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31 July 2015 : New Stadium Record Set As Ladies Lose West Derby Cup Match
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered defeat for the first time since May, as FA WSL1 side Bristol Academy dented their progress in the Continental Cup group stages. Having beaten Oxford United Women in their first group game, they found their Bristol opponents too good in front of goal, as goals from Sharla Passariello, Caroline Weir and Christine Murray won the match. The Glovers were left feeling that the eventual 0-3 scoreline didn't reflect the way the game had gone, with Sarah Wiltshire hitting the crossbar and Bristol goalkeeper Mary Earps having a highly impressive match.

In a game played at the Jones Stadium, Sherborne, Sharla Passariello opened the goalscoring after she took advantage of a Caroline Weir shot that Glovers keeper Alice Evans could only parry out into open space. Midway through the first half, Weir doubled Bristol's lead after she curled in a 30 yard free kick for a 2-0 half time advantage.

This was by no means one way traffic. A Helen Bleazard free kick was brilliantly turned away by Bristol keeper Mary Earps for a corner - one of a number of saves made by the visiting custodian. Then Yeovil's best chance of the game came in the 62nd minute as Sarah Wiltshire's shot from outside the box came flying off the crossbar. Earps saved well again with 20 minutes remaining as former Bristol Academy player Annie Heatherson was denied from a Wiltshire cross.

With twelve minutes remaining, the sucker punch came as Bristol scored their third goal to burst any hope the Glovers might have had of getting themselves back into the match. Christie Murray was fed by Angharad James and she finished for a 3-0 advantage to the visitors, and to take them to the top of their group after two matches played.

For the Glovers, they will still have opportunities to address Thursday night's defeat, with games against Aston Villa (home), Birmingham City (away) and Notts County (away) still to come during the month of August. The one big plus point that they will take away from the match is the crowd at the Jones Stadium, with the 522 who turned up representing a stadium record for the club - despite a men's match between Yeovil and Bristol sides taking place at the same time five miles away. Not for the first time this season, the Ladies are continuing to demonstrate how they can pull in new fans to their set-up, and hopefully that trend will continue on August 16th when the aforementioned Aston Villa are the next visitors to their ground.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Bristol Academy 3.

Scorers: Sharla Passariello (12 mins, 0-1), Caroline Weir (26 mins, 0-2), Christine Murray (77 mins, 0-3).

Yeovil Town Ladies: Alice Evans; Stacey Pearson, Natalie Haigh, Nicola Cousins, Helen Bleazard; Stephanie Williams, Ellie Curson, Sammy Quayle; Annie Heatherson, Natasha Knapman, Sarah Wiltshire

Substitutes: Charlotte Haynes, Alys Hinchcliffe (65 mins for Natasha Knapman), Emily Donovan (87 mins for Ellie Curson), Shauna Cossens, Corinne Yorston, Sarah Hill, Ebony Dover

Yellow Cards: Ellie Curson (38), Helen Bleazard (60)

Bristol Academy: Mary Earps; Hannah Short, Marije Brummel, Hayley Ladd; Angharad James, Georgia Evans, Caroline Weir, Sophie Ingle, Lauren Townsend; Christie Murray, Sharla Passariello

Bristol Substitutes: Hannah Reid, Tatiana Pinto (75 mins for Lauren Townsend), Nadia Lawrence (75 mins for Sharla Passariello), Katie Jones, Frankie Fantom-Brown, Evdokia Popadinova

Yellow Cards: Angharad James (29)

Referee: Martin Underhay

Attendance: 522


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31 July 2015 : Sturrock Sees Progress In Friendly Win Over City
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock felt he saw progress last night, after his side defeated Bristol City by a single goal. Having endured a difficult Tuesday night friendly against AFC Bournemouth, that had seen them frequently starved of the ball, the Glovers played out a much more even game at Huish Park against the Championship newcomers, with the only goal of the match being settled in the 90th minute.

Having expressed his own reservations about Tuesday night's match, the Glovers boss was a lot more happy with the outcome of the Thursday friendly, admitting that the Cherries game had been a bit of a shock. He told BBC Somerset after the win over City that he could see his pre-season plans starting to come to fruition:

"After the shock of Tuesday night (against Bournemouth), where we got run over the top of, I was very very pleased. It's been a long hard pre-season to get the players into shape, and to work on the shape of the team. The things that we've been working on came to fruition today. We've been chopping and chasing obviously, but now we're trying to settle ourselves down and get a solid back four. I was quite pleased with it tonight. It looked strong. We tired dramatically, but people came on and covered a bit. We're a young team, and there's progress showing."

The winning goalscorer came from one of the more low key arrivals to the club over the summer. With Conference National club Torquay United recently undergoing an ownership change, and losing their central funding for their Academy due to their non-league status, the Gulls made the decision to close their youth development set-up, and that allowed the Glovers to take on one of their first year scholars Max Melanson.

The midfielder accepted a close range chance on the back post that was created after substitute striker Shaun Jeffers had made a right wing run. Jeffers' long pass found Melanson in acres of space to enable him to score the last gasp winger. Sturrock said that he had been pleased with all four of his strikers on the night, and explained Melanson's background:

"We've just opened up an academy and he's one of the boys that has come in. He's been on the periphery of the first team in most games, and it's nice to see him go in and get the goal. I was pleased with the front two in the first half and I was pleased with the front two that came on. So there's competition for places, which is nice."

Link: Yeovil 1 Bristol City 0 : Academy Midfielder Nets Late Late Winner.


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30 July 2015 : Yeovil 1 Bristol City 0 : Academy Midfielder Nets Late Late Winner
Yeovil Town defeated Championship side Bristol City in their fifth pre-season friendly of the season, as a late late goal won them the match. In what had been a tight encounter that had seen City striker Aaron Wilbraham hit the crossbar during the second period, a close range strike from former Torquay United academy midfielder Max Melanson gave the Glovers a big lift in their pre-season preparations as he seized on a Shaun Jeffers ball to win the match.

The Glovers went into the game fielding two trialists, as former Peterborough United and Cheltenham Town midfielder Kane Ferdinand got a chance at right-back, whilst former Luton Town midfielder Andy Parry played in the centre. The perils of two friendlies in three days meant that Wes Fodgen and Iffy Allen were both missing with knocks, meaning that Marc Laird also came into the starting line-up, whilst youth teamer Max Melanson sat on the bench.

The first half saw Yeovil Town compete well against the big club from up the road. Actual chances weren't too plentiful, with Yeovil's best coming from a Matt Dolan shot that was easily scooped up by Frankie Fielding, whilst a Mark Beck attempt was deflected off Derrick Williams and into the side netting. City, who were playing a 3-5-2 formation against the Glovers 4-4-2, seemed to be content to sit back a touch in what is their final pre-season friendly.

City's summer signing Jonathan Kodjia ambitiously fired wide from 35 yards out, but then set up a better chance when he was fed down the left, setting up Joe Bryan who put his attempt just wide. Right on half time, former Glover Korey Smith also tried one from long range but missed the target - the fact that City were being restricted to such attempts was a good sign. In a marked difference from Tuesday night's friendly against Bournemouth, Yeovil were seeing a lot more of the ball, although from a creative point of view, only two small chances could count to their name.

The second period was a much more open affair, with both sides creating more in the way of hard chances. An early Jamie Burrows attempt went wide of the target, whilst a Jonathan Kodjia attempt was blocked away superbly for a corner, emphasising the more open spaces following the break. Then Marc Laird was teed up by Mark Beck, allowing the former Tranmere midfielder to fire cleanly on goal, but Frankie Fielding parried the shot away.

Bristol City's best chance of the game came just beyond the hour mark when a Marlon Pack corner was flicked on by Aaron Wilbraham, looping over Chris Weale, but with the crossbar getting in the way of the header. Weale did what he had to so well, saving from Mark Little at his near post with fifteen minutes to go as the visitors began to get their tails up with the game closing down.

With ten minutes remaining, captain Ryan Dickson suffered a knock and was replaced by youth team midfielder Max Melanson, who has only recently joined the club from Torquay, due to the dissolving of their academy set-up. After fellow substitute Ryan Bird put one well wide of the target, the fourth official signalled for two minutes of injury time and it seemed we were heading for a goalless draw. However, that was the moment for the deadlock to be broken - Shaun Jeffers produced a spot of real quality to feed Max Melanson at the back post, and the youngster pounced for the only goal of the game, leaving City barely enough time to take the kick-off again before the whistle blew.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bristol City 0.

Scorer: Max Melanson (90 mins, 1-0).

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Kane Ferdinand , 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Stephen Arthurworrey, 3. Nathan Smith,
7. Mark Laird, 8. Matt Dolan, 4. Andrew Parry, 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt),
9. Mark Beck, 10. Jamie Burrows

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Omar Sowunmi (81 mins for Stephen Arthurworrey) 14. Shaun Jeffers (58 mins for Jamie Burrows) 15. Ryan Bird (58 mins for Mark Beck), 16. Max Melanson (81 mins for Ryan Dickson), 17. Jakub Sokolik

Bristol City:
1. Frankie Fielding 2. Mark Little 3. Derrick Williams 4. Aden Flint 5. Luke Ayling 7. Korey Smith 15. Luke Freeman 18. Aaron Wilbraham (Capt) 21. Marlon Pack 22. Jonathan Kodjia 23. Joe Bryan

Bristol City Substitutes:
13. Max O'Leary 16. Ash Harper 17. Lloyd Kelly 6. Adam El-Abd 20. Wes Burns 14. Bobby Reid

Referee: Kevin Friend.

Attendance: 1,490 (with 568 Bristol City fans).


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30 July 2015 : Two Trialists Feature In Bristol City Friendly
Yeovil Town have fielded two trialists in tonight's pre-season friendly against Bristol City. Both Kane Ferdinand and Andy Parry start the match against the Championship side, and have recently been on the books of Peterborough United and Luton Town respectively.

Ferdinand is a former Southend United youth player and is therefore known to manager Paul Sturrock. Born in Newham, London on October 7th 1992, and therefore 22 years old, he came through the Shrimpers youth system, joining them in 2006. He made his debut in January 2011 and was given a two-and-a-half year professional contract shortly after that, staying at Roots Hall until the summer of 2012, making 71 appearances and scoring 11 goals.

He was then transferred to Peterborough United for an initial fee of £200,000 but with various clauses that allowed the price to rise up to half a million. He was part of Posh's Championship side that competed during the 2012-13 season, playing in 33 matches, yet oddly dropped down the pecking order after their relegation to League One, ultimately making just 50 appearances, scoring one goal.

He was subsequently loaned out to Northampton Town (5 appearances), Luton Town (1 appearance) and more recently Cheltenham Town where he spent the second half of the 2014-15 season, making 17 appearances for the Robins. Although he is generally listed on player profiles as a midfielder, he is a right-sided player who can also feature in a right-back position, or anywhere along that flank. The teamsheet and his No.2 listing would imply that he is going to try out as a right-back tonight.

Parry is a Liverpool born player who started his career with Blackburn Rovers youth development sides although never turned professional with them. Born on September 13th 1991, and therefore 23 years old, he made his way up through three non-league sides in Radcliffe Borough and Kettering Town before a more lengthy two year stay with Southport, where he made 62 appearances.

Luton Town picked him up in the summer of 2013 for an undisclosed fee, and he was part of their Conference National winning side, making 26 appearances and scoring four goals as they were promoted back into the Football League. Like new Yeovil Town signing Alex Lacey, Parry struggled to get a foothold in Luton's new League Two side and spent the 2014-15 season on loan to AFC Telford and Southport.

He was transfer-listed by Luton over the summer, and although he has played in a couple of their friendlies, he has not been given a squad number by them for the 2015-16 season. Luton still have his playing registration. He can play in either midfield or defence - his player number for tonight's match would suggest he will be operating as a central midfielder.


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30 July 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Bristol City. The club's fifth match of the summer sees manager Paul Sturrock introduce two new trialists, compared to the Tuesday night line-up that faced AFC Bournemouth.

Peterborough United midfielder Kane Ferdinand who most recently was on the books of Cheltenham Town in a loan deal comes into the side, whilst Luton Town defender/midfielder Andy Parry who was transfer-listed at the end of last season also comes into the starting line-up.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Kane Ferdinand , 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Stephen Arthurworrey, 3. Nathan Smith,
7. Mark Laird, 8. Matt Dolan, 4. Andrew Parry, 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt),
9. Mark Beck, 10. Jamie Burrows

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Omar Sowunmi 14. Shaun Jeffers 15. Ryan Bird, 16. Max Melanson, 17. Jakub Sokolik

Bristol City:
1. Frankie Fielding 2. Mark Little 3. Derrick Williams 4. Aden Flint 5. Luke Ayling 7. Korey Smith 15. Luke Freeman 18. Aaron Wilbraham (Capt) 21. Marlon Pack 22. Jonathan Kodjia 23. Joe Bryan

Bristol City Substitutes:
13. Max O'Leary 16. Ash Harper 17. Lloyd Kelly 6. Adam El-Abd 20. Wes Burns 14. Bobby Reid

Referee: Kevin Friend.


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30 July 2015 : Jamie Sherwood Talks About The Rise In Women's Football
Around a week-and-a-half ago, Yeovil Town Ladies played host to Millwall Lionesses in a match that was played at Huish Park. With that also being the first time that BBC Somerset were planning to perform live commentary of a Ladies fixture, they ran a lengthy feature on the day before the game, which included an interview with captain Natalie Haigh (available here). In part two, presenter Simon Parkin interviewed manager Jamie Sherwood about the rise in Women's football, and the output can be read via the link below.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Millwall Lionesses Game.


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30 July 2015 : Lacey Glad To Stay In Football League To Further Career
New Yeovil Town signing Alex Lacey has said that being able to continue his career in the Football League was of primary importance to him, despite having options further down the pyramid. The 22 year old agreed a two year contract with the Glovers last week, having been linked with the club throughout the summer, severing a link with Luton Town that he had for over eight years, having risen through their youth system during that time.

Lacey witnessed Luton's relegation from the Football League, whilst he was working his way through his youth scholarship, and was part of the Hatters professional squad that spent five years at Conference National, eventually picking up promotion honours with them at the end of the 2013-14 season. He told Luton Today that he did not want to return back to that level, and so the offer from the Glovers suited him well:

"To be in the Football League was always an aim of mine, as I didnít want to drop out of the league. All the experience Iíve had in the Conference has shown me it is a good league but itís a tough league to get out of and definitely a risk to drop down. I think it would benefit me more if I could play in League Two and to play in League Two regularly was a much better option for me than to drop down to the Conference and play there."

The central defender was transfer-listed by manager John Still at the end of last season, allowing him to find a new club, despite still having a year left on his current contract. Like Yeovil, the Hertfordshire club have been busy during the summer, with Lacey one of fifteen players to leave the club, whilst they have also recruited in ten new signings. Lacey said he was expecting that sort of turnover to happen:

"I thought he (John Still) was going to bring in a few, some of the players werenít happy with their playing time and were frustrated, just like I was. So I thought there would be quite a turnover of the squad as there was last season, and the other season as well, it didnít really surprise me."

Lacey will stand by to play in his third pre-season friendly tonight, when Bristol City are the visitors to Huish Park, in a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office in advance, or right up until kick-off. See the article linked below for ticket pricing.

Link: Yeovil Tie Up Lacey Deal.

Link: Alex Lacey : Yeovil Town Profile.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.


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29 July 2015 : Caulker Moves On Loan To Fifth Premier League Club
Former Yeovil Town loanee Steven Caulker has signed for his fifth Premier League club, after he agreed terms on a season long loan with Southampton. The 23 year old is still under contract at Queens Park Rangers but has opted to stay in the Premier League following their relegation to the Championship, meaning that he will add to his growing collection of clubs he has played for at the top level, which includes Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City and Cardiff City.

Having made his first team professional debut whilst aged just 17, as part of a loan deal with Yeovil Town that saw him stay at Huish Park for the 2009-10 season, he has now clocked up a total of 206 professional first team appearances, scoring ten goals across all of his clubs. The 46 appearances he made for the Glovers during that debut season still stands as the most appearances he has made for any one club.

Unfortunately for Caulker, he has now suffered Premier League relegation on two consecutive seasons. He was an ever-present in League fixtures for Cardiff City during the 2013-14 season, playing in all 38 Premier League matches, whilst for QPR he was involved in 35 of their 38 Premier League fixtures last season. He will now spend the 2015-16 season at St Mary's Stadium, aiming to avoid an unwanted hat-trick.

Link: Steven Caulker : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 July 2015 : 2015-16 Yeovil Town First Team Away Shirt Is Launched
Yeovil Town's away shirt for the 2015-16 season will go on sale from tomorrow morning, ahead of it being used in tomorrow's pre-season friendly against Bristol City. Like the home shirt, the replica shirt is made by Sondico, and will be in the Huish Park Club Shop from Thursday 30th July at 10.00a.m. The shirt will also feature the club's new sponsors Jones Building Group. Sponsorship of the back of the shirt continues to be taken by Thatchers Cider. Assuming the same pricing as the home replica shirt, you'll be able to purchase shirts at £40.00 for adults and £30.00 for junior sizes.

Yeovil Town's new 2015-16 First Team Away Shirt
Yeovil Town's new 2015-16 First Team Away Shirt.
Photo/Design © Yeovil Town FC.


The set of green and gold colours has been used on previous designs, whilst the method of having narrow hoops making up each larger hoop is one that doesn't stray too far from what supporters have seen before. The set of hoops run the full length of the shirt at the front.

You'll be able to see what it looks like on the players, as they'll all be wearing it in tomorrow evening's pre-season friendly against Bristol City, which kicks off at Huish Park at 7.45p.m. Tickets for that game will be available right up until kick-off, although significant queuing for Tuesday night's match might suggest you'd want to save yourself time by buying one in advance - call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.


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29 July 2015 : Sturrock Looks To Write Off 'Wrong' Pre-Season Friendly
Yeovil Town first team manager Paul Sturrock has admitted that last night's pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth was probably the wrong type of challenge for his players to face at this stage of the 2015-16 season preparations. The Glovers were comfortably beaten in a 0-3 home defeat that exposed the gap between the two clubs, as Junior Stanislas netted two goals, with Josh King adding a third during the second half.

Bournemouth dominated possession to an extreme, presenting the Glovers with a challenge that they are unlikely to face at League Two level. With fifteen new signings within the squad this summer, Yeovil Town are a club in transition whose players are still getting to know each other, and Sturrock explained after the game that with hindsight he would have preferred a game where his side could have seen a bit more of the ball:

"I think it was the wrong opposition for a pre-season friendly. It was a game that we took as a kind of a really impressive friendly to have, but in the scheme of things we maybe shouldn't have taken it. We're not going to play that standard of team in League Two. So at the end of the day we've got to try to take as much out of the game as possible. My thoughts are that we just totally write that game off. We'll discuss our frailties and the areas we didn't do so well, and then we'll just move on to the next game. It was a very difficult game to play in and a very difficult game to take any real positives out of it, because the style of play and the standard of the performance of players was so far ahead of us, it was frightening."

Sturrock felt that his side did their jobs relatively well until around the hour mark, where match fitness and a number of substitutions began to erode what he was trying to get his side to do. But he still felt that there were some good individual performances out there, describing striker Mark Beck's debut as a 'solid performance' and also singling out defensive duo Alex Lacey and Nathan Smith for their qualities during the match:

"The first half was acceptable for us, as we stuck to the game plan, but in the second half when the substitutions came on, we looked disjointed and obviously that cost us a couple of goals. It's very difficult to flick a switch and then all of a sudden everybody knows everyone's different games. It's going to take time. I thought the boy (Alex) Lacey and Smithy (Nathan Smith) had very good performances tonight, and I do feel that it's another step towards people getting to know each other."

The Glovers are next in action tomorrow evening when Bristol City will be visiting Huish Park, for a 7.45p.m. kick-off. City were in the same division as Yeovil last season, but with the Robins having been promoted, whilst the Glovers were relegated, they will arrive two divisions apart for tomorrow's fixture.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.


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29 July 2015 : Football League Trophy Draw Schedule
The draw schedule for the 2015-16 Football League Trophy has been made available. The first round of the competition is due to commence on August 31st, with all League One and League Two clubs taking part. The usual format is for a heavily regionalised first round stage, with a north/south split following thereafter for subsequent draws.

Given that 48 teams enter the competition, there is also the need for a number of clubs to receive a first round bye. Past arrangements for the competition have been for clubs to not receive a first round bye two years running. The Glovers played at the First Round stage last season (against Portsmouth) and so would stand a fairly decent chance of receiving a bye this time around.

Clubs will know the regionalised groups and which sides have received byes on Monday 3rd August at 10.00a.m. Then for the actual draws, the teams will be selected by the Soccer AM programme on Saturday mornings for each round as far as the Area Semi-Final. The draw dates are as follows:

August 3rd : Regional Groups and First Round Byes Published
August 8th : First Round Draw (on Soccer AM)
September 5th : Second Round Draw (on Soccer AM)
October 10th : Area Quarter-Final Draw (on Soccer AM)
November 14th : Area Semi-Final Draw (on Soccer AM)
December 10th : Area Final Draw.

For the actual round dates, and those for all other competitions, see the article linked below.

Link: 2015-16 Season Competition Key Dates.


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29 July 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth Match Highlights
For those who want to view the goals from yesterday's pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth, there is a short video clip on the Sky Sports website. Featuring the successful strikes in the Cherries 3-0 win, and last night's incident that involved half a dozen stewards chasing a seagull around the pitch (!) you can find the video via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Video : Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth Match Highlights.


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28 July 2015 : Yeovil 0 Bournemouth 3 : Stanislas Double Gives Cherries Easy Win
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten at Huish Park this evening as Premier League new boys AFC Bournemouth showed a gap in class between the two sides. Until a few years ago, both clubs had rubbed shoulders in the same divisions, but with new ownership and money coming into Dean Court in the past few seasons, that has taken them up into the top flight, and it was easy to see the difference between the two clubs, as two goals from Junior Stanislas and one from Josh King gave the Cherries a deserved win.

The Glovers made three changes from the side that had started against Torquay United last week, with Artur Krysiak preferred for Chris Weale, whilst Mark Beck was a straight swap for Ryan Bird. The other change was that newly appointed captain Ryan Dickson got his first chance to play in pre-season, with a slight injury having kept him out of the club's first three friendlies. Dickson played much of his loan spell with the Glovers as a left-winger, and resumed that role, meaning that Iffy Allen switched to the right flank, whilst Wes Fogden moved into the centre, as Marc Laird dropped to the bench. On the bench was defender Roddy Collins - the club's latest trialist, and most recently on the books of Derry City.

Bournemouth played the game very much in the same way that Swansea City have in recent seasons as they've risen up the leagues. Crisp passing, with an emphasis on playing it through the midfield in triangles, and Yeovil sat off the ball a little bit too much for their own good, meaning that at times you were just watching the visitors play, with Yeovil concentrating entirely on keeping their defensive shape. That lasted relatively well until Jakub Sokolik tripped chief playmaker Marc Pugh inside the box, and up stepped Junior Stanislas to convert from the penalty spot.

Yeovil struggled to create too much, and one of their more energetic creative players was forced off after half an hour, with Iffy Allen suffering a possible groin injury as he had to be replaced by Jordan Gibbons. They gradually managed to get a bit of a foothold in the game, forcing a couple of corners. But their one chance of note came five minutes from the break when Matt Dolan drove a 20 yard shot on goal - Cherries keeper Artur Boruc got down well for his first save of the match.

Early in the second half, Bournemouth got their second goal of the match, when Junior Stanislas got in behind the back four, via a Eunan O'Kane pass, and the striker finished smartly from a tight angle from inside the box. Bournemouth's domination of the game continued, and inevitably Yeovil's shape became a little disrupted by their second half substitutions as they brought on fresh faces. There was even a bit of tactical reshuffling, as Jakub Sokolik and Alex Lacey swapped places between the right-back and centre-back slots, then Lacey got a chance in midfield, as trialist Roddy Collins came on to play in a right-back position.

The game was finished off when a longish through ball from Tyrone Mings found Josh King making a darting run. He shrugged off the challenge of Stephen Arthurworrey to score Bournemouth's third goal of the evening, and undoubtedly justified on the balance of play. Cherries substitute Joe Quigley got the ball in the back of the net with ten minutes to go, but a linesman's flag correctly went up for offside to stop the scoreline getting any greater.

For the Glovers this was a very tough evening, and on paper probably the toughest they will face in pre-season, with Swansea City expected to send an Under-21 side down to Huish Park. The main disappointment was how little the club created in an attacking sense. Manager Paul Sturrock wants his players to deliver plenty of crosses into the box for his strikers to feed on, and there was little of that out there at Huish Park, although credit to Bournemouth is probably deserved for stopping them at source. The Glovers struggled to retain the ball for long throughout the game - they will have to hope that Thursday's game against Bristol City gives them a bit more possession to show fans what they are capable of doing.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 AFC Bournemouth 3.

Scorers: Junior Stanislas (18 mins, 0-1, pen), Junior Stanislas (47 mins, 0-2), Josh King (61 mins, 0-3)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak,
2. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Stephen Arthurworrey, 3. Nathan Smith,
7. Iffy Allen, 4. Matt Dolan, 8. Wes Fodgen, 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt),
9. Mark Beck, 10. Shaun Jeffers,

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale, 13. Ryan Bird (74 mins for Mark Beck), 14. Jamie Burrows (55 mins for Shaun Jeffers), 15, Jordan Gibbons (30 mins for Iffy Allen), 16. Marc Laird (69 mins for Matt Dolan), 17. Roddy Collins (55 mins for Ryan Dickson), 18. Omar Sowunmi (83 mins for Jakub Sokolik)

AFC Bournemouth:
1. Artur Boruc 15. Adam Smith 3. Steve Cook (Capt) 25. Sylvain Distin 14. Tyrone Mings 32. Eunan O'Kane 7. Marc Pugh 16. Shaun MacDonald 17. Josh King 20. Christian Atsu 19. Junior Stanislas

Bournemouth Substitutes:
9. Tokelo Rantie (35 mins for Christian Atsu) 23. Jordan Holmes 21. Pat O'Flaherty 2. Joe Quigley (65 mins for Josh King) 18. Josh Carmichael 38. Filipo Costa (69 mins for Tyrone Mings) 34. Mason Walsh (80 mins for Junior Stanislas) 30. Matt Butcher 22. Josh Wakefield (90 mins for Shaun MacDonald).

Referee: Kevin Johnson. Assistants: Andrew Laver and Mark Russell. Fourth Official: Shaun Enever.

Attendance: 2,422 (with 687 AFC Bournemouth supporters).


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28 July 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town have published their line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth. The Glovers play their fourth such match of the summer tonight, but their first against a team above non-league status, and they will take on a Cherries side that was promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their club's history at the end of last season.

Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak comes in for Chris Weale, whilst we get the first opportunity to view club captain Ryan Dickson since he returned to the club this summer - he displaces Marc Laird. A third change sees Mark Beck come in for Ryan Bird.

There is a new trialist in place for tonight's match, with defender Roddy Collins, who was last on the books of Republic of Ireland side Derry City included on the bench.

Tonight's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak,
2. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Stephen Arthurworrey, 3. Nathan Smith,
7. Iffy Allen, 4. Matt Dolan, 8. Wes Fodgen, 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt),
9. Mark Beck, 10. Shaun Jeffers,

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale, 13. Ryan Bird, 14. Jamie Burrows, 15, Jordan Gibbons, 16. Marc Laird, 17. Roddy Collins, 18. Omar Sowunmi

AFC Bournemouth:
1. Artur Boruc 15. Adam Smith 3. Steve Cook (Capt) 25. Sylvain Distin 14. Tyrone Mings 32. Eunan O'Kane 7. Marc Pugh 16. Shaun MacDonald 17. Josh King 20. Christian Atsu 19. Junior Stanislas

Bournemouth Substitutes:
9. Tokelo Rantie 23. Jordan Holmes 21. Pat O'Flaherty 2. Joe Quigley 18. Josh Carmichael 38. Filipo Costa 34. Mason Walsh 30. Matt Butcher 22. Josh Wakefield.

Referee: Kevin Johnson. Assistants: Andrew Laver and Mark Russell. Fourth Official: Shaun Enever.


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28 July 2015 : Natalie Haigh Talks About The Ladies Watford Win
On Sunday afternoon, Yeovil Town Ladies recorded a 7-1 win over Watford Ladies - their biggest win since their rise into the FA Women's Super League. The day after the match, captain Natalie Haigh spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about the win and the last week that has seen the Ladies record three wins and raise the club's profile significantly within the area.

Link: Natalie Haigh Speaks To The BBC After The 7-1 Win Over Watford Ladies.


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28 July 2015 : Seated Areas Sold Out For St James Park Trip
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to St James Park on the opening day of the 2015-16 season, should note that seated tickets are now entirely sold out. The Glovers will play Exeter City on Saturday 8th August 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and tickets are currently on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY at the Huish Park Ticket Office.

As reported earlier this month, the club's allocation for this game only gave them around 300 seated tickets. The allocation for the St James Road terrace is more generous, with 1,053 tickets on sale. Season Ticket Holders have until Friday at 4.00p.m. to claim their ticket, with an allocation of ONE ticket per season ticket holder.

Any remaining terrace allocation will go on General Sale on Monday 3rd August from 9.00a.m. Please do not attempt to ask for tickets prior to that unless you are a Season Ticket Holder.

All ticket and travel information, including admission prices for tonight's pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth, can be found via the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Sherborne Town vs Yeovil Town XI.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: Ticketing At Huish Park For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: 2015-16 Season Ticket Application Form.


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28 July 2015 : Glovers Confirm Allen Deal As Fifteenth Signing
Yeovil Town have completed their fifteenth signing of the summer. They have snapped up winger Iffy Allen who has been on trial with the club since leaving Barnet at the end of last season. He has played in all of the club's pre-season friendlies so far, but now becomes a permanent acquisition on a one year deal, and thus will play as a fully-fledged signing in tonight's pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth.

He is 21 year old (born March 15th 1994, Lambeth) winger/striker who is a former Fulham youth player. He moved to Barnet during the latter years of his youth development and spending three years there as a professional. He has had short loan spells with Kingstonian, Redhill and Wingate and Finchley as part of his development. He only played eight times for the Bees and was transfer-listed by them in the middle of last season before being released.


Link: Ryan Dickson : Player Profile.

Link: Jack Compton : Player Profile.

Link: Matthew Dolan : Player Profile.

Link: Jordan Gibbons : Player Profile.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Player Profile.

Link: Marc Laird : Player Profile.

Link: Omar Sowumni : Player Profile.

Link: Ben Tozer : Player Profile.

Link: Stephen Arthurworrey : Player Profile.

Link: Jamie Burrows : Player Profile.

Link: Ryan Bird : Player Profile.

Link: Wes Fogden : Player Profile.

Link: Alex Lacey : Player Profile.

Link: Mark Beck : Player Profile.


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28 July 2015 : Devon Striker Expecting Second Glovers Trial
Tiverton Town striker Andrew Neal has said that he is expecting to get another chance to impress Yeovil Town, but at present doesn't know when that will be. The 21 year old played in the Glovers' 4-0 win over Callington Town, but was absent for the following Wednesday's trip to Torquay United, with the implication that he had returned to his parent club for the time being.

Despite that, Neal has told the Mid-Devon Gazette that he is expecting a second bite of the cherry at some point in the future, but with no specific date put on that, he is currently concentrating on his Tiverton pre-season duties:

"I'm still waiting to hear back from Paul Sturrock. He's invited me back up to play another friendly for them in order to have a second look at me, so I'm just waiting to here when and where that is. At the minute, I'm just carrying on and taking it a game at a time for Tiverton. Martyn Rogers has said he'll be disappointed to lose me so early but he also said that it's a great experience for me and he doesn't want to hold me back. He'd love to push me forward and I'm just enjoying the experience at the minute."

Unusually, Neal has yet to make his competitive first team debut for Tiverton, having arrived over the summer from South West Peninsula League Premier Division Plymouth Parkway - a leap of three divisions in joining the Southern Football League Division One South and West side. He said that the interest from the Glovers only came after he'd agreed terms with Tiverton, but admitted the situation was a strange one for him:

"Signing for Tiverton and then going on trial at Yeovil all happened within the space of a few weeks of each other. It was all of a sudden and it was strange but I'm a Tiverton Town player and I'm just enjoying the experience of having a trial at the minute."


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27 July 2015 : New Physio Required For Academy Set-Up
Yeovil Town are seeking to recruit a new full time physiotherapist. The job title will be that of Lead Academy Physiotherapist, putting them in charge of the club's relaunched youth development set-up that has seen the club aligned with an EPPP Category Three academy set-up.

The role of the new physio will be to oversee all relevant age groups. They must hold Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) and undertake a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. References will be required. Pay will depend upon the level of experience.

To apply for the position, either speak to Academy Secretary Joe Shulberg on 01935 847880 for more information, or email a CV and a covering letter to academy@ytfc.net to register your interest.


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27 July 2015 : Captain And Vice-Captain Chosen For 2015-16 Season
Yeovil Town have confirmed their new club captain for the 2015-16 season. The name of former Crawley Town player Ryan Dickson had been on the rumourmill as being the man for the job, and he has now been confirmed as taking over the position vacated by the outgoing Joe Edwards, who has joined Colchester United.

Left-back Nathan Smith, who has been captaining the side in the three friendlies so far, has been made vice-captain for the 2015-16 season. Currently Dickson has not played any part in the friendlies due to an injury, but when he is ready to return he will take over the armband from Smith.

Both players are in their second spell with the club, with Smith having returned just over a year ago, whilst Dickson signed a permanent deal over the summer, having been on loan with the Glovers whilst he was a Southampton player. Given both play regularly as a left-back, the assumption has to be made that manager Paul Sturrock will be fielding Dickson higher up the field when both are available for selection, but that remains to be seen.

Link: Ryan Dickson : Player Profile.

Link: Nathan Smith : Player Profile.


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27 July 2015 : Vincent Moves On For Worcester Trial
Yeovil Town have fielded a number of trialists during the current pre-season, but during the last match against Torquay United, manager Paul Sturrock had cut down the number of players down to just one, with former Barnet winger Iffy Allen the last man standing. The presumption was that most - if not all of those players - had been told to find new clubs, and one of those on trial has definitely headed elsewhere.

Winger/striker Ashley Vincent played in the two Yeovil Town friendlies against Cornish opposition, getting in 45 minutes against Truro City and the first 56 minutes against Callington Town, but did not appear for the match against Torquay three days later. He has since turned up as a substitute for Conference North side Worcester City, who were playing in a Worcestershire FA Senior Cup match against Redditch United on Saturday, and thanks to Worcester's 3-1 victory he has become a cup winner in his first game.

City joint manager Carl Heeley has confirmed that the 30 year old, who was born less than 30 miles away in Oldbury, had contacted them and that they plan to give him a second chance to impress tomorrow night:

"We are looking for another forward and Ashley has a super pedigree. He said he was available so weíve had a look at him and Iím sure he will have a few more minutes on Tuesday (at Rushall Olympic). Letís see if he is the player we are looking for. Iíve had good reports from a few people so letís see how he progresses."


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26 July 2015 : Seventh Heaven For Ladies After Record Super League Win
Yeovil Town Ladies set a club record this afternoon, as they gained their biggest FA Women's Super League win. By beating Watford Ladies by a 7-1 scoreline, they narrowly bettered last season's 6-0 defeat of Oxford United Women that had been their best scoreline at that level. The seven goals - which came from six different players, also helped close down the gap on the front two clubs to four points, after second placed Reading Women were held to a 1-1 draw yesterday, ensuring that the Royals and Doncaster Rovers Belles will be pushed all the way between now and the end of the season.

The result was never in doubt, as the Glovers scored four first half goals. Sarah Wiltshire was fouled in the penalty box just nine minutes into the match, and that allowed Corinne Yorston a chance to score from her spot kick. Midway through the first half, and Annie Heatherson's shot was too hot to handle, as the Watford keeper spilt the ball into the path of Helen Bleazard, who slotted home the rebound. Then Bleazard turned provider as she crossed into the box allowing Sarah Wiltshire to touch the ball past the keeper for Yeovil's third. By the break, it was four, with Ellie Curson's long range drive going straight into the back of the net.

Annie Heatherson heads home for Yeovil's sixth goal of the afternoon
Annie Heatherson heads home for Yeovil's sixth goal of the afternoon
Photo © 2015 Tim Lancaster.


After the break, there was little let-up in the scoring, as the crowd at the Jones Stadium were entertained. Sammy Quayle set up Corinne Yorston to score her second of the game with a real cracker. Watford got a brief moment of joy when Sasha Adamson reduced the arrears when she converted from inside the box after Yeovil failed to clear their lines, but the five goal margin was restored again when an Ellie Curson corner was headed home by Annie Heatherson (pictured). The scoring was wrapped up by substitute Emily Donovan who produced a long range drive to leave Watford keeper Trippoli Witney helpless once again.

Next up for the Ladies is a particularly interesting test for them - Thursday night sees them play Bristol Academy in the Continental Cup at the Jones Stadium, kick-off 7.45p.m. In theory Bristol will go into the match as favourites as the FA WSL1 side, but with them having endured a sticky 2015 season so far, anything is possible.

Yeovil Town Ladies 7 Watford Ladies 1.

Scorers: Corinne Yorston (1-0, 9 mins, pen), Helen Bleazard (2-0, 24 mins), Sarah Wiltshire (3-0, 26 mins), Ellie Curson (4-0, 35 mins), Corinne Yorston (5-0, 61 mins), Sasha Adamson (5-1, 69 mins), Annie Heatherson (6-1, 77 mins), Emily Donovan (7-1, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies (4-3-3): Charlotte Haynes; Helen Bleazard, Natalie Haigh, Nicola Cousins, Corinne Yorston; Stephanie Williams, Ellie Curson, Sammy Quayle; Annie Heatherson, Natasha Knapman, Sarah Wiltshire

Substitutes: Ebony Dover (58 mins for Helen Bleazard), Shauna Cossens (83 mins for Corinne Yorston), Emily Donovan (74 mins for Natasha Knapman), Alys Hinchcliffe, Nichola Lipscombe, Stacey Pearson, Jodi Cornwall

Watford Ladies (4-2-3-1): Trippoli Witney; Nicole Pepper, Leighanne Robe, Grace Gillard, Amber Tullett; Pheobe Read, Jordan Littleboy; Stacie Donnelly, Kim Farrow, Tricia Gould, Anneka Nuttall

Watford Substitutes: Ellie Mason (46 mins for Kim Farrow), Sasha Adamson (46 mins for Tricia Gould), Mollie Burgess (46 mins for Grace Gillard), Megan Wynne, Deger Zekai, Ashleigh Deacon, Adekite Fatuga-Dada

Referee: Scott Jackson.

Attendance: 251.


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26 July 2015 : No Deal For Bell As Pools End Trial Interest
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Fergus Bell will have to continue his search for a new club, after failing to earn a contract with League Two side Hartlepool United. The 24 year old had been on trial since July 1st at Victoria Park, and featured in their first four pre-season friendlies, scoring one goal during their 4-0 win over Spennymoor Town.

However, he was shown the door earlier this week, with boss Ronnie Moore deciding to cull some of his trialists, with Durham University student Johnny Giles another who was told there wouldn't be a deal on the table. Moore told the Hartlepool Mail that both were welcome to continue to train with the club but wouldn't be in line for contracts. As Moore implied when Bell was taken on trial, his style of play was too similar to other players already on the club's books:

"The triallists have gone but they are welcome to train with us to boost their fitness levels. Bell was very similar to the players we already had here. He needs to be better than that, we couldnít do a deal. Johnny Giles has great ability but wouldnít fit in the system we are playing."

Link: Fergus Bell : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 July 2015 : Leitch-Smith Cites Playing Out Of Position For Glovers Record
Former Yeovil Town striker AJ Leitch-Smith believes that being played out of position during his time at Huish Park was a big factor in why he didn't fulfill his potential at the club. The 25 year old left the club earlier this month, signing for League One side side Port Vale in a one year deal. That saw him sever his agreement with the Glovers midway through his two year contract, having scored just two goals in 38 appearances for the club.

Many of Leitch-Smith's games for Yeovil came as a left-winger, although during his first dozen appearances for the club he was employed exclusively as a front line striker. Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel paper, he admitted that he needed to prove a point during his time with the Valiants, but claimed that playing out wide was a factor in why he only ended up with two goals to his name across the season:

"I didn't have the best of years last year, so I have to be firing on all cylinders this time. The only way I'm going to prove a point is by playing well and scoring goals Ė and that's what I hope to do. Hopefully, I can kick-start the season and get the goals I need. When people look at your stats, it's your goals that matter, so hopefully I can get a few this season and prove a some people wrong. I was playing out of position quite a lot (at Yeovil), which wasn't helping, so now I'm glad to be here and playing in the position I think I should be playing in. That's either as a number nine or a 10 and up near the goal to score the goals any striker enjoys doing."

Leitch-Smith was not involved at all during Yeovil Town's pre-season campaign, and instead turned up on July 1st at Vale Park, with the aim of earning himself a contract at Burslem club. Three weeks later he signed a contract, allowing him to return to his Staffordshire roots, where he believed he would be better placed:

"I'm delighted for it to finally get done. There's been lots of talking about it for the last week or so and now I've got to get some minutes on the pitch. It's close to home, so that's always a bonus, and Port Vale has always been a big club, so there wasn't much talking to do. It's basically on my doorstep and the last club was four hours away, which wasn't pleasant. I'm just glad to get signed and I want to get going for the season now."

So far Leitch-Smith has scored four goals in pre-season - two against Northern Premier League Division One South side Kidsgrove Athletic and two more against La Liga side Getafe in their 2-2 draw yesterday. Last summer he also had an impressive pre-season return, netting six times during his first five friendly matches, but was only able to follow that up with two more once the 2014-15 season commenced.

Meanwhile League Two side Morecambe have admitted that they also tried to snap up Leitch-Smith over the summer, but implied that they lost out due to Port Vale's third tier status. He also felt that Leitch-Smith had wanted a club closer to his home:

"We offered AJ Leitch-Smith a deal and had a good chat with him but heís opted to stay in League 1 with a club near to where he lives in Port Vale. Heíd recently been released by Yeovil and we were unlucky there. Thereís one or two other targets. A few forwards are still on trial at other clubs and Iím confident that we will get one in and weíre doing all we can to make sure itís the right one. But they are hard to come by. Everyone wants a forward, everyone wants a 15 or 20 goal a season man and they are out there but people are snapping them up."

Link: AJ Leitch-Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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25 July 2015 : Attention Turns Back To League As Ladies Face Hornets
Yeovil Town Ladies continue their busy schedule on Sunday afternoon, with their third game in eight days. Having enjoyed the big stage of Huish Park last Sunday, they are back to their more familiar surroundings of the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove) where they will face Watford Ladies in a FA WSL2 home match. The match will kick off at 2.00p.m. on Sunday 26th July.

The two clubs lie in very different positions in the table. Whilst the Glovers are still hoping to chase down the front pair of Doncaster Rovers Belles and Reading FC Women, who currently occupy the two promotion positions, the Hornets have struggled this season and are currently rooted to the bottom of the division on just four points. They are currently on a run of six consecutive defeats. By contrast, the Glovers have seven wins in their last nine fixtures, with only a defeat to leaders Doncaster providing a low point during that period.

Welsh international Helen Bleazard has said in the lead-up to the game that she is content with the position her team are in at present. But she warns against complacency, and even believes that the Glovers can perform better during the second half of the season as they attempt to close down the gap between third place and the front pair of clubs:

"We're very happy with where we are in the league because I think a lot of people probably didnít expect us to be that high up. But on the other hand we are actually disappointed with some of our performances this year and we know that there is more to come from us. Itís important we donít get too far ahead of ourselves and that we donít get complacent. People might think that promotion is not a possibility for us but we're not thinking like that. We havenít got to play Reading or Doncaster again, so there is a good opportunity for us to keep picking up points and you never know what can happen. Weíre treating every game like a cup final because weíve got to get points against the lower teams such as Watford."

Bleazard will be hoping for a repeat of Yeovil's last match against Watford, which saw a 4-2 win in Hertfordshire in May. She was one of the Glovers goalscorers in Berkhampstead, with a double from Annie Heatherson and an early opener from Natasha Knapman getting them all three points.

Supporters wanting to attend the game can purchase tickets at £4.00 for adults, whilst concessions are available at £2.50 - these are available in advance and on the day. The turnstiles open at 12.30p.m. with the usual range of facilities at Raleigh Grove available to fans. The Pizza Box will be providing food at the ground, with Crepes from £3.00, whilst you can also get Margherita Pizza from £5.00, with other options also available.

On top of that, the Ladies are offering a pre-match coaching session from 12.30-1.15p.m. for 5-11 year olds costing just £1.00. Places for this must be booked in advance - head to the Ladies Ticketing Page to place your booking, where you can also buy advance matchday tickets.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Watford Ladies - come and support the Ladies on Sunday afternoon
Yeovil Town Ladies vs Watford Ladies - come and support the Ladies on Sunday afternoon



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25 July 2015 : Academy Side Lose Out In Frome Friendly
Yeovil Town Under-18s played their fifth pre-season friendly of the month at lunchtime today, as they took on Southern League Premier Division side Frome Town. In a match switched to the Top Pitch at Huish Park, the Academy side took a first half lead through Phillip Stroble and held that lead at the break with Max Melanson and Ollie Bassett particularly controlling matters in midfield.

The visitors came back stronger though, during the second half and equalised when a header from a corner was parried by James Needle in the Yeovil Town goal, but with the loose ball hit into the back of the net. In a more physical second period that saw Max Melanson and a Frome player withdrawn from the pitch under the instructions of the referee following an altercation, Frome then took the lead. During an end-to-end finish Ollie Bassett could have equalised in a one-v-one but saw his shot saved by the Frome keeper, to give the more senior side a 1-2 victory.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 1 Frome Town 2.

Yeovil Town Under-18s: (partial line-up)
James Needle
Right-Back, Jayden Corbridge, Sam Bolton, Thiago Sa
Ben Griffiths, Max Melanson, Ollie Bassett, Phillip Stroble
No.9, Charis Mouzouros


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25 July 2015 : Jamie Sherwood Talks About The Ladies Win Over Oxford United
On Thursday night, Yeovil Town Ladies kicked off their Continental Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Oxford United Ladies during the Group stages of the competition. The morning after the match, manager Jamie Sherwood spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about the match, and his post-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Since the interview, we're pleased to note that Jamie's wife, and former Ladies player Katie Sherwood, has given birth to a baby boy Bobby, weighing 10lb 4oz. Our congratulations to the Sherwood family on their new arrival!

The Ladies team are back in action tomorrow afternoon, in an FA WSL2 match against Watford Ladies at the Jones Stadium, Sherborne, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. All fans are welcome, whilst you can either purchase tickets on the day at the stadium, or via the Ladies website.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Oxford United Women.


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24 July 2015 : Academy Frome Friendly Venue And Kick-Off Change
Yeovil Town's Under-18s pre-season friendly against Frome Town has had a venue and kick-off change. The match against the Southern Football League Premier Division side will now take place on the Top Pitch at Huish Park, with a 12.00 noon kick-off on Saturday 25th July, and not the originally publicised 3.00p.m. kick-off at Badger's Hill.

Judging by Frome's website, they are treating this as a 'squad' fixture, with the Glovers side being selected from those within the club's newly reformed Academy side.


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24 July 2015 : Carlisle Striker Becomes Yeovil Town's Fourteenth Summer Signing
Yeovil Town have snapped up their fourteenth signing of the 2015 summer. They have brought in Mark Beck, who was most recently on the books of Carlisle United but was transfer-listed by the Cumbrians over the summer. He is a 6'5" tall striker who has also been on the books of Falkirk as part of his career.

Born in Sunderland on February 2nd 1994, and therefore 21 years old, he has been a product of Carlisle's youth system, signing a scholarship deal in the summer of 2010, and making his first team debut during that period. He was given his first full professional contract in April 2012, initially as a one year deal, but with that being extended further as he grew into a fully-fledged first teamer.

Just before he turned fully professional, he had a short term youth loan with Conference North side Workington (4 appearances, one goal). He has also had further loan experience north of the border with Falkirk, who he joined for the second half of the 2013-14 season. He went on to play 20 times for the Scottish side, scoring six goals, which included scoring in a play-off match at the end of that season.

Ovrall he played 77 times for Carlisle, scoring ten goals, albeit with 51 of those appearances coming from the bench as part of his development at Brunton Park. He has also represented Scotland Under-19s and Scotland Under-21s, scoring once in three appearances at the more junior level. Two of the goals that he scored for Carlisle were against Yeovil Town - we gave him his first two Football League goals at Huish Park in November 2012.

He was transfer-listed at the end of last season as new manager Keith Curle told fifteen players to look elsewhere for their football - Beck had signed a contract extension under the same boss at the start of 2015, meaning that he has left Carlisle with a year left on his current deal to run - it's not clear if the Glovers have paid a fee for his services at this stage.

He has signed a two year contract, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2017.

Link: Ryan Dickson : Player Profile.

Link: Jack Compton : Player Profile.

Link: Matthew Dolan : Player Profile.

Link: Jordan Gibbons : Player Profile.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Player Profile.

Link: Marc Laird : Player Profile.

Link: Omar Sowumni : Player Profile.

Link: Ben Tozer : Player Profile.

Link: Stephen Arthurworrey : Player Profile.

Link: Jamie Burrows : Player Profile.

Link: Ryan Bird : Player Profile.

Link: Wes Fogden : Player Profile.

Link: Alex Lacey : Player Profile.


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24 July 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Gulls Pre-Season Friendly Review
On Wednesday night, Yeovil Town travelled down to Devon to take on Torquay United in their third pre-season friendly of the summer. As one of the 70 fans who travelled to Plainmoor, guest blogger Kurt West is back on the controls, and gave his verdict on what he saw of the team. Read his views in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, which also includes an update on some of the players who have been out injured in recent friendlies and what's been picked up about their absence.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Gulls Pre-Season Friendly Review.


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24 July 2015 : Oxford 0 Ladies 1 : Hill Header Seals Cup Win
Yeovil Town Ladies won their opening game in the Continental Cup group stages last night, when they defeated Oxford United Women by a single goal. The match winner was the youngest member of the team, as sarah Hill's 14th minute header proved to be vital. Hill was one of four Glovers players getting their first start for the first team, including one player making their debut, as manager Jamie Sherwood made seven changes from Sunday's win over Millwall Lionesses - preserving his squad's energy levels in the middle of three games in seven days.

The Glovers got their lead in a similar move to that which had won them the match against the Lionesses on Sunday. A run down the left flank by Sarah Wiltshire saw her cross into the box reach the back post where Sarah Hill was well placed to head home from close range. Having started a little slowly, Yeovil went on to dominate the half, with a corner from Helen Bleazard threatening to go into the net direct, whilst Stacey Pearson's shot crashed off the crossbar.

Oxford also hit the woodwork, as Helen King's header bounced off the top of the crossbar, but Yeovil were the more dangerous side, until the match reached it's final fifteen minutes, when Oxford began to throw the kitchen sink at their opponents. The Glovers held on though, and could have easily made the five minutes of injury time a little less nervous, had Corinne Yorston's shot not hit the crossbar, or Sarah Wiltshire's run on the counter-attack not resulted in her firing wide of the target.

Next up is Watford Ladies in a FA WSL2 match on Sunday 26th July, in a match that will be played at the Jones Stadium, in Sherborne, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. The usual league admission rates apply, with all supporters welcome to attend, as the Ladies continue their attempts to keep the pressure on the current top two clubs.

Final Score: Oxford United Women 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 1.

Scorer: Sarah Hill (0-1, 14 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes, Corinne Yorston (c), Sarah Wiltshire, Alys Hinchcliffe, Leah Burridge, Shauna Cossens, Stacey Pearson, Emily Donovan, Bow Jackson, Helen Bleazard, Sarah Hill

Substitutions: Nicky Lipscombe (46 mins for Charlotte Haynes), Jodi Cornwall (55 mins for Sarah Hill), Stephanie Beck (73 mins for Alys Hinchcliffe)

Attendance: 312.


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23 July 2015 : Youth Team Held In Wincanton Friendly
Yeovil Town Under-18s were held to a draw tonight in their fourth pre-season friendly of the summer. They drew 2-2 against Wincanton Town at the Moor Lane ground, with both of the home side's goals being scored by Macca Biddle. At present we don't have the names of the Yeovil scorers - if anyone can help fill in the gap there, please drop an email or a message to our Twitter account.


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23 July 2015 : Crewe Trying To Tie Up Kingsley Loan Deal
League One side Crewe Alexandra appear have lined up a loan move for Stephen Kingsley. The Swansea City left-back was one of the more noticeable successes of Yeovil Town's moves into the loan market during the 2014-15 season, after he was drafted in from Swansea City during the January transfer window, becoming a regular in the Glovers starting line-up in around four different left-sided positions.

Kingsley was co-opted into Swansea City's pre-season tour to Germany and has played in matches against 1860 Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach, but has Neil Taylor and Franck Tabanou ahead of him in the pecking order and so is expected to be allowed to go out on loan again. He played a full 90 minutes in the Munich match, and the second half of the Borussia game and so still seems to be thought of in favourable terms by the Swansea hierarchy.

The Stoke Sentinel believe that there is an agreement in principle for Kingsley to sign for Crewe on loan, but that Swansea have delayed the deal, as they want to see him play in at least one more friendly before the season starts. However the South Wales Evening Post believe that a couple of Championship clubs are after his services, suggesting that the deal is not quite so cut and dried.

From a Yeovil point of view, that would seem to rule out any chance of getting Kingsley back to Huish Park. Manager Paul Sturrock indicated in a recent interview that he has a deal in principle to sign "a couple of loans" before the season starts, and Swansea's policy with players like Kingsley give an idea of what may be at stake in terms of the players that he is hoping to eventually recruit.

Link: Stephen Kingsley : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 July 2015 : Live Radio Commentary For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town Ladies
Tonight sees Yeovil Town Ladies commence their Continental Cup campaign, with a trip to Oxford United Women. For those who can't get as far as Abingdon United's Northcourt Road ground, you're in luck as BBC Radio Oxfordshire will be doing live commentary of tonight's match, via the BBC Sport website.

This is a dedicated web link that usually kicks in around five or ten minutes prior to the 7.45p.m. kick-off, so if you do tune in early then don't panic if you just hear silence - just turn the sound up and wait until it kicks in. You may find there is also silence during the half time break as well, if they don't link directly with the local radio station itself. Head via the link below to hear the commentary.

Link: BBC Radio Oxfordshire : Live Commentary for Oxford United Women vs Yeovil Town Ladies.


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23 July 2015 : Directions For Wincanton Town vs Yeovil Town U18s
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side will travel to play Wincanton Town tonight in their fourth pre-season friendly of the summer. The match is taking place at Wincanton's Moor Lane ground on Thursday 23rd July, with a 6.45p.m. kick-off - note that this is an earlier kick-off time than had been previously announced.

Address: Wincanton Sports Ground, Moor Lane, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 9EJ.

To get to their Moor Lane ground will depend upon whether you come into Wincanton via the A303 or whether you arrive from one of the outlying villages. If you are travelling from the Henstridge/Sturminster Newton area, take the A357, then just after you pass under the A303, take a right turn towards Wincanton Town centre. If you're coming in from the Castle Cary direction, take the A371 towards the town, then turn left to stay on the A371, so that you don't go under the A303. If you're coming in via the A303, then turn off at the A371 junction and follow signs for the town centre.

With all routes, cross the River Cale, still heading towards the town centre on the B3081. Then take a right turn towards Buckhorn Weston, so that you travel south, going back under the A303 again, into Moor Lane. You'll find Wincanton Sports Centre is on your left, where you'll find the ground.

Link: 2015-16 Yeovil Town Under-18s Fixtures And Results.


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22 July 2015 : Torquay 1 Yeovil 2 : Dolan Shoots Down Gulls
Yeovil Town won their third pre-season friendly in a row this evening as they came from behind to beat Conference National side Torquay United on their Plainmoor ground. After a Louis Briscoe back post finish had put the Gulls 1-0 up, the Glovers equalised thanks to a Shaun Jeffers header before the break, and then won the match through a powerful left-footed drive from Matt Dolan from outside the box.

They went into the match fielding just one trialist, with ex-Barnet winger Iffy Allen the only player on display attempting to earn a contract. All of those who had travelled to Cornwall as trialists were missing, and the fact that all players bar Allen put in 90 minutes down in Devon, would suggest that manager Paul Sturrock is now starting to use his friendlies to put his players into some sort of a game mentality, rather than giving them 45 minutes at a time.

Left-back Nathan Smith hit the goalframe early on when a cross into the box ended up almost going in directly - the second Glovers player to achieve that from a crossing position after Jakub Sokolik managed it down in Cornwall over the weekend. They fell behind though when Torquay's Daniel Butler forced his way down the left flank, putting in a cross that Louis Briscoe was able to convert at the back post for a 1-0 home lead.

Yeovil's equaliser came 27 minutes into the match, after former AFC Bournemouth midfielder Wes Fogden showed the sort of creative skills the Glovers will be hoping he can create in League Two. His cross into the box was met by former Newport County striker Shaun Jeffers, who headed home for his second pre-season goal.

Four minutes into the second half, Town took the lead for the first time in the game. During his two loan spells whilst on the books at Middlesbrough, Matt Dolan proved that he knew how to strike the ball, in the same way that Ed Upson had a habit of doing, and his 20 yard drive with his left foot was excellently hit and gave the Glovers a 2-1 lead.

Torquay stayed competitive, and were unlucky not to equalise when Luke Young struck the goalpost later in the second half. But they made the decision to use six second half substitutions to rotate their squad which disrupted their play towards the end. Yeovil decided to keep ten of their players out there for the full 90 minutes, with the only withdrawal being Iffy Allen, who after a bout of cramp, limped off after 70 minutes to be replaced by Jamie Burrows, having done his cause no harm in persuading Paul Sturrock to offer him a deal at the club. The remainder of the substitutes stayed glued to the bench, suggesting that this was an early trial run for the Yeovil boss, with his side showing how they could do in 'match' conditions.

Final Score: Torquay United 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Louis Briscoe (1-0, 15 mins), Shaun Jeffers (1-1, 27 mins), Matthew Dolan (1-2, 49 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale 2. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 4. Matt Dolan 5. Alex Lacey 6. Stephen Arthurworrey 7. Marc Laird 8. Wes Fodgen 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 11. Iffy Allen.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 13. Jamie Burrows (71 mins for Iffy Allen) 14. Omar Sowumni 15. Max Melanson 16. Bradley Champion 17. Jayden Corbridge.

Torquay United:
1. Fabian Spiess 12. Sam Topliss 3. Daniel Butler 5. Angus MacDonald 22. Exodus Geohaghon 4. Jamie Richards 8. Luke Young 17. Bayan Fenwick 7. Louis Briscoe 9. Waide Fairhurst 14. Ashley Yeoman

Torquay Substitutes:
16. Courtney Richards (76 mins for Jamie Richards) 2. Jarne Moulton (66 mins for Sam Topliss) 6. Jide Moake (76 mins for Louis Briscoe) 20. Oneil Odofin 19. Sam Chaney (76 mins for Bayan Fenwick) 11. Shepherd Muromdedzi (84 mins for Ashley Yeoman) 10. Tyrone Marsh (66 mins for Waide Fairhurst) 15. Liam Prynn 13. Daniel Lavercombe 18. Pierde Mitchell.

Attendance: 823 (including 70 Yeovil Town supporters).


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22 July 2015 : Team News For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Torquay United. Within the line-up there is only one trialist starting the match, with winger Iffy Allen given another chance - otherwise no other trialists feature in the squad, suggesting that for the moment the club may be looking elsewhere, although that's not yet confirmed.

Tonight's side sees a number of Youth Team players on the bench, with the team being as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale 2. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 4. Matt Dolan 5. Alex Lacey 6. Stephen Arthurworrey 7. Marc Laird 8. Wes Fodgen 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 11. Iffy Allen.

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak 13. Jamie Burrows 14. Omar Sowumni 15. Max Melanson 16. Bradley Champion 17. Jayden Corbridge.

Torquay United:
1. Fabian Spiess 12. Sam Topliss 3. Daniel Butler 5. Angus MacDonald 22. Exodus Geohaghon 4. Jamie Richards 8. Luke Young 17. Bayan Fenwick 7. Louis Briscoe 9. Waide Fairhurst

Torquay Substitutes:
16. Courtney Richards 2. Jarne Moulton 6. Jide Monce 20. Oneil Odofin 19. Sam Chaney 11. Shepherd Muromdedzi 10 Tyrone Marsh 15. Liam Prynn 13. Daniel Lavercombe 18. Pierde Mitchell.


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22 July 2015 : Sunday Trialist Revealed As Tivvy Striker
Yeovil Town's mystery trialist from Sunday's pre-season friendly against Callington Town can now be revealed. The Glovers fielded one new player that they had not featured during the Friday night fixture at Truro City, coming on as a second half substitute in the 4-0 win at Marshfield Park.

The player concerned just went under the standard name of 'Trialist A' but has now been unmasked by his current club Tiverton Town. His name is Andrew Neal and is a former Plymouth Parkway striker who has only just joined Tiverton, having bagged 40 goals last season in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division.

Since joining Tiverton, he has also scored four times in two games as part of their pre-season friendlies. However, his absence became obvious when he was not present for a weekend friendly match, and Tivvy boss Martyn Rogers has confirmed that his player was further down the road in Cornwall. He told the Mid-Devon Gazette that he was prepared to let him go elsewhere, even if he had his tongue firmly in his cheek about arrangements if Glovers boss Paul Sturrock wanted to sign him:

"Andrew's with us at the moment and will be unless Paul Sturrock comes up with £100,000 to take him! Really though, you wouldn't want to stand in a player's way. He's starting off on his career with us and, if Paul wants to take him at any stage, we'll sit down with Rocky to talk about it, but I don't think we'll stand in any player's way if they want to improve themselves."


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22 July 2015 : An Extra Fifteen Minutes In The Gulls Bar
Yeovil Town supporters heading down to Plainmoor tonight, can allow themselves an extra fifteen minutes worth of travelling time - or another pint in the bar. The pre-season friendly against Torquay United has been advertised as a 7.30p.m. kick-off, but will now kick-off at 7.45p.m.

You may also find there's a bit of variation in the ticket concessions available for tonight's game as well. The Gulls had initially suggested that the main Concessions price was for Over-65s and Students. However, their website indicates this also applies to Under-18s. In addition for the 'Free' admission category, there is variation as to whether this applies to the Under-12s or the Under-7s. If these variations affect you, then obviously prepare for both possibilities!

Link: Directions For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.


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22 July 2015 : Yeovil Town Tie Up Lacey Deal
Yeovil Town have confirmed their thirteenth signing of the summer by taking on defender from Luton Town. Alex Lacey, who is a 6 foot 2 inches tall centre-back is a product of their youth system, who has also had loan experience with four non-league sides during the early period of his career development. His name had been on the rumourmill earlier in the summer but can now be confirmed as a firm arrival.

Born in Milton Keynes on May 31st 1993, the 22 year old moved his way through the Hatters' youth ranks, and was given a scholarship in 2007. His first professional contract came in the summer of 2010, whilst Luton were still a Conference club, making his debut for them in December 2010.

Then came a series of loan spells that gave him first team experience whilst still a teenager, with one Southern League club taking him on loan, followed by three Conference South outfits. Cambridge City (14 appearances), Thurrock (3 appearances), Eastbourne Borough (14 appearances, two goals), and Eastleigh (20 appearances, one goal) all gave him game time whilst he stayed on the fringes of Luton's first team.

His breakthrough year came in 2013-14, when Luton gave him 22 appearances at Conference Premier level, with him scoring one goal as they gained promotion back to the Football League. At that stage he was given a two year contract with the club, which seemed to be a strong move for the Hatters given that he was reportedly receiving plenty of attention from other Football League clubs. During the season just gone though, many of his 20 first team appearances have come from the substitutes bench, and they made the decision to transfer list him during May, just after the end of the 2014-15 season.

Alex has penned a two year contract with Yeovil Town, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2017.

Link: Ryan Dickson : Player Profile.

Link: Jack Compton : Player Profile.

Link: Matthew Dolan : Player Profile.

Link: Jordan Gibbons : Player Profile.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Player Profile.

Link: Marc Laird : Player Profile.

Link: Omar Sowumni : Player Profile.

Link: Ben Tozer : Player Profile.

Link: Stephen Arthurworrey : Player Profile.

Link: Jamie Burrows : Player Profile.

Link: Ryan Bird : Player Profile.

Link: Wes Fogden : Player Profile.


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22 July 2015 : Channel 5's Football League Highlights Team Is Unveiled
The Football League have announced details of the two main presenters who will host Channel 5's new Football League highlights programme. The show will be called Football League Tonight and will make its debut on Saturday 8th August, at 9.00p.m. replacing the BBC's Football League Show, which has now ended, following the awarding of a new broadcast deal which runs until 2018.

The duo who will be presenting the show will be Kelly Cates and George Riley. Kelly is the daughter of former Liverpool manager and striker Kenny Dalglish and has been the presenter of BBC 5Live's 606 radio programme since August 2013. She has also worked for Sky Sports News, ESPN, ITV Sport, Channel 4 and TalkSport and so her agreement to present on Channel 5 pretty much completes the full set for television broadcasters.

Whilst the majority of Kelly's experience comes within the world of football, George's career has been a bit more broad. He has covered the Olympic Games, snooker, rugby league as well as acting as a general reporter for the BBC Breakfast programme and the BBC 5Live outside broadcast team. He will now turn his attention to football, as part of a show that will last 90 minutes on Saturday night, thus taking fans into around the time that the BBC's Match of the Day will bring Premier League highlights.

Channel 5 have confirmed that their show will cover weekends during the international break - something that the BBC came in for flak frequently when Championship fixtures were suspended, but several BBC employees indicated was part of their contractual agreement with the Football League. That restriction is now removed.

The introduction of Cates and Riley is not expected to affect their current work with BBC 5Live, which is reported to be continuing.

Link: Goodbye Football League Show - Hello Channel 5.

Link: Channel 5 Outline Further Football League Broadcast Plans.


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22 July 2015 : Interview : Ryan Bird Talks About His Arrival At Yeovil Town
Last week, Yeovil Town signed up striker Ryan Bird as they took their number of summer signings into double figures. The former Cambridge United, Portsmouth and Hartlepool United target man spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt on the day he signed on, and his interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Ryan Bird Speaks To The BBC After He Signed A Contract With Yeovil Town.

Link: Ryan Bird : Yeovil Town Profile.


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21 July 2015 : Video : Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town U18s Match Highlights
Last Thursday, Yeovil Town Under-18s played a pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town. The game finished in a 2-0 defeat for the Glovers youth side, who have recently restarted as part of the club's EPPP Category Three Academy set-up. Below you can watch match highlights, via Dorchester's YouTube channel. Yeovil Town's line-ups and a brief match summary are available via the link below.

The Under-18s are next in action on Thursday, when they travel to play Wincanton Town at their Moor Lane ground.

Link: Dorchester Town 2 Yeovil Town U18s 0 : Match Summary.




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21 July 2015 : Kieffer Back On English Soil In Magpies Trial
Former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore's trial with Norwegian side Viking FK appears to have ended for the moment. Newspaper reports in that country suggested they were keen to offer him a deal, but that it was dependent upon them getting another player off their books for the deal to have gone through.

All had gone quiet over the past week, with Viking not saying anything either way, as to whether he was still in Norway. Tonight he has appeared on the teamsheet for League Two side Notts County as a substitute for their pre-season friendly against Port Vale at Vale Park.

This of course means that he may come up against Sam Foley and AJ Leitch-Smith who are also named on the bench for Vale, with this representing Leitch-Smith's first game since signing for Vale yesterday. Notts County have Scott Loach in goal, with the Nottingham-born keeper having agreed a two year contract with the Magpies earlier this month.

There are two more players with Glovers connections - Ghanian Enoch Andoh played for the club during the 2014-15 pre-season friendlies, and later turned up at Port Vale where they gave him an 18 month contract in November 2014. Another is former French trialist Achille Campion, who is also on Vale's books, having played alongside Andoh in the same set of friendlies, and joins Foley and Leitch-Smith on the bench.

Link: Kieffer Moore : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: AJ Leitch-Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Sam Foley : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Scott Loach : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 July 2015 : Interview With Natalie Haigh
As part of the build-up to Sunday's FA Women's Super League match against Millwall Lionesses, the Yeovil Town Ladies team got a fair bit of media coverage. One of those to be interviewed was club captain Natalie Haigh, who spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Simon Parkin on the day before the game, giving her view on playing at Huish Park, and routines before big matches. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Natalie Haigh Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Millwall Lionesses Game.


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21 July 2015 : Directions For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town
On Wednesday evening Yeovil Town play their third pre-season friendly of the summer, when they travel to Devon to play National League (formerly the Conference) side Torquay United. The match takes place on Wednesday 22nd July 2015, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

For those travelling to Plainmoor, your initial starting point will probably dictate whether you get on the M5 early (e.g. at Taunton at Junction 25) or whether you follow the A303/A30 route to Exeter, joining the motorway at Junction 29. But by the time you reach that part of the motorway, you should all be heading westbound around the south side of Exeter on the tail end of the M5.

A couple of miles after the motorway ends and turns into 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.

Address: Torquay United FC, Plainmoor Ground, Warbro Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3PS

You'll find there is no designated football parking at Plainmoor. However, it is situated a reasonable distance from the town centre, and so there should be plenty of parking in the nearby residential streets. The nearer you arrive to kick-off, the further away you'll park, although there's an obvious benefit to being on the side of the ground that's furthest from the town centre, given that it will also give you a quicker journey out after the game. Hence try to park up just before you reach the ground, rather than drive past it.

Link: Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Sherborne Town vs Yeovil Town XI.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: Ticketing At Huish Park For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: 2015-16 Season Ticket Application Form.


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21 July 2015 : Ticketing For Torquay United vs Yeovil Town
On Wednesday evening Yeovil Town play their third pre-season friendly of the summer, when they travel to Devon to play National League (formerly the Conference) side Torquay United. The match takes place on Wednesday 22nd July 2015, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for this game are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s and Students: £5.00; Under-12s: FREE.

The terrace end of the ground, which is normally set aside for away supporters, will not be open on this occasion, which should mean that we'll be given seated accommodation on the side of the ground.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Sherborne Town vs Yeovil Town XI.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town XI.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: Ticketing At Huish Park For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: 2015-16 Season Ticket Application Form.


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21 July 2015 : Natasha Knapman Talks About The Ladies Win Over The Lionesses
On Sunday afternoon, Yeovil Town Ladies played on the big stage, taking on Millwall Lionesses on the main Huish Park stadium pitch. The match was won by the Glovers, with the only goal being scored by Natasha Knapman midway through the second half. After the game, she spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton, and that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Natasha Knapman Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Millwall Lionesses.


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20 July 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Cornish Pre-Season Review
On Friday night and Sunday lunchtime, Yeovil Town played their first two pre-season friendlies. Taking on Cornish sides Truro City and Callington Town, this was a chance for the club's new arrivals to get to know each other by staying down in the county across a long weekend. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, guest writer Kurt West takes the controls to give his views on the two matches he saw, and a blow-by-blow verdict of most of the players who were on display during the two matches. Read on via the link below, and use the Comments box at the foot of the article to give your own views, particularly if you were also down in Cornwall for either game.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Cornish Pre-Season Review.


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20 July 2015 : Leitch-Smith Finally Leaves Huish Park
Yeovil Town striker AJ Leitch-Smith has now finally left the building. League One side Port Vale have this afternoon confirmed that he has signed a one year contract at Vale Park, having trained with them since July 1st. The former Crewe Alexandra striker was transfer-listed by the Glovers, and given the opportunity to sever his contract at Huish Park midway through his two year deal at the club.

He scored twice for Port Vale in their recent 5-0 pre-season friendly against Kidsgrove Athletic and that has been enough to persuade them to offer him a deal with the Valiants. Boss Rob Page told their club website that he was pleased to be working with him:

"As I have said in numerous interviews, I have been very impressed with how Ajay has performed in training since pre-season started. He is a player with lots of potential and someone I believe has a lot to offer. Iím looking forward to continuing to work with Ajay this season."

Overall, Leitch-Smith scored just twice for Yeovil Town in 38 appearances, but now leaves the Huish Park payroll entirely.

Link: AJ Leitch-Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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20 July 2015 : Bird Looking Forward To New Yeovil Town Challenge
New Yeovil Town signing Ryan Bird has said that he is looking forward to the challenge of playing for the club, having joined from Cambridge United over the summer. The 26 year old is a big 6'4" striker who has also had Football League experience with Portsmouth and Hartlepool United, after making a relatively late breakthrough into League football following a nine year spell playing for Berkshire side Burnham.

Bird scored a brace of goals during Sunday afternoon's 4-0 win over Callington Town, and speaking prior to the club's trip to Cornwall, he told BBC Somerset that his first impressions of the club were good:

"I've trained with them for a couple of days, and all the players are great. The manager seems very switched on, and knows what he wants from the lads, and so I'm looking forward to the challenge this season. No matter whether we're winning 5-0 or losing 5-0, I've always worked as hard as I can. I'm good in the air and strong - I'm not slow - a little bit quick, and I'm just a goalscorer really. I'll throw myself at anything to score a goal."

Sturrock's interviews have strongly pointed to a playing system that involves using touchline-hugging wingers to stretch the play, with the goal of getting plenty of balls into the penalty area. There were signs of that style of play during the Callington match, and Bird explained that they had been beginning to do that in training sessions, which he saw as playing to his own strengths:

"We've been doing a lot of crossing in training recently. The manager is all about getting the ball out wide and getting crosses into the box. As a striker, that's what you love to hear, and that's music to your ears - you love crosses into the box. Obviously we're a couple of weeks away from the opening day, but everyone is buzzing for it - all of the players and the coaching staff, and all of the fans will be buzzing for it as well."

In terms of general training and his views on his team-mates, Bird said that he was impressed by the levels of fitness that he had seen. He also felt that there was a good balance between players like Marc Laird and Ryan Dickson who have plenty of Football League experience, combined with younger more inexperienced players like Jamie Burrows, who have all arrived at the club over the summer:

"We look really sharp in training and it's quite a young team. They're really fit, young enthusiastic lads and there's a couple of experienced lads in and around the team as well. I think that it's important to have a few experienced League One and League Two heads in there as well, to just help steady the ship."

Bird left Cambridge United at the end of last season, having been told of his fate by manager Richard Money at the tail end of the January transfer window, when the U's boss was trying to persuade him to move on. Interest from Hartlepool United, who he'd been on loan with during 2014-15 broke down over finances, whilst Conference Play-Off Final losers Grimsby Town had also been trying to snap him up. Bird said he chose the Glovers due to their recent standing as a former Championship club, and manager Paul Sturrock's reputation for getting lower league sides promoted:

"It's a big club, as it was in the Championship a couple of years ago. I've spoken to a few players about the gaffer, and the coaches down there. A couple of my mates have been down there and said that it's a great club and well run. The coaching is great, and obviously the gaffer has done really well as he's had something like five or six promotions under his belt. That was definitely one of the reasons - a well organised club, and it's not too far for me as well."

Link: Ryan Bird : Yeovil Town Profile.


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19 July 2015 : Yeovil Town Ladies Set Club Record In Win Over Lionesses
Yeovil Town Ladies set a new club record this afternoon, as the profile of the Ladies game continues to rise. On the back of the FIFA Women's World Cup, a series of clubs have reported new attendance records, and so with the Glovers crowds having grown significantly this season even without events in Canada, they were expected to capitalise upon their first fixture following the international break being on the main Huish Park pitch against Millwall Lionesses.

The crowd didn't disappoint - with 722 turning out to eclipse the 620 that had showed for the last match staged at Huish Park in 2013 in the FA Cup, and to smash their FA WSL2 league record of 509 which itself has been broken three times already this season. With the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust putting on their own entertainment outside the stadium, and various offers and promotions from the Ladies including FAWSL promotional bags, this was the Ladies chance to put on a show on the big stage.

During the opening 45 minutes, there was no doubt who was on top during the match - in fact the Ladies could have been more than the one goal up that they managed by half time. Annie Heatherson's shot rifled off the crossbar and was converted in on the rebound by Sarah Wiltshire, but a linesman's flag denied the Glovers a 19th minute opener. Two minutes later though they got a legitimate goal, with Wiltshire's run down the left flank producing a deep cross to the back post that saw Natasha Knapman head home, and most of the squad run to the bench, to provide a 'baby' celebration for manager Jamie Sherwood who is currently awaiting a new arrival within his family.

The Glovers domination continued to show as both Annie Heatherson and Sarah Wiltshire struck the woodwork again, and Millwall were probably glad to get in at the break only a goal down. That fifteen minute period gave the Londoners a chance to regroup in a far more even second half. But the Lionesses struggled to carve out clear-cut chances, with Yeovil defending well - notably when Natalie Haigh's last ditch tackle denied Fliss Gibbons a shot on goal. Overall Charlotte Haynes had to largely do mop-up exercises within her own goal, with Millwall's Sarah Quantrill by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. As such it was easy for Yeovil to justify their 1-0 win and their three points, with that first half performance being easily good enough to cement their current third place spot.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Millwall Lionesses 0..

Scorer: Natasha Knapman (1-0, 21 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies (4-3-3): Charlotte Haynes; Helen Bleazard, Nicola Cousins, Natalie Haigh, Corinne Yorston; Sammy Quayle, Stephanie Williams, Ellie Curson , Sarah Wiltshire, Natasha Knapman, Annie Heatherson

Substitutes: Shauna Cossens (60 mins for Natasha Knapman), Stacey Pearson (81 mins for Ellie Curson), Alys Hinchcliffe (86 mins for Sammy Quayle), Leah Burridge, Emily Donovan, Ebony Dover

Attendance: 722 (Yeovil Town Ladies Club Record).


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19 July 2015 : Alex Smith On Trial For Cardinals
Former Yeovil Town left-sided player Alex Smith is currently trialling for a new club. He turned out for Conference National side Woking yesterday, and scored in their pre-season friendly against Staines Town, which they won by a 3-2 scoreline. Smith's goal was a rather impressive first time left-footed volley from inside the box that opened the scoring in the 4th minute - you can watch it via the link below.

This was Smith's first match for Woking - we're not aware of him having featured for any other clubs since leaving Huish Park at the end of last season. Although he made six appearances for Yeovil Town during his time at the club, five of those were under former boss Gary Johnson, with him making just one substitute appearance during Terry Skiverton's tenure. He was then believed to have picked up an injury that meant that he'd disappeared entirely from the radar by the time Paul Sturrock arrived as manager.

Link: Alex Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.




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19 July 2015 : Callington 0 Yeovil 4 : Bird Double Gives Second Pre-Season Win
Yeovil Town comfortably won their second pre-season friendly in Cornwall this afternoon. Leading from the 7th minute against their South West Peninsula League Premier Division opponents, thanks to an early Shaun Jeffers goal, they began to assume full control during the second period, with Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey heading home. Then the game was finished off as substitute Ryan Bird scored twice, with both being set up by trialist winger Wilson Carvalho.

The Glovers went into the match again missing a quartet of senior players, as Ben Tozer (knee), Ryan Dickson (minor knock), Kevin Dawson (groin) and Simon Gillett (knee) not involved. The starting line-up featured former Luton Town and Leeds United right-back Paul Connolly and ex-Cheltenham Town and Colchester United winger Ashley Vincent as they continued their trial at the club, with more trialists coming on later in the match.

They the lead seven minutes into the match as Shaun Jeffers fired home from inside the box, picking up a loose ball. The first half gave an idea of the shape and tactics manager Paul Sturrock intends to produce during the league season, with plenty of crosses being fired into the box - a Jamie Burrows header went wide, whilst another aerial attempt from Wes Fogden was saved by the home keeper to keep the score at just 1-0 at the break.

With former Fulham and Barnet wide man Iffy Allen being introduced at half time, and Artur Krysiak swapping for Chris Weale, Yeovil extended their lead further, five minutes into the second period. Nathan Smith's left wing cross was met by a close range Stephen Arthurworrey header to put the Glovers 2-0 up. That was the cue for a number of substitutes, including former Portsmouth striker Ryan Bird and another former Fulham youth player in Wilson Carvalho.

That pair were to prove influential in the closing stages of the match, as Wilson Carvalho took up a wide position, and Ryan Bird assumed the classic big target man position. On 65 minutes, Carvalho's left-wing cross saw him exchange passes with an unnamed trialist and his cross into the box saw Bird fire home. Then with seven minutes remaining, Carvalho took a free kick from a wide left position, allowing Bird to head home for his second of the afternoon. and to complete a 4-0 win.

Final Score: Callington Town 0 Yeovil Town 4.

Scorers: Shaun Jeffers (0-1, 7 mins), Stephen Arthurworrey (0-2, 50 mins), Ryan Bird (0-3, 65 mins), Ryan Bird (0-4, 83 mins)

Yeovil Town (starting line-up):
1. Chris Weale, 2. Jordan Gibbons, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 5. Paul Connolly, 6. Stephen Arthurworrey, 7. Wes Fogden, 8. Marc Laird, 9. Jamie Burrows, 10. Shaun Jeffers, 11. Ashley Vincent.

Substitutes: Iffy Allen (46 mins for Paul Connolly), Artur Krysiak (46 mins for Chris Weale), Ryan Bird (51 mins for Shaun Jeffers), Trialist A (51 mins for Jamie Burrows), Wilson Carvalho (56 mins for Ashley Vincent), Max Melanson (67 mins for Matthew Dolan), Christopher Ibayi (85 mins for Jordan Gibbons).

Attendance: 253.

Yeovil Town's starting line-up against Callington Town
Yeovil Town's starting line-up against Callington Town
Photo © 2015 Tim Lancaster.



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19 July 2015 : Team News For Callington Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Callington Town. The Glovers have included two trialists for that game, both of whom were seen on Friday night, with former Luton Town, Plymouth Argyle and Leeds United full-back Paul Connolly starting the game, whilst ex-Cheltenham Town and Colchester United winger Ashley Vincent also gets a second chance to impress.

The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (starting line-up):
1. Chris Weale, 2. Jordan Gibbons, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 5. Paul Connolly, 6. Stephen Arthurworrey, 7. Wes Fogden, 8. Marc Laird, 9. Jamie Burrows, 10. Shaun Jeffers, 11. Ashley Vincent.


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19 July 2015 : Photo Gallery : Truro City vs Yeovil Town
For those who didn't get to Friday night's pre-season friendly against Truro City, there is a photo gallery of some of the action from that match online. Head via the link below to find a Flickr page owned by Cornish photographer Colin Bradbury. They're taken largely from a Truro perspective, but show some of Yeovil Town's new signings in action.

Link: Flickr Gallery : Truro City vs Yeovil Town.


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18 July 2015 : Directions For Callington Town vs Yeovil Town
On Sunday 19th July, Yeovil Town play their second pre-season friendly of the 2015-16 season, with a trip to Cornish side Callington Town. They play in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, with their ground situated at Marshfield Parc. The town of Callington is situated in the South-East corner of the county, around seven miles north of Saltash, and around 15 miles from Plymouth city centre.

Fans travelling to the match will almost certainly take the M5 past Exeter, and then the A38 that leads from the end of the M5 down to Plymouth. Stay on the A38 as it circles around the north side of Plymouth and then cross the Tamar Bridge. As you come out on the west side of Saltash, take the A388 signposted towards Launceston, which will take you through the centre of Callington.

Pass through the town centre, and then around half a mile north you'll see a signpost turning right into Callington Community College. Turn right into the college. As you come up the slope, bear left and you should find parking spaces within the College grounds. There will be signposting for the football ground from there.

Address: Callington Town FC, Ginsters Marshfield Parc, Launceston Road, Callington, Cornwall PL17 7DR

NOTE: The postcode above doesn't work too well on Google Maps and Streetmap so be cautious if putting it into your SatNav. Callington Community College is where you need to be.

NOTE: When heading back across the Tamar Bridge, there is a Toll fee payable. You will pay £1.50 for a car to cross Eastbound.

Link: Ticketing For Callington Town vs Yeovil Town.


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18 July 2015 : Ladies Chairman Previews The Millwall Lionesses Game
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town Ladies play host to Millwall Lionesses with the game being staged at the main Huish Park stadium. Ahead of that match, Ladies Chairman Stephen Allinson spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Jack Murley about playing on the big stage, and also the news that the BBC will be broadcasting live commentary of the match - read that interview via the link below.

Link: Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Millwall Lionesses Game.

There's also other articles on the game, detailing the attendances that the Ladies need to beat in order to establish a new club record, along with FA WSL level attendances they may want to target. Also find information concerning ticketing and tomorrow's radio commentary below.

Link: Ladies Hoping That Record-Breaking Crowds Continue.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses.

Link: Live Radio Commentary For Ladies vs Lions.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses - This Sunday at Huish Park!
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17 July 2015 : Truro 0 Yeovil 1 : Laird Leaves It Late In Opening Game
Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly schedule got off to a winning start tonight in Cornwall, although they were made to work hard for their victory. It took an 87th minute goal from former Tranmere Rovers midfielder Marc Laird to divide the two sides, with both clubs having had chances earlier in the match to open the scoring. The game saw Yeovil field more-or-less two sides, with the majority of players given 45 minutes of play. The only players missing were Simon Gillett, Kevin Dawson, Ben Tozer and Ryan Dickson on the night.

The Glovers fielded four trialists, two youth players and one of unknown origin across the two halves, blended in with the numbers that manager Paul Sturrock has drafted together. The first half team saw their best effort come from Shaun Jeffers after his effort went wide of the target. At the other end, Shane White got the ball in the back of the net, via his 40th minute header, but it was chalked off for offside.

During the second period, the Glovers still struggled to find the breakthrough, with one of their nearest efforts coming from an unintentional source, as Jakub Sokolik's cross from a wide position evaded everyone and struck the top of the crossbar. It took until three minutes before the end when they finally made the breakthrough, with Marc Laird converting a close range ball at the back post - pretty much the last action of the game.

Final Score: Truro City 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorer: Marc Laird (0-1, 87 mins).

Yeovil Town: (first half)
1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Jordan Gibbons, 3. Nathan Smith (Capt), 4. Matthew Dolan, 5. Paul Connolly, 6. Stephen Arthurworrey, 7. Iffy Allen, 8. Wes Fogden, 9. Ryan Bird, 10. Shaun Jeffers, 11. Ashley Vincent.

Yeovil Town: (second half)
12. Chris Weale, 3. Nathan Smith, 5. Paul Connolly, 13. Omar Sowunmi, 14. Jakub Sokolik, 15. Arthur Warren, 16. Marc Laird, 17. Jack Compton, 18. Wilson Carvalho, 19. Jamie Burrows, 20. Christopher Ibayi

Yeovil Second Half Substitution: 16. Max Melanson (82 mins for Jack Compton).

Truro City:
1. Martin Rice 2. Shane White 3. Ryan Brett 4. Arran Pugh 5. Rob Farkins 6. Ed Palmer 7. Aaron Dawson 8. Shane Krac 9. Craig Duff 10. Isaac Vassell 11. Cody Cooke.

Truro Substitutes:
12. Jake Ash 13. Tom McHale 14. Dan Green 15. Les Afful 16. Bafdi Gass 17. Will Summerfield 18. Will Halsted 19. Adam Morgan.

Referee: Brett Huxstable. Assistants: Neil Hunnisett and Ryan Cornelius. Fourth Official: Adam Price.

Attendance: 286.


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17 July 2015 : Glovers Field Trialists In Opening Friendly
Yeovil Town have fielded a large number of trialists, or previously unknown players, for tonight's match against Truro City. These are the first trialists Glovers fans have seen so far this summer, and their identities are as follows:

Iffy Allen: A 21 year old (born March 15th 1994, Lambeth) winger/striker who is a former Fulham youth player. He moved to Barnet during the latter years of his youth development and spending three years there as a professional. He has had short loan spells with Kingstonian, Redhill and Wingate and Finchley as part of his development. He only played eight times for the Bees and was transfer-listed by them in the middle of last season before being released.

Paul Connolly: A 31 year old (born September 29th 1983, Liverpool) right-back who needs little introduction to Paul Sturrock, given that he was on Plymouth Argyle's books between 2000 and 2008, spanning both of his spells at Home Park. There he made 177 appearances, scoring one goal. He left halfway through Sturrock's second spell to sign for Derby County (72 appearances) before spending three years with Leeds United (64 appearances). More recently he's been on the books of Millwall, Crawley Town and Luton Town but only turned out six times for the Hatters last season.

Ashley Vincent: A 30 year old (born May 26th 1985, Oldbury) winger/striker who should be very familiar to Yeovil Town fans for his five years at Cheltenham Town and three years with Colchester United. He is a former Wolverhampton Wanderers trainee, who played 131 times for Cheltenham before playing 81 times for Colchester across the 2009-2012 period. Whilst those games were largely at League One level, his last three clubs have been in League Two. He spent a year with Port Vale (40 appearances, 8 goals) before rejoining Cheltenham (21 appearances, 2 goals) with his last club being Shrewsbury Town (10 appearances). He left Shrewsbury a year into a two year contract, having failed to establish himself in their team - press reports blamed his team's switch to a 3-5-2 formation which didn't suit the winger so much, as being a major factor.

Wilson Carvalho: He is a 22 year old right-winger who started his career at Fulham before having spells with Stevenage and Port Vale. His first team experience has largely come in non-league football, having played for Hemel Hempstead Town and Corby Town.

Christopher Ibayi: He is a 19 year old (born July 18th 1995) striker from France who has been largely playing for Bastia's B side, although did make once appearance for their first team last season, in the French top division. He has worked his way through their youth system, having been on their books for at least the last three seasons.

Arthur Warren: Played for Yeovil Town Under-18s on Tuesday night at Dorchester Town.

Max Melanson: Played for Yeovil Town Under-18s against Barking Abbey, scoring twice in that match. He is a former Torquay United scholar who was on Ipswich Town's books.


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17 July 2015 : Team News For Truro City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have selected their starting line-up for their first pre-season friendly of the 2015-16 season. The match against Conference South side Truro City, which is being played at Treyew Road, has seen the following team selected, which includes three trialists, Paul Connolly, Iffy Allen and Ashley Vincent:

Yeovil Town: (first half)
1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Jordan Gibbons, 3. Nathan Smith (Capt), 4. Matthew Dolan, 5. Paul Connolly, 6. Stephen Arthurworrey, 7. Iffy Allen, 8. Wes Fogden, 9. Ryan Bird, 10. Shaun Jeffers, 11. Ashley Vincent.

Substitutes Named: 15. Arthur Warren, 16. Max Melanson

During the second half, a new team will be deployed, one trialist in Wilson Carvalho and an unknown player in Christopher Ibayi. Two more - Arthur Warren and Max Melanson - have played for the Under-18s side in their pre-season friendlies.

Yeovil Town: (second half)
12. Chris Weale, 3. Nathan Smith, 5. Paul Connolly, 13. Omar Sowunmi, 14. Jakub Sokolik, 15. Arthur Warren, 16. Marc Laird, 17. Jack Compton, 18. Wilson Carvalho, 19. Jamie Burrows, 20. Christopher Ibaiya

Substitutes Named: 7. Iffy Allen, 16. Max Melanson


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17 July 2015 : 2015-16 Somerset Premier Cup First Round Draw
The First Round draw for the 2015-16 Somerset Premier Cup has been made by the Somerset FA. Yeovil Town will face a trip to Paulton Rovers, who finished 10th in the Southern League Premier Division last season. As has been the case since the Glovers entered the Football League, this will be regarded as a non-first team fixture - we will have to wait and see what new manager Paul Sturrock's attitude to the competition is like, nearer the time, particularly given the club will have a fully operational Under-18s side running by the time the match is played.

The First Round draw is as follows:

Keynsham Town v Chard Town
Radstock Town v Hengrove Athletic
Larkhall Athletic v Wincanton
Brislington v Ashton & Backwell
Taunton Town v Wells City
Shepton Mallet v Bishop Sutton
Paulton Rovers v Yeovil Town.
Welton Rovers v Wellington

Byes Until The Second Round:
Bath City , Bridgwater Town, Cheddar , Frome Town , Odd Down , Portishead Town, Street , Weston Super Mare.

All ties are to be played on week commencing 28th September 2015

It should be noted that Clevedon Town missed the deadline for affiliation to the Somerset FA, and therefore were excluded from the draw and will not take place in this season's competition.

Somerset Premier Cup 2015-16 Round Dates:
First Round : To be played w/c 28th September 2015
Second Round : To be played w/c 9th November 2015
Quarter Finals : To be played w/c 22nd February 2016
Semi Finals : To be played w/c 28th March 2016
Final : 26th April 2016.


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17 July 2015 : Terriers Sign Up Hiwula For Undisclosed Fee
Championship side Huddersfield Town have completed the permanent signing of former Glovers loan striker Jordy Hiwula. The 20 year old has penned a contract with them that lasts until the summer of 2018, with the Terriers having the option of a further year on top of that. Huddersfield have paid Manchester City an undisclosed fee for his services.

Hiwula had been named as a hot prospect when he joined Yeovil Town on loan during the 2014-15 season, having netted 19 times in 30 appearances for City's Development Squad during the previous season. But he struggled to find the back of the net for the Glovers, netting once in nine appearances before eventually being allowed to return back to his parent club. A further loan spell with Walsall followed, and this time he found his feet, scoring nine goals in 17 starts for the Saddlers, across his 19 appearances.

He now leaves Manchester City on a permanent basis, with Huddersfield reported to have seen off challenges by Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Celtic to secure his services. Press speculation suggests that the fee was in the region of £150,000. His choice of Huddersfield ahead of those clubs would seem to be influenced by Terriers first team coach Steve Eyre, who was his Development Squad manager.

Link: Jordy Hiwula : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 July 2015 : Fogden Becomes Yeovil Town's Twelfth Summer Signing
Yeovil Town have brought in their twelfth signing of the summer this afternoon. They have signed up Wes Fogden. He is a midfielder who was last on the books of Portsmouth, but has also played for Brighton and Hove Albion, Dorchester Town, Havant and Waterlooville and AFC Bournemouth.

Born in Brighton on April 12th 1988, he is a 5'9" midfielder, who started his career as a youth player with Brighton. He was diagnosed with a spinal tumour as a youngster, which heavily disrupted his time at the Sussex club just after he'd turned professional, and after his rehabilitation from subsequent surgery, he went out on loan with Dorchester Town and Bognor Regis, playing 14 matches for Dorchester and five for Bognor during the 2007-08 season.

Fogden was loaned out to Dorchester again during the following season and that deal was eventually made permanent, bringing an end to his stay at Brighton where he made four appearances. He spent one season with the Magpies, clocking up 27 appearances and five goals before Havant and Waterlooville took him on. His four year stay there saw him score 35 goals in 118 appearances.

That sort of goalscoring rate from midfield alerted AFC Bournemouth, who initially took him on loan during the 2011-12 season, but converting that into a three-and-a-half year contract once the transfer window opened. A shoulder injury meant he missed six months worth of football at Dean Court, but despite that he clocked up 59 appearances for them, scoring six goals during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

As Bournemouth rose up the leagues, with their new spending power, Fogden dropped down the ranks, and in January 2014, he signed an 18 month deal with Portsmouth. There he only had limited success, scoring twice in 28 appearances, before becoming a free agent in the summer of 2015. Much of his time with Pompey was disrupted by an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained during the summer of 2014 that put him out for the bulk of the 2014-15 season, ultimately making just nine appearances at the tail end of the campaign as he made his recovery from that problem.

He has signed a two year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2017.

Link: Ryan Dickson : Player Profile.

Link: Jack Compton : Player Profile.

Link: Matthew Dolan : Player Profile.

Link: Jordan Gibbons : Player Profile.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Player Profile.

Link: Marc Laird : Player Profile.

Link: Omar Sowumni : Player Profile.

Link: Ben Tozer : Player Profile.

Link: Stephen Arthurworrey : Player Profile.

Link: Jamie Burrows : Player Profile.

Link: Ryan Bird : Player Profile.


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17 July 2015 : Ladies Hoping That Record-Breaking Crowds Continue
Yeovil Town Ladies will be looking to continue their trend of setting new club records on Sunday, when they play host to Millwall Lionesses in an FA WSL2 match. The female Glovers have been claiming league attendance records throughout the 2015 season, with their opening game fixture against Reading FC Women seeing 347 spectators turn up, but that was bettered in April as 407 showed for the 4-0 win over London Bees. That was then followed by a crowd of 509 spectators who were present in May for the match against Doncaster Rovers Belles, meaning that they've broken their own club league record in all three fixtures this year.

On Sunday 19th July, with the chance to showcase their talents on the main Huish Park stadium pitch, that league record will surely be broken again. The Ladies have only ever played once at Huish Park, with a January 2013 match against Leeds United producing a home gate of 620. It would seem highly likely that crowd - the biggest to watch a Yeovil Town Ladies match in all competitions - will be broken on the weekend.

The chance to set a new club attendance record comes during a time when FA Women's Super League crowds are seeing a significant boost on the back of the FIFA Women's World Cup. The Glovers didn't play last weekend, when the Super League recommenced its fixtures for the second half of the season, but at FA WSL1 level, Manchester City Ladies broke their own club record when 2,102 turned up to watch them beat Birmingham City Ladies. With 2,061 attending the match between Arsenal Ladies and Liverpool Ladies, along with 1,233 turning up to watch Chelsea beat Bristol Academy, the WSL1 division recorded gates that were 78 percent higher than the average gate across the first half of the season, suggesting that the BBC's coverage of the World Cup has made a difference to the profile of the sport.

Earlier this season, the record attendance at FA WSL2 level was set when Watford Ladies played host to 1,102 spectators in a match against Aston Villa Ladies - given the effect that has been seen on FA WSL1 crowds, that record will surely not last for long. Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman Stephen Allinson has told BBC Somerset that he'd certainly like to see a four figure crowd at Huish Park on Sunday, and doesn't rule out pushing towards that Hornets record:

"The record FA WSL2 crowd is 1,102 which was set for Watford earlier this season. We're aiming for a thousand but if we can get close to that record, then it would be fantastic. There's a real feel-good factor after the Women's World Cup. We're really grateful to Yeovil Town for allowing us to play there, and we think that it's going to be a great occasion. I want as many people as possible to get there."

You can get tickets for Sunday's game either online or at Huish Park on the day - kick-off will be 2.00p.m. - for further information see the ticketing article linked below. Note also that the game will be broadcast live on BBC Somerset on 95.5FM - the BBC have also confirmed that the match will be available online as well, with Jack Murley and Emma Britton on the microphones.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses.

Link: Live Radio Commentary For Ladies vs Lions.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses - This Sunday at Huish Park!
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17 July 2015 : Directions For Truro City vs Yeovil Town
Tonight sees Yeovil Town play their first pre-season friendly prior to the 2015-16 season when they travel to Cornwall to play Truro City. The match takes place on Friday 17th July 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Treyew Road. This is our third friendly in four years, having gained a 2-2 draw back in 2011, whilst last summer saw a 2-1 win with Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore our goalscorers.

The entrance to Truro's Treyew Road Ground
The entrance to Truro's Treyew Road Ground showing the date their club was formed. Photo by Tim Lancaster.


The Conference South side have been at their current ground since the mid-1950s, and this is situated on the south-west side of the city by the A390 which loops around the south side, and thus is relatively easy to find. The address is as follows:

Address: Truro City FC, Treyew Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2TH

Pretty much all supporters should be coming from an easterly direction for this game - it's 140 miles from Yeovil. Take the A303/M5 route down to Exeter and follow the M5 until Junction 31. Then join the A30 which will take you past Okehampton and Bodmin and stay on this road for 80 miles. At the junction with the A39 (signposted for Truro) get off the A30 and follow the A39 southbound towards Truro.

Avoid any signposts for Truro city centre - stick on the A39 until you reach the junction with the A390 and turn right towards Threemilestone. This road (A390) is called Green Lane, and eventually becomes Treyew Road. You'll find the stadium on the left-hand side. There is a car park at the ground, provided you arrive early enough.

For those coming in via rail services, Truro is just under a four hour journey from Yeovil Junction - you'll need to change at Exeter St Davids. Alternatively if you live nearer to Taunton, you can get direct services from there that slice about an hour off that time. When you get off at Truro railway station, turn right until you reach the roundabout that has Sainsbury's on your left, and then turn left onto Treyew Road, so that you are walking around the edge of that superstore. You'll find the ground on the opposite side of the road and so you'll need to cross at some stage. There is a supporters bar open to all supporters at the ground.

NOTE: Tonight is expected to be one of the busiest weekends of the year, with a number of schools breaking up for the summer. This is likely to mean there will be significant traffic heading down to the Cornwall coast. Allow additional time for your journey down to Truro.

The Main Stand at Treyew Road
The Main Stand at Treyew Road. Photo by Tim Lancaster.


For ticketing information for this match, see the earlier news item below.

Link: Ticketing For Truro City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Callington Town vs Yeovil Town.


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16 July 2015 : Magpies Defeat Academy Side In Third Friendly
Yeovil Town Under-18s went down to defeat tonight in their third pre-season friendly. The academy side suffered defeat against a full first team Magpies squad that included former Glovers Lewis Morgan, Jake Smeeton and Nick Crittenden in their line-up, ultimately going down to a goal in each half from Charlie Davis and Luke Woodland.

Dorchester got their noses ahead midway through the first half when a challenge from Jonah Ayunga beat Glovers keeper Kingsley Latham to the ball, and he was able to push the ball across to Charlie Davis to open the scoring from close range. Yeovil battled well, and could have got themselves an equaliser when a shot from substitute Matt Morrison crashed off the crossbar, whilst they also had another second half effort ruled out for offside. However, Dorchester sealed the win with a minute remaining when a free kick move saw Mark Jermyn head the ball across the face of the box, with Luke Woodland able to head the ball past Glovers substitute keeper James Needle.

Full Time: Dorchester Town 2 Yeovil Town Under-18s 0.

Scorers: Charlie Davis (1-0, 23 mins), Luke Woodland (2-0, 89 mins).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Kingsley Latham 2. A.N.Other 3. Thiago Sa 4. Fedji 5. Prince 6. Jayden Corbridge 7. Bradley Champion 8. Max Melanson 9. Jack Ball 10. Frankie Maloney 11. Phillip Stroble.

Substitutes:
12. James Needle (GK) 15. Sam Bolton 16. Matt Morrison 17. Arthur Warren 18. Ben Griffiths 19. Jason Root 20. Ollie Bassett.

Dorchester Town:
1. Alan Walker Harris 2. Lewis Blackmore 3. Neil Martin 4. Mark Jermyn 5. Matt Oldring 6. Ollie Knowles 7. Lewis Morgan 8. Jake Smeeton 9. Jonah Ayunga 10. Mark Irvine 11. Charlie Davis

Substitutes:
12. Josh Southway 13. Shane Murphy 14. Sam Old 15. Jason Brooks 16. Nick Crittenden 17. Luke Woodland

Referee: Chris Arkless. Assistants: Andy Hough and Lee Ward.


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16 July 2015 : Team News For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town U18s
Yeovil Town's Under-18s are in action against Dorchester Town tonight in a pre-season friendly. This is the Youth Team's third such match, but the first in which names of players have been revealed (with one exception). At present we don't know which players are trialists, and which players are now part of the club's scholarship programme - there was understood to have been a meeting yesterday in which players were due to be given academy contracts to sign.

The line-up for tonight's match is as follows:

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Kingsley Latham 2. A.N.Other 3. Thiago Sa 4. Fedji 5. Prince 6. Jayden Corbridge 7. Bradley Champion 8. Max Melanson 9. Jack Ball 10. Frankie Maloney 11. Phillip Stroble.

Substitutes:
12. James Needle (GK) 15. Sam Bolton 16. Matt Morrison 17. Arthur Warren 18. Ben Griffiths 19. Jason Root 20. Ollie Bassett.

Dorchester Town:
1. Alan Walker Harris 2. Lewis Blackmore 3. Neil Martin 4. Mark Jermyn 5. Matt Oldring 6. Ollie Knowles 7. Lewis Morgan 8. Jake Smeeton 9. Jonah Ayunga 10. Mark Irvine 11. Charlie Davis

Substitutes:
12. Josh Southway 13. Shane Murphy 14. Sam Old 15. Jason Brooks 16. Nick Crittenden 17. Luke Woodland

Referee: Chris Arkless. Assistants: Andy Hough and Lee Ward.


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16 July 2015 : Budget Questions Influence Vale Leitch-Smith Decision
League One side Port Vale have said that budget considerations may impact on whether they are able to give a formal offer to Yeovil Town striker AJ Leitch-Smith. The 25 year old came on as a half time substitute for the Valiants last night and scored twice in a 5-0 win over Northern Premier League Division One South side Kidsgrove Athletic.

The former Crewe Alexandra player has been on trial at Vale Park since July 1st, and the Valiants have yet to make up their mind over whether to add him to their squad for the 2015-16 season. Part of the issue is their playing budget, which they have publicly admitted is being stretched during the summer months, with a planned £1.7 million outlay already up around the £1.85 million level.

Manager Rob Page, who has already taken former Yeovil Town midfielder Sam Foley to Staffordshire this summer, told BBC Radio Stoke that he would need to make some hard decisions soon on the player:

"That is something we are going to have to have a look at with budget restraints as well. We have to take all that into consideration. With the numbers we have got there is competition for places now up there."

In terms of Leitch-Smith's playing ability, Page said that he had few doubts about him, believing that his lack of form over the past few years was down to confidence, rather than ability:

"I definitely think there's a player in there - of course - from where he's come from and the hype that was surrounding him a few years ago. Again it's a confidence thing with him, and I think that by scoring two goals (against Kidsgrove Athletic) that is only going to help that. I think he is a gifted footballer and I think that he played well. Some of the link-up play was tremendous at times."

Leitch-Smith scored six goals for Yeovil Town during their 2014-15 pre-season campaign, but ultimately went on to only net twice in 38 appearances during the club's League One campaign.

Link: AJ Leitch-Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 July 2015 : Club Accountant Passes Away
Yeovil Town's club accountant Peter O'Riordan has passed away. At the age of just 48 years old, he died on July 11th 2015. He had been a club employee for fifteen years in the club's accounts department.

His funeral has been announced as taking place at Yeovil Crematorium on Wednesday 22nd July 2015, at 11.20a.m. Family flowers only are requested - all other donations in Peter's memory can be made to Macmillan Cancer Support and can be sent to Clive Wakely, A.J. Wakely & Sons, 33 Sparrow Road, Yeovil. BA21 4BT or can be made online via this page. If you are posting a cheque, please make it directly payable to the charity.

On the day of the funeral, the club's offices will be closed entirely between 11.00a.m. and 1.00p.m. to allow staff to pay their respects. Hence please avoid visiting the club around this period.

We send all of Peter's friends and family our deepest condolences.


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16 July 2015 : Glovers First Team Physio Leaves Club
One of Yeovil Town's first team physios appears to have left the club. Simon Baker, who was in his third spell with the Glovers, left Huish Park in May, according to the Western Gazette, although is still living in the area. This isn't an entire surprise - there had been rumours that one of the backroom coaching team reshuffles would be to reduce the number of full time physios the club had - Baker's departure leaves Mike Micciche as the club's primary person in that role, although the club will inevitably have recruited physios for their Academy set-up.

Simon was a former Yeovil Town youth player, who was brought back to the club in the summer of 2009, having worked as a physio in Yeovil Hospital, where he got to know Darren Way, who he had been helping to rehabilitate following his car crash. He left the club in early 2011 to go travelling around the world. He then returned in July 2013 but two years later appears to have left the club for a third time. His main claim to fame during his third spell at Huish Park was to score a goal in a Reserve Team friendly, after he had been asked to take to the field with the team short of numbers.

Mike Micciche had been Simon's replacement when he left the club in 2011, and assumed a joint role on his return, and so would logically now take full charge of physio affairs from now on.


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16 July 2015 : Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's opening fixture of the 2015-16 season is now available. The Glovers will travel to play Exeter City on Saturday 8th August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at St James Park.

Tickets will go on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY from tomorrow morning at 9.00a.m., with a limit of ONE ticket per Season Ticket Holder. You will have until Friday 31st July to claim your ticket. Any remaining tickets will then go on sale to the General Public on Monday 3rd August.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Seated Tickets (Main Stand):
Adults: £24.00; Over-62s: £20.00; Under-18s/Students with NUS Card: £10.00.

Terrace Tickets (St James Road):
Adults: £16.00; Over-62s: £13.00; Under-18s/Students with NUS Card: £5.00.

If any tickets are available on the day of the match, then Adult and Seniors tickets for the Main Stand will increase by £1.00.

The usual allocation for St James Park is for 1,053 terrace spaces, along with around 300 seated tickets. The club have asked supporters, where possible, to purchase terrace tickets so that the seated tickets can be prioritised towards elderly, infirmed or disabled supporters or those with younger families. However, they will not be vetting supporters in this respect.

To purchase your tickets, visit the Huish Park Ticket Office from tomorrow morning, or call them on 01935-847888. If they do not respond, leave ONE answerphone message.

Link: Ticketing For Truro City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses.

Link: Ticketing For Callington Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Sherborne Town vs Yeovil Town XI.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: Ticketing At Huish Park For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: 2015-16 Season Ticket Application Form.


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16 July 2015 : 2015-16 First Team Squad Numbers Released
First team squad numbers for the 2015-16 season have been agreed by Yeovil Town. Given the huge number of new players for the new season, most players are taking new shirt numbers, but there are a couple of noteworthy changes. Goalkeepers Chris Weale and Artur Krysiak have swapped shirts with Krysiak taking over the No.1 shirt - an indication of which of the pair is seen as the default first choice keeper.

Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey takes the No.5 shirt. The other change is that Simon Gillett, who is not expected to play until the end of the calendar year due to a knee injury, takes the No.18 shirt, having held No.23 last season. There is no shirt number for AJ Leitch-Smith, who is currently on trial at Port Vale.

The full list of shirt numbers, along with player profiles, can be viewed via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Player Profiles.


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16 July 2015 : Scott Loach Makes Magpies Move
Former Yeovil Town loan goalkeeper Scott Loach will come up as an opposition player during the 2015-16 season after he decided to cut his stay with Rotherham United short by mutual consent. The 27 year old has signed a two year contract with Notts County, who were one of the clubs relegated with the Glovers at the end of last season - they have also had a hefty clear-out over the summer with Loach representing their 13th signing during the close season.

Loach is Nottingham born, and was a youth player with city rivals Nottingham Forest before turning professional, and so the goalkeeper's choice of new club is easy to understand. His time at Rotherham came to an end after a year, having made just four appearances for the Millers, all of which pre-dated his loan spells with Bury, Peterborough United and Yeovil Town.

He made six appearances for the Glovers, during a rather difficult spell of the season. Those matches represented his last first team football of the 2014-15 season, as upon his return to the New York Stadium, he didn't get onto the pitch again. His rival for the starting position at Meadow Lane will be 37 year old Roy Carroll - vastly experienced, but getting towards the end of his professional career.

Link: Scott Loach : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 July 2015 : Jack Compton Talks About Pre-Season Training
Earlier this summer, Yeovil Town signed up winger Jack Compton, who was last on the books of Hartlepool United. The Cardiff born player was interviewed by BBC Somerset reporter Tim Shires about his arrival at the club, and his experience of pre-season training. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Jack Compton Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Pre-Season Training.


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15 July 2015 : 2015-16 Yeovil Town First Team Home Shirt Is Launched
Yeovil Town's home shirt for the 2015-16 season will go on sale from tomorrow afternoon. The replica shirt is made by Sondico again, and will be in the Huish Park Club Shop from Thursday 16th July at 12.00 noon. The shirt will also feature the club's new sponsors Jones Building Group and will be priced as £40.00 for adults and £30.00 for junior sizes. There are baby kits available at £35.00.

Yeovil Town's new 2015-16 First Team Shirt
Yeovil Town's new 2015-16 First Team Shirt.
Photo/Design © Yeovil Town FC.


As has been the case since 2002, the club have retained a design based around green'n'white hoops, although this time around there is a bit more white than green within the new design. The hoops continue around the back of the shirt in this design, whilst the edges of the sleeves are banded in white. As many fans have already spotted, in terms of the club's training kit, there's also been a minor modification to the club's crest, with it being mounted on a white shield before being fixed to the shirt.

Sponsorship of the back of the shirt continues to be taken by Thatchers Cider. The club are offering a 20 percent discount for the first ten supporters who purchase the new shirt (at a rate of one shirt per supporter) but we suspect you'll need to be present and inside the shop before midday to stand a chance of getting that offer!


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15 July 2015 : Marsh-Brown Makes Forest Green Switch
Former Yeovil Town winger Keanu Marsh-Brown has left Barnet, following their promotion to the Football League. The 22 year old former Fulham academy graduate has signed for Forest Green Rovers, who finished 5th in the Conference National division last season, but ended up as beaten semi-finalists in the play-off stages. He has signed a two year contract at the New Lawn, with the option of a third year included in the deal. Rovers paid an undisclosed fee for his services.

Marsh-Brown had been on Barnet's books since March 2013, but on increasingly diminishing returns. Overall he managed 14 goals in 54 appearances, but 11 of those goals and 39 of the appearances came during the 2013-14 season. Last season he saw just two league starts out of eleven total appearances. Barnet transfer-listed him, but a trial with Peterborough United proved unfruitful, whilst attempts by Blackpool, Luton Town and Forest Green Rovers to sign him in August and September 2014 all failed, with the latter being turned down by the player himself, after Barnet agreed terms.

In the end, Marsh-Brown didn't kick a ball for Barnet after mid-January, and just under a year later has decided to accept Forest Green's offer, with his new club describing him as 'one of the most exciting young players in football' and highlighting the 102 games that he has played at League One, League Two and Conference level in his career so far.

Link: Keanu Marsh-Brown : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 July 2015 : Live Radio Commentary For Ladies vs Lions
This coming Sunday sees Yeovil Town Ladies recommence their FA Women's Super League season, after the summer break for the FIFA Women's World Cup. With their restart being delayed one week by the postponement of their fixture against Everton Ladies last Sunday, the Ladies will welcome Millwall Lionesses on Sunday 19th July, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

The match is being played at Huish Park, on the main stadium pitch - the first time the Ladies have ever played a Super League fixture at this venue, as the female Glovers showcase their talents on the bigger stage. To recognise the occasion, BBC Somerset will be bringing reporters down for the game, and will present live commentary of the fixture. Jack Murley will be providing the main commentary for the match, whilst Emma Britton, who earlier this year took part in a Ladies training session as part of her 'Emma Tries' breakfast show feature, will be providing secondary views on the match.

Commentary will be broadcast on 95.5FM so if you can't get down to Huish Park on the day, then tune in and listen to the match for the full 90 minutes. If you can get to the game, then see the earlier story linked below for details on ticketing. You can purchase tickets in advance or on the day at the stadium - advance bookings are strongly recommended if you're planning to use the club's Sunday carvery as well as attend the match.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses - This Sunday at Huish Park!
Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses - This Sunday at Huish Park!.




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14 July 2015 : Glovers Academy Secure Win Over Londoners
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side played their second pre-season friendly this afternoon, again on the Huish Park Top Pitch. Their opponents were Barking Abbey - a school from East London that carries it's own Centre for Football Excellence as part of its set-up.

The young Glovers were the team that came out on top, although they had to come from behind, after Barking took an early first half lead. With both sides bringing large squads for the match, a series of substitutions were made at half time and later in the match, and Yeovil fared the better, with their Number 17 scoring twice in two minutes to turn the game on its head.

The same player could have got his hat-trick later in the half when he got the ball into the back of the net, but had his effort ruled out for an offside infringement. That meant Yeovil came out with a 2-1 victory - their first win since the Academy was set up this summer. They now move on to a series of away fixtures, with Dorchester Town their opponents at the Avenue Stadium on Thursday night. For all Youth Team fixtures, follow the link below.

Final Score: Yeovil Town U18s 2 Barking Abbey 1.

Attendance: 29.

Link: 2015-16 Yeovil Town Under-18s Fixtures.

Yeovil Town's Under-18s side in action on the Top Pitch at Huish Park against Barking Abbey
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side in action on the Top Pitch at Huish Park against Barking Abbey.
Photo © 2015 Tim Lancaster



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14 July 2015 : Bird Swoops In To Sign On At Huish Park
Yeovil Town have completed their eleventh signing of the summer this afternoon. They have brought in Ryan Bird who is a former Cambridge United striker who left them at the end of last season. He is the club's third former Hartlepool United player brought in over the summer, following the capture of Matthew Dolan and Jack Compton. The 27 year old has also played for Portsmouth, having started his career at non-league Burnham.

Born in Slough on November 15th 1987, the 6'4" forward had spent most of his career playing in non-league football for Burnham, close to his home town, clocking up 340 appearances and scoring 113 goals as a part time player, across nine seasons. During his final campaign, he netted 45 times in 45 appearances as Burnham won their league during the 2012-13 campaign.

Ryan's late burst into life as a goalscorer came because he'd initially played as a central defender, but his prowess during that campaign caught the eye of Wycombe Wanderers and Portsmouth who both offered him a trial. Signing up for the latter, he scored three times in 25 appearances for the Hampshire club.

During his time at Fratton Park, he also played on loan for Havant and Waterlooville (3 appearances) and Cambridge United (13 appearances, nine goals) and the latter turned his temporary spell into a permanent deal after he left Pompey in September 2014, with his contract terminated early by mutual consent. Signing up for Cambridge, he played 28 times for them during the 2014-15 season, with a six game loan spell at Hartlepool United sandwiched in the middle where he scored two goals.

Ryan has signed a two year contract with Yeovil Town, thus keeping him at the club until the summer of 2017.

Link: Ryan Dickson : Player Profile.

Link: Jack Compton : Player Profile.

Link: Matthew Dolan : Player Profile.

Link: Jordan Gibbons : Player Profile.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Player Profile.

Link: Marc Laird : Player Profile.

Link: Omar Sowumni : Player Profile.

Link: Ben Tozer : Player Profile.

Link: Stephen Arthurworrey : Player Profile.

Link: Jamie Burrows : Player Profile.


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13 July 2015 : Ticketing For Truro City vs Yeovil Town
On Friday, Yeovil Town's first team play their first pre-season friendly of the summer. The match against Conference South side Truro City takes place on Friday 17th July at Treyew Road, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £8.00; Concessions: £6.00; Under-16s: £3.00.

Under-16s can gain free admission to the ground if they are accompanied by a paying adult.

For ticketing information for all of the other pre-season friendlies (except for the trip to Torquay United, which we're awaiting information on), follow the links below. Note carefully the kick-off time for Sunday's trip to Callington Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses.

Link: Ticketing For Callington Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Sherborne Town vs Yeovil Town XI.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: Ticketing At Huish Park For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: 2015-16 Season Ticket Application Form.


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13 July 2015 : Begovic Completes Eight Million Pound Move To Chelsea
Former Yeovil Town loanee Asmir Begovic has completed a multi-million pound move from Stoke City to sign for Premier League Champions Chelsea. The Bosnia-Hercegovina international is reported to have signed for the West London side for an £8 million fee, agreeing a four year contract in the process.

Begovic will now compete with Thibaut Courtois for the No.1 slot, with Chelsea moving into the market after Petr Cech was sold to Arsenal. Despite his nationality, he is classed under Premier League rules as a home grown player, having originally signed for Portsmouth in 2003, as a 16 year old.

Now aged 28, Asmir played for Yeovil Town across two loan spells with the club, after former boss Russell Slade brought him in during the 2007-08 season, with the link being provided by goalkeeping coach Len Bond's friendship with his former Glovers team-mate David Coles, who was Pompey's goalkeeping coach at the time. Slade took him back for the start of the 2008-09 season, as he made 16 appearances across both spells.

Begovic made 172 appearances for Stoke after joining them from Pompey in February 2010, for a fee of £3.25 million, with most of those games coming at Premier League level. At the time he played for Yeovil Town, he was a rookie, without a Portsmouth first team appearance to his name, and just a small handful of loan appearances for Macclesfield Town and AFC Bournemouth to his name. He now starts the 2015-16 season playing for the Premier League Champions of England.

Link: Asmir Begovic : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 July 2015 : Rovers Suffer Stadium Setback After High Court Judgement
League Two side Bristol Rovers have suffered the latest blow in their plans to provide a new stadium development. The Gas had lavish plans to move out of the Memorial Stadium and build a £40 million 21,700 capacity stadium, but those have been thrown into doubt after they lost a High Court case in a dispute with supermarket giants Sainsbury's.

Rovers had accused Sainsbury's of a breach of contract following a 2011 agreement to buy the Memorial Stadium site. Sainsbury's argued though that the deal had time expired, after they claimed that planning conditions had not been met by an agreed timeline, saying the deal was "no longer commercially viable". Rovers argued that Sainsbury's had contributed to that planning delay, and accused them of deliberately stalling the proceedings in an attempt to bring down the application.

Today's High Court judgement has come down on the side of Sainsbury's, thus allowing them - subject to appeal - to walk away from the deal that they agreed. That leaves Rovers with no buyer for their old stadium, and brings into question how they will finance the building of the UWE stadium. At present, Rovers have just said that "the club will now consider all options, of which there are several, before making a decision on the next step" but with the inference that this may not be the last of the legal hearings concerning this case.

Bristol Rovers' stadium development plans have been a long running saga that has revolved around a number of different plans. Having moved into the Memorial Stadium in 1996, a decade later they produced plans to turn the existing land into an 18,500 capacity all-seater stadium. Those plans were approved in January 2007, with the plan that they would move out to Whaddon Road, Cheltenham whilst the work was being done. That groundshare was twice delayed, and then dropped entirely as Rovers opted for a phased development that wouldn't need them to move.

By June 2011, Rovers had changed plans entirely, setting out plans to build a brand new 21,700 capacity all-seater stadium located on land belonging to the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol. Those plans were approved in July 2012, and as a consequence Rovers set about obtaining planning permission for Sainsbury's to take over the Memorial Stadium land, thus offsetting the costs of the £40 million new stadium.

Rovers obtained planning permission for the Memorial Stadium in January 2013, but further work was not possible due to a judicial review being forced by a local group TRASHorfield, who objected to the planning decision. That was thrown out in March 2014, in theory paving the way for the development to go ahead. But by August 2014, it appeared all was not well when Rovers issued a court writ against Sainsbury's accusing them of breach of contract, after Sainsbury's indicated that they were planning to terminate the contract between the two parties.

The Football club remains bullish, insisting that "we remain 100 per cent committed to building a new stadium to secure the club's future" and indicating that they plan to appeal against the court judgement. However, in November 2013, they claimed the legal costs the club was incurring could be as much as a million pounds - any further legal action will inevitably keep racking up the legal expenses associated with the project. Their original plans were for the stadium development to begin in January 2013, with a completion date of Spring 2014 - right now the project itself must be in serious doubt, which would put Rovers back to square one.


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13 July 2015 : Weale Seeing Glovers Coaching Role As Great Platform
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale has said that moving into coaching would be a great platform for him as part of his footballing career. The Yeovil-born player, who graduated through the club's youth scheme 15 years ago, was offered a Goalkeeper Coach role by new manager Paul Sturrock, following the departure of Gareth Stewart from the club at the end of last season.

Weale is now in his third spell with the club, having had a short loan stay with the Glovers during the 2008-09 season, whilst on the books of Bristol City. Having accepted the coaching offer, he now stands to end his playing career with the club that started it, having returned to Yeovil on a permanent basis during the summer of 2014. He told BBC Somerset that he had always liked the theory behind good goalkeeping and so saw a move in that direction to be a natural progression:

"I really love goalkeeping and I really love the position. There's so many different aspects to work on, and I've always had an input with my coaching staff, including the goalkeeping coach, and I just felt that it was the right time to take it on. I'm still young - I'm still only 33 years old, but it's a great platform for me to coach, as well as hopefully play a bit."

Last summer saw Weale join the club along with former Exeter City goalkeeper Artur Krysiak. A mix of injury, loss of form, and the introduction of loan goalkeepers meant that neither keeper got a true foothold in the Yeovil Town first team during the season. However, Weale has said that he still wants to see himself as a player, and believes both he and Krysiak are capable of performing well if given the chance in League Two:

"I spoke to the gaffer about that, and Artur is a great goalkeeper and I've said that previously. Both of us didn't have as much playing time last season as we would have liked, but I think the club have got two very good goalkeepers here. We just need to be channelled and worked in the right way, and I think both of us can have a very good season. I'll leave it up to the manager to pick (who plays) but I'm really just happy coaching and playing as many games as I can do."

As well as coaching his younger teammate, Weale will also be responsible for providing goalkeeper coaching for the club's full range of goalkeepers within their new Academy set-up.

Link: Chris Weale : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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12 July 2015 : Academy Side Defeated In Opening Fixture
Yeovil Town's new Under-18s side played their first match yesterday, in a pre-season friendly against Longwell Green Sports. The match against the Western League Premier Division side was the first game the Glovers had played at Under-18 level for two years, after their Centre of Excellence was closed in the summer of 2013, with other younger age groups having been stopped a year earlier.

Earlier this month, the club were given a recommendation to start up an EPPP Category Three academy set-up, and the end result was a 0-2 home defeat in front of the 54 supporters who turned up to watch the lunchtime game.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Glovers will take on Barking Abbey in their second pre-season friendly - a school with it's own Centre for Football Excellence, that is based in the borough of Barking in East London.

Link: 2015-16 Yeovil Town Under-18s Fixtures.

Yeovil Town's new Under-18s side in action on Saturday, at Top Pitch at Huish Park
Yeovil Town's new Under-18s side in action on Saturday, at Top Pitch at Huish Park.
Photo © 2015 Tim Lancaster



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12 July 2015 : Compton Hoping Style Of Play Will Suit Him And Glovers
New Yeovil Town signing Jack Compton has said he believes that manager Paul Sturrock's style of play will suit the way he likes to play the game. The 26 year old is a former Hartlepool United player who agreed a one year deal with the club last month, and generally plays as a classic left-winger. Making the decision to leave the North-East over the summer, Compton indicated that he wanted to move to a club that was closer to his Cardiff roots, and so from a personal point of view Yeovil Town fitted the bill.

Compton has also told BBC Somerset that he believes that the tactics that will be employed by his boss will also fit him well. Sturrock has suggested in summer interviews that his objective is to get more crosses into the box, believing that a lack of players who were capable of doing that were a weakness in the 2014-15 Glovers side, particularly with last year's widemen Joel Grant and Kevin Dawson suffering long term injuries. Compton said that he had been given a very simple message about what he was to do once he got onto the pitch:

"That's all he's told me really. We're going to be playing very direct, and obviously to get the ball out wide, which suits me down to the ground. Obviously as a wide men, I love having the ball at my feet. So he's said 'get the ball - get the ball in the box - goal!' So that's what I'll be aiming to do. Get the ball, get at people and get the ball in the box."

The former West Bromwich Albion trainee said that he had received plenty of offers over the summer to sign for other clubs. However, he felt that Sturrock's reputation established at other clubs like Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town and Sheffield Wednesday was a big attraction for him, as was the way that he wanted to play the game:

"I love the ball at my feet and I love getting at defenders. So if you give me the ball, I'm always going to go forward, I'm never going to go backwards. I'll try to get as many crosses into the box as possible and hopefully plenty of goals this year. There were plenty of offers, but with the gaffer's reputation and the way he's been at other clubs and stuff like that, I thought it was a great opportunity to hopefully be around a successful team."

Link: Jack Compton : Player Profile.


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11 July 2015 : Cricketing Glovers Sink Gaffer's Side
Yeovil Town's use of a different sort of ball yesterday ended in success as they defeated Plymouth's Total Abuse Cricket Club, in a match played at North Perrott. The annual pre-season knockabout had been arranged against a side that manager Paul Sturrock brought up to Somerset, with himself and his coaching assistants Terry Skiverton and Darren Way co-opted into the visitors line-up.

The Glovers managed to gain 126 runs in their 20 overs, with Chris Weale, Omar Sowunmi and Jordan Gibbons the three to show they knew which way to hold the bat up. Despite Paul Sturrock suggesting that Total Abuse might be able to reply to that, as he opened well for the opposition, they were restricted to a mere 93 runs across their overs, as the Yeovil side restricted the runs well, winning the match by 33 runs.


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11 July 2015 : Ticketing For Callington Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town's second pre-season friendly of the summer schedume sees them travel to play Callington Town, as part of a short stay the club aree undertaking in Cornwall. The match against the South West Peninsula League Premier Division side takes place on Sunday 19th July at their Ginsters Marshfield Parc ground. Note that Callington have indicated that the match will kick-off at the earlier time of 1.00p.m. Admission prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £7.00; Concessions: £4.00.

Spectators visiting the stadium should park in the adjacent College main car park and follow directions to the ground entrance from there. Callington's clubhouse will be open from 11.00a.m. to accept visiting supporters.

Callington note that this match will create history for their club in that this will be the first time that their club have played a Football League side's full first team in a fixture at their ground.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Sherborne Town vs Yeovil Town XI.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: Ticketing At Huish Park For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: 2015-16 Season Ticket Application Form.


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11 July 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Pre-Season Training
Yeovil Town's first team squad have now been back in pre-season training for just over a week, and earlier this week manager Paul Sturrock gave his views on how that is going. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about pre-season techniques, the goalkeeper situation, his plans for strikers, and where he expects his next recruits to fit in. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Return To Pre-Season Training.


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10 July 2015 : 2015-16 Pre-Match Admission Prices Confirmed
Yeovil Town will be putting their individual matchday tickets for the 2015-16 season on sale from Monday morning. As with previous seasons, the club give fans the opportunity to buy tickets for any of the 23 home fixtures in advance throughout the season, meaning that supporters can purchase tickets as soon as they are able to commit to that fixture.

The matchday prices were published in April as part of the details of the club's Season Ticket package. However, that didn't confirm the pre-match pricing structures. Those are now confirmed, with the £2.00 difference between matchday and pre-match prices for non-junior tickets being maintained. Prices are therefore as follows:



Matchday Prices Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £32.00 £32.00 £32.00 £32.00
Tamburino Stand Centre £25.00 £22.00 £16.00 £9.00
Tamburino Stand Wings £23.00 £20.00 £16.00 £8.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £24.00 £20.00 £16.00 £9.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £22.00 £18.00 £16.00 £8.00
Thatchers Terrace £20.00 £18.00 £16.00 £8.00

Pre-Match Prices Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £30.00 £30.00 £30.00 £30.00
Tamburino Stand Centre £23.00 £20.00 £14.00 £9.00
Tamburino Stand Wings £21.00 £18.00 £14.00 £8.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £22.00 £18.00 £14.00 £9.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £20.00 £16.00 £14.00 £8.00
Thatchers Terrace £18.00 £16.00 £14.00 £8.00

NOTE: With the exception of the Tamburino Premium/Centre and Screwfix Centre blocks, the Junior admissions drop to £6.00 if they are purchased at the same time as a full paying adult ticket.

Tickets will be available to order online as well as via phone on 01935-847888 or in person. However, wait until Monday morning before purchasing any home tickets.

Link: 2015-16 Season Ticket Application Form.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Sherborne Town vs Yeovil Town XI.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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10 July 2015 : Youth Team Fixtures Released As Byrne Confirmed
Yeovil Town's relaunched Under-18s side have had their league fixtures for the 2015-16 season confirmed. They have rejoined the Football League Youth Alliance South-West Section - the division they played in until the club's Centre of Excellence was closed in 2013. The club's position in that division is possible because Torquay United have closed down their Academy following a change of ownership at Plainmoor and their continuing position in the Conference National League. Their league status means their funding for such a venture is drying up, due to the EPPP system being governed by the Premier League and the Football League.

The Glovers will play nine other clubs as part of an initial 18 game season, with AFC Bournemouth, Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town, Portsmouth, Exeter City, Bristol Rovers, Oxford United, Cheltenham Town and Newport County as their opponents.

Since the Glovers last played in the Youth Alliance league, the competition has also seen the introduction of a secondary league structure for the second half of the season, with a two-division Merit League structure seeing the South-West Section and South-East Section clubs merged, depending upon where they finish in the initial more regional divisions, with the top five South-West clubs competing in Merit League 1, whilst the bottom five compete in Merit League Two. Obviously the fixtures for those matches only become known once the South-West and South-East Youth Alliance fixtures are completed.

The full set of fixtures for the Under-18s side can be found via the link below, and will be permanently available from the 'Youth' part of the 'Matches' section of the website at the top of this page.

The club have also confirmed the appointment of David Byrne as the club's Head of Youth. For a detailed profile on his career head here. The club have indicated that he will be managing the Under-18s side on a game-to-game basis.

Link: 2015-16 Yeovil Town Youth Team Fixtures.


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10 July 2015 : Port Vale Impressed By Leitch-Smith Trial
Yeovil Town striker AJ Leitch-Smith appears to be impressing Port Vale during his trial with the League One club, as they consider putting an offer to him. The 25 year old was spotted on July 1st at Vale Park on the first day of their pre-season training schedule, albeit without it being clear whether the Crewe-born player was there as a 'local' guest, or rather they had serious intentions of judging his abilities.

Port Vale boss Rob Page has now made his intentions clear - that Leitch-Smith is definitely there to earn a contract, with the Stoke Sentinel also mentioning that the Valiants have lost Tom Pope and Ben Williamson over the summer and are currently short of firepower up front. With the striker having started his career just up the road at Crewe Alexandra, he is well known in that neck of the woods, and Page said that he was aware of the attention that the local lad had been attracting a few years previously:

"To be fair to the lad we will have a look at him over the weekend and by next week there will be decisions made. A couple of years ago he was linked with all sorts of moves and for whatever reason now he finds himself without a club and I think it is an opportunity too good to turn down. He has come in and I have seen him in training. His movement is exceptional and I am encouraged by what I see so far."

Port Vale have lowered their playing budget for the 2015-16 season, and so are keen to pick up players through the free market over the summer. During the 2014-15 campaign, they were operating with a playing budget of £2.45 million, but this season had aims to drop that down as far as £1.7 million. However, Chairman Norman Smurthwaite recently admitted that Page's commitments had already pushed them up to £1.85 million for the season, and that didn't include the potential of signing Leitch-Smith.

If Vale do make their move, Yeovil Town are expected to offer him up as a free transfer, having given Leitch-Smith a severence offer at the end of last season. He still remains the last of the transfer-listed quartet to sort out his future career, with Adam Morgan now at Accrington Stanley, whilst James Berrett has gone to York City. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak has had an agreement with manager Paul Sturrock to remain at the club, reversing the earlier decision.

Link: AJ Leitch-Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 July 2015 : Cricketing Glovers To Get Total Abuse
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town's new squad will get a chance to get together as a team and play a sporting fixture, but with a very different round ball. The team are participating in what has been an annual pre-season cricket match at North Perrott Cricket Club - the match will start on Friday 10th July with a 2.30p.m. start.

The match will be played as a 20 overs game, with no LBW appeals allowed. The opposition will be a Plymouth side called Total Abuse Cricket Club, who will number a certain Paul Sturrock within their ranks.

There will be a barbeque and a bar open during the game. Fans are welcome to come along and get autographs or pictures of the new players, albeit in some slightly different looking kit on!

The North Perrott cricket ground is situated in Willis Lane in North Perrott. Take the A30 westbound out of Yeovil, then at the turn-off for Haselbury Plucknett, take the A3066. Go through Haselbury Plucknett. When you reach North Perrott, turn right into Willis Lane which is situated opposite the North Perrott Fruit Farm shop. The cricket ground is on the left hand side. If you get as far as Perrot Hill School then you've gone too far, so turn around. Parking is available at the cricket club.

Address: North Perrott Cricket Club, Willis Lane, North Perrott, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 7SN


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9 July 2015 : Academy Side To Play Host To Longwell Green
Yeovil Town's new Academy side have arranged another pre-season friendly fixture as part of their preparation for the 2015-16 season. They will be taking on a Longwell Green Sports side on Saturday 11th July 2015, with a 1.00p.m. kick-off. The Gloucestershire side play in the Western League Premier Division, and finished in 16th place last season - this will be the first friendly of the summer for both clubs.

The club have confirmed that the match will take place on the Top Pitch (behind the away end) at Huish Park, and thus the match will be open for anyone to attend. This will be the first ever match for the relaunched academy, with the Under-18s having been on a two year break, with all other age groups having been stopped three years ago.

The Academy have also arranged pre-season friendlies against Dorchester Town for Thursday 16th July along with a trip to Wincanton Town on Thursday 23rd July.


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9 July 2015 : Former Plymouth And Swindon Coach Added To Youth Structure
Yeovil Town have added to their new Academy staff with the recruitment of former Plymouth Argyle winger David Byrne. He joins the club as the Head of Youth, and thus will work with former Torquay United coach Geoff Harrop, whose appointment as Academy Manager was confirmed yesterday. Byrne is well known to manager Paul Sturrock, given that he has worked with him at both Plymouth and Swindon Town.

According to the Plymouth Herald, Byrne has been working as a Scout with Bolton Wanderers, and had also been working under Dave Jones at Sheffield Wednesday. Byrne has spoken directly to the paper about his new job, and he implies that he will be working closely with the first team coaches during his time with the club:

"I'm delighted to be working with Paul (Sturrock) again and with Terry (Skiverton) and Darren (Way) up here at Yeovil. It's a challenge all right after two relegations in a row, but Yeovil are a great club and with Paul at the helm and with the staff that he likes and trusts, I'm confident we will do well. It's not easy to restore a winning mentality to a team and also to the supporters but Paul's record of restoring the fortunes at Plymouth, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon speaks for itself. Paul has literally had to build up the present Yeovil squad from practically nothing, but he has brought in some experienced players and also recruited some promising youngsters. With the season just under a month away, there is a lot of work to be done yet, but I'm very pleased to be part of the team."

Byrne is a 54 year old who enjoyed a 12 year professional career as a winger, initially in London and Home Counties clubs, before moving up to Scotland for the second half of his playing career. Born in Hammersmith on March 5th 1961, he was a former Kingstonian youth player who was given a professional deal with Gillingham before spending two years with Millwall. During the late 1980s, he joined Plymouth Argyle who he was on the books for three years, including a short loan spell with Bristol Rovers, before moving back to the South-East, where he signed for Watford, who gave him loan spells with Reading, Fulham and Shamrock Rovers.

In 1992, he went north of the border, joining St Johnstone for what was to be a five year stay in Scotland, playing for Partick Thistle, St Mirren, Ayr United and Albion Rovers. It was whilst he was at Albion that he began to wind down his playing career, taking on a dual coaching role at the club in 1996.

After his playing career ended, Byrne went back to the West Country, working for Plymouth Argyle as their Youth Team coach during Paul Sturrock's first spell at Home Park. Further work followed with the Plymouth College of Further Education as their Director of Football, along with a short coaching spell at Torquay United. But in November 2006, he was given the chance to link up with Sturrock again, joining Swindon Town as their Youth Team manager.

Subsequently he took on a variety of roles at the County Ground, including Assistant Manager and Head of Youth Development, and even had a Caretaker Manager slot in December 2008, when Maurice Malpas left the Swindon first team manager's job. He eventually left the club himself in August 2010, moving on to take scouting roles with Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers. At Wednesday he also became their assistant Academy Manager.

During his time at Swindon and Plymouth, David was the man who brought Sean Morrison through their youth ranks, before the centre-back gained more lucrative moves to Reading and now Cardiff City in the Championship. He was also the man who took Ben Tozer - one of Yeovil Town's summer signings - through the youth ranks of both clubs before giving him a move to Premier League side Newcastle United. Despite having recently worked for two clubs in the North of England, he has continued to base himself in Wembury in South-West Devon.

When the club's previous incarnation of a youth development system was in place, the Head of Youth position sat above the Academy Manager position. Assuming that remains the same for the new EPPP structure, Geoff Harrop would directly manage the Under-18s side, whilst Byrne would have governance of the entire youth strategy.


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9 July 2015 : GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the first part of the 2015-16 season. The list covers the period from the opening day of the season against Exeter City through to the last trip before Christmas that takes the club to Leyton Orient.

Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Exeter City : Saturday 8th August 2015.
Huish Park: 11.30a.m.
Adult Members: £11.00; Member Concessions: £11.00
Adult Non-Members: £13.00; Non-Member Concessions: £13.00

York City : Tuesday 18th August 2015.
Huish Park: 11.30a.m.
Adult Members: £31.00; Member Concessions: £29.00
Adult Non-Members: £33.00; Non-Member Concessions: £31.00

Oxford United : Saturday 29th August 2015.
Huish Park: 11.00a.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

Crawley Town : Saturday 19th September 2015.
Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

Accrington Stanley : Tuesday 29th September 2015.
Huish Park: 12.00p.m. (noon)
Adult Members: £31.00; Member Concessions: £29.00
Adult Non-Members: £33.00; Non-Member Concessions: £31.00

Portsmouth : Saturday 3rd October 2015.
Huish Park: 10.30a.m.
Adult Members: £15.00; Member Concessions: £13.00
Adult Non-Members: £17.00; Non-Member Concessions: £15.00

Notts County : Saturday 17th October 2015.
Huish Park: 8.15a.m.
Adult Members: £27.00; Member Concessions: £25.00
Adult Non-Members: £29.00; Non-Member Concessions: £27.00

Carlisle United : Saturday 31st October 2015.
Huish Park: 6.00a.m.
Adult Members: £33.00; Member Concessions: £31.00
Adult Non-Members: £35.00; Non-Member Concessions: £33.00

Newport County : Saturday 21st November 2015.
Huish Park: 11.00a.m.
Adult Members: £13.00; Member Concessions: £13.00
Adult Non-Members: £15.00; Non-Member Concessions: £15.00

Northampton Town : Saturday 28th November 2015.
Huish Park: 9.15a.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

Leyton Orient : Saturday 19th December 2015.
Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £23.00; Member Concessions: £21.00
Adult Non-Members: £25.00; Non-Member Concessions: £23.00

Obviously all fixtures are subject to change and addition - if any plans change we'll provide the usual updates.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Sherborne Town vs Yeovil Town XI.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers.


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9 July 2015 : West Country Football Supporters Survey
Supporters of West Country football clubs are being asked to contribute to a survey being carried out as part of a University dissertation. The survey looks into the habits and views of supporters of the Football League clubs in the region, including Yeovil Town.

The survey and disseration is specifically looking at why the West Country has yet to produce a consistent top level football club, and any factors or views that may be associated with that. You'll be asked a series of multi-choice questions that should take around 10 minutes to fill in.

You should note the following before completing the survey - you'll need a Google/Gmail account, which can be created prior to taking the survey, but may slightly lengthen the process. In addition, the first two pages of the survey outline its aims and also ask you to fill in a consent form. This form is just part of the University's standards on ethics when asking external parties to complete surveys - the questions that follow are not too controversial, so don't be put off by that. You'll need to be aged over 16 and a supporter of one of the West Country's Football League sides.

To access the survey, head via the link below. If you get any problems, then email James Voisey at Leeds Beckett University at voiseyj@gmail.com and he should be able to help directly.


Link: West Country Football Supporters Survey.


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8 July 2015 : Kieffer Moore Sets Sights On Becoming A Viking
Former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore has gone for an international approach to his next career move. He has joined Norwegian side Viking Stavanger (also known as Viking FK) on trial this week, after flying out to Norway yesterday evening. Initially it wasn't clear if the the 22 year old former Torquay United youth prospect was merely taking a late holiday, or if there was something more to it, but he has now been spotted on the Viking FK training ground, with the club openly confirming his arrival.

Having been released by the club at the end of last season, Kieffer heads there as a free agent with the chance of a contract with one of Norway's most successful clubs, with eight Norwegian Premier League titles under their belts, albeit with the last coming back in 1991. Most recently, they finished in 10th place in their 2014 season, and currently lie in fifth place, midway through their season.

Kieffer Moore (bottom left) pictured in training on Viking's pitch today
Kieffer Moore (bottom left) pictured in training on Viking's pitch today.
Photo © 2015 Pal Christensen/Stavanger Aftenbladet


Coach Kjell Jonevret has told the Stavanger Aftenbladet that there is the chance for them to bring in a new striker, provided their budget allows it. They have recently lost top goalscorer Veton Berisha for German club Greuther Furth and so are looking for new blood, having taken former Sheffield Wednesday winger Rocky Lekaj and teenager Morten Bjorlo on trial. Moore will spend until Friday training with them, and Jonevret has said that he likes what he has seen so far, although recognises he is somewhat short of match fitness at present:

"You can see that he is a football player. After four weeks of vacation, with just a little self-training, he is not in top physical shape. But it is easier to do something about it than if the boy had not been a footballer. I think it was interesting to see him. We will then see whether there will be funding to bring him or anyone else in the summer. It depends on whether we sell some players."

Moore was also interviewed by the paper and (allowing for his quotes having gone from English into Norwegian and then back into English again!) he said that he did not see a move to the Norwegian leagues as a letdown from what he had been used to in the Football League:

"No, by no means. I see this as a great challenge, and said yes to Viking's invitation. Now I've had a tour of the Stadium and also had training on the main pitch. The facilities are top notch, and better than Yeovil Town. The city also seems nice."

The unusual link between Moore and Viking FK comes via Gary Goodchild, who is a 57 year old former Arsenal, Hereford United, Reading and Crystal Palace forward who moved over to Norway during the last four years of his own professional career. Born in Chelmsford, he is now Viking's Youth Development Coach, and the paper indicates that he saw Moore play during one of his scouting expeditions.


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8 July 2015 : Joe Edwards Talks About Leaving Yeovil Town
On Monday, former Yeovil Town captain Joe Edwards sorted out his future by agreeing to sign for League One side Colchester United. After he's put pen to paper, he spoke to BBC Radio Essex reporter Ben Fryer about the move and also his decision to leave Huish Park. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Talks To The BBC After He Signed For Colchester.


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8 July 2015 : More Football League Games Listed For Sky Coverage
The Football League and Sky Sports have published plans for nine further televised matches during the early stages of the 2015-16 season. Having published a batch of eighteen matches last month, they've added in another nine, with eight of those coming from the Championship division. The one exception is a League One fixture between Bradford City and Sheffield United towards the end of September.

Sky's love-in with Leeds United continues, as they've added a fifth live televised match for the club that finished in 15th place last season in the Championship. Meanwhile they've continued to ignore Championship play-offs side Brentford entirely - along with Charlton Athletic and League One Champions Bristol City, the only second tier clubs not to be selected for live transmission. There remains just one League Two match selected, with Bristol Rovers against Oxford United taking place across an international break weekend.

The live schedules, with the additional matches highlighted in bold, are now as shown below. All fixture are in the Championship division unless annotated:

Fri 07/08/2015 : 19:45 : Brighton and Hove Albion vs Nottingham Forest
Sat 08/08/2015 : 12:30 : Leeds United vs Burnley
Sun 09/08/2015 : 12:00 : Preston North End vs Middlesbrough
Wed 12/08/2015 : 19:45 : Portsmouth vs Derby County (League Cup First Round)
Thu 13/08/2015 : 19:45 : Doncaster Rovers vs Leeds United (League Cup First Round)
Sat 15/08/2015 : 12:30 : Burnley vs Birmingham City
Sat 15/08/2015 : 17:15 : Queens Park Rangers vs Hull City
Sun 16/08/2015 : 12:00 : Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Hull City
Fri 21/08/2015 : 19:45 : Birmingham City vs Derby County
Sat 22/08/2015 : 12:30 : Leeds United vs Sheffield Wednesday
Sat 22/08/2015 : 17:15 : Cardiff City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Fri 28/08/2015 : 19:45 : Blackburn Rovers vs Bolton Wanderers
Sat 29/08/2015 : 12:05 : Derby County vs Leeds United

Sat 05/09/2015 : 12:05 : Southend United vs Peterborough United (League One)
Sun 06/09/2015 : 12:15 : Bristol Rovers vs Oxford United (League Two)
Sun 06/09/2015 : 14:30 : Burton Albion vs Coventry City (League One)
Fri 11/09/2015 : 20:00 : Reading vs Ipswich Town
Sat 12/09/2015 : 12:30 : Queens Park Rangers vs Nottingham Forest
Sun 13/09/2015 : 12:00 : Fulham vs Blackburn Rovers
Fri 18/09/2015 : 19:45 : Ipswich Town vs Birmingham City
Sat 19/09/2015 : 12:30 : Nottingham Forest vs Middlesbrough
Sun 20/09/2015 : Bradford City vs Sheffield United (League One)
Fri 25/09/2015 : 19:45 : Fulham vs Queens Park Rangers
Sat 26/09/2015 : 12:30 : Milton Keynes Dons vs Derby County
Sun 27/09/2015 : 13:15 : Middlesbrough vs Leeds United

Fri 02/10/2015 : 19:45 : Rotherham United vs Burnley
Sat 03/10/2015 : 12:30 : Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town


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8 July 2015 : Season Tickets Distributed By Club
Monday and Tuesday has seen a large number of Yeovil Town supporters receive their Season Tickets for the 2015-16 season. The Ticket Office began to post them out in stages just before the weekend, meaning that they have started arriving on doorsteps across the last 24-48 hours. Hence if you've ordered one, then keep a look out for the postman this week.

As of Tuesday evening, there were still a number of supporters who had yet to receive theirs, so don't panic if you've not received yours yet. The pattern has been for the club to post them out in batches over a series of days, given that they have approaching 2,000 of them to post out. Most supporters usually receive their season tickets within a week of the first batch being sent out, so expect more deliveries over the next few days.

Yeovil Town's 2015-16 Season Ticket Card
Yeovil Town's 2015-16 Season Ticket Card.

The other side of Yeovil Town's 2015-16 Season Ticket Card - this side varies depending on the stand you're in
The other side of Yeovil Town's 2015-16 Season Ticket Card - this side varies depending on the stand you're in.



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7 July 2015 : Football League Extend Paint Pot Sponsorship
The Football League have confirmed that existing sponsorship for the Football League Trophy will remain in place for the 2015-16 season. Johnstone's Paint came on the scene in the summer of 2006 and have agreed a series of extensions to their deals, the latest of which will ensure that they complete ten years as the sponsors of that competition.

The League have also used the news of this extension as a means to publicise this season's competition format. They indicate that the clubs invited to participate in the competition will be the 48 League One and League Two clubs - significantly there is no mention of any B Teams being introduced. This should have been on the table for the League's 2015 AGM, but seems to have quietly disappeared from view.

The competition will begin during the week commencing August 31st, with clubs being split into North and South regions all the way through to the final, which is due to be played at Wembley Stadium on April 3rd 2016. Winners of the competition stand to gain 'up to' £124,000 from the competition prize fund - it's not clear why this is not a fixed pay-out for the trophy winners. The League's statement also reveals that last season's competition winners - Bristol City - earned £700,000 of additional income a part of their trophy success, after 72,315 turned up to watch the final.


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7 July 2015 : Sponsorship Change Sees The Return Of Jones
Yeovil Town have announced new first team sponsors for the 2015-16 season. The change marks the return of Jones Building Group, who were the club's sponsors between 2009 and 2012. They replace W+S Recycling Services, who had been the club's sponsors during the intervening three period.

Jones have had a long association with the club over the past ten years, including sponsorship of the club's Youth Team up until the closure of the Centre of Excellence. They have also been prominent sponsors of Yeovil Town Ladies, having provided a deal that currently badges their Raleigh Grove, Sherborne ground as the Jones Stadium.

There's no explicit contract length revealed for the deal, but the club have referenced only the 2015-16 season, implying that this is a twelve month sponsorship deal, for the time being at least.


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7 July 2015 : Lacey Trials For Daggers
League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge have taken Luton Town centre-back Alex Lacey on trial. The local press in Bedfordshire had extensively linked the transfer-listed player with a move to Huish Park last month, with reports from Sky Sports backing them up, albeit without anything being confirmed at the Glovers end.

Yesterday evening, he turned up in the Daggers first team line-up for their pre-season friendly against St Albans City, along with Hatters team-mate Matt Robinson, who had also been told by manager John Still to look elsewhere for his future career. Lacey played the first 55 minutes in a 4-0 win in Hertfordshire, as Dagenham fielded more-or-less two teams across the whole 90 minutes.

Lacey's whereabouts would suggest that if there was any interest at the Glovers end regarding his services, that this has now been ended.


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7 July 2015 : Yeovil Town Academy Gets Approval For Launch
Yeovil Town have received notification that their new Academy has been recommended for EPPP Category Three status. The club's set-up was inspected at the end of last week, and that now gives them clearance to set up a full youth development system from Under-9s through to Under-18s for the 2015-16 season onwards. They will work in partnership with Yeovil College on the educational side to provide the Level 3 BTEC qualification that apprentices will study towards for a day-and-a-half a week.

As reported on this site last month, the club's new Academy Manager will be former Torquay United Head of Youth Geoff Harrop, who is a former Colchester United player who has coached at Rushden and Diamonds and Northampton Town.

The Chairman of the Academy will be Yeovil Town director Andy Rossiter, who is currently in his second spell as a Director of the main Yeovil Town board.

The news gives the club the ability to now relaunch the youth development system that they partially shut down in 2012, with the Under-18s side ended a year later. At the time, the club cited the costs of running an Academy under the new EPPP regulations, and the need for new infrastructure development as being behind their decision to close down their youth system. However, they will now look to reverse that, with Harrop being supported by ten part time coaches who will provide support for each year group.


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7 July 2015 : Sturrock Still Looking For Three More Recruits To Boost Squad Size
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that he still has two key areas where he wants to strengthen his first team squad before the 2015-16 season commences, expecting at least three new arrivals to eventually boost the ranks. Having worked on a plan to almost entirely rebuild the squad over the summer months, so far he has brought in ten players, of which seven are brand new to the club, but that still leaves him somewhat short in a number of key areas.

Once long-term injury victim Simon Gillett and outgoing striker AJ Leitch-Smith are taken out of the list of players on the club's payroll, the club still have only fifteen players available to them, meaning that there will still be more signings planned before the club reach August 8th and the start to the League Two season.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Sturrock said that his recruitment plans were not yet complete, indicating that he was still after permanent signings as well as loan players, indicating that he expected around three additional players to join the club:

"We've still got three players to come in yet, but we'll cross that bridge when it comes. I think it's been successful. We've got a nice mix of youth and experience. We've still got to add a couple of loan players that I would like to bring in, but their main clubs are saying that they would like them to fulfil their pre-season training with them. That makes it a little bit difficult because all of a sudden players come in from nowhere. But generally we'll wait on that. I've got a couple of others that I'd like to bring in, who are experienced players."

With only two strikers on his books, in former Newport County player Shaun Jeffers and Glasgow Rangers youngster Jamie Burrows, Sturrock freely admitted that was an area that had yet to be properly filled. He explained that he had chased three separate strikers over the summer, but those players chose to turn down what was on the table for various reasons:

"I've been disappointed in that I've missed out on two or three experienced strikers, who I would like to have come here. One got injured, one moved to another club for more money and the other one wants to stay in the north. There tend to be some geographical problems in bringing some players here, but my disappointment has been the striker situation in that I haven't got the ones that I've been after."

In terms of pre-season, the players have been in training since last Friday, using pitches in Sherborne, and Sturrock explained that there had been a lot of emphasis on one thing, and one thing only so far:

"Running ... more running ... and then even more running! We'll have nine days of intensive work. I do it every pre-season, and I do believe it's the most important part of the season, in that the fitness that you get keeps you normally injury-free. Nobody has cried off yet - we've had a couple of niggling knocks or tightness but other than that, the players have responded very well."


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6 July 2015 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round tie against Queens Park Rangers are now on sale. The match will be played on Tuesday 11th August 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Admission prices are as follows:

All Seating:
Adult: £18.00; Over-65s, Aged 16-21 and Disabled: £13.00; Under-16: £5.00.

All Terracing:
Adult: £15.00; Over-65s, Aged 16-21 and Disabled: £11.00; Under-16: £5.00.

Season Ticket Holders have until August 3rd to claim their seats, if they want to retain the spot they've purchased for the 2015-16 season. Otherwise, all other seats and terrace spots are now on sale. There will be no price increase on the day of the game - however, you can purchase tickets now to avoid queuing on the day.

Supporters can purchase online via this page, or by calling the ticket office on 01935-847888. Alternatively you can visit the Ticket Office during normal office hours (with the exception of Fridays when they close an hour earlier).

NOTE: Because this is a cup fixture and therefore a shared gate, all season ticket holders will need to purchase a ticket to attend this match.


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6 July 2015 : Edwards Move To Colchester Confirmed
Further to news from earlier today, Colchester United have now formally confirmed the arrival of former Yeovil Town captain Joe Edwards on a free transfer. The former Bristol City academy player, who had been reported as training with Cheltenham Town last week, has joined the Essex club - so far they've not revealed the length of contract that he's signed.

So far this summer, Colchester have brought in Richard Brindley, Matthew Briggs and George Elokobi as they attempt to refresh a squad that had a slightly sticky time during the 2014-15 season in League One - eventually climbing out of the relegation zone to finish in 19th place and two points above the relegation line.

Link: Joe Edwards : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 July 2015 : Edwards Linked With Colchester Move
League One side Colchester United are being linked with a move for former Yeovil Town captain Joe Edwards. The 24 year old has been reported as training with Conference National side Cheltenham Town, who have former Glovers manager Gary Johnson as their boss. But that was assumed to be a matter of convenience for the Gloucester-born player, rather than any suggestion that he might drop into non-league football.

Edwards' name has been published by the Colchester Gazette, around a story that the U's are planning to tie up a deal with a midfielder. The identity of the player has not been divulged by the Essex club itself, but the paper suggests Edwards is that target. Colchester's boss Tony Humes goes as far as to outline a profile of the player that he is after at the top of his recruitment list:

"My next priority is a midfielder with a bit of experience, but someone who is a good age too. We are very close to a deal there and hopefully that will be done in the early part of next week, and that will be a step closer to what we want."

The player himself hasn't offered any clues whatsoever as to his next destination, indicating via his Twitter account that he was still in Bristol over the weekend just gone.

Link: Joe Edwards : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 July 2015 : Ladies Chairman Talks About Playing At Huish Park
Currently, Yeovil Town Ladies are on a mid-season break, due to the Women's World Cup. However, in just under two weeks time, they will commence the second half of their FA WSL2 season, with a home match against Millwall Lionesses. As revealed last Friday, that game on Sunday 19th July will take place at Huish Park, with the Ladies being given the main stadium pitch to showcase their talents.

Ladies Chairman Stephen Allinson spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton to announce the decision live on the radio, and he explained what that fixture would do for the club, coming so soon after the Ladies side of the sport had been given its highest profile in this country so far. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Stephen Allinson Talks To The BBC About Ladies Plans For An FA WSL Match.


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5 July 2015 : Hoskins Scores Winner As Former Strike Duo Given Cobblers Trial
Former Yeovil Town attacking pair Sam Hoskins and Gozie Ugwu are on trial at a rival League Two club this afternoon. The duo have been included in a Northampton Town side that has travelled to play Sileby Rangers, who play in the same town, and are in the Premier Division of the United Counties League.

Both players have been selected for the first half line-up for the match at Fernie Fields, having left Huish Park at the end of the 2014-15 season. As free agents they will be looking for a contract with the Cobblers, who are also fielding Rod McDonald and Joel Purkiss as guests today. Northampton have indicated that those players are expected to play just 45 minutes today, with another team set side for the second half of the game.

Update: Both players were given 45 minutes to impress the Northampton management - Sam Hoskins scored the only goal of the game, 25 minutes into the match, as the Cobblers won the match by a 1-0 scoreline.

Link: Gozie Ugwu : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Sam Hoskins : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 July 2015 : Glovers Enter FA Youth Cup After Three Year Break
Yeovil Town have entered the FA Youth Cup for the first time in three years. The Glovers last played in the competition in October 2012, with the club's Centre of Excellence being closed at the end of that season. Earlier this year though, they indicated that they would be relaunching an Academy system, aligning themselves with the EPPP Category Three standard which allows the club to run teams from Under-9 to Under-18 level.

The Glovers' participation in the 2015-16 FA Youth Cup has been confirmed by the Football Association, who have published a list of the 495 participants in this season's competition. Despite being classed as a new participant in this season's competition, the Glovers get an automatic excemption to the First Round proper, due to the first team's Football League status, with all Premier League and Championship sides getting a bye until the Third Round proper stage.

A total of 90 Premier League and Football League clubs have entered their Under-18s sides into the competition. The two clubs who have not entered the competition are Wycombe Wanderers, who closed their academy at the same time as Yeovil Town, and Crawley Town. The latter made the decision to close their Academy set-up at the end of the 2013-14 season, with their statement at the time echoing the reasons that Yeovil and Wycombe had outlined a few years previously, with CEO Michael Dunford indicating it was costing the club a six-figure sum per year, but that none of their graduates had become first team players:

"We had hoped the scholarship programme would be sustainable but the reality is that it is very expensive and requires more financial resource than we can provide as a club at the moment. As part of our ongoing financial review we have been examining every aspect of the club. Since we became a League club none of the scholars who have been with us have become first-team regulars and it is very hard for local lads to progress now as we are competing in League One and looking to push towards the Championship."

Yeovil Town should know who they are due to play around mid-October, when the Third Qualifying Round fixtures are due to be played. The Football Association give the following dates by which the match for the relevant round must have been completed:

First Round Proper : Saturday 7th November 2015
Second Round Proper : Saturday 21st November 2015
Third Round Proper : Saturday 19th December 2015
Fourth Round Proper : Saturday 16th January 2016
Fifth Round Proper : Saturday 6th February 2016
Sixth Round Proper : Saturday 27th February 2016
Semi Final 1 : Saturday 19th March 2016
Semi Final 2 : Saturday 9th April 2016
Final 1 : to be confirmed
Final 2 : to be confirmed


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3 July 2015 : Dickson Confident Clear-Out Will Reap Dividends For Glovers
New Yeovil Town signing Ryan Dickson believes that a near total clear-out at Huish Park over the summer will not do the club any harm in the long run, as they look to rebuild in League Two. The Glovers will go into the 2015-16 season at this stage carrying just seven players who were on their books last season, of which only three played a notable part in the second half of the campaign, meaning that fans will be looking at a brand new squad when they turn up for this month's pre-season friendlies.

Despite being a new signing, Dickson is well-versed in how the Glovers first team squad has changed over the last few years, having made his first team debut for the club during the first match of Gary Johnson's second spell at the club, as well as coming back to Huish Park for part of the 2013-14 pre-season. As such he has been able to see the flow of players in and out of the club over the past three years, and told BBC Somerset that starting almost afresh might not be such a bad idea:

"I think the gaffer said that after two relegations on the bounce, he decided to have a complete clear-out. It is going to be hard, and it's going to take time for the team to settle, and once you get the numbers in for them to bond. But I think that with living in Yeovil, you are out in the middle of nowhere, so the lads are going to spend a lot of time with each other which does help to bond. It was part of his success at Plymouth where he got a lot of Scots down, and other people down and he does like a good team spirit, which I think we'll pick up pretty quick."

Dickson cut short a two year contract at Crawley Town to join Yeovil Town again, with the birth of his first child a strong factor in his wish to get back closer to his Cornish roots. Having also worked with Sturrock at Plymouth Argyle, he felt both the location and the identity of the manager made it a perfect fit for him:

"To be fair, at the end of the season I had a few phone calls, with one obviously being Yeovil. I know the manager really well from my time at Plymouth, and also know the coaching staff there, with Darren Way. So it was something that I was looking at really. I was looking forward to it, because I know the gaffer has been successful pretty much everywhere he's been and I'm the type of player he wants. I've just had a little one, so I wanted to get closer to home, and Yeovil just seemed the perfect match for me."

During his first spell with the club, Dickson played both left-back and left-wing positions across the five games he spent with club. However, at Brentford and Crawley Town, he was more known as playing the full-back position. He explained that he was happy to play either, although admitted the more defensive position had been the more popular one over the years:

"It depends - I can play anywhere down the left-hand side. I think it depends upon who we are going to be playing against, and what the gaffer wants in each game. But I'm comfortable playing in either position really. I've probably played more games at left-back than what I've played in midfield though."


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3 July 2015 : Glasgow Rangers Youngster Makes Huish Park Move
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of former Glasgow Rangers striker Jamie Burrows today. He is a former St Paul's (Jersey) player who starred for their Under-16 side, before being offered a two year contract with the Scottish giants in August 2011, following a two week trial. Rangers later upgraded that youth development contract into a full professional deal, as he stayed in Glasgow for four years.

Born in Saint Helier, Jersey on March 24th 1995, he has spent the last four seasons rising up through the Rangers youth ranks, starting off in their Under-17 set-up, and became a regular in their Under-20 and Reserve team line-ups, although never made it as far as their first team. He was part of the Rangers side that reached the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens in 2013 and represented them again in 2014. Injury has curtailed his development somewhat, with a hernia operation putting him out shortly after he graduated to the Under-20 set-up, whilst the 2014-15 campaign was a near write-off, spending six months out with a broken leg and a dislocated ankle.

In happier times, he was part of the Rangers side that won the SFA Youth Cup in 2013-14, and scored the winning goal for Rangers in the 2014-15 semi-final that took them through to a second consecutive final appearance - unfortunately his final match for the club was a defeat against arch-rivals Celtic, meaning that he only collected a losers medal that season. He was a regular goalscorer at youth level, as the goalclip video below shows. He is blessed with plenty of pace and attacking intent, and is capable of scoring with both feet.

Jamie has signed a one year contract with the club today, keeping him at Huish Park until the summer of 2016.



Link: Ryan Dickson : Player Profile.

Link: Jack Compton : Player Profile.

Link: Matthew Dolan : Player Profile.

Link: Jordan Gibbons : Player Profile.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Player Profile.

Link: Marc Laird : Player Profile.

Link: Omar Sowumni : Player Profile.

Link: Ben Tozer : Player Profile.

Link: Stephen Arthurworrey : Player Profile.


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3 July 2015 : Ladies Switch Millwall Visit To Huish Park
Further to yesterday's news concerning Yeovil Town Ladies' delayed restart to their 2015 FA WSL season, the female Glovers have also had a ground switch for their opening fixture. Their FA Women's Super League 2 home fixture against Millwall Lionesses will now be played at Huish Park on the main stadium pitch, hopefully giving an increased chance for fans to see them play.

The match takes place on Sunday 19th July, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off, with gates opening from 12.30p.m. The club will also have their regular Sunday carvery open on the day from 1.00p.m. which costs £7.50, giving you a chance to get some Sunday lunch before the game. Ordinary matchday admission tickets are priced at £4.00 for adults, with concessions available at £2.50.

The carvery is limited in terms of spaces, so in addition to purchasing your matchday ticket, you can also prebook the carvery by using the Ladies online ticketing website by heading here - normal matchday admission will be possible on the day, but if you're after a meal as well, you might want to prebook to avoid disappointment, as this fixture will probably draw a crowd larger than the usual Ladies attendance.


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2 July 2015 : Season Restart Delay For Ladies After Toffees Call-Ups
Yeovil Town Ladies have had the planned restart of their 2015 FA Women's Super League season put back by a week. They were due to commence the second half of their campaign on July 12th against Everton Ladies, but that match has been called off, due to the Toffees receiving four international call-ups for the England Under-19s set-up. Everton put in a request to postpone the fixture which has now been granted, meaning that this game will now need a new date.

The Glovers will now restart their season on Sunday 19th July, as they host Millwall Lionesses at the Jones Stadium, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. The FA WSL fixtures have been on a mid-season break due to the Women's World Cup, in which England Ladies reached the semi-final stages - something that Glovers boss Jamie Sherwood is hoping will continue to boost the profile of the Ladies game.


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2 July 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : And So It Begins Again
Yesterday was July 1st, generally recognised as being the first day of the footballing year - the date upon which most contractual paperwork is done before pre-season training commences. As such, this is a good point in time to take stock of where Yeovil Town are, as they begin their own training schedule tomorrow. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers what's happened so far, and what new manager Paul Sturrock will need to deal with during the 2015-16 season. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add in your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : And So It Begins Again.


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2 July 2015 : Glovers Busiest Club As Summer Transfer Window Opens
Yeovil Town topped a slightly unusual table at the end of yesterday, as the club who have made the most domestic signings so far this summer. With July 1st representing the first day upon which contracts for the 2015-16 season can be lodged with the Football League and Premier League, the Glovers were singled out by BBC Sport as the busiest club in the country, with nine signings. Premier League side Liverpool were listed as the busiest in the top flight.

Of course seven of those were known about in June, with only former Crawley Town full-back Ryan Dickson and Fulham centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey arriving at the club on July 1st. However, with the club's deals for the other seven players only being formally completed yesterday, when their contracts with their previous clubs expired, that meant that all nine would have been lodged on the day. Since then, the Glovers have been overtaken by Mansfield Town, who have completed 12 transfer deals, but the number of signings give an indication of how unusually busy Yeovil Town have been.

All nine players have profiles set up on the Player Profiles section of this site, if you want to size up what sort of a squad Yeovil Town have at present. Click on the names to read the profiles of the new boys.

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Player Profiles.

In terms of other transfers involving former Yeovil Town players, 23 year old Josh Morris has left Blackburn Rovers and signed for Bradford City on a three year deal. Winger Angelo Balanta has rejected terms with Bristol Rovers and signed a half-season deal with Carlisle United. Former loan striker Simon Church has taken a two year contract with Milton Keynes Dons after leaving Charlton Athletic on a free transfer. January trialist Chris Stokes has turned his Coventry City move into a permanent deal, signing a twelve month contract after Forest Green Rovers let him go. Finally Luke Oliver has signed a twelve month contract with Aldershot Town.

Link: Josh Morris : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Angelo Balanta : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Simon Church : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Luke Oliver : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 July 2015 : Edwards Reunited With Johnson In Cheltenham Pre-Season Training
Former Yeovil Town captain Joe Edwards is reported to be training with non-league side Cheltenham Town. The former Bristol City player left Huish Park at the end of last season, after turning down an offer to stay at Huish Park and has yet to find a new club - or at least hasn't made that news public yet.

The Western Gazette report that he turned up to the first day of pre-season training at Whaddon Road, where of course former Glovers manager Gary Johnson is in charge. Edwards was born in nearby Gloucester, and started his career with FC Highnam - a club that he has continued to keep in contact with since moving into the professional game.

Edwards also posted on Twitter a few days ago that he had given up his keys to the flat that he used as a Yeovil Town player, and so it would seem highly likely that he is using a club near his home town as a training base. The 24 year old is almost certainly destined for a League One or Championship level club - Cheltenham fans shouldn't get too over-excited at the prospect of Edwards playing under Johnson for a third time! This will be a case of a player using training facilities, rather than turning up at Whaddon Road with actual intent.

Link: Joe Edwards : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 July 2015 : Ladies Boss Jamie Sherwood Talks About The World Cup
For those planning to burn the midnight oil tonight, the England Ladies side are in action in their World Cup Semi-Final match against Japan. As a preview to that game, Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton this morning, giving his views about the national team and their management. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Talks To The BBC About The Ladies World Cup.


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1 July 2015 : Leitch-Smith Reports For Pre-Season Training - At Vale Park
Yeovil Town striker AJ Leitch-Smith has reported for pre-season training - at Vale Park. The 25 year old is still under contract at Huish Park, but was told by new manager Paul Sturrock that he had no future at the club at the end of last season, and was offered a severance deal, which he has yet to take up. Today, the Stoke Sentinel newspaper reports that he has joined Port Vale's first team squad, with the Valiants squad meeting up for the start of their pre-season training schedule.

At present, there is no word from Vale's end as to whether they see the former Crewe Alexandra player's situation as of potential interest to them, or whether they are merely doing him a favour, as he attempts to stay fit ahead of the 2015-16 season. Leitch-Smith was a product of Crewe's youth system and was born in the town, with Yeovil Town being his first club outside that area, and so it may be that he has just decided to use his home base as a more convenient location whilst he sorts himself out with a new club. However, his presence at Vale Park would suggest that he agrees that his future lies elsewhere.

Leitch-Smith is the last of the quartet of players who were transfer-listed at the end of last season to get his future sorted. Adam Morgan signed for League Two side Accrington Stanley, whilst midfielder James Berrett chose to join York City. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak's future has taken a bit of a twist by today's news that he is staying at Huish Park, leaving Leitch-Smith as the only one who has yet to work out where he will be playing during the 2015-16 season, and whether he will accept the club's offer to tear up his contract.

Link: AJ Leitch-Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 July 2015 : Arthurworrey Makes Yeovil Town Return
Yeovil Town have completed a deal that will take Fulham centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey back to Huish Park. The 20 year old was one of the few success stories of the 2014-15 season, after he arrived at Huish Park on loan midway through the season, becoming a regular at the back for the club.

Born in Hackney on October 15th 1994, he is a 6'4" defender who has been on Fulham's books throughout their academy, since the age of 10 years old, and enjoyed a 17 game loan spell with Tranmere at the end of the 2013-14 season. He made his first team debut for Fulham playing in their League Cup match against Derby County on October 28th 2014 - his one and only appearance for the Londoners.

A few days after that game, former manager Gary Johnson brought him to the club to help deal with the club's leaky defence, and he made his debut for the club against Chesterfield in a 0-0 draw - a big result given that it was only the club's second clean sheet for that season. Arthurworrey went on to make 33 appearances, scoring twice - the December 2014 away win against Oldham Athletic, followed by the winning goal in the 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

Stephen returned to Craven Cottage at the end of the 2014-15 season, but has now agreed a twelve month loan deal that should see him stay with the club for the 2015-16 season as part of his player development. He has also signed a new twelve month contract at Fulham to continue his stay there as his parent club. The Championship club have got a recall clause in the loan deal that entitles them to terminate the deal during the January transfer window, should they wish to do so.

Link: Stephen Arthurworrey : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 July 2015 : Weale And Krysiak Stay Put At Huish Park
Yeovil Town goalkeepers Chris Weale and Artur Krysiak will be remaining at the club for the 2015-16 season. The pair were under contract for that period, meaning that there is no actual change to their arrangement, although Weale has - as widely reported - taken over the position of goalkeeping coach that was vacated by Gareth Stewart at the end of last season. He will continue to represent the club as a player.

Krysiak's situation represents a bit more of a u-turn by manager Paul Sturrock, given that he had put the former Exeter City stopper on the transfer list, telling him to find a new club. That has now been reversed, and the Polish player will now compete with Weale for the first team slot, meaning that Yeovil Town are unlikely to move into the market for a new keeper for the coming season. Sturrock explained his thinking to the club's website:

"Artur and Chris will both be returning to Yeovil Town for pre-season training on Friday. They will both be fighting it out for the number one jersey throughout the pre-season schedule and into next season. Chris will have a dual role at the club as he will also be the goalkeeper coach. I am also a qualified goalkeeper coach so will also be helping in that area. At this moment in time, I feel that experience is very important and I have given both the shot stoppers the chance to fight for the number one jersey. After last season the slate is wiped clean and it is up to one of the goal keepers to impress me enough to earn the number one shirt."

Link: Chris Weale : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Artur Krysiak : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 July 2015 : Bell Opts For Hartlepool Trial
League Two side Hartlepool United have taken former Yeovil Town midfielder Fergus Bell on trial. The 24 year old made just two appearances for the club after they signed him from Mansfield Town at the tail end of Gary Johnson's tenure as manager. Bell didn't feature at all under Terry Skiverton, but was given one start and one substitute appearance under Paul Sturrock as he assessed the squad that he had inherited.

Bell has now turned up at Hartlepool on a trial basis alongside former Clyde player Euan Murray, although manager Ronnie Moore's words imply that the pair will need to stand out for him to consider them, with him already having a number of central players on his books. He explained to the Hartlepool Mail that he was more looking for a defensive-minded player, which may not suit Bell's attributes:

"If we go 4-4-2 it is an overload but if we go with five across then it is not too bad. On the defensive side of midfield we have [Matthew] Batesy but not really anyone else. Iím looking for someone who is physically strong. The two midfield players will have to impress to be better than what we have already got though."

Link: Fergus Bell : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 July 2015 : Crawley Explain Dickson Departure As Glovers Pay Fee
League Two side Crawley Town have confirmed that a transfer fee was paid for Yeovil Town to secure Ryan Dickson's services. The 28 year old was midway through a two year contract at the Broadfield Stadium, but Crawley accepted a transfer request for him last week, with the player wanting to return closer to his South-West roots. The Argus paper indicates that Dickson became a father midway through last season, and that is believed to be the principle factor that made him want to leave the Sussex club.

Thus the Glovers have paid a 'nominal fee' to Crawley for the transfer to take place - the first time the club have paid a fee since Kieffer Moore was signed two years ago from Dorchester Town. Dickson has told Crawley's website that his wish to leave the club had nothing to do with the football he was playing at the club - no surprise, given that he had picked up their Player of the Season Award in May. He explained:

"I'd just like to stress that I am leaving Crawley for family reasons so I can move back to the South West. I will always look back on my year with the club as one of the most enjoyable of my career and the main reason for that is that the Reds' fans were absolutely brilliant to me. Iíd like to thank them for all the support they have given me. It was a very hard decision for me to make but I have to think of my family. I hope the Crawley fans will understand the reasons and I would like to wish Mark Yates and everyone at the club all the best for the future and to thank them for helping to make the transfer possible."

New Crawley manager Mark Yates said that Dickson went with his blessing, and added that he expected him to get an appreciation from the Crawley supporters when the two clubs meet in Sussex on September 19th in a League Two match:

"It's obviously very disappointing to lose a player of Ryan's ability and someone who I know became very popular with our supporters last season. Ryan's transfer request was not made for footballing reasons. We wish him well and I'm sure when he comes back in September with Yeovil he will get a good reception from the Crawley supporters."

Link: Ryan Dickson : Player Profile.

Link: Dickson Makes Huish Park Return.


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1 July 2015 : Dickson Makes Huish Park Return
Yeovil Town have confirmed the signing of Crawley Town defender Ryan Dickson. The 28 year old is a left-back who had a previous loan spell with the Glovers during the 2011-12 season, whilst on the books of Southampton, but has also had extensive experience with Brentford. Although his primary position is as a full-back, he can also play further up the flank.

Born in Saltash, Cornwall on December 14th 1986, he is a product of Plymouth Argyle's youth system, coming up through their ranks at the end of Paul Sturrock's first spell with the Pilgrims. The Glovers boss missed Dickson turning professional and making his first team debut by a couple of months, as he made seven appearances for the Devon club whilst still a teenager, combined with a nine game loan spell during the 2006-07 season.

Whilst still on Plymouth's books, Dickson played twice for Yeovil Town Reserves as a trialist, with a view to a loan deal, but nothing came of the move, and he instead signed a loan deal with Brentford in November 2007. Two months later they offered him a permanent deal, and that was to kick-start his career, forming part of the Bees' 2008-09 League Two promotion winning squad, and going on to make 106 appearances, scoring three goals across the three seasons he spent at Griffin Park.

That form alerted Southampton, who at that time were in League One, recovering from their financial meltdown, and they took on Dickson in the summer of 2010 in a tribunal-set deal that was to eventually cost them £225,000. He was part of the Saints League One promotion-winning team during 2010-11.

Having gained promotion to the Championship, Dickson dropped down the Saints pecking order, and for the second time in his career, he crossed paths with Yeovil Town - this time a January 2012 loan spell saw him come in as one of the first players to play under Gary Johnson's second spell - although was actually signed by Terry Skiverton just before the management change. There he played five times for the first team, scoring one goal in an away match against Bury later that month.

Southampton were keen on Dickson getting loan experience for the remainder of that season, and the upshot of that was that at the end of the first month spell, the Glovers lost him to Leyton Orient, with Russell Slade taking him for the remainder of that season, clocking up nine games at Brisbane Road. During the following season, with Saints now in the Premier League, he had a further six game loan spell with Bradford City, having dropped entirely out of his parent club's first team plans, ultimately making 30 appearances, and scoring one goal - all bar two of those coming at League One level.

Dickson returned briefly to Yeovil Town during the 2013-14 season for a third time - again as a trialist - but a lack of immediate match fitness meant the Glovers delayed giving him a deal, and Dickson headed off to trial for Plymouth Argyle, who also decided against offering him a deal. Colchester United eventually stepped in, giving him a one year deal, where he made 35 appearances. He then signed for Crawley Town the following summer, where he made 37 appearances, scoring one goal.

Ryan has signed a two year contract with the Glovers, keeping him there until the summer of 2017.

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