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31 October 2006 : Glovers Fail To Master The Taming Of The Shrew
Yeovil Town slipped out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tonight to League Two side Shrewsbury Town as their poor record in the competition continued with a 2-1 defeat at Gay Meadow.

The Glovers made a large number of changes to their line-up tonight, with Daniel Webb making his first ever start in a Yeovil Town shirt and Anthony Tonkin also making his first start in his second spell with the Glovers. At the back, Scott Guyett made his first appearance of the season, with only five players who started at Chesterfield on Saturday landing in the first eleven for tonight's match.

After a goalless first half that was edged by the home side, Yeovil went ahead midway through the second period when an Anthony Tonkin free kick was pushed sideways to Anthony Barry who hammered home from 30 yards out to break the deadlock.

With the Glovers having introduced Ipswich Town winger Martin Brittain as a substitute, they now appeared to have the upper hand for the first time in the game, but were hit back twice by Shrewsbury during the closing period of the game.

Having conceded too many free kicks throughout the whole 90 minutes in dangerous positions, it seemed inevitable that eventually the home side would profit. Ben Davies, who assistant boss Steve Thompson tried to sign last season from his former club Chester City twice executed set pieces, with David Edwards first equalising with a header, then six minutes from time Michael Symes slotted home the winner from another header from a free kick.

Shrewsbury saw out the remainder of the match relatively comfortably and bar the 15 minute period around Yeovil's goal either matched or bettered their League One counterparts on the night, and so there was very little argument to be had about the result on the night. Full match stats can be found on the link below where a full match report will appear in the next 24 hours.

Final Score: Shrewsbury Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

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


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31 October 2006 : Guyett Ready To Seize First Chance
Who would have thought it? After playing such a significant role during the second half of Yeovil's 2005-06 season in keeping the Glovers in League One, it's hard to believe that central-defender Scott Guyett has gone through the whole of the first third of this season without kicking a ball in a first team game.

Tonight, Scott gets his first chance in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Shrewsbury Town as club captain Terry Skiverton makes way for him and the Aussie told today's Western Daily Press that he is relishing tonight's match:

"I'm looking forward to it. It's been a difficult season with the lads doing so well but I've got my opportunity now and I hope I have a good game."

Much of Scott's absence from the side can be directly attributed to the fine partnership, form and injury-free record established by Skiverton and Terrell Forbes in the centre of defence. But sods law dictated that the one time that Scott could have sneaked in - when Skivo fell ill at Blackpool - Scott was suffering from a hamstring strain sustained in a Reserve match against Weymouth:

"It was only a minor injury but it was really frustrating to do it in training. Fortunately, I was back in training last week and it's fine now. It's been quite hard to keep going at times when I've not been playing in the first team, but it's up to me as an individual to do my own thing to keep my fitness up. Reserve games aren't enough and I go to the gym quite a bit and also try to do some extra work after training to keep myself ticking over. I hope I've looked after myself so I'll be okay tomorrow night."

Scott was in no doubt about how seriously he intends to treat tonight's match - aside from any personal goals he may have to use it as a means to get back into first team reckoning:

"It represents a chance for us to play at the Millennium Stadium. There's a great opportunity for us to have success in this competition as there's only League One and League Two teams in it and we've had a bye already. We'll not come up against Premiership or Championship sides - it's the same teams that we play week in - week out, and we want to go all the way."


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31 October 2006 : Brittain Signing Confirmed
Further to yesterday's news item, the club have now confirmed the one month loan signing of Ipswich Town midfielder Martin Brittain. The former Newcastle United trainee has been cleared to play in tonight's Johnstone's Paint Trophy game and is expected to be utilised as a right-winger during his time at Huish Park with Slade citing that Brittain has more pace than the outgoing Kevin Cooper.

The only downside is that Ipswich Town have made it a condition of his loan spell that Brittain will not be allowed to play in next Saturday's FA Cup match against Rushden and Diamonds.


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31 October 2006 : Live Commentary From Shrewsbury
Despite tonight's game not being a League One match, BBC local radio have informed us that there will still be live commentary on tonight's game on BBC Somerset Sound. Tune into 1566MW to listen to live commentary from Gay Meadow for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Shrewsbury Town. Coverage usually starts from 7.00pm.


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31 October 2006 : Slade: JPT Is Worth Winning
Glovers boss Russell Slade has said that he intends to apply the letter of the law in tonight's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Gay Meadow tonight against Shrewsbury Town. With the Football League having clamped down on Hartlepool United and Scunthorpe United for playing weakened sides, it is clear that any side even dropping one player below a "six player" rule (see yesterday's news) will be fined by the footballing authorities.

Speaking to today's Western Morning News, Slade is conscious of that, and by the looks of it plans to keep within the rules by rotating his substitute's bench and giving the majority of those who have sat on the bench during this season a chance to stake a claim. That means that Scott Guyett, Anthony Tonkin, Anthony Barry and Ishmael Welsh all appear to be given the nod for tonight's game. Slade told the paper:

"You have to play six of your regulars anyway, so we are abiding by that rule. But I will be giving a first start to (Scott) Guyett and (Anthony) Tonkin and there will be a return for (Anthony) Barry and (Ishmael) Welsh as well. I possibly would have had a look at one or two more because you have to look for windows of opportunity to play young players and this might have been it. But, as it is, they are the rules and we have to abide by it. The thing is that we only have a small squad as it is, if we had a big squad then it is a welcome opportunity, but having a small squad, it can take its toll."

Slade has recognised that these players may not see the biggest Yeovil travelling support of the season to say the least. To our knowledge, there is just one supporter's coach going up to Gay Meadow tonight, and so it seems unlikely that the away support will get much above 100, but the Yeovil boss realises that fans have to pick and choose their games:

"Football is expensive to watch and it's another game. Our fans have been magnificent away from home, but they are more likely to save their money for the Bristol City game, aren't they? That's not just a Yeovil thing, I think it is general and people look at their priorities, really, priorities in life as well as what matches they are going to view."

He does state, with some caution, that he will be wanting to progress as far as possible in the competition. With the final at the Millennium Stadium, there is a clear reason to want to win the competition:

"I don't know of a bad cup competition, they are all worth winning. To win a cup competition is no bad thing, there is a prize and hopefully the side I put out will be competitive enough to see us through to the latter stages where it becomes a bit more exciting for the fans. I remember winning the Anglo-Italian Cup with Notts County and getting to the final on another occasion. The final was at Wembley and, although there were only 20,000 there, it made the club money and it was great for the players to play in a final. If you can get through the early stages, then of course it is worth winning."


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31 October 2006 : Shrewsbury Make Late Signing
Shrewsbury Town have made a late signing prior to tonight's match against Yeovil Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Leyton Orient left winger Joe Keith has signed up on a month's loan after falling down the pecking order at Brisbane Road. After being a regular in Orient's promotion-winning League Two side, the 28 year old has not featured in Orient's side since the end of September.


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31 October 2006 : Ticket Office Extended Hours
The Huish Park Ticket Office will be extending its opening until 7.30pm on Friday night this week, to allow supporters extra time to purchase their tickets for Saturday's match against Bristol City. This is an ALL TICKET match and no tickets will be sold on the day of the match.

As an extra security measure, the club are asking supporters buying tickets over the phone to supply their Ticket Office Booking Reference - a multi-digit code allocated to supporters the first time they book tickets over the phone. Alternatively, those supporters turning up in person at the Ticket Office must present ticket stubs from a previous home match. This appears to be a one-off measure to combat the possibility of Bristol City fans buying tickets in the home areas of the ground - City's end has long since sold out.

We're not quite sure what you do if are stuck without a Booking Reference and tend to throw away old ticket stubs. If you're stuck in that situation, then give the Ticket Office a ring on 01935-847888 and discuss it with them.

As for actual sales, the club report that the Yeovil College Stand is the closest to a sell-out and so may be the hardest to allocate large parties adjacent seats, although tickets are currently available still for all three home parts of the ground. Ticket prices are set at the 'Premium' rate - add four pounds to all non-junior pre-match prices on the Ticket Prices page below.

Link: 2006-07 Huish Park Ticket Prices.


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31 October 2006 : Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Gay Meadow tonight to play their Second Round Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Shrewsbury Town. Formerly the LDV Vans Trophy, the competition represents a realistic chance for the Glovers to play at the Millennium Stadium, given that the participants in the competition are drawn from Leagues One and Two.

Manager Russell Slade plans to make a number of changes to his usual League One side, resting a number of players and giving a few of the recent benchwarmers a chance to impress. He won't be making too many changes, as competition rules prevent him from doing so (see yesterday's news) but he did confirm to BBC Radio Bristol that club captain Terry Skiverton would be putting his feet up, whilst Scott Guyett and Anthony Tonkin would be getting the chance to impress him. Marcus Stewart has been controversially refused permission by his parent club Bristol City to play in the competition, whilst Kevin Cooper's return to Cardiff City means that Ipswich Town winger Martin Brittain will almost certainly make his debut.

"We will make one or two changes. Obviously some are enforced upon us in any case with the likes of Marcus Stewart. Our skipper (Terry Skiverton) is still not feeling 100 percent so he may not start and I also want to give the likes of Anthony Tonkin and Scott Guyett some football."

Slade added that the most likely combination at the back is for Guyett to partner Terrell Forbes at the back:

"Yes, it is a likely switch. I worked with those two this morning. I don't see any big problems there because it's similar in that Scott will attack the ball and he is more aggressive and wants to be our No.1 centre-half, whereas Terrell Forbes has tidied up and picked up the bits around him. That sort of combination has worked quite well for us so I don't see it as being a big problem by just throwing Scotty in there."

Shrewsbury are managed by Gary Peters and he could well have a goalkeeping problem on his hands with all three senior keepers potentially unavailable for tonight's tie. First choice keeper Chris Mackenzie sustained a shoulder injury in training on Friday, prompting Peters to sign up Bristol Rovers keeper Scott Shearer on loan. However, Shearer played for Rovers in a previous round and with their third keeper Ryan Esson still sidelined that means that if Mackenzie fails to recover, Shrewsbury's Youth Keeper will be making his debut, or that Peters will have to go cap in hand to the authorities for special dispensation:

"Today is crucial as we need to see how Chris is. He seems to be getting better. If Chris is fit he will play but if not he will have to go and see an independent doctor before we are given permission to bring someone in for one game."

Shrewsbury will also be without Richard Hope tonight as he has a long term injury. Despite occupying a relatively solid 9th-placed position in the League Two table, they were booed off by their own fans in a 0-0 draw at Plainmoor against Torquay United on Saturday, leaving Peters somewhat surprised at the reaction from his own fans, pointing out that the tactics of opposition manager Ian Atkins contributed to the low quality of the game:

"I was amazed by the crowdís reaction on Saturday. But it shows how far we have come when we get booed and heckled for an away draw. Because our away form has improved so much, an away draw at Torquay now gets booed and heckled. My players worked their socks off and defended brilliantly. I donít think we showed too much flair and we didnít create much through brilliant football. But you have to deal with the tactics of the opponents and they wanted to get the ball from back to front to Leo Fortune West as quickly as possible. It was a real gritty display and we came away with something whereas the club has been notorious for coming back with nothing from away games."

The game kicks off at 7.45pm, and the tie will be settled on the night, with penalties after 90 minutes if the scores are level. No extra time or replays will be played in this season's competition.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Shrewsbury.


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30 October 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
A case of better late than never - a 'lost in the ether' match report relating to the 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic from nine days ago has been added to the site, penned by James Francis. A goal from Terry Skiverton won the game, and the the game is described in full via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 1 Oldham Athletic 0.


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30 October 2006 : Shrews Guide
For those going to Gay Meadow for the first time - or those needing a reminder since 2004 - click the link for the guide to Shrewsbury Town. We're not expecting a host of hits on this one.........


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30 October 2006 : Johnson Claims Stewart Ban Was Preinforced
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has claimed today that two clauses in the loan contract for Marcus Stewart had been prearranged to deny him the right to play in tomorrow's Johnstone's Paint Trophy match and next week's FA Cup tie.

Not too surprisingly, Bristol City's decision to not allow Stewart to play has caused significant controversy. Whilst most Yeovil fans would understand why Johnson has not allowed his striker to play against City on Saturday, the two cup competitions and in particular tomorrow's trip to Shrewsbury Town are less understandable. Johnson told his club's official site:

"This is not something we have just actioned, it was part of the original agreement that allowed Marcus to join Yeovil on loan in August. I think it's usual for the parent club not to let their player play against them when points are at stake. As for the cup games, we don't want Marcus cup-tied."

What doesn't quite add up if this was a prearranged decision, is why that was not announced as part of the deal, when both Johnson and Chairman Steve Lansdown were quite specific about what they would allow Stewart to do, and also why Glovers boss Russell Slade felt that an option was still available for Yeovil for tomorrow night's match, as of late last week.

Johnson has however not ruled out the possibility that Stewart could return to Yeovil in the future, even if on BBC Radio Bristol he stated that he would be looking to loan him out to another club during December. He explained:

"His loan at Yeovil ends in late November and we'll have to see what happens between now and then. It would be wrong to speculate whether Yeovil will sign him or not - I'm the wrong person to ask."


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30 October 2006 : Officials For Bristol City
Sometimes you do wonder what planet the Football League are on when it comes to their appointment of certain match officials and their promotion of them within the game. Thankfully every now and again a beacon does shine and it is with relief that we find that Andre Marriner (West Midlands) is in charge of Saturday's local derby with Bristol City.

Andre is no stranger to matches at Huish Park having roughly followed the Glovers up the leagues, and in more recent days having mainly surpassed us. Saturday will not be his first local derby involving Yeovil, having also been selected for the 2004-05 season match against Bristol Rovers at the same ground. Having had a weeks worth of Rovers manager El Fruitcake Ian Atkins winding the situation up in the local press, even Marriner might have found that a tough one to keep a lid on, but he did rather impressively. Mr Marriner also took charge for Yeovil Town's final match in non-league football against Chester City and has been involved in at least six other previous matches involving the Glovers.

He will be assisted by Ceri Richards (Camarthenshire) and current 'A.N.Other' - presumably the Football League are awaiting the outcomes of a few Johnstone's Paint Trophy matches to see who feels up to the task of running the line on Saturday. The fourth official will be Stephen Tomlinson (Hampshire). We'll update as soon as the Football League decide upon the missing official.

Link: February 2005 : Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers.

Link: April 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Chester City (whatever happened to our occasional reporter Noddy Elms?!)


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30 October 2006 : Glovers Sign Brittain On Loan
Yeovil Town are signing Ipswich Town's 21 year old midfielder Martin Brittain on a month's loan. The Cramlington-born player started his career at Newcastle United although all bar one of his eight appearances for the club came from the bench. Curiously four of these came in European competitions for the Magpies - at the time Magpies sites rated the 5'8" player as a good crosser of the ball and useful at set pieces.

In the summer he left St James' Park for Portman Road but has made just the one appearance for Ipswich during that time - as a substitute in the Carling Cup. Now manager Jim Magilton is allowing him to go on loan and he told their official site:

"We have agreed to let Martin go to Yeovil for a month and I think it will be a good opportunity for him. Martin has done really well since he came here but unfortunately for him circumstances have dictated that he has not had a chance in the first-team. Going to Yeovil will give him a run of League games and it will get him up to a competitive level so that when he comes back to us, he's at the stage where he can really push for a place in the side here."

By the looks of it, and the timing of the situation, this loan deal looks to be a direct replacement for the departing Kevin Cooper, who returned to Cardiff City today. It is not clear at this stage what Ipswich's opinion is to Martin playing in the FA Cup, although they presumably see no issue with him playing in tomorrow's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Shrewsbury Town as Ipswich do not compete in that tournament.


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30 October 2006 : BBC Radio Interviews From Chesterfield Match
BBC local radio have put up the Real Audio clips for the two interviews they did following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Chesterfield. As well as the usual post-match verdict from Russell Slade, they also carry an interview with Terry Skiverton. Both interviews are on the BBC Somerset Sound Yeovil Town interview archive.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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30 October 2006 : McFarland Bemoans 'Nonsense' Goal
Chesterfield manager Roy McFarland has praised his side for the way they reacted following their midweek Carling Cup win over West Ham United to produce such a positive performance against Yeovil Town on Saturday. However, the Spireites boss felt his side gave away the ball too much in the last 20 minutes and that led to their downfall. Speaking after the game, McFarland explained:

"I was proud of the boys. The way the players reacted after the game on Tuesday night was very pleasing. But it was disappointing that we didn't get the three points and it was a scrappy goal to concede. It was a nonsense goal really, I thought that we should have kept the ball and forced them to make decisions but we gave the ball away in the last 20 minutes of the game. We certainly should have won the match. We had enough chances and opportunities to win it and we should have seen the game through. We knew that we'd caused them problems in the first half when we had a few shots blocked but they stuck at it and Marcus Stewart has made a career of popping up like that."


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30 October 2006 : Rushden Ticketing Information
Rushden and Diamonds have issued ticketing information for the FA Cup First Round match against Yeovil Town, and they appear to be also confirming that the match will kick-off on Saturday 11th November, 3.00pm.

The Annies official website indicates that Yeovil fans are being allocated the Airwair Stand. We gather from Rushden fans that the Airwair Stand has often been closed this season to save on stewarding costs at the club. The Airwair Stand houses provisionally 1,000 away fans, but can be expanded to fit up to 2,300 spectators. Given Rushden's lower crowds since their relegation to the Conference and this season's closure of the Airwair Stand, we assume Yeovil will be given full rights to the whole stand.

Ticket prices for seats within Nene Park are 15 pounds for adults, 10 pounds for Senior Citizens, 4 pounds for Under 16s whilst Under 8s can get in for free is accompanied by a paying adult. Disabled spectators are charged 10 pounds, with their assistant admitted for free. There is no mention of the game being pre-ticketed, so subject to confirmation, that implies that the game is a pay-on-the-day match.

Update 18:00hrs: Rushden's official site have changed their minds on the allocation available to Yeovil Town fans, possibly on advice. If you read this news item before 18:00hrs, you're not going mad - it originally did state the North Stand - and so did the Rushden official site!


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30 October 2006 : Away Travel To Rushden Game
The Away Travel Club are planning on organising transport to the November 11th match against Rushden and Diamonds in the FA Cup First Round.

Coach travel will cost 15 pounds and you can book a seat by phoning Roger on 07960-687075.

At present they don't have a firm time for leaving for the match, as they are awaiting firm confirmation that the game will be a Saturday 3.00pm kick-off before sorting out arrangements with the coach company.

Televised matches have already been allocated by both Sky and the BBC (see below), however there is a small chance that Northamptonshire police may have an issue with First Round matches taking place at Northampton, Kettering and Rushden all with the same kick-off time.

Update 4.45pm: In the light of this being a Saturday 3.00pm kick-off, the coaches will now leave at 8.30am from Huish Park.


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30 October 2006 : Cooper Returns Back To Wales
Left-winger Kevin Cooper has as expected returned to Cardiff City after completing his one month loan with Yeovil Town. Cooper arrived at a time when Lee Morris was out injured and Arron Davies was heading for international duty, and so manager Russell Slade took him on knowing that he needed cover in wide positions.

Cooper made four appearances for the Glovers, although perhaps significantly none of them involved him staying on the pitch for the full 90 minutes, with the former Derby trainee generally being replaced during the second period by pace merchant Ishmael Welsh. When Slade put Cooper on the bench for last week's 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic, it seemed likely that there would be no interest in extending the deal.

That said, Kevin filled a useful hole during a period when the Glovers were a little light on players, and put in some committed performances. We wish him well on his return to Cardiff and hope he forces his way into their first team again.


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30 October 2006 : League Get Tough On JPT Rules
The Football League have clamped down on two clubs who fielded weakened teams in the First Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Under new sponsors, there is a clear need for the League to try and not allow the competition to be devalued by clubs putting out near Reserve sides, and Scunthorpe United and Hartlepool United have become the first two sides to fall foul of regulations for the competition.

Rather ironically Scunthorpe won their tie against Bradford City but they have still been fined £4,500 for the breach of rules, of which £1,500 will be suspended for a year. Hartlepool United have been fined £1,500, with the full amount being suspended for a year.

The Football League have stated that "clubs are required to field at least six of the eleven first team players that have appeared in most matches this season, to date". Hartlepool fielded five players whilst Scunthorpe produced just three.

Based on our interpretation of the above rules, Yeovil Town will therefore have to field at least six of Terry Skiverton, Paul Terry, Nathan Jones, Chris Cohen, Wayne Gray, Terrell Forbes, Steve Mildenhall, Jean-Paul Kalala, Arron Davies, Mark Lynch and Ishmael Welsh. The loss of Marcus Stewart for this competition does not affect this rule.


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30 October 2006 : FA Cup Televised Games Chosen
The two live matches for FA Cup First Round coverage have now been chosen by Sky Sports and the BBC. They are as follows:

2.15pm, Sunday 12 November 2006
Weymouth v Bury : Live on BBC

8.00pm, Monday 13 November 2006
Macclesfield Town v Walsall : Live on Sky Sports.

All four clubs will receive a £75,000 broadcast fee from the respective organisation. In addition to this all of the 40 winners from the FA Cup First Round ties will receive a £16,000 cheque.

The confirmation of the live matches pretty much establishes that Yeovil Town's trip to Rushden and Diamonds will now take place on November 11th at Nene Park with a 3.00pm kick-off, unless Northamptonshire police express concerns at having to cope with the demands of Northampton Town's home match with Grimsby Town along with Kettering Town hosting Oldham Athletic.


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30 October 2006 : Slade's Striker Concern
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has expressed concern that he will be without striker Marcus Stewart for two weeks after his parent club Bristol City blocked him from playing in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, the League One match against City and the FA Cup match at Rushden and Diamands (see story earlier today).

The Western Daily Press also cover this news today and suggest that Slade now has some head-scratching to do as he will now only have Stewart for two more games before he returns to Ashton Gate. Speaking to the paper the Yeovil boss admitted:

"I need somebody who can put the ball in the back of the net because Marcus has scored five goals for us now at a good ratio. It will cause a problem because he is now not available for the next three games. That is one of a few things we need to look at this week."

Whether Slade looks to Arron Davies or Wayne Gray to step into Stewart's shoes, or whether he looks for another loan deal to cover the eventual loss of a player who has netted five times in 11 appearances for the club since his arrival is not stated. Either way, tomorrow's Johnstone's Paint Trophy match at Gay Meadow will give a strong indication of how useful Yeovil look as an attacking force without the former Sunderland man up front.


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30 October 2006 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Match Details
Further to Saturday's article, Yeovil Town's Under 18s were given a boost ahead of Saturday's 3-0 victory over Cheltenham Town by the availability of captain Gary Bowles who was able to turn out for the team due to Dorchester Town's lack of a fixture this weekend. Manager Stuart Housley was also able to add Lewis Gundry to his squad, who made his debut for Yeovil following his trial in the midweek Reserve Team friendly against Gillingham Town. Tom Parsons also returned to the squad to make his second appearance of the season.

Although right-back Ollie Wake dropped out after his injury sustained at Oxford United last week, that allowed Stuart far more options in his team selection this week, and so it proved. A first half goal from striker Phil Ormrod was followed up in the second half with another from striking partner Liam Hoarder, then substitute Greg Taafe made the game safe with six minutes left to play. This was Cheltenham's first league defeat of the season, and provides the Glovers with their second win of the season in the league.

Line-Up: 1. John Steele 2. Matt Concliffe 3. Tom Parsons 4. Lewis Gundry 5. Gary Bowles (capt) 6. Harry Sherwood 7. Ren Turnock 8. Phil Ormrod 9. Tom Clarke 10. Liam Hoarder 11. Jamie Morgan.

Subs: 12. Greg Taafe (sub 70 mins for Jamie Morgan) GK. Peter Burridge 15. James Hatcher (sub 65 mins for Harry Sherwood) 16. Dan O'Brien (sub 55 mins for Ren Turnock) 17. Lee Bailey.

Goals: Phil Ormrod (1-0, 21 mins), Liam Hoarder (2-0, 73 mins), Greg Taafe (3-0, 84 mins).


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30 October 2006 : Stewart Barred From Next Three Games
On loan striker Marcus Stewart has been refused permission by his parent club to play in Yeovil's next three games, according to BBC Radio Bristol.

The refusal to allow Stewart to play in next week's match against Bristol City in the League match is already known about and is understandable. But Bristol City have now refused permission for Yeovil to play him in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Shrewsbury Town tomorrow, and also in the FA Cup First Round match against Rushden and Diamonds.

The move means that Stewart will now not play for Yeovil Town until November 18th when Yeovil Town make the trip to Leyton Orient and also means that he has just two games left of his loan period at Huish Park with his final match coming a week later against Scunthorpe United.

Given that it has been widely believed that Marcus Stewart will never play for Bristol City again, the assumption has to be that City are so concerned at Stewart's form in his loan spell for Yeovil - he has scored five goals for the Glovers - that they are prepared to do all they can to try and thwart his progress at Huish Park.


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29 October 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Chesterfield Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade was not too impressed by the level of performance his team showed when they gained a 1-1 draw against Chesterfield yesterday. Russell felt that the 89th minute equaliser from Marcus Stewart was harsh on the home side who he felt deserved to win the game.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I thought it was a really poor performance. I don't think there were an awful lot of chances throughout the game, but you have to say that Chesterfield certainly edged it. They got more balls into the box and looked more of a threat. We got out of jail really."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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29 October 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
The Ciderspace Match Report for yesterday's 1-1 draw against Chesterfield is now online. Marcus Stewart's late equaliser cancelled out an early second half goal from Alan O'Hare as Yeovil finished the weekend in 4th place.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Chesterfield 1 Yeovil Town 1.

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

Link: Coca Cola League One : Latest League Table.


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28 October 2006 : Marcus Produces Get Out Of Jail Free Card
For the fourth time this season, a Marcus Stewart goal away from home saw Yeovil Town travel back with a 1-1 draw today. Whilst some of those away draws have come in matches where the Glovers deserved all three points, today's match against Chesterfield saw his 89th minute stooped header present his side with a somewhat fortuitious point to take home.

A fairly tight first half had seen the Spireites hit a brick wall in the form of the Yeovil back four who did well to protect keeper Steve Mildenhall after he went down for lengthy first half treatment to a knee injury almost in the same spot that Chris Weale had seen a similar injury in March. Thankfully Mildenhall was able to continue.

That first half solidity went to pot five minutes into the second period. A Kevan Hurst free kick saw Alan O'Hare given a large amount of space in the Glovers penalty box and he swept the ball home first time to give the home side the lead.

Chesterfield looked far more dangerous after that goal than they had done at any stage prior to their goal, counterattacking the Glovers every time Yeovil lost possession beyond the halfway line. The home side also defended well, and despite the introduction of Ishmael Welsh, Wayne Gray and Anthony Barry as attacking options in the second period, it seemed as though the match was slipping away.

With a minute remaining though, the unexpected happened with what was Yeovil's best move of the match by a country mile. Welsh fed the ball back on the left flank to Nathan Jones, whose glorious cross in the swirling wind saw the Chesterfield defence and keeper develop a case of blind panic, meaning that when Chris Cohen headed the ball across the six yard line on the back post, Marcus Stewart was on hand to plant a low header into an empty net.

The draw saw Yeovil drop two places in the table to 4th, after Bristol City and Scunthorpe unsurprisingly picked up wins in their home matches against Doncaster Rovers and Leyton Orient respectively. Nottingham Forest also picked up a win away from home against Cheltenham Town meaning that they remain five points clear at the top of the table.

Link: Coca Cola League One : Latest League Table.


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28 October 2006 : Glovers Face Old Conference Rivals
Yeovil Town have been given an away match against Rushden and Diamonds in the First Round of the FA Cup. The tie, which will be played at Nene Park, brings both sides together yet again just a few months after the Northamptonshire side were relegated back into the Conference after a five year stint in the Football League.

Rushden, then under the ownership of multi-millionaire Max Griggs who invested in excess of 26 million pounds into the club, beat the Glovers to the Nationwide Conference title in the 2000-01 season and it took another three years before the two sides locked horns again during the 2004-05 season at League Two level. The Annies dropped out of the Football League at the end of last season and are currently in 18th place in the Nationwide Conference table and are currently under the caretaker managership of former Chelsea goalkeeper Tony Godden after they sacked the previous management team of Paul Hart, Ian Bowyer and Ian Woan. They are currently searching for a permanent successor and beat Altrincham 3-0 at today's 4th Qualifying Round stage.

The draw itself was marred by confusion when Trevor Brooking misheard Ball No.53 (King's Lynn) for Ball No.3 (Barnet) resulting in Barnet apparently being 'drawn' out of the hat twice. The matches will be played on either November 11th or 12th, once policing and television requirements have been determined.

Bournemouth v Boston Utd
Wycombe v Oxford Utd
Peterborough v Rotherham
Torquay v Leatherhead
Morecambe v Kidderminster
Tranmere v Woking
Salisbury v Fleetwood
Chelmsford v Aldershot Tn
Weymouth v Bury
Nottm Forest v Yeading
Stafford Rangers v Maidenhead Utd
Shrewsbury v Hereford
Northampton v Grimsby
Wrexham v Stevenage
Chesterfield v Worcester or Basingstoke
Gainsborough v Barnet
Lewes v Darlington
Clevedon v Chester
Barrow v Bristol Rovers
Rushden & Diamonds v Yeovil Town
Burton Albion v Tamworth
Farsley Celtic v MK Dons
Brentford v Doncaster
Gillingham v Bromley
York v Bristol City
Dover Athletic or Bishop Stortford v Kings Lynn
Exeter v Stockport
Newport County v Swansea
Kettering v Oldham
Rochdale v Hartlepool
Brighton v Northwich Vic
Mansfield v Accrington Stanley
Cheltenham v Scunthorpe
Macclesfield v Walsall
Bradford v Crewe
Leyton Orient v Notts County
Swindon v Carlisle
Huddersfield v Blackpool
Havant & Waterlooville v Millwall
Port Vale v Lincoln City


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28 October 2006 : MOTM Voting For Chesterfield
A reminder that you can vote for your Man Of The Match from today's match at Chesterfield. The Glovers bagged a late equaliser through an 89th minute Marcus Stewart header after he cancelled out a goal from Alan O'Hare early in the second half.

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


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28 October 2006 : Youth Team Beat Cheltenham
Yeovil Town's Youth Team gained a highly impressive 3-0 win over Cheltenham Town this morning as they returned to league action following a series of cup group matches. The win over the Gloucestershire side was all the more impressive because it marked Cheltenham's first defeat of the 2006-07 league season, with them having previously only dropped points in one previous match.


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27 October 2006 : Davies Hoping For Action Replay
One man remembers last season's match at Chesterfield like it was yesterday. The Glovers won 3-0 at Saltergate and all three goals were scored by Arron Davies - the first hat-trick of his professional career. The Welshman therefore remembers that day fondly, and recalls the difficult situation that the Glovers went into the game on:

"We were struggling last season and when we went there last season we were under the cosh a little bit. But we got a great result last year and we'll hopefully do the same this year. But we know we have got to play to our strengths and if we do that then we'll be OK."

Not too surprisingly, the hat-trick was the highlight of Arron's day and he admitted that he wouldn't might lightning striking twice:

"It was good to score three up there last year. We played well last year and created lots of chances and I got a hat-trick which was the first of my career which was nice! If I do that again, I'll be buzzing!"


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27 October 2006 : Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Saltergate tomorrow, hoping to hang onto their second-placed position in League One against a Chesterfield side that may lie in 15th place in the table, but are on their own high following their Carling Cup success against West Ham United in midweek.

Puzzlingly, Chesterfield haven't been able to pull off that kind of form in the league so far this season, and had managed only one win in their last five league matches and with their last win at Saltergate in the league coming over a month ago.

Chesterfield's main weaponry comes in the form of Caleb Folan - a striker who was signed from Leeds United and has been attracting rave reviews this season, having scored six goals at League One level, and of course the winning goal in Tuesday night's match. That has put a fairly hefty looking price tag on Folan's head from his manager Roy McFarland, who has named his price to the national press:

"If anyone wants to pay £2m they can sign him in January. He has the attributes to play at the top level - pace and power."

McFarland is hoping that the midweek win can give their league form a boost and says of tomorrow's game:

"We all like a good cup run but every manager will tell you the league is the most important thing, that's our bread and butter. We need to take the same confidence and determination into Saturday's game and play with the same tempo as we did against West Ham."

McFarland will have to do it without several key players, albeit ones who also missed the Carling Cup match. Captain Shane Nicholson (knee), fellow defender Gaz Davies (pelvis) and striker Paul Shaw (knee) are all close to a recall but have been out of action lately and so may be short of match fitness. Phil Picken is definitely out for at least a month after damaging knee ligaments last weekend. Meanwhile two of Chesterfield's midweek heroes - Alex Bailey and Mark Allott - will have late fitness tests after both suffered hamstring problems during the latter stages of that match.

For Glovers boss Russell Slade, matters are a great deal more clearcut. Right-back Andy Lindegaard is still out of action for around another three weeks, whilst the only other question mark lies with striker Lee Morris who has a hamstring/back problem that may keep him out of tomorrow's match, although he has travelled with the squad. On loan Kevin Cooper and striker Wayne Gray are the most likely replacements for him if he fails a fitness test.

Club captain Terry Skiverton has trained all week despite coming off with cramp at the tail end of last week's 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic, whilst fellow defender Scott Guyett is now back in action following his hamstring strain - a recovery which should mean that he lands back on the bench as cover for the centre-backs. Otherwise, all others are believed to be in good health, with Paul Terry showing no reaction to playing with a bruised calf last weekend.

Russell Slade unsurprisingly had his video recorder out on Tuesday night to give himself a close view of tomorrow's opponents and his view is that Chesterfield's strong midweek showing will have both its advantages and disadvantages. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he explained:

"I watched the game the other night and I've analysed Chesterfield, so I know that they are a very hard-working side. They thoroughly deserved their success and now they're at home again in the next round - so hopefully they're looking forward to that rather than playing Yeovil. But they will be on a high after Tuesday, there's no doubt about that. When we beat Spurs at Grimsby last season we were on a massive high and that helped us with our league performances after that. That game showed the opposition in good light, so there is no way we will go up the motorway and take Chesterfield lightly."

Link: March 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Chesterfield 0 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Chesterfield.

Link: Latest 2006-07 League One Table.


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27 October 2006 : Skivo Wins Oldham MOTM
Club captain Terry Skiverton won the Man Of The Match Vote for last Saturday's match against Oldham Athletic. Skivo scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Latics and of the 72 votes received, 62 of you gave Skivo your Man Of The Match vote.

1: Terry Skiverton
2: Chris Cohen
3: Steve Mildenhall

OVERALL MATCH RATING 6.2/10

Performance: 6.5
Entertainment: 5.9

VOTES RECEIVED 72.


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27 October 2006 : Away Kit Further Delay
Further to our last update concerning the away replica kit on October 12th and October 12th, latest unofficial news is that manufacturers Paulas Benara still haven't managed to get the replica shirts into the country from the Far East. At the start of this month it was reported that the delay was due to the Derbyshire company trying to get the shirts back through customs - it appears that is still the delaying factor.

Once they are imported back into the country, they have to have the logos put onto the shirts and so it is unlikely that the latest date of October 30th will be met. At present no revised date is available, and so our advice is watch this space, and don't travel without phoning in advance, as further delays are an inevitability.


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27 October 2006 : Cohen's Out For Revenge
Whilst most football supporters will have enjoyed seeing the spectacle of League One's Chesterfield performing the dutiful role of giantkilling in the Carling Cup this week when they knocked West Ham United out of the competition, one member of Yeovil Town's squad certainly didn't enjoy his evening in as he looked at what tomorrow's opponents had to offer.

Glovers midfielder Chris Cohen is of course a former West Ham player, and told today's Western Daily Press that they are also the team that he has always supported, and so he has an unusual motive for wanting three points tomorrow:

"I'm a West Ham fan, so obviously I was very disappointed with the result on Tuesday. Hopefully, I can go up there with Yeovil and get the right result on Saturday. We are playing well at the moment and feel like we can win every game, so we will go up there full of confidence."

Chris added that there were obvious professional reasons for him watching the Tuesday night match, and he was impressd by what the Derbyshire side had to offer up front:

"I watched Chesterfield on Tuesday and I was very impressed with their frontmen, they were a real handful on the night and we will have to keep them quiet. It was nice to be able to see our opposition in action so close to a game, it doesn't often happen in our division that you see one of your rivals live on television. But that was a big cup game and it will be the biggest game that a lot of their players have ever played in. Playing against us won't be the same for them and I would be surprised if they can replicate that performance from the West Ham game. But even if they do, we'll be ready for them. Hopefully we'll catch them on the way down from a real high, but even if they play as well as they did on Tuesday we will be confident that we can beat them."

Of his own side, Cohen wants to see the Glovers cement a place in the top six over the next few weeks to give them their best possible chance of getting a place in the playoffs. However, Chris did recognise how competitive League One has been over this season and last:

"We need to put a run of wins together because it would be great to create a gap between ourselves and the team in seventh. The aim is to keep ourselves at least in a play-off place, in the top six, all season, but I think nearly every team in the division thinks they can make the play-offs. There isn't much between a lot of the sides in this division and most teams are capable of beating each other. So if we can keep winning, or at least avoiding defeat, then we know that we will maintain our place among the leading pack."


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27 October 2006 : Glovers Waiting On Stewart Outcome
Yeovil Town are still awaiting permission from Bristol City to play Marcus Stewart in next Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Shrewsbury Town, despite having made an enquiry about the matter some time ago.

Stewart is believed to be extremely unlikely to play for City again, and so any refusal to allow him to play at Gay Meadow would be a major surprise as City's are unlikely to play him in the competition. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, manager Russell Slade admitted he was still in the dark:

"We've requested that some little time ago but we are still waiting for a response on that. Hopefully of course we will get that by Monday, we'll know whichever way, and we'll just kick on. It may allow us an opportunity maybe in the form of Wayne Gray to go and stake a claim."


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27 October 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 31 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results for Week 31 of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 31 : 27th October 2006
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£1000 Monthly Jackpot
C7209 - Nan Jee, Tower Road, Yeovil
Agent Bonus - 033

£100 Winners
Monday D1550 Mr B Mapletoft Little Sammons, Chilthorne Domer
Tuesday A5046 Mr D Haughton Parkstone Avenue, Bridgwater
Wednesday C9294 Mrs P J Eaton Abbotts Road, Ilchester
Thursday D3908 Mr Bounds Barrington Place, Shepton Mallet
Friday B6514 Miss C Newman St Georges Avenue, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
A1550 Mr I Pomeroy, St Catherines Crescent, Sherborne
B1550 Mr G Wood, Cromwell Road, Yeovil
E1550 Mrs C Dowden, Tynings Road, Street
B5046 Mr H Haggett, Alder Grove, Yeovil
E5046 Mr E Brockway, Cadley Close, Blandford
A9294 Mrs Homer, Etsome Road, Somerton
D9294 Mrs M Harvey, Bay Road, Gillingham
A3908 Mrs Parrott, Little Sammons, Chilthorne Domer
B3908 Mr M Smith, Westfield Grove, Yeovil
C3908 V J Wiles, Sunningdale Road, Yeovil
A6514 Bill Massey, Tatworth, Chard
C6514 Mr A Pearce, Highfield Way, Somerton
D6514 Mrs Chatfield, Manston Road, Sturminster Newton


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27 October 2006 : Ciderspace Guide To Chesterfield
A reminder that the Ciderspace guide to Chesterfield is available, containing directions, ground and pub information, ticketing information and club background on Yeovil's opponents this weekend.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Chesterfield.


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27 October 2006 : Cooper Heading For Final Match
Cardiff City winger Kevin Cooper travels to Chesterfield tomorrow for what will be his last game in Yeovil Town colours, unless manager Russell Slade makes the decision to extend the player's one month loan deal, which expires after this weekend.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Slade said that Cooper had recovered from a slight knock that saw him as an unused substitute last weekend, but admitted that no decision had been made yet about the player's future. The Yeovil boss explained:

"We'll get Saturday out of the way first and then we'll weigh up the situation. He's recovered (from the injury), and so that's another body that will be looking to play on Saturday."

Cooper's selection tomorrow may well depend upon the fitness of Lee Morris. The winger/striker started last weekend but came off early in the second half carrying an injury that has been described as a hamstring strain and a back problem by different sources. The temptation for Slade may be to make use of Cooper whilst he still has him on his books and use the opportunity for Morris to get fully fit. Morris will travel to Chesterfield but a decision will only be taken on his fitness tomorrow morning.


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27 October 2006 : Weale Close To Return
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale is nearing a comeback after his lengthy injury layoff. The news comes tantalisingly close to the Glovers match against Bristol City where Weale will be travelling down to face the club he supports as a member of the opposition for the first time.

Weale's last competitive match was against Scunthorpe United on April 14th when he sustained a knee injury for the second time in a month and ultimately never turned out in a Yeovil kit again.

His comeback could well be slightly accelerated by the news that loan keeper Adam Federici has been recalled by his parent club Reading, leaving manager Gary Johnson with a slight dilemma of whether to put Weale on the bench for tomorrow's game against Doncaster Rovers or to move back into the loan market. Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"The medical team quite rightly don't want to push him too early. But having said that, Wealey knows his body and if he is not ready now, then he is very very near."

Johnson has stated that he may select his keeper for this weekend's game even though Weale has yet to even play a game for his club's Reserves claiming that what he does on the training ground will be sufficient:

"We tend to play practice games and seven-a-sides, because you can play in a Reserve Game for 90 minutes and the way that our Reserves are playing at the moment, our goalkeepers are not getting any work. So we may as well have little five or six-a-sides where he will be involved all the time, concentration-wise and has to make a lot more saves. We can suss it out in training."

Johnson has made one loan move already ahead of next week's match. Sheffield Wednesday striker Barry Corr has joined the club on loan for a month. The 6'3" Irishman has been signed as cover, due to the ongoing injuries to Enoch Showumni and Steve Brooker and the loan of Marcus Stewart to Yeovil.


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27 October 2006 : Guardian Website Yeovil Town Feature
Today's Guardian Website features a blog article that concentrates on Yeovil Town. The article, written by Tom Lutz, is a relatively new album where they plan to pick out a Football League club every week and profile it. Last week, it was League Two leaders Walsall, but this week they have opted for the Glovers, following their strong start to their League One season.

Link: Guardian Football League Spy No. 2 : Yeovil Town.


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26 October 2006 : Ticketing For Bristol City Match
The Huish Park Ticket Office have introduced tighter restrictions for ticketing for next Saturday's match against Bristol City on November 4th. The match is an ALL TICKET game with no tickets available on the day.

Tickets are still available in all three home sections of the ground, however due to Bristol City's away allocation having sold out, the club are only selling tickets to Yeovil Town fans that either have a Ticket Office Reference Number (assigned if you have made a telephone booking in the past) or if you are able to turn up in person at Huish Park carrying a ticket from a previous match.

The measure is being put in place to try and ensure that only Yeovil Town fans purchase tickets in the home areas of the ground. Tickets are priced at the 'Premium' rate - i.e. add on four pounds to all non-child admission prices.

Link: Huish Park 2006/07 Ticket Prices.


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26 October 2006 : F.A. Cup Draw
The draw for the First Round Proper of the 2006-07 F.A. Cup will take place this coming Saturday (28th October) from around 5.10 p.m. - so a scramble, for those who don't spend their Saturday's in the armchair in front of the TV, to get to a bar television or car radio, but why should football take any account of those who actually attend matches?

The draw will be live on BBC One and Sky Sports News. We haven't seen confirmation as to whether BBC Five Live will also carry it live, but seem to recall that last season they didn't, merely reporting the draw some time later.

The 48 League One and Two clubs who enter the competition at this stage have been numbered alphabetically, so Yeovil Town is ball number 48. Hungerford Town will be number 66...........

1 Accrington Stanley
2 AFC Bournemouth
3 Barnet
4 Blackpool
5 Boston United
6 Bradford City
7 Brentford
8 Brighton & Hove Albion
9 Bristol City
10 Bristol Rovers
11 Bury
12 Carlisle United
13 Cheltenham Town
14 Chester City
15 Chesterfield
16 Crewe Alexandra
17 Darlington
18 Doncaster Rovers
19 Gillingham
20 Grimsby Town
21 Hartlepool United
22 Hereford United
23 Huddersfield Town
24 Leyton Orient
25 Lincoln City
26 Macclesfield Town
27 Mansfield Town
28 Millwall
29 Milton Keynes Dons
30 Northampton Town
31 Nottingham Forest
32 Notts County
33 Oldham Athletic
34 Peterborough United
35 Port Vale
36 Rochdale
37 Rotherham United
38 Scunthorpe United
39 Shrewsbury Town
40 Stockport County
41 Swansea City
42 Swindon Town
43 Torquay United
44 Tranmere Rovers
45 Walsall
46 Wrexham
47 Wycombe Wanderers
48 Yeovil Town
49 Barrow or Marine
50 Stafford Rangers or Scarborough
51 Tamworth or Harrogate Town
52 Gainsborough Trinity or Whitley Bay
53 Kings Lynn or Hucknall Town
54 Newcastle Benfield or York City
55 Fleetwood Town or Wisbech Town
56 Rushden & Diamonds or Altrincham
57 Burton Albion or Halifax Town
58 Northwich Victoria or Cambridge United
59 Farsley Celtic or Cambridge City
60 Southport or Kettering Town
61 Kidderminster Harriers or Droylsden
62 Moor Green or Morecambe
63 Worcester City or Basingstoke Town
64 Crawley Town or Lewes
65 Dover Athletic or Bishop's Stortford
66 Hungerford Town or Weymouth
67 Woking or Potters Bar
68 Maidenhead United or Merthyr Tydfil
69 Welling United or Clevedon Town
70 Stevenage Borough or Forest Green Rovers
71 Tonbridge Angels or Newport County
72 Dagenham & Redbridge or Oxford United
73 Yeading or St Alban's City
74 Haverhill Rovers or Aldershot
75 Exeter City or AFC Wimbledon
76 AFC Sudbury or Leatherhead
77 Chelmsford City or Gravesend & Northfleet
78 Grays Athletic or Bromley
79 Fisher Athletic or Salisbury City
80 Brackley Town or Havant & Waterlooville

Ties will be played over the weekend of the 11th/12th November. Prize money is £16,000 for victory in Round One.


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26 October 2006 : Jones The Whistle.........
.........and Evans The Flag. Well Gay Meadow is dangerously close to Wales.

Michael Jones (Cheshire) will be taking charge for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tie between Shrewsbury Town and Yeovil Town next Tuesday (31st October) evening.

Eddie Evans (Greater Manchester) and Richard Smith (West Midlands) will be the assistant referees, Tony Horton (West Midlands) the fourth official.

Kick-off is 7.45 p.m.


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26 October 2006 : Oxford City Face Youths
Yeovil Town will play Oxford City's Youth Team in the FA Youth Cup First Round after they won their Third Qualifying Round match against Aldershot Town on a penalty shootout.

The match finished 2-2 after extra time, and it took 18 penalty attempts to settle the tie, with Oxford eventually winning the shoot-out 7-6 after an Aldershot player had his penalty saved and Oxford fired home the winning kick.

The Glovers will face Oxford on the evening of November 7th, kick-off time to be announced, on the Huish Park main pitch. Pricing for the fixture will be announced in due course.

Update: 13:00hrs This match will kick-off at 7.45pm.


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25 October 2006 : Gillingham Match Update
Further to yesterday's coverage of the midweek friendly against Gillingham Town, the previously unknown goalscorer has been identified as Lewis Gundry who was one of two players trialling for Stuart Housley's Youth Team last night. He scored the third of Yeovil's goals in a 4-0 win over the Dorset club and was one of two Youth trialists playing in midfield.

The opening goal has been credited as an own goal after a Tom Clarke cross was headed into his own net by a Gillingham Town defender. A Portuguese first-team trialist, known just as 'Sergio', also went up for the same ball, but Stuart believes the ball only made contact with the home defender. Sergio is a 29 year old who has experience of Portugal's Premier Division, and is believed to share the same agent as former Glover Hugo Rodrigues.


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25 October 2006 : Youth Team Statistics Updated
The set of pages containing statistics for the Youth Team have been updated today to include Saturday's match at Oxford United. This includes both the main League Table as well as the League Cup Group table. Access the pages using the links below or use the main Statistics Section on Ciderspace.

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

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

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Results.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Appearances.


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25 October 2006 : Youths Date Set, Reserves Moved
Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup First Round match will be played on November 7th 2006 on the Huish Park main pitch. They will play the winners of the Oxford City vs Aldershot Town qualifying round match that is due to be settled tonight. At present, no kick-off time has been set for the match.

This means that the Reserves home match against Cheltenham Town that was due to be played during the following afternoon has now been called off. The Pontins Holiday Combination match will now be played at Huish Park on February 28th 2007, kick-off 2.00pm.



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24 October 2006 : Young Glovers Side Beats Gillingham
A very young Yeovil Town side, almost entirely comprising of Youth Team players, beat Gillingham Town 4-0 at Hardings Lane tonight in a match to celebrate the formal opening of the Dorset club's new stand.

Details of the Yeovil line-up are at present a touch sketchy. Prior to the match, it was revealed that the Glovers would be fielding a 29 year old Portuguese trialist - he played and scored one of the first half goals. However, there were two other players that those watching were unable to identify - possibly also trialists - with one playing in the centre of midfield and the other out on the wing. Thus the line-up and formation for tonight's side was as follows:

Darren Behcet
Matt Concliffe Harry Sherwood Phil Ormrod Jake Smeeton
Dan Thompson Stephen Maher "Trialist B" "Trialist A"
Tom Clarke "Trialist C (Portuguese)"

In addition to the goal scored by the Portuguese trialist, one of the other goals came from Tom Clarke, leaving Yeovil 3-0 up at half time. Several second half changes were made, and one of those was the introduction of Dan O'Brien who scored Yeovil's 4th of the night in front of a crowd of 402.

If we manage to determine the identity of the other three players out on display tonight, we will of course provide a secondary update.


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24 October 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Oxford United U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s
Further to Saturday's short report, the full Ciderspace match report for Saturday's 5-1 defeat for Yeovil Town's Under 18s side is now available. The Youth Team found the going tough against the league leaders and scored their only goal through a Liam Hoarder header just after half time.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Oxford United U18s 5 - 1 Yeovil Town U18s.


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24 October 2006 : Orient And Donny Ticketing
The ticket pricing for the League One away matches against Leyton Orient - Saturday 18th November, kick-off 3.00 p.m. - and Doncaster Rovers - Saturday 16th December, kick-off 3.00 p.m. - is as follows :

Leyton Orient

Adult - £18.00; over 65 and full-time student - £12.00; 9 years to 15 years - £6.00. Those under 9 are free of charge, but this offer must be booked in advance. Ring Orient on 020 8926 1010 *.

The away support is accommodated in the south end of the East (Main) Stand at Matchroom Stadium, with 1,459 places available. There are 7 spaces for disabled supporters in this area.

Apart from the under 9 offer all other ticketing is pay-on-the-day.

* For the under 9 offer Orient certainly started the season claiming an official application form had to be used. It is available for download in .pdf format here. Applications must be submitted at least 24 hours before kick-off. If time allows tickets will be posted out, otherwise collection is on matchday from the East Stand Ticket Office in Brisbane Road.


Doncaster Rovers

Rovers only offer a limited number of seats to away supporters in the Main Stand, and these may have been further reduced for the penultimate game at Belle Vue (Earth Stadium). Whatever the reason they are available to season ticket holders ONLY in the first instance. Now available from Huish Park Ticket Office :

adults - £18.00; all concessions £12.00.

Call in person or phone 01935 847888.

The open terrace is pay-on-the-day :

adults - £15.00; all concessions - £8.00.


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24 October 2006 : Shrewsbury Ticketing Update
Further to our item below (22nd October): the free place for Under 16s offer at the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Gay Meadow can now be obtained through Huish Park Ticket Office. The offer is one child free for each adult paying the full £10.00. Additional children pay the concession price of £5.00.

Drop by in person, or call on 01935 847888.

All ticketing outside of that related to this offer remains pay on the turnstiles on the night. The tie is Tuesday 31st October, kick-off at 7.45 p.m.


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23 October 2006 : Officials For Chesterfield
Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire) takes the whistle for Saturday's League One fixture between second placed Yeovil Town away at Chesterfield. Mr Drysdale last officiated in a Yeovil Town match in the 0-2 victory at Bescot Stadium last March. Fortunately he had few decisions to make that night as a prior performance in a Glovers fixture, at Blundell Park in February 2005, was dismal.

Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire) and Stuart Burt (Northamptonshire) will be the assistant referees, Paul Thompson (Derbyshire) the fourth official.


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23 October 2006 : Two Filly Race?
Early days, and some teams are well behind in games played as well as points, but Yeovil Town Ladies and Cullompton Rangers are starting to pull out a significant gap on the pack in the South West Women's Premier Division title race. Both won again on Sunday, the Glovers putting four past Team Bath with no reply.

Cullompton remain two points ahead of the Glovers who are on 16, both having played seven matches, with Gloucester City the nearest chasers on 10 points, but with three matches in hand. Next come University of Bristol on 8 points but having played 8 games.

Both Cullompton and Yeovil have a blank Sunday in the league this coming weekend, with hostilities resumed on 5th November when Rangers are at home to Gloucester City and the Glovers travel to Bath City.


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23 October 2006 : Skivo In Team Of The Week ... Again!
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has made the Football League's Team Of The Week for the third time this season. The central defender has been placed into the line-up for League One teams, following yet another defensive masterclass against Oldham Athletic in the weekend just gone. At the other end Skivo popped up with the only goal of the game to cap a fine weekend for the skipper.

Skivo is joined by his former team-mate Kevin Gall who performed a similar scoring feat to Skivo in Carlisle United's 1-0 win over the weekend. The team chosen is as follows:

Neil Cutler (Rotherham)
Kevin O'Connor (Brentford), Terry Skiverton (Yeovil Town), Danny Cullip (Notts Forest), Matthew Lockwood (Leyton Orient)
Eugen Bopp (Rotherham), Michael Simpson (Leyton Orient), Michael Flynn (Gillingham), Andy Robinson (Swansea)
Billy Sharp (Scunthorpe), Kevin Gall (Carlisle).


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23 October 2006 : New Site For Irish Fans
The Irish Green and White Supporters Club have set up their own website aimed at attracting any Glovers who may be exiled over in Ireland. The group, based in Rush, County Dublin, but attracting members all over the country, usually organise a few trips over to Somerset and they plan to visit for the next home game against Bristol City.

Link: Irish Green and Whites Supporters Club Website.

Link: Ciderspace Exiles Database - Sign Up Here!



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23 October 2006 : BBC Radio Interviews From Oldham
Two BBC local radio interviews done after the Oldham Athletic match are now online. Russell Slade does his usual post-match analysis, whilst there is also a talk with Chris Cohen and his unusual perspective of Terry Skiverton's winning goal.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.

Link: Russell Slade BBC Interview Transcript for Oldham game.


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23 October 2006 : Russell Slade's Verdict On The Oldham Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade wants his players to enjoy being second in the League One table, and to look forward to the big games that are coming up in the next few weeks. The Glovers defeated Oldham Athletic 1-0 on Saturday through a Terry Skiverton header, and Slade feels it is important that his side keep enjoying the football they are playing.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "As long as you maintain a position up in that top five or six then they are all going to be big games. You're there to be shot at and every game is keenly contested. So we look forward to it, and it is important that we still enjoy it, and that is what I said to them at half time. We spoke about how important it was that we enjoy ourselves and go out and play with a smile on our face."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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23 October 2006 : Slade Looking Ahead
It's a standard managerial response in football: 'I'm only looking to the next game'. But of course it's rubbish. Whilst managers will be focusing most attention on the next opponents, good ones will be thinking further ahead too, planning out alternative strategies to cope with and exploit a variety of scenarios.

With a third of the season gone and his club in second place in the table Russell Slade is faced with different issues than he might have expected back in August. Then it was 'How to stay in League One on slender resources'. Now it's more 'How to sustain a top six challenge - on slender resources'.

In a week building up to the 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic dominated by a mini injury crisis, Slade revealed that he seriously considered bringing in another loan player, but in the end took the risk of sending out a number of his players who weren't fully fit. In the event two, Lee Morris and Terry Skiverton, needed to be brought off in the second half. Morris was substituted after feeling another twinge in his hamstring, while Skiverton was replaced by Anthony Tonkin shortly before the end when the effects of his collapse on the final whistle against Blackpool caught up with him. Managers with tight budgets have to juggle their finances: invest now, or later, not both.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Slade said :

We have 26 points going into the second third of the season and I think the next couple of months are a crucial period. It takes us past Christmas and well into January and by then the league table doesn't change an awful lot. If we are fortunate enough to be in the top six after 30 games that gives us a real chance in the final third of the season.

For a small club like us, it's important we stay injury and suspension free. We would need to add a couple of quality players if we are in good nick come the January window. If we are in a decent position then I think that would be the time to look to strengthen in order to push on.


Slade did confirm he had held talks last week with the representatives of striker Carl Asaba (see below, 20th October) with regards to a short-term deal when Marcus Stewart finishes his loan spell at the end of November. However nothing is now expected to come of this as Asaba, currently training at The Walkers Stadium, is interested in something longer. As the future of Stewart at Huish Park is still potentially open to all sorts of possibilities it is understandable that Slade doesn't wish to commit any flexibility he has in his budget elsewhere permanently at this stage. Of course, as with all spinning plate acts, there's a chance the whole lot will come crashing down and he ends up with neither player. It's a problem all managers without an open cheque book face.


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22 October 2006 : September 2006 Survey Results : Part Two
In the second part of our analysis of the Ciderspace September 2006 survey into attendances at Huish Park, we turn to one of the two text-based questions that was asked in the survey which was as follows:

Question: What other thoughts do you have (if any) on why attendances are down?

Sifting through over 300 responses (thank you to you all!) we have broken down and categorised all answers to this question. Some have answered from a personal perspective, whilst others have also given their own theories on why such trends exist. Much of what follows does come across as serious 'spleen-venting' but hopefully it represents a reasonable cross-section of the Yeovil Town support.

Link: September 2006 Survey Results : Part Two.


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22 October 2006 : Ticket Pricing For Gillingham Friendly
Further to our news item on September 15th, pricing for Tuesday night's friendly against Gillingham Town (Dorset) is now available.

Admission prices are 3 pounds for adults, 2 pounds for OAPs and there is free admission for children, which if we heard Dave Linney over the tannoy yesterday correctly is 'Under 18s'.

The match takes place on Tuesday 24th October to mark the official reopening of the club's Grandstand. Kick-off is 7.30 p.m.

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


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22 October 2006 : Kids Go Free In JPT
Shrewsbury Town has announced the pricing for the Second Round tie versus Yeovil Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday 31st October.

Nice and simple (except for the child offer which rather discriminates against away fans) : adult tickets will be £10.00 anywhere in the ground; concessions £5.00 anywhere in the ground; under 16s are offered free entry*, but must be accompanied by an adult paying full price. Disabled fans travelling privately should contact Operations Manager Clive Parry in advance on 01743 360111 to arrange parking.

Kick-off at Gay Meadow is 7.45 p.m. There's no extra time in the competition this season, straight to penalties if the sides are drawing after ninety minutes.

* The child offer has to be pre-booked and is available up until Monday 30th October. Phone the club on 01743 360111 - and don't let them fob you off, such offers have to be available to visiting as well as home fans.
All other ticketing is cash on the turnstiles on the night.


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21 October 2006 : Captain Marvel Defeats The Latics
Yeovil Town climbed back up to second in League One after a scrappy home win against Oldham Athletic this afternoon courtesy of a Terry Skiverton goal as Russell Slade continued his magnificent start as manager at Huish Park (writes George Murray).

Despite dominating the possession in the first period the Glovers rarely registered any clear cut goal-scoring opportunities. Arron Davies did come close on 23 minutes and clipped the side netting before Lee Morris forced the visiting keeper to make a comfortable save on the deck. Chris Cohen then attempted an audacious volley from outside the box but even by Cohen's standards it was never likely to seriously test the keeper.

But Russell Slade's men took an important lead going into the break after yet another inspirational performance by captain Terry Skiverton who headed home an Arron Davies corner, with post-match reaction suggesting that Chris Cohen may be using freeze-frame on his video recorder to determine whether he got a touch along the way.

Oldham looked a different side in the second period and immediately Chris Porter should have drawn the scores level but Steve Mildenhall blocked the
striker's shot from point blank range. But Yeovil almost grabbed a second goal when a powerful Wayne Gray header flew wide of the post as the Yeovil aimed to gather momentum. But Oldham deserved to have levelled matters two minutes from time when Richie Wellens wasted a glorious opportunity for the Latics.

Final score: Yeovil Town 1-0 Oldham Athletic

Link: Coca Cola League One Updated League Table.


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21 October 2006 : MOTM Voting For Oldham
A reminder that you can vote for your Man Of The Match following today's 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic. The game was won by a Terry Skiverton header from an Arron Davies corner just before the half time break.

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


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21 October 2006 : Youth Team Hit By Five-Star Oxford
Yeovil Town's Youth Team succumbed to a heavy defeat at Iffley Road this morning at the hands of the Youth Alliance South West Conference leaders Oxford United, losing by a 5-1 scoreline.

The Glovers had to reorganise their back-line following the loss of captain Gary Bowles who has joined Dorchester Town on non-contract terms (see yesterday's story). They found themselves two goals down very early on as poor marking gave Oxford a head start with the Glovers still trying get into a clear rhythm.

At the start of the second half, Liam Hoarder looked to have put Yeovil back into the game with a well-taken header that pulled the score back to 2-1. But the game's decisive moment happened barely a minute later as Glovers keeper John Steele appeared to be either unsighted or wrong-footed by an initially tame looking Oxford shot that crept in on his near post. Oxford then went on to score two breakaway goals as Yeovil pushed numbers up field, to leave the young Glovers on the back of a bit of a thumping from a side that will remain top of the league - on today's performance it was easy to see why.


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21 October 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 30 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results for Week 30 of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 30 : 20th October 2006
Yeovil Town F.C. (01935) 423662 (Ext 291)

£100 Winners
Monday B8595 Mr R Caines Montrose Road, Yeovil
Tuesday D9931 Mr Clement Main Street, Ash
Wednesday D4217 Mrs N Shore Abbots Road, Ilchester
Thursday E8284 Mrs A Darby c/o Snips, Bridport
Friday B7021 Mrs J Bowers Bicknell Gardens, Yeovil

£10 Consolation Prizes
A8595 Mr S Childs Main Street, Ash
C8595 Shelley Haine Westfield Road, Yeovil
D8595 Mrs S White Chelston Avenue, Yeovil
A9931 Mrs S Lyndon St Pauls Flats, Sherborne
B9931 Mr N Pugsley Percy Road, Yeovil
C9931 Mr Wieck Hillcrest Road, Yeovil
E9931 Mr T Howard Odins Road, Odd Down
A4217 Mrs T Court Royal Close, Yeovil
C4217 Mrs J Beales Larkhill Road, Yeovil
A8284 Mrs S Small Marl Close, Yeovil
B8284 Mrs Cox Cale Close, Stalbridge
C8284 Mr K Robinson Monks Dale, Yeovil
D8284 D Rogers Monks Dale, Yeovil
A7021 Mr S Woodley Marcham House, North Street
C7021 Mr R Dilling Amberley Close, Keinton Mandeville
D7021 Mr Gale Drew Close, Bradpole
E7021 Hilary Burkitt Kingsland Road, Shepton Mallet


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21 October 2006 : Glovers Are Best Behaved Fans
It's official: we are the best behaved fans in League One. The Home Office has released the statistics for the 2005-06 season and not a single Yeovil Town fan was arrested or banned home or away throughout the season, the only club in the division that can boast a perfect record.

In total 417 arrests were made in League One, for offences categorised under violent disorder, public disorder, missile throwing, racist chanting, pitch incursion, alcohol offences, ticket touting, offences against property, possession of an offensive weapon, breach of banning order and breach of the peace. The sets of fans with the worst records won't come as too much surprise to those who follow the Glovers away as one soon picks up a 'feel' for the tone set, although from this supporter's experiences I wouldn't have expected to see Huddersfield Town up there. Swansea City fans top the list on arrests, with 64, followed by Barnsley (now in the Championship), Port Vale and the aforementioned Terriers, all on 36.

Yeovil Town is also the only club in the division currently not to have any fans carrying a banning order. AFC Bournemouth, Gillingham and Milton Keynes Dons (then a League One club) picked up no new ones last season. The highest rates of new imposition in League One last term were: Barnsley and Scunthorpe United with 22, followed by Swansea City with an additional 16.

In terms of the totals being carried by League One clubs this season Millwall top the list on 104, then come Nottingham Forest with 66, Port Vale with 46, Tranmere Rovers with 44 and Chesterfield on 42.

Across the whole of the Premier League and Football League three other clubs along with the Glovers have no fans carrying a banning order at present: Accrington Stanley, Torquay United and Wycombe Wanderers.

There's nothing big or clever about behaving like a knob, and this site would like to record how proud we are that Yeovil Town fans know how to support their team with huge passion and commitment at home and up and down the land, but in the right way.


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20 October 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Oldham Athletic at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon, looking to cement a place in the top three of the League One table. With leaders Nottingham Forest at home to second-placed Bristol City, tomorrow's match is an excellent opportunity for the Glovers to make up ground on at least one of the leading pair. However, Oldham lie only three points behind the Glovers and a win for the Lancashire side would see them move above Yeovil in the table.

The Glovers' past record with the Latics is not good. Last season saw two 0-2 defeats as Oldham did the double in comfortable fashion. And it would be no surprise if they adopted similar stalling tactics to frustrate Yeovil and stop them from playing their usual game. Certainly that is what manager Russell Slade said he is expecting when he spoke to the Western Daily Press:

""We've got to be aware that teams are coming to Huish Park with a game-plan and they may be looking to stop us playing. We are having to be more creative in the way we approach games, and Oldham will be no different. Hopefully on Saturday we'll come up with the right chemistry. I think Chris Cohen is getting more attention and we've tried to analyse that. It's been the same with Marcus Stewart. They have both been key players for us and it's no surprise that the opposition are trying to do a job on them. We are mindful of that and we need to look at the way we go into games now. But I hope Oldham come here and show some adventure and want to win."

Oldham are managed by John Sheridan and he will have to manage without teenager Neil Eardley who has damaged knee ligaments this week and is out for six weeks. Kelvin Lomax stands by to replace him.

In the latics side will be midfielder Craig Rocastle, who played on loan for the Glovers last season, making eight appearances at the tail end whilst he was a Sheffield Wednesday player. Craig is not the only connection between the two clubs; Glovers central defender Terrell Forbes was on Oldham's books last season and was in the Latics line-up for last season's fixture.

Oldham's official site have stated that the following squad have travelled down to Somerset: Les POGLIACOMI, Simon CHARLTON, Craig ROCASTLE, Will HAINING, Stefan STAM, Richie WELLENS, Neil WOOD, Chris HALL, Paul WARNE, Gary McDONALD, Chris TAYLOR, Marc TIERNEY, Chris PORTER, Andy LIDDELL, Matty WOLFENDEN, Neal TROTMAN, Kelvin LOMAX, Ryan SMITH.

Of those players, striker Chris Porter is the one to keep an eye on. Porter was nominated as League One Player Of The Month for September alongside Yeovil's Marcus Stewart and Russell admits that he is the main danger concern:

"He is very strong in the air and will be a real danger in the box. He's got off to a terrific start this season and we'll have to keep a close eye on him. And it's not just him, they've got good experience alongside him in the shape of Paul Warne, who is a good player at this level."

The match kicks off at 3.00pm and tickets are available on the day, with the pricing structure having returned to normal, following the experiment of dropping the 'day surcharge' for the Cheltenham Town match.

Link: August 2005 : Oldham Athletic 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2005 : Yeovil Town 0 Oldham Athletic 2.


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20 October 2006 : Injuries Ease For Oldham Game
The injury situation ahead of tomorrow afternoon's match against Oldham Athletic appears to be improving radically with only right-back Andy Lindegaard and central defender Scott Guyett still definitely out of contention.

Rather incredibly all six of the injured and ill players could be available by the time 3.00pm Saturday arrives. Winger Arron Davies was the least of the worries and he returned to full training early on in the week, and whilst there is no mention of on-loan Kevin Cooper in today's press, we take that to be good news on his situation as well.

Terry Skiverton and Anthony Barry were both suffering from stomach bugs. Skivo came in for light training on Tuesday which has gradually been stepped up, whilst Anthony returned to training on Thursday, so both are more than hopeful of being fit for the match. Skivo spoke to the Western Daily Press today and said of his situation:

"I'm a lot better now. I've had a couple of days off to re-charge and I'll be fine to face Oldham. I hadn't been feeling the best before the game last weekend and went to bed at 9pm on the Friday because I felt quite rough. When I woke up I still didn't feel great and I didn't take on as many fluids as normal because I had a bit of a stomach bug. I didn't tell the gaffer about it, although I did tell Jim (Joyce) the physio and I just tried to get through as much of the game as I could. Unfortunately, by the time I felt so bad that I wanted to come off, we'd already made three substitutions and I had to stay on. As the game went on I just got worse and worse and then when the final whistle went I decided to sit down. That turned into lying down and then I found I didn't really want to get up. But I was helped off the pitch and I was all right once I had some energy drinks."

Right-back Mark Lynch also returned to training yesterday, after getting studded three times during last week's match. Midfielder Paul Terry is the biggest question-mark but even he looks to have an above average chance of being passed fit. Paul received a nasty kick to the calf at Blackpool which significant bruising. Having brotherly connections helps though, as Paul has been to see brother John's club doctor at Chelsea where he went under ultrasound scans. Paul is believed to be fit, but as a precaution they kept him out of contact-based training on Thursday.

As for Guyett and Lindegaard - definitely out of tomorrow's match - Scott is back in light training, however the bad news is that Lindy has had a scan that has revealed further muscle tears around his groin area and he is expected to be on the treatment table for the next four weeks.


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20 October 2006 : Asaba In Glovers Talks
Former Millwall striker Carl Asaba is in talks with Yeovil Town about a move to Huish Park according to the BBC Sport website. Asaba had been reported as being on trial at Leicester City on September 18th but the Foxes have decided not to continue their interest in the 33 year old.

Asaba had been linked with Yeovil as far back as September 11th but with three Championship sides showing an interest in him - Leeds United and Derby County were the others - it seemed unlikely that he would be interested in dropping down to League One. However, with time marching on and none of the bigger clubs making a firm offer to him, the Glovers would seem to be in with a stronger chance. The spanner in the works is that league leaders Nottingham Forest have apparently also expressed an interest in the player - doubtless Glovers boss Russell Slade will have to see how strong Forest's interest is when making his move.


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20 October 2006 : Bowles Signs Up For Dorchester
Yeovil Town Youth Team captain Gary Bowles has signed non-contract forms with Conference South side Dorchester Town. The arrangement appears to be a slightly unusual one - Gary may still play for Yeovil Town Reserves provided there is no clash with a Dorchester match, but if things go well for Gary down at the Avenue Stadium, a permanent contract may be put on the table for him.

Dorchester manager Mick Jenkins has told today's Dorset Echo that Bowles will be in his squad to face Bognor Regis Town at the Avenue Stadium tomorrow and says the deal was made possible by Glovers assistant boss Steve Thompson:

"We need defensive cover and Gary will provide that. He is a very bright talent and he will be in the squad of 17 for tomorrow, and I am very grateful to Steve Thompson for helping to make the move happen."


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20 October 2006 : Shots or Oxford City For Youths
Although no ties have yet been played in the Third Qualifying Round of the F.A. Youth Cup the draw has already been held for the First Round Proper, the point at which Yeovil Town enter the competition. The Glovers will be at home to the winners of the tie between Aldershot Town and Oxford City which is scheduled to take place on the evening of Wednesday 25th October.

First Round ties have to be completed by Saturday 11th November.

FA Youth Cup First Round Draw

1 Doncaster Rovers FC v Rochdale FC
2 Grimsby Town FC v Huddersfield Town FC
3 Oldham Athletic FC v Crewe Alexandra FC
4 Macclesfield Town FC v Curzon Ashton FC/Marine FC
5 Dunston Federation Brewery FC / York City FC v Leigh RMI FC / Bootle FC
6 Chester City FC v Farsley Celtic FC / Silsden AFC
7 Accrington Stanley FC v Darlington FC
8 Blackpool FC v Hartlepool United FC
9 Bury FC v Tranmere Rovers FC
10 Stockport County FC v Rotherham United FC
11 Scunthorpe United FC v Bradford City FC
12 Wrexham FC v Carlisle United FC
13 Eccleshill United FC / North Ferriby United FC v Worksop Town FC / Morecambe FC
14 Walsham Le Willows FC / Great Yarmouth Town FC v Rugby Town FC / Gornal Athletic FC
15 Shrewsbury Town FC v Arnold Town FC / Leek Town FC
16 Histon FC v Hednesford Town FC / Worcester City FC
17 Boston United FC v Port Vale FC
18 Coventry Sphinx FC / Eccleshall FC v Nottingham Forest FC
19 Sutton Coldfield Town FC / Stafford Rangers FC v Walsall FC
20 Mansfield Town FC v Northampton Town FC
21 Lincoln City FC v Malvern Town FC / Boldmere St Michaels FC
22 Kings Lynn FC / Lowestoft Town FC v Chesterfield FC
23 Hemel Hempstead Town FC / Canvey Island FC v Dagenham & Redbridge FC / Fisher Athletic FC
24 Gillingham FC v Stevenage Borough FC / Thamesmead Town FC
25 Harrow Borough FC / Staines Town FC v Woking FC / Worthing FC
26 Westfield FC / East Grinstead Town FC v Salisbury City FC / Beaconsfield SYCOB FC
27 North Greenford United FC / Dunstable Town FC v Tonbridge Angels FC / Gravesend & Northfleet FC
28 Milton Keynes Dons FC v Lewes FC / Haywards Heath Town FC
29 Leyton Orient FC v Winchester City FC / Oxford United FC
30 Barnet FC v Millwall FC
31 AFC Wimbledon / Chelmsford City FC v Chesham United FC / Thatcham Town FC
32 Brentford FC v Rushden & Diamonds FC / Barton Rovers FC
33 Brighton & Hove Albion FC v Ramsgate FC / Epsom & Ewell FC
34 Ashford Town (Middlesex) FC / Redbridge FC v Wycombe Wanderers FC
35 Swansea City FC v Swindon Town FC
36 Exeter City FC / Gloucester City FC v AFC Bournemouth
37 Yeovil Town FC v Aldershot Town FC / Oxford City FC
38 Bristol City FC v Cheltenham Town FC
39 Merthyr Tydfil FC / Bishop Sutton FC v Weymouth FC / Cirencester Town FC
40 Hereford United FC v Bristol Rovers FC


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19 October 2006 : Glovers Hit For Six By Injuries
Yeovil Town are going into their Saturday game with Oldham Athletic sweating on the fitness of six players - all of whom played up at Blackpool on Saturday with five of them having started the game.

Midfielders Paul Terry and Anthony Barry, club captain Terry Skiverton, wingers Kevin Cooper and Arron Davies plus full-back Mark Lynch all have been on the treatment table this week following a mix of injury and illness.

In addition, the Glovers are expected to still be without central defender Scott Guyett and right-back Andy Lindegaard due to hamstring and groin injuries respectively. Neither are expected to be considered for Saturday's game at Huish Park.

Of the rest, today's Western Gazette has reported on the status of each player including comments from manager Russell Slade on their condition. Here is a blow by blow account of their conditions:

Terry Skiverton: The club captain was helped off the field on the final whistle at Bloomfield Road after collapsing at the end of the match. Slade says: "He came in on Tuesday and trained but he was still not 100 per cent. I am keeping my fingers crossed with him at the moment but I think he will be okay."

Anthony Barry: Came down with an illness shortly after the weekend. Slade says: "Anthony Barry went down with something this week as well and is a major doubt for us."

Paul Terry: Got a kick on his calf that forced him to be substituted during the second half at Bloomfield Road. Slade says: "His calf doubled up in size and he had to have it drained so it is still sore. But he has given himself time to recover."

Kevin Cooper: Another player substituted at Blackpool. Has a knee injury and had not trained when the WG went to press.

Mark Lynch: Has picked up a foot injury and had not trained when the WG went to press.

Arron Davies: The most minor of the injuries. Arron has had minor treatment for a knock and has missed some training as a result. He is expected to be OK for Saturday.

Slade told the paper of the overall situation that was affecting his team selection on Saturday:

"Right up until kick-off on Saturday I cannot work with the team that I want to put out. It is the worst I have had in terms of preparing for a game since I have been here. I am just glad we are not playing two games a week at the moment because it would have been even worse. The priority before was the defence but that has now shifted to the middle of the park with these injuries. Chris Cohen, J-P Kalala and Lee Morris are the only midfielders we have got at the moment who are fit. We are down to the bare bones. It would have been nice to have gone into the game without all this but you have just got to deal with what you have. The league is so tight at the moment and you cannot really afford to lose two or three on the bounce. It will not be easy against Oldham."


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19 October 2006 : Youth Team Oxford Venue
Yeovil Town's Under 18s trip to play Oxford United - currently top of the Youth Alliance League - will take place at the World-famous Iffley Road Sports Complex in Oxford - part of Oxford University's sports facilities.

A map showing the rough location of the sports fields can be found here. The facilities are situated relatively close to Oxford's city centre on the South-East side. A wider area map is here.

Ciderspace looks forward to the pre-match entertainment - rumoured to be manager Stuart Housley's attempts to re-enact Roger Bannister's first ever sub-four minute mile on the adjacent athletics track.


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19 October 2006 : And They Say You Should Never Go Back ...
OTV PTV brings an exclusive update on the future of the excellent Yeovil fanzine 'On To Victory':

The excellent editorial pairing of Jeremy Gear and James Churchill have both been struck down by 'short term injuries' which means that they've been unable to produce another excellent edition of OTV this season. However, astute as ever they've decided to snap up 'free agent' and former manager; Seb White who has returned to the fold to make sure that the next edition of OTV is out for the Bristol City game on November 4th.

Seb is hoping to answer the critics who claim that 'you should never go back' and 'he's not match fit he hasn't done it for 2 years'. In an exclusive interview to OTV PTV Seb says "I'm hoping to carry on the superb work of recent times, but I will need to bolster the squad and I must do it quickly as the deadline is Monday 30th, however ideally I would like to have things settled before then". Unfortunately and of course allegedly some Bolton manager appears to have stolen all the brown envelopes so Seb will be restricted in his attempt to draft in contributors to the cause. However Seb is relying on what he calls "the love for the club and a chance to show that big club up the road" that will entice people out there to come aboard. Seb is determined to get quality in as well as he is aware that as a returning manager he mustn't fall into the same trap a certain Brian Hall fell into "I witnessed the game at Walton and Hersham and saw how fans turned on a man previously worshipped , my motivation is to avoid that."

If anyone is interested then please get in touch at the following email sebytfc@yahoo.co.uk. Seb has asked though that he's not interested in any Nigerian agents offering extra transfer funds or anyone trying to flog some player called 'Viagra' so can they please stop emailing him.


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19 October 2006 : Replica Away Shirts Update
We have been informed this morning that there is now a target date for the availability of away replica shirts in the Huish Park Club Shop of Monday 30th October.

Note this date is currently unofficial and therefore subject to confirmation/change.


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18 October 2006 : Yeovil Ladies Pick Up The Pace
After a slightly disappointing early season, falling at the very first hurdle in the F.A. Women's Cup and somewhat inconsistent in the league, Yeovil Town Ladies are starting to gell and find some form. Their last two fixtures have recorded a 7-0 victory over Swindon Spitfires, who are already looking like this season's divisional whipping girls with six straight losses, and more impressively a 2-8 demolition of one of the stronger sides in the league, University of Bristol. The Glovers raced to a 1-5 lead at half-time and simply piled further misery on the home side in the second period. They have now moved up to second in the South West Women's Premier League, two points behind early season leaders Cullompton Rangers.

This coming Sunday sees the ladies at home to Team Bath.


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18 October 2006 : Shrewsbury Date Arranged
The Second Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Shrewsbury Town will take place at Gay Meadow on Tuesday 31st October, kick-off 7.45pm.


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18 October 2006 : Capital Glovers Social Meeting Tomorrow
A reminder that the Capital Glovers have their first informal get-together tomorrow evening in Covent Garden, London. All are welcome to attend - even if you just happen to be visiting London tomorrow night and fancy a beer! Organiser Seb White describes the plans for the evening as follows:

"The first meeting of the 'Capital Glovers' will be held at 7:30pm on Thursday 19th October at The Freemasons Arms in Covent Garden. The pub is very easy to find as its at 81-82 Long Acre and a minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. It is an ideal setting as it was where the FA was set up in 1863 (for more information on that check this article). Hopefully our organisation will be more proactive and less cumbersome than the FA, and that we'll have more inspiring members than Graham Kelly and Bert Millichip!

It will be a good opportunity for all of us to meet up, chat about all things Yeovil and also to discuss very much 'informally' what people would like the Capital Glovers to be and to do. If you could let us know if you will/won't be able to attend it would be much appreciated, because we may be able to move into one of the meeting rooms upstairs.

There should be 'Capital Glovers' badges and quite possibly some t-shirts for sale, I'll have more details on that in the near future. That and other news will be posted on our website www.capitalglovers.com - now up and running.

One of the things that we'd like to do is to arrange travel to matches be it through lift shares or trains. A few of us are discussing the possibility of going to the Bristol City game on November 4th by train from London Waterloo. You can get Group Saver discounts which if more than 4 people go work out as £16.95 per person for a day return. Plan is to get the 9:20 arrives 11:33 and to get the 18:20 or the 19:20 back. If anyone is interested in joining us let us know as soon as possible.

Anyway, I hope that you can make it to that first meeting of the Capital Glovers, and lets hope that Russell and the boys keep up the good work on the pitch."

If you are thinking of attending then drop an email to Seb at info@capitalglovers.com or alternatively drop an email to Ciderspace on the usual email address. We can obviously help with introductions or meeting points offline. If you don't know any of us and you live in the London area, now is a perfect time to make yourself known!


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18 October 2006 : Shrewsbury Trip In Trophy Second Round
Yeovil Town have been drawn away to League Two side Shrewsbury Town in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The match will be played in the week commencing 30th October 2006. The draw is as follows:

NORTHERN SECTION
Scunthorpe United v Port Vale
Mansfield Town v Grimsby Town
Accrington Stanley v Blackpool
Tranmere Rovers v Darlington
Oldham Athletic v Chesterfield
Chester City v Stockport County
Rochdale v Crewe Alexandra
Hartlepool United v Doncaster Rovers

SOUTHERN SECTION
Shrewsbury Town V Yeovil Town
Cheltenham Town v Barnet
Peterborough United v Swansea City
Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol Rovers
Leyton Orient v Bristol City
Brighton & Hove Albion v Milton Keynes Dons
Millwall v AFC Bournemouth
Nottingham Forest v Brentford

Prize money for the competition is as follows (although we are not sure if Yeovil will have been given any cash for receiving a First Round bye):

Round One - £3,000
Round Two - £5,500
Area Q/F - £9,000
Area S/F - £15,000
Area Final - £21,000
Winners - £40,000


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17 October 2006 : Christmas Special At Donny
With Doncaster Rovers on the count down to the move to their new stadium some proposed plans have now been released regarding the last two league matches at Belle Vue (officially Earth Stadium), against Yeovil Town on Saturday 16th December and Nottingham Forest on Saturday 23rd December.

As the penultimate game Yeovil fans shouldn't be too affected by the likely rush for tickets from neutrals looking to witness the final demise of another football stadium, but those planning on going should be aware that there may be some extra demand for tickets, and our advice is to take that into account when the away ticketing is released and perhaps buy sooner rather than later.

For the present Rovers' plans are as follows in the home terraced areas :

........tickets for the Nottingham Forest game will only be available as part of a package that also includes the Yeovil game, so that fewer 'neutrals' are likely to try and purchase tickets and thereby stop Rovers fans seeing the Forest game.

No seats will be on sale at all according to their Official Site - those not inhabited by STHs entirely taken up with dignitaries and VIPs? Although it doesn't specifically state this will apply to the block in the Main Stand usually reserved for visiting fans it might, though again one would hope, as merely the penultimate game, it wouldn't apply to our visit. More if we get confirmation on that.

The match against the Glovers will be :

......the club's Christmas Special game, and pre-match entertainment will include Santa's Grotto in the Belle Vue car park, Carol Singing and lots more festive fun.

........and the usual gift of three points that has become rather a tradition on our visits to Belle Vue, we trust.


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17 October 2006 : Pay-On-The-Day Only At Saltergate
Prices for the forthcoming away trip to the Recreation Ground (a.k.a. Saltergate) on October 28th have been held since last season (with a bit of tinkering over eligibility for certain rates).

Seats in one corner of the Main Stand are priced at : adult £17.00, over 65 and under 18 £11.00.

The uncovered Cross Street Terrace is : adult £15.00, over 65 and under 18 £8.00, under 14 £5.00.

There are no tickets available for away fans in advance : pay-on-the-turnstiles only.

The Ciderspace guide to Chesterfield can be found here.


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17 October 2006 : Reserve Game is OFF
Tonight's Reserve Team game against Exeter City Reserves is OFF due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date will have to be arranged for this match.


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17 October 2006 : Heavy Rain In Exeter
There is currently heavy rain in Exeter that is making tonight's Reserve Team match a possible doubt. There's been a touch of confusion regarding the game - as of 3.50pm this afternoon, the match is still on, but just in case you need to travel to the game 01392 254073 is the number to dial if you need to double-check mid-route.

Latest team news is that Anthony Tonkin and Anthony Barry have been pulled out of tonight's game due to doubts about the fitness of other first team players for this coming Saturday's game. Paul Terry currently has a calf injury, whilst Scott Guyett's hamstring strain from last week's match against Weymouth means that Tonks will not be risked. Mark Lynch and Arron Davies have also been on the treatment table this week although neither are believed to have serious issues.


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17 October 2006 : Grayson Pleased Despite Late Disappointment
Blackpool manager Simon Grayson had positive words for his players despite only drawing 1-1 with Yeovil Town at Bloomfield Road on Saturday, telling them: "Keep playing like that and we'll rise up the league."

Grayson was disappointed to see Marcus Stewart's equaliser hit the back of the net four minutes from time after they had led for much of the second half through Scott Vernon's close range finish. Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette he explained:

"I thought we played really well, especially second half when we took the game to them. It seems like a defeat really. You are sitting in there really frustrated. The players are, the staff are and I am sure the fans are too. To have drawn the game after the way we played, everyone is so disappointed ... and to concede so late as well. I'm really pleased with the football we played, the workrate, the commitment. I've said all along that, given time to gel, we were a good team and we can make strides in this division. There is no reason why we can't get into the top six."

Blackpool went into Saturday's game on the back of two 3-0 wins and Grayson felt that the overall picture was that of a team on the way up:

"We've been building up to that for the last few weeks. I'd like to know the last time this football club won three games on the trot. I've been here four or five years and I've not been part of a run like that so it would have been nice to end that hoodoo Ė but it's a statistic we can't seem to get over. You would like to think we have turned the corner but it would have been better if it had been nine points from three games Ė but I would have settled for seven from nine a few weeks ago. We have felt performances have been getting better and hopefully we will continue to improve as we climb the table."

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.


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17 October 2006 : Directions To St James' Park
Anyone travelling to tonight's game against Exeter City Reserves may find the following directions useful, taken from the Exeter City official site:

From M5

Exit the M5 at junction 30, and then follow the signs for Middlemoor. Take the second exit at Middlemoor roundabout (signed Heavitree). Follow signs for City Centre, going through Heavitree (approx. 2 miles). From Heavitree, go past the police station on your right, then at the bottom of the hill turn right at the roundabout into Western Way (signed Pinhoe and Broadclyst). At the next roundabout, take the second Exit into Old Tiverton Road and then second left into Stadium Way.

From East

Take the A30 into Exeter. As you pass under the M5 bridge, this road becomes the B3183. Follow the signs for City Centre then follow the directions 'from Heavitree' (see above).

From West

Follow the A30 into Exeter, joining the M5 North at junction 31. Leave at junction 30 and then follow the directions for 'From M5'.


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17 October 2006 : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town Reserves Match Preview
Yeovil Town Reserves travel to St James' Park tonight for a 7.00pm kick-off against Exeter City Reserves in the Pontins Holiday Combination.

At present there is no firm news of any Yeovil Town line-up although as usual it should be a mix of the Saturday substitutes at Blackpool, some of the younger professionals currently outside the squad and a mix of Youth Team players.

That means the most likely squad of players to be travelling will be goalkeeper Darren Behcet, strikers Wayne Gray and Daniel Webb, midfielder Anthony Barry, left-back Anthony Tonkin and left-winger Ishmael Welsh. We suspect that manager Russell Slade may again show caution in whether to take Lee Morris to Devon, with sometimes the club preferring to wrap him in cotton wool between matches.

Jake Smeeton, Tom Clarke and Stephen Maher should also play a significant part in the match as first year professionals, and Youth Teamers Gary Bowles and Phil Ormrod should also be in the squad.

It is unlikely though that Andy Lindegaard (groin) or Scott Guyett (hamstring) will feature in the match due to injuries picked up during last week's game.

Exeter are hoping to use the game to launch the comeback of two long-term injury victims. Former Bristol Rovers winger Wayne Carlisle broke his leg at the club last season whilst former Chelsea trainee Neil Barrett has had 10 months out with an ankle injury.

Former Glover and now Exeter boss Paul Tisdale believes his first team are playing so well that major opportunities are limited for his Reserves tonight, but he doesn't want to entirely close the door as he explained to the Exeter Express and Echo:

"There are no obvious opportunities in the first team at the moment because the side is playing consistently well. But that doesn't mean that each game isn't scrutinised and it might mean there is an opportunity for them this weekend if they have a good game. Things can change quickly in football, who knows what injuries we might pick up in training. It is about building momentum as individuals and tonight will be the perfect opportunity to do that. There is no reason why Wayne and Neil couldn't feature in the first team if there was an opportunity for them. They are both looking strong in training so there are optimistic signs for both of them."

Reserve Team manager Paul Buckle will be in charge of the Grecians side tonight, and the paper predicts that in addition to Carlisle and Barrett, goalkeeper Paul Jones, strikers Chris Wright and Dean Stamp plus central defenders Chris Todd and Patrick Ada. Todd is the club captain at St James' Park and is making his comeback from a hip injury. Saturday's first team substitute Danny Clay will also play in midfield, and Tisdale used that as an example of where he hopes his players can force themselves into contention tonight:

"Danny has done terrifically well and, as a result, was brought into the first team. The key is that the players believe they have got a good chance of playing in the first team. And if they believe they have got a chance they will be going flat out to grab that chance. There are a lot of players knocking on the first team door. Patrick Ada, Danny Clay, Paul Jones and Chris Wright are all pushing for first team selection."

Tisdale has also suggested that his side are taking this season's competition very seriously, having got off to an unbeaten start in the Pontins League:

"The performances are paramount, but I wouldn't belittle the result. Getting results becomes a habit and it is about that winning mentality. I don't want to tempt fate, but the reserve team have not lost a game yet and I am hoping it stays that way. Tonight will be a competitive game on a good surface against a very good side. I am looking forward to seeing how we get on."

Kick-off is at 7.00pm and entry is priced 3 pounds for adults and one pound for concessions. Those travelling should use the Stadium Way entrance into the Flybe Stand to get into the ground tonight.


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16 October 2006 : Marcus Looks To Keep Finding The Spaces
Yeovil Town loan striker Marcus Stewart produced what is becoming almost a trademark goal for him on Saturday against Blackpool. Whilst his goal against Brighton and Hove Albion was scored with his right-foot, his others against Swansea, Northampton and Blackpool have all had a remarkable similarity to them - a cross into the box, a lost marker, a sudden amount of space in the penalty box and a glancing header into the net.

Marcus told the Western Daily Press that was pretty typical of what he has done in his career so far - slightly surprising for someone who is not the tallest of strikers:

"I've always done that in my career. I'm always on the move in the box and I don't necessarily attack the ball; I attack the space. Hopefully, the ball then comes into that space and that's what happened. Then I've got to put it away, but that's my game. I've got four goals now and I'm doing all right. I just want to do well for this club."

Marcus believed the club's knack of picking up points away from home could be vital. The Glovers have only lost once on their travels so far this season - an early 2-1 defeat at Tranmere Rovers and the former Sunderland man believes getting results at difficult grounds could count next May:

"The point takes us up to third place in the table and at the end of the season this point away at Blackpool could be vital. I wouldn't say that we were at our best today but we showed a bit of character again, like we've done in other away games this season. We were 1-0 down and not really looking like getting back into the game but we did and we've got to be delighted. We've done well in our away games so far and gone to places like Huddersfield, Brentford and Swansea and got results as well. We've got to keep that away form going and probably try to improve our home form a little bit."


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16 October 2006 : BBC Radio Interviews From Blackpool Match
The BBC local radio interviews from the Blackpool match have been loaded onto the BBC Somerset Sound website today. In addition to the main Russell Slade post-match interview, they also carry an interview with Nathan Jones on their site.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Yeovil Town Interviews.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Blackpool 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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16 October 2006 : "He Will Be Captain Of This Club For A Long Time To Come"
The words of manager Russell Slade talking today about club captain Terry Skiverton following another typical performance from the central defender up at Blackpool certainly give an indication of how well the Yeovil boss has taken to his club captain.

Skivo briefly collapsed with exhaustion at the end of Saturday's match, prompting some initial concerns about his health, which thankfully were proved to be little more than dehydration and fatigue after Skivo felt a little off colour before the game. Speaking to the Western Daily Press Slade explained:

"If he needs to take a couple of days off then so be it. He's done magnificently to get through the game and he's absolutely drained now. The doctors have looked at him, checked him over, and he's okay. He's got a full week to recover before we play Oldham. He was playing with an illness, but he didn't tell me before the game. The 90 minutes of football has drained him to be honest. He let us know that he was struggling after Marcus scored the goal, but by that time we'd made all our substitutions and there was nothing we could do."

Slade though paid tribute to a player for whom illnesses and cut heads have almost personified the 'Terry Butcher' style mentality of Skiverton's style of play. Certainly in the short time that Slade has been with the club that has not gone unnoticed:

"He deserves great credit for playing through it. He's that type of player, he will always keep going, and he's got a magnificent attitude to the game. He's a great captain, he leads by example, and I'm sure he will be captain of this club for a long time to come."

Skivo himself was reassuring in that he said that he was already feeling better yesterday when he spoke about the situation that had led to the post-whistle drama:

"I felt a bit dodgy before the game but decided I felt okay to start. As the game went on I started to get worse and by the end I was certainly feeling rough. Maybe I should have taken on some more water, but I do feel a lot better today. It's a bit like the after affects of a cold so I think I shall probably not go back in until Tuesday to make sure whatever it is has cleared completely."

At Ciderspace we would tell Skivo to take Tuesday off as well and to put his feet up for a rest, but we rather suspect that is not his style.


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16 October 2006 : Juniors Ticket Offer For Oldham Game
A reminder from our article dated October 2nd that the football club are offering a series of deals mainly aimed at Under 16s at encouraging younger supporters to attend games at Huish Park. This includes Saturday's match against Oldham Athletic.

The move comes under the umbrella of the Football League's Fans Of The Future scheme, and are as follows:

Junior Organisations

Under 16s who belong to a junior-oriented organisation such as Cubs, Beavers, Junior Football Clubs (presumably this list is not exhaustive) can gain free admission to a selection of four forthcoming matches, if they are accompanied by a paying adult. Up to four Under 16s can be admitted per paying adult. So three paying adults could take in a whole Junior Football team of 12 players. The eligible games are all Saturday 3.00pm fixtures and are as follows:

(a) Oldham Althetic : 21st October 2006
(b) Scunthorpe United : 25th November 2006
(c) Gillingham : 9th December 2006
(d) Huddersfield Town : 6th January 2007


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16 October 2006 : Officials For Yeovil v Oldham
Danny McDermid (London) is set to take charge of next Saturday's fixture versus Oldham Athletic. Mr McDermid has been involved in officiating at Huish Park before, but we think this is his first visit in the capacity of referee.

Regulars Ron Ganfield (Somerset) and Andrew Turner (Devon) are the assistants and Andrew Rodda (Devon) the fourth official.


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16 October 2006 : Blackpool Quartet Make Team Of The Week
It's not that often that one team gets two players in the Football League's Team Of The Week, let alone four players! That's what Blackpool have done this weekend, despite only drawing 1-1 with Yeovil Town over the weekend. No Glovers made the eleven, possibly suggesting a slight touch of the tangerine-tinted spectacles from whoever submitted the figures for the home side. The team is as follows:

Les Pogliacomi (Oldham)
Shaun Barker (Blackpool) Jamie McCombe (Bristol City) Michael Jackson (Blackpool) Matthew Lockwood (Leyton Orient)
Leon Britton (Swansea) Simon Gillett (Blackpool) Lee Williamson (Rotherham) Wesley Hoolahan (Blackpool)
Gary Alexander (Leyton Orient) Lee Trundle (Swansea)

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Blackpool 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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15 October 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Blackpool Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade wants to see his players go the "extra yard" after seeing his side again a 1-1 draw over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road yesterday. Scott Vernon gave Blackpool the lead, but Yeovil grabbed a late equaliser from Marcus Stewart to ensure that the Glovers came home with something.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I felt that sometimes we needed to really go that extra yard. I thought there were one or two crosses during the first half where if we had really gone in - there was one from Chrissy Cohen - that we might have got something from it."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Blackpool 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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15 October 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Brentford U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s
The match report for yesterday's 3-0 defeat for Yeovil Town's Youth Team against Brentford in the Youth Alliance League Cup is now available on-line.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Brentford U18s 3 Yeovil Town U18s 0.


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15 October 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Blackpool vs Yeovil Town
The full match report from yesterday's 1-1 draw with Blackpool is now available for viewing. Marcus Stewart came up with a valuable late equaliser to cancel out Scott Vernon's goal.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Blackpool 1 Yeovil Town 1.

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


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14 October 2006 : Youth Team Statistics Updated
The set of pages containing statistics for the Youth Team have been updated today to include today's match at Brentford. This includes both the main League Table as well as the League Cup Group that today's fixture was a part of. Access the pages using the links below or use the main Statistics Section on Ciderspace.

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

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

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Results.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Appearances.


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14 October 2006 : Youth Team Go Down At Brentford
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side went down 3-0 to a strong-looking Brentford side in the fourth match of their Youth Alliance Cup Group at Jersey Road in Osterley this morning. The Glovers failed to get to grips with Brentford's strong passing game until the half time turnaround by which time Yeovil were 2-0 down.

The first Brentford goal came when Yeovil switched off following a throw-in allowing a Bees midfielder to fire home a shot from the edge of the box that took a deflection. The second, scored just before half time, was a classy affair where a Brentford striker beat his marker by chipping the ball over the top of him, then volleying the ball home as it came down.

The Glovers made a far better game of it in the second half, which much improved off the ball running that resulted in several chances being created. The closest they came though was when Tom Clarke fired in a shot at the near post which could only be parried by the Brentford keeper and with the ball merely a yard from an open goalmouth, the ensuing scramble didn't quite result in the ball getting over the line. As it happened, Brentford had the last laugh with the final kick of the game - a turn and shot from close range in a half where probably Yeovil deserved to be the ones celebrating a goal.

The result leaves Yeovil pretty much out of the Youth Alliance Cup, although they still have trips to Queen's Park Rangers and Wycombe Wanderers to come during November to polish off their involvement in the Group tournament. Attention for the next three games though turns back to the League itself, with a trip to Oxford United coming up next Saturday morning.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Results and Fixtures.


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14 October 2006 : Stewart The Centre Of Attention Again
Just 24 hours after Marcus Stewart's name had been put back into the spotlight once again on the Friday night radio phone-in show Twentyman Talks Back (see yesterday's story) concerning his situation at Ashton Gate, so Marcus hit the headlines today for his on the field abilities as yet another priceless header gave Yeovil Town a late equaliser at Bloomfield Road against Blackpool.

The Glovers took to the field with the same line-up that had got them a win at Brentford two weeks ago with Glovers boss Russell Slade recalling Arron Davies into the side after he returned from international duty. It was the home side who in the main called the shots though, putting on plenty of pressure in a swirling wind with Yeovil really struggling to get their passing game going during the first 45 minutes. Blackpool should have gone in front before the break, with Scott Vernon taking a penalty after Jean-Paul Kalala had upended Wesley Hoolahan in the box. But despite sending Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall the wrong way, Vernon put his attempt wide of the right hand post.

Rather ironically, it was during the Glovers first period of domination at the start of the second half that the home side took the lead. A corner saw a misdirected header from Ian Evatt be kept in play by Andy Morrell and Scott Vernon was able to forget about that penalty miss with his eighth goal of the season.

Yeovil felt they should have been awarded their own penalty when Wayne Gray had his shirt ripped by Blackpool captain Michael Jackson but referee Nigel Miller turned down their appeals. Just when it was looking as though the Glovers would come up with nothing, up popped Marcus Stewart four minutes from time with a close range header after good work down the left flank by Nathan Jones and Chris Cohen, who delivered the final ball into the box.

The draw lifts Yeovil up to third place in the League One table after most of their rivals failed to win. Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, who meet next week at the City Ground, currently hold the top two places, with the winner of next week's game likely to put themselves in a commanding position in what would mark a third of the season gone.

Link: 2006-07 Coca Cola League One : Latest League Table.


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14 October 2006 : MOTM Voting For Blackpool
A reminder that you can vote for your Man Of The Match following this afternoon's 1-1 draw at Bloomfield Road against Blackpool. The Glovers grabbed a late equaliser through Marcus Stewart after he headed home a Chris Cohen cross. That cancelled out a Scott Vernon goal earlier in the second half.

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


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14 October 2006 : Slade Expecting Confident Blackpool
Yeovil boss Russell Slade has said he is expecting his side to face a Blackpool side in growing confidence today as the Seasiders go into today's game on the back of two 3-0 wins. However, Russell does have one thing up his sleeve - he was able to watch the second of those two wins on Sky Sports due to the match at Brighton and Hove Albion being shown live on Sunday. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound Slade explained:

"They've won their last two games 3-0 against Orient and Brighton and I managed to tape that one (against Brighton) to have a look at that one as well. Their confidence will be a lot higher than what it was and they will be looking to keep that run going. They've brought in a lot of players and they have restructured and I would think that they would hope to be right up there come the end of the season. So I think it will be another tough game."


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14 October 2006 : Reserve Team 2006-07 Statistics Pages Updated
The Reserve Team statistics for the 2006-07 season have been updated to include all games up to and including this week's 5-1 demolition of non-league minnows Weymouth. The statistics can be accessed using the link below or via this site's Statistics Section.

Link: 2006-07 Pontins Holiday Combination League Table.

Link: 2006-07 Pontins Holiday Combination Results.

Link: 2006-07 Reserve Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2006-07 Reserve Team Appearances.

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


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14 October 2006 : Blackpool President Plays Down Form
Blackpool club president Valery Belokon has poured cold water on his side's recent turnaround on their form. The Seasiders have won their last two games 3-0 after a poor start to the season, but Belokon believes that the victories over Leyton Orient at home and Brighton and Hove Albion in Sussex last Sunday are not so significant as they are against other sides struggling near the foot of the table. Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette he explained:

"It's too early to talk about the team having got over their poor start to the season. Those victories were a good start but they were against rivals in the lowest part of the table. The Yeovil game will be the indicator but all the prerequisites for a successful game are in place. The team have shown they can be successful, even under the enormous psychological pressure of the Blackpool supporters. This is proof of the team's ability."

Belokon, who has already put 4.5 million pounds into the Lancashire side, and will no doubt have high expectations of manager Simon Grayson and his players. Even with two 3-0 victories in the bag, the Latvian had plenty to pick holes in:

"The Leyton Orient win had a lot of lucky moments. There were goals that pleased but not the quality of the game. The Brighton game I liked better but the last 15 minutes of the first half gave me a hard time with regards to the quality. The victory on Sunday was very important both for Simon Grayson and for the players, particularly from the psychological perspective because I am convinced the problems are not in the legs but in the heads."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Blackpool.


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14 October 2006 : Defeat Hurts For Slade
Yeovil boss Russell Slade admitted he 'sulked' last weekend following Yeovil's 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Cheltenham Town. The Glovers had previously won four games on the trot and Slade claimed that made defeat harder to take. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol he explained:

"When you've won four like that, I think that defeat hurts even more when it comes. I think that if you've won one and then maybe you go and lose the next one, then it's not quite so hard to take. But because we had gathered up the momentum it really did hurt, I must admit, having sulked a little bit at the weekend! But we move on and we move forward and we will put Cheltenham behind us. I think that it is important that we show that bounceability that we've shown in the past."

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 0 Cheltenham Town 1.


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13 October 2006 : Johnson Gives Views On Stewart Loan
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson appeared on BBC Radio Bristol's Twentyman Talks Back phone-in tonight, and of particular interest to Yeovil Town fans was the subject of loan star Marcus Stewart and Gary's thoughts on the present and future prospects of a player who still appears to be very popular amongst City fans.

Local press reports have claimed that City were paying two-thirds of the player's wages whilst Yeovil picked up the remaining third. Gary has claimed that is not the case and went so far as to claim that the ratio was more in the other direction:

"We're not paying all of his wages and people have exaggerated on what we (Bristol City) are paying and what Yeovil are paying. The percentage is more than half (that Yeovil are paying) - quite a bit more than half."

Many City fans have expressed displeasure that Stewart was allowed to go out on loan and asked Gary to explain why he had not been playing in City's team, with one caller claiming that City had given their best striker to their local rivals:

"The situation was that Marcus and I had a discussion. Obviously he played in all my teams up until the Huddersfield game (last season) during which he was suspended. We won that game and after that we went on our 23 game winning/drawing run that almost put us in the playoffs. That meant that Marcus was outside that first team and on the line. Marcus needed games and I felt he needed games. Sometimes we have to move people, albeit just up the road, to get them games. In this situation Marcus needed to go and get some games because in your opinion [of the phone-in caller] he was my best striker, but in my opinion I had other strikers I wanted to play ahead of him."

Gary claimed that he did not have a problem with Marcus playing well and scoring goals at Huish Park, saying that as long as City were doing well he didn't consider it an issue:

"You've got to be happy for him. At the end of the day, we're not going badly ourselves with the people we've got. It wasn't a case of us saying we'll help Yeovil - we'll give them our best striker - it was a situation where Marcus needed games. It just so happened that at the same time Yeovil are doing well. What we need to look at is what happens at the end of the season. At the end of the season all things can come out and we can talk about it and everyone can say whether it was the right decision or the wrong decision. Right now I've got a squad that I trust in that dressing room that I want to go into the future with."

Gary was also asked if he would consider calling Marcus back to Ashton Gate before the loan deal was up but he considered that unlikely:

"Not at this moment in time. He's better off where he is. He's enjoying his football. He's playing football and Yeovil are doing well. He's got a couple of goals and we are happy with the squad that we've got."

Finally Gary was asked if he could see Marcus playing for Bristol City again, and where his future lay and Gary pointed to comments Stewart made when he moved out on loan to Yeovil - stating that he didn't expect to play under Johnson:

"Well he said that he wouldn't, so that's a bit difficult. But at the end of his loan he has to come back anyway because nothing can happen until the January transfer window. There is a month shortfall where if he doesn't play for us, he would have to go out on loan to somewhere else for the month, which is the likelihood, or he would just have to train with us or train with Yeovil depending upon what happens during that time, but not able to play. That would be for the four weeks between the end of his loan (with Yeovil) and the January window."


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13 October 2006 : Alcock Out On Loan To Weston
Former Youth Team right-back Craig Alcock has become the fifth Yeovil Town player to go out on loan. Craig has joined Conference South side Weston-Super-Mare who currently lie in 17th position in the table.

Craig was a member of last season's title-winning Youth Team and was given a professional contract with the club over the summer. Rather ironically rule changes in the Youth Alliance league meant that prevented Craig from playing for the Youth Team this season and that has left him in urgent need of serious match fitness.

Weston are managed by former Forest Green Rovers manager Frank Gregan who last week also made an official approach for former Glover Jamie Gosling who is currently playing for Hungerford Town.

Craig's first action involves a trip to Bognor Regis Town tomorrow afternoon who lie a point ahead of Weston in the table - we obviously wish him the best of luck in what will hopefully be his first senior First Team match of his career.

As for the other four loanees, Danny Barker is currently playing between the sticks for Clyst Rovers, David Poole is into his second month at Stockport County as are Bradley Thomas and Gavin McCallum, both of whom are playing for Nationwide Conference side Tamworth.


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13 October 2006 : Blackpool vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make one of their longest journeys of the season tomorrow when they take on Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, hoping to get back on track following last Friday's 0-1 home defeat against Cheltenham Town. They come up against a Lancashire side in 19th position, but ominously having won their last two matches 3-0, including their first home win of the season. Last Sunday they were on the Sky cameras, seeing off Brighton and Hove Albion with some ease.

Blackpool are forced into making one change tomorrow, with former Hull City striker Ben Burgess out with a hamstring strain picked up at Brighton. But given that his replacement Scott Vernon bagged two goals when coming off the bench in that match, this is hardly a case of their team being weakened. He will partner Andy Morrell up front.

The home side's plans to bring striker John Murphy and winger Adrian Forbes into first team contention were dealt a blow when their Reserve Team game against Rochdale was called off in midweek due to a waterlogged pitch. Hence manager Simon Grayson will have to decide whether to include either player in his squad without the pair having established their match fitness.

For Glovers boss Russell Slade, neither Scott Guyett (hamstring) nor Andy Lindegaard (groin) have travelled to Blackpool. However, Arron Davies is back from international duty with Wales, whilst Lee Morris resumed training this week following his hamstring strain. Both are expected to compete for the wide positions currently held by Kevin Cooper and Wayne Gray. Certainly Slade hinted to today's Western Daily Press that there could be a change in that area:

""Lee Morris has trained the last three days and is back in contention. It's great to have both Arron and Lee back. I didn't have too many options without those two, so it's good news. I would expect at least one of those two to play at Blackpool."

The Glovers will no doubt be hoping to do better than they did on their last trip to Bloomfield Road. A fairly miserable afternoon resulted in a 2-0 win for the Seasiders, with Kevin Gall missing a hat-trick of chances and Phil Jevons getting injured, resulting in the Glovers ending the game with 10 men.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2006 : Blackpool 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Blackpool.


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13 October 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 29 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in the Glovers Gold Bond draw for Week 29:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 29 : 13th October 2006
Yeovil Town F.C. (01935) 423662 (Ext 291)

£100 Winners
Monday B5343 Mrs C Spencer Over Compton, Sherborne
Tuesday B8710 Miss J Hargreave Westfield Grove, Yeovil
Wednesday A8179 Mrs A Greatbatch Lightgate Villas, South Petherton
Thursday A9330 Mrs Clark Bryants Avenue, Radstock
Friday D3039 Mrs Keirl Townsend Close, Bruton

£10 Consolation Prizes
A5343 Mrs R Jolley Bond Street, Houndstone
D5343 Mrs Tooze Burrough Street, Ash
A8710 Mr Bryant St Johns Road, Yeovil
C8710 Mr P Marsh Strode Road, Street
D8710 Mrs P Hookway St Johns Road, Yeovil
C8179 Mrs C Baker Wickham Way, Shepton Mallet
D8179 Mrs Elliott The Briars, Yeovil
E8179 Mrs Hunt Poynder Road, Corsham
B9330 Mrs E N White Church Street, Merriott
D9330 Mr C Rogers Crofton Park, Yeovil
A3039 Mrs D Sarginson Polham Lane, Somerton
B3039 Mr V S Gray Charlton Hawthorne, Sherborne
C3039 Mr M Dyer Remalard Court, Castle Cary
E3039 Mrs J Underhill Westland Road, Yeovil


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13 October 2006 : Slade Unimpressed By Cohen Rumours
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has poured cold water on local newspaper reports linking Glovers midfielder Chris Cohen with a move to Nottingham Forest. This week's Western Gazette both started - and ended - an apparent 'rumour' that Cohen was on his way to the City Ground. Yet this was worthy of a back-page headline and Slade has told BBC Radio Bristol that there was nothing in the rumours and claimed that such reports 'unsettle' players. Speaking to the radio station he explained:

"There is nothing to report. No-one has made a bid of any description or in any form. He is our player, and he is our player for the best part of a year and a half. Chris is enjoying his football, and it is only unsettling if people are writing about him with possibilities of him going here, there and somewhere else. We are happy with him, he is happy with being at Yeovil and really we need to move on from that."

Slade did admit that whilst his side stayed in the right half of the League One table, that football scouts would inevitably turn up and watch his players:

"The likes of Chrissy Cohen and maybe one or two other players in the side are going to attract interest from other clubs because we have been doing very well. That is absolutely inevitable. Yes, back in August there was a bit of interest in Chris Cohen and I'm sure that between now and January there are going to be lots of teams coming and watching him play."

The Yeovil boss also told today's Western Daily Press that he hoped that responding to the Gazette's 'rumours' would hopefully put an end to the matter and made it clear that he had no contact from the Forest camp in any shape or form since the match at Huish Park on September 9th:

"Once I've said that nothing is going to happen and he's staying here that should automatically settle things down. There's no substance to it because Forest haven't spoken to me since we played against them here and lost 1-0."

The Gazette have also incurred the wrath of numerous supporters this week for publishing a letter from two Devon-based supporters bizarrely criticising manager Russell Slade for having "no charisma" and for producing football that is "not entertaining - like watching paint dry", also claiming that "no major signings have been made". There ain't no pleasing some people!


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12 October 2006 : Away Kit Latest Update
The club have issued a latest update on the much-delayed away replica kit that commenced usage at the start of this season. Manufacturers Paulas Benara have stated that the raw kit is currently coming in from the Far East (Ciderspace believes the latest hold-up is due to it being halted through customs) where it will go to the UK Paulas Benara depot for logos to be put on the shirts.

The latest date being given is that the away kit will be available for purchase during the week commencing October 30th. In our opinion it is vital that Paulas Benara now hit this date. Not only is it in the week leading up to the likely capacity match against Bristol City, but it is also just before the club's FA Cup First Round tie, where if the club are drawn away from home they stand to make some significant sales ... provided of course the shirts arrive prior to the match itself. If Paulas Benara fail to make shirts available for those two games, then the club's ability to get the new shirt off the shelves will be rapidly diminished.


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12 October 2006 : Poole Is Role Model For Stockport
Stockport County manager Jim Gannon has stated that he considers Glovers midfielder David Poole to be a role model for some of his players at Edgeley Park. Poole agreed a month extension on his loan period with the League Two side earlier this week (see November 10th), and the Hatters have also received permission for Poole to play in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Macclesfield Town next week. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News Gannon explained:

"Although there will still be a 24-hour recall clause in the deal, Yeovil have agreed to let David stay with us for another month, and they are happy for him to play for us in Tuesdayís Johnstoneís Paint Trophy game at Macclesfield. Iím delighted to have David on board, a loan move here has been good for him and I know heís happy here."

Gannon felt that Poole had visibly improved his game since his arrival in the North-West, having seen very little first team action at Huish Park this season due to a bout of tonsilitus. Poole capped an improving month with his first goal for Stockport last weekend in their 2-0 win over Barnet. The Stockport boss explained:

"His spirits have definitely been lifted. David lacked a bit of match fitness in his first couple of games for us, but heís getting better and better all the time. Heís a lot sharper now, heís playing and training at a much higher tempo, and his work ethic is excellent. Heís been a role model for some of the other players at Stockport."

There is some slight disagreement over when Poole's second month loan spell ends. The Yeovil Town official site opts for November 13th as the end date, whilst Stockport's official site states November 10th. The date is significant as the FA Cup First Round takes place on the weekend of November 11th, and manager Russell Slade would need to make a decision on whether he would allow Poole to become cup-tied in that competition. Today's Western Daily Press believes no permission has been granted yet and Slade said of the deal:

"It's good for him and for us because I like my players to be playing competitive football. If he is needed here I can call him back at any time and he'll be match-fit."


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12 October 2006 : Guyett And Lindy Out Of Blackpool Trip
Central defender Scott Guyett and right-back Andy Lindegaard have both been ruled out of Saturday's trip to Blackpool, having sustained injuries during yesterday's 5-1 win over Weymouth in the Pontins Holiday Combination Reserves League.

As mentioned in yesterday's news Guyett, who was captaining the Reserve side, failed to last the first half period, and his problem is a hamstring strain. Lindegaard has suffered a reaction to his groin injury that he was undergoing rehabilitation from. Both are expected to be unavailable for at least the next week, and the absence of Guyett, who has not been used this season in the first team but has been a permanent fixture on the bench, will create a slight headache as he was acting as the main central-defensive cover for Terry Skiverton and Terrell Forbes.

Assistant manager Steve Thompson took charge of yesterday's Reserve Team game against Weymouth, and he explained the situation to the Western Daily Press after the game:

"It was a good run-out but unfortunately we have picked up a couple of injuries. Andy Lindegaard aggravated his groin again and Scott Guyett has tweaked his hamstring. That's one of the downsides but it can happen and we have done okay with injuries this year. We don't think either injury is serious but they will be enough to keep them out for Saturday's game although we're hoping they should be okay for the Saturday after. With Scott Guyett it is a blow because he has been on the bench recently and with Bradley Thomas out on loan (at Tamworth) we will be a bit short. Anthony Tonkin has played centre-half before but he is not a natural in that position."

The Glovers can not recall Bradley Thomas from his loan spell at Tamworth as it is considered to be a separate month's loan to the one he spent with the Lambs earlier this season. Anthony Tonkin has deputised as a centre-back in a 3-5-2 formation during his previous spell for the Glovers and so is the most likely possibility, although striker Daniel Webb has had a few games at the back for the Glovers in Reserve Team and pre-season matches and so is another option. Talking of Webb, Thommo has told the paper that he could have gone out on loan earlier in the season:

"There was one chance for Danny to go out on loan but we're not blessed with centre forwards at the moment so he will probably stay with us. It is always a possibility."

Thommo's son Daniel Thompson guested for the Glovers yesterday as a substitute, setting up Yeovil's 5th goal - the WDP say that Danny is currently playing for Sherborne Town this season, having been released from the Glovers Youth Team squad over the summer.


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11 October 2006 : Arron Misses Out On Welsh Selection Again
Yeovil Town midfielder Arron Davies has had another frustrating day in Cardiff today after training with the full Welsh squad, but again failing to make the final selection of players. Wales are playing Cyprus tonight and the following squad has been selected:

Wales: Price, Duffy, Gabbidon, Nyatanga, Bale, Morgan, Robinson, Koumas, Simon Davies, Bellamy, Earnshaw.
Subs: Brown, Crofts, Valentine, Parry, Ledley, Cotterill, Edwards.


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11 October 2006 : Thomas Nets Second For Tamworth
Yeovil Town defender Bradley Thomas netted his second goal for Nationwide Conference side Tamworth as he played his second game in his second loan spell in Staffordshire. Bradley scored with a close range header from a John McGrath corner as part of an impressive 4-2 victory over FA Trophy winners Grays Athletic. He got Tamworth's 4th goal of the night in the 50th minute that had put the Lambs 4-0 up until Grays hit back with two late goals.

Bradley played the whole 90 minutes, as did fellow Glover Gavin McCallum. Both players had late chances to add to Tamworth's goal tally but in the end they had to settle for a 4-2 win that leaves them in 19th place in the Nationwide Conference table.


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11 October 2006 : Glovers Show Gulf In Class
Yeovil Town Reserves clocked up their first Pontins Holiday Football Combination win of the 2006-07 season this afternoon in fine style as they thrashed non-league minnows Weymouth's Reserve side 5-1 at Huish Park. Bar a comeback goal from Chukki Eribenne at the start of the second half, the Dorset side barely had a look-in with goals being spread around the team.

The scoring opened midway through the first half when Anthony Barry set up Scott Guyett on the right wing and the Yeovil centre-back ran down the flank and delivered a cross for his defensive partner Gary Bowles who headed home. How often does one centre-back set up a goal for another centre-back in open play?

Daniel Webb, who has been in fine goalscoring form for the Reserves this season, was destined to get on the scoresheet against his former club, and it took him 30 minutes to do so, after Ishmael Welsh turned in a cross from the right wing allowing Webb to score with an excellent diving header.

That set things up comfortably at half time, with a 2-0 scoreline looking good value, with goalkeeper Darren Behcet only having to make one serious save during the first 45 minutes. However, the Yeovil defence still had their minds in the dressing rooms at the start of the second half, and a ball into their half was allowed to run unattended on the basis that it would run out of play. A Weymouth player kept the ball in play and delivered a right-wing cross that was converted by Chukki Eribenne, three minutes into the second period.

Yeovil responded well, wrapping up the game before it reached the hour mark. Once again, play initiated from the excellent Anthony Barry. His crossfield ball fell straight into the path of Ishmael Welsh out on the left wing. Welsh delivered a ball into the box, allowing Stephen Maher to volley the ball home first time from close range.

Four minutes later and it was 4-1. Anthony Barry (who else?) started the move with a ball over the top of the Weymouth defence and Danny Webb (who else?) added his second of the afternoon and his 6th goal for the Reserves this season by drawing out former Glovers keeper Jason Matthews and slotting the ball calmly home.

There was still time for more. Substitute Daniel Thompson, who last season played for the title-winning Youth Team, came on for Ishmael Welsh, and almost his first move was to cut inside from his left wing position and fire in a shot that Matthews could only parry, giving Tom Clarke a gift to make it an emphatic 5-1.

The only downside to an excellent afternoon was that skipper Scott Guyett withdrew from play just before the half time break for unknown reasons. Scott had not received any treatment and looked OK when he trotted off the pitch, so hopefully this was just precautionary. Defender Anthony Tonkin completed a full 90 minutes this afternoon, looking far more sharp and fit than he did during the Somerset Premier Cup match against Welton Rovers that saw him withdraw at half time feeling ill. Tonks lasted the match well, and so may now be considered to be ready for some first team involvement in the near future, following his recent spell of benchwarming.

Goals: Gary Bowles (1-0, 19 mins), Daniel Webb (2-0, 30 mins), Chukki Eribenne (2-1, 48 mins), Stephen Maher (3-1, 54 mins), Daniel Webb (4-1, 58 mins), Tom Clarke (5-1, 73 mins).

Line-Up: 13. Darren Behect, 2. Andy Lindegaard, 3. Anthony Tonkin, 4. Gary Bowles, 5. Scott Guyett, 6. Jake Smeeton, 7. Stephen Maher, 8. Anthony Barry, 9. Daniel Webb, 10. Tom Clarke, 11. Ishmael Welsh.

Subs: 12. Phil Ormrod (38 mins for Guyett), 14. Danny O'Brien (59 mins for Lindegaard), 15. Daniel Thompson (71 mins for Ishmael Welsh).


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11 October 2006 : Yeovil Town Reserves vs Wemouth Reserves Match Preview
Yeovil Town Reserves take on their Weymouth counterparts later today at Huish Park, in a Pontins Holiday Combination match that kicks off at 2.00pm.

Admission is via the Yeovil College Stand only and admission is free for season ticket holders. For non-season ticket holders, adults are charged 2 pounds, whilst concessions are available at one pound.

Right-back Andy Lindegaard will hope to be using this game as a means to make his comeback, although he has had a couple of aborted comebacks following a groin injury sustained up in Tranmere back in August.

Elsewhere, the five substitutes from the Cheltenham Town game should be selected to allow Anthony Barry, Anthony Tonkin, Ishmael Welsh, Scott Guyett and Daniel Webb the chance to get 90 minutes. Darren Behcet will play in goal, whilst youngsters Tom Clarke, Stephen Maher, Craig Alcock and Jake Smeeton should also all feature. Youth Team captain Gary Bowles has also been a regular in the Reserves this season, and he should play in the game at some stage.


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10 October 2006 : Gray Wants To Cut Out The Late Defeats
Yeovil Town striker Wayne Gray has admitted his frustration at seeing the Glovers concede a late goal on Friday night to Cheltenham Town that condemned Yeovil to their first defeat in five games. Gray has highlighted the fact that this was the second game where Yeovil had turned a draw into a defeat right at the death. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game he explained:

"This has happened to us a couple of times now - Nottingham Forest was one and now this one. Obviously we'd like to avoid it, but maybe that's the difference between being here and being the next step higher. Hopefully we can learn from that - it is a long season. At the end of the day it is not a sprint - it is a marathon and hopefully we can stay near the top all season and get our just rewards at the end."

Gray has also echoed manager Russell Slade's post-match comments that he feels that teams are now respecting Yeovil Town a lot more in League One and are coming with tactics to try and stifle the Glovers with the end target of looking to come away with a 0-0 draw. Gray believes that is as a direct result of the Glovers' recent form:

"Sometimes when you've won four back-to-back games and you're a couple of places higher, some teams will set out their stall to try and get a point and it is hard to break them down and I felt that is what Cheltenham did in the first half. In the second half we gave a bit more but we didn't have enough, and they managed to nick a goal on the back post in the last few minutes. That's what happens, but hopefully we can pick ourselves up from that and go and get all three points next week. The teams near the top of the league obviously always get a little bit more respect. But obviously Yeovil, in comparison to a lot of the other teams are a bit smaller. So they will give us some respect which means they will try harder and that makes it harder for us because we have got to try harder. So every game is a hard game and there are no easy games in this league. We have got to go out there and try and win as many as possible."


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10 October 2006 : Poole Loan Extended
Yeovil Town winger David Poole has extended his loan spell with Stockport County according to their official site. Following his first two matches that saw him struggling to complete the full 90 minutes, Poole has since played in the whole 90 minutes of all Hatters games since, proving that he is now restoring himself to full match fitness with the League Two side.

David scored his first goal for Stockport last Saturday in a 2-0 win over Barnet and he has now had his loan spell at Edgeley Park extended until November 10th. Perhaps significantly that is the day before FA Cup First Round day, suggesting that the Glovers are looking to take a view on the situation closer to the time before they weigh up the pros and cons of allowing Poole to play in the competition for the Hatters.


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10 October 2006 : Officials For Blackpool Match
Saturday's match at Bloomfield Road will see Nigel Miller of County Durham take charge. To our knowledge, we've only seen Mr Miller on one previous occasion, and that was a scrappy messy performance up at Rochdale in October 2004 (not that the Glovers were much above his standards that night).

Mr Miller will be assisted by Iain Siddall (Lancashire) and William Smallwood (Cheshire). The fourth official is Andy Newell (Lancashire).

Dowdy Displays: Lucky old Chesterfield and Swansea City will enjoy the presence of Premiership standard (cough, splutter - Ed) referee Phil Dowd at Saltergate on Saturday. Do enjoy!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Blackpool.

Link: Rochdale 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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10 October 2006 : Blackpool Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that tickets for the Glovers' trip to the seaside on Saturday 14th October are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. They will be available until Thursday 5.00pm from Huish Park and on the day from Bloomfield Road.

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

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

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Blackpool.


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10 October 2006 : Rail Engineering Works For Chesterfield Game
National Rail are planning engineering works in the Chesterfield area for the weekend of Yeovil Town's trip to Saltergate on Saturday 28th October. The end result will be that there will be no trains stopping in Chesterfield on the day, with bus replacement services operating between Derby and Sheffield.

The full details from the National Rail website are as follows:

Engineering work between Derby and Chesterfield on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 2006

Start date: Saturday 28 October 2006
End date: Sunday 29 October 2006
TOC/s Affected: Central Trains, Midland Mainline, Virgin Trains

Description:

Central Trains services between Liverpool and Norwich/Cambridge will operate between Liverpool and Nottingham and between Nottingham and Norwich/Cambridge. Services will not call at Chesterfield. Central will provide road transport between Chesterfield and Alfreton and advise to use other TOC's replacement road transport between Chesterfield and Sheffield

Midland Mainline services will be unable to call at Chesterfield with road transport in operation between Sheffield - Chesterfield - Derby

Virgin Trains services are diverted to not call at Chesterfield extending journey times by up to 60 minutes. A replacement road transport will operate between Derby and Chesterfield.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Chesterfield.


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9 October 2006 : Rovers Had Chased Hodges For A Long Time
Bristol Rovers Director of Football Lennie Lawrence has admitted that his club have been looking to sign up former Glovers assistant manager Kevin Hodges for some time. The implication is that Kevin's contractual situation at Huish Park prevented him from moving up the A37 a lot sooner than Lawrence had intended. Speaking to the Bristol Rovers Official Site, Lawrence explained the situation and Kevin's new role:

"We have been trying to get Kevin in for a long time, and we've finally managed it now. He left Yeovil at the end of last season which was a complicated situation, but it's all been resolved now and we're delighted to have him here. Kevin will be in charge of the reserve team, because that is mainly youth players and those under the age of 21, and he will oversee all other aspects at the club on the youth side. He will also help me and Trolls (manager Paul Trollope) in training and with the first team from time to time, and his experience will be utilised in all areas of the club, although it's mainly a youth brief."

Kevin held a Youth development position with the Somerset FA prior to joining Yeovil Town as well as managing Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United and Clevedon Town and Lawrence believes he has inherited a person with plenty to offer his club:

"He is a good manager of players, a good coach, he can deal with first team players in the reserve team because he's been there, and all these things are important. And he can also work with youngsters, to get the best out of them from an early age. We are very happy with the centre of excellence we have here and with Stewart Naughton, but Kevin will have his own ideas and he can use his knowledge to tweak things for the benefit of the club. The short of it is, this club has got to produce its own youth players, it has got to. It hasn't done it for too many years now, and we are throwing a lot of resources at it. The centre of excellence isn't bad, and we now look like we have one or two youngsters that might break in, but we really do have to get serious about producing a continued stream of talented young footballers and getting a production line in place. If we don't do this then we will never do anything. We will keep bringing other League Two players in and not move anywhere. This is an appointment with the future of the football in mind, short-term and long-term, and we're delighted that Kevin is now in place to help Bristol Rovers move forward."


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9 October 2006 : Hodges Teams Up With Rovers
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Kevin Hodges has finally come off the payroll at Huish Park following the decision to remove him from his duties back in May 2006. Hodges has been on gardening leave since then, and had also been given notice of the club's intention to not renew his contract with the Glovers.

Kevin was formally unveiled as assistant manager to Steve Thompson on October 10th 2005, having signed a contract a day or two earlier. It is therefore safe to assume that Yeovil Town have had to honour his contract in full and that with that 12 month period fulfilled that Kevin has now been able to find an alternative position.

That position is entitled Head Of Youth at League Two side Bristol Rovers, although in practice Kevin has said that his role will encompass far more than that - taking charge of Reserve Team games as well as providing First Team coaching at the Memorial Stadium.

Ciderspace would like to thank Kevin for his short stay in Somerset and his efforts in keeping the Glovers in League One last season and hope his stay at the Memorial Stadium is a more lengthy and stable one. More reaction to this will follow shortly.


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9 October 2006 : Respect For Glovers Snuffed Out Play
Glovers boss Russell Slade believes League One oppositions are now respecting Yeovil a great deal more than they were at the start of this season. The Glovers were one of the favourites for relegation in the eyes of most bookies, yet 13 games into the season, it is the other end of the table that Yeovil are threatening the most. As such, Slade told the Western Morning News that there is a different attitude beginning to form when teams play Yeovil, with the tactics more for stifling Slade's side than the more open football opposition sides were showing earlier in the season. Certainly that tactic was out on display during Friday night's 0-1 home defeat against Cheltenham Town:

"We are finding that teams are trying to do a job on us. They are looking at Yeovil a little bit more seriously and deciding what way to go in terms of combating what we have to offer. We won't change the way we play, but it means we have got to be alert to situations and be resilient when things aren't going according to plan and at times (against Cheltenham, on Friday), they didn't."

Slade admitted that introducing substitute Ishmael Welsh hadn't worked quite the way he wanted it to, and said that there was a fine balance between going for all three points and conceding a late goal when pushing men forward. Slade said of the pros and cons of introducing Welsh as a substitute:

"There are two things there, there is the risk element defensively and the prospect of getting a goal from getting a cross. He got crosses in, but we didn't get any goals and if you remember, it was him that gave a sloppy ball away in our half which led to a corner, which led to problems, which led to the goal, so defensively he needs to learn. But you take a risk as a manager, he has a lot to offer, he's a young boy and hopefully, he will still learn."

But Slade also felt that, bar Paul Terry, his midfield trio were poor on the night, citing that Chris Cohen and Jean-Paul Kalala had failed to deal with Cheltenham's methods of trying to close down any space the Glovers had on the ball:

"For Chrissy, that was probably his most uneventful game this season and the Frenchman, JP Kalala was ineffective. There were one or two snuffed out of the game and that's disappointing from our point of view."

The Yeovil boss tried to change things at half time, pushing Wayne Gray up front to partner Marcus Stewart after the former Southend man had looked slightly uncomfortable playing as a right-winger. Slade believed the swap to a 4-4-2 formation had the desired effect, certainly at the start of the second period:

"Going forward we looked better, for sure. It helps Wayne Gray and we couldn't be any worse than we were in the first period I don't think, so there is that to take into account. But by the same token, I thought their two front lads came into the game a little bit more whereas in the first period, I don't think they were in the game particularly because they were being screened by Paul Terry. In the second period, they started to get hold of the ball, which allowed their back four to get up and they were looking to hit us a ittle bit more on the counter, so that gave them a better chance as well. We are very disappointed with the performance, but my point tonight is that we still have to try and get something out of the game when things are not going so well. We should have settled for a 0-0 and sometimes, that is what you have to do."


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9 October 2006 : City Sell November Allocation
Bristol City have confirmed today that they have entirely sold their 1,560 allocation of tickets for their trip to Huish Park on November 4th 2006. Tickets did not even reach General Sale, with their season ticket holders snapping up all available spaces.

This match is an ALL TICKET game and we suspect that with City having sold their allocation, on this occasion it will remain so. Tickets for home areas are being sold from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the 'Premium' rate (i.e. add four pounds to all standard pre-match prices with the exception of Under 16s and Junior Glovers).

Link: 2006-07 Huish Park Ticket Prices Information.


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9 October 2006 : BBC Radio Interviews For Cheltenham Match
The BBC Radio interviews conducted by reporter Alistair Durden following Friday night's 0-1 defeat against Cheltenham Town are now on-line on the BBC Somerset Sound website. Alistair interviews manager Russell Slade and striker Wayne Gray, talking to both about the match.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound Yeovil Town Audio Archive.


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8 October 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Youth Team vs Plymouth Argyle
A Ciderspace Match Report for Saturday's 5-1 win over Plymouth Argyle for Yeovil Town's Under 18s side is now on-line.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town U18s 5 Plymouth Argyle U18s 1.


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8 October 2006 : Ward Pleased With 'Calm' Football
Cheltenham Town manager John Ward believed his side won Friday night's game against Yeovil Town by being level-headed as the game drew to a close. Cheltenham had been under pressure for much of the second period, but with two minutes remaining John Melligan netted the winner with a diving header from a Mickey Bell cross. Speaking after the game, Ward explained:

"It was a piece of calm football in a hectic spell. Mickey Bell got the ball on the left and was very calm as he got a cross in to the far post. We have worked on getting John Melligan to get on the end of those crosses and he was at the far post to head it in. Naturally I'm thrilled because this was the result we wanted against a very good footballing side who are on a winning run themselves. To be fair I have a good lot of lads here and although we have lost six in a row we have not always played badly. Even before we scored the signs were there that we might do it. We had a lot of the play earlier and Steve Guinan was unlucky with a header that hit the post just before the goal."

Cheltenham had lost six games in a row until they got their win at Huish Park and Ward felt it was a just reward after missing out in other games:

"This is will give everyone at the club a lift and it is great for the supporters who have seen us suffer. I am delighted for them and the directors because it would have been easy for us to feel sorry for ourselves, but we have stayed strong and this is maybe a reward for some of the other games, which we came away from empty-handed. We worked exceptionally hard and we were strong in the last 15 or 20 minutes, particularly and it was a great time to score."

Cheltenham might not have come away with all three points, if goalkeeper Scott Brown had not been alert to a Paul Terry low drive deep into second half injury time, and Ward recognised the importance of that parried save:

"It was a save any goalkeeper would have been delighted with. It was the only save he had to make and that shows that we restricted Yeovil to a very limited number of chances. We were very strong down the middle of the team and Marcus Stewart, who is a quality striker, did not have much room at all. We can now look forward to a home game against Doncaster Rovers and the confidence will be back after working so hard to keep ourselves together during this run."

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 0 Cheltenham Town 1.


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8 October 2006 : Marcus Loses Out On Player Of The Month
Glovers striker Marcus Stewart has lost out in the September 2006 Player Of The Month award for League One. Marcus was nominated for the award after scoring three times and providing four assists for other Yeovil goals, but was overlooked when the winner was announced on Sky Sports.

Oldham Athletic's Chris Porter finished third, whilst Bristol City midfielder Scott Brown was the runner-up. But Crewe Alexandra striker Nicky Maynard was given the nod with the youngster having scored four times during the calendar month and nine times overall.


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8 October 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
The Ciderspace match report for Friday night's 0-1 home defeat against Cheltenham Town is now available in full.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 0 Cheltenham Town 1.


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8 October 2006 : International Frustration For Arron
Despite being called up into the full Welsh international squad Yeovil Town midfielder Arron Davies did not make the final selection for yesterday's 1-5 home defeat against Slovakia at the Millennium Stadium. Arron does have a second possible bite of the cherry on Wednesday when Wales take on Cyprus at the same venue, and with the severity of the home defeat, it is quite possible that manager John Toshack may ring the changes on the back of the worst defeat for Wales on home soil for 98 years.


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7 October 2006 : Glovers Lost Their Discipline
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade believes his side lost their shape and discipline during the latter stages of Friday night's match against Cheltenham Town and he believed that was responsible for the Gloucestershire side coming away with all three points. Speaking to the Western Daily Press after the game he explained:

"We didn't play in the first half. We did a lot better in the second period and had three decent chances and were a little bit unlucky. If we had done what we should have done before half-time we might have created three more and got something out of it. Towards the end we lost our shape and discipline a bit but it was very disappointing to give away that goal. When things aren't going well you need to dig in and get something out of it even if it means settling for a 0-0 draw."

Slade also felt that Yeovil's new lofty league position is also a factor in how teams are seeing the Glovers. Cheltenham came to Huish Park with an attitude of trying to stifle their opponents and to wind the clock down even whilst the game was at 0-0 and Slade felt that he saw that kind of attitude during last week's 2-1 win at Brentford:

"We are finding that it's a bit like Brentford last week. Teams are trying to do a job on us and are taking Yeovil a bit more seriously and are looking to combat what we have to offer. We have got to be alert to situations and to be resilient when things aren't going to plan. At times tonight they didn't. We were much better in the second period up until the last ten minutes when we were so desperate to get that winning goal we left ourselves a bit vulnerable and lost a bit of discipline. You have got to give Cheltenham some credit, they set their stall out to stop us playing and they didn't offer too much going forward up until the last ten minutes."


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7 October 2006 : Poole Nets For Hatters
Yeovil Town winger David Poole netted the opening goal in Stockport County's 2-0 win over Barnet this afternoon. Poole, who is on loan to the Hatters for a month to regain his match fitness, scored his first goal for the Cheshire side after he followed up Tes Bramble's parried shot on 31 minutes. The win saw Stockport climb up to 19th in League Two.

Gavin McCallum and Bradley Thomas commenced their second loan spell with Conference side Tamworth with a 0-0 draw against Stafford Rangers. McCallum had one of the best chances for the home side, forcing Stafford keeper Danny Alcock into a strong save during the early stages but neither side could break the deadlock. Tamworth ended the day in 20th place as they continue their gradual climb up the table.

To our knowledge, goalkeeper Danny Barker did not play for Clyst Rovers today. The FA Vase interrupted the majority of the Toolstation League programme and unless Clyst managed to rearrange a fixture at short notice, they were left without a game.


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7 October 2006 : Back-To-Back Wins For Youths
After a slow start to the season with four losses Yeovil Town U18 have now put two comprehensive wins together, with a 5-1 demolition of Plymouth Argyle U18 to follow their 4-1 victory over Bristol Rovers U18 last week (see News page 2nd October).

Apart from a ten minute spell in the second half the home team pretty much dominated the match from first to last, as the scoreline would suggest, and at times it was virtually one way traffic after the Glovers got their noses in front with a first time conversion by Phil Ormrod of a Dan O'Brien cross.

Liam Hoarder added a brace each side of the break, the second a comedy goal in which the Argyle keeper's throw out hit the back of a defender and bounced to Hoarder who could casually head into an empty net. Tom Clarke got a fourth with a long run climaxing in a shot drilled from the edge of the box, before the visitors finally got a little spell of pressure together that saw them get one back from the penalty spot. However the Glovers still weren't done, and Gary Bowles rose at the back post to head home a corner and make the result a conclusive 5-1.

The Glovers thus secured their first points in the Puma Youth Alliance Cup South Section group matches this season at the third attempt.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18 5-1 Plymouth Argyle U18.

Line-Up: 1. John Steele 2. Jamie Morgan 3. James Hatcher 4. Tom Clarke 5. Harry Sherwood 6. Gary Bowles (Capt) 7. Danny O'Brien 8. Greg Taafe 9. Phil Ormrod 10. Liam Hoarder 11. Matt Concliffe.

Subs: 17. Lee Bailey 13. Peter Burridge (70 mins for John Steele) 15. Joe Hastie (70 mins for Greg Taafe) 16. Ren Turnock (70 mins for Danny O'Brien)


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7 October 2006 : Dowdy Display
Cheltenham Town ended their woeful run of six consecutive defeats with a deserved 0-1 away win at Huish Park after JJ Melligan headed the winner two minutes from time courtesy of a Mickey Bell cross.

Cheltenham largely dominated proceedings, and moments prior to the goal the visitors twice hit the woodwork. Brian Wilson was first to find the crossbar with a cracking shot from 25-yards before Steve Guinan saw his header rebound of the post, the follow-up denied by a remarkable block by Yeovilís Steve Mildenhall.

The Robins ought to have gone into the half-time interval a goal in front having come close to scoring through a David Bird effort shortly after the half-hour mark, before Yeovil had even registered a shot on target.

Russell Sladeís men knew that they must up their game if they were going to gain a point, let alone grab all three, and the Glovers immediately responded positively to the half-time team talk. Wayne Gray immediately found the woodwork after Marcus Stewart provided the cross before a stretching Chris Cohen could only direct a JP Kalala ball agonisingly wide of the goal. Captain Terry Skiverton later had his header cleared off the line but his side were unable to salvage a point to a Cheltenham side struggling in recent weeks.

As seems to be a pattern, the appearance of a Premiership referee, Phil Dowd in this instance, saw a further drop is the standard of officiating, but in truth it was a lack lustre performance by the home side over the balance of the ninety minutes and they got what they deserved: nothing.

Final score: Yeovil Town 0-1 Cheltenham Town

Attendance: 6,220

[George Murray]

A full match report will appear when our roving reporter finally gets home - dirty stop out!


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6 October 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Cheltenham Town 1
Form team on four straight victories meets out of form team that couldn't win a raffle if it bought all the tickets, so only one outcome: the Robins took it with a late header from John Melligan on 88 minutes. The Yeovil Town part of the 6,220 didn't even have the scant consolation of an entertaining game - poor fare in truth. You can vote for your MOTM and contribute what comments you can muster here:

YTFC Man of the Match v Cheltenham Town


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6 October 2006 : Captain Gill Sets Sights On A Happy Return
Cheltenham Town's stand-in captain Jerry Gill is hoping that his side can reverse their losing streak at Huish Park tonight that has seen them defeated in their last six matches.

Gill has of course been back to Huish Park in the past since he left the Glovers in 1996, but this will be the first time he will have captained the opposition on his return. Now a 36-year-old, he was part of the ICIS League winning squad that started Yeovil Town's rise up through the pyramid, before leaving at the end of the season to join Birmingham City for £30,000.

He captains tonight's side because of the suspension of club captain John Finnigan, who serves the last of a three game ban tonight, and Gill wants to go out with a bang. Speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo he explained:

"It's a local derby and there certainly won't be any sentiment from me. I am looking forward to it and I will be going back and trying to lead the team to three points. Gill has fond memories of his time at Yeovil and is looking forward to renewing acquaintances at Huish Park. When you go back to any club you have had success with, it's nice to see some old faces. Hopefully I can get a good reception too because I gave my all for the club and we got promoted when I was there. It was one of the most successful seasons I have had in my career. I scored 16 goals and picked up an England semi-professional cap against the Republic of Ireland. It all culminated in a move to Birmingham City and it was one of those years that snowballed and everything went well. "I think the derby atmosphere under the floodlights will help to make it a high tempo game and we will try to upset them a little bit. They have always been a good team to watch. Marcus Stewart has hit some form down there, but we are looking forward to the test."


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6 October 2006 : Youth Team Venue Switch
Yeovil Town's Youth Team match against Plymouth Argyle will take place on Westlands pitch in Bunford Lane and not the usual Huish Park Top Pitch location. Kick-off is 11.00am and admission is free.


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6 October 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Cheltenham Town tonight at Huish Park in a match that could take the Glovers temporarily level top of League One, and outright top of the division if you can believe in the idea of four goal victories even before a game has kicked off. The two sides go into the game in contrasting form - Yeovil have won their last four, whilst Cheltenham have lost five games in a row, and six if you count their Carling Cup exit at the hands of West Bromwich Albion.

Although the form book undoubtedly points to a home win, matches tagged as local derbies tend to go against the grain, and of course the Glovers have to be careful that the sudden air of expectancy around Huish Park does not result in them ending up with egg on their faces. Certainly in speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Glovers boss Russell Slade is making cautious noises:

"It's been a remarkable start, but that's all that it is - a good start. Suspensions and injuries haven't kicked in yet. From that point of view I've been able to put out a fairly consistent side and that helps. The players - both the new and the old - have gelled remarkably well together. I think that above all, the one word that sums it all up, is that we have got attitude. We have got the attitude to work, to concentrate and to keep the discipline of the game plan. People know their jobs and that has all led to the performances."

Slade has just Andy Lindegaard definitely missing out tonight, after he failed to make a comeback from a groin injury during the midweek County Cup match against Welton Rovers. However, doubts remain over striker Lee Morris who missed last weekend's win at Brentford with a slight hamstring strain. He is being given a fitness test this morning but is rated as borderline. Fellow striker Daniel Webb though has been given the green light after coming through the midweek County Cup match without any ill-effects on his ankle. Left-back Anthony Tonkin came off feeling ill during that game, but is still expected to feature in tonight's squad. Midfielder Arron Davies is on Welsh international duty though and will be preparing for tomorrow's game in Cardiff.

For Cheltenham boss John Ward, he has wider problems. Midfielder Grant McCann is also on international duty, whilst his first choice partner and captain John Finnigan is suspended following a recent sending off. Shane Higgs (shoulder), defender Jamie Victory (groin), strikers Damian Spencer (knee), Ashley Vincent (knee) and Steven Gillespie (fibula) along with Shane Duff (Achilles) are all reported as being out of the game. Gillespie and Duff are both back in training but the Gloucester press are predicting that tonight will be too soon for a recall.

The game has an unusual twist to it in that it will be the first meeting between Slade and Ward since they crossed swords in the League Two Playoff Final when Slade's former club Grimsby Town lost out to Cheltenham. As it happens, both managers got promoted in their own way and Ward said of Slade's appointment:

"Russell has moved a long way from Grimsby down to Yeovil, but he has done extremely well. I had an inkling that he was going to leave after our match at the Millennium Stadium. You have to make certain decisions and I made one not to go and he made one to go. He is a good appointment for Yeovil and they have selected a good guy to go in there and work."

Speaking of his club's current fortunes that have seen a promising start to their first League One season be followed by a nasty slide down the table to their current 20th position:

"We're destined to get a win at some stage the way we are playing. We will try hard to win the game and if we get one or two breaks we have not been getting recently, we might just get something."


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6 October 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that for tonight's match against Cheltenham Town, the two pound surcharge normally imposed for purchases on the day of the game will NOT apply. The tariffs for the 'Pre-Match Day Tickets' will be in force for this game only. To view the prices for tonight's game head to our Ticketing Page.

Link: 2006-07 Huish Park Ticketing Information.


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6 October 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 28 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in the Glovers Gold Bond draw for this week:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 28 : 6th October 2006
Yeovil Town F.C. (01935) 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday D8380 Mr Rackham, Mulcheney Way, Yeovil
Tuesday A1673 Mrs Hodges Millbrook Gardens, Castle Cary
Wednesday B5252 Mr L E Rowswell Hitchen, Merriott
Thursday A8947 Mrs J Clements St Johns Road, Yeovil
Friday B6837 June Silman West End Court, South Petherton

£10 Consolation Prizes
A8380 Mrs M Wall Monks Dale, Yeovil
C8380 Mr W Hogg Burroughes Avenue, Yeovil
B1673 Mr P Sibley Court Close, Bradpole
C1673 Mrs T Greenslade Charles Road, Yeovil
D1673 Mr T E Long Welling Close, South Chard
E1673 Mr B Gosney Bond Street, Yeovil
A5252 Mrs S Slade Springfield Road, Yeovil
C5252 Mr J Brewer Neatham Road, Yeovil
D5252 Mr D J Cox East Street, Martock
B8947 J Hillier Westfield Avenue, Yeovil
D8947 Mrs L Hardacre Larkspur Crescent, Yeovil
E8947 Mrs S Pitcher Westfield Place, Yeovil
A6837 Mrs J Perkins Hillbourne Gardens, Yeovil
C6837 Mrs V Stones Beech Grove, Somerton
D6837 Nikki Gosney Monmouth Road, Yeovil


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5 October 2006 : Minehead Cup Date Set
Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup trip to Minehead Town for the Second Round clash has now been set. It will take place at the Recreation Ground in Irnham Road on Tuesday 21st November with a 7.45pm kick-off.


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5 October 2006 : Thomas and McCallum off again
No sooner had they arrived and they had departed once more. After appearing in the Somerset Premier Cup victory against Welton Rovers on Tuesday night, Glovers duo Bradley Thomas and Gavin McCallum have returned to Tamworth on another month's loan.

When the initial loan spell from September expired, manager Russell Slade took the opportunity to have a look for himself at the two players, having been unable to monitor their progress too closely at the Conference club. Both featured in the Somerset Premier Cup match, and after what he saw, Slade was happy to allow the pair to head back for a further month's loan spell. As they were effectively recalled from the first month's loan when it expired, this next month is a totally new and seperate deal from the first, and therefore the club are unable to recall the players for their services at any time during the spell.

We wish both Gavin and Bradley the best of luck as they continue to gain experience with the Staffordshire side.

[Chris Medland]


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5 October 2006 : Capital Glovers Arrange First Social Meeting
The newly formed Capital Glovers have arranged their first social event to take place in two weeks time. Organiser Seb White describes the plans for the evening as follows:

"The first meeting of the 'Capital Glovers' will be held at 7:30pm on Thursday 19th October at The Freemasons Arms in Covent Garden. The pub is very easy to find as its at 81-82 Long Acre and a minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. It is an ideal setting as it was where the FA was set up in 1863 (for more information on that check this article). Hopefully our organisation will be more proactive and less cumbersome than the FA, and that we'll have more inspiring members than Graham Kelly and Bert Millichip!

It will be a good opportunity for all of us to meet up, chat about all things Yeovil and also to discuss very much 'informally' what people would like the Capital Glovers to be and to do. If you could let us know if you will/won't be able to attend it would be much appreciated, because we may be able to move into one of the meeting rooms upstairs.

There should be 'Capital Glovers' badges and quite possibly some t-shirts for sale, I'll have more details on that in the near future. That and other news will be posted on our website www.capitalglovers.com, which should be up and running very soon.

One of the things that we'd like to do is to arrange travel to matches be it through lift shares or trains. A few of us are discussing the possibility of going to the Bristol City game on November 4th by train from London Waterloo. You can get Group Saver discounts which if more than 4 people go work out as £16.95 per person for a day return. Plan is to get the 9:20 arrives 11:33 and to get the 18:20 or the 19:20 back. If anyone is interested in joining us let us know as soon as possible.

Anyway, I hope that you can make it to that first meeting of the Capital Glovers, and lets hope that Russell and the boys keep up the good work on the pitch."

If you are thinking of attending then drop an email to Seb at info@capitalglovers.com or alternatively drop an email to Ciderspace on the usual email address. We can obviously help with introductions or meeting points offline. If you don't know any of us and you live in the London area, now is a perfect time to make yourself known!


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5 October 2006 : Three's A Crowd
Following on from Tuesday night's extra time victory over Welton Rovers in the Somerset Premier Cup, Glovers manager Russell Slade has spoken to BBC Somerset Sound about the positions of the three Sheffield United players who had been trialing at the club, and featured in the match. Despite encouraging reports on midfielder James Ashmore, Russell confirmed he had seen enough for now and was allowing all three to return to the Yorkshire club, with Ryan Gyaki and Colin Marrison also going home.

Speaking to the station Slade said: "They did OK but we are not going to look for a loan or signing at this moment in time."

With Kevin Cooper and Marcus Stewart on the wage bill at present as loan signings, it was unlikely that a gamble would be taken on an unknown quantity when it comes to league football experience, and it seems that Slade is only looking to bring in players who are able to come in and improve the side.

[Chris Medland]


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5 October 2006 : Capital Glovers Emulate First Team
Yeovil Town's Capital Glovers, representing London and South-East supporters, clocked up their second win since joining the London City Power 5-A-Side League this season. Capital Glovers regular (is that possible after two matches?) Will Ranner has provided the following report (although if he tells you about his goal again, just nod politely) ...

Date: Wednesday 4th October, 6.25pm
League: London City Power League Division 4
Result: Capital Glovers 6 Hang the Goalie 5


Capital Glovers captain/manager/secretary/tea lady Seb White selected an unchanged line up going into their second match in Division 4. A lack of pre-season meant that the three rolling subs were going to be crucial to the Glovers' chances of success. Official photographer Martin 'Badger' Baker (Who is he? - Ed) was on hand to capture the action and no doubt photos will follow.

Perhaps caught napping early doors, the Glovers found themselves two goals down, well and truly with the run of play as general sloppiness at the back cost the boys dear. White was caught hopelessly out of position for the second and Ranner deemed his performance worthy of substitution straght after the second goal. Both would turn their performances around and become heroes as the game wore, on.

The sub seemed to do the trick as the boys from Somerset became more cohesive, developing a fine passing game. By half time, after several more rolling changes the Glovers held a confident 4-3 lead with two sublime goals from Gough and cheeky finishes from Lever and Hartley.

The second half proved to be more attritional, with few clear cut chances and Yeovil seemingly spurred on by the performance of the senior team at Brentford, digging deep to stay in the game. It was a struggle to contain the opposition #8 and #4 as they displayed constant threats with their pace and skill, but sturdy defending prevailed.

The Glovers remained ragged at the back - conceding an equaliser, before from nowhere Ranner blasted them back into the lead from long range: A goal surely inspired by the weekend's Premier League action and which will be talked about for years to come (Ciderspace wonders who will be doing the most talking about it?).

A further equaliser was conceded before a sublime finish from Inkelaar (T) off the angle of post and bar without stepping into the area sealed another fine victory.

Doubtless there will be sterner tests to come, but rest assured as the season wears on the Capital Glovers will be up for the challenge!

Team: Seb White (c, GK), Dan Britton, Matt Lever, Tom Inkelaar, Jon Hartley, Will Ranner, Phil Inkelaar, Bryan Gough

Goals: Gough 2, Lever, Inkelaar (T), Hartley, Ranner

Top Scorers: Hartley 3, Gough 2, Inkelaar (T) 2, Britton 2, Ranner 1, Lever 1, Inkelaar (P) 1 (1 pen).


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5 October 2006 : Barker Out On Loan
For those who were scratching their heads, wondering why goalkeeper Danny Barker wasn't on the bench for Tuesday night's Somerset Premier Cup match - it transpires that he was put out on loan two weeks ago. Danny is playing for Clyst Rovers who play in the First Division of the Toolstation League - effectively the Western League that Glovers fans will recall Yeovil Town Reserves competing in up until the First Team's promotion to the Football League.

Clyst Rovers have had a fairly miserable season and currently lie in a second from bottom position with 31 goals conceded in 9 games. Only two of those goals though took place with Danny between the sticks - two 1-0 defeats at Shrewton United and Hengrove Athletic, which would put his loan spell as having commenced just before September 23rd. Danny has been put on loan at the Devon side to help him get in match practice this season whilst he recovers from last season's injuries that saw him fracture both wrists.


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5 October 2006 : Russell In Narrow Escape!
Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws has been given the honour of the September 2006 League One Manager Of The Month award. As predicted by Ciderspace earlier in the week, Laws was the 'safe' option given that his side had the best record in the league for the month of September, winning five games out of seven and conceding just two goals.

The award has a reputation as a "poisoned chalice" so perhaps it is good news that Glovers boss Russell Slade was merely nominated for the award, rather than won it!


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4 October 2006 : Glovers Beat Off Cooper Interest
Stockport County boss Jim Gannon has revealed that he tried to sign midfielder Kevin Cooper on loan at the time that the Cardiff City player made the decision to come to Huish Park. The League Two side have also revealed that the Glovers' local rivals Bristol Rovers also lost out when Cooper, who counts Stockport as one of his former clubs, temporarily left South Wales to regain his match fitness. Gannon told the Manchester Evening News:

"We were made aware that Kevin was available for loan and there was talk about him going to Bristol Rovers so we saw an golden opportunity to lure him to a League Two side. But we will keep working on bringing in quality players."

Gannon has still managed to benefit from Yeovil Town's movement in the loan market. Glovers winger David Poole is currently four games into a month loan deal with the Hatters and during that time he has started all four games. During the first two he was substituted midway through the second half, though in the latter two he has managed to play the whole 90 minutes, suggesting his match fitness is now building up well. Stockport have won two and lost two during Poole's spell with them and will play in at least two more games before his loan spell is up.


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4 October 2006 : Ward Gets Belated Chance Of Stewart Reunion
The manager of Friday night's visitors Cheltenham Town has admitted that he tried to sign Yeovil Town's on-loan striker Marcus Stewart, but missed out by a matter of days. John Ward is currently without strikers Ashley Vincent and Steven Gillespie and needed new blood to bolster his thinning squad. However, the manager who worked with Stewart as a youngster whilst at Bristol Rovers found out that he had only just missed the boat. Speaking to today's Western Daily Press Ward explained:

"Unfortunately I missed getting Marcus by two days. When I called Gary Johnson about Marcus' availability he told me the club has just agreed a deal to let Marcus go to Yeovil Town. If Steven Gillespie or Ashley Vincent had got injured earlier then I might have had a chance but my timing was off! I'm sure we would have had a good chance of getting Marcus but I'm pleased to see him scoring goals for Yeovil. Marcus Stewart is a very good player who is doing very well for Yeovil. I'm not sure how things happened at Bristol City but sometimes a player needs to move to reinvigorate themselves. I'm sure Gary Johnson will not be surprised to see Marcus scoring goals because he has done that throughout his career."

Ward will get to view Stewart's progress at Huish Park from close quarters on Friday night when the two sides meet. Cheltenham are expected to line-up with former Forest Green striker Kayode Odejayi and former Hereford striker Steve Guinan as their front pairing in the absence of Gillespie and Vincent.


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4 October 2006 : Fry Wants Stewart Deal Extended
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has told today's Western Daily Press that he wants to see Marcus Stewart stay in South Somerset beyond the initial three month period he agreed with Stewart's current club Bristol City. Stewart is due to return to Ashton Gate at the end of November, but Fry has already a firm view on what he should be doing with the former Sunderland striker. Speaking to the paper he explained:

"Quite clearly Marcus Stewart has made a big difference to us and I have got to speak to the chairman of Bristol City about Marcus' future. Marcus is a superb player and no one has contributed more to our recent success. He's the model pro. We've heard about his reputation from the past and he's been with big clubs and scored goals at the top level. He's 33 but he's been an excellent loan signing and I know that he is in (manager) Russell's (Slade) plans. At some point we have got to talk business with Bristol City."

Stewart's future at Ashton Gate seems very doubtful and the player himself has stated that he does not feel he has a future there under manager Gary Johnson. However, it would be a big move for the Glovers to obtain Stewart's services either permanently or for the rest of this season. However, Fry says he is going in there feeling that Yeovil have got a good chance:

"I'm always optimistic and Yeovil would like to talk about Marcus. He is still a Bristol City player at the moment and we have the greatest respect for Bristol City. It's really down to (Bristol City Chairman) Steve Lansdown and myself to get together at some point and tell Marcus where he stands. He is very happy at Yeovil and who knows what will happen. Marcus has a big future in football."


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4 October 2006 : Minehead Trip In County Cup
Minehead beat Wellington 2-1 in their Somerset Premier Cup First Round tie last night, and so the Glovers will play Minehead away at the Second Round stage. The date of the tie has yet to be arranged, but should take place sometime between the 13th and 27th of November 2006.


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3 October 2006 : Alan Herrity : RIP
Ciderspace is saddened to hear of the death of former right-back Alan Herrity, who passed away last weekend after a long illness.

Alan spent 11 seasons at Yeovil Town between 1962 and 1973 and as such he holds the record for the club's second highest post-war appearances, totalling 523 appearances. He helped the club to two Southern League Championships during his time at the old Huish ground, and continued to watch the Glovers after his departure from the club and return to South Wales.

We will provide a fuller account of Alan's career in due course, but for now Ciderspace extends condolences to his wife Carol and his four children Donna, Dean, Jason and Jayne as well as all the other employees, players and supporters who knew him well.


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3 October 2006 : Glovers Triumph In County Cup ... Eventually!
Yeovil Town progressed to the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup tonight when they defeated Welton Rovers 4-2 at Huish Park. However, their passage to the next round was far from smooth - going a goal down and needing extra time to see off the Toolstation Western League side.

The match featured five players who manager Russell Slade was keeping a close eye on tonight. Gavin McCallum and Bradley Thomas were back from their month loan spell at Conference side Tamworth, whilst Sheffield United trio Ryan Gyaki, Colin Marrison and James Ashmore were attempting to impress during a trial at Huish Park.

Matt Tilley gave Welton the lead 34 minutes into a fairly uneventful half when he turned and shot inside a penalty box after he received a loose ball on the back end of a Welton corner. Three minutes later and Yeovil finally woke up and equalised, with Anthony Barry the scorer from the edge of the box. Trialist Ryan Gyaki was cautioned for a late tackle during the first period as the game meandered its way through to half time.

Jake Smeeton replaced Anthony Tonkin at half time whilst on 68 minutes Gyaki was replaced by Tom Clarke as the game petered out somewhat with few chances for either side. Much of the half saw players from both sides putting in plenty of effort with tackles and running but not really enough cohesion to make a difference.

With the game going into extra time something had to give, and not too surprisingly it was the legs of the part-timers that did so first. Yeovil grabbed two quick goals during the first 15 minutes of the additional 30 to put the tie beyond Welton's reach. Firstly Anthony Barry produced a defence-splitting pass to find Daniel Webb who ran onto the ball and slotted home in a one-on-one situation. Next substitute Tom Clarke took advantage of a good old-fashioned bit of long ball by chasing onto a 60-yarder and lifting the ball over the keeper with his first touch.

Welton weren't quite finished and pulled a goal back on 107 minutes through Levi Marlow. But Stephen Maher finished matters off for good close to the end after a Colin Marrison cross had been put in from the right and was only half cleared, allowing the Irishman a chance to end the evening on a bright note.

Of the trialists, the general opinion was that James Ashmore had the best performance on the night, gradually growing into his role as the game went on. Gavin McCallum also caught the eye, looking fairly sharp from his month in Staffordshire. Not the greatest of matches, but livened up by the frantic finish in extra time.

Yeovil will play either Minehead or Wellington in the next round - that tie was due to be completed tonight.

Yeovil: Darren Behcet, Anthony Tonkin, Craig Alcock, Bradley Thomas, Scott Guyett, James Ashmore, Ryan Gyaki, Anthony Barry, Colin Marrison, Daniel Webb, Gavin McCallum

Subs: Jake Smeeton (46 mins for Tonkin), Gary Bowles, Stephen Maher, Tom Clarke (68 mins for Gyaki).

Goals: Matt Tilley (0-1, 34 mins), Anthony Barry (1-1, 37 mins), Daniel Webb (2-1), Tom Clarke (3-1), Levi Marlow (3-2, 107 mins), Stephen Maher (4-2).

Officials: Ron Ganfield (Somerset), assisted by Andy Locker and Mark Davis.


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3 October 2006 : Glovers Duo In Award Nominations
Glovers manager Russell Slade and on-loan striker Marcus Stewart have both been nominated for the September 2006 awards for League One.

Russell has been nominated alongside Bristol City's Gary Johnson, Oldham Athletic's John Sheridan and Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws. The nominations will be considered by a panel and the winner announced on Thursday. Laws is the most likely candidate to succeed, with his side having secured 5 wins out of 7 in September, with just two goals conceded during that time.

However, Yeovil's haul of victories away from home over two of last season's playoff sides Huddersfield Town and Brentford, plus wins over last season's Championship sides Brighton and Hove Albion and Crewe Alexandra show what a tough September they have had whilst Scunthorpe's matches have been against slightly less prominent opposition.

Marcus Stewart's nomination for Player Of The Month is rivalled by Crewe Alexandra's Nicky Maynard, Bristol City's Scott Brown and Oldham Athletic's Chris Porter. Having scored five times in September, Porter should be the favourite here. However, with Stewart having scored three times in September against Swansea City, Northampton Town and Brighton and having laid on four assists during that time, much will depend upon how much the judges recognise his overall contribution to Yeovil's game.

The Player Of The Month award will be notified on Sunday's Sky Sports "Goals On Sunday" programme at 12.30pm.


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3 October 2006 : Kevin Creates First Impression
Not a bad way to mark your first match with the Glovers - loan signing Kevin Cooper has made it straight into the Football League's Team Of The Week for League One. Kevin only arrived at the club on Friday and made his debut against Brentford 24 hours later in a 2-1 win.

Sunday's League Paper also nominated Terry Skiverton and Chris Cohen in their team of the week, whilst Sky Sports have nominated Marcus Stewart as one of five candidates for the League One Player Of The Month.

The full League One side is as follows:

Les Pogliacomi (Oldham)
Louis Carey (Bristol City), George Pilkington (Port Vale), Stefan Stam (Oldham), Marcus Williams (Scunthorpe)
Kevin Cooper (Yeovil Town), Steven Schumacher (Bradford), Darren Pratley (Swansea), Matthew Jarvis (Gillingham)
Ryan Lowe (Crewe), Andrew Morrell (Blackpool).


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3 October 2006 : Yeovil Town Reserves vs Welton Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town Reserves take on Welton Rovers in the Somerset Premier Cup tonight at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45pm in a First Round tie. Tickets are available right up until kick-off from the Huish Park Ticket Office priced £4.00 for Adults and £2.00 for Concessions and Juniors.

The line-up will almost certainly include the five substitutes at Brentford on Saturday, with Darren Behcet in goal, Anthony Tonkin, Scott Guyett, Anthony Barry, Wayne Gray and Ishmael Welsh the most likely candidates for selection, although one of the latter two may be protected given that Yeovil will need to make a change to the starting line-up for Friday's match against Cheltenham Town with Arron Davies on international duty.

Striker Daniel Webb is believed to be looking to make his comeback to action following an ankle injury, but Andy Lindegaard is still not ready to take part in competitive matches following a groin injury. Teenagers Jake Smeeton, Stephen Maher and Craig Alcock are all likely to play a prominent part in the match, given that this is a rare chance for the young professionals to have a competitive match. Youth team professional Tom Clarke and captain Gary Bowles may be considered.

First team manager Russell Slade has also indicated that he may use this match to monitor the progress of Gavin McCallum and Bradley Thomas, who have been on loan at Conference side Tamworth for the past month. Slade indicated last week that he wanted to see both play for Yeovil before considering whether to allow them to extend their stay in Staffordshire.

Finally Slade was also looking into whether he could obtain clearance for the batch of Sheffield United trialists of Ryan Gyaki, Colin Marrison and James Ashmore. At the moment there has been no indication of whether that has been successful or not, and so that must be a doubt.


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2 October 2006 : Trial Two Get One Free!
Last week (See September 28th) Ciderspace carried details of two Sheffield United players that were coming down to Huish Park on trial - namely Colin Marrison and Ryan Gyaki. BBC Radio Bristol is reporting tonight that both players have arrived in Somerset accompanied by a third!

The additional player is midfielder James Ashmore who was born in Sheffield on March 2nd 1986. He is a central midfielder who has risen through the academy ranks, despite missing out on portions of his development through injury. He has had a prolonged spell in the Reserve Team more recently, and is a versatile player, being able to play in wide midfield positions as well as full-back.

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

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


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2 October 2006 : BBC Radio Interviews From Brentford Match
BBC Radio Bristol have published four post-match interviews on-line covering the match against Brentford. Reporter Drew Savage has interviewed manager Russell Slade, goalscorers Terry Skiverton and Chris Cohen plus new boy Kevin Cooper. All four can be listened to on the BBC Somerset Sound website.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Yeovil Town Interviews Archive.

Link: Brentford Match : Russell Slade Interview Transcript.


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2 October 2006 : Leroy's Verdict On The Brentford Game
Brentford manager Leroy Rosenior felt hard done by after he had watched his side lose 2-1 at Griffin Park to a late Chris Cohen goal on Saturday, claiming that his side had dominated the second half, although perhaps his claims that Yeovil scored with their first set piece - a 57th minute Terry Skiverton header - might take some believing. Speaking immediately after the game he stated:

"We had numerous chances and dominated the game in the second half but we caused our own problems. The first goal I think it was their first set piece. And the goal at the end we put it out for a throw in and they just stopped and watched and heís just run it into the lad. I know itís not acceptable and we missed chances, good chances at crucial times that can change games, but one thing we canít do is switch off and we did that twice. It happened a few times in the first half, like when John (Mousinho) was being booked and then they had a spare man round the back. We werenít organised. Itís naive and we didnít get punished that time. It doesnít matter how much you dominate a game at one end youíve got to make sure you get it right at the other. Itís just about marking men. As soon as that ball goes out of play youíve got to pick them up and we didnít do that and got punished for that."

Rosenior also claimed that his side should have been the ones that won the game 2-1, citing a moment when apparently Jo Kuffour struck a post with a shot - although even Brentford's own official site match report fails to mention this moment:

"Itís disappointing because they worked extremely hard. Calumís (Willock) chance at the end really was a great one and should have put us 2-1 up. We deserved to be 2-1 up at that stage because we had conceded the goal but picked ourselves up and gone and got back into it. We were creating chances - when Jo hit the post and Calum had his header. We created numerous chances but didnít take them. If you created numerous chances but donít take them youíll get punished, especially when you go to sleep at the other end."

Despite the Glovers creating plenty of chances of their own, including three in the first six minutes, Rosenior felt that his side - who took 19 minutes before they had a chance of note - should also have taken the lead:

"We went 3-4-3 and had to chase the game but shouldnít have been in that position. We should have scored the first goal but we didnít. You canít keep chasing games and expect to get something out of it. Itís disappointing because theyíve worked hard to get back into the game. I thought we deserved at least a point. It was an even first half and we dominated the game in the second half. You can tell by their reaction they thought theyíd nicked it. I thought we deserved something out of the game, but you donít if you do stupid things. It was a decent performance but now we havenít won for seven games Ė and thatís a game we should have won. In the second half we dominated the game and we donít win it because of the silly things we do. I canít fault the lads for their work ethic and what they put in, but you canít go to sleep when the ball goes out of play. Everybody worked hard and they put a lot into it, but it was a really hard lesson for them. When that ball goes out of play youíve got to switch on. I hope how they feel now Ė which is gutted Ė allows that message to sink it."

[Quotes courtesy of the Griffin Park Message Board.]


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2 October 2006 : Match Officials For Cheltenham Match
Friday night's match against Cheltenham Town will see Phil Dowd of Staffordshire take charge of proceedings. Mr Dowd will be assisted by Huish Park regular Guy Beale of Taunton and Roger East of Wiltshire. The fourth official will be Andrew Turner from Devon.

We don't normally cross paths with Mr Dowd given that he is on the "select" list of referees normally set aside for Premiership games. Dowd began refereeing in 1984, and reached the Premier League list in 2001. We think this is the first time he has refereed a match involving the Glovers. On Saturday he took charge of Bolton Wanderers vs Liverpool and has so far refereed four games at that level this season, dishing out a fairly meagre seven yellow cards, with no dismissals.


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2 October 2006 : Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers Match Details
Further to Saturday's news, Yeovil Town's Under 18s side thrashed their Bristol Rovers counterparts 4-1 on the weekend, giving them their first victory of the 2006-07 season. They had to work hard for it though, coming from a goal down and grabbing two late goals in a match that was still being heavily contested with 10 minutes to go.

Rovers took the lead from a free kick with Charles Reece curling a free kick over the Yeovil wall and into the top corner 16 minutes into the match. It looked as though Yeovil would be going in a goal down at the break until first half stoppage time gave them a real confidence booster. Jamie Morgan capitalised on Rovers' inability to clear their lines when he pounced on a loose ball in their box, finishing with a low drive to make the scoreline 1-1 at half time.

Five minutes after the break, Jamie Morgan was at it again. His cross into the box was badly misjudged by Rovers keeper Scott Armstrong, who managed to fumble what was probably not meant to be a direct attempt on goal into his own net.

The game stayed delicately balanced for more or less the rest of the second half with Rovers attempting to push up for the equaliser, but in the last 10 minutes, the Glovers secured all three points in fine fashion. On 81 minutes, Liam Hoarder squeezed between two Rovers defenders to head home a right wing cross. Then two minutes later, Hoarder got his second of the morning when he intercepted a Ryan Paddock defensive pass to burst through and give Stuart Housley something to smile about with a 4-1 victory.

Yeovil Town: 1. John Steele 2. Gary Bowles (Capt) 3. James Hatcher 4. Greg Taafe (16. Dan O'Brien 80 mins) 5. Harry Sherwood 12. Tom Clarke 7. Matt Concliffe 8. Phil Ormrod 9. Jamie Morgan (Jason Sims 84 mins) 10. Liam Hoarder (15. Joe Hastie 84 mins) 11. Tom Parsons. Not used: 17. Ren Turnock GK. Peter Burridge.

Bristol Rovers: Scott Armstrong, Jacob Rudman, Tom Parrinello, Ryan Paddock, Tom Godsell, Sam Crotty, Charles Reece, Jason Burt, Fabien McCaarthy (Corrie Wilson 30 mins), Matt Groves, Johnny Else (Sahr Kabba 65 mins). Not used: Theo Tonkin.


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2 October 2006 : Russell's Verdict On The Brentford Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite Saturday's 2-1 win over Brentford propelling his side into 2nd position in the League One table. Yeovil won the game through goals from Terry Skiverton and Chris Cohen to give the Glovers their fourth consecutive win, but Slade believes there is room for improvement within his side.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I just think that there is a long way to go. You can't come away from games thinking that things are sorted. There will always be things to work on. There is more improvement that has to come from the side if we are going to be successful and we talked about that at half time and even at the end of the game."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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2 October 2006 : Cheap Tickets! Cheap Tickets!
In addition to the Bradford City game on December 23rd (see below) the football club are offering a series of deals mainly aimed at Under 16s at encouraging younger supporters to attend games at Huish Park. The move comes under the umbrella of the Football League's Fans Of The Future scheme, and are as follows:

Junior Organisations

Under 16s who belong to a junior-oriented organisation such as Cubs, Beavers, Junior Football Clubs (presumably this list is not exhaustive) can gain free admission to a selection of four forthcoming matches, if they are accompanied by a paying adult. Up to four Under 16s can be admitted per paying adult. So three paying adults could take in a whole Junior Football team of 12 players. The eligible games are all Saturday 3.00pm fixtures and are as follows:

(a) Oldham Althetic : 21st October 2006
(b) Scunthorpe United : 25th November 2006
(c) Gillingham : 9th December 2006
(d) Huddersfield Town : 6th January 2007

Soccer Schools and Fireworks Night

Those who attend the October Half-Term Soccer School will be given a voucher as part of their attendance at the school. Similarly those who purchase a Family Ticket (admitting two adults and two juniors, cost £13) for the Fireworks Night on November 3rd will be given a voucher.

This voucher will allow an Under 16 to attend the Scunthorpe United game on 25th November for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Dates for the Soccer Schools are : 24th-26th October and 30th October - 1st November at Huish Park. Time: 10am - 2.30pm. Costs are £30.00 for one three day session or £50.00 for both weeks.

Further Information

For further information on any of the above promotions either pop around to the Huish Park Ticket Office in person, or give them a ring on 01935-847888. For the Soccer Schools ask for John Flatters on 01935 423662 Ext 230.


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2 October 2006 : Bradford Game : Kids For A Quid
Yeovil Town's final pre-Christmas match against Bradford City on Saturday 23rd December will have a "Kids For A Quid" offer as part of the admission prices. Full details have yet to be released, but traditionally this allows a child under 16, when accompanied by an adult paying full price, to be admitted for the price of one pound. This arrangement will be confirmed closer to the date of the game.

With the last match before Christmas traditionally representing a lowish point for attendances, this is obviously a welcome attempt to reduce the impact of that seasonal factor and hopefully attract a few younger supporters through the doors. And it's hopefully more entertaining than going to see a pantomine show! (Oh yes it is ... oh no it isn't ... - Ed)


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1 October 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Brentford vs Yeovil
The full match report from yesterday's 2-1 win at Griffin Park over Brentford is now on-line. Yeovil won the match through goals from Terry Skiverton and Chris Cohen.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Brentford vs Yeovil Town.


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1 October 2006 : Arron Called Up To Full National Squad
Wales manager John Toshack has called up Yeovil Town player Arron Davies to the full Welsh international squad for the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers against Slovakia and Cyprus. The news means that Arron will now miss Yeovil's home match against Cheltenham Town on the Friday night.

MK Dons defender Craig Morgan, who directly replaces Robert Page, has also been called up to the squad following some minor reshuffling involving some injuries.

Page has pulled out after retiring from international football. Arron has been called up due to injuries to Ryan Giggs, James Collins and Carl Fletcher that has made all three doubtful for the two matches. Giggs is currently sidelined with a hamstring strain, Collins picked up a groin injury in West Ham's UEFA Cup match last week, whilst Fletcher is undergoing treatment at Crystal Palace for an ankle injury. Defenders Mark Delaney (knee) and Sam Ricketts (fractured cheekbone) along with of course Ipswich Town's Gavin Williams have already declared themselves as unavailable.

Davies has captained Wales at Under 21 level, and gained his first cap for the Welsh full international side on May 27th 2006 when he came on as a substitute against Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly match. Both of the forthcoming matches will take place at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The Wales squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Slovakia (7 Oct; Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; 1500 BST) and Cyprus (11 Oct; Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; 2000 BST) is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Paul Jones (QPR), Jason Brown (Blackburn), Lewis Price (Ipswich)
Defenders: Gareth Bale (Southampton), James Collins, Danny Gabbidon (both West Ham), Richard Duffy (Portsmouth), Rob Edwards (Wolves), Lewin Nyatanga (Derby), Ryan Valentine (Wrexham), Craig Morgan (MK Dons)
Midfielders: Mark Jones (Wrexham), Andrew Crofts (Gillingham), Simon Davies (Everton), Carl Fletcher (Crystal Palace), Jason Koumas (West Brom), Carl Robinson (Norwich), Joe Ledley (Cardiff), David Vaughan (Crewe), Paul Parry (Cardiff), Arron Davies (Yeovil Town)
Strikers: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), David Cotterill (Wigan), Rob Earnshaw (Norwich), Ryan Giggs (Man Utd, capt).

Slovakia squad:
Goalkeepers: Kamil Contofalsky (Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Lubos Hajduch (MFK Ruzomberok)
Defenders: Marek Cech (FC Porto), Marian Had (Lokomotiv Moscow), Jan Durica (Saturn Ramenskoye), Martin Skrtel (Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Stanislav Varga (Sunderland), Martin Petras (US Lecce), Peter Petras (Saturn Ramenskoye), Roman Kratochvil (Denizlispor)
Midfielders: Jozef Valachovic (Rapid Vienna), Ivan Hodur (Slovan Liberec), Jan Kozak (Artmedia Bratislava), Dusan Svento (Slavia Prague), Matej Krajcik (Slavia Prague), Miroslav Karhan (Vfl Wolfsburg)
Forwards: Filip Holosko (Manisaspor), Robert Vittek (FC Nuremberg), Ivan Lietava (Dukla Banska Bystrica), Marek Mintal (FC Nuremberg)


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1 October 2006 : Youth Team Thrash Rovers
Congratulations to Yeovil Town's Under 18s side who clocked up their first win of the 2006-07 season with a 4-1 thrashing of Bristol Rovers on the Top Pitch yesterday morning. More details on the win will follow in the fullness of time.


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