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30 November 2007 : Board Give Reaction To Slade Signature
Further to this week's news concerning manager Russell Slade's signature on a new contract that will hopefully keep him at the club until the summer of 2011, director Stephen Allinson has been talking this week about what the deal means for the club.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Stephen's view was that it gave the club continuity and the ability to look at the club's youth policy:

"It provides the continuity that we have been looking for and it is mutually beneficial for the club and for Russell. It is the longest contract we have ever offered to a manager. It will mean that effectively he is going to be with us for five years, from 2006 (until 2011). It gives him and us the time to build the club up from beneath, which is what we are trying to do. We want to develop our youth policy and bring on the next set of Yeovil Town stars."

Stephen was philosophical about the recent approaches from League One sides Carlisle United and Millwall, considering them an occupational hazard, although admitted that they had been the catalyst for the board getting together and discussing the long term picture:

"I suppose in football, you are always used to the fact that if you are successful then your manager is going to get approached. But we held firm and both clubs did it the proper way. They asked us for permission, but we said no, he's our man and we want to keep him. We also talked to Russell about that but he was more than happy with our approach, but it did galvanise us to think long term. He was in fact due to be with us for another 18 months so what we've done is to put another years on, past that 18 month period."

Russell himself acknowledged that he was aware of the interest, but pointed out that he had not let the interest stay in his mind for too long:

"I've been linked with one or two clubs this season. But you remain professional. Yeovil is my football club. There are opportunities that will come your way during your career and sometimes you take them and sometimes you don't. But you have to be so focussed. This is a 24/7 job, so your head can not be turned for too long a period."

Stephen added that part of the rationale behind the boardroom decision was that they wanted to bring stability to the club. If Russell completes his contract term and is still at Huish Park in 2011 then he will become the club's longest serving post-war manager and the Yeovil Town director believed that was essential for the club to be successful:

"If you look through the history books, you will see that the successful teams are those who do not chop and change with their managers. That has been shown in the Premiership with Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson and if you look lower down the leagues then you will find the same. We are not in the short term fix business. We are looking at it long term. We believe Russell is the right man for us. He is the right age, and we think this is the right way to go."


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30 November 2007 : Bournemouth Match No Longer All-Ticket
In what is becoming a bit of a strong pattern, next Tuesday's match against AFC Bournemouth will no longer be an All-Ticket match. Supporters will now be able to buy tickets for the game right up until the 7.45pm kick-off.

The match will, however, remain a Categorised Fixture, with four pounds added onto the usual pre-match prices, with the exception of tickets for the Under 16s.


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30 November 2007 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Minutes No. 2
The minutes of last week's Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting have now been completed by Supporters' Liaison Officer Sara Bradley and are now available for reading. Pour yourself a very large mug of your favourite drink and follow the link below.

Link: November 22nd 2007 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Minutes No. 2.


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28 November 2007 : Spencer In On Trial
Yeovil Town have taken Everton teenager Scott Spencer on trial at Huish Park with a view to considering him for a more lengthy stay in Somerset.

The striker is a former Oldham Athletic academy player, who transferred to Goodison Park in the summer of 2006 for an undisclosed fee that was reported in the media around that time as being in the region of 200,000 pounds, plus add-ons.

Oldham trumpeted him at the time as the 'next Wayne Rooney' after he scored over 20 goals at Youth Team level, and as Everton closed in, Bolton Wanderers took an interest, but he chose the career route of the England striker to start his professional career.

As yet Spencer has yet to emulate what Rooney was doing at the age of 18, but has instead been playing for the Toffees Reserve side. Yeovil won't be allowed to sign Spencer in any capacity until January 1st, due to the loan transfer window having already closed, but he should be eligible to play up to two matches in the Football Combination during that period, should the Premiership side agree.


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28 November 2007 : Russell Signs New Contract
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has finalised his contract extension with the club and will now be contracted to be at Huish Park until the summer of 2011.

The news formally draws to a close a succession of rumours and counter-rumours, mainly circulating around fellow League One side Millwall's attempts to lure Russell away from the club.

Of course contracts in football are not always the be-all and end-all of the matter as events involving new Leicester City manager Ian Holloway have proven, but the extended period will hopefully protect the club more against other clubs sniffing around Huish Park, as well as allowing Russell to lay down long term plans on the playing side.

Congratulations to Russell and those who have helped this deal come to a conclusion.


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26 November 2007 : Mildy Wins BBC Award
Further to our news concerning the BBC South-West Sports Awards (see November 20th) we're pleased to reveal that Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has been given the Footballer Of The Year award by the BBC in an awards ceremony last night.

Steve beat off competition from Truro City's Stewart Yetton and Plymouth Argyle's David Norris to pick up the award last night at Sandy Park in Exeter.

A big congratulations to Steve for picking up the award.

Link: BBC South-West Website : Full List Of Local Award Winners.


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25 November 2007 : Community Trust Sides Play Bournemouth
Yeovil Town's Community Trust sides were in action today against AFC Bournemouth teams in the latest weekend worth of matches involving the youngsters that are under the development of Maurice Hopkins.

We're aware of at least two matches having taken place today, at Under 14 and Under 12 level, with details of the matches as follows:

Under 14s vs Bournemouth.

Goals from Lloyd Mathews (2), Dan Williams and A. Triallist were enough to see off a Bournemouth youth team in a match played at Yeovilton today. Losing 0-2 at the end of the first quarter, Yeovil pulled level with goals from first Mathews, and then Williams during the second quarter. In the 3rd quarter Bournemouth took the lead 2-3 again before A.Triallist scored with a cross come shot. The game was then won by Mathews with his second goal during the final quarter.

Under 14s Team:
Matt Haines
Dan Williams, Louis Voizey, Henry Bond(c), Mikey Fordon
Tom Hopkins, James Golby, Max Harrington, Luke Redrup
Lloyd Mathews, Louis Morgan

Rolling Subs: Liam Snell, Tom Salter, A. Triallist

Final Score: Yeovil Town U14s 4 AFC Bournemouth U14s 3.


Under 12s vs Bournemouth.

The sides met on a sunny Sunday morning playing at the Bournemouth Sports Club where there were perhaps a dozen pitches all busy in action. With so little match experience the question we are still wondering is just how good is football at the academy level and what is the step up from local club action?

The Yeovil U12 started superbly and were in real control of the game over the first 15 minutes or so. A long ball carried down the right wing and cross to Luke Jackson resulted in a well deserved goal. Roughly ten minutes later Bournemouth equalised with a lob over defenders and keeper, a further similar goal came later on about 25, and an unmarked striker placing the ball with ease towards the end of the game - 1-3 to Bournemouth. High balls in to large goals can be a problem with this age group.

The difference? The Bournemouth keeper was exceptional, holding high crosses and even diving to take the ball off our striker in a one on one. The Bournemouth passing was on the whole more accurate whereas ours was often clearances leading to 50/50 situations. The energy in the tackling in midfield and the chasing of the ball was a level higher than at local level and Bournemouth were often quicker to the ball. Yeovil did have the lots of play in front of the Bournemouth goal, perhaps 15 chances, but just had difficulty getting good shots on target. In summary, the opposition standard is higher and it's much harder work - well done to the squad.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth U12s 3 Yeovil Town U12s 1.

[Many thanks to Steve and Jim for these reports. If anyone wants to supply progress reports on these or any other Community Trust levels then please do and we will publish!]


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25 November 2007 : Millwall Man Of The Match Voting
Don't forget that if you went to yesterday's match at The New Den, then you should be casting your Man of the Match votes for the Millwall game using the usual form.

Link: Millwall vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting.


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25 November 2007 : Gillingham Man Of The Match Result
And finally in this batch of Man of the Man results (or firstly if you're reading these from the top downwards!) we reach last Sunday's game against Gillingham. As the match was televised, we got a good boost on voters watching on Sky Sports for the day, and the result was a bit of a cliff-hanger between midfielder Darren Way, who was making his return to the club on loan, and James Walker, another loan player who set up one and scored one on the day.

In the end, Darren won the vote by a narrow margin. Now if only we could persuade this many of you to vote after every home match! Full results are as follows:

1 Darren Way 722 (45)
2 James Walker 668 (46)
3 Lloyd Owusu 258 (9)
4 Anthony Barry 124 (5)
5 Lee Peltier 74 (3)
6 Paul Warne 56 (3)
7 Nathan Jones 22 (1)
9 Steve Mildenhall 12 (0)
9 Gary Dempsey 12 (0)
11 Terry Skiverton 10 (0)
12 Justin Cochrane 6 (0)
13 Terrell Forbes 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.05

Performance: 7.00
Entertainment: 7.11

VOTES RECEIVED: 112


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25 November 2007 : Swansea Man Of The Match Result
With the away trip to Swansea City having come only two days after the trip to Torquay United, unsurprisingly there was a low turn-out on this match, and therefore a low number of Man of the Match voters.

For the second match running though, Marcus Stewart took the honours by a comfortable margin ... although we're scratching our heads on why he did - Marcus was not on the pitch for much more than six minutes. Oh well! Hopefully it was an impressive six minutes. Hmmmmmm ...

1 Marcus Stewart 36 (3)
2 Anthony Barry 18 (0)
3 Nathan Jones 10 (1)
4 Terry Skiverton 8 (0)
5 Steve Mildenhall 2 (0)
5 Terrell Forbes 2 (0)
5 Scott Guyett 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.20

Performance: 2.00
Entertainment: 4.40

VOTES RECEIVED: 5


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25 November 2007 : Torquay Man Of The Match Result
The next of the November Man of the Match results centres on the woeful day that was our FA Cup match against Torquay United. The less said about that game, the better. Marcus Stewart got Yeovil's only goal of the game and so deserves some kind of thumbs up for the bright spot of the afternoon. We suspect much of the rest was the best of a bad bunch.

The full gory details, with outright MOTM winners in brackets, are as follows:

1 Marcus Stewart 158 (11)
3 Scott Guyett 72 (5)
3 Nathan Jones 70 (4)
4 Anthony Barry 66 (4)
5 Paul Warne 58 (3)
6 Terrell Forbes 44 (3)
7 Steve Mildenhall 34 (0)
8 Lloyd Owusu 14 (0)
10 Mark Lynch 10 (1)
10 Terry Skiverton 10 (1)
11 Gary Dempsey 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.20

Performance: 2.53
Entertainment: 3.87

VOTES RECEIVED: 32


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25 November 2007 : Cheltenham Man Of The Match Result
A slight bit of catching up tonight on the Man of the Match polling as some of November's busy schedule have their results published. Apologies for the delay in coming up with the results for these games - more will follow shortly.

The midweek match against Cheltenham resulted in a 1-1 draw and the MOTM polling saw striker Lloyd Owusu, who scored his 7th goal of the season on the night, win out narrowly from defensive midfielder Matty Rose.

The full results of the poll were as follows:

1 Lloyd Owusu 80 (7)
3 Matthew Rose 76 (5)
3 Scott Guyett 64 (2)
4 James Walker 60 (4)
5 Paul Warne 26 (1)
6 Terry Skiverton 20 (0)
7 Steve Mildenhall 16 (1)
8 Nathan Jones 12 (1)
10 Gary Dempsey 6 (0)
10 Anthony Barry 6 (0)
11 Ritchie Jones 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.42

Performance: 3.50
Entertainment: 3.33

VOTES RECEIVED: 24


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25 November 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Millwall Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade credited his counterpart Kenny Jackett for the brave decision that went a long way towards turning the game at The New Den yesterday. Trailing by a James Walker goal, Jackett put on strikers Adebayo Akinfenwa and Neil Harris and switched to a 4-3-3, and that was in part responsible in disturbing the Glovers back line enough to get Millwall back into the game. However, Russell felt that Millwall's late winner was harsh luck upon his side.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of the double substitution: "Managers make decisions within football matches to try and change things for the better. No manager tries to change things for the worse. Sometimes they come off and sometimes they don't. Today it has dropped and it has come off (for Millwall). But for them to go on and get the three points is a little bit unjust."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Millwall Post-Match Verdict.


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24 November 2007 : Glovers Fail To Tame Lions
Yeovil Town came home empty-handed from the New Den this afternoon when the least they deserved was a draw from an end-to-end encounter against Millwall. Despite taking the lead through James Walker early in the second half, the Lions ... errr ... roared back into life with the introduction of experienced strikers Adebayo Akinfenwa and Neil Harris and grabbed two late goals through Jamie O'Hara and Ali Fuseini.

The Glovers made just one change to last week's side with Gary Dempsey being displaced by Matty Rose, whilst on the bench, new loan signing Zoltan Stieber was lined up to make his debut. A first half saw both sides' defences largely on top, with the back lines generally thwarting the end to end midfield runs around the 18 yard line. Steve Mildenhall had two fairly academic saves to make, whilst Paul Warne went close at the other end with a shot into the side netting. The Glovers went in at half time having in the main forced Millwall onto the back foot, and with the home side being forced to perform counter-attacking to try and relieve the pressure. All that was missing from the Glovers performance was a clear-cut chance to bury in the net.

They got that four minutes into the second period with a real beauty from James Walker. After an Anthony Barry corner had been half cleared, the ball fell back to the midfielder and his second delivery was met with a knockdown from Lloyd Owusu into the path of Walker, who chested the ball down and smashed it home on the angle from eight yards out.

The Glovers in no way rested on their laurels - Millwall looked somewhat stunned by the goal and the game could have easily been put out of reach within the following ten minutes, with both Walker and Owusu getting into great positions to extend Yeovil's lead. In fact when Walker broke through in an almost identical area of the box and fired at goal, it was enough for Owusu to stick his arms in the air in celebration - only for a Millwall defender's leg to somehow divert the attempt over the bar.

With the home side going nowhere, new manager Kenny Jackett introduced Harris and Akinfenwa - the latter to a chorus of boos from the travelling Yeovil support - and with an extra striker on the pitch, they began to open up spaces, with the rather considerable bulk of Akinfenwa invariably at the heart of the increasing foul count that unsettled both the Glovers midfield and defence.

It look the Lions until the 71st minute though to break the Yeovil defence down and even that had a slight element of fortune to it. Ali Fuseini's cross was headed clear by Terry Skiverton, but only into the path of Jamie O'Hara and he had rather too much space on the Yeovil right flank to drive the ball across Steve Mildenhall and into the far corner.

To Yeovil's credit, they did not let the now noisy New Den intimidate them, and they pushed players up in search of the winner that their play deserved and once again Millwall were on the back foot. However, the home side always looked dangerous on the counter-attack and that was how they got their winner. Lee Peltier lost possession whilst driving deep into the Millwall half, and Ali Fuseini got in behind the Yeovil right-back and with the freedom of that entire flank drove at the stretched Glovers defence, squeezing the ball in at Steve Mildenhall's near post from 25 yards out to frustratingly turn the game on its head.

Once again Yeovil pressed forward in search of an equaliser, instead of the winner that they had been previously searching for, but four minutes worth of injury time didn't benefit them and they left South-East London wondering how exactly the game had disappeared out of their grasp.

Final Score: Millwall 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Yeovil Town: 4-3-3
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
8. Anthony Barry 12. Matty Rose 17. Darren Way
28. James Walker 9. Lloyd Owusu 14. Paul Warne

Subs: 5. Scott Guyett 7. Gary Dempsey (69 mins for Anthony Barry) 15. Justin Cochrane (75 mins for Paul Warne) 19. Craig Alcock 25. Zoltan Stieber (84 mins for Matty Rose)

Millwall: 4-4-2
1. Lenny Pidgeley
30. Marcus Bignot 5. Paul Robinson 6. Zak Whitbread 21. Zoumana Bakayogo
19. Jay Simpson 22. Ali Fuseini 32. Brian Hodge 18. Jamie O'Hara
10. Will Hoskins 8. Gary Alexander

Subs: 13. Chris Day (GK) 9. Neil Harris (63 mins for Jay Simpson) 14. David Brammer 16. Scott Barron 24. Adebayo Akinfenwa (63 mins for Will Hoskins)

Scorers: James Walker (49 mins, 0-1), Jamie O'Hara (71 mins, 1-1), Ali Fuseini (82 mins, 2-1)

Millwall Bookings: Ali Fuseini (43 mins, foul), Gary Alexander (54 mins, foul), Adebayo Akinfenwa (90 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Matty Rose (28 mins, foul), Lee Peltier (39 mins, foul), Terry Skiverton (70 mins, foul)

Referee: Steve Bratt (West Midlands). Assistants: David Buck (Kent) and Mike George (Norfolk). Fourth Official: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

Attendance: 8,105 (including 366 Yeovil fans)

Link: Latest 2007-08 League One Table.


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23 November 2007 : Millwall vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to play Millwall tomorrow at the New Den, hoping to continue the re-emergence of their form that was kick-started by last Sunday's 2-1 win over Gillingham. They come up against a Lions side that has been struggling in the bottom four of the table for much of this season. They currently lie in 21st position, and were it not for Luton Town's 10 point deduction this week, they would be merely a single point from the foot of the table.

That said, the Lions have suffered mainly because of their awful away form. Winless away from home, their three wins so far have come on their home patch, and with new manager Kenny Jackett having arrived earlier this month, they will be hoping for the usual lift that new management generally gives a new side during the managerial honeymoon period. Last weekend they were somewhat unfortunate to lose 2-1 to a Bristol Rovers side that had been losing 1-0 until the final 15 minutes of the match.

For once the Glovers are coming up against a side with multiple injury problems. Millwall will be without Alan Dunne (ankle), Chris Hackett, Ryan Smith, Danny Senda, David Brammer (all knee injuries) and Danny Spiller (hernia). They are hoping to get striker Neil Harris back from a hamstring injury but otherwise the outlook for them is not good in terms of getting players back in their squad.

Millwall's most recent arrival was of course Adebayo Akinfenwa, who exited Huish Park after spending six weeks at the club getting himself fit. This month they've also taken Marcus Bignot on loan from QPR and Bryan Hodge from Blackburn Rovers but otherwise Jackett has tried to keep faith with the players he has inherited.

The Glovers of course have their trio of long term injuries in Lee Morris (knee), Marc Bircham (hamstring) and Marvin Williams (ankle) all still out. The latter two are back in some very limited rehab work although are some distance off being allowed to resume full training. Striker Marcus Stewart is also out although is hopeful of returning to action from his recent hamstring problems in time for the Bournemouth home match in 10 days time.

Their two dilemmas concern midfielder Ritchie Jones (groin) and Matthew Rose (ankle) who have been absent recently. Both returned to training this week and much will depend upon how they react to those early days back on the training ground.

Either way, after Sunday's 2-1 win over Gillingham it would seem likely that Jones and Rose would be competing for places on the bench, as would new signing ZoltŠn Stieber, who has joined from Aston Villa. It would be a surprise if manager Russell Slade made more than one change to the starting line-up as he attempts to bring some stability to his playing squad after a season-worth of injury-inflicted chaos.

The game kicks off at 3.00pm and Yeovil fans can purchase tickets on the day from the North Stand Ticket Office. See the Ciderspace guide for details of pricing.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Millwall.


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23 November 2007 : Football League Review No. 7
Just before we leap into another weekend's worth of consternation and controversy, Josh Rogers has been taking a look back at last weekend's goings on as well as a look at what is on the table tomorrow afternoon in South Bermondsey. Follow the link below for the latest look around League One.

Link: Football League Review : November 18th 2007.


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23 November 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Millwall
The Ciderspace guide to Millwall, or rather South Bermondsey and its surrounding area, can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Millwall.


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23 November 2007 : Next Season
Although not half way through this one, the Football League has announced the starting time for the 2008-2009 season.

For those whose summer holiday dates are determined by the football season the 2008-09 campaign for Championship, League One and League Two clubs will kick off on Saturday 9th August at 3.00 p.m.


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23 November 2007 : Doncaster Tickets On Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to play Doncaster Rovers are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The match will be played on Sunday 16th December with a 3.00pm kick-off. The Sunday kick-off is due to horse-racing taking place on the previous day at Doncaster Racecourse.

Ticket prices are £19.00 for Adults, £13.00 for Seniors, £13.00 for Students, £12.00 for 12-16 year olds, whilst Under 11s are charged £5.00.

Last season we found this match to be one of those ambiguous ones in terms of its ticket status. It was billed as an 'All Ticket' match, although upon further and rather lengthy enquiries we found that if you really really really wanted to, then you could buy tickets on the day.

Once we got to the Keepmoat Stadium it was easy to see why - ticket office queues snaking around half the stadium and total confusion as to which queue was for pick-ups, which queue was for purchases and whether away fans needed to buy from a different outlet.

We'll keep tabs on this one as this season there is no mention of it being an all-ticket match, although our advice would be that if you can buy a ticket in advance, then you will probably find that to be your best choice. If you can't, then don't turn up 10 minutes before kick-off expecting to waltz up to an empty Donny Ticket Office.


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22 November 2007 : Mad Hatters
League One side Luton Town have been deducted 10 points by the Football League after being taken into administration today. The penalty means that they now lie rock bottom of the League One table on nine points and four points from safety.

They say things come in threes - Luton have had just gone through seven days of hell, started on November 15th when they were hit with 17 Football Association charges relating to alleged illegal payments to football agents, including the infamous Steven Denos after the FA found nine separate transfer deals to have possible irregularities associated with them.

Luton face the prospect of a large fine and possibly more points being deducted over the affair and it is feasible that the Hatters have taken today's action, recognising that the outcome of the FA enquiry is likely to see them relegated anyway.

Luton's week had already got worse yesterday when directors John Mitchell and Richard Bagehot resigned from the board, having also been charged by the FA over their alleged role in the enquiry into agent bungs.

Now matters appear to have gone one step worse, with Luton now hoping for new buyers to bail them out, with a deadline of December 31st set for possible new owners. Chairman David Pinkney is prepared to keep the club running for that period, aided by administrators The P&A Partnership although you have to wonder what buyers would step in whilst the FA enquiry is yet to be concluded. Pinkney said of the situation:

"This is a sad day for me personally, I have only ever had the long-term future of Luton Town Football Club at heart. Changing circumstances and the potential huge liabilities surrounding the club have presented me with no alternative but to place the club into the hands of the administrator. As a further commitment to the supporters and the future of the club, I have however, decided to fund the overheads of the club throughout the sale process without any guarantee of recovering these moneys. I sincerely hope a potential purchaser can be found to take on Luton Town Football Club and secure its future."

Link: 2007-08 Latest League One Table.


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22 November 2007 : Hungarian Winger Arrives
Yeovil Town have signed up Aston Villa's Hungarian winger ZoltŠn Stieber on loan until January 1st.

Although Stieber has only just turned 19 years old, he joined Villa's first team squad on their USA and Canada pre-season tour earlier this year, and also played in their pre-season friendly against Walsall. He also won the BBC Radio WM Young Player of the Month award in September.

He has been a regular in Villa's Reserve Team as well as representing Hungary at U19 level. He was previously with Hungarian side ŕjpest and had trials with Arsenal and Manchester United before signing a two year academy contract for Villa in May 2005. He followed that up with a full professional contract on January 4th 2007 - committing himself to the Midlands club for three years.

In May 2007, he competed in the HKFC Philips Lighting International Soccer Sevens - a competition that Villa won, and on the back of that he was given the Player of the Tournament award.

So far this season he has scored twice for Villa Reserves, and created six assists in their opening six matches. He is expected to make a breakthrough into the Villa first team within the next year or two and no doubt Villa regard this as his chance to make the step up.

Most references to Stieber around the internet pitch him as a left-winger, although there are occasional references to him playing on the right, and also many classing him as a striker. We therefore suspect that he will be pigeon-holed in as a 'Lee Morris' style replacement, with Morris out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.


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22 November 2007 : No Move For Hayes
Yeovil Town's efforts to sign Leicester City left-winger Jonathan Hayes have been scuppered at the last minute.

The 20 year old had been earmarked for a move last week but initially the loan was delayed due to Hayes picking up a minor knock in a Reserve Team match. Now fit again, his move has now been aborted because of Ian Holloway's imminent move from Plymouth Argyle to the Walkers Stadium. Holloway wants to look at his whole squad before making any decisions and that means Hayes must stay put.


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22 November 2007 : Officials For Millwall
Saturday's match against Millwall will be looked after by the impressively named (for a referee anyway) Steve Bratt (West Midlands).

We've had Mr Bratt on two separate occasions, both within the last couple of seasons, with the official being relatively new to the Football League lists.

Our two experiences have been relatively positive, particularly as both games featured significant incidents which he seemed to deal with in a level-headed manner.

The November 2005 FA Cup match against Macclesfield Town saw him red-card Danny Swailes for deliberate handball inside the box. Then just over a year later he took charge of the 4-2 defeat against Port Vale, booking two players each, but having enough self-control to avoid reaching for his reds when Vale's players tried to provoke an on-pitch melee in the final minute after a Chris Cohen foul. The correct decision - a yellow card - was the outcome despite the histrionics of the home team.

Mr Bratt will be assisted by David Buck (Kent) and Mike George (Norfolk). The Fourth Official will be Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

Link: November 2005 : Macclesfield Town 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: March 2007 : Port Vale 4 - 2 Yeovil Town.


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21 November 2007 : Weekend Travel News For Millwall
For those planning to travel to Millwall this coming Saturday, be aware that there is Engineering Work in the Basingstoke area all day.

Whilst there is disruption on all lines in this area, the key thing for those coming up from Yeovil Junction is that there will be no trains between Andover and Basingstoke all day. In addition for your return journey note that some trains will leave London Waterloo earlier than normal.

There will be a bus service in operation for the stations affected. Bus services will run between Woking, Basingstoke and Andover. Some buses will also stop at Overton and Whitchurch.

Note that the Exeter to Waterloo service is not the only one affected this weekend - if your journey takes you anywhere through Basingstoke to get to London then we'd suggest you plan ahead.

Link: South West Trains Website : Exeter --> Salisbury --> London Waterloo Revised Timetable.

For those planning to drive part of the way and then take the tubes there are a number of outages on the London Underground network, with some affecting typical stations you may choose to use that are close to the tail end of the M3. These include:

* District Line : Suspended between West Kensington and Acton Town/Richmond
* Piccadilly Line : Suspended between Hammersmith and Acton Town

Link: Transport For London Website : Planned Engineering Works.


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21 November 2007 : Capital Glovers Meet-Ups For Millwall
Those cunning Capital Glovers are going for a hat-trick of meet-ups during November, after the recent two meetings around the Sunday televised matches. This time their dastardly plan involves actually attending the game in question. Well, given that they can all do it within their Oyster Card zone boundaries for free, there's no excuse not to! Dan has just about recovered from last Sunday's birthday hangover and writes:


"This Saturday sees Yeovil return to London for the away fixture against Millwall. The Capital Glovers plan is to get the overland train from London Bridge to South Bermondsey (for the ground) pretty close to kick off - it's a four minute journey on a frequent line.

Prior to this we'll be at The Ship in Borough from 11am and The George at London Bridge from 12:30pm. Both are walking distances from each other at the opposite ends of Borough High Street.

The Ship

Address: 68, Borough Rd, Southwark, London, SE1 1DX

Nearest tubes/rail: Borough (0.2 miles), Elephant and Castle (0.4 miles), Southwark (0.5 miles), London Bridge (0.7 miles)

Link: The Ship : Google Map Website

Link: The Ship : Beer In The Evening Website.

Link: The Ship : Fancy a Pint Website.

The George

Address: 77 Borough High St, London, SE1 1NH

Nearest tubes/rail: London Bridge (0.2 miles), Borough (0.3 miles), Monument (0.5 miles)

Link: The George : Google Map Website.

Link: The George : Beer In The Evening Website.

Link: The George : Fancy a Pint Website.

Come along and join the fun! We're aware that as this match is on our 'home patch' that many other exiles and forum users may be travelling to this match and in London for the day - even if you're not a Capital Glover please do introduce yourself!"


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21 November 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Gillingham Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has praised striker James Walker for his strong showing in Sunday afternoon's 2-1 win over Gillingham. The 19 year old is on loan from Charlton Athletic and set up Yeovil's first before scoring the winner himself and Russell believed he was now showing the element previously missing from his game.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound after the game, Russell said of Walker: "He's shown me it in training. We saw glimpses of it at Swansea but he just didn't have that end product. Today he's found that end product for us and I am delighted for him. Sometimes with a youngster you have to wait for a game or two or three before they show something. So we've been patient with him as well and he's got his reward today. He needs to build on that now."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Gillingham Post-Match Verdict.


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20 November 2007 : Mildy Nominated For BBC Award
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has been shortlisted for an end of year award as part of the BBC South West Sports Awards for 2007.

Steve has picked up his nomination in the 'Football' category and is one of three possible contenders:

Stewart Yetton (Truro City)
Steve Mildenhall (Yeovil Town)
David Norris (Plymouth Argyle)

The winner of the award, plus all other awards up for grabs will be revealed in a show broadcast from Sandy Park, Exeter, on Sunday 25 November. The award winners will be announced live on BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Radio Devon, BBC Radio Jersey and BBC Radio Guernsey from 9pm.

Link: BBC Devon : Full List Of South-West Sports Awards Nominations.


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20 November 2007 : Achieve by Unity Fans Partnership Meeting No. 2 Agenda
The agenda for the second meeting in the new Achieve by Unity Fans Partnership has now been published by the club and is as shown below.

We're pleased to note that unlike the old CCM format, there is a standing agenda item to run through outstanding Actions from previous meetings - this is an excellent step in the right direction towards ensuring that ideas and issues are followed through and not forgotten.

Achieve by Unity Fans Partnership
22nd November 2007
5.45pm in the Glovers Lounge
Agenda


1. Approval of previous minutes (18/10/07)
2. Update on previous action points (18/10/07)
3. Categorised Matches (Ideas for next Season)
4. Tea Bars
5. Glovers Football Campaign
6. Marketing Update
7. Questions E-mailed from Supporters
8. A.O.B

Link: Achieve by Unity Fans Partnership Meeting No. 1 Minutes.


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20 November 2007 : Plasma TV Presented To Club
Mark Kelly and Roger Brimble hand over the Plasma TV to Glovers Commercial Manager Dave Linney.
Mark Kelly and Roger Brimble hand over the Plasma TV to Glovers Commercial Manager Dave Linney.
Photo © 2007 Away Travel Club

The Yeovil Town Away Travel Club has presented the club with a 42-inch plasma screen and unit for the supporters' marquee. The project has been financed by the Travel Club with the help from Terry Chard who built the TV unit with wood supplied from the Paynes Timber Company, while it was painted by Paul Roberts.

Although the plasma was in use during Yeovil's FA Cup match last week against Torquay United, it was formally handed over to Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney in the Marquee on the day of the League One match against Gillingham. It will be brought out to the Marquee and be in use before and after every home game.
Mark Kelly and Roger Brimble complete with a subtle advert for their away travel.
Mark Kelly and Roger Brimble complete with a subtle advert for their away travel.
Photo © 2007 Away Travel Club



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20 November 2007 : Knights Extends Cambridge Loan
This morning's BBC Somerset Sound Sports Bulletin reports that Yeovil Town striker Darryl Knights has extended his loan at Conference side Cambridge United by another month.

The Glovers do have an option of a 24 hour recall on the loan should they need it, however as the move was also to allow Darryl to spend additional time with his brother Kyle, who is currently in Ipswich Hospital following a road traffic accident in August, we suspect the club would only exercise that right with reluctance.

Darryl's second month at Cambridge is scheduled to end on December 15th.


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19 November 2007 : Walker And Barry In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town duo James Walker and Anthony Barry have made it into the Football League's Team Of The Week.

James Walker, who is on loan from Charlton Athletic, set up the first goal for Lloyd Owusu and then scored the winning goal in the 88th minute to cap his best game so far for the Glovers.

Meanwhile Anthony Barry, who has been a mainstay of the Glovers midfield this season, clocked up another solid 90 minutes for the club in a three man central pairing.

The full Football League selection is as follows:

Danny Coyne (Tranmere)
Dan Woodards (Crewe) Ian Goodison (Tranmere) Neal Trotman (Oldham) James Golbourne (Bournemouth)
Anthony Barry (Yeovil Town) Jonathan Howson (Leeds) Alan McCormack (Southend) Jason Demetriou (Leyton Orient)
Jermaine Beckford (Leeds) James Walker (Yeovil Town)

The Match Sponsors picked out James Walker as their Man of the Match. Whether you agree or disagree with the above selections, make sure you get in your own Man of the Match votes using the form below. We won't mention any names, but we suspect that one other player not mentioned above may feature rather strongly in the voting.

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


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19 November 2007 : BBC Somerset Sound Interviews From Gillingham
Two new interviews have been uploaded onto the BBC Somerset Sound website, covering post-match analysis of the 2-1 win over Gillingham.

Manager Russell Slade provides his usual post-match analysis, whilst there is also an interview with striker Basil Fawlty Lloyd Owusu who bagged his eighth goal of the season in yesterday's match.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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19 November 2007 : Reserves Match Postponed
Almost as quickly as it was on, it is now off. The Yeovil Town Reserves home match against Plymouth Argyle Reserves that was scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Anyone who saw yesterday's match against Gillingham will get a feel as to why ...


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18 November 2007 : Sodje Out Of Hospital
Former Yeovil Town defender Efe Sodje has left Yeovil General Hospital tonight after being taken there as a precaution, following a nasty injury sustained during Yeovil's 2-1 over Gillingham this afternoon.

Efe accidentally headbutted the back of Lloyd Owusu's head in an aerial challenge and came off significantly the worst. Whilst Lloyd needed five stitches before returning to the field in his now legendary 'pope cap', Efe's injury required 12 minutes of attention before he was stretchered off very slowly and directly into an ambulance parked directly outside the Exit Gate.

Gills boss Mark Stimson explained to their official site the nature of the injury:

"It was a nasty one and a painful one for Sodj. He has been stitched up at the hospital and has a nasty gash across his left eye. It was a sickening injury and he was dropping in and out of consciousness as he was taken to hospital. Fortunately he is okay now and that is good news for us all."

Good to hear and let's hope Efe is back on the field of play as quickly as possible.


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18 November 2007 : Walker Gets Glovers Back On Track
Yeovil Town left it late to put their season back on track, with Russell Sladeís men not having won in their last six attempts going into the game. James Walkerís winner two minutes from time helped Yeovil to an important 2-1 win in front of a crowd of 4,408 and the Sky Sports cameras. Yeovil Town move up to twelfth in League One, just three points off a play-off position.

Yeovil went into the game boosted by the return of former midfielder Darren Way, who returned to Huish Park on-loan until 1st January from Swansea, having moved across the border to Swansea in January 2006 for a reported £150,000. Way, playing in his 248th appearance for the club, played a pivotal role throughout the game and it seemed fitting that his 88th minute pass allowed James Walker, on-loan from Charlton Athletic, to unleash a superb shot on the edge of the box to give Russell Slade the three points.

Yeovil had taken the lead after 66 minutes when a James Walker cross allowed Lloyd Owusu to grab his eighth goal of the season. Gillingham, on their travels have scored just two goals away from home in the league picking up just the single point, equalised ten minutes later through Chris Dickson before Walker fired a superb winner for Yeovil at the death.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2-1 Gillingham.

Yeovil Town : (4-3-3)
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
8. Anthony Barry 7. Gary Dempsey 17. Darren Way
14. Paul Warne 9. Lloyd Owusu 28. James Walker

Subs: 2. Mark Lynch 5. Scott Guyett 15. Justin Cochrane (78 mins for Gary Dempsey) 19. Craig Alcock 30. Wilfried Domoraud

Gillingham : (4-4-2)
12. Simon Royce
19. Sean Clohessy 6. Ian Cox 5. Simon King 3. Craig Armstrong
23. Barry Cogan 18. Craig Stone 8. Mark Bentley 14. Aaron Brown
28. Dennis Oli 26. Chris Dickson

Subs: 22. Derek Stillie (GK) 11. Nicky Southall (27 mins for Efe Sodje) 16. Efetobore Sodje (10 mins for Ian Cox) 27. Luke Freeman 30. Leroy Griffiths (67 mins for Barry Cogan)

Gillingham Bookings: Aaron Brrown (70 mins, foul), Craig Armstrong (90 mins, foul), Dennis Oli (90 mins, unsporting behaviour)
Yeovil Bookings: None.

Referee: Andy Hall (West Midlands). Assistants: Andrew Rodda (Devon) and Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire).

Attendance: 4,408 (including 171 very wet Gills fans)

Link: 2007-08 Latest League One Table.


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18 November 2007 : Gillingham Man Of The Match Voting
Don't forget that Man of the Match votes are very welcome whether you watched the match at Huish Park or saw the game on Sky Sports. Cast your vote using the form below or if you have problems using the form then email direct at motm@ciderspace.co.uk

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


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17 November 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Gillingham Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Gillingham tomorrow in front of the Sky Sports cameras hoping to kickstart their league campaign again after a series of poor results that have seen them falter in their league position and disappear out of two cup competitions.

They face a Gillingham side experiencing their own problems. The Kent side lie currently fifth from bottom of the table and have recently appointed former Stevenage Borough manager Mark Stimson but have yet to find some regular form under their new boss. Despite a 4-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in midweek, their results have not yet given the boost that Stimson's appointment was intended to make. Early days yet of course, but their 2-1 exit to Barnet in the FA Cup, like the Glovers, came as a shock to the system.

Stimson has begun to shape his squad by delving twice into non-league football for a pair of loan strikers. Grays Athletic striker Dennis Oli has arrived from his old club, whilst Fisher Athletic forward Leroy Griffiths has also arrived at Priestfield on loan. Oli scored in the midweek 4-0 win to give himself a boost on his debut for the club after coming on as a substitute. Griffiths did not feature in the game.

The Gills will be without captain Andrew Crofts who is away on international duty with Wales, whilst midfielder Steve Lomas has a hamstring problem and may not be risked. Former Glover Efe Sodje though should feature.

Gillingham's main problem this season has been their form away from Priestfield. They have only picked up one point on their travels and have only scored two goals, conceding a massive 19 across 7 games. No doubt Stimson's priority will be to stop that trend from continuing.

Yeovil Town's team news is as mixed as ever with the usual assortment of missing players. Lee Morris, Marc Bircham and Marvin Williams are as ever the long term absentees, whilst Ritchie Jones remains out with a groin problem and Marcus Stewart's hamstring will keep him out. Defender Matthew Rose is rated as 50-50 to play, but there is good news with defender Scott Guyett back in training, midfielder Justin Cochrane back after a virus, plus Paul Warne from suspension. In addition midfielder Darren Way will undoubtedly be part of the sixteen as he commences his loan spell with the club.

The importance for the Glovers to try and get a win under their belts tomorrow is undoubtedly clear as they attempt to banish the ghosts of last Sunday's television showing. Russell said of the match:

"It's not win at all costs but we see it as a very important game and a chance to make a fresh start and a fresh bid in the league. That's how we've targetted it and let's hope that we get the right response. We've trained really well and we are looking bright. It's really difficult but it is a matter of transferring it from the training ground to the pitch and if we can keep our confidence going onto the pitch and going into Sunday then I think we'll be OK."

Sunday's match starts at 1.30pm and tickets for the game will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday tariffs.


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17 November 2007 : Pennock Returns To Newport
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Tony Pennock has returned to Newport County after resigning as manager of Port Talbot Town. Tony felt that perhaps he was not quite ready for club management at this point in his career:

"Things didn't work out, a lot of things were not as I expected and perhaps I rushed in too quickly. I would never say never about getting back into club management, but for now I look forward to getting the gloves and boots back on!"

Despite that, Tony is continuing as manager of the Welsh Semi-Professional side.


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17 November 2007 : Television Coverage For Gillingham Game
A reminder that tomorrow's match against Gillingham is being shown live on Sky Sports One from 1.00pm. There will be a programme running approximately 2.5 hours tomorrow until 3.30pm, although if you are programming your TV recorder, we'd recommend that you allow up until 4.00pm for coverage as Sky may include some of the post-match interviews during the build-up for the match that follows (Hartlepool United vs AFC Bournemouth) if the match at Huish Park over-runs.

There are three repeat slots for the programme, although be warned that these are merely 90 minute slots that are shared with the Hartlepool vs Bournemouth match, and so once adverts are taken out these will carry probably little more than 30 minutes worth of the match. Hence we'd suggest that you record the main programme itself.

The Sky Sports schedules are as follows:

Sky Sports 1 : 18/11/2007 13.00hrs (2.5 hour programme)
Sky Sports 2 : 19/11/2007 00.00hrs (1.5 hour highlights)
Sky Sports 2 : 19/11/2007 09.00hrs (1.5 hour highlights)
Sky Sports 2 : 19/11/2007 12.30hrs (1.5 hour highlights)


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17 November 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Torquay Game
With apologies for the tardiness of it, the full transcript of last Sunday's post-match interview following Sunday's FA Cup exit against Torquay United is now available.

Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade threatened after the game that if some of his (unnamed) players did not start responding then he would seriously consider getting rid of some of his current squad members. Russell was not specific as to where he saw the problems to be, but made it clear that previous reputations counted for little.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound after the game, Russell said of the match: "There are one or two now that have got to start answering questions on the pitch and start rolling their sleeves up and doing it for us, otherwise there will be changes, because I won't allow this football club to slide back where I found the club when I first arrived. That is not going to happen. If that means I have to wheel and deal and change personnel then that is what I will do."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Torquay Post-Match Verdict.


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17 November 2007 : Youth Team Lose To Oxford
Yeovil Town's Under 18s lost 1-2 at home to Oxford United this morning. More details on this match when they are available.


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16 November 2007 : Russell Welcomes Club Stability
Further to today's earlier news, manager Russell Slade has welcomed the news that he is expected to sign a two year contract extension at the club sometime next week that will keep him at Huish Park until the summer of 2011. Russell has told BBC Somerset Sound that there is merely small print left to deal with and that it will allow him to do certain things that he perhaps would not do on a shorter deal:

"In theory everything is agreed. So there is some long term stability. Players are not then thinking is the manager staying or is the manager going. Also we are trying to build a youth policy here and it will give me a chance to have an input into that. It also gives you a chance with your squad to look ahead a little bit in terms of what you can bring in and what you might not bring in. I think it affects your thinking that way as well. It gives you time to build a squad a little bit more."

Russell said that if the club were to achieve their goal of getting Championship football, then they had to look to similarly sized clubs such as Scunthorpe United and how they were able to outwit some of the more illustrious teams in their divisions:

"Scunthorpe is a great example of a club that was there a long time and eventually got in the right blend of players to be a real force in this league. That wasn't just all young players - they had some very seriously senior players in the form of Crosby, but then they had some players in the form of Keogh and Billy Sharp who were just youngsters. They were mature in midfield with Baraclough and they had the right sort of blend. OK so they were fortunate in that they didn't pick up injuries and they were able to pick the same team mainly throughout the whole season to be successful. I think you need that little bit of good fortune."

The Yeovil boss also added that even this season he felt he had opportunities to influence how the current season pans out. The Glovers lie currently in 16th place, but are still only five points off the play-offs (albeit six points off the relegation spots!) and so there is plenty that could happen between now and May:

"The good thing really is that we can make changes in January, what with the way we've geared up the loans and the players that we've brought in on shorter term contracts. So we can manoeuvre a little bit. And then again in the summer we can also change things a little bit more. So the ones that we really want to retain then we can do that, whilst the ones that are not going to take us to where we want to be will be released."


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16 November 2007 : BBC Interview With Darren Way
The BBC Somerset Sound website has done a feature on Glovers loan signing Darren Way following his return to Huish Park this week.

Both written excepts from the interview, plus the full Real Audio clip can be found via the link below.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound Website : Darren Way Interview.

They also have interviews with Glovers boss Russell Slade and defender Terry Skiverton that were conducted after Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Swansea City available on the site, via the link below.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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16 November 2007 : Dickson Signs Brentford Loan Deal
Left-sided player Ryan Dickson has signed a month's loan with League Two side Brentford.

The Plymouth Argyle player had recently guested for Yeovil Town Reserves as a trialist but nothing came of the move.

Manager Russell Slade appears to have moved onto new targets with Aberdeen defender Dan Smith, who trained with the Glovers in pre-season, now back at Huish Park for a second trial spell after finding his opportunities at Pittodrie limited this season. Dan has made just two substitute appearances for the Scottish Premier League side this season.


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16 November 2007 : Slade Agrees Contract Extension
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has agreed in principle a two year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2011. The contract has yet to be signed.

More on this later!


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16 November 2007 : Luton Game Is All Ticket
Yeovil Town's match on New Year's Day against Luton Town has been declared as an ALL TICKET match. The match will be played at 3.00pm at Kenilworth Road.

Prices are ranked in terms of age with a multitude of tariffs as follows:

Age 65 and Over : £11.00
Age 60 - 64 : £19.50
Adults (age 22 - 59 : £21.50
Age 16 - 21 : £14.00
Under 16s : £11.00, or £1.00 if purchsed with a full priced adult ticket
Full Time Students (with ID) : £11.00
Disabled : £11.00

Wheelchair users must phone 0870-0170656 to book their places in Luton's Main Stand. Prices are £11.00 (with assistant free of charge).

There are also family tickets available that reduce prices to £17.50 (Adults) and £8.00 (Under 16s) when purchased together.

Yeovil Town fans will be housed in Luton's Oak Road Stand where if you have not been before, has probably one of the most unique turnstile entrances in the entire Football League, with the entrance being part of a row of terraced houses to the extent that to the outsider it looks as though you are paying a visit to one of the local residents rather than going to a football match. The capacity of the Oak Road Stand is 2,000 which unless Luton are planning to allocate part of it to home fans does beg the question why this one has been made all-ticket.


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16 November 2007 : Reserves Fixture Change
Yeovil Town Reserves will be playing Plymouth Argyle Reserves next Tuesday 20th November, after a fixture date was brought forward.

Originally the match was pencilled in for February 27th 2008, but this will now take place at Huish Park next Tuesday. Note that the kick-off time will be 3.00pm and not the usual 2.00pm time.

Usual admission prices apply - £2.00 for adults, £1.00 for concessions with Season Ticket Holders getting in for free.


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15 November 2007 : Bayo Bails Out
Striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has left Huish Park to sign a month-to-month contract with League One side Millwall. Akinfenwa has been using Huish Park training facilities for the past two months, and was expected to play in last night's Somerset Premier Cup for his first competitive match with the club, but pulled out this week.

It now appears the reason for that was to team up with former Swansea City boss Kenny Jackett, who has initially signed him on a short term deal, but states that he will offer him a lengthier spell if he proves his fitness.


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15 November 2007 : A Way Back
Further to this morning's news, midfielder Darren Way has returned to the club he left in January 2006 on a month's loan from League One side Swansea City.

Darren has played just 17 first team matches for Swansea since being transferred to the Liberty Stadium in a deal worth 150,000 pounds to the Glovers. A series of shin injuries, which started whilst he was a Yeovil player, have required a succession of operations, but the prognosis following the last operation was a positive one and Darren has recently gone back into Swansea's Reserve side.

The deal is initially for one month loan, but Darren will now be looking to add to the 247 appearances and 33 goals he managed during his first spell with the Glovers, which started back in August 2000 and ended five and a half years later.

Welcome back Darren! And good luck in getting back into the thick of things.

Link: Darren Way's Player Profile.


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15 November 2007 : Officials For The Gillingham Match
Sunday's televised match against Gillingham will be looked after by referee Andy Hall (West Midlands). We've only had Mr Hall once before - a 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers - a game in which we described him as a "random" referee - one of those irritating sorts that spends his 90 minutes blowing up for fouls that aren't fouls, and then letting go fouls that are by waving play-on. After a while, you are left completely confused as to whether any decision is going to go for you or against you and just as well toss a coin to predict each decision thereafter.

Hopefully Mr Hall will have changed in the past two years, but we aren't that hopeful. So far this season he has totted up six red cards in 14 matches, whilst he lost track of his bookings in the recent match between Bristol Rovers and Nottingham Forest when he had to have a mid-match conference with one of his assistants to find out whether a yellow card aimed at Forest's Sammy Klingan was his first or second of the game. Oh well, perhaps that's better than Graham Poll.

The highlight of his career so far was to get promoted to the Premiership list of referees in 2002-03 ... only to be demoted from the 'select' list at the end of his first season. He has also taken charge of a number of play-off matches throughout the years as well as a Football League Trophy area final. He became a Football League referee in 1994, having been on the assistants list for three years prior to that.

Mr Hall will be assisted by Andrew Rodda (Devon) and Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire).

Link: April 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 1.


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15 November 2007 : Swansea Confirm Way Interest
Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins has confirmed that Yeovil Town are in talks regarding taking midfielder Darren Way back to Huish Park. Way is believed to be in line for a month's loan with the Glovers in an effort to get first team games under his belt and Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post that there were moves to make that happen and that he would welcome that:

"There's nothing definite at the moment, but there's a strong possibility that Darren could go back to Yeovil on loan. They are struggling with injuries and are looking for midfielders. Because people know about our squad they ask us, and Yeovil have asked about Darren. They are still thinking about it at this stage and it's also a question of what Darren thinks. But we would not stop the move happening. In fact, we're quite keen for him to go out on loan because he needs to get games under his belt and the sooner he does that the better."

Our understanding is that Darren is heading down to Somerset this morning to talk about the next steps and presumably to have a medical.


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15 November 2007 : The Way Ahead?
This morning's BBC Somerset Sound sports bulletin reports that Swansea City midfielder Darren Way is being linked with a loan move with Yeovil Town.

Darren has been out of the game with a succession of shin problems but is currently recovering from an operation and has had a short spell in Swansea's Reserves recently.

Meanwhile in last night's County Cup results, Yeovil's possible next round opponents include Taunton Town, Bridgwater Town and Bath City. Taunton beat Larkhall Athletic 2-1, Bridgwater beat Minehead 5-0, whilst Bath beat Clevedon United 7-0.


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14 November 2007 : Glovers Safely Through County Cup
It may have been a Reserve Team competition, but Yeovil Town progressed through a cup competition tonight, with a 3-0 win over Bitton in the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. Goals from Jerahl Hughes, Wilfried Domoraud and Omar Simpson guided them through relatively safely despite their hosts providing spirited opposition.

The Glovers fielded one new name in striker Jonathan Topoli (allowing for multiple variations on spelling) - he quite possibly comes from the same source that provided Wilfried Domoraud, as those at the ground believe Topoli to have French-African roots. Topoli got one the end of Yeovil's first chance of the match - a Tom Clarke cross, but he was unable to keep his header down.

Bitton created a few chances of their own on a bitterly cold November night, but it was the Glovers that took the lead 37 minutes into the match. Jerahl Hughes accepted a misplaced pass by the Bitton defence, and slotted home from 12 yards, firing cross the Bitton keeper for a 1-0 half time scoreline.

The only downside to the first period was that right-back Mark Lynch limped off, having earlier received treatment for both a head injury and a leg injury - the latter defeated him and clearly that will be another headache for manager Russell Slade and his overworked sidekick Jim Joyce.

Seven minutes into the second period and the lead was doubled, when a Jerahl Hughes cross into the box deflected off the body of a Bitton defender, looped up in the air, and Wilfried Domoraud - playing his second game inside 24 hours - finished with a header.

Wilfried didn't last the whole 90 minutes - no surprises there - and the man who replaced him bagged the third with seven minutes remaining. Topoli drew the Bitton keeper off his line and when he put the ball across the face of the area, Omar Simpson was on hand to slot the ball home and send Yeovil through to the next round.

Final Score: Bitton 0 Yeovil Town Reserves 3.

Yeovil Town Reserves: Lloyd Irish; Mark Lynch, Curtis Ujah, Lloyd Boateng, Owen Irish; Ren Turnock, Stephen Maher, Tom Clarke, Jerahl Hughes; Jonathan Topoli, Wilfred Domoraud.

Subs: Jordan Street (39 mins for Mark Lynch), Omar Simpson (74 mins for Wilfried Domoraud), Danny O'Brien (77 mins for Ren Turnock).

Scorers: Jerahl Hughes (0-1, 37 mins), Wilfried Domoraud (0-2, 52 mins), Omar Simpson (0-3, 83 mins).

Referee: Guy Beale (Taunton). Assistants: David Milton, Adam Fricker.


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14 November 2007 : Russell And Skivo To Light Up The Town
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade and club captain Terry Skiverton will be amongst the personnel gathering in the Quedam Centre tomorrow evening at 6.30pm to turn on the town's Christmas Lights.

Russell and Skivo will be joined by the Town Mayor, Father Christmas and the Octagon pantomime cast of Jack and the Beanstalk. We're not quite sure who will get the honour of pressing the button!

The turning on of the lights will be preceded by music around the Quedam centre with DJing starting at 4.00pm.


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14 November 2007 : Tonight's Line-Up
The club have published tonight's starting line-up ahead of the trip to Bitton in the Somerset Premier Cup.

Although it is not explicit, this is almost certainly also the formation (as read in a 4-4-2 line-up) as well although we are not sure who J. Tupoli is yet or what position he plays:

Tonight's Line-Up: Lloyd Irish; Mark Lynch, Curtis Ujah, Lloyd Boateng, Owen Irish; Jerahl Hughes, Stephen Maher, Wilfried Domoraud, Ren Turnock; J.Tupoli, Tom Clarke.


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14 November 2007 : Club Launch Ticketing Promotion
Yeovil Town have launched a new on-line ticketing system to replace the existing (but we suspect seldom used) on-line system.

As a promotional offer, the club are offering tickets for sale at three pounds off the matchday admission prices. It should be worth noting though that there are some caveats concerning the usefulness of the promotion.

The three pound discount is against the matchday price and so represents a one pound discount to those who purchase tickets in advance for non-premium games. Furthermore Under 16s are not included in the discount - prices stay as per normal admission.

In addition there is a two pound booking fee per transaction, and if you want your tickets posted out, rather than collected from the Huish Park Ticket Office there is an additional 50 pence cost.

Tickets can be purchased for the following parts of the ground. As far as we know, the four stand blocks are the four corners of the two stands - i.e. those closest to the corner flags. If you need tickets for specific blocks not listed then you'll need to book up via more traditional means. The full list is:

* AgustaWestland Community Stand - Block A
* AgustaWestland Community Stand - Block G
* Cowlin Stand - Block H
* Cowlin Stand - Block P
* Carlsberg Stand

The ticket discount is open for the December home fixtures only - i.e. AFC Bournemouth, Hartlepool United, Swindon Town and Brighton & Hove Albion. Note that two of these matches (Bournemouth and Swindon) are Premium Priced (aka Categorised) matches and so the prices offered are three pounds off the stated premium price. The ticket discount remains in force until four days before matchday. At that point we assume they will revert to normal ticket prices. It's not specific, but that suggests to us that the deadline for discounts on a Saturday fixture would therefore be Monday at midnight.

If you're mulling over whether this promotion will benefit you, then we'd say it depends upon what sort of tickets you're buying and how many. A single adult buying a single ticket will not benefit substantially and maybe not at all. However, if you're buying multiple adult or adult concessionary tickets across single or multiple games, particularly for the two Premium Priced matches, the promotion may be of benefit to you. It's best to check your sums against normal prices and then make your choice.

Link: Yeovil Town Tickets Website.

In addition to the ticketing promotion, the club are also planning a hit during December of 500 pubs and football clubs in Somerset and Dorset that will have posters displayed. There will also be personalised postcards sent out to 5,000 local supporters and an email campaign to the 20,000 registered supporters on their database. The club are also planning to pro-actively promote the club through local press and radio during that period. Hopefully this will increase the club's profile, although the club must ensure that the whole "matchday experience" is managed well to make those people want to come back.

It's unfortunate though that the promotion does not include Sunday's match against Gillingham. With the match Live on Sky, and with a Sunday lunchtime kick-off this was always likely to be the club's lowest attendance of the season, however the recent FA Cup exit coupled with a poor run of form is not likely to shake the punters from their Sunday slumbers. It would therefore not be a surprise if the club's record low Football League crowd of 4,639, set for the December 2004 visit of Kidderminster Harriers was in significant danger. The current seasonal low is the 4,757 that turned out for the visit of Carlisle United on the same day as an England international in October.


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14 November 2007 : Clarke Expected To Be Back For Rest Of Year
The Bridgwater Town official site states that they expect striker Tom Clarke's recall from his loan spell to continue for the time being. Tom was recalled yesterday as an emergency after Yeovil were struggling to make up the numbers for their trip to Swansea City but despite that obstacle being overcome, the Somerset side are not expecting him to return until the New Year.

Manager Craig Laird said that he was expecting Clarke to now feature in Glovers Reserve team matches over the next month as Yeovil work out whether to extend Clarke's contract beyond December. The Bridgwater boss explained:

"We want him to be successful with Yeovil and he deserves the chance to show what he can do for them. If he gets a new contract, Yeovil will be quite happy to let him come on loan to us again. If he doesn't, he'll be a free agent and we'll see what happens."

Tom's loan spell was a highly successful one, scoring seven times in 11 appearances across two months at Fairfax Park and he was just about to have that extended for a third month. However, the return to Huish Park will allow the club to determine how he has progressed in the last two months.


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14 November 2007 : County Cup vs Bitton Reminder
A reminder that tonight Yeovil Town Reserves take on Bitton in a Somerset Premier Cup Round Two tie. The match takes place at The Recreation Ground in Bath Road with a 7.30 p.m. kick-off.

The ground is situated on the main A431 between Longwell Green and Bath about 3 miles from Keynsham.

Address: Recreation Ground, Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol, BS30 6HX

The Western Daily Press report that Adebayo Akinfenwa will not feature, as planned, in tonight's game - no reason is given. The rest of the team could be unpredictable given that the First Team played last night, taking all professional players to South Wales and with so many injuries it is unlikely that many of those who travelled would be risked - striker Tom Clarke and defender Curtis Ujah being the most likely exceptions.

The WDP report that Bitton's Danny Hallett is doubtful due to having to have stitches in a knee injury but are expecting to have striker Dave Bailey available following a hamstring injury. Their squad is expected to be formed from the following players:

Ballard, Warren, Hallett, McAlinden, Summers, Tiley, Cherry, De Wit, Cox, Meaker, Burborough, Bailey, Corrish, Swaby, Collingwood, Welling.

Link: Multimap Website : Location Of Bitton's Ground.


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14 November 2007 : Capital Glovers Venue For Gillingham Match
Following last week's meet-up with the Capital Glovers, there is another social event planned this coming Sunday, built around the Gillingham home match, which is being screened on Sky Sports, kick-off 1.30pm. This time round, they are bagging their own room within a Central London pub. If you've not been along before, or are merely staying in London or the South-East for the weekend, come and join us at the bar!

Capital Glovers webmaster extraordinaire Dan writes:

All aboard The Ship - Gillingham Sky venue

"Yeovil return to televised action against Gillingham this Sunday (18th November), with the hope of going some way towards erasing the memory of last week's shambles.

The Capital Glovers will be congregating at The Ship in Borough to watch the match. The Ship can be easily found on the right where Borough High Street turns into Borough Road. This is a more traditional pub after last week's trip to the Sports Cafe, with real ale on tap and big screen Sky TV. We'll be there at 1.00pm, ready for the 1:30pm kick off. Come and join us ...
"

Address: 68, Borough Rd, Southwark, London, SE1 1DX

Nearest tubes/rail: Borough (0.2 miles), Elephant and Castle (0.4 miles), Southwark (0.5 miles), London Bridge (0.7 miles)

Link: Google Maps : Location Of The Ship, Borough.

Link: Beer In The Evening Website : The Ship, Borough.

Link: Fancy A Pint Website : The Ship, Borough.


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14 November 2007 : Loan Signing Deadline
This morning's Western Daily Press states that the deadline for emergency loan signings kicks in on November 22nd - next Thursday, and presumably at 5.00pm.

The deadline is to ensure that there is a clear gap between all emergency loan deals concluding and the transfer window opening on January 1st. The only fallback for clubs is if a goalkeeper is injured - under those circumstances clubs can apply for special dispensation if they can prove that they have no fit goalkeeper registered with their club.

The deadline is especially important for Yeovil Town, given that they took their only 17 available players to South Wales last night, and even the 17th man was only possible by recalling striker Tom Clarke from his loan spell with Bridgwater Town. Thus whatever players Russell Slade brings in by next Thursday must be sufficient to allow the Glovers to complete throughout the month of December, including the busy schedule across Christmas of December 22nd, 26th, 29th and January 1st.


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14 November 2007 : Stewart Out For Three Weeks
This morning's BBC Radio Bristol sports bulletin states that striker Marcus Stewart will be out of action for three weeks following an injury sustained in last night's 1-0 defeat against Swansea City.

Contrary to initial thinking, the injury is not a reoccurrence of the ankle injury sustained at Plainmoor, but is actually a hamstring strain.


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13 November 2007 : Glovers Out Of JPT
Despite a significantly improved performance tonight, Yeovil Town were edged out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Quarter Final stage by Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

The Glovers made just one personnel change from Sunday's starting line-up with Lee Peltier replacing Scott Guyett who picked up a shoulder injury at Torquay. That invoked a formation change back to a 4-3-1-2 with Marcus Stewart operating the link between the midfield and forward line. Unfortunately that plan only worked for six minutes as after a bright start Stewart was forced to withdraw with a repeat of his ankle injury. James Walker shuffled into Stewart's position as Wilfried Domoraud came on.

Despite being down to their last numbers, the Glovers took the game to Swansea, dominating the first 45 minutes against a sluggish looking Swansea side. Gary Dempsey went the closest, forcing goalkeeper Dorus de Vries into a strong save after another Yeovil attempt had been blocked. Terry Skiverton shot over the bar, whilst Lee Peltier was inches from the goalframe.

The Swans scored the only goal of the game against the run of play four minutes before half time when the home side managed to profit from a corner. Paul Anderson's dead ball evaded the Yeovil back line, Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall saved Alan Tate's close range shot and Guillem Bauza bundled in the rebound. It was harsh on the Glovers who certainly deserved to be at least level.

In the second period, Swansea sat back and invited the Glovers onto them, and that reduced the game to a spot of cat and mouse. Yeovil struggled to work their way around the experienced Swansea defence, and in fact the home side created the best chance, with a breakaway from Darryl Duffy that put Terrell Forbes onto the back foot forcing Steve Mildenhall into a rare save on the night.

Nathan Jones and Lloyd Owusu forced late saves as attempts were made to force an equaliser and penalties, but the recent tendency of a Yeovil side to struggle to create direct chances was largely their downfall, and Swansea were able to hold out.

Final Score: Swansea City 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Swansea City: (4-4-2)
21. Dorus De Vries
2. Kevin Amankwaah 5. Alan Tate 16. Garry Monk 3. Kevin Austin
10. Andrea Orlandi 8. Darren Pratley 32. Joe Allen 26. Paul Anderson
23. Guillem Bauza 11. Darryl Duffy

Subs: 6. Ferrie Bodde (57 mins for Guillem Bauza) 9. Jason Scotland (83 mins for Darryl Duffy) 15. Dennis Lawrence 28. Thomas Butler (50 mins for Paul Anderson) 30. David Knight (GK)

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
1. Steve Mildenhall
19. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
27. Lee Peltier 7. Gary Dempsey 8. Anthony Barry
10. Marcus Stewart
28. James Walker 9. Lloyd Owusu

Subs: 2. Mark Lynch 21. Jerahl Hughes (sub 71 mins for Wilfried Domoraud) 24. Curtis Ujah 26. Stephen Maher (sub 87 mins for Anthony Barry) 30. Wilfried Domoraud (sub 6 mins for Marcus Stewart)

Scorers: Guillem Bauza (1-0, 41 mins)

Swansea Booking: Ferrie Bodde (63 mins, dissent).

Attendance: 6,644

Referee: Pat Miller.


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13 November 2007 : Clarke Recalled From Bridgwater
Yeovil Town striker Tom Clarke has today been recalled from Bridgwater Town today, after the Glovers headed to Swansea City tonight struggling to field sixteen players. Although in the end, Clarke was the 17th man in the squad, he was required in case fellow striker Marcus Stewart was not selected for tonight's match - otherwise the Glovers would have only been able to list 15 players on the teamsheet.

As things transpired, Stewart only lasted six minutes before limping off with an ankle problem, whilst there were also heavy knocks to Lee Peltier and James Walker during the match that required lengthy treatment.


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13 November 2007 : Swansea City vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to play Swansea City tonight in the Area Quarter-Final cup match in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. With Swansea having possibly one of the strongest squads in the division this year, they will no doubt field a quality side no matter what changes they make to their starting eleven.

For Glovers boss Russell Slade, there will be little such options. He is expected to be taking sixteen players with him to South Wales that represent his entire professional squad that are not injured or suspended. Russell's only options therefore are for the bench to provide some limited squad rotation, but with the Glovers going out of the FA Cup on Sunday it is more likely that he will opt for his strongest possible line-up in the circumstances.

Aside from the usual long-term injuries of Lee Morris (knee), Marc Bircham (hamstring) and Marvin Williams (ankle), Russell will definitely miss out on Matthew Rose (ankle) and Paul Warne who is suspended for picking up his fifth booking of the season. In addition Scott Guyett is also missing with a shoulder injury.

Three additional players are doubtful for tonight's match. Striker Marcus Stewart is the most likely to make it despite picking up an ankle injury on Sunday. Lee Peltier also picked up an ankle problem which forced his substitution and so he is also a doubt. Meanwhile Justin Cochrane is suffering from a virus and so may be unfit to play. Russell explained the latest to the Western Daily Press:

"Stewie has a chance, which is unbelievable because his ankle was like an egg after the game. I don't want to make any excuses but it (the injury list) has been life for most of the season. I still don't know what my best side is and that makes life incredibly difficult."

Swansea have three significant absentees with Ferrie Bodde, Warren Feeney (suspended), Andy Robinson (foot) and Marcos Painter (foot) all out. Owain Tudur Jones will also not be available, having teamed up with the Welsh international squad. Former Glover Darren Way is back in training at last but is not expected to be involved, but if Swansea switch things around then Kevin Amankwaah, who has been an outcast all season, may get the nod. Boss Roberto Martinez has told the South Wales Evening Post that he is likely to make changes for the match and if anything would like to make more:

"I have said before that the rules restrict you in this competition and that's frustrating. But we are in the middle of a busy spell so we have to share the workload around the squad or it will be impossible to maintain our standards. It will be good to see some players who have not been involved as much as they would have liked lately. It's difficult in the early rounds of this competition to find the right time to play the games. But now we've got this far, I see this game as another step towards what could be a fantastic prize for the fans and for the football club. The prospect of playing at Wembley is exciting for all of us, so it's well worth being ready for the game. It's also a chance to get into a winning rhythm at home. It's a great opportunity to start turning the Liberty Stadium into a fortress."

Russell has told today's WDP that he wants his side to use the match to restore some pride and belief in their own abilities:

"The quicker we can get back to our old ways and our old work ethic and ability to grind results out and restore some pride to the club the better. It is not a time to look for excuses but to batten down the hatches and look forward in a positive manner. We know we are capable of turning it around. You want to get back in the groove as quick as you can. We want to halt that downward momentum and come out of it stronger as a football club and be a force in this league. We chatted about that on Sunday and on Monday. We have to recognise where we are at and not look for excuses. Hopefully the crowd can stay behind us and we will work together to get out of this lull we are in."

The match kicks off at the earlier time of 7.00pm tonight. The match is ALL TICKET and so do not travel if you haven't got a ticket. If the tie is level after 90 minutes then it will be settled by penalties - there will be no extra time played tonight.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swansea.


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13 November 2007 : Radio Commentary For The Swansea Game
For those who are used to tuning into the 1566AM frequency for BBC Somerset Sound's commentary of Yeovil Town matches, be aware that there are changes afoot as from tonight.

As part of the work that will eventually allow BBC Somerset Sound to have its own FM frequency in December, engineers have changed the direction of the BBC Mendip transmitter which is currently used for BBC Radio Bristol output. This is a precursor to allowing BBC Radio Bristol to adopt the 94.9FM frequency whilst allowing Somerset Sound to make use of the 95.5FM slot.

The work to allow that to happen is now complete, even if the radio frequencies of both stations have yet to change over. What this means to the interested Yeovil Town fan is that tonight's live commentary for the Swansea City match will go out on the 95.5FM frequency tonight, whilst BBC Somerset Sound's 1566AM frequency is expected to carry non-sports coverage. Hence don't get caught out if you're listening into tonight's game via a radio.

Reporters Drew Savage and Chris Spittles will be live from the Liberty Stadium tonight - remember that the match kicks off at the earlier time of 7.00pm.


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12 November 2007 : BBC Somerset Sound Torquay Interview
Not for those of a nervous disposition - Glovers manager Russell Slade has given his thoughts on yesterday's 4-1 defeat against Torquay United in an interview conducted immediately after the game. The audio clip can be heard on the BBC Somerset Sound website, via the link below. You'll need a free copy of Real Player to be able to listen to the clip.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.

NOTE: Apologies - although the link is there, a technical hitch stops the audio from playing. We'll update when the interview is corrected.

Update: Tues 13:00hrs The fault was caused by the Real Audio file landing in the wrong directory. Hence to listen to the interview use the second link below.

Link: Russell Slade's Torquay interview for BBC Somerset Sound.

Note that the BBC will probably move the audio file at some stage so if the above link fails then try this as an alternative.


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12 November 2007 : Officials For The Swansea Match
Tuesday night's match against Swansea City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy will be looked after by Pat Miller (Bedfordshire). That's a P Miller before you start spluttering, not the somewhat more notorious Nigel Miller.

Pat Miller has been in charge of two previous Yeovil Town matches - both during 2006 and both away from home. The 0-0 draw at Brisbane Road saw one big decision go against the Glovers - a foul on Arron Davies midway through the second period should have produced a free kick and a red card, but Mr Miller wasn't interested in making the big decision. To be fair though, it was his decision to allow Phil Jevons to take a quick free kick at the City Ground seven months previously that gave the Glovers an unexpected lead against Nottingham Forest. But Forest went on to win the game 2-1.

Mr Miller will be assisted by Ian Hamilton (Gloucestershire) and Andrew Turner (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Neil Radford (Worcestershire).

Link: November 2006 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2006 : Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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11 November 2007 : Final Swansea Ticketing Reminder
A final reminder that if you intend to travel to Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Quarter-Final between Swansea City and Yeovil Town, then you must buy your ticket in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office. We suspect that means that tickets will only be available until Monday at 5.00pm. If in doubt, give the ticket office a ring on 01935-847888.

The match will take place at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday November 13th, with a 7.00pm kick-off. This is an ALL TICKET match for away supporters; no tickets will be sold on the day of the match.

Swansea are adopting the earlier 7.00pm kick-off time for this competition to use it as an opportunity to market their JPT fixtures towards younger supporters and with this they are offering free admission to all Under 16s that are accompanied by a paying adult, up to a limit of four Under 16s per adult.

Prices for the match are £10.00 for adults and disabled, whilst there are £5.00 concessions for senior citizens, students and any Under 16s not qualifying under the above offer. Disabled supporters can gain admittance for £10.00 with assistants admitted free of charge.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swansea.


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11 November 2007 : Shambolic Glovers Dumped On By Gulls
Yeovil Town exited the FA Cup at the First Round stage after a humiliating defeat at the hands of Nationwide Conference side Torquay United, who reached the second round via a 4-1 scoreline, despite the Glovers taking the lead.

Early pressure and a succession of corners from the home side provided a predictable starting burst from the Gulls, but the game evened itself out after that early flurry, and when Marcus Stewart pounced to net a 20th minute strike from 15 yards, reacting first to Scott Guyett's parried header from an Anthony Barry corner, it looked as though the more senior side would be the side to take command.

Following the goal, the Glovers looked comfortable and Torquay went off the boil, hit badly by that Stewart strike. Anthony Barry came within inches of making it 2-0 after his curling shot cannoned off the crossbar, and a half-time lead looked on the cards.

However, three mad minutes just before the half time break turned the match on its head. A Kevin Nicholson corner was headed in at the near post by Chris Todd for a 43rd minute equaliser. Worse was to follow just before the break, when the inexperience of Craig Alcock showed, as he tried to play the ball away from his own byline instead of hoofing it into Row Z. Robbed of the ball, Steve Mildenhall was forced to try and rectify the situation, and as a Torquay boot toe-poked the ball away from the keeper, Danny Stevens received the loose ball off a Yeovil defender's back and he smashed the ball into an empty net to put the Gulls 2-1 up.

The second half saw the Glovers huff and puff in terms of trying to get back into the match but with little conviction in terms of how they were going to do it. And on 64 minutes, the tie was more or less sealed when Nicholson's corner landed at the feet of Lee Mansell, whose shot deflected off the boot of Lloyd Owusu and straight into the path of a somewhat fortuitous Chris Todd who slid the ball home to make it 3-1.

A mini-Yeovil revival saw the Glovers probably mount their first serious amount of pressure of the second period as Torquay began to drop deep and try and close the game out. The home side had an element of fortune as double goalscorer Todd appeared to block a Marcus Stewart attempt with his hand for what should have been a penalty, but in all honesty, although there were plenty of balls going into the box, it had to be questioned how many times Gulls keeper Martin Rice was drawn into action. The lack of creative ability amongst the Glovers side is very much their downfall at present.

The abject performance was completed in the final minute when some more suspect defending allowed Danny Stevens the chance to squeeze the ball between two Glovers defenders, waving him through on his way to grab his second of the afternoon as he flicked the ball past Steve Mildenhall.

Final Score: Torquay United 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Torquay United: (4-4-2)
21. Martin Rice
5. Chris Robertson 25. Mark Ellis 6. Chris Todd 3. Kevin Nicholson
19. Danny Stevens 14. Chris Hargreaves 7. Lee Mansell 26. Chris Zebroski
8. Tim Sills 9. Elliot Benyon

Subs: 11. Kevin Hill (88 mins for Elliot Benyon) 12. Danny Wring 16. Matthew Hockley 18. Ishmael Welsh 20. Scott Laird

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
1. Steve Mildenhall
5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton
19. Craig Alcock 27. Lee Peltier 10. Marcus Stewart 8. Anthony Barry 3. Nathan Jones
9. Lloyd Owusu 28. James Walker

Subs: 30. Wilfried Domoraud (GK) 2. Mark Lynch (84 mins for Lee Peltier) 7. Gary Dempsey (69 mins for Craig Alcock) 14. Paul Warne (56 mins for James Walker) 15. Justin Cochrane

Scorers: Marcus Stewart (0-1, 20 mins), Chris Todd (1-1, 43 mins), Danny Stevens (2-1, 45 mins), Chris Todd (3-1, 64 mins), Danny Stevens (4-1, 89 mins).

Yeovil Booking: Terrell Forbes (63 mins, foul)

Referee: Andy Penn.


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11 November 2007 : Man Of The Match Voting For Torquay
A reminder that the traditional policy for Man of the Match votes for televised matches is that you can vote even if you were just watching the match on TV. Hence get those votes in as soon as the BBC coverage ends and pick your top three using the form linked below.

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


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11 November 2007 : Norwich FA Cup Footage Required

With today being Yeovil's FA Cup First Round tie day, it's rather appropriate to recall a 'glamour tie' from yesteryear and a request from a former player.

On 5th January 1980, Yeovil Town played Norwich City and the match was selected for highlights on BBC's Match of the Day programme. The goalkeeper on the day was Brian Parker (pictured) and he has been trying to find someone who may have a recording of the match footage as broadcast by the BBC.

We're sure that the footage does exist somewhere amongst supporters, and so if anyone can oblige in lending a tape, please get in touch with this site and we can discuss arrangements. If you want to preserve your own tape copy, then we can easily get it put onto a DVD for you as part of the arrangement. The tape will of course be returned.

If anyone can help a former player out, please email us at ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com and we'll try and sort things out.


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10 November 2007 : Torquay United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Torquay United in the FA Cup First Round, in a match that will be broadcast live on BBC1 with a 3.15pm kick-off at Plainmoor. The cameras will serve to place the spotlight on what was already an intruiging first round pairing.

Just 15 years ago, the two sides met at the same ground in another First Round tie, only that time the roles were most definitely reversed - Yeovil were the non-league side whilst Torquay were experienced Football League campaigners. For the Glovers it was one of the early highlights of the season, only trumped by later round matches against Hereford United and Arsenal. It was the start of a cup run that would go down in club folklore, with an improbable 5-2 scoreline wiping out a shellshocked Gulls side that included former Match of the Day Goal of the Season winner Justin Fashanu, but he was outshone by Glovers midfielder Paul Batty who scored a hat-trick on the day, with Mickey Spencer and Paul Wilson grabbing the other two goals.

These days it is the Glovers who lie two leagues higher, even if Torquay's start to their first season at Conference National level suggests that this gap may not be so great next season. Second in the table, they suffered their first home defeat of the season last weekend against Cambridge United. Having scored 46 goals in their 18 league games so far, as top scorers in the division there is little doubt that although the Gulls may be non-league by name, their side is in better shape than it was when it slid out of League Two at the tail end of last season. Don't be fooled by the gap.

Unlike the Glovers, Torquay have only one injury concern with defender Steve Woods (hamstring) having missed recent games but not being completely out of contention for selection. Their main team selection dilemma is whether to cause controversy by selecting Glovers winger Ishmael Welsh in their sixteen. A game of bluff has developed between Torquay pair Colin Lee, who is their Chief Executive and manager Paul Buckle over whether they will risk disrespecting the wishes of Glovers boss Russell Slade, whose wage budget is currently subsidising Welsh's stay at Plainmoor. If they do pick the former West Ham trainee, Russell has stated he will cut short Welsh's stay when the transfer window opens in January.

The Gulls have gone for a hardline approach of claiming that Welsh's selection will be done purely on footballing terms and not on any pressure that the Glovers camp may be putting on the situation. Thus Welsh ought to play, given that he has been a regular in Torquay's line-up since his arrival. If he does not feature, then it can be safely assumed that Torquay will have caved in - even if they try and claim otherwise.

The Welsh row appears to be not the only form of mind games coming in as part of this fixture, with Buckle also adopting the familiar position of the underdog, claiming that his side are not under pressure for the match itself:

"I'm really looking forward to this game, for lots of reasons. But one of the main ones is that we'll be the underdogs, and that's the first time that's happened this season. We've played 18 league games, and we've been favourites for every single one of them, home and away. The expectation levels are so great on us now, and I think the players have handled that well. It's a time at the club for having a smile on your face. We're second in the league, our crowds have been good, we've got TV here on Sunday - it's a good time. Let's enjoy it."

Torquay's goal-threat comes from three different areas on the pitch. Striker Chris Zebroski is known well by Russell Slade - he tried to sign the former Plymouth man, but he instead opted for Millwall, claiming that he wanted to move to a London club. He is now back in Devon and on loan at Plainmoor after failing to significantly break into the Lions side. Fellow striker Lee Phillips is another man connected with the Glovers - he spent three weeks training at Huish Park in late 2002 whilst at non-league minnows Weymouth but Gary Johnson chose not to sign him and he eventually moved onto Exeter City. Tim Sills is the third member of the Gulls strike force, who made his name playing for Aldershot Town but was released by Hereford United at the end of last season.

For the Glovers, the usual array of injuries dominate proceedings. Marc Bircham (hamstring), Lee Morris (knee), Marvin Williams (ankle) are all still absent as is Jerahl Hughes (groin), but fortunately loan trio Lee Peltier, Ritchie Jones and James Walker have been given permission by their parent clubs to play in this round. Peltier remains a mild doubt with an ankle problem although he has returned from Anfield following treatment. Defender Matthew Rose is the major doubt, injuring his ankle in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Cheltenham. Striker Marcus Stewart will though be a late decision, following his recent absence.

The game kicks off at 3.15pm and will be immediately followed by the FA Cup Second Round draw. Should the game require a replay, then the provisional date would be Tuesday 20th November, although of course this would be subject to television and policing requirements. Tickets are available on the day of the game, although if you're not planning to travel, see our earlier guide for a number of viewing options that may take your fancy.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Torquay.


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10 November 2007 : Crewe Man of the Match Result
Absolutely no doubt about who won last Saturday's Man of the Match vote for the game against Crewe Alexandra. Goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall came close to gaining a complete sweep of the voting for the 2-0 defeat after he made a string of excellent saves at Gresty Road.

Only full-backs Nathan Jones and Mark Lynch prevented him getting a clean sweep. Full results are shown below with the number of outright votes shown in brackets:

1 Steve Mildenhall 166 (16)
2 Kevin Betsy 18 (0)
2 James Walker 18 (0)
4 Nathan Jones 16 (1)
4 Mark Lynch 16 (1)
6 Terrell Forbes 14 (0)
7 Scott Guyett 10 (0)
8 Paul Warne 8 (0)
9 Matty Rose 6 (0)
10 Lloyd Owusu 4 (0)
11 Wilfried Donoraud 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.39

Performance: 3.00
Entertainment: 3.78

VOTES RECEIVED: 18


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10 November 2007 : Youths Lose At Plymouth
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side capped a somewhat miserable week in their return to Football League Youth Alliance action by losing 3-0 against Plymouth Argyle's Under 18s side this morning. More details on this match in the fullness of time.


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10 November 2007 : How To Watch Tomorrow's Game
With Yeovil Town live on BBC1 tomorrow, there are a number of options available to those wanting to see the FA Cup First Round match against Torquay United at Plainmoor, kick-off 3.15pm.

Travelling To Plainmoor

Contrary to the initially advertised information, this match is no longer all-ticket and tickets can be bought from the Torquay United Ticket Office. Ticket prices are for the Sparkworld Away Terrace and are: £16 - Adult, £13 - Senior/Student, £7 - Under 16's. There is no seated accommodation available.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Torquay.

Watching the game at Huish Park

The football club will be opening up both the Marquee and the upstairs bars for the afternoon, from 2.00pm. The Marquee will unveil a brand new 42" Plasma Screen that has been donated by the Away Travel Club to able supporters to watch the match, with the marquee bar also open.

Alternatively upstairs there is a more 'executive' approach to matters, with a two-course Sunday roast carvery available at 7.50 pounds per person. If you want to book up for that, you'll need to contact the club on 01935-423662.

London and the South-East

The Capital Glovers will be meeting at the Sports Cafe on Haymarket in Central London to watch the match. Whilst not a venue for fine real ales, it will nonetheless give us all the chance to meet up, chat, drink and watch the game together in an easily accessible central location. The nearest tube station is Piccadilly although Green Park, Charing Cross, Embankment and Leicester Square are all also easily walkable.

Address: 80 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4TE.

We'll be there from 2:30pm. Contact info@capitalglovers.com if you require further information.

Overseas Channels Showing The Match

Those who can't get BBC1 where they live may like to know that we're aware of at least two channels showing the game overseas. Bear in mind that some of these may be 'delayed live' showings, so don't nip onto this site or the message boards if you don't want to know the score!

Turkish channel TV8 is showing the match at 17.15hrs local time:

Link: Turkish TV8 Channel Website : FA Cup First Round Feature.

Meanwhile the Fox Soccer Channel in the USA are also showing the match. Note that this is definitely a 'delayed live' match, so consult your TV guide closely. Example times are 23:00hrs Eastern Time and 21:00hrs Pacific Time.

The UK BBC1 coverage starts at 15:10hrs and continues through until 17:35hrs, and will include the FA Cup Second Round draw, which will be made shortly after the televised match finishes.


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10 November 2007 : Youth Team vs Tiverton Town Line-Ups
Further to Wednesday night's news item detailing Yeovil Town's exit from the FA Youth Cup we now have a few more details to add.

The young Glovers dominated the match throughout, even by the Tiverton management's own admission, with manager Ian Nott stating that his team had been forced to defend for "70 per cent" of the match on Wednesday night. Nott told the Devon local press:

"We had to go to hell and back and it wasn't the prettiest football but we got through and that's what counts. We got together as a unit, battled with everyone back behind the ball when they needed to be and everyone was brilliant."

It took Tiverton penalties to get through - plus a rather fortunate free kick deep into extra time. After 90 minutes of goal-less football where visiting keeper Danny Lewis had been forced into a string of saves, perhaps lucky not to have conceded given how many were merely parried into open space, with no Yeovil player able to pick up the rebound.

Into extra time, Yeovil thought that they had won the game, when Ali Lwanga's goal 10 minutes into extra time put the Glovers finally a goal up. And they could have sealed the match were it not for Lewis tipping a close range strike onto the post as the minutes ticked away.

But a moment of controversy saw Tivvy get an undeserved equaliser when match referee Brett Huxstable awarded the visitors a free kick in the 115th minute, where it looked as though a Tiverton player had made a meal of a challenge 25 yards out. Up stepped Sean Szabo to fire home the equaliser, direct from the dead ball, and the match went to penalties.

Inevitably, with visiting keeper Lewis having been so busy during the match, it was his save from Yeovil's opening penalty that gave Tivvy the upper hand in the shoot-out and they kept that advantage to take the spot-kicks by a 3-2 scoreline.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 1 Tiverton Town U18s 1. (AET. Score 0-0 After 90 mins. Tiverton win 3-2 on penalties.

Yeovil Town U18s: 1. Peter Burridge 2. Mark Muddyman 3. Daniel Roles 4. Carl Lazenby 5. Owen Irish 6. Jordan Street 7. Daniel O'Brien 8. Ren Turnock 9. Stuart Davies 10. Lloyd Moyce 11. Karl Baker.

Subs: 12. Alister Tucker 13. John Steele 14. Omar Simpson 15. Ali Lwanga 16. Courtney Donald

Tiverton Town U18s: 1. Danny Lewis 2. Niall Martin 3. Luke Bryant 4. Steve Goss 5. Sam Strong 6. Brendan O'Boyle 7. Alex Faux 8. Sam Tennant 9. Shane Szabo 10. Glenn Gould 11. Cameron Nott.

Subs: 12. Richie Emmett 14. Ross Szabo 15. James McMartin 16. Fred Kington 17. Edward Squire

Referee: Brett Huxtable. Assistants: Larry Cousins and Tony Cloak.


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9 November 2007 : Football League Review : No. 6
The latest round-up of the midweek League One fixtures is now available for viewing. Here Josh Rogers considers why it is very important not to leave a game 85 minutes in just to be the first out of the car park ... although maybe that may not been a bad idea at Whaddon Road on Tuesday ...

Link: Football League Review : November 9th 2007.


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9 November 2007 : Torquay Now Pay On The Day
Sunday's FA Cup match against Torquay United will now be a pay on the day game. Previously declared to be an all-ticket match, yet another late u-turn has returned in that policy being changed in a rather low key manner.

Tickets will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office until 3.30pm today. However, if you have not bought one by then, it will still be possible to buy tickets from the Torquay United Ticket Office on the day of the game. Prices are as shown earlier today.


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9 November 2007 : Torquay Refuse To Buckle Over Ishmael
Torquay United manager Paul Buckle has today said that his club will happily play Yeovil Town winger Ishmael Welsh, despite Russell Slade's objections to the situation.

Slade has threatened to recall Welsh from Plainmoor on January 1st if the Gulls put Welsh in their squad for Sunday's FA Cup match, given that the Glovers are subsidising Torquay's wage bill as part of the loan term loan deal.

However, Buckle has stated that Sunday's team will be picked "on merit" and therefore will not bow down to pressure from Huish Park to drop the winger from the game. Buckle told the Devon local press:

"I want to pay full respect to Yeovil, I have spoken to Russell Slade and I've been made fully aware of the situation. But I do what I see as best for Torquay United. It's my job to try and win the game - that's all I'm concentrating on. I'll pick Sunday's team on merit, for football reasons and for no other."


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9 November 2007 : Last Call For Torquay Tickets
A final reminder that today is the final day that you can purchase tickets for the FA Cup First Round match against Torquay United.

The match is being played on Sunday 11th November with a 3.15pm kick-off and is also live on BBC1.

Ticket prices are for the Sparkworld Away Terrace and are: £16 - Adult, £13 - Senior/Student, £7 - Under 16's. There is no seated accommodation available.

The match is ALL TICKET and so no tickets will be available on the day of the game. The Huish Park Ticket Office closes at 4.00pm today - anyone who has not bought a ticket by then should not travel to the game.


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9 November 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Torquay
The Ciderspace guide to Plainmoor and Sunday's opponents Torquay United is now available online.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Torquay.


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8 November 2007 : Funds To Be Made Available
Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson has assured supporters that manager Russell Slade will have money to spend on new players - but there is the implication that it may not be available until the transfer window.

This week Russell stated that he couldn't afford to extend the loan of winger Kevin Betsy for another month, and the clear implication was that despite having a thin-looking first team squad that he had run out of money.

Speaking to this week's Western Gazette Allinson said that there was still money available from the transfers of Chris Cohen and Arron Davies to Nottingham Forest but that the club were dependent upon stage payments that had yet to be made:

"The transfer money has and will be made available to Russell as part of the club's budget. The money is there but it has been paid in stages so it does not all come this year. We have got the biggest football budget that we have ever had and we recognise what Russell achieved last season."

Reading into both what Slade and Allinson have said over the issue, a reasonable explanation would be that one of those payments is due to hit the Huish Park coffers around January 1st. However, Allinson warned that the value received by the club would never be the one million price tag that was quoted in the press at the time, pointing out that there would be reductions against the negotiated figure:

"The figures that are bandied around are never absolutely (accurate) because you always have to take off certain things like the Football League levy that they take on it."

As with Tuesday's post-Cheltenham comments on the Kevin Betsy situation (see Wednesday's news) Slade appeared to be looking towards January as the milestone when he hoped he would be able to make changes to his current squad, adding that he had moved on from the disappointment of not being able to extend Betsy's deal:

"I have got other irons in the fire so we will shall see how we get on with those. I hope I can wheel and deal in the January transfer window a little bit which is what we had to do last season and did effectively."

Allinson also reports that two directors are planned to meet with Russell this week to agree a new contract with the Yeovil boss. However, he does not expect an immediate response to any offers on the table:

"We want to extend and improve Russell's contract and he has expressed a desire for that to happen. We want to keep Russell because continuity is the aim of the game. If you look back, the clubs who are the most successful are the ones who do not chop and change their managers. The contract talks will not be a five-minute process but we hope to make progress this week and then will talk again next week."


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8 November 2007 : October Player Of The Month
Midfielder Anthony Barry has been confirmed as the October Player Of The Month as derived from all the Man of the Match votes cast throughout October.

Anthony beat off strong interest from winger Kevin Betsy, who has since returned to Bristol City, but had a highly impressive month at the club, whilst Scott Guyett and Matthew Rose also featured highly.

The full results along with their percentage of the month's votes are shown below:

Anthony Barry 18.2
Kevin Betsy 15.7
Scott Guyett 12.4
Matthew Rose 10.8
Nathan Jones 9.0
Terrell Forbes 8.2
Lloyd Owusu 4.9
Paul Warne 4.7
Marcus Stewart 4.5
Lee Peltier 3.0
Justin Cochrane 2.7
Simon Gillett 1.8
Romain Larrieu 1.6
Mark Lynch 1.3
Steve Mildenhall 1.1


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8 November 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Cheltenham Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade criticised his side for not following instructions when they failed to hold onto a 1-0 lead against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night. The Glovers conceded an 89th minute goal, but Russell felt that his side were too defensive, often ending up with 11 men behind the ball, which the Yeovil boss felt was excessive and invited additional pressure.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound after the game, Russell said of the match: "We had an inability and a lack of quality to keep the ball long enough. I was disappointed that we found ourselves with 11 players back there. There should have been at least one out and that would have at least put some pressure on them."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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8 November 2007 : Boxing Day Kick-Off Brought Forward
The kick-off time for Yeovil Town's Boxing Day home fixture against Swindon Town has been brought forward by an hour to 2.00pm.

The club had previously complained about a high police bill of up to 40,000 pounds for staging the match, but with so many fixtures over the busy Christmas period had little in the way of alternative options. Hopefully bringing the game forward by an hour will go some way towards the club's negotiations with the local police to bring the costs of staging the game down.


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7 November 2007 : Youth Team Out Of FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side went out to Tiverton Town tonight in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup. With no score after 90 minutes and Ali Lwanga's goal midway through the extra time being cancelled out by a Tiverton equaliser nine minutes later, Tivvy triumphed 3-2 from the spot kicks.

More details on this game if/when we can get hold of it!


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7 November 2007 : Cheltenham Man Of The Match Voting
Don't forget if you went to last night's 1-1 draw at Whaddon Road against Cheltenham Town that now is the time to cast your Man of the Match votes, using the form below.

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


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7 November 2007 : Glovers Couldn't Pay For Betsy Loan
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade last night confirmed that winger Kevin Betsy had returned to Bristol City and told the Western Daily Press it was because the Glovers could not afford Betsy's wages for a further month:

"We did try to extend it for a second month but basically we couldn't afford the monies."

The somewhat startling news suggests that Russell has extremely little room to breathe in terms of what money he has to strengthen his squad. There is little doubt that Betsy's presence was beneficial to the Glovers squad during the month that he was here, but one wonders what options Russell has if he can not even afford a month's wages for an extremely capable player.


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7 November 2007 : Slade Issues Welsh Warning
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has issued a warning that if Conference side Torquay United field Ishmael Welsh in their side in Sunday's FA Cup First Round match, then the Glovers will recall him from his season long loan deal as soon as the transfer window opens in January.

The Gulls tried to buy Ishmael permanently back in August, but could not do so without breaching Conference wage cap rules and so were forced to negotiate with the Glovers a season long loan that would result in Torquay paying only a proportion of Welsh's wages.

Russell told the Western Daily Press that he feels that if the Gulls play the winger, that they will be going against the favour that Yeovil had done for them, and that therefore he will have little option other than to revoke that favour:

"I have to speak to (Torquay Chief Executive) Colin Lee but if he plays him the boy will be back with us on January 1. We have gone out of our way to make that deal happen because they couldn't come up with the money in the first place."

Torquay believe that they can play Welsh in the tie even if the Glovers refuse to give their blessing, but the repercussion for them will almost certainly be that they will lose their loan signing for the final five months of the season.


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7 November 2007 : FA Youth Cup Tonight
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under 18s side play in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup tonight at Huish Park. Tonight's match against Tiverton Town will see the Main Stand open only. Admission prices are £3.00 for adults, whilst concessions will pay £1.00.

The winners will play either Ebbsfleet United or Northampton Town, who play their match in Kent tonight.


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6 November 2007 : Deja Vu As Late Goal Denies Glovers
Yeovil Town succumbed to a late goal for the fourth time this season as Cheltenham Town centre-back Gavin Caines scored an 89th minute goal to deny the Glovers three points. They had been leading from a Lloyd Owusu strike from the 31st minute, but failed to hold on to add to the late slips against Tranmere Rovers, Leeds United and Bristol Rovers that has seen an accumulation of seven points dropped in the final couple of minutes of League One matches.

The first half was one largely of half chances. The Glovers went into the game minutes Kevin Betsy who had returned to Bristol City, whilst Lee Peltier and Marcus Stewart failed fitness tests. The home side started with enthusiasm, largely lobbing high balls for striker Damian Spencer to get hold of, and it took a slightly rusty Terry Skiverton a while to get back into the measure of things as he made his comeback from a groin operation.

It was Skivo though that sparked the opening goal at the other end of the field. His header into the path of Ritchie Jones appeared to put the Manchester United youngster in with a chance of goal. He chose to square the ball rather than shoot, and as the ball deflected across goal via Cheltenham defender Gavin Caines, it was Lloyd Owusu who pounced from close range to give Yeovil the lead after 32 minutes.

An injury to Matthew Rose late in the first half saw him substituted just after the break, and with the experienced defender having shielded the back four well in the first 45 minutes, the Glovers gradually got sucked into a rearguard action with the Robins searching for an equaliser.

The back four did their job well, but the Glovers were being put under increasing pressure. Skivo's rather industrial challenge on Ashley Vincent earnt him one of the more obvious yellow cards of the season, but each time the defence cleared their lines, the more forward thinking players were guilty of losing possession cheaply and so the Robins attacked again.

With just one minute of normal time remaining, disaster struck for the fourth time this season when Cheltenham full-back Alan Wright put in a cross and centre-back Gavin Caines got in on the end of it to make it a miserable end to the evening - so much so that it was difficult to remember that the Glovers had actually come home with a point from their travels - but in reality Cheltenham deserved what they got for not throwing in the towel.

Final Score: Cheltenham Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Cheltenham Town:
1. Shane Higgs
2. Jeremy Gill 5. Gavin Caines 4. Shane Duff 22. Alan Wright
17. Andy Lindegaard 14. David Bird 21. Dean Sinclair 18. Ashley Vincent
10. Damian Spencer 9. Paul Connor

Subs: 12. Scott P Brown (GK) 16. Adam Connolly 20. Andy Gallinagh 23. Craig Reid 30. Sosthene Yao (74 mins for Paul Connor)

Yeovil Town:
1. Steve Mildenhall
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 3. Nathan Jones
16. Ritchie Jones 12. Matty Rose 7. Gary Dempsey 14. Paul Warne
9. Lloyd Owusu 28. James Walker

Subs: 2. Mark Lynch 8. Anthony Barry 15. Justin Cochrane (48 mins for Matty Rose) 19. Craig Alcock 30. Wilfried Domoraud (79 mins James Walker)

Yeovil Bookings: Matty Rose (foul, 42 mins), Terry Skiverton (foul, 57 mins)
Cheltenham Bookings: Jeremy Gill (foul, 29 mins)

Scorers: Lloyd Owusu (0-1, 31 mins), Gavin Caines (1-1, 89 mins).

Attendance: 3,169 (including 348 Yeovil supporters)


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6 November 2007 : Betsy Returns
Bristol City winger Kevin Betsy appears to have returned to Ashton Gate following his one month loan period at Huish Park.

Although there is no word from the Glovers end, City manager Gary Johnson mentioned that Betsy was back in their first team squad prior to their match against Charlton Athletic.

Betsy is not in the Glovers squad for tonight's match against Cheltenham Town and so it would seem likely that City have refused permission for manager Russell Slade to extend the loan deal.


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6 November 2007 : Lions Appoint Jackett
Further to today's earlier news, League One side Millwall have appointed former Swansea City boss Kenny Jackett as their new manager. They have prised him away from his position as Reserve Team Manager at Manchester City and announced his appointment this afternoon after a month's worth of speculation, including their attempts to land Glovers manager Russell Slade.

Rather predictably, despite being knocked back by numerous clubs, Millwall Chairman John Berylson has tried to suggest to the Millwall official site that Jackett was his first choice all along (yeah we believe you John!):

"Kenny was one of the first names on our list after we had drawn up our criteria for a new manager. Initially we thought we would not get our man, but we remained determined to try, and eventually after meeting with him on Tuesday afternoon, he agreed to join us. We were careful to take our time, and we did speak to a number of very good candidates, but Kenny is the one who came through as the strongest in the end and we were delighted when he accepted our offer."

The news obviously means any concerns about the Glovers losing manager Russell Slade will now not be realised. Good stuff!


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6 November 2007 : Agenda Items Required For Fans Partnership Meeting
With the next Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting (formerly the Customer Charter Meeting) taking place at the end of this month on Thursday 22nd November (5.45pm start), the club have asked for Agenda items to be submitted.

You can either submit them directly to Sara at supporter.link@ytfc.net or via one of the Supporters Representatives. If you don't know them, feel free to email Ciderspace and we'll make sure your request reaches them.

As a guide to what has already been discussed, the previous minutes are linked below.

Link: Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Minutes : October 18th 2007.


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6 November 2007 : Capital Glovers Meet-Up For Torquay Game
Not going to Sunday's match against Torquay United but live in London or the South East? The Capital Glovers have the solution to that "watching the game in my lounge on my own isn't quite the same as being at the game" feeling. Even if you're not a signed up Capital Glovers member and just happen to be in London for the weekend, please do come along and join us. Capital Glovers representative Dan writes:

This Sunday (11th November) sees Yeovil Town return to televised action for the FA Cup match away at Torquay United. The Capital Glovers will be meeting at the Sports Cafe on Haymarket to watch the match. Whilst not a venue for fine real ales, it will nonetheless give us all the chance to meet up, chat, drink and watch the game together in an easily accessible central location. The nearest tube station is Piccadilly although Green Park, Charing Cross, Embankment and Leicester Square are all also easily walkable.

Address: 80 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4TE.

Kick off is at 3:15pm and we'll be there from 2:30pm. Contact info@capitalglovers.com if you require further information.

More details on a venue for next week's Sky match against Gillingham to follow.


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6 November 2007 : Jackett Required?
League One side Millwall have approached and been given permission to speak to former Swansea City manager Kenny Jackett about their long-standing vacancy. Jackett is currently the Reserve Team manager of Manchester City but would fit Millwall's desired profile, having managed the Welsh side from April 2004 until February 2007. Prior to that he had three years at Watford as first team manager.

Defender Richard Shaw and coach Colin West are joint caretakers, but are not rated as likely to hold those positions after Chairman John Berylson said that he wanted a manager with a proven track record at League One level. Jackett would fit the bill having masterminded Swansea's promotion to League One as well as getting them into the League One playoffs at the end of the 2005-06 season.

A statement from Manchester City confirms:

"Manchester City can confirm that the club has given permission for Kenny Jackett to speak to Millwall with regard to their vacant manager's position following the recent departure of Willie Donachie. Jackett became the Blues' reserve-team manager in March this year, and temporarily stepped up to help out with the first team when Hans Backe was given compassionate leave earlier this season."

This should be seen as welcome news, as it would imply that Millwall are, for the moment at least, cooling their interest in Glovers manager Russell Slade, who so far has not been given permission to speak to the Lions board.


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6 November 2007 : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Cheltenham Town tonight in a League One match at Whaddon Road that is crucial for both sides. The Robins have hit rock bottom over the weekend after they crashed 2-0 against Walsall, leaving them in 24th place in the table. Meanwhile half a dozen junctions up the M6, the same scoreline was inflicted upon the Glovers, with Crewe Alexandra inflicting the damage, leaving Yeovil in a 14th place position, eight points above their opponents.

Neither club was particularly impressed with their Saturday performance. Whilst Cheltenham fans chanted "what a load of rubbish" at their players, Glovers boss Russell Slade brought his side in for training on Sunday, showing his displeasure at a "lacklustre" performance. Both sides therefore have plenty to put right, and tonight may come down to which side reacts best to the "home truths" they were given.

Russell Slade suggested that he may want to make some changes to his line-up on the back of the Crewe game. Much will depend upon whether he can recall striker Marcus Stewart from a hamstring injury, or midfielder/right-back Lee Peltier from an ankle problem. With the usual crowd of Marc Bircham (hamstring), Terry Skiverton (groin) and Lee Morris (knee) occupying the sidelines there aren't a lot of options, although there must be the temptation to give one of James Walker or Wilfried Domoraud their full league debuts as a means of increasing firepower. At present there is no word on whether the Glovers have been able to extend the loan deal of winger Kevin Betsy although there would seem to be little doubt that Russell would want that to happen.

Cheltenham have had Keith Downing installed as manager on a permanent basis now, replacing John Ward, who moved to Carlisle United last month. He has taken charge of six games so far, gaining one win and two draws as the Robins have stuttered to recover from the loss of their manager.

Like the Glovers, they have major injury concerns. Captain John Finnigan will miss out after he sustained a foot injury in training while recovering from a past knee injury and is likely to be sidelined for another two weeks. Striker Steven Gillespie is out with a hamstring strain whilst Jennison Myrie-Williams has returned to Bristol City following a loan deal. Downing has tried to bring in an alternative striker but so far all his efforts have failed.

Midfielder Ben Gill (knee), Scott Brown (broken leg) and Sam Foley (pelvis) are all long-term absentees who are in rehabilitation, but are not ready for competitive games at present.

Kick-off at Whaddon Road tonight is 7.45pm and tickets can be purchased on the night. Prices are displayed in the Ciderspace guide.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham.


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6 November 2007 : Officials For The Cheltenham Match
Tonight's match against Cheltenham Town will be looked after by referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). For some odd reason, the authorities have chosen a decidedly non-local match official to make a cross-country trip down to Gloucestershire, rather than the more regional selections they tend to make for midweekers.

Although Mr Boyeson's name often pops up in match reports around the country, to our knowledge, we've only had him once - the February 2005 2-0 win over Chester City. The match at the Deva Stadium was a brutal one played against a Chester side at that time well known for their thuggish activities, and to be fair Mr Boyeson dealt with the circumstances reasonably well. He eventually lost his patience with Chester's Darren Edmondson, sending him for an early bath with 10 minutes to go.

Mr Boyeson started officiating in 1992 and was promoted to the Football League assistant referees list in 1996, then the Premier League list four years later. He became a Football League referee in 2002.

Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Stuart Burt (Northamptonshire) and Justin Comley (Berkshire). The Fourth Official will be Peter Grove (West Midlands).

Link: February 2005 : Chester City 0 Yeovil Town 2.


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6 November 2007 : Football League Review No. 5
With games coming thick'n'fast this week, Josh Rogers has squeezed between the weekend fixture programme and another set of matches tonight, to provide another update in the fortunes of sides around League One. Follow the link for his latest review.

Link: Football League Review : November 6th 2007.


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6 November 2007 : Torquay Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that today is the final day for season ticket holders to gain priority on tickets for the FA Cup First Round match against Torquay United.

Season ticket holders will have priority on tickets until the end of today. Any remaining tickets will go on general sale on Wednesday 7th November at 9.00am.

The match is being played on Sunday 11th November with a 3.15pm kick-off and is also live on BBC1.

Ticket prices are for the Sparkworld Away Terrace and are: £16 - Adult, £13 - Senior/Student, £7 - Under 16's. There is no seated accommodation available.

The match is ALL TICKET and so no tickets will be available on the day of the game.


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5 November 2007 : BBC Somerset Sound Crewe Interviews
There are two audio interviews now up on the BBC Somerset Sound website, following Saturday's match against Crewe Alexandra.

Aside from a rather non-plussed manager Russell Slade (see also yesterday's transcript), reporter Drew Savage got to talk to goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall - one of the few players to come out of Gresty Road in a positive light.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Yeovil Town Interview Archive Page.


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5 November 2007 : Swansea Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday's match against Swansea City saw loan winger Kevin Betsy triumph in the Man of the Match voting. Kevin was a fairly comfortable winner in favour of the match sponsor's vote Anthony Barry.

Don't forget that to cast your vote for the match against Crewe Alexandra you need to have done so by 7.45pm tomorrow night, because of the midweek match against Cheltenham Town.

The full results of the Swansea vote are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Kevin Betsy 128 (9)
2 Anthony Barry 78 (4)
3 Scott Guyett 58 (2)
4 Nathan Jones 46 (2)
5 Steve Mildenhall 34 (2)
6 Terrell Forbes 32 (2)
7 Matthew Rose 30 (2)
8 Mark Lynch 18 (1)
9 Justin Cochrane 6 (0)
10 Lloyd Owusu 2 (0)

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


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5 November 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham
For those planning to travel to tomorrow night's match against Cheltenham Town, the guide to Whaddon Road and its surroundings has now been brought up to date and is online.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham.


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5 November 2007 : Millwall Boss Bemoans Lack Of Progress
Millwall Chairman John Berylson has spoken of his frustration at not being able to hold talks with Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade. The Glovers are reported to have turned down three offers made by the Millwall board in an effort to acquire his services.

Millwall have been manager-hunting since October 9th when they sacked Willie Donachie from the position and are believed to have been turned down by a number of clubs. They currently lie in the relegation zone and results since Donachie left have not improved, with only one win since his departure - against fellow strugglers AFC Bournemouth.

Beylson has gone public in making it clear that he would like to talk to Slade, but has denied that there is a deal already on the table. Even if he gets to talk to the Yeovil boss, he may not offer him the job:

"If they were to give us permission to talk to Russell, there is no guarantee that he would get the job. He is a great coach and has all the qualities that I was looking for, but I have to meet the man to know if he is our guy."

Berylson has admitted that Slade is not the only manager he has tried to poach over the past month and failed adding:

"We would have liked to talk to Ronnie Moore at Tranmere, but he was happy in his job."

The Millwall boss, who has only recently completed a takeover at the New Den, expressed surprise that Yeovil had gone public over Millwall's first bid and told the Southwark News that as a consequence he was hopeful that Russell would want to talk to him:

"If you read in the papers that your chairman has said he received interest in someone offering you a new job, you would at least want to hear what they have to say. That is what we want, and if thatís what Russell wants then we will go from there. John Fry came out in the press last week saying that we had approached him. I would have kept that quiet."

Berylson was asked why he did not chase former Stevenage Borough manager Mark Stimson, who completed a move to fellow League One side Gillingham. But he answered that he was wanting to recruit in a manager with a proven track record at this level and so Stimson was never really on his radar:

"I need someone to hit the ground running with experience of League One and the sort of players that we need. There is a big difference between Stimson and what Russell could bring to Millwall - if we get a chance to sit down and talk."


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5 November 2007 : Lost In The Post?
This morning's Western Daily Press adds little to the current saga surrounding League One side Millwall's persistent requests to talk to Glovers manager Russell Slade. Matters appear to be more or less 'as you were' from Saturday.

However, they do add a claim that the much-denied "third bid" from the East London side did arrive at the club on Friday afternoon. They state that is all rather academic though, because the response was to turn the Lions down again.

All is therefore quiet on the management front. The Millwall Vital Football site did over the weekend claim that "Russell Slade is set to be unveiled as the new Millwall manager ... and plan to confirm his appointment early next week" - however that appeared to be based upon speculation from a London paper that had got wind of stories much earlier in the week. As we are finding, 24 hours can be a very short time in such matters.

As for rumoured trips to London, Russell told the WDP that he was more keen on spoiling the players' weekends after what he described as a "lacklustre" performance at Gresty Road. Some of the squad had been planning on sneaking off after the game - Russell had other ideas:

"Five of them managed to get their vehicles up here because they were planning a weekend. Their weekend is now with me."


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4 November 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Crewe Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade said he had concerns about the lack of creative quality and strength of character in his side as he picked over the bones of a 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra. Whilst Russell was also angry about the first period that had seen his side not take heed of pre-match instructions about how Crewe would play, Russell also felt that they failed to show the sort of character he needed them to, in order to get back into the game.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of the match: "We lacked that quality to turn that pressure or possession into goals. It was quite clear today that we were missing the likes of Marcus Stewart, Terry Skiverton and the likes of Lee Peltier who has made an impact since he came here. There didn't seem to be enough strength of character to turn things around that had got away from us, particularly in the first half."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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4 November 2007 : Crewe Man of the Match Voting
A reminder that any Man of the Match voting for Saturday's match against Crewe Alexandra needs to be completed by 7.45pm on Tuesday - i.e. before the midweek match against Cheltenham Town starts.

Hence if you went to the game please place your votes as soon as possible - currently we're a little short of voters!

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


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4 November 2007 : Youth Team Beat Millfield
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side had a blank weekend yesterday and so took the opportunity to arrange a friendly with Millfield School. The Glovers rested winger Danny O'Brien and central midfielder Carl Lazenby, but both are expected to be fit in time for Wednesday night's FA Youth Cup match against Tiverton Town (kick-off 7.45pm).

Despite being two men light, the Glovers beat the schools side by a 3-2 scoreline, in a match played across three half hour thirds. The Glovers scored two early goals, with Stuart Davies making a strong run into the box before being brought down for a penalty. The same player stepped up to the spot to score Yeovil's opening goal.

The Glovers doubled their scoreline through Lloyd Moyce when he chested the ball down, turned, beat the Millfield centre half and finished into the bottom right hand corner. Their third goal of the afternoon was netted 10 minutes into the third period, where once again Lloyd Moyce swivelled inside the box and slotted into the corner.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 3 Millfield School 2.

Wednesday night's match against Tiverton Town will see the Main Stand open only. Admission prices are £3.00 for adults, whilst concessions will pay £1.00. To get into the match, simply pay on the night of the game.


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3 November 2007 : Crewe Dish Out Footballing Lesson
Yeovil Town were emphatically beaten at Gresty Road this afternoon as Crewe Alexandra clocked up a 2-0 victory that probably flattered the Glovers after a woeful first half display. Whether those out on the field of play had their minds on manager Russell Slade's future position at the club or not, they certainly had their minds elsewhere for the majority of the first period, with several examples of slack defending on show.

Inside the first 20 seconds, Ben Rix's backheel found Gary Roberts in space and the Glovers back line napping. Fortunately goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall was off his line superbly to block - one of several outstanding saves he was to make during the afternon.

The Glovers rode their luck somewhat, and midway through the first period, a Ryan Lowe free kick struck the underside of the bar, bounced down allowing Simon Church to come in for the rebound. Inexplicably, Church headed it back onto the bar again, then Guyett hacked the loose ball away for an incredible let-off.

Five minutes later Simon Church forced Mildenhall into a terrific left-handed save to force the ball out for a corner after the Crewe striker outwitted Terrell Forbes. It seemed as though the Glovers had got away with it again, but from the subsequent corner a Chris McCready near post header finally broke the deadlock, and with some justification on the balance of play.

The goal did little to change the pattern of the game. A Ryan Lowe shot was saved by Mildy's knee, and then with five minutes to go before a much needed break, the defensive sieve leaked once again. Simon Church beat Terrell Forbes for pace, worked the way through to Byron Moore, whose shot deflected off Scott Guyett's boot and into the net. 2-0 and a first half performance worthy of Russell Slade stripping the paint off the dressing room walls at half time.

A double change for the start of the second half saw youngsters Wilfried Domoraud and James Walker introduced in a 4-4-2 formation. Crewe had also been varying their tactics throughout the first period but settled on mirroring the Glovers tactics in an effort to block out the game. They did that pretty successfully and although the Glovers produced a much improved second half performance, there was little imagination to break down a comfortable looking Crewe side. An acrobatic attempt by James Walker perhaps deserved something for the striker's ambitions, but otherwise Yeovil were reduced to long range attempts from Anthony Barry and third substitute Gary Dempsey, and really that wasn't going to make the home side break sweat.

After the game Russell Slade cancelled the players' day off, with them ordered down to Huish Park to watch the horror show on video as he attempts to right a few wrongs in time for Tuesday, in particular the manner in which a side below them in the table passed them off the park. On the plus side, if Russell is holding the remote control on Sunday, that will quell somewhat any suggestions that he might be planning a trip to the New Den in the immediate future.

Final Score: Crewe Alexandra 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Yeovil Town: (4-1-4-1)
1. Steve Mildenhall
2. Mark Lynch 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
12. Matty Rose
25. Kevin Betsy 8. Anthony Barry 15. Justin Cochrane 14. Paul Warne
9. Lloyd Owusu

Subs: 7. Gary Dempsey (63 mins for Mark Lynch) 16. Ritchie Jones 19. Craig Alcock 28. James Walker (46 mins for Justin Cochrane) 30. Wilfried Domoraud (46 mins for Lloyd Owusu)

Crewe Alexandra: (4-4-2)
1. Ben Williams
2. Dan Woodards 14. Chris McCready 28. George Abbey 3. Billy Jones
4. Gary Roberts 5. Neil Cox 12. Ben Rix 18. Byron Moore
16. Ryan Lowe 31. Simon Church

Subs: 21. Owain fon Williams (GK) 10. Eugen Bopp (78 mins for Neil Cox) 19. Shaun Miller 32. Elliott Bennett (20 mins for George Abbey) 20. Matthew Bailey

Crewe Bookings: None
Yeovil Bookings: Justin Cochrane (34 mins, foul), Terrell Forbes (44 mins, foul), Scott Guyett (89 mins, foul)

Scorers: Chris McCready (1-0, 28 mins), Byron Moore (2-0, 40 mins).

Attendance: 4,363

Officials: Jon Moss (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Darren Bond (Lancashire) and Philip Bramley (West Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Anthony Horton (West Midlands).


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3 November 2007 : Club Issue Slade Statement
Yeovil Town have issued an official statement regarding the current situation regarding manager Russell Slade and rumours of League One side Millwall taking an interest in acquiring his services.

Rather surprisingly, the club choose not to confirm or deny the existence of a third Millwall bid, but instead state that they plan to sit down with Russell Slade and offer him a new contract. Director Stephen Allinson (see story below) had earlier stated that there had been no contact from Millwall for a fortnight and so denied that a third bid existed, and so one wonders why the club's own statement does not echo this.

The club instead do not even mention Millwall or any other clubs. Instead, Glovers Chairman John Fry said of the club's plans:

"The board of directors and I have always been behind Russell Slade as we bid to maintain stability and move this club forward into the Championship."


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3 November 2007 : Allinson Denies Third Millwall Bid
Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson has denied that Millwall have made a third bid for Glovers manager Russell Slade. Yesterday, the majority of the local newspapers, radio and television carried reports that the Glovers had received an offer from the League One side, reported as being in the region of 125,000 pounds to lure Russell to East London, but in this morning's Western Daily Press, Allinson states that the club have not even heard from Millwall for two weeks:

"We have had no approach from Millwall in the last two weeks and suggestions that we have are not helpful to the club. If they do decide to make another approach then we will continue to resist their attempts to prise Russell away. Our manager is under contract and we are not in the business of selling Russell Slade."

The WDP suggest that Slade is anxious to resolve the situation one way or another with Millwall Chairman John Berylson and still appear convinced that something could still happen, suggesting that any agreement to compensation could see talks held on Monday. We might be being horribly naive here, but if as Allinson suggests there has been zero contact from the Lions for a fortnight, then how can any schedule be in place for talks with any parties?


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2 November 2007 : Youth Team Get Second Round Away Draw
If Yeovil Town get past Tiverton Town in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup, then they will travel to face the winners of the Ebbsfleet United vs Northampton Town first round match.

The match at Ebbsfleet is being played on the same night as Yeovil's first round match which will be played at Huish Park on Wednesday 7th November on the Huish Park main pitch with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Admission to next Wednesday's game is £3.00 for adults with concessions at £1.00, with a pay on the night policy.

As none of the First Round matches have been completed, we'll save the publication of the rest of the Second Round draw until after the match at Huish Park, assuming it is still of relevance to the Glovers.


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2 November 2007 : Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Crewe Alexandra tomorrow for a League One match at Gresty Road that kicks off at 3.00pm. The Glovers have got a strong record against the Cheshire side, having done the double over them last season, and won 3-2 in the corresponding fixture played in December 2006.

The Glovers go into the game with a huge question mark over the future of manager Russell Slade, who is being persistently courted by fellow League One side Millwall. It is feasible that this could be Slade's swansong and he goes into it with the usual number of injury absentees to contend with.

As usual Marc Bircham (hamstring), Marvin Williams (ankle), Lee Morris (knee) and Terry Skiverton (groin) are all absent although Skivo has travelled with the 18 man squad today so he can join in with the training session. However, striker Marcus Stewart is out for the next two matches with a hamstring tear and Jerahl Hughes is doubtful with a groin strain that forced him to miss the midweek Reserves match.

For Crewe, they have lost Danny O'Donnell to a back strain whilst there are question marks over defender George Abbey who has been missing with a hamstring problem for the past fortnight and will have a fitness test to determine his readiness. Striker Nicky Maynard is a long term absentee for Crewe after breaking his leg and although he is back in training he is not expected to feature for the next couple of weeks. Nigerian defender George Abbey is expected to replace O'Donnell at the back and one of himself or Danny Woodards will occupy the right-back slot with the other taking a central position.

Crewe are effectively under dual management this season, with Steve Holland acting as First Team Coach in the dugouts, whilst Crewe legend Dario Gradi will be the Technical Director sat up in the stands and performing press duties. This presents a new era for Alexandra and they are taking time to adjust. They lie in 16th place, four points behind the Glovers. However, their strength lies at Gresty Road. They've yet to win on their travels, but have won three out of six at home and so are probably a little better on their home patch than their table position would suggest.

The match kicks off at 3.00pm, with tickets being available on the day. See the Ciderspace guide for further details.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crewe.


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2 November 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Crewe
A reminder to those travelling to tomorrow's match against Crewe Alexandra, the Ciderspace guide to Gresty Road, including pubs and directions, can be found online now.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crewe.


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2 November 2007 : Millwall Third Bid Claimed
This morning's BBC Somerset Sound sports bulletins claim that Yeovil Town have received a third bid from Millwall for manager Russell Slade's services. The report stated that the London club were prepared to meet whatever compensation demands the club were prepared to make to sever the remaining 1.5 years of Slade's deal at Huish Park.

This week's Western Gazette claimed that a 100,000 pound pricetag had been put on Slade's head, but both Glovers Chairman John Fry and his Millwall counterpart John Berylson denied that there was a third bid on the table, and the Millwall chief stated that Fry would need to approach him if the London side's interest was to be maintained.

Berylson admitted he was interested in Slade, but told the Southwark News that nothing was cut and dried even if the Glovers did grant permission:

"There is no guarantee that he would get the job. He is a great coach and he has all the qualities that I am looking for, but I have to meet the man to know if he's our guy."

Last week Slade suggested that he thought he was being sold from within, rather angrily saying "people have to decide whether they want pounds or points - a suggestion that matters at Huish Park were not as smooth as they ought to be.

Given that the news has also reached BBC Points West this morning, it would appear that someone, somewhere connected with the three parties involved is attempting to prepare the ground - Points West suggested a sum of 125,000 pounds would be enough to persuade Fry to allow Slade to walk - yet that would fly in the face of Fry's comments last week where he stated:

"Russell has made it plain that he does not want to go to that club anyway ... he is certainly here for the rest of the season ... we have made it absolutely plain to them (Millwall)."

The Yeovil Express believes that Slade is due to travel to London on Sunday to meet Millwall Chairman John Berylson - if true then it would suggest that a compensation package has already been agreed.

The plot thickens ...


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1 November 2007 : Bircham Looks On The Bright Side
Further to Tuesday's news concerning Marc Bircham, the midfielder has admitted that he may have been caught at a low point when he gave his thoughts on his injury situation.

Buoyed by support and concern over his thoughts of retiring from football if his current hamstring problems did not clear up, Marc has said that on reflection, he is now feeling a bit more positive. Speaking on his personal website he admitted:

"When I did the interview for the diary I'd just had the setback and maybe I made it sound a bit worse than it is. I had been working really hard with the physio and been doing a lot of heavy weights when I felt something, but it's nothing serious. I fully expect to be pulling on a Yeovil shirt before long."

Marc also thanked those people who had contacted him this week, giving him support and encouragement:

"Thanks to everyone who's emailed to offer support but there's really nothing to worry about. There's no way I am about to give up the game. I've got a good few years in me yet and a lot of football left to play. All I've suffered is a little setback that has put me back a few days and I should still be back training in the next couple of weeks."

Let's hope so. Good luck Marc.


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1 November 2007 : Gulls Claim Ishmael Clearance
FA Cup opponents Torquay United are today claiming that they do not need permission from Yeovil Town to play on-loan winger Ishmael Welsh and that he will face his parent club in the competition on Sunday 11th November.

Ishmael is on a season long loan at Plainmoor and Torquay Chief Executive Colin Lee claims he has sought clarification from the FA and says:

"The FA have said that Ishmael is eligible to play for us, with or without Yeovil's permission."

Lee states that the rationale for Torquay being able to override Yeovil's wishes comes from two FA competition clauses concerning the use of loan players:

"The FA have told us that Cup Rule 15 J1 says 'The Association will not give permission for players on loan or work-experience players to play against the lending club'. But Rule 15 J4 states 'In the Competition Proper, players on long-term loan agreements are not considered loan players for the purpose of the rule and, therefore, are eligible to play in the competition'."

We presume that Lee has given the FA the specifics of Ishmael's situation here. However, reading the rules directly, the FA's rulebook appears to be talking about the eligibility of players in the competition rather than any private arrangements two clubs may have from a contractual point of view.

The implication is therefore that if Ishmael was on a short term loan, then he couldn't play against Yeovil even if both clubs gave permission. For a long term loan the FA rule states he is eligible, but is that the same as being granted permission by the parent club? It should therefore be interesting to hear if Yeovil Town have a different take on the situation, given that Torquay appear to be about to play Ishmael regardless of what the Glovers think.


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