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30 June 2016 : First Signing Confirmed As Otis Says Yes We Khan
Yeovil Town have confirmed their first signing for the 2016-17 season. He is former Barnsley and Sheffield United midfielder Otis Khan, who has signed a permanent one year deal from the Tykes, cutting short his stay with the Yorkshire side. This site covered the arrival of Khan earlier today, after it was revealed that he was travelling down to Somerset for a medical. That has now been confirmed as being completed, and he will now be part of the club's squad for the coming season. Boss Darren Way has said of his arrival at Huish Park:

"I am really excited to be able to work with Otis, he has a really good pedigree. He started at Manchester United before joining another big club in Sheffield United. He then joined Barnsley. Now he has the opportunity to join us here at Yeovil Town and I am sure he will be a big asset for this club. He has an unbelievable desire and determination to do well and I am sure he career at Yeovil Town will be successful."

For a full profile on Otis, see the earlier article linked below.

Link: Otis Khan : Yeovil Town Profile.


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30 June 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Trojan Horse EFL Trophy Trial
Although we're about to tick over into the month of July, we're still waiting to find out exactly what the Football League's new Trophy competition will look like in practice. An ultra-brief statement from the EFL has been followed by individual Chairmen and media reports telling us what's going on. With changes to the original plans even being reported yesterday, the latest Taff's Gloversblog sifts through those. Feel free to give your own views on the new competition format, via the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Trojan Horse EFL Trophy Trial.


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30 June 2016 : Berrett Makes Mariners Move
Former Yeovil Town midfielder James Berrett has managed to stay in the Football League, despite being part of the York City squad that were relegated from League Two. He had been given a two year contract at Bootham Crescent last summer, upon his release from Yeovil Town, but he has also ended that deal early on by signing for Grimsby Town, who are heading in the other direction as the Conference Play-Off Final winners.

The 27 year old made 40 appearances for York City, scoring five goals which included the winning goal in York's 1-0 win over the Glovers back in August 2015. He's now signed a two year contract with Grimsby and will be hoping for greater joy for the 2016-17 season, having been part of the Glovers 2014-15 side that were relegated from League One, followed by his 2015-16 relegation from League Two with York.

Link: James Berrett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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30 June 2016 : Khan We Have A New Midfielder?
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Barnsley midfielder Otis Khan. It's not clear whether the former Manchester United and Sheffield United youth product is being lined up on loan or for a permanent transfer - however, reports on social media claim that he is at the club for a medical today, with one of his followers on Twitter (and possibly a family member) wishing him good luck.

Khan was born in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester on September 5th 1995 and started his career as a youth player for Manchester United, before switching across to Sheffield United at the age of sixteen. They gave him a professional contract at Bramall Lane after his two year scholarship, leading to him making two first team appearances, but he never significantly broke through, despite gaining experience with Buxton, Matlock Town and Barrow as part of loan deals.

Sheffield United released him on January 25th 2016, and on that same day Lee Johnson decided to sign him for Barnsley, giving him an 18 month contract. At the time of his transfer to Barnsley he described himself as "an attacking midfielder who likes to create and score goals", whilst Barrow referred to him as a 'winger'. He made three substitute appearances for the League One side shortly after he signed for the club, but with Johnson Jnr heading to Bristol City, those appearances dried up and he last made it onto the pitch on March 5th.

Khan is eligible to play for Pakistan through his grandfather. He was given a call-up to their international squad in January 2015, but was unable to obtain a Visa in time for the fixture. He was due to them take part in their FIFA World Cup qualifying fixtures a few months later, but it would appear that he did not get selected for those matches.

At this present time, there's no firm confirmation of Yeovil's interest in the 20 year old, or what sort of a deal it would be if it goes through. However, the suggestion that he is having a medical today, and the obvious link with Lee Johnson, would at least make him one to closely watch the movement of over the next few days.


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30 June 2016 : Live Commentary Of Oxford United Women vs Yeovil Town Ladies Tonight
Yeovil Town Ladies play their second match on the road in five days on Thursday night, when they travel to play Oxford United Women. In a match that will be staged at Abingdon United FC, the Glovers will face a side in eighth place in the table, who have a slightly deceptive record in the league.

Oxford have conceded the most goals in the division, with 18 going against them in seven fixtures, but on the flip side have not conceded a home goal in 278 minutes, suggesting they are starting to tighten up their defence compared with earlier results. The Glovers go into the match on top of the FAWSL2 table and have the carrot of being potentially able to increase their two point advantage, given that second placed Bristol City Women played on Tuesday night and drew 2-2 against Aston Villa, conceding a last minute goal that stopped them being able to draw level on points with the Glovers.

For those who want to listen into tonight's match, there is live commentary on the game, thanks to BBC Radio Oxford. Tune in via the internet link below, with the commentary expected to commence just prior to the 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Link: BBC Radio Oxford : Oxford United Women vs Yeovil Town Ladies Live Commentary.


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30 June 2016 : Goalkeeper Signs For Ladies As Howard Jets In From USA
Yeovil Town Ladies have signed up former England Colleges National Team goalkeeper Beth Howard on a short term deal. The 21 year old has been added to their Super League squad whilst she is on a summer break from a University Scholarship in America, studying at Ryder University.

Howard is Somerset based and was at Bridgwater College where she studied BTEC Level Three Sport and Exercise Science before heading out to the USA. During that time she played for the Colleges National Team, which included trips to Estonia and Latvia. Howard will act as competition to fellow keepers Charlotte Haynes and Charlotte Johnson, staying in Somerset until the autumn when she will fly back to America for her final year studies.

Manager Jamie Sherwood now has three first team goalkeepers to choose from for the second half of the FAWSL2 season, and he said Howard was already well known to the coaching staff, due to their goalkeeping coach Tony Rich, who had worked with her prior to her Stateside move:

"Its great to have Beth with us, albeit for a short period of time. Beth has grown into a great person and will have a bright future, which is down to the help and guidance she has received from a younger age. Credit must go to her, but credit must also go to her college where she studied, where she really started to excel herself. Much of her development has also come from our own goalkeeping coach Tony Rich, who has worked with Beth for many years to date. Beth will be a valuable part of our squad in the period of time that she is with us and I look forward to working with her."


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29 June 2016 : League Move The Goalposts Further On Trophy B-Team Plans
Exactly what rules will be applied for this coming season's Football League Trophy appear to be gradually mutating as time goes on. The 2016-17 competition, which is now without a sponsor and formally dubbed the EFL Trophy, has seen the League invite sixteen clubs with EPPP Category One academies, but it would now appear that the teams that those clubs will be able to field will not be strictly tied to their academy system, if information obtained by the Press Association is accurate, pointing further towards the proposals effectively being a 'B Team' format, rather than one aimed just at developing academy players.

At the Football League's AGM, the information distributed to club Chairmen appeared to allow Premier League clubs to field an Under-21 side in the EFL Trophy, provided they had a Category One academy system, with the spin being used to imply that this was a way of allowing English academy systems a way of blooding their players in a first team competition.

A letter, reportedly sent by Football League CEO Shaun Harvey to all League One and League Two clubs now proposes that the competition will be open to all Under-23 sides, and that the Premier League clubs will be allowed to field up to three over-age players in outfield positions, as well as an over-age goalkeeper. This therefore means that clubs playing in the competition may come up against a fully-fledged Premier League first team player who might be coming back from injury and thus needs match fitness, rather than a player that has any connection with that club's Academy system. There is nothing in Harvey's letter which implies those four over-age players need to be originally sourced from their youth ranks. The rules for Premier League clubs are being aligned with that of the Premier League Development League, which will have the same eligibility criteria next season.

Invites will be sent to the top sixteen Category One Academy clubs - the report suggests this will include fifteen Premier League sides, and Newcastle United, who were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season. If any clubs decline the invitation, then secondary invites will be sent to the next team based on last season's first team positions, which would currently mean that Norwich City would act as the 17th club.

As with previous seasons, the competition will be divided into Northern and Southern sections right up until the final. However, this season it will be preceded by sixteen groups of four clubs, with one EPPP Category One club pre-drawn into each group. For the group stages, any drawn matches will see a penalty shoot-out take place, with the winning club getting an additional point. This means that if you win your match inside 90 minutes, you'll collect three points, but if the match ends in a draw, then the penalty shoot-out winners will collect two points.

Clubs will be able to select a squad of eighteen players per match, with three substitutes allowed per game. In the knockout stages, all matches will go to penalties after 90 minutes. This is with the possible exception of the Semi-Final and Final stages - at present this allows for Extra Time to be played, but Harvey indicates this will be "reviewed" - it's not clear when and how this will be done. They plan to allow clubs to make a fourth substitution if Extra Time is played in any game.

At present there is no firm information about the competition being released by the Football League. The First Round of the competition was due to be played during the week commencing August 29th, but with there now being three Group games to fit in before the knock-out stages commence, this is obviously now a little up in the air.


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28 June 2016 : Way Looking To Build Relationships With Premier League Clubs
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is trying to build up relationships with a number Premier League clubs ahead of the 2016-17 season, in the hope of attracting some of their young talent to Huish Park. The former midfielder is currently running through preparations for his first full pre-season as manager, and one of the inevitable questions is what players the club are likely to borrow from higher division sides to help bolster their squad.

Last season, the club took players from Swansea City, Everton, AFC Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Coventry City and Luton Town but it is likely to be the larger Premier League clubs who will now be able to provide such loan deals, with loan system changes meaning that Yeovil Town will only be able to take loanees on a half-season or full-season basis in future.

What that is likely to mean is that clubs will be more willing to loan players out to League Two sides, if they have a more consistent long term relationship with them. Way said earlier this month that he wanted to bring back Liam Walsh, Connor Roberts and Harry Cornick, but in reality there is the question of whether their parent clubs may wish to push them into higher division clubs as secondary loans. With that in mind, the Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that the wider goal was to set up a trusted relationship with those and other clubs:

"I'm trying to get a relationship with one or two other clubs that I've spoken to. They've been very impressed with the way that we've dealt with their young players from Swansea, Bournemouth and West Brom. Then you've had Everton added to that and they've all been pleased with how we've dealt with their young players. So I'm pretty positive that we can make sure that we can get good players that are going to make a good impact, and make sure that we progress next year."

The next question is when we are likely to see such loanees turn up on Yeovil's doorstep. Particularly with Euro 2016 and Copa America taking place, several Premier League clubs will be using their Under-21 and Academy players in early pre-season friendlies whilst their international stars get some rest from football. That's likely to mean any loan targets stay put for a few weeks. Way said that he is not putting any fixed dates on when those players may be given the green light to join lower league clubs:

"I don't think that you can put a finger on them (arriving) now. We never have done. I think that you're very lucky now to get a top loan player in from day one. If I was a manager in the Premier League, I would want to see what young talent that they've got in and around the football club. The only way that they can do that is by utilising that in pre-season. So you have to be patient and that's the same for every other football club in League Two and League One."


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27 June 2016 : Club Shop Closed On Thursday
Yeovil Town's main Club Shop will be closed all day on Thursday 30th June. The closure is to enable staff to carry out their annual stock-taking exercise, in preparation for the new season. The shop will reopen on Friday 1st July, hence get any purchases done on one of Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday this week.


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27 June 2016 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Bristol City are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 16th July with a 3.00p.m. kick off, and at present is the club's only home pre-season friendly. Ticket prices for the match are as follows:

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

Only two stands are currently scheduled to be open. Home fans will be seated in the Tamburino Main Stand, whilst away fans will be seated in the Screwfix East Stand. Tickets can be purchased in person, via phone (01935-847888) or online.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Date And Ticketing Prices Set For Walsall League Cup Trip.

Link: Ticketing For Salisbury City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town.


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26 June 2016 : Primus And Wiltshire Keep Ladies Top After Season Restart
Yeovil Town Ladies went three points clear at the top of the FAWSL2 division on Sunday afternoon, after they picked up all three points against Durham Women at New Ferens Park. The match was their first since the mid-season break, and although they had to be patient to find the win, they did so thanks to second half goals from Atlanta Primus and Sarah Wiltshire that put them three clear of Bristol City Women who won on Saturday, but significantly five points clear of Everton Ladies, who lost at Watford on Sunday.

They had to be patient to achieve their goal. Perhaps trying to feel their way back into the second half of the season, the first 45 minutes saw few chances come either side's way. Yeovil's best came just four minutes into the match as Ellis Hillman took advantage of a loose ball in the Durham defence, producing a short that was palmed away by Durham's Helen Alderson. The home side's best effort came from long range as Rachel Lee stung the palms of Charlotte Haynes from 30 yards out, with the ball being turned behind for a corner.

During the second period though, matters opened up twelve minutes into the half, thanks to a goal from Atlanta Primus. Durham had been hoping for an offside flag when the striker ran through, but her run was allowed to continue, and that put her in a clean one-v-one with the Durham keeper, with the ball being put past Alderson, landing in the bottom left hand corner. Yeovil then doubled their lead in the final 20 minutes, thanks to a spot of long-ball - top goalscorer Sarah Wiltshire raced onto it, and lobbed the ball over Alderson for her ninth of the season, and with a two goal advantage in place, the strike that more or less killed off the game.

Aside from the need to wait 57 minutes for that first goal of the game, Wiltshire said after the match that she felt a half time tweak in the Glovers' formation also helped them on their way:

"We changed the formation slightly in the second half so that might have worked in our favour, but we just kept patient and our chances came. We did well. We were much better in the second half and we're happy
to get another three points on the board. Durham are a very good team, they made it difficult for us. But we made sure that in the second half we played our game and we took our chances and scored both goals. I love scoring goals but its been down to the team. Weve been playing really well and Ive got good girls around me putting good balls in, like Annie Heatherson did
."

Next up for the female Glovers is a trip to play Oxford United Women on Thursday night at Abingdon United FC, before they return back home to host Notts County, in a match that will be staged at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove ground.

Final Score: Durham Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Scorers: Atlanta Priums (0-1, 57 mins), Sarah Wiltshire (0-2, 73 mins)

Durham: Helen Alderson; Ellie Christon, Sarah Wilson, Rebecca Salicki, Chloe Macek; Beth Hepple, Rachel Lee, Sarah McFadden; Tyler Dodds, Natalie Gutteridge, Jordan Atkinson.

Substitutes: Sarah Eadon (24 mins for Natalie Gutteridge), Mercy Darkoah (46 mins for Tyler Dodds), Megan Elliott (74 mins for Chloe Macek), Courtney Corrie, Megan Elliott.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes; Nicola Cousins, Hannah Short, Helen Bleazard, Kelly Snook; Lauren Townsend; Ellie Curson, Ann-Marie Heatherson; Ellis Hillman, Atlanta Primus, Sarah Wiltshire.

Substitutes: Stephanie Williams (72 mins for Atlanta Primus), Emily Donovan (80 mins for Lauren Townsend), Natasha Knapman (80 mins for Sarah Wiltshire), Charlotte Johnson, Nadia Lawrence.

Referee: Lindsay Robinson

Attendance: 403


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26 June 2016 : Live Commentary For Durham Women vs Yeovil Town Ladies
At midday today, Yeovil Town Ladies recommence their FAWSL2 campaign with a match against Durham Women at New Ferens Park. If you want to hear how the game pans out, there is live commentary available over the internet, thanks to Durham Hospital Radio. Tune in via the link below and click on the "Listen Live" link.

Link: Durham Women vs Yeovil Town Ladies : Live Commentary.


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25 June 2016 : Preston And Lea Give Stronger Yeovil Links
Yeovil Town's interest in signing up goalkeeper Callum Preston and midfielder Joe Lea would appear to be of a more concrete nature, after both players gave significant clues on Twitter at the tail end of the week. The former Crawley Town and Southampton pair are free agents, who have attracted some circumstantial interest, given their decisions to follow Yeovil Town's Twitter account since the end of the season just gone.

In both cases, there would appear to be some legs to this. On Friday, a friend of Preston's tweeted that they were both in the town of Yeovil for the day, which the player himself retweeted onto his own account. The tweet was later deleted but shows the goalkeeper visited the town yesterday. Preston was born in Stafford and schooled in Welshpool and so has no obvious natural connection with the South-West to make him want to head down to that part of the country. In addition, midfielder Lea's most recent activity on Twitter has been to follow Yeovil Town's media officer, having previously followed the club's account - again there doesn't seem to be a reaaon for him to take such a strong interest in the club, above any other football sides, unless Yeovil Town FC happen to be their next destination.

The truth is likely to be known on or around July 1st, when most new player contracts start, and when players return for the start of pre-season training. Profiles for the two players are as follows:

Callum Preston : Goalkeeper. Born: November 7th 1995 (age 20), Stafford.
Callum is a former Birmingham City and Liverpool academy player who was released by Crawley Town at the end of the 2015-16 season. He was born in Stafford, but had a Welsh upbringing in Welshpool. In addition to Birmingham and Liverpool, he also spent time with The New Saints (TNS) in Wales before Birmingham took him into their academy system in 2008, ultimately getting a scholarship in 2012. He didn't reach their first team, instead getting short loan spells with Worcester City (2 appearances) and AFC Telford United (1 appearance). After Birmingham decided to release him in the summer of 2015, he was given a one year contract with Crawley Town where he made ten appearances. He had been expected to be given a new contract with the Sussex side, but when they changed their management team at the tail end of the season, he was released.

Joe Lea : Central Midfielder. Born: December 16th 1997 (age 18).
Joe grew up in the Portsmouth area and was initially part of their youth academy until 2007 when he made the decision to move across the south coast and join the Saints at nine years old. He reached the Under-18s level during the 2013-14 season, and that led to him being given a two year scholarship in the summer of 2014. Southampton's website describes him as "a midfielder who likes to combine creativity with agression, he craves the consistency displayed by Frank Lampard throughout his career as the youngster looks to continue his journey through the ranks". Joe came through the same academy set-up as Glovers midfielder Ollie Bassett, who left their programme a year previously.


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24 June 2016 : Edwards Signed Up By Saddlers
League One side Walsall have signed up former Yeovil Town captain Joe Edwards. After leaving Colchester United at the end of last season, the Essex club indicated that they understood his motive in departing was to keep playing at League One level. He has now achieved that aim by signing for the Saddlers on a two year contract.

Edwards was named Colchester's Players' Player of the Season for the 2015-16 campaign. However, after scoring twice in 45 appearances for Colchester he now moves on to play for his third club in three seasons. He told their website that the move to join Walsall came about a couple of weeks ago:

"Im delighted to be here. Its a fantastic club and they had a really good season last year. Ive played against Walsall a few times before and they have always been a very good footballing side. They like to pass it about and they play with a good intensity. I had a meeting with the manager a few weeks ago and I came away thinking this was the club for me. Sometimes it just feels right and the fit is perfect."

Edwards is likely to have to make at least one more trip back to Essex - he is expected to answer bail in July, following his alleged involvement in a disturbance outside a pub in Colchester at the end of last season - there's been no further developments on that case, except that the second person named by the Essex press is also a Colchester player, with 21 year old Alex Gilbey claimed to have been involved in the incident.

Link: Joe Edwards : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 June 2016 : Fry Believes Glovers Are Ahead Of The Game
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry believes that the club are 'ahead of the game' in terms of their 2016-17 season plans, despite the club having yet to announce their first new signing. The Glovers currently have eleven players signed up for next season, with defender/midfielder Ben Tozer pending a medical that would make him a 12th player committed to the coming campaign.

As yet there are no new arrivals, although the rumourmill suggests that the club have three players verbally lined up for the coming campaign, with one of those strongly believed to be former Southampton midfielder Joe Lea, whose social media habits point to him holding an interest in the club and was in the same Academy set-up as Ollie Bassett at St Mary's. On top of that, Way has gone on the record as saying that he will aim to add up to five loan players to his squad that are expected to arrive during the latter part of pre-season once they have spent a few weeks with their parent clubs.

Fry's belief is that the club are in a stronger position than they've been in during the last few years, and cites both the number of players the club have retained from last year, along with advance plans for recruitment as evidence. He has told the Western Gazette that he feels that has given the club a good starting point:

"Regarding recruitment, we are in a promising position for the coming season. Darren (Way) already knows who he wants to bring in; we are ahead of the game. The club in general is in a much more stable position compared to the last couple of years. The fact that we have been able to retain so many excellent players means that we already have a good starting point on which to build."

No player names or positions are hinted at. However, one player Fry states won't be arriving is former Fulham centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey. There's been a fair bit made of the claims that his 2015-16 loan spell cost the club 90,000, with it not being obvious why such a young inexperienced loanee could take such a large slice out of the playing budget. Fry's latest explanation doesn't really shine any additional light on that subject, citing wages, medical bills, accommodation and travelling expenses as comprising the costs, which lie far in excess of typical player data released by the PFA in recent seasons. However, Fry indicates that it is Arthurworrey's knee injury that would prevent his return to the club. As yet, the defender hasn't fixed himself up with another club, although said in early April, via his Twitter account, that he was close to being able to resume training.


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23 June 2016 : Burn Makes Latics Switch
Former Yeovil Town loanee Dan Burn will be staying in Championship football, after he agreed a deal with Wigan Athletic today. The 24 year old has passed a medical and agreed a contract with the Latics that will run until the summer of 2019. He will sign the deal on July 1st when his current contract with Fulham runs out. Burn was released by Fulham earlier this month although had freely tweeted about his fate on the final day of the 2015-16 season, indicating that he knew he was leaving. He had been heavily linked in the media with Sheffield United, but either that had no truth behind it, or their decision to change managers may have scuppered the deal.

Instead he's moved to a side that won the 2015-16 League One title, accumulating 87 points to send them back into Second Tier football after just one season away from that level. He will work under boss Gary Caldwell who said of the player's arrival at the DW Stadium:

"He fits our profile exactly, young, hungry and with experience at this level and the desire to progress with us. He is a powerful defender, but he likes to play as well and adds tremendous competition to the squad."

Link: Dan Burn : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 June 2016 : Are You Following Me? Three Free Agents Use Social Media To Track The Glovers
Whilst Yeovil Town have yet to make any new signings this summer, a small bit of circumstantial evidence may point to some of the out of contract players who have an interest in the club. Former Southampton midfielder Joe Lea, ex-Norwich City striker Jamar Loza and former Crawley Town goalkeeper Callum Preston all seem to have an unusual thing in common - a mutual attraction to Yeovil Town's main Twitter account.

All three players have made the decision to follow the club's account this summer, whilst standing as current free agents. Of course that doesn't mean they are genuinely in talks with the club - it may have been a casual bit of window-shopping, or an accidental pressing of a 'Follow' button that they've not yet realised. However, inevitably when a free agent chooses to do that, it's worthy of at least putting on a 'watch list' to see where their career takes them next.

Striker Loza is already well known to Glovers fans, and this site covered his release from Carrow Road earlier this month, as well as his Twitter habits. In addition goalkeeper Callum Preston, at the age of 20 years old, would fit the sort of bracket of player the Glovers would target as a back-up to Artur Krysiak, with a small handful of Crawley appearances, coupled with an academy upbringing with Birmingham City. He also chose to follow Plymouth Argyle's Twitter account at the same time as Yeovil's.

Meanwhile most recently, Joe Lea, who was released by Southampton at the end of last season, has also decided to follow the club's account. He's a former Portsmouth youth player who switched to Saints as a nine year old, eventually rising into their Under-18s ranks in 2013-14.

To stress, none of the players concerned have said anything on their own Twitter timelines to provide a concrete link with the Glovers. However, all three are out of contract, and stand as free agents, whilst at the age of 22 (Loza), 20 (Preston) and 18 (Lea) they all tend to fit the sort of profile of player that we'd expect Darren Way to be looking for himself - young, relatively inexpensive, but with a background in three fairly prominent professional football academies. They may have numerous other clubs interested in their services, but their social media interests are at least worthy of note.

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23 June 2016 : Date And Ticketing Prices Set For Walsall League Cup Trip
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round tie against Walsall are now available. The match will take place at the Bescot Stadium on Tuesday 9th August 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices will be flat across the whole ground and are as follows:

Adults: 10.00; Under-18s and Over-60s: 5.00.

Walsall will only be opening certain parts of the stadium for this fixture, with the normal University of Wolverhampton Away Stand being closed for the night. Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in Blocks G, H and I of the Community Stand, which is a side-on stand to the right hand side of the normal away facilities.

Note that tickets are NOT on sale at this present moment in time. If the Huish Park Ticket Office get an allocation of tickets, we'll provide an update here.


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22 June 2016 : Duffy To Make Euro 2016 Debut
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy is to make his Euro 2016 debut. The centre-back has been named in Martin O'Neill's starting line-up for their final group game against Italy that takes place this evening. The match in Lille is pretty much do-or-die for Ireland - they need to beat the Italians to qualify for the next round. In the hope of enabling that, O'Neill has made four changes to his previous line-up, including both centre-backs.

The Republic of Ireland line-up reads as follows:

23. Darren Randolph 2. Seamus Coleman (Capt) 5. Richard Keogh 8. James McCarthy 9. Shane Long 11. James McClean 12. Shane Duffy 13. Jeff Hendrick 17. Stephen Ward 19. Robbie Brady 21. Daryl Murphy.

This will be Duffy's third international cap, having played in friendlies against Costa Rica in 2014 and against Switzerland in Dublin in 2016, with the latter seeing him win the Man of the Match Award. That was highly influential in ensuring he landed in Ireland's Euro 2016 squad, with the 24 year old not having been expected to feature up uintil that point.


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22 June 2016 : League Cup First Round : Full Draw Details
Yeovil Town have been given an away draw in the First Round of the 2016-17 League Cup. The match will be played at the Bescot Stadium, with League One side Walsall their rather familiar opponents. The full draw was made live on Facebook this lunchtime and pulled out the following teams:

Carlisle vs Port Vale
Rotherham United vs Morecambe
Accrington vs Bradford City
Rochdale vs Chesterfield
Mansfield vs Blackburn Rovers
Barnsley vs Northampton
Cambridge vs Sheffield Wednesday
Derby County vs Grimsby Town
Oldham vs Wigan Athletic
Scunthorpe vs Notts County
Doncaster Rovers vs Nottingham Forest
Fleetwood vs Leeds United
Sheffield United vs Crewe Alexandra
Shrewsbury Town vs Huddersfield Town
Preston North End vs Hartlepool
Blackpool vs Bolton Wanderers
Burton Albion vs Bury

Peterborough United vs AFC Wimbledon
Bristol Rovers vs Cardiff City
Coventry City vs Portsmouth
Luton Town vs Aston Villa
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Colchester United
Cheltenham Town vs Charlton Athletic
Birmingham City vs Oxford United
Southend United vs Gillingham
Wolves vs Crawley
Leyton Orient vs Fulham
Ipswich Town vs Stevenage
Wycombe Wanderers vs Bristol City
Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Exeter City vs Brentford
QPR vs Swindon
Barnet vs Millwall
Reading vs Plymouth Argyle
Newport County vs Milton Keynes Dons

All matches will be played during the week commencing August 8th, with Tuesday 9th August the date that most clubs will pick for their scheduled tie. Once the actual date is firmed up, we'll provide confirmation.

For other 2016-17 fixture list dates and key dates for the season, follow the links below.

Link: 2016-17 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures.

Link: 2016-17 Season Key Dates.


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22 June 2016 : 2016-17 Season Fixtures See Glovers Start With Magpies Visit
Yeovil Town have been handed home match for their opening game of the 2016-17 season. With the fixtures being unveiled this morning, all 46 fixtures are now known, and the season will kick off with a home match against Notts County on Saturday 6th August. The 2016-17 season will end on Saturday 6th May 2017, when the Glovers will face Colchester United at the Community Stadium.

In between, the key dates will see the club face Exeter City on Boxing Day at Huish Park, whilst the New Year fixture (actually on January 2nd) will see Crawley Town as their opponents, in a match at the Broadfield Stadium. In between the December 31st match against Portsmouth at Huish Park will see the year 2016 draw to a close.

In terms of local derbies, the Glovers have lost Bristol Rovers this season, meaning that Exeter City are the club's most local rivals. In addition to the Boxing Day home match, they will make the trip to St James Park on Saturday 25th March 2017.

The full list of matches can be found via the link below.

Link: 2016-17 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures.

Link: 2016-17 Season Key Dates.


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21 June 2016 : League Cup First Round Schedule And Seeded Clubs
The Football League have announced the schedule for the First Round draw for the 2016-17 Football League Cup. For some reason this has been kept rather more low key than usual - the draw has been traditionally used as a brief taster prior to the 2016-17 Football League fixtures being released, but for this season the draw will be made after tomorrow morning's unveiling of the fixtures.

The First Round draw will be made public at 1.00p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) with the League streaming it live via their Facebook account, and via Sky Sports. The First Round draw includes 70 of the 72 Football League clubs (the two highest placed relegated Premier League sides will get byes). The draw is being seeded as well as regionalised on a north/south basis, meaning that the Glovers will face a Southern club that finished last season either in the Championship or in the top half of League One, with former Premier League side Aston Villa also in the Southern section. Seedings are based on club finishing positions in the league last season. The clubs Yeovil Town can face are as follows:

Southern Section Seeded Clubs: Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bristol City, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, Fulham, Gillingham, Ipswich Town, Millwall, Milton Keynes Dons, Peterborough United, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Walsall, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The other sections in the draw are as follows:

Southern Section Unseeded Clubs: AFC Wimbledon, Barnet, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Crawley Town, Exeter City, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Newport County, Oxford United, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, Southend United, Stevenage, Swindon Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town.

Northern Section Seeded Clubs: Barnsley, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, Burton Albion, Derby County, Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Port Vale, Preston North End, Rochdale, Rotherham United, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan Athletic.

Northern Section Unseeded Clubs: Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bristol City, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, Fulham, Gillingham, Ipswich Town, Millwall, Milton Keynes Dons, Peterborough United, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Walsall, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

To tune in live, either find the Football League's Facebook page, or keep an eye on Sky Sports News. We'll publicise the full draw as soon as it is known.

Link: 2016-17 Season Key Dates.


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21 June 2016 : Roberts Makes Bangor Switch
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts has headed off to Wales to continue his footballing career for the 2016-17 season. The 29 year old has signed for Welsh Premier League side Bangor City, who finished 9th in their division last season - the second time he'd dipped into that competition in recent years.

Roberts has had a rather nomadic career since being fired by Yeovil Town in August 2009. He had Football League spells with Rotherham United (2009-10) and Port Vale (2010-11) but with both clubs also choosing to terminate his contract for what was presumed to be more of the issues that dogged his Glovers career, he dropped into non-league football.

The midfielder spent most of the 2012-13 season on the books of Mansfield Town, who at that time were in the Conference National division. However, he struggled to win a place in their team, and was shipped on loan to Maltese Premier Division side Floriana in January 2013, with Mansfield deciding to release him - he stayed out in Malta for a further six month period.

Roberts then headed off to Wales where he signed for Premier League side Gap Connah's Quay in January 2014, before a further spell in Malta with Mosta followed. But that only lasted twelve games before he returned home again, signing for Northern Premier League Division One North side Witton Albion for the start of the 2015-16 season. He made 16 appearances for them before being released at the end of his half-season contract in December 2015. It would appear that he remained a free agent during the second half of last season.

On the plus side, since he left Rotherham and Port Vale, there's no evidence that any of his more recent moves around England, Wales and Malta have related to his past off-the-field issues, although inevitably at that level player contracts tend to be of a shorter duration.

Link: Gary Roberts : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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20 June 2016 : National League Scrap Transfer Window System
The National League have managed to find a solution to FIFA's enforced changes to the transfer window - they've scrapped them. The top non-league division (until recently known as the Conference National division) had up until the end of the 2015-16 season tried to shadow Football League rules and regulations as far as reasonably possible, with the aim of styling themselves as England's "fifth division", although as a semi-professional league (in theory) there was no obvious compulsion from FIFA for them to properly adhere to all of the transfer window rules.

With FIFA now banning the emergency loan system for the start of the 2016-17 season, and the Football League having to bring in a new loan system at their 2016 Summer AGM, the National League appear to have decided enough is enough and have agreed at their own AGM to stop shadowing the transfer window rules. The National League's top division will now employ the same rule set adopted by its sixth tier North and South divisions, with the transfer window being removed entirely, and clubs able to loan players for an unrestricted period of time.

There will still be limitations on the number of loans that a club can take in any given season, whilst the matchday squad rule that restricts clubs to naming no more than five borrowed players on a teamsheet will continue to be in place. In addition, although the National League don't make it clear, it would seem likely that the final transfer window deadline that has applied to the fourth Thursday in March, will remain in force for both loan and permanent transfers.

The National League are also asking its member clubs to vote on proposals to introduce a new six-team play-off system. Under the new plans, the two-legged semi-finals would be dispensed with. Instead the teams finishing sixth and seventh would initially travel to the clubs finishing fifth and fourth for a single leg play-off tie. The winners of those ties would then travel to play the clubs that finished second and third in the division in a secondary single leg play-off tie. The winners of those ties would then meet at Wembley Stadium for the actual play-off final. The new system - if approved - will not come in until the 2017-18 season at the earliest.


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20 June 2016 : Compton Signs Deal With The Exiles
League Two side Newport County have unveiled winger Jack Compton as a new signing. The 27 year old had a medical today and has been given a one year contract with the Exiles, having joined Warren Feeney's side as a free agent following his release from Huish Park at the end of last season.

The former Portsmouth and West Bromwich Albion player has a young family in the Cardiff area - part of his thinking when he switched from Hartlepool United to Yeovil Town this time last year. With his latest move putting him even closer to home, Compton is hoping that will benefit him as well as his family and friends:

""I'm delighted to get everything signed and over the line today. It is good to be back playing in Wales. My friends and family are used to travelling across the country to see me play, so playing so close to home will make it a lot easier for them, and that can only benefit me on the pitch."

Link: Jack Compton : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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20 June 2016 : Away Day Opener Likely For 2016-17 Fixtures
On Wednesday, Yeovil Town will know their 2016-17 season League Two fixtures. They are due to be published at 9.00a.m. on June 22nd 2016, detailing all 46 fixtures, and whilst the scheduling will remain under wraps until that time, the most likely scenario is that the Glovers will open with an away fixture on their first weekend, followed by a home match during the second weekend.

The reason for this lies with the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, which takes place between Thursday 11th and Sunday 14th August 2016, on the Ashton Court Estate in Bristol, close to Bristol City's Ashton Gate. Because of this event, and the amount of traffic it attracts, requests are always made to the Football League for City to be given an away fixture during that weekend, to avoid traffic and policing problems on the Saturday. Assuming the request is approved, the Football League's fixture computer would program City to be on their travels when it draws out the teams.

In addition to that, the League's fixture computer also considers the requirement for Bristol City and Bristol Rovers to never play at home on the same day, again due to the way it would split policing resources. So on the weekend of 13th August, Bristol Rovers should be at home, with City on their travels. Past convention has also been for Yeovil Town to be paired up with Rovers for the scheduling of home fixtures, presumably because Avon and Somerset Police regard the smaller attendances at both clubs to be easier to manage concurrently, and then to be able to dedicate their resources to Ashton Gate on the alternate weekend. Based on that Yeovil Town should also be at home on Saturday 13th August.

The Football League have also ensured in the past that each club opens up with their first two fixtures of the season being a pair of Home and Away fixtures, thus meaning that no club ends up in a position where they have been denied early home fixture revenue. Hence any team that plays their August 13th fixture at home will find that their August 6th fixture is drawn out as an away fixture. Assuming this principle still holds, then Yeovil Town would be on their travels on Saturday 6th August, before returning to Huish Park for Saturday 13th August. In between there will be a League Cup First Round fixture, somewhere around Tuesday 9th August - as yet there's no date upon which the draw for that competition will be revealed.

The Football League's general explanation of how they deal with special events, such as the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, is explained as follows:

"All clubs are sent a fixtures questionnaire which is their chance to have their say on their fixtures for next season regarding specific dates and pairing arrangements. Clubs have the opportunity to submit date requests. They all have local events taking place to take into consideration music festivals, race meetings, rugby matches, international fixtures, political party conferences and we try to avoid all of those. With every date request that's met, there's a knock-on effect somewhere else which may have a bearing on that club's home and away sequence, or the number of midweek matches they get that are at home or away. So we have to weigh up every date request on its merits. In all, we have around 80 date requests across 72 EFL clubs, and the Premier League have more on top of that. We do achieve an extremely high percentage of date requests, though, to make things easier for the clubs and police forces involved."

For all of the Key Dates for next season, these are listed in the article below.

Link: 2016-17 Season Key Dates.


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19 June 2016 : Nitro Circus Show Postponed Due To Bad Weather
Tonight's Nitro Circus event at Huish Park has been postponed due to heavy rain. The event has been rescheduled for Monday 20th June (i.e. tomorrow) following poor weather conditions at the ground. Ticket holders should retain their tickets for the event for tomorrow evening.

The rescheduled show will start at 7.00p.m. Gates will open at 5.00p.m. for VIP ticket holders, with the VIP pre-show starting at 5.15p.m. General admission gates will open at 6.00p.m. with the main event starting an hour later.

The Nitro Circus - show put back by 24 hours
The Nitro Circus - show put back by 24 hours



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18 June 2016 : League Announce New League Two Board Director
The Football League have announced a new Board member to represent clubs at League Two. The change is necessary because of Greg Clarke's departure as Chairman which has led to former Oxford United Chairman Ian Lenagan becoming the Football League's new head man. Lenagan had been representing Oxford and all League Two clubs, but sold his remaining shares in Oxford earlier this month to avoid a conflict of interest, with Oxford owner Darryl Eales taking on his shareholding, two years after he bought a controlling stake in the club.

As Lenagan moves to the top of the table, in comes Carlisle United director John Nixon, who has an 18.6% ownership in the Cumbrian club. Nixon has had a previous stint on the Football League's board, and is also the Football League Trust Chairman. The Football League's new Board of Directors are as follows:

Ian Lenagan Chairman
Shaun Harvey Chief Executive
Richard Bowker CBE Independent Director
Debbie Jevans CBE Independent Director
Paul Barber Brighton & Hove Albion (Championship Representative)
Jez Moxey Wolverhampton Wanderers (Championship Representative)
Andy Ambler Millwall (League One Representative)
James Rodwell Scunthorpe United (League One Representative)
John Nixon Carlisle United (League Two Representative)

The Board is currently one person short, due to Middlesbrough reaching the Premier League at the end of last season. Thus Keith Lamb has stepped down from his Championship Division representative position, and the League have yet to announce a replacement.


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17 June 2016 : Army Recruit For Ladies As Aldridge Signs From Cardiff
Yeovil Town Ladies have announced a new signing for the second half of the 2016 FAWSL2 Season. They have recruited in striker Kelly Aldridge from Cardiff City Ladies, who has been a prolific goalscorer at that level for a number of years. Kelly also represents the Ladies Army side - her Cardiff connection means that she is well known to Glovers manager Jamie Sherwood.

After being unveiled as a mid-season signing, Jamie was clear about what he believed Kelly would bring as a player:

"Kelly brings one word - honesty. She's an honest player, and she'll work her backside off for you. She'll do everything that she possibly can for the team, whether that means sacrificing her position on the pitch, or making a sixty yard diagonal run to close down the ball. So Kelly will bring a lot of honesty to the club in terms of the way that she's going to play. She also brings raw aggression. I've known Kelly now for three or four years and she can play in multiple positions, which is obviously another key thing that we look for at Yeovil. She can play in the front line, or she can play as a full-back. So she'll bring a lot of enthusiasm and raw athleticism, and I'm excited to see her in a green and white shirt."

Kelly has been training with the club for a couple of weeks, pending her international clearance that was necessary for her to move from a Welsh to an English club, but now that is out of the way, she was glad to cement her place in the Glovers first team squad, even if she admitted it was difficult to leave a club where she'd been so successful:

"It was a very tough decision. I'd played for Cardiff for quite a few seasons now, so it's not easy leaving a club that you've played with for so long, as you get to know everybody there and you feel such a big part of it. But Jamie is a great manager and I've played under him before at Cardiff, so it's nice to be back in the game at a bit of a higher level now, just to try to help out and get involved in it."

Yeovil Town Ladies resume their season on Sunday 26th June with a long trip to play Durham Ladies at New Ferens Park. They then follow that up with a trip to Oxford United before returning home on Sunday 3rd July when they will take on Notts County Ladies, in a match that will be played at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne.


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16 June 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Cost Of An Injury
Yesterday, a financial figure was attributed to the costs of former Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey, claiming that the costs of his stay at Huish Park for the 2015-16 season were far higher than might be expected for such a player. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry analyses that figure, and considers how it would be broken down, using PFA data and quoted private medical health care costs, and also to look at the arrangements that Arthurworrey was brought to the club on. Read on via the link below, and feel free to comment on the specific issue, or the loan system in general via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Cost Of An Injury.


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16 June 2016 : Pearson Takes Over Sherborne Town Job
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gerry Pearson has taken over the management job at Sherborne Town. Pearson replaces Jamie Manley who stepped down as boss of the Western League Premier Division side at the end of last season after three years in charge. Pearson has lived in the area since his four year spell with the Glovers, having arrived from Maidstone United in the mid-1980s, with his career having started with Sheffield United.

He enjoyed an extended playing career in Somerset local leagues, and has also managed clubs such as Chard Town, Witney, Street and Tintinhull. As a qualified FA coach, he has also provided football coaching at the Millfield School of Excellence.

His Glovers career started just after the club had been relegated from the Gola League (which is now badged as the National League) and into the Vauxhall-Opel League (aka the Isthmian League) for the first time in the club's history, with Gerry Gow recruiting him in during the summer of 1985. He stayed with the club for four seasons, scoring 34 goals, and was part of the club's 1987-88 Vauxhall-Opel League title winning squad that took the club back up into the Conference. He eventually left the club midway through the 1989-90 season, signing for Poole Town.

Link: Gerry Pearson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 June 2016 : Chairman Fry Backs B-Team Trophy Plan Saying They Will 'Appeal To Fans'
Yeovil Town have confirmed that they voted in favour of the Football League's controversial plans to co-opt B-teams into the 2016-17 Football League Trophy competition. The plans were backed by a majority of Club Chairmen at the Football League's 2016 AGM last Friday, allowing sixteen EPPP Category One Academy/Under-21 sides from the Premier League to enter the competition, despite a similar proposal having been supposedly kicked into the long grass during the League's 2014 AGM.

This time around the answer was yes to the plans, despite a number of clubs - known to include AFC Wimbledon, Accrington Stanley, Bristol Rovers, Gillingham, Hartlepool United, Luton Town, Port Vale, Portsmouth, Morecambe and Fleetwood Town voting against the plans, with several of those clubs putting out formal statements making it clear to fans that they had attempted to stop the proposals.

Yeovil Town had stayed quiet, which made it likely that they had voted in favour, particularly given that a couple of clubs had indicated that only a "small handful" had voted against. Today it's been confirmed that Chairman John Fry backed the proposals, and he has told the Western Gazette that he believes the changes will 'appeal to fans', despite the widescale criticism of the restructuring of the competition by both Yeovil Town supporters and national bodies such as the Football Supporters Federation. Fry explained:

"I voted for. It is a good thing for football and the prize money, and the competition as a whole, is very attractive. There will be more interest and professionalism in this new format with good quality youngsters. It will appeal to the fans as well. It could be a bit flat before in terms of crowds. It is freshening the whole thing up. It is a competition we could win and can get enthusiastic about."

That means that Yeovil Town can be added to the list of clubs who voted in favour. The @AgainstLeague3 Twitter account and website has been compiling together lists of clubs and which way they voted and they list Blackpool, Carlisle United, Colchester United, Chesterfield, Exeter City, Grimsby Town, Northampton Town, Notts County, Oxford United, Peterborough United, Scunthorpe United, Southend United, Stevenage and Walsall as in favour of the revised competition structure. The pilot/trial is supposedly scheduled to run for one year only before being reviewed again.


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15 June 2016 : Darren Way Checks Out Chances Of Three Loan Players Returning
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he has popped the question to Everton, Swansea City and AFC Bournemouth to find out whether they would be willing to give the Glovers back three of the club's most successful loan players from last season. Midfielder Liam Walsh, right-back Connor Roberts and attacking midfielder Harry Cornick all featured prominently in Yeovil Town's first team across the 2015-16 season, before returning to the three Premier League clubs.

Way will be hoping to get a similar calibre of player on board for the coming 2016-17 season, and he has put his hat into the ring early on by asking the three clubs if they would be willing to loan them out again this coming season. Of course, with two months before the new season starts, there isn't any 'yes' answer to this, given the usual practice for clubs is to view all players, irrespective of status, during the first couple of weeks of each pre-season.

This season will also present complications given that many Premier League clubs will be dealing with the problem of Euro 2016 and Copa America tournaments, meaning that some of their main first team players may well be still at those tournaments, or at least needing a summer rest before they resume training with their main clubs. On top of that, certain clubs arrange overseas friendlies, which are used as large training camps and larger than usual travelling squads. As such, Under-21 players may have a more significant role in their clubs pre-season friendly fixture schedule, meaning that the likes of Walsh, Roberts and Cornick may be required during July.

However, Way has told the Western Gazette that he has checked out what the possibilities are. The good news is that no-one has said a flat out 'no' to his question, but inevitably he will have to wait a while to see what the outcome will be:

"Liam Walsh is a no-brainer, Connor Roberts is a no-brainer and Harry Cornick. They're the three I've said I want. None of the (parent clubs) have said no, but they all want to see what level they come back at. That is the first thing they will do. If you add five quality loans to the squad you are almost doubling the strength. You can see what they did last year. You have got to wait for them. That is not going to be done early. A lot of the big boys are travelling away to different countries and they need big squads."

In reality, it would be a surprise if Walsh and Roberts did not have interest from higher division clubs, with the possibility of their parent clubs being able to test their young players at League One or possibly Championship level for the coming season. Cornick may also fit into a similar bracket, although his mini-break from football in the middle of last season due to a groin injury would mean that he would sit lower down on any scouts radar. Way will also inevitably need a Plan B and a Plan C if those don't bear fruition, given that the revised loan system requires all clubs to commit to half-season loans, meaning that if he does plan to build a squad around up to five loan players, those decisions will need to be fully committed by August 31st.


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14 June 2016 : Ex-Glover Stieber Nets Crucial Goal In Euro 2016 Win
Former Yeovil Town loanee Zoltan Stieber has scored in the Euro 2016 tournament this afternoon. The 27 year old Hamburger SV player, who played for the Glovers in 2007 whilst on the books of Aston Villa, was part of the Hungary side that defeated Austria by a 2-0 scoreline in the Group F match at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux. Stieber came on as a 79th minute substitute with his country a goal up, but sealed the win for the Hungarians in the 87th minute as ten-man Austria were caught on the counter-attack.

Stieber neatly dinked the ball over the advancing goalkeeper Robert Almer, after he went on a 70 yard run. Stieber received a smart pass whilst he was still accelerating out of his own half on the counter-attack and the stretched Austrian defence weren't able to catch him. That was good enough to provide a mini-shock in the tournament, helped in part due to Aleksander Dragovic being sent off for a second yellow card offence in the 65th minute.

This is Stieber's third goal for his country, but undoubtedly the biggest of his career, with the other two goals having come against Lithuania and Finland during 2015.

Link: Zoltan Stieber : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 June 2016 : Seven Clubs Who Backed The League's B-Team Trophy Plans
Whilst six of the Football League clubs to vote against the Football League's revamping of the Football League Trophy were quick to voice their displeasure at the decision to include Premier League B-Teams in the competition next season, it seemed that those who had voted in favour of the measures were a little bit slow off the mark in confirming their support for it.

Today a number of other clubs have now released statements on the subject, with Fleetwood Town and Bristol Rovers being two additional sides to speak out against the plans. The others who have given views today have all come out in favour of the competition change, although there's some unusual spin behind these statements, with League One side Chesterfield choosing to headline on their website about their 'initial opposition' to the changes, before sheepishly revealing several paragraphs down that they'd voted in favour. Oxford United's own revelation was also unusual - after early indications that their Chairman Darryl Eales was against the plans, they also revealed that they'd voted in favour due to other Board members supporting it.

The views of each club that has commented on the plans, in addition to yesterday's six objections, are as follows:

Oxford United (as a club statement):

"Along with the majority of other clubs, the Oxford United Board voted to support this proposal strictly for one season only, having taken the wider deep concerns for the future of the competition into consideration. The Oxford United Boards vote was tight and while Chairman Darryl Eales was against the proposal, overall it was decided to support the Leagues appeal to explore ways to secure the cups future and Darryl respected the overall vote. We understand that many supporters will be surprised by this and some will disagree, however following careful consideration and discussion, overall the Board decided it was important to support and explore ways to ensure the competition can survive."

Cambridge United Chief Executive Jez George (via Cambridge News):

"It was something discussed a year ago and it makes some sense to revamp that competition in the early stages. For a season there's no harm in it and people can have a look at it. I think it needs a shot in the arm in the early stages because the games aren't very well attended. They (the EFL) have got to be seen to be doing the right thing for English football and it's a way of doing that because it gives the bigger clubs in the country the chance to put their young players up against some teams lower down the pyramid. It will definitely benefit those bigger clubs because it gives them the chance to put their young players in some big stadiums and in front of bigger crowds. That's what they want and is why they send their players out on loan to clubs in League One and League Two."

Chesterfield Chief Executive Chris Turner (via Chesterfield website):

"We did speak out against the proposed change at the regional meeting, prior to voting. We are fully aware of the potential problems and obviously it makes it harder for EFL clubs to win the competition. It soon became obvious during the discussions, however, that more clubs were in favour of making the change. The Premier League supports the EFL massively and I think the feeling was that we should go with their suggestion for one season."

Carlisle United Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens (via Carlisle website):

"The Club thought long and carefully about its position. It is a competition the Club has enjoyed lots of success in and so any changes must not be taken lightly from our perspective. We all want to see a thriving Trophy that excites fans, and makes them want to watch the games, and we must do all we can to make that happen. In supporting a short-term trial we are simply being open minded as to possibility that the changes could improve a competition that we hold very dearly there is no certainty yet either way. The EFL wants to do what it can in support of an overall commitment to helping to create more and better home grown players across the wider game, and as long as the changes are not detrimental we want to play our part and work together to do that. At the end of the competition we will reconsider our position."

Exeter City (as a club statement):

"The decision to support the proposal (strictly for one season only) was not taken lightly, and was made primarily for two reasons. Firstly, the EFL Trophy will allow a unique opportunity for our own U21s to gain genuine valuable first team experience. The possibility of being drawn away to a Category 1 Premier League Academy/Under-21 side at a Premiership venue, would provide both crucial player experience, and an event for fans to enjoy. Secondly, the much needed reboot of the competition, currently without a sponsor, will provide increased revenue from central funding, match-day receipts and TV and prize money (which is double next season); an opportunity the Club could ill afford to lose out on."

Notts County (as a club statement):

"Taking into consideration the wider concerns for the future of the competition, Notts County voted to support this proposal, along with the majority of other clubs, for one season only to secure the immediate future of the cup. Notts County supported the decision to trial a solution to save the competition, which currently does not have a sponsor. This is for a set period of one year and if the proposals do not work, they will not be renewed for the following season."

Peterborough United (Chief Executive Bob Symns, Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

"Everyone has been moaning about this competition for years, including the clubs. This is an opportunity to freshen it up and create extra interest. We are lucky enough to have won the competition, but some clubs have never got near to winning it. I will stress, and it was stressed repeatedly at the meeting, that its a one-year trial. If it doesnt work and the clubs and their supporters are unhappy with how it works, it will be thrown out the following season. There are concerns and my biggest is the danger of two Premier League Under 21 sides reaching the final. It would be wrong if a Football League club cannot win its own trophy. There are more details to emerge, but I understand the games the Academy sides play at home will be at the first team stadia. The vote for change was won comfortably. The League One and Two clubs voted with the Championship clubs agreeing to back the decision of the clubs in the bottom two divisions."

Fleetwood Town (Owner Andy Pilley, via Twitter):

"We voted for no B Teams, but lost to the majority."

Bristol Rovers (Owner Wael Al Qadi, via Twitter):

"Against."

League Two side Hartlepool United went public over the weekend confirming that they had voted against the changes. Their local paper the Hartlepool Mail believe that the Category One Premier League academies that will enter the competition are: Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Hull City, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Tottenham, West Brom and West Ham.

Plans are for the existing regionalised format of the competition to be maintained, meaning that only the eight southern-most Premier League clubs would fall into Yeovil Town's Southern Section. During previous seasons, the competition has also been split into further East/West sections for the first round stage, but the League have not indicated if that level of regionalisation will be in place for the Group stages.

What is certain though is that the Glovers would NOT be able to face either of the two Manchester or Liverpool clubs unless they were to reach the final, due to the North/South grouping. However, the geographical split of those sixteen clubs would almost certainly reach as far as West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City's Academy sides, meaning that a player like Tahvon Campbell who had been part of the WBA Under-21 set-up prior to his loan spell at Huish Park, would stand a chance of pairing up against the Glovers if the Baggies were drawn in their group.

Link: Six Clubs Who Voted Against The League's B-Team Trophy Plans.


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13 June 2016 : Snook And Jones Given Full Ladies England Camp Call-Ups
Yeovil Town Ladies players Kelly Snook and Jessie Jones will be joining up with the England U18/U19 Development Camp this week. Snook, who was originally placed on standby for the squad, has recently got the call up, where she will now join Jones from Wednesday this week. At a recent interview, Snook said:

"Im very excited, a little bit nervous, but Im looking forward to the challenge. I know its going to be on a whole other level, but Im looking forward to it and Im sure Ill have a good experience."

Jones, who has already been involved at U15 and U17 England camps, added "Im looking forward to meeting up with all the girls again, training everyday and working hard."

Manager Jamie Sherwood praised both Snook and Jones, but also gave recognition to the club and how it is developing these young players saying: "Its good recognition for what the club have done over the last 18 months. Weve really tried to work on developing the structures within the club to produce stronger, more technically robust and tactically aware players."

When asked what advice Sherwood would give both Snook and Jones, he added: "Be themselves, don't be anything that theyre not. Theyve got to work hard, theyve got to do everything that they do here. Have an open mind, take on board everything that the coaches say. From every session, take at least two things away that they can improve on and two things that they did really well, and the biggest thing for me is to have a smile on your face and do yourselves proud."




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12 June 2016 : League Issue Mandate For Supporters Group Meetings With Clubs
Further rule changes for the 2016-17 season will see all Football League clubs mandated to hold at least two meetings or fans forums per season. The changes have been brought in following as a result of the Government's Expert Working Group on Supporter Ownership and Engagement, which made a series of recommendations earlier in 2016. The League's public statement on this is quite brief, but they do describe it as a "commitment" to put into practice the Government committee's recommendations, which are aimed at ensuring that fans have a greater say in the running of their clubs.

The Government's report in January 2016 covered a wide section of issues concerning measures planning to make it easier for Supporters Trusts to bid for distressed football clubs, including the provision of funding and legal experts to help them through that process where it was needed to put a club back on the even keel. The Football League's own statement doesn't draw on that side of the report, but in terms of the concept of enforcing meetings with supporter groups twice a year, they had this to say:

"The (Government Expert Working) Group has developed a model for a minimum level of structured engagement and dialogue between clubs and fans which will [ensure] that clubs give supporters visibility of the strategic direction of their football clubs, and regular opportunities to discuss the issues which matter to supporters. a commitment to meeting a representative group of supporters at least twice a year to discuss strategic / major issues. The Leagues will recommend that this representative group of supporters includes the club's Supporters Trust. The Leagues will advise clubs that no individuals should be excluded from the meetings without good reason, and, if attendances at these meetings is restricted to a small group of supporters which is the preference of SD (Supporters Direct) / FSF (Football Supporters Federation) a significant proportion of this representative group of supporters should be elected, selected or invited to these meetings in line with basic democratic principles."

Umbrella organisations Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation were part of the representatives of the core group, which included the Football Association, Premier League, Football League, National League (Conference) and the Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport which is responsible for the legislation in this area. They recognised that there would need to be some flexibility from club to club in terms of what needed to be discussed, but recommended that each individual league drew out a template recommending the minimum of what needed to be discussed and shared with supporter groups:

"The Group recognises that there is not a 'one size fits all' approach to either clubs or Leagues and that the fans' appetite for specific information, and to discuss specific issues will vary from club to club. Whilst SD and FSF believe these meetings would be most productive with a tighter, democratically elected representative group of supporters with an interest in strategic and governance issues, the PL and FL support clubs having the flexibility to invite a broad and open group of supporters. Senior representatives from the clubs - either club owners, directors and/or senior executive management - should represent the club at these meetings. Each of the Leagues will provide a template to clubs outlining the minimum level of information which should be shared at these meetings. Although the focus of these meetings should be on strategic / major issues, all parties will be able to table additional topics where relevant and timely, to ensure that the issues which matter to supporters and clubs are discussed. It will encourage transparency and, in the long term, can provide opportunities for supporter investment and shareholdings as and when appropriate, particularly where partnerships of trust can be developed."

Following the League's agreement at their 2016 AGM in Portugal, the Football League will now implement this for the coming season. Supporters Direct, who provide their own governance on the Supporters Trust model, have issued their own statement on the subject, welcoming the news:

"The meetings will be between senior club representatives (owner, Board and/or Senior executives) and if the meeting is for a smaller group those representing supporters will be elected in line with democratic principles (e.g. Supporters Trusts). Supporters Direct led on the work to see structured dialogue implemented as part of the Government's Expert Working Group on Supporter Ownership and Engagement, which made a series of recommendations earlier in 2016. We believe this will be a progressive step forward which will benefit clubs, supporters, the community and the game as a whole and commend the EFL and its member clubs for taking this decision. Of course some clubs are already excelling in their relationship with supporters, but for others this will provide the comfort that a base line of dialogue will be in place and cemented in the league rulebook."


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11 June 2016 : Six Clubs Who Voted Against The League's B-Team Trophy Plans
Yesterday's controversial announcement by the Football League to co-opt B-Teams into the Football League Trophy has been met by a significant level of opposition from fans of League One and League Two clubs. The 2016-17 competition format will allow 16 clubs with EPPP Category One Academy systems to enter either Academy or Under-21 sides at a new Group stage, on a regionalised basis. There are currently 21 EPPP Category One clubs, meaning that either five will have to decide not to join the competition, or that the 16 clubs - mainly from the Premier League - will have to be pre-drawn for the competition to work.

The vote at the 2016 Football League AGM was made by League One and League Two clubs only, with a 50 percent majority needed for the change to be made. League Two side Luton Town describe the numbers voting against the proposal as a "handful of clubs" and so far six teams have put out official declarations that they voted against the proposals. At present, to our knowledge, no club has publicly declared that they voted in favour of the proposals, or attempted to justify the reasons for the vote being carried.

It comes as little surprise to find the make-up of many of the six clubs who voted against the proposals. Portsmouth and AFC Wimbledon are wholly owned by their Supporters' Trusts, whilst Luton Town's Supporters Trust owns 50,000 shares in the club's holding company. Port Vale and Hartlepool United both have Chairmen who engage directly with supporters via Twitter, whilst Accrington Stanley's Supporters Fund hold a 12 percent stake in their club.

At present, it's not clear if there were more clubs that voted against the proposals. Yeovil Town have not commented on the plans. The set of clubs who have made public their positions, and what they said on the subject are as follows:

Accrington Stanley: "To make our supporters aware, we voted against proposed changes to the @EFL Trophy today" (via Twitter).

AFC Wimbledon: "The Dons Trust Board strongly opposes this change and accordingly AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive Erik Samuelson spoke against it and voted against it at the EFLs annual general meeting. Regrettably, the majority of League 1 and 2 clubs decided to vote in favour. The Dons Trust notes that this is a pilot for one year, and will continue to oppose initiatives that involve academy/under-21 sides competing in their own right in this and other first-team competitions."

Portsmouth: "For clarification the PST Board is fully against today's @EFL announcement regarding changes to the structure of the EFL Trophy."

Hartlepool United: "Pools Chairman Gary Coxall has confirmed that the Club voted against the change to the competition" (via website) and "To confirm - we voted against this daft idea" (Chairman Gary Coxall, via Twitter)

Luton Town: "Along with a handful of other clubs, the Hatters voted against the change, but a majority prevailed"

Port Vale: "Against" (Chairman Norman Smurthwaite, via Twitter when asked how he voted).

Link: Football League Allow Premier League Academy Teams Into Trophy Competition.

Link: New 2016-17 Football League Loan Rules Clarified.

Link: Football League Issue New BAME Recruitment Rules.


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10 June 2016 : League Tighten Up On Transfer Embargo Rules
Whilst the Football League's plans for a revamped Football League Trophy competition have become the big talking point from their 2016 AGM meeting in Portugal, they have also tightened up further on their financial rules. The League have had increasing powers to invoke a transfer embargo against member clubs that fail to keep their house in order, with the more obvious ones involving clubs entering administration, and those that fail to make payments to HMRC (aka the Taxman) on time.

The 2016 AGM has also agreed that clubs can be put under a transfer embargo if they default on any scheduled transfer payments to clubs that sit outside the Premier League or Football League. Previously, the rule only applied to transfer deals between clubs in the top four divisions. The rule means that if a club has agreed to pay a transfer fee to another club in a series of staged payments over a number of months or years, and they fail to make payment on the appropriate day, then the League can stop that club from signing new players until the amount is paid.

The Football League had also recently invoked a transfer embargo on one of its member clubs for failure to make payment concerning match ticket sales. League Two side Notts County were under a transfer embargo for a month, following a complaint by Mansfield Town that they had not received 20,000 owed to them following a League Two match in which the Magpies had handled away ticket sales to their fans. That ban stayed in place for roughly four weeks until it was lifted on Tuesday, with Notts County having made the overdue payment.

Link: Football League Allow Premier League Academy Teams Into Trophy Competition.

Link: New 2016-17 Football League Loan Rules Clarified.

Link: Football League Issue New BAME Recruitment Rules.


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10 June 2016 : Football League Allow Premier League Academy Teams Into Trophy Competition
The Football League's 2016 AGM has approved controversial plans to allow EPPP Category One Academy clubs to field sides in next season's Football League Trophy. The concept of either B-Teams, Under-21 teams or Academy teams being allowed to participate in Football League competitions has been knocking at the door of the League since the FA's England Commission Report in May 2014. Proposals for them to enter the Football League were booted out at the June 2014 AGM, with the same AGM also rejecting proposals for B-Teams to join the Football League Trophy.

Unfortunately it seems that if you knock at a door enough times, and wave enough money around, eventually Football League Chairmen will say yes. The Derbyshire Times reports that next season's Football League Trophy will see sixteen of the current EPPP Category One clubs allowed to enter the competition, bringing the overall competition size up to 64 clubs. There are currently 21 clubs registered with Category One academy status, with most of those residing in the Premier League or recently relegated from the Premier League. The tie-in with the Academy ranking will see clubs able to field Academy/Under-21 sides.

The format for the 2016-17 season will see each EPPP Category One club assigned to one of sixteen Groups, with the remaining League One and League Two sides drawn out of the hat to play in groups of four, meaning that each club will play a minimum of three matches in the Football League Trophy next season. The Academy side will get one home match, whilst the other clubs will be drawn out of the hat to decide who plays home/away. The top two sides in each group will then go into a knockout stage of 32 clubs, with the competition then carrying on through to the standard Wembley Final.

The sweetener that appears to have made the Football League say 'yes' is that the Premier League is reported as having provided an additional 1 million in prize money, creating a total prize fund of 1.95 million. This pool will be shared out at each round stage, with bonuses awarded to each winning side.

The competition will continue to be split on a North/South basis, with all knock-out ties on a single leg basis, with the exception of the Semi-Finals (previously dubbed as Area Finals) which will be played across two legs. The effect of this will be that a side reaching the final will have to play nine ties, of which eight will be staged as midweek fixtures, in order to play in the Final. This compares with the current format where teams would play a maximum of seven fixtures. This contradicts the Football League's 'Whole Game Solution' document, which complained that teams had too many fixtures, of which too many were being played in midweek, given that any team that is successful in the Football League Trophy competition next season will play two additional fixtures.

The Football League insist that the revised rules are a 'pilot' for the competition, but fail to state how long that pilot will be run, and how its success or otherwise will be determined.


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10 June 2016 : New 2016-17 Football League Loan Rules Clarified
The Football League have clarified the changes to the Loan System that will come into effect for the 2016-17 season. As reported in February 2016, FIFA have finally enforced the end to the Football League's 'Emergency Loan' system that has allowed clubs to sign up players outside the transfer window for between 28 and 93 days under the guise of the word 'emergency'. In reality, the need for the 'emergency' situation has never been tested in those rules, and in effect such loans became the basis for a short term loan agreement.

Back in December 2011, FIFA stepped in and told the Football League they were banning the Emergency Loan system as it was a breach of FIFA's Transfer Window system. Over the years that followed, haggling by the Football League allowed for that ban to be delayed and delayed, but for the 2016-17 season it will finally be banned.

As per February's news, all loan deals from now on will have to be conducted during the Summer (July/August) and Winter (January) transfer windows. All loan durations will have to be set at either a half-season or full-season deal. Once the window is shut, that player will not be able to return and play for that parent club's first team, and will not be allowed to be loaned out to a second club until the window reopens.

This left open a couple of issues that have been agreed at the Football League's 2016 AGM in Portugal today, and are as follows:

1. A player registered on a standard loan may continue to play non-first team football for his parent club during the term of his loan period. This allows that player to go back and play Under-21 or Reserve Team football for his parent club, particularly in the situation where the player is no longer getting first team football with the loaning club. However, much like the youth loan variant worked, it also allows clubs to view how their player is developing during a quiet midweek period.

2. Clubs will be permitted to sign a goalkeeper on a seven day 'emergency loan' basis if they do not have a fit and available senior goalkeeper on their books that has made five starting appearances in first team football. In the past this rule has been strictly enforced and the League have generally asked clubs to provide evidence from an independent doctor that their existing player(s) are not fit to play.

3. Clubs will be able to recall a goalkeeper at 24 hours notice from a loan period at another club if they are unable to field two fit goalkeepers in their 18 man matchday squad. This is therefore something for a loaning club to be aware of, in that they may still lose their goalkeeper, and of course could result in a chain reaction if that club then loses their only available goalkeeper.


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10 June 2016 : Football League Issue New BAME Recruitment Rules
The Football League have announced a set of proposals aimed tackling the current under-representation of coaches and managers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. The proposals are the first to come out of the Football League's 2016 AGM in Portugal, which is taking place this weekend.

For a number of years, concern has been raised within the game that although there are plenty of BAME players within the sport of football, that once those players reach retirement that they are dropping entirely out of the sport, thus meaning a far smaller proportion are becoming managers or coaches within the game.

As a result, the Football League, which has this week been rebranded as the EFL (English Football League) has announced proposals that will be mandatory for recruitment of coaching positions within Academy, whilst a Voluntary Recruitment Code will be introduced into first team football, and piloted by at least ten clubs during the 2016-17 season to gauge success and obtain feedback.

The Regulations being introduced are as follows:

Mandatory: Academy Level
Clubs will be required to advertise any position within the clubs Academy that requires the individual to hold a UEFA A or UEFA B coaching badge on the clubs website and the EFL website for a minimum of 7 days.
Clubs must include at least one suitably qualified BAME candidate (where an application has been received) on the interview shortlist for that position.
Clubs must appoint the successful candidate on the basis of merit alone.
Clubs must provide details of the recruitment process to the EFL, including the number of BAME applicants and the number of BAME candidates interviewed.
Clubs will be permitted to fill a position by promoting an internal candidate (from a position requiring a UEFA A or B coaching badge only) without applying the above process. However, the position vacated by that individual must be filled in accordance with the new regulations.

Voluntary: First Team Level
During the season, clubs will be expected to interview one or more BAME candidate for any First Team managerial/coaching role (where an application has been received) in instances where they run a full recruitment process.
During the close season, clubs will be expected to run a full recruitment process for any First Team managerial/coaching role during which they must interview one or more BAME candidates (where an application has been received).

The following clubs have already committed to running the Voluntary Code during the 2016-17 season:
Championship: Birmingham City, Fulham, Huddersfield Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers
League One: Chesterfield, Coventry City, Millwall and Peterborough United
League Two: Accrington Stanley and Carlisle United

The logic of the above rules is to still ensure that clubs are able to choose the best applicant for the job on merit, but that BAME applicants will have a better chance of putting themselves into the shop window. Past thinking has been that many football positions end up being filled through a Chairman or Owner's network of friends and social circles, rather than by five applicants all with UEFA A Licences all being given a chance to sit in an office and stake their claim for that position as an outsider.


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10 June 2016 : Tozer Future To Be Decided By New Medical
Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Ben Tozer has in principle agreed a contract that will keep him at Huish Park for next season. The 26 year old is the last of the club's out of contract players to put pen to paper on the offers that were given out by the club over the summer, and as yet the Glovers have yet to receive a negative response with Artur Krysiak, Nathan Smith, Ryan Dickson, Omar Sowumni and Francois Zoko having all committed to next season or beyond.

That just leaves Tozer as the last player to make his decision and, verbally at least, the news is positive. Tozer has agreed contractual terms with the club, but the main outstanding issue is his level of fitness. As such, the club will put him through a formal medical before he is allowed to put pen to paper.

Tozer missed the start of the 2015-16 season, due to a knee injury, meaning that he was entirely absent until the start of November, needing to have an operation to cure a problem. He then went on to make 32 appearances, scoring one goal. However, towards the end of the campaign, his playing time began to be rationed with the condition of his knee causing him discomfort and he eventually dropped out of the squad to go under the knife for a second occasion. As such, the Western Gazette indicate that the club are looking for him to prove his fitness, via a medical, and assuming that goes through positively, then he would then sign a new deal.

Tozer was used exclusively as a central midfielder during the 2015-16 season, although has the flexibility to play as a right-back or a right-sided centre-back, and has even played a handful of matches for past clubs as a left-back. In a small squad, that flexibility may come in useful - provided he is passed as fully fit and recovered from those knee problems that have troubled him.

Link: Ben Tozer : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 June 2016 : Loza Becomes Free Agent After Canaries Release
Former Yeovil Town loanee Jamar Loza has become a free agent after Norwich City decided against exercising an option against his current deal. The 22 year old finished the 2015-16 season on loan with League One side Southend United, having had another brief spell with Stevenage earlier in the season, and had not featured for the Canaries first team since March 2015, when he scored his one and only goal for them - a last-gasp 98th minute equaliser against Huddersfield Town in the Championship.

Loza was out of contract at the end of this season, but Norwich had kept quiet until now about whether they planned to invoke an automatic one year extension on that deal. They've decided against that, and so he becomes a free agent. Overall he made six appearances for Norwich, scoring one goal.

There is a bit of circumstantial evidence connecting him with Yeovil Town, at present, given that he started following the club's Twitter account just before the end of the 2015-16 season, which could mean that he holds an interest in the Glovers of some sort, although could also mean he randomly decided he wanted to hit a 'Follow' button. Only he will know why he chose to refollow the club's account.

The Jamaican international had a short spell on loan with Yeovil Town during January and February 2015. He was a little unfortunate in that he was one of Gary Johnson's final signings before the manager was pushed out the door in early February. Loza made four starts under Johnson during January, but upon the change of management he only got five minutes of football under replacement Terry Skiverton before heading back to Carrow Road.

In between his loan spells at Stevenage and Southend, Loza hit the headlines for Norwich City Under-21s as he scored five goals in a single match in a November 2015 7-2 win over Southampton Under-21s. But despite that flurry prompting the question in the Norfolk media as to whether he was ready for a first team call-up, that never happened and the final part of his Norwich career was spent at Roots Hall, playing for Southend. His age, profile and style would tend to fit in with the type of striker that current Glovers boss Darren Way has tended to look for, and most importantly the wages he would be likely to command would also fit that budget bracket far more than various other names being bandied around. However, there's been no concrete evidence that Way is interested at this stage.

Norwich have also released Reiss Awuah, Afolabi Coker, Adel Gafaiti, Reece Hall-Johnson, Cameron King, Cameron Norman, Gary ONeil and Arinse Uade. They have retained Michee Efete, Ray Grant, Steven Whittaker, Jamie Eaton-Collins, Wes Hoolahan, Ben Killip, Alexander Tettey and Michael Turner on either new or extended terms.

Link: Jamar Loza : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 June 2016 : Nevin Recruited By Seagulls
Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion have picked yet another former Yeovil Town man for their new coaching set-up. Having appointed Russell Slade as their manager in 2009, and having then taken Nathan Jones as their assistant manager and first team coach between 2013 and 2016, they now turn to former Glovers striker Paul Nevin who played for the Glovers in the mid-1990s. Nevin fills the vacant slot left by Jones when he joined Luton Town as their manager in January 2016. Brighton also number goalkeeper coach Ben Roberts in their ranks, with him having headed to the Sussex coast in the summer of 2015, having spent five years with Charlton Athletic.

Nevin arrived at Huish Park as a 23 year old from Carlisle United, having started his career with Shrewsbury Town as a youth player. He then took a scholarship after he was scouted whilst playing for an England Schoolboys Under-18s side, and ended up spending four years playing for University of Evansville in Indiana, before returning home to sign for Carlisle. He joined Yeovil for the 1992-93 season, and was a semi-regular in the side, making 48 appearances, scoring three goals. Unfortunately, Nevin suffered injury problems during the 1993-94 season, and that led to him dropping entirely out of the game for a few years, becoming a social worker in Wandsworth after he left Somerset.

However, he got back into football via Fulham's academy system as a coach, working his way up through their ranks between 1997 and 2005 to the point of becoming their Reserve Team and Academy Manager. He then moved overseas, taking on first team management of the New Zealand Knights in the Australia A-League and then headed off to Qatar to work for the Aspire Academy, coaching their junior national teams. He also obtained a Masters Degree from the University of Stirling in performance coaching. In the summer of 2013, he returned to England and took up a position as Head of Coaching at Norwich City which lasted just over a year before he was offered the job of Head of Academy Coaching at the Premier League. There he worked with all EPPP Category One Academy teams, as well as providing coaching for some of the FA's Youth National Teams.

With a UEFA Pro Licence on top of that, Nevin is well qualified, and it's not too hard to work out why Brighton recruited the 46 year old. Boss Chris Hughton said of the arrival of Nevin:

"Paul is an excellent coach and a good appointment for the club. Im delighted he is on board and looking forward to working with him again. He has top-level experience from eight years with Fulham, his time in New Zealand and with Norwich; he has also worked for the Football Association and Premier League. Alongside Colin (Calderwood), Ben (Roberts) and myself he will bring a fresh perspective and different voice to the coaching mix."

Link: Paul Nevin : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 June 2016 : Fallon Starts Coaching Career With Truro
Former Yeovil Town striker Rory Fallon has made his first step into management by joining the set-up at National League South side Truro City. He has agreed a two year contract to join them as a player-coach, acting as an assistant to new manager Lee Hodges. The 34 year old now holds a UEFA 'A' Coaching Licence and will combine playing duties with his first job on the training ground.

Fallon's last club was Bristol Rovers, who he joined on non-contract terms in January 2016. However, he only made three substitute appearances for the Gas before being released by the club. Prior to that he'd been out of the game for a significant period of time - a short term deal with Scunthorpe United had been scuppered by a serious knee injury after just five appearances, even though he scored three goals.

From a Yeovil Town point of view, he played six times during the 2004-05 season during Gary Johnson's first spell with the club, scoring on his debut against Scunthorpe United. That was part of a loan spell from Swindon Town, but he joined the Glovers on a permanent short term contract at the start of the 2011-12 season under Terry Skiverton's first spell as boss but was fairly quickly released, moving on to Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen. The Western Gazette did link him with a third spell with the club in December 2015, but with him still recovering from his 14 month absence through a knee injury, that was never likely.

Link: Rory Fallon : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 June 2016 : Massey Signed Up By Orient
Former Yeovil Town loanee Gavin Massey has swapped one League Two club for another after Leyton Orient stepped in to sign him. The ex-Watford youth product has left Colchester United for an undisclosed fee, four years after he signed for them on a free transfer following his release by the Hornets.

Massey played 178 matches for Colchester, all of which were at League One level, and scored 21 times for them, picking up their 2014-15 Players' Player of the Season Award. The 23 year old had a year to run on his current Colchester contract, but they've decided to cash in on him - he's now signed a three year deal with Leyton Orient who are under new management in Andy Hessenthaler.

His spell with the Glovers came during the 2011-12 season, which saw him play under Terry Skiverton during his first spell as manager. Overall he scored three times in 17 appearances, but returned to Watford almost immediately after the return of Gary Johnson as manager in January 2012, with a slight hamstring problem being cited as a factor in why his deal was cut short. Once that had cleared up, he was shipped off to Colchester, initially on loan, with the Essex side making it a permanent move that summer.

Link: Gavin Massey : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 June 2016 : Barry Swaps Accy For Dragons
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Anthony Barry is on the move. The 30 year old was part of the Accrington Stanley first team set-up during the 2015-16 season, but had struggled for game time, making just five starts and six substitute appearances during the season, and did not get onto the pitch during a league match from mid-November onwards, as Accrington's impressive season was built around a squad that saw him head down the pecking order.

Accrington indicate that they did actually offer him a new contract, but he chose to turn it down and sign a one year deal with National League side Wrexham. His decision to join the Welsh club should allow them to finally see him play for the Dragons, over six years after he first put pen to paper on a deal at the Racecourse Ground. Barry's tenure there lasted just eight days in January 2000, when he chose to sign for Fleetwood Town, who at that time were in the Conference North division, but had come in with an offer that was reported as tripling his salary. Via Fleetwood, Forest Green Rovers and Accrington they should finally see their man play.

Barry was part of Yeovil Town's 2006-07 League One Play-Off Final squad that lost out to Blackpool, having originally been brought in by Steve Thompson eighteen months earlier. He was released by the Glovers a year later, and headed off to Chester City, who at that time were playing in the division below.

Link: Anthony Barry : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 June 2016 : Arthurworrey And Burn Released By Cottagers
Former Yeovil Town loan pair Stephen Arthurworrey and Dan Burn have been released by Championship side Fulham. The pair are a number of players being cleared out at the end of the 2015-16 season. Neither come as a big surprise - Burn had announced his own departure via his Twitter account at the end of the season and has been linked to a number of clubs over the summer, including persistent rumours of Sheffield United interest, although their change of management may make that a dead end.

The 24 year old made 35 appearances for Fulham during the 2015-16 season, and overall made 69 appearances, scoring two goals. In addition to that he had a 2013-14 loan spell with Birmingham City which reaped 28 appearances and one goal, plus his 2012-13 loan spell with Yeovil Town which gave him 41 appearances and three goals. The most likely scenario is that Burn will now move to either a smaller Championship side or a large League One side.

Stephen Arthurworrey's release from his contract at Fulham also comes as little surprise. They had only given him a one year extension to his previous contract, suggesting that they were mulling over where his career would go. His second loan spell with Yeovil Town during the 2015-16 season should have given him a platform to show his parent club what he could do. However 17 games into his time with the Glovers, a serious knee injury curtailed his loan spell in October, meaning that he did not play again for the remainder of the season. Without him being in the spotlight, Fulham's decision not to offer him a further deal felt inevitable.

Overall he made 50 appearances for Yeovil across his two loan spells. Aside from that, his Fulham first team career comprised of a single League Cup appearance, with a 17 game loan spell with Tranmere Rovers during the 2013-14 season his other exposure to first team football.

Fulham are also releasing Alexander Kacaniklic, Shaun Hutchinson, Jamie O'Hara, Liam Donnelly, Shane Elworthy, Jordan Evans, Dean OHalloran, Ian Pino Soler, Ange-Freddy Plumain and Aaron Redford at the end of their contracts.

Link: Stephen Arthurworrey : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Daniel Burn : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 June 2016 : Fourth Pre-Season Friendly Arranged With Salisbury Trip
Yeovil Town have lined up another pre-season friendly for the 2016-17 season. This is the club's fourth pre-season friendly following those arranged against Dorchester Town, Bristol City and Merthyr Town.

The Glovers will travel to the Raymond McEnhill Stadium on Tuesday 26th July, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off for a pre-season friendly against Salisbury, who are managed by Steve Claridge.

Admission prices for the fixture will be as follows:

Adults: 8.00; Senior Citizens/Students (With ID): 5.00; Aged 5-16: 2.00; Aged Under-5: FREE (with paying adult)

The club's pre-season friendly list now reads as follows:

Tue 12/07/2016 : 19:45 : Dorchester Town (Away)
Sat 16/07/2016 : 15:00 : Bristol City (Home)
Mon 18/07/2016 : 19:30 : Merthyr Town (Away)
Tue 26/07/2016 : 19:30 : Salisbury City (Away)

Update: Salisbury have quoted admission prices that are slightly lower than initially advertised - 1.00 cheaper for Adults, Seniors and Students. The above prices have been changed to reflect Salisbury's revised prices.


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6 June 2016 : Slade Signs Addicks Deal Following Cardiff Exit
Further to Friday's news, former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has been confirmed as the new manager of Charlton Athletic. Having exited Cardiff City just before the weekend, after their attempt to move him 'upstairs' as their Head of Football only lasted 28 days, Slade is now back in first team management, and with Charlton having just been relegated to League One, will be hoping to go one better than he did with Yeovil Town in 2006-07 and with Leyton Orient in 2013-14, when he took both clubs to Wembley League One play-off finals.

Slade has been given a three year contract at The Valley, confirming rumours that spread just before his decision to leave Cardiff after two years in charge of first team affairs. He gave his views on the appointment:

"I am very pleased to be appointed manager of Charlton, a club with a fantastic tradition and history. I was attracted to Charlton as it has has great facilities, passionate fans and a very successful academy. This is a hugely exciting opportunity and I cannot wait to get started."

Slade's first task will be to get the fans on his side, with the Addicks having seen numerous demonstrations against their club owner Roland Duchatelet. They were relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2015-16 season and will now begin next season playing third tier football again. Charlton CEO Katrien Meire admits that it will not be easy to return to Championship level:

"We're delighted to have agreed terms with Russell. We dont underestimate the challenge of getting Charlton back into the Championship.We believe Russell is the man to help us achieve this and, with the help of everyone involved in the club, ensure that Charlton have a successful 2016-17 campaign. Russell has vast experience in the division and is a two-time League One Manager of The Year. He joins us as Manager on a long-term contract and his appointment represents the start of an exciting new era at the club under his guidance."


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6 June 2016 : 2016-17 Fixture Lists 'Leak' Confirmed As Hoax
The Football League have confirmed that a set of 2016-17 fixtures circulating on the internet is a hoax. Social media posts have seen dates and teams for clubs circulated, that claimed that Yeovil Town would open with a trip to Doncaster Rovers, whilst closing with a home match against newly promoted Cheltenham Town.

The lists produced looked reasonably plausible, but with fixtures not due to be published for sixteen days, such a list would not normally be finalised, with clubs usually still in discussion with the League and local policing authorities concerning other local events in their area and possible conflicts with local rival clubs.

This morning the Football League have confirmed that the list - which has been published by at least one local newspaper - is a fabrication, and indicate that they do not expect to even have their own internal list finalised until around a week before the fixtures are released. The League's statement says:

We've received some enquiries from you all this morning about the 2016-17 fixtures. We can confirm the 'fixture list' published online at the weekend is a hoax. At this stage we are still about 10 days away from being able to review a first draft of the 2016-17 fixture list. It's worth noting a number of the fixtures in the hoax list would not be permitted on those dates for operational and policing reasons."

The actual fixture lists for the 2016-17 season are due out at 9.00a.m. on June 22nd 2016.

Link: 2016-17 Season Key Dates.


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5 June 2016 : 2016-17 Season Key Dates - Including FA Competitions
The Football Association have issued their key dates for the 2016-17 season. These include all of the Round dates for the FA Cup, FA Youth Cup and SSE Women's FA Cup for the coming season. Below is a full list of all key dates, including the previously known Football League dates, hopefully providing a full guide to next season for those wanting to plan ahead.

2016-17 Season Key Dates:

June 22nd 2016 : 2016-17 Fixtures Released at 9.00a.m.

August 6th 2016 : First weekend of 2016-17 Season
August 8th 2016 : League Cup First Round (week commencing)
August 22nd 2016 : League Cup Second Round (week commencing)
August 29th 2016 : Football League Trophy First Round (week commencing)

September 19th 2016 : League Cup Third Round (week commencing)

October 3rd 2016 : Football League Trophy Second Round (week commencing)
October 15th 2016 : FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round (final round before Football League clubs join)
October 24th 2016 : League Cup Fourth Round (week commencing)

November 5th 2016 : FA Youth Cup First Round (final target fixture date)
November 5th 2016 : FA Cup First Round (Football League Clubs join)
November 7th 2016 : Football League Trophy Third Round (week commencing)
November 19th 2016 : FA Youth Cup Second Round (final target fixture date)
November 28th 2016 : League Cup Fifth Round (week commencing)

December 3rd 2016 : FA Cup Second Round
December 5th 2016 : Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final (week commencing)
December 17th 2016 : FA Youth Cup Third Round (final target fixture date)
December 26th 2016 : Boxing Day fixtures
December 31st 2016 : Christmas Holiday fixtures

January 2nd 2017 : New Year Bank Holiday fixtures
January 7th 2017 : FA Cup Third Round (Premier League and Championship sides join)
January 8th 2017 : SSE Women's FA Cup Second Round (Last round before FAWSL clubs join)
January 9th 2017 : League Cup Semi-Final First Leg (week commencing)
January 14th 2017 : FA Youth Cup Fourth Round (final target fixture date)
January 23rd 2017 : League Cup Semi-Final Second Leg (week commencing)
January 23rd 2017 : Football League Trophy Area Final First Leg (week commencing)
January 28th 2017 : FA Cup Fourth Round

February 4th 2017 : FA Youth Cup Fifth Round (final target fixture date)
February 5th 2017 : SSE Women's FA Cup Third Round (Yeovil and FAWSL clubs join)
February 6th 2017 : Football League Trophy Area Final Second Leg (week commencing)
February 18th 2017 : FA Cup Fifth Round
February 19th 2017 : SSE Women's FA Cup Fourth Round
February 26th 2017 : League Cup Final (at Wembley Stadium)

March 19th 2017 : SSE Women's FA Cup Fifth Round
March 26th 2017 : SSE Women's FA Cup Sixth Round

April 2nd 2017 : Football League Trophy Final (at Wembley Stadium)

May 6th 2017 : Final weekend of Season proper.
May 20th 2017 : League One Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)
May 28th 2017 : League Two Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)
May 29th 2017 : Championship Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)


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5 June 2016 : Kingsley Makes Scotland Debut
Former Yeovil Town loanee Stephen Kingsley made his debut for the Scotland national team last night. The Swansea City full-back had been given his first senior call-up late last month for a difficult pair of matches against Italy and Euro 2012 winners France, with both sides preparing for the Euro 2016 tournament. Kingsley was an unused substitute during the match against the Italians, but gained his first senior Scotland cap yesterday in the 64th minute of the match staged at the Stade Saint-Symphorien in Metz.

Unfortunately for Kingsley, he entered the pitch with the match already well and truly lost, with two Arsenal players having done the damage - Oliver Giroud struck twice in the 8th and 35th minute, whilst Laurent Koscielny gave France a 3-0 advantage at half time with another 39th minute goal. That meant that when Kingsley got his 26 minutes worth of international football, the defender was doing it from a point of view of damage limitation - thankfully his time on the field did not see France adding to the scoreline.

Kingsley has been previously called up for Scotland at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level, with 13 caps across the three age groups. However, following a 12 game loan spell playing for League One side Crewe Alexandra, he has started to show signs of breaking into Swansea City's first team, making five appearances for them during the second half of the 2015-16 campaign, including four matches in the Premier League. that seems to have allowed Scotland manager Gordon Strachan to believe that the 21 year old is capable of playing on a bigger stage.

Final Score: France 3 Scotland 0.

Scotland: David Marshall, Russell Martin, Andrew Robertson, Gordon Greer, Grant Hanley, James McArthur, Darren Fletcher, Shaun Maloney, Steven Fletcher, Robert Snodgrass, Matt Ritchie.

Substitutes: Charlie Mulgrew (46 mins for Andrew Robertson), Ikechi Anya (46 mins for Maloney), Steven Naismith (58 mins for Steven Fletcher), Stephen Kingsley (64 mins for Robert Snodgrass), Barrie McKay (84 mins for McArthur), Scott Fox, Jack Hamilton, Ross McCormack, Matt Philips, Craig Bryson, Oliver Burke, Callum Paterson, John McGinn.

France: Lloris, Evra, Koscielny, Sagna, Rami, Kante, Matuidi, Pogba, Coman, Giroud, Payet.

Substitutes: Griezmann (46 mins for Coman), Martial (46 mins for Payet), Gignac (63 mins for Giroud), Cabaye (69 mins for Matuidi), Digne (83 mins for Evra), Sissoko (88 mins for Kante), Mandanda, Costil, Jallet, Digne, Mangala, Umtiti, Schneiderlin.


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4 June 2016 : Zoko Extends Yeovil Town Stay With New Contract
Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko has signed a new deal with the club. The 32 year old came in as a free agent partway through the 2015-16 season, under former manager Paul Sturrock, making his debut against Newport County in November - a club who had also been linked with his services. Although his lack of match sharpness took him a while to warm up, the short term deal he signed in November was ultimately extended in January until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Scoring his debut goal on December 12th, against Barnet, Zoko then went on to net eight times in 29 appearances, giving him a share of the club's top goalscorer award, despite only playing in just over half of the season's matches. Zoko has said of his decision to sign for the Glovers again:

"I am obviously delighted to sign for another year at Yeovil Town. I have really enjoyed my time at Huish Park and I am looking forward to working with the manager and his staff next season. I hope we can all put some smiles on the supporter's faces next season, it is what the great Yeovil fans deserve."

He has signed a new one year contract with the club that will keep him at Huish Park until the summer of 2017.

Link: Francois Zoko : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 June 2016 : Leitch-Smith Swaps Valiants For Salop
League One side Shrewsbury Town have signed up former Yeovil Town player AJ Leitch-Smith on a free transfer. The striker had already confirmed that he did not plan to stay with Port Vale, despite finishing as their top goalscorer, with 13 strikes from 43 appearances. Initially, he struggled to find the back of the net for the Valiants, with it taking until November 14th before he scored his first goal for them. However, once that happened, he went on a scoring run of five goals in four games, and that seemed to set him off for a more impressive second half of the 2015-16 season.

The snag for Port Vale was that he was only signed on a 12 month contract following his release from Yeovil Town, and that meant that the 26 year old could walk at the end of the season. His plans to do that were revealed earlier this week, with Vale Chairman Norman Smurthwaite telling BBC Radio Stoke that Leitch-Smith's agent had asked for a massive rise in wages, which the club could not compete with:

"I received an email from his agent to say they are rejecting the offer and request that that we terminate his contract. He has done well for us but they wanted his salary to increase six-fold and it's unfortunate, but we are not in that market."

Leitch-Smith has now been given a two year contract by Shrewsbury Town, and will now work under Micky Mellon, who has been their boss since the summer of 2014. The striker told Shrewsbury's website that he had received a number of alternative offers:

"The gaffer's very ambitious and so are the type of players he is bringing in at the minute so it looks like we are going to have a good squad next year, so there were quite a few factors that drew me here in the end. I did have quite a bit of interest and had a few offers as well but, in the end, this was the place for me."

Port Vale seem to be suffering a bit of a difficult summer. They had 13 players out of contract at Vale Park, but so far Ryan McGivern (who has also joined Shrewsbury) Louis Dodds, Richard Duffy and Michael O'Connor have all told the club that they will be moving on. They have also lost manager Rob Page, who decided to jump ship to become Northampton Town's manager last month.

Link: AJ Leitch-Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 June 2016 : Hessenthaler Takes Orient Role On Permanent Basis
League Two side Leyton Orient have formalised the appointment of Andy Hessenthaler as their latest manager. The former Gillingham boss has been holding the reins in an odd situation at Brisbane Road, after his predecessor Kevin Nolan stepped down in April, after being told by the club's owners to concentrate on his playing duties for the remainder of the season, meaning that his assistant manager then became his boss. Hessenthaler then took charge for the final five matches of the 2015-16 season, but was unable to guide his side into the League Two play-offs, as they finished the season one place outside in eighth place.

Orient have had a fairly turbulent time since Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti bought the club in the summer of 2014 from long-standing owner Barry Hearn. During the 2014-15 season, they worked their way through four managers, whilst the 2015-16 campaign saw them use three managers, following their relegation during the summer of 2015. The big question was what they planned to do once the season was over, and whether Nolan would be restored to his previous position. The answer is 'no' and it's notable that there is no mention of what the former West Ham United midfielder's position holds, particularly given that he never played under Hessenthaler, with an 'injury' claimed as keeping him out. Hessenthaler has been given a one year contract, with the option of an extension.

Hessenthaler has had some notable moments under Becchetti even before his appointment today. On Boxing Day, after Orient beat Portsmouth by a 3-2 scoreline, the matchday video footage picked up Becchetti aiming a fairly hefty kick at the then assistant manager's backside, having run at him on the final whistle - an incident that appeared to be sparked by Hessenthaler's reaction to the final whistle being blown in the match, that saw him aim a gesture to someone behind the dugouts. Becchetti was given a six game stadium ban and a 40,000 fine by the Football Association. Hessenthaler also gave a withering analysis of the club's 2015-16 season in mid-May, suggesting that if Orient had kept faith with Ian Hendon or Kevin Nolan a bit longer, that they would have reached the play-offs:

"We need to be able to do our job. I've played quite a few games in my career and managed at Championship level as well as coached. That's what we're here to do and that's what we need to get on with. I think (there is too much interference) to be honest. We need to be able to get on with our jobs. I think Kevin (Nolan) did have great ideas, we just went on a bit of a sticky run, but we were just two points outside the play-offs with five games to go. We had an opportunity to still get in there and Ian (Hendon) was two points outside the play-offs with 20 games to go. The owner is the owner of the football club, he makes the decisions and he feels it is in the best interest of the club that is how it is."

Leyton Orient's Managers under Francesco Becchetti:
1. Russell Slade (12 games)
2. Kevin Nugent (7 games)
3. Mauro Milanese (8 games)
4. Fabio Liverani (27 games)
5. Ian Hendon (31 games)
6. Kevin Nolan (15 games)
7. Andy Hessenthaler (5 games)


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3 June 2016 : Slade Exits Cardiff City With Addicks Rumours Circulating
Former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has left his position at Cardiff City Football Club this afternoon. The 55 year old is widely rumoured to have another position lined up with a rival club, with recently relegated Charlton Athletic reported to be interested in his services.

Slade had recently moved upstairs at Cardiff, with them choosing to make former Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope their new First Team Coach. Slade was informed of the decision to move himself into more of a 'desk job' just before the 2015-16 fixtures came to a close, after Cardiff's hopes of a Championship play-off position had been extinguished following their penultimate fixture. He therefore went into Game No.46 knowing that would be his final game before moving out of the dugout area.

Trollope was intended to report to Slade in his new 'Head of Football' role, which involved him overseeing the first team and development team set-ups along with Cardiff's Academy system. However, today Cardiff have confirmed that he has left the club by mutual consent. They don't reveal where he is heading next, but given the current rumours circulating regarding the vacant Charlton position, it would not be a surprise if that is his next call. His position as Head of Football lasted just 28 days.


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3 June 2016 : Upson Swaps Lions For Dons
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has found himself a new club, shortly after his release from League One side Millwall. The 26 year old has signed for Milton Keynes Dons, who have just been relegated from the Championship. As he was out of contract at the New Den, the deal goes through on a free transfer, with him being given a two year contract at his new club.

Milton Keynes had just one season at Championship level before dropping down again, but Upson has told their club website that he believes they are an ambitious club:

"Its brilliant to be here. Ive admired the club for a long time now, I know a few of the boys and the manager made me feel wanted. Im really looking forward to meeting everyone and I cant wait to get going. Its an ambitious club and the style of play is fantastic. Im looking to get into the team, make my mark and show the fans what I can do."

Milton Keynes also claim that Upson had offers from unnamed Championship level clubs. He will formally join his new club on July 1st when his contract at Millwall has run out. Upson was released by the Lions following their play-off final defeat against Barnsley, having made 77 appearances, and scoring two goals across his two-and-a-half year spell with the club.

Link: Ed Upson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 June 2016 : Way Sees Some Loan Players As Outgrowing The Club
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he would have no problem in welcoming back any of the six loan players that he completed the 2015-16 season with, even if he doesn't expect that to be possible in many cases. The 2016-17 season is likely to provoke a sea change in the way that loan deals are negotiated with lower league clubs, with new Football League rules expected to be ratified this summer that will see a replacement to the outgoing Emergency Loan and Youth Loan systems. Added to that, the Glovers finished the season slightly top heavy with six loan players in their squad, and are unlikely to want to be in that position for a whole half season, unless injuries force them down that route.

Added to that, some of the parent clubs of players who came to Huish Park will be wanting their young players to make the next step up in their careers, with them hoping to attract the attention of League One or Championship sides who might give them at least half a season's worth of football at that level. That's certainly likely to be true of a player like Everton midfielder Liam Walsh who shone during his 17 game spell with the Glovers. Way has told the Western Gazette that he would have no problem with any of those players in returning but described some of them as 'outgrowing' the club during their time on the club's books, giving Walsh as an example:

"I told every single one of them before they left that I would be willing to take them back. I've got to build a team that can compete like it did towards the end of last season. Unfortunately you don't get some back because they outgrow us as a football club and become bigger and better players. Liam Walsh is a prime example of that. Everywhere I go everyone talks about him and everyone wants him and that is credit to him."

The expectation for the 2016-17 season onwards is that clubs will only be able to take on loan players during the Summer and January transfer windows, with players tied to a single first team set-up over half-season periods. That means that the opportunity clubs get for initial one month loan 'trial' periods before they extend those deals or send those players back will no longer be possible, except via the next transfer window. Way admits the challenge for him will be that on occasions he has taken players on knowing little about them. He says that the club will now have to get those decisions right in the future:

"Sometimes when you are looking at signings and looking at players you are almost doing it blind. That is the thing I have found hard as a manager. It is difficult and you have got to get the recruitment process right and so far with the loans I have certainly done that with the quality that has been brought in. I need to make sure I continue that."


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2 June 2016 : Snook Put On Stand-By For England Ladies Training Camp
Yeovil Town Ladies development team player Kelly Snook has been given a stand-by place for the upcoming England U18 and U19s training camps. Kelly has started to break through into the Glovers first team this season, having made 12 appearances for the Development Squad, scoring four goals. She will now wait and see if she joins Jessie Jones, who was given a call-up last month, with the players due to meet in the middle of this month.

The recognition for Kelly continues an increasing number of female Glovers who are capturing the eye of their national coaches. Welsh duo Nadia Lawrence and Kayleigh Green are currently on international duty with their country and are hoping to be part of a UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifier that takes place next Tuesday against Norway at Newport Stadium.

Link: Wales International Call-Up For Ladies Duo.

Link: Ladies Duo Called Up For England Camps.


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2 June 2016 : Tangerines Bring Bowyer In As New Boss
League Two newcomers Blackpool have appointed a new manager as a successor to Neil McDonald. They have opted to bring in former Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer, who has been out of work since November 2015. The 44 year old has been given a one year rolling contract at Bloomfield Road, having previously been in charge of Blackburn for 131 matches, including two brief Caretaker spells. His sacking at Blackburn ended an eleven year association he'd had with them, having risen through the ranks since his arrival as their Under-18s manager back in 2004. Finishes of 8th and 9th gave him reasonable returns during his first two campaigns, but he was fired in November with them stuck in 16th place, with only three wins on the board.

The Tangerines had parted company with McDonald after he had spent precisely one season in charge of the club. Having slid down the divisions with a double relegation, they are now on their seventh manager since the departure of Ian Holloway in November 2012, with Steve Thompson (no, not that one) having had two caretaker spells on top of that. Overall they have worked their way through Michael Appleton (13 games), Paul Ince (42), Barry Ferguson (20), Jose Riga (15), Lee Clark (33) and Neil McDonald (50) along with Thompson's nine games across two spells.

Blackpool's heavy turnover of managers is notable given that during the 2010-11 season they were in the Premier League, whilst in the 2011-12 campaign they were in the Championship play-offs, losing out at the Semi-Final stages. Their recent downfall began in rapid fashion midway through the 2013-14 campaign when a Tuesday night match against Yeovil Town saw them finish the match with eight men, and a rather crap night for Paul Ince. A run of nine defeats in ten matches followed, and thereafter the Tangerines have struggled slow their decline.


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1 June 2016 : Stieber Given Euro 2016 Squad Slot
Former Yeovil Town loanee Zoltan Stieber has been given a place on the Hungary national side for Euro 2016. The 27 year old is currently on the books of German side Hamburger SV although has more recently been out on loan with FC Nurnberg, who operate in the division below in the Bundesliga 2.

The Glovers still stand as the only club that Stieber has played first team for outside Germany. At the time that the Glovers took him on, he was a 19 year old Aston Villa Academy graduate that former boss Russell Slade brought in on loan, making his debut for the club on November 24th 2007 - his first taste of first team football. He went on to make 15 appearances, scoring one goal as he netted the winner against Brighton and Hove Albion a month later.

Although Stieber plays for the Hungarian national side, he also has strong links with Germany and in 2009 he left Aston Villa, signing for TuS Koblenz. He has spent the last seven years hovering between the top two Bundesliga divisions, and whilst on the books of Alemannia Aachen in 2010-11, managed the extraordinary feat of creating 17 assists for goals, whilst scoring 10 more himself. That sort of form got him noticed by the Hungarian national side, where he has gone on to gain 11 caps, scoring twice during 2015 against Lithuania and Finland.

Stieber is one of four ex-Yeovil Town players we're aware of that have been included in Euro 2016 squads, with Wales selecting Wayne Hennessey and Simon Church whilst the Republic of Ireland have named Shane Duffy - see their squads linked at the foot of this article.

Hungary Euro 2016 Squad:

Goalkeepers: Gabor Kiraly (Szombathelyi Haladas), Denes Dibusz (Ferencvaros), Peter Gulasci (RB Leipzig).

Defenders: Attila Fiola (FC Akademia), Barnabas Bese (MTK Budapest), Richard Guzmics (Wisla Krakow, Roland Juhasz (Videoton FC), Adam Lang (Videoton FC), Tamas Kadar (Lech Poznan), Mihaly Korhut (Debreceni VSC).

Midfielders: Akos Elek (Diyosgyori VTK), Adam Pinter (Ferencvaros), Zoltan Gera (Ferencvaros), Lazlo Kleinheisler (Werder Bremen), Gergo Lovrencsics (Lech Poznan), Zoltan Stieber (FC Nuremberg).

Forwards: Balazs Dzsudzsak (Bursaspor), Adam Szalai (Hannover 96 on loan from Hoffenheim), Krisztian Nemeth (Al-Gharafa), Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw), Tamas Priskin (Slovan Bratislava), Daniel Bode (Ferencvaros).

Link: Zoltan Stieber : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Duffy Called Up To Irish Euro Squad.

Link: Former Glovers Loan Duo Given Welsh Euro 2016 Places.


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1 June 2016 : Academy Successes In Hageland Cup
Yeovil Town's Academy sides had a productive visit to Belgium over the weekend, as three of their year groups participated in the Hageland Cup. All three of the Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 age groups managed to complete the tournament unbeaten, with the Under-11 and Under-13 groups winning the overall trophy for that age. The Under-15s were only eliminated due to a high proportion of their later matches ending up in penalty shoot-outs after the in-game matches were drawn, and so still returned home unbeaten.

The tournament took place near Aarschot, which is 30 miles North East of Brussels, in Belgium. The results of the Yeovil Town matches across both days were as follows:

Yeovil Town U11s 4 US Solrezienne (Belgium) 0
Yeovil Town U11s 5 R.W.2 (Belgium) 1
Yeovil Town U11s 4 SV Geinoord 0 (Netherlands)
Yeovil Town U11s 1 De Zwaantjes 0 (Belgium)
Yeovil Town U11s 2 ES Stains FC 2 (France) (Yeovil won on penalties)
Yeovil Town U11s 5 P.A.S.S. Soccer 0 (Great Britain) (Final)

Yeovil Town U13s 4 KAC Betekom (Belgium) 0
Yeovil Town U13s 3 KFC Tongerlo (Belgium) 0
Yeovil Town U13s 1 P.A.S.S. Soccer 0 (Great Britain)
Yeovil Town U13s 1 Wijgmaal 0 (Belgium)
Yeovil Town U13s 1 Champs sur Marne 0 (France) (Final)

Yeovil Town U15s 0 Bosdam Beveren 0 (Belgium) (Yeovil won 3-2 on penalties)
Yeovil Town U15s 1 Olympia Haarlem C1 0 (Netherlands)
Yeovil Town U15s 2 U.R. La Louviere 0 (Belgium)
Yeovil Town U15s 0 BVC Bloemendaal 0 (Netherlands) (Yeovil won 2-0 on penalties)
Yeovil Town U15s 1 SV Unitas '59 1 (Netherlands) (Yeovil won 3-2 on penalties)
Yeovil Town U15s 0 SV Hoofddorp 0 (Netherlands) (Yeovil won 4-3 on penalties)

Yeovil Town U13 squad in rather continental-looking orange kit
Yeovil Town U13 squad in rather continental-looking orange kit

The players were given a tour of PSV Eindhoven's stadium taking them through places like the press room
The players were given a tour of PSV Eindhoven's stadium taking them through places like the press room

Special Hageland Cup shirts were produced for the players to wear
Special Hageland Cup shirts were produced for the players to wear

Yeovil Town U13 player Owen Deacon with the U13 Hageland Cup
Yeovil Town U13 player Owen Deacon with the U13 Hageland Cup

The victorious Yeovil Town U13 squad after their final win
The victorious Yeovil Town U13 squad after their final win


[With thanks to Glen Deacon for many of the above photos.]


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1 June 2016 : Harvey Puts Scottish Pair Up For Discussion In Restructure Proposals
Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has opened up the possibility of Scottish sides Celtic and Rangers joining the League - four years after one of his predecessors described it as 'disrespectful' to Scottish and English competitions. Talk of the two Glasgow clubs heading south has been one of those on/off topics over the years that has come up in the national press only to be whacked on the head before it could become anything like a serious proposal. However, with the League having unveiled their plans to restructure the divisions, it's come back again, and on this occasion Harvey hasn't instantly dismissed it.

Back in 2009, Bolton Wanderers Chairman Phil Gartside had put forward proposals for a two-tier Premier League structure that would have offered Celtic and Rangers a place, initially in the second tier. However, in November 2009, Premier League clubs threw that one out, saying that it was 'not desirable or viable'. Then in March 2012, League Chairman Greg Clarke ruled out even having a conversation about the subject, saying that such a discussion would be 'disrespectful' to the Scottish footballing authorities.

Of course times change, and it seems that what was 'disrespectful' is now apparently back on the table. What may be significant is that Clarke is stepping down as Football League Chairman this summer, having already handed over his Chief Executive duties to former Leeds United Chief Executive Shaun Harvey. He has told the Scottish Sun that he is willing to have that conversation, even if he recognises that it may be a contentious one:

"Its difficult to count anything definitely in or definitely out if you are having a review of the whole structure. I suspect bringing the Scottish clubs into the English game will be a difficult challenge. It could happen, but to happen 72 clubs in the football league would have to be content with it. And equally we have the issues of the game in Scotland to consider along with the English FA and the Scottish FA. Rangers and Celtic bring an added dimension to what could already be an exceptionally complex set of discussions. We have issued a consultation document to all of our clubs which will be discussed at our summer meeting. For this proposal to be successful, we will need to see whether this is something the football clubs want to engage."

The long-standing question over co-opting such clubs into an English football pyramid structure would be at what level that would be done, given that it would effectively mean that two English clubs would drop two places down the pecking order in that structure than would naturally be the case, making a mockery of the promotion and relegation system. On the other hand, if they were co-opted in at a lower division level, they would risk dwarfing those divisions during that season, most likely writing off any promotion hopes their opponents would have during that campaign.

Co-opting of Scottish clubs would also bring into question two of the Football League's claims they have made concerning the restructuring proposals. In their 'Whole Game Solution' press release, they indicated that their plans would result in "reduced travel costs to games which are often at a distance" and that "midweek travel for fans (will be) vastly reduced". Without a hard-coded fixture list that pitched Carlisle or Hartlepool playing the Glasgow sides during that period, you can almost bet your house on 'Rangers vs Plymouth Argyle' coming out of the fixture commputer as a Tuesday night in February.


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