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30 June 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Now You See 'Em, Now You Don't
In a 24 hour period that has seen Gavin Tomlin and Keiran Murtagh leave the club, and speculation concerning Lee Trundle in the Welsh press, Taff has got a lot to plough through in his latest blog entry. Add to that England's exit from the World Cup on Sunday and there's rather a lot to consider. Without further ado, click the link below and feel free to provide your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Now You See 'Em, Now You Don't.


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30 June 2010 : Football League Publish Supporters Survey Results
The Football League have published the results of their 2010 Supporters Survey. The survey polled 36,822 supporters of which 192 identified themselves as Yeovil Town supporters. The club specific results are fed to its 72 member clubs for their own analysis, whilst the League publish a generic report detailing matters from the point of view of the League overall.

Some clubs do get a mention though. With ratings out of 10, League One sides Exeter City (8.1) and Huddersfield Town (7.8) come out on top throughout the whole of the Football League in terms of how valued supporters felt by their football club. The overall average rating across all clubs was 6.3 out of 10.

In terms of websites, the Football League's survey recorded a significant drop from the last 2008 survey in terms of those who rely upon their own club's official website. In 2008, a total of 68 percent considered it their primary source of information. That is now down to 55 percent, with the main gain coming from unofficial websites (up to 21% from 15%) and sports news sites (e.g. BBC Sport, up to 7% from 3%). In terms of which clubs fared best, Bristol City's official website was given a mark of 9.3 out of 10, whilst Leeds United came in second.

We'll have a scour through the 72 page report tonight to see if any other unusual statistics leap out. In the meantime, feel free to read it yourself, via the link below. As far as we can tell, the statistic concerning the number of Yeovil fans who responded is the only one that gives a Glovers specific-figure.

Link: Football League 2010 Supporters Survey.


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30 June 2010 : Murtagh Makes Speedy Switch
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Keiran Murtagh has this afternoon signed for League Two side Wycombe Wanderers. The 21 year old made the decision yesterday to not return for pre-season training at Huish Park, and it would now appear obvious that the reason for his decision was because he already had a contract offer lined up.

He has signed a one year deal at Adams Park. Unlike his former team-mate Gavin Tomlin, who had verbally accepted terms with the Glovers, only to leave yesterday, in Murtagh's case it wasn't clear what had been on the table for him at any given time, with conflicting reports of his status. He had planned to return in pre-season to try and earn a new deal with Yeovil Town, but it's hard to knock a player for taking up a firm 12 month offer from a side that will no doubt be looking to bounce back to League One at the first attempt after relegation last season.

Wanderers manager Gary Waddock was in charge for the visitors when Murtagh scored for Yeovil in their 4-0 home win on Boxing Day, with Keiran opening up the scoring, and he told Wycombe's official site that he had signed a player with good potential:

"He's a young player who has lots of potential. He's attack minded and is technically very good. If he can reach anywhere near his full potential here, then he'll be a valuable asset for the squad."

The very best of luck to Keiran over the next 12 months and beyond at Adams Park.


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30 June 2010 : Gunners Confirm Ayling Arrival
The Arsenal official site has today put out an article indicating that defender Luke Ayling has joined Yeovil Town. Of course, this isn't 'new' information as such - Ayling's impending arrival at Huish Park was recorded on May 20th, albeit with the small caveat that he had yet to actually sign his contract.

Arsenal's statement comes on the final day of his contract with the Premier League side, and given yesterday's news concerning Gavin Tomlin, it's probably reassuring to know that the Gunners still think he's coming our way tomorrow!


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30 June 2010 : O'Callaghan On The Look For A New Club Again
Former Yeovil Town midfielder George O'Callaghan is a free agent again after being released by Eircom League side Waterford. Since leaving Huish Park at the turn of the year, O'Callaghan has not had the best of luck in getting a club to play for, having initially signed for Cork City and even being unveiled as their club captain during the early part of 2010.

However, the chances of a third spell with his hometown club began to unravel when Cork City were liquidated in February and their phoenix side Cork City FORAS Co-Op were barred from taking the old club's place in Ireland's top flight. Despite sticking around briefly with the new FORAS side, he then signed for Waterford United and on May 11th scored five goals in a single match for them in the FAI League Cup against Tralee Dynamos.

Yesterday, Waterford put out a statement indicating that O'Callaghan and another player had been released from their contracts by mutual consent, with O'Callaghan having featured in just eight league matches for the Irish side. The Irish press suggest that a poor run of form for Waterford during O'Callaghan's time with the club affected the decision.

During the 2009-10 season, O'Callaghan made 15 appearances for Yeovil Town before his release at the turn of the year, with his four month contract at Huish Park having run out. He will now need to look for his fourth club in less than a year.

In other news, Hartlepool United's trip to Milton Keynes Dons becomes the fourth League One match to be chosen for live transmission on Sky Sports. They will now kick-off at 12.15p.m. at stadium:mk on Saturday 4th September. Expect Jeff Stelling to be giving this one some big promotion on Soccer Saturday over the coming months! For the full list of live fixtures, see yesterday's article.

Exeter City manager and former Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Tisdale has obtained his UEFA Pro Licence. Perhaps more worrying for the Grecians is that whilst they now have a very qualified manager, he is now entitled to manage football clubs at Premier League level, as well as on the continent, having passed UEFA's top level qualification.

Bristol Rovers have signed left-back Gary Sawyer from Plymouth Argyle after he rejected new terms at Home Park. The 24 year old already knows the city of Bristol well - he spent the latter part of the 2009-10 season on loan at Bristol City as one of Gary Johnson's last signings.

Huddersfield Town have signed Derby County winger Lee Croft on a six month loan deal. The 25 year old has also got experience with Manchester City, Oldham Athletic and Norwich City and Terriers manager Lee Clark knows him well from his time as assistant manager at Carrow Road. Huddersfield have also confirmed the departure of centre-back Andy Butler which was mentioned on this site last week. They still expect to sign Bristol City defender Jamie McCombe to replace him.

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade had recruited a fitness coach into Brisbane Road. Kurt Bowyer joins Orient's pre-season plans, with Slade still looking to add a central midfielder, a winger and a striker to the eight signings he has made so far before the 2010-11 season starts.

Colchester United have signed former Bristol City midfielder Brian Wilson. Wilson knows his new boss very well, as John Ward was Cheltenham Town's manager when he transferred from Whaddon Road to Ashton Gate for £150,000. Ward gets him back four years later on a free transfer.

Hartlepool United have signed up goalkeeper Andy Rafferty from non-league Guisborough Town. The 21 year old is Pools' first summer signing and is expected to act as an understudy to first choice keeper and former Glover Scott Flinders.

Bristol Rovers youth team manager, and former Yeovil Town right-back Jerry Gill believes his local knowledge will prove invaluable for finding local youth talent. Speaking to the Bristol Evening Post he points out that as a Clevedon youngster, he went through those leagues himself:

"I'm very much looking forward to working for Rovers. Bristol is a place I know well and Rovers is a club I know very well as I was brought up in this part of the world. As a player I came up through the Bristol Junior and Woodspring leagues, so on the recruitment side I have a knowledge of where the next generation of players are and the teams they play for."

Swindon Town new signing and former Yeovil Town left-back Michael Rose has spoken of the background that saw him leave Stockport County for a three year stay in Wiltshire. Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser he explained:

"It was a big thing trying to get away from Stockport this summer. I had another year there, but with the trouble theyíve had and having been relegated itís not a place I want to be, no disrespect to them. I felt that it was time to move on. It was a great experience at Norwich (where Rose won a League One title winners medal), and hopefully I can bring that here and enjoy some success. Now Iím looking to stay here for the next three years, and Iím hoping to take the club into the Championship, which is where it deserves to be and where the gaffer wants it to be."


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30 June 2010 : Welsh Press Link Lee Trundle With Glovers
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for former Swansea City and Bristol City striker Lee Trundle. The 33 year old is out of contract and a free agent after being released by the Robins at the end of last season.

Having spent the latter part of the 2009-10 season on loan at the Liberty Stadium, he had been hanging on for the most of the summer in the hope that the club where he made his name would be willing to take him on for a second permanent spell in Wales. However, he has now been told that there is no deal on the table for him, aside from a coaching role that he does not want to consider until his playing career is over.

The claims that Yeovil Town are interested in signing the Liverpudlian are made in South Wales paper the Western Mail, where they also list Charlton Athletic, Swindon Town and an unnamed Australian A-League side. However, they suggest that Trundle wants to stay in Britain and ideally playing for a Championship club. There's no quotes from Trundle to confirm any of these clubs or his overall aims, although given that they interview him in the article it's quite possible that he may have slipped those in as semi-off-the-record comments.

Trundle does talk about his huge disappointment in failing to win a playing contract at the Liberty Stadium, and explains that he is not ready to hang up his boots in football just yet. The striker, who started his career in non-league football playing for Stalybridge Celtic, Southport, Bamber Bridge, Rhyl and Wrexham, said that one day he would like to return to South Wales, but that getting regular first team football is his immediate priority:

"I would have given anything to have stayed, but I need to be playing, I really do. Iíve not done enough of that for the past two seasons and, although I would like a future in coaching, I still feel I have plenty to offer as a player. I would have loved to have been able to do that at Swansea and Iím gutted thatís not going to be the case. But, as much as I wanted to finish my career at the club, I canít throw away the last few years as a player because once you decide to go down that route thereís no going back. When I was given a chance last season I showed I could still score goals at this level and I want to continue to do that. Iím just sorry it canít be for Swansea. I hope the fans understand my decision, but itís just I have to play on. All I can hope is that I will be back at the club, even if itís not as a player."

Our immediate reaction to the Glovers being connected with someone like Trundle would be "you're having a laugh" - he is likely to command high wages, which the Glovers are unlikely to afford. However, given Yeovil's strong connections with Swansea, through Darren Way, and rumours last season that the Glovers tried to get Trundle in on loan whilst Gary Johnson was Bristol City's manager, it is not entirely ridiculous. It also follows Skiverton's cryptic comment on Twitter yesterday, indicating that something had dropped out of the blue.

As a player, Trundle needs little introduction to any followers of Football League sides. His record of over 90 goals in 194 appearances for Swansea represented the pinnacle of his footballing career. On the down side, he has done little since he left South Wales in the summer of 2007 in a £1,000,000 transfer to Bristol City. As a point of trivia, Trundle's first game in Bristol colours came against Yeovil Town in a pre-season friendly on July 28th 2007, in which he scored in a 2-2 draw at Ashton Gate, whilst he was still officially a Swansea player due to the paperwork not being completed. However perhaps his finest hour came back in November 2005 when (Glovers fans may want to look away now) his audacious lob over Chris Weale in a 2-0 defeat for Yeovil at the Liberty Stadium saw him reach a national audience through endless Sky Sports replays.


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29 June 2010 : Third League One Game Added To TV Schedules
A third League One match for the 2010-11 season has been selected by Sky Sports for live transmission. Brentford's home match against Sheffield Wednesday will be now switched to a Sunday, and will take place on September 5th, with a 12.00 noon kick-off.

The revised set of Football League related televised fixtures now read as follows:

06/08/2010 : 19:45 : Norwich City v Watford (Championship)
07/08/2010 : 12:15 : Southampton v Plymouth Argyle (League One)
07/08/2010 : 17:15 : Leeds United v Derby County (Championship) (BBC)
08/08/2010 : 12:35 : Cardiff City v Sheffield United (Championship)
09/08/2010 : 19:45 : Stevenage v Portsmouth (Carling Cup First Round)
10/08/2010 : 19:45 : Chesterfield v Middlesbrough (Carling Cup First Round)
13/08/2010 : 19:45 : Leyton Orient v Charlton Athletic (League One)
15/08/2010 : 13:15 : Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (Championship)
21/08/2010 : 12:15 : Coventry City v Derby County (Championship)
28/08/2010 : 17:20 : Leicester City v Reading (Championship)
04/09/2010 : 12:15 : Milton Keynes Dons v Hartlepool United
05/09/2010 : 12:00 : Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday (League One)

Update: A fourth game - MK Dons vs Hartlepool - has subsequently been added.


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29 June 2010 : And Now Murtagh Leaves The Building!
Yeovil Town midfielder Keiran Murtagh has become the second player to leave Huish Park today, following Gavin Tomlin's shock exit to Dagenham and Redbridge (see story below). In this case, it's not clear if Murtagh has a new club to go to, or if it is the club that have pulled the rug from under his feet.

Keiran was one of six players offered new terms at the end of last season, however he did not agree to sign his contract by the June 15th deadline. At that stage he was given the offer to attend pre-season training, with the possibility of still being offered a deal with the Glovers if he impressed.

Now, for reasons unexplained, he will not be attending pre-season training. The obvious assumption has to be that he has found a club willing to give him a firm contract offer.

Like Tomlin, Murtagh arrived at Huish Park two years ago from Fisher Athletic. He scored three goals in 59 appearances across two seasons, but always tended to be the third or fourth choice midfielder at the club, and 24 of those games came from the bench.

We wish Keiran luck, and will keep an eye out as to where he ends up next.

Link: Keiran Murtagh : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 June 2010 : Gavin Tomlin Leaves Huish Park
Yeovil Town striker/winger has done a fairly massive u-turn by agreeing to sign for League One newcomers Dagenham and Redbridge today. The big clue is that the Daggers have given him a three year contract - we'd have little doubt that Yeovil will have only offered him a one year deal. The other incentive for Tomlin will be that Wayne Burnett, who was his manager at Fisher Athletic, is now a first team coach with Dagenham.

Obviously the news goes against the originally announced statement on June 16th that Tomlin had - along with Dean Bowditch and Nathan Smith - verbally agreed new deals for the 2010-11 season. However, whilst Bowditch and Smith came down and signed their deals last week, there was a slight concern that Tomlin had yet to do so.

The move of course takes Tomlin back to his South-East roots, and so it is easy to see, particularly with the contract length, why he has chosen to leave. However, it will irk somewhat that manager Terry Skiverton got verbal assurances from him that he was going to stay at Huish Park.

Daggers manager John Still has told Dagenham's official site:

"I'm delighted to have added Gavin to the squad, he is a clever striker with good movement who links the play well, He is a hard worker who is equally adept playing as a forward or wide, and hopefully we can help him fulfil his potential at the L.B.B.D Stadium."

Overall Gavin made 84 appearances, scoring 16 goals in the process. His erratic play at times frustrated the Huish Park crowd, but conversely it was noticeable when he was off the field that the side lacked a lot of off the ball movement to upset defenders. It's not the biggest disaster in the world, but the circumstances in which he has left probably won't endear him to the Yeovil faithful. Hopefully we'll hear his side of the story sooner rather than later. Despite that, we'd wish him the best of luck at Dagenham over the next three years.

Link: Gavin Tomlin : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 June 2010 : Skivo, You Tease!
Those of you who have social networking accounts will be well aware of how frustrating some personal status updates can be. Whilst some opt for the simple factual status update, others will tease or confuse with an "OMG!!!! Fantastic!" leaving you none the wiser as to whether they were celebrating Paraguay beating Japan on penalties, an amazing backhand pass on Centre Court, or their child coming second in the egg'n'spoon race on School Sports Day.

Step forward Mr Terry Skiverton of Lufton Way, Yeovil, who obliquely put this out on Twitter this afternoon:

"Something dropped right out the blue. Could be great signing."

And that, ladies and gentleman is it. Not that we'd expect him to name the player concerned if he's that good. Our only advice to Skivo is if what dropped out of the blue today was an aeroplane carrying 23 footballers into Heathrow Airport, then perhaps he should pass on that, and head across to Spurs Lodge instead. You know it makes sense.


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29 June 2010 : Former Glovers Gill And Rose Confirm Summer Moves
A couple of deals concerning former Yeovil Town players have been confirmed this afternoon. Bristol Rovers have officially unveiled former right-back Jerry Gill as their new Youth Team Coach. Gill arrives from Solihull Moors where he had been their assistant manager, having also had managerial experience with Weymouth as well as coaching roles with Cheltenham Town, Forest Green Rovers and Birmingham City, who he also had roles with during his playing career.

Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope identified the vacancy after he promoted former Youth Team Coach Darren Patterson up to be his first team assistant, and Trollope told their official site that he'd known Gill for some time:

"Jerry applied for the position, and submitted his CV to us and I'd known him from his time as a player when he gained experience of playing at many different levels. He's a local lad and he had a long association with Cheltenham, when he developed an interest in the coaching side of the game and he's had a number of roles at different clubs on the coaching side since he retired from playing. He's a young coach who is very ambitious but, most of importantly, he showed me that he had the drive and enthusiasm to progress as a coach. He shares a lot of our philosophies of how we are trying to do things here and also the professional standards that I expect."

Trollope added that he was impressed at the amount of coaching experience Gill, who was a member of Yeovil Town's Isthmian League title winning squad before leaving for Birmingham City, had gained during the latter days of his playing career:

"He's a young coach, but he does bring some decent experience of working with youngsters and senior players, and he has experience of playing at every level, from non league to Premiership. He's been coaching with Cheltenham, Forest Green and Weymouth and, more recently, with Birmingham City and Solihull Moors. In addition to all his experience as a coach and a player, he also has a fantastic knowledge of the local area and the local scene and we are very much looking forward to working with him."

Link: 25/06/2010 : Gill Looking To Join Rovers.

Link: Jerry Gill : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Meanwhile, former left-back Michael Rose has completed his move to Swindon Town. He has signed a two year deal at the County Ground with an option on a third year, shortly after being released by relegated Stockport County. Rose is manager Danny Wilson's first formal signing of the summer, although as mentioned in our June 21st article, they are expected to land Colchester United midfielder David Prutton as soon as he returns from his holidays.

Link: 21/06/2010 : Rose To Opt For Swindon Move.

Link: Michael Rose : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Another former Yeovil Town player (sort of) who is on the move is left-winger Albert Jarrett, who the club had on trial during the 2008-09 season. He is expected to sign a one year contract with Lincoln City after a season with Barnet. The North London club released him at the end of the season - something of a surprise given that he had worked under Barnet manager Mark Stimson at Gillingham before arriving at Underhill.

Jarrett arrived at Huish Park during the 2008-09 pre-season after being released by Watford, and hung around long enough to feature in the club's opening Reserve Team fixture against Salisbury City Reserves. However, having spent two months with the Glovers without a contract on offer, he signed for Gillingham instead, making that Salisbury fixture his only appearance in green'n'white colours.

Lincoln manager Chris Sutton, who has already signed up former Glovers striker Gavin McCallum said of the deal:

"We've been tracking him for a while, he's another player who has real attacking intent."

Link: Albert Jarrett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 June 2010 : Sherborne Take Ladies Side Back To Their Roots
Yeovil Town Ladies have chosen their new venue for the 2010-11 season. They will be groundsharing with Sherborne Town Football Club at Raleigh Grove in Sherborne Dorset. The move represents a full circle for the Ladies side, who used to be known as Sherborne Ladies and played at the same ground just over 10 years ago.

Now playing in the FA Women's Premier League, the Ladies had to leave their Somerton ground in Gasson's Lane due to the lack of floodlighting and other grading issues, thus making the return to Raleigh Grove an ideal one.

Sherborne Chairman Steve Paradise has welcomed the news on the Dorset side's official site, which will draw the two clubs even closer together:

"We are delighted to help out Yeovil Town Ladies. They originally started off at Sherborne Town and it is nice to have them back. We are very glad that we are able to help them as they start the next chapter of their history in the second tier of women's football, and long may it continue."


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29 June 2010 : Way: MacDonald Has Got What It Takes
Yeovil Town First Team Coach Darren Way believes that former Glovers loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald has got what it takes to make it at Championship level. Way and MacDonald have been team-mates at both the Liberty Stadium and at Huish Park but will start the 2010-11 season working in separate clubs after MacDonald signed a two year contract with Swansea City last week.

Unlike at Huish Park where he became a regular in Yeovil's first team, MacDonald's Swansea career has come in fits and starts. His 40 appearances for Swansea since he turned professional in the summer of 2005 are almost eclipsed by the three loan spells he had with the Glovers that clocked up 36 appearances. Given exactly half of his appearances for the Swans have come from the bench, it's quite likely that he has clocked up more minutes in a green and white shirt.

Way believes that all MacDonald needs is to make a breakthrough and get a run in the side. Speaking to the Western Mail he felt that his spells with Yeovil Town had made him a better player:

"He is certainly good enough, and I think heís benefited from the experience of playing he had with us last year Ė playing in front of 25,000 at Elland Road or Carrow Road is much better for a player than playing reserve football every week. Heís matured as a player and a person and he really deserves his big chance now. Itís important he gets his head down and makes sure he is ready to show his worth to the manager as soon as they start back. Itís going to be difficult for him but starting the summer well can make a managerís mind up for him. We were really pleased with how he did with us and hopefully he can strike the same sort of form as he did here."

In other news, Plymouth Argyle's Head of Youth Mike Pejic has left Home Park for a similar position with Ipswich Town. Glovers fans may recall Pejic being ultra-critical about Yeovil's Youth and Reserve facilities at both Somerton and Ilchester venues.

Carlisle United are expected to lose 19 year old defender Tom Aldred to Championship side Watford after he turned down a contract offer at Brunton Park.

Tranmere Rovers spongeman Les Parry will hand over his medical bag to a new physio following his formal appointment as first team manager on a 12 month contract. Steve Walker who was Burton Albion's physio last season, will take over Parry's old position.

Colchester United have signed up 24 year old midfielder Andrew Bond from non-leaguers Barrow. He has put pen to a two year contract at the Community Stadium. Phil Ifil has left the U's.

Hartlepool United have appointed 59 year old Mick Wadsworth as a first team coach, with Chris Turner tending to take a step back towards his original Director of Football role. Turner will still pick the team, but Wadsworth will take charge of the training ground.

Huddersfield Town have allowed Joe Skarz to sign for League Two side Bury. The 20 year old left-back has moved for an undisclosed fee, which the Terriers have said contains various add-on clauses. The Terriers seem likely to sign Bristol City defender Jamie McCombe on a two year contract, but Huddersfield say that the deal has yet to complete.

Dagenham and Redbridge have signed up Southend United winger Damien Scannell. The 25 year old has signed a two year deal at Victoria Road and has been fiercely critical of the financial mess at Roots Hall that saw players paid late on numerous months during last season.

Rochdale have signed up 19 year old Jack Redshaw from Manchester City. The striker has penned a one year deal.

Brighton and Hove Albion have signed up three players, with Argentine midfielder Agustin Battipiedi and fellow countryman and winger/striker Cristian Baz being snapped up by manager Gus Poyet. Both have got one year contracts. Meanwhile Matt Sparrow's transfer from Scunthorpe United has been confirmed, subject to a medical. The 28 year old has agreed a three year contract at the Withdean Stadium.

Brentford have signed Aldershot Town striker Kirk Hudson on a two year contract. The 23 year old, who can also play right wing, was formerly on the books of Celtic and Ipswich Town.


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29 June 2010 : Johnson Appoints Johnson
This shouldn't come as a great surprise. After Yeovil Town got into the Football League, one of former manager Gary Johnson's decisions was to appoint a new Chief Scout at Huish Park. That scout was his brother Pete Johnson and he stayed at Huish Park for the rest of Gary's time with the Glovers. When Gary moved up the road to Bristol City one of his first decisions was to take Pete with him, again appointing him as Chief Scout.

Now with Gary installed as Peterborough United first team manager, once again he has looked to his brother to add to his back-room team. Pete has resigned his post at Ashton Gate and has quickly been unveiled as Chief Scout at London Road. Gary Johnson told the Posh official site:

"We have a lot of quality in the coaching department and I am delighted to have added to that over the last two days. I have worked with Pete for a long time and of course I have known him all of my life! We sing from the same hymn sheet in regards to the player philosophy, he knows exactly what I am looking for and has done a fantastic job in finding players over the years and has been part of the three or four promotions that I have achieved. It is good on his CV and so it should because the chief scout has to do a lot of the work. In fact the chief scout has a vital role to play and the key aspect of that is the 'no's' that they tell you. When people are panicking about how great a player is and Pete says 'no', I always go with his decision and he has been proved right over the years. If you can't trust your brother, who can you trust?"


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28 June 2010 : O'Brien Gets Back Into Coaching Role
Yeovil Town Ladies have appointed a new first team coach in preparation for their first ever season in the FA Women's Premier League. The person chosen for the job needs little introduction as it is former Yeovil Town men's team defender Roy O'Brien, who is also the club's Community Officer.

Roy will be used to performing a dual role, given that he spent five months as a player-coach at non-leaguers Weymouth and then eight months as first team manager of Dorchester Town during last year. As a player, the 35 year old was on the books of Arsenal, Wigan Athletic and AFC Bournemouth before he came to Huish Park in 2000, via a three year spell at Dorchester.

He then went on to be part of Yeovil's FA Trophy winning squad and the side that got into the Football League, clocking up 125 appearances with the club before eventually dropping out of the playing side during the 2004-05 season, initially joining Weymouth on loan before making it permanent. His level of experience with both Dorset clubs as well as his current role at Huish Park will doubtless make him a valuable member of the Ladies backroom team.


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28 June 2010 : Bees Put Ground Developments On Hold
League One side Brentford have put on hold their plans to build a new stadium away from Griffin Park. The Bees had earmarked a site at Lionel Road, which is around a mile north-east of their current ground, and close to Kew Bridge and M4 Junction 2. The plans were to build a 20,000 seater stadium there for both football and rugby needs that would also provide additional community facilities and a hotel. Over 1,200 new houses were planned across three sites as part of the ambitious deal.

Brentford have gone into partnership with Barratt Homes to achieve this, but the property developer has now suspended its involvement in the scheme, having concluded that the project economics are not currently viable in the wake of a depressed housing market since the Lionel Road site was acquired in 2007. A statement issued by Brentford indicates that they will revisit the subject in 12 months time when they believe the property market will have shown some recovery.

The article on the Bees official site suggests that the suspension is more down to Barratt Homes; the Bees plan to engage with other developers and to revisit the original concept to see if they can cut down on its scope, and thus reduce the costs. Bees spokesman Brian Burgess explained:

"Unfortunately it is just not possible to make the existing scheme work at the moment. Given the club's exciting plans to push for promotion to the Championship we are now searching determinedly for an alternative, less ambitious scheme that might be achievable in a shorter timescale than simply waiting for the housing market to recover fully."

One aspect of the Lionel Road project that is of interest to Yeovil Town supporters and shareholders is how the Bees have structured the companies that will provide the investment behind the stadium development. Whilst Yeovil Town's proposals detailed earlier this month appear to make Yeovil Town Holdings Limited the immediate parent company of the actual Football Club company, Brentford have opted for the reverse and have created a subsidiary company called Brentford FC (Lionel Road) Ltd that sits underneath the main Football Club, thus ensuring that the club maintain ownership of the stadium, but separate out the new venture from the main football club's operations.

Brentford have also put in safeguards to ensure that the Lionel Road project can not go against the wishes of their supporters, or fall into the wrong hands. The main Brentford FC Ltd company owns 99 percent of the Lionel Road company's shares, whilst Brentford Football Community Society Ltd (trading as Bees United - the club's Supporters' Trust) hold a single 'Golden Share' in the company.

Brentford's statement indicates that Brentford's Supporters Trust consequently have "the right to a veto over any issue or transfer of shares, the disposal of assets over a material level, the use of land for any purpose other than that of a sports stadium, the charging of assets, the implementation of any liquidation proceedings and the payment of any dividends. In addition Bees United have the right to appoint a minimum of one director to the board of Brentford FC (Lionel Road) Limited." The effect is to ensure that their main supporters' group always have a degree of control over the project, whilst still allowing the main Brentford company the power to run the project on a day-to-day basis.

In other news, Carlisle United defender Richard Keogh has signed for Championship side Coventry City. The 23 year old was out of contract and had been linked with Colchester United and Bristol Rovers, but the Sky Blues have got in there first with a three year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Walsall have lost defender Mark Hughes, who has joined Australian league side North Queensland Fury. The Saddlers are retaining the 23 year old's English player's registration, as he had already accepted a 12 month deal with the Midlands side, meaning that any u-turn by Hughes over the next year will require a transfer fee for him.

AFC Bournemouth continue to tie up a large number of their players for the 2010-11 season, with 26 year old midfielder Shaun Cooper signing a one year deal at Dean Court.

Sky Sports are claiming that Rochdale have turned down a transfer request from defender Craig Dawson, who wants to leave for Middlesbrough. However, the League One newcomers are unhappy with the £400,000 bid from Boro, valuing him higher, and so have told both parties that nothing is happening.

One move that Middlesbrough should complete today is that of Charlton Athletic midfielder Nicky Bailey. He is in the North-East for a medical which should see his £1.4 million deal go through. The 26 year old's transfer fee was agreed by the Addicks last week, but the final jigsaw pieces in the deal have taken their time to fall into place.

Former Yeovil Town loan striker Scott Rendell appears to be claiming squatters rights down at Torquay United in the hope that he can move permanently to Devon, despite Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry having suggested that the Gulls can't afford the transfer fee that Posh want. Rendell has stayed in Devon during the summer and told the Herald Express he was hoping he wouldn't have to come back:

"There are other clubs' offers on the table, and I've already turned down a few of them. I'm hoping that this move (to Torquay) comes off, one way or another. I was supposed to be at Peterborough last Monday, but I didn't go in because I was still away. I've been in Torquay since then. If things don't move on, I may have to report back to Peterborough, but hopefully something will be sorted out."

Just up the road from Plainmoor, Exeter City striker Craig McAllister has left St James Park and signed for Conference National side Crawley Town.


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28 June 2010 : Gally Heads To Wales - Ronnie Stays With Whites
Conference National side Wrexham have clinched the signing of former Yeovil Town striker Kevin Gall today. The 28 year old is out of contract since leaving York City at the end of the 2009-10 season, but will now stay at that level with a move into Wales. There's no mention of any contract length for the Merthyr-born player.

Since leaving Yeovil Town in the summer of 2006, when Gally signed for Carlisle United he has suffered an increasingly nomadic existence. His time with the Cumbrians was initially successful, but a number of managerial changes saw him fall increasingly out of favour, and his final season at Brunton Park saw him fail to make a first team appearance, instead heading out on loan to Darlington, Lincoln City and Port Vale.

Darlington took him on permanently for the start of last season, before moving to York City in November 2009. They released him at the end of the season after making just nine appearances, giving him a chance to move across to Conference rivals Wrexham.

Link: Kevin Gall : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Having only mentioned Chris Giles yesterday, right-back Ronnie Bull has also agreed a new deal with Gilesy's current club Salisbury City, despite the two division drop. Bull has agreed a one year contract with the Whites and manager Tommy Widdrington told the Salisbury Journal that this would ensure his side had plenty of experience for the 2010-11 season:

"Securing Ronnie is another good signing for the club. Like Chris Giles, he is a vastly experienced player who will be very important for us in the coming season."

If you thought Gally had moved about in recent years, Ronnie Bull beats him hands down by a mile. Since completing his loan spell in September 2003 from Millwall, Ronnie was loaned out again later that season to Brentford. After his release from Millwall, he had a season at Grimsby Town before moving abroad to New Zealand Knights.

Upon his return to England, he played for Basingstoke Town and trained with Millwall before signing for Rushden and Diamonds in 2006. Moving on to a brief spell with Grays Athletic, he then signed for Crawley Town in January 2007 where he stayed a full 12 months. He then had a half season spell with Ebbsfleet United, before briedly linking up with Salisbury over the summer of 2008, whilst on trial at the Wiltshire club. However, he then signed for Fisher Athletic, moving onwards to Exeter City in January 2009, although failed to make a first team appearance for the Grecians. Ronnie then headed back to Grays Athletic in the summer of 2009, having had a second flirtation with Salisbury but being unable to sign for them whilst they were in administration. Finally, at the third time of asking, he headed to Salisbury City in January 2010, where he has remained since.

Link: Ronnie Bull : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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27 June 2010 : Giles Stays With Whites - Sweeney Becomes A Shaker
Former Yeovil Town striker Chris Giles is to extend his stay with Southern League Premier Division side Salisbury City into a second season, despite them being demoted two divisions at the end of last season. Giles, who was a professional at Huish Park between 2000 and 2004 after coming up through the Youth Team ranks, has been with the Whites since the start of the year and has so far made 17 appearances, scoring one goal.

Salisbury manager Tommy Widdrington told the Salisbury Journal that the 28 year old had opportunities to avoid dropping two divisions with the Wiltshire side, who fell foul of Conference League rules after falling into administration last year. Hence the Whites boss was pleased to tie him up for the 2010-11 season:

"I'm delighted that Chris has decided to stay with us. I know he had many options at various higher levels and feel his decision should act as a comfort to anyone who felt the club had lost any of the ambition or drive we've spoken about since the decision was ratified to kick us out of the Conference."

Since leaving Yeovil Town in the summer of 2004, one major transformation for Giles is that he is now known as a central defender rather than as a striker. Having had loan spells with Gravesend and Northfleet and Woking during the latter part of his time with the Glovers, he went on to play for Aldershot Town, plus two spells with Crawley Town sandwiched by a spell with Forest Green Rovers. His release from Crawley after his second spell allowed him to move to Salisbury in January 2010.

Link: Chris Giles : Yeovil Town Statistics.

One former Glover who is on the move, is left-winger Peter Sweeney, who has jumped ship from Grimsby Town and kept himself in the Football League by signing for Bury. He is expected to be unveiled on a two year contract for the Shakers on Monday.

Since Sweeney's eight game loan period for the Glovers in February 2007, he had a two month loan at Walsall before leaving parent club Stoke City for Leeds United on a 2.5 year contract. His time at Elland Road bombed somewhat and he went out on loan for Grimsby Town in March 2009, before making that move permanent for the 2009-10 season. Sweeney was transfer-listed following the Mariners' relegation from the Football League, thus allowing him to sign for Bury.

Link: Peter Sweeney : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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27 June 2010 : Watch The England v Germany Match At Huish Park
For those wanting to watch Sunday afternoon's World Cup Second Round match between England and Germany, a reminder that the game will be screened at Huish Park, kick-off 3.00p.m. The Alec Stock Lounge will be open, with hot food available, including the club's Sunday Carvery. The evening match between Argentina and Mexico will also be shown, kick-off 7.30p.m.


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26 June 2010 : Happy Birthday Skivo!
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton turns 35 years old today. Skivo is currently spending his birthday at the Glastonbury Festival and so hopefully he is relaxing, enjoying the hot weather and not drinking too much cheap cider!

This is his last weekend 'off' before the players return to pre-season training on or around July 1st. His pre-season planning was given a significant boost just over a week ago with the news that striker Dean Bowditch, left-back Nathan Smith and striker/winger Gavin Tomlin had all agreed new contracts at the club.

Both Smith and Bowditch put pen to paper on Tuesday, ensuring they were formally tied up. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he felt he had to be firm in what he told the players to ensure matters did not drag on:

"They had a month with the offers that we'd given out, to sign it. I had to put it out there and be quite strong, and you have to be quite strong as a club to say that if they didn't accept something by the 15th then we would have been looking elsewhere. At a club like Yeovil, you can't afford to then go into the beginning of July without actually sorting contracts out. I think that it shows character from the players to show that they really did want to stay. They want to come and fight for another season. We're looking to improve as a club. With those type of players coming back to the club, I really think that we can move forward as a club."


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26 June 2010 : MacDonald Signs On The Dotted Line For Swansea
Former Yeovil Town loan signing Shaun MacDonald has now formally signed his new two year contract at Swansea City. The Welsh Under-21 international had already verbally agreed to stay with the Championship side on June 16th but has now fully committed by signing on the dotted line.

MacDonald acknowledged the role that the Glovers had played in his playing development during the 2009-10 season, where he spent two loan spells, punctuated by a short break around the turn of the year. MacDonald told Swansea's official site that it was a good experience for him:

"I really enjoyed myself at Yeovil. There are some really nice people there and the likes of Terry Skiverton, Darren Way, Nathan Jones, Ben Roberts and physio Simon Baker helped me a lot. They made me feel at home; gave me a pat on the back when I needed it and encouraged me a lot. Last season I realised I had to get out of Swansea and play football on a regular basis again. Yeovil gave me that chance and I think it has made me better, stronger and wiser to push on at Swansea City."

Swansea's official site confirms that the Glovers did attempt to land the player permanently, but with him having been brought up in the Blaenymaes housing estate in the city of Swansea, he admitted that getting another chance with his home town club was too tempting:

"I had a few offers to play elsewhere, but I think everyone knows how much I love Swansea and the people. I suppose the easy decision would have been to go and play regular football in League One, but I wanted to come back and give it another go at Swansea."

All in all, Shaun made 36 appearances for Yeovil Town, scoring five goals across three loan spells. Glovers fans will hopefully be able to say farewell to him, when Swansea City visit Huish Park in a pre-season friendly on July 17th. See below for admission prices.

Link: Admission Prices For Swansea Friendly Set.

Link: Shaun MacDonald : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 June 2010 : Carling Cup Opponents Get CVA Boost
Carling Cup opponents Crystal Palace have received a significant boost as their creditors voted yesterday for their Creditors Voluntary Agreement (CVA) to be accepted. The only creditor to oppose the CVA was Government tax body HMRC, but even with that opposition, the CVA was still agreed by 91.3% of the creditors when weighted against the sums Palace owed - comfortably ahead of the 75 percent threshold needed to pass the agreement.

In terms of protocol, HMRC or any other creditor dissatisfied with the process has 28 days to appeal, but it is unlikely in these circumstances that an appeal would be launched. The news removes any doubt concerning Palace's future and leaves them able to start the 2010-11 season. The CVA will leave creditors accepting a deal of just 1.9 pence in the pound, thus almost wiping out Palace's debts with a single show of hands.

Palace will remain under a transfer embargo during the 28 day period, meaning that manager George Burley's pre-season plans may be disrupted. Palace have just 10 senior professionals signed up for next season, along with a small number of academy graduates. They can apply to the Football League for special dispensation, provided the number of players on their books does not exceed 20. Assuming there is no appeal against the CVA, then Palace will aim to exit administration at that point, and will at the same time see company owners CPFC2010 apply to the Football League for the Golden Share that gives them full membership of the League.

One player who won't be on Palace's books is club captain Shaun Derry, who has decided to reunite with former boss Neil Warnock at Queen's Park Rangers, leaving Selhurst Park on a free transfer when his contract expires next week.

Tickets for Yeovil Town's Carling Cup First Round match against the South London side are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. See the link below for full details.

Link: Date Set For Palace League Cup Match.


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25 June 2010 : Gill Looking To Join Rovers
League One side Bristol Rovers are looking to add to their growing numbers of ex-Glovers in their backroom coaching staff. They are seeking to appoint former right-back Jerry Gill as their Youth Team Coach, following the elevation of Darren Patterson to the assistant manager post at the Memorial Stadium. Their goalkeeping coach is currently Len Bond, whilst Lee Southernwood is a full time fitness coach, and so the likely arrival of Gill would bring the number of ex-Glovers there to three.

Gill is currently assistant manager at Solihull Moors, having escaped from non-league minnows Weymouth as manager during last season. The 39 year old scored 16 goals in 56 appearances for Yeovil Town during the 1996-97 season as the Glovers won the Isthmian League title, before making a big move to top flight side Birmingham City. He later went on to have a long career in the Football League with the likes of Cheltenham Town and Northampton Town before dropping into non-league football with Forest Green Rovers and Redditch United.

Link: Jerry Gill : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Update: 8.00p.m. The Solihull Moors official website is stating that Gill has now left them to take up the position at Bristol Rovers. Their statement reads:

"Solihull Moors have had some bitter sweet news this week with the announcement that Assistant Manager Jerry Gill is leaving following his appointment as Youth Team Coach at Bristol Rovers. Whilst we are disappointed to be losing Jerry, it is a compliment to the club and to Jerry as well. He will be returning to his home territory having been brought up in the West Country area. We of course wish him well for his future."


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25 June 2010 : Football League Elect Two Directors
The Football League have today elected two divisional representatives to the League's Board of Directors. Both will have specific divisional responsibilities.

League One's representative will be Lorraine Rogers of Tranmere Rovers, who has been re-elected following voting from the division's 24 clubs.

The representative for the Championship division will be Tom Click, who is CEO at Derby County. He has been voted in to replace Karl Oyston of Blackpool, who are much to their delight no longer members of the Football League, having risen up to the Premier League over the summer.


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25 June 2010 : Pressure Grows For League Sporting Sanctions To Be Increased
Calls for clubs going into administration to be punished more severely continue to increase from League One Chairman. Whilst the 'double relegation' proposals may have been thrown out at this summer's AGM, it seems that the Chairmen who saw the proposals bounced are in agreement that something needs to be done, with them lining up one-by-one to have their say.

It may come as a slight surprise to find that the latest Chairman to step forward is one whose club only came out of a CVA at the start of this month, and have gone through administration twice in the last 10 years. That, and some thoughts on wage-capping being mooted can be found via the link below.

Link: Pressure Grows For League Sporting Sanctions To Be Increased.

In other news, Bristol Rovers have ignited a slow summer by signing 24 year old Watford striker Will Hoskins. Rovers had already signed midfielder Wayne Brown from Fulham, but had otherwise endured a frustrating summer, losing out on a number of targets. As a result, they have extended their 'Early Bird' deadline for Season Ticket purchasers until July 3rd, claiming that further signings are just round the corner.

Brentford have said goodbye to right-back Danny Foster who made 36 appearances for them last season, a year after arriving from Dagenham and Redbridge. He is off to League Two side Wycombe Wanderers. Joining him is striker Ben Strevens, leaving the same club, in the same direction, merely a few hours afterwards.

Oldham Athletic have bolstered their backroom staff by hiring Paul Butler as their Head of Sports Science, in an attempt to cut down on a long list of injuries that hampered former boss Dave Penney last season.

Charlton Athletic have officially gone public over the transfer of midfielder Nicky Bailey to Middlesbrough, which is believed to be netting them £1.4 million. Their official site indicates that although talks are still ongoing, a medical is expected to take place next week.

Tranmere Rovers boss Les Parry has followed up yesterday's announcement concerning his new management team by signing a one year contract at Prenton Park. He does lose defender Gareth Edds though, who is off to return to his native Australia, signing for North Queensland Fury.

Brighton and Hove Albion press believe that Scunthorpe United midfielder Matt Sparrow is on his way to the Withdean Stadium, which allowed them the inevitable 'Sparrow Could Nest With Seagulls' headline.

Plymouth Argyle have cancelled a pre-season friendly with what looks to have been the same Manchester United XI that is heading down to Somerset for Darren Way's testimonial. Despite the inevitable income it would have given the Pilgrims, they want more time for their new pitch to settle, and will only place foot on it on Tuesday 10th August when they enter the Carling Cup.

Finally, whilst on the subject of the Pilgrims, former Glovers loan striker Rory Fallon is on his way home after New Zealand were knocked out of the World Cup in South Africa. Fallon started all three games, the Kiwis remained unbeaten, and they finished above the current World Champions Italy in their group, surpassing pre-tournament expectations by a mile.


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25 June 2010 : Sky Select First Two League One Live Matches
The League One season will kick off a little earlier for two clubs, after Sky Sports selected two live games to be shown during the opening week of the season. Southampton's opening fixture against Plymouth Argyle will kick-off at 12.15p.m. thus ensuring that one of those sides will be sat on top of League One before anyone else has kicked off, albeit perhaps only for a couple of hours.

The televised match will see new Pilgrims boss Peter Reid make his debut in the dugout, and Sky already have their angle on the game tailor-made in that Reid had a brief playing spell with the Saints towards the end of his career, during the 1993-94 season.

The other match chosen for live transmission is the all-London derby match between Leyton Orient and Charlton Athletic. Yeovil Town fans will have already seen Russell Slade's side on the previous weekend - they will then get a chance to see how they get on in their first home match of the season, against a Charlton side who lost out in last season's play-offs. That match will take place on the Friday night, just prior to the second set of scheduled League One matches.

The Football League have also confirmed that the two Carling Cup First Round matches selected by Sky Sports will represent the final selection made by the satellite channel. Fixtures selected for live transmission are therefore as follows:

07/08/2010 : 12:15 : Southampton v Plymouth Argyle (League One)
09/08/2010 : 19:45 : Stevenage v Portsmouth (Carling Cup First Round)
10/08/2010 : 19:45 : Chesterfield v Middlesbrough (Carling Cup First Round)
13/08/2010 : 19:45 : Leyton Orient v Charlton Athletic (League One)

Link: Carling Cup First Round Live Matches.

Link: Peter Reid Cheers Up By Becoming A Pilgrim.


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25 June 2010 : Skivo Gets His Boots On Again
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is to put his boots on again for a rare outing on the field of play. He is one of a number of players who will turn out for a Tiverton Town XI that will face Premier League newcomers Blackpool at Ladysmead on Friday 16th July.

Skiverton will be playing in a testimonial match for former Tiverton manager Martyn Rogers, who resigned over the summer, having managed them for over 1,000 matches. The Tangerines are bringing down a full first team squad, under the leadership of manager Ian Holloway.


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24 June 2010 : Carry On Jones
The retirement of manager Terry Skiverton as a player formally ended a playing career with Yeovil that went all the way back to August 1999. His decision to hang up his boots didn't come as too much surprise, as he had not played in a match since March 2009, despite retaining a squad number during the 2009-10 season, and registering himself as a player.

Skivo's decision to pack it in and turn into a full time manager raised questions as to what plans his assistant Nathan Jones had for the coming season. Nathan has also played a rapidly diminishing role in Yeovil's first team squad, and despite naming himself on the bench a large number of times, he has not featured since the home match against Huddersfield Town in January. He made just 19 appearances last season, and it was looking as though he would be unlikely to add to his 178 appearances overall.

The 37 year old though has made the decision to register as a player for the 2010-11 season, believing that Yeovil's first team squad is too small for him not to do so. He has told BBC Somerset that he does not expect to play a major role in proceedings on the field of play, but is prepared to step in when needed:

"With the size of the squad that we've got, I won't be able to call it a day. But what I am concentrating on the most now is the coaching, because that's where my career longevity is going to be. Coaching is something that I enjoy. I love playing football, but if I am going to be successful for our team and for our club, then I'm going to have to curtail the playing somewhat, but still keep myself active and to be available. If I am called upon then I'll be ready, but I envisage that I'll be called upon far less than I was last season."

Jones has said that he is enjoying the job that he has taken on over the past 16 months, and that he has no regrets about the effort that he is having to put in, pointing out that working in an office environment is not really his style. Nathan said that coaching was what he'd always wanted to get into after his playing career finished:

"What better life is there than doing that? I could be sat at home doing nothing, or I could be sat in an office. I'm actually planning pre-season and doing it, and staying fit and that's the best thing about this job. We do long hours with our staff at the club, but it's good to be involved in a team that's ambitious and is hard-working and very professional. If I can get out of doing a bit of paperwork and go out working on a field instead then I'd take that all day."

Fellow left-back Nathan Smith signed a new deal at Huish Park on Tuesday, and is expected to be the first choice player in that position during the coming season.

Link: Nathan Jones : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Skivo Hangs Up His Boots.


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24 June 2010 : Peter Reid Cheers Up By Becoming A Pilgrim
As suggested on this site yesterday, League One side Plymouth Argyle have opted for the experience of former Stoke City assistant manager Peter Reid, having unveiled him as their First Team manager today. Reid has a very long managerial CV that includes Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds United, Coventry City, England Under-21s and Thailand.

The 54 year old had been assisting Tony Pulis at Stoke City since September 2009, but now returns to front line management for the first time in nearly a year. As part of the condition of him taking the job, Head Coach Paul Mariner will remain in his post, and John Carver will continue as a first team coach.

Former Oldham Athletic defender Shaun Garnett has formally been made Tranmere Rovers assistant manager, after the Wirral club dispensed with the services of first team coach Wayne Allison earlier this week. Les Parry has been given the first team manager's job permanently after doing an impressive job in helping Rovers escape relegation after a nightmare start under former boss John Barnes. Garnett has been Tranmere's Youth Team and Reserve Team coach for several years, whilst Parry was a long serving first team physio. Garnett had been in the dugout with Parry and Allison for much of last season as part of a managerial trio, but will now take on the role in a formal capacity.

Huddersfield Town have allowed 26 year old defender Andy Butler to leave the club by mutual consent, with him still having a year left on his contract. He has been linked with his former club Scunthorpe United. If he does head to Glanford Park, he is expected to be joined by midfielder Michael Collins who is also reported as heading in the same direction for a fee of £50,000. The Terriers put eight players on the transfer list this summer with striker Tom Denton having already been released late last week by mutual consent.

Peterborough United have completed their signing of central defender Kelvin Langmead from League Two side Shrewsbury Town. Langmead has penned a three year contract, with an undisclosed fee passing to the Shrews.


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24 June 2010 : Join Ciderspace On Facebook
Further to Monday morning's update concerning News Page functionality improvements, we're now able to invite Yeovil Town fans to join a page that has been created on Facebook.

For those already on Facebook, this won't need too much explaining, and you may have already spotted the group anyway. The group will allow you to receive and view Ciderspace site updates via your Facebook News Feed, as well as be able to interact with and share opinions or photos with other Yeovil Town fans. As a result, you'll also be able to give (and view) instant reaction to news relating to the club as it breaks.

If anyone has any questions or further ideas, just drop a note to the usual site address, or on the Facebook page itself.

Link: Facebook : Ciderspace Group Page.

Link: News Page Functionality Improvements.


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23 June 2010 : At Least 22 Players To Take Part In Early Pre-Season Training
Yeovil Town will return to first team training in just over a week's time with at least 22 players involved in the first few days of the 2010-11 pre-season training programme. Manager Terry Skiverton intends to bolster the current small set of signed up players with a number of additional players, of which the majority will be trialists looking for a permanent contract.

One new arrival is expected to be Arsenal striker Luke Freeman, with that arrangement due to be cemented fairly soon whilst Skiverton has hinted that his main focus will be on midfielders and centre-backs in an effort to balance up the squad that he currently has. Two goalkeepers will obviously also be essential.

Speaking in today's Western Daily Press the Yeovil boss has hinted that some of his targets could come from clubs that have recently been promoted from the Championship, or from League One, where managers needed to revamp their squads in the higher division. The implication is that if those clubs need to get players off their books that the Glovers may be willing to take them on loan if they can not find enough suitable players to put on permanent contracts:

"I had a very good conversation today with a Championship manager and there are lots of players out there with clubs that have been promoted to the Premier League or even out of our league. When these teams do get promoted, they will be looking to get players out on loan and we have got a good reputation now. I am looking at contract players and that is my priority, but if a good loanee comes up I will not turn him down."

For the record, the three teams promoted from the Championship were Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Blackpool, whilst of course League One saw Norwich City, Leeds United and Millwall go up.


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23 June 2010 : Smith Signs On The Dotted Line
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that left-back Nathan Smith has formally signed his new contract with the Glovers. Smith arrived at the club on the same day that striker Dean Bowditch signed on the dotted line, with both having verbally agreed that they would accept the terms offered by the club.

Skiverton was obviously pleased that both went out of their way to sign their contracts as quickly as possible and told the Western Daily Press that he saw Bowditch in particular as a key player for next season:

"I think Dean is an important part of next season's jigsaw. He was down with Nathan Smith and I was really pleased that they both came down and signed their contracts."

The news formally puts to an end claims made by Sky Sports that Smith was about to sign for one of three Championship clubs. Whatever truth existed behind those claims came to nothing in the end.

That just means that striker/winger Gavin Tomlin needs to put pen to paper of the three players who gave verbal assurances last week. The situation regarding Jean-Paul Kalala's trip to France concerning a family issue appears to be unchanged, whilst the hint is that midfielder Keiran Murtagh wants to use pre-season training to prove to the club that he is worthy of an improved contract, compared to the one that was put on the table.


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23 June 2010 : Hartlepool Appeal Fails : Part Two
Back on June 14th, League One side Hartlepool United put out a statement indicating that they had lost their appeal against their three point deduction, incurred at the tail end of the 2009-10 season.

An hour or two later, the article was pulled entirely from their official site without explanation, even though numerous websites and news agencies had picked up on the news and were reporting it.

This afternoon, the Football League have put out their own statement indicating that the appeal panel has only been convened today, but that the result is the same - Hartlepool's appeal has been thrown out, the three point deduction still stands, and Pools now have the costs of the appeal hearing added to the costs of the original hearing and the fine they received from the Football Association for fielding central defender Gary Liddle whilst suspended.

The end result is that the 2009-10 League Table remains as it has done since the tail end of April.

Link: 2009-10 Final League One Table (including points deduction).

Link: 14th June 2010 : Hartlepool Liddlegate Penalty Stands After Appeal - Possibly!

More League One News: Notts County have signed former Aberdeen and Brentford goalkeeper Stuart Nelson on a two year contract, subject to a medical. Their other goalkeeper, also signed this summer, is 26 year old Rob Burch, who was born in Yeovil.


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23 June 2010 : Rendell Move Away From Posh Continues To Stall
Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry looks to be in danger of pricing former Glovers loan striker Scott Rendell out of the market, as a second club warns it may back out of negotiations.

Fry has already admitted that League Two side Torquay United were unlikely to match his valuation of the 23 year old, whilst Burton Albion have now admitted that they are having second thoughts about what manager Paul Peschisolido has described as 'crazy valuations'. Rendell is stuck way down the pecking order at London Road, and although both clubs as well as Stevenage and Wycombe Wanderers have shown interest in signing him, at present he is not going anywhere and risks being stuck in the Posh Reserves side for the remaining two years on his contract.

Rendell spent the whole of last season out on loan at Torquay, and spent half of the preceding season on loan at Cambridge United, and hasn't featured for Peterborough's first team since October 2008. Peschisolido told BBC Sport that at present that statistic was unlikely to end with a move to Burton:

"There's a stumbling block when you are dealing with Barry (Fry); he has some crazy valuations. I quite liked him [Rendell] last season and have been looking at perhaps bringing in someone a bit different up front. There's no reason to go out and panic buy. We'll see what happens."

Fry's reputation for talking up player valuations is well-known in football and stems back to his days as Barnet manager. What he may find though is that with many clubs pegging back their playing budgets, that he will struggle to recoup the £115,000 the Posh paid Cambridge United two years ago.

Link: Scott Rendell : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Former Yeovil Town loan defender David Woozley has signed up with Windsor and Eton, having spent the last couple of months of the 2009-10 season at the Berkshire club. Since his loan spell with the Glovers back in March 2005, he left his parent club Oxford United in the summer of 2005, signing for Crawley Town.

In October 2006, Woozley became joint manager of Crawley, but left them 10 months later, retiring from professional football to join the Fire Service, despite being just 27 years old. He signed for Farnborough on a part time basis in 2007, but again left them two years later citing work commitments as forcing his hand. Last season he played for Staines Town and Carshalton Athletic before heading to Windsor and Eton, who are currently playing in the Southern League Division One South and West.

Link: David Woozley : Yeovil Town Statistics.

In other news, Brentford striker Carl Cort has agreed a one year contract after playing 30 times for the Bees last season. Bees striker Ben Strevens is interested in leaving Griffin Park, but the 30 year old is not interested in moving his family up to Cumbria to sign for Carlisle United, who have tried to grab him across two consecutive summers now and failed. The Bees are trying to bring in Aberdeen defender Charlie Mulgrew to replace Ryan Dickson who signed for Southampton earlier this month. Brentford are another club struggling to meet Peterborough's "crazy valuations" - they want 23 year old Toumani Diagouraga to sign for them, but refuse to meet the Posh asking price. They have been told that two other League One clubs are after him.

League Two side Rotherham United have signed 20 year old defender Luke Ashworth from Leyton Orient. Tranmere are hoping their squad will have a continental flavour to it, as they try to bring Frenchman Zoumana Bakayogo back to the club, having already signed up Dutchman Timothy Cathalina and plan to bring in Dutch and Danish trialists into Prenton Park next week.

Rochdale have made their second new signing of the summer, with left-back Joe Widdowson exercising a clause in his contract to quit Grimsby Town when they got relegated from the Football League. They have already signed midfielder Brian Barry-Murphy from Bury, and given goalkeeper Matty Edwards a six month contract extension.

Meanwhile Peter Reid has become the front runner for the Plymouth Argyle job, after his current club - where he is assistant manager - said that they would not stand in his way. Stoke City manager Tony Pulis may be feeling a bit guilty about it as he took the Pilgrims job back in 2005, landing it ahead of the short-listed Reid, who is now his assistant.

Most League One clubs have closed their offices this afternoon. Anyone would think there was an England game being played!


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23 June 2010 : Date Set For Palace League Cup Match
Yeovil Town's home match against Crystal Palace in the First Round of the Carling Cup has had a date set. The match will take place on Tuesday 10th August at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45p.m.

Palace have been given admission prices for the game as follows:

Adult: £14.00; Senior Citizens: £11.00; Under 16s: £4.00; Ages 16-21: £7.00.

These prices are applicable for all areas of the ground, with no matchday surcharge in place. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office now.


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23 June 2010 : Admission Prices For Swansea Friendly Set
Admission prices for Yeovil Town's home pre-season friendly against Championship side Swansea City have been set. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 17th July with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Those attending the game will be charged as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Seniors: £5.00; Under 16s: £2.00.

This a flat rate regardless of which part of the ground you are in, and there are no match-day surcharges. To our knowledge all home areas of the ground will be open.

For all other pre-season friendly dates, see the 2010-11 fixture list, or the Home page of Ciderspace for full details.

Link: 2010-11 Yeovil Town Fixtures List.


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23 June 2010 : Huish Park Screenings For Final England Group Match
With England playing their final Group C game on Wednesday afternoon, a reminder that Yeovil Town Football Club will be showing two matches later today. Upstairs in the Alec Stock Lounge, the following matches will be shown:

Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Slovenia v England, Group C, 3.00p.m. (Shown at Huish Park)
USA v Algeria, Group C, 3.00p.m. (Not showing at Huish Park)
Australia v Serbia, Group D, 7.30p.m. (One Group D match only being shown)
Ghana v Germany, Group D, 7.30p.m. (One Group D match only being shown)

For the evening match, the Australia vs Serbia match is the one currently indicated as being shown by the club.

There will be a bar open, and hot food on sale during both games.


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22 June 2010 : Forbes Looking Forward To Huish Park Return
Former Yeovil Town central defender Terrell Forbes says that he is looking forward to making an extremely quick return to Huish Park on Saturday 7th August. The last match the 28 year old took part in was whilst wearing a Yeovil Town shirt, but the next competitive match he will take part in will involve him playing at the ground he spent four years at between 2006 and 2010, making 180 appearances.

Forbes may be forgiven if he accidentally lands in the home dressing room by force of habit. Where he should be on the opening day of the 2010-11 season is amongst the visiting players of Leyton Orient. He has told the East London Guardian that he will be happy to return to Somerset so soon:

"Iíll be happy to see the fans, and see what kind of a reception I get from them. It should be a good one to be honest, as I always gave it everything there. Itís good to go back there and give credit to Yeovil, because I was there for four years."

Forbes admits that one thing that is on his mind is avoiding an early bath against his former club. He obviously also wants to get off to a winning start for his new club:

"I want to go there and get the win for Orient. I just want to go and have a nice day and not get sent off."

Terrell's chances of staying on the pitch ought to be high; despite carrying the risks that all defenders do in the game, he was red-carded just the once for the Glovers - back in October 2008, during a 3-0 defeat against Northampton Town at Sixfields after he got involved in a spot of second half handbags.


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22 June 2010 : Bowditch Confirms Contract Signing
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has confirmed that he has now put to paper on a new contract for the start of the 2010-11 season. Last week, manager Terry Skiverton confirmed that Bowditch was one of three Glovers players who had told him they would be signing the contracts on offer, with left-back Nathan Smith and striker/winger Gavin Tomlin also committing.

Today, Bowditch has said that he has "just signed on the dotted line" having already told supporters "Thanks for the support. Apologies (that) it's taken so long (to agree the contract) but it's the right decision in the end. Bring on the season!"


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22 June 2010 : Seagulls New Stadium Takes Shape With Sponsorship Deal
League One side Brighton and Hove Albion have released the official name of their new stadium at Falmer. So far, it's just been referred to as the Falmer Stadium, but it will now be known as the American Express Community Stadium following sponsorship from the credit card company.

The coming 2010-11 season will be the last year Brighton will spend at the Withdean Stadium, much to the relief of Seagulls fans, and in particular away supporters who have endured trying to watch their side play from half a pitch length away from the match itself. The Withdean Stadium is one built for athletics, meaning that a running track and a sand pit separate away fans from the pitch, who are housed in a rickety temporary open stand.

The construction of the stadium at Falmer started in December 2008 and is due to complete in May 2011, allowing the Seagulls to commence the 2011-12 season in their own ground for the first time since May 1997. The stadium will have a capacity of 22,500 and has been financed in the main by Seagulls owner Tony Bloom.

League One play-offs could easily change matters, but currently the final match at the Withdean Stadium will be the April 30th match against Huddersfield Town next year. Yeovil Town will say their farewells much earlier, with their final journey to the athletics ground due to take place on October 23rd 2010. Whilst many supporters mourn the loss of a football ground as a sign of part of its history and heritage being lost, we somehow suspect that any tears on April 30th 2011 will be tears of joy at never having to go back there again.

In other news, AFC Bournemouth have sorted out the future of three of their key players, with central defender Jason Pearce being given a three year contract, midfielder Anton Robinson getting a two year deal with an option on a third year and 37 year old club captain Steve Fletcher getting a one year deal. The Cherries had already sorted out new deals for Liam Feeney, Marvin Bartley, Shwan Jalal and Ryan Garry. On top of that they have signed Harry Arter (Woking), Stephen Purches (Leyton Orient), Mitchell Nelson (Tooting and Mitcham), Steve Lovell (Falkirk), Marc Pugh (Hereford United) and Michael Symes (Accrington Stanley) in their efforts to re-restablish themselves back in League One.

Charlton Athletic have issued a formal notification to a number of their staff that they are 'at risk' of redundancy. The Addicks have already made Chief Executive Steve Waggott redundant as part of a series of cost-cutting plans which are being blamed on Charlton's failure to regain Championship level football at the first attempt. Other than Waggott, no staff have been made redundant yet, with the notification being fairly similar to that carried out by Yeovil Town in September 2008, after which nothing more was heard from the Glovers. The Addicks have also called off plans to host a potentially lucrative friendly against Tottenham Hotspur due to the risks of the policing costs wiping out any profit they had hoped to make out of the fixture. On the playing side, they've given 19 year old midfielder Alex Stavrinou a new 12 month contract, but are still waiting to see if fellow midfielder Nicky Bailey heads off to Middlesbrough in a deal reported unofficially last week as £1.4 million.

Swindon Town have released 18 year old winger Lloyd Macklin after he made 15 first team appearances for the Robins, plus a loan spell with Torquay United. However, they don't look likely to replace him with 20 year old winger Matt Ritchie, who they have been trying to get from Portsmouth after a successful loan spell last season. Huddersfield Town have released 6'7" striker Tom Denton despite him having a year on his contract still to run.


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21 June 2010 : McCallum Agrees Imps Move
Former Yeovil Town striker Gavin McCallum has quit League Two side Hereford United to join their divisional rivals Lincoln City. As reported on this site yesterday, the Canadian international is out of contract at Edgar Street and therefore free to choose his own club.

He will sign a two year contract for The Imps on July 1st. Managerless Hereford should be entitled to a fee for the 22 year old due to him being under the Bosman ruling age, but as yet there is no mention of money between the two clubs being agreed. Speaking to BBC Lincolnshire, McCallum's new manager Chris Sutton has said of the capture:

"With Gavin, we now have real pace, power and also good footballing ability. There was a queue of clubs wanting him, so we are pleased to have got this done. He is someone I am really excited to have signed ó he will be a real crowd pleaser."

Link: Former Glover McCallum Linked With Imps Move.

Link: Former Glover Scores On International Debut.

Link: Gavin McCallum : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 June 2010 : Rose To Opt For Swindon Move
Former Yeovil Town left-back Michael Rose will agree a deal that will take him from League Two side Stockport County to League One side Swindon Town later this week. Rose had a year left on his contract at Edgeley Park, but Stockport's drop down a division, coupled with the likely return of Jim Gannon as manager, made Rose's exit inevitable.

Rose had a choice between signing for Swindon or for League One rivals Hartlepool United, but for the second season running decided not to head for Victoria Park. He will now link up with Swindon Town manager Danny Wilson, who also expects to tie up the signing of former Southampton and Nottingham Forest midfielder David Prutton, who is leaving Colchester United. Wilson explained to BBC Sport what both players could give his side:

"Michael knows this league inside out and with David, he's played at big clubs and been very successful. Michael is a tough old warrior, and David is a creative player who will get forward, he's got a terrific engine. Michael has been on a terrific run with Norwich when he was there on loan. He's a good player coming forward, and I'm looking forward to working with him."

Link: Michael Rose : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 June 2010 : Carling Cup First Round Live Matches
Two live matches have been chosen by Sky Sports for Carling Cup First Round coverage. Both have fairly good angles for the television pundits to consider, with Stevenage (note the 'Borough' bit has been dropped this summer) and Chesterfield the two hosting clubs.

Stevenage's home match against Portsmouth is their debut match in the competition, and will pitch them up against a Pompey side who were four leagues apart last season, after Stevenage were promoted from non-league football last season and Portsmouth were relegated from the top flight. Their match is the Monday night fixture.

League Two side Chesterfield face Championship side Middlesbrough in a repeat of their famous 1997 FA Cup semi-final. A slightly less famous 1999 meeting in the Carling Cup saw them meet again, with Boro coming out on top on both occasions. More significantly the match will be the first chance for the nation (those outside Chesterfield anyway) to view their new b2net Stadium, with them having departed Saltergate over the summer. That match will kick-off on the Tuesday.

09/08/2010 : 19:45 : Stevenage v Portsmouth (Carling Cup First Round)
10/08/2010 : 19:45 : Chesterfield v Middlesbrough (Carling Cup First Round)

In other news, Tranmere Rovers first team coach Wayne Allison has left the club after the Wirral side decided to cut their management team down from a trio to a duo. Southampton have also waved goodbye to left back Lee Molyneux despite the 21 year old having another year to run on his contract. Rochdale goalkeeper Matty Edwards has penned a six month contract.

AFC Bournemouth owner Eddie Mitchell has denied that manager Eddie Howe is going to fill the vacancy at Hull City. Meanwhile the Devon press have moved on to predicting that Peter Reid is the next man to be in line for the Plymouth Argyle job. That'll be him appointed somewhere else imminently then.


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21 June 2010 : Freeman Looking For Glovers Meeting
Further to yesterday's news concerning the expected signing of Arsenal striker Luke Freeman on a loan deal, it is believed that the 18 year old plans to meet with Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton sometime this week.

Unofficial Arsenal site Young Guns states that Freeman's wish to get first team action was his main priority in choosing Yeovil Town over Championship side Queen's Park Rangers and doubtless he will look for reassurances over that before he finalises any terms with the Glovers.

On Skiverton's side will be last season's track record with loan signings that saw goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, defender Steven Caulker and midfielder Shaun MacDonald play more or less a full season for Yeovil despite all fitting roughly into Freeman's age bracket. Tottenham Hotspur's Caulker turned 18 years old halfway through his stay at Huish Park, yet was Yeovil's most used player during 2009-10, picking up almost all of the Player of the Season trophies in the process.

The Young Guns site suggests that Arsenal's usual policy is to initially agree a one month loan spell to dip feet into the water, and then to follow that up with an extension until January if all is going well. Given they are the site that first drew our attention three weeks ago to Yeovil's interest in the former Gillingham youth player, there seems little reason to doubt their word.


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21 June 2010 : News Page Functionality Improvements
Some of you may have noticed a few subtle improvements to this News Page over the past week or two. The most obvious was added today, and is a single-click button designed for you to share News Page stories to your Facebook profile in any situations you may fancy. Just click on the button at the foot of the relevant article and it will take you to Facebook, allow you to add a some extra text, then display the story on your profile.

The button looks slightly odd there on its own, but the plan is to add other Social Networking and Bookmarking providers alongside it, such as Google, Yahoo, Reddit, Digg, Delicious etc. We'll add and test these one-by-one, so if you've got any preferences then just drop us an email as we'll prioritise this on demand. We're aware that Twitter needs to be one of those prioritised but it needs special attention due to the character limit on Tweets.

In addition, if you're viewing a single article on the news page (usually from an RSS feed, a news reader, or a web link) as opposed to the whole news page, you'll find some additional links are available. These are all the news stories for the day you're looking at, plus (if it's a different day) all of the news items from today. Hopefully this will make navigation easier for those who come into the news page via that route.

Needless to say, any bugs, problems or ideas are freely welcomed via the usual site address below. There will be further additions planned before the new season starts.


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20 June 2010 : Jones: We're In A Far Healthier Position Than We Were Last Year
Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones is confident that the Glovers are in a far better position than they were 12 months ago in their recruitment plans. So far the management team have brought in two new faces in striker/winger Andy Williams and central defender Luke Ayling and look to be close to agreeing terms for a loan move for Ayling's former team-mate striker Luke Freeman.

Jones and manager Terry Skiverton held a pre-season meeting in Lanes Hotel in West Coker last week, and the Glovers assistant has told BBC Somerset that he convinced that their plans are further advanced than they were this time last year when both were relatively new to the job and still feeling their way:

"We are really excited and we're looking forward to it. We've both been on holiday and we've both had a good sort of break. The players that we wanted to keep have agreed and we're pleased with that. Obviously we've recruited in a bit of quality and the manager is out there actively seeking that extra little bit of quality now to bring in fresh faces to the squad. We're very happy. We're always gauging where we've been and where we are going. We're in a far far healthier position than we were last year. We're further ahead in our recruitment, our planning and our development than we were last year, without a doubt."

In other news this afternoon, New Zealand striker (and former Glover) Rory Fallon got his second World Cup start, this time against World Champions Italy. The Plymouth Argyle striker picked up an early yellow card for using his elbow as leverage when jumping for the ball, and a warning after that probably contributed to his 62nd minute substitution. No worries though, as by that time the Kiwis were already holding the Azzurri to a 1-1 draw, and held on for yet another World Cup shock result.


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20 June 2010 : Plans To Bring In Arsenal Striker At 'Advanced Stage'
Yeovil Town have confirmed ongoing speculation regarding the recruitment of Arsenal striker Luke Freeman carries some weight. The Glovers have stated that plans to take the 18 year old are at an "advanced stage" and that manager Terry Skiverton is expecting to hear some firm news next week.

Rumours concerning Freeman were reported on this site on June 1st. He is a former Gillingham (Kent) striker who signed for Arsenal in January 2007 for a £100,000 fee not long after becoming the youngest player to appear in the FA Cup, aged 15 years and 233 days. He can play either as a main striker or as a left-winger. For a full profile, see our earlier article.

As yet, apart from the fact that it will be a loan deal, it's not clear on what basis Freeman would be arriving at the club and for how long. However it would seem most likely that this would be a Youth Loan, of the kind that Tottenham Hotspur trio Ryan Mason, Steven Caulker and Jonathan Obika worked to last season, with each player's role at Huish Park tightly controlled and combined with frequent trips back to London.

Link: Glovers Gunning For Freeman?


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20 June 2010 : Women's Premier League AGM
The Women's Premier League Annual General Meeting took place on 13th June, and first up on the agenda was to vote in the Champions of the four Combination divisions, Coventry City, Gillingham, Rochdale and Yeovil Town.

For 2010-11 the Premier League Southern Division will comprise:
Brighton & Hove Albion, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Colchester United, Gillingham, Keynsham Town, Portsmouth, Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United, Yeovil Town.

The proposed launch of the Super League, which will be summer based, led to some rule restructuring. Premier clubs will only be allowed to field one player who has signed up for a Super League team per match. It was agreed that Super League Reserve sides would be eligible to play in the Premier Reserve divisions should they wish.

A proposal that, because of the transitional impact of the appearance of the Super League, there should be no relegation from the Premier National at the end of the 2010-11 season was voted down. Therefore there will be the usual two relegations, with the Champions of the Premier Southern and Premier Northern promoted. However to return the Premier National to ten clubs the two runners-up will also be promoted.

At the other end of the Premier structure, only the bottom teams in the Premier Southern and Premier Northern will be automatically relegated. The Champions of the four feeder Combination divisions will be promoted as normal, but a play-off system will be introduced for the first time. Second placed sides in the South East and South West will meet in a one-off game; likewise those from the Midland and Northern Combinations. The winners of these games will then play-off against the second from bottom sides from the Southern and Northern Premier Divisions.

The structure of the Premier League Cup has also been altered. The First Round will now be played in regionalised groups of four, teams meeting just the once, each playing two home and two away matches. The top two from each mini-league will go through, plus the two third-placed teams with the best record, into the knock out stages.


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20 June 2010 : Former Glover McCallum Linked With Imps Move
Former Yeovil Town youth-teamer Gavin McCallum is being linked with a move to League Two side Lincoln City. The Canadian, who recently scored on his senior international debut, is on the books of another League Two club Hereford United but is currently stalling on signing a new deal at Edgar Street.

The Lincolnshire Echo claim that Lincoln's interest is inspired by McCallum scoring twice against them last season, although they don't provide any firm quotes or indications of sources for this. As McCallum is under the age of 24, the Bulls would be entitled to a fee. At present the Bulls are without a manager, after Graham Turner sold up his shares in the club and headed to Shrewsbury Town, hence McCallum has no-one to liaise with at Edgar Street currently over any wish he may have to stay at his current club.

Link: Gavin McCallum : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Former Glover Scores On International Debut.

Former Yeovil Town right-back David Piper is to start pre-season training with Bognor Regis Town in an effort to persuade the Sussex club to offer a second spell for the 32 year old. Piper first joined Bognor in July 2003, two years after he had left Huish Park, having been one of a large number of players who headed for Woking when the Glovers went full time. After Woking he had a short spell with Winchester City before starting a lengthy spell with Bognor. The former Southampton trainee had been playing for Burgess Hill Town last season, but looks to be returning to the Isthmian League Division One South side. Joint boss Jamie Howell has said that Piper's return is not based upon past reputations:

"Dave Piper has been in Whitstable for a while but is coming back to live in Chandlers Ford. He wants to come to pre-season and see how he goes. He's still only 32 and is one of those players you can put anywhere on the pitch in the knowledge he'll do a job for you. This is not an old boys' network, this is the chance to take on a player who loves the club and would be an asset to the team."

As a point of trivia, whilst Piper was a young professional at Southampton, his boots used to be cleaned by Wayne Bridge, now playing for Manchester City.

Link: David Piper : Yeovil Town Statistics.

This afternoon should see former loan striker Rory Fallon make his second World Cup Finals appearance for New Zealand. Yes, we've mentioned Fallon a fair few times in recent weeks, but how many times does a former Yeovil Town player step out into a match in the World Cup Finals against the reigning World Cup holders?

If Fallon and Co even get a draw against Italy this afternoon (kick-off 3.00p.m.) then it would be a shock. But the World Cup so far has thrown up shock after shock result and after a 1-1 draw against Slovakia Fallon has told the FIFA official website that anything is possible:

"It (beating Italy) would just totally change the landscape of the nation. That's what we're trying to do, we're trying to be the front-runners to show that football is the biggest sport on the planet, and as a number one sport that New Zealand takes notice of. When we beat Bahrain (in the play-off match that took the Kiwis to the Finals), they stood up and noticed us. If we get through to the next round, we can change New Zealand. This (drawing against Slovakia that gave New Zealand their first World Cup point) is a wonderful, magnificent moment for football in New Zealand. We never stopped believing in ourselves, even with only ten minutes to go. We missed a great chance, but we knew we'd get another before the end. It's unbelievable, and I think football now has a decent chance of becoming the most popular sport back home. Hopefully now there's a couple of New Zealand heroes for the kids."

Link: Rory Fallon : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Former Glover Vincent Saddles Up Again (including Fallon's post-Slovakia comments).

Link: Former Glovers Loan Striker Hoping For World Cup Glory.

In other news around League One, Charlton Athletic midfielder Nicky Bailey looks set to head to Championship side Middlesbrough. The BBC Sport website is saying that the two clubs have agreed a fee of £1.4 million for him to leave The Valley and all that is outstanding is the paperwork.

The Brighton and Hove Albion local press The Argus are convinced the Seagulls have lost a three-way battle for midfielder David Prutton who spent last season at Colchester United. They think that Prutton is now heading to Swindon Town, who have so far managed to hold off attempts from Brighton to steal away another midfielder Gordon Greer from the County Ground. That'll be Swindon 2 Brighton 0 then.

The Football Combination Reserve League is going to be a lonely place to be this coming season. Bristol City, Reading, Southampton and Salisbury City have all quit the Wales and West Division that Yeovil Town left 12 months ago, leaving just seven teams on the fixture list for next season. Overall nine clubs have left the three Football Combination divisions over the summer, suggesting that the League will have to do some hasty reorganising to stop the competition turning into a farce. Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United, AFC Bournemouth, Exeter City, Forest Green Rovers, Swansea City and Swindon Town are the seven left.

Link: 27 May 2010 : Glovers Planning Reserve Team Series With Magpies.


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19 June 2010 : Jones Happy With Early Set Of Fixtures
Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones is pleased with the way the fixture computer has given his club a few interesting early games. An opening home match on August 7th against Leyton Orient, who are managed by former Glovers boss Russell Slade, is followed up by the short trip to Bristol Rovers and their Memorial Stadium a week later.

The return of Slade to Huish Park will be his second since leaving Somerset in February 2009 in controversial circumstances. However, Jones has told BBC Somerset that himself and current Glovers boss Terry Skiverton had always got on well with the Orient boss whilst he was managing the pair, who were his captain and vice-captain. Jones therefore said that he did not see the return as particularly significant:

"I'm not thinking about it being a game that carries any extra spice. You've got six weeks to prepare for the first game and you want it to be a good one. I think having Leyton Orient at home will be good. Seeing Russell again will be good. Myself, Terry and Russell always got on very well so it will be really good to see him. But as I've said, there'll be no added spice. It will be nice to see Russell and it will be good to get the season underway after an intense pre-season, and hopefully we will be ready."

Saturday August 14th sees the Glovers make their first away trip of the 2010-11 season, and in fact it's the shortest journey they'll be making, with Bristol Rovers the opposition. They share the Memorial Stadium with Bristol Rugby Club and at times their pitch has suffered after the winter months. Jones is therefore glad to get that one out of the way early:

"It will be nice to go there whilst the pitch is nice to be fair. Their pitch incorporates the rugby side and all that, so it will be good to play them early. We've got a good rivalry with Bristol Rovers and we know them well. So it's a good start really, and the games are going to come thick and fast in the first two or three weeks and we'll be looking for a good start. I think we've got Exeter quite soon as well, around September or something like that so we have got a good start to the season there."

Of the Exeter City match that Nathan mentions, Yeovil Town play host to the Grecians on Saturday 25th September. For the full set of fixtures, see the link below.

Link: 2010-11 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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19 June 2010 : Forinton Admits Breaking Betting Rules
Former Yeovil Town striker Howard Forinton has admitted to charges brought by the Football Association of breaches of betting regulations. The incidents relate to when Forinton, currently with Woodford United, was playing for Redditch United in the 2007-08 season. Two other former Redditch players, Matthew Clarke and Scott Rickards, have also been charged.

All three players have admitted placing bets on a game in which they played, between Redditch and Stalybridge Celtic at the end of the 2007-08 season. Clarke has also admitted placing bets on games in which he was involved in the same season, versus Barrow AFC and Kettering Town, and on other matches in the same division in the 2008-09 season.

The players will be sanctioned in July. Reason precedents would suggest the FA will be looking at bans of between three months and a year, depending on their view of the severity of the breaches, plus fines.

Howie is something of a legend at Huish Park for his spell in the latter part of the 1996-97 season that saw him score 23 league goals in 21 appearances, which made a huge contribution to the winning of the Isthmian Premier League and the club's return to the Conference. He was sold, along with Jerry Gill, at the end of that season to Birmingham City. In a career severely curtailed at higher levels by injury he returned to Yeovil for two further short spells, in 2000-01 and 2002-03.

Link: Howard Forinton's Playing Record with Yeovil Town


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19 June 2010 : FA Youth Cup Round Dates 2010-11
Week commencing -

Preliminary Round: Monday 6th September 2010

First Round Qualifying: Monday 20th September 2010

Second Round Qualifying: Monday 4th October 2010

Third Round Qualifying: Monday 18th October 2010

Ties to be played by the closing date of -

First Round Proper: Saturday 6th November 2010

Second Round Proper: Saturday 20th November 2010

Third Round Proper: Saturday 11th December 2010

Fourth Round Proper: Saturday 15th January 2011

Fifth Round Proper: Saturday 29th January 2011

Sixth Round Proper: Saturday 12th February 2011

Semi-Finals First Leg: Saturday 5th March 2011

Semi-Finals Second Leg: Saturday 19th March 2011

The dates for the two-legged Final have yet to be arranged.

Yeovil Town U18 are exempted until the First Round Proper.


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19 June 2010 : FA Women's Cup Round Dates 2010-11
Preliminary Round: Sunday 12th September 2010

First Round Qualifying: Sunday 3rd October 2010

Second Round Qualifying: Sunday 24th October 2010

Third Round Qualifying: Sunday 14th November 2010

First Round Proper: Sunday 12th December 2010

Second Round Proper: Sunday 9th January 2011

Third Round Proper: Sunday 6th February 2011

Fourth Round Proper: Sunday 27th February 2011

Fifth Round Proper: Sunday 13th March 2011

Sixth Round Proper: Sunday 27th March 2011

Semi-Finals: Sunday 17th April 2011

Final: Saturday 21st May 2011 (provisional)

Following their promotion to the Premier League Southern Division Yeovil Town Ladies will be exempted until the Third Round Proper.


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19 June 2010 : FAC Round Dates 2010-11
Extra Preliminary Round: Saturday 14th August 2010.

Preliminary Round: Saturday 28th August 2010.

First Round Qualifying: Saturday 11th September 2010.

Second Round Qualifying: Saturday 25th September 2010.

Third Round Qualifying: Saturday 9th October 2010.

Fourth Round Qualifying: Saturday 23rd October 2010.

First Round Proper: Saturday 6th November 2010.

Second Round Proper: Saturday 27th November 2010.

Third Round Proper: Saturday 8th January 2011.

Fourth Round Proper: Saturday 29th January 2011.

Fifth Round Proper: Saturday 19th February 2011.

Sixth Round Proper: Saturday 12th March 2011.

Semi-Finals: Saturday 16th April and Sunday 17th April 2011.

Final: Saturday 14th May 2011.

Yeovil Town are exempt until the First Round Proper.

E.ON, sponsors of the F.A. Cup for the last four years, have extended their deal for a further season. The company will also continue to sponsor the F.A. Women's Cup and the F.A. Youth Cup.


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18 June 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Three Out Of Five Ain't Bad
Contracts signed, fixtures out, and the World Cup now in full swing. That's a one sentence summary of what's in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, although of course with a fair slab of opinion bolted on.

Read on, via the link below, and feel free to pass your own views on the subjects raised.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Three Out Of Five Ain't Bad.


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18 June 2010 : Former Left-Back Rose Heading For League One Move
Former Yeovil Town left-back Michael Rose is being linked with a move to either Hartlepool United or Swindon Town. Both League One clubs are claimed to be after the Stockport County man who spent half of last season on loan with League One Champions Norwich City.

With the Canaries having risen up into the Championship, they have decided not to take on Rose permanently, who still has a year left on his Stockport contract. Two factors may result in the 27 year old moving elsewhere. One is that he is reported as being one of the highest earning players at Edgeley Park. Following a mass clear-out of players whilst they were in administration, and with the team now in League Two, they may want to cut their cloth accordingly.

The other fly in the ointment is that new owners, the 2015 Group are expected to reappoint Jim Gannon as their new manager for a second spell with the Hatters. After Gannon left 13 months ago, Rose told the press:

"It was the end of my time here if Jim Gannon had stayed. I know the fans love him, and rightly so, but now he's gone it's a new start. If Jim Gannon was staying here, I didn't want to be here."

With comments that strong, Gannon's return is likely to mean Rose's exit, but which club he heads to is anyone's guess. Since leaving Yeovil Town in the summer of 2006, he's had four years at Edgeley Park, although nearly left for Hartlepool last summer, until Gannon's departure persuaded him to do a u-turn.

Link: Michael Rose : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Overall, today has been a very quiet day in the League One transfer market. Peterborough United look odds on to sign Shrewsbury Town defender Kelvin Langmead with the two clubs having agreed a fee. Personal terms have yet to be discussed as the player is on holiday. Posh left-back Jamie Day has joined Rushden and Diamonds after leaving London Road at the end of last season. Tranmere Rovers midfielder John Welsh has signed a new two year deal at Prenton Park.

Plymouth Argyle are believed to be back to square one in their attempts to name a new manager. George Burley was believed to be one of the men on their shortlist, but he signed a deal with Crystal Palace yesterday. Then this morning Steve Cotterill agreed a contract with Championship newcomers Portsmouth. Paul Ince is claimed to be the third person on their shortlist, according to the Devon press.


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18 June 2010 : Football League Blog : Making A Perfect Pitch
Following one of the worst winters in nearly 30 years, a number of League One clubs are making significant repairs to their pitches in time for the 2010-11 season. A look at a large number of next season's opponents and what they have been doing over the summer can be found via the link below.

Link: Football League Blog : Making A Perfect Pitch.


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18 June 2010 : World Cup Showings At Huish Park This Weekend
As we reach another weekend, a reminder that Yeovil Town Football Club will be showing a limited number of the World Cup matches over the next three days in the Alec Stock Lounge. With hot food available, including the Sunday carvery (only on Sunday, obviously!) and a bar open, seven of the nine weekend matches will be shown as follows:

Friday, 18 June 2010
Germany v Serbia, Group D, 12.30p.m. (Not shown at Huish Park)
Slovenia v USA, Group C, 3.00p.m.
England v Algeria, Group C, 7.30p.m.

Saturday, 19 June 2010
Netherlands v Japan, Group E, 12.30p.m.
Ghana v Australia, Group D, 3.00p.m.
Cameroon v Denmark, Group E, 7.30p.m.

Sunday, 20 June 2010
Slovakia v Paraguay, Group F, 12.30p.m. (Not shown at Huish Park)
Italy v New Zealand, Group F, 3.00p.m.
Brazil v Ivory Coast, Group G, 7.30p.m.


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17 June 2010 : Skivo Ponders Palace And Fixtures
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton predicts a "difficult game" in the Carling Cup when Crystal Palace come to town during early August. The Championship club will travel to Somerset for the First Round match during the week commencing August 9th - with Tuesday 10th August the most likely (although unconfirmed at this stage) date for the game.

Palace may have had their off the field problems that have only led to them being able to appoint a new manager today in George Burley. But Skiverton told BBC Somerset that that the South London club would still present a significant challenge:

"It's a difficult game for us. I think they've had a lot of turmoil. The good thing for Yeovil, is that I've read up on my statistics and we've played them twice in cup competitions before and we've got a 100 percent record against them, so they'll be wanting to turn that over. I think one was in 1930-something and one was in 1960-something though! They're a tough team, but there's a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes. It will be a strong game and hopefully we might get some new supporters that could come out to watch this one."

Reading up on his statistics? Possibly here, Skivo? Whilst the Carling Cup draw was made on Wednesday morning, the full League One fixture list was made today, and Skiverton admitted to the Western Gazette just before publication that he would not be studying the list in too much detail until the pre-season schedule kicked in. Right now, bringing in a new squad was his one and only focus:

"I will be honest about the fixtures, and I do not care about them. My job at the moment is about player recruitment. You do not worry about fixtures until you get pre-season friendlies underway, and now it is just about being 100 percent committed to player recruitment and making sure you get the right players to the club."

Link: Carling Cup First Round Draw Made - Full Draw.

Link: 2010-11 Yeovil Town Fixtures and Results Page.


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17 June 2010 : Palace Confirm New Management Team
Carling Cup opponents Crystal Palace have appointed former Scotland and Southampton manager George Burley as their new man in charge this afternoon. He will be assisted by Palace legend and former Southend United striker Dougie Freedman who has been acting as caretaker manager since the end of the season.

Carlisle United have made two moves into the transfer market today, grabbing the experienced Jason Price, who was last season on Millwall's books, but is well known from his Doncaster Rovers days. The Cumbrians have also signed up striker Craig Curran on a two year deal after jumping ship from Tranmere Rovers, who had given him his debut as a 17 year old. At the other end of the scale, Huddersfield Town have signed up 38 year old goalkeeper Ian Bennett from Sheffield United, better known for his 354 league games at Birmingham City across 12 years.

On the rumourmill, Charlton Athletic midfielder Nicky Bailey is being linked with Middlesbrough and Celtic, whilst Sheffield Wednesday are trying to get Preston North End striker Neil Mellor.

League Two side Stockport County have finally completed their company takeover, with the 2015 Group hopefully ending 14 months of delays and farce, hopefully taking them out of administration very shortly. Their first step has been to fire manager Gary Ablett, with Jim Gannon, who was made redundant by the administrators 13 months ago, expected to return to Edgeley Park.


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17 June 2010 : Centre-Backs And Midfielders For Skiverton
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that his main focus for the coming weeks will be on recruiting midfielders and central defenders for the his first team squad. At present, the Glovers have just two central defenders on their books, with Stefan Stam and new boy Luke Ayling definitely here for next season. However, in midfield, they do not have a single player signed up for 2010-11, with no guarantees yet that Jean-Paul Kalala and Keiran Murtagh will agree terms with the Glovers.

That means that those two areas are of principle concern, even if there are a few other positions that Yeovil are currently light in. Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he will be looking to bring players into those positions, although admits that could involve bringing in a large number of players for the first day of pre-season training:

"I've still got a few midfielders and a few centre-halves to be looking at now. I've got phone calls every day from agents and there's a few real interesting ones. Basically at the moment it's about bringing in the right characters, the right people, of the right ability that are going to move the club forward. We're going to have a lot of people turn up for the first day of pre-season, but I think there's a record amount this year who are out of contract and there are some very experienced players who have played loads of league games. So I think the club is on a stronger footing this year than what it was last year."


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17 June 2010 : 2010-11 League One Fixtures Released
The 2010-11 League One fixtures have now been published. Yeovil Town will open their season with a home match against Leyton Orient meaning an early welcome back to Huish Park for central defender Terrell Forbes, who will barely need to clear his locker to play his next League One match.

Orient of course are managed by former Yeovil Town boss Russell Slade and include in their ranks another former Glover in central defender Aaron Brown, making for a bit of an old boys reunion on August 7th.

The big away trip against Sheffield Wednesday will take place on December 28th, whilst the season ends with a mammoth away trip to Carlisle United on May 7th 2011.

The full set of fixtures are now available on Ciderspace via the link below.

Link: 2010-11 Yeovil Town Fixtures and Results Page.

The full set of League One fixtures are also on the BBC Sport website via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport Website: 2010-11 League One Fixtures.


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17 June 2010 : 2010-11 League Fixtures To Be Published At 9.00a.m.
Football League fixtures for the 2010-11 season will be published later today (Thursday). The fixtures will be released at 9.00a.m. across a range of websites, along with those for the Premier League, Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League.

The Football League season begins on August 7th 2010 and completes precisely nine months later on May 7th 2011 (although the Championship will complete a day later).

We'll be publishing the fixture list for Yeovil Town in full, although they'll need to be hand-entered onto our database which may take a short while. The official PTV sites get the data preloaded for them along with a number of other commercial sites. If you can't reach the PTV site, then the BBC Sport website is usually one of the quicker and reliable ones. You'll find links to both the Yeovil Town fixtures page and the League One fixtures page below. We'll add in a news item to these pages just as soon as we're certain they are being displayed and will then load them up on our own database.

Don't bother peeking before 9.00a.m. because they won't be there!

Link: BBC Sport Website : Yeovil Town Fixtures Page.

Link: BBC Sport Website : League One Fixtures Page.


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16 June 2010 : Carling Cup Opponents To Appoint New Boss Tomorrow
Carling Cup opponents Crystal Palace are set to name their new first team manager tomorrow afternoon. In the midst of their fall into administration the Championship side were left managerless when Neil Warnock jumped ship for Queens Park Rangers.

A slightly odd state of affairs has followed with Paul Hart taking over on a temporary basis, with striker Dougie Freedman assisting him. Hart's contract expired at the end of the season, leaving Freedman in a caretaker capacity himself over the past six weeks.

The Croydon Guardian names those two, plus former Scotland and Southampton manager George Burley, plus Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll as the four possible contenders. A number of other possible contenders, such as Chris Coleman, have been ruled out within the media as they are on World Cup duty as pundits and therefore would not be present for the 3.30p.m. press conference.


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16 June 2010 : MacDonald Agrees New Deal With Swans
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Shaun MacDonald has agreed a new contract with Swansea City. The Welsh Under 21 international was out of contract at the Liberty Stadium and there had been strong suggestions that he was beginning to get itchy feet after having gained regular first team football at Huish Park.

MacDonald said earlier this year that he was fed up with living out of a suitcase, and wanted to push for a first team place with any club possible. He has now decided that club is to be his home-town side, and has signed a two year deal with the Championship club. Speaking to the South Wales Evening Post he hoped to push for a first team place:

"I realised I wanted to play first-team football. I've experienced that now and it's something I enjoyed at Yeovil. Everyone knows how much I love Swansea City Football Club and to stay here is a dream come true. I didn't really go to Yeovil looking to stay permanently, I was going to play some games and enhance my reputation in Swansea. It was the right decision to go and play. It was a win-win situation, not just for myself and Swansea, but for other people involved. I tried my best to help Yeovil out and they stayed up."

MacDonald's opportunities are increased with the departure of Leon Britton to fellow Championship side Sheffield United, and the Swans have two more midfielders who have yet to announce their intentions for next season. He hopes to use Britton's departure as a means to force his way into the side:

"Brits has just gone, so there is a space there. Whether they bring someone else in I don't know, but I'll give it my best shot. Maybe it'll be an opportunity for me, or maybe for someone else. I've just got to work hard and hope to get the rewards."

Shaun made 36 appearances across three loan spells for Yeovil Town, scoring five goals in the process.

Link: Shaun MacDonald : Yeovil Town Statistics.

More transfer and contract news: Leyton Orient have lost central defender Tamika Mkandawire who has signed a two year deal with Championship newcomers Millwall. League One newcomers Rochdale have signed midfielder Brian Barry-Murphy on a two year deal, arriving from neighbours Bury on a free transfer. Striker Nicky Forster has also got a two year deal, returning for a second spell with Brentford after leaving Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of last season.


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16 June 2010 : Former Glover Vincent Saddles Up Again
Former Yeovil Town defender Jamie Vincent has signed a new one year contract with League One side Walsall. The player, who turns 35 years old on Friday, has had a successful season at the Bescot Stadium, coming third in their player of the season awards, a year after arriving from Swindon Town, who he spent three years with after leaving the Glovers. His five months at Huish Park were certainly odd - after signing on transfer deadline day in January 2006, he managed two Reserve Team appearances before disappearing out on loan to Millwall before disappearing again.

Link: Jamie Vincent : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Obviously we've been covering Rory Fallon a fair bit recently, since the Plymouth Argyle striker was chosen for New Zealand's World Cup squad. Reflecting on his country's historic first point in World Cup Finals yesterday, Fallon believes that the Kiwis can go further than their 1-1 draw with Slovakia. Not even the idea of World Cup holders Italy in their next match scares him:

"I personally believe that we can go through to the next round. We can kick on and do even better, that's the beautiful thing about our team - we believe we can do it. I'll never go out onto a football pitch thinking I'm going to lose. I'll always go out onto a football pitch believing I can be the best and that we can beat the best, and I know that we've got a good enough team to do that."

Fallon adds that even after the first match has been played, he is still finding it hard to believe what he is taking part in:

"Playing for New Zealand at this World Cup is like living in a movie. It's so amazing and just doesn't seem real. Running out on to the pitch to face Slovakia, I had to pinch myself that we were about to play in the finals. So you can imagine what it felt like when our equaliser went in as the clock ran down in added time. Anyone who saw the celebrations after he headed it inside the post knows what it meant to us all. We made history in getting New Zealand to only their second World Cup and we have made history again with this draw - New Zealand's first point at a finals."

Link: Rory Fallon : Yeovil Town Statistics.

In other news, Carlisle United pair Richard Keogh and Tom Aldred look set to leave Cumbria after they turned down contracts at Brunton Park. Exeter City defender Scott Golbourne will be staying after the 22 year old signed a new deal at St James Park.

Sky Sports are linking Colchester United midfielder David Prutton with a move to Swindon Town whilst the Wiltshire side dispute that Brighton and Hove Albion have put in a bid for Gordon Greer of £250,000. However, the issue seems to come down to semantics - Swindon are not willing to play ball until the Seagulls put it in writing. Swindon are believed to want £450,000 though, and the Seagulls may not bother to even push the button on the fax machine. The interesting bit is that if Brighton don't get Greer, they may got after ... Prutton. Given some of Swindon Chairman Andrew Fitton's somewhat abrasive remarks so far, including his claims that the Seagulls will not threaten Swindon's challenge for promotion next season, these two clubs could be in for some interesting times together this summer.

The big transfer of the day comes with Peterborough United accepting an "undisclosed offer" for striker Shaun Batt from Championship newcomers Millwall. Or at least it was undisclosed until the Posh official site told us that it was for a basic fee of £300,000 plus add-ons.

Posh have heavily bucked the trend of football clubs for declaring undisclosed fees, and as part of the news on Batt have given an open book on some of their recent dealings, in an effort to point out that despite Chairman Darragh MacAnthony's wealth, they are balancing their books and that the only thing MacAnthony provides is the initial investment to kick the whole thing off.

Posh have adopted a policy of taking young players out of non-league football - Batt cost them £5,000 from Fisher Athletic at the same time the Glovers were taking Gavin Tomlin, Keiran Murtagh and Andre McCollin to Huish Park from the same club. That investment has given them a handsome profit now. Midfielder Paul Coutts arrived from Cove Rangers for £25,000 but has departed to Preston North End for £350,000. Winger Alfie Potter moved to Oxford United for £50,000 after arriving on a freebie. All three players have got 25 percent sell-on clauses built into their outgoing deals in case they move on and their value increases further.

More fascinating is that Posh have also laid out the value of the loan fees they are receiving from other clubs, which is almost unheard of in football. The fees are paid to either wholly or partly pay for the player's wages at their parent club. They reaped £350,000 for George Boyd's 93 day stay with Nottingham Forest. Meanwhile Scott Rendell and Rene Howe cost £25,000 each for Torquay United and Gillingham to take them on - fairly significant given that the Glovers took one on a short term loan and attempted to agree terms with the other, giving an idea of the sums of money at stake. Rendell's was for a full season loan, whilst Howe's was a half-season stay. Posh also got £25,000 from AFC Bournemouth for Shwan Jalal as a promotion bonus, £50,000 from Norwich City for Russell Martin as another promotion bonus, and £60,000 from Luton Town for Liam Hatch.

All of this is comfortably in excess of one million pounds worth of transfer/loan income over the past six months. Whilst you've got to have the money there in the first place to make the investment, the return they have made upon that investment - as well as the openness they have shown towards their own fans - is certainly impressive.

Finally Bristol Rovers have revealed how they voted in the recent Football League AGM concerning the 'double relegation' issue that Leyton Orient's Barry Hearn was hoping to push through. Rovers say they supported Hearn's move and club representative Geoff Dunford explained their thinking, giving a possible compromise solution:

"We voted in favour of it, on the basis that we wanted to show that there should be a greater punishment than there currently is. The view of the Bristol Rovers' board is that you should be automatically relegated and receive a fine of 10 to 15 points."


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16 June 2010 : No Time Limit Put On Kalala Absence
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is prepared to be patient regarding the future of midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala at the club. The Congolese player is currently in France, due to a family issue, and the implication of Skivo's words is that this may not be a short term delay.

The exact nature affecting Kalala is not disclosed, but Skiverton has told BBC Radio Bristol that he is prepared to wait for an answer, and will not be putting a new time limit for him to respond:

"He will be speaking to me over the next few weeks. I won't put a time limit on it as I'm a family man myself and family has got to come first."

The suggestion that "weeks" may be involved implies that Kalala's situation may not be resolved by the time the players return to pre-season training on July 1st.

Whilst the special dispensation for Kalala is obviously understandable, the agreement with fellow midfielder Keiran Murtagh is somewhat less clear. He has yet to agree a deal with the club, although the Glovers are prepared to allow him to train with them in pre-season. There's no indication of whether there is still an offer on the table for him:

"Keiran Murtagh will be training with us pre-season and we'll see how things go from there."

The future of striker Dean Bowditch, striker/winger Gavin Tomlin and left-back Nathan Smith was covered earlier today.

Link: Three Out Of Five Glovers Agree New Contracts.


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16 June 2010 : Carling Cup Opponents Face Creditors Meeting
Yeovil Town's home draw against Crystal Palace in the First Round of the Carling Cup (see earlier news item) means that the South London club's financial plight suddenly becomes more directly relevant to Glovers fans. At present, their future is not 100 percent guaranteed, with a number of issues still at stake.

Palace are still in administration, although have a provisional agreement for a consortium CPFC2010 to take over their club, provided a number of loose ends can be tidied up. They have still yet to agree a Creditors Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), satisfy the needs of the Football League's Executive Committee and as a consequence for CPFC2010 to take over the club's 'Golden Share' that gives them full membership of the Football League.

The crunch day for Palace comes next Friday, 25th June, when the creditors of the previous CPFC2000 company that Simon Jordan fronted, will meet to vote on the proposed CVA. More than 75 percent of the creditors need to vote in favour of the deal for it to go through. Given the Government tax body HMRC invariably opposes CVAs for football clubs due to preferential treatment given to Football Creditors this is not always as simple as it may appear.

If the CVA is not accepted, then things could still get very messy. CPFC2010 had the only bid on the table to buy Palace and even they were only able to reach an agreement with the administrator and the former land owner Selhurst Park Ltd right at the last minute with the administrator threatening to pull the plug on Crystal Palace if the deadline passed without resolution. Thus any rejection of the CVA would strongly risk the same course of action being taken.

The Croydon Guardian reports that if the CVA is rejected or if it suffers a legal challenge then they believe that CPFC2010 will walk away from the deal, stating that they have "no interest in acquiring the club's business and assets in contentious circumstances and want the creditors' support".

The creditors meeting takes place at Selhurst Park at 11.30a.m. next Friday, 25th June. We'll obviously bring the outcome of that, given that it will at the very least affect Palace's ability to prepare for the 2010-11 season.

Link: Carling Cup First Round Draw Made - Full Draw.


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16 June 2010 : Three Out Of Five Glovers Agree New Contracts
Yesterday, we reported that manager Terry Skiverton had promised "good news" concerning Yeovil Town's out of contract players. The news today is very good indeed, with three of the five firmly committing to new contracts at Huish Park.

Top scorer Dean Bowditch, striker/winger Gavin Tomlin and left-back Nathan Smith are the three who have agreed new deals. There's no contract length specified at all.

As for midfield pair Keiran Murtagh and Jean-Paul Kalala, although they have not agreed new deals yet, they still aren't quite out the door yet, despite yesterday's deadline being publicised as an ultimatum to the five. Kalala has been granted extra time after having to return to France to deal with a family issue, whilst Murtagh will be allowed to turn up at Huish Park for pre-season training despite having not agreed a deal as yet. On what basis he'll be attending isn't clear.

Overall, Bowditch and Smith appeared to be the greatest risk to the club, both in terms of the impact their loss would have on the side, and also with the rumoured interest in them from other clubs. It's therefore a relief to find that those two plus Tomlin will definitely be returning for the 2010-11 season. As we get more information on Murtagh and Kalala, or on the respective contract lengths, we'll publish them here.


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16 June 2010 : Carling Cup First Round Draw Made - Full Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn at home in the First Round of the Carling Cup. They will face Crystal Palace at Huish Park in the first cup match of the 2010-11 season in a match that will be played during the week commencing August 9th 2010.

The Glovers came one match away from meeting Palace in the League last season, with the South London side surviving relegation on the final match of the 2009-10 season, sending their opponents Sheffield Wednesday down into League One. They recently went into administration, and in fact were hours away from being liquidated over this summer, so we'll have to wait and see how well prepared they are for the coming season.

The two sides last met in April 1993 in a friendly match which Yeovil won 4-2. However, the last competitive meeting between the two sides came in December 1963, when the Glovers created an FA Cup Second Round shock, as Palace were dumped out by a 3-1 scoreline as two goals from Dave Taylor and one from Ken Pound secured the win and a chance to play Bury in the Third Round. Back in 1934-35, an FA Cup First Round 3-0 win over Palace also saw an FA Cup shock, with the Glovers going on to beat Exeter City and face Liverpool in the Third Round. This means that at the time of writing, the Glovers have a 100 percent record against their Championship opponents!

The full First Round draw is as follows:

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

Link: 2010-11 Carling Cup Round Dates And Draw Dates.


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15 June 2010 : Football League Trophy Dates
The dates for the 2010-11 Football League Trophy have been published. Currently sponsored by Johnstone's Paint, this is a competition that engenders almost no interest whatsoever until around the area final stage, when thoughts of a possible visit to the Wembley arch begin to drift into supporters minds.

All dates, except for the Final, are 'week commencing':

Round 1: 30th August 2010

Round 2: 4th October 2010

Area Quarter-Finals: 8th November 2010

Area Semi-Finals: 29th November 2010

Area Finals (First Leg): 17th January 2011

Area Finals (Second Leg): 7th February 2011

Final (at Wembley Stadium): Sunday 3rd April 2011

The draw dates have also been announced, though note that at present they carry a 'provisional' warning:

Round 1 draw: Saturday 14th August 2010

Round 2 draw: Saturday 4th September 2010

Area Quarter-Finals draw: Saturday 9th October 2010

Area Semi-Finals draw: Saturday 13th November 2010


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15 June 2010 : Season Start For The Ladies
After their title winning season in the South West Combination Yeovil Town Ladies will kick off their first ever season in the Womenís Premier League Southern Division on Sunday 22nd August 2010.

The Reserves have resigned from the South West Womenís League after a single season and will play in the Womenís Premier League (Reserves) Southern Division Two. Their campaign is set to begin on Sunday 5th September 2010.

As yet there has been no announcement we're aware of as to where the Ladies will play their home matches next season, their promotion meaning the previous venue at Somerton does not meet the grading requirements now needed.


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15 June 2010 : Skivo Brings 'Good News' On Deadline Day
No, not Season Ticket deadline day. Or even transfer window deadline day. But the day that Yeovil Town were due to hear back from five of its players concerning the contracts that were out on offer for next season.

Left-back Nathan Smith, midfielders Keiran Murtagh and Jean-Paul Kalala, striker Dean Bowditch and winger/striker Gavin Tomlin were all given offers of unspecified length by the club at the end of last season, with all five set a deadline of today for them to come back to the club indicating whether they were planning to sign the deals on the table. If they did not reply, then the assumption would be made that they did not wish to sign and the contracts on offer would be withdrawn.

This afternoon, manager Terry Skiverton has indicated that he has "just had some good news". Given the most likely news he'd be receiving is going to be players or their agents calling himself or Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, we can always hope that this could be good tidings concerning the above five players. Skiverton adds that we may learn what that news is "maybe tomorrow" - doubtless when all five have responded in a positive or negative way.

The only bad news that has come so far was from defender Terrell Forbes who chose to link up with former Glovers boss Russell Slade at Leyton Orient. As yet there has not been a firm hint as to whether any of the other players are likely to sign on the dotted line, although around six weeks ago Nathan Smith was linked by Sky Sports with a move to the Championship, whilst there have been whisperings of Dean Bowditch wanting to move back closer to his South-East roots. Neither rumour has been substantiated by an opposition club though.

Link: Nathan Smith Off To The Championship ... It Sez 'Ere.

Link: Forbes Flies East To Team Up With Orient And Slade.

Link: Skivo: Contract Offers Are Non-Negotiable.

Link: Skivo: Sign By The Deadline Or You're Out.


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15 June 2010 : Former Loan Striker Linked With League Two Quartet
League One newcomers Peterborough United are trying to off-load former Yeovil Town loan striker Scott Rendell. Master of street-market trading Barry Fry claims that four League Two sides are interested in taking him on, although the snag is likely to be his contract length at London Road, which runs out in June 2012.

Rendell hasn't played a first team match for Posh since his October 2008 loan spell with the Glovers and so far the £115,000 they paid Cambridge United in the summer of 2008 has given them two starts and three substitute appearances. It's probably safe to say that this hasn't been the best use of Chairman Darragh MacAnthony's money.

Since leaving the Glovers, after a fairly anonymous six appearances and zero goals, he returned to Cambridge for the remainder of the 2008-09 season, and then followed it up with a full season with Torquay United. Cambridge were given the option to buy him back last summer, but couldn't afford Bazza Fry's demands whilst the Director of Football doesn't expect Torquay to get him either, despite the player wanting to return to Plainmoor. Fry cites Wycombe Wanderers, Burton Albion and League Two new boys Stevenage Borough as being in the hunt:

"He's already spoken to Burton, Stevenage and Wycombe. There are four clubs in for Scott. He is happy down in Torquay, but they have got no money so I can't do a deal. He's got two years left with us, Torquay is his preferred club. They may take him on a year's loan but that doesn't really get rid of him and they're not a flush club so they can't pay us a big loan fee."

Expect the list of clubs dreamt up by Mr Fry to contain some artistic licence built in, if past experience is anything to go by.

Link: Scott Rendell : Yeovil Town Statistics.

In other news, Charlton Athletic are chasing Preston North End defender Liam Chilvers. Walsall have signed 20 year old midfielder Paul Marshall from Manchester City. Exeter City have agreed a new deal with 32 year old Frenchman Bertie Cozic. Tranmere Rovers defender Marlon Broomes has signed a one year contract but they have suffered a setback with fellow midfielder Alan Mahon undergoing surgery for a fractured knee yesterday. The repair in the pinhole fracture has meant he is likely to miss the first half of the season.

Sky Sports are claiming that Rochdale defender Craig Dawson has handed in a transfer request after interest from Middlesbrough was turned down. Sky also claim that Swindon Town have turned down a £250,000 offer for central defender Gordon Greer from Brighton and Hove Albion. Swindon continue to fight to keep striker Charlie Austin with Newcastle United the latest club to be linked with the former Poole Town player.

Southampton have signed Brentford left-back Ryan Dickson on a three year deal, although the fee for the 23 year old has yet to be agreed and may need a tribunal to settle it. Brentford want £300,000 for the player who featured for Yeovil Town Reserves whilst he was at Plymouth Argyle - Southampton have offered considerably lower and the Bees believe that's their final offer. Hartlepool United say they're interested in signing Roy O'Donovan, who was on loan from Sunderland last season, whilst Huddersfield Town say rumours linking them with the same player are 'rubbish'. Championship sides QPR, Swansea City and Millwall are being linked with defender Tamika Mkandawire, who has said that he will be leaving Leyton Orient after turning down a deal at Brisbane Road.

Last and definitely not least, congratulations to former Glovers loan striker Rory Fallon, who played 90 minutes in New Zealand's 1-1 draw with Slovakia this lunchtime. The Kiwis equalised in the 90th minute to gain their first ever World Cup point. Last Friday's article on Rory's mission can be found below.

Link: Former Glovers Loan Striker Hoping For World Cup Glory.

Link: Rory Fallon : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 June 2010 : Stansfield Undergoes Chemotherapy Treatment
Former Yeovil Town striker Adam Stansfield is undergoing a course of chemotherapy as he continues his battle against bowel cancer. The 31 year old had an operation to remove a growth two months ago but started the chemotherapy course recently.

Although the 31 year old is continuing to have medical treatment in Devon, the overall news is positive according to Grecians Vice-Chairman Julian Tagg, who gave an update to the Exeter Express and Echo, explaining that Adam had been well enough to go on holiday with his family:

"Adam is doing very well and getting stronger all the time. Since being diagnosed with cancer, he has enjoyed a camping holiday with his family and a couple of the other players' families and he is also continuing with some of his normal pre-season duties. He obviously has a battle on his hands but he is in the right frame of mind and he is receiving the best medical treatment."

Whilst the subject of football is of secondary importance in such situations, the inevitable question is when he is likely to next put on an Exeter City shirt. Mr Tagg is refusing to put a timeline against things:

"It's just a case of wait and see. Obviously, Adam wants to be back playing football as soon as possible and we will do all we can to make sure that happens but at the end of the day, it depends on how he responds to the treatment. So far, he's doing very well and everyone at the club is pleased to see him making progress."

As of today, the Facebook group for Adam (see link below) has got a fairly incredible 5,199 members, giving an idea as to how popular he is with fans of Exeter City, Yeovil Town and doubtless other clubs around the South-West and beyond.

Link: 13/05/2010: Stansfield Out Of Hospital.

Link: 26/04/2010: Another Stansfield Update.

Link: 19/04/2010: Stansfield Operation Update.

Link: 07/04/2010: Our Best Wishes To Adam.

Link: Adam Stansfield : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Facebook : Get Well Soon Adam Stansfield Group.


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15 June 2010 : 2010-11 Carling Cup Round Dates And Draw Dates
With the draw for the First Round of the 2010-11 Carling Cup taking place tomorrow, the dates for all of the competition rounds have been set. The matches will take place during the following weeks (all dates given, with the exception of the final, should be taken as 'week commencing'):

First Round : August 9th 2010
Second Round : August 23rd 2010
Third Round : September 20th 2010
Fourth Round : October 25th 2010
Fifth Round : November 29th 2010
Semi-Final First Leg : January 10th 2011
Semi-Final Second Leg : January 24th 2011
Final : Sunday 27th February 2011 (at Wembley Stadium)

In addition, provisional (with the exception of the First Round) draw dates have been set for each round as follows:

First Round Draw: Wednesday 16th June 2010, 9.30a.m.
Second Round Draw: Wednesday 11th August 2010
Third Round Draw: Saturday 28th August 2010
Fourth Round Draw: Saturday 25th September 2010
Fifth Round Draw: Saturday 30th October 2010
Semi-Final Draw: TBC.

Link: Carling Cup First Round Draw Seeding Information.

Link: Carling Cup First Round Draw Date And Details.

Link: 2010-11 Dates For Your Diary.


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14 June 2010 : Glenn Poole Heads To Barnet
League Two side Barnet have signed up former Yeovil Town midfielder/winger Glenn Poole. Tending to play as a wide attacking player, although occasionally used up front, Poole was the first Glovers player to turn full time in March 2000, after he had earlier arrived from Tottenham Hotspur and thus had yet to sort out part time employment in Somerset.

Poole was released by Gary Johnson at the end of the 2001-02 season after he had dropped down the pecking order, and been sent out on loan to Bath City. The final of his 33 appearances for the Glovers came in December 2001, having clocked up just three appearances under Johnson. He scored three times for the Glovers, although perhaps significantly never in a League match.

To be fair to Glenn, he arrived at the club as an 18 year old, and after heading back to East London, spells for Redbridge, Thurrock and Grays Athletic, where he bumped into Barnet manager Mark Stimson for the first time, he broke into the Football League, managing a loan stint with Rochdale and two years with Brentford, until his release took him back to Grays Athletic and then AFC Wimbledon.

Stimson has only just arrived at Barnet himself after leaving relegated Gillingham at the end of last season and told Barnet's official site that he could make good use of the 29 year old's experience:

"I worked with Glenn at Grays Athletic. He has fantastic delivery from set pieces - his experience will be a big help to the squad I am putting together."

Link: Glenn Poole : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 June 2010 : Hartlepool Liddlegate Penalty Stands After Appeal - Possibly!
League One side Hartlepool United have lost their appeal against a points deduction for the 2009-10 season. Pools had three points deducted from their points total after they fielded central defender Gary Liddle in a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Easter Monday after the player had picked up his 10th booking of the season on the Saturday.

The Football League have dismissed the club's appeal, with Hartlepool's statement saying that the League's "detailed response and justification was primarily based on previous, similar incidents and the principle of points deduction". Hartlepool's fine from the Football League also still stands, with a £10,000 penalty suspended for 12 months, provided they do not repeat the same offence.

There is no mention at present as to whether Hartlepool have had to pay for the costs of the appeal hearing. Given that they had to pay the costs of the original hearing, we'd expect the same to apply again.

Last season's table therefore stands as it was, with Hartlepool finishing on 50 points, escaping relegation only on goal difference.

Link: 2009-10 Final League One Table (including points deduction).

Update: 19:00hrs Having put a statement out on their official site confirming the above news, Hartlepool have now removed the article, without explanation. The article text now only states: "This new section will appear shortly. Please check back later". Of course this is too late for the 101 national media websites that have now gone ahead with the original story, filed before their official site pulled it. Given the Northern Echo's foul-up on the reporting of the original verdict, where they initially stated that Pools had got away without a points deduction this is certainly taking plenty of twists and turns. We'll confirm either way whether there has been any substantial change to what was originally reported.

In other news from Victoria Park, Hartlepool United have parted company with one of their backroom coaching staff, with Reserve Team manager Colin West heading through the out door at the end of his contract. Also, their former central defender Ben Clark has agreed a two year deal with Gateshead.

Rochdale defender Scott Wiseman has signed a new two year deal with the promoted side. Teenage right-back Darryl Westlake has signed a two year deal with Walsall after winning their Young Player of the Season last year.

Whilst on the subject of the footballing authorities, Sheffield Wednesday have reported that they will not be facing any FA charges as a result of the crowd problems that occurred in their dramatic Championship match against Crystal Palace that saw the Owls relegated to League One. The pitch invasions on the final whistle caused controversy, but the FA have decided that Wednesday did as much as they could to prevent what happened.

Relegated Plymouth Argyle continue to be managerless, and the Devon press believe the Pilgrims are waiting to see if Steve Cotterill gets the Portsmouth job. If he does, they claim that Stan Ternent, Lennie Lawrence and Paul Ince are the three waiting in the wings.


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14 June 2010 : Carling Cup First Round Draw Seeding Information
Yeovil Town will face one of 20 possible teams in the First Round draw of the Carling Cup that will be made on Wednesday morning. The Glovers have been placed, as expected, in the unseeded half of the Southern Section draw. This will mean that they will be guaranteed to face either a club from the Championship or a side from the top half of last season's League One table. See the list of teams from the South Seeded section below for Yeovil's possible opponents.

As it transpires, the Glovers only just missed out on being seeded. Had they beaten Brighton and Hove Albion on the last day of the 2009-10 season, they would have been seeded, as the Seagulls are the last of the seeded clubs in the Southern section. Yeovil had the chance to leapfrog the Sussex side, but lost the game at the Withdean Stadium by a 1-0 scoreline, which just goes to show there's no such thing as a meaningless game of football.

The Glovers could face last season's Premier League side Portsmouth, or Championship play-off losers Cardiff City or they could face either of the two Bristol clubs. The draw will be published at 9.30a.m. on Wednesday and we'll put the whole draw on these pages as soon as we know it.

North Seeded:
1.Nottingham Forest 2.Leicester City 3.Sheffield United 4.Middlesbrough 5.Doncaster Rovers 6.Derby County 7.Preston North End 8.Barnsley 9.Coventry City 10.Scunthorpe United 11.Leeds United 12.Sheffield Wednesday 13.Peterborough United 14.Huddersfield Town 15.Walsall

North Unseeded:
1.Carlisle United 2.Oldham Athletic 3.Tranmere Rovers 4.Hartlepool United 5.Rochdale 6.Stockport County 7.Morecambe 8.Rotherham United 9.Chesterfield 10.Bury 11.Bradford City 12.Accrington Stanley 13.Crewe Alexandra 14.Macclesfield Town 15.Lincoln City

South Seeded:
1.Portsmouth 2.Cardiff City 3.Swansea City 4.Reading 5.Bristol City 6.Queens Park Rangers 7.Ipswich Town 8.Watford 9.Crystal Palace 10.Norwich City 11.Millwall 12.Plymouth Argyle 13.Charlton Athletic 14. Swindon Town 15.Southampton 16.Colchester United 17.Brentford 18.Bristol Rovers 19.Milton Keynes Dons 20.Brighton and Hove Albion

South Unseeded:
1.YEOVIL TOWN 2.Leyton Orient 3.Exeter City 4.Notts County 5.AFC Bournemouth 6.Dagenham and Redbridge 7.Gillingham 8.Wycombe Wanderers 9.Southend United 10.Aldershot Town 11.Port Vale 12.Northampton Town 13.Shrewsbury Town 14.Burton Albion 15.Hereford United 16.Torquay United 17.Barnet 18.Cheltenham Town 19.Stevenage 20.Oxford United


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13 June 2010 : Shrimpers Press Claim Mildy Wanting Move
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall could be on the move this summer, after newspaper reports suggest that he has handed in a written transfer request, following Southend United's relegation to League Two. The Shrimpers have yet to confirm the news, but have confirmed that skipper and central defender Adam Barrett has put in a written request to leave.

An unnamed source in the Southend Echo suggests that matters concerning Mildenhall may come to a head when he returns from his holidays, saying that the late payment of wages that has plagued Roots Hall during 2010 has been a strong factor in Mildy's thinking:

"Steve is away on holiday at the moment but he has definitely asked to leave. The late payment of wages has played a part in his decision and he is also keen to be playing at a level higher than League Two."

The current reported situation is that 95 percent of Southend's players have now received their wages for May 2010. It would be unlikely for Mildenhall or Barrett to be one of the players still awaiting their wages, given that they would be entitled to give 14 days notice of intent to quit the Shrimpers, citing breach of contract, and thus would be allowed to leave on a free transfer. However, the suggestions are that Southend still have a number of players on 'Championship level wages' from their time in the second tier, and so may not be quite so gutted to get two of their higher earners off their wage bill. The question will be whether their urgency will see them demand a significant transfer fee for both, or whether finding a club willing to take over their current contract will be their immediate need. Either way, the financial demands are likely to rule Yeovil Town out of the equation, even though the Glovers need a keeper of Mildenhall's ability.

Mildenhall's hometown Swindon sees them in rather bullish mood for next season, believing that they will have an 'easier' time in their aims to improve on last season's 5th placed showing that saw them lose out in the play-offs. Chairman Andrew Fitton thinks that the promotion of Norwich City and Leeds United will give his side a far easier season ahead, despite them being replaced by the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and big-spending Peterborough United. Fitton told the Swindon Advertiser:

"I think it will be slightly easier and Iím less concerned than I was last year, if Iím honest. We have got rid of two of the toughest teams in Norwich and Leeds, and I donít see what is coming to replace them. Southampton will be tough, but there are some teams who people expect to be up there who wonít be. Iím not convinced by Huddersfieldís push, or Brightonís push Ė even though they supposedly have a lot of money behind them now. Sheffield Wednesday could go either way. Plymouth? I donít think so, as they have some rebuilding to do. And the clubs coming up from League Two wonít go straight through. I see it as a slightly easier league next year. This season it was very competitive, with seven or eight teams all capable of getting in the top two, and thatís why the points tallies were so high. Next year though I think it will be less teams competing for automatic promotion and less points needed."

It's always good to get things like this in print to give an opportunity for Huddersfield Town, Brighton and Hove Albion and Plymouth Argyle fans to bite back should Mr Fitton's predictions not prove to be quite so accurate. Expect the odd reference to Fitton's comments if the Robins aren't top five next season.

The Robins will have to deal with the post-play-off blues that many teams have suffered from, and also need to replace top scorer Billy Paynter, who signed for Leeds United on a Bosman Transfer earlier this summer. Every man and his dog is being linked with strike partner Charlie Austin, who arrived from Poole Town less than a year ago and figures in excess of one million pounds are being bandied around with Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough and Cardiff City all claimed as being after the 20 year old. Fitton claims that the fees he has seen are under-valuing the player:

"To be honest I wouldnít even get out of bed for that. They would be dreaming if they thought he could be brought in for that sort of money. Heís not for sale and it would take a very special offer from a very special club to prise him out of our hands. Weíre managing Charlieís career as much as his agent is and I really donít think itís likely that he will be leaving this summer."

Poole Town will hope that Fitton is correct in his thinking until at least August 3rd. They've arranged a pre-season friendly that night that is intended to be a celebratory home-coming for the player who left last September. One player who ought to be there is former Glovers right-back Kevin Amankwaah, who has already signed a new contract keeping him at the County Ground until the summer of 2012. Amankwaah told their official site:

"It's great to have my contract sorted and to be tied down to a club that I really want to play for. Finishing the season at Wembley was a privilege and it was unfortunate that we couldn't pull through to reach the championship. The year as a whole was a success though and we will give it another real go next season. Hopefully we can hit the ground running and not play catch-up as we did at times last season."

Finally, relegated Stockport County continue their long line of statements promising today ... tomorrow ... next week will be the date that they come out of administration. With the Football League Executive Committee having long since returned from Malta, any suggestions that the Hatters are being held up because of key personnel being overseas starts to wear thin. Meanwhile Hartlepool United are also still awaiting the result of their appeal against their three point deduction for fielding centre-back Gary Liddle on Easter Monday when he was already suspended. It's a good job they are safe in League One regardless of the result, given the Football League fixtures come out on Thursday.

Link: Steve Mildenhall : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Kevin Amankwaah : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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12 June 2010 : Yeovil Town Post-War Full Goalscoring Statistics
Usually over the summer months, this site has continually extended its vast Statistics section that aims to record as much historical data about Yeovil Town Football Club. This summer is no exception, and having last summer extended the Results database back as far as the end of World War Two, we're now able to do a few additional things with that data.

The first step has been to enhance the goalscoring statistics. The club's post-war goalscoring statistics that are usually quoted have now been revamped from first principles - by going back to the individual results and using the site database to recalculate those statistics. The end result shows one or two deviances from what has previously been accepted. For example leading goalscorer Dave Taylor drops a goal to 284, whilst Terry Foley drops two and Chris Weller gains two. Whilst we'll examine why these odd differences exist, we will now start using the revised statistics moving forward.

A full post-war list of every Yeovil Town goalscorer in a competitive fixture has been generated, entirely surpassing anything we've been able to produce before. The full list of players, and how many they scored in first team matches, and in which type of competition, can be viewed via the link below:

Link: Yeovil Town's First Team Post-War Goalscorers List.

The eagle-eyed may notice that the script uses a date in the URL to generate the page. Thus it is also possible to generate statistics to display all goalscorers since other historical events. For example:

Link: Yeovil Town's First Team Goalscorers At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town's Goalscorers Since Entering The Football League.

Obviously the changes mean that the possibilities are endless. However, just for the hell of it, the following are included:

Link: Yeovil Town's Goalscorers In The 2000s.

Link: Yeovil Town's Goalscorers In The 1990s.

Link: Yeovil Town's Goalscorers In The 1980s.

Link: Yeovil Town's Goalscorers In The 1970s.

Link: Yeovil Town's Goalscorers In The 1960s.

Link: Yeovil Town's Goalscorers In The 1950s.

Link: Yeovil Town's Goalscorers In The 1940s.

Any mistakes or observations are gratefully received. You'll note that some of the older players we only have surnames for, where data currently available is more flimsy. If anyone has their own match or historical records that could help complete gaps, or extend things further, then please get in touch at ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com. Note also that with the newer players, there are direct links through to Player Profile pages summarising their career statistics, where available. As time allows, the database will gradually be opened out to include additional players, as well as to improve the navigation around this growing archive. The above links will be added to the Statistics section of the site as permanent links as well.

As the pages are database-driven, they will auto-update as new data is available, errors are spotted, or as new matches are played during the 2010-11 season. Also expect further updates in this area, before the new season begins and matters return primarily to current, rather than historical issues.


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12 June 2010 : McDermott Praises McCarthy and Co.
Former Yeovil Town winger Brian McDermott believes that his current crop of young goalkeepers, including Alex McCarthy is amongst the best in the country for their age group. The Reading boss has got four professional keepers at the Madejski Stadium, with the oldest a mere 25 years old.

McDermott made the assessment of his quartet after his goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo signed a new 12 month rolling contract with the Championship side. Two of the four keepers spent most of the 2009-10 season on loan, with Alex McCarthy spending a full season at Huish Park. The end result was 46 appearances for the Glovers and the runner-up spot in the Western Gazette Player Of The Season. Speaking to the Reading Chronicle about all of his keepers, McDermott said about McCarthy:

"I'd go as far as to say that we've probably got the best young goalkeepers in the Championship, if not the country. We're very lucky to have the keepers we have here. I look at other clubs around the country and think how fortunate we are. They're all young in goalkeeper terms. Alex McCarthy became a key player for Yeovil Town on loan last season to the extent they wanted to keep him there. We really are in a good position in terms of goalkeepers and I'm sure Sal (Bibbo) will continue to bring out the very best in them."

Of the other keepers, Adam Federici is in Australia's World Cup squad this summer, Mikkel Andersen has played for Denmark Under-21s this year, whilst Ben Hamer is a Somerset local boy born in Taunton who went to Holyrood Community School in Chard and picked up Brentford's Player of the Season during 2008-09 whilst also grabbing the Golden Glove Award for League Two in the same season. McCarthy also received external attention whilst with Yeovil Town, having been called up on numerous occasions for the England Under-21 squad.

Whilst on the subject of last season's loan players, there is still little coming out of the Swansea City camp concerning the future of midfielder Shaun MacDonald. One possibly relevant factor for them though is is the new Football League rules concerning squad sizes.

Until yesterday, the Championship club were right on the limit with 25 professionals over the age of 21 either contracted for next season or being given offers for the same. That figure has shrunk by one with Leon Britton's move to Sheffield United after he turned down a new deal, but that still leaves the Swans with almost no room to strengthen their squad without getting existing players off their books. Thus they may not be quite so anxious to keep the likes of MacDonald as they may have been before the rule change was voted in.


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11 June 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : That Was The Season That Was
After a mini-break from the action, during which something minorly important happened in his life, Taff is back and catching up with a summer Taff's Gloversblog piece. Well, he had to do something during the lengthy gap between the first two World Cup matches, didn't he?

Catching up on everything he has missed during the past month or so, including his views on the comings and goings of players since the season ended, and some thoughts in the restructuring proposals at the club, the article can be viewed via the link below.

Views on the issues discussed are welcomed as usual, via the form at the foot of the page.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : That Was The Season That Was.


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11 June 2010 : Former Glovers Loan Striker Hoping For World Cup Glory
As the 2010 World Cup kicks off this afternoon, we're aware of one former Yeovil Town player who should be appearing on your screens during the tournament. Striker Rory Fallon is in the New Zealand squad that will face Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia in Group F, meaning that the Kiwis will face a tough job to qualify further.

Fallon is currently on the books of Plymouth Argyle and so should return to Huish Park during the 2010-11 season. In the meantime, he will spend at least a couple of weeks in South Africa. The target man, who spent a month at Huish Park during February 2005, admits that life in their training camp was not quite the same as rubbing shoulders with the fans at Home Park:

"We can't get to see the local people because of terror fears. We had about 200 kids at training on Monday night and there are always people waiting for us or waving to us on the bus. We want to get out there and sign autographs but can't because security is so tight. There are armed guards on the bus whenever we go to training, armoured cars in front and behind, and some machine guns on display. We can't even go to meals on our golf buggies. There's an Aids orphanage out here that I want to visit to show my support. Hopefully I can sort out the logistics, but we are not really supposed to leave the main complex."

Fallon only made his international debut in September 2009, and so a year ago his current situation would have been unthinkable. But three goals in seven appearances have propelled him to the forefront of their international squad, particularly as his header against Bahrain last November was the decisive goal that took the Kiwis to South Africa.

This is New Zealand's first visit to the World Cup finals since 1982 and the Gisborne, New Zealand native felt confident that if he could keep his international form going then he could cause a threat to their more illustrious opponents:

"I've got to be at my best, and when I'm at my best I don't think anyone can stop me. At every World Cup everyone's got to be on their game, so there's no hiding place. The World Cup is the ultimate - the pinnacle of a footballer's life. To get in is just awesome, I can't believe it and I'm just going to work so hard to do well in it."

In other news today, Exeter City have managed to grab back defender Billy Jones, three years after they lost him to Crewe Alexandra. At that time, Crewe were in League One, whilst Exeter were stuck in the Conference, but with the Grecians now the higher placed side, the roles have become reversed. Exeter have also signed two goalkeepers with Birmingham City keeper Artur Krysiak arriving at St James Park, whilst Mark Armstrong Ford has renewed his current deal for another year. Also Hartlepool United midfielder Alan Power has left Victoria Park for Rushden and Diamonds.

Meanwhile Bristol Rovers have suffered their second transfer set-back in a week, as Wolverhampton Wanderers left-back Daniel Jones, who had been on loan at the Memorial Stadium, has chosen to join Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer, despite Rovers trying to bring him down to Bristol. The Owls had already taken striker Paul Heffernan from under the nose of The Gas, and have signed up Chris Sedgewick and Jon Otsemobor so far this summer. Finally goalkeeper Michael Poke has left Southampton on a free transfer and will sign for Brighton and Hove Albion.

Link: Rory Fallon : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 June 2010 : Watch The World Cup At Huish Park This Weekend
With the FIFA 2010 World Cup starting later today, a reminder of a few things that you may find useful to aid your month in front of the TV. First up is that Yeovil Town Football Club will be showing a limited number of the matches over this weekend in the Alec Stock Lounge.

All matches throughout the World Cup will kick off at either 12.30p.m., 3.00p.m. or 7.30p.m. - note that this is British Summer Time and that many of the World Cup resource sites will display South African local time, which is one hour ahead of us.

The list of matches opening up the first three days of the World Cup, and which ones are being shown by the club are as follows:

Friday, 11 June 2010
South Africa v Mexico, Group A, 3.00p.m.
Uruguay v France, Group A, 7.30p.m.

Saturday, 12 June 2010
South Korea v Greece, Group B, 12.30p.m. (Not being shown at Huish Park)
Argentina v Nigeria, Group B, 3.00p.m.
England v USA, Group C, 7.30p.m.

Sunday, 13 June 2010
Algeria v Slovenia, Group C, 12.30p.m.
Serbia v Ghana, Group D, 3.00p.m.
Germany v Australia, Group D, 7.30p.m.

The club will be serving hot food during the matches. This will include the Sunday carvery that is a regular feature at Huish Park.

Note that between next Monday and next Thursday, no games will be shown at Huish Park.

Finally a reminder that you can find various useful links via the links below that we mentioned a week ago.

Link: The Guardian : TV Fixtures.

Link: Perform/PTV Club South Africa Web Site.

Link: BBC Sport : World Cup 2010.

Link: BBC Sport : Outlook/Google/iCal ICS Fixtures Download.

Link: Marca Website: Graphical World Cup Calendar.


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10 June 2010 : Former Glovers Coach Heads To The Memorial Stadium
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeping coach and goalkeeper Len Bond has joined the Bristol Rovers coaching staff. The 56 year old left Huish Park a year ago after a long association with the Glovers as both player and coach, and will replace Steve Book at the Memorial Stadium, who is heading to Cheltenham Town.

Rovers are currently restructuring their backroom set-up following the depature of Director of Football Lennie Lawrence. Another former Glover Lee Southernwood has also joined their staff as a fitness coach, having been used on a freelance basis by the Pirates since he left Huish Park.

Boss Paul Trollope told their official site that Bond would be working on a part time basis at the club, but that this would include matchday duties, thus giving him much the same sort of arrangements he had at Huish Park:

"We are delighted to welcome Len Bond to the club as our new goalkeeping coach. He is a vastly experienced coach who has worked at a number of league clubs, at various levels, following a long playing career. Len will be joining the club on a part time basis, which will include training days, and he will also join the coaching staff on a match day, which we see as a crucial element for the development of our goalkeepers."

Len has a wealth of experience, having played for Bristol City, Exeter City, Torquay United, Scunthorpe United, Colchester United, St Louis Stars in the USA, Brentford, Yeovil Town, Weymouth, Bath City and Gloucester City. Before he made his return to Huish Park, he coached at Torquay United, Exeter City and Bristol City as well as returning to the United States. He runs his own internet company Len Bond Teamwear from his home in Taunton.

In other news today, Brighton and Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet has signed right-back Inigo Calderon on a three year contract, a month after telling the Brighton press "The offer is gone and now he is not going to be our player, I promise you that" after the pair had clashed over a contract offer.

Seagulls striker and former Glovers loan player Craig Davies says he would like to consider a return to League Two side Port Vale despite their manager Micky Adams saying he can't afford him. Davies gave his own views:

"I want to play at Brighton because that is my parent club. But while I'm more than happy to fight for my place, I don't yet know if I'm in the manager's plans. If I'm not in Brighton's plans I would consider going back to Vale if they want me, because I know the players and I have so much respect for Micky Adams. That team can go far, so it would definitely appeal to me to return."

League One newcomers Rochdale have lost one of their prize assets, with defender Tom Kennedy heading to Championship side Leicester City on a free transfer. Swindon Town's impressive Centre of Excellence set-up continues to bear fruit as 16 year old Alex Henshall has been snapped up by Manchester City for an initial fee of £250,000. However, the Robins have denied that one of their other starlets, striker Charlie Austin is heading to Cardiff City.


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10 June 2010 : Relegation Could Still Happen For 'Cheating' Clubs
This week's rejection of a 'double relegation' proposal at the Football League's AGM may not be the last we have seen of the campaigning by various clubs to get the Sporting Sanctions associated with clubs going into administration increased.

The League's Annual General Meeting held in Malta threw out a proposal by Leyton Orient Chairman Barry Hearn that would have seen any club falling into administration demoted two divisions. Mr Hearn has been a long-standing critic of clubs that use administration as a means to junk debts, describing them as "cheats".

Whilst the rejection of the proposals was a disappointment, Oldham Athletic, who had voiced concerns before the meeting about the 'double relegation' have said that there is agreement that the current rules are insufficient and so it is likely that they will be changed eventually. Their official site suggests that an EGM in August, or possibly the June 2011 AGM could see the issue brought up again.

At present, the Football League's Executive Committee are investigating what alternative options exist that would act as a possible compromise deal. Latics Chief Executive Alan Hardy believes it is possible for clubs to reach agreement:

"The feeling amongst clubs is that the current sanction of a 10-point penalty is not strong enough. There was a thought that we could end up with an automatic one-division relegation which, obviously, could still end up a two division drop if that club were also to finish in the relegation places that season."

Obviously, any step in the right direction to improve the integrity of the game has to be supported. The Football League and its members will know when the rule and associated penalty has been made appropriate - when all football clubs and their boards act in a responsible manner and consider the consequences for not doing so as being a greater threat than the risks they are taking today.

Link: Football League AGM Throws Out Administration Rule Change.

Link: On The Agenda At The Football League AGM.


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10 June 2010 : Skivo: Contract Offers Are Non-Negotiable
Yeovil Town's out of contract players have just five days left to make up their minds as to whether they plan to sign new deals for the 2010-11 season. Manager Terry Skiverton has reconfirmed that next Tuesday's deadline is a non-negotiable date after which all of the contract offers will be withdrawn.

As yet, the club have only heard back from central defender Terrell Forbes, who has chosen to sign a two year deal with Leyton Orient. That means they are still waiting to hear from left-back Nathan Smith, midfielders Jean-Paul Kalala and Keiran Murtagh, winger/striker Gavin Tomlin and last season's top scorer Dean Bowditch.

Skiverton has told this week's Western Gazette that on June 16th, the club will begin to negotiate with other players, and warns that players will not be able to use offers from other clubs as bargaining positions:

"People have been offered a contract and can either accept it by June 15th or we will move on. It is as simple as that. The offers have gone out. The players have until June 15th (for the offers) to be accepted. If they are not and the players want to bargain us against anybody else, I will be looking elsewhere on June 16th. Everybody has been made acutely aware of the situation we are in and I am not offering contracts that are to be used as the starting point for negotiations. They did a good job last season, but a good job is not a great job and there seems to be a record amount of people available to sign."

The general vibe of Skiverton's quotes read very much as a shot across the bows; that he believes players are waiting until the last minute to try and get a better deal. However, given that apart from the transfer-listed Danny Hutchins, only six recognised first-teamers are at present contracted for next season - Craig Alcock, Sam Williams, Stefan Stam and Andy Welsh plus new signings Andy Williams and Luke Ayling - Skiverton will face a massive rebuilding job unless a number of the out of contract players respond positively. Next Tuesday will be fairly pivotal for the Yeovil manager's plans.

Link: Skivo: Sign By The Deadline Or You're Out.


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10 June 2010 : Cohen Linked With Five Million Pound Premier League Move
Newspaper speculation suggests that former Yeovil Town midfielder Chris Cohen is being chased by Premier League side Bolton Wanderers. The claim is that their manager Owen Coyle made enquiries about the player back in January, and is now returning for a second attempt. The press are suggesting that Cohen has a price tag of £5 million for him to leave his current club Nottingham Forest. He is under contract with until the summer of 2013.

Cohen has been a major part of Forest's side since leaving Yeovil Town in the summer of 2007 for a combined fee, with Arron Davies of £1.2 million. He won Forest's Player of the Season for the 2008-09 campaign and was subsequently given a new four year contract at the City Ground. Despite being still only 23 years old, he has already clocked up 241 first team appearances for Yeovil Town, Nottingham Forest and the club he turned professional with - West Ham United.

Coverage of Bolton's apparent interest is in the Nottingham Evening Post along with the Lancashire local press. However, a word of caution is due in that the claims appear to originate from the Daily Mail - a paper with a fairly impressive record for 'misses' this year. As with many of the claims made in their sports section, the article merely carries the annotation of being written by a 'Sportsmail Reporter'. Whilst Cohen is clearly one of the shining lights in Forest's side, and there is the chance that he could return to the Premier League one day, we'll have to wait and see how much truth lies behind these rumours.

In the meantime, we don't suppose there was a sell-on clause negotiated with Forest at the time that Cohen left Huish Park for the City Ground, was there?


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9 June 2010 : Somerset Premier Cup First And Second Round Draws
Yeovil Town Reserves have received a bye and a home draw in the first two rounds of the 2010-11 Somerset Premier Cup. The Glovers are one of nine clubs that have been given byes to the Second Round stage, although the odd nature of the competition rules mean that last season's winners Welton Rovers and finalists Bridgwater Town have to start at the First Round stage.

The First Round is scheduled to be played during the week commencing October 4th, whilst the Second Round will be played during the week commencing November 8th. In that second round, Yeovil Town Reserves have been drawn at home to Bath side Odd Down. The draws are as follows:

Somerset Premier Cup First Round (week commencing Oct 4th):
Radstock Town v Bath City, Larkhall Athletic v Welton Rovers, Shepton Mallet Town v Bishop Sutton, Frome Town v Brislington, Portishead v Bridgwater Town, Chard Town v Taunton Town, Wellington v Wells City.

First Round Byes:
Bristol Manor Farm, Clevedon Town, Hengrove Athetic, Keynsham Town, Odd Down, Paulton Rovers, Street, Weston super Mare and Yeovil Town Reserves.

Somerset Premier Cup Second Round (week commencing Nov 8th):
Paulton Rovers v Keynsham Town, Yeovil Town Reserves v Odd Down, Clevedon Town v Portishead Town or Bridgwater Town, Bristol Manor Farm v Frome Town or Brislington, Shepton Mallet Town or Bishop Sutton v Weston-super-Mare, Wellington or Wells City v Chard Town or Taunton Town, Radstock Town or Bath City v Street, Hengrove Athletic v Larkhall Athletic or Welton Rovers.


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9 June 2010 : Larrieu Signs New Deal To Set Up A Decade With Pilgrims
Former Yeovil Town loan keeper Romain Larrieu has signed a new contract with League One newcomers Plymouth Argyle. The 33 year old Frenchman has signed a two year deal with Argyle that will see him go through 10 years at Home Park, having signed from ASOA Valence in December 2000.

Romain is Argyle's club captain, and so his decision to sign despite the Devon club's relegation will be a major morale boost within their ranks. He has made 284 first team appearances for the Pilgrims so far, with his only other English clubs being his two loan spells with Gillingham and Yeovil Town during 2007 when he had temporarily slipped out of first team reckoning.

Since leaving Huish Park he has had his ups and downs. Being diagnosed with testicular cancer during the latter part of the 2007-08 season, he only made 15 appearances during that term, but has since made a full recovery. He has also bounced back on the field, winning Argyle's Player Of The Season for 2008-09 and being rewarded with the club captaincy for the start of the following season.

In other news today, Notts County have cancelled a press conference that was due to reveal their Technical Director of Football, to work alongside new manager Craig Short. The implication is that an unnamed candidate has done a u-turn, although County offer no confirmation that this is the case.

Also Bristol Rovers have missed out on signing former Doncaster Rovers striker Paul Heffernan - he has instead stayed in Yorkshire and signed for Sheffield Wednesday.

Link: Romain Larrieu : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 June 2010 : Dickov Takes Latics Management Role
League One side Oldham Athletic have appointed Paul Dickov as their new first team manager. Dickov has signed 12 month rolling contract at Boundary Park and will carry the title of player-manager. Dickov finished the 2009-10 season on the books of Leeds United as a player, and this will be his first role in management.

Dickov made his name with Manchester City where he spent eight years across two spells, but started his career at Arsenal. His other clubs include Leicester City (twice), Blackburn Rovers and Leeds. He has also had loan spells with Luton Town, Brighton and Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Blackpool and Derby County. He has also won 10 caps for Scotland.

Dickov replaces Dave Penney, who left Oldham at the end of last season. He becomes Oldham's fourth manager in 16 months since the departure of John Sheridan in March 2009, with Joe Royle lasting two months and Penney being given just one full season to prove his worth.


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8 June 2010 : Summer Scrapped For Former Loan Stars
Two of Yeovil Town's former loan stars are finding the idea of putting their feet up by the pool whilst on their summer holidays is not quite on the agenda. Both are undergoing fitness programmes throughout the close season in an effort to help shake off injuries and niggles that gave them grief during the 2009-10 season. Gareth Owen and Jonathan Worthington were popular signings during the 2008-09 season and are currently with Port Vale and Oldham Athletic respectively.

Central defender Gareth Owen has been suffering from back and hip problems over the past few months and had to have glucose injections to strengthen his tendons prior to the last game of the 2009-10 season. He has been receiving physiotherapy at Vale Park twice a week, but is confident that the programme of work will see him fit when pre-season commences in anger:

"They've given me exercises to do, and I've been going in twice a week since the season has finished. We've got to the bottom of it and I'll be fit and raring to go. I've done so many pre-seasons now, I know what tides me over and what keeps me ticking, so that I'm in relatively good shape for the start of pre-season. I tend to stay off the running until a couple of weeks before we go back because it gives your joints time to recover. There will be plenty of swimming and rowing, and anything else that gets your heart rate going."

Owen also managed to fracture his cheekbone last November, aggravating the same injury a month later. Despite that, the 27 year old is hoping to extend his stay at Vale Park. Owen has played 59 games for Vale since joining from Stockport in November 2008 - a move that curtailed his seven game loan spell at Yeovil Town during the previous month after the Glovers board refused to sanction an extension to Owen's loan deal. Despite still playing at League Two level, Owen has said that he would like to extend his contract with the Valiants, which still has 12 months to run:

"I've said all along that I'm happy and proud to be playing for Vale. I know we're in League Two, where you don't usually get long contracts, but if the club wants to extend my deal, then great. If Real Madrid or Chelsea came calling I may have to think twice, although I don't think they will at my age! If my deal isn't extended, I'll still give 110 per cent and hopefully my performances will take care of themselves. As long as I keep playing well, there can be no complaints."

This may well be a marriage of convenience for Owen and Port Vale - he was born in nearby Cheadle and lives in Blythe Bridge. Aside from football, Owen has been keeping himself very busy despite his recent injuries. He helped raise more than £1,000 for the Help For Heroes charity after he ran in a 10 kilometre road race at Kingsway in Stoke in 36 minutes and 5 seconds. The charity is one close to his family's heart - his brother is currently on active service with the Royal Engineers. On top of that, he spent last season studying for his UEFA Level Two Coaching Badge as well as taking a Sports science degree course at Manchester Metropolitan University. Owen certainly can't be accused of being a lazy footballer.

Whilst on the subject of Port Vale it looks like striker Craig Davies will not be joining them permanently. Davies, who is another former Glovers loan signing, played 24 times for the Valiants last season, whilst on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion. However, the 24 year old still has a year to run on his Seagulls contract and Valiants boss Micky Adams says that as a result he will not be looking to make the deal permanent, despite Davies facing a season in Brighton Reserves. Adams explained:

"I couldnt afford him. He did fine for us. He scored a few goals and played really well but he has gone back now."

Heading further up the M6, midfielder Jonathan Worthington has also made the decision to take part in summer physio and training schedules after he missed five months of the 2009-10 season with an ankle injury. He made his return to Oldham's first team squad in mid-March, but admits to their official site that he spent much of the remainder of the season playing catch-up in terms of his fitness:

"It was a frustrating year and, when I returned, I never got back to the fitness levels I am capable of achieving. I purposely went on holiday immediately the season finished to get it out of the way so I could spend the rest of the time working on my fitness. I will be working on strengthening my ankle as well as doing other fitness work in the gym as well as on my own at home."

As soon as the season ended, Worthington decided to head out to Aruba in the Caribbean with his girlfriend Catherine and get his summer holiday done and dusted, so that he could come back early to sort his own personal fitness levels out and says that he is not the only one who has decided to do this at Boundary Park:

"I had more than enough time off last season and it is important I am in good shape for when pre-season training begins. It is great that I can come in and train with two or three other lads rather than working on my own. When you are training with other players, it helps push you on and makes you put in that little bit extra."

Whilst on the subject of Oldham, they are due to announce the successor to former manager Dave Penney tomorrow, in a press conference at 10.00a.m. They chose their man last week, but have had to delay the formal announcement because their new manager was out of the country. Unofficial speculation has suggested that former Manchester City striker Paul Dickov is the man in question, with the 37 year old being spoken of in the media as if he's already landed the job, although there's been no official confirmation from the Latics as yet. All will doubtless be confirmed or denied tomorrow morning.

Link: Gareth Owen : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Jonathan Worthington : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Craig Davies : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 June 2010 : Fourth Officials To Get Increased Powers
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) have agreed to increase the powers of the Fourth Official, starting with this month's 2010 World Cup. The role of the Fourth Official will now be elevated to act as a referee's assistant who will "assist the referee to control the match in accordance with the Laws of the Game".

Currently the Fourth Official can only intervene in on-the-field matters if he has observed violent conduct on the field, if a player has been booked for the second time and not sent off, or if a case of mistaken identity has happened. Primarily their role has been restricted to overseeing substitutions, off-the-pitch behaviour and match management and so they are not allowed to intervene even in cases where they feel certain the match referee has made the wrong decision. The match referee's decision will still be the final one, but the Fourth Official will now be able to alert the referee's attention to situations in much the same way that a referee's assistant does today.

The changes will be effective for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but will also be effective carrying forward into next season.

The IFAB have also extended the current pilot programme for additional goal-line officials that was used in last season's Europa League. The pilot programme will now run for a further two years, with each individual governing body invited to introduce it on a voluntary basis at a competition level. The English Football Association do not expect this to be adopted for any of their domestic competitions or leagues, citing the problem of resourcing additional officials, particularly during the earlier rounds of cup competitions. Thus although the FA plan to discuss the invite to pilot domestically, the initial view is that only European and International competitions are likely to consider it seriously.

The IFAB have also advised all World Cup officials as to how to interpret unsporting behaviour in the taking of a penalty kick. Any player that stops as he reaches the ball in a spot kick will be deemed to have exhibited unsporting behaviour and will receive a yellow card. The spot kick will be retaken. The wording here reads as:

"Feinting in the run-up to take a penalty kick to confuse opponents is permitted, however feinting to kick the ball once the player has completed his run-up is now considered an infringement of Law 14 and an act of unsporting behaviour for which the player must be cautioned."

In this instance, this appears to be one of these typical 'clarifications' that is often brought in just prior to a World Cup. Expect yellow cards a-plenty during the first few matches when it happens, and for it to be thereafter forgotten and pushed under the carpet. Anyone remember the 'tackle from behind' advice to referees? Back in 1998, FIFA introduced this as a mandatory red card offence, backed by Sepp Blatter insisting that "all tackles from behind will be sanctioned by a red card everywhere on the field of play. All tackles from behind put in danger the physical integrity of the opponent." After a brief flurry of red cards produced in the opening matches, and a media outcry, it disappeared, never to be seen again.


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8 June 2010 : Football League AGM Throws Out Administration Rule Change
The Football League's member clubs have thrown out an attempt by Leyton Orient Chairman Barry Hearn to increase the punishment for sides that fall into administration. Mr Hearn had tabled a motion for clubs to be given a 'double relegation' for using the route of administration to junk their debts. The news has come out of the ongoing Football League AGM that has taken place in Malta over the past few days.

The only concession in this area is for the Football League's board to review the penalties levied on clubs to see if they require strengthening. Hopefully Mr Hearn will not let this matter rest entirely, and will continue his campaign against a course of action that he regards as "cheating". Certainly in this site's eyes, the current 10 point penalty is insufficient to ensure integrity within the game.

A couple of tweaks have been made though in this area. The League's regulations have now been tightened up to confirm that such Sporting Sanctions will be effective in instances where the football club is part of a group company. League One side Southampton fell foul of this when their holding company went into administration. Saints argued that the Football League had no right to do this within their rules - they now definitely do have that right. This would mean that the annual accounts of the Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited and the newly formed Yeovil Town Holdings Limited companies would be as relevant to interested Glovers fans as the health of the main Yeovil Town Football Club (Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited) company. If any of those companies go into administration, or even the club's Community Trust or Centre of Excellence companies, then the club as a whole would be hit with a Sporting Sanction.

Furthermore, clubs that fail to lodge their accounts with the Football League at the same time that they are required by Companies House, will be hit by a transfer embargo until those accounts are filed. Recently clubs such as Swindon Town and Norwich City have filed accounts several years late, and have struggled to bring their financial affairs back up to date. This will provide a welcome incentive for such clubs to do so.

There are also going to be new Squad Registration rules brought in. Clubs will now only be able to register up to 25 players over the age of 21, of which at least 10 must be 'home grown' players. A home grown player must be registered in domestic football for three seasons before their 21st birthday. We're not sure whether 'domestic' includes countries such as Wales or Scotland. The 'home grown' rule had already been introduced in part, and is unlikely to have an effect upon any other than the biggest Championship sides. The squad limit may affect significantly more clubs. There will be no restrictions upon the number of players registered under the age of 21.

Finally, a rule that needed some serious over-hauling has instead merely got a badge change. The Fit and Proper Persons Test will now merely be known as the Director's Test. This has been chosen to bring it in line with similar rules adopted by other footballing bodies.


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8 June 2010 : Wazza Speaks About Witheridge Appointment
Further to yesterday's article concerning former striker Warren Patmore's appointment as manager of Devon side Witheridge, the man himself has been speaking about his new role with the South West Peninsula League side. Wazza left Western League side Wellington at the end of last season and has wasted little time in getting himself back into management again.

In an interview with the Exeter Express and Echo, Patmore admits that he has taken a step down after leaving the Somerset club, but believes that it is possible to get Witheridge up into the Western League whilst he is with them:

"I know it's a step down from the Western League but hopefully, within a couple of years, I can get Witheridge into the Western League. I met with people from the club and the whole onus seems to be to drive (Witheridge) forward. There's a real buzz about the place. A lot of stuff is going on off the field. There's the new stand going in and the infrastructure in general that they have there I was very, very impressed with."

Popular rumour was that Wazza resigned from his position with Wellington due to disagreements over the playing budget at the club. He's never been that explicit himself, although does admit that there were some disagreements on policy:

"I'm not going to be disrespectful about Wellington because it's a good club and there's some good people down there, but from one thing to another it's chalk and cheese (compared to Witheridge). I left Wellington because I felt I was on the wrong road with the direction we were going in. I've stepped down a league but I feel like I've stepped on to the right road for me. I'm really excited and really pleased and I'm very much looking forward to the challenge."

Whilst managing Morchard Bishop in the Devon and Exeter League, Wazza was very much a player-manager, but largely stepped back from that role when he moved up into the Western League, restricting himself to a few substitute appearances in the end. So having dropped back down a level again, would this mean that his playing career might be resurrected? Patmore doesn't see it happening on a regular basis, but won't rule it out:

"I don't want to put myself in a position where I'm playing full-time but there might be times, due to injury or whatever, where I'm on the bench. I'm 38 and a half and sometimes you know what you want to do but your body won't do it ó and that's frustrating. Managing will be the thing I concentrate on but I still enjoy playing when I get the chance."

Link: Warren Patmore : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 June 2010 : Wazza Back In Business
Former Yeovil Town striker Warren Patmore is back in management, shortly after resigning his position at Somerset side Wellington. Wazza has taken advantage of a spot of managerial merry-go-round by taking the position vacated at Witheridge, who play in the South West Peninsula League.

Witheridge had only just lost their manager, with Chris Vinnicombe heading to Tiverton Town, succeeding Martyn Rogers who had resigned at the end of last season after over 1,000 games in charge of Tivvy across 18 years.

Witheridge finished 10th in their division last season, having joined the newly formed South West Peninsula League for the start of the 2007-08 season. For the uninitated, Witheridge is in North Devon, halfway between Dartmoor and Exmoor. It's safe to decribe it as in the middle of nowhere, about 11 miles west of Tiverton.

This is Warren's third job in management, having already managed Morchard Bishop in the Devon and Exeter League, to back-to-back promotions before taking over the position at Wellington.


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7 June 2010 : Stewart Planning Final Season Of Playing Career
Former Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart has announced that the 2010-11 season will be his last in professional football. The 37 year old has agreed to play on for one more season with League One side Exeter City, but plans to use the coming season as a means to gradually ease his way into a coaching role at St James Park.

Stewart told the Exeter Express and Echo that he considered retirement a year ago when the Grecians were promoted into League One - something that he admitted he toyed with when he left Huish Park. But he insists that the coming season will be his last as he believes he is running out of legs:

"(Exeter City manager) Paul (Tisdale) wants me to carry on as a player so it's an easy decision for me. I said I'm willing to stay on and play. But next season is my last as a player, most definitely, 100 per cent. I was prepared to give up at the start of the season we got promoted to League One. Paul's reinvigorated me and got me enjoying football again as a player. I played 38 games last year but I don't think I'll be playing that again next year ó my body can't take it. It's playing games Saturday, Tuesday that gets you because you haven't got that time for recovery."

Stewart explained that at the start of last season, he expected to be gradually phased out of the Exeter City line-up, and that he was surprised to make 38 appearances last season, to bring his total number of games for the Grecians to 82, including 71 league starts:

"I didn't expect to play 38 games last season and I did. That surprised me more than anyone I think. As long as my body can take it then I'm happy to play. Will I play as much next year? I doubt it, but if that's what it comes to then that's what I'll do. I am still a player, I am signed on as a player, so that's what I'll be there to do. I don't really have an aim of how many games I want to play. It'll be a case of when Paul needs me, that kind of thing. You can never go into a season thinking I'll play this or that number of games, because it doesn't work like that."

Stewart began the first steps towards a career in coaching during the tail end of his time at Huish Park, taking charge of one of the club's Centre of Excellence sides. The former Ipswich Town and Sunderland man admitted that he had found it hard to concentrate on both playing and coaching and hoped that winding down his playing career would help him further his coaching ambitions:

"Paul's (Paul Tisdale) obviously the manager, Tilly's (Andy Tilson) the development coach, and we all kind of muck in really. Obviously this year if I'm not playing as much it gives me an opportunity to work on the sidelines a lot more. I found it, not hard, but last year I was trying to get a balance between coaching and preparing for games as a player. If I'm not doing that as much it gives me the chance to focus on work off the pitch. I love working with the other lads and helping out in any way I can. I'm learning off a very good coach. I've been through an education as one of the players and now I'm going through an education as a coach."

Link: Marcus Stewart : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 June 2010 : FL Blog: On The Agenda At The Football League AGM
Today and for the next two days, the Football League Chairmen and Chief Executives meet with the League's Executive Committee for their Annual General Meeting and Summer Conference. With three days in Malta, there will be plenty to discuss, with most of it likely to centre on finances.

A run-down of what will be directly on the agenda, plus some of the issues affecting individual clubs can be read via the article below. Comments and views are of course welcomed.

Link: On The Agenda At The Football League AGM.


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6 June 2010 : HMRC Launches New Legal Action Against Creditors Rule
Since the law was changed in 2003, and HMRC lost 'preferential creditor' status in insolvency cases, the taxman has been mightily aggrieved that football has continued to maintain its internal rules that footballing debts remain preferential and have to be paid in full. From the point of view of the game the maintenance of this rule makes sense: it being argued that without it the transfer and player contractual system would come under unsustainable pressure. Employees could find their salaries unilaterally reduced to tiny percentages of that they are due, while other clubs could in turn be driven to the wall in a domino effect, with trading debts with the club initially unleashing an insolvency event having to be written off.

In 2004 HMRC took Wimbledon FC to court over this very matter - and lost. It also lost the appeal. The court was sympathetic to the general principle of the HMRC case, but the problem appeared to be that in bringing its action against an individual club it had mistaken its target. Although it has taken them another six years, this time HMRC has decided to challenge the whole concept of the rule, launching its case against the Premier League and the Football League.

It is likely they will make their case on two legal principles: pari passu - creditors should be treated on an equal basis; anti-deprivation - legal entities should not be deprived of their assets by reason of insolvency.

The football authorities will doubtless rejoin that, unless it can be shown the rule is specifically illegal under UK law, a members club is entitled to impose whatever conditions on membership that it chooses. They will also make the pragmatic case that without the rule there could well be even more insolvencies; and rescuing clubs will become more difficult, with actual liquidations increasing, leaving non-preferential creditors potentially even more out of pocket than they are under the current system. Another approach would be to 'buy off' HMRC by changing the rule to include them in the list of preferential creditors. HMRC is not engaged in a moral crusade here, simply attempting to maintain its interests as the collector of revenues, so might be amenable to such an offer.

Currently the rule stipulates the following under 'footballing debts':

The Association and any Holding Company of The Association and any Subsidiary Company of that Holding Company or The Association;
The FA Premier League, The Football League, The Football Conference, The Northern Premier League, The Southern League, The Isthmian League;
any member club of any of those leagues;
any full-time or part-time employee of a member club, or former full-time or part-time employee of such a member club, in respect of sums due to such person by way of arrears of remuneration or expenses;
the Professional Footballersí Association;
The Football Foundation;
any Affiliated Association;
and any other affiliated clubs or leagues.


As HRMC is attempting to recover PAYE and/or VAT in insolvency events these, particularly the former as they are part of the dues of footballing employees, could be rationalised by the rule as 'footballing debt'.

Whatever the outcome of HMRC's legal challenge, and we suspect they may be on strong ground on this occasion, it will be important that the football authorities ensure that internal mechanisms to deter clubs from cheating each other are maintained and enhanced. As such there is more ammunition for insolvency events being duly punished. Roll on relegations rather than piffling ten point deductions for such cases. Mr Hearn may be pushing at an open door.

Link: Hearn Calls For Double Relegation For 'Cheating' Clubs


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5 June 2010 : Skivo Confident Of Keeper Recruitment
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton remains confident that his side can recruit in a quality goalkeeper before the 2010-11 season starts. The Glovers are without anyone in that position after loan keeper Alex McCarthy returned to Reading and back-up keeper Richard Martin was released.

At present there are no signs of a goalkeeper coming into the club, but speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton said that there were plenty of good custodians out there and it was just a question of getting the right one to come to Huish Park:

"It's a key position that we need to address but there are classy goalkeepers and there are classy players out there. The secret is picking the right ones and that is what we are trying to do at the moment. We've got a large list, and the PFA list of the players who are out of contract is out now. We know of a lot of agents and we've had loads of meetings with people. It's about finding the right price and bringing the right characters in."

Having brought in two signings in former Arsenal defender/midfielder Luke Ayling and former Bristol Rovers striker/winger Andy Williams, little action is expected during the month of June as Skiverton himself heads on his holidays and numerous targets also head on vacation. But the Yeovil boss expects things to reignite again at some point:

"Basically it's going to be a mixture of players. I've gone after my two targets (Luke Ayling and Andy Williams) and also I'm waiting on the contract offers that we've given out to come back. So things will come in thick and fast and when they do, hopefully we'll have a strong team to come back for pre-season training. Then we'll be having a few trialists come in as well, and also we'll be looking into the loan market as well. There's a lot to consider and there's a lot to take in and for us it's a really important time."

Link: Interview With New Signing Andy Williams.

Link: World Cup To Slow Down Player Recruitment.

Link: Skivo: Sign By The Deadline Or You're Out.

Link: Arsenal Defender To Sign Glovers Deal.


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4 June 2010 : Starnes Saw Forbes Departure Coming
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes admits that the departure of central defender Terrell Forbes came as no surprise. The CEO said that Leyton Orient's permanent apppointment of former Glovers boss Russell Slade at Brisbane Road was the moment that he felt that Forbes would turn down the offer of a new deal in Somerset.

Forbes has worked with Slade at Grimsby Town as well as with Yeovil Town, and Starnes told the Western Gazette that the chance to pair up and work together a third time was inevitable:

"As soon as Russell (Slade) got the club at Leyton Orient we felt that it was an odds-on certainty that Terrell would take the opportunity to play for them."

Forbes played 180 times for Yeovil Town, across four seasons and is currently, behind Glovers boss Terry Skiverton, the player who has made the second most appearances for the club in the Football League. Starnes paid tribute to the player's consistency across those years:

"Terrell has been a fantastic servant for the club, he has been very consistent and he has done a good job. But we knew that he had an interest in going back to London and it was a question of a club in that area having a similar interest in him."

Link: Terrell Forbes : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Lockwood, Doherty, Oliver, Harrold And Others.

Link: Forbes Reflects On Change Of Scenery.

Link: Forbes Flies East To Team Up With Orient And Slade.


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4 June 2010 : We're All Going On A Summer Holiday
The Football League's Annual General Meeting and Summer Conference will take place over this weekend and early next week. The League's Chairmen and Chief Executives from each of the 72 clubs taking part in the 2010-11 season will be having their Summer Holiday Conference on the Mediterranean island of Malta between June 6th and June 8th at the Westin Dragonara Resort. These clearly are difficult economic times that the country's football clubs are having to work under.

The deal has been arranged in conjunction with the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA), who in exchange will receive on-line advertising on all of the 82 official websites run under the PTV banner. Andy Williamson, Chief Operating Officer of The Football League has said of the plans to hold the AGM in Malta:

"We are delighted that this partnership enables us to hold our Summer Conference on the beautiful island of Malta. Taking our clubs away, through the support of the MTA, allows Chairmen and Chief Executives to focus on the important decisions facing the game today."

As well as doubtless find the time to dip their toes in the nearby swimming pool and visit the hotel bar. Over the weekend, we'll provide a bit of detail of what is likely to be on the agenda for the AGM.


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4 June 2010 : Notts County Go Short On Management Position
League One newcomers Notts County have appointed the successor to outgoing manager Steve Cotterill today. Cotterill, who left the club after guiding the Nottingham club to the League Two title last month, will be succeeded by Craig Short, who clocked up 128 appearances at Meadow Lane as a player across three seasons.

Short has been manager of Hungarian side FerencvŠros but is leaving them as he does not hold the UEFA Pro Licence required to manage a club in their First Division. The 41 year old spent his playing career as a central defender, and in addition to County played for Scarborough, Derby County, Everton, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United.

County also plan to appoint a new Technical Director next week, who will work alongside their new manager.


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4 June 2010 : Warne Extends Stay With Millers
Former Yeovil Town winger/striker Paul Warne has agreed to spend a second year with League Two side Rotherham United. Despite hailing from Norfolk, the Millers are more or less Warney's 'home' club, having spent six years with them between 1999 and 2005 before moving on to Oldham Athletic and subsequently Yeovil Town. He will therefore clock up his eighth season in Yorkshire next year.

Warne suffered a lengthy injury during the season just gone that kept him out between November and April, but speaking to Rotherham's official site, Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas is confident the 37 year old is over that, and says that he is still extremely fit, and will carry the title of Fitness Coach as well next season:

"We are delighted Paul has decided to extend his stay with Rotherham United. Paul was unlucky to pick up an injury in the game against Torquay (in November 2009) which kept him out of action for longer than we thought. However, he is now fully recovered and one of the fittest players at the club so we are looking forward to seeing him in a Millers shirt for another season."

Another former Glover at the Don Valley Stadium has not been so lucky. Right-back Mark Lynch has been shown the door after two years with the Millers, despite playing in 26 matches during the 2009-10 season, including their appearance in the League Two play-off final at Wembley, which was to be his last game. Released along with fellow defender Marc Joseph, Douglas said of the pair:

"We would like to thank both players for their contribution to the club. Both have shown excellent professionalism and commitment throughout their time here and we wish them all the best for the future."

Warney may be 37 years old, but he's a mere whippersnapper compared to Rob Cousins, who is still sticking his boots on at the age of 39. Yate Town manager Dave Mogg has offered him the position of player-coach along with another former Glover Matt Hale. Mogg had tried to get Cousins to move last November, and said at the time:

"I have known Rob for a long time, since we played together at Bath City, and he is not only an excellent footballer who has kept himself in tremendous shape but is also a really good lad. Unfortunately he has come to that point in his career where he is in and out of the side at Paulton, whereas he could come to Yate and be a regular member of the side. Rob knows how badly I want him and I'm trying to convince him to come to Yate."

Rob, who works as a pensions administrator for Hewlett Packard in Filton, made his 1,000th career appearance in football back in January, whilst playing for Paulton. Mogg has yet to get Cousins to sign on the dotted line for Yate, but is confident that his six month chase for the player will bear fruit shortly.


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3 June 2010 : No Kee For Glovers
League Two side Torquay United have signed up striker Billy Kee on a two year contract today. The out of contract former Leicester City player was linked with a long list of clubs, including Yeovil Town, by Sky Sports, although only the Gulls and Accrington Stanley went public on throwing their hat into the ring.

Gulls manager Paul Buckle confirmed the news on Torquay's official site explaining:

"Billy has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs and I am very pleased he has decided to join us at Plainmoor. He epitomises everything we try and do at Torquay United, he is hard working and has an excellent attitude."

Whether Yeovil Town held any serious interest in the player, and how interested they got, we will probably never know. Next!


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3 June 2010 : Skivo Pleased With Latest Season Ticket Sales Figures
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has stated that he is currently pleased with the season ticket sales for the 2010-11 season, following the end of the club's 'Early Bird' deadline on Monday. The club have today announced that sales have gone through the 2,000 barrier stating that they have "kept ahead of last season's total". The same 2,000 barrier was announced as having been broken last year on May 29th, two days before the deadline expired. Exact figures at this stage are not known.

Skiverton believes last season's crowds helped his team stay in League One, after finishing in 15th and three points above the relegation zone, and said he felt his side had performed well against the big guns:

"The season ticket sales are going very well at the moment. I think we're a little bit ahead of schedule. We want the fans to come back. They were fantastic last season. I think at home we put on some very good performances, notably against teams like Millwall. Southampton was obviously a great performance, as was Charlton. We put some really good home performances in."

Whilst averaging 4,664 spectators, per home game, at Huish Park last season, Skiverton added that the club needed to recruit in more fans and hoped the club's reputation off the field amongst the supporter base would help that happen:

"What we want is a for a few more supporters to be locking on. Hopefully we can start dragging in a few younger fans that can be part of the club for years to come. They really did help us, especially with that last month of the season. During that run-in, the support was fantastic. We're a family club, and we're a smaller club in our league, but I think a lot of people respect us and respect our supporters, because we're very well behaved and well-mannered and everybody is fighting for the same thing."


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3 June 2010 : Glovers Launch New Holding Company For 'Investment'
Yeovil Town Football Club have launched their fifth registered company to manage the funding and investment that supports their business. The latest company Yeovil Town Holdings Limited is according to this week's Western Gazette being formed "in order to support plans to develop the club over the coming years".

Existing shareholders in the Yeovil Football And Athletic Club Limited (YF&ACL) - the trading name of the main YTFC company - will receive letters in the next few weeks detailing the board's restructuring proposal, and will be invited to exchange their shares in YF&ACL for an equal number of shares in the new holding company.

The new Yeovil Town Holdings Limited company was registered on December 29th 2009 and its registered address is Huish Park itself. There are now five registered companies that we are aware of associated with Yeovil Town as follows:

06494609 YEOVIL TOWN COMMUNITY SPORTS TRUST LIMITED
06948893 YEOVIL TOWN FC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE LIMITED
07113379 YEOVIL TOWN HOLDINGS LIMITED
00189754 YEOVIL FOOTBALL & ATHLETIC CLUB LIMITED(THE)
05702242 HUISH PARK STADIUM PARTNERSHIP LIMITED

Speaking in the Western Gazette, Chairman John Fry says of the board's proposals:

"Our aim is to create a Yeovil Town holding company which will enable the directors to focus specifically on the development of our football and Huish Park assets and facilitate the enhancement of our brand. The recent and current economic climate has made it considerably more challenging to secure the necessary interest in any potential club developments, and the professional advice received has indicated that it will be significantly easier to attract the appropriate investment if our property assets are separated from the football club."

Whilst we don't know the full details and logic behind this move, the mention of "property assets" implies that the stadium and land on the Huish Park site would be brought into this new company, although the dividing line between the two companies will need to be specified in greater detail for this to be confirmed.

Mr Fry adds that the goal is to "generate new income streams" - something that the club attempted to do through their Invest In Yeovil campaign launched four years ago, and the formation of the Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited company. He explains that a number of football clubs have already gone down this route:

"In recommending this action to our shareholders we are emulating a similar process to that already taken by a number of other football clubs who have sought to maintain the integrity of their assets. Realising the development potential of the site at Huish Park is absolutely essential for the club to generate new income streams to maintain its financial viability and become a force in League One. We need to attract the right investment partners and as part of this process we are now asking our shareholders to endorse and support the restructuring proposals."

We obviously will await further details of this move, and would welcome any views (we can keep them anonymous if requested) or further information from shareholders or experts in this field. The most obvious questions that spring to mind are:

a) If the intention is to split the "property assets" from the football club, what safeguards will be put in place to ensure that the stadium and land can not at any stage in the future (all shareholders are mortal) fall into the wrong hands?
b) What will be the different roles that Yeovil Town Holding Limited and Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited will provide, given that both will presumably be non-trading holding companies?
c) What will the rules be on buying and selling shares in the new YTHL company?

As further information comes to hand, we will try and build up a bigger picture of what this means to both shareholders and fans. If anyone has any further information or views, please contact us via the site address below.


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2 June 2010 : Teenage Keeper Goes From Huish Park To Hibs
A teenage goalkeeper training with Yeovil Town at the tail end of the 2009-10 season has won himself a two year contract with a Scottish Premier League club this week, after having to choose between three clubs in that division. Seventeen year old Calum Antell has signed for Hibernian, with Motherwell and Hearts also putting in bids for the Ebbw Vale born player.

Calum had been training at Huish Park during April, whilst playing for Sherborne Town. At the time he had just been released by Swindon Town after a two year scholarship at the County Ground, where he was part of their side that won the Football League Youth Alliance title for the season just gone, playing in 29 matches for the Robins, keeping 11 clean sheets, including seven in a row. He then went on to play five matches for Mickey Spencer's side at Raleigh Grove, whilst receiving training from Glovers goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts.

On top of the three offers he got from the Scottish Premier League sides, he also got the offer of a trial with Glenn Hoddle's academy in the South of Spain, but chose to head north of the border where he chose Hibs, who finished 4th in the Premier League in the season just gone. His father Andrew is unsurprisingly rather proud of his achievements so far and told the Gwent Gazette that he is likely to be playing for Hibernian Under-19s next season:

"I think Calum has had his just rewards for all his hard work and dedication he has put in since leaving Ebbw Vale over two years ago. Hibs are a fantastic club, finishing fourth in the SPL and entering European football in the Europa League next season. Calum will be playing in the Under-19s league next season against the best that Celtic and Rangers, among others, can offer. Both these sides are full of Scottish internationals so he will have his work cut out, then the following year he will be challenging for a first team position."


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2 June 2010 : Football League Launches World Cup Microsite
The Football League have launched their own partner micro-site for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Powered by the Perform Group, who produce the club PTV websites, they plan to host videos and news from the World Cup over the coming month or so, as well as blogs from each Football League club.

There's bound to be dozens of these sort of temporary sites springing up all over the place over the next week or so. Aside from the PTV site, we'd expect the BBC Sport website to be one of the better ones. They have included a downloadable fixtures file in ICS format which Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar or iCal users can use to import into their office, home or handheld devices as appropriate. Note that the BBC plan to update the download file at the end of the Group stages (and thereafter) to reflect the teams and television channels covering the matches as they are known.

Follow the links below, which we'll add to the 'Forthcoming Events' section on the Ciderspace Home Page to act as handy bookmarks for anyone following the World Cup during this month.

Link: Perform/PTV Club South Africa Web Site.

Link: BBC Sport : World Cup 2010.

Link: BBC Sport : Outlook/Google/iCal ICS Fixtures Download.

Link: Marca Website: Graphical World Cup Calendar.


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2 June 2010 : Football Fixtures Release Brought Forward
The Press Association has announced that the release of the fixture lists for the 2010-11 season will be brought forward by an hour. They will now be released at 9.00a.m. on Thursday 17th June 2010. This will cover the Premier League, Football League, Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League which will all have their fixtures published at the same time.

Media organisations which receive the delivery of the fixture lists under a strict embargo, to enable them to format their fixture lists into web pages, databases and news print ready for publishing, will start to receive the fixture lists from 7.30a.m. that morning. However, they will not be allowed to release the information until the 9.00a.m. embargo time has passed.

Explaining the changes, David Folker, General Manager of Football DataCo Ltd - the licencing company that governs the release of football fixtures - stated:

"Football has received many representations from news organisations seeking an earlier release time and an earlier embargo time to suit publishing deadlines and internet news services. So, after an extensive internal review, football has agreed to pull the start of the delivery of the fixtures forward to 7.30am and, consequently the time of the embargo from 10.00am to 9.00am. Football sees this as a positive move in an increasingly news-hungry world which we hope will be approved of by its many fans."


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1 June 2010 : Glovers Gunning For Freeman?
The Arsenal unofficial website Young Guns is speculating that Yeovil Town are looking to bring in attacking player Luke Freeman on loan for next season. The Dartford born player can perform either as a striker or a left-winger and is 18 years old. He is a former Charlton Athletic academy player who was on the books of Kent side Gillingham, and at that time became the youngest player to appear in the FA Cup, aged 15 years and 233 days, coming on as a substitute for his one and only game for the Gills.

He moved to Arsenal in January 2007 for a fee of around £100,000 and signed a two year professional contract with the Gunners at the tail end of the 2008-09 season and so has a full year to run on that deal. He has played for England Under 16s and Under 17s. He netted 17 times last season, mainly for Arsenal's academy sides.

The same website reports that Queen's Park Rangers are also looking to take the player on loan for next season, but suggests that whilst QPR may represent a geographically good choice for the player, that the Glovers are willing to negotiate a clause to make him a regular first teamer. Naturally, there is nothing confirmed at this stage, but would seem to be the sort of target that Glovers boss Terry Skiverton would head after, having already brought Freeman's team-mate Luke Ayling to Huish Park earlier this summer.

Link: Arsenal's Young Guns Website: Luke Freeman Profile.


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1 June 2010 : Canaries To Cough Up Half A Million For Poaching Lambert
League One Champions Norwich City are facing a bill of half a million pounds after being found guilty of poaching another club's manager. A Football Disciplinary Commission have awarded Colchester United a total of £425,000 in compensation after the Canaries took their manager Paul Lambert from the Community Stadium in August 2009, along with Lambert's backroom staff - Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa.

On top of that, Norwich have been fined a further £200,000 after being found guilty of breaching Regulation Rule 20, which forbids clubs from inducing other club's employees to break their contract of employment. Of that sum, £125,000 has been suspended for a two year period, provided Norwich do not breach the same rule over the next two years.

The news means that the cost of promotion to Norwich City will be an immediate payment of £500,000 split between Colchester and the Football League. The Scotsman headed to Carrow Road just weeks after a Colchester side led by Lambert had thrashed the Canaries 7-1 on their home patch. But by the end of the season, Norwich were Champions, whilst Colchester missed out on the play-off slots by a single place. They may therefore regard the sum as money well spent.

There has been an angry exchange of words in the press over the past nine months, mainly from U's Chairman Robbie Cowling who at one stage had been demanding that the Canaries should be deducted points. However, that was an unlikely path for the Football League to take. That said, the sum awarded to Colchester is an exceptional amount for a manager at League One level, and gives an indication of how much value is now put against a managerial contract. Chairmen looking to poach other clubs managers or lay off their own should take careful note.


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1 June 2010 : 2010-11 League One Title Bookies Odds
Yeovil Town are once again one of the rank outsiders to win League One for the 2010-11 season. The Glovers are one of a group of four clubs rated at 80/1, with two other clubs rated at 100/1. Those two extreme outsiders are two of League Two's promoted sides, with AFC Bournemouth and Dagenham and Redbridge predicted to make a quick return back to the fourth tier. Another newcomer Rochdale is ranked at 80/1, although League Two Champions Notts County are predicted to have a steady season and finish in mid-table.

Southampton are favourites to go up next season, although Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough United are fancied highly to make a quick return back to the Championship. Plymouth Argyle are expected to establish themselves in mid-table next season. Wednesday and Huddersfield Town are believed to be the two clubs pushing the Saints for the top spot.

As for the Glovers, aside from Bournemouth and Dagenham, their other relegation rivals are predicted to be Rochdale, Exeter City and Hartlepool United who are all ranked the same as Yeovil at 80/1.

Needless to say, the bookies have predicted Yeovil for the drop in almost all of the five seasons they have stayed in League One, and so far (fingers crossed) they've been wrong each time. The prices below are sourced from Bet365 - obviously be aware that you may find better prices with other bookies - for example Yeovil are priced at 100/1 with William Hill. Prices are based on winning the League One title - we'll publish the odds on promotion by any means (including play-offs) once they become available, and will update these prices again close to the start of the season.

Odds On Winning League One Outright:
Southampton 3/1; Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town 13/2; Charlton Athletic 15/2; Peterborough United 11/1; Swindon Town 14/1; Brighton and Hove Albion, Milton Keynes Dons 16/1; Plymouth Argyle, Colchester United 20/1; Bristol Rovers, Brentford 25/1; Notts County 33/1; Walsall 40/1; Tranmere Rovers 50/1; Oldham Athletic, Carlisle United, Leyton Orient 66/1; Rochdale, Exeter City, Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town 80/1; AFC Bournemouth, Dagenham and Redbridge 100/1.


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