not up to the job, is Mark Rawle. The former Rushden, Boston and Southend striker has spent much of this season coming off the bench, but has still managed to bag a couple of goals.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson has his own team selection conundrums to deal with and is likely to leave his starting line-up and formation until the last minute. Full-backs Adam Lockwood and Ronnie Bull were left out of Tuesday night's County Cup defeat against Bristol City and both are possible doubts for Saturday.

Johnson told the Western Gazette: "I could not play Ronnie against Bristol because he picked up a slight knee-ligament problem in training so he is a slight doubt but it is great that he has signed on for another month with us. As for Locky, he has been in hospital for two days this week with suspected appendicitis but he is expected to be okay. He needs to build himself up again with the right food and drink."

If Lockwood or Bull fail to recover, possible replacements include Paul Terry or Stephen Reed, who were the players used in the midweek county cup game. Alternatively, Johnson could change his formation to adjust for the lack of numbers at the back.

Colin Pluck has been given the green light following his 90 minutes in midweek and it would be no surprise if he partnered Roy O'Brien at the back. However, club captain Terry Skiverton still believes he is some distance away from being ready for a return to first team football, telling the Gazette after the Bristol City game: "I do not think that I could just go in and start but it is up to the gaffer. I am quite pleased with my fitness but my sharpness and turning still needs a bit of work and that is what I got caught out on for their second goal. That does not normally happen to me so I am a bit
disappointed but the more I play, the more that will come back and I hope that now I can just build from this game
."

Nick Crittenden looks certain to be added to Johnson's squad but he will not know until possibly tomorrow lunchtime whether striker Kevin Gall will be available. The Welsh U21 striker is in the international squad to face Serbia and Montenegro tonight in Barry, Wales, but has an ankle injury from midweek and the Welsh squad are still waiting on him to pass a fitness test. Johnson explained: "Kevin is doubtful for both Oxford and the Wales under-21 game but we will probably take him for a scan and make a decision after that."

Gall has said he is prepared to play two games in 20 hours, but his ankle injury may make that impractical. Should he fail to make the starting line-up at the Kassam Stadium then Adam Stansfield is likely to get the nod. He is likely to be partnered by Jake Edwards, who impressed in midweek and seems likely to edge out Kirk Jackson.

Tomorrow's referee is Frazer Stretton (Nottinghamshire) and he is assisted by two officials who refereed Glovers Conference matches last season in the form of Steve Rubery (Essex) and Stephen Tomlinson (Hampshire).

Yeovil are believed to have sold over 1,200 tickets so far for the short journey. Although tickets are available from the Kassam Stadium Ticket Office on the day, Glovers fans are advised strongly to buy in advance, due to the three pound surcharge put on day purchases. Ticket prices if purchased in advance are £14.50 (Adults), £11 (Students with NUS card), £9 (U16s/OAPs). Ticket prices for those purchased on the day are £17.50 (Adults) £13.50 (Students with NUS card) and £11.50 (U16s/OAPs). Contact the Huish Park Ticket Office (01935-423662) or the Kassam Stadium for advance purchase information.

The Ciderspace guide to Oxford can be found here.


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9 October 2003 : Your chance to show the pro's how it's done!
Glovers fans are putting together a supporters football team to play friendly matches against opposing supporters sides. Tony Elbourn is the man coordinating the project, and he's looking for players! Tony writes:

Some of you already know that I am in regular touch with supporters groups from many other clubs via Supporters Direct, ranging from the Premiership all the way down to Hereford. Several clubs from Divvy 3 have challenged us to a game of footie before the main event and hospitality afterwards.

To get us there in time for the games, and to allow us plenty of time to celebrate afterwards, I will book a special minibus for the team if these games can be arranged. An overnight stay is not out of the question either. So, who would like to wear their green and white shirts on the pitch as well as the terraces ? Send your name and usual playing position to telbourn7@aol.com

Fixture list so far is :

22nd Nov - Hull away
13th Dec - Gas away
26th Dec - Kidderminster home
7th Feb - Kidderminster away
13th Mar - Gas home
1st May - Hull home

PS - I am assured that overweight and unfit is the standard to AIM FOR for in these supporters' teams!



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8 October 2003 : Deja-vu for frustrated Glovers
A strong Yeovil Town side was beaten 3-2 by Bristol City in the first round of the Somerset Premier Cup at Huish Park last night. Glovers boss Gary Johnson rang the changes following last Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Cheltenham: Club captain Terry Skiverton began his first competitive first team fixture of the season after his recovery from injury, and Colin Pluck also returned from injury in central defence. Paul Terry started at right-back, with Steve Reed making his first competitive start of the season on the left. Up front Jake Edwards replaced Kirk Jackson, otherwise the team was unchanged from the Cheltenham match.

It was a case of deja-vu for Town supporters early on however, as defensive errors let the visitors in for 2 early goals, Simon Clist and Lee Matthews benefitting from mistakes at the back. In a carbon copy of the Cheltenham match Yeovil recovered well from the early setbacks, Kevin Gall netting just before half-time for his second goal in 2 games. Yet more defensive sloppiness was punished in the second half by a fine Ryan Harley effort before Jake Edwards capped a good display on 60 minutes with an excellent individual goal to make it 3-2.

Yeovil pressed hard for the rest of the game without success, and to add insult to injury both Colin Pluck and Terry Skiverton picked up bookings in the final minutes. Kevin Gall limped off after a foul on 64 minutes - it's not yet known whether or not he'll be fit to play for Wales u-21 v Serbia-Montenegro this Friday.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 Bristol City 3.


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7 October 2003 : Reserves Match Postponed
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team fixture, scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) against AFC Bournemouth has been postponed. The match had been due to be played at Lymington & New Milton's ground, but has been called off at Yeovil's request. With the Glovers playing in the Somerset Premier Cup tonight, manager Gary Johnson has found his squad stretched, and this is the suspected reason for the postponement. No rearrangement of the fixture has taken place yet.


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7 October 2003 : Racist 'fans' caught on camera?
As reported on the Ciderspace Forum, 1,500 Glovers fans travelled to Whaddon Road to support their team last Saturday, unfortunately a tiny minority of 2 or 3 let down the other 1,497 supporters present with overt racist chanting and racist abuse aimed at Cheltenham's black players. It should go without saying these days that such behaviour is unacceptable as well as criminal, sadly that message sometimes takes longer to filter through to some people than to the majority. The matter was reported by Yeovil fans to Cheltenham stewards at the time, but to the dismay of the majority appalled at the actions of the tiny minority, no action appeared to be taken by the host club.

Since then, CTFC Deputy Safety Officer Nick Armer has clarified the position and reactions of CTFC's stewards. Writing on the Ciderspace Forum, Mr Armer commented: "Contrary to what has been posted on this board with regard to the inaction of CTFC Stewards to the racist abuse, much was done to try to identify the individuals concerned. I personally heard some monkey noises coming from the area near the covered part of the visitors terrace. I notified the Control Room and we covered the area with cameras to try to identify the perpetrators (whilst we deployed stewards for the same purpose). Far from doing nothing, these stewards were trying to hear what the two individuals were shouting but, as someone else has stated, when stewards are around people tend not to do things to get themselves noticed - especially when they would end up arrested and charged. Once the two had been identified by a Yeovil supporter (who refused to give a statement to the police) an undercover operation was put into place to try to gather enough evidence to eject the two concerned and to hand them over to the police for further action. Unfortunately they behaved themselves and didn't give us any cause for arrest."

"Please rest assured that CTFC does not condone such behaviour, and unlike some other clubs, we ALWAYS prosecute when such behaviour is identified and the perpetrators are caught. If the supporter who identified them had been willing to make a statement then they would no longer be in a position to bring shame onto your club's good name. The supporter may have good reason for not wanting to get involved and I wouldn't want to criticise them, but being willing to become involved is the only way to beat these people. We are going to contact your club Safety Officer to give descriptions of the individuals and, if we are able, to send photos, so at least they may be subject to a club ban (although the best way is to bring them before the courts). Apart from these two individuals, the rest of you were a pleasure to host and were most welcome at Whaddon Road."

Ciderspace hopes that it is possible to identify the people concerned and that they will be banned from Huish Park at the very least and prosecuted if it all possible. It's sadly ironic that this issue has been highlighted on the eve of the national anti-racism week of action, organised by campaigners Kick It Out, which will take place between October 16th and 28th, involving every professional club in the country, professional footballers in all divisions, fans groups and ethnic minority community groups. Clearly the message has still to get through to everyone.


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6 October 2003 : County Cup And Reserve Match Previews
Yeovil Town take on Bristol City in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup tomorrow (Tuesday) night in a 7.45pm kick-off at Huish Park. The match will see just the Main Stand open to spectators, with prices for Adults set at five pounds, with concessions priced at two pounds.

With a Reserve Team match scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, manager Gary Johnson is keeping his options open as to which squads to select for which game: "We have still got a few walking wounded from the weekend so it will be a late decision on the side for the game against Bristol here. That will obviously have a knock-on effect for the Bournemouth game on Wednesday. It's one of those that I will leave until the last minute but with two games in two days it means everyone who is fit will get 90 minutes under their belt somewhere."

The match against AFC Bournemouth in the Pontins Holiday Combination Wales & West Division takes place on Wednesday at The Fawcetts Field, home of Lymington & New Milton, with the ground situated on the west side of New Milton just off the A337. Kick-off is 2.00pm.

The Reserve Team have also had their match against Oxford United re-arranged. The home match, which was postponed due to Oxford's first team's involvement in the Carling Cup, has now been pencilled in for November 12th at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45pm.

On Saturday, Yeovil Town's Under 17 side gained their second consecutive win in the Football League Youth Alliance South West Section. Stuart Housley's side gained a 3-2 win over Exeter City with three first half goals from Richard Cullingford, Shaun Smith and Dale Williams. Full match stats for the game can be found here.


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5 October 2003 : Gould Relieves The Pressure
Cheltenham Town manager Bobby Gould admitted he was a relieved man following yesterday's 3-1 win for the Robins over Yeovil Town. The Cheltenham boss has been under fire from supporters after a series of poor results, but the Glovers misfortunes have bought Gould more time to turn things around.

Gould told Cheltenham's Official Site: "I'm pleased for the players, the directors, loyal supporters and for Mrs Marjorie Gould because the nearest and dearest always suffer. I'm sure some of the players wives have been suffering as well so I'm pleased for them. When we were 2-0 and the ball somehow came back off our post from a close range shot, that was the difference today. It's such a fine line and the only thing I wrote on the flipchart today was 'out of adversity comes strength.' That says it all."

"I though Yeovil played ever so well and looked a good side," he added. "We slotted five in midfield and four at the back with just the Trojan horse up front and I think it surprised them a little bit. Sometimes with managers getting scouting reports on you, what you want to do is throw a spanner in the works and we did that today. It happened at the start of the second half as well when all of a sudden we had to lose Grant McCann so put another one up front."

Perhaps one surprise for the Glovers was Cheltenham's choice of formation at the start of the first half and Gould explained: "I wanted to play 4-5-1 even before we picked up some injuries because I thought we played it well for a time at Scunthorpe in midweek. That's where you live and learn as a manager when you are only at club for eight months and have a new squad. It seems these days you can't plant and you can't cultivate. You have to harvest as soon as possible. In life it doesn't work like that. The way people expect instant results these days is getting near ludicrous."


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5 October 2003 : Inconsistent Glovers Frustrate Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his players need to be more consistent as the Glovers continued to find Division Three a rollercoaster ride, following yesterday's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Cheltenham Town.

"It was a bad day at the office, I think," Gary explained. "The defending was awful for the first goal and they caught us a little bit cold. We had enough chances at the other and and the game could have been six-all. But at 2-0 down we were chasing the game a little bit and I had to change a few things."

Johnson was forced into an early substitution as defender Hugo Rodrigues was replaced by Paul Terry, and the Yeovil manager explained that was largely due to problems caused by the single striker used by The Robins: "Bob Taylor was a bit clever, and for Hugo I had to make changes because we would have been playing with 10 men if I hadn't taken him off. If he'd done one more mis-timed tackle, then with the crowd baying for it, that was a risk. Hugo wasn't injured. He was on a yellow card anyway. The referee pulled him up for another foul just outside the penalty area. If you are going to get a game back, you need eleven men on the field so I wasn't going to risk him mistiming a tackle, or having the referee seeing something that he might send him off for."

Johnson felt that the need for the substitution was only part of the problems: "Once you start changing things and changing your shape, you know you're chasing the game. We've had a long chat in there. The boys know which ones in there produced the goods, and not many of them did today, to be honest with you. We were poor today in our penalty box when it really mattered. We started off poorly and it wasn't until we were 2-0 down that we came out of our shell a little bit. Probably the first goal and the third goal killed us, particularly with the times that they came. It's like giving somebody a head start."

The Glovers enjoyed their best spell of the game in the period leading up to half time and Gary added: "We did get back in with the goal and at half time we thought we had every chance of getting the game back. But they got a good goal on their part, and a bad goal on our part and suddenly we were 3-1 down which meant we were chasing the game again from early on. Some people have felt their hands up in there. They are good enough to do that, but some of the players have got to be a little more consistent, as our results show."

Gary explained that he did not regret his decision to leave out the trio of Terry Skiverton, Colin Pluck and Nick Crittenden all of whome are currently close to recovering from injuries: "I didn't rest them. I didn't use them because I didn't think they were ready yet. You put out a team that you think can win the game and it's up to those boys to perform. Even with hindsight, neither Critts, Plucky nor Skivo would have been fit enough to have started the game today, and I don't want to bring on somebody off the bench that might have to come straight off again, so I'm going to wait until they are ready."

Jake Edwards got in his longest spell of first team football for the club when he came on as a half-time substitute for Kirk Jackson. Gary commented: "He came in because I didn't think Jacko was being effective enough in the first half. He is an effective player and we need him doing those things. We've got Jake on the line and he's only just signed a new contract, so I thought that maybe we could see if he could become Roy of the Rovers and score a couple of goals to win the game. He gives good competition for places, and we've also got Adam Stansfield still on the lines so he also gives competition for our front two."

One crumb of comfort for Johnson was that Kevin Gall broke a run of games without scoring and could have had more were it not for the actions of a trigger-happy linesman who bizarrely excused his performance by complaining that he had the sun in his eyes: "Gally has broken his duck and I felt he could have got a couple more today. I thought he was in some decent positions to get another couple of goals, but not today. It (the off-side decisions) was frustrating because we could have scored a couple of goals from moves that were given offside. But you've got to be cleverer than that. It wasn't just Kevin, it was a couple of others as well, but you've got no need to be offside when you've got the pace of Kevin. However, you could say it was good play on Cheltenham's part. That said, we certainly got in few times and we certainly had a few chances and a few half chances."

Despite the result leaving the Glovers in a healthy position of 6th on the League Table, Gary still felt the team could do better if certain players could perform more consistently: "We've just got to keep going. Our supporters won't lose faith in us at the moment. I don't know where we are in the table but we must be still up there. Unfortunately we're just very inconsistent. One minute we are very good and the next minute, like today, we weren't as good. In the Third Division, teams are good enough to beat you when you are not on song. Once again, we'll get back into training. I know the boys are going to work hard. We're going to talk about what we might have done better. Myself and Thommo will talk about which players affected the game, and which players didn't affect the game and eventually we'll get our team that will start against Oxford."

Before that trip to Oxford United, the Glovers will face a Bristol City side in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. The match takes place on Tuesday 7th October with a 7.45pm kick-off. Just the Main Stand is open for this game with tickets priced five pounds for adults and two pounds for concessions.


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5 October 2003 : YTFC Disabled Supporters Forum Update
As a further update to the item on this page from October 1st, Disabled Supporters Liaison Officer Irvin Morris has informed us that his season ticket seat has been changed to give him a more appropriate location in which supporters can access him.

As of the next home game he can be located in Block J Row C Seat 28, which is the last gangway seat at the end of the last disabled bay of the Bartlett Stand nearest the Westland Terrace End. At the conclusion of matches Irvin will remain in his seat until the ground has been vacated by all supporters should anyone wish to locate him for any reason.


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5 October 2003 : All that glitters is not necessarily Gould
Yeovil Town did their customary favour to an under pressure opposition manager yesterday afternoon at Whaddon Road, Cheltenham boss Bobby Gould being the grateful recipient of a Jekyll-and-Hyde performance from The Glovers, the Robins coming out on top by a 3-1 margin.

The Glovers got off to the worst possible start when Martin Devany put the hosts 1-0 up after only 4 minutes, and things got worse for a somewhat makeshift defence when Mark Yates made it 2-0 after 15 minutes. Yeovil were having much more of the ball than their hosts, but weren't enjoying much luck in front of goal at either end, Cheltenham seeming to put the ball in the net everytime they attacked, and the Glovers contriving to hit the post twice and having a couple of efforts disallowed before the hard-working Kevin Gall finally broke his personal drought with a well-deserved goal 5 minutes before half-time. With Yeovil now well on top the interval came at the right time for Gould's men and another defensive error right after the break killed the game off, Paul Brayson benefitting from sloppy defensive work. Town huffed and puffed for the rest of the match but were unable to beat the excellent Shane Higgs in the Robins goal, though the woodwork again came to his aid at least once more before full-time. Comments on the match from both camps will be online later today.

Final score: Cheltenham Town 3 Yeovil Town 1.

The result means the Glovers drop 2 places in the league table to 6th place on 21 points, 6 points behind leaders Hull City, who thrashed Northampton 5-1 at Sixfields yesterday. Next weekend's opponents Oxford United drew 1-1 at Boston to go into 4th position on 23 points. Another interesting result saw our former Conference colleagues Doncaster Rovers demolish our local rivals Bristol Rovers 5-1, former Glover Michael McIndoe scoring a hat-trick in the process.

Congratulations are again due to striker Kevin Gall, who has again been picked for the Wales u-21 squad for their European Championship qualifying match against Serbia-Montenegro this coming Friday. Unfortunately this means Gall will miss the Glovers trip to Oxford next Saturday; however missing trio Terry Skiverton, Colin Pluck and Nick Crittenden are all expected to return to the squad in time for the match at the Kassam Stadium.


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3 October 2003 : Edwards and Bull Sign Further Deals
Striker Jake Edwards and left-back Ronnie Bull have extended their deals at Huish Park, acccording to the Official Site. Edwards has now signed a contract that will tie himself to the club until the end of the 2003-04 season, whilst Bull has extended his loan deal from Millwall by a further month.

Meanwhile manager Gary Johnson himself has played down rumours linking him with moves to other Nationwide League clubs. Recent claims were that First Division Reading were touting for Johnson, but he told BBC Sport: "We're a club that's building. We're on the up and that's important to me. If your quality of life is good - and life here is very good - then you've no need to look elsewhere. It's good to be talked about because it means the club is on the map, not just the manager."


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3 October 2003 : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town head to Whaddon Road, home of Cheltenham Town tomorrow (Saturday) for the first time in four years. The Glovers last visit to the Gloucestershire side's ground came on the night that the Robins clinched the Nationwide Conference title.

Defender Michael Duff, who scored the winning goal that night, will not be on the field of play as he is suspended along with former Forest Green Rovers striker Kayode Odejayi, who caused the Glovers defence no end of problems during the last Boxing Day match at The Lawn. He could be replaced by Paul Brayson, who has recovered from injury this week. Others contesting the front spots include former Bristol City striker Bob Taylor and 22 year old Damien Spencer, who was once connected with a move to the Glovers.

Cheltenham are not expected to use central defender John Brough, who has missed recent games with a calf strain. However they could welcome back midfielder Richard Forsyth who has recovered from a thigh strain.

Cheltenham manager Bobby Gould received the dreaded vote of confidence from Robins Chairman Paul Baker this week, with Baker telling the Western Daily Press: "The last thing the board of directors want is relegation - we are supporters ourselves and we will give Bobby Gould as much support as we can to make sure we can challenge for promotion this season. Our support for him is rock solid. I will be talking to Bobby and we will be seeing what needs to be done. Clearly we have a problem conceding goals at the moment - the facts don't lie, they speak for themselves. We will sit down and see what we need and that could be a loan player or a permanent signing. If he says we desperately need to strengthen the squad I would say I am 99.99 per cent sure we would back him as we have with all our managers."

The Glovers camp reports better news than expected, with Colin Pluck now expected to have recovered from a head injury, although Hugo Rodrigues may still keep his place. Club Captain Terry Skiverton is approaching a return, having completed 90 minutes in two friendlies played behind closed doors. However, with the current back four in fine form, it is unlikely that Skiverton will land much more than a position on the bench. Right-back Adam Lockwood and centre-back Hugo Rodrigues were named in this week's Nationwide League Division Three team of the week, whilst Roy O'Brien got the same accolade in the previous week.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson spoke to the Western Daily Press about Pluck: "Plucky has said he can play but we will have to see how his head is. He is due to have his stitches out on Saturday so we won't really know until then."

Abdelhalim El Kholti picked up a groin strain in Tuesday's game, and so is doubtful for Saturday's fixture but if he fails to pass a fitness test then Nick Crittenden is available again, having recovered fully from a bruised foot last weekend.

The Ciderspace guide to Cheltenham is here. Tomorrow's game has been advertised as an ALL-TICKET match by the club, and tickets are only available up until 2.00pm today from the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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2 October 2003 : Cheltenham tickets update
A reminder that Saturday's game at Whaddon Road is all-ticket to Yeovil fans, with supposedly none available for sale on the day. The club have extended the time available to purchase tickets from the Huish Park ticket office to 2pm, Friday October 3rd. Full details as follows:

Cheltenham Town (Away) Saturday, October 4th :
All-Ticket. On general sale to all supporters until 2pm Friday, October 3rd.

Ticket prices:
Stand - Adults £15, OAPs/Students £12, U16 £7.
Terrace - Adults £13, OAPs/Students £9, U16 £5.



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2 October 2003 : Glovers Go On The Rhodes
Yeovil Town are currently taking a look at Newmarket Town left-winger Alex Rhodes. The 21 year-old is training with the Glovers this week played in last night's 9-0 thrashing of Frome Town. Rhodes grabbed two of the goals whilst the others came from Jake Edwards (a hat-trick), Adam Stansfield (two goals), Stephen Reed and Youth Team captain Shaun Smith.

Rhodes, who has already scored 18 goals this season from the left-wing position, is currently attracting a host of other clubs including Norwich City, Cambridge United and Ipswich Town. The player is believed to have plenty of pace and in Suffolk has the nickname of 'Tiger', due to his likeness to golfer Tiger Woods.

Although it would be difficult for the Glovers to compete with the likes of Norwich and Ipswich, Yeovil manager Gary Johnson is believed to be impressed with Rhodes so far, and may be able to tempt him to Huish Park on the basis that, following Michael McIndoe's stormy summer departure, there is a clear position up for grabs on the left side of midfield for Rhodes to set his sights on. No bid has gone in yet, and the Glovers may have to wait a while to try and get their man with a trial at Portman Road believed to be on the cards for next week.

The interest in Rhodes appears to suggest that any possible deal with non-league Hereford's Paul Parry is almost certainly dead in the water. Bulls manager Graham Turner has blanked bids from Huish Park, and Johnson is now likely to drop his interest in the winger, perhaps resurrecting it when the transfer-listed player's contract runs out next summer.


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1 October 2003 : Not Another Johnson
News today that presumably means Yeovil Town has ceased its interest in Jermaine Johnson of Bolton Wanderers. Back in August Johnson was taken on loan, but the deal was virtually still born as the Bolton winger arrived carrying an injury which clearly revealed itself in the one match he player for The Glovers, a 2-3 defeat in the Reserves v Cardiff City. Johnson went back to Bolton, with Gary Johnson stating :
Jermaine's gone back for the time being. He had the injury before he came to us and he hasn't been able to shake it off.It was highlighted in training and then in the reserve game on Wednesday that he wasn't firing on all cylinders. I've spoken to Sam Allardyce and he understands the situation.
All went quiet until Division 3 rivals Macclesfield Town stated today that they had been about to take Johnson on loan until he got himself sent off in a Bolton Reserve fixture against Newcastle United. Silkmen manager David Moss announced :
It's pointless bringing him on loan now that he has received this red card. He will be missing for four games which is half of his loan spell with us. I will go back and have another look when he is clear from this suspension because I would still like to bring him to the club on loan.

In a hastily arranged friendly behind closed doors tonight at Huish Park a strong Yeovil Town line-up defeated Screwfix Direct Western League club Frome Town 9-0. Club captain Terry Skiverton, yet to play a competitive match this season, took another step forward along his road to fitness.

The officials for the forthcoming league game against Cheltenham Town and LDV Vans cup tie against AFC Bournemouth have been announced.

v Cheltenham :

Referee - Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Assistants - Phil Gibbs (West Midlands); Richard Smith (West Midlands)

v AFC Bournemouth :

Referee - Mick Fletcher
Assistants - Kevin Barnes (Wiltshire); Ian Harris (Cornwall)


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1 October 2003 : Johnson happy to halt Pilgrims progress
Glovers boss Gary Johnsonwas a contented man speaking to the press in the wake of his side's 2-0 win over Boston United at Huish Park last night, particularly in the way the players responded after criticism of the side following the loss against Torquay last Saturday.

"It was nice to get the two goals early to settle us all down, though judging by my voice it didnít settle me down too much!" Johnson said after the match. "I will be honest with you, itís the first time this season Iíve said to the boys that this was a no lose game," he added. "I only say that three or four times a season and I really felt this was one. People expected us to win the game but that doesnít mean you're going to, three points today was so important after our defeat at home. For our supporters and for us to get us up to twenty one points and to get back into third spot, it was a no lose game and the players responded again. It could have been 6-2 but we're solid nowadays, the boys are working hard and yes, every now and again a pass might go astray, but we still look dangerous and the work rate amongst the boys is great, and they earn everything they get. "

First team regulars Colin Pluck and Nick Crittenden missed last night's game with injuries, Hugo Rodrigues and Abdelhalim El Kholti replacing the pair. "Some more of them could have been left out after Saturday," Gary admitted. " But I decided to go man for man with the two that were out because I thought to myself we havenít become a bad side overnight. I was pleased with Jacko [Kirk Jackson] tonight, he had a good performance and all's well. Hugoís [Rodrigues] bound to win some headers at 6í 8Ē and if he didnít heíd be in trouble but he also defended well and Abdou [El Kholti] did his job on the left hand side until he got his groin injury for which we pulled him off - but it was his best 10 minutes when he got his injury so weíll have to talk to him about that, but to be fair he did well and I was pleased with all of them. "

"Kevin Gall deserves a goal, he hasnít got one since the first couple of games this season but if youíre a defender and you have to keep trekking his sprints for 90 minutes it's very hard. They donít last the whole 90 minutes and eventually you're going to get through - he just needs a little bit of luck and a bit more quality maybe. He was unlucky with a couple of shots, but heís a constant thorn in the opposition's side."

Under pressure Boston manager Neil Thompson gave the regular post-match press conference the slip afterwards, but spoke briefly to the Lincolnshire Echo later last night on the way back up north: "I just wanted to get away and think about what happened," explained an audibly upset Thompson. "We have been beaten again and it is very disappointing, both for myself and for the players. Yeovil were the better team on the night, but that is no consolation for us and it is no consolation for the fans, and we all need to reflect on it. We are losing games on the road and that is a habit we have to get out of. I don't know what my own situation is and I need to think about things."


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1 October 2003 : YTFC Disabled Supporters Forum
Disabled Supporters Liaison Officer Irvin Morris has provided an up-date on the formation of the YTFC Disabled Supporters' Forum. Registration Forms are coming in, but rather slowly. A reminder to prospective members : a ready made application form can be printed off Ciderspace here.

Irvin will be based during home matches at the corner of the Bartlett Stand, adjacent to the Copse Road (Away) Terrace, from approximately an hour before kick-off. He hopes fans with any problems, issues, or ideas on improving facilities for disabled supporters will use the opportunity to make their views known.

Irwin's job also includes meeting and greeting disabled supporters from visiting clubs, and assisting entry into the stadium. Any webmasters running sites for clubs visiting Huish Park can e-mail Irwin at Irvincb1@btinternet.com for details to publicise on their websites.

Advance notice - The only match days Irwin will not be available are :
16th November, 2003 v. SOUTHEND UNITED (daughter's wedding)
26th December, 2003 v. KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS (family Christmas in Manchester).


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1 October 2003 : Gary Johnson is September's Manager of the Month!
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has been named as the Division Three Nationwide Manager of the Month for September.

During the month the Glovers won five out of the six games played, beating the likes of Swansea, York, Doncaster, Mansfield and Boston, the solitary defeat at the hands of Torquay the only blot on the copybook; to pick up 15 points out of a possible 18 on offer. Congratulations to Gary and all concerned at the club, a terrific achievement in only our second month as a fully-fledged Football League club. Now go and do it again in October!

Other divisional winners were Norwich manager Nigel Worthington in Division One, and Phil Parkinson of Colchester in Division Two. Barnet boss Martin Allen won the Conference award.

It's not all wine and roses in football management however! Over the last week two Division Three managers have lost their jobs after their respective clubs poor starts to the season - Paul Brush of Leyton Orient and Martin Wilkinson of Northampton the unlucky men. Neither club have as yet made permanent replacements.


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1 October 2003 : Boston Stumped
Yeovil Town got back to winning ways at Huish Park last night with a comprehensive 2-0 win over struggling Boston United to go third in the league table.

The Glovers dominated the game from start to virtually the finish, the 2-goal winning margin flattering the visitors to an extent, with only a couple of late efforts from the Pilgrims causing Yeovil keeper Chris Weale any anxiety. Gavin Williams opened the scoring for the Town on 21 minutes with a penalty after Graham Potter handled in the area; and Adam Lockwood made it 2-0 just before half-time, his header the culmination of a superb passing movement involving virtually every member of the Yeovil team - a goal to savour indeed! The second half was something of a damp squib in comparison, though the Glovers closed the game down very professionally, restricting an improved Boston after the break to a couple of late efforts.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 Boston United 0.

The result pushes Yeovil back up to third in the league table on 21 points from 11 games played. Hull City go top with 24 points from 11 games, 2 points ahead of 2nd-placed Swansea, who lost 1-0 to the Tigers at the Kingston Communications Stadium last night. Next Saturday's opponents Cheltenham went down 5-2 at Scunthorpe, and are now 19th in the table with 12 points from 11 games played, and with manager Bobby Gould under pressure to turn around the Robins indifferent start to the season.

A reminder that Saturday's game at Whaddon Road is all-ticket to Yeovil fans, with none available for sale on the day. Full details as follows:

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


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