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28 February 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United at Glanford 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 Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town.


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28 February 2015 : Skiverton Pleased With Point After Iron Draw
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton thought his side had gained a good point at Scunthorpe United today, even if he admitted that results elsewhere had not done his team many favours. The Glovers drew 1-1 at Glanford Park, gaining a point that would have been worthy for the club at any other stage of the season, but looked less positive when weighed up against wins for relegation rivals Coventry City and Leyton Orient.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was happy to see his side pick up an away point, having suffered consecutive losses against Crewe Alexandra and Doncaster Rovers on their travels since his return as manager, and even felt that a second half chance for Stephen Kingsley could have given his team all three points. Leaving aside the effect other scores had on the league table, he saw it as a good point:

"It was a good one in the end. But to be honest I was disappointed that we didn't nick it at the end with the chance where we went from one wing-back (Liam Shephard) to the other wing-back (Stephen Kingsley). We'd been practicing that in training and I think Stephen Kingsley had a fantastic game, but it's just those gilt-edged chances that you don't quite take. I also thought James Hayter got into a couple of good positions when he came on as well. But the way that we started the game was to frustrate Scunthorpe. If anything I think we were a little bit too deep in the block that we put on, but we were countering at will. We got in a couple of times as well before Gozie's great strike, with Granty (Joel Grant) getting across and nicking the goal for us. So I'm pleased with the point, but in the greater scheme of things we've gone another point behind (from League One safety) and now it's two wins and something else to get ourselves out of trouble. So that is disappointing, but to come to Scunthorpe on the back of a really disappointing game at Doncaster, I think we've remedied that and we were definitely in it today."

Aside from Joel Grant's goal, the other big talking point was the substitution of Artur Krysiak due to a head injury, which saw the Polish stopper spend the rest of the afternoon in a local hospital. But Skiverton had faith in his goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart and explained that opposition striker Paddy Madden would not wanted to have faced Stewart in a 45th minute spot kick, given who he had trained with whilst practicing such things whilst he was on Yeovil Town's books:

"Paddy (Madden) came up to me after the game and said 'Anybody but Gareth Stewart!' because they've actually practiced penalties a lot together, so I think the timing was excellent. We were a little bit worried about Artur as we didn't know if it was concussion. He's gone off and I think he's at the hospital now having a CT scan, so that gives me more headaches coming into next week. But Gareth Stewart came on and I thought he was excellent and I thought his kicking was good. To save the penalty was good, but he couldn't really do much about their goal towards the end."


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28 February 2015 : Scunthorpe 1 Yeovil 1 : Grant Goal Cancelled Out By Iron Leveller
Yeovil Town had to settle for a point at Glanford Park, despite Joel Grant scoring a goal in his first start for the club for three months. Having been out with a knee injury since November's trip to Notts County, the Jamaican international netted from close range after Gozie Ugwu's shot had been parried by Luke Daniels into Grant's path, putting the Glovers a goal up at the break. But on the hour mark, Scunthorpe substitute Hakeeb Adelakun scored an impressive solo goal to level the scores. Yeovil had to play an hour using goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart between the sticks after Artur Krysiak suffered a head injury, but Stewart proved he was up to the job when he saved Paddy Madden's 45th minute penalty kick, awarded after the former Glovers player was brought down by Byron Webster. The point keeps Yeovil deep in the relegation zone - six points away from safety and now with a four point gap between themselves and the 23rd placed club.

The Glovers went into the match making two tactical changes, as Kieffer Moore and Joel Grant were given starting places, with James Hayter and James Berrett making way. Whilst that could have been a like-for-like swap, it was actually a formation change, with Kieffer playing at the back, whilst Stephen Kingsley moved up into a left-wing position, with Grant taking the right-wing slot in a 5-4-1 formation. The eighteen players remained as per last week's match against Gillingham, with Nathan Ralph the only other squad member to travel.

The opening 25 minutes saw Scunthorpe slightly edge proceedings, albeit without troubling Artur Krysiak's goal. Former loanee Jordan Clarke shot wide, whilst George Evans shot from distance but saw his low attempt go wide. Then Byron Webster had to put in a superb sliding tackle inside his own box to stop Gary McSheffrey getting a shot on goal. That was followed by a Clarke cross which Paddy Madden headed wide of the goal.

As such when the goal came, it was against the run of play, and probably with Yeovil's first genuine chance of the game. Gozie Ugwu broke clear on goal, and when his strong shot was only parried by Luke Daniels, Joel Grant had an easy chance to grab the loose ball and put the Glovers a goal up after 28 minutes - a definite bonus given the balance of the game up until that point.

The Glovers suffered a blow just five minutes after that goal, when Artur Krysiak suffered a bad injury that forced him off the pitch. A Gary McSheffrey shot saw the Polish keeper make a brave save, but in the process a Scunthorpe boot landed against his head, and after a lengthy delay he was helped off the field, clearly concussed, and was to spend the rest of the afternoon visiting a local hospital to get himself checked out. Gareth Stewart went between the sticks - his first appearance for 18 months, having last appeared for the club in August 2013 in a Championship fixture against Birmingham City.

Putting your goalkeeping coach in goal might have been seen as a weakness, but Stewart wiped out any suggestions of that by making a penalty save during the six minutes of injury time that had been awarded for Krysiak's injury. Paddy Madden was brought down in the box by Byron Webster for a fairly clear spot kick, but when the former Glovers player stepped up to take his own spot kick, Stewart - who would have been up against Madden on the Yeovil training ground on countless occasions - saved the attempt with his legs, to give the Glovers the lead at the half time break.

The much delayed second half invoked further delays when Nathan Smith and Jordan Clarke went down after a clash of heads. Both were able to continue - Smith with a bandage to cover his injury - but it was to shape a further stop-start theme to the game. Scunthorpe had tried a few tactical changes after getting booed off at the break, putting Madden up front, having initially used him as a right-winger.

However, it was to be a home substitute that gave them an equalising goal. Hakeeb Adelakun needed just six minutes to impress the Iron fans after replacing Tom Hopper, and his solo run saw him create room past Kieffer Moore, and to fire a low drive into the back of the net that gave Gareth Stewart little chance. Scores tied on the hour mark and little more than the home side deserved on the overall balance of play.

Terry Skiverton responded by revamping his side's formation, pushing Kieffer Moore up front and restoring the 3-5-2 that has been used in recent games. Joel Grant - obviously lacking match fitness - was replaced by James Berrett, who acted as the more advanced of the midfielders. They could have gone ahead when Liam Shephard's low cross flashed into no-man's land, reaching Stephen Kingsley but his Swansea team-mate shot wide of the target.

Scunthorpe created the lion's share of the chances throughout the afternoon though. Paddy Madden had a shot blocked for a corner by a great Stephen Arthurworrey tackle. Then Jordan Clarke found the legs of Gareth Stewart stop his attempt to score against his former club, but the ball went out for a corner. The disappointment was how little Yeovil created at the other end, with the six minutes of second half injury time just fizzling out, with seemingly both sides being content to play out for the draw, when for the Glovers all three points were in reality needed. Six points short of safety - with goal difference at a disadvantage - wins are really needed for the Glovers right now, even if a draw against a much-improved Scunthorpe side would normally be a worthwhile result.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Scunthorpe United 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Joel Grant (0-1, 28 mins), Hakeeb Adelakun (1-1, 61 mins)

Scunthorpe United:
26. Luke Daniels
33. Jordan Clarke 37. Alex Davey 6. Niall Canavan 17. Conor Townsend
9. Paddy Madden 15. George Evans 22. Liam O'Neil 28. Gary McSheffrey
35. Isaiah Osbourne
34. Tom Hopper

Substitutes:
4. Sean McAllister (90 mins for George Evans) 10. Kevin van Veen (84 mins for Gary McSheffrey) 16. Hakeeb Adelakun (55 mins for Tom Hopper) 25. Andrew Boyce 29. Kyle Wootton 32. Miguel Angel Llera 39. Joe Anyon

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 27. Byron Webster 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart (36 mins for Artur Krysiak) 8. James Berrett (69 mins for Joel Grant) 9. James Hayter (79 mins for Kieffer Moore) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 19. Liam Davis 24. Craig Eastmond 29. Adam Morgan

Scunthorpe Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (foul, 72 mins)

Scunthorpe Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 3.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 1; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire). Assistant Referees: Gary Hilton (Lancashire) and Simon Mather (Manchester). Fourth Official: Wayne Grunnill (East Yorkshire).

Attendance: 3,783 (with 135 Yeovil supporters).


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28 February 2015 : Team News For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Scunthorpe United. Joel Grant makes his first start for the club since November, having been out with a long term knee injury, whilst Kieffer Moore also returns, having sat on the bench last weekend. They replace James Berrett and James Hayter but in a revised formation that will see Gozie Ugwu operate as a lone striker.

The squad itself is unchanged bar those two swaps. Club captain Joe Edwards (ankle) misses his third consecutive match. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle/foot) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are currently going through rehabilitation after their long term injuries.

The line-up for this afternoon is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 27. Byron Webster 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 19. Liam Davis 24. Craig Eastmond 29. Adam Morgan


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28 February 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Gillingham : Man of the Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town played a League One home match against Gillingham at Huish Park. The end result was a 2-2 draw and a rather topsy-turvy game as Gozie Ugwu put the Glovers a goal up, only for the Kent side to hit back twice in the second half and seemingly steal all three points. That was until Adam Morgan's injury time penalty levelled the scores, after Joel Grant was fouled inside the box.

Man of the Match voting was almost entirely dedicated to three different players, who dominated the polling. Two of them were new arrivals during the week, even though Byron Webster needed no introduction as he slotted in at the heart of the defence. Swansea City left-back Stephen Kingsley was a proper debutant and he got the thumbs up from those at the game. However, the poll winner was one of the old guard, with Sam Foley once again coming out on top, and on this occasion by a considerable margin.

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

1. Sam Foley 440 (37)
2. Stephen Kingsley 194 (9)
3. Byron Webster 186 (9)
4. Gozie Ugwu 84 (1)
5. Josh Sheehan 72 (2)
6. Liam Shephard 40 (0)
7. Adam Morgan 38 (2)
8. James Berrett 20 (0)
9. Stephen Arthurworrey 18 (1)
10. James Hayter 16 (1)
11. Joel Grant 12 (1)
12. Nathan Smith 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.19
Performance : 6.92
Entertainment : 7.46
VOTES RECEIVED : 63


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27 February 2015 : Ladies Appoint New Youth and Community Officer
Current Yeovil Town Ladies FC first team player and Welsh International Helen Bleazard has been appointed as the clubs first ever youth and community officer. The new role is designed to help bring all aspects of the clubs youth teams, women’s teams and community projects all together, enabling greater participation levels and consistency across the club, as well as aiding in an even greater feeling of club unity in the Lady Glovers family.

First team player Bleazard, will be the key and main liaison between the youth and other women’s senior teams and will report to the Ladies board of directors on their behalf. Now the club has more than found their feet as a Womens Super League club, the board felt it was important to create a new role, in order to keep in excellent contact with the much thriving youth and community and to help development it even more, setting high standards across the different ranges.

Helen Bleazard - the new Yeovil Town Ladies Youth and Community Officer
Helen Bleazard - the new Yeovil Town Ladies Youth and Community Officer.


As well as a first team squad, the club also operates a development team who play in the WSL Development league. The other women’s senior team is that of the successful intermediate squad, who play in the Somerset County Womens League. There are then three grass roots youth teams, who play in the local girls leagues at age groups under fourteen, fifteen and sixteen.

With some exciting plans soon to be released around youth and girls football in the next month, the plan is to also increase the number of grass roots youth teams and to grow the club even more. Chairman Steve Allinson said of the plans:

"With the high demands of being a Womens Super League Club, it was important for the club to not lose its focus and commitment to growing the other areas of the club, so this new appointment is a very important one. Helen has really impressed myself and my fellow Board members with her ideas and commitment to the role. She will be working with Mark Porter who, with our main sponsor Jones Builders, has championed the development of our youth teams. We hope that the appointment of Helen will ensure we demonstrate to all our teams the importance we place on working as one club throughout our whole structure."

Bleazard who was once a Yeovil Town Ladies youth team player in her younger days, had this to say on her appointment:

"I'm very excited to accept this new role within the club and can't wait to get started. Having played in the youth teams at Yeovil when I was younger I can't wait to put our plans into place for the upcoming seasons and create a stronger youth ethos within the club. Hopefully in years to come there will be current youth team players representing the club in the senior teams."

The Ladies have also been boosting their backroom operations this week with the appointment of two further off-the-field personnel. Ben Tupman, who is the Managing Director of Westbury Packaging and a sponsor of the Yeovil Town men's club has become the Ladies' Commercial Director to help support the Ladies boardroom. In addition, Dan Cabell will be taking on the role of Commercial Manager within the Ladies organisation as they beef up their operations ahead of their second season in the FA Women's Super League.


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27 February 2015 : Skivo Previews The Scunthorpe Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League One match against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Skivo talks about captain Joe Edwards, the players who have recently returned from injury, and also his views on former striker Paddy Madden. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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27 February 2015 : Paddy Madden : It's Not Nice To See Yeovil Bottom
Despite having left the club just over a year ago, former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden admits that it is not nice to see his former club having slipped to the foot of League One in recent weeks. The Irishman will line up against the Glovers for the second time since leaving Huish Park, when he pulls on a Scunthorpe United shirt in a League One match tomorrow at Glanford Park.

Madden has told the Scunthorpe Telegraph that he has no doubts about where his allegiances lie for tomorrow's game, wanting the Iron to win a match that is vital for both clubs. However, he told the paper that once Saturday is over and done with that he hopes Yeovil survive the drop:

"It is not nice to see them at the bottom because I remember when we got promoted out of League One and it was a fantastic feeling. The fans down there are top notch so to see them struggling at the bottom is hard to see. The place is on a bit of a downer at the moment but if they stick together I am sure they will get out the bottom four and I hope they stay up. I hope we beat them on Saturday but after that I would like to see them go on a run."

Having spent much of the early part of the 2014-15 season stuck in the bottom four, following their return to League One this season, Scunthorpe have gradually climbed their way up the table, and now lie in 17th place in the League One standings - seven points above the dotted line and eleven ahead of the Glovers. However, they have stumbled in their last two fixtures with defeats against Preston North End and relegation rivals Barnsley providing a warning that they are not quite safe yet. Madden is therefore cautious of under-estimating his old team:

"They are rock bottom but just because they are there doesn’t mean it will be an easy game for us. We need to bounce back from the two losses but they need the points to get themselves out of the bottom four. Teams at the bottom are usually the toughest because they are scrapping to stay up so we have to make sure we are on our game. If we underestimate they will punish us."


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27 February 2015 : County Cup Quarter-Final Winners To Get Away Tie
The winners of the Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final between Larkhall Athletic and Yeovil Town have been given an away draw at the semi-final stages. They will face the winners of the Bridgwater Town vs Odd Down tie, who will gain the right to host the semi-final tie.

Bridgwater and Odd Down are currently due to play their Quarter-Final tie next Tuesday at Fairfax Park. There's currently no date for the Glovers match against Larkhall, which was called off on Tuesday due to a waterlogged pitch and needs a new date. The draw is as follows:

Bridgwater Town or Odd Down v Larkhall Athletic or Yeovil Town
Paulton Rovers v Taunton Town or Frome Town

Semi-Final ties are due to be played during the week commencing 30th March 2015 although that will obviously depend upon the Quarter-Final matches having been played by that date.


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27 February 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Scunthorpe United
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town head to North Lincolnshire where we play Scunthorpe United in a League One match. For those travelling, the Ciderspace guide contains everything about Glanford Park and its surrounds, including ticketing, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Scunthorpe United.


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26 February 2015 : Restaurant Offer For The Walsall Home Game
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to enjoy some additional hospitality around their matchday on Saturday can eat in the Glovers Restaurant as part of a special meal deal. The Glovers take on Walsall in a League One match on Tuesday 3rd March with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, and you can reserve a place in the restaurant by booking via the club's Ticket Office (01935-847888). On offer for next Tuesday's match is a carvery meal plus either a pint of beer or a glass of wine for the sum of £10.00. Note the meal offer is only in place prior to the game, although you can use the same bar afterwards.

You must purchase your matchday ticket separately and that the Restaurant operates under a 'smart casual' dress code. Football shirts will be allowed, with other clothing 'smart casual'. To place your bookings, call the number shown or visit the club in person.

Glovers Restaurant offer for the Walsall game - a carvery, including a drink - book now
Glovers Restaurant offer for the Walsall game - a carvery, including a drink - book now.



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26 February 2015 : Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Sokolik
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton is hopeful that he will get one of his long-standing injury victims back into full training a little earlier than he had anticipated. Centre-back Jakub Sokolik had damaged his cruciate knee ligaments whilst out on loan with League Two side Southend United - an injury that was initially diagnosed as putting him out until mid-March, but was later revised to assume that he would not take part in matches before the end of the season.

Today paints a rather more optimistic prognosis on his knee injury, with the Czech Republic player now going through a rehabilitation programme with the club's physio team. Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that they are now hopeful that he will return before the end of the campaign, and that original mid-March estimate may not be too far off the mark, with goalkeeper Chris Weale also battling back from a foot injury sustained whilst on loan at Burton Albion at the tail end of last year:

"Jakub Sokolik has been training like an absolute animal. He is desperate to get back. He's maybe only two or three weeks away as well, from an injury where we thought he might be out for the rest of the season. So those are really positive signs along with Chris Weale who is getting really close."

Whilst Sokolik won't be seen in action for the next few weeks, club captain Joe Edwards will continue his rather shorter spell on the sidelines. An ankle injury sustained at Crewe Alexandra has seen the 24 year old sat in the stands for the last two fixtures, and Skiverton confirmed that although he was on the training ground the midfielder would not be on the bus to Scunthorpe United this weekend:

"He's out on the training field at the moment, but it still hasn't (healed). We're having to be a little bit patient with him. It was worse than we thought, and in every game we think he's a little bit closer but we think it's maybe another week. That's a little bit disappointing but with the new recruits that we have brought in, we're not missing him half as much as how we did when he first got injured."

With a number of new recruits, Skiverton's squad has also been boosted by the return of Joel Grant and Liam Davis to first team plans, whilst Nathan Ralph (thigh) has also returned to training, having missed a small number of recent games. The Glovers boss said that meant that a small number of players would actually be left in Somerset when the team bus leaves Huish Park tomorrow:

"With the numbers coming back, with tomorrow's coach journey we're going to be maybe three or four short, where they won't even make the journey. So it's a really positive week with people fighting for their positions within the team, and that's only going to help us, starting on Saturday."


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26 February 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Bringing Leadership To The Table
The last few weeks at Yeovil Town have seen supporters have to digest a lot of new information both on and off the field. On the field we've seen multiple new players come in through the doors, whilst off the field the club gave those in the Alec Stock Lounge a lot of information concerning the club's financial position. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry attempts to wade through both - read it via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Bringing Leadership To The Table.


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25 February 2015 : Barnsley Take Johnson Jnr As New Manager
League One side Barnsley have appointed former Yeovil Town midfielder Lee Johnson as their new manager. The Tykes were searching for a replacement for Danny Wilson, who was dismissed two weeks ago following a poor string of results that had left them in 17th place and seven points off the relegation spots. They have turned to Johnson Jnr, who had been Oldham Athletic's manager before a compensation package was agreed with the two clubs today.

Lee has been given a contract at Oakwell until June 30th 2018, and the title of Head Coach, and he has brought Tommy Wright from Boundary Park as his assistant. He had been in charge since March 2013, rescuing them from relegation during his first few months, before achieving a solid 15th place finish last season. This campaign though he has exceeded most expectations, and leaves Oldham just two points outside the play-offs. In their statement Barnsley's board have outlined some of the reasons why they chose to pursue Johnson:

"From the outset the Board determined that it was seeking young candidates with strong coaching credentials and astute tactical awareness. A clear and attractive football philosophy and a viable plan to implement that philosophy was also sought. The Board also gave some credit for a knowledge of our Club’s current playing contingent, the teams in our division and proven ability to recruit players with development potential. Lee Johnson was selected as significantly the best of these (candidates). He met the selection criteria established and also produced a specific plan for Barnsley Football Club for his first 100 days in charge. This included a playing strategy, specific tactics, identified current weaknesses and credible recruitment targets to strengthen our team. He is honest, passionate and a good communicator. Lee believes strongly in fan engagement. He is ambitious and has a clear vision for the development of our Club going forward.."

First team coach Dean Holden has been given a caretaker role with Oldham Athletic, and he will be assisted by former Glovers right-back Adam Lockwood.


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25 February 2015 : Edwards Ankle Still Keeping Him Out Of Training
Yeovil Town club captain Joe Edwards remains an injury doubt for this Saturday's trip to Scunthorpe United, two weeks after an ankle injury saw him substituted at Crewe Alexandra. Having been an ever-present in the club's Football League matches, the former Bristol City youth product has been missing for two matches, and as yet acting manager Terry Skiverton hasn't hinted exactly when he is likely to return.

Speaking to the Western Gazette, Skiverton explains that there have been no set-backs during that time - but it has taken longer than exected to get the 24 year old back to full fitness:

"Every day he’s getting better and I’ve been told a couple of times that he’s not far away. It was worse than we originally thought and that’s when we realised it would be a little longer. We’re not rushing him; we want him back as soon as possible but we want him back to play for the remaining games rather than be in and out."

On Saturday, Sam Foley, Stephen Kingsley and James Berrett occupied the three midfield positions, and with Craig Eastmond an unused substitute and Fergus Bell not even making the teamsheet, the club are not short of options if his return is delayed. As yet there's no word on whether AJ Leitch-Smith will be able to return to the squad, having also suffered similar injury problems at Crewe that saw him limp out of the following match at Doncaster Rovers.


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25 February 2015 : Officials For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Scunthorpe United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 28th February 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Glanford Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Rob Lewis (Shropshire).

Mr Lewis is actually a very long standing referee at this level, but you'll have to search all the way back to March 2008 for the last time he was involved in a Yeovil Town match. That was a home match against Millwall in which we lost 1-0. Three bookings on the day across both sides, and not a mention of the referee in what was a poor game.

Just over a year previously, Mr Lewis had turned up for a home match ... against Millwall ... which we lost 1-0. In that February 2007 match he was rather more card heavy as Millwall ended up with five players booked, including two for timewasting. Largely he did OK, although he did deny Yeovil a rather substantial penalty appeal.

We first had Mr Lewis back in September 2006 when he took charge of the 3-2 win over Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium. Our first impression of him was mixed; he did some things well, but was a little too visible during the match, booking four Yeovil players, without bringing out his cards for the home side.

As for what's happened to him during the seven years that have passed since our last meeting, he dropped down to non-league officiating between 2008 and 2010, but it's hard to know why he's missed us since 2010 when he returned to League football. During this season, he has only taken charge of three matches, with all of them coming during this month, suggesting that he's had other commitments on his plate, although in other seasons he's put in a full set of games. So far, he's managed a modest seven yellow cards across his three matches.

Mr Lewis will be assisted by Gary Hilton (Lancashire) and Simon Mather (Manchester). The Fourth Official will be Wayne Grunnill (East Yorkshire).

Link: March 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

Link: February 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

Link: September 2006 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.


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24 February 2015 : Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town Is OFF
Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final tie against Larkhall Athletic has been called off tonight. The match at the Plain Ham ground has been postponed, due to a waterlogged pitch. The inspection at the ground was held at 2.30p.m. today, and a new date for the match will now need to be arranged.


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24 February 2015 : Plastic Pitches Rejected In Latest Vote
The Football League have - for the time being - decided against the re-introduction of artificial playing surfaces. At a meeting at St George's Park last week, the League tabled a number of motions, with the major one relating to a future cash boost for member clubs from 2016 onwards that we covered last week.

The League have also revealed that they took yet another vote on the subject of artificial pitches. Three years ago, the League's 2012 AGM saw heavy opposition to such a move, but by September 2014 the tide had turned and it looked as though there was agreement for such surfaces to be allowed at League One and League Two level, albeit without explaining how promotion and relegation issues would affect this. By November 2014 the tide had turned again, with a tied vote on the subject putting the league into deadlock on the subject.

Today, the League revealed that they had discussed the matter yet again, but that on this occasion the mood was to continue playing only on grass surfaces for the foreseeable future:

"Over the last 12 months, League clubs have debated the issues relating to the re-introduction of artificial playing surfaces on a number of occasions. Having considered all the available information and having heard from relevant experts at last week’s meeting, clubs have reached the conclusion that they do not wish to pursue the matter any further, as a majority of them prefer to play their matches on grass pitches."

The sizeable voting swing across multiple votes may be explained by what a club Chairman or a club Commercial Director may see an artificial pitch as offering, versus what a first team manager may prefer. Last November, Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper explained the logistics of trying to prepare for matches where one week a grass surface might be used, before travelling to another ground where a plastic pitch might be used, and the headache that would give managers as a result. The mood was that Chairmen liked the commercial opportunities such pitches brought, whilst managers saw it as introducing complications from their point of view. For now, the managers appear to have won.


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24 February 2015 : Director Stephen Allinson Explains Switch In Glovers Focus
Last week, Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson announced his decision to resign from the main Yeovil Town Board of Directors, after nearly 20 years worth of association with the club, including 15 as a Boardroom Director. His departure is not 'goodbye' as such, with his focus having changed across to the Yeovil Town Ladies, where he has recently taken up the Chairman's position, along with his previous role as Chairman of the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust.

Following his decision, he spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Charlie Taylor, giving his views on the progression of the men's team, as well as what led him down the path of focussing upon the Ladies game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC About His Resignation As YTFC Director.


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23 February 2015 : Last Few Places For Away Travel Club Fleetwood Trip
The Away Travel Club have a limited number of spaces available for their weekend away that will be centred around the Easter Monday trip to Fleetwood Town. The match takes place on Monday 6th April 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at their Highbury Stadium, with the chance to stay up in the Blackpool area for two nights.

They will be leaving the away end at Huish Park at 9.30a.m. on Sunday 5th April and returning to Yeovil Town on Tuesday 7th April. They will be staying at The Delton Hotel, which is the same venue that was used by the Away Travel Club when Yeovil Town played Blackpool last season.

The Delton Hotel - home of the Away Travel Club over the Easter Weekend
The Delton Hotel - home of the Away Travel Club over the Easter Weekend.


The cost of the trip will be no more than £120 which covers your coach travel up and back plus two nights at the hotel on a bed, breakfast and evening meal basis. To book your place on the trip, please ring Roger on 01935-475384 - you will need to pay a £25 deposit per person to book your place. There are only around five rooms left. The option to pay in instalments is available.

Link: Ticketing For Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town Reserves.

Link: Ticketing For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

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


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23 February 2015 : Yeovil Town Ladies Shock Super League Champions In Friendly
Yesterday afternoon saw Yeovil Town Ladies on the road as part of their pre-season preparations for next month's FA Women's Super League kick-off. The Glovers certainly decided to pick tough opposition, travelling to play a Liverpool Ladies side that had won the Super League top division in both 2013 and 2014 and had an unbeaten record during 2015 until Sunday.

Inevitably the home side created plenty of chances - striking the woodwork three times across the 90 minutes. But valiant defending, combined with the width of the woodwork, gave the Ladies team a base to build upon, and they shocked the Super League Champions during the second half when after winning a corner on the hour mark, a header from substitute Amy Wathan put them ahead, giving them the boost that they needed to see the game out.

The match scoreboard shows Yeovil Town Ladies have beaten the Super League champions
The match scoreboard shows Yeovil Town Ladies have beaten the Super League champions.


Next weekend sees the Ladies continue their pre-season preparations as they travel down to the far south-west corner of England. They will be taking on a Cornwall FA XI in what will be a 125th Anniversary Match for their county association, in a match that will be played at Treyew Road, home of Truro City FC. Kick-off is 2.00p.m.

Final Score: Liverpool Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 1.

Scorer: Amy Wathan (0-1, 60 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes, Ebony Dover, Natalie Haigh (capt), Ellie Isaac, Stephanie Williams, Shauna Cossens, Paige Stewart, Helen Bleazard, Corinne Yorston, Sarah Hill, Annie Heatherson

Substitutes: Stacey Pearson, Alys Hinchcliffe, Amy Wathan

Liverpool Ladies: Danielle Gibbons, Ingrid Ryland, Gemma Bonner, Becky Easton, Corina Schroder (Maz Pacheco), Fara Williams, Katie Zelem, Asisat Oshoala, Nicole Rolser, Kate Longhurst (Line Smorsgard), Natasha Dowie.


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23 February 2015 : Gills Boss Unhappy With Key Refereeing Decisions
Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh has criticised referee Simon Hooper's performance after Saturday's match against Yeovil Town. The 2-2 scoreline came via a 94th minute Adam Morgan penalty that was awarded after Gills defender Gavin Hoyte tangled with Glovers substitute Joel Grant inside the penalty box, with Hoyte trying to shield the ball back to his goalkeeper Stuart Nelson.

That led to a spot kick and a chance for Yeovil Town to secure a draw via Morgan's conversion, but Edinburgh said after the game that he felt referee Hooper should have blown for a free kick in the other direction, suggesting that it was Joel Grant doing the fouling:

"It is certainly not a penalty, I have reviewed it on the DVD, but I have got to be careful what I say because I don't want to be paying anyone any money (to the FA), but I am sure the ref won't sleep well tonight. If anything it's a foul on Gavin Hoyte, he has come through the back of him. He has got it totally wrong. Not slightly, totally."

Edinburgh admitted his side were below par during an opening 45 minutes where the Glovers took a deserved lead, through Gozie Ugwu's fourth goal in eight appearances for the club, after he took advantage of a Byron Webster flick-on from Sam Foley's free kick. Even then, Edinburgh felt that goal shouldn't have stood, claiming that Ugwu was stood in an offside position when he received the ball. However, he admitted that on the balance of play that it wasn't until the second half that he was happy with what he saw from his side:

"In the first half we would have taken a point, as we were slow and had no cohesion and we were certainly second best. But we showed great character because I was disappointed in the first half and I wasn't happy with any of them, we had a few words at half-time because we fell below the standards we have set ourselves. In the second half we restricted them to a lot of shots from outside the box so there was a lot of improvement in the second half and a lot to be pleased about. The ref has played a big part in both their goals, we didn't think it was a free-kick and the players think he is standing in an offside position."


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23 February 2015 : Ticketing For Larkhall Athletic vs Yeovil Town Reserves
Ticket prices for Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final are now available. The match against Southern League side Larkhall Athletic takes place on Tuesday 24th February with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Larkhall's Plain Ham Ground and will almost certainly feature an eleven built around those players who did not feature heavily in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Gillingham. Prices for the game are set as follows:

Adults: £7.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-10s: FREE.

All admission will be via the turnstiles on the night of the game.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final Draw.

Link: Ticketing For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

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


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23 February 2015 : Sky Blues Fire Manager After Drop Into Relegation Zone
League One side Coventry City have fired their first team manager after falling into the relegation zone over the weekend. Stephen Pressley, who had been in charge of the Sky Blues since March 2013, has left the building with his final result being a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane over the weekend. Whilst that on its own was a creditable point, with three of the four clubs inside the relegation zone winning their matches, that pushed his club into the bottom four - a mile away from where a club of Coventry's standing would hope to be.

Pressley had been given a new contract at Coventry only last September, giving him supposed job security until the summer of 2018. His tenure at the Ricoh Arena lasted exactly 100 games, with 32 wins and 30 draws in that total. Unfortunately for him, his side had not won a match since January 3rd, with four draws and three defeats in their last seven matches, and the threat of relegation appears to have seen the Coventry board pull the plug.

The Sky Blues have given Assistant Manager Neil MacFarlane and former Forest Green Rovers and Leeds United boss Dave Hockaday the roles as joint caretaker managers for the time being. Pressley is the second boss to be given his P45 this weekend, with Peterborough United sacking boss Darren Ferguson on Saturday evening.


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23 February 2015 : Adam Morgan Talks About His First Professional Goal
On Saturday, Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan scored his first ever professional first team goal, as he returned from a lengthy exile on the sidelines. Following the match, local journalist Chris Spittles talked to him about both the goal and his time away from the first team in an interview for BBC Somerset, reflecting upon the 2-2 draw with Gillingham. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Adam Morgan Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Gillingham.

Other Gillingham related articles, including two Terry Skiverton interviews, a match report and also your opportunity to vote for a Man of the Match, can be found via the links below.

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

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

Link: Yeovil 2 Gillingham 2 : Late Morgan Penalty Rescues Point.

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


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22 February 2015 : Skivo Talks About This Week's Quartet Of Signings
This week has seen Yeovil Town bring in four new signings, with Byron Webster returning to the club on loan from Millwall, whilst Swansea City have loaned out midfielder Josh Sheehan and left-back Stephen Kingsley. On top of that Craig Eastmond has arrived as a permanent signing, shortly after being released by Colchester United.

Just before yesterday's match against Gillingham kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the quartet. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Terry talks about the role that all four players will have, including why he gave Byron Webster the captaincy yesterday, and what the end goal is for Craig Eastmond. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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22 February 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Gillingham Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Gillingham at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo's verdict on the game can be read via the link below.

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


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21 February 2015 : Peterborough Part Company With Manager And Five Coaching Staff
League One side Peterborough United have today dispensed with the services of first team manager Darren Ferguson and most of his coaching staff. In addition to the main man, first team coaches Gary Breen and Gavin Strachan, goalkeeper coach Jimmy Walker, video analyst Stewart England and first team sports scientist Marc Lindsey have all been fired, with owner Darragh MacAnthony confirming their exit from London Road tonight.

Peterborough have slipped to 15th place in the League One table, and although that still puts them only four points off the play-off places, that is a fair way short of what would be expected of one of the division's biggest spenders. Their last two fixtures have seen them fall to damaging defeats against Bristol City and today's 3-0 loss at the hands of local rivals Milton Keynes Dons. Within a few hours MacAnthony has confirmed that was the final straw, and although there is an element of 'mutual consent' in what he says, it seems clear the owner took the initiative:

"After speaking with Darren, he feels that a new challenge is needed for both himself and the football club. I’m personally very disappointed in our current league position, the performances from our playing squad and the fact that we have dropped way below our own standards that we set out at as a football club. It has not been our finest six months results wise or performance wise as a football team and my remit is to now go out and find a new football manager and coaching staff that will challenge and inspire these players to greater heights and to start fulfilling their potential individually and collectively."

Ferguson was in his second spell at London Road, having managed them between 2007 and 2009, but returned to the club in 2011. His first spell with the Posh ranks as the more successful one, even though both occasions saw him gain promotion to the Championship, for brief spells in second tier football. Overall he was in charge for 367 games across the two spells, and in addition to those 2008-09 and 2010-11 League One promotions, also gave Peterborough a 2013-14 Football League Trophy win. However, there was always the strong demand from MacAnthony that he wanted Championship football a third time - something that Posh's current form didn't point to.

Academy Manager Dave Robertson has been put in caretaker charge of the Peterborough first team, with MacAnthony aiming to recruit a new management and coaching team to replace Ferguson and his men.


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21 February 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Gillingham
If you watched this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Gillingham 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 Gillingham.


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21 February 2015 : Skiverton Left Stadium Rather Than Watch Last Ditch Penalty
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton admitted that he had to leave the stadium area when his team won a second half penalty to secure a point against Gillingham at Huish Park. The Glovers boss couldn't bear to watch when Joel Grant was tripped in the box in the 94th minute, with former Liverpool academy player Adam Morgan breaking an eleven month exile from first team football to score his first goal for the club and gain a 2-2 draw.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset after the gave that he was impressed with Morgan's 'brave' decision to pick up the ball, but admitted that he didn't see much of what went on, as he'd left the dugout and headed for the player's tunnel:

"He was a brave lad for stepping up in that moment and taking the penalty. I don't know if you saw, but I actually walked out of the ground. I went down the tunnel, as I couldn't watch it. Then when Adam Morgan picked up the ball up, I walked even further and thought I'm not turning back! Things happen in football. He had a few chances to go out and play on loan and he didn't really take those opportunities. So he was probably very close (to leaving). When I took over that I'd give everyone a chance, and that means everyone. I can't all of a sudden say everyone has got a clean sheet and then limit someone else. So I just said that if you step out of line with me, then you'll have the same fate. He hasn't so far, and he's got his head down."

On the wider 90 minutes, Skiverton said that he was pleased that his team's new 3-4-1-2 formation was working for the club, having changed the club's tactics following the departure of former boss Gary Johnson who had generally operated with a 4-4-2. The new Glovers boss felt that in terms of the first 45 minutes he was pleased with what he saw, with Gozie Ugwu giving his side a 1-0 half time lead:

"It was certainly entertaining. I think that in the two games that we've had at home and it's certainly been a rollercoaster. In the first half I thought we were excellent and I thought that the football that we played, and the recruits that we've brought in all contributed to a really free-flowing attacking team. We're trying to do it a little bit different, and we're trying to force Artur (Krysiak) to play it out from the back. We're looking to spread and we're looking to gain a little bit more possession of the football as well, and it's probably a little bit different from what the supporters have seen for a little while, because we've been really chasing games."

The Glovers conceded twice during the second period, with John Marquis and Luke Norris turning the game on its head. Skiverton felt that his side had been guilty of not being further ahead by the time Marquis scored in the 49th minute, and felt that had been an Achilles heel throughout the whole of the 2014-15 season in that they hadn't taken their chances when they came:

"Again our old (problems) came back to haunt us, where we'd put a team a little bit to the sword. I had a bit of a go at James Hayter at half time because normally he's very clinical, with Gozie as well, and we missed a couple of chances that were more than gilt-edged. When you're up in a game and the momentum is behind you, we could have put Gillingham to bed. But with the recent run of form that Gillingham have had they don't give up. But again it was a free kick on the edge and their lad has hit it well, Artur has made a great save, but we should be following in there. To give them credit they came back, and they came back even stronger after that. They penned us in and they are another team that has changed formation against us and matched us up, turned us and locked us in and made it really tough for us to play our football."


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21 February 2015 : Yeovil 2 Gillingham 2 : Late Morgan Penalty Rescues Point
Yeovil Town rescued a point at home to Gillingham this afternoon as a last ditch penalty gave them a 2-2 draw at Huish Park. Former Liverpool academy player Adam Morgan converted a 94th minute spot kick awarded after substitute Joel Grant had been brought down inside the box to give them a point that looked unlikely going into the closing stages. Gozie Ugwu had given Yeovil a 1-0 half time lead with his fourth goal for the club, after he scored from a Sam Foley free kick that Byron Webster had nodded on. But John Marquis scored early in the second period, and when Gills substitute Luke Norris netted from the edge of the box with three minutes to go, a home defeat looked on the cards. But the late penalty gave the Glovers some comforts, even if the hard reality is that Yeovil are now five points adrift of safety, with wins for Leyton Orient, Crawley Town, Colchester United and Barnsley damaging their chances of staying up.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to the side, with all three players having brought in during the week as new signings. Millwall loanee Byron Webster made his return to the club and was instantly handed the captain's armband, whilst Swansea City duo Stephen Kingsley and Josh Sheehan were given their debuts for the club. That left Ben Nugent as the club's 'sixth loanee', whilst AJ Leitch's leg injury saw him drop out of the squad, with Kieffer Moore the other player to miss out of the starting line-up. Joel Grant and Liam Davis made their returns to the line-up after three months out injured, meaning that the likes of Sam Hoskins, Fergus Bell and Alex Smith were sat in the stand, despite being fit - by far the biggest fit squad the Glovers have had this season.

The opening twenty minutes were one of few chances, even if the odd one that turned up went Yeovil's way, with Gillingham struggling to get into the game. Yeovil took the lead with probably the first real opportunity, even though 21 minutes had gone on the clock. Bradley Dack fouled Josh Sheehan and that allowed Sam Foley a chance to create yet another goal from a set piece from his dead ball skills. Byron Webster flicked the ball on, and as Gillingham defenders stood static waiting for an offside flag, Gozie Ugwu was on hand to fire home for the opening goal of the game and his fourth since arriving last month.

Thereafter there was only one dominant side, as Yeovil created multiple chances to extend their lead. Gozie Ugwu was a thorn in Gillingham's side and his darting run set up James Hayter, only for the striker to find two chances blocked - one by keeper Stuart Nelson, and then a second that defender Gavin Hoyte turned for a corner. Hoyte then blocked a second Hayter effort that went out for a corner, whilst Ugwu should have got one on target when he broke clean through on goal only for Nelson to come out and narrow the angle and do enough to encourage the striker to shoot wide. Gillingham did little all half, with only a Cody McDonald header that went wide of the target giving them any joy - they couldn't even force Artur Krysiak into a save before the break.

Gillingham's answer was to change their opening 4-4-2 formation at the break, and match up with the Glovers 3-5-2 line-up. It took them just four minutes for that to bear fruit. Sam Foley fouled Bradley Dack near the edge of the box, and Cody McDonald's shot seemed to squeeze through a gap near the edge of the wall. Artur Krysiak saved, but couldn't hold the ball, or push it away from goal, and John Marquis was the first to react, and fire home from close range.

The visitors were more impressive during the second period, and they had appeals for a penalty turned down when Cody McDonald and Nathan Smith went shoulder-to-shoulder in the box, with the Glovers player operating as a centre-back for today's fixture. Referee Simon Hooper had been trigger-happy throughout the game, blowing up for the slightest infringement, but thankfully choose not to put whistle to mouth on that occasion. Hooper was also responsible for the start-stop nature of the second period, with few chances being created from either team, and Gillingham not being in too much of a hurry to speed the game up.

Josh Sheehan's shot on goal was saved as Terry Skiverton rang the changes - Joel Grant's knee injury sustained at Notts County in November had kept him out of action for nearly three months, but he returned to training this week and came on as a substitute, replacing James Hayter. Shots from Sam Foley - parried by Stuart Nelson for a corner, then a Byron Webster attempt saved by the keeper threatened to break the deadlock - somewhat closer than a wayward effort from Adam Morgan who was brought on as a late substitute for James Berrett.

However, just as the Glovers looked the more likely side to snatch the three points again, their defence were caught backing off to allow Gillingham substitute Luke Norris to score. He unleashed a shot from the edge of the box to give the Kent side an 87th minute lead and to deflate Huish Park, given that with so little time remaining a defeat seemed on the cards.

But there was another final twist in the play. Gillingham defender Gavin Hoyte fouled Glovers substitute Joel Grant inside the box and referee Simon Hooper pointed to the penalty spot. With James Hayter off the pitch, and with so many changes in the squad of late, there was no designated penalty taker on the pitch, but up stepped Adam Morgan to grab the ball. He confidently struck the ball home for a 94th minute equalising goal in front of the home end to create wild - and possibly relieved - celebrations on the home terrace, and to give him his first professional first team goal.

With that went the final whistle, and despite the ecstacy of the injury time equaliser, there came a hard dose of reality. The 2-2 draw had to be tempered by wins for Leyton Orient, Crawley Town, Colchester United and Barnsley - only Coventry City in the bottom six failed to get three points. That leaves the Glovers now bottom of the table by three points, and with a five point gap between them and safety as Colchester lifted themselves out of the relegation zone. But without that late penalty, things could have been looking much worse.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Gillingham 2.

Scorers: Gozie Ugwu (21 mins, 1-0), John Marquis (49 mins, 1-1), Luke Norris (87 mins, 1-2), Adam Morgan (90 mins, pen, 2-2)

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
26. Stephen Arthurworrey 27. Byron Webster 3. Nathan Smith
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 35. Stephen Kingsley
8. James Berrett
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 17. Joel Grant (62 mins for James Hayter) 19. Liam Davis 24. Craig Eastmond 29. Adam Morgan (77 mins for James Berrett)

Gillingham:
1. Stuart Nelson
31. Gavin Hoyte 4. John Egan 5. Max Ehmer 2. Bradley Garmston
8. Jake Hessenthaler 7. Doug Loft 23. Bradley Dack 13. Danny Galbraith
10. Cody McDonald 9. John Marquis

Substitutes:
3. Joe Martin 6. Leon Legge 11. Jermaine McGlashan (46 mins for Danny Galbraith) 12. Glenn Morris 18. Josh Pritchard (89 mins for Bradley Dack) 19. Luke Norris (83 mins for Cody McDonald) 24. Brennan Dickenson

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (9 mins, foul), Byron Webster (83 mins, foul), Adam Morgan (90 mins, excessive celebration)

Gillingham Bookings: Bradley Dack (22 mins, foul), John Marquis (45 mins, foul), Stuart Nelson (90 mins, dissent)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 13.

Gillingham Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistant Referees: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Attendance: 4,293 (with 458 Gillingham supporters).


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21 February 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Gillingham. New loan signing Byron Webster comes in and captains the side, whilst Swansea City duo Stephen Kingsley and Josh Sheehan both make their debuts. Out go Ben Nugent who is the club's 'sixth loan', whilst Kieffer Moore drops to the bench, and AJ Leitch-Smith is missing with a leg injury.

Striker Jamar Loza has returned to Norwich City at the end of his one month youth loan. Club captain Joe Edwards (ankle) misses his second consecutive match. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle/foot) remains out with a long term injury. Nathan Ralph (thigh) is still out.

On the bench, Joel Grant and Liam Davis are fit enough to warm the dugout joining Craig Eastmond, meaning that Fergus Bell, Alex Smith, Sam Hoskins and the departed Jamar Loza are the players to disappear out of the squad.

Today's team reads as follows (with a slight question mark over the formation, and where Nathan Smith and Stephen Kingsley will fit in):

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
26. Stephen Arthurworrey 27. Byron Webster 3. Nathan Smith
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 35. Stephen Kingsley
30. Josh Sheehan
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 13. Kieffer Moore 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 17. Joel Grant 19. Liam Davis 24. Craig Eastmond 29. Adam Morgan


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21 February 2015 : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
Last weekend saw Yeovil Town make the trip to Doncaster Rovers in a League One fixture. The end result was a thoroughly miserable day and a 3-0 defeat as Donny ran out as easy victors, with goals from Nathan Tyson, Dean Furman and Kyle Bennett giving the home side an easy win in a match the Glovers struggled to impose themselves in.

Man of the Match voting saw two players come out as serious contenders on the day. Kieffer Moore played another 90 minutes as a central defender, and despite three goals conceded his performance was worthy of note. On top of the poll once again though was Sam Foley, whose central midfield role caught the eye of those travelling.

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

1. Sam Foley 32 (3)
2. Kieffer Moore 30 (1)
3. Artur Krysiak 16 (1)
4. James Berrett 14 (1)
5. James Hayter 6 (0)
5. Gozie Ugwu 6 (0)
7. Stephen Arthurworrey 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.83
Performance : 3.67
Entertainment : 4
VOTES RECEIVED : 6


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21 February 2015 : Former Trialist Stokes Agrees Sky Blues Deal
Former Yeovil Town trialist Chris Stokes will get his chance to prove himself at League One level, after he left Forest Green Rovers on loan. The 23 year old, who had spent a couple of weeks at Huish Park during January, has agreed a 28 day loan with relegation rivals Coventry City after spending two weeks at the Ricoh Arena, playing 90 minutes in a Coventry Under-21s match against Crewe Alexandra as part of that trial.

The left-back's stay in Somerset was ended just before Gary Johnson's departure from the club with the player's wages cited as being a stumbling block in terms of a deal being possible at the club. Around a week later he had headed on to Coventry, and will now be registered as a player for them, linking back up with former Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday who is a development coach there. He has been registered in time for their trip to Bramall Lane this afternoon, where they will take on Sheffield United.

Coventry are the team Yeovil Town currently need to catch in the League One table, lying in 20th place and with a four point advantage. They have slid down the table recently as part of a six game winless run, with their last victory coming on January 3rd, leaving them at the bottom of the League One form table.


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21 February 2015 : Byron Webster Hoping To Help Yeovil Out Of Trouble
Popular Yeovil Town centre-back Byron Webster returned to the club this week - albeit on loan from Millwall - as part of a quartet of signings that the Glovers hope will pull them out of trouble at the foot of the League One table. Webster stands by to make his second debut for the club this afternoon against Gillingham, hoping to add to the 98 appearances he made between 2012 and 2014, after experiencing a difficult first season with his new club, who have given him just nine league starts in a total of 14 appearances so far.

In the last two months, appearances for Byron in a Millwall shirt have further dried up, with just one start and one substitute appearance since December 6th, as his new club revamped their squad during the January transfer window. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Webster revealed that there were some conversations about him going out on loan last month, but nothing reached a conclusion. With little having changed in terms of his game time on the pitch since that point, he was more than happy to consider further opportunities during the emergency loan window.

With Yeovil's relegation rivals reported as being one of the clubs that had also expressed interest in taking him on loan, Webster clearly had a choice of clubs. However, he explained that given a choice between two clubs sitting at the wrong end of League One, he didn't want to be faced with a situation where he might end up playing for a side that effectively relegated the Glovers, and instead saw it as an opportunity to help save them from the drop:

"I tried in January, and I thought I might get out on loan then, but that didn't materialise. I've been working hard at Millwall, and I've been on the fringes there. So there were a few decisions, and a few clubs. But I couldn't go to one of those teams and maybe send Yeovil down. So I think it was one of those where I wanted to come and help Yeovil, and hopefully we can stay in this league. I obviously still look out for Yeovil's results. I wouldn't say it was an easy decision, but it was a decision that had to be made."

Webster explained that he was well aware of Yeovil's league situation, and had even seen the Glovers in action twice since his departure, taking in the away match against Bradford City that saw a 3-1 win, along with the club's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United. In those two games he had been impressed by what he saw:

"Obviously I know what the situation is, and to be honest in coming in, the place is a bit more lively than I thought it would be. There's still a few old faces in here that I know, and obviously a lot of young new faces as well. But we know what the score is, and we know what we need to do. I've been to see them in a couple of games. I went to watch them against Bradford away when they won, and also against Manchester United here, and although they lost Yeovil did very very well."

The 27 year old, who will remain on loan at Huish Park until the end of the 2014-15 season, felt that a lot of Yeovil's problems came down to confidence, rather than ability, believing that they did have a group of players that could escape relegation. He said that it may be a case of the team winning a few games in an 'ugly' way to get tails back up:

"Confidence is a massive thing and obviously when you're losing you're going to be down, whether you're playing well or not, as you still lost. So to pull out a performance against one of the best in the world like Man United, you've got to have some talent. So it's just about bringing that talent to the table week-in, week-out and maybe winning a game ugly and then building on that."


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20 February 2015 : Skivo Previews The Gillingham Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League One match against Gillingham at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim Shires, Terry talks about the new additions to his squad, and his future recruitment plans, along with his current squad size. He also talks about Saturday's opponents and the club's forthcoming fixtures. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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20 February 2015 : Cash Boost For Football League Clubs
The Football League have today announced that their clubs will receive a 'significant financial' windfall via two sources for forthcoming seasons. They have negotiated an extension to their existing broadcasting deal with Sky Sports that will see the current contract cover an additional season, including the 2018-19 season, with the Football League also having an option they can take up for the 2019-2020 campaign.

The initial four seasons of the deal are described by the League as "the most lucrative in The Football League’s history" with Sky planning to show 148 matches per season across the League's three major competitions - the Football League, the Football League Cup and the Football League Trophy. The deal will include highlights and clips from those same competitions, and take in television, broadband internet, Sky On Demand and mobile services.

Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said that the new deal would deliver 'financial certainty' to its member clubs, explaining:

"Sky Sports have demonstrated, once again, their outstanding commitment to The Football League and its clubs. In extending this agreement we’ve delivered greater financial certainty to clubs for at least the next four seasons which I’m sure will be welcomed in boardrooms and by supporters across the country."

The Football League have also agreed a new 'solidarity agreement' with the Premier League that will start from the 2016-17 season, that will run on a rolling basis. Whilst Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry said earlier this week that he was unhappy with the new Premier League deal, that sees the top flight division gain by the sum of £5.136bn between 2016 and 2019, the League themselves are giving it a more positive spin.

The governing body say that there is now a 'contracted link between the broadcasting revenues of the two domestic professional leagues' suggesting that if the Premier League get further windfalls through future agreements then the 'rolling' nature of the deal will see the proportion trickle down to smaller clubs - albeit with the vast bulk of the agreement seeing relegated Premier League clubs take their slice through the parachute payments system. Currently total central payments to League One clubs are around £900,000 of which the solidarity payments are £360,000. From 2016, the amount fed downwards will increase, although the League don't reveal whether that will be in line with the 70 percent increase that the top flight clubs are getting in new revenue.


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20 February 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham
Officials for the League One match between Yeovil Town and Gillingham have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 21st February 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Mr Hooper was promoted to the Football League in the summer of 2008, and we've had him ten times as the man in the middle, with nine of those being at Huish Park.

The earliest occasion was October 2008, when a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient saw him a little too trigger-happy in terms of stopping the game and failing to play advantage for both teams. We also weren't too happy about him missing a fairly blatant penalty shout for an off the ball foul on striker Scott Rendell. That was his first match at League One level, so some allowances should be made for his lack of experience at that time.

Next up was the August 2009 trip to play Huddersfield Town, where he was a late replacement as referee. He awarded us a penalty that day, and although we went on to lose the game, anyone who awards a spot kick to an away team at a stadium the size of the Galpharm deserves credit for a brave decision. The third encounter was the November 2009 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic. In a game played in atrocious weather conditions, Mr Hooper sent off Charlton's Sam Sodje half an hour into the game for a professional foul. Another brave decision, but to our (biased) eyes, the correct one. We had no other comments about his handling of the match.

Mr Hooper was at Huish Park for the September 2010 game against Southampton and we were a little less enthused about his brave decision-making. To be fair he had a decent game overall, and did give us one penalty for a trip on Gavin Williams, but it was his earlier decision to not award a spot kick for a foul on Andy Williams in the box that had us grumbling during the game.

Moving on to January 2011, he took charge of the home match against Milton Keynes Dons. During this match, he sent off Jean-Paul Kalala for an off the ball incident involving ex-Glover Michael McIndoe. No complaints about the Kalala decision, although our (extremely biased) opinion was that McIndoe should have walked with him. However, we did feel that the whole situation that had been brewing for the previous 84 minutes was partly the responsibility of a referee who wasn't doing enough to diffuse situations.

During 2012, he made two visits to Huish Park. The first was for manager Gary Johnson's first 'proper' game in charge for his second spell, having returned to the club at the start of that week. No complaints here about Mr Hooper's performance during the match against Tranmere Rovers ... except that he failed to finish the match! He suffered a second half hamstring injury and had to leave the field. He then returned for the opening match of the 2012-13 season, taking charge of the League Cup First Round match against Colchester United - zero yellow or red cards during the game, and a pretty tidy performance - on this occasion he lasted the full 90 minutes as well!

Mr Hooper took charge of the 3-0 win over Leyton Orient on New Year's Day 2013. In a match we won easily, he was responsible for "a great piece of refereeing according to our match report (yes, it's true - we praised a referee!) The middle goal that we scored saw a clear foul on Dominic Blizzard in the build-up that saw him blocked off - the match official waved play on as Gavin Williams continued a run with the ball, and that allowed James Hayter a chance to score our middle goal, all thanks to Mr Hooper letting the game flow. He had a decent game all round - just one booking on the day.

During our Championship season he was the man in charge for the March 2014 home game against Ipswich Town. We lost the game by a single goal in a game in which Ipswich's professionalism and organisation snuffed us out of the match. Hence no major complaints about Mr Hooper's performance, although his 68th minute booking for Joe Edwards for apparent 'diving' did lead to a few catcalls in his direction!

Earlier this season - and the most recent meeting involving him - he turned up for our September 2014 home match against Peterborough United. We may well have won the game 1-0 but that didn't stop us having a bit of a grumble about the number of contentious fouls that he awarded against us during the second period, and the way he stretched out second half injury time well beyond that initially signalled. Posh boss Darren Ferguon also had a pop at the officials' performance, suggesting that he should have red-carded

Mr Hooper will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 0.

Link: August 2009 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1.

Link: September 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Southampton 1.

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

Link: January 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Tranmere Rovers 1.

Link: August 2012 : Yeovil Town 3 Colchester United 0.

Link: January 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Leyton Orient 0.

Link: March 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Ipswich Town 1.

Link: September 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Peterborough United 0.


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19 February 2015 : Skiverton Still Targeting One More Signing After Quartet Of Arrivals
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton has said that he still has one more transfer target on his list who he is still attempting to recruit as one of the final jigsaw pieces in his squad. The new Glovers boss has made a string of signings this week, with the return of Millwall centre-back Byron Webster on loan, whilst 19 year old midfielder Josh Sheehan and left-back Stephen Knightley have both been borrowed from Swansea City. Meanwhile Craig Eastmond has been signed up on a short-term deal following his release from Colchester United.

Whilst Skiverton told BBC Somerset that this sudden shopping spree represented most of the squad changes that he expected to make for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, he explained that he still had his eye on one free agent, although wasn't willing to divulge what position on the pitch that player usually played in:

"We've got the majority of the squad that we are looking for. There may be one more that we're looking to bring in, but that may be at a later date. But this is it now. This is the squad that we've got and we've got to make sure that we start digging out results. I don't want to give too much away, but there's one that we've been talking to, and it's just about if something happens there. It would be a free transfer that we would be more than happy to bring in."

Having seen the Glovers have to deal with a large injury list and a small squad size throughout the season, Skiverton said that he was aware of the problems that caused when it came to selecting a team to put out onto the pitch. He felt that being even unable to field a full substitutes bench had hampered the club's progress this season, but revealed that he now had twenty outfield players on the training ground today:

"The most important thing is that previously the squad has been so threadbare, where there's been times where there's been only three outfield players on the bench, that's not ideal for morale or competition, to make sure the team players better. We've had one or two who will have a good game, and then in the next game they'll be below par, but then those people still get picked because there's no-one else here. So we've created a little bit of competition now, where people are going to be looking around to see who is on the bench, and who may not be on the bench, never mind who is in the starting team. With people like Joel Grant, Liam Davis and Nathan Ralph coming back into training, we've had twenty outfield players, and we've not had that for a long time."

Of the four signings Skiverton has brought in this week, Byron Webster is by far the most experienced, and of course a very familiar name to Glovers fans who saw him make 98 appearances for the club across a two year period. Skiverton explained that the club were fortunate to get hold of him, with unnamed League One clubs - named in the media as Colchester United and Bradford City in recent weeks - believed to be showing interest in taking him on loan:

"It's a great bit of business in getting him back. There were a few other League One teams that were interested in him that of course are higher up than us. But it's a real good testament to the lad for wanting to come back and play for us. He turned down another couple of opportunities to come to us. The Chairman (John Fry) dealt with the other side of things and making sure that it happened. Between the two clubs I think that we're both happy with the deal where we're bringing Byron in."


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19 February 2015 : Loan Extension Agreed For Liam Shephard
Yeovil Town have agreed terms for Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard to extend his current loan stay at Huish Park. The 20 year old has so far made six appearances for the Glovers, since being brought in on a one month youth loan during mid-January under previous manager Gary Johnson.

With that month having now been completed, the Western Gazette indicates that new acting manager Terry Skiverton has agreed with Swansea for him to remain with the club until the end of the 2014-15 season.

The Glovers now have six loan players on their books, with Swansea City trio Liam Shephard (end of season), Josh Sheehan (one month), Stephen Kingsley (one month) plus Millwall defender Byron Webster (end of season), Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey (end of season) and Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent all borrowed from other clubs. That will mean that for any given game, one of those players will have to sit in the stand.


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19 February 2015 : Byron Webster Returns To Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have re-signed central defender Byron Webster on loan. The 27 year old has agreed a loan with the Glovers until the end of the 2014-15 season, eight months after he chose to leave Huish Park and sign for Championship side Millwall on a free transfer. Having only made two appearances since early December, and only nine league starts in total, Byron has struggled to nail down a regular place in their side and so the Londoners have allowed him to go out on loan.

Byron scored nine goals in 98 appearances for the Glovers, across his two years at Huish Park, and was a mainstay of the club's 2012-13 League One promotion-winning side, as well as being a regular for the club at Championship level. His experience at the back will therefore bring a boost to a side that is a very young inexperienced team.

Welcome home Byron!

Link: Byron Webster : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 February 2015 : Stephen Allinson Resigns From Yeovil Town Board
Long-standing Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson has resigned his position from the Board. The decision marks a milestone from the club's Boardroom point of view, given that with the exception of Chairman John Fry, he was the last continually serving director from the club's non-league days to remain on the board.

Initially co-opted to the club as a non-board solicitor in the 1990s, he was briefly a director between March 1999 and August 2000 before stepping down for a year. He then returned in November 2001 and so had clocked up over 13 years of continuous service to the club, and almost 15 years in total as a board member. He is well-known in national football circles, having represented parties in financial and insolvency affairs relating to Exeter City and Cardiff City as well as other clubs around the country.

Stephen is currently Chairman of Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, and also recently took over as Chairman of Yeovil Town Ladies - a position he initially took over in an interim role, but has since been made permanent. With the increased time and responsibility needed to perform those roles he has decided to concentrate fully on those parts of the Yeovil Town 'family'. Stephen explained today:

"I have developed a very keen interest in the growth of women’s football and my recent appointment as chairman of Yeovil Town Ladies will increase my time commitment to them and deepen my involvement with the women’s game at several levels. I also want to be part of the team that takes the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust to the next level, and that will mean further demands on my time."

The current set-up of the Yeovil Town Football Club board (under the Yeovil Football and Athletic Company Limited) now reads as follows:

John Fry (Chairman) : Since October 1992
Norman Hayward (Vice-Chairman) : Since October 2009
Ron Budden : Since March 2006
Brian Willis : Since March 2006
Andy Rossiter : Since September 2010
Dave Lee (Company Secretary) : Since September 2010
Alan Chamberlain : Since July 2014


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18 February 2015 : Yeovil Town Make Third Swansea City Loan Signing
Yeovil Town have made their third loan signing from Swansea City of 2015. The Glovers have snapped up Stephen Kingsley, who is a 20 year old defender, on a one month emergency loan. Despite his age, he has plenty of first team experience, having been a regular in Falkirk's side before being snapped up by Swansea on a three year contract in the summer of 2014.

Born in Stirling on July 23rd 1994, he is a 5'10" left-back who has two Scotland Under-18 caps and six Under-19 caps. He made his debut for Falkirk at the age of 16 during April 2011, and went on to make 108 appearances for them, scoring two goals.

He will wear the No.35 shirt during his time at Huish Park. He joins teammates Liam Shephard and Josh Sheehan who are all young Swansea City players currently borrowed from the Liberty Stadium. The club's other loan players are Stephen Arthurworrey (Fulham) and Ben Nugent (Cardiff City), meaning that any further loan signings will be on diminishing returns given the Football League only allow a maximum of five borrowed players to be named on a single teamsheet on matchdays.


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18 February 2015 : Webster Linked With Yeovil Town Return
London paper the Southwark News is linking Yeovil Town with a move for former central defender Byron Webster. The 27 year old left Huish Park over the summer for Championship side Millwall, but has had a rather patchy experience there, having made just two appearances for them since December, and just nine league starts. The paper also claims that Colchester United are showing an interest in taking him on loan.

Webster left the club on a free transfer over the summer, choosing to stay in the Championship division, but the London press claim that Yeovil Town have made an approach to sign him, with the sticking point being that Millwall will expect any interested club to provide a suitable proportion of his wages to allow him to go out on loan. The article doesn't provide any quotes or sources, but was the paper that initially broke the news of Webster's departure from Yeovil to the New Den last summer.

Link: Byron Webster : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 February 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Target Fifty
Yeovil Town's last two defeats have been a bit of a nasty jolt to the system in the club's hopes of avoiding relegation from League One. Now back at the foot of the division, the Glovers need to start picking up regular points to survive. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers what the club will need to do and also some of the more recent tactical and recruitment changes that we've seen since Terry Skiverton took over as acting manager. Read that article via the link below, and feel free to add your own views on where we stand.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Target Fifty.


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18 February 2015 : Edwards Still Out For Gillingham Clash
Yeovil Town club captain Joe Edwards will face an extended stay on the sidelines after he was ruled out of Saturday's League One home match against Gillingham. The 24 year old had missed last weekend's trip to Doncaster Rovers with an ankle injury that he picked up during last Tuesday's match against Crewe Alexandra and it had been hoped that it was a minor enough problem to just put him out for one match, but acting manager Terry Skiverton has told the Western Gazette that Saturday's game will come too soon.

The suggestion is that Edwards' injury is not too severe, but that it will take a bit longer to clear up than was initially hoped for. In addition, striker AJ Leitch-Smith will also be a doubt for Saturday, having been withdrawn during the first half of the Doncaster game, with his injury also being traced back to the Crewe game. He has had a scan on that problem, with a club awaiting a response.

Winger Joel Grant and left-sided Liam Davis are confirmed as being back in full contact training, having both spent around three months out of action with knee and foot injuries - it remains to be seen how match fit they are likely to be this early in their rehabilitation. Left-sided player Nathan Ralph (thigh) is due to return to training today.


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18 February 2015 : John Fry : New Premier League TV Deal Risks Killing Off Lower League Clubs
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry believes that the continued strength of the Premier League risks 'killing off' lower league football clubs, as the gap between the rich and the poor grows wider. Last week saw England's top division sign a three year broadcast deal with Sky Sports and BT Sport that was worth £5.136bn to those top flight clubs - a rise of 70 percent against the current deal that expires in 2016, giving them increased income running through until 2019.

Theoretically, there is a 'trickle down' agreement between the Premier League and the Football League, dubbed as solidarity payments where Football League clubs receive additional funds as part of their central payments, depending upon which division they are in. However, based on the current 2013-16 agreement, 93.27% of that money stays in the pockets of Premier League clubs, or those recently relegated to the Championship under lucrative parachute payment agreements.

Currently Championship clubs receive around £2.1 million, bundled inside their Football League central payments of around £4.5 million, and AFC Bournemouth Chairman Jeff Mostyn believes the new agreement could increase that sum by about £1 million. However, down in League One the total central payments are around £900,000 of which the solidarity payments are only £360,000, meaning that League One clubs would only see a small incremental increase of a few hundred thousand, with the amount for League Two clubs diminishing further - solidarity payments are just £240,000, meaning that any trickle down on the new deal may struggle to reach six figures.

Mr Fry has been talking to the Four Four Two magazine about this situation, and he feels that the Premier League are swallowing up that additional money on player wages, and that it is ultimately killing off the ability for lower league clubs to compete against them:

"I’ve been chairman of this club for 23 years. It was tough back then and it’s tougher now. We hear about all of these sums and all our players look up and see these incredible amounts of money – it makes it harder and harder to be really sensible with our playing budget. As incomes in the Premier League go up, most of it goes on wages. That’s not just consuming valuable revenue but also detracting from what we’re doing in the lower leagues, because we’re trying to pay what we can afford. That leads to more unemployment, and it’s killing off the sizes of squads and potential for young English players to play football. I don’t think the elite player system (EPPP) is working overall. It might be for clubs in the top flight, but it’s not working further down."

Fry saw the Glovers relegated from the Championship to League One last summer, taking the club's overall central income from £4 million, back down to around £900,000 - a drop of £3.1 million, but the Yeovil Chairman believed that the financial impact upon the club was far greater than that:

"There’s very little in the way of parachute payments, from the Championship coming down to League One. All we got was £120,000, but our revenues drop as much as £5m. That’s the situation we’re in and we’ll deal with it, but listen, I’m in my 70s and a lot of the older generation are supporting clubs in the lower leagues. When they die off, who’s going to be left supporting clubs like Yeovil? For a lot of the kids around here now, Chelsea or Manchester United is the first-choice club and then it’s Yeovil."

Fry also blamed the saturation coverage of Premier League clubs on television, suggesting that when his own club's games clashed with Champions League fixtures that it brought crowds down, with a number choosing to stay at home and watch games on their TV screens rather than head to a local game in person. With OFCOM currently reviewing whether the Premier League can in future have Saturday 3.00p.m. matches televised by domestic broadcasters, that is clearly a concern to those clubs who rely heavily on their gate income, rather than central revenues. Fry suggested that it could 'kill off' a number of lower league sides as a consequence:

"The more you put Premier League matches on the big screen, it kills our gate off. When the Champions League is on and clashes with one of our fixtures, the gate drops off dramatically. Will the lower leagues survive? Will clubs like us survive? I think a certain number of clubs will wither and die. In 10 years’ time it will be a completely different pyramid as far as professional football is concerned. There will still be the upper end of the Premier League and probably a second tier – and then there will be the rest."


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17 February 2015 : Glovers Complete Eastmond Deal
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of former Arsenal and Colchester United midfielder Craig Eastmond. The 24 year old has penned a short term contract until the end of the 2014-15 season, after spending a week with the club on trial. He signs as a free agent, having been let go by his former club on transfer deadline day.

Eastmond is the second player to put pen to paper today, following the signing of Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan, who has agreed a one month loan with the club.

For a full profile of Ctaig Eastmond and Josh Sheehan, follow the links below.

Link: Craig Eastmond : Player Profile.

Link: Josh Sheehan : Player Profile.


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17 February 2015 : Sheehan Loan Deal Confirmed
Further to our earlier news, Yeovil Town have confirmed the loan signing of Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan. The 19 year old has penned a one month loan agreement under the Emergency Loan system, and will be in line to make his debut for the club against Gillingham on Saturday.

For a full profile of Josh, see the earlier news item, which contains a long range goal he scored whilst playing for Swansea's Under-19s side.

Link: Josh Sheehan : Player Profile.


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17 February 2015 : Swansea City Midfielder To Sign On Loan
Yeovil Town have taken Swansea City teenager Josh Sheehan on loan. The 19 year old midfielder has agreed a loan switch that will see him join right-back Liam Shephard at Huish Park, as manager Terry Skiverton looks to reshape his squad for the coming months.

Josh was born in Llanelli, Wales on March 30th 1995, and joined Swansea's youth system at the age of 10 years old, and was given a professional contract with the club during the 2012-13 season that tied him down until the summer of 2015. At present he's only made one first team appearance for the Premier League side - a League Cup game against Rotherham United in August 2014.

Aside from that he has nine Welsh Under-19 caps and two more at Under-21 level. This would be his first loan spell with an outside club. A journalist from the South Wales Evening Post indicates that the deal has gone through today, whilst the player himself has tweeted today:

"Happy to have signed for Yeovil Town on loan! A new experience begins!"

At present there is no confirmation of the deal having been completed, or of the length of the loan deal. However, given his age and experience, a one month youth loan would be the most likely option, to allow all parties to test the water first.




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17 February 2015 : Glovers Fan Given Football League Award For Voluntary Work
Yeovil Town supporter Pat Custard has been honoured for her voluntary work at the club. As a regular home and away supporter at Glovers matches, she has become a bit of a legend at the club for the variety of roles that she plays at Huish Park, as well as for the regular cries of 'Come on Yeo' at away matches.

To list out some of the tasks that Pat has carried out at the club would take a very long time, but they include proof-reading the club's matchday programme and taking photos of fans at away matches for the same publication. Added to that she has helped make sandwiches and rolls for home matches, as well as creating welcoming posters for away supporters that are put on display in the Copse Road terrace end of the ground.

Very typical of Pat's efforts at the club can be demonstrated when she helped set up a food van for the night that most fans queued for tickets for the recent FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United, that saw her work throughout the night to keep fans well fed. Despite having been up the whole night, she then went home and completed her proof-reading duties on the programme.

Given that in particular, it's highly appropriate that she has been recognised for her hard work for the month of January 2015, having been given the Sky Bet League One Fan Of The Month award by the Football League's sponsors. She will doubtless celebrate tonight, with a box of Ferrero Rocher!


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17 February 2015 : Ladies Unveil New Kit In Team Photoshoot Day
On Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies put their new 2015 kit on display, as well as bringing the whole first team squad together for a series of photoshoots, including the squad photo that will be used for the 2015 season. That will see the them compete in the FA Women's Super League for the second season, with matches beginning on Thursday 19th March, with a home match against Reading Women.

Pictured below is the Yeovil Town Ladies first team squad, along with Board members Mark Porter, Rachael Edwards, Chairman Steve Allinson and Club President David Mills, as well as their backroom and administrative staff.

Yeovil Town Ladies squad photo for the 2015 season
Yeovil Town Ladies squad photo for the 2015 season. Photo © 2015 Terry Fisher Photography.


A closer inspection of the back of the Yeovil Town Ladies first team shirt also reveals a few new sponsors, one of which is this site! We've sponsored numerous individual players for the men's club over the years, but this is the first time that the Ciderspace logo has appeared on a physical shirt associated with Yeovil Town. We're very pleased to have this tie-in and to be able to give the Ladies support for the coming season.

Yeovil Town Ladies first team shirt - complete with Ciderspace sponsorship
Yeovil Town Ladies first team shirt - complete with Ciderspace sponsorship. Photo © 2015 Terry Fisher Photography.


To coincide with their shirt launch and photo shoot, the Ladies have also opened up their own online shop where you can purchase replica shirts as well as other leisurewear. This is obviously a great way to support the Ladies team, as well as showing your club colours. The other way that you can support them is by purchasing a season ticket. With a fair chunk of the Ladies season taking place across the summer months on weekends when the men's team are not playing, it's easy to support both clubs. Season tickets for adults cost £30.00 whilst concessions are available at just £15.00. These give you admission to all FA WSL home games as well as Continental Cup matches. Head to this page to make your purchase, where you can also purchase tickets for individual matches.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies Online Club Shop.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : 2015 Fixture List.


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16 February 2015 : Jamaica Still Keeping A Close Eye On Joel Grant
He may have spent most of the 2014-15 season on the treatment table, but Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant is still attracting the interest of his international country representatives. The Jamaica Observer reports that Head Coach Winfried Schaefer and a number of other representatives, have been performing a tour of England during the past week to hold talks with the large number of international players that they have who are on the books of English professional clubs.

As part of their tour, the paper reports that they have held meetings with both player and their club manager to discuss future international plans, which include this summer's Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. The former sees Jamaica go up against Group stage matches against Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in a tournament that runs from June 11th until July 4th. That is swiftly followed by the Gold Cup which will take place between July 7th and July 26th. Whilst Jamaica are not one of the fancied teams to stay the distance in either tournament, in practice it means the competing countries may have to allow for up to seven weeks worth of matches.

JFF president Captain Horace Burrell, team manager Roy Simpson and Head Coach Winfried Schaefer have formed a touring party to discuss those arrangements with players that may form part of their international squad, and so are reported to have visited Rodolph Austin (Leeds), Gareth McCleary, Michael Hector (Reading), Adrian Mariappa, Dwight Gayle, Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace), Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Simon Dawkins (Derby County), Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) as well as 16 year old QPR youth player Gianni Crichlow as part of their tour, giving a feel for which players they have their eye on for the summer months.

Grant's own position is a tricky one, given that former manager Gary Johnson's views were that the injury that his player sustained during pre-season was in part caused by the 27 year old not getting a proper break from football last summer. After Grant damaged his foot on a gym treadmill, he has only made nine appearances for the Glovers, and has been out for the past two-and-a-half months with a knee injury sustained during a collision with Notts County goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

Although he is expected to return to full training this week, he is likely to be very short of match fitness, whilst his own contract is up in the summer, meaning that any time spent playing in international tournaments may end up taking place during a period when he is not under contract at any football club, and lead to him missing another pre-season schedule in the United Kingdom. As such, what may be good for his international career, may not be what he needs in terms of his club career.


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16 February 2015 : James Hayter Talks About The Doncaster Defeat
Following Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town striker James Hayter spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ron Walker, James talks about his return to his former club, and his views on some of the things that went wrong in South Yorkshire. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: James Hayter Speaks To The BBC After The 0-3 Defeat Against Doncaster.

Other Doncaster related articles, interviews and the Man of the Match voting form can be found via the links below.

Link: Doncaster 3 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Crash To Foot Of Table Again.

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

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

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


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15 February 2015 : Gary Johnson Sighted At Conference Match Yesterday
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is reported to have taken in a Conference National match yesterday, from the comforts of their Directors' Box. The 59 year old, who left his Glovers post earlier this month was spotted at Aldershot Town's home match against Welling United, according to fans on the ShotsTalk message board, witnessing the home side's 2-1 win that left them in 18th place in the Conference table.

Aldershot fired manager Andy Scott and his assistant Terry Bullivant on January 21st, and since then have been operating under the instructions of Aldershot captain Chris Barker, assisted by coach Matt Gray. Since Scott's departure, they've only played two matches - one win and one defeat - under Barker's leadership. He is the 34 year old brother of Richie Barker who is a coach at Milton Keynes Dons, but has only just started taking his coaching badges and so although he has thrown his hat into the ring may not be quite ready for front line management at this stage.

The decision of Johnson to attend the match at the Recreation Ground, and Aldershot's current vacancy may merely be window shopping. However, it is the first claimed sighting of the former Glovers boss since he left Huish Park, and at a club that needs a first team manager. Johnson has been linked by bookmakers to the Newport County and Cheltenham Town jobs, although as an out of work manager living in Bristol, his position in any odds list for a lower level Football League side in that region is inevitable.


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15 February 2015 : New Main Sponsors For Yeovil Town Ladies
With under five weeks until the start of the Women's Super League season, Yeovil Town Ladies FC have announced that the first team's main sponsor for the 2015 season will be Jones Building Group. Jones Building Group are a South West based company with over 30 years experience in the industry and have branches in Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and New Milton with their head office in Yeovil. They offer a range of services including design and build, renovation, maintenance and responsive works as well as painting and decorating and other specialist services. The company employs in excess of 160 employees and has an active apprenticeship programme.

Jones Building Group has shown huge commitment towards Yeovil Town Ladies in previous years, being an integral part of the ground development at the formerly known Raleigh Grove, which in 2014 was renamed The Jones Stadium and is home to both Yeovil Town Ladies and Sherborne Town Football Club. Club Chairman Stephen Allinson said of the sponsorship agreement:

"I am absolutely thrilled that Jones Building Group is our main sponsor for the coming season and I want to thank Dave Jones himself and all his Board for the faith they have shown in our Club. Commercial sponsors are vital for any sporting organisation these days, and as we grow as a Club, we want our sponsors to grow with us. I truly believe in the word ‘partnership’ for such relationships and we will be doing all we can both on and off the field to make the company proud of its association with us. Jones Building Group is a brand that is very well known in the west country and to be associated with it is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the club not only in the west country but also beyond."

Jones Building Group - new sponsors of Yeovil Town Ladies for the 2015 season
Jones Building Group - new sponsors of Yeovil Town Ladies for the 2015 season


Dave Jones of Jones Building Group said of the arrangements:

"We have been closely linked with the main club and Ladies team for some years and stepping up from the in kind sponsorship with ground improvements at Sherborne Town, to taking on the main sponsors role seemed an obvious transition. David Mills and the Quedam team have been a great main sponsor over the last few years and we are only too pleased to follow them and help maintain the superb progress the club has made. Our Managing Director, Mark Porter, recently joined the Ladies board to add further support to the development of the commercial income and financial reporting required to meet the FA governance process. We both hope that the directorial experience and financial backing of the Jones Building Group will help the Ladies achieve WSL 1 status."

The Ladies unveiled their new first team kit today at a photoshoot at Huish Park, as they start to ramp up their preparations for the main season, which begins on Thursday 19th March, with a home match against Reading Women at the Jones Stadium.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : 2015 Fixture List.


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15 February 2015 : Skiverton Decides Against Extending Loza's Loan Spell
Yeovil Town have decided against extending the stay of Norwich City striker Jamar Loza at the club. The 20 year old made five appearances - including four starts for the club - but had only managed to get onto the pitch in one of his last three matches for the club, and so his return to Carrow Road does not come as a significant surprise, particularly given that he failed to find the net during that time.

The decision takes the club down to just three loan players on their books - Stephen Arthurworrey, Ben Nugent and Liam Shephard - allowing room for acting manager Terry Skiverton to add two loan players to his squad - something that he hinted in his post-match interview that he was close to arranging during the coming week.

Link: Jamar Loza : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 February 2015 : Skivo Talks About Doncaster Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Doncaster Rovers kicked off at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ron Walker, Skivo explained his approach to the game up in Yorkshire. That interview is now archived via the link below.

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

Other Doncaster related articles, interviews and the Man of the Match voting form can be found via the links below.

Link: Doncaster 3 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Crash To Foot Of Table Again.

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

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


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15 February 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Doncaster Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-0 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ron Walker, Skivo gives his verdict on his team's performance, plus the latest situation regarding former Colchester United and Arsenal midfielder Craig Eastmond and Glovers duo Joel Grant and Liam Davis. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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14 February 2015 : Ruthless Decisions Needed By Skivo As Eastmond Deal Edges Closer
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton has said that there is a need for him to be ruthless in the way that they make changes to the team that they select and the players that they recruit over the coming week. Having witnessed this afternoon's 3-0 defeat against Doncaster Rovers that saw them easily defeated, the Glovers boss admitted that his side had shown some of the defensive frailties that had blighted the earlier part of the 2014-15 season.

Having only conceded four goals in their last six fixtures, the Glovers back line has been a rather more stable looking one during 2015, but today saw Nathan Tyson, Dean Furman and Kyle Bennett punish some slack play in Yeovil's own third to ensure the club's biggest away defeat in four months. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that even though he'd given a few players a clean slate after the change of management, he was concerned at what he saw out there:

"I just want to let our supporters know that we're definitely up for the fight and we're definitely still carrying on. We're going to be ruthless in what we're doing now, because the time has come to be ruthless. We've given people a chance and they've had chances, and this was under Gary Johnson as well. Now we've got to be ruthless in the way that we pick these squads. We've got to push on now, especially with these home games. We've got to make sure that we make them count."

Skiverton confirmed that a move for former Arsenal and Colchester United midfielder Craig Eastmond was still very much on, despite the 24 year old having headed back to London on Thursday night. The free agent has been training at Huish Park during the week just gone, and Skiverton said he still expected him to sign. On top of that he expects Joel Grant and Liam Davis to move back to full contact training, having spent the week just gone working with the club physios in isolation. He also reconfirmed that he had one or two other external irons in the fire:

"We've got one or two that we're quite close on, to bring in, to help this group of players because they definitely need a little bit of help. Craig Eastmond is very close to agreeing something with us. He'll bring that added experience, and there will definitely be one or two more by Gillingham. The good news is that we've got Joel Grant coming back this week, along with Liam Davis who will be becoming involved with the squad."

Striker AJ Leitch-Smith limped off 37 minutes into today's match, forcing Skivo to reshuffle his line-up early in the game. He explained that the former Crewe player had actually picked up a knock during Tuesday night's game at his old club, but they had been confident in training that he had overcome that problem. However, once he took to the field at the Keepmoat Stadium, it became clear that wasn't the case:

"He got a bit of a kick on Tuesday night and he said he was feeling okay, and got through training on Thursday and got through a light session yesterday. But as soon as the game started, he did a couple of jumps, and twists and turns and had to come off."

Skiverton will also be making a firm decision on the future of Norwich City loanee Jamar Loza, with the striker's one month loan deal running out this weekend. However, with the Canaries player having yet to score, and having made just one substitute appearance during Skiverton's three matches, it would be a surprise if a deal was extended.


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14 February 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 3-0 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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14 February 2015 : Few Positives For Skiverton After Donny Defeat
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton admitted that he could only offer one positive after this afternoon's 3-0 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. The Glovers were well beaten as goals from Nathan Tyson, Dean Furman and Kyle Bennett sent the Somerset side home pointless, and the only plus point that Skivo could offer was that the four point gap between them and safety remained unchanged - a guarantee for them given that 20th placed Coventry City didn't play today.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Skiverton acknowledged that his team were playing a Doncaster side with their tails firmly up from a 5-0 midweek thrashing of Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, and because of that when goalkeeper Artur Krysiak presented Nathan Tyson with a 'gift' when he spilled a Harry Forrester shot, having got their noses in front, Donny were going to be hard to break down:

"The main positive is that we are still four points away from getting ourselves out of the relegation zone. I think that's the main one after today. Again we started quite well, but on the back of Doncaster's game in midweek and a lot of players being so clinical, when they took that first chance which was a gift really from us it seemed to be an uphill battle after that. You could see why Crawley might have been run for five. We rode our luck at times, and we had to readjust our shape. I'm bitterly disappointed today but looking at the bigger picture of things we've got to make sure that we don't get too down from this. We've got a home game next, which was a positive for us at the beginning of the week. We need to make sure that we've got a real good working week next week, and we need to change that around."

Yeovil went into the match without club captain Joe Edwards, who had picked up an ankle injury during midweek, and they lost AJ Leitch-Smith partway through the first half when he succumbed to a knock that he had initially picked up in the Tuesday night fixture. Skiverton felt that in both games, it forced him to make changes to his team that he hadn't wanted to make, which hadn't helped their cause:

"Again coming up here without our captain, and AJ Leitch-Smith getting injured meant that we had to readjust again just like we did at Crewe. It seems that the beginning of such a good week has ended in a tough blow. For us it's just trying to go through. On Saturday when we got that result, we kept everyone on the pitch, but in the next two games we've struggled to do that. So we've got to try to keep our better players fit."


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14 February 2015 : Doncaster 3 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Crash To Foot Of Table Again
Yeovil Town crashed to a demoralising 3-0 defeat this afternoon at the hands of long-standing rivals Doncaster Rovers. The two clubs have followed each other up and down the divisions over the past fifteen years, but the gap between the two teams was a sizeable one at the Keepmoat Stadium as the home side won comfortably to send the Glovers bottom of League One. Rovers took the lead when Nathan Tyson tapped in from close range after Artur Krysiak had only parried Harry Forrester's shot midway through the first half. That scoreline was added to during the second period when Dean Furman was set up by Curtis Main's right wing run, whilst the match was polished off 13 minutes from time when Rovers broke away from a Yeovil corner, with Kyle Bennett giving them an easy win, in a game where Yeovil offered little as an attacking threat, and deservedly came home with nothing.

The Glovers went into the match missing a player they had not been without for over two years in a Football League match. Club captain Joe Edwards picked up an ankle injury at Crewe Alexandra, meaning that a 98 game run stretching back to the day that he signed permanently for the club was finally broken. His place in the side was taken by James Berrett, whilst James Hayter took the captain's armband against his old club. On the bench, Fergus Bell returned after his ankle problem, filling the hole left by the promoted Berrett.

Doncaster enjoyed the majority of the first half, albeit with the opening 20 minutes being a slow start by both sides. Harry Forrester's free kick forced Artur Krysiak into making a save, but that wouldn't have counted due to a linesman sticking up a flag for a push in the Yeovil defensive wall. But the warning signs were still there, with Paul Keegan's effort being palmed around his goalpost for a corner by Krysiak again.

Whilst the Yeovil goalkeeper had done well up until that point, he was rather less impressive when Doncaster took the lead at the midway point of the first half. Harry Forrester's shot on goal was only parried by Artur Krysiak, and the shot spilled into the path of Nathan Tyson who got an easy opportunity to plant the ball into the back of the net for what was a deserved lead. The other problem was lengthy treatment needed for Krysiak himself - a hand injury as he reached for the rebound, but thankfully he was able to continue, rather than have Gareth Stewart having to be introduced.

Krysiak had that hand tested shortly afterwards when Kyle Bennett tested him from a free kick deflected nastily, looping off a defensive wall, and forcing the keeper to change direction. Yeovil had done very little at the other end, with only a blocked Gozie Ugwu attempt that didn't even reach the Doncaster goalkeeper. Matters were not helped by AJ Leitch-Smith being forced off through injury, replaced by Sam Hoskins, and it was only during first half injury time that they showed any sort of signs of being competitive - a couple of corners forced and a James Berrett shot that had the sting out of it by a defensive block, but was the one and only time an attempt on goal had got as far as Stephen Bywater.

Second half action didn't change the pattern of the game. In a fairly inert restart, all Yeovil had to show for it was a wayward Sam Hoskins shot. Curtis Main was given acres of room down the right flank without a challenge, and cut the ball inside for Dean Furman to have the easy job of converting from inside the box to double Donny's lead. That was the cue for a tactical switch, as Ben Nugent was withdrawn - replaced by Alex Smith, as the Glovers formed a 4-4-2 to protect the flanks more than they had been during the first 57 minutes.

Gozie Ugwu planted a header into Stephen Bywater's arms for a rare attempt from him. Ironically, Doncaster's third and final goal came via the best Yeovil chance of the half - a Sam Foley corner saw Kieffer Moore's shot on goal blocked on the line by Dean Furman, but that was the cue for Doncaster to catch Yeovil out on the break. Having pushed up in numbers for the set piece, Yeovil were paper thin in terms of defensive numbers, and Nathan Tyson's run saw him supply Kyle Bennett, for a 3-0 lead and to remove any vague hope Yeovil had of getting back into the game.

That was pretty much that, apart from a James Hayter header going wide of the posts. To add insult to injury, Crawley Town won 5-1 at home, whilst Leyton Orient managed an incredible 3-2 away win by scoring their winning goal in the 11th minute of injury time. Added to Colchester's 1-0 win, this guaranteed that Yeovil sunk to the foot of League One. The gap to safety remains at four points, although only due to Coventry City not being in action today. Based on today's performance, the Glovers will need a big turnaround, in order to put things back on track.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Doncaster Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Nathan Tyson (1-0, 22 mins), Dean Furman (2-0, 57 mins), Kyle Bennett (3-0, 77 mins)

Doncaster Rovers:
43. Stephen Bywater
22. Reece Wabara 6. Jamie McCombe 16. Andy Butler 17. Enda Stevens
18. Paul Keegan 4. Dean Furman 19. Richie Wellens 23. Kyle Bennett 10. Harry Forrester
14. Nathan Tyson

Substitutes:
8. Abdul Razak (74 mins for Richie Wellens) 3. Cedric Evina 9. Theo Robinson (83 mins for Nathan Tyson) 11. Curtis Main (49 mins for Harry Forrester) 13. Marko Marosi 15. Liam Wakefield 32. Billy Whitehouse

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 20. Ben Nugent
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 5. Fergus Bell 14. Sam Hoskins (37 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 18. Jamar Loza 28. Alex Smith (59 mins for Ben Nugent) 29. Adam Morgan

Doncaster Bookings: None

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (60 mins, foul), Kieffer Moore (74 mins, foul)

Doncaster Match Statistics: Possession: 61%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 39%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire). Assistant Referees: Danny Markham (Tyne & Wear) and Robert Massey-Ellis (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Joe Clark (West Midlands).

Attendance: 5,950 (with 140 Yeovil supporters).


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14 February 2015 : Team News For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. Club captain Joe Edwards is out with an ankle injury, breaking a run of 98 consecutive league games since he signed for the club permanently in January 2013. He is replaced in the side by James Berrett, who came on at half time against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night. On the bench, Berrett's promotion to the starting line-up means that Fergus Bell returns to the squad, having been absent with an ankle injury on Tuesday night. James Hayter takes the captaincy against his old club.

Left-back Nathan Ralph (thigh) remains out with a short term injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle), Joel Grant (knee) and Liam Davis (foot) remain out with long term injuries, although Grant and Davis have returned to light training with the club's physio team and so may be in contention in the near future.

Today marks the final match of Jamar Loza's one month youth loan with the club. With him having been on the bench for all three games in Terry Skiverton's spell as first team manager, and having been substituted in Gary Johnson's final match in charge, there would be some obvious doubt as to whether the current arrangements with Norwich City would be extended.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 20. Ben Nugent
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter (Capt)

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 5. Fergus Bell 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 18. Jamar Loza 28. Alex Smith 29. Adam Morgan


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14 February 2015 : Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town made the trip to Gresty Road for a League One match against Crewe Alexandra. The match was settled when Nicky Ajose turned in a cross from inside the box 38 minutes into the first half. The Glovers tried to battle their way back into the game during the second period, with a myriad of formation changes that gradually pushed more players up front but without fruition.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielder Sam Foley impress, whilst Kieffer Moore got a chance to play 45 minutes as a centre-back, followed by 45 minutes as a striker so you could compare the two - results were favourable overall. However, the Man of the Match on the night was Nathan Smith, who operated as a left wing-back in the first half before switching to a more fixed left-back for the second period.

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

1. Nathan Smith 36 (3)
2. Kieffer Moore 28 (1)
3. Sam Foley 22 (2)
4. Stephen Arthurworrey 12 (0)
5. AJ Leitch-Smith 6 (0)
6. James Berrett 2 (0)
7. Joe Edwards 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.67
Performance : 5.67
Entertainment : 5.67
VOTES RECEIVED : 6


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13 February 2015 : Skivo Previews The Doncaster Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's League One match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Skivo talks about his opponents, why he felt Tuesday night's tactics might have gone a step too far, and his plans to properly sit down with Chairman John Fry in what has been a busy start to his return to font line management. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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13 February 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster Rovers
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town make their second away journey inside five days as they head up to Yorkshire for a League One clash against Doncaster Rovers. As a result, the Ciderspace guide to the Keepmoat Stadium and surrounding area has been updated with the usual range of ticketing, parking, directions, a pub guide and various statistics thrown in. You can find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster Rovers.


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13 February 2015 : Former Loanee Inniss Gets Deal With Valiants
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Inniss has gone out on loan for a second time this season. The 19 year old has agreed a one month loan deal with Port Vale that will keep him at Vale Park until March 14th. The Glovers don't play Vale at Huish Park until April 25th and so his initial agreement with the Valiants would not cover a return to Somerset at this stage.

Inniss made six appearances for the Glovers at the tail end of 2014, but it was broken up somewhat by a minor injury, a red card that saw him suspended for three games, and also matchday rules concerning the number of loan players that can be named on a given teamsheet at any given time. Inniss admitted upon signing for Vale that his earlier spell in League One didn't quite go to plan, but that he was hoping to grab a starting place in his new club's side:

"I was at Yeovil earlier in the season and it didn’t quite go to plan, but I know how competitive it is and I am a competitive lad so I am really looking forward to getting back in and among it. I like to take it step by step. There’s a game on Saturday and I know it’s not going to be easy to get straight into the side but I like to set my standards high and I am going to train as hard as I can and try to get in the side for Saturday. It would be easier to get in and hit the ground running so that is the plan. But if not, it will be great to be in and around it with the lads on a match day and get that buzz back."

Link: Ryan Inniss : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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12 February 2015 : Skivo's Five Year Wait For Eastmond Chance
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton has explained that his interest in Craig Eastmond goes all the way back to the start of his first spell in charge at the club. The Glovers boss has taken former Colchester United midfielder Eastmond on trial at the club for a couple of days, but first saw him as an Arsenal academy graduate during Spring 2010, when he brought in right-back Luke Ayling on loan from the Gunners.

Ayling - now at Bristol City - and Eastmond were part of the same Gunners youth side that did the FA Youth Cup and FA Premier Academy League double during the 2008-09 season, and by the time Skiverton caught up with Ayling, both were playing for an Arsenal development squad team. Ayling headed to Somerset, but Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he also tried to get Eastmond at the same time, but it didn't quite work out, with Millwall stepping in ahead of them:

"He's a free agent. I've always admired him because when I went to get Luke Ayling from Arsenal, Craig was playing that day and I tried to get him, but he went to Millwall. He actually scored the winner against us for Colchester about a month ago. He's got great experience. He's played in the Champions League for Arsenal. He came down yesterday (Wednesday) and he's been training today and we're going to have a little chat with him and see where he is, and maybe look to do something. It's not 100 percent, but we're going to sit down, talk to his advisors."

Skiverton also explained that Eastmond was not the only deal he was trying to line up, with a player who had recently been on the books of a Championship side also in his sights. On top of that, he was hoping to add to the number of loans that he had on his books and so had 'one or two' offers awaiting an outcome:

"There's another one that's mulling over an offer that's been in the Championship, and we're waiting to hear back on one or two loans as well. So there's a lot of activity that's been going on. Even when we were away at Crewe there was a hell of a lot of work that was being done behind the scenes, making sure that we are strengthening the squad for this final push."

Norwich City striker Jamar Loza plays the last match of his one month youth loan with the club on Saturday, having played five matches so far for the club. However, he has yet to score during his time with the Glovers, and there has been little sign that the club are in a hurry to extend their current arrangements, with Loza having been on the bench during Skiverton's two matches so far.


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12 February 2015 : Edwards Injury To Thwart Chance Of Reaching Century Milestone
When Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Edwards signed permanently for the club in January 2013, from Bristol City, he arrived back at Huish Park as a player who had managed two relatively short loan spells with the Glovers, and with only a small handful of City appearances to his name. At the age of 22, he would probably have expected to have needed a year or two in order to turn himself into a regular first choice player in a Football League side.

This weekend will almost see a remarkable sequence of games come to an end as the Glovers club captain seems certain to sit out the League One trip to Doncaster Rovers with an ankle injury. That will break a run of 98 consecutive league games that Joe has been on the pitch for, of which the last 96 have seen him start. When Joe returned to the club after his 2012-13 loan spell had been broken, due to his temporary return to Ashton Gate, he had to initially sit on the bench, coming on as a substitute during his first two matches, but since then he has held a position in the starting eleven, with him never having dropped for a Football League match.

All good things have to come to an end though, and an ankle injury sustained at Crewe Alexandra saw him substituted at half time, and his boss Terry Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he did not expect his captain to travel to the Keepmoat Stadium - a frustration for him as well given that he'd noted the contribution the Gloucester-born player made during the first half:

"He's rolled his ankle and he's definitely going to be out for this weekend. So that's really unfortunate. We've just gone back over the statistics, and I think in the first half of that game that was probably the highest number of passes that Joe's ever had. So he was a major influence at that time. Looking back on it, I was a little bit disappointed at the outcomes, especially with the result, but the way we played in the first half, if we can marry up the final third play in and around the box with the amount of possession that we are having, then I see us having a really bright future."

Skiverton himself said that he was aware that Edwards had been on a long run of Football League matches, but was fairly confident that it wouldn't be too long before the midfielder was back in the team again:

"Joe is bitterly disappointed because I think he's got this run of games that he has been involved in during the league, and for an outfield player it's phenomenal, but that won't be happening this weekend. It's just an ankle roll. So I know from personal experience that they're sore during the first 48 hours, then really really sore, but every day that goes on after that it comes back. So we don't envisage him being out for too long."

Joe's run of 96 consecutive Football League matches in which he has started are made even more remarkable in that he has only been substituted in five of those fixtures, meaning that 91 of those games saw him complete a full 90 minutes. He missed one Johnstone's Paint Trophy match this season due to injury, but during the club's 2013-14 Championship season he completed a full set of 50 fixtures, meaning that when he missed the JPT game last September he had completed a run of 77 consecutive matches in all competitions. This season, he is comfortably the club's most used player, with 35 appearances in total. Across all three spells with the club, he has made 128 appearances for the Glovers.

Link: Joe Edwards : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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12 February 2015 : Former Colchester And Arsenal Midfielder Goes On Trial
Yeovil Town are currently giving a trial to former Colchester United midfielder Craig Eastmond. The 24 year old former Arsenal trainee is a free agent having been released by their League One rivals earlier this year and is a familiar name given that he scored the winning goal at Huish Park on December 20th in Colchester's 0-1 away win over the Glovers.

Born in Battersea on December 9th 1990, he was initially a Millwall youth player before being spotted by Arsenal and co-opted into their Academy system at 11 years old. He was a part of Arsenal's 2008-09 FA Youth Cup and FA Premier Academy League double winning side and signed a professional contract with the Gunners at the end of that season.

He went on to make ten appearances for Arsenal, with four of those being 2009-10 season Premier League appearances. They loaned him out to Millwall during the 2010-11 season (six appearances) and Wycombe Wanderers in the 2011-12 season (14 appearances, before a 2012-13 loan spell with Colchester saw him make 13 appearances, scoring two goals, which was enough for the Essex side to pick him up permanently when Arsenal decided to release him in the summer of 2013.

Signing a two year contract at the Community Stadium, on permanent forms he has made 55 appearances, scoring five goals, of which the last one was at Huish Park. Colchester announced he had been released on Transfer Deadline Day, with his contract torn up by mutual consent. In total he made 68 appearances, scoring seven goals.

As a free agent, he would be entitled to sign for the Glovers, if he impresses in training, and would not count towards the club's loan quota as a result. At present, the word is that he's merely 'training' with the club, but clearly with a view to seeing if all parties like each other. As well as being a central midfielder, he is also capable of playing as a right-back.

In other news, club captain Joe Edwards is expected to be missing this weekend, with the ankle injury he sustained on Tuesday night likely to keep him on the treatment table for the trip to Doncaster Rovers. One of James Hayter or Sam Foley will take over the captaincy - the two that took the armband on Tuesday night.


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12 February 2015 : Barnsley Fire Management Team
League One side Barnsley have fired their management team today. First team boss Danny Wilson and Assistant Manager Chris Hutchings have been dismissed, having spent only fifteen months in charge at Oakwell. His record shows that he won 19 games out of 63 - a win ratio of 30 percent, whilst drawing 13 and losing 31 matches.

Barnsley currently lie in 17th place and seven points off the relegation slots, whilst also being seven points off the play-off places. They lost 1-2 at home to Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night at Oakwell, although it is their away form that is causing them the biggest headache - six straight defeats on their travels, with their last points picked up outside Oakwell being on November 1st.

The Barnsley board's statement points to their belief that they are significantly under-achieving. In this they claim that they have the sixth best home gate in the division, the fifth highest wage bill and the fourth highest equity (shares) donation by their owner. The obvious implication from those statistics is that they feel that they should be touching the play-off positions, rather than stuck in lower midtable, describing their current league position as "unacceptable.

Barnsley travel to Crawley Town on Saturday - the second weekend running that the Sussex club will face a new management team. Barnsley have named their caretakers as Head of Academy Coaching Mark Burton, who will be assisted by Senior Development Coach Paul Heckingbottom, although have not indicated what their medium or long term thinking is with respect to the vacancy.


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12 February 2015 : Officials For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One match between Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 14th February 2015 at the Keepmoat Stadium with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

Mr Heywood's name is very familiar, but is not to be confused with referee Mark Haywood of West Yorkshire. Heywood hails from Northwich and was promoted to the Football League's referees list for the start of the 2011-12 season. As a consequence we've only had him for two previous matches as the main referee.

The earliest was for the January 2012 trip to Bury. His performance that day was a decent one, and he can't be blamed too much for the game's major talking point. A penalty award for a trip by Joe Edwards seemed to be a fair one, but it was the bizarre sight of Bury duo Steven Schumacher and Giles Coke slugging it out over who should take the spot kick that caught the eye - both players being booked for their handbags inside the box - two out of the three bookings he made on the day. Theoretically Mr Heywood could have done more than he did over the Schmacher/Coke incident, but in truth the outcome was probably the most pragmatic one.

The most recent of the two matches was the November 2012 match against Swindon Town at the County Ground. The 4-1 defeat did not make for a pretty afternoon, although not much of that was down to the refereeing. That said, matches against our Wiltshire neighbours always seem to be tetchy affairs, whilst on home turf our opponents have a habit of using the crowd to their cynical advantage - get fouled, roll around on the floor, and wait for the crowd to goad the referee into raising a card. That needs a strong official, and we're not convinced Mr Heywood was that man, getting a bit wrapped up in that circus.

Mr Heywood will be assisted by Danny Markham (Tyne & Wear) and Robert Massey-Ellis (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Joe Clark (West Midlands).

Link: January 2012 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: November 2012 : Swindon Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.


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11 February 2015 : Skivo Talks About Crewe Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Crewe Alexandra kicked off at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo talks about the tactics he was expecting both sides to use, his views on Yeovil Town supporters since he took over as manager, and the current situation with Joel Grant and Liam Davis. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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11 February 2015 : Bristol City League One Fixture Gets New Date
Yeovil Town's home League One match against Bristol City now has a new date. The match needed to be rearranged due to City's Johnstone Paint Trophy Final appearance against Walsall that is due to take place on Sunday 22nd March, seeing the original League One fixture date, scheduled for the preceding day called off.

The new date for the fixture will be Tuesday 10th March 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Note that this fixture is likely to have high interest in it, due to it being a local derby, so we'd recommend that supporters purchase their tickets earlier than usual for this game. There will be no online sales allowed for this fixture, to allow the ticket office to screen people purchasing tickets - make sure you have your ticket office customer number or similar to help speed up your purchase.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

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


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11 February 2015 : Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League One match against Leyton Orient are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 14th March 2015 at Brisbane Road with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets are on sale now and are priced as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Concessions: £15.00; Under-18s: £5.00

Prices for tickets purchased on matchdays increase - note carefully the Under-18s price rockets substantially:

Adults: £25.00; Concessions: £16.00; Under-18s: £16.00

Concessions apply to those 65 and over, students with a valid ID card, current serving members of the Armed Forces with proof of affiliation and unemployed with proof of benefit receipt. The necessary documents need to shown at the relevant purchase point and will need to be taken with you on the day.

Away supporters are allocated the East Stand Upper Area, via entrance C and D. The East Stand was the club's original main stand - now the oldest part of the ground, and is a side-on view to the pitch. Their usual practice is to allocate up to 1,200 spaces for supporters across two blocks.

Some tickets may have a restricted view to them. Unfortunately Leyton Orient are not able to mark these tickets as they are in the process of renewing the seats in the away section. If you purchase a restricted view ticket then they will exchange on the day at the turnstile.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

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


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11 February 2015 : Skivo Seeing Positive Signs For Grant And Davis Injuries
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton is hopeful that two of his side's long term injuries are seeing light at the end of the tunnel, as they battle to get themselves back to full fitness. The left-sided Liam Davis and winger Joel Grant have suffered injury-ravaged seasons, with both having been on the treatment table for much of the campaign, denying the Glovers a couple of their more experienced players in the process.

Davis broke his wrist during the opening day of the season match against Doncaster Rovers, leading to him missing over two months worth of football. He then briefly returned to the team before a foot injury sustained in the home defeat against Preston North End saw him sidelined, meaning that during the current campaign he has clocked up just eight appearances for the club.

Grant's problems stem back to the summer when an accident on a treadmill saw him miss the entire pre-season with an ankle injury. He eventually returned to first team football in mid-September, but international call-ups interrupted his time back in the line-up, and he suffered a knee injury during the club's 2-1 win over Notts County in November after he collided with goalkeeper Roy Carroll. That has kept him out of first team contention, with both him and Davis seeing attempts to return to full training scuppered by repeat problems.

Skiverton explained that on Monday both players took their first steps out onto the training ground, albeit only to work with the club's physios, rather than to get involved in full contact training. However, Skiverton felt that was a positive step that could see him being able to add those players back into his first team plans at some time in the near future. He also added that the left-sided Nathan Ralph, who has missed the last two matches with a thigh injury was not too far away either:

"With Joel Grant and Liam Davis, they were out there on the training ground, which is a real positive sign for us, and they are right around the corner. At this time, to have so many bodies come back, it's a real positive because I think Nathan Ralph is just around the corner as well. So everything is looking good for us fitness-wise, and apart from the long term injuries we're looking to welcoming a few faces back that will be rested, and will be looking to get back into action, and they will be chomping at the bit to play."

Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle) is a long term absentee with John Fry indicating on Saturday that the goalkeeper would be absent for a further ten weeks, implying a set-back in Weale's own recent diagnosis.


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11 February 2015 : Crewe 1 Yeovil 0 : Ajose Strike Sees Relegation Rivals Climb Away
Yeovil Town were beaten by a single goal at Gresty Road on Tuesday night, as Crewe Alexandra triumphed in the club's second relegation six-pointer in three days. A Nicky Ajose goal on 38 minutes saw him convert a Marcus Haber cross from close range during a first half that Yeovil had started well in, but had gradually allowed the home side to assume control. A formation change and an end-to-end second half saw the Glovers throw men forward, but at the risk of being done on the break, and Ajose was again the man who came the closest as he hit the woodwork during the closing stages, leaving Yeovil still in 22nd place and four points adrift of safety, with sixteen games remaining.

The Glovers went into the match selecting the same starting eleven that recorded a 2-1 win over Crawley Town on the weekend. The only change was on the bench, where James Berrett had sufficiently recovered from a hamstring strain to replace Fergus Bell, who had picked up a knock in training, thus delaying his chance to make his debut since arriving at the club last month.

For the opening 25 minutes or so, Yeovil Town put down a marker as the better side, albeit without making home keeper Ben Garratt have to work too hard for that. AJ Leitch-Smith got pantomime villain boos when he went down in the penalty box, looking for a penalty against his childhood club, whilst Joe Edwards and Gozie Ugwu had long distance attempts on goal end with Garratt making comfortable collections. At the other end Nicky Ajose shot over the bar, but it was the Glovers who were creating the majority of chances, with a wonderful flowing move involving Edwards and Leitch-Smith setting up Ugwu, only for an offside flag to make his eventual shot irrelevant. Then Garratt saved from an Ugwu flicked effort, before James Hayter fired wide.

So far, so good, but as the game approached the half hour mark, Crewe began to finally asset themselves, with Jamie Ness pulling the strings in midfield. Artur Krysiak was forced to save from Ajose after a spot of indecision between him and Stephen Arthurworrey left the ball in no man's land, and with the Crewe striker able to collect. Then Ness fired wide of the target as the home crowd finally woke from their slumbers. It was during this stronger period - in the 38th minute - that Crewe opened the scoring. Marcus Haber, who was once a Yeovil Town target, skinned his way past Kieffer Moore, and managed to dig out a cross that saw Nicky Ajose score from close range to put the home side a goal up.

The Glovers finished the first half without doing too much to wrestle the game back, and suffered a half time blow when captain Joe Edwards had to be withdrawn with an ankle injury, replaced by James Berrett. Edwards had rolled his ankle midway through the first half, requiring considerable treatment, but had hobbled his way through the remainder of the half, with presumably the half time break seeing that problem begin to freeze up a bit.

The second period also saw a formation change. The 3-4-1-2 formation was replaced by a 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield - Sam Foley at the base, and with James Hayter at the top, as Kieffer Moore moved up front, leaving James Berrett and AJ Leitch-Smith as the two 'wide' parts of the diamond. Leitch-Smith shot from distance early on in the half but Ben Garratt got down low to save the attempt.

Ultimately, whilst it was the Glovers who were doing the pressing, Crewe were counter-attacking well, and taking advantage of the high number of attacking personnel that Yeovil had in their line-up once they lost possession. A James Jones shot was blocked by Ben Nugent for a corner, followed by another Jones effort going over the bar, with both moves happening on the break.

The Glovers reshuffled again, as Sam Hoskins replaced the tiring James Hayter, meaning that Yeovil were to use three captains on the night - first Joe Edwards, then Hayter after the half time break, with Sam Foley taking over duties upon Hayter's withdrawal. But they struggled to create clear-cut efforts in the final third - one effort from Kieffer Moore cleared the entire ground - whilst they were not helped by some rather confusing decision-making from referee Darren Handley over what constituted a foul, and what didn't.

In the closing stages, it was actually Crewe who threatened to score the second goal, as Stephen Arthurworrey and Ben Nugent pushed up front in what was already a striker-heavy line-up. Crewe soaked that pressure up and hit Yeovil on the break, and Nicky Ajose was unlucky not to score when once such move saw his shot come off the goal post and back into the arms of Artur Krysiak. Ajose broke through a second time minutes later, but found his shot drag wide of the post, closely followed by a Marcus Haber cross that went through the penalty box and out the other side, with a number of Crewe boots stretching to get on the ball.

As such the home side's three points were gained a little more comfortably in those closing stages than Yeovil would have liked, leaving the Glovers still stuck in 22nd place in the League One table, and with matters down near the bottom looking a little stretched, thanks to Crewe's win as well as Gillingham's triumph over Peterborough United under their new management team fronted by Justin Edinburgh. So the gap between them and safety grew back to four points again, and with Saturday's opponents Doncaster Rovers thrashing last Saturday's opponents Crawley Town by a 5-0 scoreline at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil's trip to the Keepmoat will see them face a team with their tails firmly up.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Crewe Alexandra 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Nicky Ajose (1-0, 38 mins)

Crewe Alexandra:
13. Ben Garratt
4. Harry Davis 30. Alan Tate 5. George Ray
7. Oliver Turton 20. James Jones 28. Jamie Ness 42. Anthony Grant 24. Greg Leigh
35. Nicky Ajose 25. Marcus Haber

Substitutes:
39. Ross Etheridge 10. Bradden Inman 11. George Cooper 12. Lauri Dalla Valle 18. Liam Nolan 19. James Baillie 33. Anthony Stewart (90 mins for Nicky Ajose)

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 20. Ben Nugent
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 8. James Berrett (46 mins for Joe Edwards) 14. Sam Hoskins (71 mins for James Hayter) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 18. Jamar Loza (85 mins for Kieffer Moore) 28. Alex Smith 29. Adam Morgan

Crewe Bookings: George Ray (delaying free kick, 21 mins), Jamie Ness (foul, 63 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (foul, 59 mins), James Berrett (foul, 69 mins)

Crewe Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 18.

Referee: Darren Handley (Lancashire). Assistant Referees: Matthew Donohue (Manchester) and Lisa Rashid (Birmingham). Fourth Official: Nick Greenhalgh (Lancashire).

Attendance: 3,523 (with 130 Yeovil supporters).


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11 February 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town : Man Of The Match Result
On Saturday, Yeovil Town played host to Crawley Town in a League One match at Huish Park. The game saw the Glovers fall behind during the first half, to a headed goal from Izale McLeod. However, two goals in six minutes from Gozie Ugwu and AJ Leitch-Smith turned the game around dramatically, and secured the club a 2-1 home win.

Man of the Match voting saw central midfield duo Joe Edwards and Sam Foley once again cement the consistent season that both players have had as they clocked up third and second place finishes. However, in top spot was the man that acting manager Terry Skiverton described as a revelation in terms of his performances in recent matches, with Kieffer Moore putting in another fine showing as a centre-back.

Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as shown below.

1. Kieffer Moore 320 (23)
2. Sam Foley 286 (14)
3. Joe Edwards 274 (17)
4. Nathan Smith 136 (6)
5. AJ Leitch-Smith 130 (7)
6. James Hayter 94 (5)
7. Liam Shephard 64 (3)
8. Gozie Ugwu 54 (2)
9. Stephen Arthurworrey 34 (2)
10. 24 (0)
11. Artur Krysiak 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.9
Performance : 6.99
Entertainment : 6.81
VOTES RECEIVED : 79

A reminder that if you watched Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, the Man of the Match voting form for that game is open. Given that only 130 supporters made the trip, every vote will count significantly. 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 Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.


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11 February 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Crewe Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo's views on the match can be read via the link below.

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


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11 February 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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10 February 2015 : Terry Skiverton: Crewe Defeat Like The Story Of Yeovil's Season
Yeovil Town's acting manager Terry Skiverton admitted that tonight's opponents Crewe Alexandra could have wrapped the game up in the closing stages rather more comfortably than they eventually did at Gresty Road. The single goal margin, via a 38th minute goal from Nicky Ajose meant that the Glovers pushed players forward increasingly during the second period, but on a number of occasions left themselves wide open in an end-to-end encounter that saw the Crewe goalscorer hit the woodwork late on.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset after the game that he felt that the club's problems in front of goal, and way the winning goal was conceded we very much the club's 'story of the season' as they fell behind after much positive play, but then struggled to carve out openings after that point, leaving them with a 1-0 defeat. However the Glovers boss felt that losing captain Joe Edwards at half time - after he 'rolled his ankle' was a big factor in why they had a less coherent second period:

"I think early on we had a lot of possession and a lot of play, but we couldn't quite get any goalscoring opportunities. It was a little bit like the story of the season so far. It didn't help us that we had an injury to our captain Joe Edwards, because he had a good start to the game. I think him and Sam did really well, and it sort of knocked us a little bit. It was quite a tactical affair early on. You could see that they started with their back five, and then they swapped it and went to a diamond and then Jamie Ness started getting on the ball and causing us problems. So we had a little bit of a change ourselves with the surface not being really great to get the ball down and really get at people."

Skiverton admitted that whilst his side were doing the pressing during the second period, it was the home team that created the real clear-cut chances as they threatened to punish Yeovil on the break, as the away team sent extra bodies up front. The Glovers boss had praise for former loanee Alan Tate, who has been borrowed by Crewe from Swansea City:

"I didn't really think that it was that tight towards the end as they had a couple of chances. But we had nothing to lose, and really pushed forward trying to get the equaliser. But you've got to give Crewe credit as I thought they defended really well. Alan Tate, who we've had before has come back to haunt us a little bit. I thought he marshalled their back four really well. I just think that we've got to maybe not go against the principles and try to change the game too early like we did. But it was an away game, it was tight, and what we tried not to do was to let the game fizzle out."

Having failed to find the back of the net, Skiverton said his players looked frustrated out there tonight. However, he was still pleased with the effort that they had put in during the whole evening even if the result wasn't what he wanted:

"I think our combination play in the final third didn't really work for us today. But I'm still pleased with the endeavour and the effort, but I think you could see from the players there was a hell of a lot of frustration out there that we couldn't quite break them down. They looked dangerous on the counter-attack but they are going to do that, especially when you're trying to get back into the game. Some poor finishing from them meant that we rode our luck a little bit. But with the game that we've got coming up now, we've just got to make sure that we recover. We've won one, and we've lost one narrowly and we've got to make sure that we get our players ready for the weekend."


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10 February 2015 : Crewe 1 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town were beaten by a single goal at Gresty Road tonight, as Crewe Alexandra triumphed in the club's second relegation six-pointer in three days. A Nicky Ajose goal on 38 minutes saw him convert a Marcus Haber cross from close range during a first half that Yeovil had started well in, but had gradually allowed the home side to assume control. A formation change and an end-to-end second half saw the Glovers throw men forward, but at the risk of being done on the break, and Ajose was again the man who came the closest as he hit the woodwork during the closing stages, leaving Yeovil still in 22nd place and four points adrift of safety, with sixteen games remaining.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Crewe Alexandra 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Nicky Ajose (1-0, 38 mins)

Crewe Alexandra:
13. Ben Garratt
4. Harry Davis 30. Alan Tate 5. George Ray
7. Oliver Turton 20. James Jones 28. Jamie Ness 42. Anthony Grant 24. Greg Leigh
35. Nicky Ajose 25. Marcus Haber

Substitutes:
39. Ross Etheridge 10. Bradden Inman 11. George Cooper 12. Lauri Dalla Valle 18. Liam Nolan 19. James Baillie 33. Anthony Stewart (90 mins for Nicky Ajose)

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 20. Ben Nugent
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 8. James Berrett (46 mins for Joe Edwards) 14. Sam Hoskins (71 mins for James Hayter) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 18. Jamar Loza (85 mins for Kieffer Moore) 28. Alex Smith 29. Adam Morgan

Crewe Bookings: George Ray (delaying free kick, 21 mins), Jamie Ness (foul, 63 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (foul, 59 mins), James Berrett (foul, 69 mins)

Crewe Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 18.

Referee: Darren Handley (Lancashire). Assistant Referees: Matthew Donohue (Manchester) and Lisa Rashid (Birmingham). Fourth Official: Nick Greenhalgh (Lancashire).

Attendance: 3,523 (with 130 Yeovil supporters).


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10 February 2015 : Team News For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for tonight's League One away match against Crewe Alexandra. Acting manager Terry Skiverton has kept faith with the same starting eleven that beat Crawley Town 2-1 on Saturday.

The only change is on the bench where James Berrett has recovered from a hamstring problem and takes the place of Fergus Bell who has picked up an - otherwise all other bench places are maintained.

Left-back Nathan Ralph (thigh) remains out with a short term injury. Midfielders Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) and defender Jakub Sokolik (knee) are out for the rest of the season, whilst Chris Weale (ankle), Joel Grant (knee) and Liam Davis (foot) remain out with long term injuries, although Grant and Davis are reported as getting closer to resuming full training.

Tonight's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 20. Ben Nugent
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 8. James Berrett 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 18. Jamar Loza 28. Alex Smith 29. Adam Morgan

Crewe Alexandra:
13. Ben Garratt
4. Harry Davis 30. Alan Tate 5. George Ray
7. Oliver Turton 20. James Jones 28. Jamie Ness 42. Anthony Grant 24. Greg Leigh
35. Nicky Ajose 25. Marcus Haber

Substitutes:
39. Ross Etheridge 10. Bradden Inman 11. George Cooper 12. Lauri Dalla Valle 18. Liam Nolan 19. James Baillie 33. Anthony Stewart


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10 February 2015 : Moore Centre-Back Displays A Revelation For Skiverton
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton believes striker-turned-defender Kieffer Moore has been a revelation in his new role as a centre-half this year. The former Dorchester Town striker was chucked in the deep end after a four match suspension was dished out to Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent last month, leaving the club with only one recognised central defender on their books, in Stephen Arthurworrey.

Moore, who had played a few pre-season friendlies and reserve team matches in that position, was given the task of being what was meant to be a stop-gap solution, but instead covered all four of the games when Nugent was sat in the stand, with the inexperienced looking back four conceding just two goals in the process. That was enough for Skiverton to keep Moore in that position in a new-look back three. He told BBC Somerset that he had been impressed with the player's performance and pointed out that even in top level football players such as Ian Pearce and Chris Sutton had switched roles during their professional careers with big success:

"I think he's been a revelation since he's gone back to centre-half. Once thing I will say is that I think he's got all the attributes with his physicality, the way that he thinks and the way that he does things simple, and he could go a long way. He's still a centre-forward as well. I remember that I played (as a Chelsea youth player) with a guy called Ian Pearce who was at Blackburn and he could switch between the two, and of course Chris Sutton could switch between the two, and you can double your value if you can go up the other end and get a goal. I will definitely play him in both positions - there's no doubts about that."

Skiverton said that he was open-minded as to where he saw Moore's long term future, and revealed that he was even aware of scouts who had turned up at Yeovil Town matches, making it clear that it was Yeovil's versatile player that they had their eye on:

"I think that in either position he's definitely got a big future. We know because there are different people here all the time from different clubs watching him. There are mentions that people sitting there watching him. So we've got a good asset that's under 24, that's in contract that is putting in good performances. So it's all boding well for him for having a regular run in the side."

One of Skiverton's first moves as manager has been to bring the transfer-listed Adam Morgan back into the fold at Huish Park. The former Liverpool striker has disappointed in his Glovers career so far with just 13 appearances on the pitch, and with the last one coming back in March 2014. Since then he has had trials with Rochdale and Chesterfield, as well as an aborted half-season loan with St Johnstone, of which none have been productive for him, with his last football in Scotland coming during September 2014. Whilst that leaves Morgan well short of match fitness, Skiverton said that a fresh start meant that he was prepared to put him on the bench, and he was impressed with a new attitude in training:

"We've been fielding benches with not enough players on them. The boy has trained really well in the last few days. We said that we'd allow him to train first. He's trained and he's been one of our best finishers in training, so I think that I'd be shooting myself in the foot if I didn't have someone who has been doing really well in training on the bench."

Skiverton currently has four loan players on his books, meaning that he does have the option to bring in at least one extra body without being affected by matchday rules concerning the selection of such players, whilst Norwich City striker Jamar Loza has his initial loan spell with the club expire after Saturday's trip to Doncaster Rovers. The Glovers boss said that he was biding his time and at present wasn't near making his first signing as acting manager:

"We're quite a way away from maybe bringing one in. We don't want to bring loans in and not play them. The thing that we've got to do at the moment is to make sure that every loan that we've got is justifying their place, and if not then we might be changing one or two."

For tonight's match at Crewe Alexandra, Nathan Ralph (thigh) and James Berrett (hamstring) will be hoping to pass fitness tests. Meanwhile Joel Grant (knee) and Liam Davis (foot) are believed to be close to a return, but have not yet resumed full training and are instead being assessed by the club's physio team, having both been out for a number of months.


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10 February 2015 : John Fry Talks About The Club's Management Change
On Saturday, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry gave his first public views on last week's decision to part company with Gary Johnson after three years in charge. Speaking to those present in the Alec Stock Lounge, Mr Fry ran through a number of pre-prepared questions relating to the club's playing budget, Championship finances, why he made the decision to remove the manager and install Terry Skiverton and why the club are seeking to redevelop stadium land. There is also a contribution from Alan Chamberlain - a new director on the board - for one of the questions relating to Financial Fair Play.

This is a rather long interview, so pour a drink before reading - you can find it in print via the link below.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The Alec Stock Lounge About The Management Change.


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9 February 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Crewe Alexandra
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town travel to Crewe Alexandra for a League One fixture at Gresty Road. For those travelling up to the game, the Ciderspace guide has been updated and you'll find all of the usual ticketing, directions, parking, pub guides and statistics and other related stuff to help you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crewe Alexandra.


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9 February 2015 : Deadline Set For Online Responses To Public Consultation
Yeovil Town have set a deadline for comments to be received for their recent Public Consultation regarding land development at Huish Park. They plan to remove the 'feedback form' on the www.huishparkstadium.com website after February 15th 2015, meaning that if you want to use that as a feedback mechanism, then you have just under a week to do so. At that point the club's Stadium Consultation Agent David Bell plans to use the material collected to prepare a final Consultation Report for the Yeovil Town board to consider.

If you prefer the more traditional methods, you can still write to him direct at agent@huishparkstadium.com or by post at David Bell, Stadium Consultation Agent at Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park Stadium, Lufton Way, Yeovil BA22 8YF.

The club have also noted that their current expenditure on the retail development planning does not affect the club's obligations under the Football League's Financial Fair Play rules (or in the case of League One, the Salary Cost Management Protocol mechanism). Investment in stadium or associated facilities do not affect the calculations regarding FFP or SCMP.

For those who have yet to catch up on what the club's latest plans entail, there is a fair bit of reading available via the link below.

Link: Club Launch Consultation For 'Mixed Use' Development At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town's Supporter Planning Consultant David Bell Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Latest Development Plans.

Link: Ric Pallister Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Latest Development Plans.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Back To The Future Part III.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Latest Development Plans.

Link: Huish Park Land Development Proposals Published Online.


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9 February 2015 : John Fry Talks About Playing Budgets And Financial Losses
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has gone into some depth regarding the club's finances over the last couple of seasons, following the decision to relieve former manager Gary Johnson from his position. Various club leaks and rumours have painted an often contradictory impression of the club's position, having spent a season in the Championship division, yet having struggled to maintain their League One position during the 2014-15 campaign, leading in part to the events that saw Johnson replaced by his former assistant Terry Skiverton.

On Saturday, just before the League One match against Crawley Town kicked off, Mr Fry spoke to those present in the Alec Stock Lounge, giving his views on the events that had taken place in the run-up to the start of the season. He believed a competitive budget had been set that would give the manager a much larger budget than the one that had been used to achieve promotion during the 2012-13 season when the club won the League One play-off Final at Wembley Stadium:

"When we started the (2014-15) season, we put up a budget that is 50 percent bigger than what it was when we were in League One (in 2012-13) before we went into the Championship. We actually set a budget where there are two parts to the player budget. One is the actual costs of the players and then the associated costs. Gary always emphasised that you can't bring professional players down here to the West Country unless you pay the associated costs. Those associated costs, which are agents fees, hotels, relocation and all the rest that goes with it to attract a player to this area, with the bonuses that we have to pay for the appearances where we make up for the lower basic wages."

Fry said he held discussions with former manager Gary Johnson and that they agreed a basic playing budget of £1.3 million for player wages, that would be added to by an additional £400,000 that would be set aside for covering other costs associated with the recruitment of players. Fry explained how it had unfolded:

"We went along with Gary and we set our budget where the player budget itself with the direct costs was £1.3 million, and we topped it up to £1.7 million with another £400,000. That's where we started, which took us to about halfway up League One as far as the budget was concerned. Gary's view was that we would end up at the end of the season in the top half, if not in the top six."

The Chairman said that he was not going to lay the finger of blame upon Johnson, pointing out that his Board of Directors had to also accept responsibility for their own decision-making. He insisted that the eventual decision to fire Johnson was done on amicable terms, and said that a Saturday 'good luck' message was proof of that:

"In terms of what has gone wrong, you can work it out for yourself. I'm not going to criticise the manager as he's the best manager that we've ever had. I would never criticise Gary - he's just sent me a text actually saying 'Good luck Chairman'. I can tell you that the parting of the waves was extremely emotional for myself and the directors. We've done it and it was done for the club, and it's a strange thing to say but it was done for Gary. He has given this club enormous service."

Fry was unhappy though about unspecified assertion where he claimed unnamed supporters had been telling 'lies' about the club's current financial situation. He pointed out that now the club had dropped down to League One that their financial situation had drastically changed:

"Some of the criticisms and the lies have been told from fans that don't really understand what's going on. But the fact of life is that we came out of the Championship and we obviously had the biggest budget that this club has ever had. The revenues from Championship down to League One - have dropped by four million. Now when you take what our revenues are, it's going to be a big big job keeping the club stable, and also staying up in League One."

Mr Fry admitted that the club had held back some of the Championship revenue they'd received from the 2013-14 season, explaining that they were using that money to cushion the blow of the Glovers' quick relegation back to third tier football. He also confirmed that the money made from the Manchester United FA Cup game had not gone back into the playing budget but had been used on reducing what would be sizeable losses from the 2014-15 season:

"Last season the way we played the budget, we recognised that it's all about management risk as to whether we would stay up into the Championship. We nearly did. These rules are pretty tough - you get embargoes, fines, points deductions and so we are looking over our shoulders all of the time trying to make sure that the club stays in business. But we made a reasonable surplus last year, which is being used this year to spread across - it's all being used into this year's overall budget to run the club. But if we didn't have the Man United money then we would have had up to a million pound loss for this year. But we've got that covered, because we've used the money from last year to spread across the season on cashflow and the Man United money has brought that down to an acceptable amount that the club can manage, and we will not have any cashflow problem this year."


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9 February 2015 : Officials For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One fixture between Crewe Alexandra and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Gresty Road on Tuesday 10th February 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Handley (Lancashire).

Mr Handley is a new referee from a Football League point of view, having been promoted over the summer of 2014. He's taken charge of one Yeovil Town match so far - the rather woeful 4-1 defeat against Port Vale in October 2014 - one of the worst performances of the 2014-15 season. Whilst the main bulk of the reasons for that defeat lay in our dreadful defending, we weren't too happy with his early decision-making, suggesting that he'd shown himself up as a rookie by allowing himself to be cajoled into booking two of our players early on - but only after Port Vale players had surrounded him, telling him what to do. It probably didn't help the situation, but wasn't the main cause.

He is a PE teacher at Tottington High School, and got into refereeing at an early age, moving from level eight to level four by the time he turned 18 - something that saw him move into the West Lancashire Football League during 1995. He was promoted to the North West Counties Football League referees list in 2000, before joining the national list for assistant referees in 2006. Prior to his promotion to the Football League, one of his final moments saw him take charge of the Conference Play-off semi-final second leg between Cambridge United and Halifax.

So far, he has taken charge of 18 matches at his new level, showing 60 yellow cards and five red cards along the way. That's slightly high on the red card count but obviously depends on the individual circumstances given the small number of matches. On Saturday 31st January he was given his first ever Championship match - Birmingham City vs Norwich City - so the authorities must be fairly happy with what they're seeing.

Mr Handley will be assisted by Matthew Donohue (Manchester) and Lisa Rashid (Birmingham). The Fourth Official will be Nick Greenhalgh (Lancashire).

Link: October 2014 : Port Vale 4 Yeovil Town 1.


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9 February 2015 : Interview With AJ Leitch-Smith
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker AJ Leitch-Smith spoke to the BBC about the win. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, AJ speaks about his winning goal, and the way the week has unfolded with the change of management. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: AJ Leitch-Smith Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Against Crawley.


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8 February 2015 : Interview With Joe Edwards
In the run-up to Saturday's home match against Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Edwards was interviewed by the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Joe's thoughts in the lead-up to that game, as well as the overall situation at the club during the week have been archived via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Crawley.


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8 February 2015 : Skivo Talks About Crawley Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Crawley Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Terry spoke about being back in the hotseat on a matchday, and also some of the philosophies and concerns that he had in terms of addressing the club's home form so far this season. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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8 February 2015 : Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
Last weekend, Yeovil Town travelled to Peterborough United for a League One fixture at London Road. The end result was a 1-0 defeat, where Marcus Maddison's shot came off his own player Harry Beautyman, with a touch that was just enough to divert the flight of the ball past Jed Steer. On a muddy boggy pitch, good quality play was hard to come by and the Glovers couldn't get an equalising goal after that point.

Man of the Match voting saw Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard impress in his third appearance for the club, whilst substitute AJ Leitch-Smith's second half appearance was good enough to thrust him into second place, despite him only being introduced at half time. But the winner of the poll, in what was to be his final appearance for the Glovers, was Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer - a fitting send-off to the end of his stay with the Glovers.

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

1. Jed Steer 56 (4)
2. AJ Leitch-Smith 30 (1)
3. Liam Shephard 26 (2)
4. Sam Foley 22 (1)
5. Jamar Loza 6 (0)
6. Kieffer Moore 2 (0)
7. Alex Smith 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.5
Performance : 4.5
Entertainment : 4.5
VOTES RECEIVED : 8


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7 February 2015 : Skivo's Verdict On The Crawley Home Game
Following this afternoon's 2-1 home win over Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Skivo speaks about his first game back as first team boss and the three points gained. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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7 February 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 win against Crawley Town 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 Crawley Town.


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7 February 2015 : Skiverton Salutes Leitch-Smith At End Of Gut-Wrenching Week
Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton saluted AJ Leitch-Smith for showing signs of coming through his own tough patch, in a week that the new Glovers boss described as 'gut-wrenching'. The former Crewe Alexandra academy player netted the winning goal in the 2-1 win over Crawley Town today, but that was only his second strike in 28 appearances since his arrival at Huish Park last summer, in what has been a low key spell in Somerset so far.

One of Gary Johnson's last interviews as outgoing manager saw him suggest that Leitch-Smith was beginning to show the signs of becoming the player that he hoped that he was going to be when he first signed for the club. Skiverton had the same view, restoring him to the starting line-up as an attacking midfielder, sat behind the front two strikers, and he scored the 72nd minute goal that sealed all three points, to add to Gozie Ugwu's third goal in five appearances. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he felt Leitch-Smith was just starting to come through and look the business:

"The one for me was AJ Leitch-Smith today because he's really put in some good performances but without the goal. I said to him that from where he's come from and the sort of upbringing that he's had, technically he is one of our best players, and he needs to step through that and he needs to become a real man and really fulfil his potential. When you go through as a graduate of Crewe you've definitely got to have some sort of ability. He's got that, and it's just the mental side of him now, filling into a man and taking his opportunities."

Of the win itself, Skiverton said that it was a welcome three points at the end of a difficult week where the club had bid farewell to the club's longest serving manager at the end of his second spell at the club. Skiverton described the events as like a 'death in the family' for him, but explained that he had received a good luck phone call in the lead-up to kick-off earlier today:

"It's been a tough week. It's been so gut-wrenching. For the supporters, for myself and for the people behind the club it's been like a death in the family. He's someone who has been such a legend in the football club and has been a part of every bit of my success, and has been there and helped me along the way. But for it to be such a tough week and for us to come out the other end, and get off to a good start is a real positive for everyone. Gary gave me a phone call this afternoon and he wished me well and he said that now he was going to be Yeovil's number one supporter. So there's still feeling there and there's still good wishes from him and from the other sides of the club. But now we've got to move on and today was a decent day."


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7 February 2015 : Yeovil 2 Crawley 1 : Leitch-Smith Winner Seals Skivo's First Win
Yeovil Town gained all three points in a relegation battle against Crawley Town this afternoon, as Terry Skiverton's second spell in charge of the Glovers got off to a successful start. They had to battle from behind in a 2-1 win, as their Sussex opponents took the lead slightly against the run of play when Izale McLeod's 27th minute goal put them ahead at the break. Crawley threatened to crowd out in much the same way that many of Yeovil's opponents have done so far this season but when Gozie Ugwu headed home Sam Foley's free kick from close range, the tide turned. Six minutes later AJ Leitch-Smith got his second goal of the season when he broke through to finish in a one-v-one and to lift Yeovil off the foot of the League One table - now three points from safety.

Skiverton's first act was to make four team changes to the one that his predecessor selected. One was enforced, whilst three were tactical. Artur Krysiak replaced the departed Jed Steer, but in terms of the outfield positions there were three changes and a formation switch. Ben Nugent's return from suspension saw him appear in a back three, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith and James Hayter were provided as attacking outlets. Jamar Loza, Alex Smith and Seth Nana Twumasi were the three sacrificed. On the bench, a thigh injury for Nathan Ralph and a hamstring injury for James Berrett meant that they missed out on the day, whilst Adam Morgan made his first appearance on the bench for the club this season, having been out in the cold since March 2014 - his last time on the pitch.

The Glovers dominated the early stages - a shot from Gozie Ugwu was blocked, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith's low dangerous cross fizzed across the area just begging for someone to get a boot on it. Crawley occasionally threatened on the break, with Izale McLeod running through only to find his weak shot into Artur Krysiak's arms letting him down.

But Yeovil's problems this season have been that they dominate the start of games, and then make a basic error and then fall behind. On the 28th minute, it seemed that management changes still showed that Achilles heel, when Ben Nugent lost possession in his own half, allowing Jimmy Smith a chance to break down the right flank and stick in a cross that saw Izale McLeod steal between Kieffer Moore and Stephen Arthurworrey and head home for the opening goal.

Kieffer Moore almost equalised straight away when he had a header cleared off the line by former Glover Ryan Dickson, then Ben Nugent fired into the side netting from Sam Foley's corner. But as the first half closed out, Crawley began to do what many away sides have done at Huish Park - crowd the midfield, slow the game down and frustrate the Glovers out of any rhythm they might have had.

The second period saw Crawley almost score in the opening minute as Gwion Edwards broke behind the Glovers back line, only for him to shoot straight at Artur Krysiak. Sam Foley and Joe Edwards had shots on goal at the other end, but again those Crawley bodies were getting in the way, blocking out anything and everything. Stephen Arthurworrey almost equalised in a crowded goal mouth when he tried to bundle the ball home from close range but Crystal Palace keeper Lewis Price blocked on the line. Then Gozie Ugwu's shot was blocked by Marvin Elliott for a corner, from which Ben Nugent's far post header was parried by Price again.

Gradually, Crawley began to tire in the second period, giving away a number of free kicks in their effort to stop the Glovers gaining momentum. Sam Foley has been this season's set piece star, and he continued that role with a free kick awarded after he had been fouled by Lanre Oyebanjo. In went the set piece, and Gozie Ugwu stole in front of keeper Lewis Price's efforts to claim the ball by planting a header past him and into the back of the net for the 66th minute equaliser.

Six minutes later and what had pointed to another frustrating day at Huish Park suddenly pointed to a massive three points. James Hayter's hard work down the flank saw him pull the ball into the box, and although a Crawley defender got a half-clearance in, the ball rebounded back to AJ Leitch-Smith who got in behind the Crawley defence and then slotted home for a 2-1 lead.

Crawley, who haven't won on their travels since the opening day of the season saw their resolve broken, and despite them bringing on experienced striker Dean Morgan to try to pull themselves back into the game, that flurry of action midway through the second half was to prove the decisive period of the match. Doubly important given that the three points pulled Yeovil above their opponents in the League One table - and also above Leyton Orient whose match at Rochdale was called off due to a frozen pitch. They won't get much time to rest on their laurels - Tuesday night's trip to Crewe Alexandra will be just as big - but as starts to new managerial reigns go, it's a positive and welcome one, with the gap between the Glovers and safety now narrowed by one more point.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Crawley Town 1.

Scorers: Izale McLeod (27 mins, 0-1), Gozie Ugwu (66 mins, 1-1), AJ Leitch-Smith (72 mins, 2-1)

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 20. Ben Nugent
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 5. Fergus Bell 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 18. Jamar Loza 28. Alex Smith 29. Adam Morgan (none used)

Crawley Town:
30. Lewis Price
2. Lanre Oyebanjo 12. Joe Walsh 25. Darren Ward 3. Ryan Dickson
28. Mathias Pogba 8. Jimmy Smith 33. Marvin Elliott 7. Gwion Edwards
26. Anthony Wordsworth
9. Izale McLeod

Substitutes:
16. Lee Fowler (63 mins for Jimmy Smith) 6. Sonny Bradley 10. Dean Morgan (79 mins for Mathias Pogba) 14. Lewis Young 20. Alfred Bobson Bawling (55 mins for Gwion Edwards) 21. Gavin Tomlin 27. Scott Dutton

Yeovil Bookings: AJ Leitch-Smith (73 mins, excessive celebration).

Crawley Bookings: Lee Fowler (86 mins, foul), Ryan Dickson (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 61%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 14.

Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 39%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 1; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Patrick Miller (Bedfordshire). Assistant Referees: Chris Powell (Dorset) and Michael Webb (Surrey). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 3,807 (with 201 Crawley supporters).


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7 February 2015 : Chairman John Fry Speaks To Glovers Restaurant Diners
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has been giving some of his views on recent events at Huish Park to a select group of fans today. The Glovers Chairman had earlier in that day refused to go live on air to BBC Somerset as part of their Saturday Sport coverage, whilst attempts by other radio and local media people to get him to speak on the record proved unsuccessful. At lunchtime today, prior to the League One match against Crawley Town, Fry was willing to speak to those present in the Huish Park restaurant about the club's situation, and various fans and the Western Gazette were present in the room whilst he was speaking and have provided some of the key points made.

Fry claimed that the club's playing budget for the 2014-15 season was 50 percent higher than it had been for the club's 2012-13 season. He later stated it as a £1.7m playing budget, suggesting that it was a 'top half' budget for the division. He stated that the club had received a £120,000 parachute payment after they were relegated from the Championship to League One - it's not clear when that change in rules came in, as historically clubs have not received such payments between Football League divisions. Fry stated that some club were exceeding the Football League's financial fair play rules by 30 percent, but said that the Glovers were not one of those clubs - he didn't name which ones he felt were breaching those rules.

In terms of the money from the Manchester United FA Cup run, Fry stated that the club were heading for £1 million losses for the 2014-15 season, saying that the cup run had helped deal with that problem. During the 2013-14 Championship season they had made an unspecified profit. The implication - our maths, not Fry's - of the club's projected £1 million loss (without an FA Cup run) against a £1.7 million playing budget is that the club can only afford a £700,000 playing budget against 'natural' income.

Fry said that five Yeovil Town players had been transfer-listed by the club under previous manager Gary Johnson - one was known to be Adam Morgan - but that all five had been taken off the list by Terry Skiverton, and given a chance to prove themselves under the new management. With the transfer window closed, obviously players would not be able to move permanently off the club's books until the summer anyway. Fry stated that the club had 24 contracted players at the start of the season, which he felt was a factor in the club's current situation, claiming that some were injury prone. He drew attention to next season's rule change that will see the removal of the Emergency Loan window, meaning that clubs will only be able to do business in August and January.

Fry added that he had no personal disagreement with Gary Johnson, claiming that the situation had reached its peak because Johnson had asked them what lay beyond the end of the current season, whereupon they told him they would not be renewing his contract. Despite reports that Terry Skiverton and Darren Way would keep the role until the end of the 2014-15 season, Fry was not willing to put a firm commitment on their situation at this stage.

The Glovers Chairman again drew attention to the need to redevelop the stadium land to increase the club's turnover. He indicated that there would be moves to reduce what he called 'Championship expenditure' in the summer to bring the club down to levels he felt the club could support.


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7 February 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Crawley Town. One of those changes is enforced, with goalkeeper Jed Steer returning to Aston Villa following the completion of his loan. His place in the side is taken by Artur Krysiak, with Gareth Stewart on the bench.

The return of Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent means that he returns to the heart of the defence, whilst Jamar Loza, Alex Smith and Seth Nana Twumasi drop to the bench. In their place there's a new formation, with the expectation that the club will be playing either a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-1-2 this afternoon. AJ Leitch-Smith and James Hayter are the men to benefit.

Midfielder James Berrett is missing today along with Nathan Ralph. On the bench Adam Morgan gets a recall to the first team squad for the first time this season - he hasn't been on the field of play since March 2014.

The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Artur Krysiak
26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 20. Ben Nugent
32. Liam Shephard 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
22. Gareth Stewart 5. Fergus Bell 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 18. Jamar Loza 28. Alex Smith 29. Adam Morgan


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7 February 2015 : Ticketing For Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League One match against Scunthorpe United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 28th February 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Glanford Park. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Over-60s: £15.00; Aged 18-21 & full time students: £15.00; Under-18s: £11.00; Under-16s: £6.00; Under-12s: FREE.

The Under-12s tickets are provided at a maximum of two per adult ticket, otherwise you pay the Under-16 tariff.

The whole of the South Stand, with a capacity up to 1,678, is normally allocated to away supporters. There are a couple of pillars. Tickets will be available on the day of the game, priced at the same rates.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

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


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7 February 2015 : Glovers Legend Receives New Club Scarf
Back in 1967, a young wing-half signed for Yeovil Town from Exeter City as part of the summer recruitment plans of manager Ron Saunders. His name was Ken Thompson and he went on to stay with the club for ten years, scoring 66 goals and clocking up 517 appearances - a statistic that only puts him behind Len Harris and Alan Herrity in the club's post-war appearance statistics.

Ken still lives locally and he was presented yesterday with a new Yeovil Town Legends scarf - a new version of the one that was produced for the 2006-07 season, but now updated for 2014-15 with a few extra names. Ken said of his time with the Glovers:

"I came to Yeovil Town Football Club in 1967 for one year - the rest is history - my main reason at the time for staying was the people I was playing and working with all proved so nice, easy to get along with and so friendly. My family were born and brought up here, hence another reason my wife and I have stayed."

Priced at £10.00 and produced by the Away Travel Club, the scarves feature a range of names who have featured highly in the club's history. They are now in stock and will be available from the Beer Tent before today's home match against Crawley Town - if you've already placed an order then please pop in and pick yours up. To place an order or to make other arrangements to pick up your scarf, email Markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk with your contact details and how many you want to buy, or pop into the Beer Tent today and buy one on the spot.

Ken Thompson and the Yeovil Town Legends Scarf with his name on it
Ken Thompson and the Yeovil Town Legends Scarf with his name on it.



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6 February 2015 : New Look Crawley Squad To Visit Huish Park Tomorrow
Tomorrow's opponents Crawley Town were the busiest club in the top four divisions during the January transfer window, having significantly revamped their squad over the past month. They made nine changes during that time, sparked by the arrival of new manager Dean Saunders, who was appointed on December 27th 2014 after previous boss John Gregory decided to step down due to ill health.

Their away form has been poor in recent months - five consecutive defeats, with a 3-0, a 4-1 and another 4-1 showing that they have been extremely fragile away from the Broadfield Stadium. They have not picked up an away point since November 15th 1-1 draw against Oldham Athletic, whilst for their last away victory you have to go all the way back to the opening day of the 2014-15 season where they gained a 1-0 win over Barnsley. Since then four draws and nine defeats away from home show the main reason why they lie in 22nd place in the League One table.

At home is a different kettle of fish for Crawley, with just four defeats in 14 games - including last Saturday's 2-1 home win over promotion-chasing Preston North End, which may serve as a warning of what the Sussex side are capable of if they get their act together under their new manager. So far he's gained them one win, two draws and three defeats, which on present going isn't going to get them out of their current crisis, although whichever team that wins on Saturday will see it as a huge boost to their attempts to retain their League One status.

Crawley's new players include five loanees from a variety of sources. Midfielder Lee Fowler scored their winning goal against Preston last weekend and has joined on a 93 day loan from Nuneaton Town, and is known to Saunders from his past spells with Wrexham and Doncaster Rovers. Scott Dutton is a Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper who sat on their bench last week and is with them on a one month loan. He will act as a back-up to the more experienced Lewis Price, who has been taken on loan from Crystal Palace until the end of the season, due to an injury to Brian Jensen

Their other two loanees are 36 year old Swindon Town centre-back Darren Ward who has been taken on until the end of the season, and 26 year old Anthony Wordsworth, who has joined for three months from Ipswich Town. They have also taken Brazilian Evandro Rachoni de Lima - another goalkeeper - on non-contract terms, whilst midfielder Blair Anderson has signed from Midlands League side Basford United. Meanwhile Woking striker Dean Morgan has signed until the end of the season after leaving Woking.

Last but not least is former Wrexham and Crewe Alexandra striker Mathias Pogba. He left Italian Serie B side Pescara at the turn of the year and so joins as a free agent. However, there is a slight question mark over whether his international clearance will have come through in time for him to turn up at Huish Park tomorrow. Having played under Saunders before, he has signed a deal until the end of the 2014-15 season. He is the elder brother of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

Despite all the new names, there will be a few familiar faces for Glovers fans. Former trialist Marvin Elliott has extended his stay at Crawley until the end of the season. Joe Walsh is another former Glovers trialist who has become a key member of Crawley's first eleven, whilst Lewis Young has broken back into their starting line-up. Ryan Dickson should feature at left-back for them tomorrow, whilst last week Gavin Tomlin sat on their bench - the only ex-Glover doubt is Matt Harrold, who goes into tomorrow's game trying to recover from an Achilles injury.


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6 February 2015 : Former Forest Green Trialist Tries His Luck With Sky Blues
League One side Coventry City are being linked with a move for Forest Green Rovers left-back Chris Stokes. Having spent part of January on trial at Huish Park, the 23 year old has apparently moved on to the Ricoh Arena to try his luck where former Forest Green manager David Hockaday has recently been unveiled as their professional development coach.

The Stroud News and Journal suggests that Stokes has been training there for the last week, and they are expecting Coventry to go for a loan move when the emergency loan window opens next week. The Glovers took him on trial for a couple of weeks under the recently departed Gary Johnson, but that the player's wages and the need to strengthen elsewhere influenced Johnson into not following through with the deal.


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6 February 2015 : Skivo Previews The Crawley Town Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's acting manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. As part of his first press conference since taking over as manager, Skivo spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt about the events of the week, and his current aspirations, as well as the size of Saturday's fixture. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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6 February 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Manchester United Commemorative Badges
Earlier this year, a set of badges were produced to commemorate Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United. The badges are the latest in a long-running series that have been produced for key Glovers fixtures over the years and are available in two different designs. These are currently on sale, and Glovers supporter Tim Lancaster, who produced the badge set will be at tomorrow's home League One match against Crawley Town for anyone who wants to either purchase or collect badges in person.

To order by post send a cheque for £3.75 per badge which will include UK P&P. Address your letter to Tim Lancaster, 41, College Green, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4JR. On Saturday he will be outside the Green & White Supporters Club portacabin before the game if you want to collect in person. For people who cannot make that game or don't hold a chequebook, Tim can take direct bank transfers as payment - drop him an email at timlancaster67@hotmail.co.uk for details on that or any other information that you may need.

Yeovil Town vs Manchester United badge - red and black edition
Yeovil Town vs Manchester United badge - red and black edition.


Yeovil Town vs Manchester United badge - green and white edition
Yeovil Town vs Manchester United badge - green and white edition.



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5 February 2015 : Skiverton Pays Tribute To Former Boss
Yeovil Town's new first team manager Terry Skiverton has paid tribute to outgoing boss Gary Johnson after he succeeded him in the Huish Park hotseat yesterday. Skiverton has commenced his second spell as the front line manager after Johnson's departure on Wednesday afternoon, and he spoke to BBC Somerset today about how he felt about receiving the news.

Skiverton admitted that he was left in shock at how quickly events had transpired yesterday, with him being unaware that his manager's position was at stake until on the day itself. As such he admitted that both he and the players were disappointed that the club and Gary Johnson had parted company after a three year spell at Huish Park:

"I think it was one of shock yesterday, and first of all one of disappointment. There was a lot of soul-searching, and we had a number of conversations with Gary Johnson yesterday. The way that it escalated and moved on meant that it happened very quickly. So we had a meeting today and spoke with the players. There are a lot of people in the changing room out there that are disappointed that it's come to this because he brought so many people into the changing room."

Skiverton revealed that he had spoken to his former boss about the events, and explained that even after Johnson had been given his P45 by the club he was still giving his former assistant information about Saturday's League One home match against Crawley Town that he wanted to pass on. Overall, Terry wanted to give his own public thanks for the man who had shaped his career both as a central defender and as a coach and assistant manager:

"I'd like to thank Gary Johnson as well because without him I don't think I would have gone on to have done all of the things that I've done in my football career. When I stepped down and he became the manager, I learned a hell of a lot from him as well. Even yesterday when I was speaking to him he was still giving me advice on how to go into the weekend. I know that I will still be able to call on him as a friend and as a manager because the staff that we did have were very close."

The new boss stressed that it was important that it was important that attention quickly turned to Saturday's six-pointer that sees the clubs in 24th place and 22nd place in the League One Table and with a guarantee that the club would climb off the foot of the table if they were to gain a win. Skiverton called on fans to create a 'Mission Survival' attitude at the ground, in a repeat of his first spell at the club, and said that he and the players needed to be 'ruthless' to overcome their disappointment:

"As I've said before we were disappointed but with the events that have happened now we've got to be professional as we're only a couple of days away from a massive game for the football club. Now we've got to move on. We remember the good times and everything that has gone on. It's a ruthless way of looking at it but we've got no time before the next game, so now we've got to get the boys focussed and make sure they put in a good performance and get a good result at the weekend."

Skiverton has confirmed that striker Kieffer Moore has returned to training today following a foot injury sustained in a block tackle at Peterborough United last weekend. In addition, central defender Ben Nugent will return on the weekend after his four match suspension.

Skivo has also indicated that he will be willing to consider out-of-favour striker Adam Morgan on his merits, under fresh management, indicating that all fit players would be available for selection. Morgan has not featured for the club since March 29th 2014, having spent the whole of the 2014-15 pre-season on trial with Rochdale and Chesterfield before an ill-fated six month loan with Scottish side St Johnstone was ended early. He has not played first team football for any club since mid-September 2014.


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5 February 2015 : Gary Johnson's Farewell Interview As Yeovil Town Manager
Yesterday saw former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson bow out of Huish Park after seven-and-a-half years and two spells at the club. This morning he appeared live on BBC Somerset where presenter Emma Britton put him under the spotlight, asking him about how the events unfolded, where the season went wrong, and what his hopes are for the future - as well as how he thinks Terry Skiverton and Darren Way will do as his successors. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After He Was Sacked As Yeovil Town Manager.


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5 February 2015 : South Coast Consortium 'Rejected' By Glovers
Yeovil Town have been linked to a football consortium, attempting to buy a stake in one of a number of South Coast area football clubs. The Daily Star claims that the Glovers were approached by unnamed parties who are attempting to invest in football clubs in that geographic area, but they indicate that the Glovers "have already rejected an approach from the consortium" to get involved at Huish Park.

The Star suggests that the other clubs they have made contact with are League Two side Plymouth Argyle, Conference National side Torquay United and Southern League Premier Division side Poole Town. They also indicate that the consortium is attempting to co-opt Sandbanks-based Harry Redknapp into their plans, after the 67 year old resigned from his position with Premier League side Queens Park Rangers earlier this month. However, they indicate that Redknapp has yet to decide his future, with AFC Bournemouth also claimed to be offering him a position on their board.

The mention of a consortium with some sort of South Coast roots, and of Poole Town being in the frame, tends to point to the interest that former Bournemouth owner Eddie Mitchell was reported to have had in the Glovers during early 2014, after he attended four home matches in quick succession. The Glovers later denied that any talks had taken place, albeit only after Mitchell appeared to have walked away from the club.

The Daily Star don't indicate how recently their 'South Coast consortium' had made contact with the club, and don't provide any quotes or sources to go with their information, with much of their article centred around what they believe Redknapp's next plans to be following his Loftus Road exit. Hence it's hard to tell whether this is fresh interest, or whether the interest relates to Mitchell's visits to Huish Park this time last year.


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5 February 2015 : No Recruitment Plans For Yeovil Town Manager
Yeovil Town are reported to NOT be recruiting for a new management team to replace Gary Johnson at this stage. The club's statement, that was issued yesterday gave an ambiguous reference to Terry Skiverton and Darren Way's future positions at the club, labelling Skiverton merely as 'Acting Manager ... until further notice' - leading fans to presume that the club would seek to recruit in a new management team in due course.

The Western Gazette reports that Skiverton and Way have been given the job until the end of the 2014-15 season - at which point their own contracts are believed to expire. The club will at that stage then make a decision on whether to give the duo new contracts, and/or whether to open the door to other parties to apply for the first team manager's job.

The same thinking was reflected within yesterday's bookies odds which were initially made available by SkyBet and then withdrawn a few hours later, doubtless with the realisation that there would not be any outside recruitment, and meaning that anyone who staked their money on Skiverton before the odds were withdrawn would be highly likely to get their payout. In all but actual name, Terry Skiverton therefore takes over the job as the club's permanent manager - rather than as a caretaker role - for at least the next eighteen games.


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5 February 2015 : Johnson Surprised At Timing Of Glovers Sacking
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that he was surprised at the timing of the decision to remove him from the manager's post, after his second spell at Huish Park was ended yesterday. The former Glovers boss was removed from his post after having managed the club for almost 400 games across two spells, making him comfortably the longest serving manager in the club's history.

However, Johnson told BBC Somerset that he had begun to pick up 'whispers' earlier in the week that something was brewing around the club's boardroom, following a rather low key end to the January transfer window that saw the club fail to sign any new players, despite their position at the foot of the League One table. He explained how the circumstances had unfolded, and confirmed that it was the Board who had made the first move:

"It was sort of brewing the day before. I've been a manager in the game for 25 years and you start hearing little whispers behind closed doors. Then I spoke to John Fry the day before yesterday (Tuesday) and asked him where are you going with this - work out what you want to do, and let me know and we'll go from there, as there were a few decisions that myself, my staff and a few others needed to make. He then asked me to come back yesterday (Wednesday) morning, and the Chairman said that the Board had had a meeting, and they'd discussed my future at the club, and had decided under the current circumstances that they were not going to renew my contract for next year and so therefore they were going to sack me really there and then."

Johnson admitted that he was surprised at the decision, given that during January he had put a new group of players together, that he felt were starting to look more like a stable team. As such he felt that he should have been able to get the opportunity to prove what he could do with those players, but said that the Board had decided to use the remaining eighteen games to give someone else a chance:

"They obviously felt that with eighteen games to go that they needed to make that decision. Of course I was very disappointed with it, for the simple reason that I'm not sure that the timing was the best. With eighteen games to go that would have been more power to my elbow because we've got a new group and they're just gelling and we'd brought in four new players during the January transfer window, although we didn't do anything on the day as we lost out on a couple. So we needed that little bit of time. But anyway, that wasn't given and that was the situation."

Johnson said he was in little doubt that his former coaching pair Terry Skiverton and Darren Way were the best people to take over the management of the club, saying that because they already knew the playing squad and its strengths and weaknesses that they wouldn't face the learning curve that a brand new boss would face. As such he gave them his full backing:

"One hundred percent - the only people who could see it through as we wanted to, would be Terry Skiverton and Darren Way. He (Skiverton) kept Yeovil in League One for three seasons, and I know how that would be a struggle at that level for the club in those circumstances. You have to be right inside the club to know how difficult that is, and what a great job and what a successful job that is. Terry and Darren have been great coaches for me. I've learned a lot off them and they've learned a lot off me. They know the players, and they know which team will be the best team at this current time, with all the problems, to play these two cup finals coming up against Crawley Town and Crewe Alexandra. If anyone came in now who didn't know the squad and didn't know the club and didn't know the boardroom and those sort of things, then they would come in and struggle because they wouldn't know the politics of everything. But those two know the team and that's the important thing."


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4 February 2015 : Bookmaker Posts Then Withdraws Odds On Next Glovers Manager
National bookmaker SkyBet today set odds for - then quickly withdrew - their bets on who might be the next permanent Yeovil Town manager. With Gary Johnson being fired by the Glovers today, after managing the club for nearly 400 games, the exact managerial status concerning the football club is not clear yet, with Terry Skiverton being named as Acting Manager along with Darren Way who has been named as his assistant.

Earlier today, SkyBet's odds made Skiverton a clear favourite for the job, with a number of familiar/predictable faces being placed high up their lists. Of the other names they have listed, James Beattie is a former Accrington Stanley manager, whose family home is in Dorset due to the seven years he spent in Southampton - he has also been connected with the Gillingham job recently and left Accrington last September.

Paul Jewell would be an interesting one to keep an eye on given that he was reported to have been interviewed for the Yeovil Town manager's job back in the summer 2001 - the man who got the job instead was Gary Johnson, with Jewell withdrawing from the process to sign for Wigan Athletic, who were at that time a third tier club. Most recently he had an aborted one week stay as West Bromwich Albion's assistant manager, with the implication that the Baggies changed their mind after recruiting him. His last front line position finished in October 2012, when he left Ipswich Town.

Dennis Wise is an odd one to see on the bookies list - he hasn't been in front line management since January 2008, and has a reputation as a bit of a livewire. He and his haircut were last seen as a football pundit on Setanta Sports. Joe Dunne was sacked by fellow League One side Colchester United earlier this season, with them in the relegation zone so would be an odd choice on that basis. Shefki Kuqi has been managing FC Honka in Finland up until recently but was seen as a spectator at a recent Gillingham game.

The odds SkyBet showed were as follows:

SkyBet: Terry Skiverton 1/3, James Beattie 8/1, Paul Jewell 10/1, Dennis Wise 10/1, Joe Dunne 12/1, Shefki Kuqi 12/1, John Askey 14/1, Uwe Rosler 16/1, Matthew Beard 16/1, Neal Ardley 18/1, Sami Hyppia 18/1, Mark Yates 18/1

Those odds were withdrawn this evening, possibly in the light of the club's statement which indicated that Skiverton had been given the job "as Acting Manager until further notice". SkyBet's rules on 'next permanent manager' are to pay out on any manager who is "in charge for 10 competitive games" or more even if they are titled as a 'temporary' manager. Hence with the open-ended statement from the Glovers, it may be that the bookmaker got cold feet. There are no other bookies at present providing odds that we can see although that position may change over the next day or two.


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4 February 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Gary Johnson - The End Of A Yeovil Town Era
This afternoon, Yeovil Town and Gary Johnson parted company, with the club dismissing him two days after the January Transfer Window closed. The latest Taff's Gloversblog gives an early reaction to that situation, and what the major events were that led to his ultimate downfall. Read on via the link below, and leave your own thoughts and appreciations at the foot of the article below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Gary Johnson - The End Of A Yeovil Town Era.


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4 February 2015 : Gary Johnson Leaves Huish Park - Official Confirmation
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been relieved of his duties as first team manager. The move follows a January transfer window that has seen a very low key finale, with no new players coming in on the final day, despite the club sitting at the foot of the League One table, four points from safety. The club have released a statement confirming the former Cambridge United, Bristol City, Peterborough United and Northampton Town manager's departure today, with the core part of that being as follows:

"Yeovil Town today announced that Gary Johnson is no longer in charge of football at the League One club’s Huish Park stadium. The Club’s Chairman, John Fry, said:

“The decision to relieve Gary of his management duties is the hardest I have been involved in during my 23 years at Huish Park I cannot speak too highly of the man who in the past brought so much success to our club. We part company on good terms and I would like personally to wish him well for the future.”

Mr. Fry said the Yeovil Town Board of Directors want to place on record their gratitude to Gary Johnson for his hard work and for the success he had achieved.He added:

“Gary took the Glovers from the Conference to the Championship and is regarded as one of the best managers in the Football League. More importantly, he is one of the most successful managers in Yeovil Town’s 119 year history.”

Mr Fry said he understood the huge affection fans felt for the manager, but that those same loyal supporters wanted success for their club. He said:

“Unfortunately, ours is a business that depends on good results, and at this stage of the season the facts speak for themselves. Following our relegation from the Championship we are now bottom of League One. After considerable discussion regarding the best way forward, the club’s directors decided to terminate Gary’s contract and to pursue alternative managerial options. I sincerely hope our incredibly loyal fans understand our decision.”

Mr. Fry said that Terry Skiverton would take over as Acting Manager until further notice with Darren Way as his assistant.

He added that there would be no further comment from the club
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The news brings to an end Johnson's second spell with the football club that has seen him take charge of 388 matches - broken down as 226 matches during his first spell, and 162 games during his second spell. With just over seven seasons worth of service across the two spells, he stands as the club's longest serving manager by some distance.

Gary's time at the club has been littered with success that has broken new ground with the club, bringing the Glovers trophies that no other manager has achieved. Highlights and more positive memories of his time at the club include:

2001-02 Season : Won the FA Trophy by beating Stevenage Borough 2-0 at Villa Park, with goals from Carl Alford and Adam Stansfield
2002-03 Season : Won the Conference League title by a record-breaking 17 point margin, taking the club into the Football League for the first time in its 108 year history.
2003-04 Season : Took the club to a money-spinning FA Cup Third Round tie against Liverpool that was screened live on BBC1.
2004-05 Season : Won the League Two title, finishing three points above a Swansea City side now in the Premier League. Took the club to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup for only the second time in the club's history after they knocked out Championship side Rotherham United on their own patch by a 3-0 Scoreline, giving them a trip to Premier League side Charlton Athletic, backed by around 4,000 travelling supporters
2012-13 Season : Gave the club its best League One finish in 4th place, ultimately seeing them beat Brentford in the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium. Named the LMA Manager Of The Year for League One.
2013-14 Season : Gave the club its one and only (so far!) season at Championship level, with the club's fate only sealed on the 45th game of the season. Took the club to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup for only the third time in the club's history with an away match against Premier League side Southampton watched by 3,403 travelling supporters.
2014-15 Season : Took the club to a money-spinning FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United that was screened live on BT Sport.

His time at the club makes him undeniably the most successful manager the club has ever had - three promotions, one major trophy and a number of huge FA Cup matches. Whilst he leaves the club struggling at the wrong end of the League One table, in the long term there's little doubt that the more positive highlights will feature strongly as key points in the club's history. For this we thank Gary for those moments and wish him the very best of luck in his future management career.


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4 February 2015 : National Paper Claims Johnson Sacked By Yeovil
The future of Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson appears to be under question, following rumours that have started circulating today. With the January Transfer Window having closed with little business having happened during the final few days, there have been questions raised by fans concerning why the Glovers boss was unable to add to his squad during the closing stages of that window.

The presumption was that Johnson would be expected to manage - give or take an emergency loan or two - using his existing first team squad. However, there are suggestions that there are moves afoot that would see Johnson removed from his position 388 matches into his Yeovil tenure. The The Sun newspaper claims that the Glovers boss has been sacked, although nothing concrete has been reported as yet.

Needless to say, as this situation develops, we'll add to this story.


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4 February 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Yeovil Town and Crawley Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 7th February 2015 at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Patrick Miller (Bedfordshire).

We've seen Mr Miller a a number of times over the years, although until the 2014-15 season all of them were away from home. He took charge of the City Ground defeat in April 2006 and for a Leyton Orient fixture in November 2006. On that occasion Miller caused outrage both on the Yeovil Town bench and amongst the visiting fans when bottling a late decision as Arron Davies was taken out, running into the box. Following those two, he was back in the middle for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Quarter-Final stage against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. On this occasion we failed to notice him.

Mr Miller took charge of Yeovil's 1-0 triumph over Charlton Athletic in the Carling Cup in August 2008. Despite us winning the match in a tremendous performance, we weren't quite so pleased with Mr Miller's definition of when a well-timed robust tackle becomes a reason to blow a whistle for an opposition free kick. Following Charlton but in the same season, he was in charge of the 2-0 defeat against Walsall in February 2009, where we had no significant complaints about his performance on the day.

During the following season, he took charge of a November 2009 away match at the Priestfield Stadium. Here he dished out six yellow cards and a red card to Jean-Paul Kalala. No complaints about the incident that caused JP to walk, given that it looked more like Eric Cantona at Crystal Palace than a touch of the beautiful game. However, there were a number of worthy complaints about what had gone on before, with Gillingham using some rough-house tactics to try to wind up both Kalala and Sam Williams with the pair on yellow cards. Manager Terry Skiverton felt his players deserved better protection from the match officials from that kind of tactic. Mr Miller also awarded Gillingham a penalty in the 10th minute that eventually won the game - no big complaints there.

We were due to have Mr Miller for the March 2011 match between Yeovil Town and Walsall, which would have been his first visit to Huish Park. Instead he was replaced by Roger East at the last minute. Instead he turned up at Griffin Park at the start of the following season for a 2-0 defeat against Brentford. We were beaten by the better team, but the match officials somewhat gifted the Bees their opening goal, by awarding them a penalty for handball when a Shaleum Logan cross struck arm of Nathan Jones - the crucial bit being that had his back turned towards the ball as he tried to use his body to block the cross - how can a handball be 'deliberate' if you can't even see the ball coming towards you? Terry Skiverton, who was manager at the time questioned: "if the player doesn't raise his arms, and he doesn't lean towards the ball and the ball strikes him, how is that supposed to be a penalty? I can't quite fathom it."

There then came a gap in which our referee seemed to disappear from the scene entirely - during 2012-13, he managed six matches, disappearing after October, whilst for the following season, he did two games in August but no more after that. He then finally returned properly for the 2014-15 season, where he's done 18 matches - the 43 yellows and one red are fairly par for the course. One of those games was our October 2014 home game against Rochdale, which gave him his first visit to Huish Park at last - a horrible afternoon and a 0-3 home defeat. We were too busy lamenting our defence's ability to gift the opposition goals to grumble about officials - no complaints there at all.

Mr Miller will be assisted by Chris Powell (Dorset) and Michael Webb (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).

Link: April 2006 : Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil Town 1

Link: November 2006 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 0

Link: November 2007 : Swansea City 1 Yeovil Town 0

Link: August 2008 : Charlton Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Walsall 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2009 : Gillingham 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2011 : Brentford 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Rochdale 3.


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3 February 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Transfer Window Fails To Provide A Breath Of Fresh Air
Yesterday saw football fans around the country glued to one of Sky Sports, BBC Sports or their favourite social networking site, hoping that their team would pull a big signing out of the hat before the Transfer Window closed. For Yeovil Town supporters, our club has never been one to splash the cash, but we've usually managed to bring in a few players that will make a difference. The latest Taff's Gloversblog pulls apart some of the issues surrounding that rather dull day - read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Transfer Window Fails To Provide A Breath Of Fresh Air.


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3 February 2015 : Harriers Winger Signs For Steelmen
Yeovil Town's transfer day deadline target Marvin Johnson had headed to a completely different country by the time the transfer window closed last night. He signed for Scottish Premiership side Motherwell for an 'undisclosed fee' and flew up to Scotland yesterday after the Steelmen met Harriers' asking price - they had been asking for a six figure fee through their local media although it's not stated whether Motherwell met that target. No contract length is revealed as yet.

Parading Johnson at the North Lanarkshire club's Fir Park ground during the small hours of last night - where Scottish sides had an extra hour to get their business through - manager Ian Baraclough told his club's website:

"We are absolutely delighted to get Marvin and I am really excited to see him play in the Scottish Premiership. He is extremely hungry and will be out to show everyone just exactly what he can do. He is what we need in that he is dynamic, extremely quick and can both create and score goals. We have been tracking him for some time so we are thrilled to get him."

Johnson was also interviewed after he signed the deal with the second-from-bottom Premiership side, and said that he felt that he was going in the right direction after making the decision to leave Harriers, three years after arriving from Romulus during that January transfer window:

"I’m very pleased to be here and I get the gut feeling that I am heading in the right direction. The manager and staff have given me the backing and confidence that I need so that is pleasing and I’m ready to get going straight away. People say I’m an exciting player and I hope that is what I can bring. Normally I set players up but this season I have found myself in the right position at the right time and when I find myself in that position I go for goal and have ended up scoring 10."


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2 February 2015 : Transfer Deadline Day Round-Up
Yeovil Town completed Transfer Deadline Day on Monday night without bringing any new players into their squad. The only outgoing was Brendan Moloney's three-and-a-half year contract given to him by League Two side Northampton Town during the early evening, and despite suggestions that they still held an interest in Kidderminster Harriers winger Marvin Johnson, nothing solid materialised from that, with the local Kidderminster media suggesting that the amount on the table for the 24 year old was in the region of £25,000 - sizeably short of the six figure sum they hoped the Glovers were going to pay.

Elsewhere around the leagues, former Glovers loanee Jordy Hiwula will get a second bite of the League One cherry, after he signed for Walsall on a one month youth loan. Another former loan striker Ishmael Miller has left Blackpool for an undisclosed fee, signing for fellow Championship side Huddersfield Town.

Conference National leaders Barnet have signed up former midfielder Conor Clifford from Southend United after they made him available for transfer late last month. Barnet have taken the 23 year old on a short term loan deal.

Meanwhile up in Scotland, Fraser Fyvie left Wigan Athletic to sign for Hibernian on a six month deal. Finally Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana, who had been on trial at Huish Park earlier this season, is one of five Toon Army players who have joined Rangers on loan - the arrangement being possible because Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has also recently bought 4.26m shares, taking him just short of dual ownership rules set by the Scottish FA, but enough for a bulk loan deal north of the border to be of interest to him.


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2 February 2015 : On To Victory Fanzine Announces Final Sales Figures
Many thanks to everybody who bought a copy of On To Victory during January. All profits generated are going to the Adam Stansfield Foundation (25%) and the Yeovil Women's Hospital Flying Colours Appeal (75%) which is raising money for improved facilities at Yeovil's Special Care Baby Unit.

We sold around 200 copies again, which was fantastic, and I am delighted to say we have raised £137 for the Yeovil Women’s Hospital Flying Colours Appeal and £46 for the Adam Stansfield Foundation. Congratulations to Zoe Rooney (presumably no relation!) who entered our competition and has won a limited edition print and a copy of ‘Slope and Glory’.

Special thanks go to Westbury Packaging, We do Vans, Remous Print and Jaam design for subsidising the cost of production and also my small but dedicated team of salesmen/women, Val, Charis, Will R and Fred. Put simply it would not have made any money without you all, so many thanks.

Feedback is welcomed, we are on twitter, On To Victory @will_proc and aim to be back again next season. Let me know if you would like to get involved in any way.

Finally I’m happy to publish these words of thanks from Sarah Cherry who co-ordinates the Flying Colours appeal, by getting involved in the next issue you can directly or indirectly help support causes such as this:

"I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who bought a copy of On To Victory, that I know Will worked so hard on. You have helped raise a fantastic amount for Flying Colours, which will go towards our new Special Care Baby Unit. Our current Unit is extremely small and cramped and we have been working towards raising £500,000 to build a much bigger and better unit, that will allow for more space and privacy for our families using it. We have so far raised around £450,000 and it would not have been possible without the support of the Community, and people like Will. So thank you for your continued support."

[Article by Will Proctor - On To Victory Editor.]


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2 February 2015 : Moloney Departure Now Made Permanent
Yeovil Town right-back Brendan Moloney is now entirely off the Huish Park payroll. He has signed for League Two side Northampton Town who have given him a three-and-a-half year contract at Sixfields after becoming a regular part of their January 2015 line-up as part of a loan spell with the Cobblers. The 26 year old made just seven appearances for the Glovers after signing for the club over the summer of 2014, and he was already committed to a half-season deal with Northampton, meaning that today's departure will mean nothing in terms of squad numbers, but at least gets one of the more likely high earners off the wage bill.

At present there is no sign of any incoming transfer business as far as Transfer Deadline Day is concerned.

Link: Brendan Moloney : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 February 2015 : Bell Seeing Huish Park As A Positive Place To Be
New Yeovil Town signing Fergus Bell sees his new surroundings as 'a positive place to be' as he adjusts to life in South Somerset. The 24 year old arrived in South Somerset via League Two side Mansfield Town last Thursday and was an unused substitute during Saturday's match at Peterborough United.

Having trained with the club during last week, he has told his old club's local paper the Mansfield Chad that he will need some time to see how the club set themselves up for things like free kicks and corners, but his early impressions are that he is impressed with the players that are on the club's books and the attitude of manager Gary Johnson and hopes the club can get out of the relegation zone:

"There are a lot of players here who can play at a higher level. The manager has got a good attitude and he pushes the players hard. We have got two big games coming up and if we can get six points that should see us move out of the bottom four. Yeovil Town is a positive place to be and I just need to get my head down. The style of play here is different and it will take a bit of time to get used to the set-pieces and little ins and outs at the club, but I can’t wait to get going."

Bell said he had been aware of Yeovil Town's interest in him for some time, but that when the firm offer came in that it went through very quickly. Despite not having been part of Mansfield's starting line-up since mid-December, he had no qualms with his former manager Adam Murray for the way his time at the Field Mill has come to an end:

"I knew that Yeovil had watched me a few times earlier in the season and they made an enquiry last week. It all happened very fast after they made the enquiry, It is a step up to League One and a challenge I am looking forward to. I get on very well with (Mansfield Town manager) Adam Murray on a personal level and we sat down and discussed things as two people on one level. I knew that my opportunities for games would be limited and we both understood the situation. I enjoyed myself at the club and leave Mansfield with a happy head. It was an amicable move."

Link: Fergus Bell : Player Profile.


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2 February 2015 : Transfer Deadline Day Sees Glovers Still Searching For Deals
Tonight sees the January transfer window shut for all Premier League, Football League and Conference National clubs, as the final opportunity for teams to make permanent signings and long term loan deals. At 11.00p.m. tonight in England (and midnight in Scotland) it will only be possible for clubs to sign free agents, with the exception of those sides in the Football League and below who will be able to make use of the Emergency Loan system in just over a week's time.

For Yeovil Town, manager Gary Johnson has kept his cards fairly close to his chest, admitting in his post-match interview that he did have an offer for one player out there, but that he was not certain that any deals would be struck before the end of today. He confirmed that he would be aiming to replace Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer but that if he was unable to do so by today that Artur Krysiak would get the nod until the emergency loan window opened. However it is likely that with the club having six long term injuries on their books that he will be searching elsewhere for players to bulk up his squad. There are no guarantees though.

There have been a number of recent transfer dealings around the country in the last week or so involving former Yeovil Town players that are worth noting. The Johnson connection has no doubt played a part in Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean moving to Oldham Athletic on loan until the end of the 2014-15 season. Kean made five appearances for the Glovers earlier this season.

Former midfielder Ruben Palazuelos is back in Britain and has signed a short term deal with Scottish Premier League club Ross County, having spent an earlier part of this season playing for Ermis in Cyprus. Meanwhile former loan winger James Dayton has also headed to the same division, agreeing a half season loan deal with St Mirren, having been on Oldham Athletic's books this season.

Finally from today, Queens Park Rangers have allowed Max Ehmer to continue his loan with League One side Gillingham until the end of the 2014-15 season, whilst Conference National side Aldershot Town have allowed Anthony Tonkin to leave by mutual consent - as yet Tonks hasn't got himself a new club, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the agreement was with that in mind.

Needless to say, if any Glovers or Glovers-themed rumours or confirmed transfer news turns up today, further updates will follow.


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2 February 2015 : FA Women's Cup Fourth Round Draw : Glovers Given Away Tie
Yeovil Town Ladies have been given an away draw in the Fourth Round of the FA Women's Cup. The Glovers will head off to play Aston Villa Ladies, who defeated Sunderland Ladies in the Third Round stage. That follows Yeovil's impressive 4-1 victory over Lewes Ladies in Sherborne yesterday. The draw is as follows:

Watford v Keynsham Town
Charlton Athletic or Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace or Reading Women
C&K Basildon or Sheffield v Radcliffe Olympic or Durham Women’s
Stoke City v Coventry City
Aston Villa v Yeovil Town
Portsmouth v Millwall Lionesses or Lowestoft Town
Bradford City or FC Reedswood v Doncaster Rovers Belles
Derby County v Tottenham Hotspur

All ties are scheduled to be played on Sunday 8th March. Fourth Round winners will collect £500 as part of the FA's prize fund for the competition.


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2 February 2015 : Restaurant Offer For The Crawley League Game
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to enjoy some additional hospitality around their matchday on Saturday can eat in the Glovers Restaurant as part of a special meal deal. The Glovers take on Crawley Town in a League One tie on Saturday 7th February with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and you can reserve a place in the restaurant by booking via the club's Ticket Office (01935-847888). On offer for this weekend's match is a meal of Ham, Egg and Chips plus either a pint of beer or a glass of wine for the sum of £10.00.

Note that you must purchase your matchday ticket separately and that the Restaurant operates under a 'smart casual' dress code. Football shirts will be allowed, with other clothing 'smart'. To place your bookings, call the number shown or visit the club in person.

Glovers Restaurant offer for the Crawley game - Ham, Egg and Chips - book now
Glovers Restaurant offer for the Crawley game - Ham, Egg and Chips - book now.



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2 February 2015 : Gary Talks About Peterborough Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday's match against Peterborough United kicked off at London Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's pre-match thoughts on his opponents, his team selection and the recruitment of Fergus Bell are discussed and can be read via the link below.

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

Also available from the weekend just gone, there's Gary's post-match verdict in which he talks about his transfer deadline day plans and why he subbed Norwich City striker Jamar Loza at half time, plus there's the usual chance to vote for your man of the match, and the match report itself.

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

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

Link: Peterborough 1 Yeovil 0 : Single Strike Sends Glovers Bottom Again.


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1 February 2015 : Ladies 4 Lewes 1 : Glovers Secure Fourth Round Cup Place
Yeovil Town Ladies gained a comfortable win in their FA Women's Cup Third Round tie against Lewes Ladies this afternoon. In a match played at the Jones Stadium in front of 255 spectators, the Glovers ran out as 4-1 winners to book their Fourth Round place in a tie in which they always looked comfortable.

Helen Bleazard was unlucky not to open the scoring when she put the ball in the back of the net from a Annie Heatherson pass, only to find a linesman's flag go up for offside. But the Glovers took the lead 15 minutes into the match when former Bristol Academy defender Corinne Yorston scored on her debut for a 1-0 lead. That tally was doubled on the half hour mark when Bleazard got the goal her earlier effort had justified, and it was a spectacular one as she spotted the Lewes goalkeeper off her line and lobbed the ball from close to the halfway line for a 2-0 advantage.

Lewes midfielder Charelle Khassal kept her side in the game by pulling a goal back but by half time the Glovers restored their two goal advantage after Annie Heatherson was brought down in the box and Ellie Curson fired home from the penalty spot. During the second period, Yeovil's dominance continued to show, and after Helen Bleazard was unlucky again in hitting the crossbar, Yeovil grabbed their fourth of the afternoon, with striker Heatherson also scoring on her competitive debut for the club. The end result was a relatively easy route into the next round and a good confidence boost for the new-look Ladies outfit.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 4 Lewes Ladies 1.

Scorers: Corinne Yorston (1-0), Helen Bleazard (2-0), Charelle Khassal (2-1), Ellie Curson (3-1), Annie Heatherson (4-1).

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes, Ellie Isaac, Corinne Yorston, Paige Stewart, Ebony Dover, Natalie Haigh (Capt), Vera Payol, Shauna Cossens, Annie Heatherson, Ellie Curson, Helen Bleazard.

Substitutes: Emily Donovan (for Vera Payol), Sarah Hill (for Shauna Cossens), Stacey Pearson, Alys Hinchcliffe (for Natalie Haigh)

Attendance: 255.


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1 February 2015 : Johnson Talks About Bell Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he expects new midfield signing Fergus Bell to be a player who will gradually become a regular part of his club's first team, rather than one who will be coming in and making an instant impact. The Glovers recruited the former Sunderland and Hibernian youth player on a six month deal after he agreed to leave League Two side Mansfield Town where he had spent the first half of the 2014-15 season on their books.

The 24 year old was an unused substitute during yesterday's 1-0 defeat against Peterborough United at London Road yesterday, meaning that Glovers fans will have to wait a bit to see him in action. Gary told BBC Somerset that initially at least it would be a case of blooding him in, particularly as the Wandsworth-born player had not featured in Mansfield's side since mid-December:

"He hasn't played for a couple of weeks so he's not going to be the one that comes in during the next month and gets player of the month. He's got to come in, see what we do, and adjust to our training, because it's a little bit more than what he's used to. But he's handled the last week very well."

Johnson explained that having numbers on the first team books was a priority for the club, with them naming seven substitutes yesterday for the first time in a 2015 League One match. His view was that Bell was a player who had yet to settle in at a single club, having so far played football in Scotland, Belgium, Spain, Italy and England but without truly putting down roots:

"He's 24 but he probably hasn't had a great opportunity yet to do what he likes doing. We just spotted his ability as a midfield player. He's got that final pass in him and that's something that we've been looking for as well. We need numbers at the minute, but it also doesn't stop you if suddenly Roy of the Rovers becomes available because he's not an expensive player. But he's a good lad and he'll get his opportunity, and if he's ready for it then he's certainly got the ability."


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1 February 2015 : Gary's Verdict On The Peterborough Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Peterborough United at London Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about the match against the Posh, as well as his latest thoughts on the transfer window. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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