Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has told this week's Western Gazette that he is hoping for a fiery encounter on the field when Yeovil Town take on Bristol City. The match brings together the 4th and 2nd placed League One sides for a local derby match that will not decide anything this early in the season but will be a good test of both teams' credentials:
"We are having our fireworks the night before the match and we are expecting them in the game as well. We all hope it is going to be a really big day and we wish we had more of these games. Whatever the result it is important that everybody has a good day. One result will not decide if we finish above them. As long as it is competitive everyone will be happy. I hope we get the three points."
Despite there still being tickets left as the ticket office closed tonight (none will be sold tomorrow) Fry believes that tomorrow's match is one that sells itself and does not require further marketing, believing that the club could have sold out four times over:
"This season has been dominated by a drop in crowds at matches but, whatever happens, this match will be a sell-out. We could have sold tickets four times over for this one. It is a match which I do not have to sell because it sells itself. It is an occasion."
Fry also said he would welcome back former manager Gary Johnson as well as former players like striker Phil Jevons and believes that they deserve to be welcomed back by the Yeovil supporters:
"It will be nice to see Gary back at Huish Park. I hope the crowd give him a good welcome. Players and managers do change sides and I am sure they appreciate that. It will be good to see former players like Phil Jevons and backroom staff that have gone to Bristol City. We will want to shake hands off the field but we want to be nasty on it."
Fry also believed there were strong comparisons to be made between Johnson and the man currently in his place, Russell Slade and also had strong words for the man who came between them:
"They are great characters and both in the same mould with their careers in management ahead of them. I have the greatest respect for them both. The job of Gary was a difficult one to follow but Steve (Thompson) held the reins and saw us through difficult times."
Of the 2006-07 season, unsurprisingly Fry considers himself very pleased at what has happened on the field of play but is not taking anything for granted just yet:
"It has been a good season so far and we hope to continue in that vein. We are in the top half at the moment and I hope we can end up there but anything can happen. We have a new squad and new manager and we have done exceptionally well but we are still building at the moment. No-one is running away with League One and Cheltenham Town came to us a few weeks ago and beat us. It is that type of season. It is important that we keep focused and the fans do not get carried away. We have always punched above our weight though and we will continue to do so."
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