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30 April 2014 : Wigan vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Ah, Wigan Athletic away. One of the more eventful nights of the 2013-14 season saw Yeovil fall behind, go ahead, fall behind, and then grab an injury time draw. Late crazy goings on saw Ishmael Miller score twice, whilst Luke Ayling got the final touch on the sixth and final goal of a 3-3 draw at the DW Stadium.

Man of the Match voting was rather one sided. Very one-sided in fact. Whilst Luke Ayling and Ishmael Miller may have dabbled around the 2nd and 3rd placed votes for the part they played at the attacking end of the pitch, there was only one winner - for once everyone was in agreement that goalkeeper Marek Stech was the Man of the Match.

Full results and outright MOTM votes are as shown below:

1. Marek Stech 100 (10)
2. Ishmael Miller 40 (0)
3. Luke Ayling 26 (0)
4. Byron Webster 2 (0)
4. Jamie McAllister 2 (0)
4. Tom Lawrence 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.9
Performance : 7
Entertainment : 8.8
VOTES RECEIVED : 10


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30 April 2014 : QPR vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
During the middle of March, Yeovil Town travelled to Loftus Road to play Queens Park Rangers in a Championship fixture. The end result was a slightly flattering 3-0 scoreline - the home side dominated the opening stages of the game but the Glovers were extremely unfortunate to have an opening goal ruled out for apparent obstruction by James Hayter, although the video replays made that decision extremely questionable.

As far as Man of the Match voting on that day was concerned, right-back Luke Ayling and striker Ishmael Miller were popular choices on the day. However, the winning votes went to Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence who finished above Miller by a small margin.

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

1. Tom Lawrence 124 (7)
2. Ishmael Miller 102 (9)
3. Luke Ayling 80 (6)
4. Joe Edwards 78 (3)
5. Marek Stech 52 (2)
6. Shane Duffy 50 (1)
7. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 20 (2)
8. Kevin Dawson 20 (1)
9. Byron Webster 12 (1)
10. Duane Holmes 10 (0)
11. Matteo Lanzoni 8 (0)
12. James Hayter 6 (0)
12. Liam Davis 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.34
Performance : 6.25
Entertainment : 6.44
VOTES RECEIVED : 32


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30 April 2014 : Reid Has Early Talks With Argyle
Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid has given a hint that his future could lie with League Two side Plymouth Argyle next season, after he said that he had held initial talks with Pilgrims boss John Sheridan. Having scored 20 goals in 53 appearances for the Devon side during the 2013-14 season, including 16 goals in League Two, the 25 year old has enjoyed statistically speaking the most productive period of his career, and that has seen him win the club's Player Of The Season at Home Park.

Now destined to be released at the end of this season, having not played for the Glovers since New Year's Day 2013, Reid has been more forthcoming about his future than he was last week, telling the Plymouth Herald that it would be 'silly' if he didn't strongly consider an offer from the club that have taken him through the best part of an 18 month loan agreement:

"We have had a little chat and he (Sheridan) has asked me what I have got planned. I donít know what I have got planned. I will see what he wants to do after the Portsmouth game (on Saturday). I hope we can work something out that will keep me here because it would be silly for me not to be here next season. It would be good for my football development, with the support of the manager. Hopefully, next season we can challenge for automatic (promotion) or nailed on play-offs. I would love to be a part of that. It would be nice to achieve something."

Reid, who was not given a squad number or a position in the Glovers squad team photo for the 2013-14 season, has understandably said that he has not felt like he was on loan at Home Park, particularly because it was the club where he started his professional career:

"I donít feel like a loan player at all. Even when I came back here on loan last season, it was as if I had never left. Itís a club that is always going to be with me because itís where I made my Football League debut. I feel like Iím Plymouth Argyle, 100 per cent. The two seasons I have got goals, I have had a good run of games and not had any injuries. And I have had a manager who has put me on the pitch and given me a proper opportunity to perform."

Whilst on the subject of possible player movements, the Western Gazette have expanded upon last week's claims that linked three currently contracted Yeovil Town players with moves away from Huish Park. Having last week suggesting that Byron Webster (Leeds United), Luke Ayling (Brentford) and Kieffer Moore (Brighton and Hove Albion) had interest from other clubs, they've now thrown in the name of Ipswich Town, suggesting that the Suffolk club are chasing Webster and Ayling. Again, there are no sources named and until today there were no media reports from the Ipswich end mentioning either player. As per last week, any club interested in Ayling (Under 24) or Moore (under contract) would need to approach Yeovil Town if they have any concrete interest in either player.


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30 April 2014 : Sky Select Championship Final Day Live Matches
Satellite broadcaster Sky Sports has selected the two matches that it will show as part of its final day coverage of the Championship division. All games on Saturday will kick-off at 12.15p.m. to accommodate this, including Yeovil Town's home match against Middlesbrough, due to the need for all fixtures to kick-off simultaneously.

The games that have been chosen are all at the top end of the table, with Nottingham Forest (11th) vs Brighton and Hove Albion (7th) on one channel, whilst Reading (6th) vs Burnley (2nd) will be on another channel. The clear goal is for Sky to try to catch the battle between Reading and Brighton for the final Championship play-off place, with all other positions near the top having been cemented.

At the bottom, with Yeovil Town and Barnsley having already been relegated, the final position in the bottom three will be filled by one of Birmingham City (22nd), Doncaster Rovers (21st), Millwall (20th) or Blackpool (19th).

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.


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29 April 2014 : YTFC Cycle Duo Explain Campaign Background
On day one of their 334 mile mission, Yeovil Town's group of intrepid cyclists have made good progress in their plans to use pedal power to get from Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium to Huish Park. They have already travelled 75 miles and have decamped to the Leeds area to rest their legs.

A couple of weeks ago, two of the cyclists - Mark Porter and Ben Tupman - appeared on BBC Somerset to talk about the campaign. You can read about how their training was going just before they headed off by heading via the link below.

Link: Ben Tupman and Mark Porter Speak To The BBC About The YTFC Cycle Campaign.

In addition, you can still sponsor a wide range of riders for as little or as much as you can afford. A growing list can be viewed via the link below.

Link: Back From Boro : List Of Cyclists Donation Pages.


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29 April 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
There's no doubt that since Yeovil Town's Championship status began to be relinquished that first team manager Gary Johnson has been putting out a series of carefully delivered messages. First Easter Monday's 'bigger' Yeovil message, then Friday's breakfast time revelations that he planned to talk to the Yeovil Town board. Then finally last night's appearance on BBC Points West.

The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers what Gary may be thinking and what issues he may have. Read on via the link below, and as always feel free to add your own views on the subject, using the comments box.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Should I Stay Or Should I Go?


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29 April 2014 : Beer Tent To Open Early On Saturday
Yeovil Town supporters heading to Huish Park on Saturday should note that the club's Hospitality Marquee will be opening early for the match. The game against Middlesbrough takes place on Saturday 3rd May with a 12.15p.m. kick-off, due to all Championship final day fixtures needing to kick-off simultaneously.

As a result of the early kick-off the Marquee (aka the Beer Tent) will be opening at 10.30a.m. that day.


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29 April 2014 : Gary's BBC Points West Interview
Yesterday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson appeared live on BBC Points West talking about the club's future, and his own role as first team manager. Whilst we've already covered the key quotes from that interview following the feature, the full transcript of that is now available online via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Future.


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28 April 2014 : Gary's Meeting Poses 'Questions' For The Yeovil Town Board
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his Board meeting today has seen him pose a lot of questions to the club over the direction that they plan to take the Glovers in. Johnson had revealed after Friday night's match against Brighton and Hove Albion that he had planned to hold talks with the board in the wake of his side's relegation to League One after one season in the Championship.

Gary said that the conversation explored similar themes to those he has talked about in recent interviews, again repeating that the club needed to be 'bigger' in the way that it perceived itself, if it wanted to move forward. In an interview with BBC Points West this evening he admitted that one of the 'bigger' things he wanted the Board to consider was a bigger playing budget. He wants the club to roughly maintain the the 2013-14 Championship budget when the club start the 2014-15 season in League One.

Acknowledging that the Board had been very supportive to him over his two spells at Huish Park, Gary said the board meeting had been one of laying out the questions he felt the club needed to answer in order to move forward:

"The result was a lot of questions of course, that I needed to ask. The Board of Directors have been very supportive to us over the last few years, since I've been back, and also when I was there in the first place. But a manager is always going to ask for a bigger budget, to be more competitive, and we need to probably maintain a similar budget to the one that we had in the Championship - which was obviously very low for the Championship - to sustain a challenge in League One."

As with Gary's Friday morning interview from the team hotel in Brighton, he refused to give a definitive statement on whether he would start next season as Yeovil Town manager. Instead he said that much still depended upon what sort of responses he got to his questions tabled today:

"Well we don't know, because we've got to wait for the answers to the questions. What I'm sure is that I hope that the club still wants to move forward, and that it still wants to get bigger and better - and then I'll be happy to be that manager that takes it further forward."

Johnson said that he was realistic about what the club could afford to spend, and hoped that the outcome would be a budget that would be competitive in League One football. He admitted that it would be hard for them to entirely shake off the 'Little Old Yeovil' tag, even if he did want the club to become bigger:

"I don't think so - we'll never be 'Big Old Yeovil'. We need to be bigger and we need to look down that route of making the club bigger and better, in a better and entertaining arena, both on and off the field. So we're trying very hard to do that. But League One is where we were last year, and we competed well in it, and hopefully the club can compete well again."

Yeovil's playing budget when they were last in League One was reported as being in the region of £1 million - almost certainly one of the smallest in the division at the time. Increased television and central payment income allowed the club to increase the playing budget during the 2013-14 season to a figure reported as around £2 million - easily the smallest budget in the Championship, but if maintained in League One would potentially give the club something that put them into the 'lower mid-table' range of what other third tier clubs tend to spend in that area per season.


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28 April 2014 : Cyclists Commence Journey Up To Middlesbrough
This morning a group of around 64 Yeovil Town supporters began a long trip from Yeovil up to Middlesbrough in preparation for a mammoth cycle ride that will benefit three charities. Dubbed as the 'Back From Boro' campaign, the fans will use pedal power to travel a total of 334 miles between the Riverside Stadium and Huish Park. Their efforts will benefit Prostate UK, St Margaret's Hospice and the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust.

The team have already raised £2,110 for Prostate UK as part of a recent half time collection arranged at a March 2014 Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday. Meanwhile a recent event at the Quedam Centre in Yeovil raised another £296.65 across all three charities. Their target is to raise £30,000 once they complete their mission.

The plan is to leave the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday morning, and to then do four full days of cycling, covering up to 80 miles in each day. On Friday night, they will reach Bath and will then make the final 40 mile journey from Bath to Yeovil, hopefully arriving at Huish Park around mid-morning on the Saturday - and hopefully have enough of a chance to rest their aching limbs before the game kicks off at 12.15p.m. against Middlesbrough. Riders include Glovers employee James Healey and former goalscoring legend Mickey Spencer, plus former defender Tom White, whilst there are plans for first team manager Gary Johnson to lead the riders in on his own bike during the final mile of the run-in to Huish Park.

You can sponsor each rider individually - a sample list of riders can be viewed below. All riders are listed in alphabetical order with no preference intended. Hence please randomly pick someone to sponsor, and help recognise their efforts by helping three worthy charities.

NB: If any other riders want their names/links added to this list, please drop an email to ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com and we'll add you to the list, which we'll promote a few times during the week.

Link: Dan Cabell : Just Giving Page.

Link: Gary Cabell : Just Giving Page.

Link: Andrew and Chris Fort : Just Giving Page (joint page).

Link: George Gillingham : Just Giving Page.

Link: Sarah Gillingham : Just Giving Page.

Link: Steve Gillingham : Just Giving Page.

Link: James Healey : Just Giving Page.

Link: Mike Henstridge : Just Giving Page.

Link: Alan Jane : Just Giving Page.

Link: Stewart Palmer : Just Giving Page.

Link: James Robertson : Just Giving Page.

Link: Mickey Spencer : Just Giving Page.

Link: Ben Tupman : Just Giving Page.

Link: Elliot Watts : Just Giving Page.

Link: Andrew Wildish : Just Giving Page.

Link: Clare Wildish : Just Giving Page.


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28 April 2014 : Gary Talks About Need For Club Progression
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is due to meet with the Board of Directors today to set out how he hopes the club will move forward in the wake of the Glovers' relegation through to League One. Gary explained after Friday night's match against Brighton and Hove Albion that he wanted the club to be able to drop the 'Little Old Yeovil' tag, having already said on Easter Monday that he wanted the club to be 'bigger' in its thinking.

On Friday morning, Gary spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton from the team hotel in Brighton, and whilst he initially touched on the game against the Seagulls, he also expanded upon his thinking behind his Easter Monday comments, and what he expected from the club as he looked to rebuild the side in League One. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC On The Morning Of The Brighton Game.


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27 April 2014 : PFA 2013-14 Championship Team Of The Season
The Professional Footballers' Association have published their Championship Team Of The Season, as part of their Awards evening tonight. It's no surprise to find that Champions Leicester City (three) and promoted side Burnley (three) have received the bulk of the plaudits. Other players selected tonight include players from Derby County (two), Ipswich Town, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United.

The votes are cast by other PFA members, with players unable to vote for those inside their own club. The full team reads as follows:

PFA 2013-14 Championship Team Of The Season: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town), Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Jason Shackell (Burnley), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), Craig Bryson (Derby County), Will Hughes (Derby County), Danny Ings (Burnley), Ross McCormack (Leeds United).


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27 April 2014 : Live Commentary For Ladies Trip To Oxford
Yeovil Town Ladies are in action this afternoon in their third FA Women's Super League fixture, taking on Oxford United Women. The match takes place at Abingdon United FC, kicking off at 2.00p.m. Those supporters who have not travelled to the game can listen to live commentary of the match, thanks to BBC Radio Oxford - the broadcast should start just before kick-off and can be listened to online via the link below.

Link: BBC Radio Oxford : Oxford United Women vs Yeovil Town Ladies : Live Commentary.


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27 April 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Brighton Away Interview
Just before Friday night's Championship match against Brighton and Hove Albion kicked off at the Falmer Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about his opponents, as well as explaining his thoughts on the selection of striker Sam Hoskins for the game.

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


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26 April 2014 : Ladies Chairman Praises Fans Following Season Opener
The Yeovil Town Ladies first team are undoubtedly playing in the biggest season of their history, having recently joined the newly formed FA Women's Super League Division 2. Their FA WSL Season opener was at the home of Reading FC, the Madejski Stadium, where they faced a top quality Reading Women side. The Glovers were unfortunately defeated 3-0, but this didnít have any negative impact on their confidence.

They kicked-off their first ever FA WSL home fixture at the Jones Stadium, Sherborne Town FC, Dorset on Sunday 20th April. Initially, the day did not bode well in terms of weather, with pouring rain throughout the day. However, as soon as the game got underway, the weather was no problem for the Glovers as they shot to success Ė four times.

Goals came from striker Katie Cook, and a hat-trick from midfielder Stacey Pearson. What's more, the club got the highest level of attendance throughout the WSL 2 for that day; 281 fans did not let the dreadful conditions put them off! Commenting David Mills said:

"I would like to thank the fans for their amazing support - it was the worst weather I have ever seen at a game, yet they not only came to see the game but stayed throughout. I think the fact that our gate was higher than that for games at Doncaster, Sunderland and Watford underlines how great our support was."

Mills went on to praise the players and off the field staff at the game too, in what was a landmark fixture for the club, adding:

"The players and off the field staff of both clubs were also great and our volunteers were superb. Unfortunately we had to cancel some of the entertainment we had planned due to the dreadful weather, but everyone in both clubs made sure the fans got to see what was a great game."

The Glovers are next in action on Sunday 27th April (tomorrow) in an away against Oxford United Women tomorrow - Sunday 27th April. They then face a very busy May which includes two back-to-back home games against FA WSL 1 side Birmingham City Ladies in the Continental Cup and then against a strong Aston Villa side in the league. The Birmingham City game is next Thursday, 1st May, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. To find out more and get tickets, head to their Ticketing Page.

In addition, for the chance to become one of four official Match Day Mascots for the Birmingham game, simply answer the following question: "Who won the Continental Cup in 2013?" - Email your answer to win@yeoviltownladies.com


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26 April 2014 : Video : Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive last night's 2-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion, match highlights are on the Sky Sports website. As this was a televised fixture, you get just over five minutes worth of action on the game, including the shots that saw Ruben Palazuelos and Joe Edwards strike the woodwork. Watch the video clip via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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26 April 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Brighton Away Game
Following Friday night's 2-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Falmer Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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26 April 2014 : Brighton 2 Yeovil 0 : Late Goals Confirm Glovers Relegation
Yeovil Town's relegation to League One was 100 percent confirmed on Friday night, as a 2-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion saw them run mathematically short of an escape route in their penultimate fixture of the 2013-14 season. Despite holding the Seagulls for a large proportion of the match, late goals from Kazenga LuaLua and Jesse Lingard sealed their fate.

The Glovers played their part in a match that saw them twice hit the crossbar, with Ruben Palazuelos producing a stunning first half drive from the edge of the box that had Tomasz Kuszczak easily beaten, with the keeper having to punch the ball away as it rebounded down close to his own goal line, with players charging in to take advantage. Then in the second half Joe Edwards hit a rising shot that clipped the top of the crossbar, after it had been laid back to him.

Brighton though possessed plenty of quality on their substitutes bench as well as in their first eleven, and that was proven when Kazenga LuaLua was introduced with 16 minutes remaining. He needed just four minutes to make his introduction known - albeit with the opening goal having a degree of fortune to it. His cross into the box from the left evaded an incoming Brighton striker as Leonardo Ulloa stretched to get a boot on it, but in doing so meant that the ball carried through and past a deceived Marek Stech and into the far corner.

Yeovil pushed players forward in the closing stages, with Byron Webster deployed as a striker in a tactical reshuffle. But in the dying seconds of the match, Manchester United loanee Jesse Lindgard connected with a Solly March cross inside the box, connecting well to seal all three points, much to the relief of the Brighton fans who saw their side move into the top six Championship play-off positions thanks to that win.

For Yeovil, it means the Championship dream is over, although the standing ovation the 471 travelling supporters gave their players at the end of the game, and the away shirts that were thrown into the crowd by the appreciative players show that there is still plenty of pride and heart about what was achieved by the Glovers during this season.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Kazenga LuaLua (78 mins, 1-0), Jesse Lindgard (90 mins, 2-0)

Brighton and Hove Albion:
29. Tomasz Kuszczak
2. Bruno 3. Gordon Greer 5. Lewis Dunk 17. Stephen Ward
6. Dale Stephens 4. Keith Andrews 11. Andrea Orlandi
30. Will Buckley 19. Leonardo Ulloa 35. Jesse Lingard

Substitutes:
9. David Rodriguez 12. Craig Mackail-Smith 14. Inigo Calderon 16. Casper Ankergren 18. Jake Forster-Caskey (76 mins for Dale Stephens) 25. Kazenga LuaLua (74 mins for Will Buckley) 27. Solly March (64 mins for Andrea Orlandi)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
11. Tom Lawrence 4. Joe Edwards 8. Ruben Palazuelos 19. Joe Ralls
9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson (87 mins for James Hayter) 10. Sam Foley 18. Matteo Lanzoni (86 mins for Ruben Palazuelos) 21. Liam Davis (60 mins for Tom Lawrence) 23. Joel Grant 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi

Brighton Bookings: Keith Andrews (64 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Shane Duffy (53 mins, foul), Liam Davis (73 mins, foul).

Brighton Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 23; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 8; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Andrew Madley. (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent) and Craig Hicks (Surrey). Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Attendance: 26,901 (with 471 Yeovil fans).


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26 April 2014 : Johnson To Use Board Meeting To Drive Club Progression
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will use a Board meeting on Monday to discuss the club's future direction, in the wake of their relegation from the Championship. The club's fate was formally sealed on Friday night by the 2-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion that leaves them now six points off safety with only one game remaining of their season.

Johnson chose his Easter Monday interview after the Huddersfield Town fixture to talk about the need for the club to think 'bigger' if they were to challenge for another season at second tier level. Speaking after Friday night's match, Gary said that the club had to shed the 'little old Yeovil' tag and grow the club to compete better with the Championship-sized clubs, and he wanted to see the board driving that progression as well:

"I've got a board meeting on Monday and we'll see where we are going. Are we going to progress or are we going to have to keep pulling a rabbit out of the hat each time? We can't keep doing that. We can't be little old Yeovil forever. It's a nice thing to be called but the whole town, the whole club, the whole area has to support it. Brighton have a Premier League stadium and we play in a Conference stadium. We have to be doing a lot more to compete with teams like Brighton."

On the relegation itself, that was sealed by late goals from Kazenga LuaLua and Jesse Lingard. However, with Johnson having pretty much conceded that was on the cards after the Easter Monday defeat against Huddersfield, he said that there was no shock attached to that finally being 100 percent confirmed:

"It's sad, although we knew we were going to be sad, so it's not a shock. But I was pleased with the boys' efforts and it was fantastic that the Brighton fans applauded our lads when we walked off. A couple of decisions went against us here, and a couple of moments of quality from Brighton. But I'm proud of the lads knowing we have given everything."


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25 April 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this evening's 2-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Falmer Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

NOTE: As tonight's match is televised live on Sky Sports, the Man of the Match voting is extended to both those physically at the stadium, and those sat in front of the television.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town.


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25 April 2014 : Team News For Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's Championship match against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Falmer Stadium.

Sam Hoskins comes in for Kevin Dawson which means Tom Lawrence should drop onto the wings tonight in a game that will kick off at 8.00pm due to a traffic accident close to the stadium. The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
11. Tom Lawrence 4. Joe Edwards 8. Ruben Palazuelos 19. Joe Ralls
9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 10. Sam Foley 18. Matteo Lanzoni 21. Liam Davis 23. Joel Grant 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi

NOTE: As tonight's match is televised live on Sky Sports, the Man of the Match voting after the game will extend to both those physically at the stadium, and those sat in front of the television. Place your votes after the match has completed.


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25 April 2014 : Man United Happy With Lawrence Loan Progression
Premier League side Manchester United have said that they are happy with the progression their Academy graduate Tom Lawrence is showing at Huish Park, and across the 2013-14 season. The 20 year old has been on loan with Yeovil Town since the end of the January transfer window and has made 18 appearances for the club, scoring twice, including Easter Monday's free kick against Huddersfield Town.

Having spent the first half of the season on loan with League One side Carlisle United, United Reserve Team coach Warren Joyce believes that he is seeing signs of progression throughout Lawrence's season, and told his club's website that the player was a little unlucky to be pushed down the pecking order at his parent club before Carlisle and Yeovil took him on:

"Tom has been a massive success. He started pre-season exceptionally well but there were players who needed to be assessed from above who were older than him. So he found opportunities difficult in the early part of the campaign despite probably being one of the best, if not the best, player in pre-season. Yet he kept his head up in training, even if I felt he didn't do as well as he had done before when coming on as a substitute. His training was really good, though, so we thought we'd get him out on loan to allow him an opportunity to profile himself."

Joyce feels that by Lawrence getting regular first team football at both clubs, the winger/striker has raised his profile, and that has pushed him onto the edges of a full Welsh international squad call-up, with him having been named on the stand-by list during the last international week. Thus Joyce can see that his player is progressing and maturing as he has moved through the 2013-14 season:

"He did very well at Carlisle, scoring some outstanding goals and showing a good work rate. It has been another step up again at Yeovil and they've been delighted with him. Following the bit of exposure, he nearly made the full Wales squad and was possibly the best player for the Under-21s instead in their last game. He's had two really successful loan spells and has matured a lot over the course of the season. Everybody has got to learn different things. It can be just as much about maturing as a person as improving your first touch. It's just another skill you need in terms of having the qualities of a player to progress and become a footballer."


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25 April 2014 : Gary Previews The Brighton Away Game
As part of the build-up to Friday night's away match against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Falmer Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary gives his thoughts on his opponents as well as the wider situation concerning Yeovil's season. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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24 April 2014 : Buying Brighton Tickets On The Day
Friday night's hosts Brighton and Hove Albion have provided further on-the-day advice for Yeovil Town supporters arriving at the Falmer Stadium without match tickets. Whilst you can pay direct from their Ticket Office at the ground, you can also save yourself a bit of time by purchasing either online or over the phone before you depart for the game.

To purchase by phone, call 0844 327 1901 (select option 2) between 9.00a.m. and 7.00p.m. on Friday.

To purchase online, head to Albion's on-line ticketing page before 6.00p.m. on Friday.

To purchase in person, head to the Stadium Ticket Office from 9.30a.m. tomorrow. The office will be open until kick-off but they recommend you aim to arrive at least an hour before kick-off.

When placing your booking, ask for an Away Section ticket, or choose Block S1B to make sure that you are given admission in the correct part of the ground.

Ticket prices on the day for online bookings, including the online booking fee, are as follows:

Adults: £31.00; Over-65s: £23.00; Under-18s: £16.00; Under-10s £9.00.

If you pay over the phone, or in person at the Ticket Office, you'll pay an extra 50 pence per ticket.

For other Brighton-related information, see our opposition guide, which is available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton and Hove Albion.


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24 April 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Brighton and Hove Albion
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town make their final away trip of the 2013-14 season, when they play Brighton and Hove Albion. The match sees us travel to a brand new stadium in the form of the American Express Community Stadium (or the Amex as the locals are calling it, or the Falmer Stadium if you don't like sponsorship deals). That means a fairly hefty upgrade of the old Ciderspace guide has been required, with the Withdean Stadium now thankfully in the past. Read all the usual stuff about directions, parking, ticketing, statistics and all the other usual stuff via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton and Hove Albion.


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24 April 2014 : McAllister Not Interested In Hanging Up His Boots
Yeovil Town club captain Jamie McAllister has said that he has got no interest in hanging up his boots, as he hopes to play another season in the Football League next year. The Scotsman will celebrate his 36th birthday the day after Friday night's Championship fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion but doesn't see that as a reason to slow down as he continued a professional career that now stretches back 18 years.

Despite a couple of mid-season injuries, McAllister has clocked up 38 appearances for the Glovers this season, and has told BBC Somerset that he is happy to consider staying at Huish Park for next season - if talks with manager Gary Johnson prove positive:

"Yes of course I am. I'm fit and raring to go - age is just a number for me. I've enjoyed this season. I've played about 38 games or something like that. So I'm just going to keep going. Hopefully I'll have a chat with the gaffer and we'll see what happens. I'd like to stay here, but we'll see what happens. I'm happy here and I'd like to continue here. There's a lot of uncertainty as a lot of the boys are out of contract, and so everybody is playing for their future."

Whilst the Glovers may be 99% certain to be relegated to League One by the end of the 2013-14 season, McAllister says that there is an incentive for the players to still perform given that their Friday night match against Brighton and Hove Albion is being televised by Sky Sports. He said that there was an issue of personal pride at stake in that game:

"It's a great chance to show (against Brighton) what we can do when we're live on Sky. We want to win our last two games and we want to finish on a high. There's personal pride and as a group we want to show that, especially on Friday night in front of the cameras, that we're good enough to be here. They're a great group of lads and I think they've done incredibly well to get the points that we have done."

Aside from the end table position that has meant that the Glovers will - barring miracles - finish in the bottom three places, McAllister feels that the players should hold their heads high for what they have achieved in the Championship. He has no regrets in terms of the way the team has applied itself in its battle against the odds:

"I've loved it - it's been brilliant. I've thoroughly enjoyed it - it's just that as a team we've not quite got enough points to keep us up. In the last year or so the spirit in the camp has been brilliant. They're a great group of lads and I think what we've done has been unbelievable with regards to some of the games. We've given a great account of ourselves all season, but we just came up short."


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23 April 2014 : Johnson Yet To Make Contract Decisions On Players
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his management team have yet to make any firm decisions over which players they would like to be part of their 2014-15 squad. With relegation to League One now more or less confirmed - barring the ridiculous - the Glovers boss now needs to consider what sort of a squad he wants to build in third tier football, and which players he believes will play a part in that.

Before that process can happen, Gary has told BBC Somerset that he plans to get the Brighton and Hove Albion fixture out of the way before he canvasses the views of assistant manager Terry Skiverton and first team coach Darren Way. However, he revealed that decisions will not just involve out of contract players - there may be some in-contract personnel that he wants to review the future of:

"We'll get this game (against Brighton) out of the way, because it's important that they focus upon the game. We haven't yet as staff sat down and worked out who will be with us and who won't. There will be some that are out of contract that we'd like to still be here, and some in contract that we don't want to be here. So we're going to have to talk to them as well. But we haven't put those names in our list - yet."

Johnson has said that part of his thinking will come down to how consistent players have been over the course of the season. He revisited a point that he has made a number of times over the second half of the campaign that some players are able to perform at the same level every single week, whilst others are only able to do it for certain matches, or certain phases within matches. But he said that was typical of the sort of dilemma facing most football clubs:

"That's the same at every club at the moment, so it's no different here. Some have got the ability and haven't quite shown the consistency. Some haven't got the ability but have tried very hard. Of course you can see the difference between the players that consistently play at the top and middle of the Championship, and the ones that are maybe at the bottom of the Championship and in League One. There is a gap there."

Players out of contract at the end of this season include goalkeeper Marek Stech, centre-back Byron Webster, right-back Luke Ayling, left-back Jamie McAllister and striker James Hayter plus newer arrivals like Ruben Palazuelos.

The Western Gazette has claimed that three of Yeovil's current squad are attracting interest from other clubs - Leeds United (Byron Webster), Brentford (Luke Ayling) and Brighton and Hove Albion (Kieffer Moore). There's no suggestion that this has come from Gary Johnson, whilst the players are not mentioned in the other clubs' press at this stage. In the case of Ayling (Under-24 years old) and Moore (currently midway through a two year contract) any interested club would have to make an official approach to Yeovil Town under such circumstances - if any of these do have legs to them.


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23 April 2014 : Interview With Dave Linney
Easter Monday saw Yeovil Town's position in the Championship division pretty much ended by the 1-2 home defeat against Hudderfield Town, meaning that they will play League One football during the 2014-15 season. The morning after that defeat, Commercial Manager Dave Linney appeared live on air, speaking to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton and his thoughts on what relegation will mean for the club. You can read that interview via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC After The 1-2 Defeat Against Huddersfield.


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23 April 2014 : Officials For Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the Championship match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Amex Stadium (or the Falmer Stadium if you prefer) on Friday 25th April, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and is live on Sky Sports. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andrew Madley. (West Yorkshire).

If the name seems familiar, then it should even though Andrew is a relatively new referee on the circuit, having been promoted to the Football League's referees lists over the summer of 2011. This will be the second time in the last month that we've had him as a referee - add in the similarly named Robert Madley, who we've also had in the last few matches, and the name of Madley is becoming a recurring theme.

We last saw him for the March 2014 game at the King Power Stadium that saw Leicester City draw 1-1 against Yeovil Town. He had a fairly quiet match considering the late drama that unfolded against the eventual divisional Champions - only the one booking, and we can't really fault him for the final outcome as the Foxes grabbed an injury time equaliser.

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

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

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

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

At the time we thought Mr Madley's response was fairly sensible for a situation that developed during second half injury time - a yellow card for Allott and a general calming down of the situation. It was therefore a touch surprising when both clubs were charged by the FA for failing to control their players. The end result was that both clubs were fined £2,500 for their part in the handbags - somewhat out of proportion to the referee's reaction at the time of the incident.

Mr Madley will be assisted by Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent) and Craig Hicks (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Link: March 2014 : Leicester City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

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

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

Link: November 2011 : Chesterfield 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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23 April 2014 : Reuben Reid Uncertain About What Future Holds
Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid has said that he has yet to hold any talks with any clubs, despite being a free agent at the end of the 2013-14 season. The 25 year old has been on loan with League Two side Plymouth Argyle across two separate spells since January 2013, and thus has in reality ceased to be part of the Huish Park set-up despite being still registered as a Glovers player. His contract finally runs out in the summer, and it would be a major surprise if he was not released by the club.

That then gives him the opportunity to find another club, and Argyle would be one of his more obvious options - his first loan spell at Home Park during the 2012-13 season was a fairly average one with two goals in 18 appearances, but this season he has suddenly found his feet, scoring 20 times in 52 appearances. With 16 of those coming at League Two level he is the division's third top scorer. Despite this, he has told the Plymouth Herald that he has yet to hold any talks with Yeovil, Plymouth or any other party:

"I honestly donít know what will happen. No-one has spoken to me at the moment. Whatever happens, happens. Thatís all I can say. If someone fancies signing me, we can sit down and talk."

Reid has said that Plymouth would be one of his favoured options for next season, given the experience he has had of working under John Sheridan, who briefly looked as though he might sneak the Pilgrims into a play-off position this season, although recent poor form has made that an impossibility. The striker, who started his career down at Home Park as a teenager said he would happily consider staying in Devon permanently:

"Yes, of course. This has probably been one of my most enjoyable seasons personally, and for the team actually because we have made big improvements. If you look from the few years before here, I think he [Plymouth manager John Sheridan] has done a massive job. I love it here. Itís a team I feel I can give something to. If you are in League Two, playing for Plymouth Argyle is the best place to be."

However, Reid, who made 25 appearances for Yeovil Town, scoring six goals at League One level, threw out a hint that he may be looking for a club higher than Argyle's current status, explaining that whilst he was happy with what he'd achieved during this season, it wasn't a level he wanted to stay at in the long run:

"For me, personally, this season has gone well, but I donít think it counts for anything if we are going to finish mid-table. Mid-table in League Two is not what I want to be doing with my career."


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22 April 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Hudderfield Home Interview
Just before Monday afternoon's home match against Hudderfield Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's pre-match thoughts are recorded via the link below.

NB: Due to the scheduling of Monday's games within the region, the BBC were only able to squeeze an ultra-brief chat with Gary in, on this occasion. In addition Gary's thoughts become dated by the outcome of the match. However, it's been archived for completion purposes!

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


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22 April 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : And Now The End Is Near
In the 2005-06 season, Yeovil Town secured their League One status against Huddersfield Town in their first ever season at League One level. However, the 2013-14 campaign proved not to be such a happy reunion, as the Terriers pretty much relegated the Glovers - only a highly improbable set of scorelines involving Birmingham City could save our status now and stop us returning to that same League One level. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the reality of that situation and early thoughts on where the club stands in the wake of that defeat. Read on via the link below, and add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : And Now The End Is Near.


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22 April 2014 : Final Ticketing Arrangements For Brighton vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to the final away Championship fixture of the 2013-14 season against Brighton and Hove Albion should note final ticketing arrangements for this game. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be selling tickets for the match up until 5.00p.m. on Thursday 24th April - for prices see below.

Tickets will be sold from the Amex Stadium on the day of the match, which takes place on Friday 25th April with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. However, with this being Brighton's final home match of the season, and with them chasing a play-off place, their Ticket Office are expecting demand for this fixture to be high amongst home supporters, and so they advise any Yeovil Town fans buying on the day to ideally arrive by an hour before kick-off, and to expect some queuing.

There is another good reason to buy from the Huish Park Ticket Office if you know you are going to the game. The Amex Stadium operates strict matchday procedures regarding access to the stadium and parking, which means that unless you're coming in via the GWSC coaches, you'll need to almost certainly use a train or a bus service for the final part of your journey. We'll produce the usual opposition guide to cover these arrangements soon, but the main thing to note is that your matchday ticket includes travel on rail and bus services within the local area, and so if you're travelling independently, buying your matchday ticket in advance will benefit you significantly.

To purchase your ticket, call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or visit them in person during standard office hours.

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

Link: GWSC Travel Plans For Brighton and Hove Albion.


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21 April 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Huddersfield Home Game
Following Monday afternoon's Championship home match against Huddersfield Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict and his thoughts on how the club move forward from what is imminent relegation to League One can be read via the link below.

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


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21 April 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town
If you watched this afternoon's 1-2 home defeat against Huddersfield 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 Huddersfield Town.


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21 April 2014 : Johnson Challenges Yeovil Town To Think 'Bigger' To Make Championship Return
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has challenged the club to think 'bigger' as he reflected upon the result that effectively relegated them back to League One, after one season in the Championship. The 1-2 home defeat against Huddersfield Town leaves them only able to catch Birmingham City outside the relegation zone, and even that would require them to overturn a 13 goal deficit across two matches - something that stretches the boundaries of possibilities during the remainder of the season.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson made no effort to suggest that was possible and instead looked at what the club needed to do in order to both return to the Championship, and next time to stay there for more than one season. Gary said that the club was currently above its real status, and that the only way that it could resolve that was to be ambitious and for all aspects of the club to become bigger and stronger so they could have a better chance of staying in second tier football:

"Obviously you feel a bit disappointed, but at the same time we knew that we were in a division that we had to enjoy, and as we said before, to celebrate the achievement in every game. I thought we did that. I think our supporters have enjoyed the Championship but we're definitely above our status at the moment. So maybe going back to League One will mean that the club can regroup and look forward to challenging and coming back to the Championship stronger. The club has got to become bigger, the infrastructure has got to be bigger, the stadium has got to be bigger and we've got to have a bigger budget - if we are going to be anywhere near keeping a place in the Championship."

Gary explained that there was a need to look at the situation philosophically, and to plan things out from a business perspective to ensure the club built itself back up again. That way they would ultimately be able to win more matches than they have been able to do so during the current season:

"Although we're down, we're looking at it philosophically, and if we come back up, we've got to be ready to be a bigger club and we've got to make things bigger, otherwise you're going to end up where you should be - and that's going to be for the size of our club League One or League Two. You've got to do it business-like and professionally, to make sure that we get the players that have got the quality to win you more football matches at the highest level."

The Glovers boss warned though that there needed to be discussions within the club to firstly sort out which players would be staying, implying that some decisions would be one involving more than one party. Gary said that it was only when those decisions were made that he could adequately plan out the summer months:

"There's got to be a lot of discussion first. We've got to know what we can bring in - who is staying and who is going. Everyone has got to look at their plight and their situation, and whether that needs to be carried on, or wants to be carried on. There's a lot of things that have got to happen. It's going to be an important summer for the football club and everybody has got to make decisions, and only once everyone has made those decisions do you then sit down and work out what the future holds."


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21 April 2014 : Yeovil 1 Huddersfield 2 : Late Terriers Winner Condemns Glovers
Yeovil Town were effectively relegated from the Championship this afternoon, after they lost 1-2 at home to Huddersfield Town thanks to a 97th minute goal from Adam Clayton. Whilst mathematicians and incurable optimists might point out that the "R" isn't beside Yeovil's name on the League table, in all practical terms their fate was sealed on a day that Charlton Athletic won, whilst Doncaster Rovers and Millwall drew, leaving only Birmingham City within range of the Glovers, but with a 13 goal superior goal difference, and six points better off, with just two games remaining.

The game itself was an edgy one at times, but one in which the Glovers really should have been ahead by the break, with James Hayter putting in two early headers - one from a Kevin Dawson cross saw the striker hit the crossbar. Tom Lawrence also got in behind the Huddersfield back line, with only the legs of Alex Smithies stopping him from opening the scoreline. Huddersfield barely threatened, but were able to get in at half time with the scoreline blank.

In a much more even second half, the Glovers were conscious of the fact that they needed all three points, but the game turned on them straight after a double substitution and a formation change that saw Byron Webster finish the game up front, with Matteo Lanzoni coming on as a centre-back. That moment perhaps disturbed the concentration of the defensive-minded players, as Ruben Palazuelos lost his man in midfield, and Adam Hammill - easily the best player on the park in the second period - crossed and allowed Nahki Wells to fire home from close range.

Yeovil's response was perfect. James Hayter was fouled right on the edge of the box, and Tom Lawrence stepped up for the free kick, lashing the ball home direct for an equaliser four minutes later. That set the game up for a big finale with 17 minutes remaining, and that time was extended further due to a lengthy injury to Danny Ward, who came off with concussion due to a head injury early in the second period.

Deep into eight minutes of the injury time added on for Ward's injury, and with the Glovers pushing every outfield player up for corners, it was Huddersfield who caught Yeovil with the sucker-punch. Once again Adam Hammill was the creator and he released the ball for Adam Clayton to fire home a 97th minute goal to break Yeovil's hearts. And with Charlton taking the lead at Sheffield Wednesday, and other results going against the Glovers, that Clayton goal was enough to - barring miracles - consign Yeovil to League One football for the 2014-15 season. It's been a ground-breaking fantastic season, but that journey now is drawing to an inevitable end.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Huddersfield Town 2.

Scorers: Nahki Wells (69 mins, 0-1), Tom Lawrence (73 mins, 1-1), Adam Clayton (90 mins, 1-2)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. Ruben Palazuelos 19. Joe Ralls
9. James Hayter 11. Tom Lawrence

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 10. Sam Foley (80 mins for Ruben Palazuelos) 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni (68 mins for Kevin Dawson) 21. Liam Davis 23. Joel Grant (68 mins for Joe Ralls) 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi

Huddersfield Town:
1. Alex Smithies
2. Calum Woods 39. Anthony Gerrard 15. Murray Wallace 3. Paul Dixon
12. Adam Hammill 8. Adam Clayton 4. Oliver Norwood 6. Jonathan Hogg 11. Danny Ward
21. Nahki Wells

Substitutes:
5. Peter Clarke 7. Sean Scannell (50 mins for Danny Ward) 10. Oscar Gobern 13. Ian Bennett 27. Tom Smith 38. Duane Holmes (67 mins for Oliver Norwood) 44. Harry Bunn

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Huddersfield Bookings: Murray Wallace (foul, 65 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 8.

Huddersfield Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 9; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire). Assistants: Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). Fourth Official: Richard Hulme (Somerset).

Attendance: 5,903 (with 494 Huddersfield fans).


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21 April 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's Championship match against Huddersfield Town at Huish Park today. Midfielder Kevin Dawson comes into the starting line-up for the match, displacing Liam Davis who drops to the bench. That would therefore imply a shuffling of the midfield four to allow Dawson to play wide right, whilst the others move cross by one step.

Striker Kieffer Moore remains out with a calf injury that he has indicated via his Twitter account is expected to keep him on the treatment table for the remainder of the season. This afternoon's line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. Ruben Palazuelos 19. Joe Ralls
9. James Hayter 11. Tom Lawrence

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 10. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 21. Liam Davis 23. Joel Grant 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi


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21 April 2014 : Johnson Believes Glovers Are Now Competing In The Championship
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that whatever happens between now and the end of this season, he believes his side have succeeded in competing at Championship level. A slow start to their first ever campaign in second tier football has left the Glovers stuck in the relegation zone since the start of October, and although they have frequently come within inches of exiting that bottom three, in an improved second half of the season, they are in danger of running out of matches to do so, with a win this afternoon against Huddersfield Town essential if they are to keep their faint hopes alive.

Over the last 15 matches, Yeovil Town have only lost four times, showing that they are capable of picking up points in the Championship and matching the majority of teams around them. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he feels he is getting value for money out of his players, considering the club's budgets, and that his side still haven't given up hope of staying there:

"Judging by the supporters that I've spoken to, most of them have enjoyed the Championship. They'd like another season in it, and we still might. But I think we've taken our club to a place where we never believed that we could go, and that is competing in the Championship, and that's what we've done. If you've learned anything, it's that the top players in the Championship cost a lot more money than we can lay out, and we understand that. But we're getting value for money - that's for sure - because our players are competing. But to get those top players to get you competing in the Championship, the budget needs to be a bit higher, which our club is not going to be able to go to, and I understand that. So therefore we're going to have to compete very hard and fairly, respectfully and relentlessly to stay in the Championship."

At the very least today, Yeovil Town will be seeking to avenge a December 2013 5-1 defeat against Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium. The match, which still stands as the club's worst defeat of the season, took place during a period in the season when Shane Duffy was unavailable due to loan rules, Byron Webster was injured, whilst they lost goalkeeper Marek Stech and captain Jamie McAllister to injury during the match. However, Johnson says that there were also other factors which led to that result:

"We didn't play very well in that game, and there were reasons for it which can't go public. But we couldn't pick what we thought was our strongest team on the day. We started off well, but then they got their game going and we couldn't recover. So we do owe them one, but they were going very well at that time, whereas at the moment they're going through a little bit of a sticky patch even though they've got a good Championship side as well. Huddersfield won't go down anyway, as I think they've got enough points not to go down."

Huddersfield arrive at Huish Park today in 17th place in the Championship table, and five points clear of relegation. Whilst they're likely to want a point or two to be sure of it, only a farcical set of end-of-season results could see them drawn into the current scrap at the bottom. The reality is that they don't have too much to play for during today's game.


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21 April 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town
Officials for Monday afternoon's home Championship match between Yeovil Town and Huddersfield Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park this afternoon - Monday 21st April - with a 3.00p.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. At the age of 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, he became known as the "ghost goal" referee, thanks to a Grade A howler of a decision in a Championship match. He may feel somewhat aggrieved that the name of his linesman on the day - Nigel Bannister - is not so well known for the incident. The game between Watford and Reading saw a 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."

We also had him for the May 2013 League One Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Mr Attwell had an okay game, although the Daily Telegraph noted after the match that the referee went against four penalty appeals during the night - two for each team - Luke Ayling's cross into the box late on that was blocked by a Blades hand was particularly memorable. Manager Gary Johnson said he felt the referee was guilty of playing to the Bramall Lane crowd a bit, although apart from the Ayling incident didn't single out anything specific.

Mr Attwell was then on television again - the November 2013 away match against Doncaster Rovers. On the key decisions, he got them spot on, with the TV replays backing him up. James Coppinger did a blatant dive in the box for a penalty, and our only quibble is that the Donny midfielder didn't get booked for it. He then red-carded Dean Furman - a bit of an academic decision given their goalscorer committed an awful challenge whilst already on a yellow - even the Yorkshire Post labelled it as "a reckless challenge" - sometimes referees don't get given a choice to keep a player on the field of play.

Mr Attwell will be assisted by Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). The Fourth Official will be Richard Hulme (Somerset).

Link: April 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Stevenage 6.

Link: October 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Bury 1.

Link: May 2013 : Sheffield United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2013 : Doncaster Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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20 April 2014 : Ladies 4 Bees 1 : Pearson Hat-Trick Gives Glovers First Win
Yeovil Town Ladies got their first ever win in the FA Women's Super League this afternoon, thanks to a hat-trick from Stacey Pearson. She was the star of the show, as the Glovers gained a 4-1 victory over London Bees at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove ground, in what was the club's first home match at the new level. Katie Cook created club history by scoring the first goal for the club at the new level, but Pearson then took over to ensure a comfortable victory.

Plans for a big Easter Sunday holiday fixture were dampened down a little by heavy rain just as kick-off arrived, softening up the Raleigh Grove turf, and it took a while for both sides to get into their stride. Yeovil took the lead ten minutes before the break when a move down the right flank was finished off by Katie Cook who fired into the bottom left hand corner for a 1-0 lead.

The right flank again proved fruitful five minutes later, as a cross into the box was met with a header from Stacey Pearson to double Yeovil's lead and leave them 2-0 up at the break. Then Yeovil got off to a flyer as soon as the second half kicked off - a corner was forced and when the set piece was taken Stacey Pearson was on hand again for her second of the day.

London Bees briefly fought back and had hope when Paige Wakefield was unmarked from a corner just before the hour mark. But with the rain now coming down heavily, Stacey Pearson was set up by Polly Wardle, whose ball into the box allowed her team-mate to finish from close range and restore the three goal advantage. From there, the Londoners had no route back into the game. The win gives Yeovil their opening three points, and a big confidence boost after their midweek 3-0 defeat against Reading FC Women, with today's win wiping out that goal deficit and pushing them up the ultra-early table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 4 London Bees 1.

Scorers: Katie Cook (1-0, 35 mins), Stacey Pearson (2-0, 40 mins), Stacey Pearson (3-0, 46 mins), Paige Wakefield (3-1, 58 mins), Stacey Pearson (4-1, 71 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: 1 Simkin, 3 Kirby, 4 Sherwood, 5 Edwards, 6 Haigh, 8 Lorton-Radburn, 9 Cook, 11 Pearson, 16 Stewart, 17 Wardle, 23 Bleazard

Substitutes: 2 Brazell, 7 Bray, 10 Radburn-Lorton, 12 Whitton, 13 Evans, 14 Tewkesbury, 15 Cossens

Attendance: 281.


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20 April 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Drawing A Blank At Blackburn
In between Good Friday's draw at Blackburn Rovers and tomorrow afternoon's home match against Huddersfield Town, the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry provides a bit of reflection upon a 0-0 draw at Ewood Park. Can a point against former Premier League Champions, who were playing at the top level only two years ago ever be a bad result? Well sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn't. Read on, via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Drawing A Blank At Blackburn.


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20 April 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Blackburn Away Interview
Just before kick-off against Blackburn Rovers on Friday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about the sort of tactics he needed to employ against Rovers, plus discussing Kieffer Moore's injury and the return of Sam Foley. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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19 April 2014 : Johnson Explains Moore Injury
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained why striker Kieffer Moore had to be left out of the club's trip to Blackburn Rovers on Friday. The 21 year old was missing from the squad despite having put in a Man of the Match performance during the previous weekend's home match against AFC Bournemouth, and a calf injury was diagnosed as the problem that caused his absence.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that he felt the amount of physical effort that Kieffer had put in during the previous weekend's Championship match had probably contributed to the problem which had showed up during the week, and had resulted in a slight shuffle around with Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence being moved from a left-wing slot to partner James Hayter up front. The Glovers boss explained he was disappointed that it had happened just as the striker had started to find his feet at this level:

"I'm disappointed with that really. But he's still only a young lad, in terms of his professional football. I thought he put in a fantastic game last week at home to Bournemouth. That was his best game, and he really had to put himself about. He did, and that's probably caused him a slight problem. It is his calf. He's probably out for a few days, if not a couple of weeks, so we'll have to wait and see how his recovery goes. It's a shame, but it gives us that opportunity to put Tom Lawrence up front again with James Hayter."

Moore's absence, and the possibility that it might rule him out for the remaining matches of the season, played a big part in the recall of Sam Foley from his own loan spell at League One side Shrewsbury Town. However, Johnson explained that he also wanted to make clear to Foley that he still had a big part to play at the club, despite having spent six weeks at the New Meadow:

"I felt that we needed to bring him back because he was a part of last season's successful team that got us into the Championship. I didn't want him to stay at Shrewsbury and have that feeling that he's not part of us. I thought we'd get him back, as we need bodies anyway, and his character and his personality is good to have around the place anyway. So he's back now and he'll compete for a place with everybody else."


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19 April 2014 : Video : Blackburn Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's match against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, match highlights are now available on the Sky Sports website. Sky don't seem too impressed by the match, picking out only 77 seconds worth of highlights, with a first half chance for Joe Ralls their main one to pick out for the Glovers. That they manage to include the second half conga in their 'highlights' probably gives a clue as to what sort of a game this 0-0 draw was! Click the link to access the Sky footage. You can also view alternative footage via YouTube below.

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




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19 April 2014 : Joe Edwards: We're Not Giving Up Yet
Following Friday afternoon's away match against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Edwards spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Joe's views on the 0-0 draw can be read via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Blackburn.


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19 April 2014 : Bowyer Frustrated At Blackburn Boos
Blackburn Rovers first team manager Gary Bowyer admitted that he was frustrated that his side were booed off the field after their 0-0 draw against Yeovil Town at Ewood Park yesterday. In a match where both sides struggled at times to break down their respective back fours, the end result blunted Rovers' play-off ambitions by keeping them four points away from sixth placed Brighton and Hove Albion.

With Glovers keeper Marek Stech largely only tested by functional saves during the game, as Yeovil's back four stood firm by blocking many of Blackburn's chances, the home section of the 14,353 fans weren't too impressed on the final whistle. But Bowyer pointed out after the game that Yeovil's away form - including a recent 1-1 draw with the already-promoted Leicester City - showed that they were a difficult side to play against:

"Weíre getting booed at the end of a game against a team who are fighting for their lives. Yeovil have just drawn with Leicester, who are going to win this league. You're never going to get a divine right to win any game - donít expect any team in this league to give us an easy game. Yeovil are fighting for their lives and have drawn at the league leaders so there's no easy game in this division. You have to respect every point that you earn and you never know, this might be a big point."

Blackburn have fallen on hard times in recent seasons, having been relegated at the end of the 2011-12 season, whilst they were only two points off the bottom three in the Championship during last season. Bowyer feels that even if Rovers do not make the play-offs that his players are now showing upward momentum, with yesterday's result their ninth consecutive match without defeat. As such he felt the reaction at the end of the game was unfair:

"They donít need booing at the end of the game. You have to remember for the last three years this club has survived relegation from the Premiership on the last day of the season, got relegated the following year and then nearly got relegated last season. Now we are only four points off going into the final three games. I understand the frustration but these lads need as much support as they can get all the way through."

During the latter stages of the game, Blackburn introduced experienced attacking midfielder David Dunn, who was a mainstay of their time in the Premier League, whilst winger/striker Joshua King was used as another late option to boost the home side's attacking options. But Bowyer admitted that his side were unable to create enough in the final third to justify the win:

"The word I would use is frustrated. At the end I think we had a back four and a front six so we certainly went for it but Yeovil stuck at it as we knew they would and we just couldn't quite break them down in front of goal. We looked a little bit tired, a little bit nervy and we just didnít quite have enough in the final third to win the game."


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19 April 2014 : Ladies Prepare For Easter Sunday Super League Home Bow
Tomorrow afternoon (Easter Sunday) Yeovil Town Ladies will host their first ever FA Women's Super League home match. The game against London Bees takes place on Sunday 20th April, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off, at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town FC. This is a landmark moment for the Ladies side, and in an effort to bring as many people to the ground on the day, they are giving those aged Under-16 FREE admission when accompanied by a paying adult.

Defender Emma Brazell, who has been a mainstay at the club, having risen through its ranks and as it has climbed the leagues has told BBC Somerset that the standards and ethics of the game have changed radically since she first joined the club, and says the club and the women's game is making big leaps forward:

"I never thought this was possible. Obviously when I started playing all those years ago, it was more of a laugh really. You'd play on a Sunday with a hangover and heaven knows what else! Now it's so different, and it's such an up and coming game. The women's game is going lots of places, especially with Yeovil Town Ladies."

Yeovil Town Ladies vs London Bees - Easter Sunday - Be There!



Sunday's match will have an Easter theme to it, with a number of activities for the family, including Easter Egg hunts and free coaching clinics. The timetable for their day is as follows:

11.30a.m. - 12.30p.m. - One hour free coaching with The FA Tesco Skills Team and Yeovil Town Ladies FC. This is open to all boys and girls aged 5-11. Places MUST be booked in advance - click here to register your child's details and booking.

12.30p.m. - 1.00p.m. - Easter Egg Hunt. Free to ALL children under the age of 16 (subject to availability).

1.00p.m. - 2.00p.m. - Fun games and activities. Open to all ages.

2.00p.m. - The Main Event : Yeovil Town Ladies vs London Bees at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne Town FC.

2.45p.m. - Half time fun and games. Various activities available.

4.50p.m. - End of the game. There will be time to get autographs and photographs of your favourite players.

First team manager Sarah Lawler has praised the whole club's set-up for the way that their first season at Super League level is being organised, and says that she is in a 'lucky place' to have such a supportive team around her:

"Our structure at the club behind the scenes is fantastic. I've got an incredibly supportive Chairman in David Mills, incredibly supportive Directors one of which is Stephen Allinson from the men's football club, along with other people who are involved. So I'm really in a lucky place as a manager not to have the pressure from them. Obviously you set a bit of pressure yourself, because you set your own standards high to achieve what we know we can."

Admission prices are £4.00 for adults and £2.50 for concessions, with Under-16s getting admission for FREE when accompanied by an Adult. Or of course you can purchase a Season Ticket - click on the banner below.

For any further information on tomorrow's events email info@yeoviltownladies.com





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18 April 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Blackburn Away Game
Following Friday afternoon's away match against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict on the 0-0 draw can be read via the link below.

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


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18 April 2014 : Johnson: Players Refused To Give Up The Cause
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has praised his team for refusing to give up the cause, despite their Championship status still looking somewhat bleak as the team head into the final three games of the 2013-14 season. Today's 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers still leaves them five points adrift of safety in the current Championship table, but with time running out for them to pull off an improbable escape.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that his team were like a wasp that kept buzzing around and refusing to go away, even though the odds were against them. Gary said that he felt the travelling supporters recognised the work-rate that his team put in on the day at Ewood Park even though the match was only a draw:

"Our supporters were great because I think that they saw that we kept going and we kept trying, but we still had to keep defending because you can't throw ten men forward because you can see what Blackburn are like. They had David Dunn on in the end along with Michael Keane and Jordan Rhodes and so you just can't do that. But we had a few breaks at the end and we certainly frustrated them. We've got to be really really pleased with the boys. They give you heart that we're still in it - if we can get a result against Huddersfield. That's massive of course, as every game now is. At the moment the lads don't look like they're giving up. We won't go away. We're like that wasp that's still buzzing around."

Gary admitted that his side did really need all three points on the day, although claimed that the draw was more damaging for Blackburn's hopes of reaching the play-offs than it was for his own team's chances of avoiding the drop. The end result was that very little had changed between three o'clock and five o'clock as to where things stood:

"Both teams needed to win. I said if it was a draw it would probably be better for us because there's still three games to go. Not a lot of changed, with Charlton drawing as well. But we could have easily come here and let an early goal in and then suddenly get beaten 2-0, because Blackburn had to win to get into the play-offs for the Premier League. We quietened down the crowd, we played some good football other than the ten minutes towards the end of the first half."


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18 April 2014 : Blackburn 0 Yeovil 0 : Stalemate Does No-One Any Favours
Yeovil Town and Blackburn Rovers cancelled each other out this afternoon in a goalless draw that really did nothing to help each other sides fortunes at opposite ends of the Championship table. In a game in which both sides struggled to carve out meaningful chances, the best attempt came just four minutes into the match when Jason Lowe's shot from the edge of the box seemed to catch Marek Stech by surprise as the keeper watched it smack off his right hand post and back out again without making a move for it.

Whilst Blackburn did force Stech into a couple of relatively comfortable saves, Yeovil failed to even get a shot on target to worry Paul Robinson, with Joe Ralls shooting into the advertising hoardings after he was set up by James Hayter, whilst Liam Davis sliced a shot wide after he had been teed up by Tom Lawrence.

Blackburn were rather wasteful with a couple of free headers they got during the game, with Grant Hanley and Jordan Rhodes both having good opportunities inside the box. But the game had a bit of a laboured end-of-season feel to it, emphasised by a group of Blackburn fans deciding midway through the second half to get up and launch a conga whilst dressed in what looked like retro sports kit (or maybe that's the fashion in Lancashire in the year 2014).

The final five or ten minutes did produce a degree of urgency from both sides as they pressurised for all three points, but all in all, a goalless scoreline probably accurately summed up a game in which neither side really got going. With Charlton also drawing 0-0, that still leaves Yeovil five points from safety, but with only three matches remaining they need to win at least two games to even get above Charlton or Blackburn. And that rather summed up today - draws are not really enough.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Blackburn Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Blackburn Rovers:
1. Paul Robinson
16. Michael Keane 5. Grant Hanley 4. Matthew Kilgallon 3. Tommy Spurr
45. Tom Cairney 17. Lee Williamson 6. Jason Lowe 32. Craig Conway
39. Rudy Gestede 11. Jordan Rhodes

Substitutes:
2. Todd Kane 7. Joshua King (73 mins for Craig Conway) 8. David Dunn (66 mins for Lee Williamson) 13. Simon Eastwood 15. Luke Varney 22. Liam Feeney 29. Corry Evans (32 mins for Tommy Spurr)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ruben Palazuelos 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter 11. Tom Lawrence

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 10. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins (83 mins for James Hayter) 18. Matteo Lanzoni 23. Joel Grant (76 mins for Liam Davis) 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi

Blackburn Bookings: Rudy Gestede (30 mins, foul), Grant Hanley (53 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Shane Duffy (45 mins, foul), Tom Lawrence (90 mins, foul)

Blackburn Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 21; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland). Assistants: David Benton (South Yorkshire) and Tony Peart (North Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Stephen Bratt (West Midlands).

Attendance: 14,353 (with 347 Yeovil fans).


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18 April 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Blackburn Rovers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood 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 Blackburn Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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18 April 2014 : Team News For Blackburn Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's Championship fixture against Blackburn Rovers. The match at Ewood Park sees the Glovers bring Liam Davis back into the starting line-up as Kieffer Moore is carrying a calf injury and is not part of the squad today. The return of Davis means that Tom Lawrence is up front today.

On the bench, Sam Foley returns to the first team squad after ending his loan spell with Shrewsbury Town, filling the gap due to Davis coming into the first eleven. Striker Adam Morgan has not been selected due to injury.

The full line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ruben Palazuelos 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter 11. Tom Lawrence

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 10. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 23. Joel Grant 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi


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18 April 2014 : Reading vs Yeovil Town Ladies : Manager's Verdict
On Wednesday night, Yeovil Town Ladies made their debut in the FA Women's Super League, taking on Reading FC Women at the Madejski Stadium. The 3-0 defeat wasn't quite the start they wanted, but after the match, first team manager Sarah Lawler spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about the game. Read her post-match thoughts, and a look forward to their first ever home match in the new League, via the link below.

Link: Sarah Lawler Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Defeat Against Reading FC Women.


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18 April 2014 : Johnson Happy With Backing From The Club
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is happy with the support that he is getting from the club from all sides, despite the club's current league position. With the Glovers currently sitting at the foot of the Championship table, but with Gary having received plenty of plaudits for having got the club into second tier football, including the 2014 Manager Of The Year at the recent Football League awards, the Glovers boss was asked if he might be tempted to jump ship if Yeovil Town return to League One football at the end of the season.

Whilst Johnson pointed out that he could never make a 'decision' like that until a real life situation was presented to him on the table, he told BBC Somerset that he was heartened by the fact that all aspects of the club were backing him well, given the circumstances of where they were, and that whilst that remained the case that he wouldn't be actively seeking other pastures:

"The club keeps me when I see that they're backing me. I've got a good relationship with the board at this moment in time. I always say that until there's ever a decision to make, then there is no decision to make. At the moment, I'm happy with the support I've got from the football club, both in the directors room, the staff and the supporters. Everybody seems to have understood our plight and have been grateful for what is - at least - one season in the Championship - they're hoping it's going to be more. So I've got no thoughts of anywhere else at this time at all. Until something is put in front of you, the situation is that I'm very happy with this football club and the support is good."

Of course the dynamics inside a football club can change quickly, and in particular can do so at a more rapid pace if a relegation takes place. Meanwhile, Gary's position may change if a Premier League club came knocking at his door! However, his words at least imply that there is no 'window shopping' or 'itchy feet' from his point of view that might suggest anything like that is on his mind at this point in time.


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17 April 2014 : Gary Previews The Blackburn Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's away Championship fixture against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's thoughts on the club's opponents, and their chances of escaping relegation can be read via the link below.

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


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17 April 2014 : Johnson Talks About Foley Return
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his decision to recall Sam Foley from Shrewsbury Town was based on the need to get his first team squad through a rapid sequence of matches across the Easter period. The Glovers travel to Blackburn Rovers tomorrow, followed by a home match against Huddersfield Town on Easter Monday, whilst the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion has been brought forward by a day because it is being televised by Sky Sports.

Speaking to BBC Somerset ahead of the Blackburn trip, Gary felt that with Foley having been an integral part of the club's 2012-13 League One Play-Offs winning squad, that having that sort of mentality back within the camp would be key during the final quartet of matches:

"We needed everyone back at the club. We've got a small squad at the moment, and we're playing Friday, Monday and then Friday. So that's three games in seven days, and then obviously there's the last game on the following Saturday. We need everybody around, and so we called him back. He knows our way. He was part of our promotion last year, and also it's good to have the boys who were part of last year's end of season campaign, because they're the positive ones. People like Sam are the life and soul of the party, so it's good to have Sam around."

Aside from former Liverpool striker Adam Morgan, Johnson has been working off a fixed squad of eighteen players during the last three matches, rotating his players within that matchday squad. For tomorrow's match at Ewood Park, Gary said he would still have the bulk of those players available to him, but hinted that there may need to be a change:

"I don't think we've got many that are missing - I think most were available last week. We've got a few little knocks, where we're going to wait and give them a couple more days to assess it. We may have to change our first team - we're not quite sure yet."


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17 April 2014 : Glovers Distance Themselves From Food Store Asda Claims
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town's planning hearing for their Food Store application was deferred for two months due to late information received at South Somerset District Council's Area South meeting. Retail developer Chris Dawson, who owns CDS International (the group company that includes The Range) presented to SSDC claims that supermarket giants Asda were interested in moving their Preston Road store up to Huish Park - something that changed the overall balance of the submission given that it would be the moving of an existing food store rather than the introduction of a new outlet.

During the meeting, Dawson even offered to get Asda on his mobile phone and get them to talk to SSDC councillors to confirm their intent - however, unsurprisingly this was considered to be inadmissable given the need for any offer to be formalised and presented as part of the written application. As the planning applicant, the club were told to present written details of Asda's involvement, and this led to an agreement to allow the application to be deferred until the June 2014 when it would be heard again.

This week's Western Gazette draws serious doubt over this, with Asda denying that they have any interest in Huish Park, or that they have held any talks on the subject. The paper has contacted Douglas Wilson, who is Asda's head of UK property communications and he delivers a clear rebuttal to Dawson's claims:

"We have no interest in moving our existing store in Preston Road and have not had any discussions regarding this."

Today, Yeovil Town have issued their own statement on the situation, sharply distancing themselves from the claims made by Dawson during the meeting. They have stated that any suggestion that Asda were involved in the application did not come from themselves at any time, and so are not willing to directly comment on his remarks:

"Remarks about any possible involvement by the Asda organisation in our plans to develop Huish Park were not Ė and have never been - made by Yeovil Town Football Club. The link to Asda came from CDS International owner Chris Dawson at the recent Planning Meeting but Glovers Chairman John Fry does not think it is appropriate to comment on them. In the meantime the club are working closely with SSDC and CDS International to finalise all the points raised at the Planning Meeting in order for the application to be discussed at a future meeting."

The Gazette had indicated prior to this statement that they had been unable to reach Dawson for his views on the situation. If Asda have no interest in the Huish Park site, then the club are back at Square One, and still needing to address the recommendations for refusal detailed in the March 2014 Case Officer Report.


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17 April 2014 : Ticket Office To Open On Good Friday
Yeovil Town's Ticket Office have had a slight change of plans regarding their Easter Holiday opening hours. They will now be open on Good Friday between 9.00a.m. and noon for any supporters wanting to buy tickets for the remaining matches against Huddersfield Town (home), Brighton and Hove Albion (away) and Middlesbrough (home).

They will remain closed across the Saturday and Sunday during the Easter weekend, reopening on Easter Monday, which will operate under standard matchday hours for the Huddersfield Town home match.

Supporters wishing to purchase home match tickets during Saturday and Sunday can still continue to use the club's on-line ticketing system across the Easter weekend.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Blackburn Rovers.

Link: Huddersfield Town Home Match : Kids For A Quid Offer.

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

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

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


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17 April 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Blackburn Rovers
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town make their first ever trip to Blackburn Rovers, in a Championship fixture. The Good Friday match sees a brand new opposition guide produced, covering Blackburn's Ewood Park ground, directions, parking, a pub guide, statistics and other such information. Find that via the link below, and don't forget that with this being the Easter holiday weekend, there will be extra traffic on the road, particularly on your journey up on the morning.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Blackburn Rovers.


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16 April 2014 : Shrewsbury Explain Foley Return
League One side Shrewsbury Town have given their views on midfielder Sam Foley's return to Huish Park, after his loan spell at the New Meadow was cut short this afternoon. The 27 year old has returned to South Somerset after nine appearances for the Shropshire side and will now see out the remainder of the 2013-14 season with the Glovers.

Foley knew of the decision to recall him yesterday, with his slightly opaque "Up the Glovers" tweet yesterday evening probably giving a clue as to the moment it was agreed between all parties that he would return to Huish Park. Shrewsbury boss Mike Jackson has confirmed that "injuries" are at the heart of Glovers boss Gary Johnson's decision to recall his player, but also told Shrewsbury's website that Johnson has half an eye on the 2014-15 season as well:

"I had a call from Sam yesterday saying that he had spoken to Gary Johnson about going back as they have a few injuries. They are also thinking towards next season and I had a conversation with Gary and he said he'd like Sam back there."

Foley still has just over a year left to run on his current Yeovil Town contract and so would by default form part of next season's squad. However, with Johnson needing to make some decisions over which players will form part of his first team plans, seeing Foley at closer quarters doubtless comes into his thinking.

Jackson admits the recall isn't good timing for Shrewsbury, given they are stuck in 23rd place in the League One table, and two points short of safety. However, he was happy with Foley's nine game contribution to their attempts to preserve their divisional status:

"Itís not ideal for us but we wish Sam well and thank him for what heís done during his time here, heís been great around the place, heís a good character, a great lad and i hope he goes back there and it works out. I always knew the reason they allowed him to come was because of the 24 hour recall but that is the nature of taking loans, and one of the problems of loans."


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16 April 2014 : Foley Recalled From Shrews Loan Spell
Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley has been recalled from his loan spell with League One side Shrewsbury Town. The 27 year old had been expected to stay at the New Meadow until the end of the 2013-14 season, but has been brought back to Huish Park, which implies that there is an unspecified injury in the camp somewhere.

Foley had made six starts and three substitute appearances for the Shrews during his six weeks spent in Shropshire. He will be available for selection for Yeovil Town's four remaining Championship fixtures, including Friday's trip to Blackburn Rovers.

His last appearance for the Glovers came on January 25th in the FA Cup match against Southampton, although for his last League outing you have to go all the way back to Boxing Day and the defeat against AFC Bournemouth.


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16 April 2014 : Interview With Yeovil Town Ladies Captain Rachael Edwards
Tonight sees Yeovil Town Ladies kick off their first ever season in the FA Women's Super League. As part of the build-up to the new season and a new adventure for the Ladies side of the club, BBC Somerset reporter Jack Murley visited one of their recent training sessions. There he interviewed captain Rachael Edwards and you can read that chat via the link below.

Link: Rachael Edwards Speaks To The BBC About The FA Women's Super League.





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16 April 2014 : Yeovil Town Ladies Launch Super League Campaign Tonight
Yeovil Town Ladies take their first step into new territory tonight, as they commence their FA Women's Super League season. Since the Ladies last played a competitive league fixture, on May 5th 2013, their men's counterparts have taken part in League One play-offs, a trip to Wembley Stadium, and 42 matches out of a 46 game Championship season. For the Ladies, they've been engaged in the longest 'close season' ever known, as the Ladies switch from the winter-based Premier League to the summer-based Super League.

They finally get back to competitive football tonight, with an away fixture against Reading FC Women that takes place at the Madejski Stadium - a fine setting for them to get used to their new world. With Reading offering FREE admission to tonight's match, the 7.45p.m. kick-off allows both sides a chance to play at a stadium that the Glovers' mens team played at back in March in March.

First team manager Sarah Lawler took complete control of the reins from former joint-manager Nigel Williams when he stepped down after the club made their switch to the new league. She told BBC Somerset that they have had to go through the longest of pre-season schedules, but feels that the team are ready to be competitive at their new level:

"We got the news about twelve months ago that we were going to be in the Super League, and we've had a nine month break from not playing any competitive football. So we're really ready for this. For us the most important thing is that we compete, and that we make sure we go out there and set our standards really high. For the first season that's what we'll be setting our challenge to the girls - to compete in every game."

In addition to tonight's fixture, Yeovil Town Ladies have their first ever home match in the FA Women's Super League this coming Sunday 20th April. The Easter Sunday fixture against the London Bees takes place at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove ground with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. They're planning a few family-friendly events around that day, including FREE admission for all Under-16s for the game. We'll have more detail on that match in the lead-up to the Easter weekend.





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15 April 2014 : Tykes Win Pushes Glovers Bottom Again
Yeovil Town went bottom of the Championship tonight, and yet the result that put them on the foot of the division could be seen a positive result. With two of their relegation rivals meeting at The Valley, no final score was going to be a good one, yet Barnsley's 2-1 away win over Charlton Athletic ensured that the gap between the Glovers and the safety line didn't grow, with the Addicks using up one of their two games in hand without any positive gain for them.

Barnsley have now won three out of their last four away matches, having only won once on their travels prior to that sequence, and goals from Jean Yves M'Voto and Tom Kennedy were enough to lift them above the Glovers into 23rd place, giving them a three point advantage in the process. Although Charlton pulled a goal back in second half injury time through Astrit Ajdarevic, they missed a chance to lift themselves above three other clubs, and remain just one point above the safety line.

Charlton's defeat means that the gap between Yeovil Town (36 points) and safety remains at five points, with Charlton (41 points) having a home match against Watford on Tuesday 29th April as their remaining game in hand. Meanwhile Blackpool (42 points), Doncaster Rovers (43 points) and Birmingham City (43 points) continue to sweat just above the line. Blackpool's home match against Charlton on the final day of the season is starting to look highly significant for both clubs.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship League Table.


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15 April 2014 : Officials For Blackburn Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the Championship fixture between Blackburn Rovers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Ewood Park on Friday 18th April, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tony Harrington (Cleveland). Mr Harrington is fairly new on the circuit, as he was promoted to the Football League during the summer of 2012 and that and his Cleveland residence means that we've only seen him twice.

The earliest meeting came in October 2012 against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. We don't recall anything particularly controversial in his performance from our point of view, although have a vague memory of the home crowd booing him off at half time. The Crewe Chronicle ripped into him in their match report, using phrases such as "inexperienced ... inept ... naivety ... a bewildering display ... a genuine lack of understanding of the game itself", giving him a mark of 3 out of 10.

That said Crewe boss Steve Davis appeared to be more concerned with his own team's shortcomings and we can't find any quotes to back up the Chronicle's assessment. The paper also appears to contradict itself - referring to one incident as showing refereeing "naivety" but then reluctantly admitting that the associated booking for Crewe striker Chuks Aneke's elbow was "merited" - so it was 'wrong' but actually 'right', Mr Chronicle Reporter? Our suspicion is that their journo was frustrated on the back of what had been a frustrating game to watch, particularly if you were a home supporter, with the Glovers producing a 1-0 away win, achieved by nicking a Byron Webster goal against the run of play, and then grinding the game out.

Most recently we had Mr Harrington in September 2013 for the Championship away match against Bolton Wanderers. Overall he had a relatively decent game, although the result of the match was dominated by one highly controversial incident that cost Yeovil Town a 1-0 win. Alex Baptiste netted a 90th minute equaliser, but only after it appeared the substitute Zat Knight had hooked the ball back across goal from behind the goal line.

In fairness it was probably one of Mr Harrington's assistants that should have been awake for that decision, but manager Gary Johnson was left a frustrated man in his post-match interview saying: "it's like a broken record isn't it? Every week we something where someone makes a poor decision. The lads are pretty adamant that the ball from the cross was out of play" - looking at the video, Gary had a point - as the defender closest to the ball, Luke Ayling was booked for his reaction to the officials' decision.

Mr Harrington will be David Benton (South Yorkshire) and Tony Peart (North Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Stephen Bratt (West Midlands).

Link: October 2012 : Crewe Alexandra 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: September 2013 : Bolton Wanderers 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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15 April 2014 : Upson Ankle Injury Rules Him Out Of Lions Campaign
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has been ruled out of the remainder of Millwall's 2013-14 season. The 24 year old has been on their books since the final day of January, and has made ten starting appearances for the club, but will now not play any further part in their battle against relegation.

Upson is currently serving a two match suspension at the New Den, after picking up his 10th booking of the 2013-14 season, but has been ruled out with an ankle injury. The problem is not serious, but Lions physio Bobby Bacic has told their club's website:

"Unfortunately Ed has suffered an ankle injury that will sideline him for the next few weeks, effectively ruling him out for the season."

Upson was carrying an ankle problem when he left Yeovil Town, with manager Gary Johnson having to pull him out of the team at one point, with a spur bone on his ankle causing him pain. Speaking in early January, Johnson said that although they'd given him an injection to mitigate the problem, Glovers medics expected that he might need it to be looked at again by the end of the campaign, saying at the time:

"We decided to have a little scan, and the scan showed a little spur in his ankle which was a bit uncomfortable. So rather than have an operation, which he might need at the end of the season, we've given him a little injection. Hopefully when it settles down then we'll see the best of Ed Upson again."

Millwall currently lie in a third from bottom position in the Championship table. They are one point from safety, although with Charlton Athletic (21st) playing at home to Barnsley (24th) tonight at The Valley, that position may change by the end of the evening.


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15 April 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Drawing Lots
You can look at Saturday's home draw against AFC Bournemouth from both the 'one point gained' and 'two points dropped' perspective. And you can also look at it as a singular performance, or from the wider perspective of us needing to preserve our Championship status. The latest Taff's Gloversblog attempts to see it from all angles, and you can read that via the link below. You can also - as usual - leave your own thoughts on issues raised.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Drawing Lots.


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14 April 2014 : Revised GWSC Travel Plans For Brighton and Hove Albion
With Yeovil Town's Championship away match against Brighton and Hove Albion being switched to a Friday night, due to it being selected for live TV transmission, the GWSC have issued revised travel information. The cost of travel remains as per the original Saturday fixture, but they will now depart from Huish Park at 1.15p.m. on the Friday - due to the Bus Station being in use for public transport, there will be no pick-up from that part of town on this occasion.

Full details are as follows:

Brighton and Hove Albion : Friday 25th April 2014.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 1.15p.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. For other ticket and travel info, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Blackburn Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huddersfield Town Home Match : Kids For A Quid Offer.

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

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

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


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14 April 2014 : Ticket Office Easter Holiday Opening Hours
Yeovil Town's Ticket Office have provided their Easter holiday opening hours ahead of the long weekend that is coming up. The Ticket Office will be closed across Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April. They will be open as per normal matchday hours for the home match against Huddersfield Town on Monday 21st April.

Supporters should note that advance tickets for the away match against Blackburn Rovers will remain on sale until noon on Wednesday 16th April from the Huish Park Ticket Office. After that point, you will need to purchase your tickets on the day of the game from the Ewood Park end.

In addition, those supporters that want to purchase tickets for the Huddersfield Town match at the pre-match rate then in terms of the Ticket Office itself, you will need to do so by close of business on Thursday 17th April. Tickets will go on sale at matchday rates on the Monday morning.

Note that although the Ticket Office is closed for three days over the Easter weekend, you will still be able to use the club's on-line ticketing system to purchase Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough home tickets at the pre-match prices across Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Link: Ticketing For Blackburn Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Huddersfield Town Home Match : Kids For A Quid Offer.

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

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

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


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14 April 2014 : Get Your League One Promotion DVD Signed By The Management Team
Yeovil Town management trio Gary Johnson, Terry Skiverton and Darren Way will be spending an hour in the Huish Park Club Store on Wednesday. They will be spending the time signing a new club DVD entitled The Yeovil Way which went on sale on Saturday.

The DVD is a 'fly on the wall' look at the club's 2012-13 season that saw them win promotion from League One via the play-offs. Inevitably much of the focus is upon the moments that took the club up via the Wembley Stadium victory over Brentford, with Stuart Housley using his trusty video camera to capture some of the moments that are not seen out on the pitch itself. The whole DVD set covers over eight hours of footage, and costs £20.00 from the Club Store.

By meeting Gary, Skivo and Darren on Wednesday afternoon (April 16th) between 2.00p.m. and 3.00p.m. you can get your copy signed by them on the day as well.


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14 April 2014 : Huddersfield Kids For A Quid Reminder
Yeovil Town's next Championship home match against Huddersfield Town will include a special promotional ticketing offer for younger supporters. All the way back in September 2013 this game was designated as a 'Kids For A Quid' match, which allows all supporters aged Under-16 to purchase a ticket for the match for one pound only.

The match itself takes place at Huish Park on Easter Monday, which means its good timing for the holidays - Monday 21st April, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The rules of this offer are that there are no rules - the only limitation is the capacity of the ground. No adults are required, and the offer is open right up until kick-off on Monday (although try to buy in advance to avoid queuing). To book your tickets, call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or visit them in person. You can also purchase other tickets at the same time.


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14 April 2014 : Interview With Kieffer Moore
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw against AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Kieffer's views on his goal and the match against the Cherries can be read via the link below.

Link: Kieffer Moore Speaks To The BBC About The 1-1 Draw Against Bournemouth.


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13 April 2014 : Video : Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth Match Highlights
For those who want to view the match highlights from yesterday's Championship home match againat AFC Bournemouth, these are now on the Sky Sports website. In addition to Kieffer Moore's stunning strike, you can find another chance for Kieffer, plus a cross he put across the box that just missed the toe-end of James Hayter, whilst Tom Lawrence provided another good second half effort.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth Match Highlights.

In addition, we'd strongly recommend you catch up with last night's Football League Show that was broadcast on BBC One. Around seven minutes worth of coverage from the game was hosted by Mark Clemmit who was visiting Huish Park to run a feature around both clubs. The highlights includes mini-clips with first team manager Gary Johnson and Chairman John Fry, as well as match coverage and plenty of shots of the inside and outside of Huish Park. Watch that via the link below.

Link: BBC iPlayer : Football League Show.


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13 April 2014 : Jones Doubles Cardinals Tally
Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Joey Jones scored the second goal of his loan spell with Conference National side Woking yesterday. The 19 year old has been at Kingfield since the end of the January transfer window and has now clocked up six starts and six substitute appearances in two-and-a-half months, broken slightly by a three match suspension incurred early on during his time the the Cardinals.

Joey played a full 90 minutes against Alfreton Town yesterday, and his headed 80th minute goal from a John Nutter free kick helped spark a comeback in a game in which Woking were a goal down for 60 minutes of the match. Five minutes later Jack Marriott scored the winning goal to give them their seventh win in their last nine matches. Woking boss Garry Hill said of Jones' second goal for the club:

"We got a deserved equaliser - there's no doubt about that. The free kick from John Nutter saw Joey Jones get on the end of it and that put us back in contention, and then of course we got the winning goal and deservedly so. It was a great winning goal - there's no doubt about that, but it was a good header from Joey Jones. We thoroughly deserved the three points"

You can watch Joey's goal via the video clip below. Start the coverage at around 5 mins 30 seconds if you want to fast-forward to the awarding of the free kick that led to his 80th minute goal.




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13 April 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Bournemouth Home Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against AFC Bournemouth kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about the recall of Marek Stech, in preference to Chris Dunn and also explains why Joel Grant and Liam Davis weren't retained in the starting line-up. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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13 April 2014 : Miller Left Out In The Cold On Forest Return
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ishmael Miller looks to have been left out in the cold for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. Having been sent back to Nottingham Forest earlier this month following an off the field disagreement, it appears that his parent club are not in a hurry to take him back into the fold, despite him being out of contract at the end of the campaign.

Football League rules mean that Miller cannot play for Forest in competitive first team fixtures, but there is nothing to stop him training with them or playing in practice matches. However caretaker manager Gary Brazil, who is holding the fort until Stuart Pearce officially takes up the reins in the summer, has confirmed that Miller is not even at the City Ground at present:

"Ishmael is not training with us. I understand he has had a spat with the people down at Yeovil. From our point of view he is registered for them until the end of the season and cannot play for us. That is it. We cannot play him. He signed for them until the end of the season, that is the end of it. He is registered as a Yeovil player until the end of the season."

Brazil's words also strongly imply that Miller will remain on the Yeovil Town payroll for the remainder of his loan contract with the Glovers - unsurprising given that long term loans do not allow for break clauses to be inserted outside the transfer window. However, Brazil's lack of interest in getting him back onto the training ground would suggest that neither he or Pearce are interested in offering him a new deal when his current City Ground contract expires.


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12 April 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Bournemouth Home Game
Following this afternoon's 1-1 draw against AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

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


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12 April 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
If you watched this afternoon's 1-1 draw against AFC Bournemouth 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 AFC Bournemouth.


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12 April 2014 : Johnson Pleased To See Yeovil's Mojo Return
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt his team had got their 'mojo back' today, despite Tuesday night's demoralising 3-2 defeat against Charlton Athletic. This afternoon's 1-1 draw against AFC Bournemouth saw them frustrate a side that are chasing a play-off position and went into the match having won five matches in a row. Despite the point only giving them a marginal gain in their fight against relegation, Johnson was pleased with his side's overall performance, even if he told BBC Somerset that he was frustrated at the way in which Ryan Fraser's lucky equaliser ricocheted into the back of the net to cancel out Yeovil's opener:

"We're gutted because of the way they got the equaliser. We've got to be happy that the lads have got their mojo back, in that we played some really good football and we defended well. We were up against a side that needed to win to keep their hopes alive of getting into the play-offs. Obviously their hopes are still alive, but then again so are ours. I was just so pleased that we entertained. I thought the crowd were very good as well, and were entertained. It's just a gutter with the equaliser because I felt that we deserved to get something that was more than a draw."

Gary felt his whole team performed well within their three main units, but he singled out two individuals for praise. Along with midfielder Ruben Palazuelos, who made his return to the starting line-up following a recent hamstring injury, he was particularly proud of striker Kieffer Moore. The former Dorchester Town player notched up his fifth goal of the 2013-14 season, and his best of the lot - rifling home a loose ball that came after a Jamie McAllister free kick on 26 minutes had only been half cleared. Gary felt that Kieffer was starting to turn around a few fans' opinions of a player who has had to go through a steep learning curve since arriving from the Conference South outfit:

"There were a couple of fantastic performances. Not only was Kieffer Moore's goal a great goal, he had a complete game today and I'm really pleased that he showed people that weren't sure about him what I was seeing in him. I've been telling him to shoot more because in training he's the best striker of the ball at the club. The goalkeepers don't like going in goal when he's smashing balls at them. He had an effort just before that which went straight at the keeper, but it stung his hands and he couldn't keep hold of it. He needs to get into those positions more, to have strikes. I was also pleased with Ruben Palazuelos, and pleased with our departments - the defence, the midfield and the forwards all played well, so I can at least go home feeling happy that my team have looked like a Championship team today."


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12 April 2014 : Yeovil 1 Bournemouth 1 : Moore Stunner Cancelled Out By Fluke
Yeovil Town had to settle for a home draw against AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park this afternoon, despite having led for half an hour of the game. The 1-1 draw didn't do either side much good in the end - denting Bournemouth's late hopes of a play-off charge, whilst it leaves the Glovers still five points from safety with four games remaining, even though none of the bottom six sides won on the day.

In a relatively even first half, the game was lit up after 26 minutes when Kieffer Moore scored his fifth goal of the season - and undoubtedly the best of his time with the Glovers. A Jamie McAllister free kick was only half cleared and when the loose ball reached Moore on the edge of the box, he fired home first time with the sort of shot that was in danger of breaking the net.

Bournemouth didn't threaten too much at the other end, with Lewis Grabban's shots frequently going wide of the target. The momentum of the game, and its tone wasn't helped by referee Robert Madley - a Premier League official by status, but infuriating the home fans by his decision-making particularly during the first half. But the Cherries were to gain an equaliser by a huge slice of luck on the hour mark - Byron Webster's clearance was blocked by the body of Ryan Fraser and the midfield wideman thanked his lucky stars as the ball ricocheted back past Marek Stech and into the back of the net.

The visitors made three substitutions in their attempts to chase the game, whilst Gary Johnson stuck with the eleven who had been performing well throughout the match. Shane Duffy's header went into the side netting, Byron Webster had a chance saved by the legs of keeper Lee Camp, whilst Tom Lawrence saw a great effort squeeze just wide of the post. Bournemouth had their own chances late on as tired legs threatened to catch the Glovers on the break, although they rarely directly tested Marek Stech. In normal context, a draw would have been a decent result for the Glovers, but of course with games running out, they needed a bit more than that - four games left, and mathematically speaking at least two of those will need to be victories if their time in the Championship is not to be ended. With Charlton playing Barnsley on Tuesday night, that position is likely to change by the time they travel to Blackburn Rovers on Good Friday.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 1.

Scorers: Kieffer Moore (26 mins, 1-0), Ryan Fraser (59 mins, 1-1).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ruben Palazuelos 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
9. James Hayter 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 14. Sam Hoskins (90 mins for James Hayter) 18. Matteo Lanzoni 21. Liam Davis 23. Joel Grant 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi

AFC Bournemouth:
42. Lee Camp
2. Simon Francis 5. Tommy Elphick 3. Steve Cook 14. Ian Harte
30. Matt Ritchie 32. Eunan O'Kane 4. Andrew Surman 20. Ryan Fraser
9. Lewis Grabban 18. Yann Kermorgant

Substitutes:
1. Ryan Allsop 7. Marc Pugh 10. Brett Pitman (67 mins for Lewis Grabban) 15. Adam Smith (56 mins for Ian Harte) 16. Shaun MacDonald 22. Elliott Ward 28. Tokelo Rantie (80 mins for Ryan Fraser)

Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (foul, 86 mins)

Bournemouth Bookings: Simon Francis (foul, 62 mins), Steve Cook (foul, 71 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 36%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 15.

Bournemouth Match Statistics: Possession: 64%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 1; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Richard West (East Yorkshire) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). Fourth Official: Rob Lewis (Shropshire).

Attendance: 6,931 (with 2,074 Bournemouth fans).


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12 April 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for today's visit of AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park. The match against the Cherries sees Marek Stech return to the starting line-up after missing two games through illness - a hip injury to Chris Dunn meant that he missed training sessions this week although he is fit enough to sit on the bench.

There's also a shuffle around up front and on the wings, as Liam Davis and Joel Grant drop to the bench. In come Ruben Palazuelos and Kieffer Moore meaning that Tom Lawrence moves back onto the wing, whilst Joe Edwards moves out onto the wide right position.

The full line-up today is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ruben Palazuelos 19. Joe Ralls 11. Tom Lawrence
9. James Hayter 13. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 7. Kevin Dawson 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 21. Liam Davis 23. Joel Grant 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi


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12 April 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Ipswich Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's midweek home match against Ipswich Town was a frustrating experience as the visitors' single goal inflicted a 0-1 home defeat on the Glovers - their first defeat in six matches. Christophe Berra's close range goal five minutes before the break allowed Ipswich the chance to employ typical 'away team tactics' on the Glovers in the second half, and we faded away from the initial promising start.

Man of the Match voting saw Ruben Palazuelos follow up on his strong home debut three days previously, with another good performance, whilst Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence continued to get the thumbs up from many voters. The winner of the poll though saw centre-back Byron Webster win by a comfortable margin. Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as shown below:

1. Byron Webster 210 (12)
2. Tom Lawrence 136 (9)
3. Ruben Palazuelos 94 (5)
4. Joe Edwards 92 (6)
5. Marek Stech 82 (6)
6. Shane Duffy 68 (3)
7. Luke Ayling 50 (1)
8. Kieffer Moore 18 (0)
9. Jamie McAllister 10 (1)
10. Duane Holmes 6 (0)
11. James Hayter 6 (0)
12. Ishmael Miller 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.86
Performance : 4.84
Entertainment : 4.88
VOTES RECEIVED : 43


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12 April 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Sheffield Wednesday : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's home Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday gave us all three points against what was an improving Owls side visiting Huish Park. Ishmael Miller scored twice in the 2-0 win during the second week in March, giving us our second home win in a row, as part of a five match unbeaten run.

Everton loanee Shane Duffy and Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence picked up a good number of votes, whilst Ishmael Miller himself inevitably polled extremely well, having scored the goals that won the game. However the winner of the poll on the day was midfielder Ruben Palazuelos, who manager Gary Johnson described after the game as having one of the best full debuts he'd seen a player have for the Glovers.

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

1. Ruben Palazuelos 606 (43)
2. Ishmael Miller 454 (27)
3. Tom Lawrence 184 (7)
4. Shane Duffy 146 (6)
5. Joe Edwards 112 (5)
6. Luke Ayling 84 (1)
7. James Hayter 78 (4)
8. Byron Webster 64 (5)
9. Duane Holmes 28 (0)
10. Marek Stech 12 (1)
11. Jamie McAllister 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.45
Performance : 8.69
Entertainment : 8.22
VOTES RECEIVED : 99


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12 April 2014 : Reading vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's away Championship match against Reading saw the club gain an improbable 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium, despite ending the match with just eight men. Our goal on the day came from Everton centre-back Shane Duffy, although his header was cancelled out by his own Toffees team-mate as John Lundstram put into his own net.

Man of the Match voting saw Luke Ayling pick up plaudits in his usual right-back position, whilst goalkeeper Marek Stech gained a large number of votes. The winner - given he scored our goal, and was then part of a superb rearguard performance as one of the eight players left on the field at the end of the game - was unsurprisingly Shane Duffy. Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1. Shane Duffy 296 (19)
2. Marek Stech 274 (17)
3. Luke Ayling 136 (5)
4. Joe Edwards 24 (0)
5. Kieffer Moore 16 (1)
6. Duane Holmes 4 (0)
7. Byron Webster 2 (0)
8. Ruben Palazuelos 2 (0)
9. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.95
Performance : 8.86
Entertainment : 9.05
VOTES RECEIVED : 42


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11 April 2014 : Gary Previews The Bournemouth Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall, Gary's thoughts on tomorrow's opponents and how they compare to Charlton Athletic can be read via the link below.

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


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11 April 2014 : Sport England Remain Unmoved By Club's Improved Land Offer
National Government body Sport England have given their latest feedback on Yeovil Town's plans to build a new Food Store on land to the north of the Huish Park stadium. This is the third time that Sport England, who sit under the Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport, have delivered feedback on the application. This latest response follows a letter sent by Yeovil Town to SSDC Councillors on March 28th, which outlined an offer of £2.1 million to SSDC to encompass the costs of replacing the two sports pitches and Public Open Space that the Food Store would be built on.

In the club's letter, they had stated: "We believe that this increase ... fully addresses the objections of ... Sport England." Yesterday, Sport England replied to this, stating their view that the offer fails to do this, and so their objection to the application still remains.

The contents of their four page letter, dated April 10th, serve to emphasise the point that they are making. Apart from the date at the top of the letter, and the acknowledgement that the offer to replace the land has been increased from £1 million to £2.1 million, their analysis of the application merely repeats the entire content of their March 2014 letter word-for-word, which in turn also repeated large parts of their March 2012 letter. In bold type, they draw attention a third time to the National Planning Policy Framework, stating that:

"Existing open space, sports and recreational buildings and land, including playing fields, should not be built on unless ... the loss resulting from the proposed development would be replaced by equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality in a suitable location."

What Sport England appear to be saying is that they hold no interest in the financial offer being made by Yeovil Town to SSDC - all they are interested in is the plans to replace the pitches, which do not currently form part of the application. SSDC have not yet formally responded to the club's revised offer of £2.1 million for the replacement of the land. However, it would seem that regardless of their response, one party will need to submit an application for replacement pitches if Sport England are to withdraw their objection to the application.

As a national Government body, even if SSDC decide to approve the application, Sport England will force it to be referred to the National Planning Casework Unit, which sits under the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government's remit. As such, SSDC cannot give full approval to the application as it stands - they can only refer it.


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11 April 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
Officials for Saturday's Championship home match between Yeovil Town and AFC Bournemouth have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 12th April 2014, at Huish Park. The game will kick-off at 3.07p.m. following a minute's silence to recognise the 96 victims of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster, which happened 25 years ago tomorrow.

The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire). Robert is not to be confused with Andrew Madley, who we had for our recent match against Leicester City. Andrew is also from the same County - inevitably leading to some confusion and contradiction across the internet between the pair. That seems to be settling down now, given that Robert was co-opted onto the Premier League referees list in the summer of 2013, meaning that he has a much higher profile within the game.

Robert Madley is a former Leeds United and Barnsley academy player, who was released at the age of 16 and had to retire from football after breaking his wrist eight times, whilst playing for the two Yorkshire clubs' youth sides. He turned to refereeing instead, and five years later he was one of the first officials to be present at the new Wembley Stadium, as an assistant referee at an England U16 vs Spain U16 match in 2007, aged just 21 years old. His habit of appearing at Wembley continued in 2009 as an assistant at the FA Vase Final, whilst he was the Fourth Official a year later for the Conference play-off final. He made the move onto the Football League's lists in the summer of 2010.

Mr Madley has taken charge of three Yeovil Town matches, with two of them being in the FA Cup. He looked after the 2010-11 FA Cup exit at the hands of Hartlepool United. Not that we can blame him for going out of the competition - the only controversial thing on the night was Yeovil's defending as they threw away a two goal lead to lose 4-2.

He also took charge of Yeovil Town's 2011-12 FA Cup match against Fleetwood Town at their Highbury Stadium. As such, it was his decision to award the Lancashire club a late penalty for a foul by Ed Upson on Kieran Charnock - described in our match report as a 'generous' decision - we felt that Mr Charnock took a tumble a little too easily, fooling the match referee, but then again we would think that. Other than that one decision, Mr Madley had a fairly tidy game - just one Fleetwood booking.

Most recently he was in charge of the March 2012 home match against Walsall that was won thanks to a brace from Andy Williams in a 2-1 win. Despite the victory we weren't overly happy with the referee's performance - we had a couple of penalty appeals turned down, whilst in the second half, as Walsall tried to get back into the match, he frustrated us a little bit by blowing for 'invisible' free kicks - thankfully we held out for the win.

So far this season he's managed a top-heavy 10 red cards across just 24 matches, with 86 yellow cards raised during that time. On top of that last October he sent off Rotherham United manager Steve Evans, shortly after dismissing Rotherham's Michael O'Connor for a professional foul that resulted in a penalty for their opponents MK Dons. Evans got dismissed for abuse shouted at Mr Madley on the half time whistle, leaving Evans mouthing off about it after the match - last week Evans implicitly brought up the incident six months later in a general whine about Premier League referees taking charge of Football League matches. We're starting to warm to tomorrow's referee by this stage.

Mr Madley will be assisted by Richard West (East Yorkshire) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Rob Lewis (Shropshire).

Link: December 2010 : Hartlepool United 4 Yeovil Town 2.

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

Link: March 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Walsall 1.


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11 April 2014 : 2013-14 Away Travel Club Player Of The Season Voting
The Away Travel Club are currently collecting votes for their 2013-14 Player of the Season. They have voting slips in the Marquee that you can use to fill in your votes - simply choose your first and second choice players and then place your slip in the container provided. You do not need to be a member of the Away Travel Club to vote.

The deadline for votes is Saturday 12th April - i.e. tomorrow's AFC Bournemouth game, so please try to visit and provide your vote. The current expectation is that all end of season presentations will be made after the final game of the season against Middlesbrough.

If you can't make it to the Marquee tomorrow, then you can also vote online - click on the link below and fill in the form at the foot of the page, and your vote will be sent through and counted.

Recent award winners from the Away Travel Club include Lee Peltier (2008-09), Stephen Caulker (2009-10), Stephen Henderson (2010-11), Andy Williams (2011-12) and Paddy Madden (2012-13).


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11 April 2014 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Charlton Away Interview
Just before Tuesday night's away match against Charlton Athletic kicked off at The Valley, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts just before that match kicked off are archived via the link below.

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


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10 April 2014 : Dunn Concern For Bournemouth Visit
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Dunn is a doubt for Saturday's Championship home match against AFC Bournemouth. The 26 year old has been between the sticks over the last two matches, deputising for first choice keeper Marek Stech whilst he recovers from an illness that kept him at home last weekend when the club travelled to Blackpool.

Stech had recovered enough to travel to the midweek trip to Charlton Athletic, but still sat the game out. However, he could be ready to make his return, with Dunn having suffered a hip injury at The Valley that has kept him out of training today. Manager Gary Johnson told BBC Somerset that his keeper was the only obvious problems that he had in terms of selection:

"I think we'll have pretty much the same group that went to Charlton. Dunny has got a slight problem with his hip, and he was the only one who didn't really train today. So we'll just see how he is and pick the team accordingly. We do need the three points and that's going to be vital. We've put that over to the boys, and the boys know that. We know it's going to be a difficult game, but we've got to hang on in there, be in the game, make sure we're not the ones running around chasing them only - they've got to chase us as well. That will take a bit of commitment, a bit of desire, a bit of courage, a bit of quality, to make sure there are two teams in the game."

With the club now six points short of safety, victories are the only thing that the Glovers can aim for. Johnson feels his side have got to put in their 'best' performance in the next five games, and see where it takes them by the end of the season:

"What they've got to do is to bring out their best game. If we get beaten with us giving everything, then you hold your hands up. But at this moment in time, we've got 35 points and we've got the opportunity of another 15 points. We've got to really try hard to get them. There's still a long way to go, because we're going to play three teams that still feel that they've got a chance of the play-offs."


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10 April 2014 : Football League Report 'Progress' In Financial Fair Play Divide
The Football League's 24 Championship clubs have held a meeting to discuss differences of opinion in terms of how their Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules should be implemented. Although the League have not referred to it, the meeting held in London yesterday appears to follow a legal petition called by four clubs, who The Guardian named as Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are all understood to object to the penalties that begin to kick in during December 2014 - at present FFP rules at Championship level are purely 'advisory', with no penalties imposed.

The objections are reported as being due to increased parachute payments which have rocketed over the past few years, although that clearly can't be the whole picture given that QPR are one of the major beneficiaries of the revised payment system that is in place, yet are also listed as one of the objectors - unless they are trying to have their cake and eat it. The initial 'noises' coming on this matter suggested that the quartet of clubs listed were concerned at the size of the penalty that would hit them if they broke the FFP rules - a transfer embargo in the Football League, or a large fine if they had made it as far as the Premier League.

The Football League have given their own views on yesterday's meeting, albeit without providing any detail of what changes may be tabled for its members to vote on. The statement says:

"Considerable progress was achieved on potential improvements to the current regulations following a constructive debate between clubs. In particular, there was a focus on maintaining fair competition between clubs, in light of the substantial increase in Premier League parachute payments brought in since the introduction of FFP. Clubs also considered the introduction of a 'real time' approach to financial reporting instead of the current retrospective analysis of club accounts. The League and Championship clubs will continue developing this work in order to achieve consensus, as any changes to the current regulations will require support from 75 per cent of clubs in order to be approved."

Current rules were voted through in February 2012, with Championship clubs agreeing in a 21 vs 3 majority to implement the rules, which closely mirror that required by both the Premier League and UEFA in their own competition rules. Clubs are allowed to report up to £8 million in operational losses, provided £5 million of that is covered by shareholder investment (rather than loans).

The issue the Football League will face is that a number of Championship clubs feel the rules should be tightened up in the other direction, given that they have been making strong efforts to rein in their own spending. One of those is Blackpool, whose Chairman Karl Oysten said late last year that he believed some clubs were making zero effort to bring themselves within the forthcoming rules:

"Out of the 24 clubs in the Championship, six wonít hit the FFP target. They face a transfer embargo if they arenít promoted to the Premier League. The teams that are promoted will be fined and the money will be distributed to charity. I think those six either have no intention of complying, or canít because of previous activity. The general strength of feeling among Championship clubs is that we need to give the rules more teeth, with higher punishments to the teams that break them."

The next point at which Financial Fair Play is likely to hit the agenda is June's Football League AGM, when all 72 member clubs will be able to vote on a range of tabled issues.


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10 April 2014 : Video : Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights of Tuesday night's 3-2 defeat against Charlton Athletic, the Sky Sports website now contains a two minute video clip. As well as the goals from Joel Grant and Kieffer Moore and the three Charlton goals, they also include a first half chance for Joe Ralls. View that video via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Charlton vs Yeovil Match Highlights.


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9 April 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Reality Bites
The evening after the night before. Having reflected upon last night's damaging 3-2 defeat against Charlton Athletic, the latest Taff's Gloversblog pulls apart that game, and also what it means for our wider season. Read on via the link below, and give your own thoughts on Tuesday night and the five games we have remaining.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Reality Bites.


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9 April 2014 : FA Introduce Football Betting Ban For Top Eight Divisions
The Football Association have stated that they plan to introduce new betting regulations for the 2014-15 season. The proposals are intended to tighten up the credibility of football, following a number of recent allegations, along with cases that have led to players being found guilty of existing rules that prevent players from betting on tournaments that they are involved in.

The FA's proposals are to extend that further - any 'participant' involved in football at Step 4 or above would be given a blanket ban from any form of football betting with the FA stating that they would be "banned from betting, either directly or indirectly, on any football match or competition anywhere in the world".

Step 4 covers Division One of the Southern League, Northern League and Isthmian League structures and so would bar any football betting from any person involved in any of the top eight divisions in the English football pyramid. The FA point out that the ban would extend to off the field matters such as the transfer of players, employment of managers or team selection. They already prohibit the passing on of 'inside information' to third parties for betting purposes.

The FA's definition of a participant in terms of this rule has a very wide meaning - they list the following people and organisations as being Participants in the game: "Affiliated Association, Authorised Agent, Competition, Club, Club Official, Licensed Agent, Player, Official, Match Official, Management Committee Member, Member or Employee of an affiliated Club" - read as such, any Yeovil Town employee or representative would be barred from betting on a football match whilst they hold that position.

Today's ruling has been made by the FA Council - for it to come into force it will need to be accepted by the FA Shareholders at their AGM on May 21st. However, given the number and frequency of recent betting-related incidents being recorded over the last few years it would be a surprise if that did not get passed through. The FAís Director of Football Governance and Regulation Darren Bailey believes the blanket ban will make it far clearer where the line is drawn on the subject:

"The FA constantly evaluates its rules and regulations to ensure that they meet the needs of the modern game. The proposed betting rule adjustment to encompass all aspects of world football provides a simple and straightforward message to all participants on where the line is drawn. It is important to stress that the rules form only one part of the overall framework for the regulation of betting and maintaining the integrity of the English game."

The existing laws on betting have today claimed one high profile casualty. League One side Tranmere Rovers have sacked manager Ronnie Moore after he pleaded guilty to multiple breaches of FA rules on betting. Moore has requested a personal hearing to discuss the matter, but his decision to admit the FA's charge has seen his current club cut their ties with him.

Finally, the FA Council have delivered one other piece of welcome news today - Hull City AFC's owner Assem Allam has been prevented from changing his club's name to Hull Tigers as a formal name change. The Egyptian has already attempted to rebrand the club as Hull City Tigers with the claim that it will appeal more to an international audience, whilst their Companies House name has been updated from 'Hull City Association Football Club' to 'Hull City Tigers Ltd'. The majority of Hull's supporters have been against these changes, and whilst there is little they can do to stop aspects such as the Companies House changes taking place, the way that they appear on League Tables and official competition bulletins will thankfully remain as it is today.


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9 April 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Charlton Away Match
Following last night's 3-2 defeat against Charlton Athletic at The Valley, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Charlton Away Match.


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9 April 2014 : Johnson Critical Of Concentration Levels In Damaging Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says that his side's battle against relegation is not over yet - but admits that last night's 3-2 defeat against Charlton Athletic was a damaging one. Despite Joel Grant and Kieffer Moore netting at The Valley, the three goals conceded at the other end of the pitch leaves the Glovers six points from safety with their opponents boosting their own hopes of survival in the process.

Johnson blamed concentration levels at the start of both halves - in particular during the second period they conceded twice in the first six minutes, with Dorian Dervite and Marvin Sordell putting Charlton two goals ahead in the match before Kieffer Moore pulled one back. Gary told BBC Somerset that was the sort of thing that lost them the game:

"It was a damaging defeat. We knew that before the game that if we lost it wouldn't do us any favours. If we'd won we could have put ourselves in a decent position. It was a big game and I'm disappointed that we lost concentration at the start of both halves. We had some good chances, but so did they. The game could have gone either way. The players have got to be more consistent within games and more consistent with their decisions."

With three home matches left to play during the Glovers' final five matches of the season, Johnson is not prepared to throw in the towel just yet. But he admitted that his side would need to win at least half of their remaining matches to even stand a chance of staying up:

"The fat lady is not quite singing yet, but it's a poor result as far as our season is concerned because this was going to be a key game. It's not over just yet. We are still in it with five games left but we have given ourselves less of a chance because of the result. Mathematically, we are still in it and we have hope. We are going to have to win a few games now - half of them at least - and hope that the other teams fall away and do not get a result at all."


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8 April 2014 : Charlton 3 Yeovil 2 : Defensive Lapses Cost Glovers Dear
Yeovil Town crashed to a damaging defeat tonight at The Valley, as relegation rivals Charlton Athletic took all three points in a vital match for both sides chances. Given Charlton's matches have largely been low scoring affairs this season, the 3-2 final score was a little surprising, but the tone was set early on as each side exchanged a goal during the opening 12 minutes of the match.

The home side got the opening goal when the Yeovil defence weren't wise enough to the danger posted by Astrit Ajdarevic, as he was allowed time to drift across the edge of the Yeovil penalty box, giving himself room and then firing past Chris Dunn and into the bottom right hand corner from 20 yards out. But two minutes later Yeovil were level, as Jamie McAllister's ball up field was controlled by James Hayter who put the ball into the path of Joel Grant. His shot was partially blocked but that deflection helped the ball go past keeper Ben Hamer for the equalising goal.

Both sides looked edgy on a poor bumpy pitch that has struggled to field matches during the recent wet winter. That led to a first half in which attacking players seemed on top throughout, with defenders never quite sure how the ball was going to bounce or follow through. From one Yeovil corner Tom Lawrence almost scored direct, as his cross into the box clipped the crossbar. But in the lead up to the break Charlton were the side who began to look dangerous and the Glovers had to thank Shane Duffy for a critical goal line clearance just before the half time whistle blew.

A slow start to the second period though was to prove costly. Three minutes in, a Johnnie Jackson corner was met by the head of Dorian Dervite who put Charlton 2-1 up. Then three minutes after that a cross into the box from Reza Ghoochannejhad fell into the path of Marvin Sordell and he got himself an easy conversion from close range.

With Charlton now having a two goal advantage, they took control of the game's pace and tempo, slowing play down and preventing Yeovil from building up a head of steam. Manager Gary Johnson introduced Kieffer Moore as an additional striker just after the hour mark, and that paid dividends with 16 minutes remaining when Charlton keeper Ben Hamer over-committed himself inside his box allowing Moore the chance to fire home with the keeper well out of position.

That inevitably did produce a spot of late pressure, with Charlton doing their best to run the ball into the corner flag areas when they did regain possession. But not even five minutes worth of injury time could make up for what was an undeniably sloppy opening five minute period at the start of the second period. Outside that, the Glovers played reasonably - but concentration levels have been a factor during many 2013-14 matches, and Charlton capitalised on those moments, leaving Yeovil now six points away from safety with just five matches remaining. We're going to need a bit of a mini-miracle now to claw this one back.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Astrit Ajdarevic (10 mins, 1-0), Joel Grant (12 mins, 1-1), Dorian Dervite (48 mins, 2-1), Marvin Sordell (51 mins, 3-1), Kieffer Moore (74 mins, 3-2)

Charlton Athletic:
1. Ben Hamer 5. Michael Morrison 15. Richard Wood 6. Dorian Dervite 16. Rhoys Wiggins 39. Diego Poyet 8. Reza Ghoochannejhad 24. Jordan Cousins 4. Johnnie Jackson 42. Astrit Ajdarevic 10. Marvin Sordell

Substitutes:
2. Andy Hughes 11. Callum Harriott (79 mins for Reza Ghoochannejhad) 12. Jonathan Obika (76 mins for Astrit Ajdarevic) 21. Yohann Thuram-Ulien 28. Leon Cort (89 mins for Marvin Sordell) 35. Joe Pigott 36. Morgan Fox

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter 11. Tom Lawrence

Substitutes:
1. Marek Stech 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ruben Palazuelos (81 mins for Joe Ralls) 13. Kieffer Moore (62 mins for Joel Grant) 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi

Charlton Bookings: None

Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (56 mins, foul), Joe Ralls (79 mins, foul), Ruben Palazuelos (90 mins, dissent)

Charlton Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 3; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 18.

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Carl Brook (East Sussex) and Mark Mellor (Hertfordshire). Fourth Official: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 15,430 (with 657 Yeovil supporters).


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8 April 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this evening's 3-2 defeat against Charlton Athletic at The Valley, 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 Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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8 April 2014 : Team News For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for tonight's away Championship match against Charlton Athletic. The match at The Valley sees the Glovers keep Chris Dunn in goal in preference to Marek Stech who had been too ill to travel to Blackpool on the weekend. Stech sits on the bench meaning that Gareth Stewart drops to his goalkeeping coach duties.

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter 11. Tom Lawrence

Substitutes:
1. Marek Stech 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ruben Palazuelos 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi


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8 April 2014 : Ishmael Miller Gives Reaction To Yeovil Exit
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Ishmael Miller has given his first reaction to cutting his loan spell short with the Glovers last week. The 27 year old returned to Nottingham Forest after his deal at Huish Park was cut short, and he was left out of Saturday's squad that travelled to Blackpool.

After Saturday's game, manager Gary Johnson gave his views on why Miller left the club, explaining that it had taken place following a meeting with the player last Tuesday. Speaking to Sky Sports, Miller gave his own views on the subject and made clear that he wished the club good luck in their fight to stay in the Championship:

"After a disagreement with the manager in a team meeting, I felt for the benefit of all parties it was best not to return to the club. My aim when I initially went there was to score as many goals as possible and obviously keep the club in the Championship, whilst putting myself in the shop window for next season. I feel like I contributed significantly with 10 goals in 19 league games, and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. They are a great bunch of lads and I genuinely wish them all the best for the remainder of the season."

Miller's acknowledgement of last week's events, and his decision not to get involved in any 'war of words' on the subject does deserve credit, given that in a dispute no two parties are ever going to entirely agree on who said what and when. Regardless of the way his time at Huish Park ended, Ishmael's goalscoring record shows that his on the field contribution to the club was a positive one, and for that we wish him well for the future - hopefully he has succeeded in putting himself in the shop window, either under Forest's new management or at another club.


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8 April 2014 : Officials For Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Tuesday night's Championship away match between Charlton Athletic and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 8th April at The Valley, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

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

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

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

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

We then had him for the Boxing Day 2012 meeting against AFC Bournemouth. This was a dreadful affair from our point of view, although there doesn't appear to be any suggestions that the match referee contributed to this debacle. On a more happier note though, we saw him at the tail end of that season in a very low key way - he was the Fourth Official in May 2013 for our League One Play-Of Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium.

Most recently Mr Scott took charge of the Sunday afternoon game against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. We'll confess that we had a rant at his expense about how card happy he was, and how he'd raised ten reds already, along with a glut of yellow cards. Mr Scott decided to have the most anonymous afternoon going - zero cards produced, and a fairly lenient approach to everything. The Nottingham Post noted this saying he "had shown five red cards in his previous ten matches Ė and ten overall in the space of 20 fixtures, along with 71 bookings ... but didnít show a single card on an afternoon when he generally officiated well."

Mr Scott will be assisted by Carl Brook (East Sussex) and Mark Mellor (Hertfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

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

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

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

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

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

Link: February 2014 : Nottingham Forest 3 Yeovil Town 1.


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7 April 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Charlton Athletic
For those heading up to South-East London tomorrow night, the Ciderspace guide to Charlton Athletic has been updated for this fixture. The ticketing, travel and parking information, plus club statistics, a pub guide and other random stuff can be found via the link below. Advice on how to handle 90 minutes of stress is unfortunately not included at this moment in time.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Charlton Athletic.


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7 April 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Miller Time Runs Dry
Saturday lunchtime's team news up at Blackpool provided just as much of a talking point as the game itself. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the rise and fall of Nottingham Forest loanee Ishmael Miller, as well as having half an eye on tomorrow night's game at Charlton Athletic. Read on via the link below, and as usual add your own views as you see fit.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Miller Time Runs Dry.


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7 April 2014 : James Hayter Talks About The Blackpool Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 away victory against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Yeovil Town striker James Hayter spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, James talks about the match that saw him scorer his seventh goal of the 2013-14 season.

Link: James Hayter Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Over Blackpool.


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7 April 2014 : Interview With Tom Lawrence
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 away victory against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Yeovil Town's on loan Manchester United midfielder/striker Tom Lawrence spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Tom talks about his first goal for the Glovers that ultimately won the game.

Link: Tom Lawrence Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Against Blackpool .


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6 April 2014 : Video : Blackpool vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights from yesterday's 2-1 win against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, just under three minutes worth of highlights are on the Sky Sports Website. As well as James Hayter's penalty and the incident that led to it, and Tom Lawrence's first goal for the Glovers, you'll view chances for Liam Davis, Joel Grant and Shane Duffy. View the highlights via the link below, whilst the club's YouTube clip can also be viewed below.

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




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6 April 2014 : Cellino Wins Leeds Takeover Appeal
The Football League have had their decision to bar Massimo Cellino from taking over Leeds United overturned on appeal. The case was taken to an independent judge to look into the Italian's conviction for tax evasion, concerning a yacht he had purchased prior to his interest in the Yorkshire club, and the outcome has been that the judge does not believe that feel he has sufficient information to conclude that Cellino has failed the League's Fit and Proper Persons Test that is set for all owners and directors of their 72 member clubs.

This means that at present Cellino is free to conclude his takeover of Leeds United - a situation that has left the club in limbo since the League's decision last month to block his takeover. Cellino has now been successful in the appeal process, and thus will allow him to move forward in his plans to finalise his plans to take the reins from current owners GFH Holdings.

The League's statement on the subject suggest that they are unhappy with the outcome of the appeal, particularly given the way it undermines their own authority in policing incoming owners and directors of questionable reputation. They said yesterday:

"We are disappointed at the outcome of the appeal hearing, however we would like to thank the independent QC for his diligence in reviewing this decision. This was a matter in which we were obliged to uphold the integrity of our regulations having considered the issue in detail with our advisors. It was always an extremely complex matter in which a different interpretation of a judgment made under Italian law could lead to an entirely different outcome in the context of our regulations. Ultimately this has proven to be the case. The independent QC has concluded that Mr. Cellino's recent conviction in the Sardinian Court did not involve conduct that would 'reasonably be considered to be dishonest' based on information available to him at the current time. The Football League will now consider the findings of the hearing."

Leeds managing director David Haigh has confirmed that Cellino will become President of Leeds United, taking a 75% shareholding, whilst GFH and other shareholders cut back their ownership to 25%. Cellino will use his company Eleonora Sport to take the actual ownership of the club, and Haigh claimed this was a forward step for Leeds:

"This is a significant day in the history of Leeds United. Since GFH Capital took over the club in December 2012, the stated aim has always been to introduce strategic investors to ensure a sustainable future for the club. I have met with many potential investors and worked closely with them, and I realised very quickly that Massimo is someone who has the attributes to take this club forward. He has a proven track record in Italy, and I believe the introduction of Eleonora Sport, coupled with Massimo's drive and determination, will be key to a successful and sustainable future for this great football club. I'd like to thank the Football League, GFH Capital, and of course, Massimo and Eleonora Sport for all their hard work over the past few weeks in ensuring that this deal was able to progress."

The view of The Guardian's sports journalist David Conn is that this may not be the last we hear on the Cellino case. Having read the QC's judgement in full, his view is that Cellino won his appeal because the Italian court have yet to publish their own judgement on Cellino's tax evasion case. Whilst he has already been found guilty of failing to pay tax, the QC's view is the Cellino's 'dishonesty' - the wording that would bar him under Football League rules - has yet to be proven, and thus the League have acted prematurely.

The acid test would appear to be whether Cellino failed to pay tax through oversight or ignorance of the law, or whether he knowingly sought to avoid paying the tax due. The full Italian court judgement is due to be published in June - if it implies the latter then the League do have the power to revisit this case.

The wider question would be whether the League's Fit and Proper Person's Test is actually fit and proper. Whether an owner is knowingly 'dishonest' in financial dealings, or whether he is merely lax or incompetent in his financial dealings ultimately sees the same outcome. Given many football clubs go to the wall due to bad ownership rather than dishonest ownership, the League might want to consider whether one is worse or better than the other given they both produce the same outcome.


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6 April 2014 : Gary Talks About Blackpool Team Selection And Stech Absence
Just before Saturday's match against Blackpool kicked off at Bloomfield Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary explains goalkeeper Marek Stech's absence, briefly touches on Ishmael Miller's departure (later covered in his post-match interview) and explains what sort of proposition he expected the Tangerines to pose.

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


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5 April 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Blackpool Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 away victory against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary answers the following questions on the game, as well as giving the full position on why Ishmael Miller effectively returned to Nottingham Forest, with his time at Huish Park now being over.

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


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5 April 2014 : Johnson: Players Put Words Into Action After Pre-Match Meeting
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt a big pre-match meeting helped inspire his squad in the wake of a difficult week for his players. Having lost badly against Barnsley last weekend in a big relegation six-pointer, they faced the same today in the form of Blackpool, who have been on a bad slide of form since their early December visit to Huish Park.

The 2-1 win over the Tangerines at Bloomfield Road gave Yeovil their first 'double' of the season at a vital time, to keep their chances of escaping relegation alive. In a week that also saw striker Ishmael Miller exit the club and goalkeeper Marek Stech stay at home due to illness, Johnson felt it needed a big meeting in the team hotel before the game, and told BBC Somerset he got exactly the response that he had hoped for:

"I'm really really pleased with the lads, because as you know we had to make a big decision this week and a couple of things didn't quite go for us. We needed to push and probe peoples judgements. I thought that those lads came out and gave everything for the football club. That's what we've got to do now, and that's what we said. We had a big meeting last night, and they put into words what they wanted to do over the next few games, and then it was about whether they could put those words into action. I thought they did that today."

Johnson had particular praise for the outfield players that he had put into the side for today's match, with James Hayter, Joel Grant and Liam Davis being three fresh faces in the side, whilst Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence took up a front line position for the first time since arriving in Somerset. Towards the end, it was the defence that Johnson had to thank, but he felt the four most attacking players in the side had put in a great performance:

"I thought James Hayter was magnificent up front. He's 5'10" but it was just in the way he kept the ball up for us. Tom Lawrence was dangerous along with our wide men (Joel Grant and Liam Davis) until they blew up a little bit, due to not playing enough through injuries and that sort of thing. Everyone played their part, and when Blackpool put the ball into the box late on, which they were getting the ball in there as often as they can, and their centre-halves stayed up, we still got our heads onto it, and we were picking up the second balls. So it was a great away performance. Their crowd was frustrated, and we absolutely frustrated them, especially in the first half."


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5 April 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Blackpool vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's match against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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5 April 2014 : Johnson Explains Ishmael Miller Departure
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that striker Ishmael Miller has been sent back to Nottingham Forest, as well as explaining his thinking as to why he made that decision. The 26 year old was the shock omission from today's matchday squad at Blackpool and will not be playing for the club again, with the Glovers having cut their ties with him despite an impressive scoring record of 10 goals in 20 appearances during his two loan spells at the club.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that the situation reached a peak on Tuesday after training when he held a conversation with a number of players about the need for them to warm down properly after training. He explained that he didn't like the reaction that he got, and confirmed that Miller was no longer at the club:

"He is no longer with the club. I don't think his personality and football personality is conducive to our environment. We had a meeting on Tuesday where we wanted to ask people why they were going home when some of them were a bit stiff (from training). There were two or three that we spoke to. I got round to Ishmael and he was disappointed that I brought his name up. I asked him did he need to go home and he didn't really want to get involved in the discussion and he got disappointed about it. He ended up saying 'Okay I won't play for you' and he walked out of the room."

Johnson explained that was not the first time that an incident like that had taken place. Although he didn't elaborate on what the previous incidents involved, one unconfirmed report is that Miller left the stadium and went home when he was substituted during the March midweek match against Ipswich Town three weeks ago. The Glovers boss said that he didn't regard it as a personal falling out, but very much a decision made with the club in mind:

"That was the third time that had happened, and I can't keep letting that happen. I need a group that I can 100 percent trust, that I know is going to put in a battling performance, and they did that today (against Blackpool). We can't have any passengers at this time. I had to make a big decision and I had to do it for the right reasons. I spoke to the board about it and they agreed with my decision. They always let me make those decisions. It's not a personal thing - it never is - it's a club thing, and every decision that I make is with the club in mind."


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5 April 2014 : Blackpool 1 Yeovil 2 : Hayter And Lawrence Grab Valuable Win
Yeovil Town kept their hopes of avoiding relegation alive, as they beat fellow strugglers Blackpool 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Goals from James Hayter and Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence set them on their way, and also Blackpool pulled one back to create some late scares, this time the Glovers held on for all three points, to pull them back within three points of Charlton Athletic - their Tuesday night opponents - who lost at home to Reading.

After a very slow start Yeovil got the break they needed when Tony McMahon handballed a corner forced by Tom Lawrence, and with James Hayter this time on the field of play, and Ishmael Miller sent back to Nottingham Forest, there was very little doubt who was going take the spot kick - duly converted into the bottom corner. The goal allowed the visitors the chance to find their feet, with a restless home crowd frequently heckling their own players, leading to one incident when a Blackpool player got into a slanging match with his own fans.

Blackpool started to force their way back into the match just before the half time break, and a succession of three early second half substitutions allowed them to change formation and personnel. David Goodwillie was particularly guilty of missing a number of Blackpool chances, but instead it was Yeovil who scored the next goal - somewhat against the run of second half play. Luke Ayling's cross into the box was met by Tom Lawrence and he produced a good finish from inside the box to double Yeovil's lead.

That should have given Yeovil the buffer to see the game out but Elliot Grandin's superb long range strike four minutes later set the nerves jangling as he fired home from 25 yards out. On came Ruben Palazuelos as a holding midfielder to shore things up, whilst the grit of Kevin Dawson was also added as Yeovil sacrificed their wide men to deploy four central midfielders, with Lawrence dropping deeper in the closing stages.

This time - unlike Wigan, unlike Leicester - there was no late drama and the Glovers saw out the three minutes worth of injury time to keep their season alive. Tuesday night at The Valley presents them with a virtual cup final against Charlton Athletic, and gives proof that whilst matters are still out of their own hands, and they still lie bottom of the table, the trap door has not opened up on them just yet.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Blackpool 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: James Hayter (0-1, 16 mins, pen), Tom Lawrence (0-2, 74 mins), Elliot Grandin (1-2, 78 mins).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter 11. Tom Lawrence

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 7. Kevin Dawson (81 mins for Joel Grant) 8. Ruben Palazuelos (80 mins for Liam Davis) 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi

Blackpool:
1. Matthew Gilks
2. Tony McMahon 5. Gary MacKenzie 20. Craig Cathcart
12. Neal Bishop 17. Chris Basham 4. David Perkins 14. Andy Halliday 3. Jack Robinson
41. Apostolos Vellios 25. David Goodwillie

Substitutes:
15. Faris Haroun 18. Isaiah Osbourne 24. Andy Keogh (49 mins for Apostolos Vellios) 27. Tom Barkhuizen (66 mins for Chris Basham) 31. Angel 39. Elliot Grandin (66 mins for Neal Bishop) 50. Robert Earnshaw

Blackpool Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (90 mins, timewasting).

Blackpool Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 1; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Steven Copeland (Merseyside) and Simeon Lucas (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Paul Marsden (Lancashire).

Attendance: 13,310 (with 362 Yeovil supporters).


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5 April 2014 : Team News For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's Championship away match against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. The big change is the dropping of Nottingham Forest loan striker Ishmael Miller - he has returned to the City Ground, with James Hayter returning to the starting line-up. He starts up front alongside Tom Lawrence.

Goalkeeper Marek Stech is ill and has not travelled to the match, and so Chris Dunn starts in goal this afternoon, with Gareth Stewart on the bench. Striker Adam Morgan travelled with the squad but was left out as midfielder Ruben Palazuelos is fit enough to get a place on the bench following his hamstring injury. Midfielder Kevin Dawson drops out, and is replaced by Joel Grant, whilst Liam Davis comes into the side as a left winger, whilst Kieffer Moore drops to the bench.

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

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter 11. Tom Lawrence

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ruben Palazuelos 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi


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5 April 2014 : Ishmael Miller Leaves Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have allowed Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller to return to the City Ground. The 26 year old has been a big success at Huish Park across two loan spells at the club, scoring ten goals in just twenty appearances. In particular five of those goals had come during the month of March.

However, Miller has not been included in this afternoon's squad for the away Championship match against Blackpool. Reporting for BBC Somerset this afternoon, Chris Spittles has indicated that he does not expect Miller for play for Yeovil Town again, and believes the issue relates to a breach of club discipline. However, we'd presume the 'discipline' aspect hasn't been put on the record at this stage.


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5 April 2014 : Edwards Still Confident Ahead Of Blackpool Visit
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Edwards has said that his team are still confident going into this afternoon's away match at Blackpool, despite last weekend's disappointing defeat at the hands of Barnsley. The Glovers go into the match at Bloomfield Road needing to claw back a six point gap between themselves and safety with today's match and Tuesday's visit to Charlton Athletic being crucial to that aim.

Blackpool themselves are not quite assured of survival, lying seven points above the dotted line, and having endured a second half of the season to forget that has seen them slide down the table. Joe has told BBC Somerset that he expects Blackpool to start off sharply with the aim of getting an early goal:

"They're obviously still within our reach, so it's a massive game again. They'll come at us early on and try to get the first goal and then defend it. We're going there for the win. We're going there full of confidence even after the result (against Barnsley). We know that we can put a good performance together, and hopefully we can do that on the Saturday and get the three points."

Edwards says that with 21 points still up for grabs, he does not plan to give up on the cause, and that the Glovers will try to amass as many points as possible between now and the end of the season. However, he does admit that he has one eye on the League Table, and on other teams results at the moment:

"You have to a bit now it's coming to this stage of the season. But we know there's still a lot to play for between now and the end of the season. There's seven games left and 21 points. The boys are confident they can go into the next couple of games and get two good results. As long as we do as much as we can between now and the end of the season, and we'll see where it takes us."


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4 April 2014 : Gary Previews The Blackpool Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on the Tangerines and Tuesday night's opponents Charlton Athletic can be read via the link below.

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


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4 April 2014 : Kevin Dawson's Brother Named In Spot-Fix Allegations
Barnsley captain Stephen Dawson has been named by his local press as one of seven players arrested yesterday in connection with spot-fixing allegations. The 28 year old, who signed for Barnsley in January 2012, is the brother of Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson. The Barnsley Chronicle states that Stephen has been interviewed by police, whilst the Lancashire Evening Post lists six Preston North End players as being the other players interviewed by the National Crime Agency.

John Welsh, David Buchanan, Keith Keane, Bailey Wright, Graham Cummins and Ben Davies are listed, adding to six other footballers who were arrested in December 2013 over similar claims - Blackburn Rovers player DJ Campbell was also named whilst Oldham Athletic decided to part company with Cristian Montano after he was connected with the allegations.

Preston have issued a statement on the subject. Whilst not absolutely confirming that the list is accurate, they haven't disputed the six that are named. Instead they have pointed out that whilst the players concerned have not been charged by police yet, they will continue to be considered for selection:

"There are no suggestions that any offences that might have occurred involved match-fixing. None of our employees have been charged with any offence at this time and until or unless this position changes we will be taking no further action nor making any further comment. All of our contracted employees are available for selection by the manager."

Spot fixing relates to betting inside football matches that focusses upon certain events such as the number of yellow cards or corners, or their timing during matches. Hence they do not directly relate to the actual outcome of the game itself.

At present, even in Preston's case, there is no suggestion that the NCA are looking into matters at a club-wide level. In addition, neither the NCA or the respective clubs or media have hinted as to what period of time, matches or events are under consideration.


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4 April 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Blackpool
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town make a rather mammoth trip to to Blackpool for a Championship fixture at Bloomfield Road. It's been over seven years since we last headed up there, and a fair bit has changed. The Ciderspace guide has been updated with travel, directions, ticketing, a pub guide and other related statistics - you can find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Blackpool.


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3 April 2014 : Johnson Sets Double Win Target
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits the club's current fight against relegation is not in their hands anymore, but says his side will keep going whilst it's still mathematically possible to stay up. The Glovers face a crucial pair of away matches against Blackpool (19th) and Charlton Athletic (21st) where they urgently need to claw back the six point gap that separates them and safety at present.

Speaking to BBC Somerset today, Johnson has said that the club's target will be to go out and win both games at Bloomfield Road and The Valley, but he said that doesn't change their thinking too much from where things stood last week:

"We always knew we had to win our next two games anyway. The way you're looking now is that it's not quite in our hands - you're looking at other clubs. But in two games time, we could be in the same position with the same points as Charlton, and with five games to go. We don't know yet, because we've got to play them, and of course we've got to play Blackpool. So they're two difficult away games, but you've got to be up for it, and get that Yeovil spirit back and try to get a result."

The club's perilous position is as a result of Charlton's surprise 1-0 win over Leeds United at Elland Road on Tuesday night, coupled with Yeovil Town's rather woeful 1-4 home defeat against relegation rivals Barnsley. Johnson revealed he did take some stick for his team's performance that day, but said that he was willing to take it on the chin:

"I think people have judged me by now, and they know what I'm about. Most people know that as a football club we've competed well. We're all absolutely gutted about Saturday's result, and probably that's why people say things that they don't always mean. So you've got to make sure that you pick up as many points as you can now, as you certainly don't want to lose out because you've taken your eye off the ball - certainly until it's mathematically not possible."


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3 April 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Can A Two Month Extension Make The Difference?
Yesterday afternoon saw Yeovil Town play out a three hour battle in very different surroundings to what they are used to. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers what the two month deferral will give the club, and what the involvement of Asda in the project might mean. Read that article via the link below, and as usual your own comments are welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Can A Two Month Extension Make The Difference?


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3 April 2014 : 2014-15 Season Fixture Release And Key Dates Published
The Football League have announced the date upon which the 2014-15 season fixtures will be published. All will be revealed on Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 9.00a.m.

The league have also revealed a number of other associated dates for next season. The first set of league fixtures will be on Saturday 9th August 2014, with the final set taking place on Saturday 2nd May 2015. The 2014-15 season play-off finals will be played across the weekend of 23rd-25th May, with Wembley Stadium once again used as the final venue.

In addition, they have outlined their Christmas and New Year schedule, with Saturday 20th December, Friday 26th December (Boxing Day) and Sunday 28th December earmarked as the three Christmas holiday fixture dates.


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3 April 2014 : Gary Johnson's Reaction To The Food Store Meeting
Following yesterday's meeting at South Somerset District Council's offices at Brympton Way, Yeovil Town first team manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Jack Murley, Gary enlikens yesterday's proceedings to retrieving a losing position in a football match, and also wonders what might have happened if a heated moment in yesterday's meeting hadn't calmed down! Read Gary's views via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About The SSDC Planning Hearing.


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3 April 2014 : John Fry's Reaction To The Food Store Meeting
Following yesterday's meeting at South Somerset District Council's offices at Brympton Way, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Jack Murley, John gives his reaction to the Council's decision, and what he plans to do over the next two months.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The SSDC Planning Hearing.


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2 April 2014 : Food Store Decision Deferred For Two Months After Asda Interest Claim
Yeovil Town's application to build a Food Store at Huish Park has been deferred this afternoon by South Somerset District Council. Two years and two months after the original application was lodged with the Council, and after two delays requested by the football club, it finally got heard today - but it will require an extra Council session in June 2014 to actually decide whether the plans can move forward today, after some late information was received at the hearing.

The decision was made today at Council offices in Brympton Way, and heard views from all sides of the argument, with Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry and first team manager Gary Johnson speaking at the hearing, along with CDS International owner Chris Dawson whose retail arm hoped to build the store on the club's land. The club even brought along club mascot, the Jolly Green Giant, as a show of support.

The hearing brought plenty of drama, with a letter being presented to the Area South Councillors indicating that Asda were interested in moving their Preston Road store to Huish Park, with Chris Dawson moving The Range into the existing Asda site. When Councillors pointed out this was inadmissable unless there was a contractual commitment from Asda on the table, Dawson offered to call up a representative from Asda on his mobile speaker phone and get him to speak at the meeting. Unsurprisingly this was refused - however it did form part of SSDC's thinking in agreeing to defer the application hearing.

Chairman John Fry adopted a fiery stance when speaking to Councillors, telling them: "If you don't want success, vote against us ... as elected representatives, you'll decide the future of Yeovil Town at Huish Park ... any delay over these plans will jeopardise the club's future in the Football League."

During the meeting Cllr Marcus Fysh proposed approving the application, providing outline permission, subject to the £2.1m being received from the club for the replacement of Public Open Space along with sorting out the objections from Somerset County Council's Highway's division. Cllr Fysh even drafted a proposal during a meeting adjournment, but after the Councillors returned to the chamber, the motion to approve with those caveats was rejected.

Instead Cllr Tim Carroll suggested deferring the Council decision, pending formal confirmation from Asda that they intend to re-locate from Preston Road to Huish Park. The plans would then be reassessed on those revised terms. In addition the club would be asked to resolve all four of the main objections detailed in last month's Case Officer report which was presented at the meeting by Simon Fox.

Earlier in the meeting Cllr John Richardson, Cllr Peter Seib, Cllr Tony Lock and Cllr Peter Gubbins had all indicated that they would be voting to reject the application, whilst Cllr Tim Carroll had initially indicated that he would vote against it if his proposal for a deferral was bounced.

Instead, when the vote for a deferral was made, the Area South Committee agreed for a two month delay on the application decision. This means that the football club now have that breathing space to present adequate proof of Asda's interest in the Huish Park site, and to deal with the failures on the Case Officer report. By no means a simple task given that most of the reasons for rejection have been known since March 2012's initial feedback, but may help the club focus minds a little more on what they need to do.


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2 April 2014 : Officials For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's Championship fixture between Blackpool and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Bloomfield Road on Saturday 5th April 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The match will be looked after by 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 nine times across five 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. It was crystal clear that Mr Langford had made a mistake and the goal should have stood.

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. He was then 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.

Thankfully the two most recent meetings involving Mr Langford have seen decisions go in our favour - one was an April 2013 home match against Shrewsbury Town. We won the match 2-1, and were actually helped on the way by an early penalty decision, with a Byron Webster header being blocked by Shrewsbury striker Tom Eaves. Their boss Graham Turner heavily criticised the decision after the game, complaining that few Glovers appealed for it, and citing that he had 'previous' with their team. From our point of view, that was the only debatable decision in a booking free game. He then took charge of our 4-0 win over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup in January 2014. Overall he had a decent game, producing just one yellow card, but our fourth goal, scored by Kieffer Moore, looked suspiciously offside - something that opposing boss Russell Slade pointed out after the game. Perhaps more of an issue for Mr Langford's linesman in fairness though.

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 at the time he was an official that the authorities were looking to fast-track through the system.

Mr Langford will be assisted by Steven Copeland (Merseyside) and Simeon Lucas (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Paul Marsden (Lancashire).

Link: January 2014 : Yeovil Town 4 Leyton Orient 0.

Link: April 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Shrewsbury Town 1.

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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2 April 2014 : John Fry Talks About The Food Store Plans
Last Thursday, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry appeared live on BBC Somerset to discuss the club's Food Store plans. In a rather lengthy interview with presenter Jack Murley, John was joined in the mobile BBC Somerset bus at Huish Park by Brympton Parish Council member Liz Glaisher and Yeovil Town author and supporter Brendon Owen.

Linked below, you can read a transcript the first 40 minutes of that programme (with the remainder of the programme covering other topics around the club). There's a few bits removed, such as station announcements, a few soundbites from interviews with the general public in the town, and a few side-conversations with Brendon, but what is linked below is everything John Fry and Liz Glaisher covered on the topic during the programme.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Food Store Plans.


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1 April 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Food For Thought
On Wednesday afternoon, Yeovil Town will finally take their Food Store application to South Somerset District Council's offices - two years and two months after they lodged it. There's a lot of history behind that, but it's all likely to be dealt with over an hour or so's debating in the Council Chambers that will let all parties have their say. Catch up on what's been happening in that arena, and what hoops the club would have to jump through even to get the first brick laid down, via the link below. Feel free to have your own thoughts on the subject whilst you're there.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Food For Thought.


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1 April 2014 : Football League Publish 2014 Play-Off Dates
The Football League have published the full set of dates for their divisional play-off matches that will be held during May 2014. Whilst Yeovil Town won't be involved in any of this at the end of the 2013-14 season, with our season ending (hopefully nicely!) on Saturday 3rd May, this will be a chance to fill the gap between the end of the season and the 2014 World Cup by setting the remote control for Sky Sports, who will be televising all 15 matches.

Unusually this year, the Football League haven't included any caveats in their list of dates - suggesting that these are cast in stone, and not subject to further police/television interference. The full set of dates are as follows:

Championship Play-Off Dates:

Thursday 8th May, 7:45pm - match A 1st leg (6th v 3rd)
Friday 9th May, 7:45pm - match B 1st leg (5th v 4th)
Sunday 11th May, 5:15pm - match A 2nd leg (3rd v 6th)
Monday 12th May, 7:45pm - match B 2nd leg (4th v 5th)

The Final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 24th May.

League One Play-Off Dates:

Saturday 10th May, 12:15pm - match A 1st leg (6th v 3rd)
Saturday 10th May, 5:15pm - match B 1st leg (5th v 4th)
Tuesday 13th May, 7:45pm - match A 2nd leg (3rd v 6th)
Thursday 15th May, 7:45pm - match B 2nd leg (4th v 5th)

The Final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 25th May.

League Two Play-Off Dates:

Saturday 10th May, 7:30pm - match A 1st leg (7th v 4th)
Sunday 11th May, 12:00pm - match B 1st leg (6th v 5th)
Friday 16th May, 7:45pm - match A 2nd leg (4th v 7th)
Saturday 17th May, 12:00pm - match B 2nd leg (5th v 6th)

The Final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Monday 26th May.


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1 April 2014 : SSDC Receive Improved Offer For Replacement Of Training Pitches
Yeovil Town have formally lodged their improved offer for the replacement of Public Open Space land as part of their Food Store application. In a letter dated March 24th 2014, and sent to SSDC Councillors last Friday, they confirm that they plan to raise their offer made in February of £1 million to a new offer of £2.1 million. The objective - as outlined in yesterday's news item - is to give SSDC sufficient funding that would enable the Council to take on the responsibility for delivering the replacement land that would house two sports pitches and associated public open space within the area.

The club refer to two different pieces of feedback in providing their revised offer. One comes from national Government body Sport England, who provided feedback in a letter dated March 11th, lodging an objection to the application. The other comes from a letter dated March 17th from SSDC's Community Health and Leisure division, whose representative Steve Joel made almost identical observations to Sport England by referencing the same National Planning Policy Framework document.

Where the two parties differ in their tone, is that whilst Sport England were unwilling to accept an application that did not include replacement pitches, Mr Joel indicated that he might be able to accept a financial offer as compensation. However, he made clear that he felt that £1 million was insufficient given that it would pass the planning obligation and costs onto SSDC to fulfill. At the time he explained that his position would change if:

"There [is] an appropriate legal agreement between SSDC and YTFC, providing a financial sum to be paid to the Council before the development begins. The financial sum [would need to be] in the order of £2.1 million for the Council to accept the responsibility and cost risks associated with the acquisition, laying out and management of the replacement site. If actual costs are lower, then the saving would be shared between both parties."

Mr Joel does not expand on how he arrived at such a sum, or any further detail behind his thinking in that area. However, as a consequence, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has written directly to all SSDC Area South councillors referencing the two objectors to the application and proposing the following to address the issues:

"In order to address the objections we are prepared, subject to contract, to increase the offer of £1 million contained in the POS (Public Open Space) Proposal Document to £2.1 million - i.e. the financial sum which Steve Joel has indicated in his letter of 17th March 2014 would be an acceptable figure.

This amended offer remains subject to the conditions set out in the POS Proposal Document and also the following:

1) There being an appropriate legal agreement between SSDC and YTFC as stipulated by Mr Joel, which we are ready to negotiate.
2) The Council will accept the responsibility and cost risks associated with a replacement site, again as stipulated by Mr Joel
3) Any relevant subsisting restrictive covenants affecting the site to be released by the Council without further payment, as always envisaged in our discussions to date
4) The Council will be responsible for satisfying any requirements of Sport England in connection with the replacement site and for securing the withdrawal by Sport England of the objections to the application as set out in their letter of the 11th March 2013.

We believe that this increase, subject to contract, of our previous offer of £1 million to £2.1 million fully addresses the objections of both Sport England and Mr Steve Joel and provides a satisfactory basis for providing replacement Open Space land
."

As yet there is no reaction from SSDC to this new offer, and with the Committee meeting tomorrow it's unlikely that there would be prior to that hearing. It's worth noting here that Sport England are not part of SSDC and therefore the new information would require external consultation. In addition, with respect to point 3 above, the SSDC Case Officer planning report stated that "any private covenants mentioned in the application documents are not a planning consideration", meaning that at present they do not consider this as being within their remit to resolve.

Tomorrow's Area South Committee meeting can only provide a provisional view on this offer. If they accept the proposal, then the SSDC Regulation Committee will need to vet what is on the table. Meanwhile if replacement pitches are not included in the application, then Sport England have said that they expect the National Planning Casework Unit - national Government department - to be tasked with reviewing anything SSDC approve.


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