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29 June 2013 : Off The Field Attitude Important For Johnson's Recruitment
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he has a steady but selective method of getting to know players that considers their off-the-pitch behaviour just as much as their on-the-pitch ability. Having six trialists in on the training ground at present for the 2013-14 pre-season, the Glovers boss will have to pick and choose which ones he likes, and eventually which ones he wants to cull.

Whilst what they do will in training will count heavily towards their chances, Gary has told Sky Sports News today that the player's attitude, work-rate and even their personality when discussing football issues when sat down in his office, will help convince him, or otherwise, the merits of giving that player a contract:

"Sometimes I can judge it in five minutes. When I've spoken to them over my desk, we talk about the game and I can tell if they're going to be up for it with my mentality. In training, you can see if they've got the work rate, whether you think they are going to fit in to your philosophy of things. You are working them out all the time, not just on the field but off the field as well. To get a winning group they have got to mix with each other. You have to get that group that you can motivate as a group."

With this season starting on August 3rd, this is a highly compressed close season, particularly given that Yeovil Town's season did not finish until May 19th, due to the League One Play-Off Final win at Wembley Stadium. However, having called his squad back for training last Wednesday, he feels that he does have enough time to mould a side capable of performing at Championship level:

"The preparation is enough time, it's five weeks, and we're going to need all of those five weeks to make sure that we're ready. It's about making sure the boys are ready to hit the ground running on the first game of the season. What you find is if you're at the bottom of the table after the first 10 games, you're probably going to be there for a lot of the season. You've got to make sure that in the first few games you compete well and you try and pick up your first few wins."


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29 June 2013 : The Green Green Grass Of Home
Over the course of this summer, the Huish Park main pitch has been relaid, in an attempt to help deal with some of the problems it had during the 2012-13 season. With manager Gary Johnson, numerous opposition managers and even Sky Sports making remarks about its condition, work was badly needed with it tending to cut up very early on during matches, no matter what the ground-staff did in preparation for the fixtures.

At the start of this month, Ecosol Turfcare were engaged to work on the pitch, using a Koro machine to strip off the top layer and remove last season's grass. They then added some pre-seeding fertiliser to the soil to help accelerate the growth of the grass over a short period of time. They then applied some A20 Premier Ryesport seeding provided by British Seed Houses, who have this summer also done the same for clubs such as Swindon Town, Port Vale and Burton Albion.

The end result over a four week period can be seen by a series of photos that Glovers supporters have been taking at various stages during the month and you can view those pictures via the short gallery below.

Link: Summer Work On The Main Huish Park Pitch.


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29 June 2013 : Glovers Trialist Gets Addicks Interest
Conference South side Dorchester Town are stating that their striker Kieffer Moore, who has been training with Yeovil Town, is now going on trial with Charlton Athletic. The 20 year old former Truro City player scored 20 goals last season across both clubs, and in doing so has attracted interest from a number of clubs in the Football League.

Moore went on trial at The Valley in May, and although he headed to Huish Park this week, this appears to have reignited the Addicks' interest in the player. Magpies manager Phil Simkin has claimed that his player is now back in London so they can have a second look. He tells the Dorset Echo that he expects Moore to leave eventually, and that it is a case of securing the best package for all parties:

"Kieffer is back on trial at Charlton at the moment but there are a lot of clubs interested in him as well. Charlton are obviously very interested and we will have to wait and see what transpires there. We are due to return to pre-season training on Tuesday and we will just take it from there. All we can do is make sure we handle it right by being fair to the boy and making sure we do well out of it too. I think itís obvious he is going somewhere, it just depends on where."

With Moore under contract at the Avenue Stadium until the summer of 2014, any interested club would have to pay a transfer fee for his services, despite him having only signed for the Magpies in February of this year. He was training with the Glovers during the week just gone, and was present at Sherborne School across Thursday and Friday.


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28 June 2013 : Blizzard Rues Glovers Injury Luck
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Dominic Blizzard believes that injuries contributed to his eventual demise at Huish Park. The 29 year old managed a respectable 62 appearances across his two seasons with the club, but began to fade out of contention during the second half of the 2013-14 season, when a seven week lay-off and the recruitment of new players began to see him slip slightly down the pecking order in the first team. A groin injury sustained in the club's November FA Cup defeat saw him not play at all until just before Christmas, and although he briefly got his place back.

After a January Football League Trophy appearance on January 8th, Domimic managed just three starts for the club, partly in games where the club had already qualified for a play-off position, with his place taken by the likes of Kevin Dawson and Joe Edwards, with the latter having signed a permanent contract in January. To add to his unfortunate luck, he fell ill on the eve of the club's Wembley Stadium Play-Off Final, robbing him of his place in the squad in what turned out to be his final moment for the club.

Now signed up on a two year contract with League Two side Plymouth Argyle, Dominic told the Western Morning News that he found the final few months a little frustrating, even if he was delighted with the final outcome of the season itself:

"At Yeovil last season, I started out in the team, but then had the injury just before Christmas. Then the team went on a really good run which ended up with them getting promoted. It was frustrating for me as the injury kept me out for a long time and I just wanted to play, but I couldn't get back in. Obviously, I'm happy for Yeovil to have been successful, but, really, anywhere that I go, I want the team to succeed. That's the main thing, really."

Dominic's final press interview as a Yeovil Town player, conducted just before the League One Play-Off Final kicked off, is available via the link below.

Link: Dominic Blizzard Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off In The Play-Off Final.


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28 June 2013 : Blackburn Trip Moved Forward
Yeovil Town have had a second fixture change made to their 2013-14 fixture list, following the earlier movement of their home match against Wigan Athletic. The Glovers will now travel to play Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Friday 18th April 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

This match is now being played on Good Friday, thus extending the gap between the Easter weekend matches, with the Glovers also hosting Huddersfield Town on Easter Monday.


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28 June 2013 : Boro Biding Their Time Over Loan Decisions
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has strongly hinted that any future decisions on younger players at the Riverside Stadium may have to wait whilst he puts them through their paces during pre-season. Yeovil Town are known to want to bring midfielder Matthew Dolan back to Huish Park on either a long term loan or permanent basis, after his two successful - if somewhat injury interrupted - loan spells in Somerset last season.

The title of the article on their club's website tells it's own story: "Loans Will Have To Wait", listing Dolan amongst a set of seven young players who may be available for loan as Boro get closer to the start of the 2013-14 season proper. These include players who have recently been out on loan such as Ben Gibson (York City and Tranmere) and Charlie Wyke (Hartlepool) along with England Under-20 trio Luke Williams, Adam Reach and Connor Ripley plus fellow youngster Christian Burgess.

Mowbray suggests that he wants to see how those players compete during their pre-season friendlies, explaining: "We'll talk to them during pre-season and at the end we'll assess where we think they are." Of course it may transpire that he is willing to make decisions on some earlier than others, but does imply that if Yeovil Town do want to bring Dolan back, they may need to be patient.


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28 June 2013 : Wigan Game Put Back 24 Hours
Not too much of a surprise to those who had analysed the 2013-14 fixture lists, but BBC Radio Manchester are reporting that Wigan Athletic have had their away match against Yeovil Town put back to the Sunday. The two clubs were due to meet at Huish Park on Saturday 9th November 2013, but with the Latics qualifying for the Europa League Group stages after winning the FA Cup, they have a number of Thursday night fixtures following which they will play their Championship matches on the Sunday.

As a result, the BBC indicate that the Glovers will host the game on Sunday 10th November. No kick-off time change is mentioned, and so is likely to remain at 3.00p.m. Wigan have also moved their fixtures against Ipswich Town (home), Blackburn Rovers (home), Charlton Athletic (away), Derby County (home), Leeds United (away) and Bolton Wanderers (home) for the same reasons.


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28 June 2013 : Gary Talks About Pre-Season Signings
On Wednesday, Yeovil Town commenced their pre-season training schedule, choosing to unveil three new signings in the process. On that same day, manager Gary Johnson spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Ben McGrail who asked him about the new arrivals, the new contracts signed by Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson and Gary's plans to bring in players currently on the books of Premier League clubs. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After Pre-Season Training Commenced.


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28 June 2013 : Club Store Closed For Stock Check
Yeovil Town's main Club Store will be closed for one day next week for annual stock taking. The store will be closed all day on Tuesday 2nd July, hence avoid visiting it on this day. It will be open as normal on the Monday (1st) and Wednesday (3rd). All other parts of the club, including the ticket office will be open on the Tuesday.


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27 June 2013 : More Signings Planned As Dolan Is Back On The Radar
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has made it clear that yesterday's three new signings will not be the last that arrive at Huish Park during the pre-season period. The club had a trio of players lined up for the first day of pre-season training at Sherborne School with the names being formalised yesterday afternoon, but having released three players and having given back two loan term loanees at the end of last season, the squad are still a couple of players down from the end of the 2012-13 season.

Johnson still has his eye on filling a number of positions, with a couple of those expected to be long term loanees, who are likely to be brought in from Premier League clubs. Johnson said that was necessary and that he had a specific eye on a couple of players, whose names hadn't been revealed:

"There's got to be more signings. We've got quite a few lads here training with us at the moment, all trying to vie for a place in our Championship squad. But we've also got our eye on a couple of loans, which we think will be very good for us as long term loans. We're negotiating at the moment with a Premier League club. So we're hoping that will happen. I can't give any names or even the name of the Premier League club, just in case it doesn't quite come off. But we're working hard, and if we get the couple of lads that we're looking to bring in then that will also add quality to our squad."

One of Johnson's targets is known to be Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan, who could return to Huish Park either on loan or as a permanent transfer. The 20 year old has had two loan spells with the Glovers, separated by a short return to the Riverside Stadium due to injury, but impressed enough for the club to want to bring him back for the second occasion. They are now looking for a third more lengthy stay in Somerset. However, Johnson has indicated to the Western Gazette that this may only happen if Boro are willing to write off the final year of his contract at the Riverside Stadium: "Weíll take him but only if Middlesbrough will release him." We will have to wait and see what the Championship club's views are on handing him over for the sake of taking a player off their wage bill who has yet to feature for their first team.

The man who Dolan lodged with during his time in Yeovil, Dan Burn is already known to be highly unlikely to return to the club, with Championship rivals Birmingham City believed to have offered Fulham a more lucrative financial package to grab the defender. Johnson says he's not closed the door entirely on that but admits it isn't hopeful:

"Obviously he's not trained with us, so it's a fairly good bet that he won't, and he's certainly not here at the moment. I never lose total hope until they actually sign for somebody. But I can only say that from Fulham's point of view they've been great by us. They loaned him to us all season and they got him fit for the semi-final and the final. If Dan does move on then he has played a big part with us and we wish him well, and hopefully we can find another Danny Burn, either at Fulham or somewhere else."

Tonight, the local ITV News programmes is reporting that Gary has headed up to London to hold talks with two players about moves to the club. Logic would suggest that these would be the loan targets referred to above. Gary indicated in an aside to the BBC that his loan interest did not lie with Tottenham Hotspur.


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27 June 2013 : Six Trialists On Show In Pre-Season Training
Yeovil Town have got six players in on trial as part of their 2013-14 pre-season training. Of those only a few players names are familiar, with former Southampton full-back Ryan Dickson the pick of those, given that he has already had a short loan spell at the club. In addition, the arrival of Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi has been confirmed today. The Western Gazette has been given the identity of all six players and these are as follows:

a) Ryan Dickson (left-back) : Born Saltash, December 14th 1986. Former Yeovil Town loanee who spent January 2012 at Huish Park, making five appearances and scoring one goal. He was released by Southampton this summer and so is a free agent. Since leaving Yeovil, he has had loan spells with Leyton Orient and Bradford City, although suffered a bad ankle injury whilst up in Yorkshire that required surgery.

b) Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi (right-back/midfield) : Born Accra, Ghana, May 15th 1990. Profiled in this article last month.

c) Kieffer Moore (striker) : A 20 year old player who only joined Dorchester Town in February, having previously played for Truro City, scoring 13 goals for the Cornish side. He is under contract at Dorchester until the summer of 2014 and so would command a transfer fee. He has also been linked with trials at other clubs, with Charlton Athletic named as an interested party.

d) Davide Grassi (defender) : Born Montecchio, Italy, January 13th 1986. A central defender who has played on the continent and in Scotland. Most recently he was on the books of Dundee, who he spent the 2012-13 season with, but previously has played for Brussels, Tristina, Sorrento Calcio, Aberdeen, Sant Andreu, Merida, Bonifika and Cattolica. He is 6'3" tall and is a former Parma youth team product. Last season he needed a knee operation which restricted his progress with Dundee.

e) Gary Deegan (midfielder) : Born Dublin, Ireland, September 28th 1987. Spent the 2012-13 season with Hibernian, having previously been with Coventry City for two years. However given that he spent the 2008-09 season with Bohemians in Ireland, at the tail end of a five year professional career playing for League of Ireland clubs, including Shelbourne, there's a rather strong chance of him knowing Paddy Madden and Kevin Dawson!

f) Jordan Robertson (striker) : Born Sheffield, February 12th 1988. A former Sheffield United trainee who has been playing for Filipino side Global FC recently. His career has so far not taken off, largely due to a Death by Dangerous Driving conviction which was served between 2009 and 2011. At the time he had been on the Blades books as a professional for three years, gaining loan experience with the likes of Dundee United, Northampton Town and Southampton. Since his release from prison he has played for St Johnstone and Scunthorpe United.


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27 June 2013 : Lions Executive Given Football League Appointment
The Football League have restructured their board following the movement of a few clubs around the divisions. With Crystal Palace gaining promotion to the Premier League this summer, they've needed to rejig their divisional representatives. These are elected on fixed terms by the members of that division, and the Championship clubs have asked Millwall Chief Executive Andy Ambler to replace Palace's Phil Alexander. Meanwhile the Football League AGM re-elected Middlesbrough Director Keith Lamb for a further three year term.

The Football League board is now made up of the following personnel:

Greg Clarke (Chairman)
Richard Bowker (Independent Non-Executive Director)
Andy Ambler (Millwall, Championship Representative)
Shaun Harvey (Leeds United, Championship Representative)
Keith Lamb (Middlesbrough, Championship Representative)
John Nixon (Carlisle United, League One Representative)
James Rodwell (Notts County, League One Representative)
Ian Lenegan (Oxford United, League Two Representative)


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27 June 2013 : Johnson Concedes Burn Blow
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson appears to have conceded that the club will not be getting Fulham defender Dan Burn back to Huish Park. Earlier this week the 21 year old had been linked with a move to fellow Championship side Birmingham City and this now looks to be on the cards, meaning that Dan will not add to the 41 appearances he made for the club last season.

Speaking to today's Western Gazette, Johnson makes it clear that he is looking at alternative centre-backs to fill the large gap left by Burn's absence. However, despite the disappointment, he still had high praise for Burn's parent club Fulham, who had gone out of their way in the lead-up to last season's play-offs to provide specialised treatment for Byron Webster, who had a hamstring problem at the same time that Burn was back at Craven Cottage having his own rehab on an ankle problem:

"We will be pursuing other centre halves now. If he doesn't come back we have got to thank Fulham for what they have done for us, not only with Dan Burn but with Byron Webster's injury last month, which was beyond the call of duty. We really appreciated that and we appreciate that we had Dan for as long as we did. Hopefully they will feel we have set Dan on his Premier League path."


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26 June 2013 : Gary Talks About New Trio Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has given his initial reaction to completing three signings today, as the club returned to pre-season training. The club kicked off proceedings at Sherborne School today, and in doing so unveiled former Wycombe Wanderers winger Joel Grant, Southampton striker Sam Hoskins and Leicester City centre-back Joe Jones, all of whom arrived as free agents.

Of the trio, Hoskins and Grant are the most established, having both played at Football League level with a number of different clubs. Speaking to BBC Somerset today, Gary explained what he hoped to get out of them this season:

"We're very excited about all three of them actually, but two of them are a little bit older and have done a little bit more. Sam Hoskins, who has come through the academy at Southampton is a stocky very good striker. The other lad is Joel Grant who we first saw when he played very well against us and scored a goal when Wycombe were in League One a couple of seasons ago. Both of them are very good players with the ball. They're both attacking players and they will cause opposition teams a lot of problems."

In terms of Jones, he has yet to play first team football, but has been on the books of Arsenal and more recently Leicester City as an academy player. Gary admits that the central defender is unlikely to make an immediate impact in the first team starting line-up, but likes what he has seen so far:

"Joe Jones is a young lad who started off at Arsenal, and then went to Leicester. He probably got lost in the crowd at Leicester. We kept an eye on him, and then brought him in. He can play centre-half or in midfield. He's probably potential, and more for the future. But at this moment in time he looks a decent player. We like working with the younger ones to try to bring them through, and maybe find a little gem."

Link: Grant Wings His Way Into Yeovil Town.

Link: Former Fox Jones Arrives At Huish Park.

Link: Hoskins Deal Now Confirmed.


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26 June 2013 : Dolphins Friendly Confirmed, Swans Friendly Planned
Southern League Premier Division side Poole Town have confirmed they will be playing Yeovil Town in a pre-season friendly. As per yesterday's news, the Glovers will open up their 2013-14 pre-season on Saturday 6th July at Tatnam Farm, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The Dolphins have just gained promotion as Champions of the Southern League South and West Division as Champions, and so like the Glovers will be tested at a new level for next season. Admission prices are already available, and are as follows:

Adults: £6.00; Concessions: £4.00; Under-16s: £2.00; Under-12s: FREE.

The Glovers are also planning a pre-season friendly against Premier League side Swansea City. The match is planned to be scheduled for a Friday night at Huish Park. As yet there's no firm date, but lining up Yeovil's current set of friendlies against those of Swansea's, there is an obvious gap on Friday 19th July. French side St Etienne had planned to visit both sides as part of an overseas tour, but when those games fell through, the two British clubs agreed to set up a match against each other.

The club's planned trip to Portugal, scheduled for next month, will include a training match, but no opposition has been revealed as yet. That should pretty much finalise the 2013-14 pre-season schedule as follows:

Sat 06/07/2013 : Poole Town vs Yeovil Town
Sat 13/07/2013 : Rough date marker for a four/five day Portugal training camp (including one training match)
Tue 16/07/2013 : Torquay United vs Yeovil Town
Fri 19/07/2013 : Yeovil Town vs Swansea City (exact arrangements/confirmation needed)
Tue 23/07/2013 : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Sat 27/07/2013 : Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
Mon 29/07/2013 : Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Sat 03/08/2013 : The 2013-14 Season Proper Begins.


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26 June 2013 : Hoskins Deal Now Confirmed
Yeovil Town have announced the signing of former Southampton striker Sam Hoskins. As reported last Friday, the player had been strongly linked with a move to Huish Park, after being released by Saints at the end of last season. As yet there's no length of contract specified, suggesting that he hasn't quite put pen to paper yet.

He was born in Dorchester, Dorset on February 4th 1993, and so is a local lad needing no introduction to the area. He also has some Football League experience, having spent time on loan with Preston North End, Rotherham United (eight appearances, two goals during 2011-12) and Stevenage (14 appearances, one goal during 2012-13).

He made eight first team appearances for Southampton - all in cup competitions - and was their top scorer at Under-18 and Under-21 level for four consecutive seasons, split across the two age levels, as he rose through the ranks. He had scored nine times for the Saints Under-21s during the 2012-13 season by the turn of the year, leading to his Stevenage loan spell being taken out in January, which took him off Southampton's books for the remainder of the campaign. Southampton released him on June 4th though, leaving him in need of a new club. He therefore joins Yeovil Town as a free agent.

Sam won Southampton's Under-21 Goal of the Season for the 2012-13 campaign just before he was released by his former club. You can watch that goal via the video below.




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26 June 2013 : Former Fox Jones Arrives At Huish Park
Yeovil Town have signed up former Leicester City and Arsenal youngster Joe Jones. He is a centre-back, who had originally been part of the Gunners academy system, having also played at youth level for Kingstonian, Wangas in Tolworth and Sutton United. He played for Arsenal's Under-16s side until they dithered over offering him a scholarship, initially telling him that he would be released by the Premier League club. Joe has agreed a short term contract with the club that runs until the end of 2013.

His performances towards the end of the 2009-10 season saw Arsenal eventually do a u-turn and offer him a two year scholarship, but during that time Leicester City nipped in and offered him the same, and Jones decided to switch clubs in May 2010. The press also reported interest from Liverpool at the time, although Joe's family did not acknowledge that in interviews when he made his decision to head up the M1.

Over the past three years he has been on Leicester's books, two of which were as a youth teamer, and so he did not make a first team appearance for the Foxes, despite having his contract extended in February 2012 to cover him until the end of the 2012-13 season. He was capped by Northern Ireland Under-15s whilst on Arsenal's books.

During the spring of 2013, he was invited to trials by League One side Brentford, having been told that he would not be offered another deal with Leicester City. He has instead signed for the Glovers, where at around the age of 19 years old, he will doubtless fall into the category of one of 'Gary's gambles' - a player with a good background pedigree, but has yet to be thrown into first team football at this stage.


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26 June 2013 : Grant Wings His Way Into Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have signed up winger/striker Joel Grant, who was last season on the books of League Two side Wycombe Wanderers. The 25 year old was out of contract at Adams Park and so moves as a free agent. He has signed a two year deal with the Glovers beating off competition from Ipswich Town and Portsmouth for his signature.

He is a former Jamaican Under-20 international, who has also had experience as part of their Under-23 squad. Born in Acton, West London, on August 26th 1987, he is a 25 year old player who started off his career at Watford's academy, ultimately making ten appearances for the Hornets after turning professional in 2006.

A loan spell with Aldershot during 2006-07 season saw him make 17 appearances, scoring three goals, and that arrangement was turned into a permanent move after Watford released him during the summer of 2007. In his second Shots spell, he was part of their side that were promoted from the Conference National division, making 35 appearances and scoring four goals. There he had caught the eye of Crewe Alexandra, who gave him a three year contract in the summer of 2008, in a deal worth £130,000 to Aldershot.

His three seasons at Gresty Road saw him make 106 appearances, scoring 18 times, largely from a left-wing position. He was released at the end of that deal, moving on to join Wycombe Wanderers in the summer of 2011. Whilst he was on their books, he was the subject of rumours linking him with a move to Yeovil Town, although those never materialised - with hindsight it would appear that they may have had some foundation to them. During his two year spell at Adams Park, he scored as a substitute in the February 2012 game against Yeovil Town as his pace caught the Glovers on the counter-attack, but missed the following season's JPT cup tie due to a head injury. At the time of that game, he was Wycombe's top goalscorer, despite playing on the wing - he netted 11 times in 44 fixtures last year.

Recent press talk has seen him strongly linked with a move to fellow Championship side Ipswich Town, with League Two side Portsmouth also attempting to sign him. The Ipswich press had been reporting their belief that they were about to win that fight with Pompey for his services. Instead he's moved to Huish Park, and will play for Yeovil Town during the coming season.


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26 June 2013 : Foley And Dawson Confirm Yeovil Town Contracts
Yeovil Town first team pair Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson have committed their future to the club by signing new contracts. The pair were out of contract at the end of last season, with Foley having been given a 12 month deal after signing from Newport County a year ago, whilst Dawson arrived from League of Ireland side Shelbourne in January.

Both have now agreed new deals, with two year contracts having been signed that will keep them at the club until the summer of 2015.


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25 June 2013 : Blizzard Forecast Confirmed In Devon
A number of yesterday's expected deals have now been completed today. League Two side Plymouth Argyle have now confirmed that midfielder Dominic Blizzard will sign for them on July 1st - the BBC Sport website indicate a two year contract, giving him a new club after being released by Yeovil Town at the end of last season. Dominic joins Paul Wotton and Reuben Reid who are on their books.

Secondly, Walsall winger/striker Febian Brandy has chosen League One side Sheffield United as his next port of call, signing a two year contract at Bramall Lane. The Walsall Advertiser had claimed that the Glovers were interested in signing him but whether they were right or wrong is academic now, given that he will now play for the Blades next season.

Finally, Mitch Brundle has indicated via his Twitter account that he has now signed up with League One side Bristol City. The club themselves have yet to confirm it.


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25 June 2013 : Burn Linked With Brum Loan Deal
The Sky Sports website is claiming that Championship side Birmingham City are making a move for Fulham defender Dan Burn. They line him up against quotes from Blues boss Lee Clark who has told the Birmingham Mail that he has a deal in place to take two Premier League centre-halves on loan for the 2013-14 season, with one of those described as left-sided.

The Mail quotes Clark as saying that terms have been agreed with two unnamed players, and that it is just a matter of the duo returning from their holidays and taking a medical to seal the deals:

"I have agreed terms with two players and two Premier League clubs to take a right-sided centre-half and a left-sided centre-half on season-long loans. Those deals are subject to medicals when the lads get off holidays, as Premier League teams aren't due back for 10 days to two weeks. But I hope to have those completed next week because the agreements with the players and the clubs are in place. It's just down to them coming through the medicals. I have spoken to both players and I will be delighted to get them."

Last month Burn himself gave a positive reaction to the prospect of returning to Huish Park, whilst boss Gary Johnson said earlier this month that he would be putting in an offer to the West Londoners to take back the 21 year old to Somerset. However, inevitably Birmingham will be able to offer a better financial package to Fulham, so much may depend upon how much first team football they think Burn will get at St Andrews compared to Huish Park.

Johnson did make clear earlier this month that Burn would be expected to report for pre-season at Craven Cottage initially, so there's no immediate cause for alarm if Dan is not on the training ground tomorrow. We'll have to see whether Sky Sports have their facts lined up, and subsequently which club has given Fulham and Burn the better all-round offer.


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25 June 2013 : Dolphins Friendly On The Cards?
Yeovil Town appear to have arranged another pre-season friendly. According to one of Poole Town's backroom staff, via his Twitter account, the Glovers will visit the Dolphins on Saturday 6th July, thus repeating last season's pre-season visit that saw the Glovers win 2-0, via a brace from Keanu Marsh-Brown. As yet neither club have directly confirmed it, however it should be safe to pencil this one in.

The Glovers also visited Tatnam Farm in 2011, winning that match 3-1, meaning that this fixture is turning into a bit of a regular arrangement. This time however, supporters should be able to check the new Glovers squad out on a Saturday afternoon, with the previous two trips having been made during midweek.


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24 June 2013 : Brundle And Blizzard Expected To Find New Homes
With a few Football League clubs starting to roll back for their pre-season training, a few snippets are beginning to materialise concerning the movement of players. One deal that we're expecting to be announced later this week is that Bristol City have offered former Yeovil Town Under-18s captain Mitch Brundle a deal for the coming season. Mitch played in an Under-21 match for City during late April and has been happy to retweet messages from both Yeovil and City fans wishing him good luck at Ashton Gate.

City are also offering Elliott Nelson a deal, with the defender having played during the same Development Squad match against Brighton and Hove Albion. With the Robins playing in an Under-21 league, we'd expect the pair to be given development contracts of a shortish duration by the League One club, to see if they can make the step up to first team football. With the Glovers having shut down their Centre of Excellence at the end of last season, and having no Reserve Team or Development structure in place, there is little room for such players to get competitive football at Huish Park, and so we'd expect Elliott and Mitch to be properly unveiled sometime this week. Good luck to both of them.

If one of the BBC Radio Devon chaps is to be believed, former midfielder Dominic Blizzard is about to find a new home. He states that the former Bristol Rovers player will be signing for the Pilgrims on Wednesday when they return to pre-season training. Assuming that one is true, Dominic will bump into Reuben Reid who is on loan at Home Park for the full 2013-14 season.

Meanwhile it would seem possible that one of this summer's transfer rumours may be about to be knocked on the head. Earlier this month the Walsall Advertiser published claims that Saddlers striker Febian Brandy was interesting Yeovil Town. However, according to Sky Sports tonight, they believe Brandy has chosen to join Sheffield United and is due to visit Bramall Lane for a medical. There's no firm admission of this by the Blades, but his name has been strongly connected with them in the past few weeks.

Finally, former left-winger Andy Welsh has signed a one year contract with League Two side Scunthorpe United, upon his release from Carlisle United. The Iron have also got a one year extension option in their favour if Welsh produces the goods at Glanford Park.


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24 June 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Signs Of Life
Later this week, Yeovil Town's players return to the routine of training, hopefully fresh after a full month away from it all. That should also be the signal for things to start moving on the summer recruitment front, with new arrivals likely to join last season's squad. On the back of that, the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry considers what to expect and what manager Gary Johnson is likely to be after.

Head via the link below, and as usual add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Signs Of Life.


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23 June 2013 : Poyet Fired By Seagulls
Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion have fired their manager Gus Poyet this evening. The news came in as the 45 year old Uruguayan was in the studio as a pundit for the BBC as part of their Confederations Cup coverage, meaning that they got themselves an unexpected 'exclusive' interview with their studio guest during the half time interview. Poyet appeared to learn of Brighton's decision via a printed copy from the Seagulls club website that the BBC had handed him, contradicting the statement itself.

The news comes as little surprise, with Poyet and Brighton engaged in a rather public war of words, since the Championship club suspended their manager on May 16th, three days after his side were knocked out of the Championship Play-Offs by rivals Crystal Palace, who eventually reached the Premier League. Poyet was suspended along with assistant manager Mauricio Taricco, who has since been reinstated, and first-team coach Charlie Oatway, whose current circumstances are unclear.

Brighton haven't divulged the reasons behind Poyet's suspension, but have engaged in a series of statements between themselves and the League Managers' Association that have made the situation untenable regardless of the outcome, with both sides throwing accusations at each other. Eventually Brighton's disciplinary hearing was held at the tail end of last week, and that has produced the following statement:

"Gus Poyet has been informed today by Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club's internal disciplinary panel that his employment has been terminated with immediate effect. This followed his suspension, an investigation, and a subsequent formal disciplinary process. In line with the club's own procedures, and UK employment law, Mr Poyet now has a right of appeal. As such, the club will make no further comment on this matter or recent LMA statements at this time."

Brighton's players are due to report back for pre-season tomorrow, with full training sessions due to commence on Thursday. Given that Poyet has the right of appeal, Brighton say they plan to appoint an interim manager to commence their schedule, but with Poyet having been banned by the club from contacting any of his staff since last season's play-offs ended, and no summer recruitment in place, clearly whoever comes in as his successor is going to find the Seagulls significantly behind on their close season plans. Poyet is under contract until 2016, meaning that he is likely to appeal against the decision, both for financial reasons as much as in an attempt to clear his name.

Yeovil Town are not scheduled to play Brighton until October 19th, when the Seagulls are scheduled to visit Huish Park in a Championship fixture.


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23 June 2013 : Magic Johnson T-Shirt Competition Winner
Two weeks ago, a competition was held to win a signed Magic Johnson t-shirt. That competition has now ended, with the lucky punter being supporter Adrian Partridge, who will shortly be getting an email from Away Travel Club organiser Mark Kelly to sort out claiming his prize. As a reminder, the question was as follows:

Question: For the 2013-14 season, Yeovil Town will play at Championship level for the first time. We have faced most of the clubs below in some shape or form over the years in league football, cup football, pre-season matches or testimonials. However, there are two clubs that Yeovil Town have never played a first team match against. Name both clubs.

The correct answer to this question was Watford and Burnley and the winner was drawn out of a hat containing the correct answers. For those who may have been scratching their heads, 21 out of the 23 teams have played Yeovil Town before, and you can work it out as follows:

A number of clubs can be very quickly eliminated, as we've played them in bulk standard Football League fixtures over the past ten years. So you take the following off your list: Brighton and Hove Albion, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest, Charlton Athletic, Leeds United, Blackpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town, Millwall, Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and AFC Bournemouth.

That was the easy bit. You should then be able to take off the remaining clubs that we've faced in cup competitions in recent seasons, as there's a fair number we've come across during that time. These are: Reading (FA Cup 1999), Queens Park Rangers (FA Cup 1988, LDV Trophy 2001), Bolton Wanderers (FA Cup 2001, League Cup 2004), Ipswich Town (League Cup 2005) and Middlesbrough (League Cup 2008).

So far so good? Now comes the trickier bit. There are four more teams who have played us in friendly matches. These are Derby County (1965, 2009), Birmingham City (1986, 1997), Blackburn Rovers (2000 for Warren Patmore's testimonial) and probably the hardest one of the lot Wigan Athletic (1973 twice as a Southern/Northern League pre-season double-legged friendly, and again in 1981).

That just leaves two clubs. Unless someone plans to throw an obscure curveball at us, Yeovil Town have never played Watford or Burnley in any first team fixture. It's possible that a poorly documented friendly or benefit match may be lurking somewhere in the archives, but as yet, we've not found one! But perhaps what the above shows, is that the 2013-14 season in the Championship division will not be quite such an alien concept as we might think upon first glance.

Many thanks to those who entered the competition - hopefully a few of you managed to get close to the final pairing!


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22 June 2013 : Johnson Keeping Names Under Wraps Until Ink Is Dry
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he plans to keep the actual names of the players he has lined up for the 2013-14 season under wraps until the ink is dry on their contracts. With possible targets beginning to materialise at last, next week should reveal a little more when the first team squad return to training on Wednesday 26th June - a little earlier than usual to cope with the season proper commencing during the first week in August.

However, player contracts for the 2013-14 season start on July 1st, meaning that the exact day when new signings will be unveiled is a little uncertain at this moment in time. Speaking to BBC Somerset this week, Gary said that much would depend upon when the new boys actually put pen to paper, with one or two minor issues still being thrashed out:

"There are impending deals, but these deals don't get signed, or certainly don't get dated until the 1st of July, which is when their contracts finish at all their other clubs. I think we've improved that squad with them, but I can't announce any of them until they've physically signed. Actually with most of them we're still crossing the T's and dotting the I's. But I still will get them. We'll add four or five players to our first team squad. Then we will also bring in players that I am going to have a look at for a couple of weeks."

Johnson's assistant Terry Skiverton has said this week that he expects the club to end up with a total of 18 or 19 players, and so roughly in the region of last season's squad. Gary admits he would like a bigger squad, but is wary of spreading his playing budget too thinly across a larger squad, resulting in the quality of recruitment having to drop:

"If you look at the Christmas period in this group, you've got three games in six days against three massive teams, which is unbelievable. They're what we've got to play against, so we do need a bigger squad, but obviously with the budget, the bigger the squad, the more the money gets diluted between individuals. So I've got to try to balance it if I can."

Much has been made of the club's 2013-14 Fixtures List that was published on Wednesday, giving the Glovers some of the division's biggest clubs as opponents at Huish Park over the first four months of the season, including all three relegated Premier League sides. Whilst that will make for several difficult matches, Johnson says that on the plus side the club could be looking at a number of sell-out games:

"During the first couple of months, I think we will see Birmingham, Derby, Reading, QPR, Leicester, Wigan and all at Huish Park, which is unbelievable. We've got to be excited about it. They are games where those groups of teams are going to send down thousands of supporters. Definitely with all of those they will take up their full allocations. So as long as we do, then we'll have full houses, and it will be like having big FA Cup games every week. That's how we've got to treat it and that's how we've got to look forward to it."

As well as the clubs themselves, some of Yeovil's opponents will carry players on huge wages, with Queen's Park Rangers in particular having gone on a spendathon in a failed attempt to save their Premier League status last season. With that in mind, Johnson pointed out that one opposition player could easily be on more money than the entire Yeovil squad put together:

"There's some big teams, but there's also some big players that are going to be coming to Huish Park. There's players out there who will be on a weekly wage individually, that will be the same as our weekly wage for everybody! So that will be a good test for us."


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21 June 2013 : Yeovil Town Linked With Former Saints Striker
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Southampton striker Sam Hoskins. The Sky Sports website claims that Gary Johnson is lining up a move for the player who was released by Saints at the end of last season and so is a free agent.

At 20 years old, he would fit the bill of the sort of player Johnson and his assistant Terry Skiverton have said they are targeting - young players who are perhaps a little untried and untested. He was born in Dorchester on February 4th 1993, and so is a local lad. He also has some Football League experience, having spent time on loan with Preston North End, Rotherham United (eight appearances, two goals during 2011-12) and Stevenage (14 appearances, one goal during 2012-13).

He made eight first team appearances for Southampton - all in cup competitions - and was their top scorer at Under-18 and Under-21 level for four consecutive seasons, split across the two age levels, as he rose through the ranks. He had scored nine times for the Saints Under-21s during the 2012-13 season by the turn of the year, leading to his Stevenage loan spell being taken out in January, which took him off Southampton's books for the remainder of the campaign. Southampton released him on June 4th though, leaving him in need of a new club.

Sky don't offer any quotes or sources, and so although Hoskins fits the profile of what Johnson is after, our earlier news on Troy Brown shows they don't always get it right, so a bit of caution is needed.

Sam won Southampton's Under-21 Goal of the Season for the 2012-13 campaign just before he was released by his former club. You can watch that goal via the video below.




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21 June 2013 : Troy Brown Leaves Shots For Robins
Back in February, the Sky Sports website claimed that Aldershot defender Troy Brown was being chased by Yeovil Town. Also naming the then League Two sides Gillingham and Port Vale as other interested parties, they suggested that the 22 year old could move to one of those three clubs at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Brown has now left Aldershot, who were relegated from the Football League at the end of last season, but it is Cheltenham Town who are his next port of call, signing a two year contract at Whaddon Road. We can therefore draw a firm line under those rumours for good.


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21 June 2013 : Glovers Supporters Set Up Tesco Match
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to see a bit of green'n'white football can get their fix tomorrow morning. The Yeovil Town Supporters Team are in action at Bucklers Mead on Saturday 22nd June, with an 11.00a.m. kick-off, when they will be taking on a team from Tesco.

Given the Yeovil supermarket's location, perhaps we can consider this to be "Huish Park" vs "Huish"! Admission to the match is free of charge, with all fans welcome to attend.


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20 June 2013 : Sky Interview With Terry Skiverton
Yesterday, with the 2013-14 fixtures coming out, Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton was put before the Sky Sports cameras. In an interview from Huish Park, Skivo talked to the Sky Sports News team about the club's first Championship fixtures, along with what sort of players they would be recruiting over the summer. You can read that interview via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To Sky Sports After The New Fixtures Were Published.


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20 June 2013 : Haber Interest Dropped By Johnson
Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson has confirmed that he did make enquiries about Stevenage striker Marcus Haber, but that his interest in him has not gone any further than that. Just over a week ago the Sky Sports website named Yeovil Town, Rangers and in a later update Notts County as interested parties, although stopped short of suggesting that any transfer had been agreed.

That interest is now firmly off the radar, with Johnson telling the Western Gazette that although they did make contact with Stevenage that "the situation wasn't right for us" and that he has since looked elsewhere.

Echoing yesterday's views from assistant manager Terry Skiverton, Gary does confirm that he has "three or four" players lined up as signings that should arrive on June 26th when the club are confirmed as returning to pre-season training. Those players will sign contracts on July 1st, although as they're going to be on the training ground by next Wednesday, it's possible that we may be given the names before the deals are actually signed.

Johnson has told the paper again that the players he will bring in will not be "household names" due to budget constraints - something that fans on Twitter may want to bear in mind when assessing the validity of so-called 'transfer rumour' Twitter accounts that have produced increadingly bizarre claims over the summer.

Finally, the Yorkshire Post have suggested that Walsall winger Febian Brandy is in talks with Sheffield United over a move to the Blades. Rather like the Walsall Advertiser's claims that Yeovil were interested in their player, there are no quotes or sources listed. However, thoughts amongst Saddlers fans are that Brandy is Manchester-based currently and so they expect that if he does leave the Bescot Stadium, that it will be for a club in the north of England.


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20 June 2013 : Blackpool Brand Somerset Midweek Trek As 'Farcical'
When yesterday's 2013-14 Football League fixtures were published, one of the inevitable concerns for supporters across the 72 member clubs would have been which matches fall into midweek slots. Whilst all seasons require the odd insane bit of travelling, due to cup runs and postponements, what supporters hope is that the initial fixture list is kind to them.

Yeovil Town have been given four midweek away matches, involving the September trip to Ipswich Town, the January match against Derby County, the March game against Leicester City and the London tie against Charlton Athletic. At Huish Park, both Leicester and Ipswich also have to go down to Somerset on a Tuesday night.

However, the one game that leapt out as extraordinary was the decision to make Blackpool and their supporters travel down to Huish Park for an evening match. In December. Providing them with a round trip of just short of 500 miles, the Tangerines will find a number of their fans needing to take two days off work to get there and back at a time of year that weather conditions may or may not be the greatest.

Blackpool have also been given trips to Reading (480 mile round trip) and Millwall (520 mile round trip) despite sitting amongst a cluster of Lancashire and Greater Manchester clubs. Given that midweekers are selected by hand by the Football League, these choices are not freaks of a computer system. Blackpool secretary Matt Williams has said to BBC Radio Lancashire that is not happy with how these have been selected and feels this is unfair on their club's travelling fans:

"I really, really feel sorry for the supporters. It's farcical. You look at the midweek away fixtures, we've got some real local ones at Millwall, Yeovil and Reading. It is a complete policy shift from previous years where the Football League, where possible, tried to make it only a maximum two-and-a-half-hour journey so supporters can get to the game."

Williams has told the Blackpool Gazette that he used to sit on such a panel, where care was supposedly taken to minimise the possibility of supporters having to travel more than two and a half hours to a midweek match. However upon raising a complaint with the League, he's now been told that this is a change in policy to try to increase revenues for weekend matches - but of course at the expense (literally!) of the away supporter:

"Weíve already spoken to the Football League to register our disappointment. They told us they have tried to plan the fixtures to maximise attendances for Saturday matches. Half of our away fixtures this season will be within a two-and-a-half-hour drive, so Iím amazed the panel chose to send us on such long midweek trips. Our fans travel in big numbers and itís unrealistic to expect them to make all of these games. Basically, the Football League have chosen to manipulate the fixtures for commercial gain. They supposedly pride themselves on putting fans first but on this occasion that clearly isnít the case. This season they have changed the priority from supporters to commercial interests."

Of Yeovil Town's midweek fixtures, they will see round trips of 443 miles (Ipswich Town), 398 (Derby County), 388 miles (Leicester City) and 328 miles (Charlton Athletic). Not exactly ideal, although in the Glovers case given that AFC Bournemouth are the only club situated under 100 miles from Huish Park, this is a fact of life that supporters are rather used to.

And of course, all of this is before Sky Sports, cup matches (both Yeovil and their opposition), bad weather and the police have their usual influence upon proceedings!


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20 June 2013 : Reuben Reid Renews His Pilgrimage
Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid has completed his return to League Two side Plymouth Argyle on a long term loan. The 24 year old will remain at Home Park for the whole of the 2013-14 season, effectively ending his time with the Glovers. Reid scored six times across 25 appearances for the club, after signing a two year contract in the summer of 2012, but rapidly dropped out of contention once Paddy Madden set up his strike partnership with James Hayter.

Reid's last start for the club came in an October 2012 Football League Trophy tie against Torquay United, whilst his last minutes on the pitch came on New Year's Day against Leyton Orient. Since then he has been out on loan with the Pilgrims, where he has scored just twice in 18 appearances. Even though he is on loan at Plymouth, we do not expect to see him in a Yeovil Town shirt again, although will come up against his team-mates in a pre-season friendly at Home Park on Saturday 27th July, where he will no doubt be anxious to prove a point or two.


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20 June 2013 : Initial Set Of 2013-14 Televised Fixtures Released
The Football League and Sky Sports have agreed the opening batch of televised fixtures for the 2013-14 season. With the Premier League only due to kick off on Saturday 17th August, that gives Football League clubs a free run in terms of Sky's usual focus on top flight football. In addition, the Football League's 125th Anniversary plans give a degree of extra focus on certain fixtures, and it is these that have largely been selected for viewing during the early weeks. Sky have also selected their choices for the League Cup First Round.

Overall, there are four Championship games, two League Cup matches, and one each from League One and League Two. These read as follows:

Fri 02/08/2013 : 19:45 : Sheffield United vs Notts County (League One, Sky Sports)
Sat 03/08/2013 : 12:15 : Burnley vs Bolton Wanderers (Championship, Sky Sports)
Sun 04/08/2013 : 16:00 : Derby County vs Blackburn Rovers (Championship, Sky Sports)
Mon 05/08/2013 : 19:45 : Preston North End vs Blackpool (League Cup, Sky Sports)
Tue 06/08/2013 : 19:45 : Morecambe vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (League Cup, Sky Sports)
Sat 10/08/2013 : 12:15 : Accrington Stanley vs Portsmouth (League Two, Sky Sports)
Sun 11/08/2013 : 16:30 : Leicester City vs Leeds United (Championship, Sky Sports)
Sat 17/08/2013 : 12:15 : Leeds United vs Sheffield Wednesday (Championship, Sky Sports)

With both League Cup First Round televised fixtures now in place, this almost certainly cements Yeovil Town's trip to Southend United as taking place on Tuesday 6th August. As yet that hasn't been absolutely confirmed though.


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19 June 2013 : Johnson: Championship Fixtures Allow Promotion To Sink In
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the publishing of the 2013-14 fixture list would provide a big wake-up call to any Glovers fans who hadn't quite had it sink in yet that the club had made it to the Championship. Aside from some tasty away games, opening with a trip to Millwall, the Glovers face former top flight clubs Birmingham City and Derby County as their opening two home games before taking on last year's Premier League sides Reading and Queens Park Rangers during the months of August and September.

Mixing it up with some of the bigger spenders in the division early on, with Birmingham, Reading and QPR benefiting from the parachute payments system will provide a bit of a culture shock for the Glovers who are playing Championship football for the first time in the club's history. Johnson told BBC Somerset that this sort of an early line-up would soon tell people what the division was all about:

"If people hadn't realised already that we were in the Championship then they will do now, and that's ahead of the first fixtures. I think our first ten home games are unbelievable, looking at them as a group. They're all massive teams and massive games. So it's going to be fun for the home fans, and they only need to turn up at Yeovil's ground to see some very very big football teams. We're definitely going in as the underdogs, but we said that in League One let alone the Championship. We've got to embrace it as a club and we've got to be excited about it."

As it happens, the August 3rd openers Millwall, are one of the more familiar outfits, with the Glovers having met them eight times in League One matches between 2006 and 2010, before the Lions gained promotion back to second tier football. They formally unveiled former St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas as their new boss earlier this week, as he took over from Kenny Jackett, who has taken over the reins at relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers. Gary said he was obviously very familiar with Millwall as a club, but joked that he hoped the new boss wouldn't have quite got his feet properly under the table come the first week in August:

"I know Millwall and I've been there a few times. It's one where there's been a new manager, so maybe he won't be organised by the time we get there! It's one that you can still look forward to. Millwall have been in the division for a long time and they're pretty set in the Championship. It will be a good early test without being probably one of the recent ex-Premier League teams."


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19 June 2013 : Skivo Confident Of Three Or Four New Signings
Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton has said that the club has 'three or four' new signings lined up and ready to go for when the club return to pre-season training. The Glovers players have around a week's worth of summer holiday left before the club begins its pre-season training regime, with out of contract players able to sign deals as free agents from July 1st. With the club having only released three players from last season's squad, it does not look as though there will be a major overhaul needed of the 2012-13 squad, with Gavin Williams, Richard Hinds and Dominic Blizzard the main gaps that need filling.

Speaking to Sky Sports News this morning, Skiverton has suggested that the incoming players are not that likely to be big names, but that the club had already pencilled in the names of a number of incoming players, adding to that a couple of trialists that could raise those numbers higher. Skiverton explained the club's strategy:

"We are going to stick to the formula that has worked in the past, young, hungry talent that are a little bit untried and untested. We would rather have that than players coming the other way on big contracts. The gaffer has a formula that has really worked well for us, one that we will stick to. We have three or four players lined up that will be ready for July 1st, and a couple coming in on trial with really good CVs. It will be the first time in five or six years where our whole starting line-up will be here next year."

Skiverton's suggestion that the whole of the starting line-up will be at Huish Park next season strongly implies that the club are confident of bringing back Fulham defender Dan Burn, who was on the club's books for much of the 2012-13 season.

As for the fixtures themselves, Skiverton added that the club would not be daunted by the size of the task ahead of them, as they take on Championship sides for the first time. He pointed out that the Glovers had already taken on many of the opposing sides at League One level in the past, and so this would not be a total culture shock for the club:

"Millwall, Leicester, Leeds - we have faced all these types of clubs in League One. There is nothing there to daunt us, all we have to do is make sure we are fit, firing and ready to go. The manager has been here before with Bristol City, kicked on with them and had them one game from the Premier League. He's very experienced and he knows what he is doing."


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19 June 2013 : Glovers Arrange Fourth Pre-Season Friendly
Yeovil Town have arranged a fourth pre-season friendly for the 2013-14 season. They will travel to play Conference National side Forest Green Rovers on Monday 29th July, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

This is likely to be the final pre-season friendly prior to the start of the 2013-14 season proper given that it will take place five days before the opening Championship fixture against Millwall. The Glovers are also due to face Devon trio Torquay United, Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle during pre-season.

Link: 2013-14 Yeovil Town Fixtures and Results Page.


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19 June 2013 : 2013-14 Championship Division Fixtures Released
The fixtures for the 2013-14 season have been published by the Football League. The set of 46 fixtures represents Yeovil Town's first ever season at Championship level, allowing them to take on eleven clubs they have never played in a Football League fixture, and two that we've never played in any shape or form in our history.

The first match in the Championship in Yeovil Town's history will see them travel to play Millwall on Saturday 3rd August. That will then be followed up by the League Cup First Round trip to Southend United which will take place on or around Tuesday 6th August. Once we've got past that, the second Championship fixture will see Yeovil Town take on Birmingham City in their first fixture at Huish Park.

As for the Christmas fixtures, Yeovil Town will face AFC Bournemouth away on Boxing Day, followed by another away trip to Huddersfield Town. Then on New Year's Day the Glovers will play Watford at home. The season will end with the home match against Middlesbrough at Huish Park.

The full set of fixtures can be viewed via the link below, or alternatively the full set of Championship fixtures can be seen on the BBC Sport website.

Link: 2013-14 Season Yeovil Town Fixtures.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Championship Division Fixtures.


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18 June 2013 : Former England Striker Compares Johnson To Wenger
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been compared to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger by one of his former players. Former Coventry City, Aston Villa and England striker Dion Dublin, who was also on the books of Manchester United for two years, got his big break in football through Johnson's former club Cambridge United during the late 1980s, going on to have a career mainly in top flight football that saw him net 235 professional goals.

All of that looked rather unlikely when the Leicester-born player was released by Norwich City in 1988, without making a single first team appearance. Signed up as a 19 year old rookie central defender by Cambridge, Johnson is generally credited as the man who decided that Dublin might look quite handy if he was placed at the other end of the park, and started playing him as a striker for Cambridge United Reserves. He eventually went on to score 73 goals in 202 appearances as Cambridge launched themselves from the old Fourth Division to the second tier play-offs, helped by his strike rate.

Dublin has kept his eye on Yeovil Town's fortunes under Johnson over the past 18 months, and speaking to the Sports Review website, believes that his old boss, who eventually took over as first team manager at Cambridge, has 'calm' qualities that allow him to get the best out of young players. He feels what Johnson achieved in taking the Glovers to the Championship was a remarkable achievement:

"Promotion last season was fantastic and he is a good coach. I think thatís why the club wanted him back for a second spell because they knew what he can achieve with the players they had. Gary was my reserve team manager when I was at Cambridge United and he is a very calm character who talks to his players in a composed manner Ė heís a lesser Arsene Wenger so to speak because he doesnít lose his temper very often. He will go under the radar in this competition, go about his business and is the type of man with the type of team that could surprise a few people."


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18 June 2013 : League Select Six Anniversary Matches
The Football League have given a small insight into the 2013-14 fixture list by preannouncing six matches that will take place on the opening day of the season. The matches have been announced as part of the League's 125th Anniversary Celebrations, and feature a number of the founder members of the world's original league football competition, as well as other pairings of historical significance.

They have picked out two fixtures from each of the three divisions, that will be given a special status as 'Anniversary Matches'. The League only indicate that they will be played on the first 'weekend' of the 2013-14, strongly implying that they expect some of them to be televised. The list of six matches are as follows:

Championship:
Burnley v Bolton Wanderers
Derby County v Blackburn Rovers

League One:
Preston North End v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sheffield United v Notts County

League Two:
Newport County v Accrington Stanley
Rochdale v Hartlepool United

About the only thing this tells Yeovil Town supporters is that we will not be facing any of Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Derby County or Blackburn Rovers on the opening day of the 2013-14 season.

Whilst on the subject of Football League fixtures, the complete 2013-14 season fixtures are due to be released tomorrow at 9.00a.m. Unless there is a very late announcement made by the League, they will make that announcement without a main competition sponsor. The League has held a sponsorship arrangement since 1983, running through Canon (1983-86), the Today Newspaper (1986-87), Barclays (1987-1993), Endsleigh (1993-1996), Nationwide (1996-2004), Coca Cola (2004-2010) and most recently Npower (2010-2013).

Back in February, Npower confirmed that it would not be extending it's three year deal, leaving the door open for new parties to bid for their name to be added to the above roster. Although the League have never admitted it, it seems pretty much accepted amongst the national media that Home DIY chain B&Q had pulled out of a three year deal quoted as being worth between £21 million and £30 million depending on which newspaper you took your information from. Takeaway pizza company Domino's were also claimed to be in the running although they later poured cold water on those reports, denying that they had ever been in negotiations.

Without current sponsorship, inevitably the amount of central income available to clubs will have to be reduced, meaning that any club that has prebudgeted for such an income could be in for a nasty shock. With the B&Q offer supposedly worth around £10 million per year, which is divided by the 72 member clubs, the value of that sponsorship deal to any interested party will inevitably decrease as the season draws closer.


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17 June 2013 : League One Play-Off Final Badges In Stock
Further to last month's article, a batch of badges commemorating May's League One Play-Off Final has now been produced. Tim Lancaster, with help from Black Dragon Badges has designed a high quality enamel metal lapel badge that recognises the historic match that took place at Sunday 19th May at Wembley Stadium and lifted Yeovil Town into the Championship. As can be seen below, the badge shows the two club crests, the scoreline, venue and date on its facia.

There is an initial print run of 150. For those who have already pre-ordered badges, Tim will be posting them out this week, so look out for them in the post. If the picture below inspires you into buying one, then e-mail timlancaster67@hotmail.co.uk, to reserve your badge(s) and then put your money in the post. The badge will cost £3.50 and this will include postage and packaging. Send cheques made payable to Tim Lancaster at 3, Westville, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4JE.

Yeovil vs Brentford Play-Off Final Badges
Yeovil vs Brentford Play-Off Final Badges.
Photo by Tim Lancaster.



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17 June 2013 : League Cup First Round : Full Draw Details
Further to the earlier news concerning the League Cup First Round draw, the full breakdown of that draw is published below. It is split into a Northern and Southern section for this round only, with sides in the Championship and the top half of League One seeded. Yeovil Town were one of the seeded clubs, which guaranteed them a tie against a Southern team from either League Two or the bottom half of League One, and they were given an away draw against League Two side Southend United.

The full draw is as follows:

Bury v Crewe Alexandra
Shrewsbury Town v Bolton Wanderers
Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley
Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale
Preston North End v Blackpool
Barnsley v Scunthorpe United
Tranmere Rovers v Mansfield Town
York City v Burnley
Notts County v Fleetwood Town
Sheffield United v Burton Albion
Oldham Athletic v Derby County
Carlisle United v Blackburn Rovers
Morecambe v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Nottingham Forest v Hartlepool United
Leeds United v Chesterfield
Huddersfield Town v Bradford City
Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday
Port Vale v Walsall
Gillingham v Bristol City
AFC Bournemouth v Portsmouth
Wycombe Wanderers v Leicester City
Brentford v Dagenham and Redbridge
Exeter City v Queens Park Rangers
Charlton Athletic v Oxford United
Southend United v Yeovil Town
Millwall v AFC Wimbledon
Swindon Town v Torquay United
Birmingham City v Plymouth Argyle
Stevenage v Ipswich Town
Cheltenham Town v Crawley Town
Bristol Rovers v Watford
Northampton Town v Milton Keynes Dons
Leyton Orient v Coventry City
Colchester United v Peterborough United
Brighton and Hove Albion v Newport County

Former Premier League side Reading have been given a bye until the Second Round, whilst Wigan Athletic have a bye until the Third Round.

All ties are scheduled to be played during week commencing Monday 5th August, with the most likely date for clubs being Tuesday 6th August. Exact dates will depend upon television and policing requirements.


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17 June 2013 : League Cup First Round Draw : Glovers Given Shrimpers Tie
Yeovil Town have been given an away draw in the First Round of the Football League Cup. They will take on Southend United at Roots Hall in a match that is scheduled to be the second game of the 2013-14 season.

In a draw published this morning, the Glovers were one of the seeded teams in the Southern section of the draw, and so were guaranteed to play either a League Two side or a club in the bottom half of League One.

All ties are scheduled to be played during week commencing Monday 5th August, with the most likely date for clubs being Tuesday 6th August.

The full draw will be published on this site very shortly.


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16 June 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Who The Fudging Hell Are You?
Although the Football League AGM formally recognises the move from the 2012-13 season into the 2013-14 campaign, it's the production of the fixture lists that tend to make supporters look forward, rather than backward. In a guest blog from a long-standing supporter that most internet folk know as Cider Jaaarn, he looks at the impact that the coming season will have on the club, and the perception that our 23 opponents will have of us.

Head via the link below, and post your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Who The Fudging Hell Are You?


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16 June 2013 : Haber Called Up For Canadian Squad
As yet, we've no idea whether the claims made by Sky Sports earlier this week concerning Stevenage striker Marcus Haber have any legs to them, but any club wanting to take him off Boro's hands looks like to have to wait. The 24 year old has been linked by Sky with transfer interest from Yeovil Town, Rangers and Notts County, after manager Graham Westley transfer listed him.

However, this week Stevenage have announced that Haber has received an international call-up by Canada that will potentially see him ruled out of pre-season action, regardless of which club is paying his wages at that point in time. He has been named in their squad to take part in the CONCACAF Gold Cup which is being staged in the USA between July 7th and July 28th. In addition, Canada are holding a 10 day training camp in Oxnard, CA ahead of the tournament.

Haber was named by Canada in a 35 man preliminary list of players they expected to make themselves available. That list will need to be cut down to 23 as part of the final submission to the tournament organisers. Stevenage don't make it clear whether their player has made the final selection, but the fact that they have announced it two weeks after the Canadian Soccer Association published their preliminary list, would imply that he is on the cut-down list. If so, then it would seem unlikely that any party interested in Haber would make their move until after the tournament ends, and of course will mean that managers wanting to bed in a new squad during pre-season may see that as a significant disadvantage.


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15 June 2013 : 2012-13 Internet Player Of The Season
The final input into the 2012-13 season from the point of view of Man of the Match voting is to find out which players performed the most consistently across the entire campaign. The overall monthly winners across the season were as follows:

August 2012 : Marek Stech
September 2012 : Marek Stech
October 2012 : Marek Stech
November 2012 : Joe Edwards
December 2012 : Marek Stech
January 2013 : Paddy Madden
February 2013 : Dan Burn
March 2013 : Dan Burn
April 2013 : Luke Ayling
May 2013 : Dan Burn

What this shows up is how much the season split into two halves in terms of which players were picking up the votes - goalkeeper Marek Stech in the lead-up to Christmas, then Fulham loanee Dan Burn taking the plaudits in the second half of the season. Striker Paddy Madden of course picked up a Football League monthly award for his goalscoring feats, and he came in third place in the overall seasonal totals, but despite Dan Burn's late run in the final four months of the season, it was goalkeeper Marek Stech who held on by a relatively comfortable margin and so is the 2012-13 Internet Player of the Season.

The final totals for the top ten, including the percentage of the vote cast, are as follows:

1 Marek Stech 14.7
2 Daniel Burn 10.5
3 Paddy Madden 8.8
4 Byron Webster 8.5
5 Ed Upson 7.6
6 Sam Foley 7.4
7 Joe Edwards 7.4
8 Luke Ayling 6.8
9 Korey Smith 5.1
10 James Hayter 4.8

Many thanks to Sarah, who has kept a myriad of Excel spreadsheets alive to help keep the sums correct. And of course thanks to everyone who voted across the season. This will return in the 2013-14 season - we're currently looking into ways of speeding up the results publishing on this, as we're aware that particularly during the second half of the season we were a bit slow to publish!


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14 June 2013 : Fletcher Rues Glovers Loan Spell
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Wes Fletcher has given his views on his short loan spell at Huish Park at the tail end of last season, and why he felt it didn't work out. The 22 year old had a one month spell during March 2013 whilst he was on the books of Burnley, yet ultimately only managed 13 minutes worth of first team football in an away match at Hartlepool United, meaning that home fans never saw him play.

Fletcher returned back to Turf Moor after a minor injury put him out of the team, and was eventually allowed to return a game early, after not being included in the matchday squad for a trip to Carlisle United. He has since signed for League Two side York City after being released by the Clarets. Speaking to the York Press after putting pen to paper for the Minstermen, he admits his spell at Huish Park didn't go well, but pointed out that trying to dislodge Paddy Madden and James Hayter was the main problem:

"It was a tough time (at Yeovil Town) and I donít quite understand why they sent me down there. It seemed a good opportunity but, with the position they were in and the number of goals their main striker had, I donít think I was ever going there to play week in, week out. I felt I was there to push their strikers as a warning that they could lose their place if they didnít keep going."

The Ormskirk born player had an offer from League Two side Morecambe, as well as the chance of a trial with League One team Tranmere Rovers. Despite those two options, he has chosen York in the belief that they will offer him a better chance of first team football, explaining that he was getting frustrated during the tail end of his time with his former club:

"Being released by Burnley has led to more positives than negatives for me because it will give me the chance to get out and play football. At Burnley, I was training all week and wanting to play on a Saturday but, then, I was ending up training on Saturdays as well and thatís the most frustrating thing ever. A lot of people think football is a great job and they are right but, when youíre not playing, itís not the best. The manager has told me he will give me the opportunity to show what I can do though and I canít wait to get going."


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14 June 2013 : Dawsons Relishing A Family Affair
When the 2013-14 fixture list is published next Wednesday, there will be a number of Yeovil Town supporters looking out for key opponents during their first season at Championship level. Former Premier League winners, former European Cup winners, new grounds, and even old rivals. For one particular Glovers player though, his eyes will be on the two dates that will see Barnsley play his team - on the scale of things, probably not one that will register too high up on the list of 'fashionable' clubs in the second tier.

For Kevin Dawson though, this is all about family. His brother is 27 year old Stephen Dawson - a Darren Way style midfield terrier who Glovers fans would recall spending two years with Leyton Orient before joining the Tykes in January 2010. He has been interviewed in the Barnsley Chronicle this week about his brother Kevin, and the prospect of coming up against him in the centre of the park next season. He explained that he had been to watch his younger brother play in green and white:

"I'm proud of young Kevin for getting promoted. He has been working hard at his game in Ireland but he got the chance with Yeovil last season and ended up playing 25 games for them. I've been to see him a few times. He got the goal against Sheffield United in the semi-final which I'm sure Barnsley fans will have loved and then he played at Wembley when they beat Brentford. I can't wait to play against him. It'll be the first time we've come against each other in a professional setting."

Four and a half years older, Stephen was obviously the more senior of the two when they were growing up in Dublin. However, he explained that still didn't stop his brother gatecrashing his kickabouts in the park. More to the point, there was little held back in the tackle when the two came up against each other back then:

"He's a few years younger than me but he'd play with my mates when we were kids and we'd kick him up and down a bit. He was always a good little player and I'm pleased he's doing well. I've told him I won't go easy on him. When we come up against each other he'll be my opponent and although I want him to do well and I want Yeovil to stay up next season, that won't be at the expense of Barnsley. If there's a 50/50 tackle to go for then he'll be running away from me scared because I won't hold back. We've had some good banter about it."

For those who have spotted a healthy Irish contingent at the occasional Yeovil Town fixture, as friends and family of Paddy Madden and Kevin Dawson head over for games, we're told by Stephen to brace ourselves for the weekend when the Football League experiences its first 'Dawson vs Dawson' encounter. Although he doesn't reveal which end of the ground they are likely to be sitting in:

"We've got about 50 or 60 aunties and uncles who are all ready for the games. I think all of Dublin is waiting for these fixtures to be announced and a good load of them will be flying down for the games there's no doubt about that."


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13 June 2013 : May 2013 Player Of The Month
We don't normally have to publish a Player of the Month for the month of May, but the 2012-13 season was a little bit different to most. Covering the three games that extended Yeovil Town's season in a rather good way, this also gives a chance for us to judge some of the most influential players during the play-off stages.

It is the Glovers defence that got the most plaudits during that time, with all of the top four coming from the back line. Byron Webster an Luke Ayling picked up many votes from the two Sheffield United games and the Brentford play-off final. Meanwhile goalkeeper Marek Stech's superb Wembley performance allowed him to be the second most popular player during the month of May.

However out there in front was Fulham centre-back Dan Burn who was your May 2013 Player of the Month - fitting given that he scored the final goal of the season. The top ten, including the percentage of the voting points gained, can be seen below:

1 Daniel Burn 21.5
2 Marek Stech 14.2
3 Luke Ayling 13.3
4 Byron Webster 12.6
5 Ed Upson 10.1
6 Kevin Dawson 7.1
7 Paddy Madden 6.8
8 Sam Foley 4.5
9 Joe Edwards 3.5
10 James Hayter 4.2


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12 June 2013 : Johnson Glad To Build Around The Spine Of The Team
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is happy that he will be able to take the spine of his team into the 2013-14 season, giving the club continuity across two seasons. Having released just three players, who had largely been bench-warmers, and so far not having lost any of his 2012-13 key squad players, the Glovers boss should go into pre-season training at the end of this month with a large number of familiar faces.

Gary has said that he is glad to have that continuity, although emphasised the point that it is not possible to entirely stand still with the first team squad at any point in time:

"It is nice that we have the crux of our team still with us, it does make it easier but you do have to add to it. You can't stand still at any level. We can't stand still and there will still be competition."

Since the Play-Off Final win at Wembley Stadium, the internet has had a touch of the 'silly season' about it, with a number of rumours doing the rounds about arrivals and departures. Whilst Johnson will understandably remain tight-lipped about most of his arrivals, he's said that none of his current players have given the impression they are in a hurry to jump ship, now the club has reached second tier football:

"They all seem happy, they all had a great time and from the comments I hear from them they have had a wonderful last month or so. So I am sure they'll be happy to be around this club for a little while longer I hope. If players are comfortable where they are then they perform to the best of their ability and that is what they are going to have to do in the Championship."

Gary made clear last week that a return for Fulham defender Dan Burn was on the cards, whilst Middlesbrough midfielder Matthew Dolan is another he has said he would like to see back at the club. In total, Gary wants to see six or seven arrivals for pre-season, but of those he brings in, he wants them to aim far higher than just the 4th from bottom position that would give them safety:

"My target is always just to compete. I don't want to bring players here and tell them our target is to stay in the division because that is a little bit negative. The players I bring in our going to be competitors, players who want to improve themselves and we need to make sure our target is to compete at the highest point we can in the Championship and that is what I'll be telling the lads. I've got to be very confident, I don't want to sit here and have any negative thoughts at this moment in time."

Johnson has implied that his many of his signings this summer will fit into the category of 'Gary's gambles' - players like Sam Foley from lower league sides, or the likes of Paddy Madden who never really got given a chance to perform at Carlisle United. He says he also regards his decision to bring the versatile Joe Edwards in from Ashton Gate as being another one of those successes:

"Joe Edwards comes into their category as well, he wasn't playing for Bristol City and there are a lot of them who are probably gambles if you like. When they come off it is great for me and great for them and their families. I get really choked up when their families come up to me and say thanks for giving them that opportunity."


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12 June 2013 : Striker Haber Given Glovers Link
The Sky Sports website is linking Yeovil Town with a move for Stevenage striker Marcus Haber. The 24 year old Canadian still has a year on his contract to run at Broadhall Way, but was transfer-listed at the end of the 2012-13 season, with new boss Graham Westley believing that his chances would be limited during next season.

Overall, he managed to make 46 appearances, scoring seven goals across the 2012-13 campaign, so certainly played an active part in their season. Before that he'd been north of the border with St Johnstone for the 2011-12 season. He started off his career in Canada, playing for his home town Vancouver Whitecaps, before joining West Bromwich Albion in January 2010, following a short trial, signing for an undisclosed fee. He didn't make any first team appearances for the Baggies, but enjoyed three loan spells - one with Exeter City, another that saw him return to the Whitecaps, and a third with St Johnstone that eventually saw him leave the Hawthorns.

Born on January 11th 1989, in Vancouver, he has represented Canada at Under-16, Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 level, and has six full international caps for his country. Based on his profile, he would fit the sort of player that would fit into Yeovil's budget and the sort of calculated 'gamble' manager Gary Johnson said he would make. However, the Sky article offers no quotes or sources to suggest that their information is concrete. They also name Glasgow Rangers, who are currently trying to climb back up the Scottish leagues, as an interested party.

Update: Later Sky Sports reports have added Notts County as an additional interested party. Again no sources identified.


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12 June 2013 : League Cup First Round Seedings And Regionalisation
Seedings and geographical splits for the League Cup First Round have been published by the Football League. The draw for the competition is made public next Monday at 9.30a.m. and will see Yeovil Town seeded based on their 2012-13 League One position. The draw is also regionalised into a Northern Section and a Southern Section. This means that the Glovers will face one of the following teams:

South Section : Unseeded
18. AFC Wimbledon 19. Bristol Rovers 20. Cheltenham Town 21. Colchester United 22. Coventry City 23. Dagenham and Redbridge 24. Exeter City 25. Gillingham 26. Newport County 27. Northampton Town 28. Oxford United 29. Plymouth Argyle 30. Portsmouth 31. Southend United 32. Stevenage 33. Torquay United 34. Wycombe Wanderers

The list of Southern seeded teams, made up of Championship clubs and the upper half of League One are as follows:

South Section : Seeded
1. AFC Bournemouth 2. Birmingham City 3. Brentford 4. Brighton and Hove Albion 5. Bristol City 6. Charlton Athletic 7. Crawley Town 8. Ipswich Town 9. Leicester City 10. Leyton Orient 11. Millwall 12. Milton Keynes Dons 13. Peterborough United 14. Queens Park Rangers 15. Swindon Town 16. Watford 17. Yeovil Town

Those in the Northern Section are as follows:

North Section : Seeded
1. Barnsley 2. Blackburn Rovers 3. Blackpool 4. Bolton Wanderers 5. Burnley 6. Crewe Alexandra 7. Derby County 8. Doncaster Rovers 9. Huddersfield Town 10. Leeds United 11. Middlesbrough 12. Nottingham Forest 13. Notts County 14. Sheffield United 15. Sheffield Wednesday 16. Tranmere Rovers 17. Walsall 18. Wolverhampton Wanderers

North Section : Unseeded
19. Accrington Stanley 20. Bradford City 21. Burton Albion 22. Bury 23. Carlisle United 24. Chesterfield 25. Fleetwood Town 26. Hartlepool United 27. Mansfield Town 28. Morecambe 29. Oldham Athletic 30. Port Vale 31. Preston North End 32. Rochdale 33. Rotherham United 34. Scunthorpe United 35. Shrewsbury Town 36. York City

Former Premier League side Reading have been given a bye until the Second Round, whilst Wigan Athletic have a bye until the Third Round.

The First Round matches will be played during the week commencing Monday 5th August.


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11 June 2013 : Further Pressure On Football League Over Safe Standing
Considering they spent two or three days enjoying themselves in Portugal last week, there's been very little of consequence coming out of the 2013 Football League AGM. Last Friday, there some fairly minor news concerning the tightening up of loan rules that would affect just one club, and a failed attempt to oust the League's Chairman, but otherwise silence - surprising given the Football League are currently lacking sponsorship, and therefore need to keep themselves in the public eye.

One area that did appear to land on the agenda was the Safe Standing debate. A February 2013 meeting of Championship clubs (based on the 2012-13 season line-up) had seen a non-binding vote agree resoundingly that they should take their views to the Football League's board, requesting a trial of various 'safe' terracing options for clubs at second tier level.

In the February meeting, 21 out of the 22 Championship club representatives voted in favour of such a trial. At the full Football League AGM, where all 72 clubs are represented, The Independent national newspaper reports that more than two-thirds of clubs backed such a trial. In the past, the League's board have adopted a position of being opposed to a return to terracing at Championship level, but given the vote of no confidence in Chairman Greg Clarke was defeated by a majority of Championship clubs, he may not wish to add them to the list of disaffected clubs.

The League will need to approach Parliament to put through a change, given the all-seater requirements in the top two tiers are enshrined in the 1989 Football Spectators Act. That will involve canvassing the views of a few football-friendly MPs to take on their case - the Independent quotes one unnamed Chief Executive who says he expects the League board to now "start lobbying in the right places".

Although it's not explicit, it appears that the AGM also voted on the way that the Premier League 'solidarity payments' are distributed down to Football League clubs. This has been the primary source of lower league clubs' problem with Clarke, feeling that he failed to deal with the imbalance of the distribution of such payments and TV revenue down to League One and League Two level. Here the Daily Mail's Patrick Collins writes a scathing article, pointing out that 93.27% of the £5.5 billion gained via current TV deals is kept by top flight clubs, despite the introduction of the new EPPP academy system supposedly promising a fairer method of distribution.

Instead, each Premier League club relegated to the Championship will trouser nearly £60 million in parachute payments over a four year period. In total, former top flight clubs will be entitled to claim £177 million of the total £240 million annual 'solidarity payments' kitty. That leaves just £63 million to be shared out to the remaining Football League clubs. The bulk of that goes to Championship sides, who get around £2 million (plus a further £1.8 million for TV payments). Compare that £3.8 million with the £23 million that Wigan Athletic, Reading and QPR will get and the imbalance is clear (and was covered in detail in a recent Taff's Gloversblog article).

Further down the Food Chain, League One and League Two clubs get far less - Yeovil Town got around £900,000 in total from central funding last season, and so will benefit by around £3 million in extra cash this season. However, here the Daily Mail single the Glovers out, accusing them of "vulgar self-interest". They imply that a vote was held to try to flatten out the way that funding is distributed, to help the bottom two divisions. However they note that "Yeovil Town celebrated their promotion to the Championship by fiercely opposing a move to share extra money with clubs from Leagues One and Two", implicitly suggesting that the Glovers should have shown their own solidarity towards their former rivals.

It appears that vote failed, meaning that the distribution of funding will remain as planned with Collins claiming that "avarice is now completely out of hand, and that the disproportionate distribution of income is seriously damaging the health of the game." On the wider topic he probably has a point, although it would be hard for the Glovers to gain the prize of Championship football, then voluntarily give up a chunk of what that prize is worth.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Size Of The Championship Task.

Link: League AGM Tightens Up On International Loan Rules.

Link: Championship Clubs Put Weight Behind Safe-Standing Trial.


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11 June 2013 : Ladies Set To Expand As Two New Teams Announced
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are delighted to confirm that next season the club will grow by adding two new teams. The Club is to create a new third senior team, which will likely play in the Somerset County League. The objective in creating this team is to allow more opportunities for women to play football, as the number of females wishing to play the game continues to expand rapidly in the Yeovil area.

The club also see the third team as an additional way for players leaving their own Youth system to continue to play for the club and develop their game. In previous seasons the step up from the under 16 team to the first or reserve teams has been large for some players having never played senior football and the Glovers hope this new third team will help address this issue and help us develop them through the squad system.

In addition, the club is also launching a new youth team for next season which will play in the Under 11 age group. As with the new senior team, the club see this new Under 11 team as being a vital part of its policy of trying to increase the options for Women and Girls to play football.

Both of these new teams have been made possible partly by grant funding from the Football Foundation and Yarlington Homes which means the Glovers can get more girls playing within the club and in local schools. Commenting on the news of the new teams, Club Chairman David Mills said:

"The creation of these new teams underlines our commitment to increase the options for girls and women in the area to play football. Obviously we are grateful to Yarlington Homes and the Football Foundation for their help with this project and full marks to Sarah Lawler (Joint First Team Manager) who did a huge amount of work behind the scenes to make the creation of these two new teams possible."

The Club is also on the look out for Managers for these two new teams and any one interested should contact Yeoviltownlfc@gmail.com

[David Mills - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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10 June 2013 : Madden Given Forest Link
Today's Western Gazette website is linking Championship side Nottingham Forest with a move for Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden. As is common around this time of year, the article is speculative, with no quotes or sources named. The 23 year old still has two years to run on his existing contract at Huish Park, meaning that the Glovers are well protected if any such bids were to become concrete reality.

The paper suggests that Madden is 'on the radar' of Forest, although add that there's no official bid on the table, admitting that there were few instances of scouts visiting Huish Park during the 2012-13 season.

Away from the papers, the Irishman's name seems to regularly turn up on wish-lists and supposed 'transfer rumour' accounts and indeed one such anonymous Twitter account claimed yesterday afternoon that Madden was off to Forest - not that the scatter-gun approach of such accounts means anything.

At present down at the City Ground itself, and amongst the Nottingham press, they appear to be more interested in midfielders. Today they speak of Forest's attempts to sign Leicester City midfielder Andy King, as well as trying to keep their hands on Lewis McGugan, who has been offered a new deal to stay. The common thread in the Nottingham Post is that their priority is wingers, or at least 'flair' players that can roam in midfield.

Last Friday they did sign up a striker, giving Darius Henderson a two year deal after he had arrived on a short term deal at the tail end of last season. That gives them potentially six strikers on their books currently, with Simon Cox and Dexter Blackstock the other two more regular strikers, whilst Ishmael Miller (Middlesbrough) and Matt Derbyshire (Oldham Athletic and Blackpool) spent time out on loan last season. Marcus Tudgay is a sixth attacker, although is currently mulling over a one year extension.

There is speculation that Huddersfield Town want to sign up Blackstock but again it's a paper article that does not nail down any concrete bids at this stage. Certainly with six to choose from, Forest certainly aren't light in the forward positions at present. If they lost Blackstock or Tudgay then that might alter their summer priorities, but at present there's no obvious cause for alarm.


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10 June 2013 : Play-Off Final Man of the Match Result
The final match of the 2012-13 season was of course the League One Play-Off Final. The fantastic outcome of the game against Brentford at Wembley Stadium is of course documented elsewhere on this site in words and pictures - however goals from Paddy Madden and Dan Burn were enough to ensure that we play Championship football next season, despite the Bees pulling a goal back in the second period.

Madden and Burn picked up a very large number of votes in the Man of the Match poll after the game, with their goals no doubt influencing the choices made. However, giving proof that this was not an entirely one-sided match, goalkeeper Marek Stech was the Sky Sports Man of the Match that was read out over the tannoy at the game, and he was also your choice by a fairly healthy margin.

Results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Marek Stech 1070 (78)
2 Daniel Burn 728 (46)
3 Paddy Madden 374 (11)
4 Luke Ayling 132 (4)
5 Sam Foley 108 (3)
6 Joe Edwards 92 (4)
7 Byron Webster 86 (3)
8 Jamie McAllister 66 (2)
9 Kevin Dawson 38 (1)
10 James Hayter 34 (0)
11 Ed Upson 14 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.75
Performance: 8.46
Entertainment: 9.05
VOTES RECEIVED: 153


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10 June 2013 : Play-Off Semi-Final Man Of The Match Results
There are just three Man of the Match polls for the 2012-13 season that haven't been rounded off for the season just gone, and two of those are the Play-Off Semi-Finals. Conducted over a Bank Holiday weekend in May against Sheffield United, the first leg took place at Bramall Lane, and saw the Glovers go down by a single second half goal on the Friday night.

Praise though went to the Glovers back line from those who put in their votes, with the top three players all being defenders. Dan Burn picked up plenty of mentions, but the poll was won by a narrow margin as Luke Ayling was edged out by Byron Webster, who was the overall Man of the Match. Results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Byron Webster 260 (16)
2 Luke Ayling 244 (17)
3 Daniel Burn 140 (8)
4 James Hayter 60 (3)
5 Paddy Madden 46 (2)
6 Ed Upson 44 (2)
7 Kevin Dawson 26 (0)
8 Joe Edwards 22 (1)
9 Sam Foley 20 (0)
10 Jamie McAllister 16 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.96
Performance: 7.27
Entertainment: 6.65
VOTES RECEIVED: 49

On we went to Monday and the second leg at Huish Park. Midfielder Kevin Dawson got Yeovil of to a great start to level the tie, which stayed in the balance until an Ed Upson header proved to be the crucial moment that took the Glovers to Wembley on a 2-1 advantage. Unsurprisingly both goalscorers picked up a large number of votes - we'd have been shocked if they hadn't! Kevin Dawson came in third, and it says a lot for Dan Burn's performance that he managed to grab the runner's up spot despite not being an 'obvious' choice. The winner though, complete with "Is that the goal that takes Yeovil Town to Wembley?" commentary had to be Ed Upson. Results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Ed Upson 340 (26)
2 Daniel Burn 306 (15)
3 Kevin Dawson 236 (12)
4 Luke Ayling 102 (5)
5 Sam Foley 100 (6)
6 Byron Webster 72 (3)
7 James Hayter 64 (4)
8 Joe Edwards 64 (2)
9 Marek Stech 50 (2)
10 Jamie McAllister 30 (1)
11 Paddy Madden 20 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 9.12
Performance: 8.96
Entertainment: 9.27
VOTES RECEIVED: 77


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10 June 2013 : Major Boost For Ladies As Tewkesbury Returns
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are delighted to announce the return of all time leading goal scorer, Jemma Tewkesbury to the club. Although confident that their current squad will do well in the Womenís Super League Ė the FA WSL - which the Glovers are set to join in 2014, the club are keen to strengthen their line up and the signing of Tewkesbury is the first step in this project.

Tewkesbury left the Glovers to join Portsmouth two summers ago after an amazing run with Yeovil, including scoring 52 goals in the 2009/10 season. Since that time Jemma has enjoyed a successful period at Pompey, but has opted to return to Somerset. Overall in three seasons of Premier League Football, Jemma has bagged an impressive 32 goals in 57 appearances. Commenting on Tewkesburyís return, Club Chairman David Mills said:

"When Joint Manager Sarah Lawler told me that Jemma had agreed to return to the club, I was absolutely delighted. This is fantastic news for the club and it is great to have Jemma back. When Jemma left in 2011 I told her that I thought she would go on to be a Super League player and I am thrilled she will indeed be an FA WSL player for Yeovil."

[David Mills - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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9 June 2013 : Dawson Given Two Irish League Awards
Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson has picked up two Player of the Season awards at his previous club. Having left League of Ireland side Shelbourne at the turn of the year to sign for the Glovers, his move to England came too soon for the Dublin based side to dish out their end of season awards for the year 2012.

Having returned back to his home city over the close season, Kevin paid a visit to Tolka Park yesterday and was presented with the Supporters Player of the Year and the Ollie Byrne Perpetual Trophy for the Players Player of the Year for 2012. Kevin was presented with the awards during half time yesterday as Shelbourne took on Derry City.


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9 June 2013 : Win A Signed Magic Johnson T-Shirt
It's competition time! Yeovil Town supporters can win a signed copy of the Away Travel Club's t-shirt that has been signed by Glovers boss Gary Johnson. The shirt was signed by Gary around last month's League One Play-Off Final, and given the man himself is on the front of it as well this should be a good souvenir for one lucky winner.

To enter the competition, you need to answer one question and send it through to Mark Kelly via email at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk - the question is as follows:

Question: For the 2013-14 season, Yeovil Town will play at Championship level for the first time. We have faced most of the clubs below in some shape or form over the years in league football, cup football, pre-season matches or testimonials. However, there are two clubs that Yeovil Town have never played a first team match against. Name both clubs and email them to Mark Kelly.

As a reminder, our opponents for next season are as follows:

Championship Opponents 2013-14: Wigan Athletic, Reading, Queens Park Rangers, Watford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Burnley, Birmingham City, Leeds United, Ipswich Town, Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town, Millwall, Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, AFC Bournemouth.

The competition will be kept open for two weeks, to allow those who are on holiday at present a chance to provide their own submissions. In the event of more than one person submitting a correct answer, Mark will draw the names out of a hat and select an outright winner.

As a reminder, you can also purchase a 'Magic Johnson' t-shirt by more conventional means. They come in all sizes and are priced £8.00. Buy them from Mark Kelly who can be reached at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk or 07939618275. All profits raised by t-shirt sales will be put back into the club. They are also available from the 'A Touch of Glass' shop in Yeovil if you are in the town centre.

T-Shirts featuring Magic Johnson, the Magician of Yeovil Town
T-Shirts from the Away Travel Club Magic Johnson, the Magician of Yeovil Town.



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8 June 2013 : Gary's Points West Interview
On Wednesday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson did a myriad of interviews following his decision to sign a new contract with the club. We've already covered a lengthy interview Gary did with BBC Somerset's Ben McGrail but he also did a second for BBC Points West that was covered by Richard Hoskin. Read the output of that one via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To BBC Points West After He Signed A New Contract.


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8 June 2013 : Johnson: We're A Long Way Down The Line With Summer Targets
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he had already lined up the club's list of summer transfer targets even before the club won the League One Play-Off Final. Leaving nothing to chance, the Glovers boss had worked off two possible lists, based on the likely budget he would have to play with if the club had stayed in League One, versus the scenario he has now landed of Championship football.

Speaking during the club's recent press day, Gary has already indicated that he is looking at bringing in six or seven players in addition to those already contracted for next season. And in terms of working his way down that wishlist, he explained to BBC Somerset that he had already spoken to a number of them before he agreed Wednesday's new two year contract for himself:

"We're a long way down the line, to be honest. We had two lists - one for the Championship and one if we were back in League One, and so we are very happy with the players that we've talked to at the moment. We're pleased to have kept most of our players anyway, because most of them are still in contract anyway, and they deserve a chance to prove themselves in the Championship first. But we will be adding quality to the squad. There's always a 'Gary's gamble' in there somewhere along the line, and actually there will be a couple of them this time. Hopefully they will come off like some of the other ones have."

Much of the focus in the last few days has been on Johnson himself. However, he said that it was important not to forget that his main two coaches have also signed similar length deals, with assistant manager Terry Skiverton and first team coach Darren Way committing their futures to the club. Gary said that tying down their deals was just as important:

"They are massive and I wouldn't do it without them. They are stalwarts of the club and have been here for many years and they are two very good coaches. You have friends that you trust don't you? Team-mates you can rely on and it is the same with my management team. There is a trust there. But they have their own ideas as well and I let them have their say. They come up with great ideas and it has been great for me to work with two enthusiastic and knowledgeable people. You could see the passion when they were choked up at the end of the game (after the play-off final win). We threw our arms around each other right at the death, we knew the work that had gone into it."


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7 June 2013 : End Of Season Goals DVD In Stock
Yeovil Town's Club Shop now has received stock for their End of Season goals review. Covering all of the club's goals from the 2012-13 season, this DVD is priced £12.50 and can be purchased now.

Those who found that the Living The Dream DVD was not in stock, as of late yesterday, will also be pleased to know that there is a fresh batch of that video in the club's store, priced £15.00.

Link: Living The Dream DVD.


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7 June 2013 : League AGM Tightens Up On International Loan Rules
The Football League have confirmed the tightening up of loan rules for the 2013-14 season has been voted through at their AGM. The League's 72 member clubs, including new boys Newport County and Mansfield Town, are out in Portugal for the meeting, and has seen a loophole in the regulations, that was exploited by Championship side Watford to great effect last season closed down.

The rule concerns the use of international loan deals, with the Hornets, who reached the Championship Play-Off Final, taking on a total of 14 loan players, including ten from Italian club Udinese, who share the same owners as the Hornets. Whilst many Championship managers criticised their recruitment policy, Watford were operating within the Football League's rules, which had only applied to domestic loan transfers.

Today's meeting in Vilamoura has "unanimously" (according to the Football League, which therefore must include Watford themselves) voted for the rule to be realigned so that it follows the same principles as domestic loans, which restrict clubs to including a maximum of five loan players in any matchday squad, and a maximum of four loanees from a single club. Loan rules will change again for the 2014-15 season, when FIFA imposed changes will end the use of the Emergency and Youth Loan options to Football League clubs, unless they can persuade FIFA to do a u-turn over the coming 12 months.

The AGM is continuing across three days, with the position of Chairman Greg Clarke having come under scrutiny yesterday, as its member clubs threatened mutiny. During last month, Clarke had agreed to allow a Chief Executive to be appointed to take on the day-to-day decisions involving the running of the League, whilst his own position turned into a non-executive role. The national press believe that to have been a preemptive strike to prevent Clarke being ousted in a vote of no confidence in the Chairman, who replaced Lord Mawhinney three years ago.

Many clubs, particularly in League One and League Two, are reported to be unhappy with Clarke's negotiating skills with the Premier League, having caved in on new arrangements that will see League clubs get only a minimal increase in Solidarity Payments, whilst the Parachute Payments given out to clubs relegate from the Premier League are scheduled to rocket to just under £60 million, increasing the gulf between the haves and the have-nots in the English pyramid.

There is also dissent at what is reported to be a £21 million collapse of a three year sponsorship deal with retail chain B&Q to sponsor the League in the wake of nPower curtailing their sponsorship deal. Currently the Football League is without sponsorship, putting central payments to clubs in jeopardy. Gillingham owner Paul Scally, backed by 18 League Two clubs, led calls for a vote of no confidence, saying in the lead-up to the AGM:

"I think solidarity negotiations have been poor and I think there are different agendas that he (Greg Clarke) has failed to address. I donít think he has led the Football League into new pastures. We donít even have a league sponsor at the moment. I think thatís a scandal and it should have been done a year ago, maybe two years ago. I donít think he has led the league particularly well."

Given the Football League's often stormy relationship with him, Clarke got support from an unusual ally - Leeds United president Ken Bates, who put up a counter-proposal. Clarke survived the attempt to remove him from his position of office, and so continues in his post, but perhaps in the knowledge that those at the bottom of the League's food chain don't think he's doing enough for smaller clubs.


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6 June 2013 : Johnson On Foley, Dawson, Young And Ralph Contract Offers
Whilst Yeovil Town announced on Tuesday that three players would be leaving the club at the end of their contracts, that still left the question of what the future held for their four other out of contract players. As part of yesterday's press conference, manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that the quartet of midfielders Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson, right-winger Lewis Young and left-back Nathan Ralph have all got offers of varying descriptions on the table for them to consider.

Of the less experienced pair of Nathan Ralph and Lewis Young, both spent the middle part of the 2012-13 season on the treatment table with knee and ankle injuries respectively, with Ralph suffering further problems that saw him miss the club's play-offs at the tail end of the campaign. With that in mind, Gary has told BBC Somerset that whilst they will be getting new deals, part of what will be under consideration will be their physical fitness, as well as their ability to cope with the new level of football:

"They had long term injuries throughout the season, so they've both been offered short term contracts for the moment until they've proved their fitness. But I think that both of them have still got that potential, and I don't want to give up on them, and they don't want to give up on me. They're both good lads, and they will improve. If good athletes that are good lads improve, then they'll be an asset to us."

Meanwhile midfield pair Kevin Dawson and Sam Foley, who have tended to be deployed on opposite flanks, are expected to get more orthodox contracts, after both shone during their time at Huish Park. Dawson made 24 appearances after signing from Irish League side Shelbourne in January, whilst Foley made 51 appearances having signed last summer from Newport County. Here Gary was confident that they would both stay with the club, despite them being free to talk to rival clubs, believing that the ability to test themselves at a new level would be a big factor for them:

"I'm very confident they'll both stay at the club. We've put figures to them and their representatives already, and the main thing is that they want to be here, and we want them here. They've been two players that have done very well from nowhere really, with all due respect to them. But they've turned out as good lads and good footballers and good competitors, and I'd like to give them the opportunity to prove themselves at Championship level."


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6 June 2013 : Gary Talks About His Contract And Summer Plans
Yesterday morning saw Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson commit to another two years at Huish Park, and on the back of that he gave a number of interviews for the local and national media. One of those saw him talk live to BBC Somerset presenter Ben McGrail, with a lengthy conversation about his contract, why he signed it and what sort of quantity of signings to expect during the pre-season period. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After He Signed A New Contract.


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6 June 2013 : Johnson Holding Out For Burn Boost
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that he will try to make a move to bring Fulham defender Dan Burn back to Huish Park. The 21 year old gradually grew into one of the club's key personnel after arriving on a Youth Loan basis back in September 2012 from Craven Cottage.

By the end of the season, the Blyth-born player had clocked up 41 appearances, along with three goals which included one at Wembley Stadium in the League One Play-Off Final, and went home with the club's Young Player of the Season award. As a player whose performances improved over the course of the 2012-13 season, Johnson is keen to bring him back to the club. At present Fulham want him to report for their pre-season training but speaking to Sky Sports, Johnson explains that he is getting a positive reaction to early enquiries:

"Quite rightly they (Fulham) are saying they need everyone to come back for pre-season to work with them. We'd like to get things done early but we are holding to Fulham as they pull all the strings. What I do know is that Danny Burn would be very comfortable with coming back to us, that is the main thing. We are sure that his agents and his representatives do as well so with a bit of luck and a bit of negotiation hopefully we will get him back."

As has been Gary's general way of thinking, he does not expect to rely too heavily on the loan market during the 2013-14 season, if he can help it. Apart from Burn, he said that his priority would be towards making permanent signings:

"You try to get in the permanent ones first. Any loan I get will be a long-term loan anyway."


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6 June 2013 : A Trio Of Devon Friendlies
Yeovil Town have arranged a third pre-season friendly for the 2013-14 season. Rather like their games against Torquay United and Exeter City they will face League Two opposition from the county of Devon. They will be taking on Plymouth Argyle at Home Park on Saturday 27th July 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Ticket pricing on this and the games against the Grecians and the Gulls will follow in due course.

Link: Devon Duo Selected For Pre-Season Friendlies.


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6 June 2013 : Saddlers Press Link Brandy With Glovers
Today's Walsall Advertiser is linking Yeovil town with a move for winger Febian Brandy this summer. The report itself does not contain any substantiation to what they admit are rumours, but they claim that the Glovers are trying to 'lure' the Walsall player to Huish Park this summer, with the 24 year old out of contract over the summer, and therefore able to listen to offers from other clubs.

At present, the former Manchester United trainee has received an offer from the Saddlers to remain at the Bescot Stadium, but has yet to indicate either way what his likely plans are. Last season he netted seven times in 37 appearances, and set up both of Walsall's goals in the 2-2 draw in December 2012, before a late comeback got the Glovers out of jail with a point after the winger had left the field of play.

The Walsall press claim "that display has stuck in the mind of Glovers manager Gary Johnson" and that with the Glovers now at Championship level that they would probably be able to trump any contractual offer from the Saddlers. How they understand Gary's own personal thinking concerning the player isn't made clear.

Johnson himself has of course remained tight-lipped over which players will be arriving at Huish Park when pre-season training commences at the tail of his month, with the exception of confirming a trial for defender Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi. However, he has strongly suggested that his recruits are largely going to come from untried an untested players, rather than established 'names' on the circuit. Those who read Twitter and various 'football rumours' websites will have seen names such as Darius Vassell being sourced by anonymous Twitter accounts claiming to be football agents and suchlike. This is definitely the Silly Season, and as we've tended to find from previous summers, it is far more likely that the names that eventually transpire will not match with the names claimed by such accounts and sites.

Finally, this morning's Plymouth Herald suggests that yesterday's loan news concerning Glovers striker Reuben Reid could mean that the 24 year old ends up spending the whole of the 2013-14 season at Home Park. They refer to a 'season-long loan' for the player, which if true would effectively end his time with the Glovers, given that he has one year left on his two year deal to run.


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5 June 2013 : Hinds Says Huish Park Farewell
Outgoing Yeovil Town centre-back Richard Hinds has left a message for the fans, following his departure from the club. The 32 year old left the club this week after spending 18 months at Huish Park, being a useful part of the Glovers squad that gained promotion to the Championship at the end of the season.

Scoring four times in 42 appearances during his time with the green'n'whites, he struggled to break into the side during the second half of the 2012-13 season. However, despite that he said his experience of being in Somerset was a good one, and speaking via his Twitter account he was very touched by the reception he had from fans after they learned of his departure:

"Thanks for your kind messages. I am really touched by them. I have had a great time at Yeovil and I am proud to have played for the club. I need to thank everyone at Yeovil who has welcomed both myself and my family and made living a long way from home so easy. The fans have been amazing to me and your support has played a huge part in us getting promoted this season. Lastly a big thanks to the staff and players. One of the best team spirits I have known. I have loved every minute. Going to miss you all."

Link: Richard Hinds : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 June 2013 : Living The Dream DVD
Yeovil Town's main Club Store has received in copies of a new DVD that will go on sale with immediate effect. Entitled Living The Dream, the 2xDVD set covers the main football action around the 2012-13 League One Play-Offs that saw them take on Sheffield United and Brentford.

The set contains highlights of the club's Second Leg home match against the Blades that took them through to the Wembley final. Then they have the full coverage of the final itself at Wembley Stadium, with both taken from the Sky Sports footage. Added onto the set is some of the ITV West Country coverage around the final.

The DVD is priced £15.00 and is available now. Note that at present, the production company have only provided the club with a very limited quantity, so if you're travelling from a distance you might want to call the club and check with them first. There will be a further batch available either by the end of this week or the start of next week.

There will also be an End of Season 'Goals' DVD, priced £12.50, plus there is a 'fly on the wall' feature planned, similar to the recent History In The Making production. Dates for those to be released aren't available just at this moment.

Update: We're hearing that there are currently no copies in the club shop and that supporters should wait until Monday to claim their copies. We'd advise you wait until early next week and then proceed with caution if you're travelling to purchase.


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5 June 2013 : New Titles For Management Team
It's unlikely that anyone will spot the difference, but Yeovil Town's management team have been given slightly different titles as part of their new contracts. Manager Gary Johnson remains as First Team Manager, whilst Terry Skiverton will be titled as Assistant Manager under his new deal. Meanwhile Darren Way will be given the title of First Team Coach.

We suspect that in practice most of the media, as well as this site, will have been using those terms for the past 16 months or so. However, in the case of Skiverton, he was understood to have remained under his previous first team management contract that he had held up until Gary's return to the club, despite acting as Gary's assistant. Meanwhile Darren Way's official title had tended to be a a Technical Coach, but he now will take the title of First Team Coach. Will anyone in practice notice any difference? We think not!


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5 June 2013 : Glovers Press Day Snippets
Today's press conference at Huish Park has seen a multitude of things come out concerning Yeovil Town's future plans. Along with the major bit of news, which was to announce a new contract for Gary Johnson, Terry Skiverton and Darren Way, a number of other things have been divulged on the day.

Yesterday the club announced that three players would be leaving the club at the end of their contracts, with Richard Hinds, Dominic Blizzard and Gavin Williams all departing. There are four other players who are out of contract this summer, and the early news is that negotiations are being undertaken with all of midfielder Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson, right-winger Lewis Young and left-back Nathan Ralph for them to be at Huish Park for next season.

Of striker Reuben Reid, who still has a year to run on his existing deal, the current expectation is that his loan spell with League Two side Plymouth Argyle may be renewed for at least part of the 2013-14 season. Reid has been a regular in the Pilgrims side but has not featured for the Glovers since New Year's Day and did not travel for any of their Play-Off matches.

The Glovers have now formally confirmed that former Peterborough United and Northampton Town defender Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi will be invited to pre-season training. As reported last month, the 23 year old is a free agent who has played under Johnson twice. However, at this stage there is no promise of a contract on the table - his fitness will need to be proven first.

The club are also looking to set up a four or five day training camp in Portugal during pre-season. At present there are only rough plans available, with the possiblity of a formal match taking place out there, but no dates or opposition have been confirmed yet. Given the club have a pre-season friendly against Torquay United scheduled for July 16th, it would seem likely that any plans will precede that match.

Finally, Gary's playing budget should be getting a significant boost for next season. The club are scheduled to benefit to the tune of an additional £3.1 million from central Football League payments (derived from solidarity payments, TV rights and sponsorship deals) on top of the £900,000 they were getting last season. However, Johnson's funds for players is reported as 'doubling' from last season's which allowed him to spend between £800,000 and £1 million, according to reports. That would pitch him with around £2 million to spend on next season's squad.


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5 June 2013 : Gary Pleased With Quick Contract Decision
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said today that he is pleased to have his future sorted so quickly, having signed a new deal at the club this morning. The Glovers first team boss has agreed a new two year deal along with assistant Terry Skiverton and coach Darren Way this morning, bringing to an end a couple of months worth of concern over the management team's future at the club.

Speaking to BBC Somerset as part of today's press conference, Gary said that he had his own motives for wanting things to be sorted out quickly, mainly because he needed to start making decisions about players both within Huish Park and outside the club:

"I'm pleased that everything has worked out really quickly. It has to be done pretty quick, because of signing (new) players and the players that we've got here needed to know that they were coming back to the management team that they started with. It was pretty comfortable - I wanted to stay, and the board wanted me to stay. I knew they'd given me what they'd got, and my staff, and so we were happy to agree a deal."

Gary was asked what sort of a conversation he had with Chairman John Fry, after talks were held between the pair in the wake of the club's League One Play-Off Final success against Brentford that took them into the Championship division. He explained that the conversation covered far wider topics than just sums of money:

"It was about the future, because we can't be a club that gets to the Championship and then works its way back down. We've got to compete at this level. I know that the club is not going to have the best budget in the world by any stretch of the imagination in the Championship. But it's not always a financial thing - it's more to make sure that the club wants to keep going in a forward direction. That might need Council help a little bit, it might need other help, but we are striving for this club to be competitive both on and off the field. As long as I know that people are trying very hard for that then I was happy to be a part of it."


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5 June 2013 : Glovers Management Team Agree New Deals
Further to our earlier news, Yeovil Town have this morning confirmed that their management team have signed new contracts with the club. Manager Gary Johnson, assistant boss Terry Skiverton and first team coach Darren Way have put pen to paper on two year deals that will keep them at the club until the summer of 2015.

When Johnson returned to the club in January 2012, the club did not disclose the length of his deal with the Glovers, but in recent months it has become known that it was due to expire this summer, along with the contracts signed by his backroom team which had been done prior to his arrival. With the club on its way to the League One Play-Off Final, and having the management team in the national public eye, that's obviously been a concern to many fans, although there's never been any firm evidence of opposition clubs attempting to poach them.

For now, at least, this morning's news gives the club stability, and should allow Johnson and his team the ability to start firmly recruiting a new squad for the 2013-14 season - the club's first at Championship level.

We'll have more on the reaction to this over the next 24 hours or so.


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5 June 2013 : Announcement Tipped To Be Management Deal
This morning's BBC Somerset sports coverage is sticking its neck out regarding the announcement due from the football club later this morning. They go with the logical conclusion that this morning's press conference is to reveal that Yeovil Town's management team will have signed a new contract today.

In their hourly sports bulletin, they said in summary that Yeovil Town were "expected to confirm later this morning ... that Gary Johnson has signed a new contract ... along with Terry Skiverton and Darren Way".

Given the production of yesterday's player released list, the two events seem to fit - hopefully they'll be proven right later today.


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4 June 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Three Are Free
It's that time of the year when we begin to wave goodbye to a few familiar faces. Three Yeovil Town players left the club earlier today after their contracts weren't renewed, leaving them free to find another club. With a strong eye on that, and also a look to the future and tomorrow's press conference, the latest Taff's Gloversblog can be read via the link below. As always, your own views are welcomed!

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Three Are Free.


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4 June 2013 : Glovers Call Press Conference
Yeovil Town have this afternoon announced that a press conference will be held at Huish Park tomorrow. The Glovers have not specified any reasons behind the move at this stage, other than to say that it will take place at 11.00a.m.

This afternoon also saw the first significant post-Wembley changes, with three of last season's squad shown the door, as the Glovers prepare for the 2013-14 season that will see them playing Championship football for the first time.


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4 June 2013 : Yeovil Town Release Three Players At End Of Season
Yeovil Town have issued the list of players who have been released at the end of the 2012-13 season. All three were players who have struggled to hold down a position in the starting line-up during the season just gone, particularly during the second half of the campaign.

Centre-back Richard Hinds has been with with the club since February 2012, having joined the club as a free agent, shortly after a spell with Lincoln City. The 32 year old made 42 appearances for the club, scoring four goals, but was largely an unused substitute during the second half of the season.

Midfielder Gavin Williams has had a large number of spells with the club, dating back to his arrival in the summer of 2002. His latest spell was not so fruitful, with niggling injuries sometimes holding him back, and like Hinds he tended to find himself used as a bench warmer during the second half of the season. Overall he made 188 appearances for the club, scoring 34 goals.

Midfielder Dominic Blizzard has spent two full seasons at Huish Park after being snapped up from Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2011. He made 62 appearances, scoring 5 goals across the two campaigns. His time at the club was often punctuated by minor injuries, and his bad luck continued on the day of the League One Play-Off Final when a stomach bug prevented him from being named in the squad for that game.

All three have been excellent servants to the club - particularly Super Gav - we wish them every success for the future.


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3 June 2013 : April 2013 Man Of The Match Results Compendium
Another batch of Man of the Match results, and this set covers the final month of the 2012-13 season proper. Featuring the six matches in April, which included the home matches against Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra along with the trips to Notts County, Stevenage, Oldham Athletic and Bury, this set takes us up as far as the three play-off matches. In addition, there's the overall Player of the Month for April, summarising the six matches from across that month.

The figures for the individual matches show the total points gained from each poll, with the number of outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets.

April 1st : Away vs Notts County (Won 2-1)

1 Matthew Dolan 156 (14)
2 Paddy Madden 64 (2)
3 Byron Webster 42 (0)
4 Marek Stech 34 (1)
5 Ed Upson 24 (1)
6 Daniel Burn 18 (1)
7 Joe Edwards 18 (0)
8 Luke Ayling 14 (1)
9 Angelo Balanta 6 (0)
10 Kevin Dawson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.71
Performance: 6.95
Entertainment: 6.48
VOTES RECEIVED: 21

April 8th : Home vs Shrewsbury Town (Won 2-1)

1 Paddy Madden 306 (20)
2 Angelo Balanta 234 (16)
3 James Hayter 148 (8)
4 Joe Edwards 70 (2)
5 Daniel Burn 56 (3)
6 Matthew Dolan 46 (3)
7 Byron Webster 38 (1)
8 Marek Stech 28 (0)
9 Luke Ayling 26 (0)
10 Ed Upson 18 (1)
11 Richard Hinds 10 (1)
12 Kevin Dawson 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.69
Performance: 6.69
Entertainment: 6.69
VOTES RECEIVED: 55

April 13th : Away vs Stevenage (Won 2-0)

1 Sam Foley 82 (4)
2 James Hayter 74 (5)
3 Joe Edwards 42 (3)
4 Marek Stech 40 (1)
5 Byron Webster 24 (2)
6 Luke Ayling 24 (1)
7 Daniel Burn 16 (1)
8 Dominic Blizzard 12 (0)
9 Ed Upson 10 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.50
Performance: 7.56
Entertainment: 7.44
VOTES RECEIVED: 18

April 16th : Away vs Oldham Athletic (Lost 1-0)

1 Luke Ayling 38 (2)
2 Sam Foley 26 (2)
4 Marek Stech 18 (1)
4 Byron Webster 18 (1)
5 Joe Edwards 4 (0)
6 Kevin Dawson 2 (0)
6 Jamie McAllister 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.00
Performance: 4.00
Entertainment: 4.00
VOTES RECEIVED: 6

April 20th : Home vs Crewe Alexandra (Won 1-0)

1 Marek Stech 428 (32)
2 Luke Ayling 266 (14)
3 Joe Edwards 130 (4)
4 Kevin Dawson 72 (5)
5 James Hayter 48 (1)
6 Vitalijs Maksimenko 40 (0)
7 Sam Foley 20 (1)
8 Paddy Madden 12 (0)
9 Lewis Young 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.81
Performance: 6.77
Entertainment: 6.84
VOTES RECEIVED: 57

April 27th : Away vs Bury (Lost 2-3)

1 Joe Edwards 30 (2)
2 Luke Ayling 26 (1)
3 Sam Foley 22 (2)
4 Ed Upson 20 (2)
5 James Hayter 18 (1)
6 Dominic Blizzard 12 (0)
7 Kevin Dawson 10 (0)
8 Lewis Young 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.50
Performance: 4.75
Entertainment: 6.25
VOTES RECEIVED: 8

April 2013 : Player Of The Month

The following represents the top ten players from the six matches played during the month of April 2013. Scores are a weighted calculation based on the percentage of votes cast:


1 Luke Ayling 15.5
2 Marek Stech 13.8
3 Sam Foley 11.1
4 Joe Edwards 10.3
5 James Hayter 9.2
6 Paddy Madden 8.2
7 Matthew Dolan 7.7
8 Byron Webster 6.5
9 Angelo Balanta 4.2
10 Ed Upson 4.2


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3 June 2013 : Yeovil Town's Huish Ground : Photo Archive
All the way back in 1990, Yeovil Town switched grounds for their current Huish Park location. Before that came the Huish ground at which the majority of the club's games had previously been played. In an attempt to compile together a visual history of the ground, we've created a gallery of images from a variety of sources. Those can be viewed via the link below, and will shortly be added into this site's History section.

Link: Yeovil Town's Huish Ground : Photo Archive.


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2 June 2013 : March 2013 Man Of The Match Results Compendium
Today we have a second batch of Man of the Match results, to continue the remainder of the 2012-13 season matches. This latest group cover the six matches in March, which included the home matches against Tranmere Rovers, Crawley Town, Swindon Town and Walsall along with the trips to Hartlepool United and Carlisle United. In addition, there's the overall Player of the Month, summarising the six matches from across that month.

The figures for the individual matches show the total points gained from each poll, with the number of outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets.

March 2nd : Home vs Tranmere Rovers (Won 1-0)

1 Byron Webster 418 (26)
2 Ed Upson 264 (19)
3 Luke Ayling 214 (12)
4 Daniel Burn 174 (9)
5 James Hayter 144 (6)
6 Joe Edwards 78 (3)
7 Kevin Dawson 52 (3)
8 Jamie McAllister 44 (2)
9 Marek Stech 24 (0)
10 Sam Foley 16 (0)
11 Paddy Madden 10 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.91
Performance: 8.02
Entertainment: 7.80
VOTES RECEIVED: 80

March 9th : Away vs Hartlepool United (Drew 0-0)

1 Daniel Burn 56 (3)
2 Joe Edwards 38 (2)
3 Byron Webster 22 (1)
4 Jamie McAllister 10 (1)
4 Ed Upson 10 (1)
6 Luke Ayling 6 (0)
7 Marek Stech 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.88
Performance: 6.25
Entertainment: 5.50
VOTES RECEIVED: 8

March 12th : Home vs Crawley Town (Drew 2-2)

1 Marek Stech 178 (16)
2 Byron Webster 62 (1)
3 Paddy Madden 60 (3)
4 Daniel Burn 48 (0)
5 Kevin Dawson 24 (2)
6 Nathan Ralph 22 (2)
7 Luke Ayling 16 (1)
8 Ed Upson 6 (0)
9 Joe Edwards 4 (0)
10 Ben Gordon 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.28
Performance: 5.20
Entertainment: 7.36
VOTES RECEIVED: 25

March 19th : Home vs Swindon Town (Lost 0-2)

1 Daniel Burn 156 (10)
2 James Hayter 120 (8)
3 Luke Ayling 116 (8)
4 Paddy Madden 66 (3)
5 Marek Stech 42 (3)
6 Byron Webster 40 (1)
7 Joe Edwards 36 (1)
8 Kevin Dawson 22 (2)
9 Jamie McAllister 22 (1)
10 Gavin Williams 20 (0)
11 Ed Upson 12 (0)
12 Ben Gordon 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.42
Performance: 5.05
Entertainment: 5.79
VOTES RECEIVED: 37

March 23rd : Away vs Carlisle United (Drew 3-3)

1 Paddy Madden 40 (2)
2 Kevin Dawson 30 (3)
3 Byron Webster 16 (1)
4 Luke Ayling 12 (1)
5 Marek Stech 10 (0)
6 Sam Foley 8 (0)
7 James Hayter 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.14
Performance: 6.57
Entertainment: 7.71
VOTES RECEIVED: 7

March 29th : Home vs Walsall (Drew 0-0)

1 Daniel Burn 246 (20)
2 Angelo Balanta 132 (6)
3 Byron Webster 56 (3)
4 Marek Stech 48 (2)
5 James Hayter 44 (2)
6 Joe Edwards 32 (1)
7 Kevin Dawson 22 (1)
8 Matthew Dolan 22 (0)
9 Luke Ayling 10 (0)
10 Ed Upson 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.00
Performance: 5.17
Entertainment: 4.83
VOTES RECEIVED: 35

March 2013 : Player Of The Month.

The following represents the top ten players from the six matches played during the month of March 2013. Scores are a weighted calculation based on the percentage of votes cast:

1 Daniel Burn 21.3
2 Byron Webster 14.7
3 Marek Stech 11.0
4 Paddy Madden 9.5
5 Luke Ayling 8.8
6 Joe Edwards 7.4
7 Kevin Dawson 6.8
8 James Hayter 6.3
9 Ed Upson 5.0
10 Angelo Balanta 3.6


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1 June 2013 : February 2013 Man Of The Match Results Compendium : Part Two
With the 2012-13 season now having ended, we've got a large batch of Man of the Match results that have yet to be published, covering the final couple of months of the season. First up, is the final three matches in February, with the first three games having been published earlier. These poll results cover the home match against Scunthorpe United along with the trips to Doncaster Rovers and Colchester United. In addition, there's the overall Player of the Month, covering the six matches from February.

The figures for the individual matches show the total points gained from each poll, with the number of outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets.

February 16th : Home vs Scunthorpe United (Won 3-0)

1 Joe Edwards 402 (25)
2 Sam Foley 318 (21)
3 Byron Webster 148 (9)
4 Luke Ayling 148 (8)
5 Kevin Dawson 102 (4)
6 Daniel Burn 80 (2)
7 Ed Upson 66 (4)
8 James Hayter 40 (2)
9 Marek Stech 36 (2)
10 Paddy Madden 24 (0)
11 Jamie McAllister 14 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.64
Performance: 8.73
Entertainment: 8.55
VOTES RECEIVED: 77

February 23rd : Away vs Doncaster Rovers (Drew 1-1)

1 Joe Edwards 46 (4)
2 Daniel Burn 34 (2)
3 Byron Webster 30 (1)
4 Luke Ayling 14 (1)
5 Marek Stech 12 (0)
6 Kevin Dawson 6 (0)
7 Jamie McAllister 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.00
Performance: 6.00
Entertainment: 6.00
VOTES RECEIVED: 8

February 26th : Away vs Colchester United (Lost 2-0)

1 Daniel Burn 30 (3)
2 Byron Webster 14 (0)
3 Gavin Williams 10 (1)
4 Marek Stech 8 (0)
5 Joe Edwards 6 (0)
6 Luke Ayling 2 (0)
6 Ed Upson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.50
Performance: 4.50
Entertainment: 4.50
VOTES RECEIVED: 4

February Player Of The Month:

The following represents the top ten players from the six matches played during the month of February 2013. Scores are a weighted calculation based on the percentage of votes cast:

1 Daniel Burn 22.7
2 Joe Edwards 17.2
3 Marek Stech 13.5
4 Luke Ayling 11.9
5 Byron Webster 11.7
6 Paddy Madden 5.3
7 Sam Foley 4.5
8 Kevin Dawson 4.1
9 Ed Upson 3.8
10 Gavin Williams 2.3


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1 June 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Grounds For Improvement
With Yeovil Town rising into the Championship division for the 2013-14 Season, attention turns to what work the club needs to do around the stadium to satisfy Football League ground regulations. An attempt to run through all that is required has been added to Taff's Gloversblog, using the League's own rules as a benchmark. There's a lot to it, so pour yourself a cup of coffee, and read on via the link below. Views as ever are welcome at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Grounds For Improvement.


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1 June 2013 : 2012-13 Final First Team Playing Statistics
Having had a chance to recover from post-Wembley euphoria, the 2012-13 Season first team statistics pages have been closed off and completed for the summer. Overall the club played 56 first team matches, and only one player was an ever present in all fixtures - goalkeeper Marek Stech.

No great surprise then that the Czech Republic goalkeeper tops the Appearances chart in a season that saw the club put 32 different players out onto the field, with five of those players making just one substitute appearance each. Five players were selected in matchday squads but did not get onto the field of play, with reserve goalkeeper Gareth Stewart plus Youth Team quartet Mitch Brundle, Will Agbo, Melchi Emmanuel-Wilkinson and Aidan Chainey all unused substitutes.

As far as goalscoring was concerned, it was all about Paddy Madden, who took the League One Golden Boot award with 24 goals - all bar one being scored since he switched from Carlisle United in October 2012. His tally was the club's second best since they entered the Football League, with only the 29 strikes from Phil Jevons in 2004-05 bettering that. James Hayter's 16 goals were also worthy of note - that on its own would have made him the club's leading goalscorer in five of the last seven seasons - only Jevons, Madden and Andy Williams have bettered that tally since we entered the Football League. Overall 16 different players found the net.

In terms of player discipline, this was a much tidier season than the 2011-12 campaign. Midfielder Ed Upson was dismissed twice - both against Preston North End - but overall the Glovers only got two straight red cards - the second of Upson's dismissals, plus Jamie McAllister's violent conduct offence against Bristol Rovers. Double-yellows for Keanu Marsh-Brown and the comical dismissal for Dan Burn at Stevenage for his second bookable offence were the only other blots on the copybook.

All of the relevant pages can be accessed via the links below, but will also be available within the site's Statistics section on a permanent basis.

Link: 2012-13 First Team Results Page.

Link: 2012-13 First Team Goalscorers Page.

Link: 2012-13 First Team Appearances Page.

Link: 2012-13 First Team Bookings Page.

Link: 2012-13 Final League Table.


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