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28 February 2011 : Interview With Oli Johnson
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town's on loan Norwich City striker Oli Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match and his brilliant winning goal. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Oli Johnson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Tranmere.


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28 February 2011 : Signed Manchester United Shirt For Adam Stansfield Foundation
For anyone who hasn't noticed, the Capital Glovers have got a signed Manchester United on eBay in the closing stages of an auction. The shirt, signed by 13 of United's first team squad, is up for grabs until tomorrow morning and all proceeds will be going to the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

Any Manchester United fans, or those with friends or relatives who fancy owning something a bit special, should head via the link below, in the warm comfort that you're benefiting a very excellent cause.

Link: eBay Website: Signed Manchester United Shirt.

NB: If by chance you saw this up for grabs a few months ago, yes it is the same shirt being reauctioned - unfortunately it has been necessary to put it up for a second time.


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28 February 2011 : Hengrove Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Report
Yeovil Town Reserves progressed through to the semi-finals of the Somerset Premier Cup after an entertaining game at Hengrove Athletic. It was the first ever meeting between the two clubs, and therefore represented a rare opportunity to visit a new ground with the Glovers.

Hengrove Athletic play in The Western League first division having moved up the pyramid via The Somerset Senior League. The ground at Norton Lane has two covered areas on one side of the pitch, one is a standing area and the other is a seated stand that contained a fair proportion of the thirty or so travelling Glovers supporters. The pitch is railed off on three sides with a clubhouse behind the near goal where hot food was available.

Admission was £5.00 including a match programme. There is hard standing on three sides of the ground with the far goal the only undeveloped area, backing as it does onto a garden centre. Yeovil Town sent an under 18's side to Norton Road, with the exception of Stefan Stam.

Hengrove were punished for earlier chances spurned when Nick Lyskov headed home from a 92nd minute corner to send the away side through, the hosts had already missed a 47th minute penalty that cannoned off the Yeovil crossbar via goalkeeper Steve Boore and shortly before the end had seen an effort cleared off the line. Watching boss Terry Skiverton and his team of Nathan Jones and Darren Way were no doubt delighted with the final outcome.

An educational night for the young players of Yeovil Town against a competent Western League.

Match Report: Tim Lancaster.

Final Score: Hengrove Athletic 0 Yeovil Town Reserves 1.

Scorer: Nick Lyskov (90 mins, 0-1).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Lewis Clarke 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Stefan Stam 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Nick Lyskov 7. Aiden Chainey 8. Tyler Sheppard 9. Rob Clowes 10. Lloyd Matthews 11. Jonny Kaye

Subs: Adam Cleary, Josh Doyle, Isaac Reid (78 mins for Tyler Sheppard), Will Agbo, Lee Sweet

Attendance: 124 (headcount - with approx 35 away fans).


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28 February 2011 : Parry Cites Glovers Tactics For Scrappy Game
Tranmere Rovers manager Les Parry feels that Yeovil Town's tactics contributed to the spectacle that was served up at Prenton Park on Saturday. The Glovers gained a 1-0 win in an uneventful scrappy game, and Parry credited the away side's formation as being responsible for neutering much of the football being played.

In front of Tranmere's biggest crowd of the 2010-11 season, as 8,016 paid their fivers to watch very little in the way of fluent passing, Parry felt that Terry Skiverton's side killed the entertainment value by flooding the centre of the park - playing midfielder Paul Wotton just in front of the defence. Speaking to the Liverpool Daily Post, Parry recognised that the home crowd were not universally happy with the performance but felt that some matters were outside his control:

"I know the crowd were not happy but it was never going to be an attractive game because of the way Yeovil approached it. There was very little we could do about that. Yeovil came to close the game down, packed the defence and hit us on the break and it worked. That’s not a criticism. They did a job on us. You’ve got to try and grind results out of these situations and if we had to take a 0-0 then so be it.

We needed to try and get the ball down and get it wide because that’s where the spaces were. But we were not doing that on a regular enough basis. Yeovil had four men sat in the middle of the back and Enoch Showunmi found it difficult to hold the ball up because of the number of bodies around him. I thought we lacked a bit of energy. It is always difficult when you feel you’re banging your head against a brick wall
."

The eventual winner from striker Oli Johnson was a true bolt from the blue, rifling home a looping volley after defender Michael Kay had failed to control keeper Tony Warner's clearance. Parry refused to criticise his defender's mistake, saying that the goal had more to do with Johnson's finish than Kay's defending:

"To concede a goal like that was devastating. You can’t take anything away from the lad (Oli Johnson), it was a great finish. Michael (Kay) did not put it on a plate for him."


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28 February 2011 : Latics Fail To Pay Players Wages As Alarm Bells Ring
League One side Oldham Athletic have failed to pay their players' wages on time for the month of February. Their payroll was due to be run on Friday, but the Latics have confirmed in a statement issued today that a "cash-flow issue" prevented that from happening.

The Latics statement blames the situation upon the early February decision by the Charity Commission to disallow them access to land at Failsworth upon which they had hoped to build a new stadium. Chief Executive Alan Hardy has told BBC Radio Manchester that this caused investors to withdraw support for their stadium project:

"The problem has been created by the withdrawal of development investors after Oldham council failed to get permission from the Charity Commission for the swap of the land from trust status at Failsworth."

Oldham claim that the matter is merely a short term issue that will be resolved within the next three days, although the fact that it has happened, and the reasons given for the cash-flow problem will undoubtedly raise alarm amongst Latics fans.

Oldham played four home fixtures during the month of February, and so would hardly have been short of cash being handed over at the turnstiles. Furthermore, the implication of Hardy's comments are that the club was planning to make immediate use of money earmarked for future stadium developments to fund their current wage bill, despite Oldham having yet to get planning permission for the Failsworth site. Furthermore, the decision by the Charity Commission was announced on February 3rd, so Oldham have had the best part of a month to make alternative arrangements to fund their players' wage bill.

Using money set aside for new stadium development is the sort of tactic that Southend United used when they took loans from Sainsbury, who are looking to help part-fund their development at Fossett's Farm. The Shrimpers received planning permission for their new stadium in 2008, yet three years later not a single brick has been laid on the site, and Southend's debt to the supermarket company has continued to grow, as they take money in the blind faith that the sale of Roots Hall and the building of the stadium at Fossetts Farm will run to completion. Recent revised plans for their stadium have cut it back to being a three-sided ground, and the Shrimpers are back in court on March 16th 2011 over yet another winding-up order from HMRC.

Although Oldham's Chief Executive has played down their current cash-flow problems, what he tells the BBC with regards to the future of Oldham Athletic is hardly going to make their fans sleep easy at night. However, he denied rumours that Boundary Park had already been sold off:

"The ground has not been sold, the club has not been sold. It's a fact the club is available to the right people if somebody comes along and wants to take the club forward. A move out of the borough is still a possibility no doubt about it. Whatever we do we've got to get something sorted very quickly otherwise the situation will not improve. If people can't find us a site suitable then the only alternative is to move out. The fans should be worried - I'm worried. I don't want to see the club in a situation like this, but we're faced with this situation and we've got to try and and do our best to get out of it."

It may take months, possibly years, but it seems clear that Oldham are on the same slippery slope that we've reported on with Plymouth Argyle, Southend and others over the years. They need to take urgent and realistic action to get off that slippery slope or they will find themselves where Argyle are now in a year or two's time.


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28 February 2011 : Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to play Exeter City are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The game takes place on Saturday 19th March at St James Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices for the game are as follows:

Terracing: Adults: £17.00; Concessions: £12.00; Under-18s: £6.00.

Seating: Adults: £19.00; Concessions: £13.00; Under-18s: £7.00.

Concessions are available for those aged Over 60, and for students carrying an NUS card.

Ambulant disabled supporters are admitted at the above rates. Wheelchair users pay £16.00. Both can admit an assistant admitted free of charge. For reservations and arrangements, call 01392-411243.

NOTE: Ticket sales for this match will be initially to Season Ticket Holders only. If you are a Season Ticket Holder, you have until Monday 7th March at 5.00p.m. to purchase your ticket. Thereafter, remaining tickets will go on general sale.

The majority of Yeovil Town supporters will be allocated in the St James Road Terrace, which is an uncovered terrace behind the goal, and is very typical of the sort that we used to experience in the Conference - shallow steps and thus not the best of views if you are small and arrive just before kick-off. Those getting the seats will be housed in the Stagecoach Stand (more commonly known as the Grandstand). There should be just over 1,000 terrace spaces and around 300 seats available, and so we'd expect the seated area to sell out before the day, whilst there should be enough to go round (although don't hold us to that) for those on the terrace.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.


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28 February 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Tranmere 0 Yeovil 1 : A Perfect Oli Day Snapshot
Anxious to see a League One six-pointer on the weekend (or was it the prospect of seeing Footy for a Fiver?) our regular blogger Cruncher boarded another train and set off in the direction of Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

Clutching to his chest a valuable 1-0 win on his return home, you can read about his day out, and in particular the 90 minutes of maybe not quite such a beautiful game via the link below. Comments, views and your own experiences of Tranmere and the general situation are welcomed via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Perfect Oli Day Snapshot.


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27 February 2011 : County Cup Quarter-Final Match Preview
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves are in cup action tomorrow (Monday), as they travel to a new ground. They face Hengrove Athletic in the Quarter-Final of the Somerset Premier Cup in a match that will be played at their Norton Lane ground.

This is Hengrove's first season in the competition, so for the very large majority of Glovers this will be the first opportunity to see them in action. The address for their ground is as follows:

Address: Hengrove Athletic FC, Norton Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0BT.

To get to their ground, travel north from Yeovil up the A37 towards the south side of Bristol. After travelling through the village of Pensford, travel approximately one mile further up the A37. You then have two chances to get to the ground - either turn left into Gibbet Lane and right into Norton Lane, or carry further up the A37 and take a left turn into Norton Lane directly. The ground is situated next to the Whitehall Garden Centre about a quarter of a mile off the A37.

When turning off the A37, expect signposts for Norton Malreward and Norton Hawkfield, although don't go as far as those villages. If you get as far as the area of Whitchurch on the south side of Bristol on the A37 you've gone too far and so should turn around. If you're coming from the Bristol area, simply take the first right turn south of Whitchurch into Norton Lane as soon as you have gone over the hump bridge.

Although Hengrove have been in existence since 1948, they are relative newcomers to their current level of football, having finished as Somerset County League Premier Division champions in the 2005-06 season. With that brought promotion to the Western League First Division for the start of the following season, where they have remained since. They've been at Norton Lane since 1964.

They currently lie in 10th place in the Western League First Division and are currently on a run of three matches, with recent wins over Chard Town and Keynsham Town and a 0-0 draw against Bridport. Their main danger man to look out for is Ben Crewe who has scored 12 goals, with nine assists, although just to keep you on your toes they do have a player called Sam Williams on their books!

As far as the Yeovil team are concerned, we'd expect only a few of Saturday's benchwarmers to have some kind of involvement. Possibilities are Richard Martin taking over in goal along with players like Billy Gibson, Craig Calver and Danny Fitzsimons, with out of favour centre-back Stefan Stam another who could be used. But we'd expect the bulk of the starting line-up to come from the second year scholars who play for Yeovil's Under-18s. With the Glovers in first team action the next day against Brighton and Hove Albion, the expectation is that first team boss Terry Skiverton will be erring on the side of caution and not risking too many to the Hengrove pitch.

For those travelling to the game, note that Hengrove play in Green and White colours - we'd therefore expect Yeovil as the away team to be wearing their change colours. The referee for the match will be David Bryant. He will be assisted by Martin Veater and Adam Fricker.

The Quarter-Final ties are all being played this week and are as follows:

28/02/2011 : 19:30 : Hengrove Athletic vs Yeovil Town
28/02/2011 : 19:30 : Paulton Rovers vs Clevedon Town
01/03/2011 : 19:45 : Taunton Town vs Weston-super-Mare
02/03/2011 : 19:45 : Frome Town vs Radstock Town


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27 February 2011 : Youth Team vs Swansea City Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s went down by a single goal in five yesterday, when they lost out to third-placed Swansea City. In a match played at Alvington, the Glovers took the lead, and even forced a late equalising goal, but Tony Pennock's side grabbed all three points late on to take the points.

With Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town having a free weekend, Lewis Clarke and Rob Clowes were called up to play for the Under-18s, giving them a strong looking starting eleven. They got themselves off to a great start when a Lloyd Matthews cross into the box was met on the bounce by Andy Venning, who got his first goal for the Under-18s with an excellent shot to put the Glovers a goal up.

The visitors are having a strong season though, and they hit back with two goals before the break, with Gavin Edwards carving out an equalising goal, followed by Charlie Kasler's strike to give them the lead at half time.

The Glovers hit back in the second half, and they thought they'd gained themselves a worthy point when Lloyd Matthews got in behind the Swansea defence. Cleverly lobbing the keeper as he came off his line, his effort headed towards goal before being helped into the net by a Swans defender trying to recover the situation.

At 2-2 and with time ticking out, Tony Pennock's side grabbed the final goal of the match, as Ben Davies scored with just two minutes remaining for a cruel end to a tight match, as he latched onto a loose ball in the box, with the Glovers having failed to clear their lines from a free kick. The result means that the Glovers maintain their bottom of the table position in the Youth Alliance League, and with a trip to Plymouth to come next weekend in their attempts to claw their way upwards.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 2 Swansea City U18s 3.

Scorers: Andy Venning (1-0, 6 mins), Gavin Edwards (1-1, 17 mins), Charlie Kasler (1-2, 30 mins), Lloyd Matthews (2-2, 84 mins), Ben Davies (88 mins).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Lewis Clarke 3. Joe Grimstead 4. George Coward 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Lee Sweet 7. Aiden Chainey 8. Tyler Sheppard 9. Rob Clowes 10. Lloyd Matthews 11. Andy Venning

Substitutes:
Adam Cleary, Charlie Ledger, Josh Doyle (for Tyler Sheppard), Isaac Reid, Jonny Kaye (for Andy Venning)


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27 February 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Tranmere Game.


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27 February 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Brighton
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Brighton and Hove Albion have been announced. The game takes place on Tuesday 1st March 2011 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). We can find five previous instances of Mr Mathieson taking charge of a Yeovil match, with four of the five being on our travels.

On the whole the experience has been pretty good, bar one contested penalty decision that went against us against AFC Bournemouth in December 2005 - his only recorded visit to Huish Park. However, he did award another spot kick at the other end, so we mustn't grumble too loudly. He also gave us a spot kick up at Shrewsbury in September 2004, although Super Gav didn't take advantage of the two attempts he got to put it in the net.

Across the five games, he's dished out a rather modest total of six yellow cards and no red cards, and bar the spot kicks has barely warranted a mention in any of our match reports, so here's hoping for a continuation of that. Most notably and most recently, he took charge of the Carling Cup match at the Riverside Stadium, where we played Middlesbrough and lost 5-1 on the night. No suggestion that anything other than Premier League class was to blame for the margin of that scoreline.

Mr Mathieson will be assisted by Adam Watts (Worcestershire) and Tim Wood (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Johnson (Weston-super-Mare).

Link: August 2008 : Middlesbrough 5 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: April 2008 : Carlisle United 2 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: December 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 - 1 AFC Bournemouth.

Link: September 2005 : Bradford City 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: September 2004 : Shrewsbury Town 1 - 2 Yeovil Town.


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26 February 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Tranmere Interview
Just before kick-off today, in the League One match against Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Tranmere.


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26 February 2011 : Skiverton Hails Oli's Opportunism
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton praised his side's 'spirited performance' as they grabbed all three points in their 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park today. In a poor quality spectacle, witnessed by the home side's best League One crowd of the season of 8,016, the Glovers took the points by more or less the only moment of quality during the game.

The winning goal came 13 minutes from time, when Oli Johnson took advantage of Tranmere's Tony Warner's positioning when the keeper had to come out of his area to head the ball clear of danger. The returned 30 yard strike was worthy of winning any game, and Skiverton said after the match that his team needed to take advantage of moments like that to claw themselves clear of trouble:

"It took an opportunist strike to win the game for us and the points are more than welcome. We are fighting for our lives, and a win was so important. Hopefully we can now climb the league and get to a position of safety. We have too often pressed the self-destruct button. Every time we look as if we are getting away from the bottom, we do something silly. We are a team that is hard to beat, but we need that killer instinct, and we are working on it. It was a spirited performance."


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26 February 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Tranmere vs Yeovil
If you were at this afternoon's 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton 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 Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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26 February 2011 : Tranmere 0 Yeovil 1 : Johnson Wonder Strike Seals Priceless Points
Yeovil Town picked up a priceless three away points against Tranmere Rovers this afternoon in a low quality encounter at Prenton Park. In a match where both sides struggled to create good football, it took a single moment of brilliance by Oli Johnson to pull the win out of the bag when he struck from 30 yards out to ensure a win in Terry Skiverton's 100th game as first team manager.

The Glovers went into the game with an unchanged starting line-up, but with a bit of tactical tinkering, as they flooded the midfield, in a formation that was loosely a 4-3-3 but could easily be seen as a 4-1-4-1 at times, with Paul Wotton sitting in front of the defence, and Oli Johnson and Andy Williams acting as wide strikers that sometimes acted as wingers. Sam Williams was finally restored to his favoured position as a target man.

On a difficult pitch, and in difficult playing conditions after heavy overnight rain, both sides scrapped it out in midfield, carving out next to no chances during the opening half. The main point of interest was the battle between Yeovil right-back Luke Ayling and Tranmere striker Lateef Elford-Alliyu, with the latter having the upper hand. Ayling picked up a booking when he fouled his opponent and from the resulting free kick the ball fizzed across the face of the area without anyone getting on the end of it. Then the same two players did battle, with Ayling perhaps wisely not over-committing himself and Elford-Alliyu shot into the side-netting with half the stadium rising to their feet in the vain hope that the scoring had been opened.

At the other end, it took Yeovil 26 minutes to have any sort of a chance, but the deflected shot from Sam Williams was more than easy for Tony Warner to pick up. Andy Williams put a header over the bar, whilst Sam put another wide. There was the old moment when the Glovers threatened to do something with the ball, but most of the time, the move ended with a dreadful pass, although perhaps in mitigation, trying to pass the ball on the Prenton Park pitch was not going to be easy. Just before the break, Luke Ayling went down in the box, with some half-hearted appeals for a penalty, but wasn't the most likely of ones to be given. Entertainment value pretty much nil. The less said about the opening 45 minutes the better.

The second half didn't get much better, although there were at least a few more chances from both sides. Lateef Elford-Alliyu forced Stephen Henderson into a superb save as the striker shot from the edge of the box, and Hendo turned it low around his post for a corner. The home side were grabbing a few free kicks where they could have been dangerous, but in all honesty were making a mess of them. They did have one half-chance when Henderson came off his line a little too rashly, inviting Enoch Showumni to lob him, but his first time attempt went wide of the target.

Both sides tried to introduce change to a dour game, with Dean Bowditch replacing Andy Williams, whilst former Swansea City attacking midfielder Andy Robinson came on to change things for the home side. The Glovers nearly got in there when Ed Upson fed Oli Johnson on the break, only for the Norwich City striker to fire wide of the target. But when Johnson got his second chance a few minutes later it was a real peach. Home keeper Tony Warner had to come out of his area to head the ball clear, and when it fell to Johnson, he fired the ball straight past the stranded keeper from 30 yards out for a wonderful goal of supreme quality - about as out of context with the overall game as it was possible to be.

The goal gave the Glovers confidence, as the home fans began to get twitchy with just 13 minutes remaining. Tranmere substitute Adam McGurk forced Stephen Henderson into a strong save with the keeper just about recovering in time to clutch the ball at the second attempt as Enoch Showumni came steaming in. Then McGurk had a second attempt as time ticked over towards four minutes of injury time. Tranmere threw the kitchen sink a little during injury time, but with Yeovil getting in some valuable defensive blocks to stop them turning into genuine chances. They failed to turn one in, and so Yeovil Town gained their first ever win at Prenton Park to pull them further away from the relegation zone.

It wasn't pretty on the eye at all, with only that moment from Oli Johnson worthy of the five pound entrance money. However, for the travelling Glovers fans it was three priceless points, and with Dagenham, Bristol Rovers and Swindon all losing, and only Plymouth Argyle winning, it was another important step further clear of the bottom five sides, and Terry Skiverton will look back upon his 100th game in charge and see his side are now five points clear of the bottom four. With three tricky looking games coming up, that buffer is going to prove important.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Oli Johnson (0-1, 77 mins)

Tranmere Rovers:
1. Tony Warner
17. Michael Kay 5. Ian Goodison 6. Mark McChrystal 24. Zoumana Bakayogo
10. Robbie Weir 8. John Welsh 12. Ash Taylor 27. Lucas Akins
7. Enoch Showunmi 35. Lateef Elford-Alliyu

Substitutes:
13. Joe Collister (GK) 2. Tim Cathalina 9. Andy Robinson (70 mins for Robbie Weir) 14. Nick Wood 18. Maxime Blanchard 26. Adam McGurk (76 mins for Lucas Akins) 28. Sammy Morrow

Yeovil Town (4-3-3):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
20. Paul Wotton
18. Andrew Tutte 16. Edward Upson
12. Oli Johnson 9. Sam Williams 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock (85 mins for Andrew Tutte) 15. Alex Russell 17. Craig Calver 21. Antonio German 10. Dean Bowditch (67 mins for Andy williams) 25. Daniel Fitzsimons

Tranmere Bookings:
Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (18 mins, foul)

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Paul Hodskinson (Lancashire) and Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Peter Wright (Merseyside).

Attendance: 8,016


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26 February 2011 : Team News For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged line-up for this afternoon's match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. In what is manager Terry Skiverton's 100th match, he has kept faith with the side that has lost three matches in a row.

However, there is expected to be a tactical switch for today's match, with the Glovers operating a nested 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation, as Paul Wotton acts as a holding midfielder, and Sam Williams moves into his more usual role as a target man. The Glovers also include Dean Bowditch on the bench with him being fit enough to travel for the game. Left-sided defender Danny Fitzsimons also gets his first look at being part of the first team squad:

Yeovil Town (4-3-3):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
20. Paul Wotton
18. Andrew Tutte 16. Edward Upson
12. Oli Johnson 9. Sam Williams 7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 15. Alex Russell 17. Craig Calver 21. Antonio German 10. Dean Bowditch 25. Daniel Fitzsimons

Tranmere Rovers:
1. Tony Warner 17. Michael Kay 5. Ian Goodison 6. Mark McChrystal 24. Zoumana Bakayogo 10. Robbie Weir 8. John Welsh 12. Ash Taylor 27. Lucas Akins 7. Enoch Showunmi 35. Lateef Elford-Alliyu

Substitutes:
13. Joe Collister (GK) 2. Tim Cathalina 9. Andy Robinson 14. Nick Wood 18. Maxime Blanchard 26. Adam McGurk 28. Sammy Morrow


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26 February 2011 : Wotton Ready To Take On Big Guns
Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Wotton says he remains confident that the Glovers can hold their heads up above the water line despite a run of four very tough games coming up on the fixture list. This afternoon's match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park sees the Glovers go to a ground where they have never won a game, and that is then followed by the prospect of playing three clubs that are all chasing promotion, with Brighton (1st), Huddersfield Town (3rd) and Southampton (5th) all clubs that have very different budgets and ambitions to the Glovers.

Wotton and his team-mates go into that group of matches on the back of three consecutive defeats, but he has told BBC Somerset that he is confident that even with those games coming up, that the Glovers can pick up points during that period:

"There's big clubs in this league but we've got nothing to fear against anyone. We've got away to Tranmere, then home to Brighton, home to Huddersfield, then away to Southampton. Those are three of the biggest clubs in the League. I see it as an exciting challenge. I don't see any fear in the changing room. Even though we've lost three games in succession, we've played well, we haven't been turned over, we're not conceding lots of goals. Before that we went on a great run, and I see no reason why we can't go on it again."


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26 February 2011 : Youth Team vs Swansea City Full Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s were in action this morning in a Youth Alliance League match against Swansea City this morning. The match ended in a 2-3 defeat, despite the Glovers having taken the lead 10 minutes into the match through Andy Venning. Swansea equalised after 25 minutes, then grabbed a second before the break.

Yeovil's second half appeared to be going to plan when Lloyd Matthews pulled the scores level, but Tony Pennock's side had the last say in matters by scoring their third and final goal to win the match for the Welshmen.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 2 Swansea City Under-18s 3.


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25 February 2011 : Skivo Previews The Tranmere Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Prenton Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Tranmere Game.


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25 February 2011 : Youth Team vs Swansea City Reminder
For those not heading up to Prenton Park tomorrow, Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action tomorrow morning. They take on a Swansea City side, who are managed by former Glovers keeper Tony Pennock and currently lie 3rd in the Youth Alliance League table.

The match takes place on the Alvington training pitches, situated just behind the Airfield Tavern. Kick-off is at 11.00a.m. and all are welcome to come and watch the game, with no admission charge. There will be tea, coffee and bacon rolls on sale from 10.30a.m.


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25 February 2011 : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel up to the North-West this weekend to take on Tranmere Rovers in a League One match at Prenton Park. The game takes place on Saturday with a 3.00p.m. with the home side heavily promoting a campaign that will see all spectators admitted to the ground for just £5.00.

The game itself is a bit of a six-pointer. Yeovil Town, in 19th, lie just two places and four points behind Tranmere in the current League One table. A win for the home side would start to put them into the finishing straight as they cross 40 points, realistically drawing them clear of those hovering in and around the relegation zone. A win for the Glovers would do themselves plenty of favours, but would also draw one of their rivals back into the mix.

Both clubs go into tomorrow's match having stuttered a little. Whilst the Glovers have lost three games in a row, Rovers have lost their last two, albeit with both matches coming on their travels. Prior to that Les Parry's side had notched up a bit of form. Just one defeat in eight matches, including four wins, had seen them steadily move away from danger, with their last defeat on home soil coming in mid-December at the hands of an in-form Leyton Orient side.

There's been nothing spectacular about the Wirral club's form, but they have gradually improved from their early season form that saw them record just one win in their opening eight. If they continue on their general upward trend, the bottom four shouldn't bother them, although a mix of momentum and panic can induce almost anything in League One these days.

Tranmere will need to make two changes from the side that lost 2-1 at Brentford in midweek. Full-back Aaron Cresswell limped off just half an hour into the game at Griffin Park with an injury, whilst goalscorer Joss Labadie picked up a booking that landed him a suspension. Zoumanana Bakayogo will take over Cresswell's spot as a left-back, whilst Sunderland midfielder Robbie Weir is the most obvious choice to replace Labadie. It may also be a bit of a relief to those travelling that Tranmere's teenage winger Dale Jennings is unavailable - he has burst onto the scene this season with some eye-catching performances, but along with Alan Mahon, Ryan Fraughan and Marlon Broomes, he is listed by Tranmere's club site as unavailable.

For Yeovil Town, manager Terry Skiverton will celebrate his 100th game in charge by almost certainly taking the same squad to the North-West as he had at his disposal for the home game against Peterborough United. Winger Andy Welsh won't travel due to his Achilles tendon problem, whilst striker Dean Bowditch is rated "touch and go" with his attempt to return to training yesterday curtailed when he pulled out with another problem - although he did get as far as boarding the team coach today, so it's still a borderline situation. Given the persistence of his troubles and the growing length of time he's had out of the first team, it would be a surprise if he got much further than the bench. The rest of the squad should be all available, having enjoyed a 10 day break that involved a trip to the seaside, having the luxury of staying overnight last weekend in Bournemouth on a weekend where they had no game.

Let's make no bones about it - Yeovil Town's record at Prenton Park is pretty appalling. Only the April 2009 match that kept them in League One for that season has seen any joy from such visits. All other games have ended in defeat. Last season's game was a 2-1 defeat, although that disguised the fact that Yeovil's goal was a 90th minute Ryan Mason consolation, after a dreadful quality game had seen Ian Thomas-Moore and Ash Taylor put the home side in command.

Conversely, matches at Huish Park between the two sides tend to go Yeovil's way, and the 3-1 win for the Glovers back in September saw them on cruise control, winning the match inside 27 minutes as Dean Bowditch, Andy Welsh and Paul Huntington all netting. Thomas-Moore, who has left Tranmere to team up with his dad Ronnie Moore at Rotherham United, scored the visitors consolation goal that day. But the expectation is for Rovers to be a far tougher prospect on their home patch.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and the £5.00 offer extends right up until kick-off with admission for away fans direct from the turnstiles. If you're going, then check out the Ciderspace guide below, along with all the other associated travel information. If you can't make it, then you may fancy signing up to Twitter and following us throughout the day whilst 95.5FM on your radio should give you live coverage of the game from BBC Somerset during the afternoon.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Bargain Admission Prices For Tranmere Trip.

Link: Tranmere Get Ticket Sales Boost For Next Week's Match.

Link: Officials For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Skiverton Heads For Double Milestone.


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25 February 2011 : Working Party To Look At Salary Capping Plans
Football League clubs have agreed in principle to extend the scope of the League's current Salary Capping scheme in time for the 2011-12 season. League club representatives at a meeting yesterday committed to introduce a Salary Cost Management Protocol for August in an effort to drive down wage costs within the League, and make it harder for member clubs to live beyond their means.

A Salary Capping scheme is already in place in League Two that limits clubs to spending a maximum of 60 percent of their company turnover on players' wages. Clubs that exceed this limit can have grant payments withheld or transfer embargoes put in place by the Football League until spending is restored to below the acceptable levels. League One clubs also report against this figure, but it is merely a voluntary 'best practice' code that does not see any penalty invoked for breaching it.

The Football League plan to set up a working group to consider the levels of salary capping that would be applicable for next season, and how it will apply to each division. It is unlikely that an scheme identical to that used for League Two clubs will be invoked in the first instance, with the probability that it will be more gently phased in, recognising that at the higher levels clubs have longer term contracts.

On top of that, there is the more controversial excuse that has been given by Championship clubs in the past that they need to overspend in order to compete with the clubs that inherit parachute payments when they are relegated from the Premier League. However, those that adopt that stance should look at the case of Plymouth Argyle - pushing for the Championship play-offs barely a few seasons ago, and yet now heading for administration and League Two.

League One side Oldham Athletic sent Chief Executive Alan Hardy to the meeting, and he told his club site that he was alarmed at the levels of debt that were being reported, claiming that it was escalating out of control:

"Clubs were in agreement some control needs to be introduced and that a certain percentage of a club's income, which has yet to be agreed, can be spent on players' wages."

These developments should be considered as being generally good news for Yeovil Town, who in recent years have tended to verge to the other extreme of severe caution when dishing out contracts to players. Exactly how tough clubs will allow rules to be set, and how many loopholes will exist to allow clubs to bend the rules will remain to be seen.

Salary capping does have its disadvantages though, in that it can potentially stop a club from making a calculated 'investment' on a player to push them over the finish line in a promotion or relegation fight, or to cover for a serious injury. The League need to also look at other angles to make overspending less attractive to clubs, and to increase the levels of transparancy to allow the clubs' own supporters to genuinely see how well their club is being run, so that any early warning systems to badly managed clubs can be triggered long before they reach the state that Argyle are currently in.


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24 February 2011 : Skiverton Looking Forward To Being A 'Proper' Manager!
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said today that reaching a century of games as First Team Manager is a 'massive achievement' in his career. As reported earlier this week, barring disaster the Glovers boss will take charge of his 100th match at Prenton Park, as the Glovers face Tranmere Rovers in a League One match on Saturday.

Speaking in the lead-up to that game, Skiverton spoke to BBC Somerset and joked that the stresses of the job that he took over in February 2009 was taking its toll on him:

"Look at the state of me - when I first came into this job, I was a young whippersnapper - just as long as my nose doesn't start going too red and the bags (under my eyes) start showing too much!"

Skiverton added that he looked back to his days as a young player, he had been told that players who only played a handful of matches in the Football League could not regard themselves as having made it in the game until they had passed through a century of first team appearances. He said he would see passing the same milestone as a manager in much the same way:

"It's a massive achievement for me. When I was a young player, they always said that if you can get 100 League games as a footballer then you can class yourself as a footballer. And as long as I don't get the sack between now and Saturday, it will be an achievement to say that I am a 'proper' manager!"

Link: Skiverton Heads For Double Milestone.


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24 February 2011 : Televised Match Blamed For Attendance Low Point
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has cited bad weather and Champions League football as being responsible for Yeovil Town's second lowest Football League crowd. Just 3,351 spectators turned up last Tuesday evening to witness the Glovers lose 0-2 at home to Peterborough United - an attendance just 76 higher than the club's record low of 3,275 attained for another midweeker against Scunthorpe United in January 2009. Clearly it was also the club's lowest crowd for the 2010-11 season.

The visitors brought down 154 supporters to South Somerset on Tuesday, on a night when subscription channel Sky Sports were showing AC Milan's home match against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League. Starnes has told this week's Western Gazette that these were all factors that would explain why the crowd was so low:

"The weather was poor, we did not have many visiting fans and Tottenham Hotspur versus AC Milan was on television. I am very concerned at the effect of live television on attendances during the week as it definitely has an impact."

Mr Starnes believes the crowd could have been lower than it was, were it not for a ticketing offer the club introduced for the match entitling supporters to buy three tickets for the price of two in the lead-up to the match. Local firm Screwfix worked with the club in promoting the offer, and the Glovers Chief Executive insists that it boosted the gate on the night:

"We actually had quite a large number of new people come to the game. We have made a decision that we are going to let Screwfix know we want them to deploy the scheme for another Tuesday night because they added people to the gate. It certainly had an impact, we are very grateful to Screwfix for the effort they put in and for the publicity it gave them and the club. As a partnership, we hope that it continues."

The original offer had talked about it being in place for "subsequent Tuesday night fixtures" but at present it would appear that no further games have been identified yet. There's no indication of how many supporters took up the offer, but the immediate reaction is to wonder how low the crowd would have been if it had not been in place.

Elsewhere in the Gazette, Mr Starnes reveals that the Charlton Athletic attendance of 4,651 on Saturday 5th February had been boosted by 300 children from local schools who had been given tickets by the club's Community Sports Trust.

Current attendances at Huish Park this season are down by 6.5 percent, with an average of 4,362 spectators coming in per game. Obviously that figure fluctuates and is boosted when clubs such as Exeter City, Southampton and Plymouth Argyle come to Huish Park, with the club being able to allocate just over 2,000 spaces for visiting supporters.

However, with those matches already played, and only Bristol Rovers likely to get near those sort of numbers it seems inevitable that there will be a drop in crowds felt once the end of the season is reached. Regardless of why that drop has happened, it is imperative that the club look into the reasons why on a neutral and objective basis, and consider what action is necessary in order to reverse that trend.


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24 February 2011 : No Moore Chance To Bring In Irish Winger
The Irish papers are reporting that Yeovil Town have missed out on signing Republic of Ireland Under-21 player Karl Moore. The Dubliner was a free agent after leaving League of Ireland side UCD at the end of last year, and had been aiming to earn a contract in the English Football League.

Moore, who spent five years on the books of Manchester City including three as a professional, is a 22 year old winger who can also play in other attacking positions. The Irish Herald reports that Yeovil Town had offered him a contract, but that matters were "held up by red tape" and that ultimately matters broke down with the player this week signing a one year deal with Galway United.

Moore has represented the Republic of Ireland at every level from Under-15 to Under-21, and also had an eight game loan spell with Millwall during the 2008-09 season. Speaking to the Herald, he admits that he still wants to return to England at some stage, but for now will spend a season playing in the League of Ireland:

"I'm 22 now and I need to be playing regularly so this is a big season for me and Galway is the right club to join. I still have ambitions of playing in England again and hopefully I can do that but for now I need to concentrate on doing well for Galway. I haven't played that many games in my career and at this stage of my career I need to be playing so hopefully I can do that with Galway United."

The Herald does not expand upon what sort of 'red tape' prevented Moore's arrival at Huish Park from going through. As a free agent, the transfer window regulations should not have caused problems, although obviously Moore would have needed international clearance to make his move back to England.

Talking of Irishmen, former Glovers midfielder George O'Callaghan has made another attempt to break back into the Football League, and is on a two week trial with League One side Brentford. Since leaving Yeovil Town at the end of 2009, he has played for Waterford United and Cork City, as well as having a trial for Brighton and Hove Albion. The Seagulls connection is what has brought him to Griffin Park, with Bees caretaker boss Nicky Forster knowing O'Callaghan well from when both players were down at the Withdean Stadium. Forster told the Hounslow Chronicle that he had few doubts about the 31 year old's ability:

"I know him from my time at Brighton, and if he can get himself fit he's a fantastic player. He moves the ball very well and looks to find a pass and is very creative. George is keen to get back in the English game and asked if he could come over and spend a couple of weeks with us. It's of no expense to the club – he's paid for all the travelling and stuff. He's enthusiastic, keen and still feels there's some good years left in him. He trained on Monday, and on his own yesterday and today, so you can't ask more than that."

Elsewhere, two former Yeovil Town loan players have departed Championship side Watford for contrasting reasons. Centre-back Rob Kiernan, who was used as a midfielder for the Glovers, has joined Wycombe Wanderers on a one month loan deal - his third spell of the season having also spent time with League Two side Bradford City. Meanwhile Andros Townsend has had his loan spell at Vicarage Road cut short after failing to settle with the Hornets. He was meant to stay there for the remainder of the season after joining them on January 20th. But just two starts and one substitute appearance later, he has now returned to Tottenham Hotspur.


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23 February 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog: Two Years After Two Years Before
An ultra-quiet week in the life of Yeovil Town, and a couple of anniversary dates being the opportunity for a spot of reflection. For obviously connected reasons, the second year anniversary of Terry Skiverton's time as first team manager, means it's also two years since his predecessor Russell Slade left these shores, for a trip to East London via the Sussex Coast.

For the latest Taff's Gloversblog, jump in Cruncher's Time Machine as he considers where we were back then, and where we are now. As usual, views and opinions are welcomed via the Comment facility.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog: Two Years After Two Years Before.


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23 February 2011 : Bircham Takes Legal Action Over Career-Ending Injury
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Marc Bircham has launched legal action against his insurers following the injury that ended his career. The Queens Park Rangers Youth Team coach and former player hung up his boots on January 3rd 2009 after an ankle injury failed to clear up, leaving him sidelined at Huish Park.

Bircham is suing Lloyd's syndicate Marketform for a total of £874,273 under an insurance policy he had taken out against his career being ended early. According to the Insurance Times he submitted his claim on January 9th 2009, but Marketform rejected it claiming that "there had been a breach of warranty and/or material non-disclosure"

Through his lawyers, Bircham disputed Marketform's rejection of his claim last November, and with the insurers refusing to budge, the QPR Youth Team coach has now commenced High Court proceedings against Marketform. Their representative Simon Turner states that the case has already gone through independent arbitration in order to resolve the issue:

"The original claim that was presented we feel we rejected on a valid basis, and that's been upheld by an independent arbiter."

Bircham agreed to sever his contract with Yeovil Town on January 30th 2009 after making just 18 appearances in 18 injury-riddled months at Huish Park, comprising of back and hamstring problems. But his ankle injury in Autumn 2008 proved to be terminal, with his last game for the club coming in September 2008 in the 3-0 defeat at MK Dons. Three months later he retired from the game.

There's no suggestion that Yeovil Town are in any way impacted by this legal action, with their severance agreement with Bircham entirely separate from his insurance arrangements.


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22 February 2011 : Tuesday Night League One Round-Up : Glovers Hold Steady
Yeovil Town's main relegation rivals failed to make up any substantial ground tonight, as a batch of eight League One games were played around the country. Whilst Saturday's results were far more significant given that they could have put the Glovers back in the relegation zone, tonight's games would not have seen Yeovil move from their current 20th position, with none of those playing able to overhaul them.

Of those below them, Dagenham and Redbridge managed a decent result - coming from a goal down to promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town. Danny Green scored for Daggers from the penalty spot, but the point still keeps them in 23rd place, four points behind the Glovers, but more significantly two behind Swindon Town with three games in hand over the Wiltshire side.

An ugly week for Plymouth Argyle fans just got uglier tonight, as they crashed 4-0 at League One leaders Brighton and Hove Albion. No real surprises at the result, although it may give the Pilgrims an idea of how hard it will be to recover this week's 10 point deficit. Just 14 games left in their season, and at least eight points to claw back.

Of the sides immediately above the Glovers, the match between Brentford and Tranmere Rovers was interesting for two reasons. Both clubs lie only a few places above Yeovil, and so fit the bill of being 'relegation rivals', whilst Tranmere are Saturday's opponents. In a game delayed heavily by rush hour traffic in West London, the Bees had the last laugh, as Leon Legge's 91st minute header won the match 2-1. Tranmere have another concern besides the long journey back in that full-back Aaron Cresswell lasted only 32 minutes before heading off with a side injury. Brentford rise to 15th and on 39 points, whilst Tranmere are leapfrogged by that result, sliding down to 17th, and on 37 points, four ahead of the Glovers.

Finally, is it appropriate to describe Sheffield Wednesday as relegation rivals yet? They drew 0-0 at AFC Bournemouth tonight - a decent result against the team in second place. However, it extended Wednesday's miserable run of form to ten matches without a win. They've yet to score three points under new boss Gary Megson and last won on December 11th. Stuck in 16th position in the table and on 37 points, they can't consider themselves too good to go down just yet.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.


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22 February 2011 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Tranmere Rovers
This coming Saturday, Yeovil Town have a trip to Prenton Park for a League One match against Tranmere Rovers. The match against the Daggers takes place on Saturday 26th February 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £15.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 7.15a.m. with stops as requested. Pick-ups can be done along the way if you agree in advance.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Bargain Admission Prices For Tranmere Trip.

Link: Tranmere Get Ticket Sales Boost For Next Week's Match.

Link: Officials For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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22 February 2011 : Skiverton Heads For Double Milestone
This coming Saturday sees Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton reach two significant landmarks. The Glovers boss will take charge of his 100th game since becoming first team manager, whilst the trip to Tranmere Rovers will also be his first match since crossing over the two year anniversary since his appointment.

Skiverton's first match in charge was on February 21st 2009, having been appointed a few days previously in the wake of the dismissal of Russell Slade. The midweek game against Bristol Rovers saw Steve Thompson take charge before he too was shown the door, and Skiverton was appointed the following evening, with the opening game being on that Saturday - a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park.

The 99 games and the two year period have brought plenty of highs and lows - so far a total of 26 wins and 26 draws have been coupled with 47 defeats - a win ratio of just over 26 percent, and if cup games are included in a projected points tally, as if they were League matches, this would give 104 points from 99 games - just over a point a game.

During the two year period, we've seen Yeovil Town's record Football League defeat - a 5-0 massacre against Brighton and Hove Albion at the hands of Slade himself, whilst we've also seen two five games runs across March/April 2009 and January 2011 where the Glovers have gone five League matches without conceding a goal. The later put Skiverton on the shortlist for the League One manager of the month award. The records for each season are as follows:

Seasonal Records:
2008-09 : P16 W03 D06 L07 F12 A25 : Win Ratio 18.7% : Goals Per Game : 0.75
2009-10 : P49 W13 D14 L22 F56 A66 : Win Ratio 26.5% : Goals Per Game : 1.14
2010-11 : P34 W10 D06 L18 F34 A53 : Win Ratio 29.4% : Goals Per Game : 1.00

It's worth noting how many players have taken to the field in a Yeovil Town shirt over the past two years. A total of 62 players have clocked up minutes in first team matches - note that this does not include Somerset Premier Cup games, or instances where players such as Ashley Hodgkinson and Danny Fitzsimons who have been brought in, but haven't played first team football. It also doesn't include the benchwarmers from the Under-18s side such as Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes and Josh Doyle who have appeared in squad lists but have not been brought on.

During Yeovil Town's eight seasons in the Football League, the Glovers have used 163 players, so to have 62 of them involved in a quarter of that time is quite some feat and there's little sign of that trend slowing, with the club heavily reliant upon the loan transfer system, and use of short term contracts.

How long is 100 matches in the lifespan of a Football First Team Manager? This can be measured by the fact that Terry Skiverton is currently the 26th longest serving manager in the top four divisions, and there are only six managers in League One who have been there longer.

Of those, John Still (Dagenham and Redbridge), Paul Tisdale (Exeter City) and Keith Hill (Rochdale) all started their trade in lower divisions, getting promoted with their current clubs and therefore unlikely to be in danger of losing their jobs whilst they are bringing home quantifiable success. Of the others, Greg Abbott (Carlisle United), Lee Clark (Huddersfield) and Danny Wilson (Swindon Town) were all appointed in December 2008 - two months prior to Skiverton's appointment.

In comparison with other Yeovil Town managers in the Football League, Skiverton has got a bit of a way to go before he overtakes two of the key bosses the Glovers have had since they were promoted. Russell Slade managed the club for 137 matches, whilst Gary Johnson's reign lasted 221 matches, albeit with around half of that period coming before the Glovers got into the League. Steve Thompson was given a rather meagre 41 matches to prove his worth during 2005-06, although can add in a number of other spells in non-league and as a caretaker boss to his name.

Skiverton also will need to stay a while in the hot-seat if he is to match the length of his playing career - a total of 383 appearances across 10 seasons before finally hanging up his boots to all intents and purposes at the tail end of the 2008-09 season. Of course, a manager doesn't get injured (hopefully!) like a player does, but it would take him another six years if he was to match that record.


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21 February 2011 : League Confirm Argyle Points Deduction
Further to our earlier news, the Football League have confirmed that a Sporting Sanction will apply against League One side Plymouth Argyle. The announcement means that the Pilgrims have been deducted 10 points with immediate effect, sending them to the foot of the League One table.

The League have indicated in their statement that their decision to deduct the points, following Argyle's 'notification of intent' to appoint an administrator, is because Argyle's actions are considered to be an Insolvency Event, as the legal notification provides protection from creditors initiating a winding up order. The Pilgrims were due to pay HMRC their latest tax bill tomorrow, and there seems little doubt that non-payment would have resulted in another High Court petition being served on the Wednesday.

As a consequence, Argyle are now in 24th place in the League Table, on 23 points. The updated League One table can be viewed via the link below.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table (including Argyle points deduction).


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21 February 2011 : Officials For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's trip to Prenton Park this coming Saturday have been announced. The match against Tranmere Rovers takes place on Saturday 26th February 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

Mr Brown's one and only experience of looking after a Yeovil Town football match came last November when he took charge of our 1-0 win over Rushden and Diamonds. This match brought that rare scenario of a referee gifting the Glovers the key decision in the game - namely the winning goal scored by Andy Williams. Even the most green-tinted of Glovers would admit that Dean Bowditch was probably interfering with play at the time the ball was hit towards goal, but after a lengthy consultation with his linesman, referee Brown awarded the goal. Rushden were furious, and probably with some justification.

He has taken charge of a Tranmere Rovers match at Prenton Park - their August 2010 Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Accrington Stanley which went to penalties without any cards of any colour being shown. On the Saturday just gone, he was a little more card-happy, taking charge of Hereford United's 0-0 draw with Burton Albion, where both sides were reduced to 10 men in separate incidents and five more yellows were produced. Overall, 45 yellows and 4 reds in 17 matches is fairly average fare though in what is his first season at Football League Level.

In his official profile, he credits a number of people for having got him into refereeing, including "my ex-wife for moving out so I could concentrate on my football and not have to listen to her moaning all day and night". One wonders of how bad his ex-wife was that he finds the average football stadium less full of moaners ...

Mr Brown will be assisted by Paul Hodskinson (Lancashire) and Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Peter Wright (Merseyside).

Link: November 2010 : Rushden and Diamonds 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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21 February 2011 : Argyle To Be Hit By Ten Point Penalty
League One side Plymouth Argyle have given notice of intention to appoint an administrator after failing to find a buyer or future investment for their club. The statement issued by Argyle's Deputy Chairman Paul Stapleton is a legal measure to give the club protection from insolvency action against creditors, with HMRC believed to be on the edge of planning to issue another winding up order against the Home Park club.

Although from a legal point of view Argyle have not at this stage entered administration, Argyle have stated that they expect this 'notice of intention' to be enough to trigger the Football League's 10 point deduction relating to their Sporting Sanctions rule.

As a result, Argyle will move from 19th place in the League One table to 24th, and on just 23 points. Yeovil Town will rise one place to 19th. The League One table (now including the points deduction) can be viewed below.

Link: Latest 2010-11 League One Table (including 10 points adjustment).


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21 February 2011 : Orient Visit Gets Brought Forward
Yeovil Town's visit to Brisbane Road in March has had a change of kick-off time. The match will now kick-off at 1.00p.m. on Saturday 26th March 2011. The change has been made to avoid a clash with a Wales vs England Euro 2012 qualifying fixture that takes place on the same day.


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20 February 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere
For those you planning to head to Prenton Park next Saturday, the Ciderspace guide to Tranmere Rovers has been tweaked for the game. The usual diet of ticketing, directions, pub guides, statistics and club background can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Bargain Admission Prices For Tranmere Trip.

Link: Tranmere Get Ticket Sales Boost For Next Week's Match.


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20 February 2011 : Cheltenham Town vs Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s went down by a 2-1 scoreline yesterday, in their second consecutive Youth Alliance League match against Cheltenham Town. Having drawn 1-1 against the Robins last weekend at Alvington, they were unable to match that result, as the home side won the game inside the first 16 minutes of the game - despite a superb equalising goal from Tyler Sheppard.

In a match played at Cheltenham Town's Seasons Sports Complex in Swindon Village, an overcast day saw the game take place with a light wind across the pitch, which was very wet underfoot from the overnight rain. Yeovil welcomed back Joe Grimstead from injury and Nick Lyskov from a three match ban that lasted almost three months due to postponed matches, bad weather and the Christmas break. Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke remained on work experience at Sherborne Town.

The game started badly for Yeovil after the opening exchanges when an under-hit backpass was intercepted by a Cheltenham forward, passed inside and his team-mate crashed the ball into the net to give the Robins a 1-0 lead with just three minutes gone.

Yeovil recovered from the bad start and a good passing move ended with Lloyd Matthews having a snapshot at goal saved by the Keeper. The Glovers came forward again with Will Gordon jinxing past two players. He laid the ball inside to Tyler Sheppard who took one stride and sent a screamer of a shot into the far corner of the net from 25 yards out. A peach of an equaliser with just 10 minutes played. The visitors again powered forward on the left with Will Gordon combining with Lloyd Matthews to set Tyler Sheppard up again. But goals like his earlier strike do not happen very often and he shot over the bar.

Cheltenham had a very good attack which ended up with a full length save by last week’s hero Steve Boore, but in any case wouldn't have counted, with a linesman halting play with an offside flag. There was little Boore could do though with the home side's next move, as they attacked down the left, and as the winger was forced inside, he hit a shot that took a deflection over the keeper into the back of the net, to put Cheltenham 2-1 up with 16 minutes gone.

Cheltenham were in the ascendancy after re-taking the lead, and wave after wave of attacks were only foiled by strong efforts from Yeovil's defence, as Rhys Baggridge, Nick Lyskov and goalkeeper Steve Boore in particular, prevented Cheltenham from increasing their lead. Even when Yeovil did mount an attack and won a corner, a foul on Cheltenham's goalkeeper meant that the home side turned defence into attack. From the resulting free kick a Cheltenham striker was put through on his own but before he could control it Steve Boore dashed off his line, dived and took it off the player's feet.

Yeovil's problem was that as fast as they cleared the ball upfield, the strength of the Cheltenham centre backs meant that it was coming straight back at them. The best of Yeovil's rare attacks came when they played the ball on the ground, with the ball being slotted by Aiden Chainey through to Lloyd Matthews, but the end result produced no joy and they went in behind at the break.

The start of second half saw series of end to moves which did did not threaten either goal until Steve Boore had a to make a double save to keep Cheltenham out. The Robins did get the ball in the back of the net on their next attack but celebrations were thwarted again by a linesman's offside flag.

Coach Scott Green Decided on a change of formation and to carry it out took off Nick Lyskov, Adam Cleary and Isaac Reid. Now playing with no obvious target man Yeovil, had to play out of defence, allowing Jonny Kaye and Will Agbo to dominate the midfield and set up a series of chances for the forwards. Although Yeovil failed to take the chances given, the clear sign was that Cheltenham's dominant defenders in the air were not so good against nippy strikers with the ball played at their feet.

Yeovil had most of the play now and looked really good going forward stringing passes together. One attack involved most of the team as it started from Joe Grimstead on the left, being passed across the field then from Josh Doyle to Tyler Sheppard, then to Lloyd Matthews whose shot was saved. The pressure now was beginning to tell and from a free kick Jonny Kaye struck the crossbar - inches away from grabbing an equaliser. On one of Cheltenham’s rare attacks, Lee Sweet made a perfectly timed last ditch tackle which saved the day, whilst shortly afterwards there was time for one more save by Steve Boore low to his left. A final attack from Yeovil in the closing minutes saw Lloyd Matthews lay on Will Gordon but his shot went agonisingly wide as once again the Glovers left themselves inches away from coming home with something from their travels.

Final Score: Cheltenham Town U18s 2 Yeovil Town U18s 1.

Scorers: Cheltenham Scorer (3 mins, 1-0), Tyler Sheppard (10 mins, 1-1), Cheltenham Scorer (16 mins, 2-1).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Josh Doyle 3. Adam Cleary 4. Jonny Kaye 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Nick Lyskow 7. Tyler Sheppard 8. Aiden Chainey 9. Isaac Reid 10. Lloyd Matthews 11. Will Gordon.

Substitutes: Joe Grimstead, Will Agbo and Lee Sweet (all 60 mins for Nick Lyskov, Adam Cleary and Isaac Reid)

Bookings: Adam Cleary.


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19 February 2011 : Tranmere Get Ticket Sales Boost For Next Week's Match
Yeovil Town's next opponents Tranmere Rovers are reporting significantly boosted pre-match sales on the back of their promotional ticketing offer. The Glovers visit Prenton Park in a week's time with their Wirral-based opponents promoting a ticketing offer that allows fans a chance to get into the game for a flat admission rate of £5.00.

Visiting supporters heading to the match on Saturday 26th February should pay on the turnstiles, with the offer confirmed as being valid for all areas of the ground. Rovers have been giving the day some fairly persistent promotion of the fixture, and their Chief Executive Mick Horton has told their club site that this is paying off:

"We're delighted with how well sales are going - they're four times as high as they normally would be this far before a game. We want them to keep selling as well, right up until kick off. We want as large a crowd as possible."

Tranmere are adopting the policy of involving all of their supporter communities to help push the message out to their fan base, including their supporters clubs and unofficial websites, along with social media, designing posters to help promote their campaign. Horton thanked those organisations for helping with the campaign:

"we've been really pleased with the help our supporters have been giving us. Our fans have been promoting the offer on websites such as www.thecowsheds.co.uk and www.total-tranmere.co.uk, mentioning it on Facebook and Twitter as well as displaying posters and giving out leaflets. We'd encourage others to do the same if possible."

Yeovil Town supporters have benefited from Tranmere's offer before, when it was introduced as a one-off for their final home match of the 2008-09 season. On that day, 8,306 spectators headed to Prenton Park - a figure that's unlikely to be matched next weekend given that it saw the home side still with a chance of making the League One play-offs. This season, they're averaging crowds of 5,051, with a seasonal high of 7,270 for their season opener against Oldham Athletic.

Tranmere's five pound offer is not unique in League One, with Charlton Athletic having put on exactly the same offer for their home match against Exeter City today. They saw a fairly incredible 24,767 spectators turn up to The Valley, against a previous seasonal high of 18,949 and a seasonal average of 15,949.

New club Chairman Michael Slater is part of a consortium that took over the Addicks at the turn of the year, and he has said that he plans to hold events like this to rejuvenate Charlton's fan base in an effort to provide a long term boost to his club's attendances:

"One of the first things I said after the takeover was that we need to use more of the Valley’s 27,000 seats each week. Every empty seat is a wasted opportunity for the club and we are going to do everything we can to fill them."

Whilst Slater got what he wanted with the crowd only a couple of thousand short of capacity, losing their second consecutive match, to slip out of the League One play-off positions, going down 1-3 at home to Exeter City.

That was one of seven League One matches played on Saturday afternoon, with the results not doing any damage to Yeovil Town's current 20th place position in the table. Swindon Town and Walsall both lost to ensure that the Glovers stayed above the line, whilst the only bad result near the bottom from a Yeovil point of view was Bristol Rovers gaining their first win under new manager Dave Penney, with a 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic that lifted them off the bottom of the table, albeit with basement side Dagenham and Redbridge having at least three games in hand on the other sides in the bottom four.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Link: GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Bargain Admission Prices For Tranmere Trip.


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19 February 2011 : County Cup Quarter-Final Date Stands
Further to our January 17th article, it can be confirmed that the originally publicised date for Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final still stands.

The match against Hengrove Athletic will still be played on Monday 28th February 2011, 7.30p.m. as per our original article.

Link: 17/01/2011 : Glovers Quarter-Final County Cup Date Set.


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19 February 2011 : Cheltenham Town vs Youth Team Full Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s were in action this morning, as they took on Cheltenham Town for the second time in a week. In a game played at the Seasons Training Complex, the Glovers lost out by a 2-1 scoreline.

Cheltenham took the lead in the third minute, with the Glovers having failed to settle into their stride. However, once they got going a superb equalising goal from Tyler Sheppard levelled things up in the 10th minute; striking the ball into the top corner from 20 yards out.

Before the break, Cheltenham retook the lead, when a deflected shot looped over the Yeovil Town goalkeeper and into the net to give them a half time lead.

Update: The second half failed to bring the equalising goal that the Glovers craved, and so Cheltenham ran out as 2-1 winners on the day.

Final Score: Cheltenham Town U18s 2 Yeovil Town U18s 1.

More information on the game will follow in the next 24-48 hours.


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18 February 2011 : Henderson Still Targeting Mid-Table Finish
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Stephen Henderson is enjoying his second loan spell at Huish Park, despite a few unfavourable recent results. The Irishman joined the Glovers until the end of the 2010-11 season, having already filled in with an eight game loan spell during last September.

Henderson has told BBC Somerset that although he was a bit frustrated at being on the end of defeats recently, that getting games under his belt - so far 17 matches across the two spells - was the main thing that he wanted to get out of his loan spell and so he was happy with the way things were going from that point of view:

"I'm very happy here, even though I might not sound it at the minute, but I'm really enjoying playing football. The lads are great and the management and staff are brilliant. I just need to be playing games, which I am doing at the minute."

The Glovers currently occupy a 20th place spot in the League One table, and two points above the relegation zone. However, Henderson believes his side can aim higher than that, with the likes of Carlisle United only five points ahead in 13th place. But he admits that the current run of form needs to be addressed for that to happen:

"Realistically (our ambition) is midtable. I looked at the table yesterday and it's definitely do-able and maybe even higher than that. But if we don't start picking out results from games like these then we'll struggle and we need to address this as quickly as possible."


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18 February 2011 : Glovers Youth Team Fixture Change This Saturday
For those looking to find a game to go to a game tomorrow and may live in the Gloucestershire area, Yeovil Town's Under 18s are on their travels in a rearranged fixture. They take on Cheltenham Town at the Seasons Training Complex which you may find the locals refer to as the Eagle Star Sports and Social Club, which is its former name. The match kicks off at 11.00a.m.

It is situated on the north side of Cheltenham in a village/suburb called Swindon - for obvious reasons referred to as 'Swindon Village'. Head out of Cheltenham northbound, initially following signs for Cheltenham Racecourse on the A435 (Evesham Road). At the last roundabout before you reach the racecourse (at the junction with New Barn Lane - B4075) turn left into Swindon Lane. At the end of Swindon Lane, turn right into Wyman's Lane. Take the first left into Church Road, then the first right into Quat Goose Lane.

Link: Multimap Website : Seasons Training Complex.

Address: Seasons Training Complex, Quat Goose Lane, Swindon Village, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9RX


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17 February 2011 : Skiverton Glad To Still Count on Glovers Fans Support
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has praised the patience of supporters for not turning on the team, despite a sudden run of bad results. After a productive January that saw the Glovers boss short-listed for the Manager of the Month award, February has been less kind, with three consecutive defeats seeing the Glovers slide from their recent high of 17th, back down to 20th in the League One table.

Tuesday night's 0-2 home defeat against Peterborough United saw them slide to just above the relegation line, but despite the disappointment of that result, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was pleased with the reaction from the supporters on the final whistle at Huish Park:

"If you look around other grounds and other stadiums when they're not playing quite so well, or getting beaten and turned over, then they're getting booed, and they're getting booed badly. Our fans are still appreciating that we're giving everything, so as far as I can see, everyone is still on the boat. They know it's going to be tough; we know it's going to be tough. But one thing that I'm concrete on and couldn't be any surer of is that we will get out of this with the squad of players that we've got."

Yeovil Town sit out this weekend - without a game due to Notts County's involved in the FA Cup in a televised match against Manchester City. As a result a total of 17 League One matches will take place before they travel to Prenton Park in nine days time to play Tranmere Rovers. That includes eight League matches on Saturday, with three of the bottom four sides playing on the weekend.

Basement side Bristol Rovers take on promotion chasing Oldham Athletic at the Memorial Stadium, whilst Walsall face a tricky trip to 11th placed Colchester United. However, the crucial match on Saturday to look out for will be Swindon Town's winnable home game against Carlisle United. If they or Walsall collect all three points on Saturday, then the Glovers would head back into the bottom four. The other side, Dagenham and Redbridge don't play until Tuesday night, when they play host to Huddersfield Town.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One table.


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17 February 2011 : Glovers Open Day Plans For Bucklers Mead
Further to last week's news concerning an open training session for Season Ticket Holders to view the team training, there is now more flesh on the bones about that session. This is split into two halves, with one for Season Ticket Holders, and a second for Junior Glovers.

Season Ticket Holders are invited to attend Bucklers Mead School in Yeovil at 10.00a.m. on Monday 21st February, where the first team will be training on the school's 3G synthetic pitch in a session that is expected to last around 90 minutes. The original offer from the club last summer was for those purchased their season tickets before the early bird deadline - however this is not mentioned now, presumably due to the logistics of checking who purchased their tickets and when. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided, with donations to charity.

After the first team training session, there is also an invite to all Junior Glovers to attend Bucklers Mead from 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start, where there will be an opportunity to collect autographs, as well as a talk from assistant manager Nathan Jones on the subject of exercise and eating healthily. There will then be a two hour sports session where the Junior Glovers will have a chance to take part in hockey, football, badminton, table tennis, trampolining and zumba dancing. Members should dress with this in mind. This event is expected to last until around 3.00p.m.


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17 February 2011 : Skiverton Keeping Fingers Crossed On Bowditch And Welsh
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he is keeping his fingers crossed that two of his experienced players will be able to use the 10 day break from football to get themselves back to full fitness. Left winger Andy Welsh and striker Dean Bowditch have been missing from action over the past two matches, with Bowditch also absent from the preceding match.

During those three matches, the Glovers have picked up zero points and have scored one goal, perhaps suggesting that both players are being missed. Bowditch had a hamstring injury, which later spread to knee and calf problems for him, whilst Welsh has suffered an Achilles tendon problem that is causing him pain around his ankle.

The hope is that both will be fit to make the trip to Prenton Park in just over a week's time where the Glovers will do battle with Tranmere Rovers - a somewhat vital game given that the Wirral club lie just four points above Yeovil in the League One table. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he couldn't judge at this stage whether either player would be ready for that game but that it would be a big boost if they were:

"Fingers crossed, and fingers crossed is all I can say, because we need everybody fit. We need to make sure that we've got a full squad to pick from because we're not far off. I know we've said we're not far off many-a-time, but it gives me confidence to know that I have got that team."


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16 February 2011 : Stanno Foundation Campaign Takes Off With Airline
West Country football fans flying with airline Flybe will now have a chance to board an aircraft carrying the name of Adam Stansfield. The airline has customised a Q400 plane to include Adam's name on the side of the aircraft as well as a picture of him in his Exeter City kit.

The aircraft was featured on tonight's ITV News as well as on Exeter's official site where Adam's family were present at the unveiling. Adam is now in good company with the other three sporting heroes they have previously displayed being George Best, Matt Le Tissier and Kevin Keegan.

The best way to view it is to head to the ITV news item, although it may expire, so try to visit the link soon. Alternatively the Exeter site has a number of photos from the day. The hope is that the naming of the aircraft will increase the profile of the Adam Stansfield Foundation across the various routes that Flybe serve.

Link: ITV News : A Plane Named Stansfield.

Link: Aircraft Named In Honour Of Stanno.

Whilst we're at it, the Adam Stansfield Foundation is now starting to kick off in big style. In addition to the wristbands we covered last week, a Hereford United fan, Adam Wright is planning to visit all 92 top English League grounds inside 80 hours on a marathon car run, plus a 93rd in Elmore Town. You can view his route and support his car load via the link below.

Link: Around The Grounds in 80 Hours.

Link: Adam Stansfield Foundation Website.

Link: Adam Stansfield Foundation Wristbands.


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16 February 2011 : Ladies Prepare For Bingo Fundraising Night
This coming Friday, the Yeovil Town Ladies team are launcing a Fundraising Event at Huish Park, that you may have read about last month. As a reminder of the events, which are nicely timed on a blank weekend for the men's team, the Ladies have issued the following press statement:

Yeovil Town Ladies BINGO Night - It's On FRIDAY Night!

Yeovil Town Ladies are hosting a Bingo Night in the Alex Stock Lounge at Huish Park this Friday evening in order to raise money for it's club funds. The cost per person playing is £8.00, and for that we will entertain you
with a night of Bingo, with arrivals at 7.00pm for a start at 7.30pm (eyes down is the bingo lingo).

We have some fantastic prizes for you to win to the value of around £400, if not more! For your £8.00 you will get to play 10 rounds of bingo, each round consisting of a prize for a 'line' and a prize for a 'full house' (20 opportunities to get lucky). We will also have a raffle so if you are feeling generous please bring along a raffle prize if you can.

The licensed bar will be open and it will be a great opportunity for us all to have a good social night for a good cause. Please support this event and bring along your friends and family - everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Thanks to everyone supporting this event and we will see you Friday!
Yeovil Town Ladies - Bingo Night - All Welcome!
Yeovil Town Ladies - Bingo Night - All Welcome!



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16 February 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Peterborough Home Game
Following last night's 0-2 home defeat, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Peterborough Home Game.


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16 February 2011 : Ferguson Hails Tough Win
Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson admitted that his side had to hold their nerve in a 'tough game' last night at Huish Park. His side clocked up a 0-2 away win against the Glovers, but had to wait until the final five minutes of the match to seal the points with both goals.

Speaking after the game, the Posh boss said that his side had been resolute and patient in battling for the three points, and added that he was always hopeful that top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith would land a chance during the evening to find the net:

"We knew it was going to be a tough game. Yeovil are a hard team to come and beat at their place. I thought they played well on the night and we didn't play great but we did put our bodies on the line, dug in and were resolute. We said at half-time that we would get chances. With Craig (Mackail-Smith) in the team you will always get chances. He got one and scored. We had two just before that which we probably should have scored but in the end we've battled to a win that I think is as good as any we've had this season."

Mackail-Smith's 85th minute strike was his 22nd goal of the season, and was added to three minutes later by a Grant Basey goal, who was at the other of the goalscoring scale, netting his first goal of the season.


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16 February 2011 : Skivo : Nearly Is Not Good Enough
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is frustrated that for the second match running his side failed to take their chances in front of goal before seeing the opposition score late to win the game. The Glovers suffered a 0-2 home defeat against Peterborough United yesterday, despite a flurry of early chances that eventually fizzled out as the visitors grew in confidence.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that although he was impressed at his side's work rate, they needed to put away the chances when they fell to them:

"Nearly is not good enough at the moment, and a little bit of a mistake with the set play cost us. But I can't fault the players again. One thing that is happening to us is that we're not quite taking the chances that we're creating. We're conceding at the wrong times in the last three games. But there's enough for me tonight; we've got a good enough squad and we just have to keep working hard. We've got to work harder at taking chances and work harder at defending. I don't know how we missed those chances again."

Skiverton felt that his side had the better of open play against a side pushing for promotion from League One, and said that after his team had been rested from last night's game that they would be 'working hard' to turn around the current run of three consecutive defeats:

"I think we dominated the game. But we'll work harder. I'm more than happy with the players I've got. I've got a good enough squad, and we just have to keep working hard, or maybe even harder. We will do that; I think we'll have a few days off now. We need a rest as I don't think they could give me any more, and then we'll be straight back to work to make sure that we're working harder at one-v-ones, working harder at getting chances. One thing that we're not scared of at this football club is hard work. We need to turn it around and turn it around fast, so let's just get stuck in for this final part of the year now and see what we can do."


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16 February 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Peterborough Interview
Just before kick-off in the home match against Peterborough United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Peterborough.


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15 February 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Peterborough
If you were at this evening's 0-2 defeat against Peterborough United 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 Peterborough United.


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15 February 2011 : Yeovil 0 Peterborough 2 : Late Posh Show Seals Glovers Fate
Yeovil Town went down to their third consecutive defeat tonight as two late goals saw them lose out to Peterborough United. Having held plenty of possession during the night at Huish Park, it was Posh who eventually showed everyone what to do with it, as substitute Grant McCann became the provider for both goals - a typical Craig Mackail-Smith finish that was added to by a late Grant Basey goal from a corner.

Team selection was a straight-forward one with Dean Bowditch and Andy Welsh still ruled out through injury. That meant that manager Terry Skiverton selected the exact same starting line-up, formation and substitutes that had lost 2-1 at Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday. Nathan Jones was restored to the dugout after serving an unannounced one match touchline ban on Saturday. Former Glover Arron Davies sat on the Posh bench and did not get as far as the pitch.

The Glovers started well during the first 15 minutes in what was to transpire to be their best spell of the game. An Andy Williams cross found Sam Williams whose shot sliced off the outside of his right boot as he slid in to finish, and then Andrew Tutte tried to follow in the rebound. Next Andy Williams tried to take advantage of a poor Gabriel Zakuani back header, getting to the loose ball first and trying to lift it over Joe Lewis, but at 6'6" Lewis wasn't to be beaten. The Glovers were firing longish balls up the channel to try to put Posh's full-backs under pressure. Oli Johnson forced Lewis into a strong save, in which he parried the ball clear and away from any chance of a Glovers player getting a rebound, and it was so far, so good.

It took Peterborough 21 minutes to knock up anything of note, with Lee Tomlin's attempt easy for Stephen Henderson. But with that Yeovil's throughput behind the Posh defence started to dry up a little, as if the visitors had weathered the storm a bit. The play wasn't being helped by referee Gavin Ward's overly fussy approach to insisting things were exactly as he wanted them to be, rather than letting the game flow.

Neither side managed to contribute much to the rest of a half in which Yeovil kept plenty of possession, but really only a George Boyd free kick that was blocked by the wall, and a Paul Wotton free kick that also clipped off the wall disturbing either back line with neither keeper particularly bothered from that early flurry.

Into the second half, and Posh opened up the better, as a well struck Lee Tomlin half-volley flew through a crowd of players, only to find Stephen Henderson alert and able to save. Then a minute later, Craig Mackail-Smith's header went over the bar, as Nathan Smith put him under pressure, blocking him out.

The sparse Huish Park crowd of 3,351 - their second smallest since entering the Football League - were up in arms when Gabriel Zakuani cynically hauled back Andy Williams in full flow, and referee Gavin Ward produced an obligatory card - Luke Ayling demanded that a red be shown, and instead got himself a yellow with Zakuani for dissent. Paul Wotton's subsequent free kick inadvertently produced Yeovil's first proper chance of the second half, as Joe Lewis made a meal of catching the ball, spilling it into the path of Max Ehmer, but sadly no-one was alert to the unexpected chance, and Ehmer's snatched shot went wide.

George Boyd drove a shot across the face of Stephen Henderson that the goalkeeper saved, and that was quickly followed up by substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing firing over the bar, with Posh now creating the majority of the chances, even if the Glovers were the ones holding the lion's share of the possession. It's what you do with it that counts.

The usual round of substitutions saw both sides try to shake things up. The most significant introduction for Posh was playmaker Grant McCann, who has been left out of their side since being on international duty last week. Meanwhile Antonio German got just six minutes for the Glovers home fans to see what he was capable off, and almost immediately he was watching his temporary side go a goal down, as McCann's threaded ball allowed Craig Mackail-Smith to squeeze between both Glovers centre-backs, outdoing Paul Huntington, who went to ground to make the tackle, and then finishing in the confident style that has made him such a sought-after goalscorer - right into the corner of the net.

Yeovil made an immediate tactical change, bringing on Adam Virgo for Ed Upson, and switching to a 3-5-2 formation. Not a lot of opportunity was allowed to see what that might achieve, when that man Grant McCann supplied the second - his corner taking a deflection across a crowd of players in the box before Grant Basey got in on the end of it, to double Posh's lead and to effectively end the game.

Four minutes of injury time were largely irrelevant, with the Glovers not really having threatened Posh's goal during the second period bar that one Joe Lewis error. Grant McCann's introduction onto the field of play in the end proved to be the turning point - creating enough to make the quality of supply rise above the quantity of possession enjoyed by the Glovers. Three consecutive defeats then, and a drop down to 20th in the table. A nervous 10 days without football awaits the Glovers now, and they need to turn things around quickly to avoid their hard work in January being undone by being edged out in too many games during February. Tranmere Rovers away in 10 days time is now looking like a huge game.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 2.

Scorers: Craig Mackail-Smith (85 mins, 0-1), Grant Basey (88 mins, 0-2)

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
18. Andrew Tutte 16. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 9. Sam Williams
12. Oli Johnson
7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 15. Alex Russell (77 mins for Sam Williams) 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo (87 mins for Ed Upson) 21. Antonio German (84 mins for Oli Johnson) 23. Billy Gibson

Peterborough United:
1. Joe Lewis
2. Mark Little 16. Ryan Bennett 5. Gabriel Zakuani 27. Grant Basey
10. George Boyd 6. Charlie Lee 14. Tommy Rowe 7. James Wesolowski
12. Craig Mackail-Smith 24. Lee Tomlin

Substitutes:
28. Paul Jones (GK) 3. Tom Kennedy 4. Kelvin Langmead 9. David Ball (83 mins for Lee Tomlin) 11. Grant McCann (59 mins for Tommy Rowe) 21. Arron Davies 19. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (63 mins for James Wesolowski)

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (dissent, 65 mins)
Peterborough Bookings: Charlie Lee (foul, 29 mins), Ryan Bennett (foul, 45 mins), Gabriel Zakuani (foul, 65 mins), Lee Tomlin (foul)

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Colin Lymer (Surrey) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). Fourth Official: Chris Powell (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,351


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15 February 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Peterborough United
Team selection for tonight's home game against Peterborough United appears to be a simple affair. Left-winger Andy Welsh and striker Dean Bowditch remain sidelined and so the entire squad remain unchanged from Saturday's defeat in Essex.

Peterborough United include former Yeovil Town playmaker Arron Davies on their bench.

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
18. Andrew Tutte 16. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 9. Sam Williams
12. Oli Johnson
7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 15. Alex Russell 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo 21. Antonio German 23. Billy Gibson

Peterborough United:
1. Joe Lewis
2. Mark Little 16. Ryan Bennett 5. Gabriel Zakuani 27. Grant Basey
10. George Boyd 6. Charlie Lee 14. Tommy Rowe 7. James Wesolowski
12. Craig Mackail-Smith 24. Lee Tomlin

Substitutes:
28. Paul Jones (GK) 3. Tom Kennedy 4. Kelvin Langmead 9. David Ball 11. Grant McCann 21. Arron Davies 19. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing


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15 February 2011 : Henderson Not Dwelling On Daggers Result
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has said that there is no time to dwell upon Saturday's disappointing defeat, with another big match coming up tonight. Having lost 2-1 at Victoria Road, despite dominating the first period to an extreme, the second half was a far less worthy performance, and a second half Jon Nurse goal gave Dagenham and Redbridge three points in their fight against relegation.

Tonight attention turns to a home game against promotion-chasing Peterborough United, and the Glovers on loan keeper has told BBC Somerset that it was important to look forward, rather than rue what might have been in Essex. For that reason, he said manager Terry Skiverton had not been picking the bones of Saturday's defeat too much:

"He (Skiverton) was all right. He was just talking about Tuesday. There was no point in talking it much more, so he said his bit at the end (of the game) and that was it. We've got Peterborough on Tuesday, and we just need to pick up three points. Losing was devastating obviously, but we've got a big game on Tuesday, and we can't be too down for long."

At half time at Victoria Road, the Glovers probably should have been two or three goals clear of their hosts, with Andy Williams, Ed Upson and Andrew Tutte having great chances to score. However, Henderson added that he saw that as the rub of the green, pointing out that his side had grabbed a couple of wins and draws during January that might have gone in their favour:

"We've just got to get on with it. In our recent good run, we've gone to places and maybe nicked a point or all three, and maybe not deserved it at the time, but that's just football and you need to get on with it."

Regarding tonight's match, left-winger Andy Welsh and striker Dean Bowditch have both confirmed that they will not be involved in tonight's game at Huish Park.


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15 February 2011 : Brentford vs Yeovil Town Man of the Match Result
The final match for the month of January saw Yeovil Town do the double over Brentford at Griffin Park, clocking up a 2-1 win. An Oli Johnson close range finish, and a peach of a Paul Wotton free kick won them all three points on the day.

The Man of the Match voting though was a fairly one horse race, perhaps demonstrating that this wasn't an entirely emphatic victory. Although Wotton picked up a decent number of votes along the way on the back of his debut goal for the Glovers in his first match since signing an 18 month contract at Huish Park, it was the performance of goalkeeper Stephen Henderson that captured the eye of the 285 who travelled, having pulled off a number of excellent first half saves.

Full results, with outright MOTM votes, are as shown below:

1 Stephen Henderson 192 (15)
2 Paul Wotton 112 (4)
3 Paul Huntington 34 (1)
4 Oli Johnson 28 (1)
5 Andy Williams 26 (1)
6 Andy Welsh 12 (1)
7 Ed Upson 10 (1)
8 Nathan Smith 8 (0)
9 Max Ehmer 4 (0)
10 Dean Bowditch 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.67

Performance: 7.17
Entertainment: 6.17

VOTES RECEIVED: 24


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15 February 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Peterborough United Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Peterborough United tonight in a League One match at Huish Park. The game is a rearranged fixture, following the bad weather that swept the country back in December. At that time, former Glovers boss Gary Johnson was due to return to South Somerset in the opposition dugout - now Darren Ferguson takes his place in the stand, with Posh having switched managers, although Gary will be in the stands watching the game between his two former clubs tonight.

Peterborough have this season become a mass of statistics. Their 62 goals scored is by far the most scored in League One this season, however that is tempered by the 58 conceded at the other end, which bar basement side Bristol Rovers is the leakiest defence in the division. It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to find that they've yet to have a 0-0 draw this season, and they've failed to score in just three matches, with the last of those coming back in October. At the other end, they've kept only four clean sheets, with recent scorelines of 2-3, 4-4 and 5-3 giving an idea of what to expect from their games. The replacement of Johnson with Ferguson as boss was meant to eliminate that pattern of play, but instead Posh seem to have gone even more Johnsonesque, and it's that kind of erratic form that keeps them in 9th place, and just 10 points ahead of the Glovers, who start tonight in 18th place in the League One table.

Posh's strength has been on their home patch this season, and although the Glovers will have to perform well to beat a side 10 places higher, it's worth noting that their opponents have lost four out of their last five away matches and even their last away victory was a November 2nd success against bottom four side Walsall at a time when the West Midlands side were on a nosedive.

The visitors come to Huish Park missing striker Dave Hibbert (dislocated knee). They have recently been without defender Gabriel Zakuani (shoulder) and Grant McCann (international duty) but both are fit and available, and so could come into a side that Ferguson has threatened to shake up following their 3-2 defeat on Saturday at Charlton Athletic. The best that former Glover Arron Davies can hope for though is a bench-warming position, having had a bit-part role for his new club this season.

For the Glovers, they remain without striker Dean Bowditch, who has not featured for two weeks since limping out of the Tuesday night home match against Plymouth Argyle. Winger Andy Welsh was also missing at Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday with an ankle problem - the best guess is that he will be missing again, although there's been no confirmation that he is out yet. Right-back Craig Alcock will be on the bench as he continues his comeback, and the real dilemma for manager Terry Skiverton will be whether he chooses to rotate his forward line of players, with the various wingers and strikers having missed a large number of chances at Victoria Road, and new signing Antonio German having had a few extra days to get to know his team-mates.

The two sides have yet to meet this season, and with Peterborough being a Championship side last year, the last meeting between the two clubs was the memorable 3-1 win at London Road in February 2009. Memorable for the performance and the four straight wins it gave the Glovers, and also memorable for the ill-timed Saturday 3.00p.m. press statement that told us that it would be Russell Slade's final game as manager of the club. Prior to that we had a 0-1 home defeat back in November 2008 that represents the last meeting between the two clubs at Huish Park.

Kick-off tonight is at 7.45p.m. and tickets for the game are available on the night, subject to the usual match-day surcharge. Expect to see us on Twitter throughout the evening, including how the more vital of the other eight League One fixtures are proceeding. There will also be live commentary on 95.5FM for those who can't get there, and as referenced above, Gary Johnson will be providing input on both clubs, care of BBC Somerset's coverage which will start after the 7.00p.m. news.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Peterborough United.


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14 February 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Dagenham Interview
Just before Saturday's match at Dagenham and Redbridge kicked off at Victoria Road, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Dagenham.

Skivo's post-match interview can still be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Daggers Away Game.


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14 February 2011 : Cancer Research Fundraiser For Big Col
A message has been posted on the Green Room forum from Frances Lippiatt, the widow of former Yeovil Town manager Colin Lippiatt, who managed the club between 1998 and 1999 and had been assistant to Graham Roberts previously. Colin passed away from Pancreatic Cancer in October 2010, and Frances is planning a fundraising event on May 7th 2011. Frances writes:

"As many of you are aware my Husband Colin Lippiatt, once Coach and then Manager of Yeovil Town FC sadly passed away on October 15th 2010 after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in August of the same year. It has been a very difficult time for both myself, my Family and Colin's many Friends.

At the time we were overwhelmed with the level of support we received from all those people Colin had clearly had an impact on during his long Football career including here at Yeovil Town FC.

I am eternally grateful for that support and now I am looking to make a contribution myself towards the battle to fight this terrible disease, so I am once again also looking for your support if at all possible.

Pancreatic cancer has a 3% survival rate which due to lack of research in the past has meant that this rate hasn't improved in forty years. The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is a new charity dedicated to defeating the disease through cutting-edge research into early detection and new treatments.

As the first of what will be a number of activities to raise money towards this research I am, along with some of my family going to be taking part in a sponsored walk at Goodwood and through the South Downs Countryside.

If you would like to help support myself and the charity then any donations, no matter how small would be hugely appreciated.

If you would like to consider making a donation, and to read more about the Charity, and Colin the link is :


Link: Just Giving Website: Pancreatic Cancer Research Fundraising Event

Thank you very much,

Frances Lippiatt & Family, forever supporters of Colin Lippiatt.
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14 February 2011 : Skivo Praises Big Sam Performance
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has praised the performance of striker Sam Williams after he played in an out of position role on Saturday. The 23 year old, who is more used to playing the role of a target man in the side, was used as a left-winger in the 2-1 defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge, playing the opening 78 minutes in that position.

Amongst the 337 who travelled to Victoria Road, there was some surprise at the formation and personnel used to start the match against the Daggers, with the positioning of Williams a big talking point, but Skiverton has told this morning's Western Daily Press that he felt the striker played well, particularly during the first 45 minutes:

"I thought Sam was outstanding in the first half. He was a catalyst for all of our good play, he came inside with a couple of shots and he was a handful, especially in that first half. But in the second we did not come out and they got back into the game. It does demoralise you a bit when, every time the ball drops, you are being turned and you cannot get your football going. It was going to be a tight game today, but I am still pleased with the ethic, the work-rate and the commitment they are showing."

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Daggers Away Game.


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14 February 2011 : Download The Ladies vs Keynsham Fixture Poster
Yeovil Town Ladies are at home this coming Sunday for a Somerset Women's Cup match against Keynsham Town Ladies. To help advertise that game, there is now a new Fixtures Poster available.

That game takes place on Sunday 20th February at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, kick-off 2.00p.m. Download the poster below and print it and display it anywhere you think may help spread the word.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs Keynsham Town Ladies : Fixture Flyer.


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14 February 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Daggers 2 Yeovil 1 : The Misery Of Watching Eastenders
Back from watching Saturday's somewhat painful 2-1 defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge, our regular blogger Cruncher picks apart the good and mostly the bad of the day. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry can be found below - feel free to provide your own views on the game, particularly if you were at Victoria Road on the day.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Daggers 2 Yeovil 1 : The Misery Of Watching Eastenders.


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13 February 2011 : GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers
In just under two weeks time, Yeovil Town have a trip to Prenton Park for a League One match against Tranmere Rovers. The match against the Wirral club takes place on Saturday 26th February 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match. and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £24.00, with concessions available at £22.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings).

Link: Bargain Admission Prices For Tranmere Trip.


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13 February 2011 : Officials For The Peterborough Game
Officials for Tuesday night's League One match between Yeovil Town and Peterborough United have been announced. The match takes place on Tuesday 15th February 2011, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, and we had no complaints worth noting about him during that match. Prior to that he had featured as a linesman in various Yeovil matches.

Next up was manager Terry Skiverton's first game in charge - back in February 2009 - which saw a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic, and no real complaints about Mr Ward's performance. He booked two players each in that game, but without raising the hackles of anyone in the ground too much.

Probably our most critical notes about Mr Ward came in the third and most recent meeting we've had involving him - the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam.

Mr Ward last took charge of a Peterborough United match on the opening day of the 2010-11 season, looking after a London Road match against Bristol Rovers, which Posh won 3-0, with three yellows being dished out - one against Posh and two against Rovers.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Colin Lymer (Surrey) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Chris Powell (Dorset).

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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13 February 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Daggers Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 away defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Daggers Away Game.


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13 February 2011 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Town Match Report
Yeovil Town Under-18s grabbed a late point yesterday at Alvington, as they came back from a goal down to draw with Cheltenham Town. The Youth Alliance League fixture against the Robins saw the Glovers net five minutes from time, as Tyler Sheppard rescued them, but they were indebted to goalkeeper Steve Boore, who saved an 88th minute spot kick to deny Cheltenham victory.

Having had so many games called off across the December and January period, it was good to play a game on a lovely sunny day at Alvington Lane, albeit with a strong wind blowing across the third choice pitch at the ground. Yeovil were missing four players for the game. Nick Lyskov was still suspended from last November's sending off at Dulwich Hamlet. Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke are on work experience with Sherborne Town and Joe Grimstead had a crocked ankle. Once again the Under 16s made up the shortfall.

The lack of games in recent months and a strong cross wind combined make the first period a really scrappy affair, with neither side being able to keep the ball long enough to string any passes together. Cheltenham’s simple direct game was better in the conditions because when Yeovil did get the ball on the deck the uneven bounce was their downfall. Both sides had a number of free kicks which came to nothing but Cheltenham started to see more of the ball and had three shots on goal. One goalkeeper Steve Boore saved, whilst the other two were cleared off the line by centre-back Rhys Baggridge.

At the other end Lloyd Matthews slipped a peach of a through ball for Isaac Reid who was just beaten to it by the keeper. Yeovil had a period of good possession during the first period, moving the ball around well and but for some good blocking by Cheltenham's defenders, they would have scored. The Glovers were unfortunate not to get a penalty, when a free kick just outside the box on the left was taken by Adam Cleary with Rhys Baggridge getting to it first, his header went to Lloyd Matthews who had his legs taken from under him in the box but nothing was given.

Just before half time though, the bobbly pitch intervened not for the first time when the ball bounced over centre-back Lee Sweet's foot and into the path of a Cheltenham forward who put it in the back of the net. 1-0 Cheltenham. Yeovil went straight up the other end and Lloyd Matthews headed a super ball on to Isaac Reid whose shot on the turn was well saved by the keeper, but that was as far as the Glovers could get in their attempts to level the scores before the break.

Yeovil made their first substitution at half time; Jonny Kaye had a good first half but had not shaken a first half injury, and so was replaced by Under-16 player Andy Venny. The second half started like the first, with lots of effort but not a lot to show for it - the wind and pitch were winning. Cheltenham were suffering just as much, losing out on a pitch bobble that would have put the centre forward in on goal, then another chance that was more down to the goalkeeping of Steve Boore, making a first class save from a shot that their winger should have scored from. Boore then saved another, with a third Cheltenham attack thwarted by an offside decision. But once again Boore came to the rescue of Yeovil with a save low to the left as the Robins put the pressure on for a second goal.

At the other end, Isaac Reid sipped his marker and hit a cracking shot that forced a good save from the Cheltenham keeper. But this was Reid’s last bit of the action as he was replaced by Will Agbo. Yeovil's second substitution resulted in a change of formation with captain Rhys Baggridge going up front, Aiden Chainey to right back and Josh Doyle slotting into the middle. Before Yeovil could settle into their stride as part of the new formation, another Cheltenham attack was foiled by another good save by Boore.

However, the chance was to result in some eventual rewards for the Glovers, as their efforts produced an equalising goal just five minutes from time. Josh Doyle then took a quick throw in to Lloyd Matthews who slotted a sweet through ball for Tyler Sheppard who crashed the ball into the roof of the net. 1-1 and game now firmly on.

There was to be one more twist in the tale though, as the game closed out. From Cheltenham's next attack, their right winger crossed the ball, and it hit Adam Cleary on the arm as he slid in to block the cross. The referee judged that the contact was intentional and gave him a yellow card and Cheltenham a penalty, despite Cleary putting his whole body on the line. But justice prevailed and Steve Boore saved the penalty with a superb dive to his right to stop Cheltenham grabbing an 88th minute winner.

That was the final action of the game, with a 1-1 draw seeing the league points shared. Normally players are not singled out individually on what are all-round team efforts, but the performance of Steve Boore in goal was exceptional on the day. He is working really hard to earn a pro contract with Yeovil Town and games like this will undoubtedly help his case.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 1 Cheltenham Town Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Cheltenham Scorer (44 mins, 0-1), Tyler Sheppard (85 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Josh Doyle 3. Adam Cleary 4. Jonny Kaye 5. Lee Sweet 6. Rhys Baggridge (Capt) 7. Aiden Chainey 8. Tyler Sheppard 9. Isaac Reid 10. Lloyd Matthews 11. Will Gordon.

Substitutes: Will Agbo (for Isaac Reid), Andy Venny (46 mins for Jonny Kaye).


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13 February 2011 : March 2011 Fixtures Poster
With just one more home match to come in February, the March 2011 Fixtures Poster is now available for download. Covering all Huish Park games during next month, the Word document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop or anywhere that takes your imagination - provided you have permission to place the poster there.

Following Tuesday night's home game against Peterborough United (Feb 15th), there are four home games in March for you to get your teeth into. First up is a midweeker against League Leaders Brighton and Hove Albion (1st), followed by a Saturday game against Huddersfield Town five days later (5th). Then in the middle of the month there's a Saturday home fixture against bottom four side Walsall (12th) followed by Carlisle United at the tail end of the month, which is a midweek fixture (29th).

We've included two versions - one with a background colour and one without a background colour. Obviously the former is going to be fairly heavy on your printer ink, so if that's a concern, you'll probably want to choose the one without a background to it.

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. For any queries or advice, or if you just want to say where the posters are being displayed, then contact Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk. For any comments on the poster design or feedback of that nature, contact Ben Barrett at benbarrett10@gmail.com

Link: March 2011 Fixtures Poster (with background).

Link: March 2011 Fixtures Poster (without background).


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12 February 2011 : Daggers 2 Yeovil 1 : Wasteful Glovers Defeated By Daggers
Yeovil Town were defeated in a crucial six-pointer this afternoon, as they put in their worst performance of 2011 at Victoria Road. The first half saw a goal each scored as Oli Johnson quickly cancelled out a Romain Vincelot header. But the Glovers squandered chance after chance before the break, and were made to pay midway through the second period as Jon Nurse's turn in the box proved to be the winner in a second period that was woeful to watch.

Team news saw winger Andy Welsh and striker Dean Bowditch fail to make the squad, with both players being left at home due to injuries. Striker Sam Williams therefore earned a recall, although unexpectedly lined up as a left-winger, with Andy Williams as the sole striker, and Oli Johnson operating deep in a 4-4-1-1 formation. New loan signing Antonio German made the bench, but his former QPR team-mate Danny Fitzsimons didn't make the squad at all. In the opposition side there was no place for former Glover Gavin Tomlin, who sat on the bench against his old side, and did not take part in the game that unfolded.

The Glovers got off to a good start, with Andy Williams looping a header over the bar. The same player also created the game's first golden opportunity when he intercepted a poor Darren Currie pass inside his own half, running clean through on goal, only to find his attempt to beat veteran goalkeeper Tony Roberts at his near post also went wide of the upright.

Chances for Dagenham were at a premium. They had one early attempt after Soloman Taiwo picked a loose ball up from a free kick move, but his shot into the side netting was from an impossible angle. At the other end, chances were being carved out far more emphatically. Andrew Tutte's edge of the area shot cannoned off the crossbar, coming straight out, and from the loose ball Ed Upson fired wide of the target.

The Daggers were indebted to keeper Tony Roberts midway through the half, when he pulled off a stunning double save to keep the scoreline blank, with Paul Huntington's deflection of a Yeovil strike on goal sending the ball towards the net, only to find a single outstretched hand from Roberts palming the ball out. Ed Upson's rebound attempt was towards a gaping goal, but the goalkeeper flung himself to his left to push the ball out for a corner.

In the lead up to the unexpected Christmas break, the Glovers had a nasty habit of switching off from set pieces, and that tendency came back to haunt them on the half hour mark, as Dagenham scored horrifically against the run of play. A corner from Darren Currie was put into the box, and Romain Vincelot's penalty spot header was planted in the back of the net, despite keeper Stephen Henderson getting a hand to it. Noticeable though was the complete absence of marking, with no Yeovil player within a couple of yards of the goalscorer. Terrible defending, and 1-0 down.

Thankfully it only took a couple of minutes for the Glovers to carve out an equaliser. Oli Johnson capitalised on a mistake inside the Daggers penalty area, to fire into the far corner, to bring back parity at 1-1. Defensive errors or not, the goal was little more than Yeovil's play deserved. But that - 33 minutes into the match - was as good as it got for the Glovers. They fizzled out a little bit towards the end of the first period, and the half time break came without too much further action.

Worth noting at this stage were the half time statistics - at the end of the 45 minutes, Yeovil had managed 11 on-target shots, with eight off-target, whilst the Daggers had managed two on-target and four off-target. Yet the scoreline that mattered was 1-1, and the Glovers needed to convert more of their efforts to finish off the match against a Dagenham side, who frequently looked ragged at the back.

Sadly things didn't quite work out like that, with a woeful second half being dished up. The Yeovil performance degraded badly, and the ball seemingly spent more time up in the air than it did on the deck. That sort of pattern to the game was guaranteed to play into the home side's hands - playing to the strengths that manager Terry Skiverton had picked out in his pre-match interview and meaning that any pattern to the Glovers play disappeared.

There was one reasonable opportunity when a right-wing cross met the head of Oli Johnson just past the hour mark, and he really should have done better than to flick the ball wide of the target, in what was a golden opportunity. Instead of that, the failure to take chances cos the Glovers again. Bas Savage had just been introduced as a substitute for the Daggers, and his pass to Jon Nurse on the corner of the box saw him given room to turn and fire the ball into the far corner of the net for a 2-1 lead that in truth based on the second half pattern had been coming somewhat, with the Glovers rolling back on their heels somewhat.

With 12 minutes remaining, the substitutions that Yeovil had been crying out for during the second period finally took place to a chorus of boos from the away supporters when they thought Sam Williams wasn't one of those being replaced, followed by sarcastic cheers when they realised he was. Andrew Tutte was the other to depart, with Antonio German making his debut, and Billy Gibson getting a longer outing than he has tended to get so far.

Not that the double substitution changed the pattern of play. Despite Dagenham losing a key centre-back in Scott Doe, through an elbow injury, and having to play out the match with only one recognised centre-back on the field of play, the Glovers never put the home side under pressure in the closing stages, and just seemed to lose their way entirely, with new boy German not really involved in the 12 minutes he got on the field. Dagenham's victory became inevitable, and the Glovers were left counting the cost of failing to sort out the result during the opening 45 minutes. Overall end game stats showed 25 shots from the Glovers, yet only one goal to show for it, whilst Dagenham's three on target chances netted two goals. Sometimes quality is better than quantity.

Thankfully, despite the second half performance, Dagenham's win didn't do too much damage to Yeovil's League One position, with fellow West Country trio Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers all losing - with the latter heading to the foot of the table. Walsall also lost, meaning that the Glovers dropped just a single place, and are still two points off the relegation zone, with Tranmere's 3-1 win over the Pilgrims the one result that saw them drop that single place. Two defeats in a row though, and a dreadful 45 minutes at Victoria Road will make Tuesday night's match against Peterborough United vitally important if they are not to undo the hard work they have put into 2011 so far.

Final Score: Dagenham and Redbridge 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Romain Vincelot (30 mins, 1-0), Oli Johnson (33 mins, 1-1), Jon Nurse (72 mins, 2-1)

Dagenham and Redbridge: (4-4-2)
1. Tony Roberts
19. Abu Ogogo 4. Scott Doe 6. Mark Arber 29. Oluwafemi Ilesanmi
17. Darren Currie 20. Romain Vincelot 18. Solomon Taiwo 15. Damian Scannell
39. Marvin Morgan 9. Jon Nurse

Substitutes:
30. Chris Lewington (GK) 3. Damien McCrory 11. Gavin Tomlin 12. Philip Ifil 16. Bas Savage (70 mins for Marvin Morgan) 24. Billy Bingham 31. Phil Walsh (74 mins for Scott Doe)

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
18. Andrew Tutte (78) 16. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 9. Sam Williams
12. Oli Johnson
7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 15. Alex Russell 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo 21. Antonio German (78 mins for Sam Williams) 23. Billy Gibson (78 mins for Andrew Tutte)

Daggers Bookings: Scott Doe (56 mins, foul), Jon Nurse (72 mins, excessive celebration)
Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (55 mins, foul)

Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex). Assistants: Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire) and Rob Whitton (Essex). Fourth Official: Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex).

Attendance: 2,119 (including 337 Yeovil fans).


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12 February 2011 : Skiverton Rues Lost Chance To Pull Away
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton felt his side lost out today due to magnificent goalkeeping, and a poor second half performance. The Glovers were beaten 2-1 by Dagenham and Redbridge this afternoon, with a second half Jon Nurse goal sealing the points. The visitors at Victoria Road should have been well ahead at the break, but came in level at 1-1 with only an Oli Johnson goal cancelling out an earlier Romain Vincelot header.

Skiverton was frustrated that his side couldn't take advantage of the opportunity to grab all three points in a match that would have significantly drawn his side away from the relegation zone. Instead, the Glovers remain just above the line in 18th place, and the Yeovil boss said after the game that it was an opportunity lost:

"Every time we get that opportunity to pull away from that bottom four we can't quite make it. It's a tough place to come although we're disappointed with the second goal and how he was allowed to roll inside. It seems like every time we play against Dagenham they ride their luck very well or they've got an absolutely magnificent goalkeeper, because everything that came through today he saved.

It's happened twice now and we have to put that down to a magnificent goalkeeping display. I was disappointed in the second half because we didn't create those same chances. Everything was up in the air and we ran out of ideas
."


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12 February 2011 : Man Of The Match Voting For Daggers vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road, 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 Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.


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12 February 2011 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Town : Full Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side are in action this morning against Cheltenham Town in the Youth Alliance League. At half time they are 0-1 down with the Robins goal coming when a ball bobbled over a Yeovil defender's boot, letting in a Cheltenham striker to score the opening goal.

Update: Full time at Alvington and Yeovil Town have gained a 1-1 draw, with a second half goal. The equaliser came when Lloyd Matthews fed Tyler Sheppard whose shot gained Yeovil a point. However, they were grateful to goalkeeper Steve Boore who saved an 88th minute penalty to keep the scores level.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 1 Cheltenham Town U18s 1.

Full report to follow in the next 24-48 hours.


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12 February 2011 : Huntington Ready For Aerial Battles
Yeovil Town centre-back Paul Huntington admits that he is expecting a big physical battle today when he travels to Victoria Road, for a crucial match against relegation rivals Dagenham and Redbridge. The Daggers lie in 24th place in the League One table, but were good enough to turn over the Glovers on their home patch earlier this season with a 3-1 smash'n'grab victory.

Huntington is expecting the Daggers to play a long ball game on their home pitch, that is inclined to cut up, and so his and centre-back Max Ehmer's form will be crucial if they are to out-muscle their opponents on any aerial balls. However, he has told BBC Somerset he is hopeful that if the Glovers can shut out the Dagenham front line, that they can do their own stealing of the points:

"It's a tough place to go. They play a lot of long balls and we'll have to do a lot of defending. But we expect that in every game. We've come up against some really good strikers during the month of January and we've kept six clean sheets, I think. So that's something. Confidence has got to be high and we know that if we keep cleqn sheets then more than likely we'll get one or two goals. That's what we've got to look to do - stand up to the challenge and the battle, and win the physical side of it and hope that our footballing ability can come out."


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12 February 2011 : Alcock Raring To Go
Yeovil Town club captain Craig Alcock says that he is looking forward to getting back into action again, after a fairly miserable time during the 2010-11 season. The Glovers Club Captain has had two lengthy spells on the sideline both times, with a back problem as the root cause on both occasions, meaning that he has only played 16 games this season.

Alcock's last match for Yeovil came in mid-December, when he was part of the back four that headed out of the FA Cup at Hartlepool United, meaning that he has not experienced any first team football for nearly two months. He has told BBC Somerset that he feels a lot fitter than he had done earlier in the season when he was starting to have these problems:

"It's been a long long couple of months. But things have gone well. I actually feel a lot fitter now and I'm feeling all right. It's been ongoing really since around the sixth game of the season, so it's been a long process that's been drawn out. It started off as just my back, and then went into my glutes and then just turned into a neural problem, and it's just been horrible."

Despite Alcock being available again, the expectation is that with the back four, including stand-in right-back Luke Ayling, performing well, that the captain will probably have to work his way back into the side from the substitutes bench, with manager Terry Skiverton having said recently that he did not want to risk any setbacks in Alcock's recovery this time round.


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11 February 2011 : Skivo Previews The Daggers Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Victoria Road, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

The full context of the interview reveals that Skiverton isn't entirely ruling out striker Dean Bowditch from tomorrow's game. The inital radio clip implied he was definitely out, whilst the full interview gives him a chance.

Link: Skivo Previews The Daggers Game.


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11 February 2011 : Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their first trip to Victoria Road for nearly eight years tomorrow when they take on Dagenham and Redbridge. The two clubs have met a number of times over the years - including the various previous guises the amalgamated club has operated under - but the last time they headed to Essex was whilst both sides were in the Conference and the Glovers were in celebratory mood, having been crowned Champions on the previous weekend.

Considering they had suffered the heartache of losing out on the Conference title in farcical circumstances just 12 months earlier, the Daggers displayed terrific sportsmanship on the day, forming a guard of honour for Yeovil's players, as well as making a presentation to the club for what was Yeovil Town's final away match in non-league football. And how did we repay their fantastic hospitality? By thrashing them 4-0 on their own patch, as Kirk Jackson grabbed a hat-trick, and Kevin Gall knocked in another.

Finally though, the two clubs meet again, and perhaps the big surprise is that both now meet as Third Tier Football League clubs. The Daggers may be bottom of League One at present, but this is still a high point for a club that was only formed in its current guise in the summer of 1992. They are currently six points from safety, and eight points behind the Glovers in 17th, but have games in hand on most of their rivals, including two over Yeovil Town. As such, this game is a bit of a six-pointer, even if the balance is that for Yeovil it is a must-not-lose game, whilst for the Daggers it is veering towards a must-win game if they are to get that coveted 5th from bottom spot by early May.

The Daggers have not had ideal preparation for the match, having had the loss of three players confirmed this week to add to other absentees. None will have been a surprise to manager John Still, with one being striker Medy Elito returning to Colchester United after a full three months at Victoria Road. The other player they have lost is striker Josh Scott who had been out of action for a while, but has now been ruled out for the rest of the season with a blood clot.

They also lost midfielder Peter Gain last weekend when he got sent off for a wild tackle late in their match against Oldham Athletic. Winger Danny Green remains missing, also through suspension, whilst they've also recently lost striker John Akinde, who was a January loan signing from Bristol City but has been unable to even get started, with a groin injury diagnosed, and he's now at Ashton Gate for treatment, with his future somewhat undecided.

For the Glovers, matters are far more simple. Striker Dean Bowditch won't travel due to a Thursday training ground knock, whilst right-back Craig Alcock should get on the team bus. That squad will also include new signings in left-back Danny Fitzsimons and striker Antonio German, who will both hope to make their debuts at some stage during the afternoon. Given Bowditch was unavailable last weekend, there shouldn't be too many alterations to the starting line-up from last weekend's home match against Charlton Athletic although if there is, then German's position up front is one of the more likely options.

Saturday's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. at Victoria Road and tickets will be available on the day of the game, subject to a matchday surcharge. For those who have forgotten where the ground is, that and more can be found on the Ciderspace guide below. If you can't make it, then follow us on Twitter throughout the day, and if you're in the Somerset area then tune into 95.5FM where BBC Somerset will be keeping you company with live commentary and stuff throughout the afternoon, from 1.00p.m. onwards.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Dagenham and Redbridge.

Link: GWSC Travel To Daggers.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Daggers.

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Cheap Tickets For Yeovil Town Games.

Link: Officials For Daggers vs Yeovil Town.


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11 February 2011 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Town Reminder
For those not heading up to Essex tomorrow, but still wanting their football fix, don't forget that Yeovil Town's Under-18s side are in action tomorrow morning. They play their Youth Alliance League match against Cheltenham Town Under-18s at 11.00a.m. with the game being staged at the Alvington ground, which is situated just behind the Airfield Tavern off Bunford Lane.

For those who like their creature comforts, there will be tea, coffee and bacon rolls on sale from 10.30a.m. onwards. All are welcome, with free admission to the game.


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11 February 2011 : Director Resigns From Holdings Company
Yeovil Town Holdings director Stephen Allinson has stepped down from his involvement with the club's holding company. The solicitor had been both Director and Company Secretary of Yeovil Town Holdings Limited but has resigned both positions. Mr Allinson remains as a Company Director of the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited (aka the main Yeovil Town Football Club company).

His place as Company Secretary in the Holding Company is taken by Bob Lelliott, who is an associate director of Yeovil Town Football Club. Mr Lelliott is not at this stage joining as a board member of the Holdings Company. He is a former Bournemouth Borough Councillor, who has a background in sitting on the town's planning committees.

The remaining Directors of Yeovil Town Holdings Limited are John Fry, Norman Hayward and Brian Willis who all sit on the main board of Yeovil Town Football Club.

The Holdings Company has also completed its transfer of share ownership from the main Football Club into the Holdings Company. There are now 1,707,214 ordinary shares allocated in the company that now owns Yeovil Town Football Club, of which 1,575,379 are owned by the Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited, which is controlled by John Fry and Norman Hayward.


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11 February 2011 : Bowditch Blow For Glovers
Yeovil Town will not risk sending striker Dean Bowditch up to Essex for tomorrow's match, after he suffered a breakdown in training this week. The Glovers top scorer had been planned to make a comeback this weekend, after missing last weekend's match against Charlton Athletic with a hamstring strain.

Earlier this week, all the signs were that things were on track, with him returning to training on Tuesday, and not feeling any ill effects from his first day back. However, manager Terry Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that the 24 year old has a new injury problem, and so will not board the team bus for the match:

"He had a little bit of a problem, and he's come back, but the problem that's flared up now is something that is a little bit different. We can cope. I'd rather have him in the team because he is our top scorer. He's a real handful and he's a threat. Especially in the away games he has been really productive for us. So he will be a miss, but we've got some good players."

The early week prediction was that Bowditch would make his return, whilst right-back Craig Alcock might require a more leisurely comeback. Skivo added that the situation was now reversed, with the club captain now given the green light for first team action:

"We're welcoming Craig Alcock back this week, who will be available for selection."


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11 February 2011 : Johnson Extends Glovers Loan Stay
Norwich City striker Oli Johnson has extended his loan spell at Huish Park. Oli will now remain a Yeovil Town player for the full 93 day period permissible under the emergency loan rules, although will be subject to a 24 hour recall clause that the Canaries will be able to request if they get an injury crisis at any stage.

So far Oli has played in six games and scored his first goal for the club at Griffin Park late last month when he netted the first in a 2-1 win over Brentford. His loan extension should keep him at Huish Park until April 16th, with his final match being the home game against Oldham Athletic.


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10 February 2011 : Skivo On Antonio: It's A Real Good Coup
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has given his views on why he has moved to sign up Antonio German from Queens Park Rangers today. The 19 year old has agreed a loan spell with the Glovers for the remainder of the 2010-11 season, thus hoping to add to loan spells with Aldershot Town and Southend United that have seen him turn out at League Two level.

German's arrival today was a mini-surprise given that Skiverton had said earlier that he would not be adding a striker to his squad this week. However, he has told BBC Somerset that this was no quick move, and that he'd been watching the player for a long time:

"I've watched him about seven or eight times. He's always done well, and he's always been quite close to the first team squad. The last game I went to watch was against Charlton. For me, it's a real good coup to get him in."

At 5'10", Antonio's height implies a particular kind of striker. Skiverton says that he will offer something different to the attacking options he already has on his books, and gave his views on what attributes the Wembley-born player has:

"He's a young boy, he's got first team experience, he's scored in the Championship. He's a real handful on his day, with pace and power. He's something different to what we've got in our striking options. He's what I've been looking for, and the timing is right and he'll be a great addition to the team."


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10 February 2011 : Glovers Sign Up German On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed on loan a second Queens Park Rangers on loan, with a striker arriving at Huish Park this afternoon. The man in question is 19 year old Antonio German who has signed until the end of the 2010-11 season.

Antonio was born in Wembley, London on 26th December 1991 and is 5'10" tall. He worked his way through the Rangers youth team, having joined them at 14 years old, before being given a professional contract in February 2008. He is under contract at Loftus Road until the summer of 2012.

He has played 20 times for the West Londoners, albeit with only five of those being starts, scoring three times. He has also had loan spells with Aldershot Town and Southend United, where he made three appearances for the Shots and seven for the Shrimpers, scoring on his debut for the Essex side.

The very best of luck to him in his stay in South Somerset, where of course he will know Max Ehmer - his fellow teammate - as well as left-sided defender Danny Fitzsimons who arrived as a free agent earlier today.

Antonio becomes Yeovil Town's 16th loan signing of the 2010-11 season, and should be in the squad for Saturday's trip to Dagenham and Redbridge.


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10 February 2011 : No Gong For Skiverton
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has been beaten to the Manager of the Month Award by Keith Hill. The Rochdale boss is the January 2011 Manager of the Month, having taken his side through an unbeaten run during the month, including beating Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

As such we can have no complaints at the Dale boss receiving the award - he was our tip when the nominations came out last week. The full list of nominations for January were as follows:

Terry Skiverton - Yeovil Town
Gus Poyet - Brighton and Hove Albion
Lee Clark - Huddersfield Town
Keith Hill - Rochdale


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10 February 2011 : Hunts Wins Football League Player Award!
Yeovil Town centre-back Paul Huntington has been confirmed as the winner of the League One Player of the Month. Huntington was nominated for the award for January 2011 and has now picked up the honour, beating off representatives from Rochdale, AFC Bournemouth and Brighton and Hove Albion.

As a stand-in captain, in the absence of Craig Alcock, Hunts played in every January fixture with the Glovers clocking up four wins, two draws and one defeat. More crucially the month included four clean sheets, of which Huntington played a major part, whilst he also scored goals against Milton Keynes Dons, Brentford (home) and Sheffield Wednesday making him a worthy winner of the January award.

The original nominations for the monthly award were as follows:

Elliot Bennett - Brighton and Hove Albion
Craig Dawson - Rochdale
Liam Feeney - AFC Bournemouth
Paul Huntington - Yeovil Town

Many congratulations for Paul - it's rare for a Glovers player to get nominated, and without having checked the records properly yet, we think this is the first time a Yeovil player has won the award since the club got into League One.


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10 February 2011 : Search For Striker Fell Through
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that his attempt to bring in a new attacking option into the club fell through earlier this week. The Glovers boss had spoken after Saturday's match about wanting to recruit "someone who can get us goals", which left Glovers fans slightly bemused when 18 year old left-back Danny Fitzsimons was signed by the club yesterday.

It unsurprisingly turns out that Fitzsimons was not the player that Skiverton was referring to last Saturday, and that his attempts to bring the attacking option fell through, with the player heading elsewhere. The Glovers boss told this week's Western Gazette:

"I spoke with the lad and he has chosen to go somewhere else so we move onwards and upwards from there. I am hopefully not going to have to be adding within the next week or so. There are one or two that I am sort of looking at but we will be making a decision maybe later on. The one that I was after I have been looking at for a while and it just did not quite happen this time. Maybe next time we will get that little bit closer."

There's no clues offered as to who he lost out on, but the most obvious suggestion would be that Swindon Town signed Jonathan Obika on loan on Tuesday until the end of the 2010-11 season. Just before Obika headed out on loan to Peterborough United in early January, there had been strong rumours that the Tottenham Hotspur striker had been a player that the Glovers were chasing. This week has seen very little loan transfer movement around the Football League, so there are very few alternative theories on offer as to who else might have been on Yeovil's radar.

Skiverton's suggestion that he is now in no hurry to add to his squad suggests also that he is confident of extending the loan spell of Oli Johnson. He was signed on a month's loan on January 14th, meaning that his deal will need renewing soon. However, there is no obvious need for his parent club Norwich City to recall him at this stage.

Skiverton has also confirmed that two of his missing senior players should be ready and available for selection for Saturday's trip to Dagenham and Redbridge. Right-back Craig Alcock has had a back problem for much of this season, whilst Dean Bowditch missed Saturday's match with a hamstring problem. Both took part in a training session on Tuesday without ill effect:

"They both got through training sessions on Tuesday and Craig was flying. I am really happy to see him back and it gives us that added extra competition. Craig's form earlier in the season was excellent and for me it is a real positive to have him back. We did miss Dean a little bit and with his goal-scoring attributes and the way he can open up defences he will put us back to full strength."

The expectation is that Bowditch will immediately push for a starting spot in Saturday's match at Victoria Road, whilst Alcock will be eased back into the side far more gently, and probably via the substitutes bench.


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9 February 2011 : Clowes Wins It For Sherborne
Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town clocked up another win tonight when they defeated Willand Rovers at Raleigh Grove by a 1-0 scoreline. The hero on the night was Yeovil Town's Second Year Scholar Rob Clowes who netted the only goal of the match early in the first half.

Clowes pounced on a defensive mix-up in the Willand penalty box and fired into the left corner to put the Dorset side 1-0 up, for his second goal in two games. Both Clowes and his Yeovil team-mate Lewis Clarke had good games, with Clarke scraping the top of the crossbar during the first period and both players had further chances.

The home side's win means that they are now on a run of four wins out of five since the Glovers Under-18s pair arrived on their work experience deal, with both players scoring a brace each during that time.


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9 February 2011 : Pilgrims Buy More Time As Court Case Is Dismissed
League One side Plymouth Argyle live to fight another day after having their High Court winding up order dismissed this morning. The signs were that the Pilgrims had this particular short term problem in the bag a few days ago, and so there's little surprise that HMRC's petition has been dismissed with the news that their £760,000 tax bill has been paid.

However, this merely buys Argyle more time. Their football consultant Peter Ridsdale believes that even after offloading several of their key players during the January transfer window, they still need an influx of £2 million to meet their obligations between now and the end of this season. They have not paid wages to their players for the month of January and will be expected to pay another month's tax on February 22nd - if they do not do this on time then there is little doubt that HMRC will slap down another petition.

Argyle's settlement of their outstanding taxes appears to have only been met with the help of the Plymouth Argyle Supporters Training and Development Trust. They loaned the sum of £300,000 to the club with the amount being directly mortgaged against their Home Park ground, with doubtless the Trust wanting to have some hold over Argyle's assets if the worst comes to the worst.

Argyle's supposed money-men - directors Yasuaki Kagami and George Synan made suggestions last week that they were willing to cough up the money the club needed to keep going, but Ridsdale has indicated that "not a penny has been forthcoming". Ridsdale now plans to leave Home Park, in terms of his day-to-day role, but says he will still be trying to help them gain some outside investment. It seems only a matter of time before the Pilgrims are answering another High Court petition - the question is how long that can carry on.


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9 February 2011 : Glovers Sign Up Former QPR Defender
Yeovil Town have signed left-sided defender Danny Fitzsimons on contract until the end of the 2010-11 season. The 18 year old can play as either a left-back or as a centre-back, and was previously on the books of Millwall and Queens Park Rangers, although did not make any first team apprarances for either side.

Danny is a Republic of Ireland Under-18 international who started his career as a Milwall academy player. He was released by the Lions in the summer of 2010, and moved to Loftus Road, where they loaned him out to Conference National side Histon for a one month period, where he made six appearances.

Fitzsimons was released by Rangers on December 31st when his contract at the club expired, and so joins the Glovers as a free agent. The very best of luck to Danny in his stay at Huish Park.


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9 February 2011 : Notts County Home Game Gets New Date Set
Yeovil Town's home League One match against Notts County now has a new date arranged. The match was due to be played a week on Saturday, but was called off due to the Magpies involvement in an FA Cup Fourth Round Replay against Manchester City.

The Glovers will now have a blank weekend on Saturday 19th February. Instead the home match against Notts County will be played on Tuesday 12th April at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.


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9 February 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Dagenham and Redbridge
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make their first trip to Victoria Road for almost eight years. A match against Dagenham and Redbridge last took place in April 2003 whilst we were both Conference clubs. And so we meet two divisions higher, and this means that the Ciderspace guide to Victoria Road has had a major overhaul to bring it back up to the modern day.

Featuring directions, parking, pub guides, ticketing information and a complete set of results against all of the various Daggers incarnations, the guide can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Dagenham and Redbridge.

Link: GWSC Travel To Daggers.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Daggers.

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Cheap Tickets For Yeovil Town Games.

Link: Officials For Daggers vs Yeovil Town.


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8 February 2011 : Perfect Pair Keeps Glovers Sitting Pretty
Two matches were played in League One tonight as part of the latest set of rearranged fixtures, and both games ended up with perfect results for Yeovil Town. Local rivals Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers went down to away defeats, with the Robins dropping into the bottom four, on the back of a 3-0 defeat against Leyton Orient, with their goal difference meaning they swapped places with Tranmere Rovers.

Swindon's match at Brisbane Road was a one-sided affair, with Russell Slade's side wrapping the game up inside 32 minutes as goals from Dean Cox, Alex Revell and Stephen Dawson got them an easy home win. Swindon have today signed former Glover Jonathan Obika on loan until the end of the season. By the time he took to the field 49 minutes into the match it was game over, and Danny Wilson was a man under pressure as his side slipped into the bottom four. Final Score 3-0 to Leyton Orient.

A far tighter game was to be had at Spotland, where the match was tied at 0-0 with 18 minutes to go. Craig Dawson put the home side ahead, only for Rovers top scorer Will Hoskins to equalise seven minutes later. However, in between, Rovers had gone down to ten men, as they lost Cian Bolger to two yellows, and in injury time, they succumbed twice, with first Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and then Matt Done leaving Dave Penney's side with a long old trip down the M6. Final Score 3-1 to Rochdale.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.


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8 February 2011 : Open Training Day For Season Ticket Holders
Those Season Ticket Holders who purchased their tickets prior to last summer's Early Bird Deadline may want to stick a date in their diary now. Supporters buying their Season Tickets prior to May 31st 2010 were entitled to attend a First Team training session at a pre-notified date.

The date for that session has been set for Monday 21st February, where the First Team will be training at Bucklers Mead School. As yet a time for that session has yet to be set but you may wish to earmark a few hours during that day if you're interested in attending.


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8 February 2011 : Seagulls Firm Up New Stadium Opening Fixture
League One leaders Brighton and Hove Albion have announced the date of the first competitive fixture at their new stadium. The Seagulls are in their last season at the much maligned Withdean Stadium, and plan to move to a new purpose-built stadium at Falmer, which will be known as the Amex Stadium, with a 22,500 capacity.

The Sussex Senior Cup Final for the 2010-11 season will be held back and played at Falmer as a 'ramp-up event' designed to test out the stadium's facilities as part of the process of obtaining a safety certificate for the stadium to operate at its full capacity. As a result, capacity will be restricted to 10,000 spectators in a match that will be played on Saturday 16th July 2011.

Aside from other test events, the Seagulls are planning a prestige friendly to follow shortly after that match, that will act as Brighton's official opening of the stadium, with full operations and capacity intended to be set for the start of the 2011-12 season, ending a 14 year gap since they left the Goldstone Ground in 1997.

Brighton's ongoing success with their stadium plans - albeit with a long long wait for them to happen - go against the experience of many other Football League clubs trying to launch their own stadium developments. Whilst Bristol City end up stuck in an argument over what is and what isn't a Village Green, and Bristol Rovers have gone suspiciously quiet over their multi-million pound revamp of the Memorial Stadium, Oldham Athletic are having just as much fun with their attempts to leave the somewhat sorry state that is Boundary Park.

Back in the summer of 2008, Oldham's Plan A was to bulldoze Boundary Park and rebuild it stand-by-stand. The JCBs were brought in to demolish the Broadway Stand that summer, leaving them with a three-sided ground, and the plan was to build a 16,000 capacity 'Oldham Arena' on the same site, with only the Rochdale Road End remaining.

Just a year later, in the summer of 2009, and only two months after denying their Oldham Arena plans were on the rocks, Oldham switched to a Plan B, which was to make use of the Lancaster Club at Failsworth, a piece of land owned by British Aerospace. Fast forward to March 2010 and the alarm bells were ringing as Oldham Council were given advice that the land to the north of the Lancaster Club was designated as Charitable Land, and that it couldn't be directly sold.

A compromise was reached, and the Latics were given the opportunity to find and purchase a similar plot of land that could be 'swapped' with the land at the Lancaster Club, so that the Council could fulfil their obligations and preserve the value of Charitable Land in the area. Late last week, Oldham's proposals were thrown out by the Charity Commission who did not feel that the offer was in their interests. A Latics statement said:

"The charity commission is not satisfied that sufficient information has been provided to enable the commission to exercise their power and permit the transfer to proceed. We need to carefully consider how we arrived at this wholly unsatisfactory position and what the next steps will be."

One option that Oldham Chief Executive Alan Hardy has said they will consider is to leave the borough of Oldham in search of a suitable site, although the Football Association and Football League rules on the relocation of clubs outside their town boundary should also restrict here what they can and can't do. Even the 12,000 capacity plans at Failsworth were seen as controversial by Latics fans, due to the site having a Manchester postcode, so steps to take the club even further afield will doubtless get the same reaction. Regardless, having gone through Plan A and now Plan B, Hardy now needs to find a Plan C, and he has told BBC Sport that there is a long term problem with the Oldham finances not in great shape:

"We've been looking at this relocating to a new ground or rebuilding Boundary Park now for seven years. We need to raise the funds to build a new stadium and to raise the finds we've got to sell Boundary Park because we haven't got the money to redevelop here. We've got to find a solution to it and me and the rest of the board will be working hard to find that solution."

Meanwhile, as Brentford celebrate their success in getting to Wembley Stadium for the Football League Trophy Final, against probably Carlisle United (who take a 4-0 first leg advantage to Huddersfield Town tonight), things are not going so swimmingly off the field.

Their plans to move from Griffin Park to a new stadium at Lionel Road have suffered a blow with property developer Barratt Homes pulling out. The company has blamed the current economic environment for the decision to withdraw from the project, although it should come as little surprise, given that Barratt Homes had in the summer stated that they wished to suspend their involvement.

Now they have permanently pulled out of the seven year old programme, which was designed to build a new stadium upon disused railway land, close to the M4 flyover at Junction 2. The project was to be funded by Barratt Homes building accompanying housing and community facilities. Brentford now have an option to buy the land direct from Barratt, but admit that they may look at alternative sites as well.

Finally spare a thought for Tranmere Rovers, who you may have noticed had their match against Notts County abandoned just after half time due to an increasingly flooded Prenton Park pitch. It wasn't just the rain up in the North West - it was a bit windy as well. On Friday they suffered damage to the Town End section of the Main Stand in their ground, due to gales up on the Wirral and were forced to close that end of the ground due to safety concerns. There was at that stage no danger of the game being called off, with all ticket holders being rehoused in other parts of the stadium, but Rovers hadn't allowed for the weather coming back again 24 hours later, and finishing them off entirely. There's no danger at this stage, of their problems affecting our five pound ticketing offer when we visit Prenton Park on Saturday 26th February.


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8 February 2011 : Vote For The Football League Player Of The Year Awards
The Football League are asking supporters to put forward their nominations for their Player of the Year awards. These are part of the League's Annual Awards evening that will take place at The Brewery in the City of London on Sunday 20th March 2011.

The idea is that the League will ask fans to nominate who they think should be included in the nominations for the Championship, League One and League Two. Once the nominations are received, a judging panel, that will include former England striker Dion Dublin and Football League Show reporter Mark Clemmit, will whittle that list down into a published shortlist.

You have one week to put forward your own views on who should be included. To do so, you need to head to a section on League Sponsors npower's website which is available here.

Being slightly cynical, the mission appears to be partly a marketing exercise by npower to capture who your current energy service provider is, and so you should choose carefully the tickboxes at the foot of the voting screen.

The list of Yeovil Town players only includes eleven possible choices, so it would appear that there has been some additional prequalifying criteria included within that. Players appear to be housed within the club they were playing for at the end of 2010, meaning that if you wanted to include Steven Caulker you would need to head to the Championship and choose him from Bristol City's squad - however, that would then mean you were voting for a Championship award rather than the League One award you might have wanted to put him up for.

Dion Dublin, who holds a football ambassador title with sponsors npower says of the vote:

"These awards allow fans to have their say on the best players in the npower Football League. It's brilliant that they have this opportunity to be able to reward the success and achievement of the clubs and the players. npower is proud to be sponsoring the largest League football competition in Europe and these awards celebrate the quality of football on offer across England and Wales."

Voting will be open until Wednesday 15th February.


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8 February 2011 : Loan Transfer Window Opens
Just eight days after the January transfer window shut, so another transfer window opens. The loan transfer window opened this morning allowing Football League and Conference National clubs the ability to bring players in under certain conditions.

Clubs may bring in players under the Emergency Loan rule, that allows players to be loaned for a period of between 28 and 93 days. With the exception of goalkeepers, players are non-recallable during the first 28 days, but a clause can be inserted for subsequent loan extensions to allow a 24 hour recall from the 29th day onwards.

Clubs can also make use of the Youth Loan system, which provides a far more flexible approach for younger players, with them able to play for the loan club's first team, as well as turn out for the parent club's Reserve and Youth sides.

Speaking after Saturday's match against Charlton Athletic, manager Terry Skiverton said that he expects to bring in one new player, indicating that it would be "someone who can help us get goals" implying either an outright striker, or at least someone with significant attacking attributes. Speaking to BBC Somerset, the Yeovil boss said that he was expecting to hear on Tuesday (today) as to whether he'd got his man:

"I want to bring one more in this week. We'll see on that. There's someone that I want, and someone who will help us, and we'll see if he's in on Tuesday. He could be a free agent or he could be a loan - I can't tell you too much as you always work it out!"

Although Skiverton suggests that it could be a free agent, they are not governed by the loan transfer window, and so today's date would not be directly significant. It's therefore more likely that this is another loan move.


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7 February 2011 : Officials For Daggers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Dagenham and Redbridge and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match takes place at Victoria Road on February 12th 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee David Phillips (West Sussex).

He is in his third season as a Football League referee, and we have had him four times during that period. The first of those occasions was November 2008's freezing trip to Colchester United that saw the Glovers lose out by a 1-0 scoreline. Mr Phillips dished out a stop-start performance, blowing his whistle far too often, making for a dull encounter in Essex.

Playing short on first half injury time, as well as disallowing a 'goal' from Terry Skiverton, certainly manager (at the time) Russell Slade wasn't too amused by his performance on the night.

The second occasion was a little less controversial but we still weren't too happy with his part in Yeovil's 1-1 draw with Carlisle United in March 2009. Again the second half deteriorated into a stop-start game, and he wasn't particularly wise to some gamesmanship being carried out by Carlisle players.

Next we had him for the September 2009 Football League Trophy tie against AFC Bournemouth. Here we were probably glad that he chalked off a goal for the home side, even though it was a somewhat generous decision for us. His decision-making was also questionable in a number of second half decisions against both sides that tended to lead to players taking matters into their own hands and it was probably fortunate that things didn't escalate further.

The most recent occasion came in November 2009 when he took charge of the home match against Southend United. During that match he sent off Southend's Sean Morrison for a professional foul. We thought it was a decent decision, even after having the BBC Sport highlights to view it on playback, although Morrison himself and Southend captain Adam Barrett were definitely not happy, whilst Shrimpers boss Steve Tilson - one of the more level-headed people in the game - ripped into the officials accusing them of ruining the game. In truth whilst we felt Mr Phillips was spot on with the professional foul, the decision for the free kick that won the Glovers the game, and his tendency to let the game boil over badly did not give us a warm feeling about him either.

This season, Mr Phillips has managed to notch up a fairly eyewatering seven red cards in 20 matches, along with 67 yellow cards. In his last two matches, he has sent off three players, with Saturday's match between Ipswich Town and Sheffield United seeing two reds and three yellows. His last match involving Dagenham and Redbridge came at Victoria Road on October 30th when they drew 1-1 with Hartlepool United. On this occasion a far more moderate one yellow and no reds.

Mr Phillips will be assisted by Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire) and Rob Whitton (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex).

Link: November 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 0.

Link: September 2009 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 1.

Link: November 2008 : Colchester United 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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7 February 2011 : Wristbands On Sale From Adam Stansfield Foundation
The Adam Stansfield Foundation have recently launched a set of wristbands so that football supporters across the West Country can show their support for the organisation. The wristbands shown below are available in Adult and Junior sizes and can be purchased from a number of outlets around the region. The price is a minimum £3.00 donation, with all profits going to the Foundation, which aims to promote youth football in Somerset and Devon, as well as awareness of Bowel Cancer.

Of most interest to Glovers fans will be that Tony Pryce Sports in Middle Street, Yeovil got them in stock last Friday. However, they are available in many other shops as well, including the following: Exeter City Club Shop, Hereford United Club Shop, Tony Pryce Sports (Yeovil, Exeter and Tiverton) and JT's Partyhouse in Tiverton. You may find other Tony Pryce Sports branches can help you out - though obviously call in advance.

Since the wristbands were launched at St James Park, over 1,500 have been sold, with former Southampton playmaker Matt Le Tissier one of their customers. They have also launched a special edition for Twyford Spartans football club - the youth organisation that Adam trained with as a youngster.

Adam's sister Andrea Hayes has said that the sales of the wristband so far has been amazing:

"For the short amount of time they have been on sale we have sold so many, and put the foundation on a good footing. I would like to thank everyone for their support since the foundation was launched."

Address: Tony Pryce Sports, 54 Middle St, Yeovil BA20 1LX. Tel: 01935-411313.
Adam Stansfield Wristbands - Get Yours Now!
Adam Stansfield Wristbands - Get Yours Now! (© Adam Stansfield Foundation).



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7 February 2011 : Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's away trip to St Mary's are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match against Southampton takes place on Tuesday 8th March 2011 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets bought in advance will cost as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Concessions: £17.00; Age 16 and Under: £10.00; Age 12 and Under: £8.00.

Tickets bought on the day of the match increase by £2.00 and are therefore as follows:

Adults: £24.00; Concessions: £19.00; Age 16 and Under: £12.00; Age 12 and Under: £10.00.

Concessions are given to those aged 17-21 years old, those aged 60 or over, and Students carrying a valid NUS card.

Disabled supporters pay the above Adult or Under-16 rate depending upon age. An assistant is admitted free of charge. Disabled parking spaces must be booked in advance by calling 02380-711966.

You can take advantage of a number of Family Ticket offers as well, as follows:

Adult + 16 or Under: £30.00; Adult + 12 or Under: £28.00; Adult + 8 or Under: £22.00.

Advance tickets will remain on sale until Monday 7th March. On the day of the match they will be available from St Mary's only. Past experience is that you must pay cash at a Ticket Office before entering the turnstiles. Note that if you are using public transport, then buying an advance ticket may be more than useful, as the stadium shuttle buses between the ground and the city centre require you to show your match ticket.

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Bargain Admission Prices For Tranmere Trip.

Link: Cheap Tickets For Yeovil Town Games (The Sun/Football League Offer).

Link: Cheap Tickets For Yeovil Town Games Part Two (Yeovil Town Tuesday night matches offer).


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6 February 2011 : Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town
Next Saturday sees Yeovil Town make their first trip to Victoria Road for almost eight years. The match against Dagenham and Redbridge takes place on February 12th 2011 in East London.

When we last visited Victoria Road, Yeovil Town supporters had an open away terrace to stand on. Now matters have changed, with the introduction of the Marcus James Stand (unsponsored name is the Pondfield Road Stand) - a covered seated stand behind the goal that houses up to 1,224 supporters.

Advance Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £13.00.

Prices rise on the day of the game by £2.00 and thus become:

Adults: £22.00; Concessions: £15.00.

Dagenham's official site describes concessions as applying to Over-65s and Students carrying a full NUS Card. However, advice given to other clubs indicate that this also applies to Under-18s.

Disabled supporters are also admitted at the Concessionary rate, and there are designated wheelchair spaces situated in front of the Marcus James Stand. For any special arrangements, contact Dagenham's Ticket Office on 020 8592 1549 ext 21 or by emailing info@daggers.co.uk - note that their Ticket Office is open from 12.00 noon until 4.00p.m. every day, except for Thursday (8.00p.m.) and Friday (6.00p.m.) where they stay open for an extended period.

Note that this is one of three matches designated as part of the Football League's promotional offer in conjunction with The Sun newspaper. For details on that, see the linked article below.

Link: GWSC Travel To Daggers.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Daggers.

Link: Cheap Tickets For Yeovil Town Games.


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6 February 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Charlton Game
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat at the hands of Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

In addition to Skivo's views on the game, chiefly surrounding the performance of referee Karl Evans, the Glovers boss also indicated that he plans to bring in a new player during the week with Tuesday earmarked as the day he expects to know whether that plan will reach fruition. Skiverton refused to rule out whether it was a loan or a free agent, merely stating that the incoming player would be "someone who can help us get goals."

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Charlton Game.


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6 February 2011 : GWSC Travel To Daggers
Next Saturday, Yeovil Town have a trip to Victoria Road for a League One match against Dagenham and and Redbridge. The match against the Daggers takes place on Saturday 12th February 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match. and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 8.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 8.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £20.00, with concessions available at £18.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings).

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Daggers.

Link: Cheap Tickets For Yeovil Town Games.


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6 February 2011 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Daggers
Next Saturday, Yeovil Town have a trip to Victoria Road for a League One match against Dagenham and and Redbridge. The match against the Daggers takes place on Saturday 12th February 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £16.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 8.00a.m. with stops as requested. Pick-ups can be done along the way - e.g. along the A303 area - if you negotiate nicely!

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Update: Slightly earlier start time due to availability of parking spaces at Victoria Road. Now leaving at 8.00a.m.


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5 February 2011 : Skiverton Fumes At Referee Performance
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was left fuming about referee Karl Evans after his side were denied a lifeline in this afternoon's 0-1 defeat at Huish Park against Charlton Athletic. The Glovers boss was unhappy with the Lancashire referee's decision to let Addicks defender Gary Doherty off with a warning after a late foul on Andy Williams.

With Doherty already on a yellow card following a late first half tackle on Oli Johnson it seemed that Charlton would be playing the final 20 minutes with 10 men, but after initially playing an advantage, referee Evans decided to merely warn the centre-back about his actions.

Skiverton has frequently suggested that his club suffer from a lack of willingness by officials to make decisions, particularly when they are up against the bigger sides in the division, and says that after this latest controversy, he plans to write to the Referees Association to ask for an explanation of why it keeps happening:

"I am going to write to the head of the Referees Association. It was a sending off. Doherty had already been booked before the foul. That incident was judged on him already having been booked. You can't do that; it's not refereeing. Every incident should be judged on its merits. I don't want to see their lad sent off but it seems every time we come up against the big teams, referees have to be 150% sure to make a decision but for us it has to be 30%. I heard the comments from (Charlton Athletic manager) Chris Powell that 'sometimes they go for you and sometimes they don't' but they certainly didn't go for us."

Yeovil Town's players surrounded the referee after the incident, and Skiverton had to usher his players away from Evans on the final whistle. He also took the unusual step of blocking them from undertaking any post-match interviews to prevent them from saying anything out of turn.


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5 February 2011 : Clarke And Clowes Inspire Sherborne Win
Yeovil Town Centre of Excellence pair Lewis Clarke and Rob Clowes helped Sherborne Town to a 3-0 win this afternoon. The players who are both second year scholars at Huish Park, scored a goal each in the away win over Brislington in the Western League Premier Division.

Clarke opened the scoring during the first half with his second Sherborne strike in two games, whilst Clowes made it 2-0 before half time with a headed goal, and his first goal in his second spell at Raleigh Grove. Sherborne went on to their third during the second period, with Tom Richardson netting to polish off an emphatic win.

The result was a valuable one in that it kept Sherborne in 14th place in the table, but lengthened the gap between them and 15th place Brislington to five points. Since arriving at Raleigh Grove on work experience arrangements, Clarke and Clowes have seen their temporary club win three out of their four matches, with Clarke scoring twice and providing the assist for two more goals.

Manager Mickey Spencer told Sherborne's official site after last weekend's 3-1 success at Longwell Green Sports that he was pleased with how quickly Clarke had settled in:

"Lewis is an exciting prospect who seems to absorb instruction and can almost immediately translate that on to the pitch. Aside from him scoring and providing a great assist for the goal of the game (at Longwell Green), it was a really pleasing performance from all of the team."

Of Rob Clowes, who has been used as a midfielder so far, although can play in any central position, the verdict was also positive from the former Glovers legend:

"Rob Clowes linked up well in midfield and the quality we brought in really added to the momentum we created in the game (at Longwell Green)."

With Yeovil Town having no midweek fixture for a change, there's a good chance for Glovers fans to see the pair in action this coming Wednesday night, with Sherborne due to face Willand Rovers in a Western League Premier Division match. Kick-off at Raleigh Grove will be 7.45p.m. and we're sure you'll be welcomed in your green and white scarves both on the terraces and in their clubhouse.


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5 February 2011 : Charity Collection Raises Half A Grand
Totting up has been completed from this afternoon's Charity Collection, with over five hundred pounds raised. The collection at this afternoon's home match against Charlton Athletic was in aid of the Coppafeel Breast Cancer charity, and raised a total of £515 on the day.

Organiser Nick Burton wishes to thank everyone who contributed to the charity during and after the game.


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5 February 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Charlton
If you were at this afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Charlton Athletic 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 Charlton Athletic.


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5 February 2011 : Yeovil 0 Charlton 1 : Wright-Phillips Nicks It For Addicks
Yeovil Town went down to their second home defeat of 2011 this afternoon, as a resolute Charlton Athletic side grabbed all three points with a fairly textbook away performance at Huish Park. The Addicks got their winning goal 63 minutes in when League One's top scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips headed home from a corner. For much of the match the visitors were on the back foot, but the Glovers struggled to get behind a crowd of bodies and could not find a way past the Londoners despite throwing the kitchen sink at them during the closing minutes.

Team news saw one enforced change for the Glovers, as Dean Bowditch pulled out with a hamstring strain picked up during Tuesday night's match against Plymouth Argyle. In his place came Andrew Tutte, making his full debut as part of his loan spell from Manchester City. He lined up in the hole in a 4-4-1-1 formation, as Oli Johnson moved into a wide position on the left, although during the match Johnson, Tutte and Andy Williams made frequent switches to try to liven up the front line.

At a blustery Huish Park, both sides had decent early chances - a Johnnie Jackson shot that Stephen Henderson tipped over for a corner, whilst at the other end after Andy Williams had forced a corner, Andy Welsh's flighted delivery saw Paul Huntington get a free header in the box which he wastefully put over the bar.

The first half saw Yeovil play with the wind behind them, and with plenty of pace in the Glovers line-up, they did exactly what manager Terry Skiverton hoped they would do - test the legs of Gary Doherty and Christian Dailly. That certainly happened as the half turned into a battle between pace and brawn, and an ideal of what to expect came when Oli Johnson was taken out by Doherty when in full flow. A clear yellow card, and Doherty was probably lucky that a defender was just about covering him.

Paul Huntington went close from a corner, when a Charlton defender entirely missed the ball as it went across the box, with the centre-back's shot on the half volley going just wide of the target. In fact, that was Yeovil's problem throughout the half - for all of the chances they created, no-one seemed to have their shooting boots on. A free kick was teed up for Paul Wotton, but he shot wide as an Addicks defender closed him down. Then Andy Welsh was put through on goal, but sliced wide of the target whilst trying to create room from the right-wing to shoot on his left foot. By half time, the Glovers should have been ahead, but conversely had failed to test Rob Elliot in the Charlton goal enough.

The Glovers lined up for the start of the second period in a 4-4-2 as another tactical switch saw Oli Johnson join Andy Williams up front. But it was Charlton who carved out a golden opportunity as Joe Anyinsah skinned Max Ehmer down the flank, pulling the ball back for Bradley Wright-Phillips, who inexplicably fired wide from six yards out and the goal gaping. That was a warning shot though, as just past the hour mark League One's top scorer got in on the end of a Johnnie Jackson corner in far too much free space, to give Charlton the lead.

A number of substitutions tried to shake things up - Alex Russell and Sam Williams were introduced for Andrew Tutte and Ed Upson, with a myriad of formation changes, swaparounds and suchlike trying to disturb an increasingly rearguard Charlton defence. There was controversy too when Gary Doherty took out Andy Williams with a replica of his first half tackle, leading to Yeovil players surrounding the referee and the crowd baying for blood. Referee Karl Evans bottled the decision that would have produced a yellow card were it not for Doherty's earlier offence, and Charlton breathed again.

As the home crowd turned up the volume on that decision, contesting every decision following that, appealing for a number of handballs as shots were hammered into the box, the Glovers began to throw the kitchen sink at the Addicks defence, bringing on Adam Virgo as a striker in the closing minutes, and pushing up Paul Huntington and Max Ehmer for set pieces and often leaving just Nathan Smith or Luke Ayling covering at the back. But the six minutes of injury time couldn't find a way past, and so Charlton held on by the skin of their teeth.

Defeat then, but no big disgrace - just the need for a little bit more clinical action inside the box on the day prevented the Glovers from snatching a draw. They stay in 17th place in the League One table, although Swindon's late draw means that the gap drops down to two points with the table just above the relegation line still very congested. A rare seven days off for the Glovers, and a chance to draw breath from what has been a frenetic but largely productive period - next stop a vital trip to Dagenham and Redbridge next Saturday.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Charlton Athletic 1.

Scorers: Bradley Wright-Phillips (0-1, 63 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 14. Max Ehmer 5. Paul Huntington 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 20. Paul Wotton 16. Edward Upson 12. Oli Johnson
18. Andrew Tutte
7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 9. Sam Williams (76 mins for Ed Upson) 15. Alex Russell (59 mins for Andrew Tutte) 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo (87 mins for Oli Johnson) 23. Billy Gibson

Charlton Athletic:
1. Rob Elliot
2. Simon Francis 12. Gary Doherty 36. Christian Dailly 19. Matt Fry
7. Scott Wagstaff 6. Jose Vitor Semedo 16. Alan McCormack 4. Johnnie Jackson
10. Bradley Wright-Phillips 23. Joe Anyinsah

Substitutes:
25. Ross Worner (GK) 11. Kyel Reid 8. Therry Racon (24 mins for Alan McCormack) 17. Paul Benson (82 mins for Bradley Wright-Phillips) 24. Jonathan Fortune 34. Carl Jenkinson 39. Nathan Eccleston (81 mins for Joe Anyinsah)

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (78 mins, foul)
Charlton Bookings: Gary Doherty (15 mins, foul), Simon Francis (76 mins, foul)

Attendance: 4,651


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5 February 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Charlton Interview
Just before kick-off against Charlton Athletic this afternoon, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Charlton.


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5 February 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic
Yeovil Town have made one enforced change for this afternoon's home game against Charlton Athletic. As expected, striker Dean Bowditch is not fit following the knock he picked up in the midweek game against Plymouth Argyle. As a result, midfielder Andrew Tutte gets his first start for the Glovers since arriving on loan from Manchester City.

The only change on the bench is that striker Craig Calver is recalled. The expectation is that Tutte will line up playing in the hole in a 4-4-1-1 with Oli Johnson dropping to one of the wings - although Johnson and Andy Welsh may swap over. Yeovil line-up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 14. Max Ehmer 5. Paul Huntington 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 20. Paul Wotton 16. Edward Upson 12. Oli Johnson
18. Andrew Tutte
7. Andrew Williams

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 9. Sam Williams 15. Alex Russell 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo 23. Billy Gibson

Charlton Athletic:
1. Rob Elliot
2. Simon Francis 12. Gary Doherty 36. Christian Dailly 19. Matt Fry
7. Scott Wagstaff 6. Jose Vitor Semedo 16. Alan McCormack 4. Johnnie Jackson
10. Bradley Wright-Phillips 23. Joe Anyinsah

Substitutes:
25. Ross Worner (GK) 11. Kyel Reid 8. Therry Racon 17. Paul Benson 24. Jonathan Fortune 34. Carl Jenkinson 39. Nathan Eccleston


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4 February 2011 : Skivo's Post-Transfer Deadline Day Interview
Just before kick-off on Tuesday night, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was interviewed by BBC Somerset. Aside from the match at Huish Park itself, local journalist Chris Spittles talked to Skivo about what had happened on Transfer Deadline Day at Huish Park, including views on Jean-Paul Kalala, Dean Bowditch, Andrew Tutte and Gavin Williams amongst others.

Various segments of this interview landed on the news page on Wednesday - this is the full transcript.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Plymouth.


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4 February 2011 : Megson Fills Hillsborough Hot Seat
League One side Sheffield Wednesday have not messed about in sorting out a replacement for outgoing manager Alan Irvine. Having only sacked their manager yesterday, they have now appointed Gary Megson as his successor.

Megson's connection with Sheffield Wednesday is well established, having clocked up 286 appearances for the Owls as a player back in the 1980s. His main success in management came with West Bromwich Albion where he took them up from the Championship in 2001-02 and 2003-04, although obviously took them down in between as the Baggies became known as the yo-yo club.

Since leaving the Hawthorns, his management has been somewhat less successful. After a year at Nottingham Forest, he was recruited by Milan Mandaric who was then owner of Leicester City, only to last just 41 days in the job before Bolton Wanderers came calling. He lasted just over two years at the Reebok Stadium before leaving in December 2009. Now with over three years having passed since Mandaric first moved to bring Megson to Leicester, the Sheffield Wednesday Chairman has gone for second time lucky by giving him a three and a half year contract at Hillsborough.

Fellow League One side Brentford have not moved quite so quickly to appoint a successor to Andy Scott. However, the hot tip for the job is none other than Gary Johnson, who the various websites seemed to be linking with the job barely before Scott had pulled out of the car park at Griffin Park.

Yesterday Johnson denied that he has been in contact with the Bees, although admitted that it would be an attractive club for him to join, given that he was born barely a couple of miles from their ground, and trialled for them as a 20 year old. Brother Steve Johnson was a scout at Griffin Park, as was one of Gary's uncles, whilst cousin Robbie was a first team player in the 1980s and many of his family are still in the area. Johnson admitted that it fitted his criteria but that he had yet to speak to anyone:

"I've had no contact – the manager's just gone. I'm keen to start working on a new project, and it's a job I would be very interested in. Location-wise it's perfect as my family still live in the west London area."


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4 February 2011 : Adam Stansfield Foundation Website Launched
The Adam Stansfield Foundation have today launched their own website, that will underpin their activities in the years to come. Set up in the name of the player who was a hero to so many Yeovil Town, Exeter City and Hereford United fans, as well as those of Elmore, the website aims to both celebrate his life, as well as cover the aims of the Foundation.

The website sets out its aims in its opening article as follows:

"The unprecedented support following Adam’ s death in August 2010, led to the creation of the Adam Stansfield Foundation. This site has been designed to recognise the aspects of Adam’ s life, his football career and also raise awareness on bowel cancer related issues. The foundation’ s aim is to help give young people the unique opportunity to develop life skills, through the power of football and too assist them in their goals of living the dream. The foundation through this website also hopes to highlight and raise awareness of illnesses caused by bowel cancer."

As well as hosting news on the charitable concerns that will help provide money for the Foundation and subsequent community events, the site also includes lots of background on Adam's footballing career, with a breakdown of his time at each club. The tribute written for Ciderspace just after Adam's untimely death, forms part of that sequence of articles, photos and video clips.

Find out more about the site, via the link below - it's certainly well worth a read.

Link: Adam Stansfield Foundation Website.


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4 February 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic Match Preview
Yeovil Town play their second home game in five days tomorrow, when they take on Charlton Athletic in a League One match. The Glovers will be hoping to build on the significance of Tuesday night's result that finally lifted them out of the relegation zone after just over three months in the bottom four. Now in 17th place, the trick will be that of staying there in an increasingly congested League One table.

If there is to be a point of caution in Yeovil's form during 2011, it would be that they have been playing a significant number of teams that have been in poor form. Brentford (twice), Plymouth (twice), Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town have all been on a nosedive, albeit that the Glovers have helped them on their way - no doubt contributing to Alan Irvine and Andy Scott losing their jobs this week.

On Saturday, they come up against a Charlton Athletic side who are in decent form, having won their last two matches, and have lost just twice in 13 league matches. Their last away defeat was on October 2nd, albeit with their last three outings being away draws. That form sees them lie in 8th place, and two points off the play-offs.

January has seen them busy, in bringing in defender Federico Bessone on loan from Leeds United and purchasing striker Bradley Wright-Phillips from Plymouth Argyle. Liverpool 20 year old Nathan Eccleston has also come in on loan as new boss Chris Powell attempts to shape his side in the wake of Phil Parkinson's departure during January. West Ham United coach Alex Dyer has arrived as Powell's assistant, meaning that there are plenty of changes since Yeovil's visit to The Valley in November that saw them lose 3-2, with Paul Huntington getting his marching orders as a result of the penalty that saw the Addicks win the game.

Kelly Youga (knee) will not travel to Somerset, whilst Chris Solly is continuing rehabilitation following his knee operation, but both have been missing in recent matches meaning that the Addicks are likely to field an unchanged squad. Their only question mark is whether Federico Bessone can survive a slight hamstring problem that saw him come off early in their Tuesday night 1-0 win over Colchester United.

For the Glovers, they also have a question mark regarding one of their strikers, with Dean Bowditch limping out of the second half of their own Tuesday night 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle. What chance he has of being involved on Saturday isn't clear at this stage. Their other absentee will be captain Craig Alcock, who has been reported as being back in training from his back injury, but is unlikely to be rushed back.

Saturday's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. Those wishing to avoid that should call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 before 6.00p.m. tonight. We'll be on Twitter during the day to provide some input on the match, whilst BBC Somerset will be on the air from 1.00p.m. providing coverage on 95.5FM before, during and after the game.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic.


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3 February 2011 : Skivo Wanting To Improve Supporter Relationship
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that the club needs to be more engaged with supporters, and that he is doing his bit to try to improve things. The Yeovil boss makes a frank admission that there has been a distance in the relationship that needed to be closed off, and that more effort needed to be put in to make supporters feel wanted at the club.

The Yeovil boss has since the turn of the year been adopting certain things within his playing squad - in particular the post-match huddles that have been on display at away matches, that have broken up with a mass run down towards the travelling supporters. This has allowed both players and supporters to show some appreciation, rather than both sets disappearing from view on the final whistle.

Skiverton admitted that there was less of a bond between the club and supporters during 2010, and told BBC Somerset that part of it was down to their league position and a feeling that they might not receive a warm reaction to their position in the league:

"I think we lost that (relationship) - I think we lost it last year, and I was ashamed because it happened under me. We stopped doing stuff with the fans and we stopped going into things. You get into that little run thinking 'Well I don't want to do that because we're in the bottom four and they might not appreciate us'. But they do - everywhere I go we are appreciated and everywhere the players go they are appreciated."

The Yeovil boss said that there needed to be more things done in order to build up club-supporter relationships and added that although he and his players were doing their own bit that there were more things that could be done. He said that there had been a definite need for action:

"It got to the stage where we'd distanced ourselves from the supporters, and we can't do that. So we're trying to do that, and we're trying to embrace the supporters a lot more, make them feel wanted. There's a lot of stuff that could be done better - I know that, I think the club know that and I think the supporters know that. But we're going to work as hard as we can on every element."

Skivo's views and actions in recent matches are to be welcomed and are already being embraced by supporters. The numerous 'boat' references in his post-match interviews have led to a running theme, and Skiverton has said that he has noticed the response in the form of banners on the terrace. Skivo though, is just one cog in the wheel of Yeovil Town - other areas will need to buy into this philosophy of valuing supporters to ensure it ripples out beyond the first team manager and his fine efforts.


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3 February 2011 : Huntington Nominated For Player Of The Month
Yeovil Town centre-back Paul Huntington has been nominated for the League One Player of the Month. Huntington is one of four players named for the month of January 2011. These are as follows:

Elliot Bennett - Brighton and Hove Albion
Craig Dawson - Rochdale
Liam Feeney - AFC Bournemouth
Paul Huntington - Yeovil Town

As a stand-in captain, in the absence of Craig Alcock, Hunts played in every January fixture with the Glovers clocking up four wins, two draws and one defeat.

More crucially the month included four clean sheets, of which Huntington played a major part, whilst he also scored goals against Milton Keynes Dons, Brentford (home) and Sheffield Wednesday making him a worthy addition for the January awards shortlist.

The result will be known on Thursday 10th February, and thus puts Paul alongside manager Terry Skiverton who is up for the January award for managers.


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3 February 2011 : Skiverton Nominated For Manager Of The Month
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has been shortlisted for the League One manager of the month for January 2011. The Glovers boss has been listed along with managers from Rochdale, Huddersfield Town, and Brighton and Hove Albion as follows:

Terry Skiverton - Yeovil Town
Gus Poyet - Brighton and Hove Albion
Lee Clark - Huddersfield Town
Keith Hill - Rochdale

This is the first time that Skivo has been shortlisted for this award, so congratulations to him regardless of whether he is successful or not.

In truth, we'd expect Rochdale's Keith Hill to be the front runner, according to results during the month of January, particularly as his side beat the Glovers at Huish Park. However, judge for yourself - the League Table for January is shown below.

For those wondering why Bournemouth do not have a nomination, their boss Eddie Howe left halfway through the month for Championship side Burnley, replaced by Lee Bradbury, thus making nominations difficult for the Cherries.

The winners in each division will be announced in a week's time on Thursday 10th February. League Two nominees include former Glovers midfielder Jamie Pitman, who is manager at Hereford United.

Link: January 2010 : League One Table - January Results Only.


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3 February 2011 : Bargain Admission Prices For Tranmere Trip
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to Prenton Park at the end of this month should be able to gain admission to the game for just five pounds. The match against Tranmere Rovers takes place on Saturday February 26th with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Tranmere have announced that they "have reduced admission ... to just £5 for EVERYONE" indicating that they will have cash admission on the turnstiles for this offer. This is an offer that Rovers launched a couple of seasons ago in April 2009, when Yeovil Town were lucky enough to be included on that day as well.

Their article only referenced the home areas of the ground - we've just raised a query with Prenton Park to confirm that this includes access to the Cowshed Stand for away supporters, but this was certainly the case when this offer was last launched.

The Rovers official site have praised their club's unofficial websites and fans organisations for helping them to promote the ticketing offer, with Tranmere treating these fixtures as a joint initiative and an opportunity to reach out to the Wirral community:

"We were really grateful to our supporters who helped promote our £5 offers against Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town a couple of seasons ago, especially those from www.thecowsheds.co.uk, www.total-tranmere.co.uk and the Tranmere and Wirral Football Supporters Trust, and we're hoping they'll help us again this time."

Update: Tranmere Rovers have confirmed that this offer is applicable to all four areas of the ground at Prenton Park.


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3 February 2011 : Bees Boss Buzzed Off
Not a good day to be a League One manager - Brentford boss Andy Scott has been sacked. The TalkSport radio station is claiming that the Bees manager has been dismissed, following their Tuesday night 4-1 drubbing by bottom four side Dagenham and Redbridge.

Scott has been in charge at Griffin Park since December 2007, and took them to promotion from League Two during the 2008-09 season by winning the divisional title. However, their recent results have been nothing short of catastrophic - including two defeats against Yeovil Town during January. They have not won a match since New Year's Day, and have lost six out of their last seven League One matches.

As a consequence, they have slipped from being in 9th place and one point off the play-offs on New Years Day, to being 19th in League One and just two points off the relegation zone. Unconfirmed reports suggest that striker Nicky Forster has been placed in charge temporarily.

Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed earlier reports that Alan Irvine has been fired this morning.


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3 February 2011 : Irvine Fired By Owls
League One side Sheffield Wednesday have parted company with their manager Alan Irvine. The BBC Sport website reports that Irvine has left Hillsborough following Tuesday night's 5-3 defeat against promotion rivals Peterborough United.

The Owls have slumped to 12th place in the League One table, and are now six League matches without a win, having not recorded a victory since December 11th 2011. That sequence has included 5-1 and 4-0 thrashings against Exeter City and Leyton Orient as well as suffering the embarrassment of being unable to beat a nine man Yeovil Town side. They lie eight points off the play-offs, and just five off the relegation zone.

Wednesday are under new ownership through Milan Mandaric, yet he has yet to see the Owls win a match since getting the keys to Hillsborough - despite allowing Irvine the chance to bring in Reda Johnson, Gary Madine, Mark Reynolds and Michael Morrison during the January transfer window. Irvine was under contract until June 2013, having only joined them in January 2010.

Wednesday have yet to officially confirm Irvine's dismissal, but local and national media are reporting this news as gospel.


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2 February 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Plymouth Home Game
Following last night's 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Points West, the transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Plymouth Home Game.


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2 February 2011 : Skivo: Three Calls Came In For Players On Deadline Day
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has provided detail on what was keeping him busy on Monday's Transfer Deadline Day. The Glovers swapped Jean-Paul Kalala for a loan deal for Manchester City midfielder Andrew Tutte during the final hours before the window shut, but the Glovers boss has admitted that there was plenty going on besides that.

Skiverton has confirmed that there were three separate calls coming in for three of his players during transfer deadline day, but told BBC Somerset that he was given the backing to turn down those offers, rather than to take any possible transfer income:

"I'll be honest with you, we had a call for three of our players, all in all. The first thing that Martyn Starnes said to me, which is what the board wants, is that we're not letting our best players go. We're in a situation where we're fighting for our lives and we've got to make sure that we get out of this. What we're not looking to do is to make quick short term fixes by getting money into the club."

It would seem likely that midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala counts as one of those three players; heading up the road to Bristol Rovers. Skivo was asked if another one of those players was striker Dean Bowditch's possible move to Huddersfield Town. The Yeovil boss said that he didn't want to confirm or deny whether the Terriers bid had been part of that trio:

"I'm not going to go into details, but people came in, and we stood strong to that, but we let people go who weren't going to be part of our plans for the future. So for us it was an exciting day, and it shows how far Yeovil Town have come, in that we can hold onto the ones we want to hold onto, and people can move on if they want to move on as well."

One that Skiverton was willing to absolutely confirm was that he did try to get hold of midfielder Gavin Williams, when he knew he was about to be released from Bristol City. Gavin instead chose to make the short journey to sign for Bristol Rovers and Skivo admitted that the club had missed out on him:

"I was interested in Gav and there was a lot of stuff going on with what was happening with him personally. But we've missed out on him, and that was disappointing. But these things happen when you're coming up against teams like Bristol Rovers that have got a bigger budget and they're really having to push the boat out to make sure they stay at this level and in this division."


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2 February 2011 : Magpies Game Postponed
Further to Sunday's news, Yeovil Town's home League One match against Notts County will now definitely be called off. The game was due to be played on Saturday 19th February at Huish Park.

However, ITV have now confirmed the Magpies' FA Cup Fourth Round Replay date for their trip to Eastlands against Manchester City. That game will be shown live on ITV1, on Sunday 20th February at 2.00p.m. with a consequence that the League One match on the preceding day will need to be called off.

County and their Premier League opponents will receive a broadcast fee of £72,000 each, on top of other gate receipts and competition payments.

For completeness, the other Fourth Round replay that will be screened is the Chelsea vs Everton match. That will take place on Saturday 19 February 2011 with a 12.30p.m. kick-off. It will be broadcast live on ESPN.



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2 February 2011 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic
With one home match done and dusted last night, attention now turns to another home match being played on Saturday. Officials for the next game at Huish Park between Yeovil Town and Charlton Athletic have been announced in a game that will be played on Saturday 5th February with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be Karl Evans (Lancashire).

Mr Evans was promoted to the Football League's referees list for the start of the 2007-08 season, and we've yet to have him as a referee, probably due to his Lancashire residence. We have had him for three away games as an assistant referee, with the 2005-06 season Christmas holiday nightmare trip to Tranmere Rovers, and the 2006-07 trips to Huddersfield Town and Crewe Alexandra following. As we tend not to distinguish between linesmen in matches, we have no comments against his performances on those days.

So far this season, he's raised a moderate 48 yellow cards and two red cards, against a total of 16 games - so three yellows per match. His last game came last night, when he took charge of Port Vale's 1-0 win over Rotherham United, whilst he last saw Charlton play on August 10th when he took charge of their 4-3 away defeat in the League Cup against Shrewsbury Town.

Mr Evans will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).


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2 February 2011 : Skivo Explains Kalala Departure
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has explained his thinking over why he allowed midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala to leave the club on Transfer Deadline Day. The Congolese international, who had two spells with the club totalling 95 appearances, left on Monday for Bristol Rovers, thus signing for one of the Glovers' relegation rivals.

Skiverton confirmed to BBC Somerset that the deal was something the club had been sat on for a week and that the deal involved Rovers merely taking over Kalala's contract, rather than attracting a fee:

"With JP (Kalala) it was something that I'd known about for a week. Dave Penney just rang me about him and said that he'd like to get him in there, and that they were struggling a little bit in midfield and that he would like to get JP in. With me bringing Paul Wotton in and the midfield strength that we have got, I didn't see a problem with that, and so he's just gone in there and taken over his (Yeovil) contract."

The decision by the club to sit on the offer for a week backs up theories that Kalala was asked to play one last match at right-back to cover the suspension of Luke Ayling and Adam Virgo and thus turn out at Brentford before departing on the Monday.

Skiverton also added that his decision to allow Kalala to move up the A37 was partly down to the 28 year old's disciplinary record. Kalala has only recently served a four match ban for a red card against Milton Keynes Dons on January 3rd. He stands by to make his Rovers debut in their home game tonight against the same side, with his other red card this season being at the Memorial Stadium whilst wearing a Yeovil Town shirt! If Kalala was to get a further straight red card, he would stand to miss five matches, and Skiverton said that was a factor in his thinking:

"One thing I know with JP is that he's quite capable of getting sent off again and if he misses a quarter of our (remaining) season then it would really hamper us. So he can go there and he'll make a difference I think. He's very combative and good luck to him in the future."

Link: Jean-Paul Kalala : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 February 2011 : Skivo Gets Off His Boat And Goes Hunting!
Last night, Yeovil Town climbed out of the League One relegation zone for the first time in three months, with their 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle. The Glovers dropped into the bottom four on October 30th when a home draw against Swindon Town saw them slide down the table - now the Robins replace them, as the Glovers head up to the nosebleed heights of 17th.

Having achieved the target of getting out of the relegation zone, manager Terry Skiverton has said that he wants to climb higher, and with seventh placed Charlton Athletic just eight points ahead of them in the current table, he told BBC Somerset that he has set them in his sights, with the Addicks coming to Huish Park on Saturday:

"Now we're starting to hunt people that are above us, and clubs that are a lot bigger than us. Why not start going after them? I think the best hunt is when you go off and get the biggest buffalo. It starts on Saturday against Charlton, so we're going to sharpen our spears and our arrows and we're going to go chasing them now."

Whilst Stephen Henderson won the sponsors Man of the Match on the night for a number of outstanding saves, Skiverton also cited right-back Luke Ayling's return as a key factor for the clean sheet, whilst he said that he was in an interesting battle with Andy Williams over where his best position in the team was, with the winger/striker scoring the match winner last night:

"He wants to play up top and he wants to play up high. And so it was unfortunate for him that he scored when I put him out on the left! So I asked him, 'Did you score when I put you out on the left?' and he said 'No gaffer, I was playing up top'. But everybody wants to play, and everybody is fit and flying and when you go on a run like this, no-one wants to be left out. It was good to see Luke Ayling come back in and I thought he was outstanding against the boy (Yannick) Bolasie."

As an aside, BBC Somerset are reporting that the 90th minute red card for Argyle winger Yannick Bolasie was for spitting at Paul Wotton.


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1 February 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil vs Plymouth
If you were at this evening's 1-0 win against Plymouth Argyle 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 Plymouth Argyle.


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1 February 2011 : Yeovil 1 Plymouth 0 : Glovers Climb Out Of The Bottom Four!
Yeovil Town finally climbed out of the League One relegation zone as their pheonix from the flames progress in 2011 continued this evening with a 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle. In what was a tight match, a deflected shot from Andy Williams was enough to seize the points, although the decision of the match sponsors to give Stephen Henderson the Man of the Match award showed this was no one-sided contest. The three points were enough to pull Yeovil level with their opponents and rise up to 17th in the table.

Team news saw Luke Ayling, as expected, replace Jean-Paul Kalala, who had left for Bristol Rovers yesterday. Otherwise the only changes were on the bench as Adam Virgo also returned from suspension, whilst new boy Andrew Tutte got a place on the bench, with Craig Calver the unlucky man to miss out. The Pilgrims included Rory Fallon as a loan striker - one of two ex-Glovers loans, with Romain Larrieu on the bench.

A quiet start to the first half saw Argyle getting plenty of possession but little in the way of chances, as Kari Arnason's long range attempt provided the only opportunity of the opening 15 minutes. Andy Williams headed wide at the other end to provide Yeovil with a rather tame effort.

The Glovers took 26 minutes to create their first true chance, with Dean Bowditch receiving the ball from a throw-in, turning smartly on the edge of the box and hitting a 20 yarder that David Button had to parry low down to keep it out. At the other end, former Glover Rory Fallon produced a flicked header that Stephen Henderson did well to tip over the bar, after the Glovers keeper had shown a bit of hesitancy as to whether to come off his line or not.

Argyle, who had previously enjoyed plenty of possession but without any real throughput, then sprung the offside trap, with Rory Patterson breaking behind the Glovers back four only a couple of minutes after Rory Fallon's attempt. Thankfully Stephen Henderson came off his line briskly and confidently to parry Patterson's attempt and as the ball span out, it just evaded the boot of Yannick Bolasie, and Fallon's follow-up attempt was saved at the second attempt by Henderson to keep the scoreline blank.

Aside from that quickfire set of chances, the rest of the half passed off with little of note or interest - perhaps a Rory Fallon attempt from the edge of the box that went over the bar, with Stephen Henderson probably covering, the nearest that things got to troubling the two goalkeepers. It certainly wasn't a classic opening 45 minutes by any stretch of the imagination.

The Glovers made a tactical switch at half time, rotating their four most attacking players, with Oli Johnson playing as the main striker, and Dean Bowditch supporting him. That left Andy Williams occupying the left wing slot with Andy Welsh the only player to stay put. With so little being created by Yeovil, it made sense to opt for a shake-up with the starting personnel to see if different bodies could carve open the Argyle defence.

Instead it was the visitors who created the first chance of the half, with Rory Fallon flicking on a throw-in in a congested penalty box, and the New Zealander saw his ball hit the crossbar and deflect over for a goal kick. At the other end, Dean Bowditch got in a couple of half chances, including a magnificently optimistic 40 yarder.

The goal itself came on 66 minutes and owed a small amount of fortune to it. Andy Welsh's corner was a poor one, and got blocked out at the near post straight back to him. He then swung in a much better ball, and Andy Williams got the opportunity to fire a slightly scuffed shot through a crowd of players, taking a deflection for an opening goal. 1-0 up!

Argyle's previous intentions became clear when they immediately reacted to the goal, pushing Rory Patterson up front, abandoning their 4-5-1 formation for a bulk standard 4-4-2. Yeovil responded by their own tactical switch, taking off Oli Johnson and putting on Andrew Tutte for his debut. The first sight of him for Glovers fans saw him occupying an advance midfield position in a 4-4-1-1 formation but that didn't last long, as Dean Bowditch pulled up with a thigh or hamstring strain, coming off and forcing a reshuffle, with Tutte going out into a wide left position. Sam Williams replaced Bowditch.

The Pilgrims' part in the game was still there to be seen, as in the final 10 minutes, Stephen Henderson was forced into the save of the match, as he blocked a header from Stephane Zubar with a single hand, forcing the ball out for a corner to leave the Plymouth defender with his head in his hands at how close he had come to scoring. In truth, Yeovil were sitting a little too deep, and you could see Paul Wotton trying to coax his team-mates to push out and avoid getting sucked into Argyle's mini spell of pressure.

Three minutes of injury time emerged but any hopes Argyle had of a late equaliser went when Yannick Bolasie got involved in an off the ball incident that appeared to involve Nathan Smith. Bolasie had only just been involved in a spat with Stephen Henderson, and although it wasn't immediately clear what he'd done, it no doubt stemmed from that. Down to 10 men, there was barely time to restart before referee James Linington completed the match with the final whistle.

Never a classic, although the second half opened up a little, particularly once Yeovil scored and Argyle were forced to open up their formation. However, if ever three points were important, it was tonight - for the psychological boost of climbing out of the relegation zone. Victory assured that, as defeats for Swindon Town and Brentford along with a draw for Tranmere Rovers lifted Yeovil up to 17th place. Great news, although with 19 games still remaining the job is only half done. They need to make sure they stay there now over the following three months of football that remain.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Scorers: Andrew Williams (1-0, 66 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 14. Max Ehmer 5. Paul Huntington 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 20. Paul Wotton 16. Edward Upson 10. Dean Bowditch
7. Andrew Williams 12. Oli Johnson

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 9. Sam Williams (79 mins for Dean Bowditch) 15. Alex Russell (57 mins for Ed Upson) 19. Adam Virgo 23. Billy Gibson 18. Andrew Tutte (71 mins for Oli Johnson)

Plymouth Argyle:
31. David Button 36. Stephane Zubar 35. Curtis Nelson 30. Marcel Seip 2. Karl Duguid 11. Kari Arnason 6. Chris Clark 4. Carl Fletcher 19. Yannick Bolasie 8. Rory Patterson 14. Rory Fallon

Substitutes:
1. Romain Larrieu (GK) 3. Bondz N'Gala 21. Anton Peterlin 23. Krisztian Timar 18. Jack Stephens 34. Luke Young

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (82 mins, foul)

Plymouth Bookings: Carl Fletcher (90 mins, dissent). Red Card: Yannick Bolasie (90 mins, violent conduct).

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Ron Ganfield (Somerset) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: 5,208 (including 1,441 Argyle fans)


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1 February 2011 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's home game against Plymouth Argyle. The change is enforced to an extreme - Jean-Paul Kalala's match at Brentford was his last and will instead play for Bristol Rovers tomorrow night. His place is taken by Luke Ayling who returns from suspension.

Centre-back Adam Virgo is also recalled after his one match suspension, whilst new signing Andrew Tutte joins the squad on the bench. Striker Craig Calver is the unlucky man to miss out. The Glovers line-up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 14. Max Ehmer 5. Paul Huntington 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 20. Paul Wotton 16. Edward Upson 10. Dean Bowditch
7. Andrew Williams 12. Oli Johnson

Substitutes:
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 9. Sam Williams 15. Alex Russell 19. Adam Virgo 23. Billy Gibson 18. Andrew Tutte

Plymouth Argyle:
31. David Button 36. Stephane Zubar 35. Curtis Nelson 30. Marcel Seip 2. Karl Duguid 11. Kari Arnason 6. Chris Clark 4. Carl Fletcher 19. Yannick Bolasie 8. Rory Patterson 14. Rory Fallon

Substitutes:
1. Romain Larrieu (GK) 3. Bondz N'Gala 21. Anton Peterlin 23. Krisztian Timar 18. Jack Stephens 34. Luke Young


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1 February 2011 : Permanent Memorial To Adam Stansfield Planned
Devon side Elmore are to provide a permanent memorial for former Yeovil Town, Exeter City and Hereford United striker Adam Stansfield. The Western League Division One side were the club that Adam played for before Gary Johnson took Adam into professional football in 2001, and as his home town club, they have a special connection with him.

Elmore are planning a superb tribute to Adam within their ground - naming a stand at Horsdon Park after him. The side of the stand is to have a four foot high picture printed onto the wall, showing a picture of Adam in his Elmore kit taken before he moved on to Huish Park as a 21 year old.

Elmore chairman Jed Hewitt has been one of the people behind the project, with Elmore expecting to receive the signage for the stand within the next few days. At that point, an official opening for the stand will be organised by the Devon club. Hewitt explained to the Exeter Express and Echo that part of their motivation for wanting to do it was down to the connection that Adam maintained with the club even after he went into professional football:

"We have done this to show respect to Adam and his family, not just for what he did as a player but all the other things he got involved in. He was a fantastic player for us. But off the pitch whenever we called on him to do something he was always accommodating. Even after he left and went onto greater things he would come back and help as much as he could and he never forgot his roots.

"A lot of local players knew him and he obviously went on to achieve his goal. In doing so he set the standard for other people of what can be achieved if they work hard. Adam will never be forgotten here. It is something we have thought about doing for some time but we have been trying to find the right picture. It will be put up on the side of the stand so anyone walking towards it will be able to see it
."

The signage for the stand is being provided free of charge by Ken White Signs, with General Manager at the company Ben White having particularly personal reasons for wanting to help Elmore out - he was one of Adam's teammates at Elmore during his time there.


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1 February 2011 : Wotton Looking Forward To A 'Special' Night Against Home Side
Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Wotton prepares to face his old club tonight, in a League One battle between two sides needing to get themselves out of relegation trouble. The 33 year old scored 63 goals in 438 appearancess for Plymouth Argyle and until 2008 was a one club man, playing for the only place he had lived in.

Now tonight he is part of a team aiming to drag the Pilgrims towards the bottom four, with the visitors three points above Yeovil Town in the latest League One table. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Paul admitted that he was an Argyle supporter at heart, but would have no qualms in shooting them down. However, he did admit that tonight is of special significance to him:

"Yes, it is special. Everybody in football knows that Paul Wotton goes with Plymouth Argyle. The history that I've got with the football club, and being Plymouth born and bred, and brought up as a Plymouth fan as well, means that I've got a tremendous affinity with the football club and a deep deep love for the football club as well. But I'm a Yeovil Town player and I'll be doing everything I can to get three points for Tuesday night, and it's as simple as that."

As mentioned in tonight's preview, Wotton played for Argyle at Huish Park back in August 2004, when the Glovers knocked Plymouth out of the Carling Cup with a 3-2 victory dominated by two extraordinary goals, and a Lee Johnson hat-trick. Wotton admitted he remembered the game well and that it had come up in conversation recently:

"The gaffer was talking about it the other day, actually as the gaffer played in it. Darren Way reminded me that I had a little bite with him and a little spat with him. But it will be remembered for the Lee Johnson goal. The only thing that sticks in my mind is all the Plymouth players arguing about who was going to have the goal! But you can't take away from him (Lee Johnson) his second and third goals as they were brilliant strikes, so I just remember those goals."

Wotton's arrival in South Somerset, initially on a loan spell from Southampton which has since been turned into a permanent deal, has coincided with a transformation in Yeovil's form, losing just once in their last eight League One matches. Whilst other changes have happened during that time, many have seen Wotton's arrival and reputation as a leader on the park have cited him as the principle reason for the turnaround. He adds that he was never asked to do that job, and has just been doing what comes naturally to him:

"The gaffer hasn't pulled me to one side and said 'do this, do that'. I've always been vocal, when I was captain at Plymouth, and I've always been a so-called leader. So it comes naturally to me anyway. We were laughing in the changing room after (Brentford away) that me and Alex Russell have a combined age of 70, and that if we'd brought on Joner (Nathan Jones) that we would have had a midfield of 107. I suppose it's a bit of experience isn't it? Paul Wotton just does what he does, and that's all I've ever done, is to try my best."


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1 February 2011 : Super Gav Signs For Rovers
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gavin Williams has switched across the city of Bristol. Super Gav left Bristol City by mutual consent yesterday - he has now signed a contract with Bristol Rovers until the end of the 2010-11 season.

There had been a few whispers that Yeovil Town were interested in taking him back to Huish Park. Whether they were true or not, they didn't materialise. Rovers have been radically revamping their squad in the past week or so in their attempts to get out of the relegation zone, with Jean-Paul Kalala switching from Huish Park yesterday. They have also taken Scott Davies on loan from Reading, whilst former Glovers target Rene Howe has also arrived at the Memorial Stadium on loan from Peterborough United.

In other news on former players, striker Wayne Gray has left Cambridge United for Conference South side Chelmsford City. Meanwhile winger/striker Glenn Poole has left Barnet by mutual consent.


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1 February 2011 : Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to a League One match tonight, with Plymouth Argyle heading to Huish Park for a West Country clash. Both sides are at the wrong end of the League One table in an increasingly tight bottom half, with the Glovers in 21st place in the League One table.

The Glovers can guarantee that they will leave the League One relegation zone tonight if they beat the Pilgrims by two goals or more. That's because although Plymouth lie in 15th place, they are just three points ahead of their opponents, and with a better goal difference by two goals. If the Glovers win by a single goal, they'll probably leapfrog one of the clubs between 16th and 20th place anyway, although there is a full League One programme during midweek with 10 fixtures tonight and two more coming tomorrow.

That carrot will give Yeovil a big incentive against a side who are not in great form during the month of January. Argyle's financial problems have meant that they have been forced to sell off their best players and big earners to bring their wage bill down to one that doesn't involve the Taxman knocking on their door every month. That has meant that Craig Noone (Brighton and Hove Albion), Bradley Wright-Phillips (Charlton Athletic), Steven MacLean (Oxford United, loan), George Donnelly (Fleetwood Town), Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday), Sean Kinsella (Malta Hibernians) have all left the building, raising around £750,000 to partially clear their tax debts.

There were thoughts that left-back Onismore Bhasera and striker Joe Mason would be out the door on Transfer Deadline Day. In the end, Mason rejected a move to Swindon Town, whilst plans for Bhasera to move to Premier League side Blackpool never completed. That's only of limited joy for Argyle - both players are currently sidelines through knee and ankle injuries, whilst they are still around £270,000 short of being able to clear the winding up order due back in court next week.

All of this disruption has left Argyle's squad down to its bare bones. The outstanding HMRC debt has put them under a transfer embargo, and so there have been zero players coming in during January. Five defeats in their last six matches has shown what life is likely to be like without their prized assets. Their only plus has been the return of former Glovers loan striker Rory Fallon, who has been out on a temporary at Ipswich Town.

For the Glovers, their squad changes slightly from Saturday's trip to Brentford. Jean-Paul Kalala's exit to Bristol Rovers is cancelled out by the arrival of Manchester City midfielder Andrew Tutte. Kalala's exit forces at least one change to the starting line-up, but Luke Ayling's return from a one match suspension will make him a natural replacement for him. Other media sources are suggesting that Adam Virgo got a three match ban for his red card at Sheffield Wednesday - the Football Association website unfortunately isn't displaying League One suspensions at present, but it would be surprising if this wasn't a single match suspension - Virgo should be on the bench tonight.

All eyes of course will be on Paul Wotton, who spent 14 years at Home Park as both a central defender and as a midfielder. Having netted on Saturday at Brentford - his first goal since leaving Home Park in April 2008 - all eyes will be on whether he can do it against his former club. The idea of a free kick specialist playing for the Glovers against Argyle on a Tuesday night might send shivers down the spin of travelling supporters - particularly those who were at Huish Park during the August 2004 Carling Cup match that saw Lee Johnson grab a hat-trick, including two highly unusual goals and a Wotton penalty for the visitors - even if our match report that night indicates we thought he should have been sent off early on in the game!

The two sides played out a 0-0 draw at Home Park on New Year's Day in a match that was probably not the greatest on display, but did mark a change in fortunes for a then leaky Yeovil Town side. With Reda Johnson and Bradley Wright-Phillips sold, and Onismor Bhasera and Joe Mason injured though, it will be a much changed Argyle side to the one they faced exactly a month ago.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available on the night, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. For those who can't get there, expect us to be on Twitter for another busy night of League One action. In addition, BBC Somerset will be providing live commentary on the match with their programme starting just after the 7.00p.m. news - tune into 95.5FM to get your fix.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle.


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