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16 May 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : You Make Me Feel So Numb
This week has seen some news coming out from Yeovil Town, including the club's Released and Retained lists, and the club's first public comment in the wake of the recent takeover failure. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, we find Old Green Eyes pulling up his guest chair, and giving his reaction to the current club decision-making, the issues surrounding any future takeover or investment, and his hopes that one day it might all turn full circle again. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : You Make Me Feel So Numb.


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16 May 2019 : Departing Yeovil Town Players Post Farewell Messages
A number of players who were formally confirmed as having left Yeovil Town Football Club yesterday have issued farewell messages via their social media accounts over the last 24 hours. Whilst Francois Zoko managed to get in his farewell message prior to the club's formal Released and Retained List, others have given their views in the aftermath of that list being published.

Striker Alex Fisher picked up one award at the end of the 2018-19 season, as the club's leading goalscorer for the campaign. He leaves the club after 18 months, having netted 14 times in 62 appearances, having been signed on the day of the club's January 2018 FA Cup tie against Manchester United. Alex expresses regret at the decision to part company:

"Thank you for all the messages from the Yeovil Town fans this afternoon. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time with the club and it's with regret that it appears to have come to an end. I wish everyone well for the next chapter at the club."

Centre-back Bevis Mugabi's final contribution whilst still on the Yeovil Town payroll could be to represent his country Uganda at the AFCON finals. He has been with the club for three full seasons, having signed from Southampton in the summer of 2016. He said he was sad to be leaving the club after 102 appearances:

"It's with great sadness to be leaving Yeovil Town. Just wanted say thank you for support and encouragement throughout the past three seasons! Wish you all the very best to get back in the Football League as soon as possible."

Midfielder Alex Pattison wasn't Yeovil Town's player, given he joined the club from Middlesbrough as part of a season-long loan. However, he will spend the summer as a free agent, after his parent club decided to release him. Despite a back injury disrupting his loan spell, Pattison still managed to make 34 appearances, which he thanked the club for:

"Would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Yeovil Town for the season, especially the players and fans. Let's see what next season brings."

Signed from Derby County in the summer of 2017, midfielder Alefe Santos had a bit of a stop-start experience in Somerset, often struggling to break into the team. Across his two years he managed to accumulate 43 appearances. He gave thanks to the fans for the support he received during his time at the club:

"Well after a tough season, my time at Yeovil Town has come to an end I would like to wish everyone at the club a successful season and hope they get back to where they belong and would like to thank you all the fans for their support 100 percent."

Midfielder Jake Gray spent two years at Huish Park, after being brought in from Luton Town, when the Glovers paid an undisclosed fee for his services. He managed to score six goals in 71 appearances, from a mix of central midfield and right-wing slots. He had a simple message for those involved in the club:

"Would like to wish all the fans and players at Yeovil Town all the best in the future."


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15 May 2019 : Supporter Alliance Meeting : April 2019 Minutes
The Supporters Alliance Group have published their minutes of their April 2019 meeting that took place at Huish Park. The meeting took place during the weeks leading up to the end of the 2018-19 season, and prior to the news concerning the club's takeover collapse, and so the minutes should be read in that context. They are available in full, via the link below.

Link: Supporter Alliance Meeting : Wednesday 10th April 2019.


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15 May 2019 : Three More Coaching Staff Leave Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have allowed three of their remaining coaching staff to leave the club. According to BBC local media representatives Alistair Durden and Chris Spittles, the club have told them that Paul Terry (First Team Coach), Steve Phillips (Goalkeeping Coach) and Yiannis Iosif (Football Operations Assistant) have all left the building.

Although the statement that they have been given has not been openly published by the football club, the club have told the BBC that they have received "a number of alternative offers" to invest in or purchase the club. Discussions are continuing with a small number of serious parties. Meanwhile on the subject of the first team manager's vacancy, the club plan to make an "early" appointment and claim they are "talking to several high-quality candidates" about the job.

The first team coaching departures mean that at this moment in time, first team physio Mike Micciche would appear to be the acting Number One in terms of the coaching team!

Information on the club's 2019-20 Season Ticket Package is to follow at some point next week.

Update: The club have now published the statement that accompanied this information. This reads as follows:

"Since the announcement last week that the proposed sale of the Club to Feliciana EFL Limited would not be proceeding, the Board of Directors and other senior staff have been working hard to build the best future for the Club, both for next season and beyond. A number of alternative offers to invest in or purchase the Club have been received and discussions are continuing with a small number of serious parties.

"The Club is talking to several high-quality candidates for the position of First Team Manager and we anticipate making an early appointment. The new manager will be involved in the reshaping of the Football Management team to meet the new challenges. Paul Terry (First Team Coach), Steve Phillips (Goalkeeping Coach) and Yiannis Iosif (Football Operations Assistant) will be leaving the Club with our thanks for their valued efforts.

"The normal pre-season football related activities have been continuing and the retained and released player list has been announced and the players have been informed. The Club has also been working hard to create next season’s season ticket offer and the Club will be launching its 2019-20 packages early next week.

"Going forward, as the Club adjusts to National League football, fan support and involvement with the Club will continue to be very important and the Club’s Vision for the future will be discussed with the Supporters Alliance over the coming weeks. In the interim, we thank Glovers fans for their support and will continue to issue updates on all of the above matters as and when there are any further updates
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15 May 2019 : Yeovil Town Released And Retained List Sees Nine Players Depart
Yeovil Town have announced their Released and Retained Lists for the summer of 2019. With the Glovers currently going into the next season managerless, the decisions have been made prior to any new appointment and will see nine players depart the club, whilst only one full time professional in Craig Alcock has been given new terms as an offer. Two Academy players have got contracts on the table, with Nestor Shako and Alex John given the chance of their first professional deals.

The nine players that have been let go have a small caveat in that the club has stated that they will not be offered contracts 'at this time', suggesting that any new manager would be able to perform a u-turn if that player consented to fresh talks. However, by default they are now on the Released list and free to hold talks with other clubs. For the likes of Rhys Browne, Sessi D'Almeida and Jake Gray they will be able to sign for other clubs on a free transfer.

There are a couple of things to note that appear to be changes to earlier thinking. Academy attacking player Nestor Shako had been listed on the LFE Exit Trials website, but it looks as though the club have decided now to offer him a deal. In addition, former Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon and first team manager Darren Way's decisions to sideline Craig Alcock and Carl Dickinson appear to have been rescinded - the duo had not been a regular part of the first team set-up since mid-February, however Dickinson for the moment remains under his current contract with the club, whilst Alcock has earned a reprieve by being offered fresh terms.

The full list of players, and which category they fall into, are as follows:

Under Contract And Remaining With The Club:

Matt Worthington (contracted until June 2021).
Courtney Duffus (contracted until June 2021).
Carl Dickinson (contracted until June 2020).
Gabriel Rogers (contracted until June 2021).
Daniel Ojo (contracted until June 2021).
Stuart Nelson (contracted until June 2020).
Gary Warren (contracted until June 2020).
Omar Sowunmi (contracted until June 2020).
Ryan Seager (contracted until June 2020).
Tom James (unknown contract status)

New Contracts Offered:

Craig Alcock
Alex John (Academy)
Nestor Shako (Academy)

Released by the Club at the end of their Contracts:

Rhys Browne
Jake Gray
Sessi D'Almeida
Adel Gafaiti
Bevis Mugabi
Alex Fisher
Francois Zoko
Yoann Arquin
Alefe Santos

Loan Players Returning To Their Parent Club:

Nathan Baxter (Chelsea).
Tristan Abrahams (Norwich City)
Alex Pattison (Middlesbrough, but released by his parent club)
Joshua Grant (Chelsea)
Alex Dobre (Bournemouth).


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15 May 2019 : Zoko Announces Departure From Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko has announced that he is leaving the football club. Whilst the club have yet to provide a formal Released and Retained list for the end of the 2018-19 season, the 35 year old has made clear that this year will be his last. Francois has had a difficult season, failing to score in 28 appearances, albeit with only 16 of those being league starts. As such his departure doesn't come as too great a surprise. He has said via his Twitter account that he was disappointed with what he saw as a 'chaotic' season:

"It's been a very tough year with the consequences that we all know. But I want to say thank you to everyone for your support during my time at Yeovil. We fought hard together for three and half years to keep the club in league football. Unfortunately this season was chaotic. I'm leaving with sadness because all of the hard work was easily wasted. We could have done so much better and so differently! I wish you all the very best. Thank you and stay stronger."

Francois's time at Yeovil Town was up until that final season a successful one. He scored 36 goals in 145 appearances and was the club's leading goalscorer during three of his four seasons, despite his first campaign seeing him recruited partway through the 2015-16 season under former manager Paul Sturrock. He departs the club as their second highest goalscorer during the Football League era, behind Phil Jevons, but it was becoming clear during his final season that his time at the club was coming to an end. The best of luck to him with his next move.

Link: Francois Zoko : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 May 2019 : Family Tribute To Alan Skirton
The family of Alan Skirton have issued their own statement with respect to his recent death. The former Yeovil Town Commercial Manager passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 80 years old, and has been the subject of many tributes from his former clubs, including Arsenal, Blackpool, Bath City and Weymouth, as well as Yeovil themselves.

Signed by Jane Skirton, Alan's wife, the family statement sees them pay tribute to his role within the extended family, as well as highlighting his career at Arsenal that saw him play 153 times, scoring 53 goals. Their tribute to Alan reads as follows:

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our deeply beloved Alan. He was a huge personality that touched so many and he will be sorely missed by his wife Jane , sons Andrew , Paul and Simon and daughter Debbie. He meant so much to his brothers Mick, Colin and Gordon and their families, his grandchildren and their families and his great grandchild Tobias who was recently welcomed into the Skirton family.

"As well as his family his true love was Arsenal Football Club for whom he was so proud to represent in over 150 games scoring in excess of 50 goals. In the 1961-62 season was Arsenal's top scorer with 19 League Division 1 goals in 38 appearances.

"He holds the admirable distinction for being the first Arsenal player to score a European goal at Highbury and quirkily in 1965 was the first Arsenal substitute to be called upon in a competitive fixture! To be referred to as an "Arsenal Legend" and member of their prestigious 100 Club gave him immense pride as did his nickname "The Highbury Express".

"Alan enjoyed a wonderful League career and cherished his time at Blackpool, Bristol City, Torquay, Weymouth and Bath City. We will all miss him terribly but are so relieved that he is at peace and without further pain and suffering. For all his wonderful achievements he will be remembered most fondly by those who knew him as A True Gentleman.

"Funeral Arrangements will be announced shortly for those wishing to pay their respects
."


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14 May 2019 : Merthyr Town Issue Statement On Super Gav Speculation
Southern League Premier Division South side Methyr Town have put out a short statement via Twitter regarding their first team manager Gavin Williams. The 38 year old is of course well known as a former Yeovil Town winger and attacking midfielder, having been part of the club's promotion seasons in 2002-03 and 2004-05 that saw them rise into the Football League along with a second promotion into League One two years later. Gavin also played a more minor part in the club's 2012-13 League One season that saw them promoted to the Championship.

His current club, who he has been managing since May 2016, have responded to speculation linking him with the Yeovil Town first team management position. Williams has this afternoon become the latest in a revolving list of personnel to become favourite for the position, according to the bookmakers, with SkyBet's 6/4 ranking knocking Tony Pennock off the top of that list.

As well as posting a screenshot of the betting page, which at that time had Williams as second favourite to Pennock, they have published a tweet entitled "Gavin Williams Speculation" which reads as follows:

"Regarding recent speculation about first team manager, Gavin Williams, being linked as a favourite for the role at Yeovil Town. Merthyr Town would like to assure that they will be doing everything in their power to retain Gavin and his services."

It's unusual for a club's official Twitter account to pay lip service to a bookmaker's odds list, given that such listings are generally derived from the number of bets and enquiries issued through that operator along with their rival operators. Merthyr do not confirm that there is any truth behind the speculation, but instead fuel the fire a little by implying that they need to do 'everything in their power' to keep their manager. It would be a major surprise if Yeovil Town were showing an interest in him though, given Merthyr currently lie two divisions below the National League main division, with his current side's position being the highest level he has held a coaching position in.

Williams has been at Merthyr since December 2013, having initially joined as a player from Woking. However, in May 2014, he became their assistant manager, and moved up one level to the top position two years later. He's had a difficult time there, having to deal with a number of financial problems at Penydarren Park, but gave them the Southern League Division One South and West title in 2014-15, whilst providing them with the Southern League Cup a year later.


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14 May 2019 : Mansfield Sack Five Following League Two Play-Offs Defeat
League Two side Mansfield Town have terminated the contracts of five of their personnel, following defeat on Sunday in the play-offs. The Stags finished in fourth place in the 2018-19 season table, missing out on automatic promotion only as a result of a final day 1-0 defeat at the hands of Milton Keynes Dons, who took their place in the automatic slots. That then left Mansfield facing the lottery of the play-offs and they were defeated on penalties in a Semi-Final Second Leg shoot-out against Newport County, who will play Tranmere Rovers at Wembley Stadium, after former Glover Matt Dolan scored the winning penalty.

Despite the fine line between success and failure, the Mansfield Town board's reaction has been to make swift changes. First Team Manager David Flitcroft, Head of football operations Greg Abbott, assistant manager Ben Futcher, goalkeeping coach Ian Pledger and performance analyst Dan Ashby have all been shown the door. In their place they have made an instant appointment, by promoting their Academy Manager John Dempster as the new First Team Manager, meaning there will be no front line vacancy at Field Mill.

Chairman John Radford has said of Dempster, who is a 36 year old former Mansfield defender, who has been managing the Academy since the summer of 2015:

"In John, we have a man who is considered to be one of the brightest and most innovative young coaches in football. His success with the youth team over the past few seasons has been remarkable and he now deserves the opportunity to manage the first team. John will have our full backing. He is appointed as manager of a club which is widely considered as one of the best operations in football. His rebuilding process starts today and we encourage all Stags’ supporters to welcome John into the position as a new era at One Call Stadium gets under way."


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14 May 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : Managing The Management Situation
Last week saw Yeovil Town's planned takeover collapse, meaning that for the time being the club's current ownership continue to be in charge of the club. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at some of the existing issues at the football club, and why some things may now need to be prioritised by that ownership, even if their intention is still to sell the club. Read that article via the link below and feel free to provide your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Managing The Management Situation.


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13 May 2019 : Bolton Fall Into Administration Leading To Points Penalty
Relegated Championship side Bolton Wanderers have gone into administration following the collapse of their takeover earlier this month. They have become the first Football League side to suffer such a situation since Aldershot Town in 2013, and the end result is that they will start the 2019-20 season on minus twelve points, following an automatic penalty issued by the Football League.

Bolton had been given the ultimatum by the High Court on May 8th, when they were told that they had two weeks to appoint an administrator over tax debts totalling £1.2 million. The action brought by HMRC was pursued after the takeover attempt by former Watford owner Laurence Bassini collapsed due to his inability to raise the funds he needed to purchase the club. As a result, current owner Ken Anderson was left with only one possible action to protect the club from immediate liquidation following the winding up petition.

This was the sixth time in the last eighteen months that Bolton have received a winding up petition. In a separate petition, Bolton Whites Hotel, which is owned by the football club, is also under threat and has been given until May 22nd to settle their debts. In the short term, the decision to go into administration will protect Bolton Wanderers FC from any further petitions, although the administrator will have to determine whether the size of Bolton's debts allow it to continue as a going concern.

Bolton may also face separate action by the EFL, after they were forced to postpone their Championship match against Brentford on April 27th, due to their players going on strike after May and April wage bills were not settled. A second attempt to play that fixture saw the club's Safety Advisory Group withdraw support for the fixture, with the club's stewards and turnstile operators believed to have been refusing to turn up for the rearranged date. As a result, Brentford were given a token 1-0 victory in the final Championship table, with the EFL charging Bolton with the failure to fulfil their fixtures.

The situation is likely to land Bolton in a difficult position for the 2019-20 season, given that they will commence the season twelve points short of safety. However, unless they fail to exit administration with a CVA agreement, their actual Football League status shouldn't be under threat at this stage.

Despite a large number of clubs in financial turmoil over the last few years, Aldershot Town were the last club to suffer administration. They collapsed on May 2nd 2013, five days after they'd been relegated from the Football League. They were admitted into the Conference with a ten point penalty that was triggered for the 2013-14 season, with them owing £300,000 to football creditors alone. The Hampshire side have just been relegated another level, having finished in 21st place at the end of the 2018-19 season.


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13 May 2019 : Mugabi Given Call-Up For Ugandan Pre-AFCON Training Camp
Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi has been restored to the Uganda Cranes national team, ahead of the summer's 2019 AFCON Finals. The tournament takes place between June 21st and July 19th, featuring 24 teams that will play in Egypt. This is the 24 year old's first call-up to the Ugandan squad since he was an unused substitute in a pair of matches during June 2018. He was not selected for any of their games during the active part of the 2018-19 season, leaving him waiting to add to the pair of caps he gained during March 2018.

At present, Uganda Cranes head Coach Sebastien Desabre has selected 26 players for a training camp that is taking place at the Kabira Country Club. For the moment that squad features just locally based players, with those players that play for overseas clubs joining their teammates for a secondary training camp in the UAE. At that point, Desabre will reduce the size of his squad down to the 23 players that will be officially registered for the AFCON tournament.

Desabre has already tweaked that provisional squad, following a couple of issues. Striker Joel Madondo has left to have trials for a club in Turkey, whilst defender Brian Majwega has been let go due to discipline issues. They have been replaced by Vipers striker Dan Sserunkuma and Disan Galiwango

Uganda have been drawn to play in Group A, which will see them play Egypt, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They will face DRC on June 22 in their opening game. Assuming Mugabi makes the final cut, and Uganda progress, he is likely to miss the start of 2019-20 pre-season training, if he is still on the books of Yeovil Town. Mugabi's contract with the club runs out on June 30th, and so good performances in the AFCON tournament may put himself in the shop window if the club haven't tied him down by then.

Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), James Alitho (URA FC),

Defenders: Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town FC), Disan Galiwango (Express FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Awany Timothy (KCCA FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Mujuzi Mustafa (Proline FC)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Churchill Brothers), Hassan Wasswa (unattached), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Moses Waiswa (Vipers SC)

Forwards: Daniel Isiagi (Al Nassr FC- Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Juma Balinya (Police FC), Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC), Dan Mzee Sserunkuma (Vipers)


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13 May 2019 : Academy Midfielder Reported As Being Given Professional Deal
Yeovil Town Academy player Alex John would appear to have been given a professional contract by the club. The midfielder was an unused substitute for the matches against Swindon Town and Crawley Town back in April 2019, and has been a regular in the club's Under-18s side as a second year scholar during the 2018-19 season.

Alex was the one second year scholar left where his future with the club wasn't clear - it now looks as though he will remain with the Glovers during the 2019-20 season, with his former Academy in South Wales revealing that he has been given a professional deal by the Glovers - one of three players that were on their books from that year that have worked their way into the full time game.

The Cambrian and Clydach Vale BGC Academy, who are based near Tonypandy, disclosed on their Facebook page on May 5th that Cardiff City had signed Connor Davies on a one year contract, whilst Swansea City goalkeeper Nathan Shepperd had agreed a deal with Brentford. Meanwhile they confirmed that Alex John had been given a professional contract with Yeovil Town. No contract length has been specified for the last two players.

All three players have acknowledged the message published by the Cambrian and Clydach Vale BGC Academy, suggesting that they are aware of those contracts - Cardiff City have explicitly confirmed the deal for Davies. Alex will have been busy recently, as he was called up into a Wales Under-19s training camp which took place late last week.

Assuming this is confirmed, that would settle the future of all of Yeovil Town's Second Year Scholars. Left-back Daniel Ojo and winger Gabriel Rogers have already been given professional contracts with the club until the summer of 2021. Goalkeeper Tommy Scott, midfielder Lewis Dix, attacking midfielder/winger Nestor Shako, striker Neville Nzembela and defender Tom Hayes were all released, with the latter four having earlier registered for the LSE Exit Trials. Midfielder Hong Wan has been training with Luton Town since March 2019 and is understood to have been released by the club prior to the offer of that trial.


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13 May 2019 : Weale Leaves Exeter Goalkeeper Coach Position
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale has announced that he is leaving League Two side Exeter City. The 37 year old had been their first team Goalkeeper Coach, having left Dorchester Town to take up the role at St James Park last summer. However, he has made a personal decision to resign from his post, believing it was hampering the amount of time he was able to spend with his family.

Weale has written to Chairman Julian Tagg to explain why he was leaving the Devon club, adding that he would stay there for long enough for the Grecians to recruit his successor, along with any summer transfers they wished to bring in for new goalkeepers:

"I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity of being part of this fantastic club over this season. I have thoroughly enjoyed working here and developing my skills and, hopefully, I have had a positive influence on not only the group but the squad overall. However, during the season the time commitment has put a strain on my family and on reflection, and giving it a lot of consideration, I will be leaving my position as first-team goalkeeping coach. I have spoken to (first team manager) Matt (Taylor) and I will stay and support the club's recruitment of the first team goalkeeping coach and goalkeepers however Matt sees fit. Thank you again for the opportunity to work at such a fantastic football club."

Weale hasn't revealed whether he intends to stay within the footballing industry, but presumably would favour something that kept him in the local Somerset or North Dorset area.


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12 May 2019 : Two Familiar Faces Complete 2019-20 National League Line-Up
Yeovil Town's National League opponents for the 2019-20 season are now known. The final two matches of the 2018-19 campaign saw the National League North and National League South Play-Off Finals take place on Sunday afternoon. On both occasions, it was familiar opponents that triumphed. In the Southern Play-Off Final, Woking gained promotion back to the fifth tier after a single season down at that level. In front of an impressive 4,865 spectators, it was an Armani Little free kick that saw off Welling United at Kingfield.

They will be joined by Chorley, who were taken the full 120 minutes, including a penalty shootout, after their match against Spennymoor Town ended up in a 1-1 draw. In front of 3,594 spectators, both goals were scored during extra time, with a header from Scott Leather being very quickly cancelled out. It went to spot kicks, with the home side triumphing by a 4-3 scoreline.

Woking were regular opponents of Yeovil Town's between 1991 and 2003. After the two clubs met in the FA Cup in 1991, Woking's promotion to that level saw the two clubs compete at League level betwen 1992 and 1994 and then between 1997 and 2003, before Yeovil's rise into the Football League. The two clubs shared numerous personnel, with Colin Lippiatt managing the Glovers, whilst the likes of Steve Thompson, Kevan Brown, David Piper, Colin Fielder, Matt Hayfield and Warren Patmore played for both.

There is less history between Yeovil and Lancashire side Chorley. The two sides met in a 1979-80 FA Trophy tie, and then played each other four times during the 1988-89 and 1989-90 season. The last match came in April 1990, meaning that for their fans Huish Park will be a new ground. Since their relegation at the end of that season, they've not played at fifth tier level since, although have spent the last five seasons occupying top eight positions in National League North, with them suffering three play-off failures until Sunday afternoon's success. They still play at Victory Park - the ground they have occupied since its opening in 1920.

Relegated To The National League: Notts County and Yeovil Town

Play-Off Losers: AFC Fylde, Solihull Moors, Wrexham, Harrogate Town, Eastleigh

Other National League Clubs: Ebbsfleet United, Gateshead, Sutton United, Barrow, Bromley, Barnet, Dover Athletic, Chesterfield, Halifax Town, Hartlepool United, Dagenham and Redbridge, Maidenhead United, Boreham Wood.

National League South: Torquay United (Champions), Woking (Play-Off Winners).

National League North: Stockport County (Champions), Chorley (Play-Off Winners).

Woking's Leslie Gosden Stand - their biggest seated capacity at Kingfield
Woking's Leslie Gosden Stand - their biggest seated capacity at Kingfield



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12 May 2019 : Date Set For 2019 Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy
The Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy will be up for grabs again next month. The match between Yeovil Town Supporters and Exeter City Supporters will be played on Sunday 9th June at Huish Park on the 3G pitch, with a midday kickoff. This match is free of charge to watch, but make sure that you bring plenty of loose change, as there will be ways to donate to the Adam Stansfield Foundation or participate in fundraising activities on the day.

Yeovil Town are the current holders of the trophy, having won the May 2018 match in Devon by a 4-1 scoreline. This time around they'll be on home turf, so put the date in your diary to get down to Huish Park to support them.


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12 May 2019 : Alan Skirton RIP : 1939-2019
Alan Skirton, in a picture taken last season
Alan Skirton, pictured during 2001 whilst at Yeovil Town
Photo © 2002-19 Ciderspace/Tim Lancaster
We're sorry to hear that former Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Alan Skirton has passed away at the age of 80 years old. The former Arsenal, Blackpool, Bristol City, Torquay United and Bath City winger had a 21 year association with the club at both the old Huish and the current Huish Park grounds, and was the main voice that fans heard over the tannoy during that period, before retirement saw him position himself in the stands as a supporter of the football club.

Alan joined Yeovil Town Football Club on 14th Sept 1981. Chairman David Hawker and Director Bryan Moore had heard of his work at Bath City and persuaded him to make the move to South Somerset. An offer from Bristol City was also on the table, thankfully Alan made the right choice. On his arrival he found the club's Lottery in a poor state and set about introducing a door-to-door sales team that would prove to be very successful. Years later the introduction of the National Lottery meant that changes had to be made, but the Lottery Office still continued to raise important funds for the football club.

Through various advertising and sponsorship schemes several million pounds were raised for the club. But his most successful scheme was undoubtedly the Patron Scheme that allowed businesses large and small to become involved with the club. Alan has often been given the credit for introducing the Patron's Scheme, however he was always quick to point out that it was spawned from an idea raised by Tony Williams, a director of the club at the time, who came across a similar scheme at Bognor Regis Football Club and thought it would be beneficial to Yeovil Town. Alan's hard work ensured this to be the case, and it was hugely influential in the club's cashflow position, particularly during the summer months, up until the point when the club surprisingly dropped it during the mid-2000s.

Alan was born in Bath in 1939 and it was at Bath City where he started in football, a career that would fill his working life. His early days at Bath City had the scouts flocking to Twerton Park, a short spell working for Bath Council, followed by National Service delayed his entry into Professional Football.
When Arsenal made him an offer a 19 year old Alan headed for the capital. Unfortunately Tuberculosis halted his Arsenal career before it had hardly started, but 18 months later he began 6 years in the Arsenal team which would bring 154 first team appearance and 54 goals, quite an achievement for a winger playing at the highest level. He is among a select band of wingers who have scored 100 league goals.

A £30,000 transfer to Blackpool followed where Alan stayed for 3 years, once again scoring a goal every three games. A move back south to Bristol City, and then Torquay United followed before Alan ended his playing days at Weymouth. He even managed to fit in a short spell winning the League title in South Africa playing for Durban City with Johnny Haynes and Budgie Byrne.

Alan Skirton is on the top row, second left, in this Arsenal team photo
Alan Skirton is on the top row, second left, in this Arsenal team photo


Alan's discipline on the field was excellent, in fact he was never even booked when playing for Arsenal, although many Yeovil fans will recall an incident with Yeovil goalkeeper Tony Clark that should have seen a 'veteran' Weymouth winger being reprimanded by the referee! As Alan's playing career was coming to an end he saw how the then Weymouth Commercial manager, Alec Jackson, earned his living and felt that this could be his own future, he assisted in the commercial department at Weymouth during the latter days of his playing career. He then moved back to his hometown club Bath City to become the Commercial Manager and stayed for 10 years, even reviving his playing career and playing a few games for them in the Southern League. When Yeovil Town stepped in he could see the potential in South Somerset and set about a task that would lead to him being one of the most successful Commercial Managers in Non League football.

For 21 years Alan was the face, and voice, of Yeovil Town Football Club. Businesses near and far were persuaded to sponsor the club or advertise in one way or another. Matchdays at Huish or Huish Park saw Alan on the microphone, although the power in the voice meant that the assistance of amplification was not always been necessary in the Vice Presidents lounge! He officially retired from the club in October 2002, just before they entered the Football League, although provided them with consultancy for some time after that, as well as taking his seat in the Main Stand, where he watched his team take the Conference title.

Alan's retirement saw him stay living in Somerset, meaning that he kept in touch with those who he had established friendships with, throughout his life. He was particularly popular with club sponsors and Patrons from the 1980s and 1990s, who he treated not only as business partners, but as friends. As such he was always spoken about highly at the club by those of that era. Our sincere condolences to his wife Jane, his son Andrew and all of the Skirton family. He will most certainly be missed.

Alan Skirton - bottom right in the Blackpool team photo - shortly before he departed for Ashton Gate
Alan Skirton - bottom right in the Blackpool team photo - shortly before he departed for Ashton Gate


[With thanks to former Patron John Baker for providing much of the above history of Alan's involvement at the club.]


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12 May 2019 : Gary Johnson's Views On Yeovil Town's Relegation
Just under two weeks ago, Yeovil Town's relegation from the Football League was confirmed. As part of a wider feature detailing what had gone wrong at the club over the years, former boss Gary Johnson appeared live on BBC Somerset's Breakfast Show programme. Gary speaks to presenter Claire Carter about his feelings on the relegation, why the club had developed problems, and what he felt needed to happen now at Huish Park.

His thoughts, which were given prior to the news that the club's takeover would not be going through and so should be read in that context, can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After Yeovil Town Are Relegated From The Football League.


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11 May 2019 : Glovers Face New Opposition In AFC Fylde After Their National League Play-Off Final Defeat
Yeovil Town will play AFC Fylde for the first time in the club's history during the 2019-20 season. The Lancashire club were defeated in the National League Play-Off Final this afternoon, with Salford City being promoted to the Football League for the first time, winning the match by a 3-0 scoreline. Goals from Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, Carl Piergianni and Ibou Touray gave Salford their fourth promotion in five seasons, with that rise being sparked by their 2014 takeover that saw Singapore businessman Peter Lim take a 40 percent share in the club, joined by five former Manchester United players in Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs, with a sixth in David Beckham taking a 10 percent stake in January 2019.

AFC Fylde have had plenty of recent success as well. Back in 2007 they were known as Kirkham and Wesham, and were in the West Lancashire League, where they won the league title seven times in eight years but without being able to obtain promotion. In 2007-08 they switched to the North West Counties League and won the FA Vase, before renaming themselves as AFC Fylde, after the coastal plain in Lancashire that Wesham lies in - midway between Preston and Blackpool.

Under the new name they've been North West Counties League Champions (2008-09), Northern Premier League Division One North Champions (2011-12), Northern Premier League Play-Off Winners (2013-14) and National League North Champions (2016-17). This was their second season in the National League main division, finishing 7th and then 5th this year.

Given their location, in a town of just 3,584 (nearby Kirkham had a population of 7,194 in the same 2011 Census), they are a northern version of Forest Green Rovers - a 'village' side backed by a wealthy owner. Chairman David Haythornthwaite has made his money in the veterinary industry under the Tangerine Group which is based in Lytham St Annes. They also own the Mill Farm Sports Village, an £18 million entertainment complex which includes the 6,000 capacity Mill Farm football ground. This stadium is brand new, having only been opened in August 2016. This season they drew an average of 1,650 spectators to the ground.

For Saturday afternoon's trip to Wembley, neither side could draw a particularly impressive crowd. Just 8,049 travelled south to Wembley Stadium - an unfortunate scenario born out of both finalists being relatively new to this level of football, and with the National League Semi-Finals being played only last weekend, leaving fans just six days to buy their tickets and make their travel plans.

Relegated To The National League: Notts County and Yeovil Town

Play-Off Losers: AFC Fylde, Solihull Moors, Wrexham, Harrogate Town, Eastleigh

Other National League Clubs: Ebbsfleet United, Gateshead, Sutton United, Barrow, Bromley, Barnet, Dover Athletic, Chesterfield, Halifax Town, Hartlepool United, Dagenham and Redbridge, Maidenhead United, Boreham Wood.

National League South Champions: Torquay United.

National League South Play-Off Final: Woking vs Welling United (Sunday 12th May).

National League North Champions: Stockport County.

National League North Play-Off Final: Chorley vs Spennymoor Town (Sunday 12th May).

AFC Fylde's Mill Farm stadium, opened in 2016
AFC Fylde's Mill Farm stadium, opened in 2016



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11 May 2019 : Rob Couhig Statement On Yeovil Town Takeover Failure
New Orleans Businessman Rob Couhig has provided a statement, reacting to the failure of his takeover attempt of Yeovil Town Football Club. Couhig has provided his statement to the Glovers Trust, who have published it in full. Couhig denies that the failure of the deal came down to either the club's relegation to the National League, or the price agreed between the two parties.

Couhig expresses his disappointment that the deal could not conclude, and reveals that he is now looking at alternative football clubs where he hopes he will be able to ultimately gain ownership. His statement, provided to the Glovers Trust, reads as follows:

"I am disappointed that the owners of Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited, John Fry and Norman Hayward, and I were not able to satisfactorily conclude our negotiations. The team’s unfortunate relegation was not the reason nor was it the price. Missy and I will always have fond memories of Yeovil. It has been a privilege to make friends and acquaintances in the community. We will be returning soon and look forward to seeing everyone at that time.

The club is extraordinarily fortunate to have such a loyal and supportive fan base. I am confident that with proper leadership the team can regain its rightful place in the Football League. While I had hoped to help lead that renaissance, that is not to be.

I remain very excited about the opportunity presented in a properly run Football Club. In the very short time since the Board of Yeovil made its decision, I have been approached with several potentially excellent opportunities in Football. Mark Palmer and I will begin examining those Clubs in the coming days and with a little luck, hope to be able to compete this season.

My thanks go out to Mark (Palmer), Neale (Marmon), the fans, supporter groups, sponsors, the ‘Don’ at Tamburino’s and, of course, the staff at Lanes for making us feel welcome and excited about the potential with the Glovers
."

The Trust have added their own views on the subject as an addendum, saying:

"The Trust Board would like to publically thank Rob for his efforts to provide fresh direction and investment to our beloved Club and wish him well in his aim to make a success of a Football Club of his own."


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10 May 2019 : Dave Linney Talks About The Takeover Collapse And Recent Relegation
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town confirmed that their takeover talks with American businessman Rob Couhig had collapsed. As part of a wider feature, BBC Somerset reporter Jack Killah spoke to Commercial Manager Dave Linney to get some office-level views on the news, as well as the club's recent relegation. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC About The Collapse Of The Club's Takeover.


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10 May 2019 : Pennock Linked With Yeovil Town Management Vacancy
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Tony Pennock is being connected with the first team management vacancy at Huish Park. The 48 year old is currently a first team coach at Hull City and the Hull Daily Mail is claiming that Tony "has been identified as a potential candidate" for the job.

Pennock is currently favourite with the bookmakers for the job, although the paper claims that their information has come from a non-bookies source. He's had two spells with Hull, having first joined them in 2014 as their Academy Manager. He became First Team Coach in November 2016, but a change of management led to him leaving the club entirely in January 2017. In June 2017, he returned to the club after another management change saw them ask him to return.

Aside from his roles at Hull, he managed Port Talbot Town during the 2007-08 season and also had a brief spell in charge of Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town for a brief period during 2017 in between his two Hull spells. Pennock was also in charge of the Welsh semi-professional side. Earlier in his career, Pennock was Swansea City's goalkeeper coach, and in July 2008 he was also given the role of head Of Youth Development at the Liberty Stadium.

Pennock is of course a modern day legend at Yeovil Town, having made 307 appearances for the club between 1995 and 2001 during their Conference league days. He left a year after the club made the decision to go full time. Pennock also scored twice for the Glovers during his career - both from the penalty spot. He netted during the tail end of the 1996-97 season against Chertsey Town after the club had won the Isthmian League title, but also scored during an FA Cup penalty shoot-out against West Auckland in November 1998.

Link: Tony Pennock : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 May 2019 : Clarke Teams Up With Saddlers
Given Yeovil Town's uncertain Football League status at the time, and the question marks over the club's ownership, it's doubtful that it was ever on the cards. However, the name of former Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke can now be firmly crossed off the list of prospective future first team managers at Huish Park.

Clarke has been given a three year contract with Midlands side Walsall, who were relegated from League One at the end of the 2018-19 season, and so will commence next year in League Two. They had sacked Dean Keates on April 6th, and put Martin O'Connor in Caretaker charge until the end of that seaaon. But O'Connor was unable to turn around the Saddlers' fortunes, and now with the season over, Clarke has been given the job on a permanent basis.

The 41 year old's name featured fairly highly in the bookmakers' lists, with the Somerset and Bristol local papers running a series of articles linking him with the job. That led to Quest TV's Football League highlights show asking Clarke if he had any interest in the job, with the Mansfield-born manager giving a suitably vague answer. He'll now move to the Banks's Stadium - as yet it's not been revealed who his assistant or coaching staff will be.


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9 May 2019 : Marmon Believes Club Needs Direction To Succeed After He Exits The Club
Outgoing Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon believes that the club needs direction if it is to succeed going forward. The 58 year old left the club yesterday, following five months with the club that saw him serve as a first team coach following Terry Skiverton's move across into the Academy, followed by his move into a temporary front line role after Darren Way's departure from the club.

The intention had been for Marmon to take on a permanent role for the 2019-20 season as a Sporting Director under the new ownership. However, the collapse of Rob Couhig's takeover yesterday also resulted in Marmon leaving the club, meaning that the club now have no acting manager. Marmon felt that the club's overall lack of direction was responsible for the club's long terms decline. He told BBC Somerset that he was desperately disappointed to be leaving the club, but believed those longer term issues would remain:

"Desperately, because I just think the team had started to produce towards the end of the season. We knew it was the youngest team in the Football League, and we played some good football there towards the end of the season. But it's one of those things where if you haven't got everything sorted out within the system and within the club I don't think that everyone knows what direction you're going to be going in. There's no sort of concept behind it, and that's why they've had a lot of problems in the last three or four years. I just think that the players obviously need to have a direction. But it's been confirmed today that the deal hasn't gone through and the club are going to have to look elsewhere for investors."

Marmon was asked for his views on the club's finances, and whether fans should fear the situation now that Couhig has dropped out. He said that he had no views either way on what the club's financial position was, but did warn that they needed to choose between whether they wanted to just survive in the National League or to push for a quick return back into the Football League:

"I don't know what the financial situation is. I've haven't heard positive and I haven't heard negative. But basically if they've got their house sorted out and they've got their finances sorted out, then you can survive in that league (National League) as well. But if you want to get out of that league, then the budget should be at least the same as it was last year, to be able to finance good players to come in and support the core you've kept now - if they keep the squad, as I don't know yet what the opinions are."

Marmon also delivered a final message at unnamed people, stating that he saw the club as divided, accusing some of working to their own agendas, rather than as a united force:

"A lot of people have got to get rid of their egos. I think they've got a lot of their own agendas and instead of working together, they're working against each other."


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8 May 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : Back To Square One Again
This morning confirmed what had been on the rumourmill over the Bank Holiday weekend - that New Orleans lawyer Rob Couhig would not be buying the football club. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers why that deal may have fallen down, and where it leaves the club going forward, as they move into the summer months. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own inputs into the situation.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Back To Square One Again.


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8 May 2019 : Rossiter Returns With Formal Offer After Couhig Collapse
Former Yeovil Town Director Andy Rossiter has given a reaction to this morning's news, confirming that plans for Rob Couhig to purchase the football club have collapsed. Rossiter had been part of a local consortium that attempted to purchase the club in late 2017 and early 2018, with that deal presumed to have been curtailed in the wake of the club getting a cash windfall from the 2017-18 season FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United.

With rumours that the Couhig deal was on the edge of collapsing already out there over the past week or two, today's formal statement by the club comes as little surprise. Rossiter says that although he is sad to see Couhig's deal collapse, he has already reestablished contact with the club in an effort to revive his own club takeover plans:

"I am desperately sorry to hear that the deal was unable to be concluded. This news will be a huge disappointment to those loyal fans that even after our relegation have been patiently waiting for things to change at the club. Certainly a change of ownership and stewardship is now critical following the clubs relegation. I am aware that our loyal fans are anxious about the future of YTFC. I can confirm we have made a formal offer to the appropriate body to enter into exclusive talks to purchase YTFC. We are waiting for a response from club in this regard. I would like to assure the club and our fans we have funds available to complete a deal very quickly."

Andy Rossiter, who is the owner of Yeovil-based company Radio Cabs, had two spells with the Yeovil Town Board, with the second spell ending in August 2018, when he expressed concerns about the club's direction of travel, as well as confirming that he had led a group of South-West based personnel who were trying to take over the club during the 2017-18 campaign. He had been Chairman of the club's Academy until his resignation, and is still the main sponsor of the Copse Road Terrace at Huish Park.


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8 May 2019 : Yeovil Town Issue Statement Confirming Takeover Collapse
Yeovil Town have issued a formal statement confirming yesterday's events concerning New Orleans businessman Rob Couhig and Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon. On both counts, the rumourmill has been proven correct, with Couhig's interest in purchasing the club being ended after current owner Norman Hayward and Couhig were unable to reach commercial agreement on the deal.

In addition, Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon, who had been earmarked to become Couhig's Sporting Director, has also left the club, with reports that he will be returning to Germany. The club's statement reads as follows:

"Yeovil Town FC can confirm that it has not been possible to agree mutually acceptable terms and conditions with Feliciana EFL Limited and Mr. Robert Couhig, so the proposed sale of the Club to them will not go ahead. The Club will continue to seek potential investors whilst concentrating on planning to bounce back from relegation. As a consequence, Interim Manager Neale Marmon will depart Huish Park with immediate effect and the Club would like to wish Neale all the best for the future. The Club will now continue the search for a new First Team Manager in order to allow for a successful summer of player retention and recruitment."

The club's statement provokes a number of unanswered questions. In the club's February 19th statement, they claimed that "an agreement [had] been reached between the club's current ownership and Feliciana EFL Limited". Today's statement tells fans that "it has not been possible to agree" terms between the two parties. These two statements would appear to conflict in terms of whether agreement had been reached on February 19th, or not.

The second unanswered question is how the club will handle the issue of the end of season Released and Retained lists. First Team Coach Paul Terry remains as the only senior member of the management team who can field any outstanding issues in that area. The club have not named him as a Caretaker Manager at this stage. However, that list of players needs to be published by Saturday 18th May - 14 days after the club's final competitive fixture of the 2018-19 season - otherwise all out of contract players, including those aged Under-24 years old, are deemed by default to be 'released' and are free to talk to other clubs. Even if offers are put in place, it is hard to see those players putting pen to paper without any active ownership or management team in place. The club need to explain how that gap will be resolved.

The third unanswered question is whether the club remains up for sale and open to external bidders. During BBC Somerset, match coverage on Saturday, reporter Chris Spittles stated that owner Norman Hayward had not been at the club during 2019, which would point to an ownership vacuum at Huish Park. How will this be addressed both in the short-term and in the medium/long-term?


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8 May 2019 : Glovers Trust Statement On The Possible Takeover Collapse
If the end of the season and relegation wasn't enough of a farce, then the ongoing takeover of the club is extra indignation that our club and its supporters could well have done without. There is frustration and anger at the lack of progress and communication. We, like many, expected the deal to be done, finished and signed off by now.

During recent times we have been trying to get answers to a range of questions about the takeover. Questions about the future ownership structure, ownership of the land not only the stadium but surrounding it and importantly when this will all take place. These questions have not been answered. We've wanted to send an update out earlier, but that is difficult to do with nothing substantial to pass on.

While we understand that confidentiality agreements are in place, this silence is unnerving. To make it worse, we have heard rumours – as many have – and have seen posts in the media by the likes of well-informed reporter Chris Spittles. While these rumours are difficult to substantiate, we have sought and continue to seek clarity. In its absence, we now have serious concerns if this deal will get over the line at all. If it doesn't, what next?

This season has been hard enough and this further chaos, unless addressed, we fear could bring lasting damage to the club. Despite the swirl of rumours, it is unclear who is to blame for this ever-continuing mess or why it was allowed to happen.

It's not just the long-term planning, but short term as well. If there is a void we worry about the planning for next season, not just in terms of the squad, but season tickets and other key aspects needed to make sure our stay in the National League is as short as possible.

The Trust is naturally preparing for what could happen in the event of an ever-worsening situation. We will get ready to mobilise if our club is under threat. We sincerely hope that it will not get to that point and we urge a resolution so that we can look to the future with stability.

We compel those involved - the current owners and Mr Couhig - to make a public statement on the current status of the takeover. The supporters of Yeovil Town Football Club demand answers and we've been through enough of late. The situation is not befitting of a club with almost 125 years of history behind it. The institution and name of Yeovil Town Football Club and its supporters deserve better from those who currently sit in the boardroom as well as those who wish to. Be clear but be honest and do it now!

The Board of the Glovers Trust.


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7 May 2019 : Marmon Departure Also On The Cards?
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon is reported to be on his way out of the club. The former Colchester United defender, who has spent much of his career playing and coaching in Germany, had been at Huish Park as a first team coach since January 2019. Initially his arrival was badged as temporary cover for the loss of Terry Skiverton, but it later transpired that he was there on behalf of the prospective owner Rob Couhig and had been recruited by the club's Football Advisor Mark Palmer.

When Darren Way was sacked as first team manager on March 24th, the current Yeovil Town hierarchy gave Marmon the Caretaker Manager role, leaving him in charge for the final seven matches of the 2018-19 season. Although he managed some minor improvements during those matches, compared to the run of form the club were on at that time, he was unable to manage a victory, with the team gaining four draws and three defeats as the club's sixteen year Football League spell was brought to an end.

Local reporter Chris Spittles believes that Marmon is now returning to Germany with his short term contract at the club having ended. Although Marmon is believed to have been in Yeovil today, it would appear that won't be the case for much longer. Chris has said via his Twitter account:

"I understand Yeovil Town interim manager Neale Marmon is leaving the club and returning to Germany after his contract ended this weekend. Is closely linked with takeover so is another indication it's now unlikely to happen. Marmon was lined up to be Yeovil Town's Sporting Director under the Couhig regime and had been planning for next season. Who will decide on Yeovil's retained list and shape next season's squad is now unclear. While other clubs are releasing players and making signings, Yeovil are in limbo without a manager to make key decisions. Swift action is needed over ownership and first team management."

If Marmon's departure is confirmed, that will put emphasis upon the problems the club will face until the ownership situation is resolved. First Team Coach Paul Terry is the only remaining senior member of the management team, but even he is believed to be working to short-term employment arrangements. Any Released and Retained List the club issue will have to be based on the recommendations of Marmon, but without any active ownership or a clear football operations structure, recruiting a replacement manager, and subsequently players will become much harder. If this is coupled with the expected end of Rob Couhig's takeover, then it will leave the club entirely in limbo for the foreseeable future.


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7 May 2019 : Valiants Complete Football Club Takeover
League Two side Port Vale have fully completed their ownership takeover. The Valiants have today announced that owner Norman Smurthwaite has sold his entire shareholding to a local consortium led by Carol Shanahan and Kevin Shanahan - who own Hanley-based company Synectics Solutions. Carol is already known well to Valiants fans, as she is Chairperson of the Port Vale Foundation Trust, whilst both are known as regular supporters. Smurthwaite had put the club up for sale in 2016, but went through a number of unsuccessful negotiations with interested parties until they reached April 2019.

Matters had accelerated when on March 24th 2019, Smurthwaite threatened to put the club into administration at the end of the 2018-19 season, stating that after May 5th he would refuse to put any more money into the club from his own pocket. By that point the Shanahans had made three attempts to purchase the club, all of which were turned down, with the third bid reported as being in excess of £4 million.

However, on April 2nd, Port Vale confirmed that Carol and Kevin Shanahan had entered into a Confidentiality and Exclusivity Agreement with the club, with a headline price being agreed between all parties. That then led to them completing the legal paperwork along with the EFL's Fit and Proper Person Test across a five week period. As part of the deal, the new owners have also purchased Vale Park, which Smurthwaite had previously separated into a separate legal company. The statement confirmed that this asset would now be merged back into the football club itself:

"The club can confirm that Carol and Kevin Shanahan have completed the purchase of Port Vale Football Club. The first action has been for the club to purchase Vale Park in its entirety and bring it back under the ownership of the club. All future revenue generated within Vale Park will remain within Port Vale Football Club."

Port Vale's timeline for their takeover will be of interest to Yeovil Town fans, given that they have moved from having an agreement in principle on April 2nd, through to completing the legal takeover and the EFL Ownership steps in precisely five weeks. By comparison, Yeovil Town had reached the same stage with Rob Couhig on February 19th, yet have not been able to reach completion on their deal. However, unconfirmed reports from earlier today suggest that deal is now on the rocks. When placed side-by-side the one clear fact is that both have moved to radically different timelines.


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7 May 2019 : Couhig Deal In Serious Doubt?
Yeovil Town's hopes of getting a takeover completed with American businessman Rob Couhig would appear to be on the rocks. Information received via a couple of sources over the last 24 hours would imply that the deal with the New Orleans lawyer is either 'off' or 'close to collapse', following further discussions over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The initial timeline, based on a statement issued by the football club on February 19th, and an associated interview with Couhig, suggested that they expected matters to be completed in a month, which should have enabled a full takeover to have gone through around mid-March. However, it is now two-and-a-half months since his unveiling and there are still no signs of that deal having gone over the line.

Local reporter Chris Spittles has given his views on the subject, and his belief is that this deal will not proceed, and is seeking clarification from the club as to what they believe the situation to be. Chris said via his Twitter account:

"I'm hearing from multiple reliable sources that Rob Couhig's takeover of Yeovil Town is in serious doubt. Hoping for clarification from the club this afternoon but after months of negotiation this would be a big blow. If the Couhig deal is off, it could re-open the door for the Andy Rossiter-led consortium, who have remained in the background and could still be keen to do a deal. It certainly looks like current Yeovil Town owner Norman Hayward wants out. Hayward has been absent from games for months. Whatever happens with potential takeovers needs to move quickly now, with the future of the club at stake."

Whilst the club's February 19th statement claimed that only EFL approval was needed to complete the deal, more recent interviews with Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has alluded to 'due diligence' on the deal being performed, whilst on Saturday he described the two parties as 'negotiating', strongly implying that the February claim of an 'agreement' having already been reached between the two parties was overcooked. At the time of his arrival in the UK in February, Couhig did say in an interview that he regarded 'due diligence' as still outstanding in addition to the EFL certification, and this aspect of the deal would appear to have never been resolved.

At present, the club have not provided any statement on how the takeover talks are moving, with last week's club statement not even referencing the ongoing situation, in their assessment of the club's relegation from the Football League.


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7 May 2019 : Neale Marmon Talks About Carlisle United Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Carlisle United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Neale explained the absence of goalkeeper Nathan Baxter and midfielder Sessi D'Almeida and also touched on the inclusion of Alefe Santos and a number of Academy players on the teamsheet. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Carlisle United.


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6 May 2019 : High Holborne Shield 2019 Final At Huish Park
Yeovil Town's Huish Park stadium will once again stage the final of the High Holborne Shield this week. The Under-12s local cup competition has historically been the played as one of the final matches before the pitch is closed for its usual summer maintenance. This final has seen the likes of Chris Weale, Craig Alcock and Martin Cranie compete in it, so those who have turned out have sometimes ended up on the Huish Park pitch many years later in their lives.

This year's final will see Aller Park Rangers (based in Somerton), take on East Coker Cockerels in the final. The match will be played on Wednesday 8th May at Huish Park with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. The gates will open an hour earlier. Admission prices are £5.00 for adults, which includes a free programme, whilst Under-16s can gain admission free of charge. All local football fans are invited to attend.

High Holborne Shield 2019 Final on Wednesday
High Holborne Shield 2019 Final on Wednesday



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6 May 2019 : Ups'n'Downs : Welcome Back To The National League
With the 2018-19 season now nearly over, Yeovil Town have a fairly clear picture in terms of who they will be playing during the 2019-20 season. With relegation to the National League (or the Conference, as we shall keep mistakenly calling it) the Glovers will begin life back in fifth tier football for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Assuming there is no late drama in terms of clubs falling into liquidation or getting kicked out of the Football League, the only positions that are still yet to be settled are those of the three National League Play-Off Finals.

The National League Play-Off Final will be contested by two clubs that Yeovil Town have never played against, with Lancashire side AFC Fylde (based in Wesham, which lies midway between Preston and Blackpool) coming up against Greater Manchester side Salford City. One of those clubs will rise into the Football League, with the losers becoming our opponents next season. The match will be played next Saturday at Wembley Stadium and will be live on BT Sport.

There are also a couple of other teams that will be unfamiliar to many Yeovil Town supporters. The club have never faced North Yorkshire side Harrogate Town before, whilst Hampshire side Eastleigh are only familiar from a July 2006 pre-season friendly. The club have also never played Solihull Moors, Wrexham or Maidenhead United in league matches, although all three have provided cup opposition. If you are an absolute pedant, we have never played FC Halifax Town before, given they are strictly speaking a 2008 reincarnation of Halifax Town AFC who fell into financial oblivion eleven years ago. However, the club have faced Ebbsfleet United before, as up until 2007 we knew them as Gravesend and Northfleet, with the name change intended to take advantage of the prominence of Ebbsfleet International Railway Station that was opened in the same year.

Since Yeovil Town left the 'Conference' division, there has been some restructuring, with a National League South and National League North sixth tier level acting as feeders into the main National League division. The two Champions at that level will need no introduction, with Gary Johnson having got his sixth career promotion as first team manager with Torquay United. Back in November 2018, there were 43 places separating Yeovil Town and Stockport County when the two teams met in the FA Cup. As National League North champions they will now meet us as equals.

The National League South Play-Off Final will also see a familiar club head back to Huish Park next season, with finalists Woking and Welling United having been regular opponents during our non-league days. In the National League North though, there could be a new face. Whilst Chorley are former Conference opponents that we faced between 1988 and 1990, they will play County Durham side Spennymoor in their final. The Wear Valley side play seven miles south of Durham, meaning that if they beat Chorley they would be brand new opponents for Glovers fans. Both finals will be played on Sunday 12th May.

Relegated To The National League: Notts County and Yeovil Town

National League Play-Off Final: Salford City vs AFC Fylde (Saturday 11th May, Wembley Stadium).

Play-Off Losers: Solihull Moors, Wrexham, Harrogate Town, Eastleigh

Other National League Clubs: Ebbsfleet United, Gateshead, Sutton United, Barrow, Bromley, Barnet, Dover Athletic, Chesterfield, Halifax Town, Hartlepool United, Dagenham and Redbridge, Maidenhead United, Boreham Wood.

National League South Champions: Torquay United.

National League South Play-Off Final: Woking vs Welling United (Sunday 12th May).

National League North Champions: Stockport County.

National League North Play-Off Final: Chorley vs Spennymoor Town (Sunday 12th May).


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5 May 2019 : Neale Marmon's Verdict On The Carlisle United Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Carlisle United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Neale gives his views on the game, his own future at the club, and the takeover itself. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Carlisle United.


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5 May 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch YouTube-based footage of Yeovil Town's final 2018-19 season fixture against Carlisle United, this is now online. Two minutes worth of highlights from the 0-0 draw can be viewed, that shows chances for Alex Pattison and Alex Fisher, a double chance for Jake Gray, followed by a late effort for Ryan Seager. Watch the video below.




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5 May 2019 : Fifth Academy Scholar Confirms Yeovil Town Departure
Another one of Yeovil Town's Second Year Scholars has announced his departure from the club. Goalkeeper Tommy Scott was an unused substitute in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Carlisle United, but that will represent his final involvement with the club. He is the fifth player to be confirmed as exiting the club, after four other Academy personnel from his age group also were confirmed as leaving. Tommy announced his departure via his Twitter account:

"Ending my 2 years with Yeovil Town on a high, being involved with the first team in the final game of the season. Just want to thank all staff members for everything they’ve done for me over my time and wish them all the best. To the lads it’s been a pleasure."

Tommy appeared on the first team bench on six separate occasions, to act as cover for situations where the club only had one available professional goalkeeper, featuring twice during the 2017-18 season, and four times during the 2018-19 season. However, he didn't get as far as the field of play.

Last week, four other scholars were known to be leaving after they registered for LFE Exit Trials that take place during the coming week. Midfielder Lewis Dix, attacking midfielder/winger Nestor Shako, striker Neville Nzembela and defender Tom Hayes will be seeking new clubs.

Of the other second year scholars, left-back Daniel Ojo and winger Gabriel Rogers were given professional contracts with the club until the summer of 2021. Midfielder Alex John is the one player whose future has not been made public - he has been called up into the Wales Under-19s squad for a training camp this week, which might explain his special circumstances. The only other second year scholar not mentioned is Hong Wan, who was training with Luton Town in March 2019 but is believed to have been released by the club prior to that trial with the Hatters.


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5 May 2019 : Yeovil 0 Carlisle 0 : Glovers Draw A Blank In Their Farewell League Game
Yeovil Town finished their 2018-19 season with a 0-0 draw against a Carlisle United side who ultimately failed to climb into the play-off positions on the final day. The Glovers had to spend 70 minutes showing dogged defending as the visitors created a large number of chances, notably early in the second half when Hallam Hope broke behind the defence only to find keeper Stuart Nelson in the way. In the closing stages, the Glovers finally got into gear with chances for Alex Dobre, Alex Fisher and Jake Gray, but had to settle for their third consecutive draw, with them finishing bottom of the Football League, as Notts County joined them in the National League for the 2019-20 campaign.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up. Both were enforced with goalkeeper Nathan Baxter and midfielder Sessi D'Almeida having picked up knocks that ruled them out. They were replaced by Stuart Nelson and Alefe Santos, with Tommy Scott and Devon Arnold co-opted onto the bench to provide four players from the Academy set-up on the teamsheet.

The first half was one-way traffic - entirely. Carlisle attacked the home end of the ground and there were various points where the Glovers struggled to get the ball out of their own half. Former Hartlepool United winger Nathan Thomas planted a ball into the box with Hallam Hope got on the end of, but Stuart Nelson got in the way of the attempt. Then Thomas tried one from 25 yards out, with Nelson getting his body behind the ball well. Callum O'Hare dragged his shot wide, and the concern was that Yeovil weren't doing an awful lot to stretch Carlisle and give them something to think about at the other end.

Carlisle needed to win the match to have any hope of making the play-offs and they continued their pressure by working a short corner into the path of Stefan Scougall, which was drilled wide. Next Michael Jones tried his luck from distance, but again Stuart Nelson was comfortable in getting behind the shot. Carlisle finished the half with more efforts from Scougall, Jones and Nathan Thomas and perhaps the pattern was that a lot of their chances were coming from distance, as once they got into the box the Glovers defence was standing firm, with Bevis Mugabi particularly looking rock solid in how he forced Carlisle away from goal.

Initially, when the second half commenced, it looked like more of the same. Nathan Thomas had a shot saved before Carlisle got their best chance of the game, as a Michael Jones ball through the middle found Hallam Hope behind the back four. However, Stuart Nelson stood up well to block the shot, and although it squirmed behind him, a Glovers defender cleared the loose ball to safety.

It took 57 minutes, but at that point the Glovers actually had their first shot of the game! Jake Gray had just had a cross into the box blocked out for a corner, and from the resulting set-piece, the ball was only half cleared with a cross from Courtney Duffus finding Alex Dobre, whose header was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar for a second corner. Almost as if a penny had dropped within the Glovers ranks, Dobre tried his luck again two minutes later - this time the shot from the edge of the box was well over the crossbar, but it began to change the tone of the game, with two teams now in the match, rather than one.

The balance of the match was also influenced by a series of substitutions. Alefe Santos made way for Yoann Arquin, meaning that Jake Gray moved into the middle to cover the central position, whilst Arquin took up Gray's wide role. Then Ryan Seager replaced Tristan Abrahams, as Alex Dobre dropped into the other wide position. These changes seemed to energise Yeovil, who played out the remainder of the match as the better team. Alex Pattison's shot around the penalty box wasn't strong enough to worry Adam Collin, but Yeovil quickly followed it up with a Tom James near post header that showed great movement as the ball whistled wide of the goal.

As Alex Fisher became the final substitution of the afternoon, replacing Courtney Duffus, he almost scored with his first touch, as his glancing header went across to the far post, with Anthony Gerrard almost making a mess of it as he tried to clear the ball but came close to nudging it into his own net. From his new central position, Jake Gray then produced two fierce shots that saw keeper Adam Collin make two flying parried saves in quick succession as the first attempt rebounded back out to Gray for a second go. But Yeovil couldn't quite convert this flurry of late chances, even though in injury time Ryan Seager produced an excellent angled header that surprised Collin, forcing him to leap to his left to stop the ball.

It stayed goalless in what ultimately was a game of two halves - or perhaps of two-thirds and a third, where once Yeovil woke up and started playing, they deserved a goal from that final half hour play. What they got instead was their third consecutive draw, which guaranteed they finish bottom of the Football League. National League football awaits, and if they are to be successful at that level, they need to find players who can turn the sort of play we saw in the final 30 minutes into goals.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 0.

Scorers: None

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
8. Matt Worthington 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison 30.Alefe Santos 16. Tristan Abrahams
11. Courtney Duffus 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
31. Tommy Scott (GK) 9. Alex Fisher (80 mins for Courtney Duffus) 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin (70 mins for Alefe Santos) 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager (76 mins for Tristan Abrahams) 28. Devon Arnold

Carlisle United:
30 Adam Collin
4 Gary Liddle 5 Anthony Gerrard 6 Tom Parkes 2 Gary Miller
8 Michael Jones 15 Regan Slater 17 Callum O'Hare
16 Nathan Thomas 9 Hallam Hope 22 Stefan Scougall

Substitutes:
7 Jason Kennedy 10 Jamie Devitt 11 George Glendon 12 Macaulay Gillesphey 13 Mark Cullen (70 mins for Regan Slater) 29 Louis Gray

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Pattison (foul, 24 mins), Jake Gray (foul, 88 mins)

Carlisle United Bookings: Anthony Gerrard (foul, 69 mins), Michael Jones (foul, 77 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.

Carlisle United Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 6; Fouls: 4.

Referee: Matthew Donohue (Manchester). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Richard Hulme (Somerset).

Attendance: 3,418 (with 358 Carlisle United supporters).


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4 May 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Highlights
For those who want to watch the highlights from Saturday's match against Carlisle United, these are now available online. There is two-and-a-half minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows footage from the 0-0 draw. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Highlights.


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4 May 2019 : Marmon Admits Glovers Goal Threat Fell Short In Carlisle Draw
Yeovil Town manager Neale Marmon admitted that his side's inability to score goals has hampered their chances of getting more points out of his seven game period as Caretaker Manager. In what has been a running theme of their 2018-19 season the Glovers couldn't take advantage of a number of efforts on goal that they created during the second half of a game that had seen Carlisle United dominate up until the half time break in a 0-0 draw.

Marmon felt that an end to end wind had influenced the balance of the two halves, with his team playing into the conditions during the first half, and that this also explained why his side finished the stronger. But he admitted that the club's goalscoring conversion rate had failed them overall this season:

"I think the game plan went how we wanted it to go. We knew in the first half the wind was in our face. We managed to control it and let them shoot from long distance. Then towards the end of the game we created four or five good chances, and their keeper did very well. I think we deserved to win today, but it's been like that all the way through the last six weeks. We wanted to score goals though, but we didn't. Especially with the home games that have been close against Crawley, Colchester and today, I thought we deserved to win those three games. But okay, that's part and parcel of when you're down near the bottom that those goals don't go in."

Yeovil Town now end the season without a first team manager, and in reality without an active ownership. With the takeover bid by Rob Couhig not having reached fruition, Marmon admitted that he did not have any firm information on where things were, except to be aware that the negotiations were still taking place. He said that with the Bank Holiday weekend coming up he was not expecting any movement until Tuesday, and admitted that the whole set-up, including player contract talks and even Marmon's position within the club, depended on the outcome of the takeover, with him having been brought in by the club's football advisor Mark Palmer as a prospective Sporting Director under the new regime:

"Let's let the dust settle down until Tuesday. We've got the day off on Monday anyway, and then hopefully we'll have some news from upstairs. I'm not the person to be involved in all this information, so I haven't got any information at the moment. I'd love to give it to you, but I can't. I think the whole group waits on that decision. I think the players will be waiting on that as well. People will want to get a core together for next season, and a decision has got to be made on that quickly. I only know that they're negotiating and that's all there is. I don't have any information above that."


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4 May 2019 : Yeovil 0 Carlisle 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town finished their 2018-19 season with a 0-0 draw against a Carlisle United side who ultimately failed to climb into the play-off positions on the final day. The Glovers had to spend 70 minutes showing dogged defending as the visitors created a large number of chances, notably early in the second half when Hallam Hope broke behind the defence only to find keeper Stuart Nelson in the way. In the closing stages, the Glovers finally got into gear with chances for Alex Dobre, Alex Fisher and Jake Gray, but had to settle for their third consecutive draw, with them finishing bottom of the Football League, as Notts County joined them in the National League for the 2019-20 campaign.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 0.

Scorers: None

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
8. Matt Worthington 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison 30.Alefe Santos 16. Tristan Abrahams
11. Courtney Duffus 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
31. Tommy Scott (GK) 9. Alex Fisher (80 mins for Courtney Duffus) 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin (70 mins for Alefe Santos) 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager (76 mins for Tristan Abrahams) 28. Devon Arnold

Carlisle United:
30 Adam Collin
4 Gary Liddle 5 Anthony Gerrard 6 Tom Parkes 2 Gary Miller
8 Michael Jones 15 Regan Slater 17 Callum O'Hare
16 Nathan Thomas 9 Hallam Hope 22 Stefan Scougall

Substitutes:
7 Jason Kennedy 10 Jamie Devitt 11 George Glendon 12 Macaulay Gillesphey 13 Mark Cullen (70 mins for Regan Slater) 29 Louis Gray

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Pattison (foul, 24 mins), Jake Gray (foul, 88 mins)

Carlisle United Bookings: Anthony Gerrard (foul, 69 mins), Michael Jones (foul, 77 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.

Carlisle United Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 6; Fouls: 4.

Referee: Matthew Donohue (Manchester). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Richard Hulme (Somerset).

Attendance: 3,418 (with 358 Carlisle United supporters).


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4 May 2019 : 2018-19 Player Of The Season Awards
Yeovil Town's 2018-19 end of season awards took place following Saturday afternoon's home match against Carlisle United. The main winner was Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter who picked up five awards, aith Alex Fisher, Tom James and Jake Gray also recognised. Full awards were as follows:

GWSC Awards: Nathan Baxter
Cary Glovers: Nathan Baxter
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Nathan Baxter
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: Alex Fisher (Top Goalscorer)
DSA: Nathan Baxter (1st), Tom James (2nd)
Community Sports Trust Player Award: Nathan Baxter
Community Sports Trust Community Award: Jake Gray

Our congratulations to the above players for collecting their awards on the day.


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4 May 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Carlisle United at Huish Park. The Glovers have made two changes compared to the side that drew against Northampton Town last Saturday. Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson and Alefe Santos come in for Nathan Baxter and Sessi D'Almeida who have knocks.

Gary Warren (groin), Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Josh Grant (Achilles) are the players out injured. Defender Adel Gafaiti serves the last of a three match suspension. Craig Alcock and Carl Dickinson are not selected but are reported as being fit.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
8. Matt Worthington 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison 30.Alefe Santos 16. Tristan Abrahams
11. Courtney Duffus 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
31. Tommy Scott (GK) 9. Alex Fisher 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager 28. Devon Arnold


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4 May 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 4th May 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be Matthew Donohue (Manchester).

He is a first year referee, who was promoted to the Football League in the summer of 2018. He's managed three promotions in three seasons, having worked his way through National League North during 2016-17 and then the National League in 2017-18, providing a swift fast-track for his route into the professional game. He moved to Manchester in 2008, and is a teacher at Greswell Primary School in Denton. This season has seen him raise 131 yellow cards and seven red cards in 36 games, which is a little top-heavy - the only time he got through a game without raising a card was an EFL Trophy match involving an Under-21 side.

We've seen him once as a man in the middle, with him overseeing the September 2018 match against Swindon Town at Huish Park. We lost the match 0-3, with four bookings during the match, of which three came against our players. He did award us an 83rd minute penalty though, with him penalising Keshi Anderson for a foul on Jordan Green. Unfortunately we squandered it, with Olufela Olomola clipping the top of the crossbar, and with that went our hopes of saving the match.

Mr Donohue will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Richard Hulme (Somerset).

Link: September 2018 : Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 3.


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3 May 2019 : 2019-20 Home And Away Kits Selected
Yeovil Town have confirmed the two kit designs that will be used for the 2019-20 season. Fans were asked to vote on a choice of two designs for home kits and two designs for away kits, and the results are now in. Fans voted for Home Kit 1 and Away Kit 2 that will now be put into production.

The results for the Home Kit were rather close, with a bit of a Brexity 52% going for Kit 1, whilst 48% voted for Kit 2. A majority voted for white shorts with this design. For the away kit the margin was rather greater with just under 60% voting for Kit 2.

A reminder of the winning designs are as shown below.

Home Design 1
Away Design 2
The chosen 2019-20 home and away kits. Photos © 2019 Yeovil Town FC



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3 May 2019 : Neale Marmon Previews The Carlisle United Home Game
As part of the build-up to the Carlisle United match at Huish Park, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Neale's views on relegation, training this week, player talks and the management situation can be read via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Carlisle United Game.


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3 May 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : Keep The Focus On The Big Issues At The Club
With Yeovil Town's relegation now confirmed, and the season entering into the void that exists after the final game, Glovers fans are inevitably asking what happens next. The latest Taff's Gloversblog tackles some of the issues afoot and why fans may need to aim their sights higher for why certain decisions aren't being taken yet. There's also a reminder the club's takeover does need to provide a clean break moving forward. Read on via the link below, and feel free to post your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Keep The Focus On The Big Issues At The Club.


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2 May 2019 : Glovers Enter Player Contract Talks As They Begin Managerial Search
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has said that the club have begun the process of looking for a new permanent manager for the 2019-20 season. The club are somewhat hamstrung by the question mark of their ownership change, with the actual appointment likely to be done once the takeover has been completed, but they also need to bear in mind that with players about to fall out of contract that they cannot stand still.

Marmon has told BBC Somerset that the club are open-minded as to the exact job title and scope of the new permanent boss, with Marmon himself scheduled to be appointed as the club's new Sporting Director. However, at present they are not ready to reveal who they are targetting:

"I think it's started, but there's no news at the moment. The decision hasn't been made yet (regarding whether the club appoint a first team manager or head coach). We've got to get something sorted out core-wise so that the squad is there, and then you build around that."

The club will need to make explicit decisions on around ten or eleven players who are out of contract at the end of this season. Whilst there is no permanent manager appointed, it appears that Marmon and his assistant Paul Terry are in discussion with the existing players and will provide recommendations to the current Yeovil Town Board over who should be offered new deals:

"That's what we're going through at the moment. We've selected who we want for next year, and asking players if they want to stay with us and basically giving them offers. You've got people who are under contract anyway. At the moment, Paul Terry is the assistant manager. Whoever will be the new manager can decide what he wants but you've got to get a core and sort it out quickly now because you can't let them all go away and have nothing at the beginning of the (next) season."

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Players Contractual Situations.


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1 May 2019 : Marmon Not Letting Taunton Nightclub Issue Influence Final Day Selection
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has said that the aftermath of Saturday's relegation will not influence his team selection for the club's final League Two match against Carlisle United. The Glovers boss has given his views on a situation that saw a small subset of his squad photographed in Mambo's nightclub in Taunton, hours after Yeovil had been relegated from the Football League, with them posing for photos taken by the venue staff.

Marmon described the timing of their decision and their choice of destination as 'not very clever'. However, he said he had no problem in general with players going out after games. He was asked for his views on the incident and was asked if would affect his thinking when drawing up the teamsheet for Saturday's game at Huish Park. He said that would not be on his mind:

"No they were out, but they said they weren't drinking anyway. Most of the squad and the staff live away from home, and they live in apartments of their own. I don't mind players going out after a game - not at all. But I think the timing and the choice of the venue was not very clever. If they'd wanted to go out together, they should have gone somewhere where it's quiet, and not a place that was really packed with people. They could sit down if they wanted to discuss things with each other, and not be on their own. That would have been a better decision. But people make mistakes, and there was nothing malicious about it at all. They just wanted to be together after that game."

Marmon's own assistant manager Paul Terry was one of those photographed at the venue. The Caretaker boss said that Terry had admitted it was a bit of a 'stupid' decision and had apologised for his involvement:

"Obviously Paul Terry was involved with it. He's apologised. He's said it was a bit stupid to take that venue, but he drove away to Taunton so that people didn't see him. But that's what happens, because people are out everywhere. I don't take it that harshly."


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1 May 2019 : Yeovil Town Ladies Make One-Off Return To Huish Park For Chelsea Visit
Yeovil Town Ladies are to return to Huish Park for the penultimate match of their 2018-19 season. The female Glovers will be taking on Chelsea Ladies in an FAWSL match that will be played on Tuesday 7th May, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off on the main stadium pitch. This game was originally due to be staged on Easter Sunday but had to be called off due to Chelsea's Champions League involvement.

Initially, the rearranged fixture was going to be staged at Dorchester Town's Avenue Stadium but will now be played at Huish Park. If you've already purchased a ticket for the Avenue Stadium, this will remain valid for the revised venue. All advance prices are as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Concessions: £2.50; Juniors: £1.00; Family (two adults, two children): £12.00.

Update: Juniors have been given a special rate for this match at £1.00 only.

You can book tickets in advance online by heading here.

For the whole of the 2018-19 season, the Ladies team have been playing at Dorchester Town's stadium, hence this is a rare opportunity for supporters to view the Ladies in action in their home town. Bearing in mind the pending change of ownership within the men's set-up, this would be a good opportunity for those who enjoy Ladies football to 'make a statement' by reminding those at Huish Park the potential support for fixtures in their home town. The Main Stand will be open on the night, with the upstairs bar facilities also available to fans.

NOTE: That evening was originally pencilled in to host the Somerset Premier Cup Final between Weston-super-Mare and Taunton Town. However, this fixture was called off due to Taunton's involvement in the Southern League play-offs. This fixture will therefore replace that slot.


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