Former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy has been given a call-up into the Republic of Ireland Euro 2016 squad. The 24 year old Blackburn Rovers defender has previously been capped twice at this level, with his debut coming shortly after his 2013-14 loan spell with the Glovers, when he lined up against Costa Rica in a friendly in Philadelphia. However, he had been overlooked since that single cap up until Ireland's March 2016 home match against Switzerland, when he suddenly came to the fore by being awarded the Man of the Match in their 1-0 win in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
The Irish press at that point opened up to the idea that Duffy might be selected as part of their official 23 man squad. That has now been confirmed, after manager Martin O'Neill announced his squad tonight. That squad can be viewed below.
Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 Squad, including Shane Duffy
Two former Yeovil Town loan players have been named in the Wales Euro 2016 squad. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who is on the books of Crystal Palace, and striker Simon Church, who has been out on loan with Aberdeen at the end of last season, whilst contracted by Milton Keynes Dons.
There's no place for Leicester City winger Tom Lawrence who picked up an ankle injury at the tail end of the 2015-16 season, whilst lack of game time appears to have scuppered any hopes that AFC Bournemouth midfielder Shaun MacDonald may have had of knocking on the door for the Welsh squad. Their 23 man squad reads as follows:
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, Owain Fon Williams.
Defenders: Chris Gunter, James Chester, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Neil Taylor, James Collins, Jazz Richards.
Midfielders: Joe Allen, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey, Andy King, David Edwards, Jonny Williams, David Vaughan, George Williams.
Forwards: Gareth Bale, Hal Robson-Kanu, Sam Vokes, Simon Church, David Cotterill.
Meanwhile, there are no Yeovil-related players in the England squad that has been selected for Euro 2016. Winger Andros Townsend had been in the larger training camp squad, but in the end the Newcastle United player did not make the final cut.
Yeovil Town will travel to play Merthyr Town in a pre-season friendly in July. The Southern League Premier Division side will stage the match at Penydarren Park on Monday 18th July with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.
The match will see former Glovers midfielder Gavin Williams take on his former Glovers team-mate Darren Way - the second pre-season friendly that's been arranged to have such a connection, and even the third game features former midfielder Nick Crittenden as Dorchester Town's assistant manager.
The Glovers will be combining the match with a pre-season training camp at The Vale, which is situated in Hensol, north west of Cardiff.
This now gives Yeovil Town a pre-season schedule of the following:
Tue 12/07/2016 : 19:45 : Dorchester Town (Away)
Sat 16/07/2016 : 15:00 : Bristol City (Home)
Mon 18/07/2016 : 19:30 : Merthyr Town (Away)
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Tahvon Campbell has described his half-season with the Glovers as a 'fantastic experience' for him, following his return to parent club West Bromwich Albion. The 19 year old came into the club at the start of January as manager Darren Way's first signing following his appointment as first team boss, and he went on to make 18 appearances, scoring once in the January 2016 2-1 win over Crawley Town at Huish Park.
Campbell found nine of his appearances coming from the bench, whilst on a small number of occasions he was a victim of the club's excess number of loans on their books, meaning that he sometimes had to be the 'sixth loanee' sat in the stands. But despite that he managed to clock up a steady amount of match time. He told West Midlands paper the Express and Star that the experience of first team football was a good one for him:
"My loan spell with Yeovil was a fantastic experience for me and I really enjoyed it. When I first arrived, the club wasn’t in a good place and they were towards the bottom of the table. I feel happy and proud to have played a part in helping Yeovil secure safety. Senior football is so much different to under-21 and academy football. It’s important that young players like myself experience it because you have to learn how to deal with the physical aspect of the game, as well as the need to win on a Saturday."
Campbell also spent part of the 2015-16 season on loan with National League side Kidderminster Harriers, where he made 15 appearances before being recalled during late October 2015. He hoped that both experiences would help push him closer to West Brom's first team, and said that his next hopes were to be involved in any 2016 pre-season tours the Baggies first team arrange, with the obvious long term target of breaking into their Premier League side:
"I feel as though I have learnt a lot from my loans at both Kidderminster and Yeovil and I am confident that if I had the chance to go out on loan again, I would be able to make a big impact and score some goals. I’m going to work really hard now over the summer so that I am fit and sharp for the start of pre-season. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to go away again on tour with the first-team. I want to try and use my experience from being out on loan to stick around the first-team this season. Like every other young player at this club, my aim is to play in the Premier League for Albion."
Yeovil Town are rather unfancied by the bookmakers to challenge for the top of League Two during the 2016-17 season, based on the early betting odds. With the 2016-17 season divisional line-ups now known, the first set of prices are now available, and their prediction is for the Glovers to have a second season of struggle in League Two - although may be based on the club's final league table position, rather than any form they may have shown during the second half of the 2015-16 season.
Perhaps predictably, Portsmouth are strong favourites, along with Doncaster Rovers, Luton Town and Leyton Orient to go up. In terms of winning the title outright, you can get odds as wide as 50/1 for the Glovers via William Hill, with only Morecambe given wider odds. In terms of promotion odds via any route, only Bet 365 were offering those as of this morning, and so better value odds may develop over time. However, here Yeovil Town look slightly better at 8/1 with four other clubs given wider odds - they expect Stevenage, Crawley Town, Newport County and Morecambe to be the other clubs less likely to be up at the top end of the table.
Full odds are as shown below - as usual they're provided as a sample - we've picked out based on the best odds we could get for the Glovers for the title winners, but if you're looking to place bets on other clubs we'd recommend you look at a few comparison websites to get the best odds. As yet we've not seen any other options, such as Relegation odds, or top goalscorers - those will doubtless follow later in the summer.
2016-17 League Two Title Winner Odds: Portsmouth 4/1; Doncaster Rovers, Leyton Orient, Plymouth Argyle 10/1; Luton Town 11/1; Cambridge United, Colchester United 14/1; Grimsby Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Cheltenham Town 16/1; Crewe Alexandra 18/1; Accrington Stanley 20/1; Blackpool, Carlisle United 22/1; Exeter City, Mansfield Town 25/1; Notts County 28/1; Stevenage 40/1; Barnet, Hartlepool United, Crawley Town, Newport County, Yeovil Town 50/1; Morecambe 66/1 (via William Hill).
2016-17 League Two Promotion Odds: Portsmouth 11/10; Luton Town 2/1; Doncaster Rovers 5/2; Plymouth Argyle 11/4; Leyton Orient 3/1; Carlisle United, Grimsby Town 10/3; Cambridge United 7/2; Mansfield Town 4/1; Blackpool, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United 9/2; Notts County, Wycombe Wanderers 11/2; Accrington Stanley 6/1; Barnet, Crewe Alexandra, Exeter City 7/1; Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town 8/1; Stevenage 12/1; Crawley Town 14/1; Morecambe, Newport County 16/1 (via Bet 365).
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson is one of seven Millwall players to become a free agent after the London club's League One Play-Off Final defeat over the weekend. The Lions lost 3-1 against Barnsley at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, and in the wake of that defeat, they have published their Released and Retained list, with Neil Harris choosing to let go four senior squad members and three more junior players.
Upson made 39 appearances for Millwall this season, although perhaps the clue to his fate lay in the fact that he was an unused substitute for all three of their play-off matches. Overall the 26 year old made 77 appearances, scoring twice since arriving at the New Den on January 31st 2014, as his deadline day transfer from Yeovil Town was pushed through whilst he had just six months remaining on his Huish Park contract.
Millwall also released Carlos Edwards, Lee Martin and John Marquis from their first team squad, whilst Under-21 players Jack Powell, Chris Parr and Keaton Wood were also shown the door. Centre-back Byron Webster, who has been one of the key players in Millwall's line-up during the 2015-16 season, has been given an automatic 12 month extension on his current contract as part of an option agreement he signed with them, woth Joe Martin getting the same.
Given Upson's pedigree with both Yeovil Town and Millwall at League One level, and being part of two Wembley Play-Off Finals with those clubs, the most likely outcome is that he'll have a decent number of third tier clubs willing to put in bids for him, particularly now he is available on a free transfer.
This afternoon's League Two Play-Off Final win for AFC Wimbledon now means that the 2016-17 Season Line-Up for fourth tier football is now complete. The Dons rose up to League One at a Wembley final attended by 57,956 spectators, thanks to Lyle Taylor's 78th minute strike that was followed up by an injury time penalty from Adebayo Akinfenwa. That gave them a 2-0 victory against Plymouth Argyle in a game that took a while to come alive, but certainly sparkled during the final 15 minutes once that opening strike went in the net.
The end result is that the Pilgrims have to deal with League Two football for another season. From a travelling point of view, that's the only positive thing from a travelling point of view for Glovers fans based in South Somerset, with a greater northern representation in next season's line-up, as Doncaster Rovers, Blackpool, Crewe Alexandra and Grimsby Town all join us, with Cheltenham Town the one local side coming into League Two. In terms of travelling we lose Bristol Rovers (44), Oxford United (115), AFC Wimbledon (122), Northampton Town (155), Dagenham and Redridge (169) and York City (287) of which all bar the last can be considered to be relatively easy away trips.
What that means is that if you want to do all 23 away games during the 2016-17 season, your mileage will rise. For what was a 7,746 mile round trip last season, you will now travel an 8,602 distance - an increase of just under a thousand miles. One quirk of next season, is that it will become the first year in Yeovil Town's Football League history that dedicated away followers will have zero new grounds to visit - we have played all other 23 clubs in the Football League at their current grounds. The one-way mileage for each club next season, in order of distance, is as follows:
2016-17 League Two Line-Up: Yeovil Town, Exeter City (47), Newport County (86), Plymouth Argyle (90), Portsmouth (96), Cheltenham Town (106), Wycombe Wanderers (122), Barnet (130), Leyton Orient (147), Luton Town (148), Crawley Town (148), Stevenage (153), Cambridge United (183), Crewe Alexandra (200), Notts County (202), Colchester United (207), Mansfield Town (215), Doncaster Rovers (244), Accrington Stanley (261), Blackpool (269), Morecambe (279), Grimsby Town (294), Hartlepool United (336), Carlisle United (338).
Yeovil Town Ladies played their last FAWSL2 match just over a week ago, and it was a significant one as it took them top of the division. The 4-2 victory over Aston Villa Ladies was not without drama though, and after the game, captain Ellie Curson spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner, about the club's comeback from being 0-2 down, to getting the three points that would leave them in first place during the mid-season break. Ellie's thoughts on the match and the new table position can be read via the link below.
Yeovil Town Ladies won their friendly match against Swansea City Ladies in South Wales by an emphatic scoreline today, despite falling a goal behind early on. In a match against the Welsh Premier Women's League side, the Glovers fell behind to an early Jodie Passmore goal but were able to battle their way back by the end of the match to keep themselves in fine form during the mid-season break.
This is the first of two 'behind closed doors' friendlies being arranged whilst all FAWSL sides go a month without competitive football. The turnaround for Yeovil was started by goals from Kayleigh Green and Sarah Wiltshire to put then 2-1 up by the time the second of three 30 minute sessions had been played. In the final 30 minute session, the Glovers easily won the match, with Green bagging her second, whilst Hannah Short, Annie Heatherson and Helen Bleazard also netted for a 6-1 win.
Final Score: Swansea City Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 6.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given his views on tomorrow afternoon's League Two play-off final, that will establish the final piece in the jigsaw, in terms of who will play at third and fourth tier level during the 2016-17 season. In what will also be the final moment of the 2015-16 Football League season, Devon side Plymouth Argyle will face South-West Londoners AFC Wimbledon in the Wembley Stadium match, with it hard to call which side will go into the match as favourites. Argyle as one of the division's bigger teams led the division around Christmas time, but fell away during the second half of the season, with Wimbledon having showed better form than them during that time.
Way has spoken to Devon paper, the Plymouth Herald about his thoughts on the match. He doesn't publicly declare any allegiance to either side, although the fact that he is Plymouth-born may sway him in one particular direction. One of the problems that the Pilgrims have faced this season is issues with their Home Park pitch, with algae forming on the surface of the pitch - a factor cited frequently with some of their poor home results during the second half of the season. Way believes that being on the expansive Wembley surface will suit Argyle's counter-attacking style:
"The pace and power that Plymouth break with on the counter attack is quick. I'm sure Neal would have made sure that he is aware of that, certainly on a decent surface where they will be able to find that first pass. I'm sure that is what will happen from Plymouth's point of view, in the way Derek has set them up. The pitch will certainly be conducive to them playing their fast, counter-attacking game. I think Plymouth are strong throughout, from back to front. With an army of Plymouth fans travelling up there (to Wembley) they are going to make noise. It was certainly the difference when we (Yeovil Town) went up there and won the play-off final. It's how you handle the environment. If you handle environment well, emotionally, you make the right decisions. I know Derek will have done everything that he can to make sure those players are fully prepared. At the end of the day, it's just another pitch. It's the surrounding area that makes it a little bit uncomfortable. It's a situation perhaps some of the players won't have been in before, but it's making sure you get your preparation right."
When it comes to Argyle's opponents, Way perhaps inevitably centres on the attributes of his former Swansea City team-mate Adebayo Akinfenwa, whose scored a crucial goal in the League Two Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg for AFC Wimbledon that took their match against Accrington Stanley into extra time. Way believes that Plymouth will have to deal with that sort of physical presence and style, as well as Akinfenwa's experience of previous play-off finals:
"When you look at what they are going to come up against, with Bayo (Akinfenwa) and his physical attributes, Wimbledon have played that game really well. They have good forwards and I think it will be down to that on the day. When we played against them we did a lot of our analysis on being able to deal with the physical contact – whether it be a goal kick, a throw-in or physical contact in the final third. That's what they are good at. They will upset you and move you off the ball before it arrives because of that strength. I played with Bayo at Swansea so I know exactly what he can bring to the team. He really did affect and change that game at Accrington (in the play-off semi-final) after coming on as a substitute. Bayo has been in this position before because we got to the final at the Millennium Stadium and he handled that situation really well. I expect him to play a big part in the game because he knows how to deal with that environment."
Nine days ago, Yeovil Town Ladies played the first of two games at Huish Park in the FAWSL2 division. Prior to that pair of matches, captain Ellie Curson spoke to BBC Somerset breakfast show presenter Claire Carter giving her thoughts on the season so far, and also ahead to what was the local derby against Bristol City Ladies. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town's Academy have sent three of their teams across to Belgium this weekend to participate in an international youth tournament. The 2016 Hageland Cup is the 28th occasion that the tournament has been staged, and attracts teams from Belgium, Netherlands, France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and Czech Republic. The tournament is set near Aarschot, which is 30 miles North East of Brussels and features boys teams ranging from 7 and 19 years old.
The Glovers have sent across an Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 side for the tournament which spans across May 28th and 29th. The Under-11s are facing teams from US Solrezienne (Belgium), VV Nieuwenhoorn E1 (Netherlands) and R.W. (Belgium). At Under-13 level they are playing KAC Betekom (Belgium), GVV Geldermalsen (Netherlands) and KFC Tongerlo (Belgium). At Under-15s level, they will face FC Bosdam Beveren (Belgium) and Olympia Haarlem C1 (Netherlands).
Teams initially play in a group format with the winners going forward into final stages, thus meaning that each age group gets the chance to compete in a Final or a Third/Fourth place play-off if they get that far in the tournament. All matches will be played across the Saturday and the Sunday at multiple venues in the area.
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gavin Williams has taken up the first team management job at Merthyr Town. The Welshman has been their assistant manager, working under Steve Jenkins, since May 2014, having arrived at the club as a player during the previous December. Now aged 35 years old, he has been part of their management team that won the Southern League Division One South and West title in 2014-15, following that up by winning the Southern League Red Insure Cup during the season just gone. Despite this level of success, Jenkins has stood down at the end of the season, and the Merthyr board have decided to announce his departure and Gavin's managerial promotion as part of the same statement.
Merthyr Town are a reformed version of the old Merthyr Tydfil club that Yeovil Town met on a number of occasions during their non-league days. After the old club were liquidated in 2010, they reformed under the name of the club that predated Merthyr Tydfil's existence. They play at Penydarren Park - the same venue their predecessors played at, meaning that in spiritual terms they are part of the same club history. Last season they finished 10th in the Southern Football League Premier Division.
Gavin made 188 appearances for Yeovil Town, scoring 34 goals, across four spells with the Glovers. As well as being part of the club's Conference title winning side, his final spell with the club saw him part of the squad that achieved promotion via the League One play-offs at the end of the 2012-13 season. After he left the Glovers - with his last contribution coming at the tail end of that campaign (aside from a typically comical booking picked up as a non-playing substitute at Wembley!) - he joined Woking, working under Steve Thompson, before moving back to his home town.
League Two side Notts County have appointed their latest management team. They have opted to take John Sheridan from League One side Oldham Athletic, after the Magpies issued an approach to the former Plymouth Argyle and Chesterfield boss. Perhaps surprisingly, he is willing to swap a 17th placed League One club for a 17th placed League Two club that is currently up for sale, and has a strong reputation for cycling through managers.
County's own vacancy came when Mark Cooperleft on the final day of the 2015-16 season, joining National League side Forest Green Rovers who ultimately failed to gain promotion to the Football League. Sheridan has been given a three year contract by the club - a term length that is optimistic based on County's recent turnover in the hot-seat. He will be joined by Mark Crossley as assistant manager, with Alan Smith, Mike Edwards and Kevin Pilkington given dual coaching and playing contracts under the new structure.
The 51 year old's spell with Oldham lasted just 22 games, which preceded a spell with Newport County that lasted just 17 games. His appointment at Meadow Lane comes one day short of the anniversary of him leaving Plymouth Argyle, meaning that this is his fourth football club in a year. Sheridan's major success as a manager came when he took Chesterfield to promotion from League Two at the end of the 2010-11 season, following that up with the Football League Trophy a year later. He also took Plymouth to a League Two play-off final during the 2014-15 season but it was to be his final bow, after Wycombe Wanderers defeated the Pilgrims in the final.
Sheridan's arrival means that the monster list of Meadow Lane managers that they've appointed since Ian McParland's departure in October 2009 can now be extended by one more. The names of Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince, Martin Allen, Keith Curle, Chris Kiwomya, Shaun Derry, Paul Hart, Ricardo Moniz, Jamie Fullarton and Mark Cooper have all passed through, meaning that he will be their 15th manager in seven years. With Shaun Derry's departure happening in March 2015, Sheridan now gives County their sixth management team in just over a year.
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager and player Brian McDermott has been sacked for a second time by Championship side Reading. The 55 year old was given just five months in the job before the Royals pulled the plug on him at the end of a season that saw them finish in 17th place in the Championship table, having re-joined them on December 18th 2015 whilst they were 13th in the table.
His overall record was nine wins and eight draws across a 30 game period, after he made the decision to return to first team management, having been working at Arsenal as a scout prior to that. McDermott therefore becomes the 19th Championship dismissal of the 2015-16 season and the 57th management dismissal across the professional game. This will be a decision that adds fuel to the fire of the League Managers Association, who had yesterday published a report highlighting a record number of dismissals across the leagues during the 2015-16 campaign.
McDermott had enjoyed a rather more lengthy 169 game period in charge of the Royals between 2009 and 2013, which saw him take the club into the Premier League at the end of the 2011-12 season, having originally joined the club as their Chief Scout in 2000, working under former Glover Alan Pardew, who had been their boss at the time.
The Football Association has announced that they are to scrap replays at the FA Cup Quarter-Final stage. The FA Board have approved changes to the competition that will mean that all four ties in the last eight stage will be played to a conclusion across a single weekend from the 2016-17 onwards. Currently the Quarter-Final stage of the competition is the last level of the FA Cup that allows replays to take place.
The FA had already scrapped semi-final replays in 1999, having removed second replays at that stage during the summer of 1991. FA Cup Final replays were stopped in 1993. Matches at those stages of the competition now go to extra time and penalties, and from the 2016-17 season onwards that will now be joined by Quarter-Finals suffering the same fate.
This is very much a long slow curve to the bigger Premier League clubs wanting FA Cup replays to be scrapped altogether. Back in February, reports materialised that such a proposal was on the table among the FA and Premier League clubs, with the claim that English football was suffering from fixture list congestion - something that the Football League have also claimed as part of their restructuring proposals that would introduce a fifth division to the professional game.
The proposals to scrap FA Cup replays across all rounds suffered a backlash from lower league clubs, with sides such as Exeter City and Cambridge United having gained huge revenue through Replay matches against Premier League opposition, having managed to stretch their 'jackpot tie' over two matches - ironically in part due to the complacency shown by those clubs fielding over-weakened sides. It would appear this is off the table for now, with the exception of the Quarter-Final stage where it is rare for a League One or League Two side to reach that stage, but is inevitably concerning that the often lucrative Fifth Round stage is now the next in line for any further cutbacks.
The FA's statement implies that more changes to the competition will be considered, adding: "Other new initiatives will be explored to ensure The FA Cup retains its status and appeal. These plans also form part of The FA's commitment to help ease English football’s congested fixture schedule."
Yeovil Town have extended their sponsorship agreement with local firm Screwfix for another season. The sponsorship of the East Stand at Huish Park will now go into a sixth season, having first agreed a deal with the club in October 2011.
When Huish Park was first built, construction company Bartlett were given a sponsorship agreement that seemed to be almost permanent until Cowlin took over the naming rights to the stand in July 2006. That agreement stayed in place for five years, until a brief lull saw the stand merely referred to as the East Stand.
Screwfix then took over the reins and have kept the naming rights on a rolling basis ever since. The club's wording would suggest the new deal takes them to the end of the 2016-17 season.
The League Managers' Association have reported that the 2015-16 season set a new record for dismissals and movements, as the average tenure of a First Team Manager continues to shrink. In total there were 70 manager movements during the season just gone, of which 56 were dismissals and 14 were resignations. That has broken the previous record of 53 dismissals, which came during the 2001-02 season that saw clubs have to heavily restructure themselves in the wake of the ITV Digital collapse that caused financial chaos throughout the professional divisions.
In addition to the management changes, the LMA record that over 100 coaches were also dismissed, mainly as a by-product of those management changes. The average tenure of a manager is now just 1.31 years, which is the second lowest since 1992. The previous low point came during the 2014-15 season that saw managers last an average of 1.23 years. Overall the number of dismissals, baselined as of May 24th 2016, breaks down into 11 Premier League, 18 Championship, 14 League One and 13 League Two managers losing their jobs.
With the exception of the 2001-02 season, the level of 56 dismissals is quite startling when compared to other recent years, which saw 47, 37, 43, 33, 38, 36, 33 and 31 dismissals across the previous eight seasons, going backwards in time. The Championship has always been a hot-bed of high turnover, but in the last two seasons, League One and League Two have spiked up, rising through 7, 10 and 13 in League Two and 8, 12 and 14 in League One. Both divisions have equalled previous record highs across the ten year period.
Yeovil Town were very much a part of those recent year statistics. Having generally had the reputation of being one of the more stable Football League sides for management teams, during the calendar year of 2015, they used four different managers, with Gary Johnson (6 games), Terry Skiverton (13 games), Paul Sturrock (30 games) and Darren Way (6 games) all acting as the main people in the dugouts during that year. For the LMA's reporting period of the 2015-16 season, the last pair of managers would be included in their statistics, with Sturrock replaced on December 1st 2015.
Yeovil Town Ladies have arranged a couple of friendlies to keep up their fitness levels during the FAWSL mid-season break. Currently all FAWSL clubs are on a one month hiatus with matches not resuming until the weekend of June 25th/26th, meaning that all clubs have the concern of making sure that their players do not become too rusty during that time.
Welsh Premier Women's League side Swansea City are currently commencing their own pre-season preparations, and they will play two friendlies against Yeovil Town Ladies. The first will take place in Landore, which is a couple of miles north of Swansea City Centre, on Sunday 29th May, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. The second will take place in Yeovil on Sunday 12th June, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.
Note that both fixtures are 'behind closed doors' - no spectators will be admitted to these fixtures. However, hopefully we'll get the results and scorers from the games.
The Ladies team are next in FAWSL action on Sunday 26th June when they make the long trip to New Ferens Park to play Durham Women with a midday kick-off.
Yeovil Town's solution to the issue of their goalkeeping coach for the 2016-17 season would appear to be to promote from within. Former Torquay United youth team player Sam Shulberg has been part of the club's Academy set-up performing coaching duties during the season just gone, but was named on the club's teamsheet as a coach for a number of matches during the latter part of the 2015-16 season, despite Chris Weale holding the goalkeeping coach role, along with his duties as the club's back-up to Artur Krysiak.
With Weale leaving the club earlier this month, that left a vacancy in the ranks, and whilst it hasn't been formally announced, it would seem that Shulberg will be taking on that role. Born in Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, he was on the books of Rushden and Diamonds and Northampton Town before joining Torquay United's youth system. Given these three clubs are also Yeovil Town Academy Manager Geoff Harrop's three main coaching clubs it's not too hard to work out why Shulberg's career path took him in that direction.
He was part of Torquay United's Under-18s set-up just before their Academy closed down and followed Harrop up to Somerset where he has been coaching some of the junior age groups. Way explained to the Western Gazette that Shulberg's name on the teamsheet towards the end of the 2015-16 season was because with Weale registered as a player, he wanted an outside influence to coach both goalkeepers, rather than keep Weale under a dual role. He has also implied that will be the only change to his backroom team over the summer, with retention of all other parties:
"Sam Shulberg has been the goalkeeping coach since I have been in charge because Chris wanted to play. It was not easy from his point-of-view to coach two goalkeepers who were so keen to play and his work goes under the radar a bit. So I want to thank him for that. The problem is - and we have spoken about this on my Pro Licence course - you see academies all the time with too many coaches. First teams with too many doctors, physios, sports scientists. Sometimes you have too many voices and it is not a good thing. Sam has been fantastic, Dan (Powell) the kit man has been fantastic, the physio (Mike Micciche) has been fantastic and Terry (Skiverton) has been fantastic."
Shulberg's promotion would also explain why Yeovil Town are looking to recruit an Academy Goalkeeping Coach for the 2016-17 season, with his involvement with the first team squad now creating a vacancy at that level.
Yeovil Town have arranged a second pre-season friendly for the 2016-17 season. They will make the familiar journey to Dorchester Town's stadium for a match against the Magpies that will take place on Tuesday 12th July 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.
On the following Saturday, 16th July, the club have already arranged a friendly against Bristol City that will take place at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon press also reported a couple of weeks ago that we will be visiting Tiverton Town at some point during pre-season, although they said that match did not have a firm date.
Visits to the Avenue Stadium, Dorchester have been an almost annual arrangement during pre-seasons, with this being the club's tenth match against the Magpies since 2002, when we had a short-term groundshare with them at the start of the 2002-03 campaign. The teams staged there have been mixed, but the timing of the fixture would suggest that this may be one of the earlier chances for a new squad to get out and stretch their legs before a more robust challenge of a Championship club turns up on the Saturday.
Admission prices for the fixture will be £10.00 for adults, £6.00 for concessions, with Under-16s admitted for £1.00.
Yeovil Town defender Omar Sowunmi has signed a new deal with the club. The 20 year old was recruited from Ipswich Town last summer by former boss Paul Sturrock as a central defender, with his 6'7" height providing the club with plenty of physical presence, as well as giving them an opportunity to turn a young prospect into a first team player.
A month into his Glovers career, Sturrock had the idea of converting Sowunmi into a centre-forward - something that seemed to be bearing fruit when he scored his debut goal for the club against Morecambe. Unfortunately for him, a week later he was the victim of a dreadful tackle against AFC Wimbledon and was stretchered off with a serious ankle injury. He returned again six weeks later but only lasted a week before problems with the ankle flared up again, requiring an operation. That was to leave him in the treatment room for five months, but he did make it onto the pitch for the final match of the 2015-16 season, allowing him to make his eighth appearance of the season.
He has signed a new two year contract with the club that will keep him at Huish Park until the summer of 2018.
Late last week, the Football League issued a press release and a discussion document outlining their plans to restructure the League for the start of the 2019-20 season. Whilst those plans will not be voted on until their 2017 AGM, they do open up rather a lot to debate in terms of the effect that it will have upon the League's current 72 member clubs. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the proposals and identifies seven areas in which they might need a rethink. Read on via the link below and feel free to add your own views to the foot of the article.
Former Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Rob Cousins has been given the first team management position at Western Football League Premier Division side Shepton Mallet Town. The 45 year old has been their assistant manager over the past season, having been the manager of Yate Town before that, having ended his playing career at clubs such as Tiverton Town, Mangotsfield Town and Paulton Rovers.
Cousins takes over from Andrew Jones, who had stepped down after four seasons, deciding he wanted a break from football management. Shepton Mallet finished in 10th place in the Western League Premier Division at the end of the 2015-16 season, and with Cousins already part of that successful set-up, and with experience in first team management, his promotion was an obvious decision.
Rob's time at Huish Park saw him clock up 213 appearances, scoring three goals, after signing for the club under manager Graham Roberts in the summer of 1996 as part of the deal that also brought Jerry Gill to the club from Bath City. Rob was a near ever-present during his four seasons at the club, making an astonishing 61 appearances during the 1996-97 season, but was one of the victims of the club's decision to turn full time, with his day time job making it impractical for him to continue with the Glovers.
During the summer of 2000, he moved on to play for Forest Green Rovers, and ultimately played over 1,000 first team matches largely as a central defender, but occasionally as a defensive midfielder.
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side is preparing for the 2016-17 season with a number of new players being given scholarships. The relaunched Academy system is just coming to the end of its first year, meaning that the majority of the players at the most senior level of the scholarship system were in the first of a two year programme. One exception was attacking midfielder Ollie Bassett who had transferred across into Yeovil's Academy system midway through his scholarship and has since signed a professional contract with the Glovers that will now see him train full time with the first team during the 2016-17 season.
The club have added to the existing crop of players by taking on eight new scholars who will commence their own two year programme involving a mix of football training and enrolment in a local college, with the club recommending that scholars take a BTEC Level Three qualification at Yeovil College. The new incumbents include former Southampton pair Joe Tomlinson and Jack Hilton-Jones, who play as a left-back and midfielder respectively. Also joining them is big centre-back Jeremiah Gyebi who was recruited from the MASS Elite Academy in Battersea, London.
They are joined by several players who were nominally part of the Academy's Under-16 set-up last season but had also been used for Under-18s games last year. They are midfielders Mitch McCann, Brad Cherrett and Jack Rice, centre-back Charlie Fripp who used to be on AFC Bournemouth's books and left-winger Callum Morton. They join the other players who were already part of the Under-18s scholarship system meaning that the 2016-17 squad should look roughly as follows at present:
Goalkeeper: Kingsley Latham
Centre-backs: Jayden Corbridge, Prince-iwyeh Nwabudike, Charlie Fripp, Jeremiah Gyebi
Left-Back: Thiago Sa, Joe Tomlinson
Right Wing: Luis Nyman
Centre Midfield: Arthur Warren, Jack Rice, Brad Cherrett, Jack Hilton-Jones, Mitch McCann
Left-Wing: Callum Morton
Strikers: Paul Akinull, Dion MacFoy-Johnston
Meanwhile Academy Manager Geoff Harrop, who described newspaper claims of his own departure from the club to Torquay United as 'laughable', has confirmed that his No.2 in command David Byrne has left the club, implying to the Western Gazette that he has somewhere else to go to:
"David Byrne is leaving the club for pastures new and we would like to thank Dave for everything he has done in helping the development of the academy. We are now advertising for a professional lead coach to bridge the gap between the academy and the first team."
NOTE: We sometimes struggle with Youth Team players in terms of getting the right information. Hence if any players or relatives or friends are aware of errors, omissions, incorrect positions or anything else, either drop a tweet to the @ytfcciderspace account, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional information and we'll add it into the article and any future articles. In addition, if anyone can provide any help in giving the Academy and Under-18s side a higher profile for next season in any way, drop a message via the same means.
Yeovil Town are advertising three positions within their Academy structure this summer, including a Professional Development Phase Lead Coach. This vacancy would imply that this is a replacement for David Byrne's position, given that it covers the role of the Academy's Under-18s manager, which was carried by him during the 2015-16 season. Byrne arrived at the club during Paul Sturrock's reign at Huish Park, having worked with him at Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town, and had a year in that position. Although the club's vacancy list doesn't state who has left the club it would appear that Byrne is one of those.
The three vacancies the club are carrying are as follows:
1. Professional Development Phase Lead Coach: Reporting to the Academy Manager: "To oversee the development and recruitment of players from the ages 16-18. The role is to oversee the transition of players from the Youth development Phase into the Professional Development Phase. The role holder should then prepare players to enter the Senior Development Phase."
2. Academy Coach: Reporting to the Phase Lead Coach: "To develop a specific age group in the philosophy, playing style and value of Yeovil Town Academy. The role holder should implement coaching techniques and tactics shown in the Academy Coaching programme in training sessions and matches."
3. Academy Goalkeeper Coach: Reporting to Head of Coaching: "To develop the goalkeepers in the philosophy, playing style and values of Yeovil Town Academy. The post holder should implement coaching techniques and tactics shown in the Academy Coaching Programme in training sessions and matches."
For further information, applicants need to email email@example.com and for a formal application you need to provide your CV and a covering letter.
With the Football League's lower division clubs issuing concerns over revenue losses regarding the Football League's restructuring plans that were issued last week, it's no surprise to find Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry being just as reserved about those proposals. The Football League's proposals to expand their league to four divisions, giving five overall in the professional game, made up of 100 clubs, have been given a luke warm reception, particularly from lower league clubs, with only a scattering of Championship clubs appearing to back the plans.
One of the most notable projections was made by Oxford United, who have recently been promoted into League One, and their view was that the plans would create a £185,000 black hole in their revenue, mainly as a result of the loss of four home league fixtures from the 2019-20 season onwards. With much of Mr Fry's past interviews and statements showing him to have the mindset of an accountant when it comes to managing a football club, the mention of 'revenue loss' would be guaranteed to cause him concern.
He has given a fairly cautious initial response to the plans when commenting on them to the Western Gazette, but his expectations are that they will unduly affect clubs in the lower divisions, which is roughly in line with the feedback from other Chairmen so far. Mr Fry explains:
"I expect lower league clubs will be the ones that suffer. But until my directors have studied the Football League consultation document, it is far too early to make a measured comment on how these proposals would affect Yeovil Town FC. However, the proposals I have seen so far have potentially fundamental financial and football implications for our club, and as such, the YTFC board will respond after extensive consultation with our stakeholders and supporters."
The topic will be under (heated) discussion at the Football League's 2016 AGM, with any final proposals - if it gets that far - being formally tabled for a vote at the 2017 AGM. The League's constitution will require 90 percent of clubs to vote in favour of the plans, thus requiring 65 of the 72 clubs to support it.
Former Yeovil Town loanee Josh Wakefield has been released by his parent club AFC Bournemouth. The 22 year old's release doesn't come as any surprise given that when he had a 2016 spell with League One side Walsall, their local media described his trial - which was later followed by a loan agreement - was an opportunity "to find himself a new club". Quotes from Wakefield himself implied that he already knew his fate and that this was an agreement from his parent club that he could try to find himself a new club before his contract ran out.
Wakefield is one of six Cherries players who were shown the door, with Sylvain Distin, Stephane Zubar, Josh Carmichael, Mason Walsh and Jon Muleba all now free agents. It's not that likely that the Saddlers will come in for him on a permanent basis - despite taking him on trial on January 19th and turning that into a loan deal on February 25th, he didn't make a single first team appearance, with the exception of some Reserve Team matches.
The Frimley-born player, who has had nine loan spells with various clubs, including Bristol Rovers and Torquay United, during his time at Dean Court, made six appearances for Yeovil Town during August and September 2015.
On Sunday afternoon, Yeovil Town went top of the FAWSL2 division with victory over Aston Villa Ladies at Huish Park. Coming from behind at 0-2 down at half time, a Sarah Wiltshire hat-trick and a Nicola Cousins goal gave them the three points they needed to put them two points clear as the Super League goes into a one month mini-break. Watch all the goals via the clip below ... well almost all of them - either the cameraman or the video editor didn't quite hit the mark on the final goal of the day!
Last Thursday, Yeovil Town Ladies gained all three points against their local rivals Bristol City Women in an FAWSL2 match at Huish Park. Below you can watch highlights from the 2-0 victory, with goals from Sarah Wiltshire and Ellie Curson that saw off the opposition, lifting them into second place in the table.
Former Yeovil Town loanee Stephen Kingsley has been given his first ever call-up by the Scotland national side. The Swansea City player, who was part of the Glovers 2014-15 squad during the second half of the season, has gradually shown signs of breaking into the Premier League side's first team, making four league starts and one FA Cup substitute appearance for Swansea, after returning from a twelve game Crewe Alexandra loan spell earlier in the 2015-16 campaign.
Having played a full 90 minutes against Arsenal, West Ham United and Manchester City towards the end of the season, that seems to have persuaded Scotland manager Gordon Strachan to take a punt on him, by calling him into his squad for two summer friendlies. Scotland are not part of Euro 2016, but have arranged two high profile friendlies against Italy (in Malta, May 29th) and France (in Metz, June 24th) as part of both countries own preparations for the tournament.
Scotland will be basing themselves in Malta across the two fixtures and have selected the following squad, with a few players only available for the second fixture due to Football League play-off matches:
Goalkeepers: Scott Fox (Ross County), Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian), David Marshall (Cardiff City)
Defenders: Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion), Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian), Andrew Robertson (Hull City - France only), Lee Wallace (Rangers)
Midfielders: Ikechi Anya (Watford), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday - France only), Craig Bryson (Derby County), Oliver Burke (Nottingham Forest), Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion), Shaun Maloney (Hull City - France only), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), John McGinn (Hibernian), Barrie McKay (Rangers), Matt Phillips (Queens Park Rangers), Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth), Robert Snodgrass (Hull City - France only)
Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland, on loan at Olympique Marseille), Chris Martin (Derby County), Ross McCormack (Fulham), Steven Naismith (Norwich City)
Former Yeovil Town loanee Jake Howells has signed for National League side Eastleigh for next season. The 25 year old has penned a two year contract with the Hampshire side, shortly after being released by League Two side Luton Town. Howells had been at Luton for nine years, and bowed out after 334 appearances for the Kenilworth Road club.
He will now join a side that finished in seventh position in the National League, five points outside the play-offs, and will be under contract with them until the summer of 2018. Howells said of his decision to sign for them:
“I am really pleased to be signing for such an ambitious club as Eastleigh and really looking forward to the challenge ahead."
Aside from Luton, Yeovil Town represent Howells' only other professional club, as part of a one month loan spell that took him to Huish Park in September 2015. He then broke back into Luton's first team upon his return following the departure of former boss John Still. However, that didn't stop current manager Nathan Jones from eventually releasing him at the end of the season just gone.
During last week, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way indicated that he was travelling to the South of France to watch a match involving England and Portugal teams in the city of Toulon, which is situated on the Mediterranean coast.
Reports at the time suggested that Way was viewing 'trialists', although his visit to the city concided with England's opening match in the Toulon Tournament - a summer competition featuring various national development sides, with England's headed up by Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate.
It's since been confirmed that it was the actual Toulon Tournament that Way was visiting, with the emphasis less on 'trialists' or possible recruits for the 2016-17 season, and more on Darren's interests in progressing his UEFA Pro Licence. Way is currently a UEFA A Licence holder, and the Pro licence is typically an 18 month programme that requires managers to visit other training environments as part of their own learning and development. The Pro licence is mandatory for any managers who may wish to one day manage at certain levels of the game, such as the Premier League.
Across the last few days, Darren has therefore taken in England vs Portugal, Mexico vs Czech Republic, Czech Republic vs Bulgaria and Mali vs Mexico. Whilst for the England game in particular, he will have collected a few useful phone numbers along the way of coaches and representatives he may wish to talk to in the future, his time out in France will predominantly have been to benefit his coaching career than to smuggle James Ward-Prowse into the back of his car on the way back!
Yeovil Town Ladies go into the mid-season break on top of the FAWSL2 division, after they came from behind to beat Aston Villa Ladies. They had to do it the hard way, standing at 0-2 down at the break, as Villa took the initiative. However, a second half Sarah Wiltshire hat-trick and another for Nicola Cousins turned the tables, and with Bristol City Women losing at Sheffield, whilst Everton Ladies were held at home to Millwall Lionesses, that puts the Glovers on top of the pile with a two point advantage, with the next set of matches not due to take place until June 26th.
On the back of Thursday night's 2-0 win against Bristol City, Jamie Sherwood selected the exact same starting eleven and substitutes for the visit of Villa to Huish Park. Early on, things seemed to be good as Helen Bleazard forced Jess Myers to push the ball around the post. Then Bleazard's cross into the box found Sarah Wiltshire, but one again Myers was equal to it. Yeovil's problem though was that they conceded a few too many free kicks, and just short of the half hour mark they conceded from one such situation. Bethan Merrick's set piece was headed home by Hannah George and Villa went a goal up.
Chances at the other end were still coming, and Yeovil responded well as Sarah Wiltshire produced a dipping shot that came off the woodwork and back out. Then a Nadia Lawrence shot clipped the top of the bar, with the ball falling behind. However, just before the break, Villa got a second and seemingly crucial goal that put them 2-0 up at half time. Mollie Rouse broke down the right hand side and her cutback across the area was converted from close range by Katie Wilkinson to temporarily silence the Huish Park home crowd.
Whatever manager Jamie Sherwood said at half time clearly worked. Under two minutes after the break, Yeovil had pulled a goal back. Sarah Wiltshire finished well by lobbing the goalkeeper and that was to act as the turning point as Villa were pushed onto the back foot. Annie Heatherson fired just over the crossbar, then Jess Myers had to save from Kayleigh Green, with another Heatherson effort also blocked.
On the hour mark, Yeovil drew level, and once again Sarah Wiltshire got the goal. Helen Bleazard was the provider as her cross into the box found Wiltshire at the back post who buried the ball into the corner of the net. With fifteen minutes remaining, a two goal deficit became a one goal advantage, as Bleazard's free kick was saved by Myers and Nicola Cousins was on hand to fire home for a 3-2 lead. Villa tried to force the equaliser, but they came unstuck again in the 90th minute as Sarah Wiltshire took advantage of some of the space opening up in the Villa third, as she lobbed the goalkeeper again for her hat-trick, and a guarantee of all three points, as half time defeat was turned into a clear full time victory. Wiltshire gave her views on her hat-trick after the game:
"Obviously it's always good to score a hat-trick, I'm just pleased that after we were 2-0 down we were able to score four goals in the second half. I think that it shows a lot about the squad that we could comeback like we did. We didn’t give up, we fought back and everyone loves a comeback. For my third goal, I think it was Ellie (Curson) who put the ball through and I just went after it and luckily I got there and it went in. We are just going to take each game as it comes, we didn’t start off very well – I think that we were still tired from Thursday (against Bristol City), but we put it right in the second half."
Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 4 Aston Villa Ladies 2.
Scorers: Hannah George (28 mins, 0-1), Katie Wilkinson (45 mins, 0-2), Sarah Wiltshire (47 mins, 1-2), Sara Wiltshire (60 mins, 2-2), Nicola Cousins (75 mins, 3-2), Sarah Wiltshire (89 mins, 4-2)
Yeovil Town Ladies: 1. Charlotte Haynes; 6. Kayleigh Green, 26. Hannah Short, 5. Nicola Cousins; 23. Helen Bleazard, 8. Steph Williams, 4. Ellie Curson (Capt), 11. Nadia Lawrence, 15. Kelly Snook; 9. Annie Heatherson, 7. Sarah Wiltshire
Substitutes: Natasha Knapman, Emily Donovan (86 mins for Nadia Lawrence), Ellis Hillman (79 mins for Kelly Snook), Lauren Townsend, Charlotte Johnson, Sammi Quayle, Jessie Jones (29 mins for Steph Williams)
Aston Villa Ladies: 21. Jess Myers 3. Hannah George 4. Chloe Jones 8. Maddy Cusack 9. Katie Wilkinson 10. Kerri Welsh 14. Katy Moran (Capt) 16. Elisha N'Dow 18. Bethan Merrick 20. Amy Wesh 25. Mollie Rouse.
Substitutes: 13. Chloe Beattie 2. Hayley Crackle (74 mins for Amy West) 7. Sarah Mayling (59 mins for Kerri Walsh) 17. Destiney Toussaint 19. Natasha Baptiste 27. Leanne Bryant 26. Chloe Harper.
Referee: Joanna Stimpson. Assistants: Paul Davies and Alistair Francis.
At the tail end of last month, the Glovers Trust announced that they had registered Huish Park and its surrounding land as an Asset of Community Value. To explain the process and what that means for the ground and surrounding land, interim Chairman Brendon Owen and South Somerset District Council representative David Crisfield were interviewed by BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner to give their views. Read that interview via the link below.
Following Thursday night's 2-0 victory over Bristol City Women at Huish Park, Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter/reporter Jack Murley, Jamie's full interview can be read via the link below.
Note that the Ladies are back in action tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park, with Aston Villa Ladies their opponents. Kick-off is at 2.00p.m. with full Main Stand facilities open at the ground in the lead-up to the game.
With the exception of three clubs that have been involved in the League Two play-offs, each League Two side has now published their Released and Retained lists. Below is a list of all of the 2015-16 season League Two clubs, with the exception of those who gained automatic promotion to League One. In addition the four clubs that were relegated from League One into our division for 2016-17 are included. Needless to say, this is a constant moving target as news is released by clubs during this month, and contract talks continue, but hopefully gives an accurate picture of what each club is up to.
ACCRINGTON STANLEY: Were in League Two Play-Offs - No Announcement Yet
BARNET: Released: Mark Randall, Joe Gater, Ryan Gondoh, Charlie Kennedy
Made Available For Free Transfers: Tom Champion, Ben Tomlinson, Shaun Batt and Mauro Vilhete.
New Contract: Curtis Weston, Sam Togwell
Talks Ongoing: Bondz N’Gala, Michael Nelson, Graham Stack
Outgoing Transfer: Andy Yiadom (to Barnsley)
BLACKPOOL: Released: Emmerson Boyce, Charles Dunne, David Ferguson, Connor Oliver, Martin Paterson, Jarrett Rivers
Contract Extension: Tom Aldred
Contract Offer: David Norris
CAMBRIDGE UNITED: Released: Ryan Donaldson, Chris Dunn, Sam Beasant, Robbie Simpson
Contract Offers: Josh Coulson, James Dunne, Jimmy Spencer, Dylan Williams (academy graduate)
CARLISLE UNITED: Released: Derek Asamoah, Troy Archibald-Henville, Angelo Balanta, Arron Bradbury, Dan Hanford, Bastien Hery, Louis Pedro, Steven Rigg, Antony Sweeney, Joe Thompson
Contract Offers: Alexander McQueen, Tom Miller
COLCHESTER UNITED: Released: Joe Edwards (as expected to join another League One club), Tosin Olufemi, Darren Ambrose, Nicky Shorey, Elliott Parish, Marvin Sordell, Marley Andrews, Kieran Bailey, Tyler Brampton
Contract Offers: Drey Wright, Alex Gilbey, Femi Akinwande, Tom Eastman, Dillon Barnes, Jack Curtis, Jamie Harney
CRAWLEY TOWN: Released: Roarie Deacon, Lee Barnard, Andy Bond, Lyle Della-Verde, Callum Preston, Shamir Fenelon, Gavin Tomlin
No Decision Made Yet: Seven other players.
CREWE ALEXANDRA: Released: Marcus Haber, Lauri Dalla Valle, David Fox, Chris Atkinson, James Baillie, Liam O'Neill, Fraser Murdoch, Joe Kearns, Joe Howell, Toby Mullarkey, Andre Brown
Contract Offer: Zoumana Bakayogo
Contract Extensions: David Richards, Perry Ng
Under Discussion: Bradden Inman
DAGENHAM AND REDBRIDGE: Released: Jack Connors, Ashley Chambers, Clevid Dikamona, Ian Gayle, Ashley Hemmings, Zavon Hines, Justin Hoyte, Liam O’Brien, Josh Pashley, Matt Richards, Ade Yusuff
Outgoing Transfer: Jodi Jones (to Coventry City)
DONCASTER ROVERS: Released: Ben Askins, Matty Davies
Transfer-Listed: Dany N’Guessan, Curtis Main, Gary MacKenzie, Billy Whitehouse, Thorsten Stuckmann
Relegation Clauses Activated: Nathan Tyson, Richard Chaplow (verbally only, must be confirmed by June)
New Signing: Tommy Rowe (from Wolves), Gary McSheffrey (from Sheffield United, confirmed by player)
EXETER CITY: Released: Clinton Morrison, Emmanuel Oyeleke, Jason Pope, Will Hoskins
No Decision Made Yet: Craig Woodman, David Noble, Jamie McAllister, Christian Ribeiro, Arron Davies, Alex Nicholls
Contract Offers: Matt Jay, Joe Charles (six months)
Academy Graduates: Toby Down, Jordan Storey, Nick Grimes and Kyle Egan
HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Released: Peter Denton, Scott Fenwick, Scott Harrison, Ebby Nelson-Addy, Kudus Oyenuga, Harry Worley
Contract Extensions: Matthew Bates, Jake Carroll, Kieran Green, Carl Magnay, Rhys Oates, Billy Paynter, Jordan Richards, Connor Smith, Brad Walker
New Contract: Matthew Bates
LUTON TOWN: Released: Elliot Justham, Matt Robinson, Jake Howells, Alex Lawless, Paul Benson, Isaac Galliford, Scott Griffiths, Ryan Hall, Mark Onyemah, Luke Trotman, Curtley William
Contract Offers: Zane Banton, Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu
Contract Extension: Craig King
Transfer-Listed: Mark O'Brien, Magnus Okuonghae, Matthew Robinson
MANSFIELD TOWN: Released: Anthony Dwyer, Liam Marsden, Craig Westcarr
New Contracts: Lee Collins, Mal Benning, Krystian Pearce
MORECAMBE: Released: Charlie Bailey, Shaun Beeley, Chris Doyle, Adam Dugdale, Jack Kelleher, Andy Parrish, Nathan Bondswell, Alan Goodall
Contract Offers: Jamie Devitt, Ryan Edwards, Alex Kenyon, Shaun Miller
Contract Extension: Andrew Fleming
NEWPORT COUNTY: Released: Yan Klukowski, Matt Partridge, Seth Nana-Twumasi, Rhys Taylor, Joe Green, Nathan Ralph, Scott Barrow
Contract Offers: Mark Byrne, Andrew Hughes, Alex Rodman, Danny Holmes, Darren Jones, Scott Boden, John-Christophe Ayina, Medy Elito
Contract Extension: Tom Owen-Evans, Kieran Parselle
Academy Graduates: Lewis Bamford, Dafydd Jones, Ben Jones, Liam Angel
New Signing: Jamie Turley (Eastleigh, two years)
NOTTS COUNTY: Released: Roy Carroll, Liam Noble, Blair Adams, Jordan Aghatise, Jason Banton, Colby Bishop, Will Hayhurst, Taylor McKenzie and Lartey Sarpong
Released with Condition: Ronan Murray, Filip Valencic (invited to talk to new manager once appointed, if mutually agreed)
Contract Offers: Wes Atkinson, Haydn Hollis, Alan Smith (as player/coach)
Contract Extension: Jordan Richards
Academy Graduate Offers: Montel Gibson, Jack McMillan, Luther Wildin
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE: In League Two Play-Off Final
PORTSMOUTH: Released: Brian Murphy, Chad Field, Snorre Nilsen
Transfer-Listed: Adam McGurk, Kal Naismith, Matt Tubbs
Contract Talks: Ben Davies, Danny Hollands
Contract Extension: Ben Close, Adam May, Ben Tollitt
Academy Graduates: Alex Bass, Calvin Davies, Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain.
STEVENAGE: Released: Charlie Adams, Adam Marriott, Rohdell Gordon, Jack Jebb, David McAllister, Jerome Okimo, Lee Cox, Aaron O'Connor
WIMBLEDON: In League Two Play-Off Final
WYCOMBE WANDERERS: Released: Alex Lynch, Gozie Ugwu, Ryan Sellers, Max Kretzschmar
New Contract: Matt Bloomfield, Paul Hayes,
Contract Offers: Marcus Bean, Aaron Pierre (already until 2017)
Contract Extension: Sam Wood
YORK CITY: Released: George Swan, Femi Ilesanmi, Taron Hare, Josh Carson, Kenny McEvoy, Michael Coulson, Emile Sinclair, Ben Hirst
Contract Offers: Michael Ingham, Dave Winfield, Luke Summerfield, Russell Penn
Transfer-Listed: Jake Hyde, Vadaine Oliver
Former Yeovil Town captain Joe Edwards is reported to have been arrested after an alleged incident outside a pub in Colchester. The 25 year old has been on the books of relegated League One side Colchester United, and their local paper the Colchester Gazette reports of two incidents that took place on Sunday 8th May, on the day that their 2015-16 season ended following a 2-1 defeat against Rochdale.
The paper states that Edwards was one of two people - both aged 25 years old - on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and affray, with another man being left unconscious and needing an ambulance that took him to Colchester General Hospital. Whilst the police do not name the two arrested, Edwards is named by the paper with the other party not named at this stage.
The incident appears to have stemmed from another situation that developed earlier in the evening, when a group of Colchester United players and friends were asked to leave the Kings Arms pub in Crouch Street. During that time, the landlord of the pub Siobhan Walters is alleged to have been struck in the face, before the group eventually left the pub. The paper does not believe at this stage that this incident directly involved any Colchester player, whilst the landlord was not believed to be significantly injured.
However, problems appear to have escalated around closing time, around 10.55p.m. when a second disturbance occurred outside the pub with owners Greene King indicating that this incident related to the same group returning and being denied access to the pub. At this stage a fight broke out and an unnamed man was knocked unconscious in the street. Police arrived and made two arrests. The police report indicates that they were bailed until July:
"Police were called at 10.55pm on Sunday, May 8th to a report of a disturbance at the Kings Arms, Crouch Street, Colchester. Officers attended and arrested two men from Colchester on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and affray. The men, aged 25, were taken into custody for questioning. They were later released on police bail pending further enquiries until July."
Colchester United have yet to comment on the incident, and so have not confirmed that he is the man named by the Colchester Gazette. By coincidence they have named their Released and Retained list during late afternoon and name Edwards as a player they would like to retain, but believe that the Gloucester-born player will try to remain at League One level. Director of Football Tony Humes says of the player's situation:
"Joe signed a one year deal when he first joined us and understandably, he is keen to play at the highest level possible. He has had an excellent season and is taking his opportunity to see what else is out there, but we would be interested in signing him should the opportunity arise."
Colchester have named Edwards in their 'released' list for the end of the 2015-16 season, but presumably within the same context that he was named in the Glovers' 2014-15 Released List - that his unwillingness to discuss new contract terms with them at this stage means that they have allowed him to move on and talk to other clubs, presumably at League One level.
Football League proposals to introduce a fifth tier in the English professional league set-up have been met with a largely negative response from club Chairmen. The plans that were revealed yesterday involve the Football League being expanded to four divisions, underneath the Premier League, with each division supporting 20 clubs. However, some clubs have revealed that they had not been consulted, indicating that the first they knew of such plans were when they were published by the League's Board of Directors, leading to questions as to who has been driving the need for changes within the League structure.
League One side Bradford City's joint Chairman Mark Lawn is one of those who has immediately voiced concerns about the proposal, pointing out that decreasing the number of clubs in each division will in turn decrease the number of League home matches played from 23 games down to 19 games, thus reducing the amount of gate income that each club will receive. He suggests that this will be a significant concern for lower league clubs, and assumes it has been driven by larger Championship clubs where matchday revenue may not be so much of a concern:
"We've had this structure for years because it has suited the majority of clubs, so why change it? What they don't understand is that currently we have 23 home games. We need the crowds; we don't get the money Championship clubs get. Losing four home games means we lose four incomes. It's not so bad for us but for teams like Accrington and York, that's a lot of money. It's ridiculous. They certainly haven't come out and consulted with all the clubs, because this is the first I've heard about it. If we were voting now, I'd be voting against it. The only reason I can think of is that, yet again, the Championship clubs want it."
One of the league's smallest clubs, Accrington Stanley, have also raised similar concerns. Owner Andy Holt says that if he had it his own way, he would be playing more matches at the Crown Ground, to try to bring spectators to the town. He says that it will leave a financial black hole for his club if the number of matches drop in each division:
"I just don't recognise it as a sensible plan. We want more games, we would rather play 50 home games. We need revenue, we don't want to lose any games. For me, our players will play as many games as we want. We pay them an annual salary, we want them to play games. It is (manager) John Coleman's job to get them fit. It has got to hurt us if we lose any revenue. I am putting cash in to fill a black hole. If we have less revenue, I will have to put more in. If we are only going to play here 20 times a year, it is hardly worth having a stadium. I can't see any sense in the proposals, as far as it affects Accrington Stanley. Fans want to see football and our players want to play. I don't see how it can benefit fans to have less football to see."
Oxford United have just gained automatic promotion into League One at the end of the 2015-16 season, and so will be playing third tier football next year. Their Managing Director Greig Box Turnbull doesn't reject it outright, but has calculated that it will leave his club with revenue loss of £185,000 per season and wants to see how that is addressed:
"At first glance the proposal would see a major restructuring of the game and we need to assess all of the implications. Within the document we have received the Football League suggest the change would cost a League One club around £185,000 in lost revenue due to the reduction in games. Obviously this is a concern and we need to sit down as a Board and analyse the proposal in its entirety before agreeing the club’s position. As a club as we are always open to discussing how the game can be improved for the benefit of all involved, but it has to be balanced and economically viable."
In League One, Peterborough United Chairman Barry Fry gave a neutral view of the proposals, but like Bradford City he complained that his club had not been involved in the drawing up of these plans:
"I'm very surprised with all my contacts in the game that I didn't know about this already. Until I see the proposals and how it affects the clubs I can't really comment."
Up in the Championship, the reaction to the proposals was much more positive. Rotherham United Chairman Tony Stewart believed the actual plans would not affect his club too much, but said that the financial gap between the Premier League and the Championship, and then between the Championship and League One was too great, and said that was worrying him more than the plans themselves:
"It's a long time in football until 2018, the proposals don't worry me. I've built a stadium and invested a lot of money in order to enjoy the fruits of higher-tier football. If I had not had that ambition I wouldn't have spent over £30 million. As far as I'm concerned it doesn't bother me. What I will say is there is a big gulf between the Championship and the Premier League, a great divide, and the money that is shared out is disproportionate. The problem now is foreign investors coming in and taking a gamble. They're mortgaging a lot of money to try and get in the Premier League and it's turning into a bit of a casino. There is also a divide between the Championship and League One and Two and the gaps need filling in."
The other positive vibe came from Championship side Brentford, with Chief Executive Mark Devlin giving it the thumbs up. He said that the two main issues that he had with the proposals were whether the Premier League would be willing to provide any financial incentives for those clubs who would be affected adversely, and as a consequence whether Premier League 'B Teams' would be in or out of scope of the proposals, with a big question mark being left by the League having not stated how those additional eight spaces in their structure would be filled. However, overall he was happy with what was on the table:
"The Football League is to be absolutely applauded for coming up with an innovative and far-reaching approach and set of proposals. These proposals are a really good start for how we can tackle some of the problems Football League clubs are facing. I'm not saying all the proposals are workable and they're bound to divide opinion but I look at them very positively. Undoubtedly the Premier League may well be able to offer financial incentives to make that much more of an appealing proposition, but on a personal basis I would prefer to see National League teams. I think it would be much better if there are more teams serving their communities rather than B teams from Premier League sides."
Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey admitted yesterday that they had yet to consult with the National League (aka the Football Conference) which would be the division that would potentially receive the greatest impact if no 'B Teams' are introduced, with potentially up to eight teams taken out of their set-up. They have issued a statement saying that they plan to discuss the proposals with their own member clubs:
"The National League has received the discussion paper 'A Whole Game Solution' from The Football League. The proposals outlined therein appear to have potentially fundamental implications for our competition, and as such, The National League will consider these carefully in consultation with our clubs and discuss the matter with the game's governing bodies at the earliest opportunity."
Aside from the big question mark over whether these proposals involve Premier League B Teams being introduced by the back door, Harvey has also failed to rule out the prospect of Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic being co-opted into the solution, although admitted that he could see that facing heavy opposition.
If the Football League's proposals are to be passed, the League's constitutional rules require a 90 per cent approval rate. This would mean that 65 of the current 72 clubs would have to vote for the changes to go through. The League's 2016 AGM will only require a discussion about the proposals to take place, with any votes being non-binding. Any final vote on the proposals would take place during the 2017 Football League AGM.
Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood believes that sacrifices made by his players are ultimately worth it when they produce results like last night's win over Bristol City Women. Their 2-0 win over their local rivals allowed them to leapfrog their opponents into second place in the FAWSL2 table and level on points with Everton Ladies. That was the first step in a busy weekend for the Glovers, with Aston Villa Ladies the visitors to Huish Park on Sunday, meaning that the players and coaching staff will not be getting any rest.
With the players and coaches having other work and family commitments to juggle during that period, that means that they probably won't get any significant time to rest until Sunday evening. Sherwood told BBC Somerset that if they came out with six points from both games, that the effort put in would be worth it, and encouraged fans to return to Huish Park on Sunday afternoon to provide their support for the players:
"It's more than worth it. It's more than every sacrifice that you make for the players and the staff. We make sacrifices and nights like this make those sacrifices more than worthwhile. So I urge everybody who lives in Somerset to get down to Huish Park on Sunday and to continue to make this a fortress for us."
The female Glovers have yet to lose a match at their new Huish Park home at FAWSL2 level, despite facing a number of difficult opponents during that time. Sherwood was pleased with the way his team were organised on the evening, and how clinical they had been in front of goal as strikes from Sarah Wiltshire and Ellie Curson gave them the Thursday night win:
"We just keep doing what we're doing. We go again. Tonight was all about the performance and making sure that we knew our roles and responsibilities and being clinical with our opportunities. There weren't many goal threats for either side but we were very clinical today, and it was really pleasing to see the goals go in. I think that we proved today from the first whistle to the last whistle that this is our home, and no-one comes to our home and takes anything off us. This is our home and our fortress."
Yeovil Town Ladies leapfrogged their local rivals on Thursday night as a 2-0 victory over Bristol City ended their opponents FAWSL2 unbeaten run. Until the match at Huish Park, Bristol hadn't lost a game in the league this year, and only one side had scored against them. That side was Yeovil Town, who had narrowly lost to them on the opening day of the season, and they avenged that 3-2 defeat thanks to goals from Sarah Wiltshire and captain Ellie Curson that lifted them into second place in the FAWSL2 table, with the top three sides all tied on thirteen points.
When the two sides met at the Stoke Gifford Stadium earlier in the season, a poor start by the Glovers was largely responsible for their demise. This time around the tables were most certainly turned as Yeovil scored in the first minute with their first attack of the game. A low cross by Helen Bleazard was met by Sarah Wiltshire and she was able to score her fifth goal of the season as she converted at the back post.
Inevitably Bristol tried to hit back, but striker Millie Farrow was denied by Glovers keeper Charlotte Haynes. Half an hour into the match, the Glovers doubled their lead, as Ellie Curson took advantage of Bristol goalkeeper Caitlin Leach being significantly off her line as she lobbed the goalkeeper with a deep ball into the box that went straight into the back of the net for a 2-0 half time lead.
During the second period, Yeovil had to do a lot more defending, but their three centre-backs in particular did a great job of shielding goalkeeper Charlotte Haynes, whose main job was that of dealing with crosses rather than direct attempts on goal. Captain Ellis Curson was full of praise for that defensive trio after the game, although she said the quickfire start was crucial in asserting their authority on the game:
"I'm still in shock at how quick we scored because it doesn't happen often. We have struggled to score here at Huish Park so to do it in the first few minutes was a great start. If we didn't manage to do that it may have gone the other way, but we got three points in bag and go to joint top of the league. In the second half we sat in and protected our goal, we said that we would come out in the second half and not concede, which we did. The back three were exceptional; Kayleigh Green was outstanding, Hannah (Short) and Nicola (Cousins) were outstanding as well. They didn't have many chances despite being on top in the second half, but every team will have spells so it's about how you manage it, I thought we managed it well."
The Ladies are back in action at Huish Park on Sunday in another FAWSL2 match, with Aston Villa Ladies their opponents - kick-off is at 2.00p.m. with all Main Stand facilities open to fans.
Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Bristol City Ladies 0.
Yeovil Town Ladies: (3-5-2) Charlotte Haynes; Kayleigh Green, Hannah Short, Nicola Cousins; Helen Bleazard, Steph Williams, Ellie Curson, Nadia Lawrence, Kelly Snook; Annie Heatherson, Sarah Wiltshire
Substitutes: Natasha Knapman (76 mins for Annie Heatherson), Emily Donovan (57 mins for Steph Williams), Ellis Hillman, Lauren Townsend, Charlotte Johnson, Sammi Quayle, Jessie Jones (86 mins for Kelly Snook)
The Football League are putting forward restructuring proposals that could be the biggest shake-up of the competition in terms of club hierarchies in nearly sixty years. The Football League and Premier League since 1958 has operated on the premise of 92 clubs split across four national divisional tiers, but they are now planning a new structure that would introduce five divisions to the professional structure.
In addition to the Premier League, which would remain unchanged, the Football League has put forward plans to form four more divisions of 20 teams from the 2019-20 season onwards, effectively turning the top five divisions into a group of 100 clubs, increasing the 'professional game' structure by eight clubs. A new "League Three" division would be formed, with a ripple effect from the shrinking of divisions from 24 clubs down to 20 meaning that in the summer of 2019, there would be a large number of clubs effectively relegated at the end of the 2018-19 season, to allow the new League Three division to be formed. There would be eight additional clubs co-opted into the Football League although their statement does not make a firm indication as to whether this would come from National League clubs, or by other non-hierarchical means, such as the controversial introduction of B-teams into the Football League structure. There would be no relegation out of the Football League during 2018-19 to enable this.
The proposal is being put forward at the Football League's 2016 AGM, for a formal vote by member clubs. The League claim that clubs would not be financially worse off, although it is hard to see how that can be possible given that the central revenue would have to be split across 80 Football League sides instead of the present 72 clubs. Furthermore, the forced relegation would result in some clubs being pushed down a level in the summer of 2019, where they would ordinarily not be relegated. Furthermore, with 38 games to play, instead of the current 46 game fixture list, gate revenue would risk being lowered.
The League claim that the new proposals are to address concern within the game about fixture congestion, although this has principally been a concern of Premier League and Championship clubs, with lower league sides anxious to hang onto as much revenue as they can. The League say that they are adopting the following objectives as part of these proposals:
- To maximise the number of weekend/Bank Holiday league fixtures;
- To remove where practical fixture congestion and scheduling conflicts;
- To protect/improve financial distributions/income generation for Football League clubs;
- To maintain the Football League Play-Off Finals as the last event of the domestic season.
The League suggest that the proposals would reduce the number of midweek fixtures for Football League clubs, with just one midweek fixture needed in Championship and League Two structures, whilst League One clubs would not face any scheduled midweek League fixtures during the 2019-20 season - except where cup runs and postponements force that situation. They also claim it would reduce club travel costs and give them the opportunity to reduce their playing squad sizes whilst giving more time to Reserve Team football. They also believe that the lack of midweek fixtures would allow more season tickets to be sold, although do not mention that those season ticket packages would have to be lowered in price to reflect the reduced number of fixtures.
Other proposals for this include plans to restructure the Football League Trophy competition to include three group games before becoming a knockout competition. There have been persistent rumours that the subject of Premier League B-teams or Under-21s teams has not gone off the agenda, but this has not been made public as part of their press release. They also do not address how the National League and other non-league divisions will be affected by the changes - the question mark of the selection of the eight new clubs is a gaping hole in their proposals.
The Football League indicate that there would be no binding or final decision made on the proposals until the summer of 2017, claiming that they will be having a full consultation with clubs and other stakeholders, including supporters, although it's clear from the slant of their press release's sales pitch that they are trying to push a positive case for these changes, with a lot of unanswered questions, and no alternative proposals under consideration.
Tonight sees Yeovil Town Ladies play host to Bristol City Ladies in a FAWSL2 match at Huish Park. Whilst, the Ladies would like as many fans to turn up to the game and watch in person, for those who can't make it to the stadium tonight, there will be live commentary of the game via BBC Somerset direct from the ground. Presenter/reporter Jack Murley will be providing coverage on their 1566MW frequency, whilst there will also be an online stream available via the link below.
They will be going on air from 7.00p.m. for the 7.45p.m. kick-off. Note that last time there was a late change to the online commentary link - if that happens again for any reason we'll tweet the link from our @ytfcciderspace Twitter account and also via our Facebook page for those who may want reassurance that they're not listening to dead air.
Yeovil Town defender Ryan Dickson has signed a new deal with the club. The 29 year old was recruited from Crawley Town last summer by former boss Paul Sturrock after the birth of his first child prompted him to want to return closer to his West Country roots. He was made captain by his manager at the time, and although Darren Ward later took over the armband, Dickson took it back again for the closing matches of the season when Ward's knee injury put him out for the campaign.
Dickson's own injury problems interrupted his season somewhat, with a groin problem putting him out during the early autumn period. However, he did still manage to clock up 42 appearances, scoring two goals, to add to the brief loan spell that he had with the club during 2011-12. Ryan spent the first half of the season playing as a left-winger, but by the turn of the year had switched to left-back, with both positions an option for him moving forward. Ryan said of his new deal:
"I am over the moon to extend my stay at Huish Park by a further two years. I am extremely excited about next season, everyone at the club has worked so hard to create a togetherness and positive atmosphere, which has driven us all forward in such a short space of time. It has been a fantastic football club to work for and it would be silly not to stay on board. The club is now heading the right direction and I think everyone can see that."
He has signed a new two year contract with the club that will keep him at Huish Park until the summer of 2018. This replaces his original deal that had been running until the summer of 2017.
Relegated Blackpool have made the decision to part company with manager Neil McDonald at the end of the 2015-16 season. McDonald had been in charge at Bloomfield Road for precisely one season, managing the side for 50 games, which saw them gain 13 wins and 10 draws. That allowed them to finish in 22nd place in the League One table, resulting in their second consecutive relegation. The departure is by mutual consent, and McDonald claims that although his side have dropped down to League Two level for next season that he has stopped the rot to an extent:
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Blackpool Football Club, its staff, players and fans for their support throughout what has been a very difficult season. Despite being extremely disappointed by our relegation from Sky Bet League One, I am pleased with the work we have done over the past 12 months to rebuild the squad and I leave having laid stronger foundations than when I first arrived. There is now a very capable squad with a core of good young players, who I'm certain will continue their development and challenge in League Two next year. It has been a hugely challenging role, but one which I am honoured to have held. I wish the club the very best of luck in the future and I hope they bounce straight back to League One."
Blackpool's double relegation becomes all the more notable when it is considered that during the 2010-11 season they occupied a place in the Premier League, and were in the Championship play-offs at the end of the 2011-12 season, attempting to make a quick return to that level. Since then it's been a nosedive of epic proportions. Following Ian Holloway's departure in November 2012, they've got through Michael Appleton, Paul Ince, Barry Ferguson, Jose Riga, Lee Clark and now Neil McDonald, with the club's ownership under the Oyston family continuing to cause huge controversy within the club's fanbase.
Yeovil Town Ladies play the first of two home matches across a busy 72 hour period as they entertain Bristol City Ladies in an FAWSL2 match tonight. The game at Huish Park precedes the Sunday visit of Aston Villa Ladies, and will see their local rivals head down the A37 for what will be the third meeting between the two sides of the 2016 season. So far the honours are spread one each, with the Glovers having won their SSE Women's FA Cup Fourth Round tie on penalties, whilst Bristol took the points in the earlier FAWSL match, with a poor start to the game for Yeovil being largely to blame for their 3-2 opening day defeat.
They now do battle again with the Glovers in third place in the League table, whilst Bristol lie just three points ahead in second place, meaning that this match could have a sizeable effect on the early FAWSL promotion race. Certainly Helen Bleazard is expecting a tight encounter, and hopes that this time that Yeovil can shape the game against their visitors:
"It is a massive game for us and it’s always going to be against them. In the FA Cup it was a tight match and we got through on penalties, then in the league we were disappointed with the result. But we had some big positives from that game because when we did play we showed what we can do against them. We need to have that belief in ourselves. We are always going to be the underdog against them, but for us it is about focusing on our game rather than them. If we put into action what we work on in training then it is ours to lose, it is up to us to play our game and dictate the tone of the game."
Bristol come into the match in excellent form, having not conceded in their last four matches, meaning that the last goals they let in came in that March league encounter at the Stoke Gifford Stadium, when Atlanta Primus and Nicola Cousins pulled a 3-0 half time deficit into a 3-2 scoreline that came so close to cancelling out Bristol's early dominance. Tonight Yeovil will be looking for a much stronger start - you can buy tickets for the match either online or on the night of the game at Huish Park, with the Main Stand facilities open for those attending for the 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission is £5.00 for adults, with concessions priced at £2.50.
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale has stated that the club's finances were at the heart of the decision to let him go at the end of his playing contract this summer. The 34 year old had his third spell with the club ended last week, with the East Coker player taking to Twitter to announce his departure and to thank those who supported him during his time at the club.
Weale came into the club from Dorset side Gillingham Town in the summer of 1999, and gradually worked his way into the club's first team plans, making a County Cup appearance in October 2000, along with a handful of other occasions when he deputised for Tony Pennock. He make his proper breakthrough during the 2001-02 season under Gary Johnson and ultimately became the club's Number One goalkeeper as they rose up through the leagues from Conference to League One. He followed Johnson up the road to Ashton Gate in the summer of 2006, but made a brief - but highly notable - return on loan during the 2008-09 that saw him score for the club against Hereford United, before making a permanent return during Johnson's second spell over the summer of 2014.
Following the departure of Gareth Stewart during the early part of Paul Sturrock's reign as manager, Wealey became the club's goalkeeping coach, as well as maintaining a dual role as a player. However, he has now told the Western Gazette that he wasn't given an opportunity to extend his stay any further, saying that current manager Darren Way had told him that a financial decision had to be made to take him off the club's books. Weale was disappointed but was not at all surprised at the news, saying he could see it coming:
"The decision was out of my hands. The manager took me to one side and said the club could no longer afford to have me. It was not really a surprise. With the way things were going I could sense it and I have been in football long enough to understand things and see when they are coming."
It would appear that Weale is open-minded in terms of whether he wants to make an early retirement and go full time into coaching, admitting that wasn't part of his career plan this early on. However, he said he would remain open to offers from clubs in terms of whether they wanted to offer him a playing role, a coaching role or a mix of the two:
"Ideally I would like to carry on playing and I would have liked to have carried on playing at Yeovil. I am not 100 per cent ready to go into coaching. I will be a good coach and it is in my mindset to become one. I think I made a difference as a coach last year. My number one priority is my family and children, so any offer would depend on a number of different variables. If it's right for me and my family then I would go into coaching full-time. There is a wide market out there and I don't know what field I want to go into yet."
As yet, Darren Way has not indicated whether the club would look to replace Weale's position as a goalkeeping coach. However, logic would tend to follow that if they are unable to afford a player/coach position occupied by one individual, then they would be unable to afford a successor as a dedicated position. The most likely scenarios therefore are for the club to either consume it into existing coaching responsibilities, or for them to make occasional use of an external agency, as they did when Len Bond served as the club's goalkeeping coach on a part time basis, whilst running his own private business away from the club.
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has said that he is looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends when he takes his side down to Huish Park for a pre-season friendly in July. The match, which will be played on Saturday 16th July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, reunites one of the club's key partnerships in their rise up through the leagues, with Johnson and manager Darren Way having become the cemented first choice central midfield pairing for the club between 2001 and early 2006, during which the club rose from the Conference up into League One, including the Glovers' FA Trophy win.
During that time, the pair were almost impossible to dislodge from the starting line-up, despite the obvious question mark over whether two pint-sized individuals could operate in a largely physical division such as the Conference, when Gary Johnson came in as manager and decided to pair them up. Three trophies later, and with 229 appearances for Johnson and 247 for Way during his first spell with the club, the answer was most definitely yes. Reacting to the fixture being firmed up, Johnson felt that he and Way were continuing that theme of proving people wrong who might feel that two relatively young and inexperienced people might not be able to make it as Football League managers:
"It's a good game to have in the diary. Darren Way has done a fantastic job there, keeping Yeovil in the league. We spent our entire careers as players proving people wrong and now it seems we are doing the same as coaches and managers. I've still got a lot of friends down there, who I am looking forward to seeing again. I've played for both teams and been involved in this fixture; their players will be right up for it, testing themselves against Championship opposition, so it will be up to our lads to respond."
July's match will represent the sixth time in 2007 that the two clubs have met in a pre-season friendly. Last summer saw a 90th minute goal from youth team player Max Melanson win the match for Yeovil by a 1-0 scoreline. The two sides also met on five consecutive summers between 2007 and 2011, during Gary Johnson's time at Ashton Gate, with two wins, a draw and two defeats showing an even balance across the two clubs.
Championship side Cardiff City have announced a managerial reshuffle that has seen former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade moved upstairs. Slade will now assume the title of Head of Football, reporting directly to the Cardiff City CEO Ken Choo, in what is to give him complete oversight of all footballing activities for the Bluebirds, but more as an 'office' role, rather than being the man in the dugouts.
In his place comes Paul Trollope who has been given the title of Head Coach in the new set-up. Slade has been at the club since October 2014, and guided his side to an eighth placed finish with his side ultimately landing six points outside the play-off zone. Once they were mathematically out of touch with those positions, Cardiff made the decision to announce the new role for Slade, although he continued as first team manager until all 46 games were completed. Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan said of Slade's time as manager:
"I’d like to thank Russell for his efforts since his appointment here in October 2014. Since then, we have seen stabilisation and progression, both on and off the field. Crucially, he is a man who I have been able to trust. Russell’s contribution has been significant, and I'm pleased that he’s accepted this new position to stay at the Football Club. He will help us as we look towards the future and begin shaping our squad for the new season."
Trollope has been given the responsibility of all first team affairs. He joined Cardiff in March 2015 as a first team coach, working under Slade, and as well as first team coaching experience with Birmingham City and Norwich City he was Head Coach at Bristol Rovers across a five year period.
Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith has become the second player to sign a new contract at Huish Park. The left-back, who has been more recently deployed as a centre-back at the club, has agreed a new one year contract, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2017. Nathan broke through the 200 appearances barrier at the club across his two spells and will now get an opportunity to add to that grand total, having reached 212 appearances so far.
Yeovil Town have announced their first pre-season friendly of the 2016-17 season. The match will be the battle of the Conference title-winning midfielders as Bristol City boss Lee Johnson will take a team down to Huish Park to visit Yeovil Town, who are managed by his former midfield partner-in crime Darren Way.
The match will be played on Saturday 16th July 2016 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.
Two Yeovil Town Ladies players have been given an international call-up for a UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifier taking place early next month. Nadia Lawrence and Kayleigh Green will form part of the Wales national team that will take on Norway at Newport Stadium on June 7th - the first of three home matches in their qualifying group.
The squad that has been selected for that game is as follows:
Wales Squad: Jo Price (Unattached), Claire Skinner (Cwmbran Celtic), Natasha Harding (Liverpool Ladies), Jess Fishlock (Seattle Reign), Loren Dykes (Bristol Academy), Rhiannon Roberts (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Charlie Escort (Reading Women), Rachel Rowe (Reading Women), Sophie Ingle (Liverpool Ladies), Angharad James (Notts County Ladies), Nadia Lawrence (Yeovil Town Ladies), Melissa Fletcher (Reading Women), Kayleigh Green (Yeovil Town Ladies), Hayley Ladd (Bristol Academy), Helen Ward (Reading Women), Chloe Chivers (Cwmbran Celtic Ladies), Gemma Evans (Cardiff Ladies), Kylie Davies (Reading Women), Kylie Nolan (Cardiff City Women), Cori Williams (Cardiff Ladies).
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way will be heading out to the South of France on Thursday - but he doesn't plan a holiday just yet. The Glovers boss is aiming to catch a game that is being staged in the French town of Toulon, on the same day that England Under-21s open their proceedings in the 2016 Toulon Tournament, playing Portugal Under-21s. Way has described the game as a 'trialists' match against Portugal, but the day of the match that he is viewing is on the same day as a game that takes place at the Stade Leo LaGrange in Toulon at 6.30p.m. with England taking in later matches against Guinea, Paraguay and Japan.
The question is therefore whether Way's 'trialists' match is one of two 'England vs Portugal' fixtures taking place that day in Toulon, or whether they are one and the same fixture. The squad list of players that the Football Association listed for the Toulon Tournament is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland)
Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Brendan Galloway (Everton), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Stephens (Southampton), Matt Targett (Southampton)
Midfielders: Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), Matt Grimes (Swansea City), Nathaniel Chalobah (Napoli, loan from Chelsea), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), John Swift (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
With the match featuring players from clubs that the Glovers have obvious links with, including Everton, Southampton, Swansea City, Chelsea and Fulham, if this is the match Way is viewing then it would be an opportunity to view players who might become available for loan deals in the future, although inevitably with England Under-21s set-ups having quite a high profile, it would seem likely that there will be plenty of other clubs having the same thoughts on their mind.
Way has stated that he plans to operate with a smaller first team squad for the 2016-17 season than has been the case in recent years, although it's worth noting that had also been the plan of his predecessor Paul Sturrock until injury problems kicked in and forced the club to go out and recruit additional personnel. He told the Western Gazette that he was confident that he had identified the players that he would like to bring in, but admitted that it may take time for those prosective signings to turn into definite acquisitions, with the club tending to not put players on contracts any earlier than July 1st each season:
"I've identified them. The problem is that at a club like Yeovil the decision is often made later than earlier. Location is a big factor. So is accommodation and wages. It all has to be taken into account. The good thing is there are lots of players available. We are not the only club releasing players, it is true throughout the country. I will be doing lots of scouting. I am flying out to Toulon (on Thursday) to start with to watch an England v Portugal triallists game. I need to be operating with a smaller squad than has been the case in recent years and therefore need to identify those players that are going to be able to play 40 plus games in a season."
Yesterday, Yeovil Town published their released and retained lists for the summer of 2016. That meant that we said farewell to a sizeable number of players, whilst the next few weeks will be spent watching to see if others will be willing to commit to the deals offered by the club. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog article, Old Green Eyes returns to revisit the views he gave this site a week or so before the list was made public. Find out what he thought of Darren Way's final decisions via the link below. As usual, add your own views on the comings'n'goings at the foot of the page.
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Artur Krysiak has confirmed that he has signed a new contract at the club. The Polish keeper has been with the club for two years so far and picked up a collection of 2015-16 End of Season Awards. He has signed a new two year contract at the club that will keep him at Huish Park until the summer of 2018.
Artur has said of his new contract, which will allow him to add to his 60 appearances at the club so far:
"I am delighted to have signed an extension to stay at Huish Park for another two seasons. I think this a fantastic football club and I have enjoyed my previous two years here. I really enjoy working with the gaffer and I am looking forward to returning for pre-season already. I am confident that we can continue the good work from the second half of the season into next season."
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has explained that some of the decisions that he made in terms of his Released and Retained list came down to the need to remove some of the club's highest earners off the club's books. The Glovers published the list of players who will leave the club yesterday, with ten players exiting Huish Park, perhaps significantly including three players who were recruited whilst the club were operating at League One level. With the club beginning the 2016-17 campaign with their second season at League Two level, squad turnover means that only Kevin Dawson and Artur Krysiak remain from the club's third tier side, with Dawson having moved onto a new contract last summer, whilst Krysiak's out-of-contract status means he will also have to accept new terms this summer if he is to stay at the club.
Way was philosophical about the need to do this, saying that he still knew what sort of a squad he wanted to recruit over the summer once those changes had been made:
"We had a number of players certainly involved in the squad, that were taking up a large part of the squad's budget. So that had to be brought down. But I know what sort of a squad I want to work with, and I know what sort of a team I want to be able to put out."
The Glovers boss has given offers to just six players who are out of contract at the club, meaning that for next season's squad he has six other players guaranteed to be part of his 2016-17 squad as in-contract players, plus up to six more, depending on who accepts the offers given, and who chose to go elsewhere. He suggested that with those who did want to stay, that he would get an early decision from them, saying that those who delayed signing might be looking at other clubs:
"For the ones that want to be there, I expect the decisions to be made in a number of days, which is good news, because if they take any longer than that then I'm always thinking that they could be looking for something else at the same time. So the ones that I think will put pen to paper will be in a matter of days."
Way also paid tribute to the six loan players who have automatically come off the club's books at the end of the 2015-16 season, as they return to their various parent clubs. He said that those players had shown plenty of character in helping the club escape relegation this season:
"The six loan players have all returned to their parent clubs and I think they have all returned better players. They have all represented Yeovil Town and their parent clubs extremely well. They all joined this club when we were facing real adversity and faced up to the challenge, showing superb maturity and character. I would like to thank all the clubs who have loaned us players last season. With a special thank you to AFC Bournemouth, Everton, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion for allowing the players to come to Huish Park and allowing us to help in their development."
With the Euro 2016 tournament taking place this summer, a number of the countries taking part have named 'training' squads ahead of the formal lodging of their final squads to UEFA. The squads feature six former Yeovil Town loan players who will be hoping to seal their places in the final 23 that will be named for each country.
The 26 man England squad includes Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend, whilst the Republic of Ireland 35 man squad includes Blackburn Rovers defender Shane Duffy and Stoke City defender/midfielder Marc Wilson. Meanwhile the Wales 29 man squad (minus Gareth Bale who will join them after the Champions League Final) includes Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, Milton Keynes Dons striker Simon Church and Leicester City winger/forward Tom Lawrence who spent the end of the 2015-16 season on loan at Cardiff City.
ENGLAND: Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Tom Heaton.
Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne, Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Ryan Bertrand, Danny Rose.
Midfielders: Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere.
Strikers: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Goalkeepers: Shay Given, Darren Randolph, David Forde, Keiren Westwood.
Defenders: Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, Paul McShane, Ciaran Clark, Richard Keogh, John O’Shea, Alex Pearce, Shane Duffy, Marc Wilson, Stephen Ward.
Midfielders: Aiden McGeady, James McClean, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, David Meyler, Stephen Quinn, Darron Gibson, Harry Arter, Wes Hoolahan, Eunan O’Kane, Anthony Pilkington, Robbie Brady, Jonathan Walters, Jonathan Hayes, Callum O’Dowda.
Forwards: Robbie Keane, Shane Long, David McGoldrick, Kevin Doyle, Daryl Murphy.
WALES: Goalkeepers:Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, Owain Fon Williams.
Defenders: Ashley Williams, James Chester, Ben Davies, James Collins, Chris Gunter, Adam Matthews, Neil Taylor, Adam Henley, Paul Dummett, Ashley Richards.
Midfielders: Joe Ledley, Joe Allen, David Vaughan, Emyr Huws, Jonathan Williams, David Edwards, George Williams, Aaron Ramsey, Andy King.
Attackers: David Cotterill, Hal Robson-Kanu, Tom Lawrence, Simon Church, Sam Vokes, Wes Burns, Tom Bradshaw.
Yeovil Town have announced their Released and Retained lists for the end of the 2015-16 season. The Glovers go into the summer break with thirteen players out of contract and six players heading back to their parent clubs after the completion of loan spells. The list of players can be subdivided into the following groups:
Out Of Contract But Given New Offers: Artur Krysiak (43 appearances)
Ben Tozer (32 appearances, 1 goal)
Nathan Smith (48 appearances, 1 goal)
Omar Sowunmi (8 appearances, 1 goal)
Francois Zoko (29 appearances, 8 goals)
Ryan Dickson (42 appearances, 2 goals)
Note: Dickson's is described as a new contract offer - but his deal signed last summer was described as a two year deal at the time. The current position would therefore appear to be that he is out of contract.
Out Of Contract And Released By The Club: Leroy Lita (8 appearances, 1 goal)
Jordan Gibbons (4 appearances)
Simon Gillett (6 appearances)
Chris Weale (13 appearances)
Shaun Jeffers (32 appearances, 3 goals)
Jack Compton (23 appearances, 5 goals)
Jakub Sokolik (40 appearances, 1 goal)
Marc Laird (22 appearances)
Under Contract Until June 2017 But Released By The Club: Mark Beck (9 appearances)
Wes Fogden (18 appearances, 2 goals)
Note: Both players are just described as 'released' - there is no mention of a contract severance agreement although this presumably has taken place.
Under Contract Until June 2017: Matthew Dolan (47 appearances, 3 goals)
Kevin Dawson (11 appearances)
Ryan Bird (42 appearances, 8 goals)
Alex Lacey (25 appearances)
Darren Ward (23 appearances, 1 goal)
Ollie Bassett (2 appearances)
Loan Players Returning To Their Parent Clubs: Tahvon Campbell (West Bromwich Albion)
Brandon Goodship (AFC Bournemouth)
Harry Cornick (AFC Bournemouth)
Connor Roberts (Swansea City)
Liam Walsh (Everton)
Liam Shephard (Swansea City)
Yeovil Town will face Grimsby Town for the first time in eleven years, after the Mariners were promoted back to the Football League. We last played them back in the 2004-05 season that saw the Glovers promoted into League One (unless you count a 2009 pre-season friendly tournament match), and for most of that time there's been a two division separation between the two clubs. At the end of the 2009-10 season, Grimsby were relegated to the Conference, and they've had to work hard to get back into it, having made it into the play-offs four seasons running, but up until now without success.
Today they made it fourth time lucky, by beating Forest Green Rovers by a 3-1 scoreline, in front of 17,198 spectators, of which all bar 4,000 of them were supporting Grimsby. Two goals from Omar Bogle (one of which seemed to be a Darren Carter own goal) set them on their way, and although former Glover Keanu Marsh-Brown made the match interesting on the hour mark with a long range strike, Grimsby sealed their route back into the League after a six year absence as Nathan Arnold took advantage of Rovers pushing players up field during the final minute.
Grimsby's play-off win now means that the 2016-17 League Two line-up now has 21 of its 24 clubs firmed up, with just the League Two play-offs to resolve the remaining places:
Relegated From League One: Blackpool, Doncaster Rovers, Colchester United, Crewe Alexandra.
Staying in League Two: Barnet, Cambridge United, Carlisle United, Crawley Town, Exeter City, Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Mansfield Town, Morecambe, Newport County, Notts County, Portsmouth, Stevenage Borough, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town.
Promoted from the Conference: Cheltenham Town and Grimsby Town
Completing in the League Two Play-Offs: Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Plymouth Argyle (one to be promoted)
The Football League play-off schedule and goals so far, read as follows:
Results: 12/05/2016 : 19:45 : Portsmouth 2-2 Plymouth Argyle (League Two, First Leg)
13/05/2016 : 19:45 : Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Brighton (Championship, First Leg)
14/05/2016 : 12:30 : Derby County 0-3 Hull City (Championship, First Leg)
14/05/2016 : 17:30 : Barnsley 3-0 Walsall (League One, First Leg)
14/05/2016 : 19:30 : AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Accrington Stanley (League Two, First Leg)
15/05/2016 : 12:15 : Bradford City 1-3 Millwall (League One, First Leg)
15/05/2016 : 16:00 : Grimsby Town 3-1 Forest Green Rovers (National League Play-Off Final)
15/05/2016 : 18:00 : Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Portsmouth (League Two, Second Leg)
Fixtures: 16/05/2016 : 19:45 : Brighton vs Sheffield Wednesday (Championship, Second Leg)
17/05/2016 : 19:45 : Hull City vs Derby County (Championship, Second Leg)
18/05/2016 : 19:45 : Accrington Stanley vs AFC Wimbledon (League Two, Second Leg)
19/05/2016 : 19:45 : Walsall vs Barnsley (League One, Second Leg)
20/05/2016 : 19:45 : Millwall vs Bradford City (League One, Second Leg)
28/05/2016 : 17:00 : Championship Play-Off Final
29/05/2016 : 15:00 : League One Play-Off Final
30/05/2016 : 15:00 : League Two Play-Off Final
Meanwhile if it's the key dates for the next 2016-17 season that you're after, then you'll find those via the link below.
It's Saturday afternoon, and someone has stolen the football from us. On the first weekend of the year in which Yeovil Town are officially in the close season, it's time to look back at the 2015-16 season and work out what went wrong, and what eventually went right. The latest Taff's Gloversblog runs through much of that, and also has one eye on the future challenges we'll face next season. Read on via the link below, and add your own views at the foot of the article.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has stated that he is still in talks with a number of unnamed players regarding the club's out of contract players. The Glovers currently have thirteen players who are out of contract at the end of this season, and six days after the season ended, the only news that has transpired is that midfielder Simon Gillett and goalkeeper Chris Weale have left the club, with both players using Twitter to reveal their departures.
That then leaves the fate of the other eleven players as undecided - along with any other contracted players who Way might want to push out the door early. He has today confirmed that he has yet to complete talks with all of his players to decide who is staying and who is going and that the list will not come out until all talks are concluded:
"We are still in negotiations with a couple of players and these negotiations are nearly complete. Rather than releasing the list sporadically, I would rather compete all the negotiations and release it in its entirety."
Yeovil Town Ladies have had two players called up for England camps later this month. Regular first team goalkeeper Charlotte Haynes has been selected for the England Under-19s squad that will meet up at St George's Park at the end of this month, with a match against France scheduled for May 31st, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.
There is also a call-up for midfielder Jessie Jones who will join the England Womens U18/19 Development Camp in the middle of June, giving her a chance to train and mix with some of the country's up-and-coming female stars of the game.
Outgoing loan player Liam Walsh has picked up an award upon his return to parent club Everton. The 18 year old, who played 15 matches for the Glovers during the second half of the 2015-16 season, has been awarded the Goal of the Season award by the Premier League at Under-18s level.
Walsh's strike for the Toffees came during an October 2015 match against Derby County in the Under-18s Premier League, which saw him lob the goalkeeper from just inside their opponents half. That had already earned him the Premier League's Goal of the Month but Everton have now announced that award has now been upgraded to become the Under-18s League's Goal of the Season.
At present Everton haven't said too much other than to confirm the news, but if the current rumourmill is correct their media team may have their hands full this afternoon. Unconfirmed reports suggest that first team manager Roberto Martinez is about to be shown the door, following a poor set of results that culminated with their midweek defeat against Sunderland. As yet they have not confirmed his departure, but the Twittersphere is full of sources that understand he is on his way.
Martinez gave Yeovil Town both Walsh and Shane Duffy as loan players (and also Fraser Fyvie whilst he was Wigan Athletic boss) and as a former teammate and manager of Darren Way whilst they were at Swansea City and so if he does leave Goodison Park, it will obviously have some impacts on the club's loan player recruitment for the coming season - hopefully the impact that Walsh has made at Huish Park over the past six months will have given the Glovers some links with their Academy staff.
With the Glovers Trust now formed, and them close to being able to take on membership, the Trust's Working Party have prepared a number of 'Frequently Asked Questions' that they believe will be tabled by supporters interested in the Trust. This will hopefully aid those fans who are looking to sign up to the Trust in the future, or for them to be able to field further questions either now or at the Trust's Launch Party on Saturday 9th July.
Below is the Trust's initial set of FAQs and answers to those questions. If you have any further questions, then feel free to drop them a line, using the email address at the foot of the article. If there are further questions or clarifications, this list may be improved in time for the Trust's Launch Party. Questions and Answers are as follows:
What is the difference between a Supporters Trust and a Supporters Club?
The main difference between a Supporters Trust and a traditional supporters club is the way that it is structured. A Supporters Trust is registered as a Community Benefit Society and as such is a democratic, not-for-profit organisation. Every member over the age of 16 has an equal share in the Trust and funds cannot be spent on anything other than what the constitution democratically decides. A Trust can own shares or property, it could ultimately own a club, and at the very least, own a shareholding.
A traditional supporters association or club is more of a social collective which are likely to be equally concerned about the operational activities at a club. Though a Supporters Club may have the capabilities to own shares or assets by operating as a registered limited company, any such assets would always remain that of the shareholders of the company.
Supporters associations and clubs have a significant role to play, providing transport for fans, lobbying their clubs and acting to represent supporters, but because they are not generally incorporated as a Community Benefit Society a supporters association cannot own shares and employ staff and have those assets directly owned and controlled through its membership.
Who currently operates the Trust?
Legally speaking, the Trust is currently operated by an Interim Board of Directors of the Yeovil Town Supporters Society Ltd (Glovers Trust), and are registered as such, by name, with Supporters Direct. The term Steering Group has been used to identify us as an interim Board of Directors, but does not detract from our legal and moral responsibilities. We are no longer considered as a Working Group; that is the term used for the wider collection of volunteers and any sub-committee that we may wish to form
in the future, for example an Election Working Group.
The process for electing the current eleven members of the Board is legally sound, if not democratically pure. There are four original signatories on the application who are automatically members of the Trust and have the legal ‘power’ to select the initial Board of Directors (until the first AGM).
What are the Supporters Trusts Objectives?
Our initial objectives are set out in the Model Rules provided by Supporters Direct. Following the AGM with an official committee and board members we will align these to suit our members.
The initial objectives are to benefit the community by:
• Being the democratic and representative voice of the supporters of the Club and strengthening the bonds between the Club and the communities which it serves.
• Achieving the greatest possible supporter and community influence in the running and ownership of the Club.
• Promoting responsible and constructive community engagement by present and future members of the communities served by the Club and encouraging the Club to do the same.
• Operating democratically, fairly, sustainably, transparently and with financial responsibility and encouraging the Club to do the same.
• Being a positive, inclusive and representative organisation, open and accessible to all supporters of the Club regardless of their age, income, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality or religious or moral belief.
Why do we need a supporters Trust?
Following the open public meetings at the end of 2015, it was felt from the feedback of the supporters present that the club was not engaging effectively with its customer base. This coupled with the continuation of poor results on the pitch generated a feeling that the supporters had lost touch with the club. The proposition to improve this was to create an organisation where all supporters can get together in a structured manner. The Supporters Trust meets this criteria, empowering its members to direct how the organisation operates and giving the fans a voice as part of a formal, democratic and not-for-profit body. There are over 190 supporters' trusts across the UK and the majority of these are affiliated to football clubs, however trusts also exist for both Rugby League and Rugby Union Clubs.
Who are Supporters Direct and what is their role?
With Government and with cross-party support, Supporters Direct were established to encourage the formation of supporters' trusts to promote democratic supporter ownership and have assisted us in the formation of a Supporters Trust for the fans of Yeovil Town Football Club.
Supporters Direct have been working since 2000 to help supporters gain influence in the running and ownership of their club, working with clubs across all leagues and levels in both football and rugby.
From the outset, they provide support and advice to an individual supporter or group of supporters who are interested in establishing a supporters' trust. They review the request and decide if they believe in the plight, they then provide support & help for meetings, paperwork and registration during its establishment.
Once formed, their role becomes less intense, and focuses on developing the trust, providing ongoing strategic, tactical and campaigning advice, how to increase activists within the trust, and work in the local community. While providing support for practical things like how to run the organisation, including training.
Longer term, Supporters Direct provide specialist support to Clubs that want to become community owned, and a range of support to those that already are through their consultancy SD Club Development. Supporters Direct stand for similar things, like more openness, involvement of supporters and communities in the ownership and running of their clubs and our game, try to bring members and activists together as much as possible.
How is a Committee formed?
At present, the Trust is run by the Interim Board of Directors, a group of volunteers who have been focussed on formally establishing the Trust and the principle rules that govern the operations. The governance rules state that the group are expected to have completed the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) within six months of registration (approximately late September/early October 2016). Before this can happen the Trust need members and so the next phase is to begin the enrolment process. Once the Trust has its members anyone over the age of 16 can either stand for election to the Trust Board or nominate another member over the age of 16 for election. It should be noted that there are some other restrictions with regards to suitability based on criminal/financial background. Votes will submitted by members of the Trust over the age of 16 and the successful candidates are sworn onto the committee at the AGM. The Trust committee will then run for a fixed period of time, which initially will be 2 years. At the first AGM following the first election (year 2), half of the Directors, chosen by ballot, will resign and stand for re-election if they wish. This will set the rotation of electing new Directors for half the Board positions each year and ensure that there is a level of continuity in place following each annual election process.
What does "One person, One Vote" mean?
“One person, One Vote” effectively means that every single member of the Trust over the age of 16, and therefore eligible to vote, is treated equally. As part of the membership fee, each member over the age of 16 is issued an Ordinary Share which gives them their entitlement to vote. This is the reason that a corporate member and an ordinary member have the same ‘rights’. There are no personal influencing factors on the voting process, such as sponsorship value, corporate sponsorship or personal stature. Every member of the Trust over the age of 16 has one vote per decision and one vote only.
Can anyone be a member?
Yes, anyone can be a member irrespective of age and location, and we have already received a number of enquiries from supporters based overseas. For simplicity we plan to initially offer two membership levels; Adult & Child. Membership will be renewed annually and priced at £10 for Adult membership and £1 for under 16’s. The rate is significantly reduced for under 16’s as they are unable to stand for election or vote on key decisions at meetings or AGMs. The Interim Trust Board do however recognise that they are the future of our organisation and so there are plans for a ‘Junior Working Party’ to operate in a similar manner to the Adult Board, thus presenting our younger generation with the opportunity to generate their own initiatives and highlight issues that they may wish the Trust Board to follow up on their behalf.
Can members of other Glovers organisations like The Green and Whites, Bridport Glovers, Capital Glovers, Cary Glovers, Northern Glovers and Disabled Supporters Association join?
Yes, the Interim Trust Board has no intention of competing against existing organisations in any way and welcome their members. This is iterated by the fact that a number of the members of the Interim Board are already members of the existing organisations. Glovers Trust representatives have already held a positive meeting with representatives from all of the existing supporters’ organisations and have already received public backing from the Bridport Glovers.
What is the constitution?
The constitution is a set of fundamental principles and procedures (rules) which state how the Trust is governed and is underpinned by a set of rules that have been registered with the Financial Conduct Authority and Supporters Direct. Everything the Trust does must comply with these underpinning rules. In support of these rules are various policies which set out the way in which the Trust carries out its functional business; these policies are based on models provided by Supporters Direct and will all have to be voted in by the Interim Board of Directors before they can be used.
To date the following policies have been voted in as ‘fit for purpose’: Standing Policy for Trust Board Meetings; Equality and Diversity Policy; Disciplinary Policy; Meeting Record of Decision Policy. Over the coming weeks an additional 9 policies will be voted on, covering subjects such as election rules, Trust board nominations, AGM policy, complaints policy and governance. Once the Trust website is fully operational, the Trust Rules and supporting policies (the constitution) will be freely available to view by all.
Have you had any investment?
Yes, we have received a number of generous donations from fellow supporters and local businesses who are aware and supportive of The Glovers Trust. These donations have assisted in covering the key initiation costs, such as the membership packs and the planned launch party. It should be noted that as part of the constitutional rules referenced above, no individual or group can make personal profit from the operation of the Trust.
There has also been an incredible amount of time invested to date; the Interim Board of Directors and fellow volunteers, and also external supporting organisations such as Supporters Direct and Exeter City Supporters Trust have put in a tremendous amount of effort in getting the Trust up and running.
There are no doubt many more Glovers fans out there will want to help and it has been amazing to see how much people care about Yeovil Town Football Club. Anyone who would like to get in touch, be it to offer support in any way, discuss donations/sponsorship or ask any questions are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eleven days ago, Yeovil Town made the trip to Barnet for the final away match of the 2015-16 season. At half time, you'd have thought this was a slightly dull end-of-season knockabout between two safe teams, but by full time, we were looking at an extraordinary 4-3 win, as Matt Dolan, Nathan Smith, Francois Zoko and a late late winner from Harry Cornick gave them all three points.
Man of the Match voting saw those four goalscorers come out as four of the top five players on the day. In third place, Francois Zoko netted the equaliser that set up the late finish in the match, then midfielder Liam Walsh's lung-busting 70 yard run from box to box for the winning goal demonstrated his part in the match. The overall poll winner though was Matt Dolan, who scored his first outfield goal of the season, which opened Yeovil's account, whilst also providing the assist for the second Glovers goal.
Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:
1. Matthew Dolan 140 (7)
2. Liam Walsh 96 (7)
3. Francois Zoko 58 (3)
4. Nathan Smith 52 (4)
5. Harry Cornick 30 (1)
6. Ryan Dickson 18 (1)
7. Connor Roberts 14 (1)
8. Alex Lacey 6 (0)
9. Tahvon Campbell 4 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.79
Performance : 8.17
Entertainment : 9.42
VOTES RECEIVED : 24
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Leyton Orient, Yeovil Town's on loan right-back Connor Roberts spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the Swansea City player reflects on a day when he grabbed many of the club's Player of the Season awards, as well as haing ended the season top of the appearances chart. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town are being featured in one of the more unusual statistics of the 2015-16 season. Although the campaign is not quite yet over for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, the Birmingham Mail believe that the Baggies and the Glovers are the only two sides in the country in the top four divisions who have failed to win a match all season by more than a single goal. West Brom still have one more game to come, with Sunday's home fixture against Liverpool, but currently stand with 14 victories across all competitions, with all of those successes coming by the odd goal.
Overall Yeovil Town won 16 matches in all competitions during the 2015-16 season, with two of those wins coming via Football League Trophy penalty shoot-outs. However, each time they have come out on top, it has been by a single goal, with ten of those results coming through 1-0 victories. They won three more matches by 3-2 scorelines, with the 4-3 win against Barnet being their other win. Penalty shoot-out victories against Coventry City and Gillingham complete the set.
The last time Yeovil Town won a match by more than one clear goal was their FA Cup Second Round Replay match against Accrington Stanley on December 16th 2014, during the latter days of Gary Johnson's reign as manager. Three days prior to that they had won 4-0 against Oldham Athletic in League One. Thus the Glovers are currently on an 18 month run, across three separate management teams during which fans have not experienced what could be described as a 'comfortable' win above a single goal margin.
The Glovers Trust have set a date for the launch party, that will be used to drive new membership of the organisation. The planned date is Saturday 9th July, with the event to take place in Club 94 (aka the Yeovil Liberal Club) in Middle Street, Yeovil. The event will be used as a slightly more informal opportunity for supporters to meet with members of the Trust Working Party and to both ask questions about what a Trust does, along with to exchange ideas about the possible direction the Trust could take.
Supporters will also be able to sign up for their first annual Trust membership. As reported last month the rates will be set at £10.00 for Adults, with £1.00 for Under-16s. There will be more information provided about the event nearer the time. If you want to put forward any general ideas, or can give the Trust any possible sponsorship opportunities for either the Launch Party or in general terms, you can email the Glovers Trust at email@example.com
The completion of the 2015-16 season means that all of Yeovil Town's statistics for the campaign are now on our site database. These are always updated on the site after each game, as the season progresses, but with the campaign now over, it's possible to draw a line on this season's statistics and totals.
The club's top goalscorer for the 2015-16 season was unusually shared by three players, with Ryan Bird, Francois Zoko and Harry Cornick all ending up on eight goals. This was only the third time since the club entered the Football League that a player had failed to reach double figures in a season, although was at least an improvement on the 2014-15 campaign that saw the joint top scorers tied on five goals each!
In terms of appearances, Connor Roberts was the runaway winner, with 54 appearances to his name. Overall, the club got 36 players onto the pitch during the campaign, although three more players warmed the bench without getting onto the field of play. The club's injury problems during 2015-16 can be seen by the fact that only eight players got above 32 appearances during the year. Connor's 54 starts for the club were the most made by an outfield player in a single season since the club entered the league, with only Marek Stech's 56 appearances during 2012-13 bearing that - he had the benefit of three play-off matches to boost his total.
Discipline within the squad showed a mixed picture. On the one hand, the club didn't have a single suspension for the totting up of bookings, with Connor Roberts having the most yellow cards in the squad, but even that was just seven across the whole season. However, overall the club collected seven red cards during the season - all against different players.
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale is reported to have put out a message on Twitter signalling his departure from the club. It should be stressed that Wealey hasn't been a user of social media during his time with the club, and so we're republishing this in good faith of what has been put onto a Twitter account named WealeyGK.
The message reads as follows:
"It's with regret that today I have been informed by Yeovil Town Football Club that they no longer require my services for next season. I have thoroughly enjoyed my new role as player/coach, and believe I have aided in the development of the goalkeepers at the club, whilst enjoying the game time I have had this season.
As a young boy growing up in Yeovil, I always dreamed of playing for the club. It's been an absolute honour to have had three different spells playing for this wonderful football club. I would like to firstly wish the fans, the Chairman, the Board, Darren Way, his staff and of course the players every success in the future.
Always a fan,
Most sports stars and celebrities have their Twitter accounts 'verified' to confirm their identity to avoid any spoof accounts being created. As a brand new account, the 'WealeyGK' account stands as unverified, although the message it contains feels 100 percent sincere. We'll have to wait for absolute confirmation though.
Needless to say, assuming it's true then Wealey's contribution to Yeovil Town over the past 17 years, and across three spells, will put him down as one of the club's great players. His 236 appearances - and of course THAT goal against Hereford United in April 2009, made him a hugely popular player, particularly during the club's rise out of non-league football and up into League One. He left the club to join Gary Johnson up at Bristol City in 2006, but then returned - firstly via a brief loan spell - and then for his 2014 permanent spell - he was out of contract this summer. Unreservedly, all the best to Wealey in his future career.
Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillett has announced his departure via his Twitter account. Following a injury-ravaged season, that saw him make just six substitute appearances, and spend the tail end of the season on loan at League One side Peterborough United, Gillett is philosophical about his situation.
He says of his departure from the club today:
"It will come as no surprise to anyone that I will be leaving Yeovil Town when my contract expires. It's been a frustrating time from pretty much the outset and I look back with disappointment in many ways and also wish I could have contributed more on the field. It has allowed me through injury to step back from an environment, watch, learn and make assessments about my life and career that will hopefully stand me in good stead going forward.
I'd like to wish everyone connected with the club the very best for the future and thank those people who have stood beside me and supported me through a rough patch when I most needed it. We all have much to look forward to going forward, of that I am sure.
Simon was brought in by former boss Gary Johnson for the start of the 2014-15 season, just after the club had dropped into League One, and at that point it looked as though the club had made an excellent acquisition. A string of Man of the Match performances made him a regular starter during the early batch of games. Unfortunately what appeared to be a minor knee problem during the autumn was a sign of things to come - his last full appearance for the club came in the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United in January 2015, and after that he dropped out of the squad with 2015 becoming a write-off as he had an operation followed by lengthy recuperation to build back the strength in his knee.
He recovered during early 2016 to make half a dozen substitute appearances, but with that not really giving him sufficient match time, he finished the season on loan with Peterborough United, and chose not to return to the club when that deal ended. It's therefore no big surprise to find his stay coming to an end. The best of luck to him for the future.
Ironic that it should come just one day after winger Jake Howells was praising his parent club up to the hilt - he is now an ex-Luton Town player. The 25 year old is one of the players who manager Nathan Jones has decided to release at the end of his contract, as a large number of Football League clubs prepare to refresh their squads over the summer.
Howells is unhappy with the way that his situation has been dealt with, putting out a message on his Twitter account claiming that Luton had been 'disrespectful' in only telling him on the final day that the Hatters players were reporting for business. He said of the decision to release him:
"My time at Luton Town has come to an end, absolutely gutted I couldn’t go on to make my testimonial and to play more games. Feel bit disrespected after how long I have been with the club and been so loyal with them through minus points, relegations and administrations, that they have left it until the last day to tell me I won’t be getting my contract renewed. Shame to end that way, also didn’t get a chance to say goodbye and show my appreciation for all the years. Can’t thank the fans enough for supporting me since day one. Wish the club every bit of success in the future. 334 (appearances) and out."
Howells' name is one of a number of ex-Glovers who will be calling their agents this week. Newport County have decided to show Nathan Ralph and Seth Nana Twumasi the door, after a year at Rodney Parade. Twumasi played just 12 times for Newport, last featuring on October 10th 2015, whilst Ralph failed to make a single appearance for them, instead spending the end of last season on loan at Aldershot Town.
League One side Coventry City have released Aaron Martin after just under two years with the Sky Blues. Overall he made sixty appearances, scoring two goals. Meawhile Iffy Allen's short stay with Torquay United is now over - he made 13 appearances, scoring three goals for the Gulls, but it seems that wasn't enough for them to decide to keep him.
At Huddersfield Town, they have waved goodbye to striker Ishmael Miller and attacking midfielder Duane Holmes. Miller's departure comes as no surprise given that he hasn't played for them since January 19th, and had been expected to leave during the last transfer window - 47 appearances and 4 goals was his eventual return since joining them in February 2015. Holmes also stopped featuring for Huddersfield around the same time, bringing to a close his 26 appearances and one goal, with all bar four of those appearances coming from the bench.
Goalkeeper Chris Dunn has left Cambridge United after a disappointing 2015-16 season. He lost his place in their side in November 2015, ultimately making 64 appearances for them, ending his two year stint since he joined them from Yeovil Town.
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Leyton Orient kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the decision to include Harry Cornick in the starting line-up, along with Tahvon Campbell sitting out the match as the club's 'sixth loan'. He also talks about the long-awaited return of Omar Sowunmi to the matchday squad following his ankle injury. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry believes that manager Darren Way should be in a position to announce his Released and Retain list for the club by around the middle of this week. With the Glovers now having completed their 2015-16 season, the players will now be preparing for their summer holidays, as well as waiting to see who is offered a new deal at the club for next season. With thirteen players out of contract at this moment in time, it's inevitably going to make for a busy summer, particularly given that six of the club's squad will return to their parent clubs at the end of their loan arrangements.
Fry has implied that Way will be working to a longer term plan to get Yeovil Town out of League Two, once again referencing the idea of a 'Five Year' Plan for rebuilding the club. He has told the Western Gazette that he expects Way to build the side he needs within three years, with the idea of getting the club in League One in around three-to-five years. But first he needs to plan his first major summer as first team manager:
"He's got three months to plan ahead. Obviously the first task is to decide on which players are going to stay and will have to come up with a retained list. He's already working on that and will come up with the answers probably by the middle of this week. Darren will set his own targets. He's got a three-year contract and we will probably give him the option (of extending that contract). You need three years to build a team and I have every trust in him to see it through. Really he has three to five years to get us back up into League One. If he does it next year, magic, but he does need to build a team that he is going to stick with and I am hoping the academy will produce youngsters to back it up."
The Yeovil Chairman also claims that the club's weekly budget has trebled beyond what it was initially intended to sit at, referencing a '£30,000 budget' which if a weekly figure would equate to £1.56 million across a whole calendar year. But Fry suggests the money being spent is nearer £90,000 - something that would pitch the club's spending in that area as being £4.68 million - why it has got that significantly bigger isn't made clear. Fry suggests that three houses that the club currently has allocated to players need to be taken out of the club's running costs, quoting that as a £100,000 cost.
"Darren has had a lot less movement of players and a lot less injuries. At the start of the season we had 12 first team players injured. Our £30,000 budget has now bloated to about £80,000 or £90,000. It's one of the bills we have got to bring back down. Next season we won't have a lot of those problems. We know who the manager is - he has got a three-year contract - all of the backroom staff is there. Plus we are looking at tightening up within the club where money is haemorrhaging, which is down to Darren. We have three houses accommodating players and that budget is about £100,000 - we can't keep that going. There is no point in taking on a load of different players. Gary (Johnson) took on 42 players in League One and it was too many."
Fry's criticism of former boss Gary Johnson isn't matched up by the facts from that season. Across the whole of the 2014-15 season the club used 40 players, but with him exiting the club at the start of February, the recruitment of Craig Eastmond, Stephen Kingsley, Josh Sheehan and Bryon Webster came after Johnson's departure, whilst his final signing Fergus Bell never got as far as the pitch until after his departure. Fry also aims a broadside at Johnson for facilities such as the club's Astroturf not being in use seven days a week - an odd accusation given the area was closed due to rising maintainance costs during the 2007-08 season whilst Johnson was at Bristol City, and only reopened as a facility during 2014, with the club having told a fans meeting a year later that the redevelopment had been at the manager's request.
The Glovers Chairman indicates that he expects the club to show a "small loss" in their 2015-16 accounts, but projects that by the 2016-17 campaign, as their second one in League Two, that the situation will rectify itself - some welcome news given the 2014-15 Season £692,000 losses against the main football club accounts. Once again, Mr Fry hopes that the club's stadium developments will be realised this summer, targeting July 2016 as the point at which he wants to get the planning application approved that would enable the club the ability to provide new stadium developments, funded by the lease or sale of land to the north of the stadium.
One of Yeovil Town's loan players used during the 2015-16 season admits that the perspective of playing football at Huish Park helped rekindle his love for his parent club. Winger Jake Howells played for the Glovers as part of a one month loan spell across September and October 2015, at a time when it looked as though his time with Luton Town was coming to an end. Howells had been transfer-listed by former Hatters boss John Still after he asked to leave Kenilworth Road, and had not even been allocated a first team squad number for the season, and so looked as though he would never play for them again.
Howells got his break back into the Luton Town line-up when Still was fired from his job on December 18th. One day later, caretaker manager Andy Awford put him on the Luton team bus to Exeter City, and new permanent manager Nathan Jones has continued to use Howells as part of his first team squad. As such he's now played 17 times for his parent club, interrupted slightly in March following a knee operation. As such he is now back in their team, and told the Luton News, Herald and Post that his own attitude to his future with Luton was changed when he spent time away in South Somerset, even if he stressed that he did enjoy his time with the Glovers:
"It's probably the most learning season I've ever had, not the greatest in terms of playing games, but the best thing I think I've done in my career, is gone to Yeovil. It’s a great club, they looked after me brilliant, but for me to learn so much, how much I do love Luton Town and the fact that it wasn't home to me. No disrespect to Yeovil, it was brilliant, I loved my time there but this is where I want to be and this is home for me. For me to experience another club was such a big learning curve for me personally and it didn’t feel the same. If I wasn’t at Luton, it wouldn’t feel right for me, whether that's out of choice or not, but it’s in my blood I'm afraid."
Yeovil Town loanee Brandon Goodship picked up an end of season award with his parent club last night. The AFC Bournemouth striker has been on loan at Huish Park since mid-February and last night won Bournemouth's Under-21 Player Of The Season award as part of their 2015-16 Season Awards evening.
Brandon made ten appearances for Yeovil Town, scoring the winning goal against Dagenham and Redbridge on February 27th at Victoria Road, during his two-and-a-half month stay at Huish Park. Towards the end of his loan spell with the club, he did struggle to get into Yeovil Town's matchday squad, partly due to the club's constraints concerning the loan system.
With six loan players on their books for the final five weeks of the season, Goodship was often the 'sixth loan', meaning that he had to sit in the stand for that match. As a consequence, he only made one start and one substitute appearance beyond March 25th.
This afternoon's completion of the Football League fixtures means that Yeovil Town's opponents for the 2016-17 season are now close to being finalised, with the exception of the play-off matches. Yesterday the Glovers waved goodbye to Northampton Town, Oxford United and Bristol Rovers who have all been promoted to League One, whilst York City and Dagenham and Redbridge will also depart in the other direction, as they both return to non-league football.
Today saw the final set of League One fixtures, with Colchester United and Crewe Alexandra already relegated. Our regular rivals Doncaster Rovers were also pretty much down due to their inferior goal difference, and their 0-0 draw against Burton Albion meant that even the mathematicians agreed. That took Burton up to the Championship for the first time in their club's history - congratulations to them, and we hope they enjoy the coming season.
That left one place to fill, and it went to Blackpool, who were thrashed 5-1 by Peterborough United. To make matters worse, the club that survived just above them were near neighbours Fleetwood Town, whose owner Andy Pilley took over as their owner after his attempt to purchase his boyhood club Blackpool was rebuffed. The Tangerines have now suffered two consecutive relegations, which as Paul Ince might say is a bit 'crap'.
Coming up from the Conference will be Gary Johnson's new side Cheltenham Town, along with one of Grimsby Town or Forest Green Rovers who compete in their play-off final next weekend. That means that if the Mariners win that final it could create an unusual situation for Glovers fans - Forest Green's The New Lawn ground is the only possible prospect of a new stadium to visit for the 2016-17 season.
Next season's opponents will therefore be formed from the following:
Relegated From League One: Blackpool, Doncaster Rovers, Colchester United, Crewe Alexandra.
Staying in League Two: Barnet, Cambridge United, Carlisle United, Crawley Town, Exeter City, Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Mansfield Town, Morecambe, Newport County, Notts County, Stevenage Borough, Wycombe Wanderers.
Completing in the League Two Play-Offs: Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth
Promoted from the Conference: Cheltenham Town and one of Grimsby Town or Forest Green Rovers.
In terms of the play-offs, these will take place according to the following schedule:
12/05/2016 : 19:45 : Portsmouth vs Plymouth Argyle (League Two, First Leg)
13/05/2016 : 19:45 : Sheffield Wednesday vs Brighton (Championship, First Leg)
14/05/2016 : 12:30 : Derby County vs Hull City (Championship, First Leg)
14/05/2016 : 17:30 : Barnsley vs Walsall (League One, First Leg)
14/05/2016 : 19:30 : AFC Wimbledon vs Accrington Stanley (League Two, First Leg)
15/05/2016 : 12:15 : Bradford City vs Millwall (League One, First Leg)
15/05/2016 : 16:00 : Grimsby Town vs Forest Green Rovers (National League Play-Off Final)
15/05/2016 : 18:00 : Plymouth Argyle vs Portsmouth (League Two, Second Leg)
16/05/2016 : 19:45 : Brighton vs Sheffield Wednesday (Championship, Second Leg)
17/05/2016 : 19:45 : Hull City vs Derby County (Championship, Second Leg)
18/05/2016 : 19:45 : Accrington Stanley vs AFC Wimbledon (League Two, Second Leg)
19/05/2016 : 19:45 : Walsall vs Barnsley (League One, Second Leg)
20/05/2016 : 19:45 : Millwall vs Bradford City (League One, Second Leg)
28/05/2016 : 17:00 : Championship Play-Off Final
29/05/2016 : 15:00 : League One Play-Off Final
30/05/2016 : 15:00 : League Two Play-Off Final
Meanwhile if it's the key dates for the next 2016-17 season that you're after, then you'll find those via the link below.
For those who want to view match highlights from Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Leyton Orient, these are now available online. In addition to Orient's late winning goal, you can view Nathan Smith's header that went over the bar, and a long range effort from Liam Shephard that was saved. Then from the second period, you can view a Connor Roberts that was saved, followed by another Smith effort that went over the bar. In the final seconds, Artur Krysiak makes a surge up front, but to no avail. Watch the video clip below.
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Leyton Orient at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on his side's performance, as well as discussing his thinking in terms of player contracts and playing budget and how he expects that to pan out. Read that via the link below.
League Two side Notts County will spend the early summer looking for yet another new manager, after their current boss Mark Cooper resigned just before the end of their 2015-16 season. Whilst Cooper did take charge of the final match of the campaign at Meadow Lane, it was most definitely one to forget as the Magpies were thrashed 0-5 at home against Carlisle United - a result that left them finishing 2015-16 in 17th place and three points above Yeovil Town.
Cooper had only been brought in on March 20th whilst the Magpies were in 19th place, with 40 points from 36 games. His 10 games in charge have therefore improved their position slightly, picking up 11 points along the way, but on the other hand alarm bells should be ringing more generally at Meadow Lane, with today's result being coupled with their 5-0 reverse against Mansfield Town, whilst Cooper's first game in charge saw his side lose 4-0 against Portsmouth. In between three wins and two draws helped steady the ship, but their current form implies that County's off the field problems, with their club being currently up for sale, are causing them problems.
County's own statement suggested that despite today's heavy defeat, they had actually wanted to keep him for next season, and it was Cooper's decision to leave. He is widely tipped to be the next manager at National League side Forest Green Rovers, who are currently going through the play-offs in that division under temporary management. With Cooper having attended tonight's match at the New Lawn, the assumption is that he will be appointed as their manager as soon as the Gloucestershire club's fate is known. Certainly County's understanding is that their outgoing manager already has a new club to go to:
"Despite the club's best efforts to retain him, Cooper served written notice under his short term agreement on Friday and informed the club that he does not wish to sign an extended contract. Whilst a points target was agreed to trigger the deal on enhanced terms, Cooper has decided to move on regardless of that points total being reached. It is understood that Cooper has received an offer from another club whilst still being contracted to Notts County. No contact or official approach for Cooper's services has been received by the club. Notts will begin the search for a new Manager next week and a further announcement will be made in due course. The club will delay announcing their retain list in light of this unexpected development."
Cooper's departure means that the extended list of Notts County managers over the past seven years, under Chairman Ray Trew can now be extended even further. Since Ian McParland's departure in October 2009, Notts County have named Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince, Martin Allen, Keith Curle, Chris Kiwomya, Shaun Derry, Paul Hart, Ricardo Moniz, Jamie Fullarton and now Mark Cooper as their managers. With Derry's departure only happening in March 2015, the next man to arrive will be the sixth management team at Meadow Lane in just over a year.
Yeovil Town's 2015-16 end of season awards took place following Saturday afternoon's home match against Leyton Orient. The Awards were dominated by Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts who picked up the majority of those on offer, with goalkeeper Artur Krysiak also chipping in by grabbing a couple of those on offer.
Full awards were as follows:
GWSC Awards: Artur Krysiak (1st), Connor Roberts (2nd).
Western Gazette Awards: Connor Roberts
Cary Glovers: Artur Krysiak
Away Travel Club: Connor Roberts (1st)
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Connor Roberts
DSA: Artur Krysiak (1st), Connor Roberts (2nd)
Community Sports Trust Player Award: Connor Roberts
Community Sports Trust Community Award: Artur Krysiak
Our congratulations to Connor and Artur for collecting their awards on the day.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that today's 0-1 defeat against Leyton Orient made it crystal clear for him as to which area of the pitch he needs to heavily recruit during the summer. The single goal loss was typical of Yeovil's season throughout, and in particular for the second half of the campaign - they dominated possession but couldn't get the big chance that they needed to take the lead in the match, and were instead left to reflect heavily on that domination when Ollie Palmer gave the away side all three points in the 87th minute, to end the season in 19th place.
Whilst Way wanted to thank his players for their overall efforts, he recognised the obvious - that his side are not creating and converting enough goals. As the division's lowest goalscorers, with just 43 goals in 46 games, Way told BBC Somerset that there was a pattern to how things panned out. However, he thanked the club's supporters for not leaving on the final whistle, despite the obvious disappointment of the final score:
"It's nice for the fans to stay behind (for the end of season awards). I don't like losing - I hate losing. But I have to be strong enough as a man to thank the players for what they've achieved in a short space of time. It has been quite incredible. But having said that they still wanted to go away with a win. I think we were very disappointing again in the final third again, where we are lacking. I just look at the players, and I look at the way that game progressed and there's no two ways about it - we absolutely dominated them. You can't have that amount of possession, and they have just one or two chances, and we end up losing the game. So it was disappointing from our point of view. But at least we know where we've got to work on, and where we've got to recruit. That is really important for me next year."
The lion's share of the 2015-16 End Of Season Awards went to Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts on the day, with goalkeeper Artur Krysiak also recognised for his efforts during the season. Way said that he would need to recruit players of his sort of standard, and had an idea of who he wanted to bring in, but admitted that he would have to play a waiting game for both permanent and loan signings over the summer:
"We know as far as who we want, but it's about whether you get them soon, or whether you've got to wait. All I know is that I've been given a lot of help. People talk about loans, but Connor Roberts has scooped all of the awards and he's given everything for this football club. So I'm not ruling out a top quality loan, but it's definitely an area that I want to improve on. I think that it's too early to say (whether Roberts would return next season on loan) because I think that it's important that Connor reflects upon what he has done in his career. What he has achieved in this season, to only miss one game is fantastic for a young player."
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Leyton Orient 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.
Yeovil Town went down to a late defeat this afternoon in their final match of the 2015-16 season. An 87th minute Ollie Palmer goal saw Leyton Orient grab all three points at Huish Park, despite the Glovers creating the glut of chances, demonstrating why they have been the division's lowest scorers this season. Many of the home side's best chances fell to players who might not be so well known for their goalscoring abilities, with defender Nathan Smith twice threatening to add to last weekend's rare goal, whilst Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard forced Leyton reserve keeper Sam Sargeant into an excellent first half save. But Palmer stole the points three minutes from time, leaving the Glovers in 19th place at the end of the 2015-16 season, having reached 48 points - a turnaround that looked a little unlikely halfway through the campaign.
For the final game of the 2015-16 season, Yeovil Town made one change to their starting line-up with Harry Cornick coming in for Leroy Lita, as the 4-3-1-2 line-up was preserved. On the bench there was a welcome return for Omar Sowunmi - last seen in mid-November after a serious ankle injury put him under the knife. Tahvon Campbell became the club's 'sixth loan' for the final match with Brandon Goodship getting onto the bench.
Pretty much all of the first half efforts on goal went in Yeovil's direction. Francois Zoko struck the ball over the crossbar from 20 yards out and then Nathan Smith went close from a corner when he put a header over the framework from close range. Swansea loanee Liam Shephard forced a strong save out of Sam Sargeant midway through the half as his shot was deflected out for a corner. At the other end, Artur Krysiak was pretty much a spectator, with Orient conjuring up just one off target shot throughout the first period, with not a single corner being forced. However, as a game it became increasingly stop-start with a number of Orient injuries breaking up the play significantly, and the end result was both sides went in level at the break.
Orient finally got their first meaningful shot on goal in shortly after the game restarted, with Sean Clohessy being used as a winger for the Londoners - he cut in and fired a shot on goal, but Artur Krysiak was able to easily save. At the other end, Yeovil took ten or fifteen minutes to get going, but once they did, chances came for loan trio Liam Walsh, Connor Roberts and Harry Cornick, but to no avail - Orient's Sam Sargeant was having a strong game and blocked all their efforts.
Darren Way switched his formation partway through the half, as Marc Laird was withdrawn and his more usual 4-3-3 line-up was reestablished, with Harry Cornick and Laird's replacement Brandon Goodship put wide. Cornick unfortunately didn't last there too long as an injury saw him replaced by Jack Compton. But Yeovil's problem throughout the game was that they couldn't carve out the chance they needed to win the game. Nathan Smith again got one of the picks of the second half chances, but he put the ball over the bar from inside the box. In the closing stages even Omar Sowunmi was put back onto the field of play - as a striker - as he replaced Francois Zoko.
Then came the sucker punch - with three minutes remaining, a loose ball fell to Ollie Palmer , and his sweetly struck shot flew into the back of the net, helped by the inside of a goalpost. A good old-fashioned away team smash'n'grab by anyone's definition. There was enough time for a Jack Compton header to be saved, and even for Artur Krysiak to run the length of the pitch for a corner during second half injury time to try to provoke an equaliser, but nothing fell Yeovil's way. It's glaringly obvious, but the big area of the pitch that Darren Way will need to sort out for next season is his side's goalscoring. The rest serves the club well, but they need to spend the summer working out how they can turn possession and territory into clearcut chances and goals, if they are to improve even further on the way their second half of the season has progressed.
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan
8. Marc Laird
39. Francois Zoko 23. Harry Cornick
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale (GK) 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton (67 mins for Harry Cornick) 17. Omar Sowunmi (83 mins for Francois Zoko) 19. Brandon Goodship (63 mins for Marc Laird) 38. Leroy Lita
Leyton Orient: 29. Sam Sargeant
34. Nicky Hunt 31. Aron Pollock 16. Shaun Brisley 36. Peter Ramage
2. Sean Clohessy 8. Lloyd James 14. Sammy Moore 22. Sandro Semedo
9. Oliver Palmer 27. Jay Simpson
Substitutes: 1. Alex Cisak 10. Paul McCallum (73 mins for Jay Simpson) 17. Blair Turgott (22 mins for Shaun Brisley) 19. Scott Kashket 23. Freddy Moncur 28. Myles Judd 37. Josh Koroma (56 mins for Aron Pollock)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Leyton Orient Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.
Leyton Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 1; Fouls: 14.
Referee: Philip Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistants: Robert Massey-Ellis (West Midlands) and Mark Howes (Birmingham). Fourth Official: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire).
Yeovil Town have named one change to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Leyton Orient at Huish Park this afternoon. Last weekend's goalscoring hero Harry Cornick comes into the starting line-up displacing Leroy Lita. There's a bit of a surprise in that Ryan Dickson has kept his place in the side - his injury last weekend was reported by Darren Way as meaning he would be having an operation - presumably that has been delayed.
There's one major change on the bench with defender Omar Sowunmi returning to the squad, having last been seen on November 14th 2015, when an ankle injury forced him to go under the knife.
West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell is the 'sixth loan' that has to sit in the stands. Meanwhile Darren Ward (knee), Jakub Sokolik (wrist), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Wes Fogden (knee) and Kevin Dawson (ankle) all sit out the game.
The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan
8. Marc Laird
39. Francois Zoko 23. Harry Cornick
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale (GK) 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 38. Leroy Lita
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way is hoping that business at Huish Park will start settling down within the next week, so that he can start getting firm figures regarding his 2016-17 playing budget. At present the Glovers first team boss has been unable to provide any formal offers to his thirteen out of contract players due to the club's Board of Directors having not yet agreed overall club budgets for next year, meaning that the allocation for the playing side of the club has not rippled downwards at present.
With today's fixture against Leyton Orient presenting the final match of the 2015-16 season, the club's players will want to discuss their futures with the club. Way has told BBC Somerset that he is not duly concerned at the time that he is having to wait, stating that other clubs managers are in the same boat, and that he is aware of some club 'restructuring' going on that needs to be done prior to the playing budget being set:
"Over the next week or so, everything will start settling down. But I'm certainly not panicking because I've been in every other manager's office and they're in exactly the same situation as what I'm in. Even the ones that are in the play-offs are still holding tight. So there's nothing to worry about as far as that is concerned. It's just restructuring upstairs, in advance of talks going on."
Whilst that is on hold, Way says that he has been sounding out some of his first team squad on a more informal basis, discussing with them how he sees their future - presumably in terms of telling players whether he would like to offer them a certain type of contract, subject to budget, or whether certain players might be better off calling their agents and looking elsewhere. On the whole though, he reiterated that he is still keen to keep the core part of his playing squad together, and so has been talking to those who have played a major part in the club's recent improved form:
"That's definitely what I'm looking at trying to do, in the short term. So discussions are ongoing, and every day becomes a little bit closer. But what you also need to understand as well is that it is still down to the player. What I have proven to the player is that I've created a good environment for them to work in, to be successful. As a manager it's important that I try to keep that spine together. I think that's important because of what you see with your own eyes, and I think the supporters can see that. What I don't want to do is to disrupt that, because it's competed against the best since I have been manager."
Today the club go into this afternoon's League Two fixture against Leyton Orient on 48 points from 45 games. That gives the Glovers a chance to break through the 50 point barrier if they beat their London opponents, and Way says that is the target for his players to reach:
"We started on eleven points (when the management change was made) and we can potentially end up on 51 points on Saturday and that's a fantastic achievement for the group of players that we have, and certainly for the supporters. In a short space of time what we have built up here has been truly amazing."
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry believes that the club's fall from the Championship division caused 'massive financial damage' to the club. As the 2015-16 season draws to an end, Fry has reflected upon the rollercoaster year, as well as the last couple of seasons that saw the club relegated twice from second tier football down to League Two. Fry has once again returned to the theme of parachute payments and the problems that the club faced in terms of reducing its budgets once it came out of the more lucrative second tier football, where Championship clubs get around £3 million additional money from Football League central payments compared to their League One counterparts.
The club recently announced a £692,000 loss for their 2014-15 club accounts and Fry paid tribute to his Directors, and owner Norman Hayward for their work during that period in attempting to deal with that situation:
"It has been a very uncertain period that we have been going through, now that we are safe in the Football League, I do certainly feel as though a huge black cloud has disappeared from above the Huish Park Stadium. Well done to Darren, Terry and the players. But now as we go into our last match of the season against Leyton Orient, we can look forward with new hope and expectation through the rebuilding of our club. Make no mistake about it, our relegation from the Championship League without adequate parachute payments, and fighting two relegation battles, caused massive financial damage to our club. I therefore give credit to my Directors, particularly Norman Hayward, for seeing what seemed an impossible task through to a conclusion."
Fry warned that the club may still face future challenges, suggesting that the Glovers were still not out of the 'danger zone', but paid tribute to current first team manager Darren Way, who took over the reins on December 1st, whilst the club were at the bottom of the Football League. Since rewarded with a new three year contract, Fry described Way as 'someone special' in his eyes:
"We are not out of the danger zone yet, but, we are in safe hands with Darren Way, and we are in a much better position than last season, that's for sure. Since Darren took over from Paul Sturrock, he has created a totally different environment around the club that all the players, management team and behind the scenes staff have bought into, not only making our survival possible, but, to build a squad for the future. To turn results around in such a short space of time, was the work of someone special."
Movement on the club's off-the-field development plans over the past season has been slow, with their two planning applications that were lodged with South Somerset District Council having stalled for much of that time, whilst the club drew up amended plans for both the north side of the stadium land, and a plot of land in Thorne Lane. Last month implied that there was new movement on both fronts, and Fry stated that he would be creating another new Five Year Plan to improve the facilities at the club:
"Over the Summer period we will be working hard to put in place a five year plan to move the club forward. This will require a massive effort to turn our club again into a football force in the South West. We recognise to create the additional revenues to support our Football League ambitions and to provide our fans with a better match day experience, we will need to develop the Huish Park stadium and site, however, we will need your support and that of the local council to achieve this. Without this development, the Club is doomed to stay in the lower leagues of the football pyramid forever. I certainly do not want this, and will fight all the way to succeed in developing the Huish Park resources, for Yeovil Town Football Club."
The club have also announced that Club Secretary Jean Cotton, who has been at the club for 23 years, will be moving into semi-retirement at the end of this season. Jean, who is the wife of club legend Terry Cotton, took over from Roger Brinsford when he left for Bristol Rovers in the mid-1990s and has covered the football administration role for the club over the last two decades, lodging all player contracts and registrations, and providing the club's link between the Football League and Football Association for contracts, disciplinary issues and club fixtures. Her semi-retirement will be filled by current Ticket Office Manager Kirstie Baker, with both acting in a 'joint' role, whilst Rob Baker will take over the Ticket Office Manager position. The club have also confirmed that James Healey will be the club's Head of Media, replacing Adrian Hopper in that position, although our understanding had been that in practice that has been the case over the past twelve months.
Yeovil Town supporters aiming to make last minute purchases of Season Tickets for the 2016-17 campaign, prior to the club's 'Early Bird' deadline should note the following arrangements that will be in place for Saturday afternoon's match against Leyton Orient. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be opening tomorrow from 9.00a.m. until the 3.00p.m. kick-off, but will also be opening for an hour after the game to take any Season Ticket applications or payments from supporters.
Leading up to the match, the club will have four Ticket Office windows open. Two windows will be designated for the sale of Match Tickets ONLY, whilst two other windows will be open for the sale of both Match Tickets and Season Tickets. Make sure that you're queuing up in the correct line. We would strongly recommend that if you are purchasing Season Tickets that you aim to do so at least 30 minutes before kick-off as the Ticket Office may need to give priority to Match Ticket sales to get people into the ground before kick-off.
If you turn up and find that the queues are not to your liking before the game, and you don't need to talk to anyone about your application, then feel free to drop your completed application form and payment details into the Club Main Reception, situated just beyond the Ticket Office area on the Main Stand side, and they will pass on your envelope. Alternatively, you can pop to the Ticket Office immediately after the game.
For full pricing details follow the link below. There is also a printable application form provided. To take advantage of the Early Bird offer you'll need to provide your Application Form and payment details to the club by the end of Saturday.
Yeovil Town have issued a short statement this afternoon, concerning Academy Manager Geoff Harrop, who has been connected with a move back to Torquay United, one year after his arrival at Huish Park. Devon paper the Herald Express claimed that the former Northampton Town coach was on his way back to Plainmoor, as part of a new ownership set-up that are keen to re-establish the youth academy system that was closed a year ago, provoking Harrop's move to Somerset.
Earlier today, Torquay United issued their own statement playing down suggestions that Harrop would be joining their club in the 'near future'. Meanwhile Yeovil Town Academy Chairman Andy Rossiter, who is also a Director of the main Yeovil Town board, said the Glovers had not received an approach, and stressed that Harrop was under contract at the club, rather than as an employee that could give notice to leave:
"We have had no official approach for the services of Geoff from Torquay United. Geoff is doing a fantastic job managing our academy set-up and has a further year to run on his contract. Despite the reports in the media Geoff was appointed independently and was not appointed through former manager Paul Sturrock."
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town play their final match of the 2015-16 season, when Leyton Orient visit Huish Park. As part of the build-up to that match, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter, Darren reviews the season just gone and his thoughts on what lies ahead. Read that interview via the link below.
National League side Torquay United are playing down reports that Yeovil Town Academy Manager Geoff Harrop is on his way back to Plainmoor in the 'near future'. The Devon side are currently in the advanced stages of a takeover process, with Swindon-based company Gaming International having been named as proposing to buy the club. They currently operate greyhound racing tracks with stadiums in Swindon, Poole, Reading, and Milton Keynes, as well as the National Bowl in Milton Keynes.
Harrop has been linked with Gaming International's bid, with reports in Devon-based paper the Herald Express implying that he acted as an introducer for prospective owner Clarke Osborne. However, whilst Torquay have confirmed Osborne's negotiations with the current club's owners, they state that they are "not currently in any discussions with former Torquay United Head of Youth Geoff Harrop regarding joining the club in the near future".
Of course, any announcements made by Torquay United Football Club currently are made from the perspective of the current ownership of the club, and may not consider what plans Osborne may have once he gets his feet under the table. If the future owners do still have plans for Harrop then it won't be in the area of first team management though. Today they announced that manager Kevin Nicholson had signed a new three year contract with the club - presumably a decision backed by both current and prospective owners.
Nicholson had clawed Torquay out of the National League relegation zone with a string of impressive results during the second half of the season, so it would have been a shock if he had been displaced. They have also announced undisclosed terms for Nicholson's assistant Robbie Herrera and his physio Gareth Law.
Torquay state that they hope that their ongoing takeover talks with Osborne can be resolved by the end of May. They state that their recent decision to remove CEO Stephen Breed was made due to restructuring at the club that made his position redundant, and don't explicitly connect it with the club takeover itself.
Officials for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Leyton Orient have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 7th May 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Philip Gibbs (West Midlands).
An Assistant Headteacher at a Secondary School in Birmingham, Mr Gibbs qualified as a referee in 1993 and was promoted to the National List in 2008. We last saw him in November 2015, for the 2-2 draw against Stevenage at Huish Park. There he seemed to have a decent game, with a flurry of late bookings for the visitors more down to rash tackles than impetuous refereeing. Twelve months earlier, he was there for the November 2014 FA Cup First Round tie against Crawley Town which we won 1-0, thanks to an early Jordy Hiwula goal. Apart from a couple of low key Crawley bookings, he didn't get too involved in the fixture at all.
Mr Gibbs was present in the middle on a rather happy day - our May 2013 Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg victory over Sheffield United. The 2-0 scoreline and the post-match celebrations will be permanently etched into the memory, however we can't remember the referee featuring much at all - which is probably a good thing. He booked Kevin Dawson for excessive celebration after he opened the scoring. But probably because 7,000 of us were also excessively celebrating, we have no recollection of what he did without checking the DVD.
Earlier that same season, in December 2012, Mr Gibbs was present for our 4-1 win over Oldham Athletic. His major decision was to issue a red card to Latics substitute Robbie Simpson for a dangerous challenge on Marek Stech. Simpson had already made a similar challenge on Stech earlier in the half, and we felt that the referee could have helped himself if he'd had a word with the player after the first one, instead of just letting it go as an ordinary foul. Oldham had a bit of a grumble about the decision, but in the end decided not to appeal.
In March 2012, he took charge of the home match against Hartlepool United. This was actually a booking-free game, which normally we'd give the thumbs up to, but we felt that led to some 'odd' decisions being made, where most referees would have brought out their cards. But on the plus side, a referee who didn't want to take centre-stage.
A similar story is to be told for the August 2010 League Cup match against Crystal Palace. Only one booking in this match, late on in the game, but in a match where there were two separate incidents of players squaring up to each other, he made the decision to just opt for a spot of finger wagging rather than a bit of Kettleism. He also declined the opportunity to award Dean Bowditch a penalty, which the then manager Terry Skiverton had a bit of a post-match grumble about, although without being too harsh on the official for it.
Prior to that, saw Mr Gibbs in January 2010 at Leyton Orient. It is only fair to point out that the 0-2 defeat at Brisbane Road was the product of a dismal lacklustre performance by the Glovers, rather than anything to do with the officiating of Mr Gibbs. In fact the most notable refereeing incident in the game was Nathan Smith picking up a booking without ever entering the field of play: stopping to rather too vigorously dispute the decision of an assistant referee in awarding a corner to the home side, whilst he was supposed to be having a stretching his limbs on the touchline.
The earliest case of Mr Gibbs refereeing a Glovers match was away at Griffin Park in the Football League Trophy First Round. We recall being rather unimpressed with his performance that night, even if he did award us a penalty which Gavin Tomlin converted. For completion purposes, Mr Gibbs was due to take charge of our April 2010 home clash against Southampton, but a late change of officials meant that Oliver Langford took over.
Mr Gibbs will be assisted by Robert Massey-Ellis (West Midlands) and Mark Howes (Birmingham). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Morris (Herefordshire).
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has stated that midfielder Simon Gillett will play no part in Saturday's League Two match against Leyton Orient on Saturday, as several of his first team squad sit out the match. Gillett has just completed a two month loan spell with League One side Peterborough United, and will not be selected for Posh's final game of the season, but will also not feature at all in the Glovers' final game with the revelation that he has not yet travelled back to South Somerset to link back up with his parent club.
Gillett will instead miss the final match of the 2015-16 season, which is also the final match that he is under contract with the Glovers, strongly implying that he will be one of the players departing over the summer, given his manager has given him permission to continue training with Peterborough this week despite him no longer being under his loan agreement at London Road. At the time that Gillett signed for the club nearly two years ago, he had kept a home in the Nottingham area, and spent much of his year out injured getting physio treatment away from Somerset, implying that his current arrangements may have allowed him to stay closer to his permanent home.
Way told BBC Somerset that left-back Ryan Dickson would also be missing on Saturday as he prepares for a summer operation - one of a number of his squad who have gone under the knife a little early:
"Simon is not involved at the weekend. He is still in Peterborough training. There's also Jakub Sokolik who has had an operation. There is Ryan Dickson who is due to be operated on. Ben Tozer was obviously carrying a knee problem all season. So luckily enough because we gathered real momentum and got this club driving in the right way, it's allowed those players to be able to get their medical situations sorted out as soon as possible."
This means that Yeovil Town will be without Darren Ward (knee), Jakub Sokolik (wrist), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Wes Fogden (knee), Kevin Dawson (ankle), Ben Tozer (knee) and Ryan Dickson on the weekend as well as Gillett. There is theoretically a small chance that Omar Sowunmi (ankle) could be given a squad place - last weekend Way indicated that he was available for selection, but his seven months out of football would suggest that he may be better off sticking to the training ground, whilst getting himself properly fit over the summer months.
Having secured his side's League Two safety towards the end of last month, Way is now looking towards the 2016-17 campaign and is happy to big-up his side's chances for the coming year. Way claims his side's current form would be good enough to grab a play-off position if it was repeated across a 46 game season, and states that his side's balance in possession of the ball has also improved over past five months:
"Stats suggest at the moment if you keep this spine of the team together, then you're looking at a top six finish. The only thing that we have been lacking is that goal threat in the final third. I've proven from a stats point of view - it was 45 percent against 55 percent with the opposition in possession of the ball. Now over the case of a number of weeks, it's us at 55 percent and them at 45 percent."
A quick fact check on Darren's statistics would put the Glovers a little short of where he suggests. A league table of results since December 1st (the day he took over from Paul Sturrock) would put the Glovers in 10th place, whilst a table drawn from results since he was given the job on a permanent basis on New Year's Eve would put the Glovers in 8th place. Form tables based on the last 6, 8 and 10 games would put the club in 18th, 14th and 14th place respectively. As Way implies, it is the club's goalscoring record that will need to be improved upon for next season - until last weekend's 4-3 win over Barnet, having netted just three times in the eight matches that preceeded the trip to North London.
On Saturday, Yeovil Town will present its 2015-16 End Of Season Awards at the end of the game. The presentations will be made at around 5.00p.m. on Saturday 7th May once the League Two match against Leyton Orient has concluded and after a short break to enable the players to visit the dressing rooms and for the club to organise the trophy presentations.
As usual, a wide range of trophies will be presented, and the presentations made to the players will include (order is subject to change):
Western Gazette Winner
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy
Cary Glovers Winner
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award
YT Community Sports Trust Winner
Away Travel Club Winner
DSA Runner up
DSA Player of the Year
As per previous seasons, please stay off the pitch at the end of the game, as this will only delay proceedings. It would also appear that all Football League clubs are being sent fairly strong messages from the Football Association expressing concern about the number of 'celebratory' pitch invasions at the end of seasons or key fixtures that they claim are "a threat to the safety of players, officials and spectators".
The FA warn that last season their Regulatory Commission took action against a number of clubs for failing to take adequate action to either stop those pitch invasions or to control the safety of those on and off the pitch. As such the FA state that fines of up to £200,000 were levied against unnamed clubs. Given they have this week delivered this message out to all Football League clubs, it would appear that they are setting their stall out to take action against further clubs if any such things get out of control. Whilst clubs and spectators generally use common sense at the end of season, Ground Regulations and related UK laws mean that clubs and police are within their rights to issue bans against spectators who step out of line.
Past seasons have tended to see the last presentations made by around 5.30p.m. so if you're planning your evening or a lift home, then allow an extra half hour on top of the usual time you exit Huish Park.
Last week, the Glovers Trust (originally known as the Yeovil Voice) put out a statement confirming that they had finalised their registration process with umbrella organisation Supporters Direct. With that now putting them into a position where they will soon be able to start taking on Membership (once the Bank Account is opened) they also spoke to BBC Somerset about where things currently stand. With questions from Breakfast show presenter Claire Carter, she spoke to the Trust's acting Communications Officer about where they stand towards the end of the season. Read that interview via the link below.
On Sunday, Yeovil Town's Huish Park stadium wil play host to the High Holborne Shield Final. This is an annual cup competition at Under-12 level that gives a chance for young players from the area to play on the main stadium pitch in front of a crowd, with the club having hosted this event on most years. Past players to feature in this final include Glovers goalkeeper Chris Weale, current Doncaster Rovers full-back Craig Alcock and Huddersfield Town defender Martin Cranie and so it's not beyond the realms of possibility for one of the players that features in this year's final to become a future star in the game.
The two finalists this year are East Coker Cockerels and Avishayes Buzzards, who are based near Chard. The match will take place on Sunday 8th May 2016, with an 11.00a.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Gates will open at 9.30a.m. Admission for the fixture will be £5.00 for adults, which includes a programme. Children are admitted to the game free of charge.
Yeovil Town's last home match came against Northampton Town, with the League Two Champions visiting Huish Park ten days ago. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with Harry Cornick's early goal setting the Glovers up for a strong performance, despite the Cobblers getting an equaliser before the break.,
Man of the Match voting saw a trio of players who have dominated the polls in recent weeks continue to clock up the votes. Defender Nathan Smith came out well in his centre-back position once again, whilst Everton loanee Liam Walsh came in second place. The poll winner was Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts whose fine season for the club looks like it will continue to the end.
Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:
1. Connor Roberts 212 (14)
2. Liam Walsh 152 (11)
3. Nathan Smith 142 (9)
4. Alex Lacey 56 (3)
5. Artur Krysiak 46 (2)
6. Harry Cornick 44 (0)
7. Francois Zoko 26 (0)
8. Ryan Dickson 22 (1)
9. Leroy Lita 10 (0)
10. Liam Shephard 6 (0)
11. Jack Compton 2 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.22
Performance : 7.35
Entertainment : 7.1
VOTES RECEIVED : 40
Yeovil Town could be about to lose their Academy Manager to Torquay United, one year after they recruited him from the same club. Reports in Devon paper the Herald Express name Harrop as being a party involved in takeover talks at Plainmoor, with the National League side currently in advanced talks with Clarke Osborne's Gaming International group about a move that would see the Gulls go under new ownership this summer.
At present, the Herald Express admit that they don't know what role Harrop would take if he does return to Devon. However, they claim that the former Northampton Town coach acted as an introducer for Osborne during the early stages of the negotiations which have been taking place over the last five weeks. They connect Harrop's rumoured return with the departure of Gulls Chief Executive Stephen Breed over the weekend just gone, implying that Harrop may have a wider remit if he does return to the club. They suggest that an announcement on the club's future could be made later this week.
Harrop's arrival at Huish Park last summer came about via his connections with former boss Paul Sturrock, who helped recruit him when Torquay's current owners made the decision to close their Academy system, citing the costs they had to incur due to their loss of grants awarded to Football League clubs. However, a statement issued by Torquay United on March 30th indicated that the prospective owners wanted to include the reopening of Torquay's academy in their business plans.
Torquay United are currently under the first team management of Kevin Nicholson - a 35 year old who was brought in at the tail end of September 2015. He's had a difficult season, particularly given the turbulent situation that he inherited at Plainmoor, but has been given credit for getting Torquay out of a situation that at one stage saw them twelve points short of safety in the National League relegation zone. A run of nine wins in fifteen games saw them secure their survival, ultimately finishing the season in 18th place. At present Nicholson is waiting to see if he holds a position under the new owners.
Yeovil Town's second goal in their 4-3 win over Barnet at the Hive Stadium on Saturday saw a bit of an unexpected moment. Defender Nathan Smith bagged his first goal for the club in seven-and-a-half years, in what was only his second professional career goal. After the game he spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, and gave his views on that moment as well as the late drama in that game. Read that interview via the link below.
League One side Peterborough United have stated that they have ended the loan spell of midfielder Simon Gillett. The 30 year old had been at London Road for a two month period having been drafted in by former Posh manager Graham Westley to cover for a number of injuries within their side. Overall though, he struggled to get a place in their side, making just three starts and two substitute appearances across that period, with his last time on the pitch coming on April 5th - the day that Peterborough confirmed that they would be keeping him for a second month.
Westley was fired on April 23rd, with it being clear that Peterborough were not going to be anywhere near this season's play-off spots, and Grant McCann has been put in caretaker charge. With one game remaining of their season, it inevitably makes sense for them to concentrate upon looking at their permanent squad members, and so today Peterborough have confirmed that Gillett has returned to South Somerset at the end of the current deal.
Gillett has one game left on his Huish Park contract, as one of thirteen players who are out of contract at the end of the 2015-16 season. With the Glovers having fielded just six substitutes on Saturday at Barnet and with manager Darren Way hinting that Ryan Dickson may need to be pulled out of the squad for the final game after he limped off at the Hive Stadium, Gillett's return will do no harm, particularly as Way has already ruled that Ben Tozer (knee) and Kevin Dawson (ankle) will also not be risked on Saturday, as they nurse end of season niggles that have seen them dropping in and out of the squad over the past month or two.
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played a League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park. The match ended up in a 0-0 draw, which wasn't good news for the home side, who at that time had still been hoping to grab the final play-off spot in the division. The Glovers created their better chances during the second period, with Marc Laird coming close to winning it late on, although they had to thank Ryan Dickson for clearing an earlier effort off the line.
Man of the Match voting saw goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and striker Leroy Lita get plaudits for their performances on the night. The poll winner though by a small margin was Nathan Smith, once again impressing in his centre-back role. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:
1. Nathan Smith 20 (2)
2. Leroy Lita 18 (1)
2. Artur Krysiak 18 (1)
4. Matthew Dolan 6 (0)
4. Alex Lacey 6 (0)
6. Ben Tozer 2 (0)
6. Connor Roberts 2 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.5
Performance : 7.5
Entertainment : 7.5
VOTES RECEIVED : 4
Following Saturday's 4-3 win over Barnet at the Hive Stadium, Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Matt talks about his first outfield goal of the 2015-16 season, and his views on the extraordinary victory. Read that interview via the link below.
Just over two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played a League Two match against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. The main bright spot in the afternoon came when Leroy Lita scored his first goal for the club to put the Glovers level in the match, but they ultimately succumbed to a 2-1 away defeat against the Gas - their second defeat in a row.
Man of the Match voting saw Everton loanee Liam Walsh once again impress in the centre of midfield, whilst Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts was once again one of the club's most consistent performers. The poll winner by a tiny margin though was defender Nathan Smith, once again taking the centre-back position to impressive effect.
Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:
1. Nathan Smith 102 (5)
2. Connor Roberts 98 (5)
3. Liam Walsh 94 (5)
4. Ryan Dickson 74 (7)
5. Leroy Lita 24 (1)
6. Jakub Sokolík 16 (1)
7. Artur Krysiak 14 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.5
Performance : 7.08
Entertainment : 7.92
VOTES RECEIVED : 24
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Barnet kicked off at The Hive Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about Barnet and their new facilities they are building at their new ground. He also explains why Ben Tozer will play no part in the remainder of the 2015-16 season, his thoughts on Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard's performances so far, and there's a brief mention of Omar Sowunmi that would imply positive news regarding his long-standing ankle injury. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town Ladies put themselves on top of the FAWSL2 table on Saturday evening for the first time in the club's history. Their 4-0 victory over Millwall Lionesses ensured they ended the day in first place, even if Sunday fixtures may allow their rivals to catch up again. Two goals from Annie Heatherson - one of which was a long range piledriver - along with opening and closing goals from Helen Bleazard and Sarah Wiltshire, gave the Ladies an emphatic win against a side that had been good enough to hold them to a draw a week ago at Huish Park.
The visitors had to be patient during a first half in which they created the better chances, but found Millwall resolute, with Nicola Cousins finding her shot inside the box following a corner being cleared off the goal line by Lionesses defender Lilli Maple who was stood by the goalpost for the set piece. However, a minute before the break, Ellie Curson set up Helen Bleazard who broke clean through on goal, and successfully rounded home keeper Sarah Quantrill before putting the ball into an empty net from a tight angle, and for a valuable half time lead.
Annie Heatherson was up against her former club, and so the stage was set for her to impress in South London, and she certainly did that by scoring two second half goals, the first of which stunned the New Den crowd. She struck the ball from 25 yards out into the top right hand corner with just under 20 minutes remaining and explained that she'd told her team-mates at half time that she was getting plenty of space on the ball for an opportunity like that to come her way. But even then when it hit the back of the net it surprised her:
"I haven’t scored a goal like that in my whole career playing football! I have no idea where that came from but I said to the girls at half-time, without being rude, I’ve got acres of space and you just need to find me. The girls found me and it just opened up for me. I thought I’ve just got to hit the target and I was even shocked that it went in."
With twelve minutes remaining, Yeovil Town Ladies did what they're good at doing this season - hitting the woodwork. A free kick found Annie Heatherson but her header came back off the crossbar. Then three minutes later, they did it again. A cross came into the box and Natasha Knapman's header came off the crossbar, but this time there was to be no let-off for Millwall as Heatherson reacted first to slot the rebound in from five yards out.
In the closing stages, Yeovil made it an emphatic 4-0 victory with three minutes remaining as Sarah Wiltshire received the ball, and let it drop to the floor before executing a well hit half-volley into the back of the net from 15 yards, with the ball looping over Sarah Quantrill and into the back of the net. That meant the Ladies came come with all three points and speaking after the match two-goal Annie Heatherson felt that scoreline was justified, particularly based on the second half performance:
"We dominated and the result shows that. The first half wasn’t good enough from us. We were on the back foot and we didn’t deserve to be 1-0 up at half-time, but the one goal helped us out. We adjusted things in the first half, looked at the bigger picture and when we came out in the second half we were a completely different team. Against Oxford we could have had a few more goals as well and against Millwall last week. It’s been one of those things that has been building but nothing’s generally happened so today everything just fell into place."
Final Score: Millwall Lionesses 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 4.
Yeovil Town Ladies: (4-4-2): Charlotte Haynes, Nicola Cousins, Ellie Curson, Kayleigh Green, Sarah Wiltshire, Stephanie Williams, Ann-Marie Heatherson, Nadia Lawrence, Kelly Snook, Helen Bleazard, Hannah Short
For those who want to view highlights of yesterday's 4-3 win over Barnet at the Hive Stadium, these are now online. Unsurprisingly in two minutes worth of match highlights, when you've got seven goals to cover there's not a lot of time for anything else other than that. However, relive the goals scored by Matt Dolan, Nathan Smith, Francois Zoko and the winner from Harry Cornick via the video clip below. You can also judge whether the referee should have awarded Barnet their second half penalty, or whether the offence committed by Alex Lacey occurred outside the box.
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-3 win over Barnet at the Hive Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the club's extraordinary win, the rare goal for Nathan Smith and the injury situation concerning Ryan Dickson who was substituted during the second half. Read that interview via the link below.