Ciderspace News Page
News Archives

To subscribe to this News Page's RSS Feed, copy this link into your News Reader. Alternatively Join us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.
To go to the Ciderspace News Archives, click here.
To see all news for May 2018 click here.
To see all news for April 2018 click here.

27 May 2018 : Former Glover Warne Gives Millers Promotion In First Full Season As Manager
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Warne has become a promotion winner in his first management job. The 45 year old was Rotherham United's manager on Sunday afternoon as his side beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1 after extra time at Wembley Stadium to secure the League One Play-Offs Trophy and to lift the Millers back up into the Championship. The victory ensures a quick turnaround from when Warne took over the reins from Kenny Jackett on a temporary basis in November 2016, with that role eventually being turned into a permanent one in April 2017.

At the time of his appointment he had been trying to manage an obvious decline created under previous regimes. Jackett had lasted just five games before throwing in the towel, whilst predecessor Alan Stubbs had managed 14 matches. With Rotherham rock bottom of the Championship, they were already relegated by the time Warne was given the job on a permanent basis, even though there was still a whole month of the season left to go.

As such, his side's immediate turnaround is an impressive one. Rotherham finished the 2017-18 League One season in 4th place, seeing off Scunthorpe United in the play-off semi-finals. On Sunday afternoon, in front of 26,218 spectators it was former Sheffield Wednesday defender Richard Wood who created the headlines - he headed home the opening goal and although Alex Rodman's 58th minute goal took Shrewsbury into extra time, Wood slotted home on the back post from a set piece in the 103rd minute of the game, to give the Millers their advantage.

Whilst Warne's piece of silverware in his first full season as a first team manager is an impressive one, critics may draw attention to the widening gap between Championship and League One sides. At the end of the 2016-17 season, the three teams to be relegated were Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United. One year later, and all three have returned, with 2015-16 League One play-off winners Barnsley and 2015-16 automatic promotion winners Burton Albion being two of the clubs to drop back into Third Tier football after two years each at that level.

Link: Paul Warne : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

27 May 2018 : Bird Gains Valuable Experence Through Glovers Loan
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Jared Bird has given his views on his spell at Huish Park that completed just under a month ago. The 20 year old made 16 appearances for the club during a half-season loan spell, that included nine starts in League Two. He has now returned to his parent club Barnsley, and has had time to reflect on what was his first spell away from Oakwell since turning professional.

Bird highlighted the cup matches against Manchester United and Shrewsbury Town as being key to his learning curve, and also felt that the style of play in the League Two matches was significantly different. He told Barnsley's club website that he thought the overall experience was a good one for him:

"I thought it went really well - I went there to play games and get valuable experience, and I think that's what I did. I think I learnt a lot. I played in some big games like against Manchester United and Shrewsbury, and even in the league games I learnt a lot because the players in that league have been playing football for a long time now. There's some really experienced players in that league. So learning from them and playing against them was really good. It was a lot different physicality-wise; there's a lot of experienced pros in that league and they can throw their weight about. You just have to get used to that; you have to be clever, you have to use your body well and work around that really."

Bird was part of Yeovil Town's side that finished 19th in League Two, enduring a sticky end to the season that yielded just two wins and ten points from their final 14 matches, including a winless run over their final eight matches that gave them three points. One of those singular points came in the home draw against Forest Green Rovers that gave them their mathematical survival. Bird said that it was a relief to get over the line:

"It was a really good experience that we managed to get out of it with a point against Forest Green - it was a relief and a great feeling when that happened. Yeovil were down there near the relegation zone for a little bit of the season and we had to pull ourselves out of that, and it just showed that we needed a good team morale. I think if you've got a good team morale then you're going to have a successful season and escape relegation like Yeovil did when I was there."

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

26 May 2018 : Lincoln City And Notts County Publish Released And Retained Lists
During the latter part of the week just gone, losing play-off semi-finalists Lincoln City and Notts County published their Released and Retained Lists. Lincoln's included one former Glover, with winger Cameron Stewart allowed to become a free agent by mutual consent. The Magpies have surprisingly gone for a big clear-out, with their eleven players that have been released including a number of highly experienced campaigners.

As a result, this site's running list of Released and Retained players for all League Two clubs has been updated to include those two clubs, as well as a number of early signings that have been made by Colchester United, Cheltenham Town, Forest Green Rovers, Cambridge United, Lincoln City, Port Vale and Stevenage since the season has ended. Find that updated list via the link below.

Link: Summer 2018 League Two Released And Retained Lists.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

26 May 2018 : Football League Agree Position On Principle Of Possible Wembley Sale
The Football League have issued a statement concerning its latest position on the proposed sale of Wembley Stadium. Their Board met on Thursday to discuss the principle of such a sale, after Fulham owner Shahid Khan lodged a bid earlier this month that is reported as being worth around £900 million in gross revenue, with actual profit projected as being in the region of £600 million.

The important question was whether the EFL would oppose the sale on principle, with one key question being whether the game's national governing body should lose control of its main fixed asset to another party. The EFL's view is that they do not oppose this but that they would review the final detail of the proposed sale, once it is known. Their statement said:

"The Board agreed that the sale of the National Stadium was a matter specifically for the FA Board to determine and acknowledged that there is not a prerequisite for the Governing Body to own a National Stadium. A final position on all matters relating to the proposed sale would only be formed once the full details of any potential deal were disclosed and fully understood."

As yet, there is no firm indication as to how the Football Association would allocate any profits made out of the Wembley sale, although the speculation from earlier this month was that the Football League would stand to hold the rights to 50 percent of those funds, as one of the national game's key stakeholders. The EFL have said that they expect that money to be fed down through the system, highlighting stadium facilities, pitches and coaching as being key to the development of the game:

"The Board were pleased to receive confirmation that the FA would undertake a period of stakeholder consultation with regard to both the proposed sale and, more importantly, how any proceeds would be distributed across the game. The EFL Board holds the view that an appropriate proportion of the monies generated from a sale should be provided to EFL clubs to develop facilities for the benefit of the community engagement work undertaken at all levels. The EFL has long recognised the need to improve facilities and playing surfaces in particular, in order to increase both participation and the coaching of those that have been identified as having talent."

Earlier this month national media reports named Yeovil Town as an example of one of the clubs that could benefit from such a sale, although as yet there is no detail or timescale as to when interested clubs would receive such a windfall, and how they would qualify for that.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

25 May 2018 : Former Glovers Academy Player Signed Up By Premier League Seagulls
Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion have signed up former Yeovil Town Under-18s full-back Joe Tomlinson. The Academy player was one of seven second year scholars that were released by the club at the end of the 2017-18 season, but the Seagulls have been impressed enough to sign him up for their Under-23 squad.

Tomlinson, who generally plays as a left-back, but had been used higher up the field in certain fixtures last season, had been on the club's books for two years, after joining them from Southampton's Academy system. During the closing stages of last season, he scored two hat-tricks in consecutive home fixtures, but that wasn't enough to persuade the Glovers to award him with a professional deal. Instead, he will move on to Sussex, where the Seagulls Under-23 coach Simon Rusk is hoping to see how he progresses:

"We are delighted to welcome Joseph to the club. He is a talented young defender who has progressed well at Yeovil, and will strengthen our defensive options going into the new season. I am looking forward to seeing how he progresses, and we are keen to contribute towards his future development as a footballer."

During his time with Southampton, Tomlinson was part of their side that reached the Milk Cup Final in 2015. The very best of luck to him during his time in Brighton. Due to Yeovil Town making the decision to release Joe, he will join them on a free transfer as soon as his current deal runs out on June 30th. He has been given a one year contract at the Withdean Stadium.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

25 May 2018 : 2017-18 Season EFL Attendance Analysis
The Football League have published their attendance statistics for the 2017-18 season. Although there has been a tiny drop in crowds compared to last season, they are still at a generational high, with 18,099,894 coming through the turnstiles across the 72 EFL clubs. This is only the second time that crowds have exceeded the 18 million barrier since the 1950s, with last season's providing the record figure across nearly a 60 year period. The aggregate attendance stands as the 15th highest since the end of the Second World War, with the vast majority of those above it lying between 1948 and 1959.

One of the main factors in the small drop from last season is due to Newcastle United climbing up into the Premier League again, although that is counteracted by the overall position amongst Championship clubs seeing a rise of 210,000 to over 11.3 million across all 552 matches. Once the five clubs that entered/exited the Football League (via the Premier League or National League) are excluded, the 67 remaining clubs recorded a 4 percent increase. Chief Executive Shaun Harvey was unsurprisingly upbeat about the figures:

"The appeal in attending live football across the EFL has never been of more interest, with all 72 Clubs doing their upmost to attract new supporters and keeping it accessible to those loyal fans already engaged. It is particularly pleasing to see that the cumulative attendance has once again topped the 18 million mark. In what was a record breaking 2016-17 campaign, this season has continued the trend of improvement in fan experience, generating a positive impact in enjoyment and ultimately attendance."

The top attendances in each division came from Aston Villa in the Championship with an average of 32,097, whilst Bradford City averaged 19,787 in League One, with Coventry City having 9,255 in League Two.

The take-up of Season Tickets for EFL clubs continues to rise, Last season, the League went over 500,000 for the first time, whilst for the 2017-18 season they have hit accumulated sales of 520,000 Season Tickets sold across the 72 clubs, an increase of 4 percent.

The overall Football League statistics are heavily at odds with Yeovil Town's own position, with attendances seeing a 17.5 percent drop at Huish Park, down to 2,941, whilst Season Ticket sales were at their lowest since they entered the Football League, with a take-up of 1,534 for the 2017-18 season.

Football League Accumulative Attendances:
2005-06 : 16.2 million (16,364,419)
2006-07 : 16.4 million (16,473,930)
2007-08 : 16.2 million
2008-09 : 16.3 million (16,352,920)
2009-10 : 17.1 million (17,078,088)
2010-11 : 16.1 million
2011-12 : 16.3 million
2012-13 : 15.6 million (15,566,887)
2013-14 : 15.7 million (15,703,427)
2014-15 : 16.3 million (16,319,112)
2015-16 : 16.3 million (16,352,500)
2016-17 : 18.1 million (18,107,332)
2017-18 : 18.1 million (18,099,894)

Link: Huish Park Attendances Average Sub-3,000 For First Time In Football League Era.

Link: Huish Park Top Attendances.

Link: Yeovil Town Average Attendances - Season By Season.

Link: 2017-18 League Two Top Attendances.

Link: 2017-18 League Two Lowest Attendances.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

24 May 2018 : Darren Way In Talks About Alcock Return
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is holding talks with former right-back Craig Alcock about a return to the club. The 30 year old Truro-born player has recently been released by Doncaster Rovers and so stands as a free agent this summer, having spent time on the books of Peterborough United and Sheffield United since leaving Huish Park in the summer of 2011 for an undisclosed fee.

Claims have been made in the Gloucestershire press that Cheltenham Town are after Alcock's services, with Gary Johnson having been the man that gave the former Under-18s player his first professional contract. But Way has told the club's website that he has been in talks with him, as well as stating that he tried to re-sign Ed Upson, who has this week decided to join Bristol Rovers:

"We've been talking to a number of household names who fit that bill, such as Ed Upson - who's now opted to stay in League One - and Craig Alcock who we're still talking to."

Rather unusually, if the club were to sign up Alcock it would help resolve a problem they are expected to have during the 2018-19 season. Changes are expected to go through as part of the 2018 Football League AGM that will require all clubs to name a homegrown developed player on their teamsheet, or be forced to restrict themselves to six substitutions. Aside from Yeovil Town's Academy players that are about to move into the Second Year of their Scholarship - and thus are around 17 years old - the club have no players on their books who would meet that definition. However, Alcock played for the club's Under-18s during the 2005-06 season, and so would almost certainly meet the EFL's forthcoming definition, even though he has not been on the club's books for seven years.

Way has also stated that the club have had some interest for defender Tom James towards the end of last season, but as yet no club has met their transfer valuation. James remains under contract until the end of the 2018-19 season. He has also stated that the club have had no fresh bids for Otis Khan over the past few months, going against claims made by TeamTalk earlier this week that four clubs were chasing him. Given that Khan is known to have a clause built into his contract stating the amount clubs would need to bid to allow him to talk to them, this will remain academic until someone meets that target.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

24 May 2018 : Tozer Teams Up With Johnson After Leaving Exiles
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Ben Tozer has found himself a new club. The 28 year old has left Newport County and signed a two year contract with Cheltenham Town, teaming up with former Glovers Gary Johnson, Kevin Dawson and Scott Flinders. Although Tozer is a former Glover, he was brought to Huish Park by Paul Sturrock before becoming a regular first teamer under Darren Way and so did not play under Johnson.

Johnson's knowledge of the former Plymouth Argyle player comes from his time at Northampton Town, and so is well aware of what he can do. Although Tozer's first season with Newport County was disrupted by injury and by a fall-out with former Exiles boss Graham Westley, he made 45 appearances during his second season, as part of a team that finished in 11th place at the end of the 2017-18 season. Johnson says of his capture:

"We're delighted to have signed Ben. He is a fantastic athlete and I have worked with him previously so know exactly the kind of character he will bring to the squad. He's an experienced player and will be a big influence in our quest next season to push up the table and have a really successful campaign. Ben has tremendous energy to his game, can play as a real ball player in midfield and is also very adaptable and can play in a number of other positions. He is a great signing for us."

Link: Ben Tozer : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

23 May 2018 : Fry Looks At Possibility Of Supporting Fibre Pitch
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said that the club are currently examining the 'possibility' of installing a fibre-based playing surface at Huish Park. The plans would strongly imply that the Glovers will be backing an item on the 2018 Football League AGM next month, which plans to reintroduce the hot topic of artificial playing surfaces, and whether there is an appetite amongst the 72 member clubs for the rules to be changed in this area, either across the league, or within specific divisions.

The current Football League rules are very straight forward in that they currently ban all artificial surfaces, with no dispensation allowed for any National League clubs that may have invested in such a pitch. That recently caused a fair bit of debate, given that Sutton United had installed a £500,000 playing surface, yet did not want to rip it up if they were promoted. The EFL responded by making it clear that if Sutton did not agree to remove their artificial pitch by the date of the League AGM, then they would refuse them membership, and would give the 23rd placed club in League Two a reprieve. Sutton in turn made noises that they would appeal to the FA if they were refused, which ran the risk of things getting a bit messy.

Thankfully, Sutton's defeat in the play-offs meant that stand-off never came to fruition, but it has reignited the debate, with other clubs such as Maidstone United and Bromley also using artificial pitches in the National League, where their use has been legal since the 2015-16 season. The Football Association also allowed their use for the 2014-15 FA Cup - which led to Yeovil Town playing a November 2015 FA Cup First Round match against Maidstone United, along with Sutton hosting Arsenal in a 2016-17 Fifth Round tie.

Yeovil Town's own contribution to the debate comes via a review of Yeovil Town Ladies' first full season in the FAWSL1 division. The female Glovers had to finish their 2017-18 season playing matches at Weston-super-Mare and Taunton Town's grounds, and ultimately only staged one match at Huish Park after mid-November, with a mix of fixture congestion and the quality of the main stadium pitch contributing to that. Mr Fry acknowledged the problems that gave the Ladies team and has said that laying a fibre-based pitch could resolve that, in the long term:

"Aside from having discussions with the FA and the EFL regarding the possibility of installing a fibre pitch in the future - which would be the long-term solution - we have been working away behind the scenes to secure more stability in staging YTLFC home games in 2018-19."

This is the first serious mention of artificial playing surfaces from the club since their ill-fated arrangements with Blue Sky International in 2011. Whilst the objective of the American-based company was not entirely clear, and was later abandoned, in March 2012, Mr Fry indicated that the club were looking into such arrangements. At the time, this seemed at odds with his first team management, with Terry Skiverton pulling all first team players out of a October 2011 County Cup match due to Keynsham Town's artificial surface, whilst boss Gary Johnson gave a very cautious reaction to the idea. Ultimately, Football League member clubs bounced the idea at the 2012 Summer AGM, thus making the discussion an irrelevance.

That discussion will now return at the 2018 AGM in Portugal. The general theme has been for Championship clubs to heavily oppose it, whilst clubs operating at League One and League Two have been more split, leading to the question of whether such a rule could be implemented for the bottom two divisions. An EFL statement in February confirmed it would be discussed at the AGM:

"All EFL clubs have had the opportunity over the course of the season to input their views on the potential use of synthetic or artificial pitches within the EFL as part of a wider Stadium Criteria review. The current position was communicated (in a February 2018 meeting), and discussions will now continue ahead of the EFL's AGM in June to determine if there is an appetite for either League-wide change or if there is an option to adopt the use of artificial pitches on a divisional basis. While the use of artificial pitches is ultimately a matter for EFL clubs to decide, there are any number of other parties that have a significant interest, including the FA and the PFA, whose members have historically been against the use of artificial pitches in the EFL. Their views will also need taking into account before any decision is made."

In the past, arguments taken by certain EFL clubs has been that artificial playing surfaces lower the cost of overall pitch maintenance, once the initial investment has been made, and allows clubs the chance to stage more fixtures on the surface than would ordinarily be possible. However, other clubs have raised concerns over the consistency and quality of such pitches, as well as what happens when a club has a habit of yoyoing between the two divisions that do or don't allow artificial pitches. As such, it has tended to be clubs at the bottom end of League Two that have been the most vocal in their support for such facilities.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

23 May 2018 : 2018-19 Pre-Season Friendly Schedule Planned
Yeovil Town have planned out their 2018-19 first team pre-season schedule, which includes six friendly matches, and a seventh yet to be planned in. Matches against Plymouth Argyle and North Dorset side Gillingham Town were already known about. The club will also host what is described as a Swansea City first team and League One side Bristol Rovers.

This will be the fifth time since 2010 that the club have played a pre-season friendly against the Swans, albeit with a couple of those being labelled as games against their Under-21 or Under-23 levels. It will also be the fourth friendly against the Gas since 2012, with last season's match at Huish Park finishing in a 1-3 home defeat.

There are also a number of away fixtures, including a chance to see Steve Thompson at Dorchester Town along with the club's first visit to Southern League Division One East Corby Town for 48 years. Finally the club will help Gillingham Town play at their new Woodwater Lane venue. There is one date that has been left blank, with the club expected to be making another journey into Wales for a pre-season training camp - they are planning to play a fixture on or around July 14th in the middle of that spell, but have not yet fixed the opposition.

The match against Plymouth Argyle will be hosted as a Family Day, with other events planned across the Saturday. Fixtures are as follows:

Wed 11/07/2018 : 19:45 : Home : Swansea City
Sat 14/07/2018 : TBA (expected to be an away match as part of a pre-season training camp in Wales)
Tue 17/07/2018 : 19:45 : Home : Bristol Rovers
Sat 21/07/2018 : 15:00 : Home : Plymouth Argyle
Tue 24/07/2018 : 19:45 : Away : Dorchester Town (The Avenue Stadium)
Sat 28/07/2018 : 15:00 : Away : Corby Town (Steel Park)
Mon 30/07/2018 : 19:00 : Away : Gillingham Town (Woodwater Lane) (Kick-off time to be confirmed)

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

23 May 2018 : Khan Claims Reignited With Four Clubs Listed As Interested
Yeovil Town winger Otis Khan is once again being linked with a move away from Huish Park. The former Barnsley, Sheffield United and Manchester United player had a season of two halves during the 2017-18 season, scoring ten times and claiming ten assists in the lead-up to Christmas - form that led to Bristol Rovers attempting to sign him up during the January transfer window, only for the player himself turning them down. However, his second half of the season failed to hit those heights, with a five match suspension for pushing a referee, and some patchy performances meaning that he lost his place in the starting line-up at times, with his last goal for the club coming at Morecambe on December 29th.

The latest claims made by TeamTalk - one of the Sky Sports chain of websites - are that he is 'set for a big move this summer' although they aren't too specific about which club is in for him. They report that Otis has a release clause of £100,000 written into his contract, enabling him to talk to other clubs if a formal bid is received at any time. Whilst Yeovil Town have acknowledged that there is such a clause, the specific amount has never been officially confirmed.

Teamtalk also claim that League One side Bradford City were the other club that met the release clause in January 2018 - there had been a hint that two clubs had done so, but only Bristol Rovers were confirmed as having put in a qualifying bid. Teamtalk claim that the current list of interested clubs include Championship side Preston North End plus League One trio Burton Albion, Oxford United and Luton Town. As is often the case, no quotes or sources are named, and given that their website is very non-specific about where the 'big move' is coming from, this may be Khan's agent attempting to reignite interest in his player.

Overall, Khan's season ended with 10 goals from 49 appearances. He remains under contract with the club until the summer of 2019. He only hits his 24th birthday in September 2019, meaning that the club would still be able to claim a fee for him, even if he stays on their books for the length of the 2018-19 season.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

22 May 2018 : Upson Snapped Up By Rovers Following Milton Keynes Relegation
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has returned to the West Country, after leaving Milton Keynes Dons. The 28 year old has signed for League One side Bristol Rovers, thus enabling him to stay in third tier football, following his old club's relegation into League Two at the end of the 2017-18 season. Rovers haven't specified a contract length at this stage.

Upson was part of Yeovil Town's side that gained promotion to the Championship during the 2012-13 season, but left the club in January 2014, when fellow Championship side Millwall came in with a bid during the final six months of his contract at the club. Whilst his time at the New Den was a bit patchy in terms of minutes on the pitch, at Milton Keynes he was a regular, scoring seven goals in 93 appearances across two seasons. He has said of his decision to sign for Rovers:

"I'm pleased to finally be here and to have the deal all sorted. I met the Manager early in the week and he's a very ambitious person and I know the club is also very ambitious. I think the mixture of those two things could propel the club into the next division."

Link: Ed Upson : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

22 May 2018 : Cranie Released By Boro After Championship Play-Off Interest Ends
Former Yeovil Town loanee Martin Cranie is to leave Middlesbrough over the summer. The 31 year old, who had more recently been on the books of Barnsley and Huddersfield Town, becomes a free agent at the end of a six month stay at the Riverside Stadium. He made nine appearances during that three month spell.

Cranie was born in Yeovil, and went to Bucklers Mead School and Birchfield Community School in the town, but was snapped up by Southampton's Academy system whilst the Glovers were still a non-league side, ultimately being given his professional debut by Paul Sturrock in May 2004. His time with Yeovil Town came as part of a loan spell under Russell Slade during the 2006-07 season, making twelve appearances for the club.

His one and only goal he scored for the Glovers was a rather unfortunate one. In August 2014, he made a return to Yeovil as a Barnsley player, but ended up netting for his home town club after he turned in a cross from Jakub Sokolik. On a technicality, he is therefore the last Yeovil-born player to score for the club at Huish Park.

Given he was part of Huddersfield Town's team that was promoted into the Premier League at the end of the 2016-17 season, and was good enough to get picked up by a Middlesbrough side that reached the Championship play-offs during the 2017-18 season, he'll almost certainly get picked up by another Championship side over the summer.

Link: Martin Cranie : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

21 May 2018 : Friendly Arranged With Gillingham Town
Yeovil Town have arranged a second pre-season friendly for the 2018-19 season. The club have agreed to visit Dorset Premier League side Gillingham Town on Monday 30th July, at their new Woodwater Lane ground. The North Dorset side played their last match on their old Hardings Lane pitch at the end of last season, and have decided to move with the aim of ultimately re-entering the Western League and then setting the club up to challenge for the Southern League based on their new facilities.

At present, we don't know what sort of a standard of Yeovil Town side will take part in this match - sometimes games at this sort of level involve the club's Academy side - but with Gillingham highlighting the game as their chance to showcase the new pitch - which will be opened earlier in the month against Sturminster Newton United - it may be that the club use it as a 'final warm-up' match before the 2018-19 season starts on the following weekend.

At present, Gillingham Town have not confirmed the kick-off time for this future. There is currently one other confirmed first team friendly, with League One side Plymouth Argyle visiting Huish Park on Saturday 21st July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

21 May 2018 : Cobblers Recruit Ex-Glover Williams For League Two Return
League Two newcomers Northampton Town have signed up former Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams. The 31 year old has penned a two year contract, having left Doncaster Rovers at the end of the 2017-18 season, and will officially become a Cobblers player on July 1st. Williams had been linked with a move to Cheltenham Town since leaving the Keepmoat Stadium, but if that was Gary Johnson's plan, then he'll now have to look elsewhere, with the Cobblers unveiling him today.

Williams had spent three years with Doncaster, and was part of their 2016-17 promotion winning squad that took them up into League One. Overall he scored 29 times in 103 appearances, although the majority of those came during his first two years at Donny. Before that, he was on a mini-tour of the West Country, taking in Swindon Town, Yeovil Town (twice), Bristol Rovers and Hereford United. Northampton manager Dean Austin has said that there was a lot of competition for his signature:

"I am delighted to make Andy our first signing of the summer. We said that we needed to add more goals to the team, and Andy has a proven record of scoring at both League 1 and League 2 level and not only does he know where the back of the net is, he brings a wealth of experience too. We also spoke about recruiting characters, and Andy is certainly the right type of character. He is a very good professional, he plays with his heart on his sleeve and he will offer invaluable experience for the young strikers we have in the squad. He has excellent movement and he is a fine finisher. He also has experience of winning promotion from League 2 recently and that is important. We had to move quickly to tie this deal up, there was a lot of interest in Andy but we are delighted we have been able to bring him to Sixfields."

Link: Andy Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

21 May 2018 : Olomola Pens Iron Deal After Leaving Southampton
Former Yeovil Town loanee Olufela Olomola has found himself a new club, shortly after his release from Southampton. The 20 year old has penned a three year contract with League One side Scunthorpe United, signing on a free transfer at Glanford Park. Scunthorpe have got a bit of a habit of taking former Glovers players and getting good service out of them, with Paddy Madden scoring 60 goals for them, including 23 during the 2015-16 season. During the following campaign, former Blackburn Rovers loanee Josh Morris netted 20 times for them, an d so they will be hoping that Olomola can make it a hat-trick.

Olomola scored seven times in 18 appearances for Yeovil Town, during his 2017-18 loan spell with the club, but an attempt to sign him on a permanent basis in January 2018 proved unsuccessful, and he returned to St Mary's Stadium where he played for their Under-23 side during the second half of the campaign, ultimately scoring in the Southampton Senior Cup Final on his final appearance for Saints. The player has revealed that he was aware of Scunthorpe's interest whilst he was still on the Premier League club's books:

"I'm absolutely delighted to get it done. This has been something that I've wanted to get done for a while now and I'm raring to go. I just want to show everyone what I can do. The club contacted Southampton about me and as soon as I heard Scunthorpe was interested in me, I wanted to get it done. I watched the team in the play-offs and I've seen how much the fans get behind the boys as well. Itís really persuaded me to join the club."

Link: Olufela Olomola : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

20 May 2018 : Glovers Reclaim Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy
Yeovil Town's Supporters Team reclaimed the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy on Sunday lunchtime. The match against Exeter City Supporters is played at least annually, and gives a chance for fans to compete for the trophy as well as fundraising and spreading awareness about the Adam Stansfield Foundation's goals.

The Glovers had lost last year's match at the same venue almost exactly a year ago, but this time around, they gained an emphatic 4-1 victory to take the Trophy back to Somerset. Goalscorers on the day were Ryan Thurgood, Alex Stevenson, Robbie Stowell and Kieran Conway. It seems that having your first team in a League Two Play-Off Final doesn't guarantee victory when it comes to the supporters teams!

Yeovil Town supporters take back the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy
Yeovil Town supporters take back the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy
Photo © 2018 Mike Cairncross

Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

News Archives

To go to the Ciderspace News Archives, click here.
To subscribe to this News Page's RSS Feed, copy this link into your News Reader. Alternatively Join us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.
To see all news for May 2018 click here.
To see all news for April 2018 click here.

© Ciderspace 1999-2004
Last Updated : 17th August 2015
design by siteshape