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24 June 2017 : Grant Makes Devon Switch After Turning Down Grecians Deal
Former Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant has moved from one end of Devon to another, after he turned down a new contract with Exeter City. He has decided to sign for newly promoted side Plymouth Argyle on an unspecified length contract. The 29 year old had played 59 times for Exeter, scoring nine goals across two seasons, after he arrived in August 2015, with a fans fund providing £30,000 towards his wages to snap him up following his release from Huish Park.

As with his time with the Glovers, Grant was a bit in-and-out of Exeter's side, making 31 appearances in his first season, followed by 28 appearances in his last season, but had still been in their first team plans enough to start in their League Two Play-Off Final against Blackpool. Needless to say his move from Exeter to Plymouth has created some agitation amongst Grecians fans, particularly given the funding that was put in place to sign him. However, with him out of contract, Argyle were able to benefit in a situation they lost out on during the previous summer when striker Reuben Reid moved in the opposite direction.

Grant's last time at League One level came during Yeovil Town's 2014-15 season. His eventual record of 59 appearances and seven goals for the Glovers across two seasons is almost identical to the one that he's left Exeter with.

Link: Joel Grant : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 June 2017 : Bowditch Joins Ex-Glovers Clan At Cobblers
Former Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has found himself a new club. He has signed for League One side Northampton Town, who have also signed up Sam Foley this summer, and count Sam Hoskins and Brendan Moloney as other former Glovers in their first team squad. Bowditch left Milton Keynes Dons at the end of last season, after six years on their books, and joins the Cobblers as a free agent.

Bowditch, who joined Milton Keynes from Yeovil Town after his departure in the summer of 2011, has signed a two year contract and manager Justin Edinburgh referenced the fact that he was part of their side that gained promotion from League One - something that Sam Foley had also achieved during his time with the Glovers:

"We are really pleased to bring Dean to the club. He is a versatile attacking player, he can play as a striker, as a midfielder or in the hole and he gives us options. We have spoken a lot about putting together a well balanced attacking unit with options and Dean fits in with that policy. The players we have signed this summer fit into two groups. We have identified some young players with exciting potential and we have also looked at some more experienced players who have a proven record and Dean, just like Sam Foley, has won promotion from this level. That is no coincidence, they all know what it takes."

Link: Dean Bowditch : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Sam Foley : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Sam Hoskins : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Brendan Moloney : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 June 2017 : Fixture Change : Forest Green Rovers Visit Brought Forward
Yeovil Town's 2017-18 season fixture list has already had a change. The League Two home match against Forest Green Rovers has now been moved to Good Friday and will be played on Friday 30th March 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. It had originally been scheduled for the Saturday.

This has become a standard practice for most seasons, to the extent that every single League Two fixture originally scheduled for Easter Saturday ended up being moved to Good Friday. The Football League could make things rather more simple by just publishing the fixture list with Good Friday as the designated match day.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List and Results.


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22 June 2017 : Eaves Joins Lacey At Priestfield
League One side Gillingham have signed up former Yeovil Town striker Tom Eaves. The 25 year old has put pen to paper on a two year contract, joining up with Alex Lacey who also moved to Priestfield over the summer. The former Bolton Wanderers and Bristol Rovers striker had been released by the Glovers at the end of the 2016-17 season, after suffering a loss in form during the second half of last season that saw him fail to score in the final six months.

Gillingham manager Ady Pennock confirmed Eaves' arrivl saying that he saw the 6'5" striker as being an asset to his side for next season:

"It's great to have got Tom on board; heís strong, heís quick and his height is naturally going to be an asset."

Overall across his two spells with the Glovers, Tom scored seven goals in 56 appearances, with all seven of those coming during last season's 49 appearances.

Link: Tom Eaves : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 June 2017 : Ticketing For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round against Wolverhampton Wanderers have been confirmed. The match will take place at Molineux on Tuesday 8th August 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s and aged 17-20: £8.00; Under-17s: £5.00.

Note the Ticket Office do NOT currently have supply of the tickets, so hold back on asking to buy one. We'll provide an update when they are available for sale.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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21 June 2017 : Glovers Make Second Summer Signing With Plymouth Midfielder
Yeovil Town have made their second signing of the summer. Following up on Grimsby Town winger Rhys Browne they have now signed up Connor Smith from Plymouth Argyle on a two year contract. He is a 24 year old Republic of Ireland midfielder who started his career at Watford.

Born in Mullingar, Ireland on February 18th 1993, he started his youth career with Mullingar Athletic, before being signed up by Watford in 2010. He turned professional with the Hornets in May 2012 after a successful scholarship. Overall he made 13 first team appearances for them including three League starts, but in the main gained loan experience with Wealdstone, Gillingham and Stevenage across a four year period.

In January 2016, he left Watford by mutual consent and had a short spell with AFC Wimbledon, playing eleven games for them at the tail end of the 2015-16 season. He then signed for Plymouth in the summer of 2016, where he made 31 appearances for them, scoring two goals, albeit with only twelve of those appearances coming as League Two starts.

He was released by Plymouth at the end of the 2016-17 season and so joins Yeovil Town as a free agent. He generally operates as a central midfieler.


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21 June 2017 : 2017-18 Fixtures : Glovers Open With Hatters Trip
Yeovil Town's fixtures for the 2017-18 season have been published. Their third consecutive season at League Two level will see them open on Saturday 5th August with a match against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. The League Cup First Round trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers will follow during the midweek period, before League fixtures resume on the following Saturday with a game against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park.

The Christmas period sees Yeovil Town play Cheltenham Town on Boxing Day at Whaddon Road, followed by a December 30th game against Morecambe at the Globe Arena. That is then followed by a New Year's Day match against Crawley Town at Huish Park.

The 2017-18 season ends on Saturday 5th May 2018 with a game against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

The full set of 2017-18 fixtures can be viewed via the link below.

Link: 2017-18 Season First Team Fixtures and Results.


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20 June 2017 : 2017-18 Season Updated Key Dates
Tomorrow (Wednesday) morning will see the Football League issue its 2017-18 fixture lists. The 72 clubs and three divisions should have their full calendar revealed from 9.00a.m. onwards.

In addition, the Football Association have clarified their current calendar for the 2017-18 season, detailing dates for FA Cup and FA Youth Cup rounds, as well as those weekends that are designated as international breaks for higher division sides. We've merged all of those with the Football League's list, that will hopefully stand as a handy reminder for the coming season:

21/06/2017 : 2017-18 Fixture Lists Released, Wednesday morning at 9.00a.m.

05/08/2017 : Start Date for the 2017-18 first weekend of fixtures
07/08/2017 : League Cup First Round (week commencing) (under the name of the Carabao Cup)
21/08/2017 : League Cup Second Round (week commencing)
28/08/2017 : EFL Trophy Group Stage (week commencing) (still labelled as Checkatrade Trophy)

02/09/2017 : International Weekend - no Premier League/Championship
18/09/2017 : League Cup Third Round (week commencing)
23/09/2017 : FA Women's Super League 2017-18 Commences

02/10/2017 : EFL Trophy Group Stage (week commencing)
07/10/2017 : International Weekend - no Premier League/Championship
14/10/2017 : FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round (last round before League clubs join)
23/10/2017 : League Cup Fourth Round (week commencing)

04/11/2017 : FA Cup First Round (No League Two Fixtures)
06/11/2017 : EFL Trophy Group Stage (week commencing)

02/12/2017 : FA Cup Second Round (No League Two Fixtures)
04/12/2017 : EFL Trophy Second Round (week commencing)
18/12/2017 : League Cup Fifth Round (week commencing)
23/12/2017 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day
26/12/2017 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day
30/12/2017 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day

01/01/2018 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day
06/01/2018 : FA Cup Third Round
08/01/2018 : EFL Trophy Third Round and League Cup Semi-Final First Leg (week commencing)
22/01/2018 : EFL Trophy Fourth Round and League Cup Semi-Final First Leg (week commencing)
27/01/2018 : FA Cup Fourth Round

17/02/2018 : FA Cup Fifth Round
25/02/2018 : League Cup Final
26/02/2018 : EFL Trophy Semi-Finals (week commencing)

17/03/2018 : FA Cup Quarter-Finals

08/04/2018 : EFL Trophy Final
21/04/2018 : FA Cup Semi-Finals

05/05/2018 : Final Weekend of 2017-18 Season
19/05/2018 : FA Cup Final
26/05/2018 : Championship Play-Off Final
27/05/2018 : League One Play-Off Final
28/05/2018 : League Two Play-Off Final

The ordering of the Play-Off Finals has been reversed from the normal schedule, due to the 2018 World Cup which takes place that summer.

Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly schedule can be found via the link below. This will also be used to show the full fixture list tomorrow.

Link: 2017-18 Season First Team Fixtures and Results.


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20 June 2017 : Rutter Leaves Yeovil Town After Six Month Stay
Yeovil Town's Head of Coaching Steve Rutter appears to have left the football club. The former first team manager had only returned to Huish Park in January 2017 for a role that was intended to provide an oversight to all of the levels of coaching and the overall programme for the Academy.

He is now reported to have left for Belgian First Division side KV Kortrijk, who are owned by Vincent Tan, who also owns Championship side Cardiff City. Rutter has been given the role of First Team Coach, working under Yannis Anastasiou, who he worked with at Greek side Panathinaikos and Dutch side Roda JC Kerkrad. Rutter had also coached Anastasiou during his UEFA B and A Licence courses, as well as part of his Pro Licence, during his time working for the Football Association.

A statement on the KV Kortrijk website, dated June 6th, states that Rutter has joined the club as assistant coach, whilst Youssef Vos - who has also worked under Anastasiou in the past - has arrived as their fitness coach. Yeovil Town have also subsequently confirmed Rutter's departure, with Academy Chairman Andy Rossiter saying in a club statement:

"It's with reluctance we've let Steve go. He gave his notice and said he was missing coaching players on a daily basis and missed being involved in football at a higher level. We did everything to encourage him to stay at the club including Darren (Way) and myself offering some involvement with first-team duties. We'd like to thank Steve for reorganising the Academy and helping us with the interview process which led to Paul Wilson becoming Academy Manager."

Good luck to Steve with his future plans.

Updated 14:50hrs: To include Academy Chairman Andy Rossiter's views on Steve Rutter's departure.


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19 June 2017 : Pennock Makes Hull City Return
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Tony Pennock has made a surprise u-turn by heading back to Hull City. The 46 year old had only spent four weeks with Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town as their first team manager but has returned to Hull as their first team coach.

Pennock had left Hull in January 2017 in the wake of Marco Silva's arrival at the club, after he was told that Silva was recruiting his own backroom team. He had been offered a return to Hull's Academy, but declined it on the basis that he saw that has a backward step. However, such is the heavy turnover of management these days that it's only taken six months for Hull to perform a u-turn with former Russian national team manager Leonid Slutsky being appointed ten days ago. Pennock explained why things had gone full circle:

"I'm delighted but a little bit shocked too. It's been a bit of a whirlwind few days but I couldnít be happier to be back. I didnít want to leave the Club in the first place and I think most people are very aware of that. Mike Phelan gave me the opportunity to step up to the first team to begin with and I really enjoyed that experience. Unfortunately when Mick and the rest of the staff left then Marco Silva made it clear he wanted to work with his own staff which is completely understandable. I left on good terms with the Club and thankfully Iíve been able to come back to a Club Iíve really enjoyed working for. It's always good to work with new coaches and I really look forward to working with Leonid and the rest of the staff. We've got a meeting coming up to talk through pre-season and I look forward to talking more with him and getting to know him."

With Pennock having been the club's Academy Manager across a three year period, along with his experience at Swansea City in a similar role, he said the obvious strength he would have would be to assist Slutsky in developing younger players, with Hull's drop into the Championship this summer needing to change the club's overall thinking:

"I wouldn't be surprised if part of the reason the Club have asked me to come back is to help some of the Academy players with the transition to the first team. We had a number of players step up to the first team last season and I'd expect more to come through the ranks again this coming season so hopefully I can help the manager get to know our young players a lot quicker."

Link: Tony Pennock : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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19 June 2017 : James Agrees New Yeovil Town Terms
Yeovil Town defender Tom James has signed a new deal at Huish Park. The former Cardiff City player has signed a two year deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2019.

James has so far made three appearances for the club since arriving in January from Cardiff. The former Wales Under-19 international is the last player to respond to the club's summer contract offers, with Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town), Matt Dolan (Newport County) and Alex Lacey (Gillingham) the three to turn down offers.

All other players have since accepted new terms, meaning that any further contract activity will now be concentrated on new arrivals. An up to date list of current signed players can be found here. Boss Darren Way has said of Tom's decision to sign a new deal:

"I thought Tom was very unfortunate last year not to play more games. Having said that, he was impressive every time he stepped over the white line. His league debut against Portsmouth what potential he has. Again, heís another young talent weíre looking forward to working with."

Link: Tom James : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 June 2017 : Former CEO Starnes Says Loss Of Two Players Cost Yeovil Six Figure Sum
Former Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has referenced his days at Huish Park, in explaining why his current club Plymouth Argyle are only handing out moderate length contracts, despite their club's promotion into League One. Starnes was the club's CEO between December 2007 and July 2013, before he left the club for a similar position at Home Park, and has been the man at the top as the Pilgrims have worked their way out of fourth tier football.

Starnes left Yeovil at the point at which the club reached the Championship, and has been quizzed over the future of players like Graham Carey, who his club could lose to a higher level side despite their promotion. He said that Argyle's policy since coming out of administration has been not to offer more than two years to a player, and referenced a situation at Yeovil Town where he said injuries to two key players cost the Glovers £200,000. He explained:

"Coming out of administration, as we (Plymouth Argyle) did five or six years ago, we've certainly not offered players more than two-year contracts because every player you sign is a risk and we've not really been in the business of taking risks with players. They get injured very quickly. I had an experience at Yeovil of having our two highest-paid players out injured for the whole season and so we committed £200,000 to two players who didn't play. That can hit you at any time, but you have to be pretty cautious unless you can back it up with the budget if it goes wrong. There's lots of clubs that have ended up acquiring 30, 35 players because the players they originally signed didn't perform or they got injured and then they can't get them off their books because they've got extended contracts."

Starnes doesn't name the two players concerned, but he is almost certainly referring to the events of the 2008-09 season that saw the club post a £976,402 loss in their end of year accounts. Whilst the protracted events involving the departure of manager Russell Slade were responsible for a sizeable amount of those costs, at that time Starnes had also referenced the high costs of a career-ending injury to midfielder Marc Bircham coupled with the car crash that Darren Way suffered which also ended his playing days. Speaking in 2010, Starnes said that the three separate situations were responsible for the club's financial problems of that season:

"We had very difficult situations with respect to three individuals - one of which was Marc Bircham's injury situation, and another was the tragic crash involving Darren. They were both players who were important to us with regards to their abilities but also the fact that their value was reflected in their wages and they had to be replaced in the squad."


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