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25 April 2015 : Sturrock Sees The 'Real Side' Of Yeovil's Problems In Vale Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock felt that he saw the 'real side' to the team that he had inherited as he witnessed his first defeat in charge of the Glovers today. The 1-2 home defeat against Port Vale was the first negative result that the 58 year old had witnessed since his arrival just over two weeks ago, but had the advantage of showing him some of the problems the club had exhibited throughout the 2014-15 season, where they have been comfortably the division's lowest scorers with just 35 goals in 35 games.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Sturrock felt that he had seen some of the reasons why that might be the case, and highlighted the club's lack of orthodox wingers that could create width in his side. He explained that he was trying different shapes to deal with that problem, and to emphasise the need for his existing players to get more balls into the box, but admitted that today's game was not good enough in the attacking third:

"I think we saw the real side of Yeovil today, in that offensively has always been the problem for them, I think. Somebody told me once that it's a lot easier to knock a house down than to build one. It's also easier to defend than attack. We showed today that naivety, with no width, and no winger types really at the football club. So you try to change things with system changes. I thought in the second half we probably dictated it and I thought we'd got back in it, but it reared it's ugly head in terms of the amount of fouls. We give away so many petty fouls in the wrong areas, and we paid the price for it today. My disappointment is that I've emphasised that we need to get the ball into the box since I've got here. There were times when we didn't put the ball in when we could have. When we did put it in, we always seemed to have an opportunity of some sort when it broke. Stephen Kingsley hit the side netting and there were a few other bits and pieces. So I'm hoping that some of the players will be receptive to my criticism and hopefully that will benefit them in the future."

Sturrock's cause wasn't helped in that he was unable to introduce attacking substitutions such as Joel Grant and Kieffer Moore today, after two injuries and general fatigue forced him into substitutions elsewhere. Sam Foley's hamstring injury that kept him out of last weekend's trip to Swindon Town hadn't quite healed, whilst a knee injury forced off Byron Webster at half time. He also had to deal with midfielder Fergus Bell's lack of match fitness, after the former Mansfield Town player had played 45 minutes in his first team debut, having waited on the sidelines since his arrival at the club in January:

"Obviously the injury to key players was a feature of the game, as they didn't allow me to put offensive subs on. I had to cover for the players that went off. Fergus Bell hasn't played too many games. He played in the Tuesday cup game, so I needed that personnel change at half time as a freshness thing. The other two were injuries, so they had to come off. Sam's was a recurrence of his hamstring, and Webby has opened up his knee a little bit. So we didn't want anything serious to happen. There wasn't any benefit in kind to pushing them through the game when they could be out for a lot longer."


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25 April 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Port Vale at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Port Vale.


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25 April 2015 : Yeovil 1 Port Vale 2 : Valiants Force First Sturrock Defeat
Yeovil Town headed to defeat in their final home match of the 2014-15 season, as Port Vale gained a deserved 2-1 win to give manager Paul Sturrock his first defeat. The Valiants controlled the main periods of the game, with Tom Pope's well-executed 13th minute opener scored just after he had a goal ruled out for a push in the box. The Glovers equalised when a half-cleared James Berrett free kick was acrobatically finished by Gozie Ugwu for his fifth goal of the season, but parity only lasted two minutes as Michael Brown was credited as scoring the winner just eight minutes from time as he bundled in a loose ball from a free kick.

With the aim of seeing as many of his players and formations as possible before the season ends, Paul Sturrock made four changes to his line-up for this afternoon's game. Chris Weale got his first start under the new boss, replacing Artur Krysiak, whilst the same was true for Fergus Bell who came in for Nathan Smith. Sam Foley had recovered from a hamstring injury enough to see Seth Nana Twumasi drop out, whilst Gozie Ugwu was preferred for Joel Grant up front. A midfield diamond was used within the 4-4-2, with James Berrett at the base and Bell as the most attacking presence.

Port Vale were the superior side early on, with the wing play of Mark Marshall and the physical presence of Tom Pope providing the difference - their centre-forward got in two strong headers early on from that outlet with the second only being denied a goal due to a linesman flagging up for a foul on Liam Shephard as Pope jumped for the ball. But it didn't take long before he did give the Valiants the lead. Marshall's cross was only half cleared and Ben Williamson put the ball into the path of Pope whose looping shot cleared Chris Weale's head and into the back of the net.

Yeovil's cause was not helped by Sam Foley's withdrawal as his hamstring gave in, and that meant that Nathan Smith came in as a left-back, with Stephen Kingsley being pushed into the left side of midfield. Their attacking chances were few and far between, and largely from Fergus Bell - the first saw him run from deep and fire a well hit shot just wide, followed by a header clearing the bar. But Tom Pope's shot that fizzed across the face of goal and a Michael O'Connor free kick that Chris Weale palmed away showed where the real pressure was. Overall it was a bit of a flat first half.

During the break, Paul Sturrock opted to make two changes, introducing Joe Edwards for Fergus Bell, with the latter having hobbled his way through the final five minutes of the half. Also swapped were Byron Webster, who made way for Seth Nana Twumasi, as a formation change took place - a 3-5-2 formation was restored with Liam Shephard and Stephen Kingsley used as the wing-backs whilst Nana, Stephen Arthurworrey and Nathan Smith took the back three positions.

The general feel of the game was maintained, with Port Vale happy to take the points that would guarantee their League One survival, whilst the home side seemed a little bit too much in end of season mode. Ten minutes from time in what had been a lacklustre second period though, Yeovil got themselves back into the match from a James Berrett free kick. Port Vale only half cleared their lines, and Gozie Ugwu was the first to respond, acrobatically hooking the ball into the net for the equalising goal.

Unfortunately for Yeovil, that brief flash of attacking only lasted two minutes, with Port Vale almost immediately retaking the lead. Joe Edwards fouled fellow substitute Colin Daniel and when Michael O'Connor's free kick was put into the box, a scramble saw Michael Brown credited as the man who got the last touch before the ball went over the line. 1-2 down.

Port Vale now had the scoreline they needed to preserve their own status and immediately started running down the clock. Stephen Kingsley hit the side netting in the closing stages, whilst the Valiants hearts were set fluttering with the last move of the game as Chris Neal was forced into a superb flying save from Gozie Ugwu as he went close to a late late equaliser. But that would have been a lucky result if that had gone in, with the end scoreline probably about right on the balance of play. Perhaps a reality check following Paul Sturrock's early results that there will be plenty of work to be done over the summer.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Port Vale 2.

Scorers: Tom Pope (0-1, 13 mins), Gozie Ugwu (1-1, 80 mins), Michael Brown (1-2, 82 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 35. Stephen Kingsley
5. Fergus Bell 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 30. Josh Sheehan
25. Gozie Ugwu 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 3. Nathan Smith (12 mins for Sam Foley) 4. Joe Edwards (46 mins for Fergus Bell) 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (46 mins for Byron Webster) 17. Joel Grant

Port Vale:
1. Chris Neal
21. Frederic Veseli 16. Neill Collins 4. Chris Robertson 3. Carl Dickinson
8. Louis Dodds 15. Michael O'Connor 17. Michael Brown 20. Mark Marshall
9. Ben Williamson 11. Tom Pope

Substitutes:
2. Adam Yates 7. Chris Birchall (73 mins for Ben Williamson) 12. Sam Johnson 14. Colin Daniel (55 mins for Louis Dodds) 18. Tommy O'Sullivan (86 mins for Michael O'Connor) 25. Mohamed Coulibaly 28. Achille Campion

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Port Vale Bookings: Mark Marshall (foul, 19 mins), Tom Pope (dissent, 84 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.

Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Assistant Referees: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Mark Pottage (Dorset).

Attendance: 4,127 (with 523 Port Vale supporters).


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25 April 2015 : 2014-15 End Of Season Awards - Full Results
Yeovil Town's 2014-15 end of season awards took place following Saturday afternoon's home match against Port Vale.

Full awards were as follows:

GWSC Awards: Sam Foley.
Western Gazette Awards: Sam Foley.
Cary Glovers: Sam Foley.
Away Travel Club: Sam Foley.
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Liam Shephard.
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: James Hayter and Gozie Ugwu (joint award).
DSA: Sam Foley (1st), James Hayter (2nd).
Community Sports Trust: Sam Foley.

Our congratulations to all of the players who were given awards on the day.


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25 April 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Port Vale at Huish Park today. Goalkeeper Chris Weale makes his first team return in place of Artur Krysiak, with doubtless the goal being for Paul Sturrock to get his first proper look at a player who has been missing with a foot injury for over four months.

Midfielder Fergus Bell get his first start for the club, having scored twice in the midweek Reserve Team match against Bridgwater Town. Sam Foley (hamstring) has recovered to return for the team whilst club captain Joe Edwards (ankle) is back on the bench. In addition Gozie Ugwu is preferred for Joel Grant.

Left-sided Alex Smith, striker Sam Hoskins, midfielder Craig Eastmond and left-sided Nathan Ralph are in the stands, whilst defender Ben Nugent sits the game out as the sixth loanee. Left-sided player Liam Davis (unspecified knock) and striker Adam Morgan (ankle) remain out through injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) is currently going through rehabilitation after his long term injury.

Manager Paul Sturrock hinted during the week that he may tweak the formation again from last weekend's 3-1-4-2 formation, meaning that we could be seeing a bit of reshuffling of the exact places once kick-off is underway. However, the team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 35. Stephen Kingsley
5. Fergus Bell 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 30. Josh Sheehan
25. Gozie Ugwu 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 3. Nathan Smith 4. Joe Edwards 9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 17. Joel Grant


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25 April 2015 : Joe Edwards: Nothing Has Been Decided With Yeovil Town Future
Yeovil Town club captain Joe Edwards has said that nothing has been decided yet, in terms of his future at the club beyond the end of this season. The midfielder is one of a large number of senior players who are out of contract at the end of June, and so will be free to talk to other clubs, as well as to discuss new terms with the Glovers. As such, new manager Paul Sturrock is inheriting a complicated situation where he will have to deal with the possibility of some of the players that he wants to keep, leaving Huish Park.

The situation with Edwards is complicated in that he has spent much of the last two-and-a-half months not playing, with an ankle injury at Crewe Alexandra in February being aggravated when he tried to return for a couple of crucial relegation six-pointers in March. The 24 year old returned to full training on Thursday, meaning that he is still short of match fitness and with his boss hinting this week that the best he would make would be the substitutes bench today.

Edwards told BBC Somerset that he has not placed too much emphasis on contract talks, saying that his primary goal was to sort out his ankle problem and to get back into a state where he could perform in front of the new manager. Now he is getting close to that, he is more interested in getting out onto the field, and says that no decisions have been made as to his future:

"Still nothing has been decided yet. Obviously I've been injured and so the only thing I've been concentrating on has been getting back fit. So that's been my main focus. Thankfully on Thursday I was back training with all the boys. I'm a lot happier when I'm playing. You have goals when you're a player and my goal is to play in the Premier League One day. But you all have to look forward and take it one day at a time at the moment. My first initial focus was to get myself back fit so that I was ready to play. I'm getting there now, and I'll just see what happens. Personally for me it was all about getting myself fit and getting back out there, and now it's just about concentrating on Saturday's game."

Edwards has been forced to watch from the sidelines whilst his club have fallen adrift at the foot of League One, but has seen new life breathed into the club over the last few fixture that have seen them go unbeaten in three matches, with two wins over play-off chasing sides in their last two matches. As such he hopes this afternoon's home match against Port Vale can send the club off for the summer in a slightly more optimistic mood, with this being the final home match of the 2014-15 season:

"The fans have been brilliant all season, so to have a game at home, with a little run behind us, will hopefully get the fans excited for next season. They've supported us through thick and thin and they still turn out every week. Hopefully we can give them a nice home win to finish off. We've still got to be professional and to play the game as we would as if it was the start of the season, and obviously the boys will be doing that as they're still impressing the new manager, so it will be a tough game for the team that we're playing."


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24 April 2015 : Date And Venue Set For Somerset Premier Cup Final
Yeovil Town will travel to Taunton Town's ground for next month's Somerset Premier Cup final. The match will be played at Wordsworth Drive (currently badged as the Viridor Stadium) on Thursday 7th May, with the game kicking off at 7.45p.m.

The two clubs had both offered to host the tie, rather than take the game to a neutral venue, and so a coin toss was held at the Somerset FA Headquarters to decide who got the advantage, with the Peacocks winning that. Taunton are the current cup holders and so will be aiming to win the trophy for the second season running, whilst Yeovil have not won the competition since the 2004-05 season.


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24 April 2015 : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town travelled to the County Ground where they played Swindon Town in a League One fixture. The end result was an excellent defensive performance and the club's first back-to-back wins since November 2013, as a James Berrett strike from distance gave us a 1-0 win.

Man of the Match voting saw Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan along with centre-back pairing Stephen Arthurworrey and Byron Webster pick up a decent collection of votes. But the poll winner was James Berrett, whose goal was his first for the club since his arrival at the club last summer.

Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. James Berrett 62 (4)
2. Byron Webster 56 (4)
3. Stephen Arthurworrey 26 (2)
3. Josh Sheehan 26 (2)
5. Liam Shephard 26 (0)
6. Kieffer Moore 24 (2)
7. Artur Krysiak 12 (0)
8. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 8 (0)
9. Joel Grant 6 (0)
10. Nathan Smith 4 (0)
11. AJ Leitch-Smith 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.43
Performance : 8.29
Entertainment : 6.57
VOTES RECEIVED : 14


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24 April 2015 : First 2015-16 Pre-Season Friendly Scheduled
Yeovil Town's first pre-season friendly for the 2015-16 season has been arranged. The Glovers will make the trip to Treyew Road, home of Truro City on Friday 17th July 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The Southern Football League Premier Division side are heading for a play-off slot in their division, and so could feasibly be a Conference South team by the time we play them. This will be the third time in four years that we'll have travelled down to Cornwall, with a 2-2 draw in 2011 being followed up by last summer's 2-1 win that saw Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore net Yeovil's goals.

Link: 2015-16 Football League Season Key Dates.


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24 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Port Vale Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League One match against Port Vale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Paul speaks about the changes he is trying to make to the club, his views on how he is using the remaining games to still look at players, and also his thoughts on captain Joe Edwards returning to training this week. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Port Vale.


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24 April 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Case For The Defence
A couple of weeks ago, Yeovil Town were shipping goals by the truckload and getting thrashed in matches. Three games later and despite the club being relegated to League Two, there's a bit of a different mood around the place. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers what has changed and why, and where we should be cautious of assuming all ills are fixed. Read on via the link below and feel free to add your own comments in.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Case For The Defence.


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23 April 2015 : Finances Dictate Gareth Stewart Departure
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has formally confirmed the departure of goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart. The former AFC Bournemouth player's departure was presumed last Saturday when he was not present in the dugouts at the County Ground, Swindon, following rumours that he had left a few days previously.

Sturrock has today explained to BBC Somerset that it was a club decision to part company with him, citing financial cut-backs in the wake of the club's drop into League Two as being at the heart of that, rather than any problem with the coach himself:

"Gareth has gone. I think that's public knowledge. With Gareth, I'd like to thank him for his services at the football club, but in the end with the finances and the budget for next year, you've got to take these kind of things into consideration. I think that it's important that we make these hard decisions in the next week or so."

In addition to Stewart's departure, Sturrock had expected to announce a number of other changes at the club for the summer and next season. However, he admitted that progress on that front had not been as swift as he had hoped for, and so that will remain under wraps for the time being:

"It's maybe gone a bit slower than I would like. There are a lot of things in the pipeline at this moment in time. There's renewals of contracts, and obviously the freed list will come out in the next ten days. So there's lots that is going to be happening at the football club."

New contracts for assistant manager Terry Skiverton and first team coach Darren Way are known to be under consideration, whilst his reference to the 'freed list' is in reference to the fact that with the exception of eight players, the club's first team squad fall out of contract by the end of the season. Thus the club will need to make clear which players they plan to offer new deals to, and which they will show the door once next Sunday's trip to Milton Keynes Dons is done and dusted.


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23 April 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
Officials for the League One match between Yeovil Town and Port Vale have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 25th April 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

We've had Mr Scott for seven first team games before as a referee. The earliest was the January 2009 home match against Huddersfield Town, which was Shaun MacDonald's debut for the club - he scored the winning goal that night. Our only grumble with Mr Scott that night was that he allowed Huddersfield's Ian Craney to escape with just a yellow card for a nasty tackle on Luke Rodgers that saw him crocked.

The second match involving Mr Scott was the 2-2 draw with Stockport County during the 2009-10 season. In that match, he showed a red card to Glovers goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, after he committed a professional foul on Stockport County striker Nicholas Bignall. We somewhat disputed how much Bignall had played for the penalty, but had no complaints about the decision to dismiss McCarthy once Mr Scott had blown his whistle.

He was the man in the middle for the 0-2 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday. During this match, Mr Scott dished out a red card for Owls defender Jon Otsemobor for a studs-up tackle on Nathan Smith - many in the crowd felt that he should have also done the same to Darren Purse, who landed his studs - intentionally or otherwise - down the back of the legs of Gavin Williams, but Mr Scott either missed it or saw it as an accident. Certainly manager Terry Skiverton felt the referee had got it wrong. In between he gave the Owls a penalty - Otsemobor tripped in the box by Luke Ayling.

Next, Mr Scott took charge of the August 2011 home game against Milton Keynes Dons. Once again, the opposition were reduced to ten men, with Darren Potter the seventh yellow card of the day as he timewasted whilst on a yellow card. Whilst the card count was a little heavy, the decision itself couldn't be argued with too much. However, again Terry Skiverton felt Mr Scott had a questionable performance, largely centring around three first half penalty appeals. Whilst Skivo was guarded in what he said, the Western Gazette were rather more vocal saying it was "another poor performance from a referee at Huish Park. Waved away appeals for three Yeovil Town penalties but proceeded to award free kicks for lesser infringements elsewhere on the pitch."

We then had him for the Boxing Day 2012 meeting against AFC Bournemouth. This was a dreadful affair from our point of view, although there doesn't appear to be any suggestions that the match referee contributed to this debacle. On a more happier note though, we saw him at the tail end of that season in a very low key way - he was the Fourth Official in May 2013 for our League One Play-Of Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium.

Mr Scott then took charge of the Sunday afternoon Championship game against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. We'll confess that we had a rant at his expense about how card happy he was, and how he'd raised ten reds already, along with a glut of yellow cards. Mr Scott decided to have the most anonymous afternoon going - zero cards produced, and a fairly lenient approach to everything. The Nottingham Post noted this saying he "had shown five red cards in his previous ten matches Ė and ten overall in the space of 20 fixtures, along with 71 bookings ... but didnít show a single card on an afternoon when he generally officiated well."

Most recently he turned up for the April 2014 away match against Charlton Athletic. No real complaints except that as we recall, with the game heading for a 3-2 defeat, he seemed to be in a little bit too much of a hurry to end the game at a point when we'd gained an attacking free kick deep into injury time. As for the goals conceded, more as a result of us switching off just after half time than anything we can pin on the officials.

Mr Scott will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Pottage (Dorset).

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Huddersfield Town 0.

Link: September 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Stockport County 2.

Link: October 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 1.

Link: December 2012 : AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: February 2014 : Nottingham Forest 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2014 : Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.


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23 April 2015 : Former Glovers Midfielder Publishes Autobiography Next Week
This month sees a footballer's autobiography published with a difference. Whilst we're used to pampered Premier League footballers bringing out multiple books on their playboy lifestyles, there are not too many books centred around 'proper football'. Enter former Yeovil Town midfielder Ben Smith, who made 144 appearances for the club between 1997 and 2001, just before the Glovers entered the Football League.

Now working as a Youth coach at Brighton and Hove Albion, Ben was signed for Yeovil as a Reading teenager who had been on Arsenal's books. He then went on to take in a variety of lower league and non-league clubs across a 17 year period. This book takes in the highs and lows of that career, and hopefully will give a look into footballers lives when they're not given six-digit weekly salaries.

The publishers notes on the book say the following:

"Ben Smith, professional footballer. Recognise the name? Of course you donít. Thatís because most of Smithís seventeen years in the game were spent outside the vaunted, big-money environs of the Premier League, and this unique sporting memoir is all the richer because of it. 1995, and a young man named Ben, with a dream of playing professional football, arrives at the training ground of one of England's biggest clubs to begin his journey.

Aged just sixteen, he shares pre-season sessions with the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright at Arsenal. Surely his career can only go one way from here? The next seventeen years duly see him descend from Highbury to obscurity in a career that involves seasons playing for Reading, Yeovil, Weymouth, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Southend, Crawley, Kettering and Sudbury AFC, and features three promotions, one relegation, and some very memorable FA Cup games.

Smith candidly describes the contract negotiations, the insecurities, the fear and realities of injury, the house moves, the impact on his personal life, the wet Saturday afternoons playing in front of 500 people, and the many teammates, opponents and managers who left an indelible mark on his career. This is the memoir of a quintessential journeyman footballer. Honest, intelligent, brutally unsentimental and often hilarious, forget The Secret Footballer and the usual ghosted life stories of pampered Premiership stars; Journeyman offers a real insight into what it is like playing season after season, with no financial safety net, in the unfashionable far reaches of the English game
."

Whilst the book will be available from the usual outlets, such as Amazon, we should be able to shortly bring a chance to buy the book direct from the publishers at a discounted price. One that is confirmed, we'll put up details. The formal publishing date is April 28th 2015 (next Tuesday) and the paperback book is 384 pages. The ISBN reference is 9781849548540.

Ben Smith's autobiography - Journeyman - out this month.
Ben Smith's autobiography - Journeyman - out this month.



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22 April 2015 : Glovers Planning To Recruit New Academy Coaches
Yeovil Town are seeking to recruit new Academy coaches, following the relaunch of their youth development programme. The Glovers have decided to restart an Elite Player Performance Plan Category 3 academy, following a three year break since the decision was made to close the old Centre of Excellence system down. As such they need to recruit new coaches who will help them run each year group, with the club running teams from Under-9s through to Under-18s.

The job title will be a Casual Academy Coach. The role will involve managing an age group and coaching and developing elite players throughout the Player Development Pathway with the aim being to implement a comprehensive and in-depth coaching curriculum which is individually tailored to each age group in line with the club's philosophy. They expect Coaches to also provide a monitoring and assessing role, which will involve the use of the Performance Management Application system that is mandated as part of the EPPP structure. Coaches will receive a 'competitive session rate' for their work within the academy.

The minimum job requirements are for candidates to hold a UEFA B Coaching Licence, an FA Youth Award and to have good personal and people skills. The club would also prefer applicants that hold the FA Advanced Youth Award, have past experience of working within an academy environment or have experience of using the EPPP and ISO Audit tools used to assess players. As part of the application process, the club will require a criminal disclosure and identity check to be carried out. They also expect applicants to have a high standard of administration skills, including filing match reports and session plans.

Those interested should send their CV and a covering letter to Jamie Harrison at academy@ytfc.net by Sunday 3rd May 2015.


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22 April 2015 : Football League Clubs To Recognise Bradford Fire Anniversary
The Football League and Football Association have indicated that there will be a minute's silence held at every Premier League and Football League ground this weekend. The note of respect is to mark the 30th anniversary of the Valley Parade Fire Disaster, which claimed the lives of 56 Bradford City and Lincoln City supporters, and injured 265 people, when a fire broke out in the Main Stand at the ground on May 11th 1985. As a result, we'd expect there to be a minute's silence prior to Yeovil Town's League One match against Port Vale on Saturday to recognise this.

The disaster, which was the worst fire-related incident in the history of English football, has not tended to have the nationwide commemoration that the Hillsborough disaster had, partly due to the date of the match lying beyond the current end date for the Football League season proper, meaning that it is rare now for matches to be taking place on that day. However, with next month representing a milestone anniversary, the top four divisions will universally pay their respects on the penultimate weekend of the Football League season.

As part of this weekend, the Football League is also joining a campaign to raise 300,000 pounds for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) at the University of Bradford. This research centre was set up on the 25th anniversary of the Valley Parade disaster and is the United Kingdom's largest academic research centre in skin sciences.

If you would like to donate towards the facility as a mark of respect then you can do so by texting 'VPFA56' followed by the amount you would like to pledge to 70070. You can also donate online by heading here.


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22 April 2015 : Ladies Chairman Talks About Royals Win
On Saturday, Yeovil Town Ladies won their second consecutive match of the 2015 FA Women's Super League season, when they defeated Reading FC Women. The Royals have been tipped as one of the the division's favourites, with the 4-2 result being their first dropped points of the season, whilst it lifted Yeovil into a promising fourth place.

Speaking the day after the game, Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman Stephen Allinson was interviewed by BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about the match, their start to the season, and this coming Sunday's home match against London Bees. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC About The Ladies 4-2 Win Over Reading.


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21 April 2015 : Bridgwater 1 Yeovil 3 : Bell Double Secures Route Into Final
Yeovil Town Reserves gained a relatively comfortable route into the Somerset Premier Cup Final tonight, after they defeated Bridgwater Town at Fairfax Park. The Glovers win came after James Hayter opened the scoring early in the first half, after his superb goal put his side 1-0 up. Bridgwater equalised midway through the first half via the penalty spot, but only held parity for a minute, when former Mansfield Town midfielder Fergus Bell scored his first for the club. Fergus Bell extended Yeovil's lead just 36 minutes into the match when he headed home a Nathan Ralph cross.

A goalless second half followed, and although Bridgwater struck the woodwork, they couldn't find a way back into the match. That gives the Glovers a route into the final where they will play Taunton Town on a date and venue to be decided.

Final Score: Bridgwater Town 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: James Hayter (0-1, 16 mins), Bridgwater Town (1-1, 25 mins), Fergus Bell (1-2, 26 mins), Fergus Bell (1-3, 36 mins)

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Chris Weale
3. Seth Nana Twumasi 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Nathan Smith 2. Nathan Ralph
7. Sam Hoskins 8. Fergus Bell 18. Craig Eastmond 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
11. James Hayter 9. Gozie Ugwu.

Substitutes: 12. Artur Krysiak 17. Joel Grant 4. James Berrett.

Bridgwater Town:
1. Ben John 2. Alex Grimshaw 3. Jack Welling 4. Craig Allan 5. Nathan Rudge 6. Andy Robertson (Capt) 7. James Byrne 8. Ollie Chamberlain 9. Tom Knighton 10. Ross McNab 11. Kyle Tooze

Substitutes: 12. Joe Bushin 14. David O'Hare 15. Charlie Bridges 16. Harry Horton 17. Josh Hayward

Referee: David Ricketts (Portishead). Assistants: Kieron Salmons (Taunton) and Savvas Yianni (Weston-super-Mare).

Attendance: 497


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21 April 2015 : Team News For Bridgwater Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's Somerset Premier Cup tie against Bridgwater Town. The significant part of the team selection is that Chris Weale makes his long awaited return between the sticks after four months out injured. The rest of the side is drawn from fringe players amongst the club's squad.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Chris Weale
3. Seth Nana Twumasi 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Nathan Smith 2. Nathan Ralph
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 8. Fergus Bell 18. Craig Eastmond 7. Sam Hoskins
11. James Hayter 9. Gozie Ugwu.

Substitutes: 12. Artur Krysiak 17. Joel Grant 4. James Berrett.


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21 April 2015 : 2014-15 End Of Season Awards Schedule
On Saturday, Yeovil Town will present its 2014-15 End Of Season Awards at the end of the game. The presentations will be made at around 5.00p.m. on Saturday 25th April once the League One match against Port Vale has concluded and after a short break to enable the players to visit the dressing rooms and for the club to organise the trophy presentations.

As usual, a wide range of trophies will be presented, and the expected order of presentations will be as follows:

G&WSC Winner
Western Gazette Winner
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy
Cary Glovers Winner
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award
YT Community Sports Trust Winner
Away Travel Club Winner
DSA Runner up
DSA Player of the Year

As per previous seasons, please stay off the pitch at the end of the game, as this will only delay proceedings (and may result in you missing the awards entirely!) Past seasons have tended to see the last presentations made by around 5.30p.m. so if you're planning your evening or a lift home, then allow an extra half hour on top of the usual time you exit Huish Park.


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21 April 2015 : Interview With Artur Krysiak
Having had a slow start to his Yeovil Town career, goalkeeper Artur Krysiak is starting to become a regular in the first team. With the club having struggled to keep clean sheets during the 2014-15 season, the recent defensive solidity has been a welcome one, and Artur spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin and his interview can be read via the link below.

NOTE: The interview was conducted between the Sheffield United and Swindon Town games, and so should be read with that context in mind.

Link: Artur Krysiak Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Swindon.


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20 April 2015 : Directions And Ticketing For Bridgwater Town
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town play their Somerset Premier Cup semi-final tie. The match against Bridgwater Town will take place on Tuesday 21st April 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Fairfax Park. The match will determine who meets Taunton Town in the final of the competition, with the other semi-final against Paulton Rovers having already been played to a conclusion.

Tickets will be available on the night of the game and will be priced as follows:

Adults: £8.00; OAPs and Concessions: £6.00; Under-16s: FREE.

For those travelling to Fairfax Park on the night, you'll find the ground situated just off the A39, north-east of the town centre, and directly north of the railway station. Bridgwater and Albion Rugby Club and Bridgwater College are also in the same road, so use these as landmarks as well. Directions depend on whether you're coming from the Bristol direction or the Taunton direction and are as follows:

M5 Northbound (from Taunton): Leave the M5 at Junction 24. Enter the town on the A38. Follow signs for Glastonbury (A39). The ground is between Bridgwater College and the Rugby Ground just as you pass over the railway bridge.

M5 Southbound (from Bristol): Leave the M5 at Junction 23. Enter the town on the A39 from Glastonbury. The ground is between Bridgwater College and the Rugby Ground just short of the railway bridge.

If you're coming from any other direction, such as local villages or have chosen to take the minor roads from Yeovil, get on the A39 on the north side of Bridgwater and you should stumble over it, at the point when the A39 meets the railway line.

Address: Fairfax Park, College Way, Bath Road, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 4TZ.

Given the circumstances, we'd expect this match to be manager Paul Sturrock's main opportunity to see the 'other' players that he has not used too much during his three League One matches, so in theory expect those who didn't get onto the pitch during Saturday's match at Swindon Town to form the main basis for Tuesday night's line-up.


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20 April 2015 : James Berrett Talks About The Swindon Town Win
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Swindon Town at the County Ground, Yeovil Town midfielder James Berrett spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, James gives his views on the win and on the recent management changes at the club. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: James Berrett Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Swindon.


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20 April 2015 : 2015 Football League Award Winners
Last night saw the Football League Awards for 2015 take place in London - their tenth such evening, celebrating the best of the league's seventy-two clubs. Once again The Brewery in Barbican - a converted 18th century building that now holds business conference events - was chosen to host the awards.

Yeovil Town's main interest was that first team coach Darren Way was one of 72 nominations for a new 'Club Hero' award, which they were invited to receive on the night. The list of winners were as follows:

Football League 2015 Awards Winners:

Overall Tokio Marine Club Hero Award : Brian Murphy (Birmingham City)

LFE Apprentice Of The Year League Two : Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth)
LFE Apprentice Of The Year League One : George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra)
LFE Apprentice Of The Year Championship : Lewis Cook (Leeds United)

PFA Player in the Community : Danny Shittu (Millwall)

Community Club Of The Year : Derby County (with other regional winners Blackburn Rovers, Brighton and Hove Albion, Doncaster Rovers and Norwich City).
Family Club Of The Year : Colchester United (Other divisional winners Stevenage and Brighton and Hove Albion)

Mitre Goal Of The Year : Joe Garner (Preston North End)

Sir Tom Finney Award : Kevin Phillips

Capital One Supporter Of The Year : Sarah Watts (Brighton and Hove Albion) (other divisional winners - Tracey Cole, Crawley Town and Greg Hill, Exeter City)

Young Player Of The Year : Dele Alli (Milton Keynes Dons)

Player Of The Year League Two : Danny Mayor (Bury)
Player Of The Year League One : Joe Garner (Preston North End)
Player Of The Year Championship : Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough)

Team of the Decade (with main team associated with Football League) : Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Angel Rangel (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Gareth Bale (Southampton), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City), Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion), Richie Lambert (Southampton), Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers). Manager: Eddie Howe (Bournemouth).

Contribution To League Football : Major Frank Buckley.


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19 April 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Swindon Town Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Swindon Town kicked off at the County Ground, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul spoke about his side's defensive organisation, Swindon's tactics, Sam Foley's injury, and why Gozie Ugwu didn't make the starting line-up. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Swindon.


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19 April 2015 : Sturrock Aiming To Work With 'Sensible Agents' For Summer Recruitment
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that he will work with 'sensible agents' who recognise the club's new financial limitations in League Two next season. The Glovers are likely to need to significantly rebuild their current squad after their second consecutive relegation was confirmed earlier this month, with only eight players left in contract at the end of the season, and with many of their recent star performers such as Joe Edwards and Sam Foley able to enter talks with rival clubs, should they choose to do so.

That is likely to lead to a large number of players coming and going, and thus a large number of conversations to be had with players agents. With some perhaps still thinking in terms of the budgets that Yeovil Town have worked to in the Championship and League One in recent years, Sturrock told BBC Somerset that he would only work with those agents that were prepared to be sensible about what the club could offer:

"There's a lot of sensible agents out there, I must admit, who appreciate you're in League Two, or whatever division that you're in. They categorise it, which is much better than the other ones who all decide their players are the best things since sliced bread and should be paid mega-bucks. Those type of players won't be coming to Yeovil. It will be the more thoughtful agents who are realists to their cause, who I'll take their players from. We have a budget here that we'll be sticking rigidly to."

Sturrock explained that he was already in talks with clubs and agents about potential recruits for the 2015-16 season and that would include loan recruits that could enhance the permanent squad members. Citing the likes of Fulham's Stephen Arthurworrey and the trio of Swansea City players the club currently have on their books as the sort of players the club needed, Sturrock said that he had been given leads for next season:

"I'm in negotiations with several clubs at this minute in time, and several agents, to try to bring that kind of standard of player to the football club. In the end we've got one more year (due to a delay in FIFA's rule change on loans) where we've got a benefit in kind as far as bringing players in on loan, and getting decent players in on loan. There are a couple of agents who have given me really good players in the past and I'm hopeful that the ones they're recommending at the minute when we bring them in will do a good job for us."

The manager warned that there was a strong need to ensure that the club did not follow the path that other clubs had taken in recent years, with clubs such as Grimsby Town, Wrexham and Lincoln City once proud Football League sides that had slid into the Conference league after suffering successive relegations. He said that there was a need for a reality check at the club to avoid that happening:

"I won't be splashing the cash. At the end of the day reality has to kick in at every football club that's had two relegations in two years. There's lots of them that have been out there - you just have to look in the Conference and see big name football clubs who just basically just wallowing in the Conference. So I think it's important that we appreciate that we keep our house in order, and at the same time build a strong squad of players here, who are progressing in the right direction for promotion."


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