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31 December 2004 : Chairman Looks Forward To 2005
Speaking to the Western Daily Press Yeovil Town chairman John Fry was cautiously upbeat about the prospects for the club in 2005 :

To date we have been performing at the levels we set ourselves but there is still a lot of work to do. We have brought in some very good players and there is a lot more quality in the squad even though it is a bit smaller than last season's.

[Johnson] is continuing to do all the right things and there is a lot of confidence around the place, but we will still need that bit of luck that every side needs with regards to injuries. We are now in a very critical period but if the management and players keep performing as exceptionally as they have been doing then I hope things will continue to go well.

Our honeymoon period in the Football League is far gone and we are now role models for other teams, but we must continue progressing. I think we are a natural League One side. The style of football in the division above would suit us more and I think our attendances would improve.

Our main objective in the new year is to break through the 6,000 barrier, and then it will be the 7,000 to 8,500 barrier which I believe is achievable with League One football.

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31 December 2004 : The Yeovil Town Programme End Of Year Report - Must Try Harder
Programme Monthly, which reviews every Premiership and Football League programme each season, and generally goes out of its way to be as gentle and positive as possible, finally reached Yeovil Town in its January edition. Its verdict will come as little surprise to those of us interested in football programmes :

'YEOVIL TOWN - 64 B5 pages, £2.50, 31 advert pages (up 5).

After a confident start to their League programme producing career much was expected of the Glovers programme, but it has become mired in advertising and commercial content, and a few space-filling photographs. There is a decent level of reading, thanks to the contributions of some club personnel and local media men, but perhaps not enough for the £2.50 cover charge.

A triumph of size over substance, unfortunately, but at least the basics are there for improvement to be possible. The club appear to have an open mind when it comes to improving the programme, as the "Programme Editorial Committee" notice/advert suggests : "With effect from this season a new editorial committee has been formed to co-ordinate the editorial content of the club's matchday programme. The committee, the brainchild of Chairman and Chief Executive John Fry, will try to enhance and improve the programme, answering the supporters need for an up to date, interesting publication. Supporters are invited to contact any of the above names with relevant comments or suggestions."

Edited by Adrian Hopper, printed by Wincanton Print.'

For reference the committee consists of Roy Toogood (Green & White Supporters Club), Rod Hallett (Vice Presidents), Steve Sowden (Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association), Jan Zabkiewicz (Disabled Supporters Association) and Adrian Hopper and James Healey (Media Department).

There is a lot of good practice out there in the world of League Two programmes, and though it slightly pains me to say it (again) the best thing the committee could do would be to sit down and look at what our rivals up in Bristol do. The Pirate is a tour de force of a programme getting it right. Easy to say, difficult to do, but what it oozes is co-ordination, foresight and planning ahead, with a host of items mixing current news and items contributed by all wings of the club, and (presumably pre-prepared) serial features running through the season.

Rome wasn't built in a day, but if by next season we have a programme half as good as The Pirate significant progress will have been made, and John Fry's committee will have started to deliver the improvements everyone would like to see.

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30 December 2004 : Johnson Fit For New Years Crunch Match
Yeovil Town, who are second best in English national football only to Arsenal in terms of their goals per game ratio, play Swansea City, the side with the best defensive record in League Two having conceded just twenty goals this season, at the Vetch Field for a mouth-watering tie (writes George Murray) on New Years Day, kick-off 3.00pm. The match is all-ticket for Yeovil Town supporters only.

A lot is at stake for both teams, with Yeovil sitting in second place and Swansea third, a point behind, who are desperate to pull away from the pack outside of the top three. Goals have certainly havenít been short as late for both sides with Yeovil scoring twelve in their last three matches with Swansea netting eight in their past two games.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson acknowledges the challenge ahead that his side faces. Speaking to the official site Johnson said, ďKenny Jackett has done a fantastic job at The Vetch. They are in a high vein of form at present scoring lots of goals just like us so I suppose it will end up a 0-0 draw!

ďJoking aside though, we are really looking forward to the game. We know and respect the atmosphere that the Swansea fans can create but we have to go there and enjoy the game and Iím sure our supporters will add their own brand of humour and enthusiasm to the dayís proceedings. Automatic promotion wonít be won or lost on this game but both teams will see it as a great game to win and you can be sure the lads will be going all out to make sure itís them.

Midfielder Lee Johnson stresses the importance of consolidating his sides winning run. Speaking to the Western Daily Press the 23-year-old said, ďWe have got five wins on the spin now. I think our best since I have been here is six wins on the spin, so we have got to make sure we equal that at Swansea. We have to just keep plugging away - with Southend losing that puts a little gap between us and the play-offs. If we keep carving out chances we are going to put them away with the strikers we have got

ďWe will have to be tighter at the back, because they have got dangerous players. But when we have got the ball I think we are the best team in the league, so we have to make sure we have more possession than them and carve out more chances than they do - and I am sure we can do that. It is a big game because it is a top of the table clash, but win, lose or draw we will keep going for the remaining 22 games,Ē added Johnson.

Yeovil are expected to name an unchanged team which won at Cambridge United despite Johnson Jnr suffering an arm injury at that match following a high tackle, but didnít feel the need to have it X-rayed yesterday. The arm has swollen up but the medical staff at Huish Park seem confident that Lee will turn out against Kenny Jackett's side on Saturday.

Swansea are without on-loan midfielder Marc Goodfellow who has been recalled by injury hit Bristol City, despite both clubs last week verbally agreed to extending Goodfellow's loan stay by an extra month. The Swans have been told that if they want the former Stoke man, who grabbed four goals in just eight league and cup outings, they will have to pay a fee to get him back.

While Goodfellow's departure will be a blow for Jackett, he does have Andy Robinson to come in on the left flank for Saturday's big clash with rivals Yeovil. Leon Britton should also be available after overcoming his knee injury, while Brad Maylett has been on the bench for Swansea's impressive wins over Kidderminster and Boston as he makes his recovery from a hernia operation.

Indispensable Swansea striker Lee Trundle admits his side are brimming with confidence ahead of a game which could prove significant in the final shake-up come May. The former Wrexham striker told the South Wales Evening Post: "It's a massive game against Yeovil and, given the form we're in, I don't think they'll fancy coming here. We played really well in the first half at their place but in the second half they played us off the park really. It still took an unlucky penalty to beat us, and we're looking to put things right by beating them on Saturday. It wouldn't be the end of the world if we didn't because it's still early in the season, but we know we can go above them with a win and that's something we want to do because we believe we can win this league. We're confident because we're not just nicking games by the odd goal at the moment. We're scoring goals and we know we can get a result."

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29 December 2004 : Oxford Ticketing
Tickets for the Oxford United match on Saturday January 15th, kick-off 3.00 pm., are now available from Huish Park ticket office. With surcharges in place for pay-on-the-day we'd advise purchase in advance for those planning the trip to Kassam Stadium.

Pre-matchday prices : adults - £15.50; students (with N.U.S. card) - £12.00; Under 16's and Over 65's - £9.50.

Pay-on-the-day prices : adults - £18.50; students (with N.U.S. card) - £14.50; Under 16's and Over 65's - £11.50.

For those unable to get to the Huish Park ticket office in person purchase can be made by phone on 01935 847888 (please avoid match days). There is a small charge of £0.50 for purchase by card.

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29 December 2004 : Final Call For Swansea Tickets
A final reminder to Glovers fans that the New Year's Day top-of-the-table match between Yeovil Town and Swansea City - the last time we will visit the Vetch Field before the Swans move into their new home at White Rock Stadium next season - has been designated an all-ticket match for Glovers fans. Only covered terrace tickets are available, costing £11 for adults, £6 concessions.

The ticket office will be open between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Thursday and Friday. Tickets are NOT expected to be available on the day of the game from either Huish Park or the Vetch Field, so do not travel unless you have a ticket.

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29 December 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Cambridge Game
Glovers manager Gary Johnson told his side not to be lazy and they responded in style by rattling in five second half goals in a stunning 5-3 win at Cambridge United yesterday. Speaking after the thrilling match at the Abbey Stadium, Gary answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: What were your feelings at 2-0 down? I guess you still backed your side to score a few?

GJ: The same as everybody. Steve Thompson was standing on the line with me at 2-0 down telling me gaffer we can still win this and I wanted to punch him! But we all had faith. All we had to do was to play our passing, running game. We were passing but we weren't running. Some of the boys were having a lazy game and I had to explain to them at half time what a lazy game is. You can't win football matches at any level doing that. None of my boys meant to be lazy but I think they were trying to conserve energy. So I gave them ten minutes to get a goal, which too be fair we did, otherwise I was going to make three changes and they knew what I was going to do. When we started moving, we started driving from midfield, we were driving up front and suddenly we took the game down there and our quality came out but only once we started moving. That was where all the goals started coming from and suddenly Cambridge were having to put in desperate tackles and giving away penalties. But at 2-0 down we had to tell them that they weren't playing the right game although I had to use a few more adjectives!

Qu: You had an uncharacteristic first half where you had about seven good chances but you didn't tuck any away.

GJ: That was the disappointing part. We'd had so many chances but we were 2-0 down. But the boys have got that spirit and the commitment to win games wherever we are and we demoralised them in the end with the amount of chances that we had and way we were running, getting free and getting in on goal. Five goals was a fair return for our number of chances in the end although they all came a bit late and three probably wasn't a fair return for them. Having said that they (Cambridge) did get a little bit lucky in the penalty areas when the ball ricocheted off a number of people and then fell to them so you have to hold your hand up there. But even if they score three, if we've got a team good enough to score five then we are going to get three points most weeks!

Qu: Do you worry about the defensive side of it at all in leaking three?

GJ: No, not at all. We are a team that has got to go and win games. At times people will get a bit of luck. I thought the first one (for Cambridge) was offside. But 5-3 is a great Yuletide result. All the Yeovil fans have gone home happy and even the Cambridge fans have gone home having seen a good game. They've not gone home happy but they've come here and seen a good game.

Qu: The sealing goal from Andrejs Stolcers with his chip was probably the pick.

GJ: Andrejs had a good game and he worked hard. The president of the Latvian Football Federation was here today - Guntis Indriksons - he was my boss when I was out there. So Andrejs knew he had to perform in front of the president.

Qu: When you look at 5-3 it looks like a comfortable win but they had you running for a little bit.

GJ: Of course they did at 2-0 down but that's when the tough get going and we did get going. We had numbers in the box and we had good movement and good pace. Suddenly our forwards looked a million dollars when they'd looked three-and-sixpence in the first half. We came through it and that's all that we can do. And we keep doing it. This is a difficult place - they've got a new manager in the stands and once again we've hit a team that has got a new manager and they want to impress him so all in all it's still a fantastic three points.

Qu: Scunthorpe's lead is down to three points and Swansea won again, so that game on New Year's Day is set up for quite a game.

GJ: It is, but we will enjoy this one for a couple of days and then we will start gathering our thoughts for Swansea. Of course that's a big game and we always enjoy the atmosphere there and again we'll see how far we've come.

Qu: Once again Darren Way was non-stop.

GJ: Yes, I thought Darren epitomised our 'new regime' in the second half. He deservedly scored his goal and he made one of the penalties. Lee scored a goal and he made one of the penalties so from midfield we started driving and our forwards started making the space with running to get our driving runs from midfield going. Once we did that, the whole team started doing it. You can only say that we were terrific in the second half.

Qu: Jevons booking was a bit of a joke wasn't it?

GJ: Well it was. I don't know what he is going to put in his report or how he is going to report that! It's a little in-joke but I'll let the lads tell you only because I don't know!

Qu: With Andrejs would you describe him as a current international or a former international?

GJ: I don't know. At the end of the day he's with us and that's all I care about. At the moment he's playing well in midfield and I don't care about the national side at this moment in time. Nothing will happen anyway until we try to get promotion and if he gets selected at the end of that then fair enough. He'll definitely be involved but it's a question of whether Andrejs wants to travel the world to sit on the bench. But I am sure I will get a phone call from the new Latvian manager to ask me how Andrejs is doing. We've also got Arron Davies who is an Under-21 (for Wales) which is good. If you've got those sort of players then you have to deal with it when it comes up.

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28 December 2004 : Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way....
Yeovil Town showed true 'bouncebackability' at Cambridge United this afternoon to come back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-5 in an incredible second half at the Abbey Stadium.

In truth this should have been a much more comfortable win than it turned out to be, but Gary Johnson's side doesn't do 'safe' or 'comfortable', at least not very well! The Glovers dominated the first half and could have scored from any one of 5 or 6 very presentable chances before, against the run of play, the home side took a shock lead on 37 minutes, Richard Hodgson getting on the end of a long ball to put the U's 1-0 up at half-time. Amadou Konte made it 2-0 on 50 minutes and things looked bleak for the Glovers before Phil Jevons converted a 55th minute penalty after Lee Johnson was brought down in the box. A minute later and the sides were level, Darren Way the scorer after being played in by Jevons, and the comeback was complete on 69 minutes when Lee Johnson tapped in from close range after a cross from that man Jevons. The former Grimsby striker made it 2-4 from the penalty spot with his 16th league goal of the season on 81 minutes, Cambridge's Matt Somner ajudged to have handled the ball in the area. The U's hadn't given up however and Jermaine Easter's strike brought the score back to 3-4 with 3 minutes to go. With the home side desperately trying to get something out of the game in the time left gaps were always going to be left at the back and Andrejs Stolcers took full advantage by chipping keeper Lewis Price in injury time to make it 3-5 to Yeovil. Phew!

Final score: Cambridge United 3 - 5 Yeovil Town.

Lee Johnson received a kick in the arm when he was fouled for the Glovers first penalty this afternoon. His arm has since swelled up quite impressively and he's due to go for a precautionary x-ray at some point. It's thought that the arm is badly bruised rather than anything worse, but as yet it's not known whether he'll be fit for the New Years Day trip to Swansea.

The top three are now starting to draw away from the rest of the division following today's results. Scunthorpe drew for the 2nd game in a row, 0-0 at home to Notts County and are now only 3 points ahead of the Glovers on 49. Yeovil stay 2nd, with 46 points and Swansea City are 3rd on 45 after their 3-1 home win over Boston. There's a 7 point gap between the Swans and 4th placed Southend on 38 points, though 6th-placed Northampton can reduce the gap to 5 points if they win their game in hand on the rest of the top 6.

As mentioned above, the Glovers now travel to 3rd-placed Swansea on Saturday (New Year's Day) for a vital match - a reminder that the game at the Vetch is all-ticket for Yeovil supporters. Only covered terrace tickets are available, costing £11 for adults, £6 concessions. The ticket office at Huish Park is open from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th, and Friday 31st December. No tickets for the away end will be available on the day - if you haven't got a ticket, don't travel.

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28 December 2004 : Abbey Stadium Passes 8:30am Inspection
The 8.30am pitch inspection at Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium has gone well. The pitch has thawed out and surface water at the South end of the stadium is currently being cleared by ground staff. Hence the current news is that the game will go ahead as planned.

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27 December 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Cheltenham Game
Phil Jevons gets that happy feeling as he puts Yeovil 2-1 up
Phil Jevons gets that happy feeling as he puts Yeovil 2-1 up
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

Glovers manager Gary Johnson was left drooling at his side's performance in a 4-1 win over Cheltenham Town in front of Huish Park's best league crowd of the season of 7,320. Gary answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: Gary, a tremendous performance, you have to be chuffed with that?

GJ: Yes, delighted with it. That was a football match to remember because we played fantastic football. In the first 10 minutes we were a little bit all over the place. We lost a goal probably deservedly so with the ricochet but from that moment onwards I thought the lads were magnificent and dare I say well above this level, or at least on the day above this level.

Qu: That goal came as a bit of a shocker because youíd opened pretty brightly

GJ: Yes, pretty brightly but weíd also got caught a couple of times. The lad came inside struck the ball and it took a deflection off Paul Terry I think and it wrong footed Wealey. But weíve got the character and the football team that can come back from situations like that against Cheltenham even where theyíve only let in 16 goals in 22 games. To get four showed a great spirit.

Qu: And really quite apt that Kevin Gall got the goal because he looked so lively all the way through.

GJ: He was fantastic wasnít he? Gally has had a dream day today I think. His pace and his sprinting endurance was unbelievable. I wouldnít have wanted to have been the left back against him today. Heís got his confidence, heís got another goal which is great but he was magnificent along with the whole team. Kev shows because of his running but Bartoz had a great game, our midfielders kept on probing and you have to work hard against Cheltenham. We defended well, so right through the whole team everyone was a star for me today.

Qu: And then when the substitute comes on he gets another goal for you today.

GJ: Well thatís what I say you know. You look at the bench and youíve got the pace and power of Lindy and youíve got the pace and power of Aaron. I brought Scotty on at the death to give me a 6ft 4ins player because I knew they would have to bash it in the box. Iíve also got Adie Caceres that can come on and we know heís got ability he just needs to find his confidence. People were unfortunate not to be even in the team like Nicholas Mirza, Yemi and Reedy. There are a few not playing that are wondering what theyíve got to do I suppose but we looked very strong.

Qu: And a perfect start to the Christmas period, we were talking earlier about getting off to a great start and youíve got it.

GJ: Yes we have, I class last week as the start of the Christmas period so weíve won two in this Christmas period. I think weíve had a bit of a blip on Boxing Day usually, so Iím pleased Boxing Day has come and gone and weíve got a result against a very good team. I respect John Ward and his team and they are always very well prepared and we have to be at our best and I think today with all due respect to Cheltenham we were better than our best today.

Qu: Five wins in December and four of those in the League on the trot. You can't do much better than that can you?

GJ: Well we can get another result against Cambridge I suppose on the 28th! But it's been a good month for us, we tend to have good months and bad months and this one has certainly been a very good one.

Qu: And obviously over the Christmas period those games come thick and fast but the confidence must be sky high?

GJ: Well it looked it didnít it? Out there the boys were very confident to get on the ball. I was screaming and shouting to get it in the channels and they werenít listening to a blind bit I said! But they still had the confidence to pass it round so credit to them because as you say they were very good today.

[Transcript by Richard Gibson.]

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27 December 2004 : John Ward's view on the Cheltenham Game
Cheltenham Town manager John Ward had no complaints having seeing his side soundly beaten 4-1 by Yeovil yesterday and conceded his team had been outplayed by a much stronger side. Speaking to the press, Ward answered the following questions:

Qu: I think that it is fair in saying the better side won on the day.

JW: There are two ways to lose a football match. Either the other team is lucky or the other team is better and today it was certainly the latter. The better team won, they passed it better and took their chances. They gave my team a lot of problems, the kind they have not had for a long time so great credit to Yeovil. I said before the game they are a very good side and it will be a major test for my team and so it proved and they deserved to win the match.

Qu: With fifteen minutes to go you were still in the game at 2-1. Given the amount of ball that you had, which was relatively little, you were well to be in it at this stage.

JW: We did well to be in the game at 2-1 late on and I was about to make another change to whip up a bit more if I could, but the third goal went in and the game went away from us then. I wouldn't begrudge them a third goal because they had enough crosses and enough chances in there. The game was what we saw and Yeovil were a good side today.

Qu: What do you think made Yeovil tick like they did today?

JW: I think it was their passing, movement and quality. We were annoyed that we were not able to stop so many crosses coming into the box but they put them in with real quality as well. We felt last week against Kidderminster that we allowed crosses into the box that we got away with a little bit. Today we knew that if that was the case, a better team, better players and better finishers would make us pay.

Qu: I donít think that Jamie Victory, who has been at Cheltenham for 12 years, has ever had a roasting like that.

JW: Jamie Victory had a tough time and Shane Duff had a tough time but my back four has been exceptional this season and to get pulled around and shifted like that it would have to have been by a good team. Yeovil would have beaten many a better team than Cheltenham Town today and that includes higher league sides. I take it on the chin; a good team has won. Well played Gary (Johnson) and I hope you go up as I donít really want to play you next year!

Qu: I expect you and your players would like to forget about todayís game?

We won't forget this one and we won't dismiss it but we will look and it and say right, we are a bit away from being a top three team. I've said before that I think the top three in this division now will be the top three at the end. The rest of us will be scrapping to see if we can secure a play-off place. I think that they are the best three teams in the league and Yeovil have done nothing today to make me think any differently. In fact they have done more to make me think I am right and good for them.

[Transcript by George Murray]

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27 December 2004 : Abbey Stadium Pitch Inspection
Tomorrow's Coca Cola League Two match against Cambridge United will be subject to an early pitch inspection at the Abbey Stadium. Currently the south end of the Abbey Stadium is frozen thus casting some doubt upon the match going ahead.

Rain is forecast for Cambridgeshire over the next 12 hours and the club are hoping this will help thaw out the pitch, however it could create alternative problems in that the pitch may become waterlogged.

Thus a pitch inspection is expected around 8.30am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning with the result expected to be publicised sometime after 9.00am. Ciderspace will publicise the news as soon as it is known on this news page.

Cambridge United have already had one holiday match fall victim to the weather - their match yesterday against Mansfield Town at Field Mill was called off due to a frozen pitch at Mansfield.

Weather Forecast From BBC Cambridgeshire (6.00pm, Monday):

Windy with rain, then risk icy roads. Tuesday sunny.

This evening and tonight: Wet and windy weather transferring east, risk of icy stretches following after wind veers northwesterly. Minimum temperature 0 deg C (32 deg F).

Tuesday: Any icy stretches could linger, otherwise plenty of sunshine, but a chilly westerly wind. Maximum temperature 6 deg C (43 deg F).

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27 December 2004 : Ballboys and Ballgirls Get Christmas Presents
New clobber for the wintry conditions keep Yeovil's ballboys and ballgirls warm!
New clobber for the wintry conditions keep Yeovil's ballboys and ballgirls warm!
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

Those eagle-eyed will have noticed that Yeovil Town's regular ballboys and ballgirls yesterday were all wearing brand new clothing during yesterday's 4-1 win over Cheltenham Town. The new winter clothing was supplied by regular supporter Pat Custard and organised by Commercial manager Dave Linney and will hopefully keep the off-pitch team warm during the winter matches!

All the ballboys and ballgirls would like to thank Pat and Dave for their efforts in supplying the new clothing.

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26 December 2004 : Action Photos From Yeovil vs Grimsby
A set of action photos from Yeovil Town's pre-Xmas fixture against Grimsby Town has now been added to the Ciderspace photo galleries. Exactly 50 photos can be viewed here in a match that the Glovers won 2-1.

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26 December 2004 : Gall shines as Glovers lay two bogeys to rest
Cheltenham just couldn't cope with Kevin Gall's blistering runs
Cheltenham just couldn't cope with Kevin Gall's blistering runs
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

Yeovil Town came back from one goal down to thrash Cheltenham 4-1 at Huish Park this afternoon, closing the gap on League Two leaders Scunthorpe and consolidating their position in the top three (writes George Murray).

Despite being second best in terms of procession and chances, John Wardís side took a shock lead following a slice of luck. Kevin Gallís miss-placed pass fell to Cheltenham's Martin Devaney whose effort took a deflection off Yeovil right-back Paul Terry, leaving keeper Chris Weale wrong-footed. The goal failed to dislodge Yeovilís style of play and they continued to look the more threatening with shots from Rose, Skiverton, Stolcers and Tarachulski. Yeovil deservedly found the equaliser on the half-hour mark following a Bartosz Tarachulski cross from the wing finding the unmarked Kevin Gall at the far post who made no mistake in scoring his second goal of the season. The finger tips of Chris Weale kept the scores level as the 22-year-old acrobatically denied Grant McCannís finely struck free-kick. With just a minute left before half time Yeovil finally took the lead after in-form striker Phil Jevons headed home Darren Wayís cross for his fourteenth goal of the season. Yeovil immediately went in search of strengthening their lead but the side netting denied Kevin Gall his second and Yeovilís third of the afternoon.

The Glovers continued to pile the pressure on Cheltenham after the re-start and if it wasnít for the fingertips of Shane Higgs, Phil Jevons would have scored his second. Bartosz Tarachulski came even closer to adding to his side's lead but his header was scrambled off the line. Despite all the pressure, Cheltenhamís Grant McCann came within inches of drawing the scores level with his 30-yard strike which rattled the cross bar. The game was put beyond any doubt and settled any nerves when Arron Davies scored his second goal in as many games to ensure a dream home debut for the young Welshman. Paul Terryís goal three minutes from full time rounded off a fantastic team performance in front of a crowd of 7,320.
George Murray

Final score : Yeovil Town 4 - 1 Cheltenham

The top three are unchanged tonight, though leaders Scunthorpe dropped points this afternoon, drawing 1-1 at Chester to remain top on 48 points. Yeovil stay 2nd on 43 points and Swansea thrashed Kidderminster 5-1 at Aggborough to stay 3rd on 42 points. Whisper it quietly, but a small gap is at last beginning to appear between the automatic promotion places and the rest: Southend are the nearest challengers in 4th position and 38 points, with Macclesfield in 5th place on 35 points. Tuesday's opponents Cambridge United had an unexpected day off today, their game at Mansfield being called off because of a frozen pitch.

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25 December 2004 : Seasons Greetings
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
OK, so we've had comment that we haven't put our decorations up this year. But just to show that they are still working, there they are in all their glory. Is that a bulb not working? Never mind, we'll fix it later ...

We would like to wish all directors, management, players and supporters - particularly those who have contributed to and supported Ciderspace by one means or another - the very happiest of Christmas celebrations!

Oh and a message to Santa ... you couldn't do something about that little Boxing Day problem we mentioned to you the other day? Yes, we know it's probably a bit much to ask for, but ...

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24 December 2004 : O come all ye faithful ...
Yeovil Town entertain Cheltenham at Huish Park on Boxing Day, the match kicking off at 3pm. The Glovers are yet to win against the Robins since we've been a Football League side, so Sunday's game would be a good time to lay that particular bogey to rest, as well as improving on the Glovers historically dismal Boxing Day record.

"Our record over Christmas is not too great," Glovers' boss admitted to the Western Morning News today. "We stop them [the players] from eating Christmas dinner but perhaps we should make them eat turkey and have a good old drink up! That might do the trick! Seriously, though, we always prepare in the right way and it's just one of those things, I think. Over the Christmas period you can get yourself a fair number of points in a short space of time, but you can lose a few as well."

"Cheltenham are a very difficult side to beat," the Gaffer added. "They haven't scored many goals, but they don't let many in either. John Ward has done a terrific job at Cheltenham and I think they have got some good players there as well. They will be difficult to break down, that's for sure. That's the way they play it, but they play it with good players. We have had close games with them so far and I don't think we've got a result yet, so we are a bit disappointed about that and we are due one, so hopefully that will come on Boxing Day."

Yeovil could name an unchanged side from last week's 3-2 win at Leyton Orient should Phil Jevons and Michael Rose overcome a dead leg and stitches in an ankle respectively picked up at Brisbane Road. But most Glovers supporters will be hoping that new signing Arron Davies will play at least some part in the game, the young Welshman making a big impression in fans minds following his winning goal in the Orient match. Andy Lindegaard is fit again after injury and returns to the squad, but defender Adam Lockwood has suffered a setback with the knee injury that has dogged his season up to now flaring up again - the Yorkshireman has been told to rest for the next two games.

Cheltenham are hoping that 22-year-old central defender Shane Duff will be fit following a knee injury picked up in their 2-0 win at home to Kidderminster last week, and otherwise welcome back Kayode Odejayi, Chris Murphy and Graham Fyfe from injury.

"I've told the players that Yeovil's record will be a severe test for them," Robins' boss John Ward said to the Gloucestershire Echo. "They've got good strikers and a terrific home record and if we have any pretentions to stay around the play-off places we mustn't succumb to them. The whole Christmas period is a big, testing time for my team and it will be interesting to see how they come through it."

The Cheltenham side will include former Yeovil fans' favourite Jerry Gill, who along with striker Howard Forinton left Huish Park to join Birmingham City in 1997. "We played Birmingham City in pre-season and he got a lovely ovation from their supporters and it was the same at Yeovil last year," Ward said to the Western Daily Press. "He got a lovely clap at Northampton a few weeks ago when he was taken off. I don't think that happened by coincidence. And I've got a feeling that if he leaves Cheltenham he will get a similar reception if he comes back with another club. Supporters recognise him and they see the whole-heartedness and the commitment and the ability that he has got."

And so say all of us. It's always pleasant to welcome back an ex-player who behaved professionally and properly in the manner of his leaving, certain Scottish non-internationals take note.

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24 December 2004 : FA Youth Cup Date Set
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have had their FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tie against Everton now set. The game will be played at Huish Park on Wednesday 19th January 2005 with a 7.00pm kick-off. The tie represents the furthest Yeovil have ever gone in this competition. Admission prices have yet to be announced for this fixture, but in the previous two rounds were £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for concessions. Tickets must be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office but will be available on the night of the game.

A Yeovil Town Reserves match against AFC Bournemouth, originally scheduled for the same night has been postponed with a new date yet to be set.

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24 December 2004 : Kezie Ibe joins Exeter on loan
Kezie Ibe has joined Conference side Exeter City on a month's loan from today (Christmas Eve). It's the second time the 22-year-old has gone out on loan since he joined the Glovers from Staines Town in the summer, the striker enjoyed a prolific 2-month spell at Southern League Tiverton earlier in the season, scoring 7 times in 2 months at Ladysmead.

Exeter boss Alex Inglethorpe is familiar with Ibe having briefly managed the youngster when both were with Leatherhead. "I didn't have him for more than three or four games at Leatherhead because he scored four goals in his first game, two in his second and there was no way I was going to keep him, so he moved up fairly quickly," Inglethorpe told the Western Morning News, adding: "He scored a few goals at Tiverton and at such an important time, I think it's a good thing to have him here. We are lacking a bit of pace in the squad, so it will be interesting to see how he does."

"He's going to come down for a month," Inglethorpe said. "It's going to be a busy time and it's good to have someone who is Cup-tied, in a way, because it means that his focus is going to be completely on the league and I think that's important at the moment. With his pace up front, that will add an extra dimension to his play at times. He's still young, still learning, and Yeovil have seen the potential in him because they have taken him out of Staines Town, where I saw him last. He's a very big strong forward."

"Kezie had a great spell at Tiverton and we are moving him up a level or two," Glovers chief Gary Johnson said yesterday. "Alex [Inglethorpe] asked about him and, as you know, I don't like people not on my bench or even sitting on my bench, so it's a good opportunity at a good standard for me to keep an eye on him while he's playing games."

Ibe will continue to train with Yeovil whilst playing for Exeter. He will not be able to play in the Grecians forthcoming 3rd round FA Cup tie at Manchester United - he scored a hat-trick for Tiverton against Newport County in a previous round of the competition and is therefore cup-tied for the match at Old Trafford.

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23 December 2004 : Update On Site Problems
The site is now more or less fully reloaded with more or less all sections restored to their former glory. There will be inevitably areas where we've missed a bit, hence if anyone is viewing Ciderspace and finds a broken page, or one where the content or photos don't display correctly, email or alternatively the usual site address and we'll try and sort out the problem for you.

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22 December 2004 : Catch-up time
We missed various bits and pieces of news during our time offline, so for those of you who DO read the news page here is a brief summary of events at Huish Park in the last few days.

The Glovers played a 'behind-closed-doors' friendly at home to Bristol City on Tuesday afternoon, Yeovil coming out on top 2-1. Steven Gillespie put City into the lead before Adrian Caceres equalised, trialist Sam Nourdine adding the winner for the home side. Yeovil included Steve Collis, Steve Reed, Nicolas Mirza, Kezie Ibe and Yemi Odubade in their side, and winger Andy Lindegaard proved his fitness following his recent absence with a thigh strain.

"It was a useful exercise, a good, competitive game between two strong
sides," Gary Johnson said today, adding: "We included a couple of trialists but we won't be pursuing them any further."

Meanwhile the Gaffer is hoping that Phil Jevons and Michael Rose, both injured in Saturday's 3-2 win at Leyton Orient with a dead leg and 4 stitches in the ankle respectively, will be fit for Sunday's Boxing Day clash with Cheltenham at Huish Park. "They both had to come off at half-time but the beauty of this week is that we have an extra day to get everyone fit because we play on Sunday, not Saturday. I am hoping they will both be fine because of that."

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22 December 2004 : Ticket news
A reminder to Glovers fans that the New Year's Day top-of-the-table match between Yeovil Town and Swansea City - the last time we will visit the Vetch Field before the Swans move into their new home at White Rock Stadium next season - has been designated an all-ticket match for Glovers fans. Only covered terrace tickets are available, costing £11 for adults, £6 concessions.

Tickets for the forthcoming league game at Cambridge (Tues 28th December, 3pm kick-off) and the 3rd Round FA Cup tie at Championship side Rotherham (Sat 8th January, 3pm kick-off) are also available to purchase. The club's ticket office and club shop will be closing at 12pm on Christmas Eve (Fri 24th Dec) before opening again for normal match day hours on Boxing Day (Sunday 26th) and from 9pm to 5pm on Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th, and Friday 31st December. The shop and ticket office will be closed on the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd January but open for normal match day hours on Monday January 3rd. Normal opening hours will apply from Tuesday January 4th.

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21 December 2004 : Apologies For The Outage!
Apologies to all if Ciderspace is not quite as it should be at present. Our hosting company managed to nuke the server that our site is hosted upon and although we have been rehoused on a new faster server, it has meant that the site has had to be rebuilt from it's original components which is taking some time. Hence some bits work, some bits don't unfortunately! Life will eventually return to normal, in the meantime please bear with us as we are restoring various parts of the site to their former glory.

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19 December 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Leyton Orient Game
Leyton's Matt Lockwood can do nothing to stop Bartosz Tarachulski putting Yeovil 1-0 up.
Leyton's Matt Lockwood can do nothing to stop Bartosz Tarachulski putting Yeovil 1-0 up.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

Glovers manager Gary Johnson considered Saturday's match to be a 'credit to our league' as both sides shared five goals with the Glovers edging a 3-2 win over promotion rivals Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road yesterday. Gary answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: You perhaps should have killed the game off before Leyton Orient got back into the game in the second half?

GJ: Yes I think you're right. You've only got to score one more goal than the opposition, but that does make it tight as it was today. It was a credit to our league I thought, in the way that they came back to 2-2 and then we grabbed the winner. But as you say at 2-0 we were a bit disappointed that we didn't go 3-0 or maybe 3-1 or 4-1 because we certainly had our chances but whilst teams like Leyton Orient are still in the game they are going to be dangerous. I've never been so happy about a third goal in all my life, because I would have been very very upset if we had not taken a win out of this game.

Qu: It was a very competitive match - was there a bit too much niggle in it?

GJ: I don't think so. I think it was such an important game that the crowd were shouting for absolutely everything, whether it was our crowd or Orient's crowd and that made for a great atmosphere. To be fair the crowd helped Orient get back into it, because they were screaming for everything and I thought the referee did a very good job because it was very difficult. When 4,000 people are screaming for a foul you have got to be sure of your decision and I thought he did well to be fair. I watched a great football match and I probably would have said that if we'd been beaten 3-2.

Qu: Your players did show character because they pushed up looking for that third goal and they got it.

GJ: I like that and that's the way that we play. I haven't got players in my club that are going to shut up shop. I don't enjoy those games myself, so I'd prefer to win a game 3-2 than shut up shop and only win 2-0 because you haven't played in the second half. You saw from our substitutions that we were still going to be positive. It was a great debut for our new boy (Arron Davies). You never get a second chance to make a first impression and the first impression of Arron Davies was excellent.

Qu: Right from the moment he came onto the pitch he looked like he was going to score today.

GJ: Yes, he did. He's a quality player on the ball. Rather than bring on two heavy centre-backs that are going to try and shut the game down, he gives us the opportunity to give him the ball and let him play with it for five minutes. That's what we haven't had since Gavin has gone and he gives us another string to our bow.

Qu: It wasn't a bad finish either was it?

GJ: It was a fantastic finish and it was a goal worthy of winning a game like this.

Qu: Cheltenham Town, next.

GJ: Yes, we'll enjoy this one first. The boys are out on their Christmas party so I'm pleased that they are going to that with a smile on their face and we're back in on Monday or Tuesday and that's when we will start talking about Cheltenham. We've got a heavy Christmas period coming up, as we all have in this league. We got a couple of knocks at half time and we had to make changes and we hope they come through because everyone needs their squad at Christmas time.

Qu: So were both of those substitutions forced at half time?

GJ: Yes they were. Rosey had four stitches in his ankle and Jevo got a dead leg from the tackle where everyone just thought he'd fallen over with. He did have a dead leg and he was finding it difficult to move and when you've got quality on the bench you've got no problems with bringing them on.

Qu: I think Arron Davies and the fans might think he should be starting next time!

GJ: Well he might be, but we're all brilliant coming off the bench sometimes as you've got nothing to lose. All my squad will get games. We've got four games in about eight days so they will all get a chance and they will earn their place as Arron will.

Qu: Paul Terry's goal - is it definitely Paul's - Jevo didn't get a touch?

GJ: No he didn't get a touch. That was Paul Terry's goal which is why he ran around like a loony. I think John Terry has been taking all the publicity recently which is why he needed to score one.

Qu: He's not claiming that he meant to shoot though!

GJ: Well he might be! You work on free kicks and crosses and you do have that in your head that if everyone else misses it then it should go somewhere near the goal, so the delivery he put in must have been spot on.

Qu: A great finish by Bartosz for the first.

GJ: A great finish and it was a great ball by Lee from midfield. He set him up and it was a real class chip over the keeper which was a class bit of finishing. We have no problem in scoring goals, we just have to stop them a bit more, but if you win 3-2 then you win 3-2.

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18 December 2004 : We Three Kings At Orient Are
Paul Terry (far right) scores a freak goal as Phil Jevons puts off Leyton keeper Glenn Morris and Yeovil go 2-0 up.
Paul Terry (far right) scores a freak goal as Phil Jevons puts off Leyton keeper Glenn Morris and Yeovil go 2-0 up.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

With three Yeovil Town players making the scoresheet a festive atmosphere pervaded the away section at Brisbane Road, though there was a ten minute spell when the Glovers looked as if they were going to throw the win away before new signing Arron Davies became the toast of the 500 Yeovil Town fans this afternoon. The Welsh U-21 international came off the bench at half-time to score the winning goal, as the Glovers beat hosts Leyton Orient 3-2 in a pulsating match.

It was a game when the points should never have been in doubt however, the Glovers being guilty of some profligacy in front of goal after what was a dominating display for the first two-thirds of the match. Striker Bartosz Tarachulski continued on his recent scoring streak with the opener on 26 minutes, the big Pole making no mistake when put through on goal by a pass from Lee Johnson. Paul Terry celebrated his return from injury by making it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time, the right-back's wide free-kick evading everyone in the O's penalty box, including keeper Glenn Morris.

The Glovers carried on where they left off after the break, dominating possession and creating chance after chance. Darren Way, Bartosz Tarachulski, Kevin Gall and substitute Arron Davies all spurned acceptable chances, and Davies was especially unfortunate to be ajudged offside after putting the ball into the back of the net. It all looked very easy for the Glovers until, very much against the run of play, Efe Echanomi pulled one back for the O's on 67 minutes. 2-1 to Yeovil, but all of a sudden the home side had their tails up and Yeovil found themselves on the back foot. The old defensive frailties reared their ugly heads again and the Eastenders made it all square on 74 minutes, Daniel Chillingworth the scorer. It had been all Yeovil right up until the 65 minute mark, incredibly, 10 minutes later and Orient were level and had the momentum behind them. This Glovers side never stops running and trying however and 5 minutes later were back in front, Arron Davies capping a very promising debut by smashing home a glorious 20-yard effort. 3-2 to Yeovil, and the Glovers managed to close out the rest of the game for a well-deserved 3 points, even if the final scoreline was somewhat closer than it really should have been.

Final score: Leyton Orient 2 - 3 Yeovil Town

Both Phil Jevons and Michael Rose were substituted at half-time, both players suffering from knocks picked up during the match. Jevons injury is said to be the less serious of the two, but both are expected to be fit for Yeovil's next home game, against Cheltenham on Boxing Day.

The top three all won today - leaders Scunthorpe came from behind to beat struggling Rushden 3-1 at Nene Park to stay 7 points in front at the top of the table on 47 points. Yeovil remain in 2nd place with 40 points and Swansea enjoyed a 4-0 home win over Notts County to stay 3rd, on 39 points. Whisper it quietly, but the top three might, just might, be pulling away slightly from the chasing pack: 4th-placed Southend are on 35 points, with Northampton, Wycombe and Macclesfield hard on their heels with 34 points apiece. Darlington are 8th and in the final play-off place on 33 points. At the bottom of the league things are looking bleak for Kidderminster in last place on 15 points after their 2-0 loss at Cheltenham today. Managerless Cambridge drew 1-1 at home to Bury to stay 23rd on 17 points, and Shrewsbury lost 0-2 at home to Mansfield to remain in 22nd place on 19 points. Rushden are 21st with 22 points.

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17 December 2004 : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Brisbame Road tomorrow for a Coca Cola League Two match against fellow promotion rivals Leyton Orient in East London. Whilst the Glovers are on an excellent run of seven wins in their last nine matches, Orient are stumbling a bit with just one league win in their last six outings.

Much of Orient's recent form can be explained away by their growing injury list and most of the recent casualties are not expected to be available for tomorrow's tie against the Glovers. Jabo Ibehre (knee), Lee Barnard (foot), Stuart Wardley, Mark Peters, Lee Steele (knee) and Gary Alexander (ankle) are all expected to miss tomorrow's game whilst Wayne Carlisle (ankle) and Derek Duncan (calf) are doubts and are rated as 50:50 to make the line-up.

Manager Martin Ling is putting a brave face on his problems saying: "We can't use excuses like that because we've got a lot of very capable players remaining. There'll have to be a bit of re-organisation, but I'm confident we've got what it takes to get a result. Yeovil will be a tough nut to crack, but they can be beaten, and often in the face of adversity comes success. It's going to be a tough game and it gives us a chance to bounce back. Yeovil are a side who like to pass the ball, and so do we."

News from the Yeovil camp is somewhat better with Paul Terry believed to be fit enough to travel to East London and it is the right-back slot that would seem to represent the only likely change after Scott Guyett filled in last week. Other than Terry, Adam Lockwood will be hoping to stake his claim for a place, although he faces a late fitness test along with Andy Lindegaard to determine who makes that slot.

Yeovil welcome to their squad former Southampton winger Arron Davies who signed earlier this week. Johnson could chuck Davies in the deep end, but seems more likely to allow Andrejs Stolcers and Kevin Gall to pick up where they left off last week.

Gall himself appears to be having a new lease of life at the moment and he believes the Glovers team spirit is back on track and that his teammates are working harder than ever to achieve that all important promotion goal explaining: "Everybody's working hard and trying their best for the club, which is good to see because I think it's the first time we have had it for a while, with every single person digging in."

Gall added: "It's not that people in the past haven't tried for the club, I'm sure they did, but you can see it every week now. Not everyone is of the same mentality in the way they play. When people first come to the club, it's not that they find it difficult, but the way we train is so fast and the way we play is so quick, you find you've just got to get straight into it. I think the boys that have come in this year are all trying hard and doing their best. If everyone is digging in, it will bring out results in the team. All respect to the gaffer for bringing the players in - he's picked the right people.

ďDarren Way is a prime example - he's always working hard and everyone just works off him. And then we have Skivo at the back, and Colin Miles, they're keeping us rock solid, we look up to all the players like Skivo and Daz. I'm trying my best, not just for myself but for the team and the club, and I'm sure everyone else is. Everyone in the club is doing the right thing, everyone's living right and not going out all the time. You make sacrifices when you are young and you want to play football; you can have the good times when you get older.

ďWe have got to now pull away from a few teams. If we get in the play-offs this year we'll be delighted because that's still a great way to go up to League One. But obviously we want to go up automatically and have a longer holiday!

[Kevin Gall interview by George Murray.]

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17 December 2004 : Youth Game Postponed
Yeovil Town's Football League Youth Alliance Under 18s match against Swindon Town has been called off due to the heavy rain today. The match was scheduled to be played on the Huish Park Top Pitch on Saturday morning but the bad weather has put paid to that. No new date has been set.

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17 December 2004 : Super Gav Hopes For Early Debut
Former Glovers winger Gavin Williams is hoping for an early breakthrough into the West Ham United first team as they travelled up to Preston tonight for tomorrow's game. Teammate Luke Chadwick suffered a groin strain in training and if he does not recover, Williams will be one of the candidates to replace him.

Gavin was interviewed by Ciderspace last weekend and the full transcript can be found here.

Close friend Kevin Gall summed up the mood of the club when he said of last weekend's farewell to Super Gav: "It was a great reception from the fans and we heard it from in the changing room at half-time. He is a great player and deserves that reception. It is to better Gavís career at the end of the day and you canít turn down a club as big as West Ham and it is good money for Yeovil. I am especially sad to see Gav go as I was a close friend of his and I have known him for quite a long time now. I wish him all the best and I am sure that when he gets the chance to come and watch us, he will, and similarly when we have the chance to go and see him, we will."

Gavin now looks forward to life in the Coca Cola Championship and warmed up during the week with a starring role for their Reserve side against Tottenham Hotspur. Speaking to West Ham's official site Gavin said: "The first-half wasnít great for us, but in the second-half we got in possession more and I think I did okay. I managed to win the penalty that Youssef Sofiane scored and then put in the cross for Malky to get the equaliser, so that was positive. It was good to get my first game under my belt, but I know I can do better and hopefully Iíll be able to put in some decent performances for the Club in the next few weeks. Upton Park is a fantastic ground and I enjoyed my first game there, even though the crowd was not quite as big as it would be for first-team fixtures. Iím definitely looking forward to playing there for the senior side. Itíll be a different kind of home fixture to what Iím used to. Yeovil had good support, but nothing like the 30,000 fans West Ham United get, so it should be a fantastic experience."

Gavin added that he was hopeful that even if he did not break into tomorrow's team, that he would make it into the Hammers side before long: "ďIím looking forward to being involved with the first-team. It was a bit frustrating to miss out on a huge game against Leeds, so it will be good to travel with the lads, get used to them and maybe even be involved in the game. Iíve arrived at the right time of the season with so many games coming up over Christmas, so hopefully I can impress the manager enough to give me my chance in the side. Itís always an edgy time leading up to your first-team debut, but I canít wait to play for the Club and hopefully I wonít have to wait too long. It would be nice if I was involved this week, but if not then Iíll just keep working hard in training and take my opportunity when it comes along. Preston will be a tough away trip, but we need the three points to give us a kick-start for the Christmas run, and the team are confident of getting a result."

[Interviews sourced from West Ham United Official Site and from Ciderspace interviews conducted by Richard Gibson and George Murray.]

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17 December 2004 : Youth Team vs Luton Town Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have been one of the talking points of the week after they dumped Luton Town out of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday night with a 2-0 scoreline seeing them through to a Fourth Round tie against Everton thanks to goals from Jamie Underwood and Gavin McCullum.

A full match report from Wednesday's win is now on-line and can be found here.

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16 December 2004 : Housley Hails 'Fantastic Achievement'
Yeovil Town Under 18s manager Stuart Housley was a proud man as he celebrated his side's route into the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup last night, with a 2-0 victory over Luton Town. The result means that the young Glovers have now gone further than any other Yeovil Town side in the history of the competition, and sets themselves up for a high profile tie against Everton's Academy side. Stuart answered the following questions after the game:

Qu: It was a fantastic result and a brilliant team performance wasnít it?

SH: The boys did Yeovil Town proud. For us to get to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup is a fantastic achievement and the boys are happy that they have got Everton in the next round. We like being the underdogs as we keep beating these league clubs like Swindon and Brentford in the previous rounds and now Luton and there could be another shock. I was really proud of the boys and especially for the defence. They played against a centre forward who played for Lutonís first team on Saturday. Dan Barker kept us in the game in the first half when we were under a lot of pressure.

Qu: The first goal came at such a crucial time.

The goal was a big physcological boost. We started the game pretty well but lost our way a bit with Luton showing a little bit of class by keeping the ball, but we dug in and got the goal before half-time. I had it in mind that I would have a little moan at the boys as they did lose their shape and marking players but the goal did settle us down a bit and I could see on everyoneís faces that the confidence was back in them. I thought we coped very well in the second half apart from the last five minutes where they put us under a little bit more pressure. I thought the whole side deserved that victory tonight.

Qu: The second goal was great wasnít it?

Qu: It was a great shot by Richard Cullingford who didnít play too well in the last round but certainly showed his pedigree today with some great runs. It was his bit of skill and a left footed curler which hit the post and Gavin McCallum was on hand to stick the ball in the back of the net. That was a really important goal as it gave us some breathing space and we finished up getting a win.

Qu: The crowd was great tonight and I expect that even more will turn up for the Everton game?

SH: I will be very disappointed if we donít get at least a thousand fans for the Everton game as the boys certainly deserve a good crowd as they are not just hard working players but they have got a lot of skill as well. I am over the moon about the result and Gary Johnson is chuffed to bits. Gary said in the last round that my side play like the first team and that is a compliment to me and the boys. We only train once a week so that is even more astonishing that we have reached the fourth round.

Qu: Can you pick out any individuals for man-of-the-match?

SH: It is difficult as Sam Croft was playing against a quality player up-front but he was a towering strength at the back four for us. Danny Barker in goal made two fantastic saves which had he not saved the shots, we would have gone behind. But I think that it would be unfair to pick a man-of-the-match as it was a team effort and I think that the whole team deserves to be man-of-the-match.

[Transcript by George Murray.]

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16 December 2004 : Fontaine Tipped For The Top
Former Yeovil Town loan star Liam Fontaine has come back to Premiership side Fulham a stronger player, according to Reserve Team manager Paul Nevin. Fontaine spent three months at Huish Park and was an ever-present in the Glovers defence, getting a standing ovation at the end of his final match at Wycombe Wanderers.

Nevin, who also played for Yeovil during the 1990s, said of the defender after he had started in a 2-2 draw for Fulham Reserves against Southampton Reserves: "I have to give a special mention to Liam Fontaine who constantly made good decisions and was physically strong. He was up against a number of Premiership players and was superb. He's already been out on loan to Yeovil for a month and they were so impressed with him that they kept him for a further two. He may go on out loan at a higher level and if he can get some experience under his belt, we might have another player for Chris and Steve in the near future."

For those with bad memories, a profile of Paul Nevin can be found on Ciderspace here. For those with even worse memories, a profile of Liam Fontaine is here.

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16 December 2004 : Derisory Chester Offer Revealed
Chester City chairman Stephen Vaughan has had to concede defeat in his laughable attempts to sign Coca Cola League Two's leading goalscorer Phil Jevons. Vaughan has admitted that his latest bid has unsurprisingly been instantly rejected by Yeovil Town after he attempted to court attention for the striker by using the media.

However, what has materialised from Vaughan's admittance is the size of the bid Chester tabled. Vaughan described the bid as "close to six figures" - a simply laughable offer for a striker surely destined to go upwards, than join a club six places off the bottom of the Football League.

As an indication of valuation, Chester last season as a Conference club paid Boston United a sum of £95,000 for striker Daryl Clare - a player who has yet to prove himself at Football League level.

How much do you think a higher division's leading goalscorer is worth Mr Vaughan? The pantomine season is certainly among us this week ...

Meanwhile it isn't just Yeovil Town that Vaughan is getting the hackles up on. Shrewsbury Town manager Mark Peters has slammed Vaughan's methods of transfer dealing following Chester's attempt to purchase midfielder Jamie Tolley. Vaughan describes the deal as a "five-figure" bid, but Peters had a slightly alternative opinion on the situation.

Speaking on their official website Peters complained: "There's no bid been in from Chester, they sent a fax stating that they would pay £5,000 now and £5,000 in a year's time. They tried to make out it was a five-figure fee; £10,000 is a five-figure fee but I think they were trying to make it look in their local paper that that had offered 90-100 grand. If you are going to do something you may as well do it legitimately and properly, but to send a fax with something as stupid as that and then to tell your local paper about it makes me wonder what they are trying to achieve. It's ridiculous and even if they had offered that sort of money Jamie wouldn't be available."

Anyone else you want to get on the wrong side of Mr Vaughan?

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16 December 2004 : Fry Slams 'Unprofessional' Chester (Again!)
Glovers Chief Executive and Chairman John Fry has reacted angrily to the latest attempts by Chester City Chairman Stephen Vaughan to conduct his transfer business through the media. Vaughan yesterday publicised for a second time his intentions to bid for Glovers top scorer Phil Jevons via the Chester local press, rather than the more orthodox route that most clubs take of contacting the relevant club directly.

Unsurprisingly, Chairman Fry was particularly unimpressed by his counterpart, telling the Western Daily Press today: ""As far as we are concerned it's an unprofessional and out of order approach for the player. We have made it obvious to the officials at Chester that the player is not for sale. Phil has played very well for us and has never said he wanted to leave. It's unsettling for the player and for the club. The lad as far as I understand is extremely happy at the club. As far as I understand it he is now a resident of the (Yeovil) area and his wife now has a job down this way. His career is back on track now after his problems at Grimsby and from speaking to Grimsby they were sorry to see him go because he was their player of the year."

The Football Association were believed to be investigating the original newspaper reports to determine whether Vaughan's actions constituted an illegal approach for an in-contract player. Chester lie sixth from bottom of the Football League, and thus it is extremely unlikely that Jevons would have any interest in such a backward career move and Johnson and Fry have made it clear the striker is not for sale. It seems more likely that Fry would consider handing over Vaughan's latest approach through the press to Soho Square and letting the FA's own officials draw their own conclusions.

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15 December 2004 : Customer Charter Meeting

Those Present:
John Fry, Chairman YTFC
Adrian Hopper, Press Office and Chairman of the Customer Charter Group
Maxine Clare, YTFC Ė First Floor Co-ordinator
Len Brooker, YTFC
Rod Hallett, Vice Presidents
Ali King, Green & White Supporters Club
Sara Bradley, YTFC and Disabled Supporters Association
Mark Kelly, Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association Chairman
Stewart Bratherton, YTISA
Adrian Gleave, YTISA
Roger Brimble, YTISA
Colin Turner, YTISA

Minutes of the Last Meeting

The Chairman of the meeting Adrian opened the meeting by welcoming all present. The meeting reviewed the minutes of the last meeting; the following outstanding matters were discussed :

The club would continue to have the recognised smoking areas in the Bartlett and Yeovil College Stand. John informed the meeting that he had been to various meetings over the last few weeks, and stated that most clubs are finding it hard to enforce no-smoking areas. He also informed the meeting that some clubs are trying to implement a no smoking policy, and that it was felt by many in the football world that sooner or later legislation would be changed to ban smoking within football stadiums. Grounds that had wooden stands are paying more for insurance; many of these clubs are contemplating banning smoking.

As was highlighted at the last meeting there was a need for new Physio equipment, and both Adrian and Club chairman John thanked both the G&WSC and YTISA for their kind donations that has been used to purchase much needed equipment.

John informed the meeting that the Stewards had been briefed on the concerns of those on the Westland Terrace about possible trouble between our own fans; he also said that a number of individuals had been ejected from the ground and banned since the last meeting.

Adrian told those present that he had published a item on the official site to say that they would be updating the Hendford to Huish Park book to commemorate the 110th anniversary next year. It would be published at the start of next season, which would therefore include the current season. He also stated that for a small fee there would be the chance for individuals to have a message printed in the book, on a dedication page. Those that order the book early would get a pre-publication discount. More information will be published on the Official Website.

All other actions had been completed except that of the way forward with a Club Membership Scheme, which would be discussed further at the next meeting.


Supporters Bar

John updated the meeting on the proposed new Supporters Social Bar. He informed the meeting that they had successfully obtained planning permission to build the bar behind the Bartlett Stand, though this was subject to quite a lot of amendments which would eat into the proposed floor space and therefore reduce the capacity to about 200. The total quote to build the bar was in the region of £250k. Because of the reduced floor space and the cost the board have decided to include the Supporters Bar in the proposed redevelopment of the ground.

It was the intention of the club in the development of the stadium to fill in the four corners of the ground. This would provide better toilet and catering facilities, as well as increasing the capacity of Huish Park. The purchase of a fast food caravan from the kind money donated recently by the G&WSC would improve the match day catering for the Westland Stand. It is also open during the week and was becoming very popular with local businesses.

Len then showed the meeting a plan of the proposed new Supporters Bar, which subject to raising the funds, would be built in the corner between the Westland Terrace and the Bartlett Stand. The advantages of this is :

The area that could be used would enable a building that could accommodate 500 supporters.
The bar can be used at half-time from supporters in both stands.
This will enable the club to build additional catering facilities for both stands.
This would give additional toilet facilities for both stands.
It would give the club the option to put additional seats or the new control room on top of the proposed building.
Build new turnstiles to replace ageing ones.

The club has submitted a bid to the Football Foundation under the terms of the Taylor report to assist in the funding of the proposed build. The bid has been acknowledge and hopefully the club will be granted funds. John did say that as an existing club our bid would not be capped, and there is still the maximum amount of funding available to us. Though this may not be available for the building of the supporterís bar, it can be used to replace the turnstiles, update the catering facilities and toilets, as well as build a new control box.

John went on to say that in the long term they would fill in all four corners with some sort of facility. John stated that the club had received a number of letters from opposition supporters complaining about the facilities that are available to them at Huish Park. He went onto say that a bar could well be built for these fans between the Bartlett Stand and the Away Terrace. All present believed this was important, as it was felt that away supporters are not accommodated as well at Huish Park as at many other grounds in the League.

It is believed that the club could build a home supporters bar in the corner for about £150k. To that end the Marquee, which is losing the club £25-30k a year, will be removed after the last game of the season, and it is hoped that the new bar would be finished before the start of next season. The club had taken advice on where would be the best place for the floodlights. John said it was not a major problem moving the floodlights. John did stress that the board were looking for the longer-term plan rather than the short term fix, something that those present were all pleased to hear.

John stated that in the near future there would be a requirement to form a committee with representatives from all supporters groups, which would be responsible for fund raising, and would also be able to put the views of the supporters on what they would like to see inside the proposed bar. Len showed the meeting a proposed plan of the building, which would have a skittle alley and would be open during the week.

Ali asked John that if a bar was built between the Bartlett Stand and Away Terrace, and seating was made available above this proposed building, would this be for away supporters, thus allowing the Bartlett Stand to become a home stand only. John replied by saying that this could well be the case.

John summarised by saying that as the club moved up the leagues then obviously the ground would need to be redeveloped, with capacity increased. To meet both requirements redeveloping the four corners would enclose the stadium and increase the capacity, something that all felt was needed. All were pleased that the board are already looking at these measures.

Club Shop

John informed the meeting that it was hoped to extend the size of the shop over the summer. The shop five years ago had an annual turnover of £15k. This figure has increased to nearly £400k and the club realised the importance of the need for making merchandise available to the supporters.

The good football on the field had built the platform for the club to move forward, and with the increasing numbers purchasing merchandise through the official outlet it had meant that the club have had to ensure that they have sufficient stock to meet the demand. This may mean employing an individual who will be solely responsible for the club shop.

Bookies Shop

John asked the meeting for their opinion as they had had interest in a bookies shop on the premises. Though this has been put to the board they feel that there may not be much interest in the venture. All present disagreed with this, and made the Chairman aware that many clubs have bookies shops on their premises. Many remembered even Basingstoke having one, and all agreed that this would be another service that is offered to the supporters, not only to bet on our games but the whole spectrum available to the punter on match days.

Action : the board to be approached in respect of having a bookmakers on the premises.

Catering Facilities

The club has purchased a burger van that is located behind the Westland Terrace on match days, which is available before, during and after the game. Stewart stated that he felt that it was a step forward and had already meant that the queues to the tea bars do not seem to be as long, and it also offered a better variety of food.

John stated that during the week it was located in the College Stand Car Park and was becoming very popular with local business users. He informed the meeting that it was taking good money, and that if it continued he didnít see any reason why the club couldnít invest in another one that would be located behind the away terrace.

First Floor Development

John informed the meeting that the club felt that they were under utilising the restaurant on the first floor. Rod praised the club for listening to the views of his members, and he felt that the menu had improved and that he had sent a circular to all their members encouraging them to use the facilities.

John said that the club would be introducing next season a deal similar to those that are available for Executive boxes where if you have a special occasion or just want to have a meal before the game, you will be able to have a package deal that would include a meal before the game and a ticket. Individuals would be able to do it on a single game basis but John also went on to say those businesses or individuals could if they wish book for the season. Maxine confirmed that they currently have 8 tables that can seat 10 diners.

John announced possible new projects that are also being talked about: a Hall of Fame; a new Display Cabinet; and an electronic Trophy Cabinet which would be available on the internet. This would include all awards that are given to the club, manager or players.

Rod informed the meeting that the VPís had been approached about donating a sum of money that would be used to offset the costs of the proposed new Trophy Cabinet. He was a little concerned that if they put money into some of the smaller projects that they would not have the funds to support the bigger ones that are likely to be started in the near future.

John said that the bid for the disabled lift had been submitted to the Football Stadium Improvement Fund. It hadnít been turned down, and it was hoped by the next meeting that the club would have had a reply. The club had been informed that the Football League had stated that there had been no funding made available to deal with the Disabled Discrimination Act for Football Clubs. The plans have been submitted and approved and when funding is available it will be built by Gate 3 and would lead to a disabled viewing platform, which would also give users the use of the top floor facilities. The cost of the project is in the region of £90k. John informed Sara that the club also intended to put in more disabled covers in the forthcoming months.

Adrian asked if there was ever a meeting arranged with the police to ask why Away Supporters were unable to use the current bar facilities. John replied by saying that it was never arranged, and asked Adrian to please meet with the police to discuss the issue. All present believed that we were receiving negative press due to a ruling that has been made. As other clubs in the League and even County allow away supporters it was felt that we were being treated unfairly. Adrian asked if anyone around the table would also like to attend the meeting, and Colin offered to attend as the supporters rep.

Action: Adrian to arrange meeting with local polic; Colin Turner to attend meeting.


John stated that he had received some positive correspondence after the introduction of the traffic dispersal lanes from the club's car parks, with many believing that they are managing to get away from the ground on match days far quicker, something that all agreed was the case. The £2 car park charge brings in £1400 per game, which is used to pay for traffic wardens, police and stewards.

John informed the meeting that due to all traffic wardens being made redundant the club now had a problem, as only traffic wardens whilst they came under the Police Authority were authorised to direct traffic. This means that we have no one to enforce the law where cones have been put out. To this end the club are going to be producing a map of where all the parking places are in the local area. They would also be erecting signs to warn supporters where they can and canít park on match days. This map will also be printed in the programme and on the Internet.

The club were also in consultation with local businesses to use their car parks on match days. If they donate them to the club for nothing then that would be more revenue into the Football Club. If they didnít, and they had to pay, then at least it will give extra car parking space.

Stewart asked that, if supporters gain the use of these facilities, whether a pedestrian gate could be put at the end of the road by the Memorial Garden Roundabout, as at the moment all supporters are shepherded through the main gate, which slows down cars. If pedestrians had an extra exit point it would assist with the dispersal of supporters from the ground.

John informed the meeting that the flooding in the VPís car park has been addressed, and the Stadium Manager has been tasked with ensuring that the drainage in the area is looked at. Rod informed the meeting that those that have a VPís Car Pass were ignoring the stewards and insisting that as they had paid for a VPís Car Pass that they would be using the facility. This obviously meant that there were more cars in the car park than what it should hold. After discussions the conclusion was that with the players and staff using the car park as well as ticket holders there wasnít enough room for all the cars. John informed the meeting that when the Marquee is taken down the area would become a staff and players car park, which would alleviate the problem.


John informed the meeting that they were still looking for Car Park Stewards and also staff to run the snack bars. He also said they offered a very good salary if anyone was interested. Stewart (YTISA rep) asked where they were advertising these vacancies, as he believed that it should be in the local press and maybe on the notice boards at Yeovil College. He went on to say that advertising it in the programme was aiming at the wrong market, as those that purchased the programme were football supporters and would prefer to be watching the game. John agreed and asked Adrian to put an advert in the local press and have posters made to place at Yeovil College.

Action: Adrian to send advert to local press, and produce poster.

Maxine said she was no longer responsible for the Snack Bars, and that it been passed to the Stadium Manager. John said that they were recruiting new staff that could cope with the pressure. The club has no intention of putting the snack bars out to franchise as it is aware that if run correctly they can bring in extra income for the club. He also said that to speed up service they would be introducing snack deals. More information would be published when known.


Adrian stated that thanks to both the G&WSC and YTISA the Glovers News was being distributed more widely in the local area, but once again it was stressed that we need to start networking the club further afield. Ali informed the meeting that it was published on the G&WSC website where copies of the Glovers News maybe obtained from. He also said that more outlets were willing to take stock as they would be giving them free advertising. It was suggested that this practice should also be done on the official site.

Adrian also informed the meeting that supporters could subscribe to the publication, but individuals would have to cover postage costs. He asked that this be passed to members of all supporters groups, and placed on all YTFC related websites if possible.

Action: Supporters Group reps to inform their members, and place details on their websites.


John informed the meeting that he had attended numerous meetings in the last couple of weeks, both as Club Chairman and as Chief Executive. He stated that the Football League are in the process of developing some important sponsorships and initiatives which he can only see helping all supporters groups. He saw the Glovers News as a communication letter to the fans which will also help widen our network, and he accepted that it needs to be professionally presented, and it must cover other things besides the football. It must inform the supporters what is available to them, one of which being the Football League's establishment of a sponsorship with Thomas Cook for travel. This gives generous discounts to club's own branded travel clubs. This is something the Football League are very serious about. To that end they have given each club a £3000 sponsorship fee. John stated that he would see this being enacted not through the commercial department, which is far too busy, but within the supporters groups.

John also said that he was aware of the benefits of club having its own branded credit card, and he made those present aware that one club at our level make £250k per year from the use of such a scheme. He informed the meeting that he would publish either in the match day programme, on the Official Website or in the Glovers News, exactly what was available to supporters under these initiatives.

John stated that the supporters involvement within these initiatives would benefit the club financially. Colin Turner asked if there was any merit in becoming a Supporters Trust, which would therefore bring all the supporters groups closer together. After discussing the issue John stated that he did not feel that we needed to become a Supporters Trust at this current time.

Action: John to publish the initiatives available.

John informed the meeting that the firework display that was asked for at the last meeting did take place and was a huge success, making £5K for the club. He thanked Adrian and those that helped during the evening for all the hard work they had put in to make it a success. Those at the meeting agreed that it had been a great evening, and it was agreed that this should stay on the calendar and be an annual event.

John also confirmed with the meeting that the Funday will also be added to the calendar, and it was a hoped that a date could be fixed for next yearís event by the next meeting. Stewart stressed to John that without a date the supporters groups could not form a Fun Day Committee.

Action: Adrian asked to confirm the proposed dates of the fun day and firework display for 2005.

Adrian informed the meeting that the Football League had purchased the rights to PTV, and renamed it FLPTV. He stated as that there had been a change of ownership that it would now be very beneficial to be part of this deal. Therefore the club is in the process of having the Official Site redesigned. Adrian went on to say that the club still remains responsible for keeping the site up to date. Ali asked whether the club logo and links to other websites could continue to be used. Adrian said he was unsure what the policy was with non-Yeovil Town official websites, and stated that he would be going to a 2-day meeting on Football League Websites. He finished by saying that he will hopefully have more information by the next meeting.

Action: Adrian to brief the next meeting on this subject.

John stated that he had received a letter from David Jones on proposed initiatives to get local football teams, groups and schools involved with the football club. John went on to say that the club were visiting schools and encouraging them to attend match days and offering them reduced or free tickets. Everyone accepts that the youngsters of today are tomorrowís supporters and that this was an excellent initiative to get these children involved with the club.

John also stated that the club were contemplating employing another community officer who would be responsible for organising soccer schools around the county. This was part of the community programme that the club is trying to establish.

John finished by informing the meeting that Sandra Robinson had taken over as the new licensee, and that all concerns, complaints and suggestions should be forwarded to her.


The sincere thanks of Ciderspace to Stewart Bratherton for providing these comprehensive minutes.

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15 December 2004 : You're Not Listening, Vaughan
Despite Yeovil Town and Phil Jevons making it crystal clear that neither has any interest in Stephen Vaughan's approaches to take the League Two top scorer to The Deva the man seems deaf.

Back in the press again the Chester City pain-in-the-arse chose The Daily Post this time to launch another bid :

Jevons is one of five players that my manager Ian Rush has identified as players who will strengthen his squad. We sent a written offer to Yeovil a couple of weeks ago, but unfortunately, we didn't even get the courtesy of a reply, so now we will send a further increased bid to them.

As reported on this site on December 2nd and 3rd Yeovil Town was furious with Vaughan's initial approach, and the reply seemed pointed enough to us. Gary Johnson is clearly a man fuming. His response this time when contacted by the media :

I want to put a stop to all this by saying I am not commenting any further on this matter, other than to repeat what I have already said, which is I am 100 percent sure Phil is not leaving Yeovil for Chester. That's it - that's the end of the matter as far as I am concerned and I won't be commenting on it again.

And if that still doesn't sink into Vaughan's thick skull, try this : P*** OFF!

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15 December 2004 : Youth Team Triumph Over Luton
Yeovil Town's Youth Team went through to the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup having beating Luton Town 2-0 at Huish Park this evening in-front of a crowd of 501. Goals from Jamie Underwood and Gavin McCullum gave Stuart Housleyís side a prestigious home match against Everton in the next round (writes George Murray).

Lutonís Calvin Andrew provided the first clear cut chance of the match but his volley was acrobatically saved by Yeovil keeper Dan Barker. The Glovers had Barker to thank moments later after he denied Luke Maitland the breakthrough. Yeovil drew blood seconds before referee Wendy Toms blew the half time whistle with Jamie Underwood following up a denied handball in the box to give Yeovil the lead.

Yeovil doubled their lead on the hour-mark. A Richard Cullingford effort from outside the box smacked the post and the ball fell to Gavin McCallum who fired the ball in the back of the net. Dale Williams had Yeovilís best opportunity to add to the score-line after he tried to chip the Luton keeper from 30-yards out but his audacious effort fell just wide of the post.

ďI am very proud of the boys, as it was a great performance and a great win against a good team,Ē said Yeovil boss Gary Johnson. ďLuton would have expected to have gone further in the FA Youth Cup, but we will look forward to playing Everton and the lads will be confident going into that game,Ē added Johnson.

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15 December 2004 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Town Match Report
As Stuart Housley's Under 18s site take on Luton Town in the FA Yourh Cup Third Round tonight, there is now a recap available on Saturday's 2-1 victory over Cheltenham Town in the Football League Youth Alliance. Goals from Richard Cullingford and Andy Holmes in the first half won them the match and despite a slightly less impressive second half, the young Glovers held on.

The match report from Robin Evans can be found here.

News from tonight's FA Youth Cup match will arrive as soon as possible. Half time score in the match was Yeovil Town 1 Luton Town 0, Jamie Underwood grabbing the opening goal right on the stroke of half time.

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15 December 2004 : Arron Davies To Sign
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has announced the imminent signing of Arron Davies from Southampton :

Arron, a 20-year-old Welsh Under 21 International, has the mentality and quality to join our squad. Personal terms are being negotiated at present, and I hope everything will be sorted by tomorrow afternoon. I am quite excited about Arron joining us as he has great pace and quality and enjoys running at people. I am sure he will be a great addition to the team.

Davies came up through the Academy at Southampton and graduated at the end of the 2002-03 season. He moved into the Reserves but did not break into the First Team, though was in the squads for the F.A. Cup Final in 2003 and the U.E.F.A. Cup tie in Bucharest in the 2003-04 season.

Born 22nd June 1984 and 5' 9", Davies has played mostly as an attacking right sided midfielder, though has also had spells in the hole and as an out and out forward. He comes from Wales. Starting to sound familiar?

Arron Davies
Yeovil's new signing, Southampton ex-Academy and Reserves player Arron Davies
Photo © 2004

Under Gordon Strachan Davies featured in pre-season friendlies against Millwall and Parma in August 2003 but his progress since has not been helped by the subsequent managerial turmoil at the Saints.

Last season he made his League debut on loan at Barnsley, and his name was circulated for another loan last summer. Though he scored twice in pre-season wins there were no takers.

Talking back in September 2004 Davies said :

Obviously my first aim is to get into the first-team here [Southampton]. But if that is not happening then I need to be playing first-team football so I might be looking to go out on loan in a month or two. I need to wait for the right club to come in and obviously liaise with the coaching staff.

There has been a little bit of interest from the Conference teams but I want to be playing Championship football because I think I am good enough to do that. If I get a chance to do that then hopefully I can take it but the main objective is to get into the first-team here. I am not looking to leave.

I am still a bit undecided about where my best position is. I do enjoy playing up front because you can get a bit more involved in the game but I have got pace so if I go out on the right I can get past the full back and get crosses in. I scored a lot of goals in pre-season when I was playing up front but as soon as the season started I went out on the wing. But as long as I am playing I am not too bothered where I play Ė I just want games.

He has a footballing background, his father having played for Bristol Rovers. There was a call up to the Wales Under 21 squad in the 2002-03 season. Although he is yet to start at that level, he made several appearances for the Under 19 and 20 sides, his International debut being against Northern Ireland.

Welcome to Huish Park, Arron.

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14 December 2004 : Youths Aim For Another Shock
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side take on Luton Town tomorrow (Wednesday) night on the Huish Park main pitch in the FA Youth Cup Third Round in a match that kicks off at 7.00pm. The winners have the prize of a home draw against Premiership side Everton's youth team to play for in the fourth round.

The Glovers will be hoping for a trio of scalps from more senior opposition having seen off Swindon Town and Brentford in earlier rounds.

Tickets for the match can be obtained from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Only the Yeovil College Stand will be open and prices are 4.00 pounds for adults and 2.00 pounds for concessions.

Included in tomorrow night's squad will be Dale Williams, currently training with the first team squad on a full time contract, and left-back Charlie Welch whose transfer to Weymouth is pending his current club's involvement in this competition.

"I'm really looking forward to the game and I hope there will be a lot of fans there to support the lads," Glovers boss Gary Johnson told the Western Daily Press.

"It's a great feat for them to have reached the third round and now the incentive is there for them to win again. It would be great if our young lads got the chance to play against Everton's youth team."

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13 December 2004 : Ibe Returns For Glovers
Yeovil Town striker Kezie Ibe has returned to Huish Park this week following a successful loan spell in Devon with Tiverton Town. After bagging seven goals in 13 appearances during a two month period, Kezie has been recalled by Glovers boss Gary Johnson as his side enter a run of matches over the Christmas period.

Tivvy boss Martyn Rogers explained: "I spoke to Gary Johnson on Friday and he decided to recall him. That was disappointing because I would have liked to have had him for another month. He's formed a good partnership with Jamie Mudge. But he's their player and they want him back. I wasn't expecting it and I only found out on Friday, so I need to look at the situation and decide which way to go with it. I'm on the lookout for a replacement now."

Kezie scored in his final appearance as Tivvy secured a 3-1 win over Dunstable Town. He will not be eligible for next month's match against Rotherham United as whilst at Ladysmead, he played for the Devon side in the FA Cup.

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13 December 2004 : Caceres Blows Gas Away
Adrian Caceres scored his second hat-trick of the season for the Reserves as The Pirates were put to the sword this afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

Yemi Odubade thought he'd struck first blood early, but his effort was ruled out for offside, and it was Bristol Rovers who opened the scoring on 34 minutes when an Ali Gibb cross was slotted home by Richard Walker from six yards past an exposed Steve Collis. However that was as good as it got for the home side.

Shortly before the break a hotly contested penalty was awarded against Robbie Ryan for handball. Caceres stepped up, and although keeper Richard Heineger got something on it the shot was powerful enough to hit the back of the net. Half-time 1-1.

The second half saw The Glovers turning up the pressure, with Caceres striking an effort over the bar, and Odubade heading wide from a left wing cross delivered by Andrew Monk. On 51 minutes the goal that had been coming arrived. A speculative shot from Arron Davies found its way through to Caceres, who converted from close range. On the 75 minute mark Yeovil Town got their third, and Caceres completed his hat-trick, with a low shot from the edge of the area, having been played in by Steve Thompson.

There was still time to make it an emphatic win when Davies hit the post and Odubade tapped in the rebound on 83 minutes. Final score 4-1.

We presume Arron Davies is a trialist from Southampton, where he has a squad number of 23, but hasn't progressed beyond the Reserves. He had a short loan spell with Barnsley last season, making one First Team start and three substitute appearances.

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13 December 2004 : Reserve Match Versus Bristol Rovers
Today's Reserve Match has been confirmed as a 2.00pm kick-off at the Memorial Stadium, where the Glovers will take on Bristol Rovers.

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12 December 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Grimsby Game
Glovers manager Gary Johnson gave his view on yesterday's 2-1 win over Grimsby Town when he answered the following questions from the press after the game on Saturday:

Qu: The goals either side of half time added a massive difference to that game.

GJ: Goals do donít they, and especially those two goals. We werenít particularly playing our best in the first half. The free-kick by Lee Johnson that took us into half time meant we could be very positive in the half time talk which we were. Because to be fair we hadnít played that well up to that point. The second goal was a quality move and a quality finish from Bartosz and it was a text book cross and a text book headed finish. They were the two bits of real quality and they deserved to win the game.

Qu: Although Chris Weale didnít have to make too many saves, your goal was peppered more than their goal.

GJ: No, I think it feels like that, because most people here at Huish Park are here to support us. When we were on the edge of the box and they were coming in and getting wide, I wouldnít say they peppered our goal. I thought we defended very well and we had to because they have got some big and athletic lads. I thought we had done okay but on occasions we have a panic attack when opposition teams get over the half way line, and that is what happens here at Huish Park and you just have to defend it.

Qu: How many of those free-kicks does Lee Johnson practice in training and how many finish in the top corner like that?

GJ: We have seen them in the Plymouth game so it is no fluke. His biggest problem is fighting off Rose and Jevons for the strike! We have got all three on the ball and one can curl it one way, one can curl it the other way and Lee seems to find that same top corner. Credit to Lee because it was a good free-kick and a great time to get that goal.

Qu: There were two penalty shouts in the second half. Stolcers was one and Jevons was the other, what was you take on them?

GJ: I donít think the Stolcers one was a penalty and I think he went down a little easy and I donít think that it should have been given. But I thought the other one was because I thought Jevo did just lift it over and I thought that their fellow maybe got his hand on him. But I donít mind that so much when we are winning.

Qu: Were you perhaps disappointed to concede that late goal?

GJ: I was very disappointed. The goal scorer drifted through about four or five of my players and to be fair we should have stopped it at the source. I think that although Locky and Skivo both had good games, they both left it to each other and their fellow got onto it. Although it was a good goal, I would have loved to have seen someone come in and take the ball and make a big tackle. But when you have scored two goals, you can afford to make just one mistake.

Qu: Gall and Stolcers did well on the wing didnít they?

GJ: They did brilliantly. The quality coming in from wide was terrific. Poor old Ronnie Bull had a day to forget with Gally because when Gally is onto something he can be so dangerous. I enjoyed Stolcersí work-rate today and he provided a great cross for the second goal. We had him practicing on Friday for an hour or so, crossing with his left foot.

Qu: Bartosz and Scott came off mid-way through the second half, any problems there?

GJ: Scott nearly didnít start as he has been ill but he thought that he could start. But unfortunately he struggled with about twenty minutes to go, so he did well to last as long as he did. Bartosz had run hard and strong and I thought we needed a bit of pace up front.

Qu: Scunthorpe beat Swansea so you go second but would you have preferred that game to have remained a draw?

GJ: No, I think it is important to get in that top three and get away from the chasing pack. As I have said before, it was a big result against a Grimsby team who potentially will get better and you will see them begin to get better results.

[Transcript by George Murray.]

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12 December 2004 : Way 200 Not Out
Darren Way presention for 200 matches
Adrian Gleave, Colin Turner, Mark Kelly and Stewart Bratherton of Y.T.I.S.A. make a presentation to Darren Way for his achieving 200 matches for Yeovil Town.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

Ahead of the evening kick-off versus Kidderminster Harriers at Huish Park members of the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Club committee presented midfield dynamo Darren Way with an engraved crystal decanter to mark his two hundredth match for Yeovil Town achieved against Darlington on Tuesday 23rd November, 2004. 'Weasel' marked the milestone by scoring the only goal of the game, his 3rd of the season and 24th in total for the club.

Adam Summers from The Western Gazette also marked the achievement with a framed copy of the paper's report on the Darlington game.

Darren Way presention for 200 matches
Adam Summers, reporter with The Western Gazette, marks Way's 200th appearance.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

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11 December 2004 : Mariners sunk
Yeovil Town recorded their fifth home win in succession following an important 2-1 win over Grimsby this afternoon (writes George Murray).

An early defensive error nearly gifted the away side the breakthrough had it not been for keeper Chris Weale who collected the loose ball. Dean Gordon continued to pile the pressure on the Yeovil defence. Two of his free-kicks sailed just wide of the post and another set-piece had Weale beaten but his effort hit the woodwork. Yeovil broke the stalemate moments before half-time from their first shot on goal. Lee Johnson thumped his 30-yard free-kick in the top right corner for his seventh goal of the season and in front of a crowd of 5,733.

Three minutes after the re-start the Glovers doubled their lead after Bartosz Tarachulski headed home Andrejs Stolcersí cross from the flank. Phil Jevons had a good opportunity to score against his former club had it not been for the Grimsby keeper who blocked his shot. Kevin Gall and Darren Way both had chances to put the game beyond doubt but they both failed to direct their shots on target. Grimsby scored nothing more than a consolation goal in the dying minutes following their battling display when substitute Ashley Sestanovich finished off a good move with 4 minutes left on the clock.

George Murray

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 - 1 Grimsby Town.

A very important win for the Glovers today then against a good Grimsby side who will surely improve on their mid-table position as the season goes on - don't be surprised to see them in the shake-up for the play-offs if not automatic promotion itself. The 3 points puts the Glovers up to 2nd place in the table on 37 points following leaders Scunthorpe 1-0 win over Swansea who drop to 3rd place on 36 points. The Iron top the table with 44 points. Macclesfield remain in 4th spot on 34 points after drawing 0-0 at Bristol Rovers. Darlington thrashed Leyton Orient 3-0 to move up to 5th on 33 points, the O's dropping to 7th, on 32 points. Southend are 6th on 33 points after a good 1-0 win at Bury.

In other news former Glovers youth team left-back Charlie Welch has agreed terms with the seaside scummers Weymouth. The 18-year-old was described by Yeovil's official site as being 'on loan' at the Wessex Stadium earlier in the week, but in between the bouts of squabbling on the Terra's forum between their current chairman and ex-chairman as well as assorted spouses, directors and ex-directors, it's been announced on there that the 18-year-old has agreed an 18 month contract with Steve Johnson's side, and will sign the deal when the Yeovil youth team have eventually been knocked out of the FA Youth Cup. Good luck Charlie!

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10 December 2004 : Interview With Phil Jevons
An interview is now available with Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons. Conducted just after the 2-1 win over Kidderminster Harriers, Phil gave his view on the game, his position in a 3-4-1-2 formation and his thoughts on the loss of Gavin Williams, who signed for West Ham United this week.

The transcript of the interview with Phil can be found here.

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8 December 2004 : Tickets, Tickets, Tickets........
Could be a busy day at the Huish Park Ticket Office on Saturday.

Available will be tickets for :

the Youth F.A. Cup Third Round tie versus Luton Town (Yeovil College Stand only) on Wednesday 15th December - Adults £4.00, Concessions £2.00.

away at Leyton Orient on Saturday 18th December - Adults £16.00, Concessions £10.00 - all seated. (Season ticket holders have until close of business on Friday 10th, open sale thereafter.) This match is likely to become ALL TICKET as we can't imagine Yeovil returning any of the allocation for sale on the day.

away at Swansea City on Saturday 1st January - Adults £11.00, Concessions £6.00 - all terrace. This match is ALL TICKET.

away at Rotherham United, F.A. Cup Third Round, on Saturday 8th January - Adults £15.00, Concessions £9.00 - all seated. There are no restrictions on sales for this match. Rotherham have a £2.00 surcharge per ticket for purchases on match day.

and a reminder that tickets for any Yeovil Town home League games until the end of the season can be bought in advance.

The ticket office will be open from 9.00 a.m. on Saturday morning. But N.B. that sales will become restricted to match day tickets for the Grimsby Town fixture only from 2.00 p.m. until kick-off.

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8 December 2004 : Gary's verdict on the Kiddy game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson answered the following questions from the press following last night's 2-1 win against Kidderminster Harriers:

Well Gary, you said before the game you were going to have to have patience, it certainly worked out that way.

"Yes, it did. We didn't get the winner until late on, Andrejs came on and we always say substitutions effect games and that's the second time we've done it in two weeks so it can't just be lucky, can it? We did have to be patient, they played their 4-5-1 system and broke a couple of times which teams do when they're playing that system and we found ourselves 1-0 down but we kept going and a couple of bits of quality won the game in the end."

It could have been 2 just afterwards, they were 2 on 1 and that really would have given you problems.

"Well, we're in the football league aren't we? You don't get games that you necessarily win 5-0 every week, you have to battle some games and in a league campaign you have to play against all sorts of tactics. You have to adjust and the teams that adjust the most will be the teams that are top of the league and
thank god we've gone second and we're very proud to have the number of points that we've got at the moment."

There was a danger that they were going to frustrate you, perhaps there were a few too many high balls in the first half?

"Well you could say that but it's very difficult when you see a wall of 4 or a wall of 5 ahead of you. It's very difficult to thread the ball through people so we needed runners getting up a little bit in the second half, and we opened it up a little bit in the second half by playing 2 wide men and Kevin Gall running down the right hand side. That opened it up a bit, we moved Jevo away from the middle to a wider position and we were able to get the ball wide and open them up and get into a bit more space. In fact we had two great chances when the goalkeeper made a great save from the rebound of Stolcers and then Darren Way after a great move got put in and the goalkeeper saved with his legs, so I thought we had some very good chances and we kept them down to one or two."

And two quality goals?

"Two quality goals, terrific goals, pleased with the first one as obviously Lindegaard has done great. He's had a great run, Milesy's hit him with a great ball and a great little bender into the far corner. That was handy because I was just about to change our shape and personnel at that point so we waited until half time, and at the end when it looked like we weren't quite getting in there I needed to throw on a forward and Stolcers did his job."

Now on to Grimsby, and another home game.

"Yes, we knew these two home games would be very important to our campaign and we're halfway there."

Transcription by Richard Gibson

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8 December 2004 : Super Gav signs for West Ham
We're delighted for Gav, but we're gutted for ourselves. It's official, Gavin Williams has signed for Championship side West Ham United in a transfer worth £250,000 as reported by the Hammers official site, a new club record for a fee received by Yeovil Town. The Glovers are yet to confirm the size of the fee or whether there are any add-ons such as a sell-on percentage or appearance bonuses or the like to be added to the £250,000 apparently agreed up front - a percentage of which will go to our feeder club, Hereford.

Hammers boss and ex-Glover Alan Pardew, speaking to West Ham's official site, said: "We need to score more goals and Gavin will play an important role in that process. He's a wide player with tremendous ability and vision, as well as great determination. He can play on either flank and will offer competition for Matty Etherington and Luke Chadwick. I'm delighted to have brought a player of his potential to the Club."

"Gavin won every Player of the Year award at Yeovil, which is a measure of his ability. Jumping up two divisions and making an instant impact is difficult for any player, but I'm confident that Gavin has the quality and the right mental approach to do well for West Ham United. He's a very likeable lad who is determined to do well, the type of player who just wants to play football. I'm sure he'll be an important member of our squad."

We're sure he'll be an important member of the squad too, and go on to play for Wales as well if there's any justice. Gav played a total of 111 games for the Glovers and scored 21 goals in the two and a half seasons he was at Huish Park. He's one of those players who can turn a game with a touch that is beyond most ordinary players and in this writer's humble opinion is one of the finest, if not THE finest player ever to turn out in the famous green-and-white. We were lucky to see him at his best. Good luck Gav, we're going to miss you, but you know you'll always find a welcome at Huish Park.

Gavin Williams controls the ball
Super Gav
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8 December 2004 : Gritty Glovers grind out the points
It was by no means a classic, but Yeovil Town last night did what they couldn't do last season - they beat Kidderminster Harriers at home.

The visitors showed their intentions right from the start of last night's game by swamping the midfield with their 4-5-1 formation and getting 11 men behind the ball whenever possible, hoping to catch Yeovil on the break. And after a bright start by the Glovers the game began to degenerate into a stop-start affair that frustrated the crowd, and when Kiddy went ahead on 33 minutes from a Darryl Stamp header with literally their first attack of the game it looked like it was going to be one of those nights for Gary Johnson's men. Last season it may well have been, but Yeovil are made of sterner stuff these days and 5 minutes later Andy Lindegaard had put the Glovers level with a fine left-footed shot from the edge of the area after being found by Colin Miles's cross-field ball. 1-1 at half-time.

Yeovil pressed throughout the second half and in truth had several very presentable chances to score, but when one team is concentrating virtually all its efforts on playing a spoiling game it's very easy to become frustrated and get bogged down in a morass of midfield mediocrity. Fortunately the Glovers these days possess enough quality to break down the most stubborn defence and with just over 5 minutes left substitute Andrejs Stolcers popped up to nod home the winner with virtually his first touch of the game. A frustrating, unentertaining match, but three very welcome points - the suspicion must be that last season we wouldn't even have equalised, let alone gone on to win.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 - 1 Kidderminster Harriers.

The result moves the Glovers up one place in the table to 2nd, on 34 points from 20 games played. Scunthorpe are top on 41 points after coming from behind with 2 goals in the last 2 minutes to beat struggling Cambridge 2-1 at the Abbey Stadium. Macclesfield beat Lincoln 2-1 at home to move up to 3rd place on 33 points and Swansea drop to 4th spot, also on 33 points - they travel to Oxford tonight to play their game in hand on the others. Leyton Orient drop a place to 5th on 32 points after being held to a 2-2 home draw by Southend.

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7 December 2004 : The F.A. Youth Cup Fourth Round Proper Draw
Should Yeovil Town U18's extend their run against Luton Town on December 15th another home tie against either Everton or Charlton Athletic awaits. The Everton v Charlton Athletic tie is scheduled for December 13th. Fourth Round matches to be played by January 22nd, 2005.

The full draw is as follows :

1. Aston Villa or Wycombe Wanderers v Cambridge United or Port Vale
2. YEOVIL TOWN or Luton Town v Everton or Charlton Athletic
3. Manchester City or West Bromwich Albion v Woking or Brighton & Hove Albion
4. Watford or Coventry City v Newcastle United or Blackpool
5. Arsenal or Crystal Palace v Burscough or Preston North End
6. Derby County v Sheffield United or Millwall
7. Redbridge or Middlesbrough v Sunderland or Leicester City
8. Colchester United or Chelsea v Hull City or Cardiff City
9. Wolverhampton Wanderers or Reading v Barnsley or Boston United
10. Gillingham or West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers or Blackburn Rovers
11. Wigan Athletic or Leeds United v Fulham
12. Queens Park Rangers or Southampton v Burnley or Norwich City
13. Liverpool or Wealdstone v Tottenham Hotspur or Nottingham Forest
14. Manchester United or Stoke City v Ipswich Town or Portsmouth
15. Leyton Orient or Shrewsbury Town v Bristol City or Rotherham United
16. Plymouth Argyle or Darlington v Crewe Alexandra or Stockport County

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7 December 2004 : Yeovil v Kidderminster preview
After the potential banana-skin of Histon was disposed of professionally enough on Saturday, Yeovil Town return to league action tonight at Huish Park with another game that, on paper, they would expect to win. Struggling Kidderminster Harriers, bottom of the league and with only 3 wins in total all season and an away record of W0 D1 L8 provide the opposition, but with a new manager in Stuart Watkiss in place to impress after previous incumbent Jan Mjolby left the club and 10 days off for the Harriers to prepare for tonight's match then absolutely nothing should be taken for granted.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson has warned his players against complacency going into tonight's game. "They have got a new manager that's taken over and it's his first game," Johnson told the Western Morning News today. "He's had ten days to get into his team and get rid of their knocks and niggles, so they will all want to impress the new manager. It's not the same as playing a team at the bottom of the league that are absolutely devastated. They would have had a new lease of life this week and will want to impress the new manager.

"They will know that they have to hit championship form over the Christmas period. If they can do that, they will get out of trouble and, if they can't, it will be a long old season for them. Last season we had the game against them with the rain, which turned out to be a leveller. There was water on the pitch, there was a gale-force wind and it all changed by the time we came out and we lost that day. We beat them away 1-0 and lost at home and hopefully the conditions will be kind to us and we can get our game plan going."

Yeovil's squad could well be unchanged from Saturday's cup-tie, with Terry Skiverton expected to be fit despite the head injury sustained during the match. Gavin Williams, still officially a Yeovil player, misses the game with the 2nd of a 3-game suspension following his red card at Lincoln. SuperGav is expected to complete his move to West Ham United tomorrow (Wednesday), more news on that as it happens. Kidderminster's injury problems have alleviated slightly during their 10-day break with Ian Foster and Lee Jenkins fit again after recovering from ankle injuries and Tom Bennett available after bruising a shin in training. However Kiddy have recently missed out on on-loan keeper Simon Brown to Mansfield as well as losing loanees Shaun Cooper and James Keene, both of whom have returned to Portsmouth.

Kick-off time for tonight's match is 7.45pm.

In other news it's emerged that Glovers midfield general Lee Johnson was one of three players nominated for the Player of the Year Award at last nightís prestigious BBC West Sports Awards of the Year held at The Marriott Hotel in Bristol. In the event Swindon Town striker Sam Parkin won the award. Bristol City keeper Steve Phillips was the other candidate nominated. Wot, no Gas?

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7 December 2004 : New Date For Dale
With both Yeovil Town and Rochdale otherwise engaged on January 8th the League Two fixture at Huish Park has been rearranged for Tuesday 25th January, kick-off at 7.45 p.m.

In the next stage of the Somerset Premier Cup Yeovil has drawn Taunton Town. The Third Round ties are scheduled for the week of March 7th 2005.

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6 December 2004 : Millers Announce Ticket Prices
Rotherham United have confirmed that their standard Championship pricing structure will be in place for the F.A. Cup Third Round tie at Millmoor on Saturday, January 8th, with a 3.00 p.m. kick-off.

For away areas, which are the Railway End, with a capacity of around 2,000, and generally a section in the Family / Community Stand, this means :

Adults - £15.00 for pre-purchased tickets, and £17.00 on match day.
Concessions (60+, U16's and students) - £9.00 for pre-purchased tickets, and £11.00 on match day.

Tickets for home fans will go on sale from 10.00 a.m. on Saturday 11th December. We'll bring you news on sales to away fans as soon as we hear it. Presumably most Yeovil fans will purchase their tickets through Huish Park, but if anyone wishes to order through the Rotherham end be aware there is a £1.00 surcharge for booking via e-mail : , and a £2.00 surcharge per booking on telephone (0870 4431884) and fax (01709 512775) sales. Visa, Mastercard and Switch are accepted.

If a replay is required it will be at Huish Park on Tuesday 18th of January.

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5 December 2004 : Third For Tarachulski
In the League Two Powerade Player of the Month Awards for November Glover Bartosz Tarachulski secured the third spot. Paul Hayes of Scunthorpe United took first place, with Grant Holt of Rochdale second. Congratulations to all, but especially our own big Pole.

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5 December 2004 : FA Cup Third Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn away to Championship side Rotherham United in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, the tie to be played on the weekend of the 8th/9th January. The Merry Millers, as Rotherham are known, play at the 11,499 capacity Millmoor Stadium and are currently struggling at the bottom of the Championship table with 11 points from 22 games played. With average crowds at Millmoor hovering around the 6,000 mark it's very unlikely that the tie will need to be ticketed.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson was philosophical about the draw. Speaking to the official site the Gaffer commented: ďItís certainly not a Liverpool is it, but those sort of draws donít come every year. Rotherham are struggling at the moment so they certainly present us with the possibility of causing an upset.

"Perhaps more importantly it is not the sort of game that will in any way distract us from our main objective of promotion to League One. Ties like the Liverpool game are great fun but the ballyhoo that goes with a game like that can distract you from your League Campaign and that this year is our main priority.

"Having said that we shall be doing all we can to beat Rotherham and progress further in the competition.Ē

The full draw is as follows:

Arsenal v Stoke City
Swindon/Notts County v Middlesbrough
Manchester United v Exeter City
Plymouth Argyle v Everton
Leicester City v Blackpool
Derby County v Wigan Athletic
Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Wolves v Millwall
Yeading v Newcastle United
Hull City v Colchester United
Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion
Reading v Stockport County/Swansea City
Birmingham City v Leeds United
Hartlepool United v Boston United
Milton Keynes Dons v Peterborough
Oldham v Manchester City
Chelsea v Scunthorpe United
Cardiff City v Blackburn Rovers
Charlton Athletic v Rochdale
West Ham United v Norwich City
Sheffield Utd v Aston Villa
Preston North End v West Bromwich Albion
Rotherham United v YEOVIL TOWN
Burnley v Liverpool
AFC Bournemouth v Chester City
Coventry City v Crewe Alexandra
Watford v Fulham
Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers
Portsmouth v Gillingham
Northampton v Southampton
Queens Park Rangers v Nottingham Forest
Luton Town v Hinckley United/Brentford

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5 December 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Histon Game
Glovers manager Gary Johnson was pleased to avoid a banana-skin after his side defeated Southern League side Histon 3-1 in the second round of the FA Cup yesterday. Gary answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: You won through the key moments in the end.

GJ: Yes, thatís a good way of putting it really. We had to compete, we had to put ourselves about and we had to cope with a percentage game, where they got the ball in our box and competed very well. But I thought all over the pitch we competed well, and even when it was half time and it was 0-0 we knew that was the strongest they were going to be, because with all due respect they are part-time and we should be fitter. They lasted long, a little longer than we thought, but our little bit of quality came out in the end.

It was always going to be a tricky first half. Thatís the time when they are at their fittest and itís the time that they are at their most potent because it is a game where they are going to put you under pressure. We had spent all week making sure that we could get aggressive without getting angry and also to compete with the aerial bombardment that we knew we would get. I picked a team to play against that and in the end our extra little bit of quality probably came out. But credit to Histon and their whole set-up and I wish them very well.

Qu: And your penalty Ė the Histon side couldnít really see what that was for.

GJ: I saw our one but I didnít see the one that they said they should have got. We certainly shouted out handball from our dugout but the TV cameras will have ten different angles so Iím sure that tonight we will see just exactly what was and wasnít a penalty. We got our penalty and it was well struck by Jevo and weíre through to the next round.

Qu: They had a claim for a penalty didnít they?

GJ: Well when you get the ball in the box, itís going to be dangerous isnít it? I thought we had as many chances as they had and to be fair to them that was good on their part to get two or three opportunities.

Qu: So was it a penalty? There was the suggestion that Colin Miles might have tugged the shirt of Adie Cambridge.

GJ: To be honest I donít know. I donít want to sound like Arsene Wenger but I honestly didnít see it.

Qu: Was there relief at the end?

GJ: Thereís always relief. They went to 2-1 and someone said there was 10 minutes to go, but all of a sudden six extra minutes went up on the clock (for injury time) and we thought hold on a minute, we might have a danger of a cup disappointment here. They werenít going to get two goals, so I was almost half looking forward to bringing them back to Huish Park.

Qu: So it was a little bit nail-biting for you?

GJ: Of course it is. Itís a cup game isnít it and this was a typical cup game that could have gone either way a couple of times. They had a couple of chances and we had a couple of chances but in the end I felt we near enough dictated the tempo of the game.

Qu: Did John Beck have any surprises for you before the match?

GJ: The only surprise was that everything was hunky dory! They had some lovely facilities in there. They had nice tea and papers along with fresh fruit. To be fair, Gareth the Chairman, Steve Fallon and Becky have done it right which is great and without wanting to be patronizing, they have shown that their team is a decent team. They can compete, Iím sure, at least at the next level if not a level further up.

Qu: Whatís it like being on the other side of the giant-killing act?

GJ: Itís dangerous but we know that. We played Barnet last year in the FA Cup just before Liverpool and we prepared for that and we won 5-1 that day. Iíve got a group of lads that love winning football matches. We havenít got a 35 year old on his last contract that hates coming to these places in the FA Cup. Weíve got a young, ambitious, enthusiastic group and when youíve got that you can come here and compete.

Qu: Who do you want in the next round?

GJ: I donít know Ė itís just nice to be in it. You either want a small team or a big team. You donít really want anyone in your league or around your league. The third round draw is always exciting and last yearís Third Round draw against Liverpool was just unbelievable. If we can get a big team like that then weíd be happy.

Qu: Would you be happy with them again?

GJ: Yes, we donít mind Liverpool just as long as Harry Kewell doesnít start diving about again!

Qu: Just a quick word about how your side started the second half. You must have been very pleased with the way they came out of the blocks with two quick goals.

GJ: Yes, it was a professional performance. You canít always play flowing football because they didnít allow us to. So we had to play a slightly different game, but we were very professional and we did show a little bit of quality in the end with a couple of great finishes.

Qu: You must have been especially pleased with the second one by your son Lee.

GJ: It was a good move wasnít it? We never pick out individuals within our team, but it was a good move with a great finish.

Qu: Lee will get the headlines but Bartosz did a lot of the spadework didnít he?
GJ: He did and Bartosz had a good game today and was putting himself about and he had to win a lot of headers as he came across some big defenders there. But it was a great run and ball that he laid in there and Lee tucked it away nicely.

Qu: Am I right in saying you played here for a couple of seasons?

GJ: Yes, I did. Well Ö I was out here Ö somewhere! I was in midfield. I enjoyed it so I must have been decent enough to enjoy it.

Qu: So a good return for you?

GJ: Yes, a good return and I wish all the supporters and the whole club the very best for the next couple of seasons.

Qu: You played Phil Jevons in a different role today.

GJ: Yes, we played him just behind the front two. I wanted Gallyís pace and I wanted Jevonsís finish. Alright, so he needed it from a penalty but he was still on the pitch. But I felt we had three different options there. One with pace, Bartosz with his aerial ability and Jevo is very clever. The whole team did very well but he played his part today. We had to get through today and we had to pick a team and a gameplan that could win this game. Otherwise we might have come unstuck.

Qu: It was nice to see the way that Skivo slotted naturally back in.

GJ: Well you saw how many they flung in. Heíll definitely have a headache over the weekend. Scotty, Plucky and everyone will, but theyíve come through it.

Qu: No surprise to see him getting bandaged up.

GJ: Thatís typical of the FA Cup. I think he only does it in the FA Cup when heís on the telly!

Qu: Yemi came on as a substitute and showed some great touches.

GJ: Yes he did. I donít bring people on just because I like the kid or out of loyalty. I put him on because I felt we needed someone to just get behind them a little bit. Yemi is a clever little player and heís quick and heís a good finisher. Gally had played 80-odd minutes anyway, so once again it was a good substitution made!

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5 December 2004 : Histon History
Yeovil Town successfully negotiated the potential banana skin of Histon in the Second Round of the F.A. Cup yesterday, avoiding all the "Giant Killers Killed" headlines that the media were waiting to use.

On a pitch that saw the ball hop a foot in the air on occasions, and in a ground that was a reminder of the worst of Isthmian days, Yeovil managed to take the sting out of the home side by mostly controlling the first half without threatening to score too much. There were a couple of alarms, but the best Histon chance went begging to a complete miskick, and that was as close as the Southern League Premier Division side came before the break.

As the second half began the visitors upped the pace and increased the pressure. As Bartosz Tarachulski, who Histon found a handful all day, challenged for a high ball just inside the penalty area, a Histon hand suddenly appeared above his head and the only question was whether the official had seen it. He had, and Phil Jevons calmly slammed the resultant penalty home on 52 minutes. Five minutes later a quick break that led to Tarachulski holding and holding the ball up before releasing it perfectly for Lee Johnson to sweep home seemed to have ended the tie. 2-0.

Yeovil continued to control the game until the 71st minute when Histon scored out of the blue with their first serious attack of the half. A long diagonal ball found Neil Kennedy completely free, with the Yeovil defence vainly appealing for offside. Chris Weale made a brilliant point blank save, but the ball broke kindly back to Kennedy who squeezed it in from a couple of yards. 2-1.

With Histon's tails now up Yeovil looked a little less confident and began to sit deeper, though in truth the onslaught one might have expected didn't really materialise.

Just before full time an accidental clash of heads saw a lengthy stoppage from which Histon's Charles Liban was stretchered off, and Terry Skiverton emerged sporting bandaging of Terry Butcher proportions. Six minutes of time added on could have provided the opportunity for the home side to snatch a draw, but an excellent cameo from Yemi Odubade, who had replaced Kevin Gall on 77 minutes, was capped with a fine one-on-one goal when he was played through a tiring Histon defence by Phil Jevons just ahead of the final whistle. 3-1.

Histon took their lap of honour, roundly applauded by the away as well as the home contingent, and Yeovil Town headed for Round Three for the second season in a row. The draw is live on BBC1 at 4.00 p.m. this afternoon. Look out for ball No. 58.

Histon 1 Yeovil Town 3

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3 December 2004 : Yeovil Furious At Possible 'Illegal Approach'
As predicted yesterday on this page, the Yeovil Town management has reacted furiously to the statement published in the Chester Evening Post from Stephen Vaughan, chairman of Chester City. In it he announced that the Welsh Borders club would be trying to sign Glovers top scorer Phil Jevons.

Yeovil's John Fry, who was attending a meeting of the Football League Chairmen yesterday and stated that Vaughan had not spoken to him about the supposed bid, hit back :

I don't know where all this has come from and I think it is quite clearly a breach of regulations. I will speak to Gary Johnson in the morning, but there is a strong possibility we will complain to the Football Association.

Gary Johnson himself was equally annoyed :

I can tell you 100 per cent that Phil Jevons is not leaving this club, and 100 per cent Phil Jevons is not going to Chester City. I think it's very unprofessional of Chester to act in this way and it's possibly an illegal approach.

Clear enough for you, Mr Vaughan?

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2 December 2004 : Histon v Yeovil Town Coverage
For supporters unable to travel to Histon on Saturday the wonders of modern science are available. Those living in the Somerset area can listen to live commentary from BBC Somerset Sound on 1566AM. Anyone within the radius of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire gets a "Saturday Sport F.A. Cup Special" with one and half hours of build up, and then uninterrupted coverage of the match on FM96 (on 1026AM until 3.00 p.m. only, thereafter switching to Peterborough United beating Bath City).

Both stations are streaming their coverage to the Net. Somerset Sound can be found here, whilst a click here brings up Radio Cambridgeshire.

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2 December 2004 : Williams Deal Being Hammered Out
The transfer of Gavin Williams from Yeovil Town to West Ham United has been generating much traffic on the message boards of both clubs all day. It appears that the deal is progressing. Williams has been going through a medical at Upton Park, and Gary Johnson appears to believe that providing that is negotiated successfully the deal is as good as done.

This evening he said :

I would be very surprised if the deal doesnít go through. Gavin is at this moment going through a medical, which is a big one because of the fee West Ham are paying and the probable size of Gavinís salary as well. Alan Pardew spoke to me yesterday and said as far as he is concerned everything is ok.

Moving on to pure speculation, the fee rumoured is around the £250,000 mark, possibly split over two instalments, one now and one in the summer. West Ham fans have been gossiping that the two clubs may also be working to bridge a gap between their respective views on additional clauses. There is also a further suggestion that a late bid from Tony Pulis of Stoke City could have influenced negotiations.

All Ciderspace can say is that we are fairly convinced the deal will end up being signed, and that West Ham will gain a quality player who we think has a good chance of making it at Championship level, and Yeovil look to be doing well out of the move financially.

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2 December 2004 : Early Christmas Present For Roy
Roy O'Brien has deservedly been rewarded with a new contract deal. On a month-to-month deal since his fight back from injury, O'Brien has now been given a contract that takes him through to the end of the current season.

Every silver lining has a cloud, and O'Brien will be going on a month's loan to the Team In The Shadow Under Portland. TITSUP has eight games over the next month and Roy will get plenty of opportunities for First Team action. Although there's no recall on the initial month of a loan spell any extension can have such clauses built in, and Gary Johnson made it clear those would be in place should the loan spell be made longer.

After discussions we decided it was the best thing for all parties. At the moment I have got nearly all my defenders back and it gives Roy some competitive games over the Christmas period.

At the end of his month and when we get into the final third of the season if itís decided that Roy will stay at Weymouth for further loan periods Yeovil will have an immediate recall clause should that prove necessary.

Our reserve team has only one game this month and Roy is happy because he has more security and is getting regular football.

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2 December 2004 : Go Swivel Mr Vaughan
In an extraordinary negotiate through the media move the Chester Evening Post is claiming that Chester City chairman Stephen Vaughan will launch a substantial bid for Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons.

Vaughan is quoted as saying :

Phil is the sort of quality player who would improve our squad. I will be contacting Yeovil and making a substantial offer for the lad. He has played with Michael Branch during their time together at Everton, and we hope to have him on board quickly. Phil has a lot of family roots in this area, and hopefully he would welcome an opportunity to return to the North West. We have formulated what we consider to be an attractive proposal which could include a player as well as money.

In a typical piece of journalistic garbage the paper throws in the suggestion that Jevons is "unsettled". Naturally it doesn't substantiate this assertion in any way.

Further speculation at the Chester end suggests that Vaughan's 'substantial bid' will be either a straight £120,000 in cash, or £100,000 plus the unnamed player.

Given the views expressed by Yeovil's John Fry in the past about clubs and they way they should handle approaches, and the way Gary Johnson has always preferred to conduct transfer business as quietly and privately as possible, we suspect that not only will Vaughan's interest be unwelcome in the first place, but that the way he has gone about it will have annoyed the hell out of our chairman and manager. If he's really interested in Jevons, and not just flying a kite to appease Chester supporters, we can't think of a more likely method of provoking a response from Yeovil Town that he "go swivel".

Update : Yeovil Town has now issued its view through the Official Site :

A disturbed Gary Johnson has reacted to the story about Chester City making a substantial offer for an Ďunsettledí Jevons. Johnson said itís not the way to do business and very unprofessional and rest assured there is no way Phil Jevons will be going to Chester, and there is no way that Phil Jevons wants to go to Chester either.
Johnson added ďHopefully this will be the end of any further speculation.Ē

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2 December 2004 : Argyle just too good for Glovers second-string
Yeovil Town Reserves were beaten 4-3 by a strong Plymouth Argyle second-string at a freezing Huish Park last night in a group game in the Combination Cup competition. Triallist "Jacques Adams" - described as a 'big Kenyan' by spectators at the game - netted a brace for the Glovers, Charlie Welch was Yeovil's other scorer.

The Yeovil team included Adam Lockwood on his first outing since a knee injury at the start of the season. Locky played the full 90 minutes. Yeovil team in full: Stephen Collis, Adam Lockwood, Charlie Welch, Terry Skiverton, Roy O'Brien, Shaun Smith, Gavin McCullum, Nicolas Mirza, Yemi Odubade, Adrian Caceres, Jacques Adams. SUBS: Kevin Gall, Dan Barker, Jamie Underwood, Andy Holmes, Greg Squibb.

Full time: Yeovil Town Reserves 3 - 4 Plymouth Argyle Reserves.

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1 December 2004 : Lockwood Returns
Adam Lockwood, out injured since limping off during the first half of the 3-1 victory over Rushden & Diamonds on August 28th, is expected to make his comeback appearance in tonight's Reserves fixture against Plymouth Argyle in the Pontins Holidays Combination Cup. Kick-off is 7.00 p.m. at Huish Park.

Argyle are expected to put out a strongish side with manager Bobby Williamson unhappy about the club's current form and looking to shake things up in the competition for First Team places.

Of his long period out and prospective return Lockwood said :

Everything has been going fine so hopefully I will get a run-out. It will be a bit of a test but touch wood everything is good. The stronger the opposition the better really - I just want to get used to playing against better players and get back to where I was. It has been a frustrating time but everyone gets injuries and I have just had to get on with it. I was a lot busier while I was injured than when I was playing because you just try to get yourself fit and strong. I have been feeling really good and hopefully that will continue, but I am just taking each day as it comes at the moment.

Club captain Terry Skiverton is also expected to be involved as part of his build up to full match fitness, but probably won't play the whole match as he may be required for Histon on Saturday.

The updated news on the injury to Paul Terry, sustained in training yesterday, is that he will be out for several weeks with ankle ligament damage.

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1 December 2004 : SuperGav A Hammer?
Sky Sports is reporting that Gavin Williams is about to move to The Boleyn Ground, more commonly known as Upton Park.

Ex-Yeovil player and West Ham United manager Alan Pardew has been casting his eye over a few Yeovil Town players for some time, most notably goalkeeper Chris Weale, who spent some time training with the Hammers last season. Pardew was back at Huish Park last week, and rumours bgan to surface yesterday that a Glover was on his way.

According to Sky Sports Gavin travelled up to East London last Wednesday to meet the West Ham players and look the place over. The implication is that he has decided this is the move for him, and the two clubs are said to be in negotiations over a fee expected to be around six figures.

Williams has made 110 appearances for Yeovil Town and scored 21 goals since his arrival from Hereford United during May at the close of the 2001-02 season for an undisclosed compensation package and a sell-on clause.

Recognised as a serious talent, a number of clubs were hunting him last summer, and substantial bids were made by Hull City and Doncaster Rovers, with Huddersfield Town also interested. Williams chose to remain with Yeovil, but the lure of West Ham and a chance to put himself in the shop window for a much desired opportunity in the Welsh International set-up may prove too much.

If Williams does go Ciderspace wishes him every success for the future. He's been a great player for the Glovers and a pleasure to watch over the last two and a half years. All the best SUPERGAV!!

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