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31 July 2010 : Taff's (or is it?) Gloversblog : Positively Go Wing Forward
It's Taff's Gloversblog, Jim, but not as we know it. In fact, it's Taff's Gloversblog with the Taff taken out. Added in is a dose of Cruncher, arriving as a guest blogger and considering how the squad stands with a week to go before the season starts.

Read on via the link below, and as usual alternative views on the pre-season are welcomed.

Link: Taff's Cruncher's Gloversblog : Positively Go Wing Forward.

P.S. Whilst we have our regular site contributors writing articles, we always welcome more, and the 'blog' format of the site makes it easy for new articles and views to be carried under your banner. Hence if anyone fancies writing something for the site then do get in touch with us, via the email address at the foot of the page.


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31 July 2010 : Torquay 1 Yeovil 0 : Gulls Gifted Single Goal Win
Yeovil Town lost their final pre-season friendly this afternoon as they went down by a 1-0 scoreline to League Two side Torquay United. A Kevin Nicholson goal just after the half time break was enough to divide the two teams, with the Glovers playing well in patches, but not consistent enough across the 90 minutes, or in all areas of the park.

The game saw three first team players duck out of proceedings, with centre-back Stefan Stam, left-winger Andy Welsh and midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala all missing from the squad that travelled. No doubt injuries of some nature will have held them back from the fixture, with few risks being taken for any borderline cases with the season proper just one week away.

In a goalless first half, the Glovers saw their best chances come from their two wingers, with Luke Freeman driving forward from a deep position and sending one over the bar. On the opposite flank, Andy Williams saw his shot saved brilliantly by Gulls keeper Scott Bevan, who was on good form throughout the game. At the other end, Torquay's best chance came when a shot took a deflection on the way through, causing Glovers loan keeper John Sullivan to react well to the change in the flight of the ball.

Sullivan was deceived though when the second half opened, and Kevin Nicholson finally broke the deadlock of an open game that had seen Yeovil push up in numbers, leaving themselves somewhat more open at the back - a fairly consistent pattern of the Glovers style in pre-season so far. Nicholson's strike, three minutes into the second half was one of those ones where you'd like an action replay to properly judge - a shot-cum-cross from a wide position that evaded everyone, including Sullivan to land the ball in the back of the net direct to give the League Two side the lead. Possibly a Sullivan error, although it was hard to tell if anyone went across his line of vision to stop him dealing with the attempt.

Yeovil didn't start the second half too cleverly apart from that goal, and started to lose their tempo somewhat until a series of second half substitutions started to give them a late head of steam. Paul Huntington shaved a post from a set piece, whilst Danny Hutchins could have provided a late late equaliser when his boot just missed a Luke Freeman cross into the box, with Hutchins just six yards out and inches away from connecting.

Final Score: Torquay United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorer: Kevin Nicholson (1-0, 48 mins).

Yeovil Town: John Sullivan, Craig Alcock, Adam Virgo, Paul Huntington, Nathan Jones, Luke Ayling, Dean Bowditch, Ed Upson, Andy Williams, Sam Williams, Luke Freeman

Subs: Danny Hutchins (82 mins for Craig Alcock), Nathan Smith, Craig Calver (82 mins for Dean Bowditch), Cameron Stewart (57 mins for Andy Williams), Rob Kiernan (46 mins for Ed Upson), Ben Roberts.

Torquay United: Scott Bevan; Chris Robertson, Mark Ellis, Guy Branston, Kevin Nicholson, Nicky Wroe, Lee Mansell, Billy Kee, Elliot Benyon, Chris Zebroski, Martin Gritton.

Subs: Lathanial Rowe-Turner, Lloyd Macklin, Saul Halpin (69 mins for Chris Zebrowski), Danny Potter, Kieran Charnock, Damon Lathrope (62 mins for Lee Mansell), Eunan O'Kane (62 mins for Billy Kee), Danny Stevens (80 mins for Martin Gritton).

Attendance: 914


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31 July 2010 : This Afternoon's Line-Up Against Torquay
This afternoon's line-up for the away match at Torquay United has been announced. The match at Plainmoor sees the Glovers name a strong line-up once again although Jean-Paul Kalala, who went off early in the midweek defeat against Bristol City is missing and his place is taken by Ed Upson. Left-winger Andy Welsh is also absent for the second match in three, and Luke Freeman looks to be the most obvious man to line-up on the wing.

Updates on the game will be available on our Twitter account throughout the afternoon at @ytfcciderspace

Line-Up: John Sullivan, Craig Alcock, Adam Virgo, Paul Huntington, Nathan Jones, Luke Ayling, Dean Bowditch, Ed Upson, Andy Williams, Sam Williams, Luke Freeman

Subs: Danny Hutchins, Nathan Smith, Craig Calver, Cameron Stewart, Rob Kiernan, Ben Roberts.


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31 July 2010 : Lindy Plays Down Retirement Fears
Former Yeovil Town right-back Andy Lindegaard has clarified that he has yet to retire from professional football. The 29 year old had featured in this week's Western Gazette in an article centring on his set-up of a new coaching and fitness company called Dymond Strength.

In the Gazette's article (available online here) which was also noted on this site on Thursday, they described him as an "ex-footballer" and a "former professional footballer" who had "decided to hang up his boots". The article came across as a strong positive promotion of Lindy's new venture.

In a fairly tabloidesque response on the club's official site, they talk of "scurrilous internet reports" (later amended to "fallacious") and talk of Lindy having "scotched the rumours vehemently". It transpires that Lindy is currently out of footballing action with a diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia - in layman's terms a genetic disorder that stops the body from getting rid of 'bad' cholesterol. On top of medical attention to correct the disorder, he will also need an operation on his Achilles tendons which have been affected by the disorder. At some point after surgery, he hopes to return to professional football.

We wish Lindy the very best of luck with overcoming his condition in the first instance, and of course in his quest to make Dymond Strength a success and to return to playing football.


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30 July 2010 : The Gas Away
So here we are again, another season about to begin and many thousands of miles awaiting those who follow the mighty Glovers around the country. As ever the Ciderspace Away Guides will be bringing you (most) of what you might want and need to know throughout the campaign, and a whole load of stuff you probably couldn't care less about.

It's not a boring start to our travels either, as first up are The Gas on Saturday 14th August, kick-off 3.00 p.m. A nice easy one in terms of the journey, if one still lives locally to Huish Park, but frequently quite a feisty encounter, being a derby game.

Link: Bristol Rovers Away Guide


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30 July 2010 : Skiverton Pleased With Pre-Season Outcome
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has declared himself very pleased with the way pre-season has gone for the Glovers. He takes his team down to Devon on Saturday for the club's final pre-season friendly with League Two side Torquay United the opponents, and thereafter it's a week's worth of fine-tuning before the opening League One fixture against Leyton Orient.

Having played three public pre-season friendlies and two behind closed doors, the Glovers have managed one win, one draw and three defeats, with Stevenage, Swansea City and Bristol City providing the lesser results, whilst Manchester United Reserves gave Yeovil a high point.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he felt the pre-season planning had gone well, and that his main objective for the coming season would be about trying to put sequences of results together, rather than last season's form that saw the Glovers only record back-to-back wins twice during the year:

"I think it's been excellent. I think the way that we've done it and the facilities we've used. We've got away, we've bonded and I've got a good group of players together. It's just about instilling in them that belief. We want to go on runs of wins this year. Last year we won, we draw and our results were always coming in fits and starts. We want to get a real momentum going, although that's difficult when you're playing Man United and you get a great result, but then you play Bristol City at home, which is a real tough game. That's going to happen in the league and we need to stand up to that and we need to try and go on a run of wins and putting on the performances for the home supporters."

A broad mix of players have signed up for the Glovers over the summer, with Luke Ayling (defender/midfielder), Andy Williams (right-winger/forward), Luke Freeman (forward or left-winger, loan), Paul Huntington (centre-back), Ed Upson (midfield), John Sullivan (goalkeeper, loan), Rob Kiernan (centre-back/midfield, loan) Craig Calver (striker), Adam Virgo (centre-back) and Cameron Stewart (winger/striker, loan) all providing a long list of new names and new faces for Glovers fans to remember.

Skiverton had suggested that there could be one more on the cards next week, although with him having signed up Calver, Virgo and Stewart all in the last 24 hours it could well be that all three of his intended targets have dropped a little earlier than expected. Four of the players added are loan deals, whilst the remainder are permanent signings. Skiverton says that he is not too bothered which type of player he brings into the club:

"Either, as long as they're within our wage structure and they're the type of players I want. But I'm not going to bring in players just to fill up benches or to pay out ridiculous money to do something special. We're going to do it the right way and do it the way of the club and make sure the club is safe and that we're moving the club forward."

As usual, the Glovers are rated poorly by the bookies, as one of half a dozen teams that most betting shops favour for the drop. But Skiverton adds that he is used to that sort of thing:

"We always know that we're up against it playing against the bigger clubs and the bigger teams, but it's one that we enjoy. We enjoy it, we relish it, and we'll carry on going at it every week."


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30 July 2010 : Cameron Deal Confirmed For Yeovil
Manchester United winger Cameron Stewart has now officially signed on the dotted line. The 19 year old will, as reported yesterday, be at Huish Park on a six month loan deal.

For a full profile on Cameron, see yesterday's news article.

Link: Glovers Chasing Man United Winger.


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30 July 2010 : 2010-11 Teamgroup And Photocall Gallery
Photos from this morning's photocall at Huish Park are now online. The Western Gazette have uploaded both teamgroup pictures and individual mugshots, which can be found via the link below.

Link: Western Gazette : 2010-11 Yeovil Town Photocall Gallery.


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30 July 2010 : Man Utd's Stewart Joins Club Photo Call
Further to yesterday's news, Manchester United winger Cameron Stewart has now arrived at the club and featured in this morning's photocall. The 19 year old is expected to sign a long term loan deal at Huish Park.

There had been an article on the club's official site entitled 'Cameron Joins The Greens' but that has been pulled, temporarily at least, but we suspect that is probably because the paperwork has yet to go through. For a full profile on Cameron, see yesterday's news article.

Link: Glovers Chasing Man United Winger.


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30 July 2010 : Yeovil Town Sign Up Defender Virgo
Former Brighton and Hove Albion defender Adam Virgo has signed a contract with Yeovil Town. After a lengthy spell on trial, where he featured in all of the club's pre-season friendlies apart from a behind-closed-doors game against Stevenage, Virgo has today penned a one year contract at Huish Park.

Virgo has also been on the books of Glasgow side Celtic along with loan spells at Coventry City and Colchester United. For a full profile, see our July 2nd article below.

Link: Former Seagull Virgo Confirmed As Training With Glovers.


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30 July 2010 : No Trophy Bye For Glovers
The byes and groups for the First Round of the Football League Trophy have been announced. There is no bye for Yeovil Town this season. Those clubs receiving byes are as follows:

Northern Section - Bradford City, Burton Albion, Bury, Carlisle United, Crewe Alexandra, Huddersfield Town, Peterborough United, Stockport County;

Southern Section - Barnet, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Hereford United, Milton Keynes Dons, Plymouth Argyle, Wycombe Wanderers.

The Glovers have been placed in the Southern Section - West, and thus will be drawn against one of:

AFC Bournemouth, Aldershot Town, Exeter City, Oxford United, Trophy holders Southampton, Swindon Town or Torquay United.

For the record, the other regional groups are:

Northern Section - West

Accrington Stanley, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe, Oldham Athletic, Port Vale, Rochdale, Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers;

Northern Section - East

Chesterfield, Hartlepool United, Lincoln City, Northampton Town, Notts County, Rotherham United, Sheffield Wednesday, Walsall;

Southern Section - East

Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic, Dagenham & Redbridge, Gillingham, Leyton Orient, Southend United, Stevenage.

The Round One Draw will take place on Sky's Soccer AM on Saturday 14th August 2010. Ties will be played in the week commencing August 30th.

Link: Football League Trophy Dates


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30 July 2010 : Smith Proffers Calver Best Wishes
AFC Sudbury manager Nicky Smith has expressed his disappointment at losing out on striker Craig Calver, but also his delight at the opportunity the teenager has to progress his career.

Smith had giving his blessing to Calver making the journey to Huish Park for a week's trial, which was then extended to a second week. It was shortly after Calver's appearance against a Manchester United XI, in the benefit match for Darren Way, that he received the phone call to say the youngster had been offered a one year contract by Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton.

Speaking to the AFC Sudbury website, Smith said:

"It’s great for him and I really hope he does well. He’s worked hard while he's been with us and although he was in my plans for the new season, I’m sure that we will cope. Craig has spoken to me and thanked us for letting him play and how much he has enjoyed being with us. Let’s hope we hear a lot more about him."

Link: AFC Sudbury Website

Link: Yeovil Sign Up Sudbury Striker

Link: Sudbury Striker Taken On Trial


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30 July 2010 : Gritton To Face Glovers Tomorrow As Loan Deal Sealed
Tomorrow's friendly opponents Torquay United have now formally signed striker Martin Gritton on a six month loan. This is Gritton's second spell with the Gulls, and he has been on trial at Plainmoor throughout pre-season.

Gritton had a loan spell at Huish Park during March 2001 whilst he was on the books of Plymouth Argyle. He will form part of a Torquay squad that beat Weston-super-Mare 3-0 in midweek, and came out of the game injury free. Two of their other strikers include Chris Zebroski who Yeovil tried to sign whilst he was a Millwall whilst Billy Kee was claimed to be a Yeovil Town target this summer after his release from Leicester City, although that was never confirmed. Kee has settled in quickly at Plainmoor and has scored an impressive nine goals in pre-season, including five against Tiverton Town.

Torquay have got a squad of 21 players, including two first year professionals, and manager Paul Buckle has told the Herald Express that they will all be involved in the friendly, even if not all get on the field of play:

"I am delighted with the squad I've got now. Yes, I have a database of players we might be interested in, and we're got our scouts checking on players as they always are. But I am not looking anywhere definite to bring anybody else in at the moment. We've got two first-year pros (Ashley Yeoman and Ed Palmer) who it would be unfair to expect to start in the league at the moment, although they're coming along well. But the other 19 pros are all capable of starting for us. I am very happy with the application of the players, and how receptive they've been to the work we've given them. The plan this week is to keep the whole squad together for all the games. Even if some players don't play, they will go along to watch."

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available from Plainmoor on the day.

For those not going, we'll have updates on our Twitter account. Follow us at @ytfcciderspace and turn on SMS updates for this account for the best effect, if you want direct updates sent to your mobile phone for free (UK mobiles assumed, others should check coverage).

Link: Gritton Going For Gulls.

Link: Martin Gritton : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.


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30 July 2010 : Darren Way Benefit Game Photo Gallery
For those who want to relive last weekend's Benefit Match for Darren Way, a set of photos have been published. The Western Gazette has uploaded a large number from the game. You can view their selection via the link below.

Link: Western Gazette : Darren Way Benefit Game Photo Gallery.


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29 July 2010 : Bridport Glovers Travel To Bristol Rovers
For those planning to travel to the forthcoming away match at Bristol Rovers, the Bridport Glovers are taking a 49-seater Ridlers coach to the game.

Fares are: Adults £15 and Children £10.

If you would like to join them on their trip, then please ring Tom Burt on 0797 109 6662 and he will be very pleased to take your booking.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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29 July 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : PSF: Yeovil Town 1 Bristol City 3
Go easy on Taff if you dare comment on his latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, as he's got the hump. Not just because the Glovers lost their final home pre-season friendly against Bristol City last night, and he's had to pick it apart, although doubtless that didn't help the situation.

Read on to see his views on the Wednesday night match, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : PSF: Yeovil Town 1 Bristol City 3.


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29 July 2010 : Caulker Rewarded By New Spurs Contract
Former Yeovil Town loan central defender Steven Caulker has been rewarded with a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur. Upon his return from the UEFA Under-19s Championship finals, the 18 year old has been given a new three year contract, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2013.

This is no great surprise for a player that has had a whirlwind 12 months - playing 46 times for Yeovil Town and winning four out of the five Player of the Season awards at Huish Park - a remarkable feat for a player who had not featured in a competitive first team match before he arrived in Somerset as a 17 year old.

Caulker also crammed in two appearances for Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Youth Cup and a number of practice matches at Spurs Lodge. But if that wasn't enough, he made his England Under-19s debut in October 2009 and has gone on to play 11 times for the Three Lions meaning that in total he has played in 59 competitive games since he went on loan with the Glovers.

Upon returning from France, where he played in all four England fixtures before they were knocked out at the semi-final stages, Steven told the Spurs official site that he enjoyed his time at the tournament:

"It was a very good experience. We played against much stronger opposition than we have been used to from other tournaments. It was a good test for both me personally and for the team as a whole. The interest that there was around the tournament added to the pressure but in a good way. I had friends and family calling me to tell me if I'd been in the paper that day and you get to realise what level you're playing at and that none of these games are to be taken lightly. It added something."

Steven added that the quality of football in the tournament was a little different to what he'd experienced in League One whilst playing for Yeovil Town:

"All the teams out there were willing to get the ball down and play, which was different to what I was used to in League One last season. But they were good games to play in and I feel I gained quite a bit from it. It was a pleasure to be involved in. Hopefully we'll learn from it and pick ourselves up from here, but it was definitely a lesson in football against the Spanish. The defeat was hard to take."


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29 July 2010 : Glovers Chasing Man United Winger
Sky Sports are claiming that Yeovil Town are about to sign up Manchester United youngster Cameron Stewart on loan. He played in Darren Way's Benefit Match last Saturday, and it is claimed that this has been enough to convince manager Terry Skiverton that he is worth a six month loan at Huish Park.

Stewart is a winger who has generally played on the right, but is capable of playing on either flank. United have also pushed him into a striking role on occasions as part of their Reserve Team side. He made his debut for their Reserves in September 2008 and became a regular in their 2009-10 season side. He was called up for United's first team Champions League trip to Wolfsburg, but did not make the final squad.

He was born in Manchester on 8th April 1991 and is therefore 19 years old. He played the first 73 minutes of Saturday's match at Huish Park before being replaced. There have been suggestions that Manchester United Reserve Team Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær was willing in principle to allow one of his players to go out on loan to the Glovers - the possibility of that happening appears to be growing.

We'll confirm or deny this just as soon as news comes in.

Link: Two Signed This Week, But Three More In The Pipeline.

Link: Yeovil 3 Man Utd 2 : That's The Way, I Like It.


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29 July 2010 : Terry On Trial For Second North-East Club
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Terry clearly likes the idea of living in the North-East of England at the moment. Fresh from a trial with Conference National side Gateshead earlier this month, he is now linking up with another North-East club from the same division.

New Darlington manager Mark Cooper has invited Terry to play in a pre-season friendly against Kendal tonight, with the 31 year old still looking for a contract for this season. Darlo, who were relegated from the Football League last season, are staying in the Lake District for a few days as part of a training camp, and Terry has joined them for their second match in the area.

Link: Terry On Trial For The Tynesiders.

Link: Paul Terry : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 July 2010 : Skivo Looking At Martin U-Turn
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that he may change his mind over his decision to release goalkeeper Richard Martin. The 22 year old was let go at the end of last season after making just five appearances for the Glovers during the 2009-10 season.

He was allowed to train with the first team squad this month whilst he searched for another club, but came in for praise for his second half performance against Swansea City earlier this month, filling in between the sticks only because the Glovers did not have a recognised goalkeeper on their books at the time.

Since then, Millwall loan keeper John Sullivan has dominated the time available in pre-season friendlies, but Skiverton has told the Western Gazette that he has had his eye on Martin in training, and is willing to reconsider his decision:

"He has done fantastically well and the supporters do not realise that in training he is unbelievable. He is one that has got a chance as well. I let him come back and do a bit of training with us, but he has impressed me and we will have to see what happens. His attitude has been different class and with the pressure off him I think he has come into his own, looking very good."

At present, Sullivan and Ben Roberts are Yeovil's only registered goalkeepers, with the latter not having played a competitive match since May 2004.

Link: Richard Martin : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 July 2010 : Yeovil Sign Up Sudbury Striker
Yeovil Town have signed up AFC Sudbury striker Craig Calver on a one year contract. He is a 19 year old who was previously on the books of Ipswich Town and Southend United before he was released from Roots Hall at the tail end of last season.

Craig, who has also played for Braintree United and St Albans City was invited for training by the club just prior to the pre-season friendly against Swansea City and has featured in all of the public pre-season friendlies so far.

For a more detailed article on Craig, see our July 15th article below. The very best of luck to Craig in his stay at Huish Park.

Link: Sudbury Striker Taken On Trial.


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29 July 2010 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers
The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for the first away match of the 2010-11 season. They have seats available for the trip to Bristol Rovers that takes place on August 14th at the Memorial Stadium, kick-off 3.00p.m.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £8.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 11.00am and arriving in time to have a meal before the match.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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29 July 2010 : McAllister Chooses Shrews Deal
Former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sean McAllister has signed a contract with League Two side Shrewsbury Town. The 22 year old played against a Manchester United Reserves side on Saturday whilst on trial at Yeovil Town, but has signed a two year deal with the Shropshire side.

Shrews manager Graham Turner has confirmed to their official site that he has signed on the dotted line:

"I'm delighted to have been able to bring in an exciting player such as Sean McAllister to the club. We have been in discussions and once again I feel I've bought in a player who has joined the club for all the right reasons. Sean has completed his medical and finished the paperwork and I now look forward to working with him as a Shrewsbury Town player."

Link: Two On Trial For Glovers Today.


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29 July 2010 : Lindegaard Retires From Professional Football
Former Yeovil Town right-back Andy Lindegaard has given up professional football. The home grown product, who had two stays at Huish Park, has been without a club since January 2010 when he left the Glovers after a short half-season spell.

It's a sharp comedown for a player who in May 2007 was turning out at Wembley Stadium for the Glovers in a League One play-off final. However, according to this week's Western Gazette, Lindy is still heavily involved in the game, having gone into partnership with his sister-in-law Charlotte Dymond to form a new company Dymond Strength Ltd, a private company that provides freelance fitness and training consultancy for football clubs.

Andy's new role as a coach has already taken him back to Huish Park twice - to help Yeovil Town's Youth Team last season, and to give Yeovil Town Ladies some assistance for this season. Cheltenham Town, Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle are also on their company's radar in terms of possible work. Yeovil Town Ladies manager Steve Phelps has told the paper:

"Andy's come in as a fitness and conditioning coach and is monitoring us as a team and as individuals. We are hoping to have him through the whole season."

Lindy is still only 29 years old and has had an excellent personal fitness record over the years and so it is a surprise to find him dropping out of the game so early. However, he reveals that personal circumstances and problems finding a new club created an opportunity for him to head down a brand new career path:

"My sister-in-law completed her masters degree and I found myself without a football club and with a new baby, so we decided to go into business together."

After leaving Yeovil Town, Lindy clocked up a number of appearances for Truro City, whilst Steve Thompson was their manager. However when Thommo was given the bullet, Lindy left with him, and so Truro look likely to remain his final club in football.

Link: Andy Lindegaard : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 July 2010 : Two Signed This Week, But Three More In The Pipeline
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton this week has signed up goalkeeper John Sullivan and defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan on a month's loan each this week from Millwall and Watford respectively, but still he is after more players. Last week, the Glovers boss said he had set himself a target of making two more signings before the season started, but having achieved that, he has stated that this will not be his final squad for the 2010-11 season, with more targets being sought.

The obvious concern to supporters was that Sullivan and Kiernan would represent the final signings for a Yeovil Town first team squad that even with the two new arrivals includes only 15 players outside the two coaching staff members who are registered as players. Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he believes that up to three players could still sign up by the time Yeovil play Leyton Orient in 10 days time:

"I'm expecting one or two to maybe drop before the end of this weekend, and then hopefully maybe one more for the weeked after that. But if we go into the season with what we've got then I'll be happy, but I'll still be out there trying to get in one or two, because we've still got one or two spaces yet to fill."

There has been speculation, in the light of Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Manchester United Reserves that the Glovers might take advantage of a new contact through their Reserve Team boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær, although this appears to be based upon the contact the Yeovil management team had with him the night before the pre-season friendly. Darren Way told the Western Morning News that the meeting had gone well:

"We were at the hotel for hours talking to Ole (Gunnar Solskjær) on Friday night and I take my hat off to him, he is a top guy. If we can work with them in any way, then we are more than willing to have some of their players down to gain experience. They have seen the way we play and the style we play. We have shown what we are about as a club. It has been a good day for them (on Saturday), a good day for us, a good workout. I hope they enjoyed their time in Somerset."

Solskjær himself has told the paper that he could certainly see opportunities for young players in and around his Reserve side to come to places like Huish Park:

"We had a good chat (last Friday) because they came to the hotel and we had a good conversation. We are always looking for our players to learn and reserve football is different. Here, if you are playing League One, you have to get three points and then again in the next game because maybe the manager's job is on the line and when they play reserve league, it is all about development. When they are ready to go, we are looking for the right club for them."

Of course it doesn't necessarily follow that any of Skiverton's current targets lie with the Red Devils. If he wants a left-back (for example) it relies upon that club having a suitable left-back that they are looking to put out on loan. However, as an additional mobile phone number in Skiverton's address book, it would seem more than likely that eventually he and Solskjær will get together again in some capacity.

Link: Yeovil Sign Watford Teenager On Loan.

Link: Glovers Have A Keeper - For A Month.


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28 July 2010 : Yeovil 1 Bristol City 3 : Robins Seal Local Derby Win
Yeovil Town went down to a 1-3 home defeat against Championship side Bristol City this evening, as their pre-season campaign wobbled slightly against higher level opposition. The Glovers started the game well, and gained the upper hand through a Sam Williams penalty. But City goals from Ivan Sproule, David Clarkson and Marlon Jackson gained the Robins a win that on the balance of the whole 90 minutes they deserved.

The Glovers once again chose a full strength starting line-up, aside from Nathan Smith and Andy Welsh, who sat on the bench initially, having missed Saturday's match through injury. New loan signing Rob Kiernan also sat on the bench giving him a chance to view his new team-mates in action.

Early action saw a flurry of activity as Luke Freeman went close, and at the other end John Sullivan was forced into a decent save. But first blood went to the Glovers, with Dean Bowditch upended in the area by Kalife Cisse after six minutes of the game gone. Up stepped Sam Williams and although City keeper Dean Gerken went the right way, Sam's penalty was good enough to beat him. 1-0 to the Glovers.

It didn't take too long for City to get back on level terms though. Nine minutes to be precise. Craig Alcock was skinned down his flank by John Akinde, and as the City cross was delivered into the box, Ivan Sproule evaded Yeovil's centre-back pairing to provide a quick equalising goal for the visitors. 1-1 with 15 minutes gone.

Ten minutes before the break, Jean-Paul Kalala made way for Ed Upson, for a slightly earlier than expected substitution. There was no obvious injury problem with the Congolese midfielder as he went off, so hopefully just a longer time for Upson to impress. He certainly to do that right from the off, unleashing a 20 yard strike that just cleared the goalposts.

Overall, as the half wore on, the visitors began to look more commanding, albeit without dominating to any great extent. The Glovers looked good in attack during the half, but the sheer numbers they were committing forward left them a little exposed at the back when City regained possession.

Half time saw Yeovil make two changes with Nathan Smith returning to the side, having missed last Saturday's match, replacing Nathan Jones. Meanwhile Andy Welsh replaced Dean Bowditch, with Luke Freeman shifting out from his left wing slot to have a spell up front. In the opposition line-up, Gavin Williams made his first appearance against the Glovers since his highly successful loan spell last season.

Bristol City completed their recovery from the early Glovers goal, by grabbing their own penalty. It was a fairly soft looking one from first impressions with Adam Virgo the most likely player to have committed the offence. David Clarkson put the ball past John Sullivan to flip the scoreline to 1-2 in City's favour.

Watford loanee Rob Kiernan came on for his debut just past the hour mark, initially starting in midfield, but after six minutes dropping into the centre of defence after another substitution forced a reshuffle.

The Glovers never really got out of second gear in the latter 45 minutes, with the Championship club finally starting to show the gap between the two clubs, and they got a deserved third goal with two minutes remaining when Marlon Jackson netted for the Robins to seal Yeovil's fate. His run from deep wasn't closed down by Adam Virgo and he slammed the ball into the roof of the net for an emphatic final goal.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bristol City 3.

Scorers: Sam Williams (1-0, 6 mins, pen), Ivan Sproule (1-1, 15 mins), David Clarkson(1-2, 59 mins, pen), Marlon Jackson (1-3, 88 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2) 1. John Sullivan 2. Craig Alcock 3. Nathan Jones 4. Adam Virgo 5. Paul Huntington 6. Jean-Paul Kalala 7. Andy Williams 8. Luke Ayling 9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch 11. Luke Freeman.

Subs: Ed Upson (35 mins for Jean-Paul Kalala), Nathan Smith (46 mins for Nathan Jones), Andy Welsh (46 mins for Dean Bowditch), Rob Kiernan (62 mins for Luke Ayling), Danny Hutchins (68 mins for Paul Huntington), Craig Calver (80 mins for Sam Williams).

Attendance: 1,744 (including 399 City fans)


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28 July 2010 : Yeovil Sign Watford Teenager On Loan
Yeovil Town have taken Watford teenager Rob Kiernan on a month's loan. The 19 year old has yet to appear for the Hornets in the Football League - his first team output at Vicarage Road being restricted to an 89th minute subsitute appearance in the FA Cup against Crystal Palace during the 2008-09 season.

During the 2009-10 season, he had a loan spell with Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock where he made two starts and three substitute appearances. He operates as either a centre-back or as a midfielder and stands at 6'1" tall. Rob has also captained the Republic of Ireland national side at Under-19 level as well as captaining Watford's Under-18s side.

He was born on January 13th 1991 in Watford and signed a two year scholarship with his hometown club in 2007, making 26 appearances for their Under-18s, along with four substitute appearances for their Reserves. His initial position was as a midfielder, but he has subsequently been used in defence for Watford.

Watford have indicated that Kiernan will not be given permission to play in the Carling Cup match against Crystal Palace. The Watford Observer have described it as a 28 day loan, although neither official site are that specific.

The best of luck to Rob in his stay at Huish Park, and hopefully the one month deal will transform into a longer stay at the club.


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28 July 2010 : Welsh Looking Forward To More Attacking Options For Glovers
Yeovil Town left-winger Andy Welsh says that he is looking forward to playing with new signing Andy Williams when the new season starts. Although Williams spent a fair chunk of his Bristol Rovers and Hereford United career playing as a front line striker, he can play as a right-winger, and so far that is where he has been used for the Glovers.

With Welsh operating on the left flank he is hopeful that Williams will provide similar width on the opposite side, and told BBC Somerset that he was impressed with what he had seen of the player so far:

"He seems to be direct, and I think he's played a lot of his career as a centre-forward as well, so naturally he appears to have an attack-minded thinking about himself as well. Obviously that is going to augre well for us, because we like to be more direct and we need to get crosses into the box and we need to work up and down and be very mobile in that position. Much in the way we played last year, the gaffer is trying to do that again this year. He is looking very fit and athletic."

Welsh has been Yeovil Town's top goal creator in the two seasons that he has been with the club but admits that there were times last season when he struggled to find more than one of his team-mates in the box at any given time. He hopes that with Dean Bowditch and Sam Williams both fit, that the Glovers will be able to play two up front with intent:

"As a wide man, we work on in training for Sam to be able to get into areas and Dean being able to get into areas. But at times we went in with only one fit striker and sometimes it can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack in this division. A lot of teams back off and pack their penalty box when you're trying to put crosses in. So to have two people in there, and a third in Andy Williams coming in from the right, hopefully will help me in terms of getting more assists and help the team in getting more goals."

Welsh was absent from Saturday's game against Manchester United Reserves, as was left-back Nathan Smith. As yet we don't know what the issue was, or if the pair are likely to be available for tonight's game against Bristol City.

Manager Terry Skiverton has strongly hinted that there will be a second signing today, to follow up yesterday's deal for Millwall keeper John Sullivan, who has arrived on a one month loan. Skiverton said via his Twitter account yesterday: "More good news for tomorrow (Wednesday) folks." No clues are given, but the most obvious explanation is that he has made up his mind on former Brighton and Hove Albion centre-back Adam Virgo. Confirmation or otherwise will be provided as soon as we have it.

As for tonight's opponents Bristol City, their plans to sign striker Jonathan Stead from Ipswich Town are still ongoing, but the game at Huish Park will come too soon for him. Likewise Bolton Wanderers right-back Nicky Hunt, who the press have indicated is their replacement for the outgoing Bradley Orr. Thus it would appear that City will have to make do with the same squad of players that lost 3-1 against Exeter City on Monday night, giving them a record of one win and four defeats in their six friendlies so far. Kick-off tonight is at 7.45p.m. and tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off.

Link: Glovers Midweek Opponents Undergoing Squad Changes.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.


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27 July 2010 : Caulker And England Head Home After Defeat
England Under-19s headed out of the UEFA Championships this afternoon, as a Spanish side gave them a 3-1 win that took them through to the final of the tournament in France. Goals from Daniel Pacheco and captain Keko Gallardo gave them a 2-0 lead, before Tottenham Hotspur player John Bostock pulled one back for England. However a second half goal from Sergio Canales ensured that football in Spain continued to sit at an all time high.

Former Yeovil Town central defender Steve Caulker clocked up another 90 minutes, having played all bar a couple of minutes of the tournament. He and England will now return home to their respective clubs - based upon his performances during the tournament, it will be worth watching to see what Tottenham Hotspur do with him when the 2010-11 season starts.


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27 July 2010 : Wednesday Hit With Transfer Embargo
League One side Sheffield Wednesday have been placed under a transfer embargo by the Football League. The move has come about due to the Yorkshire club falling behind in its PAYE payments to HMRC (aka the Taxman). According to the Yorkshire Post last week they fell more than 28 days in arrears in their payments and owe £300,000 as a result. They had also been under a similar transfer embargo during June - stepping out of it briefly, signing some players, and then being slapped with a second embargo which they have yet to step out of.

During the brief time they were out of the embargo, they signed up Clinton Morrison, Giles Coke and took Neil Mellor on loan from Preston North End. Wednesday had already landed Paul Heffernan who had been released by Doncaster Rovers, Chris Sedgwick from Preston and Wolverhampton Wanderers left-back Daniel Jones.

Wednesday also owe £250,000 in unpaid VAT, and are due in court on August 11th to answer a winding up order brought by HMRC due to unpaid taxes totalling £550,000, related to PAYE. The Yorkshire Post indicate that the club's run-ins with HMRC stem back six months when they failed to pay a VAT bill on time.

However, there's some apparent contradiction later on when they indicate that the outstanding VAT bill is due to Wednesday selling their season tickets much earlier than they usually do - not that it's easy to understand why a company can not put aside the 17.5% received from each Wednesday supporter at the point of sale, to ensure that the taxman gets his slice. It shouldn't be possible to suffer cashflow problems on something so directly related to cash flowing into the Hillsborough coffers, but that's the excuse being given.

Wednesday Chief Executive Nick Parker appears to be taking the line that his club will pay their taxes when it is convenient to them, and not when HMRC demands it. In terms of the transfer embargo and the PAYE arrears, Parker told the paper:

"It didn't really matter for us in June because we couldn't sign players until July. We paid off just before the start of July so we could then make transfers."

At which point, having bought those players, they stopped paying it again. In terms of the VAT bill, why pay now when you can leave it until the day of the court case:

"There's no need to pay the VAT until August 11th but we are hoping to come to an agreement with the taxman before then."

Wednesday are hoping to negotiate a staged settlement over their VAT bill to allow the spread of payments. If Southend United's experience with HMRC is anything to go by, they may find the taxman playing hardball over that.

Wednesday have just sold goalkeeper Lee Grant to Burnley for a fee reported in the region of £1 million whilst a £350,000 bid from Nottingham Forest for Jermaine Johnson has been turned down. Hopefully the money from the sale of Grant will be used in the first instance to satisfy HMRC, rather than merely swallowed into further expenditure.

When Wednesday were issued with their winding up order by HMRC last Friday, a statement issued by the club accused HMRC's actions as being "disproportionate". However, if the paper's claims that the tax issues stem back six months are true, then it's perhaps easier to see why HMRC have taken their course of action when the public vibe from Hillsborough is that they'll pay up when they feel like it. Court action will no doubt accelerate that process. From the Southend experience - which is still ongoing with the Shrimpers due back in court early next month for the umpteenth time, Wednesday should expect winding up orders to follow from HMRC across every month that follows if they fall behind again.


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27 July 2010 : Addicks Taken Over
Even in the present financial climate there always seems to be someone willing to take on the bottomless pit that is your everyday football club. League One rivals Charlton Athletic have announced this afternoon that Richard Murray has agreed terms with his fellow plc board directors and bondholders for the purchase of shares in Charlton Athletic Football Company Ltd and Charlton Athletic Holdings Ltd which will see him assume sole control of the football club.

Charlton's rapid fall from the Premier League through the Championship and into League One has seen the club struggling to maintain its head above the murky waters of financial collapse. Only yesterday another round of redundancies was announced at The Valley.

Murray stated:

"This has been a critical time for the club. Our future was uncertain, and financially this was potentially one of our darkest hours. However, agreement has been reached with my fellow directors for me to take sole control of the club through what is effectively a management buyout of the plc subsidiaries. The new money I am injecting into the club will ensure we go into the new season with a competitive team. I shall be appointing a new interim board of directors, and we will now go forward and actively seek new investment."

The deal is not yet completely cut and dried, with the formal approval of the shareholders of Charlton Athletic plc required. An Extraordinary General Meeting is set to be called in early August.

The Glovers will be visiting The Valley in November, with the reverse fixture scheduled for February 2011.


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27 July 2010 : Glovers Have A Keeper - For A Month
Yeovil Town have moved to plug one gaping hole in the squad being inched together for the 2010-11 season, which kicks off in less than two weeks. The lack of a goalkeeper was something that obviously had to be addressed. How far it has been addressed remains to be seen, but Millwall have announced this afternoon that John Sullivan will be joining Huish Park on a month loan deal.

Sullivan was Number Two for the Lions last season, but only made one appearance, in the Football League Trophy against Barnet. With the arrival of ex-Glover Steve Mildenhall from Southend United at The Den Sullivan has dropped a further place in the pecking order. The Yeovil management had a look at him in Saturday's benefit match for Darren Way and presumably saw enough to at least set up a short-term loan deal.

What the longer term situation is remains to be seen, with a range of scenarios possible. It could be that Terry Skiverton wants to confirm first impressions before setting up a longer deal; or that he has other loan options he's looking at who may not become available until closer to the shutting of the transfer window, and needs a body to fill the gap. Or of course Millwall and / or Sullivan may be taking things in slow stages for their own reasons.

Whatever, at least we have a keeper for August 7th, which has to be something like good news.

Link: Two On Trial For Glovers Today


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27 July 2010 : Gary Roberts Signs A Deal At The Last Chance Saloon
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts has been awarded with a contract with League Two side Port Vale. The 23 year old has just come back from a tour of Ireland with the Valiants and has been given a six month deal with them.

Sacked by previous club Rotherham United, and by Yeovil Town, for a series of disciplinary issues centring around his alcohol and gambling dependencies, Roberts told BBC Sport last week that he felt he was over the worst of his problems:

"I've turned the corner but I've got to show everyone else that I've turned the corner. I think I've got my act together but I've just got to keep living each day as it comes and as long as I wake up clean that's all that I need."

Port Vale manager Micky Adams, who has promised a firm hand if Roberts steps out of line again, told Port Vale's official site:

"We have agreed to a six month contract and I am delighted to get him. His attitude in pre-season has been spot on and he has a delightful range of passing. He will be a good addition to the squad."

His on the field talent is never in question, particularly at League Two level. Whether he can avoid a drink at what Roberts called his "last chance saloon" will be the greater test of his abilities. Good luck to him.

Link: Gary Roberts On Trial With Valiants.


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27 July 2010 : Squad Rules 2010-11
Further to our item on June 8th, with the season kick-off looming ever closer we thought it time to remind readers of, and expand a little, the Football League's squad rules for 2010-11. In truth these will be purely academic for Yeovil Town, with it currently looking somewhat dubious that we'll even be able to fill the bench without dipping into the Youth team, but it pays to be aware of the limits some of our larger rivals will be working to.

Clubs will only be able to register a maximum of twenty-five players over the age of twenty-one, of which at least ten must be 'home grown' players for the start of the season, as eligible to play for the First Team. A home grown player is defined as one who has been registered in domestic football for a minimum of three seasons before their 21st birthday. 'Domestic football' means England and Wales (but not Scotland or either part of Ireland).

Any players under twenty-one years of age, and any loan signings made who fall within the 'emergency' category, are not counted against the quota, though it appears long-term loans will be (if over twenty-one).

The Transfer Window system remains in place, though as previously the loan rules the Football League continue to operate drive a coach and horses through these in practice. Also clubs may continue to sign at any time those players deemed to be free agents from domestic football. Players crossing international footballing borders have additional restrictions so complicated that, with even numbers of Club Secretaries getting caught out, we wouldn't begin to risk trying to explain.

Link: Football League AGM Throws Out Administration Rule Change


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26 July 2010 : Caulker 'Buzzing' After England Success
Former Yeovil Town centre-back Steven Caulker has said that he is delighted to have qualified past the group stages of the UEFA Under-19s Championship Finals in France. The England Under-19s side face Spain tomorrow afternoon for a place in the final, but only reached that stage after a last gasp equalising goal from substitute Matt Phillips against France on Saturday guaranteed them a safe passage.

Caulker told the FA's website that the late drama and the circumstances had put the team on a high after the game, and that it could work in England's favour going into the match against Spain:

"All of the lads are buzzing at the moment. We’re delighted to have got through, as that’s what we intended to do. We could have done it in a better fashion with a win, but still it was good to get the goal at the end and our hopes keep on going."

Despite losing their middle group match to Holland, Caulker added that he felt that the England Under-19s had been steadily improving throughout the tournament and so had little to fear going into the semi-final:

"I think we’ve been constantly improving and the game against the French was our hardest test but we’re getting stronger as it’s gone on. We beat Austria in the first game, but we didn’t play as well as we know we can and then we improved against Holland in the second half but obviously lost that game. (Against France) we were even better. We changed the system towards the end to three at the back, so we definitely had our work cut out but I thought we all did well, right through the team. I thought we played really well."

For those wanting to catch the action on TV tomorrow, kick-off is at 3.00p.m. (note the earlier time) and the game will be live on the British Eurosport channel. Eurosport have tended to mess around with the schedule so far, so keep an eye on both of their channels just to be on the safe side.


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26 July 2010 : Glovers Midweek Opponents Undergoing Squad Changes
Wednesday evening's opponents Bristol City look to be doing a whole load of squad juggling this week that could leave them in a state of flux ahead of the game. Centre-back Jamie McCombe has already left for Huddersfield Town, whilst right-back Bradley Orr was not used in their weekend defeat at Aldershot due to what is expected to be his impending exit from Ashton Gate to Queens Park Rangers. Meanwhile midfielder Paul Hartley is looking for a move back to Scotland, with Hearts his expected destination.

City also have Nicky Maynard and Danny Haynes out through injury. They are attempting to introduce fresh blood; the Bristol Evening Post suggest that Jonathan Stead may arrive at the club this week. Glovers fans may recall Stead as a Huddersfield Town striker just after the Glovers entered the Football League. He is currently at Ipswich Town with the BEP believing a fee of between £200,000 and £250,000 has been accepted - the only snag is that Stead will need to accept a pay cut to head to Bristol and so talks on personal terms, expected today, will be crucial. City had hoped to bring back Liam Rosenior to their club, but that now looks unlikely after he backed out of a chance to play for the Robins on Saturday.

Bristol City play League One side Exeter City tonight at St James Park, and with Yeovil Town as opposition on Wednesday and Premier League newcomers Blackpool on Saturday, the four games in eight days whilst their squad is changing so rapidly may not be quite what new manager Steve Coppell wanted. Their line-up for the match at Huish Park could well depend upon how things go tonight in Devon and whether the likes of Stead sign on the dotted line in time.

They currently have former Grays Athletic striker Charlie Taylor on trial for them and so he may well feature at Huish Park on Wednesday, although many Glovers eyes will be looking out for former midfielder Lee Johnson and playmaker Gavin Williams who are both on City's books. Lee spent time on loan last season at Derby County, whilst of course Gavin had a rather successful loan spell with the Glovers. Both will doubtless be keen to prove to their new management that their future lies at Ashton Gate. Defender Liam Fontaine is a third player on City's books who should make a return to his former club on Wednesday.

Wednesday night's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. at Huish Park, with tickets available in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office and on the day of the game.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.


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26 July 2010 : Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing for Yeovil Town's trip to Oldham Athletic are now available. The game takes place at Boundary Park on Saturday 28th August with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over-65s, Under-16s: £9.00; Under-12s: £3.00.

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters are admitted as per the above prices with an assistant admitted free of charge. There are six wheelchair bays available.

There will be no availability issues regarding tickets on the day, however supporters should note that there is a £2.00 surcharge for tickets bought on the day.


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26 July 2010 : Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Bristol Rovers on Saturday 14th August are now available. The game takes place at the Memorial Stadium with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

As is often the case with this fixture, tickets are available to Season Ticket Holders ONLY at present. They have until 6.00p.m. on Friday 6th August to claim their ticket on a priority basis.

They will at that point go on sale to the general public on Saturday 7th August (note this is a home matchday so tickets for this game will only be sold until 2.00p.m.) until 12.00 noon on Friday 13th August.

All of the above information is of course with the caveat of tickets being subject to availability. Our past experience is that seated tickets sell out pretty fast.

Yeovil Town are given two areas. One is a side paddock which is an uncovered terrace with some restricted views. The other is a seated area behind the goal in a 'marquee' style stand. Prices are as follows:

Uncovered Terrace : Standing:

Adults: £16.00; Over 65s, Students: £9.00; Under-16s: £8.00.

Covered Stand : Seated:

Adults: £18.50; Over 65s, Students: £10.50; Under-16s: £9.50.

For any tickets that get as far as being on sale on the day of the game, there is a £2.00 pay on the day surcharge for all ticket categories.

Wheelchair users are charged £9.00 for adults with Under-16s admitted for £8.00. You can take an assistant free of charge. Note there are only three spaces available. Ambulant disabled supporters have ten spaces available at the same prices, although there are no provisions for an assistant here.


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26 July 2010 : Ex-Glovers Bent, Thomas And Parsons On The Move
Two former Yeovil Town players who have been at the same club until this summer have both found new homes and in doing so have gone their separate ways. Both winger/striker James Bent and centre-back Bradley Thomas have been at Isthmian League Premier Division side Hendon with both making small geographic moves to get to their next clubs.

Neither played in the same Yeovil Town side, with their times at Huish Park several years apart. James Bent has headed to Wingate and Finchley, having spent five years at Hendon, where he was their club captain last season. Having operated in a midfield role for Hendon, Wingate manager David Norman expects that to continue with his new club:

"James will add experience to the midfield and for the last three seasons has scored double figures from that role."

James was signed up by the Glovers after he was spotted by former Youth Team manager Stuart Housley and Assistant Manager Terry Cotton whilst playing for a Cornish representative side whilst on the books of Mousehole. He joined the club along with Anthony Tonkin and was one of the first players to turn professional at Huish Park when the club went full time in the spring of 2000.

He left the Glovers in January 2002, joining Chippenham Town for a nominal fee. He was later reunited with former manager Colin Lippiatt at Chesham United before moving on to play for Hemel Hempstead Town, Northwood and Leighton Town. By now a postman by trade, James joined Hendon in the summer of 2005.

Link: James Bent : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Making a somewhat lesser impression in a Yeovil Town shirt was Bradley Thomas, who arrived at Huish Park in January 2006, along with his former Weymouth team-mate Daniel Webb. Signed under the instructions of then club owner David Webb, Thomas managed only one FA Cup substitute appearance in the woeful exit against Rushden and Diamonds, landing only in the side due to a defensive crisis that had forced the Glovers to start Anthony Tonkin as a centre-back in the fixture.

That single appearance was sandwiched between loan spells with Tamworth and Boston United and it was no surprise when he was released at the end of his 18 month contract at Huish Park. With convicted tax fraudster Steve Evans having managed Thomas at Boston, the centre-back followed him to Crawley Town although he missed a large chunk of the 2007-08 season with a broken fibula. During the 2008-09 season, he joined King's Lynn before a brief spell with Sutton United in 2009. He joined Hendon in December 2009.

Thomas has now joined Braintree Town for the 2010-11 season, initially arriving on trial, with him having told Hendon that he wanted to move closer to his home. It's not entirely clear if Thomas has formally signed a deal with the Conference South side, but the 26 year old has featured in their pre-season friendlies and the assumption appears to be that he has been taken on by the Essex club.

Link: Bradley Thomas : Yeovil Town Statistics.

A third ex-Glover on the move is former Youth Team and Reserve Team centre-back Tom Parsons. Tom played for the club during the 2006-07 season and trained with the first team on a number of occasions. He has signed for Bridgwater Town for the 2010-11 season.

Link: Tom Parsons : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 July 2010 : Darren Way Hails 'Incredible' Atmosphere
Yeovil Town first team coach Darren Way has paid tribute to those involved in Saturday's Benefit Match against Manchester United Reserves. Whilst the 3-2 win for the Glovers was a bonus, the main part of the day was giving supporters a chance to say thank you to a player who first arrived on the scene at Huish Park 10 years ago, only to have his playing career cruelly ended in December 2008.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press after the game, which saw him appear as an 89th minute substitute, with manager Terry Skiverton having made a surprise appearance two minutes earlier, Way said that the whole atmosphere when he came on was incredible:

"I had been looking forward to it and words cannot describe how I feel, especially with the turnout and support. I could not have had a better way to end my football career. I got a touch of the ball, the gaffer played me in and I tried to play it with the outside of my left boot. As you can see, I am nowhere near as mobile as I used to be, but from where I was the noise from the crowd was incredible. I have had my best memories at Yeovil Town Football Club and it means so much for me to share those memories here, end my career here, with those supporters and the whole community."

Way has also thanked Manchester United and their Reserve Team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær for providing the opposition side. He said that it was a great way to go out on a high note:

"I take my hat off to Ole and everyone at Manchester United because they are a credit to the club. For them to come down and play for me in a benefit game, I cannot think of a better way to end my career."

Link: Yeovil 3 Man Utd 2 : That's The Way, I Like It.


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25 July 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : PSF: Yeovil Town 3 Manchester United Reserves 2
Yesterday's pre-season friendly against Manchester United Reserves naturally had the sense of a big occasion about it. The centre-point of the club's pre-season campaign, not just because of the opposition, but because this was Darren Way's Benefit Match.

Yet still, its role was also to prepare the team for the 2010-11 season. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog there is the usual look at how each player did individually, as well as how the team performed as a whole, and of course what the day itself was like.

Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own views on the day.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : PSF: Yeovil Town 3 Manchester United Reserves 2.


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25 July 2010 : Huish Park Sports Zone Pros And Cons Published
South Somerset District Council have published the strengths and weaknesses that they believe each Sports Zone site has in terms of their ability to support their plans to build extensive sports facilities within the town area. As part of their three day event that was open to the public last weekend, each of the seven plots of land had the council's own initial thoughts on each site.

Their views on the Huish Park land, which covers the Cowlin Stand car park, and the north-east training pitch are as follows:

Huish Park Strengths:
* Accessible location with links to main road network.
* Good links to wider sub region.
* Brownfield site within Yeovil’s Development Area.
* Potential co-location of sports facilities.
* Located in large catchment area.
* Focuses development reasonably close to large residential and employment areas.
* Free of environmental or heritage designations.

Huish Park Weaknesses:
* Constrained in terms of site size for future expansion.
* Loss of outside recreation land.
* Complex land covenants arrangements.
* May constrain Yeovil Town Football Club’s aspirations to develop their stadium
* Match day clashes could constrain community use, generate additional traffic and parking problems.

SSDC's point concerning Yeovil Town Football Club's future aspirations to develop their stadium is an interesting one. SSDC state that as part of the short-listing of the seven sites that they met with the land owners to discuss what plans they had for that land and whether those plans were in conflict with the Council's own plans. A statement explains:

"Meetings were held with land owners to determine whether they would be interested in their site being considered for the project. As a consequence a number of sites were withdrawn from the study as the owners had alternative aspirations for their site."

In the past, the club have indicated that they have ambitions to expand the stadium into an all-seater stadium capable of sustaining Championship level football. The capacity of the planned stadium has varied somewhat between 12,000 and 18,000 with Football League ground regulations making an all-seater stadium mandatory by the end of a promoted club's third season at Championship level. Clearly any Yeovil Sports Zone plans have to be proven as not being in conflict with the Football Club's own stadium development plans.

Link: Sports Zone Location Confirmed On Huish Park Land.

Link: Land 'East Of Huish Park' Shortlisted For Sports Zone Project.


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24 July 2010 : England And Caulker Scrape Through To Semi-Finals
England Under-19s got out of jail this afternoon, as a last ditch goal from substitute Matt Phillips kept them in the UEFA U19 Championship. With England having lost to the Dutch in midweek, their qualification through to the semi-final stage was on a knife-edge, and the cause wasn't helped by Yannis Tafer's 56th minute header that gave France the lead.

Former Yeovil Town central defender Steven Caulker was once again at the heart of England's defence, playing a full 90 minutes again, and he was very unlucky not to grab his first goal at international level when his header three minutes after the opener was cleared off the line by French striker Cédric Bakambu - the second match in succession that Caulker has been denied in this way.

The crucial moment didn't happen at the Stade Louis Villemer, but in Austria's second half goal against the Dutch that ruined their chance of progress, meaning that by the time Phillips equalised three minutes into injury time, the Three Lions were through to the semi-finals.

They will now face Spain Under-19s on Tuesday afternoon, kick-off 3.00p.m. with the match again being played at the Stade Louis Villemer in St-Lo. Croatia face France in the other semi-final.


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24 July 2010 : Today's Third Trialist Gibson Profiled
Earlier today, we covered profiles for this afternoon's trialists John Sullivan (goalkeeper) and Sean McAllister (midfielder). A third trialist appeared as a late second half substitute, and he has been identified as 19 year old former Watford winger Billy Gibson. He is capable of playing on either flank.

He was born in Harrow on September 30th 1990 and was given a two year scholarship by Watford in 2007, making 26 appearances for their Youth Team, along with 12 appearances for their Reserves in his opening season. He made his first team début for the Championship side in the League Cup in August 2008, which was to be his only appearance for the club.

However, during 2008-09, he suffered an injury and missed a large chunk of the season, only coming back in during the summer of 2009. He was loaned out to Isthmian League side Wealdstone in December 2009, scoring twice for them in five appearances.

He was released at the end of last season, but during the summer he has had a trial with League One side Carlisle United, with the Cumbrians having also looked at him during the tail end of last season. However they decided against offering him a deal just under a week ago after he had turned out for them against Newcastle United.

Link: Two On Trial For Glovers Today.


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24 July 2010 : Yeovil 3 Man Utd 2 : That's The Way, I Like It
A four minute purple patch by Yeovil Town saw them edge out a Manchester United Reserves side by a 3-2 scoreline at Huish Park this afternoon. Trailing by a single goal at the break, goals from Jean-Paul Kalala, Sam Williams and Adam Virgo gave them a home win for Darren Way's benefit match and to provide some fitting entertainment for the occasion.

The Glovers lined up with Millwall goalkeeper John Sullivan between the sticks but otherwise manager Terry Skiverton once again stuck with what looked to be close to a 'first choice' line-up. Luke Freeman was the other new face, having recovered from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the match last week.

Yeovil took their time in getting warmed up, but once they did, Luke Ayling headed over the bar, whilst Dean Bowditch struck the woodwork. Jean-Paul Kalala went just wide after he received the ball from a corner. Ravel Morrison was the main danger for the visitors, with Sullivan doing well to save with his legs as the Man United striker broke through.

Overall though, the Glovers were keeping possession well, even if the end product was slightly lacking. United were having to take the game to Yeovil on the break. However, when they fired shots on goal, they looked more clinical and dangerous and that was proven on 36 minutes when Rodrigo Possebon received the ball on the edge of the box, firing home through a crowd of players to give the visitors the lead.

There's little doubt that Manchester United Reserve Team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær will not be particularly impressed by the way his side started the second period. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton will have been thoroughly delighted. Three goals in five minutes ignited the spirits of those in green and white as United went to sleep.

Firstly Jean-Paul Kalala was given room to drive at the United defence straight down the middle and unleash a bullet of a shot that brought the crowd to their feet. An equalising goal at 1-1.

Two minutes later and the Glovers had the cheek to take the lead. A short corner caught United cat-napping back in the dressing room and when it was delivered into the box, Sam Williams arrived late to give Yeovil the lead. Two more minutes later, and it was 3-1 - another corner, and big Sam involved again. He won the ball inside the box, and put it back across for half time substitute Adam Virgo to head home. If Virgo wants a contract with the Glovers next week, that won't have done his chances any harm.

Not too surprisingly there was no way a half could continue like that. United eventually regained their composure, although the Glovers continued to control possession well. With 13 minutes remaining, they finally got a goal back, with Robbie Brady knocking in a half volley just inside the box. Perhaps the Glovers could claim they were distracted by six second half substitutions that had taken place just minutes before United's second goal.

The closing stages of the game brought the crowd what they wanted on the day. Firstly manager Terry Skiverton made a brief three minute appearance in a Yeovil Town shirt as he came on. But in the 89th minute, the crowd rose to their feet as Darren Way took to the field, replacing Nathan Jones. Whilst beating a Premier League Reserve side will be no doubt seen as an impressive result for the Glovers, that moment was the most important event of the day, to allow a true Yeovil hero his time on the pitch, and a chance for the crowd to acknowledge him for one last time in a Yeovil Town shirt.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Manchester United Reserves 2.

Scorers: Rodrigo Possebon (36 mins, 0-1), Jean-Paul Kalala (47 mins, 1-1), Sam Williams (49 mins, 2-1), Adam Virgo (51 mins, 3-1), Robbie Brady (77 mins, 3-2)

Yeovil Town: 1. John Sullivan 2. Craig Alcock 3. Nathan Jones 4. Paul Huntington ?. Andy Williams 7. Luke Ayling 9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch 11. Luke Freeman 14. Stefan Stam 21. Jean-Paul Kalala

Substitutes: Adam Virgo (46 mins for Paul Huntington), Danny Hutchins (75 mins), Ed Upson (75 mins), Sean McAllister (75 mins), Scott Guyett (75 mins), Craig Calver (75 mins), Billy Gibson (75 mins), Lloyd Matthews (75 mins), Terry Skiverton (87 mins for Luke Freeman), Darren Way (89 mins for Nathan Jones)

Manchester United: Conor Devlin, James Chester, Joe Dudgeon, Rodrigo Possebon, Craig Cathcart, Oliver Gill, Cameron Stewart, Ravel Morrison, Joshua King, Magnus Eikrem, Oliver Norwood

Substitutes: Nicky Ajose (73 mins for Cameron Stewart), Ryan Tunnicliffe (65 mins for Oliver Norwood), Robbie Brady (46 mins for Rodrigo Possebon), Jesse Lingard (84 mins for Robbie Brady), Scott Wootton

Attendance: 6,664.


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24 July 2010 : Two On Trial For Glovers Today
Yeovil Town have introduced (at least) two new faces for this afternoon's home pre-season friendly against a Manchester United XI. First up and starting the game is John Sullivan who is a goalkeeper on Millwall's books. He is currently Millwall's third choice goalkeeper behind David Forde and ex-Glover Steve Mildenhall, with the Southwark News having indicated last week that he was to be offered up to League One and League Two clubs for a loan spell.

He is 22 years old, and born in Sompting in West Sussex on March 8th 1988. Undoubtedly his connection with the Glovers is that he is a former Brighton and Hove Albion keeper, having been on their books as a professional for four years, and who joined the Seagulls at the age of 15, which would have put him into contact with Glovers goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts and assistant manager Nathan Jones. He has had loan spells with Burgess Hill and Hastings, where he was coached by Neville Southall.

Since moving to the New Den last summer, he has struggled to break past established No.1 keeper David Forde and the arrival of Mildenhall in London is likely to restrict his chances further.

The second new face is Sean McAllister who is sat on the bench today. He is also 22 years old and was born in Bolton on August 15th 1987. He is a 5'8" midfielder, who was a youth player for Bolton Wanderers before moving through the academy system for Sheffield Wednesday, joining them in 2003. He turned professional with the Yorkshire side in 2006, and spent four years at Hillsborough. He has also had loan spells with Mansfield Town and Bury. He was Sheffield Wednesday's Young Player of the Year for the 2005–06 season. He is a free agent after Wednesday released him during the summer.

A third face amongst Yeovil's substitutes today is former central defender Scott Guyett. As far as we know, Scott is just keeping himself fit at Huish Park rather than on trial as such.


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24 July 2010 : Skivo Grateful That Club Stood By Darren
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has thanked Chairman John Fry for standing by his close friend Darren Way when the midfielder's playing career was suddenly ended. On the day that Darren's Benefit Match takes place, the Glovers boss recalls that Fry vowed to look after Darren after he was involved in a road traffic accident in December 2008.

With Darren now a first team coach at Huish Park, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was grateful that Fry kept to his word:

"Darren is a major asset to the football club, and the Chairman (John Fry) and Martyn (Starnes) have seen that. They have stuck with him, and again I've got to thank the football club, and especially the Chairman. He was sat with me in the hospital at the time and he did say that he would look after Darren and he has been true to his word and I think that shows you a lot about the character of the man that is the Chairman, and also everyone else at the club for sticking with Darren. It will all come back ten-fold with how hard he'll work for Yeovil now and over this next period of years that I'm in charge here."

Skiverton pointed out that Way's value was not just measured by what he did in the dugout or on the training pitch, and explained that he was a very familiar and popular face around town:

"If anything happens with a school, or with a church fete or with a football team or with a charity, Darren is always in the town doing it as well. His face is very popular, everybody loves him and he puts himself out there for the supporters and for the people of the community."

Tickets for this afternoon's match are still available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until the 3.00p.m. kick-off.

For those who can't make it to the game, we will be providing updates via this site's Twitter account. Follow us at @ytfcciderspace and turn on SMS alerts for your mobile phone for the best effect.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Darren Way : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 July 2010 : Virgo Decision To Be Made Over Weekend
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton will use today's match against a Manchester United XI, to make a final decision on trialist Adam Virgo. The former Brighton and Hove Albion defender has been one of several trialists currently training at Huish Park, but the Glovers have yet to offer him a deal.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he likes what he has seen of him so far, but has delayed his decision because Virgo missed a pre-season friendly against Stevenage due to a minor knock. Following today's match - a benefit game for first team coach Darren Way - the Yeovil boss says that he will start to make some hard decisions:

"I like the look of him. I just needed to see him in one more game, because he was injured for the Stevenage game. Then I'll be making my mind up over the weekend. So there's a lot to think about. I'm getting phone calls every day now, although it's getting a bit late about certain players. But I'm pretty confident with the first team that I have got. It's a case of adding to build the squad, rather than actually looking for people to come into the team."

Skiverton has said that he is looking to bring in at least two new faces before the season begins, and he admits that he will have his eye on this afternoon's opposition and those in other friendly matches just as much as his own players:

"We're playing against Swansea City and Bristol City and they've both got big squads. We'll have to see which ones drop. I'd like to have everyone in by around the Bristol City or Torquay games and have everybody in for the last week and ready for the first game of the season. So I'm out watching games at the moment and we'll just see which ones drop in the next week and a half to two weeks."


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23 July 2010 : All Square For Young Glovers
A Yeovil Town XI drew 2-2 in a pre-season friendly against Wimborne Town tonight. In a match that featured the club's scholars in an Under-18 side, Yeovil went two goals down through goals from Jamie Davidson and James Stokoe.

Former Derby County winger Will Gordon netted just before the break to give Yeovil a half time 2-1 deficit. A second half goal from second year scholar Lewis Clarke restored parity.


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23 July 2010 : Interview With Darren Way
Saturday afternoon represents a poignant moment in Yeovil Town's recent history. Former midfielder, and now first team coach Darren Way will finally close down his playing career in a Benefit Match against a Manchester United XI at Huish Park.

As part of the build-up to that game, Darren spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin in an interview also recorded for BBC Points West about the game and what it means to him. The full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To His Benefit Game.


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23 July 2010 : Forinton Given Lengthy Ban For Betting Breach
Former Yeovil Town striker Howard Forinton has been banned from all football for a four month period. He was one of three former Redditch United players who admitted their guilt, having breached FA regulations concerning betting on football matches.

Matthew Clarke, Scott Rickards and Forinton were found guilty of placing bets on the game between Redditch and Stalybridge Celtic at the tail end of the 2007-08 season - a game in which all three players participated. The FA's Regulatory Commission has ruled that the motives behind the trio's actions did not relate to match fixing, however they regarded it as a blatant breach of the rules:

"The Football Association was clear in its submissions that there was no suggestion of match fixing implied in any of these cases. The suspensions and fines are imposed because the FA rules restricting betting by players (and others) on matches or competitions in which they are involved are vital to ensure public confidence in the integrity of football. These players were all in blatant breach of the rules."

Forinton was also fined £500 for the offence as well as his lengthy ban, but compared to Rickards and Clarke, he has got off lightly. Rickards was banned for six months and fined £2,500 for his role in the affair, with the FA also charging him with failure to assist the investigation.

Meanwhile Clarke, who is manager of Halesowen Town, where Rickards is his captain, has been banned for 12 months, whilst being fined £3,500. His punishment was more severe given that he received 25 charges from the FA concerning betting regulations, including 11 charges relating to three matches that he played in. Clarke has been forced to resign as manager of Halesowen as a consequence.

Daventry Town, who Forinton had only just joined from Woodford United, have yet to indicate whether they plan to stand by the 34 year old. The FA's commission have said that they took into account the fact that the trio pleaded guilty at the start of the hearing, and some mitigating circumstances that may have led all three down the wrong path:

"The Commission made some allowance for the eventual acceptance of guilt by each of the players meaning that the Commission only had to deal with the level of sanction to be applied as opposed to establishing guilt. The Commission also considered the mitigation in other areas submitted by the players, including the fact that the players were not expecting to play in the games on which they had placed a bet and also the fact they had not been paid by the club for several weeks increased their financial pressures. The Commission believes that the sanctions imposed properly reflect the seriousness of these offences."

Link: Howard Forinton : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 July 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Silence From The Boardroom Is Deafening
This week brought the surprising news that Yeovil Town's Huish Park ground had been named as one of seven candidate sites for the town's Sports Zone project. According to the SSDC plans published, this would involve the club giving up approximately half of its 26 acres to the council.

In the latest edition of Taff's Gloversblog, our blogger considers what that would mean, what we know, and more pertinently what we don't know. That and a look at the current squad situation and Darren Way's Benefit Match tomorrow can be found via the link below. As always, agreeable views and disagreeable views are welcomed via the comment box at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Silence From The Boardroom Is Deafening.


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23 July 2010 : Skivo Pays Tribute To Darren Way
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has paid tribute to his first team coach Darren Way, who has his Benefit Match tomorrow at Huish Park. Darren will make his final bow as a player with a brief cameo appearance against a Manchester United XI that travel down to Somerset for a pre-season friendly.

Whilst both are now part of Yeovil's management team, they were also team-mates as part of the Glovers' rise through the leagues over many years. The duo became close friends and in the summer of 2008, Darren was Skivo's best man at his wedding. On the flip side, Skiverton was by Way's bedside in December 2008 when a road traffic accident ended his career due to multiple injuries. Thus the Yeovil boss knows him well and has told BBC Somerset that he is a real live-wire behind the scenes:

"I think he's a real character. I don't think he's all there, to be honest with you! He's quite crazy at times and really funny. I think he's just a perfect family man as well. His family and my family are very close. He's got a good family unit at home and also with his family back in Plymouth. He's a very level-headed young man that's had his career taken away from him. He's had a lot to deal with, but he's got through it and he's a major asset to the football club."

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Skiverton adds that he is confident that Way will get a big turnout for tomorrow's match. Over 5,000 tickets are reported to have been sold for the match, with tickets also available on the day of the match itself. Skiverton said that he felt Way deserved that level of support:

"The people have so far come out in force because people appreciate not just what he has done for the football club, but what he has done for the town. Darren is a major asset to the football club and they have stuck with him. It will come back ten-fold with how far he works with Yeovil over the next period of years that I am here."

Darren's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets for the game will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office on the day of the match, or today by calling 01935-847888.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Darren Way : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 July 2010 : Bircham Back In Football
One of the less successful signings at Yeovil Town in recent years, Marc Bircham, has returned to playing football after officially retiring from the game in January 2009.

Bircham, now 32, has signed for Leverstock Green FC of the South Midlands League Premier Division, where he joins his brother, Lee Bircham. With the Youth Team Manager role at Queens Park Rangers as his day job, he expects only to take the field occasionally - so no change there then.

Speaking to Hemel Today earlier in the week, Bircham said of the friendly against Hemel Hempstead Town, where he came on for the second half:

"My wife had a baby on Thursday so I only had a couple of hours sleep Friday - I probably shouldn't have played! It was enjoyable but I was absolutely shattered afterwards. If I could get some games for this year I would be happy.

I wanted to come off but there were no subs left! I was just limping around.
" - so no change there either.

Link: Bircham Hangs Up His Boots

Link: Bircham Retirement Now Official

Link: Playing career of Marc Bircham with Yeovil Town


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23 July 2010 : Wimborne To Split Squad For Tonight's Friendly
If you thought that Yeovil Town might have logistical problems in playing two friendlies in less than 24 hours, then pity tonight's opponents Wimborne Town. The Southern League newcomers, like the Glovers, have also got a pre-season friendly arranged on the Saturday afternoon, with the Dorset side planning to make the short trip to Bashley in the New Forest the next day.

Whilst the Glovers will be sending their scholars and other Under-18s players down to Wimborne's Cuthbury ground, the home side are more stretched. Assistant manager Darren Powell has said that like the Glovers they will be splitting their squad into two, with one side playing in tonight's game and the other travelling to Bashley tomorrow:

"It is bit of a nightmare, but could pan out well for us as we will be able to give some of our fringe players and trialists an extended run out. Yeovil are sending their under 18s side, so we will be fielding trialists and giving a couple of goalkeepers we've been looking at pre-season their chance to impress. It will also allow our fringe players to have more time out on the pitch in a competitive game. James Wilson is also back from his holidays and we'll be able to give him a run out against Yeovil. And those that don't feature against Yeovil will make the trip to Bashley."

Tonight's match at Cuthbury kicks off at 7.45p.m.

Link: Glovers Arrange Wimborne Friendly.


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23 July 2010 : National Paper Wary Of Glovers Ground Plans
Today's The Guardian newspaper offers some cautionary views on Yeovil Town's current plans to form a new holding company that is designed to split the club's property assets away from the main football club operations.

The Glovers announced their plans on June 3rd - the formation of a new company Yeovil Town Holdings Limited that will 'own' the 'property assets' - i.e. the Huish Park stadium and surrounding land, whilst the football operations remain with the existing Yeovil Football And Athletic Club Limited (YF&ACL - more commonly referred to as Yeovil town Football Club) company continues to run the football operations. Since then, there have been no new details provided in terms of the club's plans.

In an article published in The Guardian's Digger series, largely relating to Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium plans, they end with the following text:

Yeovil On Shaky Ground

Despite the threat to Crystal Palace's existence that flowed from the separation of the club from their ground, yet another club is joining Southend United and Plymouth Argyle down that route. Yeovil Town's chairman, John Fry, announced last month: "The professional advice received has indicated that it will be significantly easier to attract the appropriate investment if our property assets are separated from the football club." Digger advises Yeovil fans to seek advice of their own.


Given this week's news concerning the Yeovil Sports Zone (see here and here) which the club have yet to officially acknowledge, it would certainly be helpful if the club would provide some detail on their strategy to answer a number of growing concerns within the supporter base.


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23 July 2010 : Darren Wants Benefit Game To Be A Positive Experience
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way will finally bring his playing career to a close. A Benefit Match against a Manchester United XI will provide the setting for the 30 year old, and Way wants the day to be viewed in a positive light, rather than as a sad moment in his life.

Bar a small cameo appearance in manager Terry Skiverton's testimonial 12 months ago, Way has not taken to the field since a road traffic accident in December 2008, and was forced to retire due to injuries sustained in that crash. Having to retire so early in his playing career was a big shock to the former Norwich City trainee, but he has told BBC Somerset that he wanted to make tomorrow's match at Huish Park a positive experience:

"I've had a lot of emotional stress in my life, obviously due to the crash. But I want to see this as a positive rather than as a negative. It's not easy to accept that your career is gone and it's been very difficult to come to terms with. I'm not going to lie - it's kept me up in a lot of sleepless nights. But I'm willing to move on, and I have to move on. No-one is going to feel sorry for me. Having Manchester United coming down in my final game has to be a positive."

Darren's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets for the game will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office on the day of the match, or today by calling 01935-847888.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.


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22 July 2010 : Chris To Get Wealey Hammered Second Time Round?
Going all the way back to January 2004, a young Yeovil Town goalkeeper was invited up to London to train with West Ham United, having had just six months experience in the Football League. At the age of 21, Chris Weale played for the Hammers against Arsenal Reserves and trained with them twice a week, whilst their manager Alan Pardew mulled over the possibility of a formal bid for Yeovil's No.1 keeper. That move never came, and Wealey remained at Huish Park for another 18 months before departing for Bristol City, following Gary Johnson up the A37.

Now, over six years later, Sky Sports is claiming that the Hammers are back and looking at the 28 year old, following Wealey's impressive season with Championship side Leicester City where he has had a number of rave reviews. Their article is a highly speculative one, but claims that West Ham are lining up a bid for the former East Coker resident, with England goalkeeper Robert Green the only keeper of note firmly signed up by Avram Grant.

Sky don't offer up any quotes, sources, bid values or anything substantial in their article. However, it may be one worth keeping half an eye on in the weeks to come, in case it has any truth behind it.

Link: Chris Weale : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 July 2010 : Skivo Looking At Two More Signings To Start Season
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has set himself a target of bringing in at least two more new faces before the 2010-11 season commences. The Glovers are now just 16 days from opening their season with a home match against Leyton Orient but currently have just 13 recognised professionals outside the coaching staff, including one that is on the transfer list.

Skiverton has told BBC Bristol that he is aware that he does need to add to his current squad, and believes he will do that within the next fortnight:

"There will be at least two new faces coming in. We have a good 13 or 14 players, now we just need to add to that. Once we do, I think we'll have a very strong squad going into the new season."

Skiverton has hinted in the past that one or two of the players he is after belong to clubs that have had representatives at the World Cup. He also points out that a number of his targets have been away on overseas tours:

"I have to be patient, a lot of the players we've been looking at have been away on tour with their current teams. I'm out watching games at the moment, it's just waiting for the right phone calls to come back. We'll have to see which ones drop. I'd like to have them all here for the last week leading up to the first game of the season."

In terms of what sort of players Skiverton is likely to be after, then there is no doubt that one of those players will need to be a goalkeeper. Apart from goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts, who has not played a competitive game since May 2004 when he retired from football with a back injury, the Glovers do not have a keeper on their books.

As for other positions, Skivo is not giving away too many clues. Amongst his ranks he has a multitude of trialists, with Adam Virgo (centre-back), Billy Knott (left-wing), Sam Hewson (midfield), Kevin Lacroix (centre-back) and Craig Calver (striker) - a fair split across all outfield places. Second-guessing where Skiverton sees his priorities will not be easy.


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22 July 2010 : Wanderers Let Sansara Go
League Two side Wycombe Wanderers have decided against giving former Walsall left-back Netan Sansara a contract offer. They had played him in three pre-season friendlies but have decided this week that they do not wish to offer him a deal.

In releasing Sansara and former Swansea City midfielder Matt Collins, Wycombe boss Gary Waddock told their official site:

"I've had a good look at both players in training and in our friendly matches and decided not to take our interest any further. They're both good players and I'd like to thank them for coming down. I'd like to wish them both the best of luck in finding a club and I'm sure they'll do a good job for someone."

The BBC Sport website (via BBC Radio Shropshire) had just under a week ago claimed that Yeovil Town were interested in the player, along with Conference North side AFC Telford. Sansara is now obviously free to make his next move. How strong an interest the Glovers have in him hasn't at any stage been made clear. We'll keep an eye out on where he lands next.

Link: Glovers Linked With Ex-Walsall Full-Back.


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21 July 2010 : Picture Of Yeovil Town's New Away Kit
A picture of Yeovil Town's new away kit can now be seen online. The Western Gazette's satellite website 'My Glovers' is hosting a picture of the kit alongside an interview with new midfielder Ed Upson.

Striker Sam Williams can be seen modelling the kit, to the right of the interview article. The club plan to put the kit on sale in the Huish Park Club Shop From Thursday morning. The kit will be used over the following two seasons for selected away matches.

Link: My Glovers : Ed Upson Interview.


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21 July 2010 : Caulker And England Beaten By Dutch
England Under-19s went down 1-0 in their second tournament match today as they couldn't recover from the shock of an early Dutch goal. A sixth minute header by Steven Berghuis put Holland Under-19s in the driving seat, and they stifled England well throughout the match to conserve their lead.

In a match that saw former Yeovil Town central defender Steven Caulker clock up a full 90 minutes at the back, the Dutch got lucky thanks to a howler from referee Gediminas Mazeika who ruled out Nathan Delfouneso's second half equaliser for handball, despite television replays showing the the ball had gone nowhere near the striker's arm.

Caulker set up Delfouneso for England's best other chance - his header in the box finding the Aston Villa striker, only for the Dutch to clear the ball off the line. Caulker also went close himself - winning a powerful header in the second half, but getting under the ball a little too much and seeing his attempt loop over the bar.

England now need to get at least a draw, possibly a win out of their final group game, with the opposition being hosts France at the Stade Louis Villemer in St-Lo on Saturday, kick-off 5.00p.m. Perhaps ominously, the French thrashed Austria 5-0 today, having already seen off the Dutch by a 4-1 scoreline. The match will be screened live on the British Eurosport channel.


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21 July 2010 : Terry On Trial For The Tynesiders
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Terry has headed for a trial with Gateshead. The 31 year old has been out of contract since being released by Rushden and Diamonds at the end of last season. Whilst the North-East club are another Conference National side, this is a bit of a geographical shift for the Londoner, who aside from Yeovil Town and Rushden has played his career with Dagenham and Redbridge, Leyton Orient and Grays Athletic.

The Newcastle Evening Chronicle believe that Tynesiders manager Ian Bogie is specifically looking for a midfield enforcer, which fits Terry's credentials well, and Bogie says that Terry will get a chance to shine against Gateshead's neighbours Sunderland and Newcastle United next week, having already played for them in a friendly last night against Harrogate Town:

"Terry was comfortable in the middle of the park. He is a good organiser and talker and he will train with the squad next week. He hasn’t had the benefit of training in a team environment and has been working out by himself, so it will do him good to get a full week in. He will feature in the pre-season friendlies against Sunderland and Newcastle United X1s next week and we’ll then take it from there."

Since leaving Yeovil Town, Paul has spent two years with Leyton Orient before signing for Grays Athletic at the start of the 2009-10 season. However, he only stayed with Grays for a month before moving to Rushden, where he was a regular in their side. He parted company with Diamonds following newspaper allegations in The Mirror newspaper, suggesting that he had an affair with a player's partner. However, a statement issued by Rushden in June claimed that they had offered Terry a new deal and that he only left because the two parties could not agree personal terms:

"The club very much wanted Paul to stay, but due to budgetary constraints, we could not agree personal terms. The midfielder has decided to look elsewhere for football."

Link: Paul Terry : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Gateshead also have former Yeovil Town right-winger Martin Brittain on their books. He is back in football after 10 months out of the game following a nasty double-leg break in September 2009. He made his comeback on July 8th in a friendly against a Middlesbrough XI. Brittain broke both his tibia and fibula in a Conference National match against Hayes and Yeading United in an injury that was so serious that the match was abandoned with Brittain needing a morphine injection on the pitch and with him requiring 40 minutes of treatment. He also played against Harrogate last night and so looks to be back on the mend.

Following his two loan spells with Yeovil Town during the 2006-07 season, he has had brief spells with Carlisle United and Walsall after being released by Ipswich Town, but followed it up with a much more successful 2008-09 season with Kidderminster Harriers where he was a mainstay of their side. His double leg-break at Gateshead has meant that he has made just five appearances for the Tynesiders, scoring two goals.

Link: Martin Brittain : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 July 2010 : Ex-Striker Morris Signs For Harriers
Former Yeovil Town striker Lee Morris has signed for Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers. The 30 year old has penned a 12 month contract at Aggborough after appearing in a pre-season friendly match against non-league side Chasedown last night.

Lee had spent part of the pre-season on trial for League Two side Bradford City but Kiddy manager Steve Burr invited him in on trial this week and was quick to make his move. Speaking to the Express and Star newspaper Burr explained:

"This can be a fresh start for him. It goes without saying he is someone who knows where the net is. Lee has gone for some big money during his career and he will bring some real experience to the side – as well as some goals."

Lee was a free agent over the summer, having been released by League Two side Hereford United immediately after coming back from a loan spell with Forest Green Rovers.

Link: Lee Morris On Trial With Bantams.

Link: Lee Morris : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 July 2010 : Saturday's Opponents Keep Same Squad For Pars Thrashing
Just over a week ago, we took a look at the current Manchester United Reserves squad that is likely to come down to Huish Park. A side managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjær played Curzon Ashton last week, and over the weekend, they travelled to play Scottish First Division side Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park.

Despite this being United's second string, they romped home by a 5-1 scoreline with Joshua King (twice), Nick Ajose, Rodrigo Possebon and substitute Will Keane the scorers. The single goalscorer for the Pars was none other than former Glovers striker Andy Kirk.

Across the two matches, Solskjær has selected a near identical line-up, with only a couple of swaps between the bench and the starting eleven from the side that played Curzon. The squad itself has stayed constant for both matches. It's probably safe to say that barring the odd surprise that this will be the squad that travels to Huish Park on Saturday.

The team that played against Dunfermline were as follows in a 4-4-2 formation:

Manchester United Reserves:
Conor Devlin
Scott Wootton, James Chester, Oliver Gill, Joe Dudgeon
Oliver Norwood, Rodrigo Possebon, Magnus Eikrem, Ravel Morrison
Joshua King, Nicky Ajose

Subs: Sam Johnstone (46 mins for Conor Devlin), Ryan Tunnicliffe (64 mins for James Chester), Zeki Fryers (64 mins for Joe Dudgeon), Robbie Brady (46 mins for Oliver Norwood), Cameron Stewart (46 mins for Ravel Morrison), Will Keane (46 mins for Joshua King), Jesse Lingard (64 mins for Nicky Ajose).

Link: Early Look At First Two Home Friendly Opponents (Curzon Ashton Match).


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20 July 2010 : Win A Signed Yeovil Shirt On Saturday
Yeovil Town fans will have a chance to win a signed shirt as part of Darren Way's benefit match against a Manchester United XI on Saturday. The shirt will be part of a raffle that will have tickets sold in the Beer Tent (or Hospitality Marquee if you prefer) before the game.

The winning ticket will be drawn out after the game, and assuming he is not diverted in another direction, it is hoped that Darren himself will draw out the winning ticket.

Until the game is over, there won't be any promises as to how many signatures will land on the shirt. It's probably safe to say that all of the Yeovil Town players participating in the game will sign it. Hopefully the opposition squad will also add their scribbles as well.

Meanwhile don't forget that Away Travel Club organiser Mark Kelly will have his supply of Commemorative Badges on sale from the Beer Tent and on the Home Terrace on Saturday. For full details and pictures, click on the article below. The badges come in four different varieties.

Link: Hi-Res Pictures Of Darren Way Commemorative Badges.


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20 July 2010 : Maguire Tries To Restart Career At Crewe
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Danny Maguire has come back on the radar, after disappearing for a year. He is on trial with League Two side Crewe Alexandra and is due to get sized up in a pre-season friendly against West Bromwich Albion tonight.

The 20 year old was released by his parent club Queens Park Rangers over the summer of 2009 but has not played since with his last competitive match being in Yeovil Town colours. A bad knee injury required an operation that meant that he missed the whole of the 2009-10 season, having required surgery.

Crewe boss Dario Gradi explained that he picked up on Maguire's availability through unusual circumstances:

"His grandad walked into the training ground and asked if he could have a trial. With the time he's been out I'd have thought he would look rusty, but he has been fine in training. We'll have another look at him. Initially it was to do someone a favour, to have a look at him and say 'maybe not for us, but try this club' and that may still be the case."

Maguire arrived at Huish Park in March 2009 as one of a large number of loanees brought in during manager Terry Skiverton's early days. However, despite a regular dose of benchwarming, he only made a single appearance, against Hartlepool United, on April 18th 2009.

Link: Danny Maguire : Yeovil Town Statistics.

As a point of interest, the Newcastle Chronicle indicates that Yeovil Town have given a trial to their Plymouth-born defender Ben Tozer. The 20 year old is currently on trial with Leyton Orient and has travelled with them to North Devon to take part in this summer's South West Challenge Cup. The Newcastle press indicate that the Glovers had given Tozer a trial prior to Leyton taking him on but don't state when that took place.

Tozer is a former Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle youth team player who was signed by Newcastle in January 2008 on a 4.5 year contract for a £250,000 fee, rising to one million if he makes the grade there. As yet his two appearances may mean that Swindon have to make do with the initial fee. Tozer remains on Newcastle's books, but former Glovers boss Russell Slade now has a chance to take him on loan. It's possible that his trial with the Glovers took place whilst Slade was still at Huish Park, however the wording suggests that it was a more recent development.


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20 July 2010 : Collis Turns Out Posh
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Collis will be between the sticks for League One side Peterborough United tonight. The 29 year old will play in a pre-season friendly for Gary Johnson's side in a game against League Two side Gillingham. There's no mention of whether Collis is on trial at London Road, or whether Gary is merely doing a favour for a player who has played for him at both Yeovil Town and Bristol City.

Collis is a free agent, having left Ashton Gate after a fairly unproductive six month spell with the Championship side, failing to clock up a first team appearance with them. A final day of season appearance for Torquay United on an emergency loan represented one of only two first team matches played by Collis during 2009-10. The other was for Crewe Alexandra, who had pushed him to the sidelines after 18 months at Gresty Road. Before that he had two years with Southend United, again mainly as a back-up keeper, clocking up 26 appearances across two seasons.

Link: Steve Collis : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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20 July 2010 : Murray Goes For A Bath
Yesterday we mentioned that former Yeovil Town right-winger Scott Murray had left League Two Aldershot after a short trial. He has now agreed a 12 month contract with Conference National newcomers Bath City, who operate on a part time basis, thus satisfying Murray's need for a club that can work with his plans to take up a coaching role with Bristol City.

Murray stands to make his début in a pre-season friendly at Twerton Park tonight, with League One side Exeter City their opponents.

Link: Scott Murray : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Murray Shown The Door At Aldershot.

Bath have also signed up former Yeovil Town youth team striker Jake Reid. The 23 year old had spent the latter part of the 2009-10 season with Salisbury City after being released by Weymouth in March 2010. At the time he left Weymouth last season, he was their top scorer, but left due to their financial problems.

Jake played for Yeovil's Reserve and Youth Teams between 2003 and 2005 before leaving to take up a place with University side Team Bath and has also played for Yate Town. He is the brother of West Bromwich Albion striker Reuben Reid.


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19 July 2010 : Murray Shown The Door At Aldershot
League Two side Aldershot have confirmed that former Yeovil Town winger Scott Murray will not be offered a contract with them. Scott, who was released by the Glovers this summer, had been on trial at the Recreation Ground, but now looks likely to concentrate on a coaching career with Bristol City.

Aldershot first team manager Kevin Dillon confirmed to their official site that Murray's coaching commitments at Ashton Gate were likely to make staying as a full time player an impossible scenario:

"Scott has been training with us during the summer but it is likely that he will be staying at his former club in a part-time coaching role that will limit his opportunities on the playing side. I wish Scott all the best for the future."

Whether Scott retires entirely from the game, or whether he looks for a more local part-time West Country side remains to be seen.

Link: Scott Murray : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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19 July 2010 : Sports Zone Location Confirmed On Huish Park Land
Further to our earlier article concerning the shortlist of proposed sites for the Yeovil Sports Zone, outline plans confirm that the area 'East of Huish Park' is part of the Huish Park land owned by Yeovil Town Football Club.

The plot of land on council documents below shows the proposed site as Plot No. 26. To the bottom left of Plot No. 26, just outside, you can see a rectangle that represents the Huish Park Stadium. To the right of Plot No. 26, you can view the Western Avenue road that runs North-South to the East of the Huish Park land.

It's therefore fairly easy to conclude that the plot of land proposed represents the Cowlin (East) Stand car park (both upper and lower parts) and the top training pitch. The Huish Park stadium itself, the away end and executive car parks, plus the Top Pitch that used to be used by the Youth Team all lie outside the boundary. As a rough approximation, Plot No. 26 appears to hold around half of Huish Park's 26 acres. If that plot of land is given over to the Yeovil Sports Zone, then the very large majority of supporters would not be able to park at Huish Park unless alternative provisions were made.
Yeovil Sports Zone : The 'East of Huish Park' area is Plot No. 26
Yeovil Sports Zone : The 'East of Huish Park' area is Plot No. 26.
Photo © 2010 SSDC/BBC

Clearly with the land representing approximately 50 percent of the Huish Park complex, this raises a number of questions as to what the clubs plans are. If they are successful in their venture, do they plan to sell off the Huish Park land, or lease it to the controlling body or company? Will any generation of funds go to the Yeovil Football and Athletic Company Ltd (aka Yeovil Town Football Club) or to the newly formed Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd? What provisions would be put in place to allow for sufficient parking for spectators on match days?

We're obviously at a very early stage here. The experience of the initial Sport Zone project shows that even when you're down to a shortlist of one location, that can be still thrown out at council level. However, if the club want to tread down this line, then they need to sell the idea to their own supporters, as well as local residents and the council itself.

For those who are interested in the other locations, the BBC Somerset website holds all seven plots on a slideshow. Follow the link below to see all the other alternative locations.

Link: BBC Website : Yeovil Sports Zone Locations.

Link: Land 'East Of Huish Park' Shortlisted For Sports Zone Project.


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19 July 2010 : Land 'East Of Huish Park' Shortlisted For Sports Zone Project
South Somerset District Council have issued a press statement outlining the seven candidate locations for their Sports Zone complex. They are currently undergoing a period of consultation concerning the seven sites as part of a second wave of attempts to establish a location for a suite of leisure facilities that could include a 50m-competition pool, a leisure pool with flumes, a fitness gym, an indoor sports hall, and an indoor tennis centre and climbing centre.

Of possible, but not definite interest to Yeovil Town fans, is that one of their seven candidate sites is listed as Land East of Huish Park. What isn't clear from their website is whether they are referring to land east of the Huish Park Stadium itself (which could mean the Cowlin Stand car park) or land east of the 26 acres of land that comprises the freehold owned by Yeovil Town Football Club.

We have asked the council for clarification, but if anyone went to this weekend's open days and happened to view any plans, we'd be interested to know exactly where the proposed site is - email us via the usual address below. Beyond the Huish Park land is Abbey Manor Estate where there is little obvious land available for such a site to be situated.

But at the very least, even if this has nothing to do with Yeovil Town Football Club, it would suggest that it is something that could potentially affect traffic and parking on match days in the area. In that context it does have relevance to Glovers fans.

The seven locations listed by SSDC are as follows (in alphabetical order): Brimsmore Key Site, Bunford, Keyford, Land adjacent to Garador, Land East of Huish Park, Yeovil Recreation Ground and Yeovil Showground.

Of the seven, Yeovil Recreation Ground (aka Mudford Rec) had been earmarked in January 2009 as the single candidate site for the Sports Zone complex. But a fairly stormy meeting at Westland Leisure Complex saw the Council vote 32-24 in favour of the general principle of the Sports Zone project, but to vote 31-25 against the siting of the project at Mudford Rec. Most of the objections came from local residents who believed they were losing green open land where other better sites existed. It will therefore raise a few eyebrows to find it land on the short-list again.


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19 July 2010 : Ex-Glover Richardson Signs For Reading Town
Former Yeovil Town striker Marcus Richardson has signed for Reading Town. The Hellenic Premier Division side have drafted in almost an entire new team, of which Richardson is the biggest name, with the 32 year old having been on the books of Windsor and Eton last season. The target man will also one a team of three people who will act as assistants to manager Roddy Slater. The Reading Town boss said of Richardson:

"Marcus is a great character and I am sure will do a good job for us."

Richardson was one of Gary Johnson's less successful signings, drafted in during the closing stages of the 2004-05 season. In reality, he was insurance to help pad out a playing squad that was on its way to the League Two title. He could claim little influence in the final result - making four appearances and scoring zero goals. He was invited back for pre-season training for the 2005-06 season, but instead chose to sign for Chester City and thus his short stay at Huish Park was over.

Whilst at Chester he had a loan spell with Macclesfield Town, before moving south again and signing for Weymouth for the 2006-07 season. However, he never played a game for the Terras before he was off again, this time to Cambridge United, yet by January another transfer saw him join Crawley Town where he lasted six months.

A single game spell with League Two side Bury saw him briefly head back into the Football League, but after a month with the Shakers he headed back down to his Reading home and signed for Farnborough where he finally settled, scoring 32 goals in 88 league appearances across two seasons.

Last season, he started with Henley Town where he first met Reading Town manager Roddy Slater, but moved on to Windsor and Eton for the remainder of the season. He also played in the Reading Sunday League, signing forms with Dee Road Rangers and helping them complete a league and cup double, perhaps suggesting that Marcus isn't too bothered about a career in football these days, as long as he can get a game for someone.

Link: Marcus Richardson : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Former Yeovil Town Youth Team goalkeeper Alex Sprake is currently training with Sherborne Town and Tiverton Town. The keeper was largely playing second fiddle to scholar Steve Boore, but challenged him for his position on a number of occasions during the early part of last season.


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19 July 2010 : Verbal Agreement In Place For Goalkeeper
Yeovil Town are continuing to close in on a loan goalkeeper who they hope will be their first team mainstay for the 2010-11 season. The Glovers are looking to go down the same route they took with Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy by borrowing from another club on a long term basis rather than securing a permanent signing for that position.

The Glovers had been trialling former Bradford City and Huddersfield Town keeper Matt Glennon earlier this month, but he has disappeared off the radar, with manager Terry Skiverton not mentioning him in Saturday's pre-match interview, and with him not featuring in the match against Swansea City it's probably safe to assume that his trial with the club has been ended.

On Thursday, Skiverton spoke of having three shortlisted loan keepers on his radar, with a clear front runner. He has now told this morning's Western Daily Press that, subject to injury of any of the unnamed club's goalkeepers, that he has a deal done in principle. Speaking to the paper after Saturday's match he explained:

"In principle we have had one agreed. It is a verbal agreement and we have shaken hands on it, but things can fall through and players can get injured. We are just waiting, looking at the results of the team specified and just praying none of their first-choice keepers get injured. We are in a good position with what we did with Alex McCarthy and the standard he got to with England Under-21s. Teams have seen that and a couple have approached us with keepers."

The Glovers used last season's back-up keeper Richard Martin in the second half on Saturday. However, Skiverton's general tone suggests that Martin is only training with the club and is not being considered for a contract. It's not clear at this stage what the Yeovil boss plans to do in terms of back-up for his main keeper, but it would be a major surprise if a second custodian was not brought in. Goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts is available to step in, and plans to register himself as a player, but he is officially retired from professional football due to a back injury and so would only be used in a League One match in a significant emergency.


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18 July 2010 : Caulker Clocks Up 8th England Cap
Former Yeovil Town loan centre-back Steven Caulker clocked up his 8th England Under-19s appearance today. In doing so he helped the Three Lions win their opening group game against Austria Under-19s in a game played at Stade du Hazé, Flers in North France.

The match was part of the opening day's football in the UEFA European U19 Championship Finals. Two goals from West Ham United striker Frank Nouble in the first half flattered England a touch, so when Austria grabbed one back early in the second half through David Alaba it looked like England had a game on their hands.

But three minutes later, England restored their two goal advantage, with Thomas Cruise firing home to make it 3-1. Gernot Trauner made it interesting with 17 minutes left but that was the final goal of the game in a 3-2 victory for England. Caulker did come close to scoring in the second half - a flicked header beat the Austrian goalkeeper as he came off his line from an England set-piece, but a defender was able to stop the ball from going into the net.

Caulker himself was subbed with three minutes remaining for Josh Thompson - hopefully just a precaution for a knock he had picked up earlier in the second half. England play their second group game against Holland this coming Wednesday, kick-off 5.00p.m. at the Stade Henry Jeanne, Bayeux and again the match will be live on the British Eurosport channel.

Link: Steven Caulker : Yeovil Town Statistics.

On a slightly tenuous note, congratulations are due today to Sam Weale who has become the first British man to win an individual medal at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Hungary. Sam, who is based at the University of Bath, is the twin brother of former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale. This is also Sam's first European or World Championship medal and so represents a personal milestone as well. Sam won silver in today's competition.


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18 July 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : PSF: Yeovil Town 0 Swansea City 1
The day after Yeovil Town's first (public) pre-season friendly, and a day to analyse all of those players supporters feasted their eyes on - particularly the new ones. Whilst the 0-1 home defeat at Swansea City may not have been the result that Glovers fans wanted, it was the individual performances a lot of people were looking at, and Taff's Gloversblog gives the usual blow-by-blow analysis of each player on show yesterday.

Read on via the link below, and particularly if you were at yesterday's match, feel free to give your own views on how things are progressing.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : PSF: Yeovil Town 0 Swansea City 1.


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18 July 2010 : Caulker Reflects On Time At Huish Park
Former Yeovil Town loan player Steven Caulker has been reflecting upon his time at Huish Park. The central defender spent a full season with the Glovers last season, making 46 appearances in all competitions and picking up the majority of the Player of the Season awards.

Steven has admitted that he didn't expect to play a full season with the Glovers and had expected to only be out on loan for a couple of months:

"I was very happy with my progress over the last season. I wasn't expecting to do so much and to do so well, but you always look to improve. I think there's bits of my game that I could improve, but I'll look to add those to my game in pre-season. I wasn't expecting to go out on loan so early. I was looking at the back end of the season, the last two or three months, so I was pleased to get through it."

Having been part of the Tottenham Hotspur academy sides throughout the years, Steven was thrown in the deep end, by playing at League One level. He admitted that playing for a club's first team was a different challenge to playing for Tottenham's youth sides:

"It was a step up - mainly physically but also mentally. In youth football there's a certain amount of pressure on you but it's not the same as playing for your mortgage and kids. You need to get into the club's mentality pretty quickly. It's not just 'if you make a mistake, you make a mistake'. Obviously you need to move on from that but you also have to realise the consequences for people who lose their win bonuses and things like that. If you don't stay up then it's a problem for a lot of the players who will be out of contract. But it's a nice pressure I think."

Steven cited players such as centre-back partner Terrell Forbes as being people he particularly learned from during his time at Huish Park, but added that whilst he started off listening to what his team-mates had to tell him, that after a while, he was also contributing to the talk on the field of play:

"It was quite a young team at Yeovil but we did have some older, more experienced players and they taught me some tricks. It definitely helps, they talked me through a lot of it and they definitely helped my game - I started to talk to them a lot more as well. You see a lot of the picture at the back and you start to realise the importance of communication. If there's a man on your team-mate's shoulder and you don't tell them and they score, it's just as much your fault as it is theirs."

At the end of the season, Steven picked up End of Season Awards from the GWSC, Cary Glovers and the Away Travel Club as well as the Young Player Award, missing out only on the Western Gazette player of the season award. He said that those awards were something that he had set his sights on:

"I managed to get the player of the season award, which I really wanted, and when I won that it was a proud moment. I thought that I'd come quite far. I thanked the manager and the players for their support."

Caulker should make his 8th appearance for England Under-19s today - an impressive feat given that when he arrived at Huish Park he had not played at that level for England. Today he will line up against Austria Under-19s in the first match of England's appearance in the UEFA European U19 Championship Finals.

"It's definitely a good experience, seeing other players and playing against them. There are no misfits. Everyone there is of a high quality and I enjoy it. Again it's a pressure but a nice pressure, and playing for your country is an honour."

To watch Steven play against Austria, tune into the British Eurosport channel at 5.00p.m. today for live coverage of the game. Eurosport are also showing France vs Netherlands immediately following that match.

Link: Steven Caulker : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 July 2010 : Hard Cheese For Young Glovers
Yeovil Town's Under 18s lost out by a 2-0 scoreline against Cheddar yesterday. The Glovers put out a side that was missing striker Lloyd Matthews, who was on first team duty at Huish Park, whilst another striker Robert Clowes plus Adam Cleary and Tyler Sheppard were also absent.

Whilst the Youth Team will play a practice match on Wednesday, the next game for the viewing public will be Friday's trip to Wimborne Town.


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17 July 2010 : 2010-11 Youth Team Full Fixture List
Further to our earlier article concerning the Youth Alliance League Cup, the complete set of fixtures for Yeovil Town's Under 18s side are now loaded onto our database. Follow the link below.

Last season the venue chosen for each home match varied quite a lot, so if you are looking to attend any matches, keep an eye out even up to the morning of the match for any late information.

Link: 2010-11 Youth Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Youth Alliance Cup Draw.

Link: Glovers Sign Up Six New Scholars.


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17 July 2010 : Glovers Take French Defender On Trial
Yeovil Town have taken 25 year old French centre-back Kevin Lacroix on trial. He was born in Paris on October 13th 1984 and last season was on the books of German side Eintracht Trier who play in the German Regionalliga.

According to one European statistics website, Lacroix played 22 times for Eintracht last season, scoring one goal. During the previous season, he played 33 times for the same side, scoring two goals.

The Regionalliga is the fourth tier of German football and includes a fair number of Reserve Team sides of Germany's more prominent clubs. Those who travelled for Yeovil's 2005-06 pre-season tour will recall the Glovers playing Preußen Münster and a Bayer Leverkusen Reserve side. Both play at Eintracht's level.

Kevin has also played for Sportfreunde Lotte and has represented France at Junior level. Although he is French, he is almost certainly the 'German' central defender that manager Terry Skiverton has referred to in previous interviews.

Kevin came on as a second half substitute in this afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Swansea City.


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17 July 2010 : Ex-Chelsea Midfielder On Trial For Glovers
Yeovil Town have taken former Chelsea midfielder Billy Knott on trial. Knott is 17 years old, born on November 28th 1992 in Canvey Island, and joined Chelsea as an 14 year old.

He is a left-sided player who can play either on the wing or as a more central option in a 4-3-3. Chelsea have also used Billy as a left-back in their Academy games, as the London side looked to improve the defensive side of his game. He has represented England at various levels, including at Under 16 and Under 17 level and has also been on the books of West Ham United.

He had captained Chelsea Under 16s during 2007-08 during which they won the Cobham Cup. But a cruciate ligament injury and a non-footballing (and non-disciplinary) issue kept him out of Chelsea's academy side for much of the 2008-09 season. He was ultimately released by Chelsea from their academy after an unspecified disciplinary issue early in the 2009-10 season was followed by a red card in a game against his former club West Ham, and then another unspecified disciplinary issue. As a result he became a free agent before the end of the season.

Billy played in this afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Swansea City, coming on as a second half substitute.


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17 July 2010 : Hewson On Trial For Glovers
Yeovil Town have taken former Manchester United midfielder Sam Hewson on trial. The 21 year old was released by United over the summer. He is a former England Under 19 international player, who has seen loan spells with League Two sides Hereford United and Bury.

Hewson started his youth career with AFC Bolton at the age of eight before being taken on by Manchester United a year later. He signed a trainee contract with them in the summer of 2005, playing 28 matches for their Under 18s during the following season, and making his debut for the Reserves. The following year, he became captain of their Under 18s, making a further 26 appearances.

In the summer of 2007, he signed his first professional contract with the club, playing 22 times during the 2007-08 season for their Reserve side. In December of that season, he was an unused substitute in a Champions League qualifying match against Roma.

His first spot of actual first team football came in January 2009 when he went on a three month loan with Hereford United, clocking up 10 appearances and scoring three goals. During the following season, in February 2010, he went out on loan with Bury, making seven appearances, although with six of them coming from the bench.

Sam came on as a second half substitute during this afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Swansea City to make his debut in a green and white shirt.


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17 July 2010 : Yeovil 0 Swansea 1 : Cotterill Early Strike Sinks Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to a single David Cotterill goal this afternoon, as Championship side Swansea City deservedly clocked up a win. The goal came just six minutes into the match after Craig Beattie set him up in the box, with the Glovers defence too slow to spot the move, or to close Cotterill down before he shot home inside the area.

Before that new signing Andy Williams had proved himself to be a threat on the right wing, producing a strong run only to find Andy Welsh just failing to get on the end of the final ball. Williams produced several good crosses during the half, but Sam Williams and Dean Bowditch weren't really on song during the game and struggled to create chances.

At the other end, Swansea's best chance came from Darren Pratley, who burst through the centre of the Yeovil defence, only to find goalkeeper Ben Roberts in the way of his shot. Overall the visitors had more of the ball, leaving Yeovil to play the game on the break. However, with two holding midfielders in the line-up, the Glovers had few natural outlets when it came to the final ball.

Shaun MacDonald was introduced for Swansea at half time to gentle applause from the sparse home crowd numbering 760 out of a total of 957 spectators. Also introduced for the Glovers were goalkeeper Richard Martin and trialist Adam Virgo.

Centre-back Paul Huntington hit the crossbar from a set-piece, suggesting that he could be a good aerial threat for the Glovers at the attacking end, although the whistle had long gone for a foul committed when the ball went into the box.

Yeovil made seven changes with 20 minutes remaining, including AFC Sudbury striker Craig Calver and former Manchester United midfielder Sam Hewson and the German trialist centre-back that manager Terry Skiverton has mentioned in recent weeks.

Goalkeeper Richard Martin was forced into a number of important saves during the closing stages of the game with one in particular from Shaun MacDonald stopping him from gaining a goal against the club he played at for most of last season. The Glovers had a few individuals that stood out well during the game, but as a team they didn't quite hit the mark at all times. Hopefully the remaining three friendlies will help work on that.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Swansea City 1.

Scorer: David Cotterill (6 mins, 0-1).

Yeovil Town: Ben Roberts, Craig Alcock (Captain), Nathan Smith, Stefan Stam, Paul Huntington, Jean-Paul Kalala, Andy Williams, Luke Ayling, Sam Williams, Dean Bowditch, Andy Welsh.

Subs: Richard Martin (46 mins for Ben Roberts), Adam Virgo (46 mins for Stefan Stam), Ed Upson, Lloyd Matthews, Craig Calver, Nathan Jones, Danny Hutchins, Sam Hewson, Billy Knott, Kevin Lacroix and an unnamed Trialist (all introduced on 70 mins).

Swansea: Dorus de Vries (David Cornell, 60'), Angel Rangel (Jazz Richards, 60'), Garry Monk (Albert Serran, 60'), Ashley Williams (Jamie Grimes, 60'), Alan Tate (Neil Taylor, 60'); Jordi Lopez (Shaun MacDonald, 46'), Mark Gower (Scott Donnelly, 60'), Darren Pratley (Cedric van der Gun, 60'), Nathan Dyer (Shefki Kuqi, 60'), David Cotterill (Stephen Dobbie, 60'), Craig Beattie (Gorka Pintado, 60').


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17 July 2010 : This Afternoon's Line-Up Against Swansea
Yeovil Town have named the following starting line-up for this afternoon's match against Swansea City. There are no big surprises here, with all eleven players contracted to the club.

Paul Huntington and Andy Williams make their debuts in front of the Huish Park crowd, whilst apart from Terry Skiverton's testimonial, we think this is the first time Ben Roberts has appeared between the sticks for a proper friendly.

Substitutes were not announced by the club over the tannoy or on the scoreboard. Shaun MacDonald is on the bench for Swansea.

Starting Line-Up: Ben Roberts, Craig Alcock (Captain), Nathan Smith, Stefan Stam, Paul Huntington, Jean-Paul Kalala, Andy Williams, Luke Ayling, Sam Williams, Dean Bowditch, Andy Welsh.


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17 July 2010 : Follow Today's Friendly On Twitter
We are having a bit of an experiment today. Ciderspace will be sending match updates for today's game against Swansea City via Twitter. Follow us via http://twitter.com/ytfcciderspace (@ytfcciderspace) and turn on SMS text updates for this feed if you want updates sent direct to your mobile phone at no cost (this may vary if you're outside the UK). If this works and is useful, we'll do it for all games in the coming season.


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17 July 2010 : New Manager For The Opposition Today
This afternoon's opposition, Swansea City, have appointed a new manager in time for the trip to Huish Park. As reported yesterday, he is former Reading and Watford manager Brendan Rodgers, who has been appointed on a 12 month rolling contract. Rodgers has also been at Chelsea as both youth team manager and reserve team manager.

Whether he sits in the stand, or takes an active place in the dugout is another matter. The Swansea official site indicates that he will have a 'watching brief' today with caretakers Colin Pascoe and Alan Curtis allowed to continue to prepare the side for the match at Huish Park. Rodgers will officially assume control on Monday.


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17 July 2010 : Skivo 'Keeps Clean Sheet' In Tivvy Testimonial
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton played in a Testimonial Match for former Tiverton Town manager Martyn Rogers last night. Skivo played the final 17 minutes of a game against Premier League side Blackpool, whose manager Ian Holloway is well known in West Country footballing circles.

To their credit, Blackpool sent down a strong side, starting with nine of the eleven players who had played at Wembley in the game against Cardiff City that took them to the Premier League. However, Tiverton put up a great fight, with only an own goal and a very questionable second goal giving them a 2-0 win. Gary Taylor-Fletcher tried to claim that he got the last touch when an Ishmel Demontagnac shot took a heavy deflection - other sources claim it came off a Tivvy defender. Then a Rob Edwards header from a Demontagnac corner made it 2-0, although many in the ground felt the ball did not cross the line. Goal-line technology needed at Ladysmead, anyone?

Skivo took to the field with the score already 2-0 and played out the remainder of the game, with Edwards having scored the second just before Skivo's arrival as a second half substitute.


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17 July 2010 : Youth Alliance Cup Draw
The Youth Alliance Cup, which kicks off on Saturday 4th September, will begin with a regionalised Group Stage as previously.

The Glovers are in Group Two : Bristol Rovers, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, Swansea City, Torquay United, YEOVIL TOWN.

This is the same line up as for last season.

The other groups are as follows:

Group One : AFC Bournemouth, Cheltenham Town, Hereford United, Oxford United, Swindon Town.

Group Three : Aldershot Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Brentford, Queens Park Rangers, Wycombe Wanderers.

Group Four : Barnet, Luton Town, Northampton Town, Peterborough United, Stevenage.

Group Five : Dagenham & Redbridge, Colchester United, Gillingham, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Southend United.

The top three clubs from the groups, along with the fourth club with the best record from group 2 or 5, will qualify for the knock-out stages.

Dates for Yeovil Town's ties are:

Saturday September 4th - Torquay United v Yeovil Town

Saturday September 11th - Yeovil Town v Swansea City

Saturday September 18th - Bristol Rovers v Yeovil Town

Saturday September 25th - Yeovil Town v Plymouth Argyle

Saturday October 2nd - Exeter City v Yeovil Town

Round Two, when the competition becomes a knock-out, is scheduled for Saturday October 30th.


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16 July 2010 : Glovers Linked With Ex-Walsall Full-Back
Yeovil Town are being linked with a former Walsall full-back. Twenty year old Netan Sansara was released by his home town club at the end of last season and is therefore a free agent. The Saddlers are currently his only professional club, having played 27 league matches for them in the past two seasons.

He is currently on trial with Wycombe Wanderers and has played in a pre-season friendly against Chesham United. However, claims via the BBC Sports website are that the Glovers are also interested along with Conference North side AFC Telford. There's no mention of whether Sansara played in the recent behind-closed-doors friendly between Yeovil and Wycombe at Adams Park.

Speaking to BBC Radio Shropshire, Telford coach John Psaras admitted he was standing in a queue that didn't have his own club at the front of it:

"We have approached Netan but he's holding out on offers from League clubs. The ball is in his court. We have chatted to him and he knows we're interested, he's a very good player and one we want to watch in action."

Sansara has represented England at Under-18 and Under-19 level. As it happens, he made his debut for Walsall on the opening day of the 2008-09 season at Huish Park. He has been singled out in the media on a number of occasions as a rarity in English football - a British-born Asian, with Indian ancestry. He was the first British-Indian with full Indian parentage to play for England Under 18s and had become involved with a number of PFA and community initiatives to ensure that there are others who follow his path. Obviously at this stage, it would appear that Wycombe have got first call on the player - we'll have to wait and see if he signs for the League Two side.


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16 July 2010 : Skivo Prepared To Play Waiting Game Over Loan Goalkeeper
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that supporters will have to be patient for a new goalkeeper to arrive at the club. The Glovers are currently without a contracted goalkeeper at Huish Park after mainstay Alex McCarthy returned to Championship side Reading at the end of last season.

Reserve keeper Richard Martin was released by the club at the end of last season, but has trained with the first team this month whilst he searches for a new club. He is expected to share duties with goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts during the pre-season friendlies until new blood comes in.

The Glovers did have former Bradford City and Huddersfield Town keeper Matt Glennon on trial at the start of July but Skiverton's latest thoughts on the goalkeeping situation do not reference him, suggesting that he has been released.

Skiverton says that he has a short-list of three loan goalkeepers to target, but BBC Somerset suggest that he is having to wait for their clubs to make decisions on loanees somewhat later than usual due to more senior players taking a late break after the World Cup in South Africa. The Yeovil boss said that he had a clear number one choice to take on loan, but was prepared to wait to see if that one materialised:

"It is a bit of a waiting game, but you've got to get your agreements in place and hope that they all come to fruition at the end of it so that you've got them. But we've got two or three keepers that are lined up. We've got one that we are definitely after and we've got a number two and three as back-up. So the supporters shouldn't worry, because we'll definitely have a keeper by the end. But if I remember rightly, we got Alex (McCarthy) in quite late at the end. We've got Richard Martin training with us whilst he is trying to find another club and so him and Ben (Roberts) will be sharing the responsibilities until the loan keeper comes in."


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16 July 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Magic Daps Gets His Cake And Eats It
As we prepare to undertake the first (proper) pre-season friendly of the 2010-11 season, after two low-key friendlies, what better than a Taff's Gloversblog entry to remind ourselves of where things stand. A round-up and thoughts on the current trialists and new signings, plus the one that got away, can be found via the link below. Feel free to give your own views on how pre-season is developing at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Magic Daps Gets His Cake And Eats It.


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16 July 2010 : Cheddar Expecting To Be Thrown In The Deep End
For those wanting to see a new ground, or who live in the area, Yeovil Town will be taking a Centre of Excellence side to Bowdens Park, home of Cheddar football club tomorrow afternoon. With the first team squad at home to Swansea City on the same date and time, this match will be almost exclusively filled with players from Yeovil's Under-18s side.

Cheddar play in the Somerset County Football League Premier Division, and finished 7th last season. A chance to finish as high as fourth was denied by a points deduction. This will be their first pre-season friendly of the summer and Cheddar manager Tim Richens told the Western Daily Press that despite the likely make-up of Yeovil's side that it would be a tough one to start with:

"We have thrown ourselves in at the deep end. It's our first pre-season game and it should be a good test. They will bring a lot of youngsters but the young players they play will all have quality. The teams should be like for like as we have a very young squad and we always try to play football. We have never been a physical side and I hope the way we play will set the tone for the season."

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. For directions and admission prices, see yesterday's article linked below.

Link: Glovers Arrange Cheddar Friendly.


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16 July 2010 : Huntington Contract Deal Confirmed
Yeovil Town have confirmed the arrival of central defender Paul Huntington at the club. He has signed a two year contract with the Glovers, arriving as a free agent at Huish Park. Previously on the books of Stockport County, Leeds United and Newcastle United, he will now be with the Glovers until June 2012.

For a profile of Paul, and the views of manager Terry Skiverton, see our two earlier news items.

Link: Huntington Arrival May Not Mean Bad News For Virgo.

Link: Former Leeds And Stockport Defender On Trial.


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16 July 2010 : Kalala Contract Deal Signed
Further to yesterday's news concerning midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala, he has now put pen to paper on a contract extension. His new deal will run for 12 months, giving him more stability than he had last season, when the club only offered him half-season deals.

For manager Terry Skiverton's views on the contract extension, see our earlier two news items.

Link: Kalala To Sign New Glovers Contract.

Link: Huntington Arrival May Not Mean Bad News For Virgo.

Link: Jean-Paul Kalala : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 July 2010 : Skiverton Flattered By Swansea Praise
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he received a boost to his confidence when he was identified by Swansea City manager Huw Jenkins as the sort of manager his club wanted to attract. Tomorrow's pre-season opponents are still managerless, following the exit of Paulo Sousa to fellow Championship side Leicester City earlier this month.

Skiverton was given a mention by Jenkins, along with a few other Football League managers, as the sort of person he wanted to attract to the Liberty Stadium. There's been no suggestion since then that the Swansea Chairman was actually planning to approach the Glovers, and the South Wales Evening Post believes that they are on the edge of appointing former Reading and Watford boss Brendan Rodgers, who also held backroom positions at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho. Whether Rodgers makes it into the away dugout by tomorrow is another matter.

As for Skiverton, he has told the paper that he has a close working relationship with the Swansea Chairman, and that he was happy to be mentioned in such a context:

"We have quite a close relationship with them and it will be good to get them down. There will be a lot of players from their side trying to prove themselves to the manager. It was nice to be mentioned and that other people are recognising the work we are doing. Huw is a great guy and it is a great football club. For me it is a nice little boost to my confidence and ego and it is good for me to know that I am doing a good job at Yeovil Town. It breeds confidence."

Link: Swansea Chairman Names Skiverton In Managerial Hunt.


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16 July 2010 : Ex-Glover Knights Signs For Conference Newcomers
Former Yeovil Town striker Darryl Knights has moved across the Severn Bridge into Wales. The 22 year old has signed for Conference National newcomers Newport County after leaving Kidderminster Harriers over the summer.

County manager Dean Holdsworth believes that Kidderminster did not get the best out of Knights as they were using him as a winger. He wants to restore him as a front line striker and told the South Wales Argus that if he can get him playing there then he will have a Championship or League One standard player on his books:

"I am incredibly excited to have signed Darryl, he is going to be a proper, proper player, I think if he’d been used better he’d already be in the Championship or League One. He really has everything you would want, pace in abundance, really good skill and is willing to learn and develop his game. His versatility is certainly a plus for us. I feel like I can take his game on to a new level. I know Kidderminster would have liked to have kept him and it’s a big signing for us and one we’re very pleased with. Once we’ve developed Darryl’s confidence and he learns the way the other players do things, I think he’s going to be a pivotal signing."

Darryl signed for Yeovil Town in the summer of 2007, after he had impressed in a loan spell from Ipswich Town during the latter part of the 2006-07 season. In the end he made just nine appearances for the Glovers although much of the reasons behind that related to family issues. His brother Kyle was involved in a road traffic accident soon after he signed permanently for the Glovers, and Darryl was allowed to join Cambridge United on loan to allow him to move back into the family home in the Ipswich area.

Kyle had been left in a coma for two months with a broken leg, two broken ribs, a broken collar bone and a bruised lung after being hit by an uninsured and unlicenced driver, speeding in Ipswich town centre and had suffered a total memory loss when he eventually woke up. He ultimately spent nine months in hospital, but reports in the Ipswich press from last year suggested that he had made a strong recovery and was looking to enrol in a college last September.

In the midst of that, Darryl unsurprisingly failed to settle in the Yeovil area and was loaned out to Kidderminster Harriers, eventually joining them permanently when his Glovers contract ran out. He has spent two years at Aggborough, and now moves to play for one of their Conference league rivals.

Link: Darryl Knights : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 July 2010 : Rare Chance To See Skivo In Playing Action Tonight
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton will help one of the region's longest serving managers say farewell to his club tonight. Skiverton will pull on a Tiverton Town shirt in a match to celebrate the managerial career of Martyn Rogers, who spent 21 seasons at Ladysmead before stepping down over this summer.

Tiverton's opponents will be Premier League newcomers Blackpool, with boss Ian Holloway sending down a full first team for the occasion. Tiverton plan to load their side with a host of former players, with Scott Rogers, Chris Holloway and Kevin Nancekivell in their line-up along with Cheltenham Town goalkeeping coach Steve Book and long serving Tiverton captain Nathan Rudge who have just left the Devon side. Rogers will be in the dugout, whilst his successor Chris Vinnicombe will take to the field.

Whilst the spotlight will be on Rogers, the game will also be Tiverton captain Nathan Rudge's last game for the club. Having been at Ladysmead for eight years he is also leaving the club. Martyn Rogers said that would make the evening an emotional night for both of them:

"I'm really looking forward to it. It will bring a good end to what's been a fantastic time with Tiverton. It'll be an opportunity to say cheerio to the fans and I think Nathan's (Rudge) looking forward to that aspect of it, too. It could be emotional. I think it'll be a night to remember for everyone. Blackpool will bring down their full-strength side. It's the first competitive game for them before they start their first Premiership season, so it's an exciting time to play them. Hopefully we'll get some numbers down there — to watch Blackpool as much as anything. Ollie's (manager Ian Holloway) promised a full side so it's not like a lot of kids will be coming down. It's not every day you get a Premiership side here."

Anyone wishing to grab a rare sight of Terry Skiverton wearing another club's shirt should head to Ladysmead tonight for a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

Link: Skivo Gets His Boots On Again.


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16 July 2010 : Huntington Arrival May Not Mean Bad News For Virgo
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that the arrival of former Stockport County defender Paul Huntington does not necessarily mean the end of trialist Adam Virgo's chances, even though the former Brighton and Hove Albion centre-back could be missing tomorrow's match against Swansea City.

Skiverton has pointed out that he has two vacancies in his squad, with Terrell Forbes having headed to Leyton Orient and Steven Caulker having returned to Tottenham Hotspur. And he told BBC Somerset that if Virgo is missing in tomorrow's match at Huish Park, that doesn't necessarily mean that he's packed his bags:

"He played in one game but he's got a slight thigh strain at the moment. But he's been doing very well and he's one that I've been looking at seriously about bringing in. We've got another lad, Paul Huntington, who has been with us for the last couple of weeks and he has impressed. We're looking now, because we are two centre-halves down with Forbesy going and (Steven) Caulker going back. There have been people who have been down training with us and those two have done the best of the ones who have come down here so far."

Expanding upon yesterday's news concerning the arrival of Huntington on trial, Skiverton gave his views on what he thought the player could offer:

"I think he's got an excellent pedigree. He's 6'4" or 6'3". He can head it, he can tackle, he can pass and he's quite mobile for his size. I thought last year we struggled a little bit, particularly later on in games, with direct balls coming into our box and he is someone who fits the ball to get his head on it. So I've had a little look around and his name became available and he is someone who we are looking at who has done well so far."

Again, Jean-Paul Kalala was covered in yesterday's news. The Congolese midfielder should be signing a new deal in the next couple of days, and Skiverton expanded upon what was happening here:

"We're just trying to tie up the contract now and we're just waiting on the medical side of things. I know he was with us last year. He had a few things to deal with when he went back home, but he's come back and he's looked fit and strong and hopefully in the next day or two we can get him signed up, sealed and delivered."

Link: Former Leeds And Stockport Defender On Trial.

Link: Kalala To Sign New Glovers Contract.

Link: Former Seagull Virgo Confirmed As Training With Glovers.


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15 July 2010 : No Terrace Open On Saturday
Yeovil Town supporters planning to attend Saturday's pre-season friendly against Swansea City should note that the club will not be opening up the Home Terrace for the game.

Only the Main Stand and the Cowlin Stand will be open for the match, which takes place on Saturday 17th July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

If you've already bought an advance ticket for the Home Terrace, we'd advise allowing a little bit of extra time for gaining admission to the ground and finding an appropriate seat. Admission prices are flat regardless of which part of the ground you are in for this fixture, so no additional money should need to change hands for the transfer.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swansea City.


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15 July 2010 : Former Leeds And Stockport Defender On Trial
Yeovil Town have taken central defender Paul Huntington on trial. The 6'3" central defender was released by League Two side Stockport County at the end of last season, having also been on the books of Leeds United.

Manager Terry Skiverton confirmed to BBC Bristol that the player has arrived at Huish Park and has been involved in pre-season training with the club:

"He has an excellent pedigree and, at 6ft 3ins, is quite mobile for his size. Last year I thought we struggled a bit later on in games with direct balls coming into our box. He is someone we're looking at and he's done well so far."

Huntingdon was born in Carlisle on September 17th 1987 and is therefore 22 years old. He is a former Newcastle United trainee, who made 16 league appearances for them during the 2006-07 season in the Premier League, before being transferred to Leeds for an undisclosed fee. Prior to that he had scored his debut Premier League goal against Tottenham Hotspur in January 2007.

Huntingdon was initially a significant success at Elland Road, even taking over the captain's armband during a friendly game in the 2008-09 season. However, that season turned out to be his worst - ruled out for the whole campaign after playing in their first seven matches and having to undergo hernia and groin operations. By the time he returned, Leeds had changed their first team management and he was a forgotten man, with Huntingdon never playing for them in the league again.

A loan spell with Stockport County during the 2009-10 season initially saw him recalled to Elland Road two months into his stay at Edgeley Park. But a month later, his contract with Leeds was paid up and he joined Stockport permanently, playing 26 matches for them across the two spells.


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15 July 2010 : Kalala To Sign New Glovers Contract
Yeovil Town are set to seal a contract deal with midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala for the coming season. The 28 year old has been out of contract over the summer, after two successive half-season deals during the 2009-10 season lapsed, leaving him a free agent.

Further delays resulted from Kalala needing to return to France to deal with a private family matter, but he returned around the first day of pre-season training and will now sign a new deal, subject to passing a medical.

Speaking to BBC Bristol, manager Terry Skiverton said that the medical was the only thing that needed to be dealt with for his signature to be confirmed:

"Hopefully we can get him signed up in the next day or two. We're waiting on the medical. He had a few things to deal with when he went back home but he's come back fit and strong."

Kalala has so far made 76 appearances for the Glovers across two spells.

Link: Jean-Paul Kalala : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 July 2010 : Sudbury Striker Taken On Trial
Yeovil Town are reported to have taken a striker from non-league AFC Sudbury on trial. Striker Craig Calver is named by the Suffolk Free Press as being on trial at Huish Park, and state that the player will be absent for their pre-season friendly on Saturday.

AFC Sudbury were formed from a merger of Sudbury Town and Sudbury Wanderers in 1999. In the coming season they will play in Isthmian League Division One North, having last season played in the Southern League Division One Midlands.

Calver is a 19 year old who joined AFC Sudbury on March 25th 2010 after being released by Southend United where he was a first year professional. He has had loan spells with St Albans City and Braintree Town. During his short time with Sudbury he had scored twice in nine appearances.

Calver was formerly on the books of Ipswich Town and was given a one year contract with Southend in March 2009 after he had scored 16 goals in 18 starts for Southend's Under 18s side.


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15 July 2010 : Ex-Glover Hewitt Signs For Harrow
Former Yeovil Town trialist Troy Hewitt has signed for North-West London side Harrow Borough. The Isthmian League Premier Division side have made the 19 year old their first summer signing, after Hewitt left East London side Ilford at the end of last season.

Hewitt had scored 13 goals in 37 appearances for the Isthmian League Division One North side and so is now making a step up one division. Harrow Borough boss David Howell is hoping for Hewitt to replace the better known Rocky Baptiste in the side:

"Troy has trained well and I like the look of him. He is a goalscorer who can also play on the left. He is quick and technically very good. He has that bit of confidence about him which goalscorers need."

Hewitt featured in many of Yeovil Town's 2008-09 pre-season friendlies before disappearing off the radar when the season started. A former Blackpool trainee who played for Southend United's Youth Team, he scored in pre-season games against Potters Bar Town and Frome Town and was included in the club's South-West Challenge Cup squad that stayed in Devon, earning praise from assistant boss Steve Thompson about his performances in games.

But after the actual season began, he was not mentioned again. It would appear that after he left Yeovil Town, Troy played for another London side in Clapton, before switching to Ilford in February 2009, staying there for 15 months before his current switch to Harrow.


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15 July 2010 : 2010-11 Pre-Season Friendlies Fixture Poster
As per last season, we are continuing to publish Fixture Posters for supporters to display in public locations to help promote the club better. Covering the home pre-season friendly fixtures, the Word document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop etc or basically anywhere - provided of course you have permission to do so!

The poster covers Saturday's home match against Swansea City, plus Darren Way's benefit match against Manchester United, and the local derby against Bristol City.

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. Alternatively, if you are visiting Huish Park, then Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley can usually help supply a few copies. For any queries or advice, or if you just want to say where the posters are being displayed, then contact Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: 2010-11 Pre-Season Friendlies Fixture Poster.


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15 July 2010 : Glovers Sign Up Six New Scholars
Yeovil Town have added six new scholars to their Centre of Excellence programme for the 2010-11 season. The new players, all 16 years old, will add to the existing six scholars that were chosen 12 months ago and have moved on to their second year.

The six players, who will play for Yeovil Town Under 18s, are as follows:

Will Gordon - A winger who was at Derby County for four years.

Josh Doile - A full-back from Swansea who is friends with second year scholar Rhys Baggridge, having played together back in South Wales.

Adam Cleary - A striker previously on the books of Preston North End. Adam played for the Glovers Under 18s side on occasions last season.

Jonny Kaye - Central midfielder previously on the books of West Bromwich Albion, who hails from Cambridgeshire. Jonny played games for both Yeovil's Under 16s and Under 18s last season.

Lloyd Matthews - striker who has graduated through Yeovil's Centre of Excellence. Despite being still young enough to play for the Under 16s last season, Lloyd played almost exclusively for the Under 18s last year.

Alastair Warbey - player originally from Reading.

The six new scholars will add to the list of second year scholars, who are the more familiar names of striker Rob Clowes, goalkeeper Steve Boore, defender Rhys Baggridge, plus Joe Grimstead, Lewis Clarke and Tyler Sheppard.

Acting Head of Youth Scott Green has said that having 12 players available in a full time training environment will help in their development. Speaking to the Western Gazette he explained:

"We have only had six full-time scholars, which made it difficult for any continuity in training together. When they do train with the first team they are almost the complete player. These boys have still got a lot of developing to do. If we have a group of players training together and working together on their development before throwing them in with the first team I am sure they will come on a lot better."


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15 July 2010 : Glovers Arrange Wimborne Friendly
Yeovil Town have arranged a pre-season friendly against Wimborne Town. The match will take place on Friday 23rd July with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Wimborne have just been promoted from the Wessex League to the Southern League.

Again, given that this takes place the night before a first team friendly against a Manchester United XI, which is a Benefit Match for Darren Way, we'd expect this one to be a chance for scholars, youth teamers and the odd trialist to impress.

Address: Cuthbury, Cowgrove Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4EL.


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15 July 2010 : Glovers Arrange Cheddar Friendly
Yeovil Town will play a pre-season friendly against Somerset side Cheddar this coming Saturday. The game takes place at Cheddar's Bowdens Park ground on Saturday 17th July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Address: Bowdens Park, Draycott Road, Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3RL

Given that the Glovers already have a pre-season friendly against Swansea City arranged for the same date and time at Huish Park, it's probably safe to say that this game will feature the club's Under-18s side.

Admission to the game is £2.00 for Adults whilst children are admitted for free. The club will be holding a barbeque, with other entertainment available.

To get to the ground, assuming you are travelling from Wells, take the A371 towards Weston-super-Mare through Draycott. Bowdens Park is on your left about half a mile past Cheddar Garden Centre. If you get to the church you've gone too far.

If you are coming in from the Weston-super-Mare direction or from the M5, head towards Wells on the A371 and go through the village of Cheddar. The church is on your right as you come out of the village and Bowdens Park is 200 yards past the church on your right hand side.


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14 July 2010 : Glovers Go Down To Wazza's Witheridge
A Yeovil Town XI lost 1-0 tonight against South West Peninsula League side Witheridge. The Devon side, managed by former Glover Warren Patmore, needed just one goal eight minutes before the break to seal the win.

Yeovil's side, as expected, was centred around the club's scholars and youth-teamers with just one unnamed trialist on display.


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14 July 2010 : Season Ticket Holders Set Deadline For Carling Cup
Season Ticket holders wanting to see the Carling Cup First Round match against Crystal Palace have been set a deadline to reserve their usual seats for the fixture. Seats in the Main Stand and Cowlin Stand will remain reserved until Friday 30th July. Thereafter any season ticket holder who has not bought a ticket will see their seat released for general sale.

The match takes place on Tuesday 10th August at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45p.m.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Crystal Palace.

Those wishing to buy tickets for League One matches will be able to do so - in person only - from 9.00a.m. until 2.00p.m. - on Saturday 17th July, prior to Saturday's match against Swansea City. As per other seasons, the club allow supporters to purchase tickets for all 23 League One fixtures at any stage of the season. With Leeds United now up in the Championship, it looks as though we are saved from any matches requiring special ticketing arrangements at this stage. Those who prefer to purchase their tickets by phone will be able to buy tickets for League One matches from Monday 19th July.

From 2.00p.m. on Saturday, purchases will be restricted to those buying tickets for the Swansea City game, as per normal match-day rules.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swansea City.

Link: 2010-11 Huish Park League One Ticketing Information.

Finally the Huish Park Club Shop hopes to have stocks of the new away shirt in its store as of next Thursday. As yet, there have been no pictures published of the new kit, or any price lists.


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14 July 2010 : Hatters Lynch A Former Glovers Right-Back
League Two side Stockport County have signed up former Yeovil Town right-back Mark Lynch. The 28 year old was released by fellow League Two side Rotherham United at the end of last season, despite being part of the Millers side that competed in the play-offs in May.

The Hatters have recently appointed a new manager - not the return of Jim Gannon to the hot seat, but former Carlisle United boss Paul Simpson. Lynch becomes his first signing although there's no sign of a contract length. Rotherham had been his only club since leaving Yeovil Town in the summer of 2008.

Link: Mark Lynch : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 July 2010 : Former Glovers Welsh And Irish Go On The Move
Former Yeovil Town left-winger Ishmael Welsh is currently on trial with West London side Hayes and Yeading United. Exactly as the name suggests, the team is an amalgamation of the two clubs that the Glovers used to play in the Isthmian League and the Conference. Since May 2007, they have been operating as a single club, playing at Church Road, the former home of Hayes, and play at Conference National level.

Welsh had been playing at the same level for Ebbsfleet United, who were relegated at the end of the 2009-10 season, but has chosen to jump ship to stay at that level. The 22 year old missed the tail end of Ebbsfleet's season due to the need for a knee operation, and sat out the opening friendly of Hayes and Yeading's pre-season list but is now in full training at Church Road and is expected to play in the rest of their friendlies.

During his time with Yeovil Town, Ishmael had a number of loan spells, including Weymouth and Forest Green Rovers, along with a controversial spell at Plainmoor where Torquay United put him in their line-up for an FA Cup match against the Glovers, despite it being made clear that Yeovil did not want Welsh to feature against his own side.

He was released during the summer of 2008, and signed for Grays Athletic, turning out for a season before making the short trip to sign for Ebbsfleet United the following summer. During last season, he gained two caps for the England National Game XI (now dubbed England C) despite being in a side facing relegation.

Link: Ishmael Welsh : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Former Reserve Team goalkeeper Lloyd Irish has signed for Weston-super-Mare. The elder brother of former Youth Team centre-back Owen Irish played for the club's Reserve Team between 2007 and 2009, but gained a higher profile at times when the club only had one professional goalkeeper on their books.

Although Lloyd never got as far as gaining minutes with the first team, he was an occasional bench warmer during cup matches, most notably the club's Carling Cup Second Round match against Middlesbrough. He also held dual registration with Chard Town in the 2007-08 season, then with Taunton Town in the 2008-09 season, allowing him to get match practice through both clubs on days when he was not needed by the Glovers.

Weston play at Conference South level, having been reprieved at the end of last season, despite finishing in one of the relegation spots.

Link: Lloyd Irish : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 July 2010 : Latics Transfer-List Worthington
League One side Oldham Athletic have transfer-listed midfielder Jonathan Worthington. The former Huddersfield Town player had spent the summer at Boundary Park improving his fitness after a lengthy ankle injury saw him miss much of the 2009-10 season.

Worthington was on loan with Yeovil Town during early 2009 whilst still a Huddersfield Town player, but was recalled to the Galpharm Stadium after the Glovers refused to agree an extension to his loan deal shortly after the exit of former manager Russell Slade. He left the Galpharm at the end of that season and signed for Oldham Athletic.

Since then though, the Latics have changed management and new boss Paul Dickov has transfer-listed Worthington, along with three other players. The others to be made available for loan or permanent transfer are Rob Purdie, Joe Colbeck and former Bristol Rovers left-back Joe Jacobson.

Link: Jonathan Worthington : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 July 2010 : Gritton Going For Gulls
League Two side Torquay United have taken former Glovers striker Martin Gritton on trial. The 32 year old is under contract at fellow League Two side Chesterfield, but the Gulls are looking at the idea of an extended loan deal with the Spireites, where he still has a year to run on his contract.

Gritton counts Torquay as one of his previous clubs, having played for them between 2002 and 2004. Prior to that he had been on the books of Plymouth Argyle, hence it was highly appropriate that he made his first pre-season appearance for the Gulls against Argyle last night. Gulls manager Paul Buckle told the Devon press that he felt a move would be a good idea for Gritton as well as Torquay:

"Martin is an experienced player who I think will benefit from joining us at this moment in his career. He can also do a good job for us, because he is a different sort of player to the other strikers here. He's good technically, he's mobile, a good finisher and he's decent in the air."

Gritton's time with Yeovil Town came in March 2001, whilst he was a Plymouth Argyle player. Since leaving Torquay in 2004, he has spent two years at Grimsby Town, a year at Lincoln City, a lengthy loan spell with Mansfield Town, two years with Macclesfield Town and then in January 2009 moved to Chesterfield for £40,000 on a two and a half year contract.

Link: Martin Gritton : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Earlier this week, we mentioned that former Reserve Team striker Rico Wilson, who the club grabbed from Bournemouth Poppies, had been on trial with Dorchester Town. Their manager Ashley Vickers likes what he has seen so far, and may be taking a punt on him after he's seen him in a couple more friendlies. Vickers told the Dorset Echo:

"Rico has something about him. He’s a young lad but he’s very strong, quick and causes havoc. Now I want to see him against better opposition. I liked the look of Rico so we’ll see what comes of that. Having said that, all the trialists did okay. We’ve got two games coming up this weekend and we need to utilise the players we’ve already got as well as the trialists. After that we’ll sit down and work out who we will carry on looking at and who we won’t."


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14 July 2010 : Former Striker Gray On Trial At Cambridge
Former Yeovil Town striker Wayne Gray is on trial with Conference National side Cambridge United. The 29 year old is out of contract after leaving Grays Athletic over the summer, but has suffered lately with a knee injury meaning that manager Martin Ling wants to have a proper look at him before making a firm decision.

Ling has no problems in assessing Gray's playing ability, having worked with him at Leyton Orient after the striker left Huish Park in the summer of 2007. However, it was whilst at Brisbane Road that he suffered a serious anterior cruciate knee ligament injury during his second season with the club, and this led to him being released at the end of the 2008-09 season, having spent two years in East London.

Trials for Exeter City and Port Vale proved fruitless, and Gray ended up joining AFC Hornchurch for the 2009-10 season, eventually switching up to Conference National level in January 2010 when he joined Grays Athletic.

Gray is set to make his Cambridge debut in a friendly against Cambridgeshire side St Ives on Saturday, and their director of football Jez George told the Cambridge News that it was a matter of Gray proving he had restored his fitness over the next couple of weeks:

"Wayne’s had some injury problems and he’ll be with us for a couple of weeks. He should feature in two or three friendlies and we’ll assess him. Martin has made it pretty clear we’ve got room for maybe one more striker and we’d want one with a bit of pace, which Wayne’s got in abundance. Martin knows him as a player from his Leyton Orient days. If his fitness is right then we could have a good player on our hands. He’s a free agent, so it would be a simple deal to do. You can never have too many front men. You try to make sure your main four strikers cover all the bases and can give you different qualities. Someone with explosive pace would be good to have in the mix up front."

Link: Wayne Gray : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 July 2010 : Glovers Suffer Single Goal Loss At Stevenage
Yeovil Town lost their second pre-season friendly match tonight as they went down 1-0 to League Two side Stevenage at Broadhall Way. A single goal from Tim Sills eight minutes from time was enough to divide the two sides.

The Glovers fielded five, as yet unnamed, trialists in tonight's match, which was held behind closed doors, with most players getting 45 minutes each during the evening.

With the second friendly taking place tonight, tomorrow night's friendly against Devon side Witheridge is expected to be largely formed of Academy and Youth players. Kick-off against Warren Patmore's side will be 7.00p.m.


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13 July 2010 : Glovers Lose Out On Trundle As He Signs For Neath
Yeovil Town target Lee Trundle has completed his move to Welsh Premier League side Neath. He has signed a three year contract on what the Welsh media have reported to be in the region of £2,500 a week wages. At the age of 33 and having strong roots in the South Wales area, Trundle appears to have opted for convenience and salary, rather than a chance to stay in second or third tier English football.

An article on the Welsh Premier League Football website indicated that as of the end of last season, attendances in that division had hit an average of 276, with Bangor City the best supported in the division in front of an average of 456. Neath recorded an average of 221 last season with their top crowd recorded as 511 - the sort of level that would struggle to keep a team on a tenth of the wages of Trundles.

Speaking to BBC Sport Wales Trundle admitted that being able to continue living in the Swansea area was a big influence upon his decision to sign for Neath:

"The club showed a lot of ambition when I sat down and spoke to them. I spoke to a lot of league clubs as well, but the things Neath said to me, the direction the club was moving and the things they wanted to achieve appealed to me. I know myself I can still play in the Football League and score goals - that's never been an issue with me. Being in the Swansea area is massive for me as well. Although being a Liverpool lad, I've got Swansea in my heart and I still love Swansea as a club so to stay here and give a chance for the Swansea fans to come over and support me when I'm playing here was another big thing for me."

Earlier today, Tranmere Rovers manager Les Parry admitted that Trundle had been training with the Wirral side, but he denied that his club were in the running to sign him, pointing out that Prenton Park's location was one of convenience for Trundle:

"Lee has been training with us and he is not on trial because we all know what he can do as a player. He is without a club at the moment and he's a local lad. He needs to train and has been coming to us. He has participated fully and is getting stuck into everything. I did not know him before but he has fitted in really well here. Unfortunately I would imagine - and I have not asked the question - that financially he is in a little bit of a different league to us. As much as I would love him to join us, I don't think it is going to be a possibility."


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13 July 2010 : Harrold Signs For Shrews
Former Yeovil Town striker Matt Harrold has signed for League Two side Shrewsbury Town. He has penned a two year deal with the Shropshire side today, after being released by Wycombe Wanderers at the end of last season.

As mentioned on Saturday, Harrold was trialling with a Swedish League side, but there had been rumours that Shrewsbury and fellow League Two side Bradford City were also interested. Shews manager Graham Turner believes he has got a player who despite being just 25 years old, has got plenty of experience. Turner told his club's site:

"I'm delighted to have got a striker of Matt's experience on board with us. The injuries to Kris Bright and Nathan Elder have left us a little light up front and Matt is exactly what I was looking for. He has arrived at a good time, allowing him to be involved in all the pre-season games which will help him gain his fitness and settle in at the football club."

Link: Harrold On Trial For Swedish Side.

Link: Matt Harrold : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 July 2010 : Mildenhall Becomes A Lion
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has put pen to paper on a one year contract with Championship newcomers Millwall. Mildenhall has left cash-strapped League Two side Southend United after two years at Roots Hall to secure a deal with the Lions.

Speaking to the Lions official website, Steve said that he was pleased to put pen to paper for a side that were in the same division as Southend last season yet now lie two leagues apart:

"I'm very pleased to be here. It took a couple of days and sometimes I thought it wouldn't happen, but now it has and it was an easy decision to come here. The size of the club is massive and every time I have played here there has been a incredible atmosphere and Millwall have always had brilliant support. They are a good side, did really well to get promoted last season and I want to be around the type of players here - winners."

Link: Steve Mildenhall : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 July 2010 : Former Glovers Left-Back Signs For Chelmsford
Former Yeovil Town left-back Stephen Reed has signed for Conference South side Chelmsford City. The 25 year old was most recently on the books of League Two side Macclesfield Town, although finished the season on loan to perennial strugglers Weymouth, who were relegated from Chelmsford's division at the end of last season.

Chelmsford Head Coach Glenn Pennyfather saw Reed score for Weymouth in March against the Essex club, and so said that he was well aware of what the player could do:

I’ve known of Stephen’s talents for a while now and he’s a fantastic player, exactly the kind we want at our club."

For a player of Stephen's age, he is well-travelled. Having joined the Glovers as a youth team defender, he spent loan spells with Forest Green Rovers, Woking, Aldershot Town and Torquay United during his four years as a professional at Huish Park.

After he was released in the summer of 2006, he made his move to Plainmoor a permanent one, but did not last out the season, and spent early 2007 with Tiverton Town and Weston-super-Mare. In the summer of 2007 he joined Cambridge United then a year later moved on to Weymouth. One year later again, in the summer of 2009, he joined Macclesfield Town but made just one FA Cup appearance for them, eventually landing back at Weymouth on loan, having also had an earlier one month loan spell with Grays Athletic.

Link: Stephen Reed : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 July 2010 : Andros Drops Out Of England U19s Squad
Former Yeovil Town loan star Andros Townsend has dropped out of the England Under-19s squad. The left-winger was due to take part in the UEFA European U19 Championship Finals that start this weekend, but he has pulled out of the squad for unspecified reasons.

His place in the side has been taken by Blackburn Rovers midfielder Jason Lowe. England have also had to swap goalkeepers, with Lee Nicholls taking the place of James Severn.

The end result is that central defender Steven Caulker is now the only Yeovil-related interest in the UEFA Finals which commence with a match against Austria Under-19s on Sunday. Midfielder Ryan Mason had already dropped out of the squad after the draft selection of players had met at a University of Warwick training camp.

Link: Mason Drops Out Of England Under-19s Squad.


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13 July 2010 : Williams Sees A Run In The Side As Key To Consistency
New Yeovil Town signing Andy Williams believes that getting a good run in the side at Huish Park will help him produce more consistent performances than he has done in recent seasons. The 23 year old arrived from Bristol Rovers over the summer on a free transfer, and wants to up his strike rate whilst playing for the Glovers.

Williams made 45 appearances for the Gas last season, but scored just three goals in the process, although 26 of those games saw him come off the subs bench. Speaking to BBC Somerset, he felt that much of that record was down to him dropping in and out of the side at the Memorial Stadium:

"The consistency was frustating for me last season, because it was hard to be consistent when you are in for a few games then out for a few games. It was like that all the way through the season. Hopefully with a regular run in the team, if I can manage to get that here, then the consistency will come with that and the goals will also come."

On August 14th 2010, Andy will travel back to the Memorial Stadium for a quick return to his former club, and he explained that there would be a double twist to the occasion:

"It's on my birthday as well, so that's almost fate I think, for it to turn out as Rovers' first home game on the 14th, so that will be an interesting game for everyone I think."

Link: Glovers Old Boy Influenced Williams Signing.

Link: Andy Williams : Yeovil Town Profile.


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12 July 2010 : Early Look At First Two Home Friendly Opponents
Further to yesterday's article, concerning those likely to make the opposition line-up for Darren Way's Benefit Match, it is worth noting that Manchester United Reserves played their opening pre-season fixture tonight. In a game against Curzon Ashton, they won 4-0 with scorers shown below.

The line-up is the main thing of interest here, as this was a side managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who will be the man in the opposition dugout for the game at Huish Park on Saturday 24th July. Their Reserves have one more game between now and the trip to Somerset, with Scottish side Dunfermline the opposition on Saturday. We'll see how the two line-ups compare on the weekend and whether anyone else gets added in for what should be much stronger opposition.

Man Utd Reserves: Conor Devlin, Scott Wootton, Joe Dudgeon, James Chester, Oliver Gill, Rodrigo Possebon, Cameron Stewart, Ravel Morrison, Joshua King, Magnus Eikrem, Nicky Ajose.

Subs: Zeki Fryers, Sam Johnstone (GK), Oliver Norwood, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Robbie Brady, Jesse Lingard, Will Keane.

Scorers: Magnus Eikrem (7 mins), Ravel Morrison (28 mins), Nicky Ajose (35 mins), Robbie Brady (66 mins).

Link: Benefit Match Opponents List American Touring Squad.

Link: Ticketing For Darren Way's Benefit Match (Yeovil Town vs Manchester United XI).

Link: Hi-Res Pictures Of Darren Way Commemorative Badges.

Link: Way Grateful For Ferguson Support.

Link: Darren Gets Premier League Giants For Benefit Match.

Saturday's visitors to Huish Park, Swansea City, are in action tomorrow night at Hereford United and plan to send a full strength side to Edgar Street. Things are a bit up in the air with the South Wales club following the exit of manager Paulo Sousa. They may well still be managerless come the weekend, with Sheffield United knocking back a second attempt for Swansea to take their first team coach Gary Speed, whilst Hamilton Accies boss Billy Reid has today turned them down.

Swansea are currently under the caretaker management of Alan Curtis and Colin Pascoe until Sousa is replaced. For those of a nervous disposition, concerned about Saturday's article where their Chairman Huw Jenkins named a list of lower league managers he admired, including Yeovil's Terry Skiverton, there's no suggestion that Jenkins is working through any people in that list.

Of course midfielder Shaun MacDonald will make his return to Huish Park on Saturday. One player who will not be travelling within the Swansea ranks will be 21 year old winger Kerry Morgan. He broke a bone in his foot in their friendly at Port Talbot on Saturday and is out for six weeks.

Whilst on the subject of South Wales, the Welsh press and local media continue to report last Friday's news that Lee Trundle is due to sign a three year contract with Welsh Premier League side Neath. The only thing that is currently lacking is any sort of an official announcement to firmly draw a line under this.

Link: Swansea Chairman Names Skiverton In Managerial Hunt.

Link: Trundle Claimed To Be Heading For Welsh Premier League.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swansea City.


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12 July 2010 : Noble Back In Full Training After 16 Month Outage
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder David Noble is back in full training after spending 16 months out of the game. The 28 year old last played a game of first team football in March 2009 whilst on loan with the Glovers. He picked up a minor knock in the 1-0 win over Northampton Town that was to prove priceless for Yeovil's survival in League One that season, but never appeared again, and eventually returned to Bristol City.

His injury at Huish Park appeared to be unrelated, but weeks after his return to Ashton Gate, he was diagnosed with a cruciate knee ligament injury and has been out of the game ever since. In January 2010, League One side Exeter City took a gamble by putting him on a contract, but again fitness issues meant that he did not play for them during last season.

He is still with the Grecians, and is now in full training at St James Park, having been given the No.8 shirt for the 2010-11 season. Despite them having now spent six months wages on Noble for zero return, manager Paul Tisdale still believes that his club will profit in the end, but told the Exeter Express and Echo that it may take another six months before Noble reaches his peak again:

"David is a very talented player who I have got a lot of trust and confidence in. We have to be very careful, me included, that we don't expect too much of him too soon. It would be unfair to expect him to take over the team and be at his best straight away. It will probably take six months to get to that point. That is six months of playing. I would imagine he will have a big effect on us. The players have taken to him and they look up to him. He is a very good player."

Link: David Noble : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Paul Tisdale : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Aldershot boss Kevin Dillon, and former Yeovil Town midfielder, has confirmed earlier news that right-winger Scott Murray is training with his squad in an attempt to earn a new contract after leaving Yeovil Town last season. The Shots have travelled to Millfield School in Somerset to take advantage of their training facilities today and Dillon has said that he is specifically looking for a player of Murray's experience to help his younger players:

"We have Scott Murray training with us and to have somebody of that experience is great, and it would be good if we could do something there and we shall see in due course. What I am keen on is to ensure that we have a good balance in the squad. We have some talented younger players here and they will benefit from that bit of experience from players who have performed at a higher level. There were times towards the end of last season where we could have benefited in that way."

Link: Scott Murray : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Kevin Dillon : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Former trialist Alex Jeannin is having a second bite of the cherry down at Truro City. The Frenchman, who played in most of Yeovil's 2003-04 pre-season friendlies, was on trial for the Cornish side 12 months ago but broke his leg and missed last season entirely. Thankfully this time he lasted 90 minutes on Saturday against Plymouth Argyle. Also in Truro's side were midfielder Joe Broad, who had a short loan spell with Yeovil Town during 2001, and winger Les Afful who the Glovers almost signed in 2006 (and in fact announced that they had done so) before he headed to Torquay United instead. Broad has been with Truro for four years now, whilst Afful is about to start his second.

Dutch striker Orlando Smeekes has been on trial with Championship side Coventry City in their Austrian pre-season training camp, and has been invited to team up with the Sky Blues for a week upon their return to England. The 28 year old was playing for German side FC Carl Zeiss Jena last season, and took part in a number of Yeovil's 2008-09 pre-season fixtures before an injury saw him return to the Netherlands for treatment and disappear off the radar.

Dorchester Town have taken Lee Collier and Rico Wilson on trial. Collier was a fringe player for the Glovers between 1996 and 1999, and has been more recently on the books of Bath City. Meanwhile Wilson was a striker who played in a number of Glovers Reserve Team fixtures during 2008-09, as well as playing for the Youth Team.

Link: Lee Collier : Yeovil Town Statistics.

In the same county, Sherborne Town have signed up former Glovers Youth Team striker Richard Parkinson for the 2010-11 season. Parkinson had not played first team football for Sherborne since last October after he broke his leg against Bristol Manor Farm. His former Glovers team-mate Sam Jarman is also hoping to get back playing after a long layoff, having spent 15 months out of football with cruciate knee ligament damage. He has returned to the club for their pre-season training.

Link: Richard Parkinson : Yeovil Town Statistics.

As far as pre-season matches go, former Glovers midfielder Ritchie Jones is due to make his Oldham Athletic debut tonight against Burnley. The Tottenham Hotspur quartet of Steven Caulker, Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend and Jonathan Obika have already kicked off their season, with a 4-0 win over AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. Spurs were fielding a fairly young side with many of their stars having been involved in the World Cup tournament in South Africa. That gave the four former Glovers loan players a chance to impress manager Harry Redknapp. The media have praised Caulker's performance, whilst Obika grabbed the opening goal of the game. Finally Shaun MacDonald captained a young Swansea City side in their 2-1 win over Port Talbot on Saturday, with MacDonald playing a full 90 minutes.


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12 July 2010 : Follow Ciderspace On Twitter
As part of a series of site improvements this summer, we're able to now launch Ciderspace's presence on Twitter. Having launched a Facebook page earlier this summer, and an RSS News Feed a couple of years ago, we're now able to add an additional way of keeping in touch with what is going on with the site.

If you're a current Twitter user, simply follow @ytfcciderspace. You'll also find that for the newer News Page items, we've also added a Twitter button if you want to 'tweet' a piece of news to the world via a single button click.

In addition, just in case you lose track of our Facebook and Twitter presences, we've also made a change to the Ciderspace News Page to include the links to both in the 'News Archives' section of the news page, next door to the long-standing RSS Feed. You'll also find a Facebook link at the foot of each article (next to the 'Go To Top Of Page' link) in case you read a news item and want to give your views on it to other fans on Facebook.

We appreciate such things can be a bit bewildering to some users, so if anyone has got any questions about Facebook, Twitter or RSS Feeds, then drop an email to the site address. Feedback on the same is also welcomed.

Link: Twitter : Ciderspace Twitter Feed.

Link: Facebook : Ciderspace Group Page.

Link: Ciderspace RSS News Feed.

Link: Join Ciderspace On Facebook.


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11 July 2010 : Benefit Match Opponents List American Touring Squad
As the 2010 World Cup has drawn to a close, Manchester United have announced their tour squad for their North American Tour, giving an insight of what to expect for Darren Way's Benefit Match that will take place on Saturday 24th July. Right from the point that the fixture was announced, it was clear that the Premier League side would be carving their squad in two (at least) for their pre-season fixtures and that a significant chunk of their squad would be in the USA at the time that another selection of their squad members would be travelling to Somerset.

They have selected 22 players to fly to America tomorrow morning, thus meaning that the following list are of players who will NOT be involved in the game at Huish Park:

Edwin van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov, John O'Shea, Wes Brown, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson, Chris Smalling, Nani, Fabio, Federico Macheda, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Mame Biram Diouf, Tom Cleverley, Ritchie De Laet, Corry Evans, Ben Amos, Gabriel Obertan.

United have indicated that Gary Neville, Owen Hargreaves, Antonio Valencia, Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand and Brazilian midfielder Anderson are all on the treatment table and so had no chance of going to America. The prognosis for Hargreaves, Ferdinand and Anderson indicates that they have no chance of being fit by the time the game against Yeovil Town comes around.

Before anyone gets too excited about any of the names missing off the above lists, United are believed to be assessing many of the players who took part in the World Cup to determine what is best for them during the early pre-season friendlies. Thus a player who is deemed to be 'tired' after the trip to South Africa may be told to stay on the training ground until the 2010-11 season draws closer. The one thing that was near certain was that those who were involved in the World Cup would not be travelling to America. Hopefully we will get better information on which players will travel to Huish Park nearer the time.

Link: Ticketing For Darren Way's Benefit Match (Yeovil Town vs Manchester United XI).

Link: Hi-Res Pictures Of Darren Way Commemorative Badges.

Link: Way Grateful For Ferguson Support.

Link: Darren Gets Premier League Giants For Benefit Match.


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11 July 2010 : Skivo vs Wazza Pre-Season Friendly Arranged
Yeovil Town have arranged a pre-season friendly against Devon side Witheridge. The game will take place at Edge Down Park this coming Wednesday 14th July, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. They play in the South West Peninsula League, which was formed in 2007 from a merger of the Devon County League and the South Western League.

The connection between the two clubs is former Glovers striker Warren Patmore, who this summer became their First Team Manager. He was appointed as their manager on June 7th, shortly after resigning his position as manager of Western League side Wellington.

At present, we don't know what sort of a side the Glovers are likely to send out for the game. They are currently staying up in the M25 area, having arranged pre-season friendlies between Wycombe Wanderers (played yesterday) and Stevenage (expected to be played in the next day or two), both behind closed doors. They should be back in Somerset in time for Wednesday night's friendly, but how many will travel to Devon is debatable, with games like this tending to be used as a means to view Youth Teamers and fringe players.

Address: Witheridge Football Club, Edge Down Park, Witheridge Sports Field, Witheridge, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8AH.

To get to the ground from the M5, take the following directions:

Leave the M5 at junction 27 signposted Tiverton and Barnstaple joining the North Devon Link Road. At Bolham roundabout turn left into Tiverton passing by East Devon College. At the next roundabout turn right along Kennedy way passing Morrisons Supermarket. At the mini roundabout turn right signposted Witheridge and Rackenford. Take the 2nd left signposted Witheridge. Continue for 10 miles passing through Withleigh and Nomansland. As you enter Witheridge Edge Down Park is 100 yards on the right hand side, just before the Fire Station.

Link: Wazza Speaks About Witheridge Appointment.

Link: Wazza Back In Business.

Link: Warren Patmore : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 July 2010 : Glovers Old Boy Influenced Williams Signing
New Yeovil Town signing Andy Williams took advice from an ex-Glover who left Huish Park nine years ago, when deciding whether to put pen to paper for the club. Both Williams and manager Terry Skiverton share a mutual friend in former Glovers midfielder Ben Smith who is currently on the books of Conference National side Crawley Town.

Smith's connection with Williams stems from the 4.5 seasons that Smith spent at Hereford United across two spells, with Williams having had three spells with the Bulls. When Yeovil Town made their move for Williams, he picked up the phone to Smith, who told him what life was like at Huish Park and what sort of a person Skiverton was to work with. Williams told BBC Somerset that when he got to talk to Skiverton, he ticked all the right boxes:

"He said a lot of positive things and a lot of good things. I knew of a little bit of interest before. I was aware of what the club was like because I have a friend from Hereford, in Ben Smith, who sold it to me as well, and that was all I needed to know. I then had a word with Terry (Skiverton) and he said all the right things to me, so he sold it well."

The 23 year old said it was also important to him that with him being out of contract with Bristol Rovers that he his future sorted early on in the summer. Williams revealed that he had also got offers from clubs other than Rovers and the Glovers:

"I had offers elsewhere as well, but I made sure that it was sorted before I went away. I managed to get it all sorted about a week before I went away. It was nice to get it all sorted so that I could relax whilst I was away."

Williams has played his career mainly as a striker, but has also had spells as a right-winger. In line with a previous interview, he confirmed that he preferred the striker role, but was aware that there would be times when he would need to fit into a wide role. However, he wasn't 100 percent sure where Glovers boss Terry Skiverton was likely to play him:

"I'm not sure. I sort of got told that it would be in an attacking role, hopefully as a main centre-forward. But as I've done in the past, if need be I can fit in a wide attacking position. I know here they play different formations. If it's a three-pronged attack then it will be a more attacking role than if it was a 4-4-2 and I was playing wide."

Williams was Hereford's top scorer during the 2005-06 season, but in recent seasons has struggled to find the net, in part through being played out wide. He said his main target for the coming season was to hit double figures for the first time since that season:

"I'd like to hit double-figures as it's been a while since I've done that. So that will be my first target and if I hopefully can reach that before the end of the season, I can then set another one."

Since leaving Yeovil Town in 2001, Smith has had one season with Southend United, two years with Hereford United, two more with Shrewsbury Town, an 18 month spell with Weymouth and another 2.5 years with Hereford for a second spell. He signed for Crawley Town in the summer of 2009 on a one year deal, and has subsequently extended his stay for another year.

Link: Ben Smith : Yeovil Town Profile.

Link: Andy Williams : Yeovil Town Profile.

Link: 24/05/2010 : Andy Williams Talks To The BBC After Signing For Yeovil Town.


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10 July 2010 : Harrold On Trial For Swedish Side
Former Yeovil Town striker Matt Harrold has been spending pre-season in Sweden. He is on trial for Swedish second-tier side Örgryte Idrottsällskap (more commonly known as ÖIS or Örgryte IS), who are based in Gothenburg. He was released by Wycombe Wanderers at the end of last season after they were relegated to League Two. Harrold arrived for his trial with the club at the start of July and was due to spend a week with them.

His former club Grimsby Town had also been trying to get him to sign, as they revamp their squad for their first ever season at Conference National level. Harrold was on loan with the Mariners during 2005 just before he joined Yeovil Town, whilst he was on the books of Brentford.

Mariners manager Neil Woods was a back-room coach at Blundell Park during his six game loan spell and has admitted that he has tried to bring the 25 year old back for a second spell, but he doesn't sound hopeful:

"We've spoken to Matt Harrold but it doesn't look like anything will happen there. He's a cracking lad and I know him from his time on loan here. But he wants to try and stay in the league like many players we've approached and you can understand that."

There are unsubstantiated rumours suggesting that Harrold is also being chased by League Two sides Shrewsbury Town and Bradford City, of which the latter is managed by former Wycombe boss Peter Taylor. There's been no strong confirmation to back up either claim though yet.

Since leaving Yeovil Town in August 2006, Harrold has spent two years with Southend United followed by two more at Wycombe. At Roots Hall he scored six times in 60 appearances, whilst at Adams Park he netted 22 times across 77 matches.

Link: Matt Harrold : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 July 2010 : Glovers Open Pre-Season With Wanderers Draw
Yeovil Town drew 3-3 in their opening pre-season friendly today against Wycombe Wanderers. The match was a low-key game played behind closed doors. Transfer-listed full-back Danny Hutchins opened the scoring before Wanderers hit back with three goals before half time, as Jon-Paul Pittman netted twice and England Under-19s player Matt Phillips grabbed a third.

In the second half Sam Williams pulled one back before Youth Team striker Lloyd Matthews equalised from the edge of the box for the final goal of the match.

Other than the scorers, no line-ups are available. Goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts played the second half, and the match included some unnamed trialists. The Glovers are believed to be playing League Two newcomers Stevenage in the next couple of days, again behind closed doors.

Speaking to their official site after the game, Wycombe manager Gary Waddock said of 3-3 draw:

"It was a good run-out for the boys and I think it was useful for them to play together in a match situation. They've been excellent in training and looked sharp in the game against Yeovil, so I'm happy with the progress we're making."


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10 July 2010 : Swansea Chairman Names Skiverton In Managerial Hunt
Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins has said that Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is the sort of manager who would fit the profile of his currently vacant first team manager's job. The Swans are currently without a manager following Paulo Sousa's defection to Leicester City on Wednesday, and Jenkins is currently going through around 50 applications for the job, short-listed down to around 15 potential managers.

Jenkins has said that he has seen the names of the managers listed in the papers as being in line to replace Sousa and says that many of them are wide of the mark. He told the South Wales Evening Post that they should be looking at some of the younger managers in the lower leagues who have proved they can do a good job with their current clubs. He names Terry Skiverton and former Swansea midfielder Darren Way as the sort of coaches he admires:

"I've seen the names being linked with us in the papers, but I don't understand why people are not looking at the managers who are doing a great job under a limited budget at other clubs lower down the leagues. Look at Paul Trollope at Bristol Rovers for example — he's done very well there. There's Terry Skiverton at Yeovil, who is doing a good job along with Darren Way under a tight budget. Keith Hill at Rochdale has done a great job, while Eddie Howe is another to have done very well at Bournemouth.

"These are the guys who are working very hard lower down the ladder without a blank cheque book and striving to take their club forward. It's not easy, we know that, but they are a group who are doing very well for themselves and their clubs. In our process we are looking at hunger, loyalty, enthusiasm and honesty in our new manager. These are the main ingredients. There's no point someone coming here thinking they are going to maintain their reputation by making big-money signings because that is not what we are about. With that said, myself and the board will be working very hard today and over the weekend in order to have someone in position on Monday
."

There's no suggestion that Jenkins has approached Yeovil Town or Skiverton over the vacancy here. The press have named Sheffield United coach Gary Speed as the main front runner, although here there is disagreement. Speed is described as the "red-hot favourite" for the job by the South Wales Evening Post and expect an announcement on Monday. However, BBC Sport Wales state that although Jenkins has approached the Yorkshire side, they have refused permission for talks with the 40 year old to be held.

Whilst the BBC believe that will not be the end of the matter for Jenkins, and that he is likely to return to the Blades. However, he admitted to the BBC that he may have to look at a Plan B, and that may involve him approaching some of the names that he has listed above may be on the cards:

"Possibly yes (we will go for one of them). There's a lot of good people working at different clubs. We've always gone for young managers and we've got good things out of it over the last few years. I don't see any reason in changing it at the moment. We've got to keep all our options open because things don't always work out as planned."

If Swansea's plan to appoint a new manager on Monday still stands, then there's little evidence of it being Skiverton. He is currently staying with the first team squad in a hotel, with the club believed to have arranged two pre-season friendlies against Wycombe Wanderers and Stevenage over the next few days. Skiverton has confirmed that one of those is being played today, with Wycombe thought to be the opponents. Unfortunately both games appear to be behind closed doors, so don't expect much information coming out about the games.


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10 July 2010 : 'Dangerous' Freeman Could 'Cause Problems'
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says that he believes that new loan signing Luke Freeman could "cause problems" to opposition defences in the coming season. The striker has joined on a six month deal with the Glovers from Premier League side Arsenal after Skiverton spotted him playing for Arsenal Reserves whilst he was at a game looking at centre-back Luke Ayling.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton sees Freeman as a "dangerous" player who will give his front line "something different" to what Sam Williams and Dean Bowditch are able to provide:

"Luke (Freeman) was one that I looked at last year, and I thought to myself that he could cause problems in this division. He's already played at this level. He actually played at Huish Park for Gillingham, although he only came on as a sub. I've watched him a game and I've seen him on a few highlights when I was looking at Luke Ayling, and he always seemed to pop up with the goals. He is very prolific, very dangerous, very fast and he is something different to what we've got. So it was a bit of a no-brainer bringing him in."

Skiverton also felt that the arrival of Freeman and Ayling at Huish Park gave him a good grounding with the Premier League side and would give him potential options for the future. He reiterated that he had three other loan deals lined up if he felt they would provide value to the squad:

"Now with the connection that I've got with Arsenal as well, it's very good, and three other managers are just waiting for me to pick the phone up."

Link: Freeman Willing To Consider Season Stay.

Link: Luke Freeman : Player Profile.


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9 July 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Silly Season Warming Up
We're at that stage of the pre-season where trialists are coming and going, the rumourmill is spinning so fast it's nearly coming off its hinges, and if you dare blink you might miss something. But on the other hand, what has actually happened? Taff tries to make sense of it all, via his latest Taff's Gloversblog entry.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Silly Season Warming Up.


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9 July 2010 : Trundle Claimed To Be Heading For Welsh Premier League
Former Swansea City striker Lee Trundle is on his way to the Welsh Premier League, according to the BBC. Reports from BBC Sport Wales suggest that Trundle is to sign for Neath on a three year contract. Neath have yet to confirm the deal. Yeovil Town had been chasing his signature along with a number of other League One clubs, but it looks as though they will be disappointed.

The claims are also made by the Wales Online media website and state that Neath's deal will make him the highest paid player in the Welsh Premier League, citing a salary of £2,500 per week. Unconfirmed rumours are that Trundle has been training with Tranmere Rovers this week, but whether they've actually been in the running for his signature, or whether he's merely chosen them as being close to his Liverpool roots is another matter.

Assuming the reports of a three year deal are true, that sort of length of contract is above and beyond anything Yeovil Town would offer for the 33 year old. At that age, a lengthy contract and a large wage is going to be difficult to turn down. He made his career move into the Football League via Welsh side Rhyl, who until this summer were in the same division as Neath, and so will be well aware of the standard of football.


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9 July 2010 : Lee Morris On Trial With Bantams
Former Yeovil Town striker Lee Morris is on trial with League Two side Bradford City. The 30 year old is a free agent after being released by Hereford United over the summer. He joined the Bantams for pre-season training last Thursday in an attempt to earn a contract with them.

Considering Lee initially 'retired' from football in March 2008 due to his cruciate knee ligament injury, he has not done too badly. He joined a then Conference National side Burton Albion in August 2008 on an informal basis, but went on to score 7 goals and make 30 appearances in Burton's title-winning season.

Upon their promotion into the Football League he moved on, joining Hereford United for the 2009-10 season on a one year contract, but this was a far less fruitful occasion. He made just 14 appearances for the Bulls before being sent out on loan to Mansfield Town in November 2009, where he made five appearances, scoring one goal. Another loan spell at Forest Green Rovers followed in March 2010, where he made nine appearances, scoring two goals. When the Conference National season ended a week or two before the end of the Football League season, Morris was due to return to Edgar Street, but instead the Bulls allowed him to depart by mutual consent.

Lee was of course a key member of Yeovil Town's 2006-07 season that saw them make the League One play-off final. His 40 appearances and 6 goals for the club were rudely curtailed in August 2007 when he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in a Carling Cup tie against Hereford United. With Yeovil having made all three substitutions in the game, he bravely tried to carry on, but in doing so aggravated the injury, and it was to be his last appearance in green and white colours.

Link: Lee Morris : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 July 2010 : Football League Blog: Football League Survey 2010 Detailed Results
Further to the Football League's publishing of their 2010 Supporters Survey results, we are now able to bring some further club-specific detail behind the findings. Once again, bar the number of Yeovil Town supporters who filled in the survey, revealed in our June 30th article, there's no Yeovil specific information, although their absence in the statistics that follows is illuminating.

The Football League have published the Top Five clubs in League One and across the whole of the Football League in each of the survey categories, thus giving an indication of which clubs are performing well in the eyes of the supporters responding to the survey.

For the list of how each club performed, see the article linked below.

Link: Football League Blog: Football League Survey 2010 Detailed Results.


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9 July 2010 : Arron Davies Signs For Posh
Further to yesterday's news, former Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Arron Davies has signed a two year deal with Peterborough United. The deal allows the 26 year old to team up with Gary Johnson - the manager who brought him to Huish Park in 2004. As a free agent, Arron arrives at London Road on a free transfer. He will sign his paperwork when Posh return from a pre-season tour of Portugal, where Arron is currently with their team.

Peterborough boss Gary Johnson told their official site that he was happy with the outcome and suggested that Davies had been previously struggling with an unspecified injury:

"I think it is a great acquisition to our squad, I have worked with Arron before at Yeovil. We get on very well. I left Yeovil to go to Bristol City, so it was me who left him that time! He had a bad injury that wasn't diagnosed for a little while and that stopped him playing as many games as he should have done of late, however, he is back fully fit and raring to go. He has trained with us for the last three weeks and we have seen what he can do. He can play on either wing and he can be a striker, that is the position he played for me. He is a striker who can run with the ball and he is something different in midfield if I play three in there. He gives us more options and that is what you are always looking for. He has got quality and that is why he went for a lot of money to Nottingham Forest. If I can get him back to his best, we have an absolute bargain and I am sure we will see the best of him."

Arron's last club was of course Yeovil Town, where he made four starts and six substitute appearances as part of his second spell with the Glovers at the tail end of the 2009-10 season. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

Link: Arron Davies Reunited With Johnson.

Link: Arron Davies : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 July 2010 : Ayling Heading For Midfield Role
Those of you with eagle-eyes may have noticed that in yesterday's article concerning manager Terry Skiverton's plans to bring in three loan players, that he apparently left out Luke Ayling from the number of available centre-backs.

That wasn't an oversight; Skiverton believes he will be using the former Arsenal trainee as a central midfielder for the majority of the coming season, seeing it as a better position for him to take in the short term. That was the position he took during his four loan appearances for the Glovers during the 2009-10 season, and the Yeovil boss told BBC Somerset that he plans to use him there throughout 2010-11:

"At the moment it's central midfield. I'm looking at him there. He's very tenacious in the tackle and he's strong. He played well there in the last couple of games of the season so I'll be looking at him there. But I know he can cover there (in defence) and he's very good on the ball and I think he'll probably end up there, but maybe not for a year or two. I think that technically he is very good. He can run, he can head, he can jump and I think he's got all the attributes. I think in the long term he'll be a centre-half, but at the moment with his lean years and his positioning, midfield will be a good position for him."

Skiverton said in yesterday's article that he wants to bring in one permanent centre-back along with another on loan. Apart from Ayling, Stefan Stam is the only recognised central defender on the club's books at present.

Link: Skiverton Sat On Three Loan Deals.


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8 July 2010 : Shrimpers Told To Prove Solvency In Fourteen Days
League Two side Southend United, who were relegated at the end of the season just gone, have been given 14 days by the High Court to prove that they are not acting as an insolvent club. In a winding up case sought by HMRC, Southend were deemed to owe £238,710 to the taxman. That amount appears to have been paid at the last minute by supermarket company Sainsbury, who have a vested interest in the sale of Roots Hall going through, but the judge Mr Justice Newey listened to HMRC's claims that the Shrimpers were "incontrovertibly insolvent ... in persistent default" and demanded that they provide proof of their financial security as an ongoing concern by July 22nd. They will then return to court for a second session on August 2nd and if the judge does not like what he sees, he will force them into administration.

Next Wednesday, Southend face another winding up order from Charterhouse Commercial Finances for £140,000 whilst HMRC revealed that Southend had also missed another VAT payment that had been due yesterday, adding on further charges for late payments. A repayment of a £150,000 loan to the Professional Footballers Association that has been outstanding since January is also in the public domain, although was not of direct relevance to today's case.

Southend have so far cancelled three pre-season friendlies, with a Friday night game against Ipswich Town, a fixture against Canvey Island next Monday, and a third against Thurrock on July 24th all called off, leaving them with just three first team friendlies left. The official reason given is that new manager Paul Sturrock is not ready in his pre-season preparations. The more blunt explanation could be that the Shrimpers only have around nine players signed up for the new season so far, and are under a transfer embargo, meaning that even those players who have agreed to join the club for the new season are only able to once the embargo is lifted.

Whilst Southend exit League One going downwards, Sheffield Wednesday arrive in League One, going downwards. According to the Yorkshire Post, Wednesday owe the Co-Operative Bank in excess of £21 million at present, but their understanding is that their credit facility has been increased by a further £3 million to cover losses they are expecting to incur by their drop to League One, despite having over 11,000 season ticket holders. Finance director Bob Grierson has agreed to meet a fans' shareholders group Wednesdayite to conduct a question and answer session over their current financial state.

That could well be a stormy meeting after outgoing Chairman Lee Stratford heavily criticised Grierson, suggesting that he had hidden a £1.5 million budget deficit that Stratford claimed directly contributed to their relegation. Claims in the Sheffield Star are that Wednesday are £30 million in debt at present, but Stratford believed that their Championship playing budget last season was insufficient to avoid the drop:

"Since promotion from League One the club have been operating on a £3.5 million player budget when the spread of what other teams in that division spent was £5 million to £15 million. That's effectively a relegation budget."

Link: Notts County Clear HMRC Debt Backlog.


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8 July 2010 : Birkby Trains At Hardenhuish Park
Former Yeovil Town striker Dean Birkby has been spotted in pre-season training with Chippenham Town - but is not believed to be looking for a contract. The 39 year old is at Hardenhuish Park with the Southern League Premier Division but is believed to have retired from football.

Birkby played for the Glovers between 1995 and 1998, largely during the club's two years in the Isthmian League and scored 17 goals during the club's title-winning season. But he began to drift out of contention once Yeovil were promoted to the Conference division again, and after a couple of loan spells elsewhere, he eventually headed for Forest Green Rovers.

Chippenham boss Adie Mings has admitted that sights of Birkby in training were accurate, but that he was not expecting to sign him:

"Dean’s a friend who I played with at Bath and he’s been coming to train to keep fit but he’s not interested in the football side of things – when you get older it helps to train with people you know to keep the weight down."

During his footballing career, Birkby played for almost every South-West and South-Wales non-league club going, and (with thanks to Gloucester's Tiger Roar site) he clocked up appearances for (take a deep breath):

Yate Town, Clevedon Town, Mangotsfield United, Gloucester City, Bath City, Yeovil Town, Forest Green Rovers (loan), Weymouth (loan), Forest Green Rovers, Clevedon Town, Paulton Rovers, Merthyr Tydfil (loan), Forest Green Rovers, Newport County (loan), Mangotsfield United (loan), Cinderford Town, Aberystwyth Town, Bath City, Weston Super Mare, Mangotsfield United as well as a spell in Australian league football.

Link: Dean Birkby : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 July 2010 : Tomlin Pushed Before He Jumped
When Gavin Tomlin surprised most Glovers fans by penning a three year deal with League One newcomers Dagenham and Redbridge the assumption was that the player had gone back on his word in terms of a verbal contract agreement with Yeovil Town. In this week's Western Gazette, manager Terry Skiverton has stated that he withdrew the offer to Tomlin after he sensed hesitancy from the former Fisher Athletic striker.

There is a strong possibility that the reason why Tomlin was apparently dithering over the deal was that he'd subsequently received the offer from East London. If so then Skiverton's actions made his decision a far easier one:

"With Gavin I made him an offer, he accepted it and was then umming and ahhing over it so I withdrew it and told him to go elsewhere."

Link: Gavin Tomlin Leaves Huish Park.

Link: Gavin Tomlin : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 July 2010 : Skiverton Sat On Three Loan Deals
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton states that he is sat on around three loan deals for the 2010-11 season, but does not want to commit himself too early. Speaking to this week's Western Gazette, the Glovers boss has explained that he does not want to commit himself too early over the summer whilst he is still looking at other targets:

"I have spoken to three or four managers but what I do not want to do is commit myself too early to these loans because you never know what the situation is. I sorted out my loans early last season because obviously I knew them. Three other managers are just waiting for me to pick up the phone. We are looking to probably get another centre half in on contract and maybe one on loan as well, like we had last year. That will be somewhere we look at and it will be a good battle between the three (along with Stefan Stam) to see who starts next season."

The Gazette also confirms that midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala has returned from France and is now back in pre-season training with the rest of the squad. He is also in talks with Chief Executive Martyn Starnes over his contract with the Glovers, having become a free agent over the summer.


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8 July 2010 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
Admission prices for Yeovil Town's home pre-season friendly against Championship side Bristol City have been set. The match takes place at Huish Park on Wednesday 28th July with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Those attending the game will be charged as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Seniors and 16-21yrs: £5.00; Under 16s: £2.00.

This a flat rate regardless of which part of the ground you are in, and there are no match-day surcharges. To our knowledge all home areas of the ground will be open.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Crystal Palace.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swansea City.

Link: Ticketing For Darren Way's Benefit Match (Yeovil Town vs Manchester United XI).

Link: 2010-11 First Team Fixtures List.


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8 July 2010 : Stansfield Joins Exeter Pre-Season Training
Former Yeovil Town striker Adam Stansfield has joined pre-season training with League One side Exeter City, despite still needing further treatment in his battle against bowel cancer. Stansfield is due to start six months of chemotherapy but has delayed the commencement of that treatment in order to join in with his first team colleagues as part of their training schedule at the Cat and Fiddle Ground.

Grecians manager Paul Tisdale has told the Exeter Express and Echo that the 31 year old will continue to do things with the club at his own pace and that if he needs to take a step back from training for any reason, then he will support that:

"It was great to see him. He has lost weight but he is a lot more happy than he was at the end of last season. He has got a long drawn out six months ahead of him but it was lovely to see him on the first day back. He was so desperate to be here that he put his chemotherapy back a day to be here. He wants to keep as active as he can. He wants to be here and he feels that this is a place that he can get on with being him again. So good for him. I am delighted that he is here and let's hope that it all goes to plan for him and he will be fine. When he feels like he can't do anything then he will step out."

The "Get Well Soon Adam Stansfield" Facebook Group has now attracted a massive 5,195 members since the diagnosis of his illness.

Link: Facebook : Get Well Soon Adam Stansfield Group.

Link: Adam Stansfield : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 July 2010 : Yate Seeking Glovers Friendly
Southern Football League Division One South and West side Yate Town are trying to arrange a pre-season friendly with Yeovil Town. They are hoping to arrange the fixture as a tribute to 39 year old defender Rob Cousins who has joined them as a player-coach over the summer.

Last season 'Trigger' clocked up his 1,000th career first team appearance in January 2000 whilst on the books of Paulton Rovers. Rob clocked up 213 of those with Yeovil Town between 1996 and 2000 before moving on when the club switched to a full time outfit. The Gloucestershire local press indicate that Yate want the Glovers to help them commemorate that milestone.

Another ex-Glover on Yate's books is midfielder Matt Hale, who has returned to a playing career after a short spell managing Weymouth. However, Yate manager Dave Mogg admits that Hale will not play in every game this coming season, with daytime job commitments taking priority:

"He will re-sign on the same conditions as last year, so he will only play when he is available."

Link: Warne Extends Stay With Millers (including Rob Cousins signing for Yate Town).

Link: Rob Cousins : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Matt Hale : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 July 2010 : Arron Davies Reunited With Johnson
Former Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Arron Davies has been reunited with Gary Johnson. The Peterborough United boss brought Davies to Yeovil as a replacement for Gavin Williams in December 2004, and he has now taken him on a pre-season tour of Portugal with Peterborough.

Johnson has made it clear already that he wants to sign Arron up on a permanent contract, with the midfielder currently a free agent. Gary told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph:

"Arron has been with us for a couple of weeks and looks sharp. He wants to be with us and we want him to join. Barry Fry has opened negotiations with the player and his agent."

Arron spent the tail end of the 2009-10 season on the books of Yeovil Town, but compared with his more lengthy spell with the Glovers it was a flop. His four starts and six substitute appearances without scoring added to the 114 appearances he made during his first spell with the club where he netted 27 times, gaining himself a £1.2 million move to Nottingham Forest along with Chris Cohen.

His second spell with the Glovers was technically a loan deal with Brighton and Hove Albion, but that was only to get around FIFA rulings on the number of clubs a player was allowed to play for during a single season. Hence there was no chance of the Seagulls keeping him at the Withdean beyond the summer and Yeovil Town showed little interest in taking the loan spell any further.

Link: Arron Davies : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 July 2010 : Gillett Makes Permanent Switch From Saints To Donny
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Simon Gillett has signed for Championship side Doncaster Rovers. The 24 year old has put pen to paper on a two year deal at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight after a successful two month loan spell last season from League One side Southampton. When the Saints released him at the end of the 2009-10 season, Donny moved to take him to Yorkshire permanently.

Gillett only made 31 appearances in five seasons for Southampton. He had a four game loan spell with Yeovil Town in September 2007 at a time when he had yet to make a first team start for the Saints. However, the Oxford-born player had already been a part of the Blackpool side that beat the Glovers at Wembley in May 2007, arriving at Huish Park four months later as cover for a succession of midfield injuries. Since leaving Huish Park, he broke into the Saints first team, but his 11 game loan spell at the Keepmoat during the tail end of 2009 was to provide a pointer to his future career.

Link: Simon Gillett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 July 2010 : Freeman Willing To Consider Season Stay
New Yeovil Town loan signing Luke Freeman has said that he is open to the idea of staying a full season with the Glovers. The striker is on loan from Premier League side Arsenal until January 1st 2011 but he does not rule out staying for longer if things work out. Speaking to BBC Somerset, the 18 year old explained:

"I'd like to stay until the end of the season, but we'll have to see where things take me and look at it on a month by month basis. But yes, I'm happy here. I'm getting to an age where I want some first-team experience. I'd like to go back to Arsenal in December or the end of the season and maybe look to play in the first team. I'm happy to be here, it's a nice town and stadium and everyone has been very welcoming."

Freeman admits that he was aware that the Glovers had taken three Tottenham Hotspur players on loan last season, with Steven Caulker in particular proving to be a huge success, whilst Jonathan Obika and Ryan Mason also grabbed starting spots in the Yeovil first team during the first half of the season. Freeman said that although he does not know any of the trio personally, what he saw of their achievements was an influence in him coming to Somerset:

"I knew about quite a few of the boys who came down here last year. I didn't know them in person, but I knew that they came down here and did well. So obviously if I knew that they'd come down here and done well, then I knew that I'd have a good chance of coming down and doing well myself."

The standard fact trotted out about Freeman is that he is currently the youngest player to ever appear in an FA Cup match beyond the qualifying stages. Freeman set that record, aged 15 years and 233 days, in November 2007 whilst on the books of Kent side Gillingham. Despite hitting such heady heights at such a young age, he said that he still had his feet firmly on the ground about the experience:

"My parents and my family helped me a lot and they made sure that I still stayed level-headed and that I wasn't letting that go to my head. That was the main thing really. We had loads of chats about what the best club for my future was, not just for the present time. Obviously we thought Arsenal was the best place for me to go to help me improve as a player. For me to set a record like this is always good, but I'm not going to rest on that and think that's a record and that's me done. I always want to look to progress and hopefully break more records, or whatever comes up in the future."


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7 July 2010 : A Load Of Bull About Super Gav
Today's Hereford Times reports on a rather amusing rumour linking attacking midfielder Gavin Williams with a return to League Two side Hereford United. In proof that this really can be the silly season, the Bristol City player had been linked with the Bulls on an internet message board, compelling the paper to chase up and find out if it was true.

Last season, during an eight game loan spell with Yeovil Town, Williams proved that, if anything, he was a class above a Glovers side that eventually finished 15th in League One, outclassing sides like Southampton along the way. If he doesn't force his way back into Bristol City's Championship side during the 2010-11 season, there is little doubt that he will be aiming for a smaller Championship side or a big League One side. The chances of him dropping down to League Two, are to be blunt, laughable.

Williams spent six years at Edgar Street between 1996 and 2002, before jumping ship and becoming part of Yeovil Town's 2002-03 Conference title winning side, leaving the Glovers during the League Two title winning season for a £250,000 move to West Ham United in December 2004.

When asked about the rumours today, Williams was diplomatic in his response to the Hereford press:

"I am quite happy at Bristol City and, at the moment, I am concentrating on getting my place in the Bristol City side. I don’t know anything about the rumours but I would not rule out a move back to Hereford at some point in the future."

In his loan spell with Yeovil Town last season, Williams scored five times in eight appearances, with an own goal single-handedly induced by the flying midfielder. On top of that, he clocked up four more assists, with the only 'non-Williams' goals during his time on the field coming through two Gavin Tomlin penalties.

Link: Gavin Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 July 2010 : Notts County Clear HMRC Debt Backlog
These days, when we spot a headline with 'HMRC' in the title, it is usually accompanied by a rolling of the eyes, as we read the latest justification of why another football club is living beyond its means. It's therefore a welcome surprise to read that Notts County have put out a statement today indicating that they have now wiped out their legacy tax bill, largely induced by overspending by their previous regime under mystery consortium Munto Finance.

The government's tax body had put in for a winding up order against the League One newcomers back in January, claiming that they owed £324,206 out of an original £600,000 tax debt. The petition was their second of the 2009-10 season. Chairman Ray Trew, who took over in February 2010 when both petitions had already been issued, told their official site that a line had now been drawn under the club's new ownership and that they were no longer behind with their payments:

"The debt to HMRC has been a dark cloud hanging over Notts County since we arrived back in February and we are delighted to be able to close another sorry chapter in the club's recent past. Having paid the debt to HMRC, we were just awaiting official clearance from them that we were no long under debt management. Today's announcement marks another huge step in the right direction for Notts County Football Club."

Let's hope that after a year's worth of controversy surrounding Notts County and a series of takeovers, that this really is a new dawn. HMRC are currently at it up and down the land, with clubs such as Bradford Park Avenue, Grays Athletic, Preston North End, Cardiff City, Ashford Town (Kent) and Ilkeston Town all in the news due to ongoing court battles or petitions. No list of financially crippled clubs would be complete though without our old friends at Southend United, who face yet another trip to court tomorrow over yet another HMRC winding up petition.

They have nine players on their books at present, they still owe £150,000 to the Professional Footballers Association for a wages loan dating back to January, they are still under a transfer embargo and it turns out that new manager Paul Sturrock will only sign his contract once the court action is cleared. League One's answer to Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf - Chairman Ron Martin - assures all that the debt to HMRC will be cleared before the hearing takes place. Again.


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7 July 2010 : Ritchie Jones Signs For The Latics
Former Yeovil Town loan signing Ritchie Jones has signed a two year contract with League One side Oldham Athletic. The Latics official site suggests that they grabbed the former Manchester United trainee despite attention from one Championship club and two League One sides.

Jones had been released by Hartlepool United at the end of last season after a mixed two years at Victoria Park. The 23 year old had at one point demanded a transfer request after dropping out of their side, but was persuaded to withdraw his request. After 88 appearances for Pools, he became a free agent with the Hartlepool press suggesting that the club's management team "had become increasingly frustrated by Jones' inconsistency".

The Pools press suggest the Championship club trying to get him ahead of Oldham was Millwall with Swindon Town and Rotherham United also named. Manager Paul Dickov has told the Latics official website that he was Hartlepool's best player over the past two seasons:

"We feel very lucky to have brought in Ritchie as a lot of clubs were looking at him and one Championship club had offered him a deal as had others from our division. When I took over, Ritchie was a player I identified as somebody with a great pedigree having obviously started at Manchester United, where he appeared in the first team, and who over the last two years has probably been Hartlepool's best player. I am delighted as he fits the bill in what I want. He has a lot of experience, but he is also young, hungry to succeed, has a good work ethic and attitude as well as being a very good footballer who will provide added competition for places in midfield."

In terms of his time at Yeovil, Jones delivered on the basis of diminishing returns. He had a half-season loan at Huish Park during the 2007-08 season, but made just 11 appearances, gradually disappearing off the radar as time went on. Having been released by Manchester United at the end of that season, he joined Hartlepool where he has been for the past two seasons.

Link: Ritchie Jones : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 July 2010 : Torquay Pre-Season Prices Set
League Two side Torquay United have set admission prices for their pre-season friendly with Yeovil Town. The match will take place on Saturday 31st July at Plainmoor with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Those attending the match will be charged as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions/U16s: £5.00.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Crystal Palace.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swansea City.

Link: Ticketing For Darren Way's Benefit Match (Yeovil Town vs Manchester United XI).


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7 July 2010 : Carling Cup Opponents Bolster Squad
Carling Cup opponents Crystal Palace are finally rebuilding their squad following a year that has seen them go into administration and change management teams and club owners. New manager George Burley made two signings with one of them a very recognisable character from Yeovil Town's time in the Football League.

Former Southend United captain Adam Barrett has signed a two year contract at Selhurst Park, after recently having his contract at Roots Hall terminated by mutual consent. The 30 year old had spent six years with the Shrimpers with a strong reputation for being a big threat at set pieces, as well as being a Skivo-esque commanding centre-back. He also had a two year spell at Bristol Rovers.

A second signing yesterday for Palace was attacking midfielder Andy Dorman. The 28 year old has signed a three year contract after spending three seasons with Scottish Premier League side St Mirren. Prior to that, he'd spent three years with USA MLS side New England Revolution, which came off the back of his three years at Boston University Terriers. He made his Welsh full international debut in May 2010.

Last week Palace also signed up former Ipswich Town defender David Wright. The 30 year old has signed a two year deal with the club and has also had three years with Wigan Athletic. He is a product of Crewe Alexandra's academy system, having spent seven years at Gresty Road.

Unsurprisingly, as a club just coming out of administration, Palace have had a large number of players heading through the out door. Danny Butterfield, Matt Lawrence and Clint Hill have all left, whilst Johannes Ertl (Sheffield Wednesday), Shaun Derry (QPR), Nick Carle (Sydney, Australia) and youngster Jack Randall (Aldershot Town) have found new clubs.

Link: Date And Ticketing Set For Palace League Cup Match.

Link: Carling Cup Opponents Get CVA Boost.


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7 July 2010 : Thommo Jnr Signs For Sherborne
Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town have increased their Yeovil Town connections even further with a new signing. He is former Reserve and Youth Team striker Danny Thompson, who is son of ex-Manager, Assistant Manager and midfielder Steve Thompson.

Danny played for the Youth Team during 2005-06, and subsequently graduated to the Reserve Team between 2006 and 2008. He later went on to work with the club's Community Trust and Centre of Excellence in a coaching capacity, although it's not clear if he is still with the Glovers in that role.

Last season, Danny was playing under another former Glover Warren Patmore, as he knocked up 18 appearances for Somerset side Wellington. This will be his second spell with Sherborne Town, having already spent time at Raleigh Grove whilst in his teens.

Link: Sherborne Town Official Site : Thompson Bolsters Attack.


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6 July 2010 : Former Glovers Youth-Teamer Gets Four Year Scholarship
A former Yeovil Town Under-18s player has won himself a four year scholarship with an American college. Left-winger and striker Joe Butcher played for Stuart Housley's Youth Team during the 2008-09 season but did not feature during the season just gone.

He has been given a 100 percent scholarship with Burlington County College in New Jersey to play for their football team over the next four years and to study for an associate degree in business. The 19 year old also had offers from colleges in South Carolina and Mississippi.

He was spotted by scouts whilst on trial for Queens Park Rangers after being released by the Glovers but instead of heading to Loftus Road, he will now spend four years in America. Not too surprisingly this has come as a bit of a surprise to Joe who has told the Isle of Wight press that he wasn't aware of the scouts until after the trial:

"I had no idea the scouts were there. They videoed the whole trial and then he asked if I would be interested in going over. I said yes and he sent the tape out to the colleges. I am really excited about going, although I haven’t even started packing yet."

Joe lives on the Isle of Wight and plays for Cowes Sports and has also gone through Newport (IoW) Reserves, Carisbrooke, East Cowes Vics as well as Shanklin Youth, whilst representing the island at Under 14 and Under 15 level. He came to Yeovil Town whilst he was playing for Cowes Sports under 18s in the Hampshire Youth League.

Joe has until August 9th to pack his suitcase and get on board his plane. The very best of luck to him.


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6 July 2010 : Yeovil Town Ladies 2010-11 Fixtures Published
Yeovil Town Ladies have had the fixtures for their first ever season in the FA Women’s Premier League released today. The Ladies start with a home match against Cardiff City Ladies on August 22nd 2010 in a match that will be played at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town.

Before that, they have a number of pre-season fixtures set up along with their Annual General Meeting. The full fixture list is on their site linked below. Here are the other key dates as they stand:

19/07/2010 : Yeovil Town Ladies AGM (Tintinhull Sports Ground, 7.00p.m.)

25/07/2010 : Plymouth Argyle (Away, Friendly)
01/08/2010 : Wolverhampton Wanderers (Venue TBA, Friendly)
08/08/2010 : Tottenham Hotspur (First and Reserve Team, Friendly, Away)
15/08/2010 : Cardiff City (Away, Friendly)

There will be other midweek friendlies set up soon, and the Ladies hope to also play on July 11th and July 18th but have yet to finalise opposition.

Given that Cardiff City represent the final pre-season friendly and also the first league match, we wonder if there will be any late shuffling of matches! For now the list still stands.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies Official Website : Fixtures and Results Page.


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6 July 2010 : Former Glovers Striker Davies Signs For Chesterfield
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Craig Davies has signed for League Two side Chesterfield. The 24 year old has severed his deal at the Withdean Stadium and signed a one year contract with the Spireites.

During his time with the Seagulls, he made just 21 appearances, scoring one goal. His loan spell with Port Vale during the 2009-10 season was more successful, netting seven times in 24 appearances, with Davies making it quite clear that he fancied a permanent switch, despite Vale admitting they couldn't afford him.

His time at Yeovil Town was short - four appearances across one month during September/October 2009 saw him fail to find the net.

Craig's new boss will be a familiar one for him - John Sheridan is managing the League Two club, and was his manager whilst Craig was with Oldham Athletic.

Link: Craig Davies : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 July 2010 : Tranmere And Oldham See Three Become One
Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men. Back on June 23rd, League One side Tranmere Rovers parted company with coach Wayne Allison, who had been acting as a joint assistant to manager Les Parry. The move had been made due to financial constraints at the Wirral club, and with a 'gang of three' leading their first team, the plan was for Parry to give the other coach Shaun Garnett an outright role as Parry's assistant, giving Tranmere a two-man set-up.

The fly in the ointment came last week when Kenny Shiels, who heads up Tranmere's Centre of Excellence, decided to take the assistant manager's job at Scottish side Kilmarnock, leaving Rovers with a vacancy there. Garnett, who had been acting as Shiels' deputy as their Under-18s manager has decided that he'd prefer the CoE job instead, and so has dropped back into Tranmere's youth set-up.

All of that has left Les Parry without an assistant manager, where two weeks ago he had two of them. He is probably glad that he had just appointed goalkeeping coach Dave Timmins to his set-up and that Steve Walker has arrived from Crewe Alexandra to relieve him of the other role he was doubling up on - namely Parry's old job as physio. Perhaps Parry needs to go back to Allison and try and perform a u-turn.

So far this summer, Tranmere have brought back full-back Zoumana Bakayogo who had been with them last season, but had returned to France and proved difficult to track down over the summer. They have also recruited midfielder Joss Labadie who was with them on loan last season from West Bromwich Albion, with the 19 year old now at Prenton Park on a permanent basis. On the flipside they have lost striker Craig Curran to Carlisle United.

Another club finding that three people can very rapidly become one are Oldham Athletic. The Latics were in administration back in 2003 and were threatened with closure until Simon Blitz, Danny Gazal and Simon Corney took over the club. Today, both Chairman Blitz and Director Gazal have both resigned, leaving Corney as their new Chairman. Their official statement cites financial pressures, with Blitz explaining:

"It is with great regret that due to personal and economic pressures, I have decided to end my seven-year association with Oldham Athletic. I have met lots of nice people and enjoyed my time, but have found it a constant battle and uphill struggle in more recent times. I don't feel I am able to give the club's supporters the contribution they are looking for in the future."

Corney, who is the one remaining member of the three man board, dubbed by Latics fans as the Three Amigos, admitted that the exit of Blitz would cause problems to a club that had already admitted it was struggling through their gates dropping by 17.8 percent to 4,630 last season:

"Simon's (Blitz) decision to step down is obviously a major disappointment. It means that we all, including the fans, will have to work a lot harder to try and make the club successful."

Oldham have a new manager in place this season in Paul Dickov but so far he has yet to bring in any new players. His two arrivals so far have been a Chief Scout called Paul Butler and a Head of Sports Science also called Paul Butler (no that's not a misprint). Dickov has brought in six trialists as part of their pre-season plans at Boundary Park but has yet to name any of the players involved.


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6 July 2010 : Mason Drops Out Of England Under-19s Squad
Former Yeovil Town midfielder/striker Ryan Mason is one of the players that has dropped out of the final squad that England Under-19s will take to France next week. Mason was one of three former Yeovil Town players that were called up to a University of Warwick training camp but he will not make the final cut. Mason had also missed the Elite Group stage which was held during May.

It's quite likely that Spurs have bartered with England over Mason's inclusion - he curtailed his loan spell with Yeovil Town last season after suffering a number of niggly injuries and the view was that he needed to beef himself up a bit to cope with the rigours of a full 46-game league season. Spurs midfielder John Bostock, who was not present at the Training Camp has been shuffled into Mason's place.

The other two former Glovers - centre-back Steven Caulker and left-winger Andros Townsend - retain their places in the squad for the UEFA European U19 Championship Finals. The final selection is as follows:

England Under 19s Squad: Declan Rudd (Norwich City), James Severn (Derby County); Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Stephen Caulker (Tottenham), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Reece Brown (Manchester United), Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace), Thomas Cruise (Arsenal), Josh Thompson (Celtic); John Bostock, Dean Parrett, Andros Townsend (all Tottenham), Matthew James (Manchester United), Jacob Mellis (Chelsea), Matthew Phillips (Wycombe); Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Ryan Donaldson (Newcastle United), Frank Nouble (West Ham).

For the Group schedule and further details, see yesterday's news article.

Link: Three Former Glovers Get England U19s Training Camp Call-Up.


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6 July 2010 : Alcock Confirmed As Yeovil Town Captain
Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock has been confirmed as first team captain for the 2010-11 season. The 22 year old had taken the captain's armband for numerous matches during last season, in the wake of both of the club's captains frequently being unavailable for the starting eleven.

Last season, manager Terry Skiverton took the unusual step of appointing two captains - a club captain in right-winger Scott Murray and a team captain in centre-back Stefan Stam. Murray had permanent off the field duties to represent the club as captain, whilst Stam would take the captain's armband during matches. The snag was that Stam played in just 20 matches during 2009-10, whilst Murray started just 10 league matches, spending most of his time sat on the substitutes bench. Particularly as the season went on, Alcock was seen wearing the captain's armband.

This season, Skiverton has decided to combine the team captain and club captain roles once again, with Alcock assuming both. Murray left the club at the end of last season, and whilst Stam has the greater experience, his injury record throughout his career does not tend to help his cause. Whilst Alcock is just 22 years old, he has been playing for the Glovers since he joined Stuart Housley's Youth Team in the 2005-06 season and the Wincanton schoolboy has gone on to make 92 first team appearances for the club.

Having finished the 2009-10 season as acting first team captain, even when Stam or Murray were selected in the side, and this has led to the question of who out of Stam and Alcock would get the role for the coming season. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that the Truro-born right-back would get both club and team captaincy roles:

"Craig is going to stay (as captain). I think he's had a year now. Stefan has done a fantastic job, but the injuries had blighted him. But Craig has come to the fore now as a localish boy in his recent past. Craig makes a great captain. He's a great role model around the town and he took it with both hands. So as of the start of the season, Craig will be first team captain along with being the new club captain."


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5 July 2010 : Sodje Stays A Shaker
Former Yeovil Town central defender Efe Sodje has extended his stay with League Two side Bury. The 37 year old, who carries the title of player-coach at Gigg Lane, has signed a one year deal with the Shakers to take him into his third full season with the club.

Since arriving in Lancashire in February 2008, he has made 103 appearances, scoring 10 goals. He came to the club initially on loan from Gillingham, who he spent just under a year with.

His time with the Gills included the televised Sky Sports match at Huish Park during the 2007-08 season that saw him leave the field early on after nasty head collision with Lloyd Owusu in the 2-1 Glovers win. A depressed cheekbone fracture kept him out of the game for three months as a consequence, and he never played for Gillingham again, being shipped out on loan to Bury to regain his match fitness.

Prior to his move to Kent he spent 18 months with Southend United - the club that signed him from the Glovers in January 2006 for an undisclosed fee.

This summer, Efe has been back in his home country of Nigeria, as well as recognising his new career path, by starting his training for his UEFA B Coaching Licence.

Link: Efe Sodje : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 July 2010 : Gary Roberts On Trial With Valiants
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts is making another attempt at a playing comeback. Roberts has been without a club since April 2010 when he was sacked by League Two side Rotherham United, with manager Ronnie Moore rather cutting in his assessment of the Chester-born player.

He is now on trial with League Two side Port Vale, who ought to be wise to the 23 year old's past, given that he came up through the ranks of neighbours Crewe Alexandra. However, with both Yeovil Town and Rotherham United being fairly explicit about their reasons for pushing Roberts out the door, and even Crewe implying that it hadn't been his undoubted footballing ability that had seen him leave Gresty Road, the Valiants should exercise caution.

That said, the very best of luck to Gary, and to Port Vale. Let's hope that this time he gets it right.

Link: Gary Roberts Sacked Again For Code Of Conduct Breach.

Link: Roberts Admits Alcoholism And Gambling Problems.

Link: Roberts Leaves Huish Park 'By Mutual Consent'.

Link: Gary Roberts : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 July 2010 : Three Former Glovers Get England U19s Training Camp Call-Up
Three former Yeovil Town loan players have been called up as part of a training camp that is a pre-cursor for the England Under-19s squad that will travel to France later this month. Tottenham Hotspur have had four players called up, including former Glovers central defender Steven Caulker, left-winger Andros Townsend and midfielder/striker Ryan Mason.

The fourth Spurs player is Dean Parrett and the players are part of a training squad that were at the University of Warwick and will head out to Normandy on July 15th. England Under-19s are taking part in the UEFA European U19 Championship Finals with Austria, Holland and France their immediate group opposition. The other group features Italy, Spain, Portugal and Croatia and the top two from each group will proceed through to the semi-finals. Scheduled England fixtures are as follows:

18/07/2010: 17:00 : Austria U19s v England U19s (Stade du Hazé, Flers)
21/07/2010: 17:00 : Holland U19s v England U19s (Stade Henry Jeanne, Bayeux)
24/07/2010: 17:00 : France U19s v England U19s (Stade Louis Villemer, Caen)

Whilst England need to finish in the top two in their group to proceed further, the third place spot is also of importance, as the top three sides will qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup, which is held in Colombia in 2011. All England games will be shown live on the Eurosport Channel.

England Under-19s manager Noel Blake has to shave two unlucky players off the 20 man squad that will ultimately travel to France, as part of an 18-man squad that will be officially handed to UEFA this week. But it looks as though telling two players to stay in England could be a relatively easy job for Blake, with a number of Premier League managers grumbling at the idea of some of their up'n'coming stars being removed from pre-season training programmes for a two week period.

There were suggestions that Tottenham Hotspur were one of those sides, but their manager Harry Redknapp has assured Blake that his players will be released for the tournament:

"I had a word with the (Spurs) chairman and the kids were released. It's a great honour to play for your country and we wouldn't want to stop them from playing. It's important, whatever age group, whatever level, it's something you strive for. I have never stopped anyone from playing for their country wherever they are from. I always encourage that and this is no different. If they need the kids we will get it sorted out."

England U19s training camp squad: Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Reece Brown (Manchester United), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace), Thomas Cruise (Arsenal), Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Ryan Donaldson (Newcastle United), Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) Scott Malone (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur), Jacob Mellis (Chelsea), Lee Nicholls (Wigan Athletic), Ryan Noble (Sunderland), Frank Nouble (West Ham United), Dean Parrett (Tottenham Hotspur), Matthew Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers), James Severn (Derby County), Josh Thompson (Celtic), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).


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5 July 2010 : Coates And Spencer Reunited In Coaching Team
Former Yeovil Town full-back Neil Coates has joined Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town in pre-season coaching duties. The former Gillingham schoolboy is a bit of a legend in Glovers circles thanks to the 89th minute goal he scored against Hereford United in an FA Cup Second Round Replay tie at Edgar Street in December 1992. Often referred to as Yeovil Town's most important goal in their history, the winner ensured a lucrative tie with Arsenal in the Third Round that allowed Chairman Bryan Moore to brush away those trying to call in the club's debts at the time.

Following a playing career largely centred around two spells with Yeovil Town that clocked up 168 appearances and another with Dorchester Town, Coates has been managing Shaftesbury Town and Sturminster Newton as well as more recently setting up a Soccer School in his home town of Gillingham.

Coates will now be acting as a defensive coach at Raleigh Grove during pre-season joining former Glovers teammate Mickey Spencer, who played a slightly more forgotten role in that Hereford FA Cup tie - inducing the foul that saw the home side's player-manager Greg Downs red-carded for a professional foul, leaving the Football League side down to ten men. Coates told the Sherborne official site that he was proud of his moment in the spotlight, even if it often took away the glory from the likes of Spencer:

"At the end of the day, Mick scored 100-odd goals and important goals as well. But little old me comes along and scores one goal and that is what I am remembered for. Mick scored lots of goals to win matches, which is almost put on the back-burner because of one goal everybody remembers. You always want to be remembered for something nice and that is how I look at it."

Link: Sherborne Town Website: Coates' Coaching Call.

Link: Neil Coates : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 July 2010 : Terriers Stick Big Price Tag On Peltier's Head
League One side Huddersfield Town have been forced to deny media claims that former Yeovil Town defender Lee Peltier was heading to Championship side Queens Park Rangers. Claims made on the Sky Sports News channel suggested that the right-back was heading to Loftus Road this summer, but the Terriers are saying that is not true.

Manager Lee Clark has rubbished the claims made by the TV channel saying that he has had no contact with the West London side, and that Peltier's agent has said the same:

"It’s absolute nonsense. Nobody at this club has had any contact with anyone from QPR and Lee Peltier’s agent has told me he knows nothing about the matter. If anyone wants to ask about Lee, we’d start talking at £3m plus add-ons, but even then, we’re not interested in selling."

Perhaps eye-opening is Clark's valuation of the 23 year old, who was Huddersfield's Players' Player Of The Season for the 2009-10 campaign. Whilst he left Huish Park for an undisclosed fee, the rumourmill suggested that the Glovers got a £150,000 fee for the former Liverpool youth player, which means Clark's view is that he is now worth 20 times more. Whether QPR or any other club will bite at that sort of price is debatable. He is currently one year into the three year deal he signed for the Terriers when he left Huish Park in the summer of 2009.

Link: Peltier Wins Award At New Club.

Link: Lee Peltier : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 July 2010 : Skiverton Confirms Glennon Training With Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that former Bradford City, Huddersfield Town and Carlisle United goalkeeper Matt Glennon is training with the club in pre-season.

The 31 year old is out of contract after being released by Bradford City at the end of the 2009-10 season. He stands at 6'2" tall and was born in Stockport on October 8th 1978.

Matt began his career with Bolton Wanderers, who he moved through the youth ranks before signing a professional contract. He failed to make a first team appearance during his four years as a professional there, and was loaned out to Port Vale, Stockport County, Bristol Rovers and Carlisle United. His Football League début came with Rovers, but it was at Carlisle that he finally cemented a place in their first team during the 2000-01 season.

A move to Hull City followed where he played 42 games, but he left on a free transfer just over a year later, joining Carlisle on a permanent basis. He went on to make 136 appearances for the Cumbrians across a three year spell, and at this time won two England National Game XI caps, whilst his team were in the Conference National league.

After Carlisle gained promotion to the Football League, Glennon left and went north of the border, taking in Falkirk and St Johnstone, before moving to Huddersfield Town in the summer of 2006. Although not always the first choice goalkeeper at the Galpharm Stadium, he still clocked up 122 appearances for the Terriers in 3.5 years, with one notable match against Crewe Alexandra seeing him save three penalties in one match - and still end up on the losing side!

In January 2010, having been displaced in the Huddersfield side by academy player Alex Smithies, he was released from his contract by mutual consent, and subsequently joined Bradford City on a short term deal, making 17 appearances for the League Two side before being released at the end of the season.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that Glennon was training with the club, and also said that Richard Martin was training with the Glovers, despite being released at the end of his contract a couple of months ago:

"Matt Glennon has been in. He's got a wealth of experience. I think he's played 300-400 games, including Huddersfield, and we know a lot about him. He's coming in and we're having a look. Richard Martin is training with us as well at the moment. There are certain things that we are looking at and we're just seeing which bits fit and which bits don't."

Martin made five first team appearances for Yeovil Town last season and also had a loan spell with Conference National side Grays Athletic, but was unable to persuade the club to extend his one year contract.

Link: Richard Martin : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 July 2010 : Complete Huish Park First Team Appearance Records
This month represents the 20th anniversary of Yeovil Town's move to Huish Park. As part of the documenting of the club's past on-line, a page has been produced detailing every player that has played a First Team match at the current ground. There are currently 368 players cross the 20 seasons - meaning that on average each season has introduced just over 18 new players to the supporters.

The page below also links to statistical profiles for all 368 players. Note that the immediate page only details their appearances at Huish Park - the actual profile will (where available) detail their full Yeovil Town appearance and goalscoring statistics.

Link: Huish Park All-Time Appearance Statistics.

In a similar vein, there is also a page available detailing Yeovil Town's all-time appearance records since the club entered the Football League. Detailing all players and all first team matches since the summer of 2003, that page can be found below. Note once again, that players that span both the club's non-league days and Football League days have only the appearances they made following that promotion shown on the page. To see their full appearance statistics, click on their relevant player profile pages.

Link: Yeovil Town Football League Era Appearance Statistics.

In addition, you will find that to help your browsing across this website, each of the individual Player Profile pages also now have a footer, giving you links through to other player profiles, indexed by the player's surname. You'll find all players from 1990 onwards should be there. Going further back, we're adding in more as time allows. The same index is also recorded under the page for the Current First Team Playing Squad (accessed from the site menu under Statistics --> Players).

The same pages and links will also shortly be placed in the main Statistics part of the site along with our earlier Goalscoring Records statistics that was published a couple of weeks ago.

Link: Yeovil Town Post-War Full Goalscoring Statistics.


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4 July 2010 : Hi-Res Pictures Of Darren Way Commemorative Badges
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Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Way Grateful For Ferguson Support.

Link: Darren Gets Premier League Giants For Benefit Match.


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4 July 2010 : Skiverton Confident Of Avoiding Relegation Scrap
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says he is confident that his side can steer clear of the relegation spots during the 2010-11 season. Despite the bookies once again predicting Yeovil to have a hard season ahead, the Glovers boss believes that his side will not be relegation candidates and that they can push on from last season's 15th place finish.

Skiverton cites the success that Ian Holloway has had as a manager with Premier League newcomers Blackpool, who faced Yeovil Town in the League One play-off final in 2006-07, as evidence that a small club can be successful, and told BBC Somerset that gave him a lot of confidence going into the new season:

"We're not going into it to be relegation candidates again. I think we've moved the club forward, albeit by a couple of points. But we want to make huge jumps. It's a little bit unfortunate that someone like Ian Holloway did so well (at Blackpool) to show that it can be done, but it gives us great confidence and I think it gives the squad great confidence as well. It shows you that even on a smaller budget than other teams, you can compete and do well. That's what we're looking to do this year."

So far, Yeovil Town have signed up four players, with midfielder Ed Upson (20 years old, profile here), striker Luke Freeman (18 years old, profile here), striker Andy Williams (23 years old, profile here) and central defender Luke Ayling (18 years old, profile here). Skiverton admits he has opted for extremely young players so far, and is aware of the need to try and build the club up through permanent signings, rather than entirely through loan deals:

"I think we've gone young. I think we're trying to build the club for the future. A lot of supporters were moaning last year that we'd got loans and that we'd had to do it that way. But all of the clubs have had to do it that way. But we've gone in now and we've tried to strike early with a couple of young players and get them for the foreseeable future and try and build the club for the next couple of years. Last year it was a baptism of fire for me, but this year I'm trying to move the club forward so that at the end of next year we'll be in a lot stronger position. That's the way that we're looking. We're looking to the future. I'll be bringing in a little bit of experience to help these youngsters and it's going to be exciting again."

Link: Ed Upson : Yeovil Town Profile.

Link: Luke Freeman : Yeovil Town Profile.

Link: Andy Williams : Yeovil Town Profile.

Link: Luke Ayling : Yeovil Town Profile.


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3 July 2010 : Jevons Becomes A Shrimp
Former Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons has made a permanent move to League Two side Morecambe. The 30 year old has signed a two year contract with the Lancashire side after he was released by League One club Huddersfield Town at the end of last season.

Jevons was pretty much gone from the Galpharm Stadium a year ago when he went on a season-long loan during Morecambe's final season at Christie Park, and he scored 19 times as the Shrimps headed to the League Two play-offs. With that in mind it wasn't the greatest of surprises that Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy was one of the first in line trying to sign him up for the 2010-11 season. McIlroy gave his views of his capture of the striker to the Shrimps' official site:

"Phil showed everyone last year just what a quality striker he is. He is an experienced player who has a real eye for goal and we are delighted that he will be back with us again on a permanent deal now."

Jevons has said that his time on loan with Morecambe last year was an influence in his thinking when he signed his two year deal:

"I really enjoyed my football again at Morecambe last year. I think we surprised a few people by getting to the play-offs and I think we can carry on that success this season. I'm looking forward to playing at the new stadium and being part of what should be an exciting time for the club."

Since leaving Yeovil Town, Jevons has had a two year spell with Bristol City and was a key part of their side which gained promotion to the Championship. After promotion though, he struggled to stay in the Robins side, and he went out on loan to Huddersfield Town, which ultimately turned into a £100,000 permanent move.

Again Jevons struggled to maintain a regular spot in the Terriers starting line-up, this time largely due to changes in first team management, and he finished the 2008-09 season out on loan to League Two side Bury, taking part in their League Two play-off matches. By this time, with the Terriers spending big to try and get out of League One, Jevons was left out in the cold, and he therefore spent a full season with Morecambe during 2009-10, despite still being on the Huddersfield wage bill.

He has now sealed a move with the Shrimps that will keep him there until June 30th 2012. During his time with Yeovil Town, he scored 45 times in just 95 appearances, during which the Glovers won the League Two title, and Jevons won the League Two 'Golden Boot'. His 45 goals make him Yeovil's top scorer since the club entered the Football League by some distances.

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Goalscorers Since Entering The Football League.

Link: Phil Jevons : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 July 2010 : Murray Lands Shots Trial
Former Yeovil Town right-winger Scott Murray has landed a trial with League Two side Aldershot Town. The 36 year old is currently at the Recreation Ground for a two week period whilst he weighs up his options after being released by the Glovers at the end of last season.

Murray is also toying with the idea of getting himself back up to his native Scotland. Having been born in Aberdeen, and started his career with non-league side Fraserburgh, the player who largely made his name across two Bristol City spells has told the Aberdeen press that he is not willing to hang up his boots yet:

"I feel I still have a couple of seasons left in me, I am as fit as ever and I will be training with Aldershot Town for the next fortnight but I'm ruling nothing out and would love to end my career back in Scotland."

Murray has said that he nearly returned to Scotland in 2003 during the latter days of his first spell with Bristol City, with the then Aberdeen manager Steve Paterson trying to persuade him to come home:

"Steve Paterson was manager of the Dons when he tried to get me on-loan from Bristol City. I ended up signing for Reading but I'm now a free-agent so would be willing to go on trial with anyone to further my full-time professional career."

Murray will be making on trip back to Scotland at least, as a high profile guest in a Fraserburgh side, having left them in 2004 for Aston Villa in what was at the time a Highland League record transfer fee of £35,000:

"I am hopefully coming up to Fraserburgh to play against Rangers in my old manager Charlie Duncan’s testimonial match at Bellslea on Saturday July 24 and I'm really looking forward to that."

In terms of his time at Huish Park, Murray made just 22 appearances for the Glovers, scoring two goals - both against Brighton and Hove Albion in October 2009. Although given the title of club captain upon his arrival at Huish Park, his stay with the Glovers was a disappointment and on diminishing returns. Until a final game of season match against Brighton saw him make a full appearance, he had played just 72 minutes of first team football across the preceding three months. His release at the end of his one year contract therefore came as little surprise.

Link: Scott Murray : Yeovil Town Statistics.

As a footnote, as yet we've heard little about the other players released at the end of last season. The likes of Aidan Downes, Richard Martin and Andre McCollin have yet to pop up on the radar, whilst Arron Davies (technically a loan player from Brighton) has not been spotted anywhere. As soon as they do, we'll provide an update on these pages.


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2 July 2010 : Formers Glovers Keeper Joins West Ham
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper David Coles is the new goalkeeping coach at West Ham United. The 46 year old has followed manager Avram Grant from Portsmouth to Upton Park thus maintaining his position as a long-standing Premier League level coach, having also been at Southampton during their top flight days.

The Wandsworth-born custodian had a fairly low-key playing career, being on the books of Fulham, Birmingham City, Mansfield Town, Newport County, Brighton and Hove Albion, Basingstoke Town, Farnborough, Aldershot and Gloucester City.

Aside from Aldershot though, who he made 150 appearances for across two spells, it was at Yeovil Town that he cemented a strong first team record, making 131 appearances for the Glovers across three full seasons between 1991 and 1994. During that time he became a fans' favourite for his superb shot-stopping skills, although the introduction of the backpass rule did not suit him too kindly, with his kicking not as strong as his handling in the box.

His big break came in July 1999 when Saints manager Dave Jones took him to the then top flight club, and he worked with the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Gordon Strachan and Paul Sturrock, until Harry Redknapp arrived at the club. When Redknapp left Southampton for South Coast rivals Portsmouth, Coles went with him, and Redknapp made several attempts to later take him to White Hart Lane when he moved once again. But it's taken Pompey's demise and former boss Avram Grant's move to the Boleyn Ground to tempt Coles to move again.

Having worked with Welsh international Paul Jones, Finland keeper Antti Niemi and England keeper David James, Coles has become one of the best-known goalkeeping coaches in the country. It was his link with Yeovil Town, and his close friend Len Bond that allowed Asmir Begovic to come to Huish Park on loan, with Coles and Bond happy to relay Begovic's progress with the Glovers between themselves.

In 2003, Coles wrote his first book - "Goalkeeping - The Specialist" that has become a well-known volume amongst budding goalkeepers.

Link: David Coles : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 July 2010 : Former Seagull Virgo Confirmed As Training With Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed suggestions that the club have invited former Brighton and Hove Albion central defender Adam Virgo to pre-season training. The 27 year old is out of contract after being released at the end of last season and is a versatile player who the Seagulls used in numerous positions during two spells encompassing seven years in Sussex.

Virgo hails from Brighton, and so will have connections with the Glovers through assistant manager Nathan Jones who was another long serving Seaguls player. He was born on January 25th 1983 and started his career with his hometown club by turning professional in 2000, after a spell moving through their youth ranks. Having also had a short loan spell with Exeter City, in 2005 he was transferred to Glasgow giants Celtic for a fee of £1.5 million.

He spent three years with the other green'n'white hooped side, but failed to grab a regular spot, eventually being loaned out to Coventry City and Colchester United, before he got the opportunity to return to Sussex in the summer of 2008. He was initially a regular for the Seagulls, but has slipped down the pecking order since the arrival of new manager Gus Poyet.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he knows the player, who has Scotland B honours to his name, very well:

"He's in training with us and he's having a look at us. I don't like to mention the word 'trial' because he's someone I know a lot about. I've played against Adam on numerous occasions. I know all about him and what he has got. It's just basically looking at whether he fits in with the criteria that we're looking for."

Skiverton also revealed that the club have got a German centre-back at the club and that more trialists will arrive soon:

"We've got another lad from Germany who we're looking at, who is a centre-half and we're probably going to have one or two coming in next week as well."

Eagle-eyed supporters also believe that former Bradford City goalkeeper Matt Glennon is also at the club for pre-season training. He is a 31 year old who made his name with Huddersfield Town and Carlisle United and is a free agent after Bradford released him at the end of the season. As yet the club haven't confirmed that he is training with them.


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2 July 2010 : Yeovil Boss Confirms Trundle Contract Offer
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has today confirmed that the club have made an offer to free agent Lee Trundle. The striker is without a club after Championship side Swansea City decided against making him an offer of a return to the Liberty Stadium, despite fellow Championship side Bristol City having released him at the end of last season.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton states that he hopes to land the 33 year old as one of his new signings, but expects to have some stiff competition from higher league clubs:

"We have spoken, but he is a Championship type player. A few years ago he was worth something like a million to 1.5 million. So we've made an offer to him, and he's mulling it over, but there will be Championship clubs out there who will be interested in him. We'll just have to wait and see."

Link: Trundle Willing To Drop To League One.

Link: Welsh Press Link Lee Trundle With Glovers.


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2 July 2010 : Sky And BBC Confirm 25 Live Matches - Six In League One
Between Sky Sports and the BBC, they seem to have now block-booked what should be close to their final selection for the opening three months of the Football League season. The two broadcasting companies have chosen 25 matches for live transmission so far, although a couple more will follow through the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and Carling Cup rounds as they get drawn. As we get closer to November, that month should also get filled out, with the FA Cup coming around that time.

Brighton and Hove Albion's south coast derby against AFC Bournemouth is a sixth League One match chosen for broadcast at the start of October. The full list reads as follows:

August 2010:
06/08/2010 : 19:45 : Norwich City v Watford (Championship)
07/08/2010 : 12:15 : Southampton v Plymouth Argyle (League One)
07/08/2010 : 17:15 : Leeds United v Derby County (Championship) (BBC)
08/08/2010 : 12:35 : Cardiff City v Sheffield United (Championship)
09/08/2010 : 19:45 : Stevenage v Portsmouth (Carling Cup First Round)
10/08/2010 : 19:45 : Chesterfield v Middlesbrough (Carling Cup First Round)
13/08/2010 : 19:45 : Leyton Orient v Charlton Athletic (League One)
15/08/2010 : 13:15 : Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (Championship)
21/08/2010 : 12:15 : Coventry City v Derby County (Championship)
28/08/2010 : 17:20 : Leicester City v Reading (Championship)

September 2010:
04/09/2010 : 12:15 : Milton Keynes Dons v Hartlepool United (League One)
05/09/2010 : 12:00 : Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday (League One)
11/09/2010 : 17:15 : Burnley v Preston North End (Championship) (BBC)
17/09/2010 : 19:45 : Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United (Championship)
18/09/2010 : 17:20 : Hull City v Nottingham Forest (Championship)
24/09/2010 : 19:45 : Portsmouth v Leicester City (Championship)

October 2010:
09/10/2010 : 12:15 : Brighton and Hove Albion v AFC Bournemouth (League One)
11/10/2010 : 19:45 : Swindon Town v Bristol Rovers (League One)
16/10/2010 : 17:20 : Middlesbrough v Leeds United (Championship)
22/10/2010 : 19:45 : Bristol City v Queens Park Rangers (Championship)
23/10/2010 : 17:15 : Doncaster Rovers v Sheffield United (Championship) (BBC)
23/10/2010 : 17:20 : Swansea City v Leicester City (Championship)
30/10/2010 : 17:20 : Barnsley v Hull City (Championship)

November 2010:
07/11/2010 : 13:10 : Cardiff City v Swansea City (Championship) (BBC)
28/11/2010 : 13:15 : Norwich City v Ipswich Town (Championship) (BBC)


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2 July 2010 : Upson Signs Two Year Glovers Deal
Yeovil Town have signed up former Ipswich Town midfielder Ed Upson today. He is a 20 year old, who was born in Bury St Edmunds on November 21st 1989. He came up through the Ipswich youth ranks, scoring in the FA Youth Cup when aged just 15 years old.

He signed a professional contract with the Tractor Boys at the age of 17 and shortly afterwards made his one and only appearance for England Under 19s against Belarus in September 2007. He failed to make a first team League appearance at Portman Road during his three years as a professional, with just two substitute appearances in the Carling Cup to his name. However, he has had short loan spells with Stevenage Borough in the Conference, where he made one substitute appearance, and a slightly longer spell with Barnet last season that gave him nine appearances and one goal at the tail end of last season.

Welcome to the club Ed, and good luck over the next two years.


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2 July 2010 : Skivo: Freeman Is A 'Fantastic Young Prospect'
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has labelled new signing Luke Freeman as a 'fantastic young prospect'. The 18 year old Arsenal academy player has arrived on a six month loan at Huish Park and signed his forms during yesterday's first pre-season training session.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Skiverton told the paper that talks with the player and his parent club had been going on since the tail end of last season, with the Yeovil boss believed to have spotted him whilst on a scouting mission for new centre-back Luke Ayling:

"We had a really good conversation before the end of last season about Luke (Freeman) coming in and there have been lots of dialogue between ourselves, Arsenal and his agent. He is a fantastic young prospect and is somebody that would definitely enhance our team."

Yesterday, Freeman's arrival on loan at Huish Park specified a loan deal that lasted "until December" without it being clear which end of the month the deal would expire. Arsenal's official site indicate the deal is until January 1st 2011, although again we'll have to wait and see if that end date is inclusive, given that the Glovers travel to Plymouth Argyle on New Year's Day. Such matters have been known to bring complications, given that the Football League's offices generally are closed on New Year's Day - something that prevented Shaun MacDonald from renewing his loan deal with the club until a few days later. Hopefully any aims to extend Freeman's deal beyond Christmas will be considered at an earlier stage.


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2 July 2010 : Vincent Leaves Saddlers After Contract U-Turn
Former Yeovil Town defender Jamie Vincent has left League One side Walsall for personal reasons. The 35 year old had signed a new contract with the Saddlers over the summer, but has asked for it to be ripped up following discussions with his family. The decision is being based upon Vincent's family still living in Berkshire and him having had to stay with a Walsall team-mate four nights a week throughout the whole of last season rather than attempt a daily commute.

Vincent was signed by Yeovil Town on the last day of the January transfer window during the 2005-06 season, but was a major flop, making just two reserve team appearances across five months before being released and signing for Swindon Town. Walsall believe he is now going to sign for a League Two club much closer to his Berkshire home.

Link: Jamie Vincent : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Update: Vincent has penned a one year contract with League Two side Aldershot and has told their official site:

"I spoke to Walsall earlier in the week and suggested that I wanted was to sign for a club nearer to where my family is based. Aldershot had expressed an interest and I am delighted to have signed for the club. I played regularly for Walsall last season and we finished in a respectable position in League One. This is a new challenge for me now."


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2 July 2010 : Skiverton Represents Glovers In Charity Golf Tournament
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton represented the club on Tuesday in a charity golf tournament played at the Kendleshire Golf Club in Coalpit Heath. Skiverton was part of a team helping to raise money for the Jamie Jenkins Autism Fund and the National Autistic Society. The turn-out also included outgoing Glover Scott Murray.

The event was organised by Premier League referee Lee Probert and included eight of the League's referees, plus teams representing Yeovil Town, Bristol Rovers and Swindon Town, amongst others. The teams played 36 holes across the day, with other stars including professional golfer Chris Lloyd, rugby player Mark Regan, former Welsh international goalkeeper Paul Jones, Bristol Rovers captain Stuart Campbell and referees Steve Bennett, Mike Dean, Lee Mason and Phil Dowd.

The South Wales Evening Post continues to make Yeovil Town the main club interested in capturing former Swansea City and Bristol City striker Lee Trundle. There's no new news here that hasn't been already reported on this news page, although it's perhaps interesting that they see fit to give the Glovers headline status in reporting the news.

Southend United still look likely to lose former Glovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall as they seek to cut down on their operational costs, with Mildy also looking to jump ship to get back up to League One level. However, there's no suggestion that any clubs have put in bids for him yet. Southend are the subject of two brand new winding-up orders, with HMRC once again losing patience with yet another failure by the Shrimpers to pay their monthly tax bill on time. Another financial services company are also seeking a winding up order in the Courts. Yet again, the players have not been paid on time and almost every Southend player leaving Roots Hall at present is sounding off in the press about their current situation. Despite Chairman Ron Martin claiming earlier this year that their financial problems were just a 'blip', investigative reporting by the Southend Echo suggest that this one is going to run and run.


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1 July 2010 : Rendell Completes Wanderers Move
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Scott Rendell has signed for League Two side Wycombe Wanderers. The 23 year old has arrived from Peterborough United on a three year contract for an undisclosed fee. In doing so, he pairs up with another former Glover in midfielder Keiran Murtagh, who signed for Wycombe yesterday. Wycombe also have winger Kevin Betsy on their books, who signed a new two year deal back in May.

Since leaving Yeovil Town, where he made six appearances during the 2008-09 season, Rendell has had lengthy loan spells with Cambridge United and Torquay United. Up until a few days ago, Scott's heart seemed set on joining the Gulls, but one thing we have noticed this summer is a number of clubs dishing out lengthy contracts to new signings, and the three year deal may have been a factor in his thinking.

Wanderers manager Gary Waddock has told their official site that he sees Rendell as a proven goalscorer:

"He's another good addition to the group. He will add competition to the striking department, where we have a number of good forwards. He's a proven goalscorer at this level, but he has also scored at a higher level. He had a successful loan period at Torquay last season and found the net on a regular basis. I'm confident with the way we play and the amount of chances we create he will score goals here."

Link: Scott Rendell : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 July 2010 : Guyett Back Training With Glovers
Former Yeovil Town central defender Scott Guyett is training with the Glovers on the opening day of the 2010-11 pre-season. The Australian was released by AFC Bournemouth at the end of last season and is therefore a free agent.

A member of the League One play-off final side, as well as the League Two title winning side, Scott left the club in July 2008 at a time when the Glovers were looking to get many of their high earners off the books. However, with the Cherries now back up in League One, Scott is back looking for another club.

There's no sign yet of whether manager Terry Skiverton is just helping an old friend keep fit, or whether there is any serious intent behind the decision to allow Guyett to join in with the first day of training.

On his first spell with the club, Scott made 103 appearances, scoring two goals. Wikipedia does claim that he has been offered a pre-season trial with Eastbourne Borough, but at present, we can't see anything from the Eastbourne end to back up that claim.

Link: Scott Guyett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 July 2010 : Fifth League One Match Gets Sky Coverage
A fifth League One match has been added to the ever-growing set of televised matches hand-picked by Sky Sports. This time it's a West-Country derby game, but Yeovil Town are not featured. Swindon Town, who featured in last season's play-offs, have their October home match against Bristol Rovers switched to a Monday night, with the game now taking place on October 11th.

The maintained list reads as follows:

06/08/2010 : 19:45 : Norwich City v Watford (Championship)
07/08/2010 : 12:15 : Southampton v Plymouth Argyle (League One)
07/08/2010 : 17:15 : Leeds United v Derby County (Championship) (BBC)
08/08/2010 : 12:35 : Cardiff City v Sheffield United (Championship)
09/08/2010 : 19:45 : Stevenage v Portsmouth (Carling Cup First Round)
10/08/2010 : 19:45 : Chesterfield v Middlesbrough (Carling Cup First Round)
13/08/2010 : 19:45 : Leyton Orient v Charlton Athletic (League One)
15/08/2010 : 13:15 : Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (Championship)
21/08/2010 : 12:15 : Coventry City v Derby County (Championship)
28/08/2010 : 17:20 : Leicester City v Reading (Championship)
04/09/2010 : 12:15 : Milton Keynes Dons v Hartlepool United (League One)
05/09/2010 : 12:00 : Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday (League One)
11/10/2010 : 19:45 : Swindon Town v Bristol Rovers (League One)


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1 July 2010 : Freeman Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered
A third bit of rubber-stamping for today, on what is the first day of the pre-season. Arsenal striker Luke Freeman has cemented a long term loan with Yeovil Town. The deal will run until December (presumably the end of the month) with the 18 year old joining his former team-mate Luke Ayling and former Bristol Rovers striker/winger Andy Williams at the club.

For a full profile of Luke Freeman, follow the link below.

Link: Glovers Gunning For Freeman?

Link: Williams Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered.

Link: Ayling Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered.


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1 July 2010 : Williams Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered
A second bit of rubber-stamping for today - striker/winger Andy Williams has signed his contract with the club. As already reported, this is a two year contract with the club that will keep him at Huish Park until June 30th 2012.

He joins Luke Ayling, who also signed his two year deal earlier today.

For a full profile of Andy Williams, see the linked article below.

Link: Rovers Winger Williams Agrees Terms With Glovers.

Link: 24/05/2010 : Interview With Andy Williams.

Link: Ayling Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered.


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1 July 2010 : Ayling Is Signed, Sealed And Delivered
Further to yesterday's news concerning former Arsenal player Luke Ayling, the defender has now formally signed his contract at the club.

He has signed a two year contract that will keep him at Huish Park until June 30th 2012. For a full profile of Luke, see our May 20th article.

Link: Arsenal Defender To Sign Glovers Deal.


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1 July 2010 : Trundle Willing To Drop To League One
Former Bristol City striker Lee Trundle has said that he would be willing to drop to League One if it gives him the chance of regular football with a club. As a follow-up to yesterday's story in the Western Mail, this morning's South Wales Evening Post lists the same clubs, including Yeovil Town, as being interested in signing the 33 year old - Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic were the others named by both papers. They also add in Conference National side Newport County, although immediately dismiss them from the equation, suggesting that Trundle has told them that a drop of three divisions is not on the cards.

Trundle tells the paper that playing at League One level would not be a problem, but the attempts of Australian and American clubs to lure him away will fall on deaf ears for personal reasons:

"There have been inquiries from Australia and America, but I'm not sure about going abroad because I want to be able to see my daughter. I want to stay in England and, if that means dropping from the Championship to League One, that's what I will do."

Trundle has explained to the paper that his long term ambitions do lie in coaching and management and that he is currently taking his badges. However, he is not willing to set a date at present over when he plans to retire from the game:

"I'd like to get into the coaching side of things and I would love to go into management. It's something I've started thinking about a lot recently. It wasn't something that came into my head earlier in my career, but when you are not playing as much as you would like, you start to think about these things. I have done my UEFA B licence this summer and I'll probably do my A licence next year. How long will I play for? I will go on until my body tells me I can't do it any more. It's not as if I'm going to lose my pace because I have never been quick and, as long as I keep myself fit, I think I can keep going."


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1 July 2010 : Yeovil Town At The World Cup Finals
With apologies for reminding everyone of Sunday's goings on, one of our readers has sent in a great photo showing Yeovil Town's presence at the 2010 World Cup. Some of you may have noticed a Yeovil Town flag during some of the coverage of England matches in South Africa. One of our supporters was at the game on Sunday against Germany and when taking his seat found himself staring straight at the flag on the opposite side of the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

Reaching for his trusty camera, the shot below captures a panoramic shot of the stadium, along with a second close-up of the flag, which is found situated next to a Brazilian flag (specifically that of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube). Yeovil Town and Brazil - clearly natural footballing partners!

If you were the supporter who owns that flag, or you were travelling with them and want to send through additional photos of the flag in the World Cup stadiums or if you were wearing your Yeovil Town colours, then drop us a line via the site address at the foot of the page, and we'll gladly document any evidence of "Yeovil Town at the World Cup" that we can.
The YTFC flag is clearly visible within the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein
The YTFC flag is clearly visible within the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.
Photo © 2010 Ciderspace

A close-up shows the Yeovil Town flag situated next to a Brazilian flag
A close-up shows the Yeovil Town flag situated next to a Brazilian flag.
Photo © 2010 Ciderspace



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1 July 2010 : 2010-11 Pre-Season Training Due To Start Today
Today marks the first day of the 2010-11 pre-season, with the first team players all due to report to the club. The actual squad fully committed to the club remains extremely small, but manager Terry Skiverton has indicated that there will be at least 22 players taking part in the first day of training.

That means the contracted numbers will be boosted by a significant number of trialists, although Arsenal striker Luke Freeman is expected to be one of the new faces at the club. One player who may not be present is Jean-Paul Kalala who is out of contract and is on indefinite leave whilst he deals with a family issue back in France.

New signings Luke Ayling and Andy Williams will be due to complete their medicals and sign their contracts with the club that would absolutely confirm their arrivals at the club. To our knowledge there have been no enquiries for transfer-listed full-back Danny Hutchins.

As a recap for those struggling to keep track of what's going on at the club this summer, this is the state of the current playing dquad as we know it:

WITH THE CLUB:

Remaining Under Contract: Craig Alcock, Sam Williams, Stefan Stam, Andy Welsh (all one year to run). Ben Roberts and Nathan Jones (both to register as players).

New Contracts: Nathan Smith, Dean Bowditch (both unspecified length contracts)

New Signings: Luke Ayling (Arsenal, defender), Andy Williams (Bristol Rovers, striker) (both subject to medicals)

In The Balance: Jean-Paul Kalala (returned to France to deal with a family issue), Danny Hutchins (transfer-listed by club)


LEFT THE CLUB:

Released: Aidan Downes, Scott Murray, Richard Martin, Andre McCollin, Ciaran Levet (no new clubs as yet)

Left Club: Gavin Tomlin (Dagenham and Redbridge), Terrell Forbes (Leyton Orient), Keiran Murtagh (Wycombe Wanderers)


YOUTH TEAM:

First Year Scholars Signed: TBA but believed to be five players.

Second Year Scholars Signed: Rhys Baggridge, Steve Boore, Lewis Clarke, Robert Clowes, Joe Grimstead and Tyler Sheppard


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