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31 July 2013 : Caulker Becomes Bluebirds Record Transfer
Former Yeovil Town loanee Steven Caulker has completed a record-breaking transfer deal that will takes him from Tottenham Hotspur to Cardiff City. The 21 year old has been at White Hart Lane since 2007, but has today signed for the Bluebirds in a deal the Welsh club has confirmed as their biggest ever incoming transfer deal, with the national media reporting it as worth £8 million to Spurs.

The move comes as a little bit of a surprise from a Spurs point of view, with them having carefully guided Caulker through his career that took him from a 17 year old making his Football League debut for Yeovil Town in 2009, through to him making his full England international debut in November 2012 - scoring against Sweden in what remains his one and only cap at that level.

The decision by Spurs to allow him to move on comes on the back of him having broken into their first team last season - with 28 of his 29 Spurs appearances having come during the 2012-13 campaign, gradually forcing some of the Spurs old guard out of their starting positions. He has signed a four year contract in South Wales, and having already played on loan for Swansea City is reported as being likely to become the first player to feature for both Swansea and Cardiff in Premier League football, with the Bluebirds having just achieved promotion for the first time since the formation of that separate league entity.


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31 July 2013 : Fantasy Football League Glovers Mini-League
Just ahead of the new 2013-14 season, we're aware that a number of Glovers fans may be looking to set up teams in various Fantasy Football Leagues. The Football League have their own Fantasy Football League micro-site that is free to join and you'll find a few that have been set up as mini-leagues between Yeovil Town supporters.

One of those has been set up by fans on our Facebook Page. You can sign up by using the PIN 1563123. For any problems, queries or if you just want to tell people your team name, then post on the Facebook page where you'll find there is a running thread. To get started use the link below.

Link: Football League Website : Fantasy Football League.


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31 July 2013 : Officials For Millwall vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's opening game of the 2013-14 season have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd August 2013 at the New Den against Millwall. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

Mr Whitestone's appointment means that we start the 2013-14 campaign with the same man who finished the 2012-13 campaign ... well, apart from some play-off matches. He was in charge for the away match at Bury in April 2013. He didn't have a lot to do during the game, although was a little perplexing during the final minute of the match when he booked five players in second half injury time, almost as if he had a quota to fill for the season that he'd realised at the last second that he was running short of.

Before that we'd had him in February 2013 for the home League One match against Scunthorpe United. How do we judge this performance? With green-tinted spectacles we could call him the best referee in the country, after he gave two key decisions in our favour. Trying to be a bit more neutral, we will admit that his failure to penalise Byron Webster for his first half tackle on Akpo Sodje raised a few eyebrows - it could have been a red card for a professional foul, but he kindly waved play on, and Scunny manager Brian Laws got his marching orders for telling the referee what he thought of the decision at the half time break.

Then in the second half, Callum Kennedy's tackle on Sam Foley inside the box also went in our favour, as Mr Whitestone pointed to the penalty spot. Video replays suggested it was a fair tackle. Brian Laws livid after the match? Unsurprisingly, having had time to view the incidents on the DVD he wasn't too impressed. A rather honest Byron Webster admitted that Laws had a right to be annoyed in his post-match interview. So all in all, a 'good' performance from Mr Whitestone from our point of view, and a 'bad' one if you were an Iron fan.

We also saw him in October 2011 when he took charge of the home 0-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town. He doesn't appear to have caused too much major controversy during the game, although when three of the match's four bookings come from dissent it suggests that the players may not have been 100 percent happy with what was going on. However certainly his performance didn't influence the game significantly.

The same can't be said for his November 2010 visit to The Valley when he took charge of Charlton Athletic's 3-2 win over the Glovers. During this match, he sent two players off, with Christian Dailly given a second half red card that was followed 12 minutes later by Paul Huntington getting his marching orders.

This was one of the worst refereeing performances we saw during the 2010-11 season - both dismissals were extremely dubious - Dailly's challenge on Sam Williams didn't look like a red even for those of us wearing green'n'white. The later decision to send off Huntington looked like a referee doing his best to 'correct' his earlier error. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton said after the game that he felt the referee had got it wrong on both counts, and we'd tend to agree. Overall, Mr Whitestone made a pig's ear of the game, summed up by five further bookings across both sides, and not a single one of the yellows involving a foul.

Prior to that, we had him for a January 2009 home game against Scunthorpe United. Skiverton will remember that game well - he got sent off during the first half after Mr Whitestone deemed that he'd used his elbow on a Scunny player. That controversial decision inevitably had an influence on the result, although the visitors were on their way to promotion from League One.

The aforementioned penalty decision came in the August 2008 home match against Leeds United, and this was controversial even with green-tinted spectacles on, although it was about time that we had one. However, despite us being particularly grateful for any small gifts that might come our way, the rest of his performance wasn't too clever, clocking up eight bookings in the match, but subsequently bottling several opportunities to produce second yellow cards for a number of Leeds players. Whilst that left us displeased, Leeds were just as miffed, calling Whitestone 'embarrassing'. Probably the one criticism that both camps would agree on was that Whitestone failed to be firm in his early decisions, and thus created a rod for his own back.

We then had the dubious pleasure of Mr Whitestone back on New Year's Day 2008 when he took part in the 1-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road. Whilst the 1-0 scoreline flattered the Glovers, who were outplayed from start to finish by a Luton side about to be broken up after going into administration, the performance of Whitestone left a nasty taste in the mouth. Card-happy and inclined to be influenced heavily by what the crowd told him to do, he red-carded Paul Warne late on in the game for a trivial second bookable offence when far worse tackles from the home side had gone unpunished.

Thankfully his two other appearances in Yeovil Town Football League games are more anonymous, in September 2007 at home to Leyton Orient, where he was quite free with the yellow cards, and back in September 2006 when Crewe Alexandra were the visitors.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Daniel Cook (Hampshire) and Adam Nunn (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Gillett (Buckinghamshire).

Link: April 2013 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Scunthorpe United 0.

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: November 2010 : Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 2.

Link: August 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 1.

Link: January 2008 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link:September 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.


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31 July 2013 : Away Travel Club Blackpool Weekend Sells Out
The Away Travel Club have this week filled all of their available places for their weekend away in Blackpool. The Glovers head up to the north-west on Saturday 5th April 2014, with the Travel Club having organised a two night stay in the seaside town. They have now successfully booked all available places for that trip.

They do still have some limited spaces for Saturday's trip to Millwall - see below for more details. They will also be carrying copies of Brendon Owen's Little Old Yeovil book on the coach on Saturday if you want to pick one up.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Millwall.

Link: Ticketing For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Little Old Yeovil - The Historic Season In Book Form.


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30 July 2013 : Three Trialists Let Go
Monday evening saw Yeovil Town field five trialists against Forest Green Rovers in their final pre-season friendly. Whilst two of those on show have been now given deals, with right-back Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi and the left-sided Liam Davis signed up, the other three have been shown the door.

Swansea City right-back Curtis Obeng and midfield free agents Ryan Burge and Ben Long have been advised to search elsewhere, according to the Western Gazette after all got time on the pitch in the game at the New Lawn. With midfielder Junior Konadu-Yiadom having silently dropped off the radar after the Swansea City home friendly, it's probably safe to say that the rapidly revolving door of trialists during pre-season has for now spun to a shut position.

Today's contract renewals for Nathan Ralph and Lewis Young also sort out two other loose ends from the summer, and mean that the summer of 2013 first team squad changes can probably be finalised ahead of the start of the 2013-14 season.

For those who have had difficulty in keeping up with the summer months, here's what happened:

Released: Dominic Blizzard (Plymouth Argyle), Richard Hinds (Bury), Gavin Williams (Woking).

Returned Loanees: Dan Burn (now at Birmingham City), Matt Dolan (still at Middlesbrough).

Retained from Last Season: Marek Stech, Gareth Stewart, Matt Cafer, Luke Ayling, Jamie McAllister, Joe Edwards, Byron Webster, Kevin Dawson, Ed Upson, James Hayter, Sam Foley, Lewis Young, Nathan Ralph, Paddy Madden

New Signings: Dan Seaborne, Michael Ngoo, Kieffer Moore, Sam Hoskins, Alan Tate, Billy Clifford, Joe Jones, Joel Grant, Liam Davis, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi.

Or to return into primary squad positions for the 2013-14 season first team squad, we have the following:

Goalkeepers: Marek Stech, Gareth Stewart, Matt Cafer.

Defenders: Luke Ayling, Joe Edwards, Byron Webster, Joe Jones, Dan Seaborne, Alan Tate, Jamie McAllister, Nathan Ralph, Liam Davis, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi.

Midfielders/Wingers: Lewis Young, Kevin Dawson, Billy Clifford, Ed Upson, Sam Foley, Joel Grant

Strikers: James Hayter, Paddy Madden, Michael Ngoo, Kieffer Moore, Sam Hoskins.


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30 July 2013 : Blues Sell Out Away Allocation
Yeovil Town's first home Championship opponents are reporting that they have sold out their away allocation entirely. Birmingham City, who are due to visit Huish Park on Saturday 10th August for their first Football League match against the Glovers, had been given 1,500 terrace places and 557 seats in the Screwfix East Stand. However, they have now confirmed that all tickets have been sold, guaranteeing an away following of just over 2,000 supporters.

Tickets for home supporters are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office, by calling 01935-847888. However, if you're not on the Ticket Office database, we'd strongly advise that you get your ticket arrangements in place early on, particularly if you live in the Midlands area, given that the office staff will inevitably start screening applications to avoid visiting Blues fans getting tickets in the home areas.

In terms of the 2013-14 season as a whole, tickets for all home League games can be purchased in advance from Huish Park.


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30 July 2013 : Twumasi, Young And Ralph Given Short Term Deals
Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson has confirmed that three of the players that have been training with the squad over the summer have been given 'short term' deals. Defender Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi has been a mainstay throughout the summer, having been linked with the Glovers since shortly after the League One Play-Off Final, having attended the match at Wembley Stadium. The former Peterborough United and Northampton Town player, who primarily turns out as a right-back, has been out of first team football for 18 months, but has worked under Johnson at two of his previous clubs.

Meanwhile right-winger Lewis Young and left-back Nathan Ralph, whose contracts at Huish Park both ran out at the end of last season, have continued to train with the club, despite their status being rather blurred. Both players spent long periods on the treatment table last season, and Ralph has yet to be passed fit to resume training since an April knee injury put him out of last season's play-offs.

All three have been given 'short term' contracts of unspecified lengths. In the case of Young, he is expected to be sent out on loan to help him gain match fitness, whilst Ralph's and Omuri-Twumasi's match time is likely to be spent on the training ground at this stage.


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30 July 2013 : Davis Signs For Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have signed up former Northampton Town and Oxford United player Liam Davis today, following a successful trial. The left-sided free agent played in last night's pre-season friendly at Forest Green Rovers and has been given a two year contract at the club. He had been on trial at Birmingham City this summer, but becomes the Glovers' ninth signing of the summer.

Liam is a 26 year old left-sided player who can operate in midfield or in a left-back position. He was born in Wandsworth on November 23rd 1986 and started his career on the books of Fulham and then Coventry City as a youth player. He signed for Coventry as a 16 year old where he spent three years as a professional, which included a loan spell at Peterborough United.

That time at London Road was before Gary Johnson got there, but he did cross swords with the Glovers boss in his next career move when he signed for Northampton Town in the summer of 2008. There he spent three seasons, making 91 appearances and scoring nine goals, before being released from his contract. He then moved to Oxford United where he made 72 appearances across two seasons, scoring three times.

He spent the early part of the current pre-season on trial for Birmingham City, playing for them in a couple of friendlies, but was ultimately not offered a deal, allowing him to move on to Huish Park. He is rated as a strong athlete, who can operate more or less anywhere up the left flank.


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29 July 2013 : A Little Old Book Arrives In Yeovil
Further to last week's news concerning the launch of a new Yeovil Town book, author Brendon Owen has confirmed he now has them in stock. In fact, 56 boxes of Little Old Yeovil are now preventing him from moving around his living room, and so he is very keen for people to buy copies now!

Brendon will be shipping out boxes to Yeovil Town's Club Shop and to Waterstones in Middle Street tomorrow morning. However, you can also buy the book through the eBay website, or by using PayPal, or through old-fashioned cheque for the sum of £9.99 plus £1.00 postage (UK rates). For overseas rates or other ways of getting hold of the book, drop Brendon a line at Brendonowen@aol.com - that's also his Paypal ID.

For more detail on the book, see last week's news item.

A fresh copy of the Little Old Yeovil book by Brendon Owen
A fresh copy of the Little Old Yeovil book by Brendon Owen.


Link: eBay Website : Little Old Yeovil.

Link: Little Old Yeovil - The Historic Season In Book Form (further info on the book).


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29 July 2013 : FGR 3 Yeovil 5 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town completed their pre-season schedule with a high-scoring win tonight against Conference National side Forest Green Rovers. Fielding a second-string side that included five trialists throughout the squad, the Glovers held the lead for the majority of the match, with Liverpool loanee Michael Ngoo getting two goals, whilst Sam Hoskins and trialist Ben Long got one each. The other came courtesy of a Forest Green trialist who headed a Joel Grant goal into his own net, as Yeovil ran out 5-3 winners on the night.

In a starting line-up that saw three trialists occupy the back four positions, the Glovers opened the scoring seven minutes in when Sam Hoskins netted following a strong team move. Joel Grant hit the woodwork with a curling shot, but Yeovil were pegged back midway through the half as Danny Wright received a through ball, chipping the ball past Gareth Stewart as the keeper came off his line to narrow the angle.

Yeovil were gifted back the lead five minutes later though, when a Joel Grant header back across goal was headed into his own net by an unnamed Forest Green trialist - trying to impress the home dugout, but no doubt glad that his identity was hidden from those watching. The Glovers went 3-1 up just before the break when Michael Ngoo headed home a Sam Hoskins cross at the back post.

During the second half, a mass of substitutions cut up the flow of the game, but the goals still came, particularly during the closing stages. Michael Ngoo grabbed his second of the night when his long range attempt slid unexpectedly under the body of the Forest Green keeper for a 4-1 lead. And with ten minutes to go, it seemed as though Yeovil were going home with a thrashing when trialist Ben Long charged down a clearance, seeing the ball ricochet off him and into the net.

Yeovil spoilt their card in the closing stages, as a second Forest Green trialist netted with four minutes left, whilst Andy Mangan grabbed another a minute later. Although by then the Glovers had reshuffled their line-up several times, with Lewis Young on the left wing and Sam Hoskins playing wide right, to allow Long to play in the centre, whilst Kieffer Moore even tried his luck as a central defender as last season's youth team forward Aidan Chainey was played up front in the final five minutes.

Final Score: Forest Green Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 5.

Scorers: Sam Hoskins (0-1, 7 mins), Danny Wright (1-1, 19 mins), FGR Trialist A (1-2, 24 mins, own goal), Michael Ngoo (1-3, 40 mins), Michael Ngoo (1-4, 52 mins), Ben Long (1-5, 80 mins), FGR Trialist B (2-5, 86 mins), Andy Mangan (3-5, 87 mins).

Yeovil Town:
Gareth Stewart
Curtis Obeng, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Joe Jones, Liam Davis
Joel Grant, Billy Clifford, Ryan Burge, Sam Hoskins
Michael Ngoo, Kieffer Moore.

Substitutes:
Matt Cafer, Lewis Young (46 mins for Billy Clifford), Aidan Chainey (76 mins for Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi), Ben Long (60 mins for Joel Grant)

Forest Green Rovers:
Bulman, Stokes, Bangura, A Trialist, Bennett, Norwood, Klukowski, Wright, Asafu-Adjaye, Taylor, Barry.

Attendance: 647 (with 48 Yeovil Town supporters).


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29 July 2013 : Three New Trialists At Forest Green Friendly
Yeovil Town included three new trialists in their line-up for tonight's final pre-season friendly against Forest Green Rovers. Two of those started the game, with both occupying full-back slots, as Swansea City right-back Curtis Obeng and former Oxford United left-sided player Liam Davis turned out in green and white shirts. A third player Ben Long was named on the bench.

Liam Davis is a 26 year old left-sided player who can operate in midfield or in a left-back position. He was born in Wandsworth on November 23rd 1986 and started his career on the books of Fulham and then Coventry City as a youth player. He signed for Coventry as a 16 year old where he spent three years as a professional, which included a loan spell at Peterborough United.

That time at London Road was before Gary Johnson got there, but he did cross swords with the Glovers boss in his next career move when he signed for Northampton Town in the summer of 2008. There he spent three seasons, making 91 appearances and scoring nine goals, before being released from his contract. He then moved to Oxford United where he made 72 appearances across two seasons, scoring three times. He spent the early part of the current pre-season on trial for Birmingham City, playing for them in a couple of friendlies. He is rated as a strong athlete, who can operate more or less anywhere up the left flank.

Curtis Obeng is a former Manchester City youth team player, who was born in Stretford on February 14th 1989. The 24 year old didn't feature for their first team, but spent three seasons with Wrexham where he made 109 appearances, scoring two goals. That was enough to capture the eye of Swansea City, who signed him on a three and a half year contract in January 2012 for a fee of around £200,000. He has yet to make his first team debut for Swansea, having had loan experience with Fleetwood Town (six appearances) and York City (four appearances) last season. Although of Ghanaian descent, he has been capped by England at Under-19 level.

We are less certain, at this stage, of the identity of Ben Long, partly because he is on the substitute bench, and partly because of it being such a common name. However, there is a player by that name who was born on April 16th 1990 in Harrow and is a midfielder who can also play in either full-back position. He has been on the books of Barnet, Hearts, Icelandic side Grindavik, Wealdstone, Kettering Town and Corby Town - the exact list of clubs seems to vary from site to site, but there only appears to be one player by this name actively involved in senior football.

Two other trialists played tonight, with Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi and Ryan Burge continuing their time with the Glovers.


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29 July 2013 : Team News For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named five trialists in their line-up for tonight's final pre-season friendly against Forest Green Rovers. Whilst former Northampton Town and Peterborough United defender Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi and ex-Port Vale midfielder Ryan Burge are well known about, having featured before, there are three new faces to contend with.

Swansea City full-back Curtis Obeng and former Oxford United left-sided player Liam Davis who worked with Gary Johnson at Northampton Town are in the starting line-up. Meanwhile Ben Long is on the bench - whilst we don't firmly know his identity yet, there is a 23 year old Corby Town midfielder by the same name who used to be on the books of Scottish Premier League side Hearts - provided there are not two players by the same name, he may fit the bill.

The remainder of the line-up comes from players who have not been starting many matches of late, meaning that this is very much a 'B Team' against a Conference National side. The line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
Gareth Stewart
Curtis Obeng, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Joe Jones, Liam Davis
Joel Grant, Billy Clifford, Ryan Burge, Sam Hoskins
Michael Ngoo, Kieffer Moore.

Substitutes:
Matt Cafer, Lewis Young, Aidan Chainey, Ben Long


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29 July 2013 : Football League Appoint New Chief Executive
The Football League have appointed former Leeds United CEO Shaun Harvey as their new Chief Executive. Harvey has been a member of the Football League's Board of Directors for the past two seasons, and has recently stepped down at Leeds following their takeover. He had been employed as their Chief Executive for the past nine years, under Ken Bates' ownership, having previously held roles with Bradford City and Scarborough.

Harvey was at the helm when Leeds United entered administration in 2007, and was one of three men on the board of the company that then purchased back the Yorkshire side. He later claimed that he did not know who ultimately owned Leeds United, despite being the CEO that ultimately answered to those mystery owners. He was also Bradford City's Managing Director in 2002 and 2004 when they twice entered administration.

The 43 year old takes over from Greg Clarke, who will now hold a non-executive Chairman position. Clarke welcomed him to the position saying:

"Shaun is widely respected across the game for his deep understanding of the football industry. During my time as Chairman, he has made an important contribution to the League Board. Having held senior positions at football clubs in all four divisions of English professional football, he is uniquely placed to understand the challenges faced by clubs of all sizes."

As football seeks to clean up its image as an industry where over-spending and mismanagement is littered across many clubs, it will undoubtedly create a lot of debate that the Football League's "rigorous selection process" (their words) has resulted in someone who has presided over three insolvency events across the years as being the best man for the job.

He will take up his position on October 1st 2013, when Clarke will relinquish his dual role.


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29 July 2013 : Dolan Made Available For Loan By Boro
Today's Middlesbrough Gazette is reporting that former Glovers loanee Matthew Dolan has been earmarked to go out on loan this week. They state that Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray is willing to allow the 20 year old to move on a temporary basis, along with central defender Christian Burgess.

Whilst Burgess is expected to complete a loan deal with League Two side Hartlepool United, the destination for Dolan is less clear - the Gazette report that both Hartlepool and Yeovil Town are interested, although it's not clear if they're listing clubs that have both openly shown interest in the player in the past, or whether that is fresh news.

Dolan has already had two loan spells at Huish Park, and manager Gary Johnson last month suggested that he would be interested in taking him back, but perhaps significantly added "but only if Middlesbrough will release him." Fast forward a month later, and the Glovers have Michael Ngoo (12 months), Alan Tate (5 months) and Billy Clifford (6 months) all on loan deals - with loan rules dictating that clubs may only have up to five players named in their matchday squads that may not leave too much room to manoeuvre, particularly as Johnson is still known to be after a final defender to add to his squad, which may or may not require a loan move.

With the Championship division presenting Yeovil Town with an unknown task ahead of them, Johnson may prefer to leave his loan options a little more open, given that a few weeks into the season early results and performances may require him to dip into the market to readjust his squad. Thus Dolan may be a more attractive acquisition if Boro were willing to release him from the remaining year on his contract at the Riverside Stadium.


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29 July 2013 : Directions For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
A reminder that Yeovil Town play their final pre-season friendly, prior to the start of the 2013-14 season tonight. They travel to play Conference National side Forest Green Rovers

The New Lawn is Forest Green's new ground, which is situated just 300 yards further up the hill from their previous ground. Forest Green Rovers are based in the town of Nailsworth, approximately 4 miles south of Stroud, Gloucestershire. The ground is a short distance from the main A46 Bath-Stroud road which runs through Nailsworth. The A46 can be reached via Motorway junctions M5 (junction 13) and M4 (junction 18).

In Nailsworth there is a mini-roundabout. Upon reaching this turn off into Spring Hill (right if travelling South from Stroud, left if coming North from the direction of Bath).

Drive up Spring Hill and along Nympsfield Road for approximately 900 yards. The ground is on the left, with the main car parks located at the end of the stadium complex. There are three separate car parking areas at the new stadium which can cater for 250+ cars.

Forest Green Rovers recommend using the postcode GL6 0ET for sat nav technology rather than their postal address.

There is a pub/social club called 'The Green Man' within the Forest Green stadium area. Away supporters will be admitted to this bar tonight.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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28 July 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Millwall
Next Saturday sees a new era begin, as Yeovil Town commence the 2013-14 season, and their first ever at Championship level. The opposition we face on the opening day though is a familiar one, given that we played Millwall eight times between 2006 and 2010. The Ciderspace guide to the New Den, and the surrounding area, including ticketing information, pub guides, and other such stuff can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Millwall.


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27 July 2013 : TalkSport Interview With Alan Tate
The day after he signed on loan from Swansea City, defender Alan Tate did a series of interviews with the local and national media. One of those was with TalkSport Radio where he talked about his time at Swansea, and his need to get out on loan and play games. You can read that full interview via the link below.

Link: Alan Tate Speaks To Talk Sport Radio After He Signed On Loan From Swansea.


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27 July 2013 : Plymouth 1 Yeovil 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town picked up their third pre-season friendly win of the week this afternoon, as they saw their way past League Two side Plymouth Argyle by a 2-1 scoreline. The main strike partnership of last season James Hayter and Paddy Madden did the damage, as they gave Yeovil a 2-0 half time advantage. Pilgrims substitute Tyler Harvey pulled a goal back during a competitive second half, but they couldn't find a way to get past the impressive Marek Stech, who denied the home side on a number of occasions.

A bright start from Argyle forced Marek Stech into several early saves, with striker Reuben Reid, on loan from Huish Park for the 2013-14 season, particularly keen to shoot on sight throughout the match. It took around 20 minutes for the Glovers to really get into their stride, but when they did, they took the game by the scruff of the neck, with Paddy Madden's across into the box evading the Argyle defence, as James Hayter planted a header home to give Yeovil the lead.

League One's deadliest partnership continued four minutes later as Paddy Madden got himself space in midfield to push his way forward, unleashing an excellent shot from 25 yards that left Pilgrims keeper Jake Cole well beaten. That was the cue for the Glovers to enjoy their best spell of the game, with their lack of early play perhaps being excused by them having suffered a gruelling journey down to Devon after a horsebox overturned on the M5, leaving them only rolling into the ground after 2.00p.m. They could have had a third goal before the break when Hayter and Madden combined again, with the former diverting the latter's shot into the back of the net, only for a linesman's flag to rule Hayter's touch to be in an offside position.

The second half was inevitably dominated by substitutions from both sides, and one of those struck gold for Argyle seven minutes into the second half, as Luke Young's right wing cross was planted into the far corner by teenager Tyler Harvey. This was to be a far lesser second period, with both sides cancelling each other out at times. But in the closing stages, the Glovers got a brief look at former Port Vale midfielder Ryan Burge, who came on as a central midfielder, displacing Luke Ayling as Joe Edwards spent the final five minutes playing as a right-back. Not enough to make a decision on Burge, but with manager Gary Johnson having also viewed the player in Thursday's friendly against Bristol City Under-21s, when he was used as an unnamed trialist, he will doubtless have seen far more of the player than those at Home Park will have.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: James Hayter (21 mins, 0-1), Paddy Madden (25 mins, 0-2), Tyler Harvey (52 mins, 1-2).

Yeovil Town:
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling, 4. Alan Tate, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 3. Joe Edwards, 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 13. Kieffer Moore (87 mins for Paddy Madden) 20. Billy Clifford (78 mins for Ed Upson) 22. Joe Jones 11. Joel Grant (78 mins for Sam Foley) 18. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 15. Lewis Young 14. Ryan Burge (82 mins for Luke Ayling).

Plymouth Argyle:
1. Jake Cole 2. Durrell Berry 3. Andre Blackman 4. Paul Wotton 5. Curtis Nelson 6. Conor Hourihane (Capt) 7. Lewis Alessandra 8. Luke Young 9. Reuben Reid 10. Marvin Morgan 11. Dominic Blizzard

Substitutes: 14. Maxime Blanchard (62 mins for Paul Wotton) 15. Ben Purrington (46 mins for Andre Blackman) 16. Isaac Vassell (60 mins for Luke Young) 17. Jamie Richards (87 mins for Curtis Nelson) 18. Tyler Harvey (46 mins for Marvin Morgan) 19. Ryan Lane (78 mins for Reuben Reid) 23. Luke McCormick (46 mins for Jake Cole)

Referee: Paul Rees. Assistants: Andy Quin and Robert Dabbs. Fourth Official: Dave Goard.

Attendance: 2,492 (including 114 Yeovil Town supporters).


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27 July 2013 : Former Port Vale Midfielder Given Glovers Trial
Yeovil Town have taken former Port Vale midfielder Ryan Burge on trial. The 24 year old is a free agent after leaving the Valiants at the end of last season, having spent two seasons on their books. He's had a slightly nomadic career for a player of his age, having taken in Birmingham City, Barnet, Doncaster Rovers and Oxford United, as well as a number of overseas clubs.

Born in Cheltenham on October 12th 1988, he started off playing for Cheltenham YMCA before being picked up at youth level by West Bromwich Albion and then Birmingham City. He was given a three year contract as a seventeen year old at St Andrews, but failed to make a first team appearance.

Burge went out to Japan - his step-mother's home country, to play for Machida Zelvia, but only lasted there around four months due to problems with his Visa. He signed up with the Glenn Hoddle Academy, which the Glovers have taken a number of trialists from in the past. During that time he played for Spanish side Jerez Industrial and non-leaguers Worcester City, before getting a move to Doncaster Rovers in January 2011. Again, he failed to establish himself, making just one appearance before he spent a five game loan spell with Oxford United.

Burge moved on to Hyde for the 2011-12 season, but was then snapped up by Port Vale for a small undisclosed fee. A serious knee injury meant that Vale fans barely saw him, with just two appearances all season, and surgery required to correct the problem - as a result Port Vale transfer listed him at the end of the season. Despite that, he remained with the club, having a far more successful 2012-13 season, making 35 appearances and scoring three goals.

That breakthrough into their team though was curtailed in March 2013, when a row between himself and manager Micky Adams went public after he was left out of a first team squad with the two disagreeing on the actual sequence of the events that saw him left out. Burge refused to withdraw his side of the story, meaning there was only going to be one winner - a month later, he left the club by mutual consent, and has been without a club ever since. He has been on trial with Championship side Burnley earlier this month, scoring for their Development Squad team in a friendly against Oldham Athletic.


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27 July 2013 : Team News For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle. Again giving a strong pointer to who will start in next weekend's Championship opener at Millwall, it's only on the bench where there have been some changes.

One new trialist is former Port Vale midfielder Ryan Burge, who is a 24 year old that started his career with Birmingham City. Full-back Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi continues his trial with the club, whilst Sam Hoskins and Michael Ngoo, who played 90 minutes on Thursday against a Bristol City Under-21s side are omitted from the nineteen players named.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling, 4. Alan Tate, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 3. Joe Edwards, 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 13. Kieffer Moore 20. Billy Clifford 22. Joe Jones 11. Joel Grant 18. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 15. Lewis Young 14. Ryan Burge

Plymouth Argyle:
1. Jake Cole 2. Durrell Berry 3. Andre Blackman 4. Paul Wotton 5. Curtis Nelson 6. Conor Hourihane (Capt) 7. Lewis Alessandra 8. Luke Young 9. Reuben Reid 10. Marvin Morgan 11. Dominic Blizzard

Substitutes: 14. Maxime Blanchard 15. Ben Purrington 16. Isaac Vassell 17. Jamie Richards 18. Tyler Harvey 19. Ryan Lane 23. Luke McCormick (gk)


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26 July 2013 : Johnson Happy To Start Season With Current Squad
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has hinted that the squad that he has got right now, could be the final set of players that begin the 2013-14 season at Millwall. The Championship campaign begins in just over a week's time at the New Den, with the Glovers having signed up eight players over the summer to prepare for their first season in second tier football.

Three new strikers have joined the club, with Michael Ngoo, Sam Hoskins and Kieffer Moore coming in from Liverpool (loan), Southampton and Dorchester Town respectively. Then Billy Clifford (loan) and Joel Grant have come in to occupy midfield and wing positions, whilst Alan Tate (loan), Dan Seaborne and Joe Jones will provide new options in defence.

Johnson has hinted in recent interviews that he is still looking for a left-footed defender to provide cover in that area, and will doubtless continue to keep an eye on the market for players of that ilk. But with Seaborne and Tate both able to provide cover for Jamie McAllister, who has only just returned to light training, having missed the whole of pre-season, the Glovers boss has told BBC Somerset he may well start the season with the players that he has currently got, explaining that he doesn't want to disrupt things too much:

"It's a bit near the start of the season now to make any more, right now, because we've worked all through pre-season generally with this group. Of course what you end up with at the end of the season is not always the same as what you had at the start of the season, and that will always be the case at every club. But at the moment, if we don't make another signing then I'm happy with the squad that we've got, going into the first few games of the Championship."

The eight summer additions mean that the club are actually three players up on how they ended the 2012-13 season, with permanent trio Gavin Williams, Richard Hinds and Dominic Blizzard being released, whilst loanees Dan Burn and Matt Dolan returned to their parent clubs.


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25 July 2013 : Byron Becomes The Terminator
With the new season approaching, Yeovil Town supporters can get their hands on the latest t-shirt produced by the Away Travel Club. Featuring centre-back Byron Webster, he is in full Terminator mode, and hopefully ready to take out a few opposition players in the process.

Priced at £10.00 and available in all sizes, you can buy them from Mark Kelly who can be reached at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk or 07939618275. All profits raised by t-shirt sales will be put back into the club.

Byron Webster T-Shirts - get them from the Away Travel Club
Byron Webster T-Shirts - get them from the Away Travel Club.



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25 July 2013 : Glovers Defeat Robins Side In Latest Friendly
Yeovil Town took on Bristol City Under-21s this afternoon, at Clevedon's Hand Stadium, in a low key pre-season friendly. The game was arranged to allow some of the Glovers players who haven't started in recent friendlies to get more game time, and two goals from Sam Hoskins and one from Michael Ngoo were enough for a 3-1 victory, coming back from a goal down.

City took an early lead when Ewagnignon found Ferri, who slotted the ball past Gareth Stewart for a 1-0 advantage. The Glovers then hit back with two goals from striker Sam Hoskins either side of the break - the second involving a 20 yard deflection off former Glovers Youth Team Captain Mitch Brundle as it hit the back of the net.

Michael Ngoo then grabbed Yeovil's third, as he raced onto a long ball with 20 minutes remaining to find the back of the net. Sam Hoskins could have had a hat-trick when he was brought down in the box. Picking up the ball himself though, he was thwarted by City keeper Parish, who blocked the spot kick.

Final Score: Bristol City Under-21s 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Ferris (1-0, 10 mins), Sam Hoskins (1-1, 35 mins), Sam Hoskins (1-2, 58 mins), Michael Ngoo (1-3, 70 mins).

Bristol City Under-21s: Parish; Kitchen, Brundle, Moses, King; Ewagnignon, Dobie, Mafata, M'Baka; Ferris, Thomas

Yeovil Town: Full side unknown, but included Gareth Stewart, Michael Ngoo, Sam Hoskins, Joe Jones and was expected to feature most players who did not start in Tuesday night's game vs Exeter City.


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25 July 2013 : A Ferry Sails Into Portsmouth
Former Yeovil Town trialist Simon Ferry has found himself a new club. After leaving Swindon Town at the end of last season, and generally being rated as one of the key players that helped them to the League One play-offs, he was widely expected to head to either a Championship club or a bigger third tier side. Instead he has today dropped down a division and signed for League Two side Portsmouth, penning a two year contract at Fratton Park.

The 25 year old had played in the club's pre-season friendly against Poole Town. However, the Glovers decided during the following week not to offer him terms. He will now play at fourth tier level, trying to reverse Pompey's fortunes after their two relegations over the last two seasons.


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25 July 2013 : Grecians Boss Unhappy With Red Card Referee
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale has blamed referee Brendan Malone for the red card produced on Tuesday night against Grecians midfielder Tommy Doherty. The former Glovers loanee was dismissed for striking Byron Webster in the aftermath of two poor tackles committed by the same player on Ed Upson.

Doherty was given a warning by referee Malone for his earlier misdemeanour, but with the second offence involving the raising of hands, a straight red was produced. Tisdale has told the Exeter Express and Echo that he admitted Doherty's actions were unacceptable, but felt that the man in the middle should have had his yellow cards out for earlier offences:

"Tommy was rather stupid to do what he did, but their guy (Byron Webster) has run 30 yards to push him over and it should have never got that far. The game wasn't managed particularly well up until that point. If it was done properly, Tommy should have been yellow carded beforehand, so we know there is an issue. Why go all serious like that, after not giving out two or three yellow cards before that? If he deserved it, give Tommy a yellow card earlier."

Tisdale also complained about an earlier incident involving Liam Sercombe, in which he was body-checked by a Yeovil player. He added that he felt Mr Malone should have stepped in at that point as well:

"Liam Sercombe was also knocked over, and that was an out-and-out yellow card. That was the moment the game turned, when Liam was crunched. Everybody thought at that point 'hang on a minute, the ref's not doing anything, it's gloves off.' At the time I said to the chaps on the bench, 'something is going to happen now'. You knew it was coming, because the game wasn't managed correctly by the referee."

Doherty's red card has generally been reported as due to a 'slap' in the face that connected with Byron Webster. That alone is a mandatory sending off offence, regardless of what may have come before in the game. But given that the 34 year old had already been spoken to by the match referee for his aggressive tackling, it's hard to see Tisdale's point of view.


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24 July 2013 : Interview With Alan Tate
Yesterday, Yeovil Town signed up Swansea City central defender Alan Tate on a half season loan. Having had a chance to get his boots dirty in last night's pre-season friendly against Exeter City, Alan spoke to BBC Bristol presenter Richard Hoskin about his arrival at the club. You can read that interview via the link below.

Link: Alan Tate Speaks To The BBC After He Signed On Loan From Swansea.


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24 July 2013 : Little Old Yeovil - The Historic Season In Book Form
For those who want to relive last season's events that saw Yeovil Town rise to the Championship division, there is a new book coming out very shortly. Yeovil Town supporter Brendon Owen has already produced two books on the club, with 'Yeovil Til I Die' capturing the 2002-03 Conference winning season, whilst 'Behind The Green Door' a year later (review here) captured the club's first season in the Football League.

Now he's back again, with new publication 'Little Old Yeovil' ready to hit the shelves around next weekend. Covering the year and a bit that took in the return of Gary Johnson and the rise up the table to the League One Play-Off Final, this book will give you the chance to capture that Wembley feeling again, ahead of the new season. The publisher's note says:

"To celebrate the wonderful times that Yeovil Town FC have been going through lately, Brendon Owen has written a book for fans, chronicling the events of the last eighteen months, including the bumpy ride towards relegation, the return of manager Gary Johnson and the road to Wembley and the Championship.

The book is written with the aid of archives from Ciderspace, the internet site that is the fountain of all knowledge regarding YTFC and the fans own posts from the Green Room II, the most popular forum for supporters to discuss the topics of the day.

Memories are fleeting but ĎLittle Old Yeovilí will help you to capture forever, these important moments in the history of Yeovil Town FC.
"

Coming next week - the Little Old Yeovil book by Brendon Owen
Coming next week - the Little Old Yeovil book by Brendon Owen.


The book contains 160 pages, including 16 pages of colour photographs, together with a page dedicated to The Adam Stansfield Foundation (to whom a donation will be made). It will be priced at £9.99.

There are a myriad of ways that you'll be able to get hold of the book, as follows:

a) Waterstones, Middle Street, Yeovil.
b) Yeovil Town FC Club Shop at Huish Park.
c) The Away Travel Club via Mark Kelly (and therefore available from the Beer Tent before home games)
d) For sale via the eBay auction website
e) Direct from the author, Brendon Owen, 34, Bishopston, Montacute, Somerset, TA15 6UU.

We'd expect the book to become available from around 1st August 2013, although will provide another update once Brendon has actual copies in his hands. If you're applying to Brendon via post, add on £1.00 for postage and packing, and if you live overseas, drop him an email via Brendonowen@aol.com for non-UK postage rates, or for any other queries.

There will also be a book signing on Thursday 8th August at 2.30p.m. at Waterstones. Gary Johnson and some of the players will be there to sign books and doubtless provide one or two early views on life in the Championship division.


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24 July 2013 : Tate Modern Art Sets Trends
It may only be thirteen days ago that Yeovil Town were trending on Twitter, but on Tuesday afternoon, they managed the same again. The signing of Swansea City defender Alan Tate was part of the spark for this, as the club brought him in on loan until January.

Leaving aside Twitter's paid-for 'promoted' trend (a case of a commercial sponsor buying its way to the top of the list) during mid-afternoon, the name of Alan Tate was top of the UK trends. Even more talked about in the UK than the subject of a 'Royal Baby' (although there is a connection here).

From Tuesday afternoon - new loan signing Alan Tate tops the UK trends
From Tuesday afternoon - new loan signing Alan Tate tops the UK trends.


The explanation of why such a loan signing got a bigger profile than was expected came down to the way that it was announced by the club on Twitter. A little bit of Photoshop trickery, and the aforementioned Royal Baby were combined to provide an innovative way of announcing 'the arrival' of the Swansea player, which was then latched onto by the national press, with papers like the Daily Telegraph happy to take on the news, as the mocked up announcement of the signing was 'displayed' at Huish Park. Just don't drive down there and expect to actually see the easel.

The Daily Telegraph on Twitter - one of the national media that took on the club's announcement
The Daily Telegraph on Twitter - one of the national media that took on the club's announcement.


The MSN News technical section also reports that the news of Yeovil Town's new signing also went international, with them noting that at 1.30p.m. GMT the name of "Yeovil Town" was eighth in Twitter's worldwide trends on the back of the Tate announcement. A rather strange thing to contemplate, given the wide range of topics going on around the world at any given time, and of course the saturation coverage given to the actual topic the above was inspired by.


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23 July 2013 : Yeovil 2 Exeter 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town grabbed their second pre-season win tonight, although were made to work hard for it by ten-man Exeter City. The Glovers owed the win to Paddy Madden's first strike of the friendly matches, as he confidently fired home with under 15 minutes remaining. That helped restore a lead that had been held from the third minute of the game when Ed Upson opened the scoring but the Glovers couldn't take advantage of former loanee Tommy Doherty's spot of hot-headed madness as he was dismissed during the first half for violent conduct. Substitute Matt Grimes then pulled a goal back for the Grecians before Madden's winner perhaps saved a few blushes.

The Glovers opened the scoring with less that three minutes on the clock, when Grecians keeper Artur Kryiak flapped a bit at a clearance, allowing Luke Ayling the chance to tee up Ed Upson, whose curling shot from just outside the box was perfectly hit for the opening goal.

Yeovil largely dominated the first half, but the other big moment of that 45 minute period was the battle between Ed Upson and Grecians midfielder Tommy Doherty, who had an ultra-brief loan period at the club in 2006. Referee Brendan Malone had pulled the two apart for a finger-wagging after Doherty appeared to kick out at Upson midway through the half. So when the same player kicked out at Upson a second time, and then slapped Byron Webster who got involved in the aftermath, the match referee had little alternative than to dismiss him, with Webster getting a yellow for his part in the fracas.

That should have been the cue for Yeovil to dominate proceedings, and they did up until the break, but gradually on a diminishing basis - a trend that continued into the second half. As Exeter made a myriad of substutitions expertly administered by the Fourth Official, one of those new boys on the pitch - Matt Grimes - was fed by fellow substitute Jamie Reid, and his shot squirmed through Marek Stech for a bit of a sloppy equalising goal.

With 15 minutes remaining, Yeovil made their first substitutions of the night as a reaction to the goal, and within three minutes Paddy Madden benefited from a Joe Edwards pass, lashing the ball home to put the Glovers back in front. That was enough to this time keep the improved Grecians second half performance quiet and to carry Yeovil over the line. Some questions to be asked as to why they found it a little hard going with the extra man advantage, but the win and the first goal for Madden will do no harm at all.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Exeter City 1.

Scorers: Ed Upson (2 mins, 1-0), Matt Grimes (76 mins, 1-1), Paddy Madden (81 mins, 2-1)

Yeovil Town:
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling, 18. Alan Tate, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 21. Joe Edwards, 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
11. Michael Ngoo (76 mins for James Hayter) 12. Gareth Stewart 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins (81 mins for Sam Foley) 20. Billy Clifford (81 mins for Joe Edwards) 22. Joe Jones (85 mins for Byron Webster) 23. Joel Grant (76 mins for Kevin Dawson)

Exeter City:
1. Artur Kryiak 16. Aaron Dawson 3. Craig Woodman 5. Pat Baldwin 6. Danny Coles 7. Liam Sercombe 4. Scott Bennett 14. Tommy Doherty 10. Alan Gow 11. Arron Davies 25. Sam Parkin.

Substitutes:
30. Christy Pym 27. Myles Anderson (70 mins for Danny Coles) 29. Matt Grimes (used) 21. Jake Gosling (57 mins for Arron Davies) 18. Jamie Reid (for Alan Gow) 15. Jordan Moore-Taylor (70 mins for Pat Baldwin) 19. John O'Fynn (70 mins for Sam Parkin) 22. Jimmy Keohane (70 mins for Jake Gosling) 20. Tom Nicholls (84 mins for Liam Sercombe).

Referee: Brendan Malone. Assistants: Chris Powell and Mark Derrien. Fourth Official: Richard Swaine.

Attendance: 1,180 (including 80 Exeter supporters).


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23 July 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Exeter City. Perhaps giving a hint towards the plans for the 2013-14 season, there are no trialists listed, with new signing Alan Tate coming in as a left-back for the night. Dan Seaborne maintains his position as a centre-back in the starting line-up.

The line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne, 18. Alan Tate
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 21. Joe Edwards, 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
11. Michael Ngoo 12. Gareth Stewart 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 20. Billy Clifford 22. Joe Jones 23. Joel Grant


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23 July 2013 : Swansea Defender Agrees Half Season Loan
Yeovil Town have made their seventh signing of the summer today. They have brought in Alan Tate from Swansea City on loan until January 2nd 2014. The 30 year old defender has been a mainstay of the Welsh club's squad since arriving on loan from Manchester United during the 2002-03 season. After 37 appearances on a temporary basis across two spells, he went on to make that move permanent, signing for them in February 2004.

Since then, he has clocked up 340 appearances for the club, including five goals, as they have moved from League Two up into the Premier League. It's only in those last two seasons that his time on the pitch has dried up, with just 10 appearances over the last two seasons. He did manage a seven game loan spell with Leeds United last season, with Leeds being impressed enough to attempt to sign him on a permanent basis, although a loan extension was eventually the outcome.

Tate arrived at Huish Park yesterday and trained with the club, having failed to feature in any of Swansea's pre-season fixtures so far. He will obviously go into the squad for tonight's home game against Exeter City and provide the club with plenty of Championship level experience for the forthcoming season. His move is subject to international clearance, although given Swansea play in the English pyramid this will obviously be a formality.

Born on September 2nd 1982, in Easington in County Durham, Swansea describe him as capable of "playing as a right-back, centre-half, or even as an accomplished midfielder". He also deputised as a left-back during their 2008-09 season, although his favoured position appears to be in the centre. This is his Testimonial Season at the Liberty Stadium, and he was due to have a celebration match against Manchester United next month. But a quirk of the fixture list meant that had to be called off when they were scheduled to play the same club four days after the Testimonial fixture. That game will be rearranged for later in the season.


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22 July 2013 : Two Gavins Get Year Deals At Kingfield
Further to Saturday's news, former Yeovil Town midfielder Gavin Williams has now been given a formal contract by Conference National side Woking. Having played in their pre-season friendly on Saturday against AFC Bournemouth, whilst named as a trialist, the 33 year old has today been given a one year contract at Kingfield.

The same news is true of another former Glover Gavin McCallum, who having apparently departed Woking at the end of last season, has seen a bit of a u-turn take place during pre-season. He has also agreed a one year deal at a club where Steve Thompson is their assistant manager.


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22 July 2013 : Ticketing For Burnley vs Yeovil Town
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Burnley are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 17th August with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Tickets are available in advance and on the day of the game at the same prices - cash only if you buy from Turf Moor. Admission is as follows:

Adults: £24.00; Over 65s and Under-22s: £14.00; Under 18s: £5.00.

Wheelchair disabled supporters are housed on an elevated platform in the same section of the ground as other away fans. As a standard arrangement Burnley send seven pairs of wheelchair/assistant tickets to the local ticket office for advance sales. Their slightly unusual policy is for disabled supporters to be admitted for free, whilst an assistant pays for a standard ticket.

Away supporters are housed in the David Fishwick Stand, which is a covered seated stand situated behind one goal on the west side of the ground. It houses up to 4,125 spectators, with a usual allocation of around half of that. This is a fairly old stand with two large pillars supporting the stand that can obscure some viewpoints, and wooden seating that is not the most comfortable.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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22 July 2013 : Ticketing For Millwall vs Yeovil Town
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Millwall are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd August with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Tickets are available in advance and on the day of the game at the same prices. Admission is as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Over 60s: £14.00; Under 16s: £10.00; Under 12s: £5.00.

Wheelchair users pay the full Adult price, but assistants are admitted free of charge.

To book tickets, visit the Huish Park Ticket Office in person or phone them on 01935-847888. Those who don't buy in advance must go via the North Stand Ticket Office at the New Den on the day of the game.

The away area is the North Stand. This is a behind-the-goal location, with 2,300 seats in the Upper Tier usually allocated. The Lower Tier holds another 1,500, but they usually only open up the upper tier. We've been given a batch of around 1,000 tickets.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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21 July 2013 : Glovers Playing Squad To Re-Open Town Library
Yeovil Town first team players will be part of a day's worth of events scheduled tomorrow at Yeovil's public library. The building in King George Street has been closed since May 6th for a major refit, but is re-opening tomorrow morning. Whilst the main section of the library will be opened at 9.30a.m. by local history author Jack Sweet, there will be a second ceremony in the afternoon for the children's section.

Representatives from the Glovers playing squad will be present for the afternoon official re-opening of the Children's Library section at 2.30p.m. The Library says those present will be "signing autographs and participating in a children's question and answer session. A football themed storytime in the new children's library will complete the celebrations."

Head down to King George Street, opposite the town's Post Office tomorrow afternoon at 2.30p.m. for your chance to talk to some of the players at the club - and doubtless a few photo opportunities.


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21 July 2013 : Johnson Targets Goals Against Devon Duo
Whilst many Yeovil Town supporters might have had concerns at the number of goals their team leaked on Friday night, manager Gary Johnson is seeing things from a slightly different angle. The Glovers lost 5-0 at home to Premier League side Swansea City, albeit with four of those being conceded during the final half hour when a mass of substitutions affected the balance of the game.

The flip side of the coin is that in their last three pre-season friendlies, against Portuguese side SC Farense, League Two team Torquay United and Friday's opponents, the Glovers have failed to find the back of the net, despite being presented with plenty of chances during those games.

With two matches coming up against League Two sides Exeter City (Tuesday, Huish Park, 7.45p.m.) and Plymouth Argyle (Saturday, Home Park, 3.00p.m.) Johnson has told the Sunday Independent that he wants to see an improvement in his side's strike rate as they move into the final batch of friendly matches:

"It is a bit of a worry at the moment. We just can't take our chances and some of them weren't difficult ones either. We need to start hitting the net because goals change games. We mustn't forget who we were playing, but we must start scoring in this week's games against Exeter and Plymouth."

Swansea's opening goal was scored when trialist Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi lost possession close to the halfway line, with Jonjo Shelvey able to out-muscle him to the loose ball. With Nana being substituted immediately after the mistake, Johnson said he felt he had to share the blame as the manager in putting him up against too high a standard of opposition as he feels his way back from 18 months out of first team football:

"He has been out for a year-and-a-half for knee construction and I made a mistake because he wasn't quite ready for this level. We must give him a bit more time to get into it."


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20 July 2013 : Super Gav Given Cards Debut
Former Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Gavin Williams made his debut for Conference National side Woking this afternoon. Released by the Glovers at the end of last season, he was named as a trialist in the Cards' starting line-up against AFC Bournemouth this afternoon.

The 33 year old has been linked with a move to Kingfield for a number of days, however Woking have yet to announce any firm deal for him. He played in a side that beat the Cherries 2-1 in Surrey, with another former Glover Gavin McCallum scoring one of the Woking goals.

Woking's assistant manager is former Glovers manager and assistant manager Steve Thompson, and he was part of their management team that gained promotion back to Conference National level at the end of the 2011-12 season. Hence there is an obvious link-up between Williams and Woking that might persuade him to drop out of the Football League.

Of the club's other two released players, Dominic Blizzard has a two year contract with Plymouth Argyle, whilst Richard Hinds has a one year deal with Bury.


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20 July 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Swansea City Match Highlights
For those who want to view the highlights of last night's pre-season friendly against Swansea City, our visitors have uploaded footage onto their YouTube account. You can watch six and a half minutes worth of the 0-5 home defeat, including all of the goals, via the video clip below.




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19 July 2013 : Seaborne Deal Is Confirmed
Yeovil Town have completed the paperwork tonight for ex-Southampton, Exeter City and AFC Bournemouth defender Dan Seaborne to become a Glover. Having turned out on trial on Tuesday night, he has now signed his deal today. As expected, he has agreed a two year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2015.

Danny is a 26 year old defender who can play at centre-back or left-back, and was born in Barnstable on March 5th 1987. He is a product of Exeter City's youth system, turning professional for the Grecians in 2005 and spending loan spells with Clyst Rovers, Tiverton Town, Taunton Town and Dorchester Town during his early years. He eventually broke into the Exeter line-up where he spent five seasons as a professional, making 96 appearances and scoring five goals.

In January 2010, he signed for Southampton for an undisclosed fee, penning a three and a half year deal at St Mary's. There he made 53 appearances for the Saints, although his time there was interrupted by him being the victim of a serious assault outside a nightclub in September 2011 that put him in hospital. Last season he spent a seven game loan spell with Charlton Athletic, followed by a 13 game spell with AFC Bournemouth where he was part of their squad who were promoted from League One.


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19 July 2013 : Yeovil 0 Swansea 5 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town succumbed to a heavy defeat at Huish Park this evening, as Premier League Swansea City showed their class in a 5-0 scoreline. The Welsh side tended to hold the upper hand during much of the match, but took apart the Glovers during the final 30 minutes of the match, after a much tighter opening hour.

They took the lead when Spanish striker Michu was able to take advantage of some charitable defending. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi was playing in the right-back slot, and he was out-muscled in a challenge with Jonjo Shelvey, who threaded the ball through to Pablo Hernandez, with his pass to Michu allowing the player the space to finish into the bottom corner.

The Glovers finished the first half strongly, and could count themselves unlucky to not have an equaliser, when Kevin Dawson forced Michel Vorm into an outstanding save just before the break - one of several strong bits of goalkeeping he displayed during the evening to ensure the Glovers drew blank - Paddy Madden was another denied as the half time whistle blew.

That same pattern continued early in the second period, as Vorm bettered his first half collection of saves, turning a Sam Foley effort away. But just as Marek Stech won Yeovil Town many victories with saves at crucial points in games, Vorm's contribution to thwarting Yeovil's head of steam proved to be significant. Just past the hour mark, and some superb Swansea passing saw Hernandez and Pozuelo combine before Nathan Dyer converted with an easy tap-in and a 2-0 scoreline.

Swansea went on to dominate the match, as their substitutes proved more effective than Yeovil's. One of those, in Wayne Routledge, weaved his way into the box for Pablo Hernandez to convert from 10 yards out. Then four minutes later Hernandez turned provider, allowing Rory Donnelly the chance to slam the ball into the top corner in emphatic fashion.

There was time for one more goal, as the impressive Alejandro Pozuelo was picked out by Angel Rangel with another low cross into the box which the Glovers didn't deal with. It perhaps produced a flattering margin, but as was the pattern of Tuesday night's Torquay match, the opposition seemed to gain more from the mass of substitutions than the Glovers did. Manager Gary Johnson will inevitably need to ponder that fact, even if the gulf in class between the two sides on the night wasn't quite so surprising.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Swansea City 5.

Scorers: Michu (0-1, 27 mins), Nathan Dyer (0-2, 61 mins), Pablo Hernandez (0-3, 71 mins), Rory Donnelly (0-4, 75 mins), Alejandro Pozuelo (0-5, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2)
Marek Stech
Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Byron Webster, Dan Seaborne, Luke Ayling
Kevin Dawson, Joe Edwards, Ed Upson, Sam Foley
Michael Ngoo, Paddy Madden.

Substitutes:
Gareth Stewart, James Hayter (46 mins for Michael Ngoo), Kieffer Moore (62 mins for Paddy Madden), Sam Hoskins (62 mins for Kevin Dawson), Lewis Young (82 mins for Luke Ayling), Junior Konadu-Yiadom (82 mins for Ed Upson), Joel Grant (62 mins for Sam Foley), Billy Clifford (27 mins for Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi), Joe Jones (82 mins for Dan Seaborne).

Swansea City:
Michel Vorm, Jazz Richards, Ben Davies, Jordi Amat, Ashley Williams (capt), Leon Britton, Jonathan De Guzman, Jonjo Shelvey, Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernandez, Michu.

Substitutes:
Neil Taylor (76 mins for Ben Davies), Rory Donnelly (62 mins for Michu), Wayne Routledge (62 mins for Nathan Dyer), Garry Monk (62 mins for Jordi Amat), Gerhard Tremmel, Ki Sung-Yueng (76 mins for Jonjo Shelvey), Alejandro Pozuelo (46 mins for Jonathan De Guzman), Jose Canas (76 mins for Leon Britton), Angel Rangel (46 mins for Jazz Richards).

Attendance: 2,236 (including 270 Swansea City fans)


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19 July 2013 : Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Forest Green Rovers are now on sale from Huish Park. The match takes place on Monday 29th July at the New Lawn, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Seniors: £8.00; Aged 16-21: £4.00; Under-16s: £2.00.

The Huish Park Ticket Office has also now got in a supply of the League Cup First Round ticket allocation for the game against Southend United. Follow the links below for other ticketing and travel arrangements.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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19 July 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Swansea City
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Swansea City. The same eleven who largely performed well against Torquay United on Tuesday night, until substitutions were made, are preferred again, against Premier League opposition.

On the subs bench, only James Hayter is changed from Tuesday night's line-up, as he has recovered from a recent knock. The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2)
Marek Stech
Luke Ayling, Byron Webster, Dan Seaborne, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi
Kevin Dawson, Joe Edwards, Ed Upson, Sam Foley
Michael Ngoo, Paddy Madden.

Substitutes:
Gareth Stewart, James Hayter, Kieffer Moore, Sam Hoskins, Lewis Young, Junior Konadu-Yiadom, Joel Grant, Billy Clifford, Joe Jones.


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19 July 2013 : Car Parking Criticism Flares Up Ahead Of New Season
Ahead of the new 2013-14 season, Brympton Parish Council and local residents have raised concerns about parking by football fans visiting Yeovil Town Football Club on matchdays. A meeting between the council and Yeovil Town was held this week, with Stadium Manager James Hillier reported to be representing the club, to listen to concerns raised by council members and other interested parties.

This has been a regular concern raised, but has been heightened by the club's rise into the Championship, where some key games may attract large away followings and increased home support. However, even at League One level, concerns have been raised at standards of parking along Stourton Way, Malmesbury Way and Thorne Lane that local residents say prevent them from being able to leave their own driveways or result in bus routes getting blocked.

Liz Glaisher, who is Chairman of Brympton Parish Council, believes the problem is that the routes out of Huish Park at the end of the games are the problem, with fans finding it quicker to park on streets, rather than negotiate the funnelled exit from the main club car park. She told BBC Somerset that created problems in the surrounding areas:

"There are three hotspots. One of them is Stourton Way, one of them is Thorne Lane heading out towards Lufton, and we do have quite a bit of anti-social parking out on the Houndstone Residential Estate. I think it's mainly home fans, because the away fans usually come on a coach, and they don't know where residential opportunities are. They'll be directed by the signs on the side of the road. The crux of the matter is getting people away from the match site at the end of the game. That is why people don't park in the car park at Yeovil Town Football Club, and that's why they use the residential streets, because they can filter out. So we have got to solve that problem."

The BBC did invite Yeovil Town on air to respond to the Council's concerns, but they declined to put up a representative, saying that they would be unwilling to discuss the matter until Chairman John Fry returned from his holiday. However, the Western Gazette say that James Hillier explained at this week's meeting that the club's hands were tied as they did not have legal authority over the highways, meaning that any signage cannot be enforced, and could easily backfire upon the football club if they tried to use club employees in that way:

"We have put bollards out for a number of years and the experience we have had is people soon realise they arenít enforceable. The ones that didnít get chucked in the hedge were thrown to the side. If we put them down there again, I guarantee people wonít have forgotten they are not enforceable. I understand we havenít got the powers to be out directing traffic and closing roads. We have got to be careful with our staff."

The matter is to be referred to the Council's Highways Department for advice on how to deal with the situation - they were not present at the meeting. The measure of the problem is that Mr Hillier is reported by the Gazette as saying that the car park at the club is only ever half full, meaning that in terms of parking cars up it's not a capacity problem. Getting out after the games appears to be another matter though.

In terms of advice to Yeovil Town supporters, the fact that all parties appear to acknowledge that no enforcement action is possible suggests that things will carry on as normal in the short term. However, fans should note that general laws concerning dangerous or obstructive parking (applicable to all highways) could result in vehicles being removed - mounting pavements, parking on road junctions or in a way that might block off a larger vehicle such as an ambulance or a bus from getting down the road will fall into that arena. Plus needless to say, parking across a driveway, or an entrance/exit for a retail or industrial outlet will encourage action by the owners of that driveway/entrance. Overall though, parking throughout the area remains within the law, provided common sense is used.


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19 July 2013 : 2013-14 Yeovil Town Squad Numbers Published
Yeovil Town have issued their first team squad numbers for the 2013-14 season. As is often the case, a few of the more senior players have made use of vacancies within the ranks to choose new shirt numbers. Joe Edwards (No.4), Kevin Dawson (No.7) and Sam Foley (No.10) are the main movers - despite being last season's top scorer, Paddy Madden is happy to keep his No.17 shirt.

Of the new arrivals, Michael Ngoo takes No.11, Kieffer Moore takes No.13, Sam Hoskins takes No.14, whilst at the higher end Billy Clifford will wear No.20, Joe Jones takes No.22 and finally Joel Grant wears No. 23.

All of the player numbers assigned can be viewed via the squad list in our Player Profiles section below.

NB: Striker Reuben Reid remains on the Glovers payroll for the season. However, due to his season-long loan down at Plymouth Argyle, he's not been given a squad number for this season. We've therefore removed him from our player profile section (although he can be found under the former players lists).

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Player Profiles.


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19 July 2013 : Gary Previews The Swansea City Game
Tonight sees Yeovil Town play their first home pre-season friendly of the summer, as they take on Premier League side Swansea City. As part of the build-up to that, Glovers boss Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about his opponents and the position concerning various people including Dan Seaborne and Jamie McAllister. His conversation with BBC Somerset presenter Tim McSweeney can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Swansea City.


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18 July 2013 : Seaborne Deal To Be The First Of More Defensive Signings
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that he is close to tying up an agreement with defender Danny Seaborne, but is likely to add one or two more to his back line before he finalises his squad for the season. As reported earlier today, the 26 year old former Exeter City and Southampton player is claimed to have a two year contract on the table, following a short trial that involved playing 90 minutes in the midweek match against Torquay United.

Having been released by Southampton over the summer, he arrives at Huish Park as a free agent, and Johnson has confirmed to BBC Somerset that he does plan to add him to his squad once all parties have reached agreement:

"Yes, I think so. We like him, and he's got good quality with his left foot. Southampton thought he was a Championship or Premier League player. He got that nasty accident and injury, but he's played since for Bournemouth and Charlton. He's a left centre-back that can play as a left-back, so that's very good for us, especially when we can't afford a massive squad. So he's good experience for us and hopefully we can get that sorted out pretty quickly."

Having lost Dan Burn and Richard Hinds over the summer, and with left-sided pair Jamie McAllister and Nathan Ralph on the treatment table, the Glovers are still somewhat short in terms of back line options to start the 2013-14 season. Johnson added that he had plans to add one or two players as the final pieces in the jigsaw, with the centre-back and left-back slots his biggest priority:

"Generally we won't be able to take on too many more players now. We're looking for may one position now, or maybe two. We need another centre-back and we know that, and we probably need another left-back and we know that. So we're looking at two defenders, in that we need two more defenders to come in. Then I think we'll be pretty close to where we need to be."

Johnson is also considering giving right winger Lewis Young a loan move to help kick-start his season. Young's contractual position at the club isn't too clear, with both him and Ralph having run out of contract at the end of last season. Both continue to train at Huish Park, but Gary is likely to give Lewis a chance to get some first team football at another club to help get him back into his stride following an injury-hit 2012-13 season.


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18 July 2013 : League Agree New Sky Sports Broadcast Deal
In conjunction with it's new competition sponsorship, the Football League have also issued a second statement this afternoon, detailing an extension to their current broadcasting deal. They have extended their current agreement with Sky Sports so that it will run for a further three seasons, taking the contract out to the summer of 2018.

Included in that new agreement is a commitment to show additional live matches. The current agreement allows Sky to show up to 111 live matches throughout each season. From the 2015-16 season, that will be increased by 37 additional games, taking them up to 148 live matches. Included in that package will be 112 Football League matches, as well as the subsequent play-off matches, including the finals. They will also cover 15 matches of the Football League Cup, including both legs of each semi-final and the final. They will also cover the Football League Trophy final, along with at least two matches from the preceding rounds.

Sky are also promising broadcast highlights and clips of all three competitions, by using television, broadband internet, video-on-demand services and mobile services. They are also launching a new programme called FL72, which appears to be a rival to the BBC's Football League Show. Presented by Simon Thomas, they promise footage from the best matches across all three divisions, with a regular slot of 12.15p.m. (although they don't make clear what day of the week that will be!)

Chairman of the Football League Greg Clarke implies that clubs will be getting additional revenues on top of the current agreement as a part of this new deal:

"The Football League is focused on delivering financial sustainability to our member clubs and this agreement will help us achieve that aim. Already we are delivering careful management of costs through our Financial Fair Play regulations and now we can add increased revenues to our clubs. They will be delighted by this news and the financial certainty it brings for the next five years."

National newspaper The Guardian prices the three years from 2015 onwards as being worth £260 million across the length of the contract extension.


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18 July 2013 : Football League Announce New Competition Sponsors
The Football League have announced that they have obtained new sponsorship for their main competition. The League will now be known as the Sky Bet Football League, with a five year agreement obtained for the competition that will take them through until the summer of 2018. They replace nPower who withdrew at the end of their three year deal last season.

Inevitably, with the football industry and the betting industry being so closely aligned, the League's statement suggests that they will be using their sponsorship to produce various tie-in agreements, adding that Sky "will also use its partnership with The Football League to explore opportunities to offer customers exclusive access to competitions and promotional offers, including access to Football League match tickets."

Football League Chairman Greg Clarke has said of the five year sponsorship contract, which will provide each club with income from the League's central pool:

"I am delighted to welcome Sky Bet to working with The Football League and its clubs. This agreement takes our long-term partnership with Sky to a new level and provides a genuine boost to clubs ahead of the new season."


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18 July 2013 : Jones Lined Up For Seagulls Role
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones is reported to have returned to Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion. Having spent some time with Charlton Athletic over the past couple of years, managing their Development squad, Jones has been spotted by the Brighton Argus taking a training session with the Seagulls first team in Segovia this morning.

Brighton are under new management, following the controversial departure of Gus Poyet and new Head Coach Oscar Garcia is understood to be needing to recruit in backroom staff to support him in his new role. Having spent five years playing for the Seagulls, and having kept property in the area, the 40 year old is an obvious fit, particularly given that he also speaks Garcia's native language, having played for Numancia and Badajoz earlier in his career.

As yet neither Brighton nor Charlton have reported any change in club for Jones. His time at The Valley was highly successful, with his Under-21s side becoming Professional Development League 2 champions - a league set up only last season as part of the launch of the new Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) system. Nathan's side also picked up the regional Professional Development League 2 Ė Area South title, whilst his squad was used in the Kent Senior Cup, which the Addicks also won under his management.

Having only left Yeovil Town a year ago, his impact on Charlton's youth structures has been impressive, but it would appear that the chance to perform some kind of role at his former club, who missed out in last season's Championship play-offs, has been difficult to resist.


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18 July 2013 : Seaborne Set To Sign?
Yeovil Town are reported as having reached an agreement to sign former Exeter City and Southampton defender Danny Seaborne. The Sky Sports website is reporting that the 26 year old is to be given a two year contract at the club that would tie him down at Huish Park until the summer of 2015.

Seaborne played 90 minutes in the club's 2-0 defeat against Torquay United on Tuesday night, as a trialist, following his release from St Mary's at the end of last season. He played as a central defender last night but has also played regularly in a left-back slot for his various clubs.

Link: Danny Seaborne Profile.


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18 July 2013 : Somerset Premier Cup Full First Round Draw
Further to yesterday's article, the full First Round draw for the Somerset Premier Cup is now available. With the Glovers having been given a home draw against Radstock Town, the full list of ties are as follows:

Street v Frome Town
Paulton Rovers v Brislington
Wells City v Wellington
Bridgwater Town v Portishead Town
Larkhall Athletic v Ashton & Backwell
Weston Super Mare v Chard Town
Yeovil Town v Radstock Town
Keynsham Town v Hengrove Athletic
Taunton Town v Welton Rovers

Teams Receiving Byes To Second Round: Bath City, Clevedon Town, Cheddar, Wincanton, Shepton Mallet, Bishop Sutton, Odd Down.

All ties are to be played during week commencing September 30th 2013.


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17 July 2013 : Seaborne Interests Johnson After Gulls Friendly
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has strongly suggested that he would be prepared to do a deal with former Exeter City and Southampton defender Danny Seaborne, after watching him play last night. The 26 year old was one of the few outfield players to get in a full 90 minutes worth of football in the 2-0 defeat against Torquay United, and was generally rated as a solid performer by fans who travelled to the game.

As a player with experience of Championship football, Seaborne appears to fit the bill, particularly given that as a 6'3" tall left-sided central defender he would fill the hole left by Fulham loanee Dan Burn, who decided not to return to Huish Park for a second spell this season. Johnson has told the Western Gazette that the player's Barnstaple roots may also count in the club's favour:

"We like Danny and I'll have a chat with him. It would be nice to do something with him, he looks a quality player. We know he's a quality footballer and he was unlucky with a problem that kept him out for a year-and-a-half, but we think he's back now and we're hoping to use our location because he lives around this way. He's available and we've staked a claim. Hopefully we can talk him into it because he's perfect for a left-sided centre back and left back as well."

Whilst Seaborne remains on trial, it looks as though we may have seen the last of the left-sided Onismor Bhasera. There are concerns that he has yet to obtain a work permit to continue his stay in the UK. The 27 year old has had past problems with securing the correct documentation to play in this country, with both Portsmouth and Plymouth Argyle having battled over a number of months to get clearance from the UK Government. With Bhasera in the same position at present, Johnson has indicated that he is likely to look elsewhere, rather than wait on a player that may not be available until after the 2013-14 season starts.

Finally, two of our former trialists have had mixed fortunes in their attempts to find contracts with other clubs. Irish midfielder Gary Dreegan has shown up at Northampton Town and played in their 6-0 win last night, scoring one of the goals against United Counties League side Cogenhoe United. Less luck though for full-back Ryan Dickson who has been told by Plymouth Argyle that they will not be continuing their interest in him, having taken on the Saltash-born player following the decision by the Glovers to release him from his trial.


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17 July 2013 : BBC Grab Back FA Cup Rights
Televised coverage for the FA Cup will be changing hands for the 2014-15 season, with ITV and ESPN Sports set to lose their rights at the end of their current deal. That agreement has just 12 months left to run, and will be replaced by a new four year shared rights deal that will be held by the BBC and BT Sport running from 2014 until 2018.

Coverage of the competition will be on their main BBC One channel, including live matches and highlights. The BBC are also embracing the increasing use of on-line platforms promising that their coverage will come "with live streaming available across online, mobile and tablet devices".

As yet, both the BBC and BT Sport have yet to reveal how coverage will be carved up. However, Director-General Tony Hall has made reference to the way that the broadcaster covers other major events in hinting what plans they may have afoot:

"Bringing the FA Cup back to the BBC was something I really wanted to do. I am so pleased that we have achieved it for football fans everywhere. There is something very special about big national moments on the BBC and the FA Cup should absolutely be one of them. The Olympics, Wimbledon and Glastonbury have shown how our audiences love it when we put the full weight of all our services on TV, radio and digital behind covering these events in depth and in ways no-one else can. Working closely with the FA I believe we will change the way we view the FA Cup forever."

The BBC have also indicated that their current arrangements with BBC Radio 5 Live will continue, with their rights to the FA Cup extended until 2018.

Given some of the quality of ITV's coverage of live football in recent years, and the desperate need for England's biggest cup competition to be given a facelift, amidst questionable kick-off times and the choice of panelists, hopefully this can give the FA Cup a bit of what it needs. In the meantine, you'll have to enjoy/endure one final season of Adrian Chiles and team before you change channels.


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17 July 2013 : Hinds Finds New Club With Shakers
Former Yeovil Town central defender Richard Hinds has signed a contract with League Two side Bury. The 32 year old has got himself a new club after leaving the Glovers at the tail end of last season, having been released at the end of his contract.

He has now signed a one year deal at Gigg Lane, after being on trial during pre-season, scoring against Radcliffe Borough, and playing 90 minutes in their match against Sheffield United and last night's remarkable 15-0 win against Cornish side St Blazey. The Shakers have entirely revamped their squad following relegation at the end of last season, and manager Kevin Blackwell welcomes Hinds as his 12th signing of the summer:

"I needed an experienced central defender who could handle the demands of life in League Two and he fitted the bill. We needed to go into the season with at least three central defenders. I felt that Hinds was as good as we could get."

Talking of centre-backs, Dover Athletic have managed to add 31 year old Terrell Forbes to their squad today. Forbes drops into non-league football, having played for Chesterfield and Aldershot Town last season.


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17 July 2013 : Miners Visit In County Cup
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the Somerset Premier Cup. The draw was made on Monday night, and has pitched the Glovers against Radstock Town, who play in the Premier Division of the Western Football League, finishing 17th last season. The match is scheduled to be played at Huish Park.

The Somerset FA have yet to publish round dates for this competition, but we'd expect any First Round fixtures to be played in early October. Rather unusually, with the Glovers having no Reserve side and no Youth Team this season, they will almost certainly have to select from their First Team squad, even though Football League clubs are recognised as fielding their 'Reserve' team in such competitions.


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16 July 2013 : Torquay 2 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to two late goals at Plainmoor tonight, in their latest pre-season friendly. Goals in the last ten minutes from Gulls substitutes Jordan Chapell and Daniel Sullivan won the League Two hosts the match after the Glovers had wasted a number of first half chances that could have had them ahead.

In the first half, Sam Foley came the closest to opening the scoring as his half volleyed shot came off the post, whilst Byron Webster forced Dale Tonge to clear off his own goal line. But the Gulls held their own by creating their own chances, and the game began to swing their way during a quieter second period, inevitably punctuated by a large number of substitutions.

Torquay seemed to benefit from this the most, as many of Yeovil's better performing players left the field, and they took the lead when a Byron Webster slip allowed Jordan Chapell to capitalise and slot the ball home with seven minutes remaining. Matters got worse during second half injury time when more sloppy defending allowed the home side to double their lead. Joe Jones mis-hit his backpass to Marek Stech, and Daniel Sullivan was on hand to finish comfortably - something that Yeovil seemed to struggle to do themselves throughout the night.

Scorers: Jordan Chapell (1-0, 83 mins), Daniel Sullivan (2-0, 90 mins).

Torquay United:
13 Martin Rice
2 Dale Tonge, 5 Shaun Cooper, 4 Aaron Downes, 21 Thomas Cruise
10 Billy Bodin, 7 Lee Mansell [capt], 8 Ben Harding, 11 Courtney Cameron
9 Scott Rendell, 26 Elliot Benyon.

Substitutes:
3 Kevin Nicholson, 6 Damon Lathrope, 12 Jordan Chapell, 14 Ashley Yeoman, 15 Niall Thompson, 20 Nathan Craig, 30 Kirtys MacKenzie, 31 Daniel Sullivan, 32 Jake Hutchings, 33 Conor Thompson

Yeovil Town:
Marek Stech
Luke Ayling, Byron Webster Danny Seaborne, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi
Kevin Dawson, Joe Edwards, Ed Upson, Sam Foley
Michael Ngoo, Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
Gareth Stewart, Sam Hoskins (57 mins for Michael Ngoo), Lewis Young (85 mins for Luke Ayling), Kieffer Moore (57 mins for for Sam Foley), Joel Grant (57 mins for Kevin Dawson), Junior Konadu-Yiadom (57 mins for Ed Upson), Billy Clifford (57 mins for Joe Edwards), Joe Jones (85 mins for Byron Webster).

Attendance: 1,168 (including 111 Yeovil Town supporters).


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16 July 2013 : Glovers Include Former Saints Defender In Gulls Friendly
Yeovil Town have taken Danny Seaborne on trial for tonight's pre-season friendly against Torquay United. The former Exeter City, Southampton, Charlton Athletic and AFC Bournemouth player is the only new name listed in a strong starting line-up against the Gulls at Plainmoor.

Danny is a 26 year old defender who can play at centre-back or left-back, and was born in Barnstable on March 5th 1987. He is a product of Exeter City's youth system, turning professional for the Grecians in 2005 and spending loan spells with Clyst Rovers, Tiverton Town, Taunton Town and Dorchester Town during his early years. He eventually broke into the Exeter line-up where he spent five seasons as a professional, making 96 appearances and scoring five goals.

In January 2010, he signed for Southampton for an undisclosed fee, penning a three and a half year deal at St Mary's. There he made 53 appearances for the Saints, although his time there was interrupted by him being the victim of a serious assault outside a nightclub in September 2011 that put him in hospital. Last season he spent a seven game loan spell with Charlton Athletic, followed by a 13 game spell with AFC Bournemouth where he was part of their squad who were promoted from League One.

He starts tonight's game at centre-back with the line-up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
Marek Stech
Luke Ayling, Byron Webster Danny Seaborne, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi
Kevin Dawson, Joe Edwards, Ed Upson, Sam Foley
Michael Ngoo, Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
Gareth Stewart, Sam Hoskins, Lewis Young, Kieffer Moore, Joel Grant, Junior Konadu-Yiadom, Billy Clifford, Joe Jones.


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16 July 2013 : Glovers Travelling Squad For Torquay Friendly
Yeovil Town have named their travelling squad for tonight's pre-season friendly against Torquay United. The match kicks off at Plainmoor at 7.30p.m. with the following players set to appear during the game:

Yeovil Town (from): Marek Stech, Gareth Stewart, Luke Ayling, Byron Webster, Joe Jones, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Sam Foley, Billy Clifford, Junior Konadu-Yiadom, Ed Upson, Joe Edwards, Kevin Dawson, Joel Grant, Lewis Young, Michael Ngoo, Sam Hoskins, Paddy Madden, Kieffer Moore.

What this tells us is that trialists Junior Konadu-Yiadom and Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi are still involved in the squad. Left-sided pair Jamie McAllister and Nathan Ralph, plus striker James Hayter are all receiving treatment and so are not expected to be involved.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.


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16 July 2013 : Donny Trip Live On Sky
Yeovil Town have been selected for their first live match of the 2013-14 season. Their match against Doncaster Rovers, which pitches them up against a club who they have done battle with through the Conference, League Two, League One and now the Championship, has been chosen for a live broadcast.

As a result, the game at the Keepmoat Stadium will now kick off on Friday 22nd November with a 7.45p.m. start. The match had originally been scheduled for the Saturday afternoon.


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15 July 2013 : Johnson Hoping Portugal Trip Accelerates Team Bonding
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson hopes that his club's time in Portugal will help accelerate their team bonding as they prepare for the 2013-14 season. The club have just returned from a four day spell in the Algarve, where they stayed in a training camp, taking on Portuguese second tier newcomers SC Farense in a Saturday evening friendly.

The players landed back on English soil today, ready for a sequence of domestic friendlies, starting with tomorrow night's match against Torquay United at Plainmoore (kick-off 7.30p.m.) Speaking to BBC Somerset about why he likes to take his teams away, Gary explained:

"We wanted to get the group together, so that they learn about life at Yeovil and the learn about life off the field as well as on the field. So it's great for us to get them all together, let them all mix, get to know each other. Four or five days away as all managers will tell you, is like a couple of months at home, because you're with them for 24 hours a day."

As far as the training camp was concerned, striker James Hayter picked up an injury, meaning that along with Jamie McAllister and Nathan Ralph he was not used. The BBC also indicated that none of the club's trialists travelled to Portugal - although that appears to overlook the presence of Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, who has been a constant during pre-season but without any contract being mentioned.

The club did have one new addition to their ranks which became apparent during the trip - Glovers physio Simon Baker is back at the club for a third time, working alongside main physio Mike Micciche. It's not clear at this stage whether they will have particularly different roles, although Simon is a keen long distance runner, with a professional background in physiotherapy, and so would be well suited to dealing with players who have more problematic injuries. His previous role at the club came during the summer of 2009 but left in January 2011, with Micciche his replacement.


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15 July 2013 : Swansea Kick-Off Time Brought Forward
Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Swansea City has had a slight kick-off change. The match will now start at the earlier kick-off time of 7.30p.m. on Friday 19th July at Huish Park.

A reminder that tomorrow night's game against Torquay United at Plainmoor also kicks off at 7.30p.m.


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14 July 2013 : Interview With Michael Ngoo
Last Wednesday, Yeovil Town signed up Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo on a season-long loan at the club. Shortly after he arrived at the club, he spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Tim McSweeney about his prospects at the club, and why he was happy to join Yeovil. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Michael Ngoo Speaks To The BBC After He Signed On Loan.


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14 July 2013 : Gary Johnson Talks About Loan Signings And Trialists
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson brought in two loan signings, in the form of Chelsea midfielder Billy Clifford and Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo. Speaking to BBC Somerset presenter Ed Hadwin, Gary was interviewed about that double deal, as well as talking his way through his selection of trialists, and his hopes for the start of the season against Millwall. That interview can now be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After He Signed Two Players On Loan.


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13 July 2013 : SC Farense vs Yeovil Town : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town lost their second pre-season friendly match tonight, as they took on Portuguese side SC Farense. In a match played at Browns Leisure Complex in Quarteira, Vilamoura in the Algarve, the Glovers were playing a side that have just won promotion from the Portuguese Second Division (third tier) and had also played Championship side Middlesbrough on Thursday night.

They lost out by a 2-0 scoreline, with a goal being scored in each half. The first came when a Byron Webster backpass was badly hit, with Marek Stech's clearance allowing a Farense player to hit the rebound. Then five minutes from time, substitute keeper Gareth Stewart was lobbed from close to the halfway line to double the Portuguese side's goal tally.

In between midfielder Billy Clifford was sent off for two bookable offences - the first a foul, whilst the second was for simulation. Much will depend upon what the referee's own match report states and whether it is submitted to the English FA in full form, but a rule change four years ago suggests that any suspension applied for dismissals notified by match officials during friendly matches would apply to the club's next friendly match. This was the ruling taken for Plymouth Argyle's Nick Chadwick, who was red-carded against the Glovers during last season's friendly at Dorchester's Avenue Stadium.

Only one trialist was named in the players that featured in the match, with Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi having been a mainstay of the pre-season training schedule so far - at this stage we're not sure what that means in terms of the other trialists. Meanwhile contracted players Nathan Ralph, Jamie McAllister, Kieffer Moore and James Hayter did not feature at all - the first two are known to have knee injuries that will keep them out for around a fortnight.

The game saw a two periods of rolling substitutions, meaning that most players got onto the pitch for around 60 minutes, with four players featuring for both the opening and the closing half hour phase, whilst others got an hour in at the start or the end of the game - a fair test given the severe heat hitting Europe right now. The club will remain in Portugal until Monday, when they will return home in time for Tuesday night's friendly against Torquay United (kick-off 7.30p.m.) at Plainmoor.

Final Score: SC Farense 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: SC Farense (1-0, 25 mins), SC Farense (2-0, 85 mins)

Yeovil Town:
Marek Stech
Lewis Young, Byron Webster, Joe Jones, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi
Kevin Dawson, Ed Upson, Billy Clifford, Joel Grant
Sam Hoskins, Michael Ngoo

Substitutes: (for actual changes see below)
Gareth Stewart, Paddy Madden, Joe Edwards, Sam Foley, Luke Ayling.

Substitutions: (rolling as follows) Paddy Madden (30 mins for Sam Hoskins), Joe Edwards (30 mins for Billy Clifford), Sam Foley (30 mins for Joel Grant), Luke Ayling (30 mins for Joe Jones), Gareth Stewart (60 mins for Marek Stech), Joe Jones (60 mins for Byron Webster), Billy Clifford (60 mins for Ed Upson), Joel Grant (60 mins for Kevin Dawson), Sam Hoskins (60 mins for Michael Ngoo).


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13 July 2013 : GWSC Travel To Southend United
Yeovil Town's second competitive match of the 2013-14 season sees them travel to Southend United in a League Cup First Round match. The game at Roots Hall takes place on Tuesday 6th August 2013 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 1.30p.m. Note that there will be no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion due to the game being a midweeker. Cost of travel will be £25.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £23.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra. Note that 2013-14 membership fees are due - see below for membership form - it will be possible to buy membership on the day, but try to fill in your form in advance if you can do so.

To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings).

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Swansea City.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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13 July 2013 : Team News For SC Farense vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this evening's match against Portuguese side SC Farense. Only one trialist is included in the eleven, with Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi having been a mainstay of the pre-season training schedule so far. The players named are as follows:

Yeovil Town:
Marek Stech
Lewis Young, Byron Webster, Joe Jones, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi
Kevin Dawson, Ed Upson, Billy Clifford, Joel Grant
Sam Hoskins, Michael Ngoo


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13 July 2013 : GWSC Travel To Millwall
Yeovil Town's first competitive match of the 2013-14 season sees them travel to Millwall in a Championship division match. The game at the New Den takes place on Saturday 3rd August 2013 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 9.30a.m. and from Huish Park at 9.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £21.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £19.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra. Note that 2013-14 membership fees are due - see below for membership form - it will be possible to buy membership on the day, but try to fill in your form in advance if you can do so.

To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings).

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Swansea City.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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13 July 2013 : 2013-14 GWSC Membership Renewal
With the 2013-14 season coming up, members of the Green and White Supporters Club are reminded that their annual membership subscriptions are due. Membership costs £7.00 for individuals, whilst there are family membership rates also available for three or more people.

Membership of the GWSC entitles you to special rates for Away Travel, as well as discounts inside their Programme Shop at Huish Park. If you are considering going to multiple away matches by supporter coaches over the coming season, now may be the time to consider joining or renewing your membership.

You can print out and fill in your membership form via the link below (requires Adobe Reader to view/print). You can post your form and cheque off to the GWSC via the usual Huish Park address. Alternatively, with the two pre-season friendlies against Swansea City and Exeter City coming up, you can drop forms and payments into the shop around those fixtures.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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13 July 2013 : Huish Park Pitch Update
Next Friday sees football return to Huish Park in the form of a pre-season friendly against Swansea City. That will bring an end to a break of over two months without football at the ground, during which the pitch has been given a brand new top pitch. We've been covering that progress in a photo gallery and have now added in two more additions taken this week.

One of those can be viewed below, whilst both are on the second page of the gallery. Or you can view the whole progress as a timeline via the link below.

Link: Summer Work On The Main Huish Park Pitch.

Would anyone want to mow the lawn in this weather?
From earlier this week - Would anyone want to mow the lawn in this weather?
Photo by Stephen Allinson.



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13 July 2013 : Johnson Prepared To Wait For Defensive Targets
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is waiting on the outcome of a couple of deals before bringing in the remaining players he needs for the 2013-14 season. The Glovers boss is particularly short of central defenders, following the release of Richard Hinds and Dan Burn's decision to play at Birmingham City on loan this season.

That has led to some concern from supporters that the current squad is imbalanced, and Gary has been happy to acknowledge that to be the case. He has now told BBC Somerset that he does have a couple of firm targets, and has been given dates by which he should be able to go back to those players and tie up those deals:

"We've identified a couple of lads and we know what we're waiting for, and we know the time that we've got to wait. So we're pretty on schedule with it. You can't always get people in exactly when you want them. But at least it will only be one or two, and we basically know who those one or two are, and we've just got to wait for them to come in."

Trying to read into what Johnson says, this implies that these are probably loan targets, where a parent club has some sort of pre-season schedule that involves that player, such as a pre-season tour or training camp. With the Premier League season starting two weeks behind the Football League, their pre-season schedules are tending to be lagging behind those in the Football League in certain cases, and that is compounded by the Confederations Cup giving the more senior players a later summer break, meaning many clubs are using their more junior players in early friendlies.

Even though he has to wait, Johnson remains confident that he will eventually get the players that he wants, and that he has been able to talk to those players in advance of any agreement taking place:

"I'm very confident that we're going to get the targets that we're after. Obviously a lot of talking is done before they turn up on your doorstep. We're confident that our group going into the season will be strong enough to compete."


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12 July 2013 : Moore Tipped To Be Better Than Charlie Austin By Former Boss
Yeovil Town's new signing Kieffer Moore has been tipped for success by his former manager. Dorchester Town boss Phil Simkin, who spotted him playing for Truro City in the Conference South division, even believes that his former player can be better than Burnley striker Charlie Austin, who was this week the subject of a £4.5 million bid from Hull City for the 24 year old.

Moore has come from a similar pedigree to Austin, who was spotted by Swindon Town whilst playing for Poole Town after a number of years turning out for non-league sides, meaning that Simkin has seen both players at close quarters during their younger years. The Magpies manager said his first sight of the 20 year old Glovers player was back in January when he turned out for Truro against Dorchester, and told the Dorset Echo that he only needed 30 minutes to see what the Cornish side had on their hands:

"I could see it after half-an-hour and I was proved right. Iím delighted for the lad and I think he will go a very long way. He is so focused, almost blinkered, in pursuit of his career and he can become a very big player. With full-time training and coaching he will be a real powerhouse and I believe a better player than Charlie Austin, who I saw come through when I was at Hamworthy. I fully expected Kieffer to move on and we were never going to be in a position to keep him. He is a natural goal scorer and I think he can go straight into the Yeovil team."

Kieffer has signed a two year contract at Huish Park, and with the Bosman ruling covering players up to their 24th birthday, the Glovers should be well protected if he does turn out to be as good as Simkin suggests.


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12 July 2013 : Gary Talks About Clifford And Ngoo Loan Deals
Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson has said that he has been tracking the fortunes of new loan duo Billy Clifford and Michael Ngoo for some time, prior to signing them up. With the pair arriving from Chelsea and Liverpool respectively, Gary has keeping an eye on them in live games, as well as through his own television channel subscriptions.

In terms of Clifford, his impact on Johnson was a more obvious one given that he scored against Yeovil Town last season in Colchester United's 2-0 February win over the Glovers at the Community Stadium in Essex. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary said that 25 yard strike had caught his eye:

"With both of them, we've followed them for a little while now. He (Billy Clifford) did very well at Colchester last year when they were in trouble. They got him in, and he got them out of trouble. Not quite single-handedly, but he scored a good goal against us. We were watching him before then, and just after, and we thought he was perfect for us at the moment, to add competition to our midfield."

Ngoo was the other player who Johnson met in London two weeks ago, with the Walthamstow-born player having signed for Liverpool after initially being part of Southend United's ranks. Despite being based in the North-West now, Gary explained that it was pretty easy to keep tabs on his progress:

"Michael Ngoo has been doing great in Liverpool's next generation (Under-21) games. I've got Liverpool TV, so I've watched most of his games. We've seen him live a few times. He's a great lad and he's going to be a threat, because he's 6'6" and runs like the wind. We were very lucky to get him in. It was a good conversation that I had with him, and I handcuffed myself to him until he said yes!"


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11 July 2013 : MacDonald Shown The Door
Yeovil Town have allowed former Reading defender Angus MacDonald to leave, following a short trial at the club. The 20 year old, who spent time on loan with Torquay United and AFC Wimbledon last season, played in the club's pre-season friendly against Poole Town but this week's Western Gazette states that he has been told to look elsewhere.

That clears up one of the loose ends from Tuesday's trialist cull, with Aaron Akuruka being the one player we're not too sure of the current status. Defender Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi has said on his Twitter account that he is heading out to Portugal with the squad, whilst midfielder Junior Konadu-Yiadom was certainly still training with the squad last night.

As the club prepare to head out to the Algarve, the obvious concern is their current lack of central defenders. Having lost the chance to get Dan Burn back to Huish Park when he moved to Birmingham City on loan, and with people like Lewin Nyatanga having past through the Out Door, the Glovers only have Byron Webster signed up as an experienced centre-back, with Joe Jones not having played first team football yet. Luke Ayling could play in the centre if needed, but that would require another player to fill in at right-back.

Despite the shortage of numbers in that position, Johnson has told the Gazette that he is aware of this, and is currently planning things that could involve either a loan from a Premier League club or a permanent transfer from another source. He explains:

"Weíve got other options (in defence) so watch this space. There are just a couple more that we need to bring and there are some options for us, we are just looking at them all. Certain loans canít come out just yet and we are looking at others, maybe even a proper signing as well."


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11 July 2013 : Gary Johnson To Appear On Regional Sports Programme
Yeovil Town's Huish Park is the venue being chosen for the first in a series of regional television programmes being filmed by the BBC. On Wednesday 24th July, the BBC Points West cameras will be at the ground for a panel-based discussion show, with Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson selected to be part of that, along with BBC Bristol presenter Geoff Twentyman.

The club have up to thirty tickets available for supporters who want to sit in the audience for the filming of this show. You'll need to be available from 18:30hrs until 20:00hrs, for what will be a 45 minute discussion commencing at 19:15hrs. You'll need to arrive early to allow seating arrangements to be done, with doors closed once the filming starts. If you have an interest in being in the audience, you'll need to email James Healey at the club on jhealey@ytfc.net and he'll pick out the first 30 fans to apply for a ticket.

For those who can't be there, the BBC are planning to use the footage on BBC Somerset, BBC Bristol and the BBC Sport website, as well as the regional television programme itself - exact broadcast date is to be scheduled.


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11 July 2013 : Farense Friendly For Glovers
Yeovil Town will be taking on Portuguese second tier opposition as part of their long weekend in a first team training camp. The Glovers fly out tomorrow on a four day trip where the key fixture will be a game against SC Farense, who last season won the Portuguese Second Division (third tier) title and will play in the Segunda Liga next season.

SC Farense are taking on fellow Championship side Middlesbrough tonight in the Municipal Stadium on the Algarve, with the Northern Echo indicating that an attempt to arrange a friendly between Boro and Yeovil Town fell through. It appears that the two sides couldn't agree on a date, with Boro boss Tony Mowbray wanting the Saturday, whilst Glovers boss Gary Johnson wanted the Sunday.

Instead both clubs appear to be playing the same opposition. No date/time is revealed for the Glovers match - Middlesbrough are playing their match tonight at 6.00p.m.


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10 July 2013 : Triple Signing Sets Trends On Twitter
It doesn't happen too often, but earlier today Yeovil Town were one of the most talked about subjects on social networking sites Twitter. On the back of three signings being completed today, as Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo and Chelsea midfielder Billy Clifford arrived on loan, and Kieffer Moore completed his move from Dorchester Town, the club were in the spotlight.

That put them in the UK top ten most talked about subjects, with the majority being sport related - the Ashes and the Tour de France were popular themes, as was Sunderland's signing of El Hadji Ba. However, no doubt helped a little bit two of the club's signings coming from Premier League clubs, the Glovers were showing well amongst those - Michael Ngoo had also separately got his name into the UK top ten earlier in the day.

From earlier today - Yeovil Town are one of the most talked about subjects on Twitter
From earlier today - Yeovil Town are one of the most talked about subjects on Twitter.
Screengrab c/o Alistair Croft.



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10 July 2013 : Glovers Stick Seven Past Terras
Yeovil Town held a friendly match against Weymouth today behind closed doors. The match was a chance for the club to look at a few of the existing trialists, as well as allowing the day's new signings an opportunity to stretch their legs. Two of those - Liverpool's Michael Ngoo and former Dorchester Town striker Kieffer Moore - grabbed hat-tricks, whilst the game's other goal came from ex-Macclesfield Town midfielder Junior Konadu-Yiadom, who remains on trial with the Glovers.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 7 Weymouth 0.

Scorers: Michael Ngoo (three goals), Kieffer Moore (three goals), Junior Konadu-Yiadom.


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10 July 2013 : Clifford Brought In For Chelsea Loan
Yeovil Town have signed up Chelsea midfielder Billy Clifford on loan. He has joined the club for a six month period, and in terms of contract signatures is the club's third of the day, following the arrival of Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo and the finalisation of Kieffer Moore's transfer from Dorchester Town.

Clifford was born on October 18th 1992 in Slough and made his way through Chelsea's academy ranks, turning professional in 2010. A year later, he impressed enough to be given a four year contract with them that runs until the summer of 2015. He was part of Chelsea's squad that won the FA Youth Cup in 2010.

He has yet to make a first team appearance for the Premier League club, but spent the second half of last season out on loan with Colchester United, where he made 18 appearances, scoring one goal in the process. That singular goal came at Colchester's Community Stadium against Yeovil Town - a stunning 25 yard shot after the 5'7" midfielder was allowed a little too much space to open up through the centre of the park.

Clifford has signed up until January 3rd 2014 as a loanee. He generally plays in the centre of midfield, but Chelsea have also used him as a right-back.


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10 July 2013 : Kieffer Moore Deal Completed By Glovers
Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore has completed his move to Huish Park today. On Saturday, the Glovers and Dorchester Town had agreed transfer terms for the 20 year old, with the player's personal terms and a medical still outstanding.

Dorchester now report that those final steps have been completed. He has signed a two year contract at Huish Park that will tie him down until the summer of 2015.


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10 July 2013 : Ngoo Loan Deal Confirmed
Further to yesterday's news article, Yeovil Town have taken Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo on loan. The 20 year old former Southend United academy product has agreed a season-long loan with the club that will see him on the club's books for the 2013-14 campaign.

Ngoo has first team experience with Scottish Premier League side Hearts, and at 6'6" tall will add a big presence to the Glovers front line. For a full profile on the striker, see the article below.

Link: Michael Ngoo Player Profile.


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9 July 2013 : Bhasera Arrives On Glovers Trial
Yeovil Town have taken former Plymouth Argyle left-sided player Onismor Bhasera on trial. The 27 year old, who can play both as a left-back and as a left-winger, departed Home Park at the end of last season after failing to agree terms on a contract extension at the club. He had been with the Pilgrims since March 2010, and picked up their supporters Player of the Season for the 2012-13 campaign.

Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe on January 7th 1986, he played for a number of African sides, including Harare United, Tembisa Classic, Maritzburg United and more famously the Kaizer Chiefs. He also gained caps for the Zimbabwe international sides at Under-17, Under-20 and full international sides, getting his first senior cap in 2006.

During the 2009-10 season, he headed across to England in search of a contract there, believing that he was arriving as a free agent. His previous club, Kaizer Chiefs, believed otherwise, and that saw him involved in a contract dispute as he tried to get a contract with Portsmouth cleared with the authorities. Queens Park Rangers then invited him to train with them after the Pompey deal collapsed, with manager Paul Hart having moved across to Loftus Road. He then moved to Plymouth Argyle when seven months after his failed Pompey signature, Argyle managed to sort out work permits, international clearance, and for him to sever his tie with the Chiefs before he finally put pen to paper.

Since then he has made 114 appearances with Argyle across three seasons, scoring four goals. Initially brought in as a left-back, he has also played higher up the field. His third season was the most successful as he won the Pilgrims supporters Player of the Season award. But that was to be his final moment at Home Park, as he failed to show for pre-season training, and the offer of a new contract, and Argyle reluctantly began to look elsewhere.

Although Bhasera is on trial at the club, at present he is not expected to join the club on their Training Camp in Portugal, with work permit issues reported as being the issue preventing that.


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9 July 2013 : Ferry And Painter Depart In Trialists Cull
Yeovil Town have decided against offering trials to two of the players who featured in last weekend's match at Poole Town. Former Swindon Town midfielder and ex-Brighton and Hove Albion defender Marcos Painter have been told to look elsewhere after appearing in the match at Tatnam Farm. They join Lewin Nyatanga who exited over the weekend, signing earlier today for Barnsley on a two year contract.

The club are still maintaining their interest in Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi and Junior Konadu-Yiadom, but there's no mention either way regarding right-back Aaron Akuruka or centre-back Angus MacDonald.


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9 July 2013 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swansea City
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's home pre-season friendly against Swansea City is now available. The match takes place on Friday 19th July at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Concessions: £10.00; Under-16s: £5.00

Prices are flat across the ground and there is no matchday surcharge in place for this fixture. However, note that only the Main Stand and the Screwfix Stand will be open for this fixture - there will be no home terrace sales on this occasion.

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Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

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9 July 2013 : Compensation For Loss Of Chief Exec
Former Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes was formally unveiled in a similar position at Plymouth Argyle yesterday, having left the building at Huish Park last week. One aspect that wasn't disclosed by either club at the time of the announcement, was that it appears that the Glovers will receive some kind of financial compensation for the loss of Starnes' services.

The Plymouth Herald yesterday indicated that they had word from director David Felwick "admitting Argyle have had to pay compensation to Yeovil to secure Starnesí services" implying that whilst he was at Huish Park that he had either been employed on a fixed term contract basis, or had a clause in his employment contract that prevented him moving to a rival without compensation.

Needless to say we aren't given any hints of what that entailed, but is worth noting as a footnote to the 58 year old's departure from the club.


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9 July 2013 : Liverpool Striker Linked With Glovers Loan Deal
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo. The 20 year old Walthamstow-born player is a former Southend United academy player, who signed for Liverpool just under four years ago, having also had trials with Manchester United that extended to him playing for them in an international youth tournmanent.

Born on October 23rd 1992, he has yet to play for Liverpool's first team, but has represented England at Under-19 and Under-20 level, along with playing for Liverpool's Under-18s and Under-21s. His main bit of First Team experience came earlier this year, with a loan deal that saw him play 17 matches for Scottish side Heart of Midlothian. There he scored five times, with his progress slightly stalled north of the border due to a shoulder injury he picked up whilst on loan.

The link with the Glovers is being reported by Press Association journalists, and has made it as far as a footnote in the Irish Independent newspaper, who claim that the 6'6" striker is about to go out on a loan term loan with Yeovil Town.


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9 July 2013 : Tykes Confirm Nyatanga Arrival
Further to our earlier article, Championship side Barnsley have now formally unveiled Lewin Nyatanga as their new signing. His two year contract at Oakwell was signed today, shortly after he ended a trial period with the Glovers, which included his participation in the weekend's 3-1 win over Poole Town.

Having lost Nyatanga to Barnsley, and Dan Burn to Birmingham City, there's little doubt that bringing in central defenders is manager Gary Johnson's priority at present - only Byron Webster remains from last season's squad, along with this summer's rookie Joe Jones who has yet to play first team football at any level.


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9 July 2013 : Nyatanga Linked With Tykes Move
Yeovil Town are apparently set to lose the chance to sign up former Bristol City defender Lewin Nyatanga. Despite being on trial at Huish Park for the past week, the player has been linked with a move to Championship rivals Barnsley. Now the Sky Sports website is claiming that the 24 year old, who has already had three spells with the Tykes, will be signing for the Yorkshire side on a two year contract, reporting that he has already had a medical with them.

As a free agent he is obviously free to pick and choose which club he signs for, although having chosen to train in South Somerset, and play in last Saturday's match against Poole Town, his move to the other end of the country suggests that he has had a change of heart regarding those plans.

As yet, none of the clubs involved have confirmed this switch - we'll obviously keep an eye on it.


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8 July 2013 : Moore Still Has Ambitions To Go Higher
New Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore has not ruled out the possibility of playing in the Premier League one day, despite having been playing in the South Devon League Division Two just over a year ago. Having stepped up the ladder from Paignton Saints during 2011-12, progressing via Truro City and Dorchester Town last year, he now finds himself on the verge of signing his contract with the Glovers, with them having agreed a fee with the Magpies over the weekend.

The Dorset Echo report that the 20 year old will be given a two year contract at the club, giving him an instant opportunity to impress during the club's pre-season period. He has told the paper that although moving up four divisions from Conference South to the Championship will be a challenge, it's one he believes he can be successful at:

"Iím really pleased with the deal. Itís a step up for me and Iím going to enjoy the challenge. Iím looking forward to playing for a Championship club and itís going to be a great experience. Iíve got the confidence to play at Championship level and I believe in my own ability; I think Iíve got what it takes. Hopefully I can break into the team and show what I can do in the Championship. I want to go as high as I can in the game and the Premier League is quite a step but I think Iíve got what it takes and hopefully Iíll get there someday. I think Yeovil is the right place for me to improve my game."

Kieffer had interest from a number of other Football League sides, with Charlton Athletic having taken him on trial in May, whilst Bolton Wanderers were believed to be another interested party. However, the 6'4" target man said that he was concerned that at those clubs he might disappear into their development squads. With the Glovers operating without a Reserve Team or an Under-21 set-up, he would have an immediate chance of making a breakthrough:

"The things that attracted me to Yeovil are that itís a nice family club and theyíve got a small squad so there are good first-team opportunities. If I was going somewhere else Iíd be in their under-21 squad and Iíd probably have to wait a while to progress. There were about five clubs interested in signing me but Yeovil is the one Iíve chosen and Iíve settled in nicely."


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8 July 2013 : Super Gav Given A Super Send-Off
Members of the Away Travel Club have presented former Yeovil Town favourite Gavin Williams with a 'thank-you' gift in recognition of his services to the Glovers. Williams was released by Yeovil at the end of last season having made 188 appearances and scoring 34 goals for the Glovers over four spells at the club.

Despite thanking fans on social networking sites such as Facebook for their messages of good luck for the future, Williams has been disappointed that he has not had an opportunity to do it in person. It was something that Mark Kelly, of the Away Travel Club, had thought of from a fansí point of view that supporters had not been able to thank Williams personally. So the Away Travel Club thought it appropriate to present him with a gift of a decanter and two glasses engraved with the words 'thanks for the memories'.

Mark explained: "Gav has been a great player for Yeovil over the past ten years and itís only right I think that we should give him something as a token of our appreciation."

Williams added: "Iíd really like to thank all the fans Ė it has been a brilliant time and Yeovil has become a second home for me."

Gavin Williams receives his gift from Sara Kelly and Mark Kelly
Gavin Williams receives his gift from Sara Kelly and Mark Kelly.
Photo © Christine Jones Event Photography / Yeovil Press.

A closer look at the crystal glass set - engraved with Gavin's match statistics
A closer look at the crystal glass set - engraved with Gavin's match statistics.
Photo © Christine Jones Event Photography / Yeovil Press.


Link: Gavin Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.

[Article by Steve Sowden. Photos by Christine Jones.]


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7 July 2013 : Johnson Confident Moore Can Succeed In Meteoric Rise
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that prospective signing Kieffer Moore is a good competitor that can succeed in the Championship division. The 20 year old has made a meteoric rise up through the leagues over the past two seasons, given that he was playing for Paignton Saints in South Devon League Division Two during 2011-12, before being spotted by Truro City who brought him into the Conference South division.

There he scored 13 goals for the Cornish side until a February 2013 move took him to Dorchester Town in the same division, where he netted another seven goals, giving him 20 in total for the 2012-13 season. That was enough to catch the eye of a number of Football League clubs, as he ended the season on trial at Charlton Athletic. They had shown enough interest to want to take him back for a second look at The Valley, but with Yeovil Town stepping in and offering their own trial, the Painton-born striker decided to see what Gary Johnson thought of him.

Yesterday, the Glovers announced that they had an agreement with Dorchester to take him to Huish Park on a permanent basis, with the club planning to sort out personal terms and a medical over the next couple of days. After watching him score the opening goal in yesterday's 3-1 win over Poole Town, Gary told the Sunday Independent that he felt he was getting a good player:

"He's only 20, but he's grown up and become a bloke. He's still learning but he's got all the tools to be a good striker and we're pleased to have done the deal with Dorchester. He's a big lad but we've got to make sure we don't just lump high balls up to him when he's in the team. He's a good competitor, he's no shrinking violet and we think he's a good addition."

Dorchester Town striker Kieffer Moore - about to become a Yeovil Town player
Dorchester Town striker Kieffer Moore - about to become a Yeovil Town player.
Photo © Martin Baker/Ciderspace.


In addition to Moore's signature, Johnson will also mull over the future of the seven other trialists that he put out at Tatnam Farm yesterday afternoon. With the club planning to head out to Portugal for a short training camp over a long weekend, he will make up his mind on which players he is prepared to take overseas, and which of the seven will be told to head elsewhere in their search for a new contract.

Gary has previously indicated that he is aiming to recruit a squad of up to 20 players to take with him into the 2013-14 season, and bar the odd loan deal that may come in later, he is likely to want all of those he has a serious interest in to be on board the plane next weekend - the objective being to 'Yeovilify' them in advance of the season proper.


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7 July 2013 : Williams Steps Down As Ladies Joint Manager
Such are the problems of success. Yeovil Town Ladies Joint Manager Nigel Williams has decided to relinquish his position within the club due to their impressive rise through the Women's game structure. Since being appointed to his current position in March 2011, Williams has been part of a management team that have clocked up three Somerset FA Women's Senior Cup wins, a South West Combination title that saw the club win promotion without losing a game, and followed that up last season with the club's best ever position at Premier League level.

That was no doubt influential in their move to apply for admission to the FA Women's Super League, but with that comes the prospect of playing against national opposition, travelling the length and breadth of the country. Williams has explained that this brings a conflict between his daytime job, and maintaining his position as Joint Manager:

"Although I am pleased that the club has had success in the WSL licensing process; I do not want to commit that amount of time and travel to it. I wish the club the very best with the future in the WSL."

As a result, Sarah Lawler, who has also held the Joint Manager role, will now assume outright responsibilities for First Team Management. Chairman David Mills explained that the arrangement, which ran for over two years, had initially only meant to be a temporary one, but was so successful they'd kept it in place:

"We are very sad to see Nigel leave us as he has been part of the most amazing two years in the club's history. I cannot speak highly enough of what he has done for this club. Next year we will be an FA WSL team and Nigel has played a big part in helping us get to the Super League. The Joint Manager set up was originally a temporary measure due to circumstances that applied at that time. Therefore that system now ends and our First Team Manager is Sarah Lawler. Sarah is a brilliant Manager and is very well supported by (Assistant First Team Manager) Chris White so I have no doubt we will continue to be successful."

With Nigel's departure comes a new arrival, with Peter Amos joining the club as a First Team Coach. He holds a UEFA A Coaching Licence, and will be mentoring Sarah who is currently undertaking the same course, in preparation for the club's move into the FA Women's Super League.


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6 July 2013 : Poole Town vs Yeovil Town : Today's Trialists
Today's match against Poole Town saw a glut of trialists turn out in the match at Tatnam Farm. Whilst we've reported on many of them before, there are a few who were not out in the open prior to today's match. This is a breakdown of each uncontracted player who took to the field.

a) Lewin Nyatanga: Covered on this site in this article.

b) Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi: Covered on this site in this article.

c) Simon Ferry: Covered on this site in this article.

d) Kieffer Moore: Covered on this site in this article. This morning the club agreed terms for a permanent transfer with his club Dorchester Town. Provided personal terms can be agreed and a medical passed, he will become a Yeovil Town player sometime during next week.

e) Aaron Akuruka: Right-back who has come through the Crystal Palace academy ranks, signing a one year professional deal in May 2012. Has been playing for their Under-21 side. He was released by Palace last month.

f) Marcos Painter: Covered on this site in this article.

g) Angus MacDonald: A 20 year old defender, born in Winchester who was on the books of Reading up until the summer. He has had loan experience with Basingstoke Town, Torquay United, AFC Wimbledon and Torquay United (again) as well as representative honours with England Under-16s and Under-19s. He did not manage to break into Reading's first team prior to being released in May.

h) Junior Konadu-Yiadom: Former Macclesfield Town attacking central midfielder who has been late to break through to the professional game although has often dabbled with the fringes. He has had past trials with Wimbledon, Chelsea and Peterborough United, but did not make the grade, instead playing for London and Isthmian League sides such as Eton Manor, Leyton, Ilford, Barking and St Neots Town, before Macclesfield picked him up from the latter club. He was loaned out to Histon during his time at Moss Rose.


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6 July 2013 : Poole Town vs Yeovil Town : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town played out their first pre-season friendly today, as part of the lead-up to the 2013-14 campaign. Their opponents for the third season running were Poole Town, at their Tatnam Farm ground. Selecting a different eleven players in each half, a mix of the old guard, new signings and new trialists won out by a 3-1 scoreline, with Kieffer Moore, James Hayter and Joe Edwards providing the Glovers goals. Richard Gillespie equalised for the home side before the break, in a match played in the heat of the July summer.

Final Score: Poole Town 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Kieffer Moore (0-1, 17 mins), Richard Gillespie (1-1, 39 mins), James Hayter (1-2, 65 mins), Joe Edwards (1-3, 83 mins).

Yeovil Town (First Half):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Lewin Nyatanga 3. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi
7. Joel Grant 6. Simon Ferry 8. Ed Upson 10. Sam Foley
9. Kieffer Moore 10. Sam Hoskins

Yeovil Town (Second Half):
12. Gareth Stewart
13. Aaron Akuruka 14. Joe Jones 15. Angus MacDonald 16. Marcos Painter
19. Kevin Dawson 17. Junior Konadu-Yiadom 18. Joe Edwards 22. Lewis Young
20. Paddy Madden 21. James Hayter

Poole Town (from): Hutchings, Clarke, Spetch, Whisken, Oliver, Brooks, Davies, Devlin, Gillespie, Preston, Cann, Walker-Harris, Dickson, Davidson, Ohameje, Byerley, Carter, Turner.

Attendance: 487


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6 July 2013 : Kieffer Moore Transfer Terms Agreed
Yeovil Town have agreed terms with Dorchester Town for the transfer of their striker Kieffer Moore. Dorchester describe an "undisclosed fee" as being part of the arrangements.

The 20 year old will be playing in today's pre-season friendly at Poole Town but the two clubs and the player will then take steps to make his move to Huish Park permanent. This will include finalisation of the player's own personal terms as well as a formal medical.


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6 July 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Chief Decisions
With Yeovil Town losing their Chief Executive this week, as Martyn Starnes left the building yesterday, the latest Taff's Gloversblog takes up this topic. Considering the areas that the club needs to focus on, and where a CEO may contribute to that, the article can be read via the link below. As ever, views on his departure and the wider needs of the club can be included at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Chief Decisions.


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6 July 2013 : Burn Explains Brum Decision
Fulham centre-back Dan Burn has explained some of the thinking behind his switch from Yeovil Town to Birmingham City for the 2013-14 season. Having spent the bulk of the 2012-13 campaign on loan at Huish Park, as part of his playing development, the 21 year old had an opportunity to return to the club, but instead switched to St Andrews for the forthcoming campaign.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Burn admitted the temptation was to return to a place that he was comfortable with, but said that the advice he had received from his parent club was that he needed to test himself in different situations within a new environment as part of his learning about the game:

"I had the option to go back there. And in some ways I did want to go back there because I knew all the lads and stuff, I got on well with the manager. I just felt I needed a new experience. Iíve signed a new deal with Fulham and they said I needed to keep progressing. And I felt this, joining Birmingham, will help me, a new manager, new players, maybe a new formation. I need to widen the scope of my game."

Burn added that he knew that there were risks to moving to a new club in that he would start off as a 'new boy' with no past reputation to help carry him through the early games.

"I got on well with everyone down there (at Yeovil). Itís more or less starting from square one, where you have got to build the trust of your team-mates and obviously I have got to get the fans on my side, show them what I can do. I see it as a step up, playing for a club with a big history. Obviously the manager has said weíre going to have a young, hungry team and Birmingham are going to aim high this season. I want to be part of that."


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6 July 2013 : Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's pre-season trip to Plymouth Argyle is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 27th July at Home Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices prior to the date of the fixture are as follows:

Adults: £9.00; Concessions: £4.00.

For reasons best known to themselves, Argyle are increasing prices by £2.00 for all purchases made on the day of the game, so add that amount if you turn up without a ticket. We'll try to find out arrangements for which Ticket Office Glovers fans should go via, in order to obtain tickets. Concessions are applicable to those aged Over-65, Under-18, students and the disabled.

Link: Ticketing For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Exeter City.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.


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5 July 2013 : Magpies Give Kieffer Permission To Play
Yeovil Town are able to add one additional squad member in the team that will travel to Tatnam Farm tomorrow afternoon. Dorchester Town have today given permission for striker Kieffer Moore to play "in one game" in the club's pre-season friendly against Poole Town at Tatnam Farm.

The wording of Dorchester's short statement is that their permission does not currently extend beyond that period, but will allow the Glovers a chance to see Moore play for them in a reasonably competitive 90 minute fixture.

Link: Ticketing For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Team News For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Directions For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town.


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5 July 2013 : Directions For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town face Poole Town in their first pre-season friendly, prior to the start of the 2013-14 season. The match takes place on Saturday 6th July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and will see the club take all of their available first team squad members to the fixture.

We've played Poole in pre-season across the last two seasons, with both games ending in Glovers wins. However, particularly given that this one is being played on a Saturday, we should have a few more Glovers fans attending the match. The Dolphins are currently playing their home games at Tatnam Farm, which is situated within the grounds of Oakdale South Road Middle School.

Address: Tatnam Farm, School Lane, Poole, Dorset BH15 3JR

The school is situated on the north side of Poole town centre and east of Holes Bay, midway between the A350 and A35 roads that work their way down into Poole town centre. Most supporters will vary their routes down into Poole depending on where they live, but head for the A35 which snakes around the north side of the town between Dorchester and Bournemouth. At the roundabout that intersects the A35 with the A349 and the A3049 take the turning into Fleets Lane, heading south towards Poole town centre, going past B&Q on your right.

After half a mile, take the fourth left turn into Palmer Road, then take the first right into School Lane. Go through the school gates where you can park on match days. The pitch is on your right hand side as you enter the school car park.

By Rail: If you are travelling by rail, turn right out of Poole railway station, with Holes Bay in front of you and walk up Holes Bay Road. Take an immediate right turn into Sterte Road and walk up here, in parallel with the railway track, eventually crossing the railway. Shortly after you cross the railway, take a left turn into Stanley Green Road, then a second right into Palmer Road. Then turn right into School Lane.

Link: Ticketing For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Team News For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town.


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5 July 2013 : Shrimpers Set Cup Date
Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round opponents Southend United have now set a date for the match at Roots Hall. As expected, the tie will be played on Tuesday 6th August, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Competition rules mean that the tie will be played to a conclusion on the night, with extra time and penalties to settle matters, if required.

For admission prices, follow the article links below.

Link: Ticketing For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Exeter City.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.


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5 July 2013 : Nyatanga and Ferry Confirmed In Travelling Squad
Yeovil Town will include former Bristol City defender, and ex-Swindon Town midfielder Simon Ferry in their first team squad that travels to Poole Town tomorrow. As covered on these pages in the last couple of days, both players have been strongly linked with the pair of players who were both released by their former clubs at the end of last season. For full profiles of the pair, see the earlier articles below.

The Glovers will take a near full strength side to Tatnam Farm for their first pre-season friendly, with only left-backs Jamie McAllister and Nathan Ralph missing from the squad - both have slight injury problems at present. We'd expect most players to be given 45-60 minutes each in what is likely to be a hot day in South Dorset. A third trialist included is Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, however there is no place for Dorchester Town striker Kieffer Moore, with the Magpies obviously able to dictate when he is allowed to be involved as one of their contracted players.

The club have named the travelling squad as follows:

Yeovil Town: Marek Stech, Gareth Stewart, Luke Ayling, Byron Webster, Lewin Nyatanga, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Joel Grant, Simon Ferry, Ed Upson, Sam Foley, Paddy Madden, James Hayter, Sam Hoskins, Kevin Dawson, Joe Edwards, Lewis Young, Joe Jones.

Link: 04/07/2013 : Glovers Linked With Former Bristol City Defender

Link: 03/07/2013 : Ferry Sailing In On Trial?


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4 July 2013 : Glovers Linked With Former Bristol City Defender
Not just one Sky Sports rumour for tonight, but two Sky Sports rumours. They are claiming that the Glovers are the leading club connected with free agent Lewin Nyatanga, who last week turned down the offer of a new contract with relegated League One side Bristol City. The 24 year old was signed by manager Gary Johnson during his spell at Ashton Gate, and Sky are reporting that the Glovers are in prime position to take advantage of City's drop into the third tier.

Born in Burton-upon-Trent on August 18th 1988, he is a full Welsh international, with 34 caps for the senior side, as well as others for their Under-17 and Under-21 level. He started his career with Derby County, by moving through their academy system and turning professional in the summer of 2005. During his time with the Rams, he also had a loan spell with Sunderland (11 appearances) and three with Barnsley (53 appearances, two goals), ultimately going on to make 76 appearances, scoring four goals for what was his local side.

Gary Johnson took him to Bristol City in the summer of 2009, where he signed the four year deal that has just run out. There he made 110 appearances across four seasons, briefly teaming up with Johnson at Peterborough United in a three games loan spell in November 2010.

He has chosen to play for Wales because of his Welsh mother, despite being born in England, and having a Zimbabwean father. He generally plays as a central defender, standing at 6'2" tall, although can also deputise in the left-back slot.

As with the earlier news concerning Marcos Painter, there are no sources or quotes offered up here by Sky in connection with the reports.


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4 July 2013 : Glovers Linked With Former Seagulls Full-Back
Yeovil Town are being connected with a move for free agent Marcos Painter. The left-back is out of contract after leaving Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of last season and the Sky Sports website is claiming that the Glovers are attempting to bid for the 26 year old, who also has experience with Birmingham City, Swansea City and AFC Bournemouth. As usual, Sky don't offer up any quotes or sources, making the player's agent the most likely person to have given them the news, given the site's track record.

Painter was born in Solihull, Birmingham on August 17th 1986 and began his career on the books of Birmingham City initially as part of their Academy system, but eventually via a professional deal in the summer of 2005, making his first team debut in a League Cup competition a couple of months later.

He was only to make a total of 11 appearances for his home town club though, with a 2006-07 season loan with Swansea City being turned into a permanent move in January 2007, where he would have rubbed shoulders with Glovers first team coach Darren Way. He spent three and a half years in South Wales, making 79 appearances before Brighton and Hove Albion came calling in January 2010, again initially as a loan spell.

He penned a two year contract with Brighton in July 2010, which eventually became three, as he clocked up exactly 100 apperances for the Seagulls. He briefly joined AFC Bournemouth on loan in February 2013, but after just two appearances, an injury crisis saw him recalled by Albion, and he finished the season there before being released.

He is a former Republic of Ireland Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 international, who generally plays as a left-back, but did appear higher up the flank during his earlier days.

Sky sometimes get it right, and sometimes get it wrong. Yesterday, they linked the Glovers with Rochdale midfielder Jason Kennedy, who had turned down a new contract at Spotland. But by the time they'd uploaded their article, he'd already signed for League One newcomers Bradford City.


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4 July 2013 : Swansea City Friendly Confirmed
Yeovil Town's plans to take on Premier League side Swansea City in a pre-season friendly can now be confirmed. The Glovers had the fixture on the cards over a week ago, but up until now the game hasn't been firmly cast in stone.

It is now confirmed to take place, as expected, on Friday 19th July at Huish Park. We'd expect a normal kick-off time of 7.45p.m. Ticketing information will follow in due course.


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4 July 2013 : Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Torquay United is now available. The match takes place at Plainmoor on Tuesday 16th July, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. Admission prices have been set as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s and Students with NUS Cards: £5.00; Under-18s £1.00.

Unless the club's plans for a Portugal Training Camp extend to a formalised friendly match, this game will be the club's second pre-season friendly as things currently stand, with the first due to take place this coming Saturday against Poole Town. For all the other games, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Exeter City.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.


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4 July 2013 : Away Travel Club Plans For Millwall vs Yeovil Town
The Away Travel Club will be running transport to Millwall early next month. This will be Yeovil Town's first ever game at Championship level, and will take place on Saturday 3rd August. They will be leaving from the away end at Huish Park at 10.00a.m. Cost to all supporters will be £20.00. To book your place either call Roger Brimble on 07541132671 or Mark Kelly on 07939618275.

Match ticketing information for this game will be available in due course.

Link: Ticketing For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.


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3 July 2013 : Ferry Sailing In On Trial?
Yeovil Town appear to be giving a trial to former Swindon Town midfielder Simon Ferry. The 25 year old, who was a product of Celtic's youth system, was released by the Wiltshire side at the end of the 2012-13 season, despite them having an option within Ferry's contract on the club's side to extend his deal by another season.

The sticking point appears to have been the wages that Ferry would have been entitled to if Swindon had exercised that option. The Swindon Advertiser said at the time of his release that they believed he would be entitled to a weekly salary of £2,800 - a rise on his previous wages at a time when the Robins were trying to make financial savings based on their previous board's heavy spending that had seen them put under a transfer embargo by the Football League last season. With the new board looking to run the club under more orthodox financing, Ferry appears to have been one of those culled.

His connection with Yeovil Town has come through Twitter messages exchanged between himself and a Yeovil Town player suggesting that they had been training together today, and would be doing so again tomorrow. The club have heavily cut down on the number of trialists that were present on the first day of training last week, but there is of course nothing to stop manager Gary Johnson bringing in new trialists as and when he needs to.

Ferry's entire professional first team experience has come with Swindon Town. Although he was brought through Celtics youth team ranks, and was put on a four and a half year contract in Scotland, he only got as far as their Reserves, before being taken on loan by Swindon for the 2009-10 season. That was turned into a permanent deal the following summer and the end result was 175 appearances across four years, scoring nine goals in the process.

Obviously we'll find out in due course what Ferry's connection is with the club - he may of course be using them to stay fit - but on the other hand given that he is a free agent with some kind of property in the Wiltshire area, playing for one of last season's League One Play-Off rivals, it would fit some of the criteria needed for the club to improve its squad in the Championship.


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3 July 2013 : Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round tie against Southend United is now available. As yet the clubs haven't explicitly set a date for this fixture, although it is almost certain to take place at Roots Hall on Tuesday 6th August 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-16s: £3.00.

Yeovil Town fans are housed in the North Stand at Roots Hall, which is a seated covered stand situated behind one of the goals.

NOTE: Tickets for this match are not yet on sale at the Huish Park Ticket Office, so don't try to buy any until further notice.


Link: Ticketing For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town v Exeter City.


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3 July 2013 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's home pre-season friendly against Exeter City has been published by the club. The match takes place on Tuesday 23rd July at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-16s: £2.00

Prices are flat across the ground and there is no matchday surcharge in place for this fixture.

NOTE: At present this is the club's only firmly committed home pre-season friendly. Theoretically there is a fixture against Swansea City lined up for on or around Friday 19th July, but as yet this game has not been finalised.

A reminder that Yeovil Town kick-off their pre-season this coming Saturday against Poole Town. For details on that, see the earlier article below.

Link: Ticketing For Poole Town vs Yeovil Town.


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3 July 2013 : Sky Choose More Televised Matches
The Football League have published another set of televised fixtures involving their member clubs, as part of the first half of the 2013-14 season. Whilst their initial selection took us through to August 17th, in particular focussing upon those clubs who had some kind of historic relevance to the League's 125th Anniversary, this selection now takes us through into some November matches.

Fri 02/08/2013 : 19:45 : Sheffield United vs Notts County (League One, Sky Sports)
Sat 03/08/2013 : 12:15 : Burnley vs Bolton Wanderers (Championship, Sky Sports)
Sun 04/08/2013 : 16:00 : Derby County vs Blackburn Rovers (Championship, Sky Sports)
Mon 05/08/2013 : 19:45 : Preston North End vs Blackpool (League Cup, Sky Sports)
Tue 06/08/2013 : 19:45 : Morecambe vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (League Cup, Sky Sports)
Sat 10/08/2013 : 12:15 : Accrington Stanley vs Portsmouth (League Two, Sky Sports)
Sun 11/08/2013 : 16:30 : Leicester City vs Leeds United (Championship, Sky Sports)
Sat 17/08/2013 : 12:15 : Leeds United vs Sheffield Wednesday (Championship, Sky Sports)
Fri 23/08/2013 : 19:45 : Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Crawley Town (League One, Sky Sports)
Sat 24/08/2013 : 12:15 : Bolton Wanderers vs Queens Park Rangers (Championship, Sky Sports)
Sat 31/08/2013 : 12:15 : Leeds United vs Queens Park Rangers (Championship, Sky Sports)

Mon 09/09/2013 : 19:45 : Preston North End vs Oldham Athletic (League One, Sky Sports)
Sat 21/09/2013 : 12:15 : Charlton Athletic vs Millwall (Championship, Sky Sports)
sat 28/09/2013 : 12:15 : Nottingham Forest vs Derby County (Championship, Sky Sports)

Sat 02/11/2013 : 12:15 : Watford vs Leicester City (Championship, Sky Sports)
Sat 09/11/2013 : 12:15 : Reading vs Queens Park Rangers (Championship, Sky Sports)
Sat 23/11/2013 : 12:15 : Sheffield Wednesday vs Huddersfield Town (Championship, Sky Sports)
Sat 30/11/2013 : 12:15 : AFC Bournemouth vs Brighton and Hove Albion (Championship, Sky Sports)

Adding up the above list shows where the majority of televised matches are going, with Queens Park Rangers (3) and Leeds United (3) the darlings of Sky Sports. Other clubs to be included from the Championship include Bolton Wanderers (2), Derby County (2), Leicester City (2), Sheffield Wednesday (2), Blackburn Rovers (1), Blackpool (1), Burnley (1), Charlton Athletic (1), Millwall (1), Nottingham Forest (1), Watford (1), Reading (1), Huddersfield Town (1), AFC Bournemouth (1) and Brighton and Hove Albion (1).

The clubs who Sky Sports have yet to consider for a live match in the Championship are Barnsley, Birmingham City, Doncaster Rovers, Ipswich Town, Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic and Yeovil Town.


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3 July 2013 : Burn Completes St Andrews Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Dan Burn has completed his move to Birmingham City on loan. He will be at St Andrews for the whole of the 2013-14 season thus ending any hopes that the Glovers might have had of getting him back to Huish Park.

In addition, Fulham have given Burn a contract at Craven Cottage that will run until June 30th 2015, rewarding him for his progress over the past 12 months as he became a regular in Yeovil Town's League One side, including scoring the club's second goal in the League One Play-Off Final. Dan has told Fulham's website of his new deal:

"I was really excited to sign a new deal. I had a season on loan last season and was hoping that a new contract would come in the summer as my target is still to play in the Barclays Premier League with Fulham, which gives me a couple more years to achieve that aim."

Dan has also explained that part of his willingness to sign for Birmingham came down to their manager Lee Clark, who is a former Newcastle United player. With the 21 year old hailing originally from Blyth, he indicates that was a big influence, having seen him as a player at St James Park:

"Lee was a big factor as he used to play for Newcastle United as well and I used to watch him play with my dad. I spoke to him and he sounded really confident with what he wants to do - he wants to build a young team that is hungry for success and will work hard for each other. Fulham wanted me to progress and learn from different coaches and different players, so it will be a great experience."


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3 July 2013 : Three More Trialists Shown The Door
Three more trialists have been culled from the ranks, as Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson continues to consider which of those training with the club are worthy of a contract. Yesterday, left-back Ryan Dickson was found to have moved on to a trial with League Two side Plymouth Argyle. The Western Gazette indicate that Johnson had decided not to offer him a deal, and has also shown the door to former Coventry City and Hibernian midfielder Gary Deegan, ex-Dundee defender Davide Grassi and former Sheffield United and Scunthorpe United striker Jordan Robertson.

That just leaves one definite trialist ... and one possible trialist left on the club's books. The current situation regarding Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi isn't clear. However, striker Kieffer Moore is still training with the club and so despite being on Dorchester Town's books until the summer of 2014 is still under consideration for a more permanent stay in Somerset.


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2 July 2013 : Starnes Given Pilgrims Boardroom Role
Further to our earlier news concerning Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, a statement from the Plymouth Argyle end reveals that he will take on additional responsibilities at Home Park. Whilst his position with the Glovers was that of a paid employee, he will be taking up a position on the Board of Plymouth Argyle in his new role.

In practice, Mr Starnes held a non-board title of Associate Director at Huish Park, and as the club's CEO would have attended most board meetings. However, his new role at Plymouth will extend that responsibility further, joining a club that has been owned by James Brent, since he brought them out of administration in October 2011.

Brent has said that his club's plans to knock down and replace the Mayflower Stand at Home Park, as part of a £50 million development that will include a hotel and a cinema, will provide his club with new revenue opportunities which he suggests that Starnes will be able to exploit:

"Martyn brings years of experience in running football clubs and has demonstrated that, even for a club which has a much smaller fanbase than Argyle, financial prudence can be combined with league success. We are confident that Martyn will leverage the additional revenues anticipated from the new grandstand to support John Sheridan in moving Argyle back up the Football League. It is a measure of Martyn's confidence in Argyle that he has decided to join us from a newly promoted Championship club."

The Plymouth Herald indicate Starnes will be formally unveiled at their club on Monday, providing them with their first CEO since 2009.


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2 July 2013 : Chief Executive Quits Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town's Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has left the club. He had been the club's CEO for five and a half years, after arriving in December 2007 from Swindon Town, where he had held a similar post. He has taken up the same position with League Two side Plymouth Argyle and will exit Huish Park at the end of this week, taking up his new position at Home Park on July 8th.

At present it's not clear who will assume that position in his absence. Prior to his arrival at Huish Park, Chairman John Fry had acted as both Chairman and Chief Executive positions, but had split the role with the aim of allowing Mr Fry to concentrate on the long term strategic development of the Huish Park Stadium, whilst Mr Starnes concentrated on the day-to-day running of the club. Speaking at the time of the split, Fry said that the benefit would be that the creation of a separate Chief Executive role would allow him to concentrate exclusively upon "the facilities ... the infrastructure, the training grounds, the young player development and ... particularly the stadium development."

Given that the club's recent rise into the Championship division puts a sharp focus upon the club's need to develop the stadium, and the fixed deadlines involved, the club will no doubt need to consider the pressures that will create upon such projects and whether a club at that level can perform its duties with a 'dual role' figurehead in charge of both aspects.

Martyn appears to have left of his own accord, telling the Western Gazette that this was a career-led decision: "There comes a point in time when you have to make decisions Ė often tough ones Ė about your future career".

We naturally wish him well at Home Park, where the number of former Glovers on their books appears to rise on a day-by-day basis.


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2 July 2013 : Deegan Talks About Glovers Trial
Yeovil Town trialist Gary Deegan has given some of his background to his current trial at Huish Park, as he looks to earn a contract, having been released by Scottish Premier League side Hibernian at the end of last season. The 25 year old was one of six trialists (now five with Ryan Dickson having left) brought in for pre-season, and is a 5'9" tall midfielder, who has had two years Championship experience with Coventry City.

Having been released by the Edinburgh club, after just one season in Scotland, he is back in England hoping to catch Gary Johnson's eye. He has told the Irish Sun that he feels fully fit but needs a good pre-season period to properly build himself up, after a disruptive couple of years:

"Iím just here training at the minute. I havenít had a proper pre-season for the last few years but Iím injury-free and want to get my fitness up. I donít know if there will be an offer here. At the moment, weíre mainly doing running to get fit so I canít exactly make an impression as a player during that. But Iíll probably sit down with the manager over the next while to see if he wants to keep me on. Ideally, I want to get sorted somewhere sooner rather than later, especially as the season kicks off early."

As a Dublin-born player, who started his career at Shelbourne and later went on to play for Bohemians, the odds on him knowing one of Paddy Madden or Kevin Dawson immediately went up. And it turns out that it's Paddy that he is the most familiar with, having even gone to school with him. Gary has already picked up on Yeovil's 'Jedward' pairing being close friends:

"Theyíre like the lads in the film Stuck on You because it seems like theyíre joined at the hip! But itís great to have some familiar faces around. I went to primary and secondary school with Paddy and know Kevin through him."

Deegan's time at Easter Road was disrupted badly when he was the victim of an unprovoked street attack in Edinburgh that left him with a broken jaw, and unable to eat anything other than soup through a straw for five weeks, let alone properly train. As a result, he struggled to get back into Hibernian's side. He admits that was a set-back, but is trying to look forward to the next step in his career:

"Itís a tough game. You canít show any weakness and I wouldnít say my confidence was knocked by it. I dealt with it, Iíve had to deal with lots of things in my career and that was just a little hiccup. I got over it and I just want to get on with things."


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2 July 2013 : Dickson Trial Heads West
One of Yeovil Town's trialists appears to have moved on to pastures new. Left-back Ryan Dickson, who was the best known of the six trialists named last week, is reported by a Plymouth Herald journalist as training this morning with League Two side Plymouth Argyle.

Dickson is Saltash-born, just on the other side of the Tamar Bridge, and so Argyle are pretty much his hometown club. He originally came through their Youth ranks, turning professional with them in 2004 and going on to be on their books for four years, albeit without regularly breaking into their first team. As a free agent, the 26 year old is able to choose his own destination, and would undoubtedly find the Pilgrims attractive from a location point of view.

Meanwhile, as far as striker Kieffer Moore is concerned, there were reports on Saturday from his Dorchester Town boss that he was heading on trial at Charlton Athletic. That situation is confused now by Moore himself indicating on Twitter last night that he was still training with the Glovers - although a slightly cryptic tweet implied that he had a career or life decision that he needed to make shortly.


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1 July 2013 : Season Ticket Cards
It's July 1st and just over one month away from when the 2013-14 season starts, and we've seen our first sign of the new Yeovil Town season ticket cards. As yet, the club haven't started posting them out to supporters, but have got them printed up, meaning that one lucky punter picked theirs up in person today whilst they were passing through the Huish Park Ticket Office. Hence if you have applied for a Season Ticket, you can expect them to start to appear in the post over the next week or two.

Below is what the new cards look like (with the name and Ticket Office Customer Reference Number erased from this photo) - as usual they are credit card sized, meaning that they can live in your wallet for most of the time. The number on the card just below your name will be the number you quote for ordering cup tickets, away tickets etc over the phone.

The 2013-14 Season Ticket Cards
The 2013-14 Season Ticket Cards - Ready For Distribution Soon.
Original Photo by Jamie Lock.



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1 July 2013 : Extended Interview With Gary Johnson
On Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was a guest in the Sky Sports News studio. Speaking about his own club's pre-season plans, his relationship with other family members who are involved at rival football clubs, and his own personal ambitions, Gary was interviews in a multi-part chat. This rather lengthy conversation can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The Sky Sports News Team During Pre-Season.


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1 July 2013 : Burn's Former Boss Expects St Andrews Move
Swindon Town's assistant manager Mark Cooper has given his views on Championship side Birmingham City's plans to sign Dan Burn on loan. Cooper used to be Burn's boss at Darlington before he completed an April 2011 move to Premier League side Fulham. Having kept track of the former Yeovil Town loanee's career path since then, Cooper appears to have been told that the 21 year old is on his way to St Andrews.

Birmingham are expected to seal season-long loan deals for Burn and Swansea City centre-back Kyle Bartley to cover them for summer departures within their squad, and Cooper has told the Birmingham Mail that he expects the player to succeed in his new surroundings:

"He wonít be fazed by it, not at all. Heís a great character, from a real nice family and heís a young lad willing to listen, learn and improve. And the main thing is that he has got the attributes to handle the Championship and do well. Dan has a very calm manner for his age, heís got a really good left foot and heís good in the air, which he should be for someone his size. Every time I have seen him he has gone from strength to strength and I can understand why (Birmingham City manager) Lee Clark is signing him. I think they (Fulham) have pitched it about right loaning him last season, and now allowing him to go to Birmingham, and Iím sure he will be fine moving up a level again."

Cooper has said that he watched Yeovil Town's League One Play-Off Final win over Brentford at Wembley Stadium, where Burn headed home the second Glovers goal, but he added that he was particularly impressed with how the Blyth-born player handled the final minutes of that game:

"In that final he showed he can handle the big occasion. When Brentford sent everyone up in the last few minutes he was heading it away, making clearances Ė he was really dominant."

The expectation is that Burn and Bartley will be named as Birmingham players later this week. Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that the door was still open for the defender to change his mind, but that he was realistic enough to know what his chances were, and is believed to have plans to sign up two defenders in the near future, having also seen Richard Hinds leave the club over the summer.


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