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26 June 2003 : Chard Game All-Ticket
Yeovil Town's forthcoming friendly with Screwfix League side Chard Town has been made all-ticket. The game, which takes place on Wednesday July 16th, has prices set at 5.00 for adults and 3.00 for children. Anyone wanting further information should contact Chard Town FC on 01460-61402.

Chard are managed by Steve Ritchie who played for Yeovil Town in the early 1980s before going on to manage the Reserve Team in the late 1980s.

Speaking to the Yeovil Express, Ritchie said: "We are all really looking forward to it and I hope as many Yeovil supporters will come along. It should be a good evening. It is going to be a big game for us as Gary Johnson has told me that he is going to bring his first-team squad. But we won't be going out there expecting to be hammered. We want to put on a good show, try and get a result and give a decent account of ourselves. My players are well up for it. Although it is only a friendly, Chard is really buzzing at the moment about this match and it is going to be like a cup final for us. The preparations have been going on for a few weeks now. Hopefully it will be a good game for us and a good work out for Yeovil. We obviously want to give Yeovil a good game because hopefully they might want to come and play us again in a friendly. This game should attract a big crowd and obviously earn us some much-needed money."

The Express also reveals that Glovers manager Gary Johnson will be the guest speaker at a charity dinner at Westland Leisure Complex in Yeovil on July 25th from 7.30pm. The event is in aid of St Margaret's Somerset Hospice Yeovil Appeal and his talk will be entitled 'Goals that can be achieved by working as a team.' Tickets are priced 25 each and for more details contact Mark Porter at Lloyds TSB Bank, Yeovil, on 01935-700273.

The Express themselves had good news this week with Sports Editor Steve Sowden being commended at a national awards ceremony as part of the Newsquest's Sports Writer of the Year awards. Steve was shortlisted for the "sheer exuberance" he expressed as part of his writing in the run up to Yeovil Town's FA Trophy success in the 2001/02 season. The judges didn't comment on what they thought of his 'Keep The Faith Bruvver' catchphrase that followed that season though!

Finally the Western Gazette claims that the door is not totally shut on the possible signing of former Dagenham and Redbridge striker Junior McDougald. After ruling him out in the previous week's edition, the Gazette now quote Gary Johnson as saying "I am still keeping my options open with regards to him."

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