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30 April 2013 : Sheffield United's Record In The Football League Play-Offs
In 1987, the Football League introduced the play-off system as a means of deciding the final promotion place in each of its divisions. It's evolved a little bit over time - for the first two years it was a relegation/promotion decider, where one of the four clubs competing was actually in the division above. Play-off finals were also originally two-legged affairs, with it taking until 1990 when the decision was made to take the final to Wembley Stadium (or in various years the Millennium Stadium).

Some teams have fared better than others. This season's semi-finalists Swindon Town have won the play-offs three times - in 1986-87, 1989-90 and 1992-93, albeit with one of those being struck off due to financial irregularities that barred them from promotion. For other clubs though, the mention of the play-offs sends a shiver down their spine - a case where just one single error from a player can either complete or destroy a whole season.

For Friday night's opponents, Sheffield United, we suspect that they are not entirely in love with the play-off system. For a side that has been historically a bit of a yo-yo club - they've been promoted or relegated 17 times since the end of the Second World War - all of their successes have come through automatic promotion. They've gone through the play-offs six times since its conception, and six times they've ended up with their heads in their hands. Here's what happened each time:

1987-88 Season: Perhaps Sheffield United's first indication that the play-offs weren't for them was gained by the fact that they stand as one of the few clubs to get relegated. With three Third Division sides pitched up against the second tier Blades, they only lasted as far as the Semi-Final stages. They lost 1-0 away against Bristol City in the away leg, meaning that a 1-1 draw in the second leg wasn't good enough. Ultimately Walsall replaced them in the Second Division, beating Bristol City in the final.

1996-97 Season: Sheffield United were by now back up at second tier level in Division One, finishing 5th that season. The Blades played Ipswich Town in the two-legged semi-final, drawing their home leg at Bramall Lane 1-1, before a 2-2 draw at Portman Road. The away goals rule that existed at that time was enough to propel them to a Wembley Stadium final, but in front of 64,383 spectators, they lost 1-0 against Crystal Palace in the final, with a last minute goal from captain David Hopkin denying them the chance of top flight football.

1997-98 Season: A year later, and Sheffield United had finished 6th and so were back in the play-offs. They were paired up with Sunderland in the semi-finals and things seemed to be going OK when they edged a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane in front of 23,800 spectators. But three days later, an own goal from Nicky Marker levelled the tie, then Kevin Phillips put them out of the competition as they lost 2-0 in front of 40,092 fans.

2002-03 Season: Fast-forward five years and the Blades still hadn't worked out how to get out of Division One. They'd finished 3rd in the final table, pairing them up with Nottingham Forest at the semi-final stage. Under Neil Warnock, a Michael Brown penalty gave them a 1-1 draw at the City Ground. After 90 minutes at Bramall Lane, they'd witnessed a 2-2 draw, with goals from Brown and Steve Kabba. By this time the away goals rule had been scrapped, taking the game into extra time. Forest capitulated during the additional 30 minutes (where have we heard that one before) and a Paul Peschisolido effort, plus a Des Walker own goal ultimately gave them a 4-3 win on the night and a 5-4 route to the final. That was as good as it got through. At the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, they lost 3-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of 69,473 spectators.

2008-09 Season: By the time we reached May 2009, Sheffield United had managed one season in the top flight, but were quickly relegated. In 2008-09 they finished 3rd in the table, and were paired with Preston North End at the semi-final stages of what was now branded as the Championship. Managed by Kevin Blackwell, they got past the Lilywhites on a 2-1 aggregate scoreline. A 1-1 draw at Deepdale was followed by a single Greg Halford goal in the return leg that ultimately won the tie. At the new Wembley Stadium, lightning struck again, as they faced Burnley. A 13th minute Wade Elliott goal divided the two teams in front of 80,518 spectators, and their hopes slipped away with the 79th minute dismissal of substitute Jamie Ward for two handball incidents. Another substitute Lee Hendrie was also dismissed on the final whistle for swearing at and pushing referee Mike Dean, as the Blades went home petulantly after a 1-0 defeat.

2011-12 Season: Last season saw Sheffield United in third tier football. With their city rivals Sheffield Wednesday getting automatic promotion, they had to land in the lottery system once again. Paired with Stevenage, they endured a difficult semi-final, drawing 0-0 at Broadhall Way, before an 85th minute Chris Porter goal sent Danny Wilson's side to Wembley once again. For reference, there were 21,182 spectators at Bramall Lane for that match - probably one of the closest markers we'll get to guessing the gate for our Friday night fixture. At the final, Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town were their opponents. A 0-0 draw over the 120 minutes still couldn't decide who out of the 52,100 spectators would go home happy. In an extraordinary penalty shoot-out, all 22 players ended up taking spot kicks, with Blades keeper Steve Simonsen being the unfortunate soul that put the crucial one over the crossbar, to give the tie to Huddersfield by an 8-7 shoot-out scoreline.

Friday night's fixture will therefore be Sheffield United's seventh attempt to win the divisional play-offs. The defeats in 1997, 2003, 2009 and 2012 give them an unwanted record in that they are the club with the most defeats in the Football League's Play-Off Finals. On the other hand, Glovers fans maybe getting a bit ahead of themselves might want to note that means that they were capable of getting past the semi-final stages on four of those six occasions. Their overall record at this stage may explain some of the slightly world-weary reactions of Blades fans around the internet in the past week or so - the objective will be to try to extend that run to seven by the time we reach Monday tea time.


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30 April 2013 : Huish Park Play-Off Match Projected To Be A Sell-Out
Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg match against Sheffield United looks to be heading for a sell-out crowd as supporters swamp the Huish Park Ticket Office for admission to the game. The match takes place on Monday 6th May at Huish Park, and is an ALL TICKET game, meaning that even if there are any spaces still available on the day, that they will not be selling tickets on the Monday.

At present the club are reporting that seated areas of the ground are starting to become quite limited, with the main availability being in the wing sections of the Main Stand and East Stand at the ground. The Home Terrace is also starting to take hold with around 50% of its capacity sold - around 1,000 tickets remain there. With Season Ticket Holders able to claim seats/places up to 6.00p.m. tonight, there may be a few more tickets that get released onto General Sale tomorrow morning, but it would appear that this fixture will eventually sell out, or at least come close to it. Six years ago, the Home Leg against Nottingham Forest attracted 8,935 spectators - around 500 short of ground capacity, albeit with some of that taken up by a segregated area in the East Stand.

Unconfirmed reports yesterday suggested that around 5,500 home tickets had been bought for the Sheffield United home leg, which seems to tally with the above picture. Hence if you haven't already bought a ticket, but want to go to the game, we'd suggest you get down to the Huish Park Ticket Office in person, or give them a ring on 01935-847888 - leave one message on their answerphone if you can't easily get through and they'll call you back.

Link: Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg Ticket Prices.

As for Friday night's Away Leg, scheduled for 3rd May at Bramall Lane, these went on General Sale today and the club report there are just under 1,000 sold so far. Pressure here is not quite so intense as the Bramall Lane end holds around 3,000 seats, but again we'd advise you to buy in advance. Details here:

Link: Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg Ticket Prices.

Finally, the deadline for the club's 'Early Early Bird' 2013-14 Season Ticket offer, that invites supporters to purchase their Season Tickets at 2012-13 prices, regardless of which division the club end up playing in expires at 6.00p.m. tonight, so if you haven't filled in your forms, you better get your skates on.

Link: Yeovil Town's 2013-14 Season Ticket Package Published.

Link: Extended Ticket Office Hours For Play-Offs And Season Tickets.


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30 April 2013 : Paddy Madden T-Shirts
Yeovil Town supporters wanting something a bit unique to wear this summer should be aware that the Away Travel Club are offering a new t-shirt featuring striker Paddy Madden on the front. The 'Welcome to Yeovil Town' shirt comes in all sizes and is priced £8.00. Buy them from Mark Kelly who can be reached at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk or 07939618275. All profits raised by t-shirt sales will be put back into the club.

T-Shirts from the Away Travel Club Featuring Paddy Madden - Available In All Sizes
T-Shirts from the Away Travel Club Featuring Paddy Madden - Available In All Sizes.



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29 April 2013 : Interview With Martyn Starnes
Just before Saturday's match against Bury kicked off at Gigg Lane, Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes appeared live on the BBC airwaves to talk about the club's play-off hopes. With questions from BBC Bristol presenter Geoff Twentyman, Martyn talks about the financial benefits of the Championship, player contracts and the big question of manager Gary Johnson's contract. Read all via the link below.

Link: Martyn Starnes Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Bury.


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29 April 2013 : Officials For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Friday night's League One Semi-Final First Leg between Sheffield United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Friday 3rd May 2013 at Bramall Lane with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

A well known former Premier League referee, Mr Attwell was demoted from his Select Group position in February 2012, and is now back at Football League level. Aged just 29, he was an official who was promoted perhaps a little bit too quickly for his own good, landing on the Premier League's lists at the age of 25 after just one season in the Football League.

In September 2008 - just one month into his tenure as a full time referee, Mr Attwell was at the scene of a controversy that he will doubtless be forever associated with. He may feel somewhat aggrieved that the name of his linesman on the day - Nigel Bannister - is not so well known for the incident. A Championship match between Watford and Reading saw what is now referred to as the "ghost goal" - scored by Reading's Noel Hunt, but only after Watford's John Eustace had clearly played the ball out for a corner.

Television replays showed the extent of the blunder, with Mr Attwell bearing the brunt of it, despite Mr Bannister being the one who should have been better placed to judge the ball going out of play. Attwell and Bannister were dropped from their duties on the following weekend's fixtures amidst a tabloid-fuelled furore, but were reinstated on the following weekend.

His last game at Premier League level was the 2012 New Year's Day fixture between West Bromwich Albion and Everton. He then was given Football League fixtures and was present for Yeovil Town's worst defeat at Football League level, in April 2012, when he took charge of the home game against Stevenage. Can we blame a referee for a 6-0 defeat at home? That might be stretching it too far - we certainly didn't play well and so it would be wrong to put particular emphasis on Mr Attwell's performance, except to say that he was almost as poor as our defending was. Almost, but not quite.

We then had him in October 2012 for the home League One fixture against Bury. His main action during the match was to dish out a red card for Bury midfielder Zac Thompson. Sometimes dismissals can be controversial, so let's give you Bury's website view of it: "Zac Thompson dived at the ball with both feet off the floor ... there could only be one outcome." The Western Gazette agreed with the decision as well saying that he "had a decent afternoon and had no option but to send off Bury's Zac Thompson. He dealt well with the ill-tempered aftermath of the tackle."

Mr Attwell will be assisted by Danny Gratton (Staffordshire) and Robert Merchant (Staffordshire). The Fourth Official will be Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

Link: April 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Stevenage 6.

Link: October 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Bury 1.


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29 April 2013 : For Glovers Supporters Who Can't Get Through On The Phones
Yeovil Town have issued further advice today concerning the booking of League One Play-Off Semi-Final tickets for the matches against Sheffield United by telephone. Anyone who has tried to call through to the hotline number, on 01935-847888, may have hit the club's answerphone system, due to personnel being on other calls or attending to those turning up to the Huish Park Ticket Office in person.

Their advice is for supporters to make use of the answerphone service if you can't get through. We'd recommend that you leave one message only providing your name, and a phone number you can be easily reached on. They will then return your call later when business for the day dies down. Please be patient, and don't worry too much if they take a long time to return your call.

As a reminder of the state of play today, tickets for the Home Leg, scheduled for next Monday 6th May, are on General Sale to all supporters. Details here:

Link: Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg Ticket Prices.

Tickets for Friday night's Away Leg, scheduled for 3rd May at Bramall Lane, are on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY today. They will go on General Sale tomorrow. Details here:

Link: Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg Ticket Prices.

Finally, they are also taking applications for the club's 'Early Early Bird' 2013-14 Season Ticket offer, that invites supporters to purchase their Season Tickets at 2012-13 prices, regardless of which division the club end up playing in. That offer expires at 6.00p.m. tomorrow night, so if you haven't filled in your forms, we'd recommend you do so as quickly as possible.

Link: Yeovil Town's 2013-14 Season Ticket Package Published.

Link: Extended Ticket Office Hours For Play-Offs And Season Tickets.


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29 April 2013 : Football League Further Refine Play-Off Schedule
The Football League have today further refined their play-off schedule today, across the three divisions. We of course already know the schedule for League One, but with the Championship division finishing a week later than League One and League Two, they hadn't fully set their plans for those play-offs. Those have now been set, and are shown below.

As with League One's final day fixtures, they have included a small caveat for the Championship outcome - if Nottingham Forest finish 5th, then the two pairs will swap around to ensure that Forest's First Leg home tie is played on the Thursday night. All Championship final day fixtures have been set for Saturday 4th May with a 12.45p.m. kick-off. Two games will be live on Sky Sports with Watford vs Leeds United and Hull City vs Cardiff City chosen for broadcast.

In terms of the League Two play-offs, on Thursday night Sky Sports have got two concurrent ties to deal with - the only overlap they have with all other ties staggered to allow full live screening. That means that they will be putting Northampton Town vs Cheltenham Town onto the Red Button and screening Bradford City vs Burton Albion live.

The full schedule now reads:

Thursday 2nd May 7.45p.m. – League Two First Leg : Bradford City vs Burton Albion
Thursday 2nd May 7.45p.m. – League Two First Leg : Northampton Town vs Cheltenham Town

Friday 3rd May 7.45p.m. – League One First Leg : Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
Saturday 4th May 5.20p.m. – League One First Leg : Swindon Town vs Brentford

Sunday 5th May 12.00 noon – League Two Second Leg : Burton Albion vs Bradford City
Sunday 5th May 6.45p.m. – League Two Second Leg : Cheltenham Town vs Northampton Town

Monday 6th May 1.30p.m. – League One Second Leg : Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
Monday 6th May 4.30p.m. – League One Second Leg : Brentford vs Swindon Town

Thursday 9th May 7.45p.m. - Championship Tie A First Leg (6th vs 3rd)
Friday 10th May 7.45p.m. - Championship Tie B First Leg (5th vs 4th unless Nottingham Forest finish 5th)

Sunday 12th May 12.30p.m. - Championship Tie A Second Leg (3rd vs 6th)
Sunday 13th May 7.45p.m. - Championship Tie B Second Leg (4th vs 5th unless Nottingham Forest finish 5th)

The dates for the three divisional Play-Off Finals were already cast in stone, due to the need to book Wembley Stadium. These are as follows:

Saturday 18th May 2013 1.30p.m. : League Two Play-Off Final
Sunday 19th May 2013 1.30p.m. : League One Play-Off Final
Monday 27th May 2013 3.00p.m. : Championship Division Play-Off Final

Saturday's results meant that the make-up of each Football League division became a lot clearer, with the exception of the heavily congested Championship division. In theory Yeovil Town could be either rubbing shoulders with those relegated from the Premier League (Reading, Queens Park Rangers and one other). However, trying not to get too far ahead of ourselves, the situation in terms of the 2013-14 League One set-up is as follows:

Relegated from the Championship: Bristol City, plus two from Barnsley, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Peterborough United, Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday or Millwall.

Promoted From League One: AFC Bournemouth, Doncaster Rovers.
League One Play-Offs: Brentford, Yeovil Town, Swindon Town and Sheffield United.

Relegated from League One: Scunthorpe United, Portsmouth, Hartlepool United and Bury.

Promoted from League Two: Gillingham, Port Vale, Rotherham United.
League Two Play-Offs: Cheltenham Town, Burton Albion, Northampton Town and Bradford City.

Link: 2012-13 Final League One Table.


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29 April 2013 : Watch The Bramall Lane Away Leg At Huish Park
Yeovil Town supporters who can't travel to Bramall Lane for Friday night's League One Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg against Sheffield United, can watch the match live with other Glovers fans at Huish Park. The club will be opening up the Alec Stock Lounge in the upstairs bar inside the Main Stand to all supporters to come and watch the game live on Sky Sports.

Admission is free of charge, and the bar will open at 6.30p.m. on Friday 3rd May with all supporters welcome.


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29 April 2013 : Merchandising For The League One Play-Offs
With Yeovil Town now turning attention to the League One Play-Off Semi-Finals, we'd also expect the club to receive a boost from increased demand for supporter merchandising. With that also will inevitably come the rogue trader - unauthorised merchandisers unconnected with the club, who we have seen in past high profile matches that will seek to line their own pockets, rather than benefit the club.

There are three recommended routes for you to get hold of Yeovil Town club merchandise. The Huish Park Club Store, which is situated under the Main Stand at Huish Park will be open during office hours and will stock plenty of Glovers gear. In addition to this, the Green and White Supporters Club have a programme shop situated on the corner of the Main Stand and the Home Terrace which will be open on matchdays.

In addition, Mark Kelly of the Away Travel Club and Paul Hadlow of the GWSC will be shortly arming themselves with flags, hats and horns that they will sell to supporters. As they're also the main contacts for two of the organisations providing travel to the game, this means that you should be able to buy from them as you board coaches for the Away Leg on Friday, as well as prior to the Home Leg next Monday. Further details on what's available should follow later in the week.

Both Mark and Paul are well-known to regular supporters, so if you're struggling to find them, just ask on the day. With the exception of the main Club Store, please do NOT buy from other outlets as the chances are that your money will not benefit the club, and may be of inferior quality. All money raised by the Green and White Supporters Club and the Away Travel Club goes straight back into the football club. If you do see any other traders in Yeovil town centre or around Bramall Lane, please dissuade your fellow supporters from buying from them and direct them to the Club Shop, Mark or Paul.

If we get any more information on what's going to be available, we'll provide another update. Meanwhile you can contact Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or reach Mark Kelly on markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk or 07939618275. Both are also providing travel to the Bramall Lane away leg. Follow the links below to place your bookings.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Sheffield United Trip.

Link: GWSC Travel To Sheffield United.

Link: Cary Glovers Travel To Sheffield United.


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28 April 2013 : Paddy Madden Gets PFA Team Of The Year Accolade
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has been included in the PFA League One Team Of The Year. The 23 year old, who finished as League One's leading goalscorer, is the only Yeovil Town player to make the squad, in a side that is dominated by AFC Bournemouth, who have three nominations, and Doncaster Rovers, who have two. Other clubs to get players included, are Swindon Town, Sheffield United, Crewe Alexandra, Notts County and Coventry City.

When added to Paddy's League One Golden Boot, and a total of six End of Season Awards, the Irishman has had a sensational season since arriving at the club from Carlisle United in October.

The full team is as follows:

Wesley Foderingham (Swindon Town)
Simon Francis (Bournemouth), Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers) , Harry Maguire (Sheffield United), Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth)
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth), Luke Murphy (Crewe Alexandra), Alan Judge (Notts County), David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers)
Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town), Leon Clarke (Coventry City)


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28 April 2013 : Cary Glovers Travel To Sheffield United
The Cary Glovers have organised travel for Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off First Leg tie against Sheffield United. The game at Bramall Lane takes place on Friday 3rd May 2013 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Their coach will leave from Wincanton at 1.00p.m., then make stops at Castle Cary at 1.15p.m. and Shepton Mallet at 1.30p.m. Please call Dan or Mike on 01963-33839 or 01963-33124 respectively. Price for the trip will be £20.00 for all supporters.

Update 29/04/2013: This coach has now filled up.


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28 April 2013 : Paddy Clinches League One Golden Boot
In the end, it became a bit of a formality rather than a tight race, but Saturday's results confirmed Paddy Madden as League One's 'Golden Boot' winner for the 2012-13 season. Making a late run for the top spot, after joining the club on loan from Carlisle United in early October, the Irishman converted his stay at the club into a permanent move on January 1st, for a fee variously reported in news sources as between £15,000 and £25,000 depending on which one you picked from.

Either way it was a bargain - he ended up as the division's leading goalscorer by a comfortable margin of four goals - 22 of them scored with Yeovil Town, plus the one he got at the start of the season whilst still on Carlisle's books. Once Coventry City's Leon Clarke dropped out with an ankle injury, the race became a bit of a stroll, despite Walsall's Will Grigg and Bournemouth's Brett Pitman both showing impressive form during 2013 to keep him on his toes.

Paddy Madden becomes only the second Yeovil Town player to win a divisional 'golden boot' since the club entered the Football League. He doesn't quite beat the 29 goals that Phil Jevons managed during the 2004-05 season, with 27 in League matches, which got him the League Two accolade, however, Paddy might fancy getting closer to that total during the next two (or hopefully three!) games during the play-offs.

The top ten, which also includes Paddy's main strike partner James Hayter, is as follows:

1 Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town) 23
2 Leon Clarke (Scunthorpe United / Coventry City) 19
2 Will Grigg (Walsall) 19
2 Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) 19
5 Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 18
6 Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) 16
6 David McGoldrick (Coventry City) 16
8 James Collins (Swindon Town) 15
9 James Hayter (Yeovil Town) 14
10 Jose Baxter (Oldham Athletic) 13
10 Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) 13
10 Billy Paynter (Doncaster Rovers) 13


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28 April 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield United
This coming Friday, we make our second journey of the 2012-13 season to Bramall Lane. Our safe assumption is there will be considerably more than the 254 that journeyed to see the January 2-0 win over Sheffield United. For those who have never been, or want a refresher course, the Ciderspace guide offers you directions, parking, ticketing, travel, club statistics and other such things to help you along the way.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield United.


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28 April 2013 : Video : Bury vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to see highlights of yesterday's trip to Bury, highlights of the 3-2 defeat have been uploaded onto the Sky Sports website. All five goals were scored down one end of the pitch, with a brace from Jonson Clarke-Harris and a third from Nicky Ajose giving Bury a 3-0 half time lead. But Yeovil Town recovered in the second half with goals from James Hayter and Kevin Dawson and these are all captured in two minutes of highlights via the link below.

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


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28 April 2013 : GWSC Travel To Sheffield United
Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off First Leg tie against Sheffield United sees the Glovers hit the road again next Friday. The game at Bramall Lane takes place on Friday 3rd May 2013 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 12.30p.m. Note that there will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion. Cost of travel will be £26.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £24.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

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

NOTE: The GWSC managed to book three coaches worth of supporters just on the return journey from Bury last night. Hence given that demand for this trip is likely to be high, please place your bookings as early as possible to allow Paul the chance to manage any additional coaches that may be needed. As with previous multi-coach bookings, please take careful note of your coach number, and try to arrive at Huish Park before the departure time, as it will help them deal with what is likely to be a busy schedule.


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28 April 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Bury Away Interview
Just before yesterday's away match against Bury at Gigg Lane kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's thoughts just before the match started, can be read via the link below.

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


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28 April 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Bury Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-2 defeat against Bury at Gigg Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

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


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27 April 2013 : Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg Ticket Prices
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off Second Leg Home Match have tonight been published by the club. The match takes place on Monday 6th May with a 1.30p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. This match will be sold as an ALL TICKET game, meaning that there will be NO ticket sales allowed from the ground on the day of the match.

Admission prices will be as per the standard League One pre-match prices. If you're unfamiliar with those, pick the first grid on the page below.

Link: 2012-13 Huish Park League Admission Prices.

Tickets will go on sale to ALL supporters from Sunday (tomorrow) at 10.00a.m. from the Huish Park Ticket Office. You can apply in person or over the phone on 01935-847888. See below for some extended opening hours that they are operating to cope with the increased demand. There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be bought, subject to the ground selling out of course!

Link: Extended Ticket Office Hours For Play-Offs And Season Tickets.

Season Ticket Holders must claim their seat/place in the ground by Tuesday 30th April, 6.00p.m. At that point, your ticket will be released into the general pool of tickets.

Sheffield United supporters have been allocated 1,500 terrace places and 495 seats for the Second Leg match and must purchase from the Bramall Lane before the day of the game.

In terms of First Leg Away Tickets at Bramall Lane, these will arrive at Huish Park on Monday 29th April. Season Ticket Holders ONLY will have priority on that day. From Tuesday 30th April, these will be put on sale to all supporters. Ticket prices are available in the article below.

Link: Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg Ticket Prices.

Finally, please remember that with Away Leg, Home Leg, and 2013-14 Season Ticket purchases all being on sale this week, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be very busy. Hence allow for a bit of queuing or hanging on the phone, when you make your purchase, and don't panic!


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27 April 2013 : Away Travel Club Plans For Sheffield United Trip
The Away Travel Club are running transport to Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg match at Bramall Lane. The match against Sheffield United takes place on Friday 3rd May 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

They will be leaving from the away end of the ground at 12.15p.m. The cost of the trip will be £22.00. All money made from the trip will be donated back to the club - past trips have helped provide training equipment for the club and players. If you want to book your place, please call Mark Kelly on 07939618275.

We will try to provide information on the GWSC travel plans in the next 24-48 hours, once they've got home from today's match and finalised their plans. If any other Bridport/Cary Glovers or similar want to get travel publicised, then drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and we'll provide details on these pages.


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27 April 2013 : Johnson: Shakers Defeat Must Serve As Warning For Play-Offs
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that this afternoon's defeat against Bury must serve as a wake-up call for his team, ahead of the League One play-offs. The Glovers went down to a 3-2 defeat against the relegated Shakers at Gigg Lane, after a miserable first half display that saw them 3-0 down after just 32 minutes of play. Two goals from Jonson Clarke-Harris and a third from Nicky Ajose meant that the game was almost out of sight at the break.

Speaking after the game, Johnson felt his team played the first half as individuals, rather than as a team, and was only content when goals from James Hayter and Kevin Dawson gave a second half respectability to the scoreline. Gary felt that with the need to keep things tight in the play-off semi-finals, they couldn't afford to do that again:

"You've got to try and go into your play-off games seeing your game. Our game is what has got us this far, but we didn't recognise our game. We were playing like individuals rather than a team and lost all thought of what we are trying to achieve. But second half we went out and became a bit more relentless and should have drawn. It was a really poor first half and we can't afford a half like that in the play-offs, so maybe it's a warning not to go into the play-offs complacent."

Attention now turns to the Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg, and next Friday night's trip to Bramall Lane. Despite being likely underdogs for the game, it's unlikely that the Glovers will be under-estimated, given that they won the January 2013 fixture there, thanks to a Paddy Madden double. Johnson felt that with Blades fans likely to be packing the ground, that his side would need to repeat that sort of performance to gain the advantage over their opponents:

"Our win at Bramhall Lane earlier in the season was one of our best and we're going to need that type of performance again because it's going to be like the play-off final up there. There will be 35,000 Sheffield fans getting behind their team and we've got to go up there and make sure we don't choke."


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27 April 2013 : Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg Ticket Prices
Yeovil Town's League One Semi-Final opponents Sheffield United have published pricing information for their First Leg match at Bramall Lane. The match takes place on Friday 3rd May 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. They have published a flat rate throughout the ground of the following:

Adults: £15.00; Concessions: £10.00 ; Under-16s: £5.00.

Concessions are available to supporters aged over-60, and those aged 16-18 years old.

Away supporters at Bramall Lane are allocated the lower tier of the Bramall Lane Stand (currently dubbed the 188Bet Stand), which houses around 3,000 spectators. The overall ground capacity is 32,702, with their top attendance being 23,431 for the April match against Brentford eleven days ago.

Ticket Availability: Tickets will arrive at Huish Park on Monday 29th April. Season Ticket Holders ONLY will have priority on that day. From Tuesday 30th April, these will be put on sale to all supporters.

NOTE: The tickets at Bramall Lane are marked as being 'allocated seating'. Thus if you want to sit with your friends/family, you may need to purchase together. In practice we may find this isn't enforced once we get inside the ground, but warn that in high capacity games, clubs often do enforce it.

A reminder that the Huish Park Ticket Office is open tomorrow from 10.00a.m. for the purchase of Home Leg play-off semi-final tickets and for those wishing to purchase 2013-14 Season Tickets. for further info, see the news items below.

Link: Yeovil Town's 2013-14 Season Ticket Package Published.

Link: Extended Ticket Office Hours For Play-Offs And Season Tickets.

Link: Play-Off Ticketing Clarifications.


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27 April 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Bury vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 3-2 defeat against Bury at Gigg Lane, 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 Bury vs Yeovil Town.


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27 April 2013 : Bury 3 Yeovil 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to defeat on their final match of the 2012-13 season, as a poor opening half hour period saw them crumble at Gigg Lane against relegated Bury. The Shakers scored three times in 32 minutes as a brace from Jonson Clarke-Harris and another from Nicky Ajose left the Glovers 3-0 down at the break. A second half comeback saw a James Hayter header and a late Kevin Dawson strike bring some respectability, whilst results elsewhere preserved a 4th place finish, giving them a two-legged semi-final against Sheffield United to come next weekend.

Link: 2012-13 Final League One Table.

Final Score: Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Jonson Clarke-Harris (1-0, 5 mins), Jonson Clarke-Harris (2-0, 25 mins), Nicky Ajose (3-0, 32 mins), James Hayter (3-1, 58 mins), Kevin Dawson (3-2, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
15. Lewis Young 2. Luke Ayling (Capt) 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 6. Dominic Blizzard
22. Kevin Dawson 20. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds (80 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams (74 mins for Joe Edwards) 29. Angelo Balanta (81 mins for Paddy Madden) 28. Melchi Emmanuel-Williamson 29. Aidan Chainey.

Bury:
30. Cameron Belford 7. David Worrall 15. Nicky Ajose 16. Efe Sodje (Capt) 17. Mark Hughes 21. Euan Holden 26. Jonson Clarke-Harris 31. Craig Fagan 32. Zac Thompson 34. Ethan Ebanks-Landell 35. Tom Soares

Substitutes:
5. Adam Lockwood 6. Ashley Eastham (85 mins for Euan Holden) 29. Tom Platt

Bury Bookings: Cameron Belford (90 mins, off the ball incident), Tom Soares (90 mins, off the ball incident)

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (56 mins, foul), Lewis Young (90 mins, off the ball incident), Dominic Blizzard (90 mins, off the ball incident), Ed Upson (90 mins, off the ball incident).

Bury Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 11; Corners: 6; Fouls: 16.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Steven Copeland (Merseyside) and Duncan Street (West Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Ben Toner (Lancashire).

Attendance: 2,440 (with 401 Yeovil supporters).


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27 April 2013 : 2012-13 League One Semi-Finals Schedule : Glovers Get Blades
With the League One season now complete, the final day scores mean that Yeovil Town will face Sheffield United in the Play-Off Semi-Finals. The Blades will host the first leg next Friday, with the return leg being played at Huish Park on the following Monday.

The matches will be played to the following schedule:

Friday 3rd May 7.45p.m. – League One First Leg : Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
Saturday 4th May 5.20p.m. – League One First Leg : Swindon Town vs Brentford

Monday 6th May 1.30p.m. – League One Second Leg : Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
Monday 6th May 4.30p.m. – League One Second Leg : Brentford vs Swindon Town

Sunday 19th May 2013 1.30p.m. : League One Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)

Link: 2012-13 Final League One Table.


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27 April 2013 : Interview With Sarah Lawler
On Friday afternoon, Yeovil Town Ladies got the welcome news from the Football Association that they had been given provisional acceptance into an expanded FA Women's Super League structure. Shortly after the news was revealed, Joint manager Sarah Lawler spoke to the BBC about the situation. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Vernon Harwood, Sarah's views are captured via the link below.

Link: Sarah Lawler Speaks To The BBC About The Ladies Acceptance Into The FA WSL.


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27 April 2013 : Team News For Bury vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's away match against Bury. The match at Gigg Lane sees Nathan Ralph drop entirely out of the squad due to a knee injury that is expected to rule him out for the play-off games. Centre-back Byron Webster's hamstring strain also means he misses out on the game.

That means that Lewis Young starts as a right-back, whilst Luke Ayling captains the side at centre-back. Dominic Blizzard comes into the side - he is expected to take the vacant left-back slot, with Joe Edwards in midfield.

The ultra-thin substitutes bench is boosted by the inclusion of two of Yeovil Town's Under-18s side, with striker Melchi Emmanuel-Williamson and midfielder Aidan Chainey given their first ever inclusions in the Glovers first team squad.

Bury's squad includes two very familiar names with 40 year old Efe Sodje captaining the Shakers side, whilst on the bench Adam Lockwood gets on the bench for the first time since suffering back and groin problems last November that had appeared to put him out for the whole season. He played 45 minutes for their Reserve Team in midweek, and is rushed back due to Bury's small squad numbers.

The teams are therefore as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
15. Lewis Young 2. Luke Ayling (Capt) 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 6. Dominic Blizzard
22. Kevin Dawson 20. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 29. Angelo Balanta 28. Melchi Emmanuel-Williamson 29. Aidan Chainey.

Bury:
30. Cameron Belford 7. David Worrall 15. Nicky Ajose 16. Efe Sodje (Capt) 17. Mark Hughes 21. Euan Holden 26. Jonson Clarke-Harris 31. Craig Fagan 32. Zac Thompson 34. Ethan Ebanks-Landell 35. Tom Soares

Substitutes:
5. Adam Lockwood 6. Ashley Eastham 29. Tom Platt


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27 April 2013 : Madden: Glovers Need To Be On Their Guard At Relegated Bury
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has said that his team mates will need to be on their guard when they take on Bury at Gigg Lane this afternoon. The final match of the standard 2012-13 season sees the Glover take on a Shakers side that is already condemned to League Two football next season. Propped up from the bottom of the League One table only by a Portsmouth side who have been hit by a points deduction, today's opponents were the first team to drop and so have already been able to readjust to the prospect of relegation.

Madden believes his own side's target is still third place, with it possible for the club to leapfrog Brentford if results go their way today. However he warns that the Glovers facing a side today that are playing without pressure, and has told BBC Somerset they will need to be wary of this:

"These are the games that you're going to have to watch out for. Teams that have nothing to play for feel more relaxed on the pitch, and then they cause you more problems sometimes. So we'll have to go out and treat it like any other game. I think at the start of the year we were one of the favourites to get relegated, so it's been a magnificent season for us. So hopefully we can finish the season off in style, and finish in third. As I said, given we were favourites to get relegated, finishing third would be a great achievement."

Last week saw Madden pick up six awards as part of the 2012-13 End of Season Awards. However, he recalls that it was a very different picture at the start of the campaign, when he was stuck further down the pecking order at Carlisle United, largely only being selected for minor cup competitions:

"The season didn't start too well, as I didn't really play during the first ten games of the season. I made one appearance (in the League) as a sub, so at that point it wasn't looking too good. But it just shows you the ups and downs of football. If you keep your head and work hard, then you'll get your rewards."

Now he stands as the top scorer in League One, and barring one of his rivals scoring four or five goals today, that's the way it will remain. Holding a four goal advantage over Walsall's Will Grigg and AFC Bournemouth's Brett Pitman, that ought to be enough to see him finish at the top, but the Irishman explains that he'd still like another goal or two, as he hasn't found the net in the last few games:

"I haven't scored in the last three games, so hopefully I can get back on the goal trail and get another one, or maybe two. I'll get as many as I can to make it harder for anyone to catch me. We've got a great group of lads here, good team spirit and a great manager and great coaches that keep us on our toes all the time and make sure that we don't get lethargic. It's a whole team effort and we're starting to see the rewards."


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26 April 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Bury
A reminder to those who are setting off to Gigg Lane tomorrow, that the Ciderspace guide to Bury is available for your use. The traditional diet of directions, parking, ticketing, travel, pub guides, statistics and other stuff can be found via the link below to help guide you around the area.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bury.


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26 April 2013 : Ladies Selected By FA For Super League Place
The FA WSL has this afternoon announced that Yeovil Town Ladies have been successful in their application to join the Women's Super League, and will take their place in the FA WSL2 in readiness for the start of the 2014-15 season.

In the statement released this afternoon the FA said:

"The adjudication process for The FA Women’s Super League from 2014 is in its final stage, with The FA today selecting 18 clubs for WSL licences. The process is now subject to The FA WSL project team working with clubs to finalise the terms and conditions of the agreements. The FA will make no further comment until this process is complete, when final confirmation will be given on all clubs that will enter FA WSL1 or FA WSL2 in 2014. This is expected to be completed in due course."

The following clubs have been selected for FA WSL1:
Arsenal Ladies FC, Birmingham City Ladies FC, Bristol Academy Women’s FC, Chelsea Ladies FC, Everton Ladies FC, Notts County Ladies FC (formerly known as Lincoln Ladies FC), Liverpool Ladies FC, Manchester City Ladies FC

The following clubs have been selected for FA WSL2:
Aston Villa Ladies FC, Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies FC, Durham Women's FC, London Bees Women's FC (Barnet FC), Millwall Lionesses FC, Oxford United Women's FC, Reading Women’s FC, Sunderland Women's FC, Watford Ladies FC, Yeovil Town Ladies FC

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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26 April 2013 : Gary Previews The Bury Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Bury at Gigg Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has spoken to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on the trip, his team selection for that game, and inevitably the play-offs, can be read via the link below.

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


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26 April 2013 : Fulham Ready To Give Burn More Loan Experience
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Dan Burn could be available for loan again for the 2013-14 season. Having been at Huish Park since the end of September 2012, the 20 year old has clocked up 38 appearances in what has been an increasingly successful stay with the Glovers. He is currently receiving treatment on an ankle injury back at Craven Cottage, but was present on Saturday to pick up the club's Young Player of the Year, as part of the End of Season Awards.

Fulham boss Martin Jol has said that the former Darlington player is still in his long term plans, but due to a large Premier League squad, he is unlikely to break into his side's first team - particularly given that Jol explains that there are at least four other players ahead of him in the pecking order. As a result, assuming they can sort out a deal that guarantees he will get games, Jol has told the Fulham Chronicle that he sees his defender getting more loan experience next season, and adds that he's had good feedback from Yeovil Town on his progress:

"They love him there and hopefully he can get fit and be involved next in the next week or so. I have four other centre-backs here and one of them can’t even get in the squad at the moment. He needs games, so this is a good chance for him, and if we get guarantees he will play he can go out on loan again."

At present Dan's participation in the League One Play-Offs hangs in the balance. Although he certainly won't be involved up at Bury this weekend, the hope is that he'll return in time for the semi-final stages, although at this stage we don't know how likely that is.


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26 April 2013 : Football League 2013-14 Season Date Planner
The Football League have issued more key dates for the 2013-14 season. Having provided the outline dates earlier this month they now have the majority of the competition dates in place for the season.

Dates are as follows - with "(w/c)" to indicate that the event will take place at some point during the week commencing the specified date.

June 17th 2013 : The First Round draw for the League Cup is published at 9.30a.m.
June 19th 2013 : The 2013-14 Football League Fixtures will be published at 9.00a.m.

August 3rd 2013 : The 2013-14 Football League Season begins
August 5th 2013 : League Cup First Round fixtures (w/c)
August 26th 2013 : League Cup Second Round fixtures (w/c)

September 2nd 2013 : Football League Trophy First Round fixtures (w/c)
September 23rd 2013 : League Cup Third Round fixtures (w/c)

October 7th 2013 : Football League Trophy Second Round fixtures (w/c)
October 28th 2013 : League Cup Fourth Round fixtures (w/c)

November 9th 2013 : FA Cup First Round (Yeovil Town not in this round)
November 11th 2013 : Football League Trophy Area Quarter-Final fixtures (w/c)

December 7th 2013 : FA Cup Second Round (Yeovil Town not in this round)
December 9th 2013 : Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final fixtures (w/c)
December 16th 2013 : League Cup Fifth Round fixtures (w/c)

December 21st 2013 : Football League Christmas Holidays Designated Fixture Date
December 26th 2013 : Football League Christmas Holidays Designated Fixture Date
December 29th 2013 : Football League Christmas Holidays Designated Fixture Date
January 1st 2014 : Football League Christmas Holidays Designated Fixture Date

January 4th 2014 : FA Cup Third Round
January 6th 2014 : League Cup Semi-Final First Leg (w/c)
January 20th 2014 : League Cup Semi-Final Second Leg (w/c)
January 25th 2014 : FA Cup Fourth Round

February 3rd 2014 : Football League Trophy Area Final First Leg (w/c) (provisional date)
February 15th 2014 : FA Cup Fifth Round
February 17th 2014 : Football League Trophy Area Final Second Leg (w/c) (provisional date)

March 2nd 2014 : League Cup Final (at Wembley Stadium)
March 8th 2014 : FA Cup Sixth Round
March 30th 2014 : Football League Trophy Final (at Wembley Stadium)

April 12th 2014 : FA Cup Semi-Final (both at Wembley Stadium)
May 17th 2014 : FA Cup Final (at Wembley Stadium)
May 24th 2014 : Divisional Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)
May 25th 2014 : Divisional Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)
May 26th 2014 : Divisional Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)

As before, we'll pin this news item to the 'Forthcoming Fixtures' section of the Ciderspace Home Page to allow easy reference in the coming months.

Update: 25/05/2013: League Cup First Round draw and FA Cup dates added.


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26 April 2013 : Battle Of The Bare Benches At Bury
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will be selecting from a minimal squad when his side travel to Bury tomorrow for the final game of the standard 2012-13 season. With the Glovers having already qualified for the League One play-offs, but with a relatively long injury list, the Glovers boss is not prepared to risk putting any players into the side that he sees as borderline for the game.

That means that players such as Jamie McAllister (ankle), Byron Webster (hamstring), Matthew Dolan (knee), Nathan Ralph (knee) and Dan Burn (ankle) will all be left at home. Johnson explains that he is not prepared to put any of those players into the squad, in case they aggravate their current problems:

"We'll only be taking three outfield players for the bench, along with the goalkeeper. We can't afford anyone who is remotely injured to be anywhere near the game. We're giving our injured players relentless treatment - morning, noon and night - in the hope that we can put out what we hope is our best squad for the play-off games."

Despite the lack of numbers, it appears that the Glovers could end up with more players on it than their hosts Bury. The relegated Shakers, who have spent most of 2013 under a transfer embargo, could only name 13 players in their last match - which included 40 year old former Glovers defender Efe Sodje as a substitute, despite it being more or less taken that this will be his last season at Gigg Lane. Bury's last 13 players standing will be reduced further with the news that full-back Carl Regan and midfielder Tom Soares, who both played in their last match, will miss the match with hamstring problems. Similarly midfielder Valery Mezague will need a fitness test on a knee problem. Boss Kevin Blackwell is praying that Mark Carrington (ankle) and David Healy (calf) will be fit, and admits that he may need to name former Glover Adam Lockwood on the bench despite him having been out since last November with groin and back problems. All in all, Blackwell may struggle to find 11 senior players capable of lasting 90 minutes.

In terms of the Glovers, Gary Johnson is hoping that his club's lengthy injury list will subside by the time they play their first play-off semi-final match in around seven or eight days time. However, he is also hoping that some of his fringe players set up to the plate and stake their own claim for a place in the side if those regular first teamers don't make it for the big games:

"We're hoping to have more players available to us, come the play-offs. We are working very hard to get some of our stalwart players that have been regulars back in the team. However, the squad members and the players that have just come into the side have got every chance to stake a bit of a claim for themselves. Certainly they can stake a claim for a two-legged semi-final, and maybe a Wembley final if we're lucky. So the boys that are coming into the side have got to compete as if this is their cup final, because they would love to be part of the play-offs."


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25 April 2013 : Glovers Youth Pair Trial For City
Former Yeovil Town Under-18s players Mitch Brundle and Elliott Nelson turned out for relegated Championship side Bristol City's Development Squad this afternoon. The pair took part in an Under-21 Professional Development League game against Brighton and Hove Albion, having left the Glovers at the end of the 2012-13 season.

As yet no formal announcements have been made about the club's Scholars that have been part of the Under-18 side this season, although our understanding is that there are no offers on the table at present. Goalkeeper Matt Cafer has been training with the club's first team, but the remainder of the youth team have begun the search for new clubs. With no Centre of Excellence side next season, all Youth-related activities have quietly fizzled out.

Mitch started for Bristol City's Under-21s today, in a 1-0 defeat for the Robins, whilst Elliott was on the bench - it would appear that both were in the side as trialists. They came up against former Glovers loan midfielder Rohan Ince who has signed for the Seagulls. Substitute Brennan Dickenson separated the two sides with his 68th minute goal. The best of luck to Mitch and Elliott (and other Under-18s who are club-hunting at present) with their trial.

Bristol City Under-21s: 1. Lewis Carey 2. Pierce Mitchel 3. Tom King 4. Wade Joyce 5. Jack Batten 6. Mitch Brundle 7. Wes Burns 8. Luke Dobie 9. Tobi Ajala 10. Kevin Krans 11. Lewis Hall.

Subs: 12. Jamie Horgan 13. Dylan Castanheira 14. Chris Abbott 15. Elliott Nelson 16. Rhys Jordan.


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25 April 2013 : Play-Off Ticketing Clarifications
To clarify a few points concerning the purchasing of ticket for the matches, we're providing some additional information to help supporters. Existing 2012-13 Season Ticket Holders must pay for their Play-Off Semi-Final tickets, as the gate is shared between the two clubs (as per a cup match) but their Home Leg seats/places will be reserved until 6.00p.m. on Tuesday. So if you are a Season Ticket Holder, please have your ticket card handy when you make your purchase so the Ticket Office can pick out your seat/place. If you do not make your purchase by Tuesday night, your seat/place will be released into general sale.

For non-season ticket holders, all other Home Leg tickets are on General Sale from Sunday morning. There are no limits on the numbers of tickets that can be purchased by supporters - subject to ground capacity and availability, of course! Either visit in person or call them on 01935-847888.

Regarding Away Leg tickets, the club cannot publicise any arrangement for these until their opponents are known. However, once they've spoken to their opponents, and sorted out any courier needed to deliver the allocation to Huish Park, arrangements will be made public. Allow a day or so for this to happen.

Similarly, the Admission Prices for both legs will not be known until Yeovil Town know who they are playing. Again expect these to follow soon after the final League Table is published.

Those supporters wanting Bury tickets can order in person or over the phone until lunchtime on Friday 26th April. Otherwise you can purchase from Gigg Lane on the day.

The Ticket Office will also be accepting applications for 2013-14 Season Tickets under the package that was announced earlier this month, which allows fans to purchase tickets at this year's prices. This offer will run until the end of Tuesday 30th April 2013, so fill in your application forms as soon as possible, and get them across to the Ticket Office. If you're applying in person, then make sure you've filled in the form as much as possible before you get there to save yourself time. If you can get them across before Sunday, you may be saving yourself a bit of queuing.

Finally bear in mind that the Ticket Office is likely to become very busy over the coming week, and so some patience may be required.

We'll obviously provide more updates on what will undoubtedly be a fast-moving evolving topic once we get beyond Saturday tea-time.

Link: Yeovil Town's 2013-14 Season Ticket Package Published.

Link: Extended Ticket Office Hours For Play-Offs And Season Tickets.

Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bury.


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25 April 2013 : Dan Burn Getting Premier Rehab
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that keeping central defender Dan Burn at his parent club whilst he recovers from ankle ligament damage will give him the best chance possible of playing some part in the League One play-offs. The Fulham loanee suffered an injury in a recent away match against Stevenage, and although he had already picked up a two match suspension during that game, the problem would have kept him out of the last two games anway.

Burn returned to Craven Cottage to get his treatment from Fulham's medical staff, and speaking to BBC Somerset this week, Gary believes the player is getting a level of rehabilitation that he could never have got at Huish Park:

"Dan Burn is getting Premier League treatment at Fulham. He wouldn't get it here! But they've got all of the proper equipment that a Premier League club has. So he's got much more of a chance being rehabilitated at Fulham. So he's down there, and he's desperate to play in the play-offs. Fulham want him to play in the play-offs, and that's good news for us. They're doing all they can to make sure that he's fit."

Since arriving at the club last September, Burn has been a regular in the Yeovil Town starting line-up, having notched up 38 appearances for the club - all as starts. Having previously only experienced first team football with Darlington, that's been a big leap for him in his aims to ultimately break into his parent club's first team. Johnson felt that it was unfortunate timing that having been such a prominent part of Yeovil's success this season that he was in danger of missing the best bit:

"He was very unlucky. It was the third from last game of the season, when he took his knock at Stevenage. Yet he'd played all season. He'd played very well and he got our Young Player of the Year. So the fans took to him, and he's taken to the club, to us and our tactics. Fulham have been very happy with the whole situation. So of course when you come to the end of the season you want to see it through. To play in the play-offs, and maybe a Wembley Final is fantastic for a 19 or 20 year old."

Speaking about a couple of the other injuries reported upon earlier in the week, Gary explained that Nathan Ralph's knee damage was a repeat of the problems that had seen him out for three months at the tail end of 2012. Given that it had flared up again, Gary said that was why Ralph was unlikely to make it back in time for the play-offs:

"Nathan Ralph's was an injury that he collected earlier on in the season, and he's been out for quite some time. We're trying to get him back in, but he had a little bit of a relapse with his injury, and I don't think he'll be anywhere near the play-offs."

Finally, Gary said that Byron Webster's hamstring problem had been something that they'd been monitoring for a couple of weeks, but that he hadn't done too much damage to it in Saturday's home game against Crewe Alexandra. Gary said that they would wait until the end of the week before deciding whether to put him into the squad for the trip to Bury:

"Webby was only a slight hamstring and we're hoping that he should be okay by the time the play-offs come around. We don't know if we will definitely rest him this weekend. We're going to wait and see how he is. He's felt a little bit tight on his hamstring for a couple of weeks. We've taken him out of training, so now we'll decide whether we take him out of the game, or whether we need to play him in the game."


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24 April 2013 : Trust Aims To Fill The Gap
Yeovil Town's Community Sports Trust have issued a statement today, indicating that they are looking into potentially widening the scope of their work within the town and surrounding area. Earlier this month, Yeovil Town announced that it was closing down their Centre of Excellence entirely, which had followed a decision during the previous summer to downgrade the set-up.

When the Centre of Excellence's more junior sides were disbanded, the Community Sports Trust set up a replacement Development Centre structure which started in September 2012. In the meantime, the Centre of Excellence continued to run with a solitary Under-18s side, covering the club's two year scholarship for 16 to 18 year olds.

Now the CoE Under-18s scheme has also ended, the Trust's statement reaffirms its commitment to their existing Development Centre structure, but Community Trust Joint Manager Sara Bradley has explained that they are looking into what resources would be needed to extend that to cover the 16 to 18 year old gap. Sara explains:

"Last year the Trust set up an Advanced Development Centre which enabled children from the previous Centre of Excellence setup as well as children from our existing Development Centres the opportunity to continue to receive high quality football training whilst also representing their local professional club. By maintaining these centres, we are not only providing these children with value for money professional football coaching, we are also teaching them the necessary life skills that are required in society today as well as making them feel part of the Club."

Plans to cover the older age range are not in concrete yet. However, Sara adds that it is something the Trust is looking into over the coming weeks and months to see what can be done for those 16 year olds who might have previously graduated into the main scholarship scheme:

"We are currently looking at ways to provide footballing opportunities for 16-18 year olds; however we need to make sure that we not only have the correct procedures and resources in place, but also make sure that whatever we decide to do is sustainable before we make any decisions. However, we will continue to work hard in order to achieve our objectives and continue to provide opportunities for children within Yeovil and the surrounding areas."

Any queries regarding the Trust's existing set-up can be directed to Sara or any of the other staff on their website's contact page.


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24 April 2013 : Officials For Bury vs Yeovil Town
Officials for this weekend's League One away match between Bury and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Gigg Lane on Saturday 27th April 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

We last had Mr Whitestone in February 2013 for the home League One match against Scunthorpe United. How do we judge this performance? With green-tinted spectacles we could call him the best referee in the country, after he gave two key decisions in our favour. Trying to be a bit more neutral, we will admit that his failure to penalise Byron Webster for his first half tackle on Akpo Sodje raised a few eyebrows - it could have been a red card for a professional foul, but he kindly waved play on, and Scunny manager Brian Laws got his marching orders for telling the referee what he thought of the decision at the half time break.

Then in the second half, Callum Kennedy's tackle on Sam Foley inside the box also went in our favour, as Mr Whitestone pointed to the penalty spot. Video replays suggested it was a fair tackle. Brian Laws livid after the match? Unsurprisingly, having had time to view the incidents on the DVD he wasn't too impressed. A rather honest Byron Webster admitted that Laws had a right to be annoyed in his post-match interview. So all in all, a 'good' performance from Mr Whitestone from our point of view, and a 'bad' one if you were an Iron fan.

Before that, we saw him in October 2011 when he took charge of the home 0-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town. He doesn't appear to have caused too much major controversy during the game, although when three of the match's four bookings come from dissent it suggests that the players may not have been 100 percent happy with what was going on. However certainly his performance didn't influence the game significantly.

The same can't be said for his November 2010 visit to The Valley when he took charge of Charlton Athletic's 3-2 win over the Glovers. During this match, he sent two players off, with Christian Dailly given a second half red card that was followed 12 minutes later by Paul Huntington getting his marching orders.

This was one of the worst refereeing performances we saw during the 2010-11 season - both dismissals were extremely dubious - Dailly's challenge on Sam Williams didn't look like a red even for those of us wearing green'n'white. The later decision to send off Huntington looked like a referee doing his best to 'correct' his earlier error. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton said after the game that he felt the referee had got it wrong on both counts, and we'd tend to agree. Overall, Mr Whitestone made a pig's ear of the game, summed up by five further bookings across both sides, and not a single one of the yellows involving a foul.

Prior to that, we had him for a January 2009 home game against Scunthorpe United. Skiverton will remember that game well - he got sent off during the first half after Mr Whitestone deemed that he'd used his elbow on a Scunny player. That controversial decision inevitably had an influence on the result, although the visitors were on their way to promotion from League One.

The aforementioned penalty decision came in the August 2008 home match against Leeds United, and this was controversial even with green-tinted spectacles on, although it was about time that we had one. However, despite us being particularly grateful for any small gifts that might come our way, the rest of his performance wasn't too clever, clocking up eight bookings in the match, but subsequently bottling several opportunities to produce second yellow cards for a number of Leeds players. Whilst that left us displeased, Leeds were just as miffed, calling Whitestone 'embarrassing'. Probably the one criticism that both camps would agree on was that Whitestone failed to be firm in his early decisions, and thus created a rod for his own back.

We then had the dubious pleasure of Mr Whitestone back on New Year's Day 2008 when he took part in the 1-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road. Whilst the 1-0 scoreline flattered the Glovers, who were outplayed from start to finish by a Luton side about to be broken up after going into administration, the performance of Whitestone left a nasty taste in the mouth. Card-happy and inclined to be influenced heavily by what the crowd told him to do, he red-carded Paul Warne late on in the game for a trivial second bookable offence when far worse tackles from the home side had gone unpunished.

Thankfully his two other appearances in Yeovil Town Football League games are more anonymous, in September 2007 at home to Leyton Orient, where he was quite free with the yellow cards, and back in September 2006 when Crewe Alexandra were the visitors.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Steven Copeland (Merseyside) and Duncan Street (West Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Ben Toner (Lancashire).

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Scunthorpe United 0.

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: November 2010 : Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 2.

Link: August 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 1.

Link: January 2008 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link:September 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.


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23 April 2013 : Point Needed For Second Leg Home Advantage
Yeovil Town will travel to Bury on Saturday knowing that a draw would guarantee them a useful home advantage in the Second Leg of the League One Play-Off Semi-Finals. Tonight's three League One fixtures all ended up with 1-0 home wins, including Crewe Alexandra's victory over Sheffield United which leaves the Blades on a run of just one win in seven matches, and in sixth position in the table.

Theoretically, Yeovil Town could still finish in any of the four play-off spots at the end of the season, but if they get a draw or a win at Gigg Lane, then both Swindon Town and Sheffield United would be unable to catch them, thus guaranteeing a third or fourth place finish. If that happened, then Yeovil's First Leg would be away from home, with the Second Leg played at Huish Park.

Current table positions would pair Yeovil with Swindon for a play-off semi-final, although given that only goal difference separates the Robins and the Blades, and both teams could still overhaul the Glovers on goal difference, don't read into that too much as yet.

The historic benchmark for Yeovil Town is the 5th place finish they managed during the 2006-07 season. Thus a draw against Bury would ensure that record was broken. However, if they get three points in that match, then they would reach 80 points, beating the 2006-07 points tally by a single point.

Obviously during Saturday's match we'll try to make as much sense of table positions as we can via our Twitter account, but until 5.00p.m. Saturday it seems that nothing can be ruled in or ruled out at this stage in terms of opponents or home/away scheduling.

Key Final Day Fixtures:
Brentford vs Doncaster Rovers
Bury vs Yeovil Town
Scunthorpe United vs Swindon Town
Sheffield United vs Preston North End

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Link: Play-Off Schedule To Hinge On Blades Position.


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23 April 2013 : Ralph Unlikely To Make Play-Offs
Saturday's final home League One match against Crewe Alexandra saw a bit of chaos as far as injuries and substitutions were concerned. By the time the Glovers were 48 minutes into the 1-0 win at Huish Park, they'd already been forced into all three substitution, with only one unused outfield player left on the bench. Added to that, the match referee Brendan Malone had also got injured and had to be replaced by Fourth Official Adam Bromley.

In terms of those who were substituted on Saturday, BBC Sport journalist Caroline Chapman tweets that she's been to Huish Park today and has spoken to manager Gary Johnson. The bad news is that it looks like full-back Nathan Ralph's knee injury is likely to keep him out of the play-off matches. However, central defender Byron Webster's problem is considered to be a 'slight hamstring' strain. As such, Johnson is hopeful that he'll recover in time for the two play-off semi-final matches, which take place in around 10-13 days time.

There's no word at present on why Angelo Balanta was taken off early in the second half, but his withdrawal appeared to be precautionary - he'd been seen at half time doing a mini fitness test - we'd assume therefore that this was a case of the club being ultra-careful with him. As for the others, Matthew Dolan (knee) and Daniel Burn (ankle) were both at Huish Park on Saturday, and were seen taking part in some of Dave Linney's half time commercial activities, which suggests that the club haven't given up on them being available for the play-offs. Johnson appeared to be slightly more optimistic of Burn's chances in his pre-match interview than he had been in last Thursday's interview. Club captain Jamie McAllister should be available for the semi-finals - Gary's pre-match Saturday interview said he regarded his non-selection a case of reducing risks regarding his ankle problem, rather than him being wholly unavailable.

Charlton Athletic striker Jordan Cook's one month loan at the club has now quietly expired, with no sign of his knee problem sorting itself out, and so it can probably be assumed that his one substitute appearance against Swindon Town, bringing him just 29 minutes worth of football at the club, will not be added to. In theory the club could make use of Reuben Reid, whose loan spell with Plymouth Argyle ends on Saturday - so far he's scored just twice in 17 starts for the Pilgrims. When he returns he will be eligible for selection, but given that his name was removed from the club's squad list in the matchday programme and the club's website, it's questionable whether he will be considered.


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23 April 2013 : Post-Crewe Interview With Joe Edwards
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park, Yeovil Town full-back/midfielder Joe Edwards spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Pete Simson, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Joe's views on his winning goal, the play-offs, and the club's End of Season awards can be read via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Crewe.


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23 April 2013 : Marek Given Football League Nomination
The Football League have included goalkeeper Marek Stech in their Team of the Week. Like the Sky Sports line-up that was published yesterday, they have included him following his performance in the 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra that saw him make a number of excellent saves.

Perhaps surprisingly, given the season that he has had, which saw him pick up three end of season awards, this is only Marek's second nomination of the season with the last coming all the way back in August. He takes his place in the following team:

Marek Stech (Yeovil Town)
Gary Liddle (Notts County) Aden Flint (Swindon Town) Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient) Tom Newey (Scunthorpe United)
Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) Joss Labadie (Notts County) Harry Arter (AFC Bournemouth) Gary Roberts (Swindon Town)
Febian Brandy (Walsall) Brett Pitman (AFC Bournemouth)

The full list of 2012-13 Football League nominations for Yeovil Town players are as follows:

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
9) 20/10/2012 : Korey Smith (vs Bury Home W2-1).
10) 27/10/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Crewe Alexandra Away W1-0)
11) 10/11/2012 : Luke Ayling (vs Hartlepool United Home W1-0)
12) 29/12/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Portsmouth Away W2-1)
13) 12/01/2013 : Matthew Dolan (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
14) 12/01/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
15) 12/01/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
16) 02/02/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
17) 02/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
18) 09/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Coventry Away W1-0)
19) 16/02/2013 : Byron Webster (vs Scunthorpe United Home W3-0)
20) 16/02/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Scunthorpe United Home W3-0)
21) 02/03/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Tranmere Rovers Home W1-0)
22) 23/03/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Carlisle United D3-3)
23) 06/04/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Shrewsbury Town W2-1)
24) 13/04/2013 : Sam Foley (vs Stevenage W2-0)
25) 20/04/2013 : Marek Stech (vs Crewe Alexandra W1-0)


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23 April 2013 : Williams Unimpressed With Ladies Defeat
Yeovil Town Ladies' quest for a fourth place finish in this season's FA Women's Premier League, Southern Division took a denting on Sunday following a 1-0 defeat at strugglers Lewes Ladies. Joint Glovers boss Nigel Williams was disappointed with the result, saying that it was a poor day all round for his team.

"I have taken youth sides in the Somerset leagues that have played on better surfaces than we played on today," he said after the game. "It was a very disappointing performance on an even more disappointing pitch. It is a long way to travel to play on an inadequate surface for this league."

Going on to describe a seemingly pointless game, Williams said that both sides were unable to perform in what were quite appalling playing conditions:

"The match started with a fast attack down the right. Just as we had control the right winger for Lewes did well to stretch and scoop a cross into the box. Our ‘keeper Beth (Howard) saved the resulting shot (from Kasia Viggor) and much to our disbelief Lewes were given a goal. 1-0. That’s the way it finished. What more can I say?"

"No excuses, we should have put away our chances, with three or four clear cut opportunities wasted. It was a difficult ground to play on. The ball was bouncing all over the place. When we put Laura Bray through ten minutes after they had scored she cleared the ‘keeper with a great lob and the ball bounced on the six yard line. However, it then cleared the crossbar by about twelve inches. Crazy!"

"You can probably tell I am not happy coming away from a game that we should have obtained three points. The game was just a nothing. It had both teams missing out their midfields and just trying to put the ball in behind the defence. We tried to play, but the ball was going all over the place. I will admit that they were quicker to the ball, and seemed to have a bit more passion than we did. However, when they got the ball they just tried to put it over the top and had their striker run onto it."

"Our defence had to clear the ball as soon as they could, but that meant getting their foot under the ball and leathering it out of defence. This resulted in the ball being placed into the air. It then bounced, came into play again and both teams may as well have had an attacking group of players and a defending formation. Forget midfield, they had to watch the ball going over them most of the game."

"Onward and upward is all I have to say. The quicker I can forget our trip to Lewes the better for me. This was not our game today. I must add that the manager of Lewes and the team gave us a good welcome and after the game came up and apologised for the refereeing standard and the decisions today. Credit goes to him and them as a squad. I hope they have a good end to their season."

Final Score: Lewes Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.

Goals: 0-1 (Kasia Viggor)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Howard, Brazell, Edwards, Williams, Keehan, Pearson, Radburn, Whitton, Cooke, Cornwall (Osman – 70), Bray

Substitutes Not Used: Nadine Grogan, Abi Locke

Referee: Paul Rowe (Sussex)

Next Match: Away at West Ham United Ladies (Thurrock FC - RM19 1YN) FA Women's Premier League. 28 April 2013, 2.00pm kick off.

[Report by Nigel Williams - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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22 April 2013 : Sky Stick Stech In Team Of The Week
The Sky Sports website has included Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech in their Team of the Week for the weekend just gone. The Czech Republic keeper made a number of stunning saves during the game. Sky's assessment of his game even excludes what we saw as being the pick of the bunch - a second half block low down to his right that denied Crewe Alexandra's Chuks Aneke when many fans thought the ball had landed in the back of the net. Sky have this to say about Stech's performance:

"The Yeovil goalkeeper was in imperious form in the 1-0 victory against a dogged Crewe side, producing a string of fine saves from Bryan Moore, Max Clayton and Matt Tootle, all in the first half. Injuries to key defenders in the second half meant that the home side had to make-do with a makeshift backline, but Stech continued to frustrate Alex with his form to help the Glovers secure a vital three points, which cemented their position in the play-offs, and keeps them in with a chance of snatching a third place finish."

Their team of the week also includes former Glovers centre-back Efe Sodje who is on the books of Saturday's opponents Bury although his next game at Gigg Lane is expected to be his last for the Shakers. Sky had this to say about his performance:

"The veteran defender rolled back the years to net a late equaliser against Walsall that rescued a point for already-relegated Bury, who only sit second bottom due to Portsmouth's 10-point deduction for financial problems. Sodje used all of his 40 years of experience to keep play-off chasing Walsall at bay, and give the beleaguered Shakers something to smile about after a tumultuous couple of months has left them facing an uncertain future, summed up by the fact they were only able to field two substitutes at the Banks's Stadium"

Their full team reads as follows:

Marek Stech - Yeovil Town
Shaun Cooper - Portsmouth
Dean Leacock - Notts County
Efe Sodje - Bury
Aden Flint - Swindon
Joss Labadie - Notts County
Jeffrey Monakana - Preston
Dean Cox - Leyton Orient
Jed Wallace - Portsmouth
Brett Pitman - Bournemouth
Matt Smith - Oldham


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22 April 2013 : Play-Off Schedule To Hinge On Blades Position
The Football League have now finalised, more or less, the scheduling of ties for the 2012-13 Play-Off Semi-Finals. There is one outstanding issue that needs to be sorted out, due to a regional policing issue in Sheffield, that affects Sheffield United's participation in the play-offs.

Due to Sheffield Wednesday playing a Championship Division match at home to Middlesbrough on the final day of their division, on Saturday 4th May, the League have agreed that if Sheffield United finish in 5th or 6th then their first leg match must be played on the Friday night. Whoever doesn't play Sheffield United will play Saturday teatime and Monday teatime.

The usual rules on home/away scheduling will apply. Teams finishing 5th/6th in the table will play their First Leg at home. The teams finishing 3rd/4th in the final table will play their Second Leg at home.

The detailed scheduling reads as follows:

Thursday 2nd May 7.45p.m. – League Two Tie A First Leg (7th vs 4th)
Thursday 2nd May 7.45p.m. – League Two Tie B First Leg (6th vs 5th)

Friday 3rd May 7.45p.m. – League One Tie A First Leg (6th vs 3rd unless Sheffield United finish 5th)
Saturday 4th May 5.20p.m. – League One Tie B First Leg (5th vs 4th)

Sunday 5th May 12.00 noon – League Two Tie A Second Leg (4th vs 7th)
Sunday 5th May 6.45p.m. – League Two Tie B Second Leg (5th vs 6th)

Monday 6th May 1.30p.m. – League One Tie A Second Leg (3rd vs 6th unless Sheffield United finish 5th)
Monday 6th May 4.30p.m. – League One Tie B Second Leg (4th vs 5th)

Thursday 9th May 7.45p.m. - Championship Tie A First Leg
Friday 10th May 7.45p.m. - Championship Tie B First Leg

Sunday 12th May 12.30p.m. - Championship Tie A Second Leg
Sunday 13th May 7.45p.m. - Championship Tie B Second Leg

The dates for the three divisional Play-Off Finals were already cast in stone, due to the need to book Wembley Stadium, however the Football League have now set firm kick-off times. These are as follows:

Saturday 18th May 2013 1.30p.m. : League Two Play-Off Final
Sunday 19th May 2013 1.30p.m. : League One Play-Off Final
Monday 27th May 2013 3.00p.m. : Championship Division Play-Off Final


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22 April 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Crewe Home Interview
Just before Saturday's match against Crewe Alexandra kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Gary talks about injury problems, the role he hopes that Vitalijs Maksimenko may be able to play for the club, and his side's position in the play-off spots.

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


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21 April 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra, the Sky Sports website has uploaded the weekend League One highlights. Watch the goal from Joe Edwards, the off the line clearance that denied Luke Ayling his first ever goal, plus a string of brilliant saves from Marek Stech, by heading to the link below. As always, you'll need to have a UK internet subscription to be able to see the clip.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra Match Highlights.


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21 April 2013 : Yeovil 1 Crewe 0 : Edwards Early Strike Seals Home Win
Yeovil Town won their final home match of the standard 2012-13 season, as they defeated Crewe Alexandra by a single goal. You had to be in the ground on time to witness it, with Joe Edwards netting after just 51 seconds as he shot low into the bottom left hand corner to give an ultra early lead. That was the way the match was won as well, with the only downside of the afternoon being a hamstring injury for Byron Webster, followed by a knee injury for Nathan Ralph that will undoubtedly put both on the treatment table over the coming week. Bournemouth's 3-1 win today means that the Glovers will have to battle for promotion through the play-offs, but at least the remainder of the walking wounded proved that they could cope with a decent passing Crewe side.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up following the midweek defeat at Oldham Athletic. Nathan Ralph came in as a left-back, as Angelo Balanta dropped to the bench, whilst Vitalijs Maksimenko was given a home debut in preference to Richard Hinds. Only five players were named on the bench, with Jamie McAllister being left out of the matchday squad, whilst Dominic Blizzard's illness continued to keep him out of the side.

Hopefully all of the 5,293 spectators had set up their positions in the ground before referee Brendan Malone started the match - if not then they would have been left rather disappointed. As the Glovers took the kick-off, they managed to also take the lead, just 51 seconds into the match. Luke Ayling's ball up field was chested down by James Hayter and into the path of Joe Edwards, who raced forward and fired the ball into the bottom left hand corner for a sensational start to the match.

This was a fairly open half of football in which Crewe played their part though, with Marek Stech forced to brilliantly palm a Kelvin Mellor effort over his bar, following some very clever one-touch return play from Crewe that allowed him to break into the box. At the other end Abdul Osman gave the ball away to Paddy Madden, but the Glovers top scorer rather scuffed his shot wide from the edge of the box.

Yeovil suffered a double blow during six crazy minutes midway through the half that disrupted the flow of the game. Bradden Inman's pace left the Glovers back line stretched - literally - as he powered his way through the middle. His shot eventually cut wide of the target, but not without cost, as Byron Webster's attempts to keep up with him saw him immediately pull up in pain, clutching his hamstring. Physio Mike Micciche immediately signalled for a sub, with Lewis Young replacing him as Luke Ayling switched into the centre.

Things then went from bad to worse, as Nathan Ralph went down, needing treatment on his knee before being helped off the field. With Angelo Balanta replacing him, that meant that Joe Edwards had to switch to the left-back position, as Kevin Dawson moved more centrally as the eleven players shuffled again. Further disruption took place when referee Brendan Malone went off with his own hamstring problem, replaced by fourth official Adam Bromley. During these delays the home support chanted "Bring on the Skivo" - with the assistant manager feigning to pull off his tracksuit top - if Yeovil get many more injuries between now and the play-offs, that might become a more serious question!

Unsurprisingly, the double change didn't help the game, although the Glovers were largely on top in terms of the balance. James Hayter put into the side netting. Then Angelo Balanta's weaving run into the box, as he cut in from the wing produced a cross/shot that flew across the face of an open goal, with Hayter inches away from connecting with Crewe's keeper stranded at his near post. Kevin Dawson then fired over the bar. Crewe were not out of the game though, and Max Clayton had two good attempts - one that forced Marek Stech into a strong save low down to his left, and another that was not quite so accurate. Despite a bobbly uneven pitch, both sides were doing their best to play it along the deck in an open half.

The second period opened with yet another injury. Angelo Balanta had been engaged in some half time stretching, watched closely by the Glovers coaching staff - when three minutes had passed, they obviously decided that whatever the problem was, it wasn't worth risking, and he was replaced by Gavin Williams as the final Yeovil substitution, with just 48 minutes gone.

Not too surprisingly, Yeovil appeared to play a little within themselves during the second period - they couldn't afford a fourth injury! With Crewe stuck in a solid midtable position they didn't have too much to play for either, although that still didn't stop them from showing some serious intent. They looked to be level when Chuks Aneke fired low to the bottom left of goal from close range. The net rippled, but that was only by the momentum of Marek Stech's body, as he flung himself to his right, brilliantly saving for one of his best of the season so far - and that's saying something.

At the other end, Yeovil's best chances came from set pieces. A Gavin Williams attempt deflected through the bottom of the Crewe wall, but ended up going wide for a corner. From that move, Luke Ayling was inches away from finally opening up his Yeovil tally - a bullet header that had easily beaten Crewe keeper Steve Phillips, but didn't allow for defender Matt Tootle being on the goal line - heading the attempt away as the home terrace prepared to celebrate.

With Bournemouth having taken a 3-1 lead against Carlisle down at Dean Court, there was no further need for the Glovers to stretch themselves. Play-off place already guaranteed, but the Cherries win putting them top of the division meant that was as far as they could go. Far better to just play the game out with the single goal victory, and hope that those knocks to Byron Webster, Nathan Ralph and Angelo Balanta do not turn out to be too serious. We could be seeing some 'squad rotation' next weekend at Bury in order to protect those players and give them maximum recovery time for the big games in a fortnight's time.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Crewe Alexandra 0.

Scorers: Joe Edwards (1-0, 1 min)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 16. Nathan Ralph
22. Kevin Dawson 20. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams (48 for Angelo Balanta) 15. Lewis Young (20 mins for Byron Webster) 29. Angelo Balanta (26 mins for Nathan Ralph)

Crewe Alexandra:
1. Steve Phillips 14. Kelvin Mellor 5. Mark Ellis 3. Harry Davis 2. Matt Tootle 31. Bradden Inman 19. Abdul Osman 11. Byron Moore 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 7. Max Clayton 26. Chuks Aneke

Substitutes:
13. Alan Martin 12. Oliver Turton (86 mins for Max Clayton) 17. George Ray 23. Michael West 27. Ryan Colclough (63 mins for Chuks Aneke) 32. Nathan Ellington (65 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 34. Kevin Stewart

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (73 mins, foul)

Crewe Bookings: Harry Davis (77 mins, foul/dissent), Abdul Osman (84 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 15.

Crewe Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 10; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistants: Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Dan Robathan (Surrey). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).

Attendance: 5,293 (with 188 Crewe fans).


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21 April 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Crewe Home Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Pete Simson, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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20 April 2013 : Ups'n'Downs
With all League One fixtures played on the penultimate Saturday of the 2012-13 season, many of the final positions in third tier football are starting to be firmed up. We've already known a few of the relegation slots, but AFC Bournemouth became the first team to get promoted - their 3-1 win over Carlisle United ensured that they will play in the Championship division next season.

They will now be joined by one of Doncaster Rovers or Brentford, with Donny holding a two point advantage going into the final day of the season. The twist in the tale is that the two sides play each other at Griffin Park next Saturday. The maths is pure and simple - if Donny win or draw, they will take the final automatic position, but if the Bees make the best of home advantage, then Donny will go into the play-off lottery.

Aside from the question of whether Donny or Brentford will compete in the play-offs, the other three play-off teams are now firmly known. Swindon Town and Sheffield United will compete with Yeovil Town in the two-legged semi-finals, along with one of Donny or the Bees. At present, the question of who will play who looks set to go to the final set of games, and we will know a little more after the Blades play their midweek catch-up game against Crewe Alexandra. At present the table positions would pitch us against Swindon, but it's all too tight to call, and may even come down to goal difference, particularly in the case of ourselves and the Blades.

At the bottom, Lee Johnson's Oldham Athletic guaranteed their safety with a 2-1 win over Crawley Town this afternoon. That leaves Scunthorpe United and Colchester United fighting it out for the unwanted prize of the final relegation spot. If Colchester get a point at Carlisle United, they're safe, but if they lose, and Scunny beat Swindon then that one will come down to goal difference, with the Essex side having a current advantage of just three goals.

Elsewhere, we already know that Bristol City will be playing League One football next season. They will be joined by Gillingham, who were crowned as League Two Champions today. The Gills will go up with Port Vale if the Valiants can claim a point in their final match, or if others drop points. As with League One, all of the interested teams at fourth tier level are guaranteed at least a play-off spot, with all clubs below the play-off line now involved in a final day dead rubber.

Relegated from the Championship: Bristol City, plus two from Barnsley, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Peterborough United, Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall, Blackpool, Burnley or Ipswich Town.

Promoted From League One: AFC Bournemouth, plus one of Doncaster Rovers or Brentford.
League One Play-Offs: One of Doncaster Rovers or Brentford, plus Yeovil Town, Swindon Town and Sheffield United.

Relegated from League One: One of Colchester United or Scunthorpe United, plus Portsmouth, Hartlepool United and Bury.

Promoted from League Two: Gillingham, plus two of Port Vale, Rotherham United, Cheltenham Town or Burton Albion.
League Two Play-Offs: Two of the above, plus Northampton Town and Bradford City.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.


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20 April 2013 : Johnson Pleased With Adaptable Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believed his side had to cope with a a great deal of change this afternoon, as injuries and personnel changes interrupted parts of his side's victory over Crewe Alexandra. The 1-0 win was secured thanks to an early goal from Joe Edwards, but it also saw a game that was punctuated by several forced substitutions.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Johnson admitted that made for not the greatest of games, but he was pleased with how well his side adapted to the situation:

"I'm not sure it was a fantastic victory but it was a victory. The boys are going to need their little break over the next week or so, because mentally we've put them through the mill a little bit. Obviously today we lost our centre-half (Byron Webster) early and we had a new pairing at centre-half, and we had a new right back. We had to change our team quite a bit during the game. We had to substitute the sub, so there were a few icebergs out there today that we had to manoeuvre around. We done that and Crewe had a couple of chances and Marek was ready to help us out. But we stuck one away, and that was deemed to be enough on the day. Although it wasn't a fantastic end of season top game, we wanted to win it."

Johnson said that he was not too concerned yet with the injuries to Byron Webster (hamstring) and Nathan Ralph (knee) along with an unspecified second half knock to Angelo Balanta. Gary didn't reveal how serious they were, but said that he had been planning to give his stand-in captain a rest next week anyway and so wasn't seeing it as a crisis yet:

"I don't think so. With Webby, we probably would have rested him next week (at Bury) anyway. We'll have to see how he is, but he's got a couple of weeks anyway until the play-off semi-finals. We'll keep an eye on that, we've got to keep an eye on Matty Dolan, Danny Burn and now Nathan Ralph and Angelo Balanta. For a small squad it's been a fantastic effort to play 50-odd games. We can only be proud of the effort and the workrate that the boys have put in."


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20 April 2013 : Yeovil 1 Crewe 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town won their final home match of the standard 2012-13 season, as they defeated Crewe Alexandra by a single goal. You had to be in the ground on time to witness it, with Joe Edwards netting after just 51 seconds as he shot low into the bottom left hand corner to give an ultra early lead. That was the way the match was won as well, with the only downside of the afternoon being a hamstring injury for Byron Webster, followed by a knee injury for Nathan Ralph that will undoubtedly put both on the treatment table over the coming week. Bournemouth's 3-1 win today means that the Glovers will have to battle for promotion through the play-offs, but at least the remainder of the walking wounded proved that they could cope with a decent passing Crewe side.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Crewe Alexandra 0.

Scorers: Joe Edwards (1-0, 1 min)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 16. Nathan Ralph
22. Kevin Dawson 20. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams (48 for Angelo Balanta) 15. Lewis Young (20 mins for Byron Webster) 29. Angelo Balanta (26 mins for Nathan Ralph)

Crewe Alexandra:
1. Steve Phillips 14. Kelvin Mellor 5. Mark Ellis 3. Harry Davis 2. Matt Tootle 31. Bradden Inman 19. Abdul Osman 11. Byron Moore 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 7. Max Clayton 26. Chuks Aneke

Substitutes:
13. Alan Martin 12. Oliver Turton (86 mins for Max Clayton) 17. George Ray 23. Michael West 27. Ryan Colclough (63 mins for Chuks Aneke) 32. Nathan Ellington (65 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 34. Kevin Stewart

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (73 mins, foul)

Crewe Bookings: Harry Davis (77 mins, foul/dissent), Abdul Osman (84 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 15.

Crewe Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 10; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistants: Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Dan Robathan (Surrey). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).

Attendance: 5,293 (with 188 Crewe fans).


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20 April 2013 : 2012-13 End Of Season Awards - Full Results
Yeovil Town's 2012-13 end of season awards took place following this afternoon's match against Crewe Alexandra.

Full awards were as follows:

GWSC Awards: Paddy Madden (1st), Marek Stech (2nd).
Western Gazette Awards: Paddy Madden
Cary Glovers: Paddy Madden
Away Travel Club: Paddy Madden (1st), Jamie McAllister (2nd).
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Daniel Burn
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: Paddy Madden.
DSA: Paddy Madden (1st), Marek Stech (2nd).
Community Sports Trust: Marek Stech

Our congratulations to all of the players who were given awards on the day.


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20 April 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Crewe
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 win against Crewe Alexandra 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 Crewe Alexandra.


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20 April 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Crewe Alexandra. Both players coming in are in the back line, where Vitalijs Maksimenko comes in at centre-back, whilst Nathan Ralph starts as a left-back.

They replace Richard Hinds and Angelo Balanta in the side, as Joe Edwards shuffles into the central midfield, whilst Kevin Dawson moves out wide again. The Glovers name a five man bench which is missing captain Jamie McAllister entirely today.

The team for this afternoon therefore reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 16. Nathan Ralph
22. Kevin Dawson 20. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 29. Angelo Balanta


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20 April 2013 : Football League Confirm Pompey Membership Transfer
The Football League have today issued a statement confirming that Pompey Supporters Trust have now successfully gained control of the 'Golden Share' that gives Portsmouth membership of the Football League. Coupled with that, they've also confirmed the ten point deduction for the club - however have determined that it will apply to THIS season.

As Portsmouth are already relegated, this 'punishment' becomes a Chocolate Teapot that serves no useful purpose, except to guarantee that they will finish 24th in this season's league table. It will however give them an entirely clean slate for the 2013-14 campaign. The League's statement reads:

The Board of The Football League has agreed to transfer Portsmouth's share in The Football League to a consortium brought together by the Pompey Supporters' Trust, bringing an end to the club's period in Administration.

Due to the Club's Company Voluntary Arrangement not being fully compliant with The Football League's Insolvency Policy, the Board has applied the following conditions of membership - as originally outlined in July 2012.

1. A deduction of 10 points to apply in the 2012/13 season (in addition to the 10 points applied for entering Administration in the 2011/12 season).

2. Restrictions on playing budgets, future borrowing and loan repayments for the next five seasons.

Football League Chairman, Greg Clarke, said: "I would like to welcome the Pompey Supporters' Trust to The Football League and pay tribute to their efforts to save their club. They have galvanised the Club's fans and the City of Portsmouth behind their cause and ensured that it continues to have a professional football club.

"However, the hard work is only just beginning and we will continue working with the new owners to help them establish a sustainable future for Portsmouth Football Club, so that it can put its long running financial troubles behind it for good.

"This has been an extremely challenging situation for The Football League, given the level of debt, the length of the Administration and the issues surrounding the ownership of Fratton Park. I take my hat off to everyone involved, as it has taken significant amounts of hard work, clear thinking and resolve to achieve this outcome.

"Finally, I would like to pay tribute to Portsmouth supporters for giving their financial backing to the Trust's rescue plan and for turning out in force throughout the Administration as it has kept the club in business. Hopefully, this marks the start of a better future."


Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.


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20 April 2013 : Gary Johnson Reaches Triple Century Milestone Today
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will reach a major milestone today in his time at Huish Park. Gary will take charge of his 300th competitive fixture for the Glovers across his two spells at the club when he appears in the dugouts for the final home match of the 2012-13 standard season against Crewe Alexandra.

Having arrived at the club in the summer of 2001, Gary took the club through two seasons in the Nationwide Conference and two more in League Two before leaving for Bristol City just 11 games into the 2005-06 season. At that time he'd taken charge of 226 matches for the Glovers:

2001-02 Season : Total = 55 (League = 42 ; FA Cup = 1 ; FA Trophy = 8 ; LDV = 2 ; County Cup = 2)
2002-03 Season : Total = 54 (League = 42 ; FA Cup = 3 ; FA Trophy = 4 ; LDV = 1 ; County Cup = 4)
2003-04 Season : Total = 52 (League = 46 ; FA Cup = 3 ; League Cup = 1 ; LDV = 2)
2004-05 Season : Total = 54 (League = 46 ; FA Cup = 5 ; League Cup = 2 ; LDV = 1)
2005-06 Season : Total = 11

Gary then returned halfway through the 2011-12 season, and was in the dugouts for the final 22 games of that campaign, rescuing the club from relegation near the bottom of the League One table. He has remained in situ for the following 44 matches of this season, plus seven cup competitions, giving him a further 73 games to his tally:

2011-12 Season : Total = 22
2012-13 Season : Total = 51 (League = 44 ; FA Cup = 1 ; League Cup = 2 ; LDV = 4)

What all that means is that he's had 299 games as first team manager, and so today's match is No.300. With managers often lasting only 12-18 months in the hot seat - and Yeovil Town's history is littered with them, it won't be too much of a surprise to find that Gary's milestone puts him comfortably ahead of all of those who served before him. The best we can find prior to that is Brian Hall's 257 matches, which also came across two spells at the club.

Add to the fact that Sir Gary has managed to get the club the FA Trophy, the Nationwide Conference Championship, the League Two Championship, and currently has guaranteed a League One play-off slot, and his time at the club will certainly be looked upon rather kindly in the years to come.


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20 April 2013 : Pompey Exit Administration After 14 Months
League One side Portsmouth have formally exited administration. The Pompey Supporters Trust has finalised its purchase of the club after they spent 14 months in administration, suffering relegation from the Championship as a direct consequence. Administrator Trevor Birch has today issued a statement confirming that all matters are now complete, from his point of view, allowing it to return to being a 'normal' football club:

"It has taken more than 14 months of hard work from all concerned to get here and there were many times over that period when I didn’t think we would make it; but we have and Portsmouth Football Club can once again look forward to the future with optimism. The PST has shown what can be achieved when fans unite together for the good of their community. The club has been through considerable turmoil over the last few years and I hope it can now enjoy a period of stability and the chance to build solid foundations for a sustainable future based on hard work and honest endeavour."

There is just one piece of paperwork that will need to be finalised - that of their Football League membership. The League had already given the PST's purchase of the club agreement in principle, but had warned them that they would face a ten point penalty due to the football club's failure to exercise its original CVA agreement. The question now is which season that points penalty will be deducted from. The Portsmouth local press think (or possibly hope) that it will be taken from their 2012-13 season tally.

However, the Football League's rules on other Sporting Sanction points penalties are that any deductions at this stage of the season may be carried forward to the following season. With Pompey already relegated to League Two under their own steam, any points penalty for this season would be meaningless if taken from the current campaign. The Football League have yet to directly comment on this.


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19 April 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
Officials for the League One match between Yeovil Town and Crewe Alexandra have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 20th April 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

He was promoted to the Football League's national referees list during the summer of 2010, at the age of 42. Mr Malone is a former Hampshire League footballer, who had to retire from the game at the age of 23 due to a knee injury. He took up refereeing as a result, and ran the line at League level for several years.

We have yet to have Mr Malone this season properly - although he was the Fourth Official for the Sky Sports televised match against Swindon Town. Before that, he was in charge for the Boxing Day 2011 match against Charlton Athletic - a game we lost 2-3 at Huish Park. On the whole he had a decent game, and in fact called one bit of 'controversy' well - visting keeper Ben Hamer claimed he'd been fouled for Jonathan Obika's 8th minute opener, but the TV footage later proved that the former Holyrood Community School pupil had in fact slipped in the box under his own steam, with the referee correctly ignoring Charlton's protests. The Western Gazette were less impressed with his handling of the game, saying that he "baffled fans with decisions at throw-ins and corners, while six bookings reflects unfairly on the game" - two of those bookings led to suspensions for Glovers players, so that may have been part of the frustration at his decisions.

Mr Malone's name may ring a bell because he was the official in charge of the stormy September 2011 encounter against Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park. The centre-piece of the game was a controversial Kieran Agard goal, scored after he chased down the Owls defence following an uncontested drop ball. Whatever the moral rights and wrongs of that goal, the Laws of the Game that Mr Malone operates within meant that he could not be blamed for the situation that developed.

He did endure a rather difficult second half, in which Wednesday's players were rather fired up and aggrieved about the incident, and we saw four Glovers go into the book, plus an Owls player. He also ruled out awarding a penalty for a shirt tug on Gavin Massey that could have put Yeovil back in the lead. It wasn't the best 45 minutes of refereeing we've seen, but given the circumstances, probably all bar a few Premier League officials would have struggled to control the situation. He later saw Owls goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes called up by the Football Association for an incident in the tunnel at half time, so clearly was keeping his eyes on what was going on out there.

Our first experience of him as the man in the middle for a first team game was the August 2010 Football League Trophy match against Exeter City. Much as though we'd love to put on our best green-tinted spectacles for the red card dished out to Sam Williams for an off-the-ball incident on the night, there were no real complaints about the decision, and overall Mr Malone dealt with the game well.

The other game involving him as a referee was the 2011 New Year's Day match against Plymouth Argyle. There we can have no complaints either, particularly given that he awarded Yeovil a penalty after Andy Williams appeared to slip inside the box. Mr Malone kindly decided that Argyle's Curtis Nelson had clipped him. Unfortunately, Sam Williams failed to take advantage of the bit of charity, by having the penalty attempt saved. Mr Malone chalked off an Andy Williams 'goal' just before the break - the whistle had blown long before it landed in the back of the net though.

Just to prove we don't always do ref-rants as part of these profiles, Mr Malone was praised by manager Terry Skiverton after the game against the Pilgrims, although felt that there were one or two situations where he could have let the game flow to an advantage:

"I thought the referee (Brendan Malone) was excellent today, but there was one time where Andy (Williams) had got away from the defender, and he got pulled back a bit, and he blew up rather than play the advantage and I think that if he had given the advantage then Andy would have got a shot off. It's a hard job, and I'll say again that he (Brendan Malone) was excellent, but in those situations you may want the advantage."

The only other times we've seen him take charge of a match has been in Reserve Team football - all other first team occasions have involved him waving the flag or as the fourth official.

Mr Malone will be assisted by Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Dan Robathan (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Adam Bromley (Devon).

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.

Link: January 2011 : Plymouth Argyle 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 3.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Charlton Athletic 3.


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19 April 2013 : Gary Previews The Crewe Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home League One match against Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Tim McSweeney, Gary's thoughts on automatic promotion, the play-offs, injuries, squad size, and having the ability to cope with the big games, can be read via the link below.

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


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19 April 2013 : End Of Season Presentations
Yeovil Town will make their usual End of Season presentations tomorrow as part of the League One home match against Crewe Alexandra. As has been generally the case in recent years, the main first team presentations will take place after the match completes, at around 5.00p.m. (depending on how much injury time is added in in the match). This will feature the usual set of honours from the likes of the Western Gazette and Green and White Supporters Club.

Needless to say, supporters are asked to stay off the pitch at the end of the game, to avoid delaying the presentations, and to protect the pitch which will need to survive the League One play-off semi-final home leg match.

Half time presentations will include a special thank you to the ball-boys and ball-girls who have been present throughout the 2012-13 season, in addition to the usual 'match' sponsorship presentations.


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18 April 2013 : Johnson Looks To Manage Injuries Across Final Two Games
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will need to 'manage' some of this players injuries over the final two matches of the 2012-13 season. The Glovers face midtable Crewe Alexandra and relegated Bury as their remaining fixtures with it being more than likely that they will be competing in the play-off semi-finals over the May Bank Holiday weekend rather, with any chance of automatic promotion close to expiring following the midweek defeat at Oldham Athletic.

The Glovers lie five points away from second placed AFC Bournemouth and four from third placed Brentford, meaning that a win for either side would mathematically rule out any lingering hopes of sneaking into the top two automatic slots. That means that Johnson has one eye on preparing his squad for two play-off matches, and has told BBC Somerset that he needs to be careful with players like Jamie McAllister in terms of balancing their need for game time versus their need to rest current injuries:

"There's a lot of games that we've just played. At the end of the season, because we've missed (postponed) games, you're having to play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday. So we've got a few that have got little knocks and we've got to manage them, so that when we do get into those play-offs, everyone is fully fit and fully focussed."

Aside from McAllister's ankle problems, the club have already lost Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan for the next two fixtures, with him getting treatment on a knee injury. More problems emerged earlier today with central defender Daniel Burn heading back to Fulham for treatment on an ankle injury. Johnson admitted it was a big loss:

"We've lost Danny Burn unfortunately for two or three weeks. He certainly won't be involved in the play-offs, but he may at a stretch be back if we get to the final. So that was a big loss for us. But we'll cover that, and hopefully we will have players who will step up to the plate."

Johnson also elaborated on the extension of Vitalijs Maksimenko's loan deal, explaining that for the moment it had been rolled forward to take in the play-off semi-finals, which would then be followed by a decision on whether he was needed for any prospective final:

"Maksimenko will definitely be a part of that, because he's just signed this morning, taking us right up to the play-off final. He's signed an extension that goes past the play-off semi-final, and then there's an option for him to stay on for the final, which is a couple of weeks later."


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18 April 2013 : Burn Out For Longer As Maksimenko Extends
Yeovil Town's on loan defender Dan Burn has had to return to his parent club Fulham, after suffering an ankle injury. As manager Gary Johnson revealed in his pre-match interview on Tuesday night, Burn's absence at Oldham Athletic was not only due to suspension - he'd picked up an injury at Stevenage as well, and so will now miss the remaining games of the standard 2012-13 season.

The club haven't given up hope of him being available for the Play-Off Semi-Finals yet, although boss Gary Johnson describes the situation on the club's website as 'touch and go'. This appears to be roughly the same as Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan, who is also expected to miss the final two game with a knee problem, with diagnosis on that hopefully available towards the end of the season.

With that in mind, it's no surprise to find that Brighton and Hove Albion's left-sided defender Vitalijs Maksimenko will remain with the club for the remainder of the campaign now, with his deal being extended to cover the play-offs. The Latvian made his debut for the club on Tuesday night, coming on as a substitute for Richard Hinds.


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18 April 2013 : Dad, Come And Have A Look At What's On My Mantelpiece
Sometimes the boot lands on the other foot. The League Managers Association have today given League One side Oldham Athletic their Performance of the Week award. Their judging panel, comprised of LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, have deemed that Lee Johnson should receive the award for his 1-0 win over his father Gary Johnson's side that took them away from the League One relegation zone, and largely put an end to Yeovil's automatic promotion ambitions.

We have little doubt that the award, which will involve Lee receiving an engraved crystal football, will be on prominent display next time Gary pops round for Sunday lunch.

Despite getting one over his father, Lee has said that he will be rooting for the Glovers once the play-off matches take place, adding:

"I hope they [Yeovil] go up through the play-offs. They're a good side and they can do. As far as we're concerned, that's such a big win and I'm so pleased to have got the three points."

The LMA awards tend to rarely ripple down this far, although we have had Russell Slade and Terry Skiverton honoured in this way in recent seasons. Gary Johnson's main contribution to their recognition system was to top their overall Performance Table in February 2013 after the club won eight matches in a row.

Link: August 2008 : Russell Slade Gets Performance Of The Week.

Link: March 2011 : Terry Skiverton Gets Performance Of The Week.


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17 April 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Oldham Away Interview
Just before last night's away match against Oldham Athletic kicked off at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Chris Spittles, Gary's thoughts on meeting his son Lee Johnson, the sort of side he has been producing, and how the club might have seen Richard Hinds go out on loan earlier this season. Read the interview via the link below.

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


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17 April 2013 : Video : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view the highlights of last night's match at Boundary Park, the Sky Sports website now has updated video clips from yesterday's games. View Matt Smith's 45th minute goal that sealed the game for Oldham Athletic, as well as the best of the other chances involving Yeovil Town, via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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17 April 2013 : Glovers Linked With Fleetwood Winger
The Sky Sports website are linking Yeovil Town with a Fleetwood Town winger, as we begin to move towards the summer transfer silly season. They claim the Glovers are after 24 year old Gareth Evans, who is out of contract at the end of the 2012-13 season, and thus will be available on a free transfer. They also name Coventry City as a similarly interested party, suggesting that this has come from the player's agent, who will be trying to bump up his player's profile through the media.

Evans was born in Macclesfield on April 26th 1988, and thus will turn 25 years old just prior to the last day of the season. He went through the academy systems at both Manchester United and Crewe Alexandra, eventually settling for the latter, although failed to break into their first team, having had loan spells with Leigh RMI and Alsager Town. He made his breakthrough at his home town club Macclesfield Town, where he spent two seasons, between 2007 and 2009, before being signed up by Bradford City for a small fee.

Evans moved to Rotherham United in the summer of 2011, after Bradford decided to release him, despite him having been a regular in both their side and Macclesfield's first team, clocking up 89 matches for Macclesfield with 20 goals, then 85 appearances for Bradford with 14 strikes. His time with Rotherham was not quite so fruitful though, making just 34 appearances in his first season at the club, dropping to 15 games in his second season, scoring nine games overall, before they released him on New Year's Day, allowing him to sign for Fleetwood. Since then he's scored once in 14 appearances. He freely admits left Rotherham after falling out with tax cheat Steve Evans:

"The way I left was demoralising and just came down to a personal matter between me and the manager (Steve Evans). He’s a Marmite personality — you either love him or you hate him. For some players, that doesn’t really suit them and I’m still upset at how things worked out. I’ve really enjoyed it (at Fleetwood). The gaffer (Graham Alexander) has been brilliant with me and I’m loving the place. I’m really happy here."

Sky Sports have got a habit of being slightly scattergun about their linking of players with clubs, although in fairness they did call last month's recruitment of Angelo Balanta correctly. However, we're still waiting for news on their February 2013 claims concerning the club's interest in Aldershot defender Troy Brown. The most likely picture is that manager Gary Johnson is unlikely to firm up any interests until he knows what division the club will be in next season, and therefore what playing budget he has to play with.


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17 April 2013 : Extended Ticket Office Hours For Crewe Match
The Huish Park Ticket Office will remain open after Saturday's home match against Crewe Alexandra to help with demand for ticketing. Supporters wishing to process 2013-14 Season Ticket Applications will have the chance to do so for one hour after the match ends on Saturday - i.e. around 5.45p.m.

Hence if you are aiming to make any non-Crewe purchases or ticket enquiries on Saturday, you may want to leave them until after the game.

NOTE: This is for Season Ticket Applications ONLY. Those supporters wanting Bury tickets should do so at other times, or over the phone until lunchtime on Friday 26th April.

Link: Yeovil Town's 2013-14 Season Ticket Package Published.

Link: Extended Ticket Office Hours For Play-Offs And Season Tickets.

Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bury.


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17 April 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Oldham Away Game
Following last night's 1-0 defeat against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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16 April 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil
If you watched this evening's 1-0 defeat against Oldham Athletic at Boundary 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 Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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16 April 2013 : Oldham 1 Yeovil 0 : Son Slays Father's Automatic Promotion Hopes
Yeovil Town succumbed to a single goal defeat on Tuesday, as relegation-threatened Oldham Athletic grabbed the three points that they needed at the expense of the Glovers. That allowed Lee Johnson to win the 'dad vs son' battle at Boundary Park, as a 45th minute Matt Smith goal divided the two sides as he headed home from a corner. That was to come close to end the Glovers hopes of automatic promotion, leaving them five points behind Bournemouth with two games left, making the play-offs the most likely route for any Championship plans the club may harbour.

The Glovers made two changes to the starting line-up that had taken to the field against Stevenage. Dan Burn started his two match suspension, with his place taken by Richard Hinds in a like-for-like swap at the heart of the defence. Meanwhile, Dominic Blizzard was ill, with his place in the side taken by Angelo Balanta, who had also dropped out of Saturday's side due to illness. That meant that there was a shuffle around in midfield, with Balanta taking the right-wing position - Kevin Dawson took up Blizzard's role in the side. In the opposition line-up the familiar names of Jonathan Grounds and Korey Smith were starting, and of course in the dugout was Lee Johnson - the first 'father and son' meeting in the Football League since 1971 sealed with a handshake, a smile and a pose for a larger than usual camera collective.

The game started relatively brightly from a Yeovil point of view - shots for Sam Foley from distance, a Paddy Madden effort from an Angelo Balanta through ball, and one from Balanta himself that flashed across the face of goal. However, these all went wide of the target, with the only early on target effort being Balanta's fairly tame header that goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis easily saved.

At the other end, Oldham were playing with a high tempo, and almost took the lead when Marek Stech over-extended himself by coming for a cross, but being beaten to it by Oldham striker Matt Smith - the header was on its way to goal, but Richard Hinds had anticipated the danger as they he hooked the ball clear as he rushed to his own goal line. Hinds and Smith were then the two key players involved in a big penalty shout, as they grabbled in the box, with Smith going down, leaving the Oldham crowd bellowing for a spot kick, and Lee Johnson showing plenty of animation. Referee Jeremy Simpson waved play-on, with the most likely explanation being that he couldn't decide who had fouled who once the players got into the box.

As the half closed, Oldham began to exert a bit of pressure. Lee Croft was getting plenty of input from down Oldham's right flank and his cross saw Matt Smith head over. Then Croft himself headed over the bar from close range. There was a spot of comedy, as Lee Johnson's youthful enthusiasm got the better of him - catching a ball that had yet to go out of play, leaving referee Simpson having to play a drop ball. You're not meant to be on the field of play any more Lee!

Just as the clock ticked over to first half injury time in a fairly even half, it was the home side who took the lead. Oldham midfielder David Mellor shot on goal from distance, forcing Marek Stech to turn the ball around the post for a corner. Lee Croft took it, and Matt Smith crept in at the near post to head home with almost the last move of the half - a frustrating outcome given that Smith's reputation for doing that has been well known through their FA Cup exploits this season. 1-0 down at half time.

The second half opened with the Glovers apparently edgy, as a fired up Oldham side came out buoyant from their half time lead. Gavin Williams had replaced Angelo Balanta at the break, although he moved into the centre, with Kevin Dawson allowed to go back to his more usual right-wing slot. Gavin struggled to break into the pace of the game, quickly landing in the book for a foul on Croft, and the second period progressed with little in the way of goalmouth incident - Oldham's initial enthusiasm reduced to being content to neutralise the Yeovil play, which they did effectively and with some worrying ease.

With just under 20 minutes remaining, Vitalijs Maksimenko and Jamie McAllister replaced Sam Foley and Richard Hinds, seeing Maksimenko go to centre-back, McAllister to left-back and Joe Edwards to midfield. But not too much changed to threaten the scoreline. There was a long range attempt from Paddy Madden comfortably saved, then in the final five minutes, a Maksimenko header which bounced into the turf but somehow rebounded over the bar. There was just about enough time for a Kevin Dawson cross to land in the box - James Hayter almost prodded in, but an Oldham defender got his body in the way as the ball went out for a corner, and the opportunity was gone.

The final whistle was greeted by a mini pitch invasion by Oldham fans - results elsewhere meant they had pulled five points clear of the drop, although in doing so, Lee Johnson had pretty much ended his father's automatic promotion hopes. No big disaster in the cold light of day, but nonetheless a disappointment given the opportunity that was presented by this game in hand. Now gone, it's far more likely that the play-off semi-finals will represent Yeovil Town's next big match in their fixture calendar.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Oldham Athletic 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Matt Smith (45 mins, 1-0).

Oldham Athletic:
13. Dean Bouzanis
2. Connor Brown 27. Glenn Belezika 5. Jean-Yves Mvoto 3. Jonathan Grounds
7. Lee Croft 23. Korey Smith 29. David Mellor 10. Robbie Simpson
14. Matt Smith 18. Lee Barnard

Substitutes:
1. Alex Cisak 9. Chris Iwelumo 11. Cristian Montano 21. Kirk Millar (78 mins for Matt Smith) 22. Bobby Reid (83 mins for Lee Croft) 26. Carl Winchester 30. Joe Cooper

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 4. Richard Hinds 20. Joe Edwards
14. Sam Foley 22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 29. Angelo Balanta
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 3. Jamie McAllister (71 mins for Sam Foley) 10. Gavin Williams (46 mins for Angelo Balanta) 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko (72 mins for Richard Hinds) 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph

Oldham Athletic Bookings: Lee Barnard (foul, 36 mins), Bobby Reid (foul, 85 mins), Kirk Millar (foul, 88 mins), Robbie Simpson (off the ball incident, 88 mins).

Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Williams (foul, 68 mins), James Hayter (kicking ball away, 77 mins), Vitalijs Maksimenko (foul, 90 mins)

Oldham Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 18.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire). Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Paul Cook (East Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Jonathan Hunt (Liverpool).

Attendance: 3,888 (with 164 Yeovil fans).


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16 April 2013 : Foley Given Sky Team Nomination
Not too often both the Football League and Sky Sports perfectly match up, but today's Team of the Week from the latter has seen them opt for Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley in their line-up for League One. They've included him after the weekend win over Stevenage and have this to say about his performance:

"Yeovil are flying right now, with a third successive victory secured on Saturday. Stevenage were the latest side to come unstuck against a Glovers team that are now assured of a play-off spot at worst. Gary Johnson's men ended their clash with Stevenage with 10 men, but had the points safely wrapped up before Dan Burn saw red. Foley put them on their way to a 2-0 success, as he rattled home from the edge of the box eight minutes into the second half."

Their full team is as follows:

Scott Flinders - Hartlepool United
Neil Austin - Hartlepool United
Connor Essam - Crawley Town
Niall Canavan - Scunthorpe United
Gary Sawyer - Leyton Orient
Sam Foley - Yeovil Town
Jeff Hughes - Notts County
Jeffrey Monakana - Preston North End
Brett Pitman - Bournemouth
Bradley Wright-Phillips - Brentford
Billy Paynter - Doncaster Rovers


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16 April 2013 : Team News For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this evening's away match against Oldham Athletic. The League One encounter that pitches Gary Johnson vs Lee Johnson sees Daniel Burn drop out of the squad as he commences a two match suspension, following the accumulation of ten yellow cards. His place is taken by Richard Hinds at the back.

Midfielder Dominic Blizzard is ill and so misses the game, having only come in on Saturday. The man who replaces him is Angelo Balanta who happened to miss Saturday's game due to illness! He should occupy the left-wing slot, with Sam Foley heading across to the right and Kevin Dawson moving into the centre.

Middlesbrough loanee Matthew Dolan's knee injury that saw him drop out of the squad in the warm-ups at Stevenage will keep him out of the last three games of the season. However, he's not been ruled out of any play-off fixtures at this stage.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 4. Richard Hinds 20. Joe Edwards
14. Sam Foley 22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 29. Angelo Balanta
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 3. Jamie McAllister 10. Gavin Williams 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph

Oldham Athletic:
13. Dean Bouzanis
2. Connor Brown 27. Glenn Belezika 5. Jean-Yves Mvoto 3. Jonathan Grounds
7. Lee Croft 23. Korey Smith 29. David Mellor 10. Robbie Simpson
14. Matt Smith 18. Lee Barnard

Substitutes:
1. Alex Cisak 9. Chris Iwelumo 11. Cristian Montano 21. Kirk Millar 22. Bobby Reid 26. Carl Winchester 30. Joe Cooper


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16 April 2013 : Officials For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tonight's League One match between Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Boundary Park tonight with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).

Mr Simpson was promoted to the Football League's refereeing ranks during the summer of 2012 and as a result we've yet to have him as a man in the middle. The only times we've come into contact with him were a November 2005 FA Cup match against Macclesfield Town and a September 2010 League One game against Huddersfield Town.

He was theoretically the man in charge of our postponed February 2013 fixture that had been due to take place at Boundary Park, and his name has been maintained for this fixture. He's done 24 matches since his promotion, which have produced 74 yellow cards and five red cards. His last match came on Sunday when he took charge of Brentford's 3-2 win over Portsmouth at Griffin Park - not a single booking in sight on this occasion.

Mr Simpson will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Paul Cook (East Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Jonathan Hunt (Liverpool).


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16 April 2013 : Gary Previews The Oldham Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's away match against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Points West presenter Alistair Durden, Gary's thoughts on completing against his son Lee Johnson, and the wider picture, can be read via the link below.

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


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16 April 2013 : Johnson Trying To Make Oldham Clash A 'Normal' Game
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will be attempting to treat tonight's League One match against Oldham Athletic as a normal match, despite the obvious media interest in the game. The fixture at Boundary Park is being dubbed as "Father vs Son" - Gary Johnson vs Lee Johnson, who is now the Latics manager, in charge of getting them out of relegation problems towards the bottom of the League One table.

That has led to Sky Sports and BBC Points West sending camera crews down to Huish Park and to Boundary Park to set up a number of dual (or should that be 'duel'?) interviews between the pair. Gary has told BBC Somerset that he hopes that once kick-off arrives that the focus is firmly on those who aren't part of the Johnson family:

"You have to try to treat it as a normal match if you can because it is a normal match. It's certainly normal for all of the other team members - Terry, Darren and the team - because there's no family members - just a good mate from Terry and Darren's playing side. But we've got to go there and do the job and that hasn't changed from when we first knew that Lee had the job and we were playing them. That's not changed, and it hasn't changed in his mind."

Despite joking that he would be blocking calls from Lee, to avoid giving away any secrets, Gary said that the pair had spoken after the Glovers won at Stevenage whilst the Latics were winning their crucial match at Bury:

"A few days ago - two or three days ago - in fact just after the games. We always say well done - to ring up and ask how did the game go. You can say in a very roundabout way, so you don't give away too many of your tactics. He did it very well, so that's his first test, not to allow me to prize any information out of him!"

Focussing firmly on the match itself, Yeovil Town have just three matches left of the 2012-13 season, and Gary wants to see them target a maximum return from those matches. That would take them to a total of 83 points. He hopes that will then see either leaders Doncaster Rovers fail to win both of their final two matches, or more realistically for AFC Bournemouth to drop enough points for them to be overhauled:

"We feel that 83 points is going to be close to automatic. We've got to keep going for that whilst it's still in our hands. If we do, then we've got to wait then for somebody to muck up a little bit. But you've got to be in it to have a chance. We'll have to wait and see, but we've got to get those 83 points if we can."


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16 April 2013 : Foley Given Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town's attacking midfielder Sam Foley has been nominated for this week's Football League Team of the Week. Having returned to the starting eleven, following a recent injury, Foley scored the opening goal and provided an assist for James Hayter's crucial second, in the 2-0 win over Stevenage.

This is Sam's second nomination of the season, and he takes his place in the side along with former Glovers loan keeper Scott Flinders, who is playing for Hartlepool United. The team reads as follows:

Scott Flinders (Hartlepool United)
Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) Connor Essam (Crawley Town) Neill Collins (Sheffield United) Gary Sawyer (Leyton Orient)
Jeffrey Monakana (Preston North End) Eunan O'Kane (AFC Bournemouth) Jeff Hughes (Notts County) Sam Foley (Yeovil Town)
Brett Pitman (AFC Bournemouth) Bradley Wright-Phillips (Brentford)

The full list of 2012-13 Football League nominations for Yeovil Town players are as follows:

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
9) 20/10/2012 : Korey Smith (vs Bury Home W2-1).
10) 27/10/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Crewe Alexandra Away W1-0)
11) 10/11/2012 : Luke Ayling (vs Hartlepool United Home W1-0)
12) 29/12/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Portsmouth Away W2-1)
13) 12/01/2013 : Matthew Dolan (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
14) 12/01/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
15) 12/01/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
16) 02/02/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
17) 02/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
18) 09/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Coventry Away W1-0)
19) 16/02/2013 : Byron Webster (vs Scunthorpe United Home W3-0)
20) 16/02/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Scunthorpe United Home W3-0)
21) 02/03/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Tranmere Rovers Home W1-0)
22) 23/03/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Carlisle United D3-3)
23) 06/04/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Shrewsbury Town W2-1)
24) 13/04/2013 : Sam Foley (vs Stevenage W2-0)


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16 April 2013 : Football League Publish 2013-14 Key Season Dates
The Football League have today published the outline dates for the 2013-14 season. The publishing of the 2013-14 season fixture lists will be done on Wednesday 19th June 2013, at 9.00a.m. However, the League have already confirmed a few of the key dates associated with that season.

The first matches will be played on Saturday 3rd August 2013, with the final set of fixtures set to take place on Saturday 3rd May 2014. The three Play-Off Finals will be held at Wembley Stadium between May 24th and May 26th 2014.

The Christmas schedule for that season will see matches played on Saturday 21st December, Thursday 26th December (Boxing Day), Sunday 29th December, and Wednesday 1st January (New Year's Day).

If it's 2012-13 dates you want, head to last week's news item below.

Link: Football League 2012-13 Play-Offs Full Schedule.


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16 April 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Oldham
For those heading off to Boundary Park tonight, for the League One away match against Oldham Athletic, a reminder that the Ciderspace guide is available to help you along your way. Featuring ticketing, travel, parking, pubs and other such things, it can be found via the link below. We've only had to do one major change since the postponed February match - no prizes for guessing what that is!

We gather that the GWSC coaches are full for this game and that there is a stand-by list of supporters wanting to go to the game. Hence if you can't make the match, and you have booked up, please do the right thing and contact Paul Hadlow to cancel your booking, to allow other fans the chance to go to the game.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.


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15 April 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Stevenage Away Interview
Just before Saturday's away match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's thoughts on squad strength, the return of Graham Westley to Stevenage, and icebergs can be found via the link below.

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


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15 April 2013 : Ladies Move Up To Fourth As They Blunt The Spurs
Yeovil Town Ladies moved up to fourth in the FA Women's Premier League, Southern Division table on Sunday following a fine 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Laura Bray was in great form with a brace of goals, and a further strike from Jodi Cornwall helped keep the pressure on third placed Brighton, as the Glovers look to finish their season in as high a position as possible.

Joint manager Nigel Williams was delighted with the result, particularly in the way his team came back with such strength following defeat in the previous week.

"After last week narrowly losing to Reading 2 - 1 we were determined to get back on track," he said after the game. "With this in mind we set the team up to attack Spurs from the star, and in the first few minutes of the first half it was about showing who had the greater passion for the game. With a strong swirling wind within the stadium the ball had to be played on the ground, and whenever it went into the air the ball was anyone’s. Thankfully we coped with it well and went on for a pleasing result."

"We were dealt the first blow early on," Williams continued. "Justine Lorton went up for a 50/50 ball and came worst off in a head to head, the challenge putting her out of the game. Her eye was like a golf ball sticking out the side of her head. We knew we could not let her play on. These are the times when we have said to all our players that they must take their chances, and Jodi Cornwall was put into the game. We played some good football in the first half with some good interchanges on the left, with Kirsty Whitton having another great game in the centre of the park. The ball went out wide around the twenty minute mark and then came back inside. Jodi held the ball up and placed a good weighted pass into Laura Bray coming in off the left wing. She still had a lot of work to do, but her strength and speed took her pass the last defender and she toe poked the ball past the oncoming keeper."

Nigel continued: "I was pleased with the way we were playing in the first half. However, the quality of our football was not as good as it normally is, but we have completed a job today. The second goal was well worked down the right hand side finishing with a decent cross and Jodi Cornwall did really well to come across the defence with a diving header into the top of the net. We were in control for the rest of the half, but Sarah (Joint manager Sarah Lawler) and I wanted more possession and quality from the team."

"The second half started, and Spurs came out a side revitalised. They had the first part of the second half in the bag. They put a lot of pressure on our back four and we had to stand and fight. In some ways it was good for them to score early in the half to bring the score to 2-1 as it sent a message out about their intentions. This in turn kicked us into gear again."

"After the Spurs goal Sarah and I saw a change in the team and the instructions we had given at half time started to come through. We had a number of chances in the second half that could and should of been finished off, and late on Laura Bray took a shot from the edge of the area to finish off the game 3-1."

In summing up the game, Williams stated that his side fully deserved to come back to Somerset with all three points, but that they had to really earn them to do so.

"It was definitely a game of two halves today," he said. "We had the play well in the first half and scored our two goals. Spurs were better for a majority of the second period. However, we were good at absorbing the pressure and we have learnt to manage this over the season. Games can be like that where other teams will attack you. You cannot expect at this level an easy game. We are a strong team and work for each other. We are patient and know we will have periods where we just have to dig in and fight."

"In the latter period of the second half we were back in control, and like I said should have had a couple of more goals. The easy option was the best in this game, and we had a couple of decisions made in front of goal that were not the right decision and definitely the more difficult option. I am sure we will be better in those positions in the future. Overall a great result and team performance today. For the fans that followed us today, we are really grateful and the live Twitter chat on the way up was enjoyable for the team. Again thanks to all who raised a question for us. We will do this again soon maybe on our end of season tour."

Final Score: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 3.

Goals: 1-0 (Laura Bray - 22) 2-0 (Jodi Cornwall - 28) 2-1 (TBC) 3-1 (Laura Bray - 76)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Howard, Brazell, Edwards, Williams, Keehan, Pearson (Osman - 70), Radburn, Whitton, Bray, Lorton (Cornwall - 15), Rapp

Referee: Chiba Emi (Japan)

Next Match: Away at Lewis Ladies (Lewes FC - BN7 1XN) FA Women's Premier League. 21 April 2013, 2.00p.m. kick off.

[Report by Nigel Williams - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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15 April 2013 : Extended Ticket Office Hours For Play-Offs And Season Tickets
Yeovil Town's Ticket Office has scheduled extended opening hours with a possible dual purpose, to cope with increased demand at the end of April. The Glovers may be engaged with a possible two-legged League One Play-Off Semi-Final to consider across the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, as well as approaching the deadline for the club's 2013-14 Season Ticket offer, that allows fans who purchase season tickets at 2012-13 League One prices if done so by April 30th.

With that in mind, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be open to sell both Season Tickets and Play-Off Semi-Final tickets (if of course the club haven't secured automatic promotion and made that bit an irrelevance!) The extended hours are as follows:

Sunday 28th April : 10.00a.m. - 3.00p.m.
Monday 29th April : 9.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.
Tuesday 30th April : 9.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.
Wednesday 1st May : 9.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.
Thursday 2nd May : 9.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.

Assuming the Play-Offs are relevant to the Glovers, supporters who are current Season Ticket Holders will have the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to reserve their usual seats/places for the Home Leg. From Wednesday onwards, those seats/places will go on general sale.

Obviously arrangements for any required Away Leg will only be known once we know who the opposition are. However with potentially only six days between the final day of the 2012-13 standard season and the first of the League One play-offs, expect this to be a bit of a fast moving topic once we get past the away match at Bury.

For the full 2012-13 Football League Play-Offs Schedule, see last week's news item. For the avoidance of doubt, note that 'Tie A' and 'Tie B' are not intended to refer to any particular pair of teams or to any final table positions. The exact way of determining which pair of clubs is allocated to which ties has not been disclosed by the Football League at this stage.

Link: Football League 2012-13 Play-Offs Full Schedule.

Link: Yeovil Town's 2013-14 Season Ticket Package Published.


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15 April 2013 : Double Game Blow For Burn
The Football Association have this afternoon confirmed the forthcoming suspension for defender Dan Burn. The bad news is that they list it as a TWO match suspension even though normal practice is for two yellow cards to be accompanied by a single match ban.

The FA's website indicate that he is "suspended for receiving a second caution in the same match and state that he will be suspended for Oldham Athletic (16/04/2013) and Crewe Alexandra (20/04/2013).

Burn had been due to serve a two match ban for accumulating ten yellow cards, but it had been hoped that his subsequent red would reduce it to a one game ban. However, it would appear that the Powers That Be have this possible loophole covered already. The FA's website have explained their unusual decision:

"From this season, if in the final match before the second Sunday of April, a player accumulates their tenth caution of the campaign and are subsequently dismissed for a second caution, the player will automatically be suspended for a period covering two first team matches.

This is what happened to Burn, and as such he will miss both games against Oldham Athletic FC and Crewe Alexandra FC, rather than just the usual one match suspension which would usually apply to a player sent off for receiving two cautions in the same match. This was introduced at the start of the 2012-13 season to ensure that a player who reaches ten cautions does not serve a lesser sanction by committing further misconduct.
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15 April 2013 : Video : Stevenage vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive Saturday's valuable away win - and who wouldn't? - the Sky Sports website has now got highlights from the 2-0 win over Stevenage at Broadhall Way uploaded. To see the goals from Sam Foley and James Hayter, plus the offside 'goal' and Marek Stech's superb first half save, Dan Burn's sending off ... and some Glovers fans going decidedly mad as part of the goal celebrations, go and click the link below.

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


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14 April 2013 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil 2 : Foley And Hayter Guarantee Glovers Play-Off Slot
Yeovil Town secured their third win in a row on Saturday afternoon, as they beat Stevenage at Broadhall Way. Second half goals from Sam Foley and James Hayter saw the Glovers remain in fourth place in the League One table, as they guaranteed a play-off place. Despite the late dismissal of Dan Burn for delaying the taking of a throw-in, Stevenage didn't show too many signs of getting back into the game, leading to a relatively comfortable win once the first goal went in.

Team selection saw the Glovers made two changes to their starting line-up - one on the teamsheet and one that materialised after the game had kicked off. Sam Foley replaced Angelo Balanta who was suffering from a stomach bug. However although Matthew Dolan was named on the teamsheet, he didn't make kick-off, with a knee injury in the warm-ups taking him out of the match, as Dominic Blizzard took his place in the line-up that actually started the game.

The first half was a fairly scrappy affair, although Luke Ayling could have opened up the scoring when he narrowly fired over the crossbar from the corner of the area. Then Paddy Madden's shot was deflected wide of the target for a corner, following good running by Joe Edwards to set him up. The Glovers did have the ball in the back of the net when a James Hayter header was parried by goalkeeper Steve Arnold, with Edwards following in the rebound, but a linesman's flag had gone up for offside, chalking it off before the ball had hit the back of the net.

Stevenage had a fair balance of play during the first half, with James Dunne firing at Marek Stech's near post, to find the Czech Republic keeper parrying the attempt relatively comfortably. Of course we had the experience of 'Westley tactics' to endure as well - something that had already been experienced three times this season through Preston North End matches was the tendency for home players to writhe around in 'agony' on a repeated basis, and to repeatedly slow down play, whilst their team-mates did their best to cajole the match referee into producing yellow cards. Thankfully referee James Linington is one of League One's less excitable referees, and had a calm approach to proceedings, ultimately clocking up four minutes of first half injury time to recognise all the delays.

As the half closed up, Stevenage began to put some pressure on the Glovers, and Marek Stech had to be on hand to produce a stunning save from a Daniel Lopez header, with Lucas Akins having had the opportunity to plant a free header back across the box to his fellow striker. That was undoubtedly the best chance of the opening 45 minutes, acting as a wake-up call in a half that hadn't been the greatest, either from Yeovil's point of view, or in terms of the flow of the game. The game was also reaching a point where players frustrations were starting to boil over, notably when former Glover Bondz N'Gala went in with a thunderous midfield tackle on Ed Upson that took the Yeovil player out, provoking a melee that saw N'Gala fortunate to gain only a yellow, but crucially Dan Burn pick up a yellow card for getting involved in the afters. A bit of calming down and focus would be needed at the break.

Stevenage opened up the half getting a lot of possession, and former Glover Luke Freeman fired over the bar early on. However, eight minutes into the half the Glovers took the lead, as Sam Foley scored his first goal 2013. Kevin Dawson fed James Hayter, who could have had a strike on goal himself, but instead the striker fed Foley, who cut inside to get the ball onto his right foot, planting a looping curling ball into the top right hand corner for a superb opening goal. 0-1 up and the valuable break-through.

As with Yeovil's recent match against Preston North End at Huish Park that saw Graham Westley sacked as their manager, the Glovers goal ensured that the tempo of the game changed, and it changed to Yeovil's clear advantage. Paddy Madden almost doubled Yeovil's lead when a superb through ball saw him get in behind the Stevenage defence who were now having to push out a little more, but keeper Steve Arnold made a textbook save by narrowing what Madden had to aim at and blocking well at his near post.

With nine minutes remaining, the Glovers got the crucial goal that they needed, as Sam Foley and James Hayter combined once again, only with Foley providing the assist this time around. Ed Upson and Kevin Dawson were involved in the mop-up from a Yeovil corner that Stevenage could only half clear. The ball was put wide to Foley out on the left flank, his shot could only be parried by goalkeeper Steve Arnold, and gobbling up the rebound from close range was Hayter, who notched his 15th goal of the 2012-13 season - quietly totting up an impressive tally given that most of the spotlight has been on his strike partner during the past six months.

The game was successfully closed out, although in the 90th minute we saw one of the most bizarre red cards that you'll ever witness. Dan Burn, already on a yellow card, picked up the ball for a throw-in, and then dithered and dithered, until referee James Linington decided that he was witnessing some timewasting. Up went a second yellow card, and Burn had to walk off the pitch, leaving Yeovil Town down to ten men. A possible advantage though, was that the dismissal actually benefited Burn - reducing what would have been a two match ban for ten yellow cards down to a one match ban for a sending off - such are the complexities of the FA's disciplinary system.

Thus three more valuable points were obtained, and with Tranmere losing, Milton Keynes Dons losing, Swindon losing and Walsall drawing, the results meant that the win at Broadhall Way was enough to guarantee a position in the top six for the 2012-13 season, with three games to spare. The question remaining now, is can the Glovers achieve the improbable and go one better by sneaking an automatic spot?

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Sam Foley (0-1, 53 mins), James Hayter (0-2, 81 mins)

Stevenage:
1. Steve Arnold
2. David Gray 29. Bondz N'Gala 14. Mark Roberts 35. Max Ehmer
10. Filipe Morais 8. James Dunne 7. Anthony Grant 15. Luke Freeman
11. Lucas Akins 23. Dani Lopez

Substitutes:
16. Chris Day 3. Lee Hills (75 mins for Anthony Grant) 9. Marcus Haber (62 mins for Dani Lopez) 18. Gavin Mahon 22. Miguel Comminges 30. Sam Hoskins (71 mins for Filipe Morais) 34. Roarie Deacon

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 3. Jamie McAllister 4. Richard Hinds (89 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph

Stevenage Bookings: Bondz N'Gala (44 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Dan Burn (44 mins, off the ball incident), James Hayter (75 mins, foul), Kevin Dawson (90 mins, foul). Red Card: Dan Burn (90 mins, second bookable offence).

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 10.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Paul Harris (Kent) and Guy Stretton (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: Ian Rathbone (Northamptonshire).

Attendance: 3,516 (with approx 500 Yeovil supporters).

Footnote: Matthew Dolan was originally named in the starting line-up for this fixture. His place upon kick-off was taken by Dominic Blizzard, who had been named on the bench.


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14 April 2013 : Fans Videos From Stevenage
A few of the supporters who were present at yesterday's Match at Stevenage haVe been uploading mobile phone footage onto YouTube. Below is a video of the second goal from James Hayter, coupled with a pair of videos from the post-match celebrations. Obviously as all videos are taken inside the away end, expect a fair bit of noise, so adjust your speakers.








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14 April 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Stevenage Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Stevenage at Broadhall Way, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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13 April 2013 : Johnson Delight At Club's 'Magnificent Achievement'
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson hailed his club's achievement in securing a firm play-off place three matches before the end of the 2012-13 season. The 2-0 win over Stevenage ensured that mathematically the club can only finish 6th or higher in the League One table, meaning that their dream of promotion to the Championship is still very much alive.

Johnson felt that it was a magnificent achievement for the club to be where they are, although told the press after the game that he still wanted the players to keep going, given that a Top Two position and automatic promotion is not an impossibility. However, he said that whatever happens from here onwards, the club can be proud of itself:

"It's a magnificent achievement for our club, our supporters and our players to get into a play-off position. We've still got to keep going though and try and keep touch the teams above us. I wanted us to consolidate and we have. It's nice to do that. It's been a fantastic end to the season now whatever happens."

The match was won thanks to second half goals from Sam Foley and James Hayter, with the two players combining well to provide assists for each others goals. Johnson praised the pair, but felt that his side failed to get out of second gear until after the break, with the opening 45 minutes rather disjointed in places:

"In the first half we were absolutely hopeless. I felt most of them didn't turn up. It was 0-0 so that was the only positive. All of a sudden I must have touched a few buttons because when we came out after the break we were totally different. We looked a Championship team against a team that's hanging on in there. All of a sudden we played our football, we took our chances and scored two goals. Sam scored a lovely goal, we know he's got that in him though. James has 15 goals and that's fantastic. He scored a great goal."


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13 April 2013 : Play-Off Place Guaranteed For Glovers
Yeovil Town's place in the play-offs is guaranteed after this afternoon's 2-0 win over Stevenage. Despite remaining fourth in the League One table, three points was coupled with very favourable results from other sides that are challenging for the outside play-off positions, meaning that the lowest the club can now finish is sixth.

The result that clinched it was Scunthorpe United's 1-1 draw with Walsall, which meant that the Saddlers in seventh place couldn't catch Yeovil. The 88th minute goal by Niall Canavan for the Iron ensured Yeovil move seven points clear of Walsall. With Tranmere Rovers suffering a shock 0-1 home defeat against Hartlepool United and Milton Keynes Dons losing 2-0 at Leyton Orient, the win at Broadhall Way became a milestone victory.

As for the automatic positions, with the whole of the top five winning today, little has changed there, with it still looking more likely that the top two spots will be contested between Doncaster Rovers, AFC Bournemouth and Brentford. However, with the Glovers playing a game in hand against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night, their game in hand could make things interesting if they were to win at Boundary Park.

At the bottom, we wave goodbye to Bury, who are relegated by their single goal defeat against Lee Johnson's Oldham side with the Latics going into Tuesday night's game with a two point cushion on the bottom four spots.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.


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13 April 2013 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town secured their third win in a row this afternoon, as they beat Stevenage at Broadhall Way. Second half goals from Sam Foley and James Hayter saw the Glovers remain in fourth place in the League One table, as they guaranteed a play-off place. Despite the late dismissal of Dan Burn for delaying the taking of a throw-in, Stevenage didn't show too many signs of getting back into the game, leading to a relatively comfortable win once the first goal went in.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Sam Foley (0-1, 53 mins), James Hayter (0-2, 81 mins)

Stevenage:
1. Steve Arnold
2. David Gray 29. Bondz N'Gala 14. Mark Roberts 35. Max Ehmer
10. Filipe Morais 8. James Dunne 7. Anthony Grant 15. Luke Freeman
11. Lucas Akins 23. Dani Lopez

Substitutes:
16. Chris Day 3. Lee Hills (75 mins for Anthony Grant) 9. Marcus Haber (62 mins for Dani Lopez) 18. Gavin Mahon 22. Miguel Comminges 30. Sam Hoskins (71 mins for Filipe Morais) 34. Roarie Deacon

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 3. Jamie McAllister 4. Richard Hinds (89 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 16. Nathan Ralph

Stevenage Bookings: Bondz N'Gala (44 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Dan Burn (44 mins, off the ball incident), James Hayter (75 mins, foul), Kevin Dawson (90 mins, foul). Red Card: Dan Burn (90 mins, second bookable offence).

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 10.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Paul Harris (Kent) and Guy Stretton (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: Ian Rathbone (Northamptonshire).

Attendance: 3,516 (with approx 500 Yeovil supporters).

Footnote: Matthew Dolan was originally named in the starting line-up for this fixture. His place upon kick-off was taken by Dominic Blizzard, who had been named on the bench.


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13 April 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-0 away win against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, 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 Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.


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13 April 2013 : Gordon's Not Alive
Yeovil Town's left-sided player Ben Gordon has departed the club after his short term contract expired. The former Chelsea player has failed to break into the starting line-up, having made just one start and two substitute appearances after being signed as a free agent.

He now departs Huish Park and will play no further part in the season. The Glovers are relatively well covered in his main positions, with Jamie McAllister, Joe Edwards, Vitalijs Maksimenko, Sam Foley and Gavin Williams all able to cover the various left-sided options.


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13 April 2013 : Team News For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for this afternoon's trip to Stevenage. The match at Broadhall Way sees the Glovers make once change from the team who beat Shrewsbury Town last weekend. In comes Sam Foley who replaces QPR loan defender Angelo Balanta in the starting line-up.

Left-back Jamie McAllister (ankle), Jordan Cook (knee), and Lewis Young (knee) have completed their recovery from injury and take a position on the bench.

The line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 26. Matthew Dolan 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 16. Nathan Ralph 15. Lewis Young 3. Jamie McAllister


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13 April 2013 : Dawson Focussed On One Game Only
Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson has said that there is little talk of promotion in the Glovers dressing room at present, despite their current top six position. With four games remaining, the Glovers travel to Stevenage needing a maximum of six points from their remaining four fixtures to guarantee a play-off place, with a more ambitious points target needed to break into the top two automatic spots.

Speaking to BBC Somerset this week, Dawson has said that all of the current focus goes on their Saturday afternoon opponents, and getting the next win, and insists that dreaming about promotion is far from their minds:

"We don't really think about it - honestly we don't. There's absolutely no talk about it in the dressing room at all. It's all about the next game, which is the way it should be. We're just looking forward to that. It's supposed to be a really tough place to go, especially in the last few years, and so we'll have to stay focussed. We'll do our homework on them, as we always do, and we'll just take it from there. Hopefully it gets even one step better now. It's been brilliant and I'm absolutely loving it. Hopefully we can keep going, push on and achieve something really special. I think you just get caught up in it. The season's expectations change. Now everyone is focussed on what we want to do. Everyone is so focussed on it, that you don't think too much into it."

This afternoon sees the Glovers come up against Graham Westley for the fourth time this season, having played Preston North End three times across 2012-13. Westley has now returned for a third spell at Stevenage, meaning they are now under new management following a slump in form post-Christmas. Dawson admits he expects the hosting team to react to that, with new management usually giving a mini-boost to a team during the honeymoon period:

"I think it usually does more often than not, but it's something that we have to deal with. We have to play the game as a normal game and take it from there. The games are absolutely massive now, especially Stevenage on Saturday, given how the results went during the week. So we need to keep going and get those three points."


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12 April 2013 : Officials For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday afternoon's League One match between Stevenage and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Broadhall Way on Saturday 13th April, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Mr Linington was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season after a number of years of holding a flag in Yeovil Town games, and since being given a whistle he has taken charge of nine Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions. The most recent of those was the February 2013 home win over Brentford that saw us triumph by a 3-0 scoreline. A few of his first half decisions were somewhat irritating, and we felt that he was rather lenient in allowing Bees defender Shaleum Logan to stay on the pitch when he continued to foul whilst on a yellow card to a point at which any player not already sat on a card would surely have been booked. Brentford's own match report cited four penalty appeals that they were unhappy with - we can't recall the validities of those claims either way.

We also had Mr Linington for the New Year's Eve 2011 match against AFC Bournemouth. We had four bookings that day, and lost the game 3-1, and so you'd think that would give us cause for a good grumble. However, we were too busy complaining about our own side's performance to worry about the referee - the Western Gazette says that he had "a relatively easy afternoon for the official who went about his job competently."

Prior to that we had the February 2011 match against Plymouth Argyle. Not too much to report on his performance that night, although he did give Argyle's Yannick Bolasie a red card in the final minute of the game. It later transpired that Bolasie had been dismissed for spitting. Argyle chose not to comment directly on the incident, doubtless for fear that the Football Association would step in, but their entire lack of complaints about the red card rather suggested they agreed with the dismissal.

Earlier in that same season, we had Mr Linington for the August 2010 home game against Hartlepool United. No complaints about the referee; plenty of complaints about the team's performance in a woeful 0-2 defeat. Prior to that was the March 2010 game against Norwich City that ended up in a 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road. If we'd tried to blame the referee for that result we'd have been laughed out of town. In a one-sided encounter, coming up with any mention of refereeing faults would have been churlish. Just the one booking - for Jean-Paul Kalala of course!

That was one of three 2009-10 encounters with Mr Linington. Just before the Carrow Road match was a December 2009 home match against Walsall that finished with a 1-3 home defeat in appalling weather conditions. We had a slight grumble about Walsall's tendency to slow play down once they got their noses in front and would like to have seen Mr Linington be more authoritative in the way that he dealt with that gamesmanship.

Prior to that was another game against Norwich City in the same season; looking after the August Carling Cup game. The scoreline was a 0-4 which at the time ranked as Yeovil's heaviest home defeat since entering the Football League. There were some post-match grumbles from midfielder George O'Callaghan about the opening goal, which came from the penalty spot.

The 2008 Christmas holiday trip to Millwall, where a 1-1 draw at the New Den saw the game flow well, with plenty of attacking football from both sides. As for Mr Linington, we barely noticed him, which is always a good thing. The other match in October 2008 saw Crewe Alexandra as our opponents at Huish Park, and there's little doubt that the 3-2 scoreline and the thrilling way the game ebbed and flowed will have influenced our thoughts on the referee, but bar a minor quibble that he didn't get out his cards for one theatrical Crewe dive, our recollection is one of general happiness with his performance on the night in what was his first ever match at League One level.

Mr Linington will be assisted by Paul Harris (Kent) and Guy Stretton (Leicestershire). The Fourth Official will be Ian Rathbone (Northamptonshire).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 4.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

Link: March 2010 : Norwich City 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 2.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Brentford 0.


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12 April 2013 : Gary Previews The Stevenage Game
Yesterday afternoon, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the weekend's away match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on that match and the remaining 2012-13 season run-in, are captured via the link below.

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


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12 April 2013 : Football League 2012-13 Play-Offs Full Schedule
The Football League have now published the full schedule for the 2012-13 play-offs. The key dates for League One are unchanged from the list posted on this site last week but can now be considered to be final arrangements.

The dates for League Two are now also available with the full list reading as follows:

Thursday 2nd May 7.45p.m. – League Two Tie A First Leg
Thursday 2nd May 7.45p.m. – League Two Tie B First Leg

Friday 3rd May 7.45p.m. – League One Tie A First Leg
Saturday 4th May 5.20p.m. – League One Tie B First Leg


Sunday 5th May 12.00 noon – League Two Tie A Second Leg
Sunday 5th May 6.45p.m. – League Two Tie B Second Leg

Monday 6th May 1.30p.m. – League One Tie A Second Leg
Monday 6th May 4.30p.m. – League One Tie B Second Leg


Thursday 9th May 7.45p.m. - Championship Tie A First Leg
Friday 10th May 7.45p.m. - Championship Tie B First Leg

Sunday 12th May 12.30p.m. - Championship Tie A Second Leg
Sunday 13th May 7.45p.m. - Championship Tie B Second Leg

The dates for the three divisional Play-Off Finals were already cast in stone, due to the need to book Wembley Stadium, however the Football League have now set firm kick-off times. These are as follows:

Saturday 18th May 2013 1.30p.m. : League Two Play-Off Final
Sunday 19th May 2013 1.30p.m. : League One Play-Off Final
Monday 27th May 2013 3.00p.m. : Championship Division Play-Off Final

Note: Tie A and Tie B should not be assumed to represent any particular pairing of clubs. The actual pairings will be selected by the Football League, with doubtless influence from Sky Sports at the end of the season.


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12 April 2013 : Ten Years Ago Today, In A Land Far Far Away ...
Ten years ago today, something rather magical happened. At just before 5.00p.m. Yeovil Town achieved promotion to the Football League, 108 years after the formation of the club, by winning the Nationwide Conference League Title. They did so in unusual fashion - without kicking a football - unless you count the fact that the team were engaged in their pre-match warm-ups at Belle Vue, the previous home of Doncaster Rovers.

The League itself was won at the Deva Stadium, where Chester City were playing Woking in a 3.00p.m. kick-off, whilst the Glovers had been lined up for a teatime Sky Sports game with them hoping to capture the moment themselves. In the lead-up to the Deva match, their manager Mark Wright had described Yeovil's position as "lucky" - a somewhat disrespectful assessment of the situation given that the Glovers were to ultimately finish 20 points ahead of their rivals. With Chester needing to win all of their remaining matches, their 2-2 draw against the Cards was two dropped points, and so promotion was gained without the Glovers needing to show how "lucky" they were.

Yeovil Town - 2002-03 Nationwide Conference Champions
Yeovil Town - 2002-03 Nationwide Conference Champions
Photo © 2003 Ciderspace


One of the other bizarre things to note is that when promotion was achieved - assistant manager Steve Thompson was on the phone to a friend at his former club Woking - whilst we had contact with a Woking supporter who was at the Deva Stadium - there was barely a Doncaster Rovers supporter in the stadium. Just around 1,000 Glovers fans who had all arrived early in the away end, ready to carry out their own party. Manager Gary Johnson orchestrated his team to perform a warm-up that involved the team all running in a line towards the away end, and perhaps the players showed some restraint by not carrying on running and diving into the away end.

Supporters in the away end at Belle Vue celebrate the moment that the final score came through at Chester
Supporters in the away end at Belle Vue celebrate the moment that the final score came through at Chester
Photo © 2003 Ciderspace


Instead, the players were fully focussed upon winning the league in style. Despite Doncaster Rovers being one of their rivals for promotion - they eventually went up via the play-offs - Darren Way's opener, a Michael McIndoe penalty and an extraordinarily cheeky Lee Johnson goal in the first half was followed up by a Kevin Gall strike in the second. A 4-0 thrashing in front of the cameras and an excuse for more celebrations. The Football League Era had arrived.

Ten years later, the names of Gary Johnson, Terry Skiverton, Darren Way and Gavin Williams are still firmly associated with the club, and here they are trying for promotion, with Doncaster Rovers as one of their principle rivals. It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2) 1. Chris Weale ; 14. Roy O'Brien 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Colin Pluck ; 16. Andy Lindegaard 6. Darren Way 8. Lee Johnson 11. Michael McIndoe ; 20. Gavin Williams ; 25. Kirk Jackson 9. Kevin Gall

Substitutes: 2. Adam Lockwood (60, for O'Brien), 10. Nick Crittenden (74, for Gall), 12. Chris Giles, 22. Steven Collis, 24. Abdelhalim El Kholti (65, for Lindegaard)

Cheers for the promotion Gary!
Cheers for the promotion Gary!
Photo © 2003 Ciderspace


Link: 2002-03 Final Conference League Table.

Link: Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town Photo Gallery.


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12 April 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage
Saturday sees Yeovil Town make a rather familiar trip for old-timers as we head to Broadhall Way and the home of Stevenage. With that in mind, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to include current ticketing and travel information, plus the usual directions, parking, pub guides and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage.


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11 April 2013 : Still No Rush For McAllister
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will not be hurried into bringing his club captain Jamie McAllister back into the first team squad. The left-back returned to training on Tuesday, having been out since the March 19th home fixture against Swindon Town with an ankle injury that had been causing him to break down during games.

With two of those games out also covering a two match suspension, his four games away from the first team has not been too costly, with the Glovers picking up two wins and two draws during that time - a far cry from earlier matches where it seemed as though as soon as the 34 year old left the field of play, that the Glovers defence would fall apart.

More recently, with Joe Edwards occupying the left-back position, the first team have conceded just two goals in three matches. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson feels that with the team playing well without McAllister now, the urgency to restore him to the side is not so acute:

"It's a little bit the same as it was before (in terms of McAllister's injury). We rushed him back early, and it didn't quite work out, although I think we had a couple of good results when he came back. But now we've had a couple of results with him not being in the team, so at least it gives us that option to absolutely clear him up with his injury. So it's a little bit of a juggling act right now as to when we bring him in, and when we still have to rest him."


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11 April 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Enabling The Enabled
Yesterday's announcement of the 2013-14 Season Ticket package features a couple of new ideas compared to the usual way that Yeovil Town have structured their pricing. Having had 24 hours to ponder what's on offer, Cruncher has penned a Taff's Gloversblog entry to consider the pros and cons of what's on offer, and how well the scheme might do. Head via the link below, and please add your own views on the subject at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Enabling The Enabled.


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10 April 2013 : Blades Part Company With Boss Wilson
League One side Sheffield United have tonight parted company with manager Danny Wilson. The Blades lost 0-2 at home to Crawley Town last night, severely denting their hopes and expectations of automatic promotion out of League One and leaving them in 5th place in the League One table. They have been stuttering slightly in recent matches, with just one win in their last six fixtures, although with other clubs around them doing much the same, have managed to hold their top six position.

Tonight they have parted company with Wilson, along with his assistant Frank Barlow, placing first team coach Chris Morgan in charge of the club until the end of the 2012-13 season. Wilson had been in charge of the Blades since May 2011, with his side losing in last season's League One play-off final against Huddersfield Town. Overall, he won 55 of his 106 matches in charge - a decent enough record, but not good enough for the expectations of the division's biggest club.


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10 April 2013 : Pompey Fans See Light At The End Of The Tunnel
League One side Portsmouth appear to be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel after 14 months in administration. Today saw them come up at the Last Chance Saloon - the High Court in London which was in session to hear Portsmouth Supporters Trust's attempts to get control back of their Fratton Park ground, from former owner Balram Chainrai, who had mortgaged his debts using the stadium as an asset, meaning that when the club collapsed, he claimed control of the ground.

Today the plan was to force the sale of the ground through the courts, but it didn't quite get that far, with a deal between the club's administrators and Chainrai's company Portpin being thrashed out even as the Judge waited for the session to start, with two adjournments made during the day. The PST are reported to have purchased the ground for £3 million, along with some unspecified add-on agreements.

The next steps for Pompey will be to formally take the club out of administration, with administrator Trevor Birch setting a target of April 22nd - five days before the football season is due to end. At that point they will experience slightly more unpleasant news - an expected 10 point deduction with the only question being whether the Football League use it against this season's League table, or whether Portsmouth are forced to start next season on minus 10 points.

The decision on that may be left until it is known whether Pompey will be relegated under their own steam - they're currently only 2 points from safety with former Glovers striker Guy Whittingham performing a bit of a minor miracle given the chaos surrounding the club. However, if he does claw their way out of the relegation zone then the League are expected to push them back in it upon exiting administration. PST Chairman Ashley Brown expects that to be the outcome, but is concentrating on the wider picture of today:

"This club now has a very bright future. It is not going to be easy. We're going down to League Two but we have to accept that and use it as an excuse to rebuild. This moment should be something special for all fans, not just Pompey. This should give a belief of what is achievable. We like to say we are the biggest community club in the country and we hope other clubs will follow. It's taken a lot longer than we wanted but in the end we got the result we wanted. It's brilliant news, we're over the moon."


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10 April 2013 : Yeovil Town's 2013-14 Season Ticket Package Published
Yeovil Town have launched their Season Ticket package for the 2013-14 Season today. With the club's current divisional status at stage at the moment, in that they could be playing League One or Championship football next year, the offer is a slighty more complex one. Prices will vary depending upon which division the club play in, whilst there is also an additional 'Early Bird' layer to benefit those supporters who want an opportunity to purchase their Season Tickets at 2012-13 prices, regardless of which division the club end up playing in.

The bottom line is that admission prices for individual matches will be raised by £1.00 for next season if the club remain in League One. However, if they reach the Championship division then admission prices will go up by £3.00 (or £2.00 for more junior levels). Revised Season Ticket prices have also been adjusted to reflect that, based on the club's usual pricing structures of offering a price based on a certain number of 'free' games. There will be an Early Bird Season Ticket deadline of May 31st that will be based upon whichever division the club are in. Standard pricing will kick in from June 1st.

The big twist to this season's offer is the additional 'Early Bird' layer - a sort of an 'Early Early Bird' layer. This offer has been put in place to allow fans to purchase their season ticket before the new prices kick in, and thus to obtain them at 2012-13 prices. Obviously if the club reach the Championship division, then this is a significant difference in prices. This offer will be in place until April 30th 2013.

To see how this works in practice, let's take an Adult AgustaWestland (Main) Stand central block season ticket. If you purchase your ticket by April 30th 2013, it will cost you £340 (using 2012-13 prices). If you purchase by May 31st 2013, then a League One season ticket will cost £357, whereas for the Championship it will cost £391. From June 1st 2013, it will cost you £399 for a League One ticket and £437 for a Championship ticket.

In terms of individual match tickets, the current 2012-13 pre-match price for an Adult AgustaWestland (Main) Stand central block ticket is £20.00. For the 2013-14 season, this will be £21.00 in League One, or £23.00 in the Championship. The existing pre-match/matchday tariffs are retained, meaning that these will be £23.00 (League One) and £25.00 (Championship) if you purchase on a matchday.

We will dissect the full price list into our usual format on the site over the next 24 hours to provide a ticketing page for next season. In the meantime, you can download the PDF file (requires Adobe Reader) from the club's website to view the full price list. More reaction and detail on this offer will follow later.

Link: 2013-14 Yeovil Town Season Ticket Application Form (Requires Adobe Reader).


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10 April 2013 : Championship Division Play-Off Dates Published
The Football League have now published the play-off semi-final dates for the Championship division. In this instance, these appear to be slightly more firm dates than their League One equivalent, which we carried on this site last week.

The Championship play-offs are taking place a week behind the League One play-offs due to the need to use Wembley Stadium on Saturday 25th May for the European Champions League Final. Thus the current calendar now reads as follows:

Friday 3rd May 7.45p.m. – League One Tie A First Leg (Provisional)
Saturday 4th May 5.20p.m. – League One Tie B First Leg (Provisional)

Monday 6th May 1.30p.m. – League One Tie A Second Leg (Provisional)
Monday 6th May 4.30p.m. – League One Tie B Second Leg (Provisional)

Thursday 9th May 7.45p.m. - Championship Tie A First Leg
Friday 10th May 7.45p.m. - Championship Tie B First Leg

Sunday 12th May 12.30p.m. - Championship Tie A Second Leg
Sunday 13th May 7.45p.m. - Championship Tie B Second Leg

The dates for the three divisional Play-Off Finals are already cast in stone, due to the need to book Wembley Stadium, and these are as follows:

Saturday 18th May 2013 : League Two Play-Off Final
Sunday 19th May 2013 : League One Play-Off Final
Monday 27th May 2013 : Championship Division Play-Off Final

Link: Provisional League One Play-Off Dates Published.


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10 April 2013 : League One Side Bury Need A Million Quid To Survive
League One side Bury's signs of financial distress appear to be radically escalating, following a statement issued by the club this afternoon. The Shakers are currently under a transfer embargo that is expected to be in place until the summer, after they had to get a loan from the Professional Footballers' Association in order to pay their players wages - the second occasion that they had required a bailout this season.

Today, they have issued a statement, via chairman Brian Fenton indicating that they need around £1 million worth of investment into their company with the broad implication being that if they don't get this money then they will go bust. As such they are asking for up to ten local businesses or individuals to invest £100,000 each to safeguard the future of the Gigg Lane outfit. Fenton's statement says:

"At this moment in time the situation is now critical - we are quickly running out of money by trying short-term fixes that are not working long term. The club desperately needs £1 million of external investment to secure the long-term future of the club. Without this investment the club will cease to trade and there will be no more professional football played at Gigg Lane. We are looking for a number of people, local businessmen or women to join a consortium and invest £100,000 each, with a guaranteed payback."

At present, Bury aren't putting a deadline on this, but with words such as "critical" and "desperately" being used as well as the bluntness that the club will "cease to trade" Fenton isn't mincing his words.

Yeovil Town are due to play Bury at Gigg Lane on Saturday 27th April - the final day of the 2012-13 season. At present there's no hint of this fixture being in any danger, but this could be a developing situation.


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10 April 2013 : Coventry Withdraw Points Appeal
League One side Coventry City have formally withdrawn their attempts to appeal against the penalty issued to them by the Football League last month. The Sky Blues had been penalised for taking their Coventry City Football Club Limited company into administration last month, with the League issuing a 10 point penalty as part of their Sporting Sanctions rule.

On April 4th they lodged an appeal against the decision, on the rather dubious claim that the company was not part of its day-to-day footballing operations, which are carried by Coventry City Holdings. However, today they have issued a short statement indicating that "following legal advice, the decision has now been made to withdraw the appeal to avoid further delay and costs to all parties."

Given that the collapsed company has £60 million worth of debts, and according to the last published Football League accounts held the football club's 'Golden Share' entitling it to membership of the Football League, there had been speculation that the League could carry out a further penalty if it felt that Coventry's recent actions were a purposeful attempt to engineer a way of avoiding the standard points penalty. The withdrawal of the appeal will obviously mean that for the time being, the Football League will not delve too deeply on that matter.

Thus the current League Table - with the 10 point deduction in place - will now stand, leaving Coventry in 14th place, and with their on-the-field season now definitively over.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.


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10 April 2013 : Next Tuesday's Opponents Suffer Striker Blow
Next Tuesday night's opponents Oldham Athletic have suffered a blow with news that their leading goalscorer has been given a suspension by the Football Association. Striker Jose Baxter, who has netted 15 times this season, picked up his 10th booking of the 2012-13 season last night in the Latics 2-0 defeat against Preston North End at Deepdale, and as such will serve a two match suspension. He will therefore miss their weekend six-pointer against Bury as well as the Tuesday 16th game against Yeovil Town.

The Latics are unlikely to be short of firepower though, having recently taken Southampton striker Lee Barnard on loan. Baxter's absence is likely to open the door to FA Cup hero Matt Smith who has been largely warming the bench in recent fixtures.

This coming weekend sees Yeovil Town pair Byron Webster and Dan Burn walking a similar tightrope, as both go into the away match at Stevenage on nine bookings. This weekend's fixtures are the last before the slate is wiped clean for players reaching 10 bookings, so they need to avoid any yellow cards to ensure they don't suffer a similar fate.


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9 April 2013 : Good News On The League One Front
Yeovil Town had a perfect night in League One this evening, and all without kicking a ball. With four matches taking place, involving top six sides Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield United and Swindon Town - all playing catch-up fixtures - it seemed unlikely that the Glovers would get through the evening without slipping a place or two in the League One table.

Yet by 10.00p.m. tonight, the League One table remained entirely unchanged from a top six perspective. Donny suffered a shock 0-2 home defeat as a brace from Liam Noble allowed Carlisle United the chance to firmly start planning for the 2013-14 season in third tier football. Elsewhere in Yorkshire, mid-table side Crawley Town got late goals from Billy Clarke and Paul Hayes to stun Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The third largely welcome result saw Milton Keynes Dons beat Swindon Town in Buckinghamshire. That was a big six-pointer given that it gave the franchised side some slim hopes of still joining the play-offs themselves. Goals from Mathias Doumbe and Ryan Lowe put them just four points off the top six - mathematically at least they remain the team outside the play-offs most able to cause an upset, by virtue of them still having a game in hand. Swindon, with one win in seven matches, ought to be getting a bit twitchy by now.

Finally, it won't have been all smiles in the Johnson household. Oldham Athletic lost 2-0 at Preston North End in a result that keeps Lee Johnson's side just above the relegation line, but only on goal difference. Lee is unlikely to be able to dish out any favours to his dad next Tuesday if that situation stays as it is.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.


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9 April 2013 : Good News On The Injury Front
Yeovil Town look likely to be getting some welcome injury news ahead of Saturday's trip to Stevenage. As many as three first team players could be available for selection, having been on the treatment table in recent weeks. Club captain Jamie McAllister is the biggest of that trio, likely to declare themselves fit for the journey to Broadhall Way, having been missing since the March 19th televised game against Swindon Town. According to the Western Gazette the 34 year old returned to training this morning and so will be in the running to be part of the squad provided he shows no reaction to his recent ankle injury.

Midfielder Dominic Blizzard was substituted at half time in the 3-3 draw at Carlisle United on March 23rd, and was out with a hamstring problem, but again it appears that he stands a chance of being fit for the weekend. Finally, Charlton Athletic striker Jordan Cook, who has spent just 29 minutes on the pitch so far, is due to return to South Somerset on Thursday to team up with the Glovers, having spent three weeks in South London receiving treatment on a locked knee at his parent club.

Theoretically all three could be added to the squad this weekend - the only player that would leave waiting firm news on would be winger Lewis Young, who currently has a knee problem.


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9 April 2013 : Team Of The Week For Paddy Again
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has once again been included in the Football League's Team of the Week for the weekend just gone. Having now established a four goal advantage at the top of the League One goalscoring charts, the Irishman has been nominated by the League following his 23rd goal of the 2012-13 season.

This is Paddy's fourth nomination of the season by the League, and he is joined by former Glovers loan keeper Sam Walker who is getting a lot of plaudits during his loan spell with Colchester United. Their line-up is as follows:

Sam Walker (Colchester United)
David Gray (Stevenage) Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers) Peter Murphy (Carlisle United) David Buchanan (Preston)
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) Nicky Wroe (Preston) Carl Baker (Coventry) Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool)
Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town) Brett Pitman (Bournemouth)

The full list of 2012-13 Football League nominations for Yeovil Town players are as follows:

1) 18/08/2012: Richard Hinds (vs Coventry City Home D1-1)
2) 25/08/2012: Marek Stech (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
3) 25/08/2012: Luke Ayling (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
4) 25/08/2012: Jamie McAllister (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
5) 25/08/2012: Ed Upson (vs Scunthorpe United Away W4-0)
6) 01/09/2012 : Richard Hinds (vs Doncaster Rovers Home W2-1).
7) 06/10/2012 : Sam Foley (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
8) 06/10/2012 : Paddy Madden (vs Colchester United Home W3-1).
9) 20/10/2012 : Korey Smith (vs Bury Home W2-1).
10) 27/10/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Crewe Alexandra Away W1-0)
11) 10/11/2012 : Luke Ayling (vs Hartlepool United Home W1-0)
12) 29/12/2012 : Byron Webster (vs Portsmouth Away W2-1)
13) 12/01/2013 : Matthew Dolan (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
14) 12/01/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
15) 12/01/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Sheffield United Away W2-0)
16) 02/02/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
17) 02/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Brentford Home W3-0)
18) 09/02/2013 : Dan Burn (vs Coventry Away W1-0)
19) 16/02/2013 : Byron Webster (vs Scunthorpe United Home W3-0)
20) 16/02/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Scunthorpe United Home W3-0)
21) 02/03/2013 : Ed Upson (vs Tranmere Rovers Home W1-0)
22) 23/03/2013 : Kevin Dawson (vs Carlisle United D3-3)
23) 06/04/2013 : Paddy Madden (vs Shrewsbury Town W2-1)


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8 April 2013 : Madden Extends Advantage To Four
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden's race for League One's 'golden boot' appears to be well on course as we move into the final four or five games of the 2012-13 season. The 23 year old now holds a four goal lead at the top, but in reality it is five goal advantage over the player who is effectively his main challenger, after netting against Notts County and Shrewsbury Town in the last week.

Madden's two goals have taken him to 23 goals, once his solitary strike for Carlisle United at the start of the season is factored in. That led his manager Gary Johnson to declare him as the best striker in League One, and it is looking increasingly likely that the statistics will back up that fact.

We already know that Leon Clarke is out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury, whilst Walsall's Will Grigg, who had been coming up sharply on the rails, has stalled due to a hamstring injury that has restricted his appearances since the last week in March. Bournemouth's Brett Pitman has been in superb form lately, scoring one goal in each of his last six appearances, to push him up to 5th place, but with the Cherries only having three games left, he'd need to do something spectacular to worry Madden.

The top ten strikers in the division are as follows:

1 Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town) 23 (one scored for Carlisle United)
2 Leon Clarke (Coventry City) 19 (11 scored for Scunthorpe United) (out injured for rest of season)
3 Will Grigg (Walsall) 18
4 Clayton Donaldson Brentford 17
5 David McGoldrick (Coventry City) 16 (now on loan at Ipswich Town)
5 Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) 16
7 Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) 15
8 Jose Baxter (Oldham Athletic) 13
8 James Collins (Swindon Town) 13
8 Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) 13


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8 April 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Target Six
As we finally turn into the final straights, and head towards the finish line, it's time to look at what might stand between ourselves and the possibility of a League One play-off place. With six points needed to achieve that, there are also six key fixtures - not involving Yeovil Town - that could shape our season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers those aspects via the link below. Add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Target Six.


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8 April 2013 : Interview With Matthew Dolan
Seven days ago, Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Matthew Dolan scored his first ever professional first team goal. His free kick won the match against Notts County and after the game he spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Matthew's views on that, his recent injury and time back at Middlesbrough can be read via the link below.

Link: Matthew Dolan Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Over Notts County.


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7 April 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Shrewsbury Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's highlights from yesterday's 2-1 win over Shrewsbury Town, highlights are now on the Sky Sports website. Goals from James Hayter and Paddy Madden, plus Steve McGinn's equaliser are viewable to UK internet subscribers, along with post-match interview clips from both managers.

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


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7 April 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Shrewsbury Home Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Shrewsbury Town kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Gary Johnson, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts ahead of kick-off, plus views on Chris Weale and the rest of the 2002-03 Conference title winning squad, can be read via the link below.

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


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7 April 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Shrewsbury Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Shrewsbury Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Gary Johnson, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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6 April 2013 : Johnson Credits Players For Consolidated Position
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson praised his players for consolidating a strong position in the League One play-off spots this afternoon. Their 2-1 win over Shrewsbury Town at Huish Park saw them rise to a third placed position in the League One table and most importantly gave them a five point cushion over seventh placed Tranmere Rovers.

With 42 games gone in the 46 match season, that has left the club needing six points from their remaining four fixtures to mathematically guarantee a place in the top six. Speaking after today's game, Gary felt that they needed to be careful of making assumptions about their position, but added that his players deserved the credit for being still in the hunt this deep into the season:

"We're in a great position and have consolidated our position in the play-offs. It's given us a nice little buffer, and with four games left, it's credit to the boys to be in such an excellent position. We're still chasing the top two. People have started expecting us to win now and that is a different pressure, but I can certainly handle it. We're third in the league, so now have to be careful. There's still four games to go, but we're pleased to consolidate our place in the play-offs."

As for the game itself, the familiar names of James Hayter and Paddy Madden did the damage. The duo have now scored 36 goals between them this season for the Glovers. Today a Hayter penalty was followed by Madden notching his 22nd for the club and his 23rd of the 2012-13 season. Johnson believes that make his leading scorer the best striker in the division:

"Paddy deserves what he gets because of his work rate. It was a great strike and he is a constant threat. He is very keen to make sure the team in which he plays wins, so he's a fantastic competitor. He has been by far the best striker in the league this season, and his goal was an important one to put us back in front. We saw the game out and ended up with a fantastic result for our club."


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6 April 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Shrewsbury
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 home win against Shrewsbury 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 Shrewsbury Town.


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6 April 2013 : Yeovil 2 Shrewsbury 1 : Hayter And Madden Set Up Five Point Buffer
Yeovil Town gained three priceless points this afternoon, as they sneaked past Shrewsbury Town in a tight encounter. All the goals came during the first half, as a James Hayter penalty opened the scoring after Marvin Morgan was penalised for handball. A Steve McGinn strike from the edge of the box gave the visitors an equaliser midway through the half, but his goal was eclipsed by a wonderful long range goal from Paddy Madden for his 23rd of the season. Shrewsbury managed plenty of second half pressure to keep the match edgy, but couldn't stop Yeovil going third in the League One table, with a five point advantage over seventh place Tranmere Rovers.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged eleven and an unchanged substitutes bench from Monday's 2-1 win against Notts County at Meadow Lane. Lewis Young returned to training on Thursday but didn't make the squad, whilst Jamie McAllister wasn't risked with his ongoing ankle injury. In the opposition side, Chris Weale was the Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper - the first time he's returned to Huish Park for a competitive match since leaving the club he joined as a youngster. Appropriately, some of his former team-mates were paraded to the supporters before the game with Kirk Jackson, Abdou El Kholti and Colin Miles numbered amongst those who got a standing ovation - of course others who he played with during the 2002-03 season were in the dugouts or in the opposing team.

It was a sluggish start by Yeovil, with Tom Eaves glancing a corner wide of the post, whilst Marek Stech had to save from Jon Taylor. But they got a penalty with their first attack of the game, as a Matt Dolan corner was met by the head of Byron Webster. Shrewsbury striker was judged to have handled that attempt on goal, and referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot. James Hayter sent Chris Weale the wrong way via the penalty kick, leaving Wealey's first touch of the ball to be picking it out of his own net.

The visitors had shown some reasonable play during the opening period, particularly down their left flank, and it wasn't too surprising to find them getting an equalising goal from that route. Joe Jacobson, formerly of Bristol Rovers, broke past Kevin Dawson, and his cross into the box was only half headed away by Byron Webster and into the path of Steve McGinn. His drive from distance was excellently struck, leaving Marek Stech standing still as the Shrews levelled the scores - Yeovil's defensively minded players had been caught too wide open and exposed in the build-up to McGinn's strike.

The Glovers gradually began to grow into the match, and they regained the lead just 32 minutes into this topsy-turvy half with a goal of real quality. On the whole, Paddy Madden's goals have been from close range this season, with predatory instincts finding the net rather than the spectacular. Hence there's probably few rivals for his 23rd of the season - James Hayter fed the ball through, and Madden cut inside his marker before unleashing a superb goal from outside the box, and into the bottom left hand corner. 2-1 and apart from a whack that Madden got on the shins after he tried to get on the end of an Angelo Balanta cross, that saw him go down injured just before the break, that was pretty much the end of the action for that half.

The second period saw Shrewsbury make a half time switch, and Yeovil put on the back foot a little. Some of the visiting approach play was concerning - Matt Richards and Tom Eaves both broke through the centre without tackles coming in, but thankfully their attempts went wide of the target. Yeovil's chances were few and far between - Angelo Balanta's weaving run saw Chris Weale deflect for a corner as they frequently struggled to keep the ball on a pitch that desperately needs some summer maintenance to sort itself out.

Shrewsbury's goalscorer Steve McGinn went for his second from the edge of the box but this time Marek Stech got his body behind the ball, smothering it at the second attempt. In the closing stages though, the Glovers took full control of the situation - running the ball towards the corner flags and frustrating the opposition as they ran down the clock. Not a vintage performance, but at this stage of the season, does anyone care - particularly when they can examine the League One table and realise what that win means for the club's play-off chances now? Six points from their remaining four games would guarantee that.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Shrewsbury Town 1.

Scorers: James Hayter (11 mins, 1-0, pen), Steve McGinn (21 mins, 1-1), Paddy Madden (32 mins, 2-1).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 26. Matthew Dolan 29. Angelo Balanta
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds (90 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams (79 mins for Matthew Dolan) 14. Sam Foley (73 mins for Kevin Dawson) 16. Nathan Ralph 19. Ben Gordon 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko

Shrewsbury Town:
1. Chris Weale 3. Joe Jacobson 4. Luke Summerfield 8. Matthew Richards (Capt) 11. Jon Taylor 15. Steve McGinn 18. Connor Goldson 23. Yado Mambo 26. James Hurst 10. Marvin Morgan 24. Tom Eaves

Substitutes:
25. Joe Anyon 2. Jermaine Grandison 6. Rob Purdie (46 mins for James Hurst) 17. Paul Parry 19. David McAllister 20. Aaron Wildig 27. Akwasi Asante (71 mins for Marvin Morgan)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Shrewsbury Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 7; Fouls: 8.

Shrewsbury Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 5.

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Darren Blunden (Kent) and Steve Rubery (Essex). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Attendance: 4,473 (with 376 Shrewsbury supporters).


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6 April 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Shrewsbury Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for this afternoon's home League One against Shrewsbury Town this afternoon. With club captain Jamie McAllister's ankle injury deemed to still not be healed enough to put him back into the team, it's the same eleven that beat Notts County on Easter Monday that will start the game.

Winger Lewis Young returned to training on Thursday after a knee problem, but he isn't risked, meaning that even the bench is as you were. Meanwhile Shrewsbury's line-up includes the familiar name of Chris Weale between the sticks, returning to Huish Park as an opposition player for the first time in a competitive match.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 26. Matthew Dolan 29. Angelo Balanta
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 14. Sam Foley 16. Nathan Ralph 19. Ben Gordon 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko

Shrewsbury Town:
1. Chris Weale 3. Joe Jacobson 4. Luke Summerfield 8. Matthew Richards (Capt) 10. Marvin Morgan 11. Jon Taylor 15. Steve McGinn 18. Connor Goldson 23. Yado Mambo 24. Tom Eaves 26. James Hurst

Substitutes:
25. Joe Anyon 2. Jermaine Grandison 6. Rob Purdie 17. Paul Parry 19. David McAllister 20. Aaron Wildig 27. Akwasi Asante


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6 April 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Shrewsbury Town
Officials for Saturday afternoon's home League One fixture between Yeovil Town and Shrewsbury Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 6th April, at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Mr Langford is a very familiar name on the circuit, and to Yeovil Town supporters, which for a referee is usually for bad reasons. We've had him seven times across four years so far, with a fair bit of drama involved in those games.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Langford will be assisted by Darren Blunden (Kent) and Steve Rubery (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

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

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

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

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

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Southampton 1.

Link: October 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton 2.

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


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6 April 2013 : Interview With Chris Weale
Whilst we tend to cover a lot of interviews from our own players and management, it's not often we get an opportunity to cover the opposition. Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Chris Weale though is a little bit special. Wealey made 204 appearances for the club over a six year spell, and then returned for another 10 game loan spell during the 2008-09 season which included a famous 90th minute goal being scored.

Yet in all that time, we're struggling to remember him ever turning up in an opposition shirt to play against his home town club. How fitting then that he should do so on the day that the club plan to parade some of the class of 2002-03 on (nearly) the 10th Anniversary of Yeovil Town achieving promotion to the Football League.

Chris has been interviewed by BBC Radio Shropshire about his memories of that time, and you can read what he thought via the link below.

Link: Chris Weale Speaks To The BBC About His Memories Of Playing For Yeovil.


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5 April 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Shrewsbury Town : Opposition Form Guide
Tomorrow afternoon's opponents Shrewsbury Town arrive at Huish Park on a relatively decent run of good form, having not lost in four matches. That timely batch of two wins and two draws has put them on the edge of guaranteeing League One football for next season - they are currently on 48 points in 17th place - there's probably a fair chance they're already safe, but doubtless manager Graham Turner will want to push them through the 50 point barrier just to be more certain.

In truth, Shrewsbury have never really looked like relegation candidates during their first season back in League One. On the other hand, they've never been wholly comfortable. They had two pre-Christmas brief dips into the relegation zone, but largely have have hovered around the 16th-18th mark for most of 2013, making survival and stability their number one priority.

Their current mini-run of form has been sparked by the arrival of Bolton Wanderers loan striker Tom Eaves. He had a relatively successful loan spell with Bristol Rovers earlier this season, and in late February he moved out to Shropshire, and has returned six goal in eight appearances. Shrewsbury have netted nine goals in their last four games - they'd only scored 40 times in their preceding 37 matches, so that's been some turnaround. Eaves scored a hat-trick on Easter Monday and so is going to be one to watch.

Their joint top scorers are striker Marvin Morgan and club captain Matthew Richards. However, given that they've only scored seven, Eaves could leapfrog them inside two months worth of football, and that probably tells you why Shrewsbury couldn't get higher up the table this season. Another player worthy of note are goalkeeper Chris Weale, who needs utterly no introduction to Glovers fans - Wealey has been getting rave reviews from current and former Shrewsbury players this week, and so appears to be helping them at the other end of the pitch. Other familiar looking names are left-winger Paul Parry, who Gary Johnson tried to sign around ten years ago, and defender Joe Jacobson, who spent two years with Bristol Rovers.

The last meeting between the two sides saw the Glovers triumph in a particularly comfortable manner. A brace from Paddy Madden and another from James Hayter gave fans at the New Meadow an early sight in October that Yeovil Town had a strong goalscoring partnership on their books, following Madden's arrival earlier that month. Shrewsbury pulled one back late on through a Matthew Richards penalty, but couldn't stop the club coming home with a 3-1 win on their first visit to Shrewsbury's new ground.

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Shrewsbury Town

15/11/1969HomeFAC1L2-3Housley, Davies
02/05/1975HomeFrndL1-4760
31/07/1985HomeFrndD1-1485
25/09/2004AwayCCL2W2-14196Johnson 69, Tarachulski 72
03/01/2005HomeCCL2W4-27250Way 34, Terry 78, Caceres 84, Gall 89
31/10/2006AwayLDV2L1-21795Barry 67
04/09/2007HomeLDV1W1-01669Owusu 53
23/10/2012AwayNPL1W3-14711Madden 9, 70, Hayter 60


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Shrewsbury Town

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
212910201644131514

RECENT RESULTS

02/03/2013WalsallAwayNPL1L1-35496McAllister 77
09/03/2013Leyton OrientHomeNPL1L0-25274
12/03/2013Milton Keynes DonsAwayNPL1W3-26622Eaves 16, 19, Kay 69
16/03/2013Crewe AlexandraAwayNPL1D1-15106Summerfield 28
29/03/2013Carlisle UnitedAwayNPL1D2-24472Richards 63, Mambo 76
01/04/2013Crawley TownHomeNPL1W3-05196Eaves 48, 67, 85


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Matthew Richards700007
Marvin Morgan700007
Tom Eaves600006
Paul Parry600006
Jon Taylor600006
Luke Summerfield210003
Asa Hall200103
Luke Rodgers200002
Yado Mambo100001
Darren Jones100001
Mark Wright100001
Aaron Wildig100001
Stephen McGinn100001
Chris Porter100001
Cameron Gayle100001
Jermaine Grandison100001
David McAllister100001
Own Goals200002

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 7232, vs Sheffield United, 09/02/2013
Lowest League Attendance: 4711, vs Yeovil Town, 23/10/2012
Average League Attendance: 5626

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 2 Games Without Defeat: 4
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1 Games Without An Away Defeat: 3
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 11 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 1 Home Results Sequence: DLWLLW
Away Results Sequence: WWLWDD Overall Results Sequence: LLWDDW


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5 April 2013 : Gary Previews The Shrewsbury Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home match at Huish Park against Shrewsbury Town, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Tim McSweeney, Gary's thoughts on the fixture, the return of Chris Weale, and the Conference title-winning squad, can be read via the link below.

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


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4 April 2013 : Early Team News For The Shrewsbury Game
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will make a late check on two of his players ahead of Saturday's home game against Shrewsbury Town. Left-back Jamie McAllister and right-winger Lewis Young have both been out of the first team squads with ankle and knee injuries respectively, with club captain McAllister a significant blow given that it effectively extended his two match suspension that had kept him out of the team.

Speaking this afternoon, Johnson explained to BBC Somerset that he was weighing up his side's risks, given the chances of the club's season being extended into the month of May, should they reach the League One Play-Offs. He explained that McAllister was approaching full fitness, but that he didn't want to rush him back too soon, in case his ankle problem flared up a second time:

"He's got a chance of being involved. We needed to leave it, so that there's no chance of him breaking down again, just in case we have more games than the 46 League One games. You then run the risk of not using him and not getting there, or using him and when you get there you've not got him. So we're keeping a close eye on it. I think he'll possibly be available for Saturday."

Of the club's other injury concerns, Lewis Young seems likely to be available. However, midfielder Dominic Blizzard would remain on the sidelines. Gary explained:

"I think we've got Youngy (Lewis Young) back as well, as he trained today. Dominic Blizzard is our main problem. He's one that won't be available. He has just got a strained hamstring, and he's had it for a little while and he won't be ready yet."

Of the remaining injury problems, Jordan Cook remains back at Charlton Athletic receiving treatment on a knee problem. Meanwhile Wes Fletcher's loan period silently ended on Easter Monday, with the striker having long since returned to Burnley, meaning that he has now formally disappeared off the squad list.


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4 April 2013 : Coventry Appeal Against Points Penalty
League One side Coventry City have formally appealed against their ten point deduction, incurred for going into administration. The Sky Blues were penalised under the League's Sporting Sanctions rules last week, after they put Coventry City Football Club Limited into administration on March 21st, with a High Court session hearing that they had £60 million worth of debts.

Administrator Paul Appleton has indicated that the decision was not taken by him, but by Coventry's Holdings company, who are owned by City hedge fund company SISU. However, he was able to confirm that the club had lodged the appeal in accordance with the League's procedures:

"I understand Coventry City FC Holdings have today appealed against the ten-point deduction imposed after Coventry City FC Limited was placed into administration. Having spoken to Holdings legal team, I have advised the appeal can be made on a joint basis between Holdings and Limited on the understanding it does not prejudice my on-going investigation as Joint Administrator in any way."

Coventry's appeal will be heard within the next 21 days. The Football League will be anxious to draw a close on the issue, one way or another, by that time given that the deadline for the appeal hearing is two days before the end of the 2012-13 season. Without the points deduction, Coventry would lie five points outside the play-offs. Hence the League will need to resolve any claim they have before the final set of games kick off, given the complications it would bring to any final table positions.

The likely situation is that Coventry's appeal will fail. They would have to prove that the debts currently held by that company were non-football related - hard to believe given the company name, the fact that the Football League's 'Golden Share' was understood to be held by that company, and that it held the stadium's lease agreement on behalf of the football club that allowed it to play games at the Ricoh Arena.


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4 April 2013 : Ladies Tame Top Of The Table Lionesses
Grace Rapp scored a sensational second half goal at Wells on Sunday as Yeovil Town Ladies returned to league action in style with a memorable 1-0 victory over top of the table Millwall Lionesses.

Due to an excellent cup run and some poor weather this was Yeovil's first league game in 2013. Millwall are a top side, so Yeovil's team selection was a statement showing that the management has great belief in the squad by calling up four players whose preferred position is centre forward, starting the quartet as the front two and wide players to go for nothing less than three points.

It didn't take long for Millwall to try and spoil Yeovil's excellent league form by winning three corners in the space of fifteen minutes, but the Glovers remained calm and organised to deflect any pressure. Millwall’s power house and top goal scorer Emma Whitter managed to muscle through to shoot which was well saved by keeper Beth Howard. Millwall continued to press and stretch the home side, but the back four of Emma Brazell, Rosie Williams, Michelle Keehan and skipper Rachael Edwards were solid and protected the Yeovil goal valiantly, with Howard organising in behind. Early in the game there were a number of corners and crosses flying across the home side’s 18 yard box but Yeovil managed to control the pressure and the experience of skipper Edwards and the long serving Brazell showed.

The Glovers soon responded to this pressure by getting the ball down and dominating midfield areas with player of the match Jade Radburn playing exceptionally to break up attacks alongside Kirsty Whitton. The Glovers were seeing more possession towards the end of the half and built up a few great chances with excellent crosses from top goal scorer Laura Bray and Katie Cook, but Grace Rapp and Justine Lorton could not get a shot in. Lorton caused Millwall real trouble in the first half with her trademark moves, and managed to create space to pass and cross, but no end product could be produced.

At half time Yeovil knew there wasn't much between the two sides and it would take massive concentration at the back to keep a clean sheet, and real determination to push on and try to create more chances to punish Millwall.

The second half started with a wakeup call for the home side when Millwall rattled the bar from a free kick. This spurred Yeovil to get a grip of the game and play more directly. After a quick switch of wide players Cook cleverly flicked the ball into the six yard box where Grace Rapp bravely threw her body into a challenge across the defender and poke the ball around the ‘keeper to score. This galvanised the Glovers who went on to display a fantastic team effort to defend their lead for over thirty minutes, and also had a couple more chances to further their score. In the last ten minutes Shannon Osman replaced Lorton who had put in a good shift. To freshen up the pressure Yeovil had to hold on the ball as the opposition did not give up and pushed them to the whistle with a great example of Premier League football for the supporters.

Manager Sarah Lawler said after the match: "This the game reflected the desire this group of players have to perform and work for each other. We were so proud of how they kept their lead despite the pressure from the opposition, and felt they deserved to come away with three points given the effort and discipline they all showed."

"This win has come at a crucial time as there is still plenty to play for. Our ladies now have a run of five away games in a league and it is still open after stealing points from top of the league Millwall. Next week we will face second place Reading Ladies, and if we get a result against them it will make things really interesting in the race for promotion. We now have the best form in the league with five straight wins, but we have to earn every result and will take each game at a time to try and finish as high as mathematically possible."

"It was difficult in a game like this for us to pick out any individual player as the whole squad worked so hard to get this result, but the players player award deservingly went to Jade Radburn who dominated midfield and caused Millwall much frustration with her ball winning in the middle of the park."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Millwall Lionesses 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Howard, Brazell, Edwards Williams, Keehan, Whitton, Radburn, Cook, Bray, Lawton (Osman – 75), Rapp

Substitutes Not Used: Cornwall, Osman, Grogan

Goals: 1-0 (Grace Rapp - 72)

Referee: Mike Hall (Wellington)

Next Match: Away at Reading FC Women (Tadley Callena FC, Reading ) FA Women's Premier League. 07 April 2013, 2.00pm kick off.

[Report by Sarah Lawler - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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4 April 2013 : Yeovil Town Close Down Youth Set-Up
Yeovil Town are to entirely close down their Centre of Excellence operations this summer after four years of operation. The club had already curtailed their Under-9s to Under-16s level sides last summer, but now the two-year scholarship programme that forms the Under-18s side will also be axed.

The Western Morning News and Western Gazette indicate that the club's decision has been made due to the costs and effort involved to run the scheme, and the lack of success in bringing players through the ranks since its formation. The club's own statement says that they had initially hoped that reducing the set-up to an EPPP Category Four - carrying just an Under-18 side - would be more manageable, but that they have now decided to even close that down:

"It had been hoped that an under-18s scholarship programme would be more sustainable but the criteria the club is expected to meet is expensive, excessively bureaucratic and requires more resources than can be reasonably provided at this time. It is extremely disappointing to be in this position but this action has been taken in the interests of the club's overall viability."

The Centre of Excellence has not resulted in any players having reached the first team since it switched from the basic Under-18s side it ran during the club's non-league days. The last player to graduate from Under-18s level to first team level was Craig Alcock, who made his debut in May 2007. Since then, the club have given a number of scholars professional contracts, and a few have made first team substitute places, but none have got onto the field of play in a competitive first team match. Manager Gary Johnson implies that the failure to produce players has been a factor in the decision:

"The club has worked hard to make the youth programme work but it has not been able to produce any players for the first-team squad in recent years. It is harder for local lads to progress to that level now we are in League One and looking to compete at the upper end of that division. I have therefore advised the board of directors to focus the recruitment resources we do have on 18 to 21-year-olds that have not been given the opportunity of first-team football at Premier League and Championship clubs."

At present no decision has been made on the future of the current 13 scholars that the club has on its books, nor on current Head of Youth Scott Green. However, the Under-18s finished the 2012-13 season bottom of the Football League Youth Alliance, and there have been few signs of any players being 'prepared' significantly for the jump from Under-18s football to the first team squad in recent months.

The move leaves the club's only 'local' input coming through the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust which runs development centres and soccer schools. However, it would seem more likely that the club will aim to recruit 'rejects' from other clubs Academy systems and scholarships for their future first team plans.


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3 April 2013 : Dolan Picks For Sky Nomination
Yeovil Town midfielder Matthew Dolan has been included in the Team of the Week for the Sky Sports website. The Middlesbrough loanee has only just returned for a second spell at Huish Park, following a couple of injuries, but has made a quick impact by firing in the winning goal in the Easter Monday trip to Notts County. The Sky Sports website says this about his nomination:

"Dolan was a second-half substitute in the goalless draw with Walsall but had more of an impact in the 2-1 success at Notts County as the Glovers kept their promotion hopes firmly intact. Manager Gary Johnson hailed his influence on the clash after the midfielder played a part in Paddy Madden's opener before scoring himself after the break. His poor pass had led to County's equalising penalty but he atoned for that error with a 52nd-minute winner, lifting a stunning free-kick over the wall and into the back of the net from 20 yards to seal the triumph."

Sky's line-up also includes former Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch in the list of eleven League One players, and reads as follows:

Sam Johnstone - Walsall
Jon Otsemobor - MK Dons
Mark Roberts - Stevenage
Jamie McCombe - Doncaster
Charlie Daniels - Bournemouth
Jamie Paterson - Walsall
Johannes Ertl - Portsmouth
Matthew Dolan - Yeovil Town
Tom Eaves - Shrewsbury
Brett Pitman - Bournemouth
Dean Bowditch - MK Dons


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3 April 2013 : Paddy Voted League One's Best Player
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden may not have got the recognition that he perhaps deserved at the Football League Awards earlier this month, but a national football magazine has put him at the top of the tree. The Irishman scored his 22nd goal of the 2012-13 season during Monday's game against Notts County, with 21 of those coming during a red hot streak he's enjoyed since moving from Carlisle United in October, initially on loan.

Paddy has been named as League One's Best Player in a Readers' Poll by FourFourTwo Magazine, in their May 2013 issue, which aims to unveil the Football League's Top 50 Players. The 23 year old even comes in at No.5 across the whole of the League, beaten only by Jordan Rhodes, Charlie Austin, Wilfried Zaha and Tom Ince in their final list of players.

The Top Five best League One players, as rated in the magazine, and their relative positions across the whole poll, are as follows:

LEAGUE ONE'S TOP PLAYERS:
5th : Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town)
9th : Harry Maguire (Sheffield United)
13th : Matt Ritchie (AFC Bournemouth)
14th : David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers)
15th : Harry Forrester (Brentford)

Their polling has uncovered a number of other Glovers-related nominations, even though Paddy is the only current Yeovil Town player to make their list. Former loanee Liam Bridcutt, who is now at Brighton and Hove Albion comes in at No.26. Meanwhile there are a handful of ex-Glovers who are also mentioned as the 'best player' at their individual clubs, even though they didn't make the final Top 50. These include Chris Weale (Shrewsbury Town), Scott Flinders (Hartlepool United), Nathan Smith (Chesterfield) and Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Needless to say, well done to Paddy on getting so many votes from opposition supporters throughout the FourFourTwo poll - hopefully that makes up a little for League One's Managers not rating him so highly.


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3 April 2013 : Provisional Play-Off Dates Published
At the risk of being possibly premature with respect to League One's permutations and combinations over the next half dozen games, provisional dates for the League One play-off semi-finals are now available.

As usual the play-off semi-finals will be played over two legs. These will be based upon the final positions in the League One table and will pitch 6th vs 3rd and 5th vs 4th as the two matches. The 5th and 6th placed teams will play at home during the First Leg ties, whilst the 3rd and 4th placed teams will take home advantage for the Second Leg.

The current plans, following consultation between the Football League and Sky Sports are for the matches to be played as follows:

Friday 3rd May 7.45p.m. – Tie A First Leg
Saturday 4th May 5.20p.m. – Tie B First Leg

Monday 6th May 1.30p.m. – Tie A Second Leg
Monday 6th May 4.30p.m. – Tie B Second Leg

At present they have not decided which pair of teams would take Tie A or Tie B. This will only be decided at the end of the season. As usual, these dates are subject to change, particularly in the case of any concerns being raised by police and safety authorities in terms of the pairing of any ties both within League One and across the Football League's other two divisions.

The dates for the three divisional Play-Off Finals are already cast in stone, due to the need to book Wembley Stadium, and these are as follows:

Saturday 18th May 2013 : League Two Play-Off Final
Sunday 19th May 2013 : League One Play-Off Final
Monday 27th May 2013 : Championship Division Play-Off Final


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3 April 2013 : Stevenage Tickets On Sale From Huish Park
For Yeovil Town's forthcoming League One match against Stevenage, a batch of advance tickets have been provided to the Huish Park Ticket Office. You can still purchase online, using the details outlined in our March 18th article, however, for individual tickets you can also now buy in person or over the phone from Yeovil Town.

For Stevenage's Family Ticket offer, and for Wheelchair disabled access, you must still apply via Stevenage's website (for Family Tickets) or by phoning Stevenage (for Wheelchair disabled) as described in the earlier article.

For all other remaining Ticketing and Travel information, see the set of articles below.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Stevenage.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town (Rearranged).

Link: GWSC Travel To Oldham Athletic (Rearranged).

Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bury.


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3 April 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Notts County Away Interview
Just before Monday's away match at Notts County kicked off at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. Talking tactics, runs of form and the signing of Matt Dolan, Gary's pre-kick-off chat with local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset is captured via the link below.

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


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2 April 2013 : Video : Notts County vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday afternoon's away match against Notts County at Meadow Lane, highlights are now online. The Sky Sports website offers three minutes worth from the Easter Monday 2-1 win, including the goals from Paddy Madden and Matt Dolan along with all the other major action. Head via the link below if you have a UK internet provider.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Notts County vs Yeovil Town Highlights.


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2 April 2013 : GWSC Travel To Bury
Yeovil Town's final currently scheduled match of the 2012-13 season sees them travel to Bury in a League One match. The game at Gigg Lane takes place on Saturday 27th April 2013 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £26.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £24.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Stevenage.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town (Rearranged).

Link: GWSC Travel To Oldham Athletic (Rearranged).

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2 April 2013 : GWSC Travel To Stevenage
In just under two weeks time, Yeovil Town make their next away trip, as they travel to Stevenage in a League One match. The game at Broadhall Way takes place on Saturday 13th April 2013 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 9.00a.m. and from Huish Park at 9.15a.m. Cost of travel will be £21.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £19.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

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

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2 April 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Notts County Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 away win over Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Notts County Away Game.


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1 April 2013 : Johnson Happy To See Players Back On Track
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that some of his players put in a performance today against Notts County that had been lacking in some of the club's recent fixtures. Having not won in five matches, the Glovers got back on track with a 2-1 win that put them back in the play-off places, leapfrogging Tranmere Rovers who lost today.

Speaking after the match, Johnson admitted that certain unnamed players in his side had not been fully delivering in some of those matches, but had praise for the way that they had helped guide his team to three priceless points:

"Some of the players that haven't played well in the last couple of games came up trumps. We found a few things in this game that we have been lacking recently and hopefully now we can keep doing them for the remaining games."

In terms of the pattern of the match, Gary added that he felt his side had been good value for their 1-0 half-time lead, thanks to Paddy Madden's 22nd goal of the 2012-13 season. However, he hadn't allowed for the Magpies hitting back straight after the break through Alan Judge's penalty. Thankfully Matt Dolan's free kick restored the advantage, but that still led to a nervy ending to the game:

"I thought in the first 10 minutes we had three or four good chances and we looked like we were up for it. We scored the goal and came out after a real rallying speech at half-time only to soon be drawing, and then you start to think 'here we go again.' But we got the lead back and we had to keep it because on that pitch both teams had to go longer than they wanted to. We had to defend our penalty area in the last 30 minutes because they hit it longer, and I thought we did that magnificently and still got chances at the other end."


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1 April 2013 : Notts County 1 Yeovil 2 : Dolan Strike Puts Glovers Back On Track
Yeovil Town gained a valuable three points three points this afternoon, as they saw off a midtable Notts County side at Meadow Lane. All three goals in a 2-1 win came around the half time break, with Paddy Madden netting his 22nd goal of the season just before half time before Alan Judge levelled from the penalty spot after Dan Burn bundled him over in the box. But the scores were level for just three minutes as Matt Dolan flighted home a wonderful free kick to seal the win and put Yeovil back in the play-off zone again, taking advantage of Tranmere Rovers losing by a single goal at Portsmouth.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up following Good Friday's draw against Walsall. Sam Foley dropped to the bench with Matt Dolan taking his position in the team, meaning that the midfield was shuffled around a little. Kevin Dawson moved out to the right wing, allowing Dolan the chance to take up the central role.

The match opened up with Yeovil making a fairly decent start. Angelo Balanta forced a save out of Notts County reserve keeper Fabian Speiss, then fired just wide of the target. Then Paddy Madden put one wide of the target. The game though was being played on a hard bobbling pitch, where both sides were having problems in gaining control of the ball - what would normally take one touch to control, seemed to need two, and every now and again players from both sides were being left occasionally embarrassed by their loss of ball control. This was not going to be a day to play too much tippy-tappy stuff, even if Yeovil in particular did try to play the ball along the deck.

Notts County did have their moments in a relatively even half, particularly towards the end of the first period when their strike pair Yoann Arquin and Enoch Showumni, sporting bright green and bright red boots, began to link up more strongly. Marek Stech saved easily when Arquin met Alan Judge's cross from the byline, but had to make a far more impressive save from Showumni three minutes before the break, when he got low down to his right to push the former Bristol City player's header away from the foot of his goalpost.

Just as it looked as though the game was going to go in scoreless at half time, a long range drive from Matthew Dolan helped open up the scoring. His low shot was firm and skimmed across the Meadow Lane 'turf', causing keeper Fabian Speiss to merely parry the attempt. First to react was Paddy Madden, who operated in pure goal-poacher mode, capitalising on the loose ball, and lifting it over the stranded keeper and into the back of the net for a very welcome lead at the break.

The second period opened up with the Glovers immediately putting themselves onto the back foot. Dan Burn showed a spot of inexperience when he chased down Alan Judge inside the box, going through the back of the midfielder instead of holding back on the challenge or forcing him wide. No real complaints then, when referee Fred Graham pointed to the penalty spot. Judge chose to take the kick himself and rolled the ball into the left hand corner, with Marek Stech having already committed himself by diving the other way.

The Magpies though were to only hold the scores level for three minutes, as the game immediately swung back in Yeovil's favour. Kevin Dawson was brought down by Gary Liddle on the corner of the penalty box, with a few Glovers fans appealing for it to be given inside the area. Whether it was, or it wasn't mattered not - Matthew Dolan's left-footed curler from the set piece went in via the near post, despite Fabian Speiss getting a hand on the ball. 2-1 and advantage Yeovil again.

The home side really should have gone level three minutes after Dolan's goal, but ended up wasting the opportunity with one of the worst misses you'll see in League One all season. A ball in from the right-hand side passed through a County player in the centre of goal, reaching former Bristol Rovers player Jeff Hughes at the back stick. With Marek Stech forced to commit to his front post, the goal was gaping, Hughes was unmarked, and stood inside the six-yard box. Instead he sliced wide of the left hand post, with the laughter from the away end letting him know what the travelling 349 Glovers fans thought of it.

Still Notts County pressed for an equalising goal, but they never really put Yeovil under the acute pressure that would have been expected after that Hughes miss. The main worry was that on a dodgy pitch with unpredictable bounce, that just one mistake could wreck the day. Matty Dolan was replaced, after spending 10 minutes hobbling about with what looked like a groin injury, although still managed to fire another dangerous effort at Speiss before he hobbled off. In the closing stages, as Yeovil introduced Richard Hinds to sit in front of the defence in a 4-1-4-1 style formation, the best the Magpies managed was a fairly tame Showumni header, and a more worrying Alan Judge cross that looked like it could produce a goal, but instead whizzed across the face of the box, missing everyone.

On the whole, this was a deserved victory, even if Yeovil were never head and shoulders above their opponents on the day. The difficult pitch meant that this was a game largely of attrition and concentration, than one of silky ball skills, and the most vital part was of course the three points. Still five more games to go of twists'n'turns, but after today, it's firmly back in Yeovil's hands to secure the play-off place they currently hold.

Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Notts County 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (45 mins, 0-1), Alan Judge (49 mins, 1-1, pen), Matt Dolan (52 mins, 1-2)

Notts County:
23. Fabian Speiss
2. Julian Kelly 8. Gary Liddle 6. Dean Leacock 3. Alan Sheehan
20. Jamal Campbell-Ryce 28. Andre Boucaud 4. Neal Bishop 10. Alan Judge
9. Enoch Showunmi 15. Yoann Arquin

Substitutes:
35. Kevin Pilkington 5. Manny Smith 11. Jeff Hughes (46 mins for Jamal Cambell-Ryce) 13. Francois Zoko (77 mins for Andre Boucaud) 17. Tyrell Waite (65 mins for Yoann Arquin) 21. Curtis Thompson 25. Greg Tempest

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 26. Matthew Dolan 29. Angelo Balanta
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds (86 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 14. Sam Foley (70 mins for Matt Dolan) 16. Nathan Ralph (77 mins for Angelo Balanta) 19. Ben Gordon 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko

Notts County Bookings: Alan Judge (73 mins, diving), Neal Bishop (82 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Dan Burn (48 mins, foul)

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 2; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex). Assistants: David Benton (South Yorkshire) and Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire). Fourth Official: Danny Gratton (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 5,004 (with 349 Yeovil supporters).


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1 April 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Notts County vs Yeovil
If you watched this afternoon's away match against Notts County at Meadow Lane, 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 Notts County vs Yeovil Town.


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1 April 2013 : Team News For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's away trip to Notts County. Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan comes in for Sam Foley who swaps places on the bench, meaning that Kevin Dawson will move out to the right wing again.

Meanwhile club captain Jamie McAllister (ankle), Lewis Young (knee), Jordan Cook (knee), Wes Fletcher (injured) and Dominic Blizzard (injured) continue to be absent from the side.

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

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 26. Matthew Dolan 29. Angelo Balanta
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 14. Sam Foley 16. Nathan Ralph 19. Ben Gordon 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko


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1 April 2013 : Gary Talks About Balanta, Cook, Fletcher And Tenth Anniversaries
We've extended the written output from last week's pre-match interview with Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson that largely concentrated on the Good Friday game against Walsall. Whilst the usual 'preview' interview concentrated on the game against the Saddlers, Gary also talked separately about the loan status of Angelo Balanta, Jordan Cook and Wes Fletcher. He also talked about the club's 10th Anniversary Celebrations. That has now been added to the interview, and can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Talks About Angelo Balanta, Jordan Cook, Wes Fletcher and Tenth Anniversary Celebrations.


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