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23 August 2014 : Johnson Pleased With Moore Confidence Boost
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said following this afternoon's draw against Scunthorpe United that he was pleased to see striker Kieffer Moore open his account this season - but would like to have seen his side grab another goal. The Glovers boss was able to watch a player who he had only put on as a substitute two minutes earlier bag the games opening goal, as the former Dorchester Town player notched his sixth for the club - turning in a Sam Foley cross to put Yeovil 1-0 ahead.

Moore had been dropped from the side for Tuesday night's trip to Walsall, having previously started the opening three matches of the 2013-15 season, with mixed opinions on how well the 22 year old had been performing during those matches. Johnson's view was that Moore had been having 'a bit of a stinker' at times during those matches, and so told BBC Somerset that was about managing the situation and being prepared to pull a player out of a side, to later bring them back in:

"We had to take him out of the fray for a couple of weeks. For a young lad who has made a massive rise through the pyramid, with all due respect to Dorchester, it does take time. We're trying to put him on a very quick learning programme, and at a club like ours sometimes that's in the first team. I was pleased he scored because that will definitely help him, and that means that we've gained another player, as far as the crowd are concerned, and as far as his confidence is concerned."

Moore has yet to complete 90 minutes in a match this season, and Johnson acknowledged that sometimes he was making decisions that went against what the crowd wanted him to do at various points in those games. However, he said he needed to often help a player get through a poor spell of form in order for him to come through it and out the other side:

"I've got to make those decisions on the day. Sometimes you leave people out there when the crowd want you to take them off, and sometimes you have to bring people on when sometimes people are maybe are thinking otherwise. But to be fair to our crowd, they were very supportive, and that shows that if a crowd gets behind a player who is having a bit of a stinker over a couple of games, then they can help him turn that around. I have to manage it from that point of view. But I was really pleased that he scored."

The game was levelled in the 82nd minute when former striker Paddy Madden, whose name had been the most talked about in both camps leading up to the game, scored from inside the box to ensure the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Johnson was frustrated by that, as he felt that eventual scoreline did represent two points dropped and felt his side needed that second goal to make Madden's strike irrelevant:

"I think the way the game went, it was definitely a couple of points lost. We got our goal at a good time and we'd had a couple of one-v-one opportunities. Obviously Scunthorpe had come looking for that point. They did all they could to make everything run at a slower tempo. I thought the lads did well. I thought the many parts of our game were good but without getting that second goal that would have made sure that we won the game. If you don't get that second goal then you run the risk of somebody making a mistake, which is in my opinion what happened. You've got to get those two goals."


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23 August 2014 : Yeovil 1 Scunthorpe 1 : Moore And Madden Keep It Level
Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United shared the spoils this afternoon at Huish Park, as a goal from a current striker and a former striker kept the scores level. In a match where the Glovers had plenty of early chances without breaking the deadlock, it was substitute Kieffer Moore who found the back of the net 65 minutes into the match, as he converted a Sam Foley cross from inside the box. But Paddy Madden was on hand to spoil the party eight minutes from the end as he scored a goal typical of his time in Somerset, as he made himself room to fire home, and keep the Glovers in 19th place in the early League One table.

Unsurprisingly given the midweek performance and result at Walsall on Tuesday night, team selection for manager Gary Johnson was an easy one - the same starting eleven and the same six substitutes, with the likes of James Berrett, Joel Grant, Liam Davis and Seth Nana Twumasi all unavailable and Matteo Lanzoni not currently being selected.

There was a typical home-vs-away first half balance in the game, with Yeovil Town having the majority of the possession and the territory, whilst Scunthorpe used occasional breakaway attacks to try to get their incisive play. Kevin Dawson and AJ Leitch-Smith were both denied in a double-save from Scunthorpe goalkeeper Robert Olejnik, whilst Leitch-Smith really should have scored when he burst clean through only to find the goalkeeper saving with his legs. At the other end Jennison Myrie-Williams provided the main attacking menace, with one run in from the wings forcing Chris Weale to palm the ball around his post.

The first period had ended with a slightly inert looking final 10 or 15 minute period in which Scunthorpe had managed to snuff out the Yeovil attacks and that pattern continued after the break. The Iron forced Chris Weale into a double save as he denied Lyle Taylor and then Paddy Madden, and the danger was that the visitors would grab a sucker punch from such a situation.

However, with 25 minutes remaining, Kieffer Moore entered the pitch as a replacement for James Hayter - two minutes later Yeovil were ahead. His chest down into the path of Sam Foley allowed an attack to be built up, and as the winger pushed the ball to the byline, the cross into the box met Moore who timed his run well to score his first goal of the 2014-15 season and to put the Glovers 1-0 up.

AJ Leitch-Smith headed over a Kevin Dawson cross, and the striker was involved in an unusual spot of perfect refereeing consistency from referee Keith Hill, who produced a yellow for a Leitch-Smith dive and then followed it up by doing the same to Scunthorpe substitute Billy Kee. But with eight minutes to go, the inevitable happened. Scunthorpe substitute Gary McSheffrey threaded a ball through to Paddy Madden, and his skill once he got inside the box avoided any Yeovil defenders closing him down, and he shot home at the near post to equalise against his old side. To his credit, he chose not to celebrate his second goal of the season, despite the obvious temptation to do so.

That was pretty much that, with the game fizzling out - helped by Scunthorpe being more than happy to wind down the clock at this stage, and referee Keith Hill not being too bothered about the situation, save to add on four additional minutes. A Kieffer Moore run and shot was about the only other incident, but a home draw was what they had to settle for, which keeps the Glovers in 19th place, although with it being such an early league table, they are just one win off the play-off positions. Very early days yet.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 1.

Scorers: Kieffer Moore (1-0, 65 mins), Paddy Madden (1-1, 82 mins).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale,
6. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Aaron Martin, 20. Ben Nugent, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 2. Brendan Moloney 13. Kieffer Moore (63 mins for James Hayter) 16. Nathan Ralph (88 mins for Sam Foley) 14. Sam Hoskins (87 mins for Kevin Dawson), 21, Calvin Brooks

Scunthorpe United:
26. Robert Olejnik
24. Luke O'Neill 18. Miles Addison 6. Niall Canavan 30. Marcus Williams
11. Jennison Myrie-Williams 7. Matthew Sparrow 12. Neal Bishop 14. Terry Hawkridge
9. Paddy Madden 19. Lyle Taylor

Substitutes:
27. Billy Kee (56 mins for Lyle Taylor) 2. Eddie Nolan 4. Sean McAllister 16. Hakeeb Adelakun (72 mins for Jennison Myrie-Williams) 21. Pat Weaver 28. Gary McSheffrey (56 mins for Terry Hawkridge) 32. Miguel Angel Llera

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (foul, 45 mins), Kevin Dawson (foul, 70 mins), AJ Leitch-Smith (diving, 78 mins)

Scunthorpe Bookings: Gary McSheffrey (foul, 65 mins), Billy Kee (diving, 81 mins), Neal Bishop (handball, 83 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 12; Fouls: 13.

Scunthorpe Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Assistant Referees: Fourth Official:

Attendance: 3,943 (including 193 Scunthorpe supporters).


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23 August 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting eleven for this afternoon's home League One match against Scunthorpe United. Following Tuesday night's away win against Walsall, which finally kick-started their season, manager Gary Johnson has kept faith with the same squad that turned out for that game, which ended in a 2-1 win.

The substitutes bench remains as per Tuesday night as well with James Berrett (thigh), Joel Grant (foot), Liam Davis (broken wrist) and Seth Nana Twumasi (suspended) all unavailable, and Matteo Lanzoni not considered for selection.

In the opposition line-up, striker Paddy Madden is confirmed as in the Iron's starting eleven, with former Bristol City winger Jennison Myrie-Williams another player in their line-up who has played under Gary Johnson. The Yeovil line-up for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale,
6. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Aaron Martin, 20. Ben Nugent, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 2. Brendan Moloney 13. Kieffer Moore 16. Nathan Ralph 14. Sam Hoskins, 21, Calvin Brooks

Scunthorpe United:
26. Robert Olejnik
24. Luke O'Neill 18. Miles Addison 6. Niall Canavan 30. Marcus Williams
11. Jennison Myrie-Williams 7. Matthew Sparrow 12. Neal Bishop 14. Terry Hawkridge
9. Paddy Madden 19. Lyle Taylor

Substitutes:
27. Billy Kee 2. Eddie Nolan 4. Sean McAllister 16. Hakeeb Adelakun 21. Pat Weaver 28. Gary McSheffrey 32. Miguel Angel Llera


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23 August 2014 : Interview With Paddy Madden
This afternoon sees former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden make his return to Huish Park, but this time in different club colours. Ahead of that visit, he spoke to BBC Radio Humberside reporter Mike White about his time with the Glovers and what is on his mind ahead of that return. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paddy Madden Speaks To The BBC About His Return To Huish Park.


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23 August 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United
Officials for the League One match between Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park this afternoon, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the match will be referee Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). We've had Mr Hill six times as a Football League club, although they're spread out heavily with some large gaps in between us seeing each other.

We had him twice during the 2013-14 season, meaning that he is fairly fresh in the memory. He took charge of the August 2013 match against Derby County that saw the Glovers lose 0-3 at Huish Park. This was a game that was won and lost in the midst of a dazzling 25 minute spell from the Rams, and you can't blame a referee when a team string together 25 passes to slot the ball in the back of the net. That said, in the second half we felt that he denied us a penalty claim when Andy Williams was taken out in the box. The Western Gazette centred on this, calling him "infuriatingly inconsistent. The Glovers did well not to entirely lose their temper with a referee who failed to spot a clear penalty amongst a string of other poor decisions." That said, all he did there was to deny us the chance of a consolation goal.

Later that same season, he was present for the rather ugly 5-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town in December 2013. This was probably our worst performance of our year in the Championship, partly due to a very patched up defence. We also lost a couple of players to injury early on and in the midst of that mess we can't recall anything that Mr Hill did that was out of turn. To be honest we were too busy dealing with our own shortcomings when we wrote the match report!

Before that, we saw him for the March 2011 game against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium - a game in which we again lost 3-0, and where the scoreline undoubtedly reflected the balance of the play. No obvious complaints about the refereeing to be had on that occasion. The same can't be said for the October 2008 home match against Southend United - a game in which Mr Hill took centre stage. Raising his yellow card six times and his red card twice, the Hertfordshire official finally lost the plot, in a game he'd never had a grip on, in the last minute when he dished out a straight red card to Danny Schofield for an excellent sliding challenge. In the aftermath, Gary Roberts described to Mr Hill precisely what he thought of his decision-making and was also dismissed. The Glovers, who at that point had been putting the Shrimpers under sustained pressure with a late comeback goal, were down to nine men - two men dismissed because of an excellent tackle that the referee hopelessly misjudged the view of.

After the match manager Russell Slade labelled Hill as 'arrogant' for refusing to review the sending off on the video, and the Football Association called him up to explain himself. At the same time, the FA's own Appeals Panel were agreeing with Russell that Mr Hill had got the decision wrong, overturning the red card, meaning that by the time the Yeovil boss reached FA Headquarters he was merely warned as to his future conduct.

Aside from that mess, Mr Hill took charge of two home League Two matches - one against Macclesfield Town and another against Lincoln City. The Macclesfield defeat saw him go largely unmentioned in the match report. We were slightly more irritated by him in the March 2003 fixture against Lincoln, but that was because the home support did not like his unwillingness to clamp down on some gamesmanship and physical play from an Imps side playing the long-ball game.

Mr Hill will be assisted by Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Brett Huxtable (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).

Link: December 2013 : Huddersfield Town 5 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Derby County 3.

Link: March 2011 : Southampton 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 2.

Link: October 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 Macclesfield Town 2.

Link: November 2003 : Yeovil Town 3 Lincoln City 1.


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22 August 2014 : McAllister To Help Kick-Start Indian Super League
Former Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister has lined up his next career move, after leaving Huish Park over the summer. The 36 year old is to play and coach in the Indian Super League (ISL) after joining the Kerala Blasters for their season. The eight-team franchise league is set to run from October 12th until December 20th, and will feature a host of well known professional footballers, including former Manchester United midfielder Bojan Djordjic, Juventus striker David Trezeguet and Arsenal winger Freddie Ljungberg in what will be the league's first season.

McAllister's connection comes via former England goalkeeper David James, who was on the books of Bristol City at the same time as the Glaswegian. The Kerala side will also include former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra, who was born in Newcastle, but has an Indian father and suffered a number of failed attempts during his career to represent his parent's home country at international level, after having previously played for England at various junior levels.

Whilst the large majority of players who will turn out for Kerala Blasters will be players based in India, McAllister should notice a couple of other familiar faces. Whilst David James will be managing the side, his assistant will be former Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Exeter City centre-forward Trevor Morgan, who has spent ten years coaching and managing teams in Asia, including the last four in India, whilst former Tranmere Rovers, Leicester City and Preston North End striker Iain Hume is also another of their new recruits.

The ISL is being bankrolled by Indiaís Reliance Industries, with each Franchise team paying around $25 million to provide a team on a ten year agreement. The goal is to kick-start India's interest in football, with the existing national football league, known as the I-League, having failed to wean the country off its more popular sports such as cricket.

McAllister will be appearing on BBC Somerset tomorrow lunchtime to talk about his plans for the remainder of 2014, which should hopefully give him his first opportunity to get into coaching - something he had hinted at as a career path during his days at Huish Park.


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22 August 2014 : Gary Previews The Scunthorpe Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's League One match against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary talks about the win at Walsall as well as two very different reunions with Paddy Madden and former Bristol City winger Jennison Myrie-Williams. That interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Scunthorpe.


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22 August 2014 : Madden Talks About Huish Park Return
Tomorrow afternoon sees former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden make his first return to Huish Park since his January 2014 departure to Scunthorpe United. At the time he left for an undisclosed fee, reported as being a six figure amount, the Iron were two divisions below the Glovers, but they meet as equals in a League One match.

Some of the build-up to the match tomorrow has been steered by media articles that have taken things back to the 2013-14 season, and Madden's acrimonious departure from the club, with the striker giving his views to the Irish press, with manager Gary Johnson providing some barbed views on that subject a day later. One of Johnson's claims were that there were 'reasons' why Madden had been left out of the side early on, and speaking to the BBC, Madden acknowledes that he did need to lose a bit of weight at the start of that campaign, which may have sparked off the friction:

"There were little things, like in the summer when I came back maybe my body fat was a little high and held me back. It was only up a bit, but I obviously worked hard to get it down. I've just got one of those bodies where I put on weight when I stop training. So it could be stuff like that that probably annoyed him. I don't know all the stuff. But I was still coming in and working hard, and I just felt that there were a lot of people on my case all the time, for whatever reason. One thing led to another, and we just kept fighting."

Madden insists that his quotes in the Irish press had been made from the point of view of his one Republic of Ireland senior international call-up, and the reasons why he had not been able to add to that tally. He told the Scunthorpe Telegraph that he felt that he could give his views on that Huish Park exit and still have overall respect for Johnson as a manager:

"Gary Johnson will always be the manager that gave me a chance at Yeovil and I'll always be thankful to him because of that. I did leave Yeovil on a sour note. As to why, Iíve got my reasons and he's got his. But if you ask me if I've got respect for the man Iíd say 'of course I do', because he gave me the chance that he did. I think people down there (Yeovil) think that I forget when people do nice things for me. Thatís not the case at all. Iím grateful, thatís in my character. Yes I've spoken my mind before about everything, but now it has to be put it to bed."

Madden has already found the net during the 2014-15 season for his new club, and will doubtless be hoping that his fortunes at League One level repeat themselves. However, he said that if he does find the back of the net at Huish Park tomorrow, then he told the BBC that he doesn't plan any wild celebrations:

"No, I don't think I will. Obviously I have too much respect for the fans down there. The fans are one of the main reasons why I did so well down there. They're a great set of fans. They let you play even if you make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, and if things aren't going well for the team they're a good bunch - they get behind the team and urge you on. They made my time down there brilliant. I've got respect for them so I don't think I will (celebrate scoring a goal) but then again you never know on the occasion what might happen."


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21 August 2014 : Johnson Expects To Work With Same Squad For Scunthorpe Visit
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is not expecting to add to his squad ahead of Saturday's home match against Scunthorpe United. The Glovers played at Walsall on Tuesday using their only available set of seventeen first team players, even running one place short on the substitute bench at the Bescot Stadium, and the injury prognosis, coupled with Seth Nana Twumasi's suspension is unlikely to change that situation for Saturday's match at Huish Park.

With less than two days having passed since the win over the Saddlers, Johnson hasn't had too much time to fix that problem, and he has told BBC Somerset that unless he gets a few unexpected late phone calls, then he will probably work with the squad that travelled to the Midlands:

"Well it's probably too soon as we speak (to bring in new players). But you never who comes knocking on your door late on a Thursday or on a Friday morning. There's a few lads and a few clubs that we've been talking to, to see what's around and what's available, because we need to add to our squad as it's very small in numbers."

The trio of James Berrett, Joel Grant and Liam Davis are expected to be missing for around three or four weeks, whilst Twumasi will return after this weekend. However, Gary explained that he was looking on a bit more of a long term basis than the immediate problems he had in filling a bench:

"We need to get players in that are going to be a part of our squad for a few months, and not just for the short term. At the moment we've got four or five injuries and so we're down to one less on the bench than we've got - we've got one out on loan. There's a lot of games coming up at certain periods of the year, and you need a bigger squad."

One of those players who seems to be heading out of the door is defender Matteo Lanzoni. On Tuesday night Gary revealed that the Italian wasn't carrying an injury, but in his opinion wasn't fit enough to justify a position on the bench. That somewhat damning verdict was coupled with the inference that he would be heading out of the club, and the Glovers boss more or less confirmed that to be the case, although said there wasn't any news forthcoming that he could expand upon in detail:

"No not really - not that I can say right now. We're all in talks at the moment, and I'll let you know when there's something definitive to tell you."


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21 August 2014 : Agard Continues Yeovil Town Reunion At Ashton Gate
Rotherham United striker Kieran Agard has become the latest former Yeovil Town player to sign for Bristol City. The 24 year old has agreed a three year deal at Ashton Gate, after deciding to drop a level in order to join City's expensively assembled squad, with reports at the Millers end suggesting a transfer fee of just under a million pounds was required to take Agard back to the South-West.

Winger/striker Luke Freeman (Stevenage), midfielder Korey Smith (Oldham Athletic) and right-back Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) are all former Glovers they have recruited for six figure fees over the summer of 2014, although Agard's arrival appears to be the most expensive one of the lot.

City were hardly short of fire power last season, with Sam Baldock taking the League One golden boot with 24 league goals, whilst Jay Emmanuel-Thomas bagged 21 goals in all competitions. Agard bagged 26 goals in all competitions for Rotherham last season, and last week turned down an approach from Leeds United after he was unable to agree personal terms with the Championship club.

Agard's time at Huish Park was rather more low key. Recruited in by Terry Skiverton as a free agent after his release from Everton in the summer of 2011, he netted six times in 34 appearances for the club. However, the bulk of his time on the pitch came during the first half of the season, with the arrival of Gary Johnson seeing Agard relegated from being a regular starter to a bench-warmer, getting only one start under the new management team on the final game of the 2011-12 season.

At that point he was released from his contract where he signed for Rotherham in the summer of 2012, but it was only during the 2013-14 season that his career began to take off, as an ever-present in Rotherham's side that gained promotion to the Championship and scoring 21 league and five cup goals in the process.


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21 August 2014 : Coventry City Away Ticketing Sales Suspended
In the light of this morning's news concerning Coventry City's move back to the Ricoh Arena, ticket sales for this match have been temporarily suspended. The Huish Park Ticket Office have stopped the sales, which were based on the match being staged at Sixfields, Northampton, until they can obtain information from the Coventry City ticket office as to what impact (if any) the change in location will have upon ticketing.

Coventry City have already suspended home end ticket sales for the same reason, and have indicated they are currently reconfiguring their Ticketing system so that it serves the needs of the Ricoh Arena rather than Sixfields. If you have already bought a ticket for the match between Coventry City and Yeovil Town, then we'd suggest that you hold onto it, and await further instructions. If you've not bought one yet, then please don't call/visit the Huish Park Ticket Office until they are put back on sale.


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21 August 2014 : Sky Blues Fixture To Be Switched Back To The Ricoh
Yeovil Town's League One match against Coventry City will now be played at the Ricoh Arena, after the Football League sanctioned a quick ground switch, taking the Sky Blues back home from their exile at Sixfields. The Glovers were due to play at Northampton Town's ground on Saturday 13th September, but in a Football League statement issued today, they will allow Coventry to stage their first game at the Ricoh on Friday 5th September against Gillingham, meaning that Yeovil Town's match a week later will also follow at the same venue.

Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has confirmed the news, saying that he saw it as a positive step in Coventry's attempts to restabilise their football club:

"Getting the two parties to this point has taken a significant amount of work over a lengthy period of time by everyone involved in this process. However, the majority of the credit should go to Coventry City and ACL, who have now agreed a mutually acceptable way forward. When The Football League Board gave its consent to Coventry City playing its matches in Northampton, it did so with this outcome in mind. It ensured that the club could continue to fulfil its fixtures, and thereby remain in The Football League, while all parties focussed on resolving this complex commercial dispute. I hope today is viewed as a new beginning for all the parties and that Sky Blues supporters can transfer the passion and energy they have put into their campaigning back into watching their club play in Coventry."

Coventry City's Development Director Steve Waggott indicated that there would need to be a lot of organisational work done to get the Ricoh Arena back up and running but was confident that would be done in time for the September 6th match against Gillingham:

"Logistically, it's going to mean a huge amount of work between now and the first game back and we would ask supporters to bear with us as all of our efforts up to now have been in getting this deal over the line to get us back to Coventry as soon as possible. We will announce details around tickets, Season Tickets and other information as soon as we can next week but we hope to be back at the Ricoh for the clash with Gillingham. We will keep supporters fully informed of progress to that aim."

Tickets on sale for this match for the Huish Park Ticket Office were being sold on the assumption that the match would be staged at Sixfields, Northampton. If anything changes in terms of pricing or availability, we'll provide further updates. At this early stage, it's unlikely the club will know what the impact may be. If the switch between stadiums concerns you, then you may want to hold back on purchasing tickets or travel just for a few days. The GWSC have already provided travel details for both eventualities.

Link: Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.

NOTE: Coventry's first game back at the Ricoh Arena will now be on Friday 5th September after Sky Sports stepped in and decided to switch the game to be a Friday night televised match. At 15 days notice, and with fans having booked trains and hotels, the footballing authorities have a lot to learn about the way they consider the effect upon travelling supporters!


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21 August 2014 : Sky Blues To Be Sent Back To Coventry?
League One side Coventry City appear to be on the brink of a return to the Ricoh Arena. As reported earlier this month, the Sky Blues legal dispute with their stadium landlords ACL appears to be drawing to an end, albeit with one possible appeal available via the courts.

The Coventry Telegraph, who have been loudly campaigning for Coventry's owners SISU to patch up their differences with ACL and return to their home city, have indicated that they expect a formal statement to be released later today concerning the club's current exile at Sixfields, home of Northampton Town FC.

Yesterday, SISU made a payment of £471,192 to ACL as part of a demand from the Football League concerning unpaid revenues that they had been told to make, following the collapse of Coventry City's trading company that held the Ricoh Arena leasehold.

The Football League have indicated that they would allow Coventry to change stadiums partway through the season, provided they could see evidence that it was to be a stable and permanent return, that would not result in a later switch back to Sixfields. The Coventry press claim that "the club could now return to Coventry by September" although this has not been verified by Coventry City themselves or the Football League.

Yeovil Town are due to play Coventry on September 13th and at present all arrangements are for the game to take place at Sixfields, Northampton. Given the need to give the Cobblers notice to quit their Sixfields lease agreement, and the need to bring the Ricoh Arena stadium operations back to life, including policing and stewarding, the most likely situation is that our game will come too soon for a switch back to Coventry. However, if that situation changes, we'll provide a further update.

Tickets for the trip to Sixfields are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Follow the link below.

Link: Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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21 August 2014 : Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One fixture against Coventry City is now available. The match will be played on Saturday 13th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Note that this fixture will be staged at Sixfields, home of Northampton Town FC, due to Coventry's current exile from their normal stadium. Advance tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £14.00; Over-60s and Aged 16-21: £9.00; Juniors: £7.00; Under-12s: £4.00.

Note that prices increase if they are purchased on the day of the game to the following rates, and require cash only purchase:

Adults: £16.00; Over-60s and Aged 16-21: £11.00; Juniors: £8.00; Under-12s: £4.00.

Coventry's policy for disabled supporters at Sixfields is to admit supporters according to their age. However, Wheelchair Disabled supporters will pay a maximum of the Concessionary (Over-60s) rate. You can bring an assistant free of charge. For any enquiries regarding disabled facilities or bookings, email Coventry at ticket.office@ccfc.co.uk or call them on 02476992326.

Link: JPT Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth.

Link: Ticketing For Bradford City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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20 August 2014 : JPT Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's home Football League Trophy tie against Portsmouth is now available. The match will be played on Tuesday 2nd September 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are priced as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s and Aged 16-21: £5.00; Juniors: £1.00.

Season Ticket Holders must pay for their ticket, but their usual seat/place will be reserved initially - the deadline for this will be advised in due course.

Sales for this fixture via the club's online ticketing facility will be available within the next 24 hours.

Tickets will be available on the day of the match at the above prices, however buying in advance will save yourself queuing time. Call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 to make your purchase.

Link: Ticketing For Bradford City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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20 August 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Walsall Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about the win as well as his plans for the loan transfer market and his thoughts on Matteo Lanzoni, who didn't travel to yesterday's game.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Walsall Away Game.


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20 August 2014 : Walsall Boss Fumes At Referee Decisions
Walsall boss Dean Smith was left fuming at two key decisions that referee Jeremy Simpson decided to overlook during last night's match at the Bescot Stadium. The Saddlers lost 2-1 at home against a Yeovil Town side who were picking up their first points of the season, thanks to goals from James Hayter and Kevin Dawson during the second half, but Smith complained after the match that he didn't think the goal should have stood.

The 73rd minute winner was officially awarded to Kevin Dawson, who poked Nathan Smith's cross home from close range. However striker AJ Leitch-Smith was stood on the goal line as Dawson's shot went across the face of goal and although the Irishman was credited with the goal, the Saddlers boss suggested that Leitch-Smith was the player who got the final touch - through illegal means:

"We should have had three goals in the first half but we didn't take our chances. Then their winning goal was punched in, and we should have had a blatant penalty. But we lost our way when they scored their second goal. But we shall learn from it. If somebody punches it in, there is not much you can do about it."

The Saddlers missed a couple of key opportunities to take the lead just before the half time break, with Romaine Sawyers notably scuffing wide of the target when clean through on goal. Smith acknowledged that his side had been wasteful, but also claimed that substitute Amadou Bakayoko should have been awarded a late penalty when he got an arm in the back inside the box:

"It was frustrating. We should have been three goals to the good in the first half but we didnít take our chances. Then we started the second half OK but lost our way after they scored the second. You might say we didnít create chances but we put a great ball in and Bakayoko has been fouled Ė it is a blatant penalty. If we score a goal from that it is 2-2 and we are talking about a different game. We are not as they have scored a goal which was punched in."

You can (attempt to) judge whether Dawson or Leitch-Smith got the final touch on the winning goal, via the short video clip below.




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20 August 2014 : From Huish Park To War-Torn Iraq - A Tale Of A Football Shirt
The majority of people who wear football shirts do so because it is the club that they support with pride. In another part of the world, they wear such shirts as a vital piece of clothing, to keep them warm, or to keep the heat of the sun off their backs.

Around 2,500 miles away from Huish Park, the world is a very different place, with countries experiencing war and poverty in equal measure. In Iraq, the Islamic State terrorists are attempting to drive out communities based on their faith or religion. One such community is the Yazidi people, who are Kurdish-speaking people, who occupied Northern Iraq as an ethnic minority, now being forced to leave their homes or risk death.

On Channel 4 News last night, they reported on a group of Yazidi people trying to escape from Iraq, across the border into Syria. One of the people they featured was pictured wearing a Yeovil Town shirt - a recent W&S Recycling home design covered in dust and dirt, but doubtless seen as just another piece of clothing for a man whose priority was to save his own life, rather than to support a relatively obscure club in England.

The unnamed Yazidi man almost certainly obtained the football shirt through various charity appeals that ask for unwanted football shirts to be provided for distribution to those living in poverty, or have lost their homes in other countries. Food for thought for the next time you pull on your Yeovil Town shirt, and consider what you will be doing during the day that you spend wearing it.

A Yazidi man prepares to flee his home in Iraq, wearing a Yeovil Town shirt
A Yazidi man prepares to flee his home in Iraq, wearing a Yeovil Town shirt.
Photo c/o Channel 4 News/Ryan Hemmings



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20 August 2014 : Johnson: Second Half Passion Helped Get Us Goals
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that his side's desire and passion to get the ball in the back of the net last night won them all three points against Walsall. The Glovers picked up their first three points of the 2014-15 season when a James Hayter header and a close range goal from Kevin Dawson won them the match by a 2-1 scoreline at the Bescot Stadium.

The Glovers had previously struggled to find the back of the net up until that point, having only Simon Gillett's free kick against Gillingham a week ago to their name in the first three matches, and whilst their first half showing in the Midlands last night was a significant improvement, it took until the 56th minute for Hayter to make the breakthrough. Johnson told BBC Somerset that his team's change in mentality was behind that more incisive second half period:

"They were two great breaks, two bits of quality, and a team that was desperate to get the ball in the back of the net. That's what I need and that's what's been missing. The end product was there today and that's what makes everything look a lot better. If you don't get an end product then you have to say sometimes publicly - because that's what the public sees - that it wasn't very good. Actually we've been growing into that but we needed that final part that we got today."

Johnson used a half time team talk to try to persuade his players to make that extra effort to get the ball in the back of the net, and that was typified by Dawson's winning 73rd minute goal that was scored from close range whilst under pressure from Saddlers defenders. Whilst the Glovers boss was relatively happy with his side's first half showing, he felt the second period was one step further down the right road:

"We definitely deserved the victory. I thought that in the first half we had a position of strength that was good. We kept them down to just limited chances, if any, but we didn't really create any solid chances ourselves. So I wanted to get into them a little bit at half time - not to have a go at them, but just saying that if you play like that again (in the second half) then you're going to lose 1-0 or it's going to be 0-0. Yes we defended well, but we weren't getting in amongst them. There wasn't that real passion to get that goal, and that's what I needed them to see - with the quality as well. Then all of a sudden they did come out and they showed that, and they showed each other and themselves that that's what they need to win football matches."

Link: Injured Trio And Lanzoni Absence Keep Johnson's Loan Search Going.

Link: Walsall 1 Yeovil 2 : Hayter And Dawson Put Glovers Back On Track.

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


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20 August 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Walsall vs Yeovil Town
If you watched last night's 2-1 win against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, 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 Walsall vs Yeovil Town.


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20 August 2014 : Injured Trio And Lanzoni Absence Keep Johnson's Loan Search Going
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained that his plans to move into the loan market to bolster his squad are not just down to his team's start to the 2014-15 season. The Glovers boss is concerned at the number of players that he has at his disposal and earlier this week stated that he had plans to bring in further reinforcements to help his team succeed.

Despite the win last night against Walsall, Gary told BBC Somerset that he would still be continuing to search for players with that in mind, pointing out that a trio of long term absentees were causing him concern. Winger Joel Grant has not played any football since returning from a summer quartet of Jamaican international matches, due to a foot injury sustained on a treadmill, whilst the left-sided Liam Davis broke his wrist in a collision with Brendan Moloney on the opening day of the season. Meanwhile midfielder James Berrett suffered a thigh strain that has kept him out of the last two matches. Those players are likely to remain absent into September:

"We've got three that are out injured at the moment - they're (James) Berrett, Granty (Joel Grant) and Davis. Those people are going to be out for probably still three or four weeks, and obviously Nana has been suspended. So we've lost four in a small squad. So I think we're going to need numbers. I've spoken with the board about that and they're pretty comfortable with me coming back to them and talking about specific loan signings."

Johnson explained that bringing in new faces wouldn't be a straight-forward job, with the need to sift through lists of players that weren't really what he was looking for, whilst with the better players there was inevitably a lot of competition:

"Everybody is trying to do it at the moment, so for every one that is available there are four or five clubs that are interested. We're looking at all different positions, and we're getting a lot of information from agents who still haven't found anywhere for their players. Some we're interested in, some we're only half interested in, and most of them we're not interested in at all, as it won't improve us."

Despite only having six players on his bench last night at the Bescot Stadium, Gary confirmed that defender Matteo Lanzoni is not injured. However, he indicated that he wasn't happy about the player's overall level of fitness and indicated that he was left behind on the basis that he wasn't likely to get into the field of play.

Given Lanzoni was only sparingly used during the pre-season friendly schedule, this would tend put his overall future at Huish Park in doubt. The Italian has only made two substitute appearances since mid-March, and just six overall appearances since his arrival at the club on an 18 month contract back in January.


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19 August 2014 : Walsall 1 Yeovil 2 : Hayter And Dawson Put Glovers Back On Track
Yeovil Town picked up their first three points of the 2014-15 season, as their campaign finally steered in the right direction. After three opening defeats, and a lot of soul searching, it was two of the old guard that gave them all three points, with Kevin Dawson's 56th minute cross setting up James Hayter for a back post header to put the Glovers ahead. The Saddlers equalised thanks to Tom Bradshaw's conversion in a crowded penalty box, but a minute later a Nathan Smith ball found Dawson and he converted to move the Glovers out of the relegation zone and into 19th place.

The Glovers made two changes to the line-up that had been fielded against Gillingham. James Hayter replaced Kieffer Moore up front, whilst Sam Foley gave Nathan Ralph's tired legs a rest after the former Peterborough player had shown signs of cramping up on the weekend. Otherwise the only other change was a six man bench, with Matteo Lanzoni dropping entirely out of the squad.

It was an end-to-end first half, with both sides having plenty of chances to open the scoring, but in reality being guilty of firing wide of the target. Yeovil played the better football, but the Saddlers had the better chances, notably in the closing stages when an Andy Taylor free kick went just wide, followed by Romaine Sawyers breaking the offside trap only to scuff a weak shot wide of the target. Yeovil's best chance came as a 'nearly' moment, with Nathan Smith's left-wing cross fizzling across the six yard line and just missing the boot of AJ Leitch-Smith.

In the second period though, the Glovers got the breakthrough they needed. Simon Gillett was the architect of the build-up, but it was Kevin Dawson's cross that was met by a classic James Hayter header, directing the ball perfectly into the back of the net to put Yeovil 1-0 up, after 56 minutes.

Walsall reacted well to that setback and gradually began to build up their own head of steam, leading to the Yeovil back line having their weakest period of the game as they struggled to clear their lines. The Saddlers equaliser was typical of the way the previous ten minutes had been - a corner that wasn't cleared, and was recycled into the box, with Tom Bradshaw knocking the ball home from close range for the equalising goal.

The home side had barely finished celebrating before falling behind again. Just 89 seconds lay between Bradshaw's goal and Yeovil's second of the night, with Nathan Smith's left-sided play proving to be their undoing. His ball found Kevin Dawson who shot from close range. The ball appeared to strike AJ Leitch-Smith after the ball went over the line, leading to Walsall claims for a handball, but they were in vain, with the Irishman being awarded the goal.

A number of late bookings, and referee Jeremy Simpson's decision to conjure up six minutes of second half injury time kept people on the edge of their seats right up until the end, but all three points went to Yeovil Town - very necessary to ease some of the nerves going around Huish Park over the past week or so at the club's start to the season. Victory at least gives them a platform - and a possible starting eleven to bring a bit of stability for the next game or two - even if there must be a bit of concern at the fact that four games into the season the club were down to their last seventeen available players tonight.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Walsall 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: James Hayter (0-1, 56 mins), Tom Bradshaw (1-1, 72 mins), Kevin Dawson (1-2, 73 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale,
6. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Aaron Martin, 20. Ben Nugent, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 2. Brendan Moloney 13. Kieffer Moore 16. Nathan Ralph (90 mins for Sam Foley) 14. Sam Hoskins (81 mins for Kevin Dawson), 21, Calvin Brooks

Walsall:
1. Richard O'Donnell
22. Liam Kinsella 6. Paul Downing 5. Dean Holden 3. Andy Taylor
26. Billy Clifford 7. Adam Chambers 24. Ashley Grimes 10. Romaine Sawyers
14. Malvind Benning 9. Tom Bradshaw

Substitutes:
27. Anthony Forde (63 mins for Malvind Benning) 11. James Baxendale 13. Craig MacGillivray 17. Reece Flanagan 18. Kieron Morris (77 mins for Billy Clifford) 20. Amadou Bakayoko (83 mins for Romaine Sawyers) 28. Kyle Rowley

Walsall Bookings: Liam Kinsella (55 mins, foul), Ashley Grimes (60 mins, ungentlemanly conduct)

Yeovil Bookings: Jakub Sokolik (65 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (78 mins, timewasting), Sam Foley (86 mins, foul), Ben Nugent (90 mins, foul)

Walsall Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 5.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire). Assistant Referees: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Robert Merchant (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 3,758 (including 186 Yeovil supporters).


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19 August 2014 : Team News For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for tonight's League One visit to Walsall's Bescot Stadium. Up front Kieffer Moore, who was substituted at half time against Gillingham, is replaced by striker James Hayter for his first start with AJ Leitch-Smith.

Then on the left flank Nathan Ralph, who couldn't quite last 90 minutes at Priestfield on Saturday, following his long term injury problems, is swapped out for Sam Foley to hopefully allow for some fresh legs down that flank.

The absentees tonight are Joel Grant (foot), Seth Nana Twumasi (suspended), Liam Davis (broken wrist) and James Berrett (thigh strain). Defender Matteo Lanzoni is also missing from the squad list as the Glovers field just six substitutes on the bench.

Tonight's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale,
6. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Aaron Martin, 20. Ben Nugent, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 2. Brendan Moloney 13. Kieffer Moore 16. Nathan Ralph 14. Sam Hoskins, 21, Calvin Brooks

Walsall:
1. Richard O'Donnell
22. Liam Kinsella 6. Paul Downing 5. Dean Holden 3. Andy Taylor
26. Billy Clifford 7. Adam Chambers 24. Ashley Grimes 10. Romaine Sawyers
14. Malvind Benning 9. Tom Bradshaw

Substitutes:
27. Anthony Forde 11. James Baxendale 13. Craig MacGillivray 17. Reece Flanagan 18. Kieron Morris 20. Amadou Bakayoko 28. Kyle Rowley


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19 August 2014 : Football League Trophy Tie Date Set
Yeovil Town have set a firm date for their Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round tie against Portsmouth. As expected, the match will take place on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The schedule for the tie follows Saturday's draw that saw the club take its place in the South-West section of the heavily regionalised draw.

For the full First Round draw, see Saturday's article below.

Link: Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round Draw.


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19 August 2014 : Johnson Looks To Loan Market For Squad Solutions
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is now turning to the loan market in the light of the club's poor start to the 2014-15 season. The Glovers have lost all three of their opening fixtures - their worst starting sequence for 30 years - and that has led to concerns about the quality of the squad and its ability to perform at League One level.

Johnson himself suggested after Saturday's match against Gillingham that he had some "dead wood" in his squad, showing the level of his concerns, and implying that he would be prepared to ship out unnamed individuals if he had to. Speaking to BBC Somerset, he explained to them that he was looking at a pair of loan players in particular to bring in, but that he was being patient and wanting to make sure that any incoming targets were better than his current set of players:

"We don't want to have to make a guess on somebody and find that somebody is not as good as what you've already got. So we've got a couple of targets that we're hoping to get, and we're just waiting on the clubs to release them. We're working hard with the group that we've got. We'll bring in as and when we really need it, but it's got to be the right people that improve you."

The Glovers boss said that it was important that his side gained points quickly to ensure that the team did not end up trying to chase other teams. However, he said that he would not go too overboard in terms of where his side stood at this early stage in the season:

"We won't over-react. We all know that we've got 44 games to go and a couple more cup competitions to come up. But if you haven't got points on the board then you're not in credit. So you've got to work very hard to get them on the board - then you are in credit. Then it makes it a little bit easier. We're chasing already, and we need to get points very quickly."

For tonight's match at the Bescot Stadium, Johnson is expected to be without Liam Davis (broken wrist) and Joel Grant (foot), whilst he will need to assess the fitness of midfielder James Berrett, who pulled out of Saturday's match at Gillingham with a thigh strain. Right-back Seth Nana Twumasi will not travel as he is serving the second game of a three match ban.


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19 August 2014 : Officials For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Tuesday night's League One fixture between Walsall and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Bescot Stadium tonight, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).

Mr Simpson was promoted to the Football League's refereeing ranks during the summer of 2012 and as a result we've only had him twice as a man in the middle. He was previously part of the officials list for a November 2005 FA Cup match against Macclesfield Town and a September 2010 League One game against Huddersfield Town.

The first time he took charge of a Yeovil game was for the April 2013 match between Johnson Snr and Johnson Jnr, as Oldham Athletic beat us 1-0 at Boundary Park. Overall his performance was fairly sensible, even if a flurry of late yellow cards meant that he waved a somewhat top-heavy seven of them. He denied Oldham a first half penalty that fell into the 'seen them given' sort of category, but showed some common sense when Lee Johnson forgot he was a manager and not a player - stepping out of his technical area to catch a ball before it went out of play. Mr Simpson decided to opt for a dropball rather than to remove Lee from the dugout.

We then had him in January 2014 for the utterly heart-breaking 3-2 defeat against Derby County at the Pride Park Stadium, where we went 2-0 up, only to concede deep into second half injury time. We'll have a slight green-tinted grumble about the fact that the winning goal was scored after the signalled number of minutes had passed, but are mindful that it is a 'minimum' amount of time to be added on - in truth Mr Simpson couldn't really be faulted for his actions that night - we just needed him to blow up 30 seconds earlier than he did!

Mr Simpson will be assisted by Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Robert Merchant (Staffordshire).

Link: January 2014 : Derby County 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2013 : Oldham Athletic 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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18 August 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Walsall
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town make a midweek journey up the M5 (and a tiny bit of the M6) to play Walsall. The Ciderspace guide has been updated for the occasion, and will give you ticketing, travel, parking, local pubs, statistics and other such things via the link below. Plus of course the running battle to keep up with all of the names of the sponsored stands at the Bescot Stadium Banks's Stadium.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.


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18 August 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : An Unexpected False Start
Three games in, and Yeovil Town's 2014-15 season has yet to even get out of first gear. The latest Taff's Gloversblog sifts through what has been - to say the least - a poor start to the season and one that pretty much zero fans were predicting. Read the analysis of that via the link below, and feel free to offer your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : An Unexpected False Start.


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18 August 2014 : Ticketing For Bradford City vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Bradford City is now available. The match takes place at Valley Parade on Saturday 6th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and will be our first visit for seven years. Advance tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £20.00; Over-60s and Students: £14.00; Juniors: £12.00

Disabled supporters are charged the above prices, but can admit an assistant free of charge.

The Ticket Office have been given an initial allocation of 300 tickets, although given their away end holds up to 1,840 seats, there shouldn't be any issues with on-the-day availability. It's known as the TL Dallas Stand and is a two-tier covered seated stand situated behind one of the goals. There are a few pillars supporting the lower tier, but you should be able to move around to get a decent view.

NOTE: If you want advance tickets for tomorrow night's trip to Walsall you'll need to call the Huish Park Ticket Office before 4.00p.m. tonight. On the day admission prices increase, if you choose to purchase at the Bescot Stadium - for details follow the article below.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.


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18 August 2014 : Wolves Pair Single Out Glovers After Marathon Ground Visit
A pair of Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters, who recently completed a sponsored visit to all 92 Football League and Premier League grounds have singled out Yeovil Town as one of their highlights during their marathon drive around the country. Natalie Allen and James Allen undertook the trip earlier this month as part of a target to visit 92 grounds in 92 hours, covering 2,222 miles in a Hyundai i20 car.

The goal was to raise funds for the Georgina Cancer Ward at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley and Cancer Research UK, and involved them starting at at Molineux, circling around the country, and returning to the same ground five days later. They visited Yeovil Town's Huish Ground on Friday 8th August - one day before the 2014-15 season started.

The pair were asked to single out the good, the bad and the ugly from their experience of driving around the country. Their 'ugly' part was when their SatNav failed for Arsenal's stadium, kindly sending them to the old ground Highbury, thus losing them time in their attempt to reach the Emirates Stadium! Their 'bad' experience was at Chelsea, where they experienced a jobsworth steward who didn't want them to take pictures of the ground late at night - their proof of having visited Stamford Bridge - and tried to insist that they returned the next day, despite them pointing out the schedule they were on.

On Day Four of their five day marathon, they arrived at Huish Park, also late in the day, but Natalie Allen told the Metro newspaper that they got a rather different experience to Premier League side Chelsea - despite Glovers staff having locked the ground up for the day, they reopened the doors, and allowed them to take a photo on the pitch. Natalie explained:

"They had just closed up for the day when we got there, but opened up especially for us and showed us around the pitch."

Natalie and James Allen get a special welcome at Huish Park
Natalie and James Allen get a special welcome at Huish Park.
Photo c/o 92 Grounds 92 Hours Page


The duo managed to achieve their goal with several hours to spare, managing the completion of their journey in 87.5 hours, and have so far raised £830 towards their target. You can help them boost that figure by visiting their Just Giving Page.


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18 August 2014 : One In Four Glovers Predict Play-Off Success At End Of Season
Just before the 2014-15 season started, this site ran a prediction survey for Yeovil Town supporters to fill in, to see what their thoughts were ahead of the season. There were 179 supporters who responded, with an inevitable range of views, but also with some strong patterns forming. The goal was to predict the three major top positions in League One, for the current season, and the four positions at the foot of the table, along with finally the table position fans thought Yeovil Town would occupy in May 2015.

At the top, the expectation is that Sheffield United are the most likely team to gain promotion, with 68% predicting they would occupy one of those three major positions and 40% putting them down as divisional Champions. The other teams to get major tips for winning the division were Bristol City (18%) and Preston North End (10%).

However, whilst only 3% of Glovers fans thought the club would be Champions, a large number predicted that they would gain promotion, with a total of 38% believing that they would be making a swift return to the Championship division. That made the club the third most fancied team for promotion, behind Sheffield United (68%), Bristol City (48%), with Preston North End (32%) rated as the fourth most likely team to go up in any of the three positions. A quarter of Yeovil Town fans - 25% - believe the club will go up as play-off winners - by far the highest vote for that slot.

At the bottom of the table, there is a lot more spread on the predictions. Teams that are predicted to be in problems at the end of the season include Rochdale (48%), Port Vale (47%), Gillingham (43%), Crewe Alexandra (41%) and Crawley Town (34%). Absolutely no Yeovil Town supporters believed that the club would be relegated.

In terms of where Glovers fans predict the team will finish, only one percent think the club will be in the bottom six, whilst just 11% believe they'll be in the bottom half of the table. Conversely 48% of supporters think that the end position will be in the top six, regardless of what any play-off outcome might be.

Obviously there will be another return to this topic at the end of May 2015, after the play-off final is completed, to reassess in more specific terms, how good and bad the predictions for each team turned out to be.


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17 August 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Gillingham : League Cup Man of the Match Result
Last Tuesday, Yeovil Town played their second match of the 2014-15 season, with a League Cup First Round match being played against Gillingham at Huish Park. The end result was a 1-2 home defeat and a quick exit from the competition, with a defensive calamity for the opening Gills goal and sloppy marking for the second. In between an excellent move from a free kick saw Simon Gillett grab his first Glovers goal.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielder Joe Edwards pick up plenty of votes in midfield, whilst Seth Nana Twumasi's red card didn't seem to put too many people off in boting for him, given he came second in the poll. But the outright winner - for the second match running, and also reflecting the Match Sponsors views - as goalscorer Simon Gillett won the vote by a sizeable margin:

1. Simon Gillett 144 (12)
2. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 48 (3)
3. Joe Edwards 34 (0)
4. Nathan Smith 22 (2)
5. Jakub SokolŪk 18 (1)
5. Ben Nugent 18 (1)
7. Nathan Ralph 16 (0)
8. Artur Krysiak 6 (0)
8. Kieffer Moore 6 (0)
10. James Hayter 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.79
Performance : 4.63
Entertainment : 4.95
VOTES RECEIVED : 19

A reminder that Man of the Match voting is still open for yesterday's match - also against Gillingham, but at Priestfield this time. 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.

NOTE: With a Tuesday night match coming up soon, voting will only be open until Tuesday 7.45p.m. so please get them in as soon as possible.

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


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17 August 2014 : Gary Talks About Gillingham Team Selection
Just before yesterday's League One match against Gillingham kicked off at Priestfield, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about his goalkeeper selection, why he gave Jakub Sokolik a right-back role, and why he feels his team are playing with a bit of fear in their body language at the moment. That interview can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Gillingham Away.

Gary's post-match views are also available via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Gillingham Away League Game.


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17 August 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
If you watched yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Gillingham at Priestfield, 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.

NOTE: With a Tuesday night match coming up soon, voting will only be open until Tuesday 7.45p.m. so please get them in as soon as possible.

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


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16 August 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Gillingham Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Gillingham at Priestfield this afternoon, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match views on that game and the future of Marvin Elliott can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Gillingham Away League Game.


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16 August 2014 : Elliott Ends Yeovil Town Trial
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that former Bristol City and Millwall midfielder Marvin Elliott is no longer training at the club. The 29 year old has spent the past fortnight training with the club, whilst trying to improve his overall fitness levels, having left Ashton Gate at the end of last season.

Elliott also played in the club's final pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town, but having spent further time on the training ground, Johnson told BBC Somerset today that the Wandsworth-born player would need extra time to get himself fully fit, and that he was going to choose a location somewhere closer to his north London home:

"We didn't feel that Marvin was ready to play 90 minutes. He felt that if he was going to train more, then he wanted to train a little bit nearer to his home, which is somewhere around St Albans or in North London. So the option is open for him when he wants to, but I think he'll now take up something else for training."

Gary felt that at this stage, the club needed to concentrate upon improving the current squad with fully fit players, and that therefore it was only fair to allow Elliott to move on, whilst there was no guarantee of a contract being on the table for him:

"He's still not ready and he'll need a couple of weeks yet, but we can't keep him here forever. So we have to say that at this moment in time we're not going to be able to pick him, even though it looks like we should be able to pick anyone right now! We've still got to get it right and we've got to bring in fit people for now, if we can."


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16 August 2014 : Gillingham 2 Yeovil 0 : Third Defeat In Eight Days For Glovers
Yeovil Town slumped to their third consecutive defeat at the start of the 2014-15 season this afternoon, as Gillingham secured their second victory over the Glovers inside five days. A Joe Martin free kick, and a Danny Kedwell second half goal after he notched a rebound off a penalty saved by Chris Weale sealed Yeovil's fate. The away side didn't help themselves, with Kieffer Moore's first half penalty being saved by Stephen Bywater whilst the game was goalless, but by the time the Gills went 2-0 up the game fizzled out with the winning team looking comfortable.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson made four changes to the side that had turned out against Gillingham a few days previously, with Chris Weale returning in goal, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith came in up front and Kevin Dawson slotted in on the right wing. There was also a shuffle around as Nathan Ralph came in for the suspended Seth Nana Twumasi, resulting in the back four moving across for Jakub Sokolik to play as a right-back, whilst Ralph played as a left-winger.

The visitors could have nudged their way ahead just 17 minutes into the first half, when Ben Nugent was tripped by Leon Legge inside the Gillingham box, with referee Lee Collins pointing to the spot, ignoring protests from the Gills defence. After some deliberations between Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore, it was the latter who took the ball to the penalty spot, but his kick was far too close to goalkeeper Stephen Bywater, who saved the weak attempt, keeping the game goalless.

Referee Collins continued his pattern of getting involved in contentious decisions ten minutes before the break, when Nathan Smith was judged to have fouled Danny Kedwell, when there was a case for suggesting the Gillingham striker had blocked off the Glovers left-back. Up stepped Joe Martin with the free kick, and the son of former West Ham United and England legend Alvin Martin flighted the ball over the wall, with it dipping into the net for a well taken goal.

Gillingham could have easily gone in a further goal up by the break, with the Glovers defence looking more and more disjointed as game came closer to half time, and it was merciful that they only trailed by one goal by the time the whistle blew. Kieffer Moore was replaced by James Hayter at the break, but the pattern of the game didn't change too much, with Gillingham doubling their lead ten minutes into the second half. Nathan Smith's rash challenge on Aaron Morris gave referee Collins a far less controversial decision to make, and although Danny Kedwell's penalty was saved by Chris Weale, the same player was able to stick in the rebound for the second and crucial goal.

That was pretty much that. Nathan Smith was hauled off for his mistake on the second goal, but those who were left on the field couldn't get any drive or energy to get themselves back into the game. Nathan Ralph and Kevin Dawson looked to have run their legs into the ground beyond the hour mark, with Gillingham looking more and more comfortable with their position as the game went on. Not even seven minutes of injury time - due to Joe Martin being stretchered off with an ankle injury - the second Gills player to leave the pitch in such a manner following Josh Hare's early exit - could give them time to get back into the match, and the end 2-0 scoreline became a very obvious outcome.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Gillingham 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Joe Martin (35 mins, 1-0), Danny Kedwell (55 mins, 2-0)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale,
6. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Aaron Martin, 20. Ben Nugent, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 16. Nathan Ralph
10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 13. Kieffer Moore.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 2. Brendan Moloney (76 mins for Nathan Ralph), 9. James Hayter (46 mins for Kieffer Moore), 18. Matteo Lanzoni, 11. Sam Foley (57 mins for Nathan Smith), 14. Sam Hoskins, 21, Calvin Brooks

Gillingham:
30. Stephen Bywater 4. John Egan 6. Leon Legge 5. Kortney Hause 8. Jake Hessenthaler 22. Josh Hare 15. Aaron Morris 7. Doug Loft 3. Joe Martin 9. Danny Kedwell 14. Antonio German

Substitutes:
2. Matt Fish (11 mins for Josh Hare) 12. Glenn Morris 18. Josh Pritchard (87 mins for Joe Martin) 19. Luke Norris 20. Callum Davies 23. Bradley Dack 24. Brennan Dickenson (67 mins for Antonio German)

Gillingham Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Gillingham Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 8; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Michael George (Norfolk) and Geoffrey Russell (Northamptonshire). Fourth Official: Patrick Miller (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 5,173 (including 222 Gillingham supporters).


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16 August 2014 : Team News For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their line-up compared with Tuesday night's home match against Gillingham in the League Cup. Action today turns to League One against the same opponents at Priestfield, and unsurprisingly after two defeats there is plenty more squad rotation employed in order to find a winning formula.

Right-back Seth Nana Twumasi is missing today as he commences a three match ban for his red card on Tuesday night, and that allows Nathan Ralph to be added to the starting line-up, with the back four shuffling around to include Jakub Sokolik as a right-back - the position he finished Tuesday night playing after Twumasi's red card. Ralph is expected to be playing higher up the field as a left-winger.

In goal, Chris Weale is restored to the starting line-up ahead of Artur Krysiak, whilst Kevin Dawson comes in for James Berrett who has a slight thigh injury and is left out of the squad. Up front AJ Leitch-Smith is a straight replacement for James Hayter.

Left-sided Liam Davis (broken wrist) and winger Joel Grant (foot) remain out through injuries and so are left back in Somerset today.

The Glovers are expected to head back to a 4-4-2 after the midweek 3-5-2 experimentation, and so the line-up should read as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale,
6. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Aaron Martin, 20. Ben Nugent, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 16. Nathan Ralph
10 AJ Leitch-Smith, 13. Kieffer Moore.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 2. Brendan Moloney, 9. James Hayter, 18. Matteo Lanzoni, 11. Sam Foley, 14. Sam Hoskins, 21. Calvin Brooks

Gillingham:
30. Stephen Bywater 4. John Egan 6. Leon Legge 5. Kortney Hause 8. Jake Hessenthaler 22. Josh Hare 15. Aaron Morris 7. Doug Loft 3. Joe Martin 9. Danny Kedwell 14. Antonio German

Substitutes:
2. Matt Fish 12. Glenn Morris 18. Josh Pritchard 19. Luke Norris 20. Callum Davies 23. Bradley Dack 24. Brennan Dickenson


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16 August 2014 : Hereford On The Brink Of Liquidation
Southern League Premier Division side Hereford United - once one of Yeovil Town's main rivals in non-league football - could be playing their final competitive football match on Saturday afternoon. They are due to play Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium, but are currently just two weeks away from being liquidated after a Creditors Meeting on Thursday saw their CVA rejected, leaving them legally insolvent.

The Hereford Times and Bulls News provide detail from a further Creditors meeting that was held on Friday, where the Insolvency Practitioner appointed to the club indicated that unless another party came in to resolve their financial situation then a further court hearing on September 1st would move to have the company undergo compulsory liquidation, meaning that Hereford United Football Club would cease to exist in its current form.

Current reporting suggests that there is a 'small possibility' that their home match against Banbury will go ahead on Tuesday night, but that a decision will be taken regarding that on Monday. Given the administrator cannot allow the club to incur any further losses, the game may not be staged, with a large number of Bulls fans currently boycotting fixtures at Edgar Street, in protest against their current owners.

Hereford were expelled from the Conference League in June, due to failure to pay football-related debts, and although they were given membership of the Southern League, there were serious cracks forming, with £1.3 million debts failing to be addressed by the club's new owners, and more recent reports that owner Tommy Agombar has failed the FA's Fit and Proper Persons Test, and has quickly disposed of his shares to a finance company.

With even the club's Insolvency Practitioner admitting that he would not recommend that anyone attempted to pay Hereford's outstanding debts, it seems almost certain that the September 1st court date will see them disappear as a company, and from this season's Southern League playing schedule. Strong opinion amongst Bulls fans over the past few months has been that it would be better to allow the current club to die, and then to start up a brand new replacement company, restarting football in Hereford at the lowest rung. However, with the 2014-15 season having already started, it would seem highly likely that they will have to wait a year before that is reasonably possible.


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16 August 2014 : Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the First Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy today. They will host a match against League Two side Portsmouth as they enter the competition for the first time in two years. The draw was made this morning and reads as follows:

North-West Section:
Preston North End vs Shrewsbury Town
Accrington Stanley vs Carlisle United
Crewe Alexandra vs Rochdale
Fleetwood Town vs Morecambe

North-East Section:
Oldham Athletic vs Bradford City
Barnsley vs York City
Scunthorpe United vs Chesterfield
Notts County vs Mansfield Town

South-West Section:
Wycombe Wanderers vs Coventry City
Newport County vs Swindon Town
Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Cheltenham Town vs Oxford United

South-East Section:
Crawley Town vs Cambridge United
Peterborough vs Leyton Orient
AFC Wimbledon vs Southend United
Stevenage vs Gillingham

All ties will be played during week-commencing September 1st, meaning that Tuesday 2nd September is the most likely date for Yeovil Town's match to be played.


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