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31 January 2014 : Gary Talks About Lawrence Loan Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has given his views on new loan signing Tom Lawrence, after the Welsh Under-21 international signed for the club today. Lawrence arrived on a three month youth loan deal today from Premier League side Manchester United, having just completed a loan spell with Carlisle United. He is the club's single arrival on Transfer Deadline Day, with Ed Upson completing a permanent move to Championship side Millwall, whilst Joe Jones has joined Conference side Woking on a month's loan.

Johnson confirmed that he had been scouting Lawrence during his time at Brunton Park, during which he scored three goals for the Cumbrians. He told BBC Somerset that he had been signed up in time to be on the team bus that travels to Nottingham Forest for Sunday's fixture:

"We've been watching a young lad. His name's Tom Lawrence. He's at Manchester United. He'd gone to Carlisle for a couple of months and scored a few very good goals at League One level, and he looked like he could be potentially higher than that. So we thought we'd be the ones to test it, as he's got good qualities and a good touch and he's got a goal in him. We like him and we think that he'll add to our squad. So we welcome him, and he'll be with us on our trip to Nottingham."

Although Lawrence is is listed by his club as a striker by his parent club, generally he tends to play in a deeper position off a main striker. Gary therefore saw him as playing the sort of floating role employed by the likes of Gavin Williams, Arron Davies and more recently Sam Foley over the years, as a player who could act as an attacking foil to a front line striker:

"We see him as one who will support the strikers, albeit just in behind the main striker, or in either wide position. He's a clever player. He keeps the ball, he passes it and he moves it on. He's had a fantastic grounding at Manchester United. There's been a lot of very good Man United players that have gone on loan early in their careers like David Beckham and Paul Scholes, and hopefully this will enhance our squad, and he'll end up having the same sort of career that they've had. It would be nice for us to have played a part in that."

The arrival of Lawrence is understood to have completed the club's involvement in the January transfer window, with defender Matteo Lanzoni being the other new arrival during the month. The Glovers can return to the Emergency Loan market on or around Monday 10th February.


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31 January 2014 : Leeds United Fire McDermott
Championship side Leeds United have fired their manager Brian McDermott tonight. The former Yeovil Town player had only managed 36 games in charge at Elland Road, having arrived in April 2013. They won 15 matches and drew six games under his tenure, although were on a poor run of form with no wins in seven games, that has left them in 12th place in the Championship table.

McDermott's position became shaky earlier this month when they suffered a 6-0 thrashing on Sky Sports at the hands of Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday. However, there are also rumblings behind the scenes, with the owner of Italian club Cagliari - Massimo Cellino - aiming to take a financial stake in Leeds - a deal that has been rumbling, but was reported today to be more or less sealed, subject to Football League ratification. Whether that had any bearing upon McDermott's position isn't clear, but the timing, on Transfer Deadline Day, is odd to say the least.

There are currently strong rumours that Leeds United sponsors Enterprise Insurance and Flamingo Land are threatening to pull out of their deals with Leeds in protest at McDermott's sacking.


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31 January 2014 : Upson Completes Lions Move
Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has completed his move to Championship side Millwall. The 24 year old has signed for the Lions for an undisclosed fee after the two clubs agreed a deal for the former Ipswich Town academy player. Earlier press reports put the deal as being worth around £100,000.

Ed was the club's second longest serving player, having arrived 3.5 seasons ago, and made 148 appearances for the club, scoring 17 goals. Of those goals, many came from outside the box, but it is his header in the League One Play-Off Semi-Final match against Sheffield United that he will be predominantly remembered for, with it guiding them through to the Wembley final against Brentford.

He now signs for Millwall, who lie three places above the Glovers in the Championship table, having completed a medical in London this evening. The Lions are set to face Yeovil Town at Huish Park on Tuesday 11th February in what will be a huge game for both clubs. As yet we're unsure whether Upson will be allowed to face his former club that night, although we'd be surprised if the terms of the transfer allowed him to do so. Millwall have indicated that he will watch their game tomorrow from the stands, properly linking up with his new teammates on Monday morning.


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31 January 2014 : Upson Throws Out Twitter Account Hint
Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has thrown a subtle hint as to his likely future, thanks to a change to his Twitter account today. The 24 year old, who has been linked with a move to Championship side Millwall has altered the top level banner on his page, removing a picture of himself in a Yeovil Town shirt and a mention of his status as a Glovers player.

Check out the 'before' and 'after' pictures below to read between the lines of whether Ed is still likely to be a Yeovil Town player by 11.00p.m. tonight.

Ed Upson's Twitter Account banner earlier today
Ed Upson's Twitter Account banner earlier today


Ed Upson's Twitter Account banner - now changed
Ed Upson's Twitter Account banner - now changed



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31 January 2014 : Lawrence Loan Deal Confirmed
Further to our earlier news concerning Manchester United striker Tom Lawrence, his loan deal with Yeovil Town has now been confirmed. The 20 year old has been signed up until the end of the 2013-14 season, having just returned from a loan spell with Carlisle United that ended today.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson has indicated that Lawrence may be used as a supporting striker or as an attacking midfielder during his time at Huish Park, rather than necessarily a front line striker. For a full profile on the player, see the earlier news item below.


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31 January 2014 : Manchester United Striker Linked With Glovers Loan Move
Tonight's BBC Somerset sports bulletin has named Manchester United forward Tom Lawrence in connection with a move to Yeovil Town. They mentioned him only as being on the rumourmill, rather than as a concrete claim, however the player in question would fit the bill given that he has just ended a loan spell with League One Carlisle United, with the Cumbrians stating today that they were unable to agree a new deal for his services.

Lawrence is a 5'9" striker who was born in Wrexham, and has been part of Manchester United's academy system since he was eight years old. He is a Welsh Under-15, Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level player who progressed into the latter ranks a year ago, most recently featuring for the Welsh in October 2013.

He signed his first professional contract with the Premier League side in the summer of 2012, and has been playing for their Reserve Team, albeit largely from the bench. In November 2013, he went out on loan to Carlisle where he made 13 appearances, scoring three goals, but Carlisle have stated that his time at Brunton Park is now over, with a somewhat rueful tone suggesting they didn't want to lose him.

As yet bar the BBC's mention of him in passing, during their evening bulletin, there isn't any firm report available for this, but Lawrence would certainly fit the sort of profile of player the club would target in the loan market.


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31 January 2014 : Brundle Swaps Robins For Robins
Former Yeovil Town youth team captain Mitch Brundle has joined League Two side Cheltenham Town on loan. The 19 year old has agreed a deal that will see him play at Whaddon Road for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. Having left Huish Park last summer, Mitch signed for Bristol City and has been an occasional inclusion on their first team substitute bench for a number of fixtures this season. However he has yet to make it onto the field of play.

His time in Gloucestershire should though give him a strong chance of making his Football League debut, with the Robins currently sat in 13th place in the table, and barring a substantial change in form, probably planning ahead with next season in mind. They currently stand 12 points off the last League Two play-off position.


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31 January 2014 : Trotter Transfer Triggers Trouble
Yeovil Town appear to be in talks with Millwall concerning the possible sale of midfielder Ed Upson. As reported yesterday, the Championship side's interest in the Glovers joint top-scorer looked likely to be triggered by their attempts to get midfielder Liam Trotter off their books.

That has now happened with the 25 year old completing his move to Bolton Wanderers on loan for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. Trotter had turned down a new deal at the New Den, leading to him leaving London in a deal in which the Lions will receive an undisclosed fee.

Journalists from the Sunday Express and the Southwark News believe the completion of that move has now led to Millwall making a formal move for Ed Upson. The Express report that Upson is now in London, whilst the local paper provides a slightly softer view, suggesting that both Millwall and Yeovil are still negotiating terms, stating that Millwall CEO Andy Ambler and Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry are the two parties in conversation about a fee.

Assuming both sources are not wide of the mark though, it would seem that the Glovers are willing to entertain the possibility of selling the midfielder to one of their relegation rivals.


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31 January 2014 : Jones Makes Cardinals Loan Move
Yeovil Town central defender Joe Jones has gone out on loan on Transfer Deadline Day. The former Leicester City player, who can also feature in midfield, has agreed a one month loan deal with Conference National side Woking.

Jones has yet to make a first team appearance since arriving as a free agent over the summer, having been released by the Foxes at the end of last season.


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31 January 2014 : Hennessey Secures Premier League Return
Former Yeovil Town loanee Wayne Hennessey has secured a route back into the Premier League. Having suffered a double relegation with Wolverhampton Wanderers whilst out with a serious knee injury, the Welsh international has now moved to Crystal Palace, signing a three-and-a-half year contract. Whilst the fee is undisclosed, it has widely been reported as a £3 million transfer fee, bringing to an end the decade that he has spent at Molineux, having come through their Academy system.

Hennessey did not manage a first team appearance for Wolves after his 13 game loan spell at Huish Park ended in mid-November, meaning that he did not add to the 166 appearances he made for Wolves between 2007 and 2012. His now former manager Kenny Jackett said of the service Hennessey had given the club:

"With Wayne this season, it was a situation whereby if we received an acceptable offer from a Premier League club we were not going to stand in his way. It was a case of once again proving his fitness, as he did with Yeovil, and then when the bid came in, reaching agreement with Crystal Palace. Everyone at Wolves would like to thank Wayne for his efforts for the club over so many years and wish him well for the future."

"The aim for Wayne this season was to get himself physically fit and prove himself again, as he did by coming through pre-season and with the loan spell at Yeovil. He always trained well with us and got himself back to where he wanted to be and has now got his move to the Premier League. We thank him for everything he has done during his time at Wolves and wish him all the best for the future."


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31 January 2014 : Gary Speaks About Transfer Deadline Day And Player Contracts
With today being Transfer Deadline Day, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has spoken to the BBC about how he sees it from his point of view. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary talks about the chances of any comings and goings, as well as why it is hard for him to persuade some of his existing squad to sign new contracts at the moment.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About The January Transfer Window.


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31 January 2014 : Ngoo Goes Out On Saddlers Loan
Former Yeovil Town loanee Michael Ngoo has gone out on loan again for the second half of the 2013-14 season. The 21 year old has been snapped up by League One side Walsall on transfer deadline day, with the Saddlers taking him on a half season deal. They currently sit in sixth place in the League One table, and so are hoping to at least take a play-off place by the end of the season.

Ngoo had a rather unsuccessful spell at Huish Park earlier this season, playing just seven times and recording only one start in a Championship fixture in a loan spell that was due to last for the whole of the 2013-14 season but in reality saw him make just one appearance beyond the end of August. After dropping entirely out of the matchday squad, his deal was ended by mutual consent during early October, and he has since been playing for Liverpool's Under-21 side.


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31 January 2014 : Leeds United Home Game Given All Ticket Status
Yeovil Town have given their forthcoming Championship home match against Leeds United an 'all ticket' status. The club have indicated that they will not be allowing any sales to take place on the day of the match, which takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 8th February with a 12.15p.m. kick-off. The match is the club's next home game and is likely to have a high demand for tickets.

At present, tickets for the seated areas of the ground are rapidly diminishing, and so if you have groups of people you want to have seated together then we'd strongly advise that you get your orders in now. Tickets are not available for on-line sale, and if you are planning to purchase then it will help the Huish Park Ticket Office if you have your customer number available - they will be quizzing supporters who are not on their Ticket Office database to reduce the chances of Leeds fans buying tickets in the home ends of the ground, so bear that in mind if you've not previously registered with the club.

If you want to buy tickets either visit the Ticket Office in person or give them a call on 01935-847888 as soon as possible.


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30 January 2014 : Johnson Still Keeping Active Interest In Transfer Window
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is still open to the possibility of arrivals at Huish Park before tomorrow night's deadline, despite appearing to rule that out earlier in the week. The Glovers boss played down the possibility of movement in today's press, based on his views following Tuesday night's match against Derby County. However, today he has stated that the door will remain open, particularly for new arrivals, if he can finalise any deals before 11.00p.m. tomorrow night.

Speaking to BBC Somerset this afternoon, Gary admitted that he still had a few fingers in a few pies, and was hoping that the habit of selling clubs making late decisions would still give him a chance of some deals dropping before the end of tomorrow:

"I don't know about busy, but we've certainly got some enquiries out there. We feel that we do need to strengthen our squad in numbers and in quality if we can. So everybody leaves their decisions until the last minute, and whilst there's a few hours left there's always business to be done."

So far this month, Johnson has brought in just one permanent signing with Matteo Lanzoni coming in as a free agent, shortly after leaving League One side Oldham Athletic. Having lost three players since the turn of the year, in terms of squad numbers the Glovers are a little short. Whilst Johnson has said his primary aim has been to bring in permanent contract signings, he may have to fall back into the loan market in the long run if none of his permanent targets come through, giving a hint that he wants two more players to come in on top of his current four loanees:

"It may be that we might have to take six loans. I'm trying to get in people who are contracted players, but that's not easy in January, as you can imagine. With the good ones, people don't want to lose them, and even with the good ones that people don't mind losing, they've got quite a few clubs after them. So it might have to be a loan. The business is not finished yet, but at the moment I can't tell you exactly."

If the transfer window shuts without Johnson completing his business, then the emergency loan window will reopen on or around Monday 10th February for clubs to take players for up to 93 days - which would allow the club to keep any such players until the end of the season. Thus if the permanent transfer market fails to bear fruit, then Friday night's shutting of the window will not mean the end of Johnson's options.

As for outgoing players, Johnson said that there had been no firm bids for his players, despite growing reports that Championship sides Millwall and Burnley were circling around midfielder Ed Upson. A Southwark News journalist claimed today that he'd been told with reasonable authority that the Lions had made an enquiry for Upson's services, although the London press suggest their interest could hinge upon what happens to their own midfielder Liam Trotter.

Trotter is out of contract in the summer, with the Lions willing to cash in on him, with the 25 year old having turned down a new contract. That has alerted Bolton Wanderers who are reported to have put in a bid in for the player, which has yet to be accepted. The theory is that Trotter leaves, then manager Ian Holloway may turn to Upson to act as a direct replacement. Whether the Glovers would sell to one of their principle relegation rivals is another matter of course!


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30 January 2014 : Wigan Away Trip Given New Date
Yeovil Town have arranged a new date for their Championship away fixture against Wigan Athletic. The match was due to be played on Saturday 15th February but has been called off due to the Latics' involvement in the Fifth Round stage of the FA Cup.

The match will now be played on Tuesday 18th March, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the DW Stadium. Tickets already purchased for this fixture will remain valid. Contact the Huish Park Ticket Office if you purchased a ticket for this match before the game was called off, and can't make the rearranged date.

Link: Ticketing For Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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30 January 2014 : Dead Deadline Day Expected Despite Upson Claims
Yeovil Town are not expecting to buy or sell any players over the next 48 hours, despite claims in a national newspaper linking midfielder Ed Upson to two other Championship clubs. In today's The Sun newspaper they suggest that midfielder Ed Upson is the subject of bids from divisional rivals Millwall and Burnley, with a sum of £100,000 mentioned. Upson is out of contract in the summer, but along with a number of other players has yet to commence talks on a new deal.

Those reports contradict manager Gary Johnson's position, as of Tuesday night when he told the press that there had been no bids for his players, and that he was not expecting to see any departures or arrivals due to the size of his current first team squad that is currently seeing him select almost all of his available senior players on a given matchday.

Speaking in today's Western Gazette, albeit before The Sun's claims were published, Johnson said that he was expecting to continue with his current first team squad beyond Friday's deadline for permanent transfers and long terms loans.

So far in January, the Glovers have conducted the following business:

Arrivals: Matteo Lanzoni.

Loan Arrivals: Zoumana Bakayogo (Leicester City, since curtailed through injury)

Departures: Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United), Dan Seaborne (Coventry City).

Loan Departures: Liam Fontaine (Bristol City)

New/Extended Loan Deals: Shane Duffy (Everton), Joe Ralls (Cardiff City), Ishmael Miller (Nottingham Forest), John Lundstram (Everton)

Loan Conversion: Adam Morgan (permanent arrival, from Liverpool).


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29 January 2014 : Video : Derby County vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to see all of the action from last night's dramatic 3-2 defeat against Derby County the goal highlights clips are now available. Featuring Yeovil's goals from John Lundstram and Ishmael Miller, as well as the three Rams goals that followed, you can view via two different methods - a Sky Sports clip via the link below, or the YouTube option that you can watch on this page.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Derby County vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.




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29 January 2014 : Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday saw Yeovil Town in FA Cup Fourth Round action against Premier League side Southampton. Whilst goals from Guly do Prado and Sam Gallagher condemned them to a 2-0 defeat, the opening 60-70 minutes were impressive from a Glovers point of view, before they began to fade during the second half.

As for the Man of the Match voting, this was a match where three players got heavy backing from supporters. Right-back Luke Ayling picked up a large number of second and third place votes in the poll. That saw him tucked just behind Joe Edwards who was operating as a central midfielder, continuing Joe's strong showing in recent matches.

Out in front though was goalkeeper Marek Stech, recognising the large number of second half saves he had to make to keep his team still in with half a chance of getting themselves back into the match. The full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Marek Stech 346 (23)
2. Joe Edwards 210 (15)
3. Luke Ayling 202 (9)
4. Byron Webster 80 (5)
5. Shane Duffy 54 (1)
6. Joel Grant 36 (1)
7. Joe Ralls 28 (0)
8. John Lundstram 16 (1)
9. Ishmael Miller 8 (0)
10. Jamie McAllister 2 (0)
11. James Hayter 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.29
Performance : 7.16
Entertainment : 7.42
VOTES RECEIVED : 55


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29 January 2014 : Gary Talks About Strike Partnerships And Possession
Just before Tuesday night's match against Derby County kicked off at Pride Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about his striking options and reasons for selecting Ishmael Miller and Kieffer Moore ahead of James Hayter, and also his side's need to keep possession more within games. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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29 January 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Derby Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 3-2 defeat against Derby County at Pride Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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29 January 2014 : Johnson Upset After Derby's Late Late Show
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that he was upset by the way the final moments of Tuesday night's 3-2 defeat against Derby County pannwd out. His side were on the edge of grabbing all three points at Pride Park, after goals from John Lundstram and Ishmael Miller gave them a shock half time lead.

But the Rams, who are currently pushing for promotion to the Premier League hit back right at the death to win the game. Despite pulled one back through Patrick Bamford early in the second half, they still looked as though they were going to lose the match with three minutes remaining. But then came Craig Bryson's strike and the late late header from Chris Martin in the fifth minute of injury time. Johnson admitted that was hard to take:

"The least I say the better because I am as upset as everybody else. We played to a plan and got a couple of decent goals but you know they are going to come at you. They went 4-2-4 and unfortunately we didn't have enough nous to deal with it at that time. We kept giving the ball away and giving them runs of attacks. We kept giving it away and you can't do that against good teams."

Gary added that he was not happy in the way that his side gave away the free kick that led to Martin's winning goal either. Describing it as 'stupid' he still felt that it was rough justice on his players to have come out of the match with nothing to show for their efforts:

"We came so close but it was a stupid free-kick to give away and it's a shame because there were a few out there who put a lot into their game. It just shows that there are teams in this league who can put you under constant pressure if you are not quite up to it."


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28 January 2014 : Derby 3 Yeovil 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town suffered a heart-breaking defeat against Derby County tonight, as they lost in the final minute of injury time at Pride Park. Having led by two goals at half time, the Glovers were still a goal to the good against promotion-chasing Derby County with three minutes to play. But two quick goals ensured they came home with a 3-2 defeat and nothing to show from a gutsy performance.

The Glovers twice took the lead during the first half against the run of play to stun the home crowd with their incisive shooting. Despite having to defend for much of the game, a rare attack saw John Lundstram fire home from the edge of the box to put his side 1-0 up. Then nine minutes later Ishmael Miller's superb counter-attack saw him race down the left wing, and cut inside before firing home from a narrow angle to produce a shock 2-0 half time scoreline.

Throughout the match, Derby had shown the sort of intense passing that had seen them win 3-0 at Huish Park earlier in the season. But it took them until the 50th minute before they finally had something to show for it, with Patrick Bamford taking advantage of the Yeovil defence's inability to clear their lines, reducing the deficit five minutes into the second half.

That woke up the home crowd who had been largely silent throughout the game, but dogged defending and some superb blocks saw Marek Stech stay largely clear of the ball when Derby's final shots on goal came in. With three minutes to go though, and with Yeovil having increasingly gifted possession back to Derby inside their own half, the Rams finally got themselves back into the game. Will Hughes patiently waited on the corner of the box, like a hockey player taking a short corner, and he teed up Craig Bryson who expertly fired the ball home for the equaliser.

Then came the heartbreak. Given the spirit that Yeovil had shown throughout the match, it was rough justice to concede again, 94 minutes and 30 seconds into the match - 30 seconds beyond the injury time that referee Jeremy Simpson had told his Fourth Official to signal for. Ed Upson conceded a free kick a few yards outside the box, Craig Bryson swung in the free kick and Chris Martin headed home from close range. Game over, and barely time for Yeovil to take the kick-off before the final whistle blew, and the results condemned the Glovers to the foot of the Championship table. It's going to be a long long journey home.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Derby County 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: John Lundstram (25 mins, 0-1), Ishmael Miller (34 mins, 0-2), Patrick Bamford (50 mins, 1-2), Craig Bryson (87 mins, 2-2), Chris Martin (90 mins, 3-2)

Derby County:
1. Lee Grant 33. Andre Wisdom 6. Richard Keogh 25. Jake Buxton 3. Craig Forsyth 4. Craig Bryson 14. John Eustace 19. Will Hughes 35. Patrick Bamford 9. Chris Martin 32. Simon Dawkins

Substitutes:
10. Jamie Ward (46 mins for John Eustance) 11. Johnny Russell (89 mins for Patrick Bamford) 18. Conor Sammon (79 mins for Simon Dawkins) 26. Adam Legzdins 27. Zak Whitbread 30. James Bailey 38. Michael Keane

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls
27. Ishmael Miller 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson (68 mins for Joel Grant) 8. Ed Upson (80 mins for Ishmael Miller) 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 18. Matteo Lanzoni 29. Adam Morgan

Derby Bookings: Will Hughes (58 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (11 mins, foul), Jamie McAllister (19 mins, foul), Joe Ralls (45 mins, foul), Kieffer Moore (90 mins, foul)

Derby Match Statistics: Possession: 67%; Shots: 36; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 33%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 20.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire). Assistants: Danny Gratton (Staffordshire) and Andy Hendley (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Nigel Murphy (Nottinghamshire).

Attendance: 23,615 (including approx 200 Yeovil supporters).


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28 January 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Derby County vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this evening's 3-2 defeat against Derby County at Pride Park, 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 Derby County vs Yeovil Town.


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28 January 2014 : Team News For Derby County vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's away Championship fixture against Derby County. Glovers boss Gary Johnson has elected to start with Kieffer Moore instead of James Hayter compared with the side that took to the field against Southampton.

Cup-tied defender Matteo Lanzoni was unavailable over the weekend. He comes into the squad on the bench, displacing Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he is expecting a similar challenge to what his team faced on Saturday against Southampton and will expect the same for Sunday's trip to Nottingham Forest when that comes around, seeing all three as similarly styled teams:

"These three games are going to be very similar. All three are good footballing teams. They're possession teams, and they also all close down well. They all play with the extra man in midfield, and they've all got quality. So this week will tell us a lot about our squad. We've got to learn from each game as it goes."

Tonight's team is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls
27. Ishmael Miller 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 9.James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 18. Matteo Lanzoni 29. Adam Morgan


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28 January 2014 : Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last away Championship fixture came at St Andrews, as they put in a fine performance to defeat Birmingham City by a 2-0 scoreline. The hero of the day was James Hayter who took advantage of a defensive mix-up, and then planted a superb diving header to double Yeovil's lead.

The Man of the Match voting saw those present impressed by Hayter's strike partner Kieffer Moore who was involved in the build-up for the second goal. At the other end, goalkeeper Marek Stech's performance reminded us that the game wasn't always as comfortable as the scoreline suggested. But on top of the poll was unsurprisingly James Hayter, who featured in the top three of nearly every voter on the day.

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

1. James Hayter 166 (8)
2. Marek Stech 102 (7)
3. Kieffer Moore 78 (5)
4. Shane Duffy 72 (3)
5. Byron Webster 36 (3)
6. Joe Ralls 12 (1)
7. Luke Ayling 12 (0)
8. Joel Grant 6 (0)
9. Zoumana Bakayogo 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.33
Performance : 8.59
Entertainment : 8.07
VOTES RECEIVED : 27


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28 January 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Burnley : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's first Championship fixture of the year 2014 took place at Huish Park and saw a high-flying Burnley side make their first visit to Huish Park. The Championship's most deadly strike partnership of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes ensured a bit of a miserable day, although Kieffer Moore set up a dramatic finale when his cross/shot went direct into the net with ten minutes remaining.

The Man of the Match voting saw Byron Webster continue his consistent performances during the 2013-14 with another highly rated display. However, the two players that battled it out for the top position were Joe Edwards who was playing in central midfield, and Joel Grant who was up front on this occasion - Grant turned out as the poll winner based on his second and third placed votes.

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

1. Joel Grant 152 (10)
2. Joe Edwards 132 (10)
3. Byron Webster 130 (4)
4. Liam Davis 88 (5)
5. Shane Duffy 86 (5)
6. Marek Stech 76 (4)
7. Kieffer Moore 60 (3)
8. Joe Ralls 34 (1)
9. Ed Upson 20 (2)
10. James Hayter 20 (1)
11. Luke Ayling 20 (1)
12. Kevin Dawson 10 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.24
Performance : 6.13
Entertainment : 6.35
VOTES RECEIVED : 46


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28 January 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient : Man of the Match Result
Yeovil Town's opening match of the year 2014 was as good as the closing one of 2013 had been bad. The FA Cup Third Round win over League One side Leyton Orient saw four goals fly in, as a brace from James Hayter was added to by Joel Grant and Kieffer Moore, as a 4-0 win propelled them through to the Fourth Round.

Man of the Match voting saw a three-horse race develop. Centre-back Shane Duffy was back in the team after his brief Christmas break back at his parent club, whilst Liam Davis impressed many at left-back. However, the poll winner was striker James Hayter, whose two headers were so crucial in ensuring that the promotion-chasing Londoners were snuffed out fairly easily on the day.

Full poll results, with outright Man of the Match votes in brackets, are shown below:

1. James Hayter 428 (26)
2. Liam Davis 324 (21)
3. Shane Duffy 252 (16)
4. Luke Ayling 82 (1)
5. Joel Grant 78 (2)
6. Kevin Dawson 24 (1)
7. Kieffer Moore 22 (1)
8. Joe Edwards 14 (0)
9. John Lundstram 14 (1)
10. Marek Stech 2 (0)
11. Byron Webster 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.04
Performance : 8.17
Entertainment : 7.91
VOTES RECEIVED : 69


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28 January 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Derby County
For those who are heading off to Pride Park tonight, and the Championship away fixture against Derby County, a new Ciderspace guide is available to send you on your way. With directions, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and other such things, that guide can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Derby County.


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28 January 2014 : Johnson Wants Players To Rise To Mental Challenge
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he believes that mental strength is the key to getting some of his squad to raise their game over the next three months as they seek to preserve their Championship status. With 21 games left of the 2013-14 season, and the FA Cup now no longer a distraction to that, Johnson wants maximum focus upon the main challenge, with restarts with tonight's trip to Derby County's Pride Park stadium.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary explained that there wouldn't be much time for physical training between the Southampton FA Cup game and tonight's fixture, but said that mental preparation was just as important:

"We've got to prepare properly. We've got to make sure that we knock them down and build them up, and that's what you have to do. It's something where we've got to save their legs, but we've got to get into their heads. For the next two or three days we'll be travelling, but we'll be talking to them on the Tuesday."

Gary also elaborated upon his Saturday post-match views on the St Mary's defeat where he felt that only three or four of his players were able to compete against a team of Southampton's standard. He felt that was a mental thing, and that it wasn't always the obvious players that failed to step up to the plate in those bigger games:

"Some of our better players can't always produce their best game against the better teams. They've got to learn about themselves and other people. They see that they're maybe not as fit as these other teams, mentally speaking. We do all of the training to keep up with these teams, so mentally they have to be stronger. Then there's some who can handle this level and have got the mentality to handle it. We've got three or four of them, and it might take us a little while before we get ten or eleven of them."


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27 January 2014 : Huddersfield vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match of 2013 was one that we'd perhaps blotted out of our minds. Believe it or not, we actually took the lead in the 5-1 defeat up in Yorkshire against Huddersfield Town.

The Man of the Match voting saw two players realistically pick up a fair share of the votes on the day. Joe Edwards occupied a midfield slot on that day and polled well. However, the winner was goalscorer Ishmael Miller, in what was to be the final game of his first loan spell with the club, before he went on an unplanned three week break.

Results in full are as follows, with outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets:

1. Ishmael Miller 50 (3)
2. Joe Edwards 38 (3)
3. Joel Grant 24 (1)
4. Luke Ayling 20 (1)
5. Liam Davis 10 (0)
6. James Hayter 10 (1)
7. Kevin Dawson 6 (0)
8. Joe Ralls 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.7
Performance : 2.6
Entertainment : 4.8
VOTES RECEIVED : 10


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27 January 2014 : Gary Talks About Miller And McAllister Selection
Just before Saturday's away match against Southampton kicked off at St Mary's Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskins, Gary focusses upon the FA Cup, the travelling supporters and why he brought Ishmael Miller and Jamie McAllister back into the side for the game.

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


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27 January 2014 : Officials For Derby County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's away Championship match against Derby County have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 28th January 2014 at Pride Park Stadium, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).

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

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

Mr Simpson will be assisted by Danny Gratton (Staffordshire) and Andy Hendley (West Midlands). The Fourth Official is Nigel Murphy (Nottinghamshire).

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


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26 January 2014 : Marek Stech Talks About The Saints FA Cup Defeat
Following yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Marek's thoughts on his performance, and the team's overall ranking against the Premier League side can be read via the link below.

Link: Marek Stech Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Defeat Against Southampton.


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26 January 2014 : Gray Given Owls Job On Permanent Basis
Championship side Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed the permanent appointment of Stuart Gray as their new Head Coach. The former Southampton and Northampton Town manager has been given a two-and-a-half year contract after being initially named as a caretaker boss in the wake of the departure of Dave Jones in late November 2013.

Whilst the Owls were entrenched in the relegation zone at that point, Gray has produced a run of form that has gained him six wins and four draws in his 12 games in charge, including yesterday's FA Cup victory over Rochdale that persuaded the Wednesday board to make their announcement.

Two weeks ago his side stunned Leeds United by thrashing them 6-0 live on Sky Sports, and since then it has been widely assumed that he would be given the job on a permanent basis, particularly given that they are currently on an eight match unbeaten run that has lifted them to 19th place in the Championship table.

Chairman and owner Milan Mandaric confirmed the news this weekend, saying that Gray had met all of the short term objectives he asked him to achieve when he was handed the reins:

"I am very happy to say that Stuart has been appointed head coach of Sheffield Wednesday. When he was initially asked to step in, his brief was to get us out of the bottom three, get some wins and clean sheets, and make some tangible progress on the pitch. Stuart has achieved all those things, he was given the chance to impress and has taken that chance with both hands."

There had been some media reports linking Glovers boss Gary Johnson with the vacancy, although these were never picked up by the Sheffield press, largely seeing Gray as the only man for the job once he had got those early results.


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26 January 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Southampton FA Cup Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's thoughts on the defeat and the performance can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Southampton FA Cup Game.


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25 January 2014 : Wigan Trip Heading For Midweek Rearrangement
Yeovil Town will have to arrange a new date for their Championship away fixture against Wigan Athletic. The match at the DW Stadium was due to take place on Saturday 15th February but that date clashes with FA Cup Fifth Round day. Whilst the Glovers headed out of the competition against Southampton today, Wigan - who are the current FA Cup holders - caused the day's only real shock by knocking Premier League side Crystal Palace out of the competition by a 2-1 scoreline.

As a result, the Latics will be otherwise engaged on the weekend of February 15th, meaning that their match against the Glovers will need to be rearranged. Given the current fixture list has no gaps in it, the rearranged date will almost certainly be a weekday evening.

Yeovil Town's Ticket Office are currently selling tickets against the original date - whilst those will almost certainly remain valid for a rearranged fixture, we'd advise that supporters wait to see when the game is rearranged before aiming to make their purchases.

Link: Ticketing For Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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25 January 2014 : Video : Southampton vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those that want to see this afternoon's two goals from the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Southampton and Yeovil Town, the ITV Sport website has uploaded a short video clip. Showing the Guly do Prado and Sam Gallagher goals, they also show the move that led up to the penalty that was scored by Do Prado midway through the first half. It's one of the more clear-cut decisions that referee Phil Dowd will make this season! Watch the clip via the link below.

Link: ITV Sport : Southampton vs Yeovil Town FA Cup Highlights.


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25 January 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Southampton vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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25 January 2014 : Johnson Proud Of Performance Despite Second Half Fade
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he was proud of the club's performance this afternoon at St Mary's Stadium, despite believing that his side faded badly in the second half. The Glovers went out of the FA Cup at the Fourth Round stage, with Premier League side Southampton winning the match 2-0, thanks to a penalty from Guly do Prado and a second from 18 year old substitute Sam Gallagher.

Johnson had high praise for the travelling 3,403 Yeovil Town supporters who packed the Northam Stand in a sold out allocation. And he told BBC Somerset that he thought the same of his players up until the half time break. But he felt that Saints ran out as comfortable winners in the second period, and wanted his team to have kept up that work ethic across the whole 90 minutes:

"I was very proud of them in the first half. I thought our game plan worked well, and we pressed high. We stopped them from getting the hundreds of passes that they like to get, even in the Premier League. Certainly our supporters were Premier League, so we congratulate them. They were fantastic right throughout the game. I just felt that we didn't quite keep it going during the second half. Southampton got on the ball a little bit more and we had less opportunities."

Although he didn't name names, Gary said that around four of his players did manage to keep to the pace of the game throughout the match, and that they could hold their heads high. But for the others he felt they had to learn from the experience and put that to good use in Tuesday night's forthcoming match against Derby County at Pride Park:

"There were three or four Yeovil players who went right the way through the game playing fantastic, and they could probably play at this level. We have to learn from these games, otherwise what's the point? But I was proud of our club. We had our board of directors in the stand, and the way that they clapped us off suggested that they were proud of their club as well. We have to look at it, and we have to go to Derby and put on that first half performance."


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25 January 2014 : Southampton 2 Yeovil Town 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town headed out of the FA Cup at the Fourth Round stage today, despite an enthusiastic performance at St Mary's Stadium. The Glovers ended up fairly beaten by Premier League side Southampton, who scored a goal in each half, and put plenty of pressure on their opponents goal throughout the game, including hitting the crossbar twice during the first half.

The Saints got their noses in front when referee Phil Dowd awarded them a penalty, with Jamie McAllister found guilty of handball inside the box midway through the first half. Up stepped Guly do Prado and sent Marek Stech the wrong way. However, the Glovers stayed in the match for two-thirds of the match, with Southampton only genuinely putting the game out of sight when substitute Sam Gallagher scorerd his first senior goal, with an impressive solo run and strike into the corner.

In the closing stages, Southampton began to stretch the game, with Marek Stech having to make a number of excellent saves, with the home side putting on a number of the latest teenage players in their Academy production line. Yeovil ended as a comfortably beaten side, although can stand proud through the highly impressive 3,403 travelling fans that packed out the Northam Stand. Back to 'concentrating on the league' now, with 21 'cup final' performances needed between now and the end of April.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Southampton 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Guly do Prado (1-0, 23 mins, penalty), Sam Gallagher (2-0 70 mins)

Southampton: (4-2-3-1)
1. Kelvin Davis
2. Nathaniel Clyne 26. Jos Hooiveld 3. Maya Yoshida 23. Luke Shaw
18. Jack Cork 4. Morgan Schneiderlin
16. James Ward-Prowse 21. Guly do Prado 20. Adam Lallana
9. Jay Rodriguez

Substitutes:
6. Jose Fonte 8. Steven Davis (73 mins for Adam Lallana) 22. Calum Chambers 25. Paulo Gazzaniga 27. Lloyd Isgrove 38. Harrison Reed (84 mins for James Ward-Prowse) 40. Sam Gallagher (56 mins for Guly do Prado)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls
27. Ishmael Miller 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson (74 mins for Joel Grant) 10. Sam Foley (85 mins for Ishmael Miller) 13. Kieffer Moore (62 mins for James Hayter) 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan

Southampton Bookings: Nathaniel Clyne (foul, 63 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (dissent, 22 mins)

Southampton Match Statistics: Possession: 65%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 35%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Philip Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire). Assistants: Stuart Burt (Northamptonshire) and John Flynn (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: David Phillips (West Sussex).

Attendance: 24,070 (including 3,403 Yeovil supporters).


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25 January 2014 : Team News For Southampton vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's FA Cup Fourth Round match against Premier League side Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.

Striker Ishmael Miller makes his return to the side, having signed a new loan agreement that keeps the Nottingham Forest player at Huish Park until the end of the 2013-14 season. He displaces fellow striker Kieffer Moore who drops to the bench.

Leicester City loanee Zoumana Bakayogo drops out of the squad after just one appearance, due to his cruciate ligament injury sustained during last weekend's away match against Birmingham City. His place in the side is taken by Jamie McAllister.

On the bench, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi is the one addition to the squad, with Matteo Lanzoni cup-tied. This afternoon's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls
27. Ishmael Miller 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan

Southampton:
1. Kelvin Davis 2. Nathaniel Clyne 3. Maya Yoshida 26. Jos Hooiveld 23. Luke Shaw 16. James Ward-Prowse 18. Jack Cork 4. Morgan Schneiderlin 21. Guly 9. Jay Rodriguez 20. Adam Lallana

Substitutes:
6. Jose Fonte 8. Steven Davis 22. Calum Chambers 25. Paulo Gazzaniga 27. Lloyd Isgrove 38. Harrison Reed 40. Sam Gallagher


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25 January 2014 : Jamie McAllister Previews The Saints FA Cup Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's FA Cup Fourth Round match against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, Yeovil Town club captain Jamie McAllister spoke to TalkSport radio. With questions about the match, the Glovers performance in the Championship so far, with an eye on forthcoming matches against Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, Jamie's views on the current situation can be read via the link below.

Link: Jamie McAllister Speaks To TalkSport Radio As Part Of The Build-Up To Southampton.


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25 January 2014 : Away Travel Club Coach Draw And Merchandising
The Away Travel Club will be conducting a draw on their coaches tomorrow, for those who are travelling down to Southampton for the FA Cup Fourth Round match today. They will be drawing tickets for prizes which include a 2013 Wembley Scarf, a Gary Johnson t-shirt or Brendon Owen's Little Old Yeovil book as shown below.

For those who don't want to get involved in the draw, but want to spend a bit of money, the Away Travel Club will be selling their stock of all three on board the coaches. Just ask one of the organisers for further information.

Scarf, t-shirt and book - buy from the Away Travel Club or enter their draw today
Scarf, t-shirt and book - buy from the Away Travel Club or enter their draw today



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24 January 2014 : Saints Report Strong Sales For FA Cup Tie
Tomorrow's FA Cup opponents Southampton have confirmed that they are expecting a crowd in excess of 21,000 for their Fourth Round match against Yeovil Town. The match takes place at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday 25th January, with demand for the tie being higher than expected at both ends of the stadium.

Despite having sold only 15,077 tickets in total for their Third Round tie against Burnley, Southampton have indicated that they had sold 21,096 tickets for tomorrow's match as of 5.00p.m today. It's not clear if that figure includes the 3,100 tickets bought by Yeovil Town supporters, which sold out a week ago.

Southampton expect to boost those sales by an extra couple of thousand by the time the game kicks off, through walk-up sales on the day of the game. For the avoidance of doubt, there will be no tickets available on the day of the match to Yeovil Town supporters, so please do not travel to St Mary's if you haven't got a ticket.


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24 January 2014 : Former Cherries Owner Plays Down Huish Park Visit
Former AFC Bournemouth owner Eddie Mitchell has denied internet rumours linking him with an investment in Yeovil Town. In truth, the rumours appear to have been sparked by the property developer turning up at the club's recent home Championship match against Burnley, where he was happy to be seen by Glovers supporters in the upstairs bar area before the game, before taking a seat in the Directors Box.

A fortnight later though, Mitchell's name has come up again, with both Bournemouth and Yeovil fans suggesting he has been holding talks with the Glovers board. Mitchell has told the Western Gazette that his only motive was to view former Bournemouth strike pair Sam Vokes and Danny Ings, who he says that were close friends of his:

"We decided to come to watch Yeovil on the basis there were a couple of players that were playing that I was very close to. Bournemouth had an away game up north and I didnít want to get back late. I took the opportunity to go to Yeovil and book hospitality. We were kindly invited into the boardroom by Mr (John) Fry and Norman Hayward and we had a great day. Iím a great admirer of the football club, itís got to the level it has on its own merits, which you canít say about all clubs. I have become a supporter of Yeovil and I am always looking for their results. But that is as far as it goes."

His friendship with Vokes is a little surprising, given that the 24 year old left Dean Court during 2008 - a year before Mitchell got involved with the Cherries. Danny Ings is a more recent player to have passed through the Bournemouth youth production line, having been on their books between 2006 and 2011.

Mitchell's business interests lie in Seven Developments, which specialises in luxury seaside homes on the South Coast, and had been Dorchester Town's owner before he became part of a consortium that bought Bournemouth in June 2009. He sold his shareholding at Dean Court in September 2013 to Russian co-owner Maxim Demin, but last month acquired a two year option to purchase a majority shareholding in Southern League Premier Division side Poole Town, with the deal tied in with a potential property development at Poole's current Tatnam Farm site.

Mitchell's plan is to drive through a new stadium for Poole - it would appear that his firm involvement with the Dolphins isn't confirmed yet, and would probably depend upon him being able to execute the property side of his plans as part of his buy-in to the football side of things. Hence at present it would seem that his interests lie more on the Dorset coast still, although he has had a tendency to get his fingers into multiple pies during past football-related ventures.


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24 January 2014 : Gary Previews The Southampton FA Cup Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's FA Cup Fourth Round against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Points West reporter Alistair Durden, Gary's thoughts on the FA Cup, their opponents, and the return of Ishmael Miller can be read via the link below.

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


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24 January 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Southampton
Ahead of Saturday afternoon's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, there has been an upgrade to the Ciderspace guide. Featuring the usual directions, parking, pub guides, statistics, club history and stadium photos, you'll find the guide available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southampton.


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24 January 2014 : Saints Record Signing Suspended After Training Ground Fight
Having already lost two players through injuries sustained last weekend, Yeovil Town's FA Cup opponents Southampton have suspended their record signing from tomorrow's fixture. Striker Dani Osvaldo, who was given a four year contract last August after he signed from Italian side Roma in a £15 million deal, has been given a three match suspension by his own club following a training ground incident.

Whilst Southampton's statement on the subject doesn't elaborate on the subject, describing it just as "an incident at the clubís Staplewood training ground and "a breach of the conduct expected of its players". However, the media have widely stated as fact that Osvaldo's three match suspension has come due to a training ground bust-up involving Jose Fonte, who has not been disciplined as part of the incident.

The Hampshire press indicate that Fonte is not seriously injured, and so should be available for selection, but suffered a head wound at the club's Staplewood training ground, which left him covered in blood. Osvaldo has only just returned from a three match suspension imposed by the FA for getting involve in a fight between the Southampton and Newcastle United dugouts in a December Premier League match.

Saints have already lost Gaston Ramirez and Dejan Lovren to ankle ligament injuries that are expected to keep them out for around six-to-eight weeks. Lovren's centre-back spot is likely to be taken by one of Jos Hooiveld or Maya Yoshida, who have both selected in League Cup matches this season, and so may have been part of the squad for tomorrow's game anyway. Assistant boss Jesus Perez has said he is mindful of the fact that Saints have a Premier League home match against Arsenal on Tuesday night and therefore they may be doing a bit of voluntary squad rotation in addition to the enforced changes:

"We have, in a short period, two games, so we have to decide the best squad for Saturday. Obviously, thinking we have a tough game on Tuesday against Arsenal. We have to pick the team thinking we have a game on Tuesday."


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23 January 2014 : Johnson Jnr Given Lengthy Oldham Contract
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Lee Johnson has been rewarded at Boundary Park with a new contract. The 32 year old has been in the Oldham Athletic management job since March 2013, and currently holds the Latics in 17th place in the League One table.

Today, Lee has been given a contract that will keep him at Oldham until the summer of 2018, given an indication of how impressed his bosses are with his progress so far. Having arrived as the Football League's youngest manager at the time of his appointment, Johnson Jnr joked that it is aging him fast:

"I am loving working here, it's been an unbelievable topsy turvy year but I am loving it. I have been here around ten months which places me about 40th in the list of long serving managers, which shows the state of football at the moment. I have got greyer, grumpier and have put a bit of weight on, but I'm loving it."

Lee currently has testing times during the January transfer window. Having lost Matteo Lanzoni to Yeovil Town earlier this month, he today lost striker Adam Rooney - a former Glovers loanee - to Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen, with Rooney agreeing a two-and-a-half year deal with the Dons.


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23 January 2014 : Smallwood Signed Up By Millers
Championship side Middlesbrough have allowed midfielder Richie Smallwood to join League One side Rotherham United on loan. The 23 year old had been linked by the Middlesbrough Gazette to a move to one of Yeovil Town or Bristol City but has joined the Millers until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Earlier today, BBC Points West reported that Glovers boss Gary Johnson had told them there was nothing in the media reports that had connected Smallwood with a move to Huish Park, so this was expected to be a dead duck.

Talking of denials, Rotherham boss Steve Evans has today belatedly denied media reports that his club had placed any bid for former Glovers striker Paddy Madden. The Millers were heavily linked with a £200,000 bid for the Irishman along with Scunthorpe United, and five days later took on AFC Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas on a half year deal. However, Evans claimed today: "To set the record straight we did not make a bid for Madden", implying that his club had not been chasing him prior to his move to Glanford Park.


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23 January 2014 : Ishmael Miller Completes Return To Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have finally completed the loan signing of Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller. The 26 year old has been back at the City Ground for the last three weeks, whilst the two clubs have been attempting to sort out a new deal. That has now been 100 percent confirmed with the news that he will remain with the club until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Having scored three times during his seven appearances during last year's loan spell, the way he settled into the side during December will give manager Gary Johnson a big boost in his hopes of dragging the club out of the Championship relegation zone.

Born in Moston, Manchester on March 5th 1987, he had Premier League experience with Manchester City between 2005 and 2008, making 20 appearances before joining West Bromwich Albion, initially on loan, with most of his 80 appearances and 21 goals coming at Premier League level, as the Baggies gained promotion during his initial season.

For the 2010-11 campaign, he went on loan to play for Queen's Park Rangers in the Championship, scoring once in 12 games. He then signed for Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2011, for a £1.2 million fee. His time at the City Ground has not been too fruitful, making just 30 appearances across the 2.5 years he's spent with the Championship side, scoring four goals.

With him out of contract at the end of this season it seems inevitable that Forest will release him. Whilst his wage levels are almost certain to rule him out of any long term plans the Glovers may have, in the short term they have a player who needs to put himself in the shop window if he is to command interest in the summer. Forest had hoped to sell him during the January transfer window, but with little apparent concrete interest for him during this month he will ideally get himself noticed whilst playing for the Glovers.

In terms of Miller's involvement in the FA Cup Fourth Round, FA competition rules do allow him to play in the game against Southampton despite being named in the Forest squad for their Third Round match against West Ham United. The rules state that: "A substitute who does not play in a match is entitled to play for another Club in the Competition in the same season" meaning that as he remained an unused substitute, he is not cup-tied from that fixture. He will therefore be able to play in Saturday's game.

Miller will certainly miss one game though during his time in South Somerset. Forest have indicated that they have a clause in the agreement that prevents him from playing in the Championship fixture between the two clubs that takes place at the City Ground on Sunday 2nd February.


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23 January 2014 : Yeovil Town To Support Safe Standing Campaign
During December 2013, the Football League sent out a consultation document on the topic of Safe Standing and the provisioning of terracing at Football League grounds. The document is designed to feed into a debate amongst League Chairmen and ultimately to provide direction for the League's Board of Directors as to what the League's official policy should be when lobbying other footballing authorities and the national Government.

Yeovil Town have today announced that they will be answering "Yes" to all four of the League's key consultation questions, which as a reminder were as follows:

1) Should the Football League approach the minister for sport to request that the 'all-seater' stadia requirement for Championship clubs be reviewed with a view to the re-introduction of standing accommodation?
2) Should the Football League approach the Sports Grounds Safety Authority to request that rail seating products be licensed in Football League grounds?
3) Should clubs be permitted to accommodate supporters in rail seating in the Championship?
4) Should clubs be permitted to revert from seating to standing accommodation in League One and League Two following relegation from the Championship?

With Huish Park still supporting two terraced constructions, it would have been surprising if the Glovers hadn't wanted to see terracing preserved at Championship level. However, it's certainly pleasing to have formal confirmation that this is to be the club's official position.


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23 January 2014 : Fyvie Given Second Loan Chance With Shrews
Former Yeovil Town loanee Fraser Fyvie has been given another chance to prove himself after Wigan Athletic allowed him to join League One side Shrewsbury Town on loan. The 20 year old has signed a one month loan deal with the Shropshire side who currently lie in the relegation zone in the third tier.

The central midfielder had a bit of a miserable experience at Huish Park, playing just 53 minutes worth of football. Injured during his debut against Brighton and Hove Albion in October 2013, he briefly reappeared a month later in the televised match against Doncaster Rovers. However, he was hauled off during the first half of that match following a bad mistake for Donny's opening goal and was never seen again.

Since then he's played in the FA Cup for Wigan, managing 60 minutes in their Third Round win over Milton Keynes Dons, but will now go out and play for the Shrews, who are currently managerless following the departure of Graham Turner earlier this week. Shrewsbury have placed first team coach Michael Jackson in temporary charge, and he has brought in Fyvie as fresh blood in their efforts to avoid the drop.


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22 January 2014 : Saints Rule Out Duo For FA Cup Match Selection
Saturday's FA Cup opponents Southampton will be without two first team players on Saturday, after both were ruled out of the game through ankle injuries. Saints had Gaston Ramirez and Dejan Lovren stretchered off in their 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, and both have been diagnosed with ankle ligament injuries, with their club implying that they will be out for a number of weeks - a statement today said "we are reluctant to place a timescale on when the duo will be able to return to action."

Lovren scored Southampton's second goal on the weekend, but came off 88 minutes into the match. Just before that, winger Ramirez - who had come on as a substitute for Adam Lallana - had also been stretchered off, meaning that the Premier League side will have to make some adjustments to their matchday squad for Saturday's match at St Mary's Stadium.

One other player who won't be involved on the weekend is striker Billy Sharp. He last played for Southampton in August 2012, and has since had loan spells with Nottingham Forest and most recently Reading. He has now gone on to sign for Doncaster Rovers on loan until the end of the season - something that ought to knock dead the question of whether Rovers ever held any serious interest in Forest striker Ishmael Miller - the 26 year old is reported as on the verge of finally agreeing a half-season deal to return to Huish Park.

Yeovil have got their own injury problems, of course. With left-back Zoumana Bakayogo returning to his parent club Leicester City due to cruciate ligament damage, his time at Huish Park is now over, and another full-back option Matteo Lanzoni will be missing this weekend as he is cup-tied, having played for Oldham Athletic in this season's competition.

With Jamie McAllister having suffered a rib injury during last weekend's 2-0 win over Birmingham City, his situation will need reviewing. Within the current squad, Luke Ayling and Joe Ralls are the two most obvious players who could take up the troublesome left-back slot, with Liam Davis currently out with a broken toe for another five weeks.

Striker Sam Hoskins will miss out on playing against his former club, whilst he recovers from a groin operation, whilst Nathan Ralph has yet to appear in any of the club's Reserve Team friendlies to suggest that he is ready to go further than the training ground yet.


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22 January 2014 : Miller Time Now Imminent?
Reports from a Sky Sports journalist today claim that Yeovil Town have pretty much concluded a new loan deal with Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller. The 26 year old has returned to Huish Park for an arrangement that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2013-14 season. The relevant tweet by the Sky journalist states:

"We understand Ishmael Miller is set to spend rest of the season at Yeovil on loan from Nottingham Forest"

Miller had a seven game loan spell with the club over the December period where he scored three goals. However, that deal ran out on New Year's Day, with the two clubs unable to reach an agreement to extend the deal.

However, the club have waited for Miller's situation at the City Ground to be unravelled during the month, and his return now seems to be imminent, which if true would provide just over three months of football in South Somerset.


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22 January 2014 : FA Cup Car Parking For Coach Travellers
Yeovil Town supporters planning to use the Green and Whites Supporters Club coaches and Away Travel Club coaches for Saturday's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Southampton should note parking arrangements at Huish Park. The club will be opening up the main car park (on the Screwfix Stand side) on the east side of the ground to allow supporters to park their cars during the day.

With a large number of people using the coach facilities, please aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before the stated departure times so that they can tick your name off their lists and allocate you to the correct coach.

The usual practice is for GWSC coaches to leave from the front of the ground by the astroturf pitch, whilst Away Travel Club coaches depart from the area adjacent to the away terrace. If there are any alternative arrangements, we'll post another update.

As requested earlier this week, if you no longer need your coach place because you failed to get a matchday ticket, please specifically cancel it with Paul (GWSC) and Mark (Away Travel Club), rather than just not turning up. Alternatively if you still need transport, please call them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : GWSC Travel Plans.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Away Travel Club Plans.


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22 January 2014 : Glovers Linked With Middlesbrough Midfielder
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Middlesbrough midfielder Richie Smallwood. The Middlesbrough Gazette are listing Yeovil Town along with Bristol City and Rotherham United as clubs who are interested in taking him on loan, with the player out of contract at the end of the 2013-14 season, and largely out of Boro's current plans.

Smallwood is a 23 year old who was born in Redcar on December 29th 1990. He is a former England Under-18s player who has made a scattering of first team appearances for Middlesbrough over the last four seasons as well as captaining Middlesbrough's Reserves. His natural role is as a holding midfielder, although the 5'11" tall player has also performed as a centre-back. So far he's made 71 appearances for Boro, scoring four goals, and most recently came on as a substitute during their 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

The Middlesbrough Gazette don't offer up any quotes or sources, except to say that they believe new manager Aitor Karanka, who was appointed to the post last November, is looking to trim his current squad, with Smallwood being allowed to potentially exit the Riverside Stadium early.


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21 January 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Jinx Of Being A Yeovil Town Loan Player
With Zoumana Bakayogo having returned to his parent club Leicester City for treatment on a serious knee injury, this is the latest in a long line of injuries that have hit Yeovil Town loan players this season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog takes a look at the large number of loanees we've had at Huish Park this season, and what has happened to many of them along the way. Read on via the link below and feel free to add your own views on the loan market and the club's injury record.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Jinx Of Being A Yeovil Town Loan Player.


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21 January 2014 : Foley Grabs Double As Reserves Pegged Back
A Yeovil Town Reserves side drew 2-2 against a Plymouth Argyle Reserves side this afternoon. The behind-closed-doors match allowed some of the club's fringe players to get match fitness against a similar team of players brought up to Somerset by the Pilgrims.

The Glovers goals both came from Sam Foley, with the attacking midfielder opening the scoring through with a header, then followed that up early in the second half with his second goal of the game. Although Adam Morgan had an opportunity tipped onto the crossbar in between those two Foley goals, Argyle twice equalised during the game to level the scores up.

Yeovil's team included three unnamed trialists along with Chris Dunn, Chris Morgan, Kevin Dawson, Nana, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Ed Upson, Joe Jones and Matteo Lanzoni. In other such midweek matches, many of the 'trialists' chosen have been more 'guests' than players the Glovers have been actively seeking to recruit - we don't know at present where this trio was sourced from, or what positions they played.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 2.

Scorers: Sam Foley (1-0, 29 mins), Sam Foley (2-1, 55 mins)


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21 January 2014 : Ince Suffers Another Crap Day
Championship side Blackpool have sacked their manager Paul Ince after just 11 months in charge. Ince was given the Tangerines job in February 2013 and managed just 42 matches, clocking up only 12 wins during his time at Bloomfield Road. Blackpool are currently 14th in the Championship table but are on a catastrophic run of form with nine defeats in their last ten games, including an FA Cup Third Round exit.

Their dreadful run started with the infamous match at Huish Park that saw Blackpool lose 1-0 in early December, with the visitors having three red cards in the final minute of the game. Ince's bizarre post-match interview saw him use the word 'crap' four times in a rant about the overall circumstances, and with further dismissals in their following game against Derby County, bad discipline has dominated Blackpool's season. In total they have had nine players sent off this season, with Ince himself getting a lengthy touchline ban for a tunnel row with a Fourth Official in an autumn match.

Ince's final moment came in an away defeat against basement club Barnsley on the weekend. The manager failed to turn up for the post-match press conference, and Blackpool's Chairman Karl Oyston hauled him in for talks after the game for an explanation of the club's poor form. That appears to have led to Ince's eventual dismissal. Backroom staff Alex Rae and Steve Thompson have also been shown the door.

Even before Ince's dismissal there were rumours that 35 year old Barry Ferguson would be lined up to take over. The midfielder who has been on Blackpool's books since the summer of 2011, has been put in caretaker charge for their next training session on Thursday, but Blackpool haven't commented on suggestions that he would be given the role on a permanent basis.


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21 January 2014 : Bakayogo Suffers Serious Knee Injury
Leicester City left-back Zoumana Bakayogo's time at Huish Park is effectively over, with the 27 year old returning to the King Power Stadium for treatment. The former Tranmere Rovers player has suffered a ruptered anterior cruciate ligament - sustained during Saturday's 2-0 win over Birmingham City at St Andrews.

Bakayogo played just 37 minutes of the match before he appeared to slip whilst turning on the edge of the box. He was helped off the pitch by the Yeovil medical team, but the news that he has damaged his cruciate ligament would point to a very lengthy lay-off meaning that will be the one and only time that we see him play.

The injury means that manager Gary Johnson is almost certainly going to need to drop into the loan market once again with Liam Davis out for six weeks with a broken toe, and Jamie McAllister having lasted just sixteen minutes on Saturday before going down struggling to catch his breath following a rib injury.


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21 January 2014 : Forest's Graham Plans Could Lead To Miller Chain Reaction
Yeovil Town's hopes of signing Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller on a long term loan should be raised by the fact that his parent club are reported to be close to landing a new striker. Local radio station BBC East Midlands and the Nottingham Post believe that Forest are trying to bring in Sunderland player Danny Graham on loan, with his current season-long deal at Hull City having dried up in the past three weeks, leaving to speculation that Hull are willing to terminate their deal, after just one goal in 19 appearances.

Since returning to the City Ground, Miller has been an unused substitute in their matches against West Ham United and Blackburn Rovers, suggesting that in terms of squad numbers they believe the 26 year old does have some limited value. However, the arrival of any new striker would push Miller further down the pecking order and leave Forest more willing to get the player off their books.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said throughout January that his understanding is Miller would prefer to return to Huish Park, and that he would choose them ahead of any other interested loan club. He reiterated that view over the weekend just gone, telling the Western Gazette that he was willing to wait for the move to drop:

"It's entirely up to Nottingham Forest and when they're ready I think they'll allow him to come to us. I'm going to hang on in there and try to get him back when Nottingham Forest are ready."

The issue has always been that Forest and Miller are open to the possibility of Miller moving permanently away from the City Ground - something that the Glovers have firmly ruled themselves out of given the player's wages. However, with ten days remaining of the January transfer window, at some stage Forest will have to make a firm decision on his future, and if Graham's deal is concluded then that may be the right time for Johnson to pop the question again.


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21 January 2014 : Officials For Southampton vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Southampton and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place on Saturday 25th January 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Philip Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire).

Mr Dowd is of course one of the best known referees in the country. There can't be too many occasions when Yeovil Town have inherited the referee whose previous match was the Sunday televised match between Chelsea and Manchester United. In that match, he made a bit of a hash of a few late decisions - he dismissed Nemanja Vidic for what was an obvious yellow card foul, but where a straight red might have looked a little harsh. It certainly did look harsh when a couple of minutes later a second United player Rafael Da Silva put in a reckless two-footed tackle that Dowd somehow only saw as a yellow. Even at the top level referees can at times be infuriatingly inconsistent.

He began refereeing in 1984 taking charge of Staffordshire Senior League matches. He joined the Football League's lists as a referee in 1997, getting onto the Premier League list four years later. His career highlights have been the 2010 League Cup final between Aston Villa and Manchester United, and more recently the 2012 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool.

We have experienced him once - an October 2006 home match against Cheltenham Town in League One. Our experience of Premier League referees dropping down to League One or League Two level has not been a good one. This was one prime example, where we felt he seemed somewhat disinterested at his surroundings, as if he didn't really want to be at Huish Park. He denied us a free kick when a Cheltenham player decided to grab hold of a fistful of Wayne Gray's shirt, with Dowd apparently playing an advantage despite Gray's run clearly being impeded - it would have resulted in the visitors dropping down to ten men, as the last defender in Gray's path, but it wasn't given. We went on to describe Dowd's performance as "dreadful" and (wait for it ...) a "dowdy performance".

He has taken charge of a Southampton match at St Mary's already this season - a November 2013 match against Hull City in which they won 4-1 - three yellows raised on that day.

Mr Dowd will be assisted by Stuart Burt (Northamptonshire) and John Flynn (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be David Phillips (West Sussex).

Link: October 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Cheltenham Town 1.


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20 January 2014 : Southampton FA Cup Coach Bookings Request
Yeovil Town supporters who have booked places on the GWSC and Away Travel Club coaches for the FA Cup match against Southampton, but are not now able to attend the match, are asked to contact the coach organisers as soon as possible.

With it now being confirmed that the Glovers will not be given a further allocation of tickets for the game at St Mary's Stadium, there may be a number of supporters who had booked places on coaches in anticipation of getting a ticket for the game.

If you have booked a place on either set of coaches, and you are subsequently unable to go because of the lack of tickets, please do contact Paul or Mark as soon as possible so that they know your booking is cancelled. Contacts as as follows:

GWSC Coaches: Paul Hadlow : 07736 044570 : Please only send text messages before 6.00p.m. Text or call after 6.00p.m.

Away Travel Club Coaches: Mark Kelly : 07939 618275.

Obviously include your full name and those of any other people you have booked on behalf of, if you are cancelling places.

Both parties are still taking bookings for coach places, so if you have a ticket, but no travel plans made yet, then please call them as soon as possible to place your booking.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : GWSC Travel Plans.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Away Travel Club Plans.


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20 January 2014 : Southampton FA Cup Tickets : No More Further Supplies
Yeovil Town have unfortunately received notice from FA Cup Fourth Round opponents Southampton that there will be no further allocation of tickets made available. The Glovers sold out their 3,100 allocation for the Saturday 25th January match at St Mary's Stadium, with tickets disappearing on Friday lunchtime, just 3.5 hours after going on general sale.

Despite the match being very unlikely to sell out in the home sections of the stadium, Saints have said that there will be no further tickets made available to away supporters. Hence if you've not already purchased a ticket, there will be no chance of getting any more in the Northam Stand.


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20 January 2014 : Gary Talks About Bakayogo And Moore
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Birmingham City kicked off at St Andrews, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary talks about why he signed Zoumana Bakayogo, and why he put Kieffer Moore in the team on Saturday. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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19 January 2014 : James Hayter Talks About Birmingham Double Strike
Following Saturday's 2-0 win over Birmingham City at St Andrews, Yeovil Town striker James Hayter spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin James's view on the win and his two goals can be read via the link below.

Link: James Hayter Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Win Against Birmingham.


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19 January 2014 : Video : Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's highlights, there are two variants available for you to watch. The Sky Sports coverage shows both of James Hayter's goals that won the match. They also centre on a double chance in the first half that saw Joe Ralls and Kieffer Moore have shots saved. In addition, you can also view the club's own YouTube highlights clip below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Birmingham City 0 Yeovil Town 2.




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19 January 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Birmingham Away Match
Following yesterday's 2-0 win over Birmingham City at St Andrews, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin Gary's verdict on the win can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Birmingham Away Match.


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18 January 2014 : Johnson Rues Jinxed Left-Back Slot After Loanee Injured On Debut
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he may have to look at the left-back market once again, after an injury to Leicester City full-back Zoumana Bakayogo saw his debut curtailed. Bakayogo lasted just 37 minutes during the Glovers 2-0 win over Birmingham City at St Andrews, before appearing to twist his knee when trying to change direction just outside his penalty box.

Added to that, Bakayogo's replacement Jamie McAllister lasted just sixteen minutes before he had to be substituted, resulting in Matteo Lanzoni making his Yeovil Town debut. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson gave an early diagnosis on both players problems, starting with the man who started the match:

"He (Zoumana Bakayogo) said he just felt his knee crumble under him. It was innocuous - he just turned and he felt it. Jamie McAllister couldn't catch his breath, so I couldn't wait for him to have ten minutes on the side to catch his breath. We trust Lanzoni, and when he came on, I thought he did very well in coming on as right-back and Luke (Ayling) did very well in adjusting as a left-back. So maybe we found our left-back!"

Given that Bakayogo was only brought in to replace Liam Davis, who has been ruled out for six weeks with a broken toe, Johnson rued that the full-back position seemed to be jinxed, given how many changes he was having to make in that area. He said that the club's physios would assess Bakayogo's injury in particular to see what options he had ahead of next Saturday's trip to St Mary's Stadium against Southampton in the FA Cup:

"We brought one in (Zoumana Bakayogo) for the jinxed other one (Liam Davis), who we left at home because he was injured. So there's maybe another little left-back hunt again in the next week or so. But it becomes difficult with loans, because you can only have so many. We'll have to wait and see how long Zoumana is out for. If it's only for a week, it might not be a problem. But if it's six weeks then it's obviously a big problem. So we'll just have to keep looking - and that does seem to have been our season. If I asked myself to loan me, then I wouldn't come because it would be too dangerous coming here!"

With striker Sam Hoskins also missing today, and ruled out for two or three weeks due to a groin operation, the full-back positions are not the only areas where the Glovers are a little short. Having seen Ishmael Miller return to Nottingham Forest after New Year's Day, the club have endured a frustrating eighteen days in trying to get a new loan agreement set up. Johnson said that Miller was still a potential option, but there was nothing new to report on that subject:

"It is still an iron in the fire, but the fire is not exactly raging at the moment! We'd like him to come back, and he'd like to come back, and that would give us another bit of fire power to undoubtedly add to the fire power that we had here today."


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18 January 2014 : Johnson: Battling Display Keeps Glovers In Touch With Bottom Sides
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson praised his side's battling spirit that still keeps them in touch with their targets for survival in the Championship division. The 2-0 victory over Birmingham City at St Andrews ensured that his team stayed within touching distance at the foot of the Championship table on a day in which many of their rivals won.

Two goals from striker James Hayter gave them the points and their fifth victory of the 2013-14 season, and Johnson was pleased that his team were keeping in touch with those sides just above them:

"This is our fifth win and it rates highly because all the other teams around us won. They (other relegation-threatened teams) are probably more disappointed because they were hoping to drop us out but we are hanging on. We are still battling and the boys showed a great spirit. That spirit will keep us in the hunt for a big part of the season. I was very proud of the boys' effort and performance."

Not too surprisingly, Johnson singled out Hayter for praise after he scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season, with the first seeing him capitalise on defensive sloppiness, whilst the second was a superb low header from a left-wing cross. He felt Hayter's experience was showing through at a crucial stage:

"James Hayter has been a super striker for a long time. When he gets himself in those positions he is a very good finisher. He doesn't panic and he took his goals extremely well. We thought that if they made a mistake we had to be ready to take full advantage. This is how it worked out for the first goal and James got in and scored with a clever shot. The second goal was something we have been working on with our wide play and getting in crosses. It was lovely diving header for the second goal."

Overall Johnson felt that his team had got out of the blocks at the start of the game in an impressive manner, and with the game effectively being won inside the first 20 minutes, that also kept the St Andrews home atmosphere down to a low level of noise:

"It was a super win. The big thing was that we had to get to the ball first in both boxes. We did that in the first 20 minutes and scored twice to clinch the points. I thought the will to win and the mentality of the boys was fantastic. We always looked dangerous on the break and quietened the crowd."


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18 January 2014 : Birmingham 0 Yeovil 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town gained a valuable three points against Birmingham City this afternoon at St Andrews, as a James Hayter brace shot down Lee Clark's side. All the relevant action came in the opening 19 minutes of the match, as the Glovers twice stunned the Blues slightly against the run of play, but then defended superbly to keep the home side at bay during the remainder of the match.

The opening 12th minute goal was one of an experienced goal poacher, with James Hayter anticipating the dreadfully weak backpass by Hayden Mullins, nipping in to gain possession, and to lift the ball over the advancing Darren Randolph for a superb finish that came out of nothing.

Seven minutes later, and a great bit of counter-attacking saw Kieffer Moore's work in the build-up feed Joe Ralls, and the Cardiff City loanee's cross was perfect to allow James Hayter to plant a low header across his marker and into the back of the net.

Yeovil had to defend well throughout the game, yet they could have easily had the game out of sight by half time when Kieffer Moore appeared to be hauled back by Birmingham defender Paul Robinson. It would have been a penalty, a red card and the prospect of a three goal lead, but referee Fred Graham was poorly positioned and chose to bottle the decision, leaving still room for the home side to get back into the match.

The Glovers route to victory didn't come without problems being experienced. New loan signing Zoumana Bakayogo only lasted 37 minutes before an awkward slip on the edge of his box seeing him helped off the pitch with what appeared to be damaged knee ligaments. His replacement Jamie McAllister only lasted a further 16 minutes before he went down injured and had to come off. Add in the broken toe injury that Liam Davis had picked up in the lead-up to the game, and by the time Matteo Lanzoni came on to make his debut, Yeovil were on their fourth left-back in a week.

They held on magnificently though, with Birmingham's own substitutions failing to liven up what was a surprising lack of grit and passion from a side that still could get dragged into the relegation scrap. With Barnsley, Millwall and Doncaster Rovers all winning the end result is that the Glovers are only one point better off than when they started today. But psychologically speaking, after today's win, they will believe that they can still fight their way out of trouble over the remaining 21`fixtures.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Birmingham City 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: James Hayter (0-1, 12 mins), James Hayter (0-2, 19 mins)

Birmingham City:
1. Darren Randolph
31. Paul Caddis 8. Hayden Mullins 4. Paul Robinson 18. Mitch Hancox
7. Chris Burke 29. Reece Brown 20. Olly Lee 10. Brian Howard
12. Lee Novak 19. Nikola Zigic

Substitutes:
13. Colin Doyle 14. Will Packwood 15. Wade Elliott (68 mins for Reece Brown) 17. Callum Reilly 22. Andrew Shinnie (79 mins for Brian Howard) 27. Shane Ferguson (61 mins for Nikola Zigic) 33. Demarai Gray

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Captain) 15. Shane Duffy 6. Zoumana Bakayogo
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls
13. Kieffer Moore 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 3. Jamie McAllister (37 mins for Zoumana Bakayogo) 7. Kevin Dawson (68 mins James Hayter) 8. Ed Upson 10. Sam Foley 18. Matteo Lanzoni (53 mins for Jamie McAllister) 29. Adam Morgan


Birmingham Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Ralls (23 mins, foul).

Birmingham Match Statistics: Possession: 67%; Shots: 24; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 11; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 33%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex). Assistants: Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire) and Amy Fearn (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 13,605 (including 680 Yeovil supporters).


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18 January 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-0 win against Birmingham City at St Andrews, 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 Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town.


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18 January 2014 : Team News For Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for their Championship match against Bimingham City at St Andrews.

Left-sided player Liam Davis is out with a broken toe for six weeks, and his place in the side is taken by new Leicester City loan signing Zoumana Bakayoko slotting into his position. Up front Kieffer Moore gets a rare start as he displaces Kevin Dawson with Joel Grant shuffled onto the right wing.

Striker Sam Hoskins will be missing for two or three weeks - he's had a minor groin operation to help cure an ongoing fitness problem.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Captain) 15. Shane Duffy XX. Zoumana Bakayoko
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls
9. James Hayter 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 3. Jamie McAllister 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 10. Sam Foley 18. Matteo Lanzoni 29. Adam Morgan


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18 January 2014 : Gary Previews The Birmingham Away Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's away Championship match against Birmingham City at St Andrews, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on the game, and the two previous meetings earlier this season can be read via the link below.

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


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18 January 2014 : Webster Ready To Take Blues Boos As A Compliment
Yeovil Town defender Byron Webster has said that he is not bothered about what reaction he might get from Birmingham City fans today, saying that he would take any boos as a compliment. Webster, who may captain the side today, was involved in the August 2013 meeting's most controversial incident when the two clubs met in the League Cup, scoring a 90th minute goal at Huish Park that took the game to extra time.

Birmingham players were enraged at the goal, along with their travelling fans, feeling that Webster should have given the ball back to their goalkeeper, even though the player that had gone down injured - former Glovers loanee Dan Burn - did not require treatment after the ball went out of play. Byron told BBC Somerset that he'd be surprised if Blues fans didn't remember the incident, but that it would be water off a duck's back:

"I'd remember it! I'd expect some stick but my dad says that people don't boo a bad player. So hopefully they do boo me, and that means that I'm a good player! So I'll look forward to it, as it's going to be a good game. We look forward to it because there's no pressure on us, as no-one expects us to win. But the boys are very confident."

Webster admitted that given identical circumstances, he probably wouldn't try to repeat his goal - unless it was a monumentally huge match. However, he explained that he'd tried to repeat the way he scored the goal during the following training session, and entirely failed - with it being forgotten how classy his lifting of the ball over Birmingham's keeper was that night:

"It was the heat of the moment - it happened. But would I do it again? Maybe not. If it was an FA Cup Final, or for the Champions League or for us to go into the Premier League, would I do it again - yes. I haven't apologised to Birmingham, but no-one can know what they would do until they're put into that situation. I tried it in training the next day. I tried it ten times and I didn't get anywhere near the goal! But they went on to win the game, so fair play."

Overall, Webster said that he had big respect for what Birmingham were doing this season, recognising that some of their off the field ownership issues may be hampering their ability to spend money. He said he had received a lot of good feedback from Burn about the way things were being done at St Andrews:

"I know that their hands have been tied a little bit off the field, from what I hear. I speak to Dan Burn a bit, and Dan speaks very highly of Lee Clark, the manager. From what I'm hearing, they work very hard. Obviously they've got a couple of players still from when they were in the Premier League, and they've got a lot of players who have got the experience."


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17 January 2014 : Bakayoko Finalises Glovers Loan Deal
As reported on this site yesterday, Leicester City defender Zoumana Bakayoko has now been confirmed as arriving on a loan deal. The former Tranmere Rovers player has agreed a one month emergency loan deal with the club and comes in for tomorrow afternoon's trip to Birmingham City.

His arrival comes with the news that defender Liam Davis will be out for six weeks, due to a broken toe, making it fairly clear now as to why manager Gary Johnson has moved to bring in the Foxes defender.

For a full profile on Zoumana, see yesterday's news item.

Link: Zoumana Bakayoko Player Profile (from yesterday).


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17 January 2014 : Yeovil Town Sell Out FA Cup Ticket Allocation
Yeovil Town have now completed the sale of their entire ticket allocation for the FA Cup Fourth Round match against Southampton. Tickets went on General Sale this morning, but have been sold at a lightning quick rate, meaning that the entire 3,100 allocation has been sold out, as of 12.30p.m. today.

The club are understood to be contacting St Mary's Stadium to request a further allocation for this match. However, there are no guarantees that this will be successful. We'll update as soon as there is more concrete information on where Yeovil Town stand on this.


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17 January 2014 : Saints FA Cup Ticket Sales Rocket Upwards
As reported earlier, tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Fourth Round match against Southampton went on general sale at the Huish Park Ticket Office today. The latest information is that ticket sales have been particularly frantic this morning, with reports that the club currently have around 400 of the 3,100 allocation left.

In short, if you are planning to go to this match, we'd suggest that you visit or call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 as soon as possible to make your purchase. Due to the way that Southampton have organised seating for this fixture, there are currently no guarantees that the club will be given any additional tickets, so you should work on the assumption that the 400 that remain could be the final allocation that the club get and book tickets now.


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17 January 2014 : New Kick-Off Time For Final Game Of Season
Yeovil Town's final match of the 2013-14 season has been given a new kick-off time. The match against Middlesbrough on Saturday 3rd May will now kick off at 12.15p.m. This is to accommodate the needs of Sky Sports, who will be selecting one or two matches for live transmission once the penultimate set of matches have been played.

Due to the need for all final day matches to have synchronised kick-off times, that means that all 12 final fixtures have to be moved as a single list, thus giving the farcical situation that Middlesbrough supporters will have to make a 325 mile trip down to South Somerset by lunchtime.

The full list of matches affected are as follows:

Barnsley v Queens Park Rangers
Blackburn Rovers v Wigan Athletic
Blackpool v Charlton Athletic
Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City
Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds United v Derby County
Leicester City v Doncaster Rovers
Millwall v Bournemouth
Nottingham Forest v Brighton and Hove Albion
Reading v Burnley
Watford v Huddersfield Town
Yeovil Town v Middlesbrough

Note that only one or two of the above matches are likely to be selected for live transmission. However the 12.15p.m. kick-off time will remain in place even for those games that are not selected by Sky Sports.


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17 January 2014 : Saints Tickets Go On General Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Fourth Round match against Southampton are now on general sale. The Huish Park Ticket Office opens at 9.00a.m. today with all supporters able to purchase tickets from that moment onwards. The match takes place at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday 25th January 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Call or visit the Ticket Office during office hours - they are available on 01935-847888. We'd expect them to be very busy today - particularly at 9.00a.m. and around lunchtime, so please be patient if you can't immediately reach them on the phone.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Pricing Information.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Sale Arrangements.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : GWSC Travel Plans.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Away Travel Club Plans.


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16 January 2014 : Johnson Explains Driver Departure
Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson has explained why he allowed trialist Andy Driver to leave the club, despite having brought the former Hearts and Houston Dynamo winger for training at Huish Park. Having invited him to train this week, the 26 year old's spell with the club wasn't a lengthy one, with Johnson realising within a few days that he needed to look elsewhere.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson confirmed that Driver had headed back to Scotland, and that was due to his fitness levels, having not played for around two months:

"He's gone back - I think his home is in Edinburgh. But we had a look at him for a couple of days, and he hadn't played since November I think - in America. We didn't feel he would be able to help us during this side of this season, because he wasn't quite fit enough, and we didn't have the time to get him fit to be able to make a difference. It was better that he seeked pastures new."

Despite only managing to bring in Matteo Lanzoni during the January transfer window so far, Johnson said that he was not discouraged by his efforts so far. However, with permanent signings taking much longer to come through, Gary strongly hinted that he would bring in loan signings to bridge that gap:

"I'm not giving up. There's a few that have fallen by the wayside. Some that were close ended up not happening, and some that we thought weren't happening have come back into fruition. But we're hoping to get in a couple of new players pretty quickly. It won't be transfers. We've got three loans (Shane Duffy, John Lundstram and Joe Ralls) at the moment. It will be another couple of loans. We don't know when that's going to be, but we're trying to get in a couple of loans as quickly as possible."

One of those two loanees looks as though it may be Leicester City defender Zoumana Bakayoko, whose name has come up on the rumourmill since Johnson's interview. As yet this one hasn't been confirmed either way though.


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16 January 2014 : Glovers Linked With Leicester Full-Back
Yeovil Town are being linked with a loan move for Leicester City defender Zoumana Bakayoko. He is a 27 year old who was signed from Tranmere Rovers over the summer but has yet to feature in the Championship for the Foxes, having made just two Capital One Cup appearances in August and September.

Born in Paris, he is a 6'0" tall left-back who started his career at Paris St German before joining Millwall in 2006. He made just 24 appearances for the Lions, with a loan move at Brighton and Hove Albion a year later failing to record a first team appearance due to an ankle injury that put him out for six months.

It's at Tranmere Rovers that his career began to properly take off. After a brief spell with French side Alfortville, he signed for the Wirral side, spending four years there, where he made 146 appearances, scoring six goals. Out of contract at the end of last season, he then moved to Leicester, although he has struggled to break into their side.

The claims that Yeovil are about to sign him are made by a Sky Sports journalist who in recent months has been very successful in his early predictions for Glovers players. Sky have clarified that the deal will be a loan agreement for Bakayoko.


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16 January 2014 : Watford Home Match Gets New Date
Yeovil Town have arranged a new date for their Championship home match against Watford. The match will now be played on Tuesday 18th February, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The original match had been scheduled for New Year's Day, but was called off due to floods caused by heavy rain.

If you purchased a ticket for this match, and can make the rearranged date, then hang on to your ticket as it will remain valid. If you cannot make the rearranged date then please visit the Huish Park Ticket Office before the rearranged date, and they will exchange the Watford ticket for an alternative/equivalent Championship fixture.


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16 January 2014 : Driver Heads Back To Scotland
Yeovil Town have ended their interest in former Hearts and Houston Dynamo winger Andy Driver. The 26 year old had been on trial at Huish Park but the Glovers have stopped that arrangement early due to the belief that the Oldham-born player would not provide genuinely useful matchtime during the 2013-14 season for the club, having last played for Houston in November.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson has also strongly implied to the Western Gazette today that there are no permanent transfers on the horizon at present, with the club aiming to look towards the loan market for reinforcements for what is at present a fairly thin squad. Currently the club have Everton duo John Lundstram and Shane Duffy on loan, along with midfielder Joe Ralls who is borrowed from Cardiff City, with all three committed for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

However, Johnson has said that he wants to take at least two more loan players so he has the maximum five allowable under matchday squad rules, with those more permanent acquisitions yet to drop. Of the two loan planned, at present Ishmael Miller seems no nearer to moving back to Somerset, with the club yet to get agreement from the player or parent club Nottingham Forest sixteen days after his loan spell ended at Huish Park. That suggests that they may begin to look elsewhere given Johnson admits that the loan deals need to happen "pretty quickly" with four consecutive away fixtures between now and their next home match.


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16 January 2014 : New On To Victory Issue Planned
The long-running, but often occasional paper-based fanzine On To Victory is to return next month with another issue. Current editor Will Proctor plans to launch the next issue in time for the February 8th fixture against Leeds United.

As usual, the fanzine is made up of contributions from Yeovil Town supporters and you are invited to provide your own. Will writes:

"I need more articles so please do get writing. Without submissions from fans, it simply does not exist. You are key to its success. Deadline is the 4th of February so please send anything to will_proc@yahoo.co.uk as soon as possible.

Stuff I would like:
* Personal highlights of our journey to the Championship
* How is this season different from a fans perspective. It's not non league is it.
* Pros and cons of Championship football for Yeovil fans
* Something on the soul of football - think mad Malaysians or Hull Tigers

Please email your YTFC related problems : the wife not letting you get to the match, mates endlessly ribbing you at our poor form - Don't despair: The OTV Agony Aunt can help you!

Profits from sales of the fanzine will go to the Back From Boro Cycle fund and the Adam Stansfield Foundation. The ASF will receive 9% of profits. The Back From Boro proportion is to be confirmed as further charity suggestions are welcome. All accounts will be published post sales.

You will get all of this for an inflation busting £1.00 That's correct. £1.00

Sponsorship and adverts from interested businesses are welcome - you will essentially be donating any fee to charity
."


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15 January 2014 : FA Cup Opponents Suffer Cortese Resignation
Yeovil Town's FA Cup opponents could be forgiven for having other things on their minds after their Chairman Nicola Cortese left the club today. The possibility of the 45 year old's exit from St Mary's Stadium has been fluttering away on the rumourmill since last May when he was reported to have held summit talks with the club's owners over the future direction of the club.

Matters appeared to die down as far as the public position was concerned, but it has since transpired that Cortese resigned during the autumn and has been seeing out his notice period which has now expired. Heavy rumours over the last 48 hours have resulted in Southampton putting out a statement confirming his departure, and stating that club owner Katharina Liebherr will take over the position as a non-executive Chairman whilst they aim to recruit an Executive position who will carry out Cortese's former day-to-day activities.

Southampton fans' worry will be the ripple effect that the departure of Cortese may cause. He had been performing a big executive role for the past four years, following the death of former owner Markus Liebherr, with the Liebherr family taking a distant backseat. That distant steering of the club appears to have been behind the decision of Cortese to quit the club - the irony being that his replacement is the main beneficiary of Liebherr's estate, and so would have been in a good position to provide that direction. Unconfirmed rumours suggest that Katharina has no interest in football and would prefer to sell the club.

In the meantime, the exit of Cortese may ripple through towards manager Mauricio Pochettino. He has not spoken since Southampton's formal announcement was made, but when rumours first surfaced last May of the Chairman's plans to depart, Pochettino was wholly clear that he would walk with him:

"The person that has put his faith in me in this club and as a manager is Nicola Cortese. Me on a personal sense, I would not understand a Southampton without Nicola being here. Basically, my future in Southampton has to be with Nicola."

Ripples could spread even further than Pochettino. Whether a coincidence or a case of vultures circling, within hours of Southampton officially confirming their Chairman's departure, national press and football pundits linked West Ham United with a bid for Ricky Lambert, and Manchester United with interest in Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw. Whilst that trio might be the sort of players that get rested for an FA Cup match, the overall vibe around St Mary's is likely to be a nervy one over the next few weeks.


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15 January 2014 : Supporters Federation Call For Lobbying Over Safe Standing
The Football Supporters Federation are calling upon supporters of all Football League clubs to tell their clubs to support the Safe Standing campaign. As reported in December 2013, the Football League are currently consulting all 72 of its member clubs, having issued a document that contains background information concerning the possibility of a return to terracing at Championship level in some form. Backed by Championship side Derby County and League One sides Peterborough United and Bristol City the aim is to remove the obligation to provide all-seater stadiums at second tier level.

The FSF have revealed that this consultation period closes on Friday 24th January, at which point clubs are expected to respond to four separate questions described in the December article. The Football League plan to pool together responses from all 72 clubs and then determine which of the four subject areas it should look to support as a League body. Currently the League has stopped short of forming an 'official' position on the subject saying they will take a steer from its member clubs.

Some Football League clubs have already taken a proactive stance on the issue, requesting consultation with supporters groups or online supporters polls. The plan is to host one on Ciderspace very soon. League Two side Portsmouth have gone one step further. Recently reformed as a community-based football club that is wholly run by their Supporters Trust, they have gone public in saying that they will be voting "Yes" to all four questions. Their statement said:

"As a community football club it is particularly important we take on board the views of our supporters when deciding club policy. Many of our fans would like the choice to stand at our home matches, so we fully support the Football League in taking the safe standing debate to the next stage."

Current Football League rules mean that clubs must close all terraced areas once they commence their third season at Championship level. If Yeovil Town were to remain in their current division, the ground's two terraces would therefore need to be closed in the summer of 2015, with the club having to build all-seater stands if they wish to retain the current capacity of Huish Park.


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15 January 2014 : Southampton FA Cup Ticket Sales Update
Ticket sales for Yeovil Town's trip to Southampton in the FA Cup Fourth Round are continuing to be made at a healthy rate. As of today, the club had sold 1,600 tickets, despite the fact that tickets have yet to go on General Sale. Tickets for the match, which will be played on Saturday 25th January at St Mary's stadium, are currently limited to two per season ticket holder, but will go on general sale on Friday morning at 9.00a.m.

The club currently have a total of 3,100 tickets available for sale, and so at present there are plenty available for purchase. However although the theoretical capacity of the Northam Stand is for up to 4,750 spectators to be accommodated, Saints have already allocated Blocks 40-42 of the Northam Stand to home fans, meaning that as things stand the current batch on sale may not be increased.

That said, with the exception of Villa Park (FA Trophy Final) and Wembley (League One Play-Off Finals) we can only recall one occasion (in modern times) when a Glovers travelling support exceeded 3,000. Hence we'd advise that you don't leave purchasing a Saints ticket until the day of the match, if possible, but even at a limit of 3,100 there should be enough to cater for demand.

Similarly for those requiring Coach bookings with the Away Travel Club and the GWSC, do not leave your bookings until the last minute. If you know you need transport, please book it as soon as possible to help Mark and Paul gauge how many coaches they need to book.

Link: Ticketing For Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Pricing Information.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Sale Arrangements.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : GWSC Travel Plans.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Away Travel Club Plans.

Link: Ticketing For Derby County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans (Second Half Of Season).


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15 January 2014 : Former Hearts Winger On Trial At Huish Park
Yeovil Town have taken former Hearts and Houston Dynamo winger Andy Driver on trial. The 26 year old is a free agent, having left the latter MLS club, but the Edinburgh Evening News are reporting that he has arrived at Huish Park, with the obvious link being that the player used to be on the books of Hearts whilst Lee Johnson was in Edinburgh.

Johnson himself has openly confirmed the trial, but describes it as an open-ended arrangement, with no firm commitment from either party as to whether they may be a contract on the table. Johnson explains that the player needs to reach full fitness first:

"Andrew has joined us for a little while. I know him quite well from his Hearts days, when my son Lee played there. Heís just come back from America and probably needs a couple of weeks to get fit. Itís too early to talk about anything more than that. There havenít been any talks about him signing here or anything like that. Andrew hasnít played for a little while. I think November was his last game. We all know he is a quality player when heís right. We just need to see if weíve got that time. There isnít a time limit on this, weíre having a chat every day and taking it from there."

Born in Oldham on November 20th 1987, he is a 5'9" player who moved to East Lothian as a youngster, joining the Hearts youth academy from local amateur side Hutchinson Vale. He spent seven years as a professional with Hearts, clocking up 168 appearances and scoring 19 goals.

During his time in Edinburgh, he attracted firm interest from Burnley, Coventry City and Chelsea for his services, but Hearts held onto him until early 2013, when with his contract running down he was allowed to go out on loan to play for Houston Dynamo in the MLS. That turned into a permanent move in the summer of 2013.

Slightly unusually, Driver has played for both England and Scotland at youth level - for Scotland at Under-16 level, and for England at Under-21 level. that presented the question of which country he would have been able to represent at full international level - initially the Scottish FA said that he could not represent them, forcing him to withdraw his availability to manager Craig Levein just at the point at which it looked as though he would get an international call-up. Since then a rule change has allowed the Scottish FA to do a u-turn on this, but it looks as though that boat has sailed somewhat as he's not been considered for an international call-up at senior level since then.

The Edinburgh press imply that if Driver is successful in his time at Huish Park, that he would be given a short term contract, rather than a long term deal.


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15 January 2014 : Ticketing For Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's Championship match against Wigan Athletic are now available. The match takes place on Saturday 15th February with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the DW Stadium. Note that this fixture is subject to both ourselves and Wigan not being in FA Cup action that day - if we beat Southampton or the Latics beat Crystal Palace then the game would be rescheduled.

However, working on the assumption that this match will take place on the above date, advance tickets are on sale and are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over 65s: £10.00; Aged 16Ė21: £10.00; Ambulant Disabled: £10.00; Under-16s: £5.00.

These are sold as unreserved seats in the North Stand. It's a covered seated stand situated behind one goal and houses up to 5,400 spectators - that ought to be enough for us! If you are driving and plan to park at the stadium then the cost is £5.00 per car. Head to Car Park 1, situated on Stadium Way.

If you need any further information on disabled facilities, then call 0871-6633552 or email disabledcoordinator@dwstadium.com - this is essential if you need a parking space.

Link: Ticketing For Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Pricing Information.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Sale Arrangements.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : GWSC Travel Plans.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Away Travel Club Plans.

Link: Ticketing For Derby County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans (Second Half Of Season).


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15 January 2014 : Officials For Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's Championship match against Birmingham City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at St Andrews on Saturday 18th January 2014. The man on charge of the fixture is Fred Graham (Essex). He's had a few mixed performances, although thankfully the lesser ones are back in the mists of time, and when you've had a referee twelve times there's going to be a few occasions where you ended up grumbling about him.

Our most recent meeting was for the April 2013 game against Notts County at Meadow Lane. He awarded a penalty for a foul by Dan Burn inside the box that was a fairly easy decision to make. Overall we thought he had a decent game although the Western Gazette described his performance as more mixed: "Good in the first half, poor in the second. Having officiated with authority in the opening period he became inconsistent after the break. No arguments with the penalty, however." The Nottingham Post meanwhile said: "The ref could easily have sent off Yeovil defender Dan Burn when he tripped the Magpies' star man Alan Judge inside the penalty area, but only showed him a yellow card" - we'd wonder what they were smoking in the home section of the press box - definitely a penalty, a foul worthy of a yellow card, but we're struggling to work out how they thought it was a red.

The December 2012 away game against Portsmouth at Fratton Park saw Mr Graham raise a yellow card six times during the game, with four of those against Pompey players. Our main gripe was that we felt that Adam Webster's recklessly late tackle on Gavin Williams just before the half time break could easily have been a straight red card - instead a yellow was waved. The Western Gazette were rather more critical of him, saying that it was "surprising that his inconsistent refereeing did not lose control of the game on a tough surface. Failed to punish crunching tackles but pounced on innocuous challenges".

The four meetings prior to that involving him were fairly anonymous - albeit with two of them being end of season games that didn't mean too much to the Glovers. The most recent of that group was the October 2011 Football League Trophy tie against AFC Bournemouth that saw us come out with a 3-2 defeat. Not much to complain about there in terms of the officiating as we were too busy grumbling about the defending. He issued just one booking that night, despite a 90th minute spot of handbags sparked by a Glovers penalty appeal that could have seen cards dished out.

Before that, Mr Graham was there for the February 2010 trip to Charlton Athletic - a 2-0 defeat where it was largely poor shooting by the Glovers that cost them. Prior to that was the final match of the 2008-09 season - a home match against Colchester United where Chris Weale didn't have one of his better games, but Mr Graham didn't have too much to do.

We had him for the final match of the 2007-08 Season at Nottingham Forest, which we lost 3-2 at the City Ground. Here we weren't too happy with a controversial free kick that brought Forest their third crucial goal, with Terry Skiverton pulled up for a dubious foul. Forest weren't complaining as it brought them the slice of good fortune they needed to gain promotion from League One.

We also had Mr Graham twice more during the 2007-08 season. In the December 2007 home game against AFC Bournemouth, his main cardinal sin was to add on five minutes of additional time, with most left scratching their heads as to where it had all come from. Otherwise things weren't too bad - his red card for Nathan Jones for an on-the-line handball was a fairly easy decision to make.

However, in the September 2007 trip to Brighton and Hove Albion he managed to cause significant controversy. A penalty was awarded to Brighton after a supposed handball in the box following a Brighton free kick. The guilty party was believed to be Paul Warne but not even slow motion and freeze-frame on the goal highlights from that weekend could deduce exactly why Mr Graham had awarded the spot kick, with the ball being thumped into the centre of a defensive wall. Ball to hand in pretty much anyone's book. Thankfully the Glovers still won the game 2-1.

He also did the Boxing Day match against Brighton on the previous season where he managed to wind up the home fans a treat by allowing a few thunderous Glovers tackles to go without blowing his whistle. We then had him for the 4-1 defeat at Roots Hall against Southend United, then before that the 5-2 win over Cambridge United during which he failed to see the funny side of Phil Jevons goal celebration that poked fun at Michael Rose's lovelife.

The records show that Mr Graham has mainly been involved in eastern and southern counties away games, but a rare trip to Huish Park was made in August 2004, for the 3-1 win over Rushden and Diamonds, which was his first Football League match involving the Glovers - way back then, we didn't mention him at all.

Mr Graham will be assisted by Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire) and Amy Fearn (Leicestershire). The Fourth Official is Steven Rushton (Staffordshire).

Link: April 2013 : Notts County 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2012 : Portsmouth 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2011 : AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2010 : Charlton Athletic 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: May 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 2.

Link: May 2008 : Nottingham Forest 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 AFC Bournemouth 1.

Link: September 2007 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2006 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: September 2005 : Southend United 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2004 : Cambridge United 3 Yeovil Town 5.

Link: August 2004 : Yeovil Town 3 Rushden and Diamonds 1.


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15 January 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Birmingham City
Saturday sees Yeovil Town make their first ever visit to St Andrews, home of Birmingham City, for a Championship fixture. That means there's a brand new Ciderspace guide available, featuring directions, parking, pub guides, club statistics and everything else you (hopefully) need to know about the Brummies. Access that ahead of your trip via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Birmingham City.


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14 January 2014 : Seaborne Completes Sky Blues Move
Yeovil Town defender Dan Seaborne has now left Huish Park. He has signed an 18 month contract with League One side Coventry City who he spent the later part of 2013 on loan with. Seaborne's loan deal had expired during a period in which he was suspended, but the Sky Blues made it clear that they still wanted to bring him back on a more permanent basis.

Seaborne will now come off the Glovers payroll and will be on Coventry's books until the 2015. Coventry don't specify whether a fee was involved or not. Manger Steven Pressley told his club's website:

""I'm extremely pleased that we've managed to get Dan over the line because he made quite a impression on us during his short loan spell and he definitely brings strength and physicality to our back line. We had to fend off interest from other clubs to get him here so to manage to do that is extremely pleasing and I'm looking forward to picking up where we left off with him before the New Year."

Update: The BBC Sport website are reporting this as a free transfer. In the absence of any information being provided directly from either club, this appears to be the most likely scenario.


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14 January 2014 : Millers Sign Up Glovers Transfer Target
League One side Rotherham United have completed the signing of Yeovil Town transfer target Wes Thomas. The 26 year old has penned a deal with the Millers until the end of the 2013-14 season, leaving AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee. Rotherham have said that they hope to negotiate a longer deal adding that "talks continue for the player to sign for an extended stay" but for the time being have taken him on a five month contract.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson had said earlier this month that he had lodged a "tentative offer" for Thomas, who was out of contract with the Cherries in the summer. However, he had expected him to sign for "a big club", with Wolverhampton Wanderers being linked with the striker. He has instead chosen to sign for Rotherham, who currently lie in 5th place in the League One table, and have former Glover Kieran Agard as one of the strikers that Thomas will be in competition with over the remainder of the season.


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14 January 2014 : No Recall Allowed For Reid
League Two side Plymouth Argyle have today confirmed that there is no recall clause in place for their on-loan striker Reuben Reid. Yeovil Town agreed a season-long loan for the 25 year old that covered the 2013-14 season, with the Bristol-born player having already spent the second half of the 2012-13 season down at Home Park.

Reid has scored 13 times in 32 appearances for the Pilgrims this season, including a hat-trick against Conference side Lincoln City in the FA Cup. With the Pilgrims losing fellow striker Caolan Lavery during January after parent club Sheffield Wednesday recalled him, Plymouth have put out a firm statement indicating that it is not possible for Reid to be recalled by Yeovil Town at any point during his season long loan.

Having last played for Yeovil Town on January 1st 2013, Reid is almost certain to be released by the Glovers at the end of his contract in June 2014, having made just seven league starts out of 25 appearances during his time at Huish Park.


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14 January 2014 : Poole Defender Linked With Glovers
Poole Town defender Will Spetch has become the latest player to be linked with Yeovil Town during the January transfer window. The 22 year old is due to spend next week on trial with League One side Port Vale, with Poole apparently openly allowing him to trial with professional clubs with their blessing. He has recently had an unsuccessful spell with AFC Bournemouth, whilst Huddersfield Town, Portsmouth and AFC Wimbledon have all taken a look at him without making the great leap forward.

The claims are made by the Western Gazette, whilst the Bournemouth Echo also named the Glovers on January 9th along with Birmingham City, Mansfield Town and Aldershot Town although none of those appear to have taken him on trials. Bournemouth took a look at him in December, and he played for them in a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers in a low key friendly match.

Spetch, who is a product of Poole's youth system, is openly keen on making a move into professional football, and told the Bournemouth Echo last week that he hopes the January transfer window can allow that to happen. However he is realistically setting his expectations at League One or League Two level:

"The money opens up at each club in January, which could be key. It is quite vital something happens while I am confident and playing well. It has been a very slow process but the good thing is that these teams are still interested and watching me. As a young boy it was always my dream to play professionally and I would take any opportunity that came my way. Having been to AFC Bournemouth and Huddersfield and done quite well, I know within myself that if I work and train hard that I can become a first-team player at League One or League Two level."

Spetch's trial at Vale Park is due to run from 20th - 24th January, and so unless the Glovers already have him at Huish Park - the local press don't suggest this - it would seem more likely that the Valiants have a more concrete interest at present.


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13 January 2014 : Ticket Sales For Saints Cup Match Going Well
Yeovil Town look set to take a huge away support for their FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Premier League side Southampton. The match takes place at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday 25th January 2014 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and marks the club's first visit to their ground for three years.

Tickets went on sale to Season Ticket Sales only, last Friday morning, and as of close of business tonight, the club had sold a reported 1,327 tickets for the match - across roughly two-and-a-half days of trading. They are restricted to Season Ticket Holders until the end of this coming Thursday, with the remainder of tickets going on General Sale on Friday morning.

In comparison with previous visits to St Mary's, the club took 2,043 spectators to the August 2006 tie in the Carling Cup, which was our first match at Saints' new stadium. Meanwhile the first match in League One, in September 2009 attracted 1,472 away fans.

In terms of supporter travel plans, we'd ask those aiming to make the trip with either the Away Travel Club or the GWSC to make your bookings as early as possible. Both organisations will need to book additional coaches, according to demand, and so do not leave it until the last minute to book your places. Those who leave bookings late risk the organisers closing off their last coach - travel details for both can be found via the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Pricing Information.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Sale Arrangements.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : GWSC Travel Plans.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Away Travel Club Plans.

Link: Ticketing For Derby County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans (Second Half Of Season).


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13 January 2014 : Ticketing For Derby County vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's Championship trip to Derby County is now available. The match takes place at Pride Park on Tuesday 28th January 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Seniors: £14.00; Under-18s: £11.00.

Prices increase on the day by £3.00 for Adults and £2.00 for Seniors and Juniors.

Wheelchair and Ambulant disabled are charged relevant age bracket with a free carer. As Pride Park is a new stadium, the disabled facilities are designated parts of the stadium's design, and so Derby regard them as good. If you need details on the precise facilities available then call their Ticket Office on 0871-472-1884 (option 1).

Concessions may be asked for ID on the turnstile - if you are asked for proof of eligibility but don't have any ID, then you will be upgraded to an Adult ticket and charged accordingly.

Link: Ticketing For Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Pricing Information.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Sale Arrangements.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : GWSC Travel Provisional Plans.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Away Travel Club Provisional Plans.

Link: Ticketing For Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans (Second Half Of Season).


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13 January 2014 : Seaborne Exit From Huish Park Expected Today
The Coventry Evening Telegraph are reporting that they expect Yeovil Town defender Dan Seaborne to leave Huish Park today. Seaborne has been serving a three match suspension sustained during the latter part of his loan spell with Coventry City but the final game of that ban was completed yesterday, and he is now free for selection.

As reported last week, Coventry manager Steven Pressley has been keen to bring the player in permanently for the Sky Blues, and he has told the paper that he is close to finalising those arrangements:

"Thereís just the medical and a couple of other little things to tie up and I think he will be a really good addition to the group."

Seaborne has 18 months left on his contract at Huish Park, but Glovers boss Gary Johnson has made it fairly clear that he does not consider the defender to be in his future plans.


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13 January 2014 : Interview With Kieffer Moore
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-2 home defeat against Burnley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Kieffer's views on the game and his first goal at Championship level can be read via the link below.

Link: Kieffer Moore Speaks To The BBC After The 1-2 Defeat Against Burnley.


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12 January 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Burnley Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights of yesterday's 1-2 home defeat against Burnley at Huish Park, the highlights are now on the Sky Sports website. As well as the Clarets goals from Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, you can view Kieffer Moore's goal, along with the moment that Joel Grant's header hit the crossbar, via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town 1 Burnley 2.


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12 January 2014 : AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
On Boxing Day, Yeovil Town made the fairly short trip to AFC Bournemouth, where we played at a venue that has not been our most productive ground for picking up points in recent years. Boxing Day also has a reputation for flat performances, and that was precisely what we got, with the Cherries picking up a comfortable 3-0 win.

In such circumstances, the Man Of the Match voting becomes a case of sifting out which players you'd excuse from that performance. Kevin Dawson played 90 minutes on the right flank and was favoured by a number of voters, whilst goalkeeper Marek Stech was given the thumbs up, despite conceding three goals. However, the poll winner was centre-back Shane Duffy, who at that point was playing the final game of his 93 day Emergency Loan agreement.

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

1. Shane Duffy 116 (9)
2. Marek Stech 86 (5)
3. Kevin Dawson 34 (2)
4. Liam Fontaine 20 (0)
5. James Hayter 6 (0)
5. Joel Grant 6 (0)
7. Joe Ralls 4 (0)
8. Joe Edwards 2 (0)
8. Ed Upson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.5
Performance : 3.38
Entertainment : 3.62
VOTES RECEIVED : 16


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12 January 2014 : Gary Talks About Madden Departure And Transfer Window
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Burnley kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Gary's thoughts on the departure of Paddy Madden, his frustrations with the January transfer window, and also mentions for Ishmael Miller, Byron Webster and Matteo Lanzoni can be read via the link below.

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


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11 January 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Burnley Home Game
Following this afternoon's 1-2 home defeat against Burnley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Gary's views on the game, along with some thoughts on the transfer window can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Burnley Home Game.


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11 January 2014 : Gary Not Expecting Transfer Window Targets To Be Established Names
Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson has warned fans not to expect high profile signings during the January transfer window, as he looks to improve his current first team squad. With the Glovers having lost striker Paddy Madden, and with defender Danny Seaborne likely to leave this month, the club are short of numbers as well as the need to improve the overall quality that will help them get out of the relegation zone.

In playing Burnley today, they came up against three established strikers, with Sam Vokes (£350,000), Danny Ings (£1,000,000) and new signing Anthony Barnes (£750,000) having required significant investment at Turf Moor to help build their squad that currently lie in second place in the Championship.

With Yeovil Town having been linked with players such as Livingston striker Marc McNulty and Aldershot Town forward Brett Williams, the club's rumoured targets have a much lower profile. Speaking to BBC Somerset after today's game, Gary didn't comment on those two players, but said that he expects his transfer window recruitments to come from relatively unknown stock:

"If people are expecting Yeovil to sign a big name player, then that's not going to happen. So don't get all our customers up too high in their expectations, because we'll sign Joe Bloggs and then they'll say 'Joe Bloggs? Who is he? We were expecting Wayne Rooney!' - I've just said out there that there are 72 Football League clubs and there are 23 other good teams in the Championship, and we're all fighting for good players. If there is a good player out there and he has the choice of five or six teams and two are Yeovil or Burnley then there's every chance that he's going to choose the other club. But we're going to keep going and we're going to keep trying to find these little gems and keep competing."

Speaking before the game, Gary reaffirmed that Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller still remained on his list of targets, with the Glovers boss keen to establish a new loan deal, provided there are no transfer window offers for the 26 year old. But that appears to be the one 'high profile' player on Johnson's list at present.


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11 January 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Burnley
If you watched this afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Burnley at Huish Park, 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 Yeovil Town vs Burnley.


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11 January 2014 : Johnson: Two Mistakes Cost Us After Slow Start
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that two defensive errors were at the heart of his side's loss to promotion-chasing Burnley, rather than necessarily the difference between the two side's strikers. Clarets pair Danny Ings and Sam Vokes took their seasonal tally to 33 goals this afternoon as they grabbed a goal each, but Johnson was annoyed that mistakes in the build-up to those goals allowed the forwards a chance to capitalise.

Johnson felt that Ings should have been closed down more quickly when he unleashed his opening strike, with Luke Ayling the nearest defender, whilst Shane Duffy's error resulted in Burnley's second goal that Vokes scored from close range. The Glovers boss made clear that he felt that Ayling and Duffy had performed well during the 2013-14 season, but he was frustrated that those mistakes allowed the away side to capitalise:

"The difference was that we made two mistakes, and they were two bad mistakes. Those top teams don't make those mistakes, and that gives strikers a goal. Then at the other end, we had to work very hard to create our own opportunities, and we certainly did create enough opportunities to come away with something. We hit the crossbar for about the fifth time in the last couple of weeks and Joel Grant had a couple of decent chances. So we're getting in there and we're not a million miles away, but it's not about the strikers - it's just about the whole team. You can remind them (not to make mistakes), but they already know that. As long as they haven't let you down that many times, which neither of them have, then you have got to move on to the next one."

The Glovers rallied late on in the match, with Kieffer Moore's 80th minute goal putting the home side back in the reckoning, and setting up a tense final ten minutes in which Yeovil could have easily snatched an equaliser. Gary added that he felt his team needed to start strongly from the start of matches, rather than only put the opposition on the back foot in the closing stages:

"We were just talking about that in the dressing room afterwards, because it takes us to get a punch on the nose before we start fighting, and really we've got to hit the opposition on the nose before they hit us. I think it's the level that we're at as well, in that we're not as experienced as other teams at this minute in time. The teams that are at the top are at the top for a reason, because they've got an assured game. I don't know what it takes us to start - you've got to make sure that your first pass is right, that your first header is won and that your first shot is on target and your first tackle is a good tackle. That's how you start. Obviously teams have to give it a go at the end when they're behind, but it would be nice to start like that."


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11 January 2014 : Yeovil 1 Burnley 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to their eighth home defeat of the 2013-14 season today, as the deadly strike duo of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes struck for promotion chasing Burnley. Ings and Vokes struck the 32nd and the 33rd of their partnership this season, as the Glovers lost 2-1 in a match that largely went the way of the Clarets until the final 10 minutes.

In a first half of few chances, Danny Ings opened the scoring midway through the half when he unleashed a bullet of a shot from 20 yards out to give them a half time lead. Joel Grant hit the top of the crossbar with a header on the hour mark as the Glovers began to carve out a few notable chances, but a defensive error minutes later set up Sam Vokes who had also earlier hit the woodwork, with the striker converting from close range to double Burnley's lead.

That appeared to have put the game to bed, until substitute Kieffer Moore scored his second goal for the Glovers, as his ball into the box went through a crowd of players and landed direct into the back of the net. That set up an exciting final ten minutes during which the Glovers came close to getting an equalising goal, with five minutes of injury time adding to the drama, but in the end that turned out to be too little, too late to stop Burnley going away with all three points.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Burnley 2.

Scorers: Danny Ings (0-1, 19 mins), Sam Vokes (0-2, 62 mins), Kieffer Moore (1-2, 80 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Captain) 15. Shane Duffy 21. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls
23. Joel Grant 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 3. Jamie McAllister 8. Ed Upson (67 mins for John Lundstram) 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore (61 mins for Kevin Dawson) 18. Matteo Lanzoni 29. Adam Morgan (74 mins for James Hayter)

Burnley:
1. Tom Heaton
2. Kieran Trippier 3. Danny Lafferty 5. Jason Shackell 4. Michael Duff
26. Keith Treacy 8. Dean Marney 37. Scott Arfield 14. David Jones
10. Danny Ings 9. Sam Vokes

Substitutes:
12. Alex Cisak 11. Junior Stanislas (73 mins for Keith Treacy) 15. David Edgar 19. Michael Kightly 22. Brian Stock 28. Kevin Long 30. Ashley Barnes (88 mins for Danny Ings)

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Ralls (64 mins, foul)

Burnley Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 6; Fouls: 13.

Burnley Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 3; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Assistants: Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Justin Amey (Dorset).

Attendance: 6,293 (including 1,705 Burnley supporters).


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11 January 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Burnley
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's Championship match against Burnley. The new loan deal for Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls means that he comes back into the side, with Sam Foley the only change from last week's 4-0 win over Leyton Orient - Foley drops to the bench.

On the bench there are increased numbers with Matteo Lanzoni also making his first appearance in the first team squad since signing from Oldham Athletic. That means that Joe Jones and Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi drop out of the squad.

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Captain) 15. Shane Duffy 21. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls
23. Joel Grant 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 3. Jamie McAllister 8. Ed Upson 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 18. Matteo Lanzoni 29. Adam Morgan

Burnley:
1. Tom Heaton
2. Kieran Trippier 3. Danny Lafferty 5. Jason Shackell 4. Michael Duff
26. Keith Treacy 8. Dean Marney 37. Scott Arfield 14. David Jones
10. Danny Ings 9. Sam Vokes

Substitutes:
12. Alex Cisak 11. Junior Stanislas 15. David Edgar 19. Michael Kightly 22. Brian Stock 28. Kevin Long 30. Ashley Barnes


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11 January 2014 : Ralls Signs New Glovers Loan Deal
Yeovil Town have brought back Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls to Huish Park for a second loan spell. The 20 year old made 18 appearances for the Glovers during the first half of the 2013-14 season, but the deal ran out last weekend with the club having been unable to conclude an extension to those arrangements, largely due to Cardiff changing managers, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arriving as their boss in South Wales. As a result he was not able to pay in last week's FA Cup match against Leyton Orient.

The club have now successfully agreed a new loan agreement that will run until the end of the 2013-14 season, and he will now be available for selection in this afternoon's Championship fixture against Burnley.


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11 January 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Burnley
Officials for this afternoon's home Championship match between Yeovil Town and Burnley have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and will see referee Stephen Martin (Staffordshire) take charge of the fixture.

Mr Martin is a new official on the circuit, having been appointed to the Football League's referee lists over the summer of 2012. As such our 'history' with him is a rather small one, with the November 2012 home match against Carlisle United representing the only time we've seen each other. Mr Martin's performance was rather better than our defending - we referenced that a lot in a 1-3 defeat, but had little to say about the official's performance, with him booking just one player during the 90 minutes.

Mr Martin will be assisted by Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Lee Swabey (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Justin Amey (Dorset).

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 3.


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11 January 2014 : Glovers Linked With Aldershot Striker
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Aldershot striker Brett Williams. The 26 year old has scored 16 goals in 25 appearances so far this season and a Sky Sports journalist is claiming that the Glovers have joined Bristol City, Bradford City and Leyton Orient in pursuit of the player.

Born in Southampton, and having played for Eastleigh Winchester City and AFC Totton during the early stages of his career, he is a former Reading trainee, who spent time on loan at Rotherham United before moving to Northampton Town for the second half of the 2011-12 season - after Glovers boss Gary Johnson had departed Sixfields. He spent much of the 2012-13 season on loan at Woking and has had a largely unassuming career until this season, which has seen him become Aldershot's main striker - including eight goals in the last six matches, with a November hat-trick against Southport.

In all honesty, the list of clubs Sky Sports provide imply a player's agent is pulling the strings here, in trying to get his player noticed at a national level. But on the other hand it would be a surprise if a player who had scored 16 goals in just over half a season wasn't attracting a few scouts to the Recreation Ground. Whether there is serious interest is another matter.


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11 January 2014 : Madden Gives Views On His Time At Yeovil
Former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has given his own views of his final months at Huish Park claiming that a better run of games would have helped him develop into a Championship level player. The 23 year old signed for League Two side Scunthorpe United yesterday, ending a sixteen month association with the Glovers, but sought to play down rumours of big fall-outs during his time at the club, in an interview with BBC Radio Humberside.

Madden said that he wasn't entirely sure why things went downhill for him during the 2013-14 season, but thought he needed more than the nine Championship games that he was given before he was put on the transfer list:

"I'm not really sure to be honest. Obviously, I've not had enough game time and I think to get the best out of me, I need a run of games. I wasn't given a run of games this year for whatever reason. But I want to put that behind me now and look forward to the challenge at Scunthorpe."

Where Madden was more certain was on the subject of rumours that there had been a contract dispute at the club: "No, not at all" whilst he refused to criticise Glovers boss Gary Johnson. Madden was asked if there had been a breakdown in the relationship between the pair:

"No, I wouldn't say so. He is the man that gave me my chance down at Yeovil, and so I'd like to thank him for that, and that's really all I can say on the matter."

Scoring 23 goals during the 2012-13 season, Paddy said that he had enjoyed his time down in Somerset, and felt that his decision to move from Carlisle United, initially on loan in October 2012, had been the right one for him at the time:

"It was massive. Things didn't work out at Carlisle, but then I got my chance down at Yeovil and to show people what I could do. I came in half way through the season but then finished as League One's top goalscorer, so it was a great season for me personally and obviously for the team as well."

The BBC asked Paddy if he was leaving Yeovil Town with any bad feelings towards the club. The Irishman made clear that was not the case, and described his time down at Huish Park as the best year he'd had as a footballer:

"It's a great club down there, with great fans. The fans just let you play, and if you're working hard down there then the fans will love you. I enjoyed the year down there and obviously it was the best year of my career. It was sad leaving, but it is exciting times in signing for Scunthorpe and looking forward to the challenge."


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11 January 2014 : Livingston Striker 'On The Radar' Of Yeovil
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Livingston striker Marc McNulty. The 21 year old has been on their books since the summer of 2009, having worked his way through youth structures at Hutchison Vale, Celtic and Hibernian but gradually began to emerge as a high profile striker during the 2011-12 season as he finished their top scorer with 16 goals.

McNulty followed that up with 11 more goals in 30 appearances during the 2012-13 season, and has followed that up with 13 goals in 22 appearances and that has begun to catch the eye of Football League sides south of the border. He went on trial with Derby County in the summer of 2012 but the two clubs couldn't agree a fee. The Scottish Daily Record suggests that Rangers, Sheffield United and Yeovil Town are also interested in the player.

Their mention of the Glovers is slightly in passing, suggesting he is "is on the radar of Yeovil" at present, whilst it should be noted that he still has 18 months left to run on a new contract he signed with Livingston last summer. However, the player himself says that he is open to the idea of a move down south, albeit without giving any pointers as to whether this is reacting to specific interest, or just a general career ambition:

"Iíd love to get a big move and it would be great to try English football. Itís also flattering to hear a club like Rangers are watching you. But Iím happy here right now and Iím in really good form. I just need to keep scoring goals and hopefully Iíll be rewarded. I could have gone to other clubs when I was younger but Iím delighted I chose Livi as I got a chance to play and develop."

As a product of Livingston's youth system, McNulty says that he is proud to be one of many players to have come out of West Lothian and gone on to be establised first team footballers, including Scotland internationals such as Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City), Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) and Leigh Griffiths (Wolves). He feels that there are more players coming out of that system:

"Livingston deserve huge credit for the young players theyíve produced over the years and theyíre still doing it. Itís not just one or two Ė it has been several. Weíve always done well in youth cups and beaten Premier teams without spending a lot of money. Our record of bringing young boys through is second to none. There has been so many top players who have started here."


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10 January 2014 : Gary Previews The Burnley Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home match against Burnley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on the opposition, plus his chances of still getting Ishmael Miller back to the club can be read via the link below.

NB: The interview was conducted before Paddy Madden's transfer to Scunthorpe United was concluded. Gary therefore answers the opening two questions with the deal not finalised at that moment in time.

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


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10 January 2014 : Madden Sends Twitter Farewell To Glovers Fans
Former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has left a number of farewell messages on his Twitter account, to say goodbye to those at Huish Park that he has left behind. Having now completed his signing at Scunthorpe United this morning, the Irishman has returned to the social networking platform after a couple of days of understandable silence.

Madden praised Glovers fans for their support of him, and also paid tribute to his team-mates, singling out his compatriot Kevin Dawson who he has shared a house with over the past year:

"Thank you everyone for the messages. I am delighted to have signed for Scunthorpe United. Looking Forward to the game tomorrow. A big thank you to the YTFC Fans for making the last year the best year of my career. You played a massive part in making promotion possible. Also a big thank you to my former team mates - they are a great bunch of lads and I will miss them. P.S. Make sure you look after Kevin Dawson for me!"


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10 January 2014 : New Date For Millwall Huish Park Visit
Yeovil Town have set a new date for their postponed Championship game against Millwall. The match was due to be played on Saturday 25th January but was curtailed due to the club's FA Cup Fourth Round match against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.

The match against Millwall will now be played on Tuesday 11th February at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. If you had already purchased a ticket for the original date your ticket will remain valid. If the new date causes you problems, then visit the Huish Park Ticket Office with your match ticket as soon as possible for an exchange for an alternative match.

There is currently no new date for the New Year's Day postponed match against Watford.


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10 January 2014 : Tomorrow's Opponents Snap Up Seagulls Striker
Tomorrrow afternoon's opponents Burnley have strengthened their squad, with the arrival of a new striker. They have snapped up 24 year old Ashley Barnes from Championship rivals Brighton and Hove Albion, in a move that will add depth to one of the divisions most potent strike forces with the Clarets already boasting 31 goals between Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.

Barnes was out of contract at Brighton in the summer, and so this prompted the Seagulls to cash in on their player before he could walk for free - he pens a three-and-a-half year contract at Turf Moor. He will find a visit to South Somerset to be very much a home-from-home, hailing from the village of Dunkerton, near Bath and having started his career with Paulton Rovers. He was then signed up by Plymouth Argyle in March 2007, and has since played for Salisbury City and Torquay United on loan from Home Park.

His move to Brighton came in July 2010, scoring 20 goals in his first season, and following that up with another 14 goals in the second campaign. Goals have dried up a little for him in recent seasons, and he achieved infamy in March 2013, when he was found guilty by the Football Association of attempting to trip up referee Nigel Miller - receiving a seven match ban in the process. Barnes will be available for selection in tomorrow's trip to Huish Park, which should see at least 1,500 Clarets fans travel down to Somerset as the division's second-placed side take on the Glovers.


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10 January 2014 : Madden Chooses Iron Move With Promotion In Mind
Former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has explained that moving to a football club with a chance of promotion influenced his thinking when he decided to join League Two side Scunthorpe United. Madden's 16 month spell at Huish Park came to an end this morning as he signed for the North Lincolnshire club, who are currently top of the fourth tier, and hoping to make a quick return to League One.

Madden acknowledged that things were not going well at Yeovil Town towards the end of his time at the club, but said that he believed he was joining an ambitious club:

"I canít wait to help Scunthorpe with their promotion push. Iím relishing the chance to play for Scunthorpe and help them do well. I have had the feeling of promotion last season with Yeovil and I am hungry for more promotion so I am excited by this new challenge. Things were not working out at Yeovil Town so when I got told the chairman and gaffer here was on to me I was interested. Scunthorpe are a very ambitious club and I want to be part of that. The chairman has told me his plans for this club for the next couple of years and I bought into them straight away. It is very ambitious and hopefully I can help this club achieve promotion."

Madden was interviewed by Scunthorpe today upon signing for the Iron. His interview can be listened to via the Audioboo clip below.




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10 January 2014 : Padden Madden Has Left The Building - Official
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has now formally completed his expected move to League Two side Scunthorpe United. He has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at Glanford Park, bringing to an end a 16 month association with Yeovil Town, albeit one in which he has not been involved with the Glovers first team plans for nearly two months.

As has been increasingly common, the transfer fee is 'undisclosed' - the Irish press reported a £300,000 fee on Thursday morning although media sources at the Scunthorpe end have been trying to dumb down that value without specifically providing their own value. Madden's previous club Carlisle United will collect a large share of that sum as part of the sell-on fee that was part of the arrangements set up between the two clubs when he signed for the Glovers permanently in January 2013.

Madden's 2012-13 season in South Somerset was nothing short of sensational. Having signed on loan in October 2012, after being frozen out of the Carlisle starting line-up, he went on to score 23 goals in 39 appearances. That saw him pick up the January 2013 Football League Player of the Month for League One, then by the end of the season he picked up the League One Golden Boot and was the major winner in the club's 2012-13 End Of Season Awards.

The cherry on the top of the cake came at Wembley Stadium when Madden scored a stunning opening goal in the League One Play-Off Final against Brentford, helping Yeovil on to promotion into the Championship for the first time in the club's history. At that point it seemed that the only way was up for the Irishman, with even a bit of press speculation over the summer that if he left Yeovil Town that it would be to one of their Championship rivals.

Matters began to unravel quickly during the 2013-14 season. He was substituted at half time during the opening day of the 2013-14 season at Millwall and was to only make nine Championship appearances, without scoring a goal during that time. One bright spot though was his full Irish international debut - coming on as a substitute in their August 2013 match against Wales - so far his only international cap. Back at Huish Park, his relationship with Glovers boss Gary Johnson though was gradually unravelling, and despite a few twists'n'turns, his final match for the club was to be the November 10th defeat against Wigan Athletic.

Madden was placed on the transfer list at the end of November after the televised match against Doncaster Rovers in which he was an unused substitute. That public decision came too late for a deal to be struck before the emergency loan transfer window, particularly for Scunthorpe, who made an ultra-late bid for his services at that time. Scunny then threw their hat back into the ring on January 2nd, and just over a week later that interest has now been concluded with the Iron splashing the cash in their efforts to make a quick return to League One after being relegated at the end of last season - their current top of the table position may put them back in the third tier by the end of the season.

Yeovil Town must now move on, with Gary Johnson still trying to bring back Ishmael Miller to Huish Park, as well as hunting for other January targets to improve a side that has at times struggled to score goals this season. Paddy's overall record of 23 goals in 49 appearances, and in particular his goal at Wembley Stadium, will cement his place in Yeovil Town history, and for that we wish him the very best of luck at Glanford Park.


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9 January 2014 : Johnson Still Hopeful Of Miller Time
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he still regards his side as one of the interested parties in for Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller, despite internet speculation that Championship side Doncaster Rovers were about to sign him. The 26 year old is currently back at Forest with his late-2013 deal at Huish Park having run out without the various parties having reached agreement on an extension.

Johnson had said last week that he still hadn't given up hope of bringing Miller or Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls back to the club, but at present Miller's plans look likely to be defined by whether any club is willing to make a permanent bid for his services.

Speaking to BBC Somerset today, Johnson didn't directly comment on the Doncaster rumours, which have not been carried by either the Doncaster or Nottingham press. However, he said he was still in regular contact with Miller's agent and Forest boss Billy Davies and therefore was fairly confident that no deals had been struck for the striker yet:

"We're still in the shake-up with that. Ishmael and his representatives are keeping me in the loop, and also (Nottingham Forest manager) Billy Davies is keeping me in the loop. I know that Ishmael enjoyed his time here, and that's credit to the football club and the fans and the players, because given the choice he tells us he would like to come back here. But of course if he gets a permanent move, then we're not in that ball-park figure for Ishmael for a permanent move. We're nowhere near it because obviously he's been on Premier League money. But we're hoping that if nothing turns up for him, that he'll turn up in a Yeovil shirt again. We'll keep our fingers firmly crossed."


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9 January 2014 : Sky Blues Optimistic Of Permanent Seaborne Switch
Yeovil Town could see a second player from their first team squad come off their payroll by the weekend. Defender Dan Seaborne, who has recently completed a loan spell with League One side Coventry City is currently holding talks with the Sky Blues about a permanent move, having already been told by Glovers boss Gary Johnson that he is not part of his future plans.

Seaborne's current situation is complicated slightly by the fact that he is currently serving a three match ban, which only expires after Coventry's match this weekend, meaning that there is little incentive for them to rush a deal through. However, manager Steven Pressley has told his club's website that they are holding talks to ensure he returns on a permanent basis:

"(Coventry City director) Steve Waggott is speaking to Dan Seaborne's respresentatives today and I'm hoping that the outcome is very, very positive. I've not heard back as of yet but I'm hoping that a positive outcome can come out of that and then hopefully we can speak to Yeovil so that everything can go through."

Coventry have confirmed they are seeking a permanent move for the 26 year old. He currently has 18 months left on his Yeovil Town contract, having been brought in on a two year deal last summer. However he has not featured for the Glovers first team since October 1st.


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9 January 2014 : Madden Deal Expected To Conclude On Friday Morning
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden's move to League Two side Scunthorpe United continues to run to completion, with the Irish press appearing confident that he could be unveiled as a Scunny player in time for their weekend match against Mansfield Town. Irish paper The Herald believes that a deal will be concluded on Friday and provided that is done by mid-afternoon, that would clear him to put his boots on at Field Mill. The North Lincolnshire side threw their hat into the ring a week ago but today agreed a transfer fee reported as being in the region of £300,000.

Meanwhile ITV Sport's local representative for the Yorkshire region that takes in Scunthorpe reports that Madden's contract at Glanford Park will be a two-and-a-half year deal that will take him through to the summer of 2016. The 23 year old did have around eighteen months left on his current deal at Huish Park.

Scunthorpe United's Twitter account is as good as admitting that they are sat on an announcement that they are preparing to make during Friday morning, saying:

"Lots of people are asking a lot of questions and getting excited but please understand, the second that deals are complete we WILL announce. Just be patient; a lot of hard work is going on but we cannot announce deals until 100% done - especially when other clubs are involved. FAO all Iron fans, we'll have some good news for you in the morning when deals are complete. Thanks for your patience."

Scunthorpe are understood to also be finalising a deal to take Doncaster Rovers midfielder Dave Syers on a two-and-a-half year deal, with the Iron anxious to make a speedy return back to League One.

Link: Madden Transfer Fee Agreed Claims Irish Press.

Link: Madden Medical On The Cards.


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9 January 2014 : Ticketing For Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's Championship match against Nottingham Forest is now available. The match takes place at the City Ground on Sunday 2nd February 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Supporters should note that the date of the fixture was changed because Forest have a Thursday night game that is being televised live on Sky Sports. Our game at the City Ground is not being televised, but has been pushed back by 24 hours to allow Forest extra recovery time.

Advance tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are priced as follows:

Adults: £26.00; Aged 65 and Over: £18.00; Under-18s: £14.00; Under-12s: £7.00.

Glovers fans have been allocated the Bridgford Stand Lower Tier. This is a covered seated area, situated behind the goal. The theoretical capacity is 4,750 but this is usually reduced for various reasons.

Wheelchair Disabled and Ambulant Disabled supporters are charged at the above rates, but an assistant is free of charge if the Disabled Supporter is in receipt of higher rate of Disability Living Allowance.

Nottingham Forest recommend that any children admitted be of primary school age or above. Babies in arms and children in buggies will not be admitted.

Supporters organising coaches should note that they must arrive no later than one hour before kick off. Coaches will be charged £20.00 per coach.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Pricing Information.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Sale Arrangements.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : GWSC Travel Provisional Plans.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Away Travel Club Provisional Plans.

Link: Ticketing For Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans (Second Half Of Season).


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9 January 2014 : Madden Medical On The Cards
Reports via the Press Association claim that Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden is currently up in North Lincolnshire, pending a move to League Two side Scunthorpe United. As reported earlier today, the Glovers are claimed to have accepted a bid from the Iron in the region of £300,000 for the services of last year's League One Golden Boot winner.

The PA indicate that he is at Glanford Park to have a medical this afternoon, that would pave the way for his 49 game spell at Huish Park to be ended, with only personal terms left to agree thereafter. If matters have proceeded that far down the line, then that would imply that Madden could leave the club by this weekend. Bookmakers SkyBet have this morning suspended all betting on Madden joining Scunthorpe United, following a flurry of stakes made in the wake of the breakfast time news.


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9 January 2014 : Strong Ticket Sales For Clarets Weekend Trip
Championship promotion chasers Burnley look likely to be beinging another large away following for their first competitive visit to Huish Park. The Lancashire side are visiting Somerset on Saturday 11th January whilst lying in 2nd place in the Championship table and having lost just three times during the 2013-14 season - all on their travels.

The Lancashire Telegraph report that the Clarets have sold over 1,500 tickets so far for the trip down the M5. The usual allocation this season has been for clubs to be given 1,500 terrace tickets and just over 500 seats in the Screwfix (East) Stand. Sales so far should guarantee another large gate on Saturday.


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9 January 2014 : Madden Transfer Fee Agreed Claims Irish Press
Yeovil Town are reported to be close to concluding a deal to sell striker Paddy Madden, according to the Irish press. In the Irish Independent they claim that the Glovers have agreed a fee of £300,000 to sell the transfer-listed player. No quotes are provided, although they are unusually precise with their reporting of what they believe is going on.

The reports state that several clubs were rebuffed during late November, with Yeovil Town insisting that any agreement to take on Madden must include a deal to take him on a permanent transfer as soon as the January transfer window opened. League One side Bristol City's interest in the player ended last year by their sacking of Sean O'Driscoll. Then earlier this month, Rotherham United and Scunthorpe both tabled bids in the region of £200,000 but the pair of clubs were rebuffed and told to come back with a better offer.

The Independent states that with Scunthorpe having returned with an improved offer of £300,000, that has been good enough for Yeovil Town to agree a deal, with the Iron also willing to give Madden a pay rise compared to what he is currently earning at Huish Park.

The other snippet given is that they've indicated that in the last week Madden has been training with the full first team squad, suggesting that he had been training on his own prior to that point. However, he was invited to return to the squad ranks this week - something that fits with rumours around last weekend's FA Cup match against Leyton Orient that any personal differences between Madden and manager Gary Johnson had been addressed. However, there's been no suggestion that the 23 year old had been removed from the transfer list during that time.

The Irish press don't provide any quotes or sources for their information, and so a small pinch of salt should be provided with the above. However, the preciseness of their information would suggest that they have spoke to someone associated with the Madden camp. We'll see how this one develops in the long run.


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8 January 2014 : Obika Agrees Seagulls Loan Deal
Former Yeovil Town loanee Jonathan Obika has linked up with Nathan Jones for the sixth time. Obika has agreed a three month loan deal with Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion with the Seagulls having been monitoring his situation for several months.

Jones is currently the assistant to Brighton Head Coach Oscar Garcia and worked with Obika during his four loan spells at Huish Park, as well as during his time with Charlton Athletic during the 2012-13 season. The 23 year old is now commencing his 10th loan agreement once the multiple times he signed for the Glovers are taken into account.

Brighton had shown interest in taking Obika on loan last year, but aborted the deal when the striker was injured. However yesterday saw Obika score six goals for a Spurs XI that took on Charlton Athletic in a training ground friendly that finished in a fairly ludicrous 10-6 scoreline in Spurs' favour.


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8 January 2014 : Ticket Sale Arrangements For Southampton vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have planned out their schedule for the sale of tickets for their FA Cup Fourth Round match against Southampton. The match takes place at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday 25th January 2014 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Tickets will only become available by Friday 10th January at the Huish Park Ticket Office. Hence DO NOT CALL OR VISIT the club before that date. Instructions are as follows:

Season Ticket Holders: These will go on sale on Friday 10th January, from 9.00a.m. Tickets will be on sale at a limitation of TWO tickets per season ticket holder. You have until 5.00p.m. on Thursday 16th January to gain your priority on tickets.

For those Season Ticket Holders who are looking to purchase their Southampton tickets around this Saturday's home match against Burnley, the recommendation is to book tickets over the phone on the Friday or from 9.00a.m. on the Saturday, and then to use the club's Ticket Collection Point to pick the tickets up in person. The Ticket Office will allow sales of Southampton tickets on Saturday, however you should be aware that from around 1.00p.m. onwards that they will prioritise sales towards Burnley match tickets, so please try to avoid purchasing FA Cup tickets after that point.

General Sale: For non-season ticket holders, tickets will go on general sale on Friday 17th January at 9.00a.m.

Tickets will remain on sale at the Huish Park Ticket Office until Friday 24th January at 12.00 noon. They will be off-sale during that afternoon to allow Ticket Office staff a chance to reconcile the tickets sold and to provide Southampton any remaining tickets as returns. There should (subject to availability) be tickets available on the day, but given the likely size of our away following and the fact that there is a £2.00 surcharge on all tickets, we'd recommend you purchase in advance.

For full pricing information, see yesterday's article linked below. For full travel information see the earlier items also linked below.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Pricing Information.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : GWSC Travel Provisional Plans.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Away Travel Club Provisional Plans.

Link: Ticketing For Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans (Second Half Of Season).


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8 January 2014 : QPR Plan Alec Stock Day For Yeovil Town Visit
Yeovil Town's first ever trip to Loftus Road will be used as a tribute to former Queens Park Rangers and Glovers boss Alec Stock. The game takes place on March 15th 2014, and brings together two of the clubs that gave Alec his greatest years in football management.

Stock managed the Glovers from 1946 to 1949, then after spells with Leyton Orient and AS Roma, became manager of QPR in 1959, gaining a nine year association with the West London club that saw them gain a double promotion into top flight football for the first time in the club's history in 1968, as well as winning the Football League Cup a year earlier.

Overall, Stock took charge of 459 matches at QPR and they have designated March 15th as 'Alec Stock Day' providing a celebration of his time at both clubs. QPR will be drafting in his family, former players and fans to contribute to the day with those associated with his time at Loftus Road providing pre-match Question'n'Answer sessions, whilst the club's matchday programme will also provide an in-depth look at his time with the club.

With Alec having passed away in 2001 this is a chance for both clubs to celebrate his life and what he gave to both Yeovil and QPR. His daughter Sarah told QPR's club website that the Stock family were giving it their full backing:

"Dad would have loved this. He had such a great affiliation with both QPR and Yeovil so this is a fitting fixture for such a day to be held. The family are really excited about returning to Loftus Road to join the fans in paying tribute to him and celebrating his life."

A look at Alec Stock's life can be read via the link below - written on this site nearly 13 years ago.

Link: Alec Stock Tribute : 30th March 1917 - 16th April 2001.


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8 January 2014 : Burn First Team Debut Nets Non-League Club Cash Windfall
Former Yeovil Town loanee Dan Burn netted his former club Darlington a major windfall over the weekend, after he made his first team debut for Fulham. The 21 year old was recalled by his parent club from a long-term loan deal with Birmingham City, with the Premier League club exercising a break clause during the January transfer window.

That allowed the West London side to field him in their FA Cup match against Norwich City at Carrow Road, that finished in a 1-1 draw. Fulham fans on the internet praised Burn for his performance as he put in a full 90 minutes - with the game going to a replay, there's a fair chance of his next appearance not being too far away.

Burn moved from Darlington to Fulham in April 2011 for a basic fee of £350,000, but the deal included a clause that provided another pay-out if he made a first team appearance for the club. The complication has been that the 'Darlington FC' that existed at that time no longer exists, having collapsed in 2012, with Darlington 1883 rising from the ashes as their replacement.

With the reformed Darlington club purchasing assets from the previous club's administrator, Harvey Madden has confirmed that Darlington 1883 will receive a proportion of that windfall, of which £75,000 will go to the former club's creditors, whilst £75,000 will go to the new club who are playing in Northern Premier League Division One North this season. Madden confirmed to the Northern Echo newspaper:

"I can confirm that Dan Burnís appearance in the FA Cup did trigger the first payment to Darlington FC 2009. It was agreed that there would be a 50/50 split with Darlington 1883. I have already invoiced Fulham and would expect Darlington FC to invoice me for their half. Itís a real fillip for the club."

The administrator is also inspecting Burn's transfer agreement to see if/when Darlington 1883 or the former club's creditors are entitled to further payouts if the centre-back continues his current progress at Craven Cottage.


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7 January 2014 : Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Ticket Prices And Match Date Set
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Fourth Round match against Southampton is now available. The match has now been 100 percent confirmed as taking place at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday 25th January 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Southampton have published the ticket prices for this match and have adopted the exact same arrangements they put in place for their Third Round tie against Burnley. Note that these tickets have NOT YET ARRIVED at the Huish Park Ticket Office, so please do NOT call or visit until further instructions are provided.

Ticket prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £15.00; Under-17s: £10.00; Under-11s: £5.00.

Southampton list Young Adults (aged 17 to 21) and Seniors (aged 65 and above) as bring classified as Concessions.

NB: There may be some slight tweaking of the cut-off ages for Young Adults and Juniors for Yeovil Town supporters - the above are the age ranges listed for Southampton supporters - we'll reclarify in due course if necessary.

Note that a surcharge of £2.00 per ticket will be applied if purchased on the day of the game.

Glovers fans will be allocated blocks in the Northam Stand, which is situated at the north end of the ground. As St Mary's is a 'bowl' stadium, this is fairly relative - the blocks allocated tend to be more towards the corner of the Northam and the Itchen Stand, on the North-East side. Away allocation is for up to 3,200 spectators although they can cater for up to 4,750 if needed. Saints have allocated Northam Stand, Blocks 40-42 to home fans, on the Kingsland Stand side of the stand meaning that the stand is shared - we have known the area around that segregation netting to get a bit feisty, so if you prefer your day to be a little quieter, then lean towards the left-hand area of the away Northam Stand away block when taking your seats.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : GWSC Travel Provisional Plans.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Away Travel Club Provisional Plans.

Link: Ticketing For Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans (Second Half Of Season).


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7 January 2014 : FA Cup Fourth Round Live Games Chosen
The Football Association have announced all live matches for the FA Cup Fourth Round games. We're not wholly surprised to find that Yeovil Town's trip to Southampton hasn't been included. That ought to cement the date of the cup tie as being Saturday 25th January, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The five ties chosen for live coverage are as follows:

Fri 24/01/2014 : 19:45hrs : Arsenal vs Coventry City (BT Sport)
Sat 25/01/2014 : 12:45hrs : AFC Bournemouth or Burton Albion vs Liverpool (ITV)
Sat 25/01/2014 : 17:30hrs : Stevenage vs Everton (BT Sport)
Sun 26/01/2014 : 13:00hrs : Sheffield United vs Norwich City or Fulham (BT Sport)
Sun 26/01/2014 : 15:30hrs : Chelsea vs Stoke City (ITV)

All ten televised clubs (subject to a couple of Third Round replays) will pick up £144,000 from the FA's Broadcast fee, whilst the winning clubs will receive £90,000 each from the FA Prize Fund.


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7 January 2014 : Johnson Jnr Gives Thoughts On Lanzoni Deal
Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson has given his views on last week's unusual player transfer that saw defender Matteo Lanzoni transfer from 'son' to 'father'. Lanzoni signed an eighteen month contract at Huish Park, shortly after rejecting terms at Boundary Park at the end of a half season contract that had expired, leaving him as a free agent.

Given the Glovers were the beneficiary, Lee told Sky Sports that he was aware the deal looked like he'd meekly handed his player over to his dad. But Johnson Jnr said that he had given Lanzoni a good offer, and that had been worked through in detail before Johnson Snr got involved:

"It's an interesting little story and the sequence of events was quite important. Between me and my dad we've got an unwritten rule that we certainly won't be competing - I need to stay in the inheritance! We would never get in the way of each other for the same player unless we were competing fairly. The situation was we offered Lanzoni what I felt was a very good contract for us because I wanted him to stay, he's a great lad and a good player. But, given his injury record, and he's had a lot, I pitched it where I felt comfortable."

Following talks with Lanzoni, Lee began to release that he was going to lose the Italian, citing a rival League One club, which has since been revealed as Crawley Town. With the player now a free agent and having rejected Oldham's terms, Lee said he saw no problem with tipping his dad off, given that it would be better for a club outside his division to benefit:

"There was one particular League One club that offered him a very good deal and he was deciding to go there. I then declared myself out of the running. But, while he was on his way to that particular League One club, I then decided I'd rather him not stay in League One. I knew my dad was looking for a centre-half and I knew he quite liked him so that was a time where I thought I'd better give him a ring out of courtesy."

"What I didn't want it to look like was that I'd helped my old man out. Actually, I think I've been clever by keeping him out of League One and giving him to a Championship club. I think it was best for all parties and it worked out quite well. Certainly Matteo wanted the chance to have a go at the highest level even though he didn't know (about Yeovil's interest) until he was going down to see a club in League One."


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7 January 2014 : FA Cup Third Round Replays Televised
Television broadcasters ITV and BT Sport have chosen which matches they will screen for FA Cup Third Round Replays. The two companies have chosen one fixture each, earning all four clubs £72,000 as part of their broadcasting agreement. Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham and Norwich City are the four clubs that will benefit, with the games selected as follows:

Tue 14/01/2014 : 19:45hrs : Fulham vs Norwich City (BT Sport)
Wed 15/01/2014 : 20:10hrs : Manchester City vs Blackburn Rovers (ITV)

As yet the list of televised Fourth Round ties has not been announced.


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7 January 2014 : Crawley Confirm They Had Lanzoni Interest
League One side Crawley Town have confirmed that they were the side that tried to take on new Yeovil Town signing Matteo Lanzoni, before he switched directions and headed down to Somerset. The former Oldham Athletic defender signed an 18 month contract at Huish Park last week, but has had to wait for his Glovers debut having already played for the Latics in the FA Cup this season.

Crawley's name had been on the rumourmill as one of the interested parties. Gregory told Sussex paper The Argus that he had talks with the player, but claims he failed a medical:

"We had been talking with Matteo Lanzoni in the last few days. We had him here and he was ready to sign but he didnít pass the medical we put in front of him. We were a little bit concerned. He had missed a number of games in the last few seasons. With a small club such as ours, my boys need to play 40 games a year. We canít afford to carry spare players. We canít carry a huge squad and all the players have to be fit, healthy and available for selection."

Gregory added that his view was that Lanzoni hadn't played in enough fixtures to justify a long term contract, despite having played in seven matches for Oldham during December just prior to his move from Boundary Park. But they were prepared to offer him a short term deal:

"We were a little bit concerned with Matteoís situation where in the last few years he has played 20-odd games a year. We were very nervous and we didnít pursue signing him on a full-time basis. We offered him six months and he has gone somewhere else for a longer contract. Yeovil have taken him on an 18-month contract and we wish him good luck. We think he has made a mistake but there we go."

Lanzoni had been substituted by Latics boss Lee Johnson on December 29th, citing a slight hamstring strain as being the reason for the withdrawal which may explain why he failed Crawley's medical. Whilst the medical raises a few eyebrows, there are some contradictions in Gregory's views on the player.


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6 January 2014 : Railway Engineering Work For Southampton FA Cup Game
Yeovil Town supporters planning to book rail services for the FA Cup Fourth Round trip to Southampton, should be aware that there is Rail Engineering Work that is likely to clash with the scheduling of the fixture. Whilst a definite date for the match has not been chosen yet, the very large majority of matches will be played on Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th January. On that day, Network Rail have said that the following will apply:

"Engineering work is taking place between Southampton Central and Romsey / Brockenhurst with all lines closed."

Southampton Central serves four different rail companies' services - First Great Western, Cross Country, South West Trains and Southern. The majority of supporters using services from Yeovil Junction would change at Salisbury for a First Great Western service to Southampton Central. The four rail companies offer the following summary advice:

First Great Western: Trains will be diverted between Romsey and Fareham, not calling at Southampton Central but calling additionally at Chandlers Ford and Eastleigh. Passengers should use alternative services to start / complete their journeys.

Cross Country: Buses replace trains between Southampton Airport Parkway and Bournemouth.

South West Trains: On Saturday no trains will run between Southampton Central and Brockenhurst. Buses will run between Southampton Central and Bournemouth / Romsey. On Sunday no trains will run between Southampton Central and Bournemouth. Buses will run between Southampton Central and Bournemouth / New Milton / Romsey.

If you still plan to take the train, add 30-45 minutes extra to your journey and prepare to use a Rail Replacement Service between Romsey and Southampton. Typical times quoted for the journey down are 2 hours and 7 mins but may vary according to road conditions.

In addition for those coming from further afield, you should note the more lengthy Engineering Works between Taunton and Exeter St Davids. This takes place from Saturday 18th January to Sunday 9th February, closing all lines. Buses will replace trains between Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids with some buses running between Castle Cary and Taunton.

If all of that puts you off the railways, then travel information for the GWSC and Away Travel Club can be found via the links below - based on the assumption of a Saturday 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : GWSC Travel Provisional Plans.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Away Travel Club Provisional Plans.

Link: Ticketing For Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans (Second Half Of Season).


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6 January 2014 : Lions Turn To Holloway To Resurrect Season
Championship side Millwall have announced that they will be unveiling former Crystal Palace, Blackpool and Bristol Rovers manager Ian Holloway as their new manager. The Lions have agreed terms with the 50 year old for a two-and-a-half year contract at the New Den, as a replacement to Steve Lomas, who was fired on Boxing Day.

Millwall's fans never really warmed to Lomas, and his status as an ex-West Ham United player was doubtless a strong factor in that. It should therefore be interesting to see what they make of Holloway, who was last seen at Premier League side Crystal Palace, before leaving by mutual consent, just a few months after taking them into the Premier League.

Holloway takes over with the Lions currently occupying the last safe position in the Championship table, and thus well below the club's expectations. Under caretaker manager Neil Harris they failed to win any of their three League matches, and on Saturday were embarrassed by League Two side Southend United who beat them 4-1 at Roots Hall. Chairman John Berylson has said that he expects the new management to get much more out of the existing set of players:

"The fact that we have been able to attract someone of Ian's calibre and track record is testament to the fact that he shares our view of the potential we have to progress as a club. We are under no illusions that our first priority under Ian's leadership is to ensure we maintain our Championship status. The new manager inherits an experienced and talented squad that has not been playing to its potential so far this season."


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6 January 2014 : Southampton vs Yeovil Town : GWSC Travel Provisional Plans
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their provisional travel plans for the FA Cup Fourth Round visit to Southampton. The plans are currently based around the unconfirmed assumption that the game will be staged on Saturday 25th January, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. This has yet to be confirmed. However, based upon that assumption, the travel plans are as follows:

Southampton : Saturday 25th January 2014 (to be absolutely confirmed).
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 10.15a.m.
Adult Members: £15.00; Member Concessions: £13.00
Adult Non-Members: £17.00; Non-Member Concessions: £15.00

If the kick-off date/time is different, then we will update these details.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: Ticketing For Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans (Second Half Of Season).


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6 January 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Leyton Orient Home Interview
Just before Saturday's FA Cup match against Leyton Orient kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about the match, but also gives his views on Ishmael Miller, Joe Ralls, Ed Upson, Byron Webster, Sam Foley and Wes Thomas as well as paying tribute to the club's ground staff for getting Saturday's game on. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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6 January 2014 : James Hayter Talks About FA Cup Double
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-0 win over Leyton Orient at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker James Hayter spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, James talks about his two goals that helped the Glovers through to the next round of the FA Cup, and that can be read via the link below.

Link: James Hayter Speaks To The BBC After The 4-0 Win Against Leyton Orient.


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5 January 2014 : Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Away Travel Club Provisional Plans
The Away Travel Club are making early plans to run transport to Yeovil Town's FA Cup Fourth Round match against Southampton. Assuming the match takes place on a Saturday (25th January), with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, they will aim to leave the away end at Huish Park at 10.00a.m. The cost of travel is expected to be in the region of £15.00 - to be confirmed.

If you are interested in travelling, please register your interest as early as possible, so they can book the appropriate number of coaches. To place your bookings, call Mark Kelly on 07939618275. You will also find him present in the Beer Tent before next Saturday's Burnley game.


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5 January 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's FA Cup Third Round goals against Leyton Orient, the highlights have been provided by the Football Association. Watch the two goals from James Hayter, plus one each for Joel Grant and Kieffer Moore via the YouTube clip below. The highlights include one additional second half chance for Joel Grant.




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5 January 2014 : Slade: Second Goal Killed FA Cup Tie
Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade felt that the second goal in yesterday's FA Cup Third Round tie killed the game, and turned his attentions towards Football League matters, as his side crashed out of the competition, eventually by a 4-0 scoreline. Whilst the Glovers had gone a goal up through a James Hayter header, a Joel Grant strike early in the second half gave the Glovers breathing space, and allowed them to win the game at a canter, thanks to another Hayter header, and a late Kieffer Moore breakaway.

Slade told BBC Radio London that he was quite happy with his side's performance early on, but admitted that once the Grant goal went in that the tie was as good as over, and he had no complaints about the final result:

"It was a little bit mixed as I thought we started the game quite brightly. With our lack of front men right from the start we went with the 4-5-1, and I thought we knocked the ball around quite well. The (first) goal came against the run of play, and it was an unfortunate mistake from Jake (Larkins) in goal. We rallied around and it was still 1-0 at half time, but the second goal was a bit of a killer really. The last (goal) you can ignore as I thought he (Kieffer Moore) was several yards offside, but that doesn't matter really - whether it was 3-0 or 4-0, it's an FA Cup match and Yeovil deserved to go through on the day."

Orient went into the match without front pair David Mooney and Shaun Batt, who were both injured, and also left striker Kevin Lisbie on the bench due to a borderline knock. Rather than bring Lisbie on to try to save the tie, Slade chose to blood three more inexperienced players during the closing stages. He explained that he wasn't prepared to risk his last remaining experienced striker, given the pitch conditions and the fact that he regarded the tie as already lost:

"I had to make big decisions and difficult decisions. At 2-0 down you're not going to bring Kevin Lisbie on - if we'd still been in the game, we would have brought him on for 20 minutes, but we didn't want to risk that, as the pitch was like a pudding. Although the pitch was well enough to play, it was just a really difficult surface. I then brought off Mathieu Baudry, who had a couple of stitches in a head injury. So I've done my best to protect the group. We've got injuries, and so it was needs must. We just have to put it in a box, and put it to one side as it's the FA Cup. We're out of the FA Cup now and we can concentrate on the league as we've got a very big game coming up on Tuesday (against Shrewsbury Town)."


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5 January 2014 : Lions Visit To Be Postponed
For the avoidance of doubt, today's FA Cup Fourth Round Draw means that Yeovil Town's home Championship match against Millwall will now be postponed. The Glovers had been due to play the Lions on Saturday 25th January, but with the Glovers in FA Cup action that weekend, the game will need to be moved, with a midweek fixture almost certain.

The Glovers still also have to rearrange their New Year's Day fixture against Watford, which was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.


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5 January 2014 : FA Cup Fourth Round Draw : Full Details
Yeovil Town have been given an away draw in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. They will face Southampton at St Mary's Stadium after the balls were selected by cousins Martin Allen and Paul Allen in a draw made at the Football Association Headquarters at Wembley Stadium today.

This is only the third time in Yeovil Town's history that they will play in the Fourth Round, having previously reached it in 1949 (where they played and beat Sunderland) and 2005 (where they lost to Charlton Athletic).

The full draw has produced the following list of ties:

Sunderland or Carlisle United vs Kidderminster Harriers or Peterborough United
Bolton Wanderers vs Cardiff City
Southampton vs Yeovil Town
Huddersfield Town vs Charlton Athletic or Oxford United
Port Vale or Plymouth Argyle vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Nottingham Forest vs Ipswich Town or Preston North End
Southend United vs Hull City
Rochdale vs Macclesfield Town or Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal vs Coventry City
Stevenage vs Everton
Wigan Athletic or MK Dons vs Crystal Palace
Derby County or Chelsea vs Stoke City
Blackburn Rovers or Manchester City vs Bristol City or Watford
AFC Bournemouth or Burton Albion vs Liverpool or Oldham Athletic
Birmingham City or Bristol Rovers or Crawley vs Manchester United or Swansea City
Sheffield United vs Norwich City or Fulham

In addition to the £67,500 all winning Third Round clubs collected as part of yesterday's matches, those in the Fourth Round also stand to collect £90,000 if they can win their way through to the next stage.

All ties are due to be played over the weekend of 25th and 26th January 2014, subject to policing and television requirements.


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5 January 2014 : FA Cup Fourth Round Draw : Glovers Given Away Tie
Yeovil Town have been given an away draw in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. They will face Southampton at St Mary's Stadium after the balls were selected by cousins Martin Allen and Paul Allen in a draw made at the Football Association Headquarters at Wembley Stadium today.

The full draw will be available on this site shortly. All ties are due to be played over the weekend of 25th and 26th January 2014, subject to policing and television requirements.


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5 January 2014 : Miller Selected For Forest FA Cup Clash
Whilst Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said yesterday that he had not given up hope of setting up a new loan deal for Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller, the chances of that happening may be affected by the fact that he has immediately returned to their first team squad.

The 26 year old has been named on the Forest substitutes bench for their FA Cup Third Round home match against West Ham United today, which is being shown live on the ITV1 channel. The game kicks off at 12.00 noon and is followed at around 2.00p.m. by the Fourth Round Draw. That suggests that Forest are happy for him to become cup-tied, despite looking to sell him during the January transfer window.

Watch ITV to see if he gets onto the pitch, and then tune in at the end to see who Yeovil Town land in the next round. We'll keep an eye on both via our @ytfcciderspace Twitter account during the transmission.

Link: Door Still Open For Miller And Ralls To Return.

Link: FA Cup Fourth Round Ball Numbers And Draw Details.


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5 January 2014 : Johnson Has Doubts On Thomas Bid
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that the club have been trying to sign AFC Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas, but he doubts that he will complete the deal. The Glovers boss confirmed reports on Friday night did have strong foundation, but that the problem came down to competition from other clubs, with the rumourmill suggesting that Wolverhampton Wanderers and Swindon Town were also trying to sign the player.

Gary didn't elaborate upon which club he believed Thomas was likely to sign for, but he told BBC Somerset that the club tabled an offer with Bournemouth, with the end result being that they were told that the 26 year old wanted to concentrate upon tying up a deal with another 'big' club:

"We made an inquiry, and we even made a tentative offer as well, which was a good offer. But the lad's agent and the club have said that he's got his heart set on a particular club that is interested in him. It's a big club, and that's where he's decided that he wants to go."

Johnson also expanded further on his wish to set up a new deal for Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls. With both him and Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller having temporarily returned to their parent clubs, the Glovers boss said that the situation with Ralls was entirely down to the Premier League side having changed managers, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being appointed last week. He explained that as a consequence, it had been difficult to get hold of the right people:

"Well because there's been nobody around, and they obviously think there's a lot of more important things to do - and with no disrespect to us or Joe - it's been difficult to get hold of the person who's making those decisions. So he wants to stay, and he's still around, and we want him to stay, but unfortunately he misses this cup week. But we'd like to keep him, so when Ole gets settled in and gets his feet under the table over the next couple of days then obviously we'll ask the question again. But it's just Cardiff really - if they want him to stay, then both other parties - Joe and us - will be very pleased for them."


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5 January 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-0 win over Leyton Orient at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Home Game.


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4 January 2014 : Door Still Open For Miller And Ralls To Return
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he does not consider the door to be closed for Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller or Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls, despite both effectively ending their loan spells with the club. The two loanees had deals that were up for renewal this week, but both expired with the situations still unresolved, meaning that they were unavailable for selection for today's FA Cup match against Leyton Orient and have now returned to their parent clubs.

Despite having lost the two players, Gary explained to BBC Somerset after today's match that he believed that both were prepared to play for Yeovil, but that individual situations with their parent clubs were complicating the situation. In the case of Ishmael Miller, Forest are believed to be making him available for a permanent transfer, whilst Cardiff have recently changed managers with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking over. As such, Johnson believes it is their clubs rather than the players who are holding back on decision-making:

"Both lads have told me that they would like to be a part of our season. Obviously with Forest and Ishmael, they've got to see whether there are any offers, because it looks like he's going to be leaving there. I'm sure Cardiff think that it's better for Joe to have the experience of games. So we'll have to wait and see. With both of them, it's certainly not a definite no right at this minute, but they're also not a definite yes. They're both still open at this moment in time."

The Glovers substituted Byron Webster again today, with him limping off just 50 minutes into the match, replaced by midfielder Ed Upson. However, Johnson explained that Byron's withdrawal was merely precautionary, and not a new injury:

"He's had his hamstring (strain) anyway, and on that surface out there where your feet are moving all the time, it's a very slippery surface. He just felt that it was aching a little bit. I think it was 2-0 when we did it, and I just didn't feel that we didn't need to risk him, and then lose him, when we know that Luke (Ayling) can do the job, and we know that Joe (Edwards) can do a job. We also wanted to see where Ed (Upson) was, and we thought Ed looked sharp after that injection. I don't know what they injected into him but I want some of it!"


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4 January 2014 : Johnson: We Couldn't Let Stadium Staff Down
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson praised his stadium ground staff and volunteers for helping him get today's FA Cup Third Round match on against Leyton Orient, after more rain hit the South-West today, threatening many matches in the region. Johnson felt that having put in the effort that they did to get a game on, whilst surrounding roads and rail services were being closed due to flooding, was beyond the call of duty.

The Glovers went on to win the match 4-0, thanks to two goals from James Hayter plus one each for Joel Grant and Kieffer Moore, and Johnson told BBC Somerset after the game that once the staff had put in the effort to get the game on, that his players had to also rise to the occasion:

"The first thing that we've got to say is that the work that was put in before the start of the game was magnificent. That was beyond the call of duty. That was stewards and ground staff and everybody. So credit to everybody for getting the game on. So then we couldn't let them down, and I didn't think the boys let them down. I thought it was a good work-rate all round, with four good goals, and people have gone home hopefully happy that we've got the result."

The sponsors' Man of the Match was James Hayter, who scored two headers during the match, providing the first and third goals of the match. Gary felt that what Hayter needed was quality supply for those goals, and felt that both he and fellow striker Joel Grant got that during the game:

"He (Hayter) looked dangerous and he looked sharp. So what we needed, which we said at half time, was for a couple of quality balls to go into the box. There was a fantastic ball by Liam Davis who played really well today, and then a good finish by Granty (Joel Grant). Then Kevin Dawson hit his great cross and Hayts got in on the end of that."

The only slightly unhappy face during the 90 minutes was Hayter himself, when he was prevented from getting a hat-trick by the 82nd minute decision to put fellow striker Kieffer Moore on the pitch - a decision that was vindicated eight minutes later as Moore broke the Orient offside trap to score the fourth and final goal. Johnson admitted that taking Hayter off was a difficult decision:

"I didn't really want to bring him off, because when people are on a hat-trick and given he's not going to get too many more of them over the years, but I wanted to give Kieffer (Moore) a bit of a confidence boost. He's had a good couple of weeks actually, and so has Adam Morgan, and I wanted to get both of them on. Adam nearly scored with his first touch, and Kieffer did score when he got put in. So there's a lot to come from them, and I think people don't realise they're only young lads - Adam is only 19 years of age. They've got a future, and we're going to try to bring them out very quickly."


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4 January 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
If you watched this afternoon's 4-0 win against Leyton Orient at Huish Park, 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 Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient.


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4 January 2014 : FA Cup Fourth Round Ball Numbers And Draw Details
Yeovil Town will take part in the FA Cup Fourth Round for only the third time in the club's history following this afternoon's win over Leyton Orient at Huish Park. The winning clubs from today, including Yeovil Town, will collect £67,500 as part of the FA Cup Prize Money.

The Fourth Round draw will be made by the Football Association at Wembley Stadium tomorrow afternoon. The two people making the draw will be cousins Paul Allen and Martin Allen, and they will draw the balls out around 2.00p.m. on the ITV1 and BT Sport channels as well as on the FA's website.

Yeovil Town will be Ball No. 2 and those that will go into the hat for the draw are as follows:

1 Coventry City
2 Yeovil Town
3 Liverpool or Oldham Athletic
4 Nottingham Forest or West Ham United
5 Bristol City or Watford
6 Southend United
7 Hull City
8 Crystal Palace
9 Kidderminster Harriers or Peterborough United
10 Stevenage
11 Stoke City
12 Southampton
13 Cardiff City
14 Rochdale
15 Wigan Athletic or Milton Keynes Dons
16 Charlton Athletic or Oxford United
17 Manchester United or Swansea City
18 Port Vale or Plymouth Argyle
19 Norwich City or Fulham
20 Sheffield United
21 Macclesfield Town or Sheffield Wednesday
22 Sunderland or Carlisle United
23 Bolton Wanderers
24 Blackburn Rovers or Manchester City
25 Everton
26 Brighton & Hove Albion
27 Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday evening kick-off)
28 Birmingham City or Bristol Rovers or Crawley Town
29 Huddersfield Town
30 Ipswich Town or Preston North End
31 Derby County or Chelsea
32 AFC Bournemouth or Burton Albion

All ties are due to be played over the weekend of 25th and 26th January 2014, subject to policing and television requirements.


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4 January 2014 : Yeovil 4 Orient 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town gained a comfortable passage to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup this afternoon, as they cruised past League One promotion chasers Leyton Orient by a 4-0 scoreline. The Glovers were on their way as early as the 12th minute of the match as James Hayter headed home after Shane Duffy had won an aerial challenge inside the box, with Hayter capitalising upon the loose ball.

If the first half was functional without significant excitement, in the second half Yeovil took full control of the match. Four minutes into the half Liam Davis made a strong left-wing run and cross into the box, and Joel Grant was on hand to slide the ball home. Then on the hour mark good work by substitute Ed Upson set up Kevin Dawson, and his cross into the box was met by a James Hayter header that put the game out of sight.

The match was rounded up by substitute Kieffer Moore, who broke the offside trap via a Joe Edwards through ball, and confidently ran through to slide the ball home. Orient threatened little, and their decision to withdraw three senior players from their line-up, whilst leaving senior striker Kevin Lisbie on the bench perhaps shows where their priorities lay once the Glovers had gone a couple of goals up, offering little in the way of a threat throughout the game.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Leyton Orient 0.

Scorers: James Hayter (12 mins, 1-0), Joel Grant (49 mins, 2-0), James Hayter (60 mins, 3-0), Kieffer Moore (90 mins, 4-0).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Captain) 15. Shane Duffy 21. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 10. Sam Foley
23. Joel Grant 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 3. Jamie McAllister 8. Ed Upson (50 mins for Byron Webster) 13. Kieffer Moore (82 mins for James Hayter) 22. Joe Jones 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan (72 mins for Sam Foley)

Leyton Orient (4-5-1):
12. Jake Larkins
2. Elliot Omozusi 5. Scott Cuthbert 15. Nathan Clarke 3. Gary Sawyer
11. Moses Odubajo 8. Lloyd James 29. Jamie Ness 6. Mathieu Baudry 7. Dean Cox
19. Yohann Lasimant

Substitutes:
30. Shaquile Coulthirst (61 mins for Dean Cox) 9. Kevin Lisbie 16. Harry Lee (80 mins for Mathieu Baudry) 20. Johnny Gorman (70 mins for Lloyd James) 26. Alex Finney 27. Sam Ling 28. Charlie Grainger

Yeovil Bookings: Liam Davis (foul, 74 mins)

Leyton Orient Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 6.

Leyton Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). Fourth Official: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).

Attendance: 3,667 (including 325 Leyton Orient supporters).


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4 January 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's FA Cup match against Leyton Orient. Striker Ishmael Miller's loan deal has been ended with the player returning to Nottingham Forest and his place in the side is taken by Sam Foley, with Joel Grant moving into the front line, whilst Foley moves onto the wing.

Both full-back positions change, with Liam Davis displacing Jamie McAllister who drops to the bench, whilst Kevin Dawson moves up the flank to allow Luke Ayling to go wide, as Shane Duffy returns to the side. Meanwhile Byron Webster returns to the team, with Liam Fontaine's loan spell at the club having ended.

Positionally speaking that means that only two outfield players maintain the role that they had at Huddersfield Town on December 29th, with Joe Edwards and James Hayter staying in central midfield and up front respectively.

There's no place in the side for Joe Ralls today - his loan spell expires today, but the club have yet to agree a loan expension with Cardiff City so he is not able to play in the fixture.

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Captain) 15. Shane Duffy 21. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 10. Sam Foley
23. Joel Grant 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 3. Jamie McAllister 8. Ed Upson 13. Kieffer Moore 22. Joe Jones 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan


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4 January 2014 : Leyton Orient Match Passes Midday Pitch Inspection
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round match against Leyton Orient remains ON following a midday pitch inspection. Referee Oliver Langford has deemed the main pitch playable for the 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The main areas of concern, like the New Year's Day match, are the dugout areas which are currently being cleared of standing water. The current weather forecast is for light drizzle this afternoon, so assuming nothing changes, then there should be a match taking place at Huish Park this afternoon.


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4 January 2014 : Pitch Inspection Planned For Leyton Orient Cup Game
Yeovil Town's home FA Cup Third Round match against Leyton Orient will be subject to a pitch inspection. Whilst the match referee is currently happy with the state of the pitch, he plans to hold the inspection at 12.00 noon to conduct a more thorough investigation of the playing surface and surrounds.

If you're travelling then we'll put the outcome of that inspection on our @ytfcciderspace Twitter account as quickly as possible.


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4 January 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Officials for the FA Cup Third Round match between Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Mr Langford is a very familiar name on the circuit, and to Yeovil Town supporters, which for a referee is usually for bad reasons. We've had him seven times across four years so far, with a fair bit of drama involved in those games.

Mr Langford is probably best known amongst Glovers fans for being the man in charge for the April 2010 home match against Southampton which saw one of the more inexplicable decisions we've seen a referee make - and we've seen some! Having already sent off Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin for a challenge on Gavin Williams, Mr Langford was faced with the problem of needing to raise a second one, just minutes later when Williams was upended by Jose Fonte whilst clean through on goal. Doubtless conscious of the effect he would have had on the game in doing so, rather than the clearness of the professional foul, Mr Langford raised a yellow card instead.

After the game, the then manager Terry Skiverton slammed Langford's decision-making in his post-match interview saying:

"I've got complaints when big decisions need to be made. He wasn't good enough today, and he was a million miles off the pace of the game."

So maybe he did better in the 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in October 2009? Not quite. A failure to stamp his authority on the match, combined with some odd decisions left Skivo fuming after the game, saying of Langford's performance:

"We cannot keep coming up against referees every week that are sub-standard. If I do not do well in my job then I will get the sack and it seems that people can get away with it week-in, week-out and get patted on the back by the people upstairs."

Of our more recent meetings with Mr Langford, the first was the August 2010 away match at Oldham Athletic. This game finished in a 0-0 draw, and we did have a few grumbles with the referee over his refusal to award a penalty for a trip by Latics defender Kieran Lee on Andy Williams. Then he ruled out what would have been a match-winning goal from Dean Bowditch, after Mr Langford claimed that goalkeeper Dean Brill had been impeded in the build-up. Indeed he had, but the video showed that it was his team-mate Reuben Hazell who had prevented Brill from claiming the ball, and not a Yeovil player. Ooops.

He then took charge of the final home match of our 2010-11 season - a 4-2 win over Colchester United. Our match report describes it as one of his better games, although he did seem to be in a rather lenient mood on the day. The most obvious was his decision not to give Colchester's Ben Coker a red card for a professional foul on Jonathan Obika. Within the context of a midtable fairly meaningless end of season fixture, and in the final minute of the match, we saw it as a "common sense" decision - raising a red card would have been of little consequence. However, given Mr Langford's track record, we'd wonder whether that was his thinking at the time.

He then was used for the September 2011 visit of Wycombe Wanderers. That seems to have been one of his quieter performances; or at least that there were few contentious decisions on the day for him to handle. Finally, he was back at Huish Park for the January 2012 home game against Preston North End where red cards at the start and the end of the game dominated the shape of the match. He sent off Preston's Craig Morgan for a professional foul just three minutes into the match - almost identical to the Morgan Schneiderlin incident two years previously, but this time he decided to produce a red.

The problem was that the earlier decision seemed to shape the tone of the game. Preston, under Graham Westley's management, started to indulge in some rather niggly and confrontational tactics, and the yellow card count began to rack up - four against the visitors and two against the Glovers, without Mr Langford appearing to have too much of an idea on how to diffuse the tension. When Paul Huntington committed an aggressive, but ball-winning, 89th minute tackle on Jamie Proctor, Preston's players waded in on the centre-back and Langford fell for it - dishing a red for Huntington, but only a yellow for Proctor who reportedly threw a punch in retaliation. The Glovers appealed against the decision, but with it being undoubtedly a strong tackle, trying to prove that the referee's judgement was wrong, was difficult to present, and the Glovers lost the appeal.

Thankfully his most recent meeting saw his spot of controversy go in our favour - an April 2013 home match against Shrewsbury Town. We won the match 2-1, and were actually helped on the way by an early penalty decision, with a Byron Webster header being blocked by Shrewsbury striker Tom Eaves. Their boss Graham Turner heavily criticised the decision after the game, complaining that few Glovers appealed for it, and citing that he had 'previous' with their team. From our point of view, that was the only debatable decision in a booking free game.

Mr Langford started refereeing at the age of 15, working through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. Given that he only spent one season as a referee in the Conference National division before being moved up another level for the start of the 2008-09 season, it would appear that at the time he was an official that the authorities were looking to fast-track through the system.

Mr Lanford will be assisted by Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).

Link: April 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Shrewsbury Town 1.

Link: January 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Preston North End 1.

Link: September 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 4 Colchester United 2.

Link: August 2010 : Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Southampton 1.

Link: October 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton 2.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 0.


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3 January 2014 : Cherries Striker Given Glovers Link
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for AFC Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas. There have been past rumblings that the Glovers have tried to bring the 26 year old in during other transfer windows, but tonight a Bournemouth Echo reporter is linking the Glovers with a move for him.

Thomas has not really settled at Dean Court since being brought in from Crawley Town for a six figure fee during the January 2012 transfer window, having previously been on loan with the Cherries. He's made 46 appearances for Bournemouth, scoring 11 goals, but has been loaned out to Portsmouth (7 appearances, 3 goals), Blackpool (9 appearances, 3 goals) and Birmingham City (11 appearances, 3 goals) during the two years that he's spent in Dorset - the latter two loans were at Championship level.

Born in Barking on January 23rd 1987, he is a product of the Dagenham and Redbridge conveyor belt of footballers plucked from non-league, and brought into the professional game. Having spent his early career with Fisher Athletic, Thurrock and Waltham Forest, the Daggers picked him up but they transfer-listed him when they briefly moved into League One, with Cheltenham Town taking him on for the 2010-11 season, going on to score 19 goals for the club in a single season. That caught the eye of Crawley who took him on a year later.

Thomas is out of contract in June 2014, and having fallen down the pecking order, the Cherries have openly admitted they are willing to sell him ahead of that time. The mention of Yeovil Town has only been made tonight, but speaking to the Bournemouth Echo earlier in the week, boss Eddie Howe was expecting to lose him to another club:

"Wes has six months left on his deal here and has a desire to play regular football. At the moment, I can't offer him that guarantee and, because of where he is with his contract situation, I think he will probably move, whether on loan or permanently. It has been difficult to get him much game-time due to the form of our front players. Wes will feel he needs to earn himself a new contract at the end of this season and, unfortunately, that will not be with us. We have had a number of clubs contacting us regarding his availability and although things will have to be agreed with us, it will be very much up to Wes to decide where his future lies."

The main front runners for his signature have been League One side Swindon Town - in Thursday's Swindon Advertiser, they quote a transfer fee of £100,000 - some sources claim Bournemouth rejected the bid, whilst others are suggesting that Thomas had turned them down. However, there's obviously the question of whether the Glovers would be prepared to bid as high as Swindon in such circumstances.

At present, the Bournemouth Echo reports are the only source for this - although it fits given the earlier confirmation that Ishmael Miller had returned to Nottingham Forest, leaving manager Gary Johnson back in the hunt for a new striker. However we'll wait and see just how interested he is in Thomas in due course.


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3 January 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : FA Cup Third Round Preview
The year 2013 was a strange one - with the exception of breaks for the two World Wars, this was the first time Yeovil Town had gone a full calendar year without playing a single FA Cup fixture. Now we find that (hopefully) the FA Cup will give us the first fixture of 2014. Again this is a 'first' - the first time in the club's history that we've been propelled in at the Third Round stage.

Guest blogger Henry Hudson takes a look at some of the key fixtures over the weekend, via a Taff's Gloversblog entry, and his preview can be read via the link below. Add your own views and hopes for the FA Cup at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : FA Cup Third Round Preview.


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3 January 2014 : Orient Make Second Loan Signing For Tomorrow
Tomorrow's opponents Leyton Orient have made their second signing of the day. They have taken Tottenham Hotspur striker Shaquile Coulthirst on loan for a one month period to cover for the losses of strike pair David Mooney and Shaun Batt who are two of five senior players the Londoners will be without for tomorrow's FA Cup Third Round clash at Huish Park.

Coulthirst is a 19 year old who made his first team debut for Spurs last month, when he came on as a substitute in their Europa League match against Anzhi Makhachkala. During the 2012-13 season, he netted 19 goals in 29 appearances across three Spurs youth and development sides he played for, including a hat-trick in Barcelona as part of an Under-19 club tournament. The Hackney born player also has two England Under-19 caps, scoring one goal.

He has been given clearance to play in tomorrow's FA Cup match against Yeovil Town, joining Stoke City midfielder Jamie Ness who signed earlier today, with both providing a bit of unpredictability as to how Orient will set themelves up for the Saturday afternoon match.


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3 January 2014 : Miller Returns To The City Ground
Championship side Nottingham Forest have confirmed that striker Ishmael Miller's loan spell at Yeovil Town is over. They have taken back Miller, plus other loanees Marcus Tudgay and Guy Moussi to the City Ground after all three players ended their times out at other clubs.

Overall Ishmael had a good six weeks at Huish Park, scoring three times in seven appearances after arriving at the club on the Loan Transfer Deadline Day. The club had hoped to extend his current deal further, but it appears that has not been possible at this moment in time.


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3 January 2014 : Ticketing For Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the Championship game between Birmingham City and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at St Andrews on Saturday 18th January 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices are set as follows:

Adults: £25.00; Aged 65 and Over: £15.00; Students: £15.00; Aged 13Ė18: £10.00; Under 13: £5.00.

All Under-15s must be accompanied by an adult or they will be refused entry at the turnstile. All tickets for those aged Under-15 therefore need to be sold with an adult ticket.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Gil Merrick Lower Stand. The standard allocation is for up to 3,000 seats with the tier shared with home supporters, who also occupy the Upper Tier. The initial allocation usually provided to clubs is for 1,205 tickets.

Disabled supporters should purchase from the Huish Park end - prices vary according to your status, but are reduced from the above prices. For any special arrangements, such as the provision of headsets, contact Birmingham City on 0871 226 1875. For advice on disabled facilities, John Starkey is the Chairman of Birmingham City's Disabled Supporters Club and can be reached on john.c.starkey@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient (FA Cup Third Round).

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans Part 2 (From Boxing Day onwards).


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3 January 2014 : Leyton Orient Ticketing Advice
Yeovil Town supporters attending tomorrow afternoon's FA Cup Third Round match against Leyton Orient should note that the Huish Park Ticket Office is likely to be busier than usual in the lead-up to kick-off. Because the match is an 'All Pay' game, the club are expecting Season Ticket Holders to purchase and/or collect tickets on the day, in addition to the usual volume of non-season ticket holders purchasing tickets.

Hence where possible, the club would prefer spectators to purchase tickets in advance, to avoid possible congestion. Ticket prices and structuring are exactly as per Championship fixtures, hence with the exception of Juniors, you will also pay two pounds more if you buy on the day of the match. The Ticket Office will be open until 5.00p.m. tonight for purchases to be made - call them on 01935-847888 if you'd prefer to buy over the phone.

In addition the Ticket Office will be open from 9.00a.m. tomorrow, so if you're passing the ground before the game, you may want to purchase or collect your tickets at that point, rather than wait until close to kick-off when the ground will be much busier.

Finally, those supporters who purchased tickets for the New Year's Day match against Watford should note that current tickets will remain valid for the rearranged fixture. The two clubs have yet to set a date for this game, but will probably take place on a future Tuesday night. If you can make the rearranged date (when announced) simply hang onto your New Year's Day ticket. If you can't make the new date, or are confident that a midweek rearrangement wouldn't be suitable for you, then the club will allow tickets to be exchanged for another equivalent fixture of your choice. Avoid requesting this during the couple of hours leading up to kick-off on matchdays if you need to do this.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient (FA Cup Third Round).


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3 January 2014 : Tomorrow's Opponents Sign New Midfielder On Loan
Tomorrow's FA Cup Third Round opponents Leyton Orient have made a new loan signing in time for the tie. They have taken on 22 year old Stoke City midfielder Jamie Ness on a 28 day loan, to help them deal with an injury situation that has left them without five senior players for tomorrow's trip to Huish Park.

Ness has been given clearance to play in tomorrow's match. He was previously with Rangers in Scotland, having graduated through their Academy system, making 18 appearances and scoring two goals. When the previous Glasgow Rangers company was liquidated in June 2012, Ness chose to jump ship rather than have his terms transferred to the new company, and thus joined Stoke City as a free agent. He signed a four year contract but has so far made just one first team appearance for the Premier League side.


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3 January 2014 : Away Terrace Closed For FA Cup Tie
Yeovil Town's away terrace at Huish Park will be closed tomorrow, for the first time during the 2013-14 season. All visiting Leyton Orient supporters will be housed in the Screwfix (East) Stand at the ground - this tends to point to low advance sales from the East London club ahead of the tie - normally up to 500 spaces are provided for away supporters in the seated section of that stand, which gives an idea of the maximum numbers likely to travel tomorrow. Initially Orient had been given both terrace and seated tickets, but a change to arrangements has been announced today.

As for the match itself, the club are rather more optimistic about staging the game tomorrow. With heavy rain having forced the postponement of the New Year's Day match against Watford, there were fears that the same fate might befall Saturday's match. However, yesterday the pitch covers were removed, with a strong drying wind and a bit of sunshine getting onto the pitch. The covers have been put back on today.

In addition, the weather forecast that was in place for Saturday, that implied more torrential rain, has been dumbed down slightly by both the Met Office and the MetCheck website. Both are now forecasting more moderate volumes of rain that hopefully the Huish Park pitch will be able to cope with - the main danger is a bank of rain that is due to hit the area overnight and continue until around noon. Obviously with weather patterns changing heavily this week, nothing is guaranteed, so if there are problems, we'll provide updates - probably on the day of the game.


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3 January 2014 : Tate Being Prepared For Aberdeen Loan Switch
Former Yeovil Town loanee Alan Tate looks set to effectively end his time with Swansea City with another loan spell being lined up for the second half of the 2013-14 season. The Carmarthen Journal and the Aberdeen Evening Express are both reporting that he is on his way to sign for Aberdeen, with the Scottish paper indicating that he due to have a medical today.

The South Wales press note that Tate was only able to travel to Scotland today because contractually speaking, his loan spell with Yeovil Town actually ended yesterday, with a half-season deal having been agreed with the Glovers last July. However, Tate sustained a hamstring injury in September that was due to keep him out for six to eight weeks. However, there was no sign of him being fit to return to playing until now - his Glovers career therefore lasted just six matches.

Tate is expected to remain at Pittodrie for the remainder of the season, which will also end his time with Swansea, given that the Aberdeen press claim manager Michael Laudrup has told him he is free to leave the club in the summer. His last Swansea appearance came on September 22nd 2012 - a few months into Laudrup's reign at the Liberty Stadium.


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3 January 2014 : Orient Five Men Down For FA Cup Clash
Tomorrow's FA Cup opponents Leyton Orient will have to travel down to South Somerset without five senior players, after a series of injuries blighted their Christmas and New Year fixtures. Despite not playing on New Year's Day, with their match against Bristol City called off due to damage to a floodlight structure at Brisbane Road, they report that they will still be having to reshuffle their team for the game at Huish Park.

Strikers David Mooney (foot) and Shaun Batt (hamstring), who have scored 24 goals between them this campaign will both be missing, whilst first choice goalkeeper Jamie Jones is out with a back injury, leaving 21 year old Jake Larkins between the sticks, who has played just three professional games and only made his Football League debut on Boxing Day.

Orient are also without former Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Romain Vincelot who has a knee injury, whilst Poole-born Robbie Simpson is also unavailable due to a hamstring strain. Their only bright spot is that former Swindon Town defender Scott Cuthbert will return to the squad following a suspension.

In terms of the Glovers, they should welcome back goalkeeper Marek Stech and defender Byron Webster into their squad - both had been pencilled in to start against Watford on New Year's Day before the game was called off. Midfielder Ed Upson will need a fitness test on an ankle injury. However, new signing Matteo Lanzoni will not be available for the game as he is cup-tied.

The club will also need to get clarity on loan deals for Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller and Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls given that both loan deals have expired without news on whether an extension is possible, with Ralls' situation complicated by Cardiff only appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their first team manager yesterday. Liam Fontaine will not feature though, after his loan spell with the club ended, with the defender returning to Bristol City.


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2 January 2014 : Johnson Intercepted 'London' Club To Sign Lanzoni
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he fought off competition from a London-area League One side to secure the services of new signing Matteo Lanzoni. The former Oldham Athletic defender signed an eighteen month contract with the club today, ending a half-season stay at Boundary Park where he had played under Gary's son Lee Johnson.

Speaking to BBC Somerset earlier today, Gary explained that Lee was aware that he was about to sign his player, and that in fact Lee had given him some feedback on the player once he realised that he was going to lose the Italian, and that he was planning to head to an unnamed London club:

"We were quite lucky to pick him up really. Obviously I've seen him a few times, from when I went to watch Oldham on a couple of occasions, in support of Lee. I know Lee likes him. Oldham didn't really want to lose him, if they could help it, but they couldn't agree terms with him. He was on his way down to London to sign for a League One club down there, but then I heard from an agent and Lee, and they knew that I quite liked him. Lee felt that he would do okay in the Championship, and as I've said, I always quite liked him."

There are only two London clubs in League One currently - Brentford and Leyton Orient, who are both pushing for promotion at present - however, earlier Twitter rumours had suggested that Crawley Town were the club signing him, which might have involved a London-based meeting point for him to meet the Sussex club.

As for the player himself, Johnson believes he is getting a very versatile player who can challenge for a position anywhere across the back four, and will be very strong in his play:

"He's a typical Italian defender. He's very strong. He trained this morning in the gym. He's a competitor and he gives us good competition for the centre-half position, along with left-back and right-back. He can play all across the back four."


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2 January 2014 : Morgan Confirms Glovers Deal
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan has today confirmed that he has completed his switch from Liverpool to Huish Park, to become a Yeovil Town player. The 19 year old had a pre-arranged agreement at the time that he came in on loan in November 2013, and now with the transfer window open, he has turned his temporary deal into a permanent one, with a two-and-a-half year contract that will keep him at the club until June 2016.

Morgan has so far made four appearances for the club, with his time on the pitch slightly hampered by the matchday rules concerning loan players, that have forced him to sit in the stand on a couple of occasions. Now a permanent signing, he won't be shackled by that, and will be able to compete for a place in the team on an even keel. Speaking via his Twitter account, Morgan paid tribute to his home club, who he had an association with, via their Academy system, for twelve years:

"Thank you for all the messages from Liverpool fans - it means a lot to me. I spent so much of my life at Liverpool and loved every minute - the ups and the downs. Liverpool is always the team I will love and support, and always where my home will be, but it's time for me to show what I can do at my new club Yeovil Town. I am really looking forward to what I hope to be a huge stage of my career. Thank you everyone."


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2 January 2014 : Glovers Count The Cost Of Postponement
The postponement of Yeovil Town's Championship home match against Watford is reported to have cost the club a six figure sum in lost revenue. The New Year's Day game at Huish Park was due to be screened live on Sky Sports, but had to be called off during the afternoon, due to torrential rain in South Somerset that flooded the dugouts and much of the perimeter areas, as well as leaving the pitch in a state that referee James Adcock viewed as unplayable.

All home clubs receive a Facilitation Fee from Sky for screening live games, as part of Football League's broadcast agreement. In League One, the figure has been previously reported as around £20,000, but BBC Points West report that the club would have been due to receive a fee of £80,000 as a Championship club. When added to the costs of preparing for the postponed match, and the likely lower revenue available from a more low key midweek rearranged tie, the BBC are indicating it may have cost the club as much as £100,000 in lost revenue.

Given the club have another televised Sky Sports match on Saturday 8th February, against Leeds United, the club should stand by for the same revenue in just over five weeks time, but will be hoping that the current conditions are not repeated when the Yorkshire club head south.


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2 January 2014 : Burn Recalled From Birmingham Loan
Former Yeovil Town loanee Dan Burn has been recalled by his parent club Fulham from a loan spell with Birmingham City. That means he will almost certainly miss the meeting between the two clubs at St Andrews on January 18th 2014, with him now training at Craven Cottage for the immediate future.

Burn had made 28 appearances for the Blues this season, but with Fulham having recently changed their management team, Head Coach Rene Meulensteen has exercised a break clause in what had been a full season loan arrangement, so he can see the centre-half at close quarters. The Birmingham Mail indicate that the door is not entirely closed on a return to St Andrews, but it would seem likely that the new boss will want to assess his player during the next few weeks at least.

That sort of thinking appears to be also on the mind of Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill over defender Liam Fontaine, who has left Huish Park this week at the end of his loan spell with the Glovers. Previous City boss Sean O'Driscoll said that in his opinion it had become impossible to select Fontaine because of the intense heckling the player was getting from his own supporters during games. Cotterill though wants a fresh start, and told the Bristol Evening Post that he is prepated to consider him for their FA Cup Third Round match against Watford:

"I still havenít had a chance to take a look at Liam and, now he is back with us, Iíd be silly not to. Iím keeping an open mind on it and, depending upon what I decide to do with the shape, I might have a chance to look at him at the weekend."


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2 January 2014 : Johnson Snr Signs Defender From Johnson Jnr!
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has signed a new defender this afternoon - from his son Lee Johnson's side. They have given former Oldham Athletic defender Matteo Lanzoni an 18 month contract at the club after the 25 year old turned down a chance to stay at Boundary Park at the turn of the year. Up until that point he had scored twice in 15 appearances for the Latics.

Born in Como, Italy, the six-foot-two tall player, who is capable of playing across the back four, but has been largely mentioned as a right-back for Oldham, had previously spent his time in Italy, initially playing for Como as a youth player, but then coming into the Sampdoria youth set-up, and going on to spend loan spells with Bari, Sambenedettese, Mantova, PortoSummaga and Foggia during his time there.

Speaking before Christmas, Johnson Junior was full of praise for the Italian's attitude, and had hoped to extend his deal at the League One club:

"I have always wanted to keep Matteo, but a lot goes into it. The poor kid has been in a room in the 247 Hotel on his own, without driving, since being here. It is a lovely hotel and they are great people there, but it is not easy. Lanzoni is one of the most dedicated professionals I have ever seen. He walks round with a stopwatch and clocks everything. Thereís no fluke to it: he works very hard at what he is trying to do, and I respect that a lot."

Glovers fans will have to wait a while to see Lanzoni in action - he is cup-tied having played in Oldham's FA Cup games against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Mansfield Town, meaning that he cannot play in Saturday's home game against Leyton Orient.

Lanzoni should in the long term be able to put down more permanent roots in South Somerset. The next telephone conversation between Johnson Senior and Junior should be an interesting one!


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2 January 2014 : Fontaine Exits Huish Park
Yeovil Town have allowed defender Liam Fontaine to return to Bristol City at the end of his loan spell with the club. Brought in during the Summer Transfer Window Deadline Day, the 27 year old agreed a half-season loan from City, having already worked under Gary Johnson across three different spells during his career.

He started well for the club, but a hamstring strain in his third game for the club meant that he was out for three weeks, during which time Everton loanee Shane Duffy was brought in to replace him. Since then he has largely been sat on the bench as an unused substitute, or even in the stand as the club's "sixth loanee", returning only when injuries and Duffy's non-availability allowed him to force his way back into the side over Christmas.

Overall he made four starts and one substitute appearance during his time with the club, but will now return to Bristol to try to force his way into new manager Steve Cotterill's first team plans.


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2 January 2014 : New Year's Day Interview With Terry Skiverton
Following yesterday's postponement of the Championship match against Watford at Huish Park, Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game being called off. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo talks about the heavy rain that fell, the new loan deals for Shane Duffy and John Lundstram plus his expectations for the club's other loan players. He also looks ahead to the forthcoming FA Cup match against Leyton Orient. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC About The Watford Postponement.


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2 January 2014 : Scunthorpe Keen On Return For Madden
League Two side Scunthorpe United have said that they still have Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden on their wanted list, despite running out of time to do a deal when the November transfer window closed last year. The Iron were one of the last clubs to be linked with the transfer-listed Irishman - in fact their interest was only known after the window closed - but they were not able to conclude any negotiations.

Chairman Peter Swann has stopped short of saying that Scunthorpe have tabled a bid for the the 23 year old, but on the other hand wasn't ruling it out. He told the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph that he was one of a number of players that his club were interested in taking to Glanford Park:

ďI think anybody of Paddyís stature is a potential target. But there are three or four targets out there with his ability. Yes, Paddy would be a fantastic acquisition, but heís not the only one thatís out there and Iím sure other teams will be in for a player like him. If we were able to do it, it would be amazing. Either way, weíll be working hard to make sure anybody we bring in benefits the squad."

Scunthorpe currently look good for a swift return to League One, having been relegated at the tail end of last season. They are top of the fourth tier, and Swann is currently outlining plans for a 12,000 capacity stadium, and suggestions that they can also regain their Championship status in the long run. The Scunthorpe press also name Leyton Orient and Milton Keynes Dons as two other clubs they believe are interested in taking Madden on.

Johnson has already revealed that Paddy Madden and Dan Seaborne are not part of his future plans. However, there are currently unconfirmed rumours that up to six players could disappear out of the current squad during the January transfer window. Of course with Madden and Seaborne being two of those, some of the others may be loan players given that Johnson only has limited room for manoeuvre in that area, having already committed John Lundstram and Shane Duffy to the ranks for the second half of the season. But it seems invitable with the team having suffered two bad defeats at the tail end of 2013, that Madden and Seaborne won't be the only players heading out the door given that they played no part in either loss.


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1 January 2014 : Skivo: The Worst Rain In My Years At Yeovil
Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton has backed the decision to call off today's Championship home fixture against Watford was a fair one given the circumstances. Skivo's view was that the rain that came down on the day of the game was the worst he'd seen since he moved down to Somerset in 1999, flooding the stadium dugouts and perimeter areas, and leaving referee James Adcock feeling that he had no option but to call the game off.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Skiverton agreed with Adcock's assessment that if they had tried to start the match it certainly wouldn't have ended once the pitch was exposed to the pouring rain:

"He definitely didn't have any choice in that. That's the worst rain I've seen in 14 years of being at Yeovil. So it was the correct call, and if we'd tried to play the game, then it definitely wouldn't have finished. So it maybe would have started, but it definitely wouldn't have ended up completing the game. The groundstaff have worked hard all day and yesterday, and with the covers going on, the pitch really wasn't looking too bad. But with that kind of rainfall - even just coming in from the villages, there's deep puddles everywhere. So it would have been a safety concern with supporters coming in as well. So it was the right decision and the correct decision and it's one that we're quite happy with."

Despite the day's disruption, Skiverton said that the club would not lose time, as they would call the players in for training tomorrow, and that would give them extra time to prepare the squad for Saturday's FA Cup Third Round match against Leyton Orient at Huish Park:

"It's only for a day. We'll be in training tomorrow, and we've got a couple of days to prepare for a massive FA Cup game at home. We're looking forward to the FA Cup game now, because Leyton Orient's game got called off, and they would have had that rest going into that game. So hopefully our players now can get a bit of rest and recuperation after a busy Christmas schedule, and look forward to the game on Saturday."

Skiverton confirmed that defender Byron Webster would have played in today's match, but admitted that it would have been a risk, in terms of his recent hamstring injury, sustained in the December 21st match against Blackburn Rovers. Hence he admitted that the extra resting time would benefit his side:

"We had a couple (of injuries) especially with Byron Webster who had a bit of a sore hamstring. If we had played out there tonight then it would have been a tough test for him. So he's got a few more days to recover. We've got a couple of other players as well."

Two of those players were goalkeeper Marek Stech (thigh) and midfielder Ed Upson (ankle). Skivo's boss Gary Johnson strongly implied this morning that Stech would have played in today's match, but that Upson would have sat the game out - the extra few days may change that perspective.


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1 January 2014 : Referee Explains Watford Postponement
Referee James Adcock has explained his decision to call off today's Championship fixture against Watford at Huish Park today. The Nottinghamshire official needed to be at the ground for barely 15 minutes before he made his decision that the televised Sky Sports fixture could not go ahead due to torrential downpours in Somerset on the day of the match.

Adcock told Sky that it was an immediate decision to call the game off because of what he was greeted with upon arrival at the ground, finding flooded dugouts, a boggy pitch and a weather forecast that pointed to things getting worse. He explained what happened when he arrived at Huish Park:

"I arrived here at just gone two o'clock for the 5.30pm kick-off, and straight away I was told to look at the dugouts, which were completely flooded, right to the roof, from the pitch. The pitch has been covered for the last two days but the weather conditions and the forecast were just terrible really, for the rest of the day."

With roads around South Somerset and some of the walkways around the stadium becoming flooded, Adcock said he had some input from Safety officials at the ground. But he said that the state of the pitch was his primary concern:

"It's the playing surface that I predominantly make a judgement on. The safety people at the club have obviously had an input on it as well, but the pitch is very very boggy and I have to take that into consideration as well, for the safety of the players. The last thing that I want is injured players."

The referee also said the weather forecast meant that conditions were likely to deteriorate, and that he didn't want to put the players and management into a position where the game started, but that it proved impossible to finish it:

"I don't want to start a game, and not be able to complete it. The last thing players and managers would want, would be if we waited until kick-off and then have to start it, then stop it, get the diggers on and have to come off and then start again. It was just going to be farcical if we did start the game."


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1 January 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Watford : Match POSTPONED
Yeovil Town's Championship home match against Watford has been postponed. With heavy rain in South Somerset over the last 24 hours, even covering the pitch has not been sufficient - the pitch is waterlogged and the fixture will need to be rearranged. Obviously do not travel to Huish Park! A new date will be announced in due course.


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1 January 2014 : Lundstram Loan Extension Confirmed
Yeovil Town have confirmed that Everton midfielder John Lundstram has now extended his current loan deal at Huish Park. The 19 year old will now remain a Glover until the end of the 2013-14 season - something that manager Gary Johnson had said before Christmas had been verbally agreed with the Premier League side.

So far, Lundstram has made six appearances for the club since arriving on loan in late November, as part of the club's dealings in the Loan Transfer Deadline Day.


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1 January 2014 : Pitch Covers To Be Removed Mid-Afternoon
Yeovil Town will be removing the covers at Huish Park this afternoon during mid-afternoon, in the hope of protecting the pitch for as long as possible for the televised teatime match against Watford. The main pitch has been covered throughout overnight, due to heavy rain that was forecast (correctly!) in the Somerset area for this morning, causing a large number of fixture postponements across the region.

The covers will be removed at 3.00p.m. with the current weather forecast being for the persistent rain to gradually fade the later the day goes on. Clearly the club aren't going to be 100 percent certain as to the state of the pitch until those covers are removed. They are currently using Waterhogs on the pitch covers in critical areas to reduce the chances of any problems.

Needless to say, if any pitch inspections are planned, we'll publicise them here and on the Ciderspace @ytfcciderspace Twitter account as quickly as we can. However, at present none have been scheduled - our instincts are that any problems will only be highlighted after the covers are removed.

There is still expected to be some rain during the match, so be prepared for a bit of a soggy evening.


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1 January 2014 : Mixed Injury News On Stech And Upson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has delivered mixed news concerning two of his players that were injured in Sunday's Championship match against Huddersfield Town. Goalkeeper Marek Stech and midfielder Ed Upson were both substituted during the match at the John Smith's Stadium, with Upson lasting just 25 minutes before limping off with an ankle injury. Goalkeeper Stech was taken off at half time with a thigh strain, leaving Chris Dunn between the sticks, creating some worries about the pair.

Speaking to TalkSport Radio today, Gary said that Marek's injury was not as serious as they'd initially suspected, but admitted that Ed Upson was rather more borderline:

"Marek Stech is okay. He trained yesterday and was fine - so he's good. Ed Upson is having to have a little injection in his ankle, because he's struggling a little bit with a spur of a bone in his ankle, so we're needing to have a look at that."

Having spent the Christmas week on the road, travelling to AFC Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town, the Glovers return home for what is scheduled to be the first of three home matches. Gary says he is glad to get back to Somerset and hopes that home advantage can count:

"We've got one FA Cup game (against Leyton Orient) along with Watford and Burnley. That's nice because it doesn't feel that we've been at Huish Park for a long time now. So we've got to make sure that our home form is strong if we can, and we're looking forward to the home games. If we can come out of these unscathed then it will be a good start to the year."

In terms of tonight's team selection, defender Byron Webster is expected to be close to being available, having spent the last ten days out with a hamstring strain. Meanwhile Johnson is confident of having completed Shane Duffy's player registration for his half season loan which starts today. The other formality in terms of paperwork is that Liverpool's Adam Morgan will cease to be a loan player at the club, signing a two-and-a-half year permanent contract which was pre-agreed at the start of his loan spell at Huish Park.


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1 January 2014 : Gary's Sporting Review Of 2013
As we move into the year 2014 - Happy New Year! - there's one last chance of a look back at the previous year. As part of the BBC's Sporting Review Of The Year 2013, they featured Yeovil Town and no prizes for what event they centred upon. With BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin interviewing manager Gary Johnson, there's a look back on a rather special day out in May, which can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC During Their Sports Review Of 2013.


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