Ciderspace News Page
News Archives

To subscribe to this News Page's RSS Feed, copy this link into your News Reader. Alternatively Join us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.
To go to the Ciderspace News Archives, click here.
To see all news for September 2017 click here.
To see all news for August 2017 click here.

31 May 2011 : Scott Davies Heads To Crawley
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Scott Davies has signed a contract with League Two newcomers Crawley Town. The 23 year old was a free agent after being released by Reading following their Championship play-off final defeat, and he has been instantly snapped up by the Sussex club.

The Crawley Observer claim that Davies chose them despite interest from Colchester United, Wycombe Wanderers, Aldershot Town and Northampton Town. He did not play for Reading during last season, but clocked up appearances with Wycombe Wanderers in League Two turning out ten times, before switching to Bristol Rovers in January for whom he played seven matches.

Crawley have also signed up former Bristol City striker John Akinde, whose name was linked with Yeovil Town on a number of occasions as a possible loan target whilst he was at Ashton Gate.

Link: Scott Davies : Yeovil Town Statistics.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

31 May 2011 : 2011-12 FA Cup Round Dates
Provisional dates for next season's FA Cup matches have been agreed. With leagues up and down the country sorting out their 2011-12 fixtures, ready for publication during June, weekend dates for each round are now available.

Yeovil Town will enter the competition on the weekend of November 12th, at the First Round Proper stage. Full listings are as follows:

20/08/2011 : FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
17/09/2011 : FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
01/10/2011 : FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
15/10/2011 : FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
29/10/2011 : FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round

12/11/2011 : FA Cup 1st Round Proper
03/12/2011 : FA Cup 2nd Round
07/01/2012 : FA Cup 3rd Round
28/01/2012 : FA Cup 4th Round
18/02/2012 : FA Cup 5th Round
17/03/2012 : FA Cup 6th Round
14-15/04/2012 : FA Cup Semi-Finals
05/05/2012 : FA Cup Final

All of the dates that are relevant to the Glovers have been merged into our master 2011-12 Key Fixture Dates page, which is linked below, but is also provided on the Forthcoming Events section of the Ciderspace home page.

Link: 2011-12 Season Key Fixture Dates.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

31 May 2011 : Sulivan Makes Capital Switch
Former Yeovil Town loan goalkeeper John Sullivan has made a short switch across London to sign for League One side Charlton Athletic. The 23 year old has penned a two year deal at The Valley, after being released by Championship side Millwall at the end of last season.

Sullivan finished the 2010-11 season on loan with the Addicks, joining them on March 17th, and eventually seeing his loan spell extended until the end of the season. There he made four appearances as he covered for injuries amongst Charlton's permanent staff, being reunited with former Glovers goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts.

The former Brighton and Hove Albion trainee made 17 appearances for the Glovers during the season just gone, with his time at Huish Park interrupted slightly by a shoulder injury. He returned to the New Den after the turn of the year, but two months later made his second loan move by heading to The Valley.

Link: John Sullivan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

31 May 2011 : Early Bird Season Ticket Deadline Extended
Yeovil Town have extended the deadline for supporters wishing to purchase Season Tickets at the 'Early Bird' price. The prices will now be valid until Friday 3rd June, with the Ticket Office open on that day until 4.00p.m. For any queries, call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888, or see the two articles below for full details of pricing options.

The club state that they have extended the deadline as "with half term continuing this week the club felt it would be only fair to extend the offer to the new date."

Link: 2011-12 Season Ticket and Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: 2011-12 Season Ticket Prices See Prices Rise.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

31 May 2011 : Caley Place Doubt On Glovers Friendly
Yeovil Town's home pre-season friendly against Inverness Caledonian Thistle has been placed under doubt, with the Scottish Premier League side struggling to find opponents to play as part of their tour of South-West England. Caley are due to visit Huish Park on July 12th, in what is currently the Glovers' opening pre-season friendly and are then due to play Bristol Rovers two days later, with the Scots staying in the area as part of their pre-season plans.

However, to make the trip worthwhile, assistant manager Maurice Malpas has told the Inverness Courier that they need to schedule a third pre-season friendly in the area, and that if they can't get something organised during this time then they may pull their plans to head to the West Country:

"If we donít get a third game, we will probably just cancel the trip. Hopefully we can get something confirmed. We will need to get that done in the next three or four days."


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

31 May 2011 : Final Day For Early Bird Season Tickets
A reminder that today is the final day for Yeovil Town supporters to purchase their Season Tickets at advance prices. Glovers fans have until 5.00p.m. today to send their applications to the Huish Park Ticket Office to be able to purchase tickets at the 'Early Bird' price. From June 1st, prices will go up - for an adult standing on the home terrace this is a £32 difference - other tariffs will vary.

For more information, see the original article below, or the dedicated pricing page. Take your application form into the Ticket Office along with your payment by close of business today. For any queries, call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

Link: 2011-12 Season Ticket and Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: 2011-12 Season Ticket Prices See Prices Rise.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

30 May 2011 : 2011-12 Early League One Title Betting
With all 24 of the 2011-12 Season League One sides now in place, several of the bookies have put up odds for how they believe next season will go. It's no surprise to find that Yeovil Town are ranked lowly by three sample bookmakers - this is an annual tradition by them to place the Glovers near the foot of the tree, and once again they don't disappoint on that count.

The SkyBet odds have Yeovil Town as level outsiders along with Hartlepool United at 66/1, ranking League Two play-off winners Stevenage as half those odds. Meanwhile Bet365 have a slightly different view, seeing Stevenage and Tranmere Rovers as the two chief outsiders, but still giving Yeovil a 66/1 price along with Walsall and Hartlepool United. Finally Ladrokes price only Walsall as longer odds than Yeovil, with the Glovers put alongside Tranmere Rovers, Hartlepool United and newcomers Bury.

At the other end of the table, the bookies pretty much unanimously make Sheffield Wednesday favourites to win the title, despite their form since New Year's Day being the sort that would get a side relegated. Other fancied sides include Huddersfield Town - although they could easily get hit by the curse that has affected many teams losing the play-off final - whilst relegated pair Sheffield United and Preston North End are the other rated sides.

Twelve months ago, Bet365 issued their betting odds for the season just gone and they predicted that Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town were the three sides most likely to gain promotion from League One. Meanwhile at the other end of the table they predicted that Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town, AFC Bournemouth and Dagenham and Redbridge would be the four sides least likely to make an impact in the division. With Bournemouth reaching the play-offs, and Sheffield Wednesday finishing below Yeovil Town in the table, not everything the bookies come up with turns out the way they thought it would do.

The full odds from the three sample bookmakers (we'd recommend you check other bookies before placing any bets) are as follows:

SkyBet Outright Winner:
Sheffield Wednesday 5/1 ; Huddersfield Town, Preston North End 6/1 ; Sheffield United 7/1 ; Charlton Athletic 9/1 ; Scunthorpe United 10/1 ; AFC Bournemouth 14/1 ; Milton Keynes Dons 16/1 ; Carlisle United, Colchester United 25/1 ; Brentford, Bury, Chesterfield, Exeter City, Notts County, Rochdale 33/1 ; Leyton Orient, Stevenage, Tranmere Rovers, Wycombe Wanderers 40/1 ; Oldham Athletic, Walsall 50/1 ; Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town 66/1.

Bet365 Outright Winner:
Sheffield Wednesday 9/2 ; Sheffield United 11/2 ; Preston North End, Huddersfield Town 6/1 ; Milton Keynes Dons, Scunthorpe United, Charlton Athletic 14/1 ; Brentford, AFC Bournemouth 25/1 ; Colchester United 28/1 ; Chesterfield, Notts County, Carlisle United, Leyton Orient 33/1 ; Rochdale, Exeter City 40/1 ; Oldham Athletic, Bury, Wycombe Wanderers 50/1 ; Walsall, Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town 66/1 ; Stevenage, Tranmere Rovers 80/1.

Ladbrokes Outright Winner:
Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End 6/1 ; Sheffield United 7/1 ; Scunthorpe United, Charlton Athletic, Milton Keynes Dons 14/1 ; AFC Bournemouth 16/1 ; Exeter City, Colchester United, Leyton Orient 20/1 ; Carlisle United 22/1 ; Notts County, Brentford, Chesterfield 25/1 ; Rochdale, Oldham Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers, Stevenage 33/1 ; Tranmere Rovers, Hartlepool United, Bury, Yeovil Town 40/1 ; Walsall 50/1.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

30 May 2011 : Rovers Buckle Up For Life In League Two
Relegated League One side Bristol Rovers, who will play in fourth tier football next season, have finally appointed their new first team manager. They have named Paul Buckle, who over the weekend took charge of Torquay United in a League Two play-off final, despite it being one of the worst kept secrets that he would be leaving the Gulls for Rovers as soon as the match was finished.

With Rovers now heading for League Two, Buckle will come up against his old club next season, with both sides doubtless hoping to gain promotion next season. The Gulls have already had two weeks to contemplate who their next manager should be - the South Devon Herald Express list those who they feel should be on Torquay's short list, which intriguingly includes former Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope who is reportedly still on the Rovers payroll after they failed to negotiate exit terms for him when he was fired last December.

The Devon paper also names Yeovil Town midfielder Alex Russell as a candidate, although there is a hint that they're trying to pin the tail on the donkey, naming a number of people with current or past Plainmoor connections. Russell is a former Gulls player who was part of their squad that gained promotion to League One in 2004 under Leroy Rosenior. He is currently out of contract at Huish Park - although the paper suggests that he has signed a one year contract with the Glovers, our understanding is that has yet to happen. The paper states that Russell has been taking his coaching badges in recent years, and at the age of 38 will inevitably be interested in any chance of a move into management.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

29 May 2011 : Clowes Thrilled At Pro Contract Offer
Yeovil Town Under-18s striker Rob Clowes has said that he is thrilled at the opportunity of signing his first ever professional contract with the Glovers. The Queen's College, Taunton pupil is one of three players in last season's Youth Team who have been offered full contracts at Huish Park, with central defender Rhys Baggridge and right-winger Lewis Clarke stepping up a level after their two year scholarships at the club.

The trio were given their offers during mid-April and speaking via his college's website, Rob said that he had little hesitation in taking the opportunity as he had been planning a year out from education regardless:

"I've been with the youth team for a couple of years now and three of us have been offered full-time contracts from July 1st. I'm really thrilled. If I hadn't made the grade I was always going to take this coming year as a Gap Year, so I haven't got a big dilemma about whether to turn down a university place. I may apply next year though. I'll just see how it goes."

The college report that Rob is currently studying A-Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Maths, as well as playing the French Horn in the school orchestra. Despite him being on the club's two year football scholarship programme, Queen's College worked out a timetable with him that would allow him to combine completing his A-Levels yet still being able to train with the football club when required.

Link: Three Glovers Youngsters Offered Professional Deals.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

29 May 2011 : Three Goal Burst Gives Posh Promotion
The 2011-12 season League One line-up is now complete following the League One play-off final at Old Trafford this afternoon. Peterborough United's three goal burst in seven minutes destroyed a Huddersfield Town side who had been giving as good as they'd got right up until the 78th minute of a fiercely competitive match.

A flicked header from Tommy Rowe was followed up a minute later by a deflected Craig Mackail-Smith shot that doubled their lead. Then a Grant McCann free kick curled over a defensive wall put the icing on the cake to silence the Terriers fans, who had dominated the 48,410 attendance on the day, but came out of the match with merely another season at League One level to deal with.

This means the final ups and downs relevant to next season's League One clubs are as follows:

Relegated To League One: Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United, Preston North End.

Promoted From League One: Brighton and Hove Albion (Champions), Southampton
League One Play-Off Winners: Peterborough United
Relegated From League One: Dagenham and Redbridge, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town.

Promoted From League Two: Chesterfield (Champions), Bury, Wycombe Wanderers.
League Two Play-Off Winners: Stevenage.

Staying In League One: Huddersfield Town, Milton Keynes Dons, AFC Bournemouth, Leyton Orient, Rochdale, Colchester United, Brentford, Carlisle United, Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Hartlepool United, Tranmere Rovers, Oldham Athletic, Walsall.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

28 May 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Shift One Out, Get A Load In?
Whoever came up with the saying that 'No news is good news' clearly hadn't experienced the football close season. With the calendar about to flip into the month of June, concrete news on Yeovil Town has been hard to come by.

In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, our scribe Cruncher considers the problems of such a void, and also of unconfirmed rumours that tend to circulate in such circumstances. Read on via the link below. As usual views on what is close to the mid-point of the football-free summer (from a Yeovil Town perspective) are welcomed via the Comment facility.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Shift One Out, Get A Load In?


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

28 May 2011 : The Return Of Westley
Yeovil Town will be playing Stevenage during the 2011-12 season, after they won the League Two play-off final this afternoon. The Boro beat their opponents 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to a John Mousinho goal just before half time.

Their win means the return of former Farnborough Town manager Graham Westley who Glovers fans will remember well from our days in the Conference. It's also a reunion with Stevenage, now minus the Borough part to their name, who only entered the Football League 12 months ago.

This afternoon's match leaves just one League One place to be decided, with tomorrow's League One play-off final between Huddersfield Town and Peterborough United deciding the right to the final promotion place to the Championship.

Relegated To League One: Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United, Preston North End.

Promoted From League One: Brighton and Hove Albion (Champions), Southampton
League One Play-Off Winners: Huddersfield Town or Peterborough United
Relegated From League One: Dagenham and Redbridge, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town.

Promoted From League Two: Chesterfield (Champions), Bury, Wycombe Wanderers.
League Two Play-Off Winners: Stevenage.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

27 May 2011 : Tudur Jones Gains Sixth Welsh Cap
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Owain Tudur Jones made his second international appearance for Wales in three days tonight as part of another Nations Cup match. Their opponents at Lansdowne Road were Northern Ireland, and the Welsh went on to secure a 2-0 win, thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsey and Rob Earnshaw.

Tonight manager Gary Speed did a near full squad rotation with 10 changes from Wednesday night's side and that meant that Owain sat on the bench for the start of the match. However, he still came on in the 63rd minute - getting himself booked for a foul four minutes later, but then watching Earnshaw double the Welsh lead a minute later.

Tonight's appearance in Dublin was Owain's sixth appearance for the full Wales international side, with him having gained his first ever start in Wednesday night's match against Scotland.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

27 May 2011 : Glovers Set Saints Friendly Fixture
Yeovil Town have arranged their fourth pre-season friendly for the forthcoming 2011-12 season. Their opponents will be South Coast side Southampton who have just been promoted out of League One back into the Championship after two seasons at third tier level. The match will be played at Huish Park on Saturday 30th July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and thus will represent the club's final Saturday fixture before the season proper starts.

Other friendlies arranged so far are the three home matches against Bristol City, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Cardiff City. All dates for these and other relevant 2011-12 Season key dates can be found on the Ciderspace Home Page under the Forthcoming Events section of that page.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

27 May 2011 : Wilson Takes Blades Job
League One newcomers Sheffield United have appointed the familiar name of Danny Wilson as their new manager. Wilson has been given a three year contract at Bramall Lane today as they prepare for life in third tier football.

Wilson has yet to appoint his assistant manager, but has given club captain Chris Morgan the title of player-coach as part of his new management team. It marks his return to the city of Sheffield after an 11 year absence, having also managed rivals Sheffield Wednesday over a two year period.

He has spent much of his management career working with clubs around League One level - having spent four years at Bristol City after leaving Hillsborough. But he could not get them promoted, and switched to Milton Keynes Dons after the Robins chose not to renew his contract at the end of a four year term. However, Wilson's stay with the franchised club was not a happy one - at the end of his two years there he was at the helm as the Dons dropped into League Two at the end of the 2005-06 season - that was to cost him his job.

Wilson quickly returned to football, taking over the reins at another club that had suffered relegation with the Dons, becoming Hartlepool United's manager. There he enjoyed success, taking Pools back up into League One at the first time of asking, but was dismissed in December 2008 after a fairly average sequence of results.

He's rarely stayed out of work for any great length of time though, and 11 days later, another League One side had taken him on - Swindon Town the next to appoint him. He came within a whisker of getting them promoted in 2009-10, as they lost the Play-Off Final 1-0 against Milwall. But the loss of Gordon Greer, Billy Paynter and Charlie Austin from that successful side saw the Robins go on a big slide during the 2010-11 season, and he resigned his position at the County Ground in March 2011, with Swindon on their way to relegation into League Two.

There had been whisperings that Plymouth Argyle manager Peter Reid and Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade had been approached for the job, whilst local media claimed that Mark Robins would get the job.

In terms of Slade, there has been speculation that Barnsley may return to Orient for a second time as they struggle to replace Mark Robins, having already been knocked back by Rochdale's Keith Hill. With Bristol Rovers widely expected to take Paul Buckle from Torquay United as soon as the League Two play-offs finish, and Bury still yet to appoint their new boss, there's room for a fair bit of merry-go-round business this summer amongst the management positions in the lower end of the Football League.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

26 May 2011 : Sodje Carries On Shaking
Former Yeovil Town central defender Efe Sodje will be back in League One next season, after agreeing a new contract with Bury on Thursday. The Anglo-Nigerian has signed a two year contract at Gigg Lane despite being 38 years old and will continue to combine his playing and coaching roles at the club.

The cynical view was always that Efe needed to move clubs every year in order to launch a new range of kufis (the formal name for Sodje's trademark bandana) in a new set of colours at each club he signed up a merchandising deal with! However, at Bury he's rather bucked that theory - making 145 appearances for the Shakers since arriving on loan in February 2008.

With Bury gaining promotion from League Two at the end of the season just gone, Sodje will now be back in third tier football. The Shakers look likely to play at that level with a new manager, with Alan Knill having left them for Scunthorpe United at the tail end of last season. Caretaker boss Richard Barker saw them through their last eight games, gaining six straight wins in the process and picking up the April League Two manager of the month, but it looks as though even that will not get him the job. The Manchester Evening News are tipping former Carlisle United manager Neil McDonald to get the job.

Elsewhere, former Glovers midfielder Gareth Risbridger has extended his stay at Boreham Wood. Gareth spent three years at Huish Park between 1998 and 2001 before moving on to Southend United, but has largely plied his trade in non-league football around the Home Counties area, turning out for Dover Athletic, Salisbury City, Aylesbury United, Staines Town and Bracknell Town. He suffered a serious injury whilst playing for Staines, through a bladed football boot that saw him out of the game for 30 months, but came back into the game via Bracknell Town, before joining Boreham Wood.

Another former midfielder is looking for another club, as Simon Weatherstone has been released by Eastbourne Borough. The 31 year old scored seven times in 77 matches during his two year stay at Priory Lane, but the Sussex side were relegated from the Conference National division at the end of last season and are looking to revamp their squad as a result. Weatherstone has worked his way through Hornchurch, Stevenage Borough, Weymouth and Crawley Town since leaving Yeovil, and went part time at Eastbourne to allow him a chance to launch his own business.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

26 May 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies Appoint Permanent Management Teams
Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club have the pleasure of announcing that Nigel Williams and Sarah Lawler have been appointed joint first team managers on a permanent basis with immediate effect.

Lawler and Williams took over the management of the senior squad after Steve Phelps stepped down in March, and despite the first team's relegation from the Premier League all at the club were impressed with the way the two continued to move the squad forward. Their full time appointment was made unopposed at the May 2011 committee meeting.

Former reserve team boss Chris White has also been appointed assistant manager on a full times basis, and Andy Dickinson has been confirmed the full time manager of the Reserves, with Mike Board his assistant manager.

"It is great news that Sarah and Nigel have agreed to stay on along with Chris White as their appointment was key to moving the entire club forward," club Chairman David Mills said this afternoon. "They did an excellent job under trying circumstances as caretakers late this season, and confirming their appointment now means that they can start to put their ideas into action over the summer ready for what should be a great 2011/12 season."

Speaking in relation to the Reserve team David Mills said, "Andy and Mike make a great combination, and this plus their close liaison with the first team managers means that although we have two senior teams they act as one unit, something that is vital as the reserve team structure helps to develop future first team players."

Nigel Williams spoke today of his delight at his new appointment, explaining that he cannot wait to get the job under way.

"Sarah and I are extremely pleased to be officially given the management of Yeovil Town Ladies first team," he said. "In the last part of the season we made minor changes to the team and the set up, but we both felt that the changes made were only the start of a successful future. It was important that the team were given a quick decision on the management appointments, so they knew what they were returning to at the start of pre-season training. Although we have been talking to each other about future plans we can now move in a positive direction and make strides into how we want to take the team forward.

"We would like to thank the team for the commitment they gave us at the end of the season and the committee for giving us this opportunity. It is now up to us to show that the right choice has been made. We have a great bunch of players, who we want to keep together as we already have our sights set on a return to the Premier League. You do not do that by letting players go, and the first job we have is to get full commitment from our squad and intend on meeting players as early as we can to get signatures on paper
."

Sarah Lawler mirrored her colleague's comments, and added:

"I am pleased that Nigel and I have been officially announced as Yeovil Town Ladies first team managers. I have enjoyed working with Nigel over the last few games of the season and cannot wait for the new season to start. We have the same ideas for the team and the way we want them to play, and we have a fantastic group of players to work with. Both of us are focussed individuals who want success for Yeovil Town Ladies. We will be working really hard to bring this success to the team and offer players an excellent opportunity to develop individually and as a squad.

"Pre-season starts on the 3rd July for the players, and we are already back planning strategy training schedules and development. We are both proud to be named as Yeovil Town Ladies joint managers and can only say that our commitment to the job is one hundred per cent
."

We are sure that all connected with Yeovil Town with join us in wishing Nigel, Sarah, Chris, Andy and Mike all the best with their new appointments.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

26 May 2011 : Starnes: Negotiations With Young Players Continuing
Yeovil Town look to be heading into the month of June still awaiting their first signing since the 2010-11 season ended. As with most recent seasons, it seems likely that there will be an extensive number of new players heading to Huish Park, with the Glovers currently only having five contracted senior players on their books at present - captain Paul Huntington, defender/midfielder Luke Ayling, winger/striker Andy Williams and midfielders Ed Upson and Paul Wotton.

However, as yet Glovers fans are having to be patient to hear about any incoming players, as well as news on any of the seven out of contract players who have been given contract offers for next season.

Today's Western Daily Press and Western Gazette papers quote both Chief Executive Martyn Starnes and first team manager Terry Skiverton, who are both typically upbeat in their views of how the summer is going. Starnes puts emphasis on youth, suggesting that the players Skiverton is looking to recruit will be players near the start of their footballing careers:

"Negotiations are in progress with the players that we are looking to hang on to and we are talking with a number of talented young players that we want to bring in so we have got an exciting young squad to keep the momentum going."

Skiverton takes a slightly different slant on the situation, suggesting that there will be some 'big' names in the frame once the Glovers get into pre-season. He also suggests that players may be signed up by the club, but mothballed initially, to allow news on players to be drip-fed out to the masses, rather than named as a single job lot:

"There will be players in and out, and players may be signed but we will sit on it to make sure we are letting out information gradually and we are not putting our eggs in one basket. Later on in pre-season there will be some big names in our area and we will be looking forward to sitting them down and talking to real quality."

No names are named by either party - and not even any clues to go on, although given the number of players out of contract, it's safe to assume that signings will be coming in across all positions on the park. However, as yet the vibe is that no deals are done at present.

On an unrelated note - Skiverton states that the club are still looking to bring a Premier League side to Huish Park - at present only three friendly matches have been identified - see the Forthcoming Events list on the Home page of this site for the confirmed list so far.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

25 May 2011 : Tudur Jones Gains First Welsh Start
Further to our article on Monday, former Yeovil Town midfielder Owain Tudur Jones tonight gained his first cap for Wales for two years. The Norwich City player last appeared for his country back in June 2009 when he gained his fourth senior cap in a World Cup Qualifier against Azerbaijan.

The appearance for his national side is his first since his two loan spells with Yeovil Town, that saw him clock up 22 appearances and score two goals across both spells. He's since been out on loan with League One side Brentford although has since returned to parent club Norwich City.

Tonight was also his first full cap for Wales, with his other appearances having come from the bench. He played 72 minutes in the Nations Cup match against Scotland played in Lansdowne Road, Dublin, in a match in which the Welsh took the lead, but went on to lose by a 3-1 scoreline.

Wales next play on Friday night, with Northern Ireland their opponents at the same venue. Manager Gary Speed is likely to heavily rotate his squad though for this game, so no guarantees that Owain will play such a prominent role in that match.

Link: Owain Tudur Jones : Yeovil Town Statistics.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

25 May 2011 : Orient Refuse Tykes Approach For Slade
League One side Leyton Orient have put out a formal statement this evening revoking an approach from Championship side Barnsley for their first team manager. Former Glovers boss Russell Slade's name had been on the rumourmill in connection with the vacancy at Oakwell, which has been open since Mark Robins departed at the end of last season.

Orient state that they received a formal request from the Tykes today but immediately bounced it back, indicating that they had only just obtained a verbal agreement with Slade over an extension to his current two year deal at Brisbane Road, which currently has a year to run. Chairman Barry Hearn has told their club site:

"Russ is vitally important to this football club and after the season we have just had we sat down last week and shook hands on a new contract for him. We have a job to do here next season and we want Russ at the helm so our response to Barnsley was that they would need to look elsewhere for their next manager."

Various whisperings on the rumourmill had also linked Slade with the vacant Sheffield United position, although that has never been confirmed, with Plymouth Argyle boss Peter Reid the most consistent name mentioned in the media on that position.

In terms of Barnsley, Orient's refusal is the second knockback they've had in trying to fill their first team manager post, having had protracted negotiations with Rochdale boss Keith Hill over last weekend over the job. Hill was given formal permission by Dale to speak to the Yorkshire club, but eventually declined their offer this week - no doubt what sparked the Tykes into turning to Slade.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

25 May 2011 : Adam Stansfield Foundation Pin Badges On Sale
The Adam Stansfield Foundation has produced a new pin badge for supporters of the campaign to purchase. The sale of badges is the second piece of merchandise to be produced, following the sale of wrist bands earlier this year.

The Foundation is selling badges and wrist bands through their website. However, for now they can be purchased either directly from a member of Adam's family or by sending a cheque made payable to the Adam Stansfield Foundation to the following address:

Address: The Adam Stansfield Foundation, PO Box 174, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 0ET.

Badges cost £3.00 each, but add on £0.99 to cover postage and packing costs.

Adam Stansfield Foundation Pin Badges - Available Now
Adam Stansfield Foundation Pin Badges - Available Now
Photo © Adam Stansfield Foundation


Link: Adam Stansfield Foundation Website Store Page.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

24 May 2011 : Rising Like A Phoenix From The Flames ... OTV Plans Return
We've little doubt that many of you may have mourned the passing of the legendary fanzine On To Victory, which has had two incarnations over the years under different editorship. In an effort to prove that not everything that's good exists on the Internet these days, the printed fanzine is making a return in time for next season, with supporter Will Proctor taking the reins.

Those of you who read the two versions of the On To Victory fanzine will know what to expect, although as before, new ideas, and new formats will be welcomed. Will writes:

"Hi Everyone,

I am aiming to put together an edition of everyoneís favourite Yeovil Town based fanzine publication Ė On to Victory.

The one thing lacking at the moment is content! I have received a couple of articles but urgently need some more if I am to get this together before the start of next season.

Please send any Yeovil Town/League 1/General Football based ramblings to will_proc@yahoo.co.uk and, letís be honest, as long as it is not slanderous, itís a shoe in for publication.

This will only be a small print run but any profits generated from the sale of this OTV will be going to the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

Cheers,
Will.
"

The expectation is that the fanzine will cost £1.00 when it is put on sale, which when you consider that the last OTV edition also cost £1.00, can only be described as totally inflation-busting - expect more on this nearer the time. In the meantime, drop Will an email now!


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

24 May 2011 : Stanno Foundation Shortlisted By Supermarket Chain
Yeovil Town supporters living or working in the Exeter area can help the Adam Stansfield Foundation in their aims to become a supermarket's Local Charity of the Year. The Sainsbury's Supermarket in the Guildhall shopping centre in Exeter are asking shoppers to choose the charitable cause that the supermarket should partner with over the coming year for their company fundraising and awareness events.

Sainsbury's in Exeter have chosen Exeter Leukaemia Fund and the Devon Air Ambulance Trust in recent years and those charities have been able to take advantage of the nomination to help promote their causes by setting up a stand outside the supermarket and receiving funds through charity events and customer donations.

Obviously the Adam Stansfield Foundation would be a worthy winner - you have until tomorrow (May 25th) to place your nomination. Hence if you're in Exeter city centre over the next two days, drop in and ask Customer Services for a nomination form if they're not easily visible.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

23 May 2011 : Tudur Jones Gets International Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Owain Tudur Jones has been called up into the Wales international side. The Norwich City player has been drafted into manager Gary Speed's squad at late notice following a large number of withdrawals from their squad that will take part in the Nations Cup this week.

Tudur Jones, who has had two loan spells at Huish Park, including one in the season just gone, looks to have a good chance of winning his first cap for his country since June 2009, given that his country will play twice in three days as part of the competition, starting with Wednesday's match against Scotland in Dublin. With the Welsh also playing on Friday night at Lansdowne Road against Northern Ireland, there's likely to be a significant amount of squad rotation going on.

Speaking to Sky Sports, who will be broadcasting both Wales games live on the night, the 26 year old, who played the second half of the 2010-11 season on loan with Brentford, had been preparing for his summer holidays when he got the phonecall:

"I thought I was on my summer holidays and enjoying a bit of golf and to get the late call was very unexpected, but it is certainly something to look forward to. It's enjoyable to be a part of (the Wales squad) and just to see it because sometimes when you are looking from the outside you don't necessarily see all the details. There is enough young talent and potential within the squad to create something pretty special over the next few years."

Tudur Jones has made four appearances for his national side, with the last coming against Azerbaijan in June 2009 as part of their ill-fated 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

Link: Owain Tudur Jones : Yeovil Town Statistics.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

23 May 2011 : McCarthy Gets England Euros Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has received a call-up for this summer's UEFA Under-21s tournament. The Reading player is one of 23 players called up by Under-21s boss Stuart Pearce to take part in the UEFA European Under-21s Championship which is being staged in Denmark next month.

Pearce has cut his provisional squad down from 40 players to 23 who will be formally registered with UEFA on June 1st, assuming no late injuries or drop-outs. The tournament is taking place in Denmark, with England scheduled to play Spain (Herning, June 12th), Ukraine (Herning, June 15th) and Czech Republic (Viborg, June 19th). They must finish in the top two of their group to extend their stay in the tournament and move into the semi-finals.

Before they travel to Denmark, the Under-21s are playing a friendly against Norway on June 5th, kick-off 3.00p.m. at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium, with ticket prices £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for children - book via the Saints Website or by calling 0800 2800 050.

So far, McCarthy has played three times for England Under-21s, with his debut coming last August against Uzbekistan, and with his most recent match coming against Iceland in March. He has recently had a decent run in Reading's first team as well - playing 15 matches for the Royals following an injury to first choice keeper Adam Federici. The Australian has recently grabbed back a starting point, meaning that McCarthy did not feature in Reading's play-off matches, but seems certain to be part of their squad when they travel to Wembley to play Swansea City in the Championship play-off final next Monday.

Goalkeepers:
Frankie Fielding (Derby County), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough), Alex McCarthy (Reading)

Defenders:
Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders:
Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jack Cork (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Sunderland), Henri Lansbury (Arsenal), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton Wanderers), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Scott Sinclair (Swansea City)

Forwards:
Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Connor Wickham (Ipswich Town)


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

22 May 2011 : 2010-11 Yeovil Town Youth Team Statistics Pages
As part of a bit of summer site archiving, a completed set of 2010-11 season statistics have been produced for Yeovil Town's Under-18s side. All of the pages will be permanently available in the Statistics Section of the website, but are also linked below to represent the final set of results, with links to all of the year's match reports. There are also pages that provide the final set of goalscorers and appearances for the season.

First year scholar Lloyd Matthews topped the goalscoring charts and was also the most used player within the Under-18s side, although that was in part down to Rhys Baggridge and Lewis Clarke spending part of their season on loan with Sherborne Town, and in Clarke's case Weymouth. There were also a couple of occasions when players were called up to fill the bench for first team matches that saw them drop out.

Our extreme thanks to those who have helped us compile the Youth Team match reports and line-ups so meticulously over the past season - it is very much appreciated.

As mentioned before, Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke will now move into the full professional ranks for next season's first team squad of players - through their own individual player profile statistical pages, their career with Yeovil Town can be easily tracked from their roots in the Under-18s side.

Link: 2010-11 Youth Team Results.

Link: 2010-11 Youth Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2010-11 Youth Team Appearances.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

20 May 2011 : Gulls To Face Stevenage For Final League One Slot
Tonight's final set of play-off semi-finals failed to produce any significant drama, as Torquay United and Stevenage made their way into the League Two play-off final, thanks to their first leg performances.

Torquay battled out a low key 0-0 against Shrewsbury Town in front of 8,452 spectators in Shropshire to guarantee their route to Old Trafford on a 2-0 aggregate win. That means that Gavin Tomlin will have a chance of glory next Saturday, as part of his loan spell from Dagenham and Redbridge, whilst Matt Harrold will stay in League Two with the Shrews.

Meanwhile at the Crowne Ground, the most extraordinary things on the night were away from the football - Accrington's dreadful pitch caused by sunken drains, leaving huge tramlines on the pitch and lowering the quality on display for the 4,185 spectators. Accy also suffered from their own side's discipline, as Joe Jacobson and Sean McConville saw red in quick succession from referee Russell Booth. By the time Chris Beardsley gave Stevenage a 90th minute goal against the nine men, the tie was long decided, with Accy staying in League Two on a 3-0 aggregate defeat.

All of this simplifies next season's make-up of League One, with just the play-off finals next weekend left to decide the final line-up. The current situation is as follows:

Relegated To League One: Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United, Preston North End.

Promoted From League One: Brighton and Hove Albion (Champions), Southampton
League One Play-Off Winners: Huddersfield Town or Peterborough United
Relegated From League One: Dagenham and Redbridge, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town.

Promoted From League Two: Chesterfield (Champions), Bury, Wycombe Wanderers.
League Two Play-Off Winners: Torquay United or Stevenage.

Play-Off Finals:
Sat 28/05/2011 : League Two Play-Off Final : Stevenage vs Torquay United (Old Trafford)
Sun 29/05/2011 : League One Play-Off Final : Huddersfield Town vs Peterborough United (Old Trafford)
Mon 30/05/2011 : Championship Play-Off Final : Reading vs Swansea City (Wembley)

Link: Final 2010-11 League One Table.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

20 May 2011 : Fallon Shown The Door By Pilgrims
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Rory Fallon is on the look out for a new club after being released by departing League One side Plymouth Argyle. The New Zealander, who played for his country in the last World Cup, is one of nine players shown the door, as the Pilgrims continue to downsize following their relegation to fourth tier football this summer, and their fall into administration.

Fallon made 37 appearances during the season just gone, including six whilst on loan at Championship side Ipswich Town. He cost Argyle £300,000 when he signed for them from Swansea City back in January 2007, and popular rumour placed him at the top of their pay structure, meaning that his exit may relate principally to the Devon club's ongoing financial situation.

The other players to be released by the Pilgrims are Karl Duguid, Chris Clark, Anton Peterlin, Kristian Timar, Luke Summerfield, Jim Paterson, Marcel Seip and Steve Maclean.

Link: Rory Fallon : Yeovil Town Statistics.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

20 May 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club Annual General Meeting
Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club have given notice of their 2011 club Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held in the Glovers Lounge at Huish Park on Monday 20th June 2011, at 7.00p.m.

Any person wishing to stand for election to the committee should submit their nomination to Club Secretary Ali King no later than Monday 13th June 2011.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

20 May 2011 : Glovers Linked With Millers Midfielder
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Rotherham United midfielder Jason Taylor. The 24 year old is one six players who are out of contract at the League Two club, but have been offered new deals to stay in Yorkshire.

The claims that the Glovers are interested come from the Sky Sports website, so as before our usual caveat about a pinch of salt (and a dash of football agents) should be considered. They name Hereford United, Carlisle United, Oxford United and the Glovers as apparently interested in signing the player - former Glovers loan player Nicky Law is another that the Millers are negotiating with.

Taylor was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, in Greater Manchester and apart from his move to Rotherham, he has spent his footballing career so far playing for clubs in that area. Starting life as an Oldham Athletic trainee, he made over 100 league appearances for Stockport County before making his move across the Pennines to Yorkshire. However, even then he switched back to the Lancashire area, spending much of the 2009-10 season on loan with Rochdale, whilst on the Millers books.

As a 24 year old he would be a free transfer for any interested club, although we'll have to wait and see how much of this is agent talk, channelled through their favourite website.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

20 May 2011 : Super Gav And JP Become Free Agents
Relegated League One side Bristol Rovers have announced their released and retained lists today. The Gas indicate that this is the final day for clubs not involved in the play-offs to publish their lists, with this the 14th day since the end of the standard 2010-11 season.

They have released 17 players following their relegation to League Two, including all nine of their second year scholars. Included in that list are former Glovers midfield pairing Jean-Paul Kalala and Gavin Williams who have both been told they are free to find new clubs.

Both players turned out for the Glovers and the Gas during the 2010-11 season. Kalala clocked up 19 appearances as part of his second spell with the Glovers, whilst Williams came back on loan from Bristol City to appear 12 times. However, both players headed to the Memorial Stadium during the second half of the season and were part of the Rovers side that were relegated back to fourth tier football.

Link: Jean-Paul Kalala : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Gavin Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

20 May 2011 : Robins Opt For Di Canio Appointment
Relegated League One side Swindon Town have confirmed the identity of their new manager today. The man charged with the task of getting them out of League Two next season will be former West Ham United player Paolo di Canio. He has yet to sign a deal with the Robins, and is currently out in Italy performing media work, but is expected to fly into the UK on Monday to sign his contract.

Di Canio retired from a fairly nomadic, and definitely colourful playing career in March 2008. He has no experience of club management, although reportedly holds a UEFA Pro Licence. Aside from his Hammers days, he played for Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic in England, but also enjoyed spells with several Italian clubs including Lazio, Juventus and AC Milan.

His playing career ranged from multiple highs to multiple lows - from winning the BBC Goal Of The Season in 1999-2000, to being banned for 11 matches for pushing referee Paul Alcock to the ground a year previously. He won the FIFA Fair Play Award in 2001 for deliberately catching a ball, rather than scoring a goal against Everton whilst their keeper Paul Gerrard was lying on the ground injured. But he was later banned by the Italian authorities for making a fascist salute to the crowd during a Lazio match against Roma. Life at the County Ground next season is certainly not going to be dull - whether it turns into a positive experience or not will be the harder thing to predict.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

20 May 2011 : Smith Linked With League One Trio
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Smith has become the latest in the 2010-11 squad to be linked with other clubs, as the summer silly season continues to gather pace. Once again, Sky Sports provide the rumour, claiming that the 24 year old is being chased by Preston North End, Leyton Orient and Chesterfield. All three clubs will be playing in League One next season, with Preston being relegated from the Championship, whilst Chesterfield finished as League Two Champions.

Smith is one of seven Yeovil Town players who are out of contract at Huish Park, but have been offered new deals, so speculation about his future is fairly inevitable, and it would not be surprising if he was playing in another club's colours next season. However Sky Sports have a reputation for using the scattergun approach to rumours, often taking their feeds directly from football agents, whose primary purpose is to drum up interest in their client.

This time last year, Sky reported that Nathan was being chased by three Championship clubs, with Reading, Ipswich Town and Sheffield United all being lined up to sign him. They indicated that Smith was "likely to reject fresh terms" on the contract that was on the table. Needless to say, history shows that on that occasion they got it wrong.

The same website stated earlier this month that Yeovil Town had competition for Andrew Tutte's signature. Since then we've not seen any other media reports to link Tutte with any clubs, let alone the Glovers. Needless to say, we'll keep a watching eye on both claims, to see how they turn out.

Link: May 2010: Nathan Smith Off To The Championship ... It Sez 'Ere.

Link: May 2011: Tutte Linked With Two Other Football League Sides.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

19 May 2011 : Posh Face Terriers In League One Showdown
The 2010-11 League One play-off final will be contested between Peterborough United and Huddersfield Town after the semi-final second leg matches were played to a conclusion this week. They saw off Milton Keynes Dons and AFC Bournemouth respectively who will now prepare for the 2011-12 season as League One sides.

Tonight's match saw Peterborough come out as 2-0 winners, in front of 11,920 spectators, to edge past MK Dons 4-3 on aggregate on the night. A Grant McCann free kick was followed in the second half by Craig Mackail-Smith netting from close range early in the second period to over-turn their 3-2 first leg deficit. Mackail-Smith's strike was his 34th of the season, easily making him League One's top scorer for the season.

Last night, matters were even closer as Huddersfield and Bournemouth ended up in a penalty shoot-out at the Galpharm Stadium in front of 16,444 spectators. Former Glover Lee Peltier opened up the scoring when he headed home to edge the Terriers ahead with the first leg delicately poised at 1-1. But by the time 90 minutes had been played, three more goals had been evenly spread out, thanks to two from Bournemouth's Steve Lovell and Daniel Ward's strike for the home side.

When Danny Ings netted for the Cherries during extra time they finally held the upper hand for the first time on the night but that only lasted 60 seconds as Antony Kay equalised immediately. The tie was sealed by Huddersfield winning 4-2 on penalties with Kay scoring the winner off the crossbar, as the Cherries failed to convert to of their spot-kicks.

The League One play-off final will be played at Old Trafford on Sunday 29th May, and will pitch Lee Peltier up against Arron Davies, who was an unused substitute for Peterborough in tonight's game.

The Championship play-off final, which will be played at Wembley Stadium on Monday 30th May, also sees plenty of Yeovil Town connections. Finalists Reading are managed by former Glovers winger Brian McDermott, who had former loan pair Alex McCarthy and Simon Church sat on their bench for their 3-0 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday night.

The Royals will face Swansea City for the right to a Premier League slot, after the Welsh side beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 to continue Forest's miserable experience of play-off semi-finals. Swansea are unlikely to field midfielder Shaun MacDonald in their side at Wembley, but there will be little doubt where his loyalties will lie on the day.

The League Two semi-finals both play their second legs tomorrow evening, with Accrington Stanley trying to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Stevenage. That game is the main match on Sky Sports tomorrow, whilst those with Sky subcriptions can also use their red button to view Shrewsbury Town play Torquay United, where again the home side will be trying to overcome a two goal disadvantage.

Link: Football League Play-Offs Finalised Schedule.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

19 May 2011 : Starnes Says Patience Will Be Needed Over Contract Offers
Yeovil Town supporters hoping to hear early news concerning the seven players who have been offered new deals look likely to be kept waiting a while longer. Despite plans for some early resolutions on contract decisions, current thinking from Chief Executive Martyn Starnes is that there will be no progress visible until the month of June, due to players heading on holidays as soon as the season ended.

Speaking in this week's Western Gazette, Starnes said that he was needing to be patient over the issue and admitted that players may have interest from other clubs:

"We are going to have to be patient. Some of the players are taking a break, Terry (Skiverton) has been on a break as well, and I do not think things will pick up to any serious degree until June. The players have got until then really and I guess it will depend on what else is out there on offer for one or two of them. Obviously we think that staying at Yeovil Town is best for them but we do not know what else is being put in front of them."

Left winger Andy Welsh, who is one of the seven who have been given new contract offers, indicated that he would be seeking further talks with the club towards the end of this week, whilst striker Dean Bowditch is known to be on holiday at present.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

18 May 2011 : April/May 2010 Player Of The Month
The months of April and May saw the completion of the 2010-11 season with a total of eight matches across the five weeks. This was a largely successful climax to the season, with three wins, three draws and two defeats, particularly given that the two losses occurred right at the start of the month.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting, the individual awards went to Jonathan Obika (Hartlepool United), Dean Bowditch (Notts County), Andy Welsh (Oldham Athletic), Shaun MacDonald (Bristol Rovers, Bournemouth, Carlisle United) Nathan Smith (Peterborough United) and Andrew Tutte (Colchester United).

With Shaun MacDonald having won three out of the eight individual Man of the Match votes, the overall totals did not produce too much of a surprising result. Left sided pairing Nathan Smith and Andy Welsh fared well during the month, but Shaun was out in front by a massive margin, as he completed the season in fine form for the Glovers, before returning to Swansea City. The top ten players for the final month's worth of football are shown below along with the percentage of the vote cast:

1 Shaun MacDonald 21.2
2 Andy Welsh 10.4
3 Nathan Smith 9.1
4 Dean Bowditch 8.7
5 Jonathan Obika 7.9
6 Craig Alcock 7.5
7 Stephen Henderson 6.7
8 Max Ehmer 5.8
9 Luke Ayling 4.9
10 Adam Virgo 4.9


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

18 May 2011 : Sproule Agrees Hibs Return
Former Yeovil Town loan winger Ivan Sproule has signed a deal that will see him make a return to Scottish Premier League Hibernian on July 1st. The 30 year old has signed a pre-contract agreement after being released by Championship side Bristol City at the end of the 2010-11 season.

Sproule is reported to have a two year contract at Easter Road on the table for him, four years after he left for a £500,000 transfer fee to head to Ashton Gate. He now heads back up to Scotland on a free transfer, having gradually fallen down the pecking order with the Robins.

That led to him being loaned out to Yeovil Town during November 2010, but with City unwilling to allow him to play in the FA Cup, and the bad weather cutting most of the Glovers' December footballing action, Sproule only played two matches, with both coming on Yeovil's travels.

Having agreed to make his return to the Hibees, Sproule indicated that he could have stated in English football, but wanted to return to the club he first signed for in January 2005:

"There is nobody happier than me at the minute. I feel I'm returning in order to give something back to Hibs and that I'm coming home. I want to help this crop of young players to push on and achieve some great moments. I had a few opportunities to stay down in England, but I told my agent that this was the place I wanted to come back to."

Link: Ivan Sproule : Yeovil Town Statistics.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

18 May 2011 : Football League Crowds Record Six Percent Drop
Crowds in the Football League dropped by six percent in the 2010-11 season, according to figures released by the league today. Despite attendances still being above the 16 million mark for the seventh consecutive season, crowds have failed to match the 50 year high recorded in for the 2009-10 season.

The 2009-10 season saw crowds hit 17.1 million - the highest since the 1959-60 season - but that is now down to 16.1 million. League One was hit the hardest in terms of how crowds have dropped although that was largely down to the freak 21 percent rise during 2009-10 being pushed down by 18 percent for 2010-11, giving an indication of how much clubs benefited through having both Leeds United and Norwich City at third tier level.

Of course, divisional fluctuations are inevitable as fallen giants slip into lower divisions, whilst the randomness of the fixture list computer can add or take away a key fixture that can knock club attendances - the enforced winter break will not have helped many clubs crowds. Football League Chairman Greg Clarke paints the sunny side of the figures, but is mindful of the current economic environment:

"Given the difficult economic climate, it is heartening to see League crowds reaching the sixteen million mark, once again. Our competitions are in good shape and the enduring loyalty shown by fans is a constant encouragement. However, we have to be realistic about the challenges we face as it is unlikely that the state of economy will improve in the near future. The League and its clubs will continue to focus on getting new fans into grounds and ensuring that the clubs they support are sustainable in the long term."

Aside from the significant drop in League One, Championship matches saw a drop of three percent, with average crowds now recording an average of 17,389 spectators per match. However League Two crowds are up by eight percent, taking their average up to 4,162, showing how the make-up of a division on any given season can cause variations on the overall trend. The average League One attendance now stands at 7,527.

As far as Yeovil Town crowds are concerned, they suffered a drop of eight percent during the 2010-11 season, falling to an average of 4,291 - their lowest since the 2001-02 season. With 14 of those League One crowds dropping below the 4,000 mark the average was boosted by a smaller number of key fixtures, largely involving more local clubs.

With at least five South Coast and West Country clubs disappearing out of League One over the summer as Southampton and Brighton and Hove Albion are promoted and Swindon Town, Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle are relegated, the Glovers will have to work hard to avoid that trend continuing. The likes of Sheffield United and Preston North End visiting Huish Park for the first time should help redress that balance somewhat, although it still remains that it is the home fans that the Glovers need to attract back to Huish Park.

Link: Football League Crowds Hit 50 Year High.

Link: Yeovil Town Average Attendances Since 1979.

Link: 2010-11 Highest League One Attendances.

Link: 2010-11 Lowest League One Attendances.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

18 May 2011 : Brown Teams Up With Shots Again
Former Yeovil Town central defender Aaron Brown has wasted little time in finding a new club after being released by League One side Leyton Orient. The 27 year old has signed a two year contract with League Two side Aldershot, taking him back to the Recreation Ground for a second spell in his career.

Aaron had left Aldershot to join Orient in the summer of 2010, after he completed a 14 match spell with the Hampshire club, as part of a side that reached the League Two play-offs. Having spent a year in East London, albeit with part of that being spent on loan with Stockport County, Brown now returns to play under manager Dean Holdsworth. He told their club site that part of his thinking was that he was still in regular contact with those he had played with during the 2009-10 season:

"I had a really good time when I was here previously and noticed that there was a really good set of people all around the club. I kept in contact with many of the players too and there was no hesitation for me once I knew that I was wanted."

Aaron's rather massive list of clubs also include Stafford Rangers, Tamworth, Reading, AFC Bournemouth (loan), Walsall (loan), Redditch United, Burton Albion, AFC Telford United and Truro City.

Link: Aaron Brown : Yeovil Town Statistics.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

17 May 2011 : Andy Welsh's End Of Season Interview
Earlier today, BBC Somerset broadcast an interview with Yeovil Town winger Andy Welsh, talking about the end to the 2010-11 season. The audio version is on the BBC Sport website, whilst the transcript of that interview with reporter Richard Hoskin can be found via the link below.

Link: Andy Welsh Speaks To The BBC At The End Of The 2010-11 Season.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

17 May 2011 : Carlisle Away Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match of the 2010-11 season took place all the way up in Cumbria, where a 2-0 win ended the season on a six match unbeaten run. The victory over Carlisle United was achieved thanks to goals from Dean Bowditch and Jonathan Obika, with a goal in each half.

The Man of the Match voting saw a lot of deliberation over who should have your second and third place votes should go, with ten players receiving votes on the day. However, there wasn't a lot of disagreement on who should get the final nod, with Shaun MacDonald's midfield performance the stand-out on the day.

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

1 Shaun MacDonald 88 (7)
2 Andy Welsh 26 (0)
3 Luke Ayling 18 (1)
4 Jonathan Obika 16 (0)
5 Nathan Smith 14 (0)
6 Craig Alcock 10 (1)
6 Stephen Henderson 10 (1)
6 Paul Wotton 10 (1)
9 Dean Bowditch 4 (0)
10 Adam Virgo 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.18

Performance: 8.36
Entertainment: 8.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 11


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

17 May 2011 : Welsh Planning Further Contract Talks
Yeovil Town left-winger Andy Welsh has said that he wants to hold further talks with the club regarding his contract offer for next season. The Mancunian is one of seven players that have been offered new deals of unspecified lengths, and so far all has been quiet in terms of a response, despite manager Terry Skiverton stating that he wanted a quick response to offers.

Welsh has told BBC Somerset that he is planning further talks with Skiverton and the football club later in the week in the hope that any remaining issues with the deal that's on the table can be ironed out successfully:

"Talks are ongoing with myself at the minute and the football club. I think I'll be speaking to the manager and the football club towards the end of the week again, and we'll see where it goes from there. Obviously I'm enjoying my time here, so we'll just have to wait and see. I'll see what's on offer, and obviously they're happy with me and I'm happy with the football club, and hopefully we can get a deal done."

BBC Somerset sports reporter Richard Hoskin asked Welshy if there was a need for him to consider his family's needs as well - a key factor given the 27 year old has just become a father for the first time. Welsh replied:

"Yes, I do but just to reiterate on what I've said a minute ago, I'm enjoying my time here and the club are wanting me to sign as well. So I'm sure we can do some sort of a deal and hopefully get it sorted within the next month or so."

Whilst footballers are inclined to issue platitudes around this stage of the season, to avoid burning bridges before the ink is dried on new contracts, the general impression of Welsh's words are that he is keen to stay. The words of striker Dean Bowditch from his end of season interview have been widely interpreted by supporters as a farewell speech, although nothing Deano said in his interview explicitly leant in that direction. Welshy's words imply the opposite, and whilst it sounds as though fans will have to wait a while for anything to be signed, hopefully the deal can be done.

The full audio interview has been uploaded to the BBC Sport website via the link below - we'll provide a written transcript later in the day.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Andy Welsh Audio Interview.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

16 May 2011 : Three More Sign Up To Scholarship Programme
Yeovil Town have chosen three more players who will form part of the club's Centre of Excellence scholarship programme for the next two seasons. The players have been enrolled in a two year programme that will allow them to play for Yeovil Town's Under-18s side whilst also studying for an NVQ at Yeovil College.

The Glovers have recruited goalkeeper Matt Cafer, defender Mitch Brundle and striker Taran Singh Jheeta to add to the trio of existing players who have been promoted up from the Under-16s, with centre-back Lee Sweet and midfielders Will Agbo and Aidan Chainey having regularly been part of Under-18s squads last season.

Of the new boys, Matt Cafer hails from All Saints School in Weymouth, and has also recently played for Weymouth Under-18s. Meanwhile striker Taran Singh Jheeta was involved in a number of matches at the tail end of the 2010-11 season as a trialist, scoring the second and decisive goal in the March 2011 match against Oxford United. At present we know less about Mitch Brundle although hopefully we'll learn more soon.

The above six players along with Second Year Scholars Will Gordon, Josh Doyle, Adam Cleary, Jonny Kaye and Lloyd Matthews will provide the bulk of the squad for Yeovil Town's Under-18s side for the 2011-12 season.

Rhys Baggridge, Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke will next season play under their first professional contracts having completed their two year scholarships with the club.

Link: Glovers Trio Given Scholarship Offers.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

16 May 2011 : Rose Leaves Robins To Stay In League One
Former Yeovil Town full-back Michael Rose is set to stay in League One, despite being part of the Swindon Town side that finished bottom of the division at the end of last season. The 28 year old has agreed a move to Colchester United and is due to sign a two year contract at the Community Stadium next Tuesday.

Rosey made 31 appearances for the Robins last season, scoring three goals, but their interim Chairman Jeremy Wray has told their first team squad that they will be free to move to other clubs, if the price is right. An unconfirmed report suggests that a fee of £50,000 will be exchanged between the two sides.

The former Manchester United trainee spent a year at the County Ground, after joining them from another relegated side, in Stockport County, although by the time the Hatters went down, he was enjoying life at the other end of the table as part of Norwich City's League One title winning squad, as his parent club tried to slash their wage bill during their time in administration.

As for the other former Glover playing for Swindon, Kevin Amankwaah looks more likely to be staying with them, given that he is currently out of action with a knee injury, and is expected to spend the summer in rehab before returning to action for the start of the 2011-12 season.

Amankwaah made 23 appearances for Swindon last season, having arrived there in the summer of 2008. However, he dropped out of action at the end of March, due to a persistent knee problem, that required an operation. Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser he has explained what happened:

"The operation was a success. It was hard not to play in the final games of the season and help the boys out of the situation they were in, but I had to get it done because it was really painful. It was an old injury that I aggravated doing work in the gym. I tried to play on through it but obviously I was not 100 per cent so I had to get it done as I would not be able to do my job properly with the injury. I had a sit down with the physio, had a scan and the specialist said it was the right time to have an operation. It all went well and I have started running now. By the start of pre-season I will be ready to join the boys."

Link: Michael Rose : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Kevin Amankwaah : Yeovil Town Statistics.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

16 May 2011 : Colchester Home Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final home match of the 2010-11 season saw them play host to Colchester United and record their biggest home win of the season. The 4-2 home victory was only the third time that the Glovers had won a match by more than one goal at Huish Park, and the first time they'd scored four goals on their home patch for 13 months.

Four different goalscorers ensured that the glory moments were shared around, with Craig Alcock, Andrew Tutte, Dean Bowditch and Andy Welsh the players who won the day, in a comfortable victory in a relaxing environment.

Man of the Match votes were spread around significantly with nine different players given top marks on the day. Perhaps surprising, with so many goals being scored, is that four out of the five who topped the poll were defensive players, albeit with Craig Alcock being utilised as a wing-back. Makeshift centre-back pairing Luke Ayling and Nathan Smith clearly impressed in roles they've rarely been seen in as Yeovil players, but the overall winner was midfielder Andrew Tutte, who scored his second goal in two matches to end the season impressively. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Andrew Tutte 178 (10)
2 Nathan Smith 134 (11)
3 Luke Ayling 114 (7)
4 Stephen Henderson 112 (4)
5 Craig Alcock 98 (5)
6 Shaun MacDonald 84 (4)
7 Andy Welsh 50 (3)
8 Max Ehmer 40 (2)
9 Paul Wotton 20 (2)
10 Jonathan Obika 14 (0)
11 Dean Bowditch 12 (0)
12 Adam Virgo 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.40

Performance: 8.21
Entertainment: 8.58

VOTES RECEIVED: 48


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

15 May 2011 : Peterborough Away Man Of The Match Result
On Easter Monday, Yeovil Town secured their League One status with a 2-2 draw against Peterborough United. An early Paul Wotton penalty appeared to be all the goals we were going to get, until a mad five minutes saw three goals go in, with Yeovil's second scored by Andrew Tutte.

Tutte, in scoring his first ever goal for the Glovers, got a decent number of votes for his performance on the day, although one of his midfield partners Shaun MacDonald was favoured more. However, the outright winner of the poll was left-back Nathan Smith, who was converted into a makeshift centre-back for the match after Adam Virgo and Paul Huntington were ruled out of the side. He clearly performed well on the day, as the final result below shows:

1 Nathan Smith 168 (14)
2 Shaun MacDonald 84 (4)
3 Andrew Tutte 52 (2)
4 Craig Alcock 46 (3)
5 Stephen Henderson 40 (1)
6 Andy Welsh 20 (0)
7 Nathan Jones 18 (0)
8 Max Ehmer 8 (0)
9 Dean Bowditch 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.16

Performance: 7.92
Entertainment: 8.40

VOTES RECEIVED: 25

The final two Man of the Match results of the 2010-11 season will follow shortly.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

14 May 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Where Did It All Go Right?
That was the season that was. With the 2010-11 League One campaign now being over, and our players having put their feet up last weekend, it's time to reflect on the season just gone, and what was good, bad or indifferent about it.

With the Glovers looking dead and buried at Christmas, the rise from the foot of the table to the final 14th place finish was hard to foresee. However, they climbed out of the mire long before the season ended, and in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, regular blogger Cruncher asks (and answers) the question "Where did it all go right?"

Your own views on the season just gone, good and bad, and your hopes/fears for the future are also welcomed via the comment facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Where Did It All Go Right?


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

13 May 2011 : Murtagh Goes Wandering From Wanderers
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Keiran Murtagh may have helped Wycombe Wanderers return to League One, but it seems unlikely that we'll be seeing him at Huish Park next season. He is one of seven players released by the Buckinghamshire club after they gained promotion back up to the third tier, just 12 months after suffering relegation.

In truth Murtagh's stay at Adams Park didn't really do his career too much good. He made just one League start in a total of ten appearances, and spent part of his 12 months on loan with Conference South side Woking. There, he was far more productive, making 13 appearances in just under two months, and netting five times in the process. However, he was recalled to Adams Park following an injury crisis, where he made three more appearances before being released. His last action was to play in the Wanderers side that won the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup earlier this month, scoring in what was to be his final appearance for the Chairboys.

Meanwhile former loan defender Gareth Owen has agreed a new deal with League Two side Port Vale that will give him the title of Player-Coach, only a couple of days after announcing that he was leaving the club, with local rivals Crewe Alexandra lined up to claim his signature.

Owen's u-turn has come after the Valiants re-appointed Micky Adams as their new manager - just five months after he left Vale Park for Sheffield United. With Adams' successor Jim Gannon getting the boot within months, and Adams leaving Bramall Lane after suffering relegation with the Blades, he has returned to his old job, immediately offering Owen a carrot to stay put.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

12 May 2011 : Skiverton Lays Down Fitzsimons Summer Programme
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has explained exactly what he wants to see out of left-sided defender Danny Fitzsimons when he returns to pre-season training for the 2011-12 season. The former Queens Park Rangers teenager arrived at the club in early February but has yet to make a first team appearance, with his most prominent outings so far being his Reserve Team appearances in the Somerset Premier Cup.

Fitzsimons' contractual position is unique this summer in that he has been invited back to attend pre-season training but has yet to be offered a new deal with the club. Having most recently played in the County Cup Final against Weston-super-Mare, Skiverton told this week's Western Gazette that he could see some promise from the 19 year old but needed to see some improvement in certain aspects of his play when he returned in July:

"I want to have a look at him again. We have given him a programme to go away with and he has got some really good attributes. I think he was one of the positives to come out of the Weston-super-Mare game, he attacked the ball well and he has some good qualities. But he needs to work on his turning and his pace and if he does improve over the summer, showing me he wants it then he will be given a chance."


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

12 May 2011 : Bowditch Thankful For Glovers Chance
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has said that he is grateful to Glovers manager Terry Skiverton for giving him a chance to play consistently at League One level. The former Ipswich Town striker has been an integral part of Yeovil's first team side for the past two seasons, finishing top scorer in both years, but is now out of contract and is weighing up whether to sign a new deal at Huish Park.

Whatever happens in the future, Bowditch said he was glad to be involved in a season that saw him play in 45 games - comfortably the most matches he has played in during his career - and score 15 goals along the way. Speaking to BBC Somerset he was full of praise for Skiverton for giving him that opportunity to shine:

"He's brought me in and he's given me games and I can't thank him enough for that. He wants me to do what's best for me, and that's brilliant from him, and I appreciate him coming to me like that. He was a player not that long ago, and he understands that people want to push on, and push on upwards and do the best out of their career. I'm so glad he understands that, as he is a top man and he has been a great manager."

Bowditch scored his 15th of the 2010-11 season in the final match against Carlisle United. That allowed him to meet a target that he set himself all the way back in August 2010 just as the season was commencing:

"I set myself 15 goals in the summer. I didn't want to say it to anyone because it was my own personal target. I left it a bit late, but I got there in the end. That's the most important thing. It's been a fantastic season and I think we've done so well. We haven't over-achieved, because I think we could be doing even better than this if you look at our second half of the season it's been fantastic. It's great to get there in the end, but I should have had more!"

Bowditch's strike rate went up a notch when he was paired with Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika, with seven of the 24 year old's goals coming during the 11 games after Obika returned to the club. Bowditch was keen to acknowledge the role that Obika had played in that run of form:

"He's hungry to score and he's been a pleasure to play with. I played with him before, during last season, and his hold-up play and stuff like that is brilliant. It's no wonder that he's played at Tottenham for most of his life."


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

11 May 2011 : City Boss Still Hoping To Persuade Henderson To Sign
Bristol City boss Keith Millen has today said that he is doing his best to persuade third choice goalkeeper Stephen Henderson to stay at Ashton Gate. The Irishman is out of contract, but has been offered a new two year deal with the Robins. Having just returned from a 33 game loan spell at Yeovil Town, he now has to decide on his footballing future.

Millen acknowledges that the keeper has flourished at Huish Park, and has hinted to the Bristol Evening Post that he would like to see him test himself at Championship level, stating that his clutch of End of Season Awards at Huish Park are evidence that he can already play at League One level:

"Stephen showed what a good prospect he is by going to Yeovil on loan and picking up all of their player of the year awards, which is great for him and for us. He has shown beyond doubt that he can play at that level and do well. The next step up for him is to prove himself in the Championship. With that in mind, I would like him to commit to the club, because I believe he has a good future in the game."

Millen has added that Henderson has recently changed the agent that manages him, and that this will slow down any decisions that need to be made, with him needing to repeat negotiations with both agents:

"We've made Stephen an offer, which he is considering, and the situation is on-going. I've already had a couple of chats with him, but he has changed his agent and that is slowing things down a bit. It's almost like starting negotiations all over again, which is not ideal, but I hope to have something sorted out soon."

The issue for Henderson is that he is clearly Bristol City's third choice goalkeeper at present, having made three starts and two substitute at Ashton Gate. With former England goalkeeper David James having been given a one year contract as he approaches his 41st birthday, and second choice keeper Dean Gerken having just signed a two year deal, even the 2011-12 season doesn't suggest that Hendo will get much of a look-in.

Millen is more cautious about suggesting that there will be a pecking order at Ashton Gate next season, but states that whichever keeper ends up as his third choice, will probably be heading out on loan again:

"I'll have a look at that situation during pre-season, see who is playing best and then maybe loan one of them out. You cannot have all three of them sitting around the place, because they want to be involved on match-days and it is not fair on them."

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has stated that he would look to get the goalkeeper back on loan next season if he got the opportunity - the main question mark would be whether Millen's preference to get his keeper proven at Championship level would prove to be a sticking point.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

11 May 2011 : Lions Release Schofield And Sullivan
Championship side Millwall have released two former Yeovil Town players as part of a list of seven squad members shown the door at the end of their season. Attacking midfielder Danny Schofield and goalkeeper John Sullivan have been told they will not be getting new contract offers at the New Den.

Schofield's release comes at the end of the two year contract he signed with the Lions when he left Huish Park on September 1st 2009. Having made 77 appearances across his two seasons, his release is a touch surprising, although he had drifted out of contention over the final couple of months of this season. Scoring 12 goals along the way, the 31 year old should have few problems in finding a queue of small Championship or larger League One clubs trying to tempt him their way.

Sullivan's release is less surprising, given that he failed to make a first team appearance for Millwall during his two years in London. Following his loan spell with the Glovers earlier this season that saw him clock up 17 appearances, he had a second loan deal set up with Charlton Athletic on March 18th, as he was brought in to provide injury cover. Sullivan made four appearances for the Addicks during April, but will now be on the look-out for another club.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

11 May 2011 : McIndoe Released By Sky Blues
Former Yeovil Town left-winger Michael McIndoe is on the look-out for a new club after being released by Championship side Coventry City. The 31 year old has not been offered a new deal after two years with the Sky Blues after only featuring for them fleetingly during the 2010-11 season.

Overall he clocked up 50 appearances for Coventry, scoring one goal for them along the way, but the arrival of Aidy Boothroyd as manager last summer did not serve him well, with the Scotsman making just one substitute appearance in the league last August before being sidelined.

An eight game loan spell with Milton Keynes Dons included his return to Huish Park on January 3rd where he was involved in the incident that led to Jean-Paul Kalala's red card that day, but it was only when Boothroyd departed in mid-March that he was able to return to Coventry's first team, making a further five appearances before being shown the door.

Caretaker boss Andy Thorn told the Coventry Telegraph that he had no complaints about McIndoe's work ethic since he took over the reins from Boothroyd, but with the winger reported by the paper as one of the club's top earners, they were looking for fresh blood:

"We wish him all the best. He has been terrific since he has come back into the squad. His attitude has been good, heís trained well but heís not been offered a new contract. It has just not worked out for him at Coventry, and sometimes that happens. I remember it happened to me in my career and thatís football, but heís been a great kid. We brought him back in from the wilderness this season and he got his head down and had a go."

Since playing his last game for Coventry, McIndoe has put on a Yeovil Town shirt - he played in the recent Adam Stansfield Testimonial against Exeter City at St James Park played earlier this month.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

11 May 2011 : Jones And Brown Released By League One Rivals
Two former Yeovil Town players are on the look-out for new clubs after getting released at the end of the season just gone. Defender Aaron Brown and midfielder Ritchie Jones are both free agents after being let go by Leyton Orient and Oldham Athletic respectively.

Aaron Brown actually spent the final part of the 2010-11 season on loan at League Two side Stockport County, meaning that he was part of the Hatters squad that were relegated to the Conference at the end of the season, with David Poole another former Glover suffering that same fate. Arron made 17 appearances for Stockport, scoring once against Cheltenham Town in early March. That added to the nine appearances he made for former Glovers boss Russell Slade for Leyton Orient, with the last coming on New Year's Day.

Ritchie Jones arrived at Boundary Park last summer with manager Paul Dickov singing his praises and saying that they were surprised that Hartlepool United had let him go, labelling him as Pools' best player.

However, both Yeovil and Hartlepool's experience of the Manchester United trainee has been one of diminishing returns. He made 23 starts and 10 substitute appearances for the Latics, scoring one goal against Peterborough United last September.

Any hopes he may have had of taking his stay in Oldham into a second season appeared to be scuppered by what happened just prior to their visit to Huish Park last month. A training ground bust-up saw him sent home before their team coach even got as far as Taunton, and he made just two more substitute appearances for them following that incident.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

10 May 2011 : Blades Fire Adams After Relegation To League One
Relegated Championship side Sheffield United have sacked their first team manager Micky Adams. News from BBC Radio Sheffield states that he has packed his bags this afternoon after a meeting owner Kevin McCabe. Adams lasted just five months at Bramall Lane, presiding over just 24 matches, during which the Blades won four games, sending them sliding down the table and into League One for the 2011-12 season.

Adams had been Sheffield United's fourth manager of the 2010-11 season, with things going wrong right from the start as Kevin Blackwell was fired on August 15th, after their first home game of the season. At the time, the Blades issued a statement saying that:

"It is time for us to move on because our ambition remains the same in challenging for promotion, hence this decision to look for a new manager."

In came Gary Speed but he lasted just 18 matches and six wins before being approached for the Welsh international job. John Carver was Sheffield's third manager, taking over for three games over Christmas in a caretaker capacity, before Adams was brought in from Port Vale at the turn of the year.

However, just four wins and five draws during 2011 ensured the Blades dropped into third tier football, and now both Adams and his assistant Alan Cork will leave as they once again search for a new front man.

With the Blades now due to face Yeovil Town for the first time in a Football League match, the question is whether they will bounce straight back from relegation, or whether they will flounder as their rivals Sheffield Wednesday have done.

A glance at their local papers doesn't offer too much of a club, with the Yorkshire Post headlining a gloomy "Blades In Battle To Balance The Books To Survive whilst the Sheffield Star adopt a bullish "Lane Chief Ready To Pump In Extra Cash." Confusingly both headline writers appear to have taken their copy from the same interview with Chairman McCabe. He is their chief bankroller, with suggestions that he has put in £70 million of his own money into the club over the last 10 years.

The only snag is that £70 million has merely bought their exit from the Premier League, via West Ham United and the Carlos Tevez affair, through to their drop into League One - a situation which McCabe believes will cost them £12 million, and force them to reduce their playing budget down from £12 million - a figure that the Yorkshire Post claims was the biggest outside the Premier League. It appears that there will be a fair bit of cost-cutting going on to rein in their outgoings. McCabe explains:

"Relegation will cost us £12m in terms of a loss but I will make sure we cope with it. Thatís why I am here. Maybe, in three monthsí time, if we have sold players for £10m, I donít have to put as much money in. Thankfully, the club does not have any bank borrowing so the pressure is how we want to spend our money to fund the wage bill.

We lose an awful lot of TV income so you have got to cut your cloth and accept that. But regrettably, because of the failure of the first-team squad we have got to look elsewhere to make savings. It is not just player costs, it is around the whole club. Itís a tough time for us and we would be foolish to ignore it. We can make savings across the board. Whether itís people employed at Bramall Lane, the Academy, professional advisers, all these divisions will be inspected to try to save money
."

McCabe is blaming his club's demise on their excessive use of the loan system - something that might raise a few eyebrows amongst Yeovil Town supporters, given the Glovers own usage of the system in recent seasons. McCabe says he plans to curtail that policy within Bramall Lane, making any incoming manager responsible for managing a permanent squad of players:

"I have tossed and turned on this and I can honestly say I would not permit flexibility of the cheque book for loan players. A manager would have to work far harder to gain approval to sign a loan player. When I am told we have spent £6.5m on loan signings in the last two and a bit years, it was money down the drain to bring failure. Even an old man can learn a lesson."


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

10 May 2011 : Tutte Linked With Two Other Football League Sides
The Sky Sports website is claiming that Yeovil Town may have competition for the signature of one of the loan stars they would like to sign up this summer. Manchester City midfielder Andrew Tutte is named as being chased by the Glovers, but also by League One rivals Rochdale and League Two play-off side Shrewsbury Town.

All of the clubs named by their website represent Tutte's former loan clubs. Whilst manager Terry Skiverton's interest in signing the 20 year old is clear and on the record, there's been no sign until now of Rochdale or Shrewsbury taking an interest in the Liverpudlian. Tutte was on loan at Spotland during a three month spell at the start of the 2010-11 season, although only clocked up nine appearances during at time with Dale.

He then moved into League Two where he played just twice for the Shrews before heading on to Huish Park where he had a rather more lucrative 15 appearances, scoring in consecutive games against Peterborough United and Colchester United.

Neither Rochdale nor Shrewsbury have shown any obvious sign until now of wanting to take the player back to their clubs, so this may have an air of an agent trying to drum up business - particularly as Sky Sports tends to be the home of the agent-fuelled rumour these days.

One nugget the report does give us is that they claim that Manchester City have formally released Tutte from his contract - as yet there's no official confirmation of that, although with City still heavily involved in Premier League action, it's not too much of a surprise to find little coverage of one of their Academy players.

This is of course the start of the silly season, where the lack of concrete news means that the rumourmill takes control of things. Hence we'd recommend adding a pinch of salt to a lot of things that appear over the next two months. We'll gladly track all media-reported rumours on these pages, but expect a degree of cynicism to a few reports.

One such name on the rumourmill at present is that of former Brighton and Hove Albion and Northampton Town winger Alistair Slowe. He was released by the Cobblers in March without making an appearance for them, and the 22 year old has been without a club since then.

Slowe is being linked with the Glovers, and even his Wikipedia page has been updated to claim he's signed a deal for the 2011-12 season. Whilst Wikipedia has a reputation for unreliable status updates at times, it's worth noting that the person who edited Slowe's record on the site has consistently tracked the player over the past 12 months. And of course, through Nathan Jones, there is an obvious connection with Brighton - Slowe's city of birth.

In addition to the Seagulls, Slowe has also played for Cantonments in Ghana and Onisilos Sotira in Cyprus, with his Cobblers profile indicating that he moved abroad as a teenager for family reasons. Again, pinch of salt required on this one, although Slowe would represent the sort of wildcard that the Glovers have made a move for in the past.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

9 May 2011 : Glovers Duo Included In Late Kick-Off Team Of The Season
Two Yeovil Town players have been included in the BBC Late Kick-Off Team Of The Season tonight. Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, who played 33 matches for the Glovers whilst on loan from Bristol City, and midfielder Paul Wotton, who signed permanently for the club during the January transfer window after joining initially on loan from Southampton, have both been included in the regional choice for the BBC's South, South-West and West edition of the programme.

Their line-up reads as follows:

Late Kick-Off (South) Team Of The Season 2010-11:
Stephen Henderson (Yeovil Town)
Inigo Calderon (Brighton) Jose Fonte (Southampton) Jason Pearce (Bournemouth) Ian Harte (Reading)
Gareth Ainsworth (Wycombe) Paul Wotton (Yeovil Town) Ryan Harley (Exeter) Adam Lallana (Saints)
Shane Long (Reading) Glenn Murray (Brighton )

Substitutes:
Scott Bevan (Torquay), Albert Adomah (Bristol City), Will Hoskins (Bristol Rovers), Liam Lawrence (Portsmouth), Luke Guttridge (Aldershot), Damian Batt (Oxford), Steve Fletcher (Bournemouth).


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

9 May 2011 : Defensive Duo Grab Team Of The Week Slots
Two Yeovil Town players grabbed a place in the final Football League Team of the Week for League One. On the back of the 2-0 win over Carlisle United it was the defensive side of the Glovers' game that got the plaudits.

Yeovil Town's Luke Ayling grabbed a slot for his role in a three man defensive line at Brunton Park, switching to play as a right wing-back during the second period. In addition Stephen Henderson's clean sheet put a fine end to a brilliant season for the Bristol City keeper.

The full team nominated is as follows:

Stephen Henderson (Yeovil Town)
Neil Austin (Hartlepool) Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) Lecsinel Jean-Francois (Swindon) Evan Horwood (Hartlepool)
Daniel Ward (Huddersfield) Grant McCann (Peterborough) Michael Timlin (Swindon) Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough)
Lewis Grabban (Brentford) Jeffery Schlupp (Brentford)

The final list of Yeovil Town players nominated throughout the 2010-11 season are as follows:

1. John Sullivan (29/09/2010 : Oldham (a) D0-0) (details)
2. Paul Huntington (11/09/2010 : Tranmere (h) W3-1) (details)
3. Nathan Smith (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
4. Stephen Henderson (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
5. Paul Huntington (09/10/2010 : Rochdale (a) W1-0) (details)
6. Dean Bowditch (30/10/2010 : Swindon (h) D3-3) (details).
7. Stephen Henderson (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
8. Paul Huntington (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
9. Nathan Smith (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
10. Stephen Henderson (15/01/2011 : Swindon (a) W1-0) (details).
11. Dean Bowditch (15/01/2011 : Swindon (a) W1-0) (details).
12. Paul Wotton (29/01/2011 : Brentford (a) W2-1) (details).
13. Oli Johnson (29/01/2011 : Brentford (a) W2-1) (details).
14. Dean Bowditch (19/03/2011 : Exeter (a) W3-2) (details).
15. Shaun MacDonald (26/03/2011 : Leyton Orient (a) W5-1 (details).
16. Andy Welsh (16/04/2011 : Oldham Athletic (h) D1-1) (details).
17. Andrew Tutte (30/04/2011 : Colchester United (h) W4-2) (details).
18. Stephen Henderson (07/05/2011 : Carlisle United (a) W2-0) (details).
19. Luke Ayling (07/05/2011 : Carlisle United (a) W2-0) (details).


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

9 May 2011 : Bluebirds Set For Huish Park Friendly
Yeovil Town have set up a third pre-season friendly for the 2011-12 season. They will face South Wales side Cardiff City at Huish Park on Tuesday 26th July, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

At present Cardiff are involved in the Championship play-offs, with Reading their opponents later this week, and so could face the Glovers as a Premier League side in July. They are managed by former Southampton boss Dave Jones.

This will be the Glovers third pre-season friendly against the Bluebirds in seven years, with a 3-3 draw in July 2004 being followed by a 0-2 home defeat three years later. Warren Feeney and Steve Maclean got the goals in 2007, whilst Yeovil's goals in 2004 came from Gavin Williams, Bartosz Tarachulski and Adrian Caceres.

Yeovil Town's two other pre-season friendlies are against Bristol City and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, with both games set to be played at Huish Park.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

9 May 2011 : Robins Confirm Henderson Offer
Championship side Bristol City have confirmed that they have offered a new contract to goalkeeper Stephen Henderson. The Irishman picked up four end of season awards at Yeovil Town, after he completed two loan spells at Huish Park, including the whole of the second half of the 2010-11 season, eventually clocking up 33 appearances for the Glovers.

Henderson revealed in an interview after the final home match of the season that he had a two year contract offer on the table at Ashton Gate - that has now been confirmed by the Robins this afternoon. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has already ruled out any immediate chance of taking Henderson on permanently, although did not rule out the possibility of approaching City for a loan deal next season again.

According to this morning's Western Daily Press that would appear to be the more likely route with Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika, who still has another year left on his contract at White Hart Lane. Obika has already had three loan spells at Huish Park, clocking up 14 goals in 46 appearances, and despite having had spells with Crystal Palace, Peterborough United and Swindon Town during the 2010-11 season, it's been in Somerset where he's been the most fruitful. Skiverton appears confident that Obika could return for a fourth spell next season:

"We would look to get him back for the millionth time on loan again, there would be no problems with that. He has been to us a lot and the boy wants to kick on with his career."

Back on the subject of Bristol City, they have released winger Ivan Sproule at the end of his contract at Ashton Gate. He is widely expected to return to Scottish Premier League side Hibernian, having already held talks with them a couple of weeks ago, with City having already told him that his contract would not be renewed in Bristol.

Link: Stephen Henderson Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Win Against Colchester.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

9 May 2011 : Football League Play-Offs Finalised Schedule
For those football fans wanting to extend the 2010-11 season as far as possible, even if Yeovil Town may not be involved, the set of Football League play-off matches has now been finalised. Matters commence this coming Thursday, with the semi-finals being completed in just under two weeks time. Finals are then played over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend. The full schedule, with all games live on Sky Sports (with the exception of how they will manage the League Two Second Leg matches) are as follows:

First Legs:
Thu 12/05/2011 19:45hrs : Championship : Nottingham Forest vs Swansea City
Fri 13/05/2011 19:45hrs : Championship : Reading vs Cardiff City
Sat 14/05/2011 12:45hrs : League One : AFC Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Town
Sat 14/05/2011 17:45hrs : League Two : Torquay United vs Shrewsbury Town
Sun 15/05/2011 12:15hrs : League One : Milton Keynes Dons vs Peterborough United
Sun 15/05/2011 18:30hrs : League Two : Stevenage vs Accrington Stanley

Second Legs:
Mon 16/05/2011 19:45hrs : Championship : Swansea City vs Nottingham Forest
Tue 17/05/2011 19:45hrs : Championship : Cardiff City vs Reading
Wed 18/05/2011 19:45hrs : League One : Huddersfield Town vs AFC Bournemouth
Thu 19/05/2011 19:45hrs : League One : Peterborough United vs Milton Keynes Dons
Fri 20/05/2011 19:45hrs : League Two : Shrewsbury Town vs Torquay United
Fri 20/05/2011 19:45hrs : League Two : Accrington Stanley vs Stevenage

Finals:
Sat 28/05/2011 : League Two Play-Off Final (Old Trafford)
Sun 29/05/2011 : League One Play-Off Final (Old Trafford)
Mon 30/05/2011 : Championship Play-Off Final (Wembley)


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

9 May 2011 : Bowditch Won't Be Hurried Over Contract Decision
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has said that he will not be hurried into signing a new contract at Huish Park. The 24 year old is one of seven players who have been offered new deals at the club, with their contracts due to expire on June 30th.
That leaves them free to talk to other clubs, and with the former Ipswich Town man having netted 15 times over the 2010-11 season, it would be a surprise if Bowditch did not have alternative offers on the table from rival clubs. He has told BBC Somerset that he plans to take a break from football before considering his future:

"It's a massive summer, and it's a massive decision time. I just want to go away and relax. For me, I've played 45 games. My body is hurting - I know I'm still young, but my body is hurting and I need to go away and relax. I don't really want to think about anything now. Whether it will take a week, two weeks, or a couple of days, I really don't know. I just want to relax now, have a good laugh, and then start deciding a little bit later on, because I need the rest mentally as well."

Bowditch's 15 goals put him in the top ten of League One's leading goalscorers, according to the BBC Sport website. The Glovers striker features in an illustrious set of players that includes Peterborough United's Craig Mackail-Smith, who was the clear golden boot winner, along with Brighton and Hove Albion pair Glenn Murray and Ashley Barnes. The list of goalscorers (league games only) is as follows:

1. Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United, 27 goals) 2. Glenn Murray (Brighton, 22) 3. Richard Lambert (Southampton, 21) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (Charlton, 21) 5. Ashley Barnes (Brighton, 18) 6. Jamie Cureton (Exeter City, 17) and Will Hoskins (Bristol Rovers, 17) and Gary Jones (Rochdale, 17) 9. Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield, 16) 10. Dean Bowditch (Yeovil Town, 15) and George Boyd (Peterborough United, 15).


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

9 May 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Carlisle Away Interview
Just before kick-off in Saturday's match against Carlisle United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, the interview for BBC Somerset is transcribed and archived via the link below.

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


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

8 May 2011 : 2010-11 Yeovil Town First Team Statistics Pages
With the 2010-11 First Team season now over entirely, the final set of basic first team statistics have been finalised. The set of pages will be permanently archived in the Statistics Section of the site, which contains every Yeovil Town first team result since the end of the Second World War.

The pages archived include a full set of results for the season, plus a list of goalscorers and all of the relevant appearance and bookings statistics, as well as a final league table.

Striker Dean Bowditch finished on top of the goalscoring charts - his tally of 15 goals is bettered only by Phil Jevons since the club got into the Football League, with Jevo's haul of 29 goals in 2004-05 and 16 in 2005-06 the best two seasonal totals that a Glovers player has managed.

Deano also finished on top of the appearance charts, making 45 appearances, with Paul Huntington (43) and Nathan Smith (42) his nearest challengers. All in all, the Glovers used 35 different players during the season, with 17 different players being signed on loan deals, albeit with one of those - Paul Wotton - being converted into a permanent deal.

Defender/midfielder Luke Ayling was top of the bad boys list, picking up 14 yellow cards and two red cards during the season, although his two dismissals came on the back of second bookable offences - both pairs dished out by referee Trevor Kettle.

The final League One table finish of 14th, was statistically speaking, Yeovil Town's second most successful season in third tier football. Of course the 2006-07 season that saw the Glovers reach Wembley will take some beating, but the 2-0 win over Carlisle United inched the Glovers ahead of their 2005-06 season finish, one position higher and three points better off.

Link: 2010-11 First Team Results.

Link: 2010-11 First Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2010-11 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2010-11 First Team Bookings.

Link: 2010-11 Final League One Table.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

7 May 2011 : Skiverton Honoured By Glovers League Finish
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton said that he was honoured to secure a 14th place finish in the final 2010-11 League One table. The Glovers were sandwiched between two rather illustrious rivals, with former Premier League sides Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday sat either side of them, in 13th and 15th place respectively.

That meant that the Glovers finished above Wednesday for the first time in the history of both clubs, with only goal difference preventing them from the Addicks. Skiverton said after the game that he felt that was a positive achievement given the playing budget of each club:

"It's an honour for us to finish the season on the same points as Charlton and above Sheffield Wednesday. You could roll us five times into their budget."

Skiverton also believed that the club had succeeded in maintaining their stay in League One by sticking together, and pointed out that other clubs such as Bristol Rovers and Notts County had fared far worse by making numerous changes to their managerial positions during the season:

"What makes us strong is sticking together and no finger-pointing. That's got us to where we are in the league. We've had a great second half to the season and it's down to a team effort. It would have been easy to sack me in the current climate, but the club's stuck with me. Other clubs change their manager and it didn't work for them. I think we can cause teams a few problems next season."

As for the game itself today, a 2-0 away win over Carlisle United came via Jonathan Obika's first half opener, with Dean Bowditch sealing the match in the second period. Skiverton felt that his side stood up to the Cumbrians' physical challenges and that allowed them to get the upper hand:

"It was a very good performance. We started on the front foot, our passing was good and we caused them quite a few problems. I said we'd win it in the tunnel if we were physical and stood up to the challenges and played our football."


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

7 May 2011 : Daggers Down, As Imps Lose League Status
The completion of the 2010-11 Football League season, as far as the main league matches are concerned, means that with the exception of the play-off fixtures, all positions are now finalised.

As far as League One was concerned, the final day didn't produce too much drama, with the top six positions all finalised before the final fixtures and three out of the bottom four relegation spots already in place. Even that final spot saw the club that occupied that position at 3.00p.m. maintain that position throughout the afternoon, meaning that there was to be no last minute drama there.

That said, Dagenham and Redbridge's 5-0 defeat at Peterborough United that sealed their fate didn't quite tell the full story, with the floodgates only opening in the final 25 minutes as Dagenham chased the game just a single goal down for an equalising goal that would have kept them up with Walsall losing against Southampton. Three goals in the final eight minutes ended Dagenham's flirt with third tier football, but they deserve credit for taking it right to the wire.

Down in League Two, both Wycombe Wanderers and Shrewsbury Town won their matches, but that meant that the Chairboys continued their reputation as a bit of a yo-yo club in recent years, as they grabbed the third automatic promotion slot, joining Bury and Chesterfield back in the third tier again - life is clearly never dull at Adams Park.

Torquay United had a valiant attempt to make a mess of their attempt to solidify their position in the League Two play-offs, losing 3-1 at Rotherham United to leave them biting their nails. However, any worries they may have had of being overhauled by Gillingham were ended by the Kent side losing as Chesterfield ensured they won the League Two title by a similar scoreline. The Gulls sneak into the play-offs on goal difference.

Down at the foot of League Two was where the drama was - with Barnet and Lincoln City fighting it out to avoid the drop into a Conference League that both clubs have experienced before. The Bees in the bottom two for most of the season, whilst Lincoln hadn't been worried by any of that during 2011.

However, the Imps were a team on a big slide, and a sequence of 10 defeats in 11 matches saw them head into the bottom two at precisely the wrong time of the season - 5.00p.m. on the final game of the season as Barnet's 1-0 win over Port Vale allowed them to leapfrog the Imps, who were losing 3-0 against Aldershot. That meant the Imps drop out of the Football League for the first time since 1986-87 - that time it took them one season to make their return - however this time round they may find Conference level football to be rather more competitive.

Relegated To League One: Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United, Preston North End.

Promoted From League One: Brighton and Hove Albion (Champions), Southampton
League One Play-Offs: Huddersfield Town, Peterborough United, Milton Keynes Dons, AFC Bournemouth
Relegated From League One: Dagenham and Redbridge, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town.

Promoted From League Two: Chesterfield (Champions), Bury, Wycombe Wanderers.
League Two Play-Offs: Shrewsbury Town, Accrington Stanley, Torquay United, Stevenage.

Link: Latest League One Table.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

7 May 2011 : Man of the Match Voting for Carlisle vs Yeovil Town
If you were one of the Yeovil supporters present at this afternoon's 2-0 win against Carlisle United at Brunton 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 Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

7 May 2011 : Carlisle 0 Yeovil 2 : Glovers Finish Season On Unbeaten Run
Yeovil Town completed their 2010-11 season by extending their unbeaten run to six matches, as they finished with a 2-0 win over Carlisle United at Brunton Park this afternoon. The goals came via one in each half, with Yeovil's front pairing both netting. Jonathan Obika latched onto Shaun MacDonald's through ball, whilst Dean Bowditch polished off a fine season for him with his 15th of the season, thanks to another Andy Welsh assist, with the Glovers ending the campaign with a 14th place finish.

Team selection saw Yeovil Town make two like-for-like swaps to their starting line-up, with Max Ehmer and Andrew Tutte both sitting it out in favour of Ed Upson and Adam Virgo, although both players left on the bench were to find themselves playing for a fair chunk of the game. Captain Paul Huntington didn't even make the squad, having picked up a dead leg in the Somerset Premier Cup Final against Weston-super-Mare. Overall, the 3-5-2 formation was preserved.

After the game had been preceded by Carlisle parading the Football League Trophy, making their end of season awards, and parachuting in the match ball and their new home kit into the stadium, the home side started the half in a more positive fashion, with their midfield taking control of the centre of the park and the Glovers floundering a touch as the Cumbrians picked up far too much space. Liam Noble produced the game's first chance as he forced Stephen Henderson into a parried save, whilst it took Yeovil 10 minutes to produce anything of note, as Andy Welsh's cut inside allowed him a chance to fire just wide of the target.

The Cumbrians were on the whole dominant though, and with Ed Upson having given the ball away a number of times during the opening 20 minutes, he was sacrificed for Andrew Tutte as the Glovers made an early substitution, Upson trudging off with his head down straight down the tunnel. That move though, seemed to brighten Yeovil's play up, and couldn't be argued with, when four minutes later the Glovers took the lead in the match.

That opening goal was all about Shaun MacDonald's drive through the heart of the Carlisle United midfield. Finding some space down the middle, he picked up pace, riding a couple of tackles, including a cynical attempt by Paul Thirlwell to take him out. Referee Jock Waugh chose to keep play going, and when he slipped the ball through to Jonathan Obika, the Tottenham Hotspur striker's cool finish gave him his third goal of the season, and his second against Carlisle this season.

That set the Glovers on their way, producing better football in the lead-up to the break, even if Liam Noble once again went close for Carlisle just before half time, sending a 25 yard drive just wide of the target. The home side's cause was also not helped by the loss of Frank Simek, whose serious looking arm injury held up play for four minutes, as he had to be helped off the field, meaning that the Cumbrians also joined Yeovil in making their first substitution as Tom Taiwo came on.

The second half saw Yeovil make their second change as Craig Alcock's back problems forced him off, meaning that Max Ehmer got a chance to play the whole of the second period. Luke Ayling shuffled out wide from playing as a centre-back into being the right wing-back for the second 45 minutes.

The crucial point of the game came not long after Carlisle had made a double substitution, introducing Danny Livesy onto the field of play. The home side had penalty appeals waved away by referee Jock Waugh, whose policy of keeping the game flowing throughout the match continued. Andrew Tutte picked the ball up and Carlisle were caught on the break, with his ball through to Andy Welsh allowing the Mancunian a chance to clock up another assist, as his ball found Dean Bowditch in the right place, right time, for an easy tap-in and to give Deano his 15th goal of the season - the very target he had set himself back in August when the season began.

At two goals up, in this end of season encounter, it was always unlikely that Carlisle would put in much effort to get back into the match. The Glovers made another tactical switch, taking off Dean Bowditch, who had been holding his hamstring just before his goal, and bringing on Nathan Jones. That allowed Andy Welsh a chance to finish the match up front with Jones performing the left wing-back role.

The Glovers ran out comfortable winners in the end, and that result pushed them up to 14th place in the League One table - ensuring they finished above Sheffield Wednesday by a single position. Given at Christmas, Wednesday were second, and the Glovers were rooted to the bottom of the table, what odds would you have got on that at the turn of the year? The main question now will be whether Yeovil can hang onto the players they've recruited since Christmas, or whether manager Terry Skiverton will have to rebuild his squad again. The summer will be a very important pointer to how things pan out during 2011-12 for sure.

Link: 2010-11 Final League One Table.

Final Score: Carlisle United 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Jonathan Obika (26 mins, 0-1), Dean Bowditch (69 mins, 0-2)

Yeovil Town (3-5-2):
13. Stephen Henderson
19. Adam Virgo 8. Luke Ayling 6. Nathan Smith
2. Craig Alcock 16. Ed Upson 20. Paul Wotton 24. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones (70 mins for Dean Bowditch) 14. Max Ehmer (46 mins for Craig Alcock) 15. Alex Russell 18. Andrew Tutte (22 mins for Ed Upson) 23. Billy Gibson 25. Danny Fitzsimons

Carlisle United:
1. Adam Collin
2. Frank Simek 25. Lubomir Michalik 6. Peter Murphy 10. Matthew Robson
21. James Berrett 11. Paul Thirlwell 17. Liam Noble
13. Francois Zoko
19. Patrick Madden 15. Craig Curran

Substitutes:
20. Mark Gillespie (GK) 5. Danny Livesey (56 mins for James Berrett) 8. Graham Kavanagh 12. Tom Taiwo (34 mins for Frank Simek) 18. Rory Loy (56 mins for Patrick Madden) 27. Ben McKenna

Carlisle Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Referee: Jock Waugh (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Richard Clark (Northumberland) and Barry Gordon (County Durham). Fourth Official: Tony Harrington (Cleveland).

Attendance: 6,473 (including 233 Yeovil fans).


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

7 May 2011 : Team News For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's match against Carlisle United. Both are straight swaps, with Adam Virgo starting the match in favour of Max Ehmer at the back, whilst Ed Upson comes in for Andrew Tutte in a midfield slot.

Aside from these two swaps, there is one more change on the bench, with the released Martin Gritton being displaced by Danny Fitzsimons. There is no place for captain Paul Huntington in the squad today, despite him being available following suspension - he picked up a dead leg during the first half of the Somerset Premier Cup match against Weston-super-Mare in midweek and so has not been considered for selection.

The like-for-like changes imply that the Glovers will keep the 3-5-2 formation that was used last weekend against Colchester United and will line up as follows.

Yeovil Town (3-5-2):
13. Stephen Henderson
19. Adam Virgo 8. Luke Ayling 6. Nathan Smith
2. Craig Alcock 16. Ed Upson 24. Shaun MacDonald 20. Paul Wotton 11. Andy Welsh
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 14. Max Ehmer 15. Alex Russell 18. Andrew Tutte 23. Billy Gibson 25. Danny Fitzsimons

Carlisle United:
1. Adam Collin
2. Frank Simek 25. Lubomir Michalik 6. Peter Murphy 10. Matthew Robson
21. James Berrett 11. Paul Thirlwell 17. Liam Noble 19. Patrick Madden
13. Francois Zoko 15. Craig Curran

Substitutes:
20. Mark Gillespie (GK) 5. Danny Livesey 8. Graham Kavanagh 12. Tom Taiwo 18. Rory Loy 27. Ben McKenna


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

7 May 2011 : Welsh To Consider Family Matters Over Contract Offer
Yeovil Town left-winger Andy Welsh admits that his own family will be a strong factor in his thinking when he weighs up the pros and cons of signing a new deal at Huish Park for next season. Welsh is one of seven players who has been offered an unspecified deal for the 2011-12 campaign, with those offers having been made public on Thursday.

Two of those even players - Welsh and centre-back Adam Virgo - go into the summer in slightly different circumstances, with both having become fathers during 2011. Welsh admits that this change in his lifestyle will be a factor in his thinking, and has told the Western Daily Press that moving clubs will require more thinking time now he has a family to consider:

"I think there are quite a lot of us out of contract in the summer. I've got a young family now to think about. I cannot just think about moving myself and my wife any more, I have got to think about my little daughter. I would not say there is doubt, you are just anxious to see what is going to happen. Unfortunately that is the market these days, as it is for myself and for the club."

The 27 year old may originally hail from Manchester, but has lived in all corners of the country, having played for Stockport County, Sunderland and Blackpool as well as having loan spells with Macclesfield Town and Leicester City. He also spent six months playing for Major League Soccer side Toronto during 2007 and said that in general he had no issues with settling in a particular location:

"It helps to be settled and I would say every club I have been at Ė except for maybe Blackpool Ė I have been settled, even when I was in Canada. For me and (wife) Rebecca to settle, we find that quite easy, but it is fair to say we have come down here and enjoyed it."

Of course in Welsh and Virgo's situation, the Glovers should be in a relatively strong position, given that both families are now settled in the Yeovil area. However, both will be attracted by any clubs that can give their families long-term stability for the future, hence contract length will also play a part in their thinking.

In addition to the seven players being offered, left-sided defender Danny Fitzsimons who arrived at the club from Queens Park Rangers in February, has been invited to come back in pre-season. Skiverton told the paper that the teenager has been given a training plan to follow throughout the summer. He also hopes for a quick resolution to the other seven players futures:

"We have given Danny a programme to go away with and he has got some really good attributes. We will be talking about that (the seven contract offers) in the next week, week and a half, trying to see if we can get stuff signed. Whether it does happen like that I am not sure, but I am trying to get it done as quick as possible."

Skiverton has also told the Western Gazette this week that he will be busy this summer on a more personal level. He will be studying for his UEFA A Coaching Licence over the summer in his efforts to strengthen his own knowledge of the game.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

6 May 2011 : Glovers On Creditors List As Argyle Agree CVA
Relegated League One side Plymouth Argyle have had their Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) accepted in a meeting of creditors today. The CVA arrangements were supported by over 75 percent of creditors, meaning that, subject to a 14 day right of appeal - which on this occasion looks unlikely, Argyle's debts will now be substantially reduced, provided the administrator can find a suitable buyer.

The Devon club went into administration owing over £17 million to 240 unsecured creditors. However, the vast majority of those unsecured creditors will be left having to accept a pittance, with the CVA agreeing a rate of 0.77 pence in the pound. For example the BBC Sport website reports that Plymouth City Council will receive just over £2,000 back from the £285,000 that was owed to them.

Amongst the list of creditors, Yeovil Town Football Club are owed £14,096 - almost certainly ticket receipts that Argyle had accrued from the 1,441 Argyle fans who purchased tickets for the February 2011 League One fixture between the two clubs.

Football League rules require Argyle's prospective new owners to settle such debts to other football clubs as part of the process of coming out of administration in order to protect the integrity of the competition, and will doubtless withhold television and sponsorship rights payments from the Pilgrims until they do so.

If any company buying out the Home Park club fails to do so, then the League can either withhold the Golden Share that entitles them to membership of the Football League, or deduct further points. However, even this process is under threat - HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC - aka the taxman) has commenced legal action against the Premier League and the Football League, and a short hearing about the case was heard by Mr Justice Newey in London yesterday. HMRC's case against the Football League will commence on November 28th, with the Premier League set to also make representations at the trial.

It's been a mixed week of news for Argyle - their acting Chairman Peter Ridsdale yesterday appeared in court charged on three counts relating to fraud and trading standards. Dating from his time as Cardiff City Chairman, Cardiff City Council have taken legal action against him under the Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Fraud Act 2006.

Ridsdale is accused of deception relating to a Cardiff City Season Ticketing promotional offer called the Golden Ticket scheme that was put on the table on December 2009. The accusation is that Ridsdale "knowingly or recklessly engaged" in an offer that he knew could never be fulfilled, where Cardiff fans were told that purchasing season tickets would be used to buy new players in the following January transfer window. However, those player purchases were called off when the Welsh club ran into financial problems, with the pooled money being used to tackle their debts. Ridsdale has indicated that he will plead not guilty to all three charges and his case has been adjourned until July 22nd, and upgraded to the Crown Court.

However, Plymouth do have a light at the end of the tunnel over their own financial problems, with administrator Brendan Guilfoyle revealing that they have an exclusivity deal with a preferred bidder. That bidder's identity will not be revealed until June 14th, but there are strong rumours that they are an Irish based consortium. Guilfoyle's only clue to Pilgrims fans was that the consortium had no current or past connection with their club. In the meantime, they will remain in administration, with the day to day affairs continuing to be run by Guilfoyle as they prepare themselves for next season in League Two.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

6 May 2011 : Glovers Face Thistle Test
Yeovil Town's second pre-season friendly of the 2011-12 sesson has been arranged. The Glovers will face Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a match that will be played at Huish Park on Tuesday 12th July, with a 7:45p.m. kick-off.

Inverness, who are managed by former England defender Terry Butcher, lie in 7th place in the Scottish Premier League table, and include in their ranks former Stoke City striker Adam Rooney, who had a short spell with the Glovers during the 2006-07 season - his loan spell curtailed due to international call-ups for the Republic of Ireland.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

5 May 2011 : Calver Becomes Fourth Glovers Departure
Yeovil Town striker Craig Calver's departure from Huish Park has now been confirmed. The former Southend United striker wasn't named in the earlier list of players leaving the Glovers, but is now the fourth player to head out the door today.

Craig's departure almost certainly happened earlier this week, given that he did not feature in the Reserve Team match against Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday. His final time with the Glovers was spent on loan at Braintree Town, where he failed to break into the Conference South Champions' starting line-up, gaining only a small number of substitute appearances along the way.

Calver made six substitute appearances for the Glovers with his last appearance coming at the tail end of the early March trip to Southampton. He is joined by fellow strikers Sam Williams and Martin Gritton who also left the club today, along with centre-back Stefan Stam, who is currently on loan at League Two side Hereford United.

Seven other players have been offered new deals at the club of unspecified lengths. See our earlier article for full details.

Link: Seven Offered Contracts, Whilst Three Depart Club.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

5 May 2011 : Seven Offered Contracts, Whilst Three Depart Club
Yeovil Town have issued their Released and Retained lists for the end of the 2010-11 season. There are two players that the club are definitely saying goodbye to, with strikers Sam Williams and Martin Gritton shown the door at the end of their contracts.

Seven players have been offered new contracts with striker Dean Bowditch, left-back Nathan Smith, centre-back Adam Virgo, left-winger Andy Welsh, right-back Craig Alcock, midfielder Alex Russell and right-winger Billy Gibson all given new contract offers.

As yet, there's no indication as to what length of contract is on the table for these players - past practice has been for the club to offer rolling year extensions on existing player deals.

Left sided defender Danny Fitzsimons has been invited back to pre-season training but has as yet not been offered a new deal. There is no mention of striker Craig Calver at all, although a mention on Twitter by one of the Glovers players would imply he has left the club - particularly as he did not feature in the Somerset Premier Cup Final. There's also no mention of centre-back Stefan Stam, who is currently on loan at Hereford United, although we suspect that you don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out which way that one will drop.

The club currently have five players who still have a year left on their current contracts. These are as previously reported and are Paul Huntington, Luke Ayling, Ed Upson, Andy Williams and Paul Wotton. Assistant manager Nathan Jones remains under contract due to his management status.

All five of Yeovil Town's loan players will obviously initially return to their parent clubs before any decision on their futures can be considered.

Update: 15:40hrs Centre-back Stefan Stam's departure from the club has now been confirmed.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

5 May 2011 : Tutte Grabs Team Of The Week Slot
Having scored two goals in his last two matches, it is highly appropriate that on loan midfielder Andrew Tutte has been included in the latest Football League Team of the Week. Andrew added to his Easter Monday debut goal against Peterborough United by netting the second in the 4-2 win over Colchester United on the following Saturday.

He becomes the 17th nomination of the 2010-11 season for a Yeovil Town player, with the team selected as shown below:

Artur Krysiak (Exeter City)
Richard Taundry (Walsall) Jean Yves Mvoto (Oldham Athletic) Mark Arber (Dagenham and Redbridge) Aaron Cresswell (Tranmere)
James Dunne (Exeter City) Andrew Tutte (Yeovil Town) Tommy Miller (Sheffield Wednesday) Chris Taylor (Oldham)
Benik Afobe (Huddersfield) Jon Nurse (Dagenham and Redbridge)


The full list of Yeovil Town players nominated so far this season are as follows:

1. John Sullivan (29/09/2010 : Oldham (a) D0-0) (details)
2. Paul Huntington (11/09/2010 : Tranmere (h) W3-1) (details)
3. Nathan Smith (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
4. Stephen Henderson (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
5. Paul Huntington (09/10/2010 : Rochdale (a) W1-0) (details)
6. Dean Bowditch (30/10/2010 : Swindon (h) D3-3) (details).
7. Stephen Henderson (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
8. Paul Huntington (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
9. Nathan Smith (08/01/2011 : Brentford (h) W2-0) (details).
10. Stephen Henderson (15/01/2011 : Swindon (a) W1-0) (details).
11. Dean Bowditch (15/01/2011 : Swindon (a) W1-0) (details).
12. Paul Wotton (29/01/2011 : Brentford (a) W2-1) (details).
13. Oli Johnson (29/01/2011 : Brentford (a) W2-1) (details).
14. Dean Bowditch (19/03/2011 : Exeter (a) W3-2) (details).
15. Shaun MacDonald (26/03/2011 : Leyton Orient (a) W5-1 (details).
16. Andy Welsh (16/04/2011 : Oldham Athletic (h) D1-1) (details).
17. Andrew Tutte (30/04/2011 : Colchester United (h) W4-2).


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

5 May 2011 : Wait Continues For New Contract Offers
The long wait to find out which Yeovil Town players will be offered new deals looks set to carry on for a few more days. Manager Terry Skiverton has said in today's Western Daily Press that although he has had his wish list rubber-stamped by the Glovers board, that the players will only receive their offers after his players have returned from Saturday's trip to play Carlisle United.

The original plan had been for decisions to be made public as soon as the Glovers were "mathematically safe" - an event that was confirmed on Easter Monday when an away draw at Peterborough United. However, it now seems inevitable that the offers are now only going to be put on the table once the season is completed - a policy that has generally been in place since the Glovers got into League One.

Speaking to the WDP, Skiverton described the situation as a bit of a monkey on his back, but said that most players would probably intuitively know whether they were likely to get an offer from the club or not:

"We had to make sure of where we were, and I think people have half an inkling of if they do or do not know. It is a case of us moving forward and getting them out there. It has been a little bit of a monkey on my back where everywhere I go now people are asking: 'Are we keeping him, him or him?'. Everybody will know by the end of the weekend."

Skiverton also reiterates his position he stated last Thursday that he will not be filling the side that takes to the field at Brunton Park with fringe players, indicating that he will stick with his strongest available team for the final match of the 2010-11 season.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

5 May 2011 : Interview With Andrew Tutte
Last Thursday, Yeovil Town's on-loan midfielder Andrew Tutte was interviewed by the BBC as part of the build-up to the weekend's game. Andrew spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt about his time at the club, his expectations on his future, and his views on the season as a whole. The transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Andrew Tutte Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Colchester.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

4 May 2011 : Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle
One more game to go in the 2010-11 season, and it's certainly a bit of a long trek. Yeovil Town make their longest trip of the season to Carlisle United's Brunton Park ground, and for those in need of directions, ticketing information, parking, pub guides and all kinds of other stuff, the Ciderspace guide to your day out has been tweaked and is available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.

Link: Officials For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

3 May 2011 : Glovers Suffer Defeat In Cup Final
Yeovil Town Reserves lost tonight in the Final of the Somerset Premier Cup against Conference South side Weston-super-Mare. In a game where the Glovers selected a strong line-up, including four first team regulars and eight players who have featured in first team matches this season, the Glovers never really got going during the game.

A fairly uneventful first half was livened up in the second period, with the Glovers putting pressure on the Weston goal. But they found former Glovers keeper Lloyd Irish in excellent form, blocking two Martin Gritton shots, and then saving a Gritton header.

Midway through the second half, Ben Kirk scored for the visitors to put them 1-0 up somewhat against the run of play, and in the attempt for the Glovers to restart the game quickly, an off the ball skirmish involving Nathan Jones saw him booked, with the referee singling out the wrong Weston player for a yellow card, with the guilty party getting off scot free.

Weston still fell foul of the referee though, as Craig Rand was red carded for what was thought to be foul and abusive language, during eight minutes of injury time, leaving the seasiders having to play the game out a man short. But Irish, who played regularly for the Glovers Reserves between 2007 and 2009, as well as sitting on the first team bench, was putting on a sparkling display, and easily ran out as Weston's man of the match. For the Glovers, a poor disjointed first half was followed by a much improved second half display, although not enough players were up to standard tonight for the Glovers to deserve anything from the game.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 0 Weston-super-Mare 1.

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Gareth Stewart 2. Lewis Clarke 3. Danny Fitzsimons 4. Alex Russell 5. Adam Virgo 6. Paul Huntington (c) 7. Ed Upson 8. Luke Ayling 9. Martin Gritton 10. Billy Gibson 23. Nathan Jones

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Kaye 14. Rhys Baggridge 15. Aidan Chainey 16. Josh Doyle 17. Lloyd Matthews (46 mins for Paul Huntington).

Attendance: 703.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

3 May 2011 : GWSC Travel To Carlisle United
This coming Saturday, Yeovil Town face the mammoth trip to Brunton Park for a League One match against Carlisle United. The match against the Cumbrians takes place on Saturday 7th May 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match. and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station from 5.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 6.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £30.00, with concessions available at £28.00. 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).

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

3 May 2011 : Officials For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's final match of the 2010-11 season have been announced. The match against Carlisle United takes place at Brunton Park on Saturday 7th May, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Jock Waugh (South Yorkshire).

We've only seen Mr Waugh once before, and that was as a Fourth Official, back in April 2009 in our away match at Stockport County, memorable only for how unmemorable the awful 0-0 draw at Edgeley Park was. He was promoted to the Football League's referee's list during the summer that followed, but we've yet to see him perform. He claims that he got into refereeing when "my next door neighbour used to drag me out of bed on Sundays because they couldnít get a referee".

Carlisle United fans will have seen him in action - a 0-0 draw at Brunton Park back in September 2010 that saw him raise three yellow cards, including two for the home side. He has had a big gap between games this season, missing the action from late November onwards. Since making his return to action, he's taken charge of matches at Exeter City, Stevenage and Hartlepool United.

Mr Waugh will be assisted by Richard Clark (Northumberland) and Barry Gordon (County Durham). The Fourth Official will be Tony Harrington (Cleveland).


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

3 May 2011 : Somerset Premier Cup Final : Tonight's Team
Yeovil Town Reserves play their Somerset Premier Cup match against Weston-super-Mare tonight at Huish Park. Tonight's full line-up for the 7.45p.m. kick-off is as follows:

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Gareth Stewart 2. Lewis Clarke 3. Danny Fitzsimons 4. Alex Russell 5. Adam Virgo 6. Paul Huntington (c) 7. Ed Upson 8. Luke Ayling 9. Martin Gritton 10. Billy Gibson 23. Nathan Jones

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Kaye 14. Rhys Baggridge 15. Aidan Chainey 16. Josh Doyle 17. Lloyd Matthews


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

3 May 2011 : Reserves vs Weston-super-Mare Match Preview
Tonight, Yeovil Town Reserves will turn out for the final of the Somerset Premier Cup at Huish Park. The match against Conference South side Weston-super-Mare kicks off at 7.45p.m. and will be decided on the night, with extra time and penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

Admission prices for the match will be £6.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £3.00.

In theory with the Glovers now safe in their League One status, they could select a full first team - more likely is that they will put out a side that is similar to the one that they picked for the semi-final against Clevedon Town, with first team bench-warmers such as Billy Gibson, Gareth Stewart, Martin Gritton and Danny Fitzsimons being mixed with some of the club's scholars in Rhys Baggridge and Rob Clowes.

Weston-super-Mare have completed their Conference South campaign already - they finished 12th this season on 53 points. However, only three of their 15 wins during the season came on their travels. They completed their season with an impressive 2-1 home win over Conference South Champions Braintree Town who recently took Glovers striker Craig Calver on loan. Managed by Craig Laird, their line-up should include former Yeovil Town Reserves keeper Lloyd Irish, who sat on the first team bench for a couple of matches during the 2008-09 season.

Their top scorers this season have been Kane Ingram with 12 goals, and Nat Pepperell with ten to his name. Their first team squad includes two of manager Laird's sons - defender Jamie Laird, who is a regular in the side, and Craig Laird Jnr who has featured in a small handful of matches. Their squad that beat Braintree on Saturday was as follows:

Weston-super-Mare: Lloyd Irish, Jamie Price, Martin Slocombe, Craig Rand, Jak Martin, Justin Porter, Nabi Diallo, Ben Kirk, Sahr Kabba, Brett Trowbridge, Nat Pepperell. Subs: Marcus Duharty, Dayle Grubb, Kane Ingram, Jamie Laird, Craig Laird Jnr.

One possible addition to that squad tonight, is midfielder Simon Gilbert, who missed Saturday's match against Braintree due to an ankle injury.

Yeovil Town Reserves: (from) Gareth Stewart, Luke Ayling, Paul Huntington, Adam Virgo, Danny Fitzsimons, Nathan Jones, Ed Upson, Alex Russell, Billy Gibson, Martin Gritton, Aidan Chainey, Lewis Clarke, Rhys Baggridge, Jonny Kaye, Lloyd Matthews, Rob Clowes, Josh Doyle.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

2 May 2011 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Colchester Interview
Just before kick-off in Saturday's home match against Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton talked about how he expected the game to proceed and his thoughts on the team selected. With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript is archived via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Pre-Match Colchester Interview.

The other interviews from the weekend just gone are available via the links below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester Game.

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Win Against Colchester.

Link: Stephen Henderson Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Win Against Colchester.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

2 May 2011 : Pilgrims Plunge As Saints Savour Success
This afternoon's single League One match saw two South Coast sides disappear in opposite directions after the Saints and the Pilgrims met at Home Park each needing a win for very different reasons. Southampton's emphatic 3-0 win over Plymouth Argyle was gained through two goals from Rickie Lambert and another from Ryan Dickson, and it ensured Plymouth's second consecutive relegation - moving them from the dizzy heights of the Championship to the prospect of League Two football in just over a year.

For Southampton, relegated from the Championship two years ago, their win pretty much guaranteed them a turnaround on their fall into administration and third tier football. Whilst Huddersfield Town can technically still catch them on the final day of the season, their win means that they are as good as automatically promoted due to their superior goal difference - 17 better than the Terriers at present.

Plymouth's demise means that Yeovil Town will be short of at least five South Coast and South-West sides next season, with relegation as good as confirmed for Bristol Rovers on Saturday - again barring mathematical miracles. They join Swindon Town who are now guaranteed bottom place in League One for this season.

The three relegation spots for the Championship are now also decided, meaning that next season's 2011-12 line-up for League One is already taking shape, as we welcome back Scunthorpe United from their shortish spell in second tier football. They are joined by two clubs Yeovil Town have never played in the league before - Preston North End and Sheffield United, giving Glovers fans two new grounds to watch their team play at next season.

Coming up from League Two, Chesterfield guarantees another new ground to visit, whilst Bury have also climbed up to the third tier, meaning that League One's heavy southern weighting is going to be significantly balanced out for next season.

The latest picture is as follows:

Relegated To League One: Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United, Preston North End.

Promoted From League One: Brighton and Hove Albion (Champions), Southampton*
League One Play-Offs: Huddersfield Town, Peterborough United, Milton Keynes Dons, AFC Bournemouth
Relegated From League One: Bristol Rovers*, Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town and one of Dagenham and Redbridge, Walsall or Notts County.

Promoted From League Two: Chesterfield and Bury. Plus one of Wycombe Wanderers or Shrewsbury Town.
League Two Play-Offs: One of Wycombe Wanderers or Shrewsbury Town, and Accrington Stanley. Plus two of Torquay United, Stevenage, Gillingham and Port Vale.

(* Barring mathematical madness occurring!)

Link: Latest League One Table.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

2 May 2011 : Stanno Testimonial Ends Fair And Square
Yeovil Town and Exeter City shared out a grand total of eight goals this afternoon at St James Park, as both sides came together to celebrate the life of former striker Adam Stansfield. In a Testimonial match arranged to raise funds for the Adam Stansfield Family Fund, both sides selected a variety of past and present stars, with the Glovers side augmented by a selection of players with a Hereford United background.

The Glovers opened the scoring when Steve Tully put a Jamie Pitman cross into his own net and were 1-0 up at the break. Then the Grecians equalised early in the second period as former Glover Paul Tisdale, now managing the home side, netted from the penalty spot after Lee Phillips was fouled in the box. Richard Duffy turned the game around for the Grecians, before Phillips put Exeter 3-1 up where they appeared to be coasting.

But all good testimonials are prone to a spot of late madness, and this one was no different, as Adam's older brother Wayne Stansfield scored for Yeovil from the penalty spot before Steve Tully remembered which team he was playing for - this time netting at the right end. Then James Dunne, an Exeter player who was wearing a Yeovil shirt, risked upsetting his regular teammates by netting for the Glovers, before a late Glovers goal, fittingly scored by the second member of the Stansfield family - Adam's brother-in-law Darren Pearce - ensured that everything ended up fair and square on the day.

Final Score: Exeter City XI 4 Yeovil Town XI 4.

Exeter City XI: 1. Paul Jones, 2. Steve Tully, 3. Billy Jones 4. Wayne Carlisle 5. Rob Edwards 6. Chris Todd 7. Ryan Harley 8. John Challinor 9. Richard Logan 10. Lee Phillips 11. Dean Moxey

Substitutes: 13. Martin Rice (GK), 12. Andy Taylor 14. Richard Duffy 15. Matt Taylor 16. Scott Golbourne 17. Paul Tisdale 18. Bertie Cozic 19. Steve Rowland 20. Chris Vinnicombe

Yeovil Town XI: (various, but including) Wayne Stansfield, Lee Johnson, Marcus Stewart, Darren Pearce, Terry Skiverton, Chris Weale, Michael McIndoe, Gavin Williams, Tom White, Scott Rogers, Andy Lindegaard, Jamie Pitman, Rob Purdie, Andy Williams, Mark Robinson.

Referee: Mark Halsey. Assistants: Mike Mullarkey and Andy Turner.

Attendance: 1,142


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

2 May 2011 : Yeovil Town Ladies Relegated, But Upbeat Over Future
Despite taking the lead on two occasions through goals from Terri Trowbridge and Laura Bray, Yeovil Town Ladies went down 4-2 to Portsmouth Ladies on Sunday. The defeat unfortunately confirmed the club's relegation from the FA Women's Premier League, with them falling back down to the South West Combination Football League for next season.

The match started off well for the Glovers with a good opening spell, and they took the lead on twenty minutes when Terri Trowbridge got on the end of a Rosie Williams free kick to head the ball into the back of the net from close range. Portsmouth equalised on the half hour through Kirsty McGee, but the Glovers came back just a few minutes later when Laura Bray got on the end of a lovely Jodi Cornwall pass to bang the ball home from 18-yards.

Going in at half time things were looking great for the Glovers, with the 2-1 score line just what they needed to haul themselves off the bottom of the table, and the chance of staying the in the league via a play-off game later in the month. Portsmouth however, had other ideas, and within ten minutes of the re-start they had levelled the scores after Rhia Baker went through to score.

The home side had their tails up now and went on to dominate the game, with former Yeovil Town player Lindsey Roe running the show from midfield. And it was Roe who went on to confirm her side's dominance, scoring the two goals to confirm their 4-2 victory. Speaking after the game Joint manager Sarah Lawler was unable to hide her disappointment.

"We all feel gutted to have been relegated," Lawler said. "But we will take stock, re-evaluate and come back stronger next season. The Premier League has not seen the last of Yeovil Town Ladies. This club belongs at this level. We will be back."

Further comment on Sunday's match is to follow later in the week. The views of Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman David Mills can be read on the Ladies Website News Page.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Brazell, Williams (Coles - 65), Edwards, Trowbridge (Rourke - 72), Wensley, Hinton, Pearson, Osman, Cornwall, Bray.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

2 May 2011 : Adam Stansfield Testimonial Line-Ups
This afternoon, the Adam Stansfield Testimonial Match is taking place at St James Park, Exeter. The following line-ups have been announced for the fixture that sees an Exeter City XI side take on a Yeovil Town XI.

Exeter City XI: 1. Paul Jones, 2. Steve Tully, 3. Billy Jones 4. Wayne Carlisle 5. Rob Edwards 6. Chris Todd 7. Ryan Harley 8. John Challinor 9. Richard Logan 10. Lee Phillips 11. Dean Moxey

Substitutes: 13. Martin Rice (GK), 12. Andy Taylor 14. Richard Duffy 15. Matt Taylor 16. Scott Golbourne 17. Paul Tisdale 18. Bertie Cozic 19. Steve Rowland 20. Chris Vinnicombe

Yeovil Town XI: Wayne Stansfield, Lee Johnson, Marcus Stewart, Darren Pearce, Terry Skiverton, Chris Weale, Michael McIndoe, Gavin Williams, Tom White, Scott Rogers, Andy Lindegaard.

Substitutes: TBA.

Referee: Mark Halsey. Assistants: Mike Mullarkey and Andy Turner.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

2 May 2011 : Skivo Considers Future Of Loan Stars
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has given a few hints at which of his current loan players he may try to sign permanently over the summer. The Glovers have got five loan players on their books, and all will return to their parent clubs after next weekend's final League One match against Carlisle United, as the 2010-11 season draws to a close.

With all five players having had crucial roles in Yeovil's climb out of the relegation zone during the second half of the season, the inevitable question is how easy it will be for Skiverton to hold onto his current squad, particularly with only five or six players under contract for next season within his own permanent squad ranks.

Of the five players currently at Huish Park on loan deals, the one Skiverton does not make mention of is Queens Park Rangers defender/midfielder Max Ehmer, but he has talked about the rest and given his expectations of how likely it is that he will be able to sign those players on permanent deals.

Speaking in this morning's Western Daily Press, Skiverton points out that Manchester City (Andrew Tutte), Tottenham Hotspur (Jonathan Obika) and Swansea City (Shaun MacDonald) are all still heavily involved in their end of season campaigns, and implies that he may not get a response to calls that he has made until their seasons are over:

"The managers that I will be speaking to are quite busy at the minute because they are involved in big games themselves. But calls have been made, messages have been left and we will just see. I think Jon Obika has another year left at Tottenham so we will see where the land lies with that one, but, definitely with (Andrew) Tutte and (Shaun) MacDonald, they are two players that we will be looking to at least make offers to."

Andrew Tutte is widely expected to be released by Manchester City at the end of this season, although Shaun MacDonald still has a year to run at the Liberty Stadium, meaning that Swansea City would be entitled to ask for a transfer fee - the same would apply to Jonathan Obika.

The one player that Skiverton does not believe he will be able to sign is Bristol City goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, who has been offered a new two year contract at Ashton Gate. Even if Henderson turns down that offer, City would be entitled to ask for a fee, given that the Irishman is under the age of 24. Skiverton says that the most likely route for any future move for Henderson would come through the loan route again:

"Stephen Henderson was one of the ones that I do not think we could touch anyway. As far as I was concerned he was a Bristol City player, and he will be a Bristol City player by all accounts for the next couple of years. He has been back there for a couple of weeks and, if he does not get in there having signed for Bristol City, I will be straight back on the phone again."


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

2 May 2011 : Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester Game
Following Saturday's 4-2 win over Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton talked about the match and the way the season has been finishing.

With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript is available via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester Game.

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Win Against Colchester.

Link: Stephen Henderson Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Win Against Colchester.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

1 May 2011 : Craig Alcock's View On The Colchester Game
Following yesterday's 4-2 win over Colchester United, Yeovil Town's right-back Craig Alcock talked about the match, including his opening goal that set the Glovers on their way.

With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the transcript for Craig's interview is available via the link below.

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Win Against Colchester.

Link: Stephen Henderson Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Win Against Colchester.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

1 May 2011 : Admission Prices For Adam Stansfield Testimonial
A reminder that tomorrow afternoon, a Yeovil Town XI will take on an Exeter City XI at St James Park, for the Adam Stansfield Testimonial match. With all proceeds going to the Adam Stansfield Family Fund, two of the clubs that hold Adam's name dear will take to the field to raise money and help celebrate his life. Kick-off tomorrow is at 3.00p.m.

The match is a pay on the gate game and admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-18s: £1.00.

The Glovers squad will hopefully include most, if not all, of the following players: Steve Collis, Tom White, Roy O'Brien, Terry Skiverton, Darren Way, Colin Miles, Michael McIndoe, Carl Alford, Lee Johnson, Gary Johnson, Andy Lindegaard, Chris Weale, Warren Patmore. Glovers winger/striker Andy Williams was penned in to appear, having played for Hereford United with Adam, but his current ankle injury would appear likely to rule him out.

For further information on the match, see the original article below.

Link: Glovers To Take Part In Adam Stansfield Testimonial Match.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

1 May 2011 : Ladies Relegation Fate Sealed By Former Glover
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered relegation this afternoon after finishing bottom of the table in their debut season in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division. The Glovers went down 4-2 to Portsmouth Ladies with their fate being sealed by one of the players that had put them on their rise up the divisions. Former midfielder Lindsey Roe's two second half goals put the final nails in the coffin, despite the Ladies team having at one point looking as though they might pull off a great escape.

A Terri Trowbridge header had put them a goal up, and although Pompey equalised during the first half, Laura Bray restored the lead within a minute, putting the Glovers into precisely the position that they needed at the break - 2-1 up would be good enough to see them into a relegation play-off slot.

But in the second period, Yeovil had to play uphill at Fareham Town's Cams Alder stadium, with the wind in their faces. Pompey equalised to put the game on a knife-edge, but then came Lindsey Roe to steal their fate - the player who once scored eight goals in one match for the Ladies stuck two in the net for her current side, and in doing so ensured that her old club would be playing in the South West Combination Women's Football League next season.

There will be more reaction to the defeat on the Ladies website in the next 24/48 hours ... and hopefully they will return back to this level very soon in the future.

Final Score: Portsmouth Ladies 4 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Rachel Simkin, Emma Brazell, Rosie Williams, Rachael Edwards, Terri Trowbridge, Laura Wensley, Dana Hinton, Stacey Pearson, Shannon Osman, Jodi Cornwall, Laura Bray.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

1 May 2011 : Stephen Henderson's End Of Season Awards Interview
Following yesterday's 4-2 win over Colchester United, Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson talked about the match and his collection of four End Of Season Awards.

With questions from local journalist Brendon Mitchell, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the Bristol City goalkeeper's interview transcript is available via the link below.

Link: Stephen Henderson Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Win Against Colchester.


Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Comment on this News Item on Facebook or Go back to Top of Page

News Archives

To go to the Ciderspace News Archives, click here.
To subscribe to this News Page's RSS Feed, copy this link into your News Reader. Alternatively Join us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.
To see all news for September 2017 click here.
To see all news for August 2017 click here.


contact ciderspace:ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com
© Ciderspace 1999-2004
Last Updated : 17th August 2015
design by siteshape
Top