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30 June 2011 : Agard Turned Down Shrimps For Glovers
League Two side Morecambe have admitted that they had former Everton trainee Kieran Agard as one of their main transfer targets before the Glovers stepped in. Shrimps manager Jim Bentley told the Morecambe Visitor that he had met with the player during the summer, hoping to keep him in the North-West but that the deal fell through when he signed for the Glovers last week:

"Kieran would have been ideal for us. He would probably have been the quickest player in League Two and would have been just what we needed. He was a good lad but he has chosen to play in the league above and I can understand that."

Meanwhile Torquay United boss Martin Ling has confirmed that he has ended his interest in former Glovers midfielder Alex Russell, paving the way for him to rejoin Bath City. Ling has told the South Devon Herald Express that the problem ultimately came down to justifying the inclusion of an additional member of his management team:

"If we had enough money to get Alex back to start his coaching career, with him also playing from time to time, that might have been an option. But it didn't really work out."

As reported yesterday, Bath City look the favourites to sign him up, with the possibility of an academy coaching role at Bristol City. Romans boss Adie Britton said that he would welcome him back to Twerton Park:

"We’ve kept in touch with Alex since he left us and if he signs it will be a major boost. He’s a different class. I’ve not seen a better player in non-league football than him, it’s as simple as that."


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30 June 2011 : Schofield Signs For Millers
Former Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Danny Schofield has agreed a deal with League Two side Rotherham United. The 31 year old has been given a three year contract by the Millers, subject to passing a medical.

Schofield was released by former club Millwall, on a free transfer, at the end of the 2010-11 season after completing his two year contract at the New Den. The decision to release him came as a slight surprise, given that he'd been a regular in their first team, clocking up 77 appearances across both season. Even more of a surprise is that he's dropped down into League Two, although a three year deal for a 31 year old is an attractive proposition.

Rotherham manager Andy Scott thinks he's got himself a steal, with a large number of clubs chasing Schofield's signature:

"He's a massive signing for the football club. He's a real marquee signing and there were a lot of clubs interested in signing him. He played 30-plus games in the Championship last season and was a mainstay in the side that got Millwall promoted."

Link: Danny Schofield : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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30 June 2011 : Skivo Targets Squad Build For End Of July
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has suggested that it may take him during the majority of the month of July to formulate the squad that he needs to start the 2011-12 season. The Glovers boss has targeted the two pre-season friendlies against Cardiff City (July 26th) and Southampton (July 30th) at the end of the month as being the point at which he will have his squad ready.

The expectation is that the early part of pre-season will see a lot of trialists come and go in the club, with just two new arrivals in midfielder Gavin Williams and former Everton striker Kieran Agard, although a third unidentified player is due to sign on Monday.

Skiverton has told this week's Western Gazette that a lot of players that he has been chasing have been out of his price range. However, he expects their demands to drop around mid-July and therefore that a number of additional players will start to become available:

"I will be casting my eye over quite a lot of new people but by the time that we play Cardiff City and Southampton my team will be in place. There have been phone calls going on all summer and I have been talking to numerous players and agents. There are a lot of people out of our price range at the moment but they might not be out of our price range come July 14. It was that first week of July that we met Dean Bowditch and I can remember Adam Virgo coming in. I have been in this situation before and I’m comfortable with it."

For those who need their memories jogging, Dean Bowditch was first mentioned on July 13th 2009 as a trialist just before the club travelled to play in the North Devon tournament. A year later Adam Virgo was an arrival on the first day of pre-season training last summer.


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29 June 2011 : New Signing Lined Up For Monday
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has tonight said via his Twitter account that he has agreed terms with another player. The Glovers boss has indicated that the player is a permanent signing on a contract, and is subject to a medical being undertaken on the Monday.

The only clue Skivo has given supporters as to the player's identity, is that he does not think it is a player whose name has been passed by fans on his Twitter account so far. That therefore points sharply away from most of the names that have been on the rumour-mill this summer.

So far during the close season, Yeovil Town have re-signed Gavin Williams, subject to a medical, after he was released by Bristol Rovers, whilst Kieran Agard has signed a one year contract after being released by Everton.


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29 June 2011 : Glovers 'Trying To Agree Transfer Fee' For Alcock
Some negotiations with players, and subsequent transfers are done inside 24 hours - others are definite slow-burners. Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock's interest from newly promoted Championship side Peterborough United has certainly fallen into the latter category - the Glovers have yet to go on the record to explain why the 23 year old is the only player not to give a response to the club's end of season contract offer, but at the Posh end they have been rather more forthcoming.

On Monday, Peterborough Director of Football Barry Fry admitted that they had made contact with Alcock over a possible move to London Road, but stopped short of saying how committed Posh were to making a deal happen. Now their manager Darren Ferguson has gone one step further, telling the Peterborough Evening Telegraph that both clubs are trying to agree a transfer fee:

"Craig is of interest to us. He is currently out of contract, but there could still be a fee determined by a tribunal as he is under 24. As I understand it the two clubs are trying to agree a transfer fee rather than let a tribunal get involved. Craig had an excellent season with Yeovil last season, mainly as a right-back."

If both clubs can agree terms for the player, then they will not need to use the tribunal, known as the Professional Football Compensation Committee (PFCC). However, as Alcock is out of contract, then assuming the player is willing, Posh can sign him up and take their chances on the tribunal if they feel that they would get a better deal.

According to the Football League, the PFCC comprises of an independent Chairman, appointees from The Football League (and/or Premier League if one of their clubs is involved), an appointee of The Professional Footballers' Association and an appointee of the League Managers' Association. The Football League state the following in terms of any valuations the PFCC may make:

"In making its judgement the committee will take into account the costs of both clubs in operating a Football Academy or Centre of Excellence, as well as the age and playing record of the player, the length of time he was registered with his original club, the terms offered by both clubs, the status of the two clubs, the substantiated interest shown by other clubs in acquiring the registration of the player and any amounts paid by the original club to acquire the player in the first place."

In the majority of cases, the PFCC has set fees that include appearance related clauses and sell-on clauses, meaning that much of the fee is balanced against how successful the player is at his new club. The fee set by the PFCC is binding, and is usually set after the actual transfer and player registration takes place, meaning that both clubs will seek to avoid its use if at all possible.


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29 June 2011 : Arron Becomes A Free Agent
Former Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Arron Davies has become a free agent today, after being released by Peterborough United by mutual consent. The 27 year old has had his contract cancelled, despite it still having 12 months to run, thus paving the way for him to sign for another club.

The likely favourites for his services will be League Two side Northampton Town, who are managed by Gary Johnson, who signed Arron for Posh during his time at London Road. However, as yet the Cobblers have yet to firmly state that they are the club that Arron has lined up.

Northampton today have appointed a new assistant manager, with former Chelsea defender David Lee reporting directly to Johnson. Lee was a development coach at Bristol City whilst Johnson was at Ashton Gate, but had also subsequently provided some scouting assistance to Terry Skiverton around the time that the club took on a multitude of players from Tottenham Hotspur.

Meanwhile Alex Russell's plans to train with Bath City do now look to be bad news for Torquay United supporters. He has spoken to BBC Radio Bristol this afternoon about his surprise plans, and has strongly hinted that his plans to train with Bath will see him move back there permanently, citing his lack of football at Huish Park has influencing his decision:

"Yeovil was great but I just didn't feel I played enough. I'll speak to (Bath City manager) Adie Britton, but I'd like to join permanently. I always said I'd play until I'm 40 and I still feel fit enough to do that."

Russell does have a possible route into coaching though, with the BBC stating that Bristol City academy manager John Clayton is in talks with the midfielder about performing a role within their youth set-up. If so, then he will be in good company - winger Scott Murray also doubles up between playing for Bath, and working at Ashton Gate.


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29 June 2011 : Russell To Train At Twerton
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Alex Russell has found another club to train with - but it's not League Two side Torquay United, just yet. The 38 year old was finally confirmed as leaving the Glovers yesterday, and has been expected to be named as a player-coach at Plainmoor, however today it has been announced that he will be training with another former club in Conference National side Bath City.

As far as we can tell, there's no firm indication that this will be a permanent thing, however, Bath's Twitter feed currently reports:

"Former Bath City player Alex Russell will be training with the team for their first pre-season session tomorrow night."

Whether that's a one-off favour, or something that implies that he may be heading back to Twerton Park, we'll have to wait and see.


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28 June 2011 : Kiernan Turns Down Hornets Deal
Former Yeovil Town loan defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan has left Championship side Watford after turning down a two year contract at Vicarage Road. The Hornets had offered him a contract, by their own admission, "on marginally reduced terms" and so despite him being 20 years old, he is now a free agent.

Watford's Head of Football Business Ross Wilson has confirmed to their club site that they will not be attempting to secure a fee if another club picks him up:

"As he is under 24, this means he has the option to leave. Rob is now free to join another club without any compensation being due. We wish him all the very best for his future career in football."

Kiernan made just two substitute appearances for Watford, both in the FA Cup. In addition to his loan spell at Huish Park, his first team appearance has come from temporary moves to Kilmarnock, Bradford City and Wycombe Wanderers.

His time at Yeovil was rather brief, although in fairness to him, he was used in a midfield role which he later indicated was not the preferred position he played for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side. In addition, he suffered through being part of a side that was at that time overloaded with loan signings. His time at Huish Park was cut short three months early having made just one start and two substitute appearances for the Glovers.

Link: Rob Kiernan : Yeovil Town Statistics.

As an aside, two names that we've seen on the rumourmill this summer, but have not been covered on these pages, have joined rival clubs. Former Bristol Rovers left winger Jeff Hughes, who many had hoped could be lined up as a replacement for Andy Welsh, has signed a two year deal with Notts County. Meanwhile, striker Jamie Cureton has left Exeter City and teamed up with Russell Slade at Leyton Orient as their replacement for Scott McGleish, with Cureton having turned down a chance to rejoin Bristol Rovers in League Two.


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28 June 2011 : Gibson Signs New Contract - Confirmed
Further to last week's news concerning Billy Gibson's agreement to sign a new one year contract, that has now been confirmed. The former Watford trainee has made just five substitute appearances since arriving at Huish Park last season, but will now be tied to the club until the summer of 2012.

Gibson is the club's first player to accept the offer of a new contract at Huish Park, with five players having already departed, and Craig Alcock yet to commit himself to the club. Alcock is now the only player to have not declared his intentions for the 2011-12 season, with Peterborough United yesterday claiming they had held talks with the right-back, although Alcock denied anything had taken place.

Link: Billy Gibson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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28 June 2011 : Russell Leaves Yeovil Town - Confirmed
The widely expected departure of midfielder Alex Russell from Yeovil Town has now been fully confirmed. The 38 year old had been lined up for a player-coaching role with League Two side Torquay United under their new manager Martin Ling.

The news of his departure should mean that his plans to join the Plainmoor side have now been approved. The very best of luck to him with his new coaching career.


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27 June 2011 : Henderson Attracting Interest
Championship side Bristol City have confirmed that goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has other offers on the table that could see him exiting Ashton Gate. The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is in much the same boat as Yeovil's Craig Alcock in that he is out of contract at his current club, but would command a compensation fee if he chooses to head elsewhere for next season.

The 23 year old was Yeovil Town's Player of the 2010-11 Season in four categories and City have admitted that keeping him happy as their third choice keeper could be a tough proposition. Boss Keith Millen has told the Bristol Evening Post that their contract offer is still on the table, but confirmed that there is now competition for his signature:

"I still want Stephen Henderson to stay. The offer is still there, but a couple of clubs have shown an interest. They can guarantee him first-team football, which I can't at the moment, so we'll have to see how that one pans out."

Given Yeovil Town's tendency to avoid paying fees for players, it's highly unlikely that they will be one of the clubs bidding for Henderson's services. Assuming they're not involved, the best option for the Glovers is that the Irishman pens his contract at Ashton Gate and that City decide to stick him out on a long term loan. We can but hope.


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27 June 2011 : Alcock Plot Thickens
Yeovil Town's right-back Craig Alcock has played down any suggestion that he is currently in talks with newly promoted Championship side Peterborough United. The 23 year old has been the subject of growing rumours that he is a target for Posh, although as yet no-one has explicitly gone on the record to confirm that.

Alcock was a guest in the commentary box for yesterday's Somerset Cricket T20 coverage on BBC Somerset and he was briefly talked about his situation. When asked about the rumoured interest from Posh, he answered:

"I don't know much about that at all - only what I've seen in the papers and stuff. I'll let other people worry about that, and I'll just concentrate on the football."

The key question was whether Alcock thought he would be a Yeovil Town player next season. He replied:

"As far as I'm aware, or until I get told otherwise, so yes."

We're not sure if Craig gave any indication as to when he would sign the contract that is on offer at Huish Park at present - his existing deal runs out on Thursday.

Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry meanwhile, contradicts the situation, by stating that his club have had talks with Alcock, and indicates that the player is currently recovering from an operation:

"We have spoken to Craig Alcock. He is a player we like as he can play at right-back, centre-back or in midfield, but he has just had an operation and is out for four weeks."

Assuming Fry is accurate in what he says, the most likely reason for the operation will be to resolve problems he had last season with his back. However, if he is out for four weeks, then clearly the situation is not going to resolve itself quickly.


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27 June 2011 : Football League Appoint New Directors
The Football League have announced two changes to their current Board of Directors. Representatives from Leeds United and Carlisle United have been appointed to the board, with Leeds Chief Executive Shaun Harvey and Carlisle Managing Director John Nixon taking up positions that provide representation for Championship and League One clubs respectively.

They replace former Ipswich Town Chairman David Sheepshanks, who is concentrating his efforts on the FA's National Football Centre in Burton-on-Trent, and Colchester United's Peter Powell, who has completed his three year tenure on the board.

The Football League's Board of Directors are now as follows:

Greg Clarke (Chairman), Ian Ritchie (Independent Non-Executive Director), Shaun Harvey (Leeds United), Tom Glick (Derby County), Keith Lamb (Middlesbrough), John Nixon (Carlisle United), Lorraine Rogers (Tranmere Rovers), Tony Kleanthous (Barnet).


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27 June 2011 : Skivo On Twitter And Premier League Loans
During last week, Yeovil Town got plenty of national attention, after manager Terry Skiverton said that he was using his Twitter followers to help him scout for players. One of those was radio station TalkSport and they interviewed the Glovers boss about social networking and his use of young Premier League players in his side. The full transcript of that interview has been archived now, and is available via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To TalkSport About His Usage Of Twitter.


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26 June 2011 : Alcock Rumours Persist
Suggestions that newly promoted Championship side Peterborough United are targeting Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock continue today, as his future at the club remains unclear. Sunday newspaper The People are the latest to state that they are trying to sign him, mentioning him in a transfer snippets column:

"Peterborugh (sic) are in negotiations for Yeovil defender and skipper Craig Alcock"

The BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Sport Twitter feed also repeated the same this morning, continuing the theme that was started eleven days ago by the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.

Alcock is one of two Yeovil Town players being allowed additional time to resolve their current contractual situations at the club. With the other - Alex Russell - the reasons are out in the open, with the Devon press stating that Russell met new Torquay United manager Martin Ling for talks in Bristol last week.

Manager Terry Skiverton did not acknowledge any interest from other clubs in this week's Western Gazette but made it clear where he stood if that situation with Alcock developed:

"With Craig Alcock we are just waiting to see what we are going to do. We have made him an offer and we are still sitting down and talking. Of course he is still under 24 so if someone comes in for him or he wants to leave there would be compensation. At the moment we are still talking with his agent."


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26 June 2011 : Dons Move A 'No-Brainer' For Bowditch
Former Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has described his decision to quit Huish Park to sign for Milton Keynes Dons as a 'no brainer'. The 25 year old signed a two year deal last week with the the franchised League One side, despite being offered a deal with the Glovers.

A number of other clubs were involved in the chase for the player, who netted 15 times during the 2010-11 season, and was Yeovil Town's top scorer during both seasons, with Colchester United going on the record as having approached him towards the end of the 2010-11 season.

Speaking to the Milton Keynes Citizen, Bowditch said that he felt that moving to the Dons was a step up in his career:

"There were a few other clubs involved, but the ambition of this club and the people that are here made me feel so welcome, and it’s all about playing regularly and performing well. It was a no brainer for me really. It’s a step up from where I was with Yeovil, and hopefully I can come here and make a difference to the club."

The striker added that he believed he could have netted more than the tally he managed in a Yeovil Town shirt, and felt that the style of football that the Dons play would give him an opportunity to do that:

"At Yeovil, I think I should have scored more goals. Last season was my best in football, and I want to improve upon that. I think coming to a club like this – with the players who are already here and with the style of football that they play – the team should be able to create more chances for myself and the other strikers at the club. So hopefully I’ll score more."


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25 June 2011 : Glovers Interest In Portuguese Midfielder Thwarted
Reports in the York Press newspaper suggest that Yeovil Town have just missed out on signing a Portuguese midfielder, who has signed for Conference National side York City. Twenty-one year old former Manchester United trainee Adriano Moké has been enrolled with the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain, whilst playing for Spanish fourth tier side Jerez Industrial.

After leaving Old Trafford, he played for Leeds United's Under-16s side and was given a scholarship by Nottingham Forest before being released a year ago. Although Moké is Portuguese by birth, his family moved to Leeds when he was six years old.

York City manager Gary Mills has said that in signing the midfielder, he beat off competition from Yeovil Town and League Two side Northampton Town, who are managed by Gary Johnson:

"League clubs like Northampton and Yeovil were interested in him but it’s nice he has come here because he understands how we want to play the game and that suits him. I can’t wait for the fans to see Adriano play. He’s 21 and has grown up at Nottingham Forest and over in Spain. Now he needs to show what he’s all about."

The Glovers have had past contact with players enrolled at the Glenn Hoddle Academy, having taken players on trial before - whether they had made an outright offer for Moké, or an invite to a pre-season trial isn't clear.


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24 June 2011 : Wetherall Given League Head Of Youth Role
The Football League have appointed former Leeds United and Bradford City veteran as their new Head Of Youth Development. The position allows the League to oversee the 8,500 players who are enrolled into formal development schemes at member clubs, under Centre of Excellence and Academy schemes between the ages of 8 to 18.

Wetherall is currently Bradford's Youth Team Manager, having had 12 years at Valley Parade as player, caretaker manager and coach, with over 300 first team appearances. The 40 year old is replacing Graham Hawkins who is retiring from his position on July 4th.

The Football League's Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson welcomed Wetherall to their organisation in a statement issued today, saying:

"David is a high calibre appointment. He has set standards for players and coaches to aspire to throughout his career. We are delighted that he has accepted this hugely important role. The Football League is rightly proud if its track record in Youth Development, not just in terms of developing young players but also giving them access to first team football at a young age. We look forward to David joining The League and enhancing our contribution to this crucial area of the domestic game."

Wetherall himself admitted it was a tough decision to leave club football, but relished the opportunity to make a difference across the League:

"I am proud and privileged to have been chosen for this position at The Football League and I can't wait to get started. I hope to have a positive effect on football development across The Football League by helping clubs to develop even more young players. It has been an extremely tough decision to leave a club I have such an affinity with. I just felt that this opportunity was too good to turn down."


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24 June 2011 : Tutte Makes Switch To Dale
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Andrew Tutte has agreed a two year contract with a League One club - but it's not Scunthorpe United that he will be joining. Earlier in the week, Tutte was reported by the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph as having a verbal agreement to join the Iron, but has instead teamed up with former Manchester City youth team boss Steve Eyre, who is now manager at Rochdale.

Tutte also has prior loan experience with Dale, having started the 2010-11 season at Spotland. Both Eyre's appointment at the League One side and his past history at the club have convinced him that signing for Rochdale was his best option. Speaking to their club site he explained:

"I'd made up to be coming back at Spotland and back working with Steve. I cannot wait to meet the rest of the lads and get back in training. "I really enjoyed my loan spell here it was a very good learning experience for me and the club is certainly moving in the right direction and I would love to be a part of the team that goes one better than last season."

Link: Andrew Tutte : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 June 2011 : Skivo Overwhelmed By Twitter Scouting Reaction
When Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton first put out his call for Glovers fans to let him know of any available players on the market, he admitted he didn't expect the response that he got. His plans to use social networking site Twitter to scout for players were reported earlier this week and on BBC Somerset, but within 24 hours had been picked up by numerous football blogs and eventually the national press.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that when he first thought of the idea, he expected a few Glovers fans to contribute to the idea, but instead found that the request for available players went much wider than that:

"What I didn't realise is that there would be supporters from other clubs jumping on the bandwagon. I've had supporters from Liverpool, Man United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Championship clubs, all telling me about their best youngsters and players that we could have on loan and players that have been given free transfers."

The Glovers boss said that he was grateful for the help that he had received so far, and said that criticism of the venture had been very minimal. He said it was good that so many supporters of Yeovil Town and other clubs were willing to take the time out to message him:

"There's no better thing they could do. I think it just shows how great this country is sometimes. The supporters sometimes feel left behind, but I think in this case they've been asked an opinion. I'm trying to do it a different way, and I think that in all of the tweets that I've had, I've had probably one negative one. But to get one (negative tweet) out of so many positive ones, it's been well worth it."

This week has seen former Everton striker Kieran Agard sign a one year deal with the club, and Skiverton indicated in advance of the transfer that he had seen the name tweeted to him in advance of the signing. BBC Somerset have indicated that Agard was a name that the Glovers boss was aware of, but that he was still pleased to see the name popping up on his timeline:

"There's a few people on Twitter who have been calling it the first ever 'Twansfer' - which is a transfer that's done through Twitter. There have been people who have mentioned Kieran's name in the past, so they'll be taking little bits of the plaudits and the credits, and I will be retweeting the ones that actually came up with the name of Kieran Agard."

If you're not one of the 2,547 (and climbing) who are now following Terry Skiverton, you can add him to your list by heading to @terryskiverton on Twitter. Meanwhile if you want to keep up to date with Yeovil Town news, care of this site, then you can follow ourselves at @ytfcciderspace and join in with the news, views and debate.


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23 June 2011 : Taylor Target Stays With Millers
Rotherham United have confirmed that midfielder Jason Taylor has signed a new contract with them, ending any possible suggestions that the Glovers were planning to sign him. The 24 year old was named by Sky Sports last month as being a Glovers target, with them also claiming that Hereford United, Carlisle United and Oxford United were also after him.

Whether there was any truth in that or not is fairly academic, although there were no further mentions of Taylor's connections with Yeovil Town made after that report. He's signed a one year deal with the Millers, with their boss Andy Scott telling their club site that factors away from football had delayed his decision to re-sign:

"Jason had some things going on in the close season that have been difficult for him and we understood that. We are delighted he has committed his future to us as he is another good player we can add to the squad."


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23 June 2011 : Gulls Confirm Russell Interest
League Two side Torquay United have confirmed that they are looking to bring in Yeovil Town midfielder Alex Russell as a player-coach. The move has been more or less out in the open for the past week or so, but now Gulls manager Martin Ling has confirmed that bringing Russell back to Plainmoor is in his plans.

Ling has today appointed former Swindon Town player Shaun Taylor as his assistant, but has also confirmed that the 38 year old Glovers midfielder is the man who he wants to bring in as a player-coach. Speaking to the Gulls club site this afternoon, Ling explained:

"Everyone knows about the Alex Russell situation and we're still hoping to manoeuvre to get in Alex as a player-coach. It all depends on whether the budget allows that to happen but we're hopeful Alex can come and do a job."

Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he had given Russell additional time to think over another position that he had been offered - that can now be confirmed as being the player-coach role outlined at Torquay. As yet, it's not been completed, but it sounds like, subject to budgetary approval, that Russell is Ling's preferred choice.


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23 June 2011 : Peltier Foxes Move Nets Glovers Windfall
Newspaper reports from the Huddersfield Town end suggest that Yeovil Town have today banked a sum of money as part of a sell-on clause for former defender/midfielder Lee Peltier. The 24 year old was sold to Championship side Leicester City this week for what the Huddersfield Daily Examiner describe as a "seven-figure" fee, signing a three year contract at the Walkers Stadium.

The paper states that the Terriers have today paid a "nominal" sum to the Glovers as part of a clause in the deal that was negotiated between the two clubs, back in the summer of 2009.

Of course we are none the wiser as to how much Yeovil Town have gained through the deal, although if Peltier's move netted Huddersfield a fee in excess of one million pounds - officially the figure is undisclosed - then certainly any sell-on percentage against that should have netted something around a six figure amount. That's good business for a player the Glovers brought in for a "small fee" from Liverpool in January 2008, after he had impressed during an earlier loan spell at Huish Park.


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23 June 2011 : Man City Keeper Chooses Pittodrie Loan
Another name can be pretty much scrubbed off the rumourmill list. Claims this summer from Sky Sports that Yeovil Town were one of a number of clubs lining up for a loan deal with Manchester City goalkeeper David González Giraldo, can be put to bed with the news that he is, barring disasters, on his way to Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen for a six month loan deal.

The Sky Sports website had claimed that Preston North End, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers were the other interested party, but on Tuesday they changed tact stating that the Dons were the club with the major interest in the 28 year old, claiming that Yeovil Town and Rochdale were unable to agree wages with his parent club.

The Scottish press this morning state that González is now on his way to Pittodrie, barring any last minute hitches. The Scottish Sun quote manager Craig Brown as saying:

"The deal was 90 per cent on the way last night and I'm delighted to hear that David is extremely keen to come to Aberdeen. We've been able to use the contacts that me and Archie Knox have at Manchester City to get him. Everything I've been told about the lad is excellent. City have good goalkeeping provision and that's made it difficult for David there. But he has great attributes, like his presence, his shot-stopping and dealing with cross-balls."


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23 June 2011 : Gibson To Sign New Glovers Deal
With Dean Bowditch, Andy Welsh, Adam Virgo and Nathan Smith all having turned down offers of new deals at Huish Park, there's still been the outstanding question of what has happened to the other out of contract players that had been given contracts for the new season.

This morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin states that none of the players have left the club, and that right-winger Billy Gibson has agreed a one year deal for the coming season. So far the former Watford trainee has made just five substitute appearances since arriving at Huish Park last season, but the 20 year old should remain a Glover for another 12 months.

The news on right-back Craig Alcock and midfielder Alex Russell is less certain, with both players still talking to the club about their own outstanding deals. Manager Terry Skiverton said that he had talked to Alcock yesterday, and that discussions were still ongoing:

"He's been in today (Wednesday) and we've had a little chat with him today, so everything is progressing very nicely, but nothing to tell at this precise moment."

There's been no further mention of Alcock in Peterborough United's local press, since being named a week ago as a target for the newly promoted side. Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony was asked by their club fans about interest in Alcock, and he replied "No comment on Alcock. Good player mind you" - the lack of an outright denial has led their fans to assume that their club does hold some interest in the 23 year old.

As for Alex Russell, the BBC indicate that he has been allowed more time to consider his contract offer, which tends to lead towards the 38 year old being considered towards a coaching role with Torquay United - something that the Devon press claimed last week was on the cards.

As yet new Gulls manager Martin Ling has not appointed his new management team, but yesterday told the South Devon Herald Express that he was looking to appoint both an assistant manager and a player-coach, with the latter pointing strongly towards former Gulls player Russell. Ling told the paper that agreeing both positions may come down to budgets:

"Ideally, I'd like an assistant with previous experience and a player-coach who may be starting out on this side of the game. Whether we can make it happen remains to be seen."


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22 June 2011 : Owls Take Cup TV Slot
Satellite broadcaster Sky Sports have chosen their live match for the First Round of the Carling Cup. No great surprises that Yeovil Town are not involved; instead it's Sheffield Wednesday's home match against Blackpool at Hillsborough, which has been selected for live transmission. Their game will now be rearranged to be played on Thursday 11th August with a 7.45p.m. kick off.

As yet, there's still no firm date for Yeovil Town's trip to Exeter City's St James Park ground, although the most likely date is Tuesday 9th August 2011, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. It's worth noting that the tie draws both clubs together one year after both clubs received the sad news concerning Adam Stansfield, after both clubs had completed their 2010-11 season Carling Cup First Round ties that night. Hence it would be no surprise if something is planned to note that anniversary.

Grecians first team coach Marcus Stewart also played for both clubs, before retiring from football in the summer, and despite the Glovers side having been almost entirely revamped since he left Huish Park three years ago, he told the Exeter Express and Echo that he can predict the sort of way Yeovil are likely to approach the game:

"Yeovil will be difficult because they have done quite well at our place during the past couple of seasons. We have beaten them at their place and they have won on our pitch so it is never an easy game against them. But they will see it as an opportunity to progress to the next round, just like we will. We always have a good battle against Yeovil and it is a derby as well, which makes it more interesting.

Having played for the club, I know what kind of team they are going to put out and how they will work. I am sure they will have some new players playing for them because bringing players in from other clubs is the route Terry Skiverton has taken with his teams. The players he has brought in during the past couple of seasons have done really well for him and they will have a chance of pushing on and doing something next season. I am sure it will be a good game and it is a good chance for us to progress
."

Glovers boss Terry Skiverton added that he felt that having a more local away match was better than having to travel long distances in midweek. He told BBC Somerset that his battles with former team mate and Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale had so far thrown up some unpredictable results:

"We've played them quite a lot over the past couple of years, and for me personally it's a good draw, as we could have been away at somewhere that is two or three hours away. So it's a local derby and it will be a good game for the supporters early on, and it will be one where both teams are looking to progress.

It's a great draw. They've got a very good side, and we've had some great games. He (Paul Tisdale) got a couple over me early doors, but we managed a really good result there towards the end of the season. So it's got all the makings of a great game, and it will be one that both sets of supporters can look forward to
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22 June 2011 : Glovers Sign Up Former Toffees Striker
Yeovil Town have signed up former Everton striker Kieran Agard on a free transfer. The 21 year old is a free agent who was born on October 10th 1989. Although born in London, he is of Jamaican, Vincentian and Dominican descent, and originally started off his footballing career in Arsenal's academy sides.

A move to Everton followed in 2005-06, and he worked his way up through their youth ranks, eventually becoming the Reserve Team player of the season in 2008-09. He made his debut for the Toffees in September 2009 - one of six appearances he made for the Premier League side, including three in the Europa League that season.

In January 2011, he agreed a half-season loan with League One side Peterborough United. But like Jonathan Obika, who was brought to London Road at the same time, Kieran suffered as their sacking of manager Gary Johnson saw the striker fall immediately out of favour, and at the end of the month the deal was terminated, allowing him to join Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock, for whom he made eight appearances, scoring his debut first team goal in a 2-2 draw against Hearts on April 30th 2011.

Kieran has signed a one year contract at the club, keeping him at Huish Park until the summer of 2012.


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22 June 2011 : Preston Friday Night Switch Confirmed
Further to Monday's news item, the rearrangement of Yeovil Town's trip to Preston North End has now been confirmed.

The match will now take place on Friday 9th September, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at their Deepdale Stadium. This is due to police resourcing issues, due to a fixture clash with Blackpool taking on Ipswich Town the next day.

Those who wish to travel with the Away Travel Club as per Monday's article, should therefore confirm to Mark that the earlier kick-off time is still convenient for them.


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22 June 2011 : Tutte Agrees Verbal Deal With Iron
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Andrew Tutte looks set to sign for League One new boys Scunthorpe United. According to the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph, Iron manager Alan Knill has a verbal agreement with the 20 year old to sign for them as soon as he returns from a holiday in Thailand this week.

Tutte's release from Manchester City was confirmed last week, meaning that he will sign for them as a free agent. Yeovil Town put in an offer to him, after he impressed during 15 appearances for the Glovers during the 2010-11 season, but the club indicated two weeks ago that the Liverpudlian would not be taking up their offer.

Link: Andrew Tutte : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 June 2011 : Bowditch Courted By Colchester During Season Climax
Former Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch considered a move to League One side Colchester United, before choosing to sign for Milton Keynes Dons. The Essex side's Chairman Robbie Cowling even claims that Bowditch came to visit their Community Stadium, with an offer going in for him before the 2010-11 season had ended.

Bowditch's links with that part of the country are strong, with the player born in Bishop's Stortford, and spending his early career as an Ipswich Town player. He was linked with a move to the U's last summer as well, with the departure of manager Aidy Boothroyd to Coventry City during the season break thought to have scuppered any chance of that deal going through.

Cowling has told the East Anglian Daily Press that Colchester had put in an offer for Bowditch, even before the Glovers played their final home match of the season - a game in which the striker scored in a 4-2 win over the U's:

"We put an offer in for Dean a long time ago, before he scored against us towards the end of the season actually, and he came to the club to have a look around. We’re disappointed we’ve not managed to get him, but at the same time I’m not too concerned."


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22 June 2011 : Ex-Championship Duo Aim To Push Back On Salary Capping Rules
As reported earlier this month, Football League member clubs voted at their Annual General Meeting to introduce a new range of measures to control excessive spending within the league. In addition to Championship clubs looking into how they can adopt UEFA's Financial Fair Play system, League One clubs will now work under the Salary Cost Management Protocol that has been in place since 2003 for League Two clubs.

Early reaction from various League One Chairmen gave the implementation of the salary capping scheme the thumbs up. Few would want to own up to being the ones who are overspending, even though a large proportion of Football League clubs are making operating losses, year on year. However, this morning's Sheffield Star reports that Sheffield United are the first club to break ranks, voicing concern that clubs relegated from the Championship and into League One may be put into an immediate transfer embargo, because of the heavily reduced revenues that such clubs have to work under.

Blades managing director Dave McCarthy states that his club have approached the Football League for advice on how they can adopt the SCMP whilst operating under their current contractual obligations to their current playing staff. He claims he is still in favour of the adoption of salary capping but has concerns over its implementation:

"We are taking advice. We, like most (other clubs), are broadly in favour of the measures. But, like everyone else, we are just waiting to see what the exact details are going to be."

The general vibe from the Sheffield Star is that clubs relegated from the Championship should be "allowed some flexibility" in adopting the procedures. This implies that they are seeking a full or partial waiver from the rules for a period of time - something that would make the SCMP rule a bit of a farce, given that it would risk allowing sides dropping into League One an unfair advantage over those clubs who have to work under those controls.

On the other hand, the Blades would argue that their players contracts were drawn up prior to the rule being agreed, and that therefore they have not had an opportunity to include relegation clauses into those deals that would help them comply with the rules.

The paper claims that Preston North End have also made a similar submission - something that is not too surprising given that a recent Lancashire Evening Post report revealed that during the 2008-09 season, their club spent 132 percent of its revenue on wages, and in the 2009-10 season had reduced that down to 108 percent. Given that was against Championship income, and the proposal is for League One clubs to spend a maximum of 55 percent of their revenue on wages, it's unlikely that Preston will have reined in their spending that quickly.

The figures, derived from a Deloitte report, show that Championship clubs spent an average 88 percent of their turnover on wages during the 2009-10 season, meaning that this is likely to be a persistent problem in implementing SCMP for each season, yet allowing relegated clubs to bypass the rules would be equally unpalatable.


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21 June 2011 : Glovers Plan Signing Tomorrow
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that the club should be in a position to announce a new signing tomorrow. Speaking via his Twitter account, the Glovers boss said:

"Just to let you know one on the list will be done tomorrow by 4pm subject to a medical."

As would be expected, no clues as to the player's identity, although Skiverton does imply that the player was one of those named to him by Glovers fans on Twitter during the past few weeks.

Assuming no last minute hitches with the medical, the Glovers should have their second signing of the summer nailed down, having already agreed a deal for Gavin Williams to return, again subject to a medical.


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21 June 2011 : Glovers Arrange Tivvy Friendly
Yeovil Town have arranged a pre-season friendly against Devon side Tiverton Town. Games against Tivvy are common place during late July and early August, and have often been earmarked as the Glovers' final friendly before commencing the season proper.

This time round though, things tend to lean more towards this being a fixture for the Academy side - it's been set for Saturday 30th July, at Ladysmead, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. That's a direct clash with Yeovil's first team friendly against Southampton, meaning that the majority, if not all of the players that will travel to Devon, will come from the Under-18s side.


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21 June 2011 : Man City Keeper Link Dampened Down
The latest from the Sky Sports rumour-mill is that they are now dampening down their own speculation, that linked Yeovil Town with a Manchester City goalkeeper. Columbian David González Giraldo was linked with the Glovers around two weeks ago, claiming that Preston North End, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers were also interested.

Sky claim that Rochdale and the Glovers were the two clubs most likely to take him on, but state that "wages have been a stumbling block" - they now claim that Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen are the first in line for a season long loan. As with many Sky Sports reports, there's no sources or quotes provided, meaning that it would be no surprise if the player's agent had leaked this.

If Glovers boss Terry Skiverton is still looking for a decent keeper, then Reading's keeper Alex McCarthy may be worth a try, even if the 21 year old still has his sights set on a place in a Championship team. McCarthy has been bench-warming in England's ill-fated Under-21 campaign this month, with the Three Lions crashing out of the UEFA Under-21 finals at the group stages.

He also finished Reading's season on the bench, after being displaced by first choice keeper Adam Federici, despite being part of a lengthy unbeaten run in the Royals side, as they headed towards the Championship play-offs. McCarthy played in 13 unbeaten matches, but was dropped after game No.14 - the end of their unbeaten run - and he told the Reading Post that if he can't win his place back then he would like to go out on loan:

"We only lost the one game when I came in and I felt I didn’t deserve to lose my position. But that’s football and it’s the manager’s decision. It is hard to keep players happy if they are not playing. All keepers want to play and we are fighting for the one shirt. If I am not playing at Reading next season then I want to go out on-loan. I want to be playing next season and I want to stay in the Npower Championship. If I get a good season next year playing Championship football then it would be a great opportunity. I will have to wait and see what happens and take it one step at a time."

Finally, one player to scrub off the list for sure now, is former Dundee United winger Craig Conway. Never looking remotely like a serious Glovers prospect, despite one of his former team-mates on Twitter claiming that he was in talks with the club, he has agreed a deal with Championship side Cardiff City, having turned down a chance to stay in Scotland with Rangers. Conway had half a dozen Championship sides chasing after him as well, and so a move into League One never really looked on the cards.


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21 June 2011 : Gritton Signs Up For Hatters
Former Yeovil Town striker Martin Gritton has agreed a deal with Conference National side Stockport County. The 33 year old has signed for the Hatters on a free transfer after being released by the Glovers at the end of the 2010-11 season.

Martin made just two substitute appearances for the Glovers after signing on a short term deal from Chester FC. That added to the four appearances he had made ten years previously whilst on Plymouth Argyle's books.

In a recent interview for the Professional Footballers' Association website, Gritton said that his preference was to stay in the North-West, having based himself in the Manchester area, saying "I have moved about a lot during my career and would like to remain in the North West." Hence a move to Edgeley Park should suit him well. We wish him good luck in his career with the Hatters, who dropped out of the Football League in the summer.

Link: Martin Gritton : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 June 2011 : Peltier Signs For Foxes - Confirmed
Former Yeovil Town right-back/midfielder Lee Peltier has signed for Championship side Leicester City. An undisclosed fee has been agreed with Huddersfield Town and the Liverpudlian now moves down the M1, signing a three year contract at the Walkers Stadium.

When Peltier signed a three year contract with the Terriers, in the summer of 2009, there was no fee disclosed, and consequently no mention of a sell-on fee arrangement. However, if such a clause was built into the 2009 deal, then the Glovers would be due a windfall payment from Huddersfield.

Peltier has been a rising star within Huddersfield's ranks, winning one of their Player of the Season awards during the 2009-10 season. Still only 24 years old, he would still have the potential to rise up to Championship level.

Whilst on the subject of the Foxes, Chris Weale's future at the Walkers Stadium could be under threat by their decision to sign Kasper Schmeichel from Leeds United. The deal has yet to be completed, with Schmeichel yet to give the nod, but would bring into question Wealey's ambitions to remain a first choice goalkeeper at the Walkers Stadium.

Heading back to the Terriers, their former midfielder Jonathan Worthington has agreed a deal with Conference side Mansfield Town. Worthington had a loan spell at Huish Park during 2009, and after leaving the Galpharm Stadium was on the books of Oldham Athletic before having loan spells with Fleetwood Town and Bradford City. He spent the second half of last season on a permanent deal with the Bantams but the 28 year old has now signed a one year deal with the Stags.

Link: Lee Peltier : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 June 2011 : Skivo Scouting For Tweets
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that he is following up on a few potential signings for the club, on the back of suggestions that supporters have given him on social networking site Twitter. So far this summer, the Glovers have made just one signing, with Gavin Williams returning for his fourth spell with the club, although the Glovers boss said last week that he was close to finalising a number of deals.

With a number of irons in the fire, Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he has been reading suggestions made to him on his Twitter account, and that one or two of them have proved worthy of following up:

"There's been so many players that have come through on tweets, which I really appreciate. We've gone through a lot of them. We can't go through every one of them. But there's one or two of them on the lists that have been sent through, where some supporters are like-minded to myself, and we're following a couple of those leads up. So I'd like to thank those Yeovil Town supporters for being a little bit of an amateur Chief Scout, and it's worked out really well for us."

Skiverton added that the club's own ability to scout for players only had finite resources, and so having additional numbers of people identifying targets for him could do no harm:

"There's one or two that I had glossed over that I've come back to. It's really good and I think it probably gives the supporters a little bit of fun as well. I've had supporters going through non-league annuals, and going out and watching games and saying what about this player, what about that player. It's not a bit of fun for me - it's serious business. I can't afford a scouting system with quite as many as I've got on Twitter, where I think I've got 1,700 followers. Out of the Yeovil fans who are in that number, I'm getting quite a lot of names thrown at me, and there's been some really interesting ones that they've thrown up."


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20 June 2011 : Away Travel Club Provisional Plans For Preston
Independent fans collective, the Away Travel Club, are considering arranging a weekend stay in a Blackpool hotel to coincide with Yeovil Town's forthcoming away match against Preston North End in September. The match is currently due to take place on Saturday 10th September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Preston's Deepdale ground - Yeovil's first ever match at that venue. This would also coincide with the Blackpool illuminations.

The price for two nights bed, breakfast and evening meal, including a coach up and back, will be in the region of Ł100 per person. The hotel can only hold the provisional booking for a short period of time, so we need a clear idea of numbers asap. If you are interested please e-mail Mark Kelly at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk - note that they would need payment in full upon booking.

If you have family or friends who would like to come but don't want to watch the football, there are welcome to come for a weekend in Blackpool.

Note: We have picked up unconfirmed reports that the match at Deepdale may be moved to the Friday night, September 9th (with presumably a 7.45p.m. kick-off) in the next few days. This is due to a clash between Blackpool's home match against Ipswich Town on that weekend, which may cause problems with policing resources. There's nothing definite about this, but we're putting it out as an early warning for those of you looking into travel plans. We'll report back if this becomes confirmed one way or another.


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20 June 2011 : Bowditch Becomes A Don
Former Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has signed for League One rivals Milton Keynes Dons. The 25 year old has signed a two year deal at stadium:mk after turning down a contract offer with the Glovers.

Bowditch scored in both matches in Buckinghamshire in the last two visits the Glovers have made to their ground, and that appears to have caught the key of manager Karl Robinson. He joins them on a free transfer. Speaking to their club site, he says their ambition attracted when weighing up the offers:

"It's a fantastic move for me. I looked at the club's ambitions and it's everything I was looking for. The stadium impressed me when I played here and the club has a very talented squad so I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead of me."

Bowditch scored the first goal in the 2-2 draw in December 2009 that saw the Glovers take a lead inside 60 seconds through the striker. He was also the man racing clean through on goal when Dons defender David McCracken took him out on the edge of the box whilst the Glovers were 2-1 up, only to find referee Paul Tierney bottle a clear red card.

Then last November, Bowditch again put the Glovers 1-0 up in the same fixture at stadium:mk only to see the Glovers lose 3-2 to a controversial late penalty.

Link: Dean Bowditch : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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20 June 2011 : Pre-Season Friendly Prices For 2011-12 Home Matches
Yeovil Town have set admission prices for all four pre-season friendlies that are set to take place during July 2011. Prices for the four matches against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Bristol City, Cardiff City and Southampton have been set as follows:

Adults: Ł10.00; Seniors: Ł5.00; Juniors: Ł2.00.

The only area of the ground that tickets will be sold for initially, will be the Main Stand at Huish Park. However, subject to the volume of sale, the club will consider opening up other parts of the ground if necessary.

For the full pre-season fixture schedule, see our Fixtures Page or head to the Forthcoming Events section of the Ciderspace Home Page.

Link: 2011-12 First Team Fixtures And Results Page.


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20 June 2011 : City Still Waiting On Henderson Response
Yeovil Town's 2010-11 Player of the Season Stephen Henderson is still yet to agree a new contract with his parent club, despite his current deal running out at the end of this month. The 23 year old was given an offer by Bristol City on his return to Ashton Gate, but has yet to indicate whether he will remain with the Championship club.

Speaking in today's Bristol Evening Post, City manager Keith Millen stresses that he wants to keep hold of the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, but with first choice pairing David James and Dean Gerken having both agreed new deals for the 2011-12 season, that he may have a problem on his hands:

"Stephen has been made an offer and it is there on the table for him. He is still away on holiday and I have not heard from him. Because he has gone to Yeovil and had such a good season, he wants to be seen as a number one goalkeeper. He understands the situation here and he knows I don't want to lose him, because I think he has a big future in the game. That is why we have made him a good contract offer."

With Henderson still under 24 years old, he falls under the Bosman cut-off age that would allow him to leave Bristol on a free transfer. Even though he is out of contract, City would still be entitled to ask for a fee, based upon the training and development costs that they have incurred since signing him up in May 2007, after he left Aston Villa. Millen agrees that Henderson is likely to seek first team football, but points out that any interested club is going to have to talk to him:

"If something comes up and another club comes in for him, offering first-team football, then I suppose he is going to look at that. If another club wants to take Stephen, then they will have to make us an offer, because we want to keep him. But we are not at that stage yet and I'm hopeful he will decide to stay with us."

From a Yeovil Town perspective, the more favourable news would be if Henderson agrees to remain at Ashton Gate. The Glovers are unlikely to be amongst any interested parties willing to pay a transfer fee to take him permanently to Huish Park, but would stand a good chance of being favoured with any loan deal. However, if Henderson leaves Bristol City, it's more likely he would be aiming to be a first choice keeper at another club, which would undoubtedly rule the Glovers out.


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18 June 2011 : Skivo: Re-Signing Super Gav Is Real Coup
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he regards the recapture of midfield playmaker Gavin Williams as a 'real coup'. The 30 year old has agreed to rejoin the Glovers for a fourth spell, subject to a medical, on July 1st, returning to a club where he has already made 130 appearances for, since making his debut back in August 2002.

Last year, he was a Bristol City player, when he arrived on a three month loan deal during the first half of the 2010-11 season. That spell saw him score just once in twelve appearances, and there were occasions when the Welshman's fitness was in doubt due to persistent ankle problems. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he recognised that he didn't see the best out of Williams that time round, but said he still regarded him as one of the best players at League One level:

"I think it's a bit of unfinished business. He came here in the first half of last season and was trying to play through an injury, and it didn't really work out. We didn't really see the best of him. But for us to be able to get him back on a contract is a real coup. On his day, and the way that we're going to get him, and the way that we're going to work with him, he is definitely one of the most talented players in this division."

Yesterday, Skiverton spoke of being on the edge of agreeing several signings. Although he clearly won't be naming any names before those deals are concluded, he gave an idea of what sort of players he was going after:

"They all like to get it down. There's a couple there with good energy. There's a striker out there at the moment, who has got electric pace. For me, it's an exciting time. I put the jigsaw together, along with Martyn Starnes, who looks at the budget. We've got a list of targets as long as your arm, and we're going through them."


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17 June 2011 : Skivo Left Frustrated By 'Cherry-Picking' Of Players
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has sounded his frustration at losing some of his key players over this summer, as he attempts to build on the strong finish that the Glovers managed to the 2010-11 season. Having voluntarily released four players at the end of last season, four more players have made the decision not to sign new contracts, with three already finding new clubs.

With League One sides Carlisle United and Chesterfield having snapped up Andy Welsh and Nathan Smith respectively, and Adam Virgo having signed for League Two side Bristol Rovers, the Glovers have lost some significant experience. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton felt that rivals clubs had been 'cherry picking' the best of his playing squad:

"A lot of players come to Yeovil, including myself as a footballer, on their knees. We work with them, we get them back onto their feet, so that at the end of the day they walk away because other clubs are interested. For me, I feel that other clubs have cherry-picked our players this year. I offered a few contracts out at Christmas and agents said no, we want to hang on until the summer and see what comes, and that's football."

Of the players Skiverton has lost this summer, the Glovers boss singled out left-back Nathan Smith's departure as the one that hurt him the most. However, he pointed out that he was already looking at replacements for the 24 year old:

"Out of everybody, he was the one that I really wanted to keep. We pushed the boat out and we went beyond the point of what we would normally offer. But I spoke to the lad this morning (Thursday) and he wanted a fresh start. He felt that he'd been at Yeovil for a little while now. He thanked everyone for the work that we'd done with him. Am I disappointed he's gone? Yes, I'm very disappointed. He was an excellent servant to the football club. I've played with him, managed him and you couldn't have got a better player. As for this football club, we move on and I've already got two or three left-backs that I'm talking to."


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17 June 2011 : Former Ladies Boss Gets Pilgrims Call
Plymouth Ladies have appointed former Yeovil Town Ladies manager Steve Phelps as their new boss for the 2011-12 season. Phelps has been drafted in as a replacement for outgoing manager Rhys Sullivan, who left them after guiding them into the FA Women's Premier League at the end of last season.

The choice of new management has a bitter-sweet twist to it - Plymouth are replacing Yeovil Town Ladies in the Premier League Southern Division next season, with the Glovers having only survived a single season at that level, before dropping back into the South West Women's Combination League, where they will play their 2011-12 season.

Phelps was the Glovers manager for the bulk of that season, before stepping down in March, with the Ladies replacing him last month with management duo Nigel Williams and Sarah Lawler.

Now Phelps will aim for 'second time lucky' as he aims to cement Argyle's position within the Premier League. Pilgrims Chairman Mike Picken told BBC Sport that Phelps' experience at that level should help them in that quest:

"We are delighted to have obtained the services of Steve Phelps to guide us into the Premier League. Steve had considerable success with Yeovil Ladies and is a highly qualified manager. We look forward to the new season with great anticipation."


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17 June 2011 : Glovers To Start And End 2011-12 Campaign On The Road
Yeovil Town will both start and end their 2011-12 season on the road, with away trips against familiar opposition. The Glovers will open up the season on August 6th 2011 with a journey to West London, where they will face Brentford at Griffin Park. That will then be followed by the midweek Carling Cup trip to play Exeter City. On the following Saturday, the Glovers will play their first home match, on August 13th, when Oldham Athletic are the visitors to Huish Park.

The season ends with a trip to play Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium on May 5th - the ground at which Yeovil secured their 2005-06 season status, denying the Terriers automatic promotion in the process. The final home match of the 2011-12 season is against Chesterfield, with Nathan Smith having to wait a while for his return to Huish Park after joining the Spireites.

Most Glovers fans will be visiting three new grounds for the coming season - these come on September 10th, when they travel to play Preston North End, whilst on November 5th, Chesterfield's new B2Net Stadium will be the destination. The trio of new grounds is completed on January 7th when Sheffield United will host their first ever Football League match against Yeovil Town.

The Christmas period will see little in the way of travelling for those based in Yeovil, with home games against Charlton Athletic and AFC Bournemouth, whilst the only away match comes with the trip to St James Park to play Exeter City on January 2nd.

Midweekers are often a problem for football supporters - both games against Wycombe Wanderers and Milton Keynes Dons have been given Tuesday night slots, whilst the home game against and Leyton Orient and the away match at Charlton Athletic will also be night games.

Given the harsh winter that we had across the turn of the year leading into 2011, it's somewhat surprising that two of those midweekers have already been loaded into March, in the lead up to Easter, meaning that there are already seven fixtures in March and five in April, with the latter including the Easter weekend. Hopefully this time round, there won't be the fixture chaos experienced during the season just gone.

Another problematic period for those who travel to away matches could be the month of September, which sees three petrol-heavy trips up north, as Tranmere Rovers, Preston North End and Scunthorpe United play host to the Glovers.

The full fixture list is linked below, including the full set of 2011-12 pre-season friendlies, and will be maintained throughout the coming season. As usual it can be accessed via the Matches menu link at the top of each page, or by heading to the foot of the Forthcoming Events section of the Ciderspace home page.

Link: 2011-12 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures Page.


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17 June 2011 : Football League Fixtures Released - Full Yeovil Town List
Today, the Football League released their fixtures for the 2011-12 season. The full list for all clubs were made available from 9.00a.m. with Yeovil Town finding out how their 46 game league schedule will pan out.

As usual, Ciderspace are hosting the fixtures for Yeovil Town. The full list can be found via the link below.

Link: 2011-12 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures Page.


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17 June 2011 : Skiverton On Edge Of Further Signings
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton states that he is on the edge of finalising a number of signings, with several players being lined up to replace his depleted squad numbers. So far, the Glovers have only five recognised first teamers from last season contracted for next season, with Gavin Williams due to be added to that list, subject to a medical on July 1st.

Clearly Skiverton needs new players across the board, with the need for at least ten new players to come in, although he is still waiting for right-back Craig Alcock, right-winger Billy Gibson and midfielder Alex Russell to agree new terms for next season.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he has one player who the club have now agreed personal terms with, but has a number of others who he is waiting for responses from, suggesting that he is close to making a number of announcements:

"I've got a number of targets that I'll be talking to. One has just agreed personal terms with us now, and I've got two or three now that I'm just waiting to come back today (Thursday) just to iron out medicals, because they'll be looking like they'll be getting done soon as well."

Since the 2010-11 season ended, the following players have left Yeovil Town:

Released: Sam Williams, Craig Calver, Martin Gritton, Stefan Stam.

Returned To Loaning Clubs: Stephen Henderson, Shaun MacDonald, Max Ehmer, Jonathan Obika, Andrew Tutte (and Oli Johnson whose loan expired early).

Rejected Contract Offers: Andy Welsh (Carlisle), Dean Bowditch, Nathan Smith (Chesterfield), Adam Virgo (Bristol Rovers).


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16 June 2011 : Harrold Heads South To Join Rovers
League Two side Bristol Rovers have signed up former Yeovil Town striker Matt Harrold. The 26 year old has agreed a two year deal at the Memorial Stadium, after his former club Shrewsbury Town accepted an undisclosed fee for him to move down the M5.

Manager Paul Buckle regards the capture of Harrold to be "a great price ... a real bargain" - the deal is subject to a medical which is planned to go through before the weekend, with the paperwork being lodged on Monday.

Harrold has had a year with the Shrews, joining them on a free, after he was released Wycombe Wanderers. In between those two clubs, he had a short trial with Swedish side Örgryte Idrottsällskap, but chose to come back to England.

He had signed a two year deal with Shrewsbury and so departs halfway through that stint, having made 47 appearances and scoring nine goals for them. He has said on his Twitter account that he didn't believe he had much of a future under manager Graham Turner:

"I'm sad to be leaving Shrews - loved my time there and would have loved promotion, but it was clear I wasn't in the manager's plans."

With Andy Williams and Gavin Williams currently on the books of Yeovil Town, and Rovers having signed up Adam Virgo, along with having Super Gav and Jean-Paul Kalala on their books last season, the criss-cross of players between the two clubs is gathering pace.

One player who won't be joining Rovers though is Queens Park Rangers defender/midfielder Max Ehmer - he revealed yesterday that he turned down a chance to head to the Memorial Stadium for the coming season, whilst he was on a recent summer break in Dubai. As yet, no firm indication as to where he is going next, but certainly Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has been in contact with the German during this week.

Link: Matt Harrold : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 June 2011 : Bud Can You Spare A Dime?
The FA Cup has always had a worldwide reputation as being the original and legendary cup competition for club sides. The very bedrock of the English (and often Welsh) game, it is the oldest association football competition in the world, dating back to the 1871-72 season.

Dominated in its early days by sides such as Wanderers, Oxford University, Royal Engineers, Old Etonians and Old Carthusians, the competition has been a great English tradition and holds a reputation that no other country in the world can match within their own domestic cup competitions.

Times can change though, and over the course of the last decade or so, little things have gradually eroded the way football supporters see the FA Cup. Allowing semi-finals to be staged at Wembley, the decision by Manchester United to not defend the trophy they had won in 1999, and to go off and play in the FIFA Club World Championship, the scrapping of secondary replays, have all seen the competition devalued in many peoples eyes.

In 2006, for the first time ever, the FA Cup became sponsored by utility company E.On, taking on a five year deal to have the competition rebadged as The FA Cup Sponsored By E.On. The rebranding was criticised by many as being another nail in the coffin. Unsurprisingly few outside the main television broadcasters, who were contractually obliged to, and the Football Association themselves, bothered to use its somewhat verbose title.

Today, a three year sponsorship deal has been agreed with Budweiser. Its formal title will be The FA Cup with Budweiser. Rumours are that it's worth around Ł25 million across the three years. Any suggestions that Budweiser's involvement means the FA Cup has been watered down even further are to be firmly denied ...


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16 June 2011 : Nathan Smith Joins Chesterfield - Confirmed
No sooner has his long-expected departure been confirmed from Yeovil Town, left-back Nathan Smith's arrival at the B2Net Stadium - the new home of Chesterfield has been confirmed. Smith has penned a two year contract with the Spireites, with the 24 year old joining them on a free transfer.

Despite Chesterfield only being promoted out of League Two last month, Smith sees them as a candidate for the top half of the table for the 2011-12 season, and has told their club site:

"My aim now is to reach the play-offs, or even promotion. Chesterfield are a team on the up and I want to be part of that."

Nathan also left a message on his Twitter account for Glovers fans he will now leave behind, over three years after his arrival from non-league football:

"It was a hard decision that didn't happen overnight. Would like to thank everybody at Yeovil for their support during my time there. Thank you."

Link: Nathan Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 June 2011 : Nathan Smith Leaves Yeovil Town - Confirmed
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Smith departure from the club has now been confirmed. The 24 year old has become the latest player to leave Huish Park, having turned down the offer of a new contract at the club.

His departure has been widely expected since last week's reports that he was about to pen a deal with League Two Champions Chesterfield. This morning's Sheffield Star reports that Spireites boss John Sheridan is about to finalise a new signing at the B2Net Stadium - the prospect of it being Smith looks inevitable.

Nathan made 118 appearances for the Glovers, having been signed from non-league Potters Bar in March 2008. He leaves on a free transfer, with his contract at the club expiring at the end of this month.

Link: Nathan Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 June 2011 : Carling Cup Full First Round Draw : Glovers Get Grecians
Yeovil Town have been drawn at home/away in the First Round of the 2011-12 Carling Cup. Their opponents will be Exeter City in a match that will be played at St James Park.

All Carling Cup First Round matches are scheduled to be played during the week commencing August 8th 2011. The most likely date for this match is Tuesday 9th 2011, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, although that will be confirmed one way or another in the next few days.

The two clubs have had a strong connection in the past few years, and drew each other in the Football League Trophy last season at Huish Park, in a game where Exeter ran out 3-1 winners. The two clubs have also met four times at League One level over the past two seasons, and have a strong connection through their efforts to support former striker Adam Stansfield's family, and the associated Adam Stansfield Foundation.

The full draw is as follows:

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

Link: 2011-12 Season Key Dates For Your Diary.


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15 June 2011 : Super Gav Returns To Huish Park
Yeovil Town have agreed a deal with midfield playmaker Gavin Williams to return to Huish Park. The 30 year old returns to the club for a fourth spell, having had two loan periods at the club during the last two seasons, on top of his more lengthy time with the Glovers.

The move is subject to a successful medical at the club, and as yet no contract period has been disclosed. He is the club's first signing of the summer of 2011, following a lengthy wait since the 2010-11 season ended.

Across his three periods with the club so far, the Welshman has clocked up 130 appearances, scoring 27 goals. He spent the end of the 2010-11 season with relegated side Bristol Rovers but was released at the end of his time at the Memorial Stadium.

Welcome back Gavin, and hope you enjoy yet another stay at Huish Park.

Link: Gavin Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 June 2011 : Rovers Confirm Virgo Signing
League Two side Bristol Rovers have confirmed the signing of former Yeovil Town central defender Adam Virgo. The 28 year old former Brighton and Hove Albion player has agreed a two year contract at the Memorial Stadium, subject to a medical.

Rovers boss Paul Buckle has told their club site that Virgo chose to join them despite having offers to stay at League One level:

"Adam is someone who had other options and could have joined a League One club, but he is excited about the challenge of joining us."

Virgo turned down the chance to stay at Huish Park earlier this week, with the club announcing that he was leaving after 12 months with the Glovers.

Link: Adam Virgo : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 June 2011 : Alcock Linked By Posh Press
Today's Peterborough Evening Telegraph is the latest media outlet to provide a link with one of Yeovil Town's out of contract players. They name Glovers right-back Craig Alcock as being connected with Peterborough United, who were promoted to the Championship as League One's play-off winners last month.

The 23 year old right-back is one of four Glovers players who have yet to make public their intentions for the 2011-12 season, with left-back Nathan Smith (strongly linked with a move to Chesterfield), right-winger Billy Gibson and central midfielder Alex Russell (linked with a coaching role at Torquay United) all undecided as to what the future holds.

The Posh local paper doesn't reveal how strong their club's intentions are, but Craig's name has been on the rumour-mill amongst Yeovil fans as attracting interest from Peterborough for a few days now. Whether the Evening Telegraph have just picked up on that, or whether they've got a more local source connecting Alcock with the London Road side isn't clear.

One player that can probably be entirely ruled out of the equation as a possible target for recruitment into the club is Dundee United winger Craig Conway. Always looking somewhat out of Yeovil's league, the Scottish Television (STV) website states that "Conway and his representative held discussions at Murray Park on Wednesday morning about a move" suggesting that Glasgow side Rangers have him firmly in their sights. With seemingly half of the English Championship division also chasing him south of the border, this one never really had legs on it, even if a Tweet from Conway's former Dundee United team-mate Noel Hunt created a little bit of excitement.


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14 June 2011 : Bye Bye Multi-Ball
This summer's Football League AGM has voted to block usage of the multi-ball system for the 2011-12 season. The method of using ball-boys and ball-girls to distribute additional balls to the field of play has been a popular strategy at Huish Park since Gary Johnson's arrival as manager ten years ago, allowing the game in general to be played at a higher tempo.

However, it has faced opposition in certain quarters, with some clubs not adopting the system, whilst others have actively campaigned for its removal. In the summer of 2008, Ipswich Town put forward a motion for the system to be scrapped, but that was defeated at the AGM, although a compromise of a licence system was introduced meaning that clubs could be barred from using the system and fined if they were deemed to be abusing it.

The opposing view is that ball-boys and ball-girls are being pressurised during matches, either implicitly or explicitly, into controlling how quickly balls are returned into play depending on whether their side is winning or losing the match. Not that a single ball system will eradicate those sort of accusations of course.

At this summer's AGM in Cyprus, Millwall became the latest club to put forward a motion calling for the multi-ball system to be banned and the Southwark News reports that their proposal was successfully adopted. Spare balls will now be controlled by the Fourth Official, which has been the default situation when multi-ball is not available.


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14 June 2011 : Russell Linked Again With Gulls Role
League Two side Torquay United are believed to be lining up a move for Yeovil Town midfielder Alex Russell, according to speculation in the Devon press. The Torquay Herald Express names the 38 year old as a prime target to move to Plainmoor as part of new manager Martin Ling's backroom team.

Russell was one of the names that the Devon press listed whilst the Gulls managerial vacancy was in force, following the departure of Paul Buckle to Bristol Rovers. However, yesterday when Ling was officially named as the new boss, the local press suggested that Russell had not been one of those interviewed for the job - although that should be balanced against the fact that the paper didn't include Ling in the six candidates they named as their shortlist either.

Russell, who is currently out of contract at Yeovil Town, but sat on a new offer, spent four years at Plainmoor, clocking up 163 appearances and 21 goals, and was part of Leroy Rosenior's side who got promotion up into third tier football in 2003-04.

The Torquay Herald Express do not name any sources, or give any hints as to why they feel Russell is likely to be part of Ling's management team, but suggest that the new boss will be appointing a new assistant manager or player-coach within the next seven to ten days.


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14 June 2011 : Virgo Attracts Interest From Rovers

Even though he was only formally released by Yeovil Town yesterday, defender Adam Virgo is already a man in demand. The Western Morning News quote Bristol Rovers new manager Paul Buckle as having an interest in signing the 28 year old, who turned down a chance to stay at Huish Park this week.

Buckle, whose side will start the 2011-12 season in League Two, has told the paper that he would be interested in talking to the centre-back:

"He's a player I like. He's the right sort of person and he played in League One last year. He's a left-footer as well and that would help to bring balance to the squad."

It's more likely though, that Virgo has turned down Yeovil's offer because he is sat on another offer that is more acceptable than the one that was on the table at Huish Park. There's no reason why that couldn't be Rovers, but it would be unusual for a player to willingly drop a division to sign for another club.

As yet, striker Dean Bowditch and midfielder Andrew Tutte have yet to be formally connected to other clubs, following their rejections of Yeovil Town contracts, although Bowditch has been persistently linked with Colchester United, whilst the appointment of Steve Eyre at Rochdale - Tutte's former Youth Team coach - may prove attractive. As yet though, no concrete indications as to what their thinking is.


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13 June 2011 : Carling Cup Preliminary Round Match Required
The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that in our earlier list of seeded clubs for the Carling Cup First Round draw, that there was an odd number of clubs in the draw. The anomaly is in the Southern Section (Unseeded) section which contains 19 clubs, whilst all other sections contain 18 for the draw, which takes place on Thursday.

The reason for this is because there will be a Carling Cup Preliminary Round match between two clubs this season. Newly promoted Conference clubs Crawley Town and AFC Wimbledon will play each other in a single match for the right to play in the First Round of the competition.

That match will be played on Friday 29th July, with Crawley getting home advantage following a single draw that has already been made. The tie has been needed because Birmingham City, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, have qualified for the Europa League, and thus under competition rules have received a bye until the Third Round stage. That left competition organisers with an odd number of clubs, and thus a single 'play-off' style match was needed to resolve the situation - the first time this unusual step has been needed since the 2002-03 season.

Thus when the Carling Cup First Round draw is made, one of the First Round ties drawn out on Thursday will contain "Crawley Town or AFC Wimbledon" as the opposition.


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13 June 2011 : Caley Thistle Secure Third Tour Match
Pre-season opponents Inverness Caledonian Thistle have now managed to finalise their plans for a week in Southern England, after problems securing a sufficient number of matches threatened to see the tour called off. The Scottish Premier League side are playing Yeovil Town on Tuesday 12th July at Huish Park, but had last month placed some doubt over whether the tour was viable.

The problem stemmed from Caley Thistle being able to add to the two matches that had been arranged - they had agreed to visit Bristol Rovers two days after the trip to Huish Park. Attempts to arrange a match against Plymouth Argyle fell through and then all that was left was silence.

However, all is now resolved with the news that they will now take on League Two side Aldershot on Saturday 16th July, meaning that the games at Huish Park and the Memorial Stadium will now go ahead, with Caley's first team squad staying in the area for the full week.

Whether their squad includes former Glovers loan striker Adam Rooney is open to question. Having spent three years north of the border, netting 54 goals in 125 appearances, the Inverness Courier reports that he may well have moved on by the time his current team travel south. Assistant boss Maurice Malpas states that Rooney is looking to get back into English League football, and although they have not cut their ties with him, Malpas believes the situation is out of their control:

"Adam is talking to clubs down south, but he has made it clear that if he can’t agree anything then he would be quite keen to come back and sign for us. Adam is looking for certain things, not financially, but professionally, from these clubs, so we are leaving the door open for him if nothing happens in England. It’s within his rights to speak to clubs, but Adam has been very professional by keeping us informed of what’s happening. I don’t know who he has spoken to or anything like that, but I would imagine it would be clubs in the Championship or at the top end of League One. From our perspective, however, the good thing is that he hasn’t blown us out the water."

Link: Adam Rooney : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 June 2011 : Adam Virgo Becomes The Latest To Leave Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town central defender Adam Virgo has become the latest Glovers first teamer to reject new contract terms at Huish Park. Following the decisions made by left-winger Andy Welsh and striker Dean Bowditch to leave the club, and Andrew Tutte's decision to not sign permanently with the club, Adam is now confirmed as leaving the building.

Adam made 36 appearances for the club in his one season for the Glovers, scoring five goals along the way, having arrived from Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer of 2010. As yet there's no hint as to which club he is joining.

As yet, the future of left-back Nathan Smith, right-back Craig Alcock, right-winger Billy Gibson and central midfielder Alex Russell have yet to be formally revealed, although Sky Sports have claimed that Smith will sign for Chesterfield, whilst Russell has been linked with the Torquay United managerial vacancy.

Link: Adam Virgo : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 June 2011 : Carling Cup First Round Seeding Team Lists
Seeding and draw details for the 2011-12 Carling Cup First Round for the season has been agreed. As with recent seasons, the First Round draw will see a North/South divide, as well as seedings that are based upon last season's league placings. The majority of Premier League clubs receive byes, although the dividing line still means that the Glovers could face newly promoted Swansea City, or last season's top flight basement side West Ham United.

Yeovil Town have been placed in the non-seeded half of the Southern section. This means that they will play one of the following sides:

Southern Section (Seeded): West Ham, Swansea City, Cardiff City, Reading, Millwall, Ipswich Town, Watford, Bristol City, Portsmouth, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Hove Albion, Southampton, MK Dons, AFC Bournemouth, Leyton Orient, Exeter City, Colchester United and Brentford.

This means that the unseeded section looks like this:

Southern Section (Unseeded): Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town, Dagenham and Redbridge, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Stevenage, Torquay United, Gillingham, Oxford United, Southend United, Aldershot, Northampton Town, Cheltenham Town, Hereford United, Barnet, Crawley Town and AFC Wimbledon.

In the Northern Section of the draw, the following split has been made:

Northern Section (Seeded): Blackpool, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Burnley, Barnsley, Leicester City, Hull City, Middlesbrough, Coventry City, Peterborough United, Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, Preston North End, Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United, Huddersfield Town, Rochdale and Carlisle United.

Northern Section (Unseeded): Sheffield Wednesday, Hartlepool United, Tranmere Rovers, Oldham Athletic, Notts County, Walsall, Chesterfield, Bury, Shrewsbury Town, Accrington Stanley, Bradford City, Burton Albion, Crewe Alexandra, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe, Port Vale, Rotherham United and Northampton Town.

The draw for the Carling Cup First Round will be released on Thursday 16th April at 10.00a.m.


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12 June 2011 : Rochdale Appoint New First Team Manager
League One side Rochdale have appointed Steve Eyre as their new First Team Manager. Eyre is a virtual unknown in Football League first team circles, having spent his football coaching career in charge of Manchester City's Youth Team. Whilst in that job, Dale say that he brought City's Under-18s five league titles and two FA Youth Cup final appearances.

Eyre replaces former boss Keith Hill, who has joined Championship side Barnsley as their new manager. He is going to be unveiled at a press conference on Tuesday, where doubtless Dale fans will learn much more about him - however, they released a club statement this evening with the name of Eyre having widely leaked out in advance of their formal briefing.


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12 June 2011 : Kezie And Yemi On The Move
Former Yeovil Town striker Yemi Odubade has made a move up into the North-East to sign for Conference National side Gateshead. The 26 year old has penned a one year contract at the International Stadium after leaving Stevenage at the end of last season.

Despite finishing as Stevenage's top scorer when they won the Conference National division in 2009-10, Yemi found it harder to stay in their team at League Two level and was eventually loaned out to Newport County where he finished the season, suggesting that Stevenage felt that he wasn't going to make the grade in the Football League. He has now signed a deal with Gateshead, but still hopes that he can

"Gateshead are very ambitious and I want to be part of that. Gateshead are a good club and this is a new chapter for me. If I can help the club return to the Football League that would be brilliant. The club are progressing in the right way, so hopefully we will be able to provide the extra push to where they want to be."

Odubade left Yeovil Town in the summer of 2005 after a year at Huish Park and headed back to Eastbourne, signing for Eastbourne Borough, having arrived in Somerset from their neighbours Eastbourne Town. However, he came to the attention of Oxford United a year later, spending three seasons there before surprisingly being released in 2009 and signing for Stevenage.

When Yemi joined Yeovil Town, he was joined by another prospect from non-league football, with Kezie Ibe signing from Staines Town. Kezie has now moved on to sign for Chelmsford City this summer - his second spell with the Essex club, having scored 43 goals for them across two seasons there between 2006 and 2008.

Aside from two spells with Chelmsford, the 28 year old has also played for Canvey Island, Ebsfleet United, AFC Wimbledon and most recently Farnborough Town since leaving Yeovil Town in the summer of 2005.

Link: Yemi Odubade : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Kezie Ibe : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 June 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : Skivo Has A Crew Cut
There's utterly no doubt that yesterday, for Yeovil Town fans, was the low point of the summer so far. Top scorer Dean Bowditch was confirmed as leaving the club, whilst former loan player Andrew Tutte decided he wasn't coming back - equally a blow given that during much of his time at Huish Park it had been assumed amongst fans that he was a shoe-in for a permanent contract.

Add to that, Sky Sports and their persistence that Nathan Smith is on the way out, and bound for Chesterfield, and the loss of Andy Welsh to Carlisle United and all has not been particularly rosey.

In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, our resident blogger Cruncher considers yesterday's news and what options the Glovers may still have. Read on via the link below and feel free to supply your own views on the week's events.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Skivo Has A Crew Cut.


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11 June 2011 : Hitchcock Thriller
Another day, another Sky Sports rumour. This time they link Blackburn Rovers striker Tom Hitchcock with a loan move to Huish Park. The 18 year old has yet to make a first team appearance at Ewood Park but Sky suggest they are trying to get him first team experience at a Football League club, in the first instance on a short term basis.

As usual with Sky, no quotes and no indication of where they have sourced their information. They name Bristol Rovers and Macclesfield Town as other alleged interested parties. The profile and age certainly matches what Yeovil Town will be looking for, but expect an agent to be involved along the way.

Tom was born on October 1st 1992 and has been on Blackburn's books since the age of 12 years old. Last season he began to break into their Reserve Team side, making eight starts and another seven as a substitute, scoring four goals. However, he was also a regular in their Under-18s side, making 21 appearances in Academy and FA Youth Cup matches, scoring 10 goals along the way.

Obviously no confirmation on this yet, beyond what Sky Sports are suggesting, and given that it's a loan deal, we wouldn't expect to hear too much of a definitive nature until July at the earliest.


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11 June 2011 : 2010-11 League One Prediction Competition Results
All the way back in August 2010, a number of Ciderspace readers stuck their necks on the line for the third consecutive season, as we aimed to see who could predict the 2010-11 season, and the key finishing positions. We asked you to name the two automatic promotion sides, the play-off winners and the four teams that would be relegated at the end of the season just gone. In addition, we asked you to predict where Yeovil Town would finish in that table.

History now tells us that Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton gained promotion, whilst on Sunday, it was Peterborough United who grabbed the play-off winners slot. At the other end, Dagenham and Redbridge, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town were the four sides to face the drop, whilst Yeovil Town finished a respectable 14th in the final table, despite a fairly iffy first half of the season.

With Sunday's play-off final now completing League One for the 2010-11 season, we've had a look at how everyone did back in August, and some of the results are a little surprising. We'll start with the good news - Yeovil Town's 14th placed finish was pretty much what the majority of you expected - in fact an impressive 59% of you expected the Glovers to finish between 10th and 14th place in the table - by far where the majority of the votes went.

Sixteen of you correctly predicted the 14th place on the nail. These supporters were as follows: dbail, Old Glover, Shepton Jimbob, Dazz, Dickie, Blackthorn Stand, Eddie Harding, Neil McFhane, MiNi, Tom Cuff, wurzelpete, P Parle, Oli, Reece Smither, Max Cohen and Jon Pike.

For reference, only 12 supporters expected us to be relegated, with only three of those opting for the final two positions. Meanwhile at the other end of the table, only one supporter predicted automatic promotion for Yeovil Town, with a further four people tipping us for the play-offs. Everyone else expected us to be somewhere in the middle of the pack - thus 87% of you were firmly predicting another season in League One to be the end result.

It's after this that things start to go downhill a bit. No-one predicted that Brighton and Hove Albion would be Champions, although to be fair, the vast majority opted for Southampton who finished runners-up - a whopping 130 of you thought the Saints would go up in some shape or form. In general Brighton caught everyone out with only four people predicting automatic promotion, and six more expecting them to be play-off winners. You were better at predicting the play-off finalists though, with Peterborough United and Huddersfield Town the most popular options to go up via that route.

With no-one choosing Brighton as Champions, that obviously meant that no-one got all three promotion positions spot on. However, two of you managed to get all three promoted teams spot on - step forward and take a bow: Old Glover and DNB.

Down at the bottom, predictions fell apart somewhat mainly because no-one expected Swindon Town to go from losing play-off finalists to relegation fodder inside twelve months. Yes, that's right - no-one. Matters were not much better with Plymouth Argyle, where just three people predicted they would drop, and Bristol Rovers where two supporters thought they would drop. Of course, Dagenham and Redbridge was a popular choice, so many of you got one correct, but only two supporters predicted two relegation candidates correctly - these were Ben and Julie Turland. Whilst it's been rare in the past for supporters to get all four relegation spots correct, we've normally had a large number who have guessed three correctly - clearly this one didn't go by the book.

Overall, in the above namechecks there's one name that stands out above the rest. Old Glover predicted all three promoted teams - even with stating that Peterborough would be the one of three who would go up via the play-offs. He predicted Yeovil Town's finishing spot precisely, and although he missed out on three of the relegation spots, so did pretty much everybody else. Perhaps proof that you really should listen to your elders?

Thank you to those who entered, and if anyone wants to be reminded of their original entry, drop an email to the usual site address, and we'll dig out what you predicted. We'll doubtless repeat this again towards the end of July as the 2011-12 season gets close to starting.


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10 June 2011 : Brentford Appoint New First Team Manager
League One side Brentford have today appointed a new first team manager, succeeding Nicky Forster, who provided a lengthy caretaker spell at the end of the 2010-11 season, after they parted company with Andy Scott. The Bees have appointed former Manchester City striker Uwe Rösler, who has signed a two year contract at Griffin Park.

Rösler has yet to manage in UK football, but has spent the past six years managing Norwegian league clubs, with Lillestrřm, Viking FK and Molde FK, although he parted company with Molde in November 2010, and has been looking for a route back into English league football since then.

As part of the former East German international's appointment, Brentford have been making a number of other changes behind the scenes, bringing in former Bees first team coach Mark Warburton as a Sporting Director, whilst Chief Executive Andrew Mills will leave the club.

Rösler has indicated that he will be appointing a separate assistant manager and first team coach to support his aims, but has confirmed that Gunnar Halle, who was his assistant at all three Norwegian clubs, will not be joining the club as he does not wish to relocate to England.


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10 June 2011 : No Tutte Return For Glovers
Yeovil Town have confirmed that Manchester City loan signing Andrew Tutte will not be returning to Huish Park. The situation with the 20 year old was a little up in the air - as a loan player he returned to the City of Manchester Stadium but was widely believed to be released from his contract at the end of the season, although we never saw that officially confirmed.

The Glovers have indicated today that they will not be signing him for next season, suggesting that either he is remaining a City player, or that he is about to sign for another club. Tutte had this summer been linked with moves to Rochdale and Shrewsbury Town - both of whom had previously taken him on loan before he travelled to Huish Park. We'll wait and see where he ends up.

Link: Andrew Tutte : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 June 2011 : Dean Bowditch Leaves Yeovil Town - Confirmed
Yeovil Town have confirmed that striker Dean Bowditch has left the club, after turning down the offer of a new contract at the club. Deano had been with the club for two seasons, and finished top scorer in both seasons. However, his contract expires at the end of June, and at the age of 24, he was entitled to leave the club on a free transfer.

As yet, there are no indications as to which club he plans to sign for, although it seems inevitable that he will have agreed terms before rejecting the Glovers' offer. He made 75 appearances for the club, scoring 25 goals during his two seasons.

The very best of luck to Deano, and thanks for the last two years.

Link: Dean Bowditch : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 June 2011 : Nathan Smith To Leave Huish Park?
The Sky Sports website is reporting that Yeovil Town's out of contract left-back Nathan Smith has agreed a deal with League One newcomers Chesterfield. There is no official confirmation of this as yet, but their website has been running this as a story in recent weeks, whilst the Derbyshire Times claimed at the start of the month that Smith had visited their new B2Net Stadium for talks.

Sky now claim that Smith has chosen Chesterfield, ahead of offers from Preston North End, Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town and all they await is the formal confirmation of the deal.

Smith is out of contract at Huish Park, and having turned 24 years old this season, he would leave the club on a free transfer. We'll confirm his exit one way or another as soon as further information arrives.

Link: Nathan Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 June 2011 : Murtagh Heads Off To Cambridge
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Kieran Murtagh has signed a contract with Conference National side Cambridge United. After spending a season with Wycombe Wanderers in League Two, the 22 year old has moved on again, heading back into non-league football.

The former Fisher Athletic player will now be part of a team under manager Jez George and has told the Cambridge club site that he has high hopes of the U's working their way back into the Football League:

"I'm excited to join Cambridge United. It's a big club with a good fan base and I know it's a great platform for me and to help push the Club back to where it belongs. I'm looking forward to playing for Jez and I believe the young squad he's assembling has the ability to surprise a few people next season."

George said that after news of Cambridge's interest in the player leaked out, that it was important that he made his move quickly. He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that competition for the player had been hotting up:

"We moved early, we knew that we wanted him and we're really pleased that we've got him before one or two others got themselves sorted out and put something to him. That's why I was a little bit worried when news of us speaking to him got out first, because you always want to get these things wrapped up in case someone else comes in. From the moment he came to the ground and we talked to him about the history of the club and the fan base he was sold on coming here."

Murtagh's time at Wycombe was not particularly productive, with him only making one League Two start in his time at Adams Park. He made 10 appearances in total, as Wanderers headed for promotion back into third tier football, but had a far more fruitful time when he went on loan to Conference South side Woking at the tail end of January where he made 13 appearances, scoring 5 goals, before being recalled back to provide cover for a Wycombe squad that had been suffering an injury crisis.

Link: Keiran Murtagh : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 June 2011 : League One Clubs Adopt Salary Capping Regulations
Further to last week's news item, the Football League's Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) has now been extended to cover League One clubs for the coming 2011-12 season.

League One clubs have been shadowing the SCMP rules since their introduction throughout League Two clubs, although without the financial restrictions and transfer embargo penalties that have been associated with the rules and regulations. League Two clubs are currently prevented from making new signings if they exceed a set percent of their company turnover - this will now be extended to include sides in Yeovil Town's division.

The threshold at which the SCMP rules apply will also be lowered from 60 percent to 55 percent - something that had been circulated amongst clubs before the meeting. That has now been voted in and will apply to both League One and League Two.

The Football League have also agreed that they will 'in principle' agree to adopt the basis of UEFA's Financial Fair Play framework, which is set to be introduced as a mandatory rule for clubs entering the UEFA Champions League competition. Based on the concept of clubs targeting a financial 'break even' model, Championship clubs are to spend the coming 12 months working towards the formal introduction of such regulations in time for the 2012-13 season. At this stage it would appear that this is not a hard commitment, but that clubs will reconsider whether they are ready to fully adopt such regulations at next summer's Football League AGM.

In a statement issued by the Football League, Chairman Greg Clarke has welcomed the moves to extend the SCMP coverage and to look into the UEFA framework:

"This is a very important step forward for professional football as it will help our clubs exert greater control over their finances. Much more work needs to be done, but I am hugely encouraged and impressed by the energy and focus of our clubs on this issue. They have been the catalyst for change and have shown a real desire to self-regulate in this area. I congratulate them on taking this bold step."

In terms of the effect that the SCMP rules will have upon Yeovil Town, in general it should be beneficial, given that the club is not bankrolled to any great degree. There can be circumstances where salary capping can be overly restrictive - e.g. where a striker breaks his leg at a critical point in the season, and a football club wants to make a calculated gamble to preserve their form within the division. However, in most cases, it will even out income throughout the division, and give clubs a strong incentive to increase their income organically, rather than through the use of 'Sugar Daddies'.


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9 June 2011 : Ehmer Sets Sights On Next Season's Goals
Former Yeovil Town loan defender/midfielder Max Ehmer has given a broad hint of where he would like to be for next season. The 19 year old would no doubt be welcomed back to Huish Park with open arms if the opportunity arose, after his 27 appearances for the Glovers in the 2010-11 season, and strong rumours last season suggested that manager Terry Skiverton had already asked former Glovers midfielder, and QPR Youth Team coach Marc Bircham if a return could be arranged.

Not too surprisingly, Ehmer has to think of his own career at Loftus Road, and the prospects of turning into a first team footballer for the Premier League newcomers. Speaking to the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle he strongly implies that if he does not make his parent club's 25 man squad for next season, that he would be looking to test himself at a higher level, in the same way that Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker did after he left Huish Park. Max explains:

"I enjoyed it there (at Yeovil) and now I am getting ready for pre-season at QPR. I’d like to be more involved in and around the first team squad, but it depends on who they bring in. Obviously being in the Premier League now has made it harder for me. So if it means me going out on loan then so be it. If that happens, then somewhere higher up in League One or in the Championship would be my preference."

Having had a taste of first team football, Max is getting the bit between his teeth, and he has set his sights on emulating Chelsea centre-back John Terry, saying that he admired the way that he played the game:

"John Terry is the player I look up to. The way he heads the ball, his passing, his tackling. And I play as a left-sided centre back too. I model my game on his."

Talking of Steven Caulker, having had another impressive season, this time on loan with Championship side Bristol City, it now looks as though the 19 year old will be aiming to take another step further in his efforts to establish himself as a Premier League player.

Premier League newcomers Swansea City have noted his performances over the last two seasons, and Chairman Huw Jenkins has told BBC Radio Wales that he wants to take him on a long term loan if Spurs agree to his terms:

"Steven Caulker is a player (manager) Brendan (Rodgers) is interested in bringing in and we're actually speaking to Tottenham about that, and we'll hope to perhaps conclude something this week."

Possibly the main issue for Spurs and Caulker will be that his season was cut short in March after he suffered a knee cartilage injury that required surgery. They will no doubt be wanting to fully confirm his full recovery from the injury before allowing him to head to the Liberty Stadium.


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9 June 2011 : Glovers Fly Off To Visit Magpies
Yeovil Town have arranged their seventh pre-season friendly for the 2011-12 season. The match will be against Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium, and will be played on Wednesday 6th July. As yet a firm kick-off time has yet to be arranged, however plan for it being around 7.45p.m. given that this matches with the Magpies plans for another friendly arranged against Exeter City at the same ground a couple of days later.

This is at present Yeovil Town's first pre-season friendly, and so the expectation is that the squad that travels will be a mix of first teamers, youth teamers and doubtless plenty of trialists!

A full list of other pre-season matches can be viewed on the Ciderspace home page under the Forthcoming Events section.


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9 June 2011 : Skivo Sticks By Contract Rules and Regs
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that he has to abide by rules and regulations that require all out of contract players to be given time to weigh up contract offers at the club. Last season all players had to agree their new deals with the club by June 15th 2010 - this summer it looks as though roughly the same deadline is in place, give or take a day or two.

In this week's Western Gazette, they quote Skiverton as saying that the out of contract players have been given a month to weigh up the pros and cons of signing new deals at Huish Park, and suggests that the answers that he gets may trigger external transfer dealings if he gets a negative response:

"There are rules and regulations in place, and the players have got a month to answer contract offers. They are nearly up now on that and news will be coming out very soon on deadlines and what players will be staying and going. We've got to stick to guidelines that the FA have put down and we cannot start looking elsewhere until that deadline is there. We're speaking to a number of targets, but you cannot bring them in until people give you definite answers."

Of course with strikers Craig Calver, Sam Williams and Martin Gritton all off the Huish Park payroll, along with defender Stefan Stam, and with all loan players back at their parent clubs, Skiverton should be able to start nailing down replacements for those players, even if he cannot second guess the thoughts of the six current players who have yet to give him a response to the club's offers.

Skiverton describes talks with prospective players as being 'early negotiations' implying that there's not too many players firmly lined up just yet. That said, he does tell the Gazette that a loan signing is more or less agreed:

"I'm talking to a lot of players and a lot of agents and there are one or two names that may surprise people, because they are very good players with very good careers. I have sorted out maybe one loan, but I'm concentrating on the contracted players."

So far, the rumourmill has given us Manchester City goalkeeper David González Giraldo, Rotherham United midfielder Jason Taylor and Dundee United left-winger Craig Conway although none have gone beyond their initial claims of interest made by Sky Sports and on Twitter.


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8 June 2011 : Glovers Linked With Manchester City Stopper
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for a Columbian goalkeeper. Once again, the rumourmill is being initiated by Sky Sports - his name is David González Giraldo and he is a 28 year old on the books of Manchester City.

Sky Sports claim that the goalkeeper, more generally known as David González, is to be made available for loan, having not made a first team appearance for City yet, and with a loan spell at Leeds United last season not having given him an opportunity to take to the field at Elland Road either. The Sky website lists Preston North End, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers as three other interested clubs.

González spent seven years playing in South America, starting off at his hometown club Independiente Medellín, before moving on to play for Deportivo Cali and then Çaykur Rizespor in Turkey. A season playing for Club Atlético Huracán in Argentina then followed before he became a free agent, moving on to England to sign for Manchester City after a short trial.

He's had two caps for the Columbian international team, although has yet to play in English league football for any club. As usual, with Sky Sports we'd recommend a slight pinch of salt at this one, with them frequently using a scattergun approach to rumours, although the Glovers clearly need a goalkeeper for next season, with Stephen Henderson having returned to Bristol City at the end of his successful loan spell at Huish Park.


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8 June 2011 : Jones Extend Glovers Sponsorship Deal
Yeovil Town have extended the current sponsorship deal for their main first team sponsors by another year. Jones Building Contractors have extended their current deal as main club sponsors for the 2011-12 season, thus retaining their status for the club's new range of home and away replica shirts which will be on sale for the forthcoming season.


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8 June 2011 : Somerset Premier Cup 2011-12 First and Second Round Draws
Yeovil Town Reserves have been drawn away in the First Round of the 2011-12 Somerset Premier Cup. The Glovers will face Western Football League Division One side Keynsham Town in a match that is currently pencilled in for the week commencing October 3rd 2011.

The winners of that First Round tie will also be away, with Shepton Mallet, who get a first round bye, getting home advantage. Second Round ties are pencilled in to be played during week commencing November 7th 2011.

Holders Weston-super-Mare, who beat Yeovil Town Reserves in last month's final, get a bye in the first round, and will kick off their defence of the trophy away at Bristol Manor Farm.

The full First Round and Second Round draws are as follows:

Somerset Premier Cup First Round

Brislington v Chard Town
Clevedon Town v Bridgwater Town
Frome Town v Paulton Rovers
Keynsham Town v Yeovil Town Reserves
Larkhall Athletic v Bishop Sutton
Taunton Town v Bath City
Wellington Town v Odd Down

Somerset Premier Cup First Round

Bristol Manor Farm v Weston-Super-Mare
Hengrove Athletic v Brislington or Chard Town
Larkhall Athletic or Bishop Sutton v Street
Portishead Town v Radstock Town
Shepton Mallet v Keynsham Town or Yeovil Town
Wellington or Odd Town v Taunton Town or Bath City
Welton Rovers v Clevedon Town or Bridgwater Town
Wells City v Frome Town or Paulton Rovers

Planned Round Dates:

First Round - week commencing October 3rd 2011
Second Round - week commencing November 7th 2011
Third Round – week commencing February 27th 2012
Semi Finals – week commencing April 2nd 2012
Final – May 1st 2012 (subject to participants involvement in League play offs).


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8 June 2011 : Taff's Gloversblog : totallygobsmacked.com
The rumourmill, and summer months on football go hand in hand like Wimbledon, strawberries and cream. In the absence of any Yeovil Town signings, or even renewals of existing Glovers players' contracts, it's hard to judge whether we are sitting on a few decent signings, or whether we're scrabbling around trying to get a team together for the first day of pre-season training.

The latest Taff's Gloversblog finds Cruncher scratching his head and trying to make sense of conflicting information.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : totallygobsmacked.com


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7 June 2011 : Second Away Pre-Season Friendly Set
A second Yeovil Town pre-season friendly has been announced today, and like the earlier one against Truro City, the Glovers are on the road again. The Glovers will take on Wessex League Champions Poole Town at their Tatnam Farm ground on Tuesday 19th July. As yet we don't have a kick-off time, but 7.45p.m. should probably be assumed, given the Dolphins are playing another midweek friendly at that time.

Poole's title win this season will see them promoted to the Southern League for the 2010-11 season, and if you've never been to their Tatnam Farm ground you might want to use this as an opportunity - they have planning permission to move to a new ground at Bearwood, meaning that their time at their current ground should come to an end in the next few years.

Current projections are for them to move to their new site, situated close to Canford Park Arena, for the 2012-13 season, which will mean they will leave the site that is actually home of Oakdale South Road Middle School, with the Dorset side having had a bit of a nomadic existence since leaving Poole Stadium in 1994.

Note that some of the pre-season friendlies the Glovers arrange against lower league opposition are often used by the Centre of Excellence side - whilst the trip to Truro City should be based around the first team squad, we'll hopefully identify nearer the time who will be involved in the trip to Poole.

Update: Kick-off is now confirmed as 7.45p.m. This is currently badged as a first team pre-season friendly.


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7 June 2011 : Glovers Arrange Cornish Pre-Season Friendly
Yeovil Town have arranged their first away pre-season friendly of the 2011-12 season. The Glovers will be travelling to play Cornish side Truro City on Saturday 16th July 2011, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

At present this is the opening fixture in Truro's pre-season calendar, and will sit between Yeovil Town's home matches against Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Bristol City. Truro were Southern League Premier Division Champions at the end of last season, and have managed five promotions in their last six seasons. They will move into Conference South for the 2011-12 season - the first time they have competed in the Conference structure.


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7 June 2011 : Craig Davies Set To Sign Tykes Agreement
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Craig Davies is set to sign a pre-contract agreement with Championship side Barnsley today. The 25 year old is out of contract with League Two Champions Chesterfield and they had already resigned themselves to losing him after his 25 goals during 2010-11 propelled the Spireites into League One.

Barnsley have recently placed former Rochdale boss Keith Hill in charge, and thus have a man familiar with lower division players and what they can do. Hill confirmed to BBC Radio Sheffield that barring disasters, Davies would be his player by the end of today:

"He's coming in today to sign a pre-contract agreement. There's still a lot of untapped potential in Craig, he's still only 25 and feels he has a lot to prove. He's keen to build on last season and perhaps prove a few of his doubters wrong. I think Craig has done his homework on us too. He knows we have a reputation of developing players and getting the best from them. This is a really exciting acquisition for us."

Chesterfield's goalkeeping coach Mark Crossley had late last week said that he expected Davies to reject new terms, saying that he was aware that several Championship clubs were looking to sign up the former Welsh international. Before Barnsley made their move, The Mirror had claimed that Reading were about to snap him up, and with competition like that Crossley told Sky Sports that his own club could not compete:

"We are resigned to losing him this summer because we originally signed him on a one-year contract to get us out of League Two and he has done just that. There have been rumours of Championship clubs looking at him and we simply can't compete with them. There would obviously be a contract there for him if he did want to stay, but when you look at the clubs linked with him then they would probably offer him treble what we can offer."

Davies only had a brief loan spell at Huish Park, playing four times for the Glovers in September 2009, after manager Terry Skiverton borrowed from his old boss Russell Slade, who was then the Brighton and Hove Albion boss. After completing his one month loan, he was soon sent out by the Seagulls to join Port Vale where he spent half a season, before heading to the B2net Stadium last summer, where his stock has certainly risen - his goals doing enough to land him in the PFA's League Two team of the year.

Barnsley are also taking midfielder David Perkins from Colchester United after the 29 year old's contract at the Community Stadium ended.

Link: Craig Davies : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 June 2011 : League One Swings Back To A Northern Focus
Many Yeovil Town supporters will have rued the fact that the forthcoming 2011-12 season will see fans having to clock up the miles, as League One's Southerncentric bias becomes gets a rather sizeable northern outlook. The end of the 2010-11 campaign saw three West County clubs, two South Coast clubs, one London side and another Southern England side disappear in opposite directions.

With the likes of Sheffield United, Preston North End, Scunthorpe United and Chesterfield heading Yeovil's way the mileage for next season will be on the way up. That becomes all too obvious when the distance between Huish Park and the various clubs joining and leaving League One is compared.

Gone are four clubs that lie under 100 miles from Huish Park, and in their place are five sides that will require over 200 miles worth of travelling to get to their grounds. The mileage comparison reads as follows:

To/From Championship:
Brighton and Hove Albion (137) vs Scunthorpe United (267).
Southampton (77) vs Sheffield United (235).
Peterborough United (204) vs Preston North End (253).

To/From League Two:
Bristol Rovers (45) vs Chesterfield (224).
Dagenham and Redbridge (168) vs Bury (242).
Swindon Town (83) vs Wycombe Wanderers (122).
Plymouth Argyle (90) vs Stevenage (153).

What all this means is an extra 1,384 miles worth of travelling for any Glovers supporters heading to all away matches next season from Yeovil. Generally in League One, those north of Birmingham should be benefiting from the new League One line-up, whilst it's probably true to say that most clubs in the south will be facing longer journeys. And of course the club will lose four sizeable local derby matches which means they will need to work harder on attracting home supporters to the ground, rather than being able to rely upon the Copse Road End of the ground being packed for key fixtures.


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5 June 2011 : 2010-11 Internet Player Of The Season
The final part of our 2010-11 Man of the Match voting is to count up all of the votes cast over the season, and define which players caught the eyes of Glovers fans throughout the season. With 35 players taking to the field, and no one player turning out in all games, there was a wide selection to consider over the year.

The monthly collated votes had already revealed Adam Virgo (August), Nathan Smith (September, February, March), Paul Huntington (October, January), Shaun MacDonald (November, April) and Jean-Paul Kalala (December) as the most consistent players during parts of the season.

The club's formal end of season awards saw Stephen Henderson grab four of the main awards, and he came in third place for those voting on the internet.

However, the top two players did not even feature in the club's list of honours - left-back Nathan Smith had picked up three Internet monthly nominations during the season. However, the player to come out on top throughout the 2010-11 season, was Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald, who had two separate loan spells with the club to add to his three previous spells with the club.

Shaun finished runner-up in the 2009-10 internet vote - he now goes one better. The top ten players, with the percentage of the vote cast, are as shown below:

1 Shaun MacDonald 11.2
2 Nathan Smith 11.0
3 Stephen Henderson 8.1
4 Adam Virgo 8.0
5 Paul Huntington 7.7
6 Dean Bowditch 6.6
7 Andy Welsh 6.4
8 Luke Ayling 6.0
9 Craig Alcock 5.2
10 John Sullivan 3.8

The internet Man of the Match vote has been going now for 13 seasons and includes a number of star names who have been a key part of the club's fortunes over the years. The full roll of honour reads as follows:

1998-99 Warren Patmore
1999-00 Jamie Pitman
2000-01 Nick Crittenden
2001-02 Adam Stansfield
2002-03 Darren Way/Michael McIndoe (joint)
2003-04 Gavin Williams
2004-05 Darren Way
2005-06 Chris Cohen
2006-07 Terrell Forbes
2007-08 Marcus Stewart
2008-09 Andy Welsh
2009-10 Steven Caulker
2010-11 Shaun MacDonald

Many thanks to all of you who voted throughout the season, and especially Sarah, who has helped us collate all of the votes together yet again.


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4 June 2011 : Salary Capping Back On The Football League Agenda
Later this month, the Football League's 72 clubs and Executive Board will meet for their Annual General Meeting. On the agenda for this summer's meeting, usually held in a European tourist location, will be a revisiting of the Salary Capping rules in League Two, with plans to lower the threshold upon which clubs in that division are assessed.

Known formally as the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP), League Two sides are only allowed to spend up to 60 percent of their company turnover on players wages. The turnover that is assessed is derived from gate receipts, commercial revenue, sponsorship contracts and central League sponsorships and awards. Income relating to cup match prize money, donations and external cash injections from benefactors or other companies is not allowed to be counted towards that turnover figure.

The proposal that will go on the table is for the salary cup to be reduced down to 55 percent of turnover. Currently League Two sides that exceed that turnover are given a transfer embargo and are not allowed to sign any further players until they bring their wages vs turnover ratio down below the threshold.

League One clubs merely 'shadow' these rules - they are given advice relating to their conformance within the rule, and report in the same way that League Two clubs do, but it is merely advisory and there is no end penalty. However, the shadowing of the rule is being done on the basis that it may be introduced into third tier football at some stage in the future. Football League Director of Communications John Nagle explains how it works:

"Clubs provide financial information to The League at the beginning of the season which they update as it goes along. Any club that exceeds the threshold will be subject to a transfer embargo until such time as they demonstrate they are below it again. League One clubs have agreed to shadow the SCMP without any sanctions being applicable. This gives clubs the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how it works, so they are in a better position to make an informed judgement about full implementation at a later date."

At present, Championship clubs do not consider this rule at all - they argue that in order to compete with those clubs relegated from the Premier League, who receive huge parachute payments over a three year period, they need to be free of such restrictions.

Not that this necessarily benefits them in the long run - when Plymouth Argyle dropped into League One, they were operating on wages of Ł8 million against a turnover of Ł4.9 million - no further clues needed for why the Pilgrims went into administration with Ł17 million debts shortly after relegation.

They are not unique by any stretch of the imagination - Bristol City's last set of recorded accounts showed losses of Ł11.8 million. That might be sustainable against Championship income, but a drop into League One means clubs are left facing a radical need for a financial overhaul. However it is extremely unlikely that they will be asked to make any concessions in second tier football in the foreseeable future.

The plans to change the current salary capping rules should come as no surprise to member clubs - a discussion document was circulated at a meeting earlier this season. Later this month though they will formally vote on whether changes to the rules need to be made.

However, don't hold your breath. Back in November 2002, when salary capping was first voted in, following the ITV Digital collapse, the 60 percent threshold was agreed on the basis that there would be a proposal to lower it down to 50 percent in future seasons, as clubs readjusted their contractual obligations. Nine years later, this summer's proposal takes us only halfway towards that target - provided the relevant Chairmen reach agreement over its detail.


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3 June 2011 : Ehmer Hails Great Yeovil Loan Experience
Former Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Max Ehmer has described his time at Huish Park as a 'great experience'. The 19 year old this week celebrated signing a new contract extension at Loftus Road - now confirmed as being a year extension that will tie him to his parent club until the summer of 2013.

Max clocked up 27 appearances for the Glovers, missing just 45 minutes worth of football along the way after he arrived on loan on New Year's Day - something that he may not have expected when he first joined the club given that when he took to the field against Plymouth Argyle, he was making his Football League debut. Speaking to QPR's club site, he said that the loan deal worked very well for him:

"Last year was a great experience for me at Yeovil. I couldn't have asked for anything more really. Terry Skiverton was great with me and the experience of going out on loan will stand me in good stead for the future. I'm delighted that I've signed this new deal and hopefully I can be in and around the First Team squad next year. If the Manager decides I need to spend more time out on loan then that's fine. He's the kind of gaffer that likes to give youth a chance though, so hopefully I can show him what I can do over the coming months and really push on."

With Queens Park Rangers heading into the Premier League for the 2011-12 season, Max returns to a club playing at a new level. His boss Neil Warnock said that he had received good positive feedback on Ehmer's progress in South Somerset, and hoped that the coming season could take him onto a new level:

"Max has made great progress over the last few months. He had a very productive spell at Yeovil and the feedback we received was very promising. The experience he gained there will stand him in good stead to really push on over the next 12 months or so."

Reading into both Ehmer's and Warnock's words, it would sound as though they will be aiming to send him out on loan to a higher division club if he does not make Warnock's 25 man Premier League squad for next season. There's no doubt that manager Terry Skiverton will put in an offer to bring Ehmer back, but that may be QPR's fallback plan, rather than their main goal for a player who exceeded all expectations during his half-season at League One level.

Link: Max Ehmer : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 June 2011 : Quedam Centre Extends Deal To Support Yeovil Town
The Quedam Shopping Centre, situated in Yeovil town centre, has confirmed a one year extension of its long running deal to support Yeovil Town FC and be the main sponsor of Yeovil Town Ladies FC. The Quedam Centre has been the main sponsor of Yeovil Town Ladies FC since late 2004 and has also steadily increased its involvement with Yeovil Town FC generally over the years, to the stage where the Centre is now one of the club's prominent partners.

Commenting on the deal, the terms of which are undisclosed, Quedam Centre Manager David Mills said:

"Our relationship with Yeovil Town FC and Yeovil Town Ladies FC continues to be one of our most rewarding in terms of community links, commercial strategy and brand awareness. Both the men's and women's teams play at a high level and continue to be great ambassadors for the area. This plus the strong community links the club has means they are ideal partners for us to work with."

Speaking on behalf of Yeovil Town FC, Commercial Manager, Dave Linney said:

"I am delighted with the extension of this partnership and thank the Quedam for the seamless conclusion to what has been a rewarding association for both organisations. On behalf of everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club we wish Yeovil Town Ladies a successful 2011-2012 campaign and look forward to working closely with the Quedam Shopping Centre in the future."

[Quedam Shopping Centre - Press Release.]


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2 June 2011 : Brinsford Takes Up Bristol Academy Directorship
Former Yeovil Town club secretary Roger Brinsford is back in the South-West after taking up a position with Bristol Academy Women's Football Club. Roger was a long-serving employee of the club during the 1980s and 1990s as club secretary, before moving to Bristol Rovers, with his position being succeeded by Jean Cotton.

After being made redundant from a similar position at the Memorial Stadium, he moved on to Coventry City, but had plans to retire before being approached by the club who recently competed in the Women's FA Cup Final. With Bristol taking part in the FA Women's Super League, and a more formal approach needed to their administration, they have taken on Brinsford as their Club Secretary, and this week have appointed him as a club director as well.

Speaking on the Bristol Academy website, Brinsford said that taking on a formal position was not part of his plans when he agreed to lend a hand, but admitted that he had become hooked since becoming involved with the club:

"At the beginning of the year, I was looking forward to retirement but when I was approached by Bristol Academy’s Chairman, Simon Arnold in the summer to help with Club Secretarial duties I thought I would lend a hand – just for pre-season! I am now hooked on the Club. It’s so refreshing to see a club grow so quickly. There is a wonderful spirit and positivity in the Club and I am delighted to accept a directorship because I now want to play a part in guiding the direction and development of the Club over the next few years. In only 4 months, we have launched a FA WSL team, experienced an FA Cup Final and have achieved a place in Europe – not a bad start!"

Bristol Club President Kevin Hamblin said of Brinsford's return to the South-West of England where he has spent the bulk of his years in football:

"Roger’s experience in the game is unmatched. He has decades of knowledge and understanding of the rules, policies and procedures of the FA and UEFA. For Bristol Academy to progress as a Club both on and off the field, we need to ensure that the way in which the Club operates within the rules of the Football Association is exemplary. We are now a semi-professional club, with contracted players and we are playing in the highest possible level in England, with European football in the autumn. Roger will bring his vast experience to the Board and has shown since the summer that he is outstanding in his attention to detail and is respected throughout the sport."


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2 June 2011 : Teenage Goalkeeper Given Youth Contract
Yeovil Town are reported to have signed teenage goalkeeper Alex Collins on a youth development contract. The North Devon Journal reports that the Glovers have given him a 'schoolboy contract' suggesting that he will remain within his current educational environment at Chumleigh Community College, but will be tied to Yeovil Town as a footballer.

Collins was part of the North Devon Centre of Excellence, and the paper describes him as a Year 11 pupil, who has played for Yeovil Town's youth teams over the past three years. The goalkeeper has suffered two injuries this season, including one that required surgery, but they state that he will take up his contract in September, which should see him involved in the club's Under-18s set-up.

The Glovers have already given a two year scholarship to goalkeeper Matt Cafer, who is one of six first year scholars to be given deals with the club. Collins should therefore be in competition with Cafer over the coming season, providing another new face to the Youth Team ranks.

Link: Three More Sign Up To Scholarship Programme.

Link: Glovers Trio Given Scholarship Offers.


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1 June 2011 : Smith Visits Spireites Ground As He Weighs Up Options
Yeovil Town's left-back Nathan Smith is reported to have visited Chesterfield's new stadium over the summer, as he weighs up his future at Huish Park. During last month, the 24 year old was linked with a trio of League One clubs, including the newly promoted Spireites.

The other two clubs reported to hold interest in Smith were Leyton Orient, managed by Smith's former boss Russell Slade, and relegated Lancashire club Preston North End. The Derbyshire Times, which covers Chesterfield, claims that they have spoken to a club official who has confirmed that the former Potters Bar player has visited their new B2Net Stadium, at Whittington Moor, which has replaced their previous Saltergate ground.

The paper does not provide any quotes or any indication of how likely they are to get their man, but it would appear that at least one of the three clubs reported in last month's story do hold a firm interest in attracting the left-back to their club. With him out of contract at Huish Park, that fact comes as no surprise, although the news that he is actively visiting opposition grounds would imply that he is treating those alternative options seriously.


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1 June 2011 : Welsh Leaves Yeovil Town For Cumbria
After the month of May slipped by with zero comings and goings, the month of June opens up with Yeovil Town losing left-winger Andy Welsh. The Mancunian has signed a two year contract with League One rivals Carlisle United, after turning down the offer of a new contract at Huish Park.

Andy leaves the Glovers after three excellent seasons with the club - finishing as the player with the most goal assists on all three occasions. Signed by former boss Russell Slade, whilst a free agent after leaving Blackpool, he almost joined Morecambe before Slade persuaded him to travel down to the South-West and join Yeovil Town.

Over the course of the following three years, he largely made the left-wing slot his own, going on to make 118 appearances and scoring seven goals along the way. Most vital though were the number of goal assists, providing in the region of 30 goals across the three seasons. It's probably little coincidence that when he picked up an Achilles tendon injury during February of this year, Yeovil scored two goals and gained three points in the four matches he was out for - probably the Glovers' weakest run of form during the second half of the 2010-11 season.

Andy's life changed on April 15th 2011, with the birth of his first child, Lillian Rose, and of course with that came new responsibilities as a father. Although Yeovil Town have not stated the length of the contract that was on the table for Welshy, it can probably be assumed that it was their usual policy of rolling over another 12 month deal for existing players.

Carlisle offered two years for him to move to Cumbria, and with the player's roots lying in Manchester and Glasgow, it is not too hard to see why the move would suit his family. Speaking to BBC Cumbria, he explained that his decision to leave also came from what his new manager Greg Abbott had told him of his plans:

"Yeovil did offer me the contract, although I did say I was going to speak to other clubs. I've met up with him and unfortunately for Yeovil I've decided to sign here, what Greg was saying and what they've done here showed ambition. I'm very ambitious, and I want to move my career onto the level I've been at before and hopefully I can help the gaffer do this with Carlisle."

We naturally wish Welshy all the best of luck with his new club, and give sincere thanks for three superb years playing for Yeovil Town. Good luck to him, his wife Rebecca, and his young daughter Lillian Rose - few will forget the look of joy on his face when he scored against Oldham Athletic less than 24 hours after becoming a father, nor begrudge his family a fresh start in a more familiar part of the world to his background. Good luck Andy - we will miss you.

Link: Andy Welsh : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 June 2011 : Arron Davies Transfer-Listed By Posh
Former Yeovil Town playmaker Arron Davies has been transfer-listed by Peterborough United this week. The move comes as little surprise, with the Welshman's chances becoming increasingly limited under current boss Darren Ferguson. He made 28 appearances for Posh during the 2010-11 season, but only 12 of those were League starts, and he did not feature at all in their play-off matches that took them up into the Championship last weekend.

Arron was given a two year contract by then manager Gary Johnson last summer, and so still has a year left on that deal to run. The Peterborough Evening Telegraph report that Posh's wheeler-dealer Barry Fry expects Davies to be reunited shortly with Johnson, who is currently manager at League Two side Northampton Town.

Posh have also transfer listed a number of their other players, with Kelvin Langmead, Scott Griffiths, Exodus Geohaghon, Dominic Green, James Wesolowski, Lee Frecklington, Chris Whelpdale and Charlie Lee all made available to other clubs.

Link: Arron Davies : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 June 2011 : Ehmer Signs New QPR Contract
Former Yeovil Town loan defender Max Ehmer has signed a new contract with Queen's Park Rangers. With the West London side gaining promotion up to the Premier League this summer, they have been performing a clear-out of players, releasing eight today as they aim to make room for additional signings to keep them in the top flight of English football.

Ehmer, who had a half season loan at Huish Park during the second half of the 2010-11 season, is not on that list, and has stated on his Twitter account this morning that he has signed a new deal at Loftus Road. As yet the length of that contract is unstated, although it makes it clear that despite their new divisional status they still have high hopes for the 19 year old.

Premier League squad rules will force QPR to register a permanent squad of 25 players by the end of August, meaning that it is likely that Ehmer will go out on another long term loan during next season. Strong rumours suggest that manager Terry Skiverton had thrown his hat into the ring when Ehmer's Youth Team coach Marc Bircham came down to Huish Park for the Glovers' Somerset Premier Cup final match.

Of course QPR may prefer Ehmer to try his luck at a higher level as they try to develop him into a fully-fledged first teamer, although there is certainly no harm in Skiverton asking the question. Ehmer appeared to settle well at Huish Park, and speaking to the Western Gazette after the County Cup game, he said that he would be keen to return to Somerset:

"We have just got to see what happens in the summer. I would love to come back here, it is a really good club but we will have to see what happens and I will speak to my agent. I spoke to Marc Bircham when he came to watch Yeovil in the Somerset Premier Cup final. I have told him how much I have enjoyed it here. It has been quite a young squad here with people my age and I have got on with everyone."

Of the eight players released by QPR this summer, full-back Pascal Chimbonda, midfielder Gavin Mahon and Greek winger Georgias Tofas are probably well out of Yeovil's range. However, given the friendship between Skiverton and Bircham that has brought the likes of Ehmer and defender Danny Fitzsimons to Huish Park in recent months, the release of five younger players, in Josh Parker, Lee Brown, Joe Oastler, Elliott Cox and Romone Rose may be of more interest to the Glovers boss as he attempts to bring in new blood.

Link: Max Ehmer : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 June 2011 : Rochdale Lose Management Team To Tykes
League One side Rochdale have confirmed that their first team manager Keith Hill has agreed to take up a similar position with Championship side Barnsley. The position will be made formal at a press conference later today, and ends a ten year association that Hill has had with the Spotland club, as both a player and a manager.

The open position with the Tykes has been a bit of a soap opera over the past fortnight, with Hill last week stating that he would not be joining them, saying of the offer "on this occasion it just wasn't right for me and a statement from Barnsley adding "Barnsley can confirm that Keith Hill is no longer on its shortlist of applicants for the first-team manager's position."

So that was the end of that. Except that it wasn't. Barnsley went chasing after Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade but were rebuffed by their Chairman Barry Hearn who refused permission for them to speak to Slade - leaving the Tykes out in the cold again.

It would appear that Barnsley then turned attention back to Spotland, and Dale have this morning confirmed that Hill has now agreed terms and conditions to sign a contract with the Yorkshire side later today, with assistant manager Dave Flitcroft and other unnamed coaching staff also moving across with him. Thus Rochdale, who shocked a few people by finishing 9th in the 2010-11 League Table, will spend the summer before their second season in League One hunting for a new manager.

Slade will therefore remain at Brisbane Road for the 2011-12 season, although it would appear that he was a little non-plussed at not being allowed the chance to talk to the Tykes, making it clear that he would have preferred to have had the chance to consider the position. However, in a statement on Orient's club site, he makes clear that he will not be walking out on the East London side:

"Over the last few days there has been increasing speculation regarding my future as manager of Leyton Orient Football Club and I feel it is only right to address this with the Club's loyal supporters. I am an extremely passionate manager and have put my heart and soul into every club that I have managed over the last 17 years. However I am also extremely ambitious and I have high career aspirations for myself.

"In recent days an opportunity arose with an established Championship club however I can confirm that I was not given permission to speak to them and understandably this brings with it an element of frustration. I firmly believe that any ambitious football manager, player or non-football related employee anywhere in the country would like to have had the chance to consider the opportunity to instantly work at a higher level.

"The last manager at Orient to have been given that opportunity was Jimmy Bloomfield back in 1971 so that highlights how infrequently those opportunities come around. That being said, I am a professional and pride myself in having never walked out on a football club. I remain fully committed to my job at Leyton Orient and am looking forward to working with the team to achieve another successful season
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