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31 July 2014 : Gary Is 'Fed Up' With Friendlies
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that he is getting to the stage where he's a bit fed up with friendlies, and would rather move on to playing matches with a competitive edge. The Glovers have now completed seven of their nine pre-season matches, with just two more away games to come, and last night travelled to play Plymouth Argyle.

Despite the 2-1 win at Home Park, with goals from Liam Davis and Sam Hoskins, Gary wasn't particularly impressed with the performance, suggesting that player fitness and the victory were the only two real positives on the night. Outside that, he felt the performance was lacklustre, and felt his players were a little bit too aware that they were playing matches where the end result didn't really matter:

"I just can't wait for the three points now. I'm getting fed up with playing for nothing because at the minute the boys look like they're playing for nothing. I think we need to now start playing for something, and three points was what was needed. I'm hoping that might give us the edge that we haven't quite got yet."

Johnson hopes his team will show a response in the final two matches against Truro City and Dorchester Town, who will both play in the Southern League Premier division during the 2014-15 season. The Glovers boss wants to see his side play a bit more, particularly in the attacking third of the pitch:

"I've asked them to take responsibility themselves to make sure that we're competing, and making sure that everybody is working on their game, and that they're talking about the game and living the game. I want us to create more chances than what we're creating at the moment for ourselves."

The match against Truro takes place at Treyew Road on Saturday at 3.00p.m. followed by Monday evening's trip to Dorchester's Avenue Stadium, which has a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

Link: Ticketing For Truro City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town.


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31 July 2014 : All Bets Are Off For Football Clubs
Back in May 2014, the Football Association rubberstamped proposals that would introduce a blanket ban on football-relating betting for 'participants' in the game. Ahead of that ban, which comes into play tomorrow, the Professional Footballers' Association have given their members advice on what those changes mean, in an attempt to educate their members, rather than have them fall foul of the new rules.

Whilst the media emphasis has been upon players being banned from placing bets, the PFA said that when this rule was under discussion they felt that it had to encompass all parties who may have privileged information relation to football matches, and so they stress that the ban relates to "all participants in the game such as managers, coaches, physiotherapists, directors and owners". The FA define the term 'participant' within their general rules to include these and other parties.

The ban itself relates to all on-the-field and off-the-field betting (including managerial appointments, player transfers etc) and to all footballing competitions across the world. The rules also cover the divulging of 'inside information' which might be then used to place a bet - e.g. if a third party were to make use of such information. PFA Assistant Chief Executive warns that this could extend to the use of social media, and urges players and other parties to be cautious:

"Members have to be careful about what they say when releasing what could be confidential information, whether by social media or just verbally to friends and family, which could then be used by someone to place a bet. I know this might sound overly cautious but players need to think is this information public knowledge? Is it available to most people already? Might this knowledge be used by someone to have a bet."

Barker also warns that the new rules prevent players from endorsing football-related betting products, adding: "individual players cannot advertise or promote any company who offer football betting" - there could be a fine line there given that the Football League are sponsored by SkyBet - the PFA indicate that they will provide further guidance to players where there appears to be a grey area.

Finally, and this should barely need saying, the PFA warn that these rules should not be seen as replacing other existing rules concerning matters such as match fixing, where players may be encouraged to influence either the outcome of a game or certain events within a game, such as a booking or a corner. Barker stresses that there is an existing obligation amongst players to step forward as early as possible if they feel they have been asked to be involved in such a situation:

"If you have been approached by anybody wanting you to breach the rules, you must notify the governing body (the FA). We encourage members to speak to the PFA or to a staff member at the club that you trust. You need to tell someone and can't afford to keep an approach to yourself. Ultimately you have to report any approach to the FA not to be in breach of their rules but the main thing for the PFA is that players protect themselves by reporting it to someone and if you are not sure of what to do then you can speak to us in confidence."

The rules apply to all participants in the game at Premier League, Football League and Football Conference levels, as well as the top two divisions in each of the Northern, Southern and Isthmian leagues. The ban will commence at midnight tonight.


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30 July 2014 : Gillett To Return Ahead Of Cornish Camp
Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Simon Gillett appears to have had second thoughts in terms of his future plans. The 28 year old has missed the last two pre-season friendlies with the club, with the implication being that his time at Huish Park had ended, with manager Gary Johnson indicating that wage levels were proving to be a stalling point in discussion between the two parties.

Tonight, following the 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle, Johnson has indicated that Gillett will be travelling down to Cornwall to link up with the club's mini-training camp that will see them spend three days in the county ahead of Saturday's match against Truro City. The implication is that his return is now with a view to signing for the club.

Gillett played in the pre-season friendlies against Reading and Bristol Rovers, but to our knowledge has not featured for any other club since his mini-hiatus.


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30 July 2014 : Argyle 1 Yeovil 2 : Hoskins Deflection Seals Yeovil Win
Yeovil Town picked up an away win against League Two side Plymouth Argyle tonight at Home Park, albeit in a match in which they were not at their most convincing. Former Glover Reuben Reid threatened to write the headlines when he opened the scoring for the Pilgrims early on. However an excellent 20 yard strike from Liam Davis levelled the scoring before the break, with the winning goal being settled in rather fortuitous fashion as Sam Hoskins produced a long range attempt that deflected off an Argyle player and into the back of the net.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to the 'first choice' eleven that had been used on Sunday against Cardiff City. Chris Weale, Seth Nana Twumasi, Liam Davis and James Hayter all got the chance to show what they could do, with all of the men they displaced sitting on the bench for the start of the match. James Berrett (thigh) and Joel Grant (foot) remained absent but Ben Nugent was fit enough to be restored to the teamsheet again.

Argyle striker Reuben Reid had a fine 2013-14 season whilst at Home Park as what was technically a loan agreement with Yeovil Town, but in practice was one in which he had already left Huish Park in terms of his involvement with the club. He made that move permanent in the summer, and reminded his old club what he could do in the 10th minute of the game, as Aaron Martin's challenge inside the box was evaded, and Reid took advantage by netting the opening goal.

Yeovil were less than fluent but managed to get an equalising goal just short of the half hour mark, after they broke up an Argyle attack, and launched a counter-attack. Liam Davis, who was operating in a left-wing position curled in a 20 yard shot that surprised the home side, who had played the better football up until that point. Yeovil's strength was to burst out of their own half quickly though, but when they were put under pressure the back four looked less certain of their bearings.

The second half saw Yeovil make far more substitutions than they had made on Sunday, in a 45 minute period that generally lacked quality and chances. Ben Nugent got his chance for 30 minutes worth of leg stretching, whilst a few of Sunday's team were restored back to the line-up as Brendan Moloney, Sam Hoskins and AJ Leitch-Smith were introduced in like-for-like positional swaps, suggesting the changes were made very much with team shape in mind.

With less than ten minutes left, Reuben Reid was one of two Plymouth Argyle substitutes that were withdrawn - Ollie Norburn also got a rest, with Pilgrims youngsters River Allen and Tyler Harvey replacing them. Unfortunately for Allen his first touch was an unlucky one as Glovers substitute Sam Hoskins hit a long range shot that came off the Argyle player's leg and ensuring a big enough deflection to leave Luke McCormick flat-footed and to put Yeovil 2-1 up, and that was good enough to be the winning goal on the night.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Reuben Reid (1-0, 10 mins), Liam Davis (1-1, 28 mins), Sam Hoskins (1-2, 82 mins).

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale,
2. Seth Nana Twumasi, 5. Jakub Sokolik, 6. Aaron Martin, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 4. Joe Edwards (Capt), 8. Sam Foley, 11. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter, 10. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Nathan Ralph (75 mins for Nathan Smith), 14. Ben Nugent (60 mins for Jakub Sokolik), 15. Matteo Lanzoni, 16. Calvin Brooks, 17. AJ Leitch-Smith (60 mins for James Hayter), 18. Brendan Moloney (75 mins for Seth Nana Twumasi), 19. Sam Hoskins (75 mins for Kevin Dawson).

Plymouth Argyle:
23. Luke McCormick 2. Kelvin Mellor 4. Lee Cox 5. Curtis Nelson 6. Peter Hartley 7. Lewis Alessandra 8. Jason Banton 9. Reuben Reid 10. Marvin Morgan 16. Carl McHugh 20. Ollie Norburn.

Substitutes:
1. James Bittner (GK) 3. Ben Purrington (67 mins for Marvin Morgan) 13. Aaron Bentley 14. Tyler Harvey (81 mins for Reuben Reid) 17. River Allen (81 mins for Ollie Norburn) 19. Nathan Thomas (52 mins for Jason Banton).

Referee: Lee Swabey. Assistants: Adam Hopkins and Andy Quin.

Attendance: 1,735 (including 82 Yeovil Town supporters).


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30 July 2014 : Team News For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have announced their starting line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle. There are four changes to the line-up that started the fixture against Cardiff City on Sunday, with Chris Weale taking over between the sticks for the match at Home Park.

In the right-back slot, Seth Nana Twumasi is used instead of Brendan Moloney. On the left-wing, Liam Davis gets a chance to impress ahead of Sam Hoskins, whilst up front James Hayter is the other change as he replaces AJ Leitch-Smith.

All four displaced players are on the bench, suggesting a lot of this is about squad rotation and giving certain other players close to 90 minutes worth of football. The one significant name on the bench is Ben Nugent who has recovered from his ankle problem, but James Berrett (thigh) and Joel Grant (foot) remain absent. There are no trialists in tonight's squad at all.

The teams is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale,
2. Seth Nana Twumasi, 5. Jakub Sokolik, 6. Aaron Martin, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 4. Joe Edwards (Capt), 8. Sam Foley, 11. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter, 10. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Nathan Ralph, 14. Ben Nugent, 15. Matteo Lanzoni, 16. Calvin Brooks, 17. AJ Leitch-Smith, 18. Brendan Moloney, 19. Sam Hoskins.

Plymouth Argyle:
23. Luke McCormick 2. Kelvin Mellor 4. Lee Cox 5. Curtis Nelson 6. Peter Hatley 7. Lewis Alessandra 8. Jason Banton 9. Reuben Reid 10. Marvin Morgan 16. Carl McHugh 20. Ollie Norburn.

Substitutes:
1. James Bittner (GK) 3. Ben Purrington 13. Aaron Bentley 14. Tyler Harvey 17. River Allen 19. Nathan Thomas.

Referee: Lee Swabey. Assistants: Adam Hopkins and Andy Quin.


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30 July 2014 : Vanishing Spray To Get JPT Trial
The Football League is to introduce of 'Vanishing Spray' into the Football League Trophy for the 2014-15 season. If you watched the 2014 World Cup that was recently staged in Brazil, you'll already know how it works - the match referee carries an aerosol can which sprays a foam-like substance that can allow them to mark out the line for a defensive wall to stand behind, as well as an arc in which a free kick must be taken. Any infringements can therefore be quickly spotted by the officials, rather than them having to deal with the constant creep of walls quietly shuffling forward.

The spray will only be made available in that one competition, with the Football League itself, and the Football League Cup not making usage of it at this stage. The implication is that they will be using the competition as a trial, with a view to introducing it in a complete form for the following season if they receive positive feedback. The vanishing spray will also be used in the Premier League for the 2014-15 season, although as yet the Football Association has not suggested that it will be used in any of its own cup competitions.

The general vibes are that both the Premier League and the Football League have been influenced by its usage in the World Cup, having already been in common usage in South American leagues. The top flight division will jump in immediately, whilst Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has said that they plan a slightly more cautious approach:

"Having seen it used in the recent World Cup, the introduction of Vanishing Spray into the Johnstone's Paint Trophy will give us the opportunity to observe its use in domestic football so that we can better understand its effect on the flow of the game. It will also give us the ability to gauge the opinions of players, managers, referees and fans."

Outside England, there are also plans for the Champions League, Europa League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 to introduce it for the forthcoming season's competitions.


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30 July 2014 : Football League Trophy Regionalised Groups Published
After a year away from the competition, Yeovil Town will return to compete in the Football League Trophy for the 2014-15 season. Sponsored by Johnstone's Paint, as has been previously the case, the First Round draw is heavily regionalised, with the Glovers guaranteed to face one of seven other clubs that will be drawn from the Southern Section - West section. The list of groups are as follows:

Southern Section - West
Cheltenham Town, Coventry City, Newport County, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Swindon Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town

Southern Section - East
AFC Wimbledon, Cambridge United, Crawley Town, Gillingham, Leyton Orient, Peterborough United, Southend United, Stevenage

Northern Section - West
Accrington Stanley, Carlisle United, Crewe Alexandra, Fleetwood Town, Morecambe, Preston North End, Rochdale, Shrewsbury Town

Northern Section - East
Barnsley, Bradford City, Chesterfield, Mansfield Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic, Scunthorpe United, York City

There are also a number of clubs that will receive byes at the First Round stage and will enter at the Second Round stage when the pairs of East and West sections will be merged into consolidated Northern Sections and Southern Sections. The following teams will join the First Round winners:

Northern Section
Bury, Port Vale, Tranmere Rovers, Walsall, Burton Albion, Doncaster Rovers, Hartlepool United, Sheffield United

Southern Section
Bristol City, Exeter City, Northampton Town, Plymouth Argyle, Colchester United, Dagenham & Redbridge, Luton Town, Milton Keynes Dons

The draw for the First Round will be made on Saturday 16th August. In recent seasons this has been done live on Soccer AM although this year the Football League do not mention them in any shape or form.


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30 July 2014 : Morgan Lands Dale Trial
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan is on trial with fellow League One side Rochdale. The former Liverpool academy graduate played a full 90 minutes for The Dale in a pre-season friendly against Macclesfield Town that was staged at Macclesfield's Moss Rose ground.

Rochdale won the match thanks to goals from Rhys Bennett and Callum Camps, whilst their line-up also included former Glovers left-back Michael Rose. Morgan has already been told he doesn't have a future at Huish Park, with today's publishing of the 2014-15 First Team Squad Numbers leaving him entirely off the list of players, and so he is not expected to feature for the Glovers at any stage during the season.

He had suffered a foot injury whilst on trial with League One side Chesterfield earlier this month, which ended his trial with the Spireites. However, on Sunday he indicated via his Twitter account that he was back to full fitness, saying:

"Feeling good and feel fit. Hopefully things start falling into place and I can get a smile back on my face and score some goals!"

At present there's no views from the Rochdale management team as to how they see Morgan's trial as leading. The Greater Manchester club were promoted from League Two at the end of last season, and so will be looking to strengthen their squad in their return to third tier football.


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30 July 2014 : Glovers Set 2014-15 First Team Squad Numbers
Yeovil Town's squad numbers for the 2014-15 season have been finalised. With a large number of new signings in place, seven of those players take the coveted "1 to 11" shirts, with only Joe Edwards, Kevin Dawson, Sam Foley and James Hayter retained from last season within those shirt ranges.

There are a couple of players who have changed shirt numbers from last season. Sam Foley has changed his No.10 shirt for a No.11. Goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart will now wear No.22 after previously using the No.12 shirt. Seth Nana Twumasi takes over the No.15 shirt having previously used No.26. Winger Joel Grant has moved from No.23 to No.17. Finally Liam Davis will use the No.19 shirt having used No.21 last season.

There are a few other additional things to note. Left-back Nathan Ralph retains his squad number, despite being out of contract at present, having missed the whole of last season through injury. Meanwhile non-contract defender Calvin Brooks is given a shirt number despite no indication that he has been offered a deal with the club. However, striker Adam Morgan is removed entirely from the squad list, despite still being under contract at the club - a strong indication of where his future (doesn't) lie.

All of the shirt numbers can be viewed on this site's Player Profile section via the link below. We've left Adam Morgan on the profile list for completion purposes only.

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Player Profiles.


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30 July 2014 : Directions For The Plymouth Argyle Friendly
Tonight sees Yeovil Town travel to Home Park for a pre-season friendly against League Two side Plymouth Argyle. The match, which kicks off at 7.45p.m. will see them come up against former striker Reuben Reid as well as midfielder Dominic Blizzard, although the latter missed the whole of pre-season so far with a thigh injury and so may not be involved. In the stands, former Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has taken on an identical role at Home Park.

For those heading to the game tonight, the following directions to the match will hopefully be of use. We'll assume that everyone heading to the game is coming from an easterly location, although if you are coming from Cornwall it's the A38/A386 junction mentioned below that you need to head for:

To get to the ground, head either via the A303 and/or M5 so that you get onto the A38 westbound at the foot of the M5. On the outskirts of Plymouth, travel on the A38 Devon Expressway until the junction with the A386, signposted "Home Park", City Centre, Ferry Port, and Tavistock. At the roundabout as you come off the A38 take the second exit A386, signposted "Plymouth Argyle Home Park" and Ferry Port. Stay on this road for approximately a mile; the stadium is on your left. The large car park immediately outside Home Park on the A386 is free on a first come, first served basis. The club car park at the rear of the ground is for permit holders only.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.


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30 July 2014 : Takyi On Trial With Wombles
Former Yeovil Town trialist Ferdinand Takyi has moved on to try his luck with League Two side AFC Wimbledon. The Ghanaian striker had featured for the Glovers in the pre-season friendlies against Basingstoke Town and Torquay United but then was allowed to pursue other options elsewhere.

The former TB Uphusen player played for a fairly experimental-looking AFC Wimbledon side last night that lost 2-1 against Isthmian League Premier Division side Canvey Island. Takyi scored Wimbledon's only goal in the 15th minute of the match, and appears to have played the full 90 minutes for them. However the home team scored twice after that opener to win the match.


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29 July 2014 : Campion Bags Hat-Trick In Bantams Trial
Former Yeovil Town trialist Achille Campion netted a hat-trick in his first pre-season friendly for Bradford City. The Frenchman was part of a Bantams eleven that was very much experimental as they put out nine trialists against Bradford Park Avenue, in a match scheduled to act as the Tom Banks Memorial Trophy fixture between the two clubs.

Campion scored twice in a minute just before the half time break, and then netted his third in the 59th minute as Bradford City (or rather their team of trialists) won the match 3-0. Unless there's a fairly significant change of plans, the Glovers are not expected to renew their interest in the 24 year old, who left South Somerset to trial for Ipswich Town, before moving on to Bradford to try his luck.


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29 July 2014 : Wages At The Heart Of Gillett's Exit
Wages, rather than footballing ability, appear to be at the heart of the decision of Yeovil Town and former Nottingham Forest midfielder Simon Gillett to part company. The 28 year old made two appearances for the club during their pre-season fixtures against Bristol Rovers and Reading but was absent for Sunday's Cardiff City match.

Speaking after that match, manager Gary Johnson said that he would be 'surprised' if any of the pre-season trialists resulted in signings being made, but that left open the question of Gillett - a player that he had talked up just five days previously.

It appears that some contractual discussions were held between club and player, but Johnson's remarks to the Western Gazette indicate that the player has instead chosen to pursue other options, with the implication that he had been expecting a higher offer than what was put on the table:

"We had a chat with him and we had a chat with his representative about what might be available and what isn’t. Some of these players have been used to pretty high wages in their time. I think he is looking at other options at this moment in time. Myself, I think he will have made his decision by now. I’m comfortable with that so it’s not a problem."

Johnson's comments don't quite close the door on Gillett, although indicate that he isn't exactly holding his breath and waiting for the phone to ring. The most likely scenario is that Gillett will be spotted trialling for another club.

Talking of players trialling for other clubs, the Gazette indicate that Johnson has no future interest in Achille Campion, despite him still being a free agent. The Frenchman is currently on trial for Bradford City and is expected to play in a pre-season friendly against Bradford Park Avenue tonight - his first time on the field of play for the Bantams.


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29 July 2014 : Glovers To Spend Time At Cornish Training Camp
One of the unusual aspects of Yeovil Town's pre-season so far has been that they have not spent any time away from Huish Park, aside from solitary away days for pre-season friendlies. A regular theme of pre-season schedules has been that they have spent time away from South Somerset on team-bonding exercises, but it had appeared that none were planned for this time around.

However, Saturday's opponents Truro City have indicated that Yeovil Town will be spending a few days down in Cornwall between tomorrow night's friendly against Plymouth Argyle and Saturday's visit to Treyew Road, and that the Conference South club will be laying on the transport for that occasion.

The Glovers will be spending time in an unspecified location in Cornwall between Wednesday and Saturday, and Truro will be sending out their own coach, named as the 'Spirit of Cornwall' (pictured below) to act as chauffeur for the club, obviously negating the need for Yeovil to take a coach down to Cornwall for three days. Truro plan to pick the Yeovil Town players up at Huish Park tomorrow morning, and to provide them with their transport for the trip to Home Park on Wednesday evening.

Truro's Spirit of Cornwall team coach.
Truro's Spirit of Cornwall team coach.
Photo © 2014 Truro City

For Saturday's fixture, Truro have indicated that their bars and turnstiles will be opening at 12.00 noon, in readiness for what will be a designated 125th Club Anniversary celebration match.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Truro City vs Yeovil Town.


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29 July 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Rehearsals For The Main Event
As we move into the final two weeks before the 2014-15 season starts, we're starting to see what the balance of our first team is likely to be during the early part of the campaign. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the pre-season so far, and whether the fitness of one player in particular may influence who lines up on the opening day of the season against Doncaster Rovers. Read that piece via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Rehearsals For The Main Event.


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28 July 2014 : Ladies Double Gives Glovers Top Half Standing
Goals from Nicola Cousins and Helen Bleazard against mid-table rivals Millwall secured Yeovil Town Ladies’ third league win of the season on Sunday. The Glovers took the lead in the 13th minute when Cousins stabbed home from close range after the Millwall defence failed to clear their lines following a Helen Bleazard free-kick.

On 21 minutes, Ellie Curson had an angled shot turned behind for a corner by Lionesses’ keeper Sarah Quantrill. Lily Agg attempted a long range effort that was saved by Howard on 34 minutes as the Lionesses looked to find an equaliser.

In the second half, Yeovil made a bright start as debutant Sarah Wiltshire was denied by a one-handed save by Quantrall in the 52nd minute. Wiltshire almost opened her account for the Glovers seven minutes later after she jinked through the Millwall defence, but was unable to find the target.

Yeovil Town Ladies in action against Millwall Lionesses during Sunday's game
Yeovil Town Ladies in action against Millwall Lionesses during Sunday's game.
Photo © 2014 Terry Fisher Photography

On 69 minutes, Yeovil keeper Howard produced a stunning one-handed save to tip a shot from Agg over the bar. The hosts doubled their lead in the 73rd minute through a sweetly struck free-kick from Helen Bleazard from the edge of the penalty area after Wiltshire had been fouled as they marked their return to WSL action with a victory.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Millwall Lionesses 0.

Yeovil Town Ladies: (4-2-3-1) Howard, Cousins, Edwards, Haigh, Kirby, Radburn-Lorton, Pearson (Sherwood 83), Curson (Stewart 85), Wiltshire, Cook (Bray 89)

Subs not used: Whitton, Tewkesbury, Cossens, Brazell,

Bookings: None.

Millwall: (4-3-3) Quantrill, Cole, Dempster (Mackie 53), Davies, Strugnell, Rutherford, Maresevic (Lamb 64), Agg, Billson, Stenning (Albert 73), Perry

Subs not used: Albert, Maple, Tuison

Bookings: Billson (87)

Referee: S. Ogles

Attendance: 182.

Yeovil Town Ladies next face Watford on Saturday 2nd August at the Jones Stadium in a 6.00p.m. kick-off. You can book tickets by visiting the Ladies website ticketing page or by paying cash on the day costing £4.00 adults / £2.50 concessions.

Season tickets for all remaining games are also available, with adults costing just £12.50 and £5.00 concessions, which will allow entry to all five remaining home games this season. Visit the same page for more info.


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28 July 2014 : Johnson: Yeovil Is The Place I Want To Be
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he has no current thoughts in his head of leaving Huish Park for another club, or retiring from the game, as he prepares his side for the 2014-15 season. The 58 year old has now had two-and-a-half years in the job during his second spell with the Glovers, but caused some jitters amongst supporters at the end of last season when he gave a few non-commital answers to the question of his future at the club.

Three months on from that period in time, and working to a new contract at the club, he paints a very different picture, and one of a manager who is happy with his current position at the club, describing it as 'the place I want to be' in an interview with BBC Somerset that was broadcast earlier today. Gary was asked if he could see himself retiring from football, after making Yeovil Town his final job in the game, and as usual he had his tongue in his cheek with the response:

"My wife can! She probably wants that (retirement) to be sooner rather than later! But you don't know in football - you don't know what's going to happen. It's not always the manager that leaves. Sometimes it's the Board of Directors that ask the manager to leave, if it doesn't go quite well. But I've got no thoughts of doing anything else at this moment in time. While I'm still thinking like that then this is the place that I want to be."

Johnson explained that once his own contract had been sorted, and that he was able to turn his attention to recruiting players into the club to fill the significant holes that had appeared in last season's squad, that his loyalty was not just to the club, but to the players that he was trying to persuade to come to South Somerset and be part of his 2014-15 plans:

"I've brought a few lads in like big Artur Krysiak, and I've promised him that we'd be doing this, that and the other, and helping his career. So when you do that - and we've probably done that with 11 or 12 players this year in bringing them in - then you owe them a little bit."


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28 July 2014 : Trialist C Unmasks Himself
The identity of one of Yeovil Town's recent trialists can now belatedly be revealed. The Glovers had recently run with four 'unnamed' trialists during the friendly matches against Torquay United and Reading under the names of Trialist A, B, C and D. Trialist B revealed his own identity on his Twitter account - Frenchman Achille Campion, who has since trialled for Ipswich Town and Bradford City. Meanwhile the club revealed the identity of Trialist A on Saturday - Ghanaian Under-20 international winger Ebo Andoh, who was an unused substitute against Cardiff City yesterday.

Meanwhile Trialist C has now revealed himself, via the Boston Standard paper, as Jay Dowie. The midfielder is a former Histon player, who joined Conference North side Boston United in March on a short term deal at York Street. However, the 22 year old has told the paper that he spent a week on trial with the Glovers, but has now returned to Lincolnshire to agree a new contract, having been let go by the Glovers:

"I always said I was happy at Boston, but I just wanted to try my luck at a higher level. Being at Yeovil was a very good experience. It was a big step up, probably bigger than I thought. It was a first time I had been a free agent so I didn’t just want to sign straight away in May, I wanted to explore a few things. But when I came here (to Boston) I was happy so thanks to (Boston United manager) Dennis (Greene) and the club for their patience."

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said over the past few days that he would be surprised if any of the club's pre-season trialists were offered contracts at the club, having decided to turn his attention elsewhere.


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28 July 2014 : Scunthorpe Planning New Stadium
League One side Scunthorpe United have announced plans to eventually relocate from Glanford Park. Their current ground was opened in 1988, replacing the Old Showground, and was something of a landmark at the time as the first time an English professional football club had relocated since the mid-1950s. Pre-dating Huish Park by two years, Glanford Park was visited by the Yeovil Town Board of Directors at the time it was built, as they looked for ideas and observations to influence their own stadium build plans that were in their early stages.

The Iron plan to site their new stadium in an area to the west of the town, which is part of a strategic development known as the Lincolnshire Lakes Project, situated close to the M181 and south of the railway line, and thus relatively close to their current location. They have signed an agreement with current land owners, the Lucent Group, who are at the heart of the Lakes development, for a 60 acre plot of land that will house a new £18 million stadium. Scunthorpe will fully own the land and the stadium at the new site, and a planning application is due to be placed on Monday 18th August.

The Lincolnshire Lakes Project is a plan to extend the suburban area of Scunthorpe by building 6,000 new homes in a set of 'new villages' that will adjoin the town, meaning that Scunthorpe's plans are to position themselves as part of that wider development, which is being driven by North Lincolnshire Council. Whilst Scunthorpe United FC plan to finance their own stadium move, their plans to build it on land already earmarked for town expansion should help their cause. Chairman Peter Swann has said of the scheme:

"This will allow us to move into a better stadium and give us the opportunity to create different income streams as we will be working with hotels and gym companies and a few other businesses. There will be good access and parking and we will be able to accommodate all the facilities on one site."

Sample pictures of the mocked up stadium indicate that they will plan an adjacent training pitch as part of the stadium site, whilst Scunthorpe have indicated that there will be an indoor 3G area. As yet they've not put down any firm indications of how they plan to finance the initial building of the stadium, although the Swann family collectively are reported to own £340 million, as owners of Blackpool's Sands leisure facility and Wilkinson Hardware Stores.

Current plans are for the stadium to house 12,000 spectators, with a design that will allow expansion of up to 18,000. Last December, Swann talked about having a stadium ready for the 2015-16 or 2016-17 season, although given the plans will only be lodged next month, that seems rather ambitious.


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27 July 2014 : Johnson Looking Away From Trialists For Squad Improvements
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he does not expect any further club signings to come from the batch of trialists that have been at the club over the summer. As is normally the case, the Glovers have put a large number of free agents through their paces on the training ground, and in a number of pre-season friendlies, but without turning any into permanent acquisitions.

Today only one such player was on the teamsheet, with former Ghanaian Under-20 international Ebo Andoh sat on the bench as an unused substitute - he is the player who had been previously identified only as 'Trialist A' in recent friendlies. Midfielder Simon Gillett was notable by his absence, with the former Nottingham Forest player being spotted on early Saturday evening a mile or two from the City Ground, suggesting that he is back at his home in the area.

Speaking after the game to the press, Johnson said that he'd be surprised if any of the trialists that he'd used were now signed up by the club, which more or less confirms that Gillett is not in his plans. He said that he would look for experienced players from other sources, saying that most of the trialists had left the club:

"I think they've near enough all gone now. I think we're getting to the serious part of pre-season, so I'd be surprised if we sign on any of the lads that were trialists up until now. We'll have to go with our squad and hopefully we can fill it with one or two experienced players who have been there and done it before, where we're not guessing. Then one or two will have to move out, which is what we've always said."

One of the players Johnson has confirmed he wants to 'move out' is striker Adam Morgan, who had been on trial with League One side Chesterfield, although suffered a foot injury during his third game with them - there's been no word since then on how serious that problem is.

Johnson added that he would be concentrating on working with his current squad for now, explaining that if he did go down the loan route that he'd probably have to wait until sometime in August to get a player like that through the door:

"They may be loans. We'll have a look at that - there's a couple of options maybe, but that won't happen until almost the start of the season. You can't work with those loans or think about them. You've got to work with what you've got at your club already."


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27 July 2014 : Yeovil 1 Cardiff 4 : Glovers Suffer First Pre-Season Defeat
Yeovil Town suffered their first defeat in pre-season this afternoon, as a Cardiff City side's strength in depth proved too strong for them, running out 4-1 winners, despite the Glovers scoring first and leading at the break. The sixth goal of AJ Leitch-Smith's pre-season since he arrived in the summer from Crewe Alexandra, saw the Glovers take the lead midway through the first half. But during the second period, Cardiff grew stronger as their substitutes took to the field, and an Adam Le Fondre penalty and a Matthew Connolly strike gave them the lead before a brace from Kenwyne Jones allowed them to run out as easy winners.

Yeovil opened the scoring on 18 minutes when a ball into the box from Sam Hoskins saw Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall collide with Bluebirds defender Ben Turner. With both players pole-axed, AJ Leitch-Smith was able to slowly steer the ball into the back of the net. It wasn't just the goal that damaged Cardiff - Marshall had to withdraw with a hand injury, with former Brentford keeper Simon Moore coming on.

Cardiff seemed rattled by both the goal and the injury, giving Yeovil their best spell of the whole 90 minutes, and they were probably good value for their single goal lead by the break, with Cardiff's woes continuing when Ben Turner - the player who had collided with keeper Marshall - suffering his own injury as he landed awkwardly on his ankle. Kieffer Moore shot narrowly wide, after he was fed by Kevin Dawson as the Glovers threatened to increase their advantage just before the break.

The second period was a radically different game of football. Cardiff levelled ten minutes into that half when Guido Burgstaller's cross saw Nicky Maynard pulled back inside the box. Referee Kevin Johnson pointed to the penalty spot and up stepped former Reading striker Adam Le Fondre who once again scored a spot kick at Huish Park, firing down the middle for a 1-1 scoreline.

Cardiff made a quartet of substitutions on the hour mark and then took the lead for the first time in the match, as substitute Matthew Connolly got himself room to fire in a short cross/shot that ended up going directly into the back of the next, via the palm of Artur Krysiak who failed to keep the ball out of the net. They then extended their lead further thanks to some outstanding interchange passing that saw Declan John put in a cross and Kenwyne Jones rifle the ball home for an excellent move and finish.

The Bluebirds, who were well-backed by 805 supporters in the Screwfix Stand, gained a slightly flattering scoreline when Kenwyne Jones grabbed his second in the final minute. His run at the Yeovil defence saw players backing off, not quite knowing whether to close Jones down or whether to mark the supporting attackers. In the end they did neither, and the former Southampton and Stoke City man was able to fire a low shot home for what was pretty much the last action of the game.

Perhaps worth noting that whilst Cardiff replaced all players that started the match at Huish Park, Yeovil Town choose to make just one late second half change during the 90 minutes, leaving all other players as unused substitutes. That tends to reaffirm manager Gary Johnson's comments in the lead-up to the game that he regarded the match as a dress rehearsal, operating it under 'League' conditions to see who could last the 90 minutes. That strongly points to who he now regards as his 'first eleven' - the injured James Berrett and Joel Grant aside - that the others will have to muscle their way past if they want to start at Doncaster in thirteen days time.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 4.

Scorers: AJ Leitch-Smith (18 mins, 1-0), Adam Le Fondre (56 mins, pen, 1-1), Matthew Connolly (62 mins, 1-2), Kenwyne Jones (73 mins, 1-3), Kenwyne Jones (90 mins, 1-4).

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Brendan Moloney 5. Jakub Sokolik 6. Aaron Martin 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards (Captain) 8. Sam Foley 11. Sam Hoskins
9. Kieffer Moore 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 13. Liam Davis 14. Calvin Brooks 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (74 mins for Brendan Moloney) 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Matteo Lanzoni 18. James Hayter 19. Ebo Andoh

Cardiff City:
1. David Marshall 2. John Brayford 3. Declan John 4. Joe Ralls 5. Mark Hudson (Captain) 6. Ben Turner 7. Guido Burgstaller 8. Kagisho Dikgacoi 9. Adam Le Fondre 10. Javi Guerra 11. Mats Daehli

Substitutes:
12. Matthew Connolly (30 mins for Ben Turner) 13. Simon Moore (19 mins for David Marshall) 14. Kim Bo-Kyung (74 mins for Declan John) 15. Fabio Da Silva (74 mins for John Brayford) 16. Kenwyne Jones (60 mins for Adam Le Fondre) 17. Aaron Gunnarsson (60 mins for Kagisho Dikgacoi) 18. Jordon Mutch (46 mins for Joe Ralls) 19. Peter Whittingham (60 mins for Guido Burgstaller) 20. Magnus Eikrem (60 mins for Mats Daehli) 21. Nicky Maynard (46 mins for Javi Guerra) 22. Juan Cala (68 mins for Mark Hudson)

Referee: Kevin Johnson. Assistants: Richard Martin and Simon Knapp. Fourth Official: Richard Hulme.

Attendance: 2,018 (including 805 Cardiff City supporters).


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27 July 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for this afternoon's home pre-season friendly against Cardiff City. The match is the club's final friendly on home turf before a string of away friendlies polish of the schedule, and manager Gary Johnson has badged it as one of two dress rehearsals for the 2014-15 season proper.

With that in mind, it's worth noting that there is only one trialist in today's squad - winger Ebo Andoh, who is a 21 year old Ghanaian who has been previously only known as 'Trialist A'. He has most recently been on the books of Cyprior side AEL Limassol but was previously on the books of Porto. He is a former Ghana Under-20 international.

There's no sign of midfielder Simon Gillett - at presen we don't know if that's an injury or whether he's left the club. Midfielder James Berrett (thigh) and Joel Grant (foot) remain as longer term absentees. Putting a slight bit of guesswork in terms of how the Glovers will line up this afternoon, given that there are three strikers in the starting eleven, the following line-up should take to the field:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Brendan Moloney 5. Jakub Sokolik 6. Aaron Martin 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards (Captain) 8. Sam Foley 11. Sam Hoskins
9. Kieffer Moore 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 13. Liam Davis 14. Calvin Brooks 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Matteo Lanzoni 18. James Hayter 19. Ebo Andoh

Cardiff City:
1. David Marshall 2. John Brayford 3. Declan John 4. Joe Ralls 5. Mark Hudson (Captain) 6. Ben Turner 7. Guido Burgstaller 8. Kagisho Dikgacoi 9. Adam Le Fondre 10. Javi Guerra 11. Mats Daehli

Substitutes:
12. Matthew Connolly 13. Simon Moore 14. Kim Bo-Kyung 15. Fabio Da Silva 16. Kenwyne Jones 17. Aaron Gunnarsson 18. Jordan Mutch 19. Peter Whittingham 20. Magnus Eikrem 21. Nicky Maynard 22. Juan Cala

Referee: Kevin Johnson. Assistants: Richard Martin and Simon Knapp. Fourth Official: Richard Hulme.


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26 July 2014 : Campion Leaves Ipswich For Bantams Trial
Former Yeovil Town trialist Achille Campion appears to have now moved on from his trial with Ipswich Town. The Frenchman has been spotted as on trial with League One side Bradford City, having been named on their teamsheet today, for their friendly with Blackburn Rovers at Valley Parade, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Campion was an unused substitute in the match, suggesting that he will be given a chance with the Bantams on another day. Their line-up for the match is as shown below and includes former Glovers loanee Matthew Dolan, who has agreed a one year permanent contract with the Yorkshire club, having had an eleven game loan spell with them at the end of last season. Bradford have an unspecified option in place to extend Dolan's deal by a further year.

Bradford City: 1. Jordan Pickford 2. Stephen Darby (c) 3. Alan Sheehan 4. Matthew Dolan 5. Andrew Davies 8. Gary Liddle 9. James Hanson 10. Billy Clarke 11. Billy Knott 20. Raffaele De Vita 22. Rory McArdle

Substitutes: 12. Matt Urwin (46 mins for Pickford) 6. Christopher Routis (78 mins for Davies) 7. Mo Shariff (84 mins for Dolan) 14. Mark Yeates (44 mins for De Vita) 15. James Meredith (73 mins for Liddle) 16. Achille Campion 17. Jason Kennedy (59 mins for Knott) 18. Lewis Clarkson (69 mins for Clarke) 19. Oliver McBurnie (69 mins for Hanson) 21. Reggie Lambe 23. Niall Heaton (88 mins for Sheehan).


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26 July 2014 : Ladies Take On Lionesses
Yeovil Town Ladies are in action on Sunday afternoon, when they take on Millwall Lionesses in an FA Women's Super League fixture. The match takes place at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove) in Sherborne, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off - turnstiles open 90 minutes before that.

Tickets for the game can be purchased on the Yeovil Town Ladies Ticketing Website costing £4.00 adults / £2.50 concessions, or you can pay on the turnstiles on the day of the game.

U18’s can also gain FREE entry on receipt of a ‘Golden Ticket’ during admission. For more info email info@yeoviltownladies.com or print out the image shown below (or click here and print) and fill in the form.

Yeovil Town Ladies - in action at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove, also home of Sherborne Town FC) on Sunday
Yeovil Town Ladies - in action at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove, also home of Sherborne Town FC) on Sunday.

Print this image out and fill in the form to claim your Under-18 Golden Ticket
Print this image out and fill in the form to claim your Under-18 Golden Ticket.


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25 July 2014 : Pre-Ordering Planned For New Home Shirt
Yeovil Town's forthcoming 2014-15 players shirts will have new sponsorship attached to them, although the club's main shirt sponsor is maintaining their relationship with the club. W&S Recycling Services have extended their current deal by an unspecified length - previous deals with the Poole-based company have been for a 12 month period.

However, with Tamburino taking over the sponsorship of the club's Main Stand, there will be new sponsorship through Thatchers Cider (who also currently sponsor the home terrace). They have agreed a three year deal with the club to have their logo displayed on the back of the shirts, between the shoulder blades. Shorts sponsorship remains with A.J. Wakely & Sons.

The new home shirt design sees the now long-standing 'hoops' design continue, this time with the hoops continuing around the back of the shirt, rather than last season's white back panel. In addition, each 'major' hoop is actually made up of seven 'tiny' hoops of green, split by six tiny hoops of white - the first time that design has been attempted. The W&S Recycling sponsorship will be blended into the design of the shirt, rather than separately pressed onto the front of the shirt, which will mean an end to the peeling panel that some supporters have experienced.

Although you won't be able to buy the new Home Shirt until the end of August, the club will be taking pre-orders for it from next Monday, via the Huish Park Club Shop. Prices will be £40.00 for adult sizes and £30.00 for junior sizes. As yet there is no design or dates associated with the planned changes for the Away Shirt.


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25 July 2014 : New 2014-15 Kit Production Suffers Delays
Yeovil Town's plans to launch their 2014-15 home and away kits have suffered a delay. The Glovers had planned to use a new home strip as part of last Saturday's pre-season friendly against Reading, but instead the team have continued to use the 2013-14 kit during both that match and Tuesday night's Bristol Rovers friendly.

Now the club have indicated that the replica home and away kit will only be on sale in 'late August', thus representing a delay of around a month against the original timeline. Although the club are planning to publish a graphical design of what the kit will look like, it seems that fans will not get their hands on the physical shirts until the season is well under way.

It's not clear at this stage whether the first team will receive their own shirts in time for League One's season kick-off on August 9th, or whether they'll also have to continue with last season's strip. The delay is being blamed on 'unforeseen circumstances' at kit manufacturers Sondico, with the implication that there has been a 'quality' issue in what has been received so far.


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25 July 2014 : Glovers Preparation Helped By Variety Of Games
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that getting his squad together early on in pre-season will reap benefits as they experience different types of opposition, reflecting the different styles they'll play over the coming year. Having played Championship side Reading last weekend, who operated a 4-4-1-1 style, they met a Bristol Rovers side in midweek that used three central midfielders that made for a less expansive game than the Royals fixture had been.

Now on Sunday, they face Cardiff City, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, with the Bluebirds expected to present another change in style for the players to face. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson explained that seeing the full squad experience those different styles and challenges across the month of July would give them a spread of what they would face over the course of a League One season:

"We've got to be ready for all sorts of onslaughts, but we've also got to be ready to break all sorts of teams down. That's why it's good to have all the players in early, which we have done, and to bring them through all of these games, because they're learning all the time."

With Cardiff managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and having been a regular force at second tier level, Johnson is expecting them to be a fairly close match to Reading in style and ability. However, he pointed out that they still had a number of Premier League standard players, despite losing former Glovers loan defender Steven Caulker to Queens Park Rangers during the week:

"Cardiff will be similar to the Reading game in that they're both Championship clubs. Cardiff have still got their Premier League boys in their midst, although they lost Steven Caulker this week. But they've got some good players and they'll be a good team, and that will give you a different test again. You've got to come up against all these different tests with different shapes and different philosophies. Cardiff play it a little bit, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have his way of playing."

The match against Cardiff City takes place at Huish Park on Sunday 27th July at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. For ticketing arrangements, see the earlier article below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City.


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24 July 2014 : Sam And Joe Give That Personal Delivery Touch
Picture the scene, if you will. You're aged 7-9 years old, and you've just started your school holidays, when there's a knock on the door. Your Yeovil Town Football Club 2014-15 Season Tickets have arrived. Good news! But wait - things get better, as they're being delivered in person by long-standing first team players Joe Edwards and Sam Foley. Then, as the icing on top of the cake, having arrived at your house, they come in, and they sit on your sofa with you.

This was how Thursday afternoon went for Yeovil Town supporters Ruby (9 years old) and Shane (7 years old) who got their surprise visit from the players - one of a number of visits that Joe and Sam managed across the afternoon, aimed at putting a smile on the face of some of the club's younger supporters. Their mum Kate Northam, who manages Merriott Ladies Football Club as well as being a Glovers fan, described it as the "best day of the summer holidays" (and we're not even in August yet!)

Kate has said that Merriott Ladies are on the look out for new players for their own season that is about to start, and so any ladies who love playing football should get in contact with her if that interests you - drop this website an email if you don't have a contact for her or their club.

As for Sam, Joe and the football club - top marks for them for taking some time out and visiting a few of the club's fans at their own homes. There's little doubt that pictures like the one below will be cherished for a long time.

Sam Foley and Joe Edwards, pictured with Yeovil Town supporters Ruby and Shane on Thursday afternoon
Sam Foley and Joe Edwards, pictured with Yeovil Town supporters Ruby and Shane on Thursday afternoon.


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24 July 2014 : Camera Gift To Benefit Club's Training Sessions
The Away Travel Club and one of Yeovil Town's sponsors, Jones Building Group, have purchased a new GoPro Camera for the football club. The cameras are specialist high-definition personal cameras that can be mounted or worn on a person's clothing or equipment, and are designed to capture action video photography by use of a wide-angled lens.

Yeovil Town will be using the camera for two purposes - the club's medical department will be using them along with the first team coaches, so that they can monitor players during their training sessions, and play back captured situations. The club's media department will also be using it to capture video footage of players in training sessions or competitive matches as an alternative view of key incidents.

The camera was today presented to First Team Coach Darren Way, who provides the management team with much of their technical data relating to players. Presenting it were Mark Kelly (left) from the Away Travel Club and Mark Porter (right), who is the Managing Director of Jones Building Group.

Mark Kelly (Away Travel Club), Darren Way (First Team Coach) and Mark Porter (Jones Building Group) with the new GoPro Camera
Mark Kelly (Away Travel Club), Darren Way (First Team Coach) and Mark Porter (Jones Building Group) with the new GoPro Camera.
Photo © 2014 Yeovil Town FC


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24 July 2014 : Edwards Expecting 'Big Year' For Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Edwards feels that the club may have to get used to a different kind of situation for the coming season, having just come down from playing Championship football. The 23 year old is moving into the fourth season that he has had some form of involvement with the Glovers, and on all occasions the club have faced their opponents largely as underdogs in the division, with bookmakers frequently pitching them as outsiders.

This season though, with the club being a recent Championship side, and having won promotion during the 2012-13 season, the bookmakers have gone for a rather more bullish approach to their predictions and at the end of May were being ranked at around 7th or 8th for promotion. Although later betting has seen them drift a touch since then, it's unlikely that this season will see Yeovil listed amongst many pundits 'tips for relegation' which will give them a new experience:

"It's a big year for us. We maybe, from a few years back, used to be the underdogs. We're more favourites now in a lot of the games, which is different for us but we've earned that, and we've got the respect from other teams and from the media as well. It's an exciting time and we're just looking forward to the start of the season now."

Edwards himself has been tipped for a big year, with many Glovers fans expecting him to become Yeovil Town's club captain for the 2014-15 season - something that he says would be an 'honour' although he denies that this has already been agreed, despite having worn the armband already for several of the club's pre-season fixtures. He says that his only aim at present is to maintain the standards that he achieved last season in the Championship:

"That would obviously be my personal goal, to keep playing like I did last year, and to improve this year and hopefully stand out in this league. But I think more importantly if the team does well then generally you do well yourself. So as long as the team is going that way, that's the important thing."


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23 July 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 win against Bristol Rovers in a pre-season friendly at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's views on his opponents and his team as well as the trialists who played in the match, can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game.


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23 July 2014 : Ipswich Confirm Campion Trial
Championship side Ipswich Town have confirmed that former Yeovil Town trialist Achille Campion is training with them. As reported on Monday, the Frenchman had given a fairly heavy hint that his time at Huish Park had been ended, presumably with the player making the decision to jump ship, rather than the Glovers.

Ipswich report that Campion played in a Development Squad match yesterday at Braintree Town last night, in what was a testimonial match for Braintree's Bradley Quinton. The Tractor Boys won their match 1-0, and after the game they confirmed Campion's inclusion in that side, preferring to blood him in that match rather than their first team friendly against Colchester United, which takes place later tonight.

On that basis, it can probably be assumed that the 24 year old's interest in Yeovil Town is over, for the time being at least.


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23 July 2014 : Welshy Says Farewell After Glovers Trial
Yeovil Town have shown the door to left-winger Andy Welsh after he played for the club in two pre-season friendlies over the last week. The 30 year old played in home friendlies against Reading and Bristol Rovers, having arrived back at the club where he spent three years as a player between 2008 and 2011, with time spent at Carlisle United and Scunthorpe United sandwiched inbetween.

The Manchester-born player never played under manager Gary Johnson during his first spell at Huish Park, Welsh was given the opportunity to show what he could do on both the training ground and in those two matches, but he has confirmed via his Twitter account that he has been let go and so as a free agent is available to other clubs:

"Would like to thank everyone at Yeovil Town for the last week and the reception me and my family got from everyone at the club in the last two games. I wish the club, players and fans good luck for the 2014/2015 season. I hope you can achieve promotion once again. As for me, I'm feeling fit, played two games, had a weeks worth of training and I'm ready for a new challenge, so if anyone needs a winger this Saturday, I'm still available on a free transfer - who needs Sky Sports News you heard it here first!"

The very best of luck to Welshy in his search for a contract for the 2014-15 season.


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23 July 2014 : Johnson Needing To Make Decisions On Club's Trialists
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will need to start making hard decisions on his lower key 'unnamed' trialists within the next few days. The Glovers boss has fielded four players - understood to be largely of French or French-speaking origin - over the last three friendlies, although one of those - named as Achille Campion - is expected to play for Ipswich Town on trial this week and was not present last night.

As for the other three, who have been playing as a right-winger, a left-winger and a central midfielder, Johnson has said that it's unfair to keep them waiting for a decision for much longer, and so will start to deliver a 'yes' or a 'no' once he has spoken to his management team for a second opinion, and then speaks to the relevant players. However, he admitted to BBC Somerset that the remaining trio had not been as effective against Bristol Rovers as they had been during Saturday's match against Reading:

"We'll talk to them first before we talk about them publicly. But it was a different test for them today as the game wasn't open, because obviously Bristol Rovers play with three in the middle and three at the back. So it was a different kind of game and they didn't quite do as much as they did against Reading, funnily enough. But I'll have a chat with my staff and we'll see which ones we're going to invite back again for the next game. But we haven't had that discussion yet."

One of the higher profile trialists has been former Nottingham Forest midfielder Simon Gillett, who played his second game for the club last night. With the 28 year old having had a short loan spell at the club seven years ago, and having turned out in opposition sides that have played against both Yeovil Town and sides managed by Gary Johnson over the years, the Glovers boss knows him well. Johnson explained that would be an easier decision to make compared with the lesser-known players on view:

"He (Gillett) has done well but we know him. We know what he's got and exactly how he can play and so we'll have a chat with him. But with the ones we don't know we obviously can't keep them here forever. We've got to make some form of decision based on what we've seen, not just in games but in training, and whether they can play an English League One game, as opposed to where they have been playing."


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22 July 2014 : Yeovil 2 Rovers 0 : Leitch-Smith At The Double For Glovers
Yeovil Town beat local rivals Bristol Rovers this evening in the club's fifth pre-season friendly of the month, to break a run of three draws. The damage was done early in the second half as former Crewe Alexandra striker AJ Leitch-Smith scored twice in the opening ten minutes, converting crosses on both occasions for his fourth and fifth goals since his arrival in Somerset.

The opening 45 minutes was a fairly low-key affair, that saw the Glovers look strong in defence, but struggled to break out and create a significant number of chances, with the few that came their way falling to two of the unnamed trialists, who were playing as wingers on the night. With a third member of the midfield quartet also being a trialist, in the form of Simon Gillett, there was a lack of attacking fluency during the opening half.

Matters changed very quickly after the break, with a number of second half substitutions. One of those - Kieffer Moore - made an instant impact, with his first contribution being to feed AJ Leitch-Smith with a cross, as his strike partner confidently fired home to give Yeovil the lead.

Ten minutes into the half and Yeovil doubled their lead, as right-back Seth Nana Twumasi's cross into the box couldn't be cleared by the Bristol Rovers back line, and AJ Leitch-Smith fired home from inside the penalty box for a 2-0 scoreline. The second half included the inevitable raft of second half substitutions, with only Chris Weale staying out on the pitch for the full 90 minutes, and further showings for 'Trialist C' and Andy Welsh - striker Achille Campion was not one of the unnamed trio, with the assumption that he has headed to Portman Road to try his luck with Ipswich Town in their friendly match against Colchester United on Wednesday.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Bristol Rovers 0.

Scorers: AJ Leitch-Smith (46 mins, 1-0), AJ Leitch-Smith (55 mins, 2-0).

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney, 5. Jakub Sokolik, 6. Aaron Martin, 3. Liam Davis
7. Trialist A, 4. Joe Edwards, 8. Simon Gillett, 11. Trialist B
9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Nathan Smith (46 mins for Liam Davis), 14. Seth Nana Twumasi (46 mins for Brendan Moloney), 15. Matteo Lanzoni (75 mins for Jakub Sokolik), 16. Calvin Brooks (75 mins for Aaron Martin), 17. Kevin Dawson (46 mins for Trialist A), 18. Nathan Ralph (75 mins for Seth Nana Twumasi), 19. Sam Foley (46 mins for Trialist B), 20. Kieffer Moore (46 mins for James Hayter), 21. Trialist C (75 mins for Simon Gillett), 22. Andy Welsh (68 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith).

Bristol Rovers:
1. Steve Mildenhall 2. Ryan Higgins 3. Lee Brown 4. Tom Lockyer 5. Mark McChrystal 6. Tom Parkes 7. Lee Mansell 8. Ollie Clarke 9. Ryan Brunt 10. Matty Taylor 11. Jake Gosling

Substitutes:
12. Stuart Sinclair 14. Jamie White 15. Daniel Thompson 16. Neil Trotman 17. Ellis Harrison 18. Dominic Thomas 1. Kieran Preston.

Referee: Christopher Powell. Assistants: Mark Derrien and Richard Hulme. Fourth Official: Brendan Malone.

Attendance: 1,498 (including 289 Bristol Rovers supporters).


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22 July 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Bristol Rovers. There are three trialists in the starting line-up and two more on the bench, with midfielder Simon Gillett given his second start, whilst Andy Welsh sits on the bench after his head injury on the weekend left him needing stitches.

There are also now three unnamed trialists, rather than four, which leads to the conclusion that Achille Campion has headed off to Suffolk to train with Ipswich Town. However, as Achille was 'Trialist B' that means that there's almost certainly been a bit of shuffling around with the identity of the remaining trio.

Midfielder Sam Foley is fit enough to be on the bench, but Sam Hoskins, James Berrett (thigh), Joel Grant (foot) and Ben Nugent (ankle) miss out for tonight's game, with Berrett and Grant the longer-term absentees. The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney, 5. Jakub Sokolik, 6. Aaron Martin, 3. Liam Davis
7. Trialist A, 4. Joe Edwards, 8. Simon Gillett, 11. Trialist B
9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Nathan Smith, 14. Seth Nana Twumasi, 15. Matteo Lanzoni, 16. Calvin Brooks, 17. Kevin Dawson, 18. Nathan Ralph, 19. Sam Foley, 20. Kieffer Moore, 21. Trialist C, 22. Andy Welsh.

Bristol Rovers:
1. Steve Mildenhall 2. Ryan Higgins 3. Lee Brown 4. Tom Lockyer 5. Mark McChrystal 6. Tom Parkes 7. Lee Mansell 8. Ollie Clarke 9. Ryan Brunt 10. Matty Taylor 11. Jake Gosling

Substitutes:
12. Stuart Sinclair 14. Jamie White 15. Daniel Thompson 16. Neil Trotman 17. Ellis Harrison 18. Dominic Thomas 1. Kieran Preston.

Referee: Christopher Powell. Assistants: Mark Derrien and Richard Hulme. Fourth Official: Brendan Malone.


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22 July 2014 : Ticketing For Truro City vs Yeovil Town
Admission prices for Yeovil Town's away pre-season friendly against Southern League Premier Division side Truro City is now available. The match takes place at Treyew Road on Saturday 2nd August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

As mentioned earlier this month, the Cornish side have arranged this fixture as a 125th Anniversary match, with the club dating back to 1889. Prices for this match are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £7.00; Under-16s: £3.00.

In the unlikely event that any Glovers fans are also Truro City Season Ticket holders, they will get admission free of charge. Concessions appear to apply to Over-65s, students and disabled supporters.

For other pre-season prices and other 2014-15 season admission prices, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Reading And Bristol Rovers Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offer For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.

Link: Ticketing For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Fixtures.

Link: Full Admission Prices For 2014-15 Season.


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22 July 2014 : Miller Getting Tangerines Trial
Former Yeovil Town striker Ishmael Miller is reported to be training with Championship side Blackpool in the hope of earning a contract there. The 27 year old had been strongly linked in recent weeks to Doncaster Rovers, but with the broad impression that he was frustrating manager Paul Dickov in refusing to give a firm response to an offer made by the Yorkshire club - Dickov's words at the time suggested that the man who used to clean his boots at Manchester City was holding back and waiting for a Championship club.

Now it seems that Miller has found that Championship club - albeit one that is rather unstable at this moment in time. The Blackpool Gazette report that he is training with them and that they are interested in signing him. The fly in the ointment is that manager Jose Riga and club chairman Karl Oyston are reported as being at loggerheads with each other over the club's direction, despite only having arrived at Bloomfield Road on June 3rd.

On Saturday, Blackpool fielded a side with five trialists starting and only eight contracted players on their books, and after the game Riga imposed a media blackout on the club, presumably to stop any 'awkward' questions about the state of the club being fielded, but in doing so ensuring his club got national headlines. Thus Miller may be able to ensure that he gets an offer from the Tangerines, but that will almost certainly rely upon Riga lasting a little longer than the seven weeks the former Charlton Athletic boss has managed so far.


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21 July 2014 : Campion Hints At Tractor Boys Opportunity
Sometimes players who use Social Networking can steer supporters (and media) up the garden path with in-jokes and comments that get taken out of context. However, Yeovil Town trialist Achille Campion has tonight posted a tweet that merely is composed of two words - "Ipswich Town" - coupled with two football graphics.

The obvious conclusion to draw is that the Frenchman, who scored on Saturday against Reading, is about to try his luck with another tractor-loving football club. Ipswich have a pre-season friendly at Colchester United on Wednesday night, and so if Achille doesn't show tomorrow night at Huish Park for the Tuesday night friendly against Bristol Rovers, then he may well do so at the Community Stadium, 24 hours after that.

In the meantime, there's a short video of his chance at Huish Park on the weekend that saw Reading keeper Adam Federici superbly tip his strike onto the crossbar during the second half.




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21 July 2014 : Gillett To Get Extended Chance With Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is willing to give former Nottingham Forest and Bristol City midfielder Simon Gillett a chance to impress, after he joined the club on trial just before the weekend. The 28 year old teamed up with the Glovers for Saturday's 1-1 draw against Reading, playing the first hour of the match, seven years after a short loan spell at Huish Park whilst he was a Southampton player.

Johnson also fielded another familiar face in left-winger Andy Welsh, who had to leave the field at half time due to a head injury and speaking after the game he thought both players looked the part in what they did:

"They're two good footballers. Andy couldn't last any longer than the one half because of his head. Simon hasn't played for a little while and has been training on his own. So he did well to last an hour or so. We were pleased with him. I know him well. I think there are parts of his game that I can help with, but he's a good footballer - they both are. So we wanted to give them the opportunity to show us that they can still be a part of a League One winning group."

Gillett became a free agent at the end of last season when Forest decided to release him as part of a mass clear-out by new manager Stuart Pearce, and surprisingly has yet to find himself a new club, despite having plenty of experience at both Championship and League One level. Johnson said he wanted to see more of him given that he had only just arrived in South Somerset:

"We needed that type of player and so we gave him an opportunity to see what he could do. If he wants to stick around for a little while longer, then I'm sure he'll get that opportunity to keep impressing. We won't make that decision after a day-and-a-bit, as he's only trained once and played once. But of course I know him very well. He's not a young lad, and he's been around and played against my teams many times, and he's still got something in there that can help someone - and that could be us."

Link: Simon Gillett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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20 July 2014 : Welshy Battered And Bruised After First Half Collision
Being a trialist obviously should have come with a health warning for former Scunthorpe United and Carlisle United left-winger Andy Welsh. Making his return to Huish Park on trial on Saturday after a three years away, he played the first half of Yeovil Town's 1-1 draw with Reading.

Unfortunately for Andy, his time on the pitch was sharply curtailed after an innocent collision with Reading's Nick Blackman that left both on the deck as the half time whistle blew, and some concern at Welshy's condition given that he took a few minutes before he moved, with medical staff heading onto the pitch to treat him, and ultimately a stretcher being needed.

Thankfully, after a bit of medical attention in the club's first aid room, and a number of stitches in a forehead wound, Welshy was well enough to send a couple of Tweets out confirming that he was in good health, saying "I'm fine. Really enjoyed the game and thanks for all your support as always" although as the picture on his profile below shows, he was a bit battered and bruised.

Whether he can head a football during the next few days is rather questionable, meaning that he'll probably need some further checks to see if he is able to feature in Tuesday night's home match against Bristol Rovers. But thankfully bruising and a bit of blood appear to be the only major damage.

Andy Welsh - looking a bit dazed and bruised after the game
Andy Welsh - looking a bit dazed and bruised after the game.


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20 July 2014 : Morgan Trial Looks To Be Over
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan suffered an injury yesterday that forced him to withdraw from his third trial match with League One side Chesterfield and appears to have ended his time with the Derbyshire club. The former Liverpool academy player started in the Spireites side that played in their 2-1 defeat against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on Saturday afternoon.

Morgan had been selected to start in the match against the Imps, having previously come on as a second half substitute in his two other appearances for Chesterfield. Manager Paul Cook indicated after the game that he had planned to allow all of his club's remaining trialists a chance to start in matches, rather than just come off the bench, meaning that Chesterfield's starting eleven featured a number of other players trying to earn a contract.

However, the 20 year old's part on the game lasted just 13 minutes, with the Derbyshire Times indicating that Morgan "limped off with a foot injury when attempting to shoot" and he did not return. Cook said after the game that he expected that to be the end of his trial with Chesterfield, suggesting that it was not a trivial injury:

"That looked a bad knock. That's unfortunate for Adam as it looks like he will go back to Yeovil now. He's come in and he was getting opportunities to score. That's disappointing for Adam as he needs to go and play football now."

Cook - a boyhood Liverpool fan who would have seen Morgan's progress through the Youth and Reserve ranks at Anfield - also said he could see why Morgan's career may have stalled since leaving Liverpool, having only managed thirteen appearances, and three starts for Yeovil Town. Cook explained that may be part of the feeling that players experience when they drop out of the ranks of larger Premier League clubs:

"He's at that stage in his career where he's come out of Liverpool, and when you're playing for Liverpool football club wherever you're going after that in my opinion is down. For Adam and young lads coming out from there, they have a year or two after where sometimes that can be quite rough on them. When they go back to remembering what they were good at - which for Adam is scoring goals, then I'm sure he'll have a very good career. Unfortunately it doesn't look like it's going to be with ourselves now. But we'll certainly wish him well whatever he does."


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19 July 2014 : Campion Confirms Glovers Trial
Yeovil Town's goalscorer today at Huish Park appears to be French striker Achille Campion. Hailing from Levallois in France, Achille was born on March 10th 1990, and thus is 24 years old. Inevitably details on his past career is fairly sketchy but his last club was Swedish tier three side Norrby IF, joining them in early 2014.

Prior to that he played for UC Santa Barbara who are an amateur NCAA Division I College team affiliated to the University. Achille studied there, majoring in Economics. During his final year playing for the College side, he scored seven goals in 14 starts, but missed the final five games of their campaign due to an injury.

Achille's name came to light earlier in pre-season at Sheffield Wednesday, where he played for them in a pre-season match against York City. The 6'2" centre-forward had been on trial with the Owls for a fortnight, but they decided not to offer him a deal after that single friendly match.

He is understood to be the player that provided the 'assist' for Kamel Chergui at Torquay United on Tuesday, and scored from a Liam Davis free kick today. The player himself has confirmed he is at Huish Park, via his Twitter account, saying today:

"After a good two weeks with Sheffield Wednesday, it was good to play against Championship side Reading FC and get a goal for Yeovil Town. Love English football."

The expectation is that most, if not all, of today's 'unnamed' trialists will be given a further chance in the club's next pre-season friendly against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.


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19 July 2014 : Yeovil 1 Reading 1 : Royals Held As French Trialist Scores
Yeovil Town gained their third consecutive draw in pre-season as they shared one goal each against Championship side Reading at Huish Park this afternoon. A Pavel Pogrebnyak headed goal early in the second period was cancelled out 18 minutes from time when a Liam Davis free kick was converted by a player simply known as Trialist B - but understood to be Achille Campion - one of four players who have been unnamed on the teamsheet over the last two matches.

The Glovers fielded two new faces in their starting line-up, although both were very familiar faces. Left-winger Andy Welsh and midfielder Simon Gillett were both hoping to earn contracts with the club they'd both served in the past, having been released by Scunthorpe United and Nottingham Forest respectively. They took part in a first half in which the visitors dominated to an extent, albeit without too many chances - Pavel Pogrebnyak's header at Artur Krysiak was one of their better efforts, but the keeper benefited by the close range attempt being planted straight at him.

The most concerning point of the half came right on the break, with the match referee having blown up for half time. With Andy Welsh and a Reading player lying prone on the deck following a head injury, it was the Glovers trialist who had clearly come off the worst - lying motionless for a few minutes until he finally moved and sat up. He was stretchered off with an obvious head wound - the second Yeovil player to withdraw through injury given that Ben Nugent had been taken out of the team just before kick-off and replaced by Jakub Sokolik - the Cardiff defender did not feature during the 90 minutes.

The second period opened up almost immediately with a Reading goal. A Ryan Edwards cross was met by a Pavel Pogrebnyak close range header as he gained room between a Glovers defender and the goalkeeper to open up the scoring. Reading almost netted again when Sean Morrison hit the crossbar as a slightly sleepy start to the half by the Glovers undid them.

Fortunately Reading's momentum was thwarted by them making nine substitutions an hour into the match, coupled by Yeovil introducing five players themselves, with Brendan Moloney, Liam Davis and James Hayter joining two of the unnamed trialists. One of those forced Reading substitute keeper Adam Federici into a flying save as Achille Campion planted a header that the Australian could only tip onto his crossbar, with Royals defenders clearing their lines.

With eighteen minutes remaining though, there was little Federici could do about Achille Campion's next header. A Liam Davis free kick was taken just as Yeovil made yet more substitutions. The ball found its way to the far post, and the Frenchman headed home for the equalising goal.

Thereafter Reading's young team - made up largely of Under-21 players by this point - struggled to contain some of the pace behind the Yeovil substitutes. Jake Cooper would have been red-carded in any other game, as he hauled back Trialist A who was clean through on goal - referee Philip Gibbs chose to recognise this game as a pre-season friendly and merely give Cooper a finger-wagging. In the end both sides had to settle for the draw - from a Yeovil point of view there was plenty of interest out there, with the identity of Trialist A (right-wing) and Achille Campion (Trialist B) particularly causing conversation after the match - it would be a surprise if manager Gary Johnson didn't want to see them in action again in some capacity.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Reading 1.

Scorers: Pavel Pogrebnyak (0-1, 48 mins), Achille Campion (1-1, 73 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Seth Nana Twumasi 15. Jakub Sokolik 6. Aaron Martin 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. Simon Gillett 11. Andy Welsh
9. Kieffer Moore 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 13. Nathan Ralph (73 mins for Joe Edwards) 14. Matteo Lanzoni (73 mins for Jakub Sokolik) 5. Ben Nugent 16. Brendan Moloney (60 mins for Seth Nana Twumasi) 17. Trialist A (60 mins for Kieffer Moore) 18. Liam Davis (60 mins for Nathan Smith) 19. James Hayter (60 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 20. Achille Campion (60 mins for Kevin Dawson) 21. Trialist C (73 mins for Simon Gillett) 22. Trialist D (46 mins for Andy Welsh) 23. Calvin Brooks (73 mins for Aaron Martin)

Reading:
20. Alex McCarthy
2. Chris Gunter 5. Alex Pearce 6. Sean Morrison 11. Jordan Obita
15. Michael Hector 16. Hope Akpan 22. Nick Blackman
36. Ryan Edwards
7. Pavel Pogrebnyak

Substitutes:
1. Adam Federici (46 mins for Alex McCarthy) 9. Hal Robson-Kanu 18. Aaron Tshibola 24. Shaun Cummings 28. Aaron Kuhl 26. Dom Hyam 31. Mikkel Anderson 32. Sean Long 35. Jake Cooper 37. Jack Stacey (for Nick Blackman) 27. Liam Kelly 33. Tariqe Fosu

Referee: Philips Gibbs Assistants: Kevin Morris and Derek Eaton. Fourth Official: Richard Swaine.

Attendance: 1,153 (including 201 Reading supporters).


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19 July 2014 : Team News For The Reading Friendly : Gillett On Trial
Yeovil Town have named their squad for this afternoon's home pre-season friendly against Reading. There is one previously unknown trialist in the side, with former Southampton midfielder Simon Gillett in the starting eleven. Simon had a loan spell with the Glovers during 2007, but was last on the books of Nottingham Forest, finishing last season on loan with Bristol City.

In addition to Gillett, Andy Welsh is another ex-Yeovil player on trial, plus there are four unnamed trialists known merely as Trialist A, B, C and D on the substitutes bench - hopefully these are the same players and lettering that were used on Tuesday night at Torquay United. The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Seth Nana Twumasi 5. Ben Nugent 6. Aaron Martin 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. Simon Gillett 11. Andy Welsh
9. Kieffer Moore 10. AJ Leitch-Smith

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 13. Nathan Ralph 14. Matteo Lanzoni 15. Jakub Sokolik 16. Brendan Moloney 17. Trialist A 18. Liam Davis 19. James Hayter 20. Trialist B 21. Trialist C 22. Trialist D 23. Calvin Brooks

Reading:
20. Alex McCarthy
2. Chris Gunter 5. Alex Pearce 6. Sean Morrison 11. Jordan Obita
15. Michael Hector 16. Hope Akpan 22. Nick Blackman
36. Ryan Edwards
7. Pavel Pogrebnyak

Substitutes:
1. Adam Federici 9. Hal Robson-Kanu 18. Aaron Tshibola 24. Shaun Cummings 28. Aaron Kuhl 26. Dom Hyam 31. Mikkel Anderson 32. Sean Long 35. Jake Cooper 37. Jack Stacey 27. Liam Kelly 33. Tariqe Fosu

Referee: Philips Gibbs Assistants: Kevin Morris and Derek Eaton. Fourth Official: Richard Swaine.


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19 July 2014 : New Arrivals Player Profiles
With Yeovil Town's first team squad making their home debut in Saturday afternoon's pre-season friendly against Reading, there are a number of new faces for supporters to recognise at Huish Park. To help those who might not have seen some of the new signings yet, the Player Profiles section of the site has been updated to detail those new arrivals at the club.

Follow the links below, or go direct to the Player Profiles section where the main squad list is displayed.

Link: James Berrett : Player Profile.

Link: Artur Krysiak : Player Profile.

Link: AJ Leitch-Smith : Player Profile.

Link: Aaron Martin : Player Profile.

Link: Brendan Moloney : Player Profile.

Link: Ben Nugent : Player Profile.

Link: Nathan Smith : Player Profile.

Link: Jakub Sokolik : Player Profile.

Link: Chris Weale : Player Profile.


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18 July 2014 : Doncaster Going In No Direction After Takeover Collapses
League One side Doncaster Rovers are facing an uncertain summer, after their boardroom takeover plans collapsed yesterday. Last month plans were announced for former Chairman John Ryan to buy back his majority shareholding alongside pop singer Louis Tomlinson, and all of that was given nationwide coverage and a fair dose of media hyperbole, mainly thanks to the latter's status as a member of One Direction.

The takeover had been due to complete today, but now appears to be off after both Ryan and Tomlinson gave angry reactions to the situation, albeit pointing the finger at different people for the failure of the bid. Ryan chose to vent his spleen at the Football League describing a decision to block the takeover as a 'scandal' and a 'disgrace'. Having owned the club for 15 years told the Yorkshire Post that his track record should have gone before any regulations the League might have and suggesting the League wanted proof of funds of £5 million before it could go ahead:

"We are the first people to fall foul of this new approach by the Football League. The criteria is set so high now that I can’t imagine anyone will be able to pass the test. Certainly not in the lower leagues, at least. I asked the League if we had any chance of passing the test and they simply said 'no'. I find that ridiculous. Basically, they (the League) are taking into account nothing but pure cash. But what about assets? What we don’t have is £5m in cash sitting there, which is what the League seems to want. Who has that amount of cash? People have assets and that should be taken into account. How is anyone going to pass in the future? Maybe they should ask all the current owners to see if they can pass this new test. My guess is very few would be able to pass."

Ryan's problems appear to stem from a change made to Football League regulations that was voted in by member clubs. It is an extension of the existing Fit and Proper Persons Test, which centred on any owner or director's status as an individual, but did not consider their current financial position. However, at Championship level, clubs are required to present business plans to the League, demonstrating that the would-be new board has financial sustainability. This rule was extended to cover League One and League Two in the summer, with the League indicating that they "will require the purchasers of the club to provide 'Future Financial Information' demonstrating the club's ability to trade and evidence of the source and sufficiency of funding."

Reacting to Ryan's criticism of the decision to block the takeover, the Football League issued the following statement:

"In any club takeover it is a requirement for the prospective purchaser to provide a business plan and to demonstrate that the funding is in place to deliver on that plan. This is part of the League’s ongoing efforts to ensure the financial sustainability of our clubs. In this case, this fundamental requirement has not yet been met. We are in close contact with the club and will continue our dialogue."

Suggestions have been made that the failure of the takeover came as the result of a proposed 'Crowdfunder' Supporters Trust model that Ryan and Tomlinson had put into place had failed to reach a £2 million target, falling well short at around £750,000, despite the would-be owners contributing two-thirds of that amount. The Crowdfunder project had been badged as additional money that would act as a supplement to the general funds available to the club, but when that missed its target yesterday, the takeover failure swiftly followed leading to suggestions that the two events were connected and that the Crowdfunder project was in fact acting as funds to purchase the club. Whilst Ryan has denied that, Tomlinson had a different opinion, claiming he had been 'misled' over the deal:

"I’m absolutely gutted the Doncaster Rovers deal is not going ahead. I am desperate for the club to be given the recognition it deserves. I was explicitly told that the deal to buy the club was not dependent on the money raised by Crowdfunder. Unfortunately I was misled. My passion for Doncaster Rovers remains as strong as ever, and I hope that I can still be involved with the club moving forward."

Ryan himself has declared that he is 'finished' with football, meaning that Doncaster will remain still in the hands of current majority shareholders Terry Bramall and Dick Watson. As yet, they have yet to issue any sort of statement to finding they still own a club they thought they'd sold a month ago. Meanwhile manager Paul Dickov's plans to sign a number of players who are currently at the club's Training Camp in Portugal, now have to be brought into question given that Ryan and Tomlinson's withdrawal from the table leaves the club in limbo.


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17 July 2014 : D'Ath Moves On For Eastleigh Trial
Former Yeovil Town loanee Lawson D'Ath has turned out for Conference National newcomers Eastleigh tonight. The former Reading attacking midfielder was part of the starting line-up for the Hampshire side as they defeated League One team Swindon Town, with D'Ath scoring the opening goal as he fired home a short pass from a free kick.

This is the 21 year old's third club in pre-season, having played for Bristol Rovers in early July before switching across to turn out for Yeovil Town in their pre-season friendly against Basingstoke Town. Gary's post-match thoughts on Lawson were fairly luke warm, and so it was little surprise to find that he wasn't in Tuesday's squad that travelled to Torquay United.

He now seems to be hoping to impress last season's Conference South champions, who are currently assembling a rather expensive looking squad for their first ever season in non-league's top division.


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17 July 2014 : Welsh Heading Back To Yeovil On Trial?
Former Yeovil Town left-winger Andy Welsh appears to be heading back down to Huish Park on trial. The 30 year old is a free agent after leaving Scunthorpe United in May after just one year and six appearances at Glanford Park, with his last appearance coming on September 3rd 2013. A cartilage injury just after that last game required surgery and kept him out of first team action for the season. With the second year of his deal with the Iron merely being an 'option' it wasn't too surprising when Welsh parted company with Scunthorpe.

Andy's time with Yeovil Town had been rather more fruitful, playing 118 times and scoring seven goals across three seasons, with no sign of the injury problems that would plague him once he made the decision to leave the club in the summer of 2011, for Carlisle United. He made 38 appearances for the Cumbrians across two seasons, but with only 12 league starts during that time - in part down to Carlisle playing a formation that did not regularly use wingers, but also due to a four month calf injury - a seven centimetre tear - that put him out of action between September 2011 and January 2012, not long after his arrival in the North-West.

The Manchester-born player has a long running close friendship with Danny Cadamarteri and the pair have been coaching at Leeds United Ladies recently. Cadamarteri has today tweeted:

"Good luck @andy_welsh11 down at Yeovil Town. Hope it all goes well mate. #workhard #dowhatUdo and the outcome is inevitable"

Cadamarteri's tweet suggests that the player is heading down to Somerset in an attempt to earn a contract. Welsh has never played under Gary Johnson. He was signed by Russell Slade but then played under Terry Skiverton's management, meaning that Welsh and Johnson missed each other, but obviously both Skiverton and Darren Way would have been able to provide a recommendation. However, there is obviously a big question mark over his fitness, given the torrid time that he's had in that respect since leaving Somerset.

Link: Andy Welsh : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 July 2014 : Donny Stay Seated For Season Opener
Doncaster Rovers, who are Yeovil Town's first opponents for the 2014-15 season, have received their initial allocation of tickets for their trip to Huish Park, which they will be putting on sale to their Season Ticket Holders from next Monday. The two sides meet on Saturday 9th August, and at present it looks as though the Copse Road away terrace will not be open for this fixture, with an initial batch of 350 tickets being passed to the Keepmoat Stadium ticket office which are all earmarked for the Screwfix East Stand.

The closure of the away terrace was a relatively common affair for League One matches in the lead-up to the club's promotion to the Championship in 2013, particularly for clubs with smaller away followings. However, for the 2013-14 season, the away terracing stayed open for all Championship fixtures, with several clubs bringing away followings in excess of 2,000 supporters.

In the case of Doncaster, they are usually one of the better supported away sides in third tier football, and so they may exhaust the initial 350 ticket allocation. If they sell more than 500 tickets, then doubtless the club will open up the away terrace, but as things stand, it's seating only. Doncaster Rovers fans wanting to buy advance tickets need to go via the Keepmoat Ticket Office.


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17 July 2014 : Morgan Makes Second Spireites Appearance
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan was given his second trial match for League One side Chesterfield on Tuesday night. The 20 year old former Liverpool player featured in the Spireites' 5-1 win over Alfreton Town, coming on as a 52 minute substitute, to add to the Saturday appearance he made for them at Shrewsbury Town.

Morgan's presence on the pitch was significantly overshadowed by Ivorian striker Armand Gnanduillet, who bagged a first half hat-trick whilst an own goal and a fifth from Charlie Raglan completed their victory. Apart from his entrance onto the pitch, the Chesterfield club website and local media don't mention Morgan by name to give any indication of any involvement he may have had in those second half goals.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson has made it clear that he is willing to let Morgan go to another club, having decided that he is not part of his future plans.


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16 July 2014 : Palazuelos Makes Cypriot Move
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Ruben Palazuelos has found himself a new club. He has signed for Ermis Aradippou, who are based in the town of Aradippou, on the outskirts of Larnaca in Cyprus. They play in the Cypriot First Division, and will also compete in the 2014-15 Europa League, coming in at the Third Qualifying Round stage.

Having so far played in Spain, Greece, Macedonia, Scotland, Bulgaria, Finland and England, this is Ruben's eighth different country that he's played football in. This is his first club since leaving Huish Park at the end of the 2013-14 season, having made nine appearances for the club.

Link: Ruben Palazuelos : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 July 2014 : Friendlies Building Up To Cardiff And Plymouth Dress Rehearsals
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the club's pre-season friendlies will tend to continue to be a workout for the 'squad' rather than the test of a 'first eleven' until they reach the final few major friendlies. Last night at Torquay United, midfielder Kevin Dawson was the only outfield player to stay on the pitch for the full 90 minutes, with the majority of other players either replaced at half time or around the hour mark.

That has been pretty much the pattern of all three of the club's pre-season friendlies so far, with generally only the goalkeeper making it through the full 90 minutes on the pitch. Speaking to BBC Somerset this week, Johnson earmarked the home match against Cardiff City (July 27th) and the visit to Plymouth Argyle (July 30th) as two matches that would be dress rehearsals for the 2014-15 season, where players would be challenged to stay the distance:

"You're just looking at different things until you get to the last two or three games before the season, and then they've got to be 90 minute first team games. So we're probably looking at our Cardiff and Plymouth games as two full 90 minute first team games, whereas with all of the others the whole squad has been involved."

With six trialists travelling down to Torquay last night - and four of those unnamed - there is the usual theme of a revolving door during pre-season as players have come and gone across the three matches played. Gary explained that was fairly typical of the process of searching through batches of trialists:

"You've got to be a pretty high standard of trialist to get into a League One team - unless they're here to look at us as much as us looking at them. But at the moment there's nothing too much on the horizon, but that doesn't mean to say that we won't pick up a couple."


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16 July 2014 : Berrett Injury Stalls His Pre-Season Plans
Yeovil Town midfielder James Berrett has become the second player to suffer a significant pre-season injury that will keep him out of the club's friendly schedule in the run-up to the start of the 2014-15 season. The former Carlisle United player was one of a number of absentees for yesterday's match against Torquay United at Plainmoor. He has a 'thigh strain' which the Western Gazette indicate is likely to keep him out for a 'couple of weeks' according to manager Gary Johnson.

Based on Johnson's words, that would put the 25 year old out for the rest of July, although ought to give him a chance of returning just before the start of the League One matches. Also missing last night were midfielder Sam Foley and striker Kieffer Moore - there are no major concerns with that pair of players, and they are expected to return for Saturday's home match against Reading at Huish Park. Winger Joel Grant remains the other long term absentee, with his foot injury likely to keep him on the treatment table into the first couple of games of the season proper.

Other news from last night's match included that amateur trialist pair Billy Texeira and Mykel Beckley have departed the club. The duo came in on the back of a Budweiser Open Trials programme, but have not made it beyond the training ground before being told to look elsewhere.


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15 July 2014 : Torquay 2 Yeovil 2 : Gulls Twice Peg Back Glovers
Yeovil Town were twice pegged back in a pre-season friendly at Plainmoor this evening, as they drew 2-2 against Torquay United. Whilst an AJ Leitch-Smith penalty and a well worked goal from Kamel Chergui put them ahead against a Devon side that were relegated from the Football League at the end of last season, the Gulls kept up their strong record against Yeovil with goals from Courtney Cameron and Elliot Benyon levelling the game.

Tonight's friendly gave fans the first chance to see Chris Weale make his return in Yeovil Town colours, whilst Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent - whose family live in Street - made his debut. The substitutes bench also featured six trialists, of which four were unnamed - merely referenced on the teamsheet by shirt numbers and the letters A, B, C and D. Those substitutes watched a fairly inert first period, of which the best chance came when Kevin Dawson fed Sam Hoskins, with the young striker hitting the inside of the post with his shot.

The game sprung into life nine minutes into the second half when Torquay winger Toby Ajala was judged to have fouled Liam Davis inside the box. Up stepped AJ Leitch-Smith who scored from the penalty spot to put Yeovil a goal up. But that lead was to only last four minutes, as Luke Young set up an equalising goal, finding Courtney Cameron, whose scuffed shot went across Chris Weale and in off the far post and over the line.

Eleven minutes before the end, Yeovil regained the lead as 'Trialist C' broke free in the box before cleverly setting up Kamel Chergui for an easy shot on goal, with the French-Algerian converting for a 2-1 scoreline. But Torquay once again quickly hit back - Niall Thompson's cross into the box was headed home by Elliot Benyon for the fourth and final goal of the evening.

Final Score: Torquay United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: AJ Leitch-Smith (54 mins, 0-1), Courtney Cameron (58 mins, 1-1), Kamel Chergui (79 mins, 1-2), Elliot Benyon (86 mins, 2-2).

Yeovil Town Starting XI:
Chris Weale,
Seth Nana Twumasi, Ben Nugent, Jakub Sokolik, Nathan Smith,
Sam Hoskins, Kevin Dawson, Joe Edwards, Liam Davis.
James Hayter, AJ Leitch-Smith,

Substitutes: 12. Gareth Stewart, 13. Nathan Ralph (60 mins for Nathan Smith), 14. Aaron Martin (50 mins for Jakub Sokolik), 15. Matteo Lanzoni (46 mins for Seth Nana Twumasi), 16. Calvin Brooks (60 mins for Ben Nugent), 19. Ferdinand Takyi (60 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith), 20. Kamel Chergui (60 mins for Liam Davis), 17. Trialist A (46 mins for Sam Hoskins), 18. Trialist B (60 mins for Joe Edwards), 21/26. Trialist C (46 mins for James Hayter), 22. Trialist D.

Torquay United:
Rice, Tonge, Richards, Downes, Pearce, Young, Briscoe, Cameron, Bowman, Ives, O'Achie.

Substitutes: Harding, Chaney, Chapell, Yeoman, Thompson, MacDonald, Ajala, Cruise, Benyon, Hutchings, Sullivan, Seabright (gk)

Referee: Adam Bromley.


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15 July 2014 : Team News For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have selected their starting eleven for tonight's pre-season friendly against Torquay United. The line-up sees Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent given his first chance to shine, whilst Chris Weale is back in club colours after his return to Yeovil Town matches was thwarted by a slight hamstring injury. AJ Leitch-Smith has overcome a knee injury as well.

On the bench, there are six trialists with Ferdinand Takyi and Kemal Chergui getting another chance, whilst there are four more unnamed players also warming the bench, who are presumably new in terms of previous friendlies.

The line-up is as follows, with a slight bit of calculated guesswork in terms of which of the three strikers plays in which position on the pitch:

Yeovil Town Starting XI:
Chris Weale,
Seth Nana Twumasi, Ben Nugent, Jakub Sokolik, Nathan Smith,
Sam Hoskins, Kevin Dawson, Joe Edwards, Liam Davis.
James Hayter, AJ Leitch-Smith,

Substitutes: Gareth Stewart, Nathan Ralph, Aaron Martin, Matteo Lanzoni, Calvin Brooks, Ferdinand Takyi, Kemal Chergui, Trialist A, Trialist B, Trialist C, Trialist D.


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15 July 2014 : Johnson In No Hurry To Replace If Morgan Leaves
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is unlikely to go hunting for a replacement for striker Adam Morgan if he does leave the club. The Glovers boss confirmed yesterday that the former Liverpool academy product was not part of his future plans, shortly after the player was spotted on trial for fellow League One side Chesterfield on Saturday.

With the first team squad already holding Kieffer Moore, Sam Hoskins and James Hayter from last season, and new recruit AJ Leitch-Smith having signed from Crewe Alexandra, this is not a part of the pitch where the club are currently short of options, especially given that winger Joel Grant is also capable of playing in a front line role. As such, Johnson told BBC Somerset that he didn't see a replacement as one of his priorities if Morgan did leave the club:

"I'm pretty happy with what we've got. The forwards seem to be scoring - I think Sam (Hoskins) has got a couple, Kieffer (Moore) has got a couple and AJ (Leitch-Smith) has got a couple, and we know that Joel Grant can play up there if we need it as well. So it's certainly not a priority. If the league started tomorrow then I'd be happy with our squad, to be honest with you."

Gary also explained that the current squad he is working with will be more or less the one that he starts the 2014-15 season with - only waiting for a handful of players to get over training ground knocks before he is able to see all of his first team players. At that point onwards, he hopes he will just be doing occasional squad tweaking:

"When everybody is fit we think that we've got a decent 18 or 19 man squad. Then after that it will just be a case of finding out if you can get better than what you've already got - as you always try to do. That's the nature of the game, but in which case we'll have to move out before we can move in."


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15 July 2014 : Alcock Makes Blades Move
Former Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock has left Peterborough United today. The 26 year old has signed a two year contract with Sheffield United after spending three years at London Road, where he made 96 appearances for the Posh.

Alcock had initially been released by Peterborough this summer, but a late u-turn after they lost Mark Little to Bristol City prompted a new offer being put on the table. However, he has instead decided to join the Blades, who were one of League One's form sides during the second half of the 2013-14 season, and thus will be one of the favourites to gain promotion this season.

There had been slight murmurings on the grapevine that the Glovers had enquired about Alcock's availablility over the summer, although that was nipped in the bud when they snapped up Brendan Moloney from Bristol City. Blades boss Nigel Clough has said of his new signing:

"We are delighted to get Craig, who has experience of the top end of this division and also the Championship in recent times. A major advantage is he can play anywhere across the back four and that will be hugely beneficially through what is a very, very long season."

Unsurprisingly, there have been a number of former Glovers players who have made moves over the summer month. Yesterday saw winger Lewis Young move from Bury to Crawley on a one year deal, joining Ryan Dickson, Matt Harrold and Gavin Tomlin who have all moved to Sussex over the summer.

Blink-and-you'll-miss-him goalkeeper Stuart Taylor moved from Reading to Leeds United earlier in the month, on a one year deal. Meawhile left-back Ben Gordon has been given a three year contract by Colchester United after being released by Ross County. Winger Cameron Stewart has moved from Hull City to Ipswich Town, signing a three year contract. Finally former left-back/midfielder Stephen Reed has moved from Bideford to Ilfracombe Town.


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15 July 2014 : Williams Makes Return From Cruciate Ligament Operation
Former Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams is back on the road to recovery following a ten month lay-off from the game. The Swindon Town player has completed two 45 minute run-outs against Yate and Swindon Supermarine that acted as his first major steps in his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury sustained at Huish Park.

Just nine games into a full 2013-14 season loan with the Glovers, in his second spell with the club, the 27 year old suffered a training ground injury that was to end his season rather abruptly on the final day of October 2013. However, he has told the Swindon Advertiser that he didn't realise that the injury was so severe until several days later and had even travelled up on the team bus to Leeds United, hoping to play at Elland Road:

"I did it on a Thursday (31st October) and travelled up to Leeds on the Friday ready to play but it swelled up horrifically. I had an operation and it was nine months from there. I couldn't straighten my knee for the first three months and any fitness I was doing was upper body. After two months, I could get in the pool and then from three I spent all my time strengthening it – for the last three months, I've been doing nothing but that."

When he was loaned out to Yeovil Town, as part of a cost-cutting exercise at the County Ground, there had been a suspicion that he would not return to Swindon for the 2014-15 season. However, boss Mark Cooper has said that the former Bristol Rovers player is still very much part of his first team plans:

"He’s trained every session, looks really fit and really strong and he’s been flying in training. Most League One teams would know he’s got something to offer if we play two up front. He’s very strong mentally. The physio hasn’t had to chase him at all, he’s just one that goes and does his work. I’ve not seen any sign of him letting up or pulling out of tackles. I’ve got no worries he’ll be flying come August 9th. At the start of last season, when we decided we were going to play one up front, it just wasn’t suited to what Andy gives and with it looking like we’ll probably play two up front it will probably suit him."

Williams has admitted that his time immediately after his knee operation was a difficult one, given that he was unable to even walk during that period. However, being able to get through those two friendly matches without a reaction was a big step in the right direction for him:

"I've only had a couple of 45 minutes but for me personally it was important that I got through the two games, for mental reasons as much as physical. It's just as tough mentally as it is physically. The first two weeks, when you're fresh off the operating table and you're sat in the front room not able to even get your food and drink, are awful. But after that, there were loads of little goals to hit and the fitness coach and the physio here worked with me every day and I couldn't fault what they did with me to help me get back ahead of schedule. After being out for such a long time, it does feel weird getting back on the pitch again."

Link: Andy Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 July 2014 : Directions For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town play their third pre-season friendly of the summer, as they travel down to Devon to play Torquay United at their Plainmoor ground. The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and will see us come up against a side that were relegated from the Football League at the end of last season, and so are reshaping their side in the hope of a rapid return.

For those travelling to the game, depending upon where you're travelling from, you may decide to get on the M5 early at Taunton. Alternatively if you live further west of Yeovil, you may decide to follow the A303/A30 route to Exeter, joining the motorway at Junction 29.

Either way, a couple of miles after the end of the M5 motorway when it becomes the A38, the road splits going up a very steep hill and you need to take the A380 towards Newton Abbot and Torquay. On reaching Kingskerwell, take the first exit at the large roundabout (there is a McDonalds & Sainsburys on one side) onto the A3022 towards Torquay. After one mile turn left towards Babbacombe (A379). After one mile turn left into Westhill Road for Warbro Road. Plainmoor is signposted on nearing the ground.

There is a Ciderspace guide to Torquay in the archives and that can be found here. However, be aware that it was last updated in October 2012, just prior to our last competitive match which took place in the Football League Trophy. The directions, pub information and general info should just about hold true, but obviously a few other bits will have aged.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.


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14 July 2014 : Jones Signs Cardinals Deal
Former Yeovil Town defender/midfielder Joey Jones has found himself a new home. The 20 year old has signed a one year contract with Conference National side Woking, who he played on loan with during the second half of the 2013-14 season.

Jones, who joined the Glovers from Leicester City this time last year, failed to make a first team appearance in Yeovil Town colours, but his stay at Kingfield was a successful one, scoring two goals in 12 appearances, with many of his appearances for the Cardinals being made in a midfield position.

The very best of luck to him in his new club.


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14 July 2014 : Johnson Confirms Morgan Exit Is On The Cards
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed one of the less well-kept secrets at Yeovil Town - namely that striker Adam Morgan has no future at the club. Confirmation of this comes two days after he went on trial with fellow League One side Chesterfield, playing in their 2-0 defeat against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

The former Liverpool striker arrived as a teenager - initially on loan - in November 2013, and started his first three games for the club. However, that was as good as it got for him, despite making that switch permanent just over a month later, having pre-agreed a two-and-a-half year contract at the club when he first arrived at Huish Park.

Morgan never made another start for the club, with his substitute appearances becoming more and more infrequent - managing just six minutes on the pitch during the final six weeks of the season, and not even making the first team squad line-up during the month of April as he sat in the stand. Speaking to BBC Somerset about the player's future, he admitted that it probably wouldn't be at Huish Park:

"His future probably lies away from our club. I think he played in the last half hour of the game (at Chesterfield). But that's just something where the management team feel that he won't be in our squad, so we need to help him, for whatever reason, to try to find him somewhere where he can play some football."

Johnson added that Morgan needed to become more competitive in the way that he played the game to become successful as a professional, but recognised that this was sometimes a problem when players took the leap from academy football into first team football:

"They've got to get the mentality very quickly of winning football matches, and of three points meaning the world. With all due respect, sometimes you can come out of the Under-21s, and still be playing as if you're playing for no points, and more so by training like that. Some lads do that. Some handle the intensity of it all and the relentlessness of it, and some don't."

The 20 year old has already missed Yeovil's pre-season friendlies against Frome Town and Basingstoke Town, suggesting that we may have already seen the last of him. All in all, he has made 13 appearances for the club, and did not find the back of the net during that time.


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14 July 2014 : Gary Gives Thoughts On Trialist Quartet
Saturday's pre-season friendly against Conference South side Basingstoke Town saw Yeovil Town field four trialists in their line-up during the second half at the Camrose stadium. Only one of those was a brand new face, with French/Algerian winger Kamel Chergui being a 21 year old who has previously been on the books of St Etienne. The other 'new' face was in fact an old face, with Lawson D'Ath trying his luck with the Glovers just a few days after playing for Bristol Rovers in a pre-season friendly.

In a game in which manager Gary Johnson didn't quite come up to scratch, particularly during the second half where the large numbers of non-contracted players made for a scrappy performance, the Glovers boss had these views after the game on the four who were hoping to earn a deal:

Lawson D'Ath: "When he was at Reading, he was a young lad with a lot of potential, but hasn't quite reached where Reading thought. We'll have a discussion with my staff as to whether we want to take it any further."

Kamel Chergui: "He's a friend of Abdou El Kholti, who gave great service to us at the time. He asked us to have a look at him. You could see little bits of what he's got, although unfortunately there wasn't a lot happening around him. So maybe he deserves another chance."

Ferdinand Takyi: "He didn't get a lot of service either. He was working quite hard trying to win the ball, but there wasn't a lot coming to him. So he'll probably be around for another week as well."

Luke Clark: "We think he's a good footballer, but we think it's probably a bit early for him to think about League One football. Although having said that, he was probably the best passer on the day. So there's good parts in his game, and there's other parts he needs to improve on. What he does need is first team football - somewhere he is going to play regular football."

One player who missed out in Saturday's match was new loan signing Ben Nugent, who has been recruited in from Cardiff City. Gary confirmed that this wasn't an issue of paperwork or any agreements between the two clubs, but a training ground injury, explaining: "We got the clearance, they gave us permission, but it's just that he's had an ankle injury. He went over on it, and he played on for a little bit when he really should have told us, but that's his personality. We've had to give him four or five days away from the training. He'll play his first game at Torquay."

Nugent, along with AJ Leitch-Smith (knee) and Chris Weale (hamstring) who also missed Saturday's match, are expected to be in the running to play against Torquay United on Tuesday night, with winger Joel Grant (foot) the only more serious absentee. Johnson has indicated that having seen his squad play in two pre-season friendlies that he is now looking at putting together a 'strong' eleven of players to start in matches, presumably to see what options he has once the season kicks off:

"We'll now start looking at our strong team. I wouldn't say we'll know our first eleven yet. But we can start playing a strong team and then see where we go from there."

One player who is unlikely to feature is former Liverpool striker Adam Morgan. As reported yesterday, a player by that name was introduced as a low key substitute for Chesterfield in their pre-season friendly at Shrewsbury Town. The Sheffield Star have confirmed that the player concerned is the same player - even if they seem not to realise that he is a contracted Yeovil Town player - merely describing his previous time at Anfield and a loan spell at Rotherham United.

Tomorrow's match against Torquay United takes place at Plainmoor, kick-off 7.45p.m. with tickets available on the day from the Devon side's ground.


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13 July 2014 : Morgan On Trial With Spireites?
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan would appear to be on trial with fellow League One side Chesterfield. Whilst neither club have made any comment concerning the 20 year old's current situation, a player by that name came on as a 64th minute substitute for the Spireites in their 2-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town, playing in a striker's position.

Morgan has missed both of the club's pre-season friendlies so far, and was not visible at the Camrose yesterday. Reports during the midweek match at Frome Town suggested that he was in talks with an unnamed Scottish club but as yet there's been no sign of any player bearing that name turning up in Scotland.

The former Liverpool player still has two years left on his contract at Huish Park, but made his last start for the club on December 7th 2013, and has played just six minutes worth of football for the Glovers since mid-March, despite being fit and available.

Although manager Gary Johnson has not made any on-the-record comment concerning Morgan's future with the club, the circumstantial evidence points towards a player who has rapidly disappeared down the pecking order, and with five strikers on the club's books at present, that situation isn't likely to change.

Chesterfield's manager is Liverpool-born Paul Cook, who played for Marine and Tranmere Rovers in the area, as well as managing Southport and is known to be a boyhood Liverpool FC fan. It would therefore be no surprise if he had followed Morgan's progress through the Anfield academy ranks.


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13 July 2014 : Ticketing For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town is now available. The match takes place on Monday 4th August at the Avenue Stadium, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off and will be the club's final friendly prior to the 2014-15 season starting.

Admission prices for this match will be as follows, with tickets available on the turnstiles:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £6.00; Aged 16 and Under: FREE.

Dorchester's policy for concessions includes Senior Citizens, NHS Employees (including all emergency services personnel with a valid ID card), Armed Forces personnel, Disabled supporters (with free entry for an assistant) and Students. Please take any relevant ID cards to act as proof of entitlement.

For ticketing information for other pre-season friendlies, and 2014-15 season fixtures, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Reading And Bristol Rovers Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Offer For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Fixtures.

Link: Full Admission Prices For 2014-15 Season.


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12 July 2014 : Basingstoke 1 Yeovil 1 : Second Half Fade Sees Glovers Held At Camrose
Yeovil Town were held to a 1-1 draw in humid conditions at the Camrose this afternoon, as Conference South side Basingstoke Town came from a goal down to level in the Glovers second pre-season friendly. In a first half dominated by Yeovil, they took the lead when Sam Hoskins pounced on a defensive error to score from eight yards out on the half hour mark. But in a disjointed looking second half, featuring a Glovers side with significantly more new faces, Basingstoke levelled as Manny Williams stabbed home from a corner, with little to inspire in the second period or suggest the Glovers could win the game.

Gary Johnson selected a starting eleven made up entirely of permanent signings, perhaps suggesting the way his mind his thinking in terms of what he has seen so far in pre-season training, albeit with Chris Weale, AJ Leitch-Smith, Joel Grant and Ben Nugent all sitting out today's match.

It was an opening 45 minutes that the Glovers dominated, albeit in humid conditions, and in a half punctuated by physios coming on, drinks breaks, and a few painfully slow moments where it wasn't really clear why play wasn't resuming. This was definitely a pre-season friendly. As the half wore on, Kieffer Moore had a one-on-one blocked by the feet of the keeper, and when the ball was returned into the box Sam Hoskins flicked a header wide that he probably should have put away.

Kieffer Moore finds his shot is blocked by Basingstoke keeper Stuart Moore, who was in excellent form
Kieffer Moore finds his shot is blocked by Basingstoke keeper Stuart Moore, who was in excellent form.

The Basingstoke keeper was in excellent form throughout the match - albeit that he seemed to like doing saves in a manner that would be called 'playing to the cameras' - if there had been any video cameras showing this afternoon's match! He made one such acrobatic save from a Sam Foley volley inside the box, forcing the ball out for a corner. Brendan Moloney whistled a rocket of a shot over the bar, before the home keeper saved again - this time tipping over a Sam Hoskins volley.

But there wasn't a lot any goalkeeper could do when a defensive hash gifted Sam Hoskins the ball on 29 minutes, and the former Southampton striker gave himself room inside the box before firing home from eight yards out for what was on the whole a deserved lead - and one that Yeovil took in at the break. Not a brilliant 45 minutes worth of football, but it was passable.

Liam Davis rides a tackle down the left flank
Liam Davis rides a tackle down the left flank.

In the second period inevitably Yeovil made many changes - seven at half time and then a further three on the hour mark. Introduced were known trialists Luke Clark and Ferdinand Takyi, plus a French winger called Kamel Chergui who used to be on the books of St Etienne, and former Glovers loanee Lawson D'Ath, who was released by Reading at the end of last season and played for Bristol Rovers in midweek.

The end result was a bit of a disjointed mess at times, and Basingstoke's equaliser was evidence of that - a corner that the Glovers made a hash of clearing as it bounced around in the box, before Manny Williams fired home for the equalising goal, seven minutes after the break.

Thereafter, there wasn't an awful lot more going on during the game to suggest Yeovil could retake the lead. Kamel Chergui and Ferdinand Takyi looked lively enough although without a real end product, but Lawson D'Ath didn't achieve a lot, whilst Nathan Smith and Nathan Ralph looked a little anonymous in their play, albeit with the latter operating in midfield. If Gary Johnson's thinking was to put his 'first eleven' in during the first half and 'the others' in during the second half, then there wasn't an awful lot to see during the second period to make anyone think that he might have got his decision-making wrong - based on the second 45 minutes play.

Final Score: Basingstoke Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Sam Hoskins (29 mins, 0-1), Manny Williams 52 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town (First Half):
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Brendan Moloney, 5. Jakub Sokolik, 6. Aaron Martin, Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson, 4. Joe Edwards, 8. James Berrett, 11. Sam Foley
10. Sam Hoskins, 9. Kieffer Moore.

Yeovil Town (Second Half):
1. Artur Krysiak
16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 6. Aaron Martin 5. Jakub Sokolik, 13. Nathan Smith
17. Lawson D'Ath, 18. Luke Clark, 4. Joe Edwards, 20. Kamel Chergui
22. James Hayter, 21. Ferdinand Takyi

Substitutes: 14. Matteo Lanzoni (60 mins for Aaron Martin) 19. Nathan Ralph (60 mins for Joe Edwards) 15. Calvin Brooks (60 mins for Jakub Sokolik)

Attendance: TBA


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11 July 2014 : Ladies Head For Magpies Cup Showdown Tomorrow
Yeovil Town Ladies captain Rachael Edwards admits her side's previous performances against FA Women's Super League 1 teams this season fills her with confidence as she eyes up an upset against Notts County in the Continental Cup.

A draw against Bristol Academy and a narrow loss to Birmingham allowed Yeovil to show their credentials on the big stage. And as wins over Aston Villa and Oxford United leave them just three points off table-toppers Notts County in Group Three, Edwards insists the Yeovil players have nothing to fear from their final Continental Cup group game:

"We’re full of confidence that we always raise our game when playing against top teams so we’ll go in knowing that we can give them a really good game. We’re going well in the group ourselves and hopefully we can get something from it. We’ve never played Notts County before. We’ve obviously seen them on TV and hear about them doing so well in the league above us so we know they’re going to be a really tough opposition. But we don’t fear anybody so we’ll just go in and hopefully get the result we want."

Notts County, meanwhile, have only conceded one goal in the Continental Cup this season, in the draw with Bristol Academy. And goalkeeper Carly Telford is keen to maintain that defensive record and push forward in the competition as County strive for silverware. Telford said:

"It won’t be easy for us but we’ve got the capability to go in and get something out of the game which will put us in a good position to kick on for the rest of the cup and the rest of the season. We had a good run in the FA Cup so we’re now looking to the next best thing – the Continental Cup. As the weeks go on, the focus will switch to the league but if we can keep momentum going through the cups and pick up some silverware that way then that’s an added bonus. We’ll be looking for a good performance and hopefully the three points will look after themselves."

The Glovers will be hoping for a big crowd on Saturday to get behind the team, who can still finish as the highest place runner up and qualify for the semi finals of the Continental Cup. The game on 12th July kicks off at 5.00p.m. (turnstiles open at 3.30p.m.) at Jones Stadium, Sherborne, DT9 5NS.

Tickets for the game can be purchased on the Yeovil Town Ladies Ticketing Website costing £4.00 adults / £2.50 concessions, or you can pay on the turnstiles on the day of the game.

U18’s can also gain FREE entry on receipt of a ‘Golden Ticket’ during admission. For more info email info@yeoviltownladies.com or print out the image shown below (or click here and print) and fill in the form.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Notts County in the Continental Cup
Yeovil Town Ladies vs Notts County in the Continental Cup.

Print this image out and fill in the form to claim your Under-18 Golden Ticket
Print this image out and fill in the form to claim your Under-18 Golden Ticket.


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11 July 2014 : Nugent Loan Deal Confirmed
Yeovil Town have completed the loan signing of Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent. As reported on Sunday, the 21 year old has been brought in as the club's first loan signing of the summer, and has a number of local connections with the club. Having lived in the Somerset village of Street as a youngster, he is familiar with the area, whilst his father Richard Nugent has already set foot on the Huish Park turf, having made 25 appearances for the club during the 1995-96 season.

Richard also has a past connection with Glovers boss Gary Johnson, having played under him when the two were at Kettering Town, meaning that Gary was introduced to Ben's footballing skills whilst he was a very young child kicking a ball around Gary's house! Ben has signed a loan contract with Yeovil Town until January 4th 2015. For a full profile of Ben's career so far, see Sunday's article linked below.

Link: Ben Nugent : Player Profile.


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11 July 2014 : Directions For Basingstoke Town vs Yeovil Town
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town travel to play Conference South side Basingstoke Town in a pre-season friendly at their Camrose ground. The ground is situated about 1.5 miles south-west of Basingstoke railway station, close to the A30 that runs parallel with the M3. So if you're coming from the South West, you need to leave at Junction 7, whereas if you're coming from the South East or London area, you need to leave at Junction 6. Details are as follows:

Address: The Camrose, Western Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG22 6EZ

From The South-West: Exit at M3 Junction 7 and join the A30 towards Basingstoke. Follow the dual carriageway through two sets of traffic lights and straight over at Sainsbury’s Roundabout. Continue down the A30 and go straight over at Kempshott Roundabout. You will then reach Brighton Hill Roundabout. Take the second exit onto Western Way and the Camrose car park is 100 yards on your right at the mini-roundabout.

From The South-East/London: Exit at M3 Junction 6 and join the A30 westbound (Winchester Road) until the Brighton Hill Roundabout.

From Reading/Oxford area: Follow the A33 into Basingstoke, and take the ring-road following signs for the M3. When you reach the A30 junction before you reach the M3, take the Westbound (Winchester Road).

There is a car parking fee of £1.00. For alternative parking, take the third exit off of Brighton Hill Roundabout and take a right at the traffic lights into Brighton Hill Retail Park (by McDonalds). This car park is free.

By Rail: Basingstoke is on the line that runs between Yeovil Junction and Waterloo Station. To walk from the station to the ground it's a 30-40 minute walk. For the first 10 mins you'll walk straight through the entire length of two Basingstoke shopping centres and out the other side. Head out of the station and down the steps towards the road. Cross the road and go into the Malls shopping centre, next to Sainsbury’s. Continue straight ahead passing Primark, Boots, WH Smith’s, Pound Land and New Look. You will reach some doors that go into the Festival Place shopping centre. Go through these and continue straight ahead again, passing Marks & Spencers, Zara and Greggs Bakery. Continue straight ahead past Madhouse and Gamestation. You will reach another set of doors that lead out of Festival Place. Go through these and take the walkway on the right that passes Sony and Barclays Bank.

Head all the way up the hill (Wote Street) in front of you passing The Haymarket Theatre. You will reach a square which contains McDonalds and the old town hall. Take the turning to your right (Not back down the other side of the town hall) and go past The Bakers Arms pub, Maidenhead Inn (Wetherspoons) and Bar Rock. You should now meet a junction with some traffic lights. Go straight ahead at these towards Dominos Pizza. Take Winchester Road that goes to the left of Dominos and continue down the road passing Scottish & Southern Energy. After 600 yards you will pass the King Of Wessex Pub. Continue along Winchester Road until you reach Winchester Road Roundabout.

Go straight over at the Roundabout using the underpasses provided (Make sure you come up on the right hand side of Winchester Road). Carry on straight ahead and you should see B&Q on the opposite side of the road and The Camrose main stand straight ahead in the distance. Continue to follow the road straight ahead, eventually passing behind the main stand. There is a walkway and some steps through the fence on the right that go into The Camrose car park. The Clubhouse is straight ahead.

By Bus: If the walk from the railway station doesn't suit, then it will take you 15 minutes by bus (plus up to 15 minutes waiting time for the bus). Come out the station, head to the bottom of the steps outside the train station and you'll find a bus stop for Service No.1. Catch the service to Hatch Warren/Kempshott Park (Not the service to Chineham or you're going in the opposite direction!)

Ask the driver for The Camrose or Brighton Hill Retail Park. Get off before the Camrose at B&Q so you can cross the road at the pedestrian crossing. Press the stop bell at the Winchester Road Roundabout to alert the driver to stop. If returning to the train station from The Camrose then get the Number 1 to Chineham from the stop just outside the ground on Winchester Road. The bus stops outside the station. The bus runs every 15 minutes at peak times (Weekdays and Saturdays).


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11 July 2014 : Full Admission Prices For 2014-15 Season
Yeovil Town have published a full set of prices for individual matchday tickets for the 2014-15 season. The prices are in line with those that we published on this site in February, but now include confirmation of the pre-match admission prices and those for supporters purchasing tickets via the online ticketing page.

As with recent seasons, there is a £2.00 difference between the matchday and pre-match prices for all non-Junior tariffs, whilst there is also a £5.00 difference between the matchday price and the online price for the same tariffs (or £3.00 if compared with the by phone/in person pre-match tariff).

This gives the following lists of prices for the 2014-15 season:

Matchday Prices Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £36.00 £36.00 £36.00 £36.00
Tamburino Stand Centre £28.00 £25.00 £18.00 £9.00
Tamburino Stand Wings £26.00 £23.00 £18.00 £8.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £27.00 £23.00 £18.00 £9.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £25.00 £21.00 £18.00 £8.00
Thatchers Terrace £25.00 £20.00 £18.00 £8.00

Pre-Match Prices Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £36.00 £36.00 £36.00 £36.00
Tamburino Stand Centre £26.00 £23.00 £16.00 £9.00
Tamburino Stand Wings £24.00 £21.00 £16.00 £8.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £25.00 £21.00 £16.00 £9.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £23.00 £19.00 £16.00 £8.00
Thatchers Terrace £23.00 £18.00 £16.00 £8.00

Online Prices Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium n/a n/a n/a n/a
Tamburino Stand Centre £23.00 £20.00 £13.00 £9.00
Tamburino Stand Wings £21.00 £18.00 £13.00 £8.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £22.00 £18.00 £13.00 £9.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £20.00 £16.00 £13.00 £8.00
Thatchers Terrace £20.00 £15.00 £13.00 £8.00

If you purchase via the online system there is a £2.50 fee per transaction - i.e. if you purchase four tickets the fee will still be £2.50 spread across all four tickets. The tactic is therefore to batch up your ticket purchases if you want to save more money.

All tickets for the 2014-15 season - including the three home pre-season friendlies - are now on sale. You can also still purchase a 2014-15 Season Ticket if you prefer - noting that the 'early bird' offer has now expired.


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11 July 2014 : Ticketing Offer For Doncaster Rovers Match
Yeovil Town have introduced a ticketing offer for the opening day of the 2014-15 season. The home match against Doncaster Rovers takes place on Saturday 9th August 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and fans aged Under-16 (i.e. the existing Junior category) can obtain admission FREE of charge for the match.

Because of the way seats and terrace places are allocated inside the ground, you'll still need to claim your ticket via the Huish Park Ticket Office - you can do so in person or by calling them on 01935-847888. Adult and other category tickets can also be purchased for this match at the same time.


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10 July 2014 : Grant Out For A Month As Nugent Deal Draws Closer
Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant will be missing from action throughout the whole of pre-season, after ligament damage in training caused him to pull up. The 26 year old has had a busy summer, having played four times for Jamaica in friendly internationals, and it is thought that this may lie behind his injury, which was sustained shortly after he came back into pre-season training.

As a result, Grant is using a medical boot to stop further damage on his foot - having suffered a strain when running on a treadmill - and he is expected to be missing from action until mid-August. There is less concern about goalkeeper Chris Weale, who missed yesterday's match against Frome Town with a hamstring injury - he will hopefully replace Artur Krysiak between the sticks for Saturday's trip to Basingstoke.

Meanwhile manager Gary Johnson has confirmed Sunday's news that the club are making a move for Cardiff City centre-back Ben Nugent. The 21 year old was a spectator at last night's 6-1 win over Frome at Badgers Hill, and Johnson indicates that it is just the completion of the paperwork - which would include international clearance - which is holding up the finalisation of the deal.


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10 July 2014 : Advance Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle Friendly On Sale
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. With most of our pre-season friendlies, you can purchase them on the turnstiles on the day of the game, but for the trip to Home Park, which takes place on Wednesday 30th July, prices are increased by £2.00 on the day of the match.

With that in mind, Yeovil Town supporters can purchase tickets in advance via the Huish Park Ticket Office, either in person, or by calling 01935-847888 and paying via debit/credit card. For admission prices for that game and others, see the articles linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Basingstoke vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Reading And Bristol Rovers Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Fixtures.


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9 July 2014 : Frome 1 Yeovil 6 : Six Of The Best In Opening Friendly
Yeovil Town gained a comfortable opening pre-season friendly win this evening at Badgers Hill, as they put six goals past Southern League Premier Division side Frome Town. In a match based around two almost entirely different line-ups spread across the two halves, goalkeeper Artur Krysiak was the only player to stay on the pitch for the whole game, with the club's other goalkeeper Chris Weale kept out through a slight injury.

The opening two goals came from former Crewe Alexandra striker AJ Leitch-Smith. He took advantage of a left-wing cross from Nathan Ralph for the first, finishing inside the box. Ralph was getting his first taste of football for sixteen months, after the whole of the 2013-14 season was wiped out through injury, and he lasted an hour before running out of steam. Meanwhile AJ Leitch-Smith bagged his second thanks to a Brendan Moloney crossfield pass that saw the striker cut inside for his second of the game.

Frome ensured the half time scoreline stood at 2-1 when they quickly responded, with Matt Smith firing home after a ball reached him at the far post. But during the second half, Yeovil accelerated ahead as Kieffer Moore forced an error in the Frome defence, setting up Sam Hoskins to score from close range. Then after Liam Davis was felled inside the box, Kieffer Moore made it 4-1 from the penalty spot.

Yeovil's fifth came via Kieffer Moore's second of the evening as he took advantage of a loose ball from a corner, whilst the final goal of the evening came via Sam Foley, whose curling shot found the net after he had been put through on goal.

All in all, the sort of start the Glovers wanted to their campaign, and with Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent watching from the sidelines ahead of an expected loan move, and the likes of Chris Weale and Joel Grant sitting out tonight's match with slight injuries, the chance to see further options within the squad should be available in future friendlies. However, former Liverpool striker Adam Morgan may not be involved in the warm-up matches at all - he missed tonight's match after holding talks with an unnamed Scottish club.

Final Score: Frome Town 1 Yeovil Town 6.

Scorers: AJ Leitch-Smith (0-1, 18 mins), AJ Leitch-Smith (0-2, 43 mins), Matt Smith (1-2, 44 mins), Sam Hoskins (1-3, 50 mins), Kieffer Moore (1-4, 54 mins), Kieffer Moore (1-5, 75 mins), Sam Foley (1-6, 83 mins).

Yeovil Town (First Half):
Artur Krysiak
Brendan Moloney, Matteo Lanzoni, Aaron Martin, Nathan Smith
Kevin Dawson, Luke Clark, James Berrett, Nathan Ralph
AJ Leitch-Smith, James Hayter.

Yeovil Town (Second Half):
Artur Krysiak
Seth Nana Twumasi, Calvin Brooks, Jakub Sokolik, Liam Davis
Sam Foley, Joe Edwards, Callum Harris, Nathan Ralph
Sam Hoskins, Kieffer Moore.

Second Half Sub: Luke Clark (for Nathan Ralph).


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9 July 2014 : Twumasi Agrees New Glovers Deal
Yeovil Town right-back Seth Nana Twumasi has signed a new contract at the club. The 24 year old's contractual status at Huish Park was unknown, despite him returning to pre-season training at the start of this month, having been given an unspecified contract offer back in May, but without any details coming out as to whether he has accepted the deal or not.

The Western Gazette reports that he has signed a one year deal now, and so will be hoping to build on the three substitute appearances he made for the club last season. Left-back Nathan Ralph is still at the club and is on a "week-to-week" contract at the moment, whilst he aims to prove his fitness. Ralph missed the whole of the 2013-14 season, an has not played any form of competitive football since April 2013, but is playing in tonight's friendly against Frome Town.

As manager Gary Johnson implied, both of tonight's trialists are extremely low key. Callum Harris is a former Blackburn Rovers Under-18s player who operated in the centre of midfield, and was released at the end of last season. There is a video of his time with Blackburn - presumably produced for promotional purposes - on YouTube below.



The other trialist would appear to be Luke Clark (rather than Clarke) - a former Everton and Preston North End youth player who can play as a right-back or a midfielder. He spent two years with Accrington Stanley, but only made 13 appearances for them and was released at the end of last season. He was born in Rainhill, near St Helens, in Lancashire on May 24th 1994, and so has just turned 20 years old.

Finally, Cardiff City centre-back Ben Nugent is present at tonight's match as a spectator. As reported on Sunday, Nugent has been linked with a loan move to Huish Park, and it would appear that he has been informally training with the club over the past few days. The paperwork has yet to go through, but the fact that he is present at the match would imply that there is a serious interest there.


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9 July 2014 : Team News For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have selected their team for tonight's pre-season friendly against Frome Town. The match at Badgers Hill will see the club play two different sides across the 45 minute periods, with most players planned to be substituted at the break.

There are just two trialists on show, with Luke Clarke and Callum Harris due to play a half each. Centre-back Calvin Brooks is a non-contract defender who had been training with the club last season, whilst playing for Wincanton Town on a 'loan' basis.

Assuming we do not get any injuries or issues breaking out during the match, the following two sides will feature:

Yeovil Town (First Half):
Artur Krysiak
Brendan Moloney, Matteo Lanzoni, Aaron Martin, Nathan Smith
Kevin Dawson, Luke Clarke, James Berrett, Nathan Ralph
AJ Leitch-Smith, James Hayter.

Yeovil Town (Second Half):
Artur Krysiak
Seth Nana Twumasi, Calvin Brooks, Jakub Sokolik, Liam Davis
Sam Foley, Joe Edwards, Callum Harris, Nathan Ralph
Sam Hoskins, Kieffer Moore.

Notable absentees are goalkeeper Chris Weale, winger Joel Grant and striker Adam Morgan - the latter is in talks with an unnamed Scottish club, according to the Western Gazette, and so will not play in tonight's match. Weale and Grant have minor injuries and so are sitting out the fixture.


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9 July 2014 : McAllister On Trial With Killie
Former Yeovil Town left-back Jamie McAllister is reported to have returned to Scotland in search of a new contract for the 2014-15 season. The 36 year old, who started his career north of the border with teams such as Queen of the South, Aberdeen, Livingston and Hearts before Gary Johnson signed him up at Bristol City, is claimed to be training with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock.

Various papers in Scotland, including The Scotsman are indicating that he is training with them, whilst boss Allan Johnston makes a decision whether to offer him a deal - Killie are apparently short of options in that area and so he may stay with them once the season starts.

McAllister left Yeovil Town at the end of the 2013-14 season, having made 84 appearances for the club, having been released at the end of his two year contract.

Link: Jamie McAllister : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 July 2014 : New Main Stand Sponsors Announced
Yeovil Town have new Main Stand sponsors, after AgustaWestland ended their long-serving sponsorship deal at the club. For the 2014-15 season onwards, Italian Restaurant company Tamburino will have their name in lights as the Tamburino Main Stand, having agreed a three year deal with the club.

AgustaWestland had held the name since July 2007, but the mantle will now be taken by an Italian chain that has two outlets in Yeovil, plus further restaurants in Sherborne and Street.

We're aware that some supporters who have ordered Main Stand Season Tickets for the 2014-15 season have not yet received their cards through the post - our understanding is that lies at the heart of the delay, along with a general need to press more cards for later applicants. Hopefully today's announcement will allow the wheels to be put in motion for those to be produced now.


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9 July 2014 : Moloney Made First Impressions Count With Glovers Move
New Yeovil Town signing Brendan Moloney has said that his first impression of Glovers boss Gary Johnson was enough to persuade him that leaving Bristol City would be a good thing for his career. The 25 year old signed a two year contract at Huish Park, with Luke Ayling going in the other direction in an unrelated deal.

Whilst Johnson has explained that his interest in Moloney dated back to May, and in fact preceded any discussions the two clubs had about Luke Ayling, rather than the other way around. Moloney told BBC Somerset that he had only become involved in conversations with the Glovers boss more recently, but as soon as that happened, he knew he was willing to make the move happen:

"It's probably only in the last week or two. Obviously Luke Ayling has gone the other way. But when I spoke to the manager here, I was really impressed and I was very keen to get it done. I'm just thankful it's all sorted, and I'm really looking forward to the coming weeks and months. I was really impressed with Gary. I know he lost a few players from last year, but the players that have come in now will gel. It's really exciting times ahead."

Moloney, who began his professional career with Nottingham Forest predominantly plays as a right-back, meaning that he is a genuine positional swap for Ayling. However, he hopes that Glovers fans will see him doing a bit more than just defending during matches:

"I'm a right-back and first of all it's about the defence and being good defensively. But when the opportunity comes to bomb on up the right, then hopefully they'll see me bombing on and putting a few crosses in and then hopefully setting up a few goals."

Johnson himself has indicated that his current summer transfer business may not be concluded, despite being close to the limit of his 2014-15 playing budget. However, he reiterated that AFC Bournemouth midfielder Shaun MacDonald was not part of his current thinking, saying "it was never a possible" and saying that he had merely been asked what his opinion was of the former Yeovil loanee.

Tonight, all fit first team squad members will travel to Badgers Hill, home of Frome Town for the club's first pre-season friendly - a current group of around nineteen contracted players, and doubtless a handful of trialists thrown in.


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9 July 2014 : New Date For Leyton Orient Christmas Fixture
Yeovil Town have rearranged one of their Christmas holiday fixtures for the 2014-15 season. The home League One match against Leyton Orient, which was due to be played on Sunday 28th December, will now be played on Monday 29th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

With no match scheduled for New Year's Day, the fixture move allows a slightly bigger gap between the Boxing Day fixture against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, and the January 3rd fixture against Preston North End at Deepdale. On the downside this does mean the club's only Christmas holiday home fixture is now an evening kick-off.

Link: 2014-15 Yeovil Town Fixtures.


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8 July 2014 : Directions For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town play their first pre-season friendly of the 2014-15 season tomorrow evening, when they travel to play Frome Town at the Blindmans Brewery Stadium. The match against the Southern League Premier Division side has been arranged as compensation for the cancelled fixture in last season's Somerset Premier Cup, and so will hopefully give the Robins some good revenue on the night.

Frome have only just changed the sponsorship of their stadium, so if you are looking it up via any map or SatNav software, you may find it labelled as any of Badgers Hill (unsponsored name), Aldersmith Stadium (former sponsors) or Blindman Brewery Stadium (current sponsors). For those heading to the ground for the 7.45p.m. kick-off, details are as follows:

Address: Frome Town FC, Blindmans Brewery Stadium (Badgers Hill) , Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2EH.

To get to the ground, use the following directions. Those travelling from the Yeovil area should follow the first set of directions:

From Shepton / Glastonbury side of Town: Sainsbury's Super Store will be visible on your right hand side and go straight over the next two roundabouts (the second one is a mini roundabout). Carry on that road and pass the Weaver pub on the left hand side just before you climb a slight hill. At the mini roundabout drop down the hill into the centre of Frome. Go through the traffic lights and follow that road to the top of the hill. At the very top, turn right. Go straight over the traffic lights at the Vinetree pub crossroad & Badgers Hill is at the top of the hill on the right hand side.

From Bath side of Town: as you pass the garage at Beckington (will be on your right side) on the Frome by-pass take the third exit at the next roundabout. At the following roundabout take your first exit left. Go straight over at the next roundabout (Coalway Lane Industrial Estate) and at the next roundabout take your first exit and within 100 yards take the first turning right. Continue on that road and you will pass Selwood School on your right and Frome Town AFC can be found 100 yards on your left hand side.

There is free parking at the stadium. Badgers Hill has a 'pub' style social club at the ground called the Venue and Sports Bar if you are after a pre or post-match pint.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.


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8 July 2014 : Moloney Deal Is Confirmed By Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have completed the permanent signing of Bristol City defender Brendan Moloney. Despite reported attention from fellow League One side Colchester United, the former Nottingham Forest trainee has agreed a two year contract with the Glovers, that will see him stay at Huish Park until the summer of 2016. He joins on a free transfer, having had his contract at Ashton Gate torn up.

Moloney becomes the club's eighth signing of the summer, joining midfielder James Berrett (Carlisle United), left-back Nathan Smith (Chesterfield), centre-back Aaron Martin (Birmingham City), striker AJ Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra), goalkeeper Chris Weale (Shrewsbury Town), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (Exeter City) and centre-back Jakub Sokolik (Liverpool) for the 2014-15 season.

For a full profile of Brendan's career, see Saturday's article, linked below.

Link: Brendan Moloney : Player Profile.


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8 July 2014 : Moloney Announcement Due This Afternoon?
Reports from the Bristol end suggest that defender Brendan Moloney will be unveiled as a Yeovil Town player this afternoon. The Bristol City right-back will be a direct replacement for Luke Ayling, who became a City player this morning.

A journalist from the Bristol Evening Post has indicated via Twitter this afternoon that he believes Moloney passed his medical on Saturday afternoon. He also adds that Bristol City have torn up his contract at Ashton Gate, as the Glovers were not willing to take on his existing terms. Assuming that's the case, he would therefore join the club as a free transfer.

For a full profile of Brendan's career, see Saturday's article, linked below.

Link: Brendan Moloney : Player Profile.


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8 July 2014 : New Kit Planned For 2014-15 Season
Yeovil Town are to produce new home and away kits for the 2014-15 season. Using manufacturers Sondico the current target is for the new home variant to worn by the first team on Saturday 19th July's pre-season friendly against Reading.

The late unveiling is due to the club currently negotiating a new sponsorship deal, although it's not clear whether that's with current sponsors W&S Recycling or whether a new sponsorship is on the cards. The Poole-based company have been the club's sponsors for two years, although there's never been any firm indication as to how long their deal was in place for. Given both kits are changing, that tends to point at new sponsorship.

The current home kit is just over a year old, having been launched for the Wembley Play-Off Final, whilst both home and away shirts were changed in August 2012 to cater for the W&S sponsorship change. The 2011-12 season also saw two new kits produced - the home kit change was pre-planned, but the club also introduced a 'second' away kit design due to the previous season's white away shirt being considered to be too similar to the home shirt, thus causing the potential of clashes with both.

There is no current target for the unveiling of the away kit, or when either replica kit will be available to buy in the shop. When dates and prices are available, we'll obviously provide an update.


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8 July 2014 : Luke Ayling Completes Bristol City Move
Yeovil Town right-back Luke Ayling has completed his move to League One rivals Bristol City. The 22 year old has signed a three year contract at Ashton Gate today, thus ending a four year association with the Glovers. Although Ayling was out of contract at the end of last season, his age means that the Glovers will receive a compensation fee - which both clubs have reached agreement on - predictably that is undisclosed although should be a healthy six figure fee based on recent transfer tribunal cases involving similar players.

Luke was the club's longest serving player - discounting those who have moved away from the club and come back - and was the last player whose signing pre-dates the return of manager Gary Johnson. Brought in initially on loan during April 2010, he was turned into a permanent signing that summer when his former club Arsenal released him. Initially he was used as a defensive midfielder, having largely played as a centre-back during his Gunners Academy days, but he ultimately became a regular in the Glovers side as a right-back.

It was to take Luke over three years before he found the back of the net. When he did so, it was a screamer as a long range strike against Birmingham City in an August 2013 League Cup match flew into the net during extra time. Other events in that match grabbed the headlines, but it was to stand as his first professional goal. His second had just as much drama - the 90th minute equaliser against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium that finished off a crazy 3-3 draw.

Overall he scored three times in 185 appearances for the club, playing in over 40 matches in all four full seasons that he played for the Glovers. His performances during the 2013-14 campaign were good enough for him to pick up the top votes from the GWSC, Away Travel Club and DSA supporter groups in the End Of Season Awards, along with the Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award.

Whilst the two clubs have chosen not to disclose the fee agreed for Ayling's compensation, it will fall in line with the sort of value obtained for other similar players. A comparison can be made with former Exeter City defender Troy Archibald-Henville. His career followed a similar path to Luke Ayling's - a Tottenham Hotspur academy player who had two loan spells with the Grecians before signing permanently for them at the age of 21 years old.

After making 130 appearances and scoring three goals, Swindon Town took him on as an out of contract player, but they could not agree a fee with Exeter and so the two clubs took it to a tribunal, which produced the following binding agreement (to be considered for illustration purposes only):
a) An initial fee of £200,000
b) A further £20,000 each after 15, 30, 45 and 60 appearances (up to £80,000)
c) A further £40,000 if the player was on their books when promotion to the Championship was achieved
d) A further £100,000 if the player was on their books when promotion to the Premier League was achieved
e) A sell-on clause providing Exeter with 20 percent of any profit if the player was later sold for a fee in excess of the above

Obviously the two scenarios are not identical to each other, but probably give a flavour of the rough amounts that would have been discussed by both clubs over the past week or two.


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8 July 2014 : Leyton Orient Go Under Italian Ownership
League One side Leyton Orient are under brand new ownership, after long-standing owner Barry Hearn agreed to sell his shares to an Italian businessman. He has sold his 90 percent ownership of the East London club to Francesco Becchetti, who is the owner of Italian renewable energy and waste management firm Becchetti Energy Group.

As a result of the takeover, Hearn, his son Eddie Hearn, Steve Dawson and David Dodd have resigned their positions as directors of the club, whilst Matthew Porter has resigned his position as Chief Executive, although plans to retain his directorship. Becchetti is expected to appoint his own directors and executive staff later in the week.

Hearn's decision to step down as Orient's owner isn't too much of a shock, as at the age of 66 years old he has been trying to pass Orient over to new blood for a while now. He has held the reins since March 1995 and has presided over a period in their club's history that has seen them largely modernise Brisbane Road - rebuilding three sides of the ground (but unfortunately not the part that away fans sit in!) and introducing new corporate facilities into the tall West Stand structure.

Becchetti had been in talks with Championship side Reading in March. He attended a match and held talks with the Royals hierarchy flanked by former Juventus and Roma director Gian Paolo Montali and former Siena and Catania coach Marco Giampaolo, who were believed to be acting as advisors to him. He has also been reported as having held talks with Birmingham City and Italian sides Bologna and Bari, but it is only now that his talks have reached fruition. Hearn himself regards it as a move that will be good for Orient, and said last week:

"I have been very consistent in saying that I would step aside if the right offer came in from someone who could take the club forward. I think he has the ambition and the resources to do something spectacular here. If the man delivers what I think he can then this is a very exciting time for Orient."


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7 July 2014 : Glovers Schedule Truro Friendly
Yeovil Town have arranged a pre-season friendly against Cornish side Truro City. The Southern Football League Premier Division side will host the fixture at their Treyew Road ground on Saturday 2nd August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. This additional friendly will be Yeovil's penultimate match before the League One season kicks off, falling two days before the trip to Dorchester Town.

Truro have said that this fixture will be used to help them celebrate their club's 125th Anniversary, with their roots dating back to 1889. It will also be an opportunity for Kieffer Moore to return to Cornwall to play a club that he scored 13 goals for during the 2012-13 season before making the move to Dorchester Town in February 2013.

We last played Truro City three years ago - a 2-2 draw saw Andy Williams net both of our goals, whilst Dan Smith and Scott Walker netted for the home side.

Link: 2014-15 Yeovil Town Fixtures.


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7 July 2014 : Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for the pre-season friendly between Torquay United and Yeovil Town is now available. The match takes place on Tuesday 15th July, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Plainmoor. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s and Students: £7.00; Under-16s: £3.00.

They will be available for the above prices on the turnstiles on the day of the match.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Basingstoke vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Reading And Bristol Rovers Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Fixtures.


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7 July 2014 : Somerset Premier Cup First Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been given a bye in the First Round of the 2014-15 Somerset Premier Cup. The Glovers are one of seven teams to be given a free ride into the Second Round of the competition after the list of ties were revealed today.

The Glovers failed to complete their 2013-14 Quarter-Final tie against Frome Town last season, claiming that a fixture backlog and their squad size made them unable to fulfil the fixture. As a result, the Robins were given a walkover, whilst the Glovers are due to visit Badgers Hill on Wednesday in a pre-season friendly (kick-off 7.45p.m.) as a means to allow Frome a chance to recoup some of their lost gate revenue.

The 2014-15 First Round draw reads as follows:

Cheddar v Larkhall Athletic
Chard Town v Wells City
Welton Rovers v Frome Town
Ashton & Backwell v Clevedon Town
Odd Down v Bishop Sutton
Portishead Town v Brislington
Wincanton v Taunton Town
Hengrove Athletic v Street
Radstock Town v Bath City

Byes: Bridgwater Town, Keynsham Town, Paulton Rovers, Shepton Mallet, Wellington, Weston Super Mare, Yeovil Town.

All First Round fixtures are scheduled to be played during week commencing September 29th 2014.


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7 July 2014 : Gary Talks About Pre-Season Training
Last week, Yeovil Town returned to pre-season training with a new look squad. Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was on hand to speak to the BBC about those new arrivals and his existing charges and how he feels pre-season is going. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's thoughts are captured via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After The Start Of Pre-Season.


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6 July 2014 : Glovers Linked With Cardiff City Centre-Back
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Cardiff City centre-back Ben Nugent. The deal, which would be a loan move, is being reported by a Bluebirds supporters website, and so should be strictly taken as being merely a rumour at this stage.

Nugent is a 6'5" graduate of Cardiff's youth academy, having joined them seven years ago, at the age of 14. He originally hails from Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, but his family moved to Somerset and he was subsequently recruited from Western League side Street. He made his Cardiff first team debut in August 2012 and has subsequently gone on to make 14 first team appearances, scoring one goal, and is on a contract with the Championship side until the summer of 2016.

He was named as Cardiff City's Young Player of the Year at the end of the 2012-13 season, and has subsequently gone out on two loan spells with Football League sides - a brief spell at Brentford that saw him net twice in five appearance, and then an eleven game spell with Peterborough United at the end of last season.

Aged 21 years old (date of birth November 29th 1992) he would fit the sort of profile of player that the Glovers have borrowed from other clubs in the past, with the club already having a good relationship with the Bluebirds that gave them Joe Ralls last season, and will see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side head down to Huish Park for a pre-season friendly on Sunday 27th July.

Cardiff's local press have recently noted the need for Solskjaer to thin out a professional squad that currently stands at around 40 players, following their relegation from the Premier League. And whilst they are expected to shortly sell former Glovers loanee Steven Caulker - Queens Park Rangers are reported to have put in an offer for his services - the likes of Nugent would still be only used within their Development Squad, meaning that there is an opportunity for him to get more loan experience elsewhere.

Whilst this currently stands just as a rumour, once the player's links with Somerset are considered, and the club's current relationship with Cardiff City, this would seem to have a decent fit to it. Ben's father is former Yeovil Town centre-back Richard Nugent, who played for the club during the 1995-96 season under manager Graham Roberts, making 25 appearances for the club.

Link: Richard Nugent : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 July 2014 : Robins Boss Foster Looking Forward To 'Fantastic' Friendly
Frome Town manager Adrian Foster says that he is looking forward to a 'fantastic' friendly on Wednesday that will kick off the pre-season campaign for both his side and Yeovil Town. The 43 year old will welcome his former club to Badgers Hill on Wednesday night, for a 7.45p.m. start that will see a new look Glovers side form together for the first time.

Foster, who signed a new two year contract with the Robins during the summer, having previously managed Dorset side Gillingham Town, says that he is expecting Yeovil Town to bring a strong squad for a fixture that was arranged after the Glovers pulled out of a 2013-14 Somerset Premier Cup tie in February, citing a fixture backlog:

"Yeovil will be a good game, we're looking forward to it. They'll bring their first-team squad and probably a few trialists. We like to play football and hopefully they'll allow us to do that. It’s a fantastic friendly for us – I spoke to Gary (Johnson) and he assured me that they’d be bringing the same team as if they were playing Liverpool or Manchester United."

The Frome Standard indicates that the home team will be fielding a number of trialists - including two players that have flown in from Spain and America in the hope of earning a contract with the Southern League Premier Division club. Foster is hoping that such players can improve upon last season's 14th place finish.

"We'll have a look at them and see what they're like. A couple of lads from Gillingham have come for a trial as well. We need to strengthen the squad going forward. As a manager or player I don't like to set targets – it's not good to be happy with a certain position in the league. We want to win the league, we need to have the attitude that if we don't get promotion then we've underachieved. We'll set our sights on that."

For ticketing information on the fixture at Badgers Hill - operating under the sponsored name of the Blindmans Brewery Stadium for the forthcoming season - follow the link below. Other ticketing information is also available.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Basingstoke vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Reading And Bristol Rovers Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Fixtures.


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5 July 2014 : Yeovil Town and Bristol City To Exchange Right-Backs?
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Bristol City defender Brendan Moloney. The Irishman was absent from City's opening pre-season friendly with Portishead Town and their manager Steve Cotterill confirmed after the game that he had been given permission to talk to an unnamed club.

The Bristol Evening Post name Yeovil Town as that club, although also list Colchester United as having potential interest in the player. Malone is a Killarney-born right-back who would be an obvious replacement for Luke Ayling, who is reported to be heading in the opposite direction to Ashton Gate, although the paper suggests that both deals are being discussed independently of each other. The Ayling deal is claimed by the paper to be due to complete on Monday, with the player arriving for a training session that morning.

Born on January 18th 1989, Brendan is a 25 year old who moved over to England to play in Nottingham Forest's Academy team before turning professional with them during the 2006-07 season. Whilst at Forest he made 49 appearances as he graduated from the youth team ranks, punctuated by loan spells with Chesterfield, Rushden and Diamonds, Notts County and Scunthorpe United - the most fruitful of those was a 19 game spell at Meadow Lane during the 2009-10 season.

In January 2013, he moved to Bristol City on a two and a half year contract, and he has gone on to make 58 appearances for them, scoring one goal. Last season he was a regular in City's side, clocking up 41 appearances, but with Cotterill bringing in Mark Little from Peterborough United and being expected to recruit Luke Ayling shortly, the Robins boss has confirmed that he is willing to let Moloney go.

Whilst there's no certainty that Yeovil Town are the team that will get his services, he does look to be heading out of Ashton Gate. Meanwhile the Glovers are slightly short of options there, with only Matteo Lanzoni a recognised first-team player in that position - Seth Nana Twumasi who has made just three substitute appearances so far represents the current back-up option within Johnson's current first team squad, hence there is an obvious need to recruit, particularly as Lanzoni is theoretically also the cover for the centre-back position.

As yet, there are no quotes or sources for the Bristol Evening Post's links between Moloney and Yeovil, but the fact that it has come soon after Bristol City's pre-season friendly today would suggest they have picked up something from that game, and Moloney's known absence.


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5 July 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Sizing Up The Squad
Five days into the month of July, and Yeovil Town have made seven new signings and are close to finalising their first team squad. All before we've barely seen a trialist, or seen a match played. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry considers how the first team squad are shaping up in terms of numbers and positions, and where there may need to be a few more additions. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own views on what Gary is building so far.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Sizing Up The Squad.


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4 July 2014 : Interview With Chris Weale
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale made a return to the club that had launched his professional career 14 years ago. Signing a two year contract, Chris spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin about why he was willing to return to Huish Park, and what sort of factors influenced his thinking. You can read that interview via the link below.

Link: Chris Weale Speaks To The BBC After Returning To The Club.


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4 July 2014 : Johnson Expecting Squad Completion Within A Week
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is very close to finalising the main part of his first team squad, having now brought in seven new recruits during the summer. Yesterday, midfielder James Berrett became the club's latest signing, joining left-back Nathan Smith (Chesterfield), centre-back Aaron Martin (Birmingham City), striker AJ Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra), goalkeeper Chris Weale (Shrewsbury Town), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (Exeter City) and centre-back Jakub Sokolik (Liverpool) for the 2014-15 season, filling most of the holes that have been left by departing players.

Assessing what he needed just before Berrett put pen to paper, Johnson told BBC Somerset that in terms of his main first team squad members, he had his eye on a 'couple' of players, who he had already identified - with the obvious implication that Berrett was one of those. He was confident that the main part of his 2014-15 squad would be complete in a week's time:

"There's a couple more lads to come in. We know who they are and we're in the final throes of negotiation. It's just a couple. We've had some good youngsters come in as well, and there might be one or two of them that we attach to the squad. We've got a couple coming in tomorrow (Friday) as well. What I do know is that in a week's time we will have our full squad ready for the season."

Johnson added that there could still be a bit of trimming of the squad in other areas, if some of the existing squad members did not seriously challenge for starting positions during the pre-season friendlies. However, whilst he was reluctant to make firm predictions on what sort of table position his team would occupy over the next nine months, he was confident that they would be 'competitive' in League One:

"A lot has gone into it, and as we sit now I believe that we're going to be competitive. That's all I'll say, but I really mean that - if I didn't mean it, I wouldn't say it, and I'd avoid it. A couple might have to move on if we feel that they are not going to be a part of our first team squad of eighteen or twenty players, so there's still a bit of business to be done."

Meanwhile Johnson has played down attempts to read into his 'interest' in AFC Bournemouth's midfielder Shaun MacDonald. The former Glovers loanee was described as a 'target' within the media for Johnson's first team squad, but he has compared his comments - made earlier this week - as being in line with a manager having an 'interest' in Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney - i.e. that his comments should be taken as admiration of the player's abilities, rather than him having made proactive plans to chase the player concerned.


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4 July 2014 : League Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Gillingham
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round tie against Gillingham is now available. Advance tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s and Aged 16-21: £5.00; Under-16s: £1.00.

As expected the match will take place on Tuesday 12th August, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The £1.00 offer for Under-16s relates to a promotional campaign by competition sponsors Capital One - we've yet to see what the full terms and conditions will be, and whether Yeovil Town will enforce this.

There will be no price increase on the night of the match, however to avoid queuing on the day, it's recommended that you purchase in advance.

Link: Ticketing Offer For League Cup First Round Ties.

Link: League Cup First Round Full Draw Details.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Fixtures.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Basingstoke vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Reading And Bristol Rovers Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.


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3 July 2014 : David Jones R.I.P. 1935 - 2014
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper David Jones has died, at the age of 79 years old. Born on March 3rd 1935 in Orpington, Kent, he was an Army Corporal in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers who signed for Swansea Town (now Swansea City) in 1955, playing five times for them over the following two years - three times in the league, once in the FA Cup and once in the Welsh Cup.

In 1958, he was signed up from Swansea by manager Jimmy Baldwin and commenced a ten year association with the club that included being part of the club's sides that performed giant-killing acts in the FA Cup over Southend United (twice), Walsall and Crystal Palace, ultimately clocking up 363 appearances for the club before retiring due to injury in the summer of 1967. His nickname at the club was 'Milkbottle' due to his all-white goalkeeper kit.

Not every appearance Dave made for the club was between the sticks though. On April 23rd 1962, he suffered an injury that forced him to relinquish his goalkeeping duties, and with no substitutions available to teams at that time, he took an outfield position, scoring a goal in a 3-1 win at Huish. Two years later he was part of Basil Hayward's side that became 1963-64 Southern League Premier Division Champions, whilst he also twice lifted the Southern League Cup.

Yeovil Town's 1964-65 squad as defending champions of the Southern League
Yeovil Town's 1964-65 squad as defending champions of the Southern League
Dave Jones is pictured second row from the back, fifth player in.


After he retired he became the club's Youth Team Coach, and picked up further silverware as his youngsters won the Yeovil Youth League. His time with the Glovers saw him stand as the club's 12th longest serving player since the end of the Second World War - apart from those early Swansea appearances, he had spent his full footballing career representing Yeovil Town.

Eventually Dave returned back to South Wales. He had met his future wife Shirley at a dance at Mumbles Pier in Swansea, and he returned back there to become a Sales Rep with Walls Ice Cream, before spending 20 years running a Spar shop in Winch Wen, until he retired fully in his late 60s.

David's grandson Greg Evans is a goalkeeping coach with Swansea City's academy set-up. His surviving family include two daughters, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. His funeral will be held at Swansea Crematorium on Friday 11th July, at 12.00 noon.


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3 July 2014 : Berrett Signs Contract With Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have now confirmed the signing of former Carlisle United midfielder James Berrett. The 25 year old, who started his career with Huddersfield Town, has penned a two year contract with the club, keeping him at Huish Park until the summer of 2016.

Berrett is the club's seventh arrival of the summer, joining left-back Nathan Smith (Chesterfield), centre-back Aaron Martin (Birmingham City), striker AJ Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra), goalkeeper Chris Weale (Shrewsbury Town), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (Exeter City) and centre-back Jakub Sokolik (Liverpool) on the club's books. All signings have penned two year contracts at the club.

For a fuller assessment of James Berrett's career, see the earlier story linked below. Manager Gary Johnson's views on the player were also recorded earlier today.

Link: James Berrett : Player Profile.

Link: Johnson: Midfielder Berrett Will Be Good Fit In Jigsaw Puzzle.


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3 July 2014 : Johnson: Midfielder Berrett Will Be Good Fit In Jigsaw Puzzle
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that he expects former Carlisle United midfielder James Berrett to sign for the club, just as soon as he's packed a bag and got down the motorway to Somerset. The 25 year old has verbally agreed terms on a deal that is understood to be a two year contract with the Glovers, despite the Cumbrians attempting to keep a player that had clocked up 198 appearances for them across four seasons.

Whilst Johnson told BBC Somerset that he wasn't prepared to count his chickens with a player who he'd yet to see arrive at the club, he did expect him to become a Yeovil Town player within the next 24 hours, with him due to travel down today:

"It is someone that we've got an interest in. He is actually on the road somewhere between Huddersfield and us, as that's where he lives. Hopefully we'll be letting people know later today that he's been signed, sealed and delivered."

Berrett netted 27 times for Carlisle during his time with them, and was part of their squad who won the Football League Trophy in 2010-11 against Brentford, scoring ten times during that campaign. A further ten followed during his following season, and whilst last year's return was not as fruitful, Johnson feels that he will give his squad a player with plenty of experience at this level:

"He's had forty-odd games every season in the last four years and four seasons he's been with them. He was part of the couple of good seasons they had when he scored nine or ten goals. Then they struggled last year, and they got relegated, and of course the lad wants to keep his status (in League One). We feel that he's a nice jigsaw bit for our puzzle, and we think he'll suit us down to the ground."


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3 July 2014 : Bristol City Return For Ayling Again
League One side Bristol City appear to have reignited their interest in Yeovil Town right-back Luke Ayling, despite having already filled their vacant full-back position this summer. The Robins had taken Mark Little on a three year contract from Peterborough United on a three year contract last month, leading to the conclusion that they would drop any thoughts they had of signing up the former Arsenal trainee.

However, this afternoon reports via BBC Radio Bristol claim that Ayling is "set to sign" for City, who have been making a number of high profile signings this summer involving six figure transfer fees. Given Ayling falls under the age of 24, Yeovil Town are entitled to compensation due to the four years worth of service he spent at Huish Park. The BBC believe that both clubs have agreed a fee, but that the deal is subject to personal terms.

Overall he made 185 appearances for the Glovers, scoring three goals - all of his professional first team appearances have come for the Glovers, which would present a strong case for a large fee for his services. He has not attended any of the club's pre-season training sessions - no surprise given that he is not on the club's payroll any more.

Link: Luke Ayling : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 July 2014 : Swindon Disclose 2014-15 Playing Budget
League One side Swindon Town have made public their playing budget for the 2014-15 season. The Robins have generally been fairly open about their spending levels, in part because they have historically been a club that has tended to live 'on the edge' of what they are able to afford. During the 2012-13 season they twice fell under a transfer embargo, and at that time they confirmed they were operating to a £4.5 million playing budget.

After losing in the 2012-13 League One play-offs, Swindon decided to cut their cloth more accordingly, with new owner Jed McCrory unwilling to plough money in at previous rates. For last season BBC local radio pitched their playing budget as being just over £2 million.

For the 2014-15 season, the latest Swindon owner Lee Power has put out a statement confirming that they will now be operating under a playing budget of £1.8 million - a further reduction on last season's figures. Power has just won a court case involving previous owner McCrory, in a row over who actually owned the club, but although he was the eventual victor he feels the uncertainty over the outcome has damaged the club, with sponsors unwilling to put their money into the club whilst they didn't know who would be pulling the strings in the future.

Power explained that the budget figure was based on the assumption that sponsors would now come forward, including the purchase of corporate hospitality packages and warned that if that wasn't the case then even the £1.8 million figure might have to be downgraded:

"I have always said I wanted to make the club self sustainable as quickly as possible. We would be nearly there, if the income was similar to last season, but at this point, it isn't. We have hardly sold a season ticket over the last two months, hardly sold any hospitality and have had plenty of sponsors pulling out saying they wouldn't renew until this case (against Jed McCrory) was resolved. In order for us to have a competitive budget - which I have allowed £1.8 million for this season - we need the income to remain at the levels it has been or the budget will have come down accordingly."

Evidence of Swindon's attempts to rein in previous spending levels comes with their willingness to allow centre-back Troy Archibald-Henville to join Carlisle United on a free transfer. The former Exeter City and Tottenham Hotspur player was at the heart of their first 2012-13 transfer embargo after they were ordered to pay the Grecians a compensation fee of £200,000 by a transfer tribunal, with the expectedly high figure taking them over the level allowed under the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) rules in place for League One and League Two clubs.


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3 July 2014 : Southend Boss Rues Loss Of Sokolik
Southend United manager Phil Brown believes that the chance to play in a higher division was the main reason why Jakub Sokolik decided to sign for Yeovil Town. The Czech Republic centre-back penned a two year contract earlier this week, having been released by Liverpool at the end of last season, despite the Shrimpers making determined efforts to sign up a player who had previously been on loan at Roots Hall.

Speaking to the Southend Echo, Brown said he had no hard feelings about Sokolik's decision, and praised him for his time with the Essex club:

"We did all we could to sign Jakub but it just came down to Yeovil being in a higher league than us. But he's a great kid and a very good player who did well for us so I wish him the very best with Yeovil and hope he does well for them too."

Brown was somewhat more critical of former Bristol Rovers midfielder John-Joe O’Toole who he also missed out on. He has signed a three year contract with League Two side Northampton Town, with suggestions that the Cobblers have given him significant money to move to Sixfields. That may be a bit of a surprise to those who read some of O'Toole's interviews from last season where he was dismissive of his Rovers team-mates and of League Two clubs in general, saying:

"I want to play in nicer stadiums. Torquay or Accrington away on a Tuesday is not really what you look forward to. I scored 15 times in a struggling team, but if I had maybe a better team around me, I could have scored many more. I don’t want to be at this level any longer than I need to be."

The Southend boss suggested that whatever O'Toole was being offered at Northampton, it went way above what he was prepared to offer, and pointed out that he was part of a team that was relegated to the Conference at the end of last season:

"I’m not slagging John-Joe off because he’s a good player but I wasn’t prepared to break our wage structure for a midfielder who played for a Bristol Rovers team who got relegated last season."


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3 July 2014 : Yeovil Town Linked With Carlisle United Midfielder
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for former Carlisle United and Huddersfield Town midfielder James Berrett. The former Republic of Ireland youth international player is a free agent after his contract at Brunton Park ran out at the end of last season, but despite having put an offer down on the table for the 25 year old, boss Graham Kavanagh has yet to persuade him to sign a two year contract that is on the table for him.

Instead, a Sky Sports journalist who has tended to have a decent track record in Glovers signings, believes that Berrett has tied up a two year contract with Yeovil Town, with the obvious thing that Yeovil are able to offer being League One football. There are no quotes or sources named as yet, although manager Gary Johnson's list of positional targets that he gave out last month include a central midfielder, for which Berrett would fit the bill.

Born in Halifax, Yorkshire on January 13th 1989, he was a product of Huddersfield's academy system, making his debut for them at the tail end of the 2006-07 season. Whilst he stayed on the edge of the Terriers first team, clocking up 41 appearances across the three seasons that followed, it was only when he moved to Carlisle in the summer of 2010 - having been allowed to leave on a free transfer - that he began to gain some serious Football League experience.

Over the past four years he has played 198 times for Carlisle, and has a reputation for a long range goal, having netted 27 times in his career for the club. He had been the Cumbrians main set piece taker, operating in the centre of the park, and turned out 48 times for them in the season just gone, scoring four times. During June boss Graham Kavanagh still held out hope of persuading him to stay, but last week he admitted that he'd probably lost him to another unnamed League One club, despite giving what the Carlisle News and Star reported as being an offer that would have made him one of their top earners. Kavanagh explained:

"He’s been an excellent servant for this football club and he’s one of the nicest lads you could hope to meet. He’s also a very good professional in every way and I would have loved to have been able to report that he was staying. It doesn’t look like that will happen, unless something changes drastically, so I wish him all the best with his next move."

In addition to his club football, Berrett is a former Republic of Ireland youth international, having been capped at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level. His last caps came in 2009, having been selected five times at Under-21 level during the 2008-09 season.


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2 July 2014 : Jones Given Wimbledon Link
Former Yeovil Town defender Joey Jones is being linked with a move to AFC Wimbledon. The former Leicester City defender/midfielder is named by West London media website GetWestLondon - who cover most Football League clubs in that area - as being of interest to their manager Neal Ardley, although without quotes or sources to indicate how strong that interest is.

Jones has a number of Surrey and West London connections, having had trials with Brentford before his move to Huish Park, whilst he also had a 12 game loan spell with Conference National side Woking last season, scoring two goals. His Twitter profile implies he has some sort of Surrey base, quoting 'Surrey/Yeovil' as his home, suggesting that a move to Wimbledon would represent a good move for him. So far there's no on-the-record indication that he is training with them yet though.


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2 July 2014 : Exit Trials Providing Johnson With Main Source Of Trialists
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has indicated that there are six unnamed trialists currently at Huish Park trying to earn a contract with the club, but none of them are considered to be names that supporters would readily know. The Glovers are known to be taking a look at Ferdinand Takyi, who is a Ghanaian striker, whilst there are two amateur players in striker Billy Texeira and winger Mykel Beckley who are due to take some part in July training sessions.

Johnson has indicated that more players of that ilk are training at the club, having used Academy exit trials as a means to short list a batch of players who have been released by clubs. As such, they are likely to be 18-21 year olds whose identities are mainly only known to those who watch Youth Team and Academy matches, rather than players with a serious amount of Football League experience.

Whilst there are no clear indications in terms of who attended yesterday's first pre-season session at the club, Johnson was willing to tell the Western Gazette the sort of numbers that were on the training ground:

"We had six trialists we were looking at and we had a squad of probably 16. We went to a few exit trials to have a look at everybody there and we thought we would have a look at a couple of young lads. There’s not really anyone you would say is a well-known name. That’s what will happen this year, especially because of the new financial regulations."

The understanding is that non-contract player Calvin Brooks, who trained with the first team last season, is still at the club, but that out of contract right-back Luke Ayling was not present at the ground. Ayling has been seen in the Yeovil area over the last few days, and so if he is training with another club then he is not too far away from South Somerset. Seth Nana Twumasi was present at training, even though there's been no word over whether he has signed his new deal at the club.


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2 July 2014 : Glovers Club Store Closed Today
Yeovil Town's main Club Store will be closed today for the whole day. The closure is due to an annual stocktake that is carried out during the summer, and means that they won't be able to take any sales today. The shop will re-open tomorrow (Thursday) morning as normal, so if you were planning a visit then rearrange it until later in the week.


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2 July 2014 : Gary Johnson Talks About Shaun MacDonald Rumours
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he has had no contact with AFC Bournemouth regarding midfielder Shaun MacDonald, despite rumours - mainly on Twitter claiming that he was returning to the club. However, he confirmed that if the Cherries were to make him available for a loan spell away from Dean Court that he would be interested in following that up.

The 26 year old has had five loan spells with the club - all whilst he was on the books of Swansea City. However, all that ended in the summer of 2011, after 64 appearances and nine goals had been clocked up with the Glovers, when Swansea agreed an £80,000 transfer fee with Bournemouth to take him to the South Coast.

So far his Bournemouth career has been a little stuttering, with only 82 appearances and four goals across three seasons, and with just 25 outings during the campaign just gone. With the Cherries spending big over the last few years, other players have muscled their way in, meaning that Shaun has not started a match since December 3rd 2013, and only made three substitute appearances from the end of February. As such, there is a possibility that he might be put out on loan. Johnson told the Western Gazette that if that happened, he would be interested in talking to manager Eddie Howe about it:

"We explore that all the time and of course if that was a possibility that would be stupid not to follow it up. However, at this moment in time there has been no contact between us and Bournemouth and Bournemouth know that if he does become available then we are in the queue. There has been no contact at this moment in time, I am just trying to get my squad together. I am sure other clubs until they get their squads together and will know who’s playing and not will be able to work it out with loans."

Two weeks ago MacDonald - who is under contract until the summer of 2016 - said that he is purely concentrating on pre-season football, and told the Bournemouth Echo that he was frustrated that a short injury had resulted in him losing his place in the team. He hoped a new pre-season would change the midfield pecking order:

"It’s a fresh start for me. I need to get back, work hard and try to impress again in pre-season. At the moment, I’m trying not to think too far ahead. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, I just want to come back, enjoy it and play my natural game so I can go into the season fresh and ready. I love living in this area, love the club and I feel very settled. On a personal level, I feel happy and everything is set up for me to succeed here.

"When I look back on last season, it was a frustrating one for me. I started so well and was playing with a lot of confidence but when I got injured for a month, other players took their chance. By the time I came back, the team had started to do well so as frustrating as it was, not being in the team was understandable. But nobody is allowed to stand still at this club and the boys who played week in, week out last season will not be guaranteed a place.

"For me, it’s a case of getting some good work under my belt and taking it from there. My focus is to get into the team and start games after pre-season. I haven’t looked too far ahead of that, I just need to make sure I come out of the summer in the best possible shape to challenge. There is always the chance for everyone to impress so I am going to get my head down and give it my all."

The way we'd read this is that MacDonald might come up for a loan offer during August once he and Howe realise whether he is likely to force his way into their first team plans. But if there is any interest in the player, then the Glovers would have to wait a while to find out if that was the case.


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1 July 2014 : Johnson Hoping Glovers Can Advance Sokolik Career
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that new signing Jakub Sokolik would have been more advanced in his career now, if he had not been held back by a couple of significant injuries. The 20 year old signed a two year contract with the Glovers after leaving Premier League side Liverpool at the end of last season, following a loan spell with Southend United during his final months on the Anfield books.

Before that, Sokolik had been drafted into Liverpool's academy system during 2009 from Czech club Banik Ostrava, making his debut for their Reserve team when just 16 years old. However, whilst playing for Liverpool's Under-21s side, he suffered a number of injuries during the 2012-13 season that saw him restricted to just ten matches at that level, with a back problem stalling his progress.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson felt that meant that by the time the Ostrava-born player returned to action during the following season, they had their attention switched to other players, and that didn't help his cause:

"He was unlucky at Liverpool as he had a couple of injuries, including a couple of long-term ones. But they brought him over as a young player from the Czech Republic. They rated him very highly, but then he had these couple of injuries. Without that, we would never get somebody like Jakub."

With a more regular showing during 2013-14 in Liverpool's Under-21s, and a twelve game spell with Southend United at League Two level, Johnson felt that Sokolik was now over those sort of problems, and that he was capable of making the step up from youth/development based football into first team professional matches:

"He proved that last season in Liverpool's Under-21 games, and then he had a really good spell at Southend for the final part of last season. I watched every one of those games, and I felt that he could comfortably make up the step up into League One and be a very good centre-back at our level."


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1 July 2014 : Spireites Fixture Brought Forward
Yeovil Town have made a small alteration to one of their forthcoming fixtures for the 2014-15 season. The home match against Chesterfield has been moved forward by 24 hours, and will now be played on Friay 3rd April 2015 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. This will see the match played on Good Friday, giving the players an extra 24 hours recovery time before they head up the M6 to play Fleetwood Town on Monday 6th April - Easter Monday.

For other fixtures, and current ticket availability, follow the links below.

Link: 2014-15 First Team Fixtures.


Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Basingstoke vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Reading And Bristol Rovers Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cardiff City.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.


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1 July 2014 : Gary Talks About Goalkeeper Signings
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town sign up two goalkeepers, to replace last season's pair of Marek Stech and Chris Dunn. Glovers legend Chris Weale returned to the club, whilst Exeter City's Artur Krysiak decided to switch to Huish Park, with both signing two year deals. After they'd put pen to paper, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin about the deals, and also gave some views on why he had avoided the loan market this time around. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After Signing Two Goalkeepers.


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