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31 March 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : It Ain't Over Til It's Over
Saturday's defeat against Barnsley at Huish Park was to say the least one of the most disappointing results of the season so far. It was also one of the most damaging, given the stage of the season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog picks through the wreckage, and looks forward to what we will need to do in order to reverse that the situation that currently leaves us at the foot of the table. Read that via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : It Ain't Over Til It's Over.


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31 March 2014 : Fry Confirms Four Million Bond Withdrawn From Food Store Offer
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has confirmed that plans to provide a four million pound bond to guarantee stadium improvements as part of the club's Food Store application have been withdrawn as part of the late revisions to documents submitted to South Somerset District Council. Back in March 2012, the club had proposed a formalised agreement with SSDC that would have ensured that this sum of money was lodged in a segregated bank account that could be controlled by SSDC to ensure that the sums involved did get put towards specified stadium projects, to allay any fears of it being frittered away and lost over time.

The offer detailed seven key projects that the club would commit to as a consequence of the Food Store plans being approved, which included a new stand at the Copse Road end of the ground, a new supporters bar, and the addition of two new first team training pitches, plus provision for the replacement of the Public Open Space land lost at Huish Park as a consequence of building the Food Store.

This £4 million offer was effectively withdrawn during the club's February 2014 amendments to their planning application, and replaced by the £1 million offer to SSDC to allow them to replace the Public Open Space land within the Brympton Parish or neighbouring area. Mr Fry confirmed this to be the case in last week's BBC Somerset three hour special programme, which they broadcasted from Huish Park, concentrating upon the development plans. However, he indicated that there had been a late offer from the club that had increased the provision for replacement land to £2.1 million. He gave his views over why the original bond offer had been taken off the table:

"It relates to how much it's going to cost for the Public Open Space. We have just this week upped our offer to £2.1 million and unless we get the development we won't be able to produce that money. So basically the agreement with the Council is that Yeovil Town Football Club will have this development, and that the money will be coming from the site. We don't know how much completely because we're in with a partnership with CDS International and we can only move forward on that partnership because we don't have that money until we develop the site. The reason why it was withdrawn is because it might cost more than £4 million because of the Public Open Space issue. If you take £2.1 million out of what you will get for this land for the development then it is a lot of money. We are not prepared to put this club on the line by making false promises. I've never done that during the time that I've been here."

The sum of money for the Public Open Space is needed as national planning regulations protect both public land and sports pitches, requiring compensation for the loss in the form of replacement facilities that must either match or better what is there today. This is a similar problem that Oldham Athletic encountered with their now aborted Failsworth Stadium plans that had to be withdrawn in February 2011 when they could not find replacement Charitable Land that would satisfy the Charity Commission and Oldham Council.

National Government body Sport England indicated earlier this month that they wanted to see plans for the actual replacement pitches submitted, rather than a sum of money that could not be guaranteed to be sufficient to fulfill the requirements. Reacting to the formally lodged £1 million offer, SSDC's Case Officer planning report expressed concern with the responsibility for finding that replacement land being passed over to them, and the risks that would entail:

"The alternative of providing a sum of money to SSDC to make their own provision may be appropriate, but of course this puts an onus on SSDC to provide replacement open space and to ensure it is delivered within an appropriate timeframe. Alerting landowners to the fact the Council is in receipt of a specified amount of money , the asking price of the land, in the best locations, may artificially inflate. SSDC would also be faced with trying to gain planning permission and this relies on the opinion of statutory consultees, local people and members that the site meets the needs of the community, all long after conceding the loss of the existing (land). Hence why officers advised alternative provision be secured prior to the application being submitted, and explains in part why this is now a long running application."

South Somerset District Council's Area South planning committee will meet on Wednesday 2nd April to formally decide the application. At this stage, the documentation under consideration only refers to the £1 million offer for the replacement Public Open Space land. We're not sure if the planning hearing will consider the later £2.1 million offer given that the final planning report was published before this revised offer came to light.


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30 March 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Barnsley Match Highlights
For those who can bear to relive yesterday's football, the match highlights of the 1-4 home defeat against Barnsley have been uploaded onto the Sky Sports website. In addition to Luke Ayling's goal and the four second half strikes from the Tykes, you can watch a rather nifty looking training ground move that saw Tom Lawrence go close during the first half. Other than that it's all about the five goals - watch the clip via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Barnsley Match Highlights.


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30 March 2014 : Jones Nets Winner For Cards
Yeovil Town's on-loan defender/midfielder Joey Jones was a match-winner yesterday, as he scored the winning goal against Wrexham in a 2-1 win. His 57th minute goal came at Kingfield after Wrexham keeper Andy Coughlin came for a deep ball into the box, misjudged his punch and when the ball was put back into the area, the 19 year old was on hand to turn and convert from eight yards out for his first goal with the cards. Woking's other goal was scored by former loanee Scott Rendell. Jones played as a midfielder for Woking on the day, having also played for them in the back four during his previous matches.

You can watch Joey's goal via the highlights clip below - fast-forward to just after the six minute mark if you want to skip the main bulk of the match. There is also a post-match interview with Joey below - he had also won their sponsors Man of the Match in what was his seventh appearance for the club. His current deal at Kingfield runs out during the coming week, and so given yesterday's performance we'd not be surprised if manager Garry Hill looked to extend that arrangement further.

As a side note, we're wondering what Wrexham fans thought of a player called Joey Jones scoring the winning goal against them, given a similarly named player's legendary status at their club! Jones Snr (no relation!) - now aged 59 years old - is currently the Youth Team Coach at the Racecourse Ground.






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30 March 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Barnsley Home Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Barnsley kicked off, Yeovil Town manager spoke to the BBC about the 1-4 defeat. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Gary speaks about the relegation battle and the teams that he feels are involved in that scrap. Read that interview via the link below.

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

Gary's post-match views are also available - captured via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Barnsley Home Match.


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30 March 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Barnsley Home Match
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Barnsley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager spoke to the BBC about the 1-4 defeat. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Gary gives his views on the performance, as well as giving his view on why he tends to disappear down the tunnel quickly after poor performances.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Barnsley Home Match.


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29 March 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Barnsley
If you watched this afternoon's 1-4 defeat against Barnsley at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

NOTE: Yes, we're aware after a performance like this that voting for a 'Man of the Match' seems tather erroneous! However, consider it as a "least worst man of the match" - which players maybe get off the hook and still put in an okay performance!

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


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29 March 2014 : Johnson Slams 'Worst All-Round Performance' Of The Season
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson slammed his side's performance this afternoon as he marked it as the 'worst all-round performance' of the 2013-14 season. The Glovers lost 1-4 at home against Barnsley in a match that was crucial for both sides but resulted in the Tykes picking up all three points, whilst the Glovers were condemned to the foot of the Championship table with just seven matches remaining.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Gary admitted that Barnsley were better 'in every department' and so deserved their win, even if he was frustrated that some of the goals that they got were gained through defensive errors:

"It was a poor performance. I don't think anyone turns up to see that bad a performance. The players don't turn up to see that bad a performance. But they did and it was a bit of a boyish performance today. Barnsley, to be fair, turned up and looked like in every department they were stronger, quicker, cleverer and despite going in at half time with a strong wind against us, we thought that if we were a little bit better with our control of the ball and our passing and our runs that maybe we'd get something. But the first goal was a poor goal, because we gave it to them. Then Barnsley got their tails up, and our boys didn't get any part of Yeovil's game together today."

Johnson added that his team played like a group of strangers, rather than one that was 39 games into the 2013-14 season. He warned his team that if they repeated that performance, then escape from relegation would fail, even if he was prepared to fight on until things became mathematically impossible:

"That was like a group of lads off the street that were just thrown together and were asked to play. So that's very very disappointing because that's probably our worst all-round performance in both halves. We've had some bad first halves and recovered, or vice versa. But today that was our worst performance and myself, Terry and Darren are going to have to do quite a bit to bring them round and get them back to where they should be if they want to stay in this division. Of course in every game that you lose, it looks more difficult, then until it's mathematically impossible - and it's certainly still mathematically possible - but if we play like that then we'll be bottom by a million miles."


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29 March 2014 : Yeovil 1 Barnsley 4 : Second Half Mistakes Put Glovers Bottom
Yeovil Town crashed to their worst home defeat of the 2013-14 season, as a woeful second half defensive performance saw them fall apart against relegation rivals Barnsley. Despite having managed to match promotion-chasing teams such as Wigan Athletic and Leicester City on their travels in recent weeks, defensive mistakes saw them concede four times in 25 minutes as they went bottom of the table in a 4-1 home defeat.

A fairly inert scrappy first half performance from both sides strongly implied at the break that the match would be settled by a single goal, but the second half was a very different kettle of fish. The problems were sparked by players switching off in their own half - Byron Webster's weak back header fell well short of Marek Stech, and Chris O'Grady was the first to react, lifting the ball past Stech for the opening goal. Then Webster's defensive partner Shane Duffy lost possession, allowing Liam Lawrence the chance to burst through and double Barnsley's lead just past the hour mark.

The Glovers did get a brief hope when Jamie McAllister's cross into the box was superbly turned in by Luke Ayling, who fired home through a crowd of players. But any hope that they might have had of producing a big comeback disintegrated as Barnsley twice caught the Glovers short at the back. Chris O'Grady broke the offside trap, and whilst the back four argued with the linesman after O'Grady had netted, it seemed as though the defence had left themselves rather exposed. Three minutes later, and Joe Edwards was out-muscled and slipped onto the deck as Dale Jennings got in behind the back line, finishing the game off and giving Barnsley a 4-1 win.

Results elsewhere saw Millwall draw 2-2 despite twice leading the match against ten men Blackburn Rovers, whilst Charlton Athletic lost 3-0. But Barnsley's win in this 'six pointer' leaves the Glovers bottom and in desperate trouble - realistically next Tuesday's trip to Charlton will become a do-or-die match for them - even then they are going to be relying upon the Addicks making a mess of their three games in hand. With seven games left, things are starting to look rather bleak in terms of the 'great escape'.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Barnsley 4.

Scorers: Chris O'Grady (53 mins, 0-1), Liam Lawrence (64 mins, 0-2), Luke Ayling (70 mins, 1-2), Chris O'Grady (75 mins, 1-3), Dale Jennings (78 mins, 1-4)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
13. Kieffer Moore 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
9. James Hayter (59 mins for Kieffer Moore) 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 21. Liam Davis (63 mins for Kevin Dawson) 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan (84 mins for Tom Lawrence)

Barnsley:
1. Luke Steele
23. Kelvin Etuhu 22. Jean-Yves Mvoto 5. Lewin Nyatanga 4. Tom Kennedy
19. Tomasz Cywka 8. Stephen Dawson 14. Liam Lawrence 16. Dale Jennings
20. Marcus Pedersen 10. Chris O'Grady

Substitutes:
2. Bobby Hassell 9. Nick Proschwitz 11. Martin Woods (83 mins for Reuben Noble-Lazarus) 15. Emmanuel Frimpong (90 mins for Liam Lawrence) 24. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (24 mins for Marcus Pedersen) 27. Ryan McLaughlin 31. Iain Turner

Yeovil Bookings: Shane Duffy (foul, 72 mins)

Barnsley Bookings: Dale Jennings (kicking ball away, 55 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 16.

Barnsley Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: Simon Beck (Bedfordshire) and Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire). Fourth Official: Tim Robinson (West Sussex).

Attendance: 6,579 (including 735 Barnsley supporters).


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29 March 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Barnsley
Yeovil Town have selected an unchanged squad for this afternoon's Championship home match against Barnsley at Huish Park. The same starting eleven and the same seven substitutes are selected, compared to the team that travelled to Leicester City in midweek.

That means that Ruben Palazuelos (hamstring) and Joel Grant (ribs) are the two players who continue to sit on the sidelines, with the relatively good performances from the other squad members in their absence resisting the temptation for manager Gary Johnson to rush them back. The full squad reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
13. Kieffer Moore 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 21. Liam Davis 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan


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29 March 2014 : Kevin Ready For A Family Affair
When Barnsley played Yeovil Town at Oakwell last December, the fixture was a bit of a let down for one particular family. The Dawsons from Dublin had hoped that it would bring together Barnsley midfielder Stephen Dawson with Yeovil Town's own Kevin Dawson but it didn't quite work out that way. Both were somewhat on the fringes of their sides, and the end result was that only one of them got onto the pitch - Stephen was an unused substitute whilst Kevin managed to get on as a second half substitute.

This time around, the 15 family members who have flown over from Dublin should get a bit more lucky. Stephen played 90 minutes for Barnsley on Tuesday night and scored in their 3-1 win over Reading, whilst Kevin played 90 minutes against Leicester City and scored last Saturday against Bolton Wanderers. That means both are likely to be named in the starting line-ups for this afternoon's crunch match between the two sides. Whilst brotherly love might be on hold this afternoon, Kevin - the junior by five years - says that they do normally speak a lot to each other:

"I'm very close to him and speak to him every day, and we wind each other up. So I'm looking forward to it. Obviously he's been over here a lot longer than me, but if you'd said to me 18 months ago that we'd be playing against each other in the Championship, I would have laughed at you. So playing against him on Saturday is going to be something special."

Kevin has told BBC Somerset that he is under no illusion as to the size of the match, which sees the 22nd placed club take on the 23rd place club at Huish Park. He said that he was hoping to hold his place in the team in what would be a massive game for both clubs futures in the Championship:

"Let's be honest here - it's an absolutely massive game for both clubs. So I think you're going to get 110 percent from both teams as a minimum. Then hopefully we can come out with the win. I've been over here for 15 or 16 months and I think I'm fitting in all of the time, and trying to take as much on board as possible. I've enjoyed it - obviously I've been a bit in-and-out (of the first team) but hopefully now I can stay in for as long as possible."

Having played difficult matches against Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers and Leicester City there are mixed feelings about the three points gained in circumstances that could have gained the Glovers more than that at various stages of those games. But Kevin says that they have to see them as three points gained, and that they should take the next three matches against Barnsley, Blackpool and Charlton Athletic one game at a time:

"We've just got to push on now. We picked up what could be three massive points in the last three games. We have to take that as a positive now, and push on to the next three - which are probably even bigger games. They are absolutely critical for us now because they could realistically define our season. We need to take them one game at a time. It's Barnsley first and we'll review it after that and hopefully push on after there."


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29 March 2014 : Ralls Looking Forward To Barnsley Six-Pointer
Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder Joe Ralls says that he is expecting Barnsley to provide good opposition in this afternoon's relegation crunch battle at Huish Park. The two sides in 22nd and 23rd place in the Championship table meet knowing that with just eight matches remaining of the 2013-14 season, the losers will be left badly damaged in their hopes of avoiding the drop.

With Barnsley having gained a shock 3-1 away win over Reading in midweek, Ralls told BBC Somerset that he was expecting them to have their tails up, and had little doubt of the importance of the tie between the two clubs:

"We know they're obviously going to be a good side - they got a good result (on Tuesday) so they're going to want to win it as much as we do. So we've got to make sure that we turn up on the day, and hopefully we'll get a result. We've had these big sides in the last four or five games. We've got them out of the way and we've had some good positive results. But obviously Saturday is a massive game for us. We've got a lot of teams coming up now who are in and around us and a lot of six-pointers and we've obviously got to try to win the game on Saturday."

Ralls has now played 30 matches for Yeovil Town since arriving on loan from Cardiff City last August. Having spent pretty much the whole of the 2013-14 season in South Somerset, the 20 year old is happy with the experience that he is getting from his time at Huish Park:

"It's been brilliant. I've played in a good number of games since I've come here. Obviously I'm proud of that. We've played well in a lot of games, and obviously on a personal level it's good for me to be playing as much football as I am. It's a shame that we didn't get the three points (at Leicester City), but it is a good point and we've got to stay positive and move on to the next game now."


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29 March 2014 : Brooks Loaned To Wincanton
Last week, former Dorchester Town defender Calvin Brooks became a rather low key signing at the club, as he arrived at Huish Park on a non-contract basis. This week, he's immediately moved out on loan to Western League First Division side Wincanton Town - he will continue to train full time with the Glovers whilst he plays at Moor Lane.

Brooks made his debut on Tuesday night against Wells City in a match Wincanton won 4-2, with him playing as a right-back during the match. In terms of his Glovers involvement, the expectation is that he will only get involved in training ground matches during remainder of the 2013-14 season.


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28 March 2014 : Gary Previews The Barnsley Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Barnsley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Jack Killah, Gary's brief look-back at Leicester City, along with the visit of the Tykes can be read via the link below.

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


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28 March 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Barnsley
Officials for tomorrow afternoon's Championship match between Yeovil Town and Barnsley have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 29th March 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Roger East (Wiltshire).

Mr East was a regular at Huish Park as a Fourth Official and an Assistant but in the summer of 2007 was promoted to the National referees list for the Football League. Since then we've had him nine times in competitive fixtures, although he has also taken charge of various pre-season friendlies and Reserve Team matches.

His earliest match as a referee for a Yeovil Town league game was the February 2008 match against Southend United that saw the Essex side kick-started by a poor decision outside the box, winning them an early controversial free kick. We didn't play well on the day, losing the match 1-0, but certainly things like that did not help. Somehow he also managed to wind up Glovers fans during a pre-season friendly against Bristol City, in July 2008. A dodgy penalty and the lack of an offside award for another goal, along with two bookings being dished out in a friendly and he didn't impress too many that night.

Mr East then took charge of the 1-0 win over Swindon Town in March 2009. We may have won the game, but we found a lot of his early decision-making antagonised both crowd and players in a tense local derby where a cool head could have been done with instead. His decision to book Chris Weale for timewasting, then 11 minutes later to book David Noble for taking a free kick too quickly was to say the least odd.

His more recent matches involving the Glovers have probably been his best, with two of those coming during the 2009-10 season. Our 2-0 win over Brentford in September 2009 warrants no significant criticism of his officiating. Boxing Day's 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers was not quite so error free - his positioning left a lot to be desired - twice getting in the way of attempted Yeovil clearances, putting Wycombe through on goal with one, but maybe he felt the opposition needed a friendly hand that day?

Mr East was in charge of the September 2010 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers. Here we've got to give him credit for doing what far too few officials do - going back and booking a Tranmere player after he had played an advantage, rather than forgetting the severity of the incident, or unnecessarily stopping play. However, with our green-tinted spectacles on, we had some grumbles about him chalking off an Adam Virgo goal for apparent climbing on a Rovers defender. Good job we won the game, or there might have been a bit more post-match talk about it.

He looked after two Glovers games during the 2011-12 season. In the 2-0 defeat against Exeter City in the Carling Cup he chalked off another Glovers goal - a Kieran Agard strike was denied for a push on the keeper by another Glovers player. Whether that was fair or not, Terry Skiverton didn't make any issue about the incident in his post-match interview, so we'll give the match referee the benefit of the doubt. No bookings against either side on the night, which is always nice to see.

Then we had the March 2012 game against Brentford, where he had a bit more of a messy game, where we weren't happy about the free kick that led to the Bees opening goal. He later denied both sides a penalty shout, although we'd need to have seen the video replay for both incidents to see the merits of his decision-making there.

During the 2012-13 season he took charge of two matches. The earliest was the home match against Sheffield United. We lost the game 1-0, but can't find any references to his performance - just one yellow card raised in a relatively low key game. Then he had the February 2013 night match against Preston North End. This was Graham Westley's last stand, as he was sacked the next morning - as match referee Mr East had to deal with some pretty appalling timewasting tactics from Preston. Under those circumstances, you can either wave your yellow cards all over the place, or you can stop your watch. Mr East chose the latter, adding on six additional minutes for Westley's side's blatant gamesmanship.

Whatever our own opinions on him as a referee, clearly the relevant referees assessors like what he is doing, as during the 2013-14 season, he's been given eight matches either at Premier League level or involving Premier League sides in cup competitions. Conversely he's only been given two matches at League Two level. This was a pattern started during the 2012-13 season suggesting that Mr East is being lined up for full time Premier League duties at some point in the future.

Mr East will be assisted by Simon Beck (Bedfordshire) and Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire). The Fourth Official will be Tim Robinson (West Sussex).

Link: Feb 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Southend United 3.

Link: July 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.

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

Link: Sept 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.

Link: Dec 2009 : Yeovil Town 4 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: Sept 2010 : Yeovil Town 3 Tranmere Rovers 1.

Link: August 2011 : Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 1.

Link: September 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield United 1.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Preston North End 1.


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28 March 2014 : Free Tickets Offered For Barnsley Clash
Yeovil Town are offering FREE admission to all supporters aged 21 and Under for tomorrow's Championship fixture against Barnsley. With the fixture representing a significant six-pointer as the clubs in 22nd and 23rd place in the Championship table, the club have made the decision to allow a special ticketing offer for younger supporters.

Given the lateness of the offer, any supporters who have already purchased a Junior or Young Persons ticket for tomorrow's match should claim a free ticket for the Middlesbrough home match on Saturday 3rd May, kick-off 12.15p.m. as an alternative offer. The alternative offer for the Middlesbrough match is valid from Monday 31st March - do not try to claim your Middlesbrough ticket now - hang onto your Barnsley ticket and use it after the weekend.

To take advantage of this offer, supporters aged 21 or Under should visit or call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 either before 6.00p.m. tonight or from 9.00a.m. tomorrow morning. Obviously as this is an age-related offer, we'd recommend that anyone aged around 21 years old takes ID with them to act as proof of entitlement.

NOTE: Please turn up early to the ground to claim this offer if you are arriving at Huish Park on the day.

Clarification: The offer is open to all supporters who fall into the Junior or Young Persons ticketing categories. This includes all people aged 21 years old. So the cut-off for the offer is 21 years and 364 days. Please take ID with you if you fall into a borderline age group or look older than you are!


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27 March 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Leicester Away Interview
Just before Tuesday night's away match against Leicester City kicked off at the King Power Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary taks about playing the best sides in the Championship, and also selection issues involving Liam Davis, Ruben Palazuelos and Joel Grant.

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


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27 March 2014 : Fry Dismisses 'Misleading Reports' About Ground Move
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry have said that claims that the club might consider leaving Huish Park are 'misleading' and are not being considered. A number of different sources have suggested that the club might seek to leave the ground they've occupied since 1990 if their planning application to build a Food Store at Huish Park is rejected by South Somerset District Council's Area South Planning Committee next week.

This rumour materialised last December with SSDC leader Ric Pallister quoted in the Western Gazette saying that he had been told this by the club, accusing the club of trying to turn the application into a political issue:

"They told us they will go somewhere else in south Somerset if their plans are not accommodated. They have tried to turn this into a political football. They are setting us up to be the fall guy."

This morning BBC Somerset were running an unattributed news item indicating they had heard the same from Yeovil Town Council. Meanwhile last month, the club themselves put out a statement on their Food Store plans that appeared to provide firm evidence that the club would be 'forced to look elsewhere' away from the town if they were denied planning approval, quoting Fry himself as saying:

"Yeovil Town Football Club has already put the Town of Yeovil on the International map besides bringing much needed revenue and jobs to the area. It cannot afford to be held back and it would be a disaster for the town of Yeovil, if the club was forced to look elsewhere to move forward."

Today Mr Fry appeared on BBC Somerset this morning and described those reports as 'misleading stories' saying that his wife had heard this morning's news and was shocked by what had been said. He made it clear that the club were staying at Huish Park regardless of the outcome of next week's planning application:

"There's a lot of misleading stories going around. For example when I left the house this morning, the wife came out saying 'What are you doing moving away from Huish Park? Over my dead body!' - Huish Park is home to the Glovers and what it means is that we've got to redevelop, refurbish and provide the facilities for this famous football club. It's part of Somerset and the growth of Somerset."

Fry has also denied that the Food Store application is to be his swansong and that he is considering bowing out if the plans fail. He joked that his wife wanted him to retire, but he still believes that he is capable of taking the club further forward:

"You've heard the fans singing 'I'll die for Yeovil Town' and die for the club. That is the situation. I could hear my wife jumping up in the kitchen saying 'Thank goodness! He's going to retire' - I'm not! I've got the determination and the vision within this town - not just for the football club - to take this club further forward."


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27 March 2014 : Seagulls Trip Switched For Sky Transmission
Yeovil Town's Championship away fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion has been switched for broadcast on Sky Sports. The match will now be shown live on Friday 25th April, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off - having been originally scheduled for the following day.

Ticketing information published earlier today will almost certainly remain valid, but new travel plans will have to be announced for this match, which is the club's final away match of the 2013-14 season.

Link: Ticketing For Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town.


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27 March 2014 : Lundstram Goes Out On Loan Again
Former Yeovil Town loanee John Lundstram has gone out on loan again. The Everton academy graduate has joined League One promotion chasers Leyton Orient, who are managed by former Glovers boss Russell Slade, and are currently in third place in the League One table.

Lundstram has joined Orient on a 28 day Youth Loan this afternoon, just before the Emergency Loan transfer window closed at 5.00p.m. The 20 year old made 16 appearances for Yeovil Town, scoring twice before his loan spell was cut short earlier this month.

It seems likely that it has been an ultra-quiet day at Huish Park, as far as the loan transfer window is concerned. The only bit of business that has been mentioned is a verbal agreement to extend Sam Foley's loan at League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town. The actual paperwork is still pending, although as this is an extension to an existing deal, there is no hurry for that to be done - Foley's initial month won't run out until after the weekend.


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27 March 2014 : Ticketing For Blackburn Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's Championship away match against Blackburn Rovers is now available. The match takes place on Friday 18th April 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off - Good Friday on the first day of the Easter holiday weekend. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are priced as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Aged 65 and Over: £12.00; Aged 15 and Under: £5.00.

Initially Yeovil Town have been given 802 tickets in Block S03 of the Bryan Douglas Darwen End. This is a large two-tier stand situated behind one of the goals, and is usually shared with home supporters. Block S03 is in the Lower Tier.

Link: Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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27 March 2014 : Ticketing For Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's Championship away match against Brighton and Hove Albion are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Friday 25th April at the Falmer Stadium (under sponsorship as the American Express Community Stadium and usually referred to as The Amex) with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The match will also be shown live on Sky Sports that night.

Ticket prices for this match are as follows:

Adults: £30.00; Over-65s: £22.00; Under-18s: £15.00; Under-10s: £8.00

Ambulant disabled and Wheelchair users are charged at the rates above, depending on their age. However they can admit an assistant free of charge if they are in receipt of Medium to High Disability Living Allowance.

Ticket sales are for Season Ticket Holders up until 4.00p.m. on Friday 4th April. They will then go on General Sale from 9.00a.m. on Monday 7th April. There is a limit of four tickets per season ticket holder and this limit may carry over when on general sale, depending on demand.

Yeovil Town have been given an initial allocation of 1,584 tickets. Subject to availability they may be able to increase the allocation at a later stage. Supporters are advised to book tickets prior to the game as Brighton's usual policy is to make their matches All Ticket - however this has yet to be 100 percent confirmed at this stage.

Supporters are situated in the South Stand, which is a covered seated area situated behind the goal. Tickets start in block S1B which is in the South-East corner of the ground. The ticket price includes free travel within the local area.

NB: Updated to include new date for Sky Sports transmission.

Link: Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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27 March 2014 : Foley Set For Salop Loan Extension
Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley is set to extend his stay with League One side Shrewsbury Town. The former Newport County player has been at the New Meadow on a month's loan after struggling to maintain a place in the Glovers first team set-up this season.

So far Sam has made five starts and one substitute appearance for the Shropshire side, who are currently in the relegation zone near the foot of League One. Although any further spell has yet to be confirmed, Shrewsbury believe that they have a verbal agreement for his loan deal to be extended, and are just waiting for the paperwork to be completed.

Given that today is the deadline day for Emergency Loan transfers, it would seem likely that any deal would involve Foley staying until the end of the 2013-14 season, although usual arrangements are for clubs to include 24 hour recall clauses in secondary month agreements.


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27 March 2014 : Video : Leicester City vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to see match highlights of Tuesday night's away match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, these are now on the Sky Sports website. In addition to the free kick scored by Joe Ralls during the first half, they also cover a second half chance for Ishmael Miller as well as the 90th minute equaliser that saw Kasper Schmeichel Chris Wood deny the Glovers all three points. View that clip via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Leicester City vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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26 March 2014 : Yeovil Town Chairman To Appear On BBC Somerset Tomorrow
Tomorrow morning, BBC Somerset will be taking their outside broadcast bus to Huish Park, home of Yeovil Town Football Club. Needless to say they will be doing a very Glovers-themed bit of broadcasting, with the centre-piece being that from 9.00a.m. on Thursday they will have Chairman John Fry live on air, and he will be answering questions about the club. They also hope to have other interested parties invited to call into the show.

Obviously the central conversation is likely to be the club's plans to develop a Food Store on land to the north side of Huish Park, and they would like your questions either emailed through, or for supporters or other interested parties to call the show. It may be that the club's Questions and Answers document published today has put something in your head, or that February's Three Year Strategic Plan has raised a burning issue.

If you've got questions, then you can communicate with BBC Somerset presenters Jack Murley and Jack Killah and the team via a variety of methods as follows:

Telephone: 0845 303 1566
Email: somerset@bbc.co.uk
Twitter: @bbcsomerset
Facebook: BBC Somerset Facebook Page

Needless to say tune in tomorrow morning for their Thursday morning show, which can be listened to on all the usual frequencies such as 95.5FM as well as online.


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26 March 2014 : Glovers Provide Answers To 24 Questions On Food Store
Three weeks ago, Yeovil Town indicated that they had prepared a set of 24 different 'Questions and Answers' that they were planning to make available to South Somerset District Council as part of their Food Store application. This was in addition to the Three Year Strategic Plan that they had provided as part of the formal application as an addendum in February 2014.

The club have now published the full set of Questions and Answers that they believe will provide a sort of an FAQ to the application. Some questions are directly related to the application, whilst others lie in the area of the company split that the club set up in June 2010 to separate out their 'property' business from their 'football' business.

There are one or two abbreviations used that may not be obvious to all supporters. These are as follows:

a) YTCST = Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust : A separate company covering the club's community operations. The company is part of the Yeovil Town group but operates independently under a charitable status.
b) YTCofE = Yeovil Town Centre of Excellence : A company owned by Yeovil Town Football Club covering the club's Youth Development structure.
c) YT Holdings = YTH = Yeovil Town Holdings Limited : The company that owns Yeovil Town Football Club. A fuller definition is provided in the Questions and Answers.
d) YF&AC Ltd = Yeovil Football and Athletic Company Ltd : The more formal name for Yeovil Town Football Club - the original trading company name for the football club.
e) POS = Public Open Space : A legal/planning term used for land that is ultimately owned by the public, or for public availability. It is usually ultimately owned by a public body such as a Council or the Government, although it may be operated under trust by another organisation.
f) CDS International = Chris Dawson Superstores International Ltd : The club's development partner that will build the actual Food Store, if permitted. Dawson's company owns The Range - the chain store that was associated with the initial 2010 announcement by the club.

The following Questions and Answers represent an unedited (bar some cosmetic formatting and spelling errors) view from the club, and are as follows:

Q (1) What are the four main reason for selling the land?
• To raise essential capital to enable the business, football and community aims of YTFC, YTCST and YTCofE to be developed and achieved within an acceptable timescale.
• To provide the commercial investment and income streams to realise our Football aspirations and stadium development plans.
• To enable YTFC to comply with Football League One/Championship regulations and to meet the safety criteria of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority.
• To generate and make better use of the stadium and site. Most of which is considered to be no longer fit for purpose, under-utilised, run down in appearance and expensive to maintain.

Q (2) What does YT Holdings do?
• Heads up the new business and football model and makes policy decisions for the YTH Group.
• Develops the Group Property and Business Operations.
• Oversees the development of the Group and decides on the investment strategy.
• Attract loans from investors/directors and shareholders.
• To help maintain the existence of the Football Club should it encounter future financial difficulties.

Q (3) Who owns YT Holdings?
• The 240 YTFC Shareholders/Supporters own YTH Ltd. 98 per cent of the YTFC Shareholders, approved a share for share transaction, July 2010. The Director/Investors are longstanding YTFC Supporters, professional and/or business persons: John Fry, Chairman/Director, Norman Hayward V/C Chairman/Director and Brian Willis Director/Investor. The Chairman and Vice Chairman have been with YTFC for nearly 20 years as Directors.

Q (4) Who owns YTFC?
• The Shareholders of YTH Ltd. There are some 240 Shareholders, including the two Majority Shareholders (J Fry & N Hayward). There are 7 directors on the YTFC Board. All are long serving YTFC Supporters and specialists in their various roles.
• The Current Board members are: J Fry (YTH/YTFC, Chairman), N Hayward (YTH/YTFC, V Chairman), S Allinson (Community Sports Trust), D Lee (Company Secretary/Solicitor), R Budden (Commercial), R Rossiter (Corporate Hospitality), B Willis (YTH/Stadium/Property Developments).

Q (5) Why was the YTFC structure split up?
• Under YF&AC Ltd there was a single structure, which included several non football operations, and as financial performance relied solely on football results, there was no stability in the business and therefore no security for the property/land or investor loans. The single structure model was ineffective for the business and operational needs of a modern day Football Club.
• The Business of a Football Club is that of Football not property development, or running Social clubs or retail operations etc. Therefore, to be able to focus on each part of the business more effectively, efficiently and profitably, YT&AC Ltd was initially broken down into four separate businesses, as follows:
Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd (Property and Business Developments)
Yeovil Town Football Club Ltd (Football League Operations)
Yeovil Town Centre of Excellence (Young Player Development)
Yeovil Town Community Trust (Community Developments)

Q (6) When was the YTFC Structure split up?
• The restructuring started over 5 years ago. The YTCST and YTCofE businesses were set up under YTFC, their accounts being ring fenced. The approval by the YTFC Directors for the setting up of YT Holdings Ltd was given four years ago, the Company was incorporated January 2010 and the business and the new structure under YTH became operational, July 2010.

Q (7) What are the objectives/intentions of each of the different sub elements to YT Holdings?
1. YT Holdings Ltd:
• To find operators/investors to develop specific areas of the Huish Park site to raise sufficient capital to develop the YTH Group football and property plans.
• To establish realistic business/development plans for each part of the business and identify new investor/sponsors.
• To sustain progress and to maintain financial viability throughout the Group.

2. YTFC Ltd:
• To maintain and progress our Championship Status in the Football Pyramid.
• To develop the stadium to comply with Football Championship League regulations by 2016.
• To provide first team training facilities to FL League One/Championship standards.
• To remain financially viable.

3. YTCofE Ltd:
• To find a partner/investor/buyer for 49% of the YTCofE Ltd shares.
• To develop the Alvington Football Development complex.
• To produce at least (6) first year pros by 2018.
• To produce 1 million pound of player sales by 2018.
• To sustain financial viability within FL funding guidelines.

4. YTCST Ltd:
• To find and develop a suitable community football ground and community pitches, within or adjourning the Brympton district area.
• To secure funding for the replacement public open space and pitches for the Huish Park site.

Q (8) Why is YT Holdings developing Huish Park and not YTFC?
• Banks/investor will not loan to Football Clubs, due to the number of Clubs going into CVA within the Football League, and the effect for the Football Creditors rule on investors’ loans etc, therefore to protect any future investor involved with the development of the freehold land, this has been transferred to the ownership of the parent Company YTH Ltd. The 4.69 acres of SSDC leasehold land, the stadium, the stadium pitch is still under the ownership of YTFC.

Q (9) If planning consent is agreed, what will YTFC do with the money?
• Develop and update the existing stadium supporter’s facilities, including a covered north end community stand.
• Enhance the competitiveness of the first team football resources, including improved training facilities.
• Purchase replacement POS Land and develop community pitches and facilities.
• Remove the Alcohol Covenant that is restricting trade with our supporters on match days.
• Construct new car park areas and new roads onsite.
• Provide a new safety control room.
• Refurbish existing stadium areas, including hard standing areas and pedestrian walkways.
• Develop the artificial pitch area into a secondary stadium facility for the first team training, Ladies football and Westland Sports.
• Help improve the access to and from the Huish Park site on Match Days.

Q (10) Are you leasing or selling the land?
• Selling some areas and leasing others.

Q (11) Do you see this as a YTFC project even if a stand isn’t developed? Doesn’t this make it just a Food Store Development?
• No. This is a YTFC/YTH development (refer to Question 1) and not just a Food Store.
• The change of use to a Retail/Food Store or residential to enable the YTFC developments to happen.

Q (12) What are the confirmed re-investment plans for YTFC? And the agreed timescales?
• We are unable to confirm our plans until the POS and replacement pitch issues have been resolved with SSDC. The timescale would be within a 5 year period from the date of approval.

Q (13) If planning goes ahead will you be developing a new stand?
• Yes, subject to a well worked our financial plan. We have never put the business under any financial risk in the past and do not intend to do so in the future. The stand will be self financing and an important income stream.

Q (14) What will the new North End Community Stand Development include?
Phase one
• At Least 2500 capacity covered stand.
• New car Park (200), road and pedestrian walkways.
Phase Two
• Pub/Bars/Restaurants
• Sports Retail Shop
• Community Sports and Social Facilities
• New Administration Block
• Front of Stadium Reception

Q (15) What are the planned timescales for the development of a new stand?
• When the finances are made available from the Food Store transaction.

Q (16) If YTFC is relegated what will you spend the money on as you won’t be needing a new stand?
• Why not? This is a plan for the long term. The Club will experience many promotions and relegations. We will need the completion of a four sided stadium, improvements in our supporters and football facilities, the new income stream to keep the Club in the Football League.

Q (17) Will you be submitting planning for the Stand at the same time as the Food Store?
• No, as we do not wish to slow down the Food Store Planning Application and we need the Food Store approval to finance our plans for the development of Huish Park Stadium.

Q (18) What are your aspirations for YTFC?
• Championship League Football with a 10,000 all seater stadium, producing additional income streams from the site and stadium development in excess of £2 million each season within 5 years.

Q (19) Where will the proposed community pitches be located and what are the timescales?
• We have made a £1m cash offer to SSDC for the removal of 6 acres of POS from the Huish Park Site therefore it would be up to the Council.

Q (20) Where will YTFC train?
• Temporary Period: Alvington, Sherborne School and Bucklers Mead.
• New First team training ground within 15 minutes driving distance of Huish Park.

Q (21) You mentioned new income streams – what are you expecting these to be?
• Rents/Leases from new buildings/businesses.
• Increased profits from new operations.
• Sales from Player development.
• Increased sales on matchday from improved supporters/sponsor facilities.

Q (22) What role will CDS International Play?
• Joint investment and project development partner with YTH Ltd.
• Potential retail store operator new to the Yeovil Area.
• Will bring other new retail operators to the area.

Q (23) How will the increased traffic and parking problems be dealt with?
• The stadium Capacity will not be increased (9,500 – 10,000).
• The Food Store will have its own car park with 500 plus spaces allocated.
• 200 new vehicle parking spaces will be provided in front of the new north end stand.
• We propose to develop a traffic/parking plan to minimise traffic to and from the Lufton Area. We will identify, negotiate and secure key parking sites at suitable locations and develop a park/walk/bus policy.
• We are proposing to open on site bar and restaurant facilities to accommodate our home and away supporters. This should discourage our fans from going onto Abbey Manor Estate.
• Subject to planning approval we are recommending a roundabout to be provided at the junction of Copse Road and Western Avenue. There will be a new road and pedestrian walkways behind the north end stand, from the Lufton Road entrance to the Western Avenue. The Western Avenue entrance/exit would only be used on matchdays. We are also recommending a new entrance/exit would only be used on matchdays. We are also recommending a new entrance/exit for vehicles and from the car park, adjacent to the Western Avenue. A traffic consultant has been engaged to work on the above recommendations with the Highway Authority.

Q (24) What would happen to YTFC, if the Food Store/Retail Planning Application is refused?
• The financial viability and the progress of the Football Club would be at serious risk.
• The development of the facilities would severely restrict the investment in the Clubs future plans.
• The provision of Community resources on the Huish Park Stadium Site would be restricted if not closed down altogether.
• The site and stadium would be left undeveloped, which would lead to a Yeovil Ski Slope situation at Huish Park.


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26 March 2014 : U-Turn On The U-Turn For Leicester Equalising Goal
The Football League have provided final clarification on who scored last night's equalising goal for Leicester City against Yeovil Town at the King Power Stadium. The 90th minute goal was given to substitute Chris Wood over the tannoy, after he followed up on goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's header that came off the underside of the crossbar and back out into play again.

On the final whistle, Leicester City announced that Schmeichel had been given the goal instead of Wood, believing that the header had crossed the line before Wood applied the finishing touch. However, this morning the Football League and Leicester have changed their mind a second time re-awarding the goal to Chris Wood after the League consulted with the match officials. He will therefore stand as the official goalscorer.

You can view (if you can bear to!) that equalising goal on the Sky Sports website via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Chris Wood equalising goal vs Yeovil Town.


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26 March 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Leicester Away Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post match views can be read via the link below.

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


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26 March 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Leicester City vs Yeovil Town
If you watched last night's 1-1 draw against Leicester City at the King Power 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 Leicester City vs Yeovil Town.


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25 March 2014 : Johnson Proud Despite 'Cruel' End To Foxes Game
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson reflected upon a 'cruel' end to the match that saw his side denied all three points against League leaders Leicester City tonight. Having led the match for around 70 minutes of the match, thanks to a free kick from Joe Ralls, the Glovers defended well against a Foxes side that have only lost once at home all season, and were coming into the match on a run of 17 games without defeat.

In second half injury time though, the home side equalised from an unlikely source as goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel stayed up field following a corner and his header crashed off the underside of the crossbar. Whilst the Dane was eventually awarded the goal, substitute Chris Wood made sure the loose ball hit the back of the net, meaning that instead of a valuable win, Yeovil had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Johnson said that experiencing that late goal was very cruel, but he was proud of his players:

"It was very very cruel. We didn't park the bus - we said we wouldn't and we got the ball up to our forwards. Ishmael (Miller) had a great chance to go 2-0 up and they're the ones at this level that you've probably got to go 2-0 up on when you're at Leicester. But we should have nothing but pride for our football club today, because not many teams come here like that, and then see their technical area jumping up and down because they've drawn with Yeovil at home. Our reputation now has gone ahead of us. I was so proud at what the boys did, as they were throwing themselves in front of everything. They've got Premier League players on Premier League money and Premier League crowds in a Premier League ground. They're now one or two games away from being there."

Having gone through a string of difficult away matches, playing four of the top six sides during their last four matches on their travels, the Glovers now face games against Barnsley (23rd), Blackpool (18th) and Charlton Athletic (21st) that are likely to define their season one way or another. Johnson added that it was vitally important his players didn't feel sorry for themselves with such important matches coming up:

"What we've got to do now is to not let that destroy us, when we've drawn at Leicester, just because of that last minute goal. We've got some cup finals to come now. We've had some hard games against Bolton who were near the top of the form table, plus Wigan and Leicester. We've come out of that with three points - that's as good as one win out of those three and we'd have taken that. Now we've got to make sure that in the games against Barnsley, Blackpool and Charlton we show what we've learned in the last few months."


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25 March 2014 : Leicester 1 Yeovil 1 : Goalkeeper Schmeichel Rescues Foxes
Yeovil Town gained what might have in any other circumstances have been a superb draw against Championship league leaders Leicester City tonight - but it could have so easily been all three points. The Glovers conceded in the 90th minute, having held the lead for almost 70 minutes of the match, when a free kick from Cardiff City loanee Joe Ralls was curled in to give them the lead - slightly against the run of play, but certainly a testament to their battling display.

The Glovers could have extended their lead on a couple of occasions early in the second half when Ishmael Miller grabbed chances - one superbly saved by Kasper Schmeichel and the other curling just wide. Eventually though it was inevitable that Leicester would pile players forward for an equaliser. Introducing Lloyd Dyer, Chris Wood and Kevin Phillips onto the pitch as substitutes, the Foxes more or less fielded a four man strike force towards the end of the match and Yeovil were forced to adopt a rearguard action.

Just as the game swung into three minutes of injury time, a Danny Drinkwater cross into the box was headed against the underside of the crossbar by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel after the Dane stayed up field following a corner, and although Chris Wood swept home the loose ball, the eventual goal was awarded to the goalkeeper for his initial header.

On any other night, a point at Leicester would be a superb scoreline for any team in the Championship. But with Charlton Athletic getting a late winner at Nottingham Forest and Barnsley getting a shock 3-1 win at Reading, Yeovil stay in the bottom three, and Charlton's games in hand start to look very significant indeed. Saturday's home match against Barnsley verges on 'must win' territory for both clubs.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Leicester City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Joe Ralls (0-1, 22 mins), Kasper Schmeichel (1-1, 90 mins)

Leicester City:
1. Kasper Schmeichel
2. Ritchie de Laet 27. Marcin Wasilewski 5. Wes Morgan 15. Jeffrey Schlupp
24. Anthony Knockaert 4. Danny Drinkwater 8. Matthew James 26. Riyad Mahrez
35. David Nugent 9. Jamie Vardy

Substitutes:
7. Dean Hammond 10. Andy King 11. Lloyd Dyer (62 mins for Marcin Wasilewski) 18. Liam Moore 25. Conrad Logan 28. Kevin Phillips (67 mins for David Nugent) 39. Chris Wood (67 mins for Jamie Vardy)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
13. Kieffer Moore 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
9. James Hayter (84 mins for Ishmael Miller) 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 21. Liam Davis (90 mins for Tom Lawrence) 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan

Leicester Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (foul, 65 mins).

Leicester Match Statistics: Possession: 67%; Shots: 31; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 10; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 33%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Paul Cook (East Yorkshire) and Mark Russell (Somerset). Fourth Official: Stephen Bratt (West Midlands).

Attendance: 26,240 (including 245 Yeovil supporters.).


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25 March 2014 : Team News For Leicester City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have kept faith with the same starting line-up for tonight's Championship away match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. The Glovers run with the side that drew 2-2 against Bolton Wanderers at Huish Park on Saturday, with the only change being on the substitutes bench.

Manager Gary Johnson has made just one change to the substitutes bench, with Joel Grant, who has been struggling with a back injury recently, replaced by Liam Davis who is back in the squad following his broken toe, sustained in January. Gary's thoughts on tonight's fixture are as follows:

"They've got the best game and the most consistent game. I think them and Wigan are the two best teams in the division, and with big squads. He (Nigel Pearson) has had four or five years to build his Leicester squad. He's got that and he's paid a million pounds for Vardy, and everyone knew that he was the top player coming out of that level, and he's proved that. He's still got some very big players who are earning almost Premier League money, so I should think he was under pressure to do well this season. Credit to the manager as he's done that, and they're flying at the top of the league.

It's a free hit - that's how it is. That's how you have to believe that you can go up there and just play your game. You don't want to change too much, as you're going into a group of games after that. So you've just got to see if you can effect the team that are at the top of the table, like we did against Wigan - we affected a team that were near the top of the table there - we affected Reading, we affected Nottingham Forest and we affected Derby - even though we were 2-0 up and ended up getting beaten 3-2. So we know we can affect these teams that are near the top of the table.

You would say that the last place we'd wanted to be going to would be away to Leicester. But sometimes that can work in your favour every now and again. But they are the top team. They play quite direct, although they play good football when they need to. But they've got two willing runners up front (in Jamie Vardy and David Nugent). They can be under pressure for 30 minutes or 40 minutes, but one of those two is going to put in a goal somewhere along the line
."

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
13. Kieffer Moore 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 21. Liam Davis 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan


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25 March 2014 : Miller And Reid Given Team Of The Week Slots
The Football League's slightly occasional Team of the Week includes two Yeovil Town players (sort of!) in their line-up based on the weekend fixtures just gone. One is a loan-in and one is a loan-out, with Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller scoring his 10th goal of the 2013-14 season over the weekend, whilst Reuben Reid is on a season-long loan at League Two side Plymouth Argyle.

The Football League nominate Ishmael Miller for his three goals during the past week, saying: "Two goals against Wigan Athletic in a thrilling 3-3 midweek draw, and a goal in a 2-2 draw with Bolton Wanderers on Saturday is enough for Miller to make our Team of the Week, despite missing a penalty in the latter match."

Meanwhile, Reuben Reid seems to have finally found his feet, having netted 19 goals for Argyle across the 2013-14 season. This includes three in the last week, and they say this of his performance: "Play-Off chasing Argyle collected four points over their two League 2 games last week and striker Reid was instrumental in doing so, scoring all three of their goals - two against Chesterfield on Tuesday and one against Accrington Stanley on Saturday."

The Football League's Team of the Week, which spans all three divisions, reads as follows:

Goalkeeper: Adam Collin, Rotherham United.
Defender: Steve Cook, Bournemouth.
Defender: Haydn Hollis, Notts County.
Defender: Tommy Smith, Ipswich Town.
Midfielder: Craig Bryson, Derby County.
Midfielder: Jobi McAnuff, Reading.
Midfielder: James Henry, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Midfielder: Jamie Allen, Rochdale.
Striker: Ishmael Miller, Yeovil Town.
Striker: Chuks Aneke, Crewe Alexandra.
Striker: Reuben Reid, Plymouth Argyle.

Manager: Paul Tisdale, Exeter City.


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25 March 2014 : SSDC Deliver Final Report Ahead Of Food Store Hearing
The main Case Officer for Yeovil Town's planning application to build a Food Store on land to the north of the Huish Park Stadium has delivered his final Officer Report ahead of the main Council hearing. The Area South Planning Committee - a division of South Somerset District Council - will meet in just over a week's time to discuss the application, which has been outstanding since January 2012, spending much of the year 2013 lying dormant.

The Case Officer report purpose is to advise the main Planning Committee of the history surrounding the application, and to compile together the responses received from the wide collection of Parish, Town and County Councils, along with Highways and Planning Policy reports. The Case Officer report also includes input from outside parties, such as local businesses, local residents and any other interested parties.

The report is not binding in any shape or form - Planning Committee members can make their own decisions - but the information within the report and its final recommendation will obviously go a long way towards influencing that outcome. For this application the Case Officer recommends refusal of planning permission, citing the following reasons (produced unedited):

"1) The proposal seeks retail development in an out-of-centre location but fails to satisfy the sequential test with little flexibility in assessing how a different scale and format could allow for this proposal to be delivered in the town centre. The lack of a named end-user hints at the speculative nature of the proposed development and gives little confidence about deliverability, which in turn undermines the view that only the application site is viable. The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to policies MC2 and MC3 of the South Somerset Local Plan and the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework.

2) The loss of playing fields, which are not considered surplus to requirements, resulting from the proposed development would not be replaced by equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality in a suitable location. The suggested financial mitigation is insufficient to guarantee a suitable replacement site could be delivered within a reasonable timescale. The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to policy CR1 of the South Somerset Local Plan and the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework, in particular paragraph 74.

3) Inadequate information has been submitted to satisfy the Local Planning Authority that:
a) an acceptable means of access to the site can be achieved from the local highway network,without having a severe impact;
b) the traffic impact of this development is acceptable, setting a precedent for development along roads which, by reason of their function in the highway network and inadequate width/alignment and junctions, are considered unsuitable to accommodate the increase in traffic likely to be generated; and
c) the development would not result in a conflict between residential and commercial traffic, which would be prejudicial to the safety, amenity and convenience of highway users, contrary to policy ST5 of the South Somerset Local Plan and the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework, in particular paragraph 32.

4) Notwithstanding reasons 1-3 above, inadequate information regarding the financial elements of this enabling development as set out in the document entitled 'The Future of Yeovil Football - Special circumstances support document for the food store planning application on the Huish Park stadium site' mean the prospect and extent of the enabling development possible is unclear, unsubstantiated and lacks transparency and therefore cannot comprise a material consideration to which significant weight can be given warranting a decision contrary to the defined development plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.
"

For those who struggle with the technical terms and context of the above four reasons, we've provided an abbreviated summary of the SSDC Case Officer's views as follows (our interpretation):

1) The Food Store application does not pass the Sequential Test - a planning rule of thumb that demands that such retail store applications consider alternative locations closer to the town centre. For an application at Huish Park to pass the test, it would need to prove that there were no other suitable locations closer to the town centre that would meet that need.
2) The planning application does not provide replacement playing fields that would satisfy the need under national planning guidelines to replace both sports pitches and public open space within the borough. When such land is built on, the expectation is that it must be replaced by equivalent or superior facilities within a reasonable distance of the current location. The sum of £1 million offered by the club to SSDC will in their view not guarantee this within a reasonable timescale either.
3) The planning application does not deal with the impact on traffic accessing Huish Park and the Food Store, or the impact on the main highways.
4) The football club's Three Year Strategic Plan support document does not contain enough precise information that can be used as a means to persuade the Council that the main Food Store application should be approved

The Case Officer report also outlines the steps that he would expect to be followed if the Area South Committee were to go against his recommendation and instead approve the Planning Application. They note that because of the nature of the application, it will have to pass through two more stages if it is to be fully approved.

If the Area South Planning Committee approve the application, it will be referred to the SSDC Regulation Committee. Whilst the report does not explain why this referral is needed, our understanding is that this will be because there are elements of the application where SSDC could be deemed to have a conflict of interest, such as the £1 million the club offered for the replacement of the two training pitches, and the costs of the Highways improvements - the latter has yet to be quantified. The Regulation Committee would review the application from scratch and as such would be able to reach a different verdict, but their primary objective would be to scrutinise the application to ensure that SSDC had followed all appropriate rules without self-interest, or bypassing any regulations.

If both the Area South Planning Committee and the Regulation Committee approve the application, then it will then be referred to National Government, where the National Planning Casework Unit would determine the application. They indicate two reasons for this. One is already known about, in that the Sport England (part of National Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport) objection would trigger the referral of the application to national level. The second reason is because it is an out of town retail development in excess of 5,000sqm in size. The NPCU may also see the UK Government's Secretary of State call in the application for their ultimate decision if they feel it warrants it.

What this indicates is that even if the club get past the first hurdle of the Area South Committee on Wednesday 2nd April, then they will certainly not get a quick decision on the application. However, if the Area South Committee reject the application, then it will go no further without a new submission. In the conclusion section of the report, the Case Officer provides a critical view of what has been put forward:

"Consistent and clear advice regarding the limited prospects for retail development, in particular food retail, in this location has been given over a number of years by a number of senior officers. Unfortunately this advice has been disregarded and consequently the submitted application fails to satisfactorily address these key issues. The lack of clearly evidenced information to demonstrate the financial gain from the proposed development and the extent and deliverability therefore of the stadium improvements earmarked raises doubts over the tangible benefits of setting aside the development plan in favour of overriding material considerations."

"There is no business case to demonstrate the commercial improvements will sustain the club in the long-term in the way envisaged and no case to demonstrate the existing or potential economic benefits of the stadium improvements to the wider economy of the town. Whilst there has been and will continue to be a willingness to work with the applicant to meet their wider aspirations in this instance the recommendation, sadly, has to be negative."

The Area South Planning Committee meets on Wednesday 2nd April 2014 to decide whether their Case Officer's report is a fair assessment, or whether they hold alternative views.


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24 March 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Leicester City
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town head up to the East Midlands for a Tuesday night fixture against Championship leaders Leicester City. The Ciderspace guide to the Walkers Stadium King Power Stadium has been polished up for this visit, containing the usual mix of directions, parking, statistics, a pub guide and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leicester City.


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24 March 2014 : Cherries Visit Heading For Away End Sell-Out
Yeovil Town's opponents on Saturday 12th April look as though they are going to comfortably sell out their away allocation long before their fans arrive at Huish Park. Dorset side AFC Bournemouth, who represent the Glovers nearest rivals in terms of the distance between the two clubs, have been given the now usual allocation of just over 2,000 spaces in the ground, made up of 1,500 terrace places and just over 500 seats for families, elderly and disabled.

The Cherries report that they only have 250 terrace places available for their visit to Huish Park, and with tickets not having reached General Sale yet, they are certain to sell out. They will be continuing to sell tickets to season ticket holders until Friday morning, on a one-per-person basis. If there are any tickets left at that stage they'll then go on general sale.

In terms of tickets for Yeovil Town supporters, we'd expect this fixture to have significant demand for tickets, and for the Ticket Office to screen the identity of supporters before allowing purchases. Hence if you are planning to go to this match then we'd recommend that you get yourself organised, particularly if you are not on the Huish Park Ticket Office database at present.


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24 March 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Are Yeovil Town A Relegation Side?
With nine games of the 2013-14 season to go, and Yeovil Town having been stuck in the relegation zone since last September, you might think that the finale doesn't offer a lot of hope. The latest Taff's Gloversblog takes a heavily statistical look at where things stand, and offers up evidence that we are steadily improving as a side. The question is : can we get above the relegation line before Game No. 46? No crystal balls are supplied via the link below, but hopefully a bit of food for thought is available. Read on, and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Are Yeovil Town A Relegation Side?


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24 March 2014 : Forest Sack Davies After Rams Thrashing
Championship side Nottingham Forest have confirmed that they have sacked manager Billy Davies. His second spell at the club had been in progress since February 2013, but an embarrassing 5-0 thrashing by their main rivals Derby County at Pride Park over the weekend appears to have been the catalyst for his demise - particularly given the Rams stand a big chance of being one of their play-off opponents at the end of the season.

At present not even that is guaranteed. Forest's thrashing saw them drop out of the top six, whilst they are currently seven games without a victory, with just two points and three goals scored in their last six matches, losing against three of their promotion rivals in the process.

Forest are strongly expected to appoint Neil Warnock as his replacement - with widespread reports that Forest's owners met with the former Leeds United manager yesterday in advance of pushing Davies out the door. Warnock has been out of work for almost a year, with the 65 year old being fired by Leeds on April 1st 2013 after taking them to within five points of the relegation zone following a bad run of form.


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24 March 2014 : Football League Reject Leeds Takeover
The Football League have today reached a verdict over the ownership of Championship side Leeds United. The Yorkshire side have been trying since February to reach agreement for Italian businessman Massimo Cellino to take over their club, with a 75% stake agreed, subject to Football League ratification.

The situation has been complicated by Cellino's court case in Italy, which resulted in him being found guilty of tax evasion last week, after he failed to pay import duty on a yacht. That appeared to put him in breach of the League's Fit and Proper Persons Test, and the League have now confirmed this, indicating that they will block the club's takeover:

"At its meeting yesterday evening, the Board of The Football League considered the eligibility of Massimo Cellino under its Owners' and Directors' Test. The Board considered detailed legal advice with regard to the application of its regulations within the context of a decision made under Italian law.

Mr. Cellino was recently found guilty beyond reasonable doubt by a Court in Sardinia of an offence under Italian tax legislation relating to the non-payment of import duties on a boat. This resulted in a fine of 600,000 Euros, an order for the payment of trial costs and the confiscation of the boat in question.

Having fully considered the matter, the Board agreed unanimously that the decision of the Italian Court does constitute a disqualifying condition under its Owners' and Directors' Test. The relevant disqualifying condition being that Massimo Cellino has been convicted of an offence involving acts that would reasonably be considered to be dishonest.

In line with Football League regulations, Massimo Cellino is entitled to appeal against the Board's decision within 14 days. In such circumstances, The League would seek to expedite the process to deliver certainty to all parties in the shortest possible timeframe
."

Assuming Cellino is not successful in his appeal, that would then leave Leeds in limbo, with current owners GFH Holdings having previously indicated that they are desperate to sell the club. Cellino has reportedly put in £6 million of his own money since exchanging contracts on February 7th, but will presumably now want his money back.

On top of that, Leeds are believed to be losing in the region of £1 million per month, bringing into question exactly who will be underwriting their losses. Delays in Cellino's takeover bid had brought up the question of 'administration' - with the deal now dead, the question will be what GFH's next move will be. Currently they are in a solid mid-table position in the Championship table - sat in 13th place and 12 points off the play-offs and 15 points above the relegation line.


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24 March 2014 : High Noon Deadline For Leicester Advance Sales
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to purchase advance tickets for the Championship away match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium should note that sales will end shortly. The Huish Park Ticket Office will stop advance ticket sales at noon today to allow time for the remaining tickets to be batched up and sent back to Leicester for tomorrow night's fixture.

It will still be possible to purchase tickets for the match on the night of the game. However, you will pay £2.00 more for your ticket. To make an advance purchase, visit the Huish Park Ticket Office or call them on 01935-847888 before 12.00 noon today.

Link: Ticketing For Leicester City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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24 March 2014 : Leicester Boss Admitted To Hospital
Tomorrow night's opponents Leicester City have confirmed that their manager Nigel Pearson is in hospital this morning, after being taken ill at their match against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. The 50 year old has missed their Monday press conference with assistant manager Craig Shakespeare taking charge of proceedings, whilst he has been admitted for tests ahead of their Championship home fixture against Yeovil Town.

Pearson was admitted to hospital after the 1-1 draw at Ewood Park and is still undergoing tests to determine the root cause. Thankfully, it seems that Pearson's ailment is not causing the Foxes too great concern. They have issued a statement on his health, which reads as follows:

"Following concerns expressed over the weekend from fans and media in relation to our Manager, Nigel Pearson, the Club would like to reassure supporters that Nigel is very well and in great spirits.

On Saturday morning, Nigel was suffering from sickness, however he wanted to oversee our fixture against Blackburn Rovers – where the Club extended its unbeaten run to 17 games. After the match, Nigel took the decision to seek medical advice and to attend hospital for tests, as a precautionary measure. He remains in hospital at this stage and will undergo his final tests on Monday morning
."

Needless to say, although Pearson's health should be their No.1 concern, we hope he is in the dugout for tomorrow night's match at the King Power Stadium.


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24 March 2014 : Officials For Leicester City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Tuesday night's Championship match between Leicester City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday 25th March 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

Not to be confused with the similarly named Robert Madley, Andrew is a relatively new referee on the circuit, having been promoted to the Football League's referees lists over the summer of 2011. As such we've only had him three times so far, with two of those being against Notts County.

The December 2012 match against Notts County was at Huish Park - a slightly frustrating 0-0 draw. Mr Madley booked seven players in a match that could never be described as dirty. Five of those were against Magpies players, whilst he set his stall out with a first minute booking for Luke Ayling. The other Glovers booking didn't go down well with the crowd - Sam Foley was carded for 'diving' with Mr Madley having initially waved play on for a Glovers advantage, yet later returning to raise a yellow. Manager Gary Johnson also had a post-match grumble about a Dan Burn header that many in the ground thought crossed the line, but it seemed that he was more pointing the finger at the linesman than the referee for that one.

The earlier meeting involving Notts County was at Meadow Lane in April 2012. We didn't think he had a particularly good match. Magpies striker Lee Hughes took a fairly obvious dive whilst already on a yellow card, but with the incident occurring right in front of the home support, it appeared the referee didn't fancy it. He also allowed County's second and crucial goal to stand, despite the ball appearing to be knocked out of Sam Walker's hands. In general, this was a bit of a messy performance, and manager Gary Johnson wasn't impressed after the match saying:

"It was a young referee, or an inexperienced referee, and I thought he got conned a little bit by some of the things we're unhappy with. Credit to Notts County; they were a very clever experienced team, and we needed a clever experienced referee, from my point of view. There were two experienced linesman who could have helped a little more maybe."

Our other meeting with the West Yorkshire official was for the November 2011 away game at Chesterfield, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Overall, we thought he had a good game, albeit that we had our hearts in our mouths when we thought he'd given the Spireites a penalty, when he theatrically pointed for what turned out to be a goal kick. The questionable bit of his officiating came in the final minute of the match, when a melee broke out amongst the players as Mark Allott decided to go in for a spot of WWF on Ed Upson.

At the time we thought Mr Madley's response was fairly sensible for a situation that developed during second half injury time - a yellow card for Allott and a general calming down of the situation. After all, nobody likes red cards being shown when they're going to have sod all effect upon the match.

It was therefore a touch surprising when both clubs were charged by the FA for failing to control their players. The end result was that both clubs were fined £2,500 for their part in the handbags - somewhat out of proportion to Mr Madley's reaction to the incident given that he only saw the whole thing as being worthy of the single yellow.

Mr Madley will be assisted by Paul Cook (East Yorkshire) and Mark Russell (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Stephen Bratt (West Midlands).

Link: December 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Notts County 0.

Link: April 2012 : Notts County 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2011 : Chesterfield 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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24 March 2014 : Interview With Kevin Dawson
Following Saturday's Championship home game against Bolton Wanderers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Kevin talks about the goal he scored and the penalty he won, and that can be read via the link below.

Link: Kevin Dawson Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Bolton.


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23 March 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Bolton Wanderers Match Highlights
For those who want to view the match highlights from yesterday's 2-2 draw with Bolton Wanderers, these are now available on the Sky SportIshmael Miller and Kevin Dawson, you can view chances from Tom Lawrence and another from Miller. They also include the move that led to the penalty and the red card for Alex Baptiste, leading to Ishmael Miller hitting the post.

View just under three minutes of highlights via the link below, whilst the club's YouTube highlights can also be viewed immediately below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Bolton Wanderers Match Highlights.




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23 March 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Bolton Home Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Bolton Wanderers kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Gary talks about his opponents, his tactics for the game, and why he put Kieffer Moore and Kevin Dawson into the starting line-up for the match. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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23 March 2014 : Dorchester Defender Drafted In On Non-Contract Terms
Yeovil Town have signed former Conference South defender Calvin Brooks on non-contract terms. The 19 year old has been on the books of Dorchester Town as a central defender, having come through local football to join the Magpies. He had been on the edge of their first team over the past year or so, but suggestions on the Magpies Fans Forum were that manager Phil Simkin did not see eye-to-eye with him, and he has been frozen out for most of this season.

Brooks is better known at Dorchester as their full time Community Officer - there's no sign as yet whether he will give up that role at this stage, given that the Glovers terms at present merely involve registering him as a player. Born in Dortmund, Brooks has already played in a behind closed doors friendly. According to the Western Gazette this was at the recommendation of former Glovers midfielder Nick Crittenden, who had played at the Avenue Stadium with Brooks, but is now also working at Yeovil Town in the accounts department. Brooks will train with the club on a full time basis - we suspect that for the 2013-14 season he will be very much there as 'squad filler' given that there are currently only nine matches of the 2013-14 season remaining.


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22 March 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Bolton Home Game
Following Saturday's Championship home game against Bolton Wanderers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Gary's views on the 2-2 draw, including his thoughts on the penalty from Ishmael Miller and the way Bolton's equalising goal materialised, can be read via the link below.

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


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22 March 2014 : Johnson Admits Bolton Draw Felt Like A Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Bolton Wanderers felt like a defeat, after his team threw away a two goal lead at Huish Park. Having led through goals from Ishmael Miller and Kevin Dawson during the first period, the visitors clawed their way back into the match thanks to a shot from Lukas Jutkiewicz and a late Zat Knight header, giving the Trotters a point they didn't look like getting at the break.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Gary felt that he witnessed a 'magnificent' first half, but that his team were 'sloppy' at the start of the second period, letting the visitors back into the game. He explained how the game had panned out:

"I thought we were magnificent in the first half, and the reason why it feels like a defeat to all of us - supporters, players and management - even though we drew, is because of the nature of it. We were 2-0 up and we were going strong. We didn't come out very well after half time, although I got them out early and they had a little chat amongst themselves. But Bolton got that early goal which got them a little bit more impetus, and we had to defend. We've then put ourselves into a great position to go 3-1 up with about ten minutes to go. We hit the post from the penalty and we seem to be hitting the post a lot at the moment, so instead of 3-1 we were still at 2-1, and so that then gave them that little bit of momentum to give it a go, which they did. I think Marek (Stech) made a little bit of a mistake in coming flying out and unfortunately the biggest bloke there (Zat Knight) got a touch and it went over us and then it's 2-2."

Johnson admitted that he had delayed going into the Yeovil dressing room after the final whistle, delaying his entrance until he had composed his thoughts. With nine games remaining of the 2013-14 season, after the Glovers play league leaders Leicester City on Tuesday, they face a crucial trio of matches against Barnsley, Blackpool and Charlton Athletic, with all three struggling around the lower end of the season. Gary explained it was important that they kept focus on the bigger picture rather than lashing out in a destructive way:

"We're obviously really really disappointed but looking at some of the other results, it could be a point gained, but also two points lost. I didn't go straight into the dressing room because I was really disappointed. I know that we've got a game in three days time against Leicester, and a massive group of games in Charlton, Blackpool and Barnsley coming up. So I tried to calm down, because although I'm going to give them a bit of stick, it also had to be with the thought that there's still a lot of the season left to play. It's football and we have to deal with it, and we have to make sure that everybody is ready for the next game. You can't be flat and down for too long."


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22 March 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Bolton Wanderers
If you watched this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Bolton Wanderers 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 Bolton Wanderers.


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22 March 2014 : Yeovil 2 Bolton 2 : Two Goal Slip Stops Glovers Climbing Upwards
Yeovil Town threw away two points this afternoon as Bolton Wanderers came back from two goals down at Huish Park to snatch a 2-2 draw, despite the visitors being down to ten men. Following a slow start, they took the game by the scruff of the neck, with Kevin Dawson's cross from the right being superbly converted by Ishmael Miller for the 10th goal he has scored since arriving on loan from Nottingham Forest at the tail end of November.

The Glovers doubled their lead three minutes before the break, with Kieffer Moore and Tom Lawrence combining to set up Kevin Dawson, whose shot from 20 yards out was well struck across Adam Bogdan's goal. In between the Glovers had their best spell of the match, looking good for further goals, but weren't able to keep up that domination during the second period.

Bolton came out looking much sharper in the second period and Lukas Jutkiewicz pulled a goal back eight minutes after the break - getting room on the edge of the box to twist and turn and fire a low shot into the net. That set the feel for the second period - Yeovil defending with men behind the ball and soaking up Bolton's pressure, whilst trying to catch them on the break.

The Glovers though looked to be on their way to victory when Ishmael Miller released Kevin Dawson who was taken down by Alex Baptiste whilst clean through on goal. Referee Darren Deadman dithered badly as his linesman signalled for the penalty, but eventually after consultation decided not to overrule his assistant, pointed to the spot and red carded Baptiste for the professional foul. Again, further delays appeared to stop Ishmael Miller from taking the spot kick, and when he stepped up, he struck the right hand post, with the ball pinging out for a goal kick - his second penalty miss of the season.

Bolton took advantage of that disappointment almost instantly, despite being a man light. Moving their way swiftly up to the other end of the park, Jay Spearing's free kick was headed home by Zat Knight, with goalkeeper Marek Stech having overcommitted himself and the Glovers defence perhaps still reeling from that penalty miss. A deflated crowd and team couldn't produce further drama during the seven minutes that followed and the end result was merely a point when there was little doubt that it should have been all three. With Barnsley, Millwall and Charlton all losing, the Glovers are a point closer to safety, but it could have - and should have - been much much more.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Bolton Wanderers 2.

Scorers: Ishmael Miller (33 mins, 1-0), Kevin Dawson (42 mins, 2-0), Lukas Jutkiewicz (53 mins, 2-1), Zat Knight (83 mins, 2-2)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
13. Kieffer Moore 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
9. James Hayter (87 mins for Kieffer Moore) 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 23. Joel Grant (87 mins for Joel Grant) 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan

Bolton Wanderers:
1. Adam Bogdan 3. Alan Hutton 12. Zat Knight 5. Tim Ream 15. Alex Baptiste 6. Jay Spearing 44. Medo 16. Mark Davies 18. Neil Danns 29. Lukas Jutkiewicz 26. Joe Mason

Substitutes:
10. Jermaine Beckford (66 mins for Joe Mason) 11. Robert Hall 14. Andre Moritz (74 mins for Mark Davies) 17. Liam Trotter 24. Andy Lonergan 27. Chung-Yong Lee 31. David Wheater (85 mins for Lukas Jutkiewicz)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Bolton Bookings: Alex Baptiste (foul, 43 mins), Andre Moritz (dissent, 80 mins), Adam Bogdan (dissent, 90 mins). Red Card: Alex Baptiste (professional foul, 80 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 5; Fouls: 8.

Bolton Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: Keith Lawson (South Humberside) and Mark Derrien (Dorset). Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

Attendance: 6,344 (including 1,579 Bolton supporters.).


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22 March 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bolton Wanderers
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Bolton Wanderers. Both changes are a form of squad rotation - the same eighteen players are selected, but Kevin Dawson and Kieffer Moore are brought into the starting eleven, with Joel Grant and Matteo Lanzoni dropping to the bench.

That also allows for a spot of rotation within the formation, with Luke Ayling able to move to his favoured right-back slot, whilst Tom Lawrence moves to a wide flank position, giving us the line-up and formation that finished the match against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night. The line-up this afternoon reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
13. Kieffer Moore 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 23. Joel Grant 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan


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22 March 2014 : Stech Surprised At Bolton's League Position
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech admits that he had expected this afternoon's opponents Bolton Wanderers to be higher up the league table than they currently are. The Trotters arrive at Huish Park for this afternoon's Championship game occupying a 17th place slot in the current league table - a significant drop from last season where they missed out on the play-offs by goal difference.

Still backed by Premier League parachute payments, following their fall from grace at the end of the 2011-12 season, Bolton had been expected to challenge at the upper end of the table during the current campaign. However, a slow start to the season meant a battle of a completely different kind, as it took until October for them to record their first victory. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Stech admits he expected Bolton to be pushing for promotion:

"All their fans and a lot of other people expected Bolton to be in the play-offs, and to go straight up and back into the Premier League. They are a massive team and a massive club. So we have to prepare and do what we've been doing. In the game against Wigan we were outstanding, so if we can put that performance into the game then hopefully we can get three points at home. They've got some decent players and some very experienced players. They've been in the Premier League and they've kept around half of their players that they had. So there's loads of experience. But they've got that soft underbelly as well, so we can use that to our advantage."

In the earlier meeting between the two clubs at the Reebok Stadium, Yeovil Town were unlucky not to come away with all three points. Leading through an Ed Upson goal, they were denied the win in injury time when Alex Baptiste equalised from close range. Television footage showed Bolton taking the ball out of play in the build-up to Baptiste's goal - something that Bolton fans freely admitted after the game - and Stech said that he was frustrated to see the goal when he got home that night:

"I was watching it on the Football League Show, with the goal that we conceded, and it was behind the line anyway. So we were a bit unlucky there. There's been a couple of occasions this season where we've been unlucky with the referees and stuff like that. But if we stick with what we've been doing and performing well, then I think we've got no worries, and we can win on Saturday."


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22 March 2014 : League Plan Extra Board Member As Leeds Takeover Delays Continue
The Football League plans to bolster its ranks at the top level by appointing an additional director to its board. They plan to recruit in an independent non-executive director, increasing the numbers on the main board to nine people. The Board act as an overall steering committee for what is in effect a private members' club.

The board currently includes two independent directors, including Chairman Greg Clarke. There are also six elected directors who are drawn from member clubs - three from Championship clubs, two from League One clubs and one from League Two clubs. They will now look for a third independent director, and will advertise the position externally. Clarke explained the League's thinking:

"It is important that The Football League continues to review and refine its governance structure and processes to ensure they work as effectively as possible. The use of independent directors brings greater continuity to the Board, as well as additional skills and knowledge. Richard Bowker and before him, Ian Ritchie, have both made significant contributions as independent directors and I look forward to working with the successful candidate in future."

The current board members are as follows:

Greg Clarke - Chairman
Richard Bowker - Independent Non-Executive Director
Karl Oyston - Blackpool
Keith Lamb - Middlesbrough
Andy Ambler - Millwall
John Nixon - Carlisle United
James Rodwell - Notts County
Ian Lenagan - Oxford United

The current League board have been coming under fire from all sides in their much-delayed handling of Leeds United's takeover - particularly given that it is understood to be looking into by Football League CEO Shaun Harvey, who had previously been the Leeds CEO under previous owner Ken Bates. This week saw the man who would like to take over the Elland Road club - Massimo Cellino - found guilty of tax evasion in an Italian court which brought into doubt whether he would pass the League's Fit and Proper Person's Test.

Cellino, who also was given a 15-month suspended sentence in 2001 for false accounting at his Italian club Cagliari, had agreed a £25 million package to take over the club. Whilst that 2001 conviction appears not to have been enough to trip over the League's rules, this latest conviction ought to have been given that The Guardian notes that Directors and Owners are disqualified if:

"They have unspent convictions for offences of dishonesty, corruption, perverting the course of justice, serious breaches of the Companies Act or conspiracy to commit any of those offences."

The Football League's current position is that they have asked the Court in Sardinia for the paperwork from the case, and indicated that they would make a decision within ten days over whether Cellino can be allowed to take over the club. Current Leeds owners GFH reacted negatively to this, as they are anxious to have the financial burden of running the club taken off their shoulders, telling the League on Thursday:

"Leeds United have this morning sent a letter to the Football League, demanding that the Football League hands out its decision by the close of play (on Thursday). This is an unprecedented delay which is damaging the owners' ability to move the club forward."

Football fans may raise an eyebrow at GFH claiming that Leeds will be 'damaged' by the delay on the case, yet not 'damaged' by an owner taking over who has false accounting and tax evasion convictions. Regardless, the Football League have remained unmoved by GFH's complaints so far. If the League do let Cellino buy the club, then their Fit and Proper Persons Test will become a worthless rule - but if they don't then the belief that GFH have stopped directly funding the Yorkshire club could raise alarm bells as to Leeds' future thereafter.


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22 March 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match for the month of February was the Championship home game against Doncaster Rovers. The match was won through a penalty, as James Hayter scored against his former club, with debutant Duane Holmes getting fouled inside the box.

Holmes polled fairly well in the Man of the Match voting that followed the game, in what was to be the first of five matches for the Huddersfield Town player. However, it was two members of the back four that impressed more as the Glovers kept a clean sheet. Right back Luke Ayling was edged out as Everton loanee Shane Duffy put in another sterling performance that won him the Man of the Match on the day.

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

1. Shane Duffy 388 (29)
2. Luke Ayling 354 (21)
3. Duane Holmes 250 (11)
4. James Hayter 134 (7)
5. Joe Edwards 92 (3)
6. Joe Ralls 68 (3)
7. Tom Lawrence 64 (3)
8. Byron Webster 46 (3)
9. Jamie McAllister 36 (1)
10. Kieffer Moore 24 (1)
11. Marek Stech 12 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.83
Performance : 7.05
Entertainment : 6.61
VOTES RECEIVED : 82


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21 March 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Watford : Man Of The Match Result
During the middle of last month, Yeovil Town's home game against Watford saw a 0-0 draw take place at Huish Park. With neither side finding the back of the net, the nearest we got was Ishmael Miller and Watford's Alexander Merkel having goals ruled out for offside, but the longer the game went on, the less likely a goal looked.

Man of the Match voting saw striker James Hayter and defender Shane Duffy poll well on the night. But by small margins, midfielder Joe Edwards edged ahead them, whilst the winner of the poll was Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence, whose performance on the flank saw him come out on top.

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

1. Tom Lawrence 198 (11)
2. Joe Edwards 182 (14)
3. Shane Duffy 160 (9)
4. James Hayter 160 (6)
5. Luke Ayling 38 (2)
6. Joe Ralls 34 (2)
7. Byron Webster 30 (2)
8. Marek Stech 14 (0)
9. Jamie McAllister 4 (0)
10. Adam Morgan 2 (0)
11. Sam Foley 2 (0)
12. John Lundstram 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.15
Performance : 7.43
Entertainment : 6.87
VOTES RECEIVED : 46


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21 March 2014 : Johnson Wary Of Bolton's False Position
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that supporters and players should try not to look to hard at the Championship table when assessing the club's chances in tomorrow's league match against Bolton Wanderers. The Trotters have had an indifferent 2013-14 season, and currently lie in 17th place in the Championship table, having spent the early part of the campaign in the relegation zone.

Having only missed out on the play-offs by goal difference last season, Bolton's struggle came as something of a surprise, but with them now eight points clear of the relegation spots, the pressure is off them. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson feels even their current position is a bit of a false one given the players they have on their books:

"It's definitely false - if you look at their players and look at the size of their squad, and the players that have been at the highest level for a long time. I just don't want people to look at the league table and think that we're coming up against a team where we're picking up an easy three points. That's not like that and I don't want my players to think like that. We've got to work very hard and we've got to do our job both in and out of possession, and if we do that then we have a chance of winning - if we don't then I don't want to see Bolton's best game."

It took Bolton until October to record their first victory, but their form since then would put them as a comfortable mid-table side, who have carved out a number of impressive recent results - three wins in their last five matches including a stunning 5-1 win over Leeds United at Elland Road. Gary pointed out that some of Bolton's recent results showed what they were capable of:

"I know they lost their last game (against Brighton and Hove Albion), but they beat Leeds 5-1 and they beat Watford 2-0, and they had another good result in there against Blackburn (which they won 4-0). So we can't just believe that we're going to turn up and win the game. We've got to be good in possession and we've got to be good out of possession. That's what I'm looking for too, because we look like we're learning. I did feel that the second half of the season would be better for us, and I still believe that."


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21 March 2014 : Seven Minute Kick-Off Delay For Bournemouth Match
Yeovil Town's home Championship match against AFC Bournemouth will kick-off with a seven minute delay, as part of a national tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough stadium disaster. The Football Association and Football League have instructed all clubs to commence their games at 3.07p.m. at that weekend, to allow a minute's silence to be held at 3.06p.m. - the moment at which the FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was stopped and subsequently abandoned on April 15th 1989.

All matches held between April 11th and April 14th will kick-off at seven minutes past the hour, including those with early or late kick-offs. This will obviously include the two televised FA Cup Semi-Final matches on the Saturday and Sunday. This will allow all clubs to pay tribute to the 96 football supporters who died at Hillsborough, on the 25th anniversary of the disaster.


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20 March 2014 : Johnson Expecting Similar Squad For Bolton Visit
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he does not expect any significant changes to his squad for Saturday's home match against Bolton Wanderers. The Glovers had just two players missing for Tuesday night's trip to Wigan Athletic, and they returned home from that long trip to the North-West without any significant new problems.

As the club turn into their final ten matches of the 2013-14 season, only Liam Davis (broken toe) and Ruben Palazuelos (hamstring) are currently receiving significant treatment for injuries. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he would like to see them back but is more than happy to stick with those he took to the DW Stadium if he has to:

"You want everybody back so that you can have a headache in choosing from the players that you want to play a particular game, because there are tactics and there are players that suit certain tactics. The Championship is a real tactical division. There are knocks and niggles but I don't think there's enough to warrant anyone who was involved at Wigan dropping out on Saturday. When you get a good result and a good performance you don't generally get too many people coming back injured. They want to play in the next game."

Palazuelos pulled out of the warm-ups at Loftus Road on Saturday with a problem, and ended up being an ultra-late withdrawal from the Yeovil Town teamsheet. He missed the midweek trip to Wigan entirely, but Johnson said that on Thursday the Spaniard was due to see a specialist to see if he was ready to resume full training:

"We're quite pleased with his progress. We're taking him to see somebody today to give him the thumbs up or the thumbs down, so that we know whether to push him or not. But if he's not then we were happy with our squad of players that went up to Wigan. We'll mix and match, and we'll have a look at that."

The only other recent injury concern - Joel Grant is understood to be okay, despite being withdrawn from action at the tail end of the first half during Tuesday's 3-3 draw at Wigan. Grant had been suffering with a back problem prior to that and came off the field somewhat slowly, but has not had any significant reaction from that game.

Gary did hint on Tuesday night that he was still searching for an extra loan signing in the wake of Duane Holmes and John Lundstram returning to their parent clubs. However, he has given no hints today that he is likely to bring in extra numbers before Saturday. He has until next Thursday at 5.00p.m. to make his decision one way or another before the loan transfer window closes.


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20 March 2014 : No Surprise As St Mirren Midfielder Rumours Are Rebuffed
Not the greatest of surprises, given the way the claims were presented, but Yeovil Town have today denied that they are planning any moves for St Mirren midfielder Kenny McLean. There had been claims made on Monday that the Glovers were lining up a move for the 22 year old at the end of the season, with Ipswich Town, Blackburn Rovers and Glasgow side Rangers also listed by Sky Sports, with The Scotsman carrying an alternate list that didn't include the Glovers.

This tended to reek of a football agent 'leaking' his player's name around to try to drum up apparent interest. This afternoon, Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson has told the Western Gazette there is nothing happening, unsurprisingly referencing the reported £350,000 asking price as a strong reason why. His name can therefore be scrubbed off the list - if it was ever seriously on one in the first place.


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20 March 2014 : Chairman Thinks Ladies Are Just The Ticket
Heard the one about Chairman who bought a season ticket for his own club? You have now, as the Chairman of Yeovil Town Ladies FC has done just that. With the Club’s debut in the Women's Super League, the FA WSL, just a few weeks away, Chairman David Mills became one of the first people to buy a season ticket, even though he could obviously watch all the home games for nothing. Commenting on what at first glance seems to be an inexplicable move, David said:

"I wanted to make a gesture of solidarity with our fans and experience what the season ticket purchase process was like for one of our supporters. Also, when I saw how low the price of a season ticket was – just £25 for an early bird ticket – I just had to buy one, they must be one of the best bargains of the year!"

Putting his money where his mouth is - Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman David Mills
Putting his money where his mouth is - Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman David Mills


Fortunately the online season ticket purchase system is said to have worked very well for Mills and he hopes his move has helped reinforce the clubs values. He explained:

"As a Club we value our fans very highly and hopefully me being prepared to put my hand in my own pocket to buy a season ticket underlines that this commitment is real, not just hot air."

The club kicks off its debut season in FA WSL 2 away at Reading’s Madjeski Stadium on 16th April. Just four days later they make their home debut against London Bees at Sherborne Town FC on Easter Sunday, 20th April. Tickets for games and Season Tickets can be purchased via the Ladies club website or by clicking on the banner below (note prices displayed on the banner are the standard prices, not the early bird prices).





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20 March 2014 : Bolton Busy On Advance Ticket Sales
Saturday's opponents Bolton Wanderers have issued advance ticket sales information for their Championship match against Yeovil Town. The Lancashire side are paying their first Football League visit to Huish Park on Saturday 22nd March, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, with their previous visit coming in the League Cup during 2004.

So far, Bolton have sold around 1,500 tickets out of their full allocation of just over 2,000 spaces, made up of 1,500 terrace places and around 550 seats for families, elderly and disabled supporters. They have indicated their fans will be able to pay on the day from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to a £2.00 increase, but that these will be for the Copse Road Terrace only. Bolton are also continuing to sell tickets at their end up until 2.00p.m. tomorrow, so hopefully the numbers travelling down the M6/M5 will increase before Saturday's match kicks off.


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20 March 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Bolton Wanderers
Officials for Saturday's Championship home match between Yeovil Town and Bolton Wanderers have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 22nd March 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

Mr Deadman is a very familiar name whose experience in refereeing stretches back to our non-league days. He was promoted to the Football League's lists two seasons after we were, yet despite that he's not a referee we've had on a large number of occasions since entering the league - just three meetings so far, with two of those in the same calendar year.

Both of the 2008 meetings came on the road. He took charge of the League One match against Gillingham at Priestfield where he did wind up the locals by denying them a couple of penalty decisions in a 0-0 draw. In the middle of that, he gave midfielder Stephen Maher an unfortunate afternoon - red-carding him within four minutes of him landing in the pitch for what was deemed to be an overly aggressive tackle. We thought Mr Deadman was a little impetuous in the way he raced in with his red card to placate the baying Gills crowd, who had got a bit hysterical over some of his decisions leading up to that. But then conversely we then saw the more obvious of the two penalty appeals against us waved away, and we wondered if he had that Maher sending off on his mind as he did so.

Five months later we came across Mr Deadman in an away match against Hereford United. Although games against the Bulls tend to be fairly feisty affairs, he handled this one relatively well, even if we had some quibbles about him allowing Hereford's goal to stand with our (biased) view that Asmir Begovic had the ball kicked out of his hands. Two minutes after the 82nd minute goal that pulled the game back to 2-1, we had two players booked for timewasting - guessing the circumstances you can probably work out what was going on!

Most recently we had him for the September 2013 Championship meeting against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. He managed to get through a booking-free night, and we don't recall him upsetting anyone, even though we lost the game by a 2-1 scoreline. The Western Gazette said he had "a quiet evening and [was] faultless in his decisions" and given his anonymity on the night, we can't disagree with that.

Overall Mr Deadman does have a bit of a reputation across the Football League as being one of the more heavy-handed referees, with cards a-plenty - in one recent season he managed to raise over 200 yellow cards and obviously that attracts attention amongst football supporters and media personnel. This season he's been rather more modest - 95 yellows and five red cards across 28 matches - just over three cards per game which is probably par for the course these days.

Mr Deadman will be assisted by Keith Lawson (South Humberside) and Mark Derrien (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

Link: September 2013 : Ipswich Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2008 : Hereford United 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2008 : Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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19 March 2014 : More Miller Time Helping Ishmael Succeed
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Ishmael Miller says he is full of confidence after notching up his eighth and ninth goals of his Huish Park loan spell this week - but believes getting game time has been the key to his loan success. The Nottingham Forest loanee has now netted nine in 16 Championship appearances, having scored another brace in last night's 3-3 draw against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium - a scoreline that indirectly helped his parent club's hopes of cementing a Championship play-off place, as Wigan's run of consecutive wins was finally brought to an end.

The 26 year old striker took both of his goals by creating room onto his left foot during the second half, and he told BBC Somerset that was something that he always found very fruitful as a route to scoring:

"I am always very confident with my left foot. Obviously it's my strong point. Like I said the other day, I feel like we're going into games feeling very confident. We've been on a great run of form lately. We took a little dip at QPR, which I didn't think was a 3-0 sort of game, but obviously that's sometimes how it goes. Hopefully we can go into the Bolton game still with great confidence."

Miller's two goals create an odd statistic in that he is now Forest's joint top scorer in terms of Championship goals, having equalled the tallies of Andy Reid and Darius Henderson - all scored since he arrived on loan in Somerset at the tail end of November. Miller believes that is all down to getting consistent game time, with his opportunities at the City Ground having come increasingly from bench appearances. Being a more predictable inclusion on the teamsheet for Yeovil has helped him:

"I feel like if I play games and get a lot of minutes on the pitch that I'll always create chances and get goals. Throughout my career I've always been able to get chances, and sometimes they go in and sometimes they don't. Hopefully I can just carry on and we can pick up as many points as possible. That's obviously the main thing - to pick up points and stay in this division. If I score a few goals in that time, then obviously that's good."


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19 March 2014 : Wigan Boss Stunned By Late Drama
Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler has said that he has never experienced a game with so much late drama than the one he witnessed against Yeovil Town last night. Having taken over at the DW Stadium, the German has radically improved the Latics form, transforming them from a midtable side into a team with a firm foothold in the play-off positions, but they couldn't see the game out against the Glovers in a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw on Tuesday night.

Rosler had been hoping to establish a modern day Wigan club record of nine consecutive wins in all competitions - something that they had never achieved since entering the Football League in the late 1970s. However, five goals in the last eight minutes of the match saw both Yeovil and Wigan late the lead before Luke Ayling's 95th minute equaliser levelled the scores out, stopping the home side's run of victories at the death. Rosler admitted that he was stunned by the way the match finished:

"I have never seen more drama in a game - that's the way it is. We got a gift by being 3-2 up and we gave it our all. Normally we defend very well from corners and set pieces and we didn't do that. I knew that at one point the run would end, and when that ends with a draw, I take that and I don't think that's the end of the world. We feel as though we didn’t deserve to win the game."

Having led 1-0 early in the second period, Wigan looked as though they were going to grab all three points as the game fell into the closing stages in a match that hadn't really ignited until the final ten minutes. But Ishmael Miller's quickfire double turned the game on its head, and although Wigan quickly responded through James McArthur and an own goal to lead the match for a second time, Rosler felt his side were the ones that were struggling to see the game out, feeling that they had run out of legs:

"We looked tired in the last ten minutes. Yeovil capitalised out of that but putting a lot of a lot of pressure on us with long balls. I felt in the last 10 minutes we were down on our knees. The amount of games has shown today. Collectively we couldn't turn them as much as I wanted to get another goal. Overall I take it as it is and we move on. We didn’t have the fresh legs to push Yeovil out and that really showed by the kind of goal we conceded for 3-3. We simply didn’t have the energy levels at the end. Sometimes we have to accept that."


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19 March 2014 : Town Council Reaffirm Food Store Opposition
Yeovil Town Council have this week reaffirmed their opposition to the club's plans to build a Food Store on land to the north of Huish Park. Their Planning and Licensing Committee met on Monday evening, tasked with revisiting an application that they have already provided feedback on as part of an original meeting held on February 22nd 2012, with their views distributed five days later.

This week's meeting requested that the Town Council revisit the application, after the club published its Three Year Strategic Plan, along with further supporting information relating to their proposals. They were asked as part of the meeting's agenda to consider "whether it (Yeovil Town Council) wishes to amend its previous recommendation and/or make any further comments in light of this extra information."

The verdict from Monday's meeting was that their concerns had not been addressed from their 2012 feedback, and that they wished to feedback the five same responses they had delivered two years ago, with a 6th additional comment raised as part of the 2014 meeting discussion. These were as follows:

1. Will have an adverse effect upon the well-being of Yeovil Town Centre.
2. There are suitable and available sites that can accommodate this proposal in the town centre.
3. Approval could have a harmful effect upon the existing bus shuttle service linking Abbey Manor Park to the town centre shops.
4. The site occupies an unsustainable location and the supermarket development will be accessed by car.
5. Serious traffic problems are likely to result if approved here.
6. The loss of open space without replacement in the vicinity.

It should be noted that Yeovil Town Council's views are recorded as an adjacent regional council - Huish Park lies in the Brympton Parish. The latter provided their views last week. All views will be fed into the South Somerset District Council Area South Committee, who are expected to consider the application on April 2nd 2014.


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19 March 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Wigan Away Game
Following last night's 3-3 draw against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on an extraordinary end to the match that saw five goals in eight minutes can be read via the link below.

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


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19 March 2014 : Johnson Proud Of 'Fantastic Result'
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson described a draw against Wigan Athletic as a fantastic result, despite his side briefly having had a chance of grabbing all three, in a high-octane finish to last night's match at the DW Stadium. The Glovers snatched a 3-3 draw in the 95th minute when Luke Ayling got the crucial final goal in a match that saw five of the game's six goals scored during the final eight minutes.

Johnson drew attention to the run of form that Wigan had been on prior to last night's match - eight wins in all competitions, including victories over Premier League sides Manchester City and Cardiff City. In that context he felt a point was an excellent result, despite relegation rivals Charlton Athletic gaining a 1-0 win through their own bit of late drama:

"I'm just proud of the boys, the fact they gave everything the whole game. We quietened a big crowd, we were frustrating them with our play but we were still creating opportunities and I certainly felt we deserved to get something out of the game. A draw is a fantastic result for us given the results recently that Wigan have had at home and their status in the Football League - they're a Premier League club with Premier League players. Little old Yeovil - we came here and took a point."

Johnson said that one of his pre-match concerns raised to his players before the game was that he didn't feel they were showing enough attacking intent when they took set pieces at the attacking end of the field. With Ayling's dramatic equaliser coming right at the end, almost all players on the pitch were in the Wigan penalty area, and Gary revealed that he had one unexpected player who wanted his own contribution to be reviewed on the video, with his goalkeeper claiming an assist:

"In the hotel before the game we said we were going to review everybody's individual runs from set plays because we haven't been happy with that. At the end of the game Marek came in and said 'gaffer, wait until you see the video, the good run I made in the box to create the chance for our goal'."


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18 March 2014 : Wigan 3 Yeovil 3 : Ayling Secures Point In Six Goal Madness
Yeovil Town grabbed an ultra-late point against Wigan Athletic this evening, in a drama-fuelled finish where both sides though they had won the match during the final ten minutes. The game had inched into the 95th minute when Luke Ayling got the final touch from a corner that saw both sides share out a 3-3 draw at the DW Stadium.

That scoreline had looked improbable during the opening 82 minutes of the match where both sides had frequently given the ball away in a scrappy match. Wigan had missed an opportunity to open the scoring 25 minutes into the match when referee Andy D'Urso controversially decided that Nick Powell had been fouled by Matteo Lanzoni. But Jordi Gomez saw his penalty kick superbly saved by Marek Stech who flung himself to his left to keep the game goalless.

Wigan finally got the lead when Nick Powell converted a close range header from a James McArthur cross from their right wing - and despite the Yeovil defence furiously appealing for an offside decision, referee D'Urso refused to overrule his linesman. At 1-0 Wigan largely controlled proceedings, until Yeovil brought on Kieffer Moore as a substitute, changing formations in the process and finally starting to put the Wigan defence under some concerted pressure.

That was rewarded in the 82nd minute when Ishmael Miller made room for himself from a Luke Ayling through ball, turning and firing home for the equalising goal. More was to come three minutes later when Ishmael Miller got his ninth goal of his loan spell with the Glovers - receiving a Jamie McAllister cross and then firing home from a narrow angle.

The points should have been in the bag at that point, but Wigan turned the game on its head once again, as sloppy defending allowed Jean Beausejour to find James McArthur in space, and he fired home past Marek Stech. Then Wigan took the lead as a low cross into the box saw Byron Webster struggling to get across his marker, only to put the ball into his own net.

At 3-2 up, Wigan looked as though they had won the match, but they didn't allow for yet more drama at the DW Stadium. In the final minute of five minutes of added time a Tom Lawrence corner was swung in, and both Marek Stech - up for the final corner - and Luke Ayling swung at the ball, with Ayling getting the final touch and sending 223 away supporters wild. It could have been three points, it could have been none - at the end of the 95 minutes it ended up being one. Just don't ever leave a football match early - you never know what you might miss.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Wigan Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Nick Powell (1-0, 56 mins), Ishmael Miller (1-1, 82 mins), Ishmael Miller (1-2, 85 mins), James McArthur (2-2, 86 mins), Byron Webster (3-2, 88 mins, own goal), Luke Ayling (3-3, 90 mins).

Wigan Athletic:
26. Ali Al Habsi
24. James Perch 17. Emmerson Boyce 21. Ivan Ramis 22. Jean Beausejour
4. Josh McEachran 16. James McArthur 14. Jordi Gomez
15. Callum McManaman 29. Nicky Maynard 56' 19. Nick Powell

Substitutes:
1. Scott Carson 3. Stephen Crainey 6. Thomas Rogne (27 mins for James Perch) 11. James McClean 31. Ryan Tunnicliffe (68 mins for Josh McEachran) 32. Marc-Antoine Fortune (56 mins for Nicky Maynard) 33. Martyn Waghorn

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
18. Matteo Lanzoni 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 2. Luke Ayling 19. Joe Ralls
11. Tom Lawrence
27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
7. Kevin Dawson (43 mins for Joel Grant) 9. James Hayter 13. Kieffer Moore (71 mins for Matteo Lanzoni) 14. Sam Hoskins 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan

Wigan Bookings: Callum McManaman (15 mins, handball), Joshua McEachran (45 mins, foul), Jordi Gomez (65 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (7 mins, foul), Shane Duffy (25 mins, dissent), Kevin Dawson (75 mins, foul)

Wigan Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex). Assistants: Ian Cooper (Kent) and Guy Stretton (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: Iain Williamson (Berkshire).

Attendance: 12,970 (including 223 Yeovil supporters).


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18 March 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this evening's 3-3 draw against Wigan Athletic at the DW 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 Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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18 March 2014 : Team News For Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for tonight's Championship match against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. Attacking midfielder Duane Holmes has returned to Huddersfield Town after his loan spell in Somerset was ended early. His place in the side is taken by Cardiff City loanee Joe Ralls who returns from a three match suspension following his red card against Reading.

Winger Joel Grant's back problem has now been resolved and he replaces James Hayter in a slight formation change that will see more of a 4-4-1-1 take to the field. Midfielder Ruben Palazuelos and left-back Liam Davis remain injured and unavailable.

The line-up tonight is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
1. Marek Stech
18. Matteo Lanzoni 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 2. Luke Ayling 19. Joe Ralls
11. Tom Lawrence
27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan


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18 March 2014 : Johnson Aims To Work With Tried And Trusted Players During Run-In
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that getting the best out of players who are used to the club's way of thinking may be the key to helping them escape relegation. The return of Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls from a three match suspension for tonight's Championship away fixture against Wigan Athletic will compensate for the loss of Huddersfield Town flair player Duane Holmes who was allowed to return to Yorkshire a little earlier than his one month loan was intended to.

With the 20 year old having been at the club since last August and having clocked up 27 appearances, Johnson told BBC Somerset that it was important for him to concentrate on those players who had been already blooded, in order to see the club through until the end of the 2013-14 season:

"We've got lads here like Joe Ralls that we've worked with for a long time, who know our pattern and know our system and they know our philosophy. So really we've got to be bringing in lads at this time that know exactly what it is that they're supposed to be doing. Then they've got to perform. We've got enough fit at the moment, so they'll be the ones that we get through with until the end of the season."

Johnson admitted that the return of Ralls - following his red card against Reading - was in his thinking when he made the decision to allow Holmes to return two matches early after his five game spell in Somerset. The Glovers boss pointed out that someone like Ralls would have been ahead of him in the pecking order:

"Joe Ralls is back and fit and we didn't want to keep him (Duane Holmes) here if he wasn't going to start in the games. That wouldn't be fair. So we thank him for his service and wish him well for the future."

Yeovil Town's trip to the DW Stadium is the first in the club's history, with a pre-season friendly at Springfield Park in 1973 representing the club's only other visit to Wigan. They meet a side that has recently burst into the play-off positions and is currently on the back of eight straight wins - including two FA Cup victories over Premier League sides Cardiff City and Manchester City. Johnson admits that will be a challenge for his team and that they will need to be at their best to get anything out of the game:

"We are going there for that (challenge) and it is something that we're looking forward to. I was a bit disappointed about the nature of the result against QPR. Hopefully we can do something about it at Wigan, but being realistic, we know we're going up there to play a top team. If we don't know that, or if we're anywhere below our best, then you lose the three points."


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18 March 2014 : Wigan Commemorative Badges Available From Tonight
Further to last week's news, a supply of commemorative badges relating to tonight's fixture against Wigan Athletic is now available. The badges come in two different style - shown below - and recognise the Glovers playing the current FA Cup holders at the DW Stadium in a Championship fixture tonight.

Both Yeovil Town and Wigan have a rich non-league history over the years, as Northern Premier League and Southern Premier League members of the 1970s, and have risen up the divisions to now meet at second tier level and for our first trip to their stadium. Glovers supporter Tim Lancaster has designed the latest in his occasional set of commemorative enamel lapel badges. This will be on sale direct from Tim, who will be at the Wigan game tonight, or they can be ordered by post.

Please send cheques for £3.75 (inclusive of postage and packaging) to Tim Lancaster at 41, College Green, Yeovil, BA21 4JR. If you've already pre-ordered one, as a result of last week's news item, then they will be sent out on or just after Wednesday 19th March once Tim has recovered from his trip up to the North-West. However, if you want want further details, e-mail timlancaster67@hotmail.co.uk - Tim will also be inside the away end tonight.

Wigan vs Yeovil Town enamel badges - get yours tonight!
Wigan vs Yeovil Town enamel badges - get yours tonight!



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17 March 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Wigan Athletic
For those heading up to Wigan Athletic for tomorrow evening's Championship away match at the DW Stadium, a new Ciderspace guide has been prepared for the occasion. Featuring directions, parking, ticketing information, club statistics and a pub guide, an all-round view of your day out can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Wigan Athletic.


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17 March 2014 : Interest Claimed In St Mirren Midfielder
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for St Mirren midfielder Kenny McLean. The Sky Sports website is listing the Glovers alongside Glasgow side Rangers, plus Championship sides Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers as being interested in a player who is out of contract at the end of the 2013-14 season and there is a presumption that he will move on during the summer.

Reports in yesterdays The Scotsman newspaper listed Rangers, Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town as interested parties but did not include Yeovil Town in their list of clubs they believe are interested. They also state that St Mirren would prefer him to move to an English league side where the prospect of a transfer fee would be higher for the 22 year old - and this is where Sky Sports claims that the Glovers are interested in the player may need to be watered down - they quote an expectation of a £350,000 transfer fee.

For what it's worth then, he's a Scotland Under-19 and Under-21 international who was released by the Rangers academy before their financial fall from grace, and was then enrolled into the Saints ranks. There he's broken into the first team and made 114 appearances, scoring 13 goals. On top of that he had a 2009-10 loan spell with Abroath. He was born in Rutherglen, Scotland on January 10th 1992 and is a central midfielder who can also play on the left side. His contract runs out in the summer of 2014.

But then there's the small problem of that reported transfer fee valuation - as an Under-24 player St Mirren would be entitled to compensation for a player who has been on their books for the whole of his professional career. In addition, the 'listing' of multiple clubs across Sky Sports and The Scotsman reeks of an agent trying to drum up interest in his client ahead of the tail end of the season.


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17 March 2014 : Witnesses Wanted After QPR Away Incident
Yeovil Town supporters who attended Saturday's away Championship match against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, are being asked to provide information, specifically concerning an incident that occurred within the away end during the match. Around five to ten minutes into the match at Loftus Road, a small number of Glovers fans were removed from the School Lane Upper tier where our fans were seated, in the area around Block Y4 and Y5.

If you witnessed them being removed - either in terms of what led to that incident, or in terms of the way they were removed from the School Lane Upper Tier - then a Football Supporters Federation representative would like to hear your views. Please drop an email through to faircop@fsf.org.uk addressed to Amanda Jacks, who is the main owner of that email account. Please provide as much neutral and factual information as possible.

Furthermore if you have any general comments on the stewarding within the School Lane Upper Tier around the game, feel free to pass through general views, although it is that specific incident, and your views on the stewards' approach to the incident that the FSF are particularly interested in.


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17 March 2014 : Officials For Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the DW Stadium on Tuesday 18th March 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Little introduction is needed for someone who was a Premier League referee for seven years, and a FIFA referee for four years. He also has a strong connection with one of the finest moments in Yeovil Town history, and one that Wigan boss Uwe Rosler will recall in his former job as Brentford manager. Mr D'Urso was the man in the middle for our May 2013 League One Play-Off Final victory over the Bees by a 2-1 scoreline. Overall he had a low key role in that match thankfully - his one memorable decision was to book Gavin Williams whilst he wasn't even on the pitch - but as Super Gav was booting the ball into the stand in the 95th minute, this is hard to argue with.

Overall Mr D'Urso is a very familiar face for a Yeovil Town fixtures, even going back to our Conference days. He also took charge of Yeovil Town's only other appearance at Wembley Stadium - the League One play-off against Blackpool in 2007 that finished in a 0-2 defeat. We were less than impressed with his decision to award a free kick that gave the Seasiders their opening goal - television replays showed that Keigan Parker had tripped over his own feet, rather than been fouled by Terrell Forbes. Blackpool were the better side on the day, but it didn't help that the official had given them a leg-up with a poor refereeing decision.

For League matches, we had him once during the 2012-13 Season, for the away match against Crawley Town in November 2012, during which he made some rather erratic decisions. He booked Dan Burn for a handball offence that he personally missed entirely, yet deemed it serious enough to warrant a yellow card. Sam Foley then got booked for a superb ball-winning tackle on Nathan Byrne, yet Mr D'Urso failed to notice the nasty bit of retribution committed by Byrne five minutes later when he deliberately flattened Foley to get his own back on the strong tackle. The Western Gazette echoed this, saying he was "infuriatingly inconsistent. It was hard to believe that a former Premier League official was guiding the game, so bad were some of the decisions made."

We were due to have him for the February 2012 fixture for the home game against Scunthorpe United, but the game was called off due to a frozen pitch, and by the time it was rearranged the League had appointed a different official. The postponement wasn't too controversial, with overnight temperatures to blame rather than any refereeing decisions. Before that, we saw him in April 2011, when we beat Notts County 2-1 at Huish Park. On the night, he dished out four bookings, but we described him as being "in an oddly quiet mood" - odd as he has tended to be one of these referees that likes to be the centre of attention. On this occasion he was far less visible, refusing to consider one possible Magpies penalty appeal that was 50:50, and refusing to get involved in another shout that was more 'Tom Daley' than worthy of a spot kick.

Then came a series of 2007 meetings, with the later of those being the December match against Hartlepool United. A 3-1 win for Yeovil Town, and zero bookings for either side, and another unusually quiet match for Mr D'Urso - we haven't always had it that way. Aside from the 2006-07 Wembley Stadium appearance, we'd had him twice earlier in that season, for defeats against Tranmere Rovers and Nottingham Forest. In the Tranmere one he performed quite well, but in the Forest defeat, a lot of his decision-making appeared to involve him playing to the home crowd - something we've regularly criticised him for over the years.

Going back further, his December 2005 performance at Brentford in a 3-2 defeat was a bit of a mess. No complaints about the penalty he awarded when Chris Weale brought down DJ Campbell outside the box. However, with the foul happening wide of the goal, a red card seemed harsh, and a series of decisions against the Glovers during that second period, including a nailed on penalty for handball by a Bees defender, had us all ranting about his performance after the game.

Mr D'Urso will be assisted by Ian Cooper (Kent) and Guy Stretton (Leicestershire). The Fourth Official will be Iain Williamson (Berkshire). Unusual choices, particularly in the case of the Fourth Official - is there a sense in dragging officials all the way from Essex, Kent and Berkshire all the way up to the North-West for a midweek fixture? Some common sense may have been better there, given most are part time officials.

Link: May 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 1 (League One Play-Off Final).

Link: November 2012 : Crawley Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 1.

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 3 Hartlepool United 1.

Link: May 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Blackpool 2 (League One Play-Off Final).

Link: February 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Tranmere Rovers 2.

Link: January 2007 : Nottingham Forest 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2006 : AFC Bournemouth 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2005 : Brentford 3 Yeovil Town 2.


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17 March 2014 : Holmes Makes Huddersfield Return
Yeovil Town have cut short the month's loan spell for Huddersfield Town's attacking midfielder Duane Holmes. The 19 year old had been due to spend two more matches with the Glovers, but was taken off just 29 minutes into his fifth appearance for the Glovers, at Loftus Road on Saturday against Queens Park Rangers.

Holmes made five appearances for the Glovers during his time at Huish Park, but struggled to complete 90 minutes in most games, and his output was gradually on diminishing returns. Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was rather critical of his output during Saturday's match, and so his return to Yorkshire isn't a total surprise - a slight ankle injury may have also influenced Johnson's thinking. thinking. Holmes was already back on the Huddersfield training ground this morning, and so it would appear he packed his bags over the weekend.

In each of his five matches, Holmes started the opening 77, 73, 67, 73 and 29 minutes, being substituted in every game he started - generally tailing off in his effectiveness during the second half of matches - or in terms of Saturday's match at Loftus Road, not really being effective at all.

The Glovers will be able to recall Cardiff City loanee Joe Ralls to the squad that travels up to Wigan Athletic for Tuesday night's fixture, and along with Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence they are two of the more obvious options to take the wide spots for the match.


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17 March 2014 : Video : Gary Johnson Speaks About Managerial Achievement Award
Following last night's Football League Awards ceremony at The Brewery, London, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was interviewed by the Football League. You can view that interview via their YouTube channel by watching the clip below, as Gary reflects upon how he came to pick up the 2014 Football League Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award.




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17 March 2014 : Joe Edwards Reflects On QPR Defeat
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers, Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Edwards spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Joe's view on competing with the likes of Ravel Morrison and Joey Barton in the centre of the park can be read via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Defeat Against QPR.


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16 March 2014 : Gary Johnson: Management Award Is Tribute To Last Ten Years
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has tonight said that his Outstanding Managerial Achievement award is fantastic, but has heralded the football club as a whole for helping him get it. Johnson was given the award during Sunday night's 2014 Football League Awards evening at The Brewery, London that celebrated achievements from the previous 12 months across a range of seventeen different categories.

Johnson went one better than he'd managed during the previous year as he picked up an award he'd been nominated for during 2013, and as part of his acceptance speech he said that it was much about what the club had achieved over the past ten years, and the people who had helped him get there:

"It's a fantastic achievement for our football club over ten years. There's a lot of unsung heroes in the room today, and we've got a lot of those at Yeovil that have been there for many many years. They had been trying to get into the League for 108 years, but then we got it ten years ago. Now we've had ten seasons in the Football League. So this goes to everybody at our football club. I've got great staff in Terry Skiverton and Darren Way, and my brother Pete who is our worldwide scouting system."

Gary Johnson receives his award at tonight's 2014 Football League Awards evening
Gary Johnson receives his award at tonight's 2014 Football League Awards evening


The Football League's announcement cited Yeovil Town's promotion to the Championship division on the back of the League One Play-Offs, beating Brentford 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in May 2013. The perfect way to celebrate the club's tenth anniversary of being in the League, Johnson said that was unthinkable when the club first rose to that level:

"You couldn't have imagined that. Certainly when we got our promotion from the Conference to the Football League, but then getting it by going up via Wembley was an absolutely magnificent day. There's only 40,000 people in Yeovil and we had 20,000 at Wembley. If you are going to get promoted then that's the way to do it - via the play-offs at Wembley. It really was exciting and we got a lot of friends, and there were a lot of things that made us very proud that day. I'm taking this award on behalf of all of those people."

Below the Football League produced a video clip showing highlights of Yeovil's rise up the divisions under Gary Johnson.




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16 March 2014 : Football League 2014 Awards - Full Winners List
Following our earlier news concerning Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson, the remainder of the Football League's 2014 Awards have now been announced. The full list of award winners from the event at The Brewery, London is as follows:

Unsung Hero Award : Frank Banks (Southend United, Community and Education Trust Volunteer)

Family Club of the Year Award : Middlesbrough. Divisional Winners: Wolverhampton Wanderers (League One), Plymouth Argyle (League Two).

LFE Apprentice of the Year - League Two : Bradley Walker (Hartlepool United).
LFE Apprentice of the Year - League One : Brendan Galloway (Milton Keynes Dons).
LFE Apprentice of the Year - Championship : Mason Bennett (Derby County)

Capital One Supporter of the Year : Phil Beeton (Leeds United)

Perform Best Digital Content & Audience Growth Award : Derby County - Return of the Mac

The Sir Tom Finney Award : Steve Fletcher (AFC Bournemouth)

PFA Player in the Community Award : Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday)

Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement : Gary Johnson (Yeovil Town)

Mitre Goal of the Year : Franck Moussa - Coventry City (v Leyton Orient)

Johnstone's Paint Community Club of the Year Award : Brentford (Also South East Winner). Regional Winners: Derby County (Midlands Winner), Doncaster Rovers (North East Winner), Morecambe (North West Winner), Portsmouth (South West Winner).

Young Player of the Year : Will Hughes (Derby County)

Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year : Danny Ings (Burnley)
Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Year : Adam Forshaw (Brentford)
Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Year : Gary Roberts (Chesterfield)

Football League Contribution to League Football Award : John Bowler (Crewe Alexandra).


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16 March 2014 : Gary Wins Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been awarded the Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement award at tonight's 2014 Football League Awards evening. Having been nominated two years running, this year Gary picked up the award, seeing off competition from AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and Chesterfield boss Paul Cook.

With the League's awards running around a 12 month cycle, the period takes in the final part of the 2012-13 season that saw Yeovil Town defeat Brentford in the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, propelling them into the Championship for the first time in the club's history.

Congratulations to Gary on securing the award - and if he keeps Yeovil Town in the Championship for a second season, he probably deserves another nomination this time next year!


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16 March 2014 : Video : QPR vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from yesterday's 3-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers, you can now do so on the Sky Sports website. In addition to the three goals for the home side, they also show you two chances for Tom Lawrence - one of which hit the woodwork - and another Luke Ayling that show how well the side performed prior to QPR's first goal.

Clearly missing from the clip though is the 'goal' that referee Mark Brown disallowed when Luke Ayling lobbed keeper Rob Green - his attempt being ruled out due to striker James Hayter apparently 'impeding' Green's goal kick. This incident was shown on the BBC's Football League Show and a still shot from that footage is shown below, that shows Hayter's positioning when Green took his kick.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Queens Park Rangers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.

Rob Green is apparently impeded by Yeovil striker James Hayter in lead-up to Luke Ayling's disallowed goal
Rob Green is apparently impeded by Yeovil striker James Hayter in lead-up to Luke Ayling's disallowed goal



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16 March 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off QPR Away Interview
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC just before yesterday's away match against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road kicked off. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Gary talks about his opponents, former Glovers boss Alec Stock and the fans that travelled to Loftus Road for the fixture.

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


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16 March 2014 : League Reveal Managerial Award Shortlist
The Football League have published the names of the managers who Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will be up against in tonight's Football League Awards. The Glovers boss has been nominated for the Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement award for the second season running, and he will compete against AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Chesterfield manager Paul Cook for the honour.

Howe and Johnson battled it out for promotion out of League One at the end of the 2012-13 season, with the Cherries going up to the Championship on the back of their second placed finish. He had returned to Dean Court in October 2012, and so his achievement in getting his side promotion in his first seven months in charge was an impressive one - albeit one backed by a sizeable amount of funds from owner Maxim Demin that helped him achieve that.

Cook was also appointed to his current position in October 2012, taking over a side that had been relegated down to League Two at the end of the 2011-12 season. During his first season he managed an eighth place finish, but 37 games into the 2013-14 season he has the Spireites on top of League Two - although is by no means sure of promotion, with the top five clubs separated by just five points.

The awards will be screened online via a variety of online platforms. For full detail see Friday's article.

Link: Watch The Football League Awards Online.


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16 March 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The QPR Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Gary gives his views on the match, and also adds his thoughts on the 1,388 Yeovil supporters who attended the match at Loftus Road.

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


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15 March 2014 : Johnson Frustrated At 'Harsh' Margin Of Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that his side suffered a slightly harsh scoreline after his team were beaten 3-0 against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. Whilst the scoreline told a comfortable victory for the West Londoners, Johnson felt that there were two incidents during the match that could have set up a more competitive match if they had gone Yeovil's way.

Whilst the game was goalless, referee Mark Brown ruled out a Luke Ayling lobbed goal, for an apparent foul on goalkeeper Rob Green. Then in the second period Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence curled an excellent long range shot that crashed off the woodwork - an inch or two inside and it would have given the Glovers an equalising goal, with QPR only having Ravel Morrison's 25 minute opener to stand at that stage. Gary felt that in those circumstances, there could have been a different outcome:

"I think it was harsh, we had a great first 20-odd minutes and it would have been nice to be one up. Then they got their goal and we hit the woodwork which was a great strike and they just aren't going in for us at the moment."

As it happened, a Bobby Zamora header was followed up by a third goal as Morrison got his second of the afternoon. Gary admitted that he was disappointed to see the game end up with that sort of a scoreline against them:

"So we're a bit disappointed to lose by three goals but I don't think we've lost anything with the teams around us down the bottom, results went the way we wanted them to and we are still fighting."

Of the teams down at the bottom, Millwall and Charlton Athletic shared out a 0-0 draw, whilst there were defeats for Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Barnsley and Blackpool. The only other side in the lower part of the table to pick up points were Doncaster Rovers, who gained a 0-0 draw.


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15 March 2014 : QPR 3 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Match summary to follow.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Queens Park Rangers 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Ravel Morrison (25 mins, 1-0) Bobby Zamora (70 mins, 2-0), Ravel Morrison (90 mins, 3-0)

Queens Park Rangers:
1. Robert Green 15. Nedum Onuoha 5. Richard Dunne 6. Clint Hill 18. Aaron Hughes 16. Jermaine Jenas 17. Joey Barton 23. Junior Hoilett 4. Ravel Morrison 3. Armand Traore 12. Will Keane

Substitutes:
10. Tom Carroll 19. Niko Kranjcar (44 mins for Armand Traore) 20. Karl Henry 25. Bobby Zamora (66 mins for Will Keane) 26. Brian Murphy (68 mins for Robert Green) 35. Yossi Benayoun 40. Modibo Maiga

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

Substitutes:
7. Kevin Dawson (29 mins for Duane Holmes) 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (76 mins for Jamie McAllister) 29. Adam Morgan (76 mins for James Hayter)

QPR Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (45 mins, foul), Kevin Dawson (64 mins, foul), Tom Lawrence (82 mins, foul)

QPR Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 21; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 7; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 3; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Carl Fitch (Suffolk) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Attendance: 16,667 (including 1,388 Yeovil supporters).


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15 March 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for QPR vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 3-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus 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 Queens Park Rangers vs Yeovil Town.


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15 March 2014 : Team News For QPR vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting eleven for their away match against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Left-back Liam Davis continues to be sidelined with his broken toe, whilst Joe Ralls serves the last of a three match suspension. Joel Grant's back problem keeps him out.

The full line-up for this afternoon is as follows:

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

Substitutes:
7. Kevin Dawson 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan

Update: One change after the warm-ups - Ruben Palazuelos injured, replaced by Matteo Lanzoni in the starting line-up.


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15 March 2014 : Jamie McAllister's Thoughts On The QPR Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's away match against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, Yeovil Town captain Jamie McAllister spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Jack Killah, Jamie's thoughts on their opponents and the Championship division run-in can be read via the link below.

Link: Jamie McAllister Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To QPR.


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14 March 2014 : Gary Previews The QPR Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's away match against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Jack Killah, Gary's thoughts on the midweek Ipswich Town defeat and the prospect of two away matches against QPR and Wigan Athletic can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Previews The QPR Away Game.


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14 March 2014 : Watch The Football League Awards Online
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to see if manager Gary Johnson has been successful in his managerial award nomination at the Football League Awards on Sunday, can do so by watching the event online. With Gary up for the Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award for the second year running, there will be a chance to see how he gets on against other short-listed candidates as it happens, as well as seeing what other awards are presented on the night.

The event will be broadcast via a multitude of channels, including the Football League's dedicated FL Awards website, as well as via their own YouTube channel and the corresponding channels of any of the league's 72 member clubs. They will also be using websites belonging to Sky Sports, the Daily Mail, Teamtalk and the Daily Star.

The ceremony will start from 8.45p.m. on the night, and will see a total of 13 awards unveiled on the night, including the Player of the Year in all three divisions, the Young Player of the Year and the Goal of the Year.


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14 March 2014 : Johnson Shortlisted For Managerial Achievement Award
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been shortlisted for an award at this Sunday's annual Football League Awards evening. Johnson has been given a nomination for the Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award after he took Yeovil Town up into the Championship, via the League One Play-Offs at the end of the 2012-13 season. This is the second season running that Gary has been shortlisted.

Whether the Glovers boss is ultimately successful will be determined on Sunday night at The Brewery, Barbican, London - an event that will be shown live across a multitude of online platforms. Recent winners of the award include Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson, who beat Johnson to last year's award, and Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet, who won in 2012.


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14 March 2014 : Three Further Responses On Food Store Application
Yeovil Town have had further feedback on their Food Store application. The latest submissions from interested bodies comes from three different areas, with the Somerset Chamber Of Commerce, the South Somerset District Council Economic Development Service team, and the local Brympton Parish Council which Huish Park resides in.

The Somerset Chamber Of Commerce, which is based in Taunton, indicate on their website that their role is "to represent and work in partnership with the Somerset business community and other authorities and agencies to promote the county and increase prosperity for our members". Their service is provided as a paid-for subscription, and Yeovil Town Football Club are one of their current registered members. They indicate that they are anticipating objections but have written to express their support for the application:

"[Somerset Chamber Of Commerce] support the application for Yeovil Town Football Club's aspiration for a supermarket development on part of the site [at] Huish Park. While I understand that there may be some issues associated with planning policy and “out of town” retail areas, most of these arguments the Council has already lost by granting planning permissions to numerous applicants across Yeovil. As a Chamber of Commerce supporting local trade we would normally not support such an application, but in this case, we would suggest that the incremental increase would have little detrimental value to the town centre as there is already plenty of retail choice for shoppers to Yeovil."

The Chamber Of Commerce believe that Yeovil Town should be treated as a special case, even though they recognise that Planning Policy may suggest otherwise, citing the club's profile in the county:

"There is a more fundamental reason to support this application, even if it means going against Planning Policy. Yeovil Town Football Club promote Somerset and their local communities wherever they travel in the country and provide real employment opportunities, so it is vitally important that they remain [a] viable business. They are the most successful professional football club in the entire south west, and as such should be supported by the community and local government alike."

The response from SSDC's Economic Development Team (EDT) gives a different perspective on a similar subject. On their website they indicate that their purpose is to "Work in partnership with the public and private sector in delivery of the Yeovil Vision [and] developing and delivery of the Market Towns Vision". As such there's an inevitable overlap with SSDC's Area South Development team who provided their feedback last week. It's therefore not surprising to find their views painting a fairly common picture. They are concerned about the effect it would have upon the town centre:

"The development would compete directly with, or draw trade away from existing retail facilities within the town centre. The further loss of retail spend from the town centre would be significant and would impact adversely on many existing business in the town. It is generally accepted that a supermarket development close to a town centre will help retain customers in the town, attract customers to a town centre from further afield and offer linked-trip advantages. As one of our main economic priorities must be to maintain and protect the retail resilience of the town centre, a planning application of this scale and on the proposed site is unacceptable."

The report also criticises the application's detail on the Sequential Test - the National Planning rule that requires developers to consider town centre locations ahead of out of town developments when building retail outlets. They cite the Cattle Market and Star Lane Car Parks as examples of where the Sequential Test has not been carried out properly, saying "whilst appearing comprehensive, [the application] lacks key detail that detracts from the robustness of the testing". The EDT also draw attention to the club's supporting documents that state that the application be positive in "maintaining the profile and fortunes of the town of Yeovil". They regard this claim as 'anecdotal' rather than providing hard evidence to support this as part of the application:

"It is not clear from the application how this might be quantified in economic terms. There is no analysis offered as to how such a development or a sustained high profile for the club might impact positively on the local economy. No such analysis (either historic or projected) is offered in support of this application and thus proof of wider economic benefit remains anecdotal. Key elements of the Development Business Plan are not sufficiently detailed to support or underpin the overall economic case for the application – for example increased income generation through increased ancillary sales (such as improved bar facilities) is largely unevidenced. Whilst improvements to such facilities might improve customer experience, no evidence is offered to suggest that significant increases in income for the club will be the result. The economic scenario is unexplored with no analysis offered to support the application."

The EDT suggest that the Football Club could try a different path in order to develop the Huish Park facilities that would not go against National Planning Policy, albeit without providing examples of what sort of proposals they have in mind:

"There may be alternative development opportunities at the YTFC site that would be more appropriate and acceptable. There are potential options for workspace or mixed development at the site that would not be contrary to National Policy. It is recommended that these should be explored if the club wishes to create new investment through development opportunities."

Finally, Brympton Parish Council have their views on the subject. Brympton have already given their views on the application back in February 2012. They recommend refusal with their four listed reasons being roughly in line with their 2012 objections. Their 2014 response is as follows:

1. Serious concerns over the impact on the local highways.
2. Contrary to national planning policy - especially when land is available near to the town centre.
3. Serious concerns over the loss of public open space that will arise. It has also been demonstrated that no alternative land is available in the vicinity.
4. The covenants existing on the site were made to ensure that this area remains as open space. This area was never designated as a retail area.


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14 March 2014 : Officials For Queens Park Rangers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 15th March 2014 at Loftus Road, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

We had him twice during the 2012-13 season in quick succession. The first saw him involved in the September 2012 away fixture against Preston North End - the League One encounter rather than the second FA Cup game. He was therefore the referee that dismissed Ed Upson on the day for two bookable offences, but in all honesty we couldn't complain about either. The Western Gazette said of his performance: "his decision-making favoured Yeovil and often left both sets of fans annoyed" - as we recall, he was booed off at half time by the home support though more as a general grumbling than any specific incident. Then he turned up for the November 2013 home fixture against Stevenage - a fairly dreadful 1-3 home defeat, and home fans took it out on him during the second half when he made a series of iffy decisions as the game deteriorated - the Gazette added "Mr Brown was incredibly inconsistent, but thankfully often kept his cards in his pocket."

We also had him for the February 2012 match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. We lost the game 2-1 and to be honest we can't recall too much to complain about Mr Brown's performance on the night, although he did get a small grumble from assistant manager Terry Skiverton after the match where he felt that a number of the referee's decisions were a little too home-friendly.

Prior to that, he was at Prenton Park for the 1-0 win at Prenton Park over Tranmere Rovers in February 2011. Possibly one of the worst matches for entertainment you'll have set your eyes on in recent years, although Oli Johnson's wonder strike was worth the journey. Mr Brown didn't have a lot to do on the day - just one booking early on, and not much out there to raise the hackles.

Mr Brown's other game in charge came in November 2010, when he saw our 1-0 win over Rushden and Diamonds in the FA Cup. This match brought that rare scenario of a referee gifting the Glovers the key decision in the game - namely the winning goal scored by Andy Williams. Even the most green-tinted of Glovers would admit that Dean Bowditch was probably interfering with play at the time the ball was hit towards goal, but after a lengthy consultation with his linesman, referee Brown awarded the goal. Rushden were furious, and probably with some justification.

The man himself describes his inspiration for getting into refereeing as being "my ex-wife for moving out so I could concentrate on my football and not have to listen to her moaning all day and night". He's now in his fourth season as a Football League referee, and so may be now reconsidering whether he has succeeded in getting less moaning in his ear on a Saturday afternoon.

Mr Brown will be assisted by Carl Fitch (Suffolk) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 3.

Link: September 2012 : Preston North End 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2012 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2011 : Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

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


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14 March 2014 : A Minute's Applause For Alec Stock
With tomorrow's Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Yeovil Town being dubbed as Alec Stock Day, further detail on the arrangements on the day are being issued. Prior to the match, both sets of supporters will be invited to join in with a minute's applause in tribute to the man who became a legend at both football clubs across different eras.

Alec gained QPR a double promotion and their first spell in top flight football during the ten years he spent at Loftus Road, whilst for Yeovil Town he created their nationwide reputation as FA Cup giantkillers during his management spell in the late 1940s. That has led QPR to designate the first meeting between the two clubs at Loftus Road to be used as a tribute day.

Five QPR legends will be appearing at the match, with twins Roger Morgan and Ian Morgan planning to appear in the club's Superstore on the day, whilst Tony Hazell, Frank Sibley and Mark Lazarus will be in answering questions in QPR's bars. The game will also be attended by members of Alec's family. There is also a special 100 page programme being produced as a historical record of the day.

For those who may not be wholly up to speed on Alec's career, our tribute to him written at the time of his death in 2001, can be read via the link below.

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


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14 March 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Queens Park Rangers
For those heading up to Loftus Road tomorrow morning, there is a new Ciderspace guide available covering our opponents Queens Park Rangers. The usual mix of directions, parking, travel, pub guides, statistics and club history can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Queens Park Rangers.


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13 March 2014 : Few Injury Concerns Ahead Of QPR Trip
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is confident that he will be able to take nearly a fully fit squad up to London this weekend, for the Championship match against Queens Park Rangers. The two sides meet at Loftus Road on Saturday 15th March in a match that is vital for both sides for wildly different reasons - QPR chasing a fading ambition of getting automatic promotion, whilst the Glovers do their best to try to claw their way above 21st place Millwall who lie between them and safety in the current Championship table.

Having had a number of complicated situations over the last few weeks, involving injuries and suspensions, Johnson has told BBC Somerset that the only two players who definitely will not travel to West London are Joe Ralls who is serving the final match of a three match suspension, along with Liam Davis, who has been missing since January 11th with a broken toe. Otherwise the Glovers boss believes that he is only monitoring minor knocks:

"It's looking okay. Liam Davis is obviously is the only longer term one - he's not available. But with everybody else, you have to keep an eye on a couple of them as there's a couple of dead legs, a black eye and a cut eye and that sort of thing. But that's how it goes. So we're just waiting for those to come through, and there's nobody else that we're thinking won't be available."

One of which is known to be striker Kieffer Moore who Johnson had indicated on Tuesday night had finished the match carrying an unspecified injury, whilst another concern is presumably Joel Grant, who missed Tuesday night with a back problem. Logic might have suggested that striker Ishmael Miller, who was taken off at half time on Tuesday and has been suffering with hamstring problems recently, might be one of those, but Johnson has explained that he is not one of the players he is currently concerned about:

"He's fine. He got a little bit of cramp in the last game, and it was his hamstring before that. His hamstring has recovered, so that's good. It's not something that we can't manage. We will be managing it and I'm sure he'll be available for selection."


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13 March 2014 : QPR Reporting Busy Sales For Glovers Visit
Saturday's opponents Queens Park Rangers are reporting that their Championship home match against Yeovil Town is closing in on being a sell-out. The match takes place at Loftus Road on Saturday 15th March, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and is being dubbed as Alec Stock Day in homage to the man who gained huge success at both clubs.

With special events during the day, and a special commemorative programme for the match, QPR supporters are responding well in terms of sales at their 18,489 ground. As of the end of yesterday, they indicated that they had just 1,500 home tickets available, with West & East Paddocks and the School End Lower Tier both sold out. The latter is just below where Yeovil Town supporters will be situated on Saturday.

In addition, the South Africa Road Stand Platinum areas are sold out with limited availability in other areas, whilst in the Lower Loft Family Stand they had 100 tickets remaining. There was also limited availability in the Ellerslie Road stand.

A final reminder that you will not be able to purchase Yeovil Town tickets in the away end of the ground on the day of the match. Hence if you are still planning to travel then you should call the Huish Park Ticket Office NOW on 01935-847888 - they will be open until 5.00p.m. tonight.

QPR's highest Championship attendance of the season so far is the 18,171 that turned up to see them play Derby County on November 2nd 2013.


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13 March 2014 : Sport England Pitch In With Food Store Objections
Yeovil Town's plans to build a Food Store on land situated to the north of the Huish Park stadium have received further negative feedback from interested parties. Government body Sport England, which is the brand name of the English Sports Council, sitting under the Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport, had already provided feedback on the application in March 2012 but two years later have stated that their concerns have not been resolved by the club. Their views follow last week's submissions by Somerset County Council's Highways Department and SSDC's Area South Development team.

The latest feedback from Sport England has been provided after they reviewed last month's publishing of the club's three year strategic plan, combined with an offer to provide £1 million to South Somerset District Council to compensate for the loss of community land and to "secure and develop a site capable of accommodating two sports pitches together with changing and associated facilities."

Sport England indicate that they have in turn consulted with the Football Association, who they work in partnership with to preserve football pitches throughout the country. Their response states that because the offer does not include firm provision for a replacement site for those pitches, they cannot support it, as there is no guarantee that the sum of money offered will be sufficient to support that development:

"This can only be accepted once there is a firm proposal on the table of where to site the relocated pitches. Only when this site has been identified and the value of the land has been established to purchase along with the cost to bring the site into use confirmed, will we be in a position to understand if the £1m is adequate mitigation. The land identified will need to be large enough to develop a plateaux for the pitches, provide access, a car park and pavilion with changing rooms and social facilities to ensure sustainability."

Sport England indicate that once such a site is provided to act as the means to house the replacement pitches, they would expect the following to be detailed within that planning application:

a) An independent pitch consultants (Agronomist) report on the quality of the pitches to be installed (including) Size of the 2 pitches (Plateaux) – do they conform to the FA recommended size of 100m x 64m (Excl run-offs)? Are they appropriate to the level of football planned for the site?
b) Technical spec of the changing rooms/pavilion, are they compliant – will this include a social room for income generation purposes? Location of the pavilion, close to car parking and emergency access?
c) Is there appropriate access to the site?
d) Maintenance schedule and possible commuted sum to support this maintenance
e) Ownership, operation and management of the facilities
f) Security of site to prevent damage or unauthorised use

Without this being provided as part of the application, Sport England express doubt that the replacement site will be provided, citing the Government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) as well as their own policies concerning development on playing fields. They summarise:

"There is no replacement site in a suitable location; there are no details / specifications of what will be provided at the replacement site and no guarantee that the replacement site will be provided at all, let alone prior to the commencement of development of the retail unit. In light of the above, Sport England maintains an objection to the proposal because it is not considered to accord with any of the exceptions in Sport England’s playing fields policy and Government policy."

Sport England indicate that if SSDC decide to go against their views and seek to approve the planning application, then in line with their March 2012 feedback on the application, they would expect it to be referred to National Government, with the National Planning Casework Unit (a division of the Department for Communities and Local Government) taking over the application process:

"Should your Council be minded to grant planning permission for the development then in accordance with The Town and Country Planning (Consultation) (England) Direction 2009, and the DCLG letter of 10 March 2011, the application should be referred to the National Planning Casework Unit."

The alternative path is for the planning application to be amended to contain details of the replacement pitches, which would then allow Sport England to reassess their views, using the above criteria.


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13 March 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Ipswich Home Interview
Just before Tuesday night's home match against Ipswich Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnaon spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about their opponents that night, along with views on John Lundstram, Joel Grant and Ishmael Miller.

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


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13 March 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Ipswich Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive Tuesday night's home defeat against Ipswich Town, highlights are now available on the Sky Sports website. As well as the winning goal from Christophe Berra that gave the away side their 1-0 win, the highlights also include a chance for Tom Lawrence along with the late attempt from Kieffer Moore that saw the substitute hit the post.

In addition to Sky's highlights, you can also view an alternative highlights clip via the YouTube video below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Ipswich Town Match Highlights.

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12 March 2014 : Johnson Explains Lundstram Exit
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained the decision to allow Everton midfielder John Lundstram the opportunity to return to Goodison Park. The 20 year old cut his loan spell short after Saturday's game against Sheffield Wednesday, after he finished his time at Huish Park as an unused substitute on the last occasion he was named on a Glovers teamsheet.

Johnson confirmed to BBC Somerset yesterday that the lack of game time towards the end of Lundstram's Yeovil career was a factor in how things turned out, saying that in the end it was a mutual decision between both clubs and Lundstram himself to cut the deal short:

"It was a little bit mutual on everybody's part really. He wasn't going to get regular games. He was a bit worried about us having six loans, when we can only use five - and then us winning games (without him). Then (Ruben) Palazuelos put in a good performance (against Sheffield Wednesday) and we've got Joe Ralls there as well. So I think John felt that rather than sit on our bench or not be involved, that he'd rather go back and play in Everton Under-21s."

Lundstram had been on loan at Huish Park since late November, coming into a side that had been struggling somewhat in the lead-up to his debut against Watford at Vicarage Road. That was his first taste of Championship football, having played a successful part in Doncaster Rovers' League One promotion campaign last season. Overall despite his time ending early, Johnson felt that it had been a good experience for both Yeovil and Lundstram:

"We thank him for his time here. He had sixteen games, which is a fair stint in the Championship. We gave him his Championship chance, and hopefully he has learned something, both physically and mentally. He came into a place where he's probably never been in this situation before where a club is fighting for their lives. Some people can handle that and some people can't."


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12 March 2014 : Glovers Collection Gives Charity A Two Grand Benefit
On Saturday, Yeovil Town held a half time charity collection as part of the home match against Sheffield Wednesday. The collection was organised by the YTFC Get Pedalling campaign, which represents a group of Yeovil Town supporters who are planning a 334 mile cycle ride from Middlesbrough to Yeovil in the lead up to the final day of the 2013-14 season.

One of the three charities that will benefit from their efforts is Prostate Cancer UK and Saturday's collection was held with them in mind. The good news is that the buckets contained a total of £1,055 donated by Glovers and Owls fans. That sum will be doubled by Royal Mail meaning that £2,110 will be committed to the Prostate UK charity.


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12 March 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Ipswich Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-1 home defeat against Ipswich Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict on the defeat can be read via the link below.

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


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12 March 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Ipswich Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 0-1 defeat against Ipswich 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 Ipswich Town.


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11 March 2014 : Johnson: We Didn't Get Our Game Going Against Ipswich
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt his side failed to get their game going, on a disappointing night at Huish Park against Ipswich Town. With the exception of an opening 25 minute period in which the Glovers were the better side on occasions, they struggled to gain momentum, particularly after Christophe Berra netted from close range in the 40th minute for the only goal of the game.

Johnson felt that although there was not much to choose between the two sides in the 0-1 home defeat, that he couldn't argue too much with the final scoreline, with only Kieffer Moore's 90th minute shot in the 90th minute looking seriously like it might give the Glovers a point out of the match:

"It was a disappointing evening. We didn't get our game going. I haven't had time to see how the other teams around us did but I don't think many picked up points so we haven't lost much ground. It's all about small margins. We hit the post at the end but it wasn't to be. We've said to the lads that we've had a good run but we were poor today and need to be ready for big away games at QPR and Wigan."

Johnson took off both starting strikers in James Hayter and Ishmael Miller at half time, replacing them with Sam Hoskins and Kieffer Moore for the second period. Gary felt that goalscorer Berra and his defensive partner Tommy Smith had dominated Hayter and Miller during the first period and wanted to give the Ipswich defence a different challenge, but admitted that bar the closing few minutes that his team had not done enough even in the second half:

"Today was a day not to be up against their two strong centre-halves, you have to move and try and get in behind but I felt certainly in the first half they were dictating our two centre-forwards. We finished well but we had some spells where we looked lacklustre. We're still there with everybody else but we need to go on another run before the end of the season. Every manager has games in a season that aren't up to standard but it's how you do next game and how you handle defeats."


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11 March 2014 : Yeovil 0 Ipswich 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town's five match unbeaten run came to an end tonight as they were beaten by a professional looking Ipswich Town side. The visiting Tractor Boys had to deal with plenty of first half pressure during the opening 25 minutes, but they gradually took control and grabbed the lead five minutes before the break. A Stephen Hunt corner was flicked on and Christophe Berra turned out to be the match winner as he converted from close range to put Ipswich 1-0 up.

Whilst that might have been a little harsh at half time, Ipswich deserved their win during a second half in which they employed classic 'away team' tactics for a side that had the goal advantage. Kieffer Moore, Sam Hoskins and Adam Morgan were all introduced as attacking substitutes, but Ipswich snuffed them all out - apart from one 90th minute chance when Moore's excellent turn from the edge of the box came off the inside of the post, and with that Yeovil's one and only genuine second half chance came and went.

With Barnsley and Millwall both losing, no serious damage has been done to the league table, although Doncaster's late 2-1 win over Watford, and Blackpool's success over the Lions means that the Championship table is looking increasingly like a battle between four clubs to avoid the bottom three positions.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Ipswich Town 1.

Scorers: Christophe Berra (40 mins, 0-1)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
20. Duane Holmes 4. Joe Edwards 8. Ruben Palazuelos 11. Tom Lawrence
9. James Hayter 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
7. Kevin Dawson 13. Kieffer Moore (46 mins for Ishmael Miller) 14. Sam Hoskins (46 mins for James Hayter) 18. Matteo Lanzoni 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan (73 mins for Duane Holmes)

Ipswich Town:
22. Dean Gerken
4. Luke Chambers 6. Christophe Berra 5. Tommy Smith 3. Aaron Cresswell
11. Paul Anderson 8. Cole Skuse 19. Luke Hyam 12. Stephen Hunt
9. Daryl Murphy 27. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Substitutes:
1. Scott Loach 15. Tyrone Mings (66 mins for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake) 16. Paul Green (85 mins for Paul Anderson) 18. Jay Tabb 24. Frazer Richardson 25. Jonathan Williams (62 mins for Stephen Hunt) 26. Paul Taylor

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (diving, 68 mins)

Ipswich Bookings: Luke Hyam (foul, 34 mins), Stephen Hunt (foul, 61 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 3; Fouls: 12.

Ipswich Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 8; Fouls: 19.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 5,920 (including 1,091 Ipswich fans).


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11 March 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Ipswich Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for tonight's home Championship match against Ipswich Town. Striker Ishmael Miller's hamstring has held up enough for him to declare himself fit to start, despite hobbling off midway through the second half during Saturday's win over Sheffield Wednesday.

The only changes come in on the bench, with Kieffer Moore (suspension) and Sam Hoskins (groin) making their returns. They displace John Lundstram who has returned to Everton, and Joel Grant who has suffered back problems in the lead-up to the fixture and so is unavailable.

The full line-up for tonight is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
20. Duane Holmes 4. Joe Edwards 8. Ruben Palazuelos 11. Tom Lawrence
9. James Hayter 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
7. Kevin Dawson 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan


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11 March 2014 : Ishmael Miller: Glovers Are Playing With Momentum And Confidence
Yeovil Town striker Ishmael Miller believes that he is playing with a team that has both momentum and confidence, despite still being in the Championship relegation zone. The Nottingham Forest striker has scored seven times in 13 Championship appearances, including both goals in Saturday's 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after Saturday's win, Miller said that the squad's ability to keep their spirits high despite their table position is credit to the club's management team, in that they have not allowed players heads to drop at any time:

"The momentum when we're going into the games and the confidence is very high at the minute. Just going into training, the team camaraderie and the team spirit is very high. Obviously that's what you need going into a relegation fight. We're going to need every player within the squad, and I feel that's credit to the coaching staff in that we've got a great team spirit within the club. I'm looking forward to every game and I feel that we're going into the game with confidence at the minute."

The Glovers go into tonight's game against a play-off chasing Ipswich side as unbeaten in their last five matches, with two wins and three draws to their name. Miller says that he is pleased with the attitude his team-mates have in their attempts to pick up wins during the final third of the 2013-14 season:

"We're five unbeaten and we're going into every game with confidence and that's the main thing. It's the vital part of the season where every point in every game matters. So I'm delighted to be going into the game with every player wanting to be getting three points for us."


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11 March 2014 : Powell Fired By New Charlton Owner
Championship basement side Charlton Athletic have parted company with their manager Chris Powell. The 44 year old has been dismissed over a weekend that saw them crash out of the FA Cup to League One side Sheffield United at the Quarter-Final stage, whilst their lack of league action meant that they dropped to the bottom of the Championship division, with Yeovil Town and Barnsley leapfrogging them.

The 44 year old has been in charge of the Addicks since January 2011, when he took over a side that had been somewhat under-achieving in League One. However, he transformed the team in the following season, sending them up as Champions of League One during the following year.

An impressive 9th placed finish during the 2012-13 season has been followed by a rather more mixed season. On the plus side the South Londoners reached the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup, but on the minus side they have sunk to the foot of the Championship level. The two events are strongly connected - their cup run coupled with problems with The Valley pitch have put them around three or four fixtures behind the rest of the division, and so their current league position may be a slightly false one.

On Sunday they went out of the FA Cup against Sheffield United, meaning that they missed out on a lucrative Wembley visit. New owner Roland Duchatelet, who took over in January 2014, had been in discussion with Powell about a new contract but has instead chosen to sever terms with him and look for a new manager. Duchatelet explained:

"We have been working with Chris Powell and his representatives for a couple of weeks to try and agree a contract extension which would have seen us continue to work together. There was good progress, but we could not reach an agreement over the club’s football strategy going forward. The situation put a strain on the working relationship between Chris and the board. Therefore I think it is best for all parties that we part ways at this stage."

Reports in the press a few days prior to Powell's sacking suggested that Duchatelet was trying to set up Charlton as a feeder club to Belgian side Standard Liege - the 67 year old owner is also their majority shareholder and has shareholdings in Sint-Truiden in Belgium along with Ujpest in Hungary, Carl Zeiss Jena in Germany and Alcorcon in Spain, and is being connected with a takeover of Italian club Bari.

This sort of a multi-club, multi-country structure appears to be Duchatelet's aim, whereas Powell has very much geared his activities around young player development. Five of Charlton's six January signings came from Duchatelet's other European clubs, whilst they sold top goalscorer Yann Kermorgant to AFC Bournemouth during January.

Current reports are that fellow Belgian Jose Riga - currently Technical Director at AC Milan has been lined up as Powell's replacement. Karel Fraeye, who is currently head coach at Belgian club Eenddracht Zele, is expected to be his assistant.

Charlton's current form since the turn of the year has been poor to say the least - they've managed five points in eight Championship matches, and have scored just twice in their last six league matches. They are at home to Huddersfield Town tomorrow night, when their new management team are rumoured to be in place.


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11 March 2014 : Ticketing For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's Championship away match against Charlton Athletic is now available. The match takes place at The Valley on Tuesday 8th April 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £26.00 ; Over-60s: £20.00; Under-21s: £20.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-11s: £5.00.

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters pay a slightly different rate according to their age. These are as follows:

Adults: £20.00 ; Over-60s: £13.00; Under-21s: £13.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-11s: £5.00.

Yeovil Town supporters have been allocated the South Stand at The Valley, more popularly known as the Jimmy Seed Stand. Tickets will be available to buy on the day of the game from the South Stand, on a Cash Only basis.

Link: Ticketing For Queens Park Rangers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leicester City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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11 March 2014 : Ticketing For Leicester City vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's away Championship match against Leicester City is now available. The match takes place at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday March 25th 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office now and are priced as follows:

Adults: £28.00; Over-65s and Under-22s: £25.00; Under-18s: £18.00; Under-12s: £9.00; Under-8s: £5.00.

Note that tickets are available on the day of the game, but go up by £2.00 if purchased from the Leicester end.

Yeovil Town supporters will be allocated Block M2 which is in the North East corner of the stadium, between their Family Stand and their East Stand.

Link: Ticketing For Queens Park Rangers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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11 March 2014 : Interview With Sarah Lawler and Rachael Edwards
Late last month, Yeovil Town Ladies took part in a 'press day' at Huish Park, where they had a photo shoot and a number of interviews. One of those took place live on BBC Somerset's Saturday Sport programme, where presenter Geoff Twentyman spoke to first team manager Sarah Lawler and captain Rachael Edwards about the forthcoming 2014 FA Women's Super League season, which kicks off next month. That interview can be read now via the link below.

Link: Sarah Lawler and Rachael Edwards Speak To The BBC About The 2014 FA WSL Season.


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10 March 2014 : Tractor Boys Bringing Healthy Midweek Following
Tomorrow evening's opponents Ipswich Town should ensure another decent away following, despite their trip to Huish Park falling on a midweek date. The Tractor Boys have been definitely clocking up the miles during the last few days, having travelled all the way up to Middlesbrough on Saturday - a match in which they came home empty-handed and with a 2-0 defeat.

On Tuesday night, they face a 446 mile round trip, with the fixture list having done the same to Glovers fans back in September. Advance ticket sales for the match stood at 877 - with Ipswich and Yeovil fans able to buy on the day of the match from the Huish Park Ticket Office for an additional £2.00 on top of the pre-match prices.

Whilst on the subject of the Copse Road End, the terrace now appears to have formal sponsorship - recent match tickets from visiting away supporters have had the name 'Radio Cabs Stand' on the main ticket, complete with a short strip banner inviting fans to book their taxis for the game - rather relevant to those who visit Huish Park using railway services.


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10 March 2014 : Commemorative Badge For Wigan Trip
A commemorative badge is being produced for Yeovil Town's forthcoming Championship fixture against Wigan Athletic. The match takes place on Tuesday 18th March at the DW Stadium, and has two historical significances to it. The first will see the Glovers play the current FA Cup holders on their home patch at second tier level.

The other obvious connection between the two clubs is that they are former Southern Premier League and Northern Premier League title winners, with Wigan last winning the competition during the 1974-75 season. They were also Champions during the 1970-71 season - the last time that the Glovers won the Southern League Premier Division title.

Wigan had the same problems with the Football League's election system as Yeovil Town at that time, applying a total of 34 times to join the 'closed shop' before finally being allowed in during 1978, replacing Southport. In doing so they became the last club to get into the League via the election method, with it finally being replaced by a promotion/relegation system in 1986.

To recognise the meeting between the two sides, Glovers supporter Tim Lancaster will be producing another one of his commemorative enamel lapel badges. This will be on sale direct from Tim, who will be at the Wigan game on the night of the match, or they can be ordered by post.

Please send cheques for £3.75 (inclusive of postage and packaging) to Tim Lancaster at 41, College Green, Yeovil, BA21 4JR. Note that he won't receive the badges until the day before the game so for those who order by post, they will be sent out on or just after Wednesday 19th March. If you want a badge reserved to pick up direct from Tim at the game itself, e-mail timlancaster67@hotmail.co.uk - he'll provide some details of where to meet him nearer the time.


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10 March 2014 : Lundstram Toffees Return Confirmed
Further to Saturday night's reports, Everton midfielder John Lundstram's return to Goodison Park has now been confirmed. Having made 16 appearances since his arrival at Huish Park on loan in late November, he has gradually struggled to get game time in the Glovers line-up, and is was of six loanees on the club's books.

The 20 year old was an unused substitute during Saturday's 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, having also been left out of the squad entirely for another recent home match against Doncaster Rovers. With Ruben Palazuelos making his home debut on Saturday, all those events seem to have come together for Everton and Lundstram to agree that he should be recalled.

Lundstram will now spend the rest of the 2013-14 season playing for Everton Under-21s. We naturally thank him for his efforts and his time in a Yeovil Town shirt.


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10 March 2014 : Ladies See Off Manchester City In Friendly Win
Yeovil Town Ladies had a day to remember yesterday, after they defeated Manchester City Ladies in a pre-season friendly in the North West. Both clubs have been promoted to the FA Women's Super League structure over the past 12 months, with City bring given a position in the top division, whilst the Glovers will operate in Division Two.

During the last season with the old Premier League structure, Manchester City finished fourth in the national division, whilst the Glovers managed a third placed finish in the Southern Division immediately below, thus pitching both clubs one division apart in both old and new structures.

Despite that, Yeovil Town Ladies came out on top as both clubs gear up for their 2014 summer-based season, which starts next month. A 3-0 win at Man City's Carrington Lane ground was secured thanks to goals from Katie Cook, Jade Lorton-Radburn and Paige Stewart, suggesting that the new squad are bedding in well ahead of the club's big kick-off against Reading Ladies on April 16th.

Final Score: Manchester City Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 3.

Scorers: Katie Cook, Jade Lorton-Radburn and Paige Stewart.

Starting Line-Up: Simkin, Kirby, Brazzell, Haigh, Edwards C, Lorton-Radburn, Whitton, Tewkesbury, Pearson, Stewart, Cook

Subs: Sherwood, Bray, Wardle





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10 March 2014 : Skivo Talks About Working With Gary
During last week, the BBC broadcast a special Sports Forum programme that was held at Gloucestershire Cricket Club and featured Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson. In the lead-up to that event, BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall also spoke to assistant manager Terry Skiverton about what it's like working under Gary. With Skivo having spent a large slice of his playing and management career with Gary at the helm, he offers an insight as to what it's like having him at Huish Park. You can read that interview via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC About His Manager Gary Johnson.


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10 March 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Ipswich Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's Championship home game against Ipswich Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 11th March 2014 at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. 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 eight times as the man in the middle.

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!

Most recently, 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, sometimes we do praise referees! 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.

Mr Hooper will be assisted by Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

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.


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10 March 2014 : Interview With Ruben Palazuelos
Following Saturday afternoon's home win over Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Ruben Palazuelos spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Ruben's views on the 2-0 win and his full debut can be read via the link below.

Link: Ruben Palazuelos Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Win Against Sheffield Wednesday.


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9 March 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, there are highlights now uploaded onto the Sky Sports website. As well as the two goals from Ishmael Miller, you can see another strike he managed that was disallowed for offside, along with chances involving Ruben Palazuelos and Duane Holmes.

Head via the link below to watch the clip. In addition, you can also view the club's YouTube footage containing alternative highlights of the same game, via the clip shown below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday Match Highlights.




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9 March 2014 : Johnson Denies Miller Wage Claims
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has denied that Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller is receiving a 'five figure' wage from the Glovers whilst he is on loan at Huish Park. Consistent reports from the Nottingham end, and in the national press have pitched the 26 year old's wages as being in the region of £16,000 or £17,000 per week at the City Ground, and a recent local media report suggested that Yeovil Town were paying the majority of that sum as part of the agreement between the two clubs that was established in January to run until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Johnson has told today's Sunday Independent that those reports are wide of the mark, and whilst he didn't disclose the current arrangements between the two clubs, he was willing to indicate that during Miller's initial December 2013 run in the team, the Glovers were contributing around £2,000 a week towards his Forest wages. Gary explained that reports of 'five figure' wages were being misinterpreted:

"He is on that sort of contract at Nottingham Forest, but we have got him on loan for a fraction of that sort of money. In his first month here, I think we were paying him something like £2,000 a week, so I don't want our fans thinking he is getting a huge sum. We are grateful to him for coming here and fiving us the benefit of his experience."

Miller has already surpassed the goal tally that he had accumulated at the City Ground across over two-and-a-half years with Forest. Having netted four times in 30 appearances since joining them in the summer of 2011, he has now recorded seven goals in 14 appearances in all competitions across his two loan spells at Huish Park.


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9 March 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Sheffield Wednesday Home Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's home game against Sheffield Wednesday kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on the selection of Ishmael Miller and Ruben Palazuelos and their opponents that afternoon can be read via the link below.

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


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9 March 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield Wednesday Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home win over Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match views on the 2-0 win can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield Wednesday Home Game.


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8 March 2014 : Lundstram Stay At An End?
There are unconfirmed reports tonight that Everton loanee John Lundstram may have played his last match for Yeovil Town. The 20 year old was scheduled to be at Huish Park until the end of the 2013-14 season, but has struggled slightly to hold his place in the side in recent weeks, in part due to the club having six loan players on their books. The recent arrival of Manchester United attacker Tom Lawrence and Huddersfield Town winger Duane Holmes has meant that once the currently suspended Joe Ralls is considered, the club have four midfield and wide players loaned from other clubs.

Lundstram was left entirely out of the matchday squad for the February 22nd match against Doncaster Rovers, whilst he was an unused substitute against Sheffield Wednesday today, meaning that he's played just 33 minutes worth of football in the last two and a half weeks. With Ruben Palazuelos having an impressive debut for the Glovers today, logic would assume that he and Joe Edwards will fight it out with Joe Ralls for the midfield slots when the latter returns from his suspension, with Kevin Dawson another obvious option. Thus options for the Everton player to slot into the side appear to be naturally diminishing.

As yet nothing has been confirmed - as things stand Lundstram has made 16 appearances, scoring two goals for the club - most notably the winning goal in the 1-0 win over Blackpool in December 2013. However, he's believed to have returned to the North-West after tonight's match, and so his time at Huish Park may be up shortly.


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8 March 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
If you watched this afternoon's 2-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday 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 Sheffield Wednesday.


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8 March 2014 : Gary Johnson: Miller And Palazuelos 'Gambles' Paid Off
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson singled out the contributions of Nottingham Forest loanee Ishmael Miller and midfielder Ruben Palazuelos after he watched his side grab a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park today. Whilst Miller's double strike will grab the headlines, Johnson felt that his new Spanish midfielder deserved praise for his full debut for the club, putting in 90 minutes against the Owls and looking calm and assured throughout.

Johnson described Miller and Palazuelous as 'gambles' after the game, but both for very different reasons. With striker Miller clearly not 100 percent fit during the match, there had been concerns during the game that his hamstring might not stand up to the task, having limped out of the club's match against Doncaster Rovers two weeks ago just ten minutes into the match. This time around, Miller lasted 71 minutes before he signalled to the bench, and by then he'd put his side two goals up. Gary told BBC Somerset after the game that made it a gamble worth taking:

"It was a gamble and you have to manage these things. We knew that Kieffer (Moore) would be out, who is our other presence as a striker. Ishmael is not going to be able to run around for 90 minutes - he's not fit enough to do that because he keeps getting these little problems. But you need him out there for those one or two opportunities that he gets. That's seven he's got now in 13 appearances, and you need someone to do that. If we manage to stay up then it will be because we've found a striker that can score in every other game, and that was going to be really important to us. We needed to find a striker that could get that sort of ratio. He's got a big booming shot with both feet. The first goal was a booming right-footed volley that hit the back of the net unbelievably. Then the second one was just a bit of class where he cut inside (Glenn) Loovens or whoever it was, and then bent it in the corner with his left foot. So they were two worthy goals, and probably worthy of the Man of the Match which he got."

Gary also felt that Palazuelos had been a 'gamble' to bring into Yeovil Town's ranks, given that the 30 year old has never played English league football. Johnson watched him play in the Scottish Premier League for Hearts though, and when he heard the Spaniard was leaving Finland side FC Honka, he felt that he was worth bringing into the club and saluted his debut as one of the best he'd seen:

"I thought that Ruben Palazuelos had a fantastic debut. That was one of the best debuts I've ever seen - it was a quiet, clever honest competitive performance. I always thought he was a very good footballer. He's a good passer and he doesn't panic, and he just looks the part. We've been waiting to get him in, and certainly it was a fantastic debut. We watched him for a couple of games, and he was recommended to us that he might be available to whichever Championship club wanted to take a bit of a chance on him. We took the chance, like we do - one of Gary's gambles - and today it paid off."

Of the overall team performance Gary pointed out that Sheffield Wednesday's own form - unbeaten away from home in three months worth of football - shouldn't be overlooked. Whilst the likes of Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Millwall all won on the day, to keep the Glovers in the bottom three he felt the club's run of results would be causing other teams some definite worries:

"It was a super win. We had a lot of commitment out there and a lot of effort. Sheffield Wednesday are on a rich vein of form themselves, but it's nice now to go five games undefeated - three draws, two wins - and with another home game coming up against Ipswich on Tuesday. It's still very tight with all the other teams getting points as well. Charlton (who didn't play) will have a little bit of a heart attack when they see the results! But we're still in there and we've even probably dragged another couple of teams slightly nearer to us as well. I'm proud of the boys as they played to the game plan, with lots of commitment and courage - that's what we've got to do, and that's what we did."


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8 March 2014 : Yeovil 2 Wednesday 0 : Miller Double Extends Glovers Unbeaten Run
Yeovil Town picked up three excellent points this afternoon, as they ended Sheffield Wednesday's three month unbeaten run on the road, with a 2-0 win. The Owls had been undefeated on their travels since new boss Stuart Gray came on on December 1st, but were sunk by two Ishmael Miller goals that give the Nottingham Forest loanee a tally of seven Championship goals in just 13 appearances for the club.

Despite not looking 100 percent fit following his hamstring injury a fortnight ago, he was in the right place at the right time to fire home from inside the box, after a Luke Ayling cross into the box had ricocheted inside the box, with Miller striking the ball well to put Yeovil 1-0 up four minutes before the break, and a half time lead in a half where the Owls had attempted to soak up pressure and hit the home side on the break.

Then six minutes into the second half, Miller proved that he has a decent left foot as well, with the striker cutting inside his marker and rifling home a superb shot from outside the box to put Yeovil 2-0 up. That set the scene for Wednesday to make a series of substitutions and formation changes, including former Glovers loanee Jermaine Johnson along with Benik Afobe and Atdhe Nuhie.

But the Owls struggled to penetrate Yeovil's back line, only managing one shot on target during the entire 90 minutes. Their cause wasn't helped by Sam Hutchinson's ill-disciplined finale - picking up two yellow cards in the final five minutes, with the clattering of Glovers substitute Adam Morgan giving referee Darren Sheldrake little option but to reduce Wednesday to ten men. That allowed the five minutes worth of injury time to be completed without any serious pressure. The only down side was that with Millwall, Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers all winning, there wasn't quite the closing of the gap that supporters might have hoped for. But if the Glovers continue with their current five game unbeaten run, then eventually they will feel they can get above that dotted line.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Scorers: Ishmael Miller (1-0, 41 mins), Ishmael Miller (2-0, 51 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
20. Duane Holmes 4. Joe Edwards 8. Ruben Palazuelos 11. Tom Lawrence
9. James Hayter 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
7. Kevin Dawson (71 mins for Ishmael Miller) 18. Matteo Lanzoni 23. Joel Grant (67 mins for Duane Holmes) 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan (86 mins for James Hayter) 31. John Lundstram

Sheffield Wednesday:
26. Damian Martinez
22. Liam Palmer 36. Glenn Loovens 8. Oguchi Onyewu 17. Jeremy Helan
18. Chris Maguire 40. Gary Gardner 14. Giles Coke 41. Sam Hutchinson 10. Jacques Maghoma
42. Leon Best

Substitutes:
2. Lewis Buxton 11. Jermaine Johnson (54 mins for Gary Gardner) 13. Adam Davies 25. Caolan Lavery 28. Benik Afobe (69 mins for Giles Coke) 32. Miguel Angel Llera 34. Atdhe Nuhiu (53 mins for Chris Maguire)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (83 mins, foul)

Sheffield Wednesday Bookings: Liam Palmer (24 mins, foul), Gary Gardner (31 mins, foul), Sam Hutchinson (85 mins, foul), Glenn Loovens (90 mins, foul). Red Card: Sam Hutchinson (89 mins, second bookable offence).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 0; Fouls: 11.

Sheffield Wednesday Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 5; Fouls: 18.

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistants: Nick Hobbis (West Midlands) and Edward Smart (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Andrew Turner (Devon).

Attendance: 6,251 (including 1,569 Sheffield Wednesday fans).


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8 March 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's Championship fixture against Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park. Both changes are forced, with Cardiff City loanee Joe Ralls and striker Kieffer Moore serving suspensions today. They are replaced by Ishmael Miller who is returning from a hamstring injury, whilst Ruben Palazuelos comes in to make his first start for the club in the centre of midfield.

On the bench, Matteo Lanzoni returns to fitness and makes it back into the squad. The loss of Ralls through suspension means that there are only five loanees available today, and so there are no selection issues to consider there.

The line-up today is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
20. Duane Holmes 4. Joe Edwards 8. Ruben Palazuelos 11. Tom Lawrence
9. James Hayter 27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
7. Kevin Dawson 18. Matteo Lanzoni 23. Joel Grant 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan 31. John Lundstram


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8 March 2014 : Back From Boro Cycle Team Collection For Prostate UK
Before and during today's home Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday, supporters at Huish Park may see a number of cyclists and bicycles at Huish Park. The YTFC Get Pedalling 2014 team are providing a promotion for their charity-raising campaign that is due to reach its pinnacle on the last day of the 2013-14 season when they plan a marathon cycle ride that will be centred around the club's home match against Middlesbrough on May 3rd.

Today they will be helping raise funds directly for the Prostate Cancer UK charity as part of a half time collection, so please give generously to their cause. The Royal Mail will also be providing their own inputs by pledging to double what Yeovil Town and Sheffield Wednesday fans put into the buckets, so this is a good opportunity for that charity to benefit in a big way.

If you've not been aware of the YTFC Get Pedalling campaign, one of the organisers Ben Tupman, a regular Glovers fan, has provided some background on their plans, which are summarised as follows:

"On 28th April 2014, 68 cyclists will be making the long coach journey to Middlesbrough. The following morning at around 7.30a.m. they will begin the even longer journey home on bicycles! A total of 334 miles will be covered between the Tuesday morning and kick off on the following Saturday. Three local charities will benefit from the efforts of the cyclists, supported by EventsCrew. St Margaret’s Hospice, Prostate UK and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will have all donations split equally between them.

The ride will travel from Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium to Leeds, Nottingham, Stratford upon Avon and Bath before arriving hone to cheer the team on in their final game of this Championship season.

Last year’s event, with 16 riders, raised over £1,000 for each charity. This year’s target is far greater, with hopes that the ride may be able to generate a five figure sum for each of them. This will be no easy task. Each rider has paid £200 to ride in the event and cover their costs. After that they will each raise at least £334 (£1 per mile) in personal sponsorship. As well as this we are very fortunate to have gained support of local business to assist in covering the costs of staging such an event. Fudge’s Bakery, Octavo Direct, Thatchers Cider, WeDoVans.com, Westbury Packaging along with main sponsor DR Jones have all been extremely generous in their support of the event. There are still sponsorship packages available should companies be interested in lending their support to the ride
."

A Just Giving page will be available for online donations with further events taking place between now and May. Details will be available as time progresses. If you want to stay in touch with their campaign, there are the following contact methods available:

Website: YTFCCycle.com

Twitter Account: @YTFCcycle

Facebook Group: YTFC Get Pedalling

Email: ytfccycle@gmail.com

Sponsorship Enquiries: ben@westbury-pkg.co.uk


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8 March 2014 : Republic Of Ireland National Manager Travels To Watch Duffy
New Republic of Ireland national team manager Martin O'Neill is reported to be heading to Huish Park today to watch Everton loanee Shane Duffy. The former Aston Villa, Celtic and Leicester City boss is new to the job, having replaced Giovanni Trapattoni in November 2013, and has been experimenting somewhat with his centre-back partnerships in recent games, and so is clearly looking at his options in that area.

The 22 year old completed his 20th appearance for the Republic's Under-21 side, but bar a 2010 training camp he has yet to receive a call-up to the full national side, even though he was though highly enough to captain the Under-21s and to be nominated for an international award as part of his country's awards evening.

According to the Irish Independent, O'Neill will attend this afternoon's home match against Sheffield Wednesday to view a player who is now ending his time at Under-21 level, and so will be keen to step up to the next level. Speaking to the Irish Herald earlier this week, Duffy said he was proud to get 20 Under-21 caps but would rather have had a smaller number than that if it had meant that he got a full international call-up:

"It is an achievement to get 20 caps, but I don't really know if it's good or bad to have been in the U21 squad for that long as I feel like I am a man now. In an ideal world, you wouldn't have 20 U21 caps, you would be in the senior squad by then, I think I'd prefer to have none than to have 20. But I wasn't getting games at club level when I was at Everton, so I wasn't able to show what I was capable of. And I can't say that I should have been in the senior squad by now as my club form wasn't worthy of that, so I stayed with the U21s and the caps just added up over the years."

Even before today's news, Duffy appeared to be aware that O'Neill had been sending representatives to Yeovil Town matches at various times. He felt that Trapattoni had been relying upon second hand reports, but that the new Ireland boss was getting more first hand information in making his decisions, and that would give him a better chance of selection:

"I think the door is more open now and you do feel that someone from the Ireland set-up is watching you. If they are coming to games in the Championship, it is better for everyone, I don't think Trapattoni came to the games or even knew what the Championship was. There is a bit of a shop window and it means that the manager will pick a player based on what he sees, not on what someone else has said."

O'Neill tried different centre-back options during midweek, as he selected Derby County defender Richard Keogh along with former Glovers loanee Marc Wilson who is on Stoke City's books, as part of their midweek match against Serbia, with first choice pair John O'Shea and Richard Dunne sitting it out. The Irish press had speculated that Duffy might get a call-up for that game, and expressed surprise that he had been left with the Under-21s again. With Ireland having two international friendlies against Turkey and Italy in May 2014, perhaps this time Duffy may get the nod, if O'Neill likes what he sees today.


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8 March 2014 : Gary Previews The Sheffield Wednesday Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Sheffield Wednesday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Points West reporter Damian Derrick, Gary talks about the season so far, and the prospect that the Owls will provide for his team.

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


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7 March 2014 : Interview With John Fry
As part of the build-up to Yeovil Town's pair of home matches against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town, Glovers Chairman John Fry spoke to the BBC. In a feature for BBC Points West, reporter Damian Derrick asked questions about the club's position in the Championship and how he viewed the club's prospects for this season and next season.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Season In The Championship.


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7 March 2014 : Duffy Considering Where Everton Future Lies
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Shane Duffy has admitted that he would consider leaving Premier League side Everton if it was a means to further his footballing career. The 22 year old has been a big success during his a 25 game spell at Huish Park, since arriving at the club last September, and will see the 2013-14 season out as a Glovers player.

Duffy still has just over a year to go on his Everton contract, with his current deal running out in the summer of 2015, but he has not featured for the Toffees since February 2013, having previously made ten appearances, including five at Premier League level. He has also made 20 appearances for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s side, but has yet to have his form acknowledged in the form of a full call-up to the Irish national.

However, with his form in the Championship regularly being singled out both within the Yeovil ranks and throughout the division, Duffy is mindful that he has yet to play under Everton boss Roberto Martinez. He has told the Irish Evening Herald that he may have to pursue things away from Goodison Park and sees the 2014-15 pre-season period has probably the time that will define what his future holds:

"The manager (Roberto Martinez) there at Everton doesn't know me well enough yet to make a call but it won't be a big thing for me if I do have to leave Everton. I don't want to leave but I may have to for the sake of my career. I still believe I can make it at Everton but it's a matter of whether I can do that, if I can keep myself fit and in good form and establish myself. There is feedback going back to Everton. I haven't spoken to the Everton manager in a while but I know they are happy with how I am doing, they say I am doing well and setting high standards but I won't really know what the plan is until I go back for pre-season with Everton next year."

In terms of his time at Yeovil Town, Duffy is pleased with his progress, saying that battling near the foot of the Championship division is a new experience for him. He feels that it is a good experience for him to be involved in that type of challenge:

"It's going well at the moment. It's tough down there at the bottom end of the Championship but it's a good challenge for me, a good experience, it's not something I have been involved with before. It's a good lesson for a player, it's the real world when you are fighting to stay in the division."


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7 March 2014 : Jones Extends Cardinals Loan
Yeovil Town defender Joe Jones has had his loan spell at Conference National side Woking extended by a further month. The 19 year old, who has yet to make a Glovers first team appearance, has been at Kingfield since the start of February and has made two full appearances and two substitute appearances.

He was given a three match ban by the FA for a straight red card in a mid-February match which has temporarily halted his progress at Kingfield. However manager Garry Hill seemed impressed enough at the time with his play, and has now asked for an extra month to be added on to his current deal. Jones has also now served his suspension, and will be able to play for Woking tomorrow.


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7 March 2014 : Foley Joins Shrews On Loan
Yeovil Town's attacking midfielder Sam Foley has gone out on loan to League One side Shrewsbury Town. The 27 year old has struggled to break into the first team during the 2013-14 season, with just five Championship appearances during the campaign and only one substitute appearance since mid-November. In total he's made seven appearances this season - a far cry from the regular slot he had at League One level.

Foley has joined Shrewsbury on a one month loan deal and will stand to make his debut against Bristol City at the New Meadow tomorrow - a crunch game for sides occupying 22nd and 20th places in the League One table respectively.


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7 March 2014 : Highways Department Driven To Recommend Food Store Rejection
Yeovil Town's planning application to build a new Food Store on land to the north of the Huish Park stadium have received a second negative response inside 24 hours, following feedback from Somerset County Council's Highways Department. With the club pushing for an April 2nd hearing for their application, the relevant interested parties are feeding back their final assessments in time for the main planning report to be produced for Area South Councillors to read.

The SCC Highways Department have previously fed back reports on how they regarded the application, and in January 2013 they provided a strongly worded response warning the club's representatives MWA that unless action was taken that they would be recommending that the application be rejected:

"I refer to the planning application received and [the] previous email dated 15th February 2012 which raised a number of concerns relating to both the traffic impact of the development on the existing network and the off site works being proposed by the developer to mitigate that impact. Following on from this the applicant submitted additional information [but] there are still a significant number of areas of concern and unless these are addressed satisfactorily I would have no alternative but to recommend refusal of the application."

Visible public progress on the application then fell quiet, although Highways representative Carl Brinkman indicates that there were a number of emails exchanged on the subject. However, he indicates that in the main things he didn't feel that the February 2012 issues had been addressed and so he was recommending refusal of the application:

"This additional information failed to address the multitude of issues raised previously by the Highway Authority and as such left the application in more or less the state it was in shortly after being received in 2012. As such, I have no alternative but to now recommend that the application be refused".

Mr Brinkman outlines, on behalf of the Highways Department, the following high level reasons for recommending refusal of the application:

1. The proposal is contrary to The NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) and Policy ST5 of the South Somerset Local Plan since inadequate information has been submitted to satisfy the Local Planning Authority that a satisfactory means of access to the site can be achieved from the local highway network, without having a severe impact.

2. The submitted plans are not of sufficient quality and accuracy to enable the Local Planning Authority to make a full assessment of the traffic impact of this proposal.

3. The proposed development is likely to result in a conflict between residential and commercial traffic, which would be prejudicial to the safety, amenity and convenience of highway users.

4. The proposal is contrary to The NPPF and Policy ST5 of the South Somerset Local Plan since the proposal would set a precedent for development along roads which, by reason of their function in the highway network and inadequate width / alignment and junctions, are considered unsuitable to accommodate the increase in traffic likely to be generated.

In terms of the detail behind this, the club's representatives MWA appeared to be aware of these issues in a letter to SSDC dated February 10th 2014. They cover five separate issues that they see as SCC's objections, including that "the traffic distribution may have underestimated the traffic flow on Western Avenue/Thorne Lane", road improvements on this same junction mut be carried out before the Food Store is built and that they are not willing to accept a temporary solution - this work is eventually going to be carried out as part of the Brimsmore housing development in Thorne Lane. In addition, the application over-states the amount of car-parking available on the Food Store site, whilst the application has yet to contain "a detailed design for the proposed new roundabout at the junction of Copse Road and Western Avenue" along with 'minor' issues relating to bus facilities and a new footway that is to be provided along the west side of Western Avenue (where currently there is just a grass bank to walk along).

MWA state that for the latter issues to be resolved they need to provide "further survey work and design that is not considered appropriate until the main issue of Western Avenue/Thorne Lane is resolved" and suggest that what they could do is to delay the implementation of the application by introducing a clause that "prohibits development commencing until the committed improvements to this junction [are] completed. Alternatively the applicant is prepared to enter into a section 106 obligation whose terms would have a similar effect" - the latter refers to a planning restriction in law that allows for financial contributions, arrangements or restrictions to be put upon a planning application as part of the conditions being accepted. The fact that MWA admit the situation is not resolved yet and the lack of detailed design for the new roundabout, would show why SCC suggest above that "inadequate information has been submitted".


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6 March 2014 : Skiverton Confident Glovers Will Turn It Around
Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton has said he has absolute confidence that the Glovers will be successful in avoiding relegation by the end of the 2013-14 season. The Glovers currently lie inside the relegation zone in the Championship table, but have recently cut back a six point deficit down to just two points away from Millwall who are the side immediately above the dotted line.

Having shown recent signs that they are starting to compete with opposition clubs, with the Glovers now four matches unbeaten, they now have 14 games left in the season. Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he thinks that the hard work that the coaching team and players are putting in is gradually starting to pay off for them:

"I've got no doubt that he will turn it around, and we'll get safety. No-one is walking around with their head down and thinking that they're just waiting for the end of season to happen. We're coming up with no stones left unturned. We're having more sessions, and we're working harder. We're doing longer on analysis, we're going into more detail. So rather than putting your foot on the brake, we're going flat to the floor. We're all fighters and one thing we will not do is give up. That transfers to the players, and to the supporters and to the board and everyone behind the scenes to know the club is all pulling in one direction."

At times during the first half of the season, there have been signs that manager Gary Johnson has had a few strong words and exchanges with his players, notably with former striker Paddy Madden, who he transfer listed during November before the Irishman left the club during the January transfer window. Whilst not referring to the Madden situation, Skiverton admitted that incidents like that did go on from time to time in their efforts to shake players up. But he said that those players who reacted in the right way to that criticism would look back and understand those decisions over the course of time:

"It's not always pretty, but you always get to the end of the season hugging him (Gary Johnson) from the success that we've had. Players look back upon it, a week or a month later and they realise that those key moments when things are said or done, were all for the right reasons and for the benefit of the football club, and for them individually as well."


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6 March 2014 : Council Development Team Provide Objections To Food Store
Yeovil Town's plans to build a Food Store on land to the north of Huish Park have been criticised by South Somerset District Council's Area South Development team. They are one of the consulting parties with respect to the club's application that was submitted in January 2012 and which the club now hope will be formally heard in April 2014. The team say that they "support the Area South Committee to help local communities become better places to live and work".

Area South Development have said in response to the club's proposal that they "strongly object to this planning application", predominantly citing the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the 'Sequential Test' that requires land closer to a town's centre to be considered ahead of out of town developments when considering applications for retail businesses.

In addition, they also dispute the application's claims that the creation of the Food Store would create several hundred new jobs for the town. Exact figures on this have varied on this - the actual application states that 300-377 jobs would be created. However, in terms of full time positions, the Area South Development team question this significantly suggesting that the net effect on full time jobs in the area may be negative:

"The applicant cites the job creation and economic merits of the proposed development as a positive. While recognising the potential impact of part-time work, research by the National Retail Planning Forum concludes that there is evidence that new food superstores have, on average, a negative effect on full time retail employment. Therefore these benefits should be taken in context."

They also look at Yeovil town centre and the town centre regeneration programme, known as Yeovil Vision which sets out the Council's plans to breathe new life into the town's retail and business areas:

"There is significant concern regarding the impact this development could have on the vitality and viability of the town centre. Yeovil Vision seeks to improve the vitality and diversity of the town centre, supporting a mixture of uses and activities which provide a safe and vibrant environment for both daytime and night-time economies. The Yeovil Urban Development Framework and Yeovil Town Centre Strategy provide a clear development strategy for delivering the objectives and aspirations of the Yeovil Vision. The approach to the town centre is supportive “the challenge is to make a step change in the quality of the town centre, think big and be ambitious for the future”. Support for development that would detract from these aims should not be forthcoming."

Finally they return to the claim that there is vacant property in the town centre area that would be best use for a company wanting to build a new Food Store, highlighting that this is the reason why the Sequential Test exists:

"In August 2013, the empty premises register illustrated that there are 63 vacancies currently in the town centre, an increase from May 2013 when there were 56, and February 2013 when there were 60. Although the vacancies are fairly static, they illustrate that there are potential premises available in the exiting town centre. The ready availability of both land and vacant premises within the town centre makes it difficult to see how this application could meet the sequential test. Sites including the Box Factory/Stars Lane, Yeovil Cattle Market an Olds garage all lend themselves to food retail and would bring huge benefits to Yeovil town centre."

None of this is substantially new, in terms of the SSDC view on the club's application - the SSDC Planning Department provided much the same view back in March 2012. The club's planning representatives MWA stated late last month that they wrote back to the Council during March 2012 responding to their assessment of the Sequential Test. MWA claim that as the Council haven't responded to their March 2012 response that this would suggest that SSDC had accepted their views. MWA explain:

"As far as I am aware there has been no subsequent response from the Policy Officer and I am therefore assuming that the Council is in agreement that the sequential and impact tests are met in accordance with paragraph 27 of the NPPF. In particular I do not believe that there is any evidence to suggest that it would have a significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre or any other centre."

Yesterday it was reported that SSDC had given planning permission for a Food Store on the Ashley's Engineering site in West Hendford. Much closer to the town centre, and built on unoccupied land currently housing disused buildings, this was given the green light by the Area South Committee. The project plans submitted by Abbey Manor Capital Partners Ltd will see a £1.82 million project commenced to open a new pub, discount supermarket and coffee shop drive-through.


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6 March 2014 : Ladies Sign Up Former Cardiff City Midfielder
Yeovil Town Ladies FC have announced the signing of former FA WPL Cardiff City Ladies 21 year old Paige Stewart. This comes as the Glovers continue to build on their squad in preparation for the 2014 FA Women's Super League, with three new signings in as many months.

Stewart, despite her age, has previous playing experience under strong clubs and managers within both Bristol Academy and Cardiff City Ladies. First Team Manager Sarah Lawler commented:

"One of our ambitions for the club is to offer the South West's most talented players the chance to compete within The FA Women's Super League. We have been tracking Paige's progress since her early days of senior football at Forest Green and we are very pleased to welcome her to the club. She is a forward thinking player who wants to make things happen in the final third of the pitch and I have no doubt that she has the ability to make an impact in The FA WSL 2."

Expressing her excitement at joining the club, Stewart commented:

"I am looking forward to playing & being part of Yeovil Town Ladies FC. I feel really excited to be part of the team and for the new challenge of playing in The FA WSL 2."

The Glovers opening home game is on Easter Sunday, 20th April, at Raleigh Grove - home of Sherborne Town FC. Early bird season tickets are on offer at just £25.00 adults or £10.00 for children and concessions. Get yours online here, but hurry as the offer ends soon! Single tickets are priced at £4.00 for adults and £2.50 for children and concessions.





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6 March 2014 : Experienced Duo Hoping To Be Fit For Owls Game
Yeovil Town are expected to receive a fitness boost in time for this weekend's home match against Sheffield Wednesday, with two of their most experienced players responding well to treatment. Left-back Jamie McAllister had limped out of last week's match against Reading with a calf injury - one of the incidents that seemed to spark the crazy scenes that saw three Glovers players dismissed during the final half hour of the match at the Madejski Stadium.

He is expected to return to training today, having received treatment during the early part of the week, and seems likely to be joined by striker Ishmael Miller who is already back in training following his recovery from a hamstring injury. The club will obviously need to assess both during Thursday and Friday to determine how ready they are to be involved in the match, but it would seem that both are recovering fast enough to be considered for Saturday's match at Huish Park.

The only player definitely ruled out, according to this morning's Western Daily Press, is Liam Davis whose broken toe has seen him missing now since January 11th. Striker Sam Hoskins has recovered from his groin injury and so is available for selection, meaning that the only other players that will be unavailable will be midfielder Joe Ralls (three games) and striker Kieffer Moore (one game) who both start their suspensions this weekend.

Given that Shane Duffy and Tom Lawrence both got themselves through 90 minutes of international duty with the Republic of Ireland and Wales respectively without incidents, that would strongly point to manager Gary Johnson avoiding any immediate use of the loan market which he had considered in the wake of last weekend's triple red card. With vice-captain Byron Webster having had his dismissal overturned the Glovers boss should have reasonable squad options to choose for ahead of the match against the Owls.


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5 March 2014 : Lawrence Gets Full Game As Wales Lose
Yeovil Town loanee Tom Lawrence played a full 90 minutes this evening in his midweek international match against England Under-21s. The 20 year old was playing for Wales Under-21s at Pride Park, home of Derby County, in an Under-21 UEFA 2015 European Group 1 match but saw his side lose out to a single Nathan Redmond goal during the second half that won the Three Lions the match. This was Tom's eighth appearance at this level since making his debut in February 2013, but he was unable to add to the three goals he has scored so far for Wales.

Lawrence was heavily involved in the Welsh attacking moves throughout the match, and almost cancelled out Redmond's 56th minute strike when a late chance saw his deflected shot whistle past Jack Butland's post. The BT Sport coverage of the match regularly singled out the Manchester United player as a serious threat during the game as he ran at the England defence. Like Shane Duffy, there were no signs of any injury concerns during the match, and so both players should return to Somerset ready to face Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Final Score: England Under-21s 1 Wales Under-21s 0.

Wales Under-21s: 1. Roberts 2. Freeman 3. John 4. Lucas (C) 5. Tancock 6. Walsh 7. Lawrence 8. Pritchard 9. Burns 10. O'Sullivan 11. Isgrove

Substitutes: 12. Dibble 13. Fox 14. Evans 15. Hewitt 16. Williams 17. Edwards 18. Ogleby


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5 March 2014 : Duffy Captains Ireland But They Suffer Defeat
Yeovil Town's on loan defender Shane Duffy played out a full 90 minutes for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s this afternoon, but saw his side crash to a surprise defeat against Montenegro. The 2-1 home defeat means that Ireland are at the last chance saloon in terms of qualifying for the finals in Czech Republic, having slipped to fourth in their Group 6 table today.

Duffy captained the side in his 20th appearance at this level, and all seemed to be going to plan when a Matt Doherty header put them a goal up early on. The home side had further opportunities to extend that lead, with Duffy himself coming close 73 minutes into the match with a header. However, Montenegro made Ireland pay for their failure to extend their lead, as they struck twice in three minutes. Luka Dordevic scored from 20 yards out, and then Stefan Mugosa's downward header put Ireland from a position in which they could have qualified into a situation where they were guaranteed to exist the competition.

They now have only one match left at the group stages - an away match against Group leaders Germany on September 5th - they have already qualified, and are currently unbeaten in six matches, yet the Irish will need to defeat them if they are to stand any chance of qualifying. However, with 2nd placed Romania due to take on Montenegro 24 hours before that match, their destiny may be taken out of their hands before the final Irish group game kicks off.

On the plus side, Shane played a full 90 minutes in the match, and so should be fully fit on his return to South Somerset some time tomorrow.

Final Score: Republic of Ireland Under-21s 1 Montenegro Under-21s 2.

Republic of Ireland Under-21s: Sean McDermott, Matt Doherty, Sean McGinty, John Egan, Shane Duffy (c), Connor Smith, Jeff Hendrick, Jack Grealish, Aiden O’Brien (Michael Drennan 77′), Sean Murray (Liam McAlinden 77′), Anthony Forde (Kenneth McEvoy 82′).


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5 March 2014 : Gary Johnson To Appear On Radio Sports Forum
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will be appearing on BBC local radio tomorrow evening as part of a Sports Forum that will be held in Bristol. He will be one of five panellists in a show that will be chaired by Geoff Twentyman on behalf of BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol.

The event is being held at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in Bristol on Thursday 6th March, starting from 7.00p.m. Panellists are Bath Rugby head coach Mike Ford, Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson, Bristol Rovers striker Matt Harrold and Gloucestershire cricketer Alex Gidman. The usual format is for all panellists to take questions from the Chair and from the audience over local and national sporting issues.

Tickets for the event have sold out, so don't turn up to the venue. However, there will be a three hour show that will be broadcast live on BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol starting at 7.00p.m. tomorrow night, with the actual event due to commence an hour later.


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5 March 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
Officials for Saturday's home Championship match between Yeovil Town and Sheffield Wednesday have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 8th March 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Mr Sheldrake was promoted to the Football League referees list in the summer of 2009. We've had him on eight occasions as a man in the middle, with three of those coming during the 2012-13 season.

Bringing Mr Sheldrake and Sheffield Wednesday together might be a recipe for disaster given our recent history with both parties. Both have been involved in the two most controversial goals we've scored since we've entered the Football League. The September 2011 goal that Kieran Agard scored at Huish Park against the Owls can - to an extent - be compared with the August 2013 Byron Webster goal scored against Birmingham City in August 2013.

Mr Sheldrake was in charge of the latter match - and of course within the laws of the game could do zilch about the goal that Byron scored that night. Apart from a flurry of bookings that got dished out in the few minutes after that goal - Birmingham's Paul Robinson was lucky to stay on the pitch - he largely controlled the 120 minutes well. The Western Gazette said that he "very nearly lost control in the wake of Webster's goal but governed the game well for large stretches."

Winding back in time, the first time we saw him was a February 2010 home game against Colchester United. The visitors were a big bunch of bruisers, but probably most of what they did was on the right side of the law, and we had no real complaints with Mr Sheldrake's performance. Similarly the November 2010 match against Dagenham and Redbridge. The real killer on that day was our ability to finish in front of goal, with the Daggers rather more efficient. No complaints about the officials on the day.

We're probably at our most critical for his third visit to Huish Park, which came in December 2011, when he took charge of the 1-0 win over Notts County. We felt that as the game wore on, he was guilty of stopping the game for incidents that few in the crowd could see, and that led to a lot of frustration on and off the field, and the accumulation of six bookings across the two teams - that said we were lucky not to lose Paul Wotton to a second yellow on the day.

Back in March 2012, we had him for an away match against AFC Bournemouth, towards the end of the 2011-12 season. That match saw a superb performance from loan goalkeeper Sam Walker, where the Glovers were under the cosh for much of the game. Mr Sheldrake had a quiet match, booking only Walker for a last minute bit of time-wasting, which was probably justified from both parties' point of view!

More recently, he took charge of the 2012-13 season League Cup home match against West Bromwich Albion which we lost 2-4. In what was an excellent footballing encounter, Mr Sheldrake didn't get noticed too often, with the Western Gazette saying of his performance that he "had very little to do in a match where two footballing sides got on with the game."

We then had him in January for the Football League Trophy match against Leyton Orient. His performance was a little bit irritating in that he seemed to allow Orient's slowing down of the game's tempo to be assisted by being a bit over-fussy with free kicks, but this was a frustrating evening all-round, and one man in the middle could not be wholly blamed for that. He did sort of do us a favour when he sent off Orient's Anthony Griffith for two bookable offences - some referees might have kept the midfielder on the pitch, but when a player kicks the ball away whilst he's already on a yellow card, few could complain about the end result.

Then he was present for the March 2013 League One home game against Tranmere Rovers. On the whole, we felt he was inclined to indulge some of the visiting side's tendency to writhe around a bit upon any sort of contact from Glovers players. Tranmere milked it a bit, and when Mr Sheldrake fell for it, they milked it some more - a situation that gradually had the crowd grumbling further as the game went on. That said, we won through our own free kick goal from Ed Upson, and they ended up with four players in the book, so Tranmere weren't ultimately successful in their approach to the game.


Mr Sheldrake will be assisted by Nick Hobbis (West Midlands) and Edward Smart (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Turner (Devon).

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Birmingham City 3 (Birmingham won on penalties).

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Tranmere Rovers 0.

Link: January 2013 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 West Bromwich Albion 4.

Link: March 2012 : AFC Bournemouth 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 0.

Link: November 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 3.

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 1.


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4 March 2014 : Reserves Gain Win Over Swansea Youngsters
Yeovil Town Reserves gained a 3-1 win against Swansea City Under-21s this afternoon. In a match played at Swansea's Fairwood training ground in South Wales, the Glovers took the lead through Kieffer Moore on 22 minutes, after a counter-attacking move saw the striker fire into the top right-hand corner to put his side 1-0 up. That goal came after Yeovil had missed a great opportunity to take the lead after Adam Morgan was brought down in the box by Alex Gogic. However the former Liverpool striker missed the target from his spot kick.

Swansea equalised through Sam Evans as he finished from close range before the break, slotting the ball past Chris Dunn from six yards out, to leave the scores tied at half time. During the second half, Adam Morgan atoned for his earlier failure to score by scoring through a spectacular volley - finishing well after he latched onto a deep cross. Then Yeovil in the final ten minutes, Yeovil extended their lead as an unnamed player wearing a No. 18 shirt curled a shot past keeper Oliver Davies for a 3-1 win.

Final Score: Swansea City Under-21s 1 Yeovil Town Reserves 3.

Scorers: Kieffer Moore (0-1, 22 mins), Sam Evans (1-1), Adam Morgan (1-2, 60 mins), Yeovil No.18 (1-3, 80 mins).

Swansea City U21s: (squad) Oliver Davies, Gregor Zabret, Connor Roberts, Alex Gogic, Joseph Jones, Raheem Hanley, Henry Jones, Sam Evans, Kris Scott, James Loveridge, Ryan Hedges, Kenji Gorré, Corey Francis, Alex Samuel, Stephen Fallon, Keston Davies, Alex Samuel, Jay Fulton.


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4 March 2014 : Interview With Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, Yeovil Town's right-back Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi spoke to the BBC about the game. The right-back speaks to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson about his Yeovil Town debut and his long lay-off through injury, and that can be read via the link below.

Link: Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Reading.


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4 March 2014 : Glovers Issue Questions And Answers Document For Council
Yeovil Town have submitted a 'Questions and Answers' document to South Somerset District Council that they believe will provide additional information concerning the background to their outstanding planning application. The club's latest position is that they are hoping the Area South Committee will hear their plans to build a Food Store on Huish Park land at their April 2nd meeting, although SSDC have not yet confirmed whether this date is acceptable to them.

Last month the club published a three year strategic plan that gave some detail on their current business position - a summary of which was published on this site. They have now sent SSDC a document that provides the answer to 24 different questions that they think Councillors may field during the planning meeting.

The document itself has yet to be publicly available, but the club have given a sample of the sort of information that will be provided inside it. These include the following:

1) What will the club do with the money from the Food Store: "develop and update existing stadium supporters’ facilities including a covered north end community stand, and construct new car park areas and roads on site" - the North End is the current away terrace at Huish Park.

2) Why is Yeovil Town Holdings fronting the development and not the Football Club: "banks and investors will not loan to football clubs due to the number of clubs going into administration".

3) How would increased traffic and parking problems be resolved: "Stadium capacity would not be increased from 9,500-10,000; the food store in the application would have its own car park with some 500 spaces. There would also be a traffic/parking plan to minimise flows to and from the Lufton area. Another proposal is to open on-site bar and restaurant facilities to accommodate home and away supporters and so discourage fans from going on to the Abbey Manor Estate."

If we get an indication of what the other 21 questions and answers are, we'll provide a secondary update. As has become the general theme as part of the club's planning application, Chairman John Fry has painted a gloomy outlook if the application is not accepted, going as far as to suggest that delays or failure of the application could result in the 'demise' of the Huish Park stadium and surrounds:

"Any delays will seriously jeopardise the club’s future which in turn will see the demise of the Huish Park stadium and the surrounding land. My intention in sending this question and answer document to the planning committee members is simply to try and give them the answers they need to give our vital application the full consideration it deserves."


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4 March 2014 : Byron Webster Appeal Is Successful
Yeovil Town central defender Byron Webster has been successful in his appeal against his sending off for a professional foul against Reading. The 26 year old was dismissed by referee Scott Mathieson for an apparent foul on Royals substitute Royston Drenthe during Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium.

The FA's Appeals Panel have today agreed that this decision was incorrect - Byron will therefore have his two match suspension lifted, and he will be available for selection for the Championship home match against Sheffield Wednesday.


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4 March 2014 : Interview With Shane Duffy
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, Yeovil Town's on loan defender Shane Duffy spoke to the BBC about the game. The Everton loanee speaks to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson about his first goal for the Glovers, as well as the need to defend with just eight men, and that can be read via the link below.

Link: Shane Duffy Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Reading.


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3 March 2014 : League Issue Birmingham Statement After Owner Is Convicted
The Football League have this afternoon issued a statement concerning Birmingham City's owner Carson Yeung. The 54 year old has been found guilty of five counts of money laundering by a court in Hong Kong today, and faces up to 14 years in jail as a consequence. This has been a long running case dating back to June 2011 - under two years after he bought the club for £81.5 million.

Whilst there has been no suggestion that the money laundering implicates any of Birmingham City's group companies, there had been long-standing questions as to how he managed to acquire his wealth. Yeung was waved through the "fit and proper person" tests. Outgoing Birmingham owner David Gold said of the skeptics who doubted Yeung's finances: "I think anybody who questions whether the money will come should give Carson Yeung the benefit of the doubt". But gradually Birmingham's ownership has been on shaky ground to the extent that in February Yeung resigned all of his positions in Birmingham's group companies, albeit whilst retaining his current shareholding.

In the wake of Yeung's conviction, the Football League have issued the following statement, indicating that they are content with the steps that Birmingham City FC are taking to fall in line with their regulations:

"The Football League notes the reports relating to the conviction of Carson Yeung in Hong Kong. The League's Owners' and Directors' test prohibits anyone that is convicted of offences involving dishonesty from owning more than 30 per cent of a member club or exercising control over a club. Since the commencement of these criminal proceedings, the Club's holding company has introduced revised arrangements to ensure that it could relist on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and comply with Football League regulations. They include the resignation of Mr Yeung from all directorships, and the introduction of new working capital to ensure the ongoing financial viability of the group.

The League has been working with the Club during this period and, based on the information provided, is satisfied that Birmingham City complies with its requirements regarding ownership, as well as having funding arrangements in place until at least the end of the 2013/14 season. At this stage, The League does not require any financial assurances beyond this point
."

Birmingham have also issued their own statement claiming that "today's verdict will have no impact on the day-to-day operations at the football club". That has raised the eyebrows of much of the media, including The Guardian, who note that Yeung's son Ryan Yeung remains on the board as a 20 year old Director, whilst Yeung Snr's resignation from his posts last month was accompanied by the decision to appoint Shui Cheong Ma to the Birmingham board - his brother-in-law. With Yeung's shareholding reported as being 28%, it appears that the Football League's fit and proper persons test will effectively allow his family to run the club by proxy with that level of ownership.

So far, Birmingham's belief is that the money-laundering charges, and the recovery of any 'proceeds of crime' will not leak over into their group of companies. Hence as things stand, it seems that life at St Andrews will continue as normal, despite the knowledge that their biggest shareholder is now a convicted criminal and about to become a jailbird.


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3 March 2014 : Revised GWSC Travel Plans For Wigan Athletic
Revised travel plans for Yeovil Town's Championship away fixture against Wigan Athletic are now available. The match was rescheduled due to Wigan's involvement in the FA Cup and so will now be played on a Tuesday night. The Green and Whites Supporters Club are taking transport to this fixture. Their revised plans are as follows:

Wigan Athletic : Tuesday 18th March 2014.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 12.00 noon
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

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

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. For other games during the remainder of the 2013-14 season, see the earlier article linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Queens Park Rangers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wigan Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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3 March 2014 : Marek Given Team Of The Week Nomination
The Football League had sort of semi-abandoned their 'Team of the Week' lists over the course of the 2013-14 season, having hosted them regularly over several seasons. However, they've recently partially resurrected in the form of a single Team of the Week covering all three Football League divisions, and Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech has been nominated in their 'eleven' for the weekend just gone.

Marek was of course nominated for his performance in the 1-1 draw against Reading at the Madejski Stadium as part of the team of eight players that battled their way through to a valuable away point against what was a top six side on their own patch. The Football League have this to say about his performance:

"Reading piled forward during their 1-1 draw with Yeovil on Saturday, but Stech was instrumental between the sticks for the Glovers. He saved an Adam Le Fondre penalty and kept the Royals at bay with other saves as the Glovers survived for a point despite having only eight men."

Their full Team of the Week reads as follows:

Goalkeeper: Marek Stech, Yeovil Town
Defender: Durrell Berry, Plymouth Argyle
Defender: Defender: Matthew Upson, Brighton and Hove Albion
Defender: Neill Collins, Sheffield United
Defender: Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Northampton Town
Midfielder: Luke Freeman, Stevenage
Midfielder: Lee Frecklington, Rotherham United
Midfielder: Jay Spearing, Bolton Wanderers
Striker: Scott Hogan, Rochdale
Striker: Yann Kermorgant, Bournemouth
Striker: Nahki Wells, Huddersfield Town

Manager: Graham Westley, Stevenage


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3 March 2014 : Byron Red Card Appeal Is Lodged With FA
Yeovil Town have confirmed the earlier news that they plan to appeal against the red card issued to Byron Webster on Saturday. With the 26 year old facing a two match suspension for his dismissal against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, video evidence suggests that there was little or no contact on Royals substitute Royston Drenthe.

The club have therefore confirmed that an appeal has been lodged - that will probably be heard in the next 48 hours or so, meaning that they will know the outcome in time for Saturday's home Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday.


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3 March 2014 : Reserves Travel For Swansea Friendly
Yeovil Town will be taking a squad to South Wales to play a Swansea City Under-21s side tomorrow afternoon. The match is another 'Reserve Team' match that will be staged to allow some of Yeovil Town's fringe players to keep up their match fitness during the week.

The match will take place at Swansea's Fairwood training ground that is part of Swansea University's facilities, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. As this is not a competitive fixture, our understanding is that the club would be entitled to select Byron Webster, Joe Ralls and Kieffer Moore for this game, should they wish to do so.


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3 March 2014 : Byron Appeal On The Cards?
Current reports suggest that Yeovil Town will be appealing against the red card issued against Byron Webster that was issued on Saturday. The 26 year old was dismissed by referee Scott Mathieson during Saturday's match against Reading whilst the Glovers were a goal up, awarding a penalty for an apparent foul on Royston Drenthe.

The resulting penalty was saved, but led to the corner from which the home side got their equalising goal, and was part of a sequence of events that saw the Glovers having to make three separate defensive readjustments due to an injury to Jamie McAllister and another red card issued against Joe Ralls who was filling in as a makeshift left-back.

Byron himself has indicated today that his understanding is the club were planning to put in an appeal against the red card. As it stands, the FA's position is that he would serve a two match ban, but as any Appeals Committee hearing would be held before the next competitive fixture, that would allow for the initial decision to be eventually over-turned.

Over the weekend, BBC pundits Steve Claridge and Jacqui Oatley separately gave their views on the red card, believing that it should be rescinded. As yet, neither the FA nor the club have confirmed the appeal has been lodged, but it would seem that one will be going in shortly.


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3 March 2014 : FA Confirm Suspensions Lists Following Red Cards
The Football Association have today confirmed the suspension periods for three of Yeovil Town's players. With Cardiff City loanee Joe Ralls, striker Kieffer Moore and centre-back Byron Webster all being dismissed during Saturday's 1-1 draw against Reading, all three will begin a term of suspension starting immediately, unless the club choose to lodge an appeal.

Midfielder Joe Ralls will get a three match ban, and so will be missing for the home matches against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town and the away match against Queens Park Rangers. He will return to the team for the away match against Wigan Athletic.

Striker Kieffer Moore will get a one match ban for a second bookable offence and he will be missing for Saturday's home match against Sheffield Wednesday. He will return for the home match against Ipswich Town.

Centre-back Byron Webster will get a two match ban - one for his professional foul, and another because it is his second red card of the season. He will therefore miss the home matches against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town. He will return for the away match against Queens Park Rangers.

The club have not at this stage suggested that they plan to appeal against any of the decisions. However, the only one they realistically would have a case with would be Byron Webster's dismissal, if they could absolutely prove that there was no contact between him and the attacking Reading player. Manager Gary Johnson's immediate post-match view was that he didn't have a problem with referee Scott Mathieson's decision-making.

Gary also said after the match that he would be considering whether to bring in new loan signings from outside to cover for the loss of players, although that would no doubt depend on the current injury list. The left-back area appears to be the most vulnerable, with Joe Ralls suspended and Matteo Lanzoni, Jamie McAllister and Liam Davis all needing treatment at present.


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3 March 2014 : Late Kick-Off Returns For New Series
The regional football magazine programme BBC Late Kick-Off returns to your screens tonight for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. As with previous series, Yeovil Town fall into a 'South and South-West' region that covers the TV regional stations that operate out of Plymouth, Bristol and Southampton. Thus this will cover AFC Bournemouth, Exeter City, Torquay United, Plymouth Argyle, Reading, Portsmouth, Bristol City, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town, Cheltenham Town, Oxford United and Crawley Town.

Tonight's programme includes highlights from tonight's League Two match between Chesterfield and Portsmouth, whilst former Reading and Swindon defender Ady Williams and Bournemouth youth team manager Carl Fletcher will be in the studio. They had cameras at Yeovil Town's Championship match at Reading as well, so it wouldn't be a surprise if there was a bit of coverage of the extraordinary second half that saw three Glovers players dismissed.

The programme will take a regular Monday night bedtime slot between now and the end of the season. There are also other regional variations, all of which are usually available on the web-based BBC iPlayer by the following day - useful for exiled Glovers who live outside the South/South-West region.


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2 March 2014 : Duffy Misses Out On Republic Award
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Shane Duffy has been edged out in tonight's Republic of Ireland international awards. The Everton loanee was nominated for his country's Under-21 player of the year at an awards ceremony in Dublin tonight. However, the award has tonight been given to Watford midfielder Sean Murray, who has played 33 times for the Hornets at Championship level this season, scoring six goals.

Both Murray and Duffy will spent the next three days in each other's company, with both due to play in the Republic's Under-21 UEFA Championship Qualifier match against Montenegro that takes place on Wednesday afternoon at the Tallaght Stadium.

Needless to say, well done to Shane on getting as far as being nominated, during a year that he has flourished as a Yeovil Town loan player.


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2 March 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Reading Away Interview
Just before yesterday's match against Reading kicked off at the Madejski Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Gary's thoughts on yesterday's opponents, along with Ishmael Miller and Kieffer Moore can be read via the link below.

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


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2 March 2014 : Video : Reading vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive the drama of yesterday's match at the Madejski Stadium, the match highlights are now on the Sky Sports website. The 1-1 draw against Reading saw Everton loanees Shane Duffy and John Lundstram have a good day and a bad day respectively, as they both scored at opposite ends.

You can view both goals, plus a chance for Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence and then watch the red cards dished out for Byron Webster, Joe Ralls and Kieffer Moore, as well as numerous fine saves from Marek Stech all via three minutes worth of highlights via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website: Reading vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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2 March 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Reading Away Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Gary's verdict on the three red cards, how he plans to cover for the suspensions, and his thoughts on the overall team performance can be read via the link below.

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


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2 March 2014 : Johnson Considers Squad Options With Suspensions Looming
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will use the next few days to decide whwther his current squad of players can cope with a raft of suspensions they will have to deal with next weekend. The triple sending off against Reading on Saturday afternoon means that all of Bryon Webster, Joe Ralls and Kieffer Moore will be absent for next weekend's home match against Sheffield Wednesday, when they will all start suspensions.

With a significant number of players also out injured over the weekend, big efforts will be made to try to get those players off the treatment table, and onto the training pitch over the next seven days. However, Johnson told BBC Somerset that the current situation may require him to look at outside resources, rather than risk what is likely to be a paper thin squad:

"Hopefully we can get a few of the injured back and we can fill a squad. If I can't then the Board of Directors who have been very supportive all year, I'm sure if we need to bring someone in and if we can find someone to help us out for a month, then we'll look at that. But we might have the people that we need within the squad. We'll have a look at it during the week."

In terms of likely bans, the expectation is that centre-back Byron Webster will serve a two match ban, given that his dismissal at the Madejski Stadium was his second of the 2013-14 season. Midfielder Joe Ralls is likely to pick up a three match ban after receiving a straight red for serious foul play. Meanwhile striker Kieffer Moore should sit out a single match for a second bookable offence.

The Glovers had four players missing from today's squad, with defender Matteo Lanzoni, Liam Davis (broken toe), Sam Hoskins (groin), Ishmael Miller (hamstring) and Sam Foley (hamstring) all staying at home. However on top of that left-back Jamie McAllister also went off injured during the second half. That meant that all available professional players were included in today's squad, but Johnson will probably need three of the injured parties to recover by next weekend if they are not to be short of bench options next weekend.


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1 March 2014 : Johnson Proud Of Glovers Despite Triple Red Drama
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson refused to seriously criticise his players, despite seeing three of them red-carded during a frantic encounter at the Madejski Stadium. Johnson's side grabbed a 1-1 draw against promotion-chasing Reading even though they finished the match without Byron Webster (professional foul), Joe Ralls (bad foul) and Kieffer Moore (second booking) after all three went for an early bath.

Johnson spared referee Scott Mathieson for criticism although his decisions left the Glovers down to ten men. He felt that the infringements were more down to misjudgement than anything more sinister than that:

"I've no complaints on the day. The sendings off were not for viciousness.vThe first (Byron Webster was just misjudgement and the second (Joe Ralls) and third (Kieffer Moore) were two young lads who were a bit overzealous in the tackle. If you do that, you're going to get a red card. It's a lesson learnt for all three of them. They put their team in trouble but they didn't mean to. It was more a question of mis-timing."

With Shane Duffy having given Yeovil the lead in the match, the Glovers opening two-thirds of the match gave them the platform they needed to grab an improbable point against a team that was in the Premier League last season. Johnson felt his players showed great passion throughout the game, as they stretched their unbeaten run to four matches:

"With only eight players, I was very proud the way we defended. There is a passion among all the players and they want to do all they can to keep Yeovil Town in the Championship. We'd like to stay there as long as we can and if we survive, it will be the club's biggest ever achievement."


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1 March 2014 : Reading 1 Yeovil 1 : Glovers See Triple Red Yet Secure Draw
Yeovil Town secured an astonishing 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon, as they grabbed a point against promotion-chasing Reading despite finishing the game with just eight men. A bizarre second half saw referee Scott Mathieson award the home side a penalty, whilst Byron Webster, Joe Ralls and Kieffer Moore were all given their marching orders in separate incidents that led the match referee to extend the second period by seven additional minutes as a rearguard action saw the Glovers have to scrap for a point.

Certainly for a long period of the match they looked as though they might gain all three points, after Shane Duffy put the Glovers ahead, rising high and ahead of former Glovers loan keeper Alex McCarthy from a deep cross by Luke Ayling, with the ball looping over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. Having had a slow start to the match, by the time the game reached the break, Yeovil were good value for their lead, with the goal giving them a big confidence boost.

Everything began to unravel midway through the second half across a crazy 15 minute period. Jamie McAllister's forced substitution in the 57th minute seemed to spark it all, with Joe Ralls being forced to move into an unfamiliar left-back position. Then nine minutes later Byron Webster was deemed guilty of pulling back substitute Danny Guthrie inside the box, and once that was given, referee Scott Mathieson had to pull out a red card to go with it.

No repeat though for Adam Le Fondre, who scored the winning penalty at Huish Park as Marek Stech flung himself down to save the spot kick - but Yeovil's joy on the ball being kept out was short lived, as the ball was returned back into the box, Le Fondre got a second bite of the cherry and although Stech saved again, the ball ricocheted off John Lundstram and over the line for the equalising goal.

Matters seemed to get worse for Yeovil two minutes after the equaliser when makeshift left-back Joe Ralls fouled Garath McCleary down by the touchline. Referee Mathieson seemed to be taking things in a measured way, until he was surrounded by Royals players baying for blood - he duly obliged by giving Ralls a straight red and Yeovil were down to nine men.

The rearguard action inevitably ensued with Yeovil often battling with all players inside their final third, and things went from the sublime to the ridiculous when Kieffer Moore's double booking sent Yeovil down to eight men - the first for kicking the ball away, and then the second, a bit of a striker's foul on Chris Gunter.

Yeovil were fortunate the match official didn't decide to dismiss Tom Lawrence for two late fouls whilst he was on a yellow card - but he hardly helped the Glovers by adding on seven additional minutes for everything that had gone on in a breathless second half. Somehow the eight men threw themselves at everything Reading had to offer, with Stech and Duffy pulling off several huge blocks or saves. At the end with Barnsley, Doncaster, Charlton and Millwall all losing, this had to be a point gained in a game that will live long for the thousand-plus Yeovil fans who witnessed it all unfold.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Reading 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Shane Duffy (0-1, 20 mins), John Lundstram (1-1, 69 mins, own goal)

Reading:
21. Alex McCarthy
2. Chris Gunter 5. Alex Pearce 17. Kaspars Gorkss 37. Jordan Obita
12. Garath McCleary 23. Daniel Williams 16. Hope Akpan 19. Hal Robson-Kanu
7. Pavel Pogrebnyak 9. Adam Le Fondre

Substitutes:
1. Adam Federici 3. Stephen Kelly 10. Royston Drenthe (63 mins for Hal Robson-Kanu) 20. Danny Guthrie (46 mins for Hope Akpan) 22. Nick Blackman (82 mins for Kaspars Gorkss) 25. Jake Taylor 35. Michael Hector

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
20. Duane Holmes 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
9. James Hayter 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ruben Palazuelos (69 mins for James Hayter) 23. Joel Grant 24. Chris Dunn 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (73 mins for Duane Holmes) 29. Adam Morgan 31. John Lundstram (57 mins for Jamie McAllister)

Reading Bookings: Hope Akpan (foul, 41 mins), Nick Blackman (foul, 83 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Tom Lawrence (32 mins), Luke Ayling (foul, 86 mins), Kieffer Moore (kicking ball away, 87 mins). Red Card: Byron Webster (66 mins, professional foul), Joe Ralls (71 mins, serious foul play), Kieffer Moore (88 mins, second bookable offence)

Reading Match Statistics: Possession: 64%; Shots: 29; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 21; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 36%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). Assistants: Elliott Kaye (Essex) and Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire). Fourth Official: Ryan Atkin (London).

Attendance: 18,697 (including 1,067 Yeovil fans).


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1 March 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Reading vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's away match against Reading at the Madejski 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 Reading vs Yeovil Town.


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1 March 2014 : Team News For Reading vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change for this afternoon's away Championship fixture against Reading. Striker Ishmael Miller's hamstring injury that he sustained in last week's win over Doncaster Rovers keeps him out and his position in the side is taken by Kieffer Moore.

Striker Sam Hoskins (groin) and Liam Davis (broken toe) remain out of the squad.

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
20. Duane Holmes 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
9. James Hayter 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 26. Seth Nana Twunasi 18. Matteo Lanzoni 21. Joel Grant 29. Adam Morgan 31. John Lundstram


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1 March 2014 : Stech Focussing One Game At A Time
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech has admitted that he has not considered what may lie beyond the end of this season, in terms of his Glovers career. The Czech Republic keeper has been on the club's books since arriving from West Ham United on a permanent two year deal in 2012, having enjoyed a loan spell just before that, but is out of contract in June, along with a number of other Yeovil Town players.

As a mainstay in the first team, and with 77 appearances for the club across his loan and permanent spells, Stech has quickly proven himself at Championship level, despite a four month lay-off due to a broken hand sustained last August that has restricted him to just 16 appearances this term. Speaking to BBC Somerset ahead of this afternoon's match at Reading, he insisted that he was only looking at things one game at a time:

"I haven't looked ahead. I think the most important thing for us, is to take it as it goes every day and try to concentrate in training in what we do, although it's been very difficult because of the (weather) conditions. The most important thing for us, and not only for me, but for all of the football club and the players is for us to try to stay up, because it would be massive for this football club. I just try to take every single game as it goes. Now it's important we keep as many clean sheets, because it obviously helps the team and gives us more confidence. Every game is different, but I just want to do my best in every game."

This afternoon's opponents Reading are a hard team to predict on their current form. Whilst they've failed to score in their last two home matches, losing to Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday, prior to that they put a total of twelve goals past Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers at the Madejski Stadium. Stech acknowledged that Reading were a side that could easily take teams apart if they were allowed time on the ball:

"They can do, but if you defend it well, stay compact and have a decent shape, then we can obviously go up the other end and score a couple of goals as well. We're not going there to defend. We want to win the game, and that's what we've said and what we've been working on. We just have to go there and do our best."


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