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30 June 2015 : Away Travel Club Plans For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
The Away Travel Club will be running transport to the first game of the 2015-16 season. The League Two match against Exeter City takes place on Saturday 8th August 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at St James Park. They have arranged to stop off at Topsham Town FC for a few drinks before the match and they are also happy to put food on if there is enough interest.

The Away Travel Club will be leaving from the away end of the football club at 11.00a.m. and the price will be £10.00 per person. They are expecting a lot of interest so please book early! To book, please call Sara on 07939608338.


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30 June 2015 : Football League Announce Initial Televised League Matches
The Football League have announced their initial batch of televised fixtures for the 2015-16 season. Following the publication of the fixture lists a couple of weeks ago, the League have been in discussion with Sky Sports and have now unveiled a total of sixteen matches that will be screened live between the start of August and the beginning of October.

This is the first season of a new three year agreement that is worth £260 million across the contract period, and will take in 112 matches per season from the Football League schedules, as well as the 15 play-off semi-final and final matches. Additional coverage of the Football League Cup and Football League Trophy will give 148 matches in total across the 2015-16 season.

For now we get the first batch, and despite the sharp increase in numbers, the matches being screened are almost all aimed at Championship fixtures, with the trio of League One and League Two matches only getting the nod because they fall across an international break weekend, when Premier League and Championship divisions take a break.

The League state that 19 clubs from the Championship have been selected across the opening batch of the televised fixtures, but here the devil is in the detail. Leeds United, who finished in 15th place in last season's table and 23 points off the play-offs, land on television four times before you've even got out of August, having already been selected for League Cup transmission.

Meanwhile, Brentford who created excitement amongst neutrals by getting into the play-offs last season in their first season back in the Championship, are apparently not worthy of being shown on Sky. Other teams from the Championship who Sky haven't bothered with at second tier level are Bristol City, Milton Keynes Dons, Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City. Showing last season's 15th placed club four times is clearly more important here!

At League Two level, there is only one game that has been picked out, with former non-league side Bristol Rovers given an early stint away from the Premium Sports channel by getting a home match against Oxford United. The list of matches so far (all Championship division unless specified) are as follows:

Fri 07/08/2015 : 19:45 : Brighton and Hove Albion vs Nottingham Forest
Sat 08/08/2015 : 12:30 : Leeds United vs Burnley
Sun 09/08/2015 : 12:00 : Preston North End vs Middlesbrough
Wed 12/08/2015 : 19:45 : Portsmouth vs Derby County (League Cup First Round)
Thu 13/08/2015 : 19:45 : Doncaster Rovers vs Leeds United (League Cup First Round)
Sun 16/08/2015 : 12:00 : Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Hull City
Fri 21/08/2015 : 19:45 : Birmingham City vs Derby County
Sat 22/08/2015 : 12:30 : Leeds United vs Sheffield Wednesday
Fri 28/08/2015 : 19:45 : Blackburn Rovers vs Bolton Wanderers
Sat 29/08/2015 : 12:05 : Derby County vs Leeds United
Sat 05/09/2015 : 12:05 : Southend United vs Peterborough United (League One)
Sun 06/09/2015 : 12:15 : Bristol Rovers vs Oxford United (League Two)
Sun 06/09/2015 : 14:30 : Burton Albion vs Coventry City (League One)
Fri 11/09/2015 : 20:00 : Reading vs Ipswich Town
Sat 19/09/2015 : 12:30 : Nottingham Forest vs Middlesbrough
Fri 25/09/2015 : 19:45 : Fulham vs Queens Park Rangers
Fri 02/10/2015 : 19:45 : Rotherham United vs Burnley
Sat 03/10/2015 : 12:30 : Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town

There will be further announcements in due course, with the Football League having laid out a timetable for when they expect TV announcements to be made, following criticism from supporters groups who tend to book advance train tickets for games, only to find the TV companies wading in and rendering their non-refundable advance purchase worthless. Their timetable for future announcements, which refers to non-cup competitions, is as follows:

Other August/September matches : Announced in July
October/November matches : Announced in July
December and early January : Announced mid-October
January (remainder) : Announced mid-November
February : Announced mid-December
March : Announced in January
April/May : Announced on a rolling five week basis
Final Day fixtures : Announced one week before (with kick-off times unchanged).


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30 June 2015 : Shaun Jeffers Talks About Glovers Move
Just over a week ago, Yeovil Town made a series of summer signings in quick succession. One of those new players was former Newport County striker Shaun Jeffers, and just after he agreed terms he spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin about his first impressions of the club and his hopes for his stay in South Somerset. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Shaun Jeffers Talks To The BBC After He Signed A Contract With The Club.


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29 June 2015 : Glovers XI Arrange Sherborne Trip
Yeovil Town have arranged another pre-season friendly as part of their 2015-16 preparation. They will face Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town at Raleigh Grove on Saturday 1st August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

This match is being badged as a 'Yeovil Town XI' match, suggesting that this may be an opportunity for manager Paul Sturrock to field players who may not have been getting quite so much game time during the higher profile trio of friendlies against Bristol City, AFC Bournemouth and Swansea City that all take place at Huish Park during that time.

The match takes place two days after the Bristol City fixture. Admission prices for this fixture will be as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Concessions: £3.00; Under-16s: FREE.

Link: 2015-16 Season First Team Fixtures.

Link: 2015-16 Season Academy Pre-Season Fixtures.


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29 June 2015 : Glovers Chairman Supports Stansfield Anniversary Tribute
Yeovil Town football club have confirmed their support for events taking place on the opening day of the season on the day of the League Two match against Exeter City. With the match on Saturday 8th August falling just short of the fifth anniversary of the death of Adam Stansfield, two of the clubs that he played for plan to commemorate his life on the day.

As mentioned yesterday, two of the key moments will come in the 7th and 9th minutes of the game, signifying the No.7 (Yeovil Town) and No.9 (Exeter City) shirts that he was well known for during his time with the Glovers and the Grecians. Two separate minutes of applause, initiated from opposite ends of the ground - but doubtless supported by all sides - will allow fans of both clubs to recognise his shirt number in the appropriate minutes of the game.

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said that he fully supports his counterpart Julian Tagg's thoughts on what supporters can do during the game. He said he was pleased to see that the man who scored a crucial goal in Yeovil's 2001-02 FA Trophy Final win was being recognised in such a way:

"This is a wonderful gesture by (Exeter City Chairman) Julian Tagg, Grecian supporters and everyone at Exeter City. It will also provide our fans the opportunity to remember Adam Stansfield near the fifth anniversary of his untimely death and pay tribute to a great servant of our club. Adam will never be forgotten by Town fans who had the pleasure of seeing him play."

Mr Fry said that he would find the 2015-16 opener to be an emotional occasion, coming as the first competitive meeting between the two clubs for three-and-a-half years. He paid tribute to the player, who died in 2010 from bowel cancer at the age of just 31, saying that he had left a big mark on both clubs during his footballing career:

"Our opening fixture of the 2015-16 season against Exeter City is going to be a very emotional occasion for both Exeter and Yeovil supporters. To Adam it was all about the jersey, the badge of honour, the history, the club, his teammates and the fans. Only a moment he stayed, but what an imprint his short time at Huish Park left on our memories and in our hearts."

Link: Adam Stansfield : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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28 June 2015 : Double Applause On The Cards For Stansfield Anniversary
Yeovil Town's 2015-16 season opening day opponents Exeter City are expecting a minute's applause to take place on the day of the game at St James Park - but are not ruling it happening twice on the day. The two sides meet in a League Two encounter, just short of the fifth anniversary of former striker Adam Stansfield's passing, with the Adam Stansfield Foundation set up in his name planning to use the fixture as an opportunity to raise funds for charity, as well as allowing the fans of two of his clubs to join together in commemoration.

Grecians Chairman Julian Tagg has told the Exeter Express and Echo that the fans-owned club don't plan to set out what those in the stands and terraces will do during the game. However, with Stansfield having worn the No.9 shirt during his time at St James Park, he expects there to be a minute's applause during the game, and would not be too surprised if there was also a similar appreciation two minutes earlier from the other end of the ground, giving two minutes worth of applause across three minutes of the match:

"Our fans are always proactive in this kind of thing and I fully expect there to be a minuteís applause in the ninth minute. He also wore the No. 7 shirt for Yeovil so there could well be a minuteís applause in the seventh minute as well. As is normal in these situations fans like to have their involvement and we, as a club, are not going to engineer anything before the game as we feel it is something for the fans."

Mr Tagg told the paper that he felt that it was fitting that the two clubs should play each other on the closest league fixture to the 2010 date that saw him succumb to bowel cancer. As such, his club wanted to extend the hand of friendship, and hoped that the match could be played in that sort of spirit:

"Everyone involved in Exeter City is still deeply saddened by Adamís death, and no amount of time will change that. But the anniversary of his passing gives us the opportunity to remember him and celebrate his life, and share memories of one of our most-loved players. It is particularly poignant that we should be playing Yeovil on the opening day Ė I am sure the Glovers supporters will also turn out in their numbers to pay tribute to their No. 7. We look forward to welcoming our rivals to St Jamesís Park in the spirit of friendship, and to paying our warmest respects to Adam together on that day."

The expectation is that there will be a supporters match held in the Exeter area on the morning of the game. When that match is confirmed, we'll publicise it here.

Link: Exeter Opener To Mark Adam Stansfield Anniversary.


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28 June 2015 : Berrett Reflects On 'Disappointing' Year At Huish Park
Former Yeovil Town midfielder James Berrett has given his views on his time at Huish Park, and some of the thinking behind his decision to sign for League Two side York City. The 26 year old's exit from the club was confirmed earlier this week, severing his time with the Glovers halfway through his two year deal, allowing the Halifax-born player to return to his home county.

Berrett has got married this summer, with the tie-up of his agreement with the Minstermen being delayed by his honeymoon. He has told the York Press that the deal was sorted out just before he went away, and admitted that his year in Somerset had been disappointing for him. Given his new marital status, he was glad to move back to his home roots:

"I heard about it a couple of weeks ago, just before I was going away on holiday. It was all sorted more or less from a couple of weeks ago, so it was just a case of coming in and getting it signed. I'm just happy to get it all done now. I think that last year was disappointing for me, so I wanted to get back up north, and start enjoying my football again, which is something that I didn't do last year. So it's a great opportunity for me, and I just want to get back playing and enjoying it, and this is a good place for me to come. I've just got married and want to be close to my family, and that's the reason really."

The start of Berrett's Yeovil Town's career was interrupted by a thigh strain that put him out for the majority of the 2014-15 pre-season period. The midfielder recovered in time for the start of the season proper, but then broke down two matches into the season, with him not reappearing until the tail end of September. Berrett felt that problematic start contributed to the way that his year with the Glovers panned out, in that by the time he was available for selection, he was a long way behind the other players in terms of his match fitness:

"It wasn't nice, as I was injured at the beginning, and I didn't start very well, so I was always playing catch-up, and I was in and out of the team, so it was difficult. There are times when you are training when you know that sometimes you're not going to be involved. When you're far away from your family and your wife, it's difficult at times. But I'm just putting that behind me now, and looking forward to playing for York City. I still feel like I've got the best to come - during the last couple of years, my form has maybe dipped, but I think that I've still got the best to show yet. I'm looking forward to proving people wrong and getting back to what level I can play at."

Link: James Berrett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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27 June 2015 : 2014-15 League Predictions Survey Results
Just under a year ago, this site ran its annual League predictions survey, to see which Yeovil Town supporters were the best at judging how the season would unfold. For those who have forgotten how it's done, fans get a chance to predict the clubs that finish in the automatic promotion slots, along with the play-off winners, and then put down which teams they think will be relegated. Finally, and most importantly, they get to predict where Yeovil Town will finish, if they haven't already done so earlier in the questionnaire.

The survey is run during the 7-10 days before the season properly commences, allowing fans to stick their colours to the mast after pre-season friendlies have been played, and the first team squads are pretty much known, but before the opening day of the season might sway a few opinions. Last August's survey covered the period just before the 2014-15 League One season kicked off, and so we're now able to show how everyone fared, as thoughts now start to turn towards the 2015-16 campaign.

At the top of the 2014-15 League One table, Bristol City finished as Champions, with Milton Keynes Dons gaining automatic promotion, whilst Preston North End went up via the play-offs. Two of those three were popular choices, with the one that wasn't expected being the franchised club, with only one person believing they'd go up automatically, whilst only four more thought they'd go up via the play-offs. The big difference between the predictions supplied and the final outcome was that 68 percent of you expected Sheffield United to go up in some shape or form, with 40 percent tipping them to take the top spot. In the end, they made the play-offs, but fell at the first hurdle.

Despite how few people predicted Milton Keynes to go up, one person did manage to get all three promoted sides correct. Chris Medland managed to tip Bristol City for the title, and his only error was to pitch Preston as going up automatically, with the franchised lot going up via the play-offs. A number of fans managed to get two out of the three clubs correct - Alan Potticary, Andy Cleave, Andy Wood, Ben Barrett, Chris Champness, Dan Coate, Dave Welfare, George, Mark Spalding, Matt Curtis, Matt O, Mike Hayter, Mitch Clarke, Nick 74, RK Budden, Simon Hughes, Simon Marris, Terry Hyde, Vince and Will Jaques.

The individual predictions on where Yeovil Town would finish were needless to say a bit of a disaster. The big problem was that 92 percent of Glovers fans thought that the club would finish in the top ten, and just five fans thought we would finish in the bottom ten places - no-one expected us to get relegated. A total of 13 percent of fans thought we'd be going up in the automatic promotion slots, whilst a further 25 percent thought we would be going up via the play-offs, meaning that 38 percent in total thought the club were going to get promotion! A total of 48 percent of fans thought we would make it into the top six places, regardless of what eventually happened in the play-offs.

So basically, everyone got it wrong, but a shout out is due to The-famous-Yeovil who was the only one to predict a true relegation fight, down in 20th place, whilst Andy Read opted for a lowly 18th. The most popular positions voted for were 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th - not even close! In all the years we've run the predictions survey this is the first time that no-one has successfully predicted the club's finish correctly.

Down near the relegation zones, the final positions saw Notts County, Crawley Town and Leyton Orient as the other three relegated clubs. We already know that no-one got all four relegation positions correct, as everyone missed out the Glovers. On top of that, only one person - Chris Hardwell - thought that Leyton Orient (in the play-offs during the previous season) would be in the bottom four, predicting a 21st place finish for them. Unfortunately for Chris, he didn't get any of the other spots right.

Of the other two clubs, Notts County and Crawley Town were more popular for the bottom four slots, with 41 people predicting the Magpies would go down, whilst 58 of you thought that the Red Devils would lose their league place. None of you got both of their positions correct, but @schtocker, Clive Ingram, David Bailey, Doug Butler, Kane Woodgate and Roy Clarke get bonus points for being the only people to get two out of the four relegation places correct - everyone else got one or less!

As before, look out for the 2015-16 season prediction survey sometime around the end of July, when hopefully we'll know what sort of a squad Yeovil Town and their rivals have got, and who we think is set to challenge in the coming season.


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26 June 2015 : Football League Elect New Board For 2015-16 Season
The Football League have elected a new Board of Directors for the 2015-16 season, following the end of season changes in the divisions. Constitutionally, the Board stays as it is, with its Chairman and Chief Executive part of that set-up along with two wholly independent directors. As well as that non-club quartet, the Board also consists of divisional representatives and a number of these are changing.

This month's AGM has elected Brighton and Hove Albion Chief Executive Paul Barber and Wolverhampton Wanderers Chief Executive Jez Moxey to serve on the board as Championship representatives. One of those Championship level vacancies was due Millwall being relegated to League One, and Andy Ambler has become a League One representative.

Blackpool's Karl Oyston and Carlisle United's John Nixon have both recently dropped off the Board, due to their clubs relegations meaning they could no longer continue to represent those divisions, whilst James Rodwell has changed clubs, having moved from being Notts County's CEO, into a similar position at Scunthorpe United.

The top table at the Football League therefore reads as follows:

Greg Clarke Ė Chairman
Shaun Harvey Ė Chief Executive
Richard Bowker CBE Ė Independent
Debbie Jevans CBE - Independent
Paul Barber Ė Brighton & Hove Albion
Keith Lamb Ė Middlesbrough
Jez Moxey Ė Wolverhampton Wanderers
Andy Ambler Ė Millwall
James Rodwell Ė Scunthorpe United
Ian Lenagan Ė Oxford United


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26 June 2015 : Magpies Friendly For Academy Side
Yeovil Town have arranged a pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town for next month. The match has been badged as a match for the club's relaunched Under-18s Academy side, and will be played at the Avenue Stadium on Thursday 16th July, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off against the Magpies first team.

This is the second pre-season friendly against the Under-18s team, which has been on a hiatus for the last few years. However, with the club planning to reopen their Academy as an EPPP Category Three set-up, they have also arranged a pre-season friendly against Wincanton Town for later in that month, on Thursday 23rd July at their Moor Lane ground.

We've also yet to have confirmation of the arrival of former Torquay United Head of Youth Geoff Harrop, who has been strongly linked with the Glovers as being the man who will head up the new Academy organisation when it gets properly running again.


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25 June 2015 : Ralph And Twumasi Join The Exiles
League Two side Newport County have announced that they are to sign up two of Yeovil Town's first teamers from last season. They have confirmed that Nathan Ralph and Seth Nana Twumasi - who also played in the same team at Peterborough United, will be moving to Rodney Parade as free agents, following their release by the Glovers at the end of last season.

At present there isn't any contract length specified for the pair, with the Exiles' club website yet to mention the deal, but the South Wales Argus have quoted first team manager Terry Butcher as confirming their arrivals in South Wales:

"Iím very pleased to add another two players to the squad. Nathan and Seth know each other well and they are versatile. They can play in different areas and that is important in the squad weíre trying to build. Throughout the season we will get injuries and suspensions and we need players who can step into different roles and be comfortable."

Yeovil Town have this month allowed one Newport County player to move in the other direction, with striker Shaun Jeffers heading to South Somerset on a one year contract.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Player Profile.

Link: Seth Nana Twumasi : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Nathan Ralph : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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25 June 2015 : Roberts Flies Back To Seagulls
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts has teamed up with Nathan Jones for a fourth time. The 39 year old has left Charlton Athletic this week to become Brighton and Hove Albion's goalkeeping coach, replacing Antti Niemi, who has returned to Finland.

Ben is a former Brighton player, who was a team-mate of Jones on the south coast, when he signed for them in 2003, initially on loan. He was part of Brighton's 2004 League One play-off final winning team, before a back injury effectively ended his professional career in 2005, with the exception of the single appearance he made for the Glovers much later , as a stand-in substitute keeper during the 2010-11 season. After leaving Brighton went to Roehampton University, gaining a First Class Honours Degree in Sports Science and Coaching, before joining Yeovil Town as the club's goalkeeping coach under Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones.

Roberts left that management team during December 2010, to become Charlton Athletic's goalkeeping coach, but later found Jones following him, when the latter become the Addicks' Under-21 Professional Development Coach in June 2012, as they teamed up for a third time. A year later, Jones was the one to move first as he returned to Brighton as a first team coach, but this week Roberts has followed him back to Sussex, where he will work under Chris Hughton. Roberts has said of his return to the Seagulls:

"I'm ecstatic to be back at Brighton. I've made no secret that my happiest years as a professional footballer were spent down here, as I had a special affinity with the fans at Withdean. Ever since briefly helping Dean Wilkins with the coaching in the summer of 2007, before starting university, I've had it in my head that I wanted to one day return as a coach. I'd like to thank Charlton Athletic; I've made lots of friends for life during almost five years at the club, and worked with some terrific keepers."


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24 June 2015 : Online Purchasing For Pre-Season Friendly Tickets
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to purchase advance tickets for any of the club's three home pre-season friendlies can do so online. The 2015-16 warm-up matches see the Glovers matched against AFC Bournemouth, Bristol City and Swansea City Under-21s in quick succession around the end of July and beginning of August, and will be the only three home fixtures scheduled before the season proper kicks off on Saturday 8th August.

Advance tickets for those games can be purchased via the Yeovil Town Ticket Office Bookings system, available via the link below. Alternatively you can turn up and buy in person from the Huish Park Ticket Office, or by calling them on 01935-847888. Tickets will be available on the day of the game, but this will hopefully save you queuing time.

Online ticketing for individual matches for the 2015-16 League Two season itself will be available later, once they've loaded the fixture list onto their database. We'll notify when that's available.

Link: Ticket Prices For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.

Link: Yeovil Town Ticket Office Online Bookings.


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24 June 2015 : Jeffers Hopeful Of Upward Direction For Glovers
New Yeovil Town signing Shaun Jeffers has faith that the manager he is now working under can help get the Glovers out of League Two whilst he's at the club. The 23 year old striker agreed terms with the club yesterday, on a one year deal, having been part of Newport County's squad over the last 18 months.

Coming in as manager Paul Sturrock's sixth signing of the summer, Jeffers has told BBC Somerset that he is well versed with both Yeovil Town's recent history, and his boss's track record as a manager, and so despite the double relegation the Glovers had suffered, he was confident that they would be heading in an upward direction before long:

"It's such a big club - it's been in the Championship. During the last couple of seasons they've dropped down, but the manager Paul Sturrock has got such a good record, he'll end up bringing them back up (to League One). I think his record speaks for himself, in terms of what he has done at clubs that he's been at. He's seen potential in me, so I'm just grateful for the opportunity that he's given me."

Whilst at Newport, Jeffers tended to be used as an impact substitute, with 21 of his 36 appearances across a year-and-a-half coming from the bench. That resulted in three goals being scored during his time in South Wales. He admitted that wasn't where he wanted to be, and hoped that at Huish Park he could play much less of a bit-part role:

"That is exactly what I want to do this season - to get a lot more starts under my belt and goals. That's the main thing and I think that I can do that. I'm a pacey striker, who is a threat, and I think I can cause defences a lot of problems. Everyone will be raring to go. Everyone will be looking to impress, and I think that will be good for the whole squad."

Having seen League Two over the past 18 months, but also having experience with higher level sides such as Peterborough United and Coventry City, Jeffers warned that people shouldn't under-estimate the standard of football being played in the fourth tier:

"It's not an easy league - it's a tough league, but I think that we've got experience of playing in League Two. I know what it's about, and I just really want to help the team as much as I can."


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24 June 2015 : Sowunmi Signing Confirmed By Glovers
Yeovil Town have confirmed their seventh signing of the summer by taking on former Ipswich Town defender Omar Sowunmi. Standing at 6ft 7ins tall, he is a central defender who came through their academy ranks, and was given a one year professional contract at Portman Road for the 2014-15 season, having moved through their Under-18 and Under-21 ranks. He had yet to make any first team appearances. His name had been strongly connected with the Glovers earlier this month with his former loan club Lowestoft Town stating that he was going to sign for the Glovers - that can now be confirmed.

Born on November 7th 1995, and therefore 19 years old, the Essex based player enjoyed a one month youth loan with Conference National side Braintree Town during last season, where he made four appearances during October and November 2014. He then moved on to play for Lowestoft Town in January 2015, again as a loan agreement, and scored two goals in 17 appearances that took him through until the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

The Conference North side were keen to turn that arrangement into a permanent deal, with Ipswich having indicated their plans to release him at the end of the season just gone. However, last week the Suffolk club admitted that he had been receiving interest from Football League clubs, with League Two side Exeter City taking him on trial. The Glovers also showed interest in him during May, including him in the end of season trial matches where he played in the first trial match as a centre-back for the away team.

Omar will sign a one year contract on July 1st 2015.

Link: Jack Compton : Player Profile.

Link: Matthew Dolan : Player Profile.

Link: Jordan Gibbons : Player Profile.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Player Profile.

Link: Marc Laird : Player Profile.

Link: Ben Tozer : Player Profile.


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23 June 2015 : James Berrett Leaves Huish Park
Midfielder James Berrett has become the latest player from last season's squad to leave Huish Park. As reported last week, the 26 year old has decided to join League Two rivals York City, after agreeing to tear up his contract at Yeovil Town, with a year remaining on the deal.

Berrett made 33 appearances for the club overall, but today York City have confirmed that they have given him a contract, bringing an early end to his time in South Somerset. They have also signed goalkeeper Scott Flinders, who had a nine game loan spell at the club during the 2007-08 season.

Update: York have confirmed that Berrett has been given a two year contract, whilst Flinders has been given a single year deal.

Link: James Berrett : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Scott Flinders : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 June 2015 : Jeffers Arrives As Sixth Summer Signing
Yeovil Town have signed up striker Shaun Jeffers as their sixth summer capture. He was last on the books of Newport County and joins the club as a free agent, having played in the trial matches during May 2015.

Born in Bedford on April 14th 1992, he began his career at Coventry City as a youth player, being given a professional deal in 2008. He made just eight appearances for the Sky Blues across five seasons as a professional, but gained first team experience through loan spells with Cheltenham Town (25 appearances, two goals) and Cambridge United (two appearances), followed by a 2012-13 six game spell with Tamworth.

For the 2013-14 season he signed for Peterborough United, playing 11 times and scoring three goals, but was to only last half a season at London Road. In January 2014, he was part of a two-way transfer that saw Conor Washington head to Peterborough, as Jeffers headed to Newport County. Across an 18 month period he made 36 appearances, scoring three goals, albeit with 21 of those appearances coming from their substitutes bench.

He has agreed a one year deal with the club, effective from July 1st 2015.

Link: Jack Compton : Player Profile.

Link: Matthew Dolan : Player Profile.

Link: Jordan Gibbons : Player Profile.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Player Profile.

Link: Marc Laird : Player Profile.

Link: Ben Tozer : Player Profile.


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23 June 2015 : Televised Ties Selected For League Cup First Round
The Football League have announced the list of League Cup games that have been selected for live transmission. The First Round fixtures, which will be screened live on Sky Sports, include League Two Portsmouth's home match against Derby County, which will be played on Wednesday 12th August, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The other fixture chosen for live transmission will see Doncaster Rovers play host to Leeds United on Thursday 13th August.

The news also confirms Yeovil Town's home match against Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park. That fixture will be played on Tuesday 11th August 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Link: 2015-16 League Cup Prize Fund And Broadcast Fees.

Link: League Cup First Round : Full Draw Details.


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22 June 2015 : QPR Youngster Agrees Terms With Glovers
Yeovil Town have confirmed their fifth signing of the summer. They have agreed a deal in principle with Queens Park Rangers player Jordan Gibbons, who was one of those on show during the May trialist games.

Born on November 18th 1993 in Bromley, he is a right-winger who has progressed through QPR's youth ranks, having been given a professional contract in the summer of 2011. He can also play on the opposite flank. He has had some minimal experience out on loan with Inverness Caledonian Thistle during the 2012-13 season, making two appearances for the Scottish side. He was an unused substitute for QPR in a League Cup match but never made it as far as getting on the field of play for their first team. QPR's Under-21s player profiles say of him:

"Jordan Gibbons has been with the club since the age of 15, recently signing a new one-year deal after skippering the Under-21s to the Professional Development League Two play-off final. The winger, who has previously spent time on loan at SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle, was given the captainís armband for the second-half of the campaign, making 18 appearances in all."

Jordan has agreed a one year contract with the Glovers, which he will sign on July 1st 2015.


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21 June 2015 : Matt Dolan Talks About His Return To Huish Park
On Thursday, Yeovil Town secured the return of former loanee Matt Dolan on a two year deal, with his contract with Bradford City expiring this summer. Shortly after he'd agreed terms with the club, Matt spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin about his decision to come back to South Somerset, and that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Matt Dolan Talks To The BBC After He Signed A Contract With The Club.


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20 June 2015 : Sam Foley Talks About Leaving Yeovil Town
On Thursday, midfielder Sam Foley made the decision to leave Yeovil Town after three years with the Glovers. After signing a two year contract with League One side Port Vale, Sam spoke to BBC Radio Stoke reporter Graham McGarry about the decision that he'd made, including his views on his time with the Glovers, and his end of season awards. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Sam Foley Talks To The BBC About His Decision To Leave Yeovil Town.


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19 June 2015 : Williams Signs Donny Deal
Former Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams has left the West Country for the first time in his career. The 28 year old has so far clocked up three spells with Hereford United and two with Yeovil Town, along with his three year period at Bristol Rovers and most recently three years with Swindon Town, but has decided to up sticks and move out of the area, signing for Doncaster Rovers in a three year deal.

Williams was the shock name on Swindon's released list - having scored 22 goals for the Wiltshire club during 2014-15, they listed him alongside a large number of other first teamers without explanation, leaving him as a free agent. Doncaster have won the rights to his name, despite press speculation that Scunthorpe United were trying to take him to Glanford Park. Donny boss Paul Dickov said that there were even teams in the Championship trying to take him on:

"There were a lot clubs interested in Andy, clubs close to us logistically and clubs in the Championship. When Andy came here to look around he was impressed with the structure of the club, the stadium, the training ground and, importantly, he commended the style of football that we played when we faced Swindon last season. He will fit in nicely."


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19 June 2015 : Dawson Agrees Yeovil Town Contract Deal
Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson has agreed a new contract at Yeovil Town. The Irishman has penned a new two year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2017. Dawson has been one of the stars of the Glovers team over the last few seasons, since being brought across from Ireland in January 2013, and has gone on to make 82 appearances for the club, scoring six times in either central midfield or as a wide right player.

Unfortunately for him he missed the second half of the 2014-15 season with a hip injury. Having recovered from that, he has now penned a two year contract with the club to continue his relationship with the Glovers.

Link: Kevin Dawson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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19 June 2015 : Sturrock Philosophical About Foley Departure
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock gave a philosophical view of Sam Foley's decision to leave Huish Park yesterday. The 28 year old signed a two year contract with League One side Port Vale, bringing to an end a three year stay with the Glovers that had climaxed with him getting a near clean-sweep on the club's 2014-15 Player Of The Season awards in May.

Sturrock told the club's website that he believed the offer from the Valiants for him to stay at League One level was a major factor in Foley's decision-making, and admitted that if put into the player's shoes that he would probably have made a similar decision, given that it kept him playing at that same level, having risen up the leagues via Newport County in joining the Glovers in the summer of 2012:

"He has made a vast improvement in his game whilst at Huish Park, but the offer of League One football was too much for him to turn down at this stage of his career. It certainly wasnít a financial decision as we made a very lucrative offer to Sam. He wanted to play League One football and if I was in his position, I would have probably made the same decision. On behalf of the club I would like to thank Sam for his efforts and hope his career goes from strength to strength."

Link: Sam Foley : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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19 June 2015 : Tozer Becomes Yeovil Town's Fourth Summer Signing
Yeovil Town have agreed terms with former Northampton Town player Ben Tozer - their fourth signing of the summer. He is a 25 year old who has spent the last four seasons with the Cobblers, but has also spent time with Swindon Town and Newcastle United. He is a player who can play a variety of positions, mainly in defence.

Born in Plymouth on March 1st 1990, he was a former Argyle youth player that Paul Sturrock took to Swindon Town albeit without him making a significant number of appearances - just seven recorded for the 2007-08 season. He spent three years on the books of Newcastle United, making six appearances and scoring one goal.

He had two loan spells with Northampton during his time with the Toon Army and that was to turn into a permanent move in the summer of 2011 - there he made 199 appearances for the Sixfields club across his four years as a permanent signing along with his two loan spells - that included time working under former Glovers boss Gary Johnson. He also had an ultra-brief loan spell with Colchester United during the 2013-14 season.

He is capable of playing in around five different positions based around his attributes as a 6'1" defender, of which manager Paul Sturrock considers two to be the main priority for him. His primary position at Northampton was as a right-back, but he can also play as a defensive centre midfielder, or as a right-sided centre-half, and even deputised in a left-back slot during his time at Sixfields. During his earlier days at Newcastle he was seen as a centre-half, but in more recent times his main position has been as a right-back.

In a curious twist, his time as a regular player with the Cobblers began to come to an end when Brendan Moloney left Huish Park, and took Tozer's place in the side - during the second half of the 2014-15 season, he was largely there as a substitute, filling into various positions as needed. Speaking at the time of his departure, Cobblers boss Chris Wilder said that Tozer's direct competition with Moloney was a problem as both were two of his higher earners, and so he needed to take one off his books:

"Ben was on an excellent contract and he deserved that under the previous manager. He hasnít been able to get into the team because of the form of Brendon Moloney and I canít afford to carry two right-backs on the wages that they are on. Benís attitude has been outstanding and I could have possibly offered him something to keep him as a utility player but I donít see him being a regular. It was another tough decision but Iím sure Ben will want to go somewhere where he can play regular football. Heís done well for us and he moves on with our best wishes."

Ben has agreed a one year contract with the club, that will commence on July 1st 2015.


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19 June 2015 : Yeovil Town Strike Up Laird Deal
Yeovil Town have agreed terms with former Southend United and Tranmere Rovers midfielder Marc Laird. The former Manchester City trainee was out of contract at Prenton Park, after spending a year on the Wirral, and with them dropping down into the Conference at the end of last season, he has taken the opportunity to stay in the Football League.

Laird was born in Edinburgh on January 23rd 1986 and is therefore 29 years old. He never made a first team appearance for the Premier League club but managed to warm the bench for them as an unused substitute on a number of occasions. During that time he spent time out on loan with Northampton Town (6 appearances) and Port Vale (10 appearances, 1 goal).

His major break in his career came when he signed for Millwall, where he made 92 appearances, scoring seven times across just over three seasons, and was part of their squad that gained promotion from League One at the end of the 2009-10 season. Having reached the Championship, Laird dropped out of their squad, and he spent part of the following season out on loan playing for Brentford (5 appearances, 1 goal) and Walsall (8 appearances).

Unsurprisingly, he was released in the summer of 2011, and was snapped up by former Glovers boss Russell Slade at Leyton Orient, who he played under for eighteen months. He then teamed up with Paul Sturrock at Southend United, initially as a 15 game loan spell, that was ultimately made permanent - overall he made 48 appearances for the Essex side, scoring two goals.

Last season he moved to play for Tranmere Rovers, and scored once in 39 appearances. He is rated as a hard-working box-to-box midfielder, and arrives at the club with close to 250 Football League appearances.

Marc has agreed a one year contract with the club that will be signed on July 1st 2015, after his contract with Tranmere expires.


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19 June 2015 : Skivo Talks About The New Fixture Lists
On Wednesday, the Football League published the fixture lists for the 2015-16 season, giving Yeovil Town their plans for their first year back in League Two. After they were published, Yeovil Town first team coach Terry Skiverton spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin about the fixtures, and also his thoughts on the make-up of the new division the club find themselves in. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC About The 2015-16 Fixture Lists.


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19 June 2015 : Carlisle Easter Fixture Brought Forward
One of Yeovil Town's Easter Holiday fixtures for the 2015-16 season has been changed. The Glovers were due to host Carlisle United on the Saturday, as part of the fixture list that was published last week. However, as with most of our recent seasons, a quick change has seen that game brought forward by 24 hours. The match will now be played on Friday 25th March 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. This allows the club more recovery time before heading off to Stevenage for the Easter Monday fixture.

Link: 2015-16 Yeovil Town Season Fixtures.


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18 June 2015 : Sam Foley : The Hardest Decision I've Had To Make
Outgoing Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley believed that deciding to leave Huish Park was the 'hardest decision' that he has had to make in his footballing career so far. The 28 year old agreed a two year deal with League One side Port Vale today, ending a three year stay with the Glovers that had seen him clock up 105 appearances for the club, as well as taking the majority of the 2014-15 Player of the Season Awards just before he left the club:

Foley explained upon signing for the Valiants that the final decision to break ties with the Glovers was a tough one, paying tribute to a period in his career that had seen him rise from Conference National football with Newport County to being part of a team that won promotion to the Championship:

"I am happy, excited and can't wait to get started now everything has been finalised. It has probably been the hardest decision I have ever had to make bit I am certain it's the right one. I have had three great years at Yeovil and owe quite a lot of my development to the time I have had there."

The former Cheltenham Town youth team player acknowledged that he had a lot of people backing him to stay at Huish Park. However, he said that he saw the move to Port Vale as an opportunity to continue his development as a player:

"They wanted me to stay and I know a lot of people there. To move away from that is a bold thing to do but I would like to think of it as a statement in itself. I am on to pastures new and still have an eye on developing as a footballer and improving. I see this as the club to do that with."

Sam also left his own farewell message, via his own Twitter account, thanking those who had left messages for him, whilst he was known to be at Vale Park signing his new contract.

Sam Foley's farewell message to Yeovil Town fans following his Twitter account
Sam Foley's farewell message to Yeovil Town fans following his Twitter account.



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18 June 2015 : Hayter Becomes A Hawk
Former Yeovil Town striker James Hayter has moved into non-league football after leaving Huish Park. The former AFC Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers player has signed a deal with Havant and Waterlooville, who finished 5th in the Conference South league at the end of the 2014-15 season. No contract length is specified.

Hayter was released at the end of a three year spell with the Glovers, having netted 29 times in 135 appearances, but was released at the end of the season. His family are from the Isle of Wight, and so choosing a club that is easily accessible on the South Coast obviously suits him geographically, whilst giving the 35 year old a chance to extend his footballing career. The very best of luck to him during his time with the Hawks.


Link: James Hayter : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 June 2015 : Berrett Heading Off To Join Minstermen?
Yeovil Town midfielder James Berrett looks as though he may have found himself a new club. The York Press suggest that the player, who originally hails from Halifax and arrived at the club from Carlisle United twelve months ago, has agreed terms with the Minstermen, and will take a medical next week when he returns from his honeymoon. Provided he passes that, then he will agree to terminate his contract with the Glovers a year early.

Berrett, who is 26 years old, had a stop-start season at Huish Park during 2014-15, and largely found himself behind Joe Edwards and Sam Foley in the pecking order for the central midfield places. Despite that, he did manage to clock up 33 appearances, scoring one goal during the campaign.

He was one of four players who were told they had no future at the club by new boss Paul Sturrock. The quartet were all offered severance deals to exit the club, with the warning that if they did not accept they would be sat in the stands for the 2015-16 season, without a squad number to their name. So far, Adam Morgan has left for Accrington Stanley, whilst there has been no public response from goalkeeper Artur Krysiak or striker AJ Leitch-Smith.

The York press don't offer up any quotes or sources for their information, but their unusually specific mention of the player's honeymoon plans suggests that they are confident of their fans.

Link: James Berrett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 June 2015 : Sam Foley Leaves Huish Park
Yeovil Town have definitely lost out in their battle to keep hold of star midfielder Sam Foley. The 28 year old was out of contact at Huish Park, and therefore free to sign for another club, despite the Glovers having given him a new contract offer on the back of a season that had seen him pick up most of the club's 2014-15 Player of the Season awards. He has signed for League One side Port Vale, thus keeping him at third tier level for the coming season.

Overall Foley made 105 appearances for the club, spread out over three seasons, after signing for the club from Newport County in the summer of 2012. He was a key member of the club's 2012-13 League One promotion winning squad, and although he dropped out of the reckoning during the club's Championship season, his third season with the Glovers was perhaps his most impressive - maintaining high standards during a 2014-15 campaign that saw other players lose their way somewhat.

The very best of luck to Sam during his time at Vale Park. He has signed a two year deal at Vale Park.

Link: Sam Foley : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 June 2015 : Foley Linked With Valiants Move
Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley is being linked with a move to League One side Port Vale. The 28 year old is out of contract at Huish Park, and had been linked with the Valiants earlier in the summer, albeit without any concrete evidence. Today that has ramped up after a Staffordshire radio station tweeted that Vale were going to sign him, before swiftly deleting it.

Since then, a blurry photograph has been tweeted by a Valiants fan that appears to show Foley (or a person who looks like him) stood on the edge of the pitch at Vale Park, in the sort of pose that is often lined up by club media in preparation for unveiling a signing. As yet there is no firm confirmation other than what has been visible on Twitter, but the signs are not positive. As and when we get more information, we'll post it here.


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17 June 2015 : Compton Agrees Glovers Deal
Yeovil Town have confirmed their second signing of the day by taking on winger Jack Compton. He was on the books of League Two side Hartlepool United for the last two seasons and hails from Cardiff. He is 26 years old - born on September 2nd 1988.

He is originally a West Bromwich Albion professional who was on the books of Portsmouth as a youth player although did not make a first team appearance for either club. Whilst with the Baggies he had a one month loan period with Weymouth before moving on to Brighton and Hove Albion in 2008, where he had another loan spell with Lewes.

Jack temporarily dropped into non-league football, turning out for Havant and Waterlooville and Weston-super-Mare before spending two years in Scotland playing for Falkirk where he gained his first major bit of first team football, playing 42 times across three seasons, scoring four goals, punctuated by loan spells with Bradford City (21 appearances, one goal) and St Johnstone (three appearances).

He then returned to Portsmouth for the 2012-13 season, making 14 appearances before moving on to play for Colchester United during the same season, clocking up seven more appearances. Another move came the following summer as he joined Hartlepool United where he spent the last two seasons.

Jack will sign a contract with the club on July 1st with a one year contract on the table for him.


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17 June 2015 : Dolan To Agree Glovers Return
Yeovil Town have agreed a deal for former Middlesbrough and Hartlepool United midfielder Matt Dolan. The player, who enjoyed a loan spell with the Glovers during the 2012-13 season, has agreed a two year contract at the club, which he will sign on July 1st when the team arrive for pre-season training.

Matt has already made nine appearances for the club, scoring one goal, whilst he was on the books of Middlesbrough. Since then he has played for Bradford City, making 28 appearances for the club, as well as having two loan spells with Hartlepool, making a combined 26 appearances, scoring two goals.

Born in Hartlepool on February 11th 1993, he is a 22 year old player who had been part of Middlesbrough's youth academy, and although he didn't make any first team appearances for the club, he was thought of highly enough for them to give him a four year contract whilst he was seventeen years old. He captained their Under-21 side, and whilst he was on their books he was sent out on loan to play for the Glovers, where he played a part in the club's 2012-13 promotion-winning side, across two short loan spells that were interrupted by injury. He scored the winning goal in the match against Notts County at Meadow Lane, and was then a substitute in the club's Wembley play-off match against Brentford.

Returning to Middlesbrough after that game, he had a 24 game loan spell with his home town club Hartlepool United during the 2013-14 season, that was followed by another eleven game loan spell with Bradford City. They took him on for the 2014-15 season on a permanent basis upon his release from Middlesbrough, where he made a further 17 appearances, punctuated by a second Hartlepool loan that saw him make two appearances for the Victoria Park club.

After that he was released by the Bantams at the end of the 2014-15 season, allowing him to sign for the Glovers as a free agent. He will sign for the club when his contract with Bradford expires on June 30th.


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17 June 2015 : Exeter Opener To Mark Adam Stansfield Anniversary
The Adam Stansfield Foundation have announced that they will look to use Yeovil Town's opening fixture of the 2015-16 season as an opportunity to mark the fifth anniversary of Adam's death. With the Glovers travelling to play Exeter City on Saturday 8th August 2015, as part of the opening weekend's fixtures for League Two, this also falls as the nearest league fixture to the day that Adam passed away on August 10th 2010.

This gives a chance for fans of two of his clubs to recognise that date in the best way possible - by getting together for a possible supporters match between the two clubs down in Devon, and as a chance to raise funds for the Foundation, that was set up in his name to raise awareness of bowel cancer, and to aid local sports associations in the West Country. The Foundation writes:

"It will be the 5th anniversary of Adam's passing on Monday August 10th. On that day we are hoping that all his friends and supporters will wear a football shirt to work and donate to the Foundation in his memory. All the better if it is an Elmore, Yeovil, Hereford or Exeter shirt! Details to be confirmed. We are hoping for an Exeter v Yeovil fans match on the morning of the 8th August - details to be announced - and would love a big turn out - make a day of it!"

Needless to say, once any details of pre-match events are established, we'll publicise them here, to give Glovers fans plenty of chance to sort out their travel plans for the journey to St James Park.

Adam Stansfield pictured on the final whistle at Villa Park back in 2002
Adam Stansfield pictured on the final whistle at Villa Park back in 2002.
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17 June 2015 : Channel 5 Outline Further Football League Broadcast Plans
Following this morning's production of the 2015-16 fixture lists, the Football League have provided more information on the plans that broadcaster Channel 5 has for the season. They have taken over the rights from the BBC, and last month confirmed a three year agreement to cover the three divisions.

They have already confirmed that their main highlights package will run from 9.00p.m. on Saturday nights, and last for 90 minutes, taking people up to the start of the usual time reserved for the BBC's Match of the Day coverage of the Premier League. They promise 'every goal, every week' - however they don't clarify if that would include midweek fixtures, or weekends where international breaks have meant that there have been no Championship fixtures - areas that the BBC indicated they could not provide shows due to their broadcast agreement.

In addition to the main Football League coverage, Channel 5 will also broadcast three one hour shows covering highlights from the Football League Play-Offs, and will also schedule eight one hour shows to cover the Football League Cup. The Football League Trophy does not get a mention, suggesting this is off the agenda.

Channel 5 also plan to get managers and players to join the show either in the studio, or via Facetime or Skype and promise 'no lengthy punditry or football cliches' - we'll see how long that lasts!


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17 June 2015 : 2015-16 Fixtures See Local Derbies Opening The Campaign
Yeovil Town's fixtures for the 2015-16 season have been released. The Glovers will open up life back in League Two with a game against Exeter City at St James Park on Saturday 8th August, and after they play their League Cup first round match against Queens Park Rangers as a midweeker, they will then face Bristol Rovers at Huish Park. Their season will close off with a match against Leyton Orient at Huish Park on Saturday 7th May 2016.

Christmas holiday fixtures always attract significant attention and crowds - on this occasion, the Glovers will play Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day at Home Park, followed by a home match against Oxford United two days later. The New Year's holiday match (actually on January 2nd) sees the club come up against York City at Huish Park.

During the 2015-16 campaign, there are four new grounds for fans to visit. The Glovers will travel to Barnet's Hive Stadium on April 30th 2016, whilst Morecambe's Globe Arena will be visited on January 16th 2016. The club will also head to Newport County's Rodney Parade ground on November 21st, and whilst our trip to Kingsmeadow on January 30th will be a familiar one, it will represent the first time we've done it with AFC Wimbledon as the opposition.

If it's local derbies that you want, then the club's other League meeting against Bristol Rovers will see us travel to the Memorial Stadium on Saturday 16th April. The club's other major local rivals come in the form of Exeter City and we will play the Grecians on Saturday 9th April at Huish Park, as the return fixture for the opening game of the season.

The full list of fixtures can be accessed via the link below. As usual, clubs are entitled to request late tweaks to the list, and there's little doubt that Sky Sports will do a bit of meddling with a few clubs fixtures, although now we're at League Two level, this should be more minimal.

Link: 2015-16 League Two Fixture List.


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16 June 2015 : Five New Football League Opponents To Be Unveiled In New Fixtures
Wednesday morning will see the fixtures released for the 2015-16 season, across the Football League, giving Yeovil Town their full calendar details of who they will be facing in League Two for the coming season. The fixture list will give some new scenarios for Glovers fans. The highlights are that we have never played Accrington Stanley or AFC Wimbledon in a league fixture, whilst we've never come up against Barnet, Morecambe or Newport County in a Football League environment.

For those who like doing new grounds, in their attempts to beef up their potential of making it into the '92 club', from a Yeovil Town point of view there are four clear scenarios. AFC Wimbledon are playing at Kingsmeadow, home of Kingstonian FC, and so whilst that will be a very familiar venue from our non-league days, the chances are you've never done it for a Wombles match. There's also the point that this will be our first game against a relaunched Wimbledon outfit, who were formed out of the disgraceful situation that gave birth to the franchised Milton Keynes Dons. The original Wimbledon club were big Southern League rivals of the Glovers between 1965 and 1977 until they were voted into the Football League, although back then it was their Plough Lane ground that was in use.

In north London, Barnet were regular Conference rivals of the Glovers, where we used to visit their Underhill ground, but they have since moved out to the Hive Stadium, which is situated partway between Edgware and Harrow, and so can be found in more of a North-West direction than their old ground was. Although we did meet Barnet in an FA Cup fixture, the last time we crossed swords in the League was in our 2002-03 Conference winning season.

Up high on the Lancashire coastline, Morecambe are another club that fall into that category. We played them regularly between 1998 and 2003 as a Conference club, but left them behind when we moved into the Football League. At that time they occupied Christie Park, but they've moved ground and now occupy the Globe Arena. This ground bucks the trend of most modern stadium developments - it's actually slightly close to the town centre than the old one was, but won't involve a radical shift in your travel plans if you've been there before.

As for our fourth new ground, we've sort of played Newport County in a competitive match before. The South Wales side are actually a reformed club, having gone into liquidation during the 1988-89 season. At that time, we were playing the old Newport club at their Somerton Park ground, just after they'd been relegated out of the Football League. They were in a complete financial mess, and although we did see the Glovers play at their old ground in September 1988, that result didn't actually stand by the time the season ended - the club folded in February 1989 after the gates were locked at the ground due to their debts, and the club were expelled from the Conference, with their results being expunged and therefore meaning from a Conference records point of view that game doesn't exist. They now play at Rodney Parade, home of Newport Rugby Football Club, which is right in the middle of the city centre.

If you're really rigid about your membership of the '92 club' then you'll need to also pencil in a visit to Accrington Stanley again. We played them in the 2014-15 FA Cup at the Crown Ground, but that and the subsequent Second Round Replay were the only two occasions we'd played the Lancashire side. So this will be our first League meeting between the two clubs.

Once you get past that list, the remainder of the clubs that we will face during the 2015-16 season fall into familiar ground - clubs that we have played at Football League level at their current stadiums. However, there are a number that we have not played for many seasons in the same division, with York City (2003-04), Oxford United (2004-05), Cambridge United (2004-05), Mansfield Town (2004-05), Luton Town (2007-08) and Northampton Town (2008-09) all falling into the last decade.

Of the other clubs, they have all played a much more recent role in our recent fixture lists, with Bristol Rovers, Dagenham and Redbridge, Plymouth Argyle (2010-11), Exeter City, Wycombe Wanderers (2011-12), Carlisle United, Hartlepool United, Portsmouth, Stevenage (2012-13) all having last played Yeovil during the current decade, whilst Crawley Town, Leyton Orient and Notts County came down with us at the end of last season.

Having gone through all three Football League divisions over the last three seasons, by the end of the 2015-16 campaign the club will have played almost every present member of the League inside three seasons. The clubs that we have missed who form part of the 2015-16 Football League roster are Hull City, Cardiff City, Fulham (who have dropped down from the Premier League), Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rotherham United (who we passed going in the other direction between the Championship and League One) and Burton Albion and Southend United (who have just been promoted from League Two). Of those, it's only Cardiff, Fulham, Wolves and Burton Albion that we won't have played in a Football League match by the end of the coming season.

The 2015-16 Football League fixtures should be on the internet in a variety of locations from just after 9.00a.m. As usual we'll bring highlights and details of where and when we're going as soon as they're published.


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16 June 2015 : 2015-16 Football League Final Weekend Scheduling
The Football League have clarified the kick-off times for the final weekend of the 2015-16 season throughout the three divisions. As with last season, the 46th set of fixtures will be staggered across the weekend, to allow Sky Sports the chance to cherry-pick at least one match from the Championship and League One at short notice.

League Two clubs will remain unaffected by this, meaning that Yeovil Town's final day fixtures will kick off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday 7th May 2016. In the Championship matches will kick-off at 12.30p.m. on the same day. For those clubs in League One, the final fixtures will take place on Sunday 8th May, with a 12.30p.m. kick-off.

Tomorrow morning sees the full set of 2015-16 Football League fixtures released, with them expected to be online at 9.00a.m. For the outline set of key dates for next season, follow the link below.

Link: 2015-16 Football League And Cup Key Fixture Dates.


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16 June 2015 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's three home pre-season friendlies are now available. The matches against AFC Bournemouth, Bristol City and a Swansea City Under-21s side take place towards the end of the pre-season schedule, and will see prices pegged at the following levels:

AFC Bournemouth : Tuesday 28th July, 7.45p.m.

Adults: £15.00; Over-65s: £10.00; Aged 16-21: £10.00; Under-16s: £2.00.

Bristol City : Thursday 30th July, 7.45p.m.

Adults: £15.00; Over-65s: £10.00; Aged 16-21: £10.00; Under-16s: £2.00.

Swansea City Under-21s : Tuesday 4th August, 7.45p.m.

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s: £5.00; Aged 16-21: £5.00; Under-16s: £2.00.

Tickets for all three games can be purchased now from the Huish Park Ticket Office, in person, or by calling them on 01935-847888.


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16 June 2015 : 2015-16 League Cup Prize Fund And Broadcast Fees
With the First Round draw having been made for the 2015-16 League Cup, it's worth noting the competition prize money that is available to competing clubs. Whilst far less lucrative than the FA Cup prize fund and broadcast revenue, clubs continue to be rewarded for their progress through the competition, and for any live matches that are selected.

For those that are the winning clubs in each round, the following prize money is available:

Round 1: £5,000; Round 2: £7,000; Round 3: £10,000; Round 4: £15,000; Semi-Final: £25,000; Losing Finalists: £50,000; Winners: £100,000

For each match, both clubs take a 45 percent cut of the net gate receipts, with the Football League putting the remaining 10 percent into the competition pool. The net gate receipts are calculated after stewarding, policing, refereeing, floodlighting and away team travel costs are deducted from the ticket sales.

For any matches that are televised during rounds prior to the semi-finals, the broadcast fee payable to each club is £75,000. For the semi-finals, clubs receive £250,000, whilst the final nets £1,000,000. Ties must actually take place for the broadcast fees to be payable - a postponement means that the club doesn't receive the fee, unless Sky Sports are willing to cover the rearranged fixture.

In terms of the 2014-15 season, Sky Sports chose two live fixtures at the First Round stage, and these were broadcast on the Monday and Wednesday, with the choice of the fixtures revealed around three days after the draw.


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16 June 2015 : League Cup First Round : Full Draw Details
Full draw details for the 2015-16 League Cup First Round are now available. The set of ties has seen Yeovil Town drawn against Queens Park Rangers at the first round stage, with the match due to be played at Huish Park.

Today's draw pitched a set of seeded clubs against non-seeded clubs, with a north/south split also separating clubs further. The full draw reads as follows:

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

All ties are due to be played during the week commencing August 10th, with the majority of matches expected to take place on Tuesday 11th August.


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16 June 2015 : League Cup First Round : Glovers Given Home Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn at home/away in the First Round of the 2015-16 League Cup. The Glovers will come up against Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park, in a match that will be played during the week commencing August 10th, with Tuesday 11th August the date which most Football League clubs will choose for the fixture.

Full draw details will follow on this site in due course. Confirmation of the fixture date, along with any ticketing information, will follow in due course.


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15 June 2015 : League To Ban Players Where Clubs Default On Transfer Fees
Additional information coming out of the Football League AGM from individual clubs indicates that the League will now be able to crack down harder on clubs that are late in making transfer fee payments. At present the League only have limited rights to intervene in cases where a player is transferred to another club, but where the buying club fails to keep up with their staged payments agreed at the time of the transfer. Existing rules allow the League to place a club under a transfer embargo, but that only stops future transfers taking place, rather than dealing with the fact that a club has bought a player that they cannot afford.

In the past few years, rows have broken out between clubs, with Peterborough United Chairman Darragh McAnthony blasting Nottingham Forest in February 2015 for falling behind on staged payments relating to striker Britt Assombalonga - a situation that in turn prevented Posh from being able to add to their squad at the tail end of the January transfer window due to the unreceived income. At the time Forest were placed under a transfer embargo, but Carlisle United Chairman Andrew Jenkins has said that rule changes at the 2015 Football League AGM mean that the League can block the player concerned from being able to play for his new club, as well as the transfer embargo, thus meaning that the buying club cannot benefit from the player until they put their house in order:

"If a player has not been paid for by a club, as per transfer agreements, then he would not be permitted to play in games for his new club. In addition, any clubs late in making payments within transfer agreements, for a period of 30 days or more during a season, will not be permitted to transfer players for a fee of any type, other than those which involve a sell-on fee. This should ensure that clubs who let their players go will receive the payments they are due as and when they hit the targets agreed in the transfer documentation."

Mr Jenkins has also said that they are definitely expecting the 2015-16 season to be the last year that Football League clubs can make use of the short-term loan system, which includes Emergency Loans and Youth Loans. Back in December 2011, FIFA indicated that they regarded these two methods as an abuse of the transfer window system, but petitioning from the Football League has twice seen a reprieve on this, with the latest coming in March 2015, which allowed special dispensation for the 2015-16 campaign. However, Jenkins is expecting this to be the last time that reprieve is authorised:

"We received confirmation of a regulation which will affect lower league clubs with regard to our use of short-term loan deals. There were 355 such transactions in the Football League last season but, as from the 2016-17 season, this type of loan will not be permitted unless changes at the top level in FIFA bring about a change in attitude. In the mean time we will all plan towards operating without this type of loan system being in place."

The Football League AGM also brought up the issue of the abandonment of the Blackpool vs Huddersfield Town match on the final day of the 2014-15 season. The League's executive decision was to allow the abandoned scoreline of 0-0 to stand as the final result, but that might have been more contentious had either team or their rivals had promotion or relegation issues hinging on the outcome of that game. With Tangerines supporters on the pitch, protesting against their club's ownership, the game never reached a conclusion. Strictly speaking within Football League rules, the game should have been restaged, but the League choose to let sleeping dogs lie.

Surprisingly, it seems the League hadn't considered too much the possibility of such a situation developing in a key final day fixture. They have now decided to allocate a short period of time between the official end of season weekend, and the play-offs to ensure they have room to rearrange a fixture if the end result matters significantly:

"In view of the Blackpool game being abandoned, it was decided that a period of four days should be available, after the completion of the last game of the season, to fulfill any fixture the Football League board say needs to be completed or replayed, particularly those which affect promotion or relegation issues. It was also agreed that any players registered via loan or short-term loan agreements would be available to play in the rearranged game. This should help to avoid a situation where a game could effectively be written off as abandoned or not completed, with points not being allocated."


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14 June 2015 : Jamie Sherwood Talks About Wiltshire Return
On Friday night, Yeovil Town Ladies announced that they had brought Sarah Wiltshire back to the club, after her six month spell with Manchester City Ladies. Following that signing, first team manager Jamie Sherwood spoke to the BBC about the move. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Simon Parkin, Jamie's thoughts on that and the season as it stands at the half-way point can be read via the link below.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Talks To The BBC About The Re-Signing Of Sarah Wiltshire.


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13 June 2015 : Lacey Linked With Glovers Move
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for a transfer listed Luton Town defender. Alex Lacey, who is a 6 foot 2 inches tall centre-back is a product of their youth system, who has also had loan experience with four non-league sides during the early period of his career development.

Born in Milton Keynes on May 31st 1993, the 22 year old moved his way through the Hatters' youth ranks, and was given a scholarship in 2007. His first professional contract came in the summer of 2010, whilst Luton were still a Conference club, making his debut for them in December 2010.

Then came a series of loan spells that gave him first team experience whilst still a teenager, with one Southern League club taking him on loan, followed by three Conference South outfits. Cambridge City (14 appearances), Thurrock (3 appearances), Eastbourne Borough (14 appearances, two goals), and Eastleigh (20 appearances, one goal) all gave him game time whilst he stayed on the fringes of Luton's first team.

His breakthrough year came in 2013-14, when Luton gave him 22 appearances at Conference Premier level, with him scoring one goal as they gained promotion back to the Football League. At that stage he was given a two year contract with the club, which seemed to be a strong move for the Hatters given that he was reportedly receiving plenty of attention from other Football League clubs. During the season just gone though, many of his 20 first team appearances have come from the substitutes bench, and they made the decision to transfer list him last month.

Numerous sources, including the Luton on Sunday paper, and a Sky Sports journalist have reported that Yeovil Town are looking to sign him, although there are no sources or quotes to back up their claims.


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13 June 2015 : Yeovil Town's Complete Southern League Playing Record Online
The Yeovil Town first team statistics archives have been extended on this site and now go back to the summer of 1922. Every first team result we've been able to get our hands on (inevitably the archive is an evolving thing as further information comes to light) is now recorded from the start of the 1922-23 season right up until the present day.

The key milestone in reaching this date is that it is the point at which the club joined the Southern League, having previously played in the Western League, and so covers the Glovers' complete Southern League playing record - a total of 93 years worth of results, leading from 1922 up until the more recent days in the Conference, Isthmian League and now the Football League in 2015. League Tables have been taken back as far as the 1936-37 season, but will be taken back as far as that milestone as well in the next few weeks.

The additional seasons have been added into the Statistics Section of the site. They will also be added into the relevant pages in the site History Section in due course. The results also appear automatically in the Opposition Section of the site which covers our past meetings with individual clubs.

Either visit the relevant sections, or head to the specific pages listed below for the seasons (all from the 1920s) that have been added to the archives this summer.

Season 1922-23: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1923-24: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1924-25: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1925-26: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1926-27: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1927-28: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1928-29: First Team Results First Team Scorers.


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12 June 2015 : Ladies Take Wiltshire Into Somerset Via Manchester
Sarah Wiltshire has rejoined Yeovil Town Ladies from Manchester City. The Lady Glovers top goalscorer from the 2014 WSL season has rejoined the Glovers six months after her move at the start of the year that saw her sign for FA WSL1 side Manchester City Women. Wiltshire, who became a fans favorite at The Jones Stadium, heads back to the club which saw her net 10 goals in 11 games last season, including a hat-trick against Oxford United in August, when she was literally unstoppable.

Also a Welsh international with over 30 caps for her country, Wiltshire will bring an even more attacking threat to the Yeovil side, who have already scored 21 goals in 9 games with the team now sitting third in WSL2 in their mid-season break. Manager Jamie Sherwood is positive that Wiltshire can have a similar impact to that of last season and said:

"I have worked with Sarah at two separate clubs and both times she has proved a very potent threat to the opposition and has scored goals and I have no doubt she will be able to repeat that back at Yeovil. She has been playing and training with one of the best clubs in the country and with some of WSL's brightest talents day in day out so I believe Sarah will be a better player technically, tactically and physically. This is a good signing and yet another sign that we are driving ourselves on to achieve our targets set out by us in January 2015."

Wiltshire, who will wear the number 7 shirt, will now be available for selection for Yeovil's next game on 12th July when former WSL1 team Everton Ladies travel south, and speaking about her move back to Yeovil Wiltshire said:

"I am looking forward to being back at Yeovil again, they are a club with a lot of ambition and I enjoyed my time there last year. Hopefully I can help them build on the good start to the first half of season that they have had. Jamie knows how to get the best out of players and has put a strong squad together who are competing at the top of the table. He is a good coach so it will be good to be back working with him."

Steve Allinson, Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman also commented by saying:

"It is very exciting news that Sarah is returning to us for the second half of the season and I believe it shows our ambition and commitment continually to seek to improve our standards and develop as a club."

Sarah Wiltshire, celebrating a goal with Ellie Curson
Sarah Wiltshire, celebrating a goal with Ellie Curson



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12 June 2015 : Football League Solidarity And Parachute Payments Restructured
Changes to the way that the Premier League distribute Solidarity Payments and Parachute Payments down to Football League clubs have been agreed. The payments. The changes will come into effect for the 2016-17 season to coincide with a new Premier League TV rights deal that is worth £5.3 billion domestically, with overseas rights payments still being negotiated.

The major change to the rules for distribution is that the payments will be automatically indexed and derived from the share of the broadcast revenue that is paid to each Premier League club per season. Previously the Premier League and Football League have had to meet and agree such arrangements on a case-by-case basis, but this will now allow new Premier League broadcast agreements to be set up, with the revenue automatically drip-feeding down on a pre-calculated basis.

Solidarity Payments are a system set up with the aim of encouraging the distribution of funding within the game down the food chain, with the aim of ensuring that the strength of the Premier League system does not end up wiping out clubs further down the pyramid. Each Football League club receives a payment as part of its membership of the League, which is paid out as a central fund that includes Football League sponsorship deals, and its own broadcast rights agreements.

On top of that, there is the much talked about Parachute Payments system, which allows clubs recently relegated from the Premier League to be financially protected from the large revenue losses incurred when they drop out of top flight football, yet still have contractual obligations towards player wages. In practice they are criticised for encouraging a 'closed shop' system, where a recently relegated Premier League club is given a financial advantage over other Championship clubs that can often facilitate a quick return back to the top flight.

The Parachute Payments system is also being indexed against the Premier League broadcast revenues. On top of that, the length of time that relegated clubs will receive payments is being reduced from four years, down to three years. Clubs that are only in the Premier League for one year will only receive the first two year's worth of payments on the basis that they should have fewer contractual liabilities to resolve than a club that has been in the top flight for a significant amount of time.

Currently, a club relegated from the Premier League receives a total of £64 million split over four years Ė £24 million in the first year, then £19.3 million, then £9.6 million for each of the next two years. Under the new model, from 2016-17 clubs will receive the following, based on the Premier League broadcast revenue share per club:

Year 1: 55% of the equal share of broadcast revenue paid to Premier League clubs
Year 2: 45% of the equal share of broadcast revenue paid to Premier League clubs
Year 3: 20% of the equal share of broadcast revenue paid to Premier League clubs (not payable to clubs that are only in the top flight for one season)

The expectation is that this calculation will be a significant total uplift on the current £64 million pot, given that the new TV rights deal is 65 percent higher, even without the overseas broadcasting rights factored in.

As for the Solidarity payments, they too will be indexed against the broadcast revenue, and will be paid out against the following calculations:

Championship clubs will each receive 30% of the value of a Year 3 Parachute Payment
League One clubs will each receive 4.5% of the value of a Year 3 Parachute Payment
League Two clubs will each receive 3% of the value of a Year 3 Parachute Payment

The Football League have produced their own projections based on this financial model, and compared the above rule with what they receive now for each member club. The current Solidarity Payments model gives the following as a fixed sum:

FL Championship clubs: £2.3million/season
FL League One clubs: £360,000/season
FL League Two clubs: £240,000/season

They have used the Premier League's calculation method above against current data and believe that if the new Solidarity Payments model was in place today, then clubs would be receiving the following sums, showing an uplift against the existing payments model:

FL Championship clubs: £3million/season
FL League One clubs: £450,000/season
FL League Two clubs: £300,000/season

Actual payments will be known in a year's time when the new Premier League broadcast revenues are known. However, they are expected to increase on the values above.


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11 June 2015 : Grant Given Bantams Link
The Yorkshire press are linking outgoing Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant with a move to League One side Bradford City. He is currently out in Chile as part of Jamaica's Copa America squad, with the tournament due to start today, and run until early July, meaning that if the Bantams do want him, then they're going to have to wait a bit.

Joel was one of twelve players released at the end of last season upon the club's relegation into League Two, and so will be available as a free agent to any club that offers his services. The Bradford Telegraph and Argus are currently speculating that their city's main side are in the market for a winger, listing former Millwall player Martyn Woolford along with Joel Grant as two players that they believe Phil Parkinson is chasing. They also mention former Bristol City winger Jay Emmanuel-Thomas but believe he is not on their club's radar, as he is heading upwards in the pyramid, with Queens Park Rangers linked with signing him.

Link: Joel Grant : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 June 2015 : Pilgrims Opt For Adams Appointment
League Two side Plymouth Argyle have appointed their new manager, as a successor to John Sheridan, who stepped down at the end of last season. They have opted for former Ross County boss Derek Adams. The Pilgrims had been connected in the West Country media with two former Yeovil Town assistant managers - Brian McDermott and Nathan Jones - but have instead opted to appoint the 39 year old former striker, who has brought considerable success in Scotland to the Staggies in recent years.

Adams managed Ross County across two spells, taking the job initially at the age of just 32, and managed to give them the Scottish Second Division title in 2007-08, before his second spell saw him take them into top flight football for the first time in their history during 2011-12, winning the title by a mere 24 points! On top of that, he took them to the Scottish FA Cup Final for the first time, as well as two Scottish Challenge Cup Finals. His best league season saw Ross County finish in fifth place in the Scottish Premiership during 2012-13. He was the Scottish PFA's Manager of the Season for 2011-12.

Plymouth have a habit of appointing managers from Scotland and getting good results out of them - a certain Paul Sturrock is evidence of that - and this is their 12th manager that they've taken from that art of the world. Apart from a single season playing for Burnley, he has spent the rest of his playing and management career in Scotland. His other management experience came as part of an Assistant Manager spell at Hibernian that was sandwiched between his two Ross County spells.


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10 June 2015 : Ipswich Centre-Back Linked With Glovers Move
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for former Ipswich Town defender Omar Sowunmi. Standing at 6ft 7ins tall, he is a central defender who came through their academy ranks, and was given a one year professional contract at Portman Road for the 2014-15 season, having moved through their Under-18 and Under-21 ranks. He had yet to make any first team appearances.

Born on November 7th 1995, and therefore 19 years old, the Essex based player enjoyed a one month youth loan with Conference National side Braintree Town during last season, where he made four appearances during October and November 2014. He then moved on to play for Lowestoft Town in January 2015, again as a loan agreement, and scored two goals in 17 appearances that took him through until the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

The Conference North side were keen to turn that arrangement into a permanent deal, with Ipswich having indicated their plans to release him at the end of the season just gone. However, even then the Suffolk club admitted that he had been receiving interest from Football League clubs, with League Two side Exeter City taking him on trial. The Glovers also showed interest in him during May, including him in the end of season trial matches where he played in the first trial match as a centre-back for the away team. Lowestoft believe that Yeovil Town have now won the rights to his signature, saying:

"He played a big part in the clubs performance last season in retaining their place at Conference level. It was therefore no surprise that on the back of his success with us last season a number of higher level clubs offered trials to Sowunmi and as a result he has earned a contract with League Two side Yeovil Town. The club would like to thank Sowunmi for his time at the club and we wish him all the best in a much deserved and exciting move in his career."


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10 June 2015 : Sturrock : There Is So Much Work Going On Behind The Scenes
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that there is plenty of work going on behind the scenes at Huish Park, even if he still cannot name names at this stage of the summer. The Glovers boss made clear late last month that he had a good half dozen players lined up - in principle - to sign deals on July 1st when those players are free to sign as free agents, and that number is understood to have grown during the two weeks that have passed.

For now, those names will stay under wraps, meaning that the club remain with just nine players left on their books, with three of those having been told they have no future at the club. That may create disquiet amongst fans as to whether the club will have an adequate squad to field during the club's pre-season friendlies, but Sturrock has told the club's website that there is plenty of activity going on and therefore there is no cause for alarm:

"I can assure the fans that there is so much work going on behind the scenes. We are meeting players and their representatives daily and we are trying to structure a competitive squad of players to be a force in League Two next season. We have done our homework already by watching development games at the end of last season and we have a list of players that we feel will benefit the team that we would like to bring to the club."

Sturrock repeated a point that he had made last month that often deals could not be finalised due to the unavailability of certain players or their agents. But he said that once those parties returned from their holidays, that the situation would resolve itself. He was also hopeful that the contract offers concerning Kevin Dawson and Sam Foley - who were the only out of contract players at the club given new deals - would be resolved by the end of this week:

"We are trying to get the squad together as quickly as possible. This isnít easy at the moment with players and representatives away on holiday. I will hopefully have news for fans on both Kevin Dawson and Sam Foley towards the end of the week."


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10 June 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Analysing The League One Domino Effect
One month ago, Yeovil Town lost their League One status, and so will commence the 2015-16 season in fourth tier football for the first time in ten years. There has been much debate over how we ended up where we did - the latest Taff's Gloversblog attempts to run through the major events of the 2014-15 season, and answer the big question of 'where did it all go wrong?' - the answer is 'in quite a few places'! Read on via the link below and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Analysing The League One Domino Effect.


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9 June 2015 : Skiverton And Way Agree New Deals At Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town's coaching assistants Terry Skiverton and Darren Way have finally agreed their new contracts at Huish Park. The pair have been working informally under new boss Paul Sturrock over the past couple of months against the deals they signed two years ago, which were continuing on a rolling basis.

They have now signed deals of unspecified length, with both taking on slightly different roles under the new management structure. According to Sturrock himself, Skiverton will be told to "concentrate on the defensive aspect of the football team" whilst Way's role will be to "work with individual players and improving aspects of each playerís game." Thus in more general terms, Skiverton can be seen as the club's Defensive Coach, whilst Way continues to act as the club's Technical Coach.


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9 June 2015 : League Cup First Round Draw Seeded Teams
The Football League have published the list of seeded teams that will be used as part of the League One First Round draw. The draw will be announced on Tuesday 16th June, at 10.00a.m. and will divulge the first known competitive fixture of the 2015-16 season, with all matches due to be played during the midweek period around Tuesday 11th August.

Yeovil Town will be one of the unseeded teams. The Football League have confirmed that there will be a regional North/South split for the draw but have yet to decide exactly what the geographic cut-off point will be. The list of clubs that the Glovers can face are therefore the Southern-based set of clubs within the following list:

Seeded Teams: Barnsley, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bristol City, Burnley, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Chesterfield, Derby County, Fleetwood Town, Fulham, Gillingham, Huddersfield Town, Hull City, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Milton Keynes Dons, Nottingham Forest, Peterborough United, Preston North End, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Rochdale, Rotherham United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town, Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The list of unseeded teams, who Yeovil Town cannot draw, but will be pulled out during the First Round draw, are as follows:

Unseeded Teams: Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Barnet, Bristol Rovers, Burton Albion, Bury, Cambridge United, Carlisle United, Colchester United, Coventry City, Crawley Town, Crewe Alexandra, Dagenham and Redbridge, Doncaster Rovers, Exeter City, Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Mansfield Town, Morecambe, Newport County, Northampton Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic, Oxford United, Plymouth Argyle, Port Vale, Portsmouth, Scunthorpe United, Shrewsbury Town, Southend United, Stevenage, Walsall, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town, York City.

Update: Article updated to clarify that the North/South regionalisation for the First Round will continue, but the Football League have yet to decide which clubs will sit in which part of the draw. Yeovil Town will be in the Southern section, but clubs around the Midlands could drop into either section.


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9 June 2015 : Gulls Trip Arranged For Pre-Season
Yeovil Town have now lined up their sixth pre-season friendly for the 2015-16 campaign. They will travel to play Conference National side Torquay United on Wednesday 22nd July, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off at their Plainmoor ground.

The Gulls are about to start their second season in non-league football, having been relegated at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, and are also going through the process of securing new ownership at the club. This is the third season in a row that we've been given a pre-season fixture at Plainmoor, with last year's seeing a 2-2 draw down in Devon, with AJ Leitch-Smith and French trialist Kamel Chergui being our two scorers.

The full list of pre-season fixtures arranged so far are as follows:

Fri 17/07/2015 : Truro City (away, 7.45p.m.)
Sun 19/07/2015 : Callington Town (away, 3.00p.m.)
Wed 22/07/2015 : Torquay United (away, 7.30p.m.)
Tue 28/07/2015 : AFC Bournemouth (home, 7.45p.m.)
Thu 30/07/2015 : Bristol City (home, 7.45p.m.)
Tue 04/08/2015 : Swansea City Under-21s (home, 7.45p.m.)


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9 June 2015 : Clohessy Signs Orient Deal
League Two rivals Leyton Orient have confirmed the signing of former Colchester United right-back Sean Clohessy. The 28 year old, who had worked under Glovers boss Paul Sturrock whilst at Southend United, has signed a two year contract at Brisbane Road, shortly after his contract with Colchester was terminated by mutual consent, leaving him as a free agent.

Clohessy had been linked with a move to Huish Park by the local media, who had expected him to be one of a number of players featured in a trialist day at the end of last season. The former Arsenal trainee wasn't amongst those numbers, but Sturrock did say in an interview around that time that he was a player that he held an interest in, but stopped short of confirming that the club had been in talks:

"Sean (Clohessy) is out of contract. He is one that I would definitely interest me. But football is like that at this minute in time, where there are lots of suitors for all these types of players. At this moment in time, Sean is one player that I would like to be involved in negotiations with, but there are several many others that catch the eye."

As the Glovers boss suggests, Clohessy did have interest from other clubs, and given he is likely to be based in Essex following his time with Colchester and Southend, a move to Leyton Orient was clearly going to be attractive for him. This is one rumour that can be now killed stone dead.


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9 June 2015 : Fifth Pre-Season Friendly Sees Swansea Lined Up
Yeovil Town have arranged a further pre-season friendly, with Swansea City the visitors in early August. The Premier League side will bring their Under-21s team - which may feature the likes of Liam Shephard, Stephen Kingsley and Josh Sheehan who were on loan at the club last season - to Huish Park on Tuesday 4th August, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The current pre-season schedule reads as follows:

Fri 17/07/2015 : Truro City (away, 7.45p.m.)
Sun 19/07/2015 : Callington Town (away, kick-off TBA)
Tue 28/07/2015 : AFC Bournemouth (home, 7.45p.m.)
Thu 30/07/2015 : Bristol City (home, 7.45p.m.)
Tue 04/08/2015 : Swansea City Under-21s (home, 7.45p.m.)


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8 June 2015 : Jones Linked With Pilgrims Vacancy
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones is being linked with the vacant manager's job at League Two side Plymouth Argyle. Having only just been in the news over the weekend for his work with the England Under-21s squad, the Brighton Argus and the Plymouth Herald have both claimed that he was one of six potential people to be interviewed over the weekend for the position vacated by John Sheridan at the end of last season.

Jones is under contract at Brighton and Hove Albion as a first team coach, but there is an obvious link with Pilgrims Chief Executive being Martyn Starnes, who was Yeovil's CEO whilst Jones was on the coaching staff at Huish Park. There are no names or quotes backing up their reports, although Argyle are reported to be interviewing potential candidates for the vacancy.

So far, the Devon press have tended to unveil a new man in connection with the job on each day that has followed Sheridan's passing, with them having headlined with former Portsmouth manager Andy Awford, former Millwall boss Steve Lomas and former Leeds United and Reading boss Brian McDermott - who had a playing career and a short assistant manager spell with the Glovers. They've also linked Southend United first team coach - and former Argyle player - Graham Coughlan with the job, as well as former Ross County manager Derek Adams.


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8 June 2015 : Championship Profits Lead To Losses
An annual report produced by professional services giant Deloitte shows a double-edged sword for clubs at top of the Football League. Their Annual Review of Football Finance, which was published earlier this month, based on data from the 2013-14 season, shows that Championship clubs are racking up unsustainable amounts of debt - but also shows that those who buck that trend by posting financial profits are in turn setting themselves up for relegation by losses on the field of play.

The 2013-14 campaign is of particular interest to Yeovil Town, as this was the club's only season so far at Championship level. The Glovers were relegated at the end of that year, but ultimately issued financial accounts detailing a record profit of £1.4 million pounds, as they benefited from the increased central revenues for being a second tier club that saw them gain an additional £3.2 million compared to what they had been used to at League One level.

The Deloitte's report indicates that only three Championship clubs managed to record an operating profit during the 2013-14 season. However, they also note that all three of those clubs - Blackpool, Wigan Athletic and Yeovil Town - have all since suffered relegation, and that those at the other end of the scale who are spending heavily are gaining in the short term at least, although Deloitte's warn of the long-term timebomb that this pattern might produce.

The main measure of overspending is recognised in terms of the wages-to-revenue ratio, demonstrating how much money clubs were paying out on wages, compared to the money that they had coming into the club. Queens Park Rangers were the worst offenders, spending wages at a ratio of 195 percent but were able to achieve promotion to the Premier League at the end of that season. AFC Bournemouth were the next in line, with spending on wages standing at 169 percent of their income, but they too gained promotion a year later. Next up were Nottingham Forest, whose spending on wages was at 165 percent of their revenue. Almost half of the 2013-14 Championship clubs spent over 100 percent of their income on wages, and only three clubs spent under 70 percent, with Yeovil Town one of those. The average wages-to-revenue ratio across the division was 105 percent.

Overall, wages across the Championship division were £518 million - a rise of £56 million from the previous season. That gives an average wage budget of £21.6 million per club during 2013-14. That figure should be compared with Yeovil Town's own playing budget - believed to be around a tenth of that, at just over £2 million for that campaign, demonstrating the financial gulf between the Glovers and the other clubs they came up against that season.

In terms of the eventual end of year accounts for 2013-14, Championship clubs incurred a total operating loss of £222 million and a pre-tax loss of £247 million, once all 24 clubs financial positions were summed up for that season. Each club's overall financial position also reflected huge legacy debts, with Bolton Wanderers (£195m), QPR (£180m), Brighton (£127m), Ipswich (£91m), Blackburn (£80m), Middlesbrough (£76m), Reading (£66m) and Nottingham Forest (£46m) identified as the clubs with the largest amounts of money owed to creditors.

Overall, the 24 Championship clubs owe a grand total of £1.1 billion to their creditors. Of these debts, £833 million are attributed to club owners, and thus are recognised as debts that those clubs have relative control over. The broad message is that any football club that does not have a wealthy benefactor willing to invest money in a Championship side isn't going to find his club lasting very long at that level.

Given that all bar one of the Premier League's clubs showed an operating profit for the same period, the figures show that the Football League's Championship clubs are very much 'chasing the dream' - with promotion to the Premier League recognised as being worth £99 million to any club that might reach the top flight. However, with only three promotion places up for grabs at any given time, clearly some will be left disappointed, and the longer that continues, the more debt that will be racked up by that club.

The Deloitte report recognises this as an issue, and with the stakes gradually being raised higher and higher - the 2013-14 season was the first one to see wages break the £500 million ceiling - they warn that a number of clubs are only being propped up by virtue of Premier League parachute payment agreements:

"The size of the Premier League prize grows ever greater and this year again demonstrates that the desire to reach the league, by those clubs in the Championship, has never been greater. While we saw all bar one of the Premier League clubs achieving operating profits, only three Championship clubs were able to achieve this. With wage costs still exceeding revenues across the division as a whole, only increases in Premier League parachute payments were able to stop the Championship having a truly disastrous financial picture."


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8 June 2015 : Cherries Friendly Confirmed For Pre-Season
Yeovil Town have a fourth pre-season friendly arranged for the 2015-16 campaign. They will face AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday 28th July at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Cherries will visit South Somerset preparing for their first ever season at Premier League level, having been promoted from the Championship as champions of that division.

The other pre-season dates that have been pencilled in so far include:

Fri 17/07/2015 : Truro City (away, 7.45p.m.)
Sun 19/07/2015 : Callington Town (away, kick-off TBA)
Thu 30/07/2015 : Bristol City (home, 7.45p.m.)


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7 June 2015 : An Evening With Ben Smith : Event Poster
A couple of weeks ago, we have advance warning of a chance for football fans to meet with former Yeovil Town midfielder Ben Smith, who has recently published the autobiography of his career. The event takes place on Wednesday 17th June, and fans of all of Ben's clubs, which include Arsenal, Reading, Yeovil Town, Southend United, Hereford United, Shrewsbury Town, Weymouth and Crawley Town - are welcome to join him and the Capital Glovers at the Old Red Lion Theatre pub in Central London.

Below is the publicity poster for the event, whilst you can find full details on the event via last month's news item which is linked below.

Link: An Evening With Ben Smith : Event Information.

An Evening With Ben Smith - Wednesday 17th June - all football fans welcome
An Evening With Ben Smith - Wednesday 17th June - all football fans welcome



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6 June 2015 : Former Glovers Assistant Manager Given A Taste Of England U21 Set-Up
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones has been given a taste of the country's international set-up as part of his work as a first team coach. The former left-back was called up by the England Under-21 set-up to assist with their coaching as part of their preparation for the EUFA Under-21 Championship finals which are being held in the Czech Republic between June 17th and 30th, later this month.

Jones was called up by England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate, to assist with and shadow other England coaches at St George's Park, working with players such as Harry Kane, Saido Berahino, Danny Ings and Jesse Lingard, as they prepare at the FA's Football Centre before flying out to the Czech Republic. Jones won't be part of the formal set-up during the tournament, but will be flying out with a watching brief, as one of the Under-21 squad members is a Brighton and Hove Albion player, where he is a first team coach. He told their website that this was a great experience for him:

""It's a great honour to be asked to be at St George's Park this week and work with the best young players in England. I'm working shadowing the coaches and helping with preparations for the European Championships this summer, and I am grateful to Gareth Southgate and the FA for giving me the opportunity to work at this level. It's a new experience, and for me it has been fantastic working with the under-21s; I hope it is one which will help me develop as a coach, and ultimately that can help benefit the club."

The Welshman completed his coaching badges last summer, gaining his UEFA Pro Licence, giving him the top level European coaching qualification, that is mandatory for those who want to manage in top flight football across Europe. The 42 yer old also gained his first taste of front line management last season, acting as Brighton's Caretaker Mananager for two matches during December 2014, as they switched between Oscar Garcia and current incumbent Chris Hughton at the turn of the year.


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5 June 2015 : Football League Change Insolvency Rules
The Football League have made a number of changes to their Insolvency Policy as part of their 2015 Annual General Meeting that is taking place this weekend. The moves control what happens to clubs when they suffer financial problems, and some of the penalties and procedures that clubs will need to follow. The principle changes are as follows:

1. Clubs that go into Administration (which can relate to any of its group companies) will receive a 12 point deduction, rather than the current 10 point automatic deduction that is written into the rules. There's no mention of any change in the rules concerning the timing of the deduction, so it can probably be assumed that this is unchanged.

2. Administrators must market the club as being available for sale for a minimum period of 21 days. They Administrator must meet with the club's associated Supporters Trust, in order to provide it with the information and opportunity it would need to place a bid for the club, should it wish to do so. Administrators will still be legally bound to select the best financial deal for creditors.

3. The current rule for the purchaser of the club to achieve a Company Voluntary Arrangement is being scrapped, and the Football League's Golden Share of membership will be transferred to the Administrator's preferred bidder provided they satisfy all other existing terms concerning membership of the Football League. Previously clubs were required to take out a CVA, but those who couldn't achieve one were able to get special dispensation from the League to retain their membership - in practice this was a fudge, given the League always awarded the 'special' dispensation.

The League's argument is that changing the second and the third rule will decrease the professional costs associated with Administration, where the Administrator could rack up large six figure fees, the longer any club stayed under Administration, thus taking a huge financial slice from an already debt-ridden club. In addition the removal of the CVA rule in theory will stop the situation where the previous club owner - who may also be the club's main creditor - is able to uniquely control the approval of the CVA. In certain instances this has seen a failed owner buy the club back from himself, junking most of the debts in the process.

4. The purchaser of the club must pay creditors a minimum of 35 pence in the pount over three years (or 25 pence on transfer of share). Clubs that do not achieve this agreement will face a further 15 point deduction at the start of the following season. This should again reduce the junking of debts - clubs that pay back 35 percent of their legacy debts will be penalised less than those who choose not to pay their creditors.

5. The Football Creditors rule remains unchanged with respect to the above. This ensures that debts due to other clubs, players or coaches has to be repaid in full as part of the agreement.

6. Clubs will be required to notify the Football League if an individual acquires more than 10 percent of a shareholding in a football club. The same will apply if an individual acquires shares in another club above the 10 percent threshold, even if that club lies further down the football pyramid or overseas. Clubs are already duty-bound to publish the identities of their major shareholders on their websites.


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5 June 2015 : League Planning To Address Minority Shortfall In Management
The Football League have put forward plans to provide increased employment opportunities for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) managers and coaches within the game. Over a number of years, there has been plenty of debate within the media over why so few BAME people have been able to establish a career in the game, particularly given that there is a far wider representation at playing level.

At the League's 2015 AGM, the League's board have put forward recommendations based on the 'Rooney Rule' - a system that was adopted by the NFL in America to resolve the same problem, and named after Dan Rooney, the Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who is recognised as the man who devised the regulations. He was present at the AGM to explain how the rule worked in the USA, whilst the League have also consulted with other bodies such as The FA, the Premier League, PFA, LMA, anti-racism campaign group Kick it Out and the Sports People's Think Tank.

The League's recommendation is to spend the next 12 months taking the proposals and turning them into formal rules that can be voted on at the League's 2016 AGM, with the plan to introduce them for the 2016-17 season. The set of proposals defined by the League are as follows:

- Introduce mandatory new recruitment practices in Academy football that would make it compulsory for clubs to interview at least one BAME candidate (where an application has been received) for all youth development roles requiring a minimum of a UEFA B coaching licence. The League should also set a target of between 10% and 20% (to be agreed in due course) of these positions being filled by BAME coaches by 2019.

- Adopt a Voluntary Recruitment Code for first-team football under which clubs would commit to interview a BAME candidate (where an application has been received) for any managerial or coaching position except in the specific instance of an individual being recruited from another club on terms agreed between the two parties. It is anticipated this would be piloted by five to 10 clubs during 2016/17 ahead of wider adoption.

- Work with relevant stakeholders to introduce processes aimed at identifying current BAME coaches and players with the potential and aspiration to coach in professional football. This would include the creation of a Ďready-listí of qualified candidates to be used by clubs when recruiting.

- Cooperate with stakeholders to upskill potential candidates and provide suitable networking opportunities with club decision makers.

Football League Chairman Greg Clarke said that it was important that the emphasis was on employment opportunities and on the basis of merit, but believed that there were certain barriers that needed to be broken down:

"It is important that The Football League takes the lead in this area as our 72 clubs will provide the majority of employment opportunities and that football's other stakeholders support our initiative. I am in no doubt, whatsoever, that our clubs make employment decisions for managerial and coaching positions on the basis of merit alone. They do so because they believe the relevant individuals are the right people to take their club forward. However, it is also apparent that this is an industry that places great value on previous experience and personal relationships which can sometimes act as a barrier to those that are less able to get a foot in the door. These proposals are intended to try and address such issues, which seem to disproportionately affect those from a BAME background, while at the same time leaving employment decisions solely in the hands of clubs, as it should always be for them to decide who they wish to employ."

There are currently six BAME managers or coaches employed by the League's 72 clubs - Chris Ramsey at QPR, Chris Powell at Huddersfield, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at Burton, Keith Curle at Carlisle United, Ricardo Moniz at Notts County and Chris Hughton at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Whilst there is no suggestion that football's Chairmen are explicitly racist, there has been widespread claims that managers and coaches are being selected from an 'old boy's network' - a sort of a golf club mentality where the recruitment process relies heavily upon social contacts in the game, rather than a formalised interview process. The suggestion is therefore that Chairmen and owners turn to 'who they know', and as a result are overlooking other suitably qualified coaches. By placing candidates onto an interview list for Academy roles, it is hoped that this will raise the profile of new coaches and get them into the upper reaches of the game.


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4 June 2015 : Wincanton Trip For Academy
Yeovil Town have arranged a pre-season friendly against Wincanton Town for next month. This fixture is quite significant, as it is labelled as a match against a Yeovil Town Academy side, with the expectation that it will be an Under-18s team visiting Moor Lane - the first evidence of youth fixtures for the 2015-16 season, and the club's first match at this level for over two years.

The match against Wincanton will take place on Thursday 23rd July 2015 at the Wincanton Sports Ground, Moor Lane. At present we don't have a kick-off time for this fixture, but it will presumably be an evening kick-off.


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4 June 2015 : Harrop Exit Leaves Door Open For Glovers
Conference National side Torquay United have confirmed that their Head of Youth Geoff Harrop has left the club. They have issued a statement following a number of weeks speculation concerning his future at Plainmoor, including his confirmation that he had been approached by Yeovil Town with a view to him taking up a similar position at head of the club's relaunched academy system.

Torquay don't comment on that issue, but instead indicate it was them that made the decision to part company with Harrop, at the end of his current contract with the Devon club. With their current takeover plans still in limbo, they said that Harrop's departure was due to them not being able to offer him a new deal at this moment in time:

"It is with regret that this decision has had to be made but it was decided that due to financial considerations a new contract was not in the best interests of the Club at this time."

Yeovil Town haven't commented at any stage regarding how much interest they hold in his availability, but given the former Colchester United and Northampton Town coach is now freed of the dilemma of whether to jump ship from Torquay, or whether to stay, it would seem logical that if the Glovers do plan to recruit him that they would step in now.


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4 June 2015 : Adam Morgan Leaves Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan has finally left the club. The former Liverpool academy product, who has had a distinctly stop-start career at Huish Park, has signed for League Two side Accrington Stanley, allowing him the chance to move back to his North-West roots.

Morgan has signed a one year deal with Accrington Stanley, and has therefore cut his time at Huish Park short by a year, having been offered a severance deal by new manager Paul Sturrock to leave the club. He has said that he was glad to make a fresh start, but was reluctant to expand upon his time in South Somerset:

"The managerís given me this opportunity and the chance to play football and thatís all Iíve ever needed. I just want to show people what I can do and this club has given me the chance. I donít want to let myself or the club down. I donít really want to talk about what happened at Yeovil but it wasnít a nice time for me and I just want to start again here. I know that you donít become a bad player overnight and I want to prove that I can still score goals and contribute to the team."

Overall Morgan made 19 appearances for Yeovil Town, scoring one goal - from the penalty spot - with a loan spell with St Johnstone breaking up his time with the Glovers.

Link: Adam Morgan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 June 2015 : No Late Night Drama For Next Transfer Deadline Day
Football's next Transfer Deadline Day will see less burning of the midnight oil, after arrangements were published by the Premier League today. The usual deadline of 11.00p.m. has been abandoned, and on this occasion the summer transfer window will close on 6.00p.m. on Tuesday 1st September.

Two issues have forced this decision. The first is that the final day of August falls on the Bank Holiday Monday, meaning that most offices will be closed on that day. However, UEFA have set the deadline for submitting Champions League squads as being the end of Tuesday 1st September, meaning that any clubs trying to make last minute signings would also need time to rejig their list of registered players once any deals had been confirmed. The Premier League has therefore agreed that the four competing clubs - Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United - should have a clear evening to submit their squads after the window closes.

In theory there is no need for the Football League to align itself to this deadline. However, it would seem very likely that they will follow suit, to ensure a uniform closure to the transfer window. The decision to close the window at 6.00p.m. will leave Sky Sports rather unhappy, given that the window will close at the end of the normal working day, instead of giving them the hype of the evening's final hours, and the inevitable boosted viewing figures.


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4 June 2015 : Glovers To Submit Planning Application For Community Land
Yeovil Town are to put forward plans to develop new land to the west of the ground as part of their wider stadium development plans. The Glovers have shown South Somerset District Council initial plans for community land situated in Thorne Lane that will be developed to include football pitches, a cricket pitch, a pavilion building and general open space.

The goal is not necessarily to provide facilities for the club itself, but is to satisfy the club's need to replace the Public Open Space land that they wish to develop upon at Huish Park - one of the major reasons why their previous planning application, submitted in 2012, ultimately failed. In order to develop their facilities at the ground itself, the club needed to provide alternative land and facilities to satisfy national planning policy relating to public land, as well as Sport England's objections concerning the replacement of sports pitches.

Plans are for a full size football pitch that could be turned into two half-sized five-a-side pitches, with access to the site provided via Thorne Lane. The site is situated to the south of Thorne Lane, as it leads from the Western Avenue junction westbound out towards Thorne Coffin, and is geographically directly north of Lufton College. At present the club do not own the land, but the Western Gazette indicates that there are commercial terms in place to allow the land to be purchased, should planning permission be granted.

At present, the detail of the plans are not visible on the South Somerset District Council website, but are expected to be published soon. The club's planning consultant David Bell has indicated that the plans will be submitted separately to any Retail Park plans - which have now been put back by around a month to around the start of July. The separate planning submissions mean theoretically that the club could execute one ahead of the other, although it would seem likely that SSDC and Sport England would insist on the replacement of the Public Open Space land as part of any Retail Park development.


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3 June 2015 : Gulls Coach Approached Over Glovers Academy Position
Yeovil Town have spoken to the Head of Youth at Conference National side Torquay United about joining their new set-up for the coming season. The Glovers have approached Geoff Harrop, who is a former Colchester United player, who then moved into coaching with the Essex club before also joining Rushden and Diamonds and Northampton Town as a coach. He joined Torquay's backroom staff in the summer of 2010.

As a club, Torquay United are in a state of transition. They were relegated from the Football League at the end of the 2013-14 season, and finished in mid-table in the Conference National league for next season, but their main problems stem from uncertainty over the club's ownership. Previous owner Thea Bristow gave up the club towards the end of the 2014-15 season, leaving their current Board of Directors as nominal owners, but with little finance behind them. In mid-May, a proposed takeover of the club fell through, and whilst a replacement consortium have stepped in to hold talks, the Gulls remain in limboland, and unable to commit to budgets or plans for the 2015-16 season.

The end result is that the future and shape of Torquay's own Academy is currently under threat. With their loss of their Football League status, the central funding for their Academy has been lost, meaning that they need commitment from sponsors or owners to make up the gap. With time marching on that isn't forthcoming and that has led to rumours that Torquay's Academy will close and that staff will lose their jobs. Harrop has told the Torquay Herald Express that is not true - yet - but admits the future is uncertain, and confirms that with the situation unclear he has had personal interest from other clubs, including Yeovil Town:

"I have had people ringing me, including Premier League clubs, asking me to work for them Ė I am probably the most experienced member of the footballing staff here. And it's no secret that Yeovil Town have spoken to me Ė they're restarting their Academy next season. I would like to carry on the work which is just starting to bear fruit here. But my main concern is that we have five full-time staff in the Academy, all with kids and mortgages to pay, and everyone is very worried."

Torquay had only managed to achieve Category 3 status last season - something that requires them to contribute around £100,000 per season as investment into the youth scheme, with the central funding, dripped down from the Premier League, providing £200,000 in return. However, whilst a club relegated from the Football League receives 100 percent of their EPPP central funding during the year after their relegation from the Football League, that drops down to just 50 percent in their second season, and disappears entirely during the following year, meaning that for the 2015-16 season, Torquay have a £100,000 funding gap that they need to fill.

If Torquay's takeover is delayed or fails to go through, inevitably finding that money will be difficult or impossible, but Harrop insists that any talk of him having left Plainmoor or any decisions having been made are premature:

"Too many people have been talking about where I'm supposed to be going, without knowing the facts. We are waiting to see who takes over, but jobs in the Youth Department are under threat. Due to the first team's inability to stay in the Football League, with the lost funding that brings, we are going to pay the price. Of course we're not happy. This is the best that the Youth at Torquay United has been, certainly while I've been here."

With the Glovers planning to relaunch their own Academy system, following its overall closure in the summer of 2013, they have been aiming to recruit a new Head of Youth to help set up their new system. As yet there has been no announcement for that position - the news would suggest that Harrop is one of their targets - a person new manager Paul Sturrock would doubtless have met during his brief consultancy position at Plainmoor in April, just before he took up his own role at Huish Park.


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2 June 2015 : Date Set For 2015-16 League Cup First Round Draw
The Football League have announced initial draw details for the First Round of the League Cup. As is usually the case, the draw for the First Round will take place 24 hours before the main set of Football League fixtures are published. As a result, Yeovil Town's First Round opponents will be known on Tuesday 16th June, at 10.00a.m.

Assuming the competition follows the format established in previous seasons, the First Round will feature teams from the Championship, League One and League Two, with Premier League sides that are not in European competitions coming in during the Second Round stage. The Third Round then sees all remaining clubs joining the competition.

Previous First Round draws have split into Northern and Southern Regions, with clubs given a seeded or non-seeded ranking based on the previous season's league position. Assuming that is maintained, then Yeovil Town will be an unseeded side in the Southern half of the draw, pitching them against a Southern-based club from either the Championship or the top half of League One, based on the 2014-15 positions.

Link: 2015-16 Football League And Cup Fixture Dates.

Link: Football League Looking For New Sponsors For Two Competitions.


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2 June 2015 : Greenock Keeper Declines Further Glovers Trial
One of Yeovil Town's recent trialists has confirmed that he will not be taking up any further interest in him from the Glovers. Greenock Morton goalkeeper Grant Adam was one of those present on the club's trialist day that saw two separate teams play against each other at Huish Park - he was reported as being the goalkeeper for the 'away' side during the first match.

Adam arrived at Huish Park having been on the books of Morton on a short term contract that he signed in January 2015. The brother of Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam, he had been out of contract when he arrived in Somerset and therefore free to talk to other clubs. He told the Greenock Telegraph that he had been invited back for pre-season training at Huish Park in July, but had decided to sign a new deal with Morton, on the basis that this would sort his future out much earlier in the summer, rather than taking his chances with a trial:

"Iíve agreed a new deal with Morton, Iíve just not signed it yet. Hopefully Iíll be doing that sometime this week. I went down to Yeovil to have a look round there. They approached me just after the season had finished and I was supposed to go back down for pre-season in July. But I decided I wanted to stay here. The last couple of years Iíve waited about until the last minute before signing somewhere, so I wanted to get something sorted early this season. If you look at my (career over the) last two years, Iíve moved around a lot of clubs and you need to try and get a bit of stability. Iíve enjoyed it at Morton. Fair enough, I only played a couple of games, but I still wanted to stay here."

Following the trial matches, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock had indicated that he had entered talks with three of the players involved in those matches, but with the implication that he was looking to immediately give them contract offers - Adam's decision therefore may not affect that more committed shortlist.


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1 June 2015 : Settled Squads Reap Rewards Throughout The League
The Football League has published data revealing how many players each side in its division used during the 2014-15 season. The statistics cover those who got onto the field of play during competitive fixtures, and so excludes those such as Calvin Brooks who were named by Yeovil Town on their teamsheet at various points, yet did not step of the substitutes bench at any time.

As reported earlier this month, Yeovil Town got through 40 players during the season, and unsurprisingly that puts the club at the high end of the scale, with only three League One clubs having used more players. Across the three divisions, Blackpool (50) and Tranmere Rovers (48) were the clubs to use the most players, whilst at the other end of the scale, Brentford, Bristol City and Wycombe Wanderers all used 24 players.

That points to a clear correlation between the number of players used by a club, and their eventual league position. Based on the clubs that used the least number of players in the Championship, Brentford (1st), Middlesbrough (4th) and Ipswich Town (joint 6th) were beaten play-off contenders, whilst AFC Bournemouth (2nd), Watford (joint 6th) and Norwich City (joint 6th) were eventually promoted. Meanwhile amongst the clubs that used the most players, you'll find Millwall (20th), Wigan Athletic (21st) and Blackpool (24th) were all relegated.

A similar pattern appears in League One, with the three promoted clubs also proving to be the three clubs that used the least players - and in the same order that they were promoted - Bristol City (24), Milton Keynes Dons (28) and Preston North End (29). Of the four clubs that were relegated, we find that Leyton Orient (16th), Crawley Town (joint 17th), Yeovil Town (joint 20th) and Notts County (joint 23rd) all used a larger than average number of players.

In League Two, the two clubs that used the least number of players were play-off finalists Wycombe Wanderers and Southend United, whilst the two clubs that used the most were Cheltenham Town and Tranmere Rovers. Here the clubs that achieved promotion from the fourth tier did mix'n'match a little bit more than in other divisions, but still Shrewsbury Town (joint 6th), Bury (joint 8th) and Burton Albion (13th) were at the upper end of the scale.

The big question is whether teams that use large numbers of players end up down near the bottom of the table, or whether teams down near the bottom of the table feel compelled into making changes because of where they are. There is possibly a case for both - whilst in Yeovil Town's case the large player turnover was sparked by a poor start to the 2014-15 season and an increasing long-term injury list, the end result was that the influx of players midway through the season didn't alter their position.

It's worth considering though where the teams stood at the halfway stage of the 2014-15 season, where Gillingham, Crewe Alexandra and Colchester United were all in the bottom six, but rose upwards during the second half of the season, with the Gills gaining a comfortable 12th place, whilst Crewe and Colchester clawed their way out of the relegation zone, to sit above the line by the time the season ended.

Although Colchester ended up using the joint-most number of players in League One, Crewe used 32 players (10th place) and Gillingham used 33 players (joint 13th) suggesting that their decision to make fewer changes to their squad benefitted them. Meanwhile Notts County, who used 44 players plunged from 9th place, into the relegation zone. Whatever the individual reasons each club had for their rise and fall, the statistics appear to suggest that bring in large numbers of new players during the season doesn't generally help the cause. A settled squad does appear to be of benefit though.

Link: 2014-15 End Of Season Statistics Round-Up.

Link: 2014-15 Final League One Table.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Goals.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Bookings.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Average Attendance Statistics.


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