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16 September 2014 : AJ Leitch-Smith Talks About The Visit Of Crewe
Tonight sees Crewe Alexandra travel to Huish Park in a League One match against Yeovil Town. The fixture represents a significant moment for Glovers striker AJ Leitch-Smith as he plays against his childhood club for the first time in his career, having moved from Gresty Road over the summer. He spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, and also spoke about Saturday's defeat at Coventry City. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Defeat Against Coventry.


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15 September 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
Officials for Tuesday night's League One home game between Yeovil Town and Crewe Alexandra have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 16th September 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Michael Bull (Essex).

This is a bit of a new one for us - as far as we can tell, Yeovil Town have not experienced a match involving Mr Bull, whether as referee, assistant or as fourth official. He hails from Chelmsford, and started refereeing when he was running a youth side back in 1992, when his own team were struggling to get a recognised official to take charge of matches. That took hiup through the Essex Senior League and through the pyramid into the Conference National division.

He was given the right to take charge of Football League matches in the summer of 2013, although had been given a short trial period during the previous season, where a League Two match between Wycombe Wanderers and York City became a baptism of fire. The man himself explained:

"My very first Football League game was between Wycombe Wanderers and York City in February 2013. I gave a penalty after just 82 seconds! It was my very first decision - a correct one I might add - and I also gave a second one before half time. But I think giving such a big call so early on really helped me settle into the game. It must have gone well!"

A few months later, whilst Yeovil Town were visiting Wembley Stadium in May 2013 for the League One Play-Off Final, Mr Bull was doing the same, for the Conference Play-Off Final between Wrexham and Newport County. That was to be his final moment at non-league level, and last season he did 24 games at Football League level.

He's added five more during this campaign, and on Saturday was in the West Country where he took charge of Bristol City's 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers, issuing a red card to Donny's Harry Forrester for two bookable offences. After the game his manager Paul Dickov described Forrester's actions as a "stupid stupid second booking" that followed "a stonewall penalty" and so clearly backed Mr Bull's decision-making on the day.

Mr Bull will be assisted by Paul Rees (Somerset) and Andrew Quin (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).


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15 September 2014 : Glovers Take Blackburn Keeper On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed up a new goalkeeper on loan ahead of Tuesday night's home match against Crewe Alexandra. He is 23 year old Blackburn Rovers player Jacob Kean, who is a former Derby County youth player who has also enjoyed loan experience with Hartlepool United and Rochdale.

Born in Derby on February 4th 1991, Kean signed for Blackburn during the latter part of the 2008-09 season following his youth development at Derby County. His two loan spells came with Hartlepool United during the 2010-11 season (25 appearances) and with Rochdale during the 2011-12 season, which was originally intended to last a full season but only lasted 15 appearances when Blackburn issued a recall due to an injury to former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

He made a single 2011-12 Premier League appearance at the tail end of that season, to make his first team debut, and has since gone on to make 45 appearances for the club, including 17 appearances during last season, and a League Cup appearance during this campaign. Standing at 6'4" tall, he also has one England Under-20 appearance to his name.

He has signed a one month emergency loan deal today, with the theoretical ability for both clubs to extend the deal for up to 93 days under Football League rules.


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15 September 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Chickens And Eggs
With Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson dropping hints of a new loan signing ahead of tomorrow night's match against Crewe Alexandra, we should be able to marginally increase the size of our paper-thin squad for that game. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers what may (or may not) be going through Gary's mind, with some further thoughts on the club's wider transfer policy. Read that article via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Chickens And Eggs.


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14 September 2014 : Gary Talks About Coventry Team Selection And Tactics
Just before kick-off against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on what sort of threat the Sky Blues would pose and of his own team selection can be read via the link below.

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


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13 September 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Coventry Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on the game and his thoughts on his plans to bring in a new signing by Tuesday can be read via the link below.

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


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13 September 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, 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 Coventry City vs Yeovil Town.


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13 September 2014 : Johnson Targets Loan Signing As Glovers Suffer More Injuries
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said he is almost certain of making one new signing ahead of Tuesday night's League One match against Crewe Alexandra. The Glovers are significantly short of numbers in their playing squad at present, and were only able to name sixteen players today with six players missing through injury. With two more players going down with injuries during today's match at the Ricoh Arena, the situation may get worse before it gets better, and so the need to bring in fresh blood becomes even more acute.

Johnson has held a series of meetings with Chairman John Fry and various board members over the past 12 days, since a number of deals on Transfer Deadline Day collapsed late on following what were labelled as 'communication' problems between Johnson and the board, with Chairman Fry spending that week out of the country in Tenerife. The Glovers boss has told BBC Somerset that he does have clearance to bring in one new player, but joked that even if his currently available squad shrinks further, that he will still have enough substitutes on Tuesday night:

"Well it's not dire because you can only use three substitutes! You'll always have a goalkeeper on the bench of course. But we'll keep looking at it, because you can't give people opportunity after opportunity. Opportunities come up and you've got to grab them while you can. We don't want to bring people in just for numbers either, but there will be at least one new player involved on Tuesday. Until it's all done it's never quite done. I don't want to keep it from anyone but it just hasn't happened yet, so you're never quite sure, but I think it's going to be an important one for us."

Johnson's hints of having given players 'opportunities' suggest that his plans to change his squad may not be entirely driven by injury concerns. The BBC Somerset coverage today suggests that they believe a goalkeeper from a Championship club is about to be recruited in on loan, reflecting Deadline Day rumours that this was one of the deals that was blocked at the time. If so then that would bring into question the future of either Chris Weale or Artur Krysiak, with the latter having not featured in a League match since signing for the club from Exeter City over the summer.

In terms of the available outfield players, striker James Hayter and midfielder Joe Edwards came off with knocks. Hayter's was a groin injury sustained during the first half, whilst Edwards - who already is carrying a foot injury - suffered an impact injury that began to seize up as the game went on. Johnson explained their status:

"James Hayter had a bit of a tight groin, and the physio said (at half time) that James was struggling. So we gave him five minutes, but you don't recover from a groin strain, so we had to bring him off early. Then Joe Edwards had got clattered early in the first half and he did great to even last an hour. But then it was seizing up a little bit so we had to take him off, as he couldn't move."

Yeovil Town's longer term injury problems include James Berrett (thigh), Liam Davis (broken wrist) and Simon Gillett (knee) whilst striker Sam Hoskins and right-back Brendan Moloney have not been in the matchday squad for the last two matches due to unspecified knocks.


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13 September 2014 : Coventry 2 Yeovil 1 : Foley Strike Can't Stop Glovers Defeat
Yeovil Town were deservedly beaten by a superior Coventry City side this afternoon at the Ricoh Arena by a 2-1 scoreline. A header from Sky Blues centre-back Reda Johnson set them on their way, in a first half that saw both sides hit the crossbar, with AJ Leitch-Smith providing the Glovers effort. In the second half, Yeovil equalised against the run of play when Sam Foley latched on to a Jack Price through ball, and for a short period they looked good enough to get a share of the points. But Frank Nouble's 68th minute shot was parried by Chris Weale into the path of Simeon Jackson and he tapped in for what was to ultimately be the winning goal.

The Glovers selected more or less the same squad for the second match running with the only change being the loss of non-contract player Calvin Brooks due to injury. Other treatment table issues involving James Berrett (thigh), Liam Davis (broken wrist), Simon Gillett (knee), Brendan Moloney and Sam Hoskins meant that the Glovers went into the match six players short and naming only five on the bench - with Joel Grant only just recovering from injury himself.

Early pressure from Coventry produced a quick dividend as they forced three corners in succession. With each one delivered in a different manner, the end result was to unsettle the Glovers defence, and they got third time lucky as Jim O'Brien's set piece saw the defence fail to pick up former Plymouth Argyle centre-back Reda Johnson, who powerfully headed home to give them a 7th minute lead.

That set the scene for the home side to dominate the game, with Jim O'Brien almost doubling the lead when his 25 yard drive coming off the crossbar with Chris Weale well beaten, and they had further chances to extend their lead with Wealey saving an Andy Webster header and Frank Nouble putting another good chance just wide. The Glovers chances were few and far between, with a Sam Foley free kick deflecting through to the goalkeeper, but they could have been level on the half hour mark when a weak Coventry clearance was recycled into the box and AJ Leitch-Smith almost reprised his goal from last weekend, with only the underside of the crossbar denying him.

The second period saw the Glovers almost concede under ten seconds after the restart as Frank Nouble breezed through on goal - thankfully Chris Weale denied his ultra-early effort. But despite their sleepy start to the half, the Glovers drew level six minutes in as Wolves loanee Jack Price managed his second assist in two weeks - threading a ball through to Sam Foley, who nudged the ball past home keeper Ryan Allsop for the equalising goal.

At that point the Glovers enjoyed their best spell of the game, looking comfortable and with the home team getting edgy for the first time in the match. But that 15 minute strong spell was undone when the dangerous Frank Nouble set up Coventry's second. His run and shot possibly took a deflection on its way, but Chris Weale's parry only put the ball straight into the path of Coventry substitute Simeon Jackson who had an easy tap-in and to give the Sky Blues a 2-1 lead.

They held that advantage with some reasonable ease. Whilst Yeovil's first substitution that saw Joel Grant introduced for James Hayter seemed to give the front line some good energy, the later double substitution didn't really achieve a lot, with Sam Foley and Joe Edwards withdrawn for Kieffer Moore and Nathan Ralph. Coventry kept the ball intelligently in the final stages, denying the Glovers a chance to build up a head of steam, and ensuring that they returned from Warwickshire with nothing to show. On the balance of the game, that was hard to argue with.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Coventry City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Reda Johnson (7 mins, 1-0), Sam Foley (51 mins, 1-1), Simeon Jackson (68 mins, 2-1).

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 18. Jack Price 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 13. Kieffer Moore (74 mins for Joe Edwards) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph (74 mins for Sam Foley) 17. Joel Grant (50 mins for James Hayter)

Coventry City:
23. Ryan Allsop
2. Jordan Willis 4. Andy Webster 5. Reda Johnson
24. Jordan Clarke 6. Conor Thomas 11. Jim O'Brien 7. John Fleck 26. Ryan Haynes
9. Josh McQuoid 19. Frank Nouble

Substitutes:
1. Lee Burge 3. Danny Pugh 10. Danny Swanson 12. Simeon Jackson (46 mins for Josh McQuoid) 18. Aaron Phillips (90 mins for Frank Nouble) 20. Marcus Tudgay 25. Seb Hines (74 mins for Jordan Willis)

Coventry Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Coventry Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistant Referees: Karl Evans (Lancashire) and Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

Attendance: 11,085 (including 458 Yeovil supporters).


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13 September 2014 : Team News For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for this afternoon's League One match against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. The same starting eleven is chosen compared to the side that won 3-1 against Bradford City last weekend at Valley Parade.

Substitute Joel Grant's ability to cope with game time on the pitch should be helped by his time playing in a midweek Reserve Team match, but James Berrett (thigh), Liam Davis (broken wrist) and Simon Gillett (knee) are still missing. There's yet to be detail provided in terms of striker Sam Hoskins and right-back Brendan Moloney's absence, but in Gary's midweek press conference he suggested he had six players on the treatment table at present, which suggests their exclusion is due to injury.

There is one change to the bench with Calvin Brooks not listed on the teamsheet, but the other five are retained. The team for this afternoon is 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 18. Jack Price 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 9. James Hayter.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Joel Grant


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13 September 2014 : Gary Previews The Coventry Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's trip to Coventry City's Ricoh Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's views on the opposition, and his hopes to bring in additional bodies on loan in the future, can be read via the link below.

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


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13 September 2014 : Video : Sky's Two-Footed Corner Challenge
For those who may not have the Sky Sports channel, or have yet to tune into this week's Fantasy Football Show, there is now an online video clip available that supporters can watch. The three-and-a-half minute footage of Nathan Smith, Sam Foley and James Hayter (plus assorted hecklers) can be viewed, as they take on the Two Footed Corner Challenge, on one of the club's training pitches.

Find out which of the trio walks away as the undisputed corner king, by watching the video below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil's Two Footed Challenge.


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12 September 2014 : Coventry Waive Matchday Ticket Additional Charges
Tomorrow's opponents Coventry City have stated that they plan to waive additional charges for tomorrow afternoon's League One match against Yeovil Town. Ticket prices at the Ricoh Arena normally increase by £2.00 on matchdays but the Sky Blues plan to hold prices at the pre-match rate following heavy sales in the past few days.


With Coventry only having made their return to home soil a week ago, following their year exile in Northampton, home fans have left their purchasing decisions to this week, leading to heavy queuing at their ticket office. Chief executive Steve Waggott told his club's website the decision was due to problems Sky Blues fans were experiencing over the last day or two in purchasing advance tickets:

"We understand that some supporters have had issues when buying tickets through the website and it’s been difficult to get through on the phones because of the sheer volume of interest. We are delighted that there is still that level of interest and we are still asking supporters to remain as patient as they can. After the game on Saturday, we will need to look again at the systems in a bid to improve fans’ experience when buying tickets and Season Tickets."

Given how busy the Ricoh has been over the last few days we'd recommend fans allow extra time if purchasing tickets at the ground or picking up tickets tomorrow.


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12 September 2014 : Glovers Trio To Feature In Fantasy Football Challenge
Yeovil Town trio Nathan Smith, Sam Foley and James Hayter will feature on the Sky Sports channel tonight. They will feature in the Two-Footed Corner Challenge as part of The Fantasy Football Club - an hour long magazine programme hosted by John Fendley and Paul Merson.

Tonight's programme is shown at 6.30p.m. and includes former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba along with Brentford manager Mark Warburton. The two-footed corner challenge sees the nominated players attempt to score direct from a corner twice, using their left foot and then their right foot.

You can see how well the Glovers trio got on at 6.30p.m. tonight on Sky Sports 1, but if you miss the programme it gets a repeat airing at 10.15p.m. and then during Saturday at 1.00a.m. 4.00a.m. and 6.00a.m. Viewers who only have the Sky One channel can see it at 8.00a.m. on Saturday. They also usually upload a video clip of the attempts a few days later.


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12 September 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Coventry City
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town head to the Ricoh Arena, where they will take on Coventry City in a League One match. As a result, the Ciderspace guide has been updated, with ticketing information, statistics, pub guides, directions and marking information to help you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Coventry City.


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11 September 2014 : No New Arrivals Expected Yet As Board Talks Continue
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he does not expect there to be any new arrivals at the club ahead of this Saturday's trip to Coventry City. The Glovers boss has spent much of September talking about his needs to strengthen his first team squad, and the issues surrounding the club's transfer policy, including his attempts to bring in two or three players on loan during Transfer Deadline Day.

With the loan transfer window now having opened again earlier this week, the opportunity is there for the club to make signings under the emergency loan rules that allow clubs to take on players for up to 93 days. However, Johnson has spent the past 10 days holding talks with Chairman John Fry and other associated personnel at Huish Park in trying to discover what room he has within his and the club's budgets. With those talks ongoing Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he doesn't expect there to be any quick movement ahead of the trip to the Ricoh Arena:

"It's probably unrealistic now, as we speak, on a Thursday afternoon. We did a lot of work with them this morning on their shape and our pattern, because you have to do that nowadays. Most managers are tactically aware, and they all have different tactics. So every week you have to work on the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition that wouldn't be the same as the opposition during the week beforehand."

Gary also maintained his view that eventually there would probably be players going out the door at some point, suggesting that people would go the same way as Matteo Lanzoni, whose role in the matchday squad gradually diminished to the point when he was no longer on the bench, ultimately seeing the Italian join Cambridge United last month. The Glovers boss said that was part of the natural evolution of the squad:

"There will be outgoings because that's the nature of the game. If somebody is too far away from the squad, or we've given a lot of chances to them and they haven't come up trumps, despite the number of chances then like Matteo Lanzoni sometimes the situation is that somebody needs to move on to get his career going."

Gary said that his issue regarding 'communication' issues with the club Chairman and his other board members was improved, pointing out that with all parties now back in England that make things a lot easier. Various parties were due to meet late on Thursday, with the short term strategy being his primary concern:

"Communication is better when we're all on the same island, and discussing things. In every discussion that you have, you get a little bit further. Obviously the board of directors have to talk to each other as well. We've got another meeting today, where we're just going to have a chat about the near future, as probably the long term future will come on another date. But at the moment we've got to discuss what I think we need, and what we need to do. But it's always happier as well when your team has just picked up three points."

With reports suggesting that Johnson had tried to bring in two players from a Premier League club, as well as a third player from a Championship club, the obvious question was whether those targets were still out there if he was given the green light by the board. He admitted he may need to refresh that list when the time comes:

"In football a day or a week is a long time, and the same players may not be available. But this discussion is really just about who we need, if we need it, have we got it and what's the budget. I believe the accountant is involved as well, so we can see whether we come within that fair play figure or not. That's something that boardrooms all over the country are panicking about."


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11 September 2014 : Yeovil Town Football Offences Stay Low In Home Office Figures
The Government's Home Office have released their annual report detailing statistics for football-related arrests and banning orders. The report covers the 2013-14 season, for which Yeovil Town were in the Championship division, and still shows the Glovers as one of the best behaved clubs in the land when compared to their peers.

The club currently have one Football Banning Order in place, which related to a spectator who entered the field of play after the final whistle in the January 2014 FA Cup Third Round match against Leyton Orient. He was given a three year banning order, which prevents him from attending any designated football ground, or being within a certain distance of that venue on matchdays. This includes all top five divisions and international fixtures.

The Glovers had six spectators arrested during the season - three at home matches, and three at away matches. These related to three allegations of violent disorder, two of public disorder and the one pitch incursion already mentioned above. It should be noted that the Home Office do not publish the number of convictions that result from such arrests, and so where charges are later dropped or the accused is found not guilty then these would still appear as arrest statistics.

In comparison with other Championship division teams, the Glovers were one of the lowest for arrest statistics, with Brighton and Hove Albion (5), Reading (6), Ipswich Town (7) and AFC Bournemouth (7) the other well-behaved clubs. Bottom of the pile were Nottingham Forest (69) and Leeds United (91).

As far as Football Banning Orders are concerned, 90 out of the 92 top four division clubs have at least one fan banned from attending matches. The two exceptions are Accrington Stanley and Burton Albion in League Two. Yeovil Town's singular banning order can be compared with Bristol City (61) and Bristol Rovers (28). In the current list of League One sides, only Milton Keynes Dons and Colchester United have just one fan banned.

At international level, despite the way the tabloids tend to tarnish England supporters, there were only 15 arrests during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with 13 of those relating to ticket touting, and the other two relating to damage to property. There were zero arrests at any other non-World Cup matches involving England or Wales.

The overall record nationally shows 2,273 football-related arrests. This is a decrease of 183, and is the lowest figure since records on such arrests started to be collected. This was out of a total of 38 million spectators at games, including all national and international football matches at both country and club level. This works out as one arrest per 16,800 spectators, or under 0.01 percent of the aggregate attendance.


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11 September 2014 : Officials For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Coventry City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 13th September 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Ricoh Arena. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

We had him twice during the 2013-14 season. He was present for the opening day of the season when we travelled to Millwall. Although we won the game, some of his decision-making was messy, particularly in terms of who he chose to land on the book, but at least he didn't do anything too dramatic. He then turned up for the October 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough where we were too busy grumbling about our ability to defend, than noticing what the referee was doing.

Mr Whitestone was in charge for the away match at Bury in April 2013, at the tail end of the League One season, where we'd already qualified for the Play-Offs. He didn't have a lot to do during the game, although was a little perplexing during the final minute of the match when he booked five players in second half injury time, almost as if he had a quota to fill for the season that he'd realised at the last second that he was running short of.

Before that we'd had him in February 2013 for the home League One match against Scunthorpe United. How do we judge this performance? With green-tinted spectacles we could call him the best referee in the country, after he gave two key decisions in our favour. Trying to be a bit more neutral, we will admit that his failure to penalise Byron Webster for his first half tackle on Akpo Sodje raised a few eyebrows - it could have been a red card for a professional foul, but he kindly waved play on, and Scunny manager Brian Laws got his marching orders for telling the referee what he thought of the decision at the half time break.

Then in the second half, Callum Kennedy's tackle on Sam Foley inside the box also went in our favour, as Mr Whitestone pointed to the penalty spot. Video replays suggested it was a fair tackle. Brian Laws livid after the match? Unsurprisingly, having had time to view the incidents on the DVD he wasn't too impressed. A rather honest Byron Webster admitted that Laws had a right to be annoyed in his post-match interview. So all in all, a 'good' performance from Mr Whitestone from our point of view, and a 'bad' one if you were an Iron fan.

We also saw him in October 2011 when he took charge of the home 0-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town. He doesn't appear to have caused too much major controversy during the game, although when three of the match's four bookings come from dissent it suggests that the players may not have been 100 percent happy with what was going on. However certainly his performance didn't influence the game significantly.

The same can't be said for his November 2010 visit to The Valley when he took charge of Charlton Athletic's 3-2 win over the Glovers. During this match, he sent two players off, with Christian Dailly given a second half red card that was followed 12 minutes later by Paul Huntington getting his marching orders.

This was one of the worst refereeing performances we saw during the 2010-11 season - both dismissals were extremely dubious - Dailly's challenge on Sam Williams didn't look like a red even for those of us wearing green'n'white. The later decision to send off Huntington looked like a referee doing his best to 'correct' his earlier error. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton said after the game that he felt the referee had got it wrong on both counts, and we'd tend to agree. Overall, Mr Whitestone made a pig's ear of the game, summed up by five further bookings across both sides, and not a single one of the yellows involving a foul.

Prior to that, we had him for a January 2009 home game against Scunthorpe United. Skiverton will remember that game well - he got sent off during the first half after Mr Whitestone deemed that he'd used his elbow on a Scunny player. That controversial decision inevitably had an influence on the result, although the visitors were on their way to promotion from League One.

In the August 2008 home match against Leeds United he gave us a penalty decision that was controversial even with green-tinted spectacles on, although it was about time that we had one. However, despite us being particularly grateful for any small gifts that might come our way, the rest of his performance wasn't too clever, clocking up eight bookings in the match, but subsequently bottling several opportunities to produce second yellow cards for a number of Leeds players. Whilst that left us displeased, Leeds were just as miffed, calling Whitestone 'embarrassing'. Probably the one criticism that both camps would agree on was that Whitestone failed to be firm in his early decisions, and thus created a rod for his own back.

We then had the dubious pleasure of Mr Whitestone back on New Year's Day 2008 when he took part in the 1-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road. Whilst the 1-0 scoreline flattered the Glovers, who were outplayed from start to finish by a Luton side about to be broken up after going into administration, the performance of Whitestone left a nasty taste in the mouth. Card-happy and inclined to be influenced heavily by what the crowd told him to do, he red-carded Paul Warne late on in the game for a trivial second bookable offence when far worse tackles from the home side had gone unpunished. There are few occasions when we'd suggest that a referee wasn't neutral, but it's hard to describe him any other way when he's got that badly sucked into home crowd pressure.

Thankfully his two other appearances in Yeovil Town Football League games are more anonymous, in September 2007 at home to Leyton Orient, where he was quite free with the yellow cards, and back in September 2006 when Crewe Alexandra were the visitors.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Karl Evans (Lancashire) and Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

Link: October 2013 : Middlesbrough 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2013 : Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2013 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Scunthorpe United 0.

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: November 2010 : Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 2.

Link: August 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 1.

Link: January 2008 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link:September 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.


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11 September 2014 : Coventry Target 20K Crowd For Glovers Visit
Saturday's League One opponents Coventry City are hoping that a crowd of 20,000 crowd will come through the gates on Saturday, as they continue to ride on the wave of their Ricoh Arena return. The Sky Blues are set to play their second league fixture at their home stadium after spending just over a year exiled at Northampton Town's Sixfields ground, following a row over rental payments with their stadium landlords.

Now firmly back on home soil, the Sky Blues achieved the highest League One crowd of the season so far with the 27,306 who celebrated their homecoming against Gillingham last Friday night. At present interest in the fixture against Yeovil Town doesn't look as though it will match that, although with tickets for the match having gone on sale late at both ends, there will doubtless be plenty of fans choosing to buy their tickets over the next 48 hours.

At present the Coventry Telegraph indicate that 5,500 tickets have been sold for the game, which includes Coventry's 4,000 season ticket holders, and Chief Executive Steve Waggott has said he believes that figure will rapidly rise between now and Saturday afternoon:

"I think everyone is drawing breath after such an emotional evening (against Gillingham) but hopefully we can generate a few more thousand back in. We’d like to get close to 20,000. That might be a bit ambitious but we’ve got to keep pushing. It’s fantastic to see that there is strong interest in season tickets again at the CCFC Superstore already this week and we are hoping for another really good turn-out at the weekend."

Waggott added that he hoped the club's return to Coventry would also enable them to challenge at the right end of the table, having endured a rather average 2013-14 season, where they finished in 18th place and just four points off the relegation positions. Now in 8th place in the early League One table, the Coventry CEO is targeting play-off positions:

"I’ve spoken to (manager) Steven Pressley and Neil MacFarlane and we’re all agreed that we’ve now got to convert against Yeovil because another three points would move us in to the play-off zone and that would be deemed by our fans that we have the potential for a successful season, rather than being mid to lower end of the table."

For those Glovers fans planning to travel up to Coventry this weekend, ticketing and travel information can be found below. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be carrying ticket sales for this fixture until the end of Thursday, so give them a call on 01935-847888 or visit them before 5.00p.m. Prices go up by £2.00 on the day of the match if you choose to purchase at the Ricoh Arena.

Link: Ticketing For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town (Ricoh Arena).

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

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


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10 September 2014 : BBC Somerset Bus Coming To Yeovil Tomorrow
Those of you who listen to BBC Somerset will know that they have a mobile studio, where they can perform outside broadcasts from a converted bus. They regularly tour around the county of Somerset, and tomorrow they will be coming to the town of Yeovil, with presenter Ben McGrail broadcasting from 9.00a.m. tomorrow morning.

You can either tune in and get involved via text or phone, or if you live or travel through the Stiby Road area, then head down there and get yourself on the radio. The BBC have this to say about tomorrow's show which concentrates on the value of community relations:

"BBC Somerset is broadcasting live from Yeovil on Thursday morning (11th September). Ben McGrail’s show will be coming from the Co-op car park on Stiby Road – he’ll be talking about the local area and meeting people there who have helped to build a strong community in the Westfield area of the town in recent years. If you’re in the area make sure you head along to say hello to Ben and the team – and if not, just tune in to or 1566MW from 9.00a.m. to listen!"

Ben is well-versed with Yeovil Town FC matters, so if your views have a bit of a theme around the value of football and sports in a local community, then he'll be glad to hear from you.


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10 September 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Barnsley : Man Of The Match Result
Around ten days ago, Yeovil Town played their last home League One fixture, in a match against Barnsley at Huish Park. Ending in a 1-1 draw, the game saw a poor first half followed by an improved second period, even if the Glovers needed Yeovil-born Martin Cranie to unwittingly score their goal for them.

Man of the Match voting saw left-back Nathan Smith and midfielder Sam Foley get plenty of votes, but they were a fair distance behind two other players that ran away with the poll. Defender Jakub Sokolik has been playing as a right-back in recent weeks and is gradually growing into that role - it was his cross into the box that set up the equalising goal, and he finished second in the poll. However he was beaten by midfielder Joe Edwards, who has started this season pretty much where he left off from last year.

Full results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Joe Edwards 400 (29)
2. Jakub Sokolík 324 (21)
3. Sam Foley 148 (6)
4. Nathan Smith 142 (8)
5. Kieffer Moore 68 (2)
6. Sam Hoskins 46 (1)
7. Ben Nugent 36 (0)
8. AJ Leitch-Smith 28 (0)
9. Chris Weale 24 (2)
10. Aaron Martin 20 (1)
11. Nathan Ralph 14 (0)
12. Kevin Dawson 12 (1)
13. Simon Gillett 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.28
Performance : 7.04
Entertainment : 7.52
VOTES RECEIVED : 71


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10 September 2014 : Former Trialist Takyi Gains Boro Deal
Former Yeovil Town trialist Ferdinand Takyi has signed for Conference South side Farnborough. The 19 year old played in a couple of the club's early pre-season friendlies, but later headed to AFC Wimbledon on trial. With neither side offering him terms, he had briefly dropped into the Combined Counties League where he scored three times in two appearances for Banstead Athletic. However, he has now signed for Farnborough, who are a 2007 reformed version of the side that we used to play in the Conference.

Meanwhile non-league side Bristol Rovers have signed up former Glovers loanee Angelo Balanta following his release from Queens Park Rangers over the summer. The 24 year old has agreed a deal with the Gas until the end of the 2014-15 season, having previously trialled for Cheltenham Town during pre-season. He was released by QPR at the end of his contract, over the summer, and his Rovers deal will represent his first bit of competitive first team football since he came on as a substitute in Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off Semi-Final second leg win over Sheffield United in May 2013.


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9 September 2014 : Physio Scores As Reserves Beat Pilgrims
Yeovil Town physio Simon Baker was an unusual goalscorer, as a Reserve side beat a Plymouth Argyle XI 3-0 in a behind closed doors friendly in Yeovil this afternoon. His goal came from an 82nd minute free kick move that caught the Pilgrims defence napping to put the Glovers three goals up.

The Glovers had already seen Joel Grant score twice, as he continues his rehabilitation from a foot injury sustained on a treadmill during an early July workout in the gym that has seen him entirely excluded from pre-season training as well as the season so far.

However, the Jamaican international was back on the substitutes bench for the weekend's match against Bradford City and he scored in the 10th minute after Kieffer Moore had put the Argyle defence under pressure, with Grant slotting under the keeper's body. Grant doubled Yeovil's lead on 30 minutes when he broke through on goal, with the same end result for the Pilgrims keeper.

Simon Baker's unusual goal is not quite so unusual when it's remembered that during his early career, he was a regular in Yeovil Town's Under-18s and Reserve Team sides before he left the club to pursue a career on the medical side of things, initially taking up a job with Yeovil General Hospital, before Terry Skiverton brought him in as the club's physio. However, this is the first time we've been aware of him taking to the field again to kick a football since his return.


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9 September 2014 : Interview With Aaron Martin
Following Saturday's 3-1 win over Bradford City at Valley Parade, Yeovil Town central defender Aaron Martin spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Aaron talked about the game, his two goals, and the motivation he had been receiving during the week in the build-up to the game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Aaron Martin Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Over Bradford.


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9 September 2014 : Martin Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town centre-back Aaron Martin has been included in this week's Football League Team of the Week. The League's selection of these line-ups has been rather sporadic over the past year or two, but they have published one covering the matches that were played over the weekend of September 6th, that took in the Glovers trip to Bradford City's Valley Parade ground.

Martin's nomination is an obvious one given that he scored twice in that win, and the Football League have this to say about his performance:

"Martin scored two first-half headers for Yeovil in their 3-1 win at Bradford City, his first goals for the Glovers and the first time he has found the back of the net since February 2012."

Their line-up is as follows and also includes former Yeovil Town winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie, who scored twice for Tranmere Rovers over the weekend:

Goalkeeper - Barry Roche (Morecambe)
Defender - Ryan Haynes (Coventry City)
Defender - Aden Flint (Bristol City)
Defender - Aaron Martin (Yeovil Town)
Midfielder - Abdulai Bell-Baggie (Tranmere Rovers)
Midfielder - Peter Vincenti (Rochdale)
Midfielder - Jon Taylor (Peterborough United)
Midfielder - Brad Walker (Hartlepool United)
Striker - Matt Tubbs (AFC Wimbledon)
Striker - Marc Richards (Northampton Town)
Striker - Wes Fletcher (York City)

Manager - James Beattie (Accrington Stanley)


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9 September 2014 : Ladies Trip To Doncaster Postponed
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their forthcoming match against Doncaster Rovers Belles postponed. The Ladies were due to travel to the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday 14th September, but it has been called off after the Glovers had three players called up for International duty. Under standard League rules they were therefore entitled to request the postponement of the match.

The trio of Sarah Wiltshire, Nicola Cousins and Helen Bleazard have been called up into the Wales squad that will travel to Ukraine for a match that will be played on Wednesday 17th September 2014 in Lviv, Ukraine.

The Ladies Super League match will be rearranged in due course.


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