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31 July 2009 : Youths Lose At Westbury
Yeovil Town's Under 18s lost 3-0 tonight in their third pre-season friendly as Western League Division One side Westbury United proved too strong for them. The Wiltshire side got all three goals during the second half.

Yeovil's best chance came in the second half when a Sam Ford free kick from 25 yards out dipped over Westbury's keeper, struck the crossbar and came out. But overall Westbury deserved their victory, with the home side looking much superior when compared to recent opposition Weymouth and Street.

Final Score: Westbury United 3 Yeovil Town Under 18s 0.

Scorers: Matty Smith (1-0, 54 mins), Mark Young (2-0, 78 mins), Dan Kovacs (3-0, 87 mins).

Yeovil Town Under 18s: (4-4-2)
1. Steve Boore
2. Louie Clarke 4. Steve Harris 5. Sam Ford 3. Charlie Elsworth
7. Adam Wakley 6. Tom Gallagher 8. Johnny Oliver 16. Alex West
9. Rob Clowes 10. Tyler Sheppard

Subs: 12. Ciaran Levet (42 mins for Alex West) 13. Sam Lanahan (53 mins for Adam Wakley) 14. Mitch Conning (63 mins for Rob Clowes) 15. Andy Venning (63 mins for Johnny Oliver) 16. Ben Bicknell. Returning To Field: 7. Adam Wakley (82 mins for Steve Harris).


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31 July 2009 : Tonight's Line-Up Against Westbury
Tonight, Yeovil Town's Under 18s are in action against Westbury United at their Meadow Lane ground. The Glovers have named the following line-up for the match against the Western League Division One side.

Yeovil Town Under 18s: (4-4-2)
1. Steve Boore
2. Louie Clarke 4. Steve Harris 5. Sam Ford 3. Charlie Elsworth
7. Adam Wakley 6. Tom Gallagher 8. Johnny Oliver 16. Alex West
9. Rob Clowes 10. Tyler Sheppard

Subs: 12. Ciaran Levet 13. Sam Lanahan 14. Mitch Conning 15. Andy Venning 16. Ben Bicknell


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31 July 2009 : Squad Numbers Released
The club has this afternoon released the squad numbers for the coming season. One slight surprise is that this seems to be the vehicle of information that goalkeeper Richard Martin has been awarded some sort of contract, since he has been given the No. 15 shirt but the club had made no prior disclosure that he had been signed. Ben Roberts, whose main role is as goalkeeping coach, has been given No. 33, so one assumes he has been registered as a player for any emergencies that might occur during the season.

Terry Skiverton has relinquished the No. 4 shirt that he made his own for so many years, and it has been given to the new on-field captain Stefan Stam. Although only currently on a one month loan, Steven Caulker has been awarded a low numbered shirt, No. 5, which could be seen as a very strong indication that the club expects him to be here for either half or the whole season. The other Tottenham Hotspur loanee, Ryan Mason, gets the No. 13. Darren Way has the No. 12 shirt, the one some clubs give to the fans. If this choice of number does have an element of a symbolic gesture it is surely one all Yeovil Town supporters will applaud.

Given recent statements in the press, though there has been no actual confirmation through the club's Official Site, the fact that Gary Roberts has not been given a squad number comes as no surprise.

The full list to date is:

1. Alex McCarthy; 2. Craig Alcock; 3. Nathan Jones; 4. Stefan Stam; 5. Steven Caulker; 6. Terrell Forbes; 7. George O'Callaghan; 8. Keiran Murtagh; 9. Sam Williams; 10. Gavin Tomlin; 11. Andy Welsh; 12. Darren Way; 13. Ryan Mason; 14. Dean Bowditch; 15. Richard Martin; 16. Scott Murray; 17. Aidan Downes; 22. Danny Schofield; 23. Danny Hutchins; 24. Terry Skiverton; 28. Nathan Smith; 32. Andre McCollin; 33. Ben Roberts.

All the squad numbers are carried permanently on the Player Profile section (under the Statistics menu) if you need to refer to them throughout the season.


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31 July 2009 : A Minute's Applause For Sir Bobby
All Football League clubs will be holding a minute's applause next weekend in memory of Sir Bobby Robson, who sadly died earlier today aged 76. The former England manager had faced an ongoing battle against cancer yet is believed to have raised more than £1.5m for the Newcastle cancer unit that treated him during his final years.

The Football League have instructed their member clubs to hold a minute's applause for Sir Bobby on the opening day of the Football League season, and therefore Yeovil Town's own salute to him will take place on Saturday 8th August at Huish Park when the Glovers take on Tranmere Rovers.

Some clubs with close links to Sir Bobby are making their own separate arrangements as part of pre-season friendlies being played tomorrow. We assume Yeovil Town will defer their own mark of respect until next weekend.


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31 July 2009 : Exeter City Tickets On Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Exeter City are now on sale. The match takes place at St James Park on Tuesday 18th August, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Tickets will initially be available to Season Ticket Holders ONLY. Season Ticket Holders have until Saturday 8th August to make their purchases. On Monday 10th and Tues 11th, they will be available to GWSC Members only. Remaining tickets will go on general sale on Wednesday 12th August.

The majority of Yeovil Town supporters will be housed on the St James Road Away Terrace with prices as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Concessions: £10.00; Under 18s: £5.00.

Concessions are available for the Over 60s and for NUS Card-carrying students. Ambulant disabled supporters are admitted for the above prices, but can take an assistant with them free of charge.

Wheelchair users must contact Exeter on 01392-411243. They will be housed in the Flybe Stand. Prices are £15.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge.

There is highly limited seating available in the Stagecoach Stand for away supporters, aimed at young families and older people who would find standing difficult for the duration of the game. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £17.00; Concessions: £12.00; Under 18s: £6.00.

To purchase your ticket, visit the Huish Park Ticket Office or call them on 01935-847888.

Going strictly by other internet sources relating to away club allocations at St James Park, the usual allocation appears to be for 1,053 terrace spaces and 300 seats. However, there is no confirmation that Yeovil's allocation matches those numbers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Tiverton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Norwich City.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2009-10 Huish Park Individual Match And Season Ticket Pricing For League Matches.


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31 July 2009 : Ticket Office Opening Hours
For those going to watch Yeovil Town in action tomorrow, the Huish Park Ticket Office has some slightly adjusted opening hours. They will be opening at 12.00 noon tomorrow until 3.00p.m. for the final pre-season friendly against Tiverton Town. Prices for tomorrow's match are available via the link below. The match at Huish Park kicks off at 3.00p.m.

Note also that today represents the final chance for Season Ticket Holders to reserve their usual seat in the ground for the Carling Cup First Round against Norwich City. The ticket office is open until 5.00p.m. tonight. From tomorrow morning, all unsold seats will be placed on general sale on a first come, first served basis.

Visit the Ticket Office in person, or give them a ring on 01935-847888 to book your tickets.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Tiverton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Norwich City.


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30 July 2009 : Bowditch Deal Officially Complete
Further to our earlier report, Ipswich Town striker Dean Bowditch has signed on the dotted line this afternoon, thus formalising a permanent move to Huish Park.

He has signed a one year contract at Huish Park. A short profile on Dean is available on Tuesday's article. Welcome to Huish Park Dean, and good luck for the next 11 months and beyond.


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30 July 2009 : Skiverton Looking For More Strike Options
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will still look to bring in another striker to complete his squad as the 2009-10 season draws close. Skiverton has told this week's Western Gazette that he doesn't believe last season's squad was big enough and felt that this led to a lack of competitions for places.

With often only 16 players passed fit, and the bench being padded out by the likes of Steve Thompson and Jordan Street, the starting eleven often picked itself, and Skiverton said he felt that had been a problem:

"I think last year we did not really have that competition when I took over. The first thing I did was I spoke to another manager who said 'you have got to try to get into the season with four strikers'."

Skiverton added that he was not bothered as to whether he brought in a further permanent signing or whether he opted for the loan market for his target. All he was interested in was the ability to have a strong bench to pick from during matches:

"It does not matter how you get them, whether you have got three loans and one under contract, you have got to start the season with four strikers. Then every time you look to the bench, you are not thinking 'oh, I have got to bring him on'. The aim is to look at the bench and go 'right, it is his chance now' and that is what I have got in my head, that is what I want and that is why I still want another striker."

With Sam Williams and Dean Bowditch (subject to formal announcement) tied up on permanent deals along with Gavin Tomlin, these are presumably the three current strikers Skiverton speaks of. However, Ryan Mason can operate up front or 'in the hole', whilst Andre McCollin remains on Yeovil's books despite being transfer listed.

Meanwhile it shouldn't be forgotten that winger Aidan Downes also played up front for Everton's academy sides, although the Glovers have rarely used him in that position since his arrival. Whilst the quality of the Yeovil Town squad will only be measurable once the opening games of the 2009-10 season have been played, there's no doubt that the larger playing squad Skiverton has been authorised will help matters. This season sticking a 46 year old on the bench should not be required - and with no offence to Thommo, that can be no bad thing.


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30 July 2009 : Bowditch Signing Expected Today
Striker Dean Bowditch is expected to sign on the dotted line later today, according to the Western Morning News. The former Ipswich Town player was due to have a medical late on Tuesday night - presumably this has gone through successfully even though it has transpired that Bowditch left the field during the match against Bristol City with a calf injury. The 23 year old explained where things currently stand from his perspective:

"It's all gone well for me here so far, and hopefully I'll tie up a deal to stay here soon. I'm certainly keen to stay. I really enjoyed the Bristol City game and it was nice to score a goal like that in front of the Yeovil fans. I thought it was a good team performance. In the end, I had to come off with a slight calf strain but that shouldn't be too bad and I can't wait to play again."

Bowditch found himself in an unusual situation this summer, having to search for another club after the Tractor Boys released him. Having worked his way through their academy system, Ipswich represented Bowditch's only permanent senior club and so he was pleased to settle in at Yeovil:

"It can be frustrating because, when you haven't got a club, you try to ring round and get trials and try to impress. The gaffer gave me the opportunity to come down here and has kept me informed of his plans throughout. I feel that I've settled in well because the team's style of play suits me, and I think I can fit into their pattern of play."

He spent the tail end of last season on loan at Brentford before being released from Portman Road, and he then headed to League Two side Notts County on trial over the summer. But he said he favoured the Glovers because of their League One status:

"I was with Brentford for a couple of months and I actually spent a week on trial with Notts County at the start of the summer. But when I spoke to Yeovil I wanted to come here because I want to play at the highest level possible and it's a good club to be at. When I made my debut for Ipswich I was only 16, which was probably a bit too young, and I hadn't really developed enough. It's good to get another chance to show what I can do."

We'll confirm Dean's signature as soon as any firm news comes through.


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30 July 2009 : Roberts Linked With Scottish Trio
Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts is being linked with three Scottish League sides. This morning's Western Morning News states that Hamilton Academical, Motherwell and Falkirk are all clubs showing an interest in the player, who seems likely to have played his last game for the club following an accumulation of disciplinary issues.

The WMN provide very similar quotes from manager Terry Skiverton to those he expressed yesterday and it would appear that he can be safely written out of any line-up predictions fans may make for Skiverton's sides in the weeks and months to come:

"Gary Roberts will no longer play for me, and that's it. I'm not going to comment further, but it's for disciplinary reasons. He's not in the squad any more. He remains under contract, but he's not training with the squad at the moment."


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29 July 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 3 Bristol City 2
Last night saw Yeovil Town win 3-2 against West Country rivals Bristol City. Our very own Taff was of course at the game and he has given his own thoughts on each player that turned out on the night, as well as considering the wider picture of the team performance and their chances for the coming season with just one more pre-season friendly to come.

Read Taff's thoughts now on Taff's Gloversblog or head to the latest article concerning last night's City game via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 3 Bristol City 2.


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29 July 2009 : Roberts Suspended From First Team Training
Yeovil Town have suspended midfielder Gary Roberts from training after an unspecified disciplinary incident. The former Crewe Alexandra player has frequently been the subject of rumours over the past six months but both Russell Slade and Terry Skiverton have preferred to tone down any suggestion that he had a problem, with both managers citing "family issues" behind various absences Roberts has had.

However, speaking in this week's Western Gazette, Skiverton has decided to go public, admitting that the player is not training with the rest of the squad. Roberts did not play in Tuesday night's match against Bristol City and it would seem likely that he will not be playing under Skiverton again. The Yeovil boss told the paper:

"Gary Roberts is no longer playing for me. I'm not going to comment any more and he's not in the squad anymore. He's under contract, but he's not training with the squad at the moment."

Skiverton hasn't firmly stated that the midfielder is transfer listed but it would be pretty surprising if he didn't want him off the Glovers' books before the season starts.

In entirely unrelated news, the Gazette report that Skiverton still wants to sign another striker before the season starts having already netted Sam Williams and Dean Bowditch (subject to medical and contract signature) and loan signing Ryan Mason this summer.


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29 July 2009 : Johnson Not Impressed With 'Dopey' City
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson slammed his players last night for being "dopey" and "lackadaisical" when they lost 3-2 against Yeovil Town at Huish Park last night. The Robins took an early lead through Gavin Williams and Johnson told the Bristol Evening Post that he thought that his team were not putting in the effort they should have been once that goal was scored:

"My team thought they could stroll it a little bit. We were far too open and paid the price for it. Yeovil scored three good goals and missed a penalty and we have to learn lessons from this. I think some of our lads have learned a bit of a lesson as to what League One is like. Our lads were a bit dopey at times and it took us too long to get going. And when we did get going, we gave the ball away too often. If you give the ball away at any level the opposition are going to punish you."

Johnson felt his side improved in the second period, but that they put on a poor performance during the opening 45 minutes:

"I thought we were poor in the first half. All credit to Yeovil, because they closed us down well and hit us on the break a few times. We got it together a bit more in the second half and created a lot of chances, but only scored the one goal. It's disappointing to lose any game and I'm disappointed we lost this one."

Gary painted a similar picture when he spoke to BBC Somerset after the game, but believed Yeovil deserved credit for the way that they came out of the traps and began to dominate the game:

"You have to look at your own failings. We had a poor first half. We did better in the second half. I think we came here a bit lackadaisical when Yeovil started very well and were a goal or so up before we got going. But we have to learn from every game. As I've said, credit to the opposition. We'll take our game and analyse it and try and make individuals better."

Yeovil's goals last night were scored by Dean Bowditch and Danny Schofield, with a late winner from Gavin Tomlin giving the Glovers a 3-2 win on the night.


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29 July 2009 : League Paper To Be Relaunched
Sunday newspaper The League Paper is attempting a comeback for the 2009-10 season. The paper, which concentrates mainly on the 72 clubs in the Football League, ran for around two seasons until June 2006 when it and its sister paper the Non-League Paper fell into administration, with the latter having also previously collapsed in 2002 before being resurrected.

The original Non-League Paper had been launched in the early part of 2000 by Editor David Emery and he is behind the latest attempt to resurrect a newspaper that peaked at around 50,000 copies sold nationwide when it was last produced. The Non-League Paper has continued to run in its latest format since March 2007, when Emery bought the rights to the paper back following a takeover bid. Now he plans to have both formats running in tandem for the 2009-10 season.

The relaunched edition of the League Paper will premiere on Sunday 9th August and will have 48 full colour pages, including what the paper describes as "match action and sparkling photographs, plus stats, in-depth analysis, expert opinions and star columns". They also plan to include reports from the Scottish League. The price will be £1.50 per issue.


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29 July 2009 : Capital Glovers Pre-Season Meeting
A message from the Capital Glovers to all YTFC supporters in London and the South-East. First off, apologies for the late notice, we just thought it important to shoehorn in a meeting before the football season starts.

Venue: The Bree Louise, 69, Cobourg St, London, NW1 2HH
Date: Tuesday 4th August, from 7.30p.m.

Link: Beerintheevening.com Website : The Bree Louise.

Link: Multimap.com Website : The Bree Louise.

Nearest Stations: London Euston (Underground and Mainline), Euston Square, Warren Street, London St Pancras, London Kings Cross.

The Capital Glovers have a separate area booked in the pub. Items for discussion during the evening are as follows:

- Away shirt sponsorship (including the draw for receipt of last season's signed shirt)
- Home and away game travel
- Away weekender
- 2nd foreign trip (last time was Bilbao)
- Website
- 5-a-side football team and friendly sides of all sizes

We recognise that Yeovil Town fans living in London and the South East tend to range from those merely on short term jobs or degree courses, right up to those who are permanently resident in the South-East corner of England. Hence if you are new to the London/Home Counties area, but have never bumped into the Capital Glovers, then use this meeting as a good chance to introduce yourselves, even if it is a flying visit. There is no actual formal membership for the Capital Glovers, so everyone is welcome to come along and have a night out.


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29 July 2009 : Ticketing For The Southampton Match
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Southampton on Saturday 19th September are now on sale. Glovers fans will be allocated blocks in the Northam Stand with prices set as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Aged 17-21 or Over 60s: £17.00; Aged 13-16: £10.00; Aged 12 or Under: £5.00.

There are also discounts available for those buying an Adult and Junior ticket pair as follows:

Adult and 13-16 year old: £27.00; Adult and child aged 12 or Under: £22.00.

Wheelchair users are charged £22.00 with an assistant admitted free of charge.

Tickets are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Tiverton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Norwich City.

Link: 2009-10 Huish Park Individual Match And Season Ticket Pricing For League Matches.


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28 July 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Bristol City Game
Following tonight's 3-2 win over Bristol City, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the press about the win. Speaking to local reporter Chris Spittles, the full transcript of Skivo's post-match interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Bristol City Game.


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28 July 2009 : Bowditch To Sign For Yeovil Town
Former Ipswich Town striker Dean Bowditch is set to sign for Yeovil Town. The former Ipswich Town player is due to have a medical at the club tonight and assuming that goes through, a contract will be put under his nose to sign. As yet no contract length has been specified.

Born in Bishop's Stortford on June 15th 1986, Dean is a free agent having been released by Ipswich Town over the summer. He made 72 appearances at Portman Road, scoring eight goals, although much of the hype about his time with the Tractor Boys came up front after he became the youngest Ipswich player to score a first team hat-trick, at the age of 17. A series of injuries saw his career stutter, and since then he has had a series of loan spells with Burnley, Wycombe Wanderers, Brighton and Hove Albion (twice), Northampton Town and Brentford.

Obviously, we'll confirm news on that as soon his signature is confirmed.


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28 July 2009 : Ticketing For The Colchester United Match
Tickets for Yeovil Town's first away match of the 2009-10 season are on sale now from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The away match at Colchester United takes place on Saturday 15th August, kick-off 3.00p.m. at Colchester's new out of town Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Unlike last season where the pricing in the Away End was complicated to an extreme, Colchester have now flattened out the pricing in the North Stand with the exception of the Family Block where special discounts are available for junior levels. Pricing is as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Seniors: £13.00; 17-21 years: £13.00; Disabled: £13.00 (without assistant); Under 16's: £10.00.

In the Family Block (Block 5) additional discounts are available for Under 11s (£5.00) and Under 7s (£3.00).

Wheelchair supporters are charged at either the Adult or the Concession rate as appropriate, with an assistant admitted free of charge.


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28 July 2009 : Yeovil 3 City 2 : Tomlin Grabs Late Win
Yeovil Town gained an excellent 3-2 victory over neighbours Bristol City this evening at Huish Park as a late Gavin Tomlin goal grabbed them a narrow win over the Championship side. Despite going an early goal down from former Glover Gavin Williams, goals from Dean Bowditch and Danny Schofield put Yeovil on top at half time. An early second half penalty levelled the scores again, before Tomlin popped up four minutes from time to seal an impressive result.

The Glovers played their part in a lively first half, even if they did start the game half asleep. Craig Alcock conceded a corner that he didn't really need to, but when the set piece was swung in, the ball was allowed to bounce inside the penalty area without a single challenge coming in, and Gavin Williams was able to sweep the ball home against his old club.

City were well on top - that was until the Glovers got their equalising goal. Trialist Dean Bowditch did his hopes of earning a contract no harm whatsoever by swivelling on the edge of the box and unleashing a piledriver of a shot that came off the inside of the post and into the back of the net. Four minutes later and the Glovers were in front, with Bowditch involved once again - flicking a neat one-two back to Danny Schofield who neatly lifted the ball over the keeper to turn the game on its head.

By this point of the match, the pendulum had swung the other way and it was Yeovil definitely in control. In between the two goals, Ryan Mason had whistled a shot just past the upright, and it was the Spurs teenager who stepped up to take a spot kick half an hour into the game. Sadly, Yeovil's penalty taking doesn't appear to be their strong point these days, with yet another kick failing to find the net, although to be fair to Mason, it was an excellent save from Dean Gerken that denied him Yeovil's third goal of the night.

City did come back into the game as the half closed out, with the balance of play growing more even, but they couldn't get themselves an equaliser to take into the dressing room. A one-on-one with Alex McCarthy sent them close, but McCarthy stood up well to the task and blocked the attempt on goal.

It was no surprise to find City open the second period in determined mood. Presumably given a rocket by Gary Johnson at half time, they responded well and got themselves a fairly clear cut penalty when Nathan Jones got into a tangle with himself. Probably the assistant boss should have hoofed the ball out, but he looked for a pass inside his own box, lost his footing and then was dispossessed. As a result he brought down a City player for the second spot kick of the game, and rather like last week's match against Derby County the opposition showed the Glovers how to take a penalty.

The second half proved to be a game of cat'n'mouse. City pressed and frequently held the upper hand, but quick breakouts made the Glovers dangerous and kept the Championship side on their toes. During the second period, Yeovil stood up well to the City pressure and with four minutes remaining they sealed the game with an excellent solo goal. Gavin Tomlin weaved his way in and out of the City defence, switching both ways to create himself room in the box and he eventually planted an excellent shot into the bottom corner - albeit with the help of a deflection - for a goal that was to clinch the game. Still City tried to come back and force a late equaliser, but Alex McCarthy produced a strong save to ensure the game stayed with the Glovers for good.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Bristol City 2.

Scorers: Gavin Williams (0-1, 2 mins), Dean Bowditch (1-1, 19 mins), Danny Schofield (2-1, 23 mins), Bristol City Scorer (2-2, 52 mins, pen), Gavin Tomlin (3-2, 86 mins)

Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Steven Caulker 5. Terrell Forbes (Capt) 3. Nathan Jones
6. Ryan Mason 7. Danny Schofield 8. George O'Callaghan 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 11. Dean Bowditch

Subs:
13. Ben Roberts 14. Danny Hutchins 15. Nathan Smith 16. Paul Terry (71 mins for Danny Schofield) 17. Andre McCollin (50 mins for Dean Bowditch) 18. Conrad Schimdt 19. Ciaran Levet 20. Joe Grimstead

Attendance: 2,174.


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28 July 2009 : Thank You Stu - A View From The Inside
Whilst many of us can speak from the outside as to what a particular coach or player was like to work with, there's nothing that beats a view from the inside. We've done a couple of articles over the past week saying farewell to former Youth Team coach Stuart Housley who left the club last week after 40 years with the Glovers.

We make no apology though for providing a third angle on the subject, with former Youth Team defender Tom Parsons giving his views on what it was like to be coached by Stuart, during his year or so playing for the Under 18s and the Reserves.

Read Tom's account of how he arrived at Yeovil and what he thought of his time with the club by heading here. If you were coached by Stuart and want to leave your own thoughts, use the comment facility at the foot of the article.

We've also recently updated last week's article by adding some extended statistics relating to the last 10 years of Yeovil Town's Youth Team and their players, along with some of those who made it into the first team. Follow the link below or click here.

Link: Yeovil Town Blog (by Tom Parsons) : Thank You Stu - A View From The Inside.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : And Then There Were None.

Link: Ciderspace News Page : Housley Departs Glovers (Updated Article).


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28 July 2009 : Tonight's Line-Up Against Bristol City
Tonight's line-up against Bristol City has been issued. With a number of players carrying knocks from Saturday's match, Terrell Forbes takes back the captain's armband, with there being just one trialist in tonight's line-up as Dean Bowditch starts up front.

Included on the bench is goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts, whilst trialist Conrad Schmidt, who played on Saturday, gaining a second bite of the cherry. Paul Terry continues to "guest" for the team, whilst Youth Team players Ciaran Levet and Joe Grimstead will hope to get a chance to impress tonight.

Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Steven Caulker 5. Terrell Forbes (Capt) 3. Nathan Jones
6. Ryan Mason 7. Danny Schofield 8. George O'Callaghan 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 11. Dean Bowditch

Subs:
13. Ben Roberts 14. Danny Hutchins 15. Nathan Smith 16. Paul Terry 17. Andre McCollin 18. Conrad Schmidt 19. Ciaran Levet 20. Joe Grimstead


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28 July 2009 : Yeovil Town Ladies U13s Seek New Coach
Due to one of the coaches deciding to step down, Yeovil Town Ladies are looking for a new youth team coach to take on their Under-13 (Chaka) squad.

Chaka are a good sized squad of talented players who will be playing in the seven a side Somerset Girls League this coming year. The team finished second in the table last season, and are enthusiastic about their progress this coming campaign.

The club would like to see this to continue, so are looking for a new coach to take the squad on. The team train on Tuesday evenings and play their games on Saturday mornings. Both training and home matches take place at the Tintinhull Sports Ground, near Yeovil.

Applicants should hold the FA Level One coaching badge, be looking to work towards their Level Two, and on appointment will undergo an FA CRB check. Past experience is preferable, although not essential, and interested parties should email club Secretary Ali King at alastair.king1965@btinternet.com


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28 July 2009 : New Football League Show
BBC Sport have revealed their plans for the highlights programme covering the Football League, to be called 'The Football League Show'. It will follow 'Match of the Day' on a Saturday night and promises to showcase all the goals from the Coca-Cola Championship, League 1 and League 2 - something ITV signally failed to do on occasion.

To be presented by Manish Bhasin, the first show will begin on Saturday 8th August at 11.10 p.m. on BBC1. Joining Manish in the studio, with his unique brand of expert analysis and candid opinion on major talking points ability to talk utter rubbish, will be Steve Claridge, whose playing career included the highest level you know. Mark Clemmit from 5 Live will have the role of roving reporter.


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28 July 2009 : In's, Out's and Maybe's Part 6
As another set of trialists were shown the door over the weekend, and a few other things regarding player contracts has gradually become clear (sort of) Taff sifts through the rubble again. Find out how he sees the latest picture in Taff's Gloversblog by heading to the latest article as linked below. As always, your own views are welcomed via the 'Comment' facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : In's, Out's and Maybe's Part 6.


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27 July 2009 : Statistics Pages For 1957-1961 Added To Archives
Some more substantial additions have been made to our statistics and historical archives over the past week or two. All First Team results and scorers between 1957 and 1961 are now online as efforts are made to improve the information available on the site.

The four additional seasons have been added into the relevant pages in the site History Section as well as the Statistics Section of the site.

The additions mean that there is now a complete record of every Yeovil Town First Team match from 1957 until the present day online, covering more than 50 years worth of results and scorers. More additions are of course in the pipeline as time allows.

Either visit the relevant sections, or head to the specific pages listed below for full details of those seasons.

Season 1957-58: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1958-59: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1959-60: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1960-61: First Team Results First Team Scorers.


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27 July 2009 : City Name Squad For Tomorrow's Friendly
Championship side Bristol City are taking a fairly mixed squad to Huish Park tomorrow night, having named a 17 man party to travel down the A37. A lot of familiar names are being held back for a training match they are playing the following afternoon as manager Gary Johnson splits his squad in two for the scheduled games.

Missing players include Adriano Basso, Lee Johnson, Jamie McCombe, James Wilson, Brian Wilson, Jamie McAllister, Frankie Artus and Bradley Orr. Basso has been transfer listed and looks to have been frozen out of both squads as a result, whilst former Glover Lee Johnson was left out of their side on Saturday due to illness.

However, in any given Bristol City side, there are always a few former Glovers, with Liam Fontaine, Michael McIndoe and Gavin Williams all expected to feature in the match, which kicks off at 7.45p.m. at Huish Park. City's official site have named the following side:

Bristol City: Dean Gerken, Martin Lejsal, Louis Carey, Lewin Nyatanga, Liam Fontaine, Christian Ribeiro, Joe Edwards, Andre Blackman, Michael McIndoe, Paul Hartley, Cole Skuse, Gavin Williams, Marvin Elliott, Ivan Sproule, John Akinde, Nicky Maynard, Danny Haynes.

Tickets for the match are available on the night of the game from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Prices can be found via the link below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.


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27 July 2009 : O'Brien Blames Tired Legs On Late Defeat
Dorchester Town manager Roy O'Brien felt his side tired during the latter stages of Saturday's pre-season friendly against Yeovil Town. The Magpies had been two goals up, but they slipped to a 3-2 defeat in the closing stages, with Keiran Murtagh, Steven Caulker and Sam Williams netting for Yeovil.

O'Brien cited the tiredness of his players as an issue after he chose to make just four substitutions out of an available ten benchwarmers, whilst his counterpart Terry Skiverton made eleven changes during the game. Roy explained to the Dorset Echo that he felt that had a big effect upon the game:

"Results are irrelevant in pre-season and I think we put in a very professional performance. The lads battled hard and they deserved their 2-0 lead. But Yeovil had the luxury of making 11 changes and I think we tired a bit, especially having played against Bristol City on Wednesday night. The lads are gutted they’ve been beaten but the fitness is now under their belts."


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27 July 2009 : Skivo Not Losing Sleep Over First Half Performance
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will not be losing any sleep over the way that the Glovers played during the first half at the Jewson Stadium on Saturday. The Glovers were 1-0 down at the break, and went a further goal down early in the second period and it took a series of substitutions to turn the game on its head, with the Glovers eventually winning 3-2.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, Skiverton acknowledged that Dorchester Town had dominated the first period but he saw no reason to panic:

"It was a great test for us today. In the first half Roy O'Brien's side were much the better side. I'm not going to stay awake all night, I've not had a go at the boys, it's just another part of the learning process – I've signed quite a few new lads. For us it was definitely a game of two halves – I was a little bit disappointed with our effort and commitment in the first half, but in the second half I made quite a few changes and it was a lot better. It's still early days at the moment."

Whilst you'll find a whole string of managers across the country right now telling you that "results are meaningless" - usually just after their side have lost a game to lower league opposition - Skiverton believes that results at any stage of the season breeds confidence:

"I think results are actually vitally important in pre-season – they breed a little bit of confidence, people start playing better and getting on the ball more. The way that I'm trying to get them to play football is to get the ball down and pass it. I was disappointed with their two goals but you get them in pre-season and you have to just iron them out so that when the big games start at the beginning of the season, everyone's of one mind."

Skivo also refused to blame the pitch for his side's first half performance, and admitted that it was only when he was able to bring on fresh legs that he was genuinely able to take the game to the Magpies:

"We can't make the dry pitch as an excuse, I thought they played well and got it in behind us and got it into their front man. In conditions and surfaces like this, that's what you've got to do. We played a little bit 'tippy-tappy' in the first half and came unstuck. But with the team that ended up coming on and with them playing most of their players for 90 minutes, they were going to get tired against us and we capitalised well with our goals. We could have had one or two more, but they had one disallowed as well."


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27 July 2009 : Downes Set For Shoulder Operation
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has indicated that winger Aidan Downes will be out of contention for the immediate future anyway - regardless of the results of a scan on his knee. The former Everton trainee needs a shoulder operation that will take place this week, and the concerning bit is that Skiverton believes the shoulder injury to be the more serious of the two.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, Skiverton explained the situation, and also gave the paper clarifications on the current state of other players as he saw it immediately following the 3-2 win over Dorchester Town:

"Aidan Downes is booked in for a shoulder operation anyway which he'll have next week, but today he might have torn something in his knee. If he has, it won't keep him out as long as his shoulder will anyway. I think Keiran has just twisted his ankle so fingers crossed he'll be OK. As for Stam, we've been doing loads of core work and he was just a bit tight, so we just brought him off to rest up a bit. The good news is that Scott Murray should be back training next week as well, so that should make up for losing Aidan."

In terms of their anticipated time out of contention, Keiran Murtagh is expected to be missing on Tuesday night, along with Scott Murray, whilst Stefan Stam is expected to face Bristol City. At present there is no word on how long Downes is likely to be out for.

Skiverton has also explained that a contract for midfielder George O'Callaghan just needs to be rubberstamped by Chairman John Fry and then that deal will be finalised. O'Callaghan is believed to have signed his part of the contract on Friday, and Skiverton hoped Fry would do the same over the weekend just gone:

"We're just waiting to get him signed up now. I think we're just waiting on the most important signature now which is the chairman's. He's passed his medical and it should all go through over the weekend."


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27 July 2009 : Schofield Off The Transfer List
Suggestions are that midfielder Danny Schofield has come off the transfer list at Huish Park. The former Huddersfield Town player asked to leave the club at the end of last season citing homesickness, suggesting that his family had failed to settle in the area.

Although the club have not said that he is off the transfer list, Danny has spoken to BBC Somerset and has said that his family have had a change of heart about the situation:

"Things were sort of a bit unsteady. We moved down here and we started a little family. My girlfriend was struggling to settle and so I had a word with the gaffer and he seemed to understand. But I think there's been a change of plans. The gaffer was keen for me to stay. We had another chat and he said that as long as I was working hard and keeping my head down and playing well, then I'd be involved. So I reported that back to my girlfriend and she seemed to stick by me, in terms of what I wanted to do. I enjoyed last season, although we struggled, so let's hope we can kick on. I'm just going to get my head down and concentrate on my football now."

Schofield's name has also been withdrawn from the PFA website, where it was originally revealed that he was on the transfer list. Hopefully this suggests an end to the matter.


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27 July 2009 : Glovers Set To Put On Gloves And Pads
A Yeovil Town Cricket XI is scheduled to take on a Martock Cricket Club XI next Monday in what has tended to be an annual attempt for the Glovers to show what they can do with a different sized ball in the lead-up to the coming season.

According to the Yeovil Express the game will take place at Martock's Recreation Ground from 6.00p.m. and that there will be a barbeque and other refreshments laid on. The format is expected to be a 20 overs game between the two sides.

Needless to say, the exact proceedings will depend upon the weather, so if you're heading to the game, keep an eye out for any late changes to the format.


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26 July 2009 : A Trio Of Trialists Released
Entirely second-hand news from those at the club's Open Day today is that three trialists have been advised to find other clubs. We'll await more formal confirmation, but the expectation is that winger/striker Kevin Gall, former Bristol City academy player Ross Stearn and left-winger Dean Morgan have all been shown the door.

Of yesterday's injuries, the belief is that Stefan Stam was taken off as a precaution after he felt a muscle tighten. Keiran Murtagh is likely to be out for a week with a leg injury, whilst Aidan Downes will be out for longer with a knee problem. Winger Scott Murray has had his debut put back a little further and is expected to only step onto the field at next Saturday's home match against Tiverton Town, whilst Danny Schofield has an unspecified injury but not so serious to stop him starting the season.

Take the above with a slight pinch of salt as we've not heard the news directly - if we find any variation on the above information, we'll post confirmations, corrections and clarifications here.

Update: 16:30hrs The club have now officially confirmed our news concerning Kevin Gall, Ross Stearn and Dean Morgan as accurate. We obviously wish all three the best of luck in finding new clubs.

Update: 18:20hrs The club have now officially confirmed that the reports on Stefan Stam, Keiran Murtagh and Aidan Downes are in line with the above. Stam's injury is a groin strain whilst Murtagh's is an ankle injury. At present a firm timeline on Downes' knee injury is not being considered - he is going for a scan, suggesting that his is the most serious of the three.


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26 July 2009 : Wagenaar Heading For Falkirk Trial
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar is on trial with Scottish Premier League side Falkirk this week. Josh has been back in Canada training with Vancouver Whitecaps but was due to fly to Scotland this weekend in an effort to earn a contract with The Bairns. Speaking just before he left his native country, he said he was open-minded as to what the future held:

"Saturday I go to Scotland but I'm open to anything right now. We'll see how that goes and take it from there. At the very least, this is a chance to get in their (Vancouver coaching staff) heads. I'm taking a serious look at it and hopefully they're taking a serious look at me, too. I could see myself here."

Of the Glovers, unusually Josh says one of the highlights of the 2008-09 season was having five goals put past him! He cites the match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, and of course his stunning performance at The Valley against Charlton Athletic as two of the memories that will stay in his head and also reveals why he didn't sign another year with the Glovers:

"We lost 5-1 but going up there (to Middlesbrough) and playing against that calibre of player was a lot of fun. It was too bad I didn't re-sign, I had a good year there, but that happens in football. Basically, they offered me a contract that I didn’t think was fair given the circumstances. I told them what I was looking for, which wasn’t much more, and we came to an impasse."


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26 July 2009 : Training Session For Family Fun Day
This morning's training session for the Family Fun Day has been moved at extremely short notice. The session was due to be held on the main pitch but is now being held on the Top Pitch at Huish Park. Note that there is no seating available on the Top Pitch, so if you were relying on being sat down for the training session, bear this in mind.

The club describe the decision as being due to the "weather forecast". You'd therefore be advised to bring a coat and umbrella just in case.

Note that this part of the Family Fun Day is intended to be for Season Ticket Holders only, although obviously its new location will make that harder to police.

Note also that tickets for the Meet The Manager evening will now also be on sale on the day of the event from the Huish Park Ticket Office. What isn't clear, however, is what hours the Ticket Office will be open today.


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25 July 2009 : Family Fun Day Tomorrow
A reminder that Yeovil Town will be launching their Family Fun Day at Huish Park tomorrow. Held in three parts, the main body of the day is FREE and open to all supporters and begins at 1.00p.m.

The full timetable for tomorrow is as follows:

10:30hrs : Club open Turnstiles 1 and 2 at Huish Park to Season Ticket Holders only
11:15hrs : Season Ticket Holders watch a First Team Training Session and gain access to the Club Shop
13:00hrs : Main Family Fun Day - Open to ALL supporters and FREE admission.
17:00hrs : Meet The Management Team Evening - Prepurchased Ticket Only

For more details on some of tomorrow's events that are taking place, see the original news item linked below.

Link: Huish Park Family Fun Day.


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25 July 2009 : Glovers Get Out Of Jail At Dorchester
Yeovil Town came back from the dead to beat Conference South side Dorchester Town in this afternoon's pre-season friendly. The Glovers took 65-70 minutes to get going in a game that left them 2-0 down with 20 minutes remaining. But goals from Keiran Murtagh, Steven Caulker and Sam Williams turned the game on its head, and perhaps was a little rough justice on a Dorchester side that had done well to deny the Glovers many goalscoring chances until the final third of the game.

With one new trialist in the starting line-up, in left-winger Dean Morgan, the Glovers participated in a first half that was largely inert from an attacking point of view, with Gary Roberts managing Yeovil's best attempt in a shot that went over the bar.

Dorchester took a deserved lead five minutes after Yeovil had lost captain Stefan Stam to injury, his place taken by Conrad Schmidt, whose origins we are currently unsure about. Dorchester's opening goal came from a Kevin Hill header, delivered from a free kick, and they could have easily increased that lead, with former Glover Nick Crittenden the best player on the pitch in the first half, and only a last ditch tackle by Terrell Forbes prevented a second goal.

The Magpies doubled their lead though, early in the second period, when a poor Nathan Jones backpass gave Phil Walsh a gift, and with Yeovil at that point not having managed a significant shot on target, things didn't look too good. However, a raft of substitutions on the hour mark turned the tide as Yeovil began to look far more effective up front.

Sam Williams was instrumental in this and when he was fouled on the edge of the box, Nathan Jones atoned for his earlier mistake by neatly tapping the ball forward for Keiran Murtagh to catch the home defence napping and bring the score back to 2-1. Murtagh became the second player to limp off almost immediately following the goal, but the Glovers fight-back continued with Steven Caulker heading home a free kick with 10 minutes left.

As the game ticked into its final couple of minutes, Sam Williams secured the win as he finished off a smart team move to produce a 3-2 scoreline that had looked unlikely with 20 minutes remaining. A good result in the end, but perhaps a touch concerning as to why it had taken the introduction of certain players to spark the game to life. The other concern for Yeovil on the day was that on top of injuries to Stefan Stam and Keiran Murtagh, winger Aidan Downes had to be carried off on the final whistle, clutching a painful looking knee injury. Fingers crossed that medical reports on all three don't show up anything too serious.

Final Score: Dorchester Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Kevin Hill (25 mins, 1-0), Phil Walsh (50 mins, 2-0), Keiran Murtagh (73 mins, 2-1), Steven Caulker (80 mins, 2-2), Sam Williams (88 mins, 2-3).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
Richard Martin
Danny Hutchins, Stefan Stam, Terrell Forbes, Paul Terry
Kevin Gall, Gary Roberts George O'Callaghan, Dean Morgan
Ryan Mason, Gavin Tomlin

Subs: "Conrad Schmidt" (20 mins for Stefan Stam), Keiran Murtagh (46 mins for Gary Roberts), Nathan Jones (46 mins for Paul Terry), Aidan Downes (46 mins for Kevin Gall), Craig Alcock (46 mins for Danny Hutchins), Sam Williams (55 mins for Gavin Tomlin), Andy Welsh (55 mins for Dean Morgan), Steven Caulker (55 mins for Terrell Forbes), Dean Bowditch (55 mins for George O'Callaghan), Alex McCarthy (60 mins for Richard Martin), Ross Stearn (75 mins for Keiran Murtagh).

Dorchester Town (4-4-2): M Ovendale; M Jermyn (E Rodrigues 46), G Bowles, K Hill (O Barnes 46), J Smeeton; N Crittenden, T Mitchell (H Nodwell 80), J Gleeson, I Forbes (S Martin 58); P Walsh, M Groves. Substitutes: R Hill, P Ormrod, S Devlin, B Wood, B Sullivan, J Emati.


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25 July 2009 : Morgan Joins Glovers On Trial
Former Luton Town, Reading and Colchester United winger/striker Dean Morgan has become the latest player to land in at Huish Park on trial. He is playing in this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town.

Morgan is a 25 year old who was born in Edmonton on October 3rd 1983. He was released by Luton in late May and is therefore a free agent, and had clocked up 88 appearances for the Hatters over four years as either a left-winger or a striker. Over the past few years he has had loan spells with Southend United, Crewe Alexandra and Leyton Orient. He spent most of last season on loan at Orient.

This afternoon's line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
Richard Martin
Danny Hutchins, Stefan Stam, Terrell Forbes, Paul Terry
Kevin Gall, Gary Roberts George O'Callaghan, Dean Morgan
Ryan Mason, Gavin Tomlin


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24 July 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : And Then There Were None
With Stuart Housley having left the club this week, Taff muses about what it was like to see Stu on the wings way back in the 1970s. Right up to the day when an impressionable 15 year old Taff (yes, we realise that's hard to imagine) found himself jilted by the man himself in 1976. Ah, but like all good stories, Stu returned, and became one of the longest serving people the club has known.

Read on, via Taff's Gloversblog or find the latest article through the link below. Don't forget to pass on your thoughts on Stu as a player and a coach, via the Comment facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : And Then There Were None.


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24 July 2009 : O'Callaghan Will Be A Glover
Although clearance is still awaited from the football authorities - we'd presume it's the matter of the crossing of international borders as his last club was Dundalk - the club has announced that George O'Callaghan will sign what it describes as a "short-term contract".

Manager Terry Skiverton has been very upbeat in his comments about O'Callaghan (18th July and 21st July) so confirmation of the offer is no surprise.

Welcome (so long as the paperwork goes through) to Huish Park, George.


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24 July 2009 : Skiverton Expecting Transfer Options To Increase
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has suggested that there are new targets coming onto the horizon as he attempts to fill the last couple of spaces in his first team squad. The Glovers have so far signed seven players this summer, with full-back Danny Hutchins, defender Stefan Stam, striker Sam Williams, winger Scott Murray, goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and Spurs pair Steven Caulker and Ryan Mason all signing permanent or loan deals at Huish Park.

In addition to those seven, Skiverton has identified two more players in goalkeeper Richard Martin and midfielder George O'Callaghan who he wants to see signed up on permanent deals, whilst he believes he still wants to see two more players arrive before the start of the season.

Whilst the likes of strikers Hamdi Rasak and Dean Bowditch, former Bristol City academy player Ross Stearn, winger/striker Kevin Gall and midfielder Paul Terry have all featured in recent pre-season friendlies, Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that new opportunities are appearing on the horizon from players that may have priced themselves out of the market previously:

"There's a lot of people now who are getting to the stage where they might have been out of our price bracket a month ago, but are coming around to our way of thinking and are desperate to play football."

Tomorrow against Dorchester Town, Skiverton will no doubt cast his eye on trialists again. Speaking in this week's Western Gazette, the Yeovil boss indicated that at some point he would have to show some of those players the door, but he was anxious to keep all options open for as long as possible:

"It will have to be culled, I know that, and I will be talking to those people in due course. But there are still people who could sway my mind so I do not want to close any doors at the moment. There is definitely another two who I am looking to tie up, as well as George (O'Callaghan). I have got a budget and I cannot get everyone in but if we can make eight or nine substitutions this year we would have quite a strong squad."

Skiverton has told the paper that he does not expect to be including himself in next season's squad list, except in emergencies. Whilst assistant Nathan Jones has featured in this season's friendlies, Skiverton has not involved himself in a first team match since March 21st when he limped out of a home match against MK Dons and he has indicated that this could be the last we see him on the field of play:

"I do not envisage myself playing because as we start getting closer to the season I do not want to mess up a formula that is working out really well at the moment. I am going to keep myself fit and I am doing so but what I am not going to do is start experimenting by throwing myself in at certain areas where the people who are playing are doing really well."


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24 July 2009 : O'Brien Hoping For More Of The Same
Dorchester Town manager Roy O'Brien hopes to select from the same squad that he used in midweek when he comes up against his former playing club Yeovil Town tomorrow. The Magpies played a pre-season friendly against Bristol City on Wednesday night, losing 2-1 to the Championship side.
Despite now being a part time outfit, O'Brien's team finished the game as the stronger side after being 2-0 down at the break. The former Glovers defender has told the Dorset Echo that he wants to see more of the same:

"Hopefully we’ll put all that we did against Bristol into practice once again and be able to compete against Yeovil just as well. We’ll keep the group together as we’d like to use a lot of them because we’ve got three games in less than a week."

The group O'Brien mentions includes a long list of trialists, including four that used to be on Yeovil Town's books. In addition to the members of Dorchester's permanent squad, which we mentioned in yesterday's article, O'Brien is also looking at a quartet who have clocked up Youth and Reserve Team appearances at Huish Park.

Big striker Phil Ormrod, defender Harry Montacute, winger Ben Wood and the versatile Harry Nodwell are all on trial at the Avenue Stadium. None of the four got onto the pitch on Wednesday night, with the latter three listed as unused substitutes. With the Irishman indicating the need to rotate his squad during a busy pre-season schedule, it would seem highly likely that some of them will take to the field during tomorrow's game.

Link: Ticketing For The Dorchester Game.


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24 July 2009 : Street vs Under 18s Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side fought back from two goals down to gain a 2-2 draw against Street last night. In a repeat of their last pre-season friendly at Weymouth, it was their second half performance that was the most impressive of the two.

Yeovil started brightly, but Street then started to dominate using the slope of the Tanner pitch and their physical strength and the home side finished the first half 2-0 up through goals from Francis Rolli and Kye Palmer. Robert Clowes was injured after 40 mins and had to be subbed.

The young Glovers completely dominated the second period making their superior fitness and footballing skills tell. Joe Grimstead made it 2-1, with Sam Lanahan adding a well deserved second to make it two 2-2 draws in a row. Yeovil could have wrapped the game up in the last 10 minutes with a series of shots and goal mouth scrambles.

In what was often a tempestuous friendly match, Street's number 10 was booked for a seriously dangerous tackle on Tom Gallagher, who also received a yellow card for retaliation. However, the boys are starting to gel now and despite some overly rough tackling and man-handling from Street, they didn’t let their heads drop, or let themselves be intimidated.

Final Score: Street 2 Yeovil Town Under 18s 2.

Scorers: Francis Rolli (1-0), Kye Palmer (2-0), Joe Grimstead (2-1), Sam Lanahan (2-2).

Yeovil Town Under 18s: Alex Sprake (gk) Louie Clarke (rb) Tom Scott (cb), Steve Harris (cb), Joe Grimstead (lb), Adam Wakley (rm), Tom Gallagher (cm), Johnny Oliver (cm), Tyler Sheppard (st), Robert Clowes (st), Ciaran Levet (lm).

Subs: Steve Boore (gk), Alex West (lm), Sam Lanahan (cm), Sam Ford (rb), Josh French (st), Andy Baker (cm).

Street: Ben Webb, Jon Cox, Ben Amghar, Tom Clifford-Jones, Ollie Walby, Dan Milner, Francis Rolli, Lewis Lambert, Ian Bellinger, Kye Palmer, Jason Manley.

Subs: Max Cushing, Jake Harris, Darryl Middleton, Ben Higgins, Aiden Wills


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23 July 2009 : Dorchester Ticketing
The next pre-season friendly, on Saturday 25th July, sees Yeovil Town heading for what was The Avenue during our time there for the first five home games of the 2002-03 Conference winning season but is now renamed the Jewson Stadium. Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.

Yeovil old-boy Roy O'Brien manages the Magpies, and there are plenty of other ex-Glovers such as Nick Crittenden, Gary Bowles, Jake Smeeton and Tom Clarke on the books.

Ticket prices are: adult £7.00; concession £5.00; under 16 £1.00.

The Dorchester Town Supporters Trust is launching itself on the evening of the 25th at the Jewson Stadium from 7.30 p.m. with events and live music, and any visiting supporters who wish to stay on are cordially invited to attend.


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23 July 2009 : Youths Draw At Street
The Yeovil Town Youth Team drew 2-2 at The Tannery, Street, who operate in the Western League, tonight in the second of their warm-up games ahead of the new season. The attendance is given as 50.

More details to follow if we get them.


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23 July 2009 : McCarthy Signing Now Confirmed
Further to our news yesterday, the loan signing of Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been officially confirmed. He has joined on loan until January (presumably the start of the month) and although the club have not stated it, we are under the impression from other sources that the club has an option on extending that deal, should McCarthy impress.

Alex was born on December 3rd 1989 and has had loan spells with Woking, Cambridge United, Team Bath and Aldershot over the past year or so. Reading are his only permanent club so far, with McCarthy having risen through their Academy ranks. He has been trained with the England Under 19s squad although has not been capped yet.

Welcome to Yeovil, Alex, and may you have a highly successful six months at Huish Park.


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23 July 2009 : Under 18s At Street Tonight
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under 18s side are in action tonight in a pre-season friendly against Street. The match will be played at The Tannery Field, Middlebrooks, Street, BA16 0TA. Kick-off is 7.30 p.m.


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23 July 2009 : Housley Departs Glovers
Reports are reaching us that First Team Coach and Youth Team Manager Stuart Housley has left Yeovil Town. Stuart is believed to have joined Dorset side Shaftesbury who play in the First Division of the Wessex League.

Stuart was by far the longest serving member of the backroom staff with his association with Yeovil Town stretching back 40 years, when he joined the club as a 20 year old winger who had been playing for Grimsby Town. Under manager Mike Hughes, Stuart was a key player in the side that won the 1970-71 Southern League Championship, and the side that played Arsenal in the FA Cup Third Round that season. He went on to score 58 goals for the Glovers, leaving in 1976 after 360 appearances, and going on to play for Weymouth. A return for the 1979-80 season saw him add 28 more appearances and two goals.

Stuart returned to Yeovil Town after his playing days when the Youth Team was re-established under manager Graham Roberts when the Glovers were just beginning their ascent from the Isthmian League up into League One. Whilst titled Youth Team Manager, Stuart also acted as a First Team Coach, and as a Goalkeeping Coach during phases when the Glovers did not have a specialised person assigned to that role. He was responsible, along with Terry Cotton, for spotting Anthony Tonkin and James Bent whilst they were playing for a Cornish representative side and bringing them to the club, and saw the likes of Chris Weale, Andy Lindegaard, Stephen Reed, Chris Giles, Gareth Risbridger, Arthur Appleton, Dale Williams, Gavin McCallum and of course most recently Craig Alcock all pass through his team and into the first team squad.

The Youth Team won their League title in 2005-06 - an impressive achievement for a team without an Academy or Centre of Excellence facilities that was up against the likes of Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle. They also enjoyed good FA Youth Cup runs, taking them to the FA Youth Cup Third Round in 2001-02 and then surpassing that in 2004-05 and 2006-07 by reaching the Fourth Round, the latter of which included knocking out Ipswich Town along the way.

Stuart also became legendary as an extrovert DJ at many of Yeovil Town's social events, and helping out with many of the club's Soccer Schools and Community Events. However, the club's more recent moves into establishing a Centre of Excellence have seen him displaced as Youth Team Manager this summer, and perhaps he decided now was the right time to move on.

For the last 40 years (on and off) of service to the Glovers, we thank Stuart for all of his hard work and the superb friendly attitude he has shown both on and off the field. Naturally we wish him the very best of luck at Shaftesbury, and will be looking out for their results in the coming season.

Yeovil Town Youth Team Highlights Of The Last 10 Years:

1998-99 South West Counties Youth League : 7th
1999-00 South West Counties Youth League : 1st - Champions
2000-01 South West Counties Youth League : 1st - Champions
2001-02 South West Counties Youth League : 3rd
2002-03 South West Counties Youth League : 3rd
2003-04 Football League Youth Alliance : 3rd (New League run by the Football League)
2004-05 Football League Youth Alliance : 6th
2005-06 Football League Youth Alliance : 1st - Champions
2006-07 Football League Youth Alliance : 5th
2007-08 Football League Youth Alliance : 8th
2008-09 Football League Youth Alliance : 6th

NB: When the First Team entered the Football League, the Youth Team switched to the higher Youth Alliance League.

FA Youth Cup Highlights:
2001-02 FA Youth Cup Third Round - lost to Swindon Town
2004-05 FA Youth Cup Fourth Round - lost to Everton after beating Brentford, Luton and Swindon
2006-07 FA Youth Cup Fourth Round - lost to Swindon Town after beating Ipswich Town and Brentford

NB: The 2004-05 and 2006-07 FA Youth Cup Fourth Round Cup Runs are Yeovil Town Club Records.

Yeovil Town Players who made full First Team Appearances having played for the Youth Team (1997-2009):
Lee Collier, Jon Miller, Lee Groves, Simon Winstone, Chris Weale, Andy Lindegaard, Stephen Reed, Chris Giles, Bradley Peters, Gareth Risbridger, Arthur Appleton, Dale Williams, Gavin McCallum, Tom Clarke, Craig Alcock.

Other Yeovil Town players who made County Cup Appearances whilst a First Team Competition (1997-2003):
Tom Jacobs, James Turner, Richard Leach, Nick Trevett, Dean Ritchie, Ian Linney, Ian Patchett, Andy Turner, Paul Henbest, James Thompson, Carmine Nortaro
Richard Lindegaard, Faisal Mali, Ross Newell, Matt Peters, Richard Parkinson, Chris Luke, Steve Casey, Chris Colby, Chris Moors, Lewis Reid, Ian Vaughan, Joe Davey, Neil Smith, Matt Fricker, Simon Gale.

NB: When Yeovil Town got into the Football League in 2003, the County Cup became a Reserve Team competition. Prior to that, it was a First Team competition.

Special Mentions:
Anthony Tonkin and James Bent never played for Yeovil Town's Youth Team. However, they were scouted by Stu Housley and Terry Cotton whilst the pair were looking at other Youth and Reserve players in a Cornish Representative side.


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23 July 2009 : Starnes Targets Two More Deals
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes believes there is room for two more signings in manager Terry Skiverton's playing budget before the door shuts on player recruitment for the start of the 2009-10 season.

So far this summer the Glovers have recruited in right-back Danny Hutchins, winger Scott Murray, loan pair Steven Caulker and Ryan Mason, central defender Stefan Stam and striker Sam Williams. Quite clearly at least one goalkeeper needs to be recruited and most likely two, so the main crux of the matter will be whether Skiverton's quota of two additional signings is on top of two keepers and players like midfielder George O'Callaghan, who the manager says he wants to do a deal with, or whether he will need to select his two additional signings from that list.

Certainly in Tuesday night's press conference, Skivo believed that the two he was targeting was on top of those three players. Starnes is less specific, although speaking to the Western Gazette he made it clear that player movement would slow down very shortly:

"It is definitely going to slow down because as far as we are concerned our squad is nearly complete. We might try to bring in one or two others but there is not going to be room in the squad for much more than that. It is going to slow down but I hope we can bring in another two quality signings who will make this squad competitive."

Whilst there appeared last season to be a definite level of friction and frustration coming out between the previous management team and boardroom representatives, at the moment Starnes seems quite upbeat about how things are being progressed by Skiverton and his assistant Nathan Jones and praised them for the signings they had made so far:

"We are delighted with the way it is all coming together. Player recruitment is the key to our success. Terry and Nathan have done a great job identifying players who will be available to us and be able to do a job for us. We are delighted with everything so far and there are other things we are working on. I am optimistic about what we can do. It's not easy identifying the right players during the closed season because no-one is playing any games. You are working on what you have already seen and what has already been recommended to you in order to get them in for a trial in the first place. The management have done a great job in achieving that. We are certainly all excited around the club with what is happening and the signings that have been made."


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22 July 2009 : McCarthy Hunting
Reading's official site indicates that they expect goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to tie up a loan deal with Yeovil Town. Whilst manager Terry Skiverton has been far more cautious of his intentions towards the 19 year old, Reading claim that he is "set for [a] loan move" and that McCarthy "will formalise all paperwork in due course". As mentioned in yesterday's news, Skivo is due to watch McCarthy play for Reading Reserves on Thursday night.

Skiverton's words during last night's press conference implied that with Richard Martin being lined up as the club's Reserve keeper that he may not be looking at a permanent keeper as his Number One choice for the coming season, which if true would tend to point against former Aldershot keeper Nikki Bull and point towards a partnership of McCarthy and Martin. Skiverton said after last night's game:

"I think the way we are looking now, is for a young number two, who by the time that if we do bring someone in on a six month loan that they'll be pushing to take their place for the remainder of the season."


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22 July 2009 : Skiverton Impressed By Stam Start
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes he sees a little bit of himself when new team captain Stefan Stam takes to the field of play. Stam, who was released by Oldham Athletic over the summer, has been put in charge of the players during matches, whilst winger Scott Murray has been made club captain.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton said that he is impressed by what he has seen of the 29 year old both on and off the field of play:

"The thing I like about Stefan is that he is a little bit similar to myself. He attacks the first ball, and he wins it and he is very dominant and he makes demands of the other players. I've been really impressed with him since he's come in and the way he has conducted himself around the club and the way he looks after the players and the way he performs on the football pitch. He's a real man and is someone who has got all of those kind of leadership qualities, which is something that I saw in myself a little bit. So he's impressed me and he's someone that I am looking forward to watching this season, because for a central defender he is a very good passer of the ball as well."


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22 July 2009 : Jevons Heads To The Seaside
Former Yeovil Town 'Golden Boot' winner Phil Jevons has moved on a season-long loan to League Two side Morecambe. His parent club Huddersfield Town have recruited heavily over the summer and with Jevons having spent the latter part of last season on loan with League Two playoff side Bury, his move out of the Galpharm Stadium comes as little surprise, although perhaps Morecambe wasn't the first destination most pundits would have guessed. The Terriers have the option of a recall during January if they feel they have made an error of judgment or suffer injury problems.

Naturally the summer months see a large amount of movement and contract changes concerning former Glovers around the leagues - here's a few more from the last couple of weeks that you may or may not have seen already.

Former loan midfielder Tommy Doherty is having more luck at Wycombe Wanderers than he did at Yeovil Town and has just signed a new two year contract extension. The same length has been given to Luke Rodgers at Notts County, a signing rather lost in the media frenzy that broke out hours later when Sven-Göran Eriksson joined the League Two outfit. Striker Scott Spencer who was on loan/trial from Everton a couple of years ago is now on trial at Swindon Town. Another loanee Craig Rocastle is on trial with Crewe Alexandra, whilst blink-and-you'd-have-missed-him full-back Jamie Vincent who spent half a season with us after joining in January 2006 is on trial at Walsall after being released by Swindon Town.

Former midfielder Steve Browne, who did us a favour with Nathan Smith whilst he was Potters Bar manager, has moved on to become a coach at Grays Athletic, via a spell with Enfield Town. Winger Lee Elam has been given an extra year with Conference North side Northwich Victoria. Striker Alex Meechan has moved from Stalybridge Celtic to Droylsden, whilst Kirk Jackson has moved to Sheffield FC from Worksop. Meanwhile Lee Collier, who was on the fringes of our team back in the Isthmian League days is still playing and has left Larkhall and signed for Mangotsfield.

Defender Dan Harding who was training with us during pre-season has signed for Southampton after they lifted him from Brighton and Hove Albion, who he had gone on to train with after leaving Huish Park. Winger/striker Paul Warne has signed a one year deal with Rotherham United, whilst Aaron Brown is still searching for a new club after Gillingham decided not to offer him a contract following his trial with the Kent side.


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22 July 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 0 Derby County 2
Last night's match against Derby County saw the Glovers succumb by a 0-2 scoreline at Huish Park. But pre-season friendlies are all about the performances and little about the results. On that basis, Taff has gone through last night's match with a fine toothcomb and gives his personal ratings on last night's team as individuals as well as his view of the squad as a whole. Naturally now is a good time to make use of the new Comment facility we introduced this week if you don't agree with Taff! Read on by heading to Taff's Gloversblog, or find the latest article via the direct link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Yeovil 0 Derby County 2.


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22 July 2009 : Clough Happy With Competitive Game
Derby County manager Nigel Clough has considered last night's pre-season friendly against Yeovil Town to be a good test in terms of his side's pre-season preparation. The Rams won 2-0 with two late second half goals from Steven Davies.

Speaking to his club's official site, Clough was pleased with how competitive the friendly was and even happier with the way that two of his substitutes effected the game:

"It was a highly competitive game and even had a bit of edge to it, without ever having a silly tackles or risking players getting hurt. It was exactly the type of test we were looking for at this stage of our build up for the new Championship season. Steve Davies and Ben Pringle made a big impact on the game when they came on, which I suppose is more impressive given the fact they played the majority of the game against Belper Town just 24 hours earlier. Steven took his goals well; a cool penalty and an excellent header. Ben did what he has done in every game he has featured for us so far; he was positive, energetic and confident to want and demand the ball."


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22 July 2009 : Oldham Switch Stadium Plans Again
League One side Oldham Athletic have announced another change in their strategy for their stadium development plans. They now plan to leave Boundary Park for a site in Failsworth that will give them a 12,000 capacity stadium at a cost of £20 million, covering a 30 acre site.

They are in the latter stages of concluding the purchase of the Lancaster Club land, which is currently owned by British Aerospace, and it is this and adjacent council land that will be used to build the new stadium. Boundary Park will be demolished and replaced by a selection of small family homes.

Oldham originally made plans to redevelop Boundary Park just over 12 months ago, with plans for a 16,000 capacity 'Oldham Arena' and even went as far as to demolish the Broadway Stand to show their intentions. But little has happened since then and in May 2009 the club issued a denial that their development plans for Boundary Park had been stopped. Now, two months later, it would appear that those plans actually have been stopped for good. Only last month, controversy struck as the Latics suggested they were considering a stadium groundshare with League Two side Rochdale, but their neighbours were quick to play down their part in such a scheme.

Oldham have blamed the change of plans on the "credit crunch", claiming that the value of the Boundary Park land had fallen so much that they couldn't take their plans forward. Oldham's managing director Simon Corney has said of the decision:

"We haven't taken the decision to leave Boundary Park lightly - it was our preferred option to redevelop it - but the credit crunch means the land value and market conditions have diminished to an extent which makes that scheme no longer economically viable. In its current state Oldham Athletic is dying. Our revenue fell 20 per cent again last year and we're now attracting attendances on a par with many League Two clubs. This new vision gives us an opportunity to provide a facility that will create new revenue streams to make the club financially viable and self-sustaining, whilst also giving supporters a superior matchday experience. As with our earlier plans for an 'Oldham Arena' at Boundary Park, we also see this as an unprecedented opportunity to spark regeneration and provide much-needed facilities that the borough presently lacks."

The plans for the stadium are likely to come with objections from fans. Whilst any ground move is met with disdain from supporters believing in traditions and the history behind their own club's ground, the current stadium plans take matters uncomfortably close to the neighbouring City of Manchester Stadium, with Manchester City under four miles away from the Failsworth site. Perhaps psychologically, Boundary Park's nice OL1 postcode will be gone and replaced by an M35 postcode. They also need to negotiate with amateur side Failsworth Dynamos, who had previously laid claim on the land for redevelopment themselves.

One thing Oldham Athletic have yet to do is to put a firm timeframe on the scheme. It goes before Oldham Council's Cabinet tonight for approval. By tomorrow, Latics officials hope to be able to plan out their latest stadium strategy and take the scheme forward.


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22 July 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Derby Game
Following yesterday's 0-2 home defeat against Derby County, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the local press. With questions from local reporter Chris Spittles, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Derby Game.


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21 July 2009 : Skivo Wanting O'Callaghan Deal
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he wants to sign former Tranmere Rovers midfielder George O'Callaghan. The Glovers boss believes he is close to completing a deal with the Irishman, who is an attacking midfielder who has also been on Cork City's books. In addition, Skiverton hopes to add two more players in unnamed positions to his squad.

Included in tonight's line-up was Bristol City academy player Ross Stearn as a new trialist at the club. Skiverton has said that he plans to watch goalkeeper Alex McCarthy play for Reading Reserves on Thursday to see how he plays in a second match.


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21 July 2009 : Rams Double Sees Off Glovers
Yeovil Town went down 0-2 at home to Championship side Derby County tonight at Huish Park. Rams substitute Steven Davies converted a penalty and scored a header as two second half goals gave the visitors a comfortable win that had not looked likely during the more even first 60 minutes of play. The Glovers had their best chance from the penalty spot, but Sam Williams saw his penalty saved by Stephen Bywater.

The first hour, and in particular the first half saw the Glovers put up a good performance against the Rams, with both sides creating good chances to score. Yeovil's best pair of chances came from Keiran Murtagh, whose shot on the edge of the box was well saved by Stephen Bywater. Towards the end of the half Gavin Tomlin failed to control an Aidan Downes cross and couldn't convert what was an excellent chance to score the opening goal. At the other end Alex McCarthy was strong in the box, with the central pair of Stam and Caulker looking strong at the back.

Three minutes into the second period, Sam Williams had a great opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot after a trip in the box. His spot-kick was on target, but Stephen Bywater guessed the right way to a roar of approval from the travelling Derby fans.

So far, so good, but a flurry of substitutions on the hour mark seemed to disrupt Yeovil and spark Derby - perhaps the measure of each side's depth of squad and the time each club have had to get those players to know each other. A handball by Danny Hutchins in the box gave Derby their own spot kick and this time Steven Davies was able to score from 12 yards.

Five minutes later, Derby doubled their lead, with a free kick being swung into the box, and Steven Davies was in the right place to plant a header past Richard Martin. Luke Varney also hit the woodwork for the Rams, and Yeovil's earlier fluency evaporated a bit as players began to lose each others positions, in the end making Derby's victory look comfortable, when for the first hour at least, it hadn't been at all.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Derby County 2.

Scorers: Steven Davies (0-1, 73 mins, pen), Steven Davies (0-2, 78 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Steven Caulker 5. Stefan Stam (Capt) 3. Nathan Jones
8. Aidan Downes 6. George O'Callaghan 7. Keiran Murtagh 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 11. Sam Williams

Subs: 13. Richard Martin (60 mins for Alex McCarthy) 14. Paul Terry (82 mins for Craig Alcock) 15. Terrell Forbes (60 mins for Steven Caulker) 16. Danny Hutchins (60 mins for Nathan Jones) 17. Gary Roberts (60 mins for George O'Callaghan) 18. Danny Schofield (46 mins for Keiran Murtagh) 19. Ryan Mason (46 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 20. Dean Bowditch (60 mins for Sam Williams) ??. Kevin Gall (77 mins for Aidan Downes) ??. Ross Stearn (77 mins for Andy Welsh)

Derby County: (4-3-3)
Stephen Bywater
Paul Connolly, Miles Addison, Shaun Barker, Jay McEveley
Mark Randall, Robbie Savage, Stephen Pearson
Lee Croft, Luke Varney, Gary Teale.

Subs: Deeney, Davies, Moxey, Barnes, Pringle, Beardsley, Buxton.


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21 July 2009 : Murray Out Of Tonight's Match
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has stated that summer signing Scott Murray will not be featuring in tonight's match against Derby County and is unlikely to appear on Saturday when the Glovers travel to play Dorchester Town. The winger is yet to make an appearance in pre-season, and speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton admitted that they were handling a knee injury Murray has with extreme caution:

"He's just got a bit of a sore knee at the moment so we're keeping him off the hard pitches. We're going to wait until it softens up a bit. He's not a million miles off. It's just something that is a little bit niggly and what we don't want to do is to turn it into a long term problem. We're putting him in cotton wool and the moment and we'll be releasing him hopefully halfway through next week. He trained a little bit (on Monday) and he didn't feel any ill effects, but we've got to be really gradual with him."

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Steven Caulker 5. Stefan Stam (Capt) 3. Nathan Jones
8. Aidan Downes 6. George O'Callaghan 7. Keiran Murtagh 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 11. Sam Williams

Subs: 13. Richard Martin 14. Paul Terry 15. Terrell Forbes 16. Danny Hutchins 17. Gary Roberts 18. Danny Schofield 19. Ryan Mason


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21 July 2009 : Lee-Barrett Flies Home
Former trialist keeper Arran Lee-Barrett has gone on trial with League One side Norwich City. Lee-Barrett spent last week in North Devon playing for Yeovil Town against RRFC Montegnee and Grimsby Town but was released by manager Terry Skiverton yesterday after failing to do enough to earn a contract at Huish Park.

Lee-Barrett's arrival at Carrow Road is very much a case of a Canary flying home. The 25 year old spent two years on Norwich's books as a scholar before moving on to Cardiff City in 2003.


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21 July 2009 : Another Trialist Keeper Heads In
Yet another trialist has been added to the ranks for tonight's match. With last year's goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar having his contract offer withdrawn, and former Hartlepool United keeper Arran Lee-Barrett being released from his trial yesterday, that left only former Manchester City keeper Richard Martin - another trialist - on the teamsheet for tonight's match.

He has now been joined by Reading youngster Alex McCarthy. He was born on December 3rd 1989 and has had loan spells with Woking, Cambridge United, Team Bath and Aldershot over the past year or so and will now be looked at during tonight's match against Derby County.

Reading are his only permanent club so far, with McCarthy having risen through their Academy ranks. He has been trained with the England Under 19s squad although has not been capped yet.


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21 July 2009 : Williams Signs For Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have confirmed the signing of striker Sam Williams on a two year deal. He is a free agent having been released by Aston Villa over the summer. He stands at 6'1" tall and has in the main been used as a target man in the two matches he has played in so far.

Sam was born in Greenwich on June 9th 1987 and has therefore just turned 22 years old. He was on the books of Aston Villa although did not trouble their first team and was released from the Premier League club over the summer. Loan spells with Wrexham, Brighton and Hove Albion, Colchester United, Walsall and Brentford have given him first team experience. He also turned out for Hereford United on trial during this pre-season but chose to jump ship after a single trial match for a chance of a contract at Huish Park.

The very best of luck to Sam over the next two years and a big welcome to Huish Park.


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21 July 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Derby County Match Preview
Championship side Derby County play the first of a three match tour of the West Country tonight with a pre-season friendly against Yeovil Town. The Rams will be moving on to play Torquay United on Thursday and Exeter City on Saturday and have taken a 20 man squad as part of the trip, with plans to rotate the squad over the course of the three matches.

They leave behind three senior players, with Rob Hulse (groin), Dean Leacock (groin) and Kris Commons (hamstring) set to spend their time in the physio room whilst manager Nigel Clough oversees the form of his other players. Paul Green though will travel despite coming off with an ankle injury in their match against Chesterfield on Saturday. Striker Chris Porter is also fit to travel despite missing their weekend game, and Clough hopes that he will play tonight:

"Chris was left out as a precaution – we will not be taking any chances with any of the players – but if he is OK, he will play against Yeovil tonight."

In terms of the Glovers, whilst we can't rule out the possibility of further trialists to confuse us all in tonight's game, left-back Nathan Smith (hernia operation) and Andre McCollin (shoulder) would appear to be the most likely absentees. Thinking over the weekend was that Scott Murray (knee) and Aidan Downes (illness) would be fit enough to take to the field tonight. Trialist keeper Richard Martin seems likely to play a full 90 minutes, given that Skivo's other target Nikki Bull won't come off Aldershot's books until the end of the month.

Martin is one of two trialists who manager Terry Skiverton has been the most positive about, suggesting that he would like to see him offered a contract with the Glovers. The other is former Aston Villa striker Sam Williams, who the home crowd should catch first sight of tonight. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that as far as he is concerned Williams is still on trial and that he will be continuing to monitor him:

"Sam does interest me, but he's a young lad and he's got a lot to work on. He's done well so far, but with these things you don't want it to be a flash in the pan and for someone to just have a good couple of days training under their belts. You want to see them for a week or two and Sam will be no different. I'll be looking at him and monitoring him. I know his agent quite well so if there is a chance of doing something then I wouldn't see any problem in doing something."

Tickets for tonight's game will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off. Prices are £10.00 for Adults, whilst Seniors and Young Adults (16-21 years old) can gain admission for £5.00. Meanwhile those aged Under 16 can get in for just £1.00.


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21 July 2009 : In's, Out's And Maybe's Part 5
After a bit of a whirlwind 24 hours of trialists being released, contract offers being withdrawn and suggestions that players may be offered contracts, Taff is back to try and make sense of it all. He has recorded his views on the current (possible) comings and goings on the trialists conveyor belt on Taff's Gloversblog where the latest article can be read using the link below.

Don't forget that as of yesterday, you can now add your own comments to Taff's articles. Remember to allow a bit of time for us to check the addition so we can ensure the spammers don't get onto the blogs.

Link: In's, Out's And Maybe's Part 5.


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20 July 2009 : Movement On Keeper Issue
Manager Terry Skiverton, speaking to BBC Somerset, has stated that an offer to Richard Martin will be made. Martin was one of two goalkeepers on trial at the South-West Challenge Cup tournament last week, with the club announcing this morning that the other, Arran Lee-Barrett, had been allowed to move on.

"He's going to be good for the future, and he's had a great upbringing at Manchester City. I am looking at him being the number two. I've been really impressed with what he's done so far. He's an excellent shot-stopper but there's still a couple of areas he's got to work on in his game.

For us it's very much a development contract and he's someone I'd be looking at getting into the team in the future.
"

Skiverton also confirmed an interest in Nikki Bull, who has reached agreement to terminate his contract at Aldershot Town a year early. The Glover's gaffer said:

"He is someone that interests me. He's a good goalkeeper and he's got about 280 league games under his belt. He is a good age at 28. That's the thing that's been happening so far. You could hit me with another four or five names and I'd know all their stats as well! As soon as you come into this job you end up knowing a little bit more about everyone. Nikki Bull is a good keeper and he's got great league experience and he is someone that would be of interest, but we're looking at other avenues as well."


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20 July 2009 : Hartlepool And Carlisle Get Kids For A Quid Offer
Yeovil Town have designated two League One matches during the 2009-10 season as Kids For A Quid matches. These are usually popular ventures amongst supporters, given the 'no strings attached' nature of the offer. In short any person aged Under 16 is entitled to gain admission to anywhere in the ground for one pound only.

The two matches chosen are the home matches against Carlisle United on Saturday 17th October 2009, and the game against Hartlepool United on Saturday 13th Match 2010. Given that both represent the longest journeys for visiting away supporters, and therefore a tendency for a smaller turnout on the Away Terrace, clearly the idea is to try and give the attendances for those two fixtures a boost on days when lower crowds would naturally be expected. Our understanding is that this deal will apply to away supporters as well.

To book your tickets for these games (or any game during the 2009-10 season), visit the Huish Park Ticket Office in person, or give them a ring on 01935-847888.


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20 July 2009 : McArdle And Lee-Barrett Shown The Door
Former Sunderland defender Niall McArdle and former Hartlepool United goalkeeper Arran Lee-Barrett have been shown the door after failing to earn themselves a contract at Huish Park.

Both players had been on trial with Yeovil Town and played in the South-West Challenge Cup, but neither have been kept on. The implication is that former Manchester City keeper Richard Martin was considered to be the better of the two keepers and that he is still on the training ground, although there is no suggestion as yet that Martin has been given an offer. Given Canadian keeper Josh Wagenaar has now left the club, Martin will presumably play in tomorrow night's match against Derby County.

Aside from Martin, the remaining trialists that travelled to North Devon are Sam Williams, who manager Terry Skiverton would like to offer a contract to, attacking midfielder George O'Callaghan, striker/winger Kevin Gall and strike pair Dean Bowditch and Hamdi Razak. At present there is no word on where the latter four stand, so it has to be assumed that their trials at the club continue.


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20 July 2009 : Leeds United Home Match Made All-Ticket
It won't come as the greatest of surprises to find that Yeovil Town's home fixture against Leeds United has been made an ALL TICKET game. This match will take place on Tuesday 6th April 2010 at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off Monday 5th April 2010 at Huish Park with a 12.30p.m. kick-off.

As with previous seasons, the club have put in place a series of hefty restrictions to minimise the chances of any visiting fans breaching ground regulations and buying tickets for home ends of the ground.

Restrictions put in place for this game, with respect to ticket sales, are as follows:

1. Tickets will be sold to supporters who are already on the Huish Park Ticket Office Database, and can demonstrate regular attendance at Huish Park. Those who can do so will be allowed to purchase up to four adult and four child tickets.

2. Supporters who are not on the database but reside in postcode districts DT, BA, BH, SP, EX, TA and BS will be allowed to buy up to two tickets for the Leeds United match, provided they also purchase at least one ticket for at least two further home matches at the same time.

3. It will not be possible to upgrade tickets at any later date.

Our general advice to those who are occasional visitors to Huish Park and therefore feel they may be borderline for vetting by the Ticket Office is to buy tickets as early as you can. Hence if you do have to make any alternative arrangements or provide further proof of identity or allegiance then you have plenty of time to do so. However, be patient with the Ticket Office staff if they baulk at selling you a ticket - the above rules are in place for a good reason!

Tickets for the whole of the 2009-10 season are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office, and so if you are buying tickets for early matches, such as the three pre-season friendly games, or the Carling Cup match against Norwich City and you think you're not already on their database, now may be the right time to make sure you get yourself registered, so the club recognise you're visiting Huish Park for those matches.


Update: Article updated to reflect the new date and time for kick-off.


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20 July 2009 : Blog Articles Enhanced To Allow Comments
There have been some recent enhancements made to the pages that support our growing collection of Blog articles which are generally housed in the Features section of the site. It is now possible to directly provide your own comments on the articles written by Taff and Seb as well as general site opinion articles and have them added to the foot of each article. This allows you to agree, disagree or make further comment on their subject matter.

Note that all comments submitted are moderated at the moment, until we make further enhancements. This is to allow us to defeat the spammers that tend to prey on such web forms, and definitely not to stifle debate, so don't panic if your comments don't appear immediately.

Link: Taff's GloversBlog : Latest Article.

Link: Seb's Slope and Glory : Latest Article.

Link: Yeovil Town Blog : Latest Article.

Link: Football League Blog : Latest Article.

Link: Away Days Blog : Latest Article.

Note that particularly with the last three sections, we welcome new articles from anyone who wants to write for the site on an occasional basis, or just when you have a burning issue that you want to get off your chest. Drop a line to the site address below, or to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with any ideas you may have. We'll then use the last three sections (or add more if necessary) to publish any articles received.


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20 July 2009 : Skivo Pleased With Loan Pair Contribution
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has given the thumbs up to Tottenham Hotspur loan pair Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker after having seen them train and play in North Devon over the past week. Striker Mason and central defender Caulker are two Spurs Academy players who are at Huish Park on an initial one month loan deal, and Skivo has told the Western Morning News that he is happy with what they've shown him so far:

"I've been really pleased with how they've both settled in. They're young in age but they both act with maturity and I like that. They'll fit in perfectly. Steven is an absolute beast of a lad, big, strong in the air and quick on the ground and likes to keep the game simple. Ryan is a bit more of an unknown quantity but drifts into great positions and will create opportunities. He's got a fantastic goalscoring record and in training his finishing is unbelievable so he'll be one to watch."

In terms of injury news, the WMN report that Scott Murray is hoping to shrug off a knee injury that kept him out of the tournament in North Devon to face Derby County tomorrow night. Winger/striker Aidan Downes missed Friday night's match against Grimsby Town due to illness, but he is hoping to recover in time. However, left-back Nathan Smith is still recovering from a summer hernia operation, whilst transfer-listed striker Andre McCollin, who also missed the North Devon tournament, has a shoulder injury.


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20 July 2009 : Norwich City Carling Cup Tickets Go On Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's Carling Cup First Round match against Norwich City have gone on sale this morning. The match takes place on Tuesday 11th August at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. For full pricing details, follow the link below.

All season ticket holders who wish to reserve their existing seat for the tie have until Friday 31st July at 4.00p.m. to buy their tickets - otherwise their seats will go on general sale.

Note also that non-season ticket holders can also pick up tickets for the first two League One matches of the 2009-10 season, as of this morning. Tranmere Rovers are the opening opponents on Saturday 8th August, whilst Leyton Orient provide the second opposition two weeks later on Saturday 22nd August, both with 3.00p.m. kick-offs.

Finally, tickets for the pre-season friendlies against Derby County, Bristol City and Tiverton Town are all available for advance purchase.

Either head to the Huish Park Ticket Office in person, or give them a ring on 01935-847888 to place your booking over the phone.

Link: 2009-10 Huish Park Individual Match And Season Ticket Pricing For League Matches.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Derby County.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Tiverton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Norwich City.


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20 July 2009 : Williams To Get Contract Offer
Yeovil Town are to offer former Aston Villa striker Sam Williams a contract after he impressed during their week in North Devon. Sam scored against Grimsby Town on Friday night and has been playing as a front-line target man during his matches with the Glovers. Speaking to the Western Daily Press manager Terry Skiverton said that he wanted to see Williams stay into the coming season:

"Sam has just been released by Aston Villa but you can see from his movements against Grimsby that he has been taught the right way. We've been looking for a striker that can lead the line. He's only young but he's got good potential that me and Nathan Jones can work with and bring out the best with him. It's watch this space at the moment, but hopefully we can get something sorted out with him."

Sam was born in Greenwich on June 9th 1987 and has therefore just turned 22 years old. He was on the books of Aston Villa although did not trouble their first team - he appears to have been released from the Premier League club over the summer. Loan spells with Wrexham, Brighton and Hove Albion, Colchester United, Walsall and Brentford have given him first team experience. He has also turned out for Hereford United on trial during this pre-season. Fingers crossed that the club can sort out a deal for him in the coming week.


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20 July 2009 : Stam And Murray Get Captaincy Roles
Central defender Stefan Stam has been named as the club's team captain. The former Oldham Athletic has been given the armband on matchdays despite being a new arrival at the club over the summer, according to this morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin.

Unusually, manager Terry Skiverton has also named a separate Club Captain, with winger Scott Murray given the role for off the field duties. Like Stam, Murray is new to the club this summer, having arrived from Bristol City.

Although the club have never confirmed the contract length of Terrell Forbes, last season's club captain is thought to only be on a short term deal at Huish Park, and this may have influenced the decision to pass the responsibility on. Skiverton explained his thinking to the Western Morning News:

"Stefan will be the captain on the pitch this season as long as he's fit. He's shown the right qualities and has impressed me with the way he's conducted himself. Stefan will be team captain, with Scott Murray as club captain."


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20 July 2009 : Wagenaar Leaves Yeovil Town
Canadian goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar has left Yeovil Town. This morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin reports that he has left the club after failing to respond to a contract offer from the club and manager Terry Skiverton will now turn his attentions to signing another goalkeeper. Wagenaar has been on international duty with Canada this summer, but has not indicated either way what his plans were likely to be once the tournament ended. However, Skiverton has now made the decision for him and he leaves the Glovers after 27 appearances during one season at Huish Park.

Skiverton has spoken to the Western Daily Press about the decision and says that a failure to respond to the offer made him look elsewhere:

"I've spoken to Josh's representative and Josh will be looking elsewhere now. He's not in our plans. We had an offer that was ready to go out to him but we didn't hear back from him in the time frame specified. Josh is now a free agent and we are now looking elsewhere to fill the goalkeeping position at the club."

The Glovers currently have two trialists goalkeepers on their books, with former Hartlepool United keeper Arran Lee-Barrett and former Manchester City shot-stopper Richard Martin having played in the club's two matches in North Devon.


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19 July 2009 : Luton Win South-West Challenge Cup
Luton Town are the new winners of this summer's South-West Challenge Cup. They beat Belgian opponents RRFC Montegnee who stepped in to replace Grimsby Town overnight after the Mariners walked out on the tournament.

The Hatters won the final by a 3-1 scoreline, through goals from Tom Craddock and Asa Hall plus an own goal from Jon Wheeldon. Montegnee got a deserved goal for their efforts from Danny Williams - their first of the tournament. Luton now take the trophy from last year's winners Eastleigh.


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18 July 2009 : North Devon Tournament Final Descends Into Farce
The South-West Challenge Cup tournament has turned into a bit of a farce tonight, with one of the finalists withdrawing from the competition. Rushden and Diamonds made it through to the semi-final on Friday night, but were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Grimsby Town on Saturday to send the Mariners into the final. In the other semi-final, Luton Town beat Exeter City 3-2 at Barnstaple to set up a Luton vs Grimsby final. Or so we thought.

There had been whisperings that Grimsby manager Mike Newell was not too happy at the schedule with the League Two side also having further matches arranged for Monday and Tuesday, meaning that their entrance into the final gave them five matches in five days. A tough schedule by anyone's standards, but the Mariners will have known the schedule before entering the competition, so must accept much of the blame.

Grimsby have now announced that they have withdrawn from the tournament, and the Grimsby Telegraph has hinted that fixture congestion was behind this decision, although this has yet to be confirmed. The paper claims that Grimsby wanted the final kick-off brought forward, presumably to allow them time to get back home for their Monday night Lincolnshire Senior Cup fixture against Scunthorpe United.

The end result has been to reinstate Belgian side RRFC Montegnee directly to the final of the competition despite them finishing bottom of their group, having lost both games, and having not played in either semi-final. They will now face Luton in the final at the Sports Ground, Bideford, kick-off 6.00p.m. on Sunday.

Update: 9.30a.m. 18/07/2009: Both Grimsby Town and the competition organisers have issued statements concerning the Mariners' exit from the competition. Grimsby choose to blame Luton Town for their decision! Grimsby claim that their manager Mike Newell was the subject of abuse from fans of his former club in the Friday night match against Yeovil Town and say that this abuse continued during the semi-final against Rushden and Diamonds. Their statement says:

"Stewards had been deployed at the Rushden game to keep a keen eye on Luton supporters who were clearly intent on getting at Mike Newell. To this extent there became a real concern when it was clear that the Mariners were going to be in Sunday's final against Luton Town. It was important that safety at the game be a priority, and with limited stewarding capacity, our club had to ensure that safety for all could be maintained in accordance with police advice and their suggested availability, and their advised 3PM kick-off time. The Mariners were happy to agree to the police request for a 3PM kick-off but Luton Town unfortunately were not. Sadly Luton Town officials did not see the risk as being significant, although both managers seemed agreeable to an earlier kick off Luton Town's hierarchy insisted on the scheduled 6PM kick off time."

However, tournament director Mike Bradshaw has laid the blame directly at the feet of Grimsby, claiming that they only raised concerns at the fixture 15 minutes from the end of their semi-final and at that stage gave them an ultimatum without negotiation:

"The first indication of this unwelcome and hugely disappointing development came some 15 minutes before the end of a superb game. Frankly it felt like we had been presented with an ultimatum: you either change the kick-off time or we don’t play. Having explained fully the plans already laid which we felt more than adequate to handle the potential for any disruption, it was quickly evident that we were in danger of being bounced into an unwarranted change of time with untold consequences for our own staff, that of Luton Town, their fans and the wider supporter base attracted to the tournament. Furthermore, I do take our responsibility for public safety very seriously. We have completed 12 matches without a single incident of spectator disturbance and I believe that our professional reputation and that of my support team has now been seriously questioned by this development. I know we are blameless and my sole responsibility now is to the two teams who will contest the final."

Newell's relationship with Luton Town soured when he claimed that individuals in the game were accepting "bungs" for transfer payments - something that eventually resulted in an FA investigation that saw Luton deducted 10 of the 30 points that ultimately caused their relegation from the Football League. Given that is unlikely to make him flavour of the month at Kenilworth Road under any circumstances, it's hard to see how moving a kick-off forward by three hours is likely to make their hatred of Newell any less intense. This looks to be more about Grimsby's original concerns about fixture congestion, despite their claims to the contrary.


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18 July 2009 : Canada Exit CONCACAF Cup
Canada exited the CONCACAF Gold Cup tonight at the Quarter-Final Stage, with a single goal enough to see Honduras through to the semi-finals. Walter Martinez scored a first half penalty that was eventually to prove decisive as the Canadians struggled to overcome their bogey team. Former Glovers loan player Jaime Peters got 19 minutes as a substitute as Canada tried to rescue the game.

Once again Yeovil Town goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar had to sit on the bench, with Greg Sutton preferred between the sticks. Josh will now return to England, where his contract for next season will need to be sorted out one way or another. What will also be of concern is that Josh has had little match practice this month, having last taken to the field of play on July 1st.


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18 July 2009 : Challenge Cup Giving Grounds For Concern?
As the Glovers head out of the South-West Challenge Cup, Taff's latest update considers what value such pre-season tournaments really offer football clubs. He also looks forward to seeing the first team take on Derby County on Tuesday ... provided he gets there!

All of this and more on Taff's Gloversblog or by heading directly to the latest article below.

Link: Challenge Cup Giving Grounds For Concern?


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18 July 2009 : Skivo Takes Positives Out Of Tournament Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was not too downhearted at last night's 2-3 defeat against Grimsby Town that saw his side knocked out of the South-West Challenge Cup. Although he was disappointed to exit the tournament, Skivo believed that there were plenty of positives to take from the game on what was a difficult pitch made sodden by heavy pre-match rain:

"I think we took quite a few positives out of the game and I thought our attacking play was very good. We passed it around well and played some good football in difficult circumstances. I know the hospitality has been excellent here, but the surfaces are not very conducive towards us playing good football but we stuck to the principles that we worked on in the week. What I didn't want to do was to all of a sudden revert back to long balls. I thought there were some really good performances and that there were people pushing for places for Tuesday night's match against Derby."

Naturally at this stage, the major interest from the point of view of the coaching staff and supporters is which of the trialists, loan players and new arrivals are impressing the most and therefore which players could be pushing for a starting spot once the League One season kicks off. Skivo gave the thumbs up to six players in particular, with Spurs defender Steven Caulker, midfield pair Gary Roberts and Danny Schofield, striker Gavin Tomlin and trialists Sam Williams and George O'Callaghan getting the thumbs up:

"I thought Steven Caulker played well in the first half, whilst Gary Roberts and Danny Schofield had a very good second half, along with Sam Williams who is looking very promising alongside Gavin Tomlin. So there are loads of positives to take out of the game. George O'Callaghan stepped up to the plate and I think he has been performing very well over the two games that I've seen. But it's still early days and people are fighting for places and fighting for contracts. I think the coaching team are in a very good position to be able to field two teams. We mixed and matched and I was pleased with the way that we played football and the way that we set our stall out."

The Yeovil boss has made some remarks about the tournament scheduling and the standard of the playing pitches. However, he had high praise for the organisation of the tournament and would consider a return for a third year. However, he did suggest he might look for more international venues this time next year, if budget allows:

"Hopefully we might have a bit more budget next season to go abroad! But the hospitality here has been amazing and the hotel that we stayed in was great and the organisers of the cup have done a brilliant job and if we do get invited to come back next year then I'd be very happy to come back."


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18 July 2009 : Glovers Storm Into SPC Round Two
A brilliant performance by the Reserves blah blah.......

Actually, Team Bath, who should have been our First Round opponents at Huish Park, have withdrawn from the competition and thus Yeovil Town Reserves now have a bye into the Second Round.

Full details of the original draw can be found at 21st May, 2009.


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18 July 2009 : Yeovil Town Under 18s Fixture List Published
Yeovil Town Under 18s have had their fixtures published for the forthcoming season. These can be found via the link below. Note that the whole of September and the first week in October is reserved for the Youth Alliance League Cup Group Stages. Whilst the teams in Yeovil's group are known (see July 15th article) the exact order of fixtures and locations have yet to be determined. We will fill in these fixtures in due course.

Link: 2009-10 Yeovil Town Under 18s Fixtures and Results.


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18 July 2009 : Way Out West
After storming to the Somerset County Women's Division One title with a 16-3-1 record last season Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves may have some reservations about where their deserved promotion has landed them. Runners-up Nailsea United have gone into the Women's Regional South West, Eastern Division One, where they meet teams like Swindon Town, Swindon Spitfires and the Keynsham Town Development side, whereas the Glovers have been stuck in the Women's Regional South West, Western Division One, with plenty of trips into the depths of Cornwall and the further reaches of Devon.

The line up for the 2009-10 campaign is:

Bude Town
Falmouth Town
Launceston
Newquay Reserves
Plymouth Argyle Reserves
Plymouth Marjon Old Suttonians
Roche
Torpoint Athletic
Totnes & Dartington
Yeovil Town Reserves


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17 July 2009 : Glovers Out Of North Devon Tournament
Yeovil Town are out of the South West Challenge Cup. The Glovers lost 3-2 at Torrington tonight despite coming from two goals down as they looked to take the game to penalties. Goals from Gavin Tomlin and Sam Williams pulled the match back to 2-2 but a late Grimsby goal did the damage and sent the Mariners into the semi-finals.

The Glovers struggled in a disjointed first half that saw plenty of huff'n'puff but little output on a pitch that wasn't really helpful for playing good football. Grimsby grabbed their opener half an hour in when Adrian Forbes was felled in the box, and up stepped Barry Conlon, who cheekily lifted the ball into the centre of the goal from the spot kick.

Yeovil came out all guns ablazing for the start of the second half, but switched off when Grimsby caught them on the break, albeit with the lack of a linesman's flag that looked like it should have been raised. Danny North finished well to put the tie very much in Grimsby's control.

Goals from Gavin Tomlin and a late strike from Sam Williams looked to have rescued the tie, with Grimsby keeper Nick Colgan pulling off a stunning save between the two strikes that could have put the League Two side in trouble. But Grimsby had the last laugh with just 90 seconds left, as trialist Nathan Arnold placed a low strike into the corner of the net for a soft looking goal and this time there was no way back for the Glovers, who exit the tournament and will therefore be on their way home tomorrow morning.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Grimsby Town 3.

Scorers: Barry Conlon (30 mins, pen, 0-1), Danny North (42 mins, 0-2), Gavin Tomlin (1-2), Sam Williams (75 mins, 2-2), Nathan Arnold (78 mins, 2-3).

Yeovil Town (First Half) 4-4-2:
1. Arran Lee-Barrett
2. Craig Alcock 4. Steve Caulker 5. Stefan Stam 3. Danny Hutchins
7. Kevin Gall 6. George O'Callaghan 8. Keiran Murtagh 9. Andy Welsh
10. Dean Bowditch 11. Hamdi Razak

Yeovil Town (Second Half):
Richard Martin
Danny Hutchins, Terrell Forbes, Niall McArdle, Nathan Jones
Kevin Gall, Gary Roberts, Danny Schofield, Gavin Tomlin
Sam Williams, Ryan Mason.


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17 July 2009 : Skivo Concerned At Challenge Cup Schedule
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that he would not be overly disappointed if the Glovers did not make it to the final of this year's South-West Challenge Cup. Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he feels the final three matches of the tournament that sees clubs play potentially three matches in three days may be a bridge too far, particularly with Tuesday night's match against Derby County still to come:

"It doesn't actually fall very kindly to anyone because we could end up playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So in an ideal world we'll have a good result against Grimsby on the Friday and then maybe have one more game. But I don't want to play on both the Saturday and the Sunday because I'm trying to look for my squad to prepare for a great home tie against Derby County next week. I'll be more looking forward to picking a team against them."


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17 July 2009 : Two South-West Challenge Cup Matches Cancelled
Two of this evening's South-West Challenge Cup matches have been postponed due to the bad weather. Eastleigh's match against Exeter City at Bideford and Wycombe Wanderers against Luton Town at Appledore have both been cancelled, with no alternative fixture or venue set up.

Luton Town have been informed by the tournament organisers that they have progressed through to the semi-finals, whilst Exeter City have also automatically progressed. We're not sure at this stage on what basis those two sides have been chosen. The end result is that there will be a new name on the trophy with holders Eastleigh eliminated. Exeter will meet Luton in the semi-final that will take place tomorrow at Mill Road, Barnstaple, kick-off 2.00p.m.

Yeovil Town's match against Grimsby Town at Torrington, and Rushden and Diamonds against Barnstaple Town at Ilfracombe both remain on at present. Yeovil's match kicks off at 7.00p.m. whilst Rushden's game kicks off an hour later.


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17 July 2009 : Tickets Go On Sale For First Two League Matches
Tickets for Yeovil Town's first two League One matches of the 2009-10 season will go on sale from this coming Monday, 20th July. The ticket office opens at 9.00a.m.

Tranmere Rovers are the opening opponents on Saturday 8th August, whilst Leyton Orient provide the second opposition two weeks later on Saturday 22nd August, both with 3.00p.m. kick-offs.

The usual practice by the Huish Park Ticket Office is for tickets to be available in advance for all home fixtures once they are loaded onto the Ticket Office computer system. As soon as that is done we'll let you know.

Monday morning also sees tickets for the Carling Cup First Round match against Norwich City go on sale. See below for pricing details.

Link: 2009-10 Huish Park Individual Match And Season Ticket Pricing For League Matches.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Derby County.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Tiverton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Norwich City.


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17 July 2009 : Pitch Inspections Planned For South-West Challenge Cup
South-West Challenge Cup organisers believe they have contingency plans in place if any of tonight's four matches suffer waterlogged pitches that require a postponement. Pitch inspections are scheduled to take place at Bideford, Torrington, Appledore and Ilfracombe today, including Yeovil Town's scheduled match against Grimsby Town at Torrington.

Current thinking is that although all four venues will require pitch inspections, the tournament organisers only have concerns about one unnamed ground. However, with Barnstaple's Mill Road ground not in use tonight, if there is a single postponement, they hope to make a quick switch of venue to Mill Road to ensure all four fixtures get played.

Tournament director Mike Bradshaw told the North Devon Journal that he was optimistic that today's weather conditions would dry the pitches:

"There will be inspections at all four grounds. The weather front is moving through. The blustery wind is moving it through and there are drying conditions."

We'll bring any news on all four fixtures as soon as we get it.

Update 1.30p.m. The Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town match has passed a lunchtime pitch inspection, subject to any further possible rain. Pitch inspections for the other three grounds are expected shortly after 2.00p.m.

Update 2.00p.m. Rushden and Diamonds vs Barnstaple Town (at Ilfracombe, kick-off 8.00p.m.) has also been passed fit to play at present.


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17 July 2009 : Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town will take part in their second pre-season tonight, as they take on League Two side Grimsby Town at Vicarage Field, Great Torrington. Kick-off at AFC Torrington's ground is 7.00p.m. provided the bad weather of the last 48 hours does not affect things.

This is the second and final of Yeovil's South-West Challenge Cup Group Stage matches, and the winners of tonight's match will be guaranteed a place in the semi-finals on Saturday. The match will be played across two 40 minute halves and if the scores are level after the 80 minutes, the match will be decided on penalties. Yeovil's superior goal difference will be irrelevant to the outcome of Group B, where RRFC Montegnee have already been eliminated.

The only two Glovers players who will definitely not feature are left-back Nathan Smith, who is recovering from a hernia operation and new signing Scott Murray. Both players have been left behind to regain full fitness and so the squad chosen should be from the same players that featured in Monday's 5-0 win.

Grimsby will go into the game minus Jamie Clarke, who has a knee injury. That's a blow for the Mariners as he scored their winning goal on Wednesday night in a 1-0 win over RRFC Montegnee. Former Glovers loan signing Peter Sweeney will not feature against his old club, whilst Jean Louis Akpa Apro is also missing, with both suffering ankle injuries.

The Mariners are managed by former Luton Town boss Mike Newell and he felt that the Glovers would be favourites to win tonight's match. Speaking to the Grimsby Telegraph he explained:

"It will be a tougher test that's for sure - Yeovil are in the division above us in the league. It will be good for the lads but, like I've already stressed, it's all about fitness first and foremost. Of course, you like to win, but we won't be too bothered as long as the players get the most out of it and so far they have. The trip has been good up to now and has served its purpose. And with a good test tonight, it will be another plus point."

Newell used a squad of 20 players during Wednesday night's match against RRFC Montegnee and he expects to do exactly the same during tonight's match, although expects to vary the starting line-up:

"We'll do the same again against Yeovil - change the outfield around after the first half, though it will be a different mix of players. It's something I normally do in pre-season because I'd rather get a good 45 minutes out of them all rather than get some tiring after an hour and coasting through. Hopefully we'll get a good workout tonight, though the pitches are not too conducive to good football at this stage of the season as they are mostly dry and bobbly. We are so early in our pre-season that my main focus tonight is on the players getting more sharpness and fitness."

If there are any problems or pitch inspections for any of tonight's matches, we'll post updates on this news page as soon as we get them. At present although there has been a lot of heavy rain in North Devon, we've not been made aware of anything.


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17 July 2009 : Season Review - October '08
After a brief hiatus, Taff is continuing his potted look at the 2008-09 season again. This time he focusses on the month of October 2008 which seems an awfully long time ago.

Taff's articles for July, August and September are also available.

Make your way to Taff's Gloversblog or follow the direct link below for the latest article.

Link: Season Review - October '08.


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17 July 2009 : Saints Bring In Pardew As Boss
League One side Southampton have appointed Alan Pardew as their manager on a three year contract at St Mary's. Pardew is a former West Ham United, Charlton Athletic and Reading manager who had a playing career at Yeovil Town before moving onto Crystal Palace.

Southampton have only just come under new ownership this summer and face a significant rebuilding programme following the loss of several players including the recent loss of striker Bradley Wright-Phillips to Plymouth Argyle. They will start this season on minus ten points after their holding company went into administration at the tail end of last season.


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16 July 2009 : Yeovil Town Ladies Launch Official Website
Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club is proud to announce the launch of their brand new Official Website.

This new website is for the partners, supporters, players and officials of Yeovil Town's Ladies Football Club, and has been designed to give an insight into the set-up of the club, as well as giving all the latest news, match reports and statistics etc. - keeping everyone in touch with all that is going on at the club.

We hope supporters will take time to look the site over. Please note that there are some incomplete areas where we are still waiting for information, but these will be completed in the coming days and weeks. Some of the links to the league tables for the Reserve and Youth teams (External sites) are yet to be connected, as the various leagues are yet to set them up for the new season.

We are working hard to build up archives of such things as club pictures, so keep checking for updates. In many sections of the site there are drop down menus to existing archives. These will give you the results, statistics and League tables etc. from last season. This will not only give supporters something to look at, but also allow for points of comparison over the coming season.

We hope that supporters will enjoy looking at the new website, add it to their 'Favourites', and come back again and again, keeping them touch with Yeovil Town Ladies throughout what promises to be another exciting season, and beyond.

Yeovil Town Ladies would like to thank their official sponsor, The Quedam Centre of Yeovil, for sponsoring this website, and for their continued support of the club as a whole.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies Official Website.


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16 July 2009 : South-West Challenge Cup Semi-Final and Final Pricing
The organising committee for the South-West Challenge Cup have set admission prices for the Semi-Final and Final of the pre-season tournament. Advance tickets have been put on sale, although none of the teams will be certain of their positions in the semi-finals until Friday night's matches have been played.

Tickets for the Semi-Final matches on Saturday are £6.00 which will admit one adult and one child to both matches. The first Semi-Final takes place at Mill Road, Barnstaple, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off, whilst the second Semi-Final takes place at Marshford, Appledore, with a 5.00p.m. kick-off. Obviously this means that it is easily possible to watch both matches on the day. If the Glovers get through, then their Semi-Final be at 5.00p.m. in Appledore.

The tournament final will be played at 6.00p.m. on the Sunday, in Kingsley Road, Bideford. Tickets are on sale at £8.00, again admitting one adult and one child.

Ticket sales are available in advance online, from local outlets, or on the day of the game. The Tournament Committee have stressed that each ground does have a fixed capacity for safety reasons and point out that this will be adhered to if any ground reaches capacity. Our Ground Guide below gives details of each ground's capacity, so you can make a judgement over what plans you need to make for each game.

Link: South-West Challenge Cup Full Match Schedule.

Link: South-West Challenge Cup Matchday Pricing Details.

Link: South-West Challenge Cup Grounds Guide.


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16 July 2009 : BBC Radio Commentary Is Pants
Next time you hear Yeovil Town's live commentary on BBC Somerset be very glad it is just radio, and you can't see what the commentary team are wearing. We now have the dubious pleasure of finding out exactly what exists in regular commentator Pete Simson's underwear drawer and it ain't pretty!

Pete, who is clearly the quiet, shy and retiring sort, decided to propose to his girlfriend Hannah McDonagh in the middle of the Watershed Cinema in Bristol by screening a video of himself dressed in his underpants on the cinema screen, in a fake pop video where he mimes to a song in front of various local landmarks. What we're slightly surprised at is that she said "yes" when most lasses would have run out of the cinema screaming.

The full story and video excerpts can be found via the link below. Although you may want to watch it in a locked room just in case your parents, partner or work colleagues happen to question why you are watching videos of grown men in their pants. As for what visions will now be conjured up next time Pete's dulcet tones are heard live on air during next season's matches, we dread to think.

Link: BBC Somerset : Brief Encounter Leads To Proposal.


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16 July 2009 : Sky Add Fifth League One Match
Sky Sports have added a fifth League One match to their live television schedules for the 2009-10 season. In another case of unoriginality and predictability they've decided that showing Leeds United in the Carling Cup, and having Norwich City already pencilled in for another League One match is not enough and so their match at Elland Road has been moved back by two days to Monday 19th October.

The current list of League One live matches is below.

Sat 8th August : Southampton vs Millwall : 12.45p.m.
Sat 5th September : Charlton Athletic vs Brentford : 12.15p.m.
Mon 14th September : Milton Keynes Dons vs Norwich City : 7.45p.m.
Mon 12th October : Tranmere Rovers vs Stockport County : 7.45p.m.
Mon 19th October : Leeds United vs Norwich City : 7.45p.m.

Link: Sky Sports Carling Cup Live Matches.


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16 July 2009 : Plucky Minnows Almost Cause A Shock
Taff continues his blog with a look at the last couple of days football. Moreover, he's back on safe and solid ground - having a good old poke at our friends from the seaside. Don't you know it's cruel to kick people when they're down, Taff?

Read more in Taff's Gloversblog or head to the latest article via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Plucky Minnows Almost Cause A Shock.


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16 July 2009 : Glovers Still Chasing Obika Deal
Yeovil Town have not given up in their attempts to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika, according to this morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin. Obika made 10 appearances for the club at the tail end of last season, scoring four goals and the management team have made it clear in the past that they would love the chance to bring him back.

The BBC report that the club are still looking to "engineer a return" for the academy player, which would of course reunite him with his strike partner Ryan Mason if it proved successful.

Speaking in general terms, Spurs assistant manager Kevin Bond said he is pleased at the way things worked last season, hence why Mason and defender Steven Caulker have been given the green light to continue that link between the two clubs:

"They took a couple of lads from us last year and they did well and we've given the opportunity for one or two of the youngsters to go down there again. They went down at the back end of last season and the played, and played well and they benefited from that experience. So I think we'll give those couple of others that same opportunity."

The Western Daily Press also lead on this story but add that the return of winger Andros Townsend is unlikely at this stage. Speaking to the paper boss Terry Skiverton explained that it was down to the way that left-winger Andy Welsh was performing:

"With the form that Andy has shown I am not looking at Andros. Jon is probably the only one. Andros did really well for us last year but I am not just looking to bring in people that have done well before. I am looking at what the squad needs. I am not ruling out Andros 100 percent but he is not my priority at the moment - that (priority) would be Jon and getting him back involved."

Skiverton though warned the paper that getting Obika back would not be entirely straight-forward:

"With how well he did and the goals-to-game ratio he had with Yeovil it would not surprise me if there were top-end League One teams interested as well as Championship teams. We will have to wait and see with that. I have spoken to Harry Redknapp about the two lads that have come in and he has not shut the door with regards to Jon. These things can still happen and there will be more activity before the start of the season."


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15 July 2009 : South-West Challenge Cup Wednesday Round-Up
Yeovil Town's Friday night match against Grimsby Town will be a Group decider, after the League Two side defeated Belgian club RRFC Montegnee tonight, and in doing so knocked them out of the competition.

The Mariners found their opponents tough going, eventually settling for a single Jamie Clarke goal to decide the match at Barnstaple's Mill Road Ground. The result means that whoever wins Friday night's match at Torrington will go through to the semi-finals, with penalties to decide the match if it is drawn - Yeovil's superior goal difference will not count for anything in this instance.

In the other groups, Luton Town opened their account with a 3-0 win over Bideford, but both sides had a player sent off, with Alan White getting a red card for Luton after a scrap with home striker Jamie Densham, who also walked. Tom Craddock had already netted twice for the Conference National side, and the game was finished by a long ranger from Drew Talbot.

If Yeovil get past Grimsby, then they could easily face former Conference rivals Rushden and Diamonds, who beat Blackpool on penalties tonight, after a 1-1 draw. The result eliminates Barnstaple Town, but Rushden would go through if they beat the North Devon side on Friday night. If they lose, then Blackpool will go through.

Finally holders Eastleigh continue their attempts to reclaim the trophy, with a 1-0 win over hosts Ilfracombe Town. The North Devon side exit the tournament as a result, with a Tony Taggart strike dividing the two sides in a tight match. The winners of Friday night's match between Eastleigh and Exeter City will progress to the semi-finals.


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15 July 2009 : South West Conference Line Up
Entry to the Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference remains the same for 2009-10 as last season, with the Glovers Under 18 side competing against :

AFC Bournemouth
Bristol Rovers
Cheltenham Town
Exeter City
Hereford United
Oxford United
Plymouth Argyle
Swansea City
Swindon Town
Torquay United

The league campaign will kick off on Saturday 15th August with a trip away to play annual wooden-spoonists Hereford United.

In the opening Group Stage of the Alliance Cup Yeovil Town has again been placed in the section containing :

Bristol Rovers
Exeter City
Plymouth Argyle
Swansea City
Torquay United


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15 July 2009 : Neutral View On RRFC Montegnee Match
Monday night's match against RRFC Montegnee obviously attracted a few neutrals to Appledore's Marshford ground. One of those is a Hearts fan, who is currently exiled in the area for University studies. He is writing a blog detailing his experiences of groundhopping whilst away from his home city, and his thoughts on Monday night's match can be read via the link below.

Link: The Travelling Fan Blog : Yeovil Town vs RRFC Montegnee.


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15 July 2009 : Hale Excuses 'Bitty' Performance
Weymouth manager Matt Hale has described last night's match against Yeovil Town Under 18s as 'bitty' and felt his side needed more organisation. The Conference South side could only draw 2-2 against a Glovers team featuring nine 16 year olds, with the Youth Team fighting back to snatch a draw after being 2-0 down at half time.

Hale told the Dorset Echo that he felt his side's performance was due to a lack of focus on tactics in pre-season and the changes he made during the second period:

"Our performance was bitty tonight. To be honest we have not done a lot of work on tactics yet as we have been concentrating more on the fitness side and after we made a lot of changes in the second half we did lose momentum. We ended up conceding two goals after the break but there was some good stuff we could take from the game. There are a lot of new faces in the squad and it is going to take time for them to get to know each other and gel as a team. Over the next two weeks we will start to do a lot more work on our shape and pattern of play, which should see us become a lot more organised for what will be much tougher friendlies against the likes of Bristol City and Exeter City."

Yeovil Town's Youth Team are next in action on Thursday 23rd July in an away match that takes place against Street FC.


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14 July 2009 : Youths Force Draw At Weymouth
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side grabbed a 2-2 draw against Conference South side Weymouth tonight at the Wessex Stadium. The pre-season friendly saw the home side go two goals up through Josh Klein-Davis and Dean Grub during the first half. However, the young Glovers fought back well in front of a crowd of 395 to force a draw with goals from Tyler Sheppard and Rico Wilson.

Final Score: Weymouth 2 Yeovil Town Under 18s 2.

Scorers: Josh Klein-Davies (1-0), Dean Grubb (2-0), Tyler Sheppard (2-1), Rico Wilson (2-2)

Weymouth First Team: 1 Ryan Harrison, 2 Andy Harris, 3 Martin Slocombe, 4 Kyle Critchell, 5 Scott Brice, 6 Matthew Thorne, 7 Dean Grubb, 8 Hector Mackie, 9 Josh Klein-Davies, 10 Matthew Groves, 11 Aaron Ledgister

Subs: 12 Phil Harpnutt, 14 Robin Nicholls, 15 Marcus Duharty, 16 Nathan Loader, 17 Jordan Metters

Yeovil Youth Team: 1 Steve Boore, 2 Tom Gallagher, 3 Steve Harris, 4 Tom Scott, 5 Joe Smith, 6 Sam Lanahan, 7 Adam Wakley, 8 Johnny Oliver, 9 Robert Clowes, 10 Tyler Sheppard, 11 Ciaran Levet

Subs: 12 Josh French, 13 Joe Grimstead, 14 Louie Clarke, 15 Charlie Elsworth, 16 Andy Baker, 17 Rico Wilson (all used)


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14 July 2009 : Just Like London Buses ...
The latest installment of Taff's Gloversblog is now available. Unsurprisingly our man muses over a whirlwind couple of days that saw seven trialists and two loan signings made at Huish Park, and the first pre-season friendlies.

Head to Taff's Gloversblog or head directly to the latest article via the link below.


Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Just Like London Buses ...


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14 July 2009 : Spurs Confirm Loan Lengths For Duo
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the loan durations for incoming pair Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker. The loan deals will last one month, presumably from the start of the 2009-10 season.

This means that the two Academy players have been taken on under the short term loan rules that allow players to stay for a maximum of 93 days. Our understanding is that the club can convert the deals into half-season or full-season loan deals provided they do so by the time the transfer window closes on August 31st.


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14 July 2009 : Prices Set For Tiverton Friendly
Prices for Yeovil Town's final home pre-season friendly have been set. The match against Tiverton Town will take place on Saturday 1st August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Only the AgustaWestland (Main) Stand will be open for this fixture. Adults will be charged £7.00, whilst Seniors and Under 21s will get in for £3.00. Under 16s are admitted for £1.00. There's no specific mention of Disabled prices, but generally these are being kept in line with pricing for Seniors.

To our knowledge there is no price increase if you buy your ticket on the day of the game.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Derby County.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.


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14 July 2009 : Crewe Drop Interest In Razak
Crewe Alexandra manager Gudjon Thordarson has claimed that he made the decision to end his club's interest in striker Hamdi Razak. The Frenchman is on trial in North Devon as part of the South-West Challenge Cup and scored Yeovil's opening goal in a 5-0 win over RRFC Montegnee last night.

Crewe had taken Razak on trial along with Michael Pook, who has since joined Cheltenham Town on trial, but the League Two boss believed that Razak was no better than the strikers he already has on his books. Razak scored twice in a 7-0 win over Staffordshire side Newcastle Town. Speaking to the Crewe official site he explained:

"We have decided against signing (Hamdi) Razak. I decided against trying to sign Razak because signing another striker is not our priority. It would take someone very special to change my mind on that because I have to use what resources I have to sign a centre-back and a central midfielder. We have lost influential players like Julien Baudet and Danny Woodards and they are not easy to replace. That is my priority. Razak took his goals well at Newcastle and he did well for us, but I also played with four strikers at Newcastle with Elding, Zola, Donaldson and Miller, so we have an abundance of strikers to call upon."

Speaking directly after Saturday's win, Thordarson was upbeat about Razak's performance after coming off the bench:

"I was pleased with Hamdi at Newcastle. He did himself justice in the half-an-hour he was on. He took his two goals well and he was close to getting a hat-trick so it was a decent run-out for him. He is a genuine lad and he wants to earn himself a contract."


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14 July 2009 : Prices Set For Bristol City Friendly
Ticket prices for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly with Bristol City have been set. The match takes place on Tuesday 28th July at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Pricing is exactly the same as the preceding Tuesday's match against Derby County and is £10.00 for Adults, whilst Seniors and Young Adults (16-21 years old) can gain admission for £5.00. Meanwhile Those aged Under 16 can get in for just £1.00.

There are no variations between tickets bought in advance and those bought on the day, although obviously you may save yourself a bit of queuing if you make an advance purchase.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Derby County.


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14 July 2009 : Weymouth Name Squad For Friendly
Conference South side Weymouth have named their squad for tonight's pre-season friendly against Yeovil Town Under 18s. The match is being played at the Wessex Stadium at 7.30p.m. and with the First Team squad in North Devon, it is unlikely that the Glovers will feature any players outside the Youth Team.

Manager Matt Hale, who played in midfield for the Glovers almost 10 years ago, has told the Dorset Echo that he expects to field three trialists on top of his main first team squad, with Cameron Mawer looking to recover from knee problems he experienced last season whilst playing for the Terras:

"Cameron called us up and said he wanted to play for us and that is why we have invited him down to take part in tonight’s game. I have heard a lot of good things about him and I am looking forward to seeing him in action. We will then have a chat after that, see what the situation is and go from there."

Hale also revealed the other two guests he expects to feature for his side, who were relegated from the Conference National division last season and plans to feature himself:

"We will also have a look at another couple of trialists in Austin Byfield, a keeper who was at St Albans last year, and left-winger Aaron Ledgister, who has been released by Cheltenham Town following two years as a pro. I have also included myself in the squad but I am not sure whether I will be playing as it is an important time for me to look at the players. I am probably best off not playing but I wanted to make the squad up to 18 and with only two other left-sided players in there it just made sense for me to be involved."

If any Glovers fans (or players) are going to tonight's game and can supply any line-ups and Yeovil scorers, drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com

Weymouth: Ryan Harrison, Cameron Mawer, Martin Slocombe, Scott Brice, Kyle Critchell, Andy Harris, Dean Grubb, Hector Mackie, Josh Klein-Davies, Matt Groves, Aaron Ledgister, Phil Harpnut, Jamie Frampton, Matt Thorne, Jordan Metters, Nathan Loader, Austin Byfield, Matty Hale.


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14 July 2009 : South-West Challenge Cup Monday Round-Up
All of last night's South-West Challenge Cup matches saw Football League sides come out on top with some mainly predictable scorelines. Blackpool, Wycombe Wanderers and Exeter City all won their matches to join the Glovers on maximum points in their respective groups.

Blackpool landed the same scoreline as Yeovil - a 5-0 win over Barnstaple Town in Group D with goals from Ben Burgess, Brett Ormerod, Billy Clarke, trialist Eric DeFreitas and Daniel Nardiello.

In Group A, Exeter City saw off Ilfracombe by a 4-1 scoreline. Exeter's goals came from Ryan Harley, Adam Stansfield, Richard Logan and Manny Panther whilst the home side netted from the penalty spot.

The only game that went to the wire was in Group C, with Wycombe Wanderers needing a penalty shoot-out to defeat Bideford. The match finished 0-0 after the full 80 minutes had been played. Wycombe eventually won 5-4 on spot-kicks, with the Wanderers netting all five, whilst Bideford had their fourth saved by goalkeeper Scott Shearer.

All sides now get a day's rest before the competition resumes on Wednesday evening, where the Group B match is the meeting of Grimsby Town and RRFC Montegnee in Torrington. The Glovers next play on Friday against Grimsby, also in Torrington.

Link: South-West Challenge Cup Full Match Schedule.

Link: South-West Challenge Cup Matchday Pricing Details.

Link: South-West Challenge Cup Grounds Guide.


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13 July 2009 : Glovers Breeze Past Montegnee
Yeovil Town gained a comprehensive victory in North Devon tonight with a 5-0 win over RRFC Montegnee. Although the Belgian side held their own during the first half, conceding just one goal, the second half saw them struggle to contain Yeovil, and the Glovers ran out as easy victors.

It took the Glovers 32 minutes to open up the scoring, with French trialist Hamdi Rasak converting a Kevin Gall right wing cross. They could have doubled their lead almost immediately with an acrobatic overhead kick in a crowded penalty area.

In the second period, the Glovers doubled their lead on the hour mark, after a trip inside the box allowed Ryan Mason the chance to double their lead. Five minutes later, a break from their own half allowed Nathan Jones to out-run the Belgian defence.

As the 80 minute fixture drew to its conclusion Aidan Downes was able to grab himself two quick goals - the first a rebound from a Dean Bowditch shot, with the second being a conversion from a cross. In the end a very easy victory that puts the Glovers in control in their group, with Grimsby Town the next opponents on Friday.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 5 RRFC Montegnee 0.

Scorers: Hamdi Rasak (1-0, 32 mins), Ryan Mason (2-0, 60 mins, pen), Nathan Jones (3-0, 65 mins), Aidan Downes (4-0, 75 mins), Aidan Downes (5-0, 77 mins).

Starting Line-Up: Richard Martin, Craig Alcock, Niall McArdle, Stefan Stam, Terrell Forbes, Gary Roberts, Danny Schofield, Kevin Gall, Keiran Murtagh, Gavin Tomlin, Hamdi Razak

Substitutes: Arran Lee-Barrett, Steven Caulker, Danny Hutchins, Nathan Jones, Andy Welsh, Aidan Downes, George O'Callaghan, Ryan Mason, Dean Bowditch, Sam Williams.


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13 July 2009 : Yet Another Trialist Comes In
Yeovil Town took on another trialist as part of tonight's match against RRFC Montegnee. The player concerned is George O'Callaghan, who is a 29 year old attacking midfielder who was born in Cork in the Republic of Ireland on September 5th 1979.

He has most recently been playing for Dundalk in Ireland having been released by Tranmere Rovers midway through last season. He started his career as a Youth Team player with Port Vale, spending six years at Vale Park, including three as a professional. He then spent five years with Cork City, clocking up 150 appearances and 23 goals. A move to Ipswich Town in 2006 saw him spend 1.5 seasons at Portman Road including a loan spell with Brighton and Hove Albion before he returned for a second spell with Cork City. That was then followed quickly by last season's spells with Tranmere and Dundalk.

Rated as an attacking midfielder, he can also play up front, and has recently been linked with moves to Greece and Malta. He played the second half of tonight's match in Appledore, which the Glovers won 5-0. Full details on that match will follow shortly.


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13 July 2009 : Four More Arrivals Take Monday's Total Up To Eight!
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed our earlier news and Saturday's news concerning two Tottenham Hotspur players. Striker Ryan Mason and defender Steven Caulker are to join the club on loan with deals expected to be finalised today.

BBC Somerset have confirmed the deals as taking place and Skiverton told the radio station that both players had already been looked at in training last season:

"Harry Redknapp has been kind enough to lend us two new starlets that they have big hopes for in the future. Ryan has got a phenomenal strike rate and has been on the radar. He and Steven came down and trained with us last year with a view to taking them this year, so we've kept the relationship going with Tottenham and are pleased to have them on board."

Skivo has also confirmed that former Hartlepool United keeper Arran Lee-Barrett is joining the club on trial along with former Manchester City goalkeeper Richard Martin. Speaking to the BBC he explained:

"Richard Martin has just been released by Manchester City and Arran Lee-Barrett has just left Hartlepool. We'll give them a chance to stake a claim."

Arran Lee-Barrett was born on February 28th 1984 in Ipswich and is a 6 foot 2 inch tall keeper. He started off in Ipswich Town's academy before moving across to East Anglian rivals Norwich City. However, he never gained a professional contract with either side, and after a brief spell with Chelmsford city, he signed for Cardiff City where he made one appearance.

Between 2005 and 2007 he was on the books of non-leaguers Weymouth before moving to Coventry City as emergency cover. He then moved to Hartlepool United in 2007 and was their regular goalkeeper but has struggled to hold down a place in the past season and was released from Victoria Park in May.

Richard Martin is a 21 year old keeper who also stands at 6 foot 2 inches. He was born in Chelmsford on September 1st 1987. He started his career going through the Youth ranks at Brighton and Hove Albion and having loan spells with Kingstonian, Dorchester Town and Folkestone Invicta. He signed for Manchester City in the summer of 2007, and also had a loan spell with Burton Albion in April 2009 as emergency cover, but did not make any competitive appearances for either club.

They all join the four other players mentioned in today's earlier news with strikers Dean Bowditch, Hamdi Razak, Sam Williams and defender Niall McArdle all heading to North Devon today.


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13 July 2009 : Harding Moves To Train With Seagulls
Former Ipswich Town defender Dan Harding is now on trial with Brighton and Hove Albion. The former England Under 21 player had been training with the Glovers last week, but has headed to the Withdean Stadium where he will be watched by former Glovers boss Russell Slade.

Harding left Brighton for Leeds United four years ago and still owns a house in the town. He is training with the Seagulls and is expected to turn out for them against Havant and Waterlooville and/or Worthing, who Brighton play on consecutive days this week.


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13 July 2009 : Glovers Looking At Spurs Defender?
Further to Saturday's news concerning Tottenham Hotspur striker Ryan Mason, it now looks possible that another of his team-mates may be joining him.

Central defender Steven Caulker is 17 years old and has just signed his first professional contract at White Hart Lane after appearing in 31 out of 34 matches at Academy level last season. He also made five appearances for the Reserves including three starts. He was born on December 29th 1991 and attended Lampton School. He is certainly no slouch, being borough champion at 400m at his age group for four years in a row.

Again, like the Mason rumour, there has been no official confirmation of this yet, so treat this with a pinch of salt until we are able to absolutely confirm it or dismiss it. One supporter has said that BBC Somerset have reported both names on their lunchtime bulletin, although we've yet to hear the broadcasts. Given the complex nature of the loan transfer system, the club may delay formal announcements to fit in with the rules concerning loan deals and the maximum period of time that players can spend with clubs for short-term deals.

There are also suggestions that the Glovers are taking two goalkeepers on trial with them to North Devon tonight. As things stand, Yeovil Town are without any contracted keeper and the club have yet to indicate who is likely to be between the sticks for tonight's match. The name of former Hartlepool United keeper Arran Lee-Barrett has been mentioned, but again no confirmation either way that he is in North Devon for tonight's match.

Looking around League One at present, the situation amongst clubs seems to suddenly be very fluid with many clubs covering "new trialists" stories. Hence expect a whole load of movement around the leagues, and maybe the odd touch of confusion, over the next few days as players jump all over the place in search of anyone who will offer them a decent contract. We should be able to bring more concrete news as part of tonight's game.


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13 July 2009 : Carling Cup Prices For Norwich Tie Announced
Yeovil Town have set prices for their Carling Cup First Round tie at home to Norwich City. Tickets will be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office from 9.00a.m. on Monday 20th July. All season ticket holders who wish to reserve their existing seat for the tie have until Friday 31st July at 4.00p.m. to buy their tickets - otherwise their seats will go on general sale. Note that this is an all-pay match.

Pricing is as follows:

Blackthorn Stand (Home Terrace): £13.00 (Adults); £8.00 (Seniors); £7.00 (16-21s); £4.00 (Under 16s)

Cowlin Stand Wings: £13.00 (Adults); £9.00 (Seniors/Disabled); £7.00 (16-21s); £4.00 (Under 16s)

Cowlin Stand Centre: £14.00 (Adults); £11.00 (Seniors/Disabled); £7.00 (16-21s); £5.00 (Under 16s)

Main Stand Wings: £14.00 (Adults); £11.00 (Seniors/Disabled); £7.00 (16-21s); £4.00 (Under 16s)

Main Stand Centre: £15.00 (Adults); £13.00 (Seniors/Disabled); £7.00 (16-21s); £5.00 (Under 16s)

The club haven't stated whether the usual match-day surcharge will be enforced for this fixture - hopefully we'll clarify that in due course.

Update: The club have clarified that there is no increase in prices on the day of the game for this fixture.


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13 July 2009 : Quartet Join North Devon Tour
Yeovil Town are taking four new players on trial as part of this week's trip to North Devon. The quartet of strikers Dean Bowditch, Hamdi Razak, Sam Williams and defender Niall McArdle will play in this week's fixtures and spend the week in Devon as part of the South West Challenge Cup tournament.

Twenty-three year old striker Dean Bowditch is probably the best known of the four. Born in Bishop's Stortford on June 15th 1986, he is a free agent having been released by Ipswich Town over the summer. He made 72 appearances at Portman Road, scoring eight goals, although much of the hype about his time with the Tractor Boys came up front after he became the youngest Ipswich player to score a first team hat-trick, at the age of 17. A series of injuries saw his career stutter, and since then he has had a series of loan spells with Burnley, Wycombe Wanderers, Brighton and Hove Albion (twice), Northampton Town and Brentford.

Hamdi Razak is another 23 year old born in Paris on October 8th 1985. He was released by Swindon Town over the summer, having made three appearances. He started his career playing for French amateur clubs US Chantilly, FC Les Lilas, Levallois SC and FC Igny before trialling for Dutch side RBC Roosendaal and Kent non-leaguers Dover Athletic. He finally got lucky with his first professional contract with Swindon in January 2009, but was released after just three matches.

The third striker is Sam Williams, who was born in Greenwich on June 9th 1987. He is on the books of Aston Villa although has yet to trouble their first team. Loan spells with Wrexham, Brighton and Hove Albion, Colchester United, Walsall and Brentford have given him first team experience. He has also turned out for Hereford United on trial during this pre-season. He is the only one of the four trialists who is currently with a club.

Finally Niall McArdle is a central defender recently released by Sunderland who started his career with Republic of Ireland side Home Farm - the same academy that produced former Glovers midfielder Stephen Maher. He has represented Ireland at U15, U16, U17 and U19 level and is 19 years old.


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13 July 2009 : Focus On Tonight's Opponents
Some of you may be wondering just who exactly RRFC Montegnee are. Well tonight, in the village of Appledore in North Devon, we will find out for sure. But in the meantime here's a bit of background to our opponents.

To give them their full name, Royal Racing Football Club Montegnée have been in existence since 1915 and hail from the Saint-Nicolas area of Liège in Belgium, in the East part of the country. The Saint-Nicolas municipality has a population of 22,000.

They were formed from a merger of two clubs - FC Montegnee and FC Gosson, becoming Racing FC Montegnée. However, in 1952, they were awarded the Royal Stamp and changed their name to Royal Racing FC Montegnée

The club are a lot more anglicised than you would expect. For those anticipating a long list of Flemish and Dutch names to negotiate through on tonight's teamsheet, may be relieved to know that many of their players hail from English-speaking countries, and in fact that there are one or two familiar names. Former Yeovil Town midfielder Jamie Gosling has joined them this summer, whilst Martin Horsell, who once trialled for the Glovers, is one of their goalkeepers.

Their website claims that Portuguese striker Bruno Luz used to be with Yeovil Town, but unless he was one of the many Portuguese trialists we had at Potters Bar and Hillingdon Borough during last year's friendlies, this may be an error. Bruno has definitely visited Huish Park though - as a Queen's Park Rangers Youth player.

Elsewhere, amongst their list of 19 new signings is a mixture of Americans, Canadians, Spaniards ... and one rather lonely looking Belgian defender called Phillipe Crespin, who we hope speaks either English or spanish to fit in with the rest of his teammates. Even their official website is written entirely in English.

The reason for their rather Anglicised look appears to be their plans to market themselves as an educational establishment as well as a Football Club - a sort of a Team Bath for Belgium, only hopefully the Stade Joseph Vanstraelen looks a little nicer than Twerton Park. Their stadium has a capacity of 7,000 with 2,000 seats.

The move into the realms of academia is a fairly recent one, stemming from 2007, when they changed their focus to enable an "expansion into the worldwide academy market under new ownership with links to university programming and a worldwide club network". Their club mission statement is "to provide student athletes an opportunity to reach their optimal playing performance, while pursuing a professional degree. To create for individual students a ‘life changing experience in their social, cognitive and physical growth’".

The 'worldwide club network' plan didn't quite take off in England as they would have wanted it to. A three year sporting partnership with League Two side Bradford City launched in November 2007 was launched to enable the Yorkshire side to take advantage of those graduating from the Belgian club's academic schemes. But just under a year later, RRFC Montegnée terminated the agreement claiming that Bradford had failed to pay them for six months, and indicated that they would seek an alternative partnership with another English club.

Club President Paul Topping has explained how things work at Montegnée:

"They come at 18, for three years. They train every day and go to school every day. We've got our own university in the club. I don't think another club in the world has. The concept is not just to play football but to get a business degree as well. There's not enough education in football."

Of the tournament, he said it would be a new experience for the club:

"We're very much looking forward to this tournament. I don't think the boys know what to expect. The young lads play with no fear and we try to play good football. At the beginning of last season we were struggling and were bottom of the table by Christmas. But in the end we only missed out on the play-offs by two goals. We're not expecting to do anything (in the Challenge Cup) but it will be a great experience playing against two Football League teams and we won't be pushovers."


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13 July 2009 : McCallum On Trial For Cobblers
Former Yeovil Town winger Gavin McCallum is on trial at Northampton Town. The Canadian Under 21 international played in a pre-season friendly at Brackley Town and appears to have impressed enough to be given a second chance against Conference National side Histon.

McCallum rose up through Yeovil Town's Youth Team, turning professional in early 2006 but only broke into the first team once - coming on as a substitute against Gillingham in May 2007. However he was released that summer and has since played for Weymouth, Havant and Waterlooville, a brief pre-season spell at Bognor Regis, before spending the whole of last season playing for Sutton United, where he was their top scorer with 19 goals.


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12 July 2009 : Skivo Sets Aims For North Devon Tournament
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he has some definite aims for what he wants to get out of this week's South West Challenge Cup tournament. The Glovers commence their involvement in the North Devon competition with a match against Belgian side RRFC Montegnee in Appledore tomorrow. Kick-off is 6.00p.m. and details of how to get to Appledore's Marshford ground are here.

Speaking to this week's Western Gazette, Skiverton feels that the South West Challenge Cup represents an important bridge between two weeks of training and the forthcoming Huish Park friendly against Derby County:

"It is important for the progress we have made. We will have had two weeks of training leading up to it and we have got at least two decent games with decent facilities. We will be using it for the players to get acclimatised and for them to get involved in match situations leading up to the Derby County game. It is vitally important that we go there and get something out of the tournament - that is the most important thing for me."

Having been back in training since July 1st, the Glovers have now completed almost two weeks on the training ground, and Skiverton says that he is happy with what he's seen so far:

"It is going really well. Training has been really good and everyone has been taking on board what we are saying. I am really played with the attitude of the players and the hard work. What we did not want to do was to go and make it too technical without doing the hard work. We have been doing the hard work in the mornings and then training in the afternoons. Up until now we have been training twice, sometimes three times a day. The players are responding to it, the bodies are responding to it and touch wood, we have not had any bad injuries and everything has been very good."

Skiverton added that he felt that it helped that assistant manager Nathan Jones was leading most of the fitness sessions, pointing out that despite his age that he was still the fittest player at the club:

"It helps that Nathan Jones has been taking a lot of the fitness training in the mornings and he is still the fittest one there. The lads see why they are doing it and with Nathan and I doing a lot of the fitness sessions as well as the players then we know how to judge it and know how far the players can go."


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12 July 2009 : Canadians Get Honduras Draw
Canada will face Honduras in the Quarter-Finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Hondurans finished second in their group to the USA to guarantee their progression, with a 4-0 win over Grenada who exited the tournament as a result.

The match will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, on Saturday 18th July. Yeovil Town goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar will be travelling with the Canadian National Squad to Philadelphia today, although he did not feature in the three group matches, being forced to watch the matches from the substitutes bench.

Those with an interest in Canadian football and their standing in the game may be interested in an article on the Two Hundred Percent Football Blog site where they bemoan the lack of coverage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in this country and consider Canada's record in international tournaments.

Link: Canada and the 1986 World Cup


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11 July 2009 : Spurs Striker Heading To Huish Park?
Yeovil Town look to be about to take on loan Tottenham Hotspur teenager Ryan Mason. The academy player scored 29 goals in 31 appearances at Under 18s level last season, playing in the same side as Jonathan Obika and Andros Townsend. He also scored three goals in five games for Tottenham's Reserve side and made his first team debut against NEC Nijmegan in November 2008 as a late substitute.

He is an England Youth International at Under 16 and Under 18 level, who was born in Chase Farm, Enfield on June 13th 1991 and went to Enfield Secondary School. He is presumably good at riding wild tackles given that he was also the District Hurdles Champion whilst at school. He plays either as a striker, or 'in the hole' behind a front two.

There's currently no word in the media, nor any official indication from the club that a deal is taking place. However, sources who have contact with Mason believe he is heading to Somerset to become the fourth Spurs player to tie up a loan deal since February. Obviously more on this to be confirmed (or denied) as we get it.

Link: Spurs Win FA Premier Academy League Through Ryan Mason Goal.

Link: Spurs Win Academy Play-Off Semi-Final Through Ryan Mason Goal.


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11 July 2009 : The Summer Of Silent Speculation
As the Glovers prepare to start their pre-season match schedule on Monday evening, Taff is back with another blog update, where he ponders why pre-season training so far hasn't produced the flurry of news he thought it would.

Read the latest update via the link below, or via Taff's GloversBlog.

Link: The Summer Of Silent Speculation.


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11 July 2009 : South-West Challenge Cup Grounds Guide
With the Errea South West Challenge Cup pre-season tournament due to start on Monday, we're aware that many Glovers fans will be using it as a good excuse to go and spend a few days in North Devon, with some choosing to take in the whole tournament.

With that in mind, we've provided some basic information on the five grounds, including links to Multimap pages for the grounds. The important two grounds are Appledore's Marshford ground where we play on Monday against RRFC Montegnee, and Vicarage Fields at Torrington, where our Friday night match against Grimsby Town takes place. However, in case you are spending the week in North Devon, or we qualify for the latter stages, all five grounds are included.

Appledore FC

Address: Appledore FC, Marshford, Churchill Way, Appledore, Bideford, Devon, EX39 1PA.
Tel: 01237 478613.

Directions: The club's ground is at Marshford, on the way into Appledore from Bideford along the A386 road. The pitch is railed off on three sides, there is a clubhouse with a covered standing area attached with shelter for approximately 100 people, and a small car parking area. Note that there is no specific seating at this ground and no floodlighting.

Area Map: Multimap.com : Appledore FC.


Torrington FC

Address: Torrington FC, Vicarage Fields, School Lane, Torrington, North Devon, EX38 7AJ.
Tel: 01805 622853.

Directions: The club's ground is at Vicarage Fields in the centre of Great Torrington. Assuming you are coming in from the south, take the A386 into the town centre and School Lane is a right turn off the A386 just after you have taken a sharp left at the junction with the B3227. If you're coming in from the Barnstaple/Bideford direction, take a left into School Lane just before you reach the B3227 turn-off. The ground holds up to 2,000 people with a 250 capacity seated stand. There is a fully licenced clubhouse.

Area Map: Multimap.com : Torrington FC.


Bideford FC

Address: Bideford FC, The Sports Ground, Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 1JA.
Tel: 01237 474974

Directions: Situated on the B3235 on the north side of the town centre. There is a licenced clubhouse. There are 325 seats in a covered area, with provision for a few extra people to stand under the cover, in a total capacity of 3,000.

Area Map: Multimap.com : Bideford FC.


Barnstaple Town FC

Address: Barnstaple Town FC, Mill Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1JQ.
Tel: 01271 343469

Directions: Barnstaple Town play their home games at Mill Road, a ground a few minutes walk from Barnstaple town centre. A361 towards Barnstaple follow A361 Ilfracombe signs, second left after crossing small bridge is Mill Road. There is a fully licenced clubhouse. There are 220 seats, with cover for 280 additional standing spectators. The ground holds up to 2,500 spectators.

Area Map: Multimap.com : Barnstaple Town FC.


Ilfracombe FC

Address: Ilfracombe FC, Marlborough Park, Marlborough Road, Ilfracombe, North Devon. EX34 8AB.
Tel: 01271-865939

Directions: Ilfracombe play their home games at Marlborough Park. Take the A361 into the town centre, then turn right after a set of traffic lights into Marlborough Road. Take the road to the top and Marlborough Park is on the left hand side. There is a fully licenced clubhouse and the ground has 100 covered seats with a full capacity of 1,000 spaces. The ground is situated high on a hill overlooking the Bristol Channel to the north of the ground. There is a fully licenced clubhouse.

Area Map: Multimap.com : Ilfracombe FC.

Link: South-West Challenge Cup Full Match Schedule.

Link: South-West Challenge Cup Matchday Pricing Details.


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11 July 2009 : Rodgers Bids To Become A Magpie
Former Yeovil Town striker Luke Rodgers is on trial at League Two side Notts County. In doing so he has managed to get himself a week in Austria into the bargain, with County setting up a training camp in the National Sports Centre in Obertraun.

Rodgers is one of sixteen players who travelled out from Birmingham Airport this morning, with Grenada international Delroy Facey due to join them once his involvement in the CONCAFAF Gold Cup completes. This suggests that they have a fairly serious interest in a player who left Huish Park at the end of last season.

Most of the media went for assumption that Rodgers would team up with former boss Russell Slade at Brighton and Hove Albion, but the striker has always hinted that he would prefer a club close to his Birmingham home, and County would fit the bill. Luke made 22 appearances for the Glovers last season, although was mainly used as a substitute, coming off the bench 12 times. He scored three goals last season, against Cheltenham Town, Millwall and Hereford United.

Notts County are in the process of being bought out by Middle-East consortium Munto Finance. County are also looking to buy former Oldham Athletic striker Lee Hughes and have been linked with moves for Yeovil target and Peterborough United striker Rene Howe with their new owners targetting Championship football within five years.


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11 July 2009 : FA Reduce Competition Payments
The Football Association have reduced the majority of competition payments in the FA Cup for the 2009-10 season. Whilst payment for round winners in the early qualifying stages remains constant, all rounds in the competition proper see a drop in pay-outs with a cut of 10 percent against last season's figures.

Payouts for winning clubs, with last year's figures in brackets where there is a change, is as follows. Obviously Yeovil Town's interest lies from the First Round Proper:

Extra-Preliminary Round Winners : £750
Preliminary Round Winners : £1,500
First Qualifying Round Winners : £3,000
Second Qualifying Round Winners : £4,500
Third Qualifying Round Winners : £7,500
Fourth Qualifying Round Winners : £12,500
First Round Proper Winners : £18,000 (was £20,000)
Second Round Proper Winners : £27,000 (was £30,000)
Third Round Proper Winners : £67,500 (was £75,000)
Fourth Round Proper Winners : £90,000 (was £100,000)
Fifth Round Winners : £180,000 (was £200,000)
Sixth Round Winners : £360,000 (was £400,000)
Semi-Final Winners : £900,000 (was £1,000,000)
Semi-Final Losers : £450,000 (was £500,000)
Final Winners : £1,800,000 (was £2,000,000)
Final Losers : £900,000 (was £1,000,000)


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11 July 2009 : Canada Progress To Quarter-Finals
The Canadian National Team progressed to the Quarter-Final stages of the CONCACAF Gold Cup yesterday. They did so without kicking a ball, with results in other qualifying groups meaning that Canada would have qualified even in third place.

As it happens, the Canadians won their group by drawing 2-2 against Costa Rica on Friday night in Miami. They will play their Quarter-Final match on Saturday 18th July in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field against the second placed side from Group B, which will be one of USA, Honduras, Haiti or Grenada. Group B play their final matches tonight with the USA in prime position to win their group.

Canada's goals on Friday night came from Patrice Bernier and Marcel de Jong in a match played at the Florida International University Stadium in Miami. Once again Yeovil Town goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar sat out the entire game on the bench.

The result means that Josh is now guaranteed to miss the whole of next week's South-West Challenge Cup match in Devon. With no permanent goalkeeper signed on the Glovers books, barring any late signings they will need to turn to a trialist or former Reserve Team keeper Darren Behcet during next week's matches.


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10 July 2009 : Brown On Trial With Gills
Former Yeovil Town central-defender Aaron Brown is trialling with League One newcomers Gillingham. The 26 year old is due to turn out for Mark Stimson's side in a pre-season friendly against Folkestone Invicta tomorrow at the Buzzlines Stadium in Folkestone.

Brown made 25 appearances for the Glovers last season, netting three times at Oldham Athletic, Southend United and Peterborough United. However, he was released by the club in May and is currently a free agent.


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10 July 2009 : Rose Makes A Career Switch
Whilst we try and keep tabs on where Yeovil Town's former players have got to, one or two disappear into a black hole. Former defender Matthew Rose, who left the club in the summer of 2008 has finally been tracked down and is now working as an Independent Financial Advisor.

Rose made 41 appearances for Yeovil, scoring one goal in an away match at Bristol Rovers and his time with the Glovers have turned out to be his final days in football. During his last year at Huish Park, he used his spare time to study for a career outside the game and now works for JP Financial Solutions in Peterborough. He explained to the Football League that his new career came a little earlier than he planned:

"It's something I fell into, really. I wanted to play until I was 35. But when you get to the stage where you're having injections just to train, you realise your health is more important than football. I do miss the game. It's the same as most players. I miss having a laugh with the lads and the day of the game - but I don't miss the everyday stuff."

The former Queens Park Rangers defender has said that he has used his own experience of dealing with advisors in football to motivate him, and as a result a lot of his clients at present are current footballers:

"I was always motivated by the fact that there was so much bad advice around when I was a player. There are a lot of sharks out there. We are not just in it to make a fast buck. Mortgages involve a lot more paperwork than investments and tax claims. Footballers trust ex-footballers. Footballers either don't want to, or don't have the time to, pick up the phone and find the best advice. That's where we come in. Football is a short career. You earn a lot of money in a short time and we want them to come out of the game with their mortgage paid off."


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9 July 2009 : Saints Sack First Team Boss
League One side Southampton have sacked manager Mark Wotte just nine days into his new contract. Wotte had been placed on a rolling 12 month contract by the Hampshire club by Administrator Mark Fry after his previous contract ran out.

However, Saints went under new ownership yesterday with Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr taking charge at St Mary's and he presumably has other ideas for a new manager. Backroom coach Stewart Henderson has been put in charge of first team affairs in a caretaker capacity.


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9 July 2009 : Eight More Seasons Added To The Archives
Some more substantial additions have been made to our statistics and historical archives over the past week or two. All First Team results and scorers between 1961 and 1969 are now online as efforts are made to improve the information available on the site.

The relevant eight additional seasons have been added into the relevant pages in the site History Section as well as the Statistics Section of the site.

The additions mean that there is now a complete record of every Yeovil Town First Team match from 1961 until the present day online, covering nearly 50 years worth of results and scorers. More additions are of course in the pipeline as time allows.

Either visit the relevant sections, or head to the specific pages listed below for full details of those seasons.

Season 1961-62: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1962-63: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1963-64: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1964-65: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1965-66: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1966-67: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1967-68: First Team Results First Team Scorers.

Season 1968-69: First Team Results First Team Scorers.


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9 July 2009 : Skiverton Waiting On Keeper Decision
With Yeovil Town due to play their first pre-season friendly on Monday night, boss Terry Skiverton will need to set a candidate squad to take to North Devon for the start of next week's South West Challenge Cup tournament.

The biggest problem he faces is the lack of a contracted goalkeeper. Canadian Josh Wagenaar is on international duty and seems likely to still be in North America for at least the next 10 days, whilst he has yet to commit to a one year extension to his existing contract with the Glovers.

Skiverton has told this week's Western Gazette that the only area of the park that he feels is overloaded at present is in midfield, and would like to see a goalkeeper, defender and striker added to his books:

"We have got about 20 players down so we have got a big enough squad but I am still looking. I have signed Terrell Forbes on a contract extension so that was quite pleasing and I am looking forward to getting a few more names now. I will probably be looking for one more in the defence, we seem almost overloaded in midfield and we definitely need a striker. I will probably have more news on Thursday or Friday about a goalkeeper."

No names are mentioned by the paper, not even through speculation, although it is thought that the Glovers will be looking for an experienced goalkeeper to either challenge or replace Wagenaar's position. Former Reserve keeper Darren Behcet is on trial with the club along with one other keeper, but there is no further word on how they are doing. Whatever happens between now and Monday though, Skivo needs to make at least a temporary decision on a keeper for the tournament.

Elsewhere, the Gazette starts and ends its own rumour. Transfer-listed striker Andre McCollin is being trumpeted by the paper as a target for Dorchester Town, but manager Roy O'Brien says that he has not made any moves for the player:

"It would be great to have him on board. But I have not even spoken to Skivo and there is not even a sniff of it - but it would be good to get him."

Given that O'Brien works at Huish Park as Yeovil Town's Community Officer, he has about a 60 second walk between his office and Skiverton's. It therefore wouldn't be too hard for Roy to stop for a chat, but as yet he suggests that he hasn't done so.

As a side-comment, Skiverton states above that he has a squad of 20 players available to him. However, we can only count 17 players, and that's even when the likes of Josh Wagenaar (international duty), Darren Way (traffic accident), Andre McCollin (transfer-listed), Danny Schofield (transfer-listed) and the management duo themselves are factored into the equation. The full ins and outs from the end of last season are listed below.

Contracted For This Season: Terry Skiverton, Nathan Jones, Gavin Tomlin, Keiran Murtagh, Danny Schofield, Darren Way, Aidan Downes, Gary Roberts, Craig Alcock, Nathan Smith, Terrell Forbes, Andy Welsh, Andre McCollin.
New Signings: Danny Hutchins, Stefan Stam, Scott Murray
Offered Contract: Josh Wagenaar
Left Club: Luke Rodgers, Jordan Street, Rob Fitzgerald, Aaron Brown, Paul Warne, Lee Peltier
Returned Following Loan Spell: Danny Maguire, David Noble, Jonathan Obika, Andros Townsend, Chris Weale, Ashley Hodgkinson.


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8 July 2009 : Away Travel Club Set Exeter And Saints Plans
The Away Travel Club have set travel plans for two of the early 2009-10 fixtures. They will be running transport to the following two fixtures:

Tuesday 18th August : Exeter City Away : Cost £10. Departure 5.00p.m.
Saturday 19th September : Southampton Away : Cost £10. Departure 10.30a.m.

Transport leaves from the away end of the ground at Huish Park. To book a seat, phone Roger on 07960-687075.


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8 July 2009 : Youth Team Set Pre-Season Schedule
Yeovil Town's Youth Team have arranged a pre-season friendly against a Weymouth XI. The match will take place at the Wessex Stadium on Tuesday 14th July, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off and is expected to include a mix of Weymouth first team and reserve players.

The Under 18s will then travel to Street FC where they will take on the Western League Premier Division side on Thursday 23rd July with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

A third pre-season friendly will take place at Westbury United, with a date of Friday 31st July set to play the Western League Division One side. Kick-off is again 7.30p.m.

The various Centre of Excellence levels have already had numerous other pre-season fixtures set in the lead up to their 2009-10 campaign. See our May 22nd and June 5th articles for further information.


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8 July 2009 : Another League One Live Match Selected
Further to our July 2nd article, Sky Sports have added another League One game to the roster.

Doubtless planned to allow fans to hold sweepstakes on how many times the commentary team mention the phrase John Barnes's Tranmere Rovers, their home match against Stockport County will go in front of the cameras on Monday 12th October, kick-off 7.45p.m.

The current list of League One live matches is below.

Sat 8th August : Southampton vs Millwall : 12.45p.m.
Sat 5th September : Charlton Athletic vs Brentford : 12.15p.m.
Mon 14th September : Milton Keynes Dons vs Norwich City : 7.45p.m.
Mon 12th October : Tranmere Rovers vs Stockport County : 7.45p.m.

Link: Sky Sports Carling Cup Live Matches.


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8 July 2009 : Saints Alive!
Further to our earlier news, Southampton have now officially announced that Swiss millionaire Markus Liebherr has purchased their club, and will now look to take the holding company out of administration. Purchased under the catchy company name of DMWSL613 Limited, Liebherr is now understood to be the exclusive owner of the club.

Administrator Mark Fry has confirmed the holding company has now been sold:

"I am absolutely delighted the takeover has been completed. I am not only delighted that it has been completed but also that it has gone to who we feel was the right buyer. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us along the way - the fans, staff, players and all the media for all their coverage.

The sale of the Saints to Markus Liebherr is a fantastic opportunity to rebuild the Club. Markus Liebherr was attracted to Southampton by a number of qualities which include the Club's rich sporting heritage, loyal fan base, first class stadium and training facilities and the potential for the Saints to regain their rightful place at the higher echelons of English football. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all Saints' fans for their support and patience in what have been uncertain times for the Club. I would also like to wish both Markus and the Club well for future success
."

Unofficial comment during negotiations was that Southampton would not be viable for any further points penalty from the Football League when exiting administration. However, they will start this season in 24th place in the League One table, from a position of minus 10 points.

Their existing manager Mark Wotte was placed on a 12 month rolling contract on July 1st after his existing deal at the club as manager ran out. For obvious reasons, Southampton have yet to make a single signing this summer, and have lost the services of David McGoldrick (Nottingham Forest, £1m), Andrew Surman (Wolves , £1m), Nathan Dyer (Swansea City, £400,000) plus Kyle Davies, Romain Gasmi, Rudi Skacel, Ryan Smith and Michael Svensson over the summer.


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8 July 2009 : Ablett Appointed At Stockport
League One side Stockport County have appointed former Liverpool Reserve Team manager Gary Ablett as their new manager. Ablett is a 43 year old former Liverpool defender who also played for rivals Everton and Birmingham City in a playing career that took in just under 400 professional appearances.

Since turning his eye to coaching, he has taken charge of Everton's Under 17s side and has coached in their Youth Academy, before moving across the park to become a coach at Anfield, eventually leading to his role in the Reserves.

Stockport are in the process of coming out of administration, and made manager Jim Gannon redundant at the end of last season. Gannon has since moved on to Scottish side Motherwell. Along with Yeovil Town, the Hatters are rank outsiders for the League One title, with most bookies offering between 80/1 and 125/1 against them winning the division. However, under new ownership and new management and with a points deduction having been avoided, expect those odds to shorten.

Former Yeovil Town defender Michael Rose has done a u-turn on a move to Hartlepool United, presumably after being given a tip-off as to who the manager was likely to be. Rose had looked likely to head to Victoria Park but has now agreed to re-sign for Stockport, specifically citing the departure of Gannon as influencing his decision to stay.


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8 July 2009 : Darren Hints At Ending Playing Career
Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way has hinted that his playing career at League One level could be over. The question of whether the 29 year old would ever play football again has been one that Glovers fans and staff have understandably felt uncomfortable in discussing. Since Way's traffic accident last December, the attitude has been that of "one step at a time" with the need for Darren's own personal health and well-being far more important than playing football.

Way made an emotional return to the field of play during the last minute of Saturday's Testimonial Match for player-manager Terry Skiverton, coming on as a final minute substitute for his best friend. He has told the Western Gazette that despite the possibility that his playing career may be over, that he still saw that as a significant event in his rehabilitation:

"If that was the last time I entered a playing field, then that was good enough for me. It was quite emotional, but no-one could have written the script better. To think of where I have come from, an electric wheelchair to walking on the pitch in the space of seven months. It has taken a lot of hard work and good attitude to get me there. Whatever happens, it is disappointing to have your career taken away from you through no fault of your own at the age of 29. That really hurts, but whatever happens I have to move on with my life and stay strong."

Darren paid tribute to Skiverton for helping him pull through whilst he was in hospital last December, and said that it was appropriate that he was able to give something back to his friend on his testimonial day:

"Throughout last season we worked as a team, and he was there by my bedside when I was dying. By doing that, Terry pulled me through and I feel like I am doing the same for him now. When you have good friends, you have to look after them and he certainly looked after me. That is what good friends are all about."

Darren is hoping to play some sort of a role in Terry Skiverton's backroom team during the coming season. Last season he watched match videos for the Glovers, marking his own team-mates and said he wanted to go out and watch matches as a scout for Yeovil. Whilst there is no formal role for the midfielder, he has a year remaining on his playing contract at the club, and is not the sort who could see out his contract without putting something back into the club.


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8 July 2009 : Saints Waiting To Get On A Swiss Roll
League One side Southampton finally appear to be on the verge of a successful takeover. Their Holding Company Southampton Leisure Holdings went into administration at the tail end of last season, and Saints fans have had to endure a nervous summer as they saw main front runners the Pinnacle Group, fronted by Matt Le Tissier pull out.

Worse was to follow with the likes of John Batchelor (the man who tried to buy Mansfield Town and rename them as fictional Sky One team Harchester United) sniffing around and the likes of Marc Jackson who had previously tried to buy AFC Bournemouth clogging up a lot of local newspaper space. If these were the saviours of Southampton, then the club's pre-season trips to Eastleigh and AFC Totton may have become an uncomfortably regular occurrence for their fans.

The light at the end of the tunnel appears to have come from the land of cowbells, cuckoo clocks, chocolate and probably most importantly money. The man who is behind the bid to buy the club is Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr. His family own the Lieberr Group which turned over 8,408 million Euros during 2008, whilst Markus is believed to have a personal fortune of around three billion Euros.

He owns the MALI Group, who are a high-tech engineering company made up of five other independent companies based in Switzerland and Germany. His family's connection with the city of Southampton stems from a deal to supply Southampton Container Terminals with two cranes. As part of the deal, SCT and the Lieberr Group donated £50,000 to three local Southampton charities - Naomi House Children’s Hospice, The Marine Society & Sea Cadets and Piam Brown Children’s Ward.

Lieberr is reported as being on the edge of announcing his takeover of the South Coast club. However, there is a rival worldwide financial group waiting in the wings, who are currently attempting to gazump Lieberr. The rival group is fronted by Keith Harris, who is not the man with Orville the Duck but actually the person who introduced Roman Abramovich to Chelsea. Harris also has good connections already in Southampton. He is Chairman at Seymour Pierce who are Southampton's financial advisors and also helped former Saints Chairman Michael Wilde buy the club in 2006. However, the Swiss remain in the driving seat and are due to complete the sale today. With there having been so many false dawns and delays though, Saints fans will be hoping this one comes with precision timing.


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8 July 2009 : Canada Top Group As Josh Sits Out Again
Canada have more or less secured their place in the quarter-final stages of the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over El Salvador yesterday. Once again Ali Gerba got the goal for the Canadians, scoring just after the half hour mark.

Despite the win, Canada could still finish third in their group but a draw against Costa Rica on Friday would be enough to see them through, with them currently top of their group.

In a match played at the Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, in front of 7,059 spectators, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar once again had to warm the bench, and with first choice keeper Greg Sutton keeping his second clean sheet of the tournament, it would seem likely that Josh will be a spectator for the final group game, which takes place in Miami on Friday July 10th.

Assuming Canada pick up the point they need against Costa Rica, Josh will remain on the other side of the Atlantic until at least July 18th/19th when the four quarter finals are scheduled to be played.


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7 July 2009 : Back To The Future
Poor old Taff isn't sure whether he's living in the future or seeing visions of the past. Seeing some of the names linked with Yeovil Town over the summer and in particular over the past week can leave a grown man dizzy. Taff tries to unravel it all via the link below, or directly on his blog site.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Back To The Future.


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7 July 2009 : Lincoln Drop Interest In Howe
League Two side Lincoln City have dropped their interest in Peterborough United striker Rene Howe. The transfer listed forward was the subject of a bid made by manager Peter Jackson, who had held talks with the player last weekend. However, Jackson has told BBC Radio Lincolnshire that he wasn't prepared to wait any longer to finalise the deal:

"We showed interest in him but he wanted a bit longer. We can't wait forever. We are in a situation where we need to move on and look to bring other people in."

Yeovil Town and League Two side Notts County are the other interested parties who have publicly put their hat into the ring for the former Kettering Town player. However, Posh Director of Football Barry Fry has claimed that one club has put in a £150,000 bid for Howe that has been accepted. That said, with Fry not revealing who the bidding club is, and there having been no further movement concerning the striker, a high degree of skepticism is brewing around the internet as to how accurate Fry's claims are.


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7 July 2009 : Former Tractor Boy Harding Training At Huish Park
Former Ipswich Town defender Dan Harding is on trial at Huish Park. The 25 year old is a free agent after being released by the Tractor Boys at the end of last season.

The 25 year old, who was born in Gloucester, started his career with Brighton and Hove Albion where he spent six years, and followed that up with spells with Leeds United, Ipswich and loan deals with Southend United and Reading.

He is a former England Under 21 international, whose transfer to Leeds involved £450,000 changing hands in the summer of 2005, with a further £400,000 weighted on future success. He spent much of last season on loan with Southend and Reading where both clubs have suggested at various times that they had an interest in signing him up permanently. However, as yet offers have not materialised.

On the rumourmill, it is believed that former players Paul Terry and Andy Lindegaard are training with the first team, in addition to Kevin Gall. Terry is being linked with Conference National side Luton Town.


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7 July 2009 : Forbes Agrees Contract Extension
Yeovil Town have announced that defender Terrell Forbes has signed a contract extension. Unfortunately, they don't give any clues as to how long the contract is for! Standard practice at Huish Park has been for year extensions to be awarded, but there have been rumours in the past week that Forbes was only being offered a short term deal.

Terrell has so far made 138 appearances for the club and finished the season as Club Captain. If we find out what the contract length is, we'll provide an update here.


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7 July 2009 : Southernwood Heads To The Mem
League One side Bristol Rovers have former Yeovil Town fitness consultant Lee Southernwood on as part of their back room staff. Lee worked with the club last season and for part of the previous season, supporting the management team with 'sports science' tests. He left the club just after former manager Russell Slade departed but has now shown up at the Memorial Stadium where he will perform a similar role.

Speaking to their official site, manager Paul Trollope said that Southernwood was already a familiar face to some of the long-serving members of his squad:

"We've added a fitness consultant to our staff, Lee Southernwood, who worked to good effect at Yeovil last year. He will be with us on a part time basis to assist us with that side of things. Lee, as it happens, is no stranger to some of the current squad. He was actually based here at Colerne when I came to the club, so he already knows some of the longer serving players from that time. Since then he's been at Yeovil and has obtained many of the qualifications required for the job."

Trollope said that he had talked to people who had worked with Southernwood at Huish Park and had got good feedback on what he had done in South Somerset:

"He was highly regarded at Huish Park and I've spoken to him on a number of occasions, and he has impressed me with what he can offer us. Our Chairman has given us the backing to be able to include Lee on the staff, which adds to the infrastructure that Lennie has been talking about for a long time and which we've been looking to improve on. Lee's job as a consultant will include looking at all of the heart rate monitors, which he will take away and download the information they contain, thus providing me with the feedback on each player's training levels."

Rovers have had a fairly quiet summer so far, just signing up defender Carl Regan from Milton Keynes Dons, whilst Joe Jacobson has headed to Oldham Athletic with striker Richard Walker signing for Burton Albion. However, Trollope claims that more signings are on the way as they look to improve upon last season's 11th placed finish.


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6 July 2009 : The Worries Of Becoming A Small Club
We all have worries about the future. Even those who live particularly different lifestyles and run their companies to substantially different budgets, it would appear. One League One Chairman is worried that his club are destined to become a 'small club' if the Football League get their way and introduce Salary Caps for League One clubs at any time in the future.

Find out what life would be like, having to scrape along with merely a paultry £3.1 million quid to spend, via the link below.

Link: Football League Blog : The Worries Of Becoming A Small Club.


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6 July 2009 : Skivo Delighted After 'Massive' Day
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has described his Testimonial Day as 'massive' following Saturday's 4-4 draw between two representative sides at Huish Park. Skivo was celebrating a decade in South Somerset by playing in the Yeovil Town 2002-03 Conference XI who took on a Terry Skiverton Select XI made up of more former players and sporting celebrities.

Skiverton told the Western Daily Press that the day went better than he had been expecting it to and felt that it had all been worthwhile:

"It was a massive day and really nice to celebrate being at the club for ten years. That has made worthwhile all the loyalty that I have shown the club. It was unbelievable and the fans showed me their appreciation - it meant a lot. The day turned out better than I could have imagined."

Several names on the planned teams had to pull out of the match on the day of the game, including England captain John Terry, but Terry refused to be down about that:

"There were good names on show and nothing could be done about what happened with John Terry. He apologised but he is a lovely guy and him just saying he would come down for this game meant a lot to me."

Skivo also reflected upon the past 10 years that he has spent at Yeovil Town and felt that what had happened was beyond his wildest dreams:

"To have captained the side into the Football League, win the FA Trophy and then become manager of this club is something I could not have dreamed of."


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5 July 2009 : Skivo's Game's a Good 'un, Part 2
Ah, you can tell it's a Sunday, and Yeovil Town have just had their first glimpse of football of the 2009-10 season, albeit something not featuring the current playing squad. Following Seb's article on yesterday's events, Taff has added to his Gloversblog his views on yesterday's match. Read Taff's latest thoughts via the link below, or directly on his blog site.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Skivo's game's a good 'un, part 2.


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5 July 2009 : Testimonial Day Brings Good Times Back
Yesterday's Testimonial Match for player-manager Terry Skiverton brought laughter and tears throughout a fun-packed day at Huish Park. Seb White has reflected upon the day and what it meant to him via his latest article below.

Link: Slope and Glory Blog : Testimonial Day Brings Good Times Back.


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5 July 2009 : Blogging 'Eck!
Ciderspace founder and former co-editor of this site Taff has set up his own Blog. Largely centring around Yeovil Town and their rivals, but with the odd dash of music, books, TV and other randomness, it will be updated whenever Taff can be arsed regularly.

At present, Taff's articles are housed in two locations. He has used the popular blogspot.com chain of blog-style websites, but we've also 'mirrored' the articles here on Ciderspace to give them a wider audience, and also to give us a chance to expand our own archive and functionality in that sort of area.

Naturally Taff being Taff, there is the odd four letter word inside the articles, so bear that in mind if you are of a nervous disposition. There's also the odd spot of controversy in there amongst all the thought-provoking stuff. We'll continue to mirror Taff's articles in the Features Section of the website, whilst there's a link to his latest prose (which links to the others) directly below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog On Ciderspace.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog On Blogspot.com


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5 July 2009 : Clarke Heads To Frome
Yeovil Town Under-18s midfielder Ashley Clarke has signed up with Southern League South and West Division side Frome Town. Ashley was a regular for the Youth Team last season, but having reached 18 years old, he has not been offered a contract with the club and so will look to establish a career with Frome, who have just been promoted to their current division. The Southern League is being rebranded as the Zamaretto League this season, following a new sponsorship deal, whilst the Southern League Cup will now be known as the Red Insure Cup.


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4 July 2009 : Gally Joins Glovers For Training Next Week
One of this summer's longest running rumours appears to have some legs to it. Former winger/striker Kevin Gall will return to the club next week to train with the first team squad, presumably as a trialist, although the club do not explicitly state this.

Rumours that Gally was on his way back to Huish Park have persisted on and off since our April 9th story and when the Welshman severed his contract at former club Carlisle United just before the end of last season, the Cumbrian press seemed convinced that he would be heading back to Somerset.

At present there is no contract on offer for Gally. The former Bristol Rovers player was at Huish Park for today's testimonial match, and will now stay in the West Country for the next week at the very least.


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4 July 2009 : Glovers Suffer Friday Night Trip To Tranmere
Yeovil Town's away match against Tranmere Rovers has been switched to a Friday night. The game will now be played on Friday 15th January 2010, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tranmere often switch their matches to Friday nights to avoid clashes with major Liverpool and Everton matches on the Saturday.

Tranmere have indicated that they actually wanted to switch more games to Friday nights this season, but that most visiting clubs refused to agree to the change of kick-off time. Tranmere Chief Executive Mick Horton explained:

"Unusually there were very few clashes with major Liverpool and Everton matches in the fixture list, so Merseyside Police only advised us to move two games. Also, the majority of teams in the division are southern based this season so few clubs are prepared to move voluntarily to a Friday night because of a long distance involved, making it difficult for fans to travel."

Hartlepool United are the only other side to suffer a Friday night switch, with their game moved to March 19th 2010.


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4 July 2009 : Skivo Testimonial Ends In Eight Goal Draw
Terry Skiverton's Testimonial Match served up a lively 4-4 draw at Huish Park this afternoon. The match was played between a Yeovil Town 2002-03 Conference XI against a Terry Skiverton Select XI packed full of veterans, other former players and media personnel.

In a game that was played at a more than leisurely pace, with tackles almost banned from the field of play, there was a delayed kick-off of around 15 minutes whilst a number of spectators who were stuck outside the turnstiles were let into the stadium.

Adrian Foster planted home a header midway through the first half, with Kirk Jackson getting one back for the Conference side with a smart turn inside the box seven minutes before the break, as the first half showed the friendliest friendly ever seen at Huish Park.

Andy Lindegaard and Kevin Gall looked to be ensuring that the 'home' side ran away with the match, putting them 3-1 up by the time we'd reached the halfway point of the second period. But goals from Dave Lee, Adrian Foster and a traditional Warren Patmore header turned the game on its head with six minutes remaining.

That set the stage for a bit of last minute comedy. Gary Johnson was on the pitch himself by this time, and he tried to hint to the referee what he should be doing by taking a splendid dive in the box as the minutes ticked down. Eventually the match official got the hint on a second incident and pointed to the spot. Up stepped Terry Skiverton and ... blasted the ball over the bar! Whoops! Thankfully by this point, the match referee had well and truly read the script and ruled that the Select XI keeper had moved off his line.

Johnson pulled rank on his skipper, deciding to take the penalty himself, but thankfully this was a nice piece of bluffing, as he tapped the ball sideways for Skivo to run onto and strike home the 90th minute equaliser. 4-4 and Skivo was able to be quickly substituted for a suitable round of applause. No-one else even dared grab a ninth goal before the final whistle blew.

The afternoon was made complete by the appearance of Darren Way right at the end in Yeovil Town kit - the first time he has been in a Yeovil shirt since his traffic accident last December - unsurprisingly a moment for the crowd to show their appreciation to him, as well as the main man himself.

Final Score: Yeovil Town (2002-03) XI 4 Terry Skiverton Select XI 4.

Scorers: Adrian Foster (0-1, 18 mins), Kirk Jackson (1-1, 38 mins), Andy Lindegaard (2-1, 46 mins), Kevin Gall (3-1, 65 mins), Dave Lee (3-2, 77 mins), Adrian Foster (3-3, 83 mins), Warren Patmore (3-4, 84 mins), Terry Skiverton (4-4, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town 2002-03 XI: Steve Collis, Nick Crittenden, Terry Skiverton, Roy O'Brien, Adam Lockwood, Abdelhalim El-Kholti, Lee Johnson, Gavin Williams, Andy Lindegaard, Kirk Jackson, Kevin Gall, Tom White, Colin Miles, Harry Turner, Darren Way. Manager: Gary Johnson.

Terry Skiverton Select XI: Ben Roberts, Marc Bircham, Nathan Jones, Geoff Twentyman, Mike Duberry, Dave Lee, Mike Milligan, Ben Smith, Warren Patmore, Adrian Foster, Scott Guyett, Paul Thorpe, Danny Young, Tubes, Dean Carroll, Terry Cotton, Muzzy Izzet, Mark Chapman, Andy Wallace. Manager: Colin Lippiatt.

Referee: Adam Bromley. Assistants: Marc Whaley and Adam Hopkins. Fourth Official: Andy Quin.

Attendance: 3,002.


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4 July 2009 : Josh Sits Out As Canada Win Opener
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar had to settle for a place on the bench yesterday, as Canada beat Jamaica 1-0 in the opening Group match in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Canada chose Greg Sutton as their goalkeeper and he kept a clean sheet as an Ali Gerba 75th minute goal decided the match, played at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. Canada now move on to Columbus, Ohio, where they will take on El Salvador in their second Group match on Tuesday 7th July.


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4 July 2009 : Howe Much, Barry?!?
Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry has stuck a £150,000 price tag on striker Rene Howe and claims that an unnamed club has stepped in with a bid for him. The Glovers are known to be taking an interest in the player, along with Lincoln City and Notts County, but realistically it would be a major surprise if any of those clubs were behind the six-figure bid.

Speaking to the Lincolnshire Echo, Fry has made it clear that he expects Lincoln to match the bid that is on the table or accept that they will not get their man:

"I have spoken to Peter Jackson and Steff Wright about Rene and we have thrown a few figures about. But the fact is someone has come in with a £150,000 bid which we have accepted and unless Lincoln can match it then I would say a move there would be unlikely. There are three or four other clubs hovering as well and as time passes I would expect more to show interest. We want to strike a permanent deal rather than a loan and although I would like to do Lincoln a favour, business is business I'm afraid."

Any such price tag on the former Kettering Town player would also make a bid from Yeovil Town highly unlikely. Either Barry is pulling a fast one (which is quite possible) or the Glovers need to move onto other targets.


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4 July 2009 : Johnson Looking Forward To Skivo's Big Day
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is looking forward to this afternoon's match at Huish Park. The Bristol City boss takes charge of Yeovil Town's 2002-03 Conference Winning XI against a Terry Skiverton Select XI as part of Terry Skiverton's Testimonial Day, and speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary has said that he hopes for a big day for his former captain:

"It's going to be a big day for him. I've got to manage the winning Conference Yeovil team and I'm going to be looking forward to that. Lee Trundle is playing in the opposition as an 'all-star' player along with Dennis Wise, so there's a few star names coming. It will be a great day. He deserves a big crowd, because he's been a great servant to Yeovil, and hopefully they'll fill the stadium."

Johnson left the club in the Autumn of 2005 to head to Ashton Gate, and he admitted that for a few of the players he'd find in his dressing room, it would be an emotional occasion for him:

"It will bring back a lot of memories. There are a few of the lads that I haven't spoken to in a little while, but I know that some of the lads here like Gavin and Lee were keeping in touch with people. I think Lee goes away on holiday every now and again with Kirk Jackson. Kevin Gall will be there and it will be great to see them all back in that changing room. It will also be strange for me to be smiling in there and talking to them nicely! They did the club proud at that time and after 108 years, they got Yeovil into the Football League and that was a big occasion."

Tickets for this afternoon's match are available on the day from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Unfortunately England captain John Terry has had to pull out of the match, but there are still plenty of star names turning up to Huish Park. For expected line-ups and matchday pricing, follow the links below.


Link: Terry Skiverton Testimonial : Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: Terry Skiverton Testimonial : Expected Squad Members.


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3 July 2009 : The Other Guy
It sounds odd to admit, but when Terry Skiverton was signed in the summer of 1999, he was the lowest key signing of that close season. On the eve of his Testimonial Match, we revisit that time, and the players who arrived at the same time as him, and consider how they were viewed by Glovers fans at the time.

Find out who signed up in the summer of 1999 at the same time as Skivo and how they fared via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town Blog : The Other Guy - Terry Skiverton In 1999.

Link: Terry Skiverton Testimonial : Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: Terry Skiverton Testimonial : Expected Squad Members.


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3 July 2009 : Ince Back With Dons
Paul Ince has made a return to Milton Keynes Dons tonight as their first team manager. He replaces Roberto Di Matteo who left the club for West Bromwich Albion earlier this week.

Ince, who has signed a two year contract with the League One side, left 12 months ago for Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, but had a fairly torrid time in Lancashire, lasting only until December 16th before being fired 177 days and 17 games into his contract.

He will formally be unveiled at the club on Monday with his new club yet to unveil Ince's backroom staff.


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3 July 2009 : Stockport Set Up CVA
League One side Stockport County should move out of administration in 28 days time, according to a statement released today. The Hatters have agreed a CVA with their creditors following a meeting today. Reports suggest that 82% of their creditors voted in favour of the CVA - in excess of the 75% needed for it to be ratified. There is now a 28 day period where objections are able to be raised. Presuming there is no successful appeal creditors will receive 1p for every pound they are owed.

With the CVA now set up, subject to any appeals, Stockport's next step will be to secure a new lease on their Edgeley Park ground. Owners Cheshire Sport have said that today's creditors meeting should open the door for that to happen:

"Cheshire Sport is encouraged that following the creditor meeting that the Melrose consortium is now another step closer to saving the football club and ensuring that Stockport County will continue to play league football at its home ground for the foreseeable future. Hopefully following the meeting the Melrose consortium will be in a position to bring its acquisition of the football club to a successful outcome before the start of the new season. Cheshire Sport and the Melrose consortium are at an advanced stage of negotiation on the terms of a new lease and it is hoped that these negotiations will be concluded early next week. We have met many times with Jim Melrose and Graham Gallagher, who will be taking charge of the football club going forward, and have been very impressed with their knowledge of the sport and their plans for making Stockport County a successful club both on and off the pitch."

Once the Melrose Consortium have obtained a lease for the ground, they should be able to take that and their CVA to the Football League and apply to take over the 'Golden Share' held by the old Stockport County company.

As things stand, given the Hatters served their 10 point penalty against last season's totals, they should start this season on zero points, thus avoiding any sort of meaningful penalty from the Football League for junking the debts of the old company.


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3 July 2009 : Terry Skiverton's Testimonial Programme Previewed
Terry Skiverton's Testimonial Programme
Terry Skiverton's Testimonial Programme.
Tomorrow afternoon sees player-manager Terry Skiverton's long-awaited Testimonial Match take place at Huish Park. In a match that kicks off at 3.00p.m. a Terry Skiverton Select XI will be taking on the Yeovil Town 2002-03 Squad that got the Glovers into the Football League.

As a souvenir of the day itself, there will be an 80 Page Programme available to buy. The price of the programme will be just £2.00 and it is packed with articles and photos centring around Skivo himself and the players that will be appearing for both sides on the day.

The programme has been produced by the team behind the Slope and Glory book, with editor Seb White at the helm, but being assisted by a catalogue of Yeovil Town supporters, in particular designer Thomas Freke and Testimonial Committee member Stew Bratherton. This site has contributed articles and photos from the past 10 years, making the programme one that is "by the fans, for the fans" as an appreciation of Skivo's time with the Glovers.

Articles include a summary of the past 10 years, appreciations of Terry Skiverton written by his former managers, his former team-mates, Chairman John Fry, local MP David Laws and representatives of the local media, all creating their own personal angle of the great man himself.

There is an extensive interview with the man himself, an appreciation of some of his key goals, a review of his recent Testimonial Golf Day, supporters memories of key moments in Skivo's career, a quiz corner, plus player profiles of hopefully most of those (barring late surprises) who will be on the field of play on Saturday. There is also a historical review of past testimonial matches involving Yeovil Town.

The two pounds tariff for this programme makes it an easily affordable and hopefully great souvenir of what promises to be a very unique day. The programme will be on sale from the usual Huish Park stockists, so make sure you don't miss out.


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2 July 2009 : Interview With Scott Murray
Yeovil Town signed winger Scott Murray yesterday on a 12 month contract to complete their third incoming transfer of the summer. The former Bristol City player caught up with BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin today to chat about his arrival at Huish Park.

The audio recording of the interview is on the BBC Sport website, and we've also provided a full transcript of that interview. Access both via the links below.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Scott Murray Interview : Audio Version.

Link: BBC Bristol Interview With Scott Murray : Full Transcript.


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2 July 2009 : Bates Is A Material Mis-stater Of Circumstances (Liar) - Official
Not that it will come as any surprise to those who have even cursorily followed the devious, bullying disingenuousness of Mr. Ken Bates over the years, but today some justice caught up with the 78-year-old tax dodger who has the majority of his business interests registered in the name of his wife, who has taken up citizenship in the tax haven of Monaco along with her husband.

In the civil action for libel brought by a former director of Leeds United, Mr. Melvyn Levi, the judge, Sir Charles Gray, found the case against Bates proven. Bates, he said in his judgement, had "materially mis-stated the circumstances" and also in three separate articles had asserted things that were "not true". In other words Bates is what laymen would term a liar. Sir Charles also stated that he considered the attempt by Bates to blame and smear Mr. Levi was a "convenient strategy" for the Leeds Chairman, with an outcome at the time that was "very satisfactory" for Bates. The judge also found against the counter-claim from Bates that Mr. Levi had attempted to blackmail him, saying that he considered this false allegation "particularly serious".

The sum of £50,000 in damages has been awarded against Bates, along with costs thought likely to reach around one and half million pounds. Bates, who was not in court to hear the judgement, was ordered to make an immediate interim payment of £400,000 towards the legal costs pending final calculations of the total bill.

Bates has been refused leave to appeal, although he could still apply direct to the Court of Appeal at the risk of even larger legal bills should he fail. So far there has been no comment on the result of the case from Bates, though doubtless we are in for plenty of whining and faux outrage at the injustice of it all, and how he's an entirely innocent man who's being unfairly victimised, once he finds his voice.


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2 July 2009 : Warne On Trial At Rotherham
Former Yeovil Town striker Paul Warne is on trial with League Two side Rotherham United. The 36 year old left Huish Park late last month and has been recruited in by current boss Mark Robins, who ought to know Warney pretty well - they were strike partners for three years with the Yorkshire side during Warne's original spell with the Millers.

There is no contract on the table yet, but there's little doubt that it would be a popular return for a player who made over 250 appearances for the Yorkshire side between 1999 and 2005.


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2 July 2009 : League One Matches On Sky
Television broadcaster Sky Sports have selected three League One matches to be broadcast during the early part of the 2009-10 season. Matches chosen are as follows:

Sat 8th August : Southampton vs Millwall : 12.45p.m.
Sat 5th September : Charlton Athletic vs Brentford : 12.15p.m.
Mon 14th September : Milton Keynes Dons vs Norwich City : 7.45p.m.

Link: Sky Sports Carling Cup Live Matches.


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2 July 2009 : Skivo Confirms Howe Interest
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that he has enquired about Peterborough United striker Rene Howe, but stops short of suggesting that a formal offer has been made for the player.

Howe's name came up in the Peterborough press, with additional interest from Lincoln City and Notts County and Terry admitted to BBC Somerset that he did have an interest in the player, but implied that nothing was imminent in terms of transfers:

"I like Rene Howe as a player. He's come up through the right way - the non-league way! He's a good forward but he's not really going to get much of a chance at Peterborough. But with those sort of situations it's hard to get those sort of players out. So there has been interest, but it is only interest and there is nothing set in stone."


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1 July 2009 : Murray Will Bring Significant Experience
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that Scott Murray's significant experience will give a boost to his side. Murray officially signed earlier today (see news below) to give Yeovil their third signing of the summer, and speaking to BBC Somerset, Terry believed it was important to have that kind of a player in his team:

"It's just his experience. He's been about and he's been a very good player at Championship level for a long time. For us to secure his services, I must admit I'm very happy. For me, it's a case of a coup for Yeovil Town. I think the location and the area helped us out. He's a great person to have around the changing rooms and he is a very experienced player who I know is going to make a contribution to the team."

The Glovers first team squad is at present still relatively small, and it is inevitable that there will be more signings due before the 2009-10 season kicks off. However, Terry said that Murray was unlikely to be joined by additional signings in the immediate future, although stressed that talks were ongoing with some unnamed players:

"Not so much at the moment, although we've got quite a few irons in the fire. But I'll let you know as they come along. I don't want to shoot myself in the foot, but there are maybe another two or three that are pending."

Terry also confirmed that club captain Terrell Forbes was back in South Somerset after his summer break, despite not having signed a new contract, and the Yeovil boss said he saw that as a positive thing:

"Terrell Forbes has been in today, so that tells you the commitment that Forbsey is willing to put into the squad. As I've said before, things will be getting announced, but until they are all done and dusted and signed off, I can't really say too much at the moment."

Terry revealed that the club had two trialist goalkeepers in training today, one of which is known to be Darren Behcet. He admitted that even if Josh Wagenaar signs a new deal upon his return from Canada that he will be looking to sign a second keeper:

"We've got two goalkeepers who are in training with us today and they're actually out there at the moment. But goalkeeping would be another area that we need to look at. For me, it's just been very difficult with everything that has been going on to get in touch with Josh."

Finally, Terry stressed that there were no issues with transfer-listed midfielder Danny Schofield on the first day of training, welcoming him back, despite the player asking to leave the club, due to a failure to settle in the area:

"Danny Schofield has been training and his attitude has been fantastic and I'm really looking forward to having him back."


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1 July 2009 : Behcet On Trial
Yeovil Town have announced that former goalkeeper Darren Behcet is on trial and back training with the club. Behcet was playing with AFC Hornchurch towards the end of last season, although did make a Reserve Team appearance back in February for the Glovers. Since leaving Yeovil 12 months ago he has also played for Bognor Regis Town, Sutton United and Grays Athletic, without really settling down at any of them.

Former Glovers midfielder Paul Terry is also training with the squad, although the way this is phrased suggests that he is just down in Somerset prior to this weekend's Testimonial Match. Paul is currently a free agent after being released by Leyton Orient at the end of last season.

Some very welcome news is that club captain Terrell Forbes was training today at the club, despite being out of contract at the club, giving some hope that he would rather remain in Somerset. The club also refer to transfer-listed midfielder Danny Schofield, suggesting that he "had been the subject of rumours linking him with a move back up North" - certainly the first we've heard of supposed direct interest in the former Huddersfield Town player, who still has a year left on his contract to run.


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1 July 2009 : Ladies Friendly
Southampton Saints, who will be playing in the Women's Regional Southern Premier Division next season, a level below Yeovil Town, have announced their first pre-season friendly will be away to the Glovers on Sunday 2nd August. The venue has not been confirmed, though we are presuming Yeovil Town Ladies will be continuing to play at Somerton.

The line-up for the Women's Combination South West Division in 2009-10 has now been confirmed as :

AFC Team Bath; Chesham United; Cullompton Rangers; Forest Green Rovers; Havant & Waterlooville; Newquay; Oxford City; Plymouth Argyle; Reading Royals; Swindon Town; Wincombe; Yeovil Town.


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1 July 2009 : Murray Signing Now Official
The signing of former Bristol City winger Scott Murray has now been officially confirmed, with the Scotsman arriving at the club on a one year deal.

Scott is a former Highland League player who started his career with Fraserburgh, before breaking into the top flight with Aston Villa in 1994, with Villa paying a bargain £35,000 for his services. But the main part of his career has been spent at Bristol City who he joined in 1997, having two spells sandwiched by a partial season at Reading. Last season he finished the season on loan at Cheltenham Town before being released by City. Murray will retain connections with City, according to their Official Site, continuing to assist with their Academy.

Scott's spell with Reading that briefly interrupted his 11.5 years at Ashton Gate came between June 2003 and March 2004, with a £650,000 transfer sending him along the M4. But despite playing 34 times for the Royals, he returned again, and ultimately made 427 appearances for the Robins across the two spells, netting 74 times in the league and a further 18 times in other competitions.

He was born in Aberdeen on May 26th 1974 and is therefore 35 years old. He has one Scotland B cap to his name, gained via the substitutes bench in a match against Germany.

A big welcome to Scott and we hope he has a successful year at the club.

NB: The contract length is of slight confusion. The Bristol City official site describe it as a one year contract whilst Yeovil's describe it as a two year deal. We've assumed the club holding the contract understand the situation better for the moment.

Update 17.15: The Yeovil Town Official Site has now changed it to one year.


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1 July 2009 : Wagenaar Gains Second International Cap
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar kept a clean sheet yesterday as the Canadian National side beat Guatemala 3-0 in a friendly match ahead of their involvement in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. This was Josh's second full international cap and he played 45 minutes before being replaced by Greg Sutton between the sticks as coach Stephen Hart made full use of the friendly to look at his full squad.

Canada scored their goals through Ali Gerba and Patrice Bernier, with Gerba grabbing one in each half in a match played at Oxnard College in Canada.

The Canadian squad will spend today in Oxnard before moving to Los Angeles where they will prepare for their opening CONCACAF tournament match against Jamaica, which takes place on Friday 3rd July.


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1 July 2009 : Skivo Explains Testimonial Planning
Glovers boss Terry Skiverton has explained why it took so long before he was able to release the names of those playing in his Testimonial Match this coming Saturday. The 2002-03 Conference Title Winning Side take on a Terry Skiverton Select XI team at Huish Park on July 4th, kick-off 3.00p.m. and the line-ups were made available last Thursday.

Amongst a list of star-studded names, Skivo has managed to secure England captain John Terry, who will also captain his 'Select XI' side and the Yeovil boss explained that getting names of that calibre made for complicated arrangements:

"I understand that a lot of supporters were a bit disappointed we did not release the names quicker, but when you are trying to get hold of the England captain it is very hard."

Whilst a lot of the names were provisionally known many weeks ago, Terry added that he was reluctant to release them in case he ended up having to do a u-turn on many of them:

"What I did not want to say is that this or that player is coming and all of a sudden they all let you down and do not end up playing. When they actually do tell you they are going to come down it makes it much safer for me. It was not just John Terry – there are other people who had to get permission. You have got to wait for them to speak to their managers and everybody we have put on the list has been ticked off."

Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office for Saturday's match, either in person or by calling them on 01935-847888. For admission prices and the list of confirmed players, follow the links below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Testimonial : Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: Terry Skiverton Testimonial : Expected Squad Members.


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1 July 2009 : South-West Challenge Cup Day Pricing
Individual match day tickets are now available for this summer's South-West Challenge Cup pre-season tournament. The advance 'group' ticket sales ended yesterday, but in its place are tickets that will cover each single day of the tournament at the Group stages.

Tickets for all Group stage games will be priced at £5.00 and will admit one adult and one child on the day specified on the ticket. In addition, assuming you're willing to jump into your car the second one match finishes, there is no limit on the number of matches that you can see on that day under the same ticket.

For example, on the Monday evening (July 13th), Yeovil Town play Belgian League side RRFC Montegnee at Appledore with the match kicking off at 6.00p.m. With that match likely to finish around 7.45p.m. there is nothing to stop you making the short journey to either Bideford or Barnstaple where the two Devon sides will be hosting Wycombe Wanderers and Blackpool respectively with an 8.00p.m. kick-off. No speeding along the Devon country roads though!

Obviously if you want to see multiple matches on the same day, you'll need to keep hold of your matchday ticket when you pass through the turnstiles of your first match as you'll need it for subsequent admissions at other grounds.

For the full South West Challenge Cup schedule, and to buy advance tickets, follow the links below.

Link: South-West Challenge Cup Full Draw Details.

Link: South West Challenge Cup : Online Ticket Purchase.


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1 July 2009 : Pre-Season Training Begins Today
Yeovil Town's First Team have returned for pre-season training this morning as part of the formal preparations for the 2009-10 season. The currently small squad should be augmented today by the arrival of new players and trialists at Huish Park, including defender Stefan Stam and right-back Danny Hutchins, who should formally put pen to paper on their new contracts today.

Last season's squad met up on Monday for a trip to former player Lee Archer's fitness studios in Bristol where they went through VO2 tests - a recognised benchmark for assessing an individual's ability to transport and utilize oxygen during incremental exercise, which reflects the physical fitness of the player.

They will have now been joined by Hutchins and Stam, with the rumourmill suggesting that former Bristol City winger Scott Murray has arrived at Huish Park this morning, although this has yet to be confirmed. Doubtless there will be plenty more on their way. However, we'll have to wait and see if Terrell Forbes is one of them - there has been little mention of the Club Captain in the past couple of weeks, and the acid test will be whether he shows for pre-season training, given that he is now no longer under contract at the club. Goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar is out in Canada on international duty, but has also yet to commit to a new deal.

Over the summer, a catalogue of players have been linked with a move to Huish Park, including Kevin Gall (Carlisle News and Star), Anthony Barry (Liverpool Daily Post), Dan Stratford (Washington Post), Scott Murray (Exeter Express and Echo), Stefan Stam (Sky Sports), Jonathan Obika, Andros Townsend, David Noble, James Wilson (Sunday Independent) and Rene Howe (Peterborough Evening Telegraph). Of those so far, only Stam has been confirmed, but this should be the week where the others begin to be confirmed ... or turn up playing for other clubs. However, boss Terry Skiverton has tended to keep his cards close to his chest throughout the summer, so expect a few surprises along the way.


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