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30 June 2009 : Dons Lose Management Team
League One side Milton Keynes Dons have suffered a blow this evening with the departure of manager Roberto Di Matteo. The former Chelsea star has headed to the Midlands to take up the vacant managerial position at Championship side West Bromwich Albion.

They have also lost assistant manager Eddie Newton and fitness coach Ade Mafe who are joining Di Matteo at the Hawthorns. The Dons have yet to indicate who will assume caretaker control of the club in advance of a permanent appointment at the club.


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30 June 2009 : Pinnacle Pull Out Of Saints Takeover
Southampton have suffered a blow today with the news that the Pinnacle Consortium have dropped their plans to buy the club. Pinnacle, who were headed by former player Matt Le Tissier, got cold feet after the Football League refused to allow them the right to appeal against the 10 point deduction incurred when Southampton's parent company went into administration at the end of the 2008-09 season.

In a further blow, a consortium headed by local businessman Marc Jackson has also pulled out, with Jackson citing his inability to get financial backing for his plans. That just leaves the Swiss-based consortium, who have yet to reveal themselves publically, and another overseas consortium, who the Daily Echo believe entered the race late last week.

The two overseas groups need to move fast. Administrator Mark Fry implied that there could be very serious repercussions if a deal is not concluded by the end of this week, with liquidation now a very serious possibility.

That said, Fry may have bought the club more time in the last few days although not without cost. Top scorer David McGoldrick has signed for Nottingham Forest in a deal believed to be worth one million pounds, whilst Andrew Surman is being lined up for a £1.5 million pound move to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

But they still face other problems. Head coach Mark Wotte's contract runs out today, meaning he will by default revert back to his previous role as Academy Director at the club. Coaches Michael Svensson and Dean Gorre are also out of contract meaning that as of tomorrow, they have no senior coaches contracted at the club. With the administrator unlikely to dish out any managerial contracts prior to a takeover being completed, that is likely to disrupt Southampton's pre-season schedule, although with the overall future of the club in doubt, that may be the least of their fans worries.


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30 June 2009 : Joyce Teams Up With Slade Again
Former Yeovil Town physio Jim Joyce is back in League One football again - and has teamed up with former Glovers manager Russell Slade at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Joyce left Yeovil just under a year ago for a position at Aldershot Town citing the time he was having to spend away from his family near Southampton as part of his work at Huish Park. He will now move along the South Coast to take up a new position as Head of Physiotherapy at the Withdean Stadium, with a team of medical staff working under him.

The former Saints physio explained to the Aldershot official site his reasons for leaving:

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Aldershot Town. It is a great club with so many good people involved. However the opportunity that has arisen for me is too good to turn down at this stage of my career. I am sad to be leaving but also excited about the new venture. At Brighton I will head a team pf physios whereas at Aldershot you are stretched because you have to cover first team, reserve and to a certain extent youth team too which means that you spread yourself thinly."

Joyce will meet two of his former clubs this coming season, with him having had a lengthy spell at Southampton before he headed to South Somerset.

Slade has so far signed four players this summer, with Stockport County pair Gary Dicker and James Tunnicliffe and MK Dons winger Mark Wright being joined by Welsh international defender Andrew Crofts from Gillingham.


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30 June 2009 : Peltier Sold By Terriers Ambition
Outgoing right-back Lee Peltier has given his first thoughts upon leaving Yeovil Town for the Galpharm Stadium. Lee has joined Huddersfield Town as part of a three year contract leaving the Glovers for an undisclosed fee.

Peltier's departure came as little surprise, with various club personnel making a series of "will not stand in his way" comments to the media, suggesting that there was a lot of effort behind the scenes to try and bring in a transfer fee for a player with one year left on his contract.

Lee told the Huddersfield official site that his agent brought him the news, and that Huddersfield's level of ambition sold the move to him:

"My agent phoned me and informed me that Huddersfield were interested. From there, everything seems to have progressed very quickly. I spoke to Lee Clark, listened to what he had to say and automatically became interested in coming here. I think that Huddersfield are one of the most ambitious clubs around at the moment. The Club has the fanbase, the Stadium, the facilities and are bringing the right players in - I believe it could be a big year for Huddersfield. We have tried to get the move wrapped up quickly so I can get involved in training and I can't wait to get started with the lads."

Lee also said his decision to move was influenced by Glovers team-mate Danny Schofield and former loan player Jonathan Worthington, who both played at the Galpharm Stadium:

"Obviously I played with Danny Schofield at Yeovil last season and he never had a bad word to say about his time at Huddersfield. I also know Jon Worthington from his time on loan at Yeovil and he said that Huddersfield was a good club."


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30 June 2009 : Peltier Signing Now Made Official
Huddersfield Town's official site have now carried our earlier news that right-back Lee Peltier has officially joined the Terriers. Huddersfield indicate that the transfer is subject to the outcome of their medical and state that he will be signing a three year deal at the Galpharm Stadium. Rather predictably the fee is undisclosed.

Lee made 76 appearances for the Glovers, scoring one goal in the away match against Swindon Town in December 2008. We naturally wish Lee all the best for the next three years in Yorkshire and thank him for some classy performances last season.


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30 June 2009 : Terriers Confirm Peltier Signing
Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark has confirmed that a deal is set for his club to formally sign Yeovil Town right-back Lee Peltier today. Clark has revealed that he has been aware of Peltier's abilities since seeing him play for Norwich City Reserves back in January 2008.

Clark was Assistant Manager for the Canaries before moving to the Galpharm Stadium and has told the BBC that he was a player that he was impressed with at the time:

"Lee (Peltier) is a player I know well. We had him on trial at Norwich. We just didn't have the finances to pursue the deal. He played for Paul Stephenson in the Reserve side at Norwich and we were impressed by him, so we've obviously monitored him since he's come to Yeovil. He is a fantastic athlete and very accomplished on the ball, which you would expect having been schooled at Liverpool. I thought it was necessary for us to bring in a permanent right-back and I'm delighted with the capture of Lee Peltier."


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29 June 2009 : Peltier Undergoes Medical At Galpharm
The latest news on Lee Peltier's transfer to Huddersfield Town has been revealed this evening. BBC Radio Leeds report that Yeovil Town's right-back has undergone a medical at the Galpharm Stadium this afternoon and is expected to formally sign for the Terriers tomorrow.

If matters have reached this stage, it would suggest that all transfer fees and personal terms have been agreed between all parties. Assuming the BBC have their facts straight, we should hear official news on his departure tomorrow.


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29 June 2009 : Johnson Happy To Recommend Murray To Glovers
Yeovil Town are now being labelled as front-runners for former Bristol City winger Scott Murray's signature, according to the Bristol Evening Post. The veteran is a free agent after being released by Gary Johnson last month, and Johnson himself has told the paper that he is willing to recommend him to any club:

"He would be great for anywhere he goes with his personality and experience. I would recommend him to anyone."

Johnson admits that he is anxious to not entirely cut links with a player who is currently taking coaching badges towards the end of his career, and wants to stay in the West County:

"We like to think we haven't cut the umbilical cord just yet. This is a club he is comfortable at and if there is a chance he wants to come back here in the future we will look at it."

Murray has had interest from League One side Exeter City this summer as well. The rumourmill has suggested that they only offered him a three month deal, and that he was therefore seeking a club that could offer him greater job security. The player is one of the few that manager Terry Skiverton has explicitly confirmed he is in talks with.


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29 June 2009 : Howe Becomes Latest Linked With Glovers
The Peterborough Evening Telegraph are claiming that Yeovil Town are chasing transfer-listed striker Rene Howe. They don't add any details of the likely status of any deal in what is a brief footnote to an unrelated article.

Howe is a former Bedford Town and Kettering Town striker who has had loan spells with Morecambe and Rochdale over the past two seasons, netting 10 times in a season-long loan in Lancashire last season. He has not made an appearance for Peterborough since January 2008 and is therefore well down the pecking order at London Road.

Howe had talks with Lincoln City over the weekend, but the paper claims that Notts County and Yeovil Town are two other interested clubs. He is 22 years old and was born in Bedford on October 22nd 1986. Peterborough signed him for an undisclosed fee in May 2007, but with just two league starts to his name since becoming a Posh player his transfer-listing is little surprise with Peterborough having headed up two divisions since his arrival at the club.


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29 June 2009 : Peltier Linked With Huddersfield Move
News on the rumourmill claims that Yeovil Town's right-back Lee Peltier is being lined up for a move to League One rivals Huddersfield Town. Reports are being made by BBC Radio Leeds that the 22 year old has been the subject of a bid by the Terriers, who have been spending big this summer, recently capturing striker Robbie Simpson from Coventry City for £300,000 whilst taking Peter Clarke from Southend United on a free transfer. Tranmere Rovers midfielder Antony Kay has also arrived on a free transfer.

The BBC describe Peltier as "set to join" Huddersfield, labelling him as their "fourth signing of the summer", but do not reveal any fees or contract lengths at this stage. However, they suggest that the deal could go through today.

Obviously, we'll bring more information as this story evolves.


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28 June 2009 : Terry Skiverton Testimonial Competition Results
Some of you may recall we ran a competition on behalf of the Terry Skiverton Testimonial Committee to allow some Under 16s to take part in a half time penalty shoot-out as part of Skivo's Testimonial match. Competition organiser Stew Bratherton has announced that the following YTFC supporters are the winners of the competitions that were run in conjunction with Ciderspace and the Western Gazette.

Ciderspace Winners – Correct Answer Welling United

Katie Horsburgh
Jack Bromham

Western Gazette Winners – Correct Answer 39 Goals

Jack Jackson – (From Calne, Wilts)
Ellie Jackson – (From Calne, Wilts)

Can the parents of the above please send Stew a picture (electronically) at stew@brathertons.freeserve.co.uk with the following details as soon as possible (no later than Sunday evening), so we can get it in the programme for the day.

* Full Name
* Where you reside
* Date of Birth
* School
* Favourite Players

The winners will take 3 penalties during the half time break during the fixture. One penalty each will be taken against Chris Weale, Steve Collis and Tony Pennock. Stew Bratherton will be in touch later in the week with exact details and timings, the children will obviously receive complementary entry to the game, however parents will be expected to purchase a ticket.

Many thanks to everyone who entered the competitions.


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27 June 2009 : New Two Year Deal For Welsh
Andy Welsh and Yeovil Town have agreed a new contract that will tie the winger to Huish Park for another two years.

Welsh arrived right on the transfer deadline of September 1st last season when Lloyd Owusu was finally moved out to make space in the budget for his signing. Taking things to the wire The Glovers nearly missed out, with then manager Russell Slade stating :

He was at Morecambe before I hijacked it and also there was a Scottish club as well. He was 40 minutes away from signing until I moved swiftly to draw his attention to Yeovil. I was quite impressed with him when he was with us for a week on trial but we weren't able to do anything then.

Welsh was given a deal until the end of the 2008-09 season. He made 37 appearances last term, 23 of which were starts in something of an in and out season. There was a steady if unspectacular beginning as he found his feet in September and October, but then he fell out of favour and it wasn't until after the New Year that he was back, hitting his best spell of form in January and February. Then the change in management followed by the acquisition of a large number of loans saw Welsh largely drifting out of the starting picture once again at the back end of the season.

At his best Welsh is a good provider, and Yeovil supporters will be hoping to see many more of the sort of performances he was turning in during the early months of 2009.


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27 June 2009 : Flinders Heads To Hartlepool
Former Yeovil Town loan keeper Scott Flinders has signed for League One side Hartlepool United. Flinders was released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season and has signed a permanent contract at Victoria Park.

Flinders made nine appearances for the Glovers during February and March 2008 and there have been unconfirmed whispers from time to time that Yeovil have been keen to bring him back to Huish Park. Flinders certainly suggests that he had other offers on the table although doesn't hint at what they were:

"I've had a bit of interest from a few clubs but I'm happy to be signing for Hartlepool, it's going to be a good step for me to move on in my career. One of the main things is Chris Turner being a goalkeeper himself and to get advice from him in training and after games, which can only help and it`s a chance to move back up north."

If the bookies are to be believed, Hartlepool could be one of Yeovil's main rivals in the coming season, with the North-East tipped for relegation in most quarters. However, Flinders has become their fifth signing of the new season, with Neil Austin, Adam Boyd, Leon McSweeney and Peter Hartley having already penned deals for Chris Turner's side.


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27 June 2009 : One Week Left To Keep Saints Alive
Southampton Football Club administrator Mark Fry believes that he has just one week left before drastic action has to be taken as the club seek a buyer that will take them out of administration. Fry doesn't mention "liquidation" as such, but it is clear that is one of the options on the cards if the Saints do not have a buyer by next Friday.

The Pinnacle Consortium, headed by Tony Lynam and Matt Le Tissier had appeared to be first in line to buy the club, but with their period of exclusivity having expired, Fry has now invited offers from other parties and has warned that he does not have much time to play with. Saints staff were due to be paid this week, and whilst Pinnacle funded last month's wages, there is no indication of anyone stepping forward to pay the bills this time round, meaning that Southampton's position as a viable ongoing concern will be cast in doubt unless a buyer steps in quickly.

In a statement released yesterday, Fry said that due to Pinnacle's reluctance to takeover the club whilst they could not appeal against the 10 point penalty incurred by the Football League, the club had gone full circle and were now back where they started:

"Essentially we are in the same position that we were in this time last month and we remain reliant on the goodwill of the staff to keep the Club running until we are able to sign a deal with an interested party. I have outlined to staff that I hope to be able to give them an update by the end of next week. There will not be a further 'exclusivity period' available to potential purchasers due to the tight deadlines that we are working to. All contracts have now been prepared so now it is a case that the interested parties have to agree to those contracts, sign them and complete the purchase. If towards the end of next week we are in a situation where no bids for the Football Club are forthcoming, I will meet with the Directors of the Football Club to discuss options."

If Fry's official statement merely talks of "options", in speaking to the Southampton Daily Echo he is far more explicit in what the future holds if Southampton do not get a buyer in place by next Friday:

"The end of next week is a key tipping point in this. It’s the gravest its been in the period of administration. There was a very short timeframe from the point we got involved. We stretched that as far as we can possibly stretch it and a deal really needs to be completed."

Aside from Pinnacle, there are two other potential buyers. One consortium is headed by local businessmen Marc Jackson and Stuart Green, who have already having tried to invest in AFC Bournemouth, whilst the other party is believed to be based in Switzerland. Fry explained what the current situation was:

"There are two other parties that have expressed a genuine interest in the purchase of Southampton Football Club, and I have spent this week in very detailed discussions with those parties. On Thursday I met with the representatives of a bid that is coming from abroad and who have the funds available to complete a takeover. I am expecting to hear back from them by the early part of next week as to whether they would like to push ahead and complete the purchase of the Club."

Jackson's attempts to buy Bournemouth broke down in April 2008 after he withdrew funding from a consortium he was part of and so he is being seen as an outside bet by the local media. Meanwhile the Daily Echo are casting doubt over the credibility of the Pinnacle Consortium, claiming that they are headed by Barnet-based "letting agent" Michael Fialka. The Echo claim that Fialka lives in a semi-detached house valued at around £300K-£400K, with his parents and co-owns two companies with turnovers of just over £50,000 per year with his brother. They are therefore casting doubt over Fialka's wealth. Fialka's father is a taxi driver, whilst his mother owned a lingerie store in Cockfosters. Either the Echo have the wrong man, or Pinnacle's ability to fund the takeover of the £14 million-rated football club is looking somewhat dubious.


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26 June 2009 : Management Teams For Skivo Testimonial Announced
Further details are now available regarding the Terry Skiverton Testimonial match next weekend which takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 4th July. Gary Johnson will manage the Yeovil Town 2002-03 Conference Winning Team which currently includes 20 past YTFC players.

Colin Lippiatt will manage the 'all stars' Terry Skiverton Select XI and John Terry has today confirmed that he will Captain that side. Before the game there will be the opportunity to get player autographs.

At half time there will a penalty shoot out and a golden gamble draw. All proceeds of this draw will go to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Charity. After the game Terry will address the crowd and before the game finishes Terry will welcome a very special guest who will take part in the match.

Such is Terry's popularity that Gary Johnson will be left with a selection headache from his wonderful squad. A programme will be available on the day with the chance to win a signed shirt. Tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. For further information see our previous articles below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Testimonial : Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: Terry Skiverton Testimonial : Expected Squad Members.


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26 June 2009 : Yeovil Town Ladies Youth Recruitment Day
Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club will be holding a youth recruitment morning on Saturday 4th July at the Tintinhull Sports Ground, near Yeovil. The event starts at 10.30a.m. and girls interested in joining the Ladies' new Under-10 and Under-12 teams for the coming season are invited to come along and enjoy a morning of football.

Yeovil Town Ladies are also running existing teams at Under-13, Under-14 and Under-16 levels next season, with girls wishing to join these squads asked to come along too. Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club are part of the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, so outwardly promote the game to girls of all abilities, encouraging them to enjoy their football.

The Ladies have a highly successful youth policy at the club, with girls progressing through the ranks, and many going on to play in the First and Reserve teams. If your daughter is interested in coming along to meet club officials and other players at their recruitment morning please contact club Secretary Ali King at alastair.king1965@btinternet.com
or phone him direct on 01460-75309.

Directions To The Tintinhull Sports Ground

From Yeovil, head up the Cartgate link road to the A303. At the roundabout on the A303, take the last exit, heading towards London.

Continue along the A303 for 150 metres, and exit via a minor slip road, signposted towards Tintinhull. Continue to a T-junction, and turn right, heading into Tintinhull itself.

In the centre of the village (Opposite a bus shelter), turn right into Montacute Road. Continue through a small housing estate, and the road becomes a country Lane. The road twists and turns, and eventually you will see a yellow barrier into the ground’s car park (Only a few minutes drive from the main road). The sports field is next to the car park.

Address: Tintinhull Sports Ground, Montacute Road, Tintinhull, Somerset, BA22 8QD.
Yeovil Town Ladies - Seeking New Players Now!
Yeovil Town Ladies - Seeking New Players Now!
Photo © 2009 Ciderspace/Ali King



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26 June 2009 : FA Women's Cup Dates
The schedule for the 2009-10 Football Association Women's Cup is as follows :

Preliminary Round - Sunday 13th September 2009
First Round Qualifying - Sunday 27th September 2009
Second Round Qualifying - Sunday 11th October 2009
Third Round Qualifying - Sunday 25th October 2009

First Round Proper - Sunday 8th November 2009
Second Round Proper - Sunday 29th November 2009
Third Round Proper - Sunday 13th December 2009
Fourth Round Proper - Sunday 10th January 2010
Fifth Round Proper - Sunday 24th January 2010
Sixth Round Proper - Sunday 14th February 2010
Semi-Finals - Sunday 14th March 2010
Final - Monday 3rd May 2010

Yeovil Town Ladies are exempt until the First Round Proper.


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26 June 2009 : FA Youth Cup Dates
The schedule for the 2009-10 Football Association Youth Cup is as follows :

Preliminary Round - in the week commencing Monday 7th September 2009
First Round Qualifying - in the week commencing Monday 21st September 2009
Second Round Qualifying - in the week commencing Monday 5th October 2009
Third Round Qualifying - in the week commencing Monday 19th October 2009

In the Competition Proper ties must be played by the closing date given.

First Round Proper - by Saturday 7th November 2009
Second Round Proper - by Saturday 21st November 2009
Third Round Proper - by Saturday 12th December 2009
Fourth Round Proper - by Saturday 16th January 2010
Fifth Round Proper - by Saturday 30th January 2010
Sixth Round Proper - by Saturday 13th February 2010

Semi-Final First Leg - by Saturday 6th March 2010
Semi-Final Second Leg - by Saturday 20 March 2010

The dates for the two legs of the Final are yet to be announced.

Yeovil Town U18 are exempt until the First Round Proper.


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26 June 2009 : Stefan Stam Signs For Glovers
Yeovil Town have signed former Oldham Athletic defender Stefan Stam. The 29 year old has penned a two year deal at Huish Park, thus keeping him at the club until the summer of 2011.

Stam's name has been linked with the club for around a month, since being released by Oldham at the end of the 2008-09 season. He had over four years at Boundary Park, although due to a succession of injuries only made 102 appearances. He has also been on the books of VV Grasshoppers, Alkmaar Zaanstreek, PSV Eindhoven and FC Eindhoven. Since leaving Boundary Park, he appears to have had a short spell with Cyprus side Ermis Aradippou, although is already heading back to England to return to League One football.

Stefan was born in Alkmaar, Netherlands on September 14th, 1979 and stands at 6'2" tall. The very best of luck to Stefan over the next two years and beyond.


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26 June 2009 : Warne Exit Now Made Official
Striker Paul Warne's exit from the club has now been officially confirmed. The club claim the exit was "after they failed to reach an agreement on a new contract". This comes hours after claims were made that his contract offer had been withdrawn.

Warne had told the press earlier this week that he was expecting to sign a new deal but this will now not happen, and Warne becomes a free agent.

Paul made 85 appearances for the club, scoring six goals, and last month won the Player of the Season award from the Green and Whites Supporters Club as well as Second Place with the Away Travel Club.

We naturally wish Paul all the best for the future, and a big thanks for his workrate and attitude throughout the past two years.


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26 June 2009 : U-Turn Claimed On Warne Contract
No sooner do we get some good news on Paul Warne then some bad news comes following in close behind it. Yesterday, reports in the Western Gazette suggested that Warne was ready to sign a new contract at Huish Park, despite a likely drop in wages. However, this morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin states that they believe Warne has been told by the club that there is no longer a contract on the table for him to sign, and that therefore if true he will become a free agent.

There's no firm confirmation or quotes from any Yeovil Town officials, but this has echoes of last summer's contract negotiations concerning Marcus Stewart where the striker claimed the club had done a u-turn on the contract that was previously on offer to him.

The Western Daily Press also quote manager Terry Skiverton as saying that he has had little contact with goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar over whether he is likely to sign a new contract with Yeovil Town. Wagenaar was one of the earlier players to get a new deal on the table, but is believed to have spent most of the summer in North America and is likely to spent most of July on international duty with Canada. Whether he will still be a Yeovil Town player at that point is questionable as it's not clear if his contract offer has an expiry date against it. Skiverton told the paper:

"We haven't had much dialogue with Josh so we don't know where we stand. The fact that he has been called up by Canada doesn't help so we need to speak to Josh in the next few days. At the end of the day we don't want to go into pre-season without a goalkeeper so we need to get things sorted."


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25 June 2009 : Skivo Testimonial Line-Ups Revealed
Planned line-ups for Terry Skiverton's Testimonial Match are now available. The match which takes place on July 4th at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off features the 2002-03 Conference Winning Yeovil Town Side take on a Terry Skiverton Select XI in what should be a day of nostalgia and autograph hunting in equal quantities.

There may of course be a bit of mixing and matching between the teams and exact personnel as we get closer to the kick-off date, but currently the two teams will be formed from the following players:

Chris Weale, Steve Collis, Tony Pennock, Adam Lockwood, Abdou El-Kholti, Gavin Williams, Lee Johnson, Ben Smith, Michael McIndoe, Kirk Jackson, Warren Patmore, Nick Crittenden, Roy O'Brien, Tom White, Andy Lindegaard, Colin Miles, Scott Guyett, Carl Alford, Kevin Gall, Gary Johnson, Mike Milligan, Dennis Wise, Lee Trundle, Keith O'Neill, Muzzy Izzet, Dave Lee, Gus Poyett, Tore André Flo, John Terry, Paul Terry, Marcus Stewart, Adam Stansfield, Tubes (Soccer AM), Mark Chapman (Radio 1), Chris Cohen, Arron Davies, Phil Jevons, Michael Duberry and Andy Wallace.

Link: Terry Skiverton Testimonial Match Pricing.


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25 June 2009 : Backroom Team Appointed
Yeovil Town have announced the appointment of a new goalkeeper coach and club physio today. Former Reserve and Youth Team player Simon Baker, who currently works at Yeovil General Hospital, is to become the club's new physiotherapist, whilst the goalkeeper coach will be former Middlesbrough goalkeeper Ben Roberts.

Baker has been looking after Darren Way since his road traffic accident last December, and so already knows a number of the Yeovil Town staff at first hand. He studied Sports Science at University and to our knowledge this will be his first role directly within a Football Club as a physio. Simon was part of Yeovil's Under 18s side around the 1999-2000 season and had graduated on to the Reserve Team during the 2001-02 period.

Ben Roberts played for Boro in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea, and has also played for Charlton Athletic, Brighton and Hove Albion, Derry City, Hartlepool, Reading, Luton, Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers and Bradford City. He retired from football at the age of 29 due to a back injury and is 34 years old. Manager Terry Skiverton has indicated in the past that his goalkeeper coach would also have a Sports Science degree, and that Roberts would be asked to double-up as a scout for the club.


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25 June 2009 : Warne Optimistic Of Somerset Stay
Midfielder/striker Paul Warne is this week more optimistic that he will still be a Yeovil Town player next season. Warne has been one of a number of players involved in protracted contract talks this summer, but there now appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel with the 36 year old now suggesting that he will be staying.

Speaking in this week's Western Gazette, Warne hopes that everything will be sorted out within the next week:

"I am not a million miles away from signing and hope to sign before we come back for pre-season training."

The situation regarding left-winger Andy Welsh appears much more bleak. On the grapevine, suggestions are that he has still yet to receive a written offer from the club. There is also silence concerning captain Terrell Forbes, whilst goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar is unlikely to return to Huish Park until his international duties are completed.

The Gazette also run a speculative story concerning defender Lee Peltier. Their website page header states "Yeovil Town deny interest in defender Lee Peltier" whilst the article headline queries "Interest in Peltier mounting?" - they suggest that "an unnamed club has expressed interest" but stop short of naming the club concerned, whilst Chief Executive Martyn Starnes talks merely in generic rather than specific terms.


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25 June 2009 : JPT First Round Draw Date Set
The First Round draw for this season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy will be broadcast live on Soccer AM on Saturday 15th August. The usual format is for there to be a "pre-draw" prior to that date to establish which clubs receive automatic byes through to the Second Round - at present there is no firm date for this but it is usually a couple of days beforehand.

There is a fair chance of the Glovers receiving a bye in the First Round due to new rules implemented for this season's competition. There will be 16 byes pulled out of the hat, and the rules state that those clubs who received byes during the 2008-09 season will not be eligible for a bye as part of the 2009-10 competition. This means that Yeovil have a 50:50 chance of skipping the First Round entirely.

The sixteen teams who received byes last season are guaranteed to face a First Round tie and are as follows:

Bury, Carlisle United, Chester City, Darlington, Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City, Rochdale, Rotherham United, Cheltenham Town, Gillingham, Hereford United, Luton Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Peterborough United, Walsall, Wycombe Wanderers.

The First Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy will be played during the week commencing August 31st. For all other round dates, follow the link below.

Link: League Cup and Football League Trophy Round Dates.

Link: More 2009-10 Competition Dates.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Fixtures.


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25 June 2009 : Ten More Interviews Added To The Archives
Ten more interviews have been added to Ciderspace's interview archive as various old material is added into the site from various sources whilst the summer months continue to be quiet, football-wise.

There are six interviews from the 2001-01 season, with Steve Thompson, John Fry, James Bent, Darren Way, Warren Patmore and Nick Crittenden contributing to interview transcripts done that season. During the following 2001-02 season, Carl Alford and Kim Grant were also interviewed and their output has also been archived. Finally from the 2008-09 season just gone, interviews with Terry Skiverton and Gary Johnson have also been added to the archives.

All interviews are now available in the site's Interview Section. Alternatively follow the links below.

NB: We're aware that the photo in the Wazza interview is not displaying correctly. That will be corrected later today.

Link: 19/02/2009 : Gary Johnson Talks To The BBC About Terry Skiverton's Appointment As Manager.

Link: 26/12/2008 : Terry Skiverton Talks To The BBC As Part Of Their Sporting Review Of 2008.

Link: 26/01/2002 : Kim Grant talks to the BBC following Yeovil's 4-0 away win at Hayes.

Link: 15/01/2002 : Carl Alford talks after the 3-1 win over Tiverton in the Third Round of the FA Umbro Trophy.

Link: 22/01/2001 : Nick Crittenden talks after the 0-1 home defeat against Southport.

Link: 22/01/2001 : Warren Patmore talks after the 0-1 home defeat against Southport.

Link: 15/01/2001 : Darren Way talks after the win over Bath City in the FA Trophy Third Round.

Link: 15/01/2001 : James Bent talks after he scored the winner against Bath City in the FA Trophy.

Link: 12/01/2001 : John Fry provides an update on the club midway through the 2000-01 Season.

Link: 08/01/2001 : Steve Thompson talks two days after the FA Cup Third Round tie at Bolton.


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25 June 2009 : Murray Interest Confirmed As Schofield Looks To Leave
Yeovil Town could be hoping to swap one winger for another, after two pieces of possible player movement were confirmed this morning. The BBC Somerset sports bulletin confirms Tuesday's news that midfielder Danny Schofield has been transfer-listed by the club.

They have indicated that the move has been at Schofield's request, citing "home sickness" and an inability to settle in the area. They state that Glovers boss Terry Skiverton will only allow Schofield to leave if a suitable offer is received by the club.

The BBC also report that former Bristol City winger Scott Murray is now in contract talks at Huish Park, a month after he suggested he wanted a move to South Somerset. Skiverton has told the BBC that he would like to sign the Scotsman but has pointed out that he faces competition from other West Country clubs for his signature and therefore that matters have yet to be concluded.


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24 June 2009 : Fifteen Point Penalty Continues To Stalk Stockport
Time is running out if League One Stockport County is to avoid starting the 2009-10 season on -15 points. A statement from the administrators this evening on the club's Official Site reveals that the sale of players continues in order to meet ongoing running costs while the consortium led by former Manchester City player Jim Melrose continues to bicker with the landlords at Edgeley Park, Cheshire Sports.

The Melrose consortium claims :

"We have agreed terms with the Administrators and we have agreed to all the conditions of the lease put in front of us by the landlord, Cheshire Sport. However, the process of reaching final agreement with Cheshire Sport is taking so long that we are in danger of directly affecting the financial and playing strength of the club at a critical stage in the pre-season period.

The club is not able to actively market the sale of season tickets or strengthen the squad until Cheshire Sport agree to sign the lease and support the CVA. We remain committed to Stockport County and will continue working to try and secure a future for the club.
"

However Cheshire Sports sees things differently, implying it is yet to be convinced its prospective tenants have sufficient funds :

"Cheshire Sport note the announcement on behalf of the Melrose Consortium and find the comments both surprising and inconsistent with the current state of negotiations. Discussions are on going and Cheshire Sport are awaiting confirmation that the Melrose Consortium will be in a position to capitalise the football club on the terms agreed. It is critically important that the new owners of Stockport County have sufficient funding to ensure that the football club can stand on its own two feet."

The local press suggests Friday 3rd of July could be a critical date. A creditors meeting is scheduled for that day, and if an agreement on a CVA to exit administration can not be reached County will be sliding closer to a 15 point penalty from the Football League.


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24 June 2009 : Wazza Back In Somerset
Former Yeovil Town striker Warren Patmore has become the new manager of Toolstation Western League side Wellington. Wazza has been managing Devon side Morchard Bishop in recent years and unsurprisingly scoring a hatful of goals for them at that level.

Warren recently went for the vacant position at Taunton Town, suggesting that he was looking to take his management career a step or two up, no doubt influenced by what former team-mates Terry Skiverton, Paul Tisdale (Exeter City), Matt Hale (Weymouth) and Roy O'Brien (Dorchester Town) are up to these days. He has now gained the hotseat at Wellington and speaking to the Somerset County Gazette, Chairman Ken Bird said of the appointment:

"We were impressed with Warren at interview and are delighted he has agreed to come on board. His standing within West Country football is undoubted and we are confident he will be able to built on the outstanding success of his predecessor."

The very best of luck to Wazza in his new role, and fingers crossed that the Somerset Premier Cup produces a match against the Glovers before long!


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23 June 2009 : PFA Claim Schofield 'Open To Offers'
A slight bit of caution is needed on this one, but the official Professional Footballers Association (PFA) website, is claiming that Yeovil Town midfielder Danny Schofield has been made available for transfer by the club.

We've not seen any newspaper or local media articles suggesting this to be the case, but on the other hand, we'd assume that the PFA ought to know its own players. Schofield, who has a year remaining on his contract at Huish Park, is listed as "Open To Offers" and the PFA invite clubs to contact them and declare their interest. However, the club have never hinted at this being the case.

On the flip side, the PFA do not list Andre McCollin as available, although that may be because they do not have a profile for him on their site. The former Fisher Athletic player is the only player who Yeovil Town have officially transfer listed this summer. So the question is why Schofield's name has appeared on their site?

On a more minor note, the PFA list left-winger Andy Welsh as available for a free transfer. The former Sunderland player is out of contract at Huish Park and as yet the club have not officially confirmed that he has a new offer in writing. Josh Wagenaar, Terrell Forbes and Paul Warne do not appear on their transfer list.


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22 June 2009 : Wagenaar Gets International Call-Up
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar has received an international call-up for Canada as part of their involvement in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The tournament will see him on international duty between July 3rd and July 10th, although theoretically if Canada progress all the way to the final, he could be on the West side of the Atlantic until the tournament concludes on July 26th.

In terms of the matches that Josh will be involved in, Canada play Jamaica in Los Angeles on July 3rd, El Salvador in Columbus on July 7th and then Costa Rica in Miami on July 10th. Following those three Group matches, eight of the twelve teams completing advance through to the Quarter-Final stage.

If Canada go forward, their Quarter-Final will take place on July 18th or 19th in Philadephia or Dallas, with the relevant Semi-Final in Chicago on July 23rd. The CONCACAF Gold Cup Final takes place in New York on July 26th.

As a guide for what to expect, two years ago Canada reached the Semi-Finals, having also reached the same stage in 2002. They were winners in 2000. Given that, it is quite likely that Wagenaar will still be out in North America beyond the Group Stages.

There is no guarantee that he will get much match practice whilst he is out there. He is in competition with Greg Sutton and Kenny Stamatopoulos, with Sutton tending to be Canada's first choice keeper.

Other familiar names in the Canadian squad include Ipswich Town winger Jaime Peters, who had a loan spell with the Glovers during the 2007-08 season, plus Gillingham striker Simeon Jackson.

At present Wagenaar has been offered a one year extension to his existing Yeovil Town contract, but there has been no indication as to whether he will accept it yet. The Glovers do not have another goalkeeper on their books at present, meaning that if Wagenaar does stay out on international duty, at the very least a trialist/guest goalkeeper will need to have joined the squad for the pre-season friendlies.


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22 June 2009 : Football League Ruling On Saints
The Football League Board has held its emergency meeting to consider the position of League One Southampton, bidders the Pinnacle Group, and their stance of appealing the ten point deduction imposed on Saints as part of their proposed take-over strategy. The Board's statement is opaque to say the least, but is being interpreted as a refusal to allow any appeal: in other words the Football League is insisting the ten point penalty for the start of next season will stand.

"The Board of The Football League met today to consider representations from the 'Pinnacle Group' with regard to their proposed takeover of Southampton Football Club.

The Football League has the responsibility to ensure all League clubs start the season with certainty as regards the competition they compete in.

With that in mind, The Football League has responded directly to the Pinnacle Group, and will continue to liaise with their representatives going forward.
"

The Pinnacle Group's immediate response has been to declare that they will continue with their bid to take Southampton out of administration despite the knock-back on this aspect from the Football League. Tony Lynam stated:

"The bottom line is the Football League have considered part of what we want in the agreement for the purchase. They are tonight sending across details of what they want which are not the same things.

We need to read it, digest it and chat about it. There is no animosity between us and the League, in fact quite the opposite. We are not on the same wavelength but it will be sorted out. Simple as that. It’s not a deal breaker.
"

Link: Football League Call Emergency Meeting Over Saints Takeover


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22 June 2009 : No Surprise In First Fixture Move
Not much of a surprise that the first Huish Park fixture to be moved involves Leeds United. The police have objected to the Bank Holiday Monday (5th April 2010) with a 3.00 p.m. kick-off originally scheduled, and the game will now be played on Tuesday 6th April, kick-off 7.45 p.m.


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22 June 2009 : Three Archive Interviews From The 1999-2000 Season
Once again, a few more items for the site archives have been dusted off and republished, with three old interviews from the 1999-2000 season now added to the site's Interview Section.

Back in the days when the club was still part-time and in the Nationwide Conference, interviews with defenders Kevan Brown, Rob Cousins and Terry Skiverton were recorded and can be viewed via the links below. Alternatively, head to the main Interview Section on the site, where there are nearly 400 others for you to browse through.

Link: 30/01/2000 : Terry Skiverton Talks After A 2-1 Win Over Kettering Town.

Link: 16/01/2000 : Rob Cousins Talks After A 2-1 Win Over Stevenage Borough.

Link: 09/01/2000 : Kevan Brown Talks After A 3-0 Defeat At Dover Athletic.


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21 June 2009 : Two More Seasons Added To The Statistics Archives
Two more complete sets of Results and Scorers from previous seasons have been added into the archives on this site. Back in 1969, Mike Hughes began to assemble a side that would go on and win the Southern League Premier Division.

That era, covering the 1969-70 season and the 1970-71 season have been added into the relevant pages in the site History Section as well as the Statistics Section of the site. The addition of these two seasons means that the site now covers every Yeovil Town first team result from 1968 to the present day, with efforts being made to take the archives further back.

Either visit the relevant sections, or head to the specific pages listed below for full details of those seasons.

Link: 1969-70 First Team Fixtures And Results.

Link: 1969-70 First Team Scorers.

Link: 1970-71 First Team Fixtures And Results.

Link: 1970-71 First Team Scorers.


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21 June 2009 : Charlton Commemorative Badges Now On Sale
Away Travel Club organiser Mark Kelly has received supplies of the latest range of his commemorative badges. Mark is concentrating on teams that are new to playing Yeovil in the Football League, meaning that Charlton Athletic are included in this year's crop.

Each club badge will come in 4 different designs. The badges are priced at £3.00 per badge plus £1.00 postage and packing. To reserve any badges, please send a cheque made payable to Mark Kelly at 39, Mudford Road, Yeovil, BA21 4AE. For any email-based enquiries, contact Mark at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk

Some of you may have already posted cheques through - Mark has now received supplies of all badges. The Charlton ones are shown below.
Charlton Badge - Now On Sale Charlton Badge - Now On Sale
Charlton Badge - Now On Sale Charlton Badge - Now On Sale
Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic Commemorative Badges - On Sale Now
Photo © 2009 Ciderspace/Mark Kelly



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20 June 2009 : Two Additional Seasons Added To Site Archives
As part of more summer achiving on this site, the Results and Goalscorers from the club's most famous era (apart from more modern times) have been added into the site. The 1948-49 season FA Cup win over Sunderland has recently seen its 60th anniversary pass, and that and the following season have been added into the relevant pages in the site History Section as well as the Statistics Section of the site.

Either visit the relevant sections, or head to the specific pages listed below for full details of those seasons.

Link: 1948-49 First Team Fixtures And Results.

Link: 1948-49 First Team Scorers.

Link: 1949-50 First Team Fixtures And Results.

Link: 1949-50 First Team Scorers.


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20 June 2009 : Fair Play Award 2009
League One Stockport County are the 2009 winners of the Professional Footballers' Association sponsored Bobby Moore Fair Play Award. Fifteen thousand pounds comes with the honour.

The award is presented annually to the team with the best disciplinary record throughout the Premier League and the three divisions of the Football League. It was a League One clean sweep, with Bristol Rovers finishing in second place and relegated Crewe Alexandra third. Crewe have won the award in the past more times - twelve - than any other club by a huge margin.

The top club outside of League One was League Two Exeter City, in fourth place. The Grecians will of course be replacing the Railwaymen in League One next season.


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19 June 2009 : Football League Call Emergency Meeting Over Saints Takeover
The Football League are to hold an Emergency Board Meeting on Monday to determine the future of League One side Southampton. Talks to enable the South-Coast club to change hands have hit deadlock with the Pinnacle Consortium who are attempting to buy the club requesting the right to appeal against the 10 point deduction Saints received after the PLC Holding Company collapsed at the tail end of last season.

The Pinnacle Consortium, headed by Saints hero Matt Le Tissier believe the 10 point penalty is unjust because the company that directly represents the Football Club has never gone into administration. The Football League argued last season that the financial position of the parent company was entirely derived from the Football Club's company and that therefore a 10 point penalty could be justified.

Usual practice when clubs come out of administration is that the 'new company' has no right of appeal with respect to affairs handled by the 'old company' and this is a prerequisite of the League granting the Membership's 'Golden Share' to the new company. Hence before Saints go through this process, they have asked the League to clarify the position and the Football League Committee will now meet at the start of next week.

It is not clear whether this condition would be a show-stopper if the League reject Southampton's right of appeal. However, the Pinnacle Consortium have now passed the 21 day exclusivity period that was set up for them to buy the club, and it is not clear what repercussions this could have for Southampton's future if Pinnacle's plans to buy the club collapse.

Aside from Le Tissier, the Pinnacle Consortium includes local businessman Tony Lynam, although there are currently rumours suggesting that former Chairman Leon Crouch and former managers Kevin Keegan and Gordon Strachan may have some part to play in the new set-up with Crouch and Keegan photographed outside Le Tissier's house earlier this week sparking rumours that Keegan was to be unveiled as their new manager. However, Strachan's name remains in the frame, whilst current manager Mark Wotte remains in charge despite meetings with Pinnacle about his future at St Mary's.

Meanwhile the Football League has also written to Stockport County insisting "clarification" be provided on aspects of the administration and on-going takeover there before it will consider transferring the Golden Share and whether any further penalty might come County's way.


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19 June 2009 : Club Launch Family Open Day
Yeovil Town are launching another Family Open Day at Huish Park as part of the build-up to the 2009-10 season. The event will take place across most of Sunday 26th July, with events taking place throughout the day. The event takes place in three stages, with the following:

* A Morning First Team Training Session (for Season Ticket Holders to view).
* An Afternoon Family Day
* An Early Evening 'Meet The Management' Event

Details from the Family Day's organiser Sara Bradley are as follows:


Join us at Yeovil Town Football Club on Sunday 26th of July for our Family Open Day.

The day is sure to be fun filled and kicks off in the morning with a training session (times to be confirmed), exclusively for 2009/2010 Season Ticket Holders.

This is the perfect chance to come along and watch Terry and Nathan as they put the team through their paces in readiness for the new season.

Once the training session has finished, supporters will be given the opportunity to get autographs and will be given exclusive access to the Official Club Store, to purchase the much anticipated New Home Shirt!

The Family Open Day then kicks off at 13.00 and is open to all supporters and members of the public and entry is FREE!

The following has been confirmed for the event, so watch this space for further entertainment to be announced:-

* Sherborne Town Youth Brass Band
* Popeye and the Pixies (Band)
* Pillow Bash
* Inflatable Slide
* Bug Fest (Insect display)
* Gymnastics Display Team (Display and Come and Try)
* Skittle Alley
* Splat The Rat
* Hoopla
* Coconut Shy
* Face Painting
* Food /Sunday Carvery & Ice Creams
* Real Ale
* Bushido Martial Arts - Come and Try
* Various Stalls
* Jolly Green Giant
* Multi Skilled StiltWalker

To top off the day, the Club will be holding a Meet the Management Evening in the Alec Stock Lounge, which starts at 5.00p.m.

Tickets for this event are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are priced at £5.00, which includes Lasagne/Vegetable Lasagne and Salad and free entry into a Prize Draw.

Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis as numbers are limited to 120.

Please Note: Tickets will not be available on the night, so buy yours now to avoid disappointment!

More details regarding all of the above events will be announced shortly, so make sure you make a note of the date and come and enjoy a fantastic day out for all the family at Huish Park!

The Family Open Day has been kindly sponsored by The Green and White Supporters Club and The Yeovil Town Vice Presidents.


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18 June 2009 : Interview With Nathan Jones
In what has been an extremely quiet summer so far for the Glovers, there has been just one movement of note, with Danny Hutchins coming into next season's squad on a permanent basis. However, assistant manager Nathan Jones has told BBC Bristol that the club are "close" to announcing a couple of signings for next season. Nathan has also talked about the future of star player Lee Peltier, as well as his views on what the Glovers should be aiming for next season.

Read the full interview transcript of Nathan's chat with reporter Alistair Durden via the link below.

Link: Nathan Jones Talks To The BBC About The Forthcoming 2009-10 Season.


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18 June 2009 : Still No Bids In For Pelts
This morning's BBC Somerset Sports Bulletin reports that there are still no bids on the table for Yeovil Town vice-captain Lee Peltier. The defender/midfielder has a year left on his contract and there have been suggestions over the summer by both player and club that the former Liverpool trainee may be on his way before the season starts.

The BBC have spoken to assistant manager Nathan Jones and he has indicated that there are still no written offers for the player, although he admitted that every player would have a price-tag where the club would listen to incoming offers. As things stand though, it would seem that Pelts is staying put.


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17 June 2009 : Carling Cup Live Games Selected
The two live matches for the First Round of the Carling Cup have been chosen by Sky Sports. Rather predictably, Leeds United have been choen for the Monday night match, with Darlington acting as their incidental hosts. On the following night, League Two side Bury will be at home to West Bromwich Albion and that will be the live match for that evening.

10/08/2009 : Darlington vs Leeds United. Kick-off 7.45p.m.
11/08/2009 : Bury vs West Bromwich Albion. Kick-off 7.45p.m.


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17 June 2009 : Derby Pre-Season Friendly Prices Set
Yeovil Town's home pre-season friendly against Derby County has had the admission prices set. The match takes place on Tuesday 21st July 2009, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park.

Prices are £10.00 for Adults, whilst Seniors and Young Adults (16-21 years old) can gain admission for £5.00. Meanwhile Those aged Under 16 can get in for just £1.00.

There are no variations between tickets bought in advance and those bought on the day, although obviously you may save yourself a bit of queuing if you make an advance purchase.

For Terry Skiverton's Testimonial Match on July 4th, see below for details of pricing.

Link: Terry Skiverton's Testimonial Match : Details and Pricing.


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17 June 2009 : BBC Take Over Football League Highlights Package
The BBC plan to take over much of the Football League highlights package previously provided by ITV for the forthcoming 2009-10 season. Replacing ITV's The Championship programme, the BBC will be launching The Football League Show on August 8th. This show will be available on the BBC's iPlayer for seven days, with highlights also on the BBC Sport website for UK users.

The BBC will also have live TV coverage of 10 Championship matches, along with one leg of each Carling Cup semi-final plus the Final itself.

They are also planning to provide highlights packages for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on both BBC TV and the BBC Sport website - again UK users only.

Although ITV's highlights service was welcome, their tendency to drop or shorten the programme at times when there were no Championship division matches, or to randomly 'lose' goals from their coverage at the expense of gap-filling features was somewhat frustrating to many League One and League Two supporters - particularly when Sky Sports were able to achieve what ITV seemingly couldn't. Hopefully Auntie Beeb will avoid falling into that trap, and give the punters what they want - a comprehensive goals highlights package of every goal scored next season. Fingers crossed!


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17 June 2009 : Glovers Get Tranmere Opener For New Season
Yeovil Town will open up their 2009-10 season with a home match at Huish Park. They will face a Tranmere Rovers side where John Barnes and Jason McAteer will experience their first competitive game in charge after being appointed earlier this week. The first away league trip will see the Glovers play Colchester United, with the home Carling Cup tie against Norwich City sandwiched in the middle.

Of course most supporters when browsing a fixture list for the first time are particularly keen to find out when the trips to the new grounds take place. This season, in terms of competitive fixtures, we have two new grounds to visit, and the first one of those comes up almost immediately. The Glovers travel to Exeter City's St James Park ground on August 18th. Perhaps disappointingly it's a Tuesday night fixture, although hopefully the fact that it is during the school/college holidays will mean that a good number of Glovers fans will still be able to travel to Devon.

The trip to Carrow Road and Norwich City takes place on March 6th 2010 and is a Saturday fixture. Whilst we've visited St James Park for a few pre-season friendlies in the past, we're pretty confident that a Yeovil side has never set foot on Carrow Road soil, so that is most definitely one to put in your diaries.

Charlton Athletic and Southampton are new to the Glovers from a League One point of view, even if recent cup draws mean that we are familiar with their grounds. Our third trip to The Valley in five years will take place on February 20th 2010, whilst our second trip to St Mary's Stadium is on September 19th 2009.

The Christmas holidays have been relatively kind to the Glovers. A Boxing Day home match against Wycombe Wanderers is followed up by relatively local away trips to Swindon Town and Leyton Orient - let's hope the Birbeck Tavern still has a barrel or two of their Christmas Ales left by the time we get there on January 2nd.

The Easter holiday also looks like it has a good pair of fixtures. We get one of this site's favourite away trips on the early part of the weekend with Southend United giving us a Bank Holiday by the seaside. Then Easter Monday gives the club a home game against Leeds United, which stands far more chance of a sell-out than last season's August fixture ever had.

This is where the fixture list looks a good one for the club. Attendances during August tend to be somewhat lower with many supporters on their holidays, whilst at the back end of the season, matches become unmissable six-pointers. From that point of view, a quartet of Bristol Rovers, Leeds United, Southampton and finally Oldham Athletic is likely to provide four large crowds to complete the season, regardless of how matters transpire by the time we reach April 2010.

The season ends with the aforementioned home match against Oldham, followed by a trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on the final day of the season. With former manager Russell Slade in the Withdean Stadium hotseat, what odds on at least one club's fate being decided on that day, with one party having the potential to "put one over" the other on the day?

Now we await all the changes. Clubs have ten days to put in any requests to the Football League for alterations.

Link: 2009-10 Ciderspace Yeovil Town League One Fixtures List.


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17 June 2009 : 2009-10 Football League Fixtures Released
The 2009-10 Football League fixtures have now been released. Whilst we load them up onto our own databases, the lists can be read on the club's official site, or via the two BBC Sport website links below.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Yeovil Town Fixture List.

Link: BBC Sport Website : League One Fixtures List.


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17 June 2009 : 2009-10 Fixtures Due For Release Today
The 2009-10 fixtures for the Football League will be released for publication later today. Yeovil Town will learn their schedule for the 46 matches at 10.00a.m. today and we'll aim to cover the highlights as well as the full list as quickly as possible.

The commercial websites pay the Football League's licencing arm for an automated feed (on top of the licence fee) to ensure they receive the lists and publish them immediately. The league's PTV network, which includes Yeovil's official site, will release the fixture lists at 10.00a.m. but for those who have difficulty accessing PTV sites, the BBC Sport League One page and their Yeovil Town Fixtures Page would be the most recommended ones to monitor.

For those who are able to operate on a more leisurely timescale this morning, we'll aim to publish in some form by lunchtime.


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16 June 2009 : Norwich Date Set
Yeovil Town's home cup tie against Norwich City in the First Round of the Carling Cup now has a date assigned. The tie will be played on Tuesday 11th August at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, according to the Norwich official site.


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16 June 2009 : Canaries Gunning For Yeovil
Norwich City manager Bryan Gunn has claimed that his side will want to be using Yeovil Town as a stepping stone when the two sides meet in the First Round of the Carling Cup in August. The Canaries are at a low ebb having just been relegated to League One for the first time since 1960, and like many of this division's fallen giants will be wanting to make their stay as brief as possible.

Gunn has told his club's official site that by the time they exit Huish Park, he wants to have recorded their second win of the season to give the Canaries a positive frame of mind:

"It's a game which we will be looking to win. It's the match after our league opener and hopefully we'll be making it two wins out of two to cement a winning start to the competitive season. Yeovil are obviously one of our fellow League One teams so it's an early chance to assess them with a view to the two league games we will play against them."

One Norwich site has saracastically referred to their trip to South Somerset as a "glamour tie", with a 514 mile round trip coming their way, but Gunn has stressed that those who do travel for the fixture will be seeing a Norwich side taking the competition seriously:

"Of course it's one of those which involves a lot of travelling for our supporters, so the backing of our fans on the night will be important and, as always, much appreciated. We go into every game looking to win and the Carling Cup will be no exception. It gives a chance for us to put together a run and hopefully reach the latter stages of the competition. The winning mentality is something we want to get back into the club and that obviously includes cup competitions as well as the league so we will be going to Yeovil looking for the victory."


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16 June 2009 : Carling Cup First Round Draw - Glovers Get Canaries
This morning's Carling Cup First Round draw has given Yeovil Town a home tie against League One newcomers Norwich City.

The Canaries are one of the forthcoming season's League One newcomers, having been relegated from the Championship last season. Yeovil last played them in the FA Cup Third Round, back in 1980, when the Canaries triumphed with a 3-0 scoreline at the old Huish ground in front of a crowd of 8,524 spectators. Goals from Graham Paddon, Keith Robson and a teenage Justin Fashanu sealed Yeovil's fate on the day.

The full draw for the First Round is as follows:

Accrington Stanley v Walsall
Huddersfield Town v Stockport County
Rotherham United v Derby County
Tranmere Rovers v Grimsby Town
Sheffield Wednesday v Rochdale
Bury v West Bromwich Albion
Notts County v Doncaster Rovers
Lincoln City v Barnsley
Scunthorpe United v Chesterfield
Coventry City v Hartlepool United
Darlington v Leeds United
Preston North End v Morecambe
Crewe Alexandra v Blackpool
Carlisle United v Oldham Athletic
Nottingham Forest v Bradford City
Macclesfield Town v Leicester City
Sheffield United v Port Vale
Cardiff City v Dagenham & Redbridge
Wycombe Wanderers v Peterborough United
Southampton v Northampton Town
Barnet v Watford
Hereford United v Charlton Athletic
Bristol Rovers v Aldershot Town
Millwall v AFC Bournemouth
Gillingham v Plymouth Argyle
Colchester United v Leyton Orient
Reading v Burton Albion
Exeter City v Queens Park Rangers
Cheltenham Town v Southend United
Brentford v Bristol City
Yeovil Town v Norwich City
Crystal Palace v Torquay United
Milton Keynes Dons v Swindon Town
Swansea City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Shrewsbury Town v Ipswich Town

All ties will be played during week commencing August 10th with Yeovil's almost certainly on Tuesday 11th August.


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15 June 2009 : Carling Cup Full List Of Draw Participants
Ahead of tomorrow morning's Carling Cup First Round draw, a full list of all of the participating clubs is now available. The draw is due to be announced at 9.30a.m. tomorrow morning and is the traditional 'apperitif' before the Football League fixtures appear the following day (at 10.00a.m.)

The First Round will see Yeovil Town pitched against one of the 'South Seeded' sides below, but for completeness, we've included all of the participating clubs in this year's competition and how they fit into the draw:

South Seeded: Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Colchester United, Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Millwall, MK Dons, Norwich City, Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle, QPR, Reading, Southampton, Southend United, Swansea City, Watford.

South Non-Seeds: AFC Bournemouth, Aldershot Town, Barnet, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burton Albion, Cheltenham Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Exeter City, Gillingham, Hereford United, Leyton Orient, Northampton Town, Shrewsbury Town, Swindon Town, Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town.

North Seeded: Barnsley, Blackpool, Coventry City, Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest, Oldham Athletic, Preston North End, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Tranmere Rovers, Walsall, West Bromwich Albion.

North Non-Seeds: Accrington Stanley, Bradford City, Bury, Carlisle United, Chesterfield, Crewe Alexandra, Darlington, Grimsby Town, Hartlepool United, Lincoln City, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe, Notts County, Port Vale, Rochdale, Rotherham United, Stockport County.

Byes to Second Round: Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Manchester City, Wigan Athletic, Stoke City, Bolton Wanderers, Portsmouth, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland, Hull City, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, Wolves, Birmingham City, Burnley.

Byes to Third Round: Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Aston Villa, Fulham.

The First Round matches are due to be played during the week commencing August 10th. For all other Carling Cup round dates head here.

Link: 2009-10 Carling Cup Round Dates.

Link: 2009-10 Competition Dates and Pre-Season Friendlies.


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14 June 2009 : Quiz Book To Be Launched For Glovers

Next month sees a Quiz Book launched covering Yeovil Town. Entitled the Official Yeovil Town Quiz Book, the publication is one of a number of books being launched over the summer by Apex Publishing to cover Football League clubs.

The book has a recommended price of £8.99 and contains 112 pages containing both historical and modern questions on the Glovers. It has also had to react to changing times - the forward of the book is written by manager Terry Skiverton, who says of the contents:

"When you have to make 4 and 5 hour trips by bus to away games a quiz book like this will be fantastic to help pass away the hours as we pound up and down the M5 and M1."

As an idea of how the book's quizmasters have had to react to recent events, former manager Russell Slade, who had originally been lined up to pen the forward for the book, now finds his departure from the club set as one of the questions.

The book itself is written by quizmaster Chris Cowlin, football author Peter Miles and Frome-based Kevin Snelgrove who presumably provided some of the local assistance, although he too has a background in quiz book writing.

Apex state that the book will be available from the Huish Park Club Store, hence look out for copies arriving there early next month. The intended launch date is currently July 4th 2009 although they have varied this from the original publication date. The book is also available from online retailers, and carries an ISBN reference of 978-1-906358-30-3 if you're having problems tracking it down.


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14 June 2009 : Barnes Arrival Due Tomorrow At Tranmere
Former England international John Barnes is expected to be formally named as manager of League One side Tranmere Rovers tomorrow. Barnes has recently resigned his position as the international manager of Jamaica after indicating earlier this year that he wanted to return to a position in club football.

Following the surprise sacking of former boss Ronnie Moore, Tranmere implicitly suggested that a drop-off in crowds of 19 percent over the past three years was at the heart of their decision to change managers, despite Moore coming within inches of taking the Wirral side to the play-offs during the season just gone. That led to the assumption that Tranmere were aiming for a high profile name, and for the past week Barnes has been top of the bookies list. Speaking to Sky Sports he has admitted that the rumours are true and that he expects to be in the hot-seat by tomorrow:

"I'm looking forward to it immensely. Tranmere nearly got to the play-offs last year and I believe they can push on this year. I take heart from what Watford did with Graham Taylor. If you look at what Reading have done and if you look at what Burnley have done, you don't need to have the best players and lots of money to be successful. If players are committed and have desire and you have the organisation, you just have to encourage them to play and that's what I'll be doing at Tranmere. They were one minute away from getting into the play-offs before missing out to the eventual winners Scunthorpe, so all is not wrong at Tranmere at all."

Barnes is believed to still own a home on the Wirral from his days as a Liverpool player. Former teammate Jason McAteer, who finished his playing career at Prenton Park, is expected to be named as his assistant.


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12 June 2009 : Seven Subs For Next Season
The 2009-10 Football League season will see the introduction of seven substitutes as standard for all League matches. The rule, which had been applied to all FA Cup and Carling Cup matches last season, will now be extended to cover all Football League games. We would assume this also includes the Johnstone's Paint Trophy given that this competition is also administered by the Football League, although the official statement does not make this clear. As per current rules only three substitutions can be made out of any seven named on the teamsheet.

The changes, which were agreed at the League's AGM in Portugal last weekend, also include the establishment of new rules concerning tax debts, covered on this site on May 21st, aimed at preventing clubs from falling into administration carrying significant debts to HMRC (aka the Taxman).

A League statement says that "once necessary practical arrangements have been made, any club that falls behind with its employee related payments to HMRC will be subject to a transfer embargo until such time the debt is cleared". It's not clear as yet how the League will deal with any legacy debt that may have accrued over the years, or exactly how much of a backlog can be accrued before an embargo kicks in.

The Football League's Member Clubs have also given permission for the Football League to monitor their tax affairs directly with HMRC, overcoming an obstacle where the League's governing body were unable to directly view any disputes with HMRC due to Data Protection laws. However, there's no mention as yet as to how they would intervene, with the exception of the above transfer embargo clause.

The League's end goal is two-fold. One is to provide an "early warning system" to allow issues to be raised with respect to overspending clubs before they fall into administration. The second goal is to reduce each club's tax liability to a level where HMRC cannot influence the outcome of a CVA, which has led to several clubs recently incurring a second points penalty when trying to exit administration. When the overall tax debts of a club exceed 25 percent of its total debts, HMRC are able to block all CVA proposals, thus preventing the club from coming out of administration in accordance with Football League rules, and so the League hope that these changes will make it harder for this scenario to materialise.

We had hoped to see harsher penalties for clubs entering administration, with Leyton Orient Chairman Barry Hearn suggesting that he would like to see such clubs forcibly relegated as punishment for overspending. However, as yet there is no suggestion that made it to the table as a formal proposal. Similarly, there are no signs that Oldham Athletic and Carlisle United's gambits for regionalised divisions got any further than the Portuguese hotel bars.


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12 June 2009 : Three Trips Down Memory Lane
With there being little in the way of current activity happening at the club presently, one of several tasks this summer has been to continue to improve some of the archive material on this site. Old interviews, match reports and features are gradually being restored or made more accessible on the site.

Three such instances are recorded below. A number of 'lost' interviews with Terry Skiverton back in the days when he was merely a humble player, dating between 2000 and 2002. One where he had only just been given the captaincy, another after he won his first England Semi-Pro cap, and a third midway through the FA Trophy winning season. Follow the links below to find out what life was like before we got into the Football League! There's more like this hidden away in the archives, so as it gets dusted off, we'll give them a plug for anyone who wants a trip down memory lane.

Link: 22/01/2002 : Terry Skiverton Talks After A 2-1 Win Over Nuneaton.

Link: 15/02/2001 : Terry Skiverton Talks About Winning His First England Semi-Pro Cap.

Link: 13/08/2000 : Terry Skiverton Talks About The Captaincy And The 2000-01 Pre-Season Schedule.


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12 June 2009 : Stockport Get New Owners
League One side Stockport County appear to be seeing light at the end of the tunnel after their administrators accepted a takeover bid from a group dubbed the Melrose Consortium. The buyers are fronted by former Manchester City striker Jim Melrose and is described as "a group of businessmen with a sporting background". The identity of the other members of the consortium has not been revealed yet.

Stockport have been in administration now for 43 days, and during that time they have lost their manager Jim Gannon, who was one of a number of playing and coaching staff taken off the wage bill in a bid to cut costs. At present it isn't clear whether the Hatters plan to exit Administration by setting up a CVA, which will be critical for them to avoid another points penalty being issued by the Football League.

At present the deal is subject to the Melrose Consortium getting contractual agreements in place with the Edgeley Park landlords, which will require them to negotiate with rugby side Sale Sharks as well as Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. The club expect to issue further statements in due course.


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11 June 2009 : Glovers Looking Early At The Loan Market
Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has indicated that he hopes to bring in two long-term loans into the club by the end of this month. The identities and positions are being kept under wraps at present, although it would appear that Tottenham Hotspur duo Jonathan Obika and Andros Townsend - who Skiverton says he would still like to bring back to Huish Park - are not the two players he is currently thinking of.

Speaking in this week's Western Gazette, Terry said that he had two specific targets in mind, but did not want to name names in case it alerted other clubs as to their availability:

"There have been a couple agreed already in principle so it is a case of going back to the people, whose word we believe in. We are talking to a number of people, but it will all be coming out towards the end of this month. There will be a couple of positions that will be filled with long-term loan deals. I want the supporters to know that we are talking to a number of people and what I do not want to do is say we have signed one player in principle. This will alert other people to them and before we know we are in bidding wars. One thing Yeovil Town cannot afford to do at the minute is get in bidding wars with people."

Of Obika and Townsend, it's little surprise that the Glovers would love to bring them back to South Somerset, but Skiverton admits that will be a far tougher, less certain prospect, pointing out that "Tottenham were inundated with calls to take Jon (Obika) on loan for next season" after the striker netted four times during a two month stay in Yeovil. Skiverton hasn't ruled out a return for either player, but is realistic enough to know that bigger clubs may muscle their way in.

In another week that gives merely small clues about what next season's squad may look like rather than hard leads, Skiverton indicates that he wants incoming players to "buy into an entire lifestyle" rather than merely representing the club on the field of play and also adds that he felt that there needed to be more leadership within the dressing room:

"Maybe last year and the year before we did not have enough leaders in the team. I am looking for leaders to come in so when you have got a couple of young people around that, they can be steered in the right direction."

With Skiverton himself, plus assistant Nathan Jones likely to let their playing roles take a back seat, and no news on out of contract players such as captain Terrell Forbes and the experienced Paul Warne, this aspect could be a significant priority for the Glovers. On that basis, it's a shame they missed out on signing the likes of Gareth Owen and Jonathan Worthington, who despite their relatively young ages certainly possessed those qualities in abundance. If there are others of a similar ilk out there, then they will certainly want to grab them over the next month or so.


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10 June 2009 : Hutchins Agrees Two Year Deal
Further to our June 5th article, former Tottenham Hotspur right-back Danny Hutchins is set to become a Yeovil Town player on a permanent basis on July 1st.

The club have now officially stated that the 19 year old has agreed a two year contract at Huish Park and so will become the club's first signing since the 2008-09 season ended. Danny has already made nine appearances for the Glovers, and his release from White Hart Lane allows him to join the club on a free transfer.

Welcome aboard Danny, and we hope you have a successful two years (and beyond) in South Somerset.


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9 June 2009 : League Cup Seeding Announced
Further to our June 1st article, more details about the League Cup First Round draw have been made available.

There will be 70 clubs in next Tuesday's draw (June 16th), which is now scheduled to take place at the earlier time of 9.30a.m. Former Premier League sides Middlesbrough and Newcastle United will receive byes, along with all 2009-10 Premier League sides.

Of the remaining 70 Football League clubs, the competition organisers have split them into seeds and non-seeds based upon last season's finishing positions, meaning that there will be 35 seeded clubs, who will be drawn against 35 non-seeded clubs.

The end result is that unseeded teams (including Yeovil Town) will be drawn against one of 35 sides that will include West Bromwich Albion, all of last season's Championship division sides, plus any of the top thirteen sides in last season's League One table, going down as far as 13th placed Walsall.

Whilst some sites make no mention of a regionalised draw, others suggest that the usual North/South split does apply, and assuming that to be the case, the Glovers will be drawn against one of:

1. Bristol City 2. Bristol Rovers 3. Cardiff City 4. Charlton Athletic 5. Colchester United 6. Crystal Palace 7. Ipswich Town 8. Millwall 9. Milton Keynes Dons 10. Norwich City 11. Peterborough United 12. Plymouth Argyle 13. Queens Park Rangers 14. Reading 15. Southampton 16. Southend United 17. Swansea City 18. Watford.

Matches are due to be played during the week commencing August 10th 2009. Assuming last season's format still applies, each tie will be settled on the night, with the game being taken to extra time, and if necessary, penalties in the event of the match not being decided during the initial 90 minutes.

As soon as the draw comes out, we'll publish it in full on this news page.


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8 June 2009 : Reserves Exit Confirmed By New Combination League Set-Up
Yeovil Town's withdrawal from the Football Combination Wales and West Division has now been formally recognised in the list of teams that will take part in the 2009-10 campaign. The plan for the Reserves to be withdrawn from their league became known back in March, with the club largely fulfilling their remaining fixtures through obligation rather than with true intent.

With Cheltenham Town resigning due to significant financial problems at Whaddon Road last season, the division had two vacancies and these have been filled by Reading and Southampton. Both sides have switched from the Central division, with Reading having won their league during 2008-09.

Aside from the Somerset Premier Cup, Yeovil Town Reserves will now play just ad-hoc friendlies which are expected to be held behind closed doors except where stated. Thus this will be the club's first season without a formal Reserve side since joining the Football Combination during the summer of 2003.

For the record, the teams that will compete in the Football Combination Wales and West Division for the 2009-10 season are as follows:

AFC Bournemouth, Bristol City, Exeter City, Forest Green Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Reading, Salisbury City, Southampton, Swansea City and Swindon Town.


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7 June 2009 : Skivo Testimonial : Half Time Penalty Shoot-Out Competition
Further to Friday's article concerning Terry Skiverton's Testimonial Match, the first of five competitions is now open.

Five supporters aged Under 16 will get the opportunity to participate in a penalty shoot-out during the half time break of the match, which takes place on Saturday 4th July. For the first chance to claim a place in the half time shoot-out, you have to answer the following question:

What club was Terry Skiverton playing for prior to joining Yeovil Town?

If you think you know the answer, then send your name, date of birth and the answer to Stew Bratherton at stew@brathertons.freeserve.co.uk

Remember this is open to supporters aged Under 16. Adults (particularly those on the Green Room forum!) should not enter the competition! If you don't know the answer, or want to give yourself a second chance of winning, keep a look out in the local newspapers on local radio, where there will be four more questions being asked over the next week or so. However, you do not need to wait for the other questions to enter this competition.


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5 June 2009 : Centre of Excellence Given More Top Tier Opposition
Further to our May 22nd article detailing the Centre of Excellence and their North-West pre-season tour, another date has been added to their August schedule.

Not content with playing against five Premier League set-ups in the form of Liverpool, Everton, Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers and newly promoted Burnley, the Under 16s side have been set up to play Manchester City as follows:

Aug 12th 2009 : Manchester City U16s

For all other CoE pre-season tour fixtures, follow the link below.

Link: Centre of Excellence August 2009 Pre-Season Tour.


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5 June 2009 : No More Moore At Tranmere
League One side Tranmere Rovers have surprisingly chosen June 5th as the right time to relieve manager Ronnie Moore from his duties as First Team Manager. Moore has been fired a month after the season has ended, despite being just 120 seconds from getting the Wirral club into the League One play-offs during the season just gone.

Rovers lost their chance of a place in the play-offs with just two minutes of the season left, with Scunthorpe United stealing an 88th minute equaliser on the final day of the season to ensure that they, not Rovers, reached the play-offs. With Scunny eventually getting promotion, Rovers could consider themselves rather unlucky.

There may be a bit more to this one than meets the eye. Assistant boss Peter Shirtliff quit last week to take up a coaching role with Swindon Town, whilst Moore has become increasingly concerned over the summer of his side's chances of keeping hold of their best players.

Skipper Antony Kay left for rivals Huddersfield Town last week, and a high turnover of players at Prenton Park looks likely with Moore having already released four players, and has several more announcing departures. Rovers were left with 15 players out of contract and Moore felt it would be hard to find replacements explaining:

"Unfortunately we will all be shopping at Netto because we can't afford to shop at Marks and Spencer."

Much to everyone's surprise though, Moore didn't even get as far as the shops, and today Chairman Peter Johnson broke the news:

"I’d like to thank Ronnie for his services to the club over the last three seasons and to wish him well for the future. We now need to focus on next season and we will start the process of finding a new manager and assistant manager immediately in preparation for the pre-season training which starts on July 1."

Local paper Wirral News clearly didn't see this one coming either, centring today on Moore's attempts to recruit in a new assistant, as well as the myriad of contract negotiations Moore was working on. Their general tone over the last month and the mood around Tranmere is that with players leaving that they will struggle to emulate last season's success on the field. With both members of the management team now also gone, whoever takes over is going to have to assemble a new side in a significant hurry.


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5 June 2009 : Hutchins Being Lined Up For Permanent Stay
In a summer that has seen rumour after rumour in terms of players being connected with Yeovil Town by press around the country, one signing for the 2009-10 season looks to have some kind of credibility behind it.

The identity of the player will come as no surprise - Tottenham Hotspur right-back Danny Hutchins, who was on the Premier League side's released list on Monday. Danny had already indicated that he wanted to return to Huish Park, and it looks as though he will be one of the first signed up for the coming season.

Unlike all the other player names that have been knocked around in the media over the summer, boss Terry Skiverton was willing to admit that this one has some legs, and he told the Western Gazette that he is expecting Hutchins to arrive for pre-season training:

"I think we are a whisker away from signing Danny Hutchins. What we do need is a little bit more strength in depth. I do not feel we had that last year. If I do bring in Danny, that will give good competition and a fall-back with Craig Alcock. Danny can also play at left-back, so he would be cover for Nathan Smith, and he can do a job in midfield. He will be coming back for pre-season to challenge for the number-one right-back spot and it just adds a little bit more competition within the squad, which will be healthy. The way I am looking to go is to have a good squad of players who can play in more than one position if need be."

It may be that we're reading into things too much, but it's possibly worthy of note that Skivo makes no mention of Lee Peltier as a contender for the right-back slot. Either the Yeovil boss is aware of a reason why Pelts may not be at the club in August, or he is looking for him to continue in a more central role at the club. Peltier has suggested that he would like to play for a Championship side this coming season, but despite the rumourmill hinting at interest from Bristol City and Peterborough United, nothing concrete has ever materialised, and Skiverton said last week that no formal bids had been received.


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5 June 2009 : Skivo Testimonial Teams Lined Up
Player-Manager Terry Skiverton's Testimonial Match, which takes place on July 4th, will see a 'Yeovil Town 2002-03 XI' take on a 'Terry Skiverton Select XI'. The first team will be based upon the side that won promotion to the Football League in 2002-03, whilst the second will be made up from some of Terry's friends in the game.

Exact names have yet to be confirmed, but according to the Western Gazette it is believed that the 2002-03 side will include Michael McIndoe, Chris Weale, Kevin Gall and Lee Johnson. The 'Select XI' side has yet to have any players revealed, but we're expecting a few big names to materialise over the next few weeks. The match will take place at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. Saturday kick-off.

Admission prices will be £12.00 for Adult tickets in the Stands, whilst on the Terrace adults will pay £10.00. Concessions in all areas will be £6.00 whilst Under 16s can get in for £2.00 anywhere in the ground. Tickets are expected to be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office from Monday.

A competition for Under 16s to win one of five signed shirts and take part in a penalty shoot-out is also planned as part of the package.

More details on all of this will doubtless materialise in the fullness of time.


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4 June 2009 : Skiverton Critical Of Press Talk
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has expressed his displeasure at some of his out of contract players for sounding off in the local press about their contracts in recent weeks. Skiverton doesn't name names, or suggest how many players he is pointing the finger at, but all three of club captain Terrell Forbes, striker/winger Paul Warne and left-winger Andy Welsh have been critical of the club's speed in negotiating new deals, with each player suggesting that they had yet to receive any written communication from the Glovers.

Like the players, Skiverton has used the Western Gazette to give his thoughts on the subject, and claims that offers have gone out to various players, and suggests that one player had given him a hint that he wanted to leave Somerset to return to his native roots. However, in the last couple of weeks, each player has told the Gazette that they are interested in signing a new deal at the club, but claim they can not do so whilst they have nothing in writing.

Even if Skiverton wouldn't be drawn into specific cases, his views appear to be directed at one or more of the trio concerned:

"I am a little disappointed that offers have gone out to certain players and we have been talking with certain players, and certain players are choosing to do all their talking through the newspapers rather than phoning me and talking to me direct. That has been disappointing for me and if people have got something to say they should get on the phone and tell me, not try to tell me through the papers and supporters."

Skiverton felt that the players needed to be more forthright with what they wanted, and suggested that one of them had done a u-turn based on what had gone before:

"I am not talking about individual cases. But certain things have been said about cases where people have wanted to go home and they have not got in contact with me. Then they are saying that there is nothing happening at the moment. You can only go on one or the other - someone says one thing to your face and then three months later you are hearing through the papers it is another. Surely they can pick up the phone and tell that to me?"

Whilst both sides of the fence are painting such differing pictures, it is difficult to know where the truth lies. But what matters more, is what action should be taken now. What we would urge the club to do, is to make contact with those players, ensure they have received their new contract offers in writing if they have not received them already, and if they do not wish to take them up, then to make it public that they have been released from their contracts and to move on and find fresh blood.

None of the three players were mentioned on the released and retained lists announced by the Glovers, and with the exception of the Gazette, there has been a vacuum of information since. The club must take charge of the situation, find out each player's intentions, set a deadline, and if agreement is not reached by then, to move on to a Plan B. At least at that point, everyone can move on with grace.


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3 June 2009 : Mileage Drops On Next Season's Away Trips
Yeovil Town will shave 412 miles worth of travelling off their costs for the coming season, thanks to the increasingly Southern-flavoured League One membership.

Whilst relegated duo Cheltenham Town and Hereford United represent the loss of relatively local opposition, the introduction of the club's first ever League meetings against Exeter City and Southampton gives the club two genuine local derby affairs, with both clubs likely to produce packed away ends when they visit Huish Park, as well as providing great away days for the club.

The introduction of Norwich City to the League fixture lists for the first time ever provides the longest trip of the seven clubs new to League One for next season, although the journey to Carrow Road will be cancelled out by the loss of Scunthorpe United, who have been promoted to the Championship.

For the Capital Glovers, the remaining quartet of arrivals look to be good candidates for away-days on the train, with Charlton Athletic, Brentford, Wycombe Wanderers and Gillingham all easily accessible for those living in the South-East (although perhaps Wycombe's Adams Park ground is not the best for getting out of after the game!) ... add in Millwall, Leyton Orient, Southend, Milton Keynes and Colchester and the Glovers are going to be spending a lot of time in and around the Home Counties during 2009-10.

The two mammoth journeys to Carlisle United and Hartlepool United remain, with Carlisle marginally the longer trip if you're leaving from Yeovil, with a round trip of 636 miles on the day. Bristol Rovers remains the major local derby, although for many Glovers fans in the West parts of Somerset they will find Exeter the closer of the two as there are only 7 miles to choose between the two journeys from Huish Park.

Certainly this is a great season to be in League One, and if you're not a regular at away matches, maybe the coming season is a good one to start planning a few trips. The full list of League One clubs is shown below with the distance from Yeovil if you're trying to pick out a few shorter ones to start with.

Staying In League One:
Brighton 167
Bristol Rovers 42
Carlisle United 318
Colchester United 206
Hartlepool United 314
Huddersfield Town 242
Leeds United 250
Leyton Orient 152
Millwall 144
Milton Keynes Dons 161
Oldham Athletic 219
Southend United 186
Stockport County 209
Swindon Town 81
Tranmere Rovers 224
Walsall 135

New Arrivals:
Brentford 126
Wycombe Wanderers 132
Exeter City 49
Gillingham 170
Southampton 76
Charlton Athletic 142
Norwich City 257

A Farewell To:
Cheltenham Town 84
Crewe Alexandra 179
Hereford United 107
Leicester City 172
Northampton Town 158
Peterborough United 210
Scunthorpe United 248


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1 June 2009 : Hutchins Becomes A Free Agent
Tottenham Hotspur have announced their released list today, with former Yeovil Town loan player Danny Hutchins one of a long list to be departing White Hart Lane. The news will have come as no surprise to the right-back who made nine appearances for the Glovers at the tail end of the season just gone.

Danny, who has already made it clear that he would listen to any offers from the Glovers for a permanent stay in Somerset, is now a free agent and able to agree a contract with another club. As yet there's been no sign in public of Yeovil's intentions towards the player.

He joins Ricardo Rocha, Simon Dawkins, Kyle Fraser-Allen, Jacques Maghoma, Takura Mtandari and Cian Hughton plus academy players Saulo Asajile, Mark Clare, James Dalton and Ajet Shehu who have all been released today. Republic of Ireland Under 18s midfielder David Hutton has already signed a deal with League Two side Cheltenham Town.


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1 June 2009 : League Cup Draw
The draw for the First Round of the League Cup has been scheduled for Tuesday 16th June at 10.00 a.m., twenty-four hours before the Football League fixtures are released on Wednesday 17th June.

The First Round ties will be played in the week commencing 10th August.

The full list of League Cup dates is available under 28th March 2009.


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1 June 2009 : Updated South-West Challenge Cup Schedule
Following last week's South West Challenge Cup draw, the remaining kick-off times and venues have been finalised for this summer's pre-season tournament.

Previously only the opening group of matches had full detail provided. The schedule for all matches is now known. Yeovil Town will play their Group matches at Appledore and Torrington, and if they are successful in winning their group, then the relevant semi-final will also be played at Appledore. The final takes place at Bideford, although this is the only match not to have a kick-off time arranged at this stage.

The revised set of kick-off times and venues reads as follows:

Fixture List:

13/07/09 : 18:30hrs : Group A : Ilfracombe vs Exeter City (at Ilfracombe)
13/07/09 : 20:00hrs : Group D : Barnstaple Town vs Blackpool (at Barnstaple)
13/07/09 : 20:00hrs : Group C : Bideford vs Wycombe Wanderers (at Bideford)
13/07/09 : 18:00hrs : Group B : RRFC Montegnee vs Yeovil Town (at Appledore)

15/07/09 : 18:00hrs : Group D : Rushden and Diamonds vs Barnstaple Town (at Barnstaple)
15/07/09 : 18:00hrs : Group A : Eastleigh vs Ilfracombe (at Appledore)
15/07/09 : 20:00hrs : Group C : Luton Town vs Bideford (at Bideford)
15/07/09 : 20:00hrs : Group B : Grimsby vs RRFC Montegnee (at Ilfracombe)

17/07/09 : 20:00hrs : Group D : Blackpool vs Rushden and Diamonds (at Ilfracombe)
17/07/09 : 18:00hrs : Group C : Wycombe Wanderers vs Luton Town (at Appledore)
17/07/09 : 19:00hrs : Group B : Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town (at Torrington)
17/07/09 : 20:00hrs : Group A : Eastleigh vs Exeter City (at Bideford)

18/07/09 : 14:00hrs : Winners Group A vs Winners Group C (Semi-Final at Barnstaple)
18/07/09 : 17:00hrs : Winners Group B vs Winners Group D (Semi-Final at Appledore)

19/07/09 : South-West Challenge Cup Final (at Bideford)


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