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28 July 2014 : Ladies Double Gives Glovers Top Half Standing
Goals from Nicola Cousins and Helen Bleazard against mid-table rivals Millwall secured Yeovil Town Ladies’ third league win of the season on Sunday. The Glovers took the lead in the 13th minute when Cousins stabbed home from close range after the Millwall defence failed to clear their lines following a Helen Bleazard free-kick.

On 21 minutes, Ellie Curson had an angled shot turned behind for a corner by Lionesses’ keeper Sarah Quantrill. Lily Agg attempted a long range effort that was saved by Howard on 34 minutes as the Lionesses looked to find an equaliser.

In the second half, Yeovil made a bright start as debutant Sarah Wiltshire was denied by a one-handed save by Quantrall in the 52nd minute. Wiltshire almost opened her account for the Glovers seven minutes later after she jinked through the Millwall defence, but was unable to find the target.

Yeovil Town Ladies in action against Millwall Lionesses during Sunday's game
Yeovil Town Ladies in action against Millwall Lionesses during Sunday's game.
Photo © 2014 Terry Fisher Photography

On 69 minutes, Yeovil keeper Howard produced a stunning one-handed save to tip a shot from Agg over the bar. The hosts doubled their lead in the 73rd minute through a sweetly struck free-kick from Helen Bleazard from the edge of the penalty area after Wiltshire had been fouled as they marked their return to WSL action with a victory.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Millwall Lionesses 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: (4-2-3-1) Howard, Cousins, Edwards, Haigh, Kirby, Radburn-Lorton, Pearson (Sherwood 83), Curson (Stewart 85), Wiltshire, Cook (Bray 89)

Subs not used: Whitton, Tewkesbury, Cossens, Brazell,

Bookings: None.

Millwall: (4-3-3) Quantrill, Cole, Dempster (Mackie 53), Davies, Strugnell, Rutherford, Maresevic (Lamb 64), Agg, Billson, Stenning (Albert 73), Perry

Subs not used: Albert, Maple, Tuison

Bookings: Billson (87)

Referee: S. Ogles

Attendance: 182.

Yeovil Town Ladies next face Watford on Saturday 2nd August at the Jones Stadium in a 6.00p.m. kick-off. You can book tickets by visiting the Ladies website ticketing page or by paying cash on the day costing £4.00 adults / £2.50 concessions.

Season tickets for all remaining games are also available, with adults costing just £12.50 and £5.00 concessions, which will allow entry to all five remaining home games this season. Visit the same page for more info.


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28 July 2014 : Johnson: Yeovil Is The Place I Want To Be
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he has no current thoughts in his head of leaving Huish Park for another club, or retiring from the game, as he prepares his side for the 2014-15 season. The 58 year old has now had two-and-a-half years in the job during his second spell with the Glovers, but caused some jitters amongst supporters at the end of last season when he gave a few non-commital answers to the question of his future at the club.

Three months on from that period in time, and working to a new contract at the club, he paints a very different picture, and one of a manager who is happy with his current position at the club, describing it as 'the place I want to be' in an interview with BBC Somerset that was broadcast earlier today. Gary was asked if he could see himself retiring from football, after making Yeovil Town his final job in the game, and as usual he had his tongue in his cheek with the response:

"My wife can! She probably wants that (retirement) to be sooner rather than later! But you don't know in football - you don't know what's going to happen. It's not always the manager that leaves. Sometimes it's the Board of Directors that ask the manager to leave, if it doesn't go quite well. But I've got no thoughts of doing anything else at this moment in time. While I'm still thinking like that then this is the place that I want to be."

Johnson explained that once his own contract had been sorted, and that he was able to turn his attention to recruiting players into the club to fill the significant holes that had appeared in last season's squad, that his loyalty was not just to the club, but to the players that he was trying to persuade to come to South Somerset and be part of his 2014-15 plans:

"I've brought a few lads in like big Artur Krysiak, and I've promised him that we'd be doing this, that and the other, and helping his career. So when you do that - and we've probably done that with 11 or 12 players this year in bringing them in - then you owe them a little bit."


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28 July 2014 : Trialist C Unmasks Himself
The identity of one of Yeovil Town's recent trialists can now belatedly be revealed. The Glovers had recently run with four 'unnamed' trialists during the friendly matches against Torquay United and Reading under the names of Trialist A, B, C and D. Trialist B revealed his own identity on his Twitter account - Frenchman Achille Campion, who has since trialled for Ipswich Town and Bradford City. Meanwhile the club revealed the identity of Trialist A on Saturday - Ghanaian Under-20 international winger Ebo Andoh, who was an unused substitute against Cardiff City yesterday.

Meanwhile Trialist C has now revealed himself, via the Boston Standard paper, as Jay Dowie. The midfielder is a former Histon player, who joined Conference North side Boston United in March on a short term deal at York Street. However, the 22 year old has told the paper that he spent a week on trial with the Glovers, but has now returned to Lincolnshire to agree a new contract, having been let go by the Glovers:

"I always said I was happy at Boston, but I just wanted to try my luck at a higher level. Being at Yeovil was a very good experience. It was a big step up, probably bigger than I thought. It was a first time I had been a free agent so I didn’t just want to sign straight away in May, I wanted to explore a few things. But when I came here (to Boston) I was happy so thanks to (Boston United manager) Dennis (Greene) and the club for their patience."

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said over the past few days that he would be surprised if any of the club's pre-season trialists were offered contracts at the club, having decided to turn his attention elsewhere.


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28 July 2014 : Scunthorpe Planning New Stadium
League One side Scunthorpe United have announced plans to eventually relocate from Glanford Park. Their current ground was opened in 1988, replacing the Old Showground, and was something of a landmark at the time as the first time an English professional football club had relocated since the mid-1950s. Pre-dating Huish Park by two years, Glanford Park was visited by the Yeovil Town Board of Directors at the time it was built, as they looked for ideas and observations to influence their own stadium build plans that were in their early stages.

The Iron plan to site their new stadium in an area to the west of the town, which is part of a strategic development known as the Lincolnshire Lakes Project, situated close to the M181 and south of the railway line, and thus relatively close to their current location. They have signed an agreement with current land owners, the Lucent Group, who are at the heart of the Lakes development, for a 60 acre plot of land that will house a new £18 million stadium. Scunthorpe will fully own the land and the stadium at the new site, and a planning application is due to be placed on Monday 18th August.

The Lincolnshire Lakes Project is a plan to extend the suburban area of Scunthorpe by building 6,000 new homes in a set of 'new villages' that will adjoin the town, meaning that Scunthorpe's plans are to position themselves as part of that wider development, which is being driven by North Lincolnshire Council. Whilst Scunthorpe United FC plan to finance their own stadium move, their plans to build it on land already earmarked for town expansion should help their cause. Chairman Peter Swann has said of the scheme:

"This will allow us to move into a better stadium and give us the opportunity to create different income streams as we will be working with hotels and gym companies and a few other businesses. There will be good access and parking and we will be able to accommodate all the facilities on one site."

Sample pictures of the mocked up stadium indicate that they will plan an adjacent training pitch as part of the stadium site, whilst Scunthorpe have indicated that there will be an indoor 3G area. As yet they've not put down any firm indications of how they plan to finance the initial building of the stadium, although the Swann family collectively are reported to own £340 million, as owners of Blackpool's Sands leisure facility and Wilkinson Hardware Stores.

Current plans are for the stadium to house 12,000 spectators, with a design that will allow expansion of up to 18,000. Last December, Swann talked about having a stadium ready for the 2015-16 or 2016-17 season, although given the plans will only be lodged next month, that seems rather ambitious.


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27 July 2014 : Johnson Looking Away From Trialists For Squad Improvements
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he does not expect any further club signings to come from the batch of trialists that have been at the club over the summer. As is normally the case, the Glovers have put a large number of free agents through their paces on the training ground, and in a number of pre-season friendlies, but without turning any into permanent acquisitions.

Today only one such player was on the teamsheet, with former Ghanaian Under-20 international Ebo Andoh sat on the bench as an unused substitute - he is the player who had been previously identified only as 'Trialist A' in recent friendlies. Midfielder Simon Gillett was notable by his absence, with the former Nottingham Forest player being spotted on early Saturday evening a mile or two from the City Ground, suggesting that he is back at his home in the area.

Speaking after the game to the press, Johnson said that he'd be surprised if any of the trialists that he'd used were now signed up by the club, which more or less confirms that Gillett is not in his plans. He said that he would look for experienced players from other sources, saying that most of the trialists had left the club:

"I think they've near enough all gone now. I think we're getting to the serious part of pre-season, so I'd be surprised if we sign on any of the lads that were trialists up until now. We'll have to go with our squad and hopefully we can fill it with one or two experienced players who have been there and done it before, where we're not guessing. Then one or two will have to move out, which is what we've always said."

One of the players Johnson has confirmed he wants to 'move out' is striker Adam Morgan, who had been on trial with League One side Chesterfield, although suffered a foot injury during his third game with them - there's been no word since then on how serious that problem is.

Johnson added that he would be concentrating on working with his current squad for now, explaining that if he did go down the loan route that he'd probably have to wait until sometime in August to get a player like that through the door:

"They may be loans. We'll have a look at that - there's a couple of options maybe, but that won't happen until almost the start of the season. You can't work with those loans or think about them. You've got to work with what you've got at your club already."


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27 July 2014 : Yeovil 1 Cardiff 4 : Glovers Suffer First Pre-Season Defeat
Yeovil Town suffered their first defeat in pre-season this afternoon, as a Cardiff City side's strength in depth proved too strong for them, running out 4-1 winners, despite the Glovers scoring first and leading at the break. The sixth goal of AJ Leitch-Smith's pre-season since he arrived in the summer from Crewe Alexandra, saw the Glovers take the lead midway through the first half. But during the second period, Cardiff grew stronger as their substitutes took to the field, and an Adam Le Fondre penalty and a Matthew Connolly strike gave them the lead before a brace from Kenwyne Jones allowed them to run out as easy winners.

Yeovil opened the scoring on 18 minutes when a ball into the box from Sam Hoskins saw Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall collide with Bluebirds defender Ben Turner. With both players pole-axed, AJ Leitch-Smith was able to slowly steer the ball into the back of the net. It wasn't just the goal that damaged Cardiff - Marshall had to withdraw with a hand injury, with former Brentford keeper Simon Moore coming on.

Cardiff seemed rattled by both the goal and the injury, giving Yeovil their best spell of the whole 90 minutes, and they were probably good value for their single goal lead by the break, with Cardiff's woes continuing when Ben Turner - the player who had collided with keeper Marshall - suffering his own injury as he landed awkwardly on his ankle. Kieffer Moore shot narrowly wide, after he was fed by Kevin Dawson as the Glovers threatened to increase their advantage just before the break.

The second period was a radically different game of football. Cardiff levelled ten minutes into that half when Guido Burgstaller's cross saw Nicky Maynard pulled back inside the box. Referee Kevin Johnson pointed to the penalty spot and up stepped former Reading striker Adam Le Fondre who once again scored a spot kick at Huish Park, firing down the middle for a 1-1 scoreline.

Cardiff made a quartet of substitutions on the hour mark and then took the lead for the first time in the match, as substitute Matthew Connolly got himself room to fire in a short cross/shot that ended up going directly into the back of the next, via the palm of Artur Krysiak who failed to keep the ball out of the net. They then extended their lead further thanks to some outstanding interchange passing that saw Declan John put in a cross and Kenwyne Jones rifle the ball home for an excellent move and finish.

The Bluebirds, who were well-backed by 805 supporters in the Screwfix Stand, gained a slightly flattering scoreline when Kenwyne Jones grabbed his second in the final minute. His run at the Yeovil defence saw players backing off, not quite knowing whether to close Jones down or whether to mark the supporting attackers. In the end they did neither, and the former Southampton and Stoke City man was able to fire a low shot home for what was pretty much the last action of the game.

Perhaps worth noting that whilst Cardiff replaced all players that started the match at Huish Park, Yeovil Town choose to make just one late second half change during the 90 minutes, leaving all other players as unused substitutes. That tends to reaffirm manager Gary Johnson's comments in the lead-up to the game that he regarded the match as a dress rehearsal, operating it under 'League' conditions to see who could last the 90 minutes. That strongly points to who he now regards as his 'first eleven' - the injured James Berrett and Joel Grant aside - that the others will have to muscle their way past if they want to start at Doncaster in thirteen days time.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 4.

Scorers: AJ Leitch-Smith (18 mins, 1-0), Adam Le Fondre (56 mins, pen, 1-1), Matthew Connolly (62 mins, 1-2), Kenwyne Jones (73 mins, 1-3), Kenwyne Jones (90 mins, 1-4).

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Brendan Moloney 5. Jakub Sokolik 6. Aaron Martin 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards (Captain) 8. Sam Foley 11. Sam Hoskins
9. Kieffer Moore 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 13. Liam Davis 14. Calvin Brooks 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (74 mins for Brendan Moloney) 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Matteo Lanzoni 18. James Hayter 19. Ebo Andoh

Cardiff City:
1. David Marshall 2. John Brayford 3. Declan John 4. Joe Ralls 5. Mark Hudson (Captain) 6. Ben Turner 7. Guido Burgstaller 8. Kagisho Dikgacoi 9. Adam Le Fondre 10. Javi Guerra 11. Mats Daehli

Substitutes:
12. Matthew Connolly (30 mins for Ben Turner) 13. Simon Moore (19 mins for David Marshall) 14. Kim Bo-Kyung (74 mins for Declan John) 15. Fabio Da Silva (74 mins for John Brayford) 16. Kenwyne Jones (60 mins for Adam Le Fondre) 17. Aaron Gunnarsson (60 mins for Kagisho Dikgacoi) 18. Jordon Mutch (46 mins for Joe Ralls) 19. Peter Whittingham (60 mins for Guido Burgstaller) 20. Magnus Eikrem (60 mins for Mats Daehli) 21. Nicky Maynard (46 mins for Javi Guerra) 22. Juan Cala (68 mins for Mark Hudson)

Referee: Kevin Johnson. Assistants: Richard Martin and Simon Knapp. Fourth Official: Richard Hulme.

Attendance: 2,018 (including 805 Cardiff City supporters).


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27 July 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for this afternoon's home pre-season friendly against Cardiff City. The match is the club's final friendly on home turf before a string of away friendlies polish of the schedule, and manager Gary Johnson has badged it as one of two dress rehearsals for the 2014-15 season proper.

With that in mind, it's worth noting that there is only one trialist in today's squad - winger Ebo Andoh, who is a 21 year old Ghanaian who has been previously only known as 'Trialist A'. He has most recently been on the books of Cyprior side AEL Limassol but was previously on the books of Porto. He is a former Ghana Under-20 international.

There's no sign of midfielder Simon Gillett - at presen we don't know if that's an injury or whether he's left the club. Midfielder James Berrett (thigh) and Joel Grant (foot) remain as longer term absentees. Putting a slight bit of guesswork in terms of how the Glovers will line up this afternoon, given that there are three strikers in the starting eleven, the following line-up should take to the field:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Brendan Moloney 5. Jakub Sokolik 6. Aaron Martin 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards (Captain) 8. Sam Foley 11. Sam Hoskins
9. Kieffer Moore 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 13. Liam Davis 14. Calvin Brooks 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Matteo Lanzoni 18. James Hayter 19. Ebo Andoh

Cardiff City:
1. David Marshall 2. John Brayford 3. Declan John 4. Joe Ralls 5. Mark Hudson (Captain) 6. Ben Turner 7. Guido Burgstaller 8. Kagisho Dikgacoi 9. Adam Le Fondre 10. Javi Guerra 11. Mats Daehli

Substitutes:
12. Matthew Connolly 13. Simon Moore 14. Kim Bo-Kyung 15. Fabio Da Silva 16. Kenwyne Jones 17. Aaron Gunnarsson 18. Jordan Mutch 19. Peter Whittingham 20. Magnus Eikrem 21. Nicky Maynard 22. Juan Cala

Referee: Kevin Johnson. Assistants: Richard Martin and Simon Knapp. Fourth Official: Richard Hulme.


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26 July 2014 : Campion Leaves Ipswich For Bantams Trial
Former Yeovil Town trialist Achille Campion appears to have now moved on from his trial with Ipswich Town. The Frenchman has been spotted as on trial with League One side Bradford City, having been named on their teamsheet today, for their friendly with Blackburn Rovers at Valley Parade, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Campion was an unused substitute in the match, suggesting that he will be given a chance with the Bantams on another day. Their line-up for the match is as shown below and includes former Glovers loanee Matthew Dolan, who has agreed a one year permanent contract with the Yorkshire club, having had an eleven game loan spell with them at the end of last season. Bradford have an unspecified option in place to extend Dolan's deal by a further year.

Bradford City: 1. Jordan Pickford 2. Stephen Darby (c) 3. Alan Sheehan 4. Matthew Dolan 5. Andrew Davies 8. Gary Liddle 9. James Hanson 10. Billy Clarke 11. Billy Knott 20. Raffaele De Vita 22. Rory McArdle

Substitutes: 12. Matt Urwin (46 mins for Pickford) 6. Christopher Routis (78 mins for Davies) 7. Mo Shariff (84 mins for Dolan) 14. Mark Yeates (44 mins for De Vita) 15. James Meredith (73 mins for Liddle) 16. Achille Campion 17. Jason Kennedy (59 mins for Knott) 18. Lewis Clarkson (69 mins for Clarke) 19. Oliver McBurnie (69 mins for Hanson) 21. Reggie Lambe 23. Niall Heaton (88 mins for Sheehan).


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26 July 2014 : Ladies Take On Lionesses
Yeovil Town Ladies are in action on Sunday afternoon, when they take on Millwall Lionesses in an FA Women's Super League fixture. The match takes place at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove) in Sherborne, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off - turnstiles open 90 minutes before that.

Tickets for the game can be purchased on the Yeovil Town Ladies Ticketing Website costing £4.00 adults / £2.50 concessions, or you can pay on the turnstiles on the day of the game.

U18’s can also gain FREE entry on receipt of a ‘Golden Ticket’ during admission. For more info email info@yeoviltownladies.com or print out the image shown below (or click here and print) and fill in the form.

Yeovil Town Ladies - in action at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove, also home of Sherborne Town FC) on Sunday
Yeovil Town Ladies - in action at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove, also home of Sherborne Town FC) on Sunday.

Print this image out and fill in the form to claim your Under-18 Golden Ticket
Print this image out and fill in the form to claim your Under-18 Golden Ticket.


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25 July 2014 : Pre-Ordering Planned For New Home Shirt
Yeovil Town's forthcoming 2014-15 players shirts will have new sponsorship attached to them, although the club's main shirt sponsor is maintaining their relationship with the club. W&S Recycling Services have extended their current deal by an unspecified length - previous deals with the Poole-based company have been for a 12 month period.

However, with Tamburino taking over the sponsorship of the club's Main Stand, there will be new sponsorship through Thatchers Cider (who also currently sponsor the home terrace). They have agreed a three year deal with the club to have their logo displayed on the back of the shirts, between the shoulder blades. Shorts sponsorship remains with A.J. Wakely & Sons.

The new home shirt design sees the now long-standing 'hoops' design continue, this time with the hoops continuing around the back of the shirt, rather than last season's white back panel. In addition, each 'major' hoop is actually made up of seven 'tiny' hoops of green, split by six tiny hoops of white - the first time that design has been attempted. The W&S Recycling sponsorship will be blended into the design of the shirt, rather than separately pressed onto the front of the shirt, which will mean an end to the peeling panel that some supporters have experienced.

Although you won't be able to buy the new Home Shirt until the end of August, the club will be taking pre-orders for it from next Monday, via the Huish Park Club Shop. Prices will be £40.00 for adult sizes and £30.00 for junior sizes. As yet there is no design or dates associated with the planned changes for the Away Shirt.


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25 July 2014 : New 2014-15 Kit Production Suffers Delays
Yeovil Town's plans to launch their 2014-15 home and away kits have suffered a delay. The Glovers had planned to use a new home strip as part of last Saturday's pre-season friendly against Reading, but instead the team have continued to use the 2013-14 kit during both that match and Tuesday night's Bristol Rovers friendly.

Now the club have indicated that the replica home and away kit will only be on sale in 'late August', thus representing a delay of around a month against the original timeline. Although the club are planning to publish a graphical design of what the kit will look like, it seems that fans will not get their hands on the physical shirts until the season is well under way.

It's not clear at this stage whether the first team will receive their own shirts in time for League One's season kick-off on August 9th, or whether they'll also have to continue with last season's strip. The delay is being blamed on 'unforeseen circumstances' at kit manufacturers Sondico, with the implication that there has been a 'quality' issue in what has been received so far.


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25 July 2014 : Glovers Preparation Helped By Variety Of Games
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that getting his squad together early on in pre-season will reap benefits as they experience different types of opposition, reflecting the different styles they'll play over the coming year. Having played Championship side Reading last weekend, who operated a 4-4-1-1 style, they met a Bristol Rovers side in midweek that used three central midfielders that made for a less expansive game than the Royals fixture had been.

Now on Sunday, they face Cardiff City, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, with the Bluebirds expected to present another change in style for the players to face. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson explained that seeing the full squad experience those different styles and challenges across the month of July would give them a spread of what they would face over the course of a League One season:

"We've got to be ready for all sorts of onslaughts, but we've also got to be ready to break all sorts of teams down. That's why it's good to have all the players in early, which we have done, and to bring them through all of these games, because they're learning all the time."

With Cardiff managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and having been a regular force at second tier level, Johnson is expecting them to be a fairly close match to Reading in style and ability. However, he pointed out that they still had a number of Premier League standard players, despite losing former Glovers loan defender Steven Caulker to Queens Park Rangers during the week:

"Cardiff will be similar to the Reading game in that they're both Championship clubs. Cardiff have still got their Premier League boys in their midst, although they lost Steven Caulker this week. But they've got some good players and they'll be a good team, and that will give you a different test again. You've got to come up against all these different tests with different shapes and different philosophies. Cardiff play it a little bit, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have his way of playing."

The match against Cardiff City takes place at Huish Park on Sunday 27th July at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. For ticketing arrangements, see the earlier article below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City.


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24 July 2014 : Sam And Joe Give That Personal Delivery Touch
Picture the scene, if you will. You're aged 7-9 years old, and you've just started your school holidays, when there's a knock on the door. Your Yeovil Town Football Club 2014-15 Season Tickets have arrived. Good news! But wait - things get better, as they're being delivered in person by long-standing first team players Joe Edwards and Sam Foley. Then, as the icing on top of the cake, having arrived at your house, they come in, and they sit on your sofa with you.

This was how Thursday afternoon went for Yeovil Town supporters Ruby (9 years old) and Shane (7 years old) who got their surprise visit from the players - one of a number of visits that Joe and Sam managed across the afternoon, aimed at putting a smile on the face of some of the club's younger supporters. Their mum Kate Northam, who manages Merriott Ladies Football Club as well as being a Glovers fan, described it as the "best day of the summer holidays" (and we're not even in August yet!)

Kate has said that Merriott Ladies are on the look out for new players for their own season that is about to start, and so any ladies who love playing football should get in contact with her if that interests you - drop this website an email if you don't have a contact for her or their club.

As for Sam, Joe and the football club - top marks for them for taking some time out and visiting a few of the club's fans at their own homes. There's little doubt that pictures like the one below will be cherished for a long time.

Sam Foley and Joe Edwards, pictured with Yeovil Town supporters Ruby and Shane on Thursday afternoon
Sam Foley and Joe Edwards, pictured with Yeovil Town supporters Ruby and Shane on Thursday afternoon.


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24 July 2014 : Camera Gift To Benefit Club's Training Sessions
The Away Travel Club and one of Yeovil Town's sponsors, Jones Building Group, have purchased a new GoPro Camera for the football club. The cameras are specialist high-definition personal cameras that can be mounted or worn on a person's clothing or equipment, and are designed to capture action video photography by use of a wide-angled lens.

Yeovil Town will be using the camera for two purposes - the club's medical department will be using them along with the first team coaches, so that they can monitor players during their training sessions, and play back captured situations. The club's media department will also be using it to capture video footage of players in training sessions or competitive matches as an alternative view of key incidents.

The camera was today presented to First Team Coach Darren Way, who provides the management team with much of their technical data relating to players. Presenting it were Mark Kelly (left) from the Away Travel Club and Mark Porter (right), who is the Managing Director of Jones Building Group.

Mark Kelly (Away Travel Club), Darren Way (First Team Coach) and Mark Porter (Jones Building Group) with the new GoPro Camera
Mark Kelly (Away Travel Club), Darren Way (First Team Coach) and Mark Porter (Jones Building Group) with the new GoPro Camera.
Photo © 2014 Yeovil Town FC


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24 July 2014 : Edwards Expecting 'Big Year' For Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Edwards feels that the club may have to get used to a different kind of situation for the coming season, having just come down from playing Championship football. The 23 year old is moving into the fourth season that he has had some form of involvement with the Glovers, and on all occasions the club have faced their opponents largely as underdogs in the division, with bookmakers frequently pitching them as outsiders.

This season though, with the club being a recent Championship side, and having won promotion during the 2012-13 season, the bookmakers have gone for a rather more bullish approach to their predictions and at the end of May were being ranked at around 7th or 8th for promotion. Although later betting has seen them drift a touch since then, it's unlikely that this season will see Yeovil listed amongst many pundits 'tips for relegation' which will give them a new experience:

"It's a big year for us. We maybe, from a few years back, used to be the underdogs. We're more favourites now in a lot of the games, which is different for us but we've earned that, and we've got the respect from other teams and from the media as well. It's an exciting time and we're just looking forward to the start of the season now."

Edwards himself has been tipped for a big year, with many Glovers fans expecting him to become Yeovil Town's club captain for the 2014-15 season - something that he says would be an 'honour' although he denies that this has already been agreed, despite having worn the armband already for several of the club's pre-season fixtures. He says that his only aim at present is to maintain the standards that he achieved last season in the Championship:

"That would obviously be my personal goal, to keep playing like I did last year, and to improve this year and hopefully stand out in this league. But I think more importantly if the team does well then generally you do well yourself. So as long as the team is going that way, that's the important thing."


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23 July 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 win against Bristol Rovers in a pre-season friendly at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's views on his opponents and his team as well as the trialists who played in the match, can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game.


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23 July 2014 : Ipswich Confirm Campion Trial
Championship side Ipswich Town have confirmed that former Yeovil Town trialist Achille Campion is training with them. As reported on Monday, the Frenchman had given a fairly heavy hint that his time at Huish Park had been ended, presumably with the player making the decision to jump ship, rather than the Glovers.

Ipswich report that Campion played in a Development Squad match yesterday at Braintree Town last night, in what was a testimonial match for Braintree's Bradley Quinton. The Tractor Boys won their match 1-0, and after the game they confirmed Campion's inclusion in that side, preferring to blood him in that match rather than their first team friendly against Colchester United, which takes place later tonight.

On that basis, it can probably be assumed that the 24 year old's interest in Yeovil Town is over, for the time being at least.


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23 July 2014 : Welshy Says Farewell After Glovers Trial
Yeovil Town have shown the door to left-winger Andy Welsh after he played for the club in two pre-season friendlies over the last week. The 30 year old played in home friendlies against Reading and Bristol Rovers, having arrived back at the club where he spent three years as a player between 2008 and 2011, with time spent at Carlisle United and Scunthorpe United sandwiched inbetween.

The Manchester-born player never played under manager Gary Johnson during his first spell at Huish Park, Welsh was given the opportunity to show what he could do on both the training ground and in those two matches, but he has confirmed via his Twitter account that he has been let go and so as a free agent is available to other clubs:

"Would like to thank everyone at Yeovil Town for the last week and the reception me and my family got from everyone at the club in the last two games. I wish the club, players and fans good luck for the 2014/2015 season. I hope you can achieve promotion once again. As for me, I'm feeling fit, played two games, had a weeks worth of training and I'm ready for a new challenge, so if anyone needs a winger this Saturday, I'm still available on a free transfer - who needs Sky Sports News you heard it here first!"

The very best of luck to Welshy in his search for a contract for the 2014-15 season.


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23 July 2014 : Johnson Needing To Make Decisions On Club's Trialists
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will need to start making hard decisions on his lower key 'unnamed' trialists within the next few days. The Glovers boss has fielded four players - understood to be largely of French or French-speaking origin - over the last three friendlies, although one of those - named as Achille Campion - is expected to play for Ipswich Town on trial this week and was not present last night.

As for the other three, who have been playing as a right-winger, a left-winger and a central midfielder, Johnson has said that it's unfair to keep them waiting for a decision for much longer, and so will start to deliver a 'yes' or a 'no' once he has spoken to his management team for a second opinion, and then speaks to the relevant players. However, he admitted to BBC Somerset that the remaining trio had not been as effective against Bristol Rovers as they had been during Saturday's match against Reading:

"We'll talk to them first before we talk about them publicly. But it was a different test for them today as the game wasn't open, because obviously Bristol Rovers play with three in the middle and three at the back. So it was a different kind of game and they didn't quite do as much as they did against Reading, funnily enough. But I'll have a chat with my staff and we'll see which ones we're going to invite back again for the next game. But we haven't had that discussion yet."

One of the higher profile trialists has been former Nottingham Forest midfielder Simon Gillett, who played his second game for the club last night. With the 28 year old having had a short loan spell at the club seven years ago, and having turned out in opposition sides that have played against both Yeovil Town and sides managed by Gary Johnson over the years, the Glovers boss knows him well. Johnson explained that would be an easier decision to make compared with the lesser-known players on view:

"He (Gillett) has done well but we know him. We know what he's got and exactly how he can play and so we'll have a chat with him. But with the ones we don't know we obviously can't keep them here forever. We've got to make some form of decision based on what we've seen, not just in games but in training, and whether they can play an English League One game, as opposed to where they have been playing."


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22 July 2014 : Yeovil 2 Rovers 0 : Leitch-Smith At The Double For Glovers
Yeovil Town beat local rivals Bristol Rovers this evening in the club's fifth pre-season friendly of the month, to break a run of three draws. The damage was done early in the second half as former Crewe Alexandra striker AJ Leitch-Smith scored twice in the opening ten minutes, converting crosses on both occasions for his fourth and fifth goals since his arrival in Somerset.

The opening 45 minutes was a fairly low-key affair, that saw the Glovers look strong in defence, but struggled to break out and create a significant number of chances, with the few that came their way falling to two of the unnamed trialists, who were playing as wingers on the night. With a third member of the midfield quartet also being a trialist, in the form of Simon Gillett, there was a lack of attacking fluency during the opening half.

Matters changed very quickly after the break, with a number of second half substitutions. One of those - Kieffer Moore - made an instant impact, with his first contribution being to feed AJ Leitch-Smith with a cross, as his strike partner confidently fired home to give Yeovil the lead.

Ten minutes into the half and Yeovil doubled their lead, as right-back Seth Nana Twumasi's cross into the box couldn't be cleared by the Bristol Rovers back line, and AJ Leitch-Smith fired home from inside the penalty box for a 2-0 scoreline. The second half included the inevitable raft of second half substitutions, with only Chris Weale staying out on the pitch for the full 90 minutes, and further showings for 'Trialist C' and Andy Welsh - striker Achille Campion was not one of the unnamed trio, with the assumption that he has headed to Portman Road to try his luck with Ipswich Town in their friendly match against Colchester United on Wednesday.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Bristol Rovers 0.

Scorers: AJ Leitch-Smith (46 mins, 1-0), AJ Leitch-Smith (55 mins, 2-0).

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney, 5. Jakub Sokolik, 6. Aaron Martin, 3. Liam Davis
7. Trialist A, 4. Joe Edwards, 8. Simon Gillett, 11. Trialist B
9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Nathan Smith (46 mins for Liam Davis), 14. Seth Nana Twumasi (46 mins for Brendan Moloney), 15. Matteo Lanzoni (75 mins for Jakub Sokolik), 16. Calvin Brooks (75 mins for Aaron Martin), 17. Kevin Dawson (46 mins for Trialist A), 18. Nathan Ralph (75 mins for Seth Nana Twumasi), 19. Sam Foley (46 mins for Trialist B), 20. Kieffer Moore (46 mins for James Hayter), 21. Trialist C (75 mins for Simon Gillett), 22. Andy Welsh (68 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith).

Bristol Rovers:
1. Steve Mildenhall 2. Ryan Higgins 3. Lee Brown 4. Tom Lockyer 5. Mark McChrystal 6. Tom Parkes 7. Lee Mansell 8. Ollie Clarke 9. Ryan Brunt 10. Matty Taylor 11. Jake Gosling

Substitutes:
12. Stuart Sinclair 14. Jamie White 15. Daniel Thompson 16. Neil Trotman 17. Ellis Harrison 18. Dominic Thomas 1. Kieran Preston.

Referee: Christopher Powell. Assistants: Mark Derrien and Richard Hulme. Fourth Official: Brendan Malone.

Attendance: 1,498 (including 289 Bristol Rovers supporters).


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22 July 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Bristol Rovers. There are three trialists in the starting line-up and two more on the bench, with midfielder Simon Gillett given his second start, whilst Andy Welsh sits on the bench after his head injury on the weekend left him needing stitches.

There are also now three unnamed trialists, rather than four, which leads to the conclusion that Achille Campion has headed off to Suffolk to train with Ipswich Town. However, as Achille was 'Trialist B' that means that there's almost certainly been a bit of shuffling around with the identity of the remaining trio.

Midfielder Sam Foley is fit enough to be on the bench, but Sam Hoskins, James Berrett (thigh), Joel Grant (foot) and Ben Nugent (ankle) miss out for tonight's game, with Berrett and Grant the longer-term absentees. The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney, 5. Jakub Sokolik, 6. Aaron Martin, 3. Liam Davis
7. Trialist A, 4. Joe Edwards, 8. Simon Gillett, 11. Trialist B
9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Nathan Smith, 14. Seth Nana Twumasi, 15. Matteo Lanzoni, 16. Calvin Brooks, 17. Kevin Dawson, 18. Nathan Ralph, 19. Sam Foley, 20. Kieffer Moore, 21. Trialist C, 22. Andy Welsh.

Bristol Rovers:
1. Steve Mildenhall 2. Ryan Higgins 3. Lee Brown 4. Tom Lockyer 5. Mark McChrystal 6. Tom Parkes 7. Lee Mansell 8. Ollie Clarke 9. Ryan Brunt 10. Matty Taylor 11. Jake Gosling

Substitutes:
12. Stuart Sinclair 14. Jamie White 15. Daniel Thompson 16. Neil Trotman 17. Ellis Harrison 18. Dominic Thomas 1. Kieran Preston.

Referee: Christopher Powell. Assistants: Mark Derrien and Richard Hulme. Fourth Official: Brendan Malone.


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22 July 2014 : Ticketing For Truro City vs Yeovil Town
Admission prices for Yeovil Town's away pre-season friendly against Conference South side Truro City is now available. The match takes place at Treyew Road on Saturday 2nd August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

As mentioned earlier this month, the Cornish side have arranged this fixture as a 125th Anniversary match, with the club dating back to 1889. Prices for this match are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £7.00; Under-16s: £3.00.

In the unlikely event that any Glovers fans are also Truro City Season Ticket holders, they will get admission free of charge. Concessions appear to apply to Over-65s, students and disabled supporters.

For other pre-season prices and other 2014-15 season admission prices, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Reading And Bristol Rovers Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offer For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.

Link: Ticketing For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Fixtures.

Link: Full Admission Prices For 2014-15 Season.


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22 July 2014 : Miller Getting Tangerines Trial
Former Yeovil Town striker Ishmael Miller is reported to be training with Championship side Blackpool in the hope of earning a contract there. The 27 year old had been strongly linked in recent weeks to Doncaster Rovers, but with the broad impression that he was frustrating manager Paul Dickov in refusing to give a firm response to an offer made by the Yorkshire club - Dickov's words at the time suggested that the man who used to clean his boots at Manchester City was holding back and waiting for a Championship club.

Now it seems that Miller has found that Championship club - albeit one that is rather unstable at this moment in time. The Blackpool Gazette report that he is training with them and that they are interested in signing him. The fly in the ointment is that manager Jose Riga and club chairman Karl Oyston are reported as being at loggerheads with each other over the club's direction, despite only having arrived at Bloomfield Road on June 3rd.

On Saturday, Blackpool fielded a side with five trialists starting and only eight contracted players on their books, and after the game Riga imposed a media blackout on the club, presumably to stop any 'awkward' questions about the state of the club being fielded, but in doing so ensuring his club got national headlines. Thus Miller may be able to ensure that he gets an offer from the Tangerines, but that will almost certainly rely upon Riga lasting a little longer than the seven weeks the former Charlton Athletic boss has managed so far.


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21 July 2014 : Campion Hints At Tractor Boys Opportunity
Sometimes players who use Social Networking can steer supporters (and media) up the garden path with in-jokes and comments that get taken out of context. However, Yeovil Town trialist Achille Campion has tonight posted a tweet that merely is composed of two words - "Ipswich Town" - coupled with two football graphics.

The obvious conclusion to draw is that the Frenchman, who scored on Saturday against Reading, is about to try his luck with another tractor-loving football club. Ipswich have a pre-season friendly at Colchester United on Wednesday night, and so if Achille doesn't show tomorrow night at Huish Park for the Tuesday night friendly against Bristol Rovers, then he may well do so at the Community Stadium, 24 hours after that.

In the meantime, there's a short video of his chance at Huish Park on the weekend that saw Reading keeper Adam Federici superbly tip his strike onto the crossbar during the second half.




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21 July 2014 : Gillett To Get Extended Chance With Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is willing to give former Nottingham Forest and Bristol City midfielder Simon Gillett a chance to impress, after he joined the club on trial just before the weekend. The 28 year old teamed up with the Glovers for Saturday's 1-1 draw against Reading, playing the first hour of the match, seven years after a short loan spell at Huish Park whilst he was a Southampton player.

Johnson also fielded another familiar face in left-winger Andy Welsh, who had to leave the field at half time due to a head injury and speaking after the game he thought both players looked the part in what they did:

"They're two good footballers. Andy couldn't last any longer than the one half because of his head. Simon hasn't played for a little while and has been training on his own. So he did well to last an hour or so. We were pleased with him. I know him well. I think there are parts of his game that I can help with, but he's a good footballer - they both are. So we wanted to give them the opportunity to show us that they can still be a part of a League One winning group."

Gillett became a free agent at the end of last season when Forest decided to release him as part of a mass clear-out by new manager Stuart Pearce, and surprisingly has yet to find himself a new club, despite having plenty of experience at both Championship and League One level. Johnson said he wanted to see more of him given that he had only just arrived in South Somerset:

"We needed that type of player and so we gave him an opportunity to see what he could do. If he wants to stick around for a little while longer, then I'm sure he'll get that opportunity to keep impressing. We won't make that decision after a day-and-a-bit, as he's only trained once and played once. But of course I know him very well. He's not a young lad, and he's been around and played against my teams many times, and he's still got something in there that can help someone - and that could be us."

Link: Simon Gillett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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