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28 June 2016 : Way Looking To Build Relationships With Premier League Clubs
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is trying to build up relationships with a number Premier League clubs ahead of the 2016-17 season, in the hope of attracting some of their young talent to Huish Park. The former midfielder is currently running through preparations for his first full pre-season as manager, and one of the inevitable questions is what players the club are likely to borrow from higher division sides to help bolster their squad.

Last season, the club took players from Swansea City, Everton, AFC Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Coventry City and Luton Town but it is likely to be the larger Premier League clubs who will now be able to provide such loan deals, with loan system changes meaning that Yeovil Town will only be able to take loanees on a half-season or full-season basis in future.

What that is likely to mean is that clubs will be more willing to loan players out to League Two sides, if they have a more consistent long term relationship with them. Way said earlier this month that he wanted to bring back Liam Walsh, Connor Roberts and Harry Cornick, but in reality there is the question of whether their parent clubs may wish to push them into higher division clubs as secondary loans. With that in mind, the Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that the wider goal was to set up a trusted relationship with those and other clubs:

"I'm trying to get a relationship with one or two other clubs that I've spoken to. They've been very impressed with the way that we've dealt with their young players from Swansea, Bournemouth and West Brom. Then you've had Everton added to that and they've all been pleased with how we've dealt with their young players. So I'm pretty positive that we can make sure that we can get good players that are going to make a good impact, and make sure that we progress next year."

The next question is when we are likely to see such loanees turn up on Yeovil's doorstep. Particularly with Euro 2016 and Copa America taking place, several Premier League clubs will be using their Under-21 and Academy players in early pre-season friendlies whilst their international stars get some rest from football. That's likely to mean any loan targets stay put for a few weeks. Way said that he is not putting any fixed dates on when those players may be given the green light to join lower league clubs:

"I don't think that you can put a finger on them (arriving) now. We never have done. I think that you're very lucky now to get a top loan player in from day one. If I was a manager in the Premier League, I would want to see what young talent that they've got in and around the football club. The only way that they can do that is by utilising that in pre-season. So you have to be patient and that's the same for every other football club in League Two and League One."


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27 June 2016 : Club Shop Closed On Thursday
Yeovil Town's main Club Shop will be closed all day on Thursday 30th June. The closure is to enable staff to carry out their annual stock-taking exercise, in preparation for the new season. The shop will reopen on Friday 1st July, hence get any purchases done on one of Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday this week.


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27 June 2016 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Bristol City are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 16th July with a 3.00p.m. kick off, and at present is the club's only home pre-season friendly. Ticket prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over-65s and Aged 16-21: £10.00; Under-16s: £2.00

Only two stands are currently scheduled to be open. Home fans will be seated in the Tamburino Main Stand, whilst away fans will be seated in the Screwfix East Stand. Tickets can be purchased in person, via phone (01935-847888) or online.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Date And Ticketing Prices Set For Walsall League Cup Trip.

Link: Ticketing For Salisbury City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town.


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26 June 2016 : Primus And Wiltshire Keep Ladies Top After Season Restart
Yeovil Town Ladies went three points clear at the top of the FAWSL2 division on Sunday afternoon, after they picked up all three points against Durham Women at New Ferens Park. The match was their first since the mid-season break, and although they had to be patient to find the win, they did so thanks to second half goals from Atlanta Primus and Sarah Wiltshire that put them three clear of Bristol City Women who won on Saturday, but significantly five points clear of Everton Ladies, who lost at Watford on Sunday.

They had to be patient to achieve their goal. Perhaps trying to feel their way back into the second half of the season, the first 45 minutes saw few chances come either side's way. Yeovil's best came just four minutes into the match as Ellis Hillman took advantage of a loose ball in the Durham defence, producing a short that was palmed away by Durham's Helen Alderson. The home side's best effort came from long range as Rachel Lee stung the palms of Charlotte Haynes from 30 yards out, with the ball being turned behind for a corner.

During the second period though, matters opened up twelve minutes into the half, thanks to a goal from Atlanta Primus. Durham had been hoping for an offside flag when the striker ran through, but her run was allowed to continue, and that put her in a clean one-v-one with the Durham keeper, with the ball being put past Alderson, landing in the bottom left hand corner. Yeovil then doubled their lead in the final 20 minutes, thanks to a spot of long-ball - top goalscorer Sarah Wiltshire raced onto it, and lobbed the ball over Alderson for her ninth of the season, and with a two goal advantage in place, the strike that more or less killed off the game.

Aside from the need to wait 57 minutes for that first goal of the game, Wiltshire said after the match that she felt a half time tweak in the Glovers' formation also helped them on their way:

"We changed the formation slightly in the second half so that might have worked in our favour, but we just kept patient and our chances came. We did well. We were much better in the second half and we're happy
to get another three points on the board. Durham are a very good team, they made it difficult for us. But we made sure that in the second half we played our game and we took our chances and scored both goals. I love scoring goals but itís been down to the team. Weíve been playing really well and Iíve got good girls around me putting good balls in, like Annie Heatherson did
."

Next up for the female Glovers is a trip to play Oxford United Women on Thursday night at Abingdon United FC, before they return back home to host Notts County, in a match that will be staged at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove ground.

Final Score: Durham Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Scorers: Atlanta Priums (0-1, 57 mins), Sarah Wiltshire (0-2, 73 mins)

Durham: Helen Alderson; Ellie Christon, Sarah Wilson, Rebecca Salicki, Chloe Macek; Beth Hepple, Rachel Lee, Sarah McFadden; Tyler Dodds, Natalie Gutteridge, Jordan Atkinson.

Substitutes: Sarah Eadon (24 mins for Natalie Gutteridge), Mercy Darkoah (46 mins for Tyler Dodds), Megan Elliott (74 mins for Chloe Macek), Courtney Corrie, Megan Elliott.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes; Nicola Cousins, Hannah Short, Helen Bleazard, Kelly Snook; Lauren Townsend; Ellie Curson, Ann-Marie Heatherson; Ellis Hillman, Atlanta Primus, Sarah Wiltshire.

Substitutes: Stephanie Williams (72 mins for Atlanta Primus), Emily Donovan (80 mins for Lauren Townsend), Natasha Knapman (80 mins for Sarah Wiltshire), Charlotte Johnson, Nadia Lawrence.

Referee: Lindsay Robinson

Attendance: 403


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26 June 2016 : Live Commentary For Durham Women vs Yeovil Town Ladies
At midday today, Yeovil Town Ladies recommence their FAWSL2 campaign with a match against Durham Women at New Ferens Park. If you want to hear how the game pans out, there is live commentary available over the internet, thanks to Durham Hospital Radio. Tune in via the link below and click on the "Listen Live" link.

Link: Durham Women vs Yeovil Town Ladies : Live Commentary.


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25 June 2016 : Preston And Lea Give Stronger Yeovil Links
Yeovil Town's interest in signing up goalkeeper Callum Preston and midfielder Joe Lea would appear to be of a more concrete nature, after both players gave significant clues on Twitter at the tail end of the week. The former Crawley Town and Southampton pair are free agents, who have attracted some circumstantial interest, given their decisions to follow Yeovil Town's Twitter account since the end of the season just gone.

In both cases, there would appear to be some legs to this. On Friday, a friend of Preston's tweeted that they were both in the town of Yeovil for the day, which the player himself retweeted onto his own account. The tweet was later deleted but shows the goalkeeper visited the town yesterday. Preston was born in Stafford and schooled in Welshpool and so has no obvious natural connection with the South-West to make him want to head down to that part of the country. In addition, midfielder Lea's most recent activity on Twitter has been to follow Yeovil Town's media officer, having previously followed the club's account - again there doesn't seem to be a reaaon for him to take such a strong interest in the club, above any other football sides, unless Yeovil Town FC happen to be their next destination.

The truth is likely to be known on or around July 1st, when most new player contracts start, and when players return for the start of pre-season training. Profiles for the two players are as follows:

Callum Preston : Goalkeeper. Born: November 7th 1995 (age 20), Stafford.
Callum is a former Birmingham City and Liverpool academy player who was released by Crawley Town at the end of the 2015-16 season. He was born in Stafford, but had a Welsh upbringing in Welshpool. In addition to Birmingham and Liverpool, he also spent time with The New Saints (TNS) in Wales before Birmingham took him into their academy system in 2008, ultimately getting a scholarship in 2012. He didn't reach their first team, instead getting short loan spells with Worcester City (2 appearances) and AFC Telford United (1 appearance). After Birmingham decided to release him in the summer of 2015, he was given a one year contract with Crawley Town where he made ten appearances. He had been expected to be given a new contract with the Sussex side, but when they changed their management team at the tail end of the season, he was released.

Joe Lea : Central Midfielder. Born: December 16th 1997 (age 18).
Joe grew up in the Portsmouth area and was initially part of their youth academy until 2007 when he made the decision to move across the south coast and join the Saints at nine years old. He reached the Under-18s level during the 2013-14 season, and that led to him being given a two year scholarship in the summer of 2014. Southampton's website describes him as "a midfielder who likes to combine creativity with agression, he craves the consistency displayed by Frank Lampard throughout his career as the youngster looks to continue his journey through the ranks". Joe came through the same academy set-up as Glovers midfielder Ollie Bassett, who left their programme a year previously.


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24 June 2016 : Edwards Signed Up By Saddlers
League One side Walsall have signed up former Yeovil Town captain Joe Edwards. After leaving Colchester United at the end of last season, the Essex club indicated that they understood his motive in departing was to keep playing at League One level. He has now achieved that aim by signing for the Saddlers on a two year contract.

Edwards was named Colchester's Players' Player of the Season for the 2015-16 campaign. However, after scoring twice in 45 appearances for Colchester he now moves on to play for his third club in three seasons. He told their website that the move to join Walsall came about a couple of weeks ago:

"Iím delighted to be here. Itís a fantastic club and they had a really good season last year. Iíve played against Walsall a few times before and they have always been a very good footballing side. They like to pass it about and they play with a good intensity. I had a meeting with the manager a few weeks ago and I came away thinking this was the club for me. Sometimes it just feels right and the fit is perfect."

Edwards is likely to have to make at least one more trip back to Essex - he is expected to answer bail in July, following his alleged involvement in a disturbance outside a pub in Colchester at the end of last season - there's been no further developments on that case, except that the second person named by the Essex press is also a Colchester player, with 21 year old Alex Gilbey claimed to have been involved in the incident.

Link: Joe Edwards : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 June 2016 : Fry Believes Glovers Are Ahead Of The Game
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry believes that the club are 'ahead of the game' in terms of their 2016-17 season plans, despite the club having yet to announce their first new signing. The Glovers currently have eleven players signed up for next season, with defender/midfielder Ben Tozer pending a medical that would make him a 12th player committed to the coming campaign.

As yet there are no new arrivals, although the rumourmill suggests that the club have three players verbally lined up for the coming campaign, with one of those strongly believed to be former Southampton midfielder Joe Lea, whose social media habits point to him holding an interest in the club and was in the same Academy set-up as Ollie Bassett at St Mary's. On top of that, Way has gone on the record as saying that he will aim to add up to five loan players to his squad that are expected to arrive during the latter part of pre-season once they have spent a few weeks with their parent clubs.

Fry's belief is that the club are in a stronger position than they've been in during the last few years, and cites both the number of players the club have retained from last year, along with advance plans for recruitment as evidence. He has told the Western Gazette that he feels that has given the club a good starting point:

"Regarding recruitment, we are in a promising position for the coming season. Darren (Way) already knows who he wants to bring in; we are ahead of the game. The club in general is in a much more stable position compared to the last couple of years. The fact that we have been able to retain so many excellent players means that we already have a good starting point on which to build."

No player names or positions are hinted at. However, one player Fry states won't be arriving is former Fulham centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey. There's been a fair bit made of the claims that his 2015-16 loan spell cost the club £90,000, with it not being obvious why such a young inexperienced loanee could take such a large slice out of the playing budget. Fry's latest explanation doesn't really shine any additional light on that subject, citing wages, medical bills, accommodation and travelling expenses as comprising the costs, which lie far in excess of typical player data released by the PFA in recent seasons. However, Fry indicates that it is Arthurworrey's knee injury that would prevent his return to the club. As yet, the defender hasn't fixed himself up with another club, although said in early April, via his Twitter account, that he was close to being able to resume training.


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23 June 2016 : Burn Makes Latics Switch
Former Yeovil Town loanee Dan Burn will be staying in Championship football, after he agreed a deal with Wigan Athletic today. The 24 year old has passed a medical and agreed a contract with the Latics that will run until the summer of 2019. He will sign the deal on July 1st when his current contract with Fulham runs out. Burn was released by Fulham earlier this month although had freely tweeted about his fate on the final day of the 2015-16 season, indicating that he knew he was leaving. He had been heavily linked in the media with Sheffield United, but either that had no truth behind it, or their decision to change managers may have scuppered the deal.

Instead he's moved to a side that won the 2015-16 League One title, accumulating 87 points to send them back into Second Tier football after just one season away from that level. He will work under boss Gary Caldwell who said of the player's arrival at the DW Stadium:

"He fits our profile exactly, young, hungry and with experience at this level and the desire to progress with us. He is a powerful defender, but he likes to play as well and adds tremendous competition to the squad."

Link: Dan Burn : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 June 2016 : Are You Following Me? Three Free Agents Use Social Media To Track The Glovers
Whilst Yeovil Town have yet to make any new signings this summer, a small bit of circumstantial evidence may point to some of the out of contract players who have an interest in the club. Former Southampton midfielder Joe Lea, ex-Norwich City striker Jamar Loza and former Crawley Town goalkeeper Callum Preston all seem to have an unusual thing in common - a mutual attraction to Yeovil Town's main Twitter account.

All three players have made the decision to follow the club's account this summer, whilst standing as current free agents. Of course that doesn't mean they are genuinely in talks with the club - it may have been a casual bit of window-shopping, or an accidental pressing of a 'Follow' button that they've not yet realised. However, inevitably when a free agent chooses to do that, it's worthy of at least putting on a 'watch list' to see where their career takes them next.

Striker Loza is already well known to Glovers fans, and this site covered his release from Carrow Road earlier this month, as well as his Twitter habits. In addition goalkeeper Callum Preston, at the age of 20 years old, would fit the sort of bracket of player the Glovers would target as a back-up to Artur Krysiak, with a small handful of Crawley appearances, coupled with an academy upbringing with Birmingham City. He also chose to follow Plymouth Argyle's Twitter account at the same time as Yeovil's.

Meanwhile most recently, Joe Lea, who was released by Southampton at the end of last season, has also decided to follow the club's account. He's a former Portsmouth youth player who switched to Saints as a nine year old, eventually rising into their Under-18s ranks in 2013-14.

To stress, none of the players concerned have said anything on their own Twitter timelines to provide a concrete link with the Glovers. However, all three are out of contract, and stand as free agents, whilst at the age of 22 (Loza), 20 (Preston) and 18 (Lea) they all tend to fit the sort of profile of player that we'd expect Darren Way to be looking for himself - young, relatively inexpensive, but with a background in three fairly prominent professional football academies. They may have numerous other clubs interested in their services, but their social media interests are at least worthy of note.

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23 June 2016 : Date And Ticketing Prices Set For Walsall League Cup Trip
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round tie against Walsall are now available. The match will take place at the Bescot Stadium on Tuesday 9th August 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices will be flat across the whole ground and are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Under-18s and Over-60s: £5.00.

Walsall will only be opening certain parts of the stadium for this fixture, with the normal University of Wolverhampton Away Stand being closed for the night. Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in Blocks G, H and I of the Community Stand, which is a side-on stand to the right hand side of the normal away facilities.

Note that tickets are NOT on sale at this present moment in time. If the Huish Park Ticket Office get an allocation of tickets, we'll provide an update here.


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22 June 2016 : Duffy To Make Euro 2016 Debut
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy is to make his Euro 2016 debut. The centre-back has been named in Martin O'Neill's starting line-up for their final group game against Italy that takes place this evening. The match in Lille is pretty much do-or-die for Ireland - they need to beat the Italians to qualify for the next round. In the hope of enabling that, O'Neill has made four changes to his previous line-up, including both centre-backs.

The Republic of Ireland line-up reads as follows:

23. Darren Randolph 2. Seamus Coleman (Capt) 5. Richard Keogh 8. James McCarthy 9. Shane Long 11. James McClean 12. Shane Duffy 13. Jeff Hendrick 17. Stephen Ward 19. Robbie Brady 21. Daryl Murphy.

This will be Duffy's third international cap, having played in friendlies against Costa Rica in 2014 and against Switzerland in Dublin in 2016, with the latter seeing him win the Man of the Match Award. That was highly influential in ensuring he landed in Ireland's Euro 2016 squad, with the 24 year old not having been expected to feature up uintil that point.


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22 June 2016 : League Cup First Round : Full Draw Details
Yeovil Town have been given an away draw in the First Round of the 2016-17 League Cup. The match will be played at the Bescot Stadium, with League One side Walsall their rather familiar opponents. The full draw was made live on Facebook this lunchtime and pulled out the following teams:

Carlisle vs Port Vale
Rotherham United vs Morecambe
Accrington vs Bradford City
Rochdale vs Chesterfield
Mansfield vs Blackburn Rovers
Barnsley vs Northampton
Cambridge vs Sheffield Wednesday
Derby County vs Grimsby Town
Oldham vs Wigan Athletic
Scunthorpe vs Notts County
Doncaster Rovers vs Nottingham Forest
Fleetwood vs Leeds United
Sheffield United vs Crewe Alexandra
Shrewsbury Town vs Huddersfield Town
Preston North End vs Hartlepool
Blackpool vs Bolton Wanderers
Burton Albion vs Bury

Peterborough United vs AFC Wimbledon
Bristol Rovers vs Cardiff City
Coventry City vs Portsmouth
Luton Town vs Aston Villa
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Colchester United
Cheltenham Town vs Charlton Athletic
Birmingham City vs Oxford United
Southend United vs Gillingham
Wolves vs Crawley
Leyton Orient vs Fulham
Ipswich Town vs Stevenage
Wycombe Wanderers vs Bristol City
Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Exeter City vs Brentford
QPR vs Swindon
Barnet vs Millwall
Reading vs Plymouth Argyle
Newport County vs Milton Keynes Dons

All matches will be played during the week commencing August 8th, with Tuesday 9th August the date that most clubs will pick for their scheduled tie. Once the actual date is firmed up, we'll provide confirmation.

For other 2016-17 fixture list dates and key dates for the season, follow the links below.

Link: 2016-17 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures.

Link: 2016-17 Season Key Dates.


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22 June 2016 : 2016-17 Season Fixtures See Glovers Start With Magpies Visit
Yeovil Town have been handed home match for their opening game of the 2016-17 season. With the fixtures being unveiled this morning, all 46 fixtures are now known, and the season will kick off with a home match against Notts County on Saturday 6th August. The 2016-17 season will end on Saturday 6th May 2017, when the Glovers will face Colchester United at the Community Stadium.

In between, the key dates will see the club face Exeter City on Boxing Day at Huish Park, whilst the New Year fixture (actually on January 2nd) will see Crawley Town as their opponents, in a match at the Broadfield Stadium. In between the December 31st match against Portsmouth at Huish Park will see the year 2016 draw to a close.

In terms of local derbies, the Glovers have lost Bristol Rovers this season, meaning that Exeter City are the club's most local rivals. In addition to the Boxing Day home match, they will make the trip to St James Park on Saturday 25th March 2017.

The full list of matches can be found via the link below.

Link: 2016-17 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures.

Link: 2016-17 Season Key Dates.


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