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31 May 2014 : McDermott Leaves Elland Road
Former Yeovil Town player Brian McDermott has left Leeds United after he agreed to part company 'by mutual consent'. In truth, this is more of a case of the former Arsenal player being pushed than him offering to leave. With Leeds under the relatively new ownership of Italian businessman Massimo Cellino the relationship between the pair has been an incredibly fraught one, with McDermott briefly being fired from the club, until it was agreed that Cellino - who at that time had not fully purchased the Elland Road club, was not in a legal position to do so, leading to Leeds' owners at the time asking him to return.

With Cellino now in full control of the club, this time it really is farewell, although both parties have made the decision to part on more friendly terms. Leeds are currently going through a bit of a crisis off the field, with the club at war with former managing director David Haigh. He has served the Yorkshire side with a winding up order for £950,000 that will be heard on June 9th against money he is owed from his time at the club. That has resulted in Leeds' bank accounts being frozen, and consequently they are unable to pay their players. As an added twist, Haigh is in jail in Dubai after Leeds' former owners reported him for alleged financial irregularities - charges he denies. As a result of the chaos, players and backroom staff have not been paid this month's wages, although Leeds insist that this will be possible as soon as the winding up petition is resolved.

Amidst this background and other associated issues - Leeds players had to defer 50 percent of their wages in March after Cellino's takeover was delayed - the new owner has conceded that McDermott was dealing with a very difficult situation:

"Brian is a great manager and a great guy. He has been unfortunate to work in such difficult circumstances. I did not fully understand the mess he had to work in, and the broken promises he had to deal with, until I have got involved trying to turn Leeds around. He has been a gentleman to deal with in our discussions and has been very understanding of my wish to implement a new structure. His main concern and priority at all times has been the welfare and protection of Leeds United. I wish him well for the future where I am sure he will continue to have more success and thank him for his efforts in being a stabilising and unifying figure behind the scenes in very difficult circumstances."

The 'new structure' that Cellino refers to is a more of a European style 'Head Coach' environment, with Leeds having already brought in Benito Carbone as their development squad manager and a technical consultant. McDermott said in a statement he respected that change in direction at the club:

"It has been my great privilege to manage this great club and I have enjoyed the challenge immensely. However it is clear that Massimo wishes to implement a new structure and feels he will work more successfully for Leeds with a coach rather than a manager. I respect that Massimo must be fully supported in putting together his vision for the club so he can bring us the success we all want. To my players for their efforts I say a big thank-you. To all the staff and especially my great assistant manager Nigel Gibbs and my great friend Patrick Dolan I am especially grateful for their support."


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30 May 2014 : Grant Picks Up Second International Cap
Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant picked up his second full international cap tonight, as he played his second match for Jamaica in five days. Having played against Serbia at the Red Bull Arena, New Jersey last Sunday, today he was at the Swissporarena in Lucerne, Switzerland, where the home side were preparing for their participation in the 2014 World Cup.

In a game in which Grant played a full 90 minutes, Jamaica lost 1-0 with Bayer Leverkusen striker Josip Drmic firing the winner in the 84th minute, having come on as a half time substitute to liven up what had been a game of few chances.

The Jamaican national squad have been staying at the Grand Hotel in National Luzern, which is situated close to the Vierwalstaettersee - a local lake situated around an hour from Zurich. Their national team travelled in two separate groups, with Joel travelling with the Reggae Boyz other England-based players, with Wes Morgan, Adrian Mariappa, Lloyd Doyley, Christopher Humphrey and Simon Dawkins in his party, whilst the others headed to Switzerland half a day earlier, to allow them a training session at Allmend Luzern to stretch their legs.

Final Score: Switzerland 1 Jamaica 0.

Scorers: Josip Drmic (84 mins, 1-0).

Jamaica: 1. Andre Blake 3. Lloyd Doyley 19. Adrian Mariappa 12. Demar Phillips 4. Wes Morgan 20. Kemar Lawrence 15. Joel Grant 17. Rudolph Austin 18. Simon Dawkins 10. Darren Mattocks 9. Michael Seaton

Substitutes: 16. Chris Humphrey (54 mins for Darren Mattocks), 6. Nicholas Beckett (78 mins for Demar Phillips), 5. Keithy Simpson (90 mins for Simon Dawkins) 11. Romario Campbell (74 mins for Michael Seaton), 13. Dwayne Miller, 8. Hughan Gray, 23. Jacomen Barrett, 14. John Edwards 2. Upston Edwards, 7. Nicholay Finlayson.


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30 May 2014 : Rachael Edwards Talks About The FA WSL2 Halfway Stage
On Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies played the final match of their summer season before the league takes a month's break across the month of June. Taking in League leaders Doncaster Belles, the Ladies narrowly lost the match at the Jones Stadium by a 2-1 scoreline. The day after the match, captain Rachael Edwards spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner about the game, and where the Ladies stand at the halfway stage of their first season at FA WSL2 level. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Rachael Edwards Speaks To The BBC About The Ladies Match vs Doncaster.


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30 May 2014 : Millers Become Latest Club To Be Linked With Byron
Outgoing Yeovil Town centre-back Byron Webster is being linked with yet another club. The 27 year old has been claimed to be in talks with numerous sides over the summer since turning down a contract to stay at Huish Park. The latest club are Championship newcomers Rotherham United who were promoted on Sunday via the League One play-offs. The Yorkshire Post is the latest paper to connect him with a move to one of their local sides, also naming Leeds United, who have been on the rumourmill for a month or so now.

Previous links with Byron have been with Scunthorpe United (Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph), Millwall (Southwark News), Ipswich Town and Leeds United (both Western Gazette). In all cases, no quotes or sources have been named, although the Yorkshire Post claim that in linking him with Rotherham and Leeds they are using "sources close to the player".

Byron made 98 appearances for Yeovil Town across two years, scoring nine goals in the process, and acting as the club's vice-captain during his second season. If a move to Elland Road did materialise, then it would create a round journey for a player who was born in Sherburn-in-Elmet near Selby, North Yorkshire. Byron was released by Leeds as a fifteen year old having spent three years at their academy, moving on to complete his youth development with York City instead.


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29 May 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Store Wars Episode 2
Next Wednesday sees Yeovil Town return to South Somerset District Council in the hope of persuading them that their Food Store plans should be approved. Ahead of that meeting, a number of new documents have been published, and the latest Taff's Gloversblog considers what difference that may make from both SSDC's point of view and also the way supporters may see it. Head via the link below, and as usual add your own views to the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Store Wars Episode 2.


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28 May 2014 : New Stadium Development List Published For Food Store Plans
Yeovil Town have published another list describing what the money from their Food Store application would be spent on if it ultimately did reach fruition. Throughout the three years and two months these plans have been running, there have been a significant number of 'lists' or 'plans' as to what the club would do with the money that would be raised from the sale of six acres of land to the north of the Huish Park stadium, in return for allowing a retail development to take place on that land, which currently houses two of the club's training pitches.

Back in March 2011 the original plan was for a 3,500 capacity stand to be built at the current away end of the ground. In March 2012 a smaller 2,500 capacity stand was mentioned, with a £4,000,000 guaranteed bond tied to the application. In March 2014 that bond was off the table - in its place was a Three Year Strategic Plan and a £2.1 million offer to SSDC to sign over the responsibility for replacing the training pitches and public open space land. The same month saw a parallel list published in a Questions and Answers document (see questions 9 and 14).

The latest list has been published following South Somerset District Council's request for the club to address the need for them to quantify exactly what benefits would be provided if they were to waive some of the other concerns raised regarding the planning application. The list has been produced by David Bell of LGPS Resources, who describes himself as a Stadium Development Advisor for Yeovil Town Football Club. The compiled list has been handed over to SSDC ahead of next month's planning meeting and says the club will spend the profits from the Food Store on the following (quoted unedited from the document, with our comments in italics/brackets):

a) Cost of development specialists advice in the application process
b) Provision of off-site open space or contribution (i.e. the replacement training pitches and public open space)
c) Development and improvement of open space on site
d) Highway improvement contributions
e) Possible new match day junction to improve traffic flow and minimise delays
f) Roof over existing uncovered stand (i.e. the existing Copse Road terrace would be covered)
g) Possibility to change "Home" and "Away" ends as a result of spectator facility improvements and improved Away Coach disembarking, turning, lay-over parking and embarking
h) Match day traffic management planning and implementation to assist in reducing delays and reduce the impact on local residential areas
i) New administrative centre and ticketing facilities
j) New Home and Away first team dressing rooms
k) Community pitch use and changing facilities
l) Replacement equipment storage
m) New conference and refreshment facilities with a view to increased accessibility and community use

The above list doesn't put any boundaries against them, such as timescales or sizing, indicating that actual decisions on what will be provided will be made further down the line, describing the above list as 'examples' of what might be done. Most significantly, the document describes the centrepiece development as a "roof over existing covered stand" rather than the provision of new facilities that was referred to in March 2011.

As reported earlier today, this document is part of a wider submission of revised information that has been provided to SSDC, as part of next Wednesday's Area South Planning Committee that will hear the application for a second time at SSDC's Brympton Way offices.


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28 May 2014 : Duffy Hoping To Impress Toffees Boss During Pre-Season
Former Yeovil Town centre-back Shane Duffy is hoping that his performances during the 2014-15 pre-season period will enable him the chance to break back into Everton's first team plans. The 22 year old has ten first team appearances to his name with five of those coming in the Premier League. However he last featured in the Toffees first team in February 2013 whilst his last significant top flight appearance came in January 2012, with the other two Premier League appearances since then coming as ultra-late substitutions.

Duffy is hoping that his 39 game loan spell at Huish Park has put him back into the spotlight a little more, and with a year left on his current Everton contract this is likely to be a big year for him. Speaking to the Irish Post he reveals that he has spoken to manager Roberto Martinez, who has told him that he plans to involve him in Everton's pre-season schedule:

"Roberto told me that pre-season was my chance to shine and heís said to me that if I am where he thinks I am Ė from what heís seen of me this season Ė then Iím going to be involved. And if Iím not, weíll see at the end of pre-season what weíre going to do. Itís a big summer for me, itís up to me."

Duffy is in the middle of a four match international call-up for the Republic of Ireland, and was an unused substitute for his country in Sunday's match against Turkey. Ireland travel to London this weekend where they will take on Italy on May 31st at Craven Cottage, Fulham. The Derry-born player has said that boss Martin O'Neill had been watching his progress at Yeovil, but that he hasn't given him any firm promises on when he'll blood Duffy at senior level:

"Heís told me to enjoy it, that heíd been to watch me (at Yeovil) and Iíd done some good stuff and some bad stuff. He hasnít promised me anything, so hopefully Iíll do alright."

Duffy hopes that mixing with Everton and Republic of Ireland right-back Seamus Coleman at both club and country level will rub off on him, and help him with his own game. With Coleman three years older than Duffy, the younger player says that the right-back is an inspiration for him, in terms of where he wants to get to in the future:

"Seeing Seamus progress is brilliant for me because heís such a hard worker and itís a reward for how he lives. And heís very good to me, he says, ĎIf I can do it, you can do ití so weíll see what happens."


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28 May 2014 : Football League Propose B Team Introduction For JPT
The Football League are reported to be putting forward their own plans to act as a supposed counteract to the Football Association's 'B Team' proposals. Earlier this month, the FA England Commission report put forward plans for a new Football League division that would allow Premier League Reserve Teams to be merged into the pyramid structure as a fifth tier division, with them able to gain promotion and relegation up as far as the current League One division.

Those proposals have gone down like a lead balloon, with supporters groups outside the Premier League pretty much united in their opposition to the proposals, whilst a number of clubs such as Portsmouth and Peterborough United have put out formal statements declaring their positions. The Football League appeared to take a worryingly moderate stance on the proposals, with Chairman Greg Clarke also sitting on the England Commission committee that produced the controversial report.

The Daily Telegraph indicates that the Football League are putting forward plans for 'B Teams' to be incorporated into a revamped Football League Trophy competition, with plans to invite 16 B Teams from clubs with EPPP Category One academies to join the current 48 League One and League Two clubs in an extended competition format.

The objective would be to form a Group Stage of the competition, currently sponsored as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. There would be sixteen groups of four clubs, with each group having a B Team included. Teams would play each other once on a pre-drawn home/away basis, with any matches involving the B Team that see them drawn as the 'home' team played at the Premier League club's main stadium. The winners of the group would follow through to the final sixteen of the competition. This would guarantee each team at least three matches in the competition.

Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has confirmed that the general topic of 'B Teams' and the England Commission report will be on the agenda for the Football League AGM, which is due to take place next week:

"At their summer meeting, clubs will discuss the Football Leagueís contribution to the England team and how we can enhance our already extensive contribution to the development of young players. While the session was planned well before the findings of the FA chairmanís England Commission were made public, it does now give clubs the opportunity to have their say on these matters. It remains our view that while the objectives of the commission are laudable, the burden it places on our clubs should not be disproportionate or unreasonable. With this in mind, clubs will consider the merits or otherwise of inviting a number of B teams to participate in the Johnstoneís Paint Trophy as a means for improving elite player development while also improving the finances of League One and League Two clubs."

The League are proposing a number of caveats to the above plans. They want all gate receipts from matches played on the Premier League grounds put into a central pool for later distribution to the 48 Football League clubs. In addition they would ask the FA to underwrite any shortfall in gate receipts on the Wembley Stadium final, if it is poorly attended due to changes in the competition - this would be measured against the average Wembley attendance over the last ten years.

The current plans are for this to be trialled over a two year period. The obvious questions to answer are how the sixteen 'B Teams' would be allocated to the individual groups - current JPT early round draws are performed on a heavily geographic basis, meaning that a team like Yeovil Town might permanently find themselves paired with Southampton as an annual event. Given the strength of the Saints academy system, that could easily result in teams in that geographical group permanently blocked off from progressing past the group stages. For League One and League Two sides, this represents one of their main chances of reaching Wembley. If the JPT Final becomes Arsenal B vs Chelsea B due to the strength of those academies, then that door becomes closed, and the opportunity of a big Wembley pay day is lost.


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28 May 2014 : Food Store Plans Recommended For Refusal Again
Since the April 2nd meeting at South Somerset District Council, Yeovil Town's Food Store application has disappeared off the radar, as far as the public eye is concerned, despite the club's need to heavily rework their application to react to a two month deferral. The application is due to be heard again in seven days time at Brympton Way where they will need to persuade Councillors that they have resolved four major reasons for refusal that were given in the Case Officer Report issued in March 2014.

Ahead of the June 4th meeting that will assess the club's application again, SSDC have produced a second Case Officer Report, based on updates they have received concerning the application. They indicate that SSDC have met with the club on six separate occasions during the last six weeks, with each meeting lasting typically two hours. Additional attendees at the meeting have included the Highway Authority, the Football Association and the Somerset County Football Association. The purpose of these meetings has been to highlight to the club the areas of the planning application that SSDC believe to be deficient, and what steps would need to be taken to overcome that. However, SSDC note that it has been difficult to turn around the application during that time:

"The ability to turn what is a very deficient application into an acceptable one within the 6 weeks given by members has proved to be a challenge too great. However, the applicant has submitted some information with respect to each of the suggested reasons for refusal following those discussions. Full consultation on the revised information has not been possible (given the short timescales) in order to reflect those comments in full."

Taking each of the four April 2014 rejection reasons in turn, the new Case Officer report considers the following:

1. The Sequential Test: The planning report describes this as the most key item on the list, in that if the answer is 'no' to this question, then even discussing the other three rejection reasons becomes irrelevant - the logic is that if the site itself is unsuitable, then there's no point in worrying about traffic volumes. It is therefore crucial that the club overcome this hurdle. To this ends, the club's planning agent has produced a new 283 page report concerning the Sequential Test - albeit that only the first 29 pages consider the application - the rest cites previous planning applications and case studies.

Back in April's meeting, CDS International owner Chris Dawson claimed that Asda were looking to move from Preston Road to Huish Park - something that would have substantially changed the application, and was one of the main reasons for allowing the deferral. However, after Asda denied any interest, the club were forced to belatedly distance themselves from Dawson's words. SSDC note that at one of the recent meetings with the club that "it was conceded that although there may be tacit interest from ASDA Stores Ltd they would not put anything in writing that could therefore be relied upon" - Councillors have therefore been instructed to not consider this as part of the application.

The club's additional report considers whether any of the Box Factory/Stars Lane site, the Cattle Market or Vincent's Yard could support a similar-sized supermarket. The latter is particularly crucial, given that Quedam Centre owners Benson Elliot are proposing their own development as part of expansion plans for the town's main shopping area, with a supermarket built on the Vincent's site. However, they have yet to submit their own application. Thus the planning agent MWA attempts to transplant their Huish Park application into the this site, and concludes this is not possible. However, the Case Officer believes there has not been 'sufficient flexibility' done in terms of the analysis of this site and warns that if the Huish Park site has planning permission granted, it could damage the town centre proposals, saying "any permission granted for an out of town store would have a significant adverse impact on operator demand and investor confidence in the town centre and put at risk the planned extension to the shopping centre." In turn they have received two letters of objection from Benson Elliot citing their own plans for the Quedam and where they disagree with the club's assessment.

2. Loss of Playing Fields/Public Open Space: Just before the SSDC meeting in April (and too late to be included on the Agenda), Yeovil Town submitted an offer of £2.1 million to SSDC to pass over the responsibility for replacing the six acres of land that the Food Store is to be built on to the Council. Verbally as part of the meeting, and in writing ten days later, national Government body Sport England indicated that they were opposed to this, due to the lack of a guarantee of replacement facilities.

Since then, SSDC/Sport England and MWA/YTFC have had a difference of opinion over how the policy of replacing sports pitches should be interpreted. This is a case of semantics surrounding the usage of words like 'should' within the National Policy Framework, and the claim that where such a word is used that it falls short of the use of a word like 'must' in such a document. The club therefore believe there is 'flexibility' over whether the replacement facilities should be provided or not - Sport England and SSDC say otherwise. MWA have also argued that the actual pitch areas and the grassed area surrounding them should be assessed separately, with only an obligation to replace the actual pitch - again Sport England object to this. The club have also claimed that they have a replacement site which may be secured shortly but because this is not yet on the table SSDC suggest that "the situation appears unchanged from that presented to members in April."

The Case Officer says that Councillors have three possible options: (i) Refer the application to the National Planning Casework Unit (subject to all other planning matters being resolved) or (ii) defer the application again to wait for the replacement land to be secured and for planning permission to be granted for sports pitches and public open space or (iii) to reject on the basis that the situation is still unresolved. The latter is the Case Officer's recommendation.

3. Traffic Problems: Again, MWA submitted revised information in the form of a letter to SSDC just prior to the April 2014 hearing, however they indicate that there has been further communication dated May 13th 2014. Here the County Highways department in Taunton still believe there are gaps between what the club are proposing, and other work being undertaken such as the nearby Thorne Lane housing development. Mismatches include MWA proposing a roundabout at the junction with Copse Road/Western Avenue when the Highway Authority proposed a junction with traffic lights. They also express concern that MWA have failed to carry out analysis of the Western Avenue/Thorne Lane junction, suggesting it is not required due to the Thorne Lane development. There is also no analysis of the effect the Store will have on matchday parking and congestion.

As a result, the Case Officer feels that gaps still remain in the application. They recommend some changes to the wording of the 'refusal' (as described further below).

4. Enabling Development of the Huish Park Stadium: When the idea of a Food Store (then a Retail Park) was first made public by Yeovil Town, they indicated that a 3,500 capacity stand would be built with the proceeds of the land sale. During the time that has passed, this has been a moving target as to how committed the club are to this. The last position was detailed as part of a Three Year Strategic Plan which was published to SSDC as a 'special circumstances support document' in February 2014. The concept was that SSDC should support the club's Food Store application because of what was included in the three year plan, however due to a lack of commitment to subsequent developments, SSDC criticised it in April saying it was 'unclear, unsubstantiated and lacks transparency'.

Since then, the Case Officer indicates that the club have submitted another document but they describe it as "a long wish-list [which] tells us nothing new with regards to the finances or provides any surety that the funds generated will go towards the infrastructure projects listed. If detailed costs are not going to be known until the tendering process then that's understandable, but approximate figures must be known. If members are going to overturn substantial reasons for refusal it should be on the basis of a clear and identified benefit to the club that can be delivered in the public interest." They therefore indicate that this reason for refusal continues to be outstanding.

Conclusion: In summary, the Case Officer Report recommends that the application be turned down for much the same reasons outlined in April. In closing they warn that "from a common sense perspective it is strongly felt this site is not suitable for a retail food store" suggesting that the club may be heading down a cul-de-sac on these proposals.

The report recommends that the reasons for refusal for the application are amended to reflect new views concerning the first and third areas, which The Case Officer report says would provide the following Reasons for Refusal:

1) The Sequential Test: (amended) The proposal seeks retail development in an out-of-centre location but fails to satisfy the sequential test with little flexibility in assessing how a different scale and format could allow for this proposal to be delivered in the town centre. Indeed it evident from the owners of the Quedam Shopping Centre that there is at least one sequentially preferable site in the town centre that is currently available, suitable and viable for a foodstore anchor, assuming some flexibility in terms of format and scale. The lack of a named end-user hints at the speculative nature of the proposed development and gives little confidence about deliverability, which in turn undermines the view that only the application site is suitable and viable. The impact of the proposal on town centre vitality and viability coupled with the impact on evidenced planned private investment in the centre constitutes a significant adverse impact and as such the proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to policies MC2 and MC3 of the South Somerset Local Plan and the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework.

2) Loss of Playing Fields/Public Open Space: (as per April 2014) The loss of playing fields, which are not considered surplus to requirements, resulting from the proposed development would not be replaced by equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality in a suitable location. The suggested financial mitigation is insufficient to guarantee a suitable replacement site could be delivered within a reasonable timescale. The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to policy CR1 of the South Somerset Local Plan and the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework, in particular paragraph 74.

3) Traffic Problems: (amended) Inadequate information has been submitted to satisfy the Local Planning Authority that:
a) an acceptable means of access to the site can be achieved from the local highway network, without having a severe impact;
b) the traffic impact of this development is acceptable, setting a precedent for development along roads which, by reason of their function in the highway network and inadequate width/alignment and junctions, are considered unsuitable to accommodate the increase in traffic likely to be generated; and
c) the development would not result in a conflict between residential and commercial traffic, which would be prejudicial to the safety, amenity and convenience of highway users,
d) adequate provisions are in place to manage match-day parking on and around the proposed development taking into account increased traffic levels created by the proposal and a significant reduction in current on-site parking provision, contrary to policy ST5 of the South Somerset Local Plan and the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework, in particular paragraph 32.

4) Enabling Development of the Huish Park Stadium: (as per April 2014) Notwithstanding reasons 1-3 above, inadequate information regarding the financial elements of this enabling development as set out in the document entitled 'The Future of Yeovil Football - Special circumstances support document for the food store planning application on the Huish Park stadium site' mean the prospect and extent of the enabling development possible is unclear, unsubstantiated and lacks transparency and therefore cannot comprise a material consideration to which significant weight can be given warranting a decision contrary to the defined development plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.

As before, the SSDC Councillors that form the Area South Committee can either vote based on the recommendations in the Case Officer report, or can follow their own path based on their own opinions or what is said in the Council Chambers on the day. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 4th June at Brympton Way, starting at 2.00p.m.


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27 May 2014 : Bristol Rovers Launch Claim To Save Themselves From League Exit
Conference National side Bristol Rovers have launched a bizarre attempt to regain their Football League status today, three weeks after they were relegated on the final day of the 2013-14 season. The Gas are planning to complain to both the Football Association and the Football League in an attempt to gain Wycombe Wanderers a points deduction that would see them relegated instead of Rovers. The Chairboys survived on goal difference on the final day of the season and as a result were the club immediately above the dotted line in the League Two table.

The action planned by Rovers stems from a recent FA disciplinary case involving former winger Matt Phillips who now plays for Queens Park Rangers in the Championship. Wanderers were fined £10,000 by the FA last week after they were found guilty of arranging a payment to a football agent based on a sell-on clause that had been built into the sale of Phillips.

Rovers are complaining on the basis that "this led to Wycombe wrongfully obtaining a competitive advantage over Bristol Rovers. Without this, Wycombe rather than Bristol Rovers could have been relegated", so their statement reads. Where this starts to unravel somewhat is that this illicit transfer agreement for Phillips was set up in August 2010, when he was transferred to Blackpool for £350,000, whilst Wycombe were under previous ownership.

The matter came to light only three years later when Phillips moved from Blackpool to Queens Park Rangers, when the agent concerned attempted to recoup the 'sell on clause'. Wycombe, by now under new ownership via their Supporters Trust, instead brought the issue to the attention of the FA in September 2013. They have admitted the charge, and have accepted the fine.

Bristol Rovers, in their statement, imply that the FA have yet to pass judgement on the matter, claiming that "the breach, if proven, would have almost certainly led to a points deduction" - the case has already been heard, the breach was proven, but no points deduction was invoked. Given Wycombe have chosen not to appeal against the decision, the FA now consider the matter to be closed.

Rovers claim that Wycombe gained a "competitive advantage" as part of the incident. At a stretch, it's possible that they may have done so during the 2010-11 season, given that at that time they agreed an agency fee that could not - within FA rule - be paid three years later. However, it is rather fanciful to believe that Wycombe's player sale at the beginning of the 2010-11 season was the reason why Bristol Rovers got relegated at the end of the 2013-14 season - four complete seasons later.

The statement from Bristol Rovers claims that Wycombe's breach relates to 'Third Party Ownership' - an evocative term given its connection with the past Carlos Tevez affair. Media reports at the time indicate that Wycombe's fine was for a breach of Rule C2 of the Football Agents Regulations, which concerns the concealment or misrepresentation of transactions relating to agents - i.e. the inference that the payment was not properly declared. Rovers also infer that there may be "possibly other players" involved, but the FA's now closed case only relates to Phillips' transfer.

Wycombe have sensibly chosen to go for an ultra-brief response to Rovers' plans, putting out their own counter-statement on the subject:

"We will, as always, fully cooperate with the Football League and the Football Association in any investigation into this matter, but we are fully confident that there is no case to answer. There will be no further comment from the club at this stage."


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27 May 2014 : 2014-15 League One Full Bookies Odds
With yesterday's League Two play-off final completing the 2014-15 season line-up, it's now possible to look at which teams are likely to be the most fancied for next season. The bookmakers are now providing full betting odds for all 24 teams, and there aren't too many surprises in who they are giving the best odds to. The biggest club in League One - as far as crowds are concerned - Sheffield United - are installed as favourites, with the trio of beaten play-off sides Peterborough United, Preston North End and Leyton Orient close behind.

Just below that, the bookies list the trio of relegated Championship sides, with Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers rated just above Yeovil Town, who are level with Milton Keynes Dons, suggesting that they are predicting the Glovers at present to finish around 7th or 8th next season - close to, but just outside the play-offs.

At the foot of the division, the four clubs that are predicted to struggle next season are Port Vale (finished 9th last season), Colchester United (16th), Gillingham (17th) and Crewe Alexandra (19th). We're not sure why the bookies have got a bit of a downer on the Valiants, given they finished in a strong position at the end of last season.

Full odds for each of the three main categories are as shown below. Odds are as per current SkyBet offerings - other bookmakers are available - if you're after 'best odds' then we'd recommend that you wait a week or two for things to settle down as not all bookmakers have got next season's figures ready yet.

Needless to say, take these with a huge pinch of salt - in the lower divisions, early odds tend to be rather formulaic, rather than suggesting any genuine in depth knowledge of each individual clubs. However, for those who may be keeping an eye on certain teams summer plans, there may be an opportunity of a potential bargain somewhere.

2014-15 League One Champions:
Sheffield United 6/1; Peterborough United, Preston North End 8/1; Leyton Orient 9/1; Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers 12/1; Milton Keynes Dons, Yeovil Town 14/1; Chesterfield, Walsall, Bristol City, Swindon Town 18/1; Coventry City 20/1; Fleetwood Town 22/1; Scunthorpe United 25/1; Rochdale, Crawley 28/1; Notts County, Oldham Athletic 40/1; Bradford City 50/1; Port Vale, Colchester United 66/1; Gillingham, Crewe Alexandra 80/1.

2014-15 League One Promotion (by any route):
Preston North End, Peterborough United, Sheffield United 12/5; Leyton Orient 11/4; Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers 7/2; Milton Keynes Dons, Yeovil Town 9/2; Chesterfield, Walsall, Bristol City, Swindon Town 11/2; Coventry City 13/2; Fleetwood Town 7/1; Scunthorpe United 8/1; Rochdale, Crawley Town 10/1; Notts County, Oldham Athletic 16/1; Bradford City 18/1; Port Vale, Colchester United 22/1; Gillingham, Crewe Alexandra 28/1.

2014-15 League One Relegation:
Crewe Alexandra, Gillingham 5/4, Port Vale, Colchester United 13/8; Bradford 2/1; Notts County, Oldham Athletic 5/2; Rochdale 7/2; Crawley Town 4/1; Scunthorpe United 9/2; Fleetwood Town 5/1; Coventry City 11/2; Walsall 7/1; Chesterfield 7/1; Bristol City, Swindon Town 8/1; Milton Kenyes Dons, Yeovil Town 12/1; Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers 18/1; Leyton Orient 25/1; Peterborough United, Preston North End, Sheffield United 33/1.


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26 May 2014 : Grant Makes Jamaican Full Debut
Yeovil Town winger/striker Joel Grant has made his full international debut tonight for Jamaica. The 26 year old was included in the starting line-up for the Reggae Boyz in a friendly against Serbia being played at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, home of the New York Bulls.

The former Wycombe Wanderers and Watford player was used for the opening 78 minutes of today's match, substituted during a period of the game when a large number of changes were being made as part of the friendly match. Serbia were already 2-1 ahead by that point, having scored two first half goals, before Jamaica substitute Michael Seaton pulled one back early in the second period.

Joel has previously represented his country at Under-20 level, playing 11 times and scoring seven goals, whilst he has also been called up for their Under-23 side in the past, as part of the Central American and Caribbean Games. However, this has been the first time he's been selected for a full international squad.

Final Score: Serbia 2 Jamaica 1.

Scorers: Dusan Tadic (13 mins, 1-0), Alexsandar Kolarov (22 mins, 2-0), Michael Seaton (53 mins, 2-1)

Jamaica: 1. Andre Blake 14. John Edwards 3. Lloyd Doyley 20. Kemar Lawrence 5. Alvas Powell 2. Upston Edwards 15. Joel Grant 16. Chris Humphrey 17. Rudolph Austin 18. Simon Dawkins 10. Darren Mattocks

Substitutes: Michael Seaton (46 mins for Darren Mattocks), Nicholas Beckett (46 mins for John Edwards), Deshorn Brown (83 mins for Simon Dawkins), Dwayne Miller, Hughan Gray (71 mins for Chris Humphrey), Jacomen Barrett, Nicholay Finlayson (75 mins for Kemar Lawrence), Romario Campbell (78 mins for Joel Grant), Dino Williams


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26 May 2014 : 2014-15 League One Line-Up Finalised
The final match of the Football League's 2013-14 season was played out this afternoon, as Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion contested the League Two Play-Off Final. A match that was on the whole short on chances was settled by a set piece and a goalkeeping error, as Fleetwood midfielder Antoni Sarcevic's lofted 75th minute free kick sailed over the head of Burton keeper Dean Lyness, who had come off his line to claim the ball, but misjudged the flight badly.

In front of 14,007 spectators, one of the two former non-league clubs was going to be playing in third tier football for the first time in their club's history, and it was the Lancashire side that won by that single goal, two years after they entered the Football League. Although we played the Cod Army in the 2011-12 FA Cup, this sets up our first ever League meeting against them for the 2014-15 season.

This gives us the following finalised line-up for the 2014-15 season:

Relegated From Championship: Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town

Staying In League One: Leyton Orient, Preston North End, Peterborough United, Sheffield United, Swindon Town, Port Vale, Milton Keynes Dons, Bradford City, Bristol City, Walsall, Crawley Town, Oldham Athletic, Colchester United, Gillingham, Coventry City, Crewe Alexandra, Notts County.

Promoted From League Two: Chesterfield, Scunthorpe United, Rochdale, Fleetwood Town.

We now have to sit and wait for the Football League competition to start all over again - August 9th 2014 is the date to stick in your diary. For all other key dates, see the link below.

Link: 2014-15 Season Key Dates List.


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26 May 2014 : Gary Looks Back At The 2013-14 Season
As the 2013-14 season finally draws to a close, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been taking a lengthy look-back at the year just gone. As part of a BBC Somerset sports review of the season, Gary spoke to reporter Ed Hadwin about the club's year in the Championship, high points, low points and the issues of player recruitment. Gary also looks forward to next season in League One and how the club will adapt at that level. You can read that interview via the link below. This is a rather long interview, so you may wish to pour yourself a drink first!

NOTE: The interview was conducted before Marek Stech left the club, and before Byron Webster and Luke Ayling turned down their contract deals, although Gary makes the situation fairly clear, even at that time.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About The 2013-14 Season.


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25 May 2014 : Orient Trip Again After Millers Prosper
Yeovil Town will be facing their 12th trip to Brisbane Road since they entered the Football League next season, after Leyton Orient were the unlucky losers in this afternoon's League One Play-Off Final. Going out in the cruellest manner possible - the dreaded penalty shoot-out, Chris Dagnall's name will be the one associated with that defeat after he had his penalty saved, giving Rotherham United victory by a 4-3 spot kick scoreline.

In truth, the 120 minutes that preceded that, and in particular the opening 90 minutes should be concentrated on, as the Orient grabbed a 2-0 half time lead, thanks to a rocket of an opener from Moses Odubajo, followed up by the same player setting up Dean Cox six minutes before the break, putting the East Londoners firmly in command.

Orient's plans for life in second tier football though unravelled thanks to one of their former players. Striker Alex Revell was on their books for the 2010-11 season, before signing for Rotherham for an undisclosed fee, as part of the Millers rebuilding of their club after two administrations. He scored his first from close range after former Glovers trialist keeper Jamie Jones had over-committed himself on a set piece to pull the score back to 2-1. But there was little Jones could do about Revell's next trick - a dipping 35 yard half volley that somehow eclipsed Obubajo's opening goal.

That put the game level at 2-2 and although both sides had their chances to win the match, the game passed through the 90 minutes and extra time without any further goals. That ensured a penalty shoot-out and again Orient had their noses in front - Lee Frecklington's effort was saved by Jones low down to his right. But then Adam Collin saved a poor effort from Mathieu Baudry, before Chris Dagnall became the first player of the ten to face a 'sudden death' situation, with Rotherham 4-3 ahead on the 10th kick. Collin saved again, giving them consecutive promotions, and meaning that they will now join Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford in the Championship.

This gives us the following line-up for the 2014-15 season:

Relegated From Championship: Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town

Staying In League One: Leyton Orient, Preston North End, Peterborough United, Sheffield United, Swindon Town, Port Vale, Milton Keynes Dons, Bradford City, Bristol City, Walsall, Crawley Town, Oldham Athletic, Colchester United, Gillingham, Coventry City, Crewe Alexandra, Notts County.

Promoted From League Two: Chesterfield, Scunthorpe United, Rochdale, Fleetwood Town OR Burton Albion (last two playing in League Two Play-Off Final).


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25 May 2014 : Premier League Aiming For Parachute Payment Restructuring
The Premier League are understood to be planning a discussion on Parachute Payments at their June Annual General Meeting. Current arrangements are for the three clubs relegated from the top level every season to be entitled to a series of payments intended to give them financial protection against contractual obligations they may have taken up during their time as a Premier League club - of course many such clubs use it as a financial platform to try to ensure a quick return to the top flight using money that their Championship competitors have no access to.

In 2010, the Premier League were given a £48 million package giving them £15 million, £17 million, £8 million and £8 million over the first four seasons that they spent outside the top flight. However, for the 2013-14 season, this was increased with £23 million, £18 million, £9 million and £9 million dished out, giving them a total of £59 million to play with.

As part of their summer AGM, to be held on June 5th/6th in Harrogate, Yorkshire, there is a proposal on the table for that £59 million pot to be condensed into just two seasons - i.e. roughly £30 million per season. Another compromise is for a similar three year agreement. The logic given is that it would enable relegated clubs to hang onto their existing players without breaking the new Financial Fair Play rules.

At present it's not clear which clubs are pushing for this change, and how many would be in favour. The changes, if approved by Premier League clubs, would need to also be passed by Football League clubs, who are likely to show mixed feelings on the subject given that Championship clubs currently get around £4 million in central payments - the latest proposals would give them a £26 million disadvantage against teams relegated from the top flight.

Yesterday saw big spending Queens Park Rangers make an immediate return to the Premier League, thanks to a 90th minute Bobby Zamora goal to give them a 1-0 win over Derby County, in front of a Play-Off record crowd of 87,347 at Wembley Stadium. QPR recorded financial losses of £65 million for the 2012-13 season, leading to speculation that they will receive a massive fine under the Financial Fair Play regulations when they are put into force at the end of this year.


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24 May 2014 : Play-Off Finals Introduce Goal Line Technology
The Football League are to use goal line technology for the first time in the competition's history today. The Hawkeye Goal Decision System, which was first tested at Wembley Stadium in 2012, will be in place for all three Play-Off Finals across the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Hawkeye system has been in place at Premier League level for the past 12 months and has been used in a number of matches, albeit to make decisions that you would hope a competent linesman or referee would have been equally capable of making. However, the costs of the technology have generally made it prohibitive for Football League clubs to implement. However, as it is already in place at Wembley Stadium, Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson has said that the League had no problem in taking advantage of it:

"It will be another historic moment for The Football League when goal line technology is used in a Play-Off match for the first time. The Football League has long been a supporter of technology and innovation. Although it is not practical to provide it across all League grounds at the current time, when the technology is there we will always look to use it."

The Hawkeye decision will be silently relayed to each of the match referees for key decisions, and where there is a borderline situation, the big screens at Wembley Stadium, as well as Sky Sports will be able to view the way the Hawkeye system interpreted the goal-line incident shortly afterwards.

The Football League Play-Off Finals are scheduled as follows:

Sat 24/05/2014 15:00 Championship Play-Off Final : Derby County vs Queens Park Rangers
Sun 25/05/2014 15:00 League One Play-Off Final : Leyton Orient vs Rotherham United
Mon 26/05/2014 15:00 League Two Play-Off Final : Burton Albion vs Fleetwood Town


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24 May 2014 : 2014-15 Season Key Dates List
With the 2013-14 season now more or less over, with the exception of the Football League Play-Off Finals, attention begins to turn to the 2014-15 season. All outline competition dates for the season have now been published, and so the following represents the key dates that Yeovil Town supporters will need to work around over the next twelve months.

A permanent link to this list will be attached to the 'Forthcoming Events' section of the Ciderspace home page, so it can be easily referred to. The relevant dates are as follows:

18/06/2014 : Football League 2014-15 Fixture Lists Published

01/07/2014 : Yeovil Town First Team Squad return for pre-season training

09/07/2014 : Wed 19:45 : Frome Town (away)
12/07/2014 : Sat 15:00 : Basingstoke Town (away)
15/07/2014 : Tue 19:45 : Torquay United (away)
19/07/2014 : Sat 15:00 : Reading (home)
22/07/2014 : Tue 19:45 : Bristol Rovers (home)
30/07/2014 : Wed 19:45 : Plymouth Argyle (away)
04/08/2014 : Mon 19:30 : Dorchester Town (away)

09/08/2014 : Football League Championship, League One and League Two fixtures commence
11/08/2014 : Football League Cup First Round (week commencing)
25/08/2014 : Football League Cup Second Round (week commencing)

01/09/2014 : Football League Trophy First Round (week commencing)
08/09/2014 : Switzerland vs England (Football League fixtures subject to international call-ups)
22/09/2014 : Football League Cup Third Round (week commencing)

06/10/2014 : Football League Trophy Second Round (week commencing)
09/10/2014 : England vs San Marino (Football League fixtures subject to international call-ups)
12/10/2014 : Estonia vs England (Football League fixtures subject to international call-ups)
25/10/2014 : FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round (draw for First Round on following day)
27/10/2014 : Football League Cup Fourth Round (week commencing)

08/11/2014 : FA Cup First Round (no League One and League Two fixtures)
10/11/2014 : Football League Trophy Area Quarter-Final (week commencing)
15/11/2014 : England vs Slovenia (Football League fixtures subject to international call-ups)

06/12/2014 : FA Cup Second Round (no League One and League Two fixtures)
08/12/2014 : Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final (week commencing)
15/12/2014 : Football League Cup Fifth Round (week commencing)
20/12/2014 : Designated Football League Christmas holiday fixture date
26/12/2014 : Designated Football League Christmas holiday fixture date
28/12/2014 : Designated Football League Christmas holiday fixture date

01/01/2015 : No New Year's Day Fixture Scheduled
03/01/2015 : FA Cup Third Round (with League One and League Two fixtures)
12/01/2014 : Football League Trophy Area Final First Leg (week commencing)
19/01/2014 : Football League Cup Semi-Final First Leg (week commencing)
24/01/2015 : FA Cup Fourth Round
26/01/2015 : Football League Cup Semi-Final First Leg (week commencing)

02/02/2015 : Football League Trophy Area Final Second Leg (week commencing)
14/02/2015 : FA Cup Fifth Round

01/03/2015 : Football League Cup Final (Wembley Stadium)
07/03/2015 : FA Cup Sixth Round
22/03/2015 : Football League Trophy Final (Wembley Stadium)
27/03/2015 : England vs Lithuania (Football League fixtures subject to international call-ups)

18/04/2015 : FA Cup Semi-Final (Wembley Stadium)
19/04/2015 : FA Cup Semi-Final (Wembley Stadium)

02/05/2015 : Football League Championship, League One and League Two final day fixtures
23/05/2015 : League Two Play-Off Final (Wembley Stadium)
24/05/2015 : League One Play-Off Final (Wembley Stadium)
25/05/2015 : Championship Play-Off Final (Wembley Stadium)
30/05/2015 : FA Cup Final (Wembley Stadium)

The expectation is that the full fixture list will have seven designated midweek fixtures at League One and League Two level, with the Championship having eleven midweek slots (the extra being due to the need for designated international weekends).

Rather unusually, there is not expected to be a New Year's Day game this year, with the FA Cup Third Round on January 3rd falling so close - League One and League Two clubs will have fixtures on that day as well as the provisional FA Cup commitment.


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23 May 2014 : Huish Park Closed For Long Weekend
Yeovil Town supporters should note that all offices at Huish Park are now closed for the long weekend. The Huish Park Club Shop and the Huish Park Ticket Office, and all other staff offices will be closed over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend, and will reopen on Tuesday 27th May at 9.00a.m.


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23 May 2014 : Ladies Welcome League Table Toppers This Weekend
Yeovil Town Ladies captain and defender Rachel Edwards believes blunting high-flying Doncaster Rovers Belles' free-flowing attack will be crucial to coming away with victory this weekend. The match takes place at the Jones Stadium (Raleigh Grove, also home of Sherborne Town FC) on Sunday 25th May, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

The Belles have certainly been living up to their favourites tag for this seasonís FA Womenís Super League Two title in their opening fixtures. Their first three league games saw them score 11 goals alone, followed by a comfortable 2-0 victory against Watford last weekend to maintain their 100 per cent FA WSL2 record.

Yeovil themselves have also enjoyed a strong start to the season, with just two losses in seven games in all competitions, leaving Edwards confident her side will give a good account of themselves:

"I would be lying if I said we donít keep an eye out for how other teams are doing in the league. Doncaster have been scoring goals for fun and we know we will have to put in a fantastic performance and be at our best. As a defender, I will definitely have to work hard. But I have been pleased with the defensive performances we have been putting in recently."

"They are the best team in our league, they have a team full of experienced and talent players but it is a chance to show what we are about. We are really looking forward to it. We treat every game like itís a cup final, we approach it in the same manner and go out for the win."

Belles midfielder Millie Bright insists Doncaster are not about to let up on their early-season pace with just a small portion of the season done and dusted so far:

"Itís nice to know that people are putting us down as favourites. We have gone out and done ourselves proud so far but we know we have got a lot of work still to do. Every game will be a tough one, so we just have to keep working hard and focus on ourselves. Yeovil have got off to a good start so it will be a good game."

"We had a lot of changes in the club from last season but itís been a fresh start. Itís a really good environment to be in at the moment, there is such a good team spirit that no matter how hard it gets, we are confident we will be able to work through it together."

Admission prices are just £4.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £2.50. You can either purchase your ticket on the day, or you can buy your ticket online via the ticketing page.

[Article by Pippa Field, Sportsbeat.]

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Doncaster Belles - Watch the match this Sunday.
Yeovil Town Ladies vs Doncaster Belles - Watch the match this Sunday.


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23 May 2014 : Football League Attendances Report Small Rise
The Football League have published their overall attendance statistics for the 2013-14 season just gone. Inevitably there's a bit of spin put on such figures each year that they've come out. This year they suggest that the League "continues to enjoy sustained long term attendance growth", even though in recent seasons there has been a bit of a wobble from the main peak the League enjoyed in 2009-10 that saw 17.1 million turnstile clicks across their fixtures for that season.

For the 2013-14 campaign, their headline figure is that crowds have grown by 136,000 and currently stand at a 15.7 million aggregate attendance. Precise figures are 15,703,427 (2013-14 season) compared with 15,566,887 (2012-13). The League record this as the 11th consecutive season that they have had crowds in excess of the 15 million mark. However, the last two seasons have seen crowds take a hit across the league, which can be seen from the last nine years worth of figures:

2005-06 : 16.2 million
2006-07 : 16.4 million
2007-08 : 16.2 million
2008-09 : 16.3 million
2009-10 : 17.1 million
2010-11 : 16.1 million
2011-12 : 16.3 million
2012-13 : 15.6 million
2013-14 : 15.7 million

The divisional analysis always produces some serious fluctuations and League One shows that up well, with an 18.4% rise in crowds and an average of 7,478 (up from 6,316). This was no doubt helped hugely by the arrival of Wolverhampton Wanderers in that division - their departure back up to the Championship will ensure that League One drops next season, probably by a similar amount. In the Championship, crowds are down 5.0% (from 17,493 to 16,619) whilst in League Two, crowds are more or less static (from 4,391 to 4,351).

As for Yeovil Town, although we were very much a small fish in a big pond at Championship level, crowds rose sharply as part of the benefit of playing second tier football. The Glovers did record 14 out of the 15 lowest Championship attendances and were involved in 17 out of the 20 lowest crowds. However, on a more local scale, they achieved average crowds of 6,616 - their best since entering the Football League and a 56 percent increase on the 4,240 average crowds that watched Yeovil's League One promotion season. Given that was swelled by large away followings, that will not be sustained during the 2014-15 season but hopefully the club can beat that figure from two years ago when they return to third tier football.

Link: 2013-14 Highest Championship Attendances.

Link: 2013-14 Lowest Championship Attendances.

Link: Yeovil Town Attendance Statistics Since 1979.

Link: Football League 2005-06 Attendances.

Link: Football League 2009-10 Attendances.

Link: Football League 2010-11 Attendances.

Link: Football League 2011-12 Attendances.


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23 May 2014 : Webster Linked With Scunthorpe United Move
Yeovil Town's outgoing central defender Byron Webster is being linked with a move to League One newcomers Scunthorpe United. The claims are made by the Scunthorpe Telegraph, who in term indicate that they have got their information from BBC local radio, presumably at the North Lincolnshire end of things.

Byron has already turned down a contract offer at Huish Park, and so will be leaving the club when his current contract runs out at the end of June. Yesterday the Southwark News linked him with a move to Millwall, whilst the Western Gazette have previously linked him with moves to Leeds United and Ipswich Town.

As with most of these rumours, no sources or quotes are identified beyond the media outlets themselves. Scunthorpe already have former Glovers striker Paddy Madden on their books, and were promoted from League Two at the end of last season.


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23 May 2014 : Royals Visit Sets Up Seventh Pre-Season Friendly
Yeovil Town have arranged their seventh pre-season friendly of the 2013-14 season. The Glovers will face Championship side Reading at Huish Park on Saturday 19th July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Glovers of course played the Royals twice last season, with the most recent fixture being the extraordinary 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium that saw Shane Duffy score for Yeovil, whilst John Lundstram put into his own net at the other end.

Yeovil had three players sent off during that match, sparked by Byron Webster's red card for a professional foul - a decision later overturned by the FA's appeals panel.

The full schedule for pre-season is as follows:

Wed 09/07/2014 19:45 : Frome Town (away)
Sat 12/07/2014 15:00 : Basingstoke Town (away)
Tue 15/07/2014 19:45 : Torquay United (away)
Sat 19/07/2014 15:00 : Reading (home)
Tue 22/07/2014 19:45 : Bristol Rovers (home)
Wed 30/07/2014 19:45 : Plymouth Argyle (away)
Mon 04/08/2014 19:30 : Dorchester Town (away)


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22 May 2014 : Stech Chooses Sparta Prague And Heads Home
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech has confirmed his decision to return to the Czech Republic and re-sign for Sparta Prague. The 24 year old had been on the books of his home town club as a youngster before signing for West Ham United but has decided to return 'home' again after living in England for eight years. There had been claims that he would sign for Championship side Watford, but he has used his time on international duty to good effect to tie up a deal with the Czech side.

Stech has agreed a contract with Sparta, and has been unveiled this afternoon on their club's website - he has been on international duty with the Czech Republic national side where was an unused substitute against Finland yesterday. Today he has agreed terms with Sparta. Taking a few liberties with our 'google translation' of what Marek says of his decision, we quote him as saying:

"It's a wonderful feeling. I want to thank Sparta for how quickly it all worked out. It's nice to be back in summer and very much looking forward to everything. I left as a young boy, now I'm going back and I will do everything I can to play in many matches. I also had offers to stay in England. The decision was difficult with regard to the fact that I have family in England and lived there for eight years."

"During the holidays I have always traveled back for some time back in the Czech Republic, so they (my family) partially know it. They learn the Czech language, which it will be useful. I will be returning to England, then moving, and then living in Prague. From Monday I will get involved in the Summer training under the guidance of coach Srnicka."

"I know that there is a good atmosphere in the camp and I look forward to that. I will take part in it. At the same time, I realise that it will be associated with an increase in pressure, as would be expected not only to defend both trophies (that Sparta Prague won) but also progress to the UEFA Champions League group. I believe that we can succeed."

Marek has signed a three year contract with Sparta Prague. During his time at Yeovil Town he made 90 appearances, including his five appearances made whilst on the books of West Ham United.

The very best of luck to Marek, and thanks for the last two years.

Link: Marek Stech : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 May 2014 : Blanket Betting Ban Passed By FA
Back in April, the Football Association put forward proposals to place a blanket ban on betting amongst people involved in football. Yesterday, the Football Association's Annual General Meeting ratified that change, which will radically change, but simplify what 'certain participants' in the game are allowed to do with respect to betting.

From August 1st 2014, those involved in Premier League, Championship, Leagues One and Two, Conference National and Conference North/South divisions and the top two divisions of the Northern, Southern and Isthmian leagues will be banned from betting directly or indirectly on any football match, competition or related matter anywhere in the world. This includes betting on non-match issues such as the transfer of players, the employment of managers or team selection. They will also be banned from passing such inside information to another party who subsequently uses that for betting purposes.

Participants below that level continue to be bound by the current rules, which prohibit betting on any match, league or competition that they are involved in during that season, or are able to influence the outcome of, even if they are not an active player in that match. The rule concerning the passing of inside information to a third party is also maintained with respect to those matches, leagues and competitions.

The FA's statement does not cover their definition of a 'participant' with respect to this rule, but FA rules describe this as an "Affiliated Association, Authorised Agent, Competition, Club, Club Official, Licensed Agent, Player, Official, Match Official, Management Committee Member, Member or Employee of an affiliated Club".

Certainly the new ruling is aimed at players and managers, with recent controversies having seen a number of players and managers punished by the FA. Many have offered mitigating circumstances where they have claimed the current rules are too complicated to understand. For any player or member of coaching staff playing in the top eight levels of the game, the rule change can be summarised in three easy words: NO BETTING ALLOWED. The measure will be in how many now end up paying a visit to FA Headquarters once the rule change comes in.


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22 May 2014 : Financial Fair Play Changes Rejected By Championship Clubs
Championship clubs' attempts to get the Financial Fair Play rules for the 2014-15 season changed have failed. A meeting of all second tier clubs had been called following the receipt of a legal petition on behalf of four unnamed clubs - claimed in the media to be Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Those clubs were jointly threatening a legal challenge to the new regulations, via a firm of solicitors, despite the 2011-12 season Championship sides having voted them through originally during February 2012 by a 21 vs 3 majority. However, with parachute payments having rocketed and the December 2014 deadline approaching for FFP to come into action there has been speculation that a number of clubs will now be badly hit, and that suddenly self-interest rules, rather than the wider needs of the integrity of the Football League.

There were four proposals put on the table during this week's meeting. Current rules for the 2013-14 season allow clubs to make operational losses of up to £3 million, with an additional £5 million loss allowed provided it is covered by shareholder investment, giving a maximum total operational loss of £8 million. For next season though, the amount that shareholders can underwrite the club by in terms of new shares will reduce down to £3 million, giving a maximum total operational loss of £6 million. For the 2015-16 season the allowable total operational losses will drop to £5 million per season.

Three of the four proposals involved putting different figures on the table for the 2014-15 season, requesting increases that would have taken the total operational losses to one of £10 million, £11.4 million or £12.8 million - i.e. reversing the current plans to force clubs to move towards living within their means. The fourth proposal was for a 'real time' system of reporting financial figures to be deployed - current methods require clubs to report information retrospectively - the December 2014 deadline will be for figures relating to the 2013-14 season.

All four proposals failed to pass the 75 percent threshold required to force the rule change, although Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has indicated that over 50 percent of clubs did back the changes. He said that in view of that they would continue to look into possible other proposals:

"We will now continue the positive and collaborative dialogue we have had with Championship clubs on this issue to see if there is any appetite for alternative forms of change. While a majority of clubs did vote in favour of each of the four proposals, they did not achieve the 75% support required."

Clubs that fail to adhere to the Financial Fair Play system will be placed under a transfer embargo in January 2015, if they are still in the Championship at that stage. Clubs that have been promoted to the Premier League that had breached FFP in the previous season will be fined according to a Fair Play Tax system that is on a sliding scale, according to how badly the rules have been breached.

National media have calculated that if Queens Park Rangers win their Play-Off Final match against Derby County but subsequently repeat their eye-watering 2012-13 losses of £65 million, then they would face a fine of £48 million. Any such fines would ultimately be shared out amongst those clubs that have adhered to the FFP rules.

Yeovil Town will have to submit their FFP data for their one season stay in the Championship, but will not be subject to an embargo in the unlikely situation that they have broken the rules. If they had broken the rules, the only penalty' would be that they would not be eligible for a share in any windfall from the Fair Play Tax. However, given they are unlikely to be in breach, the published accounts for Leicester City, Burnley and one of QPR or Derby, will be of key interest to the club.

The problem that the quartet of clubs trying to change the FFP rules face is that a number of clubs, such as Brighton and Hove Albion, have pointed out that they spent the 2013-14 season restructuring their financial position to ensure that their accounts would be within the FFP thresholds. Hence they are understood to oppose such changes on the basis that they competed fairly on that basis. Others like Yeovil Town will probably point out that they were already operating within those rules in the first place. It seems inevitable that these clubs will keep pushing for a change in the rules, but they will need to bear in mind why the rules were put into position in the first place.


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22 May 2014 : Gary Talks About Nathan Smith's Return And Player Movements
Yesterday, Yeovil Town re-signed left-back Nathan Smith, bringing back a player who had spent three years away from the club, playing for Chesterfield. Glovers boss Gary Johnson spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin following that signing, and he talked about that move, as well as the club's position with respect to other comings and goings over the summer. Gary's views are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After Nathan Smith Re-Signed For The Club.


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22 May 2014 : Lions Linked With Webster Move
Championship side Millwall are being linked with a move for departing Yeovil Town defender Byron Webster. The 27 year old was one of three Glovers players to reject terms at the end of last season, with Marek Stech and Luke Ayling also choosing to leave the club.

The Southwark News are indicating that Webster will hold talks with manager Ian Holloway when he returns from holiday next week with a view to him joining the Lions. The London side already have midfielder Ed Upson within their ranks, and so would act as an obvious link between player and club.

Webster has been previously linked with Leeds United and Ipswich Town by the Western Gazette. As yet none of the media have provided any quotes or sources directly relating to the player or any of the clubs involved.


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22 May 2014 : Six Pre-Season Friendlies Scheduled
Yeovil Town have arranged three additional pre-season friendlies to add to the others that were announced yesterday. Matches against Plymouth Argyle, Dorchester Town and Frome Town in a familiar look to their summer schedule.

The Glovers will face Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday 30th July with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Home Park. This will be the third season in a row that we've played the Pilgrims - last summer saw us come out with a 2-1 win as James Hayter and Paddy Madden scored the goals.

They will also play Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium on Monday 4th August, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off - a trip that we've done eight times in the last twelve years, in addition to other friendly matches that have been staged at the same ground. Two years ago, a 3-0 win over Dorchester saw Gozie Ugwu score twice, whilst Lewis Young netted the other.

Finally, we will travel to play Frome Town at Badger's Hill on Wednesday 9th July, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The match has been arranged as compensation for the club pulling out of last season's Somerset Premier Cup tie, that saw the host side given a bye through to the next round. The last time we played Frome in a PSF was back in August 2008. This was a low key match with a number of trialists - Dina and Troy Hewitt were named as the scorers.

The full schedule for pre-season is as follows:

Wed 09/07/2014 19:45 : Frome Town (away)
Sat 12/07/2014 15:00 : Basingstoke Town (away)
Tue 15/07/2014 19:45 : Torquay United (away)
Tue 22/07/2014 19:45 : Bristol Rovers (home)
Wed 30/07/2014 19:45 : Plymouth Argyle (away)
Mon 04/08/2014 19:30 : Dorchester Town (away)

The large number of friendlies and the lack of gaps in the schedule would strongly imply that any plans for the squad to travel away to a training camp or 'tour' would be brief and minimal. There is still space for the odd singular match in the calendar, but the above six fixtures seem to span the whole pre-season duration.


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21 May 2014 : Johnson: Smith Will Return As More Experienced Player
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that left-back Nathan Smith will return to Huish Park as a more experienced player, compared to where he was when he left the club. The 27 year old has made the decision to return to the club three years after he departed for Chesterfield, and will put pen to paper on a two year contract on July 1st, after his current Spireites deal runs out.

When Nathan first arrived at Huish Park in March 2008, he was a highly inexperienced 21 year old, who had been on the books of non-league side Potters Bar, playing on a part time basis. Returning back to where he was six years ago, the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne-born player now comes with close to 200 appearances at Football League level, with clear experience of third and fourth tier football.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson felt that Smith was a little unlucky towards the end of his time at Chesterfield, with the vast experience of Ritchie Humphries providing one of the left flank options for the eventual League Two Champions. Smith also struggled with ankle and foot injuries during the latter part of his time at the Proact Stadium, restricting him to just 15 appearances in his final year. Regardless of those problems, Johnson felt he was inheriting a player with bags of experience:

"He's obviously going to have more experience. He was a little bit of a victim of circumstances at his last club, with a player who was in front of him in Ritchie Humphries, who was also getting a lot of publicity in terms of playing his 700th game and that sort of thing. So he didn't play in as many games as he would have liked to have towards the end of the season. Plus he had a couple of injuries as well. We believe that in our system of play, his athleticism and his pace will be perfect for what we want to achieve next year."

Although Smith was signed by Russell Slade in 2008, he worked under Terry Skiverton's management team at the club, and knew Darren Way as a team-mate. Johnson revealed that as soon as he declared his interest in the Jamaican international, Smith was on the phone to Way and Skiverton to get more information on how the club was doing:

"Credit to him, as when he knew I was interested, he immediately spoke to Darren Way, and Darren had a chat with him, whilst Terry had a chat with him. To get someone signed on so early during the close season is credit to him really. He wants to come back, because he enjoyed his time here. He knows what we're trying to achieve, and what our ambitions are, and he thinks he would like to be a part of that, and he's given us his word that he will be with us on the 1st of July when his contract begins."


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21 May 2014 : Nathan Smith Plans Yeovil Town Return
Yeovil Town are planning to re-sign left-back Nathan Smith from Chesterfield. The 27 year old played just over three seasons at Huish Park, predominantly in the full-back position, but also occasionally playing further up the flank, and was a firm favourite in the Glovers side, making 118 appearances and scoring one goal, after arriving from non-league side Potters Bar.

He was recommended to the club by former midfielder Steve Browne, who was managing the Hertfordshire club at the time. Browne allowed his player to head down to Huish Park on trial, playing in a number of Reserve Team matches, leading to then manager Russell Slade taking him on non-contract terms initially, but later rewarding him with a two year contract. The Glovers gave Potters Bar a pre-season friendly during the following season, as Smith turned into a regular member of the Glovers first team, particularly once Nathan Jones began to take an off-the-field coaching role as assistant manager.

Smith left the club in the summer of 2011 to sign for Chesterfield on a free transfer and has spent the last three seasons on their books, making 76 appearances for them. He was restricted to just 15 appearances during the season just gone, but has chosen to return to Huish Park, and will sign a two year contract on July 1st, keeping at the club until June 2016.

Link: Nathan Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 May 2014 : Hayter Signs New Yeovil Town Contract
Yeovil Town have now confirmed that striker James Hayter has signed a new contract. The 35 year old had verbally agreed a new deal last week, with manager Gary Johnson just waiting for him to turn up and formally put pen to paper. That has now happened, with the former AFC Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers player agreeing a new twelve month deal that will keep him at the club until June 2015.

Hayter made 40 appearances in the Championship, scoring eight times last season. He has made 94 appearances overall, netting on 24 occasions. He is the first of the club's out of contract players to agree a new deal, with Seth Nana Twumasi sat on an offer, whilst Chris Dunn is in talks with the club over a possible offer for next season.


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21 May 2014 : Trialist Duo To Get World Cup Trip
Yeovil Town's two non-league trialists Billy Texeira and Mykel Beckley will get a chance to experience a taste of the 2014 FIFA World Cup before they head off to Huish Park in an attempt to impress manager Gary Johnson. As revealed on Monday, the duo have been brought into the club's pre-season plans on the back of the Budweiser Open Trials programme that saw them play at Wembley Stadium last month.

As if playing at the England national stadium wasn't enough, the final 32 trialists have been invited to Brazil where they will watch a World Cup Quarter Final match, as well as participating in a local tournament that will feature players from England, Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Spain who will also come from a similar background to Texeira and Beckley. Speaking to the Brentwood Gazette, striker Texeira admitted he was shocked when he got the invite to travel there:

"When they told me I'd be going to Brazil I was gobsmacked. I first got into football during the 1994 World Cup and I remember thinking I'd love to go. But I would have had to have saved up for 40 years to get to a World Cup and I'm not that good at saving. It would never happen if it wasn't for this. We're taking it seriously. We're only going to get one shot of playing at this tournament and we all want to come back as world champions."

His invite to travel to Brazil will delay his arrival at Huish Park, as he will still be out in South America when the Glovers return to pre-season training on July 1st. Hence he explained that he is only likely to arrive in Somerset for the second week of training:

"Yeovil wanted me to go down at the beginning of July but Budweiser told them I couldn't go because I'll be in Brazil, so it'll be the week after. It's got me starting to train harder and I'm making sure my diet is a bit better leading up to Brazil. We're going to go down there, me and another guy, and we'll be doing training and playing in a match I expect."

Texeira told the paper that when he did the trials at St George's Park, and Wembley Stadium, that he had assumed that the watching scouts would probably be mainly planted for the television cameras, and that there wouldn't be a serious outcome to his chances of progressing further beyond last month's Wembley match. Hence when he was told that Yeovil Town were interested, he just assumed it was a wind-up:

"I'd heard rumours of Conference clubs, League One clubs and even a Championship club being interested in people, but I never thought it'd be me. They (Budweiser) told me Yeovil wanted to take me on a trial during pre-season. It's just amazing, I thought they were winding me up at first. I'm just looking at it like another trial, like the ones I went through to get to St George's Park and to Wembley. I've got to get on with it and hope for the best. I thought the scouts would be there just for the TV cameras and make it a bit more interesting. I never thought that I'd get picked up. I'm definitely taking it very seriously."


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21 May 2014 : Glovers To Host Gas Friendly
Yeovil Town will host a pre-season friendly against Conference National side Bristol Rovers during the 2014-15 pre-season. The match at Huish Park will take place on Tuesday 22nd July, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The match against Rovers will be the first meeting between the two sides since September 2012, when the Glovers won 3-0 at the Memorial Stadium in the First Round of the Football League Trophy, with two goals from Ed Upson and a late Sam Foley strike dividing the two sides.

This is the club's third pre-season friendly and means that they will be playing both clubs that dropped out of the Football League at the end of the 2013-14 season. Rovers were relegated on the final day of the campaign, finishing 23rd in League Two. Yeovil will also play two other non-league sides as part of their pre-season preparations - Torquay United, who finished 24th in the same division, as well as Conference South side Basingstoke Town.


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21 May 2014 : Duffy Glad Of Glovers First Team Experience
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy has said that he enjoyed the experience of a full season of competitive first team football, during his time at Huish Park. The Irishman made 39 appearances for the club after arriving from Everton during the last week in September, initially as cover for injuries at the club. The 22 year old ended up staying for the remainder of the season, albeit with a small break over Christmas, and became one of the Glovers' key defenders during the 2013-14 campaign.

Speaking to his parent club's website, Duffy admitted that in being able to return to Goodison Park, that he probably had a slightly different feeling to the players on permanent contracts who had to suffer relegation at the end of the season. However, bar that end disappointment, he enjoyed the experience of that situation:

"I definitely enjoyed playing football for a full season for the first time. It was a good challenge for me and I enjoyed having to defend so much. It was just disappointing that we ended up going down, but I really enjoyed it and hopefully it will stand me in good stead for the future. I was gutted for the lads because they put so much effort in. With me going back (to Everton) it was a different feeling compared to them. Every point was a good point. It was an experience I have never been in before. It was so intense Ė you were looking out for results every week after your match."

Duffy has one more year left on his Everton contract meaning that the 2014-15 season is a critical one if he is to achieve his goal of becoming a first team regular for the Toffees. He still has that on his radar, but wants to talk to manager Roberto Martinez first to see where his future lies:

"I will have to sit down with the manager and see what he wants for me and what I need to do to push on here or push on somewhere else. Hopefully it is here. I will take my rest this summer, keep working hard and see what next season brings."

Shane is unlikely to get much rest this summer - he had been called up into a Republic of Ireland training camp this month, with a view to participating in four international matches over the next month. He has now survived a cull, having been named in the final 29 man squad that will play against Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal, and see the squad travel out to the United States of America, between now and June 10th.


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20 May 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Trio Of Farewells
Today saw the departures of Marek Stech, Byron Webster and Luke Ayling confirmed, after they turned down contracts at Huish Park. Some thoughts on that, and how it affects our summer squad rebuilding plans can be read in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry. View it via the link below, and as usual add your own views to the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Trio Of Farewells.


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20 May 2014 : Stech, Ayling And Webster Reject Contract Offers
No great surprise, but goalkeeper Marek Stech, centre-back Byron Webster and right-back Luke Ayling will not be returning to Yeovil Town. All three are reported to have turned down contract offers and either they or their agents have told Glovers boss Gary Johnson that they will not be returning to Huish Park.

Johnson has been fairly open about his chances of keeping the trio, who all comfortably performed at Championship level last season. Webster and Ayling picked up End of Season Awards at the club and their boss said last week that he did not expect them to return, whilst Stech has been very open about his plans to stay at Championship level in order to further his international career.

No surprise then that Johnson says he has been told that all three have made other plans. He has told the Western Gazette that he is now planning for their replacements, having had feedback from all three:

"Weíve heard from all of and near-enough all of them have said they wonít be returning. Theyíve all turned down the contracts offered, but thatís a matter of course anyway. Weíve tried to speak to either them or their agents and they wonít be coming back to Yeovil."

Stech has been happy to talk about interest from Sparta Prague and Watford in terms of his possible destination. Webster and Ayling have been far more low key, although media claims have linked them variously with Brentford, Ipswich Town and Leeds United - albeit with none of those clubs or representatives having thrown their hats into the ring.

The Glovers will be entitled to compensation for Luke Ayling, so whichever club is planning to bid for his services will eventually have to pick up the phone and call Gary Johnson to discuss a financial sum, or take the issue to a transfer tribunal.

Luke Ayling was the club's longest serving player, having made his debut - initially on loan from Arsenal - in April 2010. He made 185 appearances for the club, scoring three goals. Byron Webster made 98 appearances, two seasons after arriving from Northampton Town - he netted nine times during his stay in Somerset, and captained the side on a number of occasions. Marek Stech made 90 appearances across two spells with the club, having had a short loan spell in October 2011, before signing permanently during the following summer.

Their departure means that only Kevin Dawson, Joe Edwards, Sam Foley and James Hayter remain on the club's books from those players who were part of the club's visit to Wembley Stadium just 12 months ago. Goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart was a fifth player who featured in that squad as an unused substitute.


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20 May 2014 : Gulls Trip Becomes Second Pre-Season Friendly
Hot on the heels of a pre-season trip to Basingstoke Town, Yeovil Town have arranged a second pre-season friendly. They will take on Torquay United on Tuesday 15th July at Plainmoor, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The Gulls have just completed a rather forgettable season, having finished bottom of the Football League at the end of the 2013-14 campaign. They will therefore start next season in the Conference National division. This is the second consecutive season we've travelled down to Devon to play the Gulls in a pre-season match. Last year we lost by a 2-0 scoreline, with late goals from Jordan Chapell and Daniel Sullivan winning the game for the home side.


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20 May 2014 : Glovers Line Up Camrose Friendly Trip
Yeovil Town's first pre-season friendly of the 2014-15 season has now been confirmed. The Glovers will travel to play Basingstoke Town on Saturday 12th July 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. This will be our first visit to The Camrose since January 1999 when we won 2-0 in an FA Trophy Third Round match - Carl Dale and Owen Pickard the scorers.

Basingstoke play in the Conference South division, and finished in 14th place during the season just gone. One of their players used to be on Yeovil Town's books - striker Kezie Ibe, who played for the Glovers during the 2004-05 season, spent the second half of the 2013-14 season on their books.


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20 May 2014 : Ralls On 'Brink' Of New Bluebirds Deal After Yeovil Loan Ends
Former Yeovil Town loanee Joe Ralls is on the verge of agreeing a new contract with his parent club, Cardiff City. Having just returned from a long term loan at Huish Park, that saw him clock up 37 appearances and score three goals, the 20 year old appears to have done enough to impress the watching Bluebirds scouts to extend his current arrangements at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Wales Online website reports that the Aldershot-born player is 'on the brink' of signing a new three year contract that would tie him to Cardiff until the summer of 2017. Their belief is that Cardiff's relegation has benefitted Ralls' situation. Having proved himself at Championship level during the 2013-14 season, he doesn't face the question of whether he would be good enough for Premier League football at this stage, with Cardiff operating at that level for next season.

Meanwhile his club's relegation means that they are aiming to scale back their current levels of spending to fit in with Championship income, and that is likely to mean manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer parts company with a few top earners. That could open the door for Ralls during next season, with Cardiff's first team squad being trimmed down, and youngsters like Ralls subsequently moving up the pecking order.


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20 May 2014 : SCMP Explained
Yeovil Town's return to League One means that they also fall back under the Football League's Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) rules. Manager Gary Johnson referred to this mechanism in an interview last week when he talked about the way the club had finalised its playing budget for the 2014-15 season, describing it as more of a mathematical 'equation' than a form of negotiation with the Board.

SCMP is a different methodology to the Financial Fair Play (FFP) methodology that is being adopted by the Championship. Whilst the FFP rules are derived partially from the UEFA model that Premier League clubs and other European clubs have to operate under, the SCMP rules were wholly formed by the Football League, and apply to League One and League Two sides.

SCMP is not new to Yeovil Town. The Glovers operated under those rules when we were a League Two side during the 2004-05 season when it was brought in for League Two sides, whilst they also ran under them at League One level during the 2012-13 season when they were enforced at League One level. During preceding seasons, the League had run them at 'advisory' level, in that clubs would get letters from the League informing them they were in breach, but would not be penalised in any shape or form.

Whilst the Championship division's FFP rules will come into force in January 2015, Yeovil Town will immediately start using SCMP again from the start of next season. League Two clubs must not spend more than 55 percent of their turnover on player salaries and associated fees, whilst League One clubs must not spend more than 60 percent of their turnover. Any club that breaches those rules is placed under a Transfer Embargo where they will not be able to sign any new players, and may be refused requests to extend loan arrangements. The Football League police this by checking a club's financial position as part of any player registration requests - if SCMP is being breached, the player registration is denied.

Turnover is defined as the total revenue coming into a Company during a given period of time. Every summer, Football League clubs have to submit a forecast of turnover for the upcoming season, including the position they expect to attain at the halfway point. Clubs have to base their evidence on hard facts, such as actual income from previous campaigns. Income forecasts must be predictable - for example including player sales, or income from cup runs or television appearances would be seen as questionable given that none of these are guaranteed income.

Clubs are allowed to include forecasts of season ticket sales, gate income, food, drink, programme sales, sponsorship etc, provided any changes in previous years data can be factually explained. Payments from Football League central revenue, such as television broadcast agreements and League sponsorship deals would be allowed - payments for hosting individual live games would not be unless you could demonstrate this as a predictable income (a team like Leeds United probably could - Yeovil Town would not be able to do so).

Donations to the club can be factored in, provided these are either done as 'no strings attached' gifts, or as part of the purchase of a brand new share allocation. However, the transfer of shareholdings, or the loan of money to the club (even if from a friendly source) would not count as income. Again, any allowable income would have to be predictable and committed.

Clubs must regularly revise their forecasts as new information comes to light. If at the halfway point of the season they find that they have now gained additional income (either higher crowds, or unexpected television appearances etc) they can then submit a new forecast based on that new data. Similarly if crowds have plummeted they would have the responsibility to do the same in the other direction.

If a club's spending comes within five percent of the above thresholds, the Football League may write to that club and ask for assurances or explanations of their latest position, to ensure that they are not about to go over the turnover threshold - e.g. if a club has reached 59 percent, but that evidence suggests their crowds are not as high as their original budgets suggested. In this situation, they would not necessarily be blocked from making new signings, but may be put under greater scrutiny as to what their future plans are.

If a club's spending rises above the threshold, or their revised turnover figures take them over that mark, then all future player signings, including loan deals and loan extensions will be refused by the Football League, with them placing the club under an embargo. The club concerned has a number of options - it can take players off its payroll by loan or permanent transfer agreements, it can look for ways of increasing its submitted turnover, such as a benefactor making a donation, or a club event providing additional revenue - or it can sit things out and hope that its season is not affected by its inability to sign new players.

Whilst transfer embargos are common-place for football clubs that fall into administration, they are less common place so far for clubs operating under SCMP. League One side Swindon Town have so far been the main documented casualty of this rule at third tier level. When a transfer tribunal in October 2012 ruled that they must pay £340,000 for the transfers of James Collins and Troy Archibald-Henville, this was a higher sum than they had anticipated and the end result was Swindon's actual spending went 1.5 percent over the threshold. That embargo lasted a month and was ended when their owner (at the time) put more money into the club.

They then were put under another embargo in January 2013, after a change in ownership meant that the amounts committed by their previous owner could no longer be guaranteed. That led to winger Matt Ritchie being sold to Bournemouth to raise funds, but it took them a total of three months before the League would sanction another signing. So far, they stand as the only League One club that has fallen foul of this rule as far - if any other clubs have, they've managed to keep it strictly under wraps.


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19 May 2014 : Amateur Duo Win Yeovil Trials After Scoring At Wembley
Yeovil Town are taking two near unknown players on trial, after they came through a national trials scheme for amateur players at Wembley Stadium. Forklift driver Billy Texeira and winger Mykel Beckley both scored at Wembley Stadium in April 2014 in front of watching scouts and former professionals and will get their chance to impress at Huish Park in July.

Texeira is a 27 year old turning out for Essex Olympian League side AFC Shenfield, will be brought down to Huish Park on trial after he and Beckley were part of a group of players selected under the Budweiser Open Trials, featuring teams managed by former West Bromich Albion manager Steve Clarke and Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish.

Texeira scored 29 goals for Shenfield this season but has never broken into professional football. He was used in the second half of the match at Wembley and scored twice in a match attended by dozens of professional scouts, with the trials organisers describing their goal as being to give unknown or forgotten players a 'second chance' to break into professional football. All trialists were aged over 25 years old, centring on players who had supposedly gone beyond the point at which they might get picked up by a club.

A forklift truck driver during his daytime job, Texeira told the Brentwood Gazette that he'd been invited to national trials at St George's Park, watched by the likes of Ray Parlour and David Ginola as they chose who would go home, and who would get the trip to Wembley. The striker said before his Wembley visit that he was shocked to get selected:

"We had three 20-minute matches watched by Clarke, McLeish, Ginola and Parlour. Seventy got cut down to 54 then we had another three 20- minute matches. I was the last or second to last to get picked for the final 32. It was a nail-biting ending as before lunch I was the first one called. In the first games I was really strong. I scored four goals in three games and I don't think anyone else scored as many as me. But I felt as though I didn't play that well. In the second lot of games, I didn't score but I felt as though I'd played better, passing the ball and holding it up. When they called my number, I wasn't that confident that I was going to get through, so I was in shock. I had to do three interviews afterwards and I don't think I smiled at all, I was still in shock."

Texeira's route through to Wembley saw him bag one finish with his feet, whilst the other was an excellently taken header, and the trial sponsors Budweiser UK have confirmed that he has been selected for a trial with Yeovil Town, meaning that he will head down to Somerset in early July, hoping to take his dream that one step further.
Billy Texeira - an AFC Shenfield striker on his way to Yeovil Town on trial
Billy Texeira - an AFC Shenfield striker on his way to Yeovil Town on trial

The second player Mykel Beckley will also visit Dagenham and Redbridge during the summer. He plays for Daventry Town and his previous clubs include Stratford Town, Boldmere St Michaels, Leamington and Sutton Coldfield. Like Texeira he also scored twice during the match, and was given the Man of the Match award at the end of the game. His Daventry club profile states:

"Mykel scored many goals for Stratford Town FC in the Midland Football Alliance before joining Daventry Town. Mykel has played for Boldmere St Michaels, Leamington and Sutton Coldfield during his football career. He was Stratfords leading goalscorer in his finalseason, partnering ex Daventry Town striker James Travis on some occasions. He is a proven striker with pace, a powerful shot and an eye for goal! Mykel has scored several goals this season, and is now on his second season at the club. His speed has caught a number of opposition defenders flat footed this season. Mykel has looked comfortable up front with a number of different strike partners."
Mykel Beckley - a Daventry Town winger on his way to Yeovil Town on trial
Mykel Beckley - a Daventry Town winger on his way to Yeovil Town on trial


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19 May 2014 : Stech Repeats Exit Plans As Watford And Sparta Interest Claimed
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech seems to be doing his best to let us down gently in stages. Having openly stated last week that he was aiming to stay in Championship football to aide his international career ambitions, the 24 year old now admits that he has picked up rumours that Championship side Watford and his hometown club Sparta Prague are both interested him grabbing his signature. Although he stops short of suggesting that he is has offers either club, he does little to rule out such a move, talking up both and admitting he has held a conversation with the Hornets.

Speaking to Czech news agency CTK, he admitted that he was a little surprised to hear about the Sparta link - a club he was on the books with as a youngster - particularly given that current No.1 keeper Tomas Vaclik is his current rival for the international jersey when the Czech Republic play Finland on Wednesday:

"The Sparta lads already told me during training that they had heard something and that I was on my way back to Sparta. I haven't even discussed it with Tomas, so I don't know if he is leaving or what. My Yeovil contract expires in a month and I am most likely not staying there as it would not be good for my future. I would like to stay in the Championship or even get into the Premier League, that's my dream."

Stech says that once he returns from Finland, that will be the moment that he starts ramping things up in terms of his plans for next season. He explained that he had heard about interest from Watford, although wasn't sure if that was as a result of them losing both keepers this summer, or whether it was genuine interest:

"I will get in touch with my agency after international duty and then we'll see. There has been no specific offer yet but I know there has been some talk about some clubs from London. There was a hint about Watford but that came up because both their goalkeepers should be leaving. I don't want to say by that that they are interested in me, it's just that we have chatted about it."

Having endured a frustrating time sat in the stands at West Ham United before he joined the Glovers, making only three first team appearances for the Hammers, Stech explained that wherever he ended up, he would be very cautious of accepting a contract offer from a club that wasn't prepared to give him plenty of game time:

"I don't want to go to a club where I would be a substitute again. When I joined West Ham in 2006 I was very young and spent three seasons as cover for Robert Green. He was basically not having any injuries, so I only appeared in three fixtures. My heart would be 100 per cent for the return to Sparta because I spent a lot of time there and I know the club. On the other hand, Watford is in the Championship. They have a chance to get into the play-offs and into the Premier League, which is excellent. I have been in England for almost eight years now, I have a family and I'm almost at home there. If it was possible, I would like to stay there. I would not be against moving elsewhere either, though."


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19 May 2014 : The Yeovil Way DVD - One Year On
With Yeovil Town reaching the one year anniversary of their League One Play-Off Final against Brentford at Wembley Stadium, now is a perfect time to remind Glovers fans that they can purchase a DVD that centres around the finale to the 2012-13 season. Entitled The Yeovil Way this is a four-DVD set that covers over eight hours worth of footage covering the final four matches of the season proper, and the three play-off matches that followed.

This is a 'behind the scenes' DVD that takes you into the world of Gary Johnson, his coaching staff and his players and details of what they go through before, during and after each match. They take you into the pre-match hotel meetings, the dressing room talks, the post-match views, and also some of the team bonding exercises they go through. Filming is captured by former Glovers winger and Youth Team coach Stuart Housley, who accompanied the squad on a daily basis during that time.

You'll also see what role Terry Skiverton and Darren Way provide in the backroom set up, and what Gary delegates to them during the day. Then of course there's full details of the club's day at Wembley Stadium, and everything that came with that day's glory, including what the players did to their own manager after the match.

The DVD set is priced £20.00 and can be purchased in the Huish Park Club Shop. Just as a word of warning, there is plenty of uncensored strong language typical of what might be used in a dressing room, so bear that in mind if you have younger children watching the footage.

With the main football matches now over for the season, we're currently working through a copy of the DVD set, and a full review of what it contains will be carried on this site later in the week. That will hopefully give supporters a bigger idea of some of the key moments that you can view on the DVDs. In the meantime, you can purchase it direct from the club by either visiting or calling during office hours.

The Yeovil Way - four DVDs - over eight hours of footage. In the Huish Park Club Store now
The Yeovil Way - four DVDs - over eight hours of footage. In the Huish Park Club Store now


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19 May 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Middlesbrough : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match of the 2013-14 season saw the Glovers bow out of the Championship in a rather sloppy way, as defensive errors dominated a 1-4 home defeat against Middlesbrough. The goal from James Hayter as he converted a Luke Ayling cross that was passed across the box by Sam Hoskins. But that was the only bright point of the game as Boro gained their second 4-1 victory over the Glovers.

Man of the Match voting saw Luke Ayling escape some of the criticism aimed at his side's defending on the day, whilst midfielder Joe Edwards picked up his usual consistent number of votes. The winner of the poll though by a comfortable margin was striker James Hayter.

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

1. James Hayter 114 (9)
2. Joe Edwards 84 (4)
3. Luke Ayling 70 (3)
4. Joe Ralls 52 (3)
5. Sam Foley 26 (2)
6. Liam Davis 22 (1)
7. Jamie McAllister 22 (1)
8. Shane Duffy 16 (1)
9. Kevin Dawson 12 (0)
10. Marek Stech 6 (0)
11. Joel Grant 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.17
Performance : 4.75
Entertainment : 5.58
VOTES RECEIVED : 24


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19 May 2014 : It Was One Year Ago Today
Exactly twelve months ago, Yeovil Town were embarking upon the finest day in the club's history. The match against Brentford at Wembley Stadium in the League One Play-Off Final saw the club head up to the Championship for the first time, thanks to goals from Paddy Madden and Dan Burn in a 2-1 win.

If you want to relive that day (of course you do!) then you'll find 91 photos on this site, whilst you can also watch a video clip of the match highlights via the YouTube clip below.




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18 May 2014 : Former Glover MacLean Creates History For St Johnstone
Former Yeovil Town striker Steven MacLean became a Scottish Cup winner yesterday, as he wrote himself into the St Johnstone history books. The 31 year old scored the Saints' second and crucial goal in a 2-0 win over Dundee United in a game played at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon.

McLean has had a bit of a mixed 2013-14 season, having spent four months out with a knee injury that medics warned him could end his playing career. But he fought his way back into their side during the tail end of February and a couple of weeks ago was rewarded with a new two year contract at McDiarmid Park and he has immediately paid that back by giving the Perth side the biggest win in the club's history.

The Peebles-born player told the Daily Record today that the moment that he scored the goal - a close range stab-in - was a bit of a blur when it happened:

"Itís been a long old road and to be part of it and score a goal, the feeling is incredible. The ball broke and I just went it. When I saw the keeper coming I just tried to smash into him. Thank goodness it broke, I stuck it in and the rest of it was a bit of a blur. I had about 70 people (family and friends) here and knew they were in that corner. I always said if I scored I would run there and then the top came off. I knew Iíd get a booking. It was late on so I thought ĎOkay, the top is coming offí. I was looking for my wee boy Luke who was there with all his mates. I was just trying to get hold of him. All I could smell was booze from the crowd! Iím so close to all my family. Iíve never seen my dad Gus greet (cry) in his life. I went and saw him and he was crying his eyes out. Days like this Ė it might never happen again. Iím getting on a bit."

MacLean has admitted that he is approaching the twilight of his playing career, and explained that his October 2013 knee injury acted as a wake-up call, with the club's doctor warning him that he might not recover. His reaction was to put in for his UEFA A Coaching Badge whilst he was recovering. He recalled the moment he had to tell his family about the problem:

"My missusí face dropped to the floor. I said to her there and then, ĎIíll get my coaching badges, I promiseí. Thatís why Iím signed up to the course to try to get my A licence but hopefully Iíve got a few years left in me yet. Iíve got my coaching badges this week. I might not make the Sunday (training) session but Iíll be there on Monday. Thereís a big party at McDiarmid tonight, a few beers and a few champagnes so I might not sleep. Those injuries make all this worthwhile and the worry you go through makes you a stronger person. It can be tough at times and when you get days like this youíve got to make the most of it."

MacLean scored four times for Yeovil Town in 24 appearances and signed for St Johnstone after he was released from his Huish Park contract in the summer of 2012. He recognised that his goal had played a role in creating club history for his current team:

"A cup at St Johnstone, itís been 130 years and it means so much to everybody. My sister came over from Australia and weíre so close and it was great for her to be here. She arrived from Sydney on Wednesday and goes back on Monday. We might not sleep for a couple of days. I donít know when it will sink in what weíve achieved. In all seriousness it could be 20 years before we realise just what weíve achieved. This team could go down as legends and I hope so because they are hard-working boys."


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18 May 2014 : It Was Seven Years Ago Today
Seven years ago tonight, Yeovil Town were involved in one of the most sensational Football League Play-Off matches in the history of the competition. Facing Nottingham Forest in a League One Second Leg match at the City Ground, whilst 2-0 down from the First Leg, the Glovers were written off even before kick-off, with 'Forest at Wembley' t-shirts on display as fans arrived at the ground.

What happened after that was extraordinary. Relive those moments across seven and a half minutes worth of the 120 minutes of drama, and the immortal line that "They've ... only gone and done it" via the YouTube clip below.




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17 May 2014 : Football League Ups'n'Downs Revisited
Lunchtime's League Two match between Southend United and Burton Albion saw the final match in the Football League Play-Off Semi-Finals take place. The 2-2 draw was enough to send the Brewers through 3-2 on aggregate and set up a League Two Play-Off Final between Fleetwood Town and Burton. Although we've played both clubs in recent years, the final sets up the 2012 Conference Champions against the 2009 Conference Champions, guaranteeing that we will meet new opposition at Football League level next season.

Having played Fleetwood in the 2011-12 FA Cup, and having last seen Burton during our own 2002-03 Conference promotion season, we have not come across either club since they rose into fourth tier football. Furthermore, with Burton having moved into their current Pirelli Stadium in July 2005, if they win the final then this would give us a new ground to visit.

The only other place that needs to be decided for next season will be resolved by the League One Play-Off Final. The winners of Leyton Orient and Rotherham United will move into the Championship, whilst the losers will be one of our opponents. If the Millers lose the final then their New York Stadium, opened in 2012, would also provide us with a new ground.

The Football League Play-Off Finals are scheduled as follows:

Sat 24/05/2014 15:00 Championship Play-Off Final : Derby County vs Queens Park Rangers
Sun 25/05/2014 15:00 League One Play-Off Final : Leyton Orient vs Rotherham United
Mon 26/05/2014 15:00 League Two Play-Off Final : Burton Albion vs Fleetwood Town

This gives us the following line-up for the 2014-15 season:

Relegated From Championship: Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town

League One Play-Offs: Leyton Orient or Rotherham United (one of these will be promoted to the Championship)

Staying In League One: Preston North End, Peterborough United, Sheffield United, Swindon Town, Port Vale, Milton Keynes Dons, Bradford City, Bristol City, Walsall, Crawley Town, Oldham Athletic, Colchester United, Gillingham, Coventry City, Crewe Alexandra, Notts County.

Promoted From League Two: Chesterfield, Scunthorpe United, Rochdale

League Two Play-Offs: Fleetwood Town or Burton Albion (one of these will be promoted to League One).


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17 May 2014 : Gary Talks About The Boardroom Budget Meeting
On Thursday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson met with the Glovers board to finalise their conversation about the 2014-15 playing budget. An hour or two after that meeting, Gary spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Charlie Taylor about how the club had to approach the budget figures, and what his hopes and expectations are. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After A Board Meeting On Playing Budgets.


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17 May 2014 : Reid Attracting Pompey And Pilgrims Interest
Former Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid is being chased by two League Two clubs as they aim to permanently recruit one of the division's top goalscorers. The 25 year old struck 21 times last season, including 17 goals in League Two, as part of a season-long loan agreement with Plymouth Argyle, and it's been no surprise to find that the Pilgrims are one of the interested parties. Reid has already held talks with Pilgrims boss John Sheridan and the only thing that seemed to be holding them back was that he hadn't been formally released by the Glovers.

Reid's name unsurprisingly landed on Yeovil's list of released players earlier this week, and that has now allowed Plymouth to put an offer own on the table. However, interest is growing from their League Two rivals Portsmouth, whose manager Andy Awford stopped short of saying that he'd given him an offer, but told the Portsmouth News that he did hold a strong interest:

"He (Reuben Reid) did well last season for Plymouth Ė it was a loan and he was Yeovilís player, though. I wouldnít be surprised to see him raise interest from other clubs. Heís one of a number of players we are currently addressing and having a look at. Heís not our top or bottom target, but heís a player we know about who is out of contract. Weíll see. I wouldnít say heís going to walk in the door next week, but heís on the list."

The Plymouth Herald remain confident that their local club remain in primary position to keep Reid down in Devon, with the Bristolian having now spent a total of 18 months across two loan spells on their books.


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17 May 2014 : Ladies Ready For Villa Return
Yeovil Town Ladies are back in action this afternoon, as they take on Aston Villa Ladies at the Jones Stadium. The match kicks off at 2.00p.m. and sees the Glovers return to FA Women's Super League fixtures less than 48 hours after they drew 0-0 with FAWSL1 side Bristol Academy in a Continental Cup match - a highly impressive result given how close the Bristolians came to winning the Super League last season.

This time around they face a Villa side who will be anxious to avenge the two sides' meeting just 13 days ago - a Continental Cup fixture that saw Yeovil win 2-0 thanks to goals from Helen Bleazard and Laura Bray. Boss Sarah Lawler is expecting her opponents to be fired up as a result of that, but hopes that home advantage can help them:

"We want to make the Jones Stadium a fortress and always want to make this a hard place for any opponents to come to. We will expect Villa to come to this game wanting a different result from last time so we will be prepared for that and have a great game plan. Obviously playing Aston Villa in the Continental Cup gave us a chance to get to know them a bit better but there will probably be changes in both teams. We have a real depth in our squad so there will be different faces. But Villa are a good side and they will probably be coming at us even harder having lost 2-0 to us recently."

Those wanting to preserve their Saturday afternoon football fix can do so by visiting Sherborne Town's stadium (more locally known as Raleigh Grove). Admission prices are £4.00 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions. All season ticket holders can bring a guest free of charge during the month of May, whilst those who come to the Villa match can also take a voucher that will give them £1.00 off the club's next match against Doncaster Rovers Belles which takes place eight days later at the same venue.
It's summer but the football keeps coming with two Yeovil Town Ladies matches


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16 May 2014 : Gary Yet To Decide On Pre-Season Training Camp
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the club have yet to make a firm decision on what their main pre-season plans will entail. Like most clubs, the Glovers have usually taken their squad away during mid-July for a mini training camp that allows newer players to get to know their new team mates, and for the management team to take a closer look on how any trialists behave in social situations away from the football pitch.

Last summer saw the club head across to Portugal where they played SC Farense on a pitch within their training camp, whilst the previous season saw them head to Wales, with Llanelli and Newport County their opponents. It had been suggested by Johnson last November that he might have a go at organising a return to Latvia, albeit without any firm commitment to such a plan.

Back in 2002-03, the club visited Skonto Riga, FK Auda and FK Ventspils thanks to Johnson's former role as their national manager, and that also allowed the Latvian national side to visit Huish Park in November 2013 in a midweek friendly. Johnson hasn't ruled it out, but on the other hand has strongly suggested it will come down to how big his playing budget is, and whether he can justify the expense, joking that a really bad budget would see them go to Wincanton and back:

"That will be down to the budget. The budget will dictate how far abroad or whether we go around the corner to Wincanton Races. If you see us at Wincanton Races you know the budget wasnít very good."

As yet, no pre-season fixtures have been arranged, although a Bournemouth Echo reporter said on Twitter last week he believed AFC Bournemouth were lining up a friendly with the Glovers - date and venue unspecified at this stage.


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16 May 2014 : Johnson Targets Eight New Summer Recruits
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes he will need to recruit in around eight new faces for the 2014-15 season, depending upon what sort of responses he gets from players who currently have contract offers on the table. The Glovers have already parted company with midfielder Ruben Palazuelos, left-back Jamie McAllister and defender/midfielder Joe Jones who all leave as free agents.

On top of that, the Glovers said farewell to three of their long term loanees, with midfielder Joe Ralls, attacker Tom Lawrence and centre-back Shane Duffy returning to their parent clubs. Johnson also said earlier this week that he expects to lose his key trio of goalkeeper Marek Stech, centre-back Byron Webster and right-back Luke Ayling who are all sat on new offers, but are thought to be aiming to stay at Championship level.

Gary's initial thoughts are that he will need to aim for eight new bodies, initially considering what is available in terms of permanent signings, with plenty of other players out of contract over the summer. However, he also expects to continue the club's use of the loan market to continue in a few cases:

"We've still probably got to bring in another eight players. That will be eight first team players, because we are not a development club anymore. Although we develop them, we've got to develop them in the first team. You always need 20 players anyway. We're lucky enough that we've got the loan system still. We might have to pull in a few favours from friends that we've made in the last couple of seasons, and that one of your friends might loan you a player to help you out and help the player out, to give him games in League One. So we'll be looking to do that later on."

Gary added that he did not expect names to be revealed until much later in the summer, with July 1st seen as being the date upon which most clubs will return for pre-season training. Whilst he hopes for replies from some of his existing players before then, he explained that any new players would probably hold out a while in the hope of attracting interest from bigger clubs:

"It's probably only the ones that are already with us, where we've made those offers (where a response to an offer will be received quickly). No-one will want to tie themselves down at this stage anyway. This is too early for people. They'll want to wait for the bigger fish, just in case. There's a lot of people out of work at the moment - a lot of players. Some of them will wait to see what happens, and wait for the bigger teams. Others will dive in, but not many."

Johnson does have one positive response, with striker James Hayter having given him a verbal agreement to sign a new deal, with the 35 year old expected to put pen to paper sometime next week.


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16 May 2014 : Lawrence Drops Out Of Welsh U21 Squad
Former Yeovil Town loanee Tom Lawrence has been forced to withdraw from Wales Under-21 duty, after he picked up an injury in his final competitive club fixture of the 2013-14 season. The Wrexham-born player had been named in the Under-21 squad that is due to play England Under-21s next Monday, but he will play no part in that match.

The 20 year old played for Manchester United Under-21s in their Premier League Under-21 Final against Chelsea Under-21s and scored for the Reds only to see the opposition come from behind to win. However, he limped off towards the end of the match, and the injury sustained will stop him from representing his country next week. As a result Swansea City's James Loveridge has been drafted into the squad as a replacement.

There's no mention at present on whether the injury is serious enough to keep him out of a 40 man training camp meet-up that the Wales senior squad have planned, ahead of a friendly against Holland on June 4th. Lawrence is due to be named in that extended 'training camp' squad, with manager Chris Coleman then due to cut down the size of players at the end of the camp to form the squad that will face the Dutch.

Revised Wales Under-21 squad: Connor Roberts (Cheltenham Town), Daniel Ward (Liverpool), Morgan Fox (Charlton Athletic), Kieron Freeman (Derby County), Joe Walsh (Crawley Town), Danny Alfei (Swansea City), Lee Lucas (Swansea City), Declan John (Cardiff City), George Ray (Crewe Alexandra), Tom O'Sullivan (Cardiff City), James Loveridge (Swansea City), Lloyd Isgrove (Southampton), Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Wes Burns (Bristol City), Rob Ogleby (Wrexham), Gwion Edwards (Swansea City), Josh Pritchard (Fulham), George Williams (Fulham).


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16 May 2014 : Johnson Targets Increased Turnover To Keep Club Competitive
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the club will need to look ways of increasing their turnover for the 2014-15 season if they are to remain competitive in League One. With the Glovers back in third tier football, Gary has been in talks with the Yeovil Town board since last month about what sort of level of playing budget he can work with for the forthcoming season, and yesterday he met with the Board once again where they were due to set a firm figure for him to move forward on.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that much of what they were talking about in the Board meetings related to mathematical calculations concerning the Football League's Salary Cost Management Protocol, more commonly known as salary capping. With League One clubs operating under a different mechanism to the Financial Fair Play rules set in the Championship, the club are able to spend up to 60 percent of their turnover (total income) on players salaries, with those clubs that breach those rules put under a transfer embargo until they are able to resolve that situation.

The Glovers boss said that the end result was that both he and the Board ended up with a final figure that sat 'in between' the lowest and highest figures that had initially been pitched and that the management team had been putting together target lists for players based on those multiple possible outcomes:

"It was more about finding out what the turnover is at our club, and they've now got a figure for that, and that allows you to do the equation for how much I've got for players salaries. Myself, Terry Skiverton and Darren Way have been putting a list together. One was a high-earning list, one was a second higher-earning list, and then we had a third list. So we're sort of somewhere in between with the figures that we've got. We'll have a look at it over the next couple of days and we'll see how competitive we can be."

Whilst the SCMP rules may put an initial constraint on what Johnson can do in terms of player recruitment, he said that there were other things that could be done to raise that bar in the long run. He said that it was important for the club to try to raise attendances at Huish Park, and to look at other methods of generating funds for the club:

"There's other things that you can do. We've just got to up the turnover, and that's really the biggest thing. We've had 5,000 home supporters who have been magnificent for us, but we need 7,000. I've been saying for a couple of years that we need seven or eight thousand supporters to make us competitive. If we can't get that then we have to make it up in other ways. Clubs are going to have to come up with ways of bringing that extra revenue in."


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15 May 2014 : Mitchell Holds Talks With Salisbury
Former AFC Bournemouth owner Eddie Mitchell has been taking an interest in Conference National side Salisbury City. The Property Developer became a regular at Huish Park during January and February 2014, leading to strong speculation that he was looking to invest in the Glovers at Boardroom level. Attending four out of five home matches staged during those two months, rumours that his talks with the club had come to nothing were followed up 24 hours later by a February 25th statement from the club denying that any talks had taken place at all.

At that point Mitchell disappeared from view in terms of his sudden 'support' for the Glovers, and he has now surfaced at Salisbury. Despite claiming in February that he is "110 percent" behind Southern League side Poole Town, Mitchell admits to the Salisbury Journal that he did hold talks with Whites Chairman William Harrison-Allan recently, with the Wiltshire side openly looking for new investment:

"I visited the club last week and met William Harrison-Allan. Itís a lovely little club which needs to be carefully looked at. Iíve had discussions but I will not be investing at this point and wonít be buying it by the end of the week. However, Iím always interested in exploring different avenues."

Mitchell's on-the-record interest in Salisbury again adds weight to the theory that his early-2014 visits to Huish Park were a little more than him just turning up to watch a few football matches. With his current interests in Poole merely standing as an 'option' rather than as a fully committed investment, it would seem he is actively doing the rounds in search of a new club to get his feet under the table at. His disappearance from Yeovil shortly after the club's own statement, and his registered interest in Salisbury would suggest he has moved on from ourselves.


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15 May 2014 : Released Blades Striker Given Glovers Link
Yeovil Town are being linked with a former Sheffield United striker according to the Sky Sports website. They name 26 year old Shaun Miller as a Glovers target, adding that Rotherham United and Chesterfield are also showing an interest in him. As with many of the summer 'rumours' so far, there are no sources named, and no quotes provided - the usual practice is to assume that an agent is bigging up his player when multiple clubs showing 'interest' are added into the equation.

Miller, who is best known for scoring the goal that knocked Premier League side Fulham out of the FA Cup last season in a shock Fourth Round Replay win, spent six years with Crewe Alexandra as a professional, making 179 appearances as part of the Dario Gradi Academy production line, having been on their books since the age of seven. He joined the Blades in the summer of 2012, although has been a bit of a fringe player for them, scoring nine goals in 35 appearances. He has also seen loan experience with Witton Albion and Shrewsbury Town. Miller was on the Blades released list today, and so is available to any interested club on a free transfer.

Yeovil Town have ruled out a move for former Birmingham City midfielder Wade Elliott, who was on their released list at the 2013-14 season. The 35 year old had been on loan with Bristol City during the latter half of the campaign, and a few tweets from so-called 'transfer' Twitter accounts had claimed that the Glovers were showing interest. However, this is the start of the silly season, where every player gets linked with every club going - manager Gary Johnson has told the Western Gazette that there is nothing in this, although warns that he is not prepared to entertain every twitter rumour being answered by him over the summer months.


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15 May 2014 : Brighton vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final away match of the 2013-14 season saw them make their first ever trip to Brighton's new Falmer Stadium (currently dubbed as the Amex Stadium). In a match broadcast live on Sky Sports the Glovers acquitted themselves well, but late goals from Kazenga LuaLua and Jesse Lingard meant that they went home with a 2-0 defeat.

Man of the Match voting once again saw the defenders and tacklers of the team come in for significant praise, rather than the attacking part of the line-up. Midfielder Joe Edwards and centre-back Shane Duffy were two of those to be singled out - no surprise, given they've been two of the club's most consistent performers this season. And talking of consistent performers, Luke Ayling won the poll, and again his second and third place votes were what pushed him up above the other two.

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

1. Luke Ayling 98 (5)
2. Shane Duffy 86 (7)
3. Joe Edwards 82 (5)
4. Ruben Palazuelos 40 (2)
5. Sam Hoskins 34 (3)
6. Byron Webster 26 (1)
7. Marek Stech 20 (0)
8. Kieffer Moore 18 (1)
9. Jamie McAllister 14 (1)
10. Liam Davis 14 (0)
11. Joe Ralls 8 (0)
12. Tom Lawrence 6 (0)
13. James Hayter 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.96
Performance : 7.04
Entertainment : 6.88
VOTES RECEIVED : 25


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15 May 2014 : Ladies Gear Up For Battle Of The South-West
Yeovil Town Ladies are back in action tonight, when they play the biggest match of their season so far. The challenge this evening is their first local derby at this level, with FA WSL1 side Bristol Academy their opponents in a Continental Cup match. The match is being played at the Stoke Gifford Stadium - a rare scenario for Women's Football given that it is a purpose-built stadium that was opened in 2011, situated on South Gloucestershire and Stroud College's WISE campus.

Over the past few years, Bristol Academy have been one of the most prominent sides in the Ladies game, and last season finished runners up to Liverpool Ladies, with the title race being taken to the final game of the season. That means that the Glovers - newly promoted to the Super League structure - will be facing a tough challenge, as well as the issue of local pride.

Ladies manager Sarah Lawler has said ahead of the game that she is glad that there is such a rapidly growing platform for Ladies football in the South-West now:

"One of our club's main objectives was to ensure there is a great playing platform for female players from the South West and we are proud of the squad we are developing to compete in the FA WSL2. I know my girls will be up for this derby game and all I ask is they focus on working hard and performing in preperation for the coming league games. Bristol have really progressed on and off the pitch over the last few years, as have we so we will enjoy being the underdogs against a league 1 side and hope both teams put on a great game for the supporters."

Yeovil Town Ladies FC Season Ticket holders can gain admission to tonight's fixture for just £2.00 if they show their ticket cards on the turnstile. Normal admission prices are £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for students and concessions. The ground is situated walking distance from Bristol Parkway railway station, and the address for the venue is as follows:

Stoke Gifford Stadium: Wise Campus, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8LP.


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15 May 2014 : Hayter Expected To Sign New Deal
Yeovil Town striker James Hayter is expected to sign a new contract for next season. The 35 year old is one of five players given written offers, and manager Gary Johnson has revealed that he does have a verbal assurance from the former AFC Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers player that he will put pen to paper.

Hayter scored eight goals in 40 appearances last season for the club last season, and thus in terms of the club's permanent squad finished as their top goalscorer. Johnson told BBC Somerset that he does expect him to formalise the deal sometime next week:

"James Hayter has agreed a contract, so that's good, and he should sign next week. We're speaking to Chris Dunn, the goalkeeper, who didn't let us down. Nana needed last year's work as he'd been out for a little while. So we're talking to him about keeping him for another year or so. So we've got a few, and with the lads that are there like Davis, Grant, Hoskins and Moore, they all can improve for us."

Gary has already said earlier this week that he is expecting goalkeeper Marek Stech, defender Byron Webster and right-back Luke Ayling to look for other clubs, and so is working on the pessimistic side with that trio. Stech himself has openly stated that he is wanting to stay at Championship level in an effort to further his own international career, having just been given his first Czech Republic call-up. The Glovers boss said his view on where he stood with that trio hadn't changed since earlier in the week:

"I'd be surprised if Marek Stech comes back. I think he is ready in his head to move on. Certainly his representatives are happy for him to move on. It's the same with Byron Webster. And with Luke Ayling, I think it's the same. So I think we'll lose all those three, but with Luke the only good thing about that is that he is Under-24 and so there will be compensation."


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14 May 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's penultimate home game of the 2013-14 season was the Easter Monday fixture against Huddersfield Town. The Glovers were drinking at the last chance saloon, needing a win against the Terriers and Tom Lawrence gave them hope when he fired home a second half free kick to equalise a Nahki Wells effort. But with all players pushing up during injury time, Adam Clayton delivered the sucker punch by a 97th minute goal that ensured a 1-2 home defeat.

Man of the Match voting saw centre-back Byron Webster score well, whilst Ruben Palazuelos was a very popular choice in midfield. The winner of the poll though was right-back Luke Ayling - he received fewer outright votes than Ruben but sneaked ahead thanks to his second and third choice votes. The full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1. Luke Ayling 154 (8)
2. Ruben Palazuelos 134 (11)
3. Byron Webster 124 (9)
4. James Hayter 76 (4)
5. Jamie McAllister 52 (2)
6. Tom Lawrence 50 (1)
7. Shane Duffy 40 (3)
8. Joe Edwards 36 (0)
9. Kevin Dawson 32 (2)
10. Matteo Lanzoni 6 (0)
11. Joe Ralls 2 (0)
11. Marek Stech 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.22
Performance : 6.2
Entertainment : 6.25
VOTES RECEIVED : 40


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14 May 2014 : Gary Talks About The Released And Retained Lists
Yesterday, Yeovil Town published their full list of players that were being released from their contracts, and those who were being offered new deals. Just after that set of players names were made public, Glovers boss Gary Johnson appeared live on BBC Somerset as part of their 'Drive' programme. With questions from presenter Charlie Taylor, Gary's thoughts on the players he let go, the ones he wants to keep and his plans for the summer can be read via the link below.

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


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14 May 2014 : Ghanaian Attacker To Join For Glovers Trial
Yeovil Town are to invite a Ghana-born player to trials for the start of the 2014-15 season. Nineteen year old player Ferdinand Takyi is named by an agency UK Football Trials as heading to Huish Park in July after they took him on to help him find a club for next season. They report that the Glovers are to take a look at him, and describe him as a "both footed attacking Midfielder who can play left, right or centre. A great athlete, superb pace, strength on the ball, who has electric acceleration, good in the air, a strong shot and great touch. His vision and awareness was outstanding and he showed himself to be polite, intelligent and good personality."

Other internet sites variously describe him as an attacking midfielder and as a striker, suggesting he fits into the sort of role taken by the likes of Sam Foley, Joel Grant and Tom Lawrence over the past season. Born in Ghana on 28th August 1994, he is a 6'2" tall player who has been on the books of TB Uphusen who play in the Oberliga Niedersachsen division - a fifth tier level within German football.

Takyi has said on his agency's website that he chose the part-time football route initially to ensure that he had a good educational background, but is now looking to branch out to become a professional footballer:

"I chose the education route as a plan B because I want to be successful in life and you never know what could happen no matter how talented you are. But I dream to become a pro footballer. I train most days of the week, three times with a team, twice by myself and have two sessions of strength and condition and 4 hours of fitness training - I have been doing this for a long time. I always do more than requested - thatís the only way to succeed."


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14 May 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Comings And Goings
Yesterday saw the first firm sign of squad changes over the summer, as manager Gary Johnson changes his squad for the 2014-15 season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog reviews yesterdays news and offers some views on those who have been shown the door and those who have been given offers. Read on via the link below, and feel free to offer your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Comings And Goings.


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14 May 2014 : Grant Given First International Call-Up
Yeovil Town winger/striker Joel Grant has been named in an international squad that will visit the United States of America later this month. Grant has been given a call-up by Jamaica for a friendly against Serbia that will take place on May 26th 2014, kick-off 4.00p.m. (local time) at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, home of the New York Red Bulls.

Grant does have eleven Jamaica Under-20 caps and was part of their Under-23 squad that took part in the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2006, whilst on the books of Watford. However, since rising above that age group, the 26 year old has not been considered by his international side. The Western Gazette reports that he has been named in their squad for the first time.

He is the fourth player involved in Yeovil Town's 2013-14 season to get an international call-up, with Marek Stech getting his first Czech Republic call-up, Tom Lawrence due to play for Wales Under-21s later this month, whilst Shane Duffy has been co-opted into the Republic of Ireland senior international side. Although born in Acton in West London, he qualifies for Jamaica through his family.


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14 May 2014 : Johnson Expecting Boardroom Answers This Week
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he hopes to have his playing budget finalised on Thursday, when he will be able to have a firm steer on his plans for the 2014-15 season. The Glovers boss has been in discussions with the Yeovil Town board since late last month, with his hope that he would be able to maintain his current Championship-level budget, rather than revert back to the level that the club worked within during their previous time in League One.

The question of whether Johnson would get what he was after has been a long running one, and the Yeovil boss has told BBC Somerset that despite the production of yesterday's released and retained lists he still has not had an answer to that question. However, as part of the LMA Awards evening in London earlier this week, he explained that he and his coaching staff had met up and discussed alternative plans based on a number of levels of budgets, and that they were ready to move forward as soon as they got the nod from the board:

"We've been at an LMA Dinner all night down in London, and we did a little bit of networking there, and we've got some good lists, and I'm just waiting on a meeting with the board on Thursday where they're going to let me know what the budget will be - the actual budget that I can work to - and then we can decide on whether it's our top list, or our second from top list, or our third list. So we're hoping to get our top list, in which case the budget needs to be competitive."

The Glovers are set to return to League One just twelve months after they defeated Brentford in the 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium. As they drop back down to the third tier, their opponents on that day have made it second time lucky by rising upward via the automatic promotion route. That means the Bees will finally get their place above Yeovil in the pyramid, but Johnson believes the Bees have had to spend big to do it:

"It shows you the enormity of our success in that League One campaign, because Brentford spent ten million this year in getting themselves out of League One and into the Championship, and everybody knows that our budget is only a fifth of that. We took our opportunity when it came, and hopefully we can use what we've got to the best of our ability, so that we can have another campaign that gets us close to that Championship spot again. But yes football is certainly a case of swings and roundabouts."


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13 May 2014 : Stech Stakes Claim For Championship Football
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech has made it clear that he needs to stay in Championship football in order to further his international career. The 24 year old is out of contract this summer, and so is free to choose the club that he next signs for, and it seems highly likely that his future will not be at Huish Park. The former West Ham United trainee was often the star of Yeovil's side, particularly on their travels during the second half of the 2013-14 season, as they grabbed a number of shock results away from home.

Today saw Stech gain his first ever senior international call-up, with Head Coach Pavel Vrba recognising the player's performances this season. However, Vrba hinted in his press conference today that it was Stech's rise into second tier football that meant that they could seriously consider him for international selection, with the obvious implication that if Stech stays with Yeovil Town, his chances of gaining additional international caps would be limited.

Speaking to Czech football site Fotbal.idnes.cz today, Stech agrees with his national coach's views and has openly said that he has told his agency to look at attracting a dea with a Championship club as a priority:

"I agree with him (Pavel Vrba). I cannot play for the national team being in third division. My Yeovil contract expires, though, so I will be a free agent. I have already talked to people from (players agency) Sport Invest, who represent me and we have discussed the option to continue in the second division. I would like to spend at least one more year in the Championship where I can continue gaining experience. Then, of course, I would like to move upward. The Premier League is my dream."


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13 May 2014 : Johnson Braced For Further Huish Park Departures
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he is bracing himself further departures during the summer, despite allowing a quartet of players to leave the club today. Left-back Jamie McAllister, midfielder Ruben Palazuelos, defender/midfielder Joe Jones and striker Reuben Reid are all now free agents after they were not offered contracts at the club, with Palazuelos making the decision himself to return to Spain.

Three of Yeovil's key players that have been offered new deals include goalkeeper Marek Stech, centre-back Byron Webster and right-back Luke Ayling, with the former getting an international call-up to recognise his form during the 2013-14 season, whilst the latter pair were picking up awards on the final day of the season.

It was therefore zero surprise that the club gave those players offers for next season, with striker James Hayter and defender Seth Nana Twumasi also getting contracts on the table. However, Gary told BBC Somerset that although those had been put in writing, he wasn't confident that they would sign those deals:

"Written offers have been made to Marek Stech, Byron Webster and Luke Ayling. But Luke Ayling is actually under 24 and that means that if he moves on anywhere then we would get a compensation figure because of his age. That doesn't mean that they will sign, and they probably won't because I think they're possibly looking for pastures new, but we've made them a written offer anyway, and we'll keep our fingers crossed and see what comes back."

In the case of the departures, Johnson admitted that parting company with Jamie McAllister was the hardest decision to make, given that he was a player who he'd worked with for two years at Yeovil as well as being a key part of Gary's management spell with Bristol City. However, he felt that the Glasgow-born player needed a new challenge at another club:

"With McAllister we had to think long and hard about because me and him go back a long way. He has been a fantastic captain for me at two different clubs, and we've had two or three promotions together. But I felt that at 36 years old he probably needed a new challenge. He's still got 32 year old legs, but I needed to open up a couple of spaces for players that I was planning on bringing in."


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13 May 2014 : Four Players Depart Yeovil Town In Summer Reshuffle
Yeovil Town have released four players at the end of the 2013-14 season, as part of their summer rebuilding plans. Captain Jamie McAllister, defender/midfielder Joe Jones, midfielder Ruben Palazuelos and striker Reuben Reid have all been shown the door and will not be offered new deals. Palazuelos has left under his own steam, and has returned to Spain, whilst Jones and McAllister's departures have been made by manager Gary Johnson. The departure of striker Reuben Reid has also been confirmed, after he spent 18 months on loan at League Two side Plymouth Argyle.

The club have still yet to make a decision on goalkeeper Chris Dunn, who is out of contract, whilst defender Nathan Ralph will be invited back for pre-season training to prove his fitness, having spent the whole of the season just gone on the treatment table with a succession of injuries.

The Glovers have also made unspecified contract offers to defender Seth Nana Twumasi, striker James Hayter, right-back Luke Ayling, centre-back Byron Webster and goalkeeper Marek Stech. No contract lengths or deadlines for them to decide have been revealed.

The remainder of the club's squad are still under contract for the 2014-15 season. These are Joe Edwards, Kevin Dawson, Sam Foley, Gareth Stewart, Kieffer Moore, Sam Hoskins, Matteo Lanzoni, Joel Grant, Liam Davis and Adam Morgan.

Update: Gary has since confirmed that striker Reuben Reid has also departed the club.


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13 May 2014 : Blackburn Rovers vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's trip up to Ewood Park last month saw them gain a 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers in a game in which both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances. Despite both sides needing the points at opposite ends of the table, the expectations of a high-scoring end-to-end match were dashed as they cancelled each other out in a fairly inert affair.

No surprises then that the Man of the Match voting for this match saw defenders and tacklers score highly in this game. Centre-back pairing Shane Duffy and Byron Webster impressed on the day, but ahead of them by a whisker was midfielder Joe Edwards who was the final poll winner.

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

1. Joe Edwards 30 (3)
2. Byron Webster 28 (2)
3. Shane Duffy 26 (0)
4. Luke Ayling 14 (1)
5. James Hayter 12 (0)
6. Jamie McAllister 12 (1)
7. Ruben Palazuelos 12 (1)
8. Tom Lawrence 6 (0)
9. Joe Ralls 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.12
Performance : 6.5
Entertainment : 5.75
VOTES RECEIVED : 8


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13 May 2014 : Stech Given Full International Call-Up
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech has been given an international call-up for the full Czech Republic side. They travel to play Finland in a friendly match on Wednesday 21st May (kick-off 5.00p.m. UK time) and this could give Marek his first chance for a full international cap, having played 12 times at Under-21 level previously.

Marek is one of only two goalkeepers in the squad, with Tomas Vaclik of AC Sparta Praha the other keeper chosen - he has just one full cap meaning that neither keeper can be assumed to be the senior man within the ranks.

The 24 year old made 29 appearances for Yeovil Town during the 2013-14 season, at Championship level, and it would seem that playing at the higher level has got him noticed by Czech national coach Pavel Vrba.

The rest of the Czech Republic squad includes a handful of players currently on the books of English clubs, including Watford's Daniel Pudil, Arsenal striker Tomas Rosicky and West Bromwich Albion's Matej Vydra. The full squad list is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Marek Stech (Yeovil Town), Tomas Viclik (AC Sparta Praha)

Defenders: Pavel Kaderbarek (AC Sparta Praha), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce), David Limbersky (FC Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Prochazka (FC Viktoria Plzen), Daniel Pudil (Watford), Marek Suchy (FC Basilej)

Midfielders: Vladimir Darida (SC Freiburg), Borek Dockal (AC Sparta Praha), Tomas Horava (FC Viktoria Plzen), Josef Husbauer (AC Sparta Praha), Ladislav Krecjci (AC Sparta Praha), Lukas Vacha (AC Sparta Praha), Ondrej Vanek (Kayserispor)

Strikers: Vaclav Kadlec (Eintracht Frankfurt), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Matej Vydra (West Bromwich Albion).


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12 May 2014 : Seagulls Manager Resigns In The Wake Of Play-Off Defeat
Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion are looking for a new top man for the second consecutive summer, following this afternoon's resignation of Oscar Garcia. The former Barcelona player had been in charge for the full 2013-14 season, and had completed it with an unbeaten eight match run that took them into the final play-off place in the final minute of the season, leapfrogging Reading in the process.

However, the class of Derby County proved too much for them, and they were soundly beaten 6-2 across the two legs, including yesterday's 4-1 defeat at Pride Park. Rumours of Garcia's resignation began to circulate within hours of the match finishing, and that has now been confirmed, although he suggests that this was a decision that had been on the cards for a longer time than that:

"The club has been aware of my thoughts for several weeks and during this time I have had discussions with both the chairman, Tony Bloom, and chief executive, Paul Barber. I have enjoyed my time with the club but, although I do not have any immediate plans, I have decided to move on. Iím very proud of this season with Brighton. The Championship is a very difficult and competitive league but our record this season has been very good. I wish Brighton every success for the future."

Brighton have not given any clues as to how they plan to approach the appointment of his successor. Garcia's assistant - former Glovers player and assistant manager - Nathan Jones remains at the club and thus would by default assume some sort of caretaker capacity - important given the Seagulls will need to make decisions over their released and retained lists shortly.


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12 May 2014 : Gary Johnson Talks About English Player Development And League Three
Late last week, the FA's England Commission published a report concerning the state of the England national team. That included proposals for a new League Three division to be incorporated into the English football pyramid.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was asked for his views by the BBC on the development of English players, and how the introduction of B Teams into the pyramid would affect the Glovers. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Matt Faulkner, Gary's views on those topics can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About The FA's B Team Proposals.


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11 May 2014 : Glovers Reclaim Adam Stansfield Trophy
Yeovil Town's Supporters Team took back the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy this afternoon at Elmore FC. In a match played at Horsden Park, the Glovers beat the Exeter City supporters team by a 2-1 scoreline, to avenge last year's 3-1 defeat and bring the trophy back to Somerset.

The match is an annual tournament played between both clubs in aid of the Adam Stansfield Foundation and to recognise the link between both clubs. Exeter's side this afternoon included former Grecians professional Bertie Cozic, who has recently retired from the game after ending his career at Tiverton. But even his inclusion in the Devon side couldn't prevent Yeovil Town winning the match.


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11 May 2014 : Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's April home Championship match against AFC Bournemouth saw the teams share out a 1-1 draw at Huish Park. The highlight of the game was a stunning goal from Kieffer Moore who opened the scoring, but the Cherries equalised with a rather fortuitous ricocheted goal that prevented us from gaining the win.

Man of the Match voting saw Luke Ayling and Joe Edwards be their usual consistent selves. However, they were miles behind the front pair. Midfielder Ruben Palazuelos picked up a large number of votes, but he ended up being edged out by striker Kieffer Moore, who put in his best performance in a Glovers shirt to deservedly win the award.

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

1. Kieffer Moore 354 (20)
2. Ruben Palazuelos 264 (19)
3. Luke Ayling 154 (8)
4. Joe Edwards 144 (8)
5. Shane Duffy 58 (4)
6. James Hayter 32 (0)
7. Joe Ralls 30 (1)
8. Byron Webster 30 (1)
9. Tom Lawrence 18 (0)
10. Marek Stech 8 (0)
11. Jamie McAllister 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.92
Performance : 7.93
Entertainment : 7.9
VOTES RECEIVED : 61


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11 May 2014 : Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's trip to The Valley in April was another opportunity for them to rein in one of their relegation rivals in Charlton Athletic. That ended up not going to plan, as the Addicks won the match by a 3-2 scoreline. Our goals came from Joel Grant and Kieffer Moore but we were unable to get back into the game after conceding two early second half goals that killed the game.

Man of the Match voting saw goalkeeper Chris Dunn receive praise again for his performance, with Marek Stech out due to illness. Just ahead of him was Luke Ayling, but the winner of the poll was striker James Hayter who led the line well alongside Tom Lawrence. Full results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. James Hayter 52 (3)
2. Luke Ayling 38 (3)
3. Chris Dunn 36 (2)
4. Shane Duffy 32 (1)
5. Joel Grant 30 (3)
6. Jamie McAllister 18 (1)
7. Kieffer Moore 16 (0)
8. Tom Lawrence 12 (1)
9. Joe Edwards 8 (0)
10. Liam Davis 6 (0)
11. Ruben Palazuelos 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.43
Performance : 4.86
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 14


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10 May 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : I Don't B-League It!
The main topic in football this week has been the Football Association's plans to introduce a new division at the tail end of the Football League, in an attempt to shoe-horn 'B Teams' from Premier League sides into the pyramid structure. The latest Taff's Gloversblog pulls apart that report and considers what good it will do the England side, and how it will affect clubs like Yeovil Town. Read on via the link below and add your own views, which are likely to be varied on what is a complex subject!

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : I Don't B-League It!


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10 May 2014 : Blackpool vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's lengthy trip up to Blackpool in early April brought the Glovers their first win in seven matches, against a side that had been belatedly dragged into the relegation fight. A James Hayter penalty was followed up by a second half conversion by Tom Lawrence from a Luke Ayling cross, and although Blackpool pulled one back, the Glovers held on for the 2-1 away win.

Man of the Match voting noted that goalkeeper Chris Dunn had a good game at the opposite end of the field. However, it was the two goalscorers who impressed voters the most. Tom Lawrence who was playing in a front line position, came in as runner-up, whilst James Hayter won the poll by a fairly comfortable margin. Full results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. James Hayter 108 (7)
2. Tom Lawrence 64 (3)
3. Chris Dunn 38 (2)
4. Liam Davis 22 (1)
5. Shane Duffy 22 (1)
6. Joe Ralls 20 (2)
7. Luke Ayling 14 (1)
8. Jamie McAllister 8 (0)
9. Joe Edwards 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.33
Performance : 8.67
Entertainment : 8
VOTES RECEIVED : 18


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9 May 2014 : League Three And B Team Proposals In Detail
Following yesterday's publishing of the FA's England Commission report, a number of news outlets have been reporting on the sort of outline rules that are on the table for the league restructuring. At present the plans will be put out for review, although the preciseness of the information that is being out suggests that the FA already have a firm idea of what they want to see. The plans have so far received hefty criticism in the media, particularly given their failure to consult properly with supporters bodies. Meanwhile yesterday the Football Conference put out a sharply-worded statement indicating that they have had zero contact with the FA, even though their member clubs will suffer the biggest impact.

The FA's main proposal is for the new "League Three" to be positioned in the football pyramid between League Two and the Conference South division. They would allow all 2015-16 Premier League teams to co-opt a 'B Team' to play at the new tier from the start of the 2016-17 season. They are anticipating that around ten Premier League sides would join the division, with a further ten Conference clubs being moved into that division for the initial season. They have left room for a further four spaces at that level if a Premier League side wanted to form a B Team in the future. If more than ten clubs apply for a B Team, then the FA will insert others into the Conference National division.

They expect the Premier League clubs to either build smaller purpose-built stadiums to satisfy the needs of their B Team, or to agree a groundshare with another local side with similar facilities. Given the timeframe being proposed for this, the latter would seem to be the more obvious route, which will inevitably have a significant impact on the complexities of publishing fixture lists, in that the hosting club's fixture list and the B Team's fixture list would have to avoid a clash. There is no mention of B Teams playing at the club's main stadium.

The B Teams would not play in the FA Cup or League Cup, given their senior sides would participate in that competition. However, the FA would consider them being eligible to play in the Football League Trophy. The B Teams would not have voting rights at Football League or Football Conference meetings, and would take associate membership.

The FA propose to establish rules concerning the sort of players that can participate in a B Team match. These can be summarised as follows:
a) At least 19 players in a nominated squad of 25 players must be under the age of 21 years old, and only three players on a matchday teamsheet can be aged over 21 years old.
b) At least 20 of the nominated squad of 25 players must be recognised as 'Home Grown' players. Note that this does not necessarily infer that they will be English players. The Home Grown rule qualifies any player who has been affiliated to an English FA or Welsh FA club for a period of three seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday. The rule does not test their nationality, or their current age, and does not have to be that player's current club.
c) At least 5 of the nominated squad of 25 players must be recognised as 'Club Grown' players. This is a UEFA term that states that the player must have been registered and trained at that club for at least 36 months between the ages of 15-21. Again, the actual nationality of the player is not tested by this rule.
d) Players who are considered to be non-EU by nationality would not be allowed to play in the B Team. They would need to hold an EU passport, or have some right to claim nationality of an EU country.

There would also be rules established to allow the transfer of players between the B Team and the club's main team on a match-by-match basis, subject to the following rules:
a) Any B Team player can be called up into the club's First Team squad at any time, irrespective of transfer windows
b) Once a player aged Under 21 has played more than ten games in the first team he cannot return to the B Team squad.

The FA's report implies that a B Team will not be allowed to be promoted to the Championship. However, in the case of a B Team finishing in the top six of League One, they don't make clear whether such promotion/play-off positions would be rippled down to the seventh place club (and so on) or whether it would result in that position not being taken up.

Today has seen the FA's plans heavily criticised by a surprising party. Given the presumption that much of this is being cooked up by the larger Premier League sides, Chief Executive Richard Scudamore may have been expected to back the plans. He recognises the need to reform the English national game and the need to develop young players but feels the FA are going about it in the wrong way:

"I don't believe we should be wrecking the pyramid of English football to achieve that. We must see if there is a credible alternative before we go decimating the Football Conference and the Football League. That is something we need to try and protect almost at all costs."

It's an odd day when Mr Scudamore is acting as a bigger custodian of the Football League than its own Chairman Greg Clarke has been over this issue.


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9 May 2014 : Lawrence Given Welsh Under-21s International Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town loanee Tom Lawrence has been named in the Wales Under-21 squad for a match against England later this month. The Welsh will play a UEFA Under-21 Qualifier match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, on May 19th 2014, and the Manchester United player is included in their squad as one of their key players.

Lawrence is expected to be named shortly in a summer training camp for the full Welsh international squad, which will contain around 40 players, that will meet up in early June. That training camp will then form the basis of the next international squad which will play Holland on June 4th, with the eventual numbers cut down to a more manageable size.

The Under-21 squad reads as follows:

Wales Under-21s: Connor Robers (Cheltenham Town), Daniel Ward (Liverpool), Morgan Fox (Charlton Athletic), Kieron Freeman (Derby County), Joe Walsh (Crawley Town), Danny Alfei (Swansea City), Lee Lucas (Swansea City), Declan John (Cardiff City), George Ray (Crewe Alexandra), Tom O'Sullivan (Cardiff City), Tom Lawrence (Manchester United), Lloyd Isgrove (Southampton), Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Wes Burns (Bristol City), Rob Ogleby (Wrexham), Gwion Edwards (Swansea City), Josh Pritchard (Fulham), George Williams (Fulham).


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9 May 2014 : Duffy Given Republic International Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy has been named in a provisional Republic of Ireland international squad that is scheduled to play four friendly matches over the summer period. The Everton centre-back is one of two uncapped players listed in boss Martin O'Neill's squad that will play against Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal over the next couple of months.

The squad is likely to be shortened slightly ahead of their meet-up on May 22nd, but with four matches due to be played, it is likely that whoever remains on the final list should take to the field at some point. Ireland will take on Turkey at the Aviva Stadium on May 25th, followed by a match staged at Craven Cottage, Fulham against Italy on May 31st. They then travel to play Costa Rica in the PPL Stadium, Philadelphia on June 6th, quickly followed by their final game against Portugal in the Metlife Stadium, New Jersey on June 10th.

Duffy has picked up numerous caps at Under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland and has been invited to a training camp in the past, but has yet to make his international debut at senior level. Having been a regular for Yeovil Town at Championship level during the 2013-14 season, hopefully this is a chance for him to step forward given that he is now over-age for the Under-21 level he has been captaining his country at until now.

Republic of Ireland Squad: (provisional list) David Forde, Darren Randolph, Rob Elliot, Richard Keogh, Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman, John OíShea, Alex Pearce, Stephen Kelly, Damien Delaney, Joey OíBrien, Shane Duffy, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, Ciaran Clark, Stephen Ward, Glenn Whelan, Paul Green, Aiden McGeady, Anthony Pilkington, James McClean, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler, Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Jon Walters, Kevin Doyle, Anthony Stokes, Simon Cox, Connor Sammon.


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9 May 2014 : Gary Johnson: FA Relying On 'Guesswork' For B Team Proposals
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson feels that the Football Association are relying upon 'guesswork' in terms of whether their controversial 'B Team' proposals will work or not. Having seen the FA's plans which are part of a wider report on the National Game, the Glovers boss is concerned about the effect that it will have upon clubs that want to progress through the pyramid in the way the Glovers and Doncaster Rovers have over the past ten years ago.

Both sides were in the Conference National division in 2003, yet were rubbing shoulders together at Championship level during the 2013-14 season, having both moved up three levels during that time, with Donny even enjoying their second spell in second tier football. He isn't sure how the new division will help improve the England set-up but has told BBC Somerset that he is worried about how easy it will be for a future club to repeat the Glovers' feat:

"For somebody who has brought a team through from the Conference - and Doncaster have done it as well - suddenly you've got Manchester City's B Team and Manchester United's B Team put in front of you, before you get into the Football League as we know it. So I think it's a massive change, and I think it's guesswork. I don't think they know for sure whether it will improve the England team."

Johnson feels that the current loan system is working at his own club, with the Glovers having a good record in recent years, with Steven Caulker and Andros Townsend moving from being Tottenham Hotspur teenagers into winning full England caps and Premier League appearances following their departure. With Dan Burn also breaking into Fulham's first team, Johnson also adds that one of his most recent loan acquisitions in Tom Lawrence has shown how good such a system can be for a player's development:

"I think the loan system is very good, but unfortunately although it will stay for this (2014-15) year, it's going to be taken away from next year. I think with the loan system we had a great situation with Tom Lawrence and Manchester United. They said to me that he came out there as a boy and went back to them a man. I think that if they're good enough, then it's the Premier League teams that should be playing these players earlier."


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8 May 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Barnsley : Man Of The Match Result
The final match in March was a bit of a horror show, with Barnsley coming to visit Huish Park, in what was meant to be a six-pointer. The only bright spot of the day was that Luke Ayling scored a rare goal, but the rest of it was a bit dire, with the Tykes getting a 1-4 away result. That was a big nail in our Championship coffin, although as it happened our visitors that day were also on the way out.

Man of the Match voting saw Joe Edwards pick up plenty of votes for his midfield performance, whilst Liam Davis was included by many despite only coming on as a second half substitute. Striker James Hayter was another player to be introduced during the second half, yet he picked up a large number of Man of the Match votes - the poll winner though was goalscorer Luke Ayling who seems to have escaped the ire of those unhappy with the performance.

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

1. Luke Ayling 260 (19)
2. James Hayter 158 (11)
3. Liam Davis 76 (4)
4. Joe Edwards 70 (3)
5. Jamie McAllister 52 (3)
6. Tom Lawrence 30 (1)
7. Joe Ralls 28 (2)
8. Ishmael Miller 22 (0)
9. Kevin Dawson 20 (0)
10. Shane Duffy 10 (0)
11. Byron Webster 6 (0)
12. Kieffer Moore 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 2.79
Performance : 2.25
Entertainment : 3.33
VOTES RECEIVED : 48


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8 May 2014 : Leicester City vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
During late March, Yeovil Town ventured off to the King Power Stadium to play Championship league leaders, and eventual title winners Leicester City. The Glovers came within a whisker of pulling off a shock, as a Joe Ralls free kick put them ahead, and gave them a lead right up until second half injury time. Eventually they had to settle for a 1-1 draw due to that finale that saw Kasper Schmeichel ... or was it Chris Wood ... level the scores.

Man of the Match voting was rather few and far between on this occasion, but Joe Edwards, Marek Stech and Shane Duffy were three to be nominated as voters' MOTMs, with the eventual winner being Kevin Dawson. Full results are as shown below:

1. Kevin Dawson 12 (1)
2. Shane Duffy 10 (1)
2. Marek Stech 10 (1)
2. Joe Edwards 10 (1)
5. Joe Ralls 8 (0)
6. Jamie McAllister 6 (0)
7. Tom Lawrence 6 (0)
7. Luke Ayling 6 (0)
9. Byron Webster 2 (0)
9. James Hayter 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.25
Performance : 8
Entertainment : 8.5
VOTES RECEIVED : 4


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8 May 2014 : League Issue Second Response To FA Proposals
The Football League has published their own response to today's Football Association England Commission Report. Despite being highly critical of the proposals to allow 'B Teams' into the Football League, when it was first suggested in 2012, the League's response yesterday was a world removed from their previous position, with Chairman Greg Clarke having been co-opted onto the committee that helped produce the report.

Today the League have responded to the publishing of the wider report, with Chief Executive Shaun Harvey claiming the League had 'encouraged' its member clubs to contribute to the dialogue in the past, although we've not seen any individual member clubs indicate they have done so. In fact representatives from Portsmouth and Peterborough United have slammed the proposals, with Pompey Chief Executive Mark Catlin describing the plans as "Disgraceful and a complete joke - a total lack of respect for Football League clubs" whilst Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony accused the FA of selfishness: "It's all about ME, ME & ME from the FA/Prem and to hell with the rest of you. Can't be allowed to happen!"

In response to today's report, the League's Chief Executive said that at present the proposals were not 'acceptable' at present, but admitted that the League were prepared to enter into dialogue about the FA's plans:

"From its outset, The Football League has engaged with the FA Chairman's England Commission and encouraged our clubs to do the same. The League Board met informally with Greg Dyke yesterday, to listen to and question him on the rationale behind the proposals he has put forward for discussion by the wider game and to consider the potential effect they would have on our competition and clubs. The Board considered the matter further at its meeting earlier today. It is our view that the objective of increasing the number of quality English players is laudable and, while the report may not contain a solution that is acceptable at the current time, we should continue to engage with the Commission to establish whether there is a solution that meets its stated objective, but does not leave The Football League carrying a disproportionate or unreasonable burden. The Commission's report signals the beginning of a consultation process in which we will play a full and active part. This will include discussing all the relevant matters with our clubs, who will determine our ultimate position on these issues."


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8 May 2014 : FA Publish Four Areas Of Concern In National Game Report
The Football Association have published an eighty page report today on the state of the English game. The report considers the wider topics that include this week's revelations that they are considering incorporating a 'B Team' structure into the English football pyramid around League Two or Conference level to benefit Premier League and larger Championship sides who want their younger players to gain first team experience.

Chairman Greg Dyke has led an England Commission panel as part of this report, with the committee made up of a number of key football representatives from the Football League, the PFA, the LMA and England manager Roy Hodgson. The key concern of the committee is how to improve the English national game, and their report has uncovered four key areas that they wish to address as part of that:

Area 1: Inadequate and insufficient competitive playing opportunities for 18-21 year-old elite players at top clubs
Area 2: Regulation of the player market in England is not effective in preserving the desired balance of British, EU and non-EU players in clubs
Area 3: Coaching and coach development, especially at grassroots level, have not yet reached a satisfactory level and impact
Area 4: England lags behind in the quantity and quality of affordable grassroots facilities, particularly in the provision of all-weather pitches

Clearly the introduction of the 'B Teams' into the English pyramid is a proposal that is designed to solve the problem stated in Area 1, although the commission also "recommends creating new strategic loan partnering between clubs" - a suggestion that clubs like Yeovil Town could become a formalised feeder team for another higher tier club, meaning that one Football League club might receive multiple loan players from a single Premier League club - a proposal that is fine in theory but may depend heavily upon a club's geographical location, or their current first team manager and their relationship with that parent club.

The FA also say that they want to overhaul the current work permit system that allows foreign players to play for English league clubs, as well as boosting the number of homegrown players in squads. The FA claim that there are currently only 66 English players playing regularly in the Premier League, and they have set a target of increasing this to 90 players by 2022. Dyke says of the problems facing the game:

"This decline (in home grown players) is a problem in countries right across Europe but is a significantly bigger problem in England than anywhere else and if the trend continues we fear for the future of the English team. If this cannot be reversed, a future England manager will have fewer and fewer top level English players from which to choose."

"We want to continue to have the best foreign players playing in England and to strengthen the quality and excitement of the Premier League and the rest of English club football. But we also want to develop ways of giving more English boys the best chance of achieving their potential by enabling them to play football at the very highest level. We believe that this is not only in the best interests of the national team and the young English players themselves, but also in the interests of the professional football clubs who are spending millions of pounds on youth development programmes and are currently getting only a very limited return on their investment."

The advance leak of the 'B Team' proposals has been generally met with disdain from football supporters around the internet, and the FA's position has not been helped by their own revelations that they claim they consulted with 650 different people involved in the game when they produced their report. It appears though that they failed entirely to consult with the two main national football organisations - Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation - as part of this wide volume of interviews and discussions they say they carried out.

The understandable fear is that the changes could significantly hinder the ambitions of any League Two or Conference clubs who may be shunted back one level, as well as the effect it may have on divisions once 'B Teams' begin to work their way up or down the pyramid. Dyke though claims that those who may be adversely affected by the proposals should be putting the needs of the England national team first:

"We recognise that making changes in football is often a slow and difficult process but we urge those in the football world to consider our proposals constructively and with open minds. We urge them to balance the specific, narrowly-defined concerns of their particular club or league with what will be of the most benefit to the game overall, to the development of young English players and to the success of the England team."


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8 May 2014 : Yeovil Town Receive Family Award For Seventh Year
Yeovil Town are one of 47 Football League clubs that have been given a 2014 Football League Family Excellence Award. The award is an annual 'kitemark' given to clubs that provide good customer experience for families and young supporters at their home grounds on matchdays. The League have generally sent out sample families to act as home or away fans to each ground and to test their experience of buying tickets, purchasing goods, asking for directions or facilities, or general assistance during a typical matchday.

Feedback is then given to the Football League in the form of a survey, and then the clubs that have reached a certain standard are awarded the Family Award. Yeovil Town have marked well as part of this scheme and have been given the award seven years running, with Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere Rovers also on a similar sequence.

The full list of 47 clubs given the 2014 award - the same number that picked up the award last year - are as follows:

AFC Bournemouth, Millwall, Birmingham City, Milton Keynes Dons, Blackburn Rovers, Northampton Town, Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton Wanderers, Oxford United, Brentford, Peterborough United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Plymouth Argyle, Bristol City, Port Vale, Burnley, Portsmouth, Burton Albion, Preston North End, Carlisle United, Queens Park Rangers, Cheltenham Town, Reading, Chesterfield, Rotherham United, Colchester United, Scunthorpe United, Coventry City, Sheffield Wednesday, Crewe Alexandra, Shrewsbury Town, Derby County, Southend United, Doncaster Rovers, Stevenage, Exeter City, Tranmere Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Watford, Ipswich Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United, Wycombe Wanderers, Leicester City, Yeovil Town, Middlesbrough.

Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has said of the clubs that received the award:

"The Football League Family Excellence Award gives clubs a standard to aspire to when planning their efforts to attract more families and young fans to their matches. It is hugely encouraging to see so many clubs receiving the accolade, demonstrating The Football League's ongoing commitment to securing the next generation of fans."


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7 May 2014 : Johnson Still Waiting To Finalise Retained List
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he still has to talk to 'two or three' more players before he finalises his released and retained lists for the summer. The Glovers have ten players out of contract as they reach the end of the 2013-14 season, with nine more contracted for next season, and so have to make immediate decisions on around 50 percent of their squad before players and management start to disappear on summer breaks.

As yet there have been no absolute names revealed, although Byron Webster has indicated he has held talks with Johnson over his future, whilst the likes of Marek Stech and Luke Ayling will surely be receiving offers given their roles in the Glovers side over the past twelve months. However, with one or two of the names that might be more borderline, he has told the Western Gazette that those sort of decisions may depend on what response he gets to last week's boardroom talks and until he gets a firm steer some player decisions will not be finalised:

"There's really only two or three of them that are waiting for me to contact them but I will do that as soon as I can. I've got to wait and see what I've got available. If I've got a lot (of playing budget) available some might struggle because you've got more money to bring in somebody."

Whilst the fate of Webster and Stech will depend upon how many rival clubs are genuinely interested in the pair, Johnson suggests that firm decisions haven't yet been made on Jamie McAllister and James Hayter. However, he makes clear his position on Ayling that any speculation in the media concerning the right-back's future will only be of relevance if a club is willing to approach him with a firm offer:

"Obviously we've got to decide on Macca and Hayts. Luke Ayling is under 24 so whoever takes him will have to pay compensation so I still see him in my head as still being with us unless a deal is done."


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7 May 2014 : Giggs Praises Lawrence Debut
Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs has praised the contribution his youngsters made during yesterday's Premier League match against Hull City, including former Yeovil Town loanee Tom Lawrence. As reported yesterday, the 20 year old made his first team debut for his parent club just 11 days after having a loan spell at Huish Park cut slightly short.

Lawrence was one of three United rookies included in their squad, with James Wilson grabbing the headlines, whilst Michael Keane - a defender Lawrence came up against at Ewood Park last month whilst Keane was on loan at Blackburn Rovers - named as an unused substitute. Giggs said after the game that he was impressed with the two that did get onto the pitch, considering it was their debuts:

"I said when I took over I wanted to bring excitement back. Some of the forward play from the young lads was brilliant. There's players there who have been at the club since they were eight or nine. It was great. They've obviously done well in the Youth Team and in the Under-21s, whilst Tom (Lawrence) has gone on loan (at Yeovil and Carlisle) and done really well. So they've trained with us for the last few days and looked really good. I wanted to freshen things up from Saturday and give them a chance, and they didn't disappoint."

Lawrence eventually played 70 minutes of the game, being replaced by the manager himself, in what could be Giggs' final home appearance at Old Trafford, allowing the journalists a chance to compare the more famous Welsh winger with one who might replace him. Lawrence himself drew attention to this himself when he tweeted after the match: "Wow what a feeling that was tonight and loved every minute of it! Coming off to be replaced by a legend like Giggs #whatafeeling"
What a difference a tweet makes - consecutive tweets on Tom Lawrence's account show how he went from leaving Yeovil to making his Man United debut
What a difference a tweet makes - consecutive tweets on Tom Lawrence's account show how he went from leaving Yeovil to making his Man United debut.



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7 May 2014 : Football League Respond To B Team Proposals
The Football League have issued a short statement, reacting to yesterday's news that the Football Association are looking at proposals to introduce 'B teams' into the football pyramid structure. Historically, this has been an issue that the Football League have been firmly opposed to, with a 2012 proposal that was discussed in the media provoking an angry response after it was suggested that Premier League clubs could incorporate their Reserve Teams into the Football League structure.

At that time, Andy Williamson - who is still the League's Chief Operating Officer - branded the proposals as "frankly offensive to the hundreds of thousands of people that watch competitive professional football in our competition every weekend" and cited the popularity of the Football League in comparison to other country's second and third tier divisions as being down to the lack of any Reserve team clubs participating in the competition, warning that any such changes would damage the League's image.

Wind forward to 2014, and Chairman Greg Clarke paints a rather different view, suggesting that he wants to talk to FA Chairman Greg Dyke about the proposals, that he will consider and then take back to the Football League's 72 member clubs as a recommendation:

"The purpose of the FA Chairman's England Commission is laudable and is supported by The Football League, as we recognise the benefits a successful England team brings to the game in this country at all levels. Having been represented on the Commission throughout the process, and having been regularly updated on its progress, The Football League Board will have the opportunity to hear from Greg Dyke, in person, later this week. This will enable our Board to better understand the rationale behind his proposals and also to ask some practical questions about their likely impact upon The League and its clubs. After fully considering the relevant issues, the Board will then take a recommendation back to clubs who will determine The League's position on this matter."

The change of attitude from the League may be that Mr Clarke also now sits on the FA's England Commission as well as Chairing the Football League Board. The membership of the Commission includes Danny Mills (Former Leeds United, Manchester City and England defender), Dario Gradi (Crewe Alexandra's director of football), Glenn Hoddle (Former England manager), Greg Clarke (Football League chairman), Greg Dyke (FA chairman), Howard Wilkinson (League Managers' Association chairman) Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United and former England defender), Ritchie Humphreys (Professional Footballers' Association chairman), Roger Burden (FA vice-chairman) and Roy Hodgson (England manager). However, the Commission features no supporter engagement, and with the exception of Dario Gradi does not have any football club representation - Gradi's inclusion is more for his expertise in youth player development.

The Daily Telegraph claim that the 'B team' proposal was actually initiated by the Premier League back in February 2014, and not by the England Commission. However, Chief Executive Richard Scudamore's proposals were for a stand-alone league outside the pyramid structure, aimed at capturing a television audience, sponsorship and prize money, and with the aim of acting as a bridge between clubs' Academy set-ups into a first team environment. By the time it has reached the FA's England Commission, it appears to have morphed into something that would sit inside the pyramid, and of course would not necessarily feature English-born or England-eligible players.

Certainly it is hard to see exactly which party is pulling the strings on this idea. The gap between the Football League's 2012 views (via Andy Williamson) and their 2014 views (via Greg Clarke) also deserves an explanation, given that both still represent that organisation today. Has Greg Clarke lost sight of his duty to the Football League's member clubs whilst sat at the FA's top table?


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6 May 2014 : Yeovil Town vs Bolton Wanderers : Man Of The Match Result
Towards the end of March, Yeovil Town played out a home match against Bolton Wanderers that saw the points shared in a 2-2 draw. Goals came from Ishmael Miller and Kevin Dawson, although it could have been more than that if Miller had not hit the woodwork from a penalty kick that could have given the Glovers a 3-1 lead. Instead the Trotters went straight down the other end and scored their second goal to level the match.

The Man of the Match voting from that game saw Luke Ayling and Kevin Dawson pick up a large number of votes. The winner on the day though was Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence who won the poll by a sizeable margin in his left wing position. Full results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Tom Lawrence 358 (30)
2. Kevin Dawson 194 (10)
3. Luke Ayling 154 (3)
4. Shane Duffy 60 (3)
5. Ishmael Miller 44 (2)
6. Joe Ralls 34 (0)
7. Byron Webster 24 (1)
8. Kieffer Moore 20 (1)
9. Jamie McAllister 18 (1)
10. Joe Edwards 12 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.08
Performance : 6.75
Entertainment : 7.41
VOTES RECEIVED : 51


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6 May 2014 : Lawrence Swaps Huish Park For Old Trafford Debut
Former Yeovil Town loanee Tom Lawrence has been given a surprise chance to impress in the Manchester United first team tonight, as he stands by to make his debut for the club. Just eleven days after his final match with the Glovers against Brighton and Hove Albion, the 20 year old will be transplanted into the Premier League at Old Trafford as he starts against Hull City in tonight's match.

Lawrence made 19 appearances for the Glovers, scoring two goals, and returned back to Manchester one game early to play for their Under-21s side meaning that he was not able to play in the club's final match of the 2013-14 season against Middlesbrough, but did travel down to Huish Park to be involved with the first team squad on the day.

He now wears No.34 for Manchester United tonight, playing a 'deep' striker role for his parent club.


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6 May 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Time To Make Decisions
With the playing season now over, it's time for the Yeovil Town board, and subsequently Gary Johnson, to make a number of key decisions. The need to decide which players stay, and which ones go, combined with which ones are leaving of their own accord anyway will be on Gary's mind this week. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog there's some thoughts on the overall situation, along with a brief review of each player that formed part of the final squad for the season. Read on via the link below, and provide your own additional views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Time To Make Decisions.


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6 May 2014 : B Team Admission Back On FA Agenda
Reports suggest that the Football Association are trying to put the question of 'B Teams' back on the agenda this summer. The BBC Sport website claims that a meeting organised by the FA on Wednesday will consider whether the Premier League and Championship sides could introduce their Reserve Teams into the English pyramid structure in the future.

The current proposal being considered is for an additional division to be sandwiched between League Two and the Conference National division, or for League Two and the Conference National division to be merged into two regional leagues that would include a number of 'B Teams'. Presumably once incorporated into the pyramid structure, such teams would then be able to be promoted and relegated as per any other club.

This proposal has come onto the table on a number of previous occasions. A number of Premier League appear to want it as an alternative to playing Reserve Leagues, but when this came up two and a half years ago, the Football League issued an angry response branding them 'frankly offensive' and making it clear that they would oppose such moves.

Whilst some Premier League managers claim that it would give their fringe players more competitive football, as a credible competition the Football League would be damaged when a Premier League side faces an injury crisis within their first team squad and begins to draw personnel from their Reserve Team ranks, leading to any Football League sides facing them that weekend potentially playing that club's Under-18s side, whilst on another weekend a club might face a 'B Team' that includes a number of first team Premier League players that are trying to gain match fitness.

As a result, the credibility of the Football League nosedives due to it being pot luck as to what sort of a 'B Team' that club ends up coming up against. Hopefully the Football League's own views on this subject remain as strong as before given the extreme effect it will have upon clubs around the League Two and Conference level if Reserve Teams are allowed to muscle their way into the current structure.

The other major topic on the agenda for the FA to consider tomorrow is the current state of the loan system. FIFA were due to ban emergency and youth loans from the start of next season. However, last December clubs were given a 12 month reprieve against the measures, allowing next season to continue as normal. The issue though still remains and the FA will need to consider the effect it will have upon the game.


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5 May 2014 : Football League Ups'n'Downs
With the final day of the main Football League 2013-14 season being completed on Saturday, Yeovil Town now know the majority of the clubs that they will be playing during the 2014-15 season. The return to League One means that is where attention is now being focussed inevitably meaning that the majority of next season's opponents are highly familiar.

Unfortunately, the Glovers have managed to avoid the opportunity to play Wolverhampton Wanderers again, as the two clubs swap positions for the second time running, with Brentford addressing their 2012-13 Play-Off Final defeat by avoiding the whole problem of the play-off system altogether. Both will play in the Championship next season.

At the top end of League Two, it's a big hello to Chesterfield, Scunthorpe United and Rochdale again. All three sides have ensured that their time in Fourth Tier football was brief - Chesterfield and Rochdale were relegated in 2011-12 whilst Scunthorpe dropped in 2012-13 meaning that all three clubs are fresh in our minds.

Theoretically, we could have a unique situation for the 2014-15 season where we have previously played against all of Yeovil Town's opponents and on their current grounds since we've been in the Football League. The only exceptions are Rotherham United who have moved from Millmoor to the New York Stadium since we last played them - they are in the League One play-offs currently.

Meanwhile Burton Albion have been at the Pirelli Stadium since 2005, which means we'd be visiting a new ground and a club we've not faced since our Conference days - they are hoping for promotion via the play-offs in League Two. The only other theoretically 'new' opponents would be Fleetwood Town who we have never played in the League before, but did of course visit their Highbury Stadium in 2011 in an FA Cup match. They are also involved in the 2013-14 Football League Play-Offs.

The current make up of the 2014-15 League One division is therefore as follows:

Relegated From Championship: Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town

League One Play-Offs: Leyton Orient, Rotherham United, Preston North End, Peterborough United (one of these will be promoted to the Championship)

Staying In League One: Sheffield United, Swindon Town, Port Vale, Milton Keynes Dons, Bradford City, Bristol City, Walsall, Crawley Town, Oldham Athletic, Colchester United, Gillingham, Coventry City, Crewe Alexandra, Notts County.

Promoted From League Two: Chesterfield, Scunthorpe United, Rochdale

League Two Play-Offs: Fleetwood Town, Southend United, Burton Albion, York City (one of these will be promoted to League One).


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5 May 2014 : 2013-14 High Holborne Shield Final At Huish Park
Yeovil Town's Huish Park will stage the High Holborne Shield final tomorrow evening, as two Under-12s teams get a chance to play at the club's stadium. The annual cup competition is traditionally the final fixture to be played on the turf before any summer maintenance work is carried out at the ground, and on this occasion Merriott Jets Under-12s and East Coker Cockerels Under-12s are the two clubs who have made it to the final.

The match takes place on Tuesday 6th May with a 6.30p.m. kick-off. There's normally a small admission charge for the fixture - £2.00 was the amount charged two years ago. East Coker's Under-12s were the previous year's winners, beating Martock United 7-0 in 2013, and so their next group of youngsters will be looking to ensure that the trophy stays in their clubhouse for a second year.


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5 May 2014 : Joe Edwards Talks About End Of Season Awards
Following Saturday's 1-4 home defeat against Middlesbrough, Yeovil Town's midfielder Joe Edwards spoke to the BBC. Joe has been an ever-present in the Glovers side this season, and picked up two End of Season Awards after the final game. Joe talks about those as well as the prospect of playing against his former club Bristol City next season, as both sides stand to play each other in League One. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Joe's thoughts on those topics can be read via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC After The 1-4 Defeat Against Middlesbrough.


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4 May 2014 : Video : YTFC Cycle Group Complete Back From Boro Trek
Yesterday morning, Yeovil Town's Back From Boro cyclists managed to complete their 334 mile trip from Middlesbrough to Yeovil. Covering the distance between the Riverside Stadium and Huish Park, their four-and-a-half day journey saw them all stay the distance, even if there were a few walking wounded by the end! Below you can watch a short video of their return to Huish Park - with thanks to Glovers fan Debs Curtis - as a noisy crowd welcomed them back to the club, lead by a certain man wearing a suit, who may or may not have been pedalling the whole distance!

Needless to say, now they've made it home please do visit their donation pages and show your appreciation, which will benefit Prostate UK, St Margaret's Hospice and the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust equally.




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4 May 2014 : Football League 2013-14 Play-Offs Schedule
With the 2013-14 regular season now completed, the Football League has finalised the fixture list for the remaining Play-Off Matches. These games will help decide the final divisional line-ups for next season, and all will be screened live on Sky Sports. Matches are as follows:

Thu 08/05/2014 19:45 Brighton and Hove Albion vs Derby County (Championship, First Leg)
Fri 09/05/2014 19:45 Wigan Athletic vs Queens Park Rangers (Championship, First Leg)
Sat 10/05/2014 12:15 Peterborough United vs Leyton Orient (League One, First Leg)
Sat 10/05/2014 17:15 Preston North End vs Rotherham United (League One, First Leg)
Sat 10/05/2014 19:30 York City vs Fleetwood Town (League Two, First Leg)
Sun 11/05/2014 12:00 Burton Albion vs Southend United (League Two, First Leg)

Sun 11/05/2014 17:15 Derby County vs Brighton and Hove Albion (Championship, Second Leg)
Mon 12/05/2014 19:45 Queens Park Rangers vs Wigan Athletic (Championship, Second Leg)
Tue 13/05/2014 19:45 Leyton Orient vs Peterborough United (League One, Second Leg)
Thu 15/05/2014 19:45 Rotherham United vs Preston North End (League One, Second Leg)
Fri 16/05/2014 19:45 Fleetwood Town vs York City (League Two, Second Leg)
Sat 17/05/2014 12:00 Southend United vs Burton Albion (League Two, Second Leg)

Sat 24/05/2014 15:00 Championship Play-Off Final
Sun 25/05/2014 15:00 League One Play-Off Final
Mon 26/05/2014 15:00 League Two Play-Off Final


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4 May 2014 : Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy Arrangements
The Yeovil Town Supporters Team and Exeter City Supporters Team have scheduled their annual battle for the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy. The match will take place at Horsden Park, home of Elmore FC, which was where Adam was playing when he was signed by Glovers boss Gary Johnson in November 2001. The ground also now has seated accommodation known as the Adam Stansfield Stand, in memory of their former player.

The game kicks off at 12.30p.m. on Sunday 11th May, and all money raised around the game will go to the Adam Stansfield Foundation. The Grecians have a bit of a ringer in their team which may give them a slight advantage though! French midfielder Bertie Cozic who played with Adam at St James Park, is coming out of retirement to play for the Grecians, which could keep the Glovers team rather busy on the day.

All players and supporters are invited to head to the Elmore clubhouse after the match where they will be screening the finale to the Premier League season. Expect also a number of other fundraising activities around the day to benefit the Foundation. Hence come along and give both teams your support for the day.

The Adam Stansfield Stand at Horsdon Park, Elmore
The Adam Stansfield Stand at Horsdon Park, Elmore.
Photo © Adam Stansfield Foundation.



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4 May 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Middlesbrough Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Middlesbrough at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on the game, his players who are out of contract, his playing budget and his own personal position can be read via the link below.

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


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4 May 2014 : Ladies Hoping For A Villa Thriller Today
Whilst the men's season may now be over, Yeovil Town Ladies will be helping to fill that gap over the summer months, and they play their second Continental Cup match later today. A home match against Aston Villa Ladies follows quickly on the back of Thursday night's match against Birmingham City Women in the same competition that saw the Glovers run the Champions League Semi-Finalists close, losing by only one goal in a 2-1 defeat.

This time around, they face one of their own peers in that Villa are operating at FAWSL2 level this season. The Ladies are expecting both sides to attack, in what is being dubbed as the 'Villa Thriller' - both sides lost their opening Continental Cup matches and so will want to show an immediate bounce-back to ensure that they remain in touch with other sides during the Group stages. First team manager Sarah Lawler expects both sides to be similarly matched:

"I donít think our game plan will be very different to Villaís. Both teams will want to play attacking football Ė theyíre clearly a very good club and Iíve got a lot of respect for them. Theyíve got some good, young international players so I think it will be a good marker for us to see how weíre developing players too. The Continental Cup is an exciting competition and like all cup competitions, anything can happen. The league is probably our priority but thereís really not much between either really."

Today's match kicks off at 2.00p.m. today at the Jones Stadium (more locally known as Raleigh Grove), home of Sherborne Town FC. Ticket prices are £4.00 for Adults and £2.50 for children and concessions. In addition, those fans who are Season Ticket Holders can bring one guest free of charge - an offer that holds throughout the month of May.


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4 May 2014 : Gary Still Hoping To Aim At 'First Choice' Players List
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that getting a firm steer from the Board of Directors will help him with any future plans for the 2014-15 season. With the club re-entering League One after a season in the Championship, the club have to reassess their income levels and what they can reasonably afford next time around, given the inevitable shrinkage in Football League central and television revenue payments at third tier level.

Johnson held a meeting with the Glovers board on Monday, and revealed that his primary target was for them to maintain the club's playing budget at Championship level with the aim to immediately challenge for the top six on their first season back at that level. Speaking to BBC Somerset after Saturday's game, he explained that there wasn't a specific timeframe for them to respond to him, but that he did want to know the direction given that it would steer the club towards a particular level of player or wage level, and clearly the Glovers boss wanted to keep tabs on those in his first choice list:

"I don't think they've given me a timeframe. I certainly haven't heard anything yet. But maybe we just wanted to see the season out. So I expect it to come pretty quickly, because obviously we're going to have to adjust. We've got a list of players that are higher earners, and then we've got a second list of players, and then they're higher than the third ones. Then the fourth choice ones will end you back in the Conference! We've got to make sure that we keep the players that are on our list interested, so they're all spinning plates at the moment. But with those spinning plates, you've got to turn them into signings as quickly as you can, because there's a lot of people out there that are looking for the better players."

Gary was quizzed about his own future plans at the club, given that he had tended to side-step a few of the questions tabled to him in the past week concerning whether he would be at the helm at the start of next season. He referred back to what he had said on the morning of the Brighton game by pointing out that as he still had a year left on his contract at the club, it wasn't an issue that was within his hands. Gary instead drew attention back to the need to agree the playing budget, with his first choice list his main wish:

"All I've said is that I will be, at this moment in time, because I'm under contract. When you're under contract, you're in the club's hands anyway. All I want to do is to make sure that the club see this club moving forward. I've said that, and they agree with that. We were in the boardroom and everyone has said we need to think bigger and we need to work out how we can get better players so that we can perform at the higher level. I've given them a recommendation of what that will take, and it's certainly not out of our reach, so I'm just waiting for them to come back and say okay, go ahead with your first choice list."


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3 May 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Middlesbrough
If you watched this afternoon's 1-4 home defeat against Middlesbrough at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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3 May 2014 : Johnson Disappointed At Season Ending With 'Damp Squib'
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that he was disappointed that his team couldn't leave the Championship on a high after they crashed 4-1 at home to Middlesbrough at Huish Park this afternoon. A flurry of goals either side of the break meant that a game that had been in the balance after half an hour was out of sight within a couple of minutes of the second half with all five goals being netted during that concentrated period.

Johnson had hoped to lift his players one last time and to give them a good send-off for the summer in advance of spending next season in League One. However he told BBC Somerset that although the start to the game was okay, Middlesbrough took full control, and the end result was a disappointment to him:

"It didn't happen, and we ended up going out on a bit of a damp squib. I was disappointed really with our performance, but that's the nature of this league. If you don't compete and you don't do all of the things that you've been working on, then teams can cut you open at this level. Unfortunately maybe some had their eyes on somewhere else - maybe. They've had a great season and it was one of those days where it didn't come off for us early, and then they (Middlesbrough) showed their quality and showed why they've got sixty-odd points. That's what you've got to achieve in your group to stay in the Championship, and I'm sure they'll be competing next year."

Most of Yeovil's goals came from defensive errors, with the likes of Jamie McAllister and Shane Duffy responsible for losing possession, whilst goalkeeper Marek Stech parried a shot that was of the standard that he usually would do better with. Johnson admitted that the individual goals were poor ones to concede:

"They were poor. We don't generally make those mistakes that badly - those misjudgements. It was all misjudgements, wasn't it? But that's how it went today. We couldn't get ourselves anywhere near in the game to create a performance. So it's gone. Our supporters have enjoyed the season, and we're sorry that we sent them home with a poorer feeling than if we had given it a go. But it just wasn't to be today. I was sitting up in the stand, and you could feel frustrated yourself that the lads just weren't performing."


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3 May 2014 : 2013-14 End Of Season Awards - Full Results
Yeovil Town's 2013-14 end of season awards took place following Saturday afternoon's home match against Middlesbrough.

Full awards were as follows:

GWSC Awards: Luke Ayling (1st), Shane Duffy (2nd).
Western Gazette Awards: Joe Edwards.
Cary Glovers: Byron Webster.
Away Travel Club: Luke Ayling (1st), Shane Duffy (2nd).
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Luke Ayling.
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: James Hayter.
DSA: Luke Ayling (1st), Byron Webster (2nd).
Community Sports Trust: Joe Edwards.

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


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3 May 2014 : Johnson Explains Touchline Absence
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed today that he was forced to serve a one-match ban due to an incident relating to last month's match against Charlton Athletic. The club's 3-2 defeat at The Valley saw the Glovers boss on the pitch at the final whistle berating the officials. Speaking after the game, Johnson explained: "We thought we should have had a couple of free kicks at the end that would have given chances to get the equaliser but they were not given to us."

Johnson's words to the officials on the final whistle at The Valley appear to have resulted in him being reported to the Football Association, and that has meant that he had to watch today's match against Middlesbrough from the Directors Box, serving a touchline ban. Speaking after today's match, he felt that the ban was debatable, but given the club's current circumstances he felt it was better to not let the issue drag into next season:

"I've had 850-odd games and not once have I been in front of a disciplinary panel but the linesman decided to report me at Charlton and once you're reported you've got to go and fight your case. I fought my case but got a one-match ban which was today, and I felt it was better to see it out at the end of this year rather than the beginning of next season."


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3 May 2014 : Yeovil 1 Middlesbrough 4 : Season Ends With Heavy Defeat
Yeovil Town's historic 2013-14 Championship season drew to a close on a low note this afternoon, as poor defending consigned them to their second 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough of the campaign. In typical end of season sunny late spring weather, matters seemed bright in an opening spell for the home side in which they had a number of reasonable chances to open the scoring.

However, the standard of their defending was lax throughout the afternoon. Danny Graham had sliced wide badly in an earlier chance in the first half, but when Emmanuel Ledesma's shot was only parried by Marek Stech, Graham was left with a tap-in to put Boro 1-0 up half an hour into the match. That set the scene for the goals to start flying in, and when Sam Hoskins played on Luke Ayling's ball into the box, James Hayter was on hand to equalise inside the box seven minutes after that opener.

Yeovil's defending though was rather all over the place. Emmanuel Ledesma turned from provider to goalscorer, taking advantage of a poor header from Jamie McAllister which allowed Danny Graham the chance to intercept and square for the winger. Boro then managed to squeeze in a third goal before the break, with a spot of Route One football, a goalkeeper Jason Steele's long punt up field bouncing inside the Glovers half allowing Lee Tomlin to comfortably outpace the non-existent Glovers defence, and fire home for a 3-1 half time lead.

Any half time rockets being sent the players way clearly didn't work, as Shane Duffy gave the ball away inside his own half, and once again Danny Graham was the more alert. He played the ball through to Emmanuel Ledesma within 79 seconds of the restart, and the game was already over, with Boro replicating the scoreline they got at the Riverside Stadium in October. They could have easily managed more, with Graham missing another gaping goal after Lee Tomlin had set him up, in a rather disappointing end to the club's season in the second tier. Let's hope this is not the last we've seen of Championship football, and that Yeovil Town can one day return.

Link: 2013-14 Final Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Middlesbrough 4.

Scorers: Danny Graham (0-1, 31 mins), James Hayter (1-1, 38 mins), Emmanuel Ledesma (1-2, 40 mins), Lee Tomlin (1-3, 43 mins), Emmanuel Ledesma (1-4, 47 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 18. Matteo Lanzoni 21. Liam Davis (46 mins for Kevin Dawson) 22. Joe Jones 23. Joel Grant (46 mins for Sam Foley) 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (62 mins for Sam Hoskins) 29. Adam Morgan

Middlesbrough:
1. Jason Steele
8. Jozsef Varga 15. Seb Hines 26. Daniel Ayala 22. Ben Gibson
27. Albert Adomah 18. Dean Whitehead 24. Nathaniel Chalobah 11. Emmanuel Ledesma
9. Danny Graham 10. Lee Tomlin

Substitutes:
6. Jacob Butterfield (25 mins for Nathaniel Chalobah) 13. Dimitrios Konstantopoulos 14. Luke Williams 20. Adam Reach (46 mins for Albert Adomah) 23. Curtis Main 25. Kenneth Omeruo 28. Bryn Morris (66 mins for Dean Whitehead)

Yeovil Bookings: Shane Duffy (foul, 25 mins), Joe Ralls (foul, 45 mins)

Middlesbrough Bookings: Seb Hines (foul, 5 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 10; Fouls: 12.

Middlesbrough Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 24; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).

Attendance: 6,477 (with 1,348 Middlesbrough fans).


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3 May 2014 : Johnson Serves One Match Touchline Ban
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is serving a one match touchline ban this afternoon, following a low-key ruling by the Football Association. Gary sits in the Directors Box for this afternoon's match against Middlesbrough after the FA charged him in the wake of the club's 3-2 defeat against Charlton Athletic on April 8th.

Whilst we don't know the specifics of the charge - the FA's website does not cover the issue - Johnson was visibly angry with Oxfordshire referee Graham Scott at the final whistle, running onto the pitch to confront him. Johnson said after the game that he was particularly unhappy with the official's failure to award a number of late free kicks to the Glovers and so it seems likely that lies at the heart of why he was given the one game ban.

Earlier today, Gary was part of the travelling cyclists who completed their 334 mile journey from the Riverside Stadium to Huish Park, joining them for the final mile of their mammoth trek from the North-East.


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3 May 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Middlesbrough
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's final home match of the 2013-14 season. The match against Middlesbrough sees Ruben Palazuelos drop entirely out of the squad due to a hamstring injury, whilst Tom Lawrence's early return to Manchester United was reported on Thursday.

Their places in the side are taken by Kevin Dawson and Sam Foley who occupy either flank, meaning that the Glovers finish the season with eight of the players who turned out at Wembley Stadium a year ago. On the bench, Joe Jones returns after the completion of his loan spell with Conference side Woking, whose season has now been completed, whilst Adam Morgan gets his first spot on the bench for several weeks, having been the '19th man' for most of the closing matches of the season.

The full side is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 18. Matteo Lanzoni 21. Liam Davis 22. Joe Jones 23. Joel Grant 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 29. Adam Morgan


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3 May 2014 : Wristbands And Biscuits To Benefit Cycle Campaign
With the Yeovil Town Back From Boro cyclists making their grand return to Huish Park on Saturday morning, there are a couple of additional ways that you can help them raise more funds for the YTFC Cycle charities. The team of around 65 riders are due to complete their 334 mile journey which started at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on Tuesday morning, around 10.15a.m. (allowing for last minute hitches) with first team manager Gary Johnson due to take in the final mile with them.

Whilst you can use the long list of donation pages to show your appreciation, those who visit the Hospitality Marquee before Saturday's match will also find that the Away Travel Club will be selling packets of biscuits and wristbands for £1.00 each (or as much as you want to donate!) for the cause. Both are pictured below.

Obviously if you can get down to Huish Park from 10.00a.m. onwards, then turn up to cheer the group home. And then after you've marvelled at how they managed to do the length of the country on pedal power, head back to the donation pages to show further appreciation. All donations will benefit Prostate UK, St Margaret's Hospice and the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust equally.

Yeovil Town Get Pedalling Pack Of Biscuits
Yeovil Town Get Pedalling Pack Of Biscuits

Yeovil Town Get Pedalling Wristband
Yeovil Town Get Pedalling Wristband



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2 May 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Middlesbrough
Officials for Yeovil Town's home Championship match against Middlesbrough have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 3rd May 2014, with a 12.15p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

Unsurprisingly given Mr Salisbury's home address, meetings involving himself have been scarce, and five of the six have been away from home, although perhaps it is surprising that we've not had him for four years as a referee. He last turned up for a Yeovil Town match all the way back in February 2010, when we took on Milton Keynes Dons, winning the game 1-0. Of course after the game, Franchise boss Karl Robinson moaned and moaned although on this occasion not at the referee, who booked six players but we can't see too much evidence of him having caused too much controversy on the day.

Earlier that same season, he took charge of the previous month's away fixture at Tranmere Rovers that saw the Glovers lose 2-1 at Prenton Park. He was also the referee that inspected the pitch on Friday 15th January when the original fixture got called off due to a waterlogged pitch, so was quite busy with Glovers matches during 2010. Photos of Tranmere's Prenton Park pitch were published on the day of that postponement; his decision was a fairly easy one to make. Neither the postponement, nor the match when it got eventually played attracted any controversy.

The experience of Mr Salisbury in Yeovil Town matches has been on the whole a good one. The last time we saw him was for the 3-2 win over Swindon Town in December 2008. An emotional occasion for all the wrong reasons, as the club played its first football match following the road traffic accident that Darren Way had been involved in. We did grumble about Mr Salisbury's decision to book Lee Peltier for revealing a tribute to Darren under his shirt when he scored Yeovil's second, but in truth this is a problem for the footballing authorities to resolve - the referee was merely acting under instructions.

A December 2007 match against Bradford City saw no complaints about his actions, whilst the April 2006 tie against Bristol City saw us praise him for standing strong against a vociferous home crowd. Finally an away match at Northampton Town in March 2005, saw Mr Salisbury's actions help the Glovers gain their goal in a 1-1 draw, allowing a free kick to be taken quickly, whilst Cobblers players were caught out of position.

Hence six matches, and six good performances from the Lancashire official, so hopefully that run can continue. Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Adam Bromley (Devon).

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: January 2010 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2008 : Swindon Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: January 2007 : Bradford City 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2006 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2005 : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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2 May 2014 : Gary Previews The Middlesbrough Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow lunchtime's home match against Middlesbrough at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's views on the end of the season and their final opponents can be read via the link below.

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


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2 May 2014 : Timetable For Tomorrow's Match Against Middlesbrough
With Yeovil Town's final home match of the 2013-14 season taking place tomorrow at Huish Park, there are a number of arrangements to note ahead of the game. The Championship against Middlesbrough kicks off at 12.15p.m. and that inevitably affects some of the timings for the game. A breakdown of what will happen during tomorrow is as follows:

10.00a.m. (timing approximate) The Back From Boro cyclists are expected to complete the final leg of their journey that is taking them from the Riverside Stadium to Huish Park sometime around mid-morning, with a 10.00a.m. - 10.30a.m. target time. Watch them complete their 334 mile journey, which is expected to see first team manager Gary Johnson climb aboard a bicycle for the final mile of the journey to lead them home. You can sponsor the riders by heading here.

10.30a.m. The Hospitality Marquee (aka the Beer Tent) will be open to home supporters.

10.45a.m. The turnstiles will open at Huish Park.

12.15p.m. Yeovil Town's final Championship match of the 2013-14 season against Middlesbrough kicks off.

2.15p.m. (timing approximate) Once the game has finished, and players have had a chance to visit the dressing rooms for water etc, they will return onto the pitch for the 2013-14 End Of Season Awards. Please do NOT enter the field of play after the game, or you will slow down any presentations or lap of honours (as well as risking ejection from the stadium).


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2 May 2014 : Johnson Wanting Decision On Club Budgets
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he hopes to be able to start finalising his retained and released lists sometime next week, once the final match of the 2013-14 season against Middlesbrough has been played on Saturday. The Glovers are facing a significant summer of rebuilding, with a large number of their key players out of contract, and the inevitable return of loan players to their parent clubs at the end of the campaign.

The other factor that will affect that task will involve the club's drop from the Championship division to League One, which may require revised financial budgets both on and off the field. With Johnson having met with the Yeovil Town Board earlier this week to discuss the sort of figures that would be needed to be competitive in what he hopes will be the upper half of League One.

Whilst he waits for a decision from the Board as to what sort of budget they can afford, Johnson is unable to make any firm offers to his existing players, given that bigger wages may allow him to compete more readily with any rival clubs that may be trying to lure his out of contract stars. By default, Johnson says that there will be few players left under contract at Huish Park, and so he wants the club's direction to be set as quickly as possible:

"I won't be left with many as in numbers, so that's why the club has got to work out quickly what it wants to do, how it wants to compete, how quickly it wants to compete, and what level they want to compete at. In which case there are some big decisions for them to make."

Johnson reiterated his earlier comments that his provisional plans for next season involve both releasing some out of contract players, as well as telling an unspecified number of in-contract players that their futures would probably not lie with the Glovers, unless they could show form that would make him change his mind:

"There's people that are going to be out of contract. Some you are going to be offering a contract to, some you won't be offering a contract to that will find new pastures. Then as I've said you've got some people who are in contract who you're going to have to say look sorry, but you're not going to be a regular next year, so it's up to you whether you find somewhere new, or whether you stay with us and fight for your place."

Earlier this week, Johnson stressed that he did not regard his current talks with the board as being of the nature where 'ultimatums' had been made, saying that he regarded it as a discussion. He said that there was no firm decision that had been made on that topic:

"It's not a yes and it's not a no, because we are discussing it. I've really enjoyed my time, and although we've been relegated it's been a fantastic season for the football club. I just want to make sure that there's a bigger future for the football club than maybe people see. We've got ambitious staff, and we think we're good at what we do, and we want to make sure that we're at a club that sees a bright future."


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1 May 2014 : Lawrence Makes Man United Return
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Tom Lawrence has returned to Old Trafford one game before the end of his planned stay at Huish Park. The Manchester United player has been recalled due to his parent club being under new first team management, and interim boss Ryan Giggs wanting to see the player at closer quarters.

Overall, the 20 year old made 17 starts and two substitute appearances at the club, scoring twice - with goals coming during the 2-1 win against Blackpool and the free kick scored during Easter Monday's home game against Huddersfield Town.

Needless to say, a big thanks to Tom for his efforts at Huish Park, and hope he does well in the future.


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1 May 2014 : Ladies Take On Champions League Semi-Finalists Tonight
Tonight sees Yeovil Town Ladies play their first ever match in the Continental Cup tonight, as they welcome Birmingham City Ladies to their home ground. The match takes place at the Jones Stadium (Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town FC) with a 7.00p.m. kick-off with all Glovers supporters and fans of women's football encourages to attend. The Blues present illustrious opponents as members of the Women's Super League First Division, and are recent UEFA Champions League Semi-Finalists, losing out to Swedish Champions Tyreso on Sunday.

The Continental Cup is played in a Group format, with the Glovers also drawn alongside the likes of Aston Villa Ladies, Bristol Academy Women, Oxford United Women and Notts County Ladies, and this will be the opening game of those group stages. Yeovil Town Ladies captain Rachael Edwards insists that whilst the FA Women's Super League is their main focus, they will go into tonight's match with enthusiasm, and see no reason why they can't produce a shock against their Continental Cup opponents:

"First and foremost the league is our main focus. Itís what weíve been told by the management Ė to concentrate on the league. Itís great for the club to be playing in the WSL. But having said that, we do have a bit of a reputation of doing well in the cup competitions and weíre really looking forward to take on the likes of Birmingham. They are a team that are doing really well with their own cup exploits and successes of the last few seasons. But going up against the likes of them and Bristol Academy is something to relish and we are really going to enjoy it and hopefully take lots out of the experience that we can transfer into the league."

Admission prices for the match are £4.00 for adults and £2.50 for children and concessions. You can pay on the gate, or you can use the Ladies Website to purchase your ticket in advance.


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