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30 June 2017 : Morecambe Trip Given The Friday Night M6 Experience
As reported last night, Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Morecambe has now been switched to a Friday night. Central fixture lists had been updated to show the change, but both clubs have now confirmed this to be true.

The match will now be played on Friday 30th December 2017 with a 7.45p.m kick-off at the Globe Arena. It means that travelling Glover's fans will now face a 556 mile round trip on the length of the M6 on a night trip.


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30 June 2017 : List Of B Teams Confirmed For 2017-18 EFL Trophy
The Football League have released the names of the EPPP Category One Academy sides that will compete in the 2017-18 Football League Trophy. The much maligned competition will once again see sixteen B-Teams co-opted, with sides based around an Under-21 line-up again. There are four clubs who have decided to join this season's competition that did not take part last year - these are Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Fulham.

The League have this time clarified up front confusion caused by some outlets using the 'Under-23' tag to describe those clubs, labelling it as an Under-21 line-up and stating the exact rule for these 'Invited Clubs' as follows:

"The selection criteria for invited Under 21 teams is 'six players from the starting 11 must be under the age of 21 as at 30 June 2017.'"

The list of clubs that will be entered into the competition, along with the 48 League One and League Two sides, are as follows:

Brighton and Hove Albion, Reading, Chelsea, Southampton, Everton, Stoke City, Fulham, Sunderland, Leicester City, Swansea City, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United, West Ham United.

The plan is to continue with the sixteen regionalised groups for the opening stage of the competition, although the League have in the past claimed that they will provide adjustments to prevent the farce of the likes of Cheltenham Town being included in a 'Northern' Group that saw them travel up to Blackpool for a midweek match. It would appear that will be at the cost of the draw being far more regionalised than a single North/South split.

The Group draw will take place at some point during July, with the initial matches due to be played during week commencing August 28th.


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29 June 2017 : Morecambe Game To Become Night(mare) Trip?
Yeovil Town appear to have another fixture change for the 2017-18 season on the cards - and it's an ugly one. Their Christmas holiday trip to Morecambe had been scheduled to be played on Saturday 30th December 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Globe Arena.

The match now appears to have been moved to Friday 29th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Although neither club has formally announced this, the revised date is being carried on the fixtures pages for both websites, along with the BBC Sport and Sky Sports websites. They all provide the same Friday night date and kick-off time.

This is a similar scenario to last summer which saw the trip to Newport County brought forward to Good Friday on the various websites that carry feeds from central fixture databases maintained by the Press Association and Opta - that change turned out to be accurate. The changes around the Christmas and Easter holidays tend to be to allow clubs to spread out their fixture lists a little more evenly, so they do not land two matches inside three days.

Any change to the Morecambe fixture though would be a different kettle of fish, given that it would change to being a night game. It would give any travelling Glovers fans a 558 mile round trip up and down the M6, with the associated problems of Friday night traffic that have been experienced during similar past trips to the likes of Southport, Rochdale and Tranmere Rovers.

If/when this change is confirmed, we'll post an update.


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29 June 2017 : Darren Way Talks About The Summer Player Movement
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about his summer recruitment plans. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on who he's brought in, rough levels of how many he expects to recruit before the season starts, and the new deal for his assistant Terry Skiverton. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Summer Transfers.


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29 June 2017 : Small Delay To 2017-18 Replica Kit
Yeovil Town are still hoping to be able to put their 2017-18 home and away replica kits on sale from next week. Their target to put the two kits on sale was July 1st, but with the kit still working its way through customs from Sondico's overseas manufacturing area, they have not yet made it into the UK.

As such, the club expect the kit to be available at some point "next week" but have not put a firm date on the availability just yet. When available they will cost 40.00 for Adults and 30.00 for Junior sizes.

Once they are known to be firmly available within the shop, we'll post another update.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town Home Kit.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town Away Kit.

New Yeovil Town 2017-18 Home Shirt
New Yeovil Town 2017-18 Home Shirt - available 'next week' now
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29 June 2017 : Bristol Rovers Friendly Switched To Huish Park
Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Bristol Rovers has now had a venue switch. The match will now be played on Tuesday 25th July, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Rovers want their Memorial Stadium pitch to be rested a bit longer over the summer, so the match is now switched to Yeovil.

Tickets for this fixture will be on sale on Monday 3rd July from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are priced as follows:

Adults: 6.00; Seniors and Aged 16-21: 3.00; Under-16s: FREE.

Tickets will be on sale through the usual outlets - direct from the Ticket Office, via phone and online.

Link: 2017-18 First Team Fixture List.


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28 June 2017 : Bird Flies Off To Dover
Former Yeovil Town striker Ryan Bird has moved back into the National League again, after leaving Newport County at the end of last season. The 29 year old also played for Eastleigh in the fifth tier, but moved on after seven goals in 18 appearances, when the Hampshire club went through a change in management.

He then signed for Newport in January 2017 where he was a part of their 'Great Escape' side that avoided relegation on the final day of the 2016-17 season. He netted six times in 19 appearances, but was on their released list at the end of the campaign.

Ryan has now joined a Dover Athletic side that finished in 6th place in the National League last season. He has penned a one year contract, with an option for a second year in place.

Dover have also recruited former Yeovil Town defender Mitch Brundle this summer. The 22 year old spent last season at Gateshead in the same division, but has penned a two year contract with the Whites.

Link: Ryan Bird : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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28 June 2017 : Signing Number Four Sealed As Former Bournemouth Defender Is Confirmed
Yeovil Town have signed up former Plymouth Argyle and AFC Bournemouth defender Stephane Zubar. The 30 year old was last on the books of Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth. In April 2017, the Terras had announced that they expected to retain his services for the 2017-18 season, but he has instead moved up the road to sign for the Glovers.

Born in Pointe-a-Pitre, in Guadeloupe - a French Sovereign State in the Carribean - on October 9th 1986, he has played his entire career in Europe, initially spending six years at Caen, appearing for their 'B Team' whilst also having loan spells with Pau and Belgian side Brussels. He then moved to Romania and spent the 2009-10 season with Valslui.

During the summer of 2010 he moved to England and signed for Plymouth Argyle. He made 34 appearances, scoring two goals, eventually departing for personal reasons. Then came the start of a five year spell with AFC Bournemouth, joining them in the summer of 2011. Bournemouth were on their rise up the divisions and so Zubar only played for them during their League One campaigns, dropping out of the pecking order once the Cherries reached the Championship, accruing 28 appearances and one goal from those two League One seasons.

Whilst the Cherries were on their way to the Premier League, Zubar went out on loan to a string of clubs, playing for Bury (6 appearances), Port Vale (3 appearances) followed by two spells with York City (30 appearances, two goals). Unsurprisingly with his time at Bournemouth having long since dried up, they released him, and he signed for Weymouth on a non-contract basis for the 2016-17 season, joining them in October 2016.

Stephane has been given a one year contract at Huish Park, keeping him at the club until June 2018. He can play at either centre-back or right-back.


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28 June 2017 : Glovers Giving Trial To Former Pompey Right-Back
Yeovil Town are reported to be giving a trial to former Portsmouth academy player Calvin Davies. The 19 year old right-back was released by Pompey at the end of last season and so is currently searching for a new club for the 2017-18 season.

Davies has stated that he will be heading off to Huish Park on Saturday 1st July with the aim of earning himself a contract, although has admitted that he has regrets at having to leave his home town club:

"I thought I may get another year to try to improve myself, but it didn't work out like that. It ruined the chances of my boyhood dream but I will have to do what others have in the past and make the club regret it. This is a big summer for me, having been at Pompey for so long it will be strange going somewhere different, but from Saturday I have an opportunity at Yeovil to show what I can do."

He explained that he does have other options on the table - one of which is reported as being Bognor Regis Town. However, with the Glovers being a full time side, he would rather stay in the Football League. Davies explained how the approach for him came about:

"It was a bit strange, I received a random phone call from their manager (Darren Way) inviting me there. I'm not too sure how it came about but I believe I can play at that level and I've heard good things about the manager. It's down to me to prove my worth. There are also a couple of other things which could happen, yet are not 100 per cent at the minute, but I'm focussed on Yeovil and will give it a right crack. Yeovil are a Football League club and full-time, so hopefully I can impress."

Born in Portsmouth on September 7th 1997, he started off moving through Pompey's Academy ranks, signing a two year scholarship in July 2014. He made his one and only first team appearance for Portsmouth in the Football League Trophy, in September 2015, in a match at Exeter City.

Calvin's first team experience so far has come with loan spells with South Coast non-league sides. He had a five game spell with Havant and Waterlooville as an 18 year old, that was then followed up by another 12 game loan deal with Bognor Regis Town. That 2015-16 season spell was stopped when he broke a bone in his foot, but during the 2016-17 season he returned to Bognor, making 35 appearances for them and being part of their side that won promotion via the Isthmian League Premier Division Play-Offs.


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27 June 2017 : Way Always Confident Of Skiverton's Extended Stay
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he was always confident that his assistant Terry Skiverton would sign a new contract at the club, despite the deal being the last of the summer offers to be announced. The contractual situation regarding the former centre-back was made public in early May, with Skiverton's previous contract length having never been revealed by the club at the time.

His current arrangements would have run out on Friday, but Way has told BBC Somerset that he didn't see that as an issue, and felt that the time that they had spent together in both the same playing line-up and the same management team, since Way signed for the club a year after Skiverton's arrival from Welling United would be extended further:

"We always knew that was going to happen. He's been an unbelievable servant for Yeovil Town Football Club. He's someone that I've worked with for a number of years. We started off in the Conference and we worked together extremely hard in the Championship. He's been a manager and he's got a wealth of experience and I know what he can add as far as an assistant manager is concerned, as to where we want to get to. He's been there, he's done it and I'm very pleased he's decided to re-sign."

Way's move into the club's coaching set-up dates from February 2010, when he was offered the role of a technical coach during Skiverton's first management spell at Huish Park. The pair then worked together under Gary Johnson, before a short period in which Skiverton was given the reins again. They also worked in the backroom team under Paul Sturrock, before Way was given an opportunity to take the lead in December 2015. Way felt that their relationship as players, as well as the seven years they'd spent in multiple coaching roles meant that there was a trust that was there:

"I think when you look at management now, it's the same as with any of the staff that I've worked under. It's important that there's a trust element; a work ethic and Terry ticks all those boxes. I think he felt the same way with me. We've had success together and also we've had to deal with and be very resilient at times. We know the club's history and what it takes to be a winner. So it's important that we now focus upon rebuilding the team for next year."


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27 June 2017 : New Deal For Skiverton At Huish Park
Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton has agreed a new contract with the club. Having celebrated his 42nd birthday yesterday, the former central defender has put pen to paper on a new one year contract that will see him continue to work under Darren Way.

Skiverton first arrived at the club from Welling United under Colin Lippiatt's management in the summer of 1999, and so will be beginning his 19th year at Huish Park. Since retiring as a player, he has worked as assistant manager as well as two spells as first team manager. His current deal was due to expire on Friday.


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27 June 2017 : More Clarification Over EFL Futures Payments
Earlier this month, the Football League revealed that League Two clubs had shared out a total of 304,000 between them, following the first year of the League's three year EFL Futures programme. The overall sum of 2.25 million had been set aside to provide a reward to any club that fielded English (or Welsh in the case of Cardiff City or Newport County) Under-21 players in their starting line-ups in League fixtures.

Yeovil Town haven't disclosed how much money they received out of this season's scheme. However, Luton Town have provided a full breakdown which allows us to provide a reasonable estimate of Yeovil's own income in this area. Luton have indicated that they received 17,982 based on giving 82 starts to players meeting the Football League's criteria. Loan goalkeeper Christian Walton, Academy graduate James Justin, midfield pair Alex Gilliead and Jake Gray, left-back Jack Senior and centre-half Akin Famewo were their qualifying players making up the total number of appearances.

Luton's breakdown shows that each League Two club received 219.29 (give or take rounding errors) per qualifying young player appearance, based on their 82 appearances. Our own estimate was that Yeovil Town had fielded qualifying players that would total 89 appearances, assuming that Tom James does not count towards that total, due to his Welsh birthplace. That would provide an estimate of 19,517, using Luton's figures.

Yeovil Town's players who would have qualified under the EFL Futures payments for the 2016-17 season included Bevis Mugabi, Jonny Maddison, Matt Butcher, Tahvon Campbell, Omar Sowunmi, Ben Whitfield, Shayon Harrison and Jack Storer. A number of those players have either returned to their parent clubs, or passed through their 21st birthdays during the season just gone.


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26 June 2017 : Jones Explains Gray Departure
Luton Town manager Nathan Jones has explained some of his thinking behind his decision to allow midfielder Jake Gray to leave Kenilworth Road. With the 21 year old transfer-listed to allow him to find a new club, the former Crystal Palace Academy player agreed a two year contract with the Glovers earlier today.

The Hatters were beaten in the League Two Play-Off Semi-Finals against Blackpool in May, meaning that they will compete at the same level for a further season. Gray was an unused substitute in the First Leg, whilst he was left off their teamsheet for the Second Leg, perhaps giving a clue as to why Luton were happy to let him go, halfway through his two year contract. Jones explained that he couldn't see Gray getting a regular spot in his side during the 2017-18 season:

"Jake (Gray) is a terrific young player who has never caused me any problem. I just couldn't see him impacting the team regularly and it's only fair to let him move on to let him play the games he needs. I know from personal experience that he's joining a great club who will help him develop. He'll enjoy life in Somerset and we wish him well in his career."

Earlier this month, Gray was officially transfer-listed along with two of his other teammates. Jones explained that his thinking when he named the trio as available to leave was that he wanted to raise the quality of his squad so that they could target an actual promotion place, rather than the narrow margin that they'd missed out by:

"We are looking to move the club forward to go one better than the play-offs, so we have to make some tough decisions to enable us to do that. I have to ask of each player; will they impact the team enough next season? Can I see them helping to take the club forward to where we want to be? We also have to be fair to the players themselves. Will they get enough football? My view is that they won't, so it is best that we make them available for transfer so they can get on with their career at a different club and we can progress the process of building a side with the aim of winning promotion."


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26 June 2017 : Third Summer Signing Confirmed As Gray Moves In
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of Luton Town midfielder Jake Gray. The 21 year old former Crystal Palace, Cheltenham Town and Hartlepool United player had been transfer-listed at Kenilworth Road at the end of last season, and so cuts his stay with the Hatters a year short.

Born in Aylesbury on December 25th 1995, he started his career as an Academy player for Wycombe Wanderers before Crystal Palace took him on at the age of 15, due to the closure of Wycombe's Academy due to the EPPP changes. He was given a professional contract shortly after his 17th birthday, on January 1st 2013, up until the end of the 2014-15 season and Palace were happy enough with his progress to extend that arrangement until 2017 when that initial deal ran out.

Whilst at Palace, he was sent out on loan to Cheltenham during the 2014-15 season, where he made four appearances. He then followed that up with a 2015-16 loan to another League Two club, joining Hartlepool United where he made 33 appearances, scoring six goals.

Having made just two substitute appearances for Palace - both in cup competitions - Gray was allowed to leave Palace in the summer of 2016 on a free transfer, to join Luton Town on a two year contract. Palace's terms in letting him go included a clause if Gray was later sold to another club for a fee. Across the 2016-17 season he made 28 appearances, scoring four goals for Luton. He played in both matches against Yeovil Town during that campaign, coming on as a substitute in the August 2016 match at Kenilworth Road, whilst he started in their 4-0 victory at Huish Park in March 2017.

Jake has agreed a two year contract at Huish Park, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2019. The club have agreed an undisclosed fee for his services.


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25 June 2017 : Temporary Arrangements For St James Park Visit Next Season
Whilst Yeovil Town supporters shouldn't find it too difficult to gain admission to the vast majority of the club's 2017-18 fixtures, there is likely to be one match in which there may be a significant shortage of tickets. The new fixtures see the Glovers travel to St James Park, home of Exeter City on Saturday 27th January 2018, where they will see a two-sided ground, with a significantly reduced capacity.

Exeter have demolished their St James Road Terrace, which is the open standing area that normally accommodates away supporters, whilst they are also in the process of demolishing the Stagecoach Family Stand (commonly known as the Old Grandstand). The Grandstand area will be replaced by a 1,600 capacity new stand, whilst the club's Changing Rooms will also be moved to be sited in the opposite IP Office Stand.

The plan is for the St James Road Terrace to also be redeveloped. They have purchased a stand from Barnet which will be used to construct a new away end. This would appear to be the North Stand that Yeovil fans just missed seeing during our 2015-16 visit, given that Barnet had taken it down in preparation for the larger permanent structure they now have in place at the Hive Stadium. That structure was open terracing - it's not clear whether Exeter plan to precisely replicate what Barnet had at their ground. The overall cost of both sets of development is stated as 3.5 million.

Exeter's St James Road Terrace is now rubble
Exeter's St James Road Terrace is now rubble


The whole project is currently intended to be completed by October 2018, although they will explore what is possible to open up for the start of the 2018-19 season nearer the start. However, for the whole of the 2017-18 season, Exeter's capacity will drop by 2,454 (made up of the 1,053 standing spaces and the 1,401 seats in the Grandstand). This will leave St James Park only able to accommodate 6,087 spectators, with two-thirds of those situated behind the goal in the Big Bank stand.

As yet, we've not seen any concrete arrangements for away supporters for the 2017-18 season, but it is likely that the only tickets available will be in the IP Office Stand. In past seasons, away supporters have been given around 400 tickets in that area, so the presumption would be that Exeter would extend that allocation in the absence of the terracing option. Football League rules state clubs should provide at least 10% of the club's certified capacity to away supporters, which based on the above restricted capacity would provide 608 tickets. However, the League may suspend this regulation if the hosting club writes to the League for special dispension.

For the last match at St James Park, in March 2017, the overall attendance for the game was 5,492 with 835 travelling Glovers. We'll keep an eye on Exeter's early allocations to visiting clubs to see if there are any figures given out but it would not be a surprise if tickets for the January 2018 match are particularly constrained.


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24 June 2017 : Grant Makes Devon Switch After Turning Down Grecians Deal
Former Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant has moved from one end of Devon to another, after he turned down a new contract with Exeter City. He has decided to sign for newly promoted side Plymouth Argyle on an unspecified length contract. The 29 year old had played 59 times for Exeter, scoring nine goals across two seasons, after he arrived in August 2015, with a fans fund providing 30,000 towards his wages to snap him up following his release from Huish Park.

As with his time with the Glovers, Grant was a bit in-and-out of Exeter's side, making 31 appearances in his first season, followed by 28 appearances in his last season, but had still been in their first team plans enough to start in their League Two Play-Off Final against Blackpool. Needless to say his move from Exeter to Plymouth has created some agitation amongst Grecians fans, particularly given the funding that was put in place to sign him. However, with him out of contract, Argyle were able to benefit in a situation they lost out on during the previous summer when striker Reuben Reid moved in the opposite direction.

Grant's last time at League One level came during Yeovil Town's 2014-15 season. His eventual record of 59 appearances and seven goals for the Glovers across two seasons is almost identical to the one that he's left Exeter with.

Link: Joel Grant : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 June 2017 : Bowditch Joins Ex-Glovers Clan At Cobblers
Former Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has found himself a new club. He has signed for League One side Northampton Town, who have also signed up Sam Foley this summer, and count Sam Hoskins and Brendan Moloney as other former Glovers in their first team squad. Bowditch left Milton Keynes Dons at the end of last season, after six years on their books, and joins the Cobblers as a free agent.

Bowditch, who joined Milton Keynes from Yeovil Town after his departure in the summer of 2011, has signed a two year contract and manager Justin Edinburgh referenced the fact that he was part of their side that gained promotion from League One - something that Sam Foley had also achieved during his time with the Glovers:

"We are really pleased to bring Dean to the club. He is a versatile attacking player, he can play as a striker, as a midfielder or in the hole and he gives us options. We have spoken a lot about putting together a well balanced attacking unit with options and Dean fits in with that policy. The players we have signed this summer fit into two groups. We have identified some young players with exciting potential and we have also looked at some more experienced players who have a proven record and Dean, just like Sam Foley, has won promotion from this level. That is no coincidence, they all know what it takes."

Link: Dean Bowditch : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Sam Foley : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Sam Hoskins : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Brendan Moloney : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 June 2017 : Fixture Change : Forest Green Rovers Visit Brought Forward
Yeovil Town's 2017-18 season fixture list has already had a change. The League Two home match against Forest Green Rovers has now been moved to Good Friday and will be played on Friday 30th March 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. It had originally been scheduled for the Saturday.

This has become a standard practice for most seasons, to the extent that every single League Two fixture originally scheduled for Easter Saturday ended up being moved to Good Friday. The Football League could make things rather more simple by just publishing the fixture list with Good Friday as the designated match day.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List and Results.


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22 June 2017 : Eaves Joins Lacey At Priestfield
League One side Gillingham have signed up former Yeovil Town striker Tom Eaves. The 25 year old has put pen to paper on a two year contract, joining up with Alex Lacey who also moved to Priestfield over the summer. The former Bolton Wanderers and Bristol Rovers striker had been released by the Glovers at the end of the 2016-17 season, after suffering a loss in form during the second half of last season that saw him fail to score in the final six months.

Gillingham manager Ady Pennock confirmed Eaves' arrivl saying that he saw the 6'5" striker as being an asset to his side for next season:

"It's great to have got Tom on board; hes strong, hes quick and his height is naturally going to be an asset."

Overall across his two spells with the Glovers, Tom scored seven goals in 56 appearances, with all seven of those coming during last season's 49 appearances.

Link: Tom Eaves : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 June 2017 : Ticketing For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round against Wolverhampton Wanderers have been confirmed. The match will take place at Molineux on Tuesday 8th August 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: 10.00; Over-65s and aged 17-20: 8.00; Under-17s: 5.00.

Note the Ticket Office do NOT currently have supply of the tickets, so hold back on asking to buy one. We'll provide an update when they are available for sale.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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21 June 2017 : Glovers Make Second Summer Signing With Plymouth Midfielder
Yeovil Town have made their second signing of the summer. Following up on Grimsby Town winger Rhys Browne they have now signed up Connor Smith from Plymouth Argyle on a two year contract. He is a 24 year old Republic of Ireland midfielder who started his career at Watford.

Born in Mullingar, Ireland on February 18th 1993, he started his youth career with Mullingar Athletic, before being signed up by Watford in 2010. He turned professional with the Hornets in May 2012 after a successful scholarship. Overall he made 13 first team appearances for them including three League starts, but in the main gained loan experience with Wealdstone, Gillingham and Stevenage across a four year period.

In January 2016, he left Watford by mutual consent and had a short spell with AFC Wimbledon, playing eleven games for them at the tail end of the 2015-16 season. He then signed for Plymouth in the summer of 2016, where he made 31 appearances for them, scoring two goals, albeit with only twelve of those appearances coming as League Two starts.

He was released by Plymouth at the end of the 2016-17 season and so joins Yeovil Town as a free agent. He generally operates as a central midfieler.


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21 June 2017 : 2017-18 Fixtures : Glovers Open With Hatters Trip
Yeovil Town's fixtures for the 2017-18 season have been published. Their third consecutive season at League Two level will see them open on Saturday 5th August with a match against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. The League Cup First Round trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers will follow during the midweek period, before League fixtures resume on the following Saturday with a game against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park.

The Christmas period sees Yeovil Town play Cheltenham Town on Boxing Day at Whaddon Road, followed by a December 30th game against Morecambe at the Globe Arena. That is then followed by a New Year's Day match against Crawley Town at Huish Park.

The 2017-18 season ends on Saturday 5th May 2018 with a game against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

The full set of 2017-18 fixtures can be viewed via the link below.

Link: 2017-18 Season First Team Fixtures and Results.


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20 June 2017 : 2017-18 Season Updated Key Dates
Tomorrow (Wednesday) morning will see the Football League issue its 2017-18 fixture lists. The 72 clubs and three divisions should have their full calendar revealed from 9.00a.m. onwards.

In addition, the Football Association have clarified their current calendar for the 2017-18 season, detailing dates for FA Cup and FA Youth Cup rounds, as well as those weekends that are designated as international breaks for higher division sides. We've merged all of those with the Football League's list, that will hopefully stand as a handy reminder for the coming season:

21/06/2017 : 2017-18 Fixture Lists Released, Wednesday morning at 9.00a.m.

05/08/2017 : Start Date for the 2017-18 first weekend of fixtures
07/08/2017 : League Cup First Round (week commencing) (under the name of the Carabao Cup)
21/08/2017 : League Cup Second Round (week commencing)
28/08/2017 : EFL Trophy Group Stage (week commencing) (still labelled as Checkatrade Trophy)

02/09/2017 : International Weekend - no Premier League/Championship
18/09/2017 : League Cup Third Round (week commencing)
23/09/2017 : FA Women's Super League 2017-18 Commences

02/10/2017 : EFL Trophy Group Stage (week commencing)
07/10/2017 : International Weekend - no Premier League/Championship
14/10/2017 : FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round (last round before League clubs join)
23/10/2017 : League Cup Fourth Round (week commencing)

04/11/2017 : FA Cup First Round (No League Two Fixtures)
06/11/2017 : EFL Trophy Group Stage (week commencing)

02/12/2017 : FA Cup Second Round (No League Two Fixtures)
04/12/2017 : EFL Trophy Second Round (week commencing)
18/12/2017 : League Cup Fifth Round (week commencing)
23/12/2017 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day
26/12/2017 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day
30/12/2017 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day

01/01/2018 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day
06/01/2018 : FA Cup Third Round
08/01/2018 : EFL Trophy Third Round and League Cup Semi-Final First Leg (week commencing)
22/01/2018 : EFL Trophy Fourth Round and League Cup Semi-Final First Leg (week commencing)
27/01/2018 : FA Cup Fourth Round

17/02/2018 : FA Cup Fifth Round
25/02/2018 : League Cup Final
26/02/2018 : EFL Trophy Semi-Finals (week commencing)

17/03/2018 : FA Cup Quarter-Finals

08/04/2018 : EFL Trophy Final
21/04/2018 : FA Cup Semi-Finals

05/05/2018 : Final Weekend of 2017-18 Season
19/05/2018 : FA Cup Final
26/05/2018 : Championship Play-Off Final
27/05/2018 : League One Play-Off Final
28/05/2018 : League Two Play-Off Final

The ordering of the Play-Off Finals has been reversed from the normal schedule, due to the 2018 World Cup which takes place that summer.

Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly schedule can be found via the link below. This will also be used to show the full fixture list tomorrow.

Link: 2017-18 Season First Team Fixtures and Results.


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20 June 2017 : Rutter Leaves Yeovil Town After Six Month Stay
Yeovil Town's Head of Coaching Steve Rutter appears to have left the football club. The former first team manager had only returned to Huish Park in January 2017 for a role that was intended to provide an oversight to all of the levels of coaching and the overall programme for the Academy.

He is now reported to have left for Belgian First Division side KV Kortrijk, who are owned by Vincent Tan, who also owns Championship side Cardiff City. Rutter has been given the role of First Team Coach, working under Yannis Anastasiou, who he worked with at Greek side Panathinaikos and Dutch side Roda JC Kerkrad. Rutter had also coached Anastasiou during his UEFA B and A Licence courses, as well as part of his Pro Licence, during his time working for the Football Association.

A statement on the KV Kortrijk website, dated June 6th, states that Rutter has joined the club as assistant coach, whilst Youssef Vos - who has also worked under Anastasiou in the past - has arrived as their fitness coach. Yeovil Town have also subsequently confirmed Rutter's departure, with Academy Chairman Andy Rossiter saying in a club statement:

"It's with reluctance we've let Steve go. He gave his notice and said he was missing coaching players on a daily basis and missed being involved in football at a higher level. We did everything to encourage him to stay at the club including Darren (Way) and myself offering some involvement with first-team duties. We'd like to thank Steve for reorganising the Academy and helping us with the interview process which led to Paul Wilson becoming Academy Manager."

Good luck to Steve with his future plans.

Updated 14:50hrs: To include Academy Chairman Andy Rossiter's views on Steve Rutter's departure.


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19 June 2017 : Pennock Makes Hull City Return
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Tony Pennock has made a surprise u-turn by heading back to Hull City. The 46 year old had only spent four weeks with Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town as their first team manager but has returned to Hull as their first team coach.

Pennock had left Hull in January 2017 in the wake of Marco Silva's arrival at the club, after he was told that Silva was recruiting his own backroom team. He had been offered a return to Hull's Academy, but declined it on the basis that he saw that has a backward step. However, such is the heavy turnover of management these days that it's only taken six months for Hull to perform a u-turn with former Russian national team manager Leonid Slutsky being appointed ten days ago. Pennock explained why things had gone full circle:

"I'm delighted but a little bit shocked too. It's been a bit of a whirlwind few days but I couldnt be happier to be back. I didnt want to leave the Club in the first place and I think most people are very aware of that. Mike Phelan gave me the opportunity to step up to the first team to begin with and I really enjoyed that experience. Unfortunately when Mick and the rest of the staff left then Marco Silva made it clear he wanted to work with his own staff which is completely understandable. I left on good terms with the Club and thankfully Ive been able to come back to a Club Ive really enjoyed working for. It's always good to work with new coaches and I really look forward to working with Leonid and the rest of the staff. We've got a meeting coming up to talk through pre-season and I look forward to talking more with him and getting to know him."

With Pennock having been the club's Academy Manager across a three year period, along with his experience at Swansea City in a similar role, he said the obvious strength he would have would be to assist Slutsky in developing younger players, with Hull's drop into the Championship this summer needing to change the club's overall thinking:

"I wouldn't be surprised if part of the reason the Club have asked me to come back is to help some of the Academy players with the transition to the first team. We had a number of players step up to the first team last season and I'd expect more to come through the ranks again this coming season so hopefully I can help the manager get to know our young players a lot quicker."

Link: Tony Pennock : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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19 June 2017 : James Agrees New Yeovil Town Terms
Yeovil Town defender Tom James has signed a new deal at Huish Park. The former Cardiff City player has signed a two year deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2019.

James has so far made three appearances for the club since arriving in January from Cardiff. The former Wales Under-19 international is the last player to respond to the club's summer contract offers, with Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town), Matt Dolan (Newport County) and Alex Lacey (Gillingham) the three to turn down offers.

All other players have since accepted new terms, meaning that any further contract activity will now be concentrated on new arrivals. An up to date list of current signed players can be found here. Boss Darren Way has said of Tom's decision to sign a new deal:

"I thought Tom was very unfortunate last year not to play more games. Having said that, he was impressive every time he stepped over the white line. His league debut against Portsmouth what potential he has. Again, hes another young talent were looking forward to working with."

Link: Tom James : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 June 2017 : Former CEO Starnes Says Loss Of Two Players Cost Yeovil Six Figure Sum
Former Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has referenced his days at Huish Park, in explaining why his current club Plymouth Argyle are only handing out moderate length contracts, despite their club's promotion into League One. Starnes was the club's CEO between December 2007 and July 2013, before he left the club for a similar position at Home Park, and has been the man at the top as the Pilgrims have worked their way out of fourth tier football.

Starnes left Yeovil at the point at which the club reached the Championship, and has been quizzed over the future of players like Graham Carey, who his club could lose to a higher level side despite their promotion. He said that Argyle's policy since coming out of administration has been not to offer more than two years to a player, and referenced a situation at Yeovil Town where he said injuries to two key players cost the Glovers 200,000. He explained:

"Coming out of administration, as we (Plymouth Argyle) did five or six years ago, we've certainly not offered players more than two-year contracts because every player you sign is a risk and we've not really been in the business of taking risks with players. They get injured very quickly. I had an experience at Yeovil of having our two highest-paid players out injured for the whole season and so we committed 200,000 to two players who didn't play. That can hit you at any time, but you have to be pretty cautious unless you can back it up with the budget if it goes wrong. There's lots of clubs that have ended up acquiring 30, 35 players because the players they originally signed didn't perform or they got injured and then they can't get them off their books because they've got extended contracts."

Starnes doesn't name the two players concerned, but he is almost certainly referring to the events of the 2008-09 season that saw the club post a 976,402 loss in their end of year accounts. Whilst the protracted events involving the departure of manager Russell Slade were responsible for a sizeable amount of those costs, at that time Starnes had also referenced the high costs of a career-ending injury to midfielder Marc Bircham coupled with the car crash that Darren Way suffered which also ended his playing days. Speaking in 2010, Starnes said that the three separate situations were responsible for the club's financial problems of that season:

"We had very difficult situations with respect to three individuals - one of which was Marc Bircham's injury situation, and another was the tragic crash involving Darren. They were both players who were important to us with regards to their abilities but also the fact that their value was reflected in their wages and they had to be replaced in the squad."


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16 June 2017 : Yeovil Town Make First Summer Signing
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of Grimsby Town wingers/striker Rhys Browne. The 21 year old is the son of former Glovers midfielder Steve Browne, who as Potters Bar manager was the man who recommended Nathan Smith to the football club.

Born in Romford, on November 16th 1995, Rhys is a former Norwich City academy player who was part of their squad that won the FA Youth Cup in 2012-13. He later moved on to sign for Charlton Athletic for the 2014-15 season, albeit without making any first team appearances.

His first team breakthrough came during the 2015-16 season when he signed for Aldershot Town, where he scored seven goals in 41 appearances at National League level. That drew the attention of Grimsby Town, who signed him on a two year deal when they were promoted into the Football League, signing for an undisclosed fee. He made eight appearances for the Mariners, but with all of them from the substitutes bench, and disappeared from view at the end of November as his club changed their management team.

In January 2017, he moved on loan to National League side Macclesfield Town, where he was a regular in their side during the second half of the 2016-17 season, making 17 National League appearances, scoring two goals. He was also a part of their FA Trophy side that reached the Wembley final, ultimately losing to York City - he scored two more goals as part of their cup run.

Rhys is qualified to represent Antigua and Barbuda as a full international, where he has made five appearances. He is generally deployed as a winger or a wide forward, although can play as a second striker.

He has signed a two year contract with the club paying an undisclosed fee for his services.


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16 June 2017 : League Cup First Round Draw : Glovers Given Wolves Trip
Yeovil Town have been drawn at home/away in the First Round of the League Cup. They will play Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers in a match at Molyneux after the League made the draw for the competition that will be known as the Caraboa Cup for the 2017-18 season. The draw was made in Bangkok, Thailand this lunchtime and produced the following ties:

Birmingham City vs Crawley Town
Exeter City vs Charlton Athletic
Newport County vs Southend United (match to be switched to Roots Hall)
Queens Park Rangers vs Northampton Town
Oxford United vs Cheltenham Town
Bristol City vs Plymouth Argyle
Colchester United vs Aston Villa
Millwall vs Stevenage
Cardiff City vs Portsmouth
Bristol Rovers vs Cambridge United
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
AFC Wimbledon vs Brentford
Norwich City vs Swindon Town
Peterborough United vs Barnet
Wycombe Wanderers vs Fulham
Reading vs Gillingham
Forest Green Rovers vs Milton Keynes Dons
Luton Town vs Ipswich Town

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


All matches are due to be played during the week commencing 7th August 2017, with Tuesday 8th August the most likely date for each club to pick.


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16 June 2017 : Glovers Boss Gains UEFA Pro Licence
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has completed his FA UEFA Pro Licence over the summer. The 37 year old is one of 25 coaches that have spent the last 18 months working towards the highest attainable football management qualification that is available to management within the game. Those candidates were presented with their graduation certificates at St George's Park this week.

The UEFA Pro Licence is mandatory for all coaches and managers working in top flight football, but is a qualification that many Football League managers are now aiming to complete. The FA's Jamie Robinson, who is the Pro Licence course director has explained the background:

"Each year on the Pro Licence we welcome the very best candidates from across the game including managers, first-team coaches, technical directors and outstanding individuals from youth development. Both the variety of experience and common leadership challenges that the candidates can share from their day-to-day lives at different football clubs is something that we build the course around. The Pro Licence course includes a number of learning modules based at St.George's Park covering leadership, management, communication and dealing with the media as well as a study visit to an international tournament. We have developed the group through a number of intense modules to enhance their technical and tactical aspects of the world game. The course is wrapped around the context of the individuals; the way they need to make sense of their challenges and how they make effective decisions in the highly pressurised world of professional football."

The list of managers and coaches that have graduated from this year's course are as follows: Craig Short, Darren Way, Steve Spooner, Benjamin Futcher, Gareth Jennings, Michael Cook, Michael Gilkes, Garry Haylock, Kieran McKenna, Robbie Fowler, Scott Marshall, Stephen Gallen, Ashley Westwood, Kevin Nancekivell, Marcus Stewart, Nicholas Haycock, Gary Bowyer, Marc Canham, Michael Emenalo, Neil Harris, David Livermore, Gary Rowett, Joe Edwards, Marieanne Spacey, Steve Eyre.

Darren Way (front centre) with other FA Pro Licence graduates
Darren Way (front centre) with other FA Pro Licence graduates



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15 June 2017 : Newport County Given Three Week Delay On Home Fixtures Next Season
League Two side Newport County have been given permission to postpone any home matches for the 2017-18 season, up to August 26th 2017. The request has been granted by the Football League, due to work being carried out at Rodney Parade to install a new hybrid playing surface that will hopefully solve the problems the Exiles have faced at the ground that they share with rugby side Newport Gwent Dragons.

It appears that the 2017-18 season fixture lists - due to be published next Wednesday - will not have any special provisions for Newport, but the League have said that if the opposition club is willing to do so, then any August 2017 fixtures that are due to take place at Rodney Parade can be swapped, so that Newport travel to an away fixture, rather than have a blank Saturday/Tuesday. Newport would then schedule the home match in the slot for the return fixture later in the season. Opposition clubs will be entitled to refuse Newport's request to swap the venues around.

The new hybrid surface will be made of natural grass reinforced with synthetic fibres, and will see a new drainage system installed. However, the work has been delayed as the Welsh Rugby Union are in the process of taking over Newport Gwent Dragons meaning that focus has been turned towards that. Hence it would seem likely that the pitch work will only take place from July 1st, leaving a problem in terms of it being ready for the start of the season.

If Newport are drawn at home in the First Round of the League Cup on Friday, then it is expected that the tie will be reversed and will be played on their opponents pitch, with Newport conceding home advantage.


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15 June 2017 : Funeral Arrangements For Bryan Moore
Funeral arrangements for former Yeovil Town Chairman Bryan Moore have been issued. The Funeral Service will take place on Friday 23rd June 2017 at 10.00a.m. at Yeovil Crematorium.

Those attending are invited to wear bright colours to the service - no doubt that a green and white scarf, or tie, would be fitting in such circumstances.

They have asked for Family flowers only - donations in lieu and in memory of Bryan can be made to the Cancer Appeal Dorset County Hospital Charity and can be posted to Clive Wakely of A.J. Wakely & Sons, 33 Sparrow Road, Yeovil, BA21 4BT (Tel : 01935 479913). Please make cheques directly payable to the Charity, and not to the Funeral Directors. You can also generically donate to the same charity online via this page which links to a 'Just Giving' page.

Bryan's final treatment came through Dorset County Hospital, where he passed away on June 11th 2017, after a short illness, at the age of 81 years old.

Link: Bryan Moore : 1936 - 2017.


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14 June 2017 : Stech Back In English Football With Hatters
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech is back in English football. He has signed for Luton Town, after three years back in his home city playing for Sparta Prague, but now links back up with Nathan Jones, who he briefly played under during his 2011 loan spell at Huish Park, whilst he was a West Ham United player.

Jones left Yeovil just before Stech arrived on his two year permanent stay with the Glovers, that saw him part of the club's League One Play-Off Final win that took them into the Championship. He has signed a two year contract at Kenilworth Road and said his time with Jones was a big influence in his decision-making:

"I've known him (Nathan Jones) for a long time anyway. When I came to Yeovil on loan, that was his last few games before he retired. He's a really nice guy, plus when I was at Yeovil we played against Brighton, so I saw him there as well. He's got very big ambitions and he's such a great coach. I want to work under him. I've been filled in with all the staff, and its all good. I'm really pleased to be here and looking forward to working with all the staff and players. Nathan was definitely a big lure for me. Hes such a strong character as well, and I know how he trains, which helps me, and I know what he wants from me, hopefully I can give it him back. We had a good time at Yeovil back then, but hes a really nice guy and hopefully we can achieve some big things here."

Link: Marek Stech : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 June 2017 : Glovers Arrange Llanelli Trip And Week In Wales
Yeovil Town have arranged another pre-season friendly. They will be facing Llanelli Town in a match at Stebonheath Park on Wednesday 19th July, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

The match will also be used as an opportunity for the team to stay in South Wales as part of a team bonding event. As per last summer's plans they will use the Vale Resort near Cardiff, between Monday 17th July and Friday 21st July as a private five day training camp.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Pre-Season Fixture List.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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14 June 2017 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
Tickets are on sale for Yeovil Town's home pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth. The match takes place on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Admission prices are as follows:

Adult: 10.00; Seniors and Young Adults: 5.00; Juniors: FREE.

Tickets can be purchased via the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or in person. They should be available online shortly.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Pre-Season Fixture List.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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14 June 2017 : Yeovil Town Seeking Academy Lead Coach
Yeovil Town Academy are looking to recruit a new Academy Lead Coach. The applicant will take up a full time position within the club, and be responsible for the Under-12 to Under-16 Youth Development Phase. They will identity and develop elite players through the Academy Programme across those year groups.

The Coach will manage and oversee the Youth Development Phase, including working with the year coaches to deliver and evaluate coaching sessions in accordance with the Academy Philosophy, Coaching Curriculum and Coach Competency Framework. They will prepare players for the transition into the full-time Professional Development Phase (Age 16-18). They must be able to use the PMA system to ensure all player records, session planning and administration is completed accurately and on time. This includes individual learning plans for players.

The candidate must hold a UEFA A Coaching Licence, and either hold or be working towards the FA Youth Award (Modules 1, 2 and 3). They must hold the FA Advanced Youth Award with the age-specific specialist element relevant to the Youth Development Phase.

Ideally, the candidate would be a member of the FA Licence Club, hold experience of working within the EPPP framework, and experience of coaching at Academy Level. They should be able to hold the FA Safeguarding certification, Children Certificate, and hold an up-to-date and clear Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (DBS). They should ideally hold a Basic First Aid for Sport (BFAS) Certificate.

The position will be 40 hours a week, with the candidate expected to be flexible in their working hours to cover some evenings, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays as required.

Interested candidates should email their CV or seek further information from Academy Manager Paul Wilson at pwilson@ytfc.net with applications due by Monday 26th June by 5.00p.m. Only successful candidates for interview will be contacted. The club operate an Equal Opportunities policy based on standard terms - full details can be obtained on request.


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13 June 2017 : Yeovil Town Legends To Play In Charity Match Next Month
Yeovil Town supporters may be interested in a Charity match that is being played early next month. The tenth anniversary of West and Middle Chinnock FC is being celebrated with a match against a Yeovil Town Legends side, on their Oxleaze playing field on Saturday 8th July, with a 5.00p.m. kick-off.

The match will be used as a fundraiser for Southmead Hospital, on behalf of Matt Fricker, and will also see a licenced bar, a barbeque and a bouncy castle provided as part of the facilities. They have already obtained a number of signed memorabilia items, including signbed Arsenal and Plymouth shirts, tickets for Wincanton Races, Bristol Hippodrome, Haynes Motor Museum, Britpop Invasion, a return coach trip to London and other prizes that will be offered up as part of a ticketed raffle.

The Yeovil Town Legends side will include Paul Thorpe, Tony Pounder, Rob Cousins, Dean Birkby, Andy and Richard Lindegaard, Gerry Pearson, Micky Spencer; Neil Coates, Warren Patmore, Terry Cotton, Simon Gale and Neil Smith.

Needless to say, get across to Oxleaze and support their cause - the game takes place three days before Yeovil Town's first pre-season friendly, so there are no fixture clashes. You'll find their ground at the Oxleaze Recreation Ground in Middle Chinnock. There is no precise SatNav postcode, but a rough approximation is TA18 7PN.

The village is situated north of the A30 between Yeovil and Crewkerne. You will initially follow signs for West Chinnock and Chiselborough as you leave the A30, but do not take the left turn for West Chinnock that you'll pass as you go through the lanes. Keep going straight on through Middle Chinnock and you'll find the Recreation Ground on the left after the bridge.


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13 June 2017 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
Tickets are on sale for Yeovil Town's home pre-season friendly against Bristol City. The match takes place on Saturday 15th July 2017 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Admission prices are as follows:

Adult: 8.00; Seniors and Young Adults: 4.00; Juniors: FREE.

Tickets can be purchased via the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or in person. They should be available online shortly.

Link: 2017-18 Pre-Season Fixture List.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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13 June 2017 : Bryan Moore : 1936 - 2017
Former Yeovil Town Chairman Bryan Moore has passed away at the age of 81 years old. Principally known at Huish Park as the top man at the club between 1991 and 1996, he was also a legendary supporter of the club, who had followed the Glovers since the 1940s. In addition, he also held prominent positions at the Football Association and the Football Conference (now known as the National League).

Born in 1936, Bryan's love of the club dated back to the era of the club's FA Cup giantkilling against Sunderland that set their reputation throughout the country. He was merely 12 years old at the time, but his subsequent position within the club made him a key person for the media to go to when filming and recording their recollections about that famous day in 1949. It also allowed author Kerry Miller to use Bryan as one of the main sources for his 'From Hendford To Huish' book, with Bryan's collection of memorabilia and records of games being critical to that historical record.

Bryan Moore - Yeovil Town Chairman between 1991 and 1996
Bryan Moore - Yeovil Town Chairman between 1991 and 1996


By the 1963-64 season, he had become Secretary of the Yeovil Town Supporters Club - at that time, the club's official supporters arm. In July 1966, he resigned that position to take up the role of Treasurer of Yeovil Town Football Club, where he was responsible for the club's lottery system, the collection of gate money and the paying of players. However, a row between the Football Club and the Yeovil Town Supporters Club in 1969 saw the Green and Whites Supporters Club formed as a replacement, with Bryan taking on a committee position in the new set-up that still exists today.

That year was also to commence the start of an extraordinary run in which Bryan did not miss a single Yeovil Town match. From 1969 until February 27th 1990 he watched over a thousand consecutive home and away matches involving the club, without a break. That run was ended when the Glovers drew an FA Trophy tie against Barrow, leaving them with a replay in Cumbria merely three days later. Having a prearranged meeting with the Football Association his run was broken. Even so, he was to establish a personal attendance record that saw him miss only three games in around 40 years.

By the time the club moved from Huish to Huish Park, Bryan was a club Director and in 1991 he became the club's Chairman. Increasing dissatisfaction with previous Chairman Gerry Lock saw a boardroom coup take place, and at a time of instability Moore took the helm as the man to unite the club. He stayed there over a five-and-a-half year period that saw the Football Club skate close to a precipice several times with unpaid bills, and a 750,000 debt that eventually grew to a million being inherited from underestimated costs from the ground move. Bryan wasn't a rich benefactor, but his willingness to work 15 hour days meant that the club survived, and was out of the woods by the time he relinquished control to current Chairman John Fry in 1996.

Bryan continued on the Board of Directors until 2000, when a Boardroom restructure saw Jon Goddard-Watts and Norman Hayward come in. However, he continued to act as the club's Programme Editor, whilst his growing influence in the running of the wider game continued. He was a Company Director of the Football Association between 1994 and 1999 and also took a similar role in the Football Conference between 1998 and 2001.

He was also a serving member of the FA Council, which meant that he was to have a dual role when Yeovil Town played in the FA Trophy Final at Villa Park in May 2002. As a Football Association representative, he was able to hand the FA Trophy over to Terry Skiverton, whilst helping to hand out medals to his beloved team. Later in that same position, he was also able to award caps to Yeovil Town players who had played for the England Semi-Professional representative side.

Bryan Moore's role with the Football Association meant he also provided awards to Yeovil Town
Bryan Moore's role with the Football Association meant he also provided awards to Yeovil Town


Bryan's contribution to the Football Club was remarkable. Chairman, Director, Press Officer, Programme Editor, Treasurer, Supporters Club committee member, and above all one of the most committed Supporters of the club the Glovers will ever know. Whilst the tendency is to romanticise about the FA Cup goal that Neil Coates scored against Hereford United in 1992 as being the moment that saved the football club, the fact the club still exists today owes much to the way that Bryan acted as the man who bailed water out of what appeared to be a sinking ship. His galvanising of the club at a critical time stopped the club from going under in a far more low key way than an FA Cup goal ever did, but it was just as crucial to the way things turned out.

Our sincere condolences to his wife Pauline, who was also so much a part of his life at Huish and Huish Park, and to the rest of his family. Rest in peace Bryan, and thank you for everything you did for the football club.


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12 June 2017 : League Cup First Round Team Seedings And Draw Schedule
The Football League have announced that the First Round draw for the 2017-18 League Cup competition will be made this coming Friday. Due to the competition now falling under the guise of the Caraboa Cup, they will be streaming it live from Bangkok in Thailand, where doubtless the locals will be on the edge of their seats wanting to find out who Yeovil Town have been drawn against. The draw will be made at 1.00p.m. on Friday 16th June. The streaming will be done via the Caraboa Cup Facebook Page.

The draw will feature 70 clubs split into North and South seeded and unseeded groupings, meaning that Yeovil Town will draw either a Championship club or one near the top end of League One, according to last season's finishing positions. In terms of the Premier League relegated clubs, only Sunderland are included in the draw, with Hull City and Middlesbrough given a bye until the Second Round.

The seedings for the competition are as follows:

North Seeds:
1. Barnsley 2. Blackburn Rovers 3. Bolton Wanderers 4. Bradford City 5. Burton Albion 6. Derby County 7. Fleetwood Town 8. Leeds United 9. Nottingham Forest 10. Preston North End 11. Rochdale 12. Rotherham United 13. Scunthorpe United 14. Sheffield United 15. Sheffield Wednesday 16. Sunderland 17. Wigan Athletic

North Non-Seeds:
18. Accrington Stanley 19. Blackpool 20. Bury 21. Carlisle United 22. Chesterfield 23. Coventry City 24. Crewe Alexandra 25. Doncaster Rovers 26. Grimsby Town 27. Lincoln City 28. Mansfield Town 29. Morecambe 30. Notts County 31. Oldham Athletic 32. Port Vale 33. Shrewsbury Town 34. Walsall

South Seeds:
1. Aston Villa 2. Birmingham City 3. Brentford 4. Bristol City 5. Bristol Rovers 6. Cardiff City 7. Charlton Athletic 8. Fulham 9. Ipswich Town 10. Millwall 11. Milton Keynes Dons 12. Norwich City 13. Oxford United 14. Peterborough United 15. Queens Park Rangers 16. Reading 17. Southend United 18. Wolverhampton Wanderers

South Non-Seeds:
19. AFC Wimbledon 20. Barnet 21. Cambridge United 22. Cheltenham Town 23. Colchester United 24. Crawley Town 25. Exeter City 26. Forest Green Rovers 27. Gillingham 28. Luton Town 29. Newport County 30. Northampton Town 31. Plymouth Argyle 32. Portsmouth 33. Stevenage 34. Swindon Town 35. Wycombe Wanderers 36. Yeovil Town.

All First Round ties are scheduled to be played during the week commencing 7th August 2017, with Tuesday 8th August the most likely date for each club to pick.


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12 June 2017 : National League Play-Off System Changes Approved
The National League have confirmed changes to their Play-Off System for the 2017-18 season. At their Summer AGM, clubs agreed to pass a new format that will see six teams take part in the play-offs. The Champions of football's fifth tier will continue to be automatically promoted into the Football League (subject to ground regulations) but the question of which club joins them will be opened up significantly.

As reported last month, the National League (formerly known as the Football Conference) will split the play-offs into two phases, with six clubs competing for one promotion spot. All play-off matches will become single leg affairs with the following matches taking place at the end of each season:

Match 1 : 4th Place vs 7th Place
Match 2 : 5th Place vs 6th Place

The teams that finished 2nd and 3rd sit out this stage. The winners of the single-leg tie played at the 4th/5th placed grounds will then go into the next stage as follows:

Match 3 : 2nd Place vs Winner of Match 1
Match 4 : 3rd Place vs Winner of Match 2

Again, the 2nd and 3rd placed teams get home advantage against a single leg tie. The winners of Match 3 and Match 4 then meet at the Play-Off Final, which is currently being played at Wembley Stadium.

The obvious effect of this will be that a club could finish as low as 7th place in the National League yet still get promotion. Based on the 2016-17 season final table, that would give Barrow (75 points) a chance of gaining promotion ahead of Tranmere Rovers (95 points). However, it would clearly open up the season end to the National League to many more clubs.

The same format will be used for the National League South and North divisions. The 2017-18 National League season begins on Saturday 5th August - the same date as the Football League commences its season.


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11 June 2017 : Football League 2017 Summer AGM Output
The Football League have published a number of miscellaneous items that have come out of their 2017 Summer AGM. Unlike a number of the previous June meetings of the 72 Member Clubs, there are not too many firm decisions or changes that are on the table for the 2017-18 season, with a number of the items relating to issues which the League admit will require further investigation or discussion.

The major changes or items for discussion are as follows:

1. Owners and Directors Tests:
This is the means by which would-be owners are vetted before they can become Directors or Owners of football clubs in the Football League. The rule has come in for heavy criticism this season, due to the League's inability to act once it was clear that League Two side Leyton Orient was being damaged by its owner's (lack of) actions. The League have said that they plan to review their own regulations and examine whether changes need to be made for both the purchase of the club and provisions for when an existing owner begins to cause issues. Clubs will need to vote on any changes proposed.

The League's AGM did vote on and pass the following additional regulations, strengthening the current Owner and Directors Test rules:
a) Any applicant under the Test will become bound by the regulations upon completion of a declaration
b) Any applicant that provides false information in a declaration can be subsequently disqualified for making a false declaration
c) The Owner/Director Test rule concerning criminal offences within this country will be extended to anyone who has engaged in similar conduct overseas, whether or not it has resulted in a conviction. The existing rule covers issues such as financial misconduct that can see an Owner/Director barred from their club, even after they have taken office.

2. Pitch Invasions:
Again, this appears to have landed on the agenda due to issues concerning Leyton Orient, where their final home match of the 2016-17 season was delayed by just under two hours, due to a pitch invasion, resulting in the match finally being concluded after announcements over the tannoy claiming the match had been abandoned. The League do not offer up any new rules, except to state that they plan to work with clubs and their safety teams to work out what they can do to prevent a repeat.

3. Full Strength Teams:
At the tail end of the 2016-17 season, Birmingham City beat Huddersfield Town by a 2-0 scoreline, which allowed the home side to ease their relegation fears. However, it was achieved after the Terriers fielded a near second choice side, resting players in preparation for the Championship play-offs. Birmingham's relegation rivals Nottingham Forest complained that Huddersfield's decision to field an under-strength team influenced the result, and thus threatened their own survival.

As a result, the League are to examine formulating a measurable policy to nail down exactly what constitutes an 'under-strength' team. It is currently against Football League rules to field such a team, but without it being defined what that means, given injuries and suspensions can affect a manager's team selection. The outline proposal is for clubs to be bound by a new rule effective from the fourth Thursday in March that would require them to always field a minimum number of players that featured in their previous fixture. In the case of mass illness or injuries, clubs would have to make a claim for exceptional circumstances. Clubs breaching the minimum number of players would be referred to a Football Disciplinary Commission. The exact rule is to be drawn up by the League by September.

4. Stadium Criteria:
The Football League are to undertake a review of the minimum stadium criteria that is necessary for clubs to operate within the league. They are to look at five key areas. The first is Groundshare arrangements, which we suspect relates to problems that Newport County, and to a lesser extent Cheltenham Town, have experienced during their seasons where other teams or sports have been used on those pitches. They will also look at rules on Artificial Pitches, which are currently banned by the League, but with the FA Cup and National League allowing such surfaces, this is being challenged by a number of lower league clubs. They also want to consider policy on Safe Standing - particularly relevant for Championship sides and those who have played at that level, where Rail Seats are being trialled in other competitions as a means to restore terracing to grounds in defined circumstances. They also want to look at the stadium criteria for Accessibility (for Disabled Supporters) and Broadcasting facilities. As yet nothing new is on the table for any of this.

5. Laws Of The Game:
The IFAB (International Football Association Board) which define the Laws Of The Game, have agreed that non top-tier competitions may be allowed further flexibility to define their own rules, which includes the ability to field up to five substitutes in a given match. Clubs have been asked to consider their views on this, and it will be discussed further in September. There have been suggestions that this could be trialled in a cup competition, or reserved for situations where a match goes into Extra Time. Again, there is nothing firm on the table for this yet.

6. Broadcasting Rights:
The current Broadcasting deal with Sky Sports runs until the end of the 2018-19 Season, and so has two seasons to run. There is also a contractual option to extend for the 2019-20 season. However, the League have agreed that they will not take out that option and will instead put the deal out to tender from other interested parties, along with Sky themselves. The League will be publishing an Invitation to Tender to media organisations by June 19th 2017. The decision presumably means the League think they can do better than the 2019-20 deal that they could have taken.

7. Other Rule Changes:
The Football League have said that they have passed a number of rule changes in the area of Ticket Pricing, Kick-Off Times, Loan Transfers and Player Registrations. However they have not detailed what these are. They plan to publish them prior to the start of the 2017-18 season.


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10 June 2017 : Compton Admits Yeovil Talks, But Nothing Concrete
Former Yeovil Town winger Jack Compton has stated that he has held 'talks' with the Glovers about a return to Huish Park. The former Newport County player was released by the Exiles at the end of the 2016-17 season, having spent the second half of the season working under Gavin Williams at Merthyr Town in the Southern League Premier Division.

The 28 year old only managed two Football League starts for Newport during the 2016-17 season, ultimately making 12 appearances and scoring one goal - on the opening day of the season. He wasn't helped by manager Graham Westley turfing him out of the team, with his last match coming on December 31st, ultimately being left to train with Newport's Youth Team. In mid-February he went out on loan to Merthyr but was released by Newport upon his return, despite them being under new management.

Compton was released by current Glovers manager Darren Way at the end of the 2015-16 season, having made 23 appearances, scoring five goals. Back in January 2017 manager Darren Way admitted that he had 'conversations' with Compton and ex-Glover Ben Tozer although stopped short of saying whether those conversations were merely career advice, or an actual interest in either player.

Today, Compton has said via his Twitter account that he has again had a conversation with Yeovil Town, saying that himself and the Glovers "have spoken, but nothing concrete." On June 3rd, Compton appeared to suggest that he had a deal with an unnamed club more or less in the bag, saying it "should be all done by next week" although a week later he has not hinted which club that might be.

In truth, any move by Darren Way for Compton would be extraordinary, given his decision to release the Cardiff-born player last summer. Compton's move to Newport and then Merthyr appeared to suit his family plans, with him having a young child in South Wales. Given Compton has had a patchy year since leaving Huish Park - not helped by his experience of Westley - even talks with the Glovers are a surprise.

Link: Jack Compton : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 June 2017 : Director Resigns From Yeovil Town Board
One of Yeovil Town Football Club's Directors has resigned from the Board. Exeter-based Ron Budden stepped down from the Board on May 17th 2017, bringing to an end an eleven year association with the club. Companies House information records his resignation from the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited company (more commonly known as YTFC) although does not disclose any reasons for such events.

Mr Budden had been at the club since March 2006. He is a former football referee, who at the time of his appointment has known Glovers Chairman John Fry for over 30 years, and had been credited as the man who had got Fry interested in football as a sport. He is an Account Director at an Exeter Insurance firm.

At the time of his appointment with the Football Club he was given responsibility to assist with the football and Youth Development side of the club, along with Commercial Development of the Huish Park site. Later Boardroom clarifications of responsibility stated that in 2013 he was titled as Commercial Director, whilst by 2016 he was listed as Performance Director.

The make-up of the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited (Yeovil Town Football Club) Board now consists of the following people:

John Fry: Chairman.
Norman Hayward: Vice-Chairman.
David Lee: Legal Affairs and Company Secretary.
Alan Chamberlain: Financial Affairs.
Andy Rossiter: Youth Development.
Brian Willis: Stadium Director.

The club also list three Associate Directors - personnel who are not lodged via Companies House as titled legal directors, but provide Director-level responsibilities. These are former Westlands employee John Dover, who also Chairs the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, former Club Secretary Jean Cotton who is still providing inputs into that area, and Supporters Director David Mills who recently became the club's Business Development Manager.


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9 June 2017 : Football League Put Seven Figure Sum Into Youth Development
The Football League have agreed to provide additional funding for their club's Academys and youth development systems, as part of the output of their 2017 Summer AGM. The total sum provided will be 3.5 million, spread evenly across the 2017-18 and 2018-19 season.

The money will be allocated both centrally within the League, and to individual member clubs, and is funded from a one percent Youth Development Levy that comes from international transfer fees, along with those involving Premier League clubs. The money will be distributed as follows:

1. All member clubs to receive 10,000 each (totalling 720,000 in funding) to cater for costs associated with operating Scholarship schemes
2. The EFL Futures fund will receive an additional 250,000, giving it a total of 1 million that will be distributed to clubs fielding Under-21 players that are eligible to play for England (or Wales for Newport County and Cardiff City).
3. A total of 150,000 allocated for heart screening of 14 year olds registered with club Academies
4. A total of 100,000 allocated for fast-track refereeing courses for Scholars with the aim of providing an alternative career path for players who do not turn full professional
4. A total of 200,000 provided to the League Football Education (LFE) who provide educational courses to Scholars in the area of gaming, financial management, well-being and media training.
5. A total of 288,000 towards the costs of staff training at clubs or taking players away for international experience

The League don't describe how clubs obtain access to any of the centralised funding or benefits, but presumably these are available either on a grant-based basis, or as a periodic visit by the relevant Football League experts in that field.


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8 June 2017 : New 2017-18 Away Shirt Launched
Yeovil Town have launched the design for their players' shirt that will be principally used for away matches during the 2017-18 season. As with the previously launched home shirt, this is manufactured by Sondico. The design presents a mainly black shirt, with two different shades of black being used across the design, presenting a chequerboard effect. There is also green and yellow trim, meaning that the green part at least presents some part of the club's traditional home colours.

The shirt also maintains the use of the three gold stars that were controversially included on the club's home shirt for next season. The new shirts are planned to be on sale in the Huish Park Club Shop for the start of July.

Yeovil Town's 2017-18 Away Shirt
Yeovil Town's 2017-18 Away Shirt
© 2017 Yeovil Town FC



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8 June 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Planning For The Future
Last week, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry sent a second letter to the Glovers Trust addressing the topics of the club's ownership, its debts and the Legal Charges that secure that debt. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the major issues behind that letter, and also considers the club's new 2017-18 home shirt and one of the more contentious parts of that. Read via the link below, and feel free to add your own views on the various topics at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Planning For The Future.


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7 June 2017 : Matty Dolan Becomes An Exile As He Leaves Huish Park
Yeovil Town have lost another first team regular, after he decided to turn down a contract offer with the club. Former Middlesbrough and Hartlepool United midfielder Matt Dolan has left the club to sign for Newport County, bringing an end to his second spell at Huish Park.

Matt made 103 appearances for the club, including 47 during the season just gone. He scored nine goals, which included a rather legendary 75 yarder against Walsall in the Football League Cup last season. His departure means the club have cut their ties with the last player to feature in the club's 2012-13 season League One Play-Off Final. At the time he was a Middlesbrough loanee, who came on as an 88th minute substitute, but returned to the club in the summer of 2015 as a permanent signing.

Out of contract at the end of the 2016-17 season, he has agreed terms with Newport County on a two year contract. Newport boss Mike Flynn has said of the capture:

"Matty comes from a good pedigree having started his career at Middlesbrough and is technically one of the best midfielders in the league. He's very good on set-pieces and an all-round intelligent footballer. I'm really excited having Matty in; he was one of my main targets this summer and fits the criteria of what we want at this football club. Hes ambitious and buys into what were aiming to achieve with a successful season."

Matt becomes the third Yeovil Town player to turn down the offer of a new deal this summer. Midfielder Kevin Dawson decided to sign for Cheltenham Town on a two year contract, whilst defender Alex Lacey joined League One side Gillingham. However, defender Nathan Smith, striker Francois Zoko, goalkeeper Jonny Maddison, wide man Otis Khan and defender Bevis Mugabi have all agreed new terms. The only player outstanding in terms of those who were offered new deals, is former Cardiff City defender Tom James.

Link: Matt Dolan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 June 2017 : Football League Make Payouts From EFL Futures Programme
The Football League have distributed three-quarters of a million pounds to its member clubs, based on its EFL Futures programme. The commitment was introduced via the League's EFL Futures programme which promised to allocate a sum of 2.25 million to clubs across a three year period. The initial press release implied that the scheme would start next season, but a pay-out to clubs indicates that this actually started with the 2016-17 season.

The scheme rewards clubs who provide starting opportunities in Football League fixtures for players under the age of 21 and who are eligible to play for England (or Wales in the case of Cardiff City and Newport County). Whilst the League have not currently published the money earned by individual clubs, they have provided divisional statistics that show the following totals of what each division received:

League Two clubs: 304,000; League One clubs: 294,000; Championship clubs: 152,000.

The Football League have indicated that these sums related to appearances made by 322 players. Throughout the 2016-17 season, Yeovil Town had the following players on their books who would have been eligible to qualify - some are dual qualified players:

Bevis Mugabi (Uganda, England) (20 appearances), Jonny Maddison (5), Josh Ezewele (0), Matt Butcher (27), Tahvon Campbell (6), Omar Sowunmi (4), Joe Lea (0), Ollie Bassett (Northern Ireland, England) (0), Ben Whitfield (22), Shayon Harrison (4), Jack Storer (1), Kabongo Tshimanga (0).

Note that Kyle Copp, Owain Jones and Tom James may not qualify as all three are Welsh-born players - it would depend upon their family heritage as to whether they could feasibly qualify to play for England. However, as James was the only one of the trio to get a start - one appearance - this won't have affected the statistics too much.

At the end of November 2016 the Football League published data indicating the Glovers were in 9th place out of their 72 member clubs, with 35 appearances to their name, although didn't provide the total accumulation meaning that it wasn't possible to determine the exact share the club were likely to receive. By the end of the season, our unconfirmed estimate was that the above players had made 89 starts (or 90 if Tom James is included) which implies that Yeovil's strong showing was maintained. The flat average payout to League Two clubs will have been 13,217, however as it is done based on each club's share of appearances, the Glovers should have received a sum well above that level.


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6 June 2017 : New Business Development Manager Role At Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have announced a new off-the-field role within the club. Under the title of Business Development Manager, they have appointed David Mills into a role that they hope will 'strengthen [the club's] marketing and income raising activities. This is in addition to David's current roles as a Director of the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust which he has held since August 2013, and also his recent appointment as the club's Supporter Director in April 2017. He is also an Associate Director at Yeovil Town.

David's new role will see him report directly to the main Board of Directors at Yeovil Town and says his aim is to provide better marketing of the club, moving forward:

"I am looking forward to this new role, as in addition to finding new opportunities I can already see that the Executive team at Huish Park have some great ideas to move the club forward. My new role will therefore include working with the Executive and the Board to combine existing and new ideas into an improved marketing strategy."

In addition to his roles within the club, David has nearly thirty years experience in the retail industry, and was manager of the Quedam Centre in Yeovil. He has a range of marketing and media experience, including being on the advisory board of a regional radio station, and is chairman of the Yeovil Town Centre Partnership. He is a former Chairman and President of Yeovil Town Ladies, and was part of the team that prepared their application for the FA Women's Super League.

Update: Our understanding is David left his Quedam Centre role, with his new Business Development Manager role becoming his main daytime job.


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5 June 2017 : Swindon Bring In Flitcroft As New Boss
League Two side Swindon Town have appointed a new manager. They have taken on former Barnsley and Bury manager David Flitcroft under an unspecified contract, as a replacement for Luke Williams who was fired at the end of the season, having been the man at the helm upon their relegation into League Two.

Although Flitcroft's management record is quite a short one, it's been very successful. He had a 45 game spell managing Barnsley in the Championship, but it was his three year reign at Bury where he was noticed. He took the Shakers to promotion at the end of the 2014-15 season, where they've held steady ever since - his 157 game reign was ended in November 2016 after three years, but they were still able to keep their third tier status, at the expense of Flitcroft's new club.

The statement by Swindon Town definitely sets a level of expectation. They indicate that Flitcroft has been "given a very competitive budget and that he has been set "the aim of competing at the top of League Two" as they regard him as capable of giving Swindon "promotion back to League One at the first time of asking". No pressure, David!

The national media had made a big thing of predicting that former Tottenham Hotspur striker Teddy Sheringham was going to be the new Swindon boss, with the Daily Mail and Sky Sports amongst those tipping him for the job. The BBC believed he had held talks about the position, but by Friday evening BBC Radio Wiltshire were reporting that he would not be the man to take the job. Swindon had also tried to take Steve Evans from Mansfield Town but his current club refused permission to hold talks.


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5 June 2017 : Glovers Going Back To Black For Away Shirt
Yeovil Town have published a small preview of the away shirt that they plan to use for the 2017-18 season. Unlike the 2017-18 season home shirt previews, it seems we won't need to wait too long to see the whole thing - the design is going to be unveiled on Thursday 8th June. Once again, it's made by Sondico, and previous messages from the club suggested they were aiming to get both designs in stock as replica kit by early July.

The 2017-18 season design would appear to have a significant black theme to it - at this point it's not possible to tell if that's the only colour used. This design has a polo-style buttoned collar on it but at this stage that's as much as we know.

The club have used black in their away kits in the past, notably with a red and black kit that was used between 2003 and 2005 under Gary Johnson's management. Then more recently, a yellow and black design was used to create a bumble bee effect on the shirt in 2013-14. The snippet below though does not reveal any other colour. It will replace the current green and yellow design that has been kept for the last two seasons.

A small snippet of Yeovil Town's 2017-18 away shirt
A small snippet of Yeovil Town's 2017-18 away shirt



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4 June 2017 : Goodship Agrees Terras Deal Following Glovers Departure
Former Yeovil Town striker Brandon Goodship has found himself a new club. Having been released by the Glovers at the end of the 2016-17 season, the former AFC Bournemouth academy player has signed for Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth. The 22 year old has signed a one year contract at the Bob Lucas Stadium, and assistant boss Paul Maitland told the Dorset Echo thayt has high hopes he will flourish at their level:

"It's a really big signing and its one we have been working on since we realised that he was not necessarily going to be going back to Yeovil. He is hungry, young, mobile and has ambition in the game. He is a proper goalscorer, scores all types of goals and is someone we were desperate to add to our armoury going into the season. He is a good age and is a big coup for us to get him on board. We have waited for him because we felt he would be our go to man. If he can do what his pedigree suggests he can do, he will be a big goal threat for us."

Goodship spent six months with Yeovil Town as a permanent signing following his 2015-16 loan spell whilst still on the books of AFC Bournemouth. However, he made only one start in his second spell as part of nine appearances. Overall he made 19 appearances, scoring one goal in the February 2016 match against Dagenham and Redbridge.

Link: Brandon Goodship : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 June 2017 : Somerset FA Special Recognition Award Given To Ladies Team
Last night at Somerset FA's awards evening, Yeovil Town Ladies picked up the Special Recognition Award for their success of last season, both on and off the pitch. The annual awards evening was held at the Somerset County Cricket ground and aims to recognise the great work that referees, clubs, coaches, volunteers and all people at various levels of the game do in Somerset.

In the 2016 season, the club achieved the highest average attendance in the FAWSL2 with an average of 743 coming through the gates. The Ladies also achieved the highest attendance of the entire FAWSL2 season when they put three past Sheffield Ladies and claimed the FAWSL2 title in front of a whopping 1,483 fans.

Trevor Jenkins, Emma Britton, Jamie Sherwood and Stephen Allinson receive the Somerset FA Award
Trevor Jenkins, Emma Britton, Jamie Sherwood and Stephen Allinson receive the Somerset FA Award
© 2017 Yeovil Town Ladies


Following Yeovil Town Ladies' brilliant achievement of being crowned FA Women's Super League 2 champions in November, they are now able to bring elite top flight football to Somerset and welcome the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal to the county. Since competing at this level, Yeovil Town Ladies have enthused and engaged with so many younger female players and have provided opportunities for local girls on match days, including the chance to be mascots and ball girls. Trevor Jenkins, General Manager of Yeovil Town Ladies FC said of the Somerset FA Award:

"This Special Recognition Award is an award for everyone at our club. From our hard working and dedicated players and staff, to our team of matchday volunteers, everyone should feel proud to have been recognised. Achieving this award would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, fans and partners, including Somerset FA who gave out this award. The awards evening had a room full of amazing people involved in football at all levels, all of whom are doing great things for the game. I hope that the work our club has done, not only puts women's football and the South West in high regard, but I also hope it inspires more people to take up the sport and get involved."

The Somerset FA Special Recognition Award
The Somerset FA Special Recognition Award
© 2017 Yeovil Town Ladies



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2 June 2017 : Paul Wilson's Return To Yeovil Town Confirmed
Yeovil Town have brought former striker Paul Wilson back to the club as their Academy Manager. This has been a relatively open secret for the last month or two but has only today been implicitly confirmed by the club as part of their announcement of nine new youth scholarships. The former Doncaster Rovers, Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town youth development coach had last been at Blundell Park for a position he took up at the start of the 2016-17 season but appeared to disappear from view there at some point during the season just gone, and has now returned to the club where he spent much of his playing days.

Paul Wilson arrived at Yeovil Town during the summer of 1989, with him being recruited as a replacement for Guy Whittingham who had departed for Portsmouth that summer. The club paid a 13,000 transfer fee to Boston United to take him to Huish, with the forward having also played for Frickley Athletic earlier in his career.

Popularly known as Willo, he was to enjoy a six season career at the club, after being brought in by Brian Hall, later working under Clive Whitehead and Steve Rutter before Hall's second spell in charge. He made 211 appearances, scoring 60 goals, and was part of the club's 1992-93 non-league side that knocked Football League sides Torquay United and Hereford United out of the FA Cup, setting up a Third Round tie against Arsenal that was crucial to the club's financial survival. He was also part of the giant-killing sides that saw Walsall (1991-92) and Fulham (1993-94) knocked out of the FA Cup.

Paul generally played as a target man, with a regular partnership with Mickey Spencer seeing the pair match up perfectly on the pitch. During his latter days, injuries began to take their toll, but he became legendary amongst fans for taking to the field regularly wearing an assortment of bandages and supports to get him through each game.

He bowed out of the club at the end of the 1994-95 season, and went on to become Scunthorpe United's Youth Development Officer. In 2005, he moved to his home town club Doncaster Rovers, ultimately staying ten years and moving from being their Youth Development Manager into being their Head of Youth in a formal Academy structure. He left Donny in July 2016, and a month later joined Grimsby Town as their Professional Development Phase Coach, looking after their Under-18s.

Having spent plenty of time at Scunthorpe and Doncaster, he watched plenty of their players move into professional football. One such player was former Bristol City defender Jamie McCombe, who started off playing under Wilson as a youth teamer. In 2012 he signed for Doncaster and cited Wilson as a big influence upon his career:

"Paul Wilson was my youth-team manager at Scunthorpe when I started out 13 years ago. I have been in touch with him ever since. He is fantastic and looked after me. He taught me some valuable lessons and he made us from boys to men in terms of teaching us discipline and respect and taught us a lot of football. A lot of the values he taught us from 16 to 19 when I was with him I have carried on. The work ethic and grounding he gave me has stood me in good stead throughout my career so I owe him a lot for that."

Link: Paul Wilson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 June 2017 : Nine New Youth Scholarships Handed Out
Yeovil Town have given nine new players Scholarship deals, as part of their Academy system. The players, who will complete a two year programme mixing a BTEC educational qualification with concentrated football training, are the latest to be co-opted into the 16-18 year old level, that look to earn professional contracts following that programme. All will formally join the scholarship programme on July 3rd, provided their registration is completed.

The players that they have named include goalkeeper Tommy Scott who is the only 17 year old in the list. They have also enrolled centre-back Thomas Hayes and left-back Daniel Ojo. There are four midfielders included with Lewis Dix, Alex John, Harry Haughton and Gabriel Rodgers signed up - the latter can also play in a more advanced role. Finally two strikers in Harry Edmondson and Neville Nzembela are signed up.

Those nine players will join all players that are now moving on to their second year of their Scholarship, which will include left-back Joe Tomlinson who was an unused substitute in the first team's final match of the season at Colchester United. Whilst the club have never disclosed it, our understanding is that all of last year's Second Year Scholars were shown the door, with five taking part in LFE Trials last month.

All scholars will play for Yeovil Town Under-18s during the 2017-18 Season. Good luck to them for the future.


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2 June 2017 : Maddison Pens New Yeovil Town Deal
Yeovil Town have tied up a new deal for goalkeeper Jonny Maddison. The former Leicester City player has agreed a new two year contract with the club that will keep him here until the summer of 2019. Having arrived as a back-up keeper to Artur Krysiak he ultimately played in all six of the club's Football League Trophy matches, and then finished off the season playing in four Football League games after Krysiak broke his foot.

The contractual situation means that the club are now only awaiting the decisions from midfielder Matt Dolan and defender Tom James with all others having made firm decisions on whether to stay at Huish Park.

Link: Jonny Maddison : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 June 2017 : Cherries Pre-Season Friendly Arranged
Yeovil Town have arranged a sixth pre-season friendly for the build-up to the 2017-18 season. The Glovers will play host to Premier League side AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday 2nd August with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The Cherries last visited two years ago when they ran out as 0-3 winners at Huish Park under Paul Sturrock's early management.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town Pre-Season Fixture List.


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1 June 2017 : Birmingham 0 Yeovil 0 : Landmark Moment For Ladies At End Of Spring Series
Yeovil Town Ladies created a landmark moment in their club's history last night, as they gained their first point at FAWSL1 level. Whilst the female Glovers have found playing at the top level of Women's football to be a steep learning curve, as the only part time side in the division, other matches against the likes of Reading, Sunderland and Bristol City Women had suggested they could match some of the sides in the division - finally at Solihull Moors FC they did just that with a 0-0 draw against Birmingham City Ladies.

Both side had the woodwork to thank for the fact that the game stayed goalless, with the goal frame being struck three times in the opening 20 minutes. Birmingham's Coral Haines managed it twice with a dipping shot followed by a 25 yarder, but then Nicola Cousins shot against the goalpost as Yeovil forced their own pressure.

Birmingham had some of the better chances in the second half, with Freda Ayisi firing wide for the Blues. Yeovil weren't helped by having to play out some extended second half injury time with ten men - the three minutes signalled turned into seven as an injury to Hannah Short on 90 minutes saw her forced off the pitch with all three substitutes used. Deep into time added on, Rachel Williams headed Ellie Brazil's cross over the bar, and Yeovil held on. Speaking after the match, Helen Bleazard said the team were really happy to have made that breakthrough they had been searching for:

"We were really disappointed with the Sunderland result on Sunday and we knew that this was our last game and it was time to give absolutely everything we had. We're really happy - I know it's a 0-0 draw but it's a massive positive step after all the recent games and we're really pleased. We knew we'd be under pressure and I think we dealt with that really well. We've been picked apart a few times by the other teams - set-pieces and crosses are usually where we've conceded a goal or two, but we were outstanding today. We've had some games where the other manager has said that, no matter what, we fought until the very end and we've been unlucky not to come away with the result. I don't think we've deserved to win most of the games, but we've deserved to come away with a better result, so it's fantastic for the girls."

Final Score: Birmingham City Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.

Scorers: None.

Birmingham City: Ann-Katrin Berger, Meaghan Sargeant, Emily Westwood, Coral Haines, Marisa Ewers, Abbeyleigh Stringer, Paige Williams, Andrine Hegerberg, Freda Ayisi, Ellie Brazil

Substitutes: Rachel Williams (61 mins for Freda Ayisi), Sarah Mayling (67 mins for Emily Westwood), Charlie Wellings (78 mins for Coral Haines), Sophie Baggaley, Sian Johnson, Chloe Peplow, Connie Scofield

Yeovil Town Ladies: Megan Walsh, Natalie Haigh, Hannah Short, Nia Jones, Helen Bleazard, Nadia Lawrence, Angharad James, Annie Heatherson, Nicola Cousins, Ellie Curson, Lucy Quinn

Substitutes: Jessie Jones (46 mins for Nicola Cousins), Sarah Wiltshire (61 mins for Ellie Curson), Leah Burridge (77 mins for Natalie Haigh), Beth Howard, Steph Williams, Kelly Snook, Ella Pusey

Referee: Matthew Law

Attendance: 625


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1 June 2017 : 2017-18 Home Shirt Design Launched With Three Stars Explained
Yeovil Town have launched the design for their new 2017-18 first team shirt. Once again the shirt is manufactured by Sondico, and unsurprisingly it's based around a green and white hooped design. For this season, the green and white hoops have a jagged effect, with one part of the hoop being wider than the other part of the hoop, with the split diagonally across the shirt.

The club's shirt has '1895' inside the shirt button - the date of the club's formation - this is also on the bottom of the back of the shirt. Meanwhile as mentioned earlier this month, the club are using a modified badge on the shirt, with three gold stars above the club crest, which was modified last summer as well to mount the crest onto a shield. The club have stated that the gold stars are to signify one star for each of the five years the club has spent in the Football League, although as of this summer they are only commencing their 15th season, meaning this is a little premature.

The club are aiming to have the new home shirt in the Club Shop for the start of July. There will also be a new away shirt launched at some stage.

New Yeovil Town 2017-18 Home Shirt
New Yeovil Town 2017-18 Home Shirt
© 2017 Yeovil Town FC



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1 June 2017 : 2017-18 Season Key Dates For Competitions And Fixtures
With the 2016-17 season now firmly over, the Football League have been gradually building up a set of competition dates for the 2017-18 season. Some have already been made public, whilst others have been more recent additions. To help focus minds, this is the complete list that we're aware of:

21/06/2017 : 2017-18 Fixture Lists Released, Wednesday morning.

05/08/2017 : Start Date for the 2017-18 first weekend of fixtures
07/08/2017 : League Cup First Round (week commencing) (under the name of the Carabao Cup)
21/08/2017 : League Cup Second Round (week commencing)
28/08/2017 : EFL Trophy Group Stage (week commencing) (still labelled as Checkatrade Trophy)

18/09/2017 : League Cup Third Round (week commencing)

02/10/2017 : EFL Trophy Group Stage (week commencing)
23/10/2017 : League Cup Fourth Round (week commencing)

06/11/2017 : EFL Trophy Group Stage (week commencing)

04/12/2017 : EFL Trophy Second Round (week commencing)
18/12/2017 : League Cup Fifth Round (week commencing)
23/12/2017 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day
26/12/2017 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day
30/12/2017 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day

01/01/2018 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day
08/01/2018 : EFL Trophy Third Round and League Cup Semi-Final First Leg (week commencing)
22/01/2018 : EFL Trophy Fourth Round and League Cup Semi-Final First Leg (week commencing)

25/02/2018 : League Cup Final
26/02/2018 : EFL Trophy Semi-Finals (week commencing)

08/04/2018 : EFL Trophy Final

05/05/2018 : Final Weekend of 2017-18 Season
26/05/2018 : Championship Play-Off Final
27/05/2018 : League One Play-Off Final
28/05/2018 : League Two Play-Off Final

The ordering of the Play-Off Finals has been reversed from the normal schedule, due to the 2018 World Cup which takes place that summer.

At present, the Football Association has not published its 2017-18 Competition dates.


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1 June 2017 : Elite Performance Programme Signing Up New Ladies Youngsters
Year 11 pupil Megan Robinson has become one of many pupils to sign up to the elite performance programme at Bridgwater and Taunton College. At the FA Women's Super League match on Sunday between Yeovil Town Ladies FC and Sunderland AFC Ladies, Robinson - joined by her parents - was at Fairfax Park and was one of many to sign up to the programme, committing her future to both the college and club.

Sixteen year old Robinson, is currently in GCSE exam mode with her secondary school at present, but from September 2017, she will be studying her chosen academic course, whilst also training 13-plus hours per week, which will include technical and tactical sessions, strength and conditioning, match analysis, psychology, plus more! With the college recognising her elite potential, she has also applied and been successfully awarded a sports scholarship, to help support financially towards a range of different items.

Robinson, will be joining a whole host of other talented names, some of whom are to international standard, and the squad will play in the highest division of college football (Category One Elite League). Robinson, who this season has been playing for Yeovil Town Ladies FC U16's, is an attacking player, who has also represented the South West of England and is on the England Talent Pathway with the Somerset FA Advanced Coaching Centre. She has scored 44 goals this season for her club and has been awarded the top goalscorer award for the past 3 years. She has also notched an incredible 22 goals for Somerset. When asked why she decided to join the programme Megan Robinson said:

"I have always wanted a career in sports and it has been my ambition to play football at a professional level. I believe that the partnership between the Team BTC sport performance programme and Yeovil Town Ladies FC will provide me with high quality, professional sports coaching and support alongside an outstanding education to help develop my game, and help to fulfil my dream of playing for Yeovil in the WSL 1 football league."

Sam Reilly (left) with Elite Programme signing Megan Robinson
Sam Reilly (left) with Elite Programme signing Megan Robinson


Sam Reilly (pictured), who is Head of Sports, Outdoor Education and Public Services, commented:

"We are delighted that Megan has decided to join Bridgwater and Taunton College in September, allowing her to receive the benefit of a high-quality educational programme to support her academic and footballing ambition. It is our aim at the college to provide world-class pathways for our students and providing a programme that allows elite athletes to fulfil their ambition is pivotal to us as a college. Megan will be able to study an Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science, whilst also receiving top-class coaching from a range of UEFA A and UEFA B licenced coaches, to continue to grow as a footballer. I would like to wish Megan, along with all the upcoming players at the Yeovil Town Ladies, the best of luck in their GCSEs and look forward to seeing them in September."

It's not too late to apply or find out more. Email talent@yeoviltownladies.com for more information or head here.


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1 June 2017 : Glovers Chairman John Fry Issues Second Response To Glovers Trust
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has replied to the Glovers Trust following their second letter to the club concerning Legal Charges and the ownership of the Football Club. In a letter dated May 31st 2017, Mr Fry's response is a follow-up to the Trust's letter dated May 16th 2017, where they either issued follow-up questions or repeated earlier questions that they felt the club had not answered in full.

The Background to this relates to the Club's decision to place a Legal Charge, in October 2016, against the land owned by Yeovil Town Football Club, with another separate Legal Charge already known to be in place under Yeovil Town Holdings Limited, with both under the name of club owner Norman Hayward. With these charges inevitably meaning additional control of the football club and its assets, the Trust had written to the club asking for clarification on a number of points regarding why the second Legal Charge had been created.

The club's latest response comes directly from Chairman John Fry and provides answers to eight questions issued by the Glovers Trust. Mr Fry's letter in response to the Trust is reproduced in full below, and presented without comment or editing (bar a couple of cosmetic typos):

"As Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yeovil Town Football Club (The Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited) I am responding to your letter of the 15th May 2017.

Q1: Please can you advise us how the assets owned by Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd and Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Ltd are split, so it is clear which company owns which asset?

Yeovil Town Holdings Limited owns the shares of Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited (YTFC) together with the non-stadium land (apart from 4 acres approx of long leasehold land adjacent to Western Avenue).

YTFC owns the business assets of the Football Club, together with the 4 acres approx of leasehold land, mentioned above, and the Stadium land and buildings.

We do not feel that this division of ownership, which has been in place since 2009, should be the cause for any concerns.

Q2: Were all the Directors of Yeovil Town Football Club present on the occasion when a decision was made to accept a Land Charge made out in the name of Mr Norman Hayward, and how many Directors were in agreement with this action?

Six Directors (i.e. all of the Board with the exception of Mr Hayward) were present and party to the decision and all voted for the 'acceptance' of the Legal Charge.

Q3: Why have the seven directors of this limited company allowed one director (Norman Hayward) so much control?

Mr Hayward does not have control of either the Board of Directors or the day to day management of YTFC. The original rationale for the creation of the Legal Charge was to secure a proposed Loan which was contemplated at the time (October 2016) but did not become needed due to careful management together with the receipt of additional cup revenue and prize money which had not been forecasted, given its uncertain nature pre-season.

Q4: What are the consequences to the Football Club should the Club default on the terms of the Land Charge?

As previously made clear, the Legal Charge and its provisions have not become operative but should they do so they would become security for repayment of the loan in October 2021 in accordance with the terms of the Legal Charge. In the event of default, Mr Hayward would have the right to enforce the security, as with any secured loan, and, ultimately a sale might have to take place, if repayment were not made.

Q5: Will Mr Norman Hayward have the equivalent of a covenant against the Club?

I am unsure what is meant by this question or its relevance. In normal legal terms, YTFC would covenant to observe and perform the provisions of the Legal Charge, which includes normal maintenance and repair obligations and a restriction against structural or material alterations.

Q6: What provisions are in place in the event of Norman Haywards bereavement or incapacity to act as the legal charge holder?

I am not sure that your interpretation of the consequences of Mr Hayward's bereavement or incapacity are either correct or relevant.

The right to receive repayment of the Loan monies under the Legal Charge would, of course, pass to the Executor of his estate under the provisions of his Will which are totally personal and confidential. We would not be entitled or expected to be given this information.

Q7: What costs are involved in removing this charge as you have stated no money is owed?

I repeat that these would be 'minimal' involving only Land Registry fees and external solicitor charges for the work carried out. A maximum of 500 + VAT might be involved.

Q8: Given the clear conflict of interest between Norman Hayward, the Yeovil Town Football Club director and Norman Hayward, the Legal charge/Land covenant holder, when the Board took the decision to grant him the legal charge were all the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 complied within terms of declarations of interest and voting as it would appear to be the case that Norman Hayward would not be able to vote on this matter?

I confirm that all requirements of the Companies Act 2006 were complied with and that Mr Hayward did not vote and was not involved in the unanimous decision of the Board of Directors, as explained above.

The Board continues to be of the view that the Supporters Alliance is the appropriate vehicle for the involvement of fans and briefings on decisions that are made from time to time and we would urge you to become a member of the Alliance. We will not be prepared to continue open correspondence with you on the matters covered by this letter.

Yours Sincerely,
John Fry
Chairman
Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited."

The Glovers Trust have acknowledged John Fry's letter saying: "The Trust Board will provide further comments when they have collectively reflected on the reply. In the meantime, the Trust Board would like to thank the Chairman of YTFC for what is seen as a good quality response to the questions posed."


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