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28 February 2014 : Final Copies Of On To Victory On Sale Tomorrow
If you haven't managed to get hold of a copy of the latest On To Victory fanzine, there is a final chance to do so at tomorrow's match against Reading. The last 35 copies will be heading up to Berkshire, and we'd be surprised if they didn't all get sold on the day. Editor Will Proctor has provided the following update, which includes good news for the Adam Stansfield Foundation and the YTFC Get Pedalling campaign. Will writes:

"I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who has so far purchased a copy of On to Victory. We are on course to return a profit of around £200 which will be split between our chosen charities, the Adam Stansfield Foundation and YTFC Get Pedalling, a sponsored cycle ride being undertaken by YTFC fans from Middlesbrough to Yeovil in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice, Prostate Cancer UK and the YTFC Community Sports trust. Full accounts will be available once the last copies are sold.

A special thanks to all those that have supported On to Victory, Thomas Freke at Jaam Design for his many hours of un-paid design work and assistance selling at the Leeds and Millwall home games. Westbury Packaging and We do Vans.com for their fantastic and much appreciated sponsorship. Remous Print for producing at cost and throwing in 50 freebies to help boost income. Charis and Val for selling a few copies at the Doncaster game. Obviously a massive thanks to all those who contributed articles, it wouldn’t exist without your contributions.

There are only 35 copies left to sell and these will be available on the Reading away trip. I will be selling on the 09.29 train from Yeovil Junction to Basingstoke. If there are any copies left after this they will be waved around in the air in a desperate manner by somebody at half time.

I hope anyone who has bought a copy enjoyed it and we hope to have another edition out next season, raising more money for local charities. Please feel free to provide thoughts, feedback and suggestions for future editions to will_proc@yahoo.co.uk or via twitter @Will_Proc
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28 February 2014 : Gary Previews The Reading Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's away match against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on their opponents, last week's game against Doncaster Rovers, and also specific reference to striker Ishmael Miller's injury, can be read via the link below.

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


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28 February 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Reading
For those who are heading up to Berkshire tomorrow for the Championship fixture against Reading, there is a new Ciderspace guide available to help you on your way. Giving you directions, parking, ticketing, statistics and a pub guide, you can find plenty about tomorrow's opponents via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Reading.


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28 February 2014 : Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's Championship match against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road are now available. The match takes place on Saturday 5th April 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices for this match are:

Block ED: (Closer to halfway line, padded seating)
Adults: £25.00; Over-60s: £20.00; Under-19s: £17.00; Under-16s: £15.00

Block EC: (Further towards corner, non-padded seating)
Adults: £24.00; Over-60s: £19.00; Under-19s: £16.00; Under-16s: £14.00

Disabled supporters pay the relevant price category according to their age, as above, but receive a free carer ticket. Wheelchair bays are in the Block ED section.

Please note all the tickets are marked and priced as 'restricted view' due to supporting posts within the stand, but the majority are only partially restricted or not restricted at all. Away supporters are housed in the temporary East Stand, which caters for up to 2,500 supporters, but is generally shared with home supporters. It is a side-facing covered seated stand.

Blackpool's East Stand. Photo by Terry Robinson
Blackpool's East Stand. Photo by Terry Robinson



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28 February 2014 : Miller Touch And Go For Royals Trip
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that Nottingham Forest loanee Ishmael Miller is 'touch and go' for tomorrow's trip to Reading's Madejski Stadium. The 26 year old limped out of last weekend's 1-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers, lasting just 10 minutes of the game, after pulling up with a hamstring injury on the heavy ground.

That was initially expected to put him out for two or three weeks, but revised thinking during the week has suggested that the problem may not be as bad as first thought. As such he's not been ruled out of the trip to Berkshire, although Johnson has told BBC Somerset that the player's chances seem to be varying from day-to-day:

"He's still touch and go. It's a situation where every day might give us a different opinion. If he wakes up and 'Eureka!' he feels great, runs down the stairs and says 'Gaffer, I'm available' then obviously he will play. But we've only got a couple of days and we'll have to wait and see if he can recover in time."

The striker, who has scored five times across his 13 appearances during his two loan spells with the club, has been getting treatment both within Huish Park and via his parent club. Johnson explained that all options had been explored in an attempt to speed up Miller's return to fitness:

"He's had specialist treatment. He's had injections where none of us like injections. He's had all sorts of treatment. He's trying himself to get fit. That's a good thing and we're doing all we can to give him that expert help inside the club and outside the club to get him back as soon as possible. If that's Saturday then so be it."

Yeovil Town's other long term injury concerns lie with Liam Davis (broken toe) and Sam Hoskins (groin). Both have been listed as being on the edge of a return for several weeks now, but have yet to be included in a matchday squad since dropping out through injury.


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27 February 2014 : Johnson: We Need Second Championship Season To Progress
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that keeping a foothold in the Championship at the end of this season will help the club progress if they can start a second season at that level. Having been promoted to second tier football for the first time in the club's history last summer, the Glovers have struggled slightly to find their feet, and currently lie bottom of the division, albeit with just a three point gap separating themselves and fourth-from-bottom Millwall.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset that expecting to win a large number of matches at this level is unrealistic at this moment in time, given the club's current funding. He felt a second season would help improve the club's position in that respect, and also had one eye on the decision that will be made by South Somerset District Council concerning the club's Food Store application, explaining that there needed to be movement on that front:

"You're not going to win as many as you lose in our first season in the Championship, with our funds that we've got available to us. That's why we need to do everything we can to try to stay in the Championship for another season, to make sure that our funds get better. We still need the help of the local Council. That's been going on ever since I've been here, and nothing seems to have come out yet, although hopefully it's going to. So we need the help, not just from the football club but from the whole community. Certainly the supporters are giving us that support and we appreciate that. Now we probably need help from the 'official' side of this area, to get behind the club and that will help us stay in the Championship."

The club's own Three Year Strategic Plan was made public at the start of this week, with a summary of it provided on this site. One of the key statements that has been seized upon by the media within that report has been the gloomy prediction made by the club that rejecting the application "will consign the Club to play in the lower leagues and possibly return to Non-League football". Johnson admitted he didn't understand the ins and outs of the application itself, but was concerned at anything that pointed to the club being unable to progress further:

"If we don’t keep improving we will go backwards. It would be a tragedy if we went back down into non-league and there would be people who would have to hold their hands up and ask themselves whether they did enough. We need outside help. The club needs to be getting bigger and stronger."


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27 February 2014 : Football League Quartet Demand The Right To Over-Spend
The Football League is being threatened with legal action from some of its member clubs over its Financial Fair Play rules. Despite the rules being introduced by democratic vote amongst those clubs - Championship clubs voted 21 vs 3 in favour when they were introduced in February 2012, it appears that some are now banging the drum for those rules to be changed or withdrawn, now they've realised how they are going to affect them.

A report in The Guardian newspaper covers a legal threat made by Manchester-based law firm Brabners on behalf of a number of unnamed Championship and League One clubs, which the paper believes are Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers. All four are expected to record substantial losses either due to their recent falls from grace, or due to their efforts to secure a place at the Premier League top table. Brabners are demanding changes on behalf of their clients:

"It is likely that unless the FFP rules are modified, the Football League should expect a challenge from any number of clubs and/or players or agents suffering sanctions or the consequences of sanctions."

The issue is materialising due to the fact that December 2014 is the moment at which FFP kicks in for Championship clubs, using figures based on 2013-14 accounts - and it would appear that the penny is finally starting to drop with as to what the implications of those rules would be.

Current FFP rules allow for up to £8 million in operational losses, provided £5 million of that is covered by shareholder investment (rather than loans). Given that Blackburn, Leicester and QPR lost £37m, £30m and £23m against their last published accounts they are likely to be a mile off those rules. If they breach them, then Championship sides will have transfer embargoes enforced for January 2015, whilst Premier League sides will be fined on a sliding scale - national newspaper reports last November claimed that QPR could face a £60 million fine if they are promoted to the Premier League based on their current projected spending.

It's therefore not too surprising that the lawyers are getting involved, even if the Football League's constitution means that these are rules that were democratically voted in by those member clubs. The end goal has been to resolve the perpetual boom'n'bust of clubs, as they spend recklessly to achieve success, then plunge into administration - junking debts in the process - when either that 'success' fails to materialise, or investors pull out.

Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has confirmed that they have received the legal challenge. However, he intends to defend the League's position on the basis that this was introduced according to the wishes of a majority of clubs:

"The League has received a letter from Brabners solicitors on behalf of several unnamed Championship (and one League One) clubs which raises a number of issues including the potential of a legal challenge. We are comfortable that the rules were incorporated properly and that this is an attempt by a few clubs to impose their views on the majority, who approved their implementation. A position we will vigorously defend if required."

The provisions put into place by the Football League were based upon models put forward by both UEFA and the Premier League that are aimed at preventing clubs from racking up unsustainable debts. Given these were voted through by its own member clubs its hard to see on what basis this quartet of club will challenge the rules that most clubs are now working hard to fall in line with.


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26 February 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Millwall : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played relegation-threatened Millwall at Huish Park in what was a very clear example of a Championship six-pointer. Had either side won the match, it would have had a massive effect on each side's fortunes - so after Joe Ralls had opened the scoring, the visitors equalised, and instead of that we had to settle for a 1-1 draw that didn't really benefit either club too much.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting, although all 14 players who got onto the pitch picked up some points across the votes, the strong pattern was for two players to pick up the lion's share. Centre-back pairing Shane Duffy and Byron Webster got the thumbs up on the night, but the big votes came in for right-back Luke Ayling who finished 2nd in the poll, and midfielder Joe Edwards who has been consistently marked highly in recent polls and won this one by a decent margin.

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

1. Joe Edwards 314 (26)
2. Luke Ayling 172 (7)
3. Shane Duffy 84 (2)
4. Byron Webster 46 (2)
5. John Lundstram 30 (1)
6. Marek Stech 28 (1)
7. Joe Ralls 26 (1)
8. James Hayter 16 (1)
9. Ishmael Miller 14 (1)
10. Joel Grant 10 (0)
11. Jamie McAllister 10 (0)
12. Tom Lawrence 2 (0)
13. Kevin Dawson 2 (0)
14. Kieffer Moore 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.19
Performance : 6.29
Entertainment : 6.1
VOTES RECEIVED : 42


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26 February 2014 : Joe Ralls Growing Up Fast In Youthful Midfield
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Joe Ralls has said that a youthful outlook to his current side's line-up is giving him plenty of experience, during his time in South Somerset. Borrowed from Premier League side Cardiff City until the end of the 2013-14 season, the 20 year old has become a regular in the starting line-up, which has a midfield where Joe Edwards is the eldest at 24 years old, and where all others are either 19 or 20 years old.

With Ed Upson having moved to Millwall on Transfer Deadline Day, that leaves the midfield lacking some experience in terms of the number of appearances each player has made as a first team professional. But Ralls has told Sky Sports that he is growing up fast as a result of being thrown in the deep end:

"I'm starting to feel like an old head now and I'm only 20. We have a young midfield but there are some old heads at the back we can speak to and its working well. Our game is about energy, pressing, winning the ball and keeping the pressure high and as young players we are trying to do that. Tom (Lawrence) has created a lot of good chances and we hope he can continue that and create a few goals. He's very positive and has a really good go, he can only be a positive for us."

The Glovers have gradually become more consistent at scoring goals at Championship level, having struggled to do so during the first few months of the 2013-14 season. Having only failed to score in one Championship match during 2014 so far - the recent 0-0 draw against Watford - Ralls believes he can see the difference between what was going on earlier in the season, and thus is able to measure the improvement:

"I was involved in the period where we weren't creating chances, and it's a sticky sort of situation to get out of. I think we've worked on that, and in every game we've created chances to score goals, and we have been scoring goals, and I think the goals will come eventually."


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26 February 2014 : Officials For Reading vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's away Championship fixture against Reading have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 1st March, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). We can find eight previous instances of Mr Mathieson taking charge of a Yeovil match, with six of the eight 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 at 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 seven games, he's dished out a rather modest total of thirteen 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.

We saw him for the Carling Cup match at the Riverside Stadium in August 2008, 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. Then came the March 2011 home game against Brighton and Hove Albion, with the Seagulls heading for promotion - again nothing too much to say about him on that night, except that if anything he overlooked a few possible bookings against us.

After that he took charge of the February 2012 match against Carlisle United. There he gave the Cumbrians a penalty after Bondz N'Gala blocked a Jon-Paul McGovern cross with his arm. We had a mini-grumble about how close N'Gala was to the ball when it was hit into the box, but it seemed to be one of those "I've seen them given, and I've seen them not given" sort of decisions. Otherwise, he did okay, although the Carlisle press seemed to have some non-specific grumbles about him being a bit picky during the second half.

The most recent meeting involving Mr Mathieson came in November 2013, and happy days it was. The 3-0 away win over Watford came as part of a decent quality game, in which the home side played their part. From the referee's point of view, we barely saw him, which is always a good thing. The Western Gazette said he "had little to do in a tempered match, allowing the encounter to flow" - two yellow cards raised, both at Glovers players.

Mr Mathieson will be assisted by Elliott Kaye (Essex) and Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Ryan Atkin (London).

Link: November 2013 : Watford 0 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: February 2012 : Carlisle United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 - 1 Brighton and Hove Albion.

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 2014 : Advance Ticket Sales For Reading Game To End Early
Advance ticket sales for Saturday's away match against Reading are to be closed off earlier than usual. The match takes place at the Madjeski Stadium on Saturday 1st March with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and advance tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

With ticket prices set to increase on the day of the match by as much as £5.00 in certain cases, you are strongly advised to purchase an advance ticket. However, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be stopping sales at 5.00p.m. today, so make sure you visit or call them on 01935-847888 if you are intending to go to the game.

At present just under 800 tickets have been sold for the game.

Link: Ticketing For Reading vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Queens Park Rangers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: Away Travel Club 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.


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26 February 2014 : Ladies Enjoy Press And Publicity Day
Saturday 22nd February - a glorious day in Yeovil. The grass was dry. The sun was shining. A perfect day for the Yeovil Town Ladies FC players and staff to take to the home of Yeovil Town FC, Huish Park, for a day of photos, publicity and player parade in an attempt to boost the profile of the female Glovers amongst the South Western community.

The day kicked off with First Team Manager Sarah Lawler, and Club Captain Rachael Edwards, featuring on a live breakfast show with BBC Somerset. Also participating was Stephen Allinson, YTFC and YTLFC board member and FA WSL committee member.

"All eyes are on the ladies team ahead of first ever season in FA Women's Super League," says presenter Simon Parkin. But what does this mean for the Glovers? "We will be playing in the top level of women's football", explains Lawler. "We are now part of the top 18 women's clubs in England, and it feels great". Of course, playing at the highest level does come with a certain amount of pressure, but not for captain Edwards: "Everyone is so excited to get started to worry about the pressure! It's been a long pre-season with lots of preparation, but now that the fixtures are out we can't wait to get going. We've got some really big games coming up, including games against WSL 1 teams."

The Glovers campaign kicks off on Wednesday 16th April, against Southern rivals Reading Ladies at the Madesjski Stadium. "Everyone is really exited about that first game," says Edwards. "Walking out onto the pitch, it's going to be an incredible experience, it's such an amazing stadium." The Ladies first home game of the season will follow on Sunday 20th April against London Bees at Sherborne Town FC, Raleigh Grove.

To find out more about the Glovers' first ever season in the Women's Super League, please visit the Yeovil Town Ladies Website. You can also buy season tickets directly from the site or matchday tickets for any 2014 home fixture. To keep up to date with the latest Glovers news, including competitions, photos and fixtures, you can follow them on Twitter or Like them on Facebook.

Yeovil Town Ladies 2014 Squad. Photo by Terry Fisher Photography
Yeovil Town Ladies 2014 Squad. Photo © Terry Fisher Photography



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25 February 2014 : Fry Explains Publishing Of Strategic Plan
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has explained why the football club made the decision to publish their three year Strategic Plan ahead of their planning hearing for a Food Store on Huish Park land. The Glovers published outline details of what their business plan might look like if the planning application is accepted in an effort to strengthen that application.

The club have today acknowledged that the application will now not be on the March 5th Agenda, and are now instead targeting an April 2nd meeting which will be the next occasion the Area South Committee convene. The Glovers have indicated that they have also given Councillors a copy of a DVD, and wanted to use that communication to make their wider plans and aspirations clear. Fry explained:

"There is always a huge amount of detail about a project such as this one and the club and our development partners, CDS, felt it was imperative that Councillors are fully briefed on the project and the full impact on the local area. Our community football club has for many years brought substantial national and now International recognition and success to the area culminating in our involvement in the top division of the Football League and the FA Women’s Super League."

Fry added his view that the football club were one of the County's major landmarks, and that for the area's profile, that South Somerset District Council should be doing their best to support them in their business aims:

"The county has grown to be a major force in the country and along with EDF’s new Power Station at Hinkley Point, Somerset County Cricket Club, Glastonbury Festival, Millfield School and AgustaWestland, Yeovil Town Football Club are without doubt one of the jewels in the counties crown. We are not asking for money from the council just the total support from the district Council to enable the club to maintain and improve its future in the county."

To read an abbreviated version of what has been provided to Councillors, see yesterday's news item.


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25 February 2014 : Glovers Planning 3G Artificial Pitch Facility
Yeovil Town have announced that they are planning to finally refurbish the astroturf area with a brand new 3G pitch. The current surface disappeared out of action during the 2007-08 season and was never repaired, and thus has been entirely out of use ever since.

A replacement has been on the club's wish-list since that time, although an ill-fated agreement with Blue Sky International in October 2011 came to nothing. This time around they have gone for a lower key approach, and are currently stripping away the current surface from the fenced off area.

They have now confirmed that the plan is to lay a 3G surface. There's currently no dates available in terms of when they plan to lay down the new surface. Costs have also not been specified although a quick look at typical costs listed on websites specialising in ground development costs such facilities between £300,000 and £600,000 depending on what quality of pitches are laid down and what associated facilities are required.


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25 February 2014 : Yeovil Town Deny Mitchell Talks Took Place
Yeovil Town have this afternoon issued a statement denying that there have been any talks between themselves and Eddie Mitchell. The former AFC Bournemouth and Dorchester Town owner has been present at four out of five of Yeovil Town's home Championship fixtures during 2014, leading to speculation that he could be investing in the club in some capacity.

The club's statement comes 24 hours after it was suggested in the local media that talks had been called off between Mitchell and the club. However, the club's statement denies that anything of that nature took place, saying:

"No discussions have taken place with Mr. Mitchell regarding investment in the club and none are planned. With the club’s Planning Application due to be heard on April 2nd, Yeovil Town are totally focused on that."

Mitchell's first appearance at Huish Park came on January 11th, with the club's statement being issued three days after his fourth appearance for a Yeovil Town fixture. He currently holds an option to purchase a majority shareholding in Southern League side Poole Town.


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25 February 2014 : Duffy Gets Another Republic International Call-Up
Given that he captains the side, it's no surprise to find that Everton loanee Shane Duffy has had his international call-up for Republic of Ireland Under-21s confirmed. As reported yesterday, the Irish press believe that he is on the edge of coming into the main senior squad plans, but for the moment he stays within their Under-21 side.

He will play in a UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier against Montenegro, that will take place on Wednesday 5th March, kick-off 3.00p.m. local time at the Tallaght Stadium. Assuming he takes to the field of play - which seems highly likely - it would be his 20th cap at that level. The full squad is as follows:

Republic of Ireland U21 Squad:
Aaron McCarey (Wolves)
Sean McDermott (Sandnes Ulf)
Sean McGinty (Sheffield United - on loan to Northampton)
Shane Duffy (Everton - on loan to Yeovil Town)
Pierce Sweeney (Reading)
Matt Doherty (Wolves)
Tommie Hoban (Watford)
Jeff Hendrick (Derby County)
Jack Grealish (Aston Villa - on loan to Notts County)
Calum Reilly (Birmingham City)
Anthony Forde (Wolves)
Sean Murray (Watford)
Connor Smith (Watford - on loan to Gillingham)
Liam McAlinden (Wolves)
John Egan (Sunderland)
Ken McEvoy (Tottenham)
Michael Drennan (Aston Villa - on loan to Portsmouth)
Aiden O'Brien (Millwall - on loan to Torquay United).

As mentioned in yesterday's article, Shane will be in Dublin on the Sunday night, where he has been short-listed for an international award.


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25 February 2014 : Food Store Plans On Council Agenda - But Not Yeovil Town's
South Somerset District Council will allow a planning application for a new Food Store to be heard during their March 5th Area South Planning meeting - but it won't be Yeovil Town's. The agenda for that meeting has now been published, and contains an application for an outlet to be built on the former Ashleys site known as Fusion Park, which is situated in West Hendford. The application has been made by Abbey Manor Capital Partners Ltd.

This is described as requiring approval for the "demolition of existing buildings, the erection of a food retail unit (Use Class A1), a drive-through coffee shop (Use Class A3), and a restaurant/public house (Use Class A4) with associated car parking, infrastructure and landscaping" on a 0.85 hectare (2.1 acres) site. The site was formerly used by Ashleys Engineering with an additional slice formerly used by Southern Electric.

Similar applications on this site for a Food Store have gone before SSDC in 2008 and 2010. The latest application would provide a 1,575 square metres 'deep discount' food store to be built on the site and is already supported by Yeovil Town Council. The recommendation given by the Area South Planning Officer is that this application should be accepted, provided the previously approved 2010 decision which was applied for by the same party using the adjacent Southern Electric land is revoked, along with a number of other provisions.

Where this becomes relevant to the planning application at Huish Park, is that in March 2012 SSDC made reference to their 2010 Retail Study report which projected the expected local needs for Food Stores in the Yeovil area and the accumulative floor space required to cater for the growth in the town. The adjacent Southern Electric site was already factored into their thinking, so any approval for the Ashley Engineering site would effectively transfer that over to the new site. As a Food Store closer to Yeovil town centre, it would be deemed as having a higher priority under the Sequential Test used under the National Planning Policy Framework.


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24 February 2014 : James Hayter Talks About His Record-Breaking Hat-Trick
Ten years ago tonight, Yeovil Town striker James Hayter was making a name for himself as the fastest striker in the country. Put on as a substitute for AFC Bournemouth against Wrexham in a Football League match, James needed just two minutes and twenty seconds to leave his mark, as he scored a hat-trick against the Welsh side, in a 6-0 win. Read James's recollections of that night, as well as a chance to watch the full coverage of the match video from the point at which he scored his first, to the point that he got his third.

Link: James Hayter Speaks To The BBC About His Record-Breaking Hat-Trick.


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24 February 2014 : Mitchell Deal Is 'Dead'
Former AFC Bournemouth and Dorchester Town owner Eddie Mitchell is claimed to have had his interest in Yeovil Town ended. Mitchell has been a regular up at the club during 2014, having attended at least four out of the last five home matches, including Saturday's home game against Doncaster Rovers.

With his former colleagues Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks in tow, the increasing numbers of 'Mitchell's men' travelling with him have tended to point to a specific interest in the Glovers, despite him twice denying any motives to do so. The Western Gazette reported originally that he "could soon join the Glovers at boardroom level" whilst on Saturday they indicated that he "will soon meet Yeovil Town's hierarchy to discuss investment possibilities". However, today they have said that "any potential deal is dead with the Glovers choosing against welcoming any potential offer".

Of course the acid test will be whether Mitchell makes an appearance at the next home game, or whether he now returns to watching Southern League side Poole Town - the club that he has previously stated he is "110 percent" behind.


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24 February 2014 : Cheap Rail Tickets For Reading And QPR Trips
Rail operator South West Trains have extended an existing ticketing offer for an extra three weeks. The Winter Smiles deal may help supporters looking to take in the away matches against Reading (March 1st) and Queens Park Rangers (March 15th) and allow Adults to travel anywhere within the SWT region for the sum of £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for children as a Day Return ticket.

For the Reading trip, you'll probably need to buy two sets of tickets, using the £10.00 offer to get you to Basingstoke, followed by a separate Day Return from Basingstoke to Reading (which is on a First Great Western train), whilst for the QPR trip, you may need to do a bit of checking to see if you need to buy an SWT ticket to Clapham Junction and then separately purchase a short London Overground return ticket to the new Shepherd's Bush station, or whether it's best to add on a London Travelcard.

The offer covers all Saturday and Sunday travel up to and including Sunday 16th March. Needless to say there are terms and conditions attached to the offer. You should also keep an eye on planned Engineering Work for those weekends - at present apart from those travelling from the Southampton area on the weekend of March 15th, there are no significant works planned. Head via the link below for full details.

Link: South West Trains : Winter Smiles Offer.


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24 February 2014 : Tom Lawrence Gets International Call-Ups
Yeovil Town loanee Tom Lawrence has been given an international call-up for his country. The call-up comes for the forthcoming international midweek fixtures that will take place between the Reading and Sheffield Wednesday fixtures, and the Manchester United loanee is could feature for either the full Wales squad or the Wales Under-21 line-up.

Tom's main call-up is to face England in a UEFA Under-21 Qualifying match that will be played at Derby County's Pride Park stadium on Wednesday 5th March (kick-off 6.00p.m.) However, he is also listed as a stand-by player for the full Welsh squad that will play Iceland at the Cardiff City Stadium (kick-off 7.45p.m.) on the same day, meaning that he's not likely to know his specific destination until after Saturday's fixtures have determined whether any players drop out of the senior squad.

The full Welsh senior squad also features former Glovers loan players Wayne Hennessey and Simon Church, with the stand-by list including Shaun MacDonald. This is as follows:

Goalkeepers:
Wayne Hennessey - Crystal Palace
Glyn Myhill - West Bromwich Albion
Owain Fon Williams - Tranmere Rovers

Defenders:
James Collins - West Ham United
Ben Davies - Swansea City
Danny Gabbidon - Crystal Palace
Chris Gunter - Reading
Adam Matthews - Celtic
Ashley Richards - Swansea City
Samuel Ricketts - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Neil Taylor - Swansea City
Ashley Williams - Swansea City

Midfielders:
Joe Allen - Liverpool
Jack Collison - West Ham United
Emyr Huws - Manchester City (Loan Birmingham City)
Andy King - Leicester City
Joe Ledley - Crystal Palace
Jonathan Williams - Crystal Palace

Strikers:
Gareth Bale - Real Madrid
Simon Church - Charlton Athletic
Jermaine Easter - Millwall
Hal Robson-Kanu - Reading
Sam Vokes - Burnley

Stand-By:
David Cornell - Swansea City
James Wilson - Oldham Athletic
Declan John - Cardiff City
Adam Henley - Blackburn Rovers
Lewin Nyatanga - Barnsley
Rhoys Wiggins - Charlton Athletic
Harry Wilson - Liverpool
Shaun MacDonald - AFC Bournemouth
Lloyd Isgrove - Southampton
Tom Lawrence - Manchester United (Loan Yeovil Town)
Steve Morison - Millwall
Craig Davies - Bolton Wanderers (Loan PNE)


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24 February 2014 : Yeovil Town Issue Three Year Strategic Plan
Yeovil Town Football Club have published a three year strategy plan for the future direction of the club. The document has been published to cover the period between 2014 and 2017 and outlines what the board believe it will achieve in the event of their long-standing Food Store plans being approved by South Somerset District Council. The document, which is dated January 1st 2014, is an updated version of a document that was originally provided as part of the January 2012 Planning Application, that remained dormant for much of 2013.

The update has been done in an effort to support their Food Store application, which the club still hope will be heard on March 5th 2014, despite an SSDC view that there were still outstanding aspects of the application that had not been satisfied. The key development outside of that document is that Yeovil Town have submitted a formal offer to SSDC of one million pounds which they say will "enable the Council to secure and develop a site capable of accommodating two sports pitches together with changing and associated facilities."

This offer is intended to satisfy the need under the National Planning Policy Framework which requires all applicants planning to build on Public Open Space or Sports Pitches to "be replaced by equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality in a suitable location." If this offer was accepted by SSDC, it would effectively shift the responsibility for providing such replacement facilities onto the Council rather than the Football Club. Although the offer letter doesn't state it, logic would assume that SSDC would need to have that valuation independently assessed and kept at arm's distance from the SSDC Planning Committee to avoid it being viewed as a 'sweetener' for the application.

The main document, entitled "The Future Of Yeovil Football" and subtitled "Special circumstances support document for the Food Store Planning Application on the Huish Park Stadium Site" contains some background information relating to the football club's history and its current position, for those less familiar with the club. The report is not directly a part of the actual Planning Application, but adds additional detail for what issues the club faces and what it believes the approval of the Food Store application would bring to the club, with the aim of supporting the core application details. The key highlights of that document are as follows (with actual document text in quoted italics, and our interpretations in normal text):

Stategic issues facing Yeovil Town Football Club:

* "The development of the professional football resources to maintain and progress the Club's Football League Championship status."
* "The development of the stadium facilities to meet with Football League criteria and to provide essential revenues to finance the football and community activities."
* "A regeneration plan for a commercial development on the near derelict and underutilised Huish Park site that will generate the capital necessary to deliver the YT Group Stategic Plans by 2018."

The club outline their stategic plan as having the following key aims:

i) "To improve the playing and supporter facilities at Huish Park to Championship League standards by 2016" - elsewhere in the document it states the club are committed to staying at Huish Park, although the whole strategy cites it is based on the scenario that the Food Store plans will be approved.
ii) "To enhance facilities for families at Huish Park and enable the Club to maintain its Family Excellence reputation and awards from the Football League."
iii) "Regenerating the near derelict 25 acre Huish Park site, to provide essential and long overdue funds for modernising, upgrading and extending the existing stadium facility and thereby providing new sports and leisure opportunities"

They also outline the benefits to the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust and Yeovil Town Ladies and their newly elected status as members of the FA Women's Super League.

In terms of the Huish Park site, the document provides a few facts and key statements that are relevant to the development. The most relevant can be summarised as follows:

a) Of the 25 acres at Huish Park, 20 acres are under the freehold ownership of the Football Club. The 4.29 acres of land adjacent to Western Avenue is under a 999 year leasehold agreement with SSDC - broadly speaking this is the land at the lower end of the main club car park, and runs up to the furthest of the two top pitches.
b) "There is an existing covenant on the site held by Abbey Manor Homes Ltd, having been imposed in 1989, which restricts the sale of alcohol to a small area of The Stadium"
c) "To meet with the Stadium Licencing Authority criteria there is an urgent need to provide a new Stadium Safety Control Box in the new stand"
d) "The traffic and pedestrian accesses to the stadium behind the North End Stand need improvements, to comply with public safety requirements"
e) "The Club urgently needs to raise the standard of facilities for its supporters and to meet the criteria required by the Stadium Sports Ground Safety Licensing Authority and the Football League"

The club confirm that they will need to have a "Change of Use" approval given as part of their application to enable the land at the north end of the stadium to be used for the Food Store. They say the ultimate aim is to achieve the following:

i) "To raise sufficient funds by removing the existing restrictive covenants and to regenerate the under utilised and sub-standard land around the stadium"
ii) "To provide alternative and equivalent Public Open Space recreation land for use by the community in the Brympton Parish or pay to SSDC cash compensation for the loss of this facility" - as above the club's latest position is to offer the sum of money
iii) "To provide a full size replacement artificial football pitch and grass pitches for community use in the Yeovil district"
iv) "Increase the community use of the Stadium and site by integrating its existing YT Community Sports Trust Programmes through a partnership agreement with SSDC"

The document offers a bleak outlook based on the possibility that the planning application is not ultimately followed through, stating:

"The Club can no longer continue to live from 'hand to mouth' each season, and its long term future will be decided on the regeneration plans for the Huish Park site. Failure to succeed with this current planning application which will allow for the development of the stadium site will consign the Club to play in the lower leagues and possibly return to Non-League football."

If the development is followed through and the Food Store is built, the club's subsequent development proposals and projects will entail the provisioning of: An all-seater 10,000 capacity stadium, containing meeting rooms, conference facilities and offices (including the removal of the current portacabins), new supporter social facilities, community areas including new park football facilities, a new control box to meet Football Licensing Standards and provision of new training grounds for the first team squad.

A few of these are expanded upon, including plans to reconstruct and reroute the main entrance to the stadium on Boundary Road which they believe will lead to "a more substantial and safer highway for two way traffic and pedestrian walkways across the North End of the Stadium". They will also "seek to remove the existing restrictive alcohol covenant from all areas of Huish Park and provide permanent entertainment and leisure facilities for the Club's supporters and non-football customers on the site".

In addition, they plan to replace the current artificial pitch with a full size 3G artificial pitch (similar to that used at Bucklers Mead). They will also seek "at least 12 acres of land in the Yeovil District ... to provide four top quality pitches on which the professional players can train". There are also plans to enhance the facilities at the Alvington site that is owned by AgustaWestland but is used by both Yeovil Town and the Community Sports Trust on a lease arrangement.

It should be noted that there are no firm dates put on these activities, apart from the aspirational target that bounds this three year plan to be delivered by 2018 - and is based upon the massive assumption that the club's Food Store plans can be approved. There is little to indicate what the 'Plan B' would be if this does not happen. The document's conclusion has this to say about the football club's plans:

"The revenue raised from the Food Store development will be used to upgrade and improve existing facilities; including the grass pitches (6 acres), the artificial pitch, the car parks, and most of the stadium supporters' facilities which are nearing the end of their usefulness, and are no longer fit for purpose."

"It will also enable the club to raise new and bigger income streams, to meet the ever increasing costs of running a professional Football Club, and to bring the existing stadium facilities up to Football Licencing and Football League standards, by 2018."

As yet, there's no firm indication as to whether the club's planning application will be heard by March 5th, or whether this additional information will require it to be heard at a later date. However, a letter that has gone out to local residents recently from SSDC which makes reference to the additional information provided as part of the application asks interested parties to respond by March 7th 2014. As all planning applications are subject to public consultation - with the views of local residents and local businesses key in that consultation, this would point to the actual hearing being held beyond that date.


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24 February 2014 : QPR Tickets Go On General Sale
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to the Queens Park Rangers away match on Saturday 15th March should note that tickets went on general sale this morning. Tickets are still only available at a limit of two per person, but now are available for all supporters. The club were given an initial allocation of 1,146 tickets that is expected to increase slightly with a few extra restricted view seats, but we'd expect the whole allocation to sell out before match day itself, so you're strongly advised to buy your ticket now if you want to go to the game. An unofficial sales figure on Friday suggested that around 700 had been sold so far.

In addition, a reminder that tickets for Saturday's match against Reading are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Whilst there will be plenty of availability of tickets for the March 1st match at the Madejski Stadium, be warned that tickets go up by a substantial amount on match day, and in certain cases as much as £5.00. So again we'd strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance, even though you will be able to buy at the Madejski Stadium on the day. By Friday lunchtime, around 450 tickets had been sold.

Call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 to buy your tickets.

Link: Ticketing For Reading vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Queens Park Rangers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: Away Travel Club 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.


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24 February 2014 : Duffy Nominated For Republic International Award
Yeovil Town's on-loan central defender Shane Duffy has been nominated for an award from his country's Football Association. The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who is on loan from Premier League side Everton, has been shortlisted for the FAI's Under-21 international player of the year, having captained his side at that level over the past year.

Shane has been named as one of three players, with the other two being Watford midfielder Sean Murray and Millwall striker Aiden O'Brien, who is currently on loan at League Two side Torquay United.

The nominations are part of a wider awards evening being held in Dublin on Sunday 2nd March at RTE Studios with the event broadcast live on RTE Two and RTE.ie that night. Other major award nominations include Seamus Coleman, David Forde and Robbie Keane up for International Player of the Year, whilst Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Keane and Shane Long will scrap it out for International Goal of the Year.

Shane will at that point be on a short international duty, with midweek matches lined up during the midweek period between Yeovil's away match at Reading and the current planned home game against Sheffield Wednesday. The Irish press had suggested that he might get a full international call-up for the Republic of Ireland match against Serbia, but as yet that is not the case.

It is most likely Shane will be selected for their Under-21 home match against Montenegro, which would be his 20th appearance at that level. That match is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 5th March, kick-off 3.00p.m. local time at the Tallaght Stadium, and is a UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier.


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24 February 2014 : James Hayter Talks About Doncaster Win
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker James Hayter spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, James talks about his winning penalty against his former club, and his overall views on the game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: James Hayter Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Doncaster.


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23 February 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's highlights of the Championship match against Doncaster Rovers, these are now available on the Sky Sports website. In addition to the foul on Duane Holmes that brought us James Hayter's winning penalty, you'll find chances for Ishmael Miller and Byron Webster plus the moments that Kieffer Moore and Kevin Dawson hit the woodwork. You can view that via the link below, whilst the club's YouTube clip is also available for viewing directly below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers Match Highlights.




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23 February 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Doncaster Home Interview
Just before Saturday's game against Doncaster Rovers kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Gary tackles the subject of Huddersfield Town loanee Duane Holmes and his debut, along with what sort of attitude his players needed in order to fight their way out of relegation. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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23 February 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers
If you watched Saturday afternoon's home match against Doncaster Rovers 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 Doncaster Rovers.


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22 February 2014 : Mitchell Attendance Again Fails To Dispel Links
Just two days ago, former AFC Bournemouth and Dorchester Town owner Eddie Mitchell insisted that he was "110 percent" behind Southern League side Poole Town. It may therefore come as a bit of a surprise to the Bournemouth Echo and associated Dolphins fans that he once again attended a Yeovil Town home Championship match on Saturday, missing Poole's 3-1 win over Corby Town at Tatnam Farm. Instead he was present for the 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers that pushed the Glovers closer to several of their relegation rivals.

Mitchell has so far attended at least four out of Yeovil's five Championship matches during 2014, and last Tuesday was accompanied by former Cherries first team manager Paul Groves, who last month left Dean Court as the club's Youth Team Manager, after current boss Eddie Howe decided to reorganise his backroom staff. Today, there was a third arrival spotted, with former Cherries assistant manager Shaun Brooks who had been first team manager at Dorchester under Mitchell, and also left the Cherries at the same time as Groves.

Today's Western Gazette coverage suggests that Mitchell "will soon meet Yeovil Town's hierarchy to discuss investment possibilities", having two weeks ago reported that he "could soon join the Glovers at boardroom level" although there has been no comment on this either way from the Yeovil Town end of things. However, we're told that for today's match he paid for his own ticket and did not enter the boardroom. Whatever, his continued regular attendance at Huish Park is unlikely to dispel rumours, particularly given that attendance is now starting to come with individuals that he has worked with in the past in various roles.


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22 February 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Doncaster Home Game
Following this afternoon's 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Gary's verdict can be read via the link below, including his views on Huddersfield Town loanee Duane Holmes, the injury to striker Ishmael Miller and his thoughts on substitute Kieffer Moore.

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


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22 February 2014 : Yeovil 1 Doncaster 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town gained a valuable three points this afternoon at Huish Park, after they beat relegation rivals Doncaster Rovers by a single goal. That goal came just shot of the hour mark, as James Hayter sunk the club that he had once helped to promotion into the Championship, having spent five successful years with Doncaster.

Hayter's spot kick came after James Husband had brought down Huddersfield Town loanee Duane Holmes inside the box in a match where both clubs had looked nervous at times on a heavy pitch. Hayter struck his penalty down the middle and that was good enough to win a match in which Kieffer Moore struck the post from close range, whilst Kevin Dawson missed an opportunity to double the lead as he headed off the underside of the crossbar from a Joe Edwards cross.

The only downside of the day was the early withdrawal of Ishmael Miller, who came off with a hamstring injury, with Duane Holmes' second half substitution put down to cramp. The points were made all the more valuable by the post-match news that Barnsley and Charlton Athletic had also won their games, ensuring the bottom three closed up rapidly on Millwall, who lost at Oakwell, and of course Donny themselves.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Doncaster Rovers 0.

Scorers: James Hayter (1-0, 59 mins, pen)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
20. Duane Holmes 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
9. James Hayter 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson (77 mins for Duane Holmes) 8. Ruben Palazuelos 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore (12 mins for Ishmael Miller) 18. Matteo Lanzoni 29. Adam Morgan

Doncaster Rovers:
33. Sam Johnstone
2. Paul Quinn 14. Bongani Khumalo 20. Abdoulaye Meite 3. James Husband
26. James Coppinger 18. Paul Keegan 19. Richie Wellens 7. Mark Duffy
9. Chris Brown 34. Jordan Bowery

Substitutes:
4. Dean Furman 11. David Cotterill (65 mins for Mark Duffy) 12. Luke McCullough 13. Jonathan Maxted 21. Marc De Val Fernandez 30. Alex Peterson 31. Enda Stevens

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Doncaster Bookings: Mark Duffy (foul, 56 mins), Chris Brown (foul, 78 mins), David Cotterill (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 14.

Doncaster Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Richard Hulme (Somerset).

Attendance: 4,934 (including 659 Doncaster fans).


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21 February 2014 : Glovers Keeper Legend Takes Over Hull City Academy Job
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Tony Pennock has joined Hull City as their new Academy and Community Manager. Having been Head of Academy at Swansea City up until the end of November 2013, the 42 year old had been linked with Liverpool after making the decision to break his ties after five years at the helm. But today he has been appointed to the Tigers' coaching staff and will work under first team manager Steve Bruce with the aim of developing local players for Hull's first team.

The Swansea-born player, who spent six seasons at Huish Park as the club's Number One goalkeeper, will be given a similar task to the one that he took on at Swansea, where they achieved Category Two status in the new Elite Player Performance Plan structure. Hull are the only Premier League club operating with a Category Three set-up, and Bruce has told the Hull Daily Mail that he wants to see the standard raised throughout the club's youth development set-up:

"Tony has come in and will work with (Centre of Excellence manager) Billy Russell. The one thing we’re going to have to improve is the whole youth structure of the club. That’s the next step. Tony has been brought in to push it along because we need to start producing our own to step up into the Premier League. Where are all the young players from Hull? We’ve not seen many and we’ve got to try and change the trend. There must be young footballers here, there’s too many chimney pots for there not to be."


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21 February 2014 : Glovers Supporters Team In Action Tomorrow
The Yeovil Town Supporters team will be out in force tomorrow morning at Bucklers Mead, in a match that is being staged against a Yarlington XI. The game against the local housing group will take place on the 3G pitch at 11.00a.m., with no charge for admission. All supporters are welcome to come along and watch the match, with plenty of time to then get up to Huish Park to see Yeovil Town's first team in action against Doncaster Rovers, which kicks off at 3.00p.m.


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21 February 2014 : Bank Staff Hand Over Help For Flood Victims At Glovers Match
Staff from NatWest have handed over 6,000 pounds and a truck-full of goods to help people hit by flooding in Somerset. A team from the bank were at Tuesday’s Yeovil Town match collecting money for Somerset Community Foundation’s Somerset Flood Appeal. The bank has doubled the money collected at the fixture against Watford.

Meanwhile RBS, NatWest’s parent company, arranged for a truck-load of chest waders, shovels and cleaning materials, donated by the bank’s cleaning suppliers ISS, to be delivered to Somerset. The waders were donated to the FLAG action group in Burrowbridge, while the other goods are being stored by the bank ready for use in the clean-up operation. Chris Preston, NatWest’s regional director of business banking for Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, said:

We wanted to do whatever we could to help those who have been devastated by the bad weather. We turned out in force at the Yeovil Town FC match to collect for the Somerset Flood Appeal, and the fans were supportive and very generous. Now NatWest has matched the money that we collected at the game and we have presented Somerset Community Foundation with a total of £6,000."

Staff from the bank’s business, commercial and retail divisions were at the match with collection buckets along with colleagues from Lombard, the asset finance arm of RBS.

NatWest is also operating special late-night opening at its branches in Bridgwater and Langport to help people who have been hit by flooding. The two branches will stay open until 7.30pm on February 26 and 27, with advice on hand about support including mortgage repayment holidays and NatWest’s UK Storm Business Fund.

NatWest will also be taking part in Sedgemoor District Council’s Multi Agency Partnership Surgery at the Canalside Conference Centre, Marsh Lane, Bridgwater, on February 26, March 5 and March 12 between 6pm and 8pm. The events are designed for residents to be able to talk one-to-one to representatives from organisations providing help and support during the flooding.

The bank has announced that RBS and NatWest mortgage customers with flooded homes are able to apply for a three month mortgage repayment holiday. And last month NatWest and RBS launched a £250m UK Storm Business Fund to help any viable business hit by the adverse weather, not just the bank’s own customers.

Loans can cover the cost of repairs and replacement stock to help businesses return to normal trading. Interest-free loans will be provided for three months, giving businesses the breathing space they need to get back on their feet.

A number of other emergency measures have been introduced by NatWest and RBS in addition to the UK Storm Business Fund, including repayment holidays on existing small business loans, temporary credit card limit increases, waiving of early withdrawal fees and termination costs for customers wishing to access deposits, and fast-track requests for temporary overdraft increases. Businesses seeking finance from the UK Storm Business Fund will be subject to a maximum cap of £250k per loan.

Businesses affected by the adverse weather are advised to contact their NatWest relationship manager or call the UK Storms helpline on 0800 529 8544. Mortgage customers wishing to enquire about a repayment holiday can use the following dedicated number: 0800 408 0840.

NatWest Staff who provided collections at Yeovil Town's recent match against Watford
NatWest Staff who provided collections at Yeovil Town's recent match against Watford



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21 February 2014 : Donny Lay On Free Fans Coaches For Relegation Clash
Tomorrow afternoon's opponents Doncaster Rovers are putting on free coach travel for their fans in an attempt to boost support for what is a vital Championship fixture for both clubs. The two clubs meet at Huish Park on Saturday 22nd February, kick-off 3.00p.m. and those travelling down from Yorkshire via the club's supporter club coaches will be given free travel for the day, in part to help spread the load of a period that has seen them visit Brighton and Hove Albion two weeks ago, and face another South Coast trip to AFC Bournemouth next weekend.

Given the magnitude of this weekend's fixture, that sees the Glovers eight points behind but with a game in hand on their 20th placed opponents, Donny are giving their fans a free ride down to South Somerset. Their Chief Executive Gavin Baldwin explained the decision to the Doncaster Star today:

"We are delighted to be able to support our fans by funding the busses for the Yeovil game. In a bid to say thank you to our loyal fans, who have shown fantastic commitment by travelling throughout the country to support the team, the club has offered to pay for supporters travel to Yeovil by funding the supporters club busses. We want as many fans as possible to make the trip to Yeovil and are keen to ensure that Doncaster Rovers get great support at the game."

As of the end of Wednesday, Doncaster had sold 426 tickets and had booked nine coaches for the trip, which will be the 24th meeting between the two sides since they first locked horns during the 1998-99 season back in the Conference National division.


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21 February 2014 : Gary Talks About Holmes Loan Deal
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has spoken at length about new loan signing Duane Holmes, who arrived on a month deal from Huddersfield Town on Thursday morning. The Atlanta-born player comes with a small number of substitute appearances under his belt for the Terriers, including the December 29th meeting against the Glovers at the John Smiths Stadium earlier this season.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the midfielder's signature was confirmed, Johnson said Holmes was a player he'd been aware of for a while through the Huddersfield development sides, and had half-expected him to start in that Christmas holiday fixture between the two sides:

"It's a face we know quite well actually as we've watched him over the years, and do well for Huddersfield, as he's been there as a kid. I remember reviewing him when we played Huddersfield and we thought he had a chance of starting against us. We thought he'd be a danger because he's a very good mover, he runs with the ball well and he's got lots of tricks. He's only little, which means that I'm not the smallest in the club anymore, which is another reason why I signed him!"

Having only just brought in another midfielder in Ruben Palazuelos, who has yet to make his debut for the club, the inevitable question was why the Glovers needed another midfielder within their ranks. Johnson explained that Holmes would give his new side some very different options:

"We needed somebody different as well to add to our squad. I like to see a squad with different sorts of abilities. He has got that ability to go past people and that's what he does very well. He's very quicky, nippy and difficult to contain. The chance that we're taking is that he's strong enough to play 90 minute games in a relegation battle. Mark Robins seems to think he will and I think he will, so now's the time to give him that opportunity."

Holmes has made 14 appearances for Huddersfield so far, with all of those coming during the 2013-14 season. However, all bar one of those has come from the bench, with him usually being used as a late impact substitute. Johnson said that sometimes youth players who rise through the ranks at clubs did need to be seen in another environment in order to change the perception that people may have of them as a 'youth' player:

"Sometimes when you come through the Youth Team somewhere, you're probably treated like a Youth Team player, even when you're 19 or 20 years old. Sometimes you need to go to another club to be seen as a man. Because he's only little some people don't like to see small people in their team, but I've never had that problem of course over the years. Some of the little 'uns - Darren Way, to name one - do a good job for you. So we've brought him in, he'll get his opportunity, and when he does, hopefully he will impress."

Having moved to Wakefield in Yorkshire at the age of four, Holmes has been with the Terriers for a decade, and has been played in a wide variety of positions over the years, across the whole of the midfield. Johnson said that he did have a specific role in mind but that we'd only find out what that would be once he got onto the pitch:

"We have a role in mind and we have a position in mind, but we won't be divulging that until whichever game we decide to start him in. That's when everyone will know exactly where we're thinking of playing him."


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20 February 2014 : Webster Waits On Future Contract Talks
Yeovil Town centre-back Byron Webster admits that he has not had any detailed discussions about his future at Huish Park, despite his contract being up in the summer. The 26 year old has made 82 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals, and has assumed vice-captain duties during the two years that have past since his arrival on a free transfer from Northampton Town, where he also played under manager Gary Johnson.

Byron has featured in 25 out of Yeovil Town's 30 Championship matches this season, with the majority of the other games falling across dates in which he was serving a suspension, rather than being dropped or injured. Thus he has become one of the first names on the teamsheet. Whilst Webster says it isn't a fact that concerns him at all, he has told Sky Sports that he has not had any talks about what might happen at the end of the season:

"If I'm honest, I haven't really spoken to Yeovil about my contract. It's not a thing that's worrying me at all. I don't know if my agent has spoken to them. My dad deals with my agent, so I'm sure that those two know what the situation is. I'm just enjoying my football, concentrating on that and then see what happens afterwards. But this is a time where I see it as a bit of a positive. I've stayed injury-free, I've played in quite a few games, so I'm happy. That's why I'm not worrying so much."

Webster says his immediate career goal is to stay in the Championship: "I won't be looking abroad, it will definitely be trying to stay in the Championship" although inevitably that opens up the question as to what role the Glovers may play in that. However, Webster says that he is enjoying working under Gary Johnson, and adds that his two assistants are good to work under as well:

"He (Johnson) has got two good assistants as well in Terry Skiverton and Darren Way. They all know each other and how each other is feeling. If one person is in a bad mood, the other person is positive, so they bounce off each other well. The gaffer has been there and done it, he's got enough promotions on his CV. But, as he says, if he keeps Yeovil in this league this year, it will probably beat every single promotion that he's had."


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20 February 2014 : Incentives Introduced For Online Ticketing Next Season
Yeovil Town are to introduce permanent incentives for supporters to buy tickets onlne for the whole of the 2014-15 season. The plan is to allow a £5.00 reduction on certain types of matchday ticket prices (or £3.00 against the pre-match price) for those who purchase advance tickets using the club's online system.

The move had been trialled during December 2013 against four Championship fixtures around the Christmas period, but will now become a standard offer for next season, thus encouraging supporters to use the internet, rather than visiting the Ticket Office or calling in person. According to the Western Gazette, the offer will not include Junior tickets, which will remain as per standard prices.

Matchday prices have gone up for the 2014-15 season by typically £3.00. Although pre-match prices have not been published, it is assumed that these would also rise by the same amount, with a £2.00 difference between the two tariffs. However, the on-line reduction could cushion the blow of that rise, although a processing charge - currently set at £5.00 on the online system - means that this will favour those buying multiple tickets as part of the same transaction. If you're buying larger numbers of tickets then this could give you a saving, whilst for singular tickets you're probably better off using the more traditional methods such as phone or personal visits.

To compare the two methods based on 2014-15 ticketing prices, and the presumption of pre-match prices being £2.00 lower than matchday prices, that the £5.00 online discount is against the matchday price and that the current £5.00 online processing fee would remain in place, the following maths can be done:

One Adult Terrace Ticket:
a) Online Cost : £25.00 - £5.00 (discount) + £5.00 (processing fee) = £25.00
b) Phone Booking : £23.00

Two Adult Terrace Tickets:
a) Online Cost : £50.00 - £10.00 (discount) + £5.00 (processing fee) = £22.50 (per ticket)
b) Phone Booking : £23.00 (per ticket)

Hence this would imply that supporters buying two or more non-junior ticket would save money against the prices available if you were to directly call or visit the Ticket Office. The larger the number of tickets purchased, the less impact the Processing Fee has on the final amount paid. Once we reach the 2014-15 season and tickets are loaded up onto the online platform, we'll revisit these calculations accordingly to check that they still hold.

One other footnote is that the Gazette state that the current offer for the club's Vice Presidents is to be replaced by the new Main Stand 'Premium' tariff, which will cover the whole of Block D, as described in the Season Ticket Pricing. The existing Vice Presidents Committee will continue to function but the admissions will be as per the 'Main Stand Premium' tariffs.


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20 February 2014 : Mitchell Insists He Is Fully Behind Poole Town
Former AFC Bournemouth and Dorchester Town owner Eddie Mitchell has denied for a second time that he is interested in investing in Yeovil Town. Having recently attended several home matches at Huish Park - he has been spotted at the Burnley, Leeds United and Tuesday night's Watford games - there has been speculation as to his intentions, with the local media suggesting that he could get a seat on the Glovers board.

Mitchell has told the Bournemouth Echo though that he is "110 percent" interested in Southern League side Poole Town and that all of his efforts are going into finding them a new stadium. Mitchell currently has a two year option that would allow him to take a majority shareholding in the Dolphins - something that the Dorset press believe would be triggered if he is successful in providing a plan to allow them to leave Tatnam Farm.

The property developer states that his latest reasons for attending matches at Huish Park lie in Poole's matches being postponed due to the bad weather. The Dolphins last played a home fixture on December 14th, and were forced to stage their February 11th match against Hungerford Town using Wimborne Town's stadium. Thus Mitchell says that this explains why he has been travelling to Huish Park, and reveals he has also seen games at Portsmouth and Fulham recently:

"They (Poole Town) haven't had any games so I have decided to go to the nearest venues - Portsmouth and Yeovil. I have also been to Fulham and am going to the Emirates in a couple of weeks. I have really enjoyed myself. I am 110 per cent behind Poole Town."

Football Association rules prevent football club owners from taking a dual interest in two affiliated clubs, on the basis that they might meet in a competition such as the FA Cup. Mitchell has already fallen foul of this when he was forced to sell up his shareholding in Dorchester Town shortly after taking over at Dean Court - despite handing the 'official' running of the Magpies to one of his sons.


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20 February 2014 : Holmes Loan Deal Confirmed By Glovers
Further to yesterday's news item, Yeovil Town have now completed the loan signing of Huddersfield Town midfielder Duane Holmes. The 19 year old has agreed a one month deal that will run until March 23rd 2014, subject to the Football League paperwork going through today. He should therefore be available for Saturday's match against Doncaster Rovers.

For a profile on Duane, see the news item below. Huddersfield boss Mark Robins has given his views on Holmes in recent weeks, making it clear that he did want to see him make a loan move to get more first team football. Speaking earlier this month he said:

"I really believe in Duane's ability. He is a very good young player who has contributed in a number of games where he has come off the bench and helped change things. Now I want to see him come through strongly, and you look at the situation and think, 'How is his next progression going to come?' That could be through a spell out on loan, but as with all our players, it has to be right for this club and the individual."

Robins also said of the player after he came on as a substitute for the Terriers just before Christmas:

"Duane's mature beyond his years. Duane can be a handful for defenders. And it was certainly his introduction that gave us some spark. He's a real talent who has a great future."

Link: Terriers Midfielder Heading For Yeovil Town Loan.


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20 February 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Watford Match Highlights
For those who want to see the best bits of Tuesday night's home match against Watford, these are now up on the Sky Sports website. You can view Ishmael Miller's offside 'goal' plus chances for James Hayter and another for Miller. Watch the clip via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Watford.


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19 February 2014 : Terriers Midfielder Heading For Yeovil Town Loan
Yeovil Town are about to complete a deal to take Huddersfield Town teenager Duane Holmes on loan. The 19 year old midfielder is a product of their Youth Academy and has been on their books for a decade, but now looks set to sample life outside Yorkshire for the first time in his career. Reports on the American Soccer Now website state that Holmes will be signing up on a one month deal at the club, with the aim of getting more regular first team football.

Holmes himself has confirmed the deal is happening and that he has spoken to Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson today about the move:

"Firstly I would like to thank (Huddersfield Town manager) Mark Robins for the belief he has shown in me over the past few months, giving me my debut and giving me all the right things I needed to play. I feel now it is time I got regular minutes under my belt and Yeovil are offering that. I am happy to be staying in the Championship and hope I can bring my attacking style of football to the team and excite the fans and show what I have to offer at this level."

"I spoke with Gary Johnson earlier today and he reassured me of a few things. I really liked what he had to say. He's an enthusiastic manager and I like that and I'll be happy to give my all in Yeovil's bid to avoid relegation. I hope this loan move will allow me to progress as a player and come back to Huddersfield fighting for a place in the team."

Holmes has so far made 14 appearances for the Terriers, with all coming during this season, with the latest coming on January 25th. However, only one of those appearances has come as a League start. He was born on November 6th 1994 in Atlanta, Georgia but has lived in England since the age of four, with his American father moving to Wakefield in Yorkshire.


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19 February 2014 : Gary Talks About Watford Game Tactics And Selection
Just before last night's home match against Watford kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary covers the club's latest accounts, as well as his thoughts on how Watford have changed their tactics since the two clubs faced each other at Vicarage Road, along with thoughts on his own tactics and why he put John Lundstram into a wide position last night. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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19 February 2014 : Jones Faces Three Match Ban After Cardinals Red
Yeovil Town defender Joe Jones will face a three match ban after he was sent off in his match last night. Jones is on loan at Conference National side Woking, but his side crashed by a 5-1 defeat, with the former Leicester City academy player's dismissal critical in the pattern of the game, given that the Cardinals were drawing 1-1 at the time he left the field.

Jones was dismissed for a 33rd minute late tackle on Dartford's Jim Stevenson, receiving a straight red card for the foul. Woking boss Garry Hill felt that Jones had been having a good game prior to his exit, stating that he was 'running' the show up to that point. But he was in no mood to defend his player for the way the tackle was made:

"As far as I'm concerned the lad was stupid to get sent off in open play, from where I'm sitting. It was late and his foot was up. You give yourself a mountain to climb straight away, and you say to yourself why why why do you go and do that - it was stupidity."

Woking's goal on the night was scored by former Glovers loan striker Scott Rendell, whilst their line-up also included former loan winger Kevin Betsy. Their assistant manager is former Glovers manager, assistant manager and midfielder Steve Thompson.

Last night was Jones' fourth appearance for Woking, having made two starts and two substitute appearances for them so far, but he will now be absent for three matches, starting on Saturday. That will effectively end his one month loan at Kingfield, although Hill's comments about his ability in the first 32 minutes of the match suggest that they may be keen to see more of him once his suspension is served.


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19 February 2014 : Johnson: Promotion Bonuses Could Be Key To Half-Million Losses
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has suggested that players' bonuses and the cut-over between financial years could provide an explanation as to why Yeovil Town have made a significant loss in their latest Company accounts. The Glovers issued a statement yesterday highlighting a £454,000 loss for the 2012-13 financial year, although only cited the overall playing budget and a lower than expected revenue figure from the Wembley Stadium Play-Off Final as being behind those figures.

Johnson admitted to BBC Somerset before last night's match against Watford that he had not been told about those figures and so did not have sight of the detail behind them, but explained that with players bonuses being paid out in the event of promotion from League One, but with Championship level revenue not kicking in until after the accounting period that this may go a long way to explaining the imbalance in figures. But the Glovers boss said that he was hearing the news from the press first and so had not examined the accounts himself:

"You're giving me the news - I don't normally get that sort of news. But that's a football club for you - thank god we're not losing the millions that some of the other clubs are losing. If me, Terry and Darren weren't here we'd probably lose a lot more than we've lost! But a lot of that I would have thought would have been players' bonuses for last year. But what I'm sure wouldn't have been in it would have been what you get for getting into the Championship. I know which figure is bigger than the other one so I'm sure the next set of accounts is going to look a lot more healthier than the last one."

Players bonuses would have been due sometime after the May 2013 League One Play-Off Final and so would have fallen into the 2012-13 accounts. However, the central pool that Championship clubs receive from the Football League - reported as in the region of £4.1 million for each second tier club - would not have started kicking in until the first quarter of the 2013-14 season, which could have been an influence upon the accounts. That would only become clear when the 2013-14 Company Accounts come out in a year's time, unless the 2012-13 accounts, when fully published, provide that detail.


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19 February 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Watford Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Watford at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's views on the match can be read via the link below.

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


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19 February 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Watford
If you watched Tuesday night's draw against Watford 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 Watford.


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18 February 2014 : Johnson Not Disappointed By Players' Performances
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson refused to be downhearted at his team's performance tonight, despite a home draw against Watford not being quite what his club wanted. Playing their third home game in a row, the Glovers have only managed two points from those matches, despite having had opportunities to win all three at various points during each game.

Tuesday night saw a 0-0 draw against Watford, and the chance to claw back some of the gap between themselves and the teams above them only partially taken, as they gained a point on their rivals. That made for a disappointing outcome in terms of the result, but speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Johnson insisted he was not disappointed with his team:

"Other than scoring a goal, there was nothing disappointing about that tonight. I think we've got to start realising where we are and what we've got to do. We've got to stay solid, we've got to stay together and we've got to find a solid way to keep teams like Watford out. We've got to try to find a game that creates chances at this level, and we did that today. I understand what you mean - your disappointment was because obviously we didn't pick up the three points."

Johnson felt that his team had stuck to a strong game plan throughout the whole 90 minutes, that had given them a chance of outwitting last season's Championship Play-Off Finalists. He added that everything was still about about trying to win two games in a row at this stage of the season in order to close the gap and had one eye on Saturday's massive home fixture against Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park:

"We needed to get a game that gave us a chance of winning a Championship game, and we did that today. Obviously people are going to miss chances, although the opposition didn't have too many. We've seen Watford trounce a few teams in the past few weeks and they certainly don't let too many goals in. I did say to you that we were going to have to be pretty patient. But we got in there, sometimes long, sometimes short. I come in here and I sometimes moan and say that I was really disappointed with our performance. But I wasn't today. If we can win two games on the trot we are back in the race. That performance makes me a little bit more confident we can steal points at tough places. This is a massive game for us on Saturday and hopefully we can get that goal early.."


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18 February 2014 : Yeovil 0 Watford 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town quietly gained another point tonight - but probably needed more than that as they had to settle for a goalless match against Watford at Huish Park. Nil-nil draws involving Gary Johnson's sides are usually as rare as hen's teeth, and that was the first since the mid-October home game against Brighton and Hove Albion, still leaving them bottom of the division despite Barnsley's defeat tonight.

Both sides could have won the game, with Ishmael Miller and Alexander Merkel having goals ruled out for offside during the first half. In play that wasn't interrupted by the linesman's flags, Shane Duffy produced a couple of brilliant blocks to deny Hornets top scorer Troy Deeney. At the other end, Tom Lawrence was a thorn in Watford's side with some excellent running down the flanks, forcing Manuel Almunia into a strong save on more than one occasion.

In truth though, far too many shots from both sides went wide of the goal frame, and the longer the game went on, the less either keeper had to do. The end result was a 0-0 draw that was "okay", but in reality wasn't quite what everyone wanted as Yeovil remain bottom of the Championship table, and currently six points from the safety line.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Watford 0.

Scorers: None

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
31. John Lundstram 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
9. James Hayter 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ruben Palazuelos 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore (79 mins for James Hayter) 18. Matteo Lanzoni 29. Adam Morgan (82 mins for John Lundstram)

Watford:
1. Manuel Almunia
4. Gabriele Angella 27. Marco Cassetti 6. Joel Ekstrand
21. Ikechi Anya 28. Daniel Tozser 7. Cristian Battocchio 8. Alexander Merkel 18. Daniel Pudil
9. Troy Deeney 13. Mathias Ranegie

Substitutes:
2. Reece Brown 5. Essaid Belkalem 16. Sean Murray (72 mins for Alexander Merkel) 19. Marco Davide Faraoni (89 mins for Daniel Pudil) 20. Chu-Young Park 30. Jonathan Bond 31. Tommie Hoban

Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (foul, 71 mins), Ishmael Miller (foul, 90 mins)

Watford Bookings: Marco Cassetti (foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 8; Fouls: 12.

Watford Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Ian Crouch (Kent) and Mark Howes (Birmingham). Fourth Official: Adam Hopkins (Devon).

Attendance: 6,042 (including 1,169 Watford fans).


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18 February 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Watford
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for tonight's home match against Watford. Winger Joel Grant is injured and drops out of the squad and his place in the eleven is taken by Joe Ralls, who has been on the substitutes bench in recent weeks.

The other change comes with James Hayter being preferred for Kieffer Moore who sits on the bench tonight. Also on the bench is new signing Ruben Palazuelos, whose international clearance came through today.

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
31. John Lundstram 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
9. James Hayter 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ruben Palazuelos 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 18. Matteo Lanzoni 29. Adam Morgan


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18 February 2014 : Skivo Previews The Watford Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's home match against Watford, Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall, Skivo talks about tonight's opponents and also what the club need to do in order to survive relegation. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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18 February 2014 : Yeovil Town Report 454K Losses On Annual Accounts
Yeovil Town have published a statement outlining their financial results for the 2012-13 season. The figures relate to their Play-Off winning season in League One that took them to a Wembley Play-Off Final and victory over Brentford, and so do not include any income that may have been drawn from the current season.

The headline result is a £454,000 loss for the period ending June 30th 2013 which the club indicate is caused by increased costs in the League One playing budget and lower than expected revenue from the Wembley Play-Off Final, which attracted 41,955 spectators to the game. At the end of May, losing finalists Brentford indicated that they had made in the region of £300,000 from their play-off semi-final and final - this should be identical to Yeovil Town's experience given how the rules work in terms of the split of revenue between clubs.

As yet there's no further detail behind those accounts apart from the main operating loss figure, but Chairman John Fry states that the loss can be justified given what it delivered in the end:

"The accounts, although showing a substantial increase in the costs of the playing budgets, are a vindication of the directors’ decision to back their manager Gary Johnson to build a team capable of promotion to the Championship. On very limited resources, what my Football Management team, players and staff achieved last season was nothing short of a miracle and it will be an even bigger achievement for the Glovers to retain their Championship status this season on the resources that Gary has to work with."

Mr Fry again points to the club's plans to build a Food Store on land to the north of the Huish Park stadium, perhaps offering a hint as to why they were attempting to accelerate the application earlier this month. He believes that the future of the club is in the hands of SSDC:

"It will require strong and visionary leadership from our local councillors to support our Huish Park Planning Application that is to be determined by the SSDC Planning Committee over the coming months There is no doubt in my mind the future of one of the Town's prize assets is now in the hands of the local councillors and decision makers."

Generally the club have posted small profits in their main operating company in recent years, although the Yeovil Town Holdings Limited has posted a slightly larger loss against each year. The club's last major losses came as part of the 2008-09 accounts which saw them report a deficit just short of one million pounds. The club have not provided any early indication either way of how they expect their 2013-14 season figures to look at this stage.


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18 February 2014 : Palazuelos International Clearance Comes Through
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of Spanish defensive midfielder Ruben Palazuelos. The former Hearts player, who was most recently on the books of Finland side FC Honka has agreed a deal with the Glovers until the end of the 2013-14 season despite Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle admitting that they tried to sign him up upon his departure from Finland. His international clearance has now come through and he will wear the No.8 shirt at the club.

Palazuelos joins as a free agent, with manager Gary Johnson believing that the 30 year old can act as a midfield controller that can help feed the club's more attack-minded players. He started his career in his home town with Racing Santander but never got further than their Reserve Team Racing B before departing in 2004. His early professional first team experience came through Spanish Third Division sides UD Lanzarote, CF Palencia and Gimnastica de Torrelavega.

Palazuelos then moved overseas to Greece when he went out on loan during the 2006-07 season to play for Aris Thessaloniki before he gained his move to Hearts. There he made 114 league appearances, scoring three goals. After that he moved back to Spain to play for Deportivo Alaves, before making moves to Bulgarian club PFC Botev Plovdiv and most recently Finnish club FC Honka in April 2013.

His arrival would act as a close fit as a replacement for former midfielder Ed Upson, who departed for Millwall on transfer deadline day. However, Johnson has hinted that Palazuelos may need a Reserve Team game or two in order to get up to the pace of Championship football, having so far only been on the training ground for the past week or two.


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18 February 2014 : Volunteers Needed To Remove Pitch Covers For Watford Game
Yeovil Town's groundstaff will be removing pitch covers from the Huish Park main pitch this afternoon, ahead of tonight's Championship fixture against Watford. The covers, which have been used to protect the surface from rain over the last 24-48 hours, will be removed around 4.00p.m. If any supporters can volunteer some time to help with this activity, please report to the ground at 3.30p.m. Needless to say, please bring appropriate footwear and clothing for stepping onto what will be fairly soft turf in places, particularly on the perimeter of the pitch.

The current BBC Weather forecast for the Yeovil area states the following:

"Scattered showers this morning, heavy at times with the risk of hail and thunder. Showers becoming more isolated this afternoon, with some sunny spells developing. Winds light throughout."

At present there are no indications that tonight's match is in any problems, and there are no pitch inspections planned. So given the forecast is for the showers to die off as the day goes on, tonight's game shouldn't be in danger. If that position changes, then another update will be posted.


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18 February 2014 : Alec Stock Day Matchday Programme Pre-Order
Yeovil Town's March 2014 opponents Queens Park Rangers are offering supporters a chance to pre-order a special commemorative matchday programme for their Championship fixture against the Glovers. The March 15th Championship fixture at Loftus Road has been dubbed Alec Stock Day, in tribute to the manager who made his name at both clubs during the 1940s at Huish and then during the 1960s in West London.

QPR set out their plans last month to recognise the first league fixture on their own turf between the two clubs and part of that will be a special 100 page programme that will be priced at £4.00 (with UK postage set at £1.60. QPR will allow fans the chance to order their copy on-line, with all orders received before 12.00 noon on Thursday 13th March posted out before the game. Orders received after that time will be mailed out after the game has taken place.

With demand for this programme likely to be high, QPR are using the pre-order method as a chance for fans to guarantee their copy. You can order it via the link below.

Link: QPR vs Yeovil Town Matchday Programme Pre-Order Page.


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18 February 2014 : Palazuelos Arrival Will Help Glovers Avoid Loan Problems
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the club's imminent signing of former Hearts midfielder Ruben Palazuelos will help boost his squad in that it will give them one more permanent addition to the ranks. Whilst the plans to sign the 30 year old have dragged somewhat, with the Glovers still awaiting international clearance ahead of tonight's Championship match against Watford, Gary remains confident that it will be completed before long.

Palazuelos will be signed as a free agent - a move allowed as he left his former club FC Honka before the transfer window closed in January - and that will mean that he will not count as one of Yeovil Town's many loans, with Everton pair John Lundstram and Shane Duffy plus Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller, Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls and Manchester United attacker Tom Lawrence all on the club's books.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that whilst trying to bring in permanent signings during 2014 had been hard for the club, that the likes of Matteo Lanzoni and Palazuelos would be good for the club:

"We've got our five loans, and although I'm not ruling out getting another loan, you can only play five loans. So (Matteo) Lanzoni coming in was a good signing. The good thing is that they're not loans. They're under contract with us, which is great. That makes them good for the future, but it also means that we haven't got to leave a loan out - and they're two very very good players."

Tonight will see Watford visit Huish Park missing midfielder Samba Diakite who was red-carded for the Hornets on the weekend, whilst they also have Fitz Hall (Achilles), Lewis McGugan (thigh) and Almen Abdi (foot) out injured. Lloyd Doyley picked up a calf injury on the weekend, although goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, who was also out with a calf problem on Saturday is reported to be available again. Despite all these absentees, Johnson believes Watford will be able to adequately cover for missing players:

"Those teams can afford to miss one or two sometimes. They've got quality players in the wings, and teams that are in the top half of the table are up there for the simple reason that they have got that squad of players in that if one is out suspended or injured, then it doesn't weaken them at all - and Watford are one of those teams."

For the Glovers, Liam Davis (broken toe) and Sam Hoskins (groin) remain out once again with neither coming close enough to full fitness to be considered for selection tonight.


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17 February 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Ticket To Ride
On Saturday, Yeovil Town's 2014-15 season ticket package was sent out to supporters. Featuring a package offer that has been brought forward to a deadline of March 22nd, the latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the pros and cons of what's on offer, and where there could have been some improvements. Read on via the link below and obviously feel free to post your own views of what you'll be paying next season.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Ticket To Ride.


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17 February 2014 : Tomorrow's Officials For Yeovil Town vs Watford
Officials for Yeovil Town's home Championship fixture against Watford have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 18th February 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee James Adcock (Nottinghamshire), who was the originally nominated official for our postponed fixture on New Year's Day, and so was the man who decided that six foot of water in dugouts and fast-flowing streams of water along the main stand wasn't really good for playing a football match. Those who were at Huish Park, or saw the accompanying Sky Sports footage would know that this wasn't really a controversial decision.

Mr Adcock is a newbie on the circuit as far as Football League refereeing goes, having been promoted to the National List over the summer of 2011. We've had him on four separate occasions - two during the 2011-12 season and two during the 2012-13 season. The first experience of him was for the fairly horrible December 2011 FA Cup defeat against Fleetwood Town. On the night he booked four players, and then dished out red cards to Bondz N'Gala and Fleetwood's Steve McNulty as they committed secondary fouls.

We've got few complaints about either red card - in the case of Bondz, Mr Adcock had given a clear 'last warning' to him, and despite the difficult playing conditions, manager Terry Skiverton chose not to withdraw him and admitted after the game that he was well aware that the centre-back was on a knife-edge saying: "he could have got sent off before that ... the referee gave him enough warnings". The Western Gazette agreed, saying he "had no choice with the red cards and kept a lid on a difficult game."

We then had Mr Adcock for the April 2012 home match against Rochdale that saw the Glovers reach the 50 points that more or less saw them safe for the season. We weren't too unhappy with his performance on the day, although the Western Gazette notes that he "threatened to ruin a good afternoon with indifferent decision making but thankfully had little impact on proceedings."

From the 2012-13 season, we had him for the away match at Scunthorpe United. Despite the 4-0 win at Glanford Park, we weren't 100 percent happy with his performance on the day, with six bookings across a game in which we felt that he was "messy". However, he deserved credit for allowing play to go on after a foul on Ed Upson, which allowed an advantage to be played that saw Reuben Reid eventually score.

The last meeting involving Mr Adcock saw him take charge of the March 2013 home match against Crawley Town. A late change from the originally publicised Trevor Kettle (phew!) he only made one decision that caused post-match talk - a 90th minute cross into the box that Crawley felt that was blocked by the arm of Kevin Dawson, but he chose to wave away, keeping the scores tied at 2-2. Otherwise, we'd agree with the Western Gazette assessment of matters that said he "went about his job quietly in a game with little incident."

He is a PE teacher at Sutton Centre Community College, and lives in Long Eaton, just outside Nottingham, and is 29 years old. He took his first refereeing course at the age of 16, and his father David was an assistant referee at Football League level who usually comes to watch his son's games.

Mr Adcock will be assisted by Ian Crouch (Kent) and Mark Howes (Birmingham). The Fourth Official will be Adam Hopkins (Devon).

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Fleetwood Town 2.

Link: April 2012 : Rochdale 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2012 : Scunthorpe United 0 Yeovil Town 4.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Crawley Town 2.


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17 February 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Leeds United : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday lunchtime saw Yeovil Town take on Leeds United in a televised Championship fixture. Despite taking the lead through an Ishmael Miller header during the first half, two wind-assisted Leeds goals during the second period saw the game lost by a 2-1 scoreline.

The Man of the Match voting saw striker Kieffer Moore and centre-back Byron Webster pick up plenty of votes for their performances. But the winner by an extremely large margin was midfielder Joe Edwards, who also got the nod from the match sponsors. Full results are as follows:

1. Joe Edwards 602 (57)
2. Byron Webster 146 (3)
3. Kieffer Moore 144 (5)
4. Luke Ayling 98 (0)
5. Kevin Dawson 48 (2)
6. Ishmael Miller 28 (0)
7. Marek Stech 26 (0)
8. Shane Duffy 22 (0)
9. John Lundstram 22 (0)
10. Joel Grant 20 (0)
11. Jamie McAllister 16 (0)
12. Joe Ralls 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.91
Performance : 5.79
Entertainment : 6.03
VOTES RECEIVED : 67


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16 February 2014 : Away Travel Club Plans For Reading, QPR, Blackburn And Brighton
Yeovil Town supporters organisation the Away Travel Club have got transport running to four of the club's remaining Championship away fixtures. You can book your seats for the following fixtures:

Reading : Saturday 1st March : Leaving the away end at Huish Park at 10.00a.m. Cost per person £17.00.

Queens Park Rangers : Saturday 15th March : Leaving the away end at Huish Park at 9.30a.m. Cost per person £20.00.

Blackburn Rovers : Friday 18th April : Leaving the away end at Huish Park at 8.00a.m. Cost per person £25.00.

Brighton and Hove Albion : Saturday 26th April : Leaving the away end at Huish Park at 9.00a.m. Cost per person £20.00.

To book your place, visit the Beer Tent before any home game or call Roger Brimble on 01935 475384.

Link: Ticketing For Reading vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Queens Park Rangers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

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


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16 February 2014 : Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town travelled to Nottingham Forest for a Sunday afternoon kick-off. The match at the City Ground saw Kieffer Moore equalise for the Glovers after an own goal opened the scoring, before Forest took advantage again, eventually running out as 3-1 winners.

Man of the Match voting saw Kieffer Moore score well, having played a full 90 minutes up front. Meanwhile the ever-consistent Joe Edwards performed well on the day in the centre of midfield. The Man of the Match though was right-back Luke Ayling who played the whole match in his usual right-back position. Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1. Luke Ayling 60 (3)
2. Joe Edwards 46 (4)
3. Kieffer Moore 42 (3)
4. Marek Stech 22 (1)
5. Shane Duffy 8 (0)
6. Joe Ralls 6 (0)
7. Nathan Ralph 6 (0)
8. Byron Webster 4 (0)
9. John Lundstram 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.55
Performance : 6.73
Entertainment : 6.36
VOTES RECEIVED : 11


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15 February 2014 : Double Draws Increase Gap At Bottom By A Point
On a day that Yeovil Town didn't play, due to Wigan Athletic's FA Cup involvement, six Championship fixtures largely went to plan as four of the club's main rivals all drew. With Doncaster Rovers playing at home to Barnsley and Millwall hosting Bolton Wanderers, two home wins would have made particularly sticky reading, but the best outcome possible was likely to be that the quartet cancelled each other out.

Both games relied upon late equalisers to ensure the draws. Nick Proschwitz converted a low cross in the 89th minute to give Barnsley a 2-2 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium and give the a two point advantage on Yeovil Town, whilst Donny's point lifts them nine points ahead of the Glovers - albeit having played two more games, and having to travel down to Huish Park in a week's time.

Millwall's poor run of form continues, as they needed an 82nd minute equalising goal from Martyn Woolford to get them a home point against Bolton Wanderers, in a game that Ed Upson played in the first 56 minutes. The Lions have won one game in 12 appearances, with only six goals scored in their last 11 fixtures. New manager Ian Holloway has been responsible for the last seven of those results, and he slammed Bolton's style of play after the game, saying:

"I'm deadly serious when I say you'd be bored senseless watching that kind of performance from them. If that's how you set out to play when people pay a lot of money to watch I'd be bored senseless."

In the day's other significant match, Tuesday night's opponents Watford gained a single goal victory over Middlesbrough at Vicarage Road. Troy Deeney's penalty separated the two sides before bad discipline saw both end the game with ten men through separare incidents.

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Samba Diakite, who has only just moved on loan to play for the Hornets, was red carded for a serious foul, and he will commence a three match ban against Yeovil Town on Tuesday night. Watford were also missing captain Manuel Almunia through a calf injury today, whilst Joel Ekstrand had a knee injury.

The end result of today's fixtures is that all of Yeovil Town's main rivals - except for Charlton Athletic, who didn't play, increase the gap between themselves and the Glovers who remain in 24th place. With only three fixtures being played on Tuesday night though, and Barnsley the only other bottom six side involved, the home match against the Hornets will use up one of the current games in hand.

Link: Latest 2013-14 Championship League Table.


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15 February 2014 : 2014-15 Matchday Admission Prices
Whilst the club's 2014-15 Season Ticket offer that was published on this site earlier today did not publish explicit matchday prices, it is possible to deduce what those will be by applying a bit of basic maths. The club have published both the season ticket price, and the 'saving' that would be made based on a 23 game season, and the cost of a ticket purchased on the day of the match.

Prices for matchday admission for the 2014-15 season are therefore as follows:

Ticket Type Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
AgustaWestland Stand Premium £36.00 £36.00 £36.00 £36.00
AgustaWestland Stand Centre £28.00 £25.00 £18.00 £9.00
AgustaWestland Stand Wings £26.00 £23.00 £18.00 £8.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £27.00 £23.00 £18.00 £9.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £25.00 £21.00 £18.00 £8.00
Thatchers Terrace £25.00 £20.00 £18.00 £8.00

What isn't stated is whether the advance purchase prices that have been in force for most Football League seasons will continue to be applied. Current practice is for there to be a £2.00 difference between pre-match and matchday purchases, with the exception of Under-16s prices.

However, in terms of the matchday prices, these are significant increases, with Adults, Seniors, Disabled and Young Persons paying £3.00 more compared with this season. Under-16s are the ones to escape this increase, with prices being held from the current season tariffs.


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15 February 2014 : 2014-15 Season Ticket Prices Published
Yeovil Town have published their Season Ticket Prices for the 2014-15 Season. The offer is irrespective of whether the club are playing Championship or League One football next season, and sees their usual two-tier price structuring brought forwards by a couple of months this time, with a deadline set for March 22nd 2014 for supporters to get the best offers.

There is also a new pricing tariff, with the AgustaWestland Stand (Main Stand) now split into three sections, with Premium, Centre and Wing categories - previous tariffs covered Centre and Wing categories. Those who choose Block D, closest to the two dugout areas will be classed as Premium seating, whilst Blocks C and E will be Centre seats. Blocks AA, A, B, F, G and GG will be Wing Seats. There will be no concessions available in Premium Seats.

Prices for Season Tickets purchased by March 22nd 2014 will be as follows:

Ticket Type Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
AgustaWestland Stand Premium £437 £437 £437 £437
AgustaWestland Stand Centre £391 £340 £221 £39
AgustaWestland Stand Wings £357 £306 £221 £39
Screwfix Stand Centre £374 £306 £221 £39
Screwfix Stand Wings £340 £272 £221 £39
Thatchers Terrace £299 £240 £208 £39

Prices for Season Tickets purchased from March 23rd 2014 will be as follows:

Ticket Type Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
AgustaWestland Stand Premium £483 £483 £483 £483
AgustaWestland Stand Centre £437 £380 £247 £62
AgustaWestland Stand Wings £399 £342 £247 £62
Screwfix Stand Centre £418 £342 £247 £62
Screwfix Stand Wings £380 £304 £247 £62
Thatchers Terrace £339 £270 £234 £62

Aside from the new AgustaWestland Stand Premium tariff and the new cut-off date for 'early bird' prices, the other major change from the 2013-14 season is that there is a substantial reduction in the cost of Under-16s season ticket prices, with Season Tickets available for just £39.00 is bought early on, or £62.00 if purchased after March 23rd. There is also a small reduction on the cost of an Adult Thatchers Stand (Home Terrace) season ticket.

The majority of other tariffs match the 2013-14 prices that were applicable after the club had won the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium. The club had published an ultra-early offer prior to the League One Play-Offs that invited supporters to purchase tickets at a lower rate before knowing the outcome of those matches. Thus those who purchased their 2013-14 season tickets before April 30th 2013 will view this offer as typically a £40-£50 increase, whilst those who purchased their Season Tickets after May 1at would view the majority of prices as roughly the same as the 2013-14 offer.

The small print on the ticket purchasing is as follows:
a) Young Persons are 16 - 21 years old inclusive
b) Juniors must be aged 15 years or younger on July 31st 2014. Includes Junior Glovers Membership
c) Disabled supporters can take an assistant free of charge if they are on the Middle or Higher Rate of Disabled Living Allowance
d) Under-5s can go free if they are a member of the Junior Glovers
e) Seniors must be aged 65 or over
f) There are no concessions available in the AgustaWestland Stand (Main Stand) Premium section.

The Season Ticket application form does not explicitly state what 2014-15 individual matchday prices will be - however the implication is that these will be increased from the current 2013-14 season. We'll do the maths on these shortly and publish separately. However, in an indirect manner this would strengthen the value of the club's Season Ticket offer in that the vast majority of Season Ticket prices are being held at this season's prices.


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14 February 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Millwall Home Interview
Just before Tuesday night's home match against Millwall kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary explains why he thought the Millwall game was so important, along with some views on Tom Lawrence and Kevin Dawson and why Adam Morgan hasn't been playing too much lately.

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


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14 February 2014 : Watford Report Good Sales For Rearranged Visit
Despite some of their supporters having already had at least a partial journey down to Huish Park on New Year's Day, next Tuesday's opponents Watford are reporting strong ticket sales for the rearranged Championship match. The Hornets had sold 957 tickets for the game, which takes place on Tuesday 18th February with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Watford fans are still entitled to return tickets from the original fixture up to the end of tomorrow, and so there may be a little bit of variance on that figure, although with them staging a match against Middlesbrough at Vicarage Road tomorrow, there's still some opportunity for more of their fans to purchase tickets before Watford close off advance sales.

Yeovil Town are not in action tomorrow, due to their planned opponents Wigan Athletic playing an FA Cup Fifth Round against Cardiff City instead, which has taken priority over the Championship fixture. However, several of their relegation rivals are paired up this weekend, with Millwall facing Bolton Wanderers and Doncaster Rovers at home to Barnsley, with a total of six fixtures being played on Saturday afternoon.


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14 February 2014 : Ladies 2014 Season Fixture List
As reported last night, Yeovil Town Ladies have embarked on a new journey for the year 2014, with the fixtures for their first ever FA Women's Super League being published. This sees them take to the national stage for the first time in their history, facing a wide variety of well known clubs.

Whilst the opening pair of fixtures were disclosed as involving a visit to Reading FC Women, followed by their first home match against London Bees, other opposition includes Doncaster Rovers Belles, Durham Women FC, Millwall Lionesses, Oxford United, Sunderland AFC Ladies and Watford Ladies. Meanwhile their cup commitments guarantee them games against Birmingham City, Aston Villa, Notts County and Bristol Academy Ladies.

The move into the Women's Super League has meant that the Ladies have been on a long hiatus aa they switched to a summer-based league, with the season running running between April and October, giving the opportunity for television broadcaster BT Sport to provide plenty of coverage on the leagues whilst the men's game is largely on a break. Similarly fans of the Glovers men's team can catch the majority of the Ladies fixtures during the part of the year when they may be pining for a sight of a team in green'n'white kit.

With home games being played at Sherborne Town FC, following the opening pair of Reading (April 16th, Away) and London Bees (April 20th, Home) the Ladies team will take on Oxford United (April 27th, Away) before going into a trio of cup matches against Birmingham City (May 1st, Home), Aston Villa (May 4th, Home) and Bristol Academy (May 15th, Away).

The home admission to Sherborne's Avenue Stadium is a bargain at £2.50 for children and £4.00 for adults, whilst the Ladies have also launched their first ever Season Ticket package at £30.00 (Adults) and £15.00 (Concessions).

You can find the full list of fixtures for the Ladies first team now on their website, whilst they will start to appear on our home page, in the Forthcoming Events section closer to the start of the Ladies season, and as the Men's fixture list begins to run dry.





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13 February 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Millwall Match Highlights
For those who want to see highlights from Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Millwall, these can be viewed on the Sky Sports website. As well as the goal from Joe Ralls that opened the scoring for Yeovil, the clip also includes chances for Shane Duffy, two for Tom Lawrence and another for Adam Morgan. Watch it via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 1.


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13 February 2014 : It's A Whole New Ball Game For Yeovil Town Ladies
September 16th, 1990: Yeovil Town Ladies FC (formerly Yetminster Ladies) take on Weymouth Vikings in their first ever game and draw 2-2. Fast forward 24 years to February 2014 and the club is about to embark on it’s most exciting venture to date…the FA Women’s Super League.

Making history comes naturally to the female Glovers. In the last 24 years the club has accomplished some outstanding achievements, including being Somerset FA Women’s Cup winners four times, taking numerous league title trophies, winning Somerset FA Women’s club of the Year, the FA Women’s Digital Club of the Year, and most recently, the coveted FA Respect & Fair Play Gold Award for 2012 & 2013.

Yeovil Town Ladies : 2013-14 Squad
Yeovil Town Ladies : 2013-14 Squad.


They now have the chance to add a new type of trophy to their cabinet, the FA Women’s Super League. The FA WSL is the highest division of women’s football in England, comprising of 18 teams across two leagues. Yeovil Town Ladies will compete against the likes of Watford, Doncaster Rover Belles, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Reading to name just a few. Speaking on the club’s appointment to the FA WSL 2, Team Manager Sarah Lawler says:

"I want us to compete against every team we face, play to our game plan and establish ourselves as a team worth watching so we get some great home crowds at our primary ground, Sherborne Town FC. The Club ethos is ‘Achieve by Unity’ and we will need to work together to use the first season as a great opportunity to learn and develop."

The FA WSL kicks off in April, with an away fixture against Reading FC Women on Wednesday 16th April. Following that, the Glovers first home game is to be played at Sherborne Town FC on Sunday 20th April vs London Bees, kick-off 2.00p.m. To purchase tickets online go to their new online ticketing page, alternatively you can purchase on the day. Tickets cost £2.50 for children and £4.00 for adults. If you would like to follow the Ladies on their Super League adventure, you can also purchase season tickets (£30 adults, £15 children & concessions).

Home games promise to offer the ultimate match-day experience for all the family, complete with themes, games and competitions. Join them on the 20th April for a fun-filled Easter day out and support your local ladies team.

Yeovil Town Ladies : 2013-14 Squad

You can also catch up on the latest news & fixtures by following the female Glovers on Twitter, @YeovilLadiesFC, liking them on Facebook and by visiting their club website. In addition you can enjoy weekly highlights on the FA WSL show at 6pm on Tuesday evenings, and live coverage of matches throughout the season on BT Sport, BTSport.com and the BT Sport App.

Join us in wishing the very best of luck to Yeovil Town Ladies FC as they start their Super League journey!

[Jennifer Jones - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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13 February 2014 : Ralls Sets Sights On Watford And Doncaster Games
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Joe Ralls admits that only gaining a draw against Millwall on Tuesday night was not what he was targeting but still is hopeful that his team can claw back the six point gap to safety. The 1-1 draw at Huish Park meant that there was little effect upon the Championship table that night, with the Lions maintaining that distance as the fourth from bottom club.

That leaves Yeovil Town with 17 matches available to drag other teams into the relegation zone, and they still have a strong opportunity to do that given that they have home matches against Watford and another relegation-threatened rival in the form of Doncaster Rovers coming their way. Ralls told BBC Somerset that he still saw those forthcoming matches as big opportunities, but admitted he rued the loss of those points on Tuesday night:

"We saw this (Millwall) as a massive game and obviously we would rather have had the three points. We've got two games coming up at home, and with the crowd behind us we think we can go on, and hopefully get six points. That's what we need. We need to start putting wins together. We know that, but hopefully with a little bit of luck as well, we can carry on trying to play our football and creating chances and then hopefully we can get a couple of good wins."

Ralls added that one of the things the Glovers needed to achieve was more back-to-back wins - something they have only managed once in the league during 2013-14. He felt that just being able to do that across a couple of games in a row would open things up significantly:

"Everyone knows how quickly things can change in football. We know that if we put two wins together that we can be within touching distance of everyone. Obviously given where we are in our position, not everyone around us is going to win two on the bounce, or three on the bounce. So we know that if we go and do that then that could really push us on. It's easier said than done, but we have got the game in hand, and hopefully if we win that it gets us that little bit closer. Then obviously we have to put a good run together."


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13 February 2014 : Glovers To Provide Fundraising For Flood Victims
Yeovil Town will be allowing next Tuesday's Championship home match against Watford to be used in order to help raise money for a local Flood Relief charity. With the help of local staff from NatWest Bank there will be a collection on Tuesday 18th February that will be in aid of the Somerset Community Foundation's Somerset Flood Relief Fund, with the high street bank also pledging to double the money raised, through their own donation.

The match chosen is rather poignant given that it is the rearranged fixture following the New Year's Day match that was postponed following the torrential rain that fell that day, flooding the Huish Park dugouts to the brim, and creating a mini stream that flowed across the Main Stand walkways, running down to the corner with the home terrace. The deluge that unfolded that day was largely the start of a six week period of storms that has seen the County hit the national news on a daily basis.

Speaking on the day of the Watford postponement, assistant manager Terry Skiverton described the rain that fell as "the worst rain I've seen in 14 years of being at Yeovil". Further storms since that day have shown no sign of letting the overall County recover from what started at the turn of the year.

Hence expect to see collection buckets at the ground during the 7.45p.m. kick-off with the money used to help support those most badly affected by the floods. If you can't make the game but want to make a donation, then you can do so online, by visiting this page.


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12 February 2014 : Palazuelos Pictured With A Glovers Shirt
Spanish defensive midfielder Ruben Palazuelos, who is expected to shortly sign for Yeovil Town, has been spotted on Twitter posing with a Glovers shirt. The 30 year old is pictured below on a Santander-based Twitter account, in a shot that has been taken at Huish Park.

The message in the tweet says (roughly speaking): "The best of luck to Ruben Palazuelos on his adventure at Yeovil Town in the Championship". As reported earlier today the Glovers are currently awaiting international clearance from the Finland FA, with the former Hearts midfielder having been training with the club for the past week since leaving Finnish side FC Honka.

Ruben Palazuelos, who is expected to sign for Yeovil Town soon
Ruben Palazuelos, who is expected to sign for Yeovil Town soon.



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12 February 2014 : Holloway: Glovers Are Pride Of The West Country
When Millwall manager enjoyed his playing and managerial spells with Bristol Rovers in the South-West, Yeovil Town sat very low down in the region's pecking order. Born in Bristol, the 50 year old grew up hearing about the Glovers as a non-league side that would sit far down the pyramid behind the other regional clubs, playing matches in the Southern League, Isthmian League and Conference.

After three playing spells for Rovers, Holloway had a five year managerial run with Rovers that saw him leave the area in 2001, taking up another management position at Queens Park Rangers. Although he did return later for a 17 month spell with Plymouth Argyle, Holloway has since been largely outside the West Country, meaning that he missed the arrival of Gary Johnson in the summer of 2001, and the subsequent rise through the leagues that the Glovers took.

Last night he took his Lions side down to Huish Park for a Championship match against Yeovil Town, finding the home side sat above local sides like Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town, Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City and Torquay United. Despite being strongly aligned with the Gas over the years, Holloway admitted that their rise made the Glovers the 'Pride of the West Country' as far as football was concerned:

"This was a massive banana skin, we've gone 1-0 down and I'm delighted with my lads' characters. We got stronger as the game went on, and in the end I'll take a point. We matched a very spirited team and recently we haven't been doing that. Fair play to Gary Johnson and Yeovil - they are the pride of the West Country. When I left here a few years ago they were a non-league team, and look at them now. They make football dreams happen."

With his side taking a point from the match, the result keeps Millwall still above the relegation line and six points ahead of Yeovil Town. Holloway was glad that position wasn't damaged, but admitted that he'd wanted more from the game:

"It's a mixed bag for me - we wanted three points but the lads keep pleasing me, particularly after going one down. I can't ask the boys to try any harder. You could see by the team I selected that we had a lot of forwards on the pitch, but we were disciplined. I'm delighted with our lads' characters. We got stronger instead of weaker and by the end I will probably take a point. I'm a lucky man working for Millwall with a bunch of lads who never give up."


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12 February 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Millwall Home Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw against Millwall at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on that match as well as the prospect of signing former Hearts defender Ruben Palazuelos can be read via the link below.

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


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12 February 2014 : Gary Explains Palazuelos Plans
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his plans to finalise a deal for Spanish midfielder Ruben Palazuelos should give his midfield a new option during the remaining games of the 2013-14 season. The 30 year old former Hearts player has been training with the club during the last week or so and Johnson has confirmed that the club have offered a deal for him to sign up as a free agent, having most recently played for Finland side FC Honka.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that he feels that Palazuelos will be able to act as a 'spotter' within his team, to complement the grafters in his side who are better at breaking up play. As such he feels he has a player who can feed his forward-thinking players once he gets on the ball:

"He's a midfielder that can pick out a pass. That's his game. When he was at Hearts he had one hundred-odd games where he was there as a bit of a controller in the middle. He's certainly someone who can spot a pass. I feel we need that one who can feed the forwards with the right ball at the right time and he's certainly one that we don't have in our squad. We've got a lot of endeavour but we haven't got that spotter. I'm hoping that he will help us with that."

Gary explained that the deal was done in principle, but that they were waiting on international clearance between the Finland FA and the English FA that will confirm that he has no outstanding disciplinary issues or sanctions from his time with FC Honka, who he left at the turn of the year. As a result, with no game this weekend, he was confident that Palazuelos would be a Glovers player by the time the club face Watford on Tuesday 18th February:

"It's close - it's just the international clearance. Once we get the international clearance (he'll sign). We were trying to get it for today, but that was a little bit too soon and it was pie in the sky really. We've got a week now before our next game, and hopefully we'll have it before our next game against Watford."


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12 February 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Millwall
If you watched last night's 1-1 draw against Millwall 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 Millwall.


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11 February 2014 : Palazuelos Deal For Glovers Now Close
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that he is close to finalising a deal for Spanish defensive midfielder Ruben Palazuelos. The 30 year old is currently training with the club, with his name coming to light on Monday as a likely target for the Glovers, and positionally a fairly close replacement for the recently departed Ed Upson.

As part of tonight's post-match press interviews, Johnson has told the Western Gazette that Palazuelos has been training with the club for the past week or two, but is likely to play him in a friendly match before properly blooding him at Championship level. At present the club have verbally agreed a deal with the Santander-born player, but are awaiting international clearance from the Finland FA.

Given the club now have a week off until next Tuesday's match against Watford, the hopes are that the midfielder will be fully signed up by the time the Glovers next play a competitive fixture.


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11 February 2014 : Gary Johnson: Draw Against Lions Felt Like A Loss
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that tonight's draw against Millwall at Huish Park felt like a loss, as he watched his side drop more points from a winning position in the league. The Glovers held the upper hand in a match between two sides struggling at the wrong end of the table, but had to settle for a point, despite Joe Ralls giving them a 64th minute lead as he converted a James Hayter cross into the box.

Johnson felt that watching Steve Morison convert an equalising goal 11 minutes after the opener from Ralls was frustrating to watch. He told BBC Somerset that his side should have been ahead long before the Ralls goal, but that a failure to mark Millwall's main aerial presence cost them:

"We had most of the game. We had a few chances that we didn't take. Of course Millwall came here and a draw was better for them, than it was for us, and they played a little bit like that late on. But they had the one real chance that we gave them, because we let the cross come in, and let their best header of the ball head it into the goal. We ended up drawing, but it feels like a loss, because we needed to win that. But it means that we've got to get a result somewhere where it's not expected."

The Glovers dominated the opening spell, with the 45 minutes seeing Millwall failing to even get an on-target shot throughout that period. Ishmael Miller had a shot deflected onto the crossbar, whilst Lions keeper David Forde was undoubtedly the busier keeper. Gary agreed that his team should have been at least a goal to the good by the time they went in at half time:

"We were really disappointed that we didn't lead at the break. We needed to try to demoralise them not just with our play but with a goal. I thought we had a lot of play - a hell of a lot of play. But we didn't get the goals at that time. It had to be late on in the second half before we got the one, and then that's always dangerous because teams will of course attack you at 1-0 down, because they've got nothing to lose. Then all of a sudden they were throwing men forward, and the one great cross they made they got in on the end of. So it was poor defending by us in not picking up their best header of the ball in the six yard box, and really it was about both penalty areas. We had to score two or three goals with the chances that we had, and then not let that vital goal in. Unfortunately that's been us and that's why we are where we are. We've got to score more goals, and let in less goals!"

Johnson praised substitutes James Hayter and Joe Ralls for the parts that they played when they came onto the pitch, linking up well for the opening match. But he admitted that his team would now need to pull a result out of the hat from another of their forthcoming fixtures if they were to put serious pressure on the likes of Millwall, Charlton Athletic and Barnsley who are their main relegation rivals:

"I thought Hayts and Joe Ralls came on and livened it up a bit with their fresh legs, and at that point we thought that everything was looking okay. But one little lapse and teams at this level punish you. That's what happened. We're still not a million miles away. We could have done with the win, and them losing, and us getting a bit closer. But I think we've still got that game in hand. We'll have to wait and see how many results they get, but we've got to be watching now what Millwall, Charlton and Barnsley do - we've got to get a couple of wins ourselves pretty quickly."


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11 February 2014 : Yeovil 1 Millwall 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town threw away the chance of a valuable win at Huish Park tonight, as they were forced to share a 1-1 draw against relegation rivals Millwall. The Glovers had the lions share of the chances during the match, particularly during the opening half that saw Lions keeper David Forde make several excellent saves, including an Ishmael Miller attempt that was palmed onto the top of the crossbar.

During the second half, the Glovers thought they were on their way to victory when substitute Joe Ralls took advantage of some good build-up play from Tom Lawrence who supplied another substitute in James Hayter, whose cross into the box was smartly taken by the Cardiff City loanee for a 64th minute lead.

At that point, Yeovil were good value for their lead, but their habit of throwing away points during this season - 21 points dropped from a winning position during this campaign - continued when Scott Malone put in a hanging cross from the left, and Steve Morison was there to rise and head home for the equaliser. Both sides then had reasonable chances to search out the winner, but with the points shared on the night, it's a result that undoubtedly benefits Millwall far more than it benefits Yeovil.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 1.

Scorers: Joe Ralls (1-0, 64 mins), Steve Morison (1-1, 75 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 11. Tom Lawrence
13. Kieffer Moore 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter (57 mins for Kieffer Moore) 10. Sam Foley 18. Matteo Lanzoni 19. Joe Ralls (53 mins for Joel Grant) 29. Adam Morgan (84 mins for Tom Lawrence)

Millwall:
1. David Forde 14. Ryan Fredericks 3. Danny Shittu 17. Shaun Williams 28. Scott Malone 18. Richard Chaplow 11. Martyn Woolford 22. DJ Campbell 27. Scott McDonald 19. Simeon Jackson 9. Steve Morison

Substitutes:
2. Alan Dunne (71 mins for Richard Chaplow) 5. Paul Robinson 7. Liam Feeney (60 mins for Simeon Jackson) 8. Jermaine Easter (72 mins for DJ Campbell) 13. Lee Martin 26. Nadjim Abdou 43. Stephen Bywater

Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (foul, 54 mins), Joe Ralls (foul, 90 mins)

Millwall Bookings: Steve Morison (kicking ball out of stadium, 77 mins), Ryan Fredericks (diving, 86 mins), Shaun Williams (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 8; Fouls: 16.

Millwall Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Stephen Finch (Southampton). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 4,463 (including 416 Millwall fans).


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11 February 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Millwall
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's huge Championship match against Millwall. That comes with Manchester United loanee Tommy Lawrence making his full debut for the club, displacing Kevin Dawson in the team.

On the bench, whilst Dawson will sit there tonight he is also joined by Joe Ralls, who is fit again and displaces Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi amongst the substitutes list.

The significant news in the Millwall line-up is that midfielder Ed Upson does NOT play against his former club, despite his manager Ian Holloway threatening to overturn the gentleman's agreement between the two clubs that was made at the time the two sides agreed his transfer.

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 11. Tom Lawrence
13. Kieffer Moore 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 18. Matteo Lanzoni 19. Joe Ralls 29. Adam Morgan

Millwall:
1. David Forde 14. Ryan Fredericks 3. Danny Shittu 17. Shaun Williams 28. Scott Malone 18. Richard Chaplow 11. Martyn Woolford 22. DJ Campbell 27. Scott McDonald 19. Simeon Jackson 9. Steve Morison

Substitutes:
2. Alan Dunne 5. Paul Robinson 7. Liam Feeney 8. Jermaine Easter 13. Lee Martin 26. Nadjim Abdou 43. Stephen Bywater


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11 February 2014 : Lions Fixture Remains On For Tonight
For the avoidance of doubt, tonight's home Championship fixture against Millwall remains on. There is no pitch inspection planned for the 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park, and so provided there are no unexpected storms, from the club's perspective the match will take place. The BBC Weather forecast for the Yeovil area on Tuesday reads as follows:

"The rain will clear eastwards during the morning, leaving the rest of the day bright and breezy, with a few showers, some of which will be heavy, possibly wintry over Moors. Further showers this evening."

Tickets will remain on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office, right up until kick-off. Call them on 01935-847888 to pay for your tickets in advance, or visit in person when you arrive at the ground.

The Huish Park pitch from earlier this morning
The Huish Park pitch from earlier this morning. Photo c/o Jordan Mullins.



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11 February 2014 : Johnson Clarifies Comments On Ed Upson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has clarified remarks he made about former midfielder Ed Upson ahead of tonight's Championship home match against Millwall. The Glovers boss was quoted last week as saying he didn't feel the 24 year old has come up to the level of Championship football this season, leading to rather terse responses from Upson himself and then his new boss Ian Holloway.

Johnson feels his remarks were misrepresented by the media and has told BBC Somerset that he was a player that he didn't want to lose, with 'circumstances' leading to the player's move:

"There have been reports that I've said that he's not good enough for this, that and the other, but one different word here and there makes your sentence sound different. People can read it as they want, and of course that's upset Ed (Upson) and it's probably upset Millwall. But on the record he was a very good player for us, and we didn't want to lose him. But the circumstances - which is what I've always said - dictated that that needed to happen."

Whilst not specifically referencing Upson, Johnson alluded to those 'circumstances' by saying that when players leave a football club there can be a variety of reasons why that can happen. He gave his views on why that can come about:

"There's a lot of circumstances that are out there - out of contract, the player himself wanting to move at that stage for whatever reason, not being in the team for whatever reason. There's reasons for all of these and people move on. That's what happened with Paddy (Madden), that's what happened with Danny Seaborne - that's football life, I'm afraid and that's what happened. But we've got to make sure that we're strong enough and gain the strength to make sure we're above three other teams."


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10 February 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Concentrating On The League
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town face probably their biggest game of the 2013-14 season. A crucial six-pointer against relegation rivals Millwall could open an escape door, or could leave us dangling nastily over an exit hatch. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the size of that fixture, and whether we've got our eye on the ball at present. Comments welcomed, as usual, at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Concentrating On The League.


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10 February 2014 : Spanish Defensive Midfielder Linked With Glovers
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for a Spanish defensive midfielder, who has most recently been playing in Finland. Thirty year old Ruben Palazuelos was born in Santander in Spain and has a wealth of experience which includes spending four years playing for Scottish Premier League side Hearts, between 2007 and 2011, which of course would have partially coincided with Lee Johnson's time in Edinburgh.

He started his career in his home town with Racing Santander but never got further than their Reserve Team Racing B before departing in 2004. His early professional first team experience came through Spanish Third Division sides UD Lanzarote, CF Palencia and Gimnastica de Torrelavega.

Palazuelos then moved overseas to Greece when he went out on loan during the 2006-07 season to play for Aris Thessaloniki before he gained his move to Hearts. There he made 114 league appearances, scoring three goals. After that he moved back to Spain to play for Deportivo Alaves, before making moves to Bulgarian club PFC Botev Plovdiv and most recently Finnish club FC Honka in April 2013.

At present there is no firm confirmation of this move taking place, but with the Hearts connection there, manager Gary Johnson will have seen him play, whilst there is an opinion amongst supporters that the Glovers need a defensive midfielder who can mop up play, particularly since Ed Upson left on Transfer Deadline Day. Provided Palazuelos left FC Honka before the closure of the Transfer Window, he would be a free agent and able to join any club.


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10 February 2014 : Ticketing For Reading vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's forthcoming Championship match against Reading is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 1st March 2014 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Madejski Stadium.

Ticket prices for this fixture are split three ways and are as follows:

Season Ticket Holders: (Advance Sales) Adults: £25.00; Over-65s: £17.00; Aged 17–21: £17.00; Aged 16/Under: £10.00

Non-Season Ticket Holders: (Advance Sales) Adults: £27.00; Over-65s: £19.00; Aged 17–21: £19.00; Aged 16/Under: £11.00

Matchday Sales: Adults: £30.00; Over-65s: £22.00; Aged 17–21: £22.00; Aged 16/Under: £12.00

There is a Family area available within the ground. Wheelchair disabled and ambulant disabled supporters pay the above rates but can take in an assistant free of charge.

Away supporters at the Madejski Stadium are allocated the South Stand area which is situated behind the goal. Their standard allocation is for 2,100 tickets to be made available. Note that if you leave purchasing until the day of the game, then you'll need to purchase from the South Stand Ticket Office - Reading use barcode readers on the turnstiles.


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10 February 2014 : Ticketing For Queens Park Rangers vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's forthcoming Championship fixture against Queens Park Rangers is now available. The match takes place at Loftus Road on Saturday 15th March 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Yeovil Town have been given an initial allocation of 1,146 tickets for sale. They are expecting a few more tickets to be made available on top of that in restricted view areas, but having asked for their full allocation for this fixture, they are not expecting any more on top of that. Reading, who visit Loftus Road on February 16th, were given 1,279 tickets in total.

Away supporters at Loftus Road are given the upper tier of the School End of the ground - this is a fairly compressed looking enclosure situated behind the goal. Prices are structured as 'Gold' (central area) and 'Silver' (wings area) however on top of that there are some restricted views which are such that you may not be able to see the goal line at that end of the ground due to the angle on the stand.

Ticket sales will initially be open to Season Ticket Holders ONLY with arrangements as follows:
a) Season Ticket Holders (maximum two per supporter) up to and including Saturday 22nd February (Doncaster home game)
b) General sale (maximum two per supporter) from Monday 24th February at 9.00a.m.
c) General Sale (unlimited issue, assuming availability) from Monday 3rd March at 9.00a.m.

If you make your purchase your QPR ticket on a matchday at Huish Park, please be aware of possible queuing for actual matchday tickets, and avoid the period during the final hour before kick-off, as the Ticket Office will prioritise selling tickets for the relevant home match during that period.

This is an ALL TICKET match for away supporters - there will be no tickets on sale at Loftus Road on the day of the game. Prices are as follows:

GOLD: Adults: £30.00; Under-16s: £15.00; Aged 16-21: £20.00; Over-60s: £20.00.

GOLD (Restricted View): Adults: £28.00; Under-16s: £14.00; Aged 16-21: £19.00; Over-60s: £19.00.

SILVER: Adults: £25.00; Under-16s: £12.00; Aged 16-21: £15.00; Over-60s: £15.00; Under-8s with Adult: FREE.

SILVER (Restricted View): Adults: £23.00; Under-16s: £11.00; Aged 16-21: £14.00; Over-60s: £14.00.

All supporters purchasing the Aged 16-21 tickets must take proof of age with them on the matchday and be prepared to show it at the turnstile.

There is also a family area – ask for Block Y2 in both Gold and Silver tariffs.

Update: 16/02/2014 Amended to cover actual 1,279 final allocation that Reading received for their February 16th visit.


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10 February 2014 : Lions Boss Ups Stakes In Upson Row
The row between Yeovil Town and Millwall has intensified with the news that Lions boss Ian Holloway is considering playing midfielder Ed Upson tomorrow night. Following Saturday's match against Leeds United, Glovers boss Gary Johnson said in his post-match interview that the two clubs had agreed not to field Upson in the fixture, with the agreement being set up between the two clubs Chairmen.

But Holloway, who has a firm West Country background, having been born in Bristol and getting through three playing spells with Bristol Rovers along with one management spell, has said that he was annoyed with Johnson over the comments that were made after Upson's transfer where the Glovers boss said "he hasn’t come up to the standard of what we hoped he would in the Championship".

With the arrangements having been set as a 'gentleman's agreement' rather than written into contract, Holloway has told the Southwark News that he is considering breaking that, on the basis of the remarks, ramping up what is likely to be a high pressure game for both clubs, with Millwall currently six points ahead of Yeovil in the Championship table but having played a game more. Holloway feels that Johnson's comments were not fair:

"After what his manager said, I am thinking about whether I should be a gentleman or not. I might play him because if Gary says he is not good enough to play in the Championship, I might prove that he is by playing Ed against him. Gary upset me the other week because he shouldn't say that about his old player. They wouldn't have sold him to us, with us competing against them to stay up, had he been allowed to play. Normally I'm a gentleman and would keep my word. But their manager shouldn't be saying things like that, I don't think."


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10 February 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Millwall
Officials for Tuesday night's Championship fixture between Yeovil Town and Millwall have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on February 11th 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Mr Woolmer was a regular in our non-league days, but for unknown reasons only had him four time since we've got into the Football League.

Two of these matches were in the 2005-06 season. One of those was the 2-0 win over Ipswich Town in the League Cup, where he had a good game that night. However, we were less happy about his performance in the 0-1 home defeat against Scunthorpe United where we described him as "a candidate for the worst official to visit Huish Park this season" - not a good accolade given that the game took place at the tail end of that season. Our report said that "it's difficult to imagine one official being so constantly berated by supporters throughout an entire game" with the Northamptonshire official in general favouring the 'easy' decisions throughout the match, rather than the 'big' ones that might have turned the game.

One positive thing to note about Mr Woolmer is that Hereford United utterly loathe him. This stems from a 2003-04 Conference Play-Off Semi-Final when he red-carded Andy Tretton for a professional foul during the Edgar Street leg. Despite the decision appearing to be the correct (if wholly accidental) one as Tretton lost his bearings and collided with an Aldershot Town striker, Woolmer was given the blame for the incident, resulting in alleged damage to his car after the game, and stewards having to protect him from an irate fan who invaded the pitch.

We nearly had Mr Woolmer for an FA Cup First Round match against Stockport County during the 2008-09 season, but by the time the game took place, he had been replaced. Most recently he turned up down in Devon for a Paint Pot Trophy game against Torquay United. The match finished 2-2, with the Glovers winning on penalties, and we can't recall anything too bad about his performance.

Why we've rarely had an official who is in a fairly central-southern based location isn't clear - just one of those things as he certainly clocks up the matches each season, having done 35 games last season, and 20 already during this season.

Mr Woolmer will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Stephen Finch (Southampton). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).

Link: August 2005 : Ipswich Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Scunthorpe United 1.

Link: January 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.

Link: October 2012 : Torquay United 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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9 February 2014 : Gary's Sky Sports Views On The Leeds Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 defeat against Leeds United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to Sky sports about the match. His views on the game, as carried by Sky, can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To Sky Sports After The 2-1 Defeat Against Leeds.


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9 February 2014 : Interview With Byron Webster
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Leeds United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town centre-back Byron Webster spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Byron's views on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Byron Webster Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Defeat Against Leeds.


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8 February 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Leeds United Match Highlights
For those that want to pick over this afternoon's Championship home match against Leeds United, the match highlights have been uploaded onto the Sky Sports website. Because it was a televised fixture, there's nearly seven minutes worth of highlights, including the goal that Ishmael Miller scored, the penalty he missed and the two goals that Leeds netted during the second half. Watch the video clip via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Leeds United Match Highlights.


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8 February 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Leeds Home Game
Following this afternoon's 2-1 home defeat against Leeds United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Gary's post-match verdict along with his thoughts on the decision to not allow Ed Upson to play against the Glovers when Millwall visit on Tuesday night, can be read via the link below.

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


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8 February 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Leeds United
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Leeds 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.

NOTE: As this match was shown live on Sky Sports, you are able to vote on this occasion whether you were at Huish Park, or watching from the warmth of your living room.

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


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8 February 2014 : Mitchell Turns Up At Huish Park Again
Former AFC Bournemouth and Dorchester Town owner Eddie Mitchell has turned up for his second consecutive Yeovil Town home match. His January visit to the ground for the club's Championship fixture against Burnley saw Mitchell deny that he had any intention to invest in the club, with the property developer claiming that he was merely watching former Cherries strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, whilst his wife was on holiday.

Now Mitchell has turned up for a second match - attending today's home Championship game against Leeds United, which will inevitably heighten the speculation as to why he is showing such a keen interest in Yeovil Town. The Western Gazette goes one step further, suggesting that "Mitchell could soon join the Glovers at boardroom level", albeit without any detail behind that.

Mitchell left Bournemouth in September 2013 after selling his remaining shares in the club, whilst has most recently taken out a two year option to purchase a majority shareholding in Southern League side Poole Town. At present, no representatives from Yeovil Town have commented upon Mitchell's presence at the last two Glovers home fixtures.


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8 February 2014 : Gary Johnson: Mistakes Cost Us Game, Not The Weather
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that two bad mistakes, rather than the weather conditions, cost his side after they lost a half time lead against Leeds United this afternoon. Having lead at the break via an Ishmael Miller header, two second half goals saw Ross McCormack and Stephen Warnock give the Yorkshire side three away points.

McCormack's goal came after a poor goal kick from Marek Stech, whilst the goalkeeper also misjudged Warnock's curling free kick just past the hour mark as it sailed over his head. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Johnson felt though that his side couldn't excuse the weather given that they had the advantage with the conditions for 45 minutes:

"It was more influenced by a couple of mistakes that we made. Yes of course the weather had an influence, but in the first half it was in our favour. We really should have gone in at 2-0 up. Then in the second half the wind was in their favour, but unfortunately we made the mistakes that they didn't make against the wind. Marek has been a great goalkeeper over the weeks and years, but for him I'd put them down as two mistakes. We'd only just said in the dressing room at half time, let's not let that missed penalty affect us, and make sure we do everything right. Unfortunately (for the first goal) against the wind if that doesn't come off then it spins back right towards you and it cost us."

Whilst he acknowledged the errors, Johnson felt that it was important not to dwell on them with a vital six-pointer against Millwall looming on Tuesday night. He also felt his side collectively didn't do enough during the second period to threaten the Leeds goal:

"He's (Stech) disappointed and he's apologised to the lads. We've got to go in to the next game, and not try to drag them down too far. We've got to try to hang on in there. But we didn't do enough in the second half either to get ourselves in at them. We didn't show enough movement, and we were waiting for things to happen, as opposed to Ross McCormack who makes things happen. You can see that when he makes the run, he knows when the ball is going to come into him. But that's the quality that he and they have got."


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8 February 2014 : Yeovil 1 Leeds 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to a 1-2 home defeat against Leeds United at Huish Park today, in a game dominated by the weather conditions. During a first half in which the Glovers had the advantage of a significant end-to-end wind, they went ahead just past the half hour mark when Ishmael Miller's excellent header from a John Lundstram corner divided the two teams. They should have been further ahead when Sam Byram brought down Kevin Dawson in the box two minutes before the break, but this time Miller's goal touch deserted him, sending his penalty over the crossbar.

In the second half, and now having to defend against the wind, Yeovil got off to a horrible start, with just 29 seconds on the clock. A poor Marek Stech free kick hung in the wind, and the Glovers back four were not alert enough to the presence of Ross McCormack who picked up the loose ball, cut onto his right foot and then curled a superb effort into the top corner for the equaliser.

Stech's day got decidedly worse after the hour mark when Jimmy Kebe won a free kick 35-40 yards out on the flank. In normal conditions Stephen Warnock's free kick into the box wouldn't have caused any danger, but the wind wickedly curled the ball, then curled it some more, leaving Marek Stech coming off his line and then back-pedalling as he saw the ball sail over his head to put Leeds 2-1 up. There was no way back for the Glovers as they suffered in the second half conditions and struggled to get their way back into the game despite some belated second half pressure when substitutions saw them finish the game with four forwards on the pitch.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 2.

Scorers: Ishmael Miller (1-0, 32 mins), Ross McCormack (1-1, 46 mins), Stephen Warnock (1-2, 62 mins).

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

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 9. James Hayter (89 mins for John Lundstram) 10. Sam Foley 11. Tom Lawrence (83 mins for Kevin Dawson) 18. Matteo Lanzoni 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan (83 mins for Joel Grant)

Leeds United:
1. Paddy Kenny 25. Sam Byram 4. Tom Lees 5. Jason Pearce 15. Stephen Warnock 6. Luke Murphy 8. Rodolph Austin 36. Alex Mowatt 38. Jimmy Kebe 44. Ross McCormack 28. Cameron Stewart

Substitutes:
2. Lee Peltier 10. Noel Hunt 16. Danny Pugh 17. Michael Brown 20. Matt Smith (46 mins for Alex Mowatt) 22. Scott Wootton 33. Alex Cairns

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (67 mins, foul)

Leeds Bookings: Rodolph Austin (51 mins, foul).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Leeds Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 9; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire). Assistants: Andrew Turner (Devon) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Tim Robinson (West Sussex).

Attendance: 7,984 (including 2,053 Leeds supporters).


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8 February 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Leeds United
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Leeds United. One of those is enforced, with Joe Ralls having failed to recover from the injury that forced him off against Nottingham Forest last Sunday. His place in the side is taken by Kevin Dawson whose inclusion will see Joel Grant swap wings.

Up front, Ishmael Miller is back and available for selection, after being unable to play against his former club. He displaces James Hayter in the side, and so partners Kieffer Moore up front.

As well as Ralls' injury, despote hopes that they might be fit and available, there is no space in the squad for Liam Davis (broken toe) and Sam Hoskins (groin), with Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi being the one other player to be drafted into the squad after he missed last week's trip through injury.

The full line-up is as follows:

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

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 11. Tom Lawrence 18. Matteo Lanzoni 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan


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8 February 2014 : Gary Previews The Leeds Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday lunchtime's home match against Leeds United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim Fisher, Gary's thoughts on the Leeds game and the run of home fixtures that are coming up, can be read via the link below.

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


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7 February 2014 : Championship Teams Best Goals Of 2013
The Football League have published three video clips containing the best goals from individual clubs across 2013. Compilations for the Championship, League One and League Two give you 72 clubs and 72 goals with each club putting forward their best goal from the year. Below you'll find the video clip for Championship clubs - with Yeovil Town's nomination coming coming from their time in League One. No prizes for working out which goal was chosen for the Glovers though!

A judging panel will cut those 72 goals down to 10 goals and the final short-listed ten will be shown on Sky Sports Soccer AM tomorrow morning. They will then ask fans to vote on them with the top five being put forward for the Football League Awards on March 16th 2014.

Previous winners of the award include Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest - 2012), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City - 2011), Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic - 2010), Nicky Maynard (Bristol City - 2009), ex-Pilgrim Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers - 2008), Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United - 2007), Joe Ledley (Cardiff City - 2006) and Stefan Oakes (Notts County - 2005).




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7 February 2014 : Volunteers Needed For Pitch Covers
Yeovil Town supporters are being asked to volunteer their time for tomorrow morning to help the club's Groundstaff keep the Championship match against Leeds United on. Currently the Huish Park pitch is completely covered with a number of heavy duty covers that will hopefully protect against the rain that has been falling in the South-West over the past few weeks.

The plan is for those pitch covers to be removed from 7.00a.m. on Saturday morning, and the club would like any volunteers to turn up at Gate No.5 at Huish Park where they will be asked to work under the guidance of the Groundstaff.

The current forecast (although this seems to change on a regular basis) is for there to be some heavy overnight rain that should gradually disappear down to lighter showers by dawn. The BBC Weather forecast for the area states:

Friday Overnight: "Rain, heavy at times, will spread eastwards, with a risk of localised flooding, before clearing after midnight. Heavy showers then follow, with winds strengthening, bringing gales, severe over western coasts."

Saturday Daytime: "Heavy showers, some with hail and thunder, but also one or two brighter spells. Risk of disruption from gales, severe, perhaps locally storm force over exposed southwestern coasts."

Thus when you turn up at the ground (whether volunteering or later on as a spectator) we'd recommend that you have suitable footwear and overcoats to prepare for a few bursts of rain. At present the club are hoping that the pitch covers are keeping the actual pitch well protected, but as we saw with the Watford New Year's Day match, all it needs is one bad cloudburst at the wrong time!


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7 February 2014 : Johnson Hoping Home Advantage Counts Against Leeds
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he hopes that home advantage will help his club put on a better performance tomorrow lunchtime when they take on Leeds United at Huish Park. The two sides meet in an ALL TICKET match that will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on Saturday, giving the club a chance to play in front of their home fans for only the second time in the Championship since the turn of the year.

The two sides met at Elland Road back in November 2013 and the Yorkshire side finished on top thanks to two second half goals from Ross McCormack. That 2-0 scoreline was slightly harsh on a Glovers side that had dominated possession during the game, as well as having more shots at goal than their counterparts. However, Johnson told BBC Somerset that playing at this level was all about being consistent across the whole 90 minutes, and not for certain phases of the game:

"Most teams have good periods in games and bad ones. Obviously the teams that are at the lower end of the table are the ones that have more poor games for longer periods. But again it was a game that we were in, at the time. We are at Huish Park now, so that's different when you're at home, with your home supporters, and I'm sure they'll get behind us."

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 12.15p.m. presenting a different routine for players and supporters on the day. Johnson added that the earlier start was not ideal for any of those involved but hoped that the fact that the game was on television would give his team a bit of a lift:

"I've got to get up earlier, I've got to have my breakfast earlier and so have the lads of course. It does affect you. But it's good money for the club. If they said we had to play at seven o'clock in the morning then we'd still be happy because it's a good payday when you're on the TV. Hopefully that might be a little bit of a spur that the lads need, in that they know all of their family and girlfriends are all watching and it might just get them going."

Note as mentioned above, if you have not already purchased a ticket, you have until 5.00p.m. today to call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888. Remember to have your Customer Number or evidence of recent ticket stubs available, as they are screening supporters to reduce the chances of Leeds United fans getting tickets for the wrong end of the ground.


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7 February 2014 : Football League Given Green Light To Lobby Government Over Safe Standing
The Football League have today confimed that "a majority of responding clubs" have given a positive response to their consultation on Safe Standing. A December 2013 document was distributed to all 72 member clubs to determine their thoughts on four key questions relating to the provisioning of terraced structures at Championship level within the Football League.

As part of that consultation, Yeovil Town confirmed that they would be responding positively to all four questions, with Huish Park currently still supporting two terraces at each end of the ground. The League have said that was the majority view from last Thursday's meeting at Derby County's Pride Park stadium, and that they will now take matters to the next stage, which will include meetings with the national Government and the Football Association as well as safety bodies:

"The Football League will now engage with the relevant authorities and stakeholder organisations regarding these matters. This will be followed by further discussions with clubs."

Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, who had previously maintained a neutral position on the topic has welcomed the views expressed by the member clubs, however warned that this may be a slow process:

"The consultation has given us a better understanding of the wide range of views held by clubs on this issue and we will take our cue from the prevailing opinion. We recognise that this is both a complicated and sensitive matter that will need significant debate. Therefore, no-one should assume that it will lead to overnight change."

According to current Football League rules, if Yeovil Town were to maintain its current Championship status, they would need to close their terraces in the summer of 2015, with all-seater structures required to be used from the start of the 2015-16 season. If they lose their Championship status this season, they would be allowed one further season at second tier with a terraced structure before having to replace those ends of the ground.

The Daily Telegraph report that around 70 percent of those who responded supported the four Safe Standing proposals, and single out Sports Minister Helen Grant as being one of the key individuals the League need to lobby, along with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, who implement policy decisions defined by the Government.

The current campaign has been backed by the Football Supporters Federation, who have provided extensive information regarding the availability of 'Rail Seats' which are used in Germany and allow grounds to implement a flexible approach to stadium structures allowing them to be set up for both 'all seater' and standing events. Their spokesman Peter Daykin told the Telegraph:

It’s quite right that the football family, the government and the police continue to engage in an open, honest, evidence-led debate on the subject. The FSF believe that a small number of controlled trials of safe standing areas is an excellent means of facilitating this debate. The 72 clubs of the Football League deserve great credit for the way they have approached this issue, as do the organisation’s staff and board, and we would particularly like to thank the many supporters who lobbied their clubs to say ’yes’ to safe standing. It’s crucial that individual fans continue to make their voices heard on this issue."


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7 February 2014 : Lawrence Surprised At Early Glovers Introduction
New Yeovil Town loanee Tom Lawrence admits that he was surprised to be thrown in the deep end last Sunday, but is willing to take advantage of that. The Manchester United loanee was signed up on Transfer Deadline Day on a three month deal, and he made his debut against Nottingham Forest, coming on as a first half substitute for the injured Joe Ralls, playing 50 minutes in the 3-1 defeat at the City Ground.

Lawrence had arrived at Huish Park fresh from a two month loan spell with League One side Carlisle United during which he made 11 appearances, scoring three goals. He told BBC Somerset that he hoped he could hit the ground running given that he was already match fit from that spell at Brunton Park, but hadn't expected to get his chance quite so quickly:

"I didn't expect it to be coming around that early, but I made sure I was ready, and it's always a bonus when you can get on as early as you can. I'm ready to play games, and hopefully I can carry on the form from when I played at Carlisle. It's massive for my experience, and I'm looking forward to it. It's another test for me and hopefully I can come through it. Hopefully I can get a lot of goals and help push us up the table, and that will be the main focus."

Lawrence will tomorrow be competing with a couple more squad players for the Championship fixture against Leeds United. Whilst Ralls will hopefully recover from the impact injury he sustained at the City Ground, there are currently hopes that striker Sam Hoskins (groin) and left-sided player Liam Davis (broken toe) have recovered sufficiently to push a claim to be in the squad, whilst striker Ishmael Miller will return after he was blocked from turning out against his parent club last weekend.


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6 February 2014 : Council Refute Club's Planning Application Date
On Tuesday, Yeovil Town put out a statement regarding their plans to build a Food Store to the north end of land at Huish Park. As part of their statement they claimed that their case would be heard by SSDC's Area South Committee in March 2014, with the Western Gazette specifying a date of March 5th 2014 as the actual date. The Council though, have responded today by indicating that it is "extremely unlikely" from their point of view that the application will be ready to be heard by that date.

The Council have pointed out to the Western Gazette that the application had been delayed to allow Yeovil Town additional time to prepare further information concerning the effect the Food Store would have on the Highway Network, and also to provide alternative arrangements for the loss of the public open space which includes part of the land that the club's Retail Developers intend to build upon. In addition, SSDC have highlighted again the problem of the Sequential Test, which National Planning Policy requires similar applicants closer to the town centre to be given a higher priority than out of town applications.

The SSDC statement points out that as Yeovil Town have yet to provide this information to the Council, and that as the application is subject to public consultation, that putting the application through in four weeks time would not be feasible at this moment in time:

"Officers are intending to present this application to the relevant committees as soon as possible following receipt of this information but as of today we have not yet received this submission. It is essential that the additional information is the subject of public consultation prior to being considered by members and therefore it is extremely unlikely that the application will be heard at the meeting on March 5th."

The club's original application to SSDC was made on January 31st 2012 but has been dormant for almost a year, with the last update relating to the application coming on February 13th 2013.


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6 February 2014 : Upson Claims 'Hostile' Atmosphere At End Of Glovers Spell
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has claimed that there was a 'hostile' atmosphere at Huish Park, as he reacted to suggestions from his former boss Gary Johnson that he was not up to Championship standard. The 24 year old left the club to join Championship rivals Millwall on Transfer Deadline Day, and gave the impression that he was happy to move to a new club as a result.

Three days ago Johnson made it clear that it was his decision to allow Upson to move to the New Den, suggesting that the former Ipswich Town trainee was not up to the standard that he wanted for second tier football. Now Upson has told the Southwark News that he does believe he can perform at that level, and offered a blunt assessment of Johnson's words:

"I've got no doubts at all that I've made the step up to the Championship. I've proven myself with my performances and goals. He can say what he wants - if he wants to say that about his top goalscorer, that's fine. You've got to take things with a pinch of salt and wonder why people say certain things. It's a game of opinions and sometimes you just have to let things go. I picked up an ankle injury against Huddersfield at the end of December and I didn't start after that. I kept coming off the bench but I did not get back into the team. The circumstances were slightly strange before I left. Things became a bit hostile, but I don't want to go into that too much."


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6 February 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Home Is Where The Heart Is
Having spent the last two or three weeks on the road, it's time for Yeovil Town to finally return to Huish Park. Here they will face Leeds United on Saturday lunchtime, in the first of a sequence of six home fixtures in seven matches. The latest Taff's Gloversblog shows why those games are likely to be key to the club's survival at Championship level, and why people shouldn't be throwing in the towel just yet. Additional views are welcomed - you can comment at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Home Is Where The Heart Is.


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5 February 2014 : Ralph Given Contract Extension
Yeovil Town's left-sided player Nathan Ralph has been given a contract extension, despite another injury affecting his first team comeback. The 20 year old has had a fairly cursed time at the club since joining them in the summer of 2012, and has so far recorded five starts and twelve substitute appearances during his time at the club.

A knee injury has kept him away from the football pitches since April 2013, although his problems date back to October 2012 when a cyst on his knee required him to go under the knife. Since then he's made just two starts, with one of those being the ill-fated April 2013 appearance against Crewe Alexandra that saw him limp off early - the last occasion he has been seen in a Yeovil Town shirt.

Back in December 2013, Ralph was given the all-clear to resume training albeit without him getting involved in any combatitive football during that time. More recently it appears that he has resumed full training but manager Gary Johnson has told the Western Gazette that this time his ankle has been the one to cause him problems:

"He hasn’t had a setback on his knee. He had just started training full time and went over on his ankle. The poor kid has just had an unbelievable amount of injuries and operation after operation. We really are keeping our fingers crossed that he will come through and we’re giving him every chance to get his career back on track. He’s not on a fortune by any stretch of the imagination so he’s not really taking any of our budget, only a very small part. We’re just going to give him every chance to get back to full fitness and see if he can get near the team by the end of the season."

Winger Lewis Young, who spent a lot of time with Ralph in the treatment room during that time, has turned out on trial for League One side Carlisle United. Having spent part of the 2013-14 season with Conference National club Aldershot Town, Young has turned up at Brunton Park, playing in a Reserve Team match against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.


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5 February 2014 : Frome Count Cost Of Cup Withdrawal As County FA Consider Action
Yeovil Town's intended Somerset Premier Cup opponents Frome Town have expressed disappointment that their Quarter-Final tie at Badgers Hill will no longer be taking place. The Robins were due to host the match later this month but that will no longer happen, with yesterday's news that the Glovers have withdrawn from the competition, blaming a fixture backlog for the decision.

From Chairman Jeremy Alderman believes the decision to not stage the match will cost his club in the region of £4,000 in lost revenue on the day of the game, given that they were anticipating a lot of locals to attend the match:

"It's a massive loss financially to the Club as there was a huge interest in this match from around the local area especially as there are plenty of people from Frome who do go and watch Yeovil on a regular basis so we are probably looking at a loss of around £4,000 from this one game alone through bar sales, gate receipts, sponsorships and other match day revenue."

Alderman has added that he is sympathetic to the Glovers position, as well as appreciating the gesture to play a First Team pre-season friendly at their AlderSmith Stadium in the run-up to the 2014-15 campaign. However, he believes that the status of that fixture will not attract the same kind of numbers to the ground:

"We can understand the issues Yeovil have at the moment and like any Club league status always has to be a priority and as they have no reserve side or youth team to help fulfil the fixture if by withdrawing from the Premier Cup it gives them an extra chance of staying in the Championship it will be the right decision for them and we wish them well in their retaining their status. A pre-season game is certainly a welcomed gesture from them but obviously such games won’t be as well attended as this one would have been."

Meanwhile the Somerset FA have acknowledged Yeovil Town's decision to withdraw from the competition this morning. However, they state that there may be further action taking against the Glovers for breaching competition rules and have therefore referred it to a committee for consideration: "The matter will now go to the SFA Cups Committee to consider what action to take against the club for withdrawing."


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5 February 2014 : Upson Blocked From Facing Glovers In Crunch Match
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson will not be allowed to face his former club when the two sides meet in just under a week's time. The 24 year old signed for Millwall on a two-and-a-half year deal on Transfer Deadline Day for an undisclosed fee that was reported in the media to be worth around £100,000 to the club.

The Southwark News report that at the time of negotiations between the two clubs, that they agreed that the midfielder would not play against his former club, with the paper's main sports journalist tweeting: "When selling Upson to Millwall, Yeovil Town insisted that he would not be allowed to play against them next Tuesday. So Ed Upson is ineligible for that game."

The two sides meet at Huish Park on Tuesday 11th February, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off in what is likely to be a classic 'six pointer' given the Lions currently occupy the last safe position in the Championship table, and six points ahead of the bottom-placed Glovers, who need to claw back that gap if they are to retain their current second tier status.


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5 February 2014 : Off-Field Leeds Drama Not Influencing Johnson's Preparation
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will not be making any special provisions for the visit of Leeds United this coming Saturday, despite their current off the field dramas. Manager Brian McDermott was sacked on Transfer Deadline Day but the Yorkshire side then did an apparent u-turn by then putting out a statement the next day stating that he was still in charge.

The root cause of the confusion, which lead to McDermott missing their 5-1 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, lies with the fact that Leeds are midway through a takeover bid, with the belief that representatives of would-be future owner Massimo Cellino had initially ordered the sacking, only for the current Leeds owners to roll that back. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson said that he was aware of what was going on, but wasn't going to change his plans to react to that:

"No-one quite knows whether Brian is going to be with them or not going to be with them. It probably depends upon their takeover, but then again who knows? We don't know, but I'm not going to prepare for them being disorganised when they come to us. We're going to try to prepare for them being on top form, which it looks like they're on at the moment."

Saturday marks the first of four Championship home games, with Johnson believing that these will probably define his club's season. Matches against Leeds, Millwall, Watford and Doncaster Rovers include two 'six pointers' and he

"They become big games now - these four games at least. I know we've got an away game in there against Wigan (now rearranged for March), but we've got four home games coming up that are going to be vital towards our season. I did see good things against Forest, in that we were a bit better on certain occasions at keeping the ball, and that's what we've got to do against the teams in the top half."

McDermott himself has been willing to return to the Elland Road training ground this week, having been given assurances by the club's current owners that he is still in charge of proceedings. However, he admits that is a precarious situation given the message the prospective owners gave him:

"It is very odd. You have to be the owner of the football club to bring players to that football club and sack the manager, so I did think it was strange to say the least. Clearly, the ownership needs to be resolved very, very quickly. I’m Leeds United manager and I want to remain Leeds United manager. Whoever is going to be the owner in the future, I do not know. There’s no point in me speculating, but I have had assurances from the current owners! I have no idea if my position is now more secure than it was on Friday. I can’t even answer you [as to] if I will be manager at the weekend."


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4 February 2014 : Glovers Withdraw From County Cup Competition
Yeovil Town have announced that they are planning to withdraw from the Somerset Premier Cup competition. They had reached the 2013-14 season Quarter Final stages and were due to play Frome Town at Badgers Hill later this month but had not arranged a date for the tie.

Now they have stated that they will be "unable to fulfil its fixture against Frome Town" citing the club's fixture backlog as the reason for their withdrawal, along with first team injuries and lack of Reserve and Youth Team set-ups. Frome will therefore receive a walk-over into the Semi-Final stages.

The club have said that they plan to address Frome's lost revenue from the tie by offering them a pre-season friendly at Badgers Hill, in the run-up to the 2014-15 season, and will allow them to keep all gate revenue from the match.


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4 February 2014 : Food Store Plans To Finally Be Heard Next Month
Yeovil Town's long-standing Food Store application looks as though it will finally be heard by South Somerset District Council early next month. The plans, which involved selling land to the north of the Huish Park stadium to a third party Retail Developer headed up by Chris Dawson of CDS International involve building a supermarket across the two training pitches at the ground, along with the current away end car park, as well as changing the current access route into the main car park.

The original application to SSDC was made on January 31st 2012 and had run into problems after Council officials and other interested parties criticised it for breaching local and national planning laws. As a result the application has been dormant for nearly a year, with the last update on the SSDC website coming on February 13th 2013.

Now it has awoken, with the club putting a date of March 5th 2014 when it will go before the Area South Planning Committee to be finally determined. Yeovil Town had previously requested delays on the application whilst they attempted to resolve some of the Council's concerns, albeit without any public sign that they had managed to do so. Now it appears that the club feel those issues have been resolved and are willing to have it formally assessed under those planning laws.

The club have also for the first time put on the record their threats to leave Huish Park, which were first mooted last December, albeit by a third party source. Now they have made that threat explicit, with Chairman John Fry saying that they would leave the town of Yeovil for an alternative side if they could not build the Food Store:

"It cannot afford to be held back and it would be a disaster for the town of Yeovil, if the club was forced to look elsewhere to move forward. I would therefore implore the Council to work with us as partners to bring our long standing negotiations to an end to benefit the community of Yeovil and our supporters."

The statement makes no explicit sign of any actual Stadium Development being under discussion as part of the March 2014 submission, with Mr Fry describing it as "planning proposals for the development for the north end of the Huish Park site." That said, the waters are muddied somewhat by the club's statement indicating that they "will finally be submitting their long awaited planning application for the development of Huish Park - despite one having been on the table for over two years.

Finally the club's statement claims that their submission to the Council would be part of a move to bring Premier League football to Huish Park by the year 2034, suggesting that the approval of the plans would help the club grow:

"Realising the development potential of the Huish Park site is absolutely essential in order to raise the necessary capital to compete with the bigger clubs in the Football League. This will help to attract the right investment partnership in order to sustain the club's progress and achieve it's mission goals of Premier League football within 20 years."


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4 February 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Leeds United
Officials for Yeovil Town's home Championship match against Leeds United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 8th February 2014, with a 12.15p.m. kick-off and is live on Sky Sports. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

We've only had Mr Tierney three times as a match referee, but his first was a game in which the 341 travelling fans who were present at the game will vividly remember him for. The December 2009 fixture against Milton Keynes Dons saw Mr Tierney bottle a sending off when Dons defender David McCracken took out Glovers striker Dean Bowditch whilst he was clean through on goal. It was difficult to see how it could be anything other than a professional foul - somehow Mr Tierney disagreed, and the Glovers ultimately let their 2-0 advantage slip, gaining only a 2-2 draw in a match where they should have been playing three-quarters of the match with 10 men.

In the post-match interviews, even Dons manager Paul Ince admitted he had expected a red card, whilst Glovers boss Terry Skiverton was rather more forthright saying in his post-match interview, "we are being let down by people not brave enough to make decisions" and suggesting that such refereeing decisions were making his club a laughing stock in the Football League.

Our second and third sightings of Mr Tierney were a lot less eventful from his point of view - one was the 3-1 defeat at Hartlepool United in April 2011. No suggestions that he was responsible for that - we brought the result upon ourselves, and he only issued one yellow card in the final minute of the match.

Most recently we saw him for the FA Cup First Round match against Hereford United in November 2011. We won the match 3-0 and from our point of view he had a decent game, with just three yellow cards. The Western Gazette had a minor quibble about one of those cautions: "Bondz N'Gala's booking aside, the official acted with logic and common sense" but otherwise he got through that game without controversy.

Part of the reason for the lack of meetings involving the Glovers is he was only promoted to the Football League's referees list during the summer of 2009 - the other reason is of course his Lancashire address. He does have a bit of a reputation for being a bit impetuous with red cards - he has dismissed nine players in 23 matches this season. However given that Sunday's referee Graham Scott had a worse record than that, and yet didn't produce a single card in the game against Nottingham Forest, it seems that even the most card-happy referee can have a quiet day!

Mr Tierney will be assisted by Andrew Turner (Devon) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Tim Robinson (West Sussex) who is also a Football League referee.

Link: November 2011 : Hereford United 0 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: April 2011 : Hartlepool United 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2009 : Milton Keynes Dons 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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3 February 2014 : Derby County vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday saw Yeovil Town travel to Pride Park for a Championship match against Derby County. All was going to plan when John Lundstram and Ishmael Miller put us 2-0 up at the break, only for the Rams to hit back during the second half, scoring three times to win the match 3-2 - including two goals in the final three minutes of the game.

As for Man of the Match voting, there was a significant difference of opinion, with six players picking up very similar numbers of voting points. Strike pair Ishmael Miller and Kieffer Moore, plus right-back Luke Ayling were all tied on the same points, whilst goalkeeper Marek Stech was just ahead of them. But it was the central defensive pair that got the thumbs up for their performances on the night, with Shane Duffy just about edged out by Byron Webster.

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

1. Byron Webster 36 (2)
2. Shane Duffy 34 (2)
3. Marek Stech 26 (2)
4. Luke Ayling 24 (2)
4. Kieffer Moore 24 (2)
6. Ishmael Miller 24 (0)
7. Joe Edwards 16 (1)
8. John Lundstram 10 (0)
9. Jamie McAllister 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.36
Performance : 7.09
Entertainment : 7.64
VOTES RECEIVED : 11


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3 February 2014 : Leeds United Seating Areas Almost Sold Out
With Yeovil Town's next home Championship match taking place against Leeds United this coming Saturday, a reminder that this match will have a high demand for tickets. The game takes place on Saturday 8th February 2014, with a 12.15p.m. kick-off and is live on Sky Sports.

As mentioned last week, this game is now an ALL TICKET fixture which means that you must have purchased your ticket (subject to availability) by the time the Huish Park Ticket Office closes on Friday afternoon. For those who live a long distance from the club, you can pick your ticket up from the club on the day, provided you've already bought it before Friday.

At present, there are only 300 tickets available in seated areas of the ground. Hence if you do need a seat, then you need to call the Ticket Office as quickly as possible. There are a reasonable number of home terrace tickets still available, but we'd expect those to start to rapidly disappear once the seated areas are sold out.

As a reminder, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be vetting supporters for proof that they are Yeovil Town fans purchasing tickets for the home areas of the ground, to minimise the chances of Leeds fans buying tickets in the wrong end. The easiest way you can speed up your purchase is to quote your Ticket Office Customer Number which is printed on Season Ticket Holder cards, but also generally supplied to supporters who have purchased 'day' tickets in the past on the printed ticket that displays their address when posting or collecting tickets. If for any reason you've not got that, then take some matchday tickets from this season, and something acting as proof of address/identity to avoid possible problems.

Call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or visit them in person during office hours if you want to make a purchase. Tickets for this game are not available online.


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3 February 2014 : Gary Johnson : Upson Not Up To Championship Standard
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has stated that he was willing to sell midfielder Ed Upson to fellow Championship side Millwall in the believe that he was not up to the standard required in the division. The 24 year old completed a Transfer Day Deadline move to the London side in a deal reported to be in the region of £100,000, but if Johnson is right, the Lions will be regretting that move in due course.

Upson made 148 appearances for the club across three-and-a-half years, and had featured in 28 matches this season, scoring five goals and is currently the club's joint top scorer. However, speaking to the Western Gazette Johnson has indicated that he didn't think that the midfielder was of the standard that he was looking for:

"You never want to lose one of your better players but over the past couple of months he hasn’t been one of our better players and for whatever reason he hasn’t come up to the standard of what we hoped he would in the Championship. He wasn’t in the team and was out of contract in the summer. He’s a fantastic person but when we got the offer it was an offer we should take with the circumstances."

The former Ipswich Town academy player was an ever-present in Johnson's side - when available for selection - up until the December 14th away match against Barnsley in which he was substituted. Since then he has made just two starts and five substitute appearances, although Johnson explained in early January that Upson was carrying an ankle problem that had been diagnosed as a spur bone, that the club were trying to treat through an injection.

In his final match for the club - against Derby County - Johnson directly criticised Upson for conceding the free kick that led to the home side's winner, describing it as "a stupid free kick to give away". That was to be his final moment in a Yeovil Town shirt.

Upson will theoretically get a chance to show Johnson how right or wrong he is in eight days time when Millwall visit Huish Park in a Championship match on Tuesday 11th February.


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2 February 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Nottingham Forest Away Game
Following Sunday afternoon's 3-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match thoughts, including updates on the injury to Joe Ralls plus news on Liam Davis can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Nottingham Forest Away Game.


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2 February 2014 : Slow Start And Poor Goal Frustrates Gary Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt a soft goal and a slow start had a lot to do with why they came out of this afternoon's Championship match against Nottingham Forest with nothing to show for their efforts. An own goal from Byron Webster, induced by Jamie Paterson's shot past Marek Stech, set the home side on their way to victory during a lacklustre opening 20 minute period from the Glovers.

That all changed when Kieffer Moore's equaliser from a Jamie McAllister cross put Yeovil back in the game, only for more slack defending that allowed Simon Cox to restore Forest's lead before the break. During the second half, Johnson felt that his side were matching Forest well until Rafik Djebbour killed the game in second half injury time, but rued his side's poor start:

"Nobody likes losing matches, but we have to be realistic. We started poorly and gave away a soft goal. It took us a while to get going, but once we started passing it I thought we had them worried. In the second half we had a couple of chances and until they got their third goal I thought we had them on the ropes at 2-1 down. We've definitely not given up and heads will not drop just yet. All we've got to do is keep learning and the boys have got to believe in themselves."

Having faced three difficult opponents in the form of Premier League side Southampton and promotion-chasing Derby County and Nottingham Forest all on the road, the Glovers have had a torrid run of fixtures, particularly given that trio was preceded by another top six side in Burnley. Gary said that it was all about learning from those defeats, and taking that into their remaining matches against Championship mid-table and lower-table sides:

"We've been fighting above our weight for a couple of seasons. But we're not shrinking violets. We make sure that we talk honestly sometimes, and sometimes people spit their dummy out and move on, or we move them on. The ones that don't do that, improve. That's what we have to keep doing. We're in this mini league near the bottom of the table there. We haven't played any of the teams around us for a few weeks. It will be interesting when we do. So we'll see whether we've learned from these big games that we've played over the last two or three weeks when we go and play the teams around us."

Forest last saw Premier League football in 1999, and have largely been stuck at second tier level since that relegation season. However, having now grabbed a healthy 5th place slot, Johnson added that he did see today's opponents as Premier League-in-waiting:

"Yes I do. They've just got that extra bit of quality and players to win games and that's what we've found with prospective Premier League teams."


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2 February 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's match against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, 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 Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town.


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2 February 2014 : Forest 3 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town stayed firmly at the bottom of the Championship table tonight, as they lost in the East Midlands for the second time in five days. Their 3-1 defeat against promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest came despite the Glovers having equalised midway through the first half during their best period of the match when Kieffer Moore scored his third goal for the club, having headed home from a Jamie McAllister cross.

The Glovers though had an extremely slow start to the match, and had fallen behind when Byron Webster turned a Jamie Paterson shot into his own net just 16 minutes into the match. Then in the run up to the break, Simon Cox converted from close range after Jamie Mackie put the ball back into the area following a parried Marek Stech save.

The game was wrapped up during second half injury time when substitute Rafik Djebbour bundled home a Cox shot in a second period where the Glovers had struggled to create the quality of chances that they managed in the first. They remain bottom, but must now take advantage of a run of games that will see them perform at Huish Park over six out of their next seven Championship matches. On that, their season is likely to be significantly defined.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Nottingham Forest 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Byron Webster (1-0, 16 mins, own goal), Kieffer Moore (1-1, 25 mins), Simon Cox (2-1, 38 mins), Rafik Djebbour (3-1, 90 mins)

Nottingham Forest:
1. Karl Darlow
18. Gonzalo Jara 16. Jamaal Lascelles 5. Danny Collins 13. Danny Fox
6. Guy Moussi 10. Henri Lansbury
12. Jamie Mackie 11. Andy Reid 21. Jamie Paterson
31. Simon Cox

Substitutes:
19. Rafik Djebbour (74 mins for Jamie Paterson) 3. Dan Harding (62 mins for Danny Fox) 9. Darius Henderson (68 mins for Jamie Mackie) 15. Greg Halford 28. Radoslaw Majewski 29. Dorus de Vries 39. Djamel Abdoun

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

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 12. Gareth Stewart 7. Kevin Dawson 10. Sam Foley 11. Tom Lawrence (40 mins for Joe Ralls) 18. Matteo Lanzoni (80 mins for James Hayter) 29. Adam Morgan

Forest Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Forest Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 9; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Thomas Rogers (County Durham) and Stephen Ross (Lincolnshire). Fourth Official: Wayne Porter (Lincolnshire).

Attendance: 21,393 (including 358 Yeovil supporters).


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2 February 2014 : Team News For Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's Championship match against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Striker Ishmael Miller is forced to sit the game out as part of the loan agreement established with his parent club last month, and his place is taken by James Hayter.

On the bench, midfielder Ed Upson has joined Championship rivals Millwall and so his place is taken by new loan signing Tom Lawrence. Unusually there are two goalkeepers named on the bench, with goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart included in the squad due to a shortage of outfield players to fill the spaces.

The team reads as follows:

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

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 12. Gareth Stewart 7. Kevin Dawson 10. Sam Foley 11. Tom Lawrence 18. Matteo Lanzoni 29. Adam Morgan


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2 February 2014 : Johnson Looking For Arrogance In Possession For Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson wants to see more mental toughness and arrogance from his players ahead of today's trip to Nottingham Forest, particularly when they are in possession of the ball. The Glovers have come close to matching teams like Southampton and Derby County, but the Glovers boss believes one of the root causes of their eventual downfall has been their retention of the ball, with both sides keeping far more possession during the matches than his own teams.

With today's opponents employing a similar style of football, Gary has said that whilst he is impressed with what his players do when they haven't got the ball, he has told BBC Somerset that there is room for improvement in terms of what they do when they get the ball back:

"Players have just got to show that mental toughness. They've got to show that getting on the ball, and they've got to be confident and they've got to be assured. We've got to be a bit more arrogant when we get the ball. We do very well in getting the ball back. We work hard - the boys work unbelievably hard to win the ball back. But we have to work even harder if we keep giving it away all the time. They've all got the ability to pass the ball. We said that Southampton, Derby and Nottingham Forest were going to be difficult games, because they play a possession game that is very very good. So we have got to go and win it back. But we mustn't give it back as quickly as we did against Derby."

The Glovers will have to make at least one change for today's match, with striker Ishmael Miller being forced to sit the game out, as part of an agreement set between Yeovil Town and his parent club. Speaking before he snapped up the attack-minded Tom Lawrence from Manchester United, Gary explained what his forward options were likely to be:

"Ishmael Miller can't play, so we've got James Hayter and we've got Adam Morgan. Kieffer Moore thought he had a problem with his foot but he's come through okay. He's had a little scan, but he's okay now and so he's available. So we've got to go there and believe in ourselves, like we did at Southampton early on and like we did at Derby early on - or certainly for a period anyway. In the last game we played against Nottingham Forest, we won the game, so it's not impossible."


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2 February 2014 : Gary's Transfer Deadline Day Interview
On Friday night, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson appeared live on the BBC's Twentyman Talks Back programme, just a few hours before the Transfer Window shut. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary talked about new loan signing Tom Lawrence and also his wider views on the transfer window and player recruitment. You can read that interview via the link below.

Note that the interview was conducted an hour or so before midfielder Ed Upson's move to Millwall was confirmed.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC On Transfer Deadline Day.


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1 February 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Nottingham Forest
For those supporters heading back to the East Midlands for the second time in under a week, the Ciderspace guide to Nottingham Forest is available to guide you on your way. Featuring the usual diet of directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics, a pub guide and other such info, you'll find it available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Nottingham Forest.


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1 February 2014 : Leeds Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss
Championship side Leeds United have announced that their new manager to replace Brian McDermott will be ... Brian McDermott! In one of the most bizarre 24 hours in football, the Championship side have put out a statement insisting that the former Yeovil Town player is still their boss, despite him not appearing in the dugout this afternoon.

Leeds put out a teamsheet to the press earlier today listing Nigel Gibbs as their Caretaker Manager - he took charge of his side today, and had a rather good day as they thrashed Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town by a 5-1 scoreline. Immediately after the match, Leeds issued a press statement denying that McDermott had been dismissed, despite their earlier teamsheet providing that first public acknowledgement of his dismissal:

"The club would like to make it clear that Brian McDermott remains our first team manager. He has not been dismissed from his post as has been suggested and we look forward to him continuing in his role with us in taking Leeds United forwards."

The events of the last 24 hours strengthen the claims that this is very much a power struggle at Elland Road, with Massimo Cellino attempting to take control of Leeds as owner, but with his tenure being delayed by Football League paperwork.

Whether McDermott feels able to return to his job is another matter - logic would suggest that this latest development has come from the club's current owners, but would only leave him in a job if Cellino's ownership bid falls through. In the meantime Caretaker Gibbs, who was McDermott's assistant, could find himself becoming statistically speaking the most successful Leeds United manager of all time!

In other results, Yeovil Town saw little damage to the immediate places above them, as Barnsley, Charlton Athletic, Millwall and Bolton Wanderers all lost today. However, Barnsley's defeat was at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday who continue their rapid revival, whilst Birmingham City snatched a late draw against Derby County. One club to keep your eye out for are Blackpool. They have now slipped to 15th in the table, having lost ten out of their last 12 matches, picking up just two points from their last 36 games available, and scoring only five times during that period.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.


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1 February 2014 : Officials For Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the City Ground on Sunday 2nd February 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

We've had Mr Scott for five first team games before as a referee. The earliest was the January 2009 home match against Huddersfield Town, which was Shaun MacDonald's debut for the club - he scored the winning goal that night. Our only grumble with Mr Scott that night was that he allowed Huddersfield's Ian Craney to escape with just a yellow card for a nasty tackle on Luke Rodgers that saw him crocked.

The second match involving Mr Scott was the 2-2 draw with Stockport County during the 2009-10 season. In that match, he showed a red card to Glovers goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, after he committed a professional foul on Stockport County striker Nicholas Bignall. We somewhat disputed how much Bignall had played for the penalty, but had no complaints about the decision to dismiss McCarthy once Mr Scott had blown his whistle.

The third occasion was the 0-2 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday. During this match, Mr Scott dished out a red card for Owls defender Jon Otsemobor for a studs-up tackle on Nathan Smith - many in the crowd felt that he should have also done the same to Darren Purse, who landed his studs - intentionally or otherwise - down the back of the legs of Gavin Williams, but Mr Scott either missed it or saw it as an accident. Certainly manager Terry Skiverton felt the referee had got it wrong. In between he gave the Owls a penalty - Otsemobor tripped in the box by Luke Ayling.

Next, Mr Scott took charge of the August 2011 home game against Milton Keynes Dons. Once again, the opposition were reduced to ten men, with Darren Potter the seventh yellow card of the day as he timewasted whilst on a yellow card. Whilst the card count was a little heavy, the decision itself couldn't be argued with too much. However, again Terry Skiverton felt Mr Scott had a questionable performance, largely centring around three first half penalty appeals. Whilst Skivo was guarded in what he said, the Western Gazette were rather more vocal saying it was "another poor performance from a referee at Huish Park. Waved away appeals for three Yeovil Town penalties but proceeded to award free kicks for lesser infringements elsewhere on the pitch."

Our latest meeting with Mr Scott as a man in the middle was not a happy occasion - the Boxing Day 2012 meeting against AFC Bournemouth was a dreadful affair from our point of view, although there doesn't appear to be any suggestions that the match referee contributed to this debacle. On a more happier note though, we have seen him on one occasion since - he was the Fourth Official in May 2013 for our League One Play-Of Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium.

Overall, Mr Scott does not fall shy of issuing red cards. During the 2011-12 season, he dished out nine of them plus 129 yellows across 38 games. Last season he was a little quieter with 108 yellows and eight reds across 36 games. However this season he has been extraordinary with 71 yellow cards and ten red cards after only 20 games - a statistic that would make Trevor Kettle blush.

Mr Scott will be assisted by Thomas Rogers (County Durham) and Stephen Ross (Lincolnshire). The Fourth Official will be Wayne Porter (Lincolnshire).

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Huddersfield Town 0.

Link: September 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Stockport County 2.

Link: October 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 1.

Link: December 2012 : AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 0.


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1 February 2014 : Glovers Fan Given Three Year Ban For Pitch Invasion
A Yeovil Town fan has been given a three year banning order for his part in a pitch invasion in an FA Cup match earlier this year. The 19 year old supporter was prosecuted for entering the field of play after the final whistle during Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round match against Leyton Orient on January 4th 2014.

Notable for having run half the length of the pitch whilst evading the chasing Yeovil Town stewards as the players made their way off the field, he was eventually detained after he had made his way back into the crowd. As a result he appeared in front of Yeovil Magistrates on Thursday and was ordered to pay a total of £180 in fines and costs.

More significantly he received a court-level Football Banning Order which prevents him from attending any designated football match over the next three years. Roughly speaking this covers all Premier League, Football League, Conference National and also international matches, and is governed by UK law. If the Banning Order is breached in any way, which may include being in the vicinity of a stadium on a matchday, then it is considered to be a criminal offence, even if the supporter concerned is not directly committing another offence at that time.


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