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17 May 2018 : Grecians Seal Wembley Visit For Second Season Running
League Two side Exeter City reached the 2017-18 Season Play-Off Final on Thursday night, thanks to a relatively comfortable Second Leg win over Lincoln City. After both sides had drawn 0-0 at Sincil Bank, all was set up for the match at St James Park, in front of 5,645 spectators, with the Imps hoping to get their second visit to Wembley Stadium after their EFL Trophy Final success.

However, Exeter's first team squad have got plenty of experience of the play-off system, having reached the Final last season, before losing to Blackpool at Wembley Stadium at the tail end of the 2016-17 season, and they were the superior side throughout the majority of the match, with top goalscorer Jayden Stockley firing home from inside the box to give them a 27th minute lead. Just one minute after the break, former Crystal Palace Academy player Hiram Boateng ran from inside his own half through to the edge of the box, firing a shot off the inside of the left-hand post that put the Grecians firmly in command for the duration of the second period.

They then grabbed a third 69 minutes into the match, as Ryan Harley also scorerd a superb goal, hitting a rising half-volley from 25 yards out, as Paul Tisdale's side began to relax. Although Lincoln got one back with 12 minutes remaining through Matt Green, Exeter's defence held firm for a 3-1 victory. They will now face one of Notts County or Coventry City in the final, with that match set to be resolved at Meadow Lane tomorrow evening.

Relegated to League Two: Bury, Milton Keynes Dons, Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic.
Promoted to League One: Accrington Stanley (Champions), Luton Town, Wycombe Wanderers.
League Two Play-Offs: Exeter City playing one of Notts County or Coventry City in the Final.
Relegated To The National League: Chesterfield, Barnet.
Promoted From National League: Macclesfield Town.
National League Play-Offs: Tranmere Rovers.

Link: 2017-18 Final League Two Table.


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17 May 2018 : Yeovil Town Projected Onto Wembley Stadium Again
Technology can do clever things. In what is becoming a bit of a regular feature by the Football Association, Yeovil Town's name and colours have been projected onto the side of Wembley Stadium, ahead of Saturday's 137th FA Cup Final. Almost one year ago, the FA projected the names of the 166 teams that had played at the stadium as part of its 10th year anniversary celebrations.

This year's projection is a slightly more tenuous justification. The FA have managed to cram in 737 projections onto Wembley Stadium to recognise all of the clubs that participated in the 2017-18 FA Cup competition, recognising the £14.6 million pounds that was paid out in terms of this season's prize fund. The FA have even released a timelapse video that cycles around all 737 teams and club colours inside a minute. Blink and you'll miss the Glovers - the point at which they appear can be viewed below.

Wembley Stadium lit up in Yeovil Town coloursfor the 2017-18 FA Cup
Wembley Stadium lit up in Yeovil Town coloursfor the 2017-18 FA Cup



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16 May 2018 : Mugabi Included In Ugandan Squad For Summer Mini-Tournament
Yeovil Town central defender Bevis Mugabi has been given another international call-up by Uganda. Having gained two caps earlier in the year, he has been selected again for Sebastien Desabre in a three team mini-tournament that will take place between May 27th and June 3rd.

The matches will take place in Niger, with the Central African Republic providing the other opposition for the matches. The Ugandans will be using the matches as preparation for AFCON 2019 qualifiers taking place in September and November 2018. At present it's not clear when the matches will take place, but judging by the format, there should be two matches for each country.

The squad chosen to go out to Niger is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda), Jamal Salim (Al Merreikh, Sudan)

Right Backs: Denis Iguma (Al Nabi Shayth, Lebanon), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Vipers, Uganda)

Left Backs: Isaac Muleme (Al Assiouty, Egypt), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya)

Central Defenders: Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Timothy Dennis Awany (KCCA, Uganda)

Holding Midfielders: Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (El Geish, Egypt), Khalid Aucho (East Bengal, India), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers, Uganda)

Attacking Midfielders: Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel, Denmark), William Luwagga Kizito (CMSM Lasi, Romania), Joseph Ochaya (Lusaka Dynamos, Zambia), Milton Karisa (Vipers, Uganda), Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City, South Africa), Faruku Miya (Sabail, Azerbaijan – on loan from Standard Liege, Belgium)

Forwards: Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Yunus Sentamu (Tirana, Albania), Edrisa Lubega (Floridsdorfer, Austria), Muhammed Shaban (KCCA, Uganda)


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16 May 2018 : Accrington, Luton, Crawley, Swindon and Chesterfield Issue Retained and Released Lists
This week has seen most of the remaining League Two clubs issue their Released and Retained Lists, at the end of the 2017-18 season. Accrington Stanley and Luton Town have paused their promotion celebrations for a short enough period to release their lists, whilst mid-tablers Swindon Town and Crawley Town have completed their lists. There's also been an update from Chesterfield following the appointment of Martin Allen as their manager.

The updates have been merged in with last week's lists, with Lawson D'Ath's departure from Luton Town, and midfielder Billy Clifford's exit from Crawley Town of interest to those who like tracking former Glovers and what they are up to. There's also new signings for Stevenage and Port Vale since the season ended. The updated list is linked below.

Link: Summer 2018 League Two Released And Retained Lists.


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15 May 2018 : Olomola On The Market After He Exits St Mary's
Former Yeovil Town loanee Olufela Olomola looks to have become a free agent this summer, after announcing that he is to leave Southampton. Although the Premier League side have yet to put out their official released and retained lists, the 20 year old has said via his Instagram account that he will be looking for a new club, having spent four years at St Mary's Stadium as a player, after arriving as an Arsenal Academy player.

Olomola's final act was to be part of Southampton's Under-23 side that won the Southampton Senior Cup against Wessex Premier League Champions Blackfield at St Mary's on May 2nd. He scored once and provided the assist for another goal in their 6-0 victory, but will now turn his attentions elsewhere. He explained to his followers:

"After four amazing years at Southampton, it's time to move on. Thank you to all the players and staff for your support. I will miss you all."

The news of his departure isn't too much of a surprise. When Yeovil Town were attempting to extend his loan arrangements in January for the second half of the 2017-18 season, it was understood that Southampton were willing to listen to permanent transfer offers, implying that they were not interested in keeping him beyond the end of the season. But Olomola decided to stay put, ultimately playing nine matches for the Saints in the Premier League 2 competition, along with various cup competitions.

Assuming Southampton confirm the news, he will now become a free agent. His seven goals in 28 appearances at League Two level during the first half of the 2017-18 season should ensure a bit of interest in him around Yeovil Town's level. Since the January transfer window closed, there has been no public sign of any further interest in the player at Huish Park, despite claims at the time that he was 'close' to agreeing a permanent deal with the club.

Link: Olufela Olomola : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 May 2018 : Smith Departure Sets Club Football League Era Record
Last week's departure of three of Yeovil Town's longer serving players cements their position in the club's statistical records for the years to come. The key yardstick has been set by defender Nathan Smith who leaves Huish Park after seven-and-a-half seasons spread across two spells, as the club's current record holder for matches played since the club entered the Football League.

The 31 year old was originally recommended to former boss Russell Slade by Potters Bar Town manager Steve Browne - a former Glover, and the father of current winger Rhys Browne. Nathan spent three years with Chesterfield before returning to the club during Gary Johnson's second spell. In total he made 295 appearances for the club, which puts him 77 appearances ahead of the number that Terry Skiverton made after the club entered the Football League in 2003.

Moreover, Nathan is currently the ONLY Yeovil Town player to make over 200 appearances in the actual Football League competition - his record of 259 appearances is likely to stand unchallenged for a very long time, given that no current Yeovil Town player has hit three figures - Francois Zoko would need to be an ever-present into the 2021-22 season to get near him.

Nathan also leaves the club as the third most used player since the club moved to Huish Park - only goalkeeper Tony Pennock (307) and defender Terry Skiverton (383) can beat him on that front. Nathan stands as the club's 22nd most used player since the end of World War II, rising above Warren Patmore and Phil Ferns as the season ended, and finishing three appearances short of Andy Wallace.

Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak leaves the club as the club's most used goalkeeper in the Football League. His 150 appearances, including 127 appearances in the Football League pushed him just ahead of Chris Weale. Artur currently stands as the club's seventh most used player since the club entered the Football League. Meanwhile Ryan Dickson's total of 130 apearances mean that he leaves as the club's 17th most used player over the same period.

Link: Yeovil Town's Post-World War II Top Appearances.

Link: Yeovil Town's All-Time Appearances Since Football League Entry.

Link: Yeovil Town's All-Time Appearances Since Moving To Huish Park.


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14 May 2018 : Possible Wembley Stadium Sale Would See Windfall For EFL Clubs
Yeovil Town are named by the Football League as one of the member clubs that could stand to benefit if the sale of Wembley Stadium goes ahead. The Football Association have received an offer from Shahid Khan, the owner of Fulham and the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team, reported as being worth around £900 million. Speculation is that if the national stadium is sold, then this would leave £600 million as profit, once bank debt and other repayments are considered.

The current Wembley Stadium was opened in 2007, having been built on the site of the original stadium, which was demolished during 2002 and 2003. It had been built at a cost of £757 million, and was intended to break even in 2014, but despite an increased number of events being held at the new venue, compared to the old, it is still needing to cover costs. At present, the detail behind the Fulham owner's bid has not been disclosed, but will doubtless bring into question whether England national games, national cup finals and play-off finals will continue to be staged there. It has also become home to the FA's offices since it opened, with the governing body having previously occupied a central London address before the new construction.

The Football League's Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has stated his belief that the EFL's 72 member clubs and the Premier League clubs would be entitled to 50 percent of the sale proceeds, once all costs have been deducted. The expectation is that such money must be used to improve stadiums, and to fund Academies and community schemes, with Harvey telling The Times newspaper what the prioritisation would be:

"Under the current distribution mechanism the professional game is entitled to 50 per cent of the proceeds after central costs have been met and any move away from this principle will only be achieved if we can be satisfied that the money will be properly utilised for the benefit of the game as a whole in England, including at our clubs. The 72 clubs of the EFL along with those in the Premier League already do a tremendous amount of work through their community schemes at a grassroots level and the creation of a fund to develop facilities for the expansion of this work along with training of young players within each club's academy would be an ideal use of any funds, as would seeing the money used to improve stadium facilities for fans."

Harvey doesn't divulge how that money would filter down to clubs, however the description of the "creation of a fund" would suggest that it would be distributed via grant-based applications, along the same lines as bodies such as the existing Football Foundation distribute their funds.

Reports suggest that the EFL will be presenting to the FA details of some of the community projects being carried out by its member clubs. Here matters get intruiging, given The Times cite Accrington Stanley and Yeovil Town as examples of those projects. For Accrington, they mention a planned multisports hub that will include an artificial surface and two grass pitches. For Yeovil Town they describe "a scheme to improve the stadium and facilities for their Women's Super League team but [they] don't have enough money". The Press Association, who have also covered the story, have been given slightly different information, referring to "Yeovil's hotel and leisure centre".

Neither version quite lines up with the club's currently dormant July 2015 (made public in August) Planning Application at Huish Park. These plans outlined a large (4,000 square foot, with adjoining 1,000 square foot area) non-food Retail Unit, a Coffee Shop, a Convenience Store, a Sports Clinic, ten Residential Units, a Hotel, a four-court Sports Hall, a smaller non-food Retail Unit, the Supporters and Community Hall, Refreshment Facilities and Academy Facilities that would be housed at the away end of the ground, along with a Roof over the existing Away Terrace.

By the time we reached April 2016, the club had circulated revised plans that removed the largest of the Retail Units, moving the Hotel into that area. The Sports Hall had also been removed, replaced by changing rooms for the surrounding facilities (such as the 4G artificial surface), new club offices and a Supporters Bar. However, these revised plans were never submitted to South Somerset District Council, meaning that they are entirely off the table in terms of the formal application. The original July/August 2015 plans are still present on an application that has not moved in two-and-a-half years in terms of the information present on SSDC's website.

As such, the mention of "facilities for their Women's Super League team" and a "leisure centre" in the national media does not tally with either set of plans. There have been more recent issues concerning the staging of the Ladies FAWSL1 fixtures, in that many of their 2017-18 season matches have been staged at Taunton Town and Weston-super-Mare's grounds, but without any indication of what will happen in forthcoming seasons.

At present, discussions over the sale of Wembley Stadium appear to be in their early stages, and so this is unlikely to alter Yeovil Town's direction in the short term. In addition to question marks over the future staging of national and club matches at the venue, there is also the question of £16.2 million that was loaned to the FA by the Greater London Authority at the time of the construction. In the event of any sale, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says that he would expect that public money to be paid back, although will also be asking the FA questions over the stadium's future usage. The Mayor explains:

"Taxpayers' money was used for Wembley and we want to make sure the cup finals take place at Wembley. Also, it's the home of England and those assurances are really important. My team will be asking the FA those sorts of questions. [The money used to rebuild the stadium] has not been repaid and we want to make sure we get the money back."

The likelihood is that any 'windfall' for Yeovil Town or any other EFL clubs will be a slowburn situation. Any sale of Wembley Stadium is likely to be heavily scrutinised by the FA and their stakeholders, to ensure their ability to use the stadium for events going forward is not compromised in any way. The FA's lawyers will also want their say before any deal is completed. At that point, the FA would need to set up a framework for the redistribution of any profits from the stadium sale, and how individual clubs would obtain such funds. This is likely to be many years down the line.


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14 May 2018 : Glovers And Grecians Meet For Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy
This coming Sunday, Yeovil Town Supporters will be taking on Exeter City's supporters team, to play for the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy. The match takes place at least once a year, to pay tribute to the striker who played for both clubs, and to help raise funds and awareness for the Adam Stansfield Foundation. This year's match will take place on Sunday 20th May, with a 12.30p.m. kick-off at Ottery St Mary FC.

Their ground is situated on the north side of Ottery, just off the B3177 which leads from Ottery to Alfington. If you're coming in via the A30 and Honiton, Butts Road is a left-hand turn off the B3177 - the first turning as you reach the edge of the town. You can see the ground from the main road.

Address: Washbrook Meadows, Butts Rd, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, EX11 1EL

As usual, all supporters are welcome to attend. There's no admission charge; however bring plenty of loose change, as there will be fundraising for the Adam Stansfield Foundation on the day.

Exeter City are the current holders of the Trophy, having won 4-3 at the same venue in May 2017.


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13 May 2018 : Summer 2018 League Two Released And Retained Lists
With the 2017-18 Season having ended a week ago, the majority of League Two side have now published their Released and Retained Lists for the summer. Detailing which players will be available on the free market, most clubs have also listed which players have been offered contracts, or are on deals beyond the summer. Former Glovers who will be on the move this summer include Forest Green Rovers winger Keanu Marsh-Brown, Grimsby Town midfielder James Berrett, Crewe Alexandra full-back Zoumana Bakayogo and Morecambe left-back Michael Rose.

Of the clubs that have yet to declare their lists, four of them are currently participating in the play-offs, whilst teams like Swindon Town appear to have needed to sort out their management situation first. With the exception of clubs in the play-offs, the remainder are required to publish their lists by Saturday 19th May.

We'll update this page as new information is gained. The current lists for each League Two club are as follows:

ACCRINGTON STANLEY:
Released: Mekhi McLeod, Akeel Francis
Contract Extended: Liam Nolan, Mark Hughes, Ben Richards-Everton, Ross Sykes, Erico Sousa
Contract Offers: Scott Brown, Danny Williams
Academy Graduate: Niall Watson (offered)
Loan Players Returning: Jimmy Dunne, Offrande Zanzala, Charlie Rowan
Contract Rejected: Aaron Chapman (Peterborough United)
New Signing: Will Wood (Southampton, free), Piero Mingoia (Cambridge United)

BARNET:
Released: Craig Ross, Ruben Bover, Jamie Stephens, Justin Amaluzor, Andre Blackman, Shane Cojocarel, Tobi Coker, Tom Day, Jordan Nicholson, Ryan Watson (Milton Keynes)
Available For Loan: Fuad Sule, Wesley Fonguck, Darnell Smith, Ephron Mason-Clark.
Transfer-Listed: Charlie Clough (free transfer)
Contract Extended: Fumnaya Shomotun.
Contract Offer: Michael Nelson.
New Signing: Mark Cousins (Dagenham and Redbridge).
Transferred Out: John Akinde (Lincoln City, undisclosed), Alex Nicholls (Crewe Alexandra)

BURY:
Released: Andrew Tutte (Morecambe), Craig Jones, Chris Humphrey, Nathan Cameron, Zeli Ismail (Walsall), Chris Maguire (Sunderland), Callum Reilly (Gillingham, undisclosed)
New Signing: Nicky Adams (Carlisle United), Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra), Byron Moore (Bristol Rovers), Will Aimson (Blackpool), Mathew Hudson (Preston North End, loan), Tom Miller (Carlisle United), Gold Omotayo (Whitehawk), Jordan Archer (Chester, undisclosed), Chris Stokes (Coventry City)

CAMBRIDGE UNITED:
Released: Leon Legge (Port Vale), Medy Elito, Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley)
Contract Extensions: David Forde
Under Discussion: Barry Corr
Academy Graduates: Finley Iron, Sam Squire, Lee Watkins, Jordan Norville-Williams (contracted but Second Year Scholar)
Loan Players Returning: George Taft, Billy Waters
Retained: All other players not listed
New Signing: Louis John (Sutton United), George Taft (Mansfield Town), Reggie Lambe (Carlisle United)

CARLISLE UNITED:
Released: Morgan Bacon, Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Stevenage), Reggie Lambe (Cambridge United), Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra), Tom Miller (Bury), Samir Nabi, John O'Sullivan (Blackpool), Cameron Salkeld.
Contract Offers: Jack Egan, Mark Ellis, Danny Grainger, Jordan Holt.
Retained: Richie Bennett, Jamie Devitt, Kelvin Etuhu, Hallam Hope, Mike Jones, Jason Kennedy, Gary Liddle, Tom Parkes and Cole Stockton.
Academy Graduates: Max Brown, Kieron Olsen, Sam Adewusi
Loan Players Returning: Jack Bonham, James Brown, Louis Gray, Ashley Nadesan and Kris Twardek.
Contract Rejected: Luke Joyce (Port Vale), Clint Hill (retired), Nicky Adams (Bury)
New Signings: Macauley Gillesphey (Newcastle United), Gary Miller (Plymouth Argyle), George Glendon (Fleetwood Town), Joe Fryer (Middlesbrough, loan), Adam Collin (Notts County)

CHELTENHAM TOWN:
Released: Jordan Cranston (Morecambe), Jamie Grimes (Macclesfield Town), Danny Wright, Josh Thomas, Adam Page, Sanmi Odelusi, Dan Holman, Jaanai Gordon
Transferred Out: Harry Pell (Colchester United, undisclosed fee)
Retained: Nigel Atangana, Kevin Dawson, Matthew Bower, Brian Graham, Mohamed Eisa, Rhys Lovett, George Lloyd, Will Boyle, Jordon Forster, Scott Flinders, Alex Addai
Contract Offers: Jerell Sellars
Loan Players Returning: Joe Morrell, Taylor Moore, Ilias Chatzitheodoridis, Joe Rodon, Jake Andrews, Manny Onariase, Elijah Adebayo
New Signing: Alex Addai (Merstham, undisclosed), Johnny Mullins (Luton Town), Ryan Broom (Bristol Rovers), Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town), Conor Thomas (ATK India, free), Chris Hussey (Sheffield United), Tom Smith (Swindon Town), Sean Long (Lincoln City), Josh Debayo (Leicester City)
Contract Rejected: Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers)

CHESTERFIELD:
Released: Ian Evatt, Sam Hird, Drew Talbot, Josh Kay, Giles Coke (Oldham Athletic), Dylan Parkin, Jack Brownell.
Transfer Listed: Marshall Willock, Jordan Sinnott, Chris O'Grady, Joe Anyon, Jak McCourt, Ricky German, Zavon Hines, Scott Wiseman (free transfers offered)
Contract Offers: Ify Ofoegbu and Bradley Nicholson
Retained: Kristian Dennis, Laurence Maguire, Bradley Barry, Robbie Weir, Gozie Ugwu, Jerome Binnom-Williams (others are TBA).
New Signing: Shwan Jalal (Macclesfield), Sam Wedgbury (Wrexham), Will Evans (Aldershot)
Transferred Out: Alex Whitmore (Grimsby Town, undisclosed), Kristian Dennis (Notts County, undisclosed but reported as £150,000), Louis Dodds (Port Vale, loaned out)

COLCHESTER UNITED:
Contract Extensions: Tom Lapslie, Brennan Dickenson, Courtney Senior
Released: Denny Johnstone, Doug Loft, Craig Slater, Tommy O'Sullivan, Drey Wright (St Johnstone).
New Signing: Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town, undisclosed fee), Noah Chesmain (Millwall, free), Bailey Vose (Brighton and Hove Albion, undisclosed), Aaron Collins (Wolves, loan), Ethan Ross (West Bromwich Albion), Frank Nouble (Newport County), Luke Norris (Swindon Town, undisclosed)

COVENTRY CITY:
Released: Devon Kelly-Evans, Dion Kelly-Evans, Kyel Reid, Bilal Sayoud
Retained: Lee Burge, Jack Grimmer, Jordan Willis, Rod McDonald, Liam Kelly, Peter Vincenti, Max Biamou, Marc McNulty, Jodi Jones, Tom Davies, Liam O’Brien, Stuart Beavon, Tony Andreu, Ryan Haynes, Jordan Shipley, Callum Maycock, Tom Bayliss, Corey Addai, Chris Camwell, Kyle Finn, Reece Ford, Jak Hickman, Jordan Ponticell, Jordon Thompson, Zain Westbrooke, Michael Doyle (Contract extended to 2019)
Contract Offered: Dominic Hyam
Loan Players Returning: Josh Barrett (Reading), Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United), Jordan Maguire-Drew (Brighton & Hove Albion)
New Signing: Reise Allassani (Dulwich Hamlet, undisclosed), Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town), Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United), Dujon Sterling (Chelsea, loan), Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town), Morgan Williams (Mickleover, undisclosed)
Transferred Out: Chris Stokes (Bury)

CRAWLEY TOWN:
Released: Billy Clifford, Kaby Djalo, Josh Lelan, Jordan Roberts
Contract Offers: Yusuf Mersin
Contract Extensions: Dannie Bulman
Loan Players Returning: Cedric Evina, Karlan Ahearne-Grant
New Signing: George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon), Ashley Nathaniel-George (Hendon), Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City, undisclosed), Dominic Poleon (Bradford City, undisclosed), Reece Grego-Cox (Woking)
Transferred Out: Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County, undisclosed), Josh Yowerth (Peterborough United, undisclosed), Thomas Verheydt (Go Ahead Eagles, undisclosed)

CREWE ALEXANDRA:
Released: Chris Dagnall (Bury), Zoumana Bakayogo, Daniel Udoh, Ross Woodcock
Loan Players Returning: Paul Green, Jamie Sterry, Harry McKirdy
Retained: Goalkeepers: Ben Garratt, Dave Richards, Will Jaaskelainen. Defenders: Perry Ng, Brad Walker, George Ray, Michael Raynes, Eddie Nolan. Midfield: James Jones, Callum Ainley, Ryan Wintle, Tommy Lowery, Harry Pickering, Charlie Kirk, Owen Dale, Oliver Finney, Josh Lundstram. Forwards: Chris Porter, Jordan Bowery, Lewis Reilly.
Academy Graduates: Billy Sass-Davies, Travis Johnson, Luke Offord, Joe Lynch, Regan Griffiths.
New Signing: Paul Green (Oldham Athletic, free transfer), Shaun Miller (Carlisle United, free transfer), Alex Nicholls (Barnet)

EXETER CITY:
Retained: Christy Pym, Pierce Sweeney, Craig Woodman, Jordan Tillson, Lee Holmes, Jayden Stockley, James Hamon, Matt Jay, Dean Moxey, Luke Croll, Jake Taylor, Joel Randall, Archie Collins, Harry Kite, Josh Key, Jack Sparkes, Alex Hartridge, Ben Seymour, Troy Brown, Max Smallcombe, Will Dean, Hiram Boateng.
Released: Troy Archibald-Henville, Ryan Brunt, Liam McAlinden, Dan Seaborne, Alex Byrne, Lewis Williams
Loan Players Returning: Kane Wilson, Kyle Edwards, Paul Jones and Ryan Loft
Transferred Out: Jordan Storey (Preston North End, significant undisclosed fee), Jordan Moore-Taylor (Milton Keynes), Lloyd James (Forest Green Rovers, undisclosed), Robbie Simpson (Milton Keynes), Ryan Harley (Milton Keynes)
New Signing: Jonathan Forte (Notts County), Aaron Martin (Oxford United), Nicky Law (Bradford City), Tristan Abrahams (Norwich City, loan)

FOREST GREEN ROVERS:
Released: Keanu Marsh-Brown (Newport County), Omar Bugiel, Callum Evans, Alex Whittle, Mark Roberts, Sam Russell, Harry Pickering, Tom Anderson, Jon Moran, Olly Mehew, Cameron Belford, Jordan Morris.
Transfer-Listed: Luke James, Fabien Robert, Manny Monthe.
Contract Offer: Isaiah Osbourne
Contract Extensions: Reece Brown
Loan Players Returning: Chris Clements, Brad Collins, Alex Bray, Tahvon Campbell
Retained: Scott Laird, Lee Collins, Dayle Grubb, Christian Doidge, Jordan Simpson, Dan Wishart, Gavin Gunning, Farrend Rawson, Reuben Reid, Haydn Hollis
New Signing: James Montgomery (Gateshead, free), Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town, free), Tahvon Campbell (West Bromwich Albion, free), Joseph Mills (Perth Glory), George Williams (Fulham), Robert Sanchez (Brighton and Hove Albion, loan), Isaac Pearce (Fulham), Theo Archibald (Brentford, loan)
Out On Loan: Charlie Cooper (Newport County, season long loan), Lloyd James (Exeter City, undisclosed)

GRIMSBY TOWN:
Released: Ben Davies, Nathan Clarke, James Berrett, Tom Sawyer, Jack Keeble, Ben Killip, Scott Vernon, Karleigh Osborne, Gary McSheffrey, Sean McAllister, Zak Mills (Morecambe)
Contract Offers: James McKeown, Luke Summerfield, Martyn Woolford, Danny Collins, Andrew Fox, Ahkeem Rose
Contract Extensions: Max Wright, Harry Clifton, Reece Hall-Johnson
Retained: Paul Dixon, Mitch Rose, JJ Hooper, Harry Cardwell
Loan Players Returning: Jamille Matt, Jake Kean, Simeon Jackson, Easah Suliman, Diallang Jaiyesimi, Mallik Wilks, Charles Vernam
New Signing: Alex Whitmore (Chesterfield, undisclosed), Louis Robles (San Roque De Lepe), Harry Davis (St Mirren), Elliott Whitehouse (Lincoln City), Jordan Cook (Luton Town), Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham), John Welsh (Preston North End), Akin Famewo (Luton Town, loan)
Transferred Out: Siriki Dembele (Peterborough United, six figure fee), Sam Kelly (Hamilton Academical)

LINCOLN CITY:
Released: Billy Knott, Cameron Stewart (by mutual consent)
Contract Offers: Richard Walton
Loan Players Returning: Danny Rowe, Ryan Allsop, Scott Wharton, Jordan Williams
New Signing: Bruno Andrade (Boreham Wood, free), Harry Toffolo (Millwall), Michael O'Connor (Notts County), Grant Smith (Boreham Wood, free), John Akinde (Barnet, undisclosed)
Transferred Out: Alex Woodyard (Peterborough United, undisclosed), Paul Farman (Stevenage), Elliott Whitehouse (Grimsby Town), Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town, undisclosed), Sean Long (Cheltenham Town)

LUTON TOWN:
Released: Scott Cuthbert (Stevenage), Johnny Mullins (Cheltenham Town), Jordan Cook (Grimsby Town), Lawson D'Ath (Milton Keynes Dons), Kavan Cotter
Loan Players Returning: Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City), Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town)
Contract Offers: Alan McCormack, Glen Rea
Contract Rejected: Olly Lee
Contracts Extended: Dan Potts, Aaron Jarvis, Harry Isted, Akin Famewo, Alan Sheehan, Danny Hylton, James Collins, Elliot Lee, Jack Stacey, James Justin, Frankie Musonda
Academy Graduates: Jack James, Arthur Read
Academy Releases: Ciaran Gordon-Stearn, Scott Belgrove, Ciaren Jones, Joe Mead, Michael Shamalo, Kitan Sorunke
New Signing: Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City), Matty Pearson (Barnsley)

MACCLESFIELD TOWN:
Released: Courtney Richards, Noe Baba, Sam Ramsbottom, Danny Whitehead (Salford City), Shwan Jawal (Chesterfield), Kieran Kennedy (Shrewsbury Town), Diego De Girolamo, Mitch Hancox, Koby Arthur
New Signing: Nathan Blissett (Plymouth Argyle), Ben Stephens (Stratford Town), Jamie Grimes (Cheltenham Town), Miles Welch-Hayes (Bath City), Harry Smith (Millwall), James Pearson (Kidderminster Harriers)

MANSFIELD TOWN:
Released: Rhys Bennett (Peterborough United), Joel Byrom (Stevenage), Alfie Potter, George Taft (Cambridge United), Jack Thomas, Jimmy Spencer
Transfer-Listed: Paul Anderson, Will Atkinson, Calum Butcher, Zander Diamond, Paul Digby
Retained: Lee Angol, Mal Benning, CJ Hamilton, Conrad Logan, Jacob Mellis, David Mirfin, Bobby Olejnik, Krystian Pearce, Danny Rose, Omari Sterling-James, Hayden White
Contract Under Discussion: Alex MacDonald
Loan Players Returning: Kane Hemmings (Oxford United), Adam King (Swansea City), Ricky Miller (Peterborough United), Matt Penney (Sheffield Wednesday)
Transferred Out: Johnny Hunt (Stevenage)
New Signing: Matt Preston (Swindon Town, undisclosed), Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United), Craig Davies (Oldham Athletic, Undisclosed), Otis Khan (Yeovil Town, undisclosed but reported as £100,000), Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest, loan)

MILTON KEYNES:
Released: Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers), Scott Wootton (Plymouth Argyle), Ben Tilney (Larne)
New Signing: Ryan Watson (Barnet), Mitch Hancox (Macclesfield Town), Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City), Lawson D'Ath (Luton Town), Jordan Houghton (Chelsea), Ryan Harley (Exeter City), Robbie Simpson (Exeter City)

MORECAMBE:
Released: Michael Rose, Dean Winnard, Rhys Turner, Steven Yawson, Reece Deakin, Patrick Brough, Adam McGurk, Luke Jordan, Dan Nizic (Australia)
Loan Players Returning: Callum Lang, Gregg Wylde, Mitchell Lund and Max Muller
Contract Extension: Sam Lavelle
New Signing: Zak Mills (Grimsby Town), Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United), James Sinclair (Ostersunds), Andrew Tutte (Bury), Jason Oswell (Stockport County), Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town), Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers, loan), Mark Halstead (Southport)

NEWPORT COUNTY:
Released: James Bittner, Paul Hayes, Marlon Jackson, Calaum Jahraldo Martin, Jamie Turley
Loan Players Returning: Ben White (Brighton & Hove Albion), Shawn McCoulsky (Bristol City), Emmanuel Osadebe (Cambridge United), Aaron Collins (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tyler Reid (Swansea City AFC)
Retained: Joe Day, David Pipe, Dan Butler, Robbie Willmott, Matty Dolan, Padraig Amond, Lamar Reynolds, Scot Bennett, Jay Foulston, Momodou Touray, Tom Owen-Evans, Mark O’Brien, Mickey Demetriou, Josh Sheehan
New Contract Offers: Joss Labadie, James Bittner (Coaching offer)
Contract Rejected: Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town), Frank Nouble (Colchester United)
New Signing: Fraser Franks (Newport), Jamille Matt (Blackpool), Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers, loan), Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers)

NORTHAMPTON TOWN:
Released: Raheem Hanley, Leon Lobjoit, Kevin Luckassen, Aaron Phillips, Richard O'Donnell, Brendan Moloney
New Signing: Andy Williams (Doncaster Rovers), Junior Morias (Peterborough United, undisclosed), Hakeem Odoffin (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

NOTTS COUNTY:
Released: Shola Ameobi, Adam Collin (Carlisle United), Carl Dickinson (Yeovil Town), Mike Edwards, Jonathan Forte (Exeter City), Elliot Hodge, Nicky Hunt, Rob Milsom, Callum Saunders, Alan Smith, Curtis Thompson (Wycombe Wanderers), Liam Noble (Hartlepool United)
Retained: Lewis Alessandra, Shaun Brisley, Terry Hawkridge, Elliott Hewitt, Noor Husin, Jon Stead (appearance clause triggered), Matt Tootle (new contract), Dan Jones (new two year contract)
Contract Offers: Pierce Bird, Richard Duffy, Ross Fitzsimons, Branislav Pindroch
Loan Players Returning: Mason Bennett, Jorge Grant, Ben Hall, Matty Virtue
Academy Graduates: Harry Bugg, Remaye Campbell, Declan Dunn, Alex Howes, Sam Osborne
Academy Released: Dominic Brown-Hill, Peter Dearle, Ryan Ebanks, Curtis Hall, Jordon Richards, Joe Searson-Smithard, Edwin Towers
New Signing: Tom Crawford (Chester, undisclosed), Kristian Dennis (Chesterfield, undisclosed but reported as £150,000), Andy Kellett (Wigan Athletic), Kane Hemmings (Oxford United, undisclosed), Will Patching (Manchester City), Ben Hall (Brighton and Hove Albion, loan), David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), Nathan Thomas (Sheffield United, loan), Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town, undisclosed)
Contract Rejected: Michael O'Connor (Lincoln City)

OLDHAM ATHLETIC:
Released: Tope Obadeyi, Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra), Brian Wilson, Kallum Mantack, Ollie Banks (Tranmere Rovers), Abdelhakim Omrani, Mason Fawns, Craig Davies (Mansfield Town), Aaron Amadi-Holloway (Shrewsbury Town, undisclosed)
New Signing: Jose Baxter (Everton), Johan Branger (FC Dieppe), Sam Graham (Sheffield United, loan), Christopher Missilou (Le Puy Foot), Giles Coke (Chesterfield)

PORT VALE:
Released: Ryan Boot, Joe Slinn, Kjell Knops (invited to pre-season training), Charlie Walford, Luke Dennis, Harry Middleton, Graham Kelly, Billy Reeves, Anton Forrester, Chris Regis
Contract Offers: Dan Turner, Harry Benns, Mike Calveley (under discussion)
Retained: Rob Lainton, Sam Hornby, Callum Howe, Joe Davis, Antony Kay, David Worrall, Luke Hannant, Tom Pope, Tyrone Barnett, Dior Angus, Danny Pugh, Michael Tonge, Nathan Smith, James Gibbons, Cristian Montano
New Signing: Scott Brown (Wycombe Wanderers), Brendon Daniels (Alfreton), Luke Joyce (Carlisle United), Leon Legge (Cambridge United), Connell Rawlinson (New Saints), Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot), Louis Dodds (Chesterfield, loan), Ricky Miller (Port Vale, undisclosed), Idris Kanu (Peterborough United, loan), Theo Vassel (Gateshead), Scott Quigley (Blackpool, loan)

STEVENAGE:
Released: Jack King, Fraser Franks (Newport County), Dale Gorman, Tom Conlon, Chris Whelpdale, Alex Samuel, Jamie Gray, Chris Day
Transfer-Listed: Kevin Lokko (fee required), Johnny Goddard (fee required), Joe Martin (free transfer), Jonathan Smith (free transfer)
Retained: Mark McKee, Ronnie Henry, Luke Wilkinson, Alex Revell, Danny Newton, Ben Kennedy, James Ferry, Matty Godden
Retained but Available For Loan: Terence Vancooten, Ryan Johnson (Kidderminster Harriers, six month loan), Joe White, Andronicos Georgiou, Luke Wade-Slater
Transferred Out: Ben Wilmot (Watford, club record outgoing transfer fee), Matt Godden (Peterborough United, undisclosed six figure fee)
New Signing: James Ball (midfielder, Stockport County, undisclosed fee), Luther Wildin (right-back, Nuneaton Town, undisclosed fee), Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Carlisle United), Scott Cuthbert (Luton Town), Michael Timlin (Southend United), Paul Farman (Lincoln City), Emmanuel Sonupe (Kidderminster Harriers, five figure fee), Joel Byrom (Mansfield Town), Jonny Hunt (Mansfield Town)

SWINDON TOWN:
Released: Reice Charles-Cook, Donal McDermott, Tom Ouldridge, Ben Purkiss, Tom Smith (Cheltenham Town)
Contract Offers: Amine Linganzi, Ryan McGivern, Stuart Moore, Joe Romanksi
Contract Extensions: Kyle Knoyle, Scott Twine, Matty Taylor (one year and coaching)
Retained: Keshi Anderson, Dion Conroy, James Dunne, Jordan Edwards, Ollie Lancashire, Sol Pryce, Marc Richards, Chris Robertson, Lawrence Vigouroux, Kaiyne Woolery, Will Henry, Ellis Iandolo, Jordan Young
Transferred Out: Matt Preston (Mansfield Town, undisclosed), Luke Norris (Colchester United, undisclosed), Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers, undisclosed)
New Signing: Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United), Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion, loan)

TRANMERE ROVERS:
Released: Andy Cook (Walsall), Mitch Duggan, Eddie Clarke (Fleetwood Town), Drissa Traore, Jake Kirby (Stockport County), Elliot Rokka, Jay McEveley, Andy Mangan (Bala Town), Jack Dunn, Jeff Hughes (Larne), James Alabi
New Signing: Mark Ellis (Carlisle United), Ollie Banks (Oldham Athletic), Manny Monthe (Forest Green Rovers, undisclosed), Jake Caprice (Leyton Orient), Paul Mullin (Swindon Town, undisclosed), Harvey Gilmour (Sheffield United, loan)

WYCOMBE WANDERERS:
Released: Scott Brown (Port Vale), Will De Havilland, Max Muller, Henry Newcombe
Contract Offered: Sido Jombati
Contract Under Discussion: Joe Jacobson, Marcus Bean and Yves Ma-Kalambay.
Loan Players Returning: Nathan McGinley, Tafari Moore, Randell Williams, Dan Scarr
New Signing: Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon), Ryan Allsop (AFC Bournemouth), Curtis Thompson (Notts County)

YEOVIL TOWN:
Published in Thursday's article.


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13 May 2018 : FA Issue Written Reasons For Otis Khan's January Extended Suspension
The Football Association have published the written reasons for Yeovil Town's appeal against the red card issued to Otis Khan, during January 2018. The winger was dismissed during the League Two home match against Chesterfield on Saturday 20th January 2018, for allegedly using physical force against referee Kevin Johnson, just after the Spireites had scored their winning goal in the 90th minute, gaining a 2-1 victory.

Three days after the incident, after the club had said they would appeal against the decision, the FA issued a statement confirming that the appeal had failed, but also that they were enforcing an additional two game ban for what they regarded as a frivolous appeal that had no prospect of success. Khan therefore served a five match ban for the incident, which included the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United.

The FA have now published a full report detailing the sequence of events and the verdict of the panel that reviewed the club's appeal. The report starts by highlighting the rules and procedures of the Regulatory Commission, with the three man panel on this occasion comprising of former Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers winger Stuart Ripley (Chairman), former Chelsea and Southampton defender Ken Monkou and former West Bromwich Albion and Rushden and Diamonds manager Brian Talbot. In addition, Referee Advisory Panel member Alan Wiley was available to advise on the Laws of the Game, but not to give opinions on the specific incident.

The three Commission Panel members were given guidance as to their remit, which was as follows: "In order for a claim of Wrongful Dismissal to be successful the Player and his Club must establish by the evidence it submits that the Referee made an obvious error in dismissing the Player. The role of the Regulatory Commission is not to usurp the role of the Referee and to simply re-referee the incident".

The match referee's report from the game explained why he had dismissed Khan from the field of play. His submitted verdict said the following: "In the 93rd minute following a counter attack by Chesterfield from which they scored a goal, I was observing the goal celebration when a player came up behind me and said "oi you" and with that I felt forceful aggressive contact which made my right upper body/shoulder jolt forward. I turned around and Yeovil 7, Otis Khan, had come 60 yards up the field and was the only person around me. I asked him why did he do that, to which he replied "why was that not a free kick" referring to the start of the counter attack. I told Mr Khan his forceful aggressive contact was unacceptable towards a match official and I sent him from the field of play for violent conduct."

As part of the appeals process, Yeovil Town submitted a video, and a letter supporting their claim. The Regulatory Commission report noted that prior to the day of the Appeal, the Judicial Services Department of The FA telephoned Yeovil Town to warn them that their submitted video did not show the incident in question. The FA warned the club of the Regulations that allowed the Commission to increase the standard punishment if the appeal was deemed to be frivolous. They also reminded the club that they were entitled to withdraw their appeal, based on the additional information they were given, and asked the club to reconfirm their intentions in writing.

On the day that the Appeal was due to take place, the Football Association received an email from Yeovil Town at 15:09hrs that read as follows:

"Thank you for your phone call. We understand that the video clip sent to you does not show any evidence against the allegation from the Referee but the Player Otis Khan was desperate for the Commission to understand the circumstances which made the Player run towards the referee to question the decision and upon doing so he tripped and bumped into the referee. The Player wanted to highlight the circumstances, especially as there is no evidence to disprove the allegation. The Player wishes the Club to pursue this on his behalf."

As a result of the second communication from Yeovil Town FC, the Regulatory Commission went ahead with the Appeal. Having reviewed the Referees Report, the submitted video and the two communications from Yeovil Town, and the definition of "violent conduct" as it stands in the Laws of the Game, the Commission concluded that they could not form an opinion because the video footage did not show the incident:

"The Commission was not able to form an opinion as to whether or not the Referee had made an obvious error as the Commission was not provided footage of the moment the Player made contact with the Referee."

The Commission then referred to the Football Association rules for the Appeal which for the 2017-18 Season state:

"The evidence upon which the claim is founded (which must include a video and/or DVD recording showing the incident from all available angles), must be submitted by the Player concerned or his Club ... The claim will be determined based on video and/or DVD and written evidence only ... Once the claim is lodged with The Association it will confirm that the video and/or DVD shows the incident as reported by the Referee/Assistant Referee ... Prior to the commencement of the suspension, a Regulatory Commission will be convened to decide the matter on any relevant documentary and video and/or DVD evidence submitted."

The Commission therefore ruled that they had no means to prove that the Referee had made an 'obvious error' due to the lack of video footage, and therefore the Club's claim for Wrongful Dismissal was deemed to have failed. They then moved on to the nature of the punishment, reviewing the following from the FA Handbook for the 2017-18 Season:

"If the Regulatory Commission considers that the rejected claim had no prospect of success and/or amounts to an abuse of process, the Regulatory Commission shall have the discretion to increase the penalty up to twice the standard punishment set out in the Procedures."

The Commission concluded that the Appeal "had no prospect of success" due to the lack of video footage. They also concluded that as the Judicial Services Department of The FA had given the club an explicit warning prior to the hearing that the video footage did not show the incident that they regarded the continuation of the appeal as "an abuse of process".

As a result of these two factors, the Commission agreed to increase Otis Khan's suspension period from three matches to a total of five matches.


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12 May 2018 : Tranmere Rovers End Three Year Exile With Play-Off Victory
Wirral side Tranmere Rovers are back in the Football League after a three year absence. After their 94 year stay in the league was ended at the end of the 2014-15 season, they've twice finished as runners-up in the National League, losing out in the play-offs last season against Forest Green Rovers. On Saturday afternoon, they travelled back to the national stadium where they beat Boreham Wood 2-1 to ensure that they would compete in League Two for the 2018-19 Season.

To say that Tranmere had to do it the hard way would be an understatement. They lost Liam Ridehalgh to a red card after just 48 seconds, meaning that they had to play almost the entire game with ten men. With the need to make an early substitution to rebalance the back four, following the dismissal, and an injury to Ritchie Sutton, Tranmere had made all three substitutions by the half time break.

Despite that, Micky Mellon's side had taken the lead through Andy Cook, five minutes after the early red card. Boreham Wood, who had managed the highest league finish in their club's history, controversially equalised eight minutes into first half injury time through Bruno Andrade and looked to hold the upper hand at that point. Ten minutes from the end, Tranmere's James Norwood headed home in front of 16,306 supporters to defy the odds and to restore their Football League status.

The promotion will add another noteworthy achievement onto Mellon's CV. Despite having only managed three football clubs, he has achieved promotion at all three, taking Fleetwood Town through both the National League North and National divisions in 2009-10 and 2011-12 respectively. He then gained Shrewsbury Town automatic promotion in 2014-15, with this afternoon's promotion providing his fourth major achievement. He also becomes part of a very select group of managers who have won the National League (aka the Conference) with more than one club, with John Still (Maidstone United, Dagenham and Redbridge, Luton Town) and Gary Johnson (Yeovil Town, Cheltenham Town) the other two managers to have managed that feat.

Relegated to League Two: Bury, Milton Keynes Dons, Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic.
Promoted to League One: Accrington Stanley (Champions), Luton Town, Wycombe Wanderers.
League Two Play-Offs: Exeter City, Notts County, Lincoln City, Coventry City.
Relegated To The National League: Chesterfield, Barnet.
Promoted From National League: Macclesfield Town.
National League Play-Offs: Tranmere Rovers.

Link: 2017-18 Final League Two Table.


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12 May 2018 : Shakers, Cobblers and Robins Set 2018-19 Management Teams
Relegated League One side Northampton Town have appointed a new manager for the 2018-19 season. They've gien a two year contract to Dean Austin, who had been in a Caretaker role during the final five matches of the season just gone, following their decision to part company with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. The 48 year old had been Hasselbaink's assistant and picked up seven points during his short spell, but that wasn't enough to stop them dropping into League Two.

Northampton's time in third tier football has been a brief one. They were promoted in 2015-16 under Chris Wilder's management, but after finishing in 16th place last season, they slipped to 22nd place during last season. At present it's not clear who his management team will be, as his temporary assistant Jon Brady is reverting to his management of the club's Under-18s side. This will be Austin's first permanent role in professional football, having previously managed Farnborough Town.

A couple of other clubs that will play in League Two next season have also made firm decisions on their management teams for 2018-19. Relegated League One side Bury had been operating under caretaker management since January, following the dismissal of Chris Lucketti. Despite winning only four of his 19 games in charge, the Shakers have given 39 year old striker Ryan Lowe a two year contract at Gigg Lane as their first team manager. Lowe had got onto the pitch seven times during the 2017-18 season, as well as a six game Caretaker Management spell from earlier in the season.

Meanwhile Swindon Town caused a bit of confusion earlier in the week by providing a short post, talking about a 'managerial vacancy'. In the end, they chose to carry along with the same. Former Southend United manager Phil Brown had been in charge for ten matches as an 'interim manager' at the tail end of the 2017-18 season, winning just two matches during that time as they slid out of a play-off position. Despite that, they've given the 58 year old a two year contract at the County Ground to put him onto a permanent footing.

Any summer wouldn't be complete without Martin Allen either joining or leaving Barnet. The Bees are on their way to the National League, and despite winning five out of his eight games in charge, the Bees saw relegation on the final day of the season, by goal difference, with most of the damage having been done under his four predecessors, which included Graham Westley. Allen has apparently turned down the offer of a contract at the Hive Stadium, and so ends his fifth spell with the club, meaning they will now move onto their sixth manager in under a year. The root cause of Barnet's demise seems a little obvious.


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11 May 2018 : 2018-19 Season Key Dates
As one season draws to an end, so another one starts to have its key dates planned. The 2018-19 Football League season will begin to ramp up with the publication of the fixture lists, which will take place on Thursday 21st June 2018 with 9.00a.m. the usual time that they are made available.

The season proper will begin on Saturday 4th August 2018, and will close on May 4th 2019. Exact dates are as usual subject to the requirements of the police and television broadcasters. For the first time, there will also be two Summer Transfer Window deadlines, with permanent transfers treated differently to the deadline for Loan Agreements.

The dates that are in place so far for the 2018-19 season are as follows:

21/06/2018 : Thursday 9.00a.m. : Fixture Lists published

04/08/2018 : The 2018-19 Season Commences
09/08/2018 : Permanent Transfer Window closes at 5.00p.m. for all Premier League and EFL clubs
13/08/2018 : League Cup First Round (week commencing)
31/08/2018 : Loan Transfer Window closes for all Football League clubs

03/09/2018 : EFL Trophy First Round (week commencing)

10/11/2018 : FA Cup First Round weekend

04/05/2019 : Final weekend of 2018-19 Season Proper fixtures.

Link: 2018-19 Summer Transfer Window Rule Changes.

Link: 2017-18 Football League Play-Offs Schedule.


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11 May 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Old Guard Exit The Building
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town release four players and issue two contract offers, as well news that two players had been given extended arrangements. That gives a clearer picture of how things will look, going into the summer, and the latest Taff's Gloversblog considers views on the players that have been released or offered deals, as well as the key areas that Yeovil Town will need to target before the 2018-19 season starts. Read the article via the link below and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Old Guard Exit The Building.


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11 May 2018 : Seven Scholars Sign Up, As Seven Scholars Depart
Yeovil Town have confirmed the list of Academy players who have been given scholarships for the next two years at the club. The players largely fit into the 16-18 year old category of footballers, who will take part in a two year scholarship programme that combines the development of their football careers, combined with a two year BTEC course, usually undertaken at Yeovil College.

The seven players who have been given scholarships, commencing on July 2nd are as follows:

1. Goalkeeper Kacper Kowalczyk (aged 16) - formerly of Chelsea and Queen's Park Rangers academies
2. Defender Declan Rose (aged 16)
3. Defender Tai Fleming (aged 15) - formerly of Norwich City's academy
4. Defender/midfielder George Calverley (aged 16) - from Beaminster, representing the club at Under-16 level last season
5. Midfielder Tyrique Spencer-Clarke (aged 17) - joined the club last season but was part of AFC Wimbledon's academy
6. Striker Devon Arnold (aged 16) - from Wiltshire - had been a regular at Under-16 level last season
7. Striker Archie Sturdy (aged 16) - signed for Yeovil at Under-14 level from FC Bridgwater

The seven players will take part in fixtures for Yeovil Town Under-18s during the two year period, joining last year's scholars who will now move onto their Second Year of their BTEC courses and Academy development. Our current understanding is that the list of Second Year Scholars for 2018-19 season comprises of:

Tommy Scott (goalkeeper), Daniel Ojo (left-back), Tom Hayes (centre-back), Nestor Shako (winger), Hong Wan (midfield), Alex John (midfield), Harry Haughton (midfield), Lewis Dix (midfield/utility), Gabriel Rogers (attacking midfield), Neville Nzembela (striker).

The club have also formally confirmed that all of this season's Second Year Scholars are to be released from the club, and are thus free to find new clubs to play for. These are Bradley Cherrett, Charlie Fripp, Jeremiah Gyebi, Jack Hilton-Jones, Jack Rice-Lethaby, Joe Tomlinson and Paulius Golubickas. Meanwhile former Under-16 goalkeeper Chandler Hallett signed a scholarship agreement with Colchester United.

The very best of luck to all new Scholars, and to those scholars who are leaving the club.


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10 May 2018 : Darren Way After Leaders With Winning Mentality For Next Season
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given some of his thinking behind the release of three key members of his first team squad over the last few years. All three were players signed up by previous managers, with goalkeeper Artur Krysiak being signed by Gary Johnson, whilst Nathan Smith and Ryan Dickson were brought in by Paul Sturrock during the summer of 2015, having had earlier spells with the club.

That leaves Omar Sowunmi as the club's longest serving player, although there's no certainty that he will be on the club's books by the start of the 2018-19 season, given he is out of contract and entitled to sign for another club. With striker Francois Zoko the only player that pre-dates Way's appointment as manager to be definitely committed to the 2018-19 season, today has definitely been a changing of the old guard. Way told BBC Somerset that he wanted leaders with a winning mentality to come to the club over the summer:

"It's never easy to release players, certainly with the level of service that they've given. But I think that it's important that we try our best to build a winning team for next year. What I've got to concentrate on now, is that I make sure I bring in bigger and better leaders to help us gain a winning mentality, more often than not, at the football club."

Way has also suggested to the Western Gazette that part of his thinking was that the three players had found an extended 59 game season to be very tiring, implying that they had not lasted the distance. He also said the players' wages was a factor:

"All three players are high earners, and with the young team that we've got, their effort has to be maximal. They have to be above the standard and I feel that with 59 games this year, it's hard to do that when you're the three experienced players that are trying to lead the dressing room on every minute of every day and it's been very tiring for some of them. I want to be a part of winning, and that's what I want; I need more winners with a winning mentality and sometimes you can lose that over a period of time."

Over the course of the season, in terms of the number of minutes on the field of play, Krysiak, Dickson and Smith were in a list of seven players who played in excess of 3,500 minutes - significantly higher than all other first team squad members. Tom James and Omar Sowunmi headed up that list, with Krysiak in third place with the top trio being on the pitch for over 4,000 minutes. Dickson and Smith were in a quartet of players, along with Otis Khan and Francois Zoko that were on the pitch for over 3,500 minutes. All other loan and contracted players were used for under 3,000 minutes, with ten players being used for under 1,000 minutes.


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10 May 2018 : First Pre-Season Friendly Is Scheduled
Yeovil Town have announced their first pre-season friendly for the 2018-19 season. It's rather familiar opposition, with League One side Plymouth Argyle visiting Huish Park on Saturday 21st July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The two clubs last met in the EFL Trophy in November 2017, where Yeovil Town gained a 2-1 victory over the Pilgrims thanks to goals from Tom James and Sam Surridge. However, in seasons where the two clubs have occupied different divisions, pre-season friendlies have become almost an annual event, with six matches held since 2006.

Admission prices for this fixture will follow in due course.


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10 May 2018 : Yeovil Town's Released And Retained Lists Published
Yeovil Town have issued their Released and Retained lists at the end of the 2017-18 season. For this summer there are unusually only six decisions that needed to be immediately made, despite the club having 27 players registered during the second half of the season. Six of those players were loanees who automatically return to their parent clubs, whilst 15 players (including goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips) remain contracted to the club for next season. That left six players where hard decisions needed to be made.

The end result is that three players have been offered new contracts at the club. One of those is Stuart Nelson, who has already accepted and signed his new deal at the club. Midfielder Oscar Gobern has also been offered a new deal, which is on the table. The other is Omar Sowunmi, who has been offered a new deal to stay at Huish Park - that will be left for him to review and consider.

In the case of Sowunmi, as he is under the age of 24 years old, provided the club do not withdraw the offer on the table, they are entitled to a training and development fee from any club that might wish to sign him on a contract. This is a little different from a transfer fee in that the club have no right to revoke the other club's request - if the two clubs cannot mutually agree a compensation package, then the issue can be taken to a Football League tribunal. Any decision made at that tribunal becomes binding upon both clubs.

There is also a seventh player that is to leave the club. Defender Dan Alfei was announced at the time as having arrived at Huish Park on a two year contract. He has missed almost the entire season with a cruciate ligament injury. The club are now stating that Alfei's deal had an option on the second year, which they have not taken up, which means he departs with immediate effect.

There is a similar situation with midfielder Alefe Santos. Although his arrival at the club was stated as a two year contract, it transpires that this was a one year deal, with a one year option against it. The club have now stated that they have triggered the option on his contract to roll into a second year. The end result is the same, but it makes clear that the club had to actively make a decision against him for his time at Huish Park to be extended.

A summary of the comings and goings, along with this season's appearances, are as follows:

Signed a new Contract At The Club
Stuart Nelson (New Two Year Deal)

Given The Offer Of A New Contract At The Club
Omar Sowunmi (46 appearances)
Oscar Gobern (14 appearances)

Contract Option Taken Up
Alefe Santos (24 appearances) : The club have triggered a second year option on his contract.

Players Released At The End Of Their Contract
Artur Krysiak (45 appearances)
Nathan Smith (41 appearances)
Ryan Dickson (43 appearances)
Daniel Alfei (4 appearances)

Under Contract Until 2019

1. Otis Khan (49 appearances)
2. Connor Smith (29 appearances)
3. Rhys Browne (42 apprarances)
4. Jake Gray (37 appearances) : Missed second half of the season with an ankle injury
5. Jonny Maddison (11 appearances)
6. Francois Zoko (48 appearances)
7. Jordan Green (46 appearances)
8. James Bailey (29 appearances) : Out with a knee injury. Had resumed light training.
9. Alex Fisher (19 appearances)
10. Bevis Mugabi (28 appearances)
11. Tom James (50 appearances)
12. Steve Phillips (0 appearances) : Presumed contracted by his coaching position
13. Shaun Donnellan (11 appearances)

Loan Players That Have Returned To Their Parent Clubs

1. Jared Bird (16 appearances)
2. Sam Surridge (53 appearances)
3. Marcus Barnes (9 appearances)
4. Ryan Seager (7 appearances)
5. Corey Whelan (11 appearances)
6. Lewis Wing (22 appearances)


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10 May 2018 : Nelson Given New Yeovil Town Contract
Yeovil Town have agreed a new contract for goalkeeper Stuart Nelson. The 36 year old former Gillingham, Notts County and Brentford keeper has been given a two year contract with the club that will keep him at Huish Park until the summer of 2020. Nelson missed the final games of the 2017-18 season, with a fractured wrist that he sustained in the League Two match against Swindon Town, leading to Artur Krysiak's return between the sticks after Jonny Maddison had also filled in, but now would appear to be earmarked as the club's most senior keeper for the 2018-19 season.

Nelson was born in Stoud on September 17th 1981 and had a youth career with Battledown (in Cheltenham), Cirencester. His early career didn't pull up too many trees, with two years at Millwall and then a season with Doncaster Rovers in the Conference division seeing him drop into non-league football with Hucknall Town. However, in February 2004, he got his big break when Brentford bought him from Hucknall for £10,000 and during his first full season with them, he gained 21 clean sheets in 55 appearances as the West London side made the League One play-offs.

He spent three seasons on Brentford's books, making 139 appearances before joining Leyton Orient for the 2007-08 season, where he made 33 appearances. The next two years were not so good as moves to Norwich City and Aberdeen didn't take off, but when he returned to England, he had two successful seasons with Notts County, making 90 appearances for them.

Nelson then moved to Gillingham - a club that he was ultimately to spend five-and-a-half years with. He was part of their 2012-13 squad that won promotion from League Two. His performances were good enough to be runner-up in their Player Of The Season for that year, and then in 2013-14 he took the main award. He was also named in the PFA Team Of The Season for League Two in 2012-13. Nelson went on to become the club's Vice Captain and ultimately made 223 appearances for them - the third highest appearances a goalkeeper has made for the Gills.

During the 2017-18 season, Nelson found himself frozen out, having been Gillingham's number one keeper for five years. Having only made two first team appearances in the Checkatrade Trophy during the current campaign, he agreed to have his contract ripped up on the final day of the January Transfer Window to leave himself as a free agent. That led to him signing a short term deal with Yeovil Town on February 20th 2018, acting as cover for the loss of Artur Krysiak due to injury. Nelson played five matches for the club during 2017-18, with his first two matches particularly impressive as he helped the club keep two clean sheets. Unfortunately his fractured wrist in his fifth appearance curtailed his season, but he will now get a second start with the club for next season.

The decision to sign up Nelson would tend to bring into question the future of Artur Krysiak. The Polish keeper had made his 150th appearance for the club on the final day of the 2017-18 season against Lincoln City. However, he is currently out of contract. With Jonny Maddison under contract until the summer of 2019, it is unlikely that the club would afford three full time professional goalkeepers on their books at the same time.

Link: Stuart Nelson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 May 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : Decision Time For Glovers Six
With the 2017-18 season now over, some hard decisions need to be made in terms of the future of a number of Yeovil Town players. The latest Taff's Gloversblog reviews how the club finished the season, the factors that may affect who gets offered a new deal, and why some fully contracted players futures may need to be revisited. Read that blog via the link below, and as usual, add your own comments on who should stay and who should go.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Decision Time For Glovers Six.


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9 May 2018 : Church Retires From Football After Hip Injury
Former Yeovil Town loanee Simon Church is to retire from the game at just 29 years old. The former Reading and Charlton Athletic striker has been forced to hang up his boots due to a persistent hip injury sustained whilst playing for Dutch side Roda JC in September 2016. Since then he's managed to get through seven games for Scunthorpe United and two matches for Plymouth Argyle, with his last professional game coming in January 2018.

Church had a significant international career, gaining 38 Wales senior caps and scoring five times, whilst around his time with Yeovil Town he gained 15 Wales Under-21 caps, scoring eight goals. His major club impact came at his first side Reading, where he made 122 appearances, scoring 24 goals, with his loan spell at Huish Park coming during the 2007-08 season, whilst he was just 19 years old.

He has now been given medical advice that it would be unwise for him to continue his professional career. He paid tribute to the managers and players that he had been involved in, over the 11 years he had spent as a professional:

"Never thought this day would come but with the medical advice I have received I am now officially hanging up my boots. I have been fortunate enough to have lived my dream for 11 years professionally. I have experienced moments you can only dream of when you're a child. Playing for Wales was an absolute honour. The achievements we had as a team are something I'm immensely proud of being a part of. The group of boys were the best on and off the pitch I have ever been with. I want to thank all the clubs I've been at as well as the fans, players, staff and a handful of managers. I have been lucky enough to meet some amazing people and friends on the way."


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8 May 2018 : Huish Park Attendances Average Sub-3,000 For First Time In Football League Era
Yeovil Town's 2017-18 season ended with the club recording it's lowest set of attendances at Huish Park since its non-league days. The final average attendance ended at 2,941 - the first time the club had dipped below 3,000 since the 2001-02 season, when Gary Johnson arrived to put his mark on the club during his first spell in Somerset. Those 2017-18 crowds were down by 17.5 percent on the previous season, whilst the drop-off in the last two years has seen nearly 1,000 fewer fans attending games - a fall of 25.3 percent during that time.

The high point came at the pre-Christmas local derby against Exeter City when the 4,834 attendance was assisted by 1,506 travelling Grecians supporters. There was only one other gate to get over the 4,000 mark, when Luton Town brought 1,126 travelling fans in a crowd of 4,316.

Once those local derbies and promotion contenders are taken aside, what's left becomes rather more bleak. During the 2016-17 season, the club set a new record for the lowest crowd at Huish Park for a League match since they ended the Football League. At the time, the 2,749 that turned up for the September 10th 2016 fixture against Hartlepool United was one of only a tiny handful of gates that had dipped below the 3,000 mark, with rainy Tuesday evenings during school Autumn term-time particularly vulnerable to these drops.

For the 2017-18 season, that situation changed radically, whilst the lowest crowd of the lot was once again a Tuesday term-time match, there were plenty more that followed. The 2,205 low mark was set on September 12th 2017 (one year and two days after the previous year's low mark) but in total that 2016-17 Hartlepool gate was 'beaten' on fourteen separate occasions - i.e. 61 percent of all fixtures that season.

The drop in attendances became fairly obvious to the club once they had totted up their Season Ticket sales for the season. The figures eventually published showed that they had sold 1,534 Season Ticket packages - a drop-off of just over 400 against what was understood to be the 2016-17 figure. However, given the reported average attendance was around 600 down on the previous attendance, not all of the decision-making was being done in this area.

In total, sixteen of Huish Park's lowest Football League attendances came during the 2017-18 season, with the other four coming during the previous 2016-17 season. The lowest 20 crowds of the Football League era are as follows:

12.09.2017 : 2,205 : L2 vs Morecambe
30.01.2018 : 2,330 : L2 vs Grimsby Town
21.11.2017 : 2,338 : L2 vs Notts County
14.10.2017 : 2,360 : L2 vs Crewe Alexandra
28.10.2017 : 2,439 : L2 vs Stevenage
13.02.2018 : 2,455 : L2 vs Barnet
12.08.2017 : 2,464 : L2 vs Accrington Stanley
09.12.2017 : 2,472 : L2 vs Lincoln City
30.09.2017 : 2,556 : L2 vs Colchester United
03.02.2018 : 2,569 : L2 vs Cambridge United
23.09.2017 : 2,614 : L2 vs Port Vale
01.01.2018 : 2,635 : L2 vs Crawley Town
24.02.2018 : 2,688 : L2 vs Carlisle United
09.09.2017 : 2,732 : L2 vs Cheltenham Town
10.09.2016 : 2,749 : L2 vs Hartlepool United (2016-17 Season)
28.02.2017 : 2,766 : L2 vs Mansfield Town (2016-17 Season)
24.04.2018 : 2,789 : L2 vs Forest Green Rovers
03.12.2016 : 2,817 : L2 vs Crawley Town (2016-17 Season)
14.02.2017 : 2,847 : L2 vs Cambridge United (2016-17 Season)
10.03.2018 : 2,880 : L2 vs Newport County

On the flip side, Yeovil Town's run in the FA Cup gave then one of their highest gates at Huish Park. Unsurprisingly the Fourth Round tie against Manchester United brought 9,195 spectators into the ground - the fourth highest in any competition since the 1990 move to the club's current ground, with only matches against Leeds United, Liverpool and Manchester United (again) beating it. That list of biggest crowds is captured via the link below.

Link: Huish Park Top Attendances.

Link: Yeovil Town Average Attendances - Season By Season.


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8 May 2018 : Reported Glovers Transfer Target Plans To Leave Torquay United This Summer
Torquay United midfielder Luke Young, who has been linked with a move to Yeovil Town, has admitted that he is almost certain to leave Plainmoor over the summer. The Devon local press have linked the 25 year old with the Glovers, along with Gary Johnson's Cheltenham Town, believing that their three-time Player Of The Season will not suffer a drop into Conference South football, whilst he is out of contract.

Whilst Young has not divulged which clubs he may hold an interest in, he has been fairly up front about what his intentions are for the future and says that it may have been a decision he would have taken even if Torquay had not suffered relegation from the main National League division:

"After the last couple of seasons, I think I owe it to myself to take a chance and see if I can maybe get back into the Football League or a top-end Conference team. It's not because we have been relegated – even if we had stayed up, this decision would not have been any different. I have enjoyed my time at Torquay, and I think I’ve had four good years there. I’ve talked it over with the gaffer, so he knows the situation."

Young was Torquay's Player Of The Season during 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18 during his four years at Plainmoor. The only time he missed out on that award was during the 2015-16 season when a knee ligament injury required surgery, almost entirely ruling out his involvement during that campaign. He says that he is now fully fit, having started in every fixture in the National League this season:

"No disrespect to the Conference South, but I don't think I want to be playing there at this stage of my career. I have overcome two injuries, and I have proved to everyone that I am over them, because I am the fittest I have ever been in my career. I have played every game this season, and I know I can go 90 minutes against anyone two or three times a week."

Born in nearby Ivybridge, Young lives in the city of Plymouth, with the Devon press reporting that during his time with Torquay, he became a father - something that may be a significant factor when he chooses his next club. Overall he has made 132 appearances for Torquay, scoring 18 goals, with 126 of those appearances being starts. When added to his 108 appearances for Plymouth Argyle between 2011 and 2014, he has made 240 first team appearances across the two clubs, in his seven years as a professional.

At present, the Devon press have named Yeovil Town and Cheltenham Town as being the clubs who hold an interest in Young, although claim that there are a number of other National League sides also involved. At present, no club has officially declared interest in him, although his track record does suggest that teams at fifth tier level, at the very least, should be trying to sign him up.


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8 May 2018 : Former Glovers Boss Given World Cup Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson is off to the 2018 World Cup this summer. Okay, it's not THAT World Cup. Thommo has been called up into the England veterans squad that will participate in the 2018 Seniors World Cup in Thailand next month. The 55 year old is currently manager of Dorchester Town, and successfully guided them away from relegation problems after taking over at the end of September 2017, ultimately giving them a 19th place in the Southern League Premier Division.

Steve has been included in a squad that will meet up for a training camp at the tail end of this month in Bangkok, before travelling south for the main tournament which starts in early June. He'll join an England squad that have won the tournament on the last two occasions. If England get to the final then they would play six fixtures during June as part of that World Cup.

The Dorchester boss told the Dorset Echo that his connection with the set-up came last November when he played in a veterans game. His level of fitness will come in handy, given that competition rules mean teams must keep at least three players aged over 50 on the pitch at all times during the matches, and Steve said that he saw it as a reward for having kept himself fit throughout the years:

"I found out a couple of weeks ago, I got the call. I played in a veterans game back in November, and there was a couple of people involved in that set-up played in that game. I think they felt with my fitness at the age that I am I would be able to compete in that. I only play a very few veterans games throughout the season but obviously I do join in in training now and then at the end for the last 15-20 minutes and I try to keep myself fit at the gym so it is a reward for being fit. I have always been known as a very fit player so it is a good reward after keeping myself in as good a condition as possible. It is obviously a big honour to represent your country, and I am really looking forward to it. I have never been to Thailand. There are really lots of things to look forward to in respect of the trip and the competition."

Thommo's fitness over the years led to him being named on the Yeovil Town bench twice during the 2008-09 season, under Russell Slade's management, when the club were so short of players they had struggled to fill the teamsheet. Although his playing days at Huish Park largely dried up at the end of the 2001-02 season, whilst he was Gary Johnson's right-hand man, his last appearance on the teamsheet came on November 22nd 2008 in a League One match against Tranmere Rovers, when he was just seven weeks short of his 46th birthday.

Link: Steve Thompson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 May 2018 : Football League 2017-18 Play-Offs Schedule
The Football League have published the schedule of matches for the 2017-18 Play-Offs. Whilst Yeovil Town won't be involved in this year's extension to the season, it will give fans a chance to see which teams form League Two for the 2018-19 season. The main interest in League Two comes next Saturday when both First Legs will take place, whilst the Second Legs will be staged on the following Thursday and Friday.

The good news is that after a couple of seasons where Sky Sports have mucked about with the scheduling to the extent where not all play-off fixtures were being screened on conventional channels, this time around they're all going to be live at different times. The matches are as follows, with the three major non-league finals also included for completeness:

Thu 10/05/2018 : 19:45 : Charlton Athletic vs Shrewsbury Town (League One, First Leg)
Fri 11/05/2018 : 19:45 : Derby County vs Fulham (Championship, First Leg)

Sat 12/05/2018 : 12:30 : Scunthorpe United vs Rotherham United (League One, First Leg)
Sat 12/05/2018 : 15:00 : Lincoln City vs Exeter City (League Two, First Leg)
Sat 12/05/2018 : 15:00 : Tranmere Rovers vs Boreham Wood (National League Play-Off Final, on BT Sport)
Sat 12/05/2018 : 17:15 : Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa (Championship, First Leg)
Sat 12/05/2018 : 19:30 : Coventry City vs Notts County (League Two, First Leg)

Sun 13/05/2018 : 17:15 : Shrewsbury Town vs Charlton Athletic (League One, Second Leg)
Mon 14/05/2018 : 19:45 : Fulham vs Derby County (Championship, Second Leg)
Tue 15/05/2018 : 19:45 : Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough (Championship, Second Leg)
Wed 16/05/2018 : 19:45 : Rotherham United vs Scunthorpe United (League One, Second Leg)
Thu 17/05/2018 : 19:45 : Exeter City vs Lincoln City (League Two, Second Leg)
Fri 18/05/2018 : 19:45 : Notts County vs Coventry City (League Two, Second Leg)

Sun 20/05/2018 : 12:15 : Stockton Town vs Thatcham Town (FA Vase Final, on BT Sport)
Sun 20/05/2018 : 16:15 : Brackley Town vs Bromley (FA Trophy Final, on BT Sport)

Sat 26/05/2018 : 17:00 : Championship Play-Off Final
Sun 27/05/2018 : 15:00 : League One Play-Off Final
Mon 28/05/2018 : 15:00 : Leaue Two Play-Off Final

The good news is that this summer, the football doesn't stop! Straight after the three Football League Play-Off Finals, the England national side play against Nigeria and Costa Rica in friendly matches on June 2nd and June 7th. Then on June 14th, the 2018 World Cup commences, running through until July 15th, at which point the 2018-19 Pre-Season friendlies should be just about kicking in.


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7 May 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Lincoln City Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Lincoln City 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 explains the pre-match team coach problems they had, and the return of Corey Whelan and Jared Bird, as well as one weakness he felt his side had shown this season. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Lincoln City.


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6 May 2018 : Final Day Ups'n'Downs
The final day of the League Two proper fixtures didn't quite produce the twists and turns that previous seasons have managed, even if the day produced a number of interesting events. The lack of drama was partly because the automatic promtion places had all been decided on previous weekends, including their order of merit, whilst the play-off positions came down to the last two clubs knowing that their destiny was firmly in their own hands.

As with previous weekends, Yeovil Town were in the middle of the action, and it was to transpire that Mansfield Town's 3-2 win at Huish Park last Saturday wasn't to be enough for them to reach the play-offs. One of the principle reasons for that lay at the Ricoh Arena. Just under two weeks ago, Yeovil Town and Forest Green Rovers had each needed a point to escape relegation and the outcome was a convenience draw, with the 0-0 result surprising no-one. So when Coventry City needed a point to guarantee the play-offs and Morecambe needed a point to guarantee their League Two status, you could guess what would happen - a 0-0 draw was again the outcome.

That made a mess of Barnet's plans. Despite Martin Allen gaining his 5th win of his eight match spell, since he replaced serial club-destoyer Graham Westley, their 3-0 win over Chesterfield in front of their biggest crowd of the season of 5,539 wasn't enough due to his side's inferior goal difference. Had Coventry netted in their match, they would have survived, but instead the final whistle became a place of mourning, with both clubs at the Hive Stadium heading for non-league football.

With Coventry drawing, and Lincoln City eventually settling for a 1-1 draw against the Glovers, that meant that Mansfield's draw against Crawley Town never put the pressure on their rivals. So Coventry and Lincoln joined Exeter City and Notts County as the four play-off clubs. Matches begin next weekend.

The final day brought some stunningly large crowds for the day. As well as Barnet's highest gate of the season, Lincoln City's 10,004 was their highest of the campaign. At Meadow Lane Notts County saw 12,184 turn up for their match against already-promoted Luton Town, with the game ending in a 0-0 draw. Meanwhile Coventry's draw with Morecambe saw 15,874 turn up for their final league game. Promoted Wycombe Wanderers got their highest gate of the season with 8,802 turning up for their 1-0 win over Stevenage, despite the game being a dead rubber.

Stevenage were looking to their future in that fixture, and used all three of their substitutions to introduce Academy players to first team football. With four Academy graduates on the pitch for the start of the second half, and a fifth in their line-up by the end of the game, the eleven that finished the match included two 18 year olds and two 17 year olds. That was eclipsed up at Gresty Road, where Crewe Alexandra managed to field an entire eleven made up of players that had graduated from their Academy system. Crewe won the match 2-1 with both goals scored by old-timer Shaun Miller who is back on loan at the club where he started his career. Fittingly enough, Cheltenham's goal on the day came from 18 year old George Lloyd, an Academy player that Gary Johnson has been blooding this season.

Coming down from League One, Oldham Athletic complete the quartet of clubs that will play in League Two next season, with Northampton Town's mathematical miracle unsurprisingly not materialising as they shared a 2-2 draw that took them both down. Rochdale were the team to make the great escape - at the time they played Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup they'd been bottom of the division, but in the end they used their games in hand very wisely to climb above the line for Game No. 46. Meanwhile in the National League, we now know the Macclesfield Town will be joined by one of Tranmere Rovers or Boreham Wood, who will compete in the National League Play-Off Final next weekend.

Relegated to League Two: Bury, Milton Keynes Dons, Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic.
Promoted to League One: Accrington Stanley (Champions), Luton Town, Wycombe Wanderers.
League Two Play-Offs: Exeter City, Notts County, Lincoln City, Coventry City.
Relegated To The National League: Chesterfield, Barnet.
Promoted From National League: Macclesfield Town.
National League Play-Offs: Tranmere Rovers or Boreham Wood.

Link: 2017-18 Final League Two Table.


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6 May 2018 : Lincoln 1 Yeovil 1 : Green Goal Ends Season With A Draw
Yeovil Town finished the 2017-18 season with a draw as they held play-off chasing Lincoln City to a 1-1 draw at Sincil Bank. The Glovers set some hearts fluttering in the home sections when Jordan Green found his 10th minute ball across the box bobble into the far corner. Artur Krysiak saved a first half Matt Green penalty, but The Imps pulled a goal back through Tom Pett during the second period to guarantee themselves a playoff position. Yeovil end the season in 19th place, just two points better off than relegated Barnet.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up. Omar Sowunmi's suspension meant one of those was enforced, allowing a surprise recall for Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan, who had not even made the teamsheet over the previous four fixtures. Moving in the other direction was Connor Smith, whose drafting into the starting line-up last week against Mansfield Town proved a brief one as he dropped entirely off the teamsheet with Jared Bird coming in. Lincoln went into the match knowing that a point would guarantee them a League Two play-off place, just twelve months after gaining promotion to the Football League. Yeovil's own preparation for the game wasn't helped by their team coach breaking down in the hotel car park close to Lincoln, meaning that the GWSC Supporters Coach had to travel out to rescue them.

The reputation of the hosts has tended to be that they are long-ball merchants that bypass midfield in search of the final third, and certainly that 'direct' approach had been emphasised in Darren Way's pre-match interview. The twist was that it was actually Yeovil who took the lead via that route as early as ten minutes into the match. An Artur Krysiak goal kick was punted up the right-flank, where Alex Fisher flicked the ball on, into the path of Jordan Green. He knocked the ball forward, and with his second touch just managed to nudge it beyond keeper Ryan Allsop and very slowly roll it into the far corner of the net, for a 1-0 lead.

The Glovers started the game well, regardless of that lead, with a flowing move involving Jordan Green causing Lincoln problems as he weaved, twisted and turned before laying the ball off to Otis Khan. The winger pulled the ball back to Green, whose shot was blocked by a defender's leg, but into the path of Lewis Wing, whose shot from the edge of the box curled a yard or so wide of the target.

Lincoln had looked a little nervous and a bit frustrated that they hadn't properly tested Artur Krysiak in the opening 30 minutes but they were given a large chance of equalising when Bevis Mugabi inexplicably handled the ball inside his own box, sticking a hand up in the air when he was over-balanced in a challenge with a Lincoln defender. Even the most green'n'white tinted supporter would have found it hard to argue with. Up stepped Matt Green to take the spot kick, but Krysiak parried the ball out, with Green's attempt to convert the rebound coming off the underside of the crossbar before being headed away.

Matt Green's first half wasn't going well when he fired wide of the target two minutes later, meaning that although there was now genuine pressure on the Yeovil goal, his misses were not giving Lincoln a cause to relax. Yeovil themselves got another chance to extend their lead at the other end though, with their Route One approach giving that opportunity. Again a Krysiak goal kick, and again a Fisher flick-on, and this time Francois Zoko's shot inside the box went narrowly wide of the target. Although Lincoln's Ollie Palmer got himself a good chance from a flick-on that saw him head into Krysiak's arms.

The second period saw a very different approach to the match. Once news filtered through that Mansfield Town had equalised after falling behind against Crawley Town, the Imps had to be wary of results elsewhere, and the game began to become one in which the ball was camped in the Yeovil half, which the Glovers falling into that trap a bit too readily by seeing everyone bar Francois Zoko being pushed behind the ball. A Neal Eardley cross into the box after a strong short-passing move saw the ball pushed out to the right-back saw Bevis Mugabi have to clear from close to his own goal line. Matters then got even more fraught when with the pressure building at the far end, a corner kick saw Luke Waterfall's header blocked out by Krysiak, with Matt Rhead's header on the rebound hitting the top of the crossbar.

That penalty box was getting more and more crowded, and that was Lincoln's problem, in that Yeovil's strong defending in their own box was blocking them out. It took a moment of intelligence and class for them to find their way through. After a Lincoln attack had been recycled, a left wing cross was only headed out as far as the edge of the box, and despite men closing him down, Tom Pett was able to hook the ball into the top right hand corner from the edge of the box.

In another match, Lincoln might have then gone for the jugular, with their home fans clearly buoyant at being back in control of their own destiny. But with news that Mansfield Town and Coventry City were still drawing their matches, they didn't really need to do so, and so adopted a safety first approach, with the end result being that in five minutes of injury time it was actually them who were running the ball into the corner flags to run down the clock, following a couple of minor injuries to Artur Krysiak that had slowed the second half down. As such it was a rather quiet end to the match, giving the Glovers a point that pushed them into 19th place at the end of the season. However, with the club ending the season with eight matches without a victory, and just two points above relegated Barnet, this wasn't really a cause for much jubilation on the final whistle, even if the players were shown respect by the travelling 273 supporters at the end, for what had been a reasonable first half performance, followed by a rearguard action after the break.

Link: 2017-18 Final League Two Table.

Final Score: Lincoln City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jordan Green (10 mins, 0-1), Tom Pett (72 mins, 1-1).

Lincoln City:
22 Ryan Allsop
23 Neal Eardley 5 Luke Waterfall 15 James Wilson 6 Scott Wharton
30 Alex Woodyard 16 Michael Bostwick 4 Elliot Whitehouse
8 Ollie Palmer 9 Matt Rhead 10 Matt Green

Substitutes:
1. Paul Farman 2. Sean Long 7. Thomas Pett (55 mins for James Wilson) 12. Ellis Chapman 14. Jordan Williams (75 mins for Neal Eardley) 26. Harry Anderson (64 mins for Ollie Palmer) 36. Declan O'Hare

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
22. Corey Whelan 5. Bevis Mugabi 27. Shaun Donnellan 23. Tom James
15. Jordan Green 4. Jared Bird 6. Lewis Wing 7. Otis Khan
18. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 3. Nathan Smith 9. Rhys Browne (72 mins for Jordan Green) 14. Sam Surridge (81 mins for Alex Fisher) 19. Marcus Barnes 20. Oscar Gobern (67 mins for Otis Khan) 30. Alefe Santos

Lincoln City Bookings: Matt Green (foul, 61 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Tom James (foul, 72 mins)

Lincoln City Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Geoffrey Liddle (County Durham) and Stuart Butler (Kent). Fourth Official: Lisa Rashid (West Midlands).

Attendance: 10,004 (with 273 Yeovil Town supporters)


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6 May 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Lincoln City Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank, 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 the team performance, his hopes for the future, and the contractual situation of three of his most senior players. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Lincoln City Away Game.


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5 May 2018 : Way Happy With Spirit And Determination After Lincoln Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he felt his side's spirit and determination helped them carve out a 1-1 draw against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank. The draw was one of convenience for the Imps, who needed just a point to guarantee their play-off position at the end of the season, even if they didn't have things their own way, when Jordan Green gave the Glovers a 10th minute lead to keep the home side on their toes. That kept Lincoln fans firmly on their mobile phones, keeping track of Mansfield Town's scoreline against Crawley Town in the same part of the country, but when the Stags equalised in their match, Lincoln were able to do the same, taking the pressure off their players, and leaving Mansfield as the unlucky team.

Way felt the 'majority' of the players who got onto the pitch gave a good account of themselves on the day, and he told BBC Somerset after the match that he felt that much of Lincoln's success came down to their stability, which was something that he hoped to produce for next season himself:

"For such a young team, I thought every player to a man, gave an unbelievable effort, fight, spirit and determination. And we knew it was going to be a difficult place to come to today. It's taken a lot for them to unlock us. They've got a strong force and they're a club which is carrying a lot of momentum. But I've just said to my players, we've got to get that feeling next year. I thought the majority of the squad were fantastic. They all did a role and a responsibility against a really tough team. They've got some good players. One thing for sure is that you can see that they've got stability, and that's certainly what I've got to look for next year."

Lincoln's equalise came deep into the second half when substitute Tom Pett hooked the ball into the top right hand corner in front of a crowded penalty box. Way admitted that it was a fantastic goal, and explained that his own introduction of Oscar Gobern as a second half substitute was an attempt to close off some of the loose balls that Lincoln were picking up in that sort of area:

"It was a fantastic goal, and we brought on that extra midfielder in there, just because of the spaces where we thought they were picking up first and second balls. The ball was wide, it came back in, and it bounced out to the edge of the box, and unfortunately he's put it in the top corner. But I have to reflect on the whole season itself. We've had ups, we've had downs. You never get through a whole football season unscathed. I probably share the supporters frustrations but what I've got to do now is I've got to somehow empower and change the system."


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5 May 2018 : Video : Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Yeovil Town's 1-1 draw against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank, these are now online. The two minutes of highlights includes the goals from Jordan Green and Tom Pett that bookend the main chances. In between you'll find efforts from Lewis Wing and Francois Zoko, as well as how Lincoln won their penalty that was saved by Artur Krysiak. Watch the footage via the link below.

Update: YouTube highlights have now also been added below.

Link: Sky Sports : Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.




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5 May 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 1-1 draw against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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5 May 2018 : Lincoln 1 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town finished the 2017-18 season with a draw as they held play-off chasing Lincoln City to a 1-1 draw at Sincil Bank. The Glovers set some hearts fluttering in the home sections when Jordan Green found his 10th minute ball across the box bobble into the far corner. Artur Krysiak saved a first half Matt Green penalty, but The Imps pulled a goal back through Tom Pett during the second period to guarantee themselves a playoff position. Yeovil end the season in 19th place, just two points better off than relegated Barnet.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2017-18 Final League Two Table.

Final Score: Lincoln City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jordan Green (10 mins, 0-1), Tom Pett (72 mins, 1-1).

Lincoln City:
22 Ryan Allsop
23 Neal Eardley 5 Luke Waterfall 15 James Wilson 6 Scott Wharton
30 Alex Woodyard 16 Michael Bostwick 4 Elliot Whitehouse
8 Ollie Palmer 9 Matt Rhead 10 Matt Green


Substitutes:
1. Paul Farman 2. Sean Long 7. Thomas Pett (55 mins for James Wilson) 12. Ellis Chapman 14. Jordan Williams (75 mins for Neal Eardley) 26. Harry Anderson (64 mins for Ollie Palmer) 36. Declan O'Hare

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
22. Corey Whelan 5. Bevis Mugabi 27. Shaun Donnellan 23. Tom James
15. Jordan Green 4. Jared Bird 6. Lewis Wing 7. Otis Khan
18. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 3. Nathan Smith 9. Rhys Browne (72 mins for Jordan Green) 14. Sam Surridge (81 mins for Alex Fisher) 19. Marcus Barnes 20. Oscar Gobern (67 mins for Otis Khan) 30. Alefe Santos

Lincoln City Bookings: Matt Green (foul, 61 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Tom James (foul, 72 mins)

Lincoln City Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Geoffrey Liddle (County Durham) and Stuart Butler (Kent). Fourth Official: Lisa Rashid (West Midlands).

Attendance: 10,004 (with 273 Yeovil Town supporters)


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5 May 2018 : Team News For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to their starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Mansfield Town last Saturday. Defender Omar Sowunmi starts a two match suspension for his red card last week, and his place in the side is taken by Corey Whelan who hasn't been on the teamsheet for the last four games.

In midfield, Connor Smith entirely drops off the teamsheet with Jared Bird replaces him. The other main news of the day is that the team coach is delayed - having broken down on its way from the team hotel. The GWSC Supporters Coach has been sent to rescue them.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments, back in light training), Jake Gray (knee, out for season), Stuart Nelson (fractured wrist, out for season), Ryan Dickson (foot injury) and goalkeeper Jonny Maddison (hip flexor). Defender Omar Sowunmi is suspended. Midfielder Connor Smith and Southampton loanee Ryan Seager don't make the squad.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
22. Corey Whelan 5. Bevis Mugabi 27. Shaun Donnellan 23. Tom James
15. Jordan Green 4. Jared Bird 6. Lewis Wing 7. Otis Khan
18. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 3. Nathan Smith 9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge 19. Marcus Barnes 20. Oscar Gobern 30. Alefe Santos


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4 May 2018 : Way Believes Club's Academy Pathway Is Blocked By Lack Of Development Set-Up
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has claimed that the lack of an Under-23s set-up at Huish Park is the reason why he cannot blood graduates from the club's Academy. At present in his 144 games in charge, no player from the youth team system has graduated and got onto the field of play in a competitive first team match, with the last professional Academy graduate Ollie Bassett having played both of his first team games under Way's predecessor Paul Sturrock.

With the exception of goalkeeper Chris Weale's second and third returns to the club, the Glovers last saw a youth teamer break into the first team during the 2006-07 season, when Craig Alcock made his May 2007 debut under Russell Slade as a 19 year old, ultimately making 121 appearances for the Glovers through until the end of the 2010-11 season when Peterborough United snapped him up. Since then any Academy players have been restricted to being unused substitutes, whilst there have been no offers of professional deals since December 2015.

Way has told the Western Gazette that he believes the lack of an Under-23s set-up at the club is the source of the problem, saying that without that structure in place, he could not see an option to blood an Academy graduate into the first team squad:

"We need an Under-23s, because at the moment I've got nothing to bridge the gap and that's perhaps been one thing that I'd love at the football club. I used to come in and look at Ollie Bassett and think about whether he was ready for first team football. As much as I wanted to give him that option, it wasn't right. I haven’t got an under-23s, so the only time they can be tried and tested is in the league, and can you imagine throwing an 18-year-old in at Notts County away?"

The manager's views appeared to be backed by Chairman John Fry back in January 2018 when in the wake of the club's FA Cup draw against Manchester United, and the question mark over how the money from that cup run would be spent, he described the lack of an Under-23s side as "the biggest missing block we've got here". Fry's views also appeared to be in line with football consultant Mark Palmer, who had published a report to the Glovers Board in December 2017, and in January 2018 said that there was a need for a 'pathway' to be set up for Academy players. Since then there has been no sign of a reaction to those January statements, and Way's words imply that this is not on the cards, in the short term at least.

The Glovers boss also denies that it is possible to blood such players in the EFL Trophy competition. Throughout this season, Yeovil Town have come up against a number of opponents that have used the trophy as a means to give teenagers a taste of first team football. In August 2017, Exeter City gave 17 year old Harry Kite his debut, with 17 year old Josh Key on the bench that night, with both being offered professional contracts in February 2018 as a result of their progress.

In December 2017, AFC Wimbledon chose to bring on three Under-18s players as second-half substitutes, with Great Nii Okai-Evans, Ossama Ashley and Ethan Nelson-Roberts all given first team experience. In January 2018, Forest Green Rovers decided to give 16 year old Lewis Spurrier his first team debut as a second half substitute. Despite that being the trend amongst other Football League clubs, Way believed that wasn't possible given his own approach to the Trophy competition:

"People say, play them in the Checkatrade Trophy, but I've had to play players in the Checkatrade Trophy to win, and we've had huge success in the Checkatrade, so there isn't a game that I can take lightly at this football club. Even if you look at Exeter's system, Exeter's team is not flooded with
young players, so as much as I want to be able to develop the youth, I feel I'm doing that, but at a level which helps the club stay in the Football League every year
."

Current understanding is that none of this season's Academy Second Year Scholars have been offered professional contracts by the club. Way has told the paper that he has offered 'one or two' the chance to train with the club in pre-season, although this will of course be without the guarantee of anything at the end of that - without anything on the table they will also be entitled to look elsewhere, and sign for other clubs.

Regarding Way's comments on Exeter City's team, they currently have Goalkeeper Christy Pym, defender Jordan Tillson, captain Jordan Moore-Taylor, centre-back Danny Seaborne, striker Matt Jay, defender Dean Moxey as products of the Grecians Academy structure, whilst they have teenagers Alex Byrne, Jack Sparkes, Jordan Storey, Archie Collins, Alex Hartridge, Ben Seymour, Kyle Egan and Max Smallcombe all either signed up as professionals or loaned out to local non-league clubs to allow them to gain first team experience at a more junior level.

In the case of Storey, he is a South Petherton born defender, who was at Yeovil College, whilst playing football for Mere Town and Chard Town when the Grecians signed him up, even though he was part of a College set up that regularly used the 4G artificial surface at Huish Park for training sessions, with Way and his assistant Terry Skiverton having guested as coaches on a number of occasions. After giving him loan experience at Bideford, Tiverton Town and Dorchester Town over the last 18 months, Exeter gave him his first team debut in an EFL Trophy match in October 2016, and have more recently been blooding the 20 year old as part of their League Two challenge for the play-offs, where currently he's made ten appearances, scoring two goals.


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4 May 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Lincoln City Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on the 2017-18 season as a whole, how it compares to last season, the players he has under contract, and the difficulty of facing an opposition that is battling for the final two play-off spots along with Coventry City and Mansfield Town. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Lincoln City.


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4 May 2018 : Way Expecting Board Decisions In The Next Week Or So
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says he expects to make decision over the futures of some of his out of contract and in-demand players over the next week, as the club prepare to close down their 2017-18 season at Lincoln City on Saturday. With six players out of contract in June, the club will need to either issue offers or explicitly release players within 14 days of the season ending, with a large amount of experienced players on that list.

Way also acknowledges that there has been January interest in Otis Khan and Omar Sowunmi as well as more recent newspaper speculation in Tom James and Shaun Donnellan. He doesn't reveal if any of those have concrete foundations under them, but overall he told BBC Somerset that he is expecting a lighter workload this summer:

"That's probably the first time as a manager, that I won't get a turnover of 23 players, which is good. The players know the foundations of what the club's principles are, which can take one or two seasons. We've seen the interest that we've had with two or three of our players. So we'll be very very busy in the Boardroom, as to who we decide to let go over the next week or so, and who we decide to sign. The promising thing is that from a financial point of view, the club is in a fantastic position. I've always said that if I had to walk out on the club tomorrow, have I left it in a better place from when I took over and I feel I've done that."

From the club's point of view, tomorrow's trip to Sincil Bank is a dead rubber, with the club currently occupying an unspectacular, but safe 20th position in the League Two table. Over the years, the club's record on the final day of the season proper is not a great one, having lost every match since their May 2011 away win against Carlisle United. Way acknowledges that some of the results that have transpired have been poor ones, with a 2013-14 season 1-4 home defeat against Middlesbrough, a 5-1 away defeat at Milton Keynes Dons in 2014-15, and even a May 2015 defeat in the County Cup Final against Taunton Town despite putting eleven first-teamers out that day, putting a downer on the end of the season. Way says he doesn't want that run to continue:

"Supporters remember that last game, and I've been involved over a number of years at Yeovil where it's been some of the worst games, because ultimately players shut down. I'll never forget the game at Taunton (in 2015 in the County Cup Final). It was probably my lowest point, as someone that loves the football club, to see what I'd seen that day, and witness what I'd seen. Then you had the situation at MK Dons (in 2014-15), you had the situation at Middlesbrough (in 2013-14), because there were so many players that were under contract that were leaving. I don't want that to be the case this year."


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4 May 2018 : Officials For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Lincoln City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 5th May 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Sincil Bank. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear).

You can look at his appointment in two different ways for this trip to Lincoln. On the plus side, just a few weeks ago he took charge of our biggest away win in our Football League era, as part of the 6-2 win over Coventry City. On the minus side, he was in this neck of the woods just over a year ago for our trip to Grimsby Town and that ended up in a 4-2 defeat, and a bit of a miserable afternoon.

The first occasion we had him was at Moss Rose for a game against Macclesfield Town in 2003 and it didn't take long to spot he was one of the poorest officials on the circuit. Unfortunately Yeovil Town were even poorer that day, although we weren't helped by him denying Adam Lockwood a clear penalty - Locky was stamped on which provoked a melee, but he ended up booking the Glovers defender for it, and an entirely random Macclesfield player who wasn't even the one who kicked (literally) the whole thing off.

Later that season, we had him again, for an away match against Boston United. His performance at York Street on a Bank Holiday Monday 2004, won't be forgotten in a hurry by the 400 Glovers fans there: shambolic is too kind a word. The Glovers bench got into a steaming row with him when he forced an injured Darren Way to leave the field of play, but for reasons only known to himself wouldn't let us make the substitution - Way's absence allowed the very man he had been marking the chance to score unmarked 15 seconds later. Ilderton should have claimed an assist. He was also involved in Boston's second goal, gifting them a free kick after Paul Terry's ball-winning tackle, with future Glover David Noble netting from it.

Ilderton then chalked off a successful Gavin Williams penalty, claiming that he'd not blown his whistle for it to be taken despite there being no reason for him to need play to be delayed in any way - Gavin's second attempt was saved. His final contribution to a stinker of a game was to allow Boston's winning goal to stand, even though in fairness his linesman should have been able to give it - a ball over the top that looked an obvious offside saw both linesman and referee leave the decision to each other, giving Boston a 90th minute winner, and Mr Ilderton and his merry men a hand in all three of the home side's goals. Unsurprisingly after one of the worst refereeing performances we've witnessed, Gary Johnson wasn't too impressed, saying of Way's injury for the opening goal:

"That has to be the worst decision that a referee has ever made. The reason why is because he told Darren Way to get up. Darren Way was injured and he told him to get up and get off. If Darren Way stays down and has his treatment then we can make our substitution anyway. Nick was ready anyway. But he told him to get up and get off and then wouldn't allow us to bring Nick Crittenden on. Obviously the goal came during that 30 seconds. We thought that was really poor and we also thought that the handling of the penalty was really poor. Gavin waited for ages to take that penalty and when he put it in, the referee said that he didn't blow his whistle, and then he changed his mind later and told them that one of them was encroaching."

Thankfully, the other matches he's dealt with at Football League level have been a great deal more anonymous. He was back at Moss Rose in 2005, although without a repeat of the issues we'd had with him on his first visit there. Then in February 2007, he took charge of our 4-1 win over Carlisle United - we had a few grumbles about his performance that day, but nothing on the scale of his Boston horror show.

Of the more recent meetings, one came during February 2013. We were critical of his observational skills on the day, in a 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. He seemed to miss a large number of incidents during the match - James Hayter had a penalty appeal turned down during the second half. Having made the decision not to award a spot kick you'd think Mr Ilderton would be conscious of the Glovers striker lying prone on the deck, but he let play go on, and on, and on, with only Doncaster's good sportsmanship ensuring that Hayter got treatment and was able to be helped off the pitch. Late on, we were grateful that Mr Ilderton seemed to be watching another game - a rather dubious challenge by Marek Stech on Donny subsitute David Syers got ignored again - just as well given that it was inside the box.

Back in March 2015, again we were left grumbling about Mr Ilderton's observational skills. Although he did award us one penalty during that game - after a poor backpass saw James Hayter intercept the ball, and then be brought down by Rochdale keeper (and former Glovers trialist) Jamie Jones, we felt the keeper should have walked for the foul - instead he got a yellow. Still on the pitch, the keeper saved the spot kick, but when Gozie Ugwu was brought down inside the box later in that half we should have had a second spot kick. This one wasn't given at all.

We had Mr Ilderton twice during the 2016-17 season. In February 2017 he was at Meadow Lane for our League Two match against Notts County. This was a real stinker of a game. One of those matches that was going to end 0-0 even if both sides played until midnight. As we recall, the match officials didn't have a huge impact on the game, but minor things tended to contribute to the stuttering nature of the match. We groaned at him, but also groaned at the way both sides were playing the match. For the April 2017 match at Blundell Park against Grimsby Town, we were more groaning at our side's defending in the 4-2 defeat, although there was one semi-comical moment when he succeeded in breaking up a Yeovil Town attack as he accidentally blocked off a Ben Whitfield through ball. He gave Grimsby a penalty, for a foul by Jonny Maddison, but not one we could argue with on this occasion.

Our last meeting involving him was the 2017-18 season fixture against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. There we won the match by a 6-2 scoreline, so even if the referee had an absolute nightmare we wouldn't be complaining about it! As it happens, he only booked one player, and we can't recall any Sky Blues fans or players complaining, except for the standard of their defending.

Mr Ilderton's main claim to infamy is that he was the referee in charge of the November 2006 FA Cup tie between Barrow and Bristol Rovers. As far as the referee was concerned, this was a booking-free game, with no need for him to reach for his cards. However, the match became notorious for James Cotterill's punch that left Rovers striker Sean Rigg with a double fracture of the jaw and the need to spend the rest of his life with two metal plates inserted into his mouth. Cotterill was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, thanks to the Match of the Day cameras picking up the act of thuggery, with the FA banning him from football in between the offence and the court case.

Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Geoffrey Liddle (County Durham) and Stuart Butler (Kent). The Fourth Official will be Lisa Rashid (West Midlands).

Link: August 2003 : Macclesfield Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2004 : Boston United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2005 : Macclesfield Town 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2007 : Carlisle United 1 Yeovil Town 4.

Link: February 2013 : Doncaster Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2015 : Rochdale 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2017 : Notts County 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2017 : Grimsby Town 4 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2018 : Coventry City 2 Yeovil Town 6.


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3 May 2018 : Dickson Given National Paper Link With Three League Sides
Yeovil Town left-back Ryan Dickson is being linked with three rival Football League sides. The 31 year old is one of six players out of contract at the end of the 2017-18 season, and is thus free to hold talks with other clubs in the absence of any firm offer on the table for next season. National paper The Mirror claims in a 'transfers' blog that League One side AFC Wimbledon, relegated Milton Keynes Dons and League Two side Crawley Town have taken an interest in his status.

As with a lot of these sorts of stories at this time of the year, there's no quotes or sources provided, for what may be a bit of pushing by a football agent. They do little more than just mention the clubs that are interested in him. Ryan has made 43 appearances for the Glovers this season (and 130 appearances overall), with a heel injury having sidelined him in the last week or two, and at present it's not clear if he will play any part in Saturday's final match of the 2017-18 season at Lincoln City. It's worth noting that with respect to the claimed link with Crawley, Ryan left the Broadfield Stadium in the summer of 2015, despite being their 2014-15 Player Of The Season, after he expressed a wish to be closer to his family in the West Country, following the birth of his first child.

This is the latest in a long line of unconfirmed rumours circulating about Glovers players - speculation about defender Tom James has rumbled on this week with another set of repetitive articles doing the round without too much substance to add to what was reported on this site in mid-April. The same is true of defender Shaun Donnellan, who supposedly had Bristol City tracking him after just two games for the Glovers. In the other direction, Torquay United midfielder Luke Young has been linked with Yeovil, with the Devon press now claiming that Cheltenham Town are after him. Add in the January interest in Otis Khan and Omar Sowunmi and it could be a summer of attempting to sift the concrete stories from the scattergun clickbait, to work out what is true.


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3 May 2018 : April Meeting With Mark Palmer - Glovers Trust Views And Notes
Since agreeing to join the YTFC Alliance Group following the public vote in January, the Glovers Trust representatives have emphasised the need for the minutes of each meeting to be produced and published swiftly in order that supporters of the Football Club know what items have been discussed, what actions have been taken and what progress has been made. We are sorry to report that on each occasion the publication of the minutes has taken far longer than is deemed reasonable by the Trust to make it to the Official website and members supporter organisations to distribute to their respective members.

The Alliance Group page on the Club website currently covers minutes up to and including a meeting on March 21st but the eagerly anticipated meeting with Mark Palmer that the Trust had tried to coordinate themselves actually took place on the 18th of April. Despite two weeks having passed and Trust representatives requesting the minutes on more than one occasion they have still yet to be delivered.

The Trust Board feel that we have waited long enough, we have made a commitment to you, our members, to provide as much information about meetings we that we attend as swiftly as we can. We therefore feel compelled to publish our own notes in the absence of official minutes. We would like to highlight that we are doing this of our own accord and that the notes are based on the interpretation of the Trust representatives that attended the meeting and not the Alliance Group and should not be considered a formal reflection of the meeting that took place. We do however hope that you will find the information useful and understand why we have taken the decision to publish our own notes from the meeting.

NOTES FROM A MEETING AT YTFC ON WEDESDAY 18TH APRIL 2018.

Update from Mark Palmer: Mr Palmer apologised for not being present at the last meeting but explained that he could not due to a conflicting appointment.

He used typed notes to give his update and it was agreed that these notes should form part of the official minutes. The Trust took notes of what he was saying though apologise in advance if the notes in the official minutes give reference to some items that may have been missed.

Key messages from Mr Palmer were: "I am on your side. I came on board in Sept 17 to conduct an overview of the Club on behalf of the owners of Yeovil Town Holdings. I have looked at every aspect from the quality of football through to the full business side of things. I have met the staff, mostly on a 1 to 1 basis and I presented my findings in December 2017. I am subject to a confidentiality agreement in respect of certain issues. My overview has taken into account the short, medium and long-term requirements for the Club. The long-term strategy may be as long as 7 years. I was invited to look for inward investment and not an exit strategy by the owners. The Club needs reach a viable position before inward investment can be searched for. At the moment the Club is not an attractive proposition for the type of investors that I could reach out to."

"On the football side of things, it seems that there was no sustainable plan for the Championship and since then things have not stabilised. Small budgets, not retaining players, over dependency on loan players, a squad that is too young, squad size too small. Experience and leadership missing, no consistency. I have helped Darren Way and John Fry to improve the squad during the January transfer window. Some of the Manchester United revenue has been used on this."

"I have challenged the present set up of the Academy. What has been developed from it? Boys were not ready to step in for the FA Cup games when the Club needed extra players. There is no clear pathway from Academy to 1st team. There is a need for an Under 23 team, playing competitive games. This would also allow 1st team squad players to gain further experience. This would also be a business asset to bring on young players for later sale."

"There is no scouting set up and there needs to be one. Darren Way cannot be everywhere trying to identify new talent. The Manager needs to be backed up. He needs people to give him details of upcoming opposition. This needs investment."

"It takes two years to build up a squad and then there can be a big push to go for promotion
."

On the subject of supporters: "There has been a drop off on season tickets and a fall of attendances. The Club needs to address this as a priority. David Mills has some ideas to look at this. It is necessary to improve the stadium and its facilities. Need to give supporters a reason to come back. It is necessary to try and release the stranglehold on the land around the stadium. I have spoken to stakeholders including the Council. The Council are on our side. We are making progress. Any financial uplift from development of the land must go back to the Club. We need a working group of Council, covenant holders and stakeholders to move this forward. Investors need to see that the land can be developed. Match day facilities are not adequate. It is necessary to get short term wins. Step by step. The marquee is not adequate."

On the subject of Business: "Investment is needed. A business structure revamp has been presented to the Board. Due to the confidentiality clause I cannot give details. The Club is not openly for sale. I can reach out to various investors. Outside investors with no particular love of Yeovil need something in return. In talking to investors, I can suggest investment in new stands, shareholdings or an exit strategy. I have received Mr Hayward's and Mr Fry's approval to do this. They are willing to look at any opportunity if the price is right. Ideally it needs someone who is sensitive to the Club. I am having these conversations with Messrs Hayward & Fry but again the confidentiality clause prevents me from going further. The sooner a positive arrangement is made the better."

Questions to Mr Palmer:

The Trust asked, bearing in mind this was a potential 7-year plan with various strands that needed to be pulled together, if Mr Palmer had recommended that a Chief Executive Officer be employed to oversee this long-term project. Mr Palmer indicated that he had put this forward in his presentation as he felt there needed to be a chain of command with someone having an overview of the whole programme. There may however be budgetary restraints for such a position. The Trust stated that if the 7-year plan was left to be implemented by those presently running the Club then it would surely fail.

The Trust asked what role he had proposed in this plan for involvement of supporters. Had he proposed new shareholdings or a Supporters Director? Mr Palmer said that he had not proposed any involvement for supporters. All he suggested was that a vision was needed for next season to encourage season ticket sales.

One member of the Alliance Group commented that if as Mr Palmer says it takes two years to build up a squad before pushing for promotion then this would not encourage supporters to return and buy season tickets in the build-up seasons as they may as well wait for the promotion push season.

Mr Palmer then left the meeting.

END OF NOTES.

The Trust acknowledges that much of what Mr Palmer has outlined makes common sense. However, we have one or two fears and disappointments.

Firstly, we are concerned that an external business consultant should have been invited to assist with decisions relating to new players. What are his qualifications for this?

Secondly, we wonder what type of investor Mr Palmer is able to reach out to for inward investment? If no search has been made to date we suspect that Mr Palmer's contacts are not people with any affiliation to this area and have no particular interest in Yeovil Town. If the incentive being offered to them relates to the sale of the surrounding land for development we would question their commitment and their suitability to our Football Club.

We are dismayed that Mr Palmer sees no role for supporters to play in the plans to move our Club forward other than to buy a season ticket and sit quietly. We feel that he has done the supporters of Yeovil Town FC a dis-service in ignoring the importance of the local community having a stake in its local club.

As always, we shall try and keep you as up to date as possible with the issues that surround YTFC and we always welcome your feed-back. Without the fans there is no point to any of this.

[The Glovers Trust Board of Directors.]


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3 May 2018 : Cambridge Appoint Permanent Management Team
League Two side Cambridge United have appointed a new manager, as a successor to Shaun Derry. They have opted for former Colchester United boss Joe Dunne, who had been acting in a caretaker manager capacity since the departure of Derry in early February, following a Boardroom takeover at the Abbey Stadium, with the new owners immediately looking to spin the wheel, with Cambridge in 14th place.

The decision to appoint Dunne on a permanent basis has not been a surprising one. During the 14 games that he's been holding the reins, he's lost just four times and have shown form that would put them 8th in the table over that period. He's been rewarded with a three year contract with his caretaker assistant Mark Bonne now also getting a permanent position.

The 44 year old had a 95 game spell as Colchester United's manager between September 2012 and September 2014, having also had had two spells as a player. Overall he spent 18 years with the Essex club before turning up as Richard Money's assistant manager in 2015 - a position he held again under Derry. Cambridge Director of Football Graham Daniels has said of the appointment:

"In appointing Joe the club gets the benefit of both continuity and change. Joe is his own man and has approached the job in his own way. At the same time he knows the club from top to bottom."


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3 May 2018 : Football League Go On A Quest For New Highlights Coverage
The Football League's television highlights package is on the move once again. Having had a lengthy stay on the BBC, the weekend highlights were switched to Channel 5 in the summer of 2015, but after three years they are now to be hosted by the rather obscure Quest channel.

Quest is a free-to-air channel owned by the Discovery Group, more known for nature-based documentary programmes. The channel is available across Freeview, Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media and BT TV but of course this means for the first time your traditional house aerial will not be able to pick up their coverage - you'll need one of the above boxes or satellite dishes to view the programme.

The plans are for them to cover all of the League's competitions, including the League Cup and Football League Trophy. The main part of their coverage will replicate Channel 5's format with a 90 minute programme starting at 9.00p.m. on Saturday nights, hosted by Colin Murray. They also plan to broadcast ten midweek highlights shows corresponding to the designated midweek slots in the fixture lists, whilst there will be eight midweek shows dedicated to the two cup competition rounds.

Quest have signed a four year agreement with the Football League starting with the 2018-19 season. There will also be a Facebook-based interative series produced called The Reaction, where they promise fan-based engagement, presumably similar to that used by BT Sport on some of their football programmes where fans post their own video-based views on key games.

If you've never tuned into the Quest channel before, you'll find it on Freeview – 37, Sky – 144, Virgin – 172, Freesat – 167.


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3 May 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Lincoln City
Saturday sees Yeovil Town play their final match of the 2017-18 season when they travel to play Lincoln City at Sincil Bank. We've not been to that part of the country since 2004, and so there have been some hefty updates to the Ciderspace guide, giving you directions, parking, a pub guide and a load of statistics and past meetings. Note that this game is ALL TICKET - if you've not got one then do not travel to the game. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Lincoln City.

Sincil Bank as viewed from Sincil Dike which runs across the side of the ground
Sincil Bank as viewed from Sincil Dike which runs across the side of the ground
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2 May 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : Playing The System
Saturday sees the completion of the 2017-18 League Two standard season, with Yeovil Town about to go into their summer break. In recent weeks, various interviews with Darren Way have talked about the club's position in the league, and the plans for next season. This is therefore an appropriate time for Taff's Gloversblog to take a lengthy look at some of the issues around the club, and the constraints that may exist, including the list of out of contract players, analysis of "the system" Darren refers to and a look at the Academy's links with the club. Read that lengthy article via the link below, and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Playing The System.


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1 May 2018 : Yeovil Town Linked With Out Of Contract Gulls Midfielder
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Torquay United midfielder Luke Young. The former Plymouth Argyle academy product (not to be confused with the former Charlton Athletic and QPR defender) is out of contract at the end of the 2017-18 season and at the age of 25 years old would be available on a free transfer. The Gulls have just been relegated from the National League main division, and so are likely to suffer the consequence of some of their better players preferring not to drop down to the regionalised National League South division.

The Devon local press suggest that Young may be one of those. Although there's no quotes or sources, they speculate that he has been the subject of interest from Yeovil Town, with him having excelled at Plainmoor since his arrival there in the summer of 2014. He won their Player Of The Season in 2014-15, 2016-17 and 2017-18 and was an ever-present in their National League matches during the season just gone.

Born in Ivybridge on February 22nd 1993, he spent nine years as a junior at Plymouth Argyle, before turning professional. He made 108 appearances over four seasons, scoring eight goals, with three of those four seasons played at League Two level. After leaving Home Park, he headed to Plainmoor, where he's made in the region of 150 appearances, scoring 19 goals.

He is described by his club's website as a "gifted passer of the ball and owner of a mean shot ... earning praise for his terrific attitude and ability on the ball". Torquay United have offered him a new deal for the 2018-19 season, but the Devon press suggest that he has attention from several clubs at non-league level, along with a 'couple' at Football League level, with Yeovil Town as the only club they specifically name.

Yeovil Town already have a large number of central midfielders contracted for next season, with Connor Smith, Jake Gray, James Bailey and Alefe Santos all contracted until the summer of 2019, although all have struggled to nail down a place in the starting line-up for varying reasons this season.


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1 May 2018 : Glovers Keep 2017-18 Family Excellence Status
Yeovil Town have retained their Family Excellence status for the second year running. They are listed by the Football League as one of 56 clubs, out of the 72 members, that have been given the League's kitemark for work in engaging families on matchdays. The Glovers' name had been absent from the May 2015 and May 2016 lists, but returned to the League's list of accredited clubs at the end of the 2016-17 season as one of 53 clubs. That list has now grown to a record number for this season, meaning that only 16 clubs have missed out on the award.

As a result, the League have created a new 'Gold Award' status for the 2017-18 season, giving ten clubs a higher status of recognition. These are Aston Villa, Cardiff City, Derby County, Fulham, Middlesbrough, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Blackburn Rovers, Doncaster Rovers, Luton Town.

The League have also noted that Forest Green Rovers, Grimsby Town and Sunderland have been given the general award for the first time - no surprises really given all three have not been members of the Football League in recent seasons. There are seven clubs that have achieved the Family Excellence Award in every season that they have been eligible (allowing for clubs moving to the Premier League or National League) whilst three have received the recognition in every season since its introduction.

The concept involves the Football League sending out 'mystery shoppers' as families who will purchase tickets for two fixtures during a given season, and then prrovide feedback concerning what response they got to certain requests, such as the purchasing of food, the availability of designated family areas, or facilities. Each club is then rated by the League in terms of what they were able to offer to families. Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey says of the awards:

"It is hugely encouraging to see the continuous development and improvement made by EFL clubs in offering engaging matchday experiences for families. For over a decade the EFL's Family Excellence Scheme has helped to produce positive and impactful change across the leagues, helping to drive a real focus on matchday entertainment, facilities and the overall experience on offer for families, and ultimately to assist in growing attendances. Its impact continues to be notable with several clubs gaining strong industry-wide reputations for offering true family value and a consistently high level of service and innovation. The EFL will continue to work with clubs to help drive change and support the continued effort to attract and retain future generations of supporters. Congratulations to the clubs that have achieved Family Excellence status and to those that have been awarded Gold status in its inaugural year."


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1 May 2018 : Football Association Confirm Sowunmi Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed the suspension of Yeovil Town defender Omar Sowunmi. The 22 year old was given his second dismissal of the 2017-18 season when referee Charles Breakspear sent him off in the 97th minute of the 2-3 defeat against Mansfield Town on Saturday, thus meaning that he will play no part in the final day fixture against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

With Omar having already been sent off in the New Year's Day game against Crawley Town, he will also miss the opening day match of the 2018-19 season. The Football Association confirm the two match ban, but leave it as open-ended, due to the unavailability of fixtures for next season. With Omar about to go out of contract, his suspension would carry over to a new club, should he choose to move on.

Sowunmi's red card gives the club its tenth red card of the 2017-18 season. In addition to Sowunmi's pair, Francois Zoko (twice), Otis Khan, Connor Smith, Ryan Dickson, Olufela Olomola, Sid Nelson and Bevis Mugabi have all been sent off.

The ten red cards is the worst record in the top five divisions, with National League side AFC Fylde having had nine dismissals, whilst Leeds United, Northampton Town, Grimsby Town and Guiseley have all been given eight red cards.


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