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31 May 2013 : Devon Duo Selected For Pre-Season Friendlies
Yeovil Town have announced details of two pre-season friendlies for the 2013-14 season. Both are matches against South-West League Two opposition.

The first sees the Glovers travel to play Torquay United at Plainmoor on Tuesday 16th July with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. We last travelled down to Plainmoor in last season's Football League Trophy match in October 2012 that saw James Hayter bag a brace, and the Glovers go through on a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw.

A week later, Yeovil Town will play host to Exeter City on Tuesday 23rd July 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. This match will be played at Huish Park. This is a repeat scheduling of last season's encounter that saw goals from Ed Upson and Reuben Reid in a 2-2 draw.

More pre-season friendlies will be planned in due course.


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30 May 2013 : Extended Interview With Norman Hayward
Just before we stepped out at Wembley Stadium on May 19th, the BBC broadcasted a rare interview with Yeovil Town co-owner Norman Hayward. We'd previously covered a cut-down version of his chat with BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin that was carried out in the lead-up to the League One Play-Off Final.

Presented below is a full length version of that interview, which carries around twice as much content, and becomes all the more relevant in that Yeovil Town actually did make it to the Championship division, which thus turns some of Norman's hypothetical answers into a harder reality. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Norman Hayward Speaks To The BBC Ahead Of The League One Play-Off Final.


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30 May 2013 : Club Optimistic On Johnson Deal
Reports in this week's Western Gazette and carried in this morning's Western Morning News suggest that Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is 'close to a new deal' at Huish Park. With himself and his whole management team out of contract at the end of the 2012-13 season, there has been some concern amongst fans that they are now, in theory, free to talk to other clubs, but as yet we've not seen anything other than speculative reports linking Johnson with other jobs.

The wait for news is lengthened by the fact that Johnson has gone on a short holiday, and is not expected to be back at club offices until Monday. Needless to say, Chief Executive Martyn Starnes isn't willing to say too much about negotiations except to say that they are on track:

"Discussions are continuing in a positive and constructive manner. Everything so far has been positive."

The Western Morning News slant is for things to be optimistic, headlining that Johnson is "close to a new deal" and that he "could sign ... as early as next week", although indicate that the package that was initially on offer at the time the club were fighting it out at the League One Play-Off Final wasn't deemed to be good enough, despite it containing figures applicable to both the Championship division at League One.

In addition to Johnson's contact, the papers also indicate that contractors are due to come in to carry out work on the pitch over the summer. This work has yet to commence, despite the last home game being played 3.5 weeks ago, but is due to start within the next few days.


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29 May 2013 : Early Bookies Odds For The 2013-14 Season
With all 24 Championship clubs now known for the 2013-14 season, most of the bookmakers are now starting to form their odds for next season. Given the way they tended to consider us as League One's whipping boys it will come as no surprise to find that in our lofty perch as a second tier side for the first time in the club's history, that they are thoroughly confident that our stay there will be a short one.

Last season Yeovil Town were listed in late May as 80/1 to win the division outright, with only Walsall backed with wider odds. In fact the bookies made an utter pig's ear of League One, having predicted that the top five sides would be Sheffield United, Milton Keynes Dons, Swindon Town, Notts County and errr ... Portsmouth. Champions Doncaster Rovers were 6th favourites, whilst AFC Bournemouth were joint 9th.

This time around, you can get odds of 250/1 on Yeovil Town to win the Championship, with odds of 50/1 to get Promoted in any shape or form - both are the widest of any club in the division. Meanwhile if you're a pessimist, there's not much money to be made in the Evens odds that are given to predicting that the Glovers will only have a 12 month stay at that level.

Not too surprisingly cash-heavy QPR are the favourites to go up (although interestingly they are not the least likely side to go down according to the bookies, suggesting that punters believe things could go either way for them). Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers and Reading are expected to be the other big challengers. They also feel that AFC Bournemouth are the one team promoted from League One who are capable of surviving - perhaps a sign of the money sloshing around at Dean Court.

Sample odds are shown below (needless to say shop around as these my not be the best for each club but we've picked the three offering the widest odds on Yeovil Town at present):

Winning Odds: (Bet365) QPR 5/1; Leicester City, Reading 10/1; Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest 11/1; Wigan Athletic 12/1; Brighton and Hove Albion, Leeds United 14/1; Watford 16/1; Ipswich Town 18/1; Blackburn Rovers, AFC Bournemouth 20/1; Birmingham City 25/1; Derby County, Middlesbrough 33/1; Blackpool, Charlton Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday 40/1; Burnley, Huddersfield Town 50/1; Millwall 66/1; Barnsley 100/1; Doncaster Rovers 150/1; Yeovil Town 250/1.

Promotion Odds: (BetVictor) QPR 13/8; Reading, Bolton Wanderers, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest 7/2; Wigan Athletic 4/1l Brighton and Hove Albion, AFC Bournemouth 9/2; Watford, Leeds United, Ipswich Town 5/1; Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City 6/1; Middlesbrough, Derby County 8/1; Charlton Athletic 10/1; Blackpool 12/1; Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall, Burnley 14/1; Huddersfield 25/1; Barnsley 33/1; Doncaster Rovers 40/1; Yeovil Town 50/1.

Relegation Odds: (Sky Bet) Yeovil Town: Evens; Doncaster Rovers 5/4; Barnsley 2/1; Millwall 5/2; Huddersfield Town 3/1; Burnley 4/1; Sheffield Wednesday 9/2; Blackpool 11/2; Charlton Athletic, Derby County 6/1; Middlesbrough 8/1; Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers 10/1; Ipswich Town, AFC Bournemouth 12/1; Leeds United 18/1; Brighton and Hove Albion, Watford, Nottingham Forest, QPR 20/1; Wigan Athletic 28/1; Bolton Wanderers, Reading, Leicester City 33/1.


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29 May 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Size Of The Championship Task
As 2013-14 divisional line-ups start to be listed on websites, and we begin to wave goodbye to our League One friends, attention gradually begins to be turned towards next season and the Championship. Rather like the 2005-06 season, and the 2003-04 season before that, this will be a bit of a new world for Yeovil Town, and one that will have to be adapted to very quickly. The latest Taff's Gloversblog sizes up that challenge against the resources that our new rivals will have against us. Read on via the link below, and of course views on it all can be added at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Size Of The Championship Task.


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28 May 2013 : Dolan And Burn Happy With Glovers Loan Experience
Two of Yeovil Town's recent loan players have given out hints that they would be happy to return to South Somerset if the opportunity arose. Fulham defender Dan Burn had a rather successful 41 game spell at Huish Park that ended with him picking up the club's Young Player of the Season award, and then scoring the club's second goal in the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium nine days ago.

He has been talking to the Fulham Chronicle this week about his hopes for next season, a month after his boss Martin Jol hinted that he would be looking to loan out the 20 year old again for the 2013-14 season. Burn told the paper that his first priority would be to try to get into his parent club's first team but that if that wasn't possible then he would be willing to go out on loan, with Yeovil Town strongly on his mind as a possibility:

"I want to play for Fulham. I didn't sign there just to sit in the U21s. I've been out on loan and felt I've done myself justice. I'll speak to Fulham and go back in pre-season and see what they have planned. If I'm not going to play I would rather go out and get some games. I loved my time at Yeovil and feel part of the club. If I get a chance to come back I couldn't turn it down."

Middlesbrough midfielder Matt Dolan had a slightly frustrating two loan spells at the club, showing signs of what he was capable of in matches like the away game at Notts County on Easter Monday, but in the end having to sit on the sidelines as hamstring, ankle and knee injuries caused him problems. Eventually coming onto the pitch for the final couple of minutes at Wembley Stadium to gain an appearance in the Play-Off Final.

Burn and Dolan spent the second half of the 2012-13 season sharing the same accommodation, and despite not playing as much football as he'd like to have, the Hartlepool-born player said he still learned a lot about the environment of being involved in first team football:

"I've learned about playing with a match atmosphere, competing for three points, how much it means and how much it affects you when you know your family and crowd are watching. We got about 4,000 at our home games and the travelling fans were always really good. I know Gary Gill (Boro scout) was at a couple of our games and when I scored against Notts County, Jamie Clapham (Boro Under-21s coach) text me to say 'well done'. The coaches at Yeovil have also given me some good feedback."

Dolan added that he had been a bit frustrated that his injury record had made for a slightly stuttering time at the club, but having made ten appearances for the Glovers he gave the thumbs up to the overall experience:

"The manager, Gary Johnson, has been great with me. I haven't played as many games as I'd have liked because I've had a micro-fracture in my knee, but every time I was fit, I played. It's been class - I've loved it. If I can't break in to the first team here I'd like to go on loan again and get 30 or 40 games. I just want to play football."


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28 May 2013 : Football League Restructure Top Job
The Football League have this afternoon announced that they plan to restructure their organisation to split the role of Chairman and Chief Executive from this summer. Current Chairman Greg Clarke effectively combines both roles, but is to be moved to a non-executive position, whilst maintaining is current job title. A new man will be brought in to provide "the management and strategic direction of the organisation."

As yet, there is no appointment in place, with the League planning to advertise the position nationally. The new man will be interviewed and appointed by current members of the Football League board, with Independent Director Richard Bowker overseeing the appointment process, with Clarke, Keith Lamb (Middlesbrough) and John Nixon (Carlisle United) also providing input.

Speaking of the change in structure, Clarke has said that this is a move that he had already backed when he replaced Lord Mawhinney in the summer of 2010:

"This is a progressive step that will enable The Football League to provide better governance and leadership to its clubs. When I was appointed three years ago, I made it clear to the Board that a management structure of this type would meet with my approval and now is a sensible time to make this change. It is our intention to find a high calibre individual that can take The Football League forward and ensure that we continue to deliver the outstanding competitions that our clubs and the millions of people who watch our matches deserve."

In practice we'd expect the Chief Executive to provide the day-to-day running of the organisation and to act as the 'front man' for the League, whilst Clarke and others provide input via the steering committee formed of a mix of independents and divisional representatives within the League's membership.


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28 May 2013 : Bees Disclose League One Play-Off Revenue Figures
Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off Final opponents Brentford have disclosed their estimate of how much they believe participating in this seasons play-offs has benefited them financially. Although the Bees didn't make it over the final hurdle last Sunday, their share of the proceeds from the matches will be the same as the Glovers, due to Football League rules established for the semi-final stages and final stage of the competition.

Bees Chief Executive Mark Devlin has pitched the money that the West London side will have earned from both the semi-final stages and Wembley final as being in the region of £300,000 - roughly in line with what the Glovers made from the 2006-07 final when they faced Blackpool. Speaking to the Hounslow Chronicle, he explained how the figures are broken down:

"The cash from all of the semi-finals is put into a pool. Fifty per cent of that, after costs, is put into the Football League pool and the rest is divided between the four clubs, which is around £50,000 each. With the final, the total revenue is put into a pool, half of it goes to the Football League and the rest is shared between the two clubs. We would probably anticipate generating up to the £250,000, so we might get around £300k in total. We sold more than 22,000 tickets for Wembley, which is a little bit less than we expected."

The overall Wembley attendance was 41,955 on the day of the match, with Brentford indicating pre-match-day sales of 22,118 whilst the Glovers indicated a figure of around 17,000, meaning that there were just under 3,000 walk-up sales on the day of the match.

In terms of Yeovil Town's ultimate progression to the Championship, figures in the Independent national newspaper pitched that the winning club would gain to the tune of £3.1 million in terms of the League's central income from sponsorship and television revenue payments, on top of the £900,000 that League One clubs receive, giving the Glovers around £4 million in income from central funding for the 2013-14 season.


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28 May 2013 : Season Ticket Deadline Approaching For 2013-14 Tickets
Yeovil Town supporters should note that this coming Friday represents the deadline for fans to purchase Season Tickets at the 'Early Bird' prices. With the club's previous offer concerning buying season tickets at 2012-13 prices having long since expired, we now move on to the more standard offer the club give each year which is for fans to purchase at a set level leading up to a deadline of Friday 31st May 2013. At that point prices will increase onto a 'standard' rate which will be in place for the remainder of the close season.

Note that Friday also represents the deadline for those who hold seats in the two stands, if they wish to reclaim their current seat for next season. Those who do not renew their season ticket by Friday will have their regular seats released for 'general sale' to all punters.

Both tariffs, plus the individual admission prices, have been added to a new 2013-14 Ticket Pricing page which can be read via the link below. This page is now pinned to the front page of this website as well as in the 'Huish Park' section if you need to refer to it in future.

For any other enquiries, give the Ticket Office a call on 01935-847888 or pop in and see them during standard office hours.

Link: 2013-14 Match Day Admission and Season Ticket Prices.

Link: 2013-14 Season Ticket Application Form.


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27 May 2013 : Glovers Facing Vicarage Road Trip
Yeovil Town will face Watford during the 2013-14 season, after this afternoon's Championship Play-Off Final was settled by a single penalty. Veteran Kevin Phillips scored the only goal of the match in the 105th minute when he blasted home a spot kick awarded when Wilfried Zaha was brought down by Marco Cassetti.

In front of 82,025 spectators at Wembley Stadium, Watford were inches away from a 120th minute equaliser when Fernando Forestieri curled in a shot towards the top left hand corner, only to find Joel Ward in the right place at the right time, heading the ball off the line to maintain Palace's advantage.

That 1-0 win for Palace now cements the 2013-14 Championship division line-up, which is formed of the following teams:

Relegated From the Premier League: Wigan Athletic, Reading, Queens Park Rangers.

Staying in Championship: Watford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Burnley, Birmingham City, Leeds United, Ipswich Town, Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town, Millwall, Barnsley.

Promoted From League One: Doncaster Rovers, AFC Bournemouth and YEOVIL TOWN.


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27 May 2013 : Final Whistle Interview With Paddy Madden
During the post-match celebrations at Wembley Stadium last weekend, BBC Somerset covered a series of on-the-pitch interviews with many of the personnel involved in Play-Off Final win. The seventh person that Andy Howard spoke to was striker Paddy Madden, who scored the opening goal in sixth minute of the final. Read what Paddy had to say about the Wembley win via the link below.

Link: Paddy Madden Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.

The BBC covered eight interviews after the match - we'd already featured the Gary Johnson one that completed the set - the full list of them can be accessed via the links below.

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.

Link: James Hayter Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.

Link: Sam Foley Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.

Link: Dan Burn Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.

Link: Paddy Madden Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.


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27 May 2013 : Final Whistle Interview With Darren Way
During the post-match celebrations at Wembley Stadium last weekend, BBC Somerset covered a series of on-the-pitch interviews with many of the personnel involved in Play-Off Final win. The sixth person that Andy Howard spoke to was first team coach Darren Way, who has definitely experienced the highs and lows in his lift over the past four years. Read what Darren had to say about the Wembley win via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.


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27 May 2013 : Expanded Wembley Play-Off Final Photo Gallery
Last week, a fans photo gallery was opened up containing many of the photos taken by supporters who were at the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium. Having set up an initial 25 photos to kick things off, that gallery has now grown to 88 photos taken by a wide variety of fans from different locations both outside Wembley and inside the stadium. There will be more to come, as a number of supporters have given us access to their own galleries which will be added in later - however, what's been uploaded so far constitutes all of the photos that have been specifically emailed to this site over the past week.

If you've got any photos that you think would add to this gallery and want to see them featured (obviously we've got plenty of things like the Wembley nPower flag, but anything that adds variety is welcome) then email them to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and they'll be added to this.

There's some more photos due to be added to the Open Top Bus Parade gallery so there will be an update when that has been done!

Link: 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final Photo Gallery (88 photos - more to follow).


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27 May 2013 : Glovers Linked With Former Cobblers Full-Back
Yeovil Town appear to be giving one of manager Gary Johnson's former players an opportunity during the 2013-14 pre-season. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi is a free agent after being released by League Two side Northampton Town over the summer after an injury plagued two seasons at Sixfields. However, in addition to the Cobblers, he has also played under Gary at Peterborough United, having been signed from Premier League side Chelsea. He generally plays as a full-back on the right side, but can switch flanks or be deployed in midfield.

He was born in Accra, Ghana on May 15th 1990, but his family moved to West London when he was nine years old - on his Twitter account he makes reference to Brentford as being his local side - he was present at last Sunday's League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, having also watched the Cobblers defeat on the previous day in his last act as one of their players.

Ofori-Twumasi started his career at Chelsea, captaining their youth team and being given a professional contract in 2007. During his final year at Stamford Bridge he was given an eight game loan spell with Dagenham and Redbridge before signing for Peterborough in the summer of 2010 on a free transfer. Speaking about him at the time, the then Posh manager Gary Johnson gave him a three year deal at London Road, saying was a versatile player:

"Anyone who has been at Chelsea for a few years has obviously got something and we are delighted to have him on board. He is a strong lad, a quality player and is a fantastic inclusion to our squad. He can play right-back, left-back, midfield and at centre-half, even though he is not the biggest. He is a player for all positions. He had a lot of clubs after him, including big clubs from abroad, so we're thrilled he's liked what he's seen here."

Unfortunately, Johnson only lasted half a season more at London Road, but Ofori-Twumasi soon followed him to his next destination, becoming one of his first signings at Sixfields in an 11 game loan spell that was turned into a permanent move over the summer of 2011 when the Cobblers signed him on a permanent deal. Johnson said of his capture at the time:

"Nana can play as a right-back or cover in midfield. Nana was with me at Peterborough, we took him from Chelsea and he has been an England international from Under-16 through to Under-21 level. He has got power and pace and we have agreed to bring him in on a permanent deal having seen him improve each game when he was with us on loan. I think he got better and better as the loan went on as he adjusted to what we needed from him. Not only did he perform well for us, he went through the pain barrier for the sake of the club when he was on loan, putting himself out there when we needed him when other players would have cried off with injury."

Sadly for Nana, injury was the next thing he suffered in his career, with a ruptured cruciate ligament damaging cartilages and requiring him to undergo knee reconstruction surgery. As a result he's not played a match for the Cobblers since September 2011. As a result, current Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd made a fairly early decision to tell the player that he wouldn't be getting a new deal, saying in March: "We're a different club now to the one that he joined. He's always got a smile on his face, he works extremely hard but there'll be nothing here for him next year."

Whilst the Johnson connection is obvious, the player has several times dropped hints on his Twitter profile that he has something Yeovil-related up his sleeve. Earlier this month he tweeted a picture of himself in what appeared to be a Yeovil Town shirt (although not with the 2012-13 season sponsors) showing him playing in a match at Huish Park in front of an empty Main Stand, suggesting this was a practice match. The Tweet accompanying the photo talked about being given a second chance and looking forward to next season, although did not directly mention the Glovers. That tweet and picture has since been removed, but on May 19th, made a number of references that implied he was sat in Yeovil-allocated seating at Wembley Stadium with a football agent.

Of course such things may be a large coincidence - it should be noted that the evidence of him coming to Yeovil is more circumstantial than concrete. Even then, given he has had around 20 months away from first team football, we'd expect him to be either on trial or on some sort of short term arrangement. If he does arrive, then aside from Johnson he will of course already know Nathan Ralph, Lewis Young and Byron Webster from their former clubs.


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26 May 2013 : Final Whistle Interview With Dan Burn
During the post-match celebrations at Wembley Stadium last weekend, BBC Somerset covered a series of on-the-pitch interviews with many of the personnel involved in Play-Off Final win. The fifth person that Andy Howard captured was on loan Fulham defender Dan Burn, who revealed that he had previously missed out on a trip to Wembley with his old club Darlington, making this an unexpected bonus at the end of his spell in South Somerset. Read what Dan had to say about that and his Wembley goal via the link below.

Link: Dan Burn Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.


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26 May 2013 : Final Whistle Interview With Sam Foley
During the post-match celebrations at Wembley Stadium last weekend, BBC Somerset were in the process of trying to grab as many of the players who had influenced the club's League One Play-Off Final win. The fourth person that Andy Howard captured was midfielder Sam Foley, who had only twelve months previously tasted disappointment with Newport County in the Conference Play-Off Final.

Sam was educated at Hanley Castle High School, near Malvern, between 1999 and 2004, whilst living in Upton-upon-Severn. His former Head Teacher Grant Matthews has said that many from his school were glued to the television last Sunday, telling the Worcester News that as a pupil he had stood out in multiple sports during that time:

"Sam was an inspirational sportsman while at school, turning his hand easily to a number of sports, including cricket and rugby, but excelling at football. He he would dominate games from midfield."

Speaking to the paper, Sam said that he still had plenty of connections with the area, with his mother Jane still living in the same village. He was surprised that so many people back home were watching the game, but said that he had enjoyed his time at his former school:

"It was brilliant, I enjoyed every last minute of it, especially the sport. I have still got a lot of good friends in Malvern and Upton and I always like to get back as often as I can. The last week has been immense. It has been very humbling to think that many people were paying
attention to me during the final
."

Read Sam's thoughts on the game after the whistle blew via the link below.

Link: Sam Foley Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.


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26 May 2013 : Final Whistle Interview With Terry Skiverton
Just after the final whistle blew at Wembley Stadium last weekend, BBC Somerset managed to grab a series of on-the-pitch interviews with many of the personnel involved in Play-Off Final win. The third person that Andy Howard captured was assistant manager Terry Skiverton, who was very emotional at what had happened during the preceding 17 months that had seen him step down from being first team manager to an assistant under Gary Johnson.

The chat on the pitch was a short one, partly because Skivo was heading up the steps to lift the Play-Off Trophy, but we suspect because Skivo had a bit of a tear in his eye! Read his thoughts just seconds after the whistle blew via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.


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26 May 2013 : Final Whistle Interview With James Hayter
Just after the final whistle blew at Wembley Stadium last weekend, BBC Somerset managed to grab a series of on-the-pitch interviews with some of the players that had influenced the Play-Off Final win. The second player that Andy Howard captured was striker James Hayter, who gave his views on the second goal of the game, since accepted as belonging to Dan Burn. Read James Hayter's thoughts just seconds after the whistle blew via the link below.

Link: James Hayter Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.


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25 May 2013 : Final Whistle Interview With Ed Upson
When the final whistle blew at Wembley Stadium last weekend, BBC Somerset attempted to stick a microphone under the nose of as many Yeovil Town players as they could to capture the moment that the Glovers won promotion. The first one that Andy Howard captured was midfielder Ed Upson, who he got a short chat with before other team-mates began to get involved in the interview! Linked below is the transcript of that chat, with a few others set to be added to the site - some normal length, and others very curtailed, but worthy of capturing to relive in the years to come. Read Ed Upson's thoughts just seconds after the whistle blew via the link below.

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.


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25 May 2013 : Play-Off Final Lapel Badge Update
Further to Tuesday's news item concerning the production of a Yeovil Town vs Brentford Play-Off Final commemorative badge, Tim Lancaster has been able to provide an update, given initial demand.

Tim will take delivery of the badges in mid June according to Black Dragon Badges, so to all those who have ordered badges expect delivery around that date. Please e-mail timlancaster67@hotmail.co.uk to reserve your badge. There are two colour schemes and each badge costs £3.50 inc p&p. Forward your cheques (payable to Tim Lancaster) to 3, Westville, Yeovil, BA21 4JE. As mentioned before Tim will make a donation direct to YTFC from the profits, although probably not quite enough to effect the playing budget though!

Link: Yeovil Town vs Brentford Play-Off Final Winners Badge.


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25 May 2013 : 2013-14 FA Cup Round Dates
Dates have been published for the 2013-14 FA Cup competition. Over the years Yeovil Town have had to qualify from the First Round stage, the Fourth Round Qualifying stage, the First Round Qualifying stage, and even as late as the 1976-77 season, they had to qualify from the Preliminary Round stage.

For the 2013-14 season, the Glovers will experience a club first - they will enter the competition at the Third Round stage in January 2014. Yep, remember the moment when all the big boys enter the competition and every fan of every club that's worked its way through the preceding rounds hopes that their club will draw one of them? This will actually be the club's first appearance in the FA Cup Third Round since the 2004-05 season, and all done without kicking a ball!

The early round draws, along with those accepted into the competition, are expected to be published on Friday 5th July. We'll have to wait until around 8th December before we find out what our involvement in the competition entails.

Round dates for the competition are as follows:

Extra Preliminary Round : Saturday 17 August 2013
Preliminary Round : Saturday 31 August 2013

First Round Qualifying : Saturday 14 September 2013
Second Round Qualifying : Saturday 28 September 2013
Third Round Qualifying : Saturday 12 October 2013
Fourth Round Qualifying : Saturday 26 October 2013

First Round Proper : Saturday 9 November 2013
Second Round Proper : Saturday 7 December 2013

Third Round Proper : Saturday 4 January 2014
Fourth Round Proper : Saturday 25 January 2014
Fifth Round Proper : Saturday 15 February 2014
Sixth Round Proper : Saturday 8 March 2014

Semi Final : Saturday 12 April 2014
Final : Saturday 17 May 2014

As before we'll incorporate these dates into the 2013-14 Key Dates list which is linked below.

Link: Football League 2013-14 Season Date Planner.


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24 May 2013 : Glovers Fan Runs For Muamba
Yeovil Town will be represented as part of a team of runners on Sunday who are taking part in the Great Manchester Run. The 10K race will be staged in the city on Sunday 26th May, and former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba is helping to bring the football community together to help him raise money for the Hearts and Goals charity.
Glovers fan Sam Cawley - running for Muamba on Sunday
Glovers fan Sam Cawley - running for Muamba on Sunday.

Fabrice will be the honorary starter of the race and targeted the recruitment of a representative to take part from every Premier League and Football League side. Fans taking part will be encouraged to run in their home football shirt, with the aim being a sea of colour to act as a show of unity for Fabrice and to celebrate his recovery from the cardiac arrest he suffered in March 2012 at White Hart Lane.

Yeovil Town supporter Sam Cawley, who is one of the Capital Glovers supporting the team, has stepped forward and will run in her replica Glovers shirt in the hope of raising money for the charity, which aims to ensure that all communities have public-access defibrillators, along with training for people to know how to use AEDs (automated external defibrillator) and how to give how to give CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest. Sam explains her decision to run in the race:

"Fabrice made a plea for a runner from every football club to take part, and although I am not the quickest, his story is one that I could not let pass me by and it will be an honour to take part. Donations can be made by texting FABS25 and the amount to 70070."

In addition to setting the 40,000 runners on their way on Sunday, Fabrice has also recruited 25 runners, including four representing the Arrhythmia Alliance which is Bolton's nominated charity for the 2012-13 season. The 25 runners have been selected to represent one for each year of his life.

If you want to look out for Sam, the BBC will be screening the race live from Manchester on BBC2 from 10.00a.m. Sam is scheduled to be interviewed early on in the programme, so hopefully she'll be easy to spot, although her actual stage in the race may not be visible as she's planned to set off at 12.30p.m. just as the Beeb go off air.

For those who want to get involved from the comfort of their armchair, you can donate to Hearts and Goals simply by sending a text message. Send your message to the number 70070 and then text FABS25 followed by the amount you want to donate. For example if you want to donate £3.00 then text "FABS25 £3" (without the quotes) to 70070 and your donation will go towards helping provide public-access defibrillators and training that could help save someone's life.


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24 May 2013 : Sky Sports News Interview With Gary Johnson
On Monday lunchtime, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson visited the Sky Sports News studios on the back of the previous day's League One Play-Off Final win at Wembley Stadium. Gary talks to the news team about a variety of topics, including an early injury to Jamie McAllister, the future of striker Paddy Madden at the club, his hopes to see more of Fulham defender Dan Burn and how he got a super-soaking after the game. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To Sky Sports The Day After The League One Play-Off Final.


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23 May 2013 : Dave Topping RIP : 1926 - 2013
We're sorry to learn of the death of former Yeovil Town full-back Dave Topping, who was a mainstay of the club's first team during the 1950s. Dave passed away this week aged 87 years old, having lived in Seaton Road in Yeovil. Born on March 9th 1926 in Shotts in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, he initially started his career playing for Clyde, before moving down to the South West to play for Torquay United. There he made 151 appearances, scoring three times for the Gulls between 1948 and 1952.

Dave signed for the Glovers at the start of the 1953-54 season, shortly after the arrival of Ike Clarke as manager, and yet was still turning out in a Glovers shirt in the 1966-67 season at the age of 40 years old! He made 245 appearances for the first team, scoring 5 goals, mainly under Clarke's management, but stayed on at the club even after he began to drop down the pecking order under subsequent management.

His final first team action came during the 1960-61 season, but continued to stay on the clubs books, clocking up over 100 appearances for the Reserve Team, before finally hanging up his boots around 1967. Having married his wife Barbara midway through his first team career, he continued to live in the area throughout his life.

Unusually, Dave was given two testimonial matches by the club. The first was a match against Bournemouth during 1958-59 that was abandoned eight minutes before the end due to fog. He then got a second one during 1963-64 when a Derby County side came down to Huish to benefit himself along with Dave Jones, Roy Lambden and Len Harris.

His funeral will take place at Yeovil Crematorium on Thursday 30th May 2013, at 10.30a.m. Our deepest condolences to the friends and family who knew him during his lengthy time at Huish and within the town.


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23 May 2013 : Open Top Bus Parade Picture Gallery
With Yeovil Town celebrating their League One Play-Off Final win, with a parade through the town centre, a second photo gallery has been opened up to contain some of the pictures from that day. Featuring the Open Top Bus and the players and fans who were present at the event, there are an initial 18 photos uploaded onto this gallery, with more to follow. If you've got any photos that you want to see featured then email them to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and they'll be added to this.

If you've already emailed, hopefully the upcoming three day weekend will allow the backlog of photos to be dealt with - thanks for your contributions, and they will be added in as time allows, to create a permanent record of both the Wembley Stadium day, and the Open Top Bus Celebration day that will be kept on the site.

Link: 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final Celebrations (18 photos - more to follow).

Link: 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final Photo Gallery (25 photos - last updated on Monday - more to follow).


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23 May 2013 : Championship Clubs Put Weight Behind Safe-Standing Trial
With almost perfect timing to help celebrate Yeovil Town's promotion into the Championship, a national newspaper reports that there is growing pressure amongst Football League clubs to reintroduce standing at football grounds in the top two tiers. Yesterday's Independent sports pages said that an overwhelming majority of the 2012-13 season Championship clubs had at a February meeting voted in favour of a motion to ask the Football League to "encourage and support the instigation of a rail seat/safe-standing trial period at any League club". Middlesbrough were the only club out of 22 Chief Executives to oppose this move.

The vote itself is not binding, but is significant given that the Football League is run as a Private Members Club, with Championship sides holding plenty of weight in overall voting. Currently, terracing is banned by Government legislation, with a 1994 amendment to the Football Spectators Act 1989 meaning that the top two divisions enforce all-seater stadiums. However, if the Football League were to formally petition the Government, as a unit, to see the law relaxed in some way.

Where this will start to interest Yeovil Town is that as a Championship side, the club will under the current regulations have to convert the Home Terrace and Copse Road Terrace into all-seater facilities or face the closure of such facilities or theoretically enforced relegation from that division. In practice clubs are given a number of years to carry this work out. Scunthorpe United and Peterborough United had been given three seasons to carry out this work, although their subsequent relegation through their on the field action has made those deadlines irrelevant for the time being. However, if either club does achieve promotion again the implication is that this will be enforced. Peterborough appear to be still pushing forward with their development plans for commercial reasons, whilst Scunthorpe decided to put their plans on hold just prior to their relegation from the second tier.

A number of clubs currently are backing a trial of 'Safe Standing' at football ground. The concept here is to introduce a 'rail seat' into stands that can be either locked into a seating position, or collapsed into an upright position that turns into part of a crush barrier. These are used in certain German stadiums as a method of resolving a UEFA requirement where clubs competing in European competitions must do so in all-seater stadiums, meaning that the seats turn into terracing for domestic fixtures.

As of December 2012, the Football Supporters Federation, who are backing the trial, said that thirteen clubs had put their name down as interested parties for a pilot scheme: Aston Villa, Brentford, Bristol City, Burnley, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, Hull City, Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle, Watford and AFC Wimbledon. The Independent also claims that Sunderland, Newcastle United and Swansea City have since given it their backing with Arsenal and West Ham United saying they would like to look into the issue. Given Yeovil Town have two terraces at Huish Park that will require development, the club need to consider their own position on this as well.

However, what may be significant is the name of their Play-Off Final opponents Brentford on that list - their Chairman Greg Dyke is to resign and become FA Chairman over the summer - hopefully his position will be maintained when he changes roles. For any chance of persuading the Government to revisit the regulations, set up in the wake of the Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster, clubs will need both the FA and the Football League to show their backing. The paper suggests that this could be put forward for discussion at the Football League's AGM next month to all 72 member clubs.

As for Yeovil Town's immediate needs, in an interview on Monday, Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes indicated the club's immediate focus would be upon the stadium's floodlighting, and on the press box facilities in the Screwfix Stand, both of which are amongst the more subtle improvements needed for the club to compete in the second tier.


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22 May 2013 : Glovers Youth Keeper Given Professional Deal
Yeovil Town's Youth Team goalkeeper Matt Cafer has been given his first professional contract with the club. The 18 year old, who was brought into the club after playing in Weymouth's junior ranks, has been given a six month deal for the first half of the 2013-14 season, doubtless with the aim of seeing how he responds to the day-to-day rigours of a professional regime.

Matt already has a degree of exposure to that, given that he sat on the bench as a substitute goalkeeper in November 2011, when Marek Stech (then on loan) was called up to the Czech Republic Under-21s side, leaving a gap in the goalkeeper ranks. He was also included in the party that travelled up to Wembley Stadium on Sunday, albeit without making the final named team, and has been training with the first team in recent weeks.

He has confirmed his contractual status via his Twitter account, saying: "I'm delighted to have agreed a six month professional contact at Yeovil Town. Can't wait until next season now."

As yet the club have not published their released/retained list following Sunday's 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final win. However, manager Gary Johnson has already made it fairly clear that midfield pair Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson will get offered new deals, and since the Wembley victory has strongly hinted that the main players that got the team to the Championship will be given a chance to prove themselves at the new level. Thus for any guesses on what the released list might look like, it's most likely that this will come from fringe players who have struggled to get into the starting eleven in recent months.


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22 May 2013 : Glovers Feature In Football League Podcast Again
Having not featured in the Football League's Podcast all season, we've now been featured two weeks running. On the back of our League One Play-Off Final victory at Wembley Stadium against Brentford, they carry a series of post-match interview clips conducted on the pitch after the final whistle, catching the players and management seconds after the game was won.

Listen to Luke Ayling, Jamie McAllister, Dan Burn, James Hayter, Paddy Madden and Gary Johnson and even some rather noisy Glovers fans in the background via the link below. Note that this is a large file (26Mb) and so you'll want to wait until you've got some decent broadband/wifi before you try downloading it.

Link: Football League Podcast : Episode 39 (26Mb file size).


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22 May 2013 : 2013-14 League Cup First Round Draw Date Set
The Football League have published the First Round draw date for the 2013-14 League Cup First Round. As usual, the draw will be announced just ahead of the main 2013-14 season fixtures, and as such becomes the first competitive match to be known for that season. All will be revealed on Monday 17th June at 9.30a.m.

Assuming arrangements are the same as last season's draw, the selection will be made from a regionalised Northern and Southern pool, and within that the draw will be seeded based on the previous season's league position. Last season was a little chaotic in that the Southern section was larger than the Northern section, due to an imbalance on the numbers of Southern/Northern clubs in each division. But given the Glovers' final league position, it should be safe to say that we will be one of the seeded clubs, meaning that we will face a Southern-based club from the bottom half of League One or from any of the Southern League Two sides.

For other 2013-14 key season dates, follow the link below, which is pinned to the 'Forthcoming Event's section of this site's Home Page.

Link: Football League 2013-14 Season Date Planner.


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21 May 2013 : Johnson Proud Of LMA Award
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said today that he was proud to pick up a managerial award on behalf of the club this week. The Glovers boss was presented last night with the League Managers' Association 2012-13 League One Manager Of The Season award, capping a fine season for him after he guided the Glovers to the Championship via the League One Play-Off Final.

Speaking to BBC Somerset at lunchtime today, as part of the club's open top bus parade, Gary said he had found the whole reaction to the club's success humbling but pointed out that the LMA Award was about more than just himself:

"I'm very proud of that, and you do accept those awards on behalf of everyone at the football club. I'm just the one who is there as the manager. It is for the football club, and I'm proud of the football club as much as I'm proud of the supporters. No words can describe exactly how I'm feeling, but it's wonderful and I'm so humbled by the response here today."

With today's parade through the town attracting large crowds at the football club and in the town centre, despite the event being held at short notice, Gary added that he hadn't really expected so many to turn out on the day:

"No, we didn't, but they've shocked us all season really. The game here (at Huish Park) against Sheffield United, and the Wembley trip just shows how the club has come together a little bit. There's lots of stories as you go round of people who have supported the club for a long time and it's great to see the young and the old. It's a fantastic turn-out and we're very proud of them."

Gary Johnson addresses the crowd at the lunchtime bus parade
Gary Johnson addresses the crowd at the lunchtime bus parade.
Photo by Tim Lancaster.



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21 May 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Brentford Play-Off Final Winners Badge
To commemorate the historic events of Sunday 19th May at Wembley Stadium, Tim Lancaster along with Black Dragon Badges is producing a high quality enamel metal lapel badge. The badge will have the two club crests, the scoreline, venue and date on its facia. As is the norm with Black Dragon the badges will come in two different colour schemes.

There will be an initial print run of 150. To reserve your badge e-mail timlancaster67@hotmail.co.uk, and this will guarantee your badge(s). The badge will cost £3.50 and this will include postage and packaging. Send cheques made payable to Tim Lancaster at 3, Westville, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4JE.

It is expected there will also be a badge for the first game in The Championship although don't send any money for these as yet please. Tim will donate some of the profits direct to Yeovil Town FC over the summer.


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21 May 2013 : 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final Photo Gallery
In what is likely to be a growing affair over time, a Photo Gallery has been set up on the site to cover some of the highlights from Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium. There's an Inbox crammed full of other photos that will be added to over the course of the next week or so, but as a starter, here's 25 photos relating to the match.

Head via the link below, and if you've got any that you want to share, then email them to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and we'll start loading them up. If you've already emailed, then don't panic as there's around 20-30 more that will be added to the collection soon. We'll provide a rolling update as new photos are added. In particular if you're going to this lunchtime's Open Top Bus parade, then we will want people to take plenty of those celebrations - they can also be tweeted to our @ytfcciderspace Twitter account or posted on our Facebook page.

Link: 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final Photo Gallery.


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21 May 2013 : New Yeovil Town Championship Shirt
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to have a bit of leisurewear to display the club's promotion to the Championship can get hold of a new polo shirt that has been produced. The club's main shirt manufacturer Vandanel (under their trading name of Sondico) have produced a polo shirt that can be purchased in multiple sizes and in white, black, green and pink colours.

Featuring the club crest, the top of the crest shows "Yeovil Town F.C." whilst below the crest is written "Promoted to the Championship 12/13". The cost of the polo shirt will be £19.99 plus £5.99 UK postage and packing. They can post to Europe and Worldwide for a higher postage fee.

If you missed them before the Wembley final, they still have a number of variations on a "Play-Off Final" t-shirt on sale, priced £9.99 on the same website. Our experience of ordering that one was that delivery did take around 10 days, so if you do order then expect a mini-wait before they dispatch it.

Link: Vandanel/Sondico Website : Yeovil Town Championship Polo Shirt.


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20 May 2013 : Gary Johnson Wins LMA Manager Of The Season
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has tonight been given an award by the League Managers' Association. At their Awards dinner tonight, he has been given the 2012-13 League One Manager Of The Season award for guiding Yeovil Town into the Championship division.

Gary beat three other shortlisted candidates, with Walsall's Dean Smith, AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Brentford manager Uwe Rosler the other three names on the table for the LMA to consider.

In League Two, Gillingham boss Martin Allen has been given the 2012-13 League Two Manager Of The Season award. The Championship award went to Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay. The FA Cup Manager of the Year was given to Roberto Martinez of Wigan Athletic. Finally, the overall LMA Manager of the Year Award was given to Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson.

Gary is the second Yeovil Town manager to pick up such an award. Former boss Russell Slade was also given the same award during the 2006-07 season, despite his team falling at the final hurdle against Blackpool at Wembley Stadium.

A big congratulations to Gary, and well done to the LMA for not going for the more 'obvious' choice of the club at the top of the division - doubtless recognising the size of playing budget Gary has worked with to get the Glovers promoted.


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20 May 2013 : Martyn Starnes Talks About The Play-Off Final Win
Earlier today, Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes appeared live on the BBC to talk about Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off Final win. Speaking to BBC Somerset presenter Ben McGrail, Martyn spoke about the day at Wembley, and also talked about Gary Johnson's contract and what the club would need to do in order to compete in the Championship next season.

Link: Martyn Starnes Speaks To The BBC After The League One Play-Off Final Win.


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20 May 2013 : Donny Opt For Dickov Appointment
League One Champions Doncaster Rovers have appointed a new manager to replace the outgoing Brian Flynn. Having managed Donny for 20 matches at the end of the 2012-13 season, Flynn has moved upstairs into a Director of Football role, charged with helping with the club's recruitment and development strategy.

His replacement is former Oldham Athletic boss Paul Dickov, who left the Latics at the start of February following a poor run of results. He had taken Oldham to 17th and 16th placed finishes during his first two seasons, whilst helping them onto an incredible FA Cup run this season that took in victories against Nottingham Forest and Liverpool, and ultimately a tie against Everton that took place after his departure.

Dickov now will take charge of Doncaster Rovers as they resume life back in the Championship. We will of course be joining our old friends Donny at that level as well, with both clubs having taken an unusual parallel path since they were both promoted from the Conference in 2003 - ten years later both have risen up to second tier football at the same time.


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20 May 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Brentford
If you watched yesterday's 2-1 win over Brentford in the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

NOTE: In accordance with all televised matches, you are welcome to vote whether you were physically at Wembley Stadium, or if you were watching the match on Sky Sports.

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


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20 May 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Play-Off Final Win
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Brentford in the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's thoughts soon after the final whistle can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Final Victory Over Brentford.


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19 May 2013 : Johnson Puts Play-Off Win At Top Of Achievements
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that taking Yeovil Town into the Championship division was a fantastic experience, and one of the highlights of his managerial career. Having already brought the Glovers silverware in the form of the FA Trophy, the Conference National title and the League Two title, as well as gaining Bristol City promotion from League One and a Championship play-off final, Johnson has an impressively long CV that has also seen him part of successful Cambridge United and Watford management teams.

Now having been back at Huish Park for 16 months, his love affair with the Glovers has been taken to a new level, with a League One Play-Off Final victory over Brentford at Wembley Stadium that puts the club in second tier football for the first time in their history. Johnson paid tribute to those who had been involved at the club during their ten years in the Football League, and speaking to Sky Sports on the final whistle he said that being told his club would play Championship football next season was music to his ears:

"It sounds fantastic. It is a great achievement for our football club. This is for everyone who has been a part of it for ten years and certainly everyone who has been a part of it over the last year. I know what it is like to lose here, so commiserations to Brentford. They give it a right go like they would do at Wembley, but we held out and I thought our supporters were absolutely magnificent and they saw us through the second half. So credit to them."

Having managed so many high points during his long management career, Johnson has plenty of celebratory moments to choose from. But he added that this one would be very high up there on his 'greatest achievements' list:

"It is one of them, and right at this moment of course it is the best. But to have between 17,000 and 20,000 fans supporting us, which is a relatively small club, on a small budget, this is what you can do. So if you have got big ambition for a little man, you can get this."


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19 May 2013 : Open Top Bus Parade After Glovers Play-Off Success
Yeovil Town's players and management team will take part in an open top bus parade to celebrate their homecoming from Wembley Stadium. Their League One Play-Off Final victory earlier today over Brentford saw them lift the Play-Off Trophy, and that will be displayed to the town's supporters on Tuesday 21st May.

The bus will be at Huish Park from 12.15p.m. and will head into the town Borough for around 1.00p.m. and should be present in the area for around an hour. The route taken will be via Preston Road to the College Roundabout, followed by the Hospital Roundabout, and then it will enter the town borough via Park Road and then Princes Street.

All timings will inevitably be approximate, but you may want to pencil in a long lunch break for that day to see what should be a packed town centre for the winning first team squad.

After the bus leaves the town Borough around 2.00p.m. it will head to Agusta Westland in Lysander Road for around 2.30p.m. where it will spend an hour, before heading back to Huish Park for a second time.

There will later be another route out for the open top bus at 5.15p.m. from Huish Park, with the players being taken to a Civic Reception. On this occasion, the bus will go via Preston Road and then turn right into Preston Grove, followed by Westbourne Grove, where it will park up at the Westland Conference and Leisure Complex where a private evening event is being held. We're expecting this one to be a bit of a shorter session than the town centre parade where they will stop for a full 60 minutes. For the evening route, you'll probably get the chance to take a few photos but the players are not expected to hang around quite as long on this occasion.

NOTE: In terms of vantage points, obviously Huish Park is one for those in that area. For the lunchtime session, expect the bus to start to slow down once it gets beyond the Hospital Roundabout - it will be moving at normal speed before then. The bus should stop dead around the point in the High Street where the pedestrianised area (King George Street) that leads to the Post Office. The road itself is likely to be closed off for motor vehicles for a couple of hours so don't try to park in the area.


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19 May 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Brentford Play-Off Final Highlights
For those supporters who want to relive today's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium, the match highlights have been uploaded onto the Sky Sports website. Catch seven and a half minutes worth of highlights of the game, including the goals from Paddy Madden and Daniel Burn, plus the moment that Jamie McAllister lifts the League One Play-Off Winners Trophy, via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Brentford Match Highlight.


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19 May 2013 : Yeovil 2 Brentford 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town secured their route into the Championship division this afternoon, thanks to a 2-1 win over Brentford at Wembley Stadium in the League One play-off final. Top scorer Paddy Madden did the business with a superb sixth minute strike into the top left hand corner, and that was added to by Fulham loanee Daniel Burn's header just before the break that the Bees failed to clear off their own goalline. The West Londoners hit back after the break with a Harlee Dean header, and as they put pressure on for an equaliser, Glovers keeper Marek Stech put in a Man of the Match performance to keep the single goal advantage. That allowed the Glovers to steer their way into the second tier for the first time in the club's history, and set up an eye-watering set of opponents for the 2013-14 season.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 1.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (1-0, 6 mins), Daniel Burn (2-0, 42 mins), Harlee Dean (2-1, 51 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Dan Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Kevin Dawson 20. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko (77 mins for Jamie McAllister) 15. Lewis Young 26. Matthew Dolan (88 mins for James Hayter) 29. Angelo Balanta

Brentford:
21. Simon Moore
14. Shaleum Logan 5. Tony Craig 6. Harlee Dean 24. Jake Bidwell
4. Adam Forshaw 12. Tom Adeyemi 20. Toumani Diagouraga
9. Clayton Donaldson 19. Harry Forrester 11. Marcello Trotta

Substitutes:
16. Antoine Gounet 2. Kevin O'Connor 7. Sam Saunders (67 mins for Harry Forrester) 17. Bradley Wright-Phillips (62 mins for Marcello Trotta) 18. Lee Hodson 8. Jonathan Douglas 23. Paul Hayes (82 mins for Toumani Diagouraga)

Yeovil Bookings: Edward Upson (70 mins, foul), Kevin Dawson (75 mins, dissent), Gavin Williams (90 mins, kicking ball away)

Brentford Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 12.

Brentford Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex). Assistants: Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire) and Alan Young (Cambridgeshire). Fourth Official: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Reserve Assistant Referee: John Hopkins (Essex).

Attendance: 41,955 (including over 17,000 Yeovil Town supporters).


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19 May 2013 : They've Only Gone And Done It!
Yeovil Town will play Championship football in the 2013-14 season, after they defeated Brentford in the League One Play-Off Final. In front of 41,955 spectators, the Glovers held the lead for 84 minutes of the match when Paddy Madden's stunning 6th minute strike gave them the lead which they never surrendered. Valiant defending saw the Glovers keep their West London opponents at bay, and they doubled their lead from a Jamie McAllister corner when a Dan Burn header went through a crowd of players, seeing the Bees unable to clear the ball off their own goal line.

Unsurprisingly the Bees came out of the traps fired up after the break and reduced the deficit when Harlee Dean headed home an Adam Forshaw corner to provide a tense 2-1 scoreline. That led to Yeovil producing a bit of a rearguard action throughout the second period, but they held on to send them to football's second tier for the first time in the club's history, and a fine way to celebrate the conclusion of their 10th season in the Football League.

What does this mean for the club next season? The penny only drops when the list of clubs that they will face next season is considered:

Relegated From the Premier League: Wigan Athletic, Reading, Queens Park Rangers.

Staying in Championship: One of Watford or Crystal Palace (facing in the Championship Play-Off Final) plus Brighton and Hove Albion, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Burnley, Birmingham City, Leeds United, Ipswich Town, Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town, Millwall, Barnsley.

Promoted From League One: Doncaster Rovers, AFC Bournemouth ... and of course YEOVIL TOWN!


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19 May 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Brentford : Play-Off Final
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium. Having selected the same eleven players for the two-legged semi-final against Sheffield United, manager Gary Johnson has continued to have faith in this players that got him to the final. Midfielder Matt Dolan comes in on the bench and that means that Dominic Blizzard and striker Reuben Reid miss out, whilst Nathan Ralph is out with a knee injury.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Dan Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Kevin Dawson 20. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 15. Lewis Young 26. Matthew Dolan 29. Angelo Balanta


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19 May 2013 : Ladies And Gentlemen, Please Form An Orderly Queue!
A sleepy early Sunday morning in a small South Somerset town. Or maybe not! Yeovil Town's Huish Park stadium, and the mainline railway station Yeovil Junction were stacked with Glovers fans heading off to Wembley Stadium this morning, with at least 17,000 green and whites heading up to the Big Smoke, boarding in the region of 70-80 coaches heading in a long convoy up the A303 with hundreds more heading up to London Waterloo station.

Good luck to those travelling, and especially good luck to Gary Johnson and the players. Whatever has happened by 4.00p.m. this has been an excellent end to the 2012-13 season. Let's hope we can take it one step further! COME ON YEOVIL!

P.S. The last time we went to Wembley Stadium in 2007, we put up a gallery of pictures taken by Glovers fans during the day of the match. Whilst we'll be taking a few ourselves, it's impossible to be everywhere on the day, so if you want to add your own views of the day to a 2013 gallery that will evolve after the game, then email them as you get them to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com or tweet them to our @ytfcciderspace account or post them to our Facebook Group and we'll add them into the gallery after the match.

Queuing for coaches at Huish Park outside the Screwfix Stand this morning
Queuing for coaches at Huish Park outside the Screwfix Stand this morning.
Photo c/o Dingle001's Twitter


Glovers fans queuing for coaches, as far as the eye can see!
Glovers fans queuing for coaches, as far as the eye can see!
Photo c/o SanSiroJon's Twitter


Yeovil Junction on a Sunday morning around 7.10a.m. - 20 minutes before the train is due!
Yeovil Junction on a Sunday morning around 7.10a.m. - 20 minutes before the train is due!
Photo c/o Mullis12's Twitter



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19 May 2013 : Johnson: Fans Can Help Remove Matchday Nerves
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that the positivity of the club's supporters can help with their aim of playing Championship football next season. As little as 90 minutes could stand between them and second tier football, as they take on Brentford in the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium today.

With the game likely to be tense in stages, Johnson has told BBC Somerset that the fans' policy of getting behind the team during games, even when mistakes are made, will provide them with a huge boost and help calm any nervous players out there:

"They'll help the players alleviate the fear of being at Wembley and making a mistake, because they'll be positive and I'm sure they'll sing their hearts out. I believe that since the last Wembley final, people have learned, so there's the Yeovil supporters experience that it was a bit quiet. So they've talked about singing blocks now, and I'm sure if those blocks get singing then they'll drag all the other ones along with them. That would be great. So they're massive to us."

Having taken the Glovers into the Football League in 2003, then winning the League Two title in 2005, Gary was asked if winning today against the Bees would top everything he'd achieved so far. He admitted that the prospect of taking the club into second tier football for the first time in the club's history would be extraordinary and probably his biggest achievement if it happens:

"You could say the biggest if you scientifically put everything together, because this club has come from the Conference, and it was a massive leap from the Conference to the League, and then from League Two to League One for our club. But it's an even bigger jump from League One to the Championship, because in the Championship you're playing teams every week that have been in the Premier League. That's an unbelievable situation for 'Little Old Yeovil' as they say."


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18 May 2013 : Gary Previews The Play-Off Final
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to TalkSport Radio about the game. Covering questions from TalkSport presenters Mark Saggers and Micky Quinn, Gary talks about his time back at Yeovil, his son Lee Johnson and of course the club's preparations for the Play-Off Final itself.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To TalkSport Radio Ahead Of The League One Play-Off Final.


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18 May 2013 : Sky Sports Play-Off Final Coverage
Coverage of the League One Play-Off Final, via Sky Sports, will put the Glovers on live television for the fourth time this season. The match against Brentford at Wembley Stadium will be screened at four different times across the following 48 hours - three times on Sky and once on BBC One. Sky have chosen two studio personnel who will be showing their own allegiances. Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson may become the most biased pundit Sky have ever taken on board - his colleague in the studio Peter Beagrie has already joked that Johnson Jnr is planning on turning up for the show wearing a green suit. Beagrie will provide the opposing balance on this occasion, with his three year spell at Manchester City matching up perfectly with Brentford manager Uwe Rosler's time at the same club.

The main live show is being shown on Sky Sports 2 tomorrow. Note that this is a change to earlier TV and EPG listings, hence if you have already programmed it in to record, make sure that you pick the correct channel. They will start coverage at 1.00p.m. In theory this is a 2 hour 55 minute show - the snag comes if the game moves into Extra Time and Penalties, given that the same channel is scheduled to cover Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland from 3.55p.m. On a previous occasion, Sky angered fans when they decided to switch coverage of the critical last minutes to a red button service leaving some fans unable to view the outcome - let's hope they've learned this time around.

Sky will also be showing a one hour highlights programme at 11.45p.m. on Sky Sports 1. That one overlaps with the BBC One showing of the Football League show which starts at 0.05a.m. (five minutes past midnight) and lasts an hour.

If you want to relive the final in full, then Sky Sports 2 will also have a 2 hour 55 minute show starting at 3.35p.m. on Monday 20th May. As long as we don't have the Extra Time/Penalties scenario, we imagine this will be a repeat of the full Sunday programme.

Link: BBC Somerset Coverage Of The Play-Off Final.

Link: Other BBC Radio Coverage Of The Play-Off Final.


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18 May 2013 : Interview With Stephen Allinson
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium, Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Pete Simson, Stephen talks about ticket sales, his plans for the day and the club's progression from the Isthmian League. You can read that interview via the link below.

Link: Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC Ahead Of The League One Play-Off Final.


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18 May 2013 : McAllister Hoping To Create 'Crowning Moment' In Long Career
Yeovil Town captain Jamie McAllister has said that winning the League One Play-Off Final would cap anything he has previously achieved in his professional career. The 35 year old is one of the elder statesmen in the club, having had a highly successful career mainly north of the border until Gary Johnson took him down to the West Country to sign for Bristol City.

A part of Johnson's sides that won promotion from League One, and reached the Championship Play-Off Final in 2008, he also has had plenty of other moments to savour - a single international cap for Scotland gained against Trinidad and Tobago in 2004. He also picked up a Scottish League Cup winners medal in the same year, scoring at Hampden Park against Hibernian in a 2-0 win that gave Livingston the trophy.

Despite all of that, McAllister believes that winning the match tomorrow would be the biggest moment of his career, primarily because he would be the one walking up the Wembley steps to receive the League One Play-Off Trophy. He told the Edinburgh Evening News about some of his previous highlights:

"I’d say it would top everything. I’ve been capped for my country, which was a proud moment for me. To win a trophy at Hampden and score in a cup final was brilliant. To win the play-off final, be the captain and go up those steps to lift the trophy and get into the Championship would be the crowning moment of my career. This game is up there with anything I’ve done. I played in a few finals with Aberdeen and lost in the Scottish Cup and League Cup. I missed out on the Scottish Cup final with Hearts in 2006 because I wasn’t in the squad that day. Livingston was an amazing experience, scoring in the final and winning. This feels like that year all over again at Yeovil – a small club getting to a final."

Speaking to BBC Somerset, McAllister said that he had that moment on his mind throughout the week, and that his own son was very persistent in telling him that he wanted his dad to be the one that lifted it:

"This time I’m captain and the chance to lift that trophy and be a winner at Wembley is all I’ve been dreaming about. Everyone wants to be captain and get to lift trophies in football. For the last couple of nights, that’s all I can think about is getting up there to lift that cup. That's what I've been dreaming about for the last few nights. My little boy keeps saying to me as well that he just wants me to lift that trophy. I'm just desperate to get my hands on it, so I'm doing all that I can and I'm sure that all the boys and everyone involved are doing all they can to win it on Sunday."

At one stage, the Glasgow-born left-back, who has also played for Queen of the South, Aberdeen and Hearts, was worried that he might not take part in the play-offs. A persistent ankle injury meant that he had to be dropped from the first team for a number of matches during the tail end of the 2012-13 campaign. But he timed his return perfectly and said that he had not suffered any ill-effects from playing in the semi-finals:

"I was missing for a few weeks with my ankle and stuff like that, and I didn't think I was going to make the play-offs. But luckily enough, and thanks to (physio) Mike (Micciche) and the medical staff I got back and I got through the two games in the three days, and subsequently we're going to Wembley. I feel good and I'm raring to go."


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18 May 2013 : How Much Is The Play-Off Final Worth?
As with the Play-Off Semi-Final stages, the Football League publish the rules and income available to clubs who compete in their Play-Off Finals at Wembley Stadium. In terms of the match itself, the rules are exactly as per the Semi-Final Second Leg. The game will be played to a full conclusion on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. The 1.30p.m. kick-off will go into extra time if the two sides are tied at the end of 90 minutes play.

If the tie is still level at the end of 120 minutes, then it will be settled by both sides taking five penalty kicks each, followed by 'sudden death' single kicks until one side holds an advantage. Teams must ultimately cycle around all eleven players during the spot kicks, unless there has been a sending off, in which case the team with the man advantage can withdraw a player from their roster.

In terms of the financial side of things, the income gained during the Play-Off Final is calculated separately to that gained during the semi-final stages. However, the rough split of income is done along similar lines.

The gross gate receipts from the match are calculated, but then both finalists and Wembley Stadium are entitled to deduce all costs of staging the match, which can include VAT, floodlighting, advertising, printing, postage, police charges, turnstile operators, stewards, first aid helpers and ball-boys. Both teams are also entitled to claim for two nights hotel accommodation and travel costs up to a capped level determined by the price of a standard rail fare for that journey.

Once all that is deducted, 3% of the gate receipts are paid to the league as a competition levy. Then of the remaining amount, 50% is paid into the central league competition pool (ultimately paid out to all member clubs as part of the general television and sponsorship payments), then the other 50% will be split between Yeovil Town and Brentford.

So how much is all of this worth in practice? For our 2006-07 League One Play-Off Final, Chief Executive Martyn Starnes answered a supporter's question concerning how much money the club made for that game against Blackpool, which was watched by a total of 59,313 spectators. The question made reference to an off the record suggestion that the club had made only £300,000 from the match. Mr Starnes indicated that expenses associated with the match were £660,000 with Wembley Stadium having charged the Football League a total of 28% of the gross revenue meaning that once the Glovers picked up their 25% of the profit made on the fixture, the sums received by the club were heavily reduced - Mr Starnes didn't directly say whether the £300,000 figure was accurate or not, but on the other hand he didn't dispute it.

Both Yeovil and Brentford are entitled to keep the proceeds from all merchandising and supporters travel to Wembley Stadium. As an indication of what that can mean to the club, Commercial Manager Dave Linney told the BBC on Thursday that they had enjoyed a real boom in trading in the Huish Park Club Shop:

"It's been like this for a week now. In fact we've sold in this week about as much as we'd sell in six months. So that gives you an idea of the enormity of what it means to everyone at Yeovil."

That's a bit of a bonus for the Glovers, given that in this week's Western Gazette, club chairman John Fry has said that he had been worrying about the club's finances and whether they could balance the books this season, implying that the club had been heading for losses until that point:

"The feeling initially was we were going to stay up and anything else was a bonus. When you look at the lows, which are one or two things, it goes against what is out there in the economy. The worry was could we stay up and balance the books? The worst thing is that if you have a poor season on the field you have a poor set of accounts and you look at how that impacts on the next season. It was only when we started getting the results and a good run that took us up the table that things started to change."

Fry told the paper that if the Glovers had disappeared into midtable, as they threatened to do at one point, that he was looking at restructuring the way the club was run for next season, with the aim of cutting down on operating costs. But the end of season produced higher gates, with the play-offs giving the club an unexpected windfall:

"Nine weeks ago I called a meeting with the staff because I was then thinking of restructuring ahead of next season because there is never room to carry too much flesh. I called all the executives in and said we are going to have to make some changes. But I soon had the feeling that we would get to Wembley and win the play-offs. We were resigned to an average season because the performances were not providing results. We were working hard but it wasn't looking too good and we were out of all the other cups. But we then won 2-0 at Sheffield United and from then I said we were going to be in the play-offs."

As for the match itself, there's the open-ended question as to what it would mean to both clubs financially if they were to win the League One Play-Off Final. The potential for increased income will vary from club-to-club, with increased attendances and sponsorship opportunities likely to affect each side differently. On the other side of the coin, Championship side Huddersfield Town recently projected that relegation to League One would cost their club around £5 million in lost income.

In terms of the Glovers, today's Independent newspaper reports that the winning club would gain to the tune of £3.1 million in terms of the League's central income from sponsorship and television revenue payments, based on the £900,000 that League One clubs receive, compared to the £4 million that Championship sides benefit from. Not that this would be instant realised profits - with Peterborough United relegated to League One, the Glovers and the Bees will hold a unique position in that they will be the only clubs in the division with terracing inside the ground, with three seasons to turn that into an all-seater stadium. There will be other associated ground improvements needed to satisfy the new level, as well as a significantly increased wage bill to go with it. But of course there will be opportunities for the club to bring in bigger crowds and more sponsorship, with the winning club's profile sharply changed from their current divisional status.


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18 May 2013 : Other BBC Radio Coverage Of The Play-Off Final
Aside from the BBC Somerset coverage tomorrow, which will serve those still in the Somerset area, and those who can listen to it online, two other BBC stations will be providing coverage of tomorrow's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford.

As with the semi-finals, BBC 5 Live will be covering the game, although this time on their main radio station. We'd expect some previews of the match to appear in their 12.00 noon show, but they have a two hour slot from 1.30p.m. onwards to cover the match itself. Catch them on 909MW or 693MW.

In addition, BBC Radio London will be providing a six hour sports programme starting at 12.00 noon. They plan to cover the Brentford vs Yeovil match before switching to Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland at 4.00p.m. Expect this station to have a bit of a Brentford bias given that this is the local BBC outlet for Bees fans. They can be reached on 94.9FM.

Link: BBC Somerset Coverage Of The Play-Off Final.


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18 May 2013 : BBC Somerset Coverage Of The Play-Off Final
For those who can't make it up to Wembley Stadium for tomorrow's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford, there will be plenty of coverage from BBC Somerset during the day. They will begin broadcasting their build-up to the match from 10.00a.m., with Ben McGrail providing a two hour show live from Wembley.

Ben will have a BBC Somerset vehicle parked up around the area known as Wembley Way (but officially dubbed Olympic Way now) so if you see a BBC van then pop across and say hello. They'll be putting the microphone under the nose of a few people and be providing some of the build-up to the game.

Then at 12.00 noon, Geoff Twentyman will take over proceedings for a five hour show. Richard Hoskin and Ed Hadwin will be providing commentary duties for the match itself, whilst Geoff will be hosting the main show itself, which will run until 5.00p.m.

Catch the whole thing on 95.5FM in the Somerset area. At least part of the show will also be on the internet, although not for the match commentary itself, due to licencing restrictions.


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17 May 2013 : Glovers Players Become Wembley Tourists For The Day
Having arrived at their team hotel yesterday afternoon, Yeovil Town's players did a bit of sight-seeing today, taking in the Wembley Stadium that they will play at on Sunday afternoon. The League One Play-Off Final will see the Glovers play at the National Stadium for the second time in the club's history when they take on Brentford for the rights to who will play in the Championship division in the 2013-14 season.

As he did with the club's visit to Villa Park for the FA Trophy Final in 2001-02, manager Gary Johnson treated his players to a guided tour of the stadium, the dressing rooms, and the pitch itself today, to get them used to the turf. The Glovers boss has always been a big fan of 'visualisation' techniques - getting the players to get used to their surroundings, and to imagine certain events happening. He told BBC Somerset that there was also an element of them being tourists at the ground, so they had already got that out of the way before the day of the game itself:

"When we turn up on Sunday it's about doing a job. They won't be getting any cameras out, or doing any touristy things. That's why we're here. That's all today - Sunday is serious and we've got to win a football match. It's great that Wembley allow every team to do this, and to get a little bit of acclimatisation. You can see how the stadium is all on top of you. When the boys come out to play their game, they've to try to get rid of that surrounding, and just see the green grass and play their game. But what a fantastic stadium it is, and what a magnificent occasion for our club."

Wembley Stadium and the magnificent arch
Wembley Stadium and the magnificent arch.
Note that if you look at the middle-right of the photo a Yeovil Town image is visible.
Photo c/o Ed Upson's Twitter


Gary added that the club had also talked about the effect that Wembley Stadium and other large grounds can have upon the way players size up pitches in their own mind. He therefore had told his players to get used to those dimensions, and to remember that the pitch itself was not too far removed from what they were used to playing on back in Somerset:

"There's still a couple of days to go. We had a big meeting last night. We've asked them to visualise now. Some of them have been over to have a look at the corner flag, and see how far it is to kick a corner in. The dimensions are fairly similar to our home pitch, but they actually look a lot bigger because of our surroundings. But we've given them a brief on that, so they're well briefed before they came here. It's all enclosed on top of you when you're looking around. When you're playing a game you've got to have a different mindset and a different feeling and you've really just got to play the game and play the pitch - and not the stands."

Needless to say, the players themselves went out armed with their mobile phones and cameras to take pictures of themselves stood on the Wembley turf and other similar landmarks, and have been posting those photos onto their Twitter accounts. Midfielder Ed Upson and Youth Team goalkeeper Matt Cafer were two of those showing their followers the ground that would be considerably more lively on Sunday.

Kevin Dawson, Matt Cafer and Paddy Madden at Wembley Stadium
Kevin Dawson, Matt Cafer and Paddy Madden at Wembley Stadium.
Photo c/o Matt Cafer's Twitter



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17 May 2013 : Interview With Norman Hayward
Yeovil Town co-owner Norman Hayward, despite his prominent position within the Glovers hierarchy, has given few interviews over the years about his involvement at the club. Ahead of the League One Play-Off Final, BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin caught up with him and his thoughts the state of the club today, and the club's hopes to rise to the Championship, can be read via the link below.

Link: Norman Hayward Speaks To The BBC Ahead Of The League One Play-Off Final.


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17 May 2013 : Club Shop Saturday Opening And Ticket Sales
Yeovil Town's main Huish Park Club Store will be open tomorrow for supporters wanting to purchase last minute merchandise for the trip to Wembley Stadium. The store will be open from 10.00a.m. until 2.00p.m. on Saturday, with flags, scarves and t-shirts on sale to fans who are travelling for the League One Play-Off Final against Brentford. The 2013-14 Season Home Kit will also be on sale. They are also open until 6.00p.m. tonight if you're passing through today.

In terms of Sunday, on the day of the match itself, there will be official merchandise on sale inside Wembley Stadium in concourse stadium outlets, with the club's crest on it. The club will receive royalties against the sale of that merchandise, so if you are looking for on the day souvenirs, then buy from those areas.

Please do NOT purchase from any traders outside the stadium (apart from the two travel organisers - the GWSC and Away Travel Club) as they will not benefit the club at all. If anyone tries to kid you that they're "from Yeovil" or "from Wembley" when you're heading up to the stadium, they won't be - all authorised Glovers merchandise will be inside the stadium.

As of Friday lunchtime, the club had sold around 17,000 tickets in advance of the fixture. However, Glovers fans wanting to make late decisions can purchase tickets on the day. See below for further information on how to do this. In terms of Brentford ticket sales, the Bees have confirmed their final ticket sales as 22,118 and will also allow additional sales on the day.

Link: Buying Wembley Tickets On The Day.


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17 May 2013 : Away Travel Club Extra Seats And Departure Point
Due to a few late drop-outs in terms of coach travel to Wembley Stadium on Sunday, the Away Travel Club currently have a small number of spaces on their coaches. If you've not organised your travel to the League One Play-Off Final against Brentford, then give Mark Kelly a call on 07939618275 and he may be able to find a spare space or two for you.

In terms of their departure arrangements for Sunday morning, they have a total of 13 coaches that will be departing for Wembley Stadium. These will be lined up on a rolling basis along the front face of the Huish Park Main Stand, with the coaches queued up from the Club Shop and Players Entrance areas down towards the Beer Tent roundabout. Please arrive early as Huish Park is likely to be very busy, with the GWSC taking around 60 coaches from the Screwfix Stand side of the ground.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For The League One Play-Off Final.

Link: GWSC Travel Payments And Departure Details.

Link: GWSC Travel To The League One Play-Off Final.


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17 May 2013 : Johnson Misses Out On Football League Award
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has once again missed out on the Football League's Manager of the Month Award. Having been nominated for the month of April 2013, following the club's strong form that propelled them into the League One Play-Offs, Gary was shortlisted alongside Doncaster Rovers boss Brian Flynn and AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, whose sides had both gained automatic promotion this season.

This morning the Football League have announced that Eddie Howe is the April 2013 Manager of the Month for League One, saying this of the decision to send it down to the South Coast:

"Though they may be disappointed to have missed out on the League 1 title, Howe's men had another month to remember, winning four and drawing just the once to ensure a near-perfect finish to the season. Like Brian Flynn and Doncaster Rovers, the Cherries can now look forward to playing in the Championship next year. Speaking about Howe's win, panel member Alan Curbishley said:

"Eddie Howe made a fantastic impact following his appointment at Bournemouth and his team's form in April was a vital ingredient which ensured they will now be playing Championship football next season."

Commenting from npower, Partnership and Sponsorship Manager Katy Thomas added: "Eddie Howe has been an absolute revelation in his return to the south coast and this final month really showed why the Cherries deserve to be playing Championship football next season.
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Overall during 2012-13, Gary was nominated twice for the award, having also been shortlisted in January 2013. However, that earlier nomination saw Walsall's Dean Smith preferred over the Glovers boss in the end.

Link: April 2013 : Manager of the Month Nominations.

Link: January 2013 : Manager of the Month Nominations.


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17 May 2013 : Interview With Jamie McAllister
As part of the build-up to Sunday's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium, Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister spoke to the BBC about the preparations. Having arrived at the team's hotel yesterday evening, he spoke to BBC Bristol presenter Geoff Twentyman about the game, and that chat can be read via the link below.

Link: Jamie McAllister Speaks To The BBC Ahead Of The League One Play-Off Final.


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16 May 2013 : Quedam Centre Gets Behind The Glovers
Yeovil Town supporters who might have ventured into the town centre this afternoon, would have got a nice surprise, with the town's main shopping area decorated in club colours. With the Glovers due to travel to Wembley Stadium on Sunday, for the League One Play-Off Final against Brentford, the Quedam Centre, who are long term sponsors of Yeovil Town Ladies, have been getting in the mood for this weekend's match by decorating the area in green and white bunting. With the weather holding up nicely today as well, it provides plenty of colour for any Glovers fans walking through the area over the coming few days.

Whilst on the subject of photos, last time we went to Wembley Stadium in 2007, we put up a gallery of pictures taken by Glovers fans during the day of the match. Whilst we'll be taking a few ourselves, it's impossible to be everywhere on the day, so if you want to add your own views of the day to a 2013 gallery that will evolve after the game, then email them as you get them to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com or tweet them to our @ytfcciderspace account or post them to our Facebook Group and we'll add them into the gallery after the match.

The Quedam Shopping Centre in Yeovil
The Quedam Shopping Centre in Yeovil.



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16 May 2013 : Darren Way Hoping Wembley Dreams Come True
Yeovil Town first team coach Darren Way is hoping that Sunday's League One Play-Off Final can make his dreams come true, after having endured a number of difficult years on a personal level. The 33 year old's playing career was ended by a serious traffic accident in December 2008 that saw him undergo a series of eight operations to repair arm, leg and hip damage that left him in a wheelchair for several months.

Having undergone rehabilitation, Way retired from his playing career, but in turn launched his own coaching career, working under Terry Skiverton, and then later under Gary Johnson. Now an established part of the Glovers first team coaching staff, he has the opportunity to be part of some happier times in his life. He has told BBC Somerset that was something that he could not have envisaged back in 2008 when the accident first happened:

"I was only thinking the other day, with the last four years of my life, I probably could never have dreamed of being in this position now. From once not walking, and then to being able to get out of the wheelchair, then taking my first steps, to being on a football pitch. Even if then my last steps were then picking up a trophy with the players, that would be a proud moment for me."

Darren added that the club's loyalty towards him during those darker days had made him work even harder towards what the Glovers wanted to achieve. He said that if the club did make it as far as the Championship for the first time in their history, that would be something he would remember forever:

"Because the club have been very loyal to me, to give something back and bring success to the football club, which has never happened at this level, is what dreams are made of. I feel very passionate about the football club, and for them to be a Championship football club is what I've dreamed of, certainly since I've gone into management, even more than as a player. To have that success would stay with you for the rest of your life, whatever you achieve after that."


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16 May 2013 : Buying Wembley Tickets On The Day
Yeovil Town and Brentford supporters (or neutrals!) wanting to make late decisions on whether to attend Sunday's League One Play-Off Final can purchase tickets on the day of the match. Both clubs appear to be well under their initial 30,000 allocations, and so Wembley Stadium will be allowing ticket sales on the day of the match.

The Wembley Stadium Ticket Office will be open from 9.30a.m. on Sunday morning. This is situated on the North side of the stadium (on the Olympic Way/Wembley Arena side of the stadium between entrances G and H. Both East and West box offices are situated in that area, although are run as separate units. For Yeovil Town tickets choose the East Ticket Office.

A large proportion of the Level 1 tickets in the Yeovil Town section are now sold out, but there are plenty still in the Level 5 areas. For full ticketing arrangements choose either of the links below.

Link: Ticketing For The Wembley Play-Off Final - Full Arrangements.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Wembley Stadium.


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16 May 2013 : This T-Shirt Is Magic, Johnson
Yeovil Town supporters can get hold of another unique t-shirt from the Away Travel Club ahead of Sunday's trip to Wembley. Their 'Magic Johnson' t-shirt comes in all sizes and is priced £10.00. Buy them from Mark Kelly who can be reached at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk or 07939618275. All profits raised by t-shirt sales will be put back into the club. They are also available from the 'A Touch of Glass' shop in Yeovil if you are in the town centre.

Whilst on the subject of merchandising, you will find that in Yeovil Town Centre at present, there are unofficial merchandisers doing the rounds. Please do NOT buy from these people - the money raised from them goes straight into their pockets and does not benefit the club whatsoever (even if they may try to kid you that they are representing the club, they are not). Buy from the Huish Park Club Shop, from the Green and White Supporters Club, or from the Away Travel Club and help ensure that the club benefits from the profits.

T-Shirts featuring Magic Johnson, the Magician of Yeovil Town
T-Shirts from the Away Travel Club Magic Johnson, the Magician of Yeovil Town.



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16 May 2013 : McCarthy Gets Full England Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town loanee Alex McCarthy has received his first ever full England squad call-up. The Reading keeper has previously featured for England Under-21s, gaining his first cap shortly after his 2009-10 season long loan at Huish Park. However he has now been included in the full squad list for forthcoming matches against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

The 23 year old is the most junior of the three keepers named, with Ben Foster and Joe Hart ahead of him in the pecking order. But with both matches pitched as International Friendlies, there's likely to be plenty of squad rotation during the matches. The Three Lions are due to play the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday 29th May, and will then take on Brazil on Sunday 2nd June.

The squad named is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Joe Hart, Alex McCarthy.

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, Kyle Walker.

Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott.

Forwards: Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck.


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16 May 2013 : GWSC Travel Payments
A reminder of Tuesday's message to all supporters who are travelling on the Green and Whites Supporters coaches on Sunday. You must make payment for your coach travel in advance of the day itself to guarantee your seat. If you have not done so, then please get payment to Paul Hadlow as soon as possible, or give him a call if there are any issues. For further details, and for Sunday's departure arrangements, see Tuesday's news item.

Link: GWSC Travel Payments And Departure Details.


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16 May 2013 : New Kit Modified For Wembley Final
Yeovil Town's first team kit that will be worn for the 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final has had to be modified for one match only. The Glovers had launched their 2013-14 Home Kit early to take advantage of the ability to obtain increased merchandising sales ahead of the match against Brentford at Wembley Stadium.

Unfortunately, Sunday's match officials have objected to the back of the new shirt clashing significantly with the back of Brentford's shirt, with both featuring a predominantly white design, with the major difference being the red trim of Brentford coupled with the green trim of Yeovil. As Brentford finished higher in the League One table, they are entitled to first choice over kit colours, meaning that Yeovil's had to be changed.

As a result, the players shirts for the Wembley Final only will be modified so that it has predominantly green panelling to avoid the clash. For the 2013-14 season the shirt will revert to white panelling, which is the version sold in the Huish Park Club Shop.


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16 May 2013 : Interview With Terry Skiverton
As part of the build-up to Sunday's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium, Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Skivo's thoughts on the Play-Off Final and the Glovers management team can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Ahead Of The League One Play-Off Final.


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15 May 2013 : 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final Matchday Programme
The Football League's matchday programme team have published the front cover of Sunday's League One Play-Off Final programme. The souvenir of the day for the match against Brentford will be on sale at the stadium for £6.00 but can also be purchased online with free postage in the UK for those who might not want to carry it around in their hand the whole day. They also offer postage to Europe (£5.00 P&P) and the Rest of the World (£8.00 P&P) for any overseas fans who might not be able to get to the match.

The 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final Programme
The 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final Programme.


Link: 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final Matchday Programme : Online Purchase.


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15 May 2013 : Johnson Hoping To Select From A Full Pack
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his squad have got a clean bill of health moving into Sunday's League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium. The match against Brentford, which takes place on Sunday 19th May, with a 1.30p.m. kick-off, should see the Glovers select from the same players that were available to them for the Semi-Final stages, with only left-sided Nathan Ralph's knee injury likely to cause an absentee.

With the defensive trio of Byron Webster, Jamie McAllister and Daniel Burn having returned for the Sheffield United semi-final match to play a full 180 minutes, none of those players have shown a reaction to playing two games in such quick succession. As such, Johnson told BBC Somerset that he was hoping that he would be able to consider all of those first team players:

"At this moment in time everybody is fine. We keep our fingers crossed. We've got a couple of days to go where we've still got to keep in our 'game mode' if you like. But they're all fit at the moment and hopefully we'll be able to select a team that we think will win the game."

Gary added that he was doing his best to keep his players focussed on training, and to not think too hard about what was looming on Sunday. However, he admitted that once the big day approached that would be difficult to contain:

"I'm feeling excited, but you can't get too excited when it's still five days away. We're being very professional at the moment and we're keeping our feet on the ground. We're trying to train with a bit of quality at the moment, as opposed to excitement because one doesn't mix with the other one - but it will do when it gets nearer the time. We are really looking forward to the game - of course we are - and we know the supporters are looking forward to the game. Credit to them, because the ones that have supported right through thick and thin throughout the season deserve their Wembley day."


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15 May 2013 : Team Pubs For Wembley Play-Off Final
The Metropolitan Police have provided a list of 'advisory pubs' for Brentford and Yeovil Town supporters, ahead of Sunday's League One Play-Off Final. Most of the pubs within a mile of Wembley Stadium will be allocated to either one or the other set of supporters with the aim of providing a notional degree of segregation between fans both before and after the game. If you turn up to an 'opposition pub' and start being a little bit too intrusive then you may be refused admission or ejected from that pub. Many of the Wembley area pubs will be employing bouncers on the doors to screen incoming fans.

On that basis, the Police recommend that supporters of each club choose the following public houses:

Yeovil Town : East Section Pubs
The Torch - 1-5 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB
Crock of Gold - 23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB
Moore Spice - Wembley Retail Park, Unit 2, Engineers Way, HA9 0EH
Watkins Folly - 1 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0EW
Blue Check Café - 12-13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ
Alisan Bar - The Junction, Wembley Retail Park, Engineers Way, HA9 0EG
Crystal Club (Silverspoon) - South Way, Wembley
The Parish - 120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP
First Class Sports Bar - 125 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG
The Wembley Tavern - 121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG
Cheers Bar - 45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS

Brentford : West Section Pubs
The Green Man - Dagmar Avenue, Wembley, HA9 8DF
Blue Room - 53 Wembley Hill Road, Wembley, HA9 8BE
JJ Moons - 397 High Road, Wembley, HA9 7DT
Thirsty Eddie’s - 412 High Road, Wembley, HA9 6AH
Flannery’s - 610 High Road, Wembley, HA0 2AF
Innisfree - 30-32 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA9 6PG
Mannions - 313 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA9 6BA
The Copper Jug - 10 The Broadway, Wembley, HA9 8JU
Fusilier - 652 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA0 2HA
Powerleague - Olympic Way, Wembley
The Greyhound - 324 Harrow Road, Wembley HA9 6PG
Liquour Station - 379 High Road, Wembley, HA9 6AA

We suspect that in practice a sensibly behaved opposition fan won't be kicked out for the sake of it, but at that point, you're relying upon the discretion of the licensee, the common sense of the door bouncers and what the general mood is on the day. So if you get turned away from an 'opposition pub' don't take it personally. We will update our site guide shortly to reflect the above arrangements.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Wembley Stadium.


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15 May 2013 : Skivo Featured In Football League Podcast
Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton is included in the latest edition of the Football League Podcast. It's rather rare for the Glovers to get a mention in this weekly audio show, but with the Football League Play-Off Finals for League One and League Two looming this weekend, Skivo is interviewed by presenter Mark Clemmit ahead of Sunday's game at Wembley Stadium.

You can either subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes, or you can listen to the clip directly, via the link below. Note that this is a 21Mb download, and so you may want to wait until you've got some decent bandwidth if you're trying to download via any mobile devices. Skivo's interview is towards the end of the 46 minute Podcast, so if you're in a hurry then skip the first 30 minutes.

Link: Football League Podcast No. 38.


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15 May 2013 : Gary Johnson Gets Manager Of The Month Nomination
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been nominated for the Football League's Manager of the Month. Gary is one of three bosses shortlisted by the league for the League One division, along with AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Doncaster Rovers manager Brian Flynn. With Flynn and Howe having guided their sides to promotion to the Championship division during the month, Gary is in rather good company!

In terms of form during the month, Yeovil Town picked up four wins and two defeats during the month, as they guaranteed a spot in the League One play-offs. Doncaster Rovers had an identical record over the month, including their monumental win over Brentford on the final day (and final minute!) of the 2012-13 season. AFC Bournemouth's record is a little better, with four wins and one draw across five matches, conceding just two goals during the month - statistics that are likely to make Eddie Howe the favourite to clinch this monthly award.

The Football League have this to say about the various nominations:

Brian Flynn (Doncaster Rovers)
Brian Flynn's Doncaster Rovers won the npower League One title in the most dramatic of fashions at Brentford, but it was all set up by strong form throughout a busy month. Rovers played six games, winning four, and now have all summer to look forward to life in the Championship.

Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
Though they may be disappointed to have missed out on the npower League One title, Eddie Howe's men had another month to remember, winning four and drawing just the once to ensure a near-perfect finish to the season. Like Brian Flynn and Doncaster Rovers, Bournemouth can now look forward to playing in the Championship next year.

Gary Johnson (Yeovil Town)
Gary Johnson's Yeovil Town face Brentford in the npower League One Play-Off Final, and it was another solid run of form that helped get them there. 12 points from a possible 18 shows why the Glovers have been in contention and will now be hoping to seal promotion at Wembley.

The winners will be announced on Sky Sports News from 9.00a.m. on Friday morning.


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14 May 2013 : Bees Sales Pass Through 20K Mark
Sunday's League One Play-Off Final opponents Brentford have comfortably passed through the 20,000 mark just ahead of them closing off their Griffin Park ticket sales. The Bees have been selling tickets for the match at Wembley Stadium through both their local ticket office and through an online ticketing agency, and so adding up total running sales has been a harder task for them.

Tonight, their Chief Executive Mark Devlin has disclosed that they have sold 21,300 tickets in total, with their online ticket agency due to stop all sales at 12.00 noon tomorrow. The Griffin Park Ticket Office will continue sales until Thursday 7.00p.m. but only to personal callers, with it being too late for them to post out tickets.

Yesterday tea-time, Yeovil Town had sold 16,000 tickets with the vast majority of those handled via the See Tickets agency website. As yet they haven't given a deadline for purchases, but obviously with the big day rapidly approaching, we would advise anyone who hasn't bought a ticket yet to make their decisions quickly.

There is a fair chance that with both clubs set to be under capacity on their allocation, that ticket sales will be handled by Wembley Box Office on the day. However, as yet no arrangements for that have been disclosed.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Wembley Stadium.


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14 May 2013 : GWSC Travel Payments And Departure Details
A reminder to Yeovil Town supporters using coaches organised by the Green and Whites Supporters Club that you must make payment for your travel in advance of the day of the match. Payment is required to guarantee your place on the trip, and to ensure efficient organisation of the large number of coaches that will be heading up to Wembley Stadium on Sunday 19th May for the League One Play-Off Final against Brentford.

If you want to drop payment into the club, or make any purchases in their Programme Shop, then it will be open from 9.30a.m. - 12.00 noon and 2.30p.m. - 4.00p.m. throughout the week. Alternatively drop your payment into the main Club offices in a sealed envelope with Paul Hadlow, GWSC written on it - remember to include your name and a contact phone number inside the envelope. Cheques must be payable to the Green and Whites Supporters Club or GWSC.

The coaches will leave from Huish Park on the Screwfix (East) Stand side, and will be lined up in the club's main car park. They will be leaving at 7.00a.m. but please arrive earlier than that to give plenty of time for people to get on board the coaches. If you need to bring your car please come in the football club's main entrance and you will be directed to park in the Away Supporters Car Park, which is situated on the Main Stand side of the ground, at the side of the club's training pitches.

When you arrive, head across to the car park on the Screwfix Stand side, and check in with Paul Hadlow or one of the other GWSC organisers and they will allocate you a Coach Number. If you have a large group of people that you want to be with for the day, then wait until you're all present and then check in as a group to ensure you all get booked in on the same coach.

Link: GWSC Travel To The League One Play-Off Final.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For The League One Play-Off Final (now sold out).

Link: More Wembley Coach Travel Options.


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14 May 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Wembley Stadium
In preparation for Sunday's trip to Wembley Stadium, for the 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final, the Ciderspace guide to Wembley and its surrounding area is now available. This will probably evolve in its detail as we get it over the coming week, with the idea of making it a one-stop-shop to all of the ticketing, travel, pub guides and other such things that we may come across over the next five days for our game against Brentford, so expect a few updates throughout the week as we add more information into this.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Wembley Stadium.


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13 May 2013 : Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy Match Scheduled
A Yeovil Town Supporters team will be taking on the Exeter City Supporters team this coming weekend. The match is the annual fixture between the two clubs staged for the rights to claim the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy. The match will take place on Saturday 18th May, with an 11.30a.m. kick-off, and will be staged at Horsdon Park, which is home of Elmore FC.

Address: Elmore FC, Horsdon Park, Heathcoat Way, Tiverton, EX16 4DB.

The ground is of particular significance given that it is the club at which Adam was spotted by Yeovil Town, making his rise from Western League football, and into the Conference National division. It also carries the Adam Stansfield Stand as its main stand at the ground, giving a fitting surrounding for what will be the fifth match between the two clubs. Currently Exeter are the holders, but only got hold of the trophy for the first time in the last fixture.

The Adam Stansfield Stand at Horsdon Park, Elmore
The Adam Stansfield Stand at Horsdon Park, Elmore.
Photo © 2011-2013 Ciderspace

Entrance to the match is free of charge, although donations to the Adam Stansfield Foundation will be encouraged and appreciated. There will be a Foundation stall present at the match selling merchandise, whilst the players will be giving £10.00 each towards the Foundation.

Elmore's clubhouse will be open, and they will be screening the League Two Play-Off Final between Bradford City and Northampton Town after the match, at 1.30p.m. for those who fancy a post-match social occasion with the Grecians and Elmore supporters.

Finally, a reminder of Yeovil Town supporters plans to give their own tribute to Adam at the League One Play-Off Final on Sunday, as well as an auction for six signed shirts which you can bid for on eBay. Follow the links below for full details.

Link: Sing In The Seventh For Stanno!

Link: Six Adam Stansfield Testimonial Shirts Up For Auction.


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13 May 2013 : Glovers Down Swans In Afternoon Friendly
A Yeovil Town side beat Swansea City Under-21s this afternoon, in a low key friendly at Huish Park. The match was arranged behind closed doors to allow fitness levels of a number of players to be maintained ahead of Sunday's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford.

The Glovers scored one in each half, with Lewis Young netting the first, whilst Dominic Blizzard added the secondafter the break. Yeovil's side also included striker Reuben Reid and winger Angelo Balanta who have been short of game time in the last couple of weeks.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Swansea City Under-21s 0..

Scorers: Lewis Young (1-0), Dominic Blizzard (2-0).


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13 May 2013 : Swansea Visit Huish Park In Behind Closed Doors Friendly
Yeovil Town are taking part in a 'behind closed doors' friendly this afternoon, as part of their preparations for the League One Play-Off Final. The Glovers are playing a Swansea City Under-21 side at Huish Park, roughly at the mid-point between last Monday's Play-Off Semi-Final and next Sunday's Play-Off Final, doubtless with the aim of keeping a number of players match fit. Swansea have named their full team as follows:

Swansea City Under-21s: David Cornell, Oliver Davies, Liam Shephard, Connor Roberts, Connor Peters, Henry Jones, Thomas Atyeo, Scott Tancock (capt), Lee Lucas, Kurtis March, Rory Donnelly, Kenji Gorre, Alex Bray, Sam Evans, James Loveridge, Luke Llewellyn, Corey Francis, Lewis Moore.

The Glovers side is believed to include players such as Reuben Reid and Angelo Balanta who did not feature in last Monday's Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg match. However, at present we don't know how strong the Yeovil Town side is for this 2.00p.m. match.


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13 May 2013 : Away Travel Club Trip To Wembley Sold Out
All spaces on the Away Travel Club coaches to Wembley for the League One Play-Off Final are now filled. Please ensure that you have paid your coach deposits and/or fares as soon as possible. They will not be taking any further bookings for the trip from now on.


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12 May 2013 : Martyn Starnes Talks About Reaching The Play-Off Final
Having earlier provided an insight into what manager Gary Johnson thought about reaching the League One Play-Off Final, we're also able to do the same for Chief Executive Martyn Starnes. He was interviewed by BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner on their Breakfast show after the club won the Semi-Final Second Leg match at Huish Park, and his views can be read via the link below. Obviously some of the information given about ticketing arrangements has since passed with them now on full general sale to the public, but the rest should still be of interest to read.

Link: Martyn Starnes Speaks To The BBC After The Club Reached The Play-Off Final.


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12 May 2013 : Gary Talks About Reaching The Play-Off Final
Five days ago, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC, having had time to calm down somewhat after the club's thrilling League One Play-Off Semi-Final win over Sheffield United. Having had a night's sleep to reflect upon the match, Gary talked to BBC Somerset presenter Ben McGrail about qualifying for the Play-Off Final against Brentford and how it compared with his other achievements. You can read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After The Play-Off Semi-Final Win.


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12 May 2013 : Six Adam Stansfield Testimonial Shirts Up For Auction
A series of six signed Yeovil Town football shirts have been put up for auction this weekend. The Adam Stansfield Foundation have listed shirts from the Adam Stansfield Testimonal match that was held in May 2011 between Yeovil Town and Exeter City.

The six shirts have been put onto the eBay auction site for a five day period, and include shirts signed by Gary Johnson, Darren Way, Gavin Williams, Lee Johnson, Chris Weale and Tom White. Needless to say, these are very rare collectable items, and the money raised will go to the Adam Stansfield Foundation, which provides benefits to grass-roots football, as well as publicising awareness of Bowel Cancer issues.

Head to any of the links below to place a bid or to have a closer look at each auction item.

Link: Adam Stansfield Testimonial Shirt - Signed By Gary Johnson.

Link: Adam Stansfield Testimonial Shirt - Signed By Gavin Williams.

Link: Adam Stansfield Testimonial Shirt - Signed By Lee Johnson.

Link: Adam Stansfield Testimonial Shirt - Signed By Darren Way.

Link: Adam Stansfield Testimonial Shirt - Signed By Tom White.

Link: Adam Stansfield Testimonial Shirt - Signed By Chris Weale.


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11 May 2013 : Two Interviews With Dave Linney
On Thursday, Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney went onto the airwaves twice to talk about the club's Ticketing Sales for the 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final against Brentford. Firstly he was on BBC Somerset's Breakfast programme with Matt Faulkner, talking the club's qualification for the Wembley final, as well as their plans to bring forward the new 2013-14 Replica Shirt, and to bring new merchandise into the Club Shop. The output of that can be read via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC Just Before Play-Off Tickets Went On General Sale.

Then later that same day, as part of BBC Somerset's Drive programme, Dave was back on air a second time, talking to Ben McGrail about how Ticket Sales had been going, with around eight or nine hours worth of tickets being on General Sale. Read that one via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC After Two Days Of Play-Off Tickets Sales.

In terms of how well sales have gone since then, we understand that by Saturday morning, ticket sales had risen to around 14,000 in total. Reports from the Brentford end have been a little harder to come by, as they're splitting out their sales between an online agency and their Griffin Park Ticket Office. By the end of Thursday night, they'd put out a figure of 12,600 which means that they're probably around level pegging with the Glovers in terms of sales, given that we'd quoted a figure of 12,000 for Thursday tea-time in the above interview.


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11 May 2013 : Sing In The Seventh For Stanno!
As we step foot inside Wembley Stadium for the League One Play-Off Final in eight days time, we should take a moment to remember those who were not so fortunate to make it that far on the journey. One of the most prominent in the club's history was Adam Stansfield, whose goal at Villa Park on May 12th 2002 against Stevenage Borough did so much to help set the club on its way. The FA Trophy win gave the club the lift it needed to challenge for promotion to the Football League the next season - without which we might not be playing Brentford eleven years later.

With that in mind, Yeovil Town supporters in next Sunday's final will be aiming to belt out a minute's worth of "One Adam Stansfield, there's only one Adam Stansfield" at the 7th minute of the match (for a full 60 seconds) to help honour the player who wore the No.7 shirt at Villa Park, and continued to keep it as his own during his Football League days with the Glovers. Please join in with the chant and use it in tribute to Adam, and those who have been an important part of our club over the years.

NOTE: For absolute clarification, the chant will be done when stadium clocks show from 7:00 (seven minutes) until 7:59 (eight minutes).

Adam Stansfield with Carl Alford - the two Villa Park goalscorers
Adam Stansfield with Carl Alford - the two Villa Park goalscorers.
Photo © 2002-2013 Ciderspace


Adam Stansfield on the final whistle at Villa Park - always with a smile on his face
Adam Stansfield on the final whistle at Villa Park - always with a smile on his face.
Photo © 2002-2013 Ciderspace



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11 May 2013 : GWSC Shop Opening Times And Departure Point
Supporters travelling to the League One Play-Off Final with the Green and Whites Supporters Club should note carefully the departure point on Sunday 19th May. The coaches will leave from Huish Park on the Screwfix (East) Stand side, and will be lined up in the club's main car park. They will be leaving at 7.00a.m. - please arrive earlier to give yourself a chance to park up and board your coach. With over 50 coaches already booked up, make sure you take note of your coach number when you get on board!

A reminder as well that if you've not done so already, you need to make payment for your coach booking to secure your place. If you want to drop in payment, or make any purchases in their Programme Shop, then it will be open until 4.00p.m. today, and from 9.30a.m. - 12.00 noon and 2.30p.m. - 4.00p.m. throughout the coming week. Alternatively drop your payment into the main Club offices in a sealed envelope with Paul Hadlow, GWSC written on it - remember to include your name and a contact phone number inside the envelope.

For details on their coaches, as well as options from the Away Travel Club and other travel options, follow the links below.

Link: GWSC Travel To The League One Play-Off Final.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For The League One Play-Off Final.

Link: More Wembley Coach Travel Options.


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11 May 2013 : Ed Upson Gets Honours From One Half Of Sheffield
Friday's Sheffield Star contained a seemingly innocent submission in its 'announcements' section when a 'Congratulations' message appeared in their paper, which covers both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday football clubs. A young person is congratulated on their 2:1 Honours Degree from a loving friend.

But wait ... students don't graduate in May ... and doesn't the name of Edward James Upson seem a little familiar? So who could the mysterious Dawn Seedy be, why would they publish in a Sheffield paper such congratulations? Perhaps a wise old Owl could help us with the answer to that conundrum?
Wembley Stadium Seating and Pricing Plan - Yeovil Town supporters situated on the East side
Ed Upson gets a message from one half of the people of Sheffield, to the other half.



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10 May 2013 : More Wembley Coach Travel Options
Whilst the Green and White Supporters Club and Away Travel Club are offering mainstream coaches from Huish Park to Wembley Stadium, we've picked up on a number of alternative options, particularly for those fans who live away from the Yeovil area.

For those who live in the North Somerset area, or close to the M5, Glovers supporter Andrew Bennett is looking to recruit fans to travel on a 49 seater coach, which has toilet facilities. He is offering pick-ups in Weston Super Mare (Worle railway station) and Bristol (Gordano Services). Call him on his mobile (07880546039) or email at andrewbennett59@yahoo.co.uk - at present it's not a committed booking but if he can get enough numbers it will turn into one. Cost for a full coach will be around £25.00.

Supporters living in Gillingham or Shaftesbury may find the package offered by Grosvenor Travel to their liking. They will depart from Gillingham Library Car Park (8.15a.m.) and Shaftesbury Bell Street Car Park (8.30p.m.) at a cost of £25.00 for Adults and £23.00 for Children aged up to 15 years old. To book online head here or call the Shaftesbury Tourist Information Centre on 01747-853514 or call 01747-853656.

Another alternative is Taylors Coach Travel who plan to leave from the Yeovil Lufton Trading Estate at 6.45a.m. with another stop at Yeovil Bus Station at 7.00.a.m. Prices are £20.00 for Adults, £18.00 for Seniors and £16.00 for children. Call them on 01935-423177.

Finally, if you've got a smaller party, then town taxi service Radio Cabs can offer a chauffeur-driven experience. They will take an eight-seater minibus up to Wembley and back for £300. For any for any bookings/enquiries, give Andy a ring on 07799-737799.

Link: GWSC Travel To The League One Play-Off Final.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For The League One Play-Off Final.


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10 May 2013 : Extended Club Shop Opening Hours At Huish Park
Yeovil Town's main Club Store will have some extended hours of business over the coming week to cope with an increased demand from supporters wanting to purchase merchandise. The club plan to launch their new 2013-14 season home shirt on Monday morning in the hope of selling a significant number on the build-up to the following Sunday's trip to Wembley Stadium for the League One Play-Off Final against Brentford.

In addition, the club plan to get in new t-shirts, polo shirts, flags and scarves for supporters to purchase. With that in mind, they have agreed the following extended opening hours:

Saturday 11th May : 10.00a.m.– 1.00p.m.
Sunday 12th May : CLOSED
Monday 13th May : 10.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.
Tuesday 14th May : 10.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.
Wednesday 15th May : 10.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.
Thursday 16th May : 10.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.
Friday 17th May : 10.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.

The club will take a view nearer the time as to whether they will open the store on Saturday 18th May, and if so what hours of business they will keep. Whilst the main focus will be on the replica shirts, Commercial Manager Dave Linney told BBC Somerset that there would be plenty more besides that:

"We've also got scarves, hats, t-shirts, polo shirts and we've got flags coming in as well. So all that merchandise will be available, ready to go to Wembley. We've only got a six day turnaround until the game itself. So it's all going to happen very quickly and very fast."


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10 May 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Finally Our Turn?
Now the dust has settled a bit on Monday afternoon's fine win over Sheffield United, we have a guest blogger making his debut on Taff's Gloversblog. We welcome Michael Bromfield, who since our Conference days has developed a bit of a reputation for watching Yeovil Town from the side of a mountain in a foreign place. This time round he is true to form, and delivers some thoughts via the link below. Feel free to add your own at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Finally Our Turn?


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10 May 2013 : Extended Morning Service On South-West Trains
The South West Trains services running from Yeovil Junction to London Waterloo have been enhanced slightly to cope with demand next Sunday. With Yeovil Town taking a large number of supporters up to Wembley Stadium for the League One Play-Off Final against Brentford on Sunday 19th May, there is obviously significant demand for the few rail services that will get you into London in time for kick-off.

The standard timetable only realistically allows you to catch the 07:32 (arrives at London Waterloo at 10:11) and the 09:32 (arrives 12:04). However, South West Trains have extended the standard 08:54 service from Gillingham so that it starts at Yeovil Junction, leaving at 08:32. This service reaches London Waterloo at 11:04. So in summary we have:

Yeovil Junction: 07:32 10:11 London Waterloo
Yeovil Junction: 08:32 11:04 London Waterloo
Yeovil Junction: 09:32 12:04 London Waterloo

There are no visible service extensions west of Yeovil - for example the first train leaving from Crewkerne is the one that gets into Waterloo at 12:04hrs.

In terms of the number of carriages, the 07:32 train will have additional carriages, whilst the 08:32 train will be given six carriages from Yeovil, and then nine from Salisbury onwards.

For the return journey from London Waterloo, the 17:15 and 18:15 services that should coincide with most Glovers fans leaving London and heading back to Somerset, will also have additional carriages for the journey.

As a warning to those planning to use South West Trains from any location during the day, their new timetable starts on May 19th 2013. In practice there are probably only minor modifications, but if you want to be sure of your times then make sure you check their website or pick up a new timetable from your local station.

NOTE: We'll provide a new version of our Wembley Stadium travel guide (much like our regular club opposition guides) over the next few days. However, for those Glovers who may have considered using Richmond as a convenient point to drop your car off and catch the train, you should be aware that there are planned engineering works scheduled for Sunday 19th May between Richmond and Willesden Junction. Particularly given that the opposition are Brentford, and they'll also be travelling along a similar route, if you're planning a drive-park-tube sort of journey to Wembley Stadium, we'd recommend that you pick a tube station around the A40/M40 area or A1/M1 area, as anyone parking up around the M3 or M4 adjacent tube stations is likely to find themselves joining 20,000 Bees fans on their train journey! We'll provide more detailed advice over the weekend.


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9 May 2013 : Glovers Fans Snap Up 12K Tickets In 32 Hours
Yeovil Town have this afternoon confirmed that they have sold in the region of 12,000 tickets so far for the 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final. Tickets went on sale yesterday morning for the match against Brentford that takes place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 19th May, with Season Ticket Holders given a 24 hour priority period. That was followed by them hitting General Sale this morning at 9.00a.m. allowing fans the chance to buy over the internet or through a telephone hotline run by the See Tickets national ticketing agency.

Around 5.30p.m. today, Glovers Commercial Manager Dave Linney spoke to BBC Somerset live on air, reporting on what was approximately 32 hours worth of sales so far. He told presenter Ben McGrail that the club were well ahead of schedule of where they'd expected to be at this stage:

"It's been very busy. I think we're approaching around 12,000 tickets being sold. Of course, they're not being sold from here - they're being sold from our ticket agency. So it's going very very well. We're gearing up to getting stock in the shop ready for the onslaught on the 19th. We only went on sale at nine o'clock yesterday morning, so in only a day-and-a-half, 12,000 tickets has exceeded our expectations. Things never cease to amaze me in Yeovil and Somerset, and who knows, we might exceed the 29,000 we took to Wembley in 2007."

Inevitably there was some congestion yesterday morning, particularly on the phone lines, with significant queuing for those who were trying to get through. Dave added that it quickly resolved itself, but said that was down to the sheer volume of people who dived in when orders started being taken on Wednesday morning:

"I think there was about 5,000 people trying to get through onto 50 phone lines, so it went into meltdown! But given half an hour, it was fine after that. There was a little bit of a wait, but I think that everybody was chomping at the bit to get onto the phone and get the prime seats for wherever they wanted to go. Everyone phoned up by the sounds of things."


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9 May 2013 : Meet The Squad At A DVD Signing Session
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to meet the Glovers first team squad and buy a DVD celebrating the club's rise into the Football League, can do so when they visit Tesco early next week. The squad and management staff will be signing copies of the History In The Making DVD that was launched in March of this year to recognise the 10th anniversary of the club's moment when they won the Nationwide Conference title.

The footage was filmed by Stuart Housley, who was part of the club's backroom staff during the 2002-03 season, and captures four hours worth of fly-on-the-wall footage of what happened during training sessions, team meetings, half time team talks and similar stuff in the build-up to that moment at Doncaster Rovers when the title was clinched.

If you visit the Tesco Store from 4.00p.m. on Monday 13th May then you'll find the squad and management team there, with a chance to buy copies at £12.50 and get them signed by players. They will also have the League One Play-Off Trophy on loan at the store with an early chance to see what could be theirs a week later!

The Western Gazette also notes that the club are working on a similar project for a future DVD that will capture the current 2012-13 season, and the build-up to the forthcoming League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium against Brentford.

Link: History In The Making DVD.


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9 May 2013 : Swindon Half Playing Budget After Play-Off Defeat
League One side Swindon Town are reported to be heavily cutting back their spending next season, to bring them more realistically in line with their current gate income. The Robins were twice put under a transfer embargo during the 2012-13 season, being one of two clubs at third tier level to fall foul of the Football League's rules that attempt to prevent clubs from living beyond their means.

At the time of their first embargo, which was eventually lifted in November 2012, the then Robins Chairman Sir William Patey openly admitted that his club were operating to a playing budget of £4.5 million, and that the manager at the time Paolo di Canio had overspent against that amount, thus taking them into an embargo that stopped them from signing new players.

When new owner Jed McCrory came in at the end of January, all the signs were that the new regime were not prepared to continue on that sort of a path, and thus the Robins were put under an embargo a second time whilst the club sorted out their business plan with the Football League and paid outstanding fees owed to other rival clubs.

Today, BBC Radio Wiltshire reports that Swindon plan to operate on a playing budget of just over £2 million for next season, leaving manager Kevin MacDonald with a summer of significant restructuring on his hands, given that he has inherited a squad full of players contracted beyond the end of this season. To those ends, they have today released defenders Joe Devera and Chris Smith along with midfielders Simon Ferry, Raffaele De Vita and Tommy Miller.

The Robins lost in the Play-Off Semi-Final against Brentford on Monday, and thus will have to mount another challenge for promotion during the 2013-14 season against a heavily reduced income. Given that Yeovil Town were reported in the national press in March as operating to a budget of £800,000 for this season, and yet have managed to obtain a Wembley Play-Off Final against that, it shows that sometimes it's quality, not quantity that can end up winning the day.


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9 May 2013 : Yeovil Town Given Family Recognition For Sixth Year
Yeovil Town have been included on a list of clubs that have been given the Football League's Family Excellence Award for the 2012-13 Season. The Glovers are amongst 47 football clubs out of the League's 72 members who have been given the recognition, which acts as a sort of a 'kitemark' for those clubs throughout the league that provide family-friendly supporter experiences. The Glovers are one of only eight clubs to be given the recognition for six consecutive seasons since it was introduced back in 2007.

The League use unidentified families to visit each ground on a rolling basis, and to then provide a survey based feedback to the league, detailing the strength and weaknesses of each club's offering. As a flavour of what they are assessed upon, the League talk about "specific pre-match information for families and first-time fans, dedicated family stadium entrances, specially trained family area receptionists, technology-supported entertainment, and a comprehensive effort to rid family areas of abusive language and anti-social behaviour" and "engaging with families through matchday entertainment, refreshment facilities and mascot activities, all ensuring they can enjoy the match in a dedicated, safe, welcoming and entertaining environment."

As part of the 2013 Football League Awards held in March, the League singled out AFC Bournemouth, Brighton and Hove Albion, Cardiff City, Doncaster Rovers, Oxford United and Plymouth Argyle as being particularly worthy of merit eventually giving divisional awards to Cardiff City (overall winners and Championship division winners), AFC Bournemouth (League One) and Plymouth Argyle (League Two).

2012-13 Family Excellence Awards: AFC Bournemouth, AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot Town, Barnet, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bristol City, Burnley, Burton Albion, Cardiff City, Carlisle United, Charlton Athletic, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Crawley Town, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, Exeter City, Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons, Morecambe, Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Oldham Athletic, Oxford United, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Rotherham United, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Shrewsbury Town, Stevenage, Tranmere Rovers, Walsall, Watford, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town.

Clubs receiving the Award for the first time: Aldershot, Bolton Wanderers, Crawley Town, Sheffield Wednesday

Clubs receiving the Award for the sixth consecutive year: Cardiff City, Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town, MK Dons, Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town.

The Football League also yesterday announced additional awards concerning the Groundsmen Of The Season and the Programme Of The Year that were not included in their March awards evening. The divisional awards for League One were as follows:

Groundsmen Of The Season : Swindon Town. Runners-Up : Carlisle United and Milton Keynes Dons

Programme Of The Year: 1st : Scunthorpe United. 2nd : Notts County. 3rd : Coventry City. 4th : Preston North End. 5th : Colchester United.

Link: League Publish League One's Top Ten Players.

Link: Football League 2013 Award Winners.


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9 May 2013 : Johnson On Management Contract Talks
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that both his own personal terms as well as the playing budget that he has to work to will determine his thinking when it comes to agreeing a new contract at Huish Park. Johnson and his management team are out of contract in the summer, leading to some concerns that he could easily be lured to another club at the end of next weekend's League One Play-Off Final.

The Glovers boss has tried to maintain focus upon what's happening on the field of play, rather than his own circumstances for next season. Gary told BBC Somerset that any contract negotiations would take time to sort out, but he understood why it was a topic of conversation for supporters:

"Well, I understand people asking the question. All negotiations have to start somewhere. Obviously the club have been kind enough to tell us that they would like us to be part of their future plans. That's a good start when you're coming out of contract. But when you look at contracts now, they're 50 pages long and you have to send your contracts to the LMA (League Managers' Association)."

Johnson said part of the complication was that the club needed to look at scenarios involving both League One and Championship football during the 2013-14 season. He added that it was important that if the club did get promoted via the play-offs, that they would need to provide a playing budget that was competitive enough to keep them afloat at that level:

"First of all you have to negotiate figures and those are not just management figures - that's figures if we're in League One, and figures if we're in the Championship. The club have passed that onto me, and I'm having a good look at them to see if we do make it to the Championship, whether I feel that those figures are going to enable us to compete or not. It doesn't matter whether you're the lowest in that division - it's just about whether you can compete. We're still trying to have a look at them at the same time that we're trying to stay focussed on the job in hand. That's because we'd like to be in the Championship when we discuss those figures."


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9 May 2013 : General Sale For Play-Off Final Wembley Tickets
A reminder, in case you didn't know, that tickets for the League One Play-Off Final between Yeovil Town and Brentford go on General Sale today. The See Tickets website and phoneline will be open from 9.00a.m. for supporters to purchase at a limit of six per ticket. Once again, please do NOT call the Football Club and expect to be able to buy tickets - apart from advertisers/sponsors/corporate they aren't selling any.

From what we picked up in yesterday's sales, Block 112 may be sold out - it disappeared off the See Tickets website mid-morning and was one of those that some of our regular supporters were targeting. Hence don't be surprised if you can't choose those. We've also been told that some of the Upper Tier (Level 5) blocks are unavailable at present - our guess there is that Wembley Stadium are attempting to manage stewarding costs and thus are keeping those blocks closed unless there is sufficient demand. Expect those to only open up if we start to sell out on large areas of the lower tier blocks.

General feedback is that booking online is much easier than sitting on the phone, hence we'd recommend the former route unless you've got a very complex order. You'll be able to narrow it down to your chosen Pricing Category and Block Number but your Row and Seat Number are allocated after purchase.

Tickets can be purchased via the See Tickets agency website or via their phoneline on 08712970044. Don't try to purchase tickets before 9.00a.m. as the See Tickets site won't display the 'Buy' options until then. And please do NOT try to phone the club - if you need phone assistance use the See Tickets phoneline.

Link: Ticketing For The Wembley Play-Off Final - Full Arrangements.

Link: See Tickets Website : General Sale.


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8 May 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield United Home Game
Following Monday afternoon's 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's post-match verdict on the game, and qualifying for a Wembley Play-Off Final against Brentford are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield United Home Game.


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8 May 2013 : Glovers Legends Hammer Out Another Charity Match
Yeovil Town Legends will take on a Weymouth Legends side this coming Sunday, as part of an end of season Charity Match at the Bob Lucas Stadium. The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. on Sunday 12th May and is set to benefit the Hammer Out charity, which supports patients with brain tumours.

The game has been organised by former Glovers centre-back Paul Thorpe, with him having a particularly personal interest in the event, given that his 13 year old daughter Mollie had to under-go an operation last year to remove a brain tumour. Supported by the charity during that time, Paul has told the Western Gazette that he wanted to return the favour by raising money for them to help other people:

"She had to have an emergency four-and-a-half hour operation to remove the tumour. Hammer Out did a great job to support her and we both wanted to do something to make people aware. The game is as much about raising awareness of brain tumours as it is about raising money. It's something that can hit you with no warning. Mollie had no symptoms, she just had a seizure and that was it. Brain tumours affect a lot of people. There are a lot of children who suffer from them and it's a terrible thing for anyone to go through."

Yeovil's team will include familiar faces such as Warren Patmore, Terry Skiverton and Darren Way. Entry to the match is by donation to the charity - they recommend £5.00 for adults and £1.00 for children, but obviously you can choose your own donation as you see fit.

The day will also include a raffle, with two football shirts signed by the Yeovil and Weymouth legends who take part in the match set to be the top prizes on display.


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8 May 2013 : Officials For The 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final
Officials for the 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final between Yeovil Town and Brentford have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 19th May, with a 1.30p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Little introduction is needed for someone who was a Premier League referee for seven years, and a FIFA referee for four years. He's also a familiar face for a Yeovil Town fixtures, even going back to our Conference days. His appointment is a repeat of six years ago, as he took charge of Yeovil Town's one and only previous appearance at Wembley Stadium - the League One play-off against Blackpool that finished in a 0-2 defeat. We were less than impressed with his decision to award a free kick that gave the Seasiders their opening goal - television replays showed that Keigan Parker had tripped over his own feet, rather than been fouled by Terrell Forbes. Blackpool were the better side on the day, but it didn't help that the official had given them a leg-up with a poor refereeing decision.

We've had him once during the 2012-13 Season, for the away match against Crawley Town in November 2012, during which he made some typically erratic decisions. He booked Dan Burn for a handball offence that he personally missed entirely, yet deemed it serious enough to warrant a yellow card. Sam Foley then got booked for a superb ball-winning tackle on Nathan Byrne, yet Mr D'Urso failed to notice the nasty bit of retribution committed by Byrne five minutes later when he deliberately flattened Foley to get his own back on the strong tackle. The Western Gazette echoed this, saying he was "infuriatingly inconsistent. It was hard to believe that a former Premier League official was guiding the game, so bad were some of the decisions made."

We were due to have him for the February 2012 fixture for the home game against Scunthorpe United, but the game was called off due to a frozen pitch, and by the time it was rearranged the League had appointed a different official. The postponement wasn't too controversial, with overnight temperatures to blame rather than any refereeing decisions. Before that, we saw him in April 2011, when we beat Notts County 2-1 at Huish Park. On the night, he dished out four bookings, but we described him as being "in an oddly quiet mood" - odd as he has tended to be one of these referees that likes to be the centre of attention. On this occasion he was far less visible, refusing to consider one possible Magpies penalty appeal that was 50:50, and refusing to get involved in another shout that was more 'Tom Daley' than worthy of a spot kick.

Then came a series of 2007 meetings, with the later of those being the December match against Hartlepool United. A 3-1 win for Yeovil Town, and zero bookings for either side, and another unusually quiet match for Mr D'Urso - we haven't always had it that way. Aside from the 2006-07 Wembley Stadium appearance, we'd had him twice earlier in that season, for defeats against Tranmere Rovers and Nottingham Forest. In the Tranmere one he performed quite well, but in the Forest defeat, a lot of his decision-making appeared to involve him playing to the home crowd - something we've regularly criticised him for over the years.

Going back further, his December 2005 performance at Brentford in a 3-2 defeat was a bit of a mess. No complaints about the penalty he awarded when Chris Weale brought down DJ Campbell outside the box. However, with the foul happening wide of the goal, a red card seemed harsh, and a series of decisions against the Glovers during that second period, including a nailed on penalty for handball by a Bees defender, had us all ranting about his performance after the game.

Mr D'Urso will be assisted by Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire) and Alan Young (Cambridgeshire). The Fourth Official will be Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Whilst Mr Scott will act as the man who will step in if D'Urso does not complete the game, in line with other high profile matches, the Football League have also named a fifth official, in John Hopkins (Essex) who will act as a Reserve Assistant Referee in case either of them fail to complete the match.

Those who will be watching the League Two Play-Off Final should note that Keith Stroud has been chosen as the main referee for the match between Bradford City and Northampton Town. Lucky them!

Link: November 2012 : Crawley Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 1.

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 3 Hartlepool United 1.

Link: May 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Blackpool 2 (League One Play-Off Final).

Link: February 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Tranmere Rovers 2.

Link: January 2007 : Nottingham Forest 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2006 : AFC Bournemouth 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2005 : Brentford 3 Yeovil Town 2.


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8 May 2013 : Ladies Finish League Season In Record Third Position
Yeovil Town Ladies turned on the style at the seaside on Sunday to delight the travelling fans with a resounding 4-0 victory over third placed Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies. Laura Bray was in fine form with a brace of goals, and further strikes from Grace Rapp and Shannon Osman completed the rout, as the Glovers leapfrogged over the Seagulls for a sensational third place finish for the season.

"We set out for this last game of the season feeling confident and determined to finish the league season on a high," joint manager Nigel Williams said after the match. "And that’s just what we did with a great victory over one of the league’s fancied teams. It was our biggest ever win in the Premier League, and to do it over one of the top teams sending us to a third place finish was wonderful."

"The pitch was fantastic and certainly allowed us to play football," Williams continued. "Today I thought the girls could go out and produce a good performance. We asked them to make sure that they were clinical in their game, and our passing, movement, delivery and most importantly finishing in the final third was first class."

Brighton have some really talented players, and they play at a fast pace, and showed this well in the early stages with some good football. Yeovil knew that they had to be at their best to get anything from the match, and they went on to take a deserved victory after winning the battle in midfield.

With this battle prevalent in the opening encounters, Yeovil were being tested down the Brighton right, and the back four had to make sure that they were on their toes. The Glovers allowed Brighton in two or three times in the first ten minutes, but goalkeeper Beth Howard, who had a brilliant game was strong in coming for the ball and controlled her area well.

Yeovil made the breakthrough on five minutes when Mitch Keehan picked up a loose ball just inside the Brighton half and played a simple pass through the channel for Grace Rapp to fire home from just inside the box. The finish showed great maturity from the young striker and allowed Yeovil some breathing space at 1-0.

Brighton still pushed to expose the Glovers down the right, and a few moments later their right winger got the better of Keehan, but having got past her their legs became entangled and it was one of those that the referee was going to give as he promptly pointed to the spot, awarding a penalty. Up stepped the Brighton player and fired the ball to Howard’s left, but the Yeovil ‘keeper brilliantly dived to the make the save.

"We are jumping around congratulating the save only for the lineman to flag, saying she moved off her line," Williams said. "Brighton replaced the ball, and the same player stroked a good shot, this time to Beth's Left and she stretched to save again! Checking the lino again we then jumped around. We deserved that. A brilliant day’s work by Beth just for that bit of the game. However, she was great throughout the game today."

Continuing, Williams said. "At half time we had a good chat to the team and changed a couple of things to give Brighton something else to think about. The team went out to play a side that was just desperate to score, and in all honesty their shooting did not match the rest of their game. From a Managers’ point of view we could see that Brighton had lost a bit of discipline and players were shooting from all angles."

Yeovil now settled into the second half and started to play some great football. Nigel added:

"I wanted to see simple passing and movement, and the girls responded to this. We were moving the ball from left to right and switching play using the width of the pitch. Stace (Stacey Pearson) played a great ball out to Laura Bray on seventy minutes, and she carried the ball cutting across their left back. Still being pressured by the centre backs she unleashed a shot from the edge of the area high into the net to make it 2-0."

"This was the icing on the cake that allowed us to relax, and two minutes later we crossed the ball into the box for Laura Bray to show her best goal poaching credentials, coming to our benefit again, as she scored from close range for a 3-0 lead."

With the County Cup final coming the Glovers allowed themselves to change some personnel. It was great to see Justine Lorton back on the pitch following a short term injury. She has a presence on the field that just calms the team down. Another change saw Shannon Osman come in up front to put a lot of pressure on the home defence, and the Glovers went on to dominate.

By this time Yeovil were just trying to see out the game. However, with the pressure they were putting on the Seagulls defence they were all over them. A couple of corners, one from the right one from the left followed. The second was delivered with power to the front post, and Shannon Osman poked the ball over the line to make it a resounding 4-0.

"It was not just about the win today," Williams said. "We put the team under a lot of pressure, and we wanted the win. It was a game that we have secured third spot, and we wanted to finish on a high. All I can say is it was everything we asked for and more. What a great way to finish the season with a 4-0 win away from home on the last day of the season. Plus we have secured third place in the table."

"The Girls have worked well for us this season. However, it is not over yet. We are not celebrating the season yet as we have a cup final to play. We can celebrate the season after that. We have to continue our professional approach to what are aiming to achieve this season. It has been good so far."

Final Score: Brighton & Hove Albion Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 4.

Goals: 1-0 (Grace Rapp - 5), 2-0 (Laura Bray - 70), 3-0 (Laura Bray - 72), 4-0 (Shannon Osman - 85)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Yeovil Town Ladies - Howard, Brazell, Williams, Edwards, Keehan, Cook, Radburn, Pearson (Osman – 79), Whitton, Bray, Rapp (Lorton – 66)

Substitutes Not Used: Kayleigh Sage, Jodi Cornwall

Referee: Paul Rowe (Sussex)

Next Match: Somerset FA Women's Senior Cup Final - - Yeovil Town Ladies vs. Keynsham Town Ladies. (Street FC - BA16 0NE) 16 May 2013, 7.30pm kick off.

[Report by Nigel Williams and Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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8 May 2013 : Season Ticket Holder Purchasing For Wembley Tickets
A reminder that tickets go on sale today for Season Ticket Holders ONLY to purchase tickets for the League One Play-Off Final. The match at Wembley Stadium against Brentford kicks off at 1.30p.m. on Sunday 19th May.

Tickets can be purchased via the See Tickets agency website or via their phoneline on 08712970044. Tickets are limited to eight per season ticket holder. As per their website, they state that you may also enter the details of three other additional season ticket holders - as we read that, someone willing to allow their credit card to be loaded up could then purchase up to 32 tickets that way - provided the other season ticket holders give their consent and hand over their details.

You will need to provide your Client Reference Number and your Surname as part of the priority application, so that See Tickets can verify that you are a Season Ticket Holder. For those who have been asking what a Client Reference Number is, this is printed on your Season Ticket Card - feedback from other fans indicate that this season's cards have eight digit numbers on them. It is the number you'll usually quote to the Huish Park Ticket Office when purchasing away or cup tickets over the phone.

For full details on ticketing, see yesterday's article, or just head straight to the See Tickets website.

Don't try to purchase tickets before 9.00a.m. as the See Tickets site won't display the 'Buy' options until then. And please do NOT try to phone the club to buy tickets, as unless you're a sponsor/advertiser, the club aren't selling any.

Link: Ticketing For The Wembley Play-Off Final - Full Arrangements.

Link: See Tickets Website : Season Ticket Holders Purchasing.


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7 May 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's League One Play-Off Second Leg Highlights against Sheffield United at Huish Park, the Sky Sports website has uploaded yesterday's video clip. Featuring six minutes worth of coverage on the 2-0 win, including goals from Kevin Dawson and Ed Upson, the footage can be viewed via the link below, provided you're with a UK internet provider.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United Match Highlights.


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7 May 2013 : Upson Struggles To Get Head Around Play-Off Winning Goal
Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson admitted that he was struggling to get his head around being the player that took his side to Wembley Stadium in a League One Play-Off Final. The 23 year old former Ipswich Town trainee netted the 12 goal of his three year Glovers career, but undoubtedly the most important one, as he headed home Paddy Madden's cross in the 85th minute of yesterday's 2-1 aggregate win over Sheffield United.

Upson's goal came right in front of the Blackthorn Terrace end lifted the roof off the stadium and speaking after the game to Sky Sports he said that this was the biggest goal of his career in the biggest game of his career:

"I could have kept running after that goal, I could have run straight out the stadium and run home. There was a bit of a tear in my eye. There were all sorts of emotions. I can't get my head around it just yet, it is something I'll have to go home and sit and think about for a while. My first ever header was earlier this season against Wycombe in the cup but they are a rarity and a great time to produce something that rarely happens. It is the most important goal I've ever scored in the biggest game I've ever played in, so to do that was special for me. I will hopefully score a more important goal in two weeks' time - the winner."

The midfielder was also responsible for the opening goal of the match, with a sublime pass through to Kevin Dawson providing a 5th minute strike that levelled up the tie on aggregate. Upson admitted he was proud of the way that transpired:

"I remember the pass for the first goal clearly, that was really satisfying and I loved it. Kev made an unbelievable run which made my mind up about where to put the ball. It was such a calm finish from him. The manager was a bit unhappy with something that happened on Friday so to give him that sort of performance with an assist and to score is the reaction he was looking for."


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7 May 2013 : Glovers Bring Forward Replica Shirt Launch For Wembley Trip
Yeovil Town have brought forward their 2013-14 Replica Shirt launch, with the aim of putting it on sale prior to the League One Play-Off Final. The new shirt will be worn by the first team at Wembley Stadium for the match against Brentford and will be on sale from the main Club Store at Huish Park from Monday 13th May.

The club also plan to get stock of new t-shirts, polo shirts, flags and scarves in stock ahead of the big day. As mentioned several times before in recent weeks, please do buy from the club or from the various affiliated supporters organisations. There will inevitably be people trying to capitalise upon the club's success by selling unauthorised merchandise - please don't buy from them - use the main Club Store, the Green and White Supporters Club, or the Away Travel Club for your merchandising needs.

The club's main leisurewear provider Vandanel have launched a Play-Off Final t-shirt which you can purchase online, which may help some of the exiles who live a distance from the club. You can purchase a couple of different designs by going to their website page and buying online.


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7 May 2013 : GWSC Travel To The League One Play-Off Final
Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off Final against Brentford will take place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 19th May. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 7.00a.m. Note that there will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion. Cost of travel will be £25.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £23.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings). Paul will also be aiming to be at Huish Park at various hours and can be reached on 01935 423662 Ext 229.

NOTE: On this occasion, because of the amount of money and organisation needed to administer coaches, all travel bookings must be accompanied by payment to secure your seat. If you're dropping money in at a time when Paul is not at the club, please put your money in an envelope, addressed to him, and make sure that your name and a contact telephone number are included in the envelope. You can leave your envelope at the club's main offices, but remember to clearly label it.

All cheques are to be made out to the Green & White Supporters Club or GWSC.

NOTE: When you place your booking, you'll be given a Coach Number. Please make a note of it, and be prepared to arrive at Huish Park before the departure time to give yourself time to find your coach amongst what is likely to be upwards of 100 coaches, if our previous visit to Wembley is anything to go by. You're strongly advised to place bookings as early as possible to allow the GWSC the time to look into any additional coaches that may be necessary.


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7 May 2013 : Away Travel Club Plans For The League One Play-Off Final
The Away Travel Club will be operating Coach Travel to Wembley Stadium for the League Cup play-off final against Brentford. The match, which takes place on Sunday 19th May, will see them depart from behind the Away End at Huish Park at 7.30a.m. for the 1.30p.m. kick-off.

Cost of travel will be £22.00 with a £10.00 deposit required for your booking to be secured. To book your seat, please call Mark Kelly on 07939618275.

There will be further coach travel information for other Supporters Organisations on this site as soon as we get hold of it.


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7 May 2013 : Johnson And Starnes In Local And National Media
Yeovil Town will be featured heavily on national and local media today in the wake of their qualification for the League One Play-Off Final. Expect to see and hear Gary Johnson on both TV and radio, via the BBC, as he gets interviewed live on BBC Somerset after 6.00p.m. and then rushes off to BBC Points West for their live programme which starts at 6.30p.m.

The Sky Sports cameras have already raided Gary's homestead on the morning-after-the-night-before so expect footage of that to be on Sky Sports News later in the day as part of a feature on the Glovers.

Finally if you want something that's not so Gary-specific, then Chief Executive Martyn Starnes will also be on TV, as he gets interviewed for their evening local news programme which is on air at 6.00p.m.


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7 May 2013 : Recommended Singers Blocks For Wembley Stadium
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to get together and create 'singing blocks' for the League One Play-Off Final against Brentford are recommended to purchase in specific areas of the stadium. One of the problems the Glovers faced in their previous 2006-07 Play-Off Final was that regular singers were dispersed throughout the stadium, meaning that it was hard for supporters to create an atmosphere during the match.

This time around, those who want to make a lot of noise during the match should purchase from any of Blocks 109 - 114. These are mainly Category 3 and Category 4 priced tickets, with a few of the very front row seats priced at Category 5. For those who want to sing and create a 'wall of noise', purchase from these blocks. For those who want a quieter experience, and want to avoid drums, bells and other such things, we'd suggest you purchase other blocks.


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7 May 2013 : Musical Instruments And Flags Inside Wembley Stadium
Yeovil Town supporters looking to take large flags or musical instruments into Wembley Stadium for this season's League One Play-Off Final should make pre-booked arrangements with the stadium. You can email ellie.harris@wembleystadium.com for further information.

Obviously hand-held flags would not apply here, but for anything that would generally be draped over a barrier or held by multiple people, we'd recommend that anyone hoping to take them in contact Ellie as soon as possible - the same for all drums, trumpets, bells etc. Make sure you indicate that it is for the League One play-off final at the Yeovil Town end, as obviously they will be dealing with multiple events during next month or so.

Update: 08/05/2013 The guidance given is that flags of up to 2.5m in length are fine, provided they do not block signage, gangways, advertising boards or the view of other supporters etc. Flags may be mounted on a pole of up to 1.0m in length, and only then provided the pole does not constitute a safety concern. The flag must not display any message that may cause offence. For any larger flags, contact Ellie as above - for guidance expect to be asked to provide a fire/safety certificate to prove that it is flame resistent.


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7 May 2013 : Ticketing For The Wembley Play-Off Final - Full Arrangements
Yeovil Town have issued their formal ticketing arrangements for the League One Play-Off Final against Brentford. The match takes place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 19th May with a 1.30p.m. kick-off. Arrangements are that almost ALL tickets will be sold through the See Tickets ticketing agency website.

The club will be only handling 2,000 tickets themselves - sold ONLY to sponsors and advertisers. If you're after Executive Seats or Hospitality options, give Dave Linney a call at the club. For ALL OTHER ticket sales, including Season Ticket Holders and General Sale you will need to buy from the See Tickets website or by phone.

Tickets will be on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY from 9.00a.m. on Wednesday 8th May 2013. There is a limit of eight tickets per person.
Tickets will be on General Sale from 9.00a.m. on Thursday 9th May 2013. There is a limit of six tickets per person.

Yeovil Town have been allocated the East side of the stadium, with a range of pricing options, from prime seats on the halfway line, to cheaper seats up in the gods on Level 5. These are as follows:

Category 1 Seats: Adults: £80.00; Concessions: £40.00
Category 2 Seats: Adults: £62.00; Concessions: £31.00
Category 3 Seats: Adults: £52.00; Concessions: £26.00
Category 4 Seats: Adults: £40.00; Concessions: £20.00
Category 5 Seats: Adults: £30.00; Concessions: £15.00

Concessions apply to those aged Over 65 years old, and those aged under 16.

Disabled supporters pay the Adult rates, but can admit an assistant free of charge. There are 126 designated wheelchair disabled spaces with 128 spaces for assistants. Ambulant disabled supporters can sit anywhere in the stadium, but for those with significant mobility problems, Wembley Stadium recommend that you purchase on Level 1, selecting rows 30/31 for step free access. For those wanting further information, including head-sets or hearing loops, email Wembley at accessforall@wembleystadium.com - disabled tickets will only be available from Thursday 9th May.

Family Blocks: There are designated 'Family' blocks available in Blocks 105-108.

The See Tickets website charges the following additional fees: £1.80 plus VAT per ticket. Delivery options are as follows: 1st Class post £1.75, Recorded Delivery £2.95, Registered Post £6.50, Collection £1.50.

Stadium Parking Charges: Coaches: £63.50; Cars: £27.75. Book via CSP Bookings or by calling 0208 900 2405.

See Tickets Contact Information: By Telephone on 08712970044 available 24 hours a day. There are two relevant website links one for Season Ticket Holders and the other for General Ticket Sales. If you want to purchase as a Season Ticket Holder, you'll need to quote your Client Reference Number and your Surname when placing your booking.

Wembley Stadium Seating and Pricing Plan - Yeovil Town supporters situated on the East side
Wembley Stadium Seating and Pricing Plan - Yeovil Town supporters situated on the East side.
This is the right-hand side as you look at the plan, starting roughly at Blocks 101/201/501 and working around to Blocks 122/226/526.
However, expect a number of the 'prime' halfway line seats to be pre-reserved for sponsors, League and FA representatives etc so not all may be available.


And finally, the small print in terms of Ground Regulations and Conditions of Sale for tickets.

Link: Wembley Stadium Ground Regulations.

Link: Ticket Sales : Conditions Of Issue.


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7 May 2013 : Early Wembley Ticketing News
Whilst full ticketing details have yet to be made available - we'd expect that to happen within the next 24 hours - the BBC has reported some early details for Yeovil Town's match against Brentford at Wembley Stadium. During this morning's news bulletins, BBC Somerset have indicated that tickets will be made available to Yeovil Town's Season Ticket Holders from Wednesday morning onwards, with tickets put on General Sale on Thursday. There will be 30,000 tickets made available as part of the Glovers' overall allocation.

It would not be a surprise if the Glovers produced similar arrangements to that used six years ago for the 2006-07 Play-Off Final. On that occasion, Yeovil Town used their own Ticket Office to handle Season Ticket Holders' ticket needs, whilst all other sales made use of the Ticketmaster ticketing agency to sell and distribute tickets, on the basis that it was unfeasible for the Ticket Office to handle all applications. There is currently a national ticketing agency (who we won't name just yet, in case it's a red herring) that have a page set up for that very purpose - we'll obviously provide a link if the club confirm that they are going down that route.

Whilst the club work out their own formal arrangements for both Season Ticket Holders and General Sales, we'd suggest that supporters start to consider the following: During our last visit to Wembley, the pricing included a number of different ticketing tariffs, based on whether they were prime seats on the halfway line, or cheaper tickets up in the top tier corners. In addition, all Wembley tickets are for allocated seating. Thus we'd recommend that you start discussing with your family and friends who you want to sit with, and whether you're going to go for the cheaper end of the ticketing scale, or try to get the posh seats. And of course who is actually going to have their credit card stung!

Brentford have issued ticketing prices for this match - we'd expect ours to be identical to these. They are as follows:

Category 1 Seats: Adults: £80.00; Concessions: £40.00
Category 2 Seats: Adults: £62.00; Concessions: £31.00
Category 3 Seats: Adults: £52.00; Concessions: £26.00
Category 4 Seats: Adults: £40.00; Concessions: £20.00
Category 5 Seats: Adults: £30.00; Concessions: £15.00

Concessions apply to those aged Over 65 years old, and those aged Under 16. Disabled supporters pay the above rates, but can admit an assistant free of charge.

Brentford have been given the West side of the stadium - we will therefore be on the East side - the same end of the stadium we occupied for the 2006-07 Play-Off Final.

Please do not try to call the football club at this stage - wait for the formal arrangements to come out, probably sometime during today.


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6 May 2013 : Bees Survive Penalty Shoot-Out To Face Glovers At Wembley
Yeovil Town will face Brentford at Wembley Stadium in 13 days time in the League One Play-Off Final. The two sides will meet after the Bees successfully progressed against Swindon Town in a thrilling encounter at Griffin Park.

The Bees generally held the edge throughout the second leg, only to get pegged back every time. Former Glovers loanee Adam Rooney headed into his own net to open the scoring for the home side, with Clayton Donaldson putting the Bees two up. But Rooney's goal in the right end a minute before the break ensured the tie laid in the balance at half time.

Donaldson's second two minutes after the break restored Brentford's two goal cushion before Joe Devera gave Swindon hope ten minutes later. Late drama ensued in the 95th minute when Aden Flint took the game into extra time, levelling the tie up at 3-3 and 4-4 on aggregate.

Into injury time, it was advantage Brentford once again when Nathan Byrne got his marching orders for his second bookable offence, but the Robins continued to hold out, taking the game to its full 120 minute duration. However, in front of 9,109 spectators in West London, it was the Bees who finally progressed via a 5-4 penalty scoreline. Miles Storey was the Swindon player to suffer the misfortune of being the first to fail to hit the back of the net, leaving Adam Forshaw with the moment of glory to send the West Londoners through to the final.

Brentford will now meet the Glovers for the rights to get to the Championship. The two sides will meet on Sunday 19th May, with a 1.30p.m. kick-off.

Final Score: Brentford 3 Swindon Town 3. (Brentford win 5-4 on penalties).


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6 May 2013 : Johnson Forgives Villain Upson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson praised midfielder Ed Upson for scoring one and setting up another goal as his side booked their trip to Wembley Stadium today - despite having labelled him as a 'villain' of the first leg. Having set Kevin Dawson up for the sixth minute opening goal against Sheffield United with a beautiful through pass, he capped a fine performance by heading home the crucial winning goal that saw the Glovers knock out the Blades by a 2-1 aggregate scoreline.

Johnson was full of praise for one of the mainstays of his 2012-13 squad, but was quick to point out that he felt that the former Ipswich Town trainee had been one of the players at fault for the first leg goal from Callum McFadzean that divided the two sides at Bramall Lane. Gary told Sky Sports that he had kept Upson on his toes over the weekend after that error:

"We've been talking about heroes and villains and there was a villain out there who turned into a hero which was fantastic. He (Upson) was one of those who had a bit of a lack of concentration in the first leg that led to their goal. He thought I might have left him out all week, along with a couple of others. But I gave those villains the chance to be heroes and that is what they did."

Johnson joked that if admonishing his players for their mistakes produced that kind of reaction, then he might have to start metering out punishment more often to get the best out of them:

"Ed came up with something and credit to him. His mum and dad didn't call him Ed for nothing! I love them all to death and when I smack them I feel very sad, it is like smacking your little un, you don't really mean it! But I may have to smack them a bit more to get our promotion because we've come this far - we have to get this promotion now."

As far as the wider picture was concerned, Johnson said that he didn't want to get to the final - against either Brentford or Swindon Town and fall at the final hurdle. With the Glovers having tried and failed during the 2006-07 season against Blackpool in their only previous Wembley visit, Gary said that a strong mentality was behind their success so far:

"When you've come this far you can't be this close to the Championship and blow it. We have beaten a big club in Sheffield United. Their lads on the day couldn't cope with the mentality and the mental toughness of our team."


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6 May 2013 : Wembley Travel For GWSC And Others
Obviously we'd expect the various Yeovil Town supporters clubs and collectives to be organising coach travel to Wembley Stadium over the next few days. We've had a message from the Green and White Supporters Club indicating that they will be speaking to their coach companies tomorrow, and so will not have travel information available just at this moment. As soon as it is available, they'll pass it through including booking information - until then please don't call them.

The same will apply to the football club and Wembley admission tickets - these will no doubt be put on sale soon, but allow those at Huish Park the time and space to make arrangements for the big day.


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6 May 2013 : Yeovil 2 Sheffield United 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town secured a trip to Wembley Stadium for only the second time in their history this afternoon, as they edged past Sheffield United in a thrilling Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg game at Huish Park. Trailing by a single goal from the first leg at Bramall Lane, they levelled up just six minutes into the tie when Kevin Dawson latched onto an Ed Upson through ball. That put the tie in the balance until five minutes from time until a Paddy Madden cross found Upson on the near post, and his header right in front of the home terrace sent Huish Park into delirium and sent the club on its way to its second League One Play-Off Final.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield United 0. (Yeovil win 2-1 on aggregate).

Scorers: Kevin Dawson (6 mins, 1-0), Ed Upson (85 mins, 2-0)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Dan Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Kevin Dawson 20. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds (90 mins for James Hayter) 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 15. Lewis Young 29. Angelo Balanta

Sheffield United:
25. George Long
2. Darryl Westlake 5. Harry Maguire 15. Neill Collins 6. Matt Hill
23. Jamie Murphy 11. Kevin McDonald 8. Michael Doyle 26. Callum McFadzean
9. Chris Porter 24. Joe Ironside

Substitutes:
35. Danny Coyne 4. Danny Higginbotham 7. Ryan Flynn (87 mins for Callum McFadzean) 14. Dave Kitson (64 mins for Joe Ironside) 21. Jordan Chapell 27. Elliott Whitehouse 33. Aaron Barry

Yeovil Town Bookings: Kevin Dawson (6 mins, excessive celebration)

Sheffield United Bookings: Harry Maguire (40 mins, foul), Kevin McDonald (90 mins, dissent)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 8.

Sheffield United Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Philip Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistants: Marc Perry (West Midlands) and Edward Smart (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Oliver Langford (West Midlands).

Attendance: 8,152 (with 1,119 Sheffield United supporters).


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6 May 2013 : Que Sera, Sera, Whatever Will Be, Will Be, Yeovil Town Are Off To Wembley!
Yeovil Town secured a trip to Wembley Stadium for only the second time in their history this afternoon, as they edged past Sheffield United in a thrilling Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg game at Huish Park.

Trailing by a single goal from the first leg at Bramall Lane, they levelled up just six minutes into the tie when Kevin Dawson latched onto an Ed Upson through ball. That put the tie in the balance until five minutes from time until a Paddy Madden cross found Upson on the near post, and his header right in front of the home terrace sent Huish Park into delirium and sent the club on its way to its second League One Play-Off Final.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield United 0. (Yeovil win 2-1 on aggregate).

Expect ticketing information for this match to become available in due course, once the winners of the Brentford vs Swindon Town match are known. The final at Wembley Stadium will be played on Sunday 19th May, with a 1.30p.m. kick-off.


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6 May 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
If you watched this afternoon's Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg match against Sheffield United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

NOTE: In accordance with all televised matches, you are welcome to vote whether you were physically at Huish Park, or if you were watching the match on Sky Sports.

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


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6 May 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg tie against Sheffield United at Huish Park. The return leg sees manager Gary Johnson keep faith with the team that lost 1-0 at Bramall Lane on Friday night.

Note that this afternoon's game will go to extra time if the Glovers can gain a single goal victory in the Second Leg tie. There is no away goals rule for this match. If the aggregate scores are level after both 90 minutes and 120 minutes, then the tie will be settled by penalty kicks.

The line-up therefore looks as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Dan Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Kevin Dawson 20. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 15. Lewis Young 29. Angelo Balanta


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6 May 2013 : First Leg Interview With Joe Edwards
Following Friday night's 1-0 defeat against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Yeovil Town's defender Joe Edwards spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Joe's thoughts on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat Against Sheffield United.


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6 May 2013 : Interview With Dan Burn
Following Friday night's 1-0 defeat against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Yeovil Town's on loan Fulham defender Dan Burn spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Dan's thoughts on the match and his recovery from injury can be read via the link below.

Link: Dan Burn Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat Against Sheffield United.


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5 May 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Next Goal Wins?
Tomorrow, our moment of destiny arrives, as we prepare to do battle against Sheffield United for a second occasion. The Second Leg of the League One Play-Offs will determine who gets a day trip to Wembley Stadium, and who goes home realising their season is over until August. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry takes a look back at Friday night's game, as well as assessing our chances over Monday lunchtime. Head via the link below, and feel free to provide your own thoughts.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Next Goal Wins?


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5 May 2013 : Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg Betting Odds
Yeovil Town's chances of getting through in the League One Play-Offs have widened since the First Leg matches, according to the bookmakers. Having been priced at 4/1 in the lead-up to Friday night's First Leg tie at Bramall Lane, the Glovers are now priced as wide as 11/2 to get promotion, according to Sporting Bet. All of the major bookmakers, without exception, claim that Yeovil are the least likely to win at Wembley, despite only a one goal deficit at Bramall Lane from Friday night.

Most bookies are now edging towards Sheffield United to secure promotion overall, with six different companies offering best odds of 2/1 for the Blades to win the play-offs. Several of them also match Brentford on the same prices, but you can get odds of 11/5 on the Bees, making them second favourites by a whisker. Swindon Town's best price is 100/30 which is offered by six different bookies.

In a slight bit of contradiction, the bookies are a lot more hopeful of Yeovil Town securing victory in the second leg, with best odds for the home win of 6/4 from Bet Victor. The widest odds you can get on the visitors are at 9/4 with Spread EX, whilst the draw is 12/5 with four different bookies. Obviously if you do bet on the tie itself, check the small print to see where they stand on things like extra time and penalties - most will do the score based on a 90 minute outcome, with separate odds on actual qualification.

As far as first goalscorers are concerned, again Yeovil are a bit more fancied in their home leg, with Paddy Madden the favourite to open the scoring at 5/1. However, like the first leg, the bookies still don't seem to be operating from very informed sources - after James Hayter (7/1) they have given prices for Reuben Reid (7/1) and Melchi Emmanuel-Wilkinson (8/1) followed by Friday night substitute Angelo Balanta (9/1). Aside from Madden and Hayter, you're much more likely to find value in Ed Upson (16/1), Kevin Dawson (20/1), Byron Webster (33/1), Joe Edwards (33/1), Dan Burn (40/1) or Jamie McAllister (50/1).

Best odds for the Sheffield United players are Dave Kitson (13/2), Chris Porter (8/1), Jonathan Forte (8/1) and Richard Creswell (8/1) to open the scoring on the day.

Will the game go into extra time? It could well do, given that although they predict a 1-1 draw and a 0-0 draw as a highly likely outcome, the most popular positive outcome is for a 1-0 Yeovil win, which is priced at 7/1. They rate a similar scoreline in favour of the Blades at 9/1. The best odds on Yeovil achieving a 90 minute win are for a 2-0 victory which you can get odds of 12/1 on. For any Yeovil two goal victory, you can get a price of 13/2. The general theme is that although they think Yeovil are capable of winning the tie or at least taking it into extra time, they narrowly expect the Blades to get through across both legs. They're certainly not expecting a walkover though by any stretch of the imagination.


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5 May 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Sheffield United Away Interview
Just before Friday night's away match against Sheffield United kicked off at Bramall Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary spoke about his side's recent defensive injuries that led to him sweating on three of his senior players being available, plus his side's chances against the Blades in the play-offs. That interview is now archived via the link below.

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


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5 May 2013 : Johnson: Monday Can't Come Round Quick Enough
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he now hopes to gain home advantage from the League One Play-Off Second Leg match against Sheffield United on Monday. The all-ticket affair kicks off at 1.30p.m. and sees the Glovers going into the match trailing by a 1-0 scoreline as they move into a Huish Park tie that is sold out as far as the three home areas of the ground are concerned.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Johnson said that the fact that the semi-final is held over two legs means that the Glovers are still in a good chance of progressing to what would be only the second Wembley final in the club's history. He reiterated the importance of having played the first leg away from home:

"When it's two legs, you're not out of it - that's for sure. I know the Yeovil Town fans will be right up for it, it's a tight ground at Huish Park and I think it will be a cracking game. We know what we've got to do and we want to do it in front of our own fans. We didn't want to go to a place like Sheffield United in the second leg with the game close and have 35,000 Sheffield United fans screaming their team on."

With Callum McFadzean's second half strike being the only difference between the two sides at Bramall Lane, Yeovil Town go into the Second Leg knowing that they must score at some point during the scheduled 90 minutes of the match. Despite that deficit, Johnson added that he didn't see that as a bad position for his club to be in:

"1-0 down is a fantastic position to be in, going back to Huish Park. We didn't want to be any more goals behind. Being just 1-0 down, I think that at Huish Park with our fans behind us, making that noise, then I feel sure that we can get that back. It will be very colourful and noisy. I've been telling the new lads, when this place has 8000 or 9000 in it then it feels a lot more because they are right on top of you. It is a game to look forward to and when it comes round everybody will be pleased with the effort everyone has put in. Me and the boys feel Monday can't come round quick enough. It will be all-action at Huish Park, and I'm really really looking forward to it."


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5 May 2013 : Replica Kit On Sale Tomorrow
Yeovil Town's main Club Store will be open around tomorrow's Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg match against Sheffield United to allow supporters to purchase from the usual range of club-branded stock. Included in the range will be the club's 2012-13 Season replica kit, which will be reduced by 20 percent against the standard prices, with both home and away shirts and shorts included in the offer.

Once again, we'd remind you that tomorrow you may find some unauthorised sales of merchandise taking place around the Huish Park area. Please do not buy from them. Head to the main Club Store, or find Paul Hadlow in the GWSC Programme Shop, or find Mark Kelly in the Beer Tent, and they will sell you some merchandise that will benefit the club's coffers.

Link: Merchandising For The League One Play-Offs.

Link: Paddy Madden T-Shirts.


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5 May 2013 : Sheffield United 1 Yeovil 0 : McFadzean Gives Blades An Edge
Sheffield United hold a single goal advantage at the halfway stage of the League One Play-Off Semi-Finals as a Callum McFadzean strike proved to be the only goal of the game at Bramall Lane. The 19 year old scored for his home town club with a deflected shot just 52 seconds into the second half of a match where both sides struggled to test both keepers on a bobbly pitch. The Glovers had their own moments where they could have netted, notably when Paddy Madden's header was cleared off the line by Neill Collins, but instead they will go into the Second Leg match at Huish Park knowing that they must score at least once to find a route through to Wembley.

The Glovers went into the match with the ability to restore their 'first choice' back four as all three of their injured defenders recovered from recent injuries. Jamie McAllister (ankle), Byron Webster (hamstring) and Dan Burn (ankle) were all able to start the match, with the trio of Dominic Blizzard, Vitalijs Maksimenko and Lewis Young dropping to the bench. Midfielder Matt Dolan was fit but was the 18th man, sitting in the stands for the match, whilst striker Reuben Reid did not travel with the squad, despite having returned from his loan spell with Plymouth Argyle.

The Blades enjoyed the best of the first half chances in a goalless first half. That it stayed without a goal was in part due to poor finishing from the home side. Dave Kitson got a free header from a Barry Robson cross, but put it wide of the post. Then a Robson free kick curled over the wall with Sheffield United supporters on the dugouts side of the ground jumping up in celebration as it beat Marek Stech, only to find it going just wide of his left hand post. Jamie Murphy blazed over the bar as he accepted a Chris Porter knockdown - the Blades were on top, but were not so good at hitting the target.

They did enjoy a couple of penalty appeals that were both turned own. Chris Porter got his back to goal after Marek Stech had got blocked off trying to punch the ball away, and as the loose ball bounced, Dan Burn put his hands on the Blades striker. His tumble to the floor was probably a little bit too 'easy' for referee Stuart Attwell's liking and he ignored their protests. Five minutes later, a Jamie McAllister challenge on Barry Robson inside the box was interpreted by Attwell as a fair challenge, as he flew into his opponent, winning the ball, but connecting his elbow into Robson's ribs - ultimately the winger had to be replaced after he went down for treatment twice from the injury. Teenager Callum McFadzean replaced him.

Yeovil's chances weren't too frequent. Their best of the half came after James Hayter knocked the ball down into the path of Kevin Dawson, with his shot flashing across the face of the goal but narrowly wide of the far post. But as the half closed in a serious of flying competitive tackles, including one from Jamie McAllister that landed him in the book, Dave Kitson headed wide again when he should have got it on target - a Darryl Westlake free kick seeing him get into far too much free space inside the box. Yeovil were competing well in the game, but in terms of actual chances the Blades were on top at the break.

A strong start was needed to start of the second period, but instead the Glovers found themselves behind inside 52 seconds of the restart. The Glovers lost the ball in midfield, and when it reached Jamie Murphy out on the left wing, he put a low cross into the box, finding substitute Callum McFadzean, who got in front of his marker, firing home a shot that deflected heavily off the boot of a Yeovil defender, and in off the left-hand post to give the Blades a 1-0 lead. Based on 45 minutes and 52 seconds of play, they probably deserved it even if the deflection provided a bit of luck to go with it.

The goal seemed to shake Yeovil into life, and having struggled to create good chances before that, they began to carve out some serious ones. Ed Upson's shot from the edge of the box was spilt by home keeper George Long, with a Blades defender having to hack the ball away to stop the rebound being mopped up. Then Upson's surging run through the centre saw the home defenders backing off him - he could have shot himself, but instead chose to thread wide to James Hayter. That looked like a good decision when the striker lifted the ball over Long and into the back of the net, but he had strayed about half a foot offside and the linesman's flag went up to disallow the goal.

Brilliant play by James Hayter then put the ball into the box for Paddy Madden to seize around the penalty spot area. Unfortunately for Madden, Sheffield United were triple-marking him - perhaps a sign of his reputation throughout the league, and they successfully crowded him out from getting a clean shot in. Sheffield United's forward play was much less potent during this second period, although goalscorer Callum McFadzean shot through a crowded penalty box almost doubled the lead - the follow-up from Matt Hill on the rebound was woeful as it headed towards the corner flag.

As the second half began to close, Paddy Madden finally got free of the shackles of his Blades markers. His header was goalbound, but was brilliantly headed over the bar by Neill Collins, who was on his own goal-line, protecting the beaten George Long. Then just as Sheffield United had their own first half penalty shouts, the Glovers had their own - Luke Ayling's cross into the box was clearly blocked by Callum McFadzean's raised arms, but referee Stuart Attwell was shying away from the big decisions all night, and chose to award a corner. Perhaps a less worthy shout was a later handling inside the box by Harry Maguire, shortly after the ball had ricocheted off his knee.

But the in-play pressure from the Glovers continued. Byron Webster had two of the remaining chances as George Long had to save a header from a corner. Then in injury time, Long produced his best save of the night, as Webster swiveled with his back to goal, hooking the ball towards goal only to see the Blades keeper's reaction superb as he flicked the ball away for a corner during second half injury time.

Based on the second half play, the Glovers could have easily snatched a draw, showing that they are still well in this tie, despite Sheffield United taking a single goal lead through to the second leg. The Blades looked a little shot-shy up front, whilst Yeovil seemed to have enough about them to suggest that sooner or later they will breach George Long's goal. With a packed Huish Park set to greet the Yorkshire side on Monday afternoon, this tie is still very firmly in the balance.

Final Score: Sheffield United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Callum McFadzean (46 mins, 1-0).

Sheffield United:
25. George Long
2. Darryl Westlake 5. Harry Maguire 15. Neill Collins 6. Matt Hill
23. Jamie Murphy 11. Kevin McDonald 8. Michael Doyle 19. Barry Robson
9. Chris Porter 14. Dave Kitson

Substitutes:
35. Danny Coyne 4. Danny Higginbotham 21. Jordan Chapell 24. Joe Ironside (74 mins for Dave Kitson) 26. Callum McFadzean (31 mins for Barry Robson) 27. Elliott Whitehouse (90 mins for Chris Porter) 33. Aaron Barry

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Dan Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Kevin Dawson 20. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 15. Lewis Young 29. Angelo Balanta (73 mins for James Hayter).

Sheffield United Bookings: Dave Kitson (38 mins, foul), Michael Doyle (60 mins, foul), Harry Maguire (90 mins, off the ball incident)

Yeovil Town Bookings: Jamie McAllister (43 mins, foul)

Sheffield United Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 2; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire). Assistants: Danny Gratton (Staffordshire) and Robert Merchant (Staffordshire). Fourth Official: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

Attendance: 15,262 (with 1,023 Yeovil Town supporters).


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5 May 2013 : Play-Off Semi-Final Rules And Income
Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off Second Leg match against Sheffield United will be played to a full conclusion on Monday at Huish Park. The 1.30p.m. kick-off will go into extra time if the Glovers secure a single goal victory during the second leg at the end of 90 minutes play. There is no away goals rule in this competition.

If the tie is still level at the end of 120 minutes, then it will be settled by both sides taking five penalty kicks each, followed by 'sudden death' single kicks until one side holds an advantage. Teams must ultimately cycle around all eleven players during the spot kicks, unless there has been a sending off, in which case the team with the man advantage can withdraw a player from their roster.

Monday's match is an ALL TICKET fixture. There will be no tickets on sale on the day of the game, so if you've not bought a ticket, please don't travel to the game. On Friday, the club confirmed that terrace tickets had sold out entirely. We've since received indications that all seating may have now gone, so short of the Ticket Office getting any late returns, we're not expecting any spaces to be left in the home ends. Thursday lunchtime sales from Bramall Lane indicated that they had sold just 800 of their 1,995 allocation, although they were continuing sales around the First Leg match and up until 10.30a.m. on Saturday morning. Our guess though is that Huish Park will be looking at around an 8,500 attendance on the day, unless the single goal advantage gained on Friday night caused Blades fans to make a run for their Ticket Office.

In terms of the financial side of the play-offs, the Glovers obviously stand to collect a decent windfall even if they don't get as far as Wembley. In terms of the revenue from the televised matches, Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has already confirmed that the Glovers will collect a total of £40,000 across the two semi-final legs.

When it comes to gate receipts though, it gets complicated. The gross gate receipts from each leg are calculated, but then the home club deducts all costs of running the match, which can include VAT, floodlighting, advertising, printing, postage, police charges, turnstile operators, stewards and first aid helpers. The visiting team is also entitled to claim for one night's hotel accommodation and travel costs up to a capped level determined by the price of a standard rail fare for that journey.

Once all that is deducted, 3% of the gate receipts are paid to the league as a competition levy. Then of the remaining amount, 50% is paid into the central league competition pool, then the other 50% is paid into a play-off pool for the four competing play-off sides. Once all four play-off matches have been played, the four clubs subdivide the play-off pool evenly, meaning that the attendances for the Swindon Town vs Brentford ties are just as relevant to the Glovers as the ties they are involved in. Of the other 50% that goes into the central pool, that is ultimately paid out to all member clubs as part of the general television and sponsorship payments.

Other sundry income from the fixture, such as food, drink, programme sales and game sponsorship is kept by the home club as part of their own income.


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4 May 2013 : Video : Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to have a second look at the condensed highlights of last night's League One Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, the Sky Sports website has been updated. You'll find five minutes of footage from the game available via the link below, for those who have UK internet providers.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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4 May 2013 : Bees And Robins Tie Ends All-Square
Swindon Town and Brentford will go into their League One Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg all-square after the two sides drew at the County Ground. Two second half goals provided the spark in a match that had seen the Robins largely dominate proceedings, but without being able to find the back of the net in front of 10,595 supporters.

With 20 minutes remaining though, Swindon thought they had a vital advantage when on loan Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Massimo Luongo's low curling strike caught Brentford keeper Simon Moore unsighted, with the ball creeping in just inside the post. But three minutes into injury time, Luongo went from hero to villain as he fouled Harry Forrester inside the box, to give Brentford a lifeline.

Seven days ago, Marcello Trotta hit the crossbar for Brentford in a spot kick he was not meant to be taking, costing the Bees automatic promotion. This time round, he was safely on the bench, and regular penalty taker Kevin O'Connor ensured that there were smiles from the 1,592 Bees fans during injury time instead of tears.

The second leg of that tie will be played at 4.30p.m. on Monday afternoon, staged at Griffin Park, with both sides doubtless confident that they can still win through to a Wembley final. Swindon edged the match overall, and could have even retaken the lead through former Glover Andy Williams with the last kick of the game, but Brentford will hope that home advantage will be on their side this time, having perhaps shifted a few of the ghosts from last weekend's nightmare with that late O'Connor penalty.


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4 May 2013 : Glovers Veterans Take To The Field Tomorrow
A reminder that a Yeovil Town Veterans side will be in action tomorrow as part of a charity match arranged against a Street All-Stars side. The match has been arranged to help the Clic Sargent charity which provides support for children with cancer.

Supporters can gain admission on the day of the match. Both squads feature former Yeovil Town players, and will be refereed by former Champions League Final and FA Cup Final Referee Paul Durkin. The two squads are expected to include the following players:

Yeovil Town Veterans (managed by Terry Cotton): Tony Pennock, Tony Pounder, Terry Skiverton, Darren Way, Nick Crittendon, Roy O’Brien, Marcus Stewart, Gerry Pearson, Steve Thompson, Warren Pattmore, Mickey Spencer, Neil Coates, Rob Cousins, Dean Birkby, Pete Copeland and Matt Fricker player manager Terry Cotton.

Street All Stars (managed by Dave Gudge): Andy Buse, Nick Flory, Rick McQueen, Paul Randle, Kevin Hill, Martin Underhay, Richard Nugent, Rex Buttle, Wayne Woollard, Dan Badman, John Tweed, Dan Milner, Dave Pearce.

The match takes place on Sunday 5th May, kick-off 5.00p.m. at the Tannery Ground, Middle Brooks, Street, Somerset, BA16 0TA. Tickets are £5.00 for Adults and £1.00 for Under-16s and obviously the money gained benefits a very worthy cause.

Yeovil Town Veterans - in action tomorrow at Street FC
Yeovil Town Veterans - in action tomorrow at Street FC.



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4 May 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Sheffield United
Officials for Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg against Sheffield United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Monday 6th May at Huish Park, with a 1.30p.m. kick-off and is an ALL TICKET match. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Philip Gibbs (West Midlands).

An Assistant Headteacher at a Secondary School in Birmingham, Mr Gibbs qualified as a referee in 1993 and was promoted to the National List in 2008. We last saw him in December 2012 where he took charge of our 4-1 win over Oldham Athletic. His major decision was to issue a red card to Latics substitute Robbie Simpson for a dangerous challenge on Marek Stech. Simpson had already made a similar challenge on Stech earlier in the half, and we felt that the referee could have helped himself if he'd had a word with the player after the first one. Oldham had a bit of a grumble about the decision, but in the end decided not to appeal.

In March 2012, he took charge of the home match against Hartlepool United. This was actually a booking-free game, which normally we'd give the thumbs up to, but we felt that led to some 'odd' decisions being made, where most referees would have brought out their cards. But on the plus side, a referee who didn't want to take centre-stage.

A similar story is to be told for the August 2010 League Cup match against Crystal Palace. Only one booking in this match, late on in the game, but in a match where there were two separate incidents of players squaring up to each other, he made the decision to just opt for a spot of finger wagging rather than a bit of Kettleism. He also declined the opportunity to award Dean Bowditch a penalty, which the then manager Terry Skiverton had a bit of a post-match grumble about, although without being too harsh on the official for it.

Prior to that, saw Mr Gibbs in January 2010 at Leyton Orient. It is only fair to point out that the 0-2 defeat at Brisbane Road was the product of a dismal lacklustre performance by the Glovers, rather than anything to do with the officiating of Mr Gibbs. In fact the most notable refereeing incident in the game was Nathan Smith picking up a booking without ever entering the field of play: stopping to rather too vigorously dispute the decision of an assistant referee in awarding a corner to the home side, whilst he was supposed to be having a limb stretching trot up and down the touchline.

The earliest case of Mr Gibbs refereeing a Glovers match was away at Griffin Park in the Football League Trophy First Round. We recall being rather unimpressed with his performance that night, even if he did award us a penalty which Gavin Tomlin converted. For completion purposes, Mr Gibbs was due to take charge of our April 2010 home clash against Southampton, but a late change of officials meant that Oliver Langford took over.

Mr Gibbs will be assisted by Marc Perry (West Midlands) and Edward Smart (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Oliver Langford (West Midlands).

Link: September 2008 : Brentford 2 Yeovil Town 2 (Brentford winning 4-2 on penalties).

Link: January 2010 : Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Crystal Palace 1.

Link: March 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 1.

Link: December 2012 : Yeovil Town 4 Oldham Athletic 1.


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4 May 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield United Away Game
Following last night's 1-0 defeat against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield United Away Game.


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4 May 2013 : Johnson Still Believes Glovers Can Blunt Blades
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that he was disappointed with the goal that they conceded in their Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg tie against Sheffield United, but believes his side still have got what it takes to win their way through across the two legs. A single goal from substitute Callum McFadzean scored just 52 seconds into the second period gave the Blades a narrow advantage in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

In a tight game played on a difficult pitch, both sides struggled to create good chances in open play, with most of the clear-cut efforts coming from set pieces. However, Jamie Murphy's left wing cross into the box was struck into the bottom left hand corner by McFadzean for his first senior goal for the Blades. Johnson told Sky Sports that he wasn't happy with how that goal came to arise:

"When it's two legs you're not out of it, that's for sure. I'm disappointed with how the goal came about and it probably wasn't a beautiful game. But we gave it a go after the break, showed a bit more bravery on the ball and had our chances. We played our better stuff after the goal and being one goal down at Huish Park with our fans behind us making that noise I'm sure we can get that back."

The Glovers had a couple of penalty appeals turned down during the night, with both of them coming from handballs inside the box. Luke Ayling had a cross into the box apparently blocked by an arm, whilst Harry Maguire's ricochet off his body and onto his arm also saw the Glovers bench jump up hoping that referee Stuart Attwell would make a decision. Johnson said he'd hoped that one of them would get given, but still regarded a one goal deficit going onto the home leg on Monday was a strong position to be in:

"We were a disappointed we didn't get at least one of the (penalty) appeals but it's not counted and we go into the second game one goal down which is a fantastic position to be in."


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4 May 2013 : Sheffield United 1 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Sheffield United hold a single goal advantage at the halfway stage of the League One Play-Off Semi-Finals as a Callum McFadzean strike proved to be the only goal of the game at Bramall Lane. The 19 year old scored for his home town club with a deflected shot just 52 seconds into the second half of a match where both sides struggled to test both keepers on a bobbly pitch. The Glovers had their own moments where they could have netted, notably when Paddy Madden's header was cleared off the line by Neill Collins, but instead they will go into the Second Leg match at Huish Park knowing that they must score at least once to find a route through to Wembley.

Final Score: Sheffield United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Callum McFadzean (46 mins, 1-0).

Sheffield United:
25. George Long
2. Darryl Westlake 5. Harry Maguire 15. Neill Collins 6. Matt Hill
23. Jamie Murphy 11. Kevin McDonald 8. Michael Doyle 19. Barry Robson
9. Chris Porter 14. Dave Kitson

Substitutes:
35. Danny Coyne 4. Danny Higginbotham 21. Jordan Chapell 24. Joe Ironside (74 mins for Dave Kitson) 26. Callum McFadzean (31 mins for Barry Robson) 27. Elliott Whitehouse (90 mins for Chris Porter) 33. Aaron Barry

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Dan Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Kevin Dawson 20. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 15. Lewis Young 29. Angelo Balanta (73 mins for James Hayter).

Sheffield United Bookings: Dave Kitson (38 mins, foul), Michael Doyle (60 mins, foul), Harry Maguire (90 mins, off the ball incident)

Yeovil Town Bookings: Jamie McAllister (43 mins, foul)

Sheffield United Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 2; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire). Assistants: Danny Gratton (Staffordshire) and Robert Merchant (Staffordshire). Fourth Official: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

Attendance: 15,262 (with 1,023 Yeovil Town supporters).


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3 May 2013 : Man Of The Match Voting For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this evening's Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

NOTE: In accordance with all televised matches, you are welcome to vote whether you were physically at Bramall Lane, or if you were watching the match on Sky Sports. Due to the Second Leg kicking off on Monday, voting will be open until Monday, 1.30p.m.

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


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3 May 2013 : Team News For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have heavily reshuffled their back four for tonight's Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg tie against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. The return of the previously injured Byron Webster (hamstring), Dan Burn (ankle) and Jamie McAllister (ankle) give a boost to the side and restore a more recognised defensive line-up than we've seen in recent week.

All displaced players drop to the bench, meaning that the line-up looks as follows tonight:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Dan Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
22. Kevin Dawson 20. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 15. Lewis Young 29. Angelo Balanta


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3 May 2013 : BBC Somerset Coverage Tonight
Yeovil Town supporters who can't get up to Bramall Lane tonight, or catch the game on Sky Sports will of course be able to tune into the regular BBC Somerset live commentary tonight. Broadcasting on 95.5FM, they will have Ed Hadwin and Chris Spittles providing the main commentary on the Play-Off First Leg tie against Sheffield United.

Coverage starts after the 7.00p.m. news, and as well as an interview with manager Gary Johnson, they'll also be having a look back in time, as they interview former midfielder Arron Davies about his role in the club's previous League One Play-Offs, as well as taking you through a montage of highlights around THAT match against Nottingham Forest from May 2007.

We'd also expect Ben McGrail to be warming up to tonight's match with a few features and interviews in his 'Drive' programme from 4.00p.m. so if you're in the Somerset area, tune in.


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3 May 2013 : Home Terrace Sold Out
Yeovil Town have confirmed today that the Home Terrace at Huish Park has sold out for the Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg match against Sheffield United. The match takes place on Monday 6th May with a 1.30p.m. kick-off and is an ALL TICKET match.

There are a limited number of seats still available in the AgustaWestland and Screwfix Community Stands but these are expected to be sold before the end of today. You are therefore advised to visit the Huish Park Ticket Office today if you are still after a ticket. Opening hours are:

Friday 3rd May : 9.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.
Saturday 4th May : 10.00a.m. - 2.00p.m.
Sunday 5th May : 10.00a.m. - 2.00p.m.

Regardless of whether those final few tickets for home ends of the ground have been snapped up, there will be no tickets available on the day of the game.


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3 May 2013 : Interview With Ed Upson
As part of the build-up to the League One Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg tie against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim McSweeney, Ed gives his feelings on qualifying for the play-offs and the prospects ahead. Head via the link below to read the interview.

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Sheffield United.


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3 May 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : What Are Our Chances In This Season's Play-Offs?
As a large number of you prepare to travel to Bramall Lane tonight, for the Semi-Final First Leg tie against Sheffield United, the big question is what our actual chances are of winning our way through. The latest Taff's Gloversblog picks apart the runners and riders in this season's quartet of hopefuls, including Yeovil Town, plus Brentford and Swindon Town, and how they are sitting going into a weekend's worth of high drama. Head via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : What Are Our Chances In This Season's Play-Offs?


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2 May 2013 : Yeovil Town Ladies Win A Second FA Respect Award
The Football Association have today announced that Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club have won the club National Respect Award for the Women's Pyramid for a second season. This is an immensely proud day for the club and all associated with it. To receive this massive honour from the national associated for the second year on the trot is superb recognition of a lot hard work from all at the club in the way it treats supporters, others teams and match officials, and its proactive approach in achieving this.

"To win one of these Awards once is a notable achievement, to win one twice is amazing and a real credit to everyone at YTLFC," Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman David Mills said this afternoon. "We work hard to challenge ourselves in the areas of Respect and Fair Play, so to get one of these awards is fantastic. Many people make achievements like this possible, but in terms of Respect and Fair Play, the efforts of our Welfare Officer, Rachael Edwards and the first team management trio of Sarah Lawler, Nigel Williams and Chris White are invaluable."

In the statement released today the Football Association said:

The FA is delighted to announce the winners of its 2012/2013 Respect and Fair Play Awards.

From a record number of 470 nominations across the national game, the 12 winners [two joint winners] across ten categories will be invited as guests of The FA to Wembley Stadium to collect their prizes at The FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic on May 11.

Category Winners:
National League System [Steps 1 to 4] - Northern Premier League
National League System [Steps 5 to 7] - The Northern League/Somerset County League [joint]
National League System [Club Steps 1 to 4] - Nantwich Town FC
Women’s Pyramid League - Midlands Women’s Combination League
Women’s Pyramid League – Club - Yeovil Town Ladies FC
Grassroots Adult League - Stockton Sunday Football League
Grassroots Youth League - Norfolk and Suffolk Youth League/Surrey Youth League [joint]
Grassroots Club - Hebburn Town Juniors FC
Bobby Moore Individual Award - Andy LoweBR>County FA Respect Award - Manchester FA

2013 is a particularly special year for The FA as it celebrates its 150th anniversary. Amongst the many different ways in which The FA will be highlighting the breadth of football activity it supports, all the match officials at this year’s FA Cup Final will proudly wear the organisation’s gold commemorative FA150 crest on their shirts.

FA Chairman David Bernstein will present the 2012/13 winners with their Respect and Fair Play Awards as part of a special celebratory event before kick-off. He said:

"In the 150th anniversary year of The Football Association, it is more important than ever that we highlight those individuals, clubs and leagues which ensure football continues to be a force for good. It is a fitting tribute that we honour these unsung heroes on the same day that the final of world’s oldest, most famous domestic knock-out competition is contested."

Dermot Collins, The FA’s Respect Programme Manager, said:

"This year marks the fifth anniversary of The FA’s Respect programme and whilst it is still a relatively new initiative compared to the history of the organization as a whole, its impact is already being felt the length and breadth of the country. This year, we had an incredible 470 nominations many of whom were worthy of recognition for creating a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which our beautiful game can thrive. Young people who have grown up with Respect since its inception back in 2008 will consider the programme part of their everyday experience of football which makes all the hard work worthwhile."

Continuing, the Football Association said of Yeovil Town Ladies award:

Women's Football Pyramid Club Award : Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club
"Yeovil Town Ladies won this award in 2012 and have continued to set standards in Women’s football. The club have adopted a very business-like approach to their promotion of Respect . For instance they have introduced the use of a ‘Visitor’s Respect and Customer Care form for their opponents to complete after each home game. This asks visiting teams to score the club on matters such as ‘How did you rate our hospitality for your fans?’ and ‘How well did our players adhere to the Respect Code of Conduct? To date the club have averaged 4.5 out of 5 and achieved maximum marks for 75% of fixtures. Yeovil have strengthened the ‘Club Fans Bill of Rights’ and responded to the challenges and opportunities presented by Social Media by the implementation of a policy which promotes – even in the face of provocation – the responsible and respectful use of Twitter and Facebook."

Club chairman David Mills and joint first team manager Sarah Lawler will attend the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11 May 2013, where they will personally be presented the award.

[Ali King - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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2 May 2013 : Capital Glovers Meet-Up For Play-Off First Leg
London and South-East based Yeovil Town supporters who can't get up to Bramall Lane for the League One Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg tie against Sheffield United may be interested to know that some of the Capital Glovers are meeting up for the evening. They will be found at the Stapleton Tavern which is situated two minutes from Crouch Hill railway station.

This is on the Gospel Oak to Barking line as part of the London Overground railway network. Finsbury Park railway station and Archway tube stations are roughly 15 minutes walk away. The address is as follows:

Address: Stapleton Tavern, 2–4 Crouch Hill, London, N4 4AU.

The pub also has a fairly minimal website which can be visited here. All supporters are welcome to join them, even if you just happened to be visiting London for the weekend.


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2 May 2013 : Huish Park Ticket Office Weekend Opening Hours
The Huish Park Ticket Office has provided it's opening hours over the Bank Holiday Weekend around both League One Play-Off Semi-Final legs against Sheffield United. They will be open as follows:

Friday 3rd May : 9.00a.m. - 6.00p.m.
Saturday 4th May : 10.00a.m. - 2.00p.m.
Sunday 5th May : 10.00a.m. - 2.00p.m.

The Office will be open for the collection of tickets for anyone who wants to avoid any of the queues that are likely to develop for the Monday 1.30p.m. Second Leg kick-off. Monday's second leg is ALL TICKET and no tickets will be available on the day of the match.

The Ticket Office will also sell any remaining tickets for the Play-Off Second Leg match up until Sunday, although our understanding is that tickets are extremely limited, so call the Ticket Office or check this site or the club's website for any breaking information concerning availability if you're travelling any distance.


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2 May 2013 : Sheffield United Away Leg Tickets Update
Yeovil Town supporters who may want to make a late decision on travelling to Bramall Lane for Friday night's League One Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg tie against Sheffield United can purchase tickets on the day of the game.

Glovers fans must go to the Sheffield United Promotions Department to purchase their ticket, from 6.30p.m. They will accept CASH ONLY. From when we visited the club in January, this should be situated on the Cherry Street side of the ground, although built into the South Stand by their main club car park.

Tomorrow night's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. We're expecting around 1,000 Yeovil Town supporters to be in the Bramall Lane End Lower Tier.


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2 May 2013 : Glovers Labelled Play-Off Outsiders By Bookies
Whilst Sheffield United manager Chris Morgan tries to kid the world that his club have low expectations in this season's League One play-offs, the bookmakers disagree. They have placed Yeovil Town as rank outsiders of the quartet of sides who are competing in this season's final set of matches, with Brentford and Sheffield United the two teams most heavily backed, although Swindon Town are only a whisker behind them.

Looking at a wide range of bookmakers, Brentford have the narrowest odds - you can get 5/2 on them winning from five bookies as a best price. Sheffield United and Swindon Town are generally marked at 11/4 to win promotion to the Championship, although the small variations between bookmakers has the Blades fancied slightly more in certain cases. Meanwhile you can get odds of 4/1 currently from Sporting Bet against Yeovil Town playing second tier football next season.

As for Friday night's match at Bramall Lane, best prices are on Sheffield United winning the first leg at 11/10 odds. The draw is rated at 5/2 - you've got to look at odds of 3/1 on Bet 365 to find the best Yeovil Town odds.

As far as first goalscorer odds are concerned, Bet Victor are offering most of the widest odds for you to choose from. However, they still rate Sheffield United players as the most likely players to score the opening goal, with Dave Kitson (5-1), Chris Porter (13/2), Jamie Murphy (13/2), Jonathan Forte (7/1), Richard Cresswell (7/1) and Joe Ironside (8/1) giving tighter odds than all bar one Yeovil Town player.

Inevitably the one exception to the rule is Paddy Madden who is rated at 6/1 to get the opener. However, just to show that quite often the bookies don't know what they're talking about, five of them give odds of 8/1 on Melchi Emmanuel-Williamson to get the opening goal. Yes, that's the Under-18s striker, who got his first bench place for the club against Bury on the final day of the season, but has yet to play a single minute of first team football. Melchi is rated more highly than James Hayter (9/1), Angelo Balanta (12/1), Sam Foley (14/1), Lewis Young (16/1), Ed Upson, Matthew Dolan and Nathan Ralph (20/1). Fancy a real outsider? Well, Luke Ayling is 50/1 to score his first ever Yeovil Town goal as the opener, with Jamie McAllister's free kicks similarly unfancied at the same price.


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2 May 2013 : Blades Boss Tries To Play Down Play-Off Chances
Sheffield United Caretaker Manager Chris Morgan claims his side go into tomorrow night's League One Play-Off Semi-Final against Yeovil Town as one of the underdogs, despite them being by far the biggest club of the quartet battling for promotion. Whilst the Blades averaged gates of 18,177 this season, that's compared with Yeovil's 4,070 average, giving an idea of the gulf between both clubs finances. The Blades also dwarf Swindon Town (average 8,528) and Brentford (average 6,303) in terms of supporter base.

Despite all that, and an expectation at Bramall Lane that led to the Blades sacking Danny Wilson whilst the club were still in a play-off position, Morgan tells BBC Radio Sheffield that his side's 5th placed finish in the League One table means that there will be less pressure on his players than there was last season when they narrowly missed out on automatic promotion:

"I think there will be lower expectations this year. Maybe that's good that we're not the team finishing third. I don't think many people would have us down as favourites. We've come into the play-offs on the back of two or three results where we've not been on top of our game, but everything changes now. It's a new team this year with a different way of looking at things. Nothing is ever the same and it's all down to how we approach these games. It would be a massive achievement if we got promoted."

Morgan is right that his team are not in great form going into tomorrow night's game. Since firing his predecessor, Sheffield United have managed one win, two draws and two defeats, and have failed to score in their last three matches - the only success came against Swindon Town in his opening match as Caretaker boss. He also has concerns over striker Jonathan Forte's fitness, with the Southampton player having only returned to training today. Defender Danny Higginbotham (hamstring) has also only just returned to the squad, although Tony McMahon (Achilles) is definitely out.

With Glovers boss Gary Johnson having also claimed that his side are the underdog for this tie, it does appear that both managers are trying to dampen expectations ahead of the match - we suspect that will be harder to achieve at the Yorkshire end, given the rather clear message that was sent out by Wilson's sacking last month.

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


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2 May 2013 : Deadline For Sheffield United Away Tickets
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to purchase away tickets for the Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, should aim to do so by the end today. The Huish Park Ticket Office will only be handling Away Leg tickets until 5.00p.m. today. At that point, sales will stop for tomorrow's match, from a Huish Park point of view.

At present we've been given no firm indication of whether sales will be allowed at Bramall Lane or not. Hence we'd suggest you plan for them to be only available today. If that situation changes, we'll post details later. You are advised to visit the Huish Park Ticket Office in person, however if you can't get there then phone them on 01935-847888, pay for them over the phone, and they'll make arrangements for you to pick them up at the Sheffield end. We're currently expecting around 1,000 Yeovil Town supporters to be in the Bramall Lane away end for tomorrow night's fixture.

Meanwhile, regarding arrangements for Monday's Home Leg tie at Huish Park, there are still a "limited" number of tickets available for this match from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Most of these are understood to be on the Home Terrace part of the ground - if you haven't purchased a ticket for that match then it's time to get your skates on. The Ticket Office will be open until 6.00p.m. tonight.


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2 May 2013 : Gary Previews The Sheffield United Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League One Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg tie against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim McSweeney, Gary talks about his and the players contracts, their plans for training at St George's Park, and how to cope with the pressure of the play-offs. Head via the link below to read the interview.

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


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1 May 2013 : BBC National Radio Commentary
We'd expect those of you who can't make either of this weekend's League One Play-Off Semi-Final matches to be firmly tuned into either Sky Sports or BBC Somerset to find out what's going on in the games. However, wih the two-legged tie against Sheffield United having a much higher profile, it's worth noting that BBC digital radio station BBC 5live Sports Extra will be covering both games live.

As well as broadcasting over the internet, they also operate via a number of Digital Radio options. We suspect that the internet option will probably be restricted, due to licencing/rights issues, but the other options should work, which are:

DAB: 12B ; Freeview: 706 ; Freesat: 706 ; Sky (UK only): 0144 ; Virgin Media: 908 ; TalkTalk TV: 607 ; UPC Ireland: 928

Their coverage for the First Leg on Friday at Bramall Lane is due to start at 7.45p.m. for a two hour duration. Meanwhile on Monday, they'll be commencing coverage at 1.25p.m. for the Second Leg tie at Huish Park, which kicks off five minutes later.

Obviously if you're in the BBC Somerset local area, tune into 95.5FM, where they'll be providing a lot more pre and post-match input to the games than BBC 5 Live will be able to.


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1 May 2013 : Gary Johnson Talks About His Second Spell As Manager
The rule of thumb 'never go back' is one that's often quoted in football. Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is doing his best to buck that trend in his second spell at Huish Park, and recently passed through 300 matches as the First Team Manager at the club. With the League One Play-Off Semi-Finals coming up, BBC Sport journalist Caroline Chapman caught up with Gary last week, and talked to him about 'the second coming'. They've included the audio clip on the BBC Sport website, whilst you can read what Gary had to say about it all by heading via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To BBC Sport About His Second Spell As Manager.


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1 May 2013 : Beer Tent Shut For Blades Fans On Monday
We don't suppose this will come as too much of a surprise to supporters of both clubs, but the Hospitality Marquee (aka the Beer Tent) at Huish Park, will be open to Home Fans only on Monday. The visit of Sheffield United for the League One Play-Off Second Leg game on Monday 6th May will bring a capacity (or close to it) crowd for the 1.30p.m. kick-off, and thus the Beer Tent is likely to be extremely busy.

Blades fans should therefore note that this means that there will be no alcohol available at Huish Park to visiting supporters on the day of the game. Fans wanting a pre-match or post-match pint can consult the guide below. Note that The Bell on Preston Road is currently closed due to a fire.

Link: Directions To Huish Park And Pub Guide.


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1 May 2013 : Reid Still Hoping To Make Glovers Impact
Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid has said that he is still hoping to play a part in his club's season, despite not having featured since January 1st. The 24 year old has been on loan at League Two side Plymouth Argyle over the past three months, where they have been battling against trying to stay in the Football League. Reid has played a strong part in that, making 18 appearances for the Pilgrims and scoring two goals.

Because Argyle's season is now over, Reid has returned to Huish Park, and was involved in training sessions at the start of this week, and as such is available for selection, despite disappearing heavily down the pecking order once the partnership of Paddy Madden and James Hayter began to blossom. He has told the Plymouth Herald that he still has hopes of being involved with the Glovers, and admits it could be great if he could play a part in influencing the fortunes of two clubs this season:

"My season is not quite finished yet. I have got a semi-final to look forward to and, if we are lucky enough, a Wembley final. I will see how that goes. That would make it a crazy season for me – surviving relegation (with Argyle) and, hopefully, trying to get promoted into the Championship with my parent club. There is a great team spirit at Yeovil. There are some honest lads and they all fight for each other. They have done really well, but I have been a Plymouth Argyle player for the last three months and that was my main focus."


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