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30 November 2006 : Rotherham United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town's first team squad travel up to Rotherham tomorrow for another overnight stop on the back of three defeats in their previous five matches. Their counterparts meanwhile, although picking up just two out of a possible twelve available points, have in their past three games at Millmoor won two and drawn one; the draw incidentally was against league leaders Nottingham Forest.

Although Rotherham currently lie in eighteenth position, just three points off the bottom of the table, that is an impressive achievement in itself given that they were deducted ten points at the start of the campaign having fallen into administration. Had Rotherham started this season on level terms with the rest of the clubs in League One then they would be positioned just two places behind their opponents this Saturday.

Yeovil Town boss Russell Slade will be looking to gain his first win away from home since the memorable 2-1 win at Brentford in September, and repeat Yeovil Town’s success at Millmoor last December. The Glovers left Millmoor with all three points when the two sides last met having won the match 2-1. Yeovil went a goal down after eighteen minutes but an own goal coupled with a striker from Matt Harrold led the Glovers to victory. Just four of that sixteen still remain at Huish Park twelve months on and only two members of the squad, Chris Cohen and Nathan Jones, which travelled to Millmoor last season are set to feature in the squad tomorrow.

Holding midfielder Paul Terry is a slight doubt for the trip to Rotherham having twisted his ankle in training. Russell Slade told TEAMtalk earlier in the week:

"Paul turned his ankle in training, he just went over on it and now it's a question of waiting to see how he is. Because of all the rain we have had the ground is soft; sometimes these things happen".

Slade has the option of bringing J-P Kalala straight into the side to replace the injured Terry if required but could opt to change the formation and have two up-front after the 2-0 defeat to Scunthorpe last weekend.

Meanwhile, Scott Guyett is back from suspension and could feature on the bench tomorrow. It is not known yet whether Terry Skiverton will start the game but it looks like the captain will be travelling up with hopes of getting on the field of play. Speaking to the Western Gazette, his boss explained:

"Skiverton and Guyett are in contention again which is great news. Skiverton and Cranie did not train on Monday because there was a bit of a virus going round but they were back on Tuesday. It is a huge boost."

If Skivo does get on the field of play, then it will be his 300th appearance for the club spanning a period of over seven years. However after a number of false starts whilst stuck on 299 appearances his manager was not wanting to tempt fate when speaking to BBC Somerset Sound:

"We don't like talking about it because he's been stuck on 299 for forever and a day! So we'll talk about it when he gets past it and hopefully manages to get through 90 minutes successfully. That's what matters to us now. He's a good lad and I think that the important thing is that there are more games in the locker and he has still got an awful lot more games to offer this football club. Like the fans, I am really hopeful that he will be OK. He's obviously had two or three more sessions than what he had last week and he appears to be coming through that. The injection that he's had in his leg appears to be now helping. It was always going to take three, four or maybe five days to settle things down for him and it appears to be doing that. So we are hopeful that he will be available for Saturday."

Rotherham boss Alan Knill has warned that despite the commendable achievement of defying the odds and pulling away from the relegation zone, his side could easily be drawn back into the thick of things. Speaking to TEAMtalk Knill said:

"We've done well so far this season but we know that, given our position with the 10-point penalty deduction, that any poor run could see us back in trouble. We need to be consistent and that means winning our home games and picking up points away as well. Yeovil is an opportunity for us to get another three points under our belts and move another step away from the bottom."

One to watch: Striker Will Hoskins, 20, a product of Rotherham’s academy, has already scored 12 goals this season in just 20 games. The Sunday Mail claimed last weekend that Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is keeping tabs on the young striker who has represented England at under-18, under-19, and under-20 level as well as winning the League One Player of the Month award for October.

Betting: Rotherham are 6/5 favourites to win the match with SkyBet with the visitors priced at 15/8, while the draw is chalked up at 11/5.

[Match Preview by George Murray.]

Link: December 2005 : Rotherham United 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Rotherham United.

Link: Terry Skiverton : Ciderspace Player Profile.


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30 November 2006 : Somerset FA Defer Investigation
Following yesterday's fall-out concerning this week's Somerset Premier Cup match against Minehead Town (see below) that has seen Yeovil Town make accusations of coin-throwing, bicycles being ridden across the Recreation Ground pitch, and claims that the state of the pitch was inadequate, the Somerset FA have made an initial response to the row between the two clubs.

According to this morning's Western Daily Press, the Somerset FA have said that they are prepared to conduct an investigation, but only if there is written representation from Huish Park that details their complaints. Speaking to the paper, Chairman Francis Hillier stated:

"I was not aware of John's claims until the Western Daily Press contacted me but we will of course investigate them if he puts it in writing."

Quite why the FA needs Yeovil Town to initiate an investigation is beyond us. As part of every football match, the match referee is required to submit a referee's report detailing any issues he may have encountered concerning the conduct of players, supporters or of the overall surroundings. An incident such as a bicycle being ridden across a pitch during play, or where the match has to be stopped twice to deal with coin-throwing should surely land in a referee's report. It is therefore difficult to understand why the FA are unable to act upon that.

Hillier has stated that Fry's threats to pull the club out of the County Cup competition would not be looked upon too kindly, pointing out that it would be a breach of FA rules. The Somerset FA would have the rights to suspend Yeovil Town from the FA Cup if the Glovers refused to play the next round tie:

"Rule 20 states that all senior clubs in the county must enter the Premier Cup before competing in any competition outside the county association."


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29 November 2006 : Fry In SPC Row
Yeovil Town chairman John Fry has come out publicly to launch an angry tirade over events at the Recreation Ground last night in the Somerset Premier Cup Second Round tie against Minehead which the Glovers won 2-5.

Speaking on the club's Official Site Fry said :

Last night's game made a complete mockery of the competition and we shall be seriously considering our participation in future years. We are in the middle of a non transfer period yet my manager fielded players worth thousands of pounds on a pitch that was an utter disgrace. If we had lost a player or players to injury we would not have been in a position to replace them until January, yet by then the effect to the team could have lost this club thousands.

In all my years in football I have never seen two children ride bikes across the pitch during a first class match. Our goalkeeper was subjected to coins being thrown at him and despite him complaining to the referee very little was done to stop it.

Then we had the
[Minehead] player leaving the pitch during the match. We are a professional club and we don't expect these sort of incidents in the middle of a County Cup match and I shall certainly be having words with the Somerset F.A. regarding our future participation.

However Minehead manager Steve Perkins seemed remarkably oblivious to any serious problems, saying :

I didn't see anything; I was totally focused on the game. As far as I am aware there weren't a lot of coins being thrown, if any. He [Darren Behcet - Yeovil goalkeeper] didn't say anything. He said that a coin had been found and could the people behind the goal please be moved. So someone went over the loudspeaker and asked could all the fans behind the goal please move and that was the end of it and the game continued.

All I am going to be doing is focusing on how well our young boys performed last night and just on the positives and on the performance, and not on the negatives. It was a great evening and there were about 400 fans there so everything was good. If there is an enquiry then somebody else from the club will obviously be dealing with that. The people who do that shouldn't be allowed at any game. They should be thrown out of the game and the people who cause these problems should never be allowed to watch football.


The victim of the coin throwing that Perkins seemed keen to play down if not quite deny, Darren Behcet, saw things rather differently :

At first it was just the bit of banter that tends to happen at games but then it started to get a bit too harsh. You just try and block that out. But then there were a few coins being thrown. I told the referee but he didn't seem to do too much about it at the start. Then there were a few more being thrown again and by that time I'd just had enough really. I went over to the referee but then carried on walking towards the dugouts and told Steve Thompson. He was just saying that unless they got moved then there was no point in carrying on because obviously I was in danger of one of them hitting me and causing me an injury.

Reports Ciderspace got from fans who witnessed events at the ground support the position that there was general misbehaviour occurring from early on that the home club seemed unable to curb, and that this escalated into more serious activities. Throwing objects at players (and officials) seems to be the latest fashion amongst that small number of scum who attach themselves to the game. It is a serious crime, and every football club, from the largest to the smallest, has a duty to deal with any perpetrators with the maximum severity within their powers. No ifs, no buts, no weasel words to try and pretend nothing happened and distance their club from such events. They must grasp the nettle, do everything possible to identify the criminals, bring in the law to pursue the matter, press for prosecutions, and ban those found guilty from their grounds for a significant number of years. Unless examples are made this will spread and someone will end up maimed for life or possibly killed.

Somerset based official Mike Hill (who was not the referee at this game) commented :

It's most definitely coming from the TV. It's something that used to happen many many years ago. But it's been highlighted on the TV recently on a couple of occasions. A fourth official got injured (at Newport County) and also the Bristol Rovers goalkeeper (at Barrow) had coins thrown at him. I'm sure that's where it is coming from. People see it on the TV and they think that if you can get away with it on that then you can get away with it at any level.

Ciderspace shares the deep concern and anger of our club's chairman over these events, although we do feel his message has been slightly blurred by being mixed up with aspects such as the condition of the pitch and threats to withdraw from the competition in the future. Poor pitches are unfortunate, but part and parcel of the game on occasion. Supporting local football is a good thing in our opinion even if it doesn't directly and immediately benefit our club in its current higher status. Throwing objects is completely beyond the pale however, and it is on this area, and any allied unacceptable behaviour, that the spotlight should be focused. Track these people down and throw them out of the game.


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29 November 2006 : Planning For Brighton
Those considering going to Brighton & Hove Albion who haven't yet got their tickets might be advised to do so and check out the details that come on and with them before they commit to travel plans.

As the game is on Boxing Day the availability of public transport will be a moot point, but the club operates a whole raft of promotions and restrictions that supporters may wish to take into account on determining how they will get to the match.

Two travel vouchers (to and from) are attached to match tickets.

1) Buses. Travel on any buses run by Brighton & Hove Buses or services 17 and 700 run by Stagecoach to and from the game within a designated zone (shown on the ticket) is free. The zone is quite extensive, stretching to Worthing in the West, Seaford in the East and Haywards Heath in the North.

2) Trains. There is a free zone for train travel starting at Shoreham in the West, Seaford in the East and Haywards Heath in the North. If travelling from a station outside the area purchase a ticket to the relevant station on the edge of the zone, then use the voucher for the remainder of the journey.

3) Car. The Withdean Stadium is completely surrounded by a Parking Exclusion Zone. There are two Park & Ride sites :

Mill Road Car Park (off the A33/27)
N.B. You can only access Mill Road from the A23/27 junction at Patcham, then driving West. The Hove junction into Mill Road off the A27 is closed on matchdays.
Mithras House Car Park, Lewes Road (off the A270)

All vehicle occupants (not just the driver) must hand their travel vouchers to the car park attendants. Disabled drivers (occupants) have spaces reserved next to the Park & Ride pick up points.

The shuttle bus services are accessed through what remains of your match ticket. The service runs from 12.30 p.m. before kick-off, and for thirty minutes after the end of the game. Pick up points post-match are all in London Road. Should you decide to walk back after the game N.B. that the Mill Road car park closes two hours after the game. You will not be allowed to exit with your vehicle after that time.

4) Coaches. If organising a coach or minibus you must inform Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club a minimum of a week before the fixture. All passengers must collect their vouchers into a single marked envelope and hand it to a steward at the drop off point.

5) Walking. When walking in the vicinity of the ground you will find that Snakey Lane is closed to (non resident) pedestrians on matchdays. Stewards man both ends to prevent use by football fans.

Regulation City, exhorbitant ticket prices, dismal stadium, middle of nowhere, shocking view - do enjoy your day out.


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29 November 2006 : Terry Setback In Training
Glovers midfielder Paul Terry has had to sit out training after an injury on the club's training ground sustained yesterday. Along with Terrell Forbes and Steve Mildenhall, Paul is one of only three players to have started every match this season, and the injury to his ankle makes him a doubt for Saturday's trip to Rotherham United. Manager Russell Slade explained:

"Paul turned his ankle in training, he just went over on it and now it's a question of waiting to see how he is. Because of all the rain we have had the ground is soft - sometimes these things happen. They are sent to try us."


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28 November 2006 : Reserves Sweep Past Minehead
Yeovil Town Reserves swept past Minehead in the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup at the Recreation Ground tonight. On a pitch resembling a ploughed field in extremely difficult conditions, the Glovers still served up enough football to make the four pound admission seem good value for money.

Yeovil took the lead through Youth Team captain Gary Bowles after 15 minutes but were pegged back by a Minehead equaliser almost immediately. Before the half time break though, Jean-Paul Kalala scored the goal of the night - netting from 30 yards out with a superb strike.

Danny Webb made it 3-1 around the hour mark when he got the luxury of a free header from a corner. Minehead then pegged Yeovil back again by scoring their second of the night, which was followed by a fairly unsavoury interruption to the match as Glovers keeper Darren Behcet was pelted by coins from Minehead supporters. The game was temporarily halted until order could be restored.

Gary Bowles then grabbed his second of the night after he flicked the ball home, having seen a corner ball only half cleared by the Minehead defence. Then 10 minutes from time, Danny Webb wrapped matters up with his second of the night to comfortably put Yeovil into the next round of the competition.

Final Score: Minehead 2 Yeovil Town Reserves 5


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28 November 2006 : Expected Line-Up For Minehead
Tonight's expected line-up for tonight's match against Minehead has been released by the club in advance of the fixture. The match kicks off at 7.45pm tonight in what is a Somerset Premier Cup Second Round match. The full line-up is as follows:

Line-Up: Darren Behcet; Anthony Tonkin, Scott Guyett, Bradley Thomas, Jake Smeeton; Jean-Paul Kalala, Gary Bowles, Stephen Maher, Ishmael Welsh; Daniel Webb, Tom Clarke. Subs: Matt Concliffe, Harry Sherwood, Jamie Morgan.

Prices for the match are as follows: Adults - £4.00, Concessions - £2.00, Under 14s - Free.


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28 November 2006 : Ball Placed Firmly Into Stewart's Court
Further to yesterday's latest news on the negotiations that took place at Huish Park on Saturday relating to Bristol City striker Marcus Stewart, their Chairman Steve Lansdown has told the Western Daily Press today that he believes the next step in the negotiations has to come from the player himself. Lansdown has told the paper:

"Yeovil and ourselves are on the same wavelength and it's really down to Marcus to decide where he wants to be. They are going to be talking to Marcus this week and if necessary I will also speak to him. There isn't a rush on this to get it done in a certain time but we would all like to get it sorted out. We are still having conversations but the real essence is it's up to Marcus to decide what he wants to do."

The view Lansdown gives to the paper is of course somewhat simplistic. The discussions between Yeovil and the Robins will no doubt have centred around who is prepared to pay what in terms of the likely contract severance package Stewart would demand. The former Sunderland man has a contract at Ashton Gate until the end of June 2007 and there is little doubt that his contracted wages in Bristol would not fit into the Huish Park wage structure.

Thus the negotiations need to be a three-way process, with each party agreeing to a particular sum. Yeovil Town and Bristol City can agree to any responsibility over a severance package until the cows come home. However, the package itself has to be acceptable to Stewart as well and there's no clue as to how far down the line both clubs are to achieving that. That said, the fact that Lansdown has agreed to the deal in principle has to be seen as a positive sign.

The WDP indicate that the offer on the table to Stewart is a contract until June 2008. There is a strong suggestion that the Glovers are looking to lure him to South Somerset on the back of a package that could involve a coaching role, or one that would ultimately lead into that arena once Stewart decides to hang up his boots.


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28 November 2006 : Directions To Minehead
Yeovil Town play Minehead Town tonight in the Second Round of Somerset Premier Cup in a match that is scheduled to kick-off at the Recreation Ground at 7.45pm.

With torrential rain having swept the country over the last few days, we would strongly advise that you check this news page before you travel. More heavy rain is expected today and much will depend upon how good the Minehead pitch is at dealing with the elements.

The latest weather forecast suggests that the worst of the rain in the area will have cleared by mid-afternoon, so at that point the home club should have a decent idea of the chances of the fixture going ahead. Contact details for the ground are:

Address: Recreation Ground, Irnham Road, Minehead TA24 5DP. Tel: 01643 704989.

To get to the ground from Yeovil, take the A303 then the A358 and pass through Taunton and out the other side, staying on the A358. This will eventually connect up with the A39, which should be now signposted for Minehead, going Westbound. Enter Minehead on the A39. When you get opposite the Police Station turn right (towards the sea) into King Edward Road then first left into Alexandra Road where car park is signposted.

Link: Metcheck Website : Rain Forecast for Minehead today.

Link: Multimap Website : Detailed Recreation Ground Location.

Link: Multimap Website : High Level Area Map Of Minehead Showing Ground Location.

Update 2.00pm: The Official Site is claiming that the match is "definitely" on tonight. The current weather forecast is for Minehead to remain dry for the rest of the evening with cloud eventually thinning. If that still holds up until kick-off, hopefully we will have a game on tonight.


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27 November 2006 : FA Youth Cup Prices
The club has announced pricing for the F.A. Youth Cup Third Round tie between Yeovil Town and Ipswich Town.

Adult - £4.00
Senior / Junior - £2.00

Tickets can be bought in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office or on the night.

Kick-off is 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 5th December.


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27 November 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
The full Ciderspace match report for Saturday's game against Scunthorpe United is now available on-line if you can bear to re-live the 0-2 home defeat.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 0 Scunthorpe United 2.


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27 November 2006 : Officials For Millmoor
For Yeovil Town's visit to Rotherham United, brought forward three days after both sides exited the F.A. Cup at the first hurdle, Carl Boyeson (Yorkshire) has been appointed as referee. An occasion when our paths previously crossed was at the Saunders Honda Stadium in February 2005 when, despite dishing out four yellows and a red to the home side, Boyeson could and should have been even firmer with a thuggish display from Chester City that topped even their usual standards. That said he was roundly abused by Mr Cheat himself, Steve Evans, just a month later over some supposed injustice - so he can't be all bad as an official.

Mick McDonough (Tyne & Wear) and Gary Stott (Greater Manchester) will be running the lines, Andrew Smith (Yorkshire) flashing the board.


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27 November 2006 : Lansdown Hints Deal Is On
In a brief statement on the Bristol City Official Site chairman Steve Lansdown suggests that as far as Ashton Gate is concerned a deal for the transfer of Marcus Stewart to Huish Park is on providing the Glovers can agree terms with the player.

Lansdown's words were :

From Saturday's discussions [see item below, 27th November] it's fair to say ourselves and Yeovil are in agreement with regards to the way forward and now it is up to Yeovil to speak to Marcus.


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27 November 2006 : F.A. Approves New Drug Regulations
The F.A. Council has rubber stamped new anti-drug regulations which will come into force from January 2007. Under the new rules there will be a minimum two-year ban for players testing positive for prohibited substances on the proscribed list. A second offence will invoke a life ban.

Periods of suspension may be reduced if the player can show that there was no fault or significant fault on their part - for example they had consumed a legitimate substance that had been contaminated - but the onus will be on the player to provide concrete evidence, and the F.A. states such circumstances are likely to be exceptional.

In addition, sanctions may also be reduced in the case of specified substances as defined on the list which are banned but appear in legal medical products, such as ephedrine, or are recreational rather than performance enhancing, for example cannabis, and for which players may turn up a positive test because of their general availability. However again the onus is on the player to show that the substance was not intended to aid sporting performance or was ingested as the by-product of someone else's behaviour. Does the cynic in us already see a partner/mates suddenly confessing to a weed habit every time a player tests positive for cannabis?

The F.A. carried out 1,700 random drug tests in the 2005-06 season.


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27 November 2006 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Scunthorpe
The BBC Local Radio interviews from the Scunthorpe United match are now available on the BBC Somerset Sound website. In addition to the usual post-match views of manager Russell Slade, the radio station also caught up with striker Marcus Stewart in his last game for the club before returning to Bristol City from his loan.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Interview Transcript.


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27 November 2006 : Stewart Talks Progressing
The Western Daily Press reports that negotiations between Yeovil Town and Bristol City for the permanent transfer of Marcus Stewart to Huish Park are moving forward.

With the Robins not playing until the Sunday City chairman Steve Lansdown, vice-chairman Keith Dawe as well as manager Gary Johnson, were all at HP on Saturday, and not just to watch the football. Stewart's agent Phil Purnell was also in the meeting with Yeovil chairman John Fry, and so was the Glovers director and legal advisor Stephen Allinson. As was to be expected at this stage little was forthcoming, with Allinson simply saying the talks were "progressing well."

Stewart will continue to train with Yeovil until Thursday this week, which is the official end of his three month loan spell. He then should report to Ashton Gate for training on Friday. However there's not much doubt Johnson would rather not see him there, and this may encourage City to cut a deal now so that Stewart remains training with the Glovers even though he can't actually sign or play until January 1st. Of course from the Yeovil point of view there will be the question of what if any fee City are asking, and from Stewart and Purnell's perspective what terms and conditions are on offer, so there may be plenty of haggling to come for all parties.

Stewart said of the situation :

It's quite frustrating that I can't play for a month, but I've just got to get my head down, do plenty of running and keep myself fit. I'm going back to City from next Friday when my loan ends here. I'll go back there and just get on with it.

We'll have to see what happens. There's a month until January 1, when I've got to get myself sorted out. I just want to play football, it's that simple. But if nothing gets sorted out then I will have to stick it out at City for the rest of the season and see what happens.


The thought of Stewart hanging around Ashton Gate for six months might just concentrate City minds, which is possibly exactly what the striker intended.


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27 November 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 35 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have been in contact with the following results from Friday's Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 35 : 24th November 2006
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday E7645 Mrs C Tyler, The Avenue, Stoke-Sub-Hamdon
Tuesday C5487 Mr S Fulcher, Akeman Close, Yeovil
Wednesday B4210 Mr K Fairclough, Orchard Walk, Milborne Port
Thursday A7906 Mr Ian Anderton, Summerland Park Avenue, Ilminster
Friday B7626 H Shead, South View, Barwick

£10 Consolations
A7645 Mrs Koener, Hertford Road, Yeovil
B7645 Mrs Dobbs, Moor Villas, South Petherton
C7645 P A Brain, King Ina Road, Somerton
B5487 Mrs D C Dyer, Southway Drive, Yeovil
D5487 Mr Fitzsimmons, Meadow View,Stoford
A4210 Mr J Chester, Terrace View, Sherborne
C4210 Mr & Mrs Hallett, Penn View, Wincanton
D4210 Mr J Beckman, Westfield Place, Yeovil
E4210 Mr G Webber, Lime Tree Avenue, Yeovil
B7906 Kev Haines, Rossiter Road, Frome
C7906 Mrs C Sage, Larkspur Crescent, Yeovil
D7906 Mr A R Tudgay, Penn View, Wincanton
E7906 Mrs Phibben, The Mead, Stratton-on-Fosse
A7626 Mrs D Curtis, Horton Close, Yeovil
E7626 Mrs H Bryant, St Johns Road, Yeovil


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27 November 2006 : Ladies Hit Nine
In a break from the league title race Yeovil Town Ladies were in action in the Second Round of the Pat Sowden Trophy. The Glovers were far too strong for Poole Town of the South West Women's League Division One South, winning 9-0.

With plenty of postponements in the competition on Sunday because of the wet weather Yeovil will have to wait to see whether it is to Penzance or Cheltenham Town they will have to travel for Round Three on 28th January.

The top of the table clash with Cullompton Rangers originally scheduled for next Sunday (3rd December) has been postponed as Rangers will be engaged in a third attempt to complete a County Cup tie.


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27 November 2006 : F.A. Youth Cup Third Round
With the Second Round Proper ties all now completed the line up for Round Three looks like this :

West Ham United v Charlton Athletic
Millwall v Manchester City
Exeter City v Newcastle United
Doncaster Rovers v Derby County
Leeds United v Hull City
YEOVIL TOWN v Ipswich Town
Stockport County v Southampton
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
Sunderland v Preston North End
Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Reading v Blackburn Rovers
Wigan Athletic v Plymouth Argyle
Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers
Portsmouth v Norwich City
Aston Villa v Colchester United
Macclesfield Town v Everton
Coventry City v Southend United
Barnsley v Leyton Orient
Sheffield United v Watford
Arsenal v Wycombe Wanderers
Manchester United v Scunthorpe United
Walsall v Middlesbrough
Cardiff City v Merthyr Tydfil
Luton Town v Huddersfield Town
Swindon Town v Queens Park Rangers
Burnley v Milton Keynes Dons
Birmingham City v Chesterfield
Chester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Cambridge United v Crewe Alexandra
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
Bristol City v Fulham

A reminder that the Glovers tie will be played on Tuesday 5th December on the stadium pitch at Huish Park with a 7.30 p.m. kick-off.


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26 November 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Scunthorpe Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade blamed his side's poor start to the game as giving Scunthorpe United the upper hand in yesterday's top five clash that saw Scunny come out 2-0 winners. Billy Sharp scored the opening goal after just seven minutes and Slade felt that put the Glovers on the back foot for the rest of the match.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "To concede a goal so early is obviously not good, particularly when you are at home. That knocked the wind out of our sails. We didn't start with a great tempo but that certainly didn't help us. We didn't really create nearly enough chances to go on and win a football match."

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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25 November 2006 : MOTM Voting For Scunthorpe
Don't forget that you can vote for your Man Of The Match for today's match against Scunthorpe United by using the usual voting form. Scunny won the game through two Billy Sharp goals.

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


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25 November 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Scunthorpe United 2
George Murray's match summary :

High flying Scunthorpe United were too sharp for Yeovil Town this afternoon as two goals by Billy Sharp sent the visitors home with a deserved three points as Russell Slade’s side suffered their third defeat in their last five games.

It was a disastrous start for the Glovers who conceded inside seven minutes. Scunthorpe should to have been awarded a stone wall penalty by the referee in the build up to goal before Billy Sharp scored his fifteenth goal of the campaign following Ian Baraclough’s inswinging corner. Scunthorpe extended their lead on 62 minutes, which put the game beyond doubt. Billy Sharp grabbed his brace after great work from Cleveland Taylor who provided a superb ball through to Sharp at the far post who cleanly doubled the visitors lead.

Yeovil Town could barely threaten the Scunthorpe defence and never really managed to get into the match. Scunthorpe proved to be too strong for the Glovers and looked an extremely organised outfit as they commendably prevented their counterparts from performing their usual attractive flow of football that has seen the Glovers defy the odds and climb up into a play-off position. Yeovil slipped down a place into sixth while the visitors moved up a position into second following the three points.

Final score: Yeovil Town 0-2 Scunthorpe United

Attendance : 5,921


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25 November 2006 : Glovers Ironed Flat
In the fifth v third clash Yeovil Town were rather comfortably beaten by Scunthorpe United, two more goals from that regular thorn in the Glovers' side Billy Sharp settling the match. Sharp has now scored five times in the last three meetings between the clubs.

The Iron got their noses in front early on 7 minutes when Sharp found himself free in the six-yard box, and although the home side changed formation midway through the first half and then began changing personnel from the break, in truth Scunthorpe were rarely under serious pressure. Once the tally was doubled after more poor defending on 62 minutes there was only going to be one destination for the three points. Scunny move into second whilst Yeovil drop one to sixth.

Elsewhere Nottingham Forest had a shock when they went behind at home to lowly Millwall, but came back to win 3-1 and head the table by six points on 41. Oldham Athletic maintained their excellent run of form and cruised to a 0-3 victory at the Galpharm Stadium. That made it four wins on the bounce and they jump from 8th to 4th. Carlisle United were 0-2 down at home to Port Vale but came back to win 3-2 and are now just a point behind the Glovers. Crewe Alexandra looked like they would close right up on the play-off places when they took a 2-1 lead on 89 minutes, but there was still time for Chesterfield to snatch a draw.

Bristol City in 5th travel to Swansea City in 7th tomorrow, kick-off 1.30 p.m.

At the other end of the table Yeovil's next opponents Rotherham United had their first league loss in seven, losing 1-0 at Gillingham. The Millers remain in 19th, but would be 9th without their ten point deduction.

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


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24 November 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on third-placed Scunthorpe United at Huish Park tomorrow knowing that a win against the Lincolnshire side would lift themselves up to at least third in the League One table. Scunthorpe lie just a point ahead in the table, whilst fourth-placed Bristol City do not play until Sunday, making this match probably the biggest of the division's fixtures tomorrow.

The Glovers go into this match in good form as far as their League One matches are concerned, having lost only one match in their last 11 games - an identical record to their opponents who despite losing manager Brian Laws have still managed to hold together the strong run that has propelled themselves up the table. Like Yeovil, Scunny represent a surprise package at this end of the table, having been tipped by many to be one of the relegation strugglers at the start of the season.

Yeovil go into the game still without long-term absentee Andy Lindegaard, who is making slow but steady progress from a groin injury. Scott Guyett will also be sat on the sidelines, whilst he serves the final game in his three match ban.

Manager Russell Slade's other concerns lie in the trio of defender Terry Skiverton and midfielders Paul Terry and Arron Davies. All three were expected to resume full training yesterday, with Skivo coming back from ankle ligament damage whilst Terry and Davies picked up knocks against Leyton Orient last weekend. Terry's situation has been complicated by the news of his mother's hospitalisation (see earlier today) which will doubtless mean that his selection within the team will require late assessment.

Slade is in no doubt as to how tough the opposition will be having watched Scunny's 4-0 demolition of league leaders Nottingham Forest on Sky Sports earlier this season. Speaking to the Western Gazette he gave his verdict on them:

"I think they are the best side in League One. They went to Nottingham Forest and won 4-0. They have very good understanding and fluency to their game. The Leyton Orient game has given us something to build on and it is nice to be playing at home again."

Nigel Adkins is currently in charge of the Iron in a caretaker capacity and he claims that his side will not be playing for the draw tomorrow but will instead try and grab all three points:

"We have got a good balance of players at this club - and we're confident. Some people might think that a draw away from home at Yeovil will not be a bad result, but we are looking at it in a more positive frame of mind, that we can actually take three points off Yeovil. Everyone looks at it that you have got to win your home games if you want to be up there, but if you can go and win away games as well, then you give yourself a real opportunity. There will be times in games where the tempo is not right and we have to defend - but we want to play attacking football."

Adkins is currently having to manage without big target man Steve Torpey, although when you have the highly rated Andy Keogh and Billy Sharp holding the fort, matters are hardly desperate. Experienced defender Andy Crosby (hamstring) and winger Ian Morris (knee) will take late fitness tests before Adkins chooses his final side, who came through their FA Cup First Round Replay against Cheltenham Town by a 2-0 scoreline on Tuesday night.

Matches between Yeovil and Scunthorpe are rarely dull, and a pair of 4-3 wins for the Glovers stand out as two of the most memorable matches since Yeovil entered the Football League. However, the last meeting between the two clubs saw Scunny win 1-0 at Huish Park with Sharp the scorer on the night in a tight game. That represented Scunthorpe's first ever victory at Huish Park at the third attempt.

Tickets for the match are available on the day at the usual Matchday Rate from the Huish Park Ticket Office and the match kicks off at 3.00pm.

Link: April 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Scunthorpe United 1.

Link: October 2005 : Scunthorpe United 3 Yeovil Town 4.

Link: February 2005 : Yeovil Town 4 Scunthorpe United 3.


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24 November 2006 : Welcome Leon, Farewell Marcus
Glovers boss Russell Slade is expecting new loan signing Leon Best to settle into the club very quickly given how familiar his new surroundings will be to him. In addition to having worked with club physio Jim Joyce at St Mary's Stadium, Best also played in the same team as Arron Davies and is on loan from Southampton - the same club the Glovers have taken defender Martin Cranie on another loan deal.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound Russell admitted that Best was one of several possible options that he had, but that the familiarity that the 20 year old striker would have with various personnel at Huish Park was attractive:

"I was trying to get a list together and there were one or two targets I was tracking. Leon seems to fit the bill and knows an awful lot about the place in many ways, because Martin Cranie has been here for two or three weeks already and also Arron Davies and him used to play together in Southampton Reserves, so he'll find it a friendly place to come into and I'm sure he'll settle in. "Leon has got good presence and good pace and it gives us another body and gives me more options."

Russell recognises that one of his other loan signings Marcus Stewart will play his last game for the club on Saturday before his return to Bristol City and even though the club have made no secret of their hopes to bring Stewart to Huish Park on a permanent basis in January, he recognises that he still needs cover for December whilst Stewart is at Ashton Gate and sees Best as that extra option. Speaking to the Western Morning News he explained:

"It will boost our forward line once again. It's Stewie's last game for us tomorrow and he's done brilliantly and now, hopefully, we can do a deal to bring him here permanently. But in the mean time we have to look at the amount of fixtures that we have coming up in December and bring somebody else in, so the signing boosts us."

Slade reiterated the news that both Yeovil and Bristol City were still in dialog over Stewart's future, with Yeovil Chairman John Fry and Robins Chairman Steve Lansdown both admitting talks have commenced. But Slade told BBC Somerset Sound that there was no immediate rush for an outcome:

"Obviously dialog is going to take place between the two football clubs and in particular the two chairmen. We're hopeful that our proposals and Bristol's understanding of it all will all come together and we can do a deal. But there's a lot of water still to go under the bridge and we can't do anything about it now until January and that's when we'd like to bring him back."


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24 November 2006 : Scunny Start Tough Pre-Christmas Run
Third placed Scunthorpe United arrive at Huish Park knowing that they face a tough set of pre-Christmas games in order to stay in the promotion positions. The Glovers lie in fifth place in the table and Scunny follow that up with a trip to Tranmere Rovers - the team that tonight leapfrogged over them with a 2-0 win over Blackpool to lie in second place following Friday night's results.

Coming up sharply after that pair, they face two other sides chasing playoff positions with a trip to Carlisle United being followed by a home match against Blackpool, who until tonight had been mounting an impressive surge up the table suggesting that their new Latvian regime is finally bearing fruits.

Scunny have been rocked recently though by the departure of long serving manager Brian Laws who left this month for Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. However, so far their form has not suffered, with caretaker manager Nigel Adkins having clocked up two wins and a draw since his former boss departed. Speaking to the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph though, he has admitted that the next few weeks could be crucial:

"We are coming into a run of fixtures where we have hard games away from home and hard games at home against teams who come the end of the season are going to be up there challenging. If we can stay in contention until after Christmas, then we will have deserved to be up there."

Adkins claims though that his side will not be settling for a string of draws out of these games, believing that his side are good enough to gain promotion at the end of the season:

"There is an inner-belief in this squad of players that we could actually achieve something very special this season. Everyone has got a determination not to be frightened of the opposition we face - but to look forward to the challenge. We will approach them all in a positive manner and if we do get an adverse result, it will be through an honest mistake and because the opposition will have had to have earned that win. We will not worry about it, we will digest it and move on - and look forward to victory in the next game."


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24 November 2006 : Youth Game Is OFF
Tomorrow's Youth Team home match against Plymouth Argyle has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Rather ironically the game had only just been switched from Westland's ground to the Top Pitch. Heavy rain combined with the current weather forecast has resulted in the match being called off.


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24 November 2006 : PT's Mum In Hospital
The London newspapers are reporting today that Paul Terry's mother was rushed into hospital yesterday following a heart attack. She has been taken from her home in Islington to Whittington Hospital in Highgate in North London where the London Lite (a lunchtime freebie version of the Evening Standard) quote a source close to the family as saying "the family is optimistic she will make a good recovery".

Sue Terry spent what is her 48th birthday today in hospital where she is fully conscious and has been moved into the hospital's assessment unit. Both Paul and his brother - Chelsea captain John Terry visited their mother in hospital last night.

Obviously whether Paul is involved in tomorrow's home match against Scunthorpe United will very much depend upon events up in North London, where Paul must undoubtedly put the well-being of his family first. Ciderspace wishes Sue a full recovery and obviously our thoughts are with PT, John and their families.


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24 November 2006 : At Last: Change Shirt Arrives
Yeovil Town has announced that the long awaited new change shirt, harking back to part of the club's history in Petters United, has arrived at last following repeated delays only resolved through a complete change in supplier.

Shirts will be on sale from 10.00 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday) in the Huish Park Club Shop.

Commercial Manager Dave Linney said on the club's Official Site :

We are please to announce that the new away strip will be arriving and ready for sale in the Official Club Shop on Saturday morning, from ten o'clock. The sized range on the initial order will be from seven to eight years right through to XXL.

Further stock will arrive on a weekly basis and will include all other sizes that have not been delivered from the first batch. Shorts and socks will follow in the next two to three weeks.

We would like to thank supporters for their patience in this matter.


The club issued £5.00 off vouchers through the programme for the match against Cheltenham Town back at the beginning of October as a gesture towards fans who have now lost four months of usage. Full prices are : adult sizes £39.00, child sizes £29.00.


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24 November 2006 : FL Launch 'League Leader'
This week the Football League launches what it bills as a new weekly on-line magazine "featuring all the news from the world's original league football competition". Those who have received or accessed the FL's weekly newsletter, Goala!, for the last few years won't see much that is 'new', though the magazine, titled League Leader, is a little slicker and better formatted. Official issue day will be Fridays. You will require a .pdf reader, and can view or download edition No.1 here.


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23 November 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 month's 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers. 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.


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23 November 2006 : Youth Team Statistics Pages Updated
The set of pages containing statistics for the Youth Team have been updated today to include Tuesday's 2-0 win against Brentford in the FA Youth Cup(see our match report from early this morning). Access the pages using the links below or use the main Statistics Section on Ciderspace.

The Youth Team take on Plymouth Argyle on Saturday back in the Puma Youth Alliance League. Note that this match will take place on the Huish Park Top Pitch, and not at Westland Sports, which has been used for most home matches this season.

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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23 November 2006 : Third Round F.A. Youth Cup Date
The date has been set for the F.A. Youth Cup Round Three Proper tie between Yeovil Town and Ipswich Town as Tuesday 5th December. Kick-off at Huish Park will be 7.30 p.m.

We await to see if this will have a knock on effect on the Reserve fixture against Bristol City currently scheduled for the following afternoon at Huish Park.


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23 November 2006 : McCallum Out On Loan Again
Following his spell at Tamworth another loan in the Conference beckons for Gavin McCallum. Troubled club Crawley Town will be his destination, until 6th of January 2007 providing The Reds survive that long.

Starting the season on a ten point deduction for going into administration Crawley have done remarkably well on the pitch considering their squad is almost entirely cobbled together from assorted loanees and youth trainees, and have hauled themselves into 23rd place. However off the pitch they continue to stumble from crisis to crisis. Since last getting the winding up order against them adjourned their management team of John Hollins and Alan Lewer have given up and walked. Ben Judge and ex-Yeovil David Woozley currently hold things together splitting the roles of caretaker manager, coach, club captain, senior players, chief cooks and bottle washers between them. Crawley return to court early next month for the next instalment of their battle to avoid liquidation.


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23 November 2006 : Leon Best In On Loan
With the 5.00 p.m. deadline closing in Yeovil Town have secured the services of Leon Best on loan until 1st January 2007.

The Glovers have been searching hard to cover the striker gap that will be left when Marcus Stewart departs (temporarily or permanently remains to be seen) after the match against Scunthorpe United this coming Saturday. At least one other set of negotiations Ciderspace had heard tell of appear not to have come through, but twenty-year-old Best is a highly regarded prospect at St Mary's. He is a big powerful striker in the traditional British centre-forward style who holds the ball up, brings others into play, then gets into the box to put himself about.

Saints signed Best as a youth from Notts County in 2003. He made his first-team debut on his 18th birthday at the start of the 2004-5 season, coming on as a substitute against Newcastle United, having previously had a couple of tastes of the bench. In October 2004 he was given his first start as an injury riven Saints went to Goodison Park.

He has remained on the fringe of the first-team squad and has had loan spells at Queens Park Rangers (2004-05) and twice at Sheffield Wednesday (2005 and 2006). There was a set back in 2005 when he broke his foot.

He began this season with a three month loan spell at League One rivals AFC Bournemouth where he made 17 appearances, fourteen of them starts, scored three goals and picked up five bookings. Yeovil fans will recall him from our second league fixture of the season, a 0-0 home draw against the Cherries.

With Martin Cranie already at Huish Park on loan and Jim Joyce on the backroom staff there will be a couple of faces he knows to help him settle in quickly. Welcome, Leon.


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23 November 2006 : Brittain Loan Revisited
The Official Site has now confirmed the report on Ciderspace (21st November, below) that the loan spell of Martin Brittain from Ipswich Town had been extended. It adds a further detail that the extension will take him through to 31st January 2007 at Huish Park.

Manager Russell Slade was upbeat about securing the services of Brittain for another two months, and appears to be looking past that as well, saying : .....and hopefully beyond that if he still continues to perform as he has done.


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23 November 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Brentford U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s
The Ciderspace Match Report for Tuesday night's superb 2-0 win for the Youth Team over Brentford in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup is now available in full. The Glovers won the match thanks to two second half goals from Tom Clarke and will face Ipswich Town at home in the Third Round.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Brentford U18s 0 Yeovil Town U18s 2.


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22 November 2006 : Ticketing News
Details of the ticketing for Brighton & Hove Albion on Boxing Day have been released.

Tickets for away supporters are on sale at Huish Park Ticket Office only for this match. Season Ticket Holders have until Saturday 25th November to make their purchase, with remaining tickets going on general sale from Monday 27th November.

Given Withdean Stadium would be most people's worst stadium in Division One, and the away area is particularly poor with dreadful viewing - put binoculars on your Christmas list if you don't have a pair - they have a real nerve with the pricing :

adult £22.50; seniors £14.50; student £16.00; under 16 £13.00; under 10 £1.00 (if accompanied by a paying adult).

Ten wheelchair spaces are available for away fans.

Still, at least we can be grateful we only have to go there once in a season. Prices for home fans are even steeper, and they have to stump up some of the most exhorbitant prices we've come across in League One every fortnight.

It appears that the capacity at Withdean has been reduced yet again, now seemingly down to 6,973. The maximum away allocation is 756.

Meanwhile two bits of better news on ticketing at Huish Park. Firstly, Season Ticket Holders can take a friend to the televised match against Huddersfield Town, now on the evening of Friday 5th January, for just £5.00. We would advise STH's in seated areas to move early if they wish to make the most of this opportunity, to increase the chances of being able to sit near this friend (presuming they wish to do so!).

Secondly, the match against Millwall on Saturday 3rd February is no longer to be Premium Priced. Supporters may be inclined to draw their own conclusions about the validity of the spin put out by the club to justify the Premium Price policy in the first place. The fixture against Swansea City on Saturday 24th February remains Premium Priced at this point.


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21 November 2006 : Youth Team Shock Brentford To Book Third Round Place
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side pulled off a shock result in the FA Youth Cup tonight when they defeated Brentford 2-0 at Griffin Park in a Second Round tie. The 'shock' element was that the home side had comfortably beaten the Glovers only last month in a league cup competition and a tough evening was expected.

The Bees unsurprisingly held the uppper hand during much of the early stages of the game although this was not such a one-sided first half as last month's league cup match. The odd chance was created at the other end, with Liam Hoarder denied by a strong save from Bees keeper Seb Brown when he headed goalward, whilst Danny O'Brien's effort from the right flank went into the side netting on the angle.

One of Brentford's faults in the past meeting between the two sides was their tendency to overpass the ball without genuinely creating too many chances, and bar the odd moment when the ball whistled across the face of the box, Yeovil were finding it relatively comfortable going at the back, with keeper Peter Burridge finding his work mainly limited to collecting crosses.

Just past the hour mark though, the Glovers got a goal out of nothing. Tom Clarke received the ball on the left flank, and spotting the keeper somewhat off his line, went for a shot from distance, looping in a sensational 40 yard volley over the keeper's head and into the roof of the net.

Brentford tried to fight back, and went somewhat more direct, trying to test the ability of Burridge to deal with high balls into the box. But he and his defenders coped admirably, and the closest they got was when Ivailo Dimitrov tried to emulate Clarke's goal by shooting from distance, but Burridge showed he had spring in his shoes by brilliantly palming the ball over his crossbar.

With eight minutes left, a well worked team goal saw Liam Hoarder feed Tom Clarke on the left flank and he out-paced the Brentford defence to slot the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the area to seal the tie.

Congratulations to manager Stuart Housley and his players - their reward is a home tie against Ipswich Town in the Third Round of the competition. This tie is due to be completed by December 16th 2006.

Line-Up: 1. Peter Burridge 2. Matt Concliffe 12. Harry Sherwood 5. Gary Bowles 3. Oliver Wake 7. Danny O'Brien 4. Lewis Gundry 8. Phil Ormrod 11. Jamie Morgan 10. Liam Hoarder 9. Tom Clarke.

Subs: 13. John Steele 16. James Hatcher 17. Ren Turnock 15. Joe Hastie.

Attendance: 255


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21 November 2006 : Brittain's Loan Extended
The loan deal of Martin Brittain to Yeovil Town has been extended into a second month. This should take him through the Christmas holiday period with the Huish Park outfit, though Ipswich Town have included a twenty-four hour recall clause. Brittain has made three first team appearances in his loan spell to date.


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21 November 2006 : Nathan in TotW
Left back Nathan Jones is the latest Glover to make the Football League Team of the Week, for his performance in the 0-0 draw against Leyton Orient.

The full League One selection was :

Mark Bunn - Northampton Town
NATHAN JONES - Yeovil Town
Peter Murphy - Carlisle United
Jamie McCombe - Bristol City
Carl Dickinson - Blackpool
Cleveland Taylor - Scunthorpe United
Richard Wellens - Oldham Athletic
Keith Southern - Blackpool
Martin Woods - Rotherham United
Chris Porter - Oldham Athletic
Luke Varney - Crewe Alexandra


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21 November 2006 : Officials For Scunthorpe Game
Saturday's match against Scunthorpe United will see referee Andy Penn (West Midlands) take charge at Huish Park for the top five League One clash. This is not the first time he's been the man in the middle for a match between both clubs - in March 2004 he was at Glanford Park for Scunny's 3-0 win where we described him as "an irritatingly inconsistent official who never really gained control of the game". Oh dear!

His last trip to Huish Park was in February when MK Dons were able to grab a 94th minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw. Earlier that season he had been at the same ground for the November defeat against Oldham Athletic. But probably his most infamous moment came in May 1999 when he added on nine minutes of injury time that allowed Cheltenham Town into the Football League on the back of a 3-2 win and a 97th minute winner. Based on that and the MK Dons match, don't expect Mr Penn's whistle to blow too early on Saturday, and don't be too surprised if he is a little random with who he awards his cards to.

Mr Penn will be assisted by Andrew Bennett of Devon and Steve Creighton of Berkshire. Simon Knapp of Gloucestershire will be performing the duties of Fourth Official.

Link: April 1999 : Cheltenham Town 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2004 : Scunthorpe United 3 Yeovil Town 0.

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

Link: February 2006 : Yeovil Town 1 MK Dons 1.


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21 November 2006 : Brentford FA Youth Cup Match Preview
Yeovil Town's Youth Team play at Griffin Park tonight, kick-off 7.30pm when they take on Brentford in the FA Youth Cup Second Round. Admission prices are 3 pounds for Adults and 1 pound for concessions. Stuart Housley's side have the carrot of a Third Round tie against Ipswich Town as a reward if they can beat a Bees side who will provide a stern test having already beaten the Glovers 3-0 earlier this season.

On that day in October, Brentford bossed the first half, very much outpassing the Glovers, and it was not until the second period that Yeovil got back into the match and began to create their own chances. Certainly if they are to defeat the West London side, it is the home team's passing game that they will need to disrupt. Since that match, Lewis Gundry has been brought in as a central midfielder into Yeovil's squad and Stuart will no doubt be hoping that keeper John Steele has recovered from the hand injury that has kept him out of the last couple of matches, although Peter Burridge has proved an able deputy when called upon. Captain Gary Bowles should be available for the trip tonight given that Dorchester Town are not in action.

A curious feature of tonight's match is that Brentford's First Team Manager will effectively be in charge of their Youth Team! Having removed Leroy Rosenior from first team duties following their 0-4 home defeat against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, Youth Team manager Scott Fitzgerald is now temporarily in charge of first team affairs at Griffin Park, and presumably will double-up for tonight's game.

At least a few hardy souls from the Capital Glovers and Ciderspace will be in attendance at tonight's game. If you have time for a pre-match drink, then we'd recommend The Griffin on the South-West corner of the ground - hopefully it will be a bit less packed than it normally is on matchdays! Otherwise look out for us in the ground.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford (covering our recent First Team visit to the ground).

Link: October 2006 : Brentford U18s 3 Yeovil Town U18s 0.


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20 November 2006 : Youth Team Statistics Pages Updated
The set of pages containing statistics for the Youth Team have been updated today to include Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers (see Saturday's article). 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.

A reminder that the Youth Team play at Griffin Park tomorrow (Tuesday) night, kick-off 7.30pm when they take on Brentford in the FA Youth Cup Second Round. Admission prices are 3 pounds for Adults and 1 pound for concessions.

Link: Match Statistics : Wycombe Wanderers U18s 3 Yeovil Town U18s 0.

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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20 November 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town U18s vs Oxford City U18s
Just in time for the Second Round match at Brentford tomorrow, Robin Evans has supplied a match report from last Wednesday's First Round match against Oxford City that saw the Glovers run out 6-1 winners at Huish Park.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town U18s 6 Oxford City U18s 1.


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20 November 2006 : SPC Fixture Rearranged
Because of the clash with tomorrow night's Second Round Proper F.A. Youth Cup fixture against Brentford (7.30 p.m., Griffin Park) the Second Round Somerset Premier Cup tie away to Minehead has been moved from Tuesday 21st November to Tuesday 28th November. Kick-off will be 7.45 p.m. at the Recreation Ground.


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20 November 2006 : Stewart Talks Commence At Last
Bristol City Chairman Steve Lansdown has acknowledged that talks have now commenced directly between himself and representatives from Yeovil Town over the future of loan striker Marcus Stewart. The Bristol-born forward makes the final appearance of his three month loan spell on Saturday against Scunthorpe United and whilst Football League rules prevent the Glovers from playing him in December, there is little doubt that boss Russell Slade would like him to sign permanently for the club on January 1st. Speaking to today's Western Daily Press Lansdown explained:

"After all the speculation about a move we have now actually started talking. It will be an ongoing process between the clubs and hopefully we can reach an agreement."

The big question mark for the short term though is what Slade can do about the month of December which will see him short of out-and-out strikers on Stewart's departure. Wayne Gray is Stewart's most obvious replacement in the starting eleven, but Arron Davies and Lee Morris have tended to be used in deeper roles on the wings so far this season, whilst Daniel Webb has only really troubled the first team when others have been injured. With the loan transfer deadline looming this Thursday, Slade is keeping his ear to the ground:

"We are always looking around because we have got ourselves in a half-decent position. We want to make sure we stay there. I am aware the deadline for loans is on Thursday so it could be a busy week on the phone."

The WDP mention that former Millwall striker Carl Asaba has so far been unable to find a club this season who will accept the long term deal he is rumoured to be demanding and so one possibility would be for Slade to offer him a short term deal with a release clause that would potentially suit both parties. Whether that door is still open remains to be seen.

The plans to bring Stewart in on a permanent deal could hinge upon City's own spending plans. The rumourmill is suggesting that City boss Gary Johnson has lined up a bid for Nottingham Forest striker Grant Holt and Sky Sports go as far as to claim that a fee of 300K has been agreed between the two clubs. Johnson refused to comment either way in his post-match interview with BBC Radio Bristol which is guaranteed to add to that speculation. If City do bring in Holt, then the pressure from Chairman Lansdown to remove a corresponding amount from the Ashton Gate wage bill will doubtless increase.


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19 November 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
The Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient is now available in full.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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19 November 2006 : Guide To Rotherham
For those making their way to Millmoor the Ciderspace guide can be found here.

A further reminder that the date of this match has changed. It is now Saturday 2nd December with a 3.00 p.m. kick-off.


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19 November 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Leyton Orient Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade was a far happier man than last week after seeing his team keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against Leyton Orient on Saturday. Although he conceded that a draw was probably a fair result, he felt that his side's first half performance could have won them the game.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "Particularly in the first half I felt we dominated long passages of play out there and created three or four decent chances. Their keeper pulled off two great saves for them in the first period and perhaps we were a little unlucky not to be going in with a little bit of an advantage. The second period was end to end and it could have gone either way."

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

The RealAudio version of the interview can also be found on the BBC Somerset Sound website by using the link below.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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19 November 2006 : F.A. Youth Cup Third Round Draw
Should Yeovil Town defeat Brentford in the Second Round Proper on Tuesday night (21st November) at Griffin Park, kick-off 7.30 p.m., we shall be facing Ipswich Town at Huish Park in Round Three.

The full draw is as follows :

1. Portsmouth v Norwich City
2. Cardiff City v Merthyr Tydfil or Thatcham Town
3. Luton Town v Northampton Town or Huddersfield Town
4. Wigan Athletic v Plymouth Argyle
5. Darlington or Stockport County v Southampton
6. Crystal Palace v Stoke City
7. Doncaster Rovers or Hartlepool United v Derby County
8. Aston Villa v Colchester United
9. Manchester United v Scunthorpe United or Lincoln City
10. Millwall v Manchester City
11. Salisbury City or Swindon Town v Queens Park Rangers
12. Macclesfield Town or Shrewsbury Town v Everton
13. Burnley v Milton Keynes Dons or Fisher Athletic
14. West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
15. Coventry City v Southend United
16. Walsall or Carlisle United v Middlesbrough
17. Woking or Exeter City v Newcastle United
18. Arsenal v Wycombe Wanderers or Gravesend & Northfleet
19. Birmingham City v Great Yarmouth Town or Chesterfield
20. Sunderland v Preston North End
21. Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
22. York City or Chester City v Tottenham Hotspur
23. Leeds United v Hull City
24. West Ham United v Charlton Athletic
25. Cambridge United or Tranmere Rovers v Crewe Alexandra or Morecambe
26. Barnsley v Stevenage Borough or Leyton Orient
27. Chelsea v Nottingham Forest or Port Vale
28. Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers
29. Brentford or YEOVIL TOWN v Ipswich Town
30. Sheffield United v Watford
31. Bristol City or Brighton & Hove Albion v Fulham
32. Reading v Blackburn Rovers

Ties to be completed by 16th December.


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18 November 2006 : Glovers Draw A Blank
Yeovil Town picked up their 6th away draw of the season this afternoon at the Matchroom Stadium when they were held 0-0 against Leyton Orient - the first time the Glovers have failed to score on their travels this season.

Much of that can be attributed to the goalkeeping of Orient's Glyn Garner, who was the busier of the two keepers, particularly in the first half when he twice denied Arron Davies, including one that Garner palmed onto the post, whilst Anthony Barry also found the home keeper in his way on two other occasions.

Orient came into the game much more during the second period, and their best chance came when a Matt Lockwood cross was deflected over Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall who had come off his line to claim the ball, but maintained his clean sheet thanks to debutant Martin Cranie who covered the goal-line to stop Orient from poking the loose ball home.

The tail end of the match turned a touch scrappy with neither side holding onto the ball particularly well, but Yeovil still came the closest to a winner with Cranie's header from a Martin Brittain free kick going inches over, whilst a long ranger from Nathan Jones in the final minute again brought the best out of Garner.

The result sees Yeovil slip down to 5th in the League One table, with Bristol City, Scunthorpe United and Tranmere Rovers all winning their matches today. Leaders Nottingham Forest only draw at Rotherham, but remain six points clear of a chasing pack where five clubs are separated by two points.

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


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18 November 2006 : Youth Team Lose At Wycombe
Yeovil Town's Youth Team lost 3-0 against Wycombe Wanderers in Buckinghamshire today. This was the final match of their League Cup Group and with past results already having confirmed that the Glovers would take no further part in the competition, Wycombe's need for a win was far greater than that of their opponents, with the three points allowing them to secure the runners-up spot in the group, whilst the Glovers will be more interested in Tuesday's FA Youth Cup match at Brentford.

Link: Final 2006-07 Puma Youth Alliance Cup South Section Table.


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18 November 2006 : MOTM Voting For Leyton Orient Match
Don't forget that you can vote for your Man Of The Match for today's match against Leyton Orient. The Glovers drew 0-0 at the Matchroom Stadium in a game that either side could easily have won. The result sees Yeovil drop to 5th in the league.

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


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17 November 2006 : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Despite Leyton Orient currently positioned uncomfortably at the bottom of League One, while Saturday’s opponents Yeovil Town lie twenty-two places above their counterparts, the clash tomorrow afternoon at the Matchroom Stadium will be as tough fixture as any this so far this season for Russell Slade’s players.

Yeovil Town have struggled recently in away fixtures when the home side has been very much the under-dogs and the pressure will be on for the travelling side to take something away from this fixture to put the past two disappointing away games behind them, which has seen them being dumped out of both the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and the FA Cup by lower league sides Shrewsbury Town and Rushden and Diamonds respectively. Leyton Orient, meanwhile, have seen an improvement in recent form and have only lost just one out of their six previous fixtures.

The travelling side will be boosted by the return of on-loan duo Marcus Stewart and winger Martin Brittain, who were both ruled out of playing in the FA Cup by their clubs, and both should slot straight back into the first team. Terry Skiverton surprisingly could also feature in the squad tomorrow having travelled with the squad after recovering ahead of schedule from the ankle injury sustained against Bristol City two weeks ago.

Martin Cranie, on-loan from Southampton until January, could be given his debut for Yeovil with Terry Skiverton unlikely to start the fixture and with Scott Guyett ruled out through suspension. With the positive news that the captain’s recovery is running ahead of schedule, Cranie will certainly be looking to stamp an immediate impression on the management team if he is given his first start before he will inevitably make way for Skiverton for the Scunthorpe match in the centre of defence but could be given the nod in an alternative if he performs well tomorrow.

In response to the bitterly disappointing exit in the FA Cup to the non-league opposition, Russell Slade called his players in for training on Sunday to work his sides substandard defending. Speaking to the Western Daily Press the manager said:

"We've worked exceptionally hard this week because that's the only way I know, if things aren't right. Last Saturday things were not right, so we've tried to put it right and I've had a good response from the players. It's been a long week but hopefully a productive one. I'm hoping last week's defending was a blip. We allowed far too many crosses to come into our box. Our marking and our defensive duties, individually and collectively, were poor. As you can imagine we've done a lot of work on that. I think we let the fans, the chairman and the football club down last weekend. There's no doubt about that in my mind. But over the season you have to give the players the benefit of the doubt. We've done very well in the league. I'm trusting them to bounce back and let's hope they do that."

Leyton Orient welcome back Adam Chambers to the first team having missed out on last weekends promising FA Cup win over Notts County after being suspended for the match. The O’s are without long-term injury casualties Adam Tann, who is recovering from surgery after been diagnosed with cancer, Michael Simpson, who is ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, and striker Efe Echanomi, who is still recovering from a broken ankle.

At the Matchroom Stadium Orient have only lost twice this season - their position at the wrong end of the table is down to their appalling away record that has seen them pick up only two points and leak 24 goals. At home though, they represent a very different proposition and have not lost there since late September.

Past meetings between the two clubs in East London have been fairly mixed. Last season, Orient knocked Yeovil out of the LDV Vans Trophy by a 2-0 scoreline, despite the home side putting out a near Reserve side. The previous year though, saw Yeovil come out 3-2 winners in a League Two match, thanks to Bartosz Tarachulski and Paul Terry with the winner being scored by debutant Arron Davies.

Yeovil fans pay on the day for this fixture and full details of pricing as well as a guide to the Brisbane Road area can be found on the Ciderspace guide.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: October 2005 : LDV Vans Trophy : Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2004 : Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 3.

[George Murray]


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17 November 2006 : Cranie Happy To Help Out With The Home Work
When new loan signing Martin Cranie got his dream move as a Yeovil schoolboy to the then Premiership side Southampton, the world was a very different place. His hometown club had just waved goodbye to Yeading, Purfleet, Enfield and Heybridge Swifts and were on their way into the Nationwide Conference after a two year hiatus in the ICIS League. Graham Roberts was the club's first team manager, and the players that the 11 year old defender would have seen playing in the centre of the Glovers back line were the likes of Lee Harvey and Rob Cousins. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound Cranie admitted things were very different back then:

"I played for Lyde United as a youngster but I also played for Yeovil Under-12s for a while and then that is where I got picked up by Southampton when I was 11 years old and I moved on. They were nothing like this to be honest. This is the highest they've ever been in the league isn't it? They are now seen as an average Football League team but I think they were in the Conference back then. To see where they are now is brilliant and I'm really happy for them."

Now with club captain Terry Skiverton only having a small chance of making tomorrow's match at Leyton Orient and fellow centre-back Scott Guyett suspended, a calf injury to Anthony Tonkin in Monday's Reserve Team game at Bristol Rovers means that Cranie is likely to make the jump from Yeovil Under 12s to Yeovil's first team tomorrow. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he was well aware of the situation having watched it all unfold before him as a spectator at the Bristol City game:

"I was at the (Bristol City) game when Skiverton was injured and Guyett was sent off. So I knew the club might be short of defenders. I'd already spoken to the gaffer (Russell Slade) about coming here and originally I think he wanted me as cover for the defensive positions and as a defensive midfielder. But I think that changed after the City game and it looks like I could be needed in central defence now. I'm pleased about that, because I'm always described as a 'versatile defender' in football books, but I think central defence is my best position."

Cranie said that when the loan move came to his attention he had no hesitation about his decision because of the ties he still has with the town, having gone to Bucklers Mead school:

"I'm back living at my mum's house, which is only about two minutes from Huish Park. I moved to Southampton when I was 16 and I've got a flat there now, but I always try to come back to Yeovil whenever I can. I had a few clubs wanting to take me on loan, but once I knew Yeovil were in for me it was the only place I wanted to come. The club has progressed so much in recent years - they were a non-league club when I was playing for the under-12s. I want to play a part in their bid for promotion and I've really enjoyed my time here so far. Now I just want to play."

Martin also revealed that he knows five of the current Yeovil squad, including Arron Davies who was a teammate on the South Coast and also Andy Lindegaard who he went to school with:

"I was with Arron Davies at Southampton and I know the former West Ham lads (Chris Cohen, Ishmael Welsh and Darren Behcet) from playing against them. I'm not sure Andy will thank me for saying it, but I think he used to coach me as he was a few years older than me!"

The 20 year old also said that he was hoping to use his spell with Yeovil to raise his profile at international level. Martin has been capped for England at Under 17, 18, 19 and 20 level, including captaining the Under 19s but has not been selected for some time and feels that is due to his inability to get into the Saints first team:

"I've been to a few youth championships, including a youth World Cup, and I captained the under-19s, which was a great honour. I haven't featured for England for a little while now because you need to be playing first-team football, and that's why I've come to Yeovil."


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17 November 2006 : Glovers In Talks With Stewart's Agents
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has stated this week that the club has been holding talks with the agents representing on-loan striker Marcus Stewart. The former Sunderland man has just two games left of his three month loan spell at Huish Park, and the Glovers have made no secret of their desire to capture him permanently from parent club Bristol City when the transfer window opens. Speaking to this week's Western Gazette, Fry explained:

"We have made approaches to Marcus' agents and are about to talk with Bristol City to see if a deal can be concluded. There are hurdles to overcome but we have to progress with the Marcus Stewart situation."

Fry added that it was important that the club looked at both the short term and long term picture with respect to the development of the playing squad:

"The team have performed very well this season and we now need to develop the squad to take us through the next two or three years. Marcus would be a big strength to the squad but he will only come to a squad which is progressing. We have to deal with the shorter-term issues as well at the moment, which is the games coming up."


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17 November 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 34 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 34 of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : 17th November 2006 : Week 34
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday E1992 Mr Stephen Chant, Wingfield Road, Sherborne
Tuesday E0764 Mrs C Shotton, Monmouth Road, Yeovil
Wednesday D1899 Mrs J M Collingwood, Orchard Close, North Petherton
Thursday A6167 Mrs C Childs, Long Furlong Lane, East Coker
Friday B7361 Mr R Biss, Glovers Court, Milborne Port

£10 Consolations
A1992 Mrs I Watts, Hillside View, Stoford
C1992 Mrs Steele, Honeylands, Curry Rival
A0764 Mr A Fenn, Sandhurst Road, Yeovil
B0764 W Smith, Westfield Grove, Yeovil
C0764 Mrs James, Monks Dale, Yeovil
D0764 Mr Turner, Witcombe Lane, Ash
A1899 Mr D Curtis, Coopers Mead, Shepton Mallet
B1899 Mrs C Parsons, Kingweston Road, Charlton Mackerell
C1899 Mrs Potter, Manor Gardens, Warminster
E1899 Mrs Paull, Alexandra Court, Bridport
B6167 Mr Bovey, Tintagel Road, Yeovil
D6167 Mr E Perry, Eastover, Langport
A7361 Mr Hepher, Bucklers Mead Road, Yeovil
C7361 Mrs S Gill, West Crescent, Ilminster


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17 November 2006 : Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient
A reminder that if you are travelling to Leyton Orient that the Ciderspace guide to Brisbane Road is as usual available to help you with directions, parking, ticketing and local pubs.

Don't forget our warnings regarding parking regulations and train/underground engineering works from earlier in the week.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.


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17 November 2006 : Questionnaire for Capital Glovers
Here's your inital chance to input into the direction of the Capital Glovers supporters group for London and South East-based Yeovil fans:

The first Capital Glovers Questionnaire can now be found online at:

http://www.capitalglovers.com/questionnaire

This news was also sent via email to the ever increasing Capital Glovers mailing list. To join the list or if you have any problems in filling in their questionnaire please email info@capitalglovers.com


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17 November 2006 : Capital Glovers At Brentford Next Tuesday
At least a few hardy souls from the Capital Glovers and Ciderspace will be in attendance at next Tuesday's FA Youth Cup match against Brentford, kick-off 7.30pm at Griffin Park.

If you have time for a pre-match drink, then we'd recommend The Griffin on the South-West corner of the ground - hopefully it will be a bit less packed than it normally is on matchdays!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brentford (covering our recent First Team visit to the ground).


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17 November 2006 : Capital Glovers Meet-Up Tomorrow
A reminder that the Capital Glovers collective are meeting prior to tomorrow's game with Leyton Orient in the Birbeck Tavern in Leyton which is situated 5 minutes from the tube station and around 10 minutes from Brisbane Road. The editorial team of Ciderspace will also be propping up the bar, so even if you're not a Capital Glover, come in and prop up the bar with us and introduce yourself. Organiser Seb White is also planning a night out at Walthamstow Dogs Track and has this to say about tomorrow:

Just another reminder about the Capital Glovers 'meeting' on Saturday, pre-match at the Birkbeck Tavern and post-match at Walthamstow Dogs.

I and no doubt a few others will be at the Birkbeck Tavern from 12 onwards. Here are the directions from Badger...

"It's about ten minutes from the ground, and especially convenient if you've come by tube, this is one of the best pubs in the area; and if you want any decent cider is the place to make for. As you exit Leyton tube turn left away from the ground. Follow the path for 20 yards and there is a gap in the railings with steps leading down to the road below. At the bottom of the steps turn left and follow Station Road as it straightens up parallel with the tube line (behind a row of houses), and at the end of the road follow it to the right as it joins up with Langthorne Road. You should have a high brick wall on the left hand side, behind which is a graveyard. The Birkbeck is on the left 200 yards down Langthorne Road and can be seen from a distance. Stocks three or more guest ales on handpull, plus Thatcher's cider, and the usual selection of lagers and bottles as well as an excellent selection of whisky. Two of the ales on tap when we were there in the 2004-05 season were sublime. Food is confined to rolls and sandwiches.

Birkbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Road, Leyton, London, E11 4HL. Tel: 020 8539 2584."

With regards to the dogs, I imagine there'll be a post-match drink in the Birkbeck and then we'll make our way to Walthamstow.

On the subject of the questionnaire, it will be online any time now - honestly!I've seen it and Dan has to make a couple of minor changes but it should be ready very soon.

They have been dispatched from our supplier in Belgium so we should have the Capital Glovers badges on sale on Saturday. They are £2 if you're not around on Saturday email us if you want one so I can reserve one for you,

With regards to the December meeting we are still trying to sort out an ex-player, we can have a quick chat about that on Saturday.

Hopefully see you as many of you as possible on Saturday.

This news was also sent via email to the ever increasing Capital Glovers mailing list. To join the list please email info@capitalglovers.com



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16 November 2006 : Club Choose New Shirt Manufacturers
Yeovil Town have announced a new trading partnership with sportswear manufacturer Vandanel to produce their team and replica kit over the next 3.5 seasons. They will replace Paulas Benara who had been the club's shirt manufacturers for the past eight seasons.

The deal has been struck following the ongoing non-availability of replica kit for the new away strip and the rights for that kit will now switch to Vandanel with a target date for delivery of "before Christmas 2006" being set. Paulas Benara will continue to supply the existing home kit up until the end of the 2006-07 season whereupon all replica kit and associated training kit will switch across to Vandanel.

The home kit will be changed this summer in accordance with the current two year cycle and this will be manufactured by Vandanel for the 2007-08 season, with them promising that the new kit will be "showcased" at the end of the current season. Associated training kit and leisure-wear will also be produced for sale in the Huish Park Club Shop.

The change of manufacturers comes as no great surprise after Paulas Benara missed deadline after deadline for this year's new away strip to be made available for supporters to buy. Inevitably, it appears the club have cut their losses and decided to switch to a manufacturer that they feel will keep to the deadlines and sales volumes required. Vandanel used to supply the club's kit during the 1990s and they claim to have deals with 14 other professional football clubs.


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16 November 2006 : Admission Prices For Brentford Youth Game
Brentford have set admission prices for next Tuesday's FA Youth Cup Second Round match against Yeovil Town in a match that will be played at Griffin Park on November 21st.

Spectators can gain admission for three pounds, whilst there are concessions available priced at one pound.

For the full Second Round draw and schedule, see the article below.


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16 November 2006 : FA Youth Cup Second Round Date Set
Yeovil Town's Second Round match against Brentford in the FA Youth Cup will be played on Tuesday 21st November with a 7.30pm kick-off at Griffin Park.

The finalised Second Round draw is as follows:

20 Nov 2006 19:30 Crewe Alexandra FC v Morecambe FC
21 Nov 2006 19:30 Brentford FC v Yeovil Town FC
21 Nov 2006 19:30 Wycombe Wanderers FC v Gravesend & Northfleet FC
21 Nov 2006 19:45 Woking FC v Exeter City FC
22 Nov 2006 19:00 Macclesfield Town FC v Shrewsbury Town FC
22 Nov 2006 19:00 York City FC v Chester City FC
22 Nov 2006 19:00 Doncaster Rovers FC v Hartlepool United FC
22 Nov 2006 19:00 Northampton Town FC v Huddersfield Town FC
22 Nov 2006 19:00 Walsall FC v Carlisle United FC (at Tamworth FC)
22 Nov 2006 19:00 Scunthorpe United FC v Lincoln City FC
22 Nov 2006 19:00 Great Yarmouth Town FC v Chesterfield FC
22 Nov 2006 19:00 Nottingham Forest FC v Port Vale FC
22 Nov 2006 19:00 Darlington FC v Stockport County FC
22 Nov 2006 19:00 Stevenage Borough FC v Leyton Orient FC
22 Nov 2006 19:30 Bristol City FC v Brighton & Hove Albion FC
22 Nov 2006 19:45 Merthyr Tydfil FC v Thatcham Town FC
22 Nov 2006 19:45 Milton Keynes Dons FC v Fisher Athletic FC
23 Nov 2006 19:00 Cambridge United FC v Tranmere Rovers FC
23 Nov 2006 19:30 Salisbury City FC v Swindon Town FC


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15 November 2006 : Six Of The Best For Youths In Cup
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side saved their best win of the season for tonight's FA Youth Cup First Round tie against Oxford City when they came out winners by a 6-1 scoreline, lining up a trip to Brentford in the next round.

The young Glovers put in an excellent performance that saw them score six spread out evenly across the whole 90 minutes, and the rout started as early as the 2nd minute when a header from captain Gary Bowles set things rolling. Just 10 minutes later Liam Hoarder doubled the lead when he got acres of space in the box to head home a long throw-in. Five minutes before the break, the score was 3-0 when a long ball over the top of the Oxford defence saw Tom Clarke run onto the through ball and chip the advancing keeper for the best goal of the half.

Oxford pulled a goal back in controversial fashion on 58 minutes when Mark Bell clearly controlled the ball with his hand just before firing home but match referee Stephen Robins was in a charitable mood and allowed the goal, much to the disgust of Bowles who was booked for telling the referee what he thought of the decision.

Eight minutes later that didn't matter when Tom Clarke bundled home from close range to restore Yeovil's three goal advantage. Then in the last five minutes, substitute Jamie Morgan made it 5-1, and two minutes later Liam Hoarder wrapped matters up with his 8th goal of the season.

A full match report will follow. Although no date has been arranged for the tie in West London, most second round matches are being played next week. The Reserves are also playing in the Somerset Premier Cup at Minehead next Tuesday, so a little bit of thought will no doubt be put into Yeovil's options for both competitions for next week.

Line-Up: 1. Peter Burridge 2. Greg Taafe 3. Oliver Wake 4. Lewis Gundry 5. Gary Bowles 12. Harry Sherwood 7. Danny O'Brien 8. Phil Ormrod 9. Tom Clarke 10. Liam Hoarder 11. Matt Concliffe

Subs: 13. Reynold Turnock 15. Jamie Morgan 16. James Thatcher 18. Joe Hastie

Goals: Gary Bowles (2 mins, 1-0), Liam Hoarder (12 mins, 2-0), Tom Clarke (40 mins, 3-0), Mark Bell (58 mins, 3-1), Tom Clarke (66 mins, 4-1), Jamie Morgan (86 mins, 5-1), Liam Hoarder (87 mins, 6-1).

Bookings: Gary Bowles (dissent), Tom Clarke (encroachment), Lewis Gundry (dissent).

Attendance: 189

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 6 Oxford City Under 18s 1.


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15 November 2006 : Engineering Works On Waterloo Line This Weekend
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to Leyton Orient this weekend should be aware that there are Engineering Works planned on the Exeter St Davids --> London Waterloo line on Saturday. The line will be closed between Andover and Woking, due to engineering works in Basingstoke and buses will replace trains in this area.

The relevant segment from the South West Trains website reads:

Saturday 18 November 2006
Basingstoke Area - All Day


All lines will be closed all day in the Basingstoke area and no trains will run in the area bounded by Farnborough, Winchester, Andover, and Reading. A limited train service will run between Woking and Farnborough. Many services will leave London Waterloo earlier than normal and will make additional stops with longer journey times.

"West of England" services to and from Salisbury and Exeter will start from / terminate at Andover. Bus services will run between Woking, Basingstoke and Andover. Passengers use alternative train services between London Waterloo and Woking.


There are numerous other diversions and alterations in this area for all other services running through Basingstoke. We'd recommend you use the link below for further details if you are travelling from any of the Southern Counties on a route that goes via Basingstoke.

Link: South West Trains Website : Engineering Works : 18th November 2006.

Link: South West Trains Website : 18th November 2006 : Exeter St Davids --> London Waterloo Revised Timetable (requires Acrobat Reader to display/print).

To make matters more complicated, there are numerous closures on the London Underground network this weekend including the Waterloo and City Line which is closed all day. For that reason, we'd recommend that you go from Waterloo to Leyton by one of two routes:

a) Waterloo to Tottenham Court Road on the Northern Line. Then Central line Eastbound to Leyton. OR
b) Waterloo to Stratford on the Jubilee Line. Then Central line Eastbound to Leyton.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.


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15 November 2006 : Leyton Orient Parking Warning
Reports have reached us that there is currently a clampdown on illegal parking in the Leyton area this season, particularly centring on those who park vehicles in the area during Leyton Orient's home matches.

Most parking restrictions in that area of East London apply on Saturdays and Yeovil supporters travelling to Leyton by car or minibus are warned to pay attention to parking notices, including "residents only" signs and "maximum stay" signs as currently the experience is that the local authorities are sticking to the letter of the law.

Due to previous problems with illegal parking, teams of wardens from local authorities and private companies are tending to come out in force on Saturday afternoons and are ticketing - and in extreme cases clamping - cars that break the stated regulations. The local perception is that it is football traffic in the Brisbane Road area that they are seeking to target. We'd therefore recommend that you pay close attention to the surrounding signs when parking your vehicle on Saturday.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.


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15 November 2006 : Youth Team vs Oxford City Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Oxford City's Under 18s side in the FA Youth Cup tonight at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45pm in the First Round of the competition, in a match that has been rearranged following last week's fog-related postponements.

The carrot for both teams is a tough-looking away tie at Brentford in the Second Round. Oxford City come into the tie having beaten Aldershot Town in the final qualifying round on penalties and manager Stuart Housley had both sides watched in that tie played last month.

The Youth Team have been in erratic form this season, following their Championship win last year, having to readjust with several players having gone over-age, combined with a change in competition rules that allow sides to field a number of over-aged players, but only if they are part of a formal Academy or Centre of Excellence structure. However, their recent wins over Cheltenham Town and Plymouth Argyle show that they are gradually finding their feet, albeit mainly on their home turf.

Housley's side should be boosted by the return of captain Gary Bowles, who is currently performing a dual role - playing only for the Youth Team when Dorchester Town, who he is on non-contract terms with, do not have a game. He is expected to partner Harry Sherwood, a big central defender who is the son of former first-teamer Jeff Sherwood and is a significant presence at the back and a very different-styled player to the more lanky Bowles. Tom Parsons filled in for Bowles on Saturday at the back, and will no doubt feature somewhere in the sixteen even if he does not start.

In goal, John Steele should keep his place, provided he has recovered from a knee injury sustained against Queen's Park Rangers. John is a tall keeper who has had past talks with Portsmouth in the past, and because of his height has a strong aerial presence. In reserve, Peter Burridge, a very agile vocal deputy stands by if Steele is not fit.

The full-back positions are more up for grabs, but in the main have been grabbed by James Hatcher (left-back) and Jamie Morgan (right-back) during the season. Morgan is the more attacking of the pair, and certainly often pushes forward on a regular basis, so much so that he played as a right-winger on Saturday. Another right-back Ollie Wake has suffered from a couple of injuries this season and was missing again on Saturday.

Although Morgan played out on the right wing on Saturday, that spot has usually been filled by Danny O'Brien this season, but he sat out Saturday's match. Danny is one of the few to be in his second season with the club and is a classic winger who will use his pace to drive at the full-back. Another option Stuart has is to use Ren Turnock, who has tended to feature more from the bench, but has tended to be a real handful with his pace when coming up against tired legs.

In central midfield, Lewis Gundry is the newest addition to the squad, having come in last month, and he has settled in well - even featuring and scoring for the Reserve team against Bristol Rovers on Monday and he is likely to continue that role tonight. Up front will undoubtedly be Liam Hoarder - the team's top scorer with six goals and a good all-round striker who is strong with his feet and his head.

The other three positions on the park - central midfield, left-wing and supporting striker - tend to vary from match to match, mainly due to the flexibility that some of Stuart's key players offer. The trio of Phil Ormrod, Tom Clarke and Matt Concliffe are all in their second year with the club and thus represent - along with captain Bowles - the leadership on the park.

Phil usually operates as a striker, but often drops deep into the midfield where his physical strength can help break up the play of some of the more brutal oppositions Yeovil face. Tom is the team's captain when Bowles is unavailable and can play any of central midfield, left-wing or up front. He was given a professional contract by the club over the summer, and his style of play is more in the Arron Davies/Gavin Williams type of attacking midfielder who likes to start his runs from deep and then fire in shots on goal from distance. Matt is much the same, but his overall speed tends to see him used either out wide or up front.

Other options Stuart has for his side come from the likes of Greg Taafe, a tall combative central midfielder who scored his first goal for the club late last month against Cheltenham Town and has featured in most games this season. On Saturday, he also operated as a right-back, proving that he also has some flexibility on his play as well.

Joe Hastie is another central midfielder who has tended to provide cover on the bench, whilst Lee Bailey is another who has tended to come on late during games, with his physical presence and height allowing him to play both in the centre of defence as well as up front. Darren Watts has tended to miss out most of this season with the right/centre-back suffering injury problems, meaning that he has not been in the squad for some time.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm tonight, and Adults can gain entrance for 4 pounds, whilst Concessions are available at 2 pounds. Entry will be via the Yeovil College Stand. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, the match will go to Extra Time and penalties on the night.


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14 November 2006 : Youth Team Statistics Pages Updated
The set of pages containing statistics for the Youth Team have been updated today to include Saturday's 5-1 defeat against Queen's Park Rangers (see yesterday's match report). 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.

A reminder that the Youth Team play on the Huish Park main pitch tomorrow (Wednesday) night, kick-off 7.45pm when they take on Oxford City in the FA Youth Cup First Round. Admission prices are 4 pounds for Adults and 2 pounds for concessions.

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 November 2006 : Ladies After Eight
With Yeovil Town Ladies having put seven past them earlier in the season Swindon Spitfires probably weren't looking forward to the arrival of the Glovers on Sunday, and the visitors didn't disappoint, putting eight unanswered goals past the side propping up the league on this occasion.

In what must virtually* be seen as a two filly race already for the South West Women's Premier Division title Cullompton Rangers romped what could have been a tricky fixture away to third placed University of Bristol 1-6. They remain a point ahead of Yeovil Town, and have the added advantage of a game in hand, though a markedly inferior goal difference.

The Glovers next scheduled fixture was at home to Penzance this coming Sunday (19th November) but this appears to have been postponed. Rangers have a blank weekend in the league, so the race will not resume until Sunday 3rd December when Yeovil travel to Cullompton for a crunch match that will go a long way to deciding the Champions. With both clubs so dominant in the divison one feels the Glovers can not afford to lose this one, as it's hard to see where Rangers would let slip a four point lead with a game in hand that a win would give them.

* Penzance have only played four league games to date for some reason, so although 14 points adrift of Yeovil Town and 15 of Cullompton could theoretically make up the ground with their games in hand.


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14 November 2006 : Bristol Rovers Reserves Match Details
Further to yesterday's brief details on the Reserve Team match against Bristol Rovers Reserves, further information on the match has been coming out. The Glovers won the game with a goal in each half from Youth Teamers Tom Clarke and Lewis Gundry against a Rovers side that included their £200,000 striker Rickie Lambert, who has so far failed to settle into the Rovers first team.

The first half of the game undoubtedly belonged to the Glovers, and really they could have been more than 1-0 up by the break. Rovers keeper Mike Green saved from Tom Clarke, and turned a Jean-Paul Kalala free kick around the foot of the post whilst Gavin McCallum fired over the bar. Daniel Webb got into good positions on five separate occasions but in all bar one of the situations, he failed to trouble the keeper with his shots and headers mainly going wide of the goalframe. Glovers keeper Darren Behcet barely needed to make a save, with the home side's best efforts from Rickie Lambert and Lewis Haldane being put wide of the target.

The goal that Yeovil's play deserved arrived 34 minutes into the half. Ishmael Welsh, who had been supplying a number of earlier chances, put the ball into the box from the left and Tom Clarke's looping header sailed into the net to give Yeovil a 1-0 half time lead.

The second period saw Rovers wake up a touch and even up the game, although the game was over an hour old by the time Behcet had to make his first real save of the game - pushing a Lewis Haldane effort around the foot of his post.

Kalala could have extended Yeovil's lead were it not for an excellent save by Mike Green in the Rovers goal, but with four minutes to go substitute Lewis Gundry sealed the game. Tom Clarke's volley was bravely headed off the line by Rovers defender Jake Rudman, but with keeper and defender having committed themselves for the first attempt, Gundry's follow-up attempt was low and hard and took a deflection to seal the game.

Yeovil Town: (tbc - squad) Darren Behcet, Craig Alcock, Bradley Thomas, Gary Bowles, Jake Smeeton, Ishmael Welsh, Jean-Paul Kalala, Stephen Maher, Anthony Tonkin, Tom Clarke, Daniel Webb, Gavin McCallum, Lewis Gundry.

Bristol Rovers: Mike Green, Jon Cox (Theo Tonkin 86), Tom Parrinello, Chris Lines, Lee Ayres, Ollie Barnes, James Palmer, Matt Beadle (Jake Rudman 72), Lewis Haldane, Rickie Lambert, Cai Jin Yuan (Lewis Clare 65). Not Used: Scott Thomas, Luke Owen.


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14 November 2006 : Glovers Find Money Falling From The Sky
Yeovil Town's exit from the FA Cup this weekend has been tempered slightly by the news that they will pocket £30,000 from their January televised fixture with Huddersfield Town. Today's Western Daily Press reveals the Glovers will receive the sum on completion of the January 5th match - a sum certainly not to be sniffed at given that they have gone out at the first stage in all three cup competitions this season.

Club director Stephen Allinson told the WDP that whilst it didn't fully compensate for the loss of any prospective cup run, that it was to be welcomed:

"The TV money is not as lucrative as an FA Cup run but it's nice to have the cameras here to show off our pitch and it's good to have a wider audience to see the sort of football we play. I would have been disappointed if they hadn't chosen us at some point soon. Against Huddersfield we virtually ensured our survival last season and when we played them earlier this season that was when we announced ourselves as a good team in League One this year."

Stephen has also claimed that the early exit from the cup will not affect the club's position when negotiating with fellow League One side Bristol City over the future of on-loan striker Marcus Stewart pointing out that the money available in the playing budget had been preallocated prior to any cup draws being made:

"We have been talking regarding Marcus for some time and it's a separate issue. Yeovil is a sensibly-run club and every club that is sensible budgets to go out in the first round of every cup competition."


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14 November 2006 : Rotherham Game Brought Forward
Yeovil Town's League One fixture against Rotherham United has been brought forward by three days due to both sides going out of the FA Cup at the First Round stage. The sides were due to meet at Millmoor on Tuesday 5th December but will now face each other on Saturday 2nd December, kick-off 3.00pm on a day that had originally been left blank for FA Cup Second Round day.


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13 November 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : QPR U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s
The Ciderspace Match Report for Saturday's 5-1 defeat for Yeovil Town's Youth Team is now online via the link below.

Don't forget that the Youth Team are in action on the Huish Park Main Pitch on Wednesday night in the FA Youth Cup First Round against Oxford City. Adults are admitted for 4 pounds whilst concessiond are available for 2 pounds.

If you've missed having the Reserve games in the evening this season, then Wednesday is the perfect opportunity to see some of those who play regularly for the Reserves in action at the more normal kick-off time of 7.45pm.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : QPR U18s 5 Yeovil Town U18s 1.


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13 November 2006 : Officials For The Matchroom
Pat Miller (Bedfordshire) has been appointed referee for the League One fixture between Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town on Saturday 18th November. Mr Miller was the official in the middle on our visit to the City Ground last season.

John Hayto (Essex) and Darren Sheldrake (Surrey) will be the assistant referees, David Margetts (Essex) the fourth official.

The Ciderspace guide can be reached here.


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13 November 2006 : Reserves Beat Rovers
Yeovil Town Reserves beat Bristol Rovers Reserves 2-0 at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon. A Tom Clarke looping header on 34 minutes was followed up by a deflected Lewis Gundry goal a minute from time as the Glovers ran out comfortable winners. We'll have more details of this game in due course.


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13 November 2006 : BBC Local Radio Interviews For Rushden
The BBC local radio interviews from Saturday's FA Cup match against Rushden and Diamonds are now available on the BBC Somerset Sound website. In addition to Russell Slade's post-match views, they have also recorded a RealAudio format interview with Chris Cohen.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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13 November 2006 : Youth Games Against Plymouth Switched
Yeovil Town's Youth Team games against Plymouth Argyle have been switched from the originally published fixture lists.

The match on November 25th 2006 is now a home game, whilst the corresponding fixture on March 3rd 2007 will be played in Plymouth.

On a more general issue, we are now expecting the Westland Sports ground behind the Airfield Tavern in Alvington to be the default venue for all Youth Team fixtures from now on, with the exception of Wednesday's FA Youth Cup match against Oxford City. The club have tended to swap between Westland pitches and the Huish Park Top Pitch over the course of the last few seasons, but the Alvington pitch is expected to be the one used for the foreseeable future.


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13 November 2006 : Glovers Live On Sky
Yeovil Town's home match against Huddersfield Town has been selected to be broadcast live on Sky Sports when the two clubs meet up in the New Year. The game will now kick off on the preceding evening and therefore will take place on Friday 5th January 2007, with a 7.45pm kick-off.


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12 November 2006 : Guide To Orient
For those heading for the Leyton Orient fixture next Saturday (18th November) the Ciderspace profile can be found here or through the usual home page and menu links.

The London Glovers are taking the opportunity to hold a meeting that day ahead of the match : Birkbeck Tavern from around 12.00 noon onwards. Anyone welcome to drop by, London exiles or otherwise, especially if they're buying!


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12 November 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Rushden vs Yeovil Town
The Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Rushden and Diamonds is now available. Chris Cohen scored the Glovers' only goal as they went down to two Michael Rankine strikes and a Chris Hope header.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Rushden and Diamonds 3 Yeovil Town 1.


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12 November 2006 : Remembering A Happier Weekend
A week is a long time in football as well as politics. Casting our minds back to the visit to Huish Park of Bristol City the voters gave the game an overall 8.4 rating, 8.1 on performance, 8.7 on entertainment.

The Man of the Match :

1. WAYNE GRAY
2. Anthony Barry
3. Martin Brittain


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11 November 2006 : Russell's Verdict On The Rushden Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade had no complaints about the result of today's FA Cup First Round tie against Rushden and Diamonds, firmly believing that the home side deserved their place in the next round. However, he was far more scathing about some of his players, believing that some were not committed enough on the day of the game to match the workrate of their opponents.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I thought they (Rushden) played some good stuff and they certainly put their body on the line, which one or two of my players didn't. They thought they had some divine right to go out there and things would just develop and happen for them, but that wasn't the case. Rushden certainly deserved to win the tie."

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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11 November 2006 : MOTM Voting For Rushden
If you were one of the 599 supporters who made the journey to Rushden and Diamonds today to see Yeovil go out of the FA Cup by a 3-1 scoreline, don't forget that you can vote for your Man of the Match by using the online voting form.

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


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11 November 2006 : Glovers Find The (Dr Martens) Boot Is On The Other Foot
Yeovil Town suffered their first ever defeat to a non-league club in the FA Cup since becoming a Football League side, when they were knocked out at the First Round stage by Nationwide Conference side Rushden and Diamonds 3-1 at Nene Park this afternoon.

Going into the game without six of their first team players, it had been hoped that the makeshift defence, which included Anthony Tonkin as a central defender, would still be strong enough to see off a side two-and-a-half leagues below them, despite lacking the experience of club captain Terry Skiverton plus Scott Guyett and Andy Lindegaard.

But the new look back four never really looked comfortable as a unit and Rushden took the lead 28 minutes into the match when home captain Chris Hope delivered a downward header into the bottom corner from a Dave Savage cross after Yeovil failed to pick up their markers from a throw-in.

In the second half, nothing that was said during the half-time team talk appeared to have sunk in and when Michael Rankine outmuscled Tonkin when a ball was put over the top of the Yeovil defence and smashed the ball home from 30 yards out, the Glovers were on the edge of defeat. Manager Russell Slade withdrew the beleagured Tonkin for the more naturally positioned Bradley Thomas and for the first time in the game the Glovers began to look a bit more comfortable at the back.

Chris Cohen, one of the few players to come out of today's match with credit, reduced the arrears with a curling shot on the angle of the area that ought to have put the frighteners on the home side with just 28 minutes remaining. But with 15 minutes remaining Michael Rankine grabbed his second of the afternoon by turning Thomas on a set-piece and there was no way back from that, leaving the 599 travelling supporters disappointed to have seen the Glovers limp out of the cup so cheaply.

On the back of that performance, it seems inevitable that loan trio Marcus Stewart, Martin Brittain and Martin Cranie will all be brought into the squad for next week's trip to Leyton Orient with Slade saying after the game that only Cohen's place was safe for next weekend. However the reality is that even with those three likely to play in next week's match, today's tie has shown the squad up to be somewhat paper-thin in places. The snag is that without any potential moneyspinning cup ties to bolster the bank balances this season, will the club be able to afford the extra bodies that may be needed?


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11 November 2006 : Terry Suffering Role Reversal
Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Terry admits he is in an unusual position today, playing in a team that is not regarded as the underdog as the Glovers take on Rushden and Diamonds this afternoon. In addition, during most of his time as a Yeovil and Dagenham player, he has been used to seeing Rushden as a team to take as a 'scalp' in one of their bigger fixtures of the season, yet now he faces Diamonds as a side two divisions below his current club. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound he explained:

"The roles have been reversed a little bit over the past few years. They are just in a little bit of a transitional period at the moment. So we'll be looking to go there and impose ourselves on them and get ourselves into the second round. The FA Cup is always the big one to play in and it's always nice to have a little bit of a run in it. So the given the disappointment of the other cups that we've been in, hopefully we can take our frustation out a little bit in the FA Cup, get on a good run and you never know where it might take you."


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11 November 2006 : Godden Expecting To Give Warm Welcome
Rushden and Diamonds caretaker manager Tony Godden is of the opinion that their home ground Nene Park is not conducive towards creating FA Cup shocks. Godden believes the Diamonds facilities tend to result in the visitors enjoying themselves - a far cry from many non-league grounds where the prospect of a cowfield of a pitch and poor facilities are often said to contribute towards cup shocks. But speaking to BBC Somerset Sound Godden believes that the Glovers will receive a warm welcome on their arrival:

"Without a doubt definitely. We've got a fantastic set-up there and we've found that is sometimes to our peril because a couple of teams in the Conference come to our place and it seems to spur them on because of the ground and the playing surface and everything. But I'm really looking forward to it. Yeovil really like to play football and they like to keep the ball down and pass it about. We like to do the same, and so it all points to a good and entertaining game and we just hope that it is tight. I'm sure our lads will enjoy the day and give 100 percent and hopefully we'll come out on top. It's the FA Cup, so you never know."

Godden said he was also impressed with the way that Yeovil had adapted to League One football, pointing out that his own side Rushden had only managed a single season at that level, and on that basis he had to be impressed with the Glovers current position in their second season:

"They've done brilliantly. It's been magnificent for them to go right up and to sustain it. That's the hardest thing and that's what Rushden found difficult. They went through the leagues but then they couldn't sustain it and maybe they didn't plan ahead enough. But Yeovil have obviously done that. They are keepin their house in order and all due respect to them because they have done really really well."


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11 November 2006 : Youths Leak Five
Yeovil Town U18 went down 5-1 away at Queens Park Rangers this morning in a Puma Youth Alliance Cup Southern Section Group One match. The Glovers have no hope of qualifying, having now lost four and won only one tie in this competition.

A fairly even first half saw Yeovil take the lead through Matt Concliffe after about 20 minutes only to see the home side equalise shortly before the break. In the second period QPR were clinical in their finishing and put away almost every chance that came their way.

Final score : Queens Park Rangers U18 5 Yeovil Town U18 1

A fuller report will follow later.


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10 November 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Rushden Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to play Rushden and Diamonds tomorrow in the FA Cup First Round, finding themselves up against their former Conference rivals and a slightly strange situation of being the clear favourites to win through to the next round against a side that until a few years ago had tended to be either their equal or better placed rivals.

Rushden now lie at the lower end of the Nationwide Conference having suffered two relegations in three seasons, whilst the Glovers have experienced a similar switch in divisions across roughly the same period of time. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound though, manager Russell Slade believes that the Glovers should be mindful of what Rushden have on offer, and not on their league position:

"The set up is very very good isn't it - in fact it's excellent. They have great facilities there and we know it will be a good surface and a good pitch, so from that point of view, they are not non-league. The fact that they narrowly went down last season shows that they are a club that are capable of progressing and are hopeful of getting back into the league. So we won't be taking them for granted, that's for sure."

Team news for tomorrow's game is not the best it could be, with three permanent signings and three loan signings all unavailable for the match, and Slade conceded that he had selection problems, particularly in defence:

"In short it's not very good! Obviously we've lost Scotty Guyett and we've lost Terry Skiverton and Andy Lindegaard is out anyway. So we're having to patch up a little bit. I don't think we're going to be the biggest back four in the world. But there is enough quality there and it's certainly not a slow back four that we'll be going into the game with on Saturday. We've worked on a few things so hopefully we'll be fine."

Russell came very close to suggesting who would replace Terry Skiverton in the side, given that Scott Guyett is also suspended, naming Anthony Tonkin as the most likely man to stand in, given that he was impressed with the defender's performance against Bristol City:

"I was pleased with it and it was a lot better than the Shrewsbury contribution. He is going to be set to be playing at the back on Saturday."

Elsewhere, Russell admits that he is unlikely to tinker too much with the side, given their level of performance last weekend. Loan players Marcus Stewart, Martin Brittain and Martin Cranie are unavailable for selection, limiting his choices further. He added:

"The midfield didn't do an awful lot wrong. Lee Morris looks a little bit stronger this week, so he may well start again. Wayne Gray, of course, had his best game to date for the club and we've got Arron Davies as well, so we've got options there. Where I am a little bit limited is defensively of course, but what I've done is I've also recalled Bradley Thomas and so he will come into the squad and will certainly find himself in the sixteen and so we do have a little bit of cover."

For Rushden, they are expected to have a clean bill of health for the match at Nene Park. During the week they had doubts over midfielders Jon Ashton and Andrew Rigby who missed last weekend's match against Dagenham and Redbridge through injury, whilst former Chester, Kidderminster and Forest Green defender Wayne Hatswell should also be OK despite picking up a training ground injury. Caretaker manager Tony Godden said of the situation:

"We had a full squad for yesterday's training session for the first time this week – although there are still question marks over those three lads. They only have minor problems anyway so I'm hoping they will be fit. I would say they each have at least a 70 per cent chance of pulling through. So it will be nice to have selection issues to look at before deciding on the team to pick tomorrow."

The match kicks off at 3.00pm and will be preceded by a minute's silence on the National Day Of Remembrance. If scores are level after 90 minutes, a replay will take place on Tuesday 21st November at Huish Park with a 7.45pm kick-off.


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10 November 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 33 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following winners from Week 33 of their Glovers Gold Bond as follows:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 33 : 10th November 2006
01935 423662 (Ext 291)

£100 Winners
Monday A9011 Mr S O’Malley St Johns Road, Yeovil
Tuesday C2442 Mr Spicer Littlefield, Sherborne
Wednesday C4925 Mr & Mrs Hann Home Drive, Yeovil
Thursday E4011 Mr Gough Sheldon Drive, Wells
Friday B2052 Mrs A Evans Bucklers Mead Road, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
C9011 Mr D Green, Lodbourne Green, Gillingham
D9011 Mrs E Allen, Fennel Way, Yeovil
E9011 Mrs Coombs, Gale Crescent, Bridport
A2442 Mrs C Beane, Emlett, Bradford Abbas
B2442 Mr F J Hansford, Folly Fields, Yeovil
D2442 Mrs S Grass, St Michaels Avenue, Yeovil
E2442 Mrs H Smith, Moorlands Park, Martock
A4925 Mrs G Holt, Evergreen Path, Merriott
B4925 Mr Vine, West Street, Yeovil
D4925 Mr O’Loughlin, The Spinney, Yeovil
E4925 Mrs Loader, Lower Hyde Road, Montacute
B4011 Mr D Lewis, Westbourne Grove, Yeovil
C4011 Mrs Ledbury, Plantagenet Park, Yeovil
D4011 Mr A Billing, Kingsland Road, Shepton Mallet
A2052 Mr J Evans, Chelston Avenue, Yeovil
D2052 Mr J Ellison, College Green, Yeovil


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10 November 2006 : Ciderspace Guide To Rushden
A final reminder that the Ciderspace guide to Rushden and Diamonds, including directions, pub information, ticketing information and ground photos is now available for you to take on your travels tomorrow.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Rushden.


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10 November 2006 : Shrewsbury Experience Was A Harsh Lesson
Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Terry is not expecting an easy ride in tomorrow's FA Cup match at Nene Park, despite the two division gap that now exists between the Glovers and former Conference rivals Rushden and Diamonds. Speaking to the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph, PT believes that they must prepare in the same way as they do for League One matches and cites the Johnstone's Paint Trophy exit at the hands of Shrewsbury Town as evidence of why you shouldn't count your chickens:

"Things are going well for us at the moment and, hopefully, we can take that into this weekend's game. We treat each game the same way and we know Rushden are a very good side. They have been a bit unfortunate in the last couple of years and are now in a transitional period. But it won't be an easy game and we will have to work hard to get anything out of it. We learned a harsh lesson going out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Shrewsbury Town – so we are under no illusions about just turning up to win on Saturday."

The Glovers first locked swords with Rushden between 1997 and 2001, with the latter season seeing both clubs going head to head in a fairly monumental Nationwide Conference title race that was eventually won by the Max Griggs-backed side. They subsequently achieved a second promotion to what is now League One level and Paul believes that acted as a carrot for Yeovil to aim for:

"Yeovil have followed Rushden's path with a couple of promotions and they are the benchmark for everyone. We wanted to emulate what they achieved coming out of the Conference and now we are looking to stay towards the top of Coca-Cola League One."

Rushden's stay in League One didn't last long though. When Griggs pulled his money out of the club, they slipped radically, getting relegated in their first season at that level, then only needing two seasons for the trapdoor at the foot of League Two to open up for them. Paul believes though that Rushden's decline will eventually bottom out:

"Despite two relegations recently, I think Rushden will bounce back from everything which has gone on there. We have a belief that we can take it further. But turning that into reality means it won't be getting any easier until the end of the season. We are together as a unit and we've seen what Southend and Colchester are doing in the Championship without many resources."

As both a Yeovil player and a Dagenham and Redbridge player, PT has great memories of the FA Cup, having played against Liverpool and Charlton Athletic as a Glover and Norwich City and Ipswich Town as a Dagger. Hence he certainly wouldn't say no to another Third Round appearance but is anxious to stress things should be taken one step at a time:

"Personally the cup has been really kind to me and I've faced some big sides. At the moment we are thinking the same as Rushden in terms of looking to progress to the third round. But we have to focus on Saturday's game for now."


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10 November 2006 : Thomas Recalled From Tamworth
Yeovil Town central defender Bradley Thomas has been recalled from his loan spell at Nationwide Conference side Tamworth. The news comes as no real surprise - with Terry Skiverton injured and Scott Guyett suspended, Yeovil's likely defensive pairing would be Terrell Forbes and Anthony Tonkin.

However, that left no cover on the bench, and so the recall of Thomas would mean that manager Russell Slade will now have to weigh up the relative merits of the experience of Tonkin versus the more natural positioning of Thomas. Either way both players should be in the sixteen to travel to Nene Park tomorrow.


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9 November 2006 : Way On Sidelines Yet Again
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way is stuck on the treatment table yet again after suffering yet more shinbone related problems. Way has suffered repeatedly with injuries ever since he left Huish Park and so far current side Swansea City have managed to extract just 17 appearances from the £150,000 they paid Yeovil in January 2006.

Rather ironically Way's last appearance for the Glovers came a year ago against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, whilst his second match of this season was against the Glovers at the same venue where he received a standing ovation from the travelling supporters.

A year ago he was diagnosed as having a stress fracture in his shinbone whilst still a Yeovil player and that meant he didn't kick a ball until he transferred to Swansea in mid-January. He passed his medical at the Liberty Stadium but only lasted two months before seeing out the rest of the season on the treatment table. He had a summer operation and began his comeback in September, but now has been withdrawn a third time, with Swansea unwilling to put a timeframe on any comeback. Club physio Richie Evans told the South Wales Evening Post:

"Darren has been seeing bone specialists and consultants and he has had a series of bone scans and X-rays. At the moment we are investigating what the problem is and what we can do to fix it."

Swansea boss Kenny Jackett is unsurprisingly getting a touch frustrated with the situation and added:

"We have been here before. What do we do next? It is a big frustration. Darren seems to be picking up one injury after another. It is a big concern. He won't be fit for the foreseeable future and I'm really disappointed."


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9 November 2006 : Poole Extends For Another Month
Yeovil Town winger David Poole has agreed to stay for a third month with League Two side Stockport County. Poole has just completed his second month at Edgeley Park and despite the Glovers being short of three loan players this weekend for the trip to Nene Park in the FA Cup, David will not be recalled. County manager Jim Gannon has also kept Everton keeper John Ruddy and he has said of the deal:

"I'm absolutely delighted to have re-signed David and John. David has been a big success since he signed for us. He's got better and better and he's really enjoying his football. John has impressed me as well. We've kept quite a few clean sheets since he's been with us and that's been a big help in our success."

Gannon has also said that he is interested in taking Poole on a permanent basis but that negotiations are ongoing. Poole will certainly return to Huish Park in early December for a few weeks at the very least as County will be constrained by the same rules that will force Marcus Stewart to return to Ashton Gate.

Both Poole and Ruddy have been refused permission to play in Saturday's FA Cup First Round match where County travel to Devon to take on Conference side Exeter City.


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9 November 2006 : Lansdown Denies Stewart Talks
Bristol City Chairman Steve Lansdown claims that he has not held any talks with Yeovil Town over their striker Marcus Stewart, who is currently on loan at Huish Park.

Glovers Chairman John Fry has twice stated (on October 4th and yesterday) that he intends to hold talks over Stewart's future, but Lansdown has told this morning's Western Daily Press that he has had no contact from the Yeovil Chairman:

"Everybody is talking about Marcus Stewart except me. I have heard (Yeovil chairman) John Fry talking about how he intends to speak to me but so far he hasn't."

Lansdown hasn't given an outright 'no' to any hypothetical offer thus suggesting that there is a financial figure that would make him sit up and take notice. That is likely to be down to Stewart's wages, rather than a significant transfer fee. City are currently paying a large proportion of his salary whilst he is at Huish Park, and for him to make his move permanent, much will depend upon how his existing contract at Ashton Gate is severed. Lansdown does admit though that the fact that the Glovers are ahead of City in the league will come into play:

"I have no idea what they want to do or what they want to offer. Their league position will come into it. It is bound to. I will look at what is being offered and see how it benefits us and take everything into consideration. Yeovil are our rivals and as much as we like them as people, we are not here to help them. They have to make it, from a financial perspective, the right deal for us, taking all the factors into consideration."


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9 November 2006 : Skivo Supports Guyett Over Dismissal
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has spoken out strongly in support of fellow defender Scott Guyett, after the Aussie was sent off in the local derby match against Bristol City. Guyett was sent off after he reacted to an off-the-ball elbow in the face from City captain Louis Carey, who has already admitted he instigated the out of the blue assault.

Skivo feels that it is only human nature for a player to want to defend himself when he is attacked and feels that Scott's dismissal was harsh. Speaking to the Western Morning News, Skivo feels that the footballing authorities should be taking a lead from other sports in their attitude to retaliation, and questions what exactly Scott could have done to avoid Carey's confrontation:

"What do you do? Do you let someone clock you in the face? In any other walk of life, if someone comes up to you and punches you, then you do have the right to defend yourself. I think it is only in football where (retaliation) gets dealt with the most severely. In rugby and things like that, referees will let incidents like that fizzle out a little bit, get there and then make the call accordingly."

Sunday papers also showed City's Jamie McCoombe grabbing Scott in a headlock, yet the defender had no action taken against him by match referee Andre Marriner, despite being already on a yellow card:

"They say to you that you can't retaliate, but from the pictures I have seen, the other guy (McCoombe) has got Scott in a headlock. It is getting stupid because no one knows how to react in a situation like that. If you just stand there and let someone hit you, you could end up with a fractured cheekbone, eye socket, broken jaw, anything. I don't understand where you go from there, the rules are not really clear other than if someone goes to punch you, you just stand there and let them hit you. It is such a grey area."

Skivo himself is also out of action for the month of November due to him damaging ankle ligaments during the game, and with Scott his natural replacement in the back line, Skivo recognises that on a personal level the suspension is awful timing for Scott:

"It was really unfortunate for Scotty because he is the most placid guy you will ever meet and he would never hit anyone like that first. It is so unfortunate because he has been a great professional and waited for his chance and when that sort of time comes, for something like that to happen is really unfortunate for him."

Of his own injury, Skivo stated that he has been given a four week timeline for getting back to full fitness, but has hopes that he can accelerate his rehabilitation and come back faster than that:

"It's nothing major, it is just a tweak on my ligaments and they said I will be out for anywhere up to four weeks. Anything before there would be a bonus, but four weeks is the worst case scenario. It's disappointing, but these things happen in football and for me, it has always been an occupational hazard. You just have to get on with it, not get too down and concentrate on getting fit. I think, with the squad we have got, they will do well without me."

Despite both Skiverton and Guyett missing for most of this month, the Yeovil captain still believes there is enough quality in Yeovil's squad for them to get through the month:

"We have got able replacements, Anthony Tonkin can play there and we have got Martin Cranie on loan from Southampton now. He can play at the back and he is a really good player, so I think we will be OK. He has done really well from what I have seen in training so far, so I think he will be great acquisition to the team."

On the subject of Martin Cranie, his loan period has now been revised to run until January 1st. Cranie will not be able to play in the FA Cup this weekend, and so will join Ipswich Town's Martin Brittain and Bristol City's Marcus Stewart in the stands at Nene Park.


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8 November 2006 : FA Youth Cup On The Fifteenth
As we suggested yesterday the postponed F.A. Youth Cup tie between Yeovil Town U18 and Oxford City U18 has indeed been rescheduled for Wednesday 15th November. Kick-off will be 7.45 p.m. in the Huish Park stadium.

Prices for this game are £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for concessions. Tickets pre-purchased for last night's postponement will presumably remain valid.


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8 November 2006 : Fry Preparing Stewart Move
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has told BBC Somerset Sound that he is expecting to commence talks with Bristol City Chairman Steve Lansdown about loan striker Marcus Stewart. The former Sunderland man only has two games left to play as part of his loan agreement and will return to Ashton Gate at least for the month of December. Fry reiterated the comments he made on October 4th that he needs to set up a conversation with Lansdown about what happens beyond that point:

"He's Bristol City's player. I've got to talk to the Chairman of Bristol City and those will be difficult discussions. Marcus has done the job for us, but he has still got a contract with Bristol City until the end of June or July next year. We are only loaning him at the moment. He is not able to play for us in December. His loan spell with us finishes at the end of this month. So hopefully we can do something with Bristol City."

Fry also admitted the club would miss central defender Terry Skiverton, who is out for four weeks with damaged ankle ligaments, but pointed out that Skivo will still be working behind the scenes as club captain:

"He's been magnificent all season. He'll play a role in the background here, but we wish him a speedy recovery and the quicker he gets back the better. We obviously need to find replacements and that is what the manager is trying to do at the moment, although there is nothing to report on that."

Fry believed though that regardless of what players came in that manager Russell Slade's squad was strong enough to cope with this Saturday's FA Cup match against Rushden and Diamonds:

"We are flying high at the moment. There is a good spirit down here. Russell has just been to see me to speak about the squad and he is quite satisfied that we will get it right for Saturday."


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7 November 2006 : Brentford Trip For Youth Cup Winners
The winners of Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup First Round tie against Oxford City, which was postponed tonight because of fog, will travel to play Brentford in the Second Round. The young Bees beat Rushden and Diamonds 2-1 in West London tonight in their First Round match.

We are currently awaiting confirmation of a rearranged date for the First Round match, but suggest you leave your diaries clear for next Wednesday 15th November, as this date appears to be the one that is filtering out at this early stage.


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7 November 2006 : Cranie Signs On Loan
Southampton defender Martin Cranie has agreed a loan with Yeovil Town, as predicted last Friday. Cranie is Yeovil-born and attended Bucklers Mead School before being snapped up by Southampton. For a full profile see Friday's article.

The deal is for just under two months, taking the player through to 1st January 2007. Unfortunately, according to BBC Somerset Sound, Southampton have not given the 20 year old permission to play in Saturday's match against Rushden and Diamonds as he has appeared on the bench for the Saints a couple of times this season, including Yeovil's trip to St Mary's in the Carling Cup. However, he will prove useful cover for the injured Terry Skiverton and suspended Scott Guyett. Cranie will be joined by Marcus Stewart and Martin Brittain who are also blocked from playing in the FA Cup by their parent clubs.

In addition, winger Gavin McCallum has returned to Huish Park from his loan spell with Tamworth after two month spells in Staffordshire. There is no word yet over whether manager Russell Slade intends to recall defender Bradley Thomas from his loan spell at the same club, although if the Yeovil boss fails to find a loan player who can play in the FA Cup, then Thomas could easily find himself starting for the Glovers on Saturday.


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7 November 2006 : Youth Match Is OFF
Tonight's F.A. Youth Cup Round One tie between Yeovil Town U18 and Oxford City U18 has been postponed because of fog. We'll advertise the new date once it is arranged.


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7 November 2006 : Officials For Nene Park
One of the more popular officials amongst the Huish Park faithful, Jarnail Singh (Middlesex), will be taking charge of the F.A. Cup Round One tie against Rushden & Diamonds next Saturday.

Mr Singh has risen through the ranks pretty much in unison with Yeovil Town so we've seen a lot of him over the last few years. His general philosophy of keeping games flowing whilst not avoiding the big decisions has come under some strain as he has gone higher and the scrutiny of assessors has increased, but in our opinion he is still one of the more human officials on the circuit who generally tries to referee to the spirit of the game.

The assistant referees have been announced as Wayne McIntosh and Wayne Porter (both of Lincolnshire), with the fourth official being J.R. Lodge (Essex).


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7 November 2006 : Yeovil Was Stewart's Only Option
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has claimed that Yeovil Town were the only club that was interested in City striker Marcus Stewart when he was loaned out to the Glovers. Johnson has denied that he targetted a move for Stewart to Huish Park as a favour to his former employers and feels City had little option when Yeovil's offer came in. Johnson told the Bristol Evening Post:

"Marcus (Stewart) went to Yeovil because Yeovil were the only ones in for him at that particular time. It wasn't as though we chose Yeovil and he wanted to get first-team games."

Many City fans believe Johnson should recall Stewart and put him back in their first team, but again the City boss has said that is not an option that is open to them. City have gone into the past few games with only one fit senior striker, in Phil Jevons and were forced into the loan market to bring in Sheffield Wednesday target man Barry Corr, having previously used teenage rookie Jennison Myrie-Williams in that position:

"Of course you can't recall players during a three-month loan which a lot of people don't know. You have to cross your fingers when you loan people out or you find yourselves in the position we have found ourselves in."

Stewart has not played for Bristol City's first team now for eight months, and stated on his arrival at Huish Park that he did not believe that Johnson would ever select him for City again. He has scored five goals in 11 appearances since his arrival in South Somerset.


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7 November 2006 : Two Arrests From Local Derby
Avon and Somerset Police have reported that there were just two arrests in this weekend's local derby between Yeovil Town and Bristol City, with both being away fans. Bizarrely, the pair were arrested for fighting each other during the first half of the game.

One of those arrested has been released without charge. The second has been named as Robert Jones, a 27-year-old pub licensee from Bristol and he has been charged with a public order offence. His case will be heard by South Somerset magistrates next week.

To our knowledge, no other arrests were made in the Huish Park area on the day of the match.


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7 November 2006 : Skivo Out For A Month
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has been ruled out of action for a month following his injury sustained during Saturday's 2-1 win over Bristol City.

BBC Somerset Sound are reporting that he has been diagnosed as having torn ankle ligaments. Although he will not require surgery, he is not expected back until early December.

That is complicated by the fact that fellow defender Scott Guyett could be missing for a similar period following his sending off in the same game. With only three games firmly scheduled for November, unless any FA Cup First Round Replay is required, Scott's next game would be either the Saturday held free for the FA Cup Second Round on December 2nd, or the following Tuesday's trip to Rotherham United on December 5th. Ironically that would be roughly the same time that Skiverton is likely to return.

What this will undoubtedly mean is that Glovers boss Russell Slade will need to move into the loan market. He has already shown interest in Southampton's Martin Cranie (see last Friday's news) who is believed to have watched Saturday's game. In addition, we would expect Bradley Thomas to be recalled from his loan spell at Tamworth. What will be more pertinent is whether Cranie, or any other loan signing would be allowed to play in this Saturday's FA Cup and how late the club can leave it under competition rules to register such a player.


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6 November 2006 : Youth Team Match Details
Yeovil Town's Youth Team secured their 1-1 draw with Hereford United on Saturday thanks to a 70th minute Danny O'Brien goal. The Glovers were without captain Gary Bowles again as he returned to Dorchester Town where he is playing on a non-contract basis. Striker Phil Ormrod was another senior absentee.

Line-Up: 1. John Steele 2. Matt Concliffe 3. Ollie Wake 4. Lewis Gundry 5. Harry Sherwood 6. Tom Parsons 7. Danny O'Brien 8. Greg Taafe 9. Tom Clarke 10. Liam Hoarder 11. Jamie Morgan.

Subs: 12. James Hatcher (60 mins for Morgan) GK. Peter Burridge 15. Joe Hastie 16. Ren Turnock (75 mins for Taafe) 17. Lee Bailey (82 mins for Hoarder).


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6 November 2006 : Capital Glovers November 2006 Meeting
The Capital Glovers have not found it too difficult to arrange the date for their November 2006 meeting. With the first team playing in East London in two weeks time, the date and the venue seemed a pretty easy decision. Organiser Seb White says of the plans:

With the Leyton Orient game being on Saturday November 18th we thought that we'd kill 2 birds with one stone and have our 'meeting/get-together' on that day. Badger tells me The Birkbeck Tavern is good and according to Ciderspace ...

"It's about ten minutes from the ground, and especially convenient if you've come by tube, this is one of the best pubs in the area; and if you want any decent cider is the place to make for. As you exit Leyton tube turn left away from the ground. Follow the path for 20 yards and there is a gap in the railings with steps leading down to the road below. At the bottom of the steps turn left and follow Station Road as it straightens up parallel with the tube line (behind a row of houses), and at the end of the road follow it to the right as it joins up with Langthorne Road. You should have a high brick wall on the left hand side, behind which is a graveyard. The Birkbeck is on the left 200 yards down Langthorne Road and can be seen from a distance. Stocks three or more guest ales on handpull, plus Thatcher's cider, and the usual selection of lagers and bottles as well as an excellent selection of whisky. Two of the ales on tap when we were there in the 2004-05 season were sublime. Food is confined to rolls and sandwiches.

Birkbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Road, Leyton, London, E11 4HL. Tel: 020 8539 2584
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I and no doubt a few others will be there from 12, for a quick discussion starting at 12:30. Dan has been very busy helping me out with the fanzine of late but I know he is doing his best to get the questionnaire mentioned at the last meeting done as soon as, hopefully we'll get one out in the next couple of days and then have a 'brief' chat about what it throws up on the Saturday..

Also, that day a few of us are planning on going to the Greyhound Racing at Walthamstow in the evening. I've had a look at their website, and the 'special' packages don't seem that 'special' so was not going to bother ordering tickets in advance, just pay the £6 on the day. I imagine we shall make our way up there after the Orient match, all are very much welcome and hopefully as many of as possible can make what should be a good night out.

With a little bit of luck we may well have the Capital Glovers badges on sale at the Leyton Orient game, all for the bargain price of £2. Email us if you want one so I can reserve one for you.

With regards to the December meeting we are looking for somewhere where hopefully we can get an ex-player in , more on that as soon as we know.

We shall be at the FA Cup game at Rushden on Saturday, selling the fanzine and keeping our fingers crossed that THE GIANTKILLERS aren't 'giantkilled'!

Lastly, we would love to keep doing the fanzine however, we might need a bit of help on the designing side. At the moment we're using publisher and I'm not the most competent on it and not the most original when it comes to designing the layout of the fanzine. It would be great if there is anyone out there who knows what they are doing on that front to get in touch. We'll of course offer some from of payment but if we could get somebody on board then it would certainly make it very likely that we would carry on with the fanzine.

Any questions please email info@capitalglovers.com

Seb

NB: This news has also been sent to the Capital Glovers mailing list. To be added to the list send you email address to info@capitalglovers.com"



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6 November 2006 : Youth Cup Prices Set
Prices for tomorrow night's FA Youth Cup First Round match against Oxford City have been set at 4 pounds for Adults with Seniors and Under 16s admitted for 2 pounds. The match kicks off at 7.45pm and we would expect only the Yeovil College Stand to be open for this tie. You can purchase tickets in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office or pay on the night.

As a slightly political aside, the club has come in for much criticism over the past few months for the kick-off times of Reserve Team matches being brought forward to 2.00pm from the more usual 7.00pm time that the majority of the Pontins Combination League play. Hence if you feel strongly about the afternoon kick-off times for the Reserve matches, pop along to Huish Park tomorrow (Tuesday) night and support Stuart Housley and his ever-entertaining Under 18s side.

The winners of the tie will travel to play either Brentford or Rushden and Diamonds in the Second Round, who complete their tie in West London tomorrow night.


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6 November 2006 : Top Two Win Again
Second place Yeovil Town Ladies and leaders Cullompton Rangers both won on Sunday to stretch further away at the top of the South West Women's Premier Division.

The Glovers put two late goals past Bath City for a come-from-behind 1-2 away victory, whilst Rangers had a more comfortable home win 4-1 over Gloucester City. Yeovil Town's Jemma Tewkesbury is now leading scorer in the division with 8, and the Glovers have rattled in 30 in 9 league games. Cullompton on 17 are their nearest challengers in the scoring stakes, though they have played one match less.

Next Sunday Yeovil are away to Swindon Spitfires who they beat 7-0 earlier in the season. The Spitfires play at Rotten Row, Wanborough. Cullompton travel to third placed University of Bristol.


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6 November 2006 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Bristol City Match
Three new RealAudio interviews from Saturday's 2-1 win over Bristol City have been added to the BBC Somerset Sound web pages. In addition to the usual interview with Russell Slade, there are also chats with goalscorer Arron Davies and goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Yeovil Town Interview Archives.


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6 November 2006 : Laws Bows Out Of Scunny
The perils of having a successful team and manager strike again! Third placed Scunthorpe United are to part company with their long-serving manager Brian Laws and his assistant Russ Wilcox, with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday about to be the lucky recipients as they look to replace the recently sacked Paul Sturrock. The Iron will receive £100,000 compensation for losing Laws according to their chairman Steve Wharton, plus an undisclosed additional sum for Wilcox.

Scunthorpe lie just a point behind Yeovil Town and the departure of Laws will come as a major blow to them with him having stacked up over 500 games in charge since February 1997. Not always the most popular character with opposition managers and supporters for his often outspoken comments, Laws has twice taken Scunny from League Two to League One and when he was sacked from the club in March 2004 after a poor string of results, the outrage within the club was strong enough to produce a boardroom coup, the Chairman ousted, and to see him reinstated after a particularly bizarre 21 days spent on gardening leave whilst Wilcox took temporary charge.

That decision to reinstate him was a good one for the Lincolnshire side as they achieved promotion alongside Yeovil Town at the end of the 2004-05 season in 2nd place and last season they finished a highly respectable 12th. Laws leaves Glanford Park with the Iron in 3rd place in the table, just a point behind the Glovers, but needing to find a replacement rather urgently.

In another managerial reshuffle today, Russell Slade's replacement Graham Rodger has not fared too well. Rodger was Slade's assistant at Grimsby Town and was given the job on Slade's departure to Somerset, but has only had 17 games before the guillotine came down. Grimsby have plummeted down the table this season, from last season's playoff position to a current 22nd place, with only Boston United and Macclesfield Town currently saving them from a relegation spot.


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6 November 2006 : Johnson Calls For Extra Training
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has accused his players of freezing on the day after he watched his side lose 2-1 against Yeovil Town at Huish Park on Saturday.

Johnson even called his players in for Sunday training, despite that defeat being only City's second defeat in the last 10 away games, with the other coming against leaders Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Speaking after the match, Johnson explained:

"Too many of my players froze. I know we have injuries but it was nothing to do with a lack of experience. The players have played in front of bigger crowds than this. I can't explain it but we will work morning, noon and night to get things right."

Johnson also suggested the derby match lacked passion from both sides, despite the double sending off of City captain Louis Carey for an off the ball elbow, and Scott Guyett's subsequent retaliation:

"We were poor. In fact, I thought it was a poor match that seemed to be lacking passion for a local derby."


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5 November 2006 : Guide To The Annies
The Ciderspace guide to our old er, friends Rushden & Diamonds can be found here.

Much water has passed under the bridge since our days of rivalry in the Conference, and Rushden are of course back there now. One day we will get knocked out of the F.A. Cup by a Non-league outfit....... but let it not be this year, and particularly let it not be the Annies.

The meeting at Nene Park is on Saturday 11th November with a 3.00 p.m. kick-off.


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5 November 2006 : FA Youth Cup Second Round Draw
The Second Round draw for the FA Youth Cup has been made, just prior to Yeovil Town's entrance into the competition on Tuesday night against Oxford City which kicks off at 7.45pm on the Huish Park main pitch.

The winners of that First Round tie will travel to play either Brentford or Rushden and Diamonds in the Second Round, with that pairing playing in West London on the same night with a 7.00pm kick-off.

With only three first round matches having been played so far, the Second Round draw is far from well defined. Hence we'll publish the full Second Round draw later on in the week - assuming it still holds some relevance for this site, of course.


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5 November 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Bristol City Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade praised striker Wayne Gray after he sealed Saturday's match against Bristol City with a last minute goal in a 2-1 win over their local rivals. Arron Davies had already put the Glovers in the lead and Russell believed Gray had shown great fitness levels to slot away the goal after a long run.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I thought it was his best performance since he's been at the club. I don't know where he found the energy for the second goal. He looked absolutely out of it. He ran his socks off and he somehow managed to conjure up some energy. He ran most of the half of a pitch and took the goal magnificently."

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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5 November 2006 : October Internet Player of the Month.........
....... er, and September, which we forgot to put up. Oops.

An immense month from the captain Terry Skiverton saw him storm the voting in October, winning Man of the Match in all four league games, against Cheltenham Town, Blackpool, Oldham Athletic and Chesterfield :

1. TERRY SKIVERTON - 713
2. Terrell Forbes - 246
3. Marcus Stewart - 231
4. Chris Cohen - 208
5. Steve Mildenhall - 170
6. Arron Davies - 112
7. Wayne Gray - 111
8. Nathan Jones - 99
9. Paul Terry - 72
10. Mark Lynch - 39
11. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala - 35
12. Kevin Cooper - 15

Meanwhile back in September it was a somewhat tighter affair, but with JP heading the pack by a couple of lengths :

1: JEAN-PAUL KAMUDIMBA KALALA - 388
2: Chris Cohen - 278
3: Marcus Stewart - 236
4: Terry Skiverton - 235
5: Paul Terry - 225
5: Terrell Forbes - 225



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4 November 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
The Ciderspace match report for today's 2-1 win over Bristol City is now available in full. The Glovers won the match with goals from Arron Davies and Wayne Gray with a late Phil Jevons penalty proving a consolation goal for the visitors.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 2 Bristol City 1.


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4 November 2006 : Davies And Gray Give Johnson A Sorry Return
Yeovil Town saw off Gary Johnson's Bristol City side by a 2-1 scoreline this afternoon at Huish Park after a stormy encounter saw three late goals bring a tight game to life.

A goalless but frantic and fractious first half saw plenty of niggles and an early blow for the Glovers when Terry Skiverton have to come off with an achilles injury with goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall taking over the captain's armband, and Scott Guyett coming into the field of play. Guyett's involvement in the match only lasted half an hour - right on half time he was involved in a skirmish with City captain Louis Carey who elbowed the Aussie in the penalty box whilst Yeovil were preparing to take a free kick. Both players were dismissed by referee Andre Marriner and it was probably just as well that both managers were able to keep their players in the dressing room for 15 minutes straight after the incident.

With the Glovers without Skiverton and Guyett, manager Russell Slade introduced Anthony Tonkin as a second half makeshift centre-back but it was the introduction of Arron Davies 15 minutes from time that was to turn the game. His first significant touch was to deal with some sloppy play from City striker Barry Corr and to take the ball on and hammer home a 25 yard strike to put Yeovil 1-0 up.

The Glovers effectively sealed the game in the 90th minute when Wayne Gray intercepted a poor pass between full-backs Jamie McAllister and Richard Keogh, beat the last man with power and pace, and slotted past keeper Adriano Basso.

Former Glover Lee Johnson had a quiet game overall, but he did enough to win a penalty deep into four minutes of injury time when Anthony Tonkin fouled him inside the box. Phil Jevons did what he had done during two previous seasons at Huish Park by scoring from the spot, but that wasn't enough to justify a late comeback for City in front of Huish Park's biggest crowd of the season of 9,009.

Yeovil move up to second in the table after Scunthorpe United could only draw, although they've got a long way to go before they can see the top of the table - leaders Nottingham Forest won again to put them seven points clear of the Glovers.

Link: Coca Cola League One : Latest League Table.

Link: Match Stats : Yeovil Town 2 Bristol City 1.

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


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4 November 2006 : MOTM Voting For Bristol City
Don't forget that you can vote for your Man Of The Match for today's match against Bristol City. The Glovers won the game 2-1 with late goals from substitute Arron Davies and striker Wayne Gray before an injury time penalty from City's Phil Jevons gave the visitors some very late hope.

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


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4 November 2006 : Shrews Given Team Of The Round
League Two side Shrewsbury Town have been given the accolade of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy team of the round for their Second Round victory over Yeovil Town. Shrewsbury won with two late goals after Anthony Barry had put the Glovers 1-0 up midway through the second half.

Link: Shrewsbury Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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4 November 2006 : Glovers Youth Draw At Hereford
Yeovil Town's Youth Team drew 1-1 at Hereford United this morning in the Youth Alliance South West Conference match. This wasn't the best of results for the young Glovers, given that it gave the home side their first point of the 2006-07 season.


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4 November 2006 : Just Another Day For Skivo
Whilst most local derbies involve a lot of hyping up by local media and players, you get the sense that Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton is doing his best to hype today's game against Bristol City down! Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound Skivo said that he felt that most of his teammates would not see the return of former manager Gary Johnson and seven other players and coaching staff as anything significant:

"From the outside it is a big game but it is only me and Paul Terry that will be involved in the game that are from the non-league days. It would have been big if it had been last season, which was a big game, but for us as a team it is not a big game, it's just another chance to get three points. It's nice to see a couple of old faces. It will be nice to see Gary Johnson, Lee (Johnson), Liam (Fontaine), Wealey (Chris Weale) and Phil Jevons. I've already spoken to Lee and Phil earlier on in the week. It's not a big must-win "otherwise our season is down the pan" game. For us it is just another game that we are looking forward to and wanting to put in a good performance on. None of the others have played for Gary Johnson - you try explaining that to JP Kalala and I don't think he really cares! We've now got players like Marcus Stewart, who isn't playing, or Lee Morris, who have been involved in far bigger games than a League One clash between 4th and 2nd. With us, we will go into the game, we will enjoy ourselves, it will be a packed house, it will be a great flowing game and we are really looking forward to it."

Whilst most local derbies are often cagey affairs where the opposition end up cancelling each other out, Skivo is expecting anything else but that, mainly because of the tactics that Johnson employed at Yeovil Town:

"I think the way that Gary Johnson plays the game; under my time with him, I don't think he ever went negative and I don't imagine that he'll come here and play like that. It will be quite an open game and it will be a very honest game between us and them and one in which all the players will be looking forward to. I think Gary and all the others will be quite looking forward to coming back to Huish Park as well and no doubt they will get a good reception."

Some concern has been raised that Yeovil will have to go into the game without leading scorer Marcus Stewart, but Skivo feels that Yeovil have a multitude of options to look at:

"The gaffer still feels that we've got people here. We've got people like Wayne Gray, who plays up against you and he is one of the quickest strikers in this league. When he opens up, no-one stays with him. Arron Davies can play up front as well and Lee Morris can play up front. Danny Webb had a chance this week. We've still got strikers at the club. Just because Marcus isn't playing, people forget about them. Wayne has popped up with a few good performances when he has come on. He's scored a couple of goals and could have had a couple more goals and has really tormented a few defenders when he has come on. So he will be champing at the bit for a chance."


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4 November 2006 : Jevons Expects Mutual Respect
Former Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons is expecting there to be mutual respect between both sides as his new side Bristol City travel to Huish Park this afternoon. Jevons admitted he had spoken to club captain Terry Skiverton in the lead-up to the match but said to BBC Somerset Sound that they'd not talked too much in detail about the game:

"I spoke to a couple of them earlier in the week but I think we've got too much respect for each other just to start asking for each other's tactics or winding each other up saying I'm going to do this or you're going to do that. I'm just getting on with the professional job in hand. I'm sure there will be a little bit of banter going on after the game though."

Jevons recognised that his old club have been doing very well this season and is not expecting matters to be easy:

"I'm expecting a tough game, first and foremost. It will be good to see all my ex-teammates and all my friends around the stadium and I'll probably go and say hello to them and get all that done and out the way and then get on with the professional job that we've got to do out there. Yeovil are going very well at the moment, as are we. We want to stay in the automatic positions come 5.00pm on Saturday. But it's a top of the table clash and that's good for the West Country and it's great to be a part of it."


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3 November 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Bristol City Match Preview
Barring a promotion or playoff decider at the end of this season, Yeovil Town go into their biggest League One game of the 2006-07 season tomorrow with a near capacity crowd at Huish Park hoping to see a win over neighbours Bristol City that would leapfrog their opponents in the current league table. Yeovil lie in 5th place, whilst their opponents are two points ahead in 2nd place, and whilst tomorrow's game will not decide anything this early on in the season, it may go a long way towards shaping both sides seasons.

Bristol City go into the game having had a fairly full treatment room this week. Midfielders Scott Brown, Cole Skuse and Scott Murray have been undergoing treatment this week, whilst winger Nick Wright sustained an injury at Leyton Orient on Wednesday night. A fairly tight lid is being kept on who is likely to recover, although Murray is rated as particularly doubtful. Strikers Steve Brooker and Enoch Showumni are unlikely to play, despite Brooker having returned to training, whilst defender Bradley Orr is definitely out of contention.

Bristol City will bring down a multitude of players with past Yeovil connections, although not all will be involved in the starting line-up. Midfielder Lee Johnson and striker Phil Jevons will undoubtedly start, although goalkeeper Chris Weale and defender Liam Fontaine are likely to be on the bench. Add in manager Gary Johnson, chief scout Pete Johnson, confidence coach Mark Layder and fitness coach Glen Schmidt and there may be one or two familiar faces wandering around Huish Park tomorrow.

For the Glovers there is only one definite absentee through injury, with long term victim Andy Lindegaard continuing to rest following groin problems. Striker Lee Morris has returned to full training, which will give manager Russell Slade a clear striking option given that his main striker Marcus Stewart has been blocked from turning out against his parent club.

For Slade, the question is more about whether he chooses to shake up a side that have been stuttering a touch in recent performances at Shrewsbury and Chesterfield or whether he keeps faith in the players to sort it out for themselves. Those squad players he blooded at Gay Meadow didn't do much to persuade him that he should change things round though:

"We are not going into the game in the best vein. The form has been okay on reflection but in terms of performance that has been a little bit worrying. The performances have not been convincing. The players who played (at Shrewsbury) did not really push their case forward."

Slade has admitted though that on-loan midfielder Martin Brittain could be one of those he looks to throw in at the deep end, particularly given that he will be a player that Johnson hasn't seen a lot of in his frequent visits to Yeovil matches:

"It's a possibility. I've been rotating around three or four different positions with different personnel, and nothing is in cement now at this moment in time. There are still another 24 hours and things can change in football very quickly. But everyone is working hard and their attitude is superb. I know it is a big game and everyone is wanting to play in it, or to certainly play their part."

Slade admitted he was trying to play the game down but couldn't entirely do so and that playing in front of a near capacity crowd excited him:

"I'm just looking forward to the game really. We're obviously preparing in the best manner possible, as we would for any game to be honest. It's a vital three points at stake again. But at the same time you can't hide the excitement that it is a local derby and Bristol City are the visitors and we are going to be playing in front of a packed house."

Kick-off is at 3.00pm and there will be NO tickets sold on the day of the game. If you have not bought a ticket, please do not travel to the game.


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3 November 2006 : Fry Wanting Fireworks Tomorrow
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has told this week's Western Gazette that he is hoping for a fiery encounter on the field when Yeovil Town take on Bristol City. The match brings together the 4th and 2nd placed League One sides for a local derby match that will not decide anything this early in the season but will be a good test of both teams' credentials:

"We are having our fireworks the night before the match and we are expecting them in the game as well. We all hope it is going to be a really big day and we wish we had more of these games. Whatever the result it is important that everybody has a good day. One result will not decide if we finish above them. As long as it is com­petitive everyone will be happy. I hope we get the three points."

Despite there still being tickets left as the ticket office closed tonight (none will be sold tomorrow) Fry believes that tomorrow's match is one that sells itself and does not require further marketing, believing that the club could have sold out four times over:

"This season has been dom­inated by a drop in crowds at matches but, whatever hap­pens, this match will be a sell-out. We could have sold tickets four times over for this one. It is a match which I do not have to sell because it sells itself. It is an occasion."

Fry also said he would welcome back former manager Gary Johnson as well as former players like striker Phil Jevons and believes that they deserve to be welcomed back by the Yeovil supporters:

"It will be nice to see Gary back at Huish Park. I hope the crowd give him a good wel­come. Players and managers do change sides and I am sure they appreciate that. It will be good to see former players like Phil Jevons and backroom staff that have gone to Bristol City. We will want to shake hands off the field but we want to be nasty on it."

Fry also believed there were strong comparisons to be made between Johnson and the man currently in his place, Russell Slade and also had strong words for the man who came between them:

"They are great characters and both in the same mould with their careers in management ahead of them. I have the greatest respect for them both. The job of Gary was a difficult one to follow but Steve (Thompson) held the reins and saw us through difficult times."

Of the 2006-07 season, unsurprisingly Fry considers himself very pleased at what has happened on the field of play but is not taking anything for granted just yet:

"It has been a good season so far and we hope to continue in that vein. We are in the top half at the moment and I hope we can end up there but anything can happen. We have a new squad and new manager and we have done exceptionally well but we are still building at the moment. No-one is running away with League One and Cheltenham Town came to us a few weeks ago and beat us. It is that type of season. It is important that we keep focused and the fans do not get carried away. We have always punched above our weight though and we will con­tinue to do so."


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3 November 2006 : Evans A Convicted Criminal
Cheating Boston United manager Steve Evans of The Cloisters, Eye, Peterborough, banned by the Football Association from involvement in the game for 20 months after Boston cheated their way to promotion into the Football League back in 2002, has now been convicted of involvement in a fraud stretching over a period of at least four years and involving a sum the court accepted as close to £350,000. Evans has been given a one year gaol sentence, suspended for two years. The judge ruled that he felt it unfair to send Evans down when his co-conspirator was escaping a custodial sentence. Evans was ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

Pat Malkinson of Spilsby Road, Boston, chairman of the cheats at the time, avoided being sent to prison on that old escape route beloved of Guinness chairmen - a tame doctor pleading a case of "ill health". Malkinson was given a two year sentence, suspended for two years, but has been given a year to repay just over £349,000 and also has to pay £27,000 costs.

During the trial the court was told :

The motive for the cheat was not one of personal greed. At the time the club was going through financial difficulties and was at risk of going under. By depriving the revenue of tax and national insurance the club was able to prop up what you may decide was an ailing business. By concealing the true extent of payment to players and staff, the club could afford to falsely inflate its budget and attract players who would otherwise be beyond their grasp. They undoubtedly secured a competitive advantage, an advantage over rival football clubs and their players and supporters at a time when promotion to higher leagues was seen as key to the club's survival.

Yesterday chartered accountant and ex-payroll manager at Boston United Brian James, and fellow accountant Ian Lee, were cleared by a jury of involvement in the fraud. Previously the judge had directed that the club's General Manager John Blackwell be acquitted of the same charges owing to a lack of evidence.

Boston United currently lie 23rd in League Two. One can but hope relegation back to where they should be will finally provide closure on this whole sorry episode of persistant and repeated cheating at the expense of other clubs and the sport of football.


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3 November 2006 : Johnson Sees A Different Job
Not too surprisingly, Bristol City manager Gary Johnson is not looking at tomorrow's visit to Huish Park too sentimentally. With Yeovil Town able to leapfrog his side if they win tomorrow's match, Gary told BBC Somerset Sound that friendships will be put aside for tomorrow's game, but admitted he still had plenty of time for some of the people he had left behind:

"They are good friends and when you've had the success that you had at Yeovil, you've got some very good close friends that you trust and they trust you. But they will also understand that my job is different now. My job is at Bristol City now and it is to get Bristol City promoted. The Yeovil days have gone. I'd like to say hello and enjoy what happened in the past, but now you've got to look to the present and the future. They will also know that I will be 100 percent professional and I will be doing everything I can to pick up the three points."

Gary added that it was a game that he had looked out for on the fixture list some time ago, and believed that it couldn't be treated as a normal game:

"I spent four fantastic years there and I've been looking forward to the game for a little while now. I've certainly concentrated on it from the minute the final whistle went at Leyton Orient. I am really looking forward to it and I think we've got the players looking forward to it. You can treat it a little bit more like - not a cup final - but a very important game for the simple reason that it is only up the road, we're going to have 1,800 people there and they are going to want us to be the better club in this area for bragging rights, of course."


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3 November 2006 : Stands Now Sold Out
Further to our news item earlier this morning, both the Yeovil College Stand and the Cowlin Stand are now completely sold out as of lunchtime today. Only tickets for the Westland Terrace remain for sale. All previously reported information (see below) still applies.


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3 November 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 32 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have been in touch with the Week 32 results from the Glovers Gold Bond lottery which are as follows:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 32 : 3rd November 2006
01935 423662 (Ext 291)

£100 Winners
Monday E7261 Mr R S Penny Green Close, Sturminster Newton
Tuesday D7070 Miss J Warbis Beaconsfield Road, Yeovil
Wednesday C1886 Mr Cook Marsh Lane, Yeovil
Thursday B1512 Mr K Harris Whitstone Rise, Shepton Mallet
Friday B8868 Miss M Maidment Yeovil Road, Tintinhull

£10 Consolations
A7261 Mr Strang, King Ina Road, Somerton
B7261 Mr P Downting, The Mead, Ilminster
C7261 Mrs Sturgess, Chelston Avenue, Yeovil
A7070 Mr T R Barber, The Torre, Yeovil
B7070 Mrs Riggs, St Michaels Avenue, Yeovil
C7070 Mr A C Voce, Beaulieu Drive, Yeovil
A1886 Mr R Ewens, Fiveacres, Stoford
B1886 Miss M Maidment, Yeovil Road, Tintinhull
D1886 Mrs Caen, St James, Beaminster
E1886 Mrs E Buckley, Court Lane, Stoford
A1512 Miss Baker, Prospect Close, Shepton Mallet
D1512 Mrs S Parsons, Millbatch, Meare
A8868 Mr R Ewens, Fiveacres, Stoford
C8868 Mr Cook, Marsh Lane, Yeovil
D8868 Mrs Caen, St James, Beaminster
E8868 Mrs E Buckley, Court Lane, Stoford


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3 November 2006 : Glovers Keen On Cranie
Today's Western Daily Press is reporting that Yeovil Town are on the edge of doing a deal with Southampton defender Martin Cranie to bring him to Huish Park, presumably on a loan deal. They report that AFC Bournemouth have also shown an interest in the player but that the Glovers have won his interest.

That Cranie would favour Yeovil over Bournemouth is not too surprising; he is in fact a Yeovil-born player, who attended Bucklers Mead school in the town before being snapped up by the Saints, who were then a Premiership side, whilst still at school.

He has made 23 appearances for the club, although significantly only one of those has come this season, and that was back in early August. He has also had a loan spell with Bournemouth back in November 2004, and is 20 years old.

Cranie has represented England at Under 17, 18, 19 and 20 level, and has even captained the U18 and U19 sides and made his debut for Southampton during the 2004-05 season. Aside from the WDP, there is no clear confirmation as to what stage this deal is at.


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3 November 2006 : Venue For Youth Team Game
Tomorrow's Youth Team match at Hereford United will be played at the following location:

Hereford City Sports Club, Grandstand Road, Hereford, HR4 9NG.

The 'Grandstand' is the main stand for Hereford Racecourse and is situated on the north side of the city. To get there, follow the same route you would take for Hereford United Football Club, but go north past the ground on Edgar Street (A49, signposted Leominster), with the ground on your right hand side, then take a left turn at the next roundabout into Newtown Road (still A49), then the third left into Priory Place, which then becomes Grandstand Road.

A map is available here and the game kicks off at 11.00am.


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3 November 2006 : Bristol City Ticketing : Final Reminder
A reminder that tomorrow's match against Bristol City is an ALL TICKET game and that no tickets will be sold on the day of the match. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be extending its opening today until 7.30pm tonight. This will be your last opportunity to buy tickets.

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.

The latest unofficial news on sales is that both the Yeovil College Stand and Cowlin Stand are close to sell-outs. Supporters are reporting that the Ticket Office are finding it difficult to allocate two or more people together in the stands, so it appears they are now down to scattered seats in both parts. The Westland Terrace is a little easier to buy a ticket - general opinion yesterday was that there were about 700 spaces left though this will drop off as the day goes on.

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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2 November 2006 : Slade Pleased With Brittain's Start
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he considered one of the few positives from Tuesday night's match against Shrewsbury Town was the first impression he got of on-loan Ipswich Town midfielder Martin Brittain. The former Newcastle trainee came on for the final half hour of the game and Slade admitted he liked what he saw:

"There were a few positives to come out of the game and one of those was Martin's performance when he came on. He's got good pace and caused Shrewsbury problems, I just wish we could have got the ball to him more often."

Slade pointed out that Brittain had only arrived at the club overnight, the day before the game, and therefore had barely been introduced to his team-mates let alone trained with them. The Yeovil boss therefore believes there is more to come:

"He looked comfortable on the ball and had that little bit of pace. He made a contribution in the 30 minutes he was on the pitch. He had not trained with us before the game so we will work on that and, we hope, come up with a winning formula over the weekend."


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2 November 2006 : OTV On Sale On Saturday
After being packed up in a dusty attic, the On To Victory editorial team have been unboxed, had all the cobwebs and dust blown off them, and claim to have been feverishly beavering away until the small hours (but enough of their evenings down the Nags Head) producing a small but perfectly formed edition of OTV that will go on sale outside and around the ground on Saturday prior to the home match against Bristol City. OTV Editor Seb White may well have put in more effort than Chris Cohen does over 90 minutes (or so he tells us), but the cost to you, dear reader, is just one English pound coin (isn't it always?)

Seb has given us a brief glimpse into the trials and tribulations of producing the latest issue. He tells a bit of a good sob story, so have your violins and tissues at the ready as you read on:
There are times in life when you think 'Why am I doing this?'. For example, away at Gillingham Town in a friendly (more of that in the zine). I've had a couple of moments like that in the last week putting OTV together. However, I can gladly announce that this season's first (and quite possibly last depending on how this one sells - no pressure!) is going to be on sale at the Bristol City game. For the meagre sum of £1 you'll be getting 32 pages crammed full of top articles including

Yeovil Town Training Tips from the 1950s
An exclusive extract from Yeovil Town's 7th favourite forum www.notthegreenroom.com
A chat with 2 Bristol City fans
The lowdown on the Capital Glovers
An interesting tale of a trip to a match in Holland
The Yeovil Town club Dentist reveals all
A competition to win a Captain Marvel shirt from the boys at www.tshirtsforgoalposts.com
And much more

As if that wasn't enough OTV has produced a very much tongue in cheek 8 page online programme for the visit of Bristol City. To view the programme go to

http://www.capitalglovers.com/download/bristol_city_prog.pdf

We do stress that it is a humorous take on the 'rivalry' between the two clubs and as we have 3 articles in the zine from the red half of Bristol it's clear that we can all get along! The programme would've been in the actual zine, but due to complete disorganisation from me, for various reasons it was one favour too many for the excellent printers at www.pegasusprint.com (without them you wouldn't be reading anything trust me!).

It's been a bit of a trial getting all this together at such short notice, but I hope that as many of us as possible can part with a quid this Saturday.
There should be a seller on every corner of the ground so look out for us.

I hope you enjoy the zine!



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2 November 2006 : Special Edition Poppy Shirts
Yeovil Town's players will turn out in Saturday's local derby against Bristol City wearing a specially made shirt to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

These shirts will be signed by the player who wears it and then auctioned off.
If you would like to bid for these shirts you can by emailing jprior@britishlegion.org.uk or telephoning 01278 428457.

We would suggest you include your name, a telephone contact number, your bid amount and of course the name of the player whose shirt you are bidding for. Based on the latter, you may wish to wait until after Saturday before placing your bid!

The bids have to be received by 9.00am on Monday 20th November. The minimum bid is £30.00 and only sixteen shirts will be in existence with this design.

Proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion who help support ex-Servicemen and their families.


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1 November 2006 : Youth Team Statistics Pages Updated
The set of pages containing statistics for the Youth Team have been updated today to include Saturday's 3-0 win over Cheltenham Town (see Saturday and Monday's news). 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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1 November 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town
The full match report for last night's 2-1 defeat at Gay Meadow against Shrewsbury Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy is now available. Yeovil scored first through Anthony Barry but Shrewsbury hit back with two goals in the final 15 minutes to win the tie.

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


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1 November 2006 : Police Issue Local Derby Warning
Avon and Somerset Police have issued a press statement in advance of Saturday's League One match between Yeovil Town and Bristol City at Huish Park. The police have stated that they will eject troublemakers including those unduly under the influence of alcohol. The statement reads:

Police are aiming for a safe and enjoyable local derby match between Yeovil and Bristol City on the weekend.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Yeovil Town Football Club work closely together to ensure that Huish Park is an enjoyable and safe place to watch football.

Inspector Mike Edwards said: "The supporters are a credit to themselves and to the area and there is always a warm welcome for visitors.

"The club has an enviable reputation as a family club, which is wholly deserved. We hope that Saturday will provide excellent entertainment for all supporters in a friendly atmosphere.

"In order to maintain this pleasant environment for the benefit of all, the club expects a reasonable standard of behaviour from those attending. ANY supporter subject to a ban from ANY club is not welcome and will be refused entry to Huish Park. If they are found inside the stadium they will be removed.

"There will be officers from Bristol working with Yeovil police to assist in the identification of known troublemakers.

"The club also rigorously enforces the law in respect of alcohol and anyone attempting to enter the ground whilst drunk will be refused and may render themselves liable to arrest. Where offences are committed, we will robustly pursue Football Banning Orders."

To put the Police statement into context, the 2005-06 season meetings between Yeovil Town and Bristol City passed off without any incidents at the respective football grounds (to our knowledge) whilst Yeovil Town recently were recognised as having the best behaved supporters in League One with zero arrests during the past two seasons. We hope that reputation will still hold up after Saturday's match.


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1 November 2006 : Slade Disappointed With Disjointed Performance
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade refused to use the substantial changes that he made to last night's side as an excuse for the 2-1 defeat incurred at Gay Meadow last night in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Shrewsbury Town were the victors with goals from David Edwards and Michael Symes after Anthony Barry had given Yeovil a second half lead, but Slade felt overall when talking to BBC Somerset Sound that the right result came out in the end:

"We were a little disjointed, but Shrewsbury made changes too, don't forget. I am very disappointed with the combination of my front two, as I thought that their front two were better than ours on the night. In the middle of the park I thought that Shrewsbury had some great possession against us and we do look stretched sometimes when we are playing 4-4-2."

Slade criticised referee Michael Jones for his performance last night, in particular the decision to award a free kick against Terrell Forbes when the Glovers central defender was shielding the ball out for a goal kick but got pulled up for obstruction:

"I thought we were poor to be honest, in the main. I thought the referee was marginally better than us. The decision to give a free kick in the bottom corner that led to their equaliser was beyond me, along with one or two other decisions on the night. Is (Shrewsbury striker Michael) Symes a basketball player? Because he grabbed hold of the ball three times that I've seen but the referee hasn't seen it. So I thought that the referee was poor, but I have to concentrate on us and I thought we were worse."

Speaking to the Western Daily Press the Yeovil boss admitted that the performance last night hasn't done much to influence his thoughts on what Yeovil's first choice eleven should be for Saturday's match with Bristol City with few of the replacements doing themselves justice:

"It wasn't a great game from our point of view and not too many have pushed themselves forward for the Bristol City game on Saturday. We took out the experience of Skiverton, Jones and Stewart tonight, plus the energy of Cohen, and it made a big difference. It would make a difference to most teams at our level."

It wasn't quite all doom'n'gloom for the Yeovil boss though, as he could see some good signs out of some individuals on the night, in particular his blooding of new loan signing Martin Brittain who has joined for a month from Ipswich Town:

"The positives are that Martin Brittain came on, had the beating of the full-back and looked comfortable on the ball. He's got that bit of pace and made a quality contribution in the 30 minutes he was on the pitch. It was also great strike for the goal from Anthony Barry and it was good to see Scott Guyett get 90 minutes under his belt."


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1 November 2006 : BBC Somerset Sound Shrewsbury Interview
The RealAudio clip for manager Russell Slade's post-match interview with local freelance reporter Chris Spittles is now available on the BBC Somerset Sound website, using the link below.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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