National League side FC Halifax Town have suffered a managerial casualty after boss Jamie Fullarton left the club today. The 44 year old had been in charge of the Shaymen since February 2018, but has resigned his position, with immediate effect.
The former Notts County boss guided Halifax to a 15th place finish in the National League during the 2018-19 season, as well as managing their transition from a part-time side into a fully professional outfit, with the 2008 reformed club attempting to restore itself back up to the level that the original Halifax Town AFC club achieved.
Halifax don't give a reason for his resignation but describe his finish last season as "a very commendable achievement", also acknowledging the club's transformation into a full-time set-up. Fullarton can at least console himself that his time in Yorkshire lasted considerably longer than his time with Notts County, with him being given just 70 days in charge at Meadow Lane between January and March 2016 - a run of just twelve games.
The Shaymen indicate that they plan to appoint a successor for Fullarton "within the coming days", suggesting that they don't intend to go into the 2019-20 season without a new man in place.
Yeovil Town are seeking Sports Therapists to work under their first team structure for the coming 2019-20 season. They haven't specified exactly how many vacancies there are for this role, although the implication is that they're looking to appoint more than one.
This isn't a position that existed during the 2018-19 season, although has been in place under various past first team management structures, usually working alongside the main physio to provide both injury prevention and rehabilitation roles for players. The club's job specification is as follows:
"The club is seeking additional sports therapists to provide a range of sports therapy services to the first team. The hours of work will be centred on training and match schedules, so evening/weekend working is required. The successful applicant will hold a Degree in Sports Therapy or Sports Rehabilitation with a minimum two years' experience in sport. A full UK Driving license and excellent communication skills are also required."
The club has also indicated that the first team physio vacancy that was advertised last month has yet to be filled. This will be a successor to Mike Micciche who left Huish Park on June 4th. Applicants are still being welcomed for this role, with the job specification as per the original vacancy.
The closing date for both vacancies is 5.00p.m. on Friday 19th July 2019 - i.e. five days time. To submit your CV, contact Chief Operating Officer David Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org or via post at:
Yeovil Town FC, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF.
The football club known as Yeovil Town Ladies is no more. But fear not, because they will now be known as Yeovil Town Women for the 2019-20 season onwards. The club's change of ownership and change of league has been chosen for a new identity, following in the footsteps of a number of clubs within the female side of the game. Over the last few seasons, the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Crystal Palace have undergone rebranding exercises, dropping the 'Ladies' part of their name and replacing it with 'Women'.
The view of many clubs has been that the new identity is less old-fashioned, but it also sits more consistently with the branding of competitions such as the FA Women's Super League and the third tier FA Women's National League that Yeovil Town Women will participate in for the coming season. With the club now under the new ownership of Adam Murry, and having moved down two divisions into a new level, the decision has been made to rebrand the club, and that includes a new club name and logo, with shirt designs coming within the next week. Murry has explained the club's new outlook that he will be hoping to mould:
"I am very aware of just how fantastic the fans have been, not just in the past year when things have been tough, but for a long time. There is a huge amount of love for this club and it spreads far beyond the South West. It goes along the south coast, regionally and actually nationally as well. The club has a great reputation and that is not just down to the players and management team and coaches, it is about the fans just as much. I really hope everyone likes the bright, new look. We have an exciting future ahead. I really believe the fans have a lot to look forward to. They love this club and are absolutely vital to its success."
Yeovil Town Women rebrand themselves ahead of the 2019-20 season
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Jake Gray is on trial with League One side Wycombe Wanderers. The 23 year old was pictured as part of their squad that travelled to Barnet on Saturday, drawing 1-1 at the Hive Stadium. There are also less certain reports that defender Bevis Mugabi may have been one of Wycombe's second half trialists during that match - we've yet to see any photos of Wycombe's No.23 in that part of the game that would confirm his involvement.
Gray's presence in the Wycombe side isn't a huge surprise. He is an Aylesbury-born player, who was originally part of Wycombe's Academy system, leaving them in 2012 to sign for Crystal Palace. He was one of nine players released by Yeovil Town at the end of the 2018-19 season, and so stands as a free agent.
Whilst Gray was easily recognised, Wycombe also used a number of second half trialists, one of which is believed by their fans to be Mugabi. The former Southampton defender is also a free agent, but has spent most of the summer playing for Uganda in the 2019 AFCON Finals. As yet, there are no pictures of him in action that can verify his identity.
Mugabi ended up playing a full 90 minutes in three out of Uganda's four AFCON matches, winning caps against DR Congo, Zimbabwe and Senegal as the Cranes reached the last sixteen, in doing so winning their first AFCON Finals match for 41 years. That's taken him to seven Ugandan caps, six of which were gained whilst he was on the books of Yeovil Town. His last match was on July 5th, which should have given him enough time to get back to England in search of a new club.
Wycombe have already signed up former Yeovil Town loanee Alex Pattison. The significant number of former Glovers players turning up at Adams Park would point to the influence of Rob Couhig, who is aiming to buy a shareholding in the Chairboys. With his nephew Pete Couhig joining him, and former Yeovil Town football advisor Mark Palmer also part of the contingent, it would point to Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth having been given a few contacts within the list of players released by Yeovil Town at the end of the 2018-19 season.
National League side Woking have signed up former Yeovil Town defender Shaun Donnellan. The 22 year old has featured in both of the Cards' pre-season friendlies, with the latest coming this afternoon against Oxford United. That's been good enough for them to give him a contract of unspecified length for the 2019-20 season.
Donnellan spent the second half of the 2018-19 season playing for Maidstone United, also in the National League, where he made 14 appearances in three months at the Gallagher Stadium. With his contract running only for a half-season, and Maidstone dropping down a division, he's quickly moved on and will now be part of a Cards side that have recently been promoted back into the National League after a year down in National League South.
The nephew of Gary Donnellan had been a relatively regular name on the Yeovil Town teamsheet during 2018, following his signature in January of that year, with him having departed West Bromwich Albion. However, an error in the FA Cup First Round tie against Stockport County in November 2018 led to him being abruptly dropped from the line-up and his time at Huish Park was terminated by mutual consent after just 25 appearances and one goal.
Yeovil Town gained a 2-1 victory over National League North side Hereford on Friday night, thanks to a last minute goal from trialist Bradley Ash. In a very competitive friendly match, it took until the 90th minute before the game was settled, in a game played at the Sports Ground, Bideford where the Bulls are staying for an extended weekend as part of a pre-season training camp.
The Glovers went into the match naming ten professional contracted players along with one trialist, with former St Albans City striker David Moyo trying his luck during pre-season. Manager Darren Sarll continued with the 3-4-1-2 formation he had chosen in the opening friendly, although on this occasion Carl Dickinson was moved into defence, whilst Albi Skendi slotted into midfield, with Daniel Ojo getting his first start.
In a first period full of fierce tackles, it took a defensive error to open up the scoring. Kyle Finn played the ball back to Martin Riley but the Bulls player slipped, allowing Craig Alcock the chance to intercept. He threaded the ball through to Rhys Murphy, who turned and fired home a 43rd minute opening goal that gave the Glovers the lead at the break.
Midfielder Alex John had already replaced Matt Worthington after half an hour, and half time saw Gabriel Rogers step in for Ryan Seager, with both representing like-for-like swaps. But six minutes into the second period, Hereford drew level when a Rhys Davies ball over the top found Tommy O'Sullivan in free space, who then finished past Stuart Nelson for a 1-1 scoreline.
Yeovil made seven substitutions just past the hour mark, which meant that only Stuart Nelson and Daniel Ojo lasted the full 90 minutes on the night. Despite Hereford having second half chances through Kyle Finn and Tommy O'Sullivan it was the Glovers who were to win the match. A through ball found Bradley Ash - one of Yeovil's second half trialists - on the edge of the box, and he beat two markers before drilling a low shot into the corner of the net for a 2-1 victory and to give the club their second win in a row during pre-season.
Scorers: Rhys Murphy (0-1, 43 mins), Tommy OíSullivan (1-1, 51 mins), Bradley Ash (1-2, 90 mins)
First Half Side: 1. Stuart Nelson
5. Tom Bradbury, 4. Lee Collins (Capt), 3. Carl Dickinson
2. Craig Alcock, 6. Albi Skendi, 7. Matt Worthington, 11. Daniel Ojo
8. Ryan Seager
9. Rhys Murphy, 10. David Moyo
Substitutions: Alex John (33 mins for Matt Worthington), Gabriel Rogers (46 mins for Ryan Seager), George Calverley (63 mins for Carl Dickinson), Ezray Lama (63 mins for Lee Collins), Nestor Shako (63 mins for Albi Skendi), Trialist A (63 mins for Tom Bradbury), Devon Arnold (63 mins for Rhys Murphy), Courtney Duffus (63 mins for David Moyo), Bradley Ash (63 mins for Craig Alcock).
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Friday night's pre-season friendly against Hereford. The match is being played against National League North opposition at Bideford AFC's Sports Ground, and the following eleven players have been listed for this game:
First Half Side: Stuart Nelson
Tom Bradbury, Lee Collins, Carl Dickinson
Craig Alcock, Albi Skendi, Matt Worthington, Daniel Ojo
Rhys Murphy, Trialist.
Yeovil Town would appear to be giving a trial to Brighton and Hove Albion Academy goalkeeper George Bentley. The 18 year old has just come to the end of a two year scholarship with the Premier League side, and has had loan experience with Isthmian League Premier Division side Worthing United during the 2017-18 season, which was followed up by him spending the bulk of the 2018-19 season on loan with Southern Combination Football League Premier Division side East Preston.
In between those games, Bentley has been used by Brighton in a number of Under-18s League and FA Youth Cup matches for his parent club. Bentley's preferred Glove company have stated on social media that he is going to be going on trial with Yeovil Town "next week" which would suggest that he may not feature against Hereford in Friday night's friendly in Bideford, Devon but would join the training ground on Monday. At present it's not clear if Bentley is still on Brighton's books - he came to the end of his Scholarship without a professional contract being offered, but on the other hand there is no clear confirmation of him being released by the Seagulls.
The Glovers have already been trialling Reading goalkeeper Liam Driscoll, who has been at Huish Park with a view to a loan, and played the second half of last Saturday's 2-0 win over Stratford Town. Manager Darren Sarll certainly needs to recruit a goalkeeper during pre-season, given that Stuart Nelson is the club's only registered keeper. The interest in Driscoll, and presumably Bentley, would suggest he is looking at possible understudies to Nelson for the 2019-20 season.
Yeovil Town supporters not travelling to Bideford on Friday night for the pre-season friendly against Hereford may want to take advantage of some radio commentary. Hereford's website has an internet-based radio station called Radio Hereford, which they state carries "full match commentary on every Bulls game with interviews, team news and analysis ahead of Hereford Football Club games, plus full-time post-match reaction on air".
One of their personnel has tweeted today that they are travelling down to Devon for the weekend, referencing the radio commentary, and so you should expect them to switch from music to football coverage just before kick-off. Tonight's game at the Sports Ground, Bideford kicks off at 7.30p.m.
Yeovil Town midfielder Albi Skendi has described signing a full time contract with Yeovil Town as a dream of his, having spent his entire career playing part time football. The Albanian has penned a one year contract with the Glovers at the age of 25 years old, having had a career that has seen him playing for Banbury United, Oxford City and Stratford Town as well as a trio of American sides.
Stratford changed first team management over the summer, with former Darlington manager Tommy Wright coming in as their boss. As such Skendi didn't play under the new boss, and so reserved his praise for current backroom duo Paul Davis and Steve Walker who worked with him during the 2018-19 season. He also had positive words for Stratford Town owner Jed McCrory who he felt had influenced his career:
"I'm so happy to be signing for Yeovil Town, it's been a dream of mine and for it to actually happen just shows that hard work pays off. I want to thank Stratford Town for giving me the platform to showcase and express myself whilst playing for them. I want to thank (Stratford Town owner) Jed McCrory for always believing in me from a kid and standing by me and advising me to get to this level to (Stratford first team coach) Paul Davis and (Stratford assistant manager) Steve Walker for improving me as a player."
Skendi has had a history of playing for clubs under McCrory, having been on Banbury's and Stratford's books under his ownership. The midfielder also had trials for Swindon Town whilst McCrory was the owner of the County Ground side. He had praise for Stratford's set-up under the current owner, and recommended them to any aspiring footballer:
"I would also like to strongly recommend any aspiring footballer to not give up and go and play for Stratford Town FC who will aid the progression into full-time football as the board and management team have fully supported myself and my family. With Jed at the club every aspiring player will always have a chance of improving and moving on to a full-time club. I cannot put into words what he has done to support me and other players. I want to thank my family and friends who have supported me during this journey, now it's my time to repay the favour to them by having an amazing season and get Yeovil back to league football where they belong."
Yeovil Town paid an undisclosed fee for Skendi, with the Southern League Premier Division Central side indicating that they agreed for the Glovers to travel to Knights Lane for pre-season friendlies over the next couple of seasons.
Former Yeovil Town winger Wes McDonald has stayed in League Two by signing for Walsall on a short-term deal. The Saddlers haven't disclosed the exact length of the 22 year old's contract, but sees him team up with former Bristol Rovers pair Darrell Clarke and Marcus Stewart at the Bescot Stadium.
McDonald missed the second half of the 2018-19 seaaon, after a hamstring injury curtailed his Glovers career, leading to the club releasing him from his half-season contract. He's now recovered from that problem and returns to the Midlands, where he has already spent time with Solihull Moors and Nuneaton, whilst on loan from Birmingham City. He gave his reaction to arriving at his new club:
"I'm absolutely delighted to be here. I'm buzzing and can't wait to get started at such a great club like Walsall. I'm a creative player and try to create chances, score goals and get assists. I always look to work hard and I've played in this league before so I know what to expect. I'm looking forward to going away with the lads (to Poland). I've spoken to a few of them and they seem a real good bunch of lads. I'm delighted the manager has given me this opportunity and I want to repay him on the pitch."
Darrell Clarke added that he was aware of how well McDonald had done last year at Huish Park:
"Wes comes in with something to prove. He did well at Yeovil last year before injury ruled him out, but heís fully fit now and has got all the attributes a wide player should have. I'm looking forward to working with him."
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's National League match against Ebbsfleet United is now available. The match takes place at Stonebridge Road on Tuesday 13th August with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets will not be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office but will be sold on the night of the game.
Tickets can be brought from turnstiles on the Swanscombe End terrace. All ticket sales are CASH ONLY with the turnstiles open from 6.00p.m. They are priced as follows:
Adults: £17.00; Concessions (Over-60 and Students with valid ID): £14.00; Juniors (12-16): £9.00; Under-12s: £1.00.
The Swanscombe End Terrace is all standing but supporters who require seating will be able to gain access to a block of seating at the end of the Old Main Stand. On entering through the turnstiles supporters should speak to stewards who can allow them access to this section of seating and wheelchair area.
On Friday night, Yeovil Town travel for their second pre-season friendly of the summer. The match is against National League North side Hereford - the 2014 reincarnation of the old Hereford United club. The game is being staged at the Sports Ground, home of Devon side Bideford AFC, because the Bulls are staying in Devon for a training camnp and are due to play Bideford later in the weekend.
For most supporters, you'll need to take the M5 to junction 27. Take the A361 towards Tiverton/Barnstaple. Then follow signs for Barnstaple for around 35 miles, staying on the A361. When you reach the outskirts of Barnstaple, take the A39 towards Bideford. Stay on the A39 and cross the River Torridge just short of Bideford. Then take the A386 into Bideford town centre. The ground is on the main road on the right hand side, opposite Morrisons Supermarket.
Yeovil Town Academy Under-16s player Marco Rus has been signed up by Premier League side Southampton. The attacking midfielder, who had been on the Glovers' books for the last four years, has been given a two year scholarship at St Mary's Stadium - the second player since the Academy re-opened that the Hampshire club have taken from Yeovil's set-up.
Rus wasn't named on Yeovil Town's list of Academy scholars for the 2019-20 season - our understanding was that the approach from Southampton happened around the time the club were defining which players they wished to offer scholarships to, meaning that the Premier League club's interest trumped that. Academy Director Matt Hale - a former Yeovil Town first team player - revealed him alongside Manchester City striker Sam Bellis who will also join the same year group. Hale explained:
"We are delighted to welcome both Sam and Marco to the club from Manchester City and Yeovil respectively. Both players have been signed as a result of our diligent talent ID and recruitment process, having monitored both closely for some time. Marco, having been at Yeovil for the past four years, has a real hunger and desire to succeed. He is a clever, tricky player who will offer creativity to the Under-18s group."
Marco was capped by Romania Under-16s earlier this year, and he explained that it was whilst he was playing for them that he first became aware that Southampton were trying to sign him:
"It's overwhelming to be here. As soon as I visited Southampton I was amazed. I'm very excited. I was away with Romania on international duty when I first heard of interest from Southampton. My family are all very proud and being here is the first step towards achieving my dream of becoming a professional footballer."
Unless something went badly wrong, Yeovil Town would be fully entitled to claim a fee for the attacking midfielder under the EPPP system. He joins goalkeeper Kingsley Latham, who was signed by Southampton in February 2017. Southampton don't mention a fee for Rus, but do describe him as being signed from Yeovil Town.
Earlier this summer, Academy midfielder Hong Wan was signed up by Wolverhampton Wanderers, but on that occasion Yeovil Town had already made the decision to release him as a scholar, meaning that he went to Molineux as a free agent.
Former Yeovil Town striker Tom Eaves has moved into the Championship, following two highly successful seasons with League One side Gillingham. He has signed a three year contract with Championship side Hull City, with his new club also having the option of an additional year that would take him through to the summer of 2023.
His time at the Priestfield Stadium has transformed a career that seemed to be on the slide during his single season with Yeovil Town during 2016-17. Having netted seven goals in 48 appearances for the Glovers, including just four goals in League Two, Eaves went up a level to play for the Gills, and promptly rattled in 40 goals in 97 appearances, including 38 at League One level. He picked up Gillingham's Player Of The Season Award for the 2018-19 season but announced his own departure on Twitter this morning.
Eaves now moves up another level to second tier football where the 27 year old will play under Head Coach Grant McCann, who said of the player's signature:
"Tom will be a great addition for us. He's got a different dynamic to what we've got and brings something different to our forward line. He comes here with a good pedigree. He was probably one of the best centre forwards in League One last season in terms of the goals he was scoring in a team that wasn't around the top end of the table, so we're really pleased to bring him here."
Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock has secured a new contract with the club. The 31 year old had been drafted in during February 2019, from Cheltenham Town, after seven and a half years away from the club, but endured a frustrating 2018-19 season after he was frozen out of the side by both Darren Way and Neale Marmon during the final three months of the season.
Current boss Darren Sarll has brought him back into the fold and has given him a new one year contract, covering the 2019-20 season, and thus allowing Alcock to add to the 125 appearances he's made for the Glovers across the two spells. The Truro-born youth team product has also played for Peterborough United, Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers during his career, before his switch to Cheltenham Town at the start of the 2018-19 season.
Yeovil Town have brought in their sixth signing of the summer. Manager Darren Sarll has recruited defender Tom Bradbury who was last on the books of Scottish side Dundee. The 21 year old was a trialist during Saturday's 2-0 win over Stratford Town, wearing the No.6 shirt during the first hour of the match. He has signed a one year contract with the Glovers.
Born on February 27th 1998, he is a central defender, who started off his career as a Milton Keynes Dons academy player. He then went on to play for Bishop's Stortford and Banbury United. He was signed up by Scottish side Dundee to play for their Reserve Team during the 2018-19 season, and then spent the second half of the season on loan with National League North side York City. Last season he appeared twice for Dundee's first team, with both coming in the Scottish Challenge Cup. He sat on their first team bench once in the Scottish Premiership but didn't get onto the pitch.
The Glovers have also brought in central defender Luke Wilkinson from Stevenage, striker Rhys Murphy from Chelmsford City, defender Lee Collins from Forest Green Rovers, midfielder Andrew Crofts from Newport County and midfielder Albi Skendi from Stratford Town since the appointment of Darren Sarll as manager.
Yeovil Town have arranged another pre-season friendly. They will play host to Championship side Bristol City Under-23s on Saturday 27th July with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The younger City side will be managed by Luke Williams on the day, rather than Lee Johnson.
The match will also double up as a Family Fun Day with a range of activities yet to be defined. Prices for this fixture are as follows:
Adults: £8.00; Aged 65 and Over or Aged 16-23: £4.00; Under-16s: FREE.
Full pre-season fixtures are as shown below.
Yeovil Town First Team: Yeovil Town vs Stratford Town (Result 2-0, Rhys Murphy (21, 44))
Hereford vs Yeovil Town, Friday 12th July, (at AFC Bideford, 7.30p.m.)
Yeovil Town vs Swansea City, Tuesday 16th July (Huish Park, 7.45p.m.)
Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town, Saturday 20th July (Avenue Stadium, 3.00p.m.)
Taunton Town vs Yeovil Town, Tuesday 23rd July (Wordsworth Drive, 7.45p.m.)
Yeovil Town vs Bristol City Under-23s (Huish Park, 3.00p.m.)
Yeovil Town Under-18s Pre-Season Schedule: Tue 09/07/2019 : Wincanton Town (Result 1-1, Devon Arnold)
Fri 12/07/2019 : Bristol City Academy (Away, 7.00p.m. SGS College Wise Campus, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8LP)
Sat 20/07/2019 : Melksham Town (Away, 3.00p.m., Oakfield Stadium, BA14 6QU).
Sat 27/07/2019 : Poole Town (Away, 3.00p.m., Tatnam Farm, BH15 3JR)
Yeovil Town have taken St Albans City striker David Moyo on trial. The 24 year old is a former Northampton Town and Brackley Town player, who is currently out of contract with the National League South side. They had offered him a new contract, but at this stage their understanding is that he will not be returning to sign it.
Moyo spent one season with the Hertfordshire side, and finished as their top goalscorer, netting 15 times in 49 appearances, with his league statistics showing 14 goals in 40 appearances. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe on December 17th 1994 (aged 24) he was on the books of AFC Dunstable as a youth before Northampton Town offered him a two year scholarship. They gave him a professional deal in October 2012 and he went on to make 18 appearances for the Cobblers, scoring two goals, with 15 of those appearances coming from the bench.
During his time at Sixfields, Moyo had loan spells with Stamford and Brackley Town, before moving to the latter on a permanent basis in January 2015. He made just short of 100 league appearances with them before spending the 2017-18 season on the books of Hemel Hempstead Town. Then came his 2018-19 move to St Albans. Manager Ian Allinson has implied that the door still remains open for Moyo to return, but he is currently working on the basis that he won't:
"We spoke to David Moyo at length. We offered him a deal but he wants to go full-time, he's at that age where he feels this is the last opportunity for him. I think he's having a spell at Yeovil this week. Good luck to these boys but sometimes you have to move on and you have to rebuild your side."
Yeovil Town have confirmed the set of players who have been enrolled into the club's scholarship system for the 2019-20 season. There are eight new players who will take part in a two year programme mixing a BTEC educational qualification with concentrated football training.
Four of those have come in from the club's Under-16s side, with Preston School duo Alfie Lloyd and Ben Hughes joined by Sam Wright and Adam Heaton. There are also four players coming in from outside the area, with most having represented the Under-18s at various points during last season. Dylan Abora-Poku hails from the London Borough of Haringey, Jiah Medrano played at left-back for the club last season, Sacario Waugh was at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney Downs, whilst Ezray Lama is a defender who had trials with Wolverhampton Wanderers as a 14 year old. Dylan, Sacario and Ezray have been working with the Onside Football Academy in London.
First Year Scholars: Adam Heaton (winger), Alfie Lloyd (striker), Ben Hughes (striker), Dylan Abora-Poku (right-back/winger), Ezray Lama Omba (centre-back), Jiah Medrano (left-back), Sacario Waugh (midfield/striker), Sam Wright (centre-back/midfield).
Second Year Scholars: Kacper Kowalczyk (goalkeeper), George Calverley (midfielder/defender), Declan Rose (defender), Tai Fleming (defender), Tyrique Clarke (midfielder), Daniel Neild (midfield), Archie Sturdy (striker), Devon Arnold (striker).
Yeovil Town have appointed former Glovers, Torquay United and Weston-super-Mare goalkeeper Ryan Northmore as their new Under-18s manager. The 38 year old has returned to the club where he had a short loan spell during the 2003-04 season whilst on the books of Woking. He becomes the permanent successor to Terry Moore, who left the club in March 2019.
Northmore was born in Plymouth and had a lengthy playing career largely in the South-West that included four years at Torquay between 1988 and 2002. He then went on to represent Team Bath, Woking, Bath City, Yeovil Town before the bulk of his playing days were spent at Weston-super-Mare where he made over 200 appearances. He moved on to Dorchester Town during the 2009-10 season before retiring as a player.
He then moved into coaching, becoming Weston-super-Mare's Director of Football in 2012, after they expanded their Academy. He also became their Head Coach, taking charge of the first team for two years. In 2017, he moved to the Bangladesh Premier League to act as an assistant coach to former Glover Kim Grant at Saif Sporting Club. He moved back to the UK in May 2018, and was appointed as manager of Gosport Borough but had to abort that role after his Colombian wife was refused a Visa, with them having met whilst he was living in Bangladesh.
He now returns to the UK again, and will look after the club's 16-18 year olds under the club's Academy system.
Former Yeovil Town loanee Alex Pattison has found himself a new club. The 21 year old was a free agent after Championship side Middlesbrough made the decision to release him whilst he was seeing out the tail end of his 2018-19 season at Huish Park. He's made the decision to sign a one year contract with League One side Wycombe Wanderers, joining a club where American businessman Rob Couhig is currently looking to take on a shareholding at Adams Park.
Boss Gareth Ainsworth has said that he has been monitoring Pattison both within Middlesbrough's Under-23 league and during his loan spell with Yeovil Town. He acknowledged the fundraising efforts of Wycombe's 500 Club - a fans led fundraising campaign that works with their Supporters Trust, who currently own the club, with that wing helping to boost Ainsworth's playing budget:
"We werenít expecting to be able to make permanent signings this summer, but the fans have got right behind us yet again when we needed them and contributed a significant amount of money which has enabled us to bring a player of Alex's calibre to the club. Dobbo (assistant manager Richard Dobson) and I pay a lot of attention to the under-23 leagues and Alex is a player who has stood out for us for some time. He had a good year in senior football with Yeovil last season and we believe heís got all the attributes to go on and become a key player for us and potentially return to a higher level in his career. I'd like to say a massive thank you again to everyone whoís contributed to the 500 Club and I'm sure all those fans will be looking forward to seeing Alex in action, because heís a very talented player and a great lad who will settle quickly into the culture we've got here."
Pattison made 34 appearances for Yeovil Town during the 2018-19 season, and probably would have made more than that were it not for a back injury that restricted the number of games he was available for, from Christmas onwards.
On Saturday, Yeovil Town played their first pre-season friendly against Stratford Town at Huish Park. On the day, reporter Chris Spittles got his first chance to talk to new manager Darren Sarll. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his early views on players, including Carl Dickinson and Stuart Nelson. He also explains the role of Andrew Crofts in the set-up and also gives his views on the circumstances that led to him leaving Watford earlier this year. Read that interview via the link below.
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday's 2-0 pre-season victory over Stratford Town, these are available online. There's four-and-a-half minutes worth of footage that includes the two goals scored by former Chelmsford City striker Rhys Murphy during the first half. Watch via the YouTube clip below.
On Saturday, Yeovil Town held an open day, which included an opportunity for supporters to talk to and question some of the club's new personnel. This was also the first chance for the local media to talk the new faces, with local journalist Chris Spittles talking to talk to prospective co-owner Scott Priestnall. Read his chat in full via the link below.
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Hereford is now available. This will be the club's first match against the club that was reformed in 2014, and it will be staged at the Sports Ground, home of Devon side Bideford AFC. The unusual venue has been chosen because the Bulls, who play in National League North, are staying in Devon for a training camnp and are due to play Bideford later in the weekend.
Yeovil Town's match takes place at the Sports Ground on Friday 12th July, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. Tickets can only be purchased on the night of the match and are as follows:
Yeovil Town's Academy side kick off their pre-season friendly schedule tomorrow with a home fixture. They will be taking on Western League Division One side Wincanton Town on Tuesday 9th July 2019.
The match was originally publicised as taking place at the Alvington Training Ground. However, it has now been switched to be played on the Top Pitch at Huish Park, behind the away end. Kick-off is now the slightly earlier time of 7.00p.m.
Later in the week, the Under-18s will travel to play Bristol City Academy in a Friday evening fixture. Kick-off time and the venue for that fixture has also been set. For fixtures see below.
Yeovil Town Under-18s Pre-Season Schedule: Tue 09/07/2019 : Wincanton Town (Home, 7.00p.m., Huish Park Top Pitch)
Fri 12/07/2019 : Bristol City Academy (Away, 7.00p.m. SGS College Wise Campus, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8LP)
Sat 20/07/2019 : Melksham Town (Away, 3.00p.m., Oakfield Stadium, BA14 6QU).
Sat 27/07/2019 : Poole Town (Away, 3.00p.m., Tatnam Farm, BH15 3JR)
Former Yeovil Town wide man Rhys Browne is currently trialling with a League Two club. The 23 year old, who was released by the club at the end of the 2018-19 season, played for Port Vale during their 2-1 win against Kidsgrove Athletic. Rhys played during the first half of the match, and was also pictured in training ground photos leading up to the match. He was listed as a trialist in this match, and is still a free agent.
There is an obvious connection between himself and Vale. Their current manager is John Askey, who had been a long-serving manager at Macclesfield Town, when Browne had a 24 game loan spell during the second half of the 2016-17 season, whilst on the books of Grimsby Town. Reports suggest Browne was used as a winger in Saturday's pre-season friendly.
Another trialist that featured for the Valiants was goalkeeper Jonny Maddison. After leaving Huish Park twelve months ago, the 24 year old has spent the 2018-19 season playing for National League North side Darlington, who are within reach of his Chester-le-Street home town. Maddison made 29 appearances for them last season, but was released by them at the end of last season, and so is a free agent. He played during the second half of the match against Kidsgrove.
Yeovil Town prospective co-owner Scott Priestnall has said today that he expects the current Board of Directors to all resign, once the takeover at Huish Park is completed. The man who is the public face of a two-person group aiming to buy the club from current owner Norman Hayward and his front man John Fry, has said that he expects them to all step down, although states that it is too early to say whether any of them might be co-opted onto any future Board under the new ownership.
Priestnall is aiming to buy the club alongside Errol Pope, who so far hasn't put himself in the spotlight concerning the deal. At present, they have not divulged the way that they plan the club to be run from an Executive point of view, or a Boardroom point of view, leading to the question of whether current Chairman John Fry might be staying on under the new regime, or whether others might survive a cull. At present though, Priestnall says that he hasn't discussed anything in detail with the existing Board members, and expects his future ways of working to be more channelled through himself as a single managing executive, rather than via a committee style structure:
"On completion, the existing Board are resigning. I can't say at this moment in time whether I'll choose any of the current directors to be involved in the new Board, because I haven't met them all, or had proper chats with them. It will certainly be my board, my decisions. The Board isn't going to work the same way that the Board works now. This is going to be a bit more old-fashioned in that it will be my decisions. It won't be a Board decision."
The main man has also given a similar verdict to the Western Gazette, with Priestnall suggesting that he couldn't see John Fry wanting to be involved in the sort of set-up that he had envisaged, but stated he had not had any talks with him over his future:
"Will John be involved? I'm not sure that John wants to be involved to be honest with you. He's had some negative press over a period of time and I haven't had the conversation with him. I certainly haven't offered him a position at this stage, and I'm not sure that he would want to be involved in the kind of board that I want to have moving forward."
Priestnall has also told the paper that upon the completion of the deal, debts secured on the Huish Park land under owner Norman Hayward's name will be removed. Currently Hayward has lodged two legal charges against the Yeovil Town Holdings Limited company from March 2011, and the original Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited company from October 2016, that gave him added security in the event of the club failing to repay his loans, much in the same way that a mortgage on a house works. The latter also included a change to the Land Registry, preventing the club from selling or developing the Huish Park land without Hayward's permission, even if he was no longer a Director or Owner of the football club.
With that in mind, there's been significant concern that Hayward could still act as a 'backseat driver', even after selling the club. However, Priestnall has told the Gazette that "part of the deal is that those legal charges will be removed". It should be possible to confirm this during the weeks following takeover completion, as both the Companies House records and the Land Registry should be changed to reflect the satisfaction of the charge.
Yeovil Town won their opening pre-season friendly this afternoon against Southern League Premier Division Central division side Stratford Town. Two first half goals from former Chelmsford City striker Rhys Murphy was enough to give Yeovil a 2-0 victory, with the first half performance easily good enough to win the game. The Glovers fielded two teams with most players only featuring for 45 minutes each, with the end result being that a younger second half side couldn't extend that lead.
The game opened with three new signings and three trialists in the starting line-up. Albi Skendi, who was signed on the morning of the match from Stratford for an undisclosed fee, appeared as a central defender, alongside former Forest Green Rovers defender Lee Collins. The other defender in a 3-4-1-2 formation was a trialist with former Dundee defender Tom Bradbury filling in.
Midfield saw a rather more familiar set of players, with Craig Alcock and Carl Dickinson now back in the first team fold following their exclusion from the side during the final three months of last season. They were joined by trialist James Craigen, who was last on the books of Dunfermline Athletic. Up front, Ryan Seager played a deeper role, with new boy Rhys Murphy being joined by Weston-super-Mare born Bradley Ash, who was last on the books of Boreham Wood.
The Glovers opened up the scoring midway through the first half, after Ryan Seager's run set up Bradley Ash. The trialist's shot was parried by Stratford keeper Sam Lomox, but only into the path of Rhys Murphy who finished from close range. Just before half time, in a match that had largely seen the visitors on the back foot defending, Carl Dickinson's cross into the box was chested down well by Rhys Murphy and despite Stratford appealing for the offside flag, he finished well from inside the box for a 2-0 half time lead.
The second period saw nine changes made at the break with only trialists Tom Bradbury and Bradley Ash surviving - both were later withdrawn from play. Two more unnamed trialists were put on in their place, with a third seeing Reading goalkeeper Liam Driscoll, who is believed to be on the edge of a loan move to Huish Park. Around them there were all four of Yeovil Town's academy graduates that have signed professional deals, plus one second year scholar in the form of Tai Fleming.
The inevitable result was that Stratford had more of a comfortable half than they'd experienced during the opening 45 minutes. They created their best chance midway through the second period when Joel Gyasi caught Yeovil on the break, cutting in from the left flank, but his shot came off the upright to keep Driscoll with a clean sheet. As two more second year scholars appeared in the closing stages, only Driscoll, Courtney Duffus and the two trialists remained as 'senior' players in the line-up and they couldn't extend their lead, with their best opportunity coming when Duffus saw a shot deflected into the side netting.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Stratford Town 0.
Scorers: Rhys Murphy (1-0, 21 mins), Rhys Murphy (2-0, 42 mins)
First Half Side: 1. Stuart Nelson
5. Albi Skendi, 4. Lee Collins, 6. Tom Bradbury
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 8. James Craigen, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Ryan Seager
9. Rhys Murphy, 10. Bradley Ash
Second Half Side: Liam Driscoll
Tai Fleming, Tom Bradbury, Daniel Ojo
Nestor Shako, Gabriel Rogers, Alex John, Trialist
Bradley Ash, Courtney Duffus, Trialist.
Further Substitutions: Devon Arnold (59 mins for Bradley Ash), George Calverley (70 mins for Tom Bradbury)
Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Stratford Town on Saturday afternoon featured three trialists in their starting line-up. Brief profiles of them are as follows:
Tom Bradbury: No. 6 Shirt. Born Feb 27th 1998 (Aged 21). Central defender. A former Milton Keynes Dons academy player who went on to play for Bishop's Stortford and Banbury United. He was signed up by Scottish side Dundee to play for their Reserve Team during the 2018-19 season, and then spent the second half of the season on loan with National League North side York City. Last season he appeared twice for Dundee's first team, with both coming in the Scottish Challenge Cup. He sat on their first team bench once in the Scottish Premiership but didn't get onto the pitch.
James Craigen: No. 8 Shirt. Born March 28th 1991 (Aged 28) in Preston. Midfielder. Part of Preston North End's youth set-up for ten years but didn't get as far as professional terms with him. Instead he went to Edinburgh University, playing for their representative side, before moving into Scottish League football. Since 2012, he's played for Partick Thistle (88 appearances, 4 goals), Forfar Athletic (loan, 11 appearances, 2 goals), Raith Rovers (42 appearances, 9 goals) and Falkirk (51 appearances, 7 goals). His most recent club was Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish Championship. He made 59 apppearances for them, scoring twice, with 41 of those appearances coming during last season. He is a free agent, having left them at the end of last season.
Bradley Ash: No. 10 Shirt. Born April 5th 1996 (Aged 23) in Weston-Super-Mare. Started his career in his home town before Barnsley signed him in January 2016. They loaned him back to Weston in September 2016, and that was followed by him spending the 2017-18 season on loan with Boreham Wood. A knee injury though scuppered that loan deal, and it took a year before their fans saw him play, when he signed for them on a permanent basis in the summer of 2018. Last season saw him make 28 National League main division appearances, plus one more in the FA Cup, scoring five goals.
Yeovil Town's starting line-up for their pre-season friendly against Stratford Town has been published. The line-up includes three new sumer signings, five players who were on the club's books last season, and three trialists. Glovers fans will be guaranteed an early look at today's signing Albi Skendi, with former Forest Green Rovers defender Lee Collins and former Chelmsford City striker Rhys Murphy the other new boys.
The three trialists are defender Tom Bradbury, midfielder James Craigen and striker Bradley Ash. More to follow on them in due course.
The team lines up as follows:
First Half Side: Stuart Nelson
Albi Skendi, Lee Collins, Tom Bradbury
Craig Alcock, Matt Worthington, James Craigen, Carl Dickinson
Rhys Murphy, Bradley Ash
Second Half Side: Liam Driscoll
Tai Fleming, Tom Bradbury, Daniel Ojo
Nestor Shako, Gabriel Rogers, Alex John, Trialist
Bradley Ash, Courtney Duffus, Trialist.
Yeovil Town have brought in their fifth signing of the summer. Manager Darren Sarll has recruited midfielder Albi Skendi who was last on the books of this afternoon's opponents Stratford Town. He is a former Banbury United, Oxford City, Los Angeles Wolves, Marymount California University and VUSC Soccer player who is 25 years old. The club have not disclosed his length of contract. Stratford indicate that Yeovil Town have paid an undisclosed fee to bring him to Huish Park and will be committing themselves to "pre season friendlies over the next couple of seasons as part of the deal".
Albi is an Albanian player who started his career during the 2011-12 season at Oxford City. During the following season he switched to Banbury United, before returning to Oxford which then saw him start a second spell with Banbury, who were by then under Jed McCrory's ownership. In 2016, he moved across to the USA, where he represented Los Angeles Wolves, Marymount California University and VUSC Soccer.
His return to England during the summer of 2018-19, saw him sign for Stratford Town, giving him his second spell at a club owned by Jed McCrory. He played for them throughout that season, with them having given him terms for the 2019-20 season, meaning that he was under contract with them at the time he departed for Huish Park. Skendi has never made it this far up the pyramid, although did have trials with Swindon Town during the summer of 2013, whilst in May 2019 there were reports in the Stratford press that he had trials for an unnamed League Two side.
He generally plays as a central midfielder - his previous clubs have indicated that he can also play as a centre-back, although Yeovil Town have stated that he can also play up front. Manager Darren Sarll has said of his arrival:
"All my career I've been fortunate to have been able to identify non-league players that can potentially have a bigger and brighter future. Because of the club's relationship with Stratford Town, we were fortunate to have Albi in for a week's training and he not only coped but exceeded all expectations. He'll be a player the fans will connect with; a wholehearted, give everything for the greater good type player that will play a big part for the foreseeable future. This project is really early but very exciting and I'm looking forward to developing Albi further."
The Glovers have also brought in central defender Luke Wilkinson from Stevenage, striker Rhys Murphy from Chelmsford City, defender Lee Collins from Forest Green Rovers and midfielder Andrew Crofts from Newport County since the appointment of Darren Sarll as manager.
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town play their first pre-season friendly prior to the 2019-20 campaign. They will face Southern League Premier Division Central division side Stratford Town in a 3.00p.m. kick-off that will see Darren Sarll in the Huish Park dugouts for the first time.
The Glovers Trust will be in attendance for this game, and will be located under the gazebo, close to the ticket office. With the majority of fans going into a new membership year for the Trust, it's time to get your renewal fees in - see below for how that is possible to do either online or in person. You can also catch up with the Trust to discuss the forthcoming takeover and what's been happening over the summer. Full details are as shown below:
Match: Stratford Town
Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 12.30p.m. to 2.45p.m.
Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.
Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match Arrow food orders
Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Alliance Group updates, Meeting with Scott Priestnall, Blueprint Feedback.
Other points of note: Membership subscriptions for the majority of our members expired on 1st of July and are due for renewal. We have a new system in place this term powered by LoveAdmin which is intended to make it easier for members and non-members to renew and keep their details up to date and all members have been contacted by email. Technology withstanding we are planning to use the system within the gazebo to process renewals and register new members. Membership subscriptions will now run annually from the point of registration and any taken between 1st of January 2019 and 30th of June 2019 are not due for renewal until 1st of July 2020. If you are unsure you can check your account online via our registration page or come and see us ahead of the game.
Yeovil Town are being linked with a loan move for a young Reading goalkeeper. Australian Liam Driscoll has already had loan spells with National League South side Hungerford Town, Staines Town, who at that point were playing in the Isthmian Premier Division and most recently Southern League Premier Division South side Salisbury. The Reading Chronicle names him with reference to a pre-season friendly that the Championship side have planned for this weekend, but report that Driscoll will not be turning out for the Royals during that game because they believe that he is of the subject of loan interest from the Glovers.
Liam was born in Perth, Australia, on May 8th 1999 (aged 20 years old). As a 13 year old he played for the West Australian State Team and the West Australian State Schoolboys. He then represented Perth Glory in 2014, rising as far as their Under-18s side. However, during 2014 he moved across to England with the goal of gaining a scholarship with a team over there. Reading recruited him, providing him with a two year scholarship deal in July 2015 and that led to the award of a professional contract in 2017.
During that summer, manager Jaap Stam invited him to join the first team squad for a pre-season tour, and that was followed by him spending half a season on loan with Staines Town. He returned to the Madejski Stadium in early 2018, playing for their Under-23 side, and that led to him being given a new contract which keeps him on their books until June 2020.
The early part of the 2018-19 season saw him go out on loan a second time, with him playing for National League South side Hungerford Town, making five appearances between August and September 2018. Following the completion of that loan spell he returned to Reading, playing five times for their Under-23s and being on their bench on a further six occasions in Premier League 2 fixtures. He also had a brief February 2019 loan spell with Salisbury, where he played twice for them.
At present, there's no official indication of Driscoll's involvement at Huish Park. The club currently have one goalkeeper on their books, with Stuart Nelson largely playing as a back-up to Chelsea loan keeper Nathan Baxter during the 2018-19 season. The club have borrowed a goalkeeper from Reading before, with future England keeper Alex McCarthy having made 45 appearances for the Glovers during the 2009-10 season, before they gradually moved him up the ladder.
National League side Aldershot Town have signed up former Yeovil Town midfielder Alefe Santos. The 24 year old arrives at the Recreation Ground as a free agent following his release by the Glovers at the end of the 2018-19 season. The former Derby County and Bristol Rovers midfielder has signed a deal with the Shots for the 2019-20 season, although it's not clear if the deal he has signed goes beyond that.
Aldershot describe Santos as "a pacy winger ... a direct player who likes to run at players and deliver crosses" although he was rarely used in that role during his time at Huish Park, with the Glovers generally using him as a central midfielder during the 43 appearances he gained for the club during his two seasons at League Two level.
Yeovil Town Ladies have appointed a successor to manager Lee Burch. Last season's first team boss left his post to take up a role with Championship side London Bees, giving the female Glovers a vacancy to fill ahead of their own 2019-20 National League season. They have decided to promote from within, with Jamie Phillip becoming their new First Team Head Coach.
He is a UEFA licenced coach who has worked with Swansea City and Birmingham City. Jamie joined the Club in January as Head Coach for the club's Dual Career Academy for 16-21 year olds. He will keep that role but also take over the First Team Management as well in a full time role. Phillip has said of the new position:
"I'm delighted to be appointed as Head Coach and can't wait to get started. I'm determined to drive the Club forward in the right direction."
This week has seen Yeovil Town Ladies come under new ownership, with long-standing owner Steve Allinson bowing out and allowing former AFC Bournemouth owner Adam Murry to take over the reins.
Yeovil Town's admission prices for the 2019-20 season have now been published. As with previous seasons, the structure is split into three tiers, depending on whether you purchase over the internet (the cheapest method), over the phone or in person up to three hours before kick-off (labelled as pre-match) or whether you purchase via a late walk-up method at the ticket office windows (labelled as matchday).
The significant difference is the simplification of the general pricing structure, with just one seating price (with the exception of the Main Stand Premium seats) and one terracing price. Each rate is as follows:
INTERNET PRICES: (Available up to three hours before kick-off unless otherwise stated)
Full Price Adult
PRE-MATCH PRICES: (Available up to three hours before kick-off unless otherwise stated)
Full Price Adult
MATCHDAY PRICES: (During the three hours before kick-off unless otherwise stated)
Full Price Adult
Individual matchday tickets will be on sale from Wednesday 17th July 2019.
Yeovil Town have provided further detail relating to the club's scheduled Open Day for this coming Saturday. The pre-season friendly against Stratford Town takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 6th July, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park, with fans able to meet the new first team management, as well as the potential new ownership on the day.
The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open from 10.00a.m. on the day to sell match tickets, with the Club Shop opening at 12.00 noon. If you want to take advantage of the 'meet and greet' session then you'll need to have purchased and picked up your ticket beforehand. At 12.00 noon the club will be opening up the Alec Stock Lounge (situated upstairs on the left-hand side).
In the Alec Stock Lounge between 12.45p.m. and 1.45p.m. first team manager Darren Sarll, prospective new co-owner Scott Priestnall and the first team playing squad will make themselves available for photos and questions.
Turnstiles at Huish Park will open at 1.30p.m. for the 3.00p.m. kick-off. The club's online ticketing system suggests that only the Main Stand will be open on the day for this fixture.
The club had planned to organise a Behind The Scenes tour associated with the pre-season friendly, but have said that this will now be deferred to another friendly in due course.
Yeovil Town's National League trip to Barrow has been chosen for live television coverage. Satellite Broadcaster BT Sport have selected the Auguat 17th fixture for live transmission, meaning that it will kick-off at 5.20p.m. at Holker Street.
The National League fixture has been chosen because on that weekend it's the 40th Anniversary of the formation of what was the Alliance Premier League, and on that weekend, Barrow met Yeovil Town at the same ground - on that occasion the Cumbrians won 2-0 in front of 2,027 spectators.
The 14 fixtures selected include all 24 of the National League clubs spread out over the first three months of the season and are as follows:
03/08/2019 : Stockport County vs Maidenhead United (12:30pm)
10/08/2019 : Notts County vs Barnet (5:20pm)
17/08/2019 : Barrow vs Yeovil Town (5:20pm) 24/08/2019 : Torquay United vs Aldershot Town (5:20pm)
26/08/2019 : Solihull Moors vs Eastleigh (7:45pm)
31/08/2019 : Chorley vs Boreham Wood (5:20pm)
04/09/2019 : Dagenham & Redbridge vs Bromley (7:45pm)
07/09/2019 : Hartlepool United vs Woking (7:30pm)
14/09/2019 : Wrexham vs Sutton United (5:20pm)
21/09/2019 : AFC Fylde vs Eastleigh (5:20pm)
28/09/2019 : Dover Athletic vs FC Halifax Town (5:20pm)
05/10/2019 : Harrogate Town vs Ebbsfleet United (5:20pm)
09/10/2019 : Stockport County vs Hartlepool United (7:45pm)
12/10/2019 : Wrexham vs Chesterfield (5:20pm)
Yeovil Town's fixtures for the 2019-20 season have been published. The club will play in the National League for the first time in sixteen years, and that will see them open their campaign with a match against Barnet at the Hive Stadium on Saturday 3rd August. They will conclude their season on Saturday 25th April 2020 with a match against Notts County at Meadow Lane. The first home match will be against Eastleigh on Tuesday 6th August.
The Christmas fixtures are heavily regionalised, and that will see Gary Johnson's Torquay United play twice in quick succession, with the Boxing Day fixture to be played at Huish Park, whilst the New Year's Day match will take place at Plainmoor.
The full list of fixtures can be found on the page linked below, and will be updated throughout the season.
Last month, Forest Green Rovers lost their goalkeeping coach Pat Mountain, when Championship side Bristol Cityoffered him a position at Ashton Gate. At the time, former Glovers keeper Mountain was replacing former Glovers keeper David Coles in that position, with Lee Johnson (yes, another former Glover) having let Coles go in a backroom reshuffle.
That left Forest Green with a vacancy in their backroom staff. They've now filled it ... by recruiting David Coles. The West Country goalkeeper-coach swap sees the 55 year old head to the New Lawn, having held similar roles at Southampton, Portsmouth, Dubai and West Ham United as well as his time at Ashton Gate. During that time he has coached England goalkeepers David James and Rob Green.
Back in the early 1990s, Yeovil Town represented the final major part of Coles' playing career. He was brought in by Steve Rutter from Aldershot and went on to make 131 appearances for the club between 1991 and 1994. He then moved into coaching by heading down to the South Coast, with his friendship with former Glovers goalkeeping coach Len Bond being responsible for the club obtaining Asmir Begovic on loan from Portsmouth across two spells.
Yeovil Town Ladies have successfully completed their company takeover. Outgoing owner Steve Allinson offered the club for sale last month after the club's drop out of the FAWSL1 division, seeing it as the right moment for the club to be given new blood. He has now passed control of the female Glovers to Dorset based businessman and former AFC Bournemouth owner Adam Murry, with the deal being completed yesterday. Murry has said of the takeover:
"This is a hugely exciting time for women's football. There has never been as much interest in the women's game and I am delighted to have been able to support the take-over. This great club has absolutely enormous potential. We want to create a solid investment in the clubs structure, from the 1st Team right through to the Academies, with plans to take the club back into the higher leagues. We have selected a management team going forward, to create a solid platform and structure to build and develop on all at a higher level. This is a great time for women's football as England's success in the World Cup has clearly shown."
Murry, who is originally from Bournemouth, heads up an Elite Soccer Academy located in Tampa, Florida USA, where women's soccer is taken extremely seriously. In 2008, he headed up the rescue of AFC Bournemouth after it was placed in administration. One of his earliest decisions was to appoint Eddie Howe as first team manager when the club was rock bottom of League Two, starting the season with minus 17 points due to penalties associated with their administration.
He takes over a Ladies club that has also had recent financial challenges. Following their relegation from the FAWSL, they were refused an operating licence for the Championship and so will start the 2019-20 season playing in the Women's National League which is a third tier division.
Yeovil Town's fixtures for the 2019-20 season will finally be known tomorrow. The National League have confirmed that all three divisions will see their fixtures published at 1.00p.m. on Wednesday 3rd July. The season will commence on Saturday 3rd August 2019, with the final weekend of the season proper taking place on Saturday 25th April 2020.
With the National League's past policy being to heavily regionalise Boxing Day and New Year's Day fixtures, it's highly likely that Gary Johnson's current side Torquay United will be the club's opponents on those two days. For those fans who have hopes of the Glovers reaching the play-offs, the National League Promotion Final takes place at Wembley on Sunday 10th May 2020, with the play-off semi-finals taking place during the week preceding that, involving the clubs that finish between second and seventh place in the table.
There will be two blank Saturdays inserted into the league fixture lists. This is because the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round takes place on Saturday 19th October, whilst the club's FA Trophy involvement will commence on Saturday 14th December.
We'll publish the fixtures as soon as possible after the 1.00p.m. release date. The page below contains all of the club's currently scheduled first team pre-season friendlies.
New Orleans Businessman Rob Couhig is described as being in 'advanced discussions' to becoming a shareholder in League One side Wycombe Wanderers. The Supporters Trust owned club have released a statement confirming that they have reached an 'agreement in principle' to appoint football consultant Mark Palmer and Couhig's nephew Peter Couhig to the club's management team, with his expertise being in the area of financial consultancy. They have also put forward a plan with a view towards acquiring a majority shareholding for the future.
Couhig was the principle bidder in a group that sought to buy Yeovil Town during the 2018-19 season. However, after a lengthy protracted negotiating period, the deal collapsed in early May after the current Yeovil Town Board withdrew their offer to sell the club. Shortly afterwards, football consultant Palmer, who had originally been advising current owner Norman Hayward jumped ship to align with Couhig, with their own statement in the aftermath stating that Palmer would be attempting to find the lawyer a new club to invest in. Couhig has said as part of their club statement:
"It is a privilege to join the team at Wycombe Wanderers and I'm honoured to be arriving at the club at a time when the club has achieved such fantastic progress in recent years. I would firstly like to thank the board of directors of Wycombe Wanderers Trust for selecting me as their preferred route forward and pledge with my hand on my heart to do the very best that I can for this proud football club. This will be a collective effort, and it will need us all to pull in the same direction to make sure we make a success of the opportunity that lies ahead of us. Positive change may not happen overnight, but I will give full support to every department of the club and Iím extremely confident that supporters will gradually be able to see that our combined efforts will pay off for the benefit for everyone associated with Wycombe Wanderers."
Wanderers are currently wholly owned by their Supporters Trust, and their statement emphasises that the Adams Park stadium or land will not be used as security against Couhig's offer. Their Chairman Trevor Stroud has said of the plans:
"We are delighted to have reached an agreement in principle with Rob Couhig and welcome him into the football club at the beginning of what we strongly believe will be a fruitful and successful journey over many years to come. For more than a year now, the Trust board have held the view that the football club requires investment to remain sustainable and to help the club continue the excellent progress it has made in recent times. Rob has demonstrated a real and genuine commitment to adopting the values that make this club a proud part of its local community, and also carries the ambition, expertise and financial resource to be able to build on the foundations that we have in place. Since the withdrawal of an offer from our previous recommended partners in March, we have continued discussions with a number of wide-ranging parties and conducted meticulous legal and financial reviews into each party to identify what we believe to be the best route forward."
Former Yeovil Town first team coach Paul Terry has got himself a new job. Having left Huish Park at the end of the 2018-19 season, in a major clearout of the backroom staff, Paul has now moved to Championship side West Bromwich Albion where he will become their loans manager. He will succeed Deon Burton in that role, with Burton having moved to take up a position in their Under-23 set-up.
The title of 'loans manager' is one that a number of Premier League and Championship sides have set up, to help deal with the increasingly large number of players that have been loaned out to clubs further down the pyramid. The Loans Manager becomes the main go-between the parent club and the loaning club, and will also view matches involving the loaned out player, to feed back to the parent club about the player's progress.
Since retiring from football, Terry has mainly worked as a players' agent, but more recently has held First Team Coach positions at both Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town. This will be his third club of his post-playing career.
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson has made a short move across Gloucestershire for his latest career move. The 29 year old has signed a one year contract with League Two side Forest Green Rovers, shortly after turning down an offer to stay with rivals Cheltenham Town. Unofficial reports suggest there is an appearance-related clause that will trigger a second year option if he makes sufficient appearances in their team.
Dawson spent two years at Whaddon Road, after being brought in by former Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson. He made 72 appearances for them over those two seasons, scoring 11 goals, but with Johnson having moved on, Cheltenham's offer of a new deal was turned down, meaning it was just a question of where he ended up next. Robins fans won't be amused at their high-spending neighbours taking him on, but Dawson suggests that it was more to do with Forest Green making it as far as the League Two play-offs last season:
"I had a few offers but when Forest Green made contact I said to my agent that I was desperate to make that happen. Seeing how they finished last year, Iím hoping they can go one better this year and I hope to be part of that. I'm looking forward to improving under the manager as well. He has improved a lot of players over the years and I hope to be another one. I'm delighted to get the deal sorted before the start of pre-season and now I'm looking to hit the ground running."
Yeovil Town central defender Omar Sowunmi has left Yeovil Town. The 23 year old has signed for League Two side Colchester United for an undisclosed fee, bringing to an end a four year stay at Huish Park after being signed up by Paul Surrock from Ipswich Town.
Overall Omar made 87 appearances for the club, scoring five goals, with two of his seasons being hampered by lengthy ankle injuries that thwarted his progress. Colchester is his home town, meaning this is the obvious attraction for him in this instance. He's signed a two year contract at the Community Stadium. As he had twelve months left on his contract at the club, the Glovers were entitled to a fee, but there's been no disclosure from either end.
The best of luck to Omar for the future. He joins Gary Warren (Exeter City) and Tom James (Hibernian) who have left the club over the past couple of weeks.