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31 May 2009 : The End Of An Era ... And The Start Of Another
As one door closes, another one opens. Yeovil Town Fanzine On To Victory started seven years ago, just as the club was embarking on a journey that began with a trip to Villa Park. Now OTV has got a Seven Year Itch, and co-editor for most of its years Seb White has more recently been diverting his attention to the Capital Glovers, and more recently Slope and Glory. Now Seb plans to write an occasional blog on this site, as well as commencing another project this summer, in the form of a Testimonial Programme.

Read about how the last seven years panned out, and what the future holds, via the link below.

Link: The End Of An Era ... And The Start Of Another.


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30 May 2009 : Starnes Bullish About Season Ticket Sales
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes believes that season ticket sales are "way ahead" of last year's sales as the club near the end of their 'early bird' promotion. Supporters have until 12.00 noon tomorrow to buy season tickets at a reduced rate, and the club yesterday indicated that sales had reached the 2,000 mark on the final full day of trading.

The Huish Park Ticket Office is open today and tomorrow from 9.00a.m. until 12.00 noon for those making late decisions and purchases. From June 1st, the season ticket purchase prices will rise slightly for those who still wish to buy one nearer to the start of the 2009-10 season.

Speaking to the Western Gazette, Starnes considered that there was cause for optimism based on the way sales had gone so far:

"Season tickets are going very well. We are pleased and we do not want to draw too many early conclusions but they are well ahead of the same time last year. We can ask for no more at present. I would like to think the pricing structure has helped but until May 31st it would be premature to draw any conclusions from that. We will have to see what we have got at that time when the discount expires. The ticket office staff tell me that quite a few of the applicants have been either new or lapsed season ticket holders. We must have sent out 4,000 renewal applications to existing season ticket holders and lapsed season ticket holders."

The club have reduced prices in most areas, and in particular the introduction of a 'Young Adult' rate to replace the previous Student Concession has bridged a gap between the Junior and Adult rates, and Starnes believes that these changes are likely to be behind the strong sales:

"We structured the pricing to give people choice so that those who are affected by the recessionary activity and economy are still able to get a season ticket, albeit maybe in a different area of the ground from what they were used to. We are hoping that a combination of the pricing, the management team and the intentions of the club are all factoring in to making people want to come and support on a season ticket."

The Huish Park Ticket Office is open from 9.00a.m. until 12.00 noon today and tomorrow, with applications accepted in person. If you can't get down to Huish Park in person, they can accept applications over the phone on 01935 847888 although bear in mind that this will take you a little more time than a pre-filled application form will take.

Link: 2009-10 Season Ticket and Match Day Admission Prices.


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29 May 2009 : Ticket Office Opening Hours This Weekend
For those who are looking to take advantage of the last few days of the club's 'Early Bird' offer for Season Ticket purchases for the 2009-10 season, a reminder that the Huish Park Ticket Office is open this weekend.

You have until Sunday 31st May to get the 'early bird' rate for all Season Ticket sales, and the opening hours for the Ticket Office are as shown below:

Friday : 9.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Saturday : 9.00a.m. - 12.00 noon
Sunday : 9.00a.m. - 12.00 noon

Link: 2009-10 Season Ticket and Matchday Information.

Update: 15.00hrs The club have released figures stating that season ticket sales have now passed the 2,000 mark, with the early bird deadline about to close. There are no public benchmark figures to compare with other years 'early bird' deadlines. However, last year's final season ticket figures were believed to be in the region of 2,500, with the season before reaching sales of around 3,100. The club record figure was for the 2005-06 season, with in the region of 3,600 season tickets sold.


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29 May 2009 : Wealey To Become A Fox
As covered on this site on May 14th, former Glovers keeper Chris Weale has signed a pre-contract agreement with League One Champions Leicester City.

Chris, who made 10 appearances for Yeovil Town at the tail end of last season, will formally join the Foxes on July 1st when his contract with Bristol City runs out. There had been suggestions that the Glovers would try and re-sign their former keeper, but once the Foxes moved in, that was going to be unlikely, with Championship football and wages on a par with his contract at Ashton Gate likely to be on the table. Speaking to Leicester's official site, boss Nigel Pearson said of the move:

"Chris is a player who we have monitored and has been on our wish list for quite a while now. He has had limited opportunities at Bristol City and following a successful loan period at Yeovil Town we are delighted to secure his services."

The very best of luck to Chris at the Walkers Stadium, and a big thanks for the 10 games (and one goal!) during the season just gone.


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29 May 2009 : South West Challenge Cup Draw Made
The draw for the South West Challenge Cup has been made, and Yeovil Town have been placed in Group B, along with League Two side Grimsby Town and Belgian League side RRFC Montegnee.

The Glovers will open their interest in the competition with a match against the Belgians on Monday 13th July at 6.00p.m. in a game that will be played at Appledore FC.

Their second match will be played on Friday 17th July against Grimsby, with kick-off time and venue yet to be set.

If Yeovil win their group, then they will face the winners of Group D on the Saturday, which includes Blackpool, Rushden and Diamonds and Barnstaple Town. The winners of that semi-final will then play in the final on the Sunday.

Group A: Ilfracombe, Exeter City, Eastleigh
Group B: RRFC Montegnee, Yeovil Town, Grimsby Town
Group C: Bideford, Wycombe Wanderers, Luton Town
Group D: Rushden and Diamonds, Barnstaple Town, Blackpool

Fixture List:

13/07/09 : 19:00hrs : Group A : Ilfracombe vs Exeter City (at Ilfracombe)
13/07/09 : 20:00hrs : Group D : Barnstaple Town vs Blackpool (at Barnstaple)
13/07/09 : 20:00hrs : Group C : Bideford vs Wycombe Wanderers (at Bideford)
13/07/09 : 18:00hrs : Group B : RRFC Montegnee vs Yeovil Town (at Appledore)

15/07/09 : Group D : Rushden and Diamonds vs Barnstaple Town
15/07/09 : Group A : Eastleigh vs Ilfracombe
15/07/09 : Group C : Luton Town vs Bideford
15/07/09 : Group B : Grimsby vs RRFC Montegnee

17/07/09 : Group D : Blackpool vs Rushden and Diamonds
17/07/09 : Group C : Wycombe Wanderers vs Luton Town
17/07/09 : Group B : Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town
17/07/09 : Group A : Eastleigh vs Exeter City

18/07/09 : Winners Group A vs Winners Group C (Semi-Final)
18/07/09 : Winners Group B vs Winners Group D (Semi-Final)

19/07/09 : South-West Challenge Cup Final (at Bideford)

The eagle-eyed will note that Championship side Blackpool have entered the competition at late notice. Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers have withdrawn from the competition, with a high turnover of players at Aggborough this summer being blamed on their decision to step down. Blackpool have just appointed former Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle manager Ian Holloway, who will perhaps use that opportunity to go and hunt out a few old friends.


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28 May 2009 : Forbes And Welsh Left In Limbo
The future of out of contract trio Terrell Forbes, Paul Warne and Andy Welsh seems still far from clear almost four weeks after the season ended, with none of them having received any contract offer in writing.

Whilst last week's press centred on Paul Warne's situation, this week centres on club captain Terrell Forbes, who has told the Western Gazette he is currently in limbo, with a letter expected from the club having not yet turned up. The former Queens Park Rangers defender even said that he'd resorted to using Sky Sports in the hope that he might find his name mentioned:

"I was meant to have a letter from the club sent to my home address but I have not received anything yet. I have been waiting to see on Sky Sports News that I have been released but I have not seen that yet and I do not know what is going on. I hope my name will pop up on Sky Sports News and they will say I have been offered a new contract. I would like to stay, especially if my family want to move to Yeovil, but I have got to wait for an offer. My contract is up and we have to live in the real world."

Left-winger Andy Welsh paints a similar picture, although he does indicate that he had some kind of verbal agreement over a deal for next year. However, like Forbes he claims he has yet to see anything in print:

"In principle we have sorted everything out but I have not had anything in writing yet. I am keen to stay but I do not want to keep leaving it. If they put the contract in front of me and everything is right then I will sign straight away. I want to have a nice, relaxing summer and it would give the gaffer and Jonesy fewer headaches about having to get a player in."

There's no further update on Paul Warne, hence it is presumed that he is still awaiting a firm offer as well. Confusingly, Glovers boss Terry Skiverton believes the trio have all been given their contract offers, telling the paper:

"We have been speaking to parties and it is just a case of them coming back to us. We have not put any major deadlines on it, but we need know sooner rather than later otherwise we might have to look elsewhere."

With all three players suggesting that they've not received firm offers from the club, it would suggest that someone needs to pick up the phone, and find out why there is such a significant difference of opinion. Without proactive management of the negotiations, it would seem inevitable that all three players will begin to get itchy feet.


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27 May 2009 : Weale Future Still Up In The Air
Championship side Bristol City admit that they could easily lose goalkeeper Chris Weale to another club this summer. League One Champions Leicester City have already gone public with their interest in the out of contract player, whilst it would be no surprise if Glovers boss Terry Skiverton held an interest, given Weale's impressive two month loan spell at Huish Park that saw him clock up 10 appearances for the Glovers.

City Chairman Steve Lansdown has told the Bristol Evening Post that he can see Weale's lack of action in a Bristol City shirt being a factor when deciding whether to add to his three years at Ashton Gate:

"I'm not sure where we are with Chris at the moment. Gary is closer to the situation and I think it will be down to Chris to decide. We will offer him a contract if he wants to stay. It is a difficult one for him because he didn't play often for us last year and then had a good little run of games out on loan at Yeovil. He will be weighing up his opportunities before making a decision."

At present for the Glovers, keeper Josh Wagenaar has been offered a one year contract extension, but there has yet to be any indication either way of his views on that offer.


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26 May 2009 : Worthington Signs For Oldham
League One side Oldham Athletic have signed up midfielder Jonathan Worthington on a two year contract. The former Yeovil Town loanee was released by Huddersfield Town at the end of this season, and the Latics have moved quickly to make him their second summer signing, with Dave Penney having already raided his former club Darlington for utility player Rob Purdie.

Worthington made nine appearances for Yeovil last season whilst on loan, but was recalled to the Galpharm Stadium after the Glovers could not agree an extension to his loan deal at Huish Park.


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25 May 2009 : Glovers Given Outside Odds For Next Season
With the 2008-09 season having finally ended yesterday, and with all League One clubs now known, it's time to look forward to the 2009-10 season. The bookmakers have been in action already, setting up odds for next season's League One title and they certainly don't fancy Yeovil Town's chances.

The Glovers have already been given rank outsider status for next season, holding odds of 80/1 for winning the division with only Stockport County - currently in administration and without a buyer for their club - given equal odds.

Rather predictably, the bookies have given Leeds United the shortest odds for the third year running, with relegated Championship sides Norwich City and Charlton Athletic the next in the pecking order.

Leeds 10/3
Norwich 13/2
Charlton 15/2
Milton Keynes Dons 9/1
Millwall 12/1
Huddersfield 14/1
Colchester United, Southend United, Tranmere Rovers 20/1
Bristol Rovers 22/1
Southampton, Oldham Athletic, Brighton and Hove Albion 25/1
Brentford 33/1
Walsall, Gillingham, Swindon Town, Carlisle United, Wycombe Wanderers 40/1
Leyton Orient, Exeter City, Hartlepool United 50/1
Yeovil Town, Stockport County 80/1

Around the other bookies, Yeovil fare little better, and are ranked at 66/1 with VC Bet, William Hill, Blue Square and Skybet. Overall, Stockport are rated with wider odds by the other bookies, but with the exception of Leyton Orient with William Hill who are also ranked at 66/1, all of the bookies seem pretty clear on who they see as the outside bets.

If it's any consolation, the bookies gave us outside odds for promotion last season, although they were proved right in predicting that Hereford United, Cheltenham Town and Crewe Alexandra would also be in problems, whilst tipping Leicester City and Peterborough United to be up at the other end of the table.


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24 May 2009 : League One 2008-09 Season Predictions Results
Last summer, just before the 2008-09 season started, we ran a poll on Ciderspace sparked by a debate on the Green Room forum as to where Yeovil Town were likely to finish during the season. Hence we challenged those on that thread as well as our regular site readers to cast their predictions before a ball was kicked, on the basis that then no-one could come back and claim that they'd 'always' known where a team was likely to finish! So now the season is properly over, how did everyone fare?

Firstly and most importantly, there was the question of where you thought Yeovil Town would finish at the end of the 2008-09 season. Quite impressively, the final position of 17th was the most popular vote in the poll, with 15 supporters predicting the correct finish for the Glovers. The following should give themselves a pat on the back:

Jack Adams, Pager, G&W_Jester, Seb White, James Hall, _Raul_, Rich, Clevedongreen, Valetta Baby, Sven, jonesy5565, SheptonJimbob, Falcon green, Yeokel, Paul Fellingham.

In terms of general relegation places, we asked you to specifically name the four teams who would get relegated this season. A large number of you went for basement side Hereford United (there are no points for guessing the obvious!) and obviously Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra and Northampton Town would give you full marks.

Quite a few people predicted three of the four relegated clubs correctly, but only one voter predicted all four correctly, with BlackthornStandScott proving the king of the relegation spots.

Of course, we also asked you to get the four relegation positions correct as well, and oddly although BlackthornStandScott got the four teams correct, he didn't get any in the right order! Obviously that meant that no-one got all four correct, but the nearest two were Long Range Glover and Jamie Osborne who got three each. Both missed out on Crewe Alexandra in their selections. Crewe were incidentally the one team that many people left out of their selections.

At the other end of the table, the predictions were not so impressive. Many people successfully predicted Leicester City as Champions, but very few people saw Peterborough United as automatic promotion candidates, and on top of that, an equally select number could see Scunthorpe United bouncing back at the first attempt via the play-offs. In the end only Jozza successfully predicted two of the three precise promotion slots, picking out Leicester and Scunthorpe.

Once we consider the three promotion slots without looking at the precise positions at stake, a few more join Jozza in predicting two of the three promotion slots, but still no-one managed to get all three. The list of punters who managed to predict two of the three places are as follows:

Bruce Pinner, Gareth Lewis, AlzEvans, Ben Barrett, Shepster, TallGlover, Luke, Neiltheglover, Darren Evans, Marko, Green MP, Gary Reay, Symon Culmstock, Rob Evans, Wayne Deranged and J Carey.

Overall, we had 113 supporters provide entries, and for those we thank you all for participating. If your name or Green Room ID appears above, well done. We will however choose not to embarrass the one supporter who predicted that Yeovil Town would finish 1st during the 2008-09 season. There's optimism ... and there's a slight loss of grip on reality!


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24 May 2009 : Lions Slain To Complete League One Line-Up
Scunthorpe United made a quick return to the Championship just 12 months after being relegated to League One, in one of the best Play-Off Finals witnessed at both the new and old Wembley Stadiums. Scunny came back from 2-1 down to beat Millwall 3-2 in front of 59,661 supporters to win the League One play-off final.

Much was made pre-match of Scunthorpe being outnumbered off the field by 44,000 Millwall supporters, making Wembley a 'home' match for the Lions. However, another player was feeling at home, with Wembley-born Matthew Sparrow scoring a tap-in for the opening goal after just 6 minutes.

Millwall turned the match on its head just before the break, with two goals from Gary Alexander setting the match alight - the first an outstanding 25 yard volley on the turn, and the second a downward header that just crept over the line.

Matthew Sparrow kept up the individual battle between himself and Alexander by netting a composed equaliser with 20 minutes to go, whilst Alexander missed a gaping goal to win the match as his header went wide of the post. But it was Welshman Martyn Woolford who muscled in on the act with 5 minutes to go to send Scunthorpe back into the Championship and provide the fifth and final goal of a terrific final.

Final Score: Millwall 2 Scunthorpe United 3.

The match now completes the line-up for League One for next season, and this weekend's results give the division a very Southern feel to it. Only Leeds United, Tranmere Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Oldham Athletic, Walsall, Stockport County, Hartlepool United and Carlisle United will involve trips north of Birmingham, leaving 16 'Southern' teams occupying League One slots. Perhaps this gives a clearer indication as to why Oldham and Carlisle are so keen to campaign for a regionalised division, given that they will have so much travelling to do next season. For the Glovers, they can look forward to some good away days next season, and hopefully some impressive away followings at Huish Park.

League One Champions: Leicester City.
Promoted From League One: Peterborough United.
League One Play-Off Winners: Scunthorpe United.

Relegated From The Championship: Charlton Athletic, Southampton, Norwich City.

Staying In League One: Milton Keynes Dons, Millwall, Leeds United, Tranmere Rovers, Southend United, Huddersfield Town, Oldham Athletic, Bristol Rovers, Colchester United, Walsall, Leyton Orient, Swindon Town, Brighton and Hove Albion, Yeovil Town, Stockport County, Hartlepool United, Carlisle United.

Relegated From League One: Hereford United, Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra, Northampton Town.

League Two Champions: Brentford.
Promoted From League Two: Wycombe Wanderers, Exeter City.
League Two Play-Offs Winners: Gillingham.


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23 May 2009 : Warne Waiting On Firm Figures
This week's Western Gazette reports that striker Paul Warne is still yet to receive a formal contract offer from the club, despite three weeks having passed since the season ended. Warne has indicated that he is expecting to have to deal with a pay cut for next season, but as yet does not know what the nature of that will be.

The Green and White Supporters Club Player of the Season has said that he will wait to see what offer is on the table, and would instantly agree a repeat of last year's contract, but if the pay cut is too much, then he will either return to his permanent home in Sheffield, or his family base in Norfolk and look for alternative clubs in that area, even if it means dropping into non-league football.

The 35 year old winger/striker told the paper that matters were firmly in the club's court:

"I have not been given any figures yet but there is the option that I can have another year. But I have been told to expect a pay cut. I respect the fact that they have offered me another contract and I will consider it and am happy that Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones want me at the club. However, I will only sign a deal if it is right for my family – and if that means I have to go and play my football elsewhere that is what I will have to do. If it is not right for my family I am not going to stay here out of the goodness of my heart. If it is not worth my while I will go back to Norfolk to play or I will go back to Sheffield – I will do one or the other."

Warne added that he was realistic enough to know the reasons why he may have to take a pay cut, but said that it had to be within certain boundaries:

"I know the state of the financial world does not make it easy for them but I am not one of the top-paid players. I will sign willingly for another year on the same money. If they want me to take a cut then I will consider it but I maybe will not be able to stay here. If it is not financially worth it, as much as I want to play for the club I cannot be stupid and will have to look about."

The paper indicates that left-winger Andy Welsh is in a similar position, although it's not known what his reaction is to any negotiations so far. Of concern though, is that there is no mention either way of club captain Terrell Forbes, who has previously indicated that he wanted an early decision, with his partner having recently given birth to their first child, meaning that he is looking to get his new family housed under the same roof before the pre-season starts.


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23 May 2009 : Gillingham Make A Quick Return To League One
Kent side Gillingham have made a quick return to League One this afternoon, just 12 months after being relegated. They won the League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley against Shrewsbury Town, with a controversial 90th minute goal from Simeon Jackson proving to be the only goal of the game.

Whilst Jackson's header from the a corner was emphatic and little more than the Gills deserved, Shrewsbury will feel aggrieved that referee Clive Oliver's decision to award the set play looked a poor one, with the ball shown to have come off a Gillingham player. The crowd of 53,706 still had to sit out five minutes of injury time, but the Shropshire side were unable to force an equaliser.

Gillingham will join Brentford, Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers in League One next season, who all rise up one division, whilst Shrewsbury will have to do it all over again.

The next play-off match takes place at 1.00p.m. tomorrow afternoon, with Millwall taking on Scunthorpe United. That match will decide the final League One place, with 23 out of next season's 24 teams now known.


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23 May 2009 : League One Golden Boot And Glove Awards
This season's Golden Boot and Golden Glove awards have been announced by the Football League. The awards are made for the player who scored the most goals during the 2008-09 season, as well as the goalkeeper who kept the most clean sheets.

The Glovers were never likely to be in line for either award, with their goalkeeping duties spread out across three keepers during the season, whilst top scorer Gavin Tomlin did not even manage double figures.

In the end Leeds United's Jermaine Beckford grabbed the Golden Boot, whilst Tranmere Rovers keeper Danny Coyne got the nod for the Golden Glove. The top four in each category were as follows:

Golden Boot Award : 2008-09 Season:
Jermaine Beckford - Leeds United - 34 goals
Simon Cox - Swindon Town - 32
Matt Fryatt - Leicester City - 32
Gary Hooper - Scunthorpe United - 30

Golden Glove Award : 2008-09 Season:
Danny Coyne - Tranmere Rovers - 20 clean sheets
David Forde - Millwall - 18
Joe Lewis - Peterborough United - 18
Willy Gueret - Milton Keynes Dons - 16


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22 May 2009 : Centre of Excellence Set-Up North-West Tour
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides have organised another pre-season tour of the North-West to repeat a similar venture they undertook last summer. As part of the tour, they will be taking in trips to play sides from Premier League outfits Liverpool, Everton, Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers, plus Championship side Burnley and League One teams Tranmere Rovers and Oldham Athletic.

The tour takes place between Tuesday 4th August and Saturday 15th August, with various age groups joining at set times. The full plan for the CoE reads as follows:

Aug 4th 2009 : Liverpool U13s and U14s
Aug 5th 2009 : Oldham Athletic Youth
Aug 6th 2009 : Everton U13s and U14s
Aug 7th 2009 : Tranmere Rovers Youth
Aug 8th 2009 : Tranmere Rovers U13s and U14s
Aug 11th 2009 : Stoke City Youth and U16s
Aug 11th 2009 : Blackburn Rovers U15s
Aug 13th 2009 : Burnley U15s and U16s
Aug 15th 2009 : Everton U15s and U16s


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22 May 2009 : Season Ticket Sales Hit 1,000 Mark
Yeovil Town have hit the 1,000 mark in Season Ticket sales as of today, with the 'Early Bird' deadline due to pass in just over a week's time. As a comparison with last season, the club reported on May 27th 2008 that they had sold 1,097 tickets.

The Glovers have indicated that on a direct comparison with the same calendar date last season, they are ahead on sales, with season ticket prices having been cut against last season's deals.

You have until next Sunday to take advantage of the Early Bird prices, with the Huish Park Ticket Office open from 9.00a.m. until noon on both May 30th and May 31st next weekend for those leaving it until the last minute. For full details of prices see our dedicated page below.

Link: 2009-10 Season Ticket and Matchday Admission Prices.


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22 May 2009 : League One Away Support Statistics
Yeovil Town's away travelling numbers struggled to compete with their League One counterparts in figures published for the 2008-09 season. The Glovers finished 23rd, with only Cheltenham Town taking a lower number of supporters to away matches this season. Predictably Leeds United and Leicester City came out on top.

An average of 299 Glovers fans were present at this season's away fixtures, with Cheltenham taking 266. Naturally allowances have to be made for Yeovil's geographical position and the distinct lack of local derbies. The same applies when opposition supporters visit Huish Park, and certainly the majority of the teams listed below bring far less away supporters than their average below would suggest. Hence a small pinch of salt needs to be added to the figures shown below:

Leeds United : 2,523
Leicester City : 2,002
Huddersfield Town : 944
Peterborough United : 909
Millwall : 800
Oldham Athletic : 761
Brighton & Hove Albion : 748
Stockport County : 706
Bristol Rovers : 701
Northampton Town : 664
Milton Keynes Dons : 624
Swindon Town : 620
Carlisle United : 556
Tranmere Rovers : 552
Scunthorpe United : 534
Southend United : 532
Leyton Orient : 527
Hereford United : 383
Walsall : 348
Colchester United : 335
Hartlepool United : 313
Crewe Alexandra : 309
Yeovil Town : 299
Cheltenham Town : 266


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22 May 2009 : Cohen Extends Forest Stay
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Chris Cohen has signed a new four year contract with Nottingham Forest, keeping him at the City Ground until the summer of 2013. Cohen, who left Huish Park two years ago, in a £1.2 million transfer along with Arron Davies, has just been voted as Forest's Player of the Season in the Championship. The 22 year old still had two more years to run on the deal that he signed when he left Somerset, but Forest have been keen to extend his contract to preserve the value of their asset.


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21 May 2009 : Reserves Get Home County Cup Draw
Yeovil Town Reserves have been given a home draw in the First Round of this season's Somerset Premier Cup. Their opponents will be Team Bath, whose status and strength will be difficult to determine after the University side resigned their Conference South league place this summer, having been blocked by the Conference league from achieving any further promotions due to their University status.

All First Round ties are due to be played during the week commencing October 5th 2009, with the draw as follows:

Radstock Town v Wells City, Bishop Sutton v Clevedon Town, Brislington v Odd Down, Street v Shepton Mallet, Bridgwater Town v Bath City, Clevedon United v Portishead Town, Welton Rovers v Paulton Rovers, Wellington v Minehead, Yeovil Town Reserves v Team Bath.

The following teams have been given byes to the Second Round: Frome Town (holders), Weston-super-Mare, Bristol Manor Farm, Keynsham Town, Larkhall Athletic, Taunton Town, Chard Town.

Competition dates for future rounds are as follows: Second Round (w/c 9th November), Third Round (w/c 1st March 2010), Semi-Final (w/c 12th April 2010), Final (4th May 2010).


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21 May 2009 : New Backroom Team Due In Three Weeks
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton expects to be able to name the replacements to his backroom staff in roughly three weeks time. With physio Wayne Jones, masseuse Hannah Manton and goalkeeping coach Len Bond having all departed the club in recent weeks, Skiverton plans to name two replacements, with both new arrivals having overlapping roles.

Speaking to the Western Gazette, the Yeovil boss indicated that the person who would perform the role of a goalkeeping coach would also double-up as a scout and as the club's main advisor for the Sports Science direction Skiverton wants to take:

"I will be bringing in a goalkeeper coach who has Premier League experience. He is just about to finish his sports-science degree. We are going for a bit more forward thinking, with a younger and fresher approach to things. He will be doing some scouting for me as well so there will be a few job titles rolled into one for my new goalkeeper coach."

No names are suggested by the paper, although the eagle-eyed have spotted that 38 year old former Blackburn Rovers keeper Alan Fettis is out of work after leaving Cheltenham Town in March, having been their Chief Scout and Goalkeeping Coach, having taken on the scouting responsibility last November. At the time he was given the dual responsibility, the Robins revealed that Fettis was also studying for a Sports Science degree. He was released by Cheltenham as part of financial cuts at Whaddon Road just three months after taking up the role. Fettis is a former Northern Ireland international keeper who claimed 25 caps between 1991 and 1998. There's no suggestion that Fettis is Skiverton's choice, but he does fit the clues staggeringly well.

Skiverton's views on the incoming physio suggests that he a less experienced person in the game hoping to make the step up. The Yeovil boss told the paper:

"The new physio is a younger person who is local and has been working in the area. It is someone I have known about from the past and is someone who really does deserve a crack at this job. That person is desperate to do this job and the ideas that person has been coming up with regarding the team have really impressed me. That person will be coming in within the next two to three weeks. I think it is important for a club like ours (to have a scientific approach) when we will be coming up against others with nutritionists, Pilates teachers and other staff like that. We have got to look into it in a different way and make sure we get the best out of every area that we have got. So if somebody can double up and do two jobs that will be good."


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21 May 2009 : League Plan Self-Regulation Over Taxman
Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney has indicated that this summer's AGM will seek to close further holes in the current system with respect to over-spending in the Football League. The plan is for the League's governing body to implement an 'early warning system' that will allow them to make it harder for clubs to accrue significant debt in the first place. This is broadly speaking in line with what this site proposed last December where clubs would be penalised if they failed to keep in line with an agreed payment schedule.

The League hope to introduce this specifically for the Government body HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC, aka the Taxman). In the majority of recent administrations concerning football clubs, HMRC has been either a significant or the majority creditor and this has led to the Taxman opposing the creation of all recent CVA agreements on the basis that Football League rules require all football-related creditors to be given a preferred status that enforces all football debts to be paid in full under the terms of the CVA. Where HMRC holds more than 25 percent of the outstanding debt, Company Law allows them the power of vetoing all CVA proposals and thus preventing the Football Club from exiting administration in the manner defined by Football League rules. This leads to clubs being hit by a double penalty - one for entering administration, and one for existing in an incorrect manner.

Mawhinney will issue proposals to make it harder for clubs to fall into debt with HMRC, doubtless in the hope also that the goverment body will in turn relax their hardened stance towards footballing CVAs. The League Chief explained his plan of action:

"we will propose at our Annual Meeting next month an initiative which seeks to provide clubs with an incentive to keep up to date with payments to HMRC for PAYE and NI contributions. If approved, clubs who fall behind (with either current debt or time to pay agreements on historic debt) will be embargoed from signing further players. In other words, if a club cannot meet costs associated with existing players they would not be allowed to make further commitments on playing personnel."

Mawhinney also plans to look at the legacy problem, with recent claims that a total of £28 million has been written off by HMRC since 2000 relating specifically to professional football clubs in the Football League and Conference league. The BBC believe that 50 to 60 professional clubs are currently in arrears to HMRC, with around £50 million pounds at stake. Ultimately when clubs default on their payments, every UK taxpayer picks up their proportion of the lost income. The Football League chief hopes to tackle the legacy debt by finding out exactly what each club owes:

"We will be seeking authorisation from clubs to get details of their indebtedness directly from the Revenue and I have agreed this arrangement in advance with Dave Hartnett at HMRC. We believe that this initiative will not only help to control clubs’ indebtedness it will also provide an early warning system with regard to clubs who find themselves in difficulty. We are very optimistic that this initiative will find favour with our clubs."

For the record, Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes stated in a recent ABUFP meeting that Yeovil Town did not have any arrears with HMRC. However, whilst their rivals are still able to overspend and then later junk their debts without significant punishment, they gain an unfair advantage on those who keep their books balanced, and any proposal to make an unlevel playing field that little bit fairer surely has to be backed by anyone who has integrity within football.


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21 May 2009 : Football League Regionalisation : The North-South Divide
During the past month, League One sides Oldham Athletic and Carlisle United have called for the reintroduction of regionalised football in the Football League. They argue the current economic climate and the financial state of many football clubs justifies a change in the way the League is structured and argue it would provide many benefits.

Carlisle have indicated that if they get enough support for such a change, they will consider putting forward a formal proposal at this summer's Football League AGM, which is usually held in mid-June. An article outlining opinions of both clubs and some additional thoughts on the subject can be found via the link below.

Link: Football League Regionalisation : The North-South Divide.


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20 May 2009 : Norman Burfield R.I.P.
We're sorry to report the news that Yeovil Town Club President Norman Burfield has passed away - on Sunday 17th May 2009, aged 90. Mr Burfield was a former Chairman of Yeovil Town and a lifelong supporter of the club, who maintained his attendance at Huish Park right up until the end of last year, when ill-health began to restrict his visits to the club. A stroke in January 2009 affected his movement, but he still maintained contact with the club throughout his illness.
Yeovil's 1970-71 squad celebrate winning the Southern League
Chairman Norman Burfield seen toasting the team after their 4-0 win over Hillingdon Borough that clinched the Southern League Championship.
Back Row: Tony Clark, Stuart Housley, Brian Grey, Len Harris.
Front Row: Andy McCluskey, Cliff Myers, Ron Bayliss, Ken Thompson, Mike Hughes, Bev Dixon, Maurice O'Donnell and Richard Reynolds.

Norman was elected to the Huish board as a director in September 1967, replacing former Chairman Stanley Pinder. He served as director, and then Chairman from 1969, across one of the club's most successful periods in their history up until the last few years, eventually standing down in August 1971, and being replaced by Ivan Rendall. During that time, the club won the Southern League Premier Division and reached the Third Round of the FA Cup, playing a home match against Arsenal, who were to go on and do a First Division and FA Cup double.

The FA Cup match against Arsenal gave rise to probably Norman's most legendary quote, that lives on throughout Glovers fans who watched the team during that era. The match itself was a financial godsend, bringing in total receipts of £12,500 and with the club making a £6,000 profit from the tie - quite a tidy sum given that this was January 1971.

The one area the club lost out on was the capacity, with the club having to return £4,000 in unsold tickets. The police set a maximum capacity of 14,500, much to Norman's irritation, who wanted 17,000. Feeling that the club had unduly lost out on much needed income he exclaimed: 'the supporters could have brought skipping ropes there was so much room'.

The club went on to reach the FA Trophy Semi-Final, and ultimately won the Southern League, recording club record profits of £15,781, which in doing so ensured that the club's overdraft was wiped out, leaving them debt free. At the start of the following season, Norman stood down as Chairman, but remained as a director, ultimately becoming Club President. He continued to act as a club figurehead, and was present at the press conference that saw Gary Johnson appointed as manager. When Gary's side took the club into the Football League, and the various plaudits were put around to the 'obvious' people that had got the club there, Norman was wise enough to recognise it as a team effort built up over the years, writing at the time:

"We must not forget the thousands of supporters who, over the years have made our present position possible by sheer hard work (voluntary), and by giving whatever monies they could afford (coins in buckets), even directors selling balloons in the square (Yeovil) in order to buy a football and or pay wages. Such hardcore supporters who kept things going much be made to feel proud of their loyalty and, as president, it is my pleasant duty to thank them for all their hard work, generosity and support over many many years. They fully deserve the success which has followed."

The year that followed was not a happy one for Norman - his wife Molly passed away on March 14th 2004 at the age of 83. Like Norman, she had been a life-long supporter of the club. Norman was a retired Magistrate who also served on the South Somerset District Council Standards Committee until 2003. He was not afraid to speak out for what he thought was right in all walks of life and had a reputation as a man of great dignity which suited greatly his position as Club President. To all of his friends and family, and those he knew at the club over many years, our sincerest condolences. He will be missed.


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20 May 2009 : Stam Becomes Latest To Get Glovers Link
It's been a few days since we've had a player linked with Yeovil Town, so it's about time that we had another one mentioned. The Sky Sports website is claiming that former Oldham Athletic defender Stefan Stam is being chased by several clubs, including Yeovil Town.

Other clubs are named as League One newcomers Brentford along with Scottish League sides St Mirren and Falkirk. There is the slight sniff of an agent touting his player through Sky Sports here, with the article suggesting that Stam has just changed his representative.

Stam's release from Boundary Park came after Oldham directly accused him of failing to show up for a meeting with new manager Dave Penney. However, the Latics later suffered the embarrassment of having to withdraw their previous statement and acknowledge that the missed appointment was due to a communications error, with Stam having already left the country for his native Holland, but the letter detailing the appointment being sent to his English address. Oldham have subsequently claimed that the decision was based purely on footballing reasons, whilst Sky imply that Stam's former agent had played some part in the confusion.

Stam is 29 years old and has had six years at Boundary Park, although due to a succession of injuries has only made 102 appearances. He has also been on the books of VV Grasshoppers, Alkmaar Zaanstreek, PSV Eindhoven and FC Eindhoven.

Oldham have been having a major clearout following the arrival of Penney, with strikers Lee Hughes and Andy Liddell, former Yeovil Town midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala, midfielder Kevin Maher and goalkeeper Mark Crossley all shown the door. Mark Allott and Sean Gregan have also left the club, with Penney predicting around 8 or 9 new arrivals at Boundary Park by the time the new season starts.


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19 May 2009 : Maguire Becomes A Free Agent
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Danny Maguire is one of five Queens Park Rangers players to be released today. Maguire only made a single appearance for the Glovers during his spell at Huish Park, as part of the April 18th home match against Hartlepool United.

The 19 year old had been expected to leave Loftus Road at the end of the season and that has now been confirmed, with the other four players named as Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller, defender Zesh Rehman, goalkeeper Jake Cole and teenager Chris Arthur.


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19 May 2009 : Brighton Secure Stadium Funding Through Club Takeover
League One side Brighton and Hove Albion have received a £93 million pound cash injection, as part of their plans to build a new stadium. The move has come on the back of a 'friendly takeover' by property and betting mogul Tony Bloom who has converted £18 million pounds of existing loans into a 75.61 percent shareholding, whilst providing new interest free loans that will act as the funding needed for the club's new Falmer Stadium that is due to open in 2011.

Outgoing Chairman Dick Knight is to become a Life-President of the club, after a 12 year term at the helm of the Seagulls. Bloom will take his place in the hotseat. The Bloom family have a long running association with the Sussex club, with Tony Bloom's uncle, Ray, already on the Brighton board, and his grandather Harry a former vice-Chairman of the club.

Speaking to Brighton's official site, Bloom made it clear that the off the field changeover at Brighton did not alter their on the field ambitions:

"I want to see the club build on the momentum under our newly-appointed manager Russell Slade. I am determined to see us back in the Championship as soon as possible. I want to fulfil the dreams of so many of our great fans just as my grandfather Harry Bloom did in the glory days of the 1970s with Brian Clough, Peter Taylor and Alan Mullery."

Brighton's plans are for Bloom's stadium loans to be paid back by 2023, with the hope that the new Falmer Stadium will provide the cash injection to turn the Seagulls into a profitable enterprise, although an option is for a proportion of the loans to be converted into further shares. Grants from Brighton City Council and the Football Foundation are expected to reduce that loan further.

They currently occupy the rather awful surroundings of the Withdean Stadium, which is currently making the Seagulls a significant loss for every year they have to remain there. Both Knight and Bloom have paid tribute to each other as one makes way for the other today.


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18 May 2009 : Skiverton Happy To Bide His Time
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will bide his time in choosing the players he wants to be part of his 2009-10 squad. The Glovers have yet to bring in any new players since the season ended and have only a handful of players on their books at present.

However, Skiverton has told the Western Daily Press that it could take up until the last day in August for him to get all the players he wants together. Given past experience, it would appear likely that the majority of permanent signings would be made during the last week in June and first week in July, with the Glovers tending to pick from Bosman transfers, free agents and trialists.

Those that turn up in August are likely to be loan players, as fringe players from higher league clubs trickle down the players they wish to get more regular football. Skiverton told the paper how he thought things would pan out:

"I need to make the right decisions and make sure I bring in the right people. We have a few names that we have had marked for a little while and it will be a case of 'watch this space' as we try and fill in the gaps that have already and will open up. It could go to the last day (of the transfer window). I am not going to bring everyone I need in one week because you could miss out on a number of targets. I know who I am after, who I can get and who I cannot get."


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17 May 2009 : Top Five Best Glovers Seasons?
Betting site The New Football Pools has compiled a report detailing the best seasons they believe each Premier League and Football League club has had since England won the World Cup in 1966. The report was provoked by the tendency for clubs or media to label clubs or competitions as having their 'best season ever'.

As part of the report they therefore set out to list the Top Five best seasons that they believe each club has had since the fairly arbitrary looking date. Whilst there can be the odd misgiving with the report that they've produced for the Glovers, such as the odd factual error, whilst older readers may take issue with the omission of the club's 1970-71 Southern League title winning season, overall it's pleasing that they do attempt to acknowledge that the Glovers do have a history prior to 2003, although perhaps printing our top five seasons since we became a Football League club would have been a little pointless.

Although it's not firmly stated, we presume that the ordering of the seasons is intended to act as a pecking order, with the top season listed first. Without any comment from ourselves, this is what they had to say about Yeovil Town:

2004-05
In only their second season in the Football League, Yeovil Town won the League Two Championship. The Glovers – with Gary Johnson at the helm – notched up 83 points and scored 90 league goals, with Phil Jevons top-scoring with 27. Seven successive league wins in January were sandwiched between two FA Cup victories, and although Yeovil went out of the Cup at Charlton they stayed in the promotion hunt. But the fans had to wait until the final day, and a 3-0 win against Lincoln at Huish Park, before they could celebrate promotion, and the title.

2002-03
The Yeovil fans’ hopes of promotion to the Football League were finally realised, as Gary Johnson’s side won the Conference title with a record 95 points. The Glovers were unbeaten at Huish Park and lost just three games away from home, and in the end they won the title by a record 17-point margin. Yeovil scored a century of goals, with four or more scored on 11 occasions.

2001-02
Man-of-the-match Adam Stansfield scored the second and decisive goal of the FA Trophy Final against Stevenage at Villa Park to give Yeovil their first FA Trophy success. The cup run made up for a disappointing season in the Conference. After finishing runners-up in 2001, Yeovil were strongly fancied to go one better, but their home form let them down and they could finish only a remote third.

2006-07
Yeovil came within 90 minutes of promotion to the Championship in only their fourth season in the Football League. The club finished 5th in League One to set up a play-off semi-final with Nottingham Forest. Yeovil lost the first leg at Huish Park 2-0, but in the second leg they put in one of the best performances ever seen in the play-offs, beating Forest 5-2 on their own patch. The momentum appeared to be with Yeovil, and 30,000 fans made the trip to Wembley, but Blackpool scored two goals either side of half-time to secure their place in the Championship.

1996-97
Yeovil, managed by former Spurs player Graham Roberts, lost just three league games all season as they stormed to the Isthmian Premier League title, and promotion to the Conference. Remarkably, even though they dropped just 25 points during the season, the Glovers finished only six points ahead of Enfield (who also lost only three matches). Sutton were 34 points back in third. Between December and May, Yeovil won 20 of the 26 league games they played.

Link: Football Fever 5 : Your Ultimate Season.


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17 May 2009 : Former Loan Duo Suffer Play-Off Final Misery
Former loan duo Jonathan Obika and Andros Townsend had to suffer defeat in the Premier Academy League Play-Off Final this afternoon at White Hart Lane. The match saw Arsenal defeat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0, with a 50th minute goal from Rhys Murphy proving the difference between the two sides.

Both Obika and Townsend played a full 90 minutes during the match, with Obika getting involved in two good chances for Spurs - one which he fired at the keeper, and another where he laid on Adam Smith into a goalscoring position, with the eventual shot going wide. However, Arsenal, who had already knocked Spurs out of the FA Youth Cup earlier in the season, held on fairly comfortably despite going down to 10 men for the final 15 minutes.


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16 May 2009 : 2008-09 Internet Player Of The Season
With the 2008-09 season now over, all Man of the Match votes from throughout the season have been compiled together to create a final Player Of The Season. The spread of voting across the whole season means that there is no leaning towards the second half of the season performances.

Voting has also been normalised to ensure that a game that had a large number of voters does not count more than a game that had a small number of voters which means that each match getting an even weighting.

Whilst last season saw a runaway winner in the voting, this season's poll saw things go to the wire, with only a fraction to choose between the top three. Vice-captain Lee Peltier was edged out by the narrowest of margins by Craig Alcock. But the winner for this season was left-winger Andy Welsh, who clung on despite missing much of the final month of the season due to the form of loan star Andros Townsend. Full results of the top 15 players and their weighted percentage are shown below:

1 Andy Welsh 8.4
2 Craig Alcock 8.0
3 Lee Peltier 7.9
4 Paul Warne 7.4
5 Gary Roberts 7.3
6 Danny Schofield 6.9
7 Gavin Tomlin 5.6
8 Terrell Forbes 4.7
9 Josh Wagenaar 4.7
10 Terry Skiverton 4.5
11 Keiran Murtagh 3.6
12 Chris Weale 3.2
13 Aaron Brown 3.1
14 Darren Way 2.9
15 Asmir Begovic 2.6

Thanks as ever to everyone who voted throughout the season, and in particular Sarah for her dilligent mathematics and spreadsheet wizardry. Andy Welsh now joins the Hall of Fame, which includes the following previous winners:

1998-99 Warren Patmore
1999-00 Jamie Pitman
2000-01 Nick Crittenden
2001-02 Adam Stansfield
2002-03 Darren Way/Michael McIndoe (joint)
2003-04 Gavin Williams
2004-05 Darren Way
2005-06 Chris Cohen
2006-07 Terrell Forbes
2007-08 Marcus Stewart


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15 May 2009 : Scunny And Lions Head To Wembley
The League One play-off final will be contested between Scunthorpe United and Millwall, after the Iron won 7-6 on penalties in Buckinghamshire tonight. Scunthorpe and Milton Keynes Dons battled out a 0-0 draw after extra time, meaning that the game went to a penalty shoot-out.

Even at that stage, the game threatened to be going on until the small hours, as 18 penalty kicks were taken, with Scunny keeper Joe Murphy saving two of them, whilst his team-mates squandered two more. But Tore Andre Flo suffered misery when his penalty came off the crossbar for MK Dons to send Scunthorpe to Wembley for the second time in a season, with Nigel Adkins having already managed his team in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final last month.

They will face Millwall, who overcame Leeds United last night, thanks to a 1-1 draw at Elland Road. Luciano Becchio put the home side ahead on the night, but Djimi Abdou grabbed a priceless equaliser to send the Lions through on aggregate by a 2-1 scoreline.

The final will be played on Sunday 24th May at Wembley with a 1.00p.m. kick-off.


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15 May 2009 : Goalkeeper Coach Leaves Huish Park
Yet another member of the Huish Park backroom staff has departed today, with goalkeeping coach Len Bond leaving Yeovil Town.

Len has a long-standing association with the club, having been a player during the late 1980s, after a career that spanned spells with Bristol City, Brentford and Exeter City. He has also been a coach at Ashton Gate and St James Park, but was brought back to the club by Gary Johnson after former coach Jon Sheffield left the club.

Only recently, on loan goalkeeper Chris Weale singled out Bond for praise after Weale kept five clean sheets in a row, suggesting that Bond had done a lot of work on Weale's concentration levels on the training ground. Weale said at the time:

"I've got to say thank you to the goalkeeping coach Len Bond, because I think he has been excellent with me, from when I was here previously, but now he is outstanding. He keeps talking to me and keeps me concentrating and it has been a pleasure working with him. So I just want to say thank you to him."

Len was also credited with having had a strong influence in bringing Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to Huish Park. His close friendship with Pompey goalkeeper coach and former Glover David Coles allowed both clubs to strike up a deal where both Bond and Coles could work together with the loan keeper.

Thankfully Len has a good day time job to fall back on - he has been running Len Bond Teamwear from his home in Taunton for almost 16 years - an internet sportswear business, which sells training equipment for football and rugby clubs.

At present it is not clear if the club plan to directly replace Len, or whether they will run without a goalkeeping coach next season. Currently other than the management duo of Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones, only Youth Team coach Stuart Housley is left of this season's original management and backroom staff.

We wish Len all the best for the future, and give sincere thanks for both his playing and coaching spells with the club.


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15 May 2009 : Physio Jones Disappointed To Leave Glovers
Outgoing physio Wayne Jones has made it clear that he had no input into the decision to remove him from his post at Huish Park. This week Yeovil Town announced the departure of Jones and masseuse Hannah Manton with a different direction being proposed for next season for the club's backroom medical team.

Jones has told today's Western Daily Press that he did not influence the outcome on a meeting held on Tuesday, and that he was not looking to leave the club:

"I am very sorry to leave Yeovil Town. It wasn't my intention and I am very disappointed and devastated but I have to get on with it. I was called in on Tuesday for a meeting and I didn't see it coming at all. I had no thought of leaving."

Given that Jones was recruited in by former manager Russell Slade, whose new club Brighton and Hove Albion have a vacancy for a physio, which would leave Jones within commutable distance of his Kent family home, it is easy to suggest where he might end up next. But Wayne made it clear that until his dismissal, he'd not considered such a move at all:

"There is no truth in the Brighton thing at all. If it does happen then great, but until two or three days ago I had no thoughts about Brighton at all. I gave 100 percent to Yeovil before and after Russell left, right up until last weekend."

We naturally wish Wayne all the best in finding new employment as quickly as possible.


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14 May 2009 : Leicester Considering Weale Move
Leicester City owner Milan Mandaric has admitted that his club has a significant interest in former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale. Mandaric has confirmed that a goalkeeper is high on Leicester's shopping list this summer, and admitted that the Foxes had recently had Weale watched, presumably during his loan spell at Huish Park during the latter part of the season just gone.

Weale played 10 times for the Glovers during his two month loan at Huish Park, famously scoring against Hereford United and bringing his appearances with the club up to 214 games. He is now out of contract at Ashton Gate, with no firm decision being made upon his future either way. Mandaric has told the BBC that the Foxes, who have just been promoted into the Championship division after one season in League One, are interested in bringing him to the Walkers Stadium:

"He is one of the targets our goalkeeping coach has got. He's got very very big positive marks when we saw him, so he is one of our targets of course. It is no secret to our supporters, who we are quite open with, that we need a good goalkeeper."


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14 May 2009 : Murray Wanting West Country Move
Another day, another player linked with Yeovil Town. Bristol City midfielder Scott Murray is expected to leave Ashton Gate at the end of this season, although no formal announcement has been made concerning his future. The 35 year old is therefore available on a Bosman transfer.

For once it is the player himself doing the touting, with no explicit indication that the Glovers management team have made an approach. Murray has told the Exeter Express and Echo that he is very keen to join a club in the immediate geographic area, having first joined City in 1997, only interrupted by a year's stay in Reading. Murray indicated that newly promoted Exeter City and also Yeovil Town would be of significant interest to him:

"I am realistic and I am 35 next month and the gaffer is probably looking for younger players to bring through. We have just signed four young academy lads as pros and I am sure the gaffer is looking for quicker players. I am keen to stay in this area. I enjoyed myself on loan at Cheltenham and I have got a few mates down at Exeter and then there is Yeovil. I am not sure about (Bristol) Rovers — I think I might not be let in there."

Despite Murray's interest in a West Country move, his likely wage demands and the limitations of the Huish Park budget would make him an unlikely move for Glovers boss Terry Skiverton, even if the Scotsman's talent could be a useful asset.


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14 May 2009 : Former Loan Duo Star In Academy League Play-Off
A Tottenham Hotspur Academy side featuring former Glovers loan duo Jonathan Obika and Andros Townsend have reached the final of the Premier Academy League Play-Offs after beating Sunderland in a semi-final play-off match last night.

Winning the match against the Black Cats by a 2-1 scoreline at the Stadium of Light, Spurs took the lead when Ryan Mason scored from the penalty spot after 39 minutes after a handball infringement. However, goal of the game came just a couple of minutes later, as Obika and Townsend combined on the break. A 30 yard run by Andros Townsend found Obika on the left, and he squared the ball back to Townsend who fired Spurs two goals up from 20 yards out.

Obika could have sealed matters when he shot over the bar during the second half, but Sunderland pulled a goal back with their own spot kick to leave Spurs with a nervous final 19 minutes, during which Sunderland hit the crossbar.

The final against Arsenal will be held at White Hart Lane on Sunday 17th May, with kick-off yet to be announced. With both players having been highly influential in last night's match, there seems little doubt that they will start in the Premier Academy League decider.


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14 May 2009 : April/May Player Of The Month
The final month of the 2008-09 season saw a mixed bag of results for the Glovers as they aimed to get the points that they needed to stay in League One for another season.

One win, three draws and three defeats ended the season statistically on a lower note, but that run of form was tempered by the Glovers guaranteeing League One survival in the penultimate match of the season.

Man of the Match voting saw a fairly good spread of players across the month. Vice-captain Lee Peltier played most of the final month of the season as a central defender, yet picked up good marks in an unfamiliar position. On-loan goalkeeper Chris Weale saved the biggest impact of his two month loan spell for the final minute of the match against Hereford United, but had been highly rated throughout.

However, having scored goals against Millwall and Hartlepool United, it was striker Gavin Tomlin who got the biggest share of the MOTM vote as the season ended. The full top 10, with the percentage of the vote gained shown alongside the final positions is shown below.

1 Gavin Tomlin 15.5
2 Chris Weale 14.4
3 Lee Peltier 11.1
4 Keiran Murtagh 10.6
5 Terrell Forbes 10.2
6 Craig Alcock 8.4
7 Paul Warne 5.8
8 Andy Welsh 4.7
9 Danny Hutchins 4.7
10 Andros Townsend 4.1


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14 May 2009 : Skiverton Looks In Sports Science Direction
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has clarified the club's press statement on Tuesday that spoke of a "different direction" concerning the club's backroom medical team. Main physio Wayne Jones and masseuse Hannah Manton have left the club since the season ended, leaving the club without any staff in that area over the summer.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Skiverton has indicated that he wants to bring in a new recruit who can specialise in "sports science", giving him a wider remit than the current focus of the club's medical staff:

"We will have someone who is a little bit more scientific in their approach. It will be someone who can come in on the fitness side of things and get involved with heart rate monitors. I am looking for the physio to perform a number of different roles, and a sports science role is something we will be looking into."

Last season the club utilised army fitness instructor Lee Southernwood in that role on an informal basis. Lee visited the club one day a week as well as spending a full week with the club during pre-season, but Skiverton wanted to see the time spent on that role stepped up:

"We had someone that used to come in for one day a week last year and that was not enough. A big thank you must go out to Wayne and Hannah who have given us greate service, but we want to go in a little bit of a different direction and that is one of the unfortunate things that can happen in football."


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14 May 2009 : Colchester Man Of The Match Result
The final Man of the Match award for the 2008-09 season relates to the home match against Colchester United. The Glovers lost the game 0-2, due to two early first half goals, and with neither side having anything tangible to play for, the match at times became a little too much like a post-season friendly.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting, two players dominated the poll, going head-to-head and with the eventual winner nudging ahead by just a single third-placed vote. Andy Welsh was the unlucky runner-up, despite getting the most outright MOTM votes, but it was Craig Alcock who grabbed the top position for the second match running. Full results are shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets.

1 Craig Alcock 184 (13)
2 Andy Welsh 182 (14)
3 Andros Townsend 58 (2)
4 Gavin Tomlin 50 (3)
5 Keiran Murtagh 44 (1)
6 Danny Schofield 40 (1)
7 Terrell Forbes 32 (0)
8 Nathan Smith 20 (1)
9 Jonathan Obika 8 (0)
10 Paul Warne 2 (0)
10 Aaron Brown 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.00

Performance: 4.86
Entertainment: 5.14

VOTES RECEIVED: 35

The April Player of the Month and the final Internet Player Of The Season will be announced very soon.


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14 May 2009 : Roberts Expected To Make Pre-Season Return
Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has confirmed that midfielder Gary Roberts is still under contract at Huish Park. A two match suspension for Roberts for a red card at Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday effectively ended his season early, with the 22 year old also missing the final two games of the 2008-09 season with what the Western Daily Press have described as "family problems".

The midfielder's absence during the final three weeks of the season has inevitably led to speculation concerning his future in South Somerset, as Skiverton aims to shape his own squad, but the Yeovil boss confirmed that Roberts would be returning for pre-season training, but implied that he was open to offers for the player:

"He is under contract and will be back. If something comes up in the summer for him, we will be talking about that but there are a couple of players in the same category where if teams do show interest, there will be room for dialogue."


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14 May 2009 : Experienced Trio To Get Offers From Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that out of contract trio Paul Warne, Terrell Forbes and Andy Welsh will eventually get contract offers on the table, and are not on his released list.

The experienced players were a key part of the 2008-09 season, yet were missed out of Tuesday's press release that detailed the lists of players that were being released or being offered new deals. Skiverton has told this morning's Western Daily Press that offers are in the pipeline, with the WDP suggesting that it may be another seven to ten days before anything lands on the table. The Yeovil boss explained his thinking:

"They know they are in my plans and are people I would like to stay at the club. It is just whether we can sit down and thrash something out with them and their representatives. Offers will be made to those players and will be a case of them not having to rush into any decisions. If they do not accept our offers, then they are free to go on a Bosman transfer."


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13 May 2009 : Pre-Season Tournament Draw Date Set
The draw for this summer's South-West Challenge Cup will take place on Thursday 28th May. Yeovil Town are competing in the pre-season tournament which is held in July, along with 11 other teams.

Tournament organisers invited representatives from each participating club to a full day planning session in Barnstaple on Monday, which included a tour of the hotel, training and recreation facilities as well as a detailed look at the tournament structure and provisional plans for the competition.

For full competition details as they stand today, see our April 17th article.


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13 May 2009 : Norwich Top Brass Quit Posts
League One newcomers Norwich City have seen their Chairman and their Chief Executive resign in the wake of their relegation to League One. Whilst most football clubs habitually remove the First Team Manager in such circumstances, the Canaries have chosen to look further afield for the reasons why they will now play in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1960.

Chairman Roger Munby and Chief Executive Neil Doncaster have fallen on their swords, resigning yesterday as the Carrow Road side looked to make radical changes to the top level of their club. Doncaster, who is reported as having claimed a £180,000 salary as part of his Chief Executive role, had been with the club since 1997, whilst Munby was in his second spell with the club having originally arrived at the club in 1986. He had been Chairman since 2002 and had been taking a smaller salary of £25,000 as a consultancy fee paid to a separate company he owned. Neither are significant shareholders with the main clout coming from chef Delia Smith and her family.

The Norwich City Independent Supporters Association have welcomed the news, with Chairman John Tilson saying:

"Like it or not, if you are the chief executive or chairman of an ailing and failing business, your head has to roll. Roger has been the head of PR and spin at the football club for a number of years, he has been the front while Doncaster has been the man who has negotiated contracts, dealt with managers and agents and all sorts of financial issues and he has failed miserably."

For now, acting manager Bryan Gunn stays in the First Team Manager's job. The Canaries may well still decide to make changes there as well - the former Norwich keeper was appointed as an interim manager in January and is only contracted at Carrow Road until the end of the season.

Update: Norwich have confirmed that Bryan Gunn and his management team will remain in their posts for the 2009-10 season, hence all major changes at Carrow Road will remain at boardroom and executive level.

Meanwhile League One side Carlisle United have denied claims that they are in financial trouble. The rumours were sparked by their decision to cut next season's playing budget due to a 20 percent drop-off in attendances at Brunton Park as crowds fell to an average of 6,267 on the back of Carlisle's slide from play-off contenders during 2007-08 to avoiding relegation on the final day of the season just gone. Chief Executive David Allen has told the BBC there is no need for panic:

"The club is all right financially. We don't have a few million pounds in the bank or anything but we are certainly not in difficulty. The fact is though that we can't just be throwing a lot of money at it hoping that it is successful, when really we have just got to be managing it a little bit closely."

Allen has revealed that his club's planned playing budget is still around the £2 million mark - worth comparing with the £2.4 million wage bill for Huish Park for both on and off the field employees - and added that the club were taking proactive steps to try and boost attendances at Brunton Park:

"We are going to do everything that we can to get fans down there and boost the gates. When you think that our playing budget is around about £2 million, it is still a very substantial figure. (Manager) Greg (Abbott) is very, very confident that he can work within that. It is not that far away from where we were last season when we had the highest playing bill that the club has ever had."

Finally Oldham Athletic have denied that their Boundary Park development plans have stopped, barely months after they started. The Latics have already demolished their Broadway Stand, with a lavish 5,200 stand intended to be built in its place to act as a new Main Stand for the League One side. The ultimate plan is for all four sides to be rebuilt in a 16,000 capacity refit dubbed the 'Oldham Arena'. But work on the replacement for the Broadway Stand was due to start in early 2009 has not commenced, with the Manchester Evening News predictably blaming the Credit Crunch.

Managing Director Simon Corney admits the club have still not chosen a developer for the project, despite demolishing the stand, and denies that the ground development project has now stopped:

"It's never stopped - it won't stop. We know it's not ideal having a ground that doesn't look nice with only three stands but it was imperative we knocked it down. I know not everyone agrees but we would not have wanted to knock it down for the sake of it. It was a decision we took and we feel it was the right one. We understand people aren't happy about it but we've still got 5,000 or 6,000 empty seats at games, so we don't feel it makes a great deal of difference apart from it doesn't look very nice."


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13 May 2009 : D.C. United Player Gets Glovers Interest
In the latest of doubtless numerous summer player links, Yeovil Town are believed to be taking an interest in former Fulham academy player Dan Stratford. The 23 year old has spent most of his adult career in the USA, but is London born, and worked his way through the Fulham academy right up to their Reserve Team.

In 2004, Stratford headed to the States, where he studied at West Virginia University, playing 85 times for their soccer football side. In 2007, he moved on to play for Cape Cod Crusaders and in 2008 he joined MLS side D.C. United, until being released in August 2008. He is currently a free agent.

The Washington Post state that Stratford is back training with D.C. United but that he is likely to return to England once he has completed his Physical Education degree at West Virginia. They claim that he is in contact with Yeovil Town and newly promoted Brentford over a possible move back onto English soil.


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12 May 2009 : Released List Announced By Glovers
Yeovil Town have announced the main bulk of their Released List for the season just gone. Central defender Aaron Brown, plus youngsters Rob Fitzgerald and Jordan Street have all been released, whilst Andre McCollin has been placed on the transfer list, with offers invited for his services. Striker Luke Rodgers has already been released.

Left-back Nathan Smith has had his contract extended by one year, as part of a clause in his existing contract, whilst goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar has been offered a new one year contract.

As yet there is no word on the status of Terrell Forbes, Andy Welsh and Paul Warne, with decisions on their futures yet to be made public.

Of those who have left today, probably Aaron Brown deserves a special mention. Brought into the club as a trialist last summer, he appeared to almost slip off the radar in the pre-season matches before being brought in on a week-to-week contact just after the season started. A more permanent contract had been expected, but never came, despite requests from both Russell Slade and subsequently Terry Skiverton for Brown to be given a deal until the end of the season. He saw out the entire season on a temporary deal that would have allowed him to sign for another club without notice, but thankfully he stayed put, scoring crucial goals at Oldham Athletic, Southend United and Peterborough United. Even if Aaron can't find a new deal at this level, he should have few problems in impressing a club at League Two level. He certainly deserves a good reception when he next returns to Huish Park, having made a good impression during his 25 appearances and aforementioned three goals.

The club have also officially announced that physio Wayne Jones and masseuse Hannah Manton have left the club, suggesting that the management team "have decided to follow a different direction on the medical front". Jones could easily end up reunited with former boss Russell Slade, as Brighton currently have a vacancy there, and the physio has his main family home in Kent.

We wish all of the above players and backroom staff the very best for the future and hope they find new clubs soon.

Under Playing Contract: Terry Skiverton, Nathan Jones, Gavin Tomlin, Keiran Murtagh, Danny Schofield, Darren Way, Aidan Downes, Gary Roberts, Lee Peltier.
Contract Extended This Summer: Craig Alcock, Nathan Smith.
Offered New Contract: Josh Wagenaar.
No Decision Made Yet: Terrell Forbes, Andy Welsh, Paul Warne.
Transfer-Listed: Andre McCollin.
Already Released: Luke Rodgers, Jordan Street, Rob Fitzgerald, Aaron Brown.
Returning To Parent Clubs: Danny Hutchins, Danny Maguire, David Noble, Jonathan Obika, Andros Townsend, Chris Weale, Ashley Hodgkinson.


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12 May 2009 : Barry Linked With Glovers Return
Yesterday's Liverpool Daily Post is linking former Yeovil Town midfielder Anthony Barry with a return to Huish Park. The 22 year old is currently on the books of relegated League Two side Chester City and is halfway through the two year deal he signed when he left Somerset for the Deva Stadium last summer.

Anthony made 73 appearances for the Glovers in central midfield, despite suffering a horror injury four games after his arrival in January 2006 from Accrington Stanley. He was signed by Steve Thompson, but was released after 2.5 years at the club. Since then he has made 46 appearances for Chester, scoring one goal as the Deva Stadium side lost their Football League place along with Luton Town.

The Daily Post does not reveal what Chester's response to Yeovil's interest was, nor do they suggest that a firm bid has been put in yet. It's worth noting that we are now in the 'silly season' and there will probably be two months worth of this kind of speculation before the players report back for pre-season training.


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12 May 2009 : Brighton and Southend Issue Released Lists
League One side Brighton and Hove Albion have begun an extensive clear-out at the Withdean Stadium by releasing 14 players and returning three loanees, as former Glovers manager Russell Slade aims to make radical changes to this season's squad.

Heading out the door are Tommy Fraser, Adam Hinshelwood, Doug Loft, John Sullivan, Jake Robinson, Chris Birchall, Seb Carole and Jason Jarrett along with Kerry Mayo, who has spent 14 years with the Seagulls and was their last remaining player from their Goldstone Ground days.

Brighton youngsters Sam Gargan, Kane Louis, Andy Pearson, Dan Royce and Kane Wills have all been shown the door, whilst loanees Calvin Andrew, Al Bangura and Gary Borrowdale have gone back to their parent clubs.

The Seagulls have given contract offers to Andrew Whing and Gary Hart, and plan to give permanent contract offers to Cheltenham Town striker Lloyd Owusu and Stockport County midfielder Gary Dicker.

Owusu's situation is one of the more intruiging. The former Glovers midfielder left Huish Park for Cheltenham last August on a free transfer, as Yeovil chopped many of their high-earners off the wage bill. But having been given the April 2009 League One Player of the Month award, he now looks likely to be permanently reunited with the manager who let him go nine months ago.

Owusu will be out of contract at Whaddon Road in the summer, and so is available on a free transfer. Cheltenham would like to give him an offer of a new deal, but the cash-strapped club admit that they are likely to be priced out of the market. Also in the frame are Australian side Adelaide United who are playing in the Asian Champions League, and the prospects of playing in front of big crowds interests the target man:

"I’ve been offered a two-year deal with Adelaide United, so that is something I am mulling over. Obviously it is far away but I have got to look at longevity now. They wanted me on a trial originally but they have done their homework on me and now they want me to lead them forward. They are in the Asian Champions League next season, so that is a massive factor. If I did decide to go out there I would be playing in front of 40 to 50,000 people in Japan which would be nice, especially coming towards the end of my career."

The 32 year old feels that he can continue his career that little bit longer though, and has indicated that the Seagulls would be the front runners in any decisions that he might make, pointing out that he had a good relationship with Russell Slade:

"The gaffer has looked after me and given me plenty of rest to make sure I am fit for the games. Two days after a match I will come in and have a massage with the physio while the rest of the lads are training. For the last month or so I have usually started training on Thursdays to make sure I am fresh for the weekend. When I was 21 I was out and about all the time. Now I'm a family man and the missus makes sure I eat the right food. Luckily I'm flexible and I always have a warm down and a good stretch so I feel I can go on for a long time yet."

Whilst Brighton's changes have been radical, Southend United's released list is far more subtle, with all eight of their exiting players being young or fringe players. The Shrimpers finished the season strongly after a slow start, and so manager Steve Tilson has preferred to tinker with, rather than overhaul his existing squad.

Southend have released first team fringe players Charles Ademeno and Peggy Lokando, along with five apprentices from their Centre of Excellence set-up, with Jamie Forshaw, Luke Thurlbourne, Rhys Henry and Dan Harvey all now looking or new clubs. Finally Youth Team captain Davis Abbey has headed out the door despite the Shrimpers winning their divisional title at Under 18 level.

As yet, we are still waiting to see Yeovil Town's released and retained lists. With the exception of right-back Craig Alcock, no decisions have been made public, although masseuse Hannah Manton and former youth teamer Jordan Street are both unofficially believed to have left the club.


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12 May 2009 : Posh Rubbish Peltier Claims
Today's Peterborough Evening Telegraph claims that Peterborough United will not be looking to sign Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Lee Peltier. After lengthy speculation in the press since the season has ended, the paper states that they have talked to Posh Director of Football Barry Fry and that he "has rubbished newspaper stories suggesting that Coventry striker Robbie Simpson and Yeovil midfielder Lee Peltier are targets".

There are no quotes from Fry himself to accompany the story, which mainly centres around Peterborough's signing of Stockport County winger Tommy Rowe from County's administrators - presumably one of the two players that Fry had said Posh were chasing.

Peterborough have today transfer listed 12 players today as they attempt to slim down their squad of over 30 professionals and bring in fresh blood in time for their move into Championship level football. One of the dozen is former Yeovil loan striker Scott Rendell, who is currently on loan at Cambridge United, who are in the Conference play-off final against Torquay United. Another familiar name is goalkeeper Mark Tyler, who played between the sticks for Yeovil in 1996 whilst they were an Isthmian League club, but has not featured for Posh this season at all.

The full list of Peterborough's transfer-listed players are Daniel Blanchett, Craig Braham-Barrett, Kieran Charnock, Shane Blackett, Alfie Potter, Sergio Torres, Liam Hatch, Scott Rendell, Rene Howe, Kwesi Appiah, Chris Westwood and Mark Tyler.


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12 May 2009 : League One Attendance Analysis
The Football League have today issued their annual analysis of attendance figures throughout the divisions for the 2008-09 season just gone. The main headline being put out to support their analysis is that matches across the divisions were watched by an accumulative number of over 16 million spectators - the fifth season in a row that figure has been reached.

Contrary to some of the doom'n'gloom about Credit Crunches and Recessions, attendances across the whole of the Football League rose by one percent in comparison with the 2007-08 season, thanks mainly to a 5 percent boost in the Championship division.

League One crowds dropped by 5.5 percent, from an average of 7,997 to 7,559 across the division, in part due to the loss of Nottingham Forest and Swansea City to the Championship, although the arrival of Leicester City cushioned that blow somewhat.

Yeovil Town were one of the biggest losers, with crowds dropping by 19% compared with last season. Only Scunthorpe United, who had been relegated from the Championship, and Carlisle United, who went from being play-off contenders to relegation candidates this year, suffered more with drop-offs of 22% and 20% respectively.

The biggest gain on crowds in League One went to Huddersfield Town, who saw an increase of 41% as part of a season ticket promotion during their Centenary Season, whilst promoted sides Milton Keynes Dons and Peterborough United saw their crowds go up by 11.6% and 26.7% respectively.

The biggest crowds in League One were unsurprisingly dominated by Leeds United and Leicester City. The final match of the League One season at Elland Road against Northampton Town took top spot with 34,214 spectators watching the game. At the other end of the scale, Hereford United's crowd of just 2,033 for a home match against Brighton on April 7th represented the lowest attendance of the season, with Cheltenham Town and Hartlepool United the other clubs featuring in the lowest crowds of the season.

Yeovil Town's own highs and lows in terms of attendances do not need too much analysing. Their lowest point was the 3,275 that turned up for a mid-week match during the first week in January against Scunthorpe United and therefore straight after the costs of celebrating Christmas and New Year had begun to hit supporters pockets. That crowd represents the club's lowest Football League attendance so far. At the other end of the scale, the 6,580 spectators that formed Yeovil's highest gate were there to see the club play Leeds United in August 2008.

Link: 2008-09 League One Average Attendances.

Link: 2008-09 League One Top Attendances.

Link: League One Lowest Attendances.


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12 May 2009 : Full Pre-Season Fixture List Finalised
Yeovil Town have announced one additional pre-season friendly in addition to previously mentioned matches (see here and here).

The opponents are Tiverton Town, who are regular pre-season opponents and once again will represent the final friendly before the season itself kicks off. Unusually though, the match will be played at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday August 1st 2009.

All other pre-season friendlies previously reported have now been confirmed, and the full schedule is as follows:

Saturday 4th July : 3.00p.m. : Terry Skiverton Testimonial Match (Home).
Monday 13th July - Sunday 19th July : South-West Challenge Cup Tournament in North Devon.
Tuesday 21st July : 7.45p.m. : Derby County (Home).
Saturday 25th July : 3.00p.m. : Dorchester Town (Away).
Tuesday 28th July : 7.45p.m. : Bristol City (Home).
Saturday 1st August : 3.00p.m. : Tiverton Town (Home).

For all other 2009-10 Competition Dates, see our previous news items below.

Link: 29 April 2009 : 2009-10 Fixture Release Dates

Link: 7 April 2009 : 2009-10 F.A. Cup Dates

Link: 28 March 2009 : Further 2009-10 Dates (Football League Cup and Football League Trophy)

Link: 20 March 2009 : Dates For Next Season


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11 May 2009 : CoE Player Gets England Schools Call-Up
Yeovil Town Under 13s player Matt Golby has been selected for the England Independent Schools national side as part of their Under 14s side. The Port Regis School student is part of the club's Centre of Excellence set-up along with his brother James, who plays for Yeovil Town Under 15s.

Matt has already represented his school at Under 13s level as part of the South Central West Under 13 squad in March, and will now represent the ISFA National Squad at an event in Repton between 11th and 14th August 2009. He will come up against a number of professional club Academy and Centre of Excellence sides as part of the four day tournament.

Congratulations to Matt on his selection in the side, and obviously we hope the selection helps further his development as a player.

Independent Schools Under 14 Representative Squad: Henry Aughterson (St. Paul’s Colet Court), Mayowa Balogun (Haileybury), Joshua Banfield (Chigwell), Ryan Binns (Westbourne School), Harry Campbell (QEGS Blackburn), Harry Chaldecott (Alleyn’s), Hamish Frew (Emanuel), Matthew Golby (Port Regis), Sam Howard (St. Paul’s Colet Court), Tom Joslin (Harrodian), Joe Kelly (Alleyn’s), Austin Lipman (Brentwood), Carlo Mole (Hampton), Edward Ogilvie (Elstree), Declan Poole (Grange), Elliott Rokka (North Cestrian Grammar School), Callum Saunders (Grange), Tom Sealy (Alleyn’s), Obasiarinse Uade (St. John’s), Leke Williams (St. Neots).


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11 May 2009 : Tranmere Man Of The Match Result
Man of the Match Voting for the 2008-09 season has now closed, and so the final results will be available on this site shortly. The penultimate match of the season saw Yeovil Town secure their League One season for another year, thanks to a 1-1 draw at Tranmere Rovers, with Jonathan Obika scoring the crucial goal that opened the scoring.

In terms of Man of the Match voting on the day, opinions were spread with the entire starting eleven picking up votes along the way. Paul Warne and Aaron Brown featured prominently, but it was right-back Craig Alcock who grabbed the MOTM by a comfortable margin. Full results, including outright MOTM votes in brackets, are shown below:

1 Craig Alcock 114 (9)
2 Aaron Brown 46 (3)
3 Paul Warne 40 (3)
4 Danny Schofield 38 (2)
5 Jonathan Obika 34 (1)
6 Terrell Forbes 32 (1)
7 Gavin Tomlin 30 (2)
8 Chris Weale 30 (1)
9 Keiran Murtagh 18 (0)
10 Andros Townsend 12 (0)
11 Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.64

Performance: 8.55
Entertainment: 8.73

VOTES RECEIVED: 22


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10 May 2009 : Weekend Play-Off Round-Up
This season's League Two Play-Off Final will be contested between Shrewsbury Town and Gillingham after both won through in second leg matches against Bury and Rochdale respectively today. The winners of the final at Wembley will play in League One next season.

Shrewsbury had the tougher ride of the two clubs, needing a penalty shoot-out to squeeze past Bury, and having to play the whole of extra time with 10 men. Goalkeeper Luke Daniels was their hero, with the on-loan West Bromwich Albion keeper saving a spot kick from former Glover Phil Jevons that would have put Bury 2-0 up on aggregate, and eventually saving the crucial spot kick in the shoot-out, with another former Glover Andy Bishop the unlucky man in the Bury shirt. Shrewsbury's one and crucial goal in normal time also came by the skin of their teeth, with Kevin McIntyre's 88th minute strike overturning Bury's 1-0 first leg lead. Shrewsbury were like a cat with nine lives throughout the match, but they survived, and Bury will be playing League Two football next season.

The north side of Manchester will be a morose place to be in this week, with Bury's neighbours also suffering grief today. Rochdale lost by a 2-1 scoreline, as Simeon Jackson proved the hero for Gillingham, netting twice on the day. A Chris Dagnall first half strike brought Rochdale level, but Jackson's second - from the penalty spot - gave the Gills the chance of a quick return to League One.

It's 'half time' in the League One matches, and matters are finely balanced. Only Millwall hold an advantage of the four clubs at present, with a Neil Harris second half strike at the New Den seeing Leeds United sent home unhappy. The Yorkshire side are still in bullish mood though, believing that the advantage of a sell-out Elland Road crowd in the Second Leg will see them through. Off the field rather predictably one or two 'fans' took the game too far. Millwall have banned three of their fans indefinitely, with one had up for throwing coins, whilst two more have been barred for their part in a pitch invasion that saw Leeds keeper Casper Ankergren confronted by home fans. Exactly what happened isn't totally clear, but the Football Association are keen to investigate, with the most pressing question being the near absence of any stewards in the television footage of the incidents. Thankfully by the sounds of it, Ankergren has not come to any harm.

In the other slightly less tempestous semi-final, Scunthorpe United and Milton Keynes Dons drew 1-1 in their first leg. Martyn Woolford struck for the Iron before Aaron Wilbraham's equaliser gave the Dons a small psychological advantage to take back to their home ground. Their second leg will be played on Friday, whilst the Elland Road match will be settled on Thursday.

Link: Football League Play-Offs Schedule.


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10 May 2009 : Club Record Small Profit In Latest Accounts
Yeovil Town have issued their company accounts for the year ending June 30th 2008. The annual accounts show a drop in profits before tax from £112,764 to £27,579. Once taxation is taken into account, the net profit for the 2007-08 season is £19,989. This provides the club with their fifth consecutive year of profit since entering the Football League, with an accumulative figure of 625K across the five years.

Whilst the club showed a rise of gross profit across the year from £737,065 to £822,060, administrative expenses were up to £847,872, meaning that an operating loss of £25,812 was incurred, and thus it was only through interest payments that the club were able to record a net profit.

The profit incurred is also due to the transfer of Aaron Davies and Chris Cohen to Nottingham Forest - a deal that according to the previous year's accounts was due to realise a net surplus of £686,375, payable over two years. Whilst the latest set of accounts do not explicitly detail the incoming amount for the 2007-08 season, they record the amount of money owed by "trade debtors" as having increased from £123,009 to £456,162. With this amount being roughly 50 percent of the net surplus value, it is probably safe to say that the club received around half of the money due from Forest during the 2007-08 season, and thus should have received the other half during the 2008-09 season. If this is the case, then without the Cohen and Davies transfers, the club would have been looking at losses in excess of £300,000 for the year.

In terms of wages and salaries, these have increased by just under 2 percent in comparison with the 2006-07 season, from £2,391,432 to £2,438,080. Allowing for the economic rate of inflation at the time, this is more or less flat in real terms. The number of employees at the club increased from 81 to 91, with the Management and Administrative areas of the club seeing the most significant increase in staff, rising from 19 employees to 30 employees. The number of playing staff allocated remains flat at 32. With 10 additional off-the-field staff being employed, this would suggest that there was no material change in the club's playing budget across the two seasons, although this is not broken down inside the accounts.

The club's statement issued to accompany the accounts indicates that they saw "operating costs increased by 6 percent which was partly due to the expansion of the Community initiatives and the creation of a Centre of Excellence". This would presumably explain why the number of management and administrative staff increased so radically during this time.

As with previous seasons, the club have identified outgoing payments that are strongly associated with companies where a Yeovil Town Director has outside interests. Albert Goodman, an accountancy firm of which former director Paul Sargent is a partner, were paid £1,200 for services - the same value charged during the previous season. Budden Smales Insurance, who current director Ron Budden is a partner, were paid £1,759 for insurance services - a drop from £3,430 on the previous season. Solicitors Clarke Willmott, who director Stephen Allinson used to be a partner with, did not receive any payments during the 2007-08 season, and presumably have not been used since Mr Allinson's departure. One unnamed director has received £32,000 as a salary, with £10,000 in pension contributions. In past seasons this has been attributed to John Fry's role as Chairman and Chief Executive - presumably this policy has continued, despite the arrival of new Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, who is an associate director who would not appear as a registered Company Director.

The accounting report, also confirms that directors David Cox and Paul Sargent have resigned from the board. There are no replacements identified as yet. As per normal practice at the club, there were no dividend payments made to shareholders during the 2007-08 season.

Whilst a fifth consecutive profit for the club should obviously be applauded, there will inevitably be concern that this was only achieved through income from the club's record outgoing transfer fee, and certainly it would be a surprise if the 2008-09 season was able to show a profit. Speaking to the club's official site Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has indicated that the club may have to make changes to ensure that the playing budget does not suffer further cuts from those incurred during the season just gone:

"We have been conducting a review of the business over the last few weeks to identify areas where we can reduce costs but at the same time protect the football budget. We are confident that the actions we are taking to streamline the business together with the relatively strong financial position that we held before the recession will enable us to continue the Club's development despite the difficult economic situation."

Link: Yeovil Town Accounts For Year Ending June 30th 2007.


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9 May 2009 : Stewart Critical Of Glovers
Former Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart has laid into his former employers, a year after departing Huish Park to join Exeter City. The 36 year old has just signed a new one year contract at St James Park, where he will play at League One level once again following the Grecians promotion earlier this month.

Stewart has told the Exeter Express and Echo that a year ago he was unhappy at the way Yeovil Town was being run, despite being willing at the time to sign an extension at Huish Park. The former Premier League striker suggested he thought Exeter was a better run club:

"I am going to stay on for one more year. When I was at Yeovil there were times when I was so frustrated with the way things were being run. It was hard to sit back and let things happen when you knew they could have been done better. When I came to Exeter I wasn't sure what it was going to be like. But by Christmas time I realised how well this club is run."

Stewart doesn't explicitly state what aspects of Yeovil Town he found wanting, but says that Exeter's strengths are that everyone throughout the club is pulling together and is aware of their responsibilities:

"The management, the players, the people who made the teas — everyone knew what their jobs were and it was a real team effort. That changed my views on it all. It gave me a bit of a cause to carry on because things were being done in the way I think they should be done. I have really enjoyed playing this season and training has been first class."

Stewart also praised former Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Tisdale, now managing the Grecians, who has achieved back-to-back promotions to take City from non-league football to League One:

"I genuinely think Paul Tisdale is a top person and a top manager and I have enjoyed working with him. If it was someone else I think I would have retired, no doubt about that. That is the strongest accolade I can give him."


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9 May 2009 : Peltier Gets Bristol City Link
Yeovil Town vice-captain Lee Peltier is now being linked with a move to Championship side Bristol City, according to this morning's Western Daily Press and their sister paper, the Bristol Evening Post. The papers run a speculative story, suggesting that Gary Johnson holds a strong interest in the defender/midfielder. However, they stop short of suggesting that the Robins have put in a bid for the 22 year old. There are no quotes, or suggestion of sources to provide any additional information on the article. However, Johnson has been a regular at Huish Park since goalkeeper Chris Weale and midfielder David Noble headed down the A37 for loan spells during the latter part of this season.

Interest in Peltier from Peterborough United has been well-documented, although again this has never been officially confirmed by any party involved in the equation. Whilst the Bristol City boss has frequently added former Yeovil players and backroom staff to his team at Ashton Gate, this is the first time he has been connected with a player who has not played under him at Huish Park, with Peltier having been brought in by former manager Russell Slade. However, Peltier still has a year left on his contract at Huish Park, and so the asking price is likely to be a significant six figure sum, with Posh already believed to have tabled a £250,000 bid.


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8 May 2009 : Peltier Considers Time To Move On
Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Lee Peltier is certainly not trying to dampen down speculation that he may not be at the club next season. The 23 year old still has another year left on his contract at Huish Park, but with both the club and Peltier doing little to deny that he may leave this summer, it would appear to be a bonus if the Liverpudlian is still in a green-and-white shirt in August.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press he explained that his number one priority was to get himself on holiday, but that after that he admitted that anything could happen, believing that he could play Championship level football - the very level that Peterborough United, the club rumoured to be chasing him, have just been promoted to:

"I just want to put my feet up, relax and go on holiday with my friends and family. I just want to forget about it and make sure I go and have a good break. Whatever happens will happen. But I do want to progress and I feel I am ready to do that right now. I want to play at the highest level I can and I think it is time to move on and test myself with new challenges."

In terms of Peterborough's interest, whisperings resurfaced on April 30th, with the Glovers vice-captain also believed to have been the subject of their interest in January, until injury curtailed a deal.

Posh admitted they were specifically targetting two new players who were under contract at other clubs, and although there has been no attempt to name them in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph, Director of Football Barry Fry considered their negotiations to be in advanced stages:

"Two transfers are far further advanced. We have had a bid accepted for one player and we have made another bid for a second player. Those deals are ongoing, but nothing will happen before the end of this week."

Posh have already had rebuttals for Tranmere Rovers midfielder Antony Kay and Bristol Rovers striker Rickie Lambert, but Fry made clear that these were not the two players he had in mind.

Looking at the season just gone with Yeovil, Peltier admitted to the WDP that it had been a turbulent season, adding that although he gets along well with current boss Terry Skiverton, that the decision to remove his predecessor Russell Slade had 'upset' a number of people in the Huish Park dressing room:

"Obviously it has been an up and down campaign what with the relegation fight, Russell Slade getting sacked and the new manager coming in. There have been a lot of changes but both managers have been good to me in different ways. I have nothing bad to say about either of them. However, it was just a bit odd why Russell got sacked. He had won four or five games on the spin at the time and a lot of people were upset about what happened."


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7 May 2009 : Alcock Signs Two Year Deal
Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock has committed his future to the Glovers by signing a new two year contract at the club today. Craig has been with the club since the summer of 2005, arriving as part of the Under 18s side. He made his first team debut on the last day of the 2006-07 season, and this year managed to grab his most sustained run in the side after Lee Peltier required a groin operation.

Craig has gone on to make 49 appearances with the Glovers, scoring one goal in the December 2008 away match at Swindon Town. He won the Cary Glovers Player Of The Year trophy and the Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award in this season's End Of Season Awards.

Our understanding is that Craig had interest from at least one other League One club, but has signed a contract to tie him to the West Country for another two years.


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7 May 2009 : Jones Hoping To Be Able To Hang Up His Boots
Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones has said that he does not envisage himself or manager Terry Skiverton playing a major part in next season's first team playing squad. The duo, who were appointed in February 2009 as a player-management team, have gradually moved further and further away from their playing duties, and speaking to the Western Gazette, Jones believes that next season's side will be moulded without the two of them in mind:

"I am not pulling the plug on my playing career but realistically we have to get a balance. Ultimately we would like to get a side where Terry and I do not need to play. It is much more difficult to keep match sharp. I can go for a run on my own and be the fittest man doing that but match sharpness is so difficult because I am so involved in the training and want to get the best out of everybody else. It is getting more difficult to combine both."

Jones believes that stepping out of the team has given himself and Skiverton the ability to focus fully on their jobs, and although that has effectively meant the loss of two senior players from the starting eleven, he believes that there has been an overall benefit:

"We have taken a step back and since Terry and I came out of the side results have improved no end. That's not saying we are bad players but we saw our role and decided that is what we needed to do. If we get a good pre-season under our belts and we are sharp and needed we would have no hesitation in putting ourselves in. Ultimately our goal in the next eight weeks is to come back with a squad that is going to be ready to kick on and, we hope, retire Terry and myself."

Skiverton himself is confident that the club can bring in new blood over the summer. The club's 'released list' has still yet to be announced, but the Yeovil boss believes that there will be plenty of activity for those he wants to keep and bring in over the next couple of weeks:

"Lots of players want to come here at the minute so we are getting lots of phone calls from people. We have got to sort out the people who are out of contract which we will do in the next couple of weeks."


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7 May 2009 : Former Loan Duo Pick Up Silverware
Whilst Yeovil Town's First Team Squad are now able to put their feet up and plan their summer holidays, former loan duo Jonathan Obika and Andros Townsend have immediately returned to playing duties with parent club Tottenham Hotspur.

Last night they both featured in the Spurs side that won the FA Premier Academy League Group B title with a 2-1 win over Watford in front of 5,034 spectators. The match was played at White Hart Lane - with the exception of two FA Youth Cup matches, the first time the venue has been used for a Youth match this season. The silverware is the first that Spurs have collected at academy level since 2002.

Both Obika and Townsend played a full 90 minutes, with Townsend being brought down inside the box for a penalty 11 minutes into the match for what would turn out to be the decisive goal of the game, with both Spurs goals netted early on by Ryan Mason.

Spurs had to cling on somewhat during the second period but will now face Birmingham City in their final league match on Saturday, with the title already wrapped up.

They then go into a four-way play-off with Sunderland already confirmed as their opponents on Saturday 16th May at the Stadium of Light. The winners of that game will face either Manchester City or Arsenal on 23rd May. If Spurs get all the way through to the final, then the match will be played at White Hart Lane, and at that point Jonathan and Andros will finally be able to plan their summer breaks.


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7 May 2009 : Glovers Set For Magpies Friendly
Yeovil Town will take on Dorchester Town in a pre-season friendly at the Avenue Stadium (now rebadged as the Jewson Stadium) this summer. The arrangement of the fixture should come as little surprise, with Magpies new manager Roy O'Brien also being Yeovil Town's Community Officer and a former team-mate of Glovers boss Terry Skiverton.

The Dorset Echo quotes a date of Saturday 25th July, but point out that the Glovers have yet to confirm this fixture, presumably due to Yeovil still yet to complete their own pre-season programme.


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7 May 2009 : Football League Clubs Get Cash Windfall
Yeovil Town are set to receive a £50,000 boost from the Football League's central funds this season, due to the way that parachute payments are calculated. Birmingham City's quick return to the Premier League after just one season the the Championship means that they will not be collecting their parachute payment of £11.2 million that was due to them for the second year.

According to BBC Somerset all League One sides will receive the £50,000 payment. League Two sides gain by £30,000 whilst Championship clubs will get £400,000. More is to come if Reading triumph in the play-offs with the Berkshire side having also been relegated from the top flight last season.


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6 May 2009 : Stockport Part With Gannon
League One side Stockport County are believed to have parted company with manager Jim Gannon. The Hatters are currently in administration. Sky Sports describe Gannon's exit as a "redundancy", although as his contract was due to run out at the end of this season, it may well be that they are just not renewing his contract.

Less substantial rumours suggest that assistant manager Peter Ward has also gone along with an unspecified number of backroom staff, although it is not clear at present whether they jumped or were pushed.

As yet, County have not found a buyer, although several internet sources have begun to question the motives David Farms Ltd may have had in recalling their £300,000 loan that is claimed put them into administration. Relegated sides Crewe Alexandra and Hereford United have heavily criticised the decision to deduct 10 points from Stockport's tally for this season.

Crewe manager Gudjon Thordarson told the Crewe Chronicle that the junking of debts made a mockery of those clubs who had tried to keep their finances in order, with the paper questioning whether the Icelandic boss would have selected such attack-minded tactics for their recent 4-3 defeat at Edgeley Park that proved one of the final nails in their coffin, had they known that Stockport were about to accept a 10 point deduction:

"It is unfair because it looks as though Stockport have been spending money they do not have. Now they get someone else to pay their debts off. They have gone through the season doing that and those clubs that keep their finances in control are the ones penalised at the end of it. Crewe is a good club and they do things the right way. They don't do anything if they cannot afford it and that is the way it should be. They have always had the right approach and for Stockport to go into administration on the eve of the final game, knowing that the points reduction won't really affect them, is not right."

Bulls manager Graham Turner takes the more blunt approach that clubs falling into administration should be automatically relegated a division, even though Hereford set up a CVA back in 1998, having had several years of financial problems. Speaking to BBC Hereford and Worcestershire he explained:

"Clearly the people who run the club couldn't afford to sustain the expenditure. Clubs that go into administration should be automatically relegated. Clubs like ours that run within their means are disadvantaged as the reason we have gone down is that we didn't spend money we hadn't got on better quality players. I see other clubs that do spend money on players they can't afford and ultimately it catches up with them. Yet they can almost wipe off the debts and start again in the same division and that bugs me a little bit. They will take the First Division central funding for next season which gives them a decent amount of money. I know there is a quest for success and the pressure to bring in that extra player and pay that extra transfer fee, but somewhere along the line we have got to be realistic about what we can afford to spend. We had ours 14 years ago and you learn from that lesson that you have to live within your means."


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6 May 2009 : Bristol City Confirmed For Friendly
Championship side Bristol City will be making another return to Huish Park for a pre-season friendly. Gary Johnson's side head down the A37 on Tuesday 28th July, for a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The club have already arranged a friendly against Derby County. The date for this has yet to be confirmed but one date suggested is Tuesday 21st July. We'll confirm that one as soon as it is available.

Manager Terry Skiverton will also have his Testimonial Game for his 10 years of playing service on Saturday 4th July. The opponents have yet to be revealed for this game.

Finally, the club will compete in the South-West Challenge Cup between Monday 13th July and Sunday 19th July 2009 inclusive. For further information, see our April 17th article (and previous April 2nd article).


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6 May 2009 : League One Clubs Begin Squad Culls
Most of Yeovil Town's League One rivals have already issued their 'released lists' as they move into the summer break. Most clubs around the lower end of League One have made significant changes as they look to cut the sizes of their squads, or change their fortunes from the season just gone.

Doubtless this list will grow as time moves on, but on a club-by-club basis, this is what is currently available:

CARLISLE UNITED:
Released: Midfielder Chris Lumsdon, wingers Jeff Smith and Lewis Neal, striker Danny Carlton, goalkeeper Chris Howarth and midfielder Luke Joyce.
Contracts Offered: Ian Harte, Danny Graham and David Raven. Also Workington Reds goalkeeper Adam Collin, Blackburn right-back Tony Kane and midfielder Gavin Rothery. Club considering offers for loanees Michael Bridges (Hull City) and Ian Morris (Scunthorpe United).

SWINDON TOWN:
Released: Peter Brezovan, Chris Allen, Barry Corr, Ben Joyce, Lilian Nalis, Michael Pook, Hamdi Razak, Jack Smith, Blair Sturrock, Jamie Vincent, Tom Evans, Jake Hyde and Sam Morris.
Contracts Offered: Craig Easton, Lescinel Jean-Francois, Phil Smith and Patrick Kanyuka.

WALSALL:
Released: Striker Michael Ricketts and captain Stephen Hughes. Also Paul Boertien and Hassan Bacchus.
Contracts Offered: Goalkeepers Clayton Ince and Rene Gilmartin, plus Manny Smith, Netan Sansara, Sofiene Zaaboub, Jabo Ibehre, Richard Davies and Chris Palmer.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN:
Released: Captain Chris Doig, strikers Leon Constantine and Colin Larkin, and youth-team graduate Greg Taylor.
Contracts Offered: Mark Hughes, Jason Crowe, Giles Coke and goalkeeper Chris Dunn. Liam Dolman invited back for pre-season training.

BRISTOL ROVERS:
Released: Defenders Craig Hinton, Joe Jacobson and Ryan Green, plus midfielders Craig Disley and James Fraser and Strikers Richard Walker and Josh Klein-Davies.
Contracts Offered: Midfielders Charlie Reece and Charlie Clough. Youngsters James Tyrell, Alex Kite, Mike Green, Ben Swallow and Joe White all offered short term deals.

CREWE ALEXANDRA:
Released: Chris McCready, Mark Carrington, Stuart Tomlinson, Josh Thompson, Luke Danville and Colin Daniel. Danny Woodards rejected contract offer and is expected to leave.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED:
Released: Arran Lee-Barrett, Jan Budtz, Jamie McCunnie, Joe Tait, Martin Young. Injured duo Willie Boland and Rune Lange are out of contract, and have yet to be offered deals, but the club will consider an interest in them when they are fully fit.
Contracts Offered: Gary Liddle, Michael Mackay, Andy Monkhouse, Michael Nelson, Matty Robson, Matty Tymon. Adam Boyd is due to re-sign from Leyton Orient.

LEYTON ORIENT:
Released: Alton Thelwell, Wayne Gray, Paul Terry, Brian Saah, Danny Granville, Aiden Palmer, Solomon Shields and Bradley Gray. Adam Boyd is leaving the club to return to Hartlepool.
Contracts Offered: Scott McGleish, Sean Thornton, Andrew Cave-Brown and Loick Pires.

Whilst nothing to do with League One, Bristol City's released list will inevitably be of interest due to its localness:

BRISTOL CITY:
Released: Midfielders David Noble and Jennison Myrie-Williams.
Contracts Offered: Frankie Artus, Tristan Plummer, Stephen Henderson and Brian Wilson. No decision yet on goalkeeper Chris Weale, striker Dele Adebola and midfielder Scott Murray although the latter two are expected to leave.


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6 May 2009 : Club Cut Backroom Staff
There's yet to be any confirmation, but current belief on the rumourmill is that Yeovil Town's first team Masseuse Hannah Manton has departed the club. The move is believed to be part of an attempt by the club to cut operating costs at Huish Park.

Hannah joined the club in 2003, having previously worked with Torquay United and the Welsh Rugby Union squad. Hailing from Langport, Hannah has been given a more prominent role over the past couple of seasons, working directly under club physios Jim Joyce and later on Wayne Jones.

The club's official 'released list' has yet to appear, but former Youth Team defender Jordan Street is also rumoured to have departed the club. Jordan made the first team bench on a number of occasions this season, but had yet to make a first team appearance.

Our best wishes to Hannah and Jordan in finding new clubs, and obviously when more details of summer changes are made available, we'll post them here.


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6 May 2009 : Centre of Excellence Round-Up
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides played Exeter City over the weekend just gone. The Under 13s and Under 15s played away on Sunday with results as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 13s : Won 2-0.
Yeovil Town Under 15s : Drew 2-2.

The Under 13s result was notable in that in their previous meeting with Exeter they had lost 5-0, hence the victory showed an impressive turnaround.

Yeovil Town's Under 16s also played last Wednesday against a Bridgwater College side that featured a mix of U17 and U18 players.

If anyone has got any gaps they can fill in, or any other details they can supply, then drop us an email at ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with anything you can help with.


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5 May 2009 : 2008-09 First Team Statistics Completed
The full set of first team statistics for the season have been finalised on the site database, following the completion of matches over the weekend. Access all of the relevant pages via the links below, or find them at any stage in the future via the Statistics section of the site.

Link: 2008-09 First Team Results, Attendances and Scorers.

Link: 2008-09 First Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2008-09 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2008-09 First Team Bookings.

Link: 2008-09 First Team Final League One Table.

We'll hopefully provide similar final statistics for the Reserve and Youth sides in the next week or so.


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4 May 2009 : Interview With Danny Schofield
Following Saturday's 0-2 defeat against Colchester United, Yeovil Town midfielder Danny Schofield spoke about the game to the BBC. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Danny's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Interview With Danny Schofield.


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4 May 2009 : Slade Gets Permanent Withdean Role
Former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has been given a permanent management deal by his new club Brighton and Hove Albion. He was initially given the job on a temporary basis, but with the Seagulls having managed a rather significant turnaround of fortunes over the final month of the season, climbing out of the relegation zone to finish 16th, it's come as little surprise to find him being offered the job on a permanent basis.

Slade has signed a two year deal at the Withdean Stadium - a length that on current plans should see Brighton through their final two seasons at their temporary home before moving to the Falmer Stadium. Chairman Dick Knight told Brighton's official site that he was impressed at what Slade had achieved so far:

"Russell has done a fantastic job, pulling off a great escape, and I know all Albion fans will agree that he has earned his new contract. He deserves this opportunity to lead us forward. His managerial track record and reputation were excellent before he arrived here at the Albion, but having seen him at work over the last eight weeks, he has significantly enhanced that reputation further. Russell is an excellent man manager who has shown superb skills in motivating and preparing the team. He makes shrewd tactical changes during a game.He is enthusiastic about the club and has already established a great rapport with the fans and everyone at the Albion, having quickly understood the unique history and culture of our club."


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4 May 2009 : Management Duo Await Contract Talks
This weekend's Western Daily Press has carried an article indicating that management pair Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones are in conversation with the club over extending their managerial contracts. The duo have recently guided the club to League One safety, and along with many of the playing squad, they will be involved in a round of discussions with the club's Chief Executive Martyn Starnes and the Yeovil Town board.

The exact nature of the management team's contracts has been a point of confusion since they were appointed, with Skiverton saying upon his appointment that he believed he had a deal until the end of next season, but Chairman John Fry indicated that there would still be a review of their positions in the summer. The WDP state that it is only their playing contracts that have been extended until the end of next season, and that their management deals run out this summer - hence the need for talks to take place. The view given by the paper is that the board are "keen" for the current deals to be extended.

The WDP also mention the issue of player contracts that need to be addressed within the coming weeks. Sometime during the next fortnight, the club will need to issue their list of released players that will define exactly who Skiverton and Jones would like to work with next season, although such a list may depend upon the management team getting their own futures sorted first.

As we see it, the current contractual status of the first team playing squad is as follows:

Under Playing Contract: Terry Skiverton, Nathan Jones, Gavin Tomlin, Keiran Murtagh, Danny Schofield, Darren Way, Aidan Downes, Gary Roberts, Lee Peltier.
Returning To Parent Clubs: Danny Hutchins, Danny Maguire, David Noble, Jonathan Obika, Andros Townsend, Chris Weale, Ashley Hodgkinson.
Out Of Contract: Terrell Forbes, Andy Welsh, Craig Alcock, Josh Wagenaar, Paul Warne, Andre McCollin, Jordan Street, Rob Fitzgerald, Aaron Brown, Nathan Smith.
Already Released: Luke Rodgers.

Nathan Smith's contract has an additional year option on his one year deal which the club have the right to exercise, but as yet have not done so. Aaron Brown is currently still on a week-to-week contract.


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4 May 2009 : Football League Play-Off Schedule
With the completion of the Football League fixtures, all play-off fixtures can now be confirmed. Details of all fixtures are as follows:

Thu 7th May : 19.45hrs : League 2 First Leg : Shrewsbury Town v Bury
Thu 7th May : 19.45hrs : League 2 First Leg : Rochdale v Gillingham
Fri 8th May : 19:45hrs : League 1 First Leg : Scunthorpe United v MK Dons
Fri 8th May : 19:45hrs : Championship First Leg : Preston North End v Sheffield United
Sat 9th May : 12:45hrs : League 1 First Leg : Millwall v Leeds United
Sat 9th May : 17:20hrs : Championship First Leg : Burnley v Reading
Sun 10th May : 12:00hrs : League 2 Second Leg : Bury v Shrewsbury Town
Sun 10th May : 18:30hrs : League 2 Second Leg : Gillingham v Rochdale
Mon 11th May : 19:45hrs : Championship Second Leg : Sheffield United v Preston North End
Tue 12th May : 19:45hrs : Championship Second Leg : Reading v Burnley
Thu 14th May : 19:45hrs : League 1 Second Leg : Leeds United v Millwall
Fri 15th May : 19:45hrs : League 1 Second Leg : MK Dons v Scunthorpe United


The dates for the finals are as follows:

Sat 23rd May : 15:00hrs : League Two Play-Off Final
Sun 24th May : 13:00hrs : League One Play-Off Final
Mon 25th May : 15:00hrs : Championship Play-Off Final

And for those who still keep a close eye on our roots, the following two matches will be on Setanta Sports:

Sat 9th May : FA Trophy Final : Stevenage Borough vs York City
Sun 17th May : Conference Play-Off Final : Cambridge United vs Histon or Torquay United


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3 May 2009 : LET'S BE 'AVING YOU!........ In League One
Norwich City fill the final relegation spot from The Championship and will be playing in League One next season. It'll be The Canaries first appearance in the third tier of the English game since 1960. They were a Premier League club as recently as 2005 and have won the League Cup twice.

At the start of the day the equation was simple: Norwich had to win while Barnsley lost. It all began to go wrong within nine minutes at The Valley when already relegated Charlton Athletic took the lead through Nick Bailey. There was a glimmer of hope three minutes later when news came from Home Park that Plymouth Argyle had gone one up against The Tykes, but in truth it was all over in the first half hour by which time Norwich were 3-0 down. Barnsley equalised in their match on 34 minutes, and then went on to take the lead just after the break and subsequently held on for a 2-1 win. This made whatever Norwich did irrelevant, but for the record they eventually lost 4-2.

There's no need to beat out about the bush, it's three very big clubs indeed coming down to League One next term. Charlton exited the Premier League just two seasons ago in 2007, while Southampton lost their status in the top flight, which they had held for 27 consecutive seasons, in the same year as Norwich.

Two questions will be in people's minds. First, what attitude will they come down with? We've seen sides before arrive with an arrogant attitude that they are too big for this league, only to find this belief does them no favours whatsoever. The second: what financial position will they be in? Saints are clearly teetering on the brink of oblivion, and rumours are rife that the Addicks are in parlous straits.

Norwich is also in deep trouble. Delia Smith and her husband Michael Wynn-Jones, joint majority shareholders, may not be on their uppers exactly, but it is fairly clear the sort of money they have been putting in to the club over the years - they have claimed £11 million of their (well mostly Delia's) personal fortune - is no longer available. The break-even playing budget this season would have been £5 million, according to Chief Executive Neil Doncaster, but Norwich set out on the campaign with a £10 million budget, later reduced to £8.5 million. Someone has had to fund that £3.5 million shortfall, or else Norwich's debt legacy, which is thought to be around £20 million, has just increased further. A long running series of negotiations to bring in billionnaire (on paper anyway) Peter Cullum, which have been going on for nearly a year, have so far failed to make much discernible progress. The main stumbling block appears to be one becoming increasingly familiar to Yeovil Town fans, though in our case on a much smaller scale: the current owners want the investment, but without giving up their control; Mr Cullum, somewhat understandably, appears to want to get the club in return for his money. It remains to be seen whether Norwich's fall to League One will force the issue.


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3 May 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester Game
Following yesterday's 0-2 defeat against Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match views to the BBC. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester Game.


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3 May 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Colchester United Match
For those of you who were at yesterday's match at Huish Park, don't forget to submit your Man of the Match. Choose your top three players from the 0-2 defeat against Colchester United, along with entertainment and performance ratings, along with any other comments you want to make on the game, by using the form below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Colchester United : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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2 May 2009 : League One Ups'n'Downs
Today's results complete the 2008-09 season and mean that with the exception of the divisional play-offs, and the Championship who play tomorrow, all ups'n'downs are now known. The latest picture reads as follows:

Relegated From The Championship: Charlton Athletic, Southampton (with minus 10 points for next season) and one of Norwich City or Barnsley.

League One Champions: Leicester City.
Promoted From League One: Peterborough United.
League One Play-Offs: Milton Keynes Dons, Millwall, Leeds United, Scunthorpe United.
Relegated From League One: Hereford United, Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra, Northampton Town.

League Two Champions: Brentford.
Promoted From League Two: Wycombe Wanderers, Exeter City.
League Two Play-Offs: Gillingham, Rochdale, Bury, Shrewsbury Town.

In League One Crewe Alexandra had looked the favourites to join Hereford United and Cheltenham Town in taking the drop for quite a while, and eventually went with something of a whimper, crushed 3-0 at home by Champions Leicester City. Having spent the majority of the last decade in the second tier the transition from the Dario Gradi regime has occasioned a serious decline in the club's fortunes, perhaps emphasising what exceptional leadership Dario had provided.

The last relegation place saw changes through the afternoon, but it was eventually Northampton Town who went. They started the afternoon in 19th but can count the tough two final games of their programme, against Milton Keynes Dons and Leeds United, as what finally killed them. Carlisle United, who started the day in 21st, took an early lead after 7 minutes at home to Millwall, and thus Brighton & Hove Albion dropped into the zone at that point. Meanwhile Hartlepool United, who needed a whole series of results to go against them to take the drop, were doing their level best at the Memorial Stadium to cock things up, two down after 5 minutes. They got one back, but conceded two more in the first three minutes of the second half to crash 4-1 against Bristol Rovers.

At Elland Road the Cobblers held out until the 44th minute, when Luciano Becchio nodded Leeds in front. With Brighton drawing 0-0 at that point Northampton were now down to 21st. After the break Carlisle went 2-0 up against Millwall on 50 minutes, and Leeds got a second just before the hour to also go two up. Things were now in practice out of the Cobblers hands, with them desperately needing Stockport County to do them a huge favour. However the news that came through from the Withdean on 73 minutes was the worst possible, Brighton had taken the lead through Nicky Forster. Northampton were as good as doomed at that moment, Russell Slade's side simply having to avoid conceding two in the last quarter of an hour, which they successfully did to win 1-0, finish in 16th, and pull off an escape that looked very unlikely at the start of April, having won five of their last seven matches. Leeds eventually put a third past Northampton on 90+2 minutes just to rub it in.

The most dramatic moment in League One was at the other end of the table at Glanford Park however. With Scunthorpe United and Tranmere Rovers going head to head for the final play-off position the visitors were one up and in that 6th place with three minutes to go. Gareth Edds was then sent off for Rovers on 87 minutes for a second bookable offence, and a minute later The Iron captain, Cliff Byrne headed home a free kick to make it 1-1 and snatch the prize from Tranmere's grasp. Milton Keynes Dons will now play Scunthorpe in one of the the play-off semis, while Leeds and Millwall meet in the other.

In League Two, Exeter City did the business 1-0 at Rotherham United to join Champions Brentford in automatic promotion. However Wycombe Wanderers lost 2-1 to Notts County to a 90th minute goal from John Thompson. Meanwhile Bury took the lead over Accrington Stanley through a 90+5 minute penalty from Phil Jevons. A swing of one more goal would have put The Shakers up automatically and consigned The Chairboys to the play-offs, but both matches ran out of time. The fourth team up will therefore come from Bury, Gillingham, Rochdale or Shrewsbury Town, the Shrews third away win of the whole season, 2-1, denying their hosts Dagenham & Redbridge the last play-off spot in their second season in the Football League.

On Sunday either Norwich City or Barnsley will drop into League One. Anything less than a win for The Canaries away at already relegated Charlton Athletic and they are down. If they do gain that victory they then have to hope The Tykes get nothing at Home Park versus Plymouth Argyle.


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2 May 2009 : Colchester Double Dampens End Of Season
Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing defeat this afternoon in the final match of their 2008-09 season, as two goals from Colchester United early in the first half threatened to finish the match as quickly as it had started. Strikes from Ashley Vincent and Mark Yeates from the edge of the box won't have pleased goalkeeper Chris Weale too much, as he failed to grasp the sort of strikes that he would normally find meat'n'drink. The second half saw an improved performance as the Glovers put Colchester under a degree of pressure with Keiran Murtagh striking the post, Craig Alcock's acrobatic volley and Jonathan Obika's shots testing Colchester keeper Dean Gerkin, but far too many times, the Glovers tried to walk the ball into the net, and their dominances in possession counted for nothing in the end.

More to follow later ....

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 2.

Scorers: Ashley Vincent (0-1, 13 mins), Mark Yeates (0-2. 15 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
12. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 23. Aaron Brown 28. Nathan Smith
9. Andy Welsh 18. Keiran Murtagh 11. Danny Schofield 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
13. Josh Wagenaar (GK) (85 mins for Chris Weale) 14. Paul Warne (75 mins for Jonathan Obika) 17. Aidan Downes (82 mins for Andy Welsh) 21. Rob Fitzgerald 29. Danny Maguire

Colchester United: (4-3-3)
1. Dean Gerken 19. Alan Maybury 12. Pat Baldwin 16. Matt Heath 32. Marc Tierney 11. Mark Yeates 8. Dean Hammond 10. Kemal Izzet 22. Simon Hackney 21. Ashley Vincent 24. Scott Vernon

Substitutes:
23. Mark Cousins (GK) 4. Johnnie Jackson (55 mins for Ashley Vincent) 5. Chris Coyne 9. Clive Platt (72 mins for Scott Vernon) 27. Anthony Wordsworth (72 mins for Kemal Izzet)

Yeovil Bookings: None.
Colchester Bookings: Johnnie Jackson (76 mins, foul)

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex). Assistants: William Bull (Hampshire) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). Fourth Official: K Johnson (Somerset).

Attendance: 5,237 (including approx 200 Colchester fans).


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2 May 2009 : Rodgers Departs Huish Park
Yeovil Town striker Luke Rodgers has left the club today after not being included in today's squad. He has left the club with immediate effect after being told that he will not be offered a new contract.

His contract was due to run out at the end of this season and with the former Port Vale player having largely fallen out of favour under new manager Terry Skiverton, it was questionable as to whether he would be offered a new contract.

What won't have helped any chances Rodgers may have had of getting a new deal at Huish Park will have been his police caution for a public disorder offence, relating to a driving incident in Lyde Road recently. This week's Western Gazette quotes Chief Executive Martyn Starnes admitting they planned to discipline Rodgers over the incident. The end result appears to have been the decision to release him from his contract entirely.

Luke scored three goals for the Glovers in 10 league starts and 12 substitute appearances, with his most recent strike coming in the 2-2 draw against Hereford United, with Skiverton praising Rodgers afterwards saying that "he really changed the game". However, it was to be his last match for the Glovers, and he will now become a free agent once again.


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2 May 2009 : 2008-09 End Of Season Awards Results
Yeovil Town's end of season awards took place prior to this afternoon's match against Colchester United.

Full awards were as follows:

GWSC Awards: Paul Warne (1st), Lee Peltier (2nd).
Western Gazette Awards: Danny Schofield (1st), Keiran Murtagh (2nd), Lee Peltier (3rd).
Bradford Building Supplies: Chris Weale.
Cary Glovers: Craig Alcock.
Away Travel Club: Lee Peltier (1st), Paul Warne (2nd).
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Craig Alcock.
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: Gavin Tomlin.
Youth Team Manager's Player: Jason Sangha.
Youth Team Players Player: Harry Montacute.

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


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2 May 2009 : Hereford Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match saw an extraordinary 2-2 draw with relegated Hereford United, with the Glovers coming back from two goals down to snatch a last gasp equaliser. For the Man of the Match voting, we rather suspect that Chris Weale could have gone through the entire 90 minutes without a single piece of work to do and would still have got the vote for what he did six minutes into injury time.

It's therefore no surprise to find Wealey comfortably on top, with Keiran Murtagh, who supplied the corner that Wealey's goal came from, coming in a worthy second. The full results, including outright MOTM votes in brackets, can be found below.

1 Chris Weale 406 (30)
2 Keiran Murtagh 234 (20)
3 Lee Peltier 102 (5)
4 Gavin Tomlin 96 (3)
5 Paul Warne 62 (3)
6 Nathan Smith 46 (1)
7 Danny Schofield 36 (0)
9 Luke Rodgers 26 (0)
9 Andy Welsh 26 (0)
10 Danny Hutchins 24 (2)
11 Aaron Brown 12 (0)
11 Andros Townsend 12 (0)
13 Terrell Forbes 6 (0)
13 Jonathan Obika 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.97

Performance: 5.78
Entertainment: 8.16

VOTES RECEIVED: 64


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2 May 2009 : Pre-Colchester Interview With Terry Skiverton
As part of the lead-up to this afternoon's match against Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton talked to the BBC about his thoughts on the season that is just about to end, his managerial career, his plans for the summer and the sort of players he hopes to bring in. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below. The full audio clip is also available on the BBC Sport website.

Link: Interview With Terry Skiverton.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Audio Interview With Terry Skiverton.


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1 May 2009 : Warne Unsure Of Where Future Lies
Yeovil Town winger/striker Paul Warne believes that it is "unlikely" that he will be at the club next season. The 36 year old has played a key role in this season's side this season and is the club's most used player across the 2008-09 campaign, but considers that he will probably have to look for another club over the summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Warney believes that financial constraints at the club are likely to provoke his exit from Huish Park. However, he said he would like to still be in Somerset come next season:

"Where I'll be next year, I just don't know. I'm hopeful that something can be sorted out because it's a club I've had a great time with, but things are looking unlikely at the moment with the club needing to cut their cloth. I'll have to see what comes about over the summer, and it would be nice to have the security of a new deal."

Warne has denied that he is considering a reunion with Brighton and Hove Albion manager Russell Slade although admitted that his exit from the club was a shock to him:

"I was hit hard by Russell's departure as he was a terrific person to be around here, but talk of a transfer to Brighton is off the mark as I still hope to be a part of Yeovil's future, if something can be sorted."

Warne has also been fiercely loyal to current management pair Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones, being a big voice in the dressing room and not being afraid to have a blast at his team-mates when he felt that some were feeling sorry for themselves in the wake of Slade's controversial departure. As such, he has had a significant impact on the Glovers' fortunes, and admitted he was glad to be going into tomorrow's match against Colchester United with the pressure off:

"It was great to be declared safe last weekend, as you don't want to go into the final game needing a result. Now we can wind down and relax and really play some good football against Colchester United and hopefully give the fans something to be happy about over the summer."


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1 May 2009 : Nathan Considers Spurs Duo Chances
Yeovil town assistant boss Nathan Jones says that he is realistic about the chances of getting Tottenham Hotspur duo Jonathan Obika and Andros Townsend back to Huish Park next season, and entirely rules out any chance of a permanent move.

The teenagers have spent just under two months in Somerset with right-back Danny Hutchins and have made a significant impact on the team, but will leave the club after tomorrow's match against Colchester United and return back to London. Nathan told BBC Somerset that the best the club could hope for was a fresh loan deal:

"We know that we are not going to get Jon Obika and Andros Townsend permanently because they are fantastic young players who are going to have good careers. But we have to be creative. If we can get those two on loan then we will, but we have to speak to Tottenham in due time."

Nathan added that there was no chance of Yeovil discussing new deals for the pair until the end of May, because their parent club's season still has three more weeks to run:

"It's too early for us to speculate on that, because at the end of the day, they will go back and they will still have three more weeks of the Premier League before the end of their season. Their ask is to try and get a game in the Premier League after we've finished. Whilst a few of our lads will go on holiday, they'll be back on training and looking to play in the Premier League, so it is too early for us to say anything. But those are the type of players that we are looking to bring in."


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1 May 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Colchester United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Colchester United at Huish Park tomorrow in what is their final League One match of the 2008-09 season. With both sides in safe mid-table positions, this is a rare chance for spectators to relax and enjoy the football with nothing but pride at stake. The Essex side are currently three places and nine points higher in the table, having secured their place in League One several weeks ago.

This may have been partly related to a drop-off in form for Colchester in recent weeks. They've won just two out of their last nine fixtures, although both wins have come on their travels where they have been their most impressive. Their move to the Weston Homes Community Stadium has not been kind to their home form, but away from home they have won 10 times this season - something no side outside the top four has achieved, and regardless of Saturday's result they will finish the season having won more points away than they have managed on their own patch.

The Essex side are likely to have a number of players missing for tomorrow's match, with defender Paul Reid (knee), midfielder David Perkins (knee) and forward Steven Gillespie all out whilst wingers Lewis Gobern and Johnnie Jackson are unlikely to feature, having only just recovered from hamstring injuries. However, skipper Dean Hammond will be recalled after a two-match ban, whilst right-back Alan Maybury will also be available following his recovery from a recent illness. Striker Scott Vernon will also be ready for a recall after playing for the Reserves in midweek, having recovered from a thigh injury. Colchester may also blood 18 year old rookie midfielder Sam Corcoran for the game.

For the Glovers, they are likely to be without Terry Skiverton (foot), David Noble (knee) and Lee Peltier (knee), none of whom are likely to be risked for the match. However, Skiverton has made it clear that he will not be doing any significant tinkering with his squad for tomorrow's match, and told BBC Somerset that he will be aiming to pick his strongest side:

"We want to finish on a high and I'm not all of a sudden going to rest everyone that's done really well for me and play loads of kids. That's not saying thank you to the fans for staying with us and and it's not being respectful to the players that have done well and the ones that have to wait their turn. I'll be picking the team that I think is strongest to play the game."

Another reason for Skiverton wanting to sign off with a good win and a positive performance will be that they are currently four games without a win, and with only the Good Friday victory over Millwall to their credit over the last six games. The thrill of getting over the finish line last weekend has meant that any misgivings over recent results could be easily put aside, but the Yeovil boss will be anxious to send his side into the summer break on a high note.

The match will also see Yeovil bid farewell to loan stars Chris Weale, Andros Townsend, Jonathan Obika and Danny Hutchins, with David Noble, Danny Maguire and Ashley Hodgkinson also departing after tomorrow's game. The hope will be that some will return in some capacity for the start of next season, but those decisions are largely out of Skivo's hands.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day of the match from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday tariffs. Don't forget that there is a Kids For A Quid promotion running for this game, so if anyone amongst your family and friends are aged Under 16, get them to take advantage of it.

Note that the End of Season presentations will be made from around 2.25p.m. tomorrow, so if you want to see those take place, make sure you get inside the ground in plenty of time.


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1 May 2009 : Reserves Take Final Bow From Combination League
Yeovil Town Reserves played the final match of their Football Combination season last night, in what will also be their last game in the competition for the Reserves. The game against Bristol City Reserves rather summed up Yeovil's recent interest in the competition - the match received no pre-publicity to indicate a fixture was being played, whilst the 'home' game was switched to Ashton Gate. The team was made entirely out of Yeovil's Youth Team, whilst City's side was largely made up of players from their Under 18s.

In fairness to the Under 18s, they made a pretty decent fist of the occasion, taking the lead through Rico Wilson and Corrie Lewis to lead 2-1 at half time. However, City took advantage in the second period, firing home three goals, before Rico Wilson grabbed his second. The former Bournemouth academy player could have grabbed a hat-trick late on but saw his chance go just wide of the post.

The result means that Yeovil complete their season by finishing 9th out of 10 teams in the Wales and West Division, having picked up 19 points from six wins and a draw in their 18 matches. Plymouth Argyle are the divisional champions, finishing five points clear of Swindon Town. Cheltenham Town take the wooden spoon, five points behind Yeovil.

With the exception of the County Cup, Yeovil Town Reserves will now cease to formally exist, with the Glovers likely to choose low key ad-hoc friendlies next season that will largely be played behind closed doors.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 3 Bristol City Reserves 4.

Location: 'Home' match played at Ashton Gate.

Yeovil Town Reserves: Jamie Beale, Danny Thompson, Tom Scott, Joe Byrne, Jason Sangha, Lloyd Moyce, Ashley Clarke, Josh Robinson, Adam Wakely, Rico Wilson, Corrie Lewis.

Substitutes: Stephen Friend, Steve Harris.


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