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31 May 2010 : Former Glover Scores On International Debut
Former Yeovil Town Youth Team striker Gavin McCallum has made his international debut this weekend, and needed just nine minutes to score his first goal. The 22 year old netted for Canada in the final minute of a 1-1 draw with Venezuela, in a match played at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano de Mťrida.

McCallum was introduced as an 81st minute substitute in Saturday's match, with Canada 1-0 down, but two minutes into injury time, he scored with a header from a Issey Nakajima-Farran cross, to give them a late draw in the second of two matches the Canadians have played in South America in the last week. McCallum said of his goal, scored in front of 20,000 spectators:

"I was just doing a bit of movement in the box, thinking I would go near, but then gambled, went back and got the ball on my head. It was a great ball in and it was great to come away with a point. Talking to some of the other new guys, it was an amazing experience, even just to be on the bench. Then for me to get on and score, it was amazing to do that in front of all those people."

McCallum gained just two minutes for Yeovil Town's first team, as a substitute on the final game of the 2006-07 season, as the Glovers rested numerous players in an away match at Gillingham ahead of their League One play-offs that would take the club to Wembley. After leaving Yeovil, he signed for Weymouth then went on to play for Havant and Waterlooville. He began to resurrect his career though when he signed for Sutton United, scoring 19 times for the South London club across two seasons - enough to get him noticed by League Two side Hereford United, for whom he has scored eight times in 31 appearances.

Another former Yeovil Town player started Saturday's game in goal, as 25 year old Josh Wagenaar clocked up his fourth international appearance for Canada. After leaving Yeovil Town, Josh moved to Scottish side Falkirk but is currently a free agent after being released at the end of his one year contract, as Falkirk looked to revamp their squad following relegation from the Scottish Premier League. Josh failed to make a first team appearance during his time with the Bairns. He played 70 minutes against Venezuela - his second cap since his contract at Huish Park expired, with the other appearance having come last November against FYR Macedonia.

A third former Yeovil Town player Jaime Peters is in the Canadian international squad for their stay in South America, but did not feature against Venezuela. However, Jaime did feature in a friendly last Monday against Argentina at the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium in Buenos Aires in front of 66,000 spectators. Jaime came on in the 56th minute, but Canada were well on the way to a 5-0 defeat. Wagenaar and McCallum did not get on the field of play against the Argentinians.


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31 May 2010 : England And Caulker Through To UEFA Finals
Former Yeovil Town central defender Steven Caulker helped England Under 19s gain a spot in the final stages of the UEFA European U19 Championship, as they knocked out the holders Ukraine on their home patch. The Three Lions needed a draw against the Elite Round hosts to guarantee their passage through to the next stage, and they got exactly that with a 1-1 draw.

Caulker played a full 90 minutes as he won his seventh cap at Under-19 level whilst left-winger Andros Townsend gained his sixth cap as he came on as a substitute for the third game in a row.

It was Townsend who had the significant impact on the game. The tie looked to be going away from England when the Ukraine netted through their own substitute Igore Zubko with just nine minutes left. But Townsend's left-wing cross two minutes later found his Spurs team-mate Dean Parrett at the far post to restore parity and put England back in the driving seat.

When Yevgeny Zadoya fouled Townsend with five minutes remaining, he got his marching orders for a second bookable offence, and the pressure on the visitors was suddenly relieved. The final whistle meant that they are now through to the final eight of the UEFA European U19 Championship, and will reconvene in Northern France when the competition will complete, with matches due to take place during July and early August. Given their involvement in all three matches, it would be a major surprise if Caulker and Townsend were not included in the squad that travels.

Final Score: Ukraine Under 19s 1 England Under 19s 1.

Scorers: Igor Zubko (81 mins, 1-0), Dean Parrett (83 mins, 1-1).

England Under 19s: Declan Rudd, Steven Caulker, Matthew Briggs, Reece Brown, Thomas Cruise, Nathan Delfouneso, Dean Parrett, Phil Jones, Ryan Noble, Josh Thompson, Matthew James (C)

Substitutes: Liam O'Brien, John Bostock, Jacob Mellis, Nathaniel Clyne (51 mins for Matthew Briggs), Ryan Donaldson (60 mins for Ryan Noble), Andros Townsend (76 mins for Nathan Delfouneso), Matt Phillips.


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31 May 2010 : Colchester Bring In New Boss
League One side Colchester United have appointed former Bristol City and Cheltenham Town manager John Ward as their new manager. He had been acting as assistant to former boss Aidy Boothroyd, who departed for Coventry City earlier this month. Ward will be assisted by former Colchester player Joe Dunne.

Ward has also managed York City, Bristol Rovers and Carlisle United as well as having a caretaker spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was also briefly assistant manager at Stockport County as well as Watford, Aston Villa, Burnley and Wolves.

His last major role was at Carlisle where he took them to the League One play-offs during the 2007-08 season. But as with many clubs following play-off seasons, the hangover struck during the following campaign and he was fired in November 2008, just five months after being the Cumbrians' hero, and after just 13 months at Brunton Park.

Ward's main successes came when he took Bristol City from Division Two (now League One) to Division One (now the Championship) during the 1997-98 season, via the automatic promotion slots. Then he took Cheltenham Town from League Two to League One during the 2005-06 season, by helping them win the League Two play-off final. However, he was also York City's manager for the majority of the 1992-93 season that saw them promoted, and was assistant manager of Wolves when they gained promotion to the Premier League, as well as his success with Carlisle.


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31 May 2010 : Final Call For Early Bird Season Tickets Today
A reminder that today is your last chance to purchase Season Tickets for the 2010-11 Season at the Early Bird price. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be opening between 10.00a.m. and 12.00 noon to help any supporters who are looking to make late decisions on purchasing Season Tickets. Yeovil Town's 'Early Bird' scheme for their 2010-11 season tickets ends on Monday 31st May, with all prices increasing by the Tuesday morning.

For further enquiries, call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or visit them in person.

Link: 2010-11 Ticketing Prices Get The Big Freeze.

Link: Starnes Bullish As Season Ticket Deadline Reaches Final Week.

Link: 2010-11 Season Ticket and Single Match Admission Prices.

Link: Official Site: 2010-11 Season Ticket Application Form (requires Acrobat Reader).


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30 May 2010 : 2010-11 League One Teams Finalised
The final line-up for League One's 2010-11 season was completed this afternoon. Rotherham United's 2-3 defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge in the League Two play-off final today ensured the Daggers became the 24th team to be confirmed for next season. The full line-up of teams is listed below.

Staying In League One: Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bristol Rovers, Carlisle United, Charlton Athletic, Colchester United, Exeter City, Hartlepool United, Huddersfield Town, Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons, Oldham Athletic, Southampton, Swindon Town, Tranmere Rovers, Walsall, Yeovil Town

Relegated From The Championship: Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle, Sheffield Wednesday

Promoted From League Two: AFC Bournemouth, Notts County, Rochdale.

League Two Play-Off Winners: Dagenham and Redbridge


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30 May 2010 : Lockwood, Doherty, Oliver, Harrold And Others
The summer months bring plenty of movement amongst former Yeovil Town players, and so on a quiet weekend at the end of May, it's worth rounding up what's going on with a few of them. Most concern players that are in a state of flux, either sitting on offers from clubs, or having recently been released and looking for new deals.

One player who does have job security is former central defender Adam Lockwood, who has penned a new deal with Championship side Doncaster Rovers that will keep him there until the summer of 2012. Since leaving Yeovil in 2006, he has made 120 appearances for the Yorkshire side, although the season just gone has not been one of his best, with a broken foot limiting him to just 18 league appearances. Despite that, Donny have been happy enough with the 28 year old's past form to give him a new two year deal.

Former loan midfielder Tommy Doherty is returning to England after a short spell with Hungarian side Ferencvaros during last season. The 31 year old has agreed to sign a two year contract with League Two side Bradford City for next season. His new manager knows plenty about him already - Peter Taylor was Doherty's boss at Wycombe Wanderers, but after Taylor left Wanderers, Doherty departed soon after, due to an ongoing feud with their current boss Gary Waddock.

Taylor has also brought another former Glover to his new club, with Luke Oliver also signing a two year deal. He had been on loan at Valley Parade at the tail end of last season, but after being released by Waddock at the end of the season just gone, he made his move permanent. Another one who may join him is striker Matt Harrold. He was also released and the 25 year old is strongly rumoured to be heading in the same direction.

Harrold's release from Adams Park had caused a spot of bother, given that the local press reported it as necessary to make room for incoming striker Alex Revell, only for the former Southend United man to sign for Leyton Orient. That twist of fate meant that they lost both players instead.

At Leyton of course, as mentioned on these pages earlier in the week, they've signed up Yeovil Town's defender Terrell Forbes and former centre-back Aaron Brown. The latter has moved up a division from League Two side Aldershot and he told the East London press that getting back into League One was important to him.

"I do not have anything to prove at this level as I know whatís its about and I want to step up. Thatís nothing against League Two but I always want to play as high as a possible. Being so tall helps as a defender a lot, and Iím pretty quick and athletic too. I need to be. It helps that I train every day. I want to be playing week in, week out. The competition for places can only help the club. We want to go for promotion straight out. I donít think its unrealistic as if you look at football, you see unexpected teams getting promoted and relegated, because itís so competitive. You can put a run together and go for it."

Of working with Terrell Forbes again, and Leyton boss Russell Slade, Brown said that made it an even easier decision to move:

"Terrellís a top guy and good to have about the place. It was an easy decision to move and work with Russell Slade. I know what heís all about as a manager and its a step up for me."

We've already covered Terrell's thoughts on his move to East London from Huish Park, but the 28 year old, who says ďIím at my prime at the moment" also recalls Yeovil Town's 2006-07 play-off final disappointment at Wembley and wants to make a quick return. He says of the Glovers match against Blackpool:

"We missed out, and we had to pick ourselves up afterwards. Nobody remembers the losers. It would be nice to be back in the play-offs and we need to aim high. Russell Slade knows what to do with a new team. Heís a good boss who knows what he wants, which is good for me and good for the club. He gets the balance right and knows when to shout or be nice. He does not need to stand on the touchline, bellowing."

Wycombe's misfortune with losing Revell to Leyton Orient was cushioned slightly by Kevin Betsy's decision to sign a two year contract with the side who headed back to League Two after one season at third tier level. Despite relegation and claims by their local press that he had offers from other League One and League Two clubs, Betsy made the decision to stay:

"The most important thing for me was the way we played and went about our football at the end of the season and the philosophy that the manager (Gary Waddock) had shown. Also the supporters have always been so good to me and also all the people around the club. And when you are at a place where you are loved and made to feel wanted then you can really start to enjoy your football and that is a massive thing. I have always said that joining Wycombe transformed my career and I want to repay the faith that the fans, management and (club owner) Steve Hayes have showed in me."

Striker Phil Jevons could be moving from Huddersfield Town to League Two play-off semi-finalists Morecambe after he was released from the Galpharm Stadium. Shrimps boss Sammy McIlroy has been impressed by the 30 year old's 19 goals that he netted during his season long loan at Christie Park, and wants to take him on permanently:

"I've never had a striker at Morecambe who has scored nearly 20 goals in a season, it would be a fantastic asset and a super signing. Phil is a fine professional, he likes it here and has provided our cutting edge this season. I'd love to sign him permanently."

Someone who has found a new home is former striker Danny Webb. He's also found a new playing position. Striker Danny Webb is now central defender Danny Webb, having converted from one to the other whilst playing for Conference National side Salisbury City. With the Wiltshire side being kicked out of the Conference for falling into administration, Danny has joined Conference South play-off winners Bath City. Boss Adie Britton said of the 26 year old's arrival:

"Danny is someone I've been aware of for some time. He played most of his league football as a forward but when he dropped into non-league he moved to centre half and did really well - as anybody who watches Salisbury regularly will tell you. He's a ball-winner, an organiser, has good strength and pace and is the right age."

Former manager and assistant manager Steve Thompson is being linked with a move to Southern League Premier Division side Tiverton Town, who are searching for a new manager. Their long serving boss Martyn Rogers resigned last week after over 1,000 games in charge, and Thommo is one of a number of names listed in the Devon press, with him already having managed Truro City earlier this season.

Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins states that the club are in "strong negotiations" with out of contract midfielder Shaun MacDonald over his new contract, but as yet there is no firm outcome. Meanwhile midfielder Ritchie Jones is out of contract after being released by Hartlepool United. His agent appears to be ensuring that the press link him with every club going in the bottom two divisions in much the same way that he did when he left Yeovil Town, but as yet Jones has not found a new club.

Finally, Blackpool and Yeovil Town target Jamie Symes looks likely to remain with Dorset side Bridport for the indefinite future, despite being invited for a second trial with the Premier League newcomers. The former Glovers Centre of Excellence player, who Yeovil tried to bring back earlier this year, says that he is unlikely to make any long distance moves until he has passed his driving test, telling the Dorset Echo:

"Iím going to do pre-season training with Dorchester and possibly with Bridport, but hopefully Iíll stay in touch with the people at Blackpool as well. I was supposed to be playing with Bridport and training with Dorchester at the end of last season, but because Bridport had so many midweek games that didnít work out. Iím hoping to go as far as I can in football. Dorchester boss Ashley Vickers has been keeping in touch with me and he is keen for me to stay around here for a while. Maybe Iíll be playing for Bridport a lot next season and if thatís the case Iím more than happy to do that. I want to develop my game as much as I can and I feel Iíve improved already in my first season."


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29 May 2010 : Lions Roar On To The Championship
Millwall beat Swindon Town in this afternoon's League One final to send the Lions up to the Championship at the second time of asking. A 38th minute goal from captain Paul Robinson was enough to win the match, just 12 months after they failed at the hands of Scunthorpe United in last season's play-off final.

Former Glover Danny Schofield was the creator of the goal, whipping in a corner that the Swindon defence failed to deal with and Robinson had enough time to chest the ball down and poke the ball home from close range. The Lions had already got the ball in the net when another former Glover Kevin Amankwaah had headed past his own keeper, but the goal was correctly struck off for offside.

Swindon's best chances came to striker Charlie Austin, who midway through the second half sent a shot wide of the target when he was put clean through on goal. Then Austin again forced home keeper David Forde into a strong save as the game reached injury time.

But Millwall won their first play-off campaign in six attempts, whilst Swindon failed at Wembley for the first time, meaning that Swindon Town will have to compete in League One again next season.

Final Score: Millwall 1 Swindon Town 0.

The result means that 23 out of League One's 24 places for the 2010-11 season have now been decided, with just the winners of tomorrow's League Two play-off final needed to complete the list. Dagenham and Redbridge take on Rotherham United at Wembley Stadium tomorrow. The list of teams who will be competing in League One therefore reads as follows:

Staying In League One: Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bristol Rovers, Carlisle United, Charlton Athletic, Colchester United, Exeter City, Hartlepool United, Huddersfield Town, Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons, Oldham Athletic, Southampton, Swindon Town, Tranmere Rovers, Walsall, Yeovil Town

Relegated From The Championship: Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle, Sheffield Wednesday

Promoted From League Two: AFC Bournemouth, Notts County, Rochdale.

League Two Play-Off Winners: (one of) Dagenham and Redbridge or Rotherham United.


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29 May 2010 : County Looking For New Boss As Cotterill Leaves
League One newcomers Notts County Will be searching for a new manager after the man who guided them to promotion, Steve Cotterill announced his resignation this week. Cotterill will leave the Magpies tomorrow when his short term contract is due to expire, having only arrived at Meadow Lane in February.

Current rumours are that he is looking to take over managerless Portsmouth when they start the season in the Championship. The South Coast club have admitted the former Cheltenham Town boss is on their short-list, but have stopped short of suggesting that he has got the job. The BBC Sport website claims that Cotterill has left Nottingham, because he believes his playing budget at County is insufficient to compete in League One.

Cotterill's replacement will be County's fifth manager in under 12 months, with Ian McParland, Hans Backe, Dave Kevan and Cotterill having taken charge during the 2009-10 season.


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28 May 2010 : Caulker And England Gain Second Win
England Under 19s gained a convincing 4-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina this morning in the second of their three matches in the Ukraine as part of the UEFA European U19 Championship Elite Qualifying Round. Once again former Glovers loan central defender Steven Caulker played a full 90 minutes at the heart of the defence as the national side kept their second clean sheet of the week.

Goalscorers on the day were Sunderland striker Ryan Noble, Wycombe Wanderers winger Matt Phillips, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder John Bostock and Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso. Former Glovers loan winger Andros Townsend again came on as a second half substitute for England.

England's next fixture will be the big one, as they face the Ukraineon their home turf in Kiev on Monday. If England win that match, they are guaranteed to progress through to the final stages of the UEFA European U19 Championship in July.

Final Score: Bosnia and Herzegovina U19s 0 England U19s 4.

Scorers: Ryan Noble (2 mins, 0-1), Matt Phillips (19 mins, 0-2), John Bostock (69 mins, 0-3), Nathan Delfouneso (80 mins, 0-4)

England Under 19s: Declan Rudd, Steven Caulker, Reece Brown, John Bostock, Nathaniel Clyne YellowCard58', Ryan Donaldson, Phil Jones, Matt Phillips, Ryan Noble, Josh Thompson, Matthew James(C)

Substitutes: Liam O'Brien, Matthew Briggs, Thomas Cruise, Jacob Mellis (65 mins for Phil Jones), Nathan Delfouneso (74 mins for John Bostock), Dean Parrett, Andros Townsend (57 mins for Ryan Donaldson).


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28 May 2010 : Skivo Still Looking For Away Trip In July
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton had said that he has still not yet finalised his pre-season plans for his first team squad. The Glovers have so far arranged four first team friendlies, including three at home. However, the Glovers boss has revealed that prior to those publicised friendlies that the club are still trying to looking to make other plans, following their decision to not take part in this year's South West Challenge Cup.

Skiverton didn't reveal to BBC Somerset whether his plans related to a private training camp, or whether he would look to arrange further friendly matches. However, he did say that he was more than satisfied with what the club had arranged so far:

"Yes, I'm very pleased. We're just looking to see if we can get away at the beginning of July. But we've got some great games against some decent clubs, and we've just got to make sure that we've got a really good squad that will be going into those games and getting ready to compete for the beginning of the new season."

Meanwhile Skiverton has said that he is meeting an unnamed Premier League manager today in Poole, Dorset. He said that he is "looking forward to picking his brains". Although Skivo does not hint as to the manager's identity, the natural assumption is that it is Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp, whose family home is in the Sandbanks area. However, Skiverton has insisted that Redknapp is the one manager who it is not! Stoke City boss Tony Pulis, who is close friends with Yeovil Town co-owner Norman Hayward has recently also purchased property in the Sandbanks area, and so would be another likely name.

2010-11 Pre-Season Friendly List:
17/07/2010 : 15:00hrs : Yeovil Town vs Swansea City
24/07/2010 : 15:00hrs : Yeovil Town vs Manchester United XI (Darren Way Benefit Match)
28/07/2010 : 19:45hrs : Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
31/07/2010 : 15:00hrs : Torquay United vs Yeovil Town


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27 May 2010 : Interview With New Signing Andy Williams
Last Friday, Yeovil Town agreed terms on their second signing of the summer break, bringing striker/winger Andy Williams to Huish Park. On Monday, the 23 year old spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin about the deal and his hopes for his two years with the Glovers. The full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Andy Williams Talks To The BBC After Signing For Yeovil Town.

Link: Williams Contract Length Revealed.

Link: Rovers Winger Williams Agrees Terms With Glovers.


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27 May 2010 : World Cup To Slow Down Player Recruitment
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has strongly suggested that we have seen the last of the new signings for the moment, until the pre-season period picks up on July 1st. The Glovers boss has recruited in defender Luke Ayling from Arsenal and striker/winger Andy Williams from Bristol Rovers but suggests that supporters should not expect too much more in the way of incoming players over the coming month or so.

Speaking to the Western Gazette, Skiverton explains that holidays and even the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is likely to slow things down, with many footballers, managers and agents heading south to capture the action. Thus driving deals through will prove to be a harder and slower task:

"It has only been a few weeks since the last game of the season and we have got a World Cup to worry about as well. There are going to be a lot of people going to the World Cup and on their holidays, so there will not be much action with a lot of teams."

Skivo himself is due to shortly head on his own holidays, and adds that with most professional contracts only starting on July 1st, and many players only technically falling out of contract at their old clubs on June 30th, that he is relying a verbal promise, even from his two new recruits, that they will turn up for training in July:

"There are not a lot of teams signing players and, as I said last year, nothing can be officially done before July 1. You can make offers and if people accept that at face value and shake your hand, then it is up to them to stick to their integrity as we would do as a football club. Then hopefully they will sign on the dotted line from July 1."


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27 May 2010 : Carling Cup First Round Draw Date And Details
The draw date for the First Round of the Carling Cup has been set for the 2010-11 season. The draw will be made on Wednesday 16th June 2010 at 9.30a.m.

The First Round draw will include 70 Football League clubs, with Burnley and Hull City being given byes to the Second Round, after finishing in the higher of the three Premier League relegation spots. Portsmouth will therefore feature in the draw.

The draw will be both seeded and regionalised. With Yeovil Town having finished 15th in the 2009-10 League One table, they will fall into the unseeded category, and so will face either a Championship side, or a team from the top half of League One in the First Round draw.

Link: 2010-11 Dates For Your Diary.


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27 May 2010 : Glovers Planning Reserve Team Series With Magpies
Yeovil Town are planning to play a series of Reserve Team matches next season on an informal basis. The opposition in all cases will be Dorchester Town, and it looks as though their Avenue Stadium will host the matches. Today's Dorset Echo reports that up to ten fixtures will be planned, with neither side currently having a formal Reserve Team structure at present.

The Conference South side had planned to join a Reserve Team league for the 2010-11 season, but Chairman Shaun Hearn believes that plans to do that have run out of time, and that they will now stick to a series of practice matches against the Glovers. From what he has suggested today, these matches will be open to the general public:

"Unfortunately it doesnít look like the (Dorchester Town) reserves (plans to join a league) will happen next season but weíll still be playing the fringe players in friendly matches on a regular basis. Hopefully they will be well supported and weíll try to make it as entertaining as we can for the supporters."

Meanwhile, the South Devon Herald Express paper is claiming that Yeovil Town Reserves will be back playing in the Football Combination next season. However, our instinct is that they've goofed by grabbing their information from an out of date Wikipedia page. Devon side Torquay United are re-entering the Football Combination league next season, and the paper lists what it claims are next season's opponents.

However, their list of teams appears to be the 2008-09 season line-up, which was Yeovil's last season in the division before they resigned from the league, and omits sides such as Reading and Southampton who have since joined the division. The Wikipedia page for the Football Combination league still displays the 2008-09 season line-up, matching what the paper claims is next season's line-up. It's not impossible for the Glovers to have done a u-turn, but it's more likely that the Dorset Echo has the more accurate indication of the Glovers' plans.


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27 May 2010 : Gulls Confirm Kee Interest
Following Accrington Stanley's confirmation that they are trying to get former Leicester City striker Billy Kee on a contract for next season, Torquay United have provided confirmation that they are trying to do the same. The two clubs are claimed to be amongst a large number of League One and League Two teams, including Yeovil Town, who are chasing the 19 year old, albeit with a suspicion that Kee's agent may be over-egging the pudding.

League Two side Torquay claim that they are close to agreeing a deal with the Northern Ireland U19 and U21 international. Manager Paul Buckle has told the Devon press:

"We are confident that we can bring him to the club. We have agreed a deal in principle. Billy has shown a big interest in coming to us. I like the fact that he's 19, he's strong, he's hungry and he did very well for his first year in League football."

Where there's a Billy Kee article, his agent Dave Sheehan is not far behind. The Endgame Group employee was once again on the record talking about his client:

"There are a number of clubs interested in him. It isn't about money ó he is looking for the right club and the right manager to help him develop, because we feel he has the potential to be a Dean Windass."

As yet there is still no firm confirmation of Yeovil's interest, with Sky Sports having originally made the claims that the Glovers were in the hunt for the player.

Link: Accy Confirm Kee Talks.

Link: Glovers Searching For The Kee To Their Striking Problems?


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26 May 2010 : Forbes Reflects On Change Of Scenery
Fomer Yeovil Town defender Terrell Forbes described four years at Huish Park as a "good" experience, but admitted he was looking forward to a new challenge at Brisbane Road. Londoner Forbes, who was born in Southwark, and started his career as a West Ham United academy player, will be a local lad at his new club Leyton Orient.

Forbes and his partner saw their first child born just over a year ago, but his family have remained in London, with the 28 year old only being awarded short term contracts at Huish Park during that time. The offer of a two year deal from Orient manager Russell Slade was therefore a welcome one and would allow him to live under the same roof as the rest of his family. Forbes told Orient's official site that he was also glad to be reunited with Slade:

"I spent four years at Yeovil and it was good for me there, but it's a new challenge for me now. I needed a change of scenery to pick my football back up again. My football will only improve being around my family, and I'm just going to work hard for the gaffer and for the fans. I'm really happy to have joined Orient and I'm just grateful that Russell Slade has given me another chance to play for him. It's the third time he's signed me and I'm happy to be back home as well."


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26 May 2010 : Forbes Flies East To Team Up With Orient And Slade
Yeovil Town have lost the services of central defender Terrell Forbes today, after he rejected terms with the Glovers for a new contract. The Londoner is set to be reunited with former manager Russell Slade, who has worked with him at Grimsby Town before, and is now manager of Leyton Orient.

Forbes had been with the club since the summer of 2006, and clocked up 180 appearances for the Glovers, scoring his one and only goal against Bristol Rovers during last season. He was a member of the club's 2006-07 Wembley League One play-off side, and with Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones having stepped up into management, he remained the last regular first team player to have been with the Glovers continuously since that match.

Last season, the club only awarded Terrell a four month contract, despite him having ended the 2008-09 season as club captain, but after he once again established himself as a regular part of the Glovers first team line-up, that deal was extended but only until the end of the season.

With the 28 year old out of contract once again this summer, and Slade looking to bring in his own players to Brisbane Road, the move for Forbes was an obvious one, particularly given that the defender highlighted last summer that his London-based partner had given birth to a young child, and that he was looking to put down some firm roots for his young family.

He will leave Yeovil Town on a free transfer, and has signed a two year contract at Brisbane Road. Speaking to Leyton Orient's official site their manager Slade said of the deal:

"I've signed Terrell at Grimsby, Yeovil and now here, and I'm delighted that he's joined us. He's a great competitor who reads the game extremely well and I'm sure the fans will take to him. I know he's absolutely delighted to have joined us and I'm looking forward to having him on board."

We'd like to wish Terrell the very best of luck for the future, and thank him for being a great part of the Yeovil Town first team over the past four years.

Leyton Orient have also today signed up central defender Aaron Brown on a one year contract. Brown had been on the books of League Two side Aldershot, and featured in their play-off semi-final matches, having left Huish Park a year ago.

Link: Terrell Forbes : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 May 2010 : Caulker Gets Full Game In England Win
Former Glovers loan central defender Steven Caulker played a full 90 minutes for England Under 19s this morning as they opened up their Elite Group tournament with a win. England beat the Republic of Ireland by a 1-0 scoreline with the winning goal coming from Caulker's Spurs team-mate Dean Parrett's free kick.

The match is the first of three UEFA European U19 Championship qualifying matches being played in Kiev, Ukraine between now and the end of the month, with matches against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Ukraine still to come.

In a tight competitive match, Parrett's goal was enough to secure the victory, although Caulker could have increased England's lead during the second period after he got on the end of two set pieces, but his attempts went wide of the target. Another former Glover Andros Townsend came on as a second half substitute.

Final Score: Republic of Ireland U19s 0 England U19s 1.

Scorer: Dean Parrett (37 mins, 0-1).

England Under 19s: Declan Rudd, Steven Caulker, Matthew Briggs, Reece Brown, Thomas Cruise 63', Jacob Mellis 76' Nathan Delfouneso, Ryan Donaldson, Dean Parrett, Phil Jones, Matthew James (C)

Subs: Liam O'Brien, John Bostock (86 mins for Dean Parrett), Nathaniel Clyne, Andros Townsend (63 mins for Thomas Cruise), Matt Phillips (76 mins for Jacob Mellis), Ryan Noble, Josh Thompson

Link: Caulker Gets Triple England Call-Up.


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26 May 2010 : Skivo Admits Glovers Loan Policy Set To Continue
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he does not currently foresee a time when he will be able to build a League One playing squad without dipping into the loan market. The Glovers boss believes it is part and parcel of trying to compete at third tier level on a small budget, and points out that even smaller Premier League clubs have resorted to loan deals to fill positions this season.

In the season just gone, the Glovers used 11 loan signings, with Steve Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex McCarthy (Reading), Shaun MacDonald (Swansea City), Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur), Jonathan Obika (Tottenham Hotspur), Arron Davies (Brighton and Hove Albion), Gavin Williams (Bristol City), Owain Tudur Jones (Norwich City), Craig Davies (Brighton and Hove Albion), Scott Davies (Reading) and Luke Ayling (Arsenal) all arriving at Huish Park, having been borrowed from other clubs.

In his Christmas 2009 interview, Skiverton indicated that he would like to reduce the club's reliance upon the loan system, but speaking to BBC Somerset he does not feel that is a realistic prospect at present:

"I don't think it's possible for any club, to be honest with you. You're even looking at Premier League teams loaning players. I think the way that football is going nowadays, you can't just have a team full of contracted players. You need to be relying upon the loan players to actually compete at that level. So everyone is doing it, and we're no different, and we've got to try and get every edge that we can."

Skiverton does suggest though that the 2010-11 season should see him being able to compete financially with other League One clubs a little better. Since downsizing their own playing budgets during the summer of 2008, it's been fairly well recognised that the Glovers are in the bottom four in League One when it comes to available finances for bringing in new players. But with the likes of Bristol Rovers and Oldham Athletic going public on wage cuts for their players, the Yeovil boss believes the gap between the Glovers and other clubs in the division will be narrowing somewhat:

"There will be one or two teams that will be in our league now where their budgets won't be quite as big as what they've had in the past, and I think they might be coming a little bit closer to ours. For us, we know what it's like to compete on the levels that we have been competing at, and hopefully we'll be dragging a few teams in and around us, so that we can move our club forward and be a lot closer to teams that are in mid-table and higher."


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26 May 2010 : Huish Park Ticket Office Bank Holiday Opening Hours
The Huish Park Ticket Office will be opening for two additional periods over the Bank Holiday Weekend to help any supporters who are looking to make late decisions on purchasing Season Tickets. Yeovil Town's 'Early Bird' scheme for their 2010-11 season tickets ends on Monday 31st May, with all prices increasing by the Tuesday morning.

With a three day weekend looming, the Ticket Office will open for two hours each on the Saturday and Monday to allow additional opportunities for any final applications to be received. Note that these two sessions will be for people purchasing Season Tickets only - if you're looking to purchase other tickets, such as those for Darren Way's Benefit Match, please wait until another day.

Opening hours for the Bank Holiday weekend will be as follows:

Friday 28th May : 9.00a.m. - 4.00p.m. (all ticket sales).
Saturday 29th May : 10.00a.m. - 12.00 noon (Season Ticket sales only).
Monday 31st May : 10.00a.m. - 12.00 noon (Season Ticket sales only).

For further enquiries, call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or visit them in person.

Link: 2010-11 Ticketing Prices Get The Big Freeze.

Link: Starnes Bullish As Season Ticket Deadline Reaches Final Week.

Link: 2010-11 Season Ticket and Single Match Admission Prices.

Link: Official Site: 2010-11 Season Ticket Application Form (requires Acrobat Reader).


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26 May 2010 : Williams Looking For Forward Role
New permanent signing Andy Williams has said that he expects his primary role at Yeovil Town to be as a striker, rather than as a winger. The 23 year old was used in both positions at the Memorial Stadium leading to the obvious question of which role is most likely to be used in whilst playing for the Glovers.

With Scott Murray and Aidan Downes having departed the club as right-wingers, and Andre McCollin off the club's books as a striker, there are vacancies in the first team squad in both areas, but Williams has told BBC Somerset that he expects to be used more as a front line striker:

"They (Yeovil Town) play a few different formations. But I've been given an indication that it's going to be more of an attacking role and probably less of a winger. Obviously I did a job every now and again whilst I was at (Bristol) Rovers to play wide and so I'm sure that I'll be in (Terry) Skiverton's mind that if need be that I can do a job for the team out wide. But my best position is down the middle, so hopefully I'll get more opportunities down there."

Williams scored eight goals in 88 league appearances across his three seasons at the Memorial Stadium with three of them coming in last season's campaign that saw him make 45 appearances across all competitions.


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25 May 2010 : Commemorative Badges For Darren's Benefit Match
A souvenir set of badges is to be produced to commemorate the forthcoming Benefit Match for Darren Way. The game against a Manchester United XI will take place at Huish Park on Saturday 24th July, kick-off 3.00p.m.

Those who have seen the badges produced by Away Travel Club organiser Mark Kelly in the past will know what to expect, as he is organising the production of the badge set on behalf of Darren. The badge will come in four different colour designs and will cost £3.00 each.

If you would like to reserve a badge, send a cheque to Mark Kelly at:

Mark Kelly, 39 Mudford Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4AE.

Cheques received will not be banked until the badges have been received from the suppliers. For further information contact Mark at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Way Grateful For Ferguson Support.

Link: Darren Gets Premier League Giants For Benefit Match.


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25 May 2010 : Rovers Boss Gives Views On Why Williams Jumped Ship
Bristol Rovers boss Paul Trollope believes that his wish to bring two new strikers to the Memorial Stadium this summer may have contributed to Andy Williams jumping ship and heading to Yeovil Town. Rovers are known to be in talks with former Doncaster Rovers striker Paul Heffernan after a successful spell in Bristol on loan late last season and are planning to target at least one more player in that area of the pitch, as well as a right-winger which is Williams' other preferred position.

Given that the former Hereford United player was already largely being used as an impact player, coming off the substitutes' bench, Trollope told his club's official site that he felt that the player's rejection of the contract on offer was due to the likelihood of him slipping down the pecking order:

"We offered him a one year contract which he decided not to accept, after receiving an offer of a two year deal from Yeovil. Andy has been a very good professional in his time for us, and we wish him every success for the future. We are looking to bring in two new strikers for next season and maybe Andy felt that his chances of regular first team football would be limited with us and that he needed to join another club where he will stand a chance of playing first team football on a more regular basis."

Williams is due to sign a two year contract with Yeovil Town on July 1st, subject to passing a medical.


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24 May 2010 : Skivo Looking To Maintain Ashton Gate Links
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he hopes to use one of the club's pre-season friendlies to get a foot in the door with one of the South-West's new club managers. Bristol City recruited in Steve Coppell just before the end of last season, and he will bring a side down to Huish Park on Wednesday 28th July.

Just as Coppell was arriving at Ashton Gate, attacking midfielder Gavin Williams was turning in some star performances during his return in a green and white shirt that saw caretaker boss Keith Millen - now Coppell's assistant - extend the Welshman's loan deal out until the end of the 2009-10 season.

Skiverton admits he would like to see more deals like that done with the Championship side, with goalkeeper Chris Weale and midfielder David Noble having also impressed whilst on loan spells at Huish Park. Speaking to BBC Somerset he admitted that he had yet to talk to Coppell, but plans to when he comes down the A37 in July:

"I've not had an opportunity yet. We'll be playing them in pre-season, so it will be a good opportunity to talk to him then. I still speak to Keith Millen quite a bit and he has been fantastic for us, when we had Gav, in extending Gavin Williams' loan for the rest of the season. I speak to Dave Lee quite a lot who is down there as well."


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24 May 2010 : Williams Free Transfer Confirmed
New signing Andy Williams has confirmed that he was being offered reduced terms at the Memorial Stadium when he made the decision to quit League One rivals Bristol Rovers and sign for the Glovers. The news confirms that Williams will arrive at Huish Park on July 1st on a free transfer. For Rovers to have been able to command a transfer fee for the 23 year old, they would need to have matched or bettered his current deal with the Pirates. As a consequence of their contract offer, Williams became a free agent and thus was able to agree a deal with the Glovers instead.

Williams has told the Bristol Evening Post that what was on the table from his former club, along with his expectations of where he stood in the Rovers pecking order were factors in why he chose to leave:

"Rovers could only offer me a one-year extension and a wage reduction, which obviously wasn't ideal. If I stayed there then I think I would have been in the same situation I was last season, which would have been starting most of the games on the bench. I'm nearly 24 and I need to be playing a bit more regularly. I talked to Yeovil's manager, Terry Skiverton, and we got on really well. He was open and honest with me, which I really liked. The chance of a two-year contract obviously offers me a bit more stability. Like Paul Trollope, he is an ambitious young manager and this will be a new challenge for me."

A total of 26 of his 45 appearances last season came from the substitute's bench. However, with the Glovers operating on a much smaller squad, and the likes of right-wingers Scott Murray and Aidan Downes now off the club's books along with striker Andre McCollin, Williams should stand a better chance of slotting into one or the other position. On Saturday, the WDP suggested that the Glovers had matched his wages at the Memorial Stadium from last season as well as giving him a two year contract, making the move down the A37 a fairly easy one to accept.

Link: Williams Contract Length Revealed.

Link: Rovers Winger Williams Agrees Terms With Glovers.


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24 May 2010 : Starnes Bullish As Season Ticket Deadline Reaches Final Week
Just one week remains for those supporters looking to renew their Season Tickets for the 2010-11 season before the 'Early Bird' deadline. All applications must be with the club by Monday 31st May to take advantage of that pricing structure, and this is also the date by which existing season ticket holders in the two seated areas will need to reapply by in order to guarantee keeping their existing seat. On June 1st, those seats will be made available to the general public.

Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has told this week's Western Gazette that sales are now beginning to pick up, although admits that the big acid test will be during the closing days leading up to the deadline:

"It is beginning to increase and the whole application process is warming up. We are still ahead of the same point that we were last year, which is great. Obviously most of the numbers sign up in the last couple of weeks, so that is going to be the important point for us. We are still pretty optimistic with the way that it is going."

The CEO had praise for the quality of the Glovers support that attended both home and away matches in the way that they got behind the team and said that those who had provided vocal support had made a difference:

"The support last season from those that came to the matches was absolutely magnificent. Both home and away they were always getting behind the team and there is a very good core of support that is getting behind the players. It certainly helped us have a pretty good home record last season."

Starnes also added that he felt that everyone within the club was supporting the management team of Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones and he felt that having that internal support and stability at all levels would help the perception everyone had of the club:

"We have a stable management team that are very much committed to the club. All the backroom staff have been first class in supporting Terry and there is a very good feel around the club with everybody pulling in the same direction. I think that manifests itself in people's interests and I think it has made a huge difference."

For those looking to put in their applications over the coming week, more information is available via the links below, including pricing and an application form. For any other enquiries, call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

Link: 2010-11 Ticketing Prices Get The Big Freeze.

Link: 2010-11 Season Ticket and Single Match Admission Prices.

Link: Official Site: 2010-11 Season Ticket Application Form (requires Acrobat Reader).


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23 May 2010 : No Glovers In South West Challenge Cup
The teams for this season's South West Challenge Cup in North Devon have been announced, and this time Yeovil Town are not one of those taking part. The tournament organisers had indicated that one of last season's major competitors had been invited but had declined, and with the Glovers holding Darren Way's benefit match on Saturday 24th July - the same day as the Challenge Cup Semi-Finals, it was widely assumed that the Glovers were the side that had said no to the organisers.

Former Glovers boss Russell Slade though will be taking his new club Leyton Orient back down there, having managed the Glovers during the inaugural tournament. Other major sides taking part include Doncaster Rovers, Shrewsbury Town and Accrington Stanley along with Scottish side Kilmarnock. The full list of competing teams, for the record, are shown below:

Accrington Stanley, Barnstaple Town, Bideford, Doncaster Rovers, Eastleigh, Havant and Waterlooville, Ilfracombe Town, Leyton Orient, Kilmarnock, Rushden and Diamonds, Shrewsbury Town and Truro City.


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23 May 2010 : Accy Confirm Kee Talks
League Two side Accrington Stanley are the first club to go on the record in their bid to snap up former Leicester City striker Billy Kee. Reports last Tuesday claimed that Kee was being chased by a whole host of clubs, including Exeter City, Barnet and Yeovil Town.

The original story on Sky Sports had a slight hint that Kee's agent was trying to drum up interest, and by the time we reached Thursday, the Exeter Express and Echo had repeated the same story and had added in the names of Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers, Bradford City and AFC Bournemouth. Whilst it may be that some of these clubs hold a hard interest in the 19 year old Northern Ireland U19 and U21 international, it is more than likely that some of it is being engineered by agent hype. Working out what is fiction and what is fact is the harder part.

For what it's worth, Accrington manager John Coleman is one manager willing to openly admit that he does hold an interest in such a player - no great surprise given that he was on loan at the League Two club for most of last season, and Coleman had stated he wanted to bring Kee back on loan again for the 2010-11 season, until he realised the Foxes were releasing him entirely. Coleman told Sky Sports that he had already held talks with him:

"I spoke to Billy earlier this week and we are hoping to come to some arrangement to keep him here because I know he enjoyed his time with us. Billy, by his own admission, knows that this year could be pivotal for him because he should have played a lot more games for us last season, but he wasn't fit enough to do that. Hopefully, he will choose to join us and become an important player for us next season."


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22 May 2010 : Williams Contract Length Revealed
Further to yesterday's news concerning the signing of Bristol Rovers winger/striker Andy Williams the morning press are able to add a little more flesh on the bone. Today's Western Daily Press states that Williams has a two year contract on the table for him to sign on July 1st, subject to a medical.

More crucially is that they suggest that Williams was one of the players singled out by Rovers for a pay-cut with the Gas cutting down on their playing budget for next season. Assuming the WDP's assessment is accurate, the offer on reduced terms meant that Williams was able to leave the Memorial Stadium on a free transfer, despite being just 23 years old.

The paper claims that Williams was offered terms by Yeovil that more-or-less matched what he was earning in Bristol last season, and doubled Rovers' one year contract offer, and so the overall package on offer from the Glovers was somewhat more attractive. They don't quote or name any sources for this, however it would explain why he was prepared to jump ship.

There are also some more statistics to accompany his arrival, with the paper obviously having covered Williams' performances throughout his career at Rovers and Hereford United. He made 45 league and cup appearances for Rovers last season, although with 26 of them coming from the bench. He scored just three times during last season, although one of those included Rovers' goal of the season against Southampton at St Mary's in September 2009. His overall statistics for Rovers were eight goals in 88 league appearances for the club across three seasons.


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21 May 2010 : Rovers Winger Williams Agrees Terms With Glovers
Yeovil Town have agreed terms with Bristol Rovers winger/striker Andy Williams. The 23 year old will arrive at Huish Park, subject to a medical, on July 1st, where he will sign a permanent contract with the Glovers. Rovers had offered Williams a one year contract, with their manager Paul Trollope believing that he could still tie him down to a new deal, but instead he will move down the A37 to South Somerset. At this stage it's not clear whether the Glovers will have to pay a compensation fee to Rovers.

Williams has had three spells with League Two side Hereford United, with two of them being whilst on Rovers' books. He was born in Hereford on August 14th 1986 and stands at 6'2" tall, and can play as either a winger or a striker. Starting his career at Edgar Street, he made his debut for his home town in the 2003-04 season. He became their top goalscorer during the 2005-06 season with 13 goals in all competitions.

He moved to the Memorial Stadium in the summer of 2007, and has had two further loan spells at Edgar Street, having struggled to break into the Rovers starting line-up, with 51 of his 88 league appearances for the Gas coming from the bench. During the 2009-10 season though he stayed at the Memorial Stadium, despite having been placed on the transfer list at the tail end of the previous season. His performances early last season though were enough for manager Trollope to change his mind.

Again, there is no mention of a contract length for the player - hopefully that will be confirmed once we get into July.


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21 May 2010 : 2009-10 Internet Player Of The Season
The final step of the 2009-10 Man of the Match voting is to reveal who came out on top, following all of the votes that were cast across the season just gone. This gives a final poll that is not biased towards any particular stage of the season - often End of Season votes tend to be swayed by how that particular player is performing at the time when supporters are asked to put their 'X' in the box. In this instance a Man of the Match vote in August counts just as highly as one in May.

The monthly awards gave an indication as to how things were faring, with Steven Caulker (February, March, April) and Shaun MacDonald (October and December) the only two players to come out on top more than once for a given month. Left-winger Andy Welsh, midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala, goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, defender Stefan Stam and right-back Craig Alcock got the other monthly nominations. The monthly awards were as follows:

August 2009 : Andy Welsh
Sept 2009 : Jean-Paul Kalala
Oct 2009 : Shaun MacDonald
Nov 2009 : Alex McCarthy
Dec 2009 : Shaun MacDonald
Jan 2010 : Stefan Stam
Feb 2010 : Steven Caulker
March 2010 : Steven Caulker
April 2010 : Steven Caulker
May 2010 : Craig Alcock

Once the final votes were tallied up, came as not too much of a surprise, based on the monthly polls. We'd been a little surprised that Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald had been overlooked entirely in the club's End of Season Awards that were presented after the final game against Oldham Athletic. He managed a clear second place finish to add to his two monthly nominations.

However, out in front by some margin was central defender Steven Caulker, who came close to getting a full set of awards earlier this month. It was little surprise when he also dominated the Internet voting.

Full results, including the percentage of the vote cast across the season, is shown below.

1 Steven Caulker 16.4
2 Shaun MacDonald 10.6
3 Craig Alcock 8.9
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 7.7
5 Terrell Forbes 6.9
6 Ryan Mason 6.3
7 Alex McCarthy 6.0
8 Andy Welsh 5.4
9 Sam Williams 5.2
10 Gavin Williams 3.8
11 Nathan Smith 3.3
12 Gavin Tomlin 3.1
13 Dean Bowditch 2.7
14 Stefan Stam 2.6
15 Keiran Murtagh 2.3

We'd like to thank Sarah's dedication and enthusiasm in keeping the Man of the Match voting figures so well maintained, and to everyone who has voted on this site throughout the whole season.


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21 May 2010 : Football League Crowds Hit 50 Year High
The Football League has recorded its highest crowds for 50 years, following the publication of its end of season statistics. Aggregate crowds for the 2009-10 season are at 17.1 million, across the 1,656 league matches placed, meaning the highest crowds since the 1959-60 season. Attendances across the Football League are up by 4.4%, whilst gates have doubled in the past 25 years.

At a divisional level, the Championship's gates were up by 0.3% to an average of 17,949. Pick of the bunch though was League One which recorded an average crowd of 9,136, up by 21%. The average crowd in League Two was 3,853.

There has been much talk over the past few seasons from clubs regarding the "credit crunch" and the "recession", but in terms of getting bums on seats, this hasn't been an issue for Football League clubs, with a steady growth recorded over the years as clubs get more inventive in their ticket price structures and marketing.

League One specifically was boosted in a season where Norwich City, Charlton Athletic and Southampton were all relegated, meaning that there were three big-hitters in the division that recorded significant crowds on their home patches, as well as boosting the away attendances at opposition grounds. With Norwich and Leeds United now promoted, clubs will do well to match the 2009-10 figures next season, although the arrival of Sheffield Wednesday down from the Championship should help matters.

Yeovil Town particularly benefited with a large number of local derbies, including Swindon Town, Bristol Rovers, Southampton and Exeter City. Apart from Swindon, whose fate has yet to be decided, the other clubs will all be in League One next season, whilst the arrival of Plymouth Argyle at League One level should also act as a significant boost for the Copse Road Terrace. Those matches, along with games against Norwich, Charlton and Leeds helped lift Yeovil's average crowd to 4,664, up by 5.2% against last season's low of 4,432.

Greg Clarke took over from Lord Mawhinney as the Football League's Chairman in March, and he said of the figures:

"Attracting more than seventeen million fans into their grounds is an outstanding achievement by Football League clubs, particularly in the current economic climate. Our clubs are focussed on attracting a new, family audience to football and those efforts are clearly working. I would like to thank everybody that has been to one of our matches this season for supporting their club and our competition."

Link: 2009-10 Top League One Attendances.

Link: 2009-10 Lowest League One Attendances.


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21 May 2010 : Skivo: Sign By The Deadline Or You're Out
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that if the club does not hear from his out of contract players by the offer deadline that has been set, then those players will be out of the club. Six of last season's first team squad are free agents this summer, and have been told that they have until Tuesday 15th June to make up their minds.

Skiverton has also said that before he goes on his own summer holiday that he wants to get a couple of new permanent signings sorted, one of which was revealed yesterday as Arsenal defender Luke Ayling. However, he told BBC Somerset that Ayling was not the only permanent signing on his radar:

"I want to get at least a couple done, and also we're going into the renegotiations with around five or six players as well. So there's still lots to do at the moment. But I'd rather be going away on holiday knowing that I've got these people secured."

Skiverton has been open about having been to Manchester United's Carrington training ground, as well as Spurs Lodge, where Tottenham Hotspur's academy sides train. He says that meetings at these and other locations are to try and lay down a better network of contacts and leads:

"It's still busy. I've been to a few football clubs and I'm still trying to build up some contacts. I'm speaking to clubs about a few players who are out of contract and maybe a few players on loan next year again. That's the way we're going to move forward. For me it's not a case of trying to get away just yet. It's a case of trying to sort out a few deals and talking to a few players and trying to bring in the right sort of characters to the football club."

Regarding the six senior players who are out of contract - midfielders Keiran Murtagh and Jean-Paul Kalala, left-back Nathan Smith, centre-back Terrell Forbes, and strikers Dean Bowditch and Gavin Tomlin - Skiverton makes it clear that if he does not have answers by Wednesday 16th June, then he is prepared to look elsewhere, and that the offers currently on the table will be withdrawn:

"It's the same for everybody. They've got a month to agree it, which is on the 15th of June and hopefully we can get things sorted out before then. If there's nothing sorted out before or on the 15th of June, then on the 16th those contract offers will be coming back and we'll be looking elsewhere. I think that is the way the football club is run, and that is the way we will be conducting our business. The offers have been made. It's up to them now to negotiate with me and the club and we'll move forward from there. Things are going well, we're progressing with everyone and hopefully we can get them done.".


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20 May 2010 : Daggers One Match Away From League One Football
No prizes for predicting this one - Dagenham and Redbridge are through to the League Two Play-Off Final tonight, and thus are one match away from a place in League One. Tonight's match at Morecambe was more about the Shrimps salvaging pride on their final night at Christie Park before they move to their new ground, and they dutifully obliged, winning the second leg by a 2-1 scoreline. The 7-2 aggregate scoreline though meant that Dagenham were easily on their way to Wembley.

All was quiet until the final 10 minutes, when suddenly the race was on as to who could net the final goal at Christie Park. Mark Duffy thought he had got it in the 81st minute when he drove the ball home at the far post to give Morecambe the lead. But then a Paul Benson header with five minutes left suggested that the Daggers would score the very last goal.

But perhaps fittingly, it was a Morecambe player who got the accolade - with central defender David Artell heading home with 91 minutes on the clock, and too late for anyone else to steal the limelight. Artell could well still go to Wembley - Dagenham's opponents on Sunday 30th May will be the defender's home town club Rotherham United, who he spent five years at, having been born and brought up in the town. Hopefully for Dagenham, that's not an omen for the play-off final.

Final Score: Morecambe 2 Dagenham and Redbridge 1 (Dagenham win 7-2 on aggregate).


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20 May 2010 : Players Contracts Deadline Set
Yeovil Town's out of contract players have had a deadline set for them to respond to the current offers that are on the table. The six players have been given until Tuesday 15th June to indicate whether they plan to accept offers made by the club to stay for the 2010-11 season. At present, there's no word on how long the various contract offers are for.

Midfielders Keiran Murtagh and Jean-Paul Kalala, left-back Nathan Smith, centre-back Terrell Forbes, and strikers Dean Bowditch and Gavin Tomlin are all out of contract this summer and are therefore free to talk to other clubs.

Meanwhile manager Terry Skiverton yesterday revealed that he was at Manchester United's Carrington Training Ground for a meeting. He hasn't suggested what the purpose of his meeting was, but it would appear likely that he is looking to sow the seeds for next season's loan deals once the club return to pre-season training.


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20 May 2010 : Colchester Left Back Where They Started The Season
League One side Colchester United have ended the 2009-10 season doing what they had to do at the start of the campaign. The Essex side are having to replace their first team manager after for a second time in nine months, after Aidy Boothroyd became the new Coventry City manager today.

On this occasion, the 'poaching' of their manager by a bigger club appears to have been handled far more diplomatically than Norwich City at the start of the season, who took Paul Lambert away from the Community Stadium in a move that enraged Colchester Chairman Robbie Cowling. The two clubs engaged in a war of words throughout the season just gone, and the matter ended in a tribunal hearing during the closing weeks of the season, with Colchester still seeking compensation for what they alleged was an illegal approach for Lambert. The outcome of the tribunal has yet to be made public.

In the meantime, Championship side Coventry have done things the right way round, with a compensation fee agreed yesterday for Boothroyd, who guided Colchester to an eighth placed finish in the season just gone. The former Watford manager has now signed a three year deal at the Ricoh Arena, leaving Colchester on the search once again for a new first team boss. Thanking Boothroyd on his way out, Chairman Cowling's vote of thanks to the Sky Blues Chairman Ray Ranson may have had a message pointed towards Carrow Road as well:

"I would like to thank Coventry Cityís chairman, Ray Ranson, for the professional manner in which he conducted himself during this matter."


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20 May 2010 : No Change For Glovers Playing Budget
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has stated that his playing budget for the 2010-11 campaign remains more-or-less the same as last season's budget. Whilst every manager would like to see more on the table to offer existing and new players, it will have probably come as a relief that the Glovers are not seeking to cut their budgets further, despite some fairly horrific financial losses that were reported last month for the 2008-09 season.

Instead, the playing budget appears to be pretty much "as you were" and that may not be a bad thing, with some of Yeovil's contempories, such as Oldham Athletic, Bristol Rovers and Gillingham all admitting to playing budget cuts for next season. By at least standing still, cutbacks at other clubs may allow the Glovers to close the financial gap for the 2010-11 season.

Speaking in this week's Western Gazette, Skiverton said that he was aware that many of his rivals were cutting their cloth to fit, and confirmed that would not be necessary at Huish Park:

"There is a current climate where people are not getting pay rises every year or are not constantly progressing. I think in football at the moment you are very lucky to have a job, and I felt like that coming towards the last couple of years of my career. Next season there are a lot of clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two that are cutting their budgets. We are not doing that and we are going to be looking after ourselves in the right way."

In truth, the Glovers were probably already ahead of their rivals in terms of cutting budgets, with reports in the summer of 2008 claiming that the money available to the first team manager had been sliced by 25 percent for the start of the 2008-09 season. Thus reports of the likes of Oldham and Bristol Rovers cutting back their budgets tend to suggest that those clubs have finally bitten the bullet that Yeovil Town decided to two years ago.

Whether that is true for League One as a whole is another matter, but Skiverton insisted that the club's policy would not change and that they would not be pushing the boat out at any stage, and would employ a financial model similar to the last two seasons:

"What we are not prepared to do is to throw loads and loads of money at a problem, which for us is not there. If it is not broken, do not fix it and we are going to carry on with the same policy we used last season to get the right characters in to make sure we are competing at League One level."

Link: Football League Blog : Levelling The Playing Field For Next Season.


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20 May 2010 : Arsenal Defender To Sign Glovers Deal
Yeovil Town have agreed personal terms with Arsenal academy defender Luke Ayling. The central defender, who spent a loan spell with the Glovers during the latter part of the 2009-10 season, will be signing for Yeovil on July 1st, provided he passes a medical.

Ayling has so far made three substitute appearances and one full appearance for the Glovers, with all four seeing him employed as a defensive midfielder, rather than his more customary position in the heart of defence. Arsenal have also used him as a right-back in their Academy and Reserve Team fixtures.

Luke was a member of Arsenal's FA Youth Cup and Premier Academy League winning side that did the double for the Gunners during the 2008-09 season. He was born in London on August 25th 1991 and is therefore 18 years old. He stands at 6'1" tall.

As yet there's no word on contract length or if the Glovers have paid any fee for Ayling's transfer. There have been rumours that the Gunners had released him, but as yet no confirmation of this.

Update: The Arsenal Young Guns unofficial website, which concentrates on up and coming Gunners players, suggests that Arsenal decided against renewing Ayling's contract, and therefore he will move to Yeovil when his contract with the Premier League side runs out on July 1st. It will also mean that the deal will be a free transfer.


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20 May 2010 : Former Fitness Coach Joins Rovers Full Time
Former Yeovil Town fitness consultant Lee Southernwood has been appointed as a full time fitness coach at League One side Bristol Rovers. Southernwood, who was brought in by former manager Russell Slade on a once-per-week basis during the 2007-08 season, left the Glovers shortly after Slade departed, with the former army man one of many casualties in a backroom clear-out at Huish Park in spring 2009.

Since then, he has been working on a freelance basis for clubs such as Bristol Rovers and Mangotsfield United, and was at the Memorial Stadium on a part time consultancy deal last season in a similar arrangement to his job with the Glovers. But with Rovers restructuring their own backroom staff, following the departure of Director of Football Lennie Lawrence, room has been found for Southernwood to move onto the full time payroll. He will report into manager Paul Trollope, who has also this week appointed an assistant manager with Darren Patterson moving up from his former Head of Youth position.


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20 May 2010 : Glovers Arrange Swansea Friendly
Yeovil Town will host Swansea City in a pre-season friendly at Huish Park. The match will take place on Saturday 17th July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Welsh side, who have established plenty of connections with the Glovers over the years, with the most obvious two being Glovers first team coach Darren Way and midfield loan star Shaun MacDonald, have recently jut missed out on a play-off spot in the Championship and so will present tough opposition for the Glovers.

This match is the fourth pre-season friendly arranged so far. Details of those matches are shown below:

17/07/2010 : 15:00hrs : Yeovil Town vs Swansea City
24/07/2010 : 15:00hrs : Yeovil Town vs Manchester United XI (Darren Way Benefit Match)
28/07/2010 : 19:45hrs : Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
31/07/2010 : 15:00hrs : Torquay United vs Yeovil Town


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20 May 2010 : Ladies Given Winscombe Win
Yeovil Town Ladies have had Sunday's match against Winscombe cancelled, and have been awarded the points from the game. The scheduled match will now no longer take place, and so the League season has now been completed.

The result of the game will be recorded as a 1-0 win for Yeovil Town Ladies. The award of the points follows Winscombe's postponement of the match on April 11th, due to a lack of available players. It later transpired that Winscombe Reserves had played a match on the following day, naming 15 players in their squad, leading to questions as to why the first team match had been called off.

The South West Combination League committee have now determined that Winscombe should have fulfilled the first team fixture using players from their Reserve Team squad, and so have awarded the Glovers a 1-0 win, as a walkover victory.

The end result is that the Ladies complete their season with 17 wins, one draw and two defeats, and a total of 52 points. Particularly impressive is the 103 goals scored with just 15 conceded. They are currently eight points clear at the top, with runners-up Chesham United Ladies having one match left to play against Oxford City Ladies.

Sunday's securing of the League title and Promotion to the Premier League Southern Division has brought praise from Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry who has sent his own congratulations to the Ladies team via their official site:

"On behalf of the directors of Yeovil Town FC and the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, I would like to congratulate Steve Phelps, his backroom staff, and all the players of our Women's Football Squad, for winning the League in such style and for being promoted. We are very proud of their success."


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20 May 2010 : Way Thankful For Ferguson Support
With matchday tickets having gone on sale this week for Darren Way's Benefit Match, the former midfielder is full of praise for Manchester United for agreeing to send down a side for the occasion. The Premier League runners-up will be at Huish Park on Saturday 24th July, with a side managed by their Reserve Team boss Ole Gunnar Solskjśr, kick-off 3.00p.m.

Way has been looking to drum up support from his former club Swansea City for the fixture, and he has spoken to the South Wales Evening Post today about the game. He told the paper that he was delighted that first team manager Sir Alex Ferguson agreed to the match:

"It's going to be great to see Manchester United at our place. It's very kind of Sir Alex to send a team down. I'm not sure if they will send many of their top players down, but when you look at their reserves, for example, they still have quality players. With what has happened, maybe this is a little bit of luck that I have deserved."

Exactly which players are made available for the game will depend upon this summer's World Cup. Ferguson has organised a short tour of the USA and Canada for their first team during pre-season, and so many of his squad will be overseas at that time. However, the national media believe that those players who travel to South Africa next month for the World Cup will not be asked to head across the Atlantic during July. Thus it's likely that the squad that will travel to South Somerset will only be known once the World Cup is over.

Way has said that he is likely to make a cameo appearance during the match, but he does not expect to play a major part in the game. He plans to use it as a means to formally close down his playing career for good. Since his road traffic accident in December 2008, his only appearance in a Yeovil Town kit came 10 months ago during Terry Skiverton's testimonial. Despite not being fit enough to take a serious part in the game, Darren can still see the positive side of how his life has improved since the accident:

"It is amazing to think how far I have come in such a short space of time since the accident. I still have to put up with quite a lot of pain in my arm and elbow, but I could be a lot worse."

Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office now, either in person or by calling 01935-847888. For further information, see the articles linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Darren Gets Premier League Giants For Benefit Match.


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19 May 2010 : Millers Lay Down The Law For A Wembley Trip
Rotherham United managed to get a comfortable route through to the League Two Play-Off Final tonight, as they defeated Aldershot by a 2-0 scoreline at the Don Valley Stadium, giving them a 3-0 aggregate win across the two legs in the semi-final stage.

Both goals were created by former Glovers loan midfielder Nicky Law. It was his corner in the 43rd minute that was headed against the crossbar by Ian Sharps, with Adam Le Fondre stabbing home the rebound from close range for his second goal against Aldershot in the play-offs and his 30th of the season.

Midway through the second half, and Law was the creator again, turning his marker and putting in a short cross for Kevin Ellison to plant a downward header past the Aldershot keeper and to give the Millers a three goal advantage.

The Millers side also included former Glovers right-back Mark Lynch, whilst striker Paul Warne came on as a late substitute, replacing Law. Twenty-three year old Law, who had a short loan spell with the Glovers whilst at Sheffield United, has had a fine season with the Millers; getting into the PFA's League Two Team of the Year and clocking up 49 appearances since his arrival last summer. On tonight's showing he should get one more with Rotherham heading to Wembley for what will almost certainly be a meeting with Dagenham and Redbridge who play their second leg match at Morecambe tomorrow night.

The final will be played on Sunday 30th May at Wembley Stadium, kick-off 3.00p.m.

Final Score: Rotherham United 2 Aldershot 0 (Rotherham win 3-0 on aggregate).


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19 May 2010 : May 2010 Player Of The Month
As we wrap up the final bits of the 2009-10 Man of the Match voting, the May 2010 Player Of The Month can now be announced. Obviously this one is for only a couple of matches, with a home win over Oldham Athletic and an away defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion being the two matches played.

The individual match winners were Terrell Forbes (Brighton) and Gavin Williams (Oldham Athletic) and they came in 3rd and 2nd place respectively across the month. However, right-back Craig Alcock sneaked in ahead of both players, after he finished runner-up in both individual match polls, and thus on the basis of consistency managed to nudge his way ahead for the month.

The full top ten, with the percentage of the vote cast is shown below. The Player of the Season is the only thing left outstanding for the Internet Man of the Match voting, and that will follow in the next 24 hours.

1 Craig Alcock 20.1
2 Gavin Williams 19.3
3 Terrell Forbes 15.1
4 Nathan Smith 8.7
5 Stefan Stam 8.4
6 Steven Caulker 6.7
7 Scott Murray 5.6
8 Keiran Murtagh 4.8
9 Andy Welsh 4.4
10 Alex McCarthy 4.2


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19 May 2010 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United
Tickets for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against a Manchester United XI are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match is a Benefit Game for Darren Way and will see a side from Old Trafford come down led by United Reserve Team Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjśr.

Tickets are priced at £15.00, with concessions available at £5.00. There will be a Family Ticket for four people on sale at £35.00, although it's not clear as yet what the qualifiers are for that ticket.

The match will take place on Saturday 24th July at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. For further information and to purchase your tickets, visit the Huish Park Ticket Office or give them a call on 01935-847888.

Update: The Family Ticket will allow two Adults and two Under-16s to gain admission.


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18 May 2010 : Lions To Face Robins In Wembley Showdown
Millwall will play Swindon Town in the League One play-off final after they gained a relatively comfortable 2-0 passage past Huddersfield Town. The first leg had finished 0-0 with the Lions feeling a little aggrieved that they had not been awarded two penalties at the Galpharm Stadium, and so will feel they got their just reward in the second leg.

The first goal came from the wing play of former Glovers midfielder Danny Schofield. His right wing low cross was poorly parried out by Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies, and into the path of Steve Morison who fired home into an unguarded net.

The game stayed finely balanced, albeit with Millwall looking comfortable, and eight minutes from time, a Scott Barron corner was headed home by Paul Robinson to seal victory, and leave the Terriers back in League One for another season.

Millwall will now face Swindon Town at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 29th May, kick-off 3.00p.m.

Final Score: Millwall 2 Huddersfield Town 0.

Link: League One and League Two Play-Off Schedule.


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18 May 2010 : Ladies New Line-Up Takes Shape
As reported on Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies secured promotion to the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division, after they won the South West Women's Combination Football League title. For those who are unaware of what this means, it will place the Ladies in the Second Tier of English Women's Football, effectively one level higher than the Yeovil Town men's team, albeit with a Southern and Northern division regionalising football at that level.

The expectation is that they will be playing in a ten team division next season, with the following clubs participating at Premier League Southern Division level:

West Ham United, Keynsham Town, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Queens Park Rangers, Charlton Athletic, Brighton and Hove Albion, Colchester United, Gillingham and Yeovil Town

Apart from Yeovil Town Ladies, the other promoted side is Kent side Gillingham, who are obviously doing far better than their men's team. They won the South East Women's Combination League by a ten point margin to move upwards to the Southern Division.

The current pyramid structure has one more season to run before being changed again, with the formation of the FA Women's Super League in March 2011. This will be a summer league, with the eight clubs selected - Arsenal, Birmingham City, Bristol Academy, Chelsea, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Everton, OOH Lincoln and Liverpool - being given a two year licence to compete in the division which will sit above the current National Division. A four year broadcasting deal with ESPN will give those clubs a significant profile.

Meanwhile back to Sunday, and a full length match report is on the Ladies Official site, along with some post-match pictures. Head here for the full glory.


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18 May 2010 : Glovers Searching For The Kee To Their Striking Problems?
Second rumour of the summer break comes today, with the claim that Yeovil Town are chasing former Leicester City striker Billy Kee. Rather like the Nathan Smith rumours earlier this month, the source is Sky Sports, who list Exeter City, Yeovil Town, Accrington Stanley and Barnet as after him.

Kee is a 19 year old Northern Ireland Under 19 and Under 21 international who failed to make a first team appearance for the Foxes, but spent the whole of last season at Accrington, scoring nine times in 42 appearances. During that time he was a late call-up to the Northern Ireland full international squad for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia after injuries saw him promoted through the ranks, but he did not take to the field of play. He is described by Wikipedia as a "stocky forward" and is 5'9" tall.

The Sky Sports story does have the slight whiff of an agent trying to drum up interest in his player. In this case it is Dean Sheehan of the Endgame Group who told Sky:

"It is understandable that a number of clubs are looking at him. He has enjoyed his first season in senior football, and was surprised not to get an offer from Leicester. A few clubs have contacted us regarding Billy, but we have to be sure it is the right move for him. Whichever club signs Billy will be rewarded with a great young striker, with fantastic potential."


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18 May 2010 : Brighton Man Of The Match Result
The final match of the 2009-10 season was an away trip to Brighton and Hove Albion, at the Withdean Stadium. At one point this one looked as though it would be a huge sixpointer, but as it happened it turned into a midtable end of season friendly, with the Seagulls winning 1-0, and no-one was unduly concerned.

The Man of the Match voting was well spread, albeit minimal. All of the outright Man of the Match votes went to the back four, with Yeovil creating little as an attacking force. The winner was Terrell Forbes, who edged out Craig Alcock and the returning Stefan Stam. Full results with outright MOTM votes shown below:

1 Terrell Forbes 18 (1)
2 Craig Alcock 12 (1)
2 Stefan Stam 12 (1)
4 Nathan Smith 10 (1)
5 Scott Murray 8 (0)
6 Keiran Murtagh 6 (0)
6 Alex McCarthy 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.25

Performance: 5.50
Entertainment: 5.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 4


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17 May 2010 : Robins Head To Wembley After Spot Kick Perfection
Swindon Town grabbed themselves a place in the League One play-off final, after they beat Charlton Athletic on spot kicks in tonight's Second Leg match. The game had ended in a 3-3 aggregate draw on the night, with the Addicks having won the second leg at The Valley by a 2-1 scoreline. But despite being a man down at one stage, Swindon hung in there and ultimately won 5-4 on penalties to send the Robins through.

As for the 120 minutes itself, Charlton got into the driving seat by half time as Simon Ferry hooked the ball into his own net from a Gary Borrowdale corner, followed by a superb David Mooney strike just before half time to put the Addicks two goals up at the break, and with a single goal advantage across the two legs.

So when Swindon defender Gordon Greer got his marching orders 67 minutes into the game for landing his boot into Deon Burton's stomach in a rash challenge, it looked all over for Danny Wilson's side. However, despite the man disadvantage, Daniel Ward's second goal of the play-offs put the tie level, whilst a red card for Charlton defender Miguel Angel Llera for bringing down Charlie Austin as he raced through on goal in the 90th minute, meant even numbers and extra time.

The two sides couldn't be separated, despite Nicky Forster hitting the post in the opening period of extra time, and so spot kicks it was. Nine out of the 10 penalty takes were perfect, but there had to be one unlucky taker - Charlton's Nicky Bailey was that man - the third penalty out of the ten taken was blasted wide, and with Swindon getting all of their five in the net, they now travel to Wembley for the final on Saturday 29th May.

Final Score : Charlton Athletic 2 Swindon Town 1 (3-3 on aggregate, after extra time. Swindon win 5-4 on penalties).

Link: League One and League Two Play-Off Schedule.


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17 May 2010 : 2009-10 Final Yeovil Town Reserve Team Statistics
To follow up on previous completions of both First Team and Youth Team statistics for the 2009-10 season, the same has now been done for the Reserve Team. Of course this is a fairly brief set of statistics, given that Yeovil Town did not field a recognised Reserve side during the season just gone, and so the only three matches were the club's entry into the Somerset Premier Cup.

Again, all final information is archived in this site's Statistics Section.

Link: 2009-10 Reserve Team Results/Fixtures.

Link: 2009-10 Reserve Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 Reserve Team Goalscorers.


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17 May 2010 : Oldham Man Of The Match Result
The final home match of the season took place two weeks ago against Oldham Athletic and saw the Glovers record a 3-0 victory that saw their League One safety guaranteed. The match itself saw a Gavin Tomlin header added to by two goals from Gavin Williams.

Given that Williams also supplied the free kick for Tomlin, the Man of the Match vote was always likely to be an emphatic one, although Craig Alcock picked up a large number of votes along the way. No prizes for guessing that the name of Super Gavin Williams finished way out on top though. Full results with outright Man of the Match votes are shown below. The final Brighton and Hove Albion MOTM result will follows soon.

1 Gavin Williams 436 (33)
2 Craig Alcock 264 (17)
3 Steven Caulker 152 (2)
4 Andy Welsh 98 (3)
5 Terrell Forbes 58 (4)
6 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 58 (2)
7 Nathan Smith 40 (1)
8 Keiran Murtagh 14 (1)
9 Gavin Tomlin 4 (0)
10 Dean Bowditch 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.41

Performance: 7.46
Entertainment: 7.37

VOTES RECEIVED: 63


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17 May 2010 : April 2010 Player Of The Month
We've now closed off the Man of the Match voting for the 2009-10 season, and so over the next 24-48 hours plan to round up all the loose issues and remaining results. First up is the April 2010 Player of the Month.

April was another mixed bag, with one win, three draws and two defeats, with the one victory being over Stockport County, who we succeeded in relegating at the same time. Normally across a single month, the Man of the Match voting tends to see a wide variety of players share out the spoils, but on this occasion three players, and two in particular, stopped the others getting a look-in.

Whilst Jean-Paul Kalala (Leeds United) impressed in Yeovil's Easter Monday televised match, it was Gavin Williams (Stockport County, Millwall) and Steven Caulker (Southend United, Southampton, Brentford) who hogged all the limelight.

Those players were unsurprisingly the top three for the month of April once all the votes were added up, and in the end, Super Gav was edged out by the predictable sight of Steven Caulker coming out on top for another month. Full results, with the percentage of the vote cast during the month, is shown below.

1 Steven Caulker 21.2
2 Gavin Williams 19.5
3 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 9.5
4 Craig Alcock 9.3
5 Shaun MacDonald 8.8
6 Terrell Forbes 4.5
7 Keiran Murtagh 4.4
8 Gavin Tomlin 4.3
9 Andy Welsh 4.3
10 Nathan Smith 4.3


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16 May 2010 : 2009-10 Final Yeovil Town Youth Team Statistics
With their season having ended a couple of weeks ago, the full statistics for Yeovil Town's Youth Team are now available for the 2009-10 season. The final fixtures in the division were completed last weekend and so that has allowed the final League Table to be produced.

Overall the Glovers finished a somewhat disappointing 10th in the main League Table, although did qualify through to the Second Round of the League Cup for the first time in their history, having been knocked out at the Group stages each time in the past.

Overall, the Under 18s used a total of 35 players in just 25 matches, which may give a clue as to why they struggled for consistency during the season. Links below give full details of all match reports, goalscorers, appearances and final league tables. They are permanently archived in the Statistics Section of the website.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Results/Fixtures.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team FL Youth Alliance League Table.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team League Cup Group Table.


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16 May 2010 : Six Daggers Struck To The Heart Of Morecambe
In what looked on paper more like a Conference National play-off than a League Two play-off, Dagenham and Redbridge put themselves into the Football League record books by putting six goals past a shellshocked Morecambe side at Victoria Road this afternoon.

Both clubs were promoted into the Football League at the end of the 2006-07 season, with the Daggers as Champions and the Shrimps as play-off winners, and that hierarchy stayed in place as the home side's strike partnership of Josh Scott and Paul Benson ripped holes in the Morecambe defence. Scott went away with the match ball after scoring four times, whilst Benson grabbed the other two.

For Morecambe, the return leg at Christie Park on Thursday was meant to be a game of huge significance. The game is already a sell-out for home fans, as it is the last ever match at their current ground before they move to a new stadium dubbed the Globe Arena in the Westgate part of town. Costing £12 million and comprising of 6,000 seats, it will open in time for the 2010-11 pre-season friendlies. Whilst the Lancastrians will still turn out in force on Thursday, they will do so to say goodbye to the stadium, as they have already said goodbye to their play-off hopes this afternoon in East London.

Final Score: Dagenham and Redbridge 6 Morecambe 0.


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16 May 2010 : Yeovil Town Ladies Are Champions!
Yeovil Town Ladies this morning guaranteed themselves promotion to the FA Premier League Southern Division with a stunning second half performance against Oxford City Ladies. In a match that kicked off 30 minutes late due to the late arrival of Oxford players and the match referee, the Glovers romped home by a 7-0 scoreline to gain the points that absolutely guarantee the top spot in the South West Combination League.

The early 10.00a.m. start time, later turned into a 10.30a.m. start, appeared to affect the Glovers far more than it did the home side. In a match played at Oxford's Court Place Farm Stadium, City put in a dominant first half performance, definitely trying to take the game to Yeovil, and the Glovers struggled to get into their stride.

All of that changed after the half time break, when the first goal of the game saw the floodgates open, much in the same way that they had against Reading Town Ladies the previous weekend. Stacey Pearson opened the scoring, after she was the first to react to a Lindsey Roe thunderbolt that crashed off the crossbar and straight into the path of Pearson. 1-0 up and a big sigh of relief that the Glovers finally had their noses in front.

That appeared to relieve the pressure and almost immediately Jemma Tewksbury netted her 36th goal of the season to make it 2-0. A brief pause as everyone gathered their thoughts, but then two more goals sandwiched together made it 4-0, with Jemma Tewksbury getting her second and Lindsey Roe bagging one.

With the game now firmly won, and the league title now surely on its way, attention now turned to their leading goalscorer. The South West Combination record for League Goals scored in a single season was Sheila Rocha of Keynsham Town, who scored 38 goals during the 2005-06 season. With Jemma Tewksbury now on 37 strikes through her two goals, she needed two more to grab that accolade. She didn't disappoint - netting Yeovil's 5th and 6th goals as the game turned into a rout, taking her up to 39 league goals, and a place in the League record books.

There was still time for Terri Trowbridge to grab the seventh goal of the match, and a spot of late amusement as the goalscorer - by far the shortest player on the pitch, donned the goalkeeping gloves for the final couple of minutes, with keeper Rachel Simkin heading into midfield to try and see if she could land on the scoresheet.

It wasn't to be, but the final 7-0 scoreline more than comfortably secured Yeovil Town Ladies the League title, and promotion to the National League. They will now have to leave their Somerton venue and find a higher graded ground for next season. With that will come the challenge of a higher standard of opposition, but with the way they have won this league, there's no reason why that should hold any fear. Congratulations to the Ladies, and enjoy the champagne.

Final Score: Oxford City Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 7.


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15 May 2010 : Brown Blunder Gives Millers Advantage
An Aaron Brown error this evening gave Rotherham United the advantage in the play-offs that will determine who joins Notts County, Rochdale and AFC Bournemouth in League One next season. The Aldershot defender's short-hit backpass was a gift for Rotherham striker Adam Le Fondre to bag his 29th goal of the season in the 88th minute to put the Millers one goal up with home advantage at the Don Valley Stadium to come in the second leg.

Aaron has had a bit of a nomadic existence since leaving Yeovil Town last summer. He had trials for Gillingham, Wrexham and Burton Albion last summer before choosing to sign for Conference North side Redditch United. He eventually moved back to Burton, and then took in AFC Telford before teaming up with Steve Thompson at Truro City. Just before Thommo got the boot at Truro, Aaron joined the Shots and has clocked up 13 appearances for the League Two side, including this evening's start.

The second leg will be played at Rotherham's temporary home in Sheffield on Wednesday night.

Final Score: Aldershot 0 Rotherham United 1.

Link: League One and League Two Play-Off Schedule.


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15 May 2010 : Lions And Terriers In First Leg Lock-Out
Huddersfield Town and Millwall locked each other out in a goalless draw at the Galpharm Stadium this lunchtime, leaving the second leg of their League One Play-Off Semi-Final wide open.

Millwall could have the greater claim to have won the match, with referee Darren Deadman at the centre of three key decisions. The two most contentious concerned Millwall's Scott Barron and Huddersfield defender Peter Clarke. A first half handball from a Barron shot was a stonewaller when Clarke got in the way with his arms raised, whilst in the second period Barron's heels were clipped inside the box for another strong penalty appeal.

Deadman was alert enough to spot Neil Harris flicking the ball with his hand from a corner that landed the ball in the back of the net for the Lions - undoubtedly the right decision there, although harder to spot than the first two decisions. Then Lee Novak got the ball in the net for the Terriers but again the goal was disallowed - an offside flag ruling it out.

All to play for, with the return leg at the New Den on Tuesday night.

Final Score: Huddersfield Town 0 Millwall 0.


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14 May 2010 : Robins Gain Narrow Advantage In Opening Play-Off Match
The opening League One play-off semi-final saw Swindon Town gain a narrow advantage tonight, as they take a 2-1 first leg win to The Valley. After a goalless first half, former Poole Town striker Charlie Austin opened the scoring for Swindon, with 18 year old Daniel Ward doubling their lead.

Five minutes after Ward's goal, opponents Charlton Athletic gained a priceless goal back from a slightly more experienced striker than Austin and Ward. Deon Burton latched onto a classic bit of Route One - an 80 yard goal kick by Darren Randolph was bravely headed home to bring the score back to 2-1.

Substitute Vincent Pericard could have restored Swindon's two goal advantage in the 95th minute when his diving header hit the post. But the 2-1 final scoreline means the game is still on a knife edge, with both sides due to meet in London on Monday night.

Final Score: Swindon Town 2 Charlton Athletic 1.

Link: League One and League Two Play-Off Semi-Finals Schedule.


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14 May 2010 : Hearn Calls For Double Relegation For 'Cheating' Clubs
Over the past year or so, Leyton Orient Chairman Barry Hearn has called for tougher sanctions on those clubs who use administration as a means to junk their debts. The Chairmen of Sheffield Wednesday and Hereford United have taken similar positions in the past year or so. Right now though, Hearn is getting really tough, and wants to see something tabled in this summer's Football League AGM. Details and analysis of that can be found in the latest Football League Blog, via the link below.

Link: Football League Blog : Hearn Calls For Double Relegation For 'Cheating' Clubs.


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14 May 2010 : Slade Signs Orient Deal And Looks To Repeat Glovers Feat
It took a few days longer than they expected it to, but former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is now the permanent manager of Leyton Orient. Slade signed a two year deal with the East London side today, just under a week after he said that he was ready to do so.

Upon formalising his position as manager, following a temporary appointment during the last six games of the season just gone, Slade has said that he wants to emulate what he achieved at Huish Park and has told Orient's official site that Yeovil Town and Blackpool - the side that stopped Slade from taking the Glovers into the Championship - are examples of what is possible with a small club:

"I believe that anything's achievable. You just have to look at the likes of what I did at Yeovil and what Blackpool have done this season to see that. It is possible and hopefully we can build the right type of squad, the right type of player at the football club, that can take us to places like Wembley."

His Chairman Barry Hearn has cited "enthusiasm" and "positivity" as being differences that he has noticed at Brisbane Road since Slade's arrival:

"Russ has injected a great deal of enthusiasm and energy in to the club over the last month and that's been great to see. Players, fans and staff alike feed off that kind of positivity and we look forward to that continuing over the coming seasons. But there's a lot of depth to his managerial ability too and every aspect of our footballing set up is being assessed with a view to making us a better, stronger team next season."

As with most League One clubs not competing in the play-offs, Orient have announced their Released and Retained lists and with seven players shown the door Slade is likely to be doing a lot of player hunting over the summer. It would not be a huge surprise if any current or former Yeovil Town players found their way to Brisbane Road.

Striker James Scowcroft, midfielders Sean Thornton, Loick Pires and Harry Baker, defenders Stephen Purches and Andrew Cave-Brown and goalkeeper Glenn Morris have all been released.

Existing players Tamika Mkandawire, Adam Chambers, Scott McGleish, Jason Demetriou, Charlie Daniels, Ryan Jarvis and Cestor Mike have all been offered new deals.


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14 May 2010 : Hatters Hope After 13 Month Wait
Relegated League One side Stockport County believe that they are finally on the path towards coming out of administration - 13 months after their financial fall from grace. The club, which finished 24th in this season's League One table, are currently going through the process of being taken over by a consortium known as the Stockport 2015 Group, after long running attempts to do a deal with the Melrose Consortium finally collapsed.

A statement issued by the Stockport 2015 Group claims that after a succession of meetings with the Football League, that they have now reached a stage where they do not need to attend any further meetings, and will now look to complete a number of tasks required by the Football League and the Administrator:

"There are a number of legalities that we have to deal with in order to bring the procedure to a close. The completion of these matters has been left to the Chairman and Executives of the League and we will not have to appear at a further meeting of the League Board. The procedure now is that over the next few days we shall deal with the items required by the Football League; then there will be a period of ten to fourteen days during which the formal exit from administration will take place. Only at that point will the Golden Share be transferred to our company, Stockport County 2010 Limited, and we become the new club owners."

The pressure upon both the League and Stockport's new owners will be to complete their tasks before the Football League's AGM, and the production of the 2010-11 Fixture Lists, both of which are due for mid-June. If Stockport fail to come out of administration before the start of the season, then they will be expelled from the Football League. Thus the League in particular will want this all tied up to avoid any problems prior to the start of the 2010-11 League Two season. Let's hope this isn't another false dawn for Hatters fans.

Link: 30th April 2009 : Stockport Hit By Administration Move.


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14 May 2010 : Ladies Oxford Clash Given New Kick-Off Time
Yeovil Town Ladies are in action on Sunday against Oxford City Ladies, as they search for the points that would give them the South West Combination League title. The match has had a fairly radical kick-off time change, and will now start at 10.00a.m. rather than the original 2.00p.m. time.

There's no reason stated for this, however the most likely explanation is that Oxford United's mens team are playing at Wembley Stadium against York City later that day at 5.00p.m. and thus it wouldn't be a great surprise if the home side's players are going to be heading down the M40 once the Ladies game is over.

The venue remains Oxford City's Court Place Farm stadium complex, with details as follows:

Address: Court Place Farm Stadium, Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford. OX3 0NQ.

The ground is situated on the North-East outskirts of the city, very close to the A40. Assuming you're coming from the South or East side of the city then you'll need to turn left into Marsh Lane off the A40, which is the B4150.

As for the game itself, a win would absolutely guarantee the Ladies the League title, whilst a draw would realistically guarantee it, with goal difference strongly in Yeovil's favour, with a current 22 goal advantage.

The Ladies have one more game planned following Sunday's Oxford City match, but it is now questionable as to whether that will take place. Their opponents Winscombe have failed to play their last three matches, with the April 11th game against Yeovil Town being postponed after the home side were unable to raise a team. This has since been followed by postponements against Forest Green Rovers and Havant and Waterlooville and as a result Winscombe have been charged by the League for failure to fulfil fixtures. With this match being potentially critical, the Glovers have unsurprisingly asked the League for clarification on where things will stand if their final match is never played. Let's hope that come Sunday lunchtime that this question is irrelevant.


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13 May 2010 : Gulls And Robins Fly In For Friendlies
Yeovil Town have arranged two more pre-season friendlies, to take the total up to three. The rather familiar sight of Bristol City coming down to Huish Park will continue, despite the exit of Gary Johnson and the arrival of Steve Coppell in BS3. The match will take place on Wednesday 28th July. As yet there's no kick-off time, but it's most likely to be a 7.45p.m. start.

As mentioned a couple of days ago, the Glovers are also travelling to play Torquay United at Plainmoor as well. The date for this game has now been set as Saturday 31st July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

2010-11 Pre-Season Friendlies (So Far):

24/07/2010 : 15:00hrs : Yeovil Town vs Manchester United XI (Darren Way Benefit Match)
28/07/2010 : 19:45hrs : Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
31/07/2010 : 15:00hrs : Torquay United vs Yeovil Town


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13 May 2010 : Football League Blog : Football's Silly Season
Perhaps a little more off-topic than we'd normally go, the latest Football League Blog article is a cautionary tale concerning the rumourmill. As a few of you may have picked up, Southampton manager Alan Pardew has been heading for the sack at St Mary's. It's in the press, so it must be true! Read the background to this farce, and how it all turned out today, via the link below.

Link: Football League Blog : Football's Silly Season.


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13 May 2010 : Four Glovers Players Leave With One On Transfer List
Yeovil Town have announced their Released and Retained Lists this afternoon, with four players being shown the door with immediate effect. Of those leaving, none come as a great surprise, with all having struggled for varying reasons to get a place in the side this season.

RELEASED LIST:

Aidan Downes: The Irishman has been plagued by injury in the past 12 months, suffering cruciate ligament damage and a dislocated shoulder and has only made five appearances this season. He made his comeback from injury towards the end of the campaign, but suffered a flare-up of his knee again in the last few games, and will need to sort that out before finding another club. Appearances: 36. Goals: 1.

Scott Murray: Undoubtedly the biggest disappointment of the season. Brought in as a high profile replacement for Paul Warne on the right wing, and was made club captain, but the former Bristol City player never grabbed a regular spot in the side. His high wages, whilst sat almost permanently on the bench, could never be justified. Appearances: 22. Goals: 2.

Richard Martin: As second choice to Alex McCarthy, it has been difficult to assess his worth in the squad, but it did not appear that he was challenging his more senior partner at any given time. Appearances: 5. Goals: 0.

Andre McCollin: The least surprising of all of those released. Put on the transfer list last summer, the striker spent the latter part of the season on loan at Farnborough and failed to keep a spot in their side. Appearances: 16. Goals: 1.

TRANSFER-LISTED:

The club have also transfer-listed Danny Hutchins after a disappointing season. Hutchins, by his own admission, had failed to come back in good shape, and has struggled to rival Craig Alcock for the right-back slot. He has only made nine appearances this season, and the former Tottenham Hotspur defender needs to get his football career kick-started badly.

NEW CONTRACT OFFERS:

The club have made new contract offers to Keiran Murtagh, Nathan Smith, Dean Bowditch, Terrell Forbes, Jean-Paul Kalala and Gavin Tomlin. There's no mention of how long the contracts are for, or at what point the club expect the players to respond by.

Craig Alcock, Sam Williams, Stefan Stam and Andy Welsh remain under contract with another year to run, whilst goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts will again register himself as a non-contract player. There's no mention of whether left-back Nathan Jones will do the same.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

As far as the Youth Team are concerned, Rhys Baggridge, Steve Boore, Lewis Clarke, Robert Clowes, Joe Grimstead and Tyler Sheppard will move into the second year of their scholarships at the club.

The very best of luck to Aidan, Scott, Richard and Andre at finding new clubs.


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13 May 2010 : Starnes Confident Of Glovers Rebuilding Side
Yeovil Town's Chief Executive Martyn Starnes says that he remains confident that the club will be able to rebuild its first team squad for the 2010-11 season, despite only having five players left under contract this summer. The Glovers have yet to announce their retained and released lists following the end of this season, but will at the very least need to replace the numerous loan stars that manager Terry Skiverton built his team around this year.

Starnes has told this week's Western Gazette that the club are in a better position than last year to negotiate further loan deals with other clubs, despite there being a larger number of players to sort out futures with at Huish Park. The Chief Executive cites the club's relationship with clubs like Tottenham Hotspur as being to their advantage:

"I am not worried at all about recruitment, to be honest. Last summer we had to recruit players and we did so. Relationships with the bigger clubs have improved, so we are in a better position than we were then. Terry has got a year under his belt where it has just given him an opportunity to assess the players he wants to bring in to cover certain positions, so we have made ground on that learning curve. With the state of football at the moment there are going to be a lot of players available, so it is going to be down to the selection process his team put down. But I have every reason to believe that we will be as strong, if not stronger, for next season."

The Glovers have made widespread usage of the Youth Loan system, which was introduced at the start of the season just gone. They've never been alone in this, with clubs like Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Milton Keynes Dons, Exeter City and Torquay United also making use of a more flexible system for young academy graduates.

However, one fly in the ointment for this summer may well be that more clubs are now seeing this as a way forward for player recruitment. Skiverton admitted in Saturday's post-match interview that he was seeing a few more familiar faces on the circuit at Academy and Reserve Team matches than he was 12 months ago. Yesterday's Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea match that was played at Spurs Lodge appears to have been a deliberate showcasing of talent by both sides, and according to an unnamed source in the Daily Mail, it was more of a case of who wasn't there, rather than who was there:

"The response was incredible. Just about every manager from the Championship and League One turned up, and there were even one or two from lower Premier League clubs."

The paper claims that the motive from both clubs was to allow those on show to be made available for loan deals for the 2010-11 season, meaning that Skiverton is likely to face some more fierce competition for the cream of the crop, compared to what he was able to do this time last year. Hopefully the fact that he was able to create a success out of the majority of his long term loan deals, and specifically to turn a 17 year old youth team player into a League One club's Player of the Season will count for something when Carlo Ancelotti and Harry Redknapp are deciding who goes where.


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13 May 2010 : Stansfield Out Of Hospital
Former Yeovil Town striker Adam Stansfield has been deemed well enough to leave hospital. He even got through the stresses of last Saturday's 90 minutes of relegation battle drama that saw his current club Exeter City escape from the drop with eight minutes to spare - the test of anyone's good health!

The 31 year old, who has been in hospital for an operation following the diagnosis of bowel cancer, also returned to St James Park yesterday to see his team-mates and to pick up a six-foot tall 'Get Well Soon' card signed by over 700 supporters. Exeter's official site has a picture of this.

There's no word at present on whether Stansfield is needing to receive any further out-patient treatment, or whether he needs to make any further returns to hospital.

Link: Facebook : Get Well Soon Adam Stansfield Group.


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12 May 2010 : Skivo Goes On Spurs Lodge Scouting Mission
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has revealed that he has returned to Spurs Lodge this afternoon, as he searches for players who he can bring in for the 2010-11 season. The Glovers boss revealed in Saturday's post-match interview that he was off to watch games this week involving Premier League clubs, and one of those games was Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea in a training ground friendly in Chigwell.

On turning up at Spurs Lodge, Skivo will have found the sight a rather familiar one - Jonathan Obika scored four times and had one chalked off, as he warmed up for Millwall's play-off hopes this weekend. Attacking midfielder John Bostock, who had a loan spell with Brentford earlier this season, scored the other goal for Spurs, whilst Chelsea saw Jacob Mellis, Gael Kakuta and Jeffrey Bruma net in a 5-3 win for Spurs.

Obviously there's no clues as to who Skiverton was watching, although you can view the Tottenham line-up below and make your own mind up. In terms of who stood out on the day - other than Obika - Spurs Technical Co-Ordinator Tim Sherwood told their official site:

"Adam Smith was outstanding, Calum Butcher was outstanding, Steven Caulker as well - but we all know what they can do. Jon Obika scored four goals and wasn't even the best performer out there! He certainly knows how to score a goal though."

Spurs Reserves: Thomas; Adam Smith, Calum Butcher, Steven Caulker (Olumide Durojaiye, 75), Nathan Byrne (Samuel Cox, 75); Paul-Jose M'poku (Dawkins, 60), Dean Parrett, Ryan Mason (Massimo Luongo, 75), Andros Townsend; John Bostock; Jonathan Obika.


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12 May 2010 : Alex McCarthy's Farewell Interview
Yeovil Town are having to say goodbye to a large number of players over the summer, as their loan players return to their parent clubs. One notable player has been Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who returns to the Madejski Stadium after making 45 appearances between the sticks for the Glovers. He talked to BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin after the 1-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion and the transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Alex McCarthy Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat At Brighton.


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12 May 2010 : Rovers Break Up Management Partnership
League One side Bristol Rovers have terminated the contract of Director of Football Lennie Lawrence after four and a half years at the Memorial Stadium. Lawrence was recruited in as the more experienced man in a partnership with rookie Head Coach Paul Trollope, who had been a player for Rovers up until the dismissal of Ian Atkins as manager in September 2005. Trollope had been acting as caretaker manager up until Lawrence's arrival in November 2005.

The idea was that Lawrence would act as the mentor for Trollope, training him up to do the whole job himself. Unlike many such arrangements, Rovers badged it as a partnership, with both Lawrence and Trollope getting equal billing. But inevitably Trollope gained more experience over the years, and perhaps the signs that the senior man was on his way out came in September 2009, when Trollope signed a new contract, retitling him as First Team Manager.

Lawrence has today been removed from his position and Rovers now plan to recruit in an assistant manager to act as Trollope's junior, with the 37 year old now approaching five years in the job, and thus less in need of the more senior guidance.


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11 May 2010 : MacDonald Had Best Season So Far With Glovers
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald has again declared his frustration that he has never been able to regularly break into his home town club's team, and has cited the season just gone at Huish Park as his best in football so far.

The Welshman is out of contract with Swansea City this summer, and has yet to receive a contract offer from the Championship side, and is therefore entitled to pick and choose where his career takes him next. Speaking to the South Wales Evening Post, Shaun says that it was his run of matches that he got with the Glovers this season that helped boost his confidence:

"Football is a confidence game and I've never had a run of games at Swansea to get my confidence up. But I think I made 36 appearances this season and it's been my best so far in professional football. Hopefully I can build on that now, and the first thing I want to do is speak to Swansea. Until I hear what they have got to say, I will not think about anything else. Things went well for me at Yeovil. I am sure there will be a few options for me this summer and now I've got to have a think and take everything into account."

Assuming that contract offer comes through for MacDonald, then any club wanting to take him on next season will have to pay a compensation fee for a player who has been part of Swansea's youth scheme since he was nine years old. But MacDonald explains that he is ambitious and believes he is good enough to play in the division that his club currently occupy:

"I've had one or two games here and there for Swansea and then I've been out, which is frustrating. I took the chance to play some games for Yeovil this season and I believe I've shown I'm good enough to play in the Championship. I know I dropped down to League One, but there are some big teams in that division and I think I proved myself against them. I want to play in the Premier League eventually ó you have to believe in yourself ó and it's about proving to people that I'm good enough."


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11 May 2010 : Gulls vs Glovers In Pre-Season
Yeovil Town have provisionally arranged a second pre-season fixture to add to the illustrious benefit game for Darren Way against Manchester United announced early this morning.

There is no date for the match as yet, but they will be travelling to play Torquay United at some point during the 2010-11 pre-season. The Gulls finished 17th in League Two last weekend, a comfortable 13 points away from the relegation spots.


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11 May 2010 : BBC Programme Names Regional Team Of The Year
The BBC's Late Kick-Off programme last night announced their regional teams of the season for each of the areas their show covers. The South and South-West region covers 14 Football League clubs, but the eventual 18 man squad chosen by the presenters did not include any Yeovil Town players, despite a significant number of League Two clubs getting nominations.

In the Championship, Reading had two nominations, along with Bristol City. That left 14 players chosen at League One and League Two level, with Southampton (three), Bournemouth (two), Aldershot (two), Bristol Rovers (two), Swindon Town (two) and one each for Torquay United, Brighton and Hove Albion and Exeter City making up the squad.

The Late Kick-Off team is made up of commentator Jonathan Pearce, who is a Bristol City fan living in the Brighton area, Leroy Rosenior, who used to manage Torquay United and play for Bristol City, plus Southampton defender Graeme Murty. As part of the composition of the squad, the pundits were not allowed to choose more than two players from the same side in the starting eleven.

The only other clubs in the region to miss out in the BBC's team of the season were relegated Championship side Plymouth Argyle, relegated League One side Wycombe Wanderers and League Two side Cheltenham Town, who narrowly avoided relegation at the foot of the Football League.

BBC Late Kick-Off : South and South-West Team Of The Season:
Kelvin Davis (Southampton) - Ryan Bertrand (Reading), Louis Carey (Bristol City), Jason Pearce (Bournemouth), Ben Herd (Aldershot) - Gylfi Sigurdsson (Reading), Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers), Scott Donnelly (Aldershot) - Billy Paynter (Swindon), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

Subs: Mikkel Andersen (Bristol Rovers), Charlie Austin (Swindon), Nicky Maynard (Bristol City), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Nicky Wroe (Torquay), Elliott Bennett (Brighton), Matt Taylor (Exeter City).

Perhaps no-one at Auntie Beeb saw Steven Caulker play this season - either that or there must be some highly impressive players in Bournemouth and Aldershot's squads this season!

Whilst on such end of season stuff, the PFA have named Norwich City manager Paul Lambert as the League One manager of the year. Lambert took over the Canaries just after the start of the season with them lying in the bottom three, and ultimately won League One by nine clear points, so little surprise that he picked up the award.


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11 May 2010 : Former Glovers Physio Lands In At Sherborne
Former Yeovil Town masseuse Hannah Manton has been appointed as physio and masseuse of Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town. She takes up a role within the Dorset club after leaving Somerset side Wellington following their own departure of manager Warren Patmore.

Hannah was part of the Yeovil Town backroom set-up for six years, after being brought in by Gary Johnson in 2003. But she left the club at the end of last season as the Glovers entirely wiped out their backroom staff. That resulted in the Langport-based professional to team up with Patmore at Wellington.

Despite leaving Huish Park, a number of Glovers players are still using Hannah on a freelance basis. With Hannah having also experience with the Welsh Rugby Union international side, along with Torquay United, Sherborne manager Mickey Spencer has told their official site that Manton's arrival is a big boost for him:

"This is a massive coup for the club and is an indication of the ambition of Sherborne Town to put ourselves in a position to compete at all levels. It is essential when players are injured that they are diagnosed properly and they are given an opportunity to get back as quickly as possible in order not to lose match fitness or form. Not only does Hannah have the qualifications, but her enthusiasm for sports, in particular football, was something we wanted to add to our repertoire."

Sherborne will compete in the Western League Premier Division next season after finishing one point and one place above the relegation line at the end of the 2009-10 season.


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11 May 2010 : Ladies Confirmed As Top Of The League
Yeovil Town Ladies' 8-0 win over Reading Town Ladies has put them top of the South West Women's Combination Football League, with just two games remaining. With a two point advantage over Chesham United Ladies, they need just a win to guarantee the League Title, although with a superior goal difference advantage of 22 goals, probably even a draw at Oxford City Ladies this coming Sunday would be enough. However, having scored 95 goals already this season, it would seem likely that the Ladies will want to go through the century barrier in their last two matches.

Their site has now got a full match report up from Sunday's success, with an updated league table - follow the links below for full details.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies OS : League Table.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies OS : News Page (including full Reading Town Ladies Match Report).


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11 May 2010 : Darren Gets Premier League Giants For Benefit Match
A date and opposition for Darren Way's Benefit Match has been set. The opposition will be Premier League runners-up Manchester United, who will be sending a squad down to Somerset on Saturday, 24th July. Kick-off will be 3.00p.m.

This morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin does not at this stage indicate what sort of line-up will grace the Huish Park turf - we'll doubtless hear more in the days and weeks leading up to the game. Manchester United's main first team squad are on tour in the USA and Canada around that period, and so the manager in charge of the game will be Ole Gunnar Solskjśr, who manages their Reserve Team. However, with the World Cup likely to involve a large proportion of their squad, exactly who comes back needing treatment or in need of a rest back home may determine which players head where.

However, the main focus on the day, will not be the opposition, but Darren himself, who made 274 appearances for Yeovil Town across three spells between 2000 and 2008. Now First Team Coach at Huish Park, his career was cut short by a road traffic accident in December 2008 at the age of 29.

Having been a key part of Yeovil Town's FA Trophy, Conference National and League Two winning sides, this match will finally close down Darren's playing career - we've little doubt that although Darren will be unable to play a serious part in the match, that he will be making a cameo appearance at some point in the match, just as he did last July in Terry Skiverton's testimonial.

More on this will follow over the next month or two, as we get it.

Link: Darren Way : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 May 2010 : League In U-Turn Over Solidarity Payments
The Football League have today voted in favour of accepting the package of Parachute Payments and Solidarity Payments offered to them by the Premier League. In a complete u-turn from last month's unanimous rejection by League One and League Two clubs, enough clubs voted for the deal to go through. Tonight's BBC Somerset sports bulletin claims that 60 percent voted in favour, with a 51 percent margin having been necessary to pass the measures through.

A statement issued by the Football League today confirms that agreement has been made to accept the offer with it being fairly clear that only a minor number of compromises were possible from the original deal:

"Following a frank but constructive meeting at Walsall's Banks's Stadium, Football League clubs have voted to accept the Premier League's revised solidarity and parachute payments proposals. Whilst many clubs expressed concerns about the proposals, their acceptance was considered the only viable way forward. The Football League will now work in good faith, with the Premier League, to ensure that the resulting contract and regulatory changes are good for both competitions and football as a whole."

Football League Chairman Greg Clarke has told BBC Sport that once a few minor compromises were ironed out, and clarifications given, that a majority of clubs were willing to accept the situation:

"They asked for more information, they wanted to know how their interests would be protected and I explained to them how we would involve them in formulating our policy with respect to youth and development and youth transfers. They accepted that, we had a lively debate, everybody got heard and we ended up with a strong majority. This is not a perfect deal, this is a deal that, in the round, is the right thing for the Football League to do. We stuck to our position, we got some reasonable compromises agreed with the Premier League and I think this a deal that works for both parties so I don't feel in any way hard-done by."

The Financial Package:

* Clubs relegated from the Premier League to get Parachute Payments over a four year period rather than over the current two. Clubs will receive £16m (Year One), £16m (Year Two), £8m (Year Three) and £8m (Year Four) totalling £48m over the four years - up from the current £22.4m across two years.

* Championship Clubs are to receive an average of £2.2m per club, up from £830,000 per club. Payments are staggered depending upon the previous season's league position.

* League One Clubs are to receive £325,000, up from £108,000. This is flat rate for clubs who were in League One for the previous season.

* League Two Clubs are to receive £250,000, up from £72,000. This is flat rate for clubs who were in League Two for the previous season.

The other part of the deal required Championship clubs to reveal their Ultimate Beneficial Owners on their official websites, for any ownership over 10 percent. In the midst of all of the financial wranglings it's not clear if that has gone through.

Note that this does not include television revenue from the Football League's own current deal with Sky Sports and the BBC. For League Two clubs this is £430,000 per year, whilst Hartlepool United manager Chris Turner this weekend cited the League One value as being between £600,000 and £700,000. Thus when combined, a League One club will get something in the region of one million pounds in payments from next season.


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10 May 2010 : Tears, Tantrums And Two-Bob Clubs
Have you been feeling the pressure a bit this season? Maybe you need a bit of a summer break and a lie-down. A few of League One's Managers, Chairmen, and Managing Directors have perhaps found the 2009-10 season all a bit too much, with a few of them managing the odd expletive along the way (nothing too serious - but we're warning you in advance). Be thankful that none of the examples of end of season madness involve Yeovil Town, and click on the link below.

Link: Football League Blog : Tears, Tantrums And Two-Bob Clubs.


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10 May 2010 : MacDonald To Get Swansea Contract Offer
Championship side Swansea City have confirmed that they definitely plan to give midfielder Shaun MacDonald a new contract offer. The Welshman, who spent much of last season on loan at Huish Park, is out of contract this summer, leaving open the question of whether his hometown club would release him.

Club Chairman Huw Jenkins has had to deal with as many as 12 players over the last week, with Swansea just missing out on the Championship play-offs, and now the dust has settled, he has told the South Wales Evening Post that MacDonald is definitely one of those that they have future plans for:

"Shaun will have an offer on the table soon when we speak to his agent this week. Despite looking at trimming the squad, we realise that getting our squad settled is very important. While we have had to look at reducing the playing staff, it was vital that we secured the futures of individuals who we feel will play a big part in our plans next season."

MacDonald obviously has the right to refuse Swansea's contract offer, and hinted back in March that he might look to leave South Wales in search of more regular first team football on a permanent basis. However, at 21 years old, and having been at Swansea since he was nine years old, a fairly hefty fee would need to be negotiated with his current club for any side bidding to take him on for next season.

Link: MacDonald Fed Up With Living Out Of A Suitcase.

Link: Shaun MacDonald : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 May 2010 : Dons Promote From Within For Ince Replacement
No sooner does one club sack their manager, another one makes the decision to appoint. Milton Keynes Dons have decided to appoint from within, and so assistant manager Karl Robinson has moved up the career ladder and replaced the outgoing Paul Ince.

Robinson will become the Football League's youngest manager at the age of 29, but will be backed up by the experience of former Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town and Swindon Town manager John Gorman, as well as First Team Coach Alex Rae.

Gorman had been claimed to be coming in as Ince's successor, but instead he will assist the less experienced Robinson, who certainly grabbed the attention of Yeovil Town supporters after his post-match opinions of the February 2010 match against the Glovers at Huish Park.

Link: Feb 2010 : Meanwhile On Planet Robinson ...

Link: April 2010 : Dons Manager Ince To Resign.


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10 May 2010 : Skivo Confirms Retirement Plans
Further to yesterday's article, concerning the retirement of manager Terry Skiverton as a player, the man himself has now confirmed the news. Skiverton took up Squad Number 24 this season, giving up his favoured No.4 shirt to Stefan Stam, which was a fairly clear sign of where he saw himself during the 2009-10 season.

As for next season, he has told the Western Daily Press that he will not even carry a squad number, and that his contractual situation with the club will change at the same time:

"I am retiring. I do not think it is a secret, but next season I will just be a manager, so there will not even be a squad number. I just go into a management contract."

As an aside, there's no word either way on whether Skivo's assistant Nathan Jones will also choose to go the same way. Jones has been a regular on the Yeovil Town bench in the past month, but his last bit of competitive football came on January 30th 2010, with a home match against Huddersfield Town, suggesting that he also is looking to take a back seat. With first team coach Darren Way having also retired from football earlier this year, it could well be that none of the Glovers management team will be involved on the playing side next season.

Link: Skivo Hangs Up His Boots.


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10 May 2010 : Relegated Gills Fire Boss
Relegated League One side Gillingham have parted company with manager Mark Stimson. He has left the club "by mutual consent" today after they dropped into League Two as the final relegated club, just 12 months after gaining promotion under the same management team.

The Kent club were out of the relegation zone until the last eight minutes of the season, when Exeter City scored their winning goal against Huddersfield Town to keep the Grecians in League One. Prior to that, the Gills had only ever been in the relegation zone on two brief occasions on February 9th and April 3rd and had otherwise kept their heads above water. However, like a game of musical chairs, it's all about where clubs are sat when the music stops after Game No.46 and as with many seasons, Gillingham proved to be the side that fell into the final spot from nowhere on the final day of the season.

Their atrocious away record that saw them lose 17 times out of 23 games, with no away wins, was undoubtedly Stimson's downfall, as was the manner of the club's 3-0 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers, that saw Gillingham's away support vociferously call for their manager's head during the final 20 minutes of the match.

Stimson was in charge for 144 matches, winning 48 of them and losing 55 along the way, with the bulk of those wins since his appointment in November 2007, coming during the 2008-09 season that saw them promoted via the League Two play-offs. However, with Stimson having taken Gillingham down from League One twice in three seasons, the knives were out and his departure today comes as little surprise.

Link: Grecians Escape With Eight Minutes To Spare.


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10 May 2010 : Revolt Fears Over Solidarity Payment Deal
The Football League are to hold an emergency meeting today over the ongoing row concerning parachute payments and solidarity payments to the League's member clubs. The meeting is due to be held at Walsall's Banks's Stadium (aka the Bescot Stadium) with the BBC Sport website suggesting that there are fears growing over the possibility of the Championship division clubs breaking away from the League.

Last month's vote is believed to have seen 23 out of 24 Championship clubs vote for the deal to increase parachute and solidarity payments, whilst League One and League Two clubs unanimously voted against it. The Championship clubs want the new payment structures in place as they believe it will narrow the financial gap between the Championship division and the Premier League, whilst the other two divisions believe that it will simply move the goalposts down to between the Championship and League One divisions.

The speculation from BBC Sport is that the current state of affairs would prompt Championship clubs to break away - much in the same way that Premier League clubs did in 1992, and that today's meeting is an attempt to resolve the issue in house. There is also a smaller side issue in that many clubs believe that the League's independence is being compromised by rules being imposed upon it by the Premier League, and so want to make it clear that the League remains an independent body. The BBC suggest that half of the League One and League Two clubs need to be persuaded to vote in favour of the deal for it to be accepted, suggesting that a massive swing will be needed from last month's rejected vote.

For further background to this, see last month's article below.

Link: Football League Blog : Fancy An Extra £217,000 Per Season? No Thanks!


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9 May 2010 : Ladies Left Needing One More Win For Title
Yeovil Town Ladies have put themselves on the edge of the League title with an emphatic win at Somerton this afternoon. They beat Reading Town Ladies by an 8-0 scoreline, to put them just one win away from securing top spot, with two games still left to play.

Reading Town initially put up a brave fight for a club that is rooted to the bottom of the division, keeping the score down to 2-0 at half time with Jemma Tewksbury and Terri Trowbridge netting for the Glovers. Even with an hour gone, it looked as though the Berkshire club would be going back home with a surprisingly tame scoreline for a club that had conceded 196 times in 15 matches.

But when the third goal went in thanks to Jemma Tewksbury, the floodgates opened wide. The same player got her hat-trick to make it 4-0, then goals from Sarah Lawler and Demi Agar made it six. Jemma Tewksbury then netted from the penalty spot and she then netted her fifth goal of the game to make it game over at 8-0 and to complete Yeovil's home fixture list on a high note.

The mathematics mean that, assuming Chesham United do not drop any points on their final match, the Glovers need one more win from their away matches against Oxford City and Winscombe to secure the League title.


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9 May 2010 : Skivo Hangs Up His Boots
It's a fairly academic point, given that he has not turned out for a Yeovil Town first team since March 2009, but Glovers manager Terry Skiverton will no longer carry the title of "player-manager" from next season. The Sporting Life website indicates that he has formally made the decision to retire from playing - something that has become increasingly obvious over a period of time during matches when the club have been short of central defenders, and Skiverton has refused to even name himself on the substitutes' bench.

His last competitive match in a Yeovil Town shirt came on March 21st 2009, in a home match against Milton Keynes Dons. At that moment in time, his decision to stay off the field was an enforced one - a foot injury had meant that he had only played 90 minutes once since January 13th. That was the 5-0 thrashing at Brighton and Hove Albion, and thus perhaps the foot injury was a blessing in disguise - it was impossible for him to be manager, central defender and leader both on and off the pitch at a time when it was clear that someone needed to step back and analyse the situation with a cool head.

Skiverton will turn 35 years old over the summer, and so is still young enough to play League One football. But he admitted earlier this year that his own personal fitness had gone radically downhill, when preparing himself for the Sport Relief Mile run in Yeovil. At that stage he made it clear that he would not play again this season.

In total, Skiverton made 382 appearances for the club between his debut on August 14th 1999 and his final match just under 10 years later. He scored 44 goals in total - the majority of them being towering headers from set plays.

His 382 appearances put him in 10th place in the club's post-war appearance makers - just one behind Stuart Housley, and three ahead of Tony Clarke. Way out in front, and unlikely to ever be beaten, lies Len Harris with 691 appearances. Realistically, in the modern game and with the huge turnover of players at Huish Park these days, if anyone gets near Skiverton's total, it will be an impressive achievement.

Skiverton will now become a full time manager - as if he wasn't already - and he hopes to make next season an improvement upon the current campaign:

"My aim for next season is to improve and have a good cup run at the same time. We are going to be tested playing against the fallen giants of the division and this is a challenge for us. We have done well playing against sides around us in the league, so we must look to take it on. I am meeting with agents next week and as the phone will not stop ringing it promises to be an interesting week."

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brighton Game.

Link: Yeovil Town Post-War First Team Top Club Appearances.


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9 May 2010 : Wazza Resigns As Wellington Manager
Former Yeovil Town striker Warren Patmore has resigned as manager of Western League Premier Division side Wellington. Wazza joined the Somerset side as manager last summer, seeing them to a 13th place finish alongside joint-manager Mark Leaney, who came in part way through the season to assist Warren due to his work commitments.

Both parties have now resigned their position, with suggestions that both felt unable to work within the constraints of their playing budget compared to other clubs in the division. Chairman Ken Bird said in a club statement this weekend

"We are naturally disappointed that they are leaving but completely understand the reasons. We have held lengthy talks with Warren since the season ended and I think itís fair to say that we have been going down different roads on the way forward. As a result, he informed us on Thursday that he would be stepping down. Mark has taken up a new job which involves him having to spend a huge amount of time abroad and he does not feel able to commit the time needed to helping manage our first team. Weíd like to thank them wholeheartedly for their efforts on behalf of Wellington AFC and wish them all the best for the future.."


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9 May 2010 : Ladies Play Final Home Game Today
A reminder for those wanting to extend their football season that little bit more, that Yeovil Town Ladies are in action this afternoon against Reading Town Ladies. The match kicks off at 2.00p.m. with the venue being Somerton's Gassons Lane ground.

Address: Somerton Sports Ground, Gassons Lane, Somerton, TA11 6HS.

To get there, head westbound out of Somerton town centre on the B3153 road towards Langport. As you reach the edge of the towh, you should see the Gassons Lane sports field on your left. Turn left into Gassons Lane and if you're lucky there should be some car parking spaces left by turning into the ground immediately on the right. If not, then you're far enough out of the town for on-street parking to be easy.

Reading Town Ladies sit at the bottom of the latest South West Women's Combination Football League table on minus four points, and a goal difference of -193. They haven't picked up a point all season, and have scored just three goals. Without wanting to be too presumptuous, if Yeovil Town Ladies can go into the game with a professional attitude to their opponents, you may see a few goals today.

The Glovers Ladies currently sit one point behind Chesham United Ladies but with two games in hand. The mathematics on this are fairly simple now. If Yeovil Town Ladies win two out of their last three matches against Reading Town (home), Oxford City (away) and Winscombe (away) then they will guarantee winning the League title. Hence all the more reason to go down to Somerton today and cheer them on.


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9 May 2010 : The Play-Offs (Version Four): Leagues One And Two Updates
League One

First Legs

Friday 14th May, Swindon Town v Charlton Athletic, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Saturday 15th May, Huddersfield Town v Millwall, kick-off 12.15 p.m.

Second Legs

Monday 17th May, Charlton Athletic v Swindon Town, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Tuesday 18th May, Millwall v Huddersfield Town, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

The League One Play-Off Final will be played at Wembley on Saturday 29th May, 3.00 p.m.

League Two

First Legs

Saturday 15th May, Aldershot Town v Rotherham United, kick-off 6.00 p.m.

Sunday 16th May, Dagenham & Redbridge v Morecambe, kick-off 1.30 p.m.

Second Legs

Wednesday 19th May, Rotherham United v Aldershot Town, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Thursday 20th May, Morecambe v Dagenham & Redbridge, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

The League Two Play-Off Final will be played at Wembley on Sunday 30th May, 3.00 p.m.

Link: Football League Play-Offs Schedule (Version 3)


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9 May 2010 : Slade To Sign Orient Permanent Deal
Former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is to sign a permanent deal with Leyton Orient on Monday. Chairman Barry Hearn has confirmed that Slade - who was given a short six-game contract at Brisbane Road - will now be given a permanent deal after keeping Orient in League One with a game to spare.

Both Slade and Hearn were interviewed jointly by BBC London after Orient's final match, and Hearn joked that he would get Slade to put pen to paper on Monday even if he had to do it in the club car park:

"I'm very pleased with Russell Slade. I like his enthusiasm and I like what he is bringing to the table. One way or another, trust me, even if we have to sort it out in the car park, he will be signing on Monday for the next two years. The job for a manager at this level is the toughest job in the world, because we have limited resources, and yet everybody, myself and the fans included, expect him to do a miracle job."

Slade added that he was looking forward to getting the future sorted out:

"I've not put pen to paper or anything like that, but I've enjoyed my job here so much, and hopefully we'll sort things out and nail things down."


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8 May 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Brighton Game
Following this afternoon's 1-0 defeat at the Withdean Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the Brighton and Hove Albion game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brighton Game.


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8 May 2010 : Grecians Escape With Eight Minutes To Spare
It was a dramatic last day in the League One campaign. At the top four different clubs occupied the second automatic promotion place at various times, while at the bottom three clubs were in the dreaded 21st spot at different points of the afternoon.

First to make their move were Swindon Town after a mere three minutes, taking the lead at The Den to overtake Leeds United who had been in poll position at 3.00 p.m. However the Robins held on for only eleven minutes before the Lions equalised from the spot. Leeds, 0-0 at home against Bristol Rovers, went back to 2nd. Time for Charlton Athletic to make their move, going one, then two, up against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on 23 and 48 minutes. However, though this brought them level on points with Leeds they would need to win by eleven goals to haul back the goal difference whilst the Yorkshire club continued to draw.

The situation was blown wide open just as Charlton's second went in, when Rovers, now playing a ten man Leeds after Max Gradel had been dismissed for violent conduct, took the lead through Darryl Duffy, also on the 48 minute mark. The Addicks jumped into the second spot. However they only held it for eleven minutes before an equaliser went in at Elland Road, and they were back to needing another nine goals. But Leeds in turn only held on to second for four minutes, as news came from The Den of Millwall going 2-1 up through a Gordon Greer own goal: Millwall into second, Leeds down to third, Charlton back in fourth.

It's doubtful, with all the modern communication technology football supporters carry about their persons at matches these days, that Lions fans ever had time to get a celebration going, as just one minute later Rovers, despite their man advantage, disappointed much of the football world by conceding again: Jermaine Beckford on 63. Leeds were back in the driving seat, and unless the Gas could conjure an equaliser any more scoring elsewhere mattered naught. As one might expect they let us all down, and the final 3-2 between Millwall and Swindon and 0-2 for Charlton became irrelevant. Leeds United promoted to the Championship, along with Norwich City, who bowed out with a 0-2 defeat by Carlisle United. So Charlton will face Swindon in the Play-off semi-finals, and Millwall will meet Huddersfield Town.

The Terriers, who only had a remote and unlikely chance of that second place at the start of the afternoon, were more engaged in a different drama at the other end of the table. Tranmere Rovers were in the drop zone at 3.00 p.m., but had decided hopes as they were playing long relegated Stockport County. At 3.02 p.m. they were already out, as Huddersfield took the lead at St. James Park, sending Exeter City into 21st. Twenty minutes later Tranmere scored the first of their three of the afternoon at Edgeley Park, and things were looking really grim for the Grecians.

Although playing against a relegated Wycombe Wanderers there has been no comfort for Gillingham on the road all season, and they were heading for a shut out, both in the game, 3-0, and in the season, 0-7-17. However unless Exeter won they would be safe. Nervousness must have increased on 22 minutes when Matt Taylor equalised for the Grecians, and increased again when the Chairboys opened the scoring against them on 45+2. However they were only eight minutes away from safety when their fate was sealed: Ryan Harley scoring the crucial goal at St. James Park on 82 minutes, keeping Exeter up.

All that could save Gillingham now was the result from Griffin Park. But the other club who could have gone down, Hartlepool United, battled out a 0-0 draw away to Brentford, and the point was enough to keep them above Gillingham on goal difference despite their three point deduction. Whether they will now bother to pursue their appeal remains to be seen.

Some other irrelevant games were played, including the 1-0 defeat of Yeovil Town at Brighton & Hove Albion.

So it's Gillingham, Wycombe, Southend United and Stockport who will be joining the basement next term.

The automatic promotion positions from League Two were already decided, but all was not clear as to play-off spots. Aldershot Town and Rotherham United had already secured their places, which was fortunate as they both lost. Morecambe started the afternoon needing just a point to be safe, but the 1-0 victory over the Shots catapulted them into fourth place. Dagenham & Redbridge were even more vulnerable, but had the advantage of dire Darlington as opponents. They duly inflicted the thirty-second league defeat of the season on the club that has been propping up the Football League since last summer. To avoid joining them in the Conference Grimsby Town had to win and hope other results went their way. Neither happened, the Mariners losing 3-0 against Burton Albion, while Cheltenham Town got a point against Accrington Stanley and Barnet a 90th minute 1-0 win over Rochdale.

The League Two Play-off semi-finals thus see Morecambe facing Dagenham & Redbridge and Rotherham United meeting Aldershot Town.

UPS'N'DOWNS : FINAL DAY

Relegated From Championship: Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle and Peterborough United.

Promoted From League One: Norwich City (Champions), Leeds United.
Play-Offs: Millwall, Swindon Town, Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town.

Relegated From League One: Stockport County, Southend United, Wycombe Wanderers and Gillingham.

Promoted From League Two: Notts County (Champions), Rochdale and AFC Bournemouth.
Play-Offs: Rotherham United, Aldershot Town, Dagenham and Redbridge, and Morecambe.

Relegated From League Two: Grimsby Town and Darlington.

Link: 2009-10 Final League One Table.

Link: Football League Play-Off Schedule.


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8 May 2010 : Terry Skiverton's Pre-Kick-Off Brighton Interview
Just before kick-off this afternoon at the Withdean Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the Brighton and Hove Albion game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

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


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8 May 2010 : Man Of The Match Voting For Brighton vs Yeovil Town
If you were at today's match for the 1-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Withdean Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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8 May 2010 : 2009-10 Final Yeovil Town First Team Statistics
With the final match of the 2009-10 season having now been played, the Yeovil Town first team statistics are now complete. The final League One table is available, along with all of the goalscorer, appearance and booking statistics for the season.

Note that the final League One table includes Hartlepool United's three point deduction, which is pending an appeal to the Football League.

We'll highlight some more statistics relating to the 2009-10 season once the dust settles.

Link: 2009-10 League One Final Table.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Results.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Bookings.


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8 May 2010 : Brighton 1 Yeovil 0 : Greens Fail To Take Brighton Withdean Constituency
Yeovil Town slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion this afternoon to complete their 2009-10 season and to finish in 15th place in the League One table. An Elliott Bennett goal was one of the bright sparks in a game that had all of the trappings of an end of season match between two teams that had nothing to play for.

The Glovers made four changes to their starting line-up, with Steven Caulker, Gavin Tomlin, Gavin Williams and Jean-Paul Kalala all dropping out of the side, meaning that Stefan Stam was able to make his comeback into the side following his hamstring injury. Aidan Downes took a position out on the right wing, whilst Luke Ayling took a central midfield position. Meanwhile Scott Murray was the most advanced midfielder in a 4-5-1 formation.

It took 20 minutes for either side to have any sort of a shot, as Sebastien Carole fired wide for the home side, which was quickly followed by an attempt from Elliott Bennett that Alex McCarthy comfortably saved, and another from Gavin Hoyte that went wide. Yeovil managed their first of the match on the half hour mark when Dean Bowditch was closed down by Brighton keeper Mitchell Walker to stop the Glovers top scorer from opening his account on the day.

Dean Bowditch then sent a header over the bar, whilst Keiran Murtagh had a shot parried by home keeper Walker, with Andy Welsh racing in to follow up. Then at the other end, a snapshot from Alan Navarro from the edge of the penalty box saw a superb save from Alex McCarthy as the game finally began to warm up, with McCarthy's save turning the ball around the post for a corner.

Just as it seemed as though the game was going to go into the break goalless at half time, in a fairly sleepy end of season way, Elliott Bennett produced a belter of a shot to put the Seagulls a goal up. A good passing move appeared to be fairly run-of-the-mill in terms of its build-up, but when the ball reached the Brighton winger, he wasn't closed down, and he advanced with a superbly struck shot to give Brighton the edge at the break.

The second period opened with again little in the way of action. Gavin Williams was introduced just past the hour mark as a substitute for Aidan Downes, as Yeovil reverted to a 4-4-1-1 formation, giving them a little bit more bite up front. Minutes later, Scott Murray fired narrowly over the bar, with the former Bristol City player having moved out to a wide right position.

But little changed, with Yeovil's nearest chance in the closing stages coming when Dean Bowditch charged down the Brighton keeper with his shot ricocheting off his body and out for a goal kick. Gavin Williams shot wide of the target, but that was as good as it got for the Glovers, with the final match of the season ending with a bit of a dull thud than with a bang.

Not that you would expect too much else, with the players finally being able to take their foot off the pedal after 45 games of pressure. A 15th placed finish is clearly a good thing for the Glovers, although the three point gap between themselves and the relegation spots clearly shows how fine a line things can be in the end.

Final Score: Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorer: Elliott Bennett (44 mins, 1-0)

Brighton and Hove Albion (4-5-1):
13 Walker 04 Elphick 06 El-Abd 22 Painter 27 Hoyte 08 Navarro 20 Crofts 21 Carole 26 Bennett 34 Hendrie 33 Holroyd

Substitutes:
29 Brezovan, 03 McNulty, 37 Dunk, 15 Hart, 18 Dicker (88 mins for Andrew Crofts), 38 Caskey (76 mins for Holroyd), 36 Barnes (76 mins for Carole)

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Stefan Stam 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
17. Aidan Downes 19. Luke Ayling 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh
16. Scott Murray
14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
7. Arron Davies (73 mins for Andy Welsh), 20. Gavin Williams (63 mins for Aidan Downes) 15. Richard Martin, 3. Nathan Jones, 31. Rhys Baggridge, 23. Danny Hutchins (83 mins for Luke Ayling).

Brighton Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (70 mins, foul)

Referee: Steve Tanner (Somerset). Assistants: Steve Creighton (Berkshire) and Gary Young (Bedfordshire). Fourth Official: Rob Whitton (Essex).

Attendance: 7,323 (including 366 Yeovil fans)


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8 May 2010 : All Change For Glovers At Brighton
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their side for the final match of the 2009-10 season. With Steven Caulker having returned to Tottenham Hotspur, three more players are out of the starting line-up. Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala is out of the squad, as is Gavin Tomlin with a groin injury. Gavin Williams has dropped to the bench, due to his ankle injury.

The players that benefit are central defender Stefan Stam, who returns from his hamstring injury, Aidan Downes takes a position on the right wing, whilst Luke Ayling will be in central midfield. Scott Murray is the most advanced midfielder in a 4-5-1 formation.

On the bench, youth-teamer Rhys Baggridge gets a chance to experience first team football, with assistant manager Nathan Jones also co-opted onto the bench.


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8 May 2010 : Skiverton Looking For Loan Boosts For Next Season
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is hoping that his success in the loan market this season will act as a catalyst for further loan deals to be established next season. Central defender Steven Caulker walked away with the majority of the end of season awards, despite being an 18 year old from Tottenham Hotspur. Fellow youngsters Alex McCarthy, Ryan Mason and Shaun MacDonald have also flourished, whilst the more experienced Gavin Williams has revitalised his career at Huish Park with five goals and five assists in seven appearances.

With so many loan signings on Yeovil's books, and many of them having become a key part of Yeovil's regular line-up, Skiverton hopes that the likes of Spurs, Reading, Swansea City and Bristol City like the way their players have been treated and developed. Speaking to the Western Morning News, the Yeovil boss hopes that the club's reputation will spread for the 2010-11 season:

"I think a lot of clubs out there might have seen how well the likes of Alex McCarthy have done and how they have flourished. Steven Caulker, Ryan Mason and Shaun MacDonald Ė all these people have flourished under our umbrella here. If players come, they come to play and they come to develop in not so much of a pressurised situation. We are quite laid back and we allow the players to play. I think a few clubs might be looking at us and saying: 'I think I would like to send our young players there,' and that is what we are trying to achieve."

Skiverton also praised his whole squad for showing him 'respect' despite admitting that 'massive mistakes' had been made throughout the season. With all bar five players now out of contract though, the Yeovil boss needs to look to the future, with a lot of decision-making needing to be made:

"The whole squad, since I took over, have shown me a lot of respect, they have never questioned what I have done and we have a young management staff who are learning all the time. We have made some massive mistakes along the way but we believe in our principles, we have been strong and we are safe again. We have got one more game and we will focus on that, and after that we have got some serious thinking to do for next year and how we attack that. We have got five contracted for next year, and that is all. There is going to be a record number of people out of contract and there is going to be a whole world of new opportunities."


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8 May 2010 : Brentford Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last away game took place two weeks ago in West London, when a 1-1 draw was secured against Brentford at Griffin Park. Yeovil's goal came from the penalty spot, with Gavin Tomlin netting against his former club.

As far as the Man of the Match voting was concerned, most votes were shared between two players. Keiran Murtagh started off in central midfield, but after Gavin Williams hobbled off with an ankle injury, he moved further up field to sit behind striker Dean Bowditch.

However, Keiran was beaten to the vote by central defender Steven Caulker who once again was the outright winner. Overall results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1 Steven Caulker 138 (10)
2 Keiran Murtagh 92 (7)
3 Craig Alcock 52 (1)
4 Gavin Tomlin 28 (2)
5 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 28 (1)
6 Terrell Forbes 24 (1)
7 Luke Ayling 16 (0)
8 Alex McCarthy 8 (0)
9 Dean Bowditch 6 (0)
10 Andy Welsh 2 (0)
10 Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.95

Performance: 6.00
Entertainment: 5.91

VOTES RECEIVED: 22


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8 May 2010 : Fond Memories For Bowditch Of Seagulls Stay
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch returns to his old stomping ground today, to play against a club he enjoyed two loan spells with across two seasons. Dean played for Brighton during the first part of the 2006-07 season, and then followed that up with a second spell 15 months later towards the end of the 2007-08 season. Across both spells he turned out nine times for the Seagulls, scoring one goal, although none of those matches saw him come up against the Glovers.

Bowditch has not been back to play at the Withdean Stadium since his second spell ended in March 2008 but he says he has fond memories of his time under the management team of Dean Wilkins and Dean White:

"It was good, although the first time I went there I only played three games and unfortunately I got injured. But I played really well in those three games. They wanted me back, but when I went back I still wasn't fully over my injuries. It's a lovely place. It's got a nice little beach and it's a lovely place to be. They really welcomed me there. Dean Wilkins was the manager at the time and Dean White was his assistant and they were very good to me and I really enjoyed it."


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8 May 2010 : Nathan Smith Off To The Championship ... It Sez 'Ere
When the final whistle blows today, the 2009-10 League One season will end, and a new season will begin. Yes folks, welcome to the silly season. That time when the rumourmill gets into full swing and that bloke down the pub you've just talked to becomes the font of all knowledge. For some reason we hang onto every word he says - in the absence of any other information, surely it must be true!

The same pattern emerges within newspapers, television media and errrr ... unofficial websites. The media don't just hear from that bloke down the pub, they "understand that" something is about to happen. They "hear from a reliable source". Unfortunately, that reliable source can turn out to be not so reliable - check out Hartlepool United's Northern Echo, who on Thursday headlined "Pools in the clear over Liddlegate" only to find 45 minutes later that Hartlepool's official site was broadcasting "Pools Hit With Three Point Deduction". There is a danger in overstating a rumour and claiming it to be a fact.

And so we move onto what is our first 2010 summer rumour. The Sky Sports website "can confirm" that Yeovil Town's left-back Nathan Smith is being chased by three Championship clubs. They name Reading, Sheffield United and Ipswich Town as being after the former Potters Bar player, who is out of contract at the end of this season.

To our knowledge, Yeovil Town have yet to put down contractual offers for any of this summer's out of contract list, unless it's happened in the last few days. However, Sky Sports claim that Smith is "is likely to reject fresh terms" and move on to one of the named clubs.

As with previous seasons, Ciderspace will keep tabs on all newspaper and media rumours we can get our hands on and see how accurate they are. For a taster of what is going around at League One level at present, Southampton's Alan Pardew is reportedly going to be collecting his P45 for failing to get the Saints into the play-offs, or so the Daily Mail tells us. Meanwhile the same national paper also has claimed that Brendan Rodgers is "in line" to replace Paul Ince as manager of Milton Keynes Dons. The snag is that the Daily Mail also claims that Glenn Hoddle is also taking over the same position. Oh, and also John Gorman as well. Doubtless if any of the three take over, the Mail will be claiming it as an "exclusive".

As for Nathan Smith, it will doubtless be a case of "watch this space". Let's hope it's about as accurate as the Northern Echo's reporting of Hartlepool's points deduction.


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7 May 2010 : Darren Previews The Brighton Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's home match against Brighton and Hove Albion, Yeovil Town First Team Coach Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions asked by BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Brighton Match.


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7 May 2010 : Pools Appeal
League One side Hartlepool United have stated that they will be appealing against the Football League decision made against them yesterday. Pools were deducted three points by the League and given a suspended £10,000 fine for fielding an ineligible player.

The appeal is likely to drive League One into chaos unless Hartlepool win their final match of the season at Brentford or Tranmere Rovers fail to win at Stockport County. An Exeter City defeat would also make the appeal irrelevant.

Any appeal would have to be heard after the season ends, meaning that the final relegation place could be determined within the Football League's offices rather than out on the field of play.

Hartlepool have not given any hint of on what basis they plan to appeal and as yet there is no date for the hearing.


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7 May 2010 : Brighton vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town play the final match of their 2009-10 League One season with an away match at Brighton and Hove Albion. For the first time, there is no pressure on manager Terry Skiverton or his players, with League One safety assured last weekend, and a chance for the players to express themselves a little more, for for Skiverton to try a few things out that he wouldn't have dared attempt during the past nine months.

They come up against a Brighton side who lie in 13th place, two places and three points ahead of the Glovers, and so a Glovers win would guarantee that they leapfrog their opponents, thanks to a slightly superior goal difference. Under Gus Poyet's management, the Seagulls are steady, if not spectacular, and are currently ending the season on a run of four matches without defeat.

Their top two scorers will not be present for Saturday's match. Nicky Forster is on loan at Charlton Athletic, whilst Glenn Murray is suspended along with midfielder Diego Arismendi. That leaves winger Elliott Bennett (eight goals) and loan forward Ashley Barnes, who was born in Somerset and started his career with Paulton Rovers. Brighton's players have been playfully ridiculing his rustic accent, but not his record of four goals in four league starts since his arrival at the Withdean Stadium.

Aside from Murray and Arismendi, Brighton's other main absentee is Newcastle United loanee Kazenga LuaLua who has returned to his parent club for treatment. Arismendi's position is expected to bee taken by Alan Navarro in midfield.

For the Glovers, they will need to make at least one change, with central defender Steven Caulker moving back to Tottenham Hotspur a game early. Whilst Stefan Stam is fit again and can replace him, this may be a more appropriate time for Skiverton to see what Luke Ayling can do in his more favoured centre-back position before the Yeovil boss makes any firm decisions on whether he wants to see the Arsenal youngster back at Huish Park next season.

Target man Sam Williams will be absent with knee ligament damage, whilst there is a doubt concerning Gavin Tomlin, who collapsed with a groin injury last weekend. Gavin Williams was also struggling when he came off in the match against Oldham Athletic with an ankle injury, although you'd never have known it from the way he finished the game.

The Withdean Stadium is of course the scene of Yeovil Town's worst moment in its short Football League history. A 5-0 stuffing last season, early on in Terry Skiverton's managerial career, and this will be his first return to that ground since the club's record League defeat. The Yeovil boss has told the Western Gazette that is one reason why he wants to treat Saturday's match seriously:

"I had a really bad time at Brighton last year and I want to put that right. I questioned whether I should have been a manager and was considering walking away before I had even started, so there are a few demons I want to put to bed."

Several other people in the Glovers camp will also want to impress. Assistant boss Nathan Jones is a former Seagulls player along with goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts, whilst Richard Martin, Dean Bowditch and Arron Davies have all had loan spells at the Withdean Stadium. In fact on a technicality, Arron is 'on loan' to Yeovil from Brighton as part of the move that allowed him to register to play for Yeovil Town - as far as we know, there shouldn't be any move to block him from playing against what is strictly speaking his parent club. Sam Williams is yet another former Brighton player, although will probably stay in Somerset.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday, and this is an ALL TICKET match for away supporters. You have until 4.00p.m. today to purchase from the Huish Park Ticket Office. If not, then BBC Somerset will have live commentary on 95.5FM. For those travelling to Brighton, all guides and travel plans are linked below.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Brighton.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brighton.

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

Link: Ohhh! Suits You, Sir! - Capital Glovers Plans For Brighton and Hove Albion.

Link: Seagulls Duo Suspended For Saturday.


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7 May 2010 : Pilgrims On The Hunt For A New Manager
League One newcomers Plymouth Argyle are on the hunt for a new manager after deciding to dispense with the services of Paul Mariner, following relegation. The former Ipswich Town player had only been in charge since December, replacing Paul Sturrock, who also left in April after spending four months working for the Pilgrims 'upstairs' following his removal from his post as first team manager.

Mariner had been working as a first team coach prior to taking over from Sturrock, and will remain in charge whilst Plymouth look for a replacement. The implication is that Mariner will move back into coaching duties once a successor is found.


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7 May 2010 : Bowditch Waiting For Sit-Down Talks
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch says that he expects to sit down with the Glovers management and hierarchy in the next week or two. Bowditch is one of a large number who are out of contract this summer, but so far the club have not commenced negotiations with any of their players. Despite now being mathematically safe, Bowditch told BBC Somerset that was now likely to happen after Saturday's final game at Brighton and Hove Albion:

"In the next week or two, I think there are going to be sit-downs and things like that, not just for me but for everyone else as well to talk about that, but you'd have to ask the man himself - the gaffer - as he will know more about that. At the moment we've got one more game left, and we've got to finish the job."

Bowditch didn't offer any firm hints as to what his chances were of staying, but said that he had enjoyed being at Huish Park and could easily see a scenario where he was scoring goals for the Glovers next season:

"I've really enjoyed my time here, and I just want to keep playing. That's the main thing, and they seem to like me here as well. There's no reason why I can't come back here and score 15 to 20 goals next season and have a better season."

Despite dislocating his shoulder on the opening day of the season, the former Ipswich Town player has still managed 29 appearances this season - an appearance at Brighton and Hove Albion tomorrow would bring that to 30, and Bowditch said that meant that it was a significant season for him:

"Massively, as this is the first season where I will have potentially played 30 games. Before that, I don't think I've got anywhere near close to that number. So it's probably been my first professional season. To get double figures has been good, so hopefully now I can kick off from here and score a few more goals."

Once the players get beyond this weekend's Brighton match, they will be freed up to go on a break of just under two months before returning to pre-season training on or around July 1st. Bowditch said that he had a few plans already lined up for his time away:

"I'm going away a couple of times. I've got a little stag do with my agent and I've got a little holiday with the missus, and then a couple of weeks before I go back, I usually do my own bits and bobs. I won't stop doing any exercise over the first three or four weeks, but a couple of weeks before I go back, I do some intense work so I'm ready for the next season."


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7 May 2010 : Football League Play-Offs Schedule (Version 3)
There have been further revisions to the Football League Play-Off Schedule. The Championship sides are now known and so the precise teams, dates and times for that division is now known, with the First Leg matches now split across Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: We're linking the latest picture regarding play-offs from the Home page of Ciderspace - look under the Forthcoming Events section for continuing updates.

The default positions for League One and League Two sides have now been set, although these may vary according to a complicated set of circumstances that depend upon where each team finishes, and even whether there is a clash with the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. The latest schedule is as follows:

Saturday 8th May: Blackpool v Nottingham Forest : Championship Semi-Final 1st Leg, 12.45 p.m.

Sunday 9th May: Leicester City v Cardiff City : Championship Semi-Final 1st Leg, 1.15 p.m.

Tuesday 11th May: Nottingham Forest v Blackpool : Championship Semi-Final 2nd Leg, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Wednesday 12th May: Cardiff City v Leicester City : Championship Semi-Final 2nd Leg, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Friday 14th May: 5th v 4th : League 1 Semi-Final 1st Leg, 7.45 p.m.

Saturday 15th May: 6th v 3rd : League 1 Semi-Final 1st Leg, 12.15 p.m.
Saturday 15th May: 6th v 5th : League 2 Semi-Final 1st Leg, 6.00 p.m.

Sunday 16th May: 7th v 4th : League 2 Semi-Final 1st Leg, 1.30 p.m.

Monday 17th May: 4th v 5th : League 1 Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 7.45 p.m.

Tuesday 18th May: 3rd v 6th : League 1 Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 7.45 p.m.

Wednesday 19th May: 5th v 6th : League 2 Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 7.45 p.m.

Thursday 20th May: 4th v 7th : League 2 Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 7.45 p.m.

For League One, special provisions are in place. Charlton Athletic and Millwall must play any home first leg on a Friday. If both clubs finish 5th or 6th, then if Charlton are not playing Leeds United then Millwall will play on the Friday and Charlton will play on the Saturday. If Charlton finish 6th, then to avoid a clash with the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, the match order for both first and second legs will reverse.

For League Two, Dagenham and Redbridge must play a home first leg on a Sunday. If Dagenham finish 6th, then to avoid a clash with the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, the match order for both first and second legs will reverse.

The Finals for all three divisions have longstanding dates, and will take place at Wembley, with the Championship match on Saturday 22nd May, League One on Saturday 29th May and League Two on Sunday 30th May. All three finals will kick-off at 3.00p.m.

In recent seasons Sky Sports has committed to broadcasting (almost) all the Play-off matches live - the only exceptions have been where Sky and the Police have clashed over the proposed scheduling of matches, resulting in overlapping of games. Even then, the use of 'red button' technology has tended to mean that the other game is viewable, provided your supplier recognises the method chosen by Sky.

Finally, a reminder of some early dates for your 2010-11 diary -

Link: 9 March 2010 : Dates For Your Diary


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6 May 2010 : Ladies Seal Cullompton Win
Yeovil Town Ladies triumphed 2-0 against Cullompton Rangers Ladies in Devon tonight to keep them running neck and neck with Chesham United at the top of the table. The Glovers scored both of their goals during the first half, with Emma Brazell and Lindsey Roe getting the goals.

Chesham United won 7-1 against Reading Town Ladies last night, meaning that Chesham are top on 44 points from 19 games, with Yeovil one point behind from 17 games. Havant and Waterlooville are now out of contention for the top spot, on 40 points but with just one game left to play.

The Glovers are next in action on Sunday, where they will take on Reading Town Ladies at Somerton's Gassons Lane Ground. This game kicks off at 2.00p.m. and is the Ladies' last home match of the season, and so any support would be greatly appreciated.


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6 May 2010 : Devon And Dorset Greens : Special Offer This Week Only
The Devon and Dorset Greens have been able to reduce the cost of their travel for Yeovil Town's next away trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. They had originally quoted a price of £12.00 for the trip if the minibus was filled. They are now quoting that the trip will cost you £10.00 only. Bargain!

There are just three places left for this trip. If you've not bought your ticket yet for the ALL TICKET match, then if you ask Pat nicely she may be able to help you out.

The match takes place at the Withdean Stadium on Saturday 8th May with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Their minibus will be leaving Huish Park at 8.30a.m. The trip will include a stop going up and going back, along with any others as required.

To book a place, call Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton.

Link: Ohhh! Suits You, Sir! - Capital Glovers Plans For Brighton and Hove Albion.


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6 May 2010 : Hartlepool Points Deduction Throws Relegation Battle Wide Open
League One side Hartlepool United have been hit by a three point deduction by the Football League following a second disciplinary hearing today. Pools were charged with fielding central defender Gary Liddle whilst suspended on Easter Monday in a game against Brighton and Hove Albion. The news means that Hartlepool will fight it out with Tranmere Rovers, Exeter City and Gillingham for the final relegation spot with the deduction throwing them back into the relegation quagmire for the final place.

Liddle played a full 90 minutes in the 2-0 win, having already picked up 10 yellow cards. As a consequence, Hartlepool have also been fined £10,000, suspended for 12 months, which will be imposed if they repeat the offence. They will have to pay the costs of the commission.

Hartlepool have 28 days to appeal against the judgment and say that they are currently considering their position.

The Football Association have also joined in, from their hearing today, by fining Hartlepool £3,500 for the offence and suspending Liddle for one match, which will begin in 14 days time, and therefore carry through to next season. Early reports from the Northern Echo had suggested that Pools would merely be fined - it would appear that they had only considered the FA hearing on Thursday and had not considered any publishment carried out by the Football League from Tuesday's hearing.


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6 May 2010 : The Penney Drops
League One side Oldham Athletic have parted company with manager Dave Penney. The former Doncaster Rovers and Darlington manager has left Boundary Park after a single season in charge.

Penney took charge of 48 matches for the Latics, winning 13 of them but losing 22, and drawing 13. Oldham are currently 17th in the League One table and are safe from relegation, but were beaten 3-0 by Yeovil Town last Saturday, in a game where Oldham barely got a shot in all afternoon.

Just one year and three days after arriving at Boundary Park, Penney is now looking for a club, and Oldham will need to put in place their fourth manager since March 2009, with John Sheridan and Joe Royle having left during that time.


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6 May 2010 : Extra Time For Brighton Tickets
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to travel to Brighton and Hove Albion have been granted a little extra time to purchase match tickets. Saturday's League One match against the Seagulls is ALL TICKET for away supporters.

The original plan had been for ticket purchasing to be halted by the end of today. That has now been extended as far as Friday at 4.00p.m. Tickets for away fans can only be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Visit in person, or call them on 01935-847888.

For more information, see the original article linked below.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton.


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6 May 2010 : Forbes Comes Up Against Zola And Di Canio
Yeovil Town central defender Terrell Forbes had his hands full last night - trying to mark two of the most illustrious names to have graced the Premier League in recent years. He was playing for West Ham United Academy All-Stars against a West Ham United XI that featured Paolo Di Canio and Gianfranco Zola.

The match was a testimonial game for Hammers Academy director Tony Carr, who has been with the club for 37 years. The 59 year old is credited with introducing the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and Glen Johnson to the game, as well as the likes of Chris Cohen who obviously couldn't be present due to his current club Nottingham Forest appearing in the Championship play-offs.

The match was watched by 13,836 spectators at the Boleyn Ground, and featured some of West Ham's former Academy graduates that have gone on to play professional football, pitched up against a West Ham United side made up of players from other sources.

Terrell replaced Anton Ferdinand in the 49th minute, and 20 minutes from the end of the game was given the captain's armband for the Academy side. All was going reasonably well for the Academy side until the arrival of Zola and Di Canio as substitutes, which contributed to the West Ham XI opening up a 5-1 advantage over the Academy side.

Other players on the pitch during the night included Rio Ferdinand, Alvin Martin, Paul Allen, whilst John Terry, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard made pre-match appearances in support of Tony Carr's night.

Forbes was a product of West Ham's Academy system, and was also a member of the West Ham United's 1999 FA Youth Cup winning team, staying with the club until 2001, when he joined Queen's Park Rangers.


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6 May 2010 : Cullompton Clash For Ladies
Following on from Sunday afternoon's 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle Ladies, the Yeovil Town Ladies side are travelling to play Cullompton Rangers Ladies today.

For anyone considering going, Cullompton play at Speeds Meadow in Duke Street:

Address: Cullompton Rangers, Speeds Meadow, Duke Street, Cullompton, EX15 1DW.
Telephone: 01884 33090.

We're not sure on kick-off time at present, so if you are going, it may be worth phoning in advance.

In terms of the overall League position, Yeovil Town Ladies received a boost as two of their rivals dropped points last weekend. Both leaders Chesham United and third-placed Havant and Waterlooville could only draw 1-1 away from home, meaning that Yeovil's victory over Argyle has put them in the driving seat. A word of caution is necessary though, given that Chesham's slip-up was against tonight's opponents Cullompton so clearly nothing can be taken for granted.

Chesham were due to play Reading Town Ladies last night, where we'd expect Chesham to have comfortably won. Before last night's match, Yeovil were in 2nd place in the table, above Havant on goal difference, and just one point behind Chesham but with two games in hand.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies Official Site : League Table.


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5 May 2010 : Caulker Leaves Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Steven Caulker has returned to his parent club Tottenham Hotspur a game early. There's no reason given for the recall, however with the Glovers now safe, and with Stefan Stam and Luke Ayling available to cover the position for Saturday's match at Brighton and Hove Albion, this shouldn't present too much of a headache.

Caulker will finish at the top of Yeovil Town's 2009-10 Appearance Charts despite him missing Saturday's match, and he picked up four out of the five available Player of the Season awards last Saturday. Speaking after Saturday's match, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton said of the player:

"He is a special talent. I don't want to big him up too much because he's still got a lot of learning to do but he has got all the attributes to kick on and get into Tottenham's first team. Steven's next step in his development will 99.9 percent be away from Yeovil. We thank him for his job."

Caulker's season is not entirely over yet. At the end of this month, he will travel to the Ukraine where he will hopefully play in three matches for the England Under-19s.

Steven's final interview with BBC Somerset can be read via the link below. The very best of luck to him in what is likely to be a very promising future.

Link: Steven Caulker Talks To The BBC After The 3-0 Win Over Oldham.

Link: 2009-10 First Team End Of Season Awards Full List.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Game (including his final thoughts on Steven).

Link: Caulker Gets Triple England Call-Up.


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5 May 2010 : Seagulls Duo Suspended For Saturday
Saturday's opponents Brighton and Hove Albion will go into the match with Yeovil Town missing two players. Both have been suspended in a season that has seen eleven Seagulls players sent off so far.

The latest came on Saturday when Stoke City loanee Diego Arismendi got into a spot of handbags with MK Dons player Alex Rae. Both were dismissed, and it looked as though boss Gus Poyet was planning to appeal against the red card for the Uruguayan midfielder. However, following inspection of the match video, it would appear that Stoke have asked for the appeal not to proceed. Arismendi's ban will carry through to next season, and the FA are entitled to increase bans in the case of frivilous appeals.

They will also be missing striker Glenn Murray, who will be serving the second match in a four game ban, after he was sent off against Bristol Rovers a week and a half ago. Murray had already been sent off earlier this season, as well as accruing two separate suspensions for reaching five and ten yellow cards, lining him up to miss a total of eight matches across this season and the first two matches of next season.


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5 May 2010 : Steven Caulker's Post-Oldham Interview
Following Saturday's 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town's on loan defender Steven Caulker spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the full transcript of the Tottenham Hotspur player's interview is available via the link below.

Link: Steven Caulker Talks To The BBC After The 3-0 Win Over Oldham.

Link: Super Gav Or Caulks Here Next Season? Fuggedaboutit!

Link: 2009-10 First Team End Of Season Awards Full List.

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

Link: Gavin Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Win Over Oldham.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Game.


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5 May 2010 : Last Call For Brighton Tickets
A reminder that Saturday's League One match against Brighton and Hove Albion is ALL TICKET for away supporters. You have until tomorrow at 5.00p.m. to purchase your tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Visit in person, or call them on 01935-847888.

For more information, see the original article linked below.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Brighton.

Link: GWSC Travel To Brighton.

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

Link: Ohhh! Suits You, Sir! - Capital Glovers Plans For Brighton and Hove Albion.


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5 May 2010 : Spot Kicks Settle County Cup Final
Western League Premier Division side Welton Rovers are the new holders of the Somerset Premier Cup after they won the final played at Huish Park last night. In front of a crowd of 418, the match against Southern League side Bridgwater Town finished with a 0-0 scoreline. The game was eventually settled by spot-kicks, with Welton triumphing 4-2, to raise the trophy for the first time in their history.


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4 May 2010 : Officials For Brighton and Hove Albion vs Yeovil Town
Officials have been announced for Saturday's final League One match of the 2009-10 season. The game between Brighton and Hove Albion and Yeovil Town will be looked after by Steve Tanner (Somerset). Whilst it's not too unusual to get a Somerset-based referee for a home game, it's certainly not common to get one for an away match.

Despite being a pretty local referee, Mr Tanner has not had too many trips to Huish Park, and even then usually for lower key matches such as a pre-season friendly against Portsmouth or a County Cup match against Taunton Town.

As far as the Football League is concerned, his only match since we moved up to League One came in January 2010 for the home match against Exeter City. In what was a fairly competitive West Country derby, he gave us no grief to speak from and came out of the match having raised his yellow card just the one - to an Exeter player. Prior to that, he took charge of an England Under 18s match against Holland back in March 2007.

Going backwards in time, there's only a couple more meetings to speak of in the Football League. Home wins over Cambridge United and Boston United in 2003 and 2005 prompted nothing too vicious to say about him, and certainly nothing that warrants a mention given how much time has passed since then.

Mr Tanner will be assisted by Steve Creighton (Berkshire) and Gary Young (Bedfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Rob Whitton (Essex).

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 2 Exeter City 1.

Link: March 2007 : England U18s 4 Holland U18s 1.

Link: July 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Portsmouth 4.

Link: January 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Cambridge United 1.

Link: September 2003 : Yeovil Town 2 Boston United 0.


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4 May 2010 : Pools Disciplinary Case Adjourned
League One side Hartlepool United have been told that they will need to wait until Thursday to hear the outcome of their two disciplinary hearings this week. Pools had the first of those hearings today with the Football League regarding the fielding of an ineligible player in their Easter Monday home match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Defender Gary Liddle is the player concerned, and he has been giving similar charges to Hartlepool for his role in the affair, after he played 90 minutes in a match two days after being issued with his 10th yellow card of the season. The Football Disciplinary Commission has adjourned to consider its decision, and plan to release their verdict after the second Football Association hearing on Thursday.

The general expectation is that Hartlepool will face a three point deduction, to remove the points they won in the game against the Seagulls, although the Football Disciplinary Commission and Hartlepool United give no hint as to what, if anything, has been decided so far. Any points deduction would push Pools back into relegation trouble just before the last weekend of the season - the current League Table shows them as mathematically safe.


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4 May 2010 : Levelling The Playing Field For Next Season
As one season closes, managers up and down the country will already be turning their attention to the 2010-11 season. Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has revealed that he has already been considering who he wants to offer contracts to next year, and he is most certainly not alone.

Some managers - and players for that matter - look likely to find a few nasty surprises when they are given their playing budgets for the 2010-11 season though, with a few Chairmen and Boards around League One deciding that now is the time to tighten their belts. Find out who is cutting back and what effect it might have on the Glovers, via the link below.

Link: Football League Blog : Levelling The Playing Field For Next Season.


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4 May 2010 : Peltier Wins Award At New Club
Former Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Lee Peltier has proved to be a major hit with his new club by winning one of their Player of the Season awards. Lee, who is now with League One rivals Huddersfield Town, won their 2009-10 Players' Player Of The Season award at the Galpharm Stadium in his first season with the Terriers.

The former Liverpool trainee has been mainly used as a right-back this season, although has added to the midfield and centre-back roles that he played for the Glovers by turning out as a left-back in Huddersfield's recent matches. He has made 47 appearances since leaving the Glovers for a fee believed to be in the region of £150,000 last summer. With Huddersfield lying in 6th place in the League One table, he should add at least three more to that total, with their place in the play-offs guaranteed.

Lee made 77 appearances for Yeovil Town, scoring one goal, before leaving the club in the summer of 2009.

Link: Lee Peltier : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 May 2010 : Huish Park To Host County Cup Final Tonight
A reminder that Huish Park is hosting the Somerset Premier Cup final tonight. The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and features Welton Rovers, who knocked Yeovil Town Reserves out in the semi-final, taking on Bridgwater Town.

Welton Rovers finished fifth in the Western League Premier Division, and are in the final of the competition for the first time in their history. Meanwhile Bridgwater Town have had a busy end to their season, having reached the Southern League Division One South & West play-off final, only to fall to Cirencester Town through a 4-3 extra time defeat. Whilst Bridgwater should start the match as favourites, the question will be whether playing 120 minutes on Saturday and losing will have sapped them physically and mentally.

Welton report that the upstairs bar in the Huish Park Main Stand will be open from around 6.30p.m. We don't have admission prices for this game yet but would assume they are in line with prices for Yeovil Town's previous matches in this competition.


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3 May 2010 : Terry Skiverton's Pre-Kick-Off Oldham Interview
Having already posted Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton's post-match interview from the Oldham Athletic game, his pre-kick-off interview has also been archived. Skivo answered questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden and the transcript of that interview is available via the link below along with others from the weekend.

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

Link: Gavin Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Win Over Oldham.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Game.


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3 May 2010 : Super Gav Makes Team Of The Week Again
Yeovil Town's on-loan attacking midfielder Gavin Williams has been named in the Football League's Team of the Week for League One. The Bristol City playmaker provided the free kick for Gavin Tomlin's opening goal, and then scored twice himself in the 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

Having set up five goals and scored five himself, across seven games, there's no doubt that his inclusion in the Team of the Week is thoroughly deserved. It's the second time he's been nominated during his time at Huish Park, having been previously chosen after the 3-1 win at Stockport County. The full line-up is as follows:

Darren Randolph (Charlton)
Gavin Hoyte (Brighton), Josh Gowling (Gillingham), Ian Goodison (Tranmere), Zoumana Bakayogo (Tranmere)
Stephen Hughes (Norwich), Alan McCormack (Southend), Sean Thornton (Leyton Orient), Daniel Ward (Swindon)
Gavin Williams (Yeovil Town), Billy Paynter (Swindon Town)

Link: Gavin Williams's Post-Oldham Interview.

Link: Super Gav Or Caulks Here Next Season? Fuggedaboutit!.

Link: 26/04/2010 : Craig Alcock In Team Of The Week.

Link: 12/04/2010 : Gavin Williams In Team Of The Week.

Link: 02/03/2010 : Steven Caulker and Shaun MacDonald In Team Of The Week.

Link: 08/02/2010 : Dean Bowditch In Team Of The Week.

Link: 25/01/2010 : Ryan Mason and Stefan Stam In Team Of The Week.

Link: 19/10/2009 : Ryan Mason In Team Of The Week.

Link: 12/10/2009 : Scott Murray In Team Of The Week.

Link: 05/10/2009 : Steven Caulker In Team Of The Week.

Link: 28/09/2009 : Craig Alcock and Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 14/09/2009 : Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 24/08/2009 : Jon Obika In Team Of The Week.

Link: 11/08/2009 : Andy Welsh In Team Of The Week.


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3 May 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Mission Accomplished
The final home match of the 2009-10 season means that Taff is on hand to pick apart Saturday's 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic. Looking at the players from an individual point of view, as well as the team as a whole, there is the usual full run-down of everything that happened on Saturday. You'll also find that Taff will be paying no attention to next weekend's final game at Brighton and Hove Albion. Does he have a legitimate reason for this? You decide.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Mission Accomplished.


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3 May 2010 : GWSC Travel To Brighton
Departure times and prices are available for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club for the forthcoming trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. The match takes place at the Withdean Stadium, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 8th May 2010.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 8.45a.m. and then Huish Park at 9.15a.m. Cost of travel will be £18.00 for adults, with concessions available at £16.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Again, a reminder that this match is an all-ticket game for away supporters - for full details, see the Ciderspace guide linked below.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Brighton.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton.

Link: Ohhh! Suits You, Sir! - Capital Glovers Plans For Brighton and Hove Albion.


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3 May 2010 : Gavin Williams's Post-Oldham Interview
Following yesterday's 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Gavin Williams spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the full transcript of the Bristol City player's interview is available via the link below.

Link: Gavin Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Win Over Oldham.


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3 May 2010 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Brighton
The Devon and Dorset Greens have organised travel for Yeovil Town's next away trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. The match takes place at the Withdean Stadium on Saturday 8th May with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Their minibus will be leaving Huish Park at 8.30a.m. If they can fill the minibus, then the cost of travel will be £12.00. The trip will include a stop going up and going back, along with any others as required.

To book a place, call Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton.

Link: Ohhh! Suits You, Sir! - Capital Glovers Plans For Brighton and Hove Albion.


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3 May 2010 : Skivo Made Mind Up On Future Contracts A Month Ago
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that he made up his mind over which players he wants to keep for next season around a month ago. Skiverton is facing a very busy summer, with only five players contracted for next season and in just over a week's time is likely to publicly reveal the names of the players who will be shown the door, along with those he wants to keep.

The Glovers have had a long-standing policy established long before Skiverton became manager to not commence contract talks with players until they know what division they are going to be in. Now with League One safety guaranteed, the Yeovil boss has told the Plymouth Herald that he plans to start telling the players where their futures lie:

"I made my mind up a month ago on the players' futures, but we were in a situation where we needed to keep going and keep people's spirits up. To tell a player that they're not going to get a contract is not fair and everyone knew they had to keep fighting for survival. I've done it myself. I signed four or five one-year contracts with Gary Johnson, so I'm not asking the lads to do anything I haven't had to do. We've only got five contracted players for next season, that's all. But that gives us a world of opportunity because there will be a whole host of players out of contract this summer. I'll be chatting to all the players this week so it'll be a busy time, but we haven't got the pressure of needing to get three points on Saturday."


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3 May 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Brighton
For those heading to Yeovil Town's final match of the 2009-10 season, the Ciderspace guide to Brighton and Hove Albion is now available. Featuring a club background, directions to the ground, including parking information that you'll need to read very carefully, a pub guide, and all sorts of other things, it is available via the link below.

Note that this is an ALL TICKET match for away supporters - no tickets will be available on the day of the game. Full ticketing information and prices can be found in the guide.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Brighton.


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2 May 2010 : Half Time Scores Spurred Glovers On
It's always a dilemma for a manager to consider at the tail end of any season. Do you tell your players how the opposition are doing, so they tailor their game accordingly? Or do you keep them in the dark, and ensure that they are fully focussed on their own game and the task in hand?

At half time in yesterday's home match against Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town were a goal up through Gavin Tomlin, but Tranmere Rovers had just gone a goal up against Millwall, whilst Gillingham and Exeter City were also ahead.

Perhaps surprisingly, given that the Glovers were already on track for survival, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that he told his side how things were going at Prenton Park, because he didn't want his side to rest on the single goal advantage that they had:

"It was a really pressurised situation but we came through. The players were edgy as well as we knew we needed to get another goal to add to the one in the first half. I told the players at half-time the Tranmere score and they knew as well as I did that we needed to win this game."

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Game.

Link: Yeovil 3 Oldham 0 : Safety Guaranteed With Ease For Glovers.

Link: League One Round-Up : Three Down, One To Go.


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2 May 2010 : League One Round-Up : Three Down, One To Go
With Yeovil Town achieving League One safety yesterday, the axe fell on one more side as the penultimate set of matches were played in the division. The team to fall were Wycombe Wanderers, whose late charge of three wins in four games, up until yesterday, proved to be too late to save them from the drop.

Wycombe's problem yesterday was that they came up against another team who have been in good form - Leyton Orient have recorded three wins in five matches since the arrival of former Glovers manager Russell Slade at Brisbane Road, and their 2-0 win over Wanderers condemned their opponents, as well as guaranteeing Orient a League One place for next season. Having rescued Brighton and Hove Albion last season, Slade did it again with goals from Ryan Jarvis and Scott McGleish.

With Wycombe, Southend United and Stockport County all now destined for League Two next season, there is now just one place left to fill. One of Tranmere Rovers, Exeter City, Gillingham and on a technicality, Hartlepool United, will take that final position and all of them picked up points yesterday to keep the pressure up.

Tranmere's 2-0 win over Millwall also livened up the automatic promotion race, with an Ian Thomas-Moore penalty added to by an Andy Robinson strike - something that benefited both his current club and his parent club Leeds United, who were themselves making a mess of their own automatic promotion hopes by losing 1-0 at Charlton Athletic through a Richard Naylor own goal.

Gillingham also won, gaining a 2-1 victory over Southampton, but will have to travel to Wycombe Wanderers next weekend, needing points to guarantee survival. Getting points against an already relegated side sounds easy, but the Gills have not won away from home all season.

The most intriguing match in the bottom area was Hartlepool United's match against Exeter City. The 1-1 draw meant that as far as the current League Table is concerned, Pools are mathematically safe ... only they aren't. They face two hearings during the coming week that could leave them one point above the drop if an expected three point deduction is confirmed. Meanwhile Exeter will face a nervous last day - given those around them all won, they now lie above the relegation line on goal difference, and need to match Tranmere's result next Saturday to guarantee their own safety.

At the other end of the table, any of five clubs could still grab the final automatic promotion slot, although it would take quite an incredible set of results for Huddersfield Town to grab it. With Millwall (3rd) playing host to Swindon Town (4th) next weekend, the losers will know they are stuck in the play-offs, regardless of other results.

On a trivia note, if Millwall and Swindon draw by a scoreline of 2-2 or more next week, and Leeds lose their match against Bristol Rovers, scoring two goals less than Millwall (e.g. a 0-1 loss against a 2-2 draw for Millwall) then both clubs will end up tied. In such circumstances, automatic promotion would come down to the individual results between the two sides, with Millwall's 2-1 and 2-0 wins over Leeds gaining them promotion. All of that assumes that a Charlton Athletic win doesn't see the Addicks leapfrog everyone!

Finally, amongst the mid-table clashes, Milton Keynes Dons took on Brighton and Hove Albion. Both teams, with nothing to play for, managed a 0-0 draw. Predictable, and now doubt a chance for any Dons or Seagulls to catch up on their sleep. Except that the two teams went into the match with a fairly incredible 18 red cards between them. Which made more more predictability - Diego Arismendi for Brighton and Alex Rae for MK Dons got involved in a spot of handbags just before the half time whistle and red cards No.19 and No.20 were produced. Trip to Wembley to see the F.A. anyone?

LEAGUE ONE UPS'N'DOWNS

Relegated From Championship: Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle and Sheffield Wednesday.

Promoted From League One: Norwich City (also Champions).
Automatic Promotion: One of Leeds United, Millwall, Swindon Town, Charlton Athletic or Huddersfield Town.
Play-Offs: Any four of the above.

Relegated From League One: Stockport County, Southend United and Wycombe Wanderers.
Other Relegation Spots: One from Tranmere Rovers, Gillingham, Exeter City or Hartlepool United.

Promoted From League Two: Notts County, Rochdale and AFC Bournemouth.
Play-Offs: Rotherham United, Aldershot, plus any two from Bury, Dagenham and Redbridge, Chesterfield, Port Vale, Morecambe or Northampton Town.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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2 May 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Game
Following yesterday's 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the full transcript of Skivo's interview is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Game.


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2 May 2010 : Ladies Triumph Over Pilgrims
Yeovil Town Ladies grabbed a priceless victory against Plymouth Argyle Ladies this afternoon in their South West Combination Womenís Football League match against the Pilgrims. Argyle have been a bogey side for the Glovers over the years, and on paper at least, this was the toughest of Yeovil's remaining matches.

A first half goal from Kim Turner gave the Glovers the lead, stabbing the ball home from close range, after a goalmouth scramble had ensued following a Glovers corner. This was a first half that was relatively even, despite the Pilgrims having home advantage.

The second period started with Plymouth putting on huge pressure for the opening 20 minutes, with goalkeeper Rachael Simkin pulling off a string of saves to keep Yeovil in the game. Against the run of play though, Yeovil doubled their lead when a well-taken Georgia Coles free kick was slipped through to Kim Turner who netted her second of the match to make it 2-0.

The final 20 minutes of the match saw both sides go for it with fire and fury and in the midst of some fierce tackling the Glovers suffered a set-back when Lindsey Roe was giving her marching orders for kicking out at an opponent to leave Yeovil needing to play out the game with 10 on the field. However, they held on to radically increase their chances of gaining promotion and the league title.

Starting the match three points behind leaders Chesham United, but with two games in hand, the Glovers now have an away match at Cullompton Rangers next Thursday as their next challenge. They then complete the season with a home match against Reading, and away games at Oxford City and finally Winscombe. At present, their fate is in their own hands - maximum points from those matches would guarantee the title, but any slip-ups would let Chesham, Havant and Waterlooville or Newquay back in the hunt.

Remaining Fixtures:
Thur 6th May : Cullompton Rangers (Away)
Sun May 9th : Reading (Home)
Sun May 16th : Oxford City (Away)
Sun May 23rd : Winscombe (Away)

Finally, the full match report of Yeovil Town Ladies' 2-4 defeat (after extra time) against Keynsham Town Ladies can be found on the Yeovil Town Ladies official site News Page.


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2 May 2010 : It's Hillsborough! Palace Survive In The Ultimate Six-Pointer
Every season that Yeovil Town have been in League One, they've come up against a fallen giant, suddenly finding themselves in the wilderness of third tier football. Whether it's Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Norwich City, Leicester City or Charlton Athletic at least one team has suffered the ignominy of having to take their team to places like Huish Park. For the Glovers, it becomes one of the highlights of the fixture list - a chance to see Yeovil Town on the big stage at a former Premier League ground.

Next season, there's little doubt that Hillsborough will be the highlight. Sheffield Wednesday have dropped into League One this afternoon after they could only draw with Crystal Palace at their Yorkshire ground. Needing to win to survive and send their opponents down, Wednesday were in trouble for much of the match, falling behind twice to goals from Alan Lee and Darren Ambrose. Leon Clarke put the home side back on level terms just before half time, whilst Darren Purse set up a grandstand finish with three minutes left. But Palace held on through five minutes of injury time to send their hosts down.

Unlike Norwich City and Leeds United, Wednesday should not find third tier football too much of an alien concept. They were relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2002-03 season, eventually gaining promotion via the League One play-offs at the end of the 2004-05 season. They may not have expected to return quite so quickly though.

Sheffield Wednesday join Peterborough United and Plymouth Argyle as sides relegated to League One from the Championship, whilst at the other end of the table, Blackpool - who beat Yeovil Town in the 2006-07 League One play-off final at Wembley - now lie just three matches from the Premier League after they secured the final Championship play-off place today, drawing 1-1 with Bristol City.


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2 May 2010 : Super Gav Or Caulks Here Next Season? Fuggedaboutit!
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has played down any chances the Glovers might have of seeing Bristol City midfielder Gavin Williams or Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker in a Yeovil Town shirt next season. Both have been the stars in the closing stages of this season, as part of a Glovers side that guaranteed League One football for the 2010-11 season in yesterday's 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic.

The expectation is that Williams will return to Ashton Gate in pre-season to impress new boss Steve Coppell and work his way back into Bristol City's first team. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was grateful to former boss Gary Johnson and caretaker manager Keith Millen for the opportunity to bring the Welshman back to Huish Park, but didn't see him returning next season:

"No, Gavin is a Bristol City player. Gary Johnson loaned me Gavin in the first place. Keith Millen extended it, and I think I've got to give those two a bottle of wine over the summer. Bristol City have been very good to me over the past two years. Gav has done a fantastic job for us, and if we had him for the full season, then who knows how many goals he would have got!"

The achievements of 18 year old Steven Caulker have been even more extraordinary. As Yeovil Town's most used player this season, it was little surprise that the Spurs academy player picked up four out of five of the End of Season Awards. Skiverton said that he had no doubt that Caulker would be playing at a higher level next season:

"He is a special talent. I don't want to big him up too much because he's still got a lot of learning to do but he has got all the attributes to kick on and get into Tottenham's first team. Steven's next step in his development will 99.9 percent be away from Yeovil."


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1 May 2010 : Yeovil 3 Oldham 0 : Safety Guaranteed With Ease For Glovers
Yeovil Town secured guaranteed League One status this afternoon with a convincing 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. A Gavin Tomlin header during the first half was added to by two late strikes from Gavin Williams against a Latics side that competed well in the middle third but did little to threaten the Glovers goal.

Yeovil went into the match selecting the exact same starting eleven as at Brentford, despite having had a large number of players on the treatment table during the week. It was a quiet pedestrian start to the match with neither side offering much. But the Glovers took the lead with their first proper shot of the game - a Gavin Williams free kick was taken quickly, and rushing to the near post was Gavin Tomlin to net his seventh goal of the season, planting a firm header into the corner of the net.

Having done little prior to the goal, the Glovers had their tails up for a spell after the goal with Steven Caulker putting a header wide, whilst Gavin Williams rifled a free kick from a narrow angle that was tipped over the bar. Oldham were offering nothing up front - absolutely nothing - and it wasn't the greatest of surprises when their manager Dave Penney made a substitution, switching from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2 in the process. The Glovers also had to adjust, as Gavin Tomlin went down in a crumpled heap close to the corner where the away fans were, with what appeared to be a groin or hamstring problem, and Arron Davies replaced him out on the right wing.

The second period saw Dean Bowditch spurn two great chances to increase the lead, with a one-on-one well blocked by Oldham keeper Darryl Flahavan, and then a cut-back from Gavin Williams seeing Bowditch fire his shot directly at the legs of an Oldham defender, and there was just a small worry that they might be made to pay for not turning their dominance into a more extended lead.

But in the final seven minutes, the game was finished off - and deservedly so, by the player who had run the show all game, and in most of the matches of his loan spell from Bristol City. Gavin Williams fired through a crowd of players from the edge of the box, and Dale Stephens turned the ball into his own net on 83 minutes for a goal that Williams ought to keep.

Then on 90 minutes came the goal of the game. A surging run by Craig Alcock saw a crossfield ball from Andy Welsh, and a well-drilled low cross into the box from the left that Gavin Williams gleefully turned in right in front of the home stand for his fifth goal of his loan spell at Huish Park. There's little doubt that his goals have been vital in making sure that a relegation drama did not ever become a crisis.

The final whistle blew, and Yeovil were guaranteed safety against an Oldham side who looked tired after having travelled on the day from Lancashire rather than stay overnight. Alex McCarthy barely had to do more other than to collect crosses all day, and bar a slight bit of tension when the score was 1-0 when the Latics did try and venture into the Glovers half and spoil the party, this was a fairly one-sided match.

A final word for referee Jarnail Singh. The Hounslow-based referee has travelled up through the leagues with the Glovers since their Conference days and has been one of the most regular officials on the circuit over the past decade. Furthermore he has been one of the best. Sadly, today was his last match of refereeing at Football League level. Once again he kept his high standard up, and we hope that he will go into referee assessment, to try and guide the next crop of officials to deal with matches in the same way that he has done over the years. Good luck to him in what he chooses to do.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Oldham Athletic 0.

Scorers: Gavin Tomlin (18 mins, 1-0), Gavin Williams (83 mins, 2-0), Gavin Williams (90 mins, 3-0).

Yeovil Town:
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. JP Kalala 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh
20. Gavin Williams
14. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 7. Arron Davies (41 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 19. Luke Ayling (90 mins for Gavin Williams) 23. Danny Hutchins

Oldham Athletic (4-5-1):
37. Darryl Flahavan 33. Jim Goodwin 2. Hasney Aljofree 16. Sean Gregan 21. Paul Black 19. Kieran Lee 20. Dale Stephens 26. Alex Marrow 7. Danny Whitaker 9. Pawel Abbott 11. Lewis Guy

Substitutes:
1. Dean Brill (GK) 4. Jonathan Worthington (65 mins for Jim Goodwin) 12. Kelvin Lomax 18. Chris Taylor (27 mins for Alex Marrow) 22. Ryan Brooke 27. Kirk Millar (76 mins for Kieran Lee)

Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (69 mins, foul)
Oldham Bookings: Sean Gregan (20 mins, foul), Chris Taylor (88 mins, foul)

Referee: Jarnail Singh (Hounslow, Middlesex). Assistants: Stephen Daly (Middlesex) and Wes Linden (Middlesex). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 4,513 (including approx 300 fans).


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1 May 2010 : 2009-10 First Team End Of Season Awards Full List
Yeovil Town's end of season awards took place following this afternoon's match against Oldham Athletic.

Full awards were as follows:

GWSC Awards: Steven Caulker (1st), Craig Alcock (2nd).
Western Gazette Awards: Craig Alcock (1st), Alex McCarthy (2nd), Steven Caulker (3rd).
Cary Glovers: Steven Caulker.
Away Travel Club: Steven Caulker (1st), Terrell Forbes (2nd). Recognition Award: Darren Way.
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Steven Caulker.
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: Dean Bowditch.

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


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1 May 2010 : Man Of The Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
If you were at today's match for the 3-0 win against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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1 May 2010 : Stam Hoping For Game Time Against Former Club
Yeovil Town central defender Stefan Stam says he hopes to grab some playing time today against his former club Oldham Athletic, but is more concerned with getting himself sorted for next season. Stefan has had an injury-riddled season, making just 19 appearances for the Glovers and his last game was on February 16th when he tore a hamstring muscle whilst going in for a sliding tackle in the 0-1 home defeat against Colchester United.

The initial prognosis was that Stefan would not play again this season, but during the last couple of matches he has sat on the bench, albeit without getting any game time. He has told the Western Daily Press that he would love to make his comeback against a side he played for between 2005 and 2009:

"It was really sore and I did not think I was going to be fit this season. But I am lucky I did not need an operation and lucky it just went better from there. I just hope I get some minutes against Oldham. If not, I am just happy to be fit. I just want to be training and get through the summer. I want to start all over again in pre-season and I want to get a better run. I like it here and I have got another year left on my contract."


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