Yeovil Town striker Courtney Duffus was dropped from the club's first team set-up that travelled to Dorchester Town on Saturday. The 23 year old former Oldham Athletic striker was part of the Yeovil Town Under-18s squad that travelled to Melksham Town, losing 6-0 in their third pre-season friendly in a match played at the Oakfield Stadium in Wiltshire.
The Cheltenham-born player had been part of the first team training session leading up to the first team match at the Avenue Stadium, but has instead joined the Academy side for the day, despite the first team squad being supplemented by two second year scholars and one first year scholar to help make up numbers. His senior presence wasn't able to help the club's Under-18s, with Southern League Division One South side Melksham proving far too strong on the day. Two goals from former Glovers Academy player Jack Ball were added to by strikes from Sam Hedges, Luke Ballinger, Callum Demkiv and Will Thomson.
Duffus was signed by the Glovers on transfer deadline day in January 2019, with the club paying an undisclosed fee to Oldham Athletic, as well as agreeing a 40 percent sell-on clause if he was to turn out to be a success at Huish Park. The former Everton Academy player was given a two-and-a-half year contract with the club, which currently ties him to Huish Park until June 2021.
However, he's been used very sparingly in pre-season under new manager Darren Sarll, playing 45 minutes against Stratford Town, 27 minutes against Hereford and then 14 minutes against Swansea City with all games seeing him sat on the bench at the start of the match. Since his arrival in January, Duffus has made 16 appearances for the club, scoring one goal in the February 2019 win over Cambridge United.
Yeovil Town gave a second pre-season game to midfielder Tom Whelan on Saturday afternoon against Dorchester Town. The 23 year old played half an hour of the second half of the match against Swansea City on Tuesday night, and on this occasion started for the Glovers at the Avenue Stadium as part of five trialists that were fielded during the first period, with a sixth in striker Alex Nicholls coming on after the break.
Although Whelan is Liverpool born, he does have links to the Somerset area, having attended Millfield School. In March 2014, he captained Millfield School's side in the Independent Schools FA Cup Final, scoring twice in a 6-1 win that saw them win the trophy. For the 2014-15 season he signed dual registration forms with Verwood Town and Poole Town. Whilst initially playing for Verwood, he began to break through into the Poole side during the final two months of that season.
Unfortunately for the Dolphins, that alerted Salisbury, who signed him up in August 2015. He spent three seasons at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium, where he was a near ever present as part of a side that finished as Wessex League Champions as well as making the Southern League Division One South and West play-offs a year later. During his third season, Salisbury won promotion again, with Whelan heavily involved.
During the summer of 2018, Whelan left Salisbury and joined then League Two side Bury for their pre-season friendlies in the hope of earning a professional contract with them. That didn't turn into anything concrete and in late August he returned to Salisbury to start a second spell, playing for the majority of the 2018-19 season as Salisbury finished 4th in the Southern League Premier South division.
Salisbury listed Whelan as part of their Released players in mid-June, although views from Whites fans was that they expected the midfielder to be attempting a second move to play for a team higher up the pyramid. Last Tuesday night, he wore the No.15 shirt, coming on as a substitute an hour into the match. On Saturday at Dorchester, he wore the No.8 shirt and was the only outfield player to complete the whole 90 minutes, suggesting that manager Darren Sarll wanted an extended look at him during the day. In both games he's played as a central midfielder - an area of the pitch the club are currently short of in numbers.
Whilst the club fielded a number of new trialists at the Avenue Stadium, Whelan was joined by former Crewe Alexandra, Walsall and Exeter City striker Alex Nicholls, who had played the first half against Swansea City and on this occasion played the whole of the second period against Dorchester Town.
Yeovil Town's fourth pre-season friendly ended in a draw on Saturday afternoon at the Avenue Stadium. Southern League Premier Division South side Dorchester Town drew 1-1 in a match that saw the Glovers field largely two separate sides on the artificial surface in Dorset. They needed a penalty from a new trialist in Myles Hippolyte to tie the game after Dorchester had taken a half time lead.
The starting eleven for the Glovers was a very unfamiliar one, with only Ryan Seager counting as a truly senior player. He was joined by two Academy graduates, and two Academy second year scholars, surrounded by five trialists on the pitch. With such an unfamiliar line-up, it took fifteen minutes for Yeovil to get properly into their stride. However, it was Dorchester who took the lead just a minute before half time. A long ball over the top found Tom Blair, and he managed to nip between a defender and the trialist keeper to give the Magpies a half time lead.
Yeovil made eight substitutions at half time, introducing many of their more established players, with Alex Nicholls the only extra trialist to get onto the pitch. Three of those trying to earn a contract were left on the pitch and it was former Dunfermline Athletic winger Myles Hippolyte who took advantage of the extended game time. He was brought down inside the box in the 53rd minute by Tom Blair, and he stepped up to take his own spot kick and score for a 1-1 equaliser.
Dorchester preferred to make their second half changes in stages, ultimately replacing seven of their starters. But Yeovil couldn't find a way through, with Alex Nicholls having a shot cleared off the goalline for Yeovil's best in-play second half effort on goal, although his strike partner Rhys Murphy had a lively second period.
Yeovil Town Starting XI: 1. Trialist (GK) 2. George Calverley 3. Myles Hippolyte 4. Tai Fleming 5. Daniel Ojo 6. Alex John 7. Nestor Shako 8. Tom Whelan 9. Trialist 10. Trialist 11. Ryan Seager.
Substitutes: Craig Alcock (46 mins for Tai Fleming), Lee Collins (46 mins for George Calverley), Tom Bradbury (46 mins for Daniel Ojo), Albi Skendi (46 mins for Tom Whelan), Matt Worthington (46 mins for Alex John), Gabriel Rogers (46 mins for Nestor Shako), Rhys Murphy (46 mins for Trialist #9), Alex Nicholls (46 mins for Trialist #10), Sacario Waugh (81 mins for Myles Hippolyte).
Yeovil Town have named their starting eleven for this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town. The side selected contains only four contracted players, plus two from the club's Academy side, with trialists making up the remainder of the eleven. As the club don't name the trialists at all, the eleven on the teamsheet will be rather unrecognisable at this stage. It reads as follows:
Yeovil Town Starting XI: 1. Trialist (GK) 2. George Calverley 3. Trialist 4. Tai Fleming 5. Daniel Ojo 6. Alex John 7. Nestor Shako 8. Trialist 9. Trialist 10. Trialist 11. Ryan Seager.
One of Yeovil Town's summer trialists has moved on to another club. Striker Bradley Ash, who had been used during the friendlies against Stratford Town and Hereford has now landed on Newport County's training ground. The Weston-super-Mare born player was absent from the squad that played against Swansea City and he appears to have headed to South Wales in the lead-up to that match.
Ash played in Newport County's 1-1 draw against Bath City on Friday night, scoring their goal at Twerton Park in the opening 45 minutes at half time. He also appears to have been used in a low key Tuesday night match that Newport played against Undy AFC, which featured a large number of Exiles Academy players mixed in with trialists.
Yeovil Town have been using a range of strikers as trialists during pre-season, with manager Darren Sarll indicating that a partner for Rhys Murphy was one of his key positions that he wants to fill. Ash scored the winning goal against Hereford in his second appearance for the club, but looks to have moved on following that match. During Tuesday night's game against Swansea City, the club used former Crewe Alexandra forwardAlex Nicholls and former St Albans City strikerDavid Moyo.
Whilst Yeovil Town's first team will be travelling to play Dorchester Town, further up the road, the club's Academy side will be playing their third pre-season match. They will be travelling to play Southern League Division One South side Melksham Town in a match that takes place at their Oakfield Stadium in Wiltshire.
Most Yeovil Town supporters will approach the ground from the A361 or A350, going northbound from the A303. On the south side of the town at a roundabout take the A365 towards Devizes and Seend. At the next roundabout take the first exit towards Calne. At the next roundabout take the third exit towards Calne again. At the next roundabout take the A3102 towards Calne. You're now in Eastern Way. Just past the turning for Hawthorn Road, get into the right hand filter lane and turn right into Oakfields. The ground is situated down this road.
Yeovil Town play their fourth pre-season friendly on Saturday afternoon, when they make the very familiar trip down the A37 to the Avenue Stadium. There they will face Southern League Premier Division South side Dorchester Town, who lie two divisions below them. They are managed by Callum Brooks who joined them in March 2019 from Hamworthy United, but also has management experience with New Milton and Poole Town.
It will also be a slightly unusual experience for the Glovers in that they'll be playing on a 3G artificial surface - something that they will experience at a number of grounds at National League level. As such it will be a different test to their first three matches. Brooks has told the Dorset Echo that he will be wanting to test his own group of players out in terms of their defensive discipline, given the likelihood that Yeovil will come to the Avenue Stadium and dominate possession over the majority of the game. The Magpies boss explained:
"I think it is the most prestigious (friendly). They've just dropped out of the Football League and we're looking forward to testing ourselves against them. With regards to what we're looking to see from our group, each preseason game we choose specifically to offer us a different test. We'll be looking at different things from the first two preseason games where we’ve been very much about pressing and trying to regain the ball back quickly to get the fitness into the legs. We'll be looking more closely at our shape and defensive discipline without the ball and our ability to be compact and deny Yeovil the space to play the football that I'm sure they're capable of."
The match takes place on Saturday 20th July 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Avenue Stadium. All tickets will be sold on the day from the turnstiles and are priced as follows:
Adults: £10.00; Aged 65 and Over and Disabled: £6.00; Aged 16-18: £4.00; Under-16s: £1.00.
Disabled supporters can take an assistant in, free of charge, if required.
Prospective co-owner Scott Priestnall has insisted that the takeover of Yeovil Town is still going to plan, despite delays in the proceedings. The current Huish Park Board announced an agreement with Priestnall and Errol Pope on June 14th, claiming at that time that both parties were "close to signing the required legal documents".
Five weeks later, and the club still remains under the ownership of Norman Hayward, albeit with himself and Chairman John Fry having been largely anonymous during that time. Priestnall has told the Western Gazette that the only sticking point is 'a few minor property queries' with respect to the due diligence and believes everything is going as he expected it to:
"The takeover is going to plan. We are very close to completing due diligence. We've got a few minor property queries being dealt with between the lawyers at the moment, which has taken a little bit longer than we expected, but I'm very confident we are in the final stretch. I'm really keen and eager to take over and start putting my plans in place. Some of those plans are already taking shape under our agreement with the existing board. Everything seems to be going the way it should and I'm as eager as anybody else to get it all finalised."
Back on June 26th, the Glovers Trust were informed that due diligence had been completed, but more recent communications from Priestnall have backtracked on that position, with the provisional co-owner stating that issues relating to the club's land had not been resolved. That aspect of the takeover process would appear to still be ongoing.
Currently ownership of the club's 26 acres of land is split between the original Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Ltd company (trading as Yeovil Town Football Club) and a parent company called Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd. In addition, there are two legal charges registered against both companies under the name of Norman Hayward, with the latter also having a covenant written into the Land Deeds under Hayward's name. Priestnall has previously said that he would expect these to be removed prior to completion of the deal.
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Taunton Town is now available. The match takes place on Tuesday 23rd July 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Wordsworth Drive. Tickets are available on the gate at the following prices:
Following Tuesday evening's 1-6 pre-season friendly defeat against Swansea City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on the game, the players that impressed him and his thoughts on recruiting further players to the squad. Read that interview in full, via the link below.
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 20th July 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Avenue Stadium. All tickets will be sold on the day from the turnstiles and are priced as follows:
Adults: £10.00; Aged 65 and Over and Disabled: £6.00; Aged 16-18: £4.00; Under-16s: £1.00.
Disabled supporters can take an assistant in, free of charge, if required.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll admits that the club are a summer's length behind in terms of their preparation for the 2019-20 season. The Glovers had a slow start to their 2019 summer, with the former Stevenage manager only appointed on June 19th, over two-and-a-half months after his main predecessor Darren Way left the building. So far, the club have brought in six summer signings, but are still very short in numbers, and that showed up during Tuesday night's 1-6 defeat against Swansea City when they were overrun by their Championship opponents.
Sarll said after the game that he had put 'five or six contractual offers' out to unnamed players that he hoped would join his squad, but admitted that at present they were 'spinning plates' that might or might not fall in his direction. He told BBC Somerset that in an ideal world that those bids would have gone out much earlier, citing central midfield and a striker as two obvious areas where the club needed to recruit:
"We are a summer behind. Let's be nice and factual here, and objective. I came in here two days before pre-season started. We are a summer behind in our recruitment. Come the season starting, that can't be an excuse. But obviously it's a work in progress. We are so light in midfield. I feel like every time we get the ball into the defensive unit we haven't got a pass into midfield without Matt Worthington being available, or some support for Worthington. So I feel we're a little bit slight there and we really need someone to go and partner Rhys Murphy and drive the team forward from the top end. So two really crucial areas. But if it means that we have to have experiences like tonight to make sure we have the right player before the season starts, let's have three more of these and get the right player, because the right player will be the difference for the next ten months."
Despite the magnitude of the scoreline, and the gulf between the two sides, Sarll added that he'd rather have that shellshock moment of losing a match by a large scoreline during the pre-season stages, than hit that problem during the eight game period the club has to face during August when they open their 2019-20 National League station:
"I'd rather see my lot exposed now, than after eight games in August and think wow we've got massive holes here, here and here - why didn't we see that in pre-season? So it was good tonight, and I was really delighted with the support. I was really delighted with the turnout, to have 1,300 here for a pre-season game. That's some achievement from our supporters and hopefully they can pick up that momentum. They shouldn't be disheartened by tonight, because we get nothing less for losing it, and we'd get nothing more if we'd won it."
The Glovers boss said that whatever happened in the pre-season friendly schedule, that the main focus still had to be on the August 3rd trip to Barnet at the Hive Stadium. He said the target therefore had to remain there, rather than what problems they may currently be facing during mid-July:
"I think we can all forgive anyone in any shape or form, if on August 3rd we're the best prepared that we can be and if we go and beat Barnet. That's the whole aim of the whole six week period. I think that it's important. The only real sort of disappointment for me tonight was the two goals from set plays. In the first half, I just thought like you get with so many of these games, we were a little bit too respectful. I want to get close to people and lay a glove on them, and not get inside their range and let them have the first three shots. So I thought that was a little bit disappointing and I said that to them at half time. But there was no ranting and raving, as there's no need to. The whole process is about building and reconstructing this football club, so that on August 3rd we're ready."
For those who want to watch the match highlights of Tuesday night's 1-6 pre-season friendly defeat against Swansea City these are now online. There is the luxury of just over nine minutes worth of coverage, showing all seven goals, including the first half header from Tom Bradbury. Watch it all via the YouTube clip below.
Yeovil Town have taken former Crewe Alexandra, Exeter City and Walsall striker Alex Nicholls on trial. The 31 year old played against Swansea City on Tuesday night at Huish Park, featuring for the opening 45 minutes of the match before being withdrawn in the 1-6 defeat. He had been a trialist for his old club Walsall earlier this month in their friendly at Alfreton, but with the Saddlers currently on tour in Poland, it appears he's decided to try his luck further south.
Born in Stourbridge on December 9th 1987, he was part of Walsall's youth system before breaking through, with his debut coming in a December 2005 FA Cup match against Yeovil Town whilst still 17 years old. Whilst a broken leg later that season thwarted that progress, he went on to make 219 appearances, scoring 28 goals for the Saddlers, with all bar one of those seasons coming at League One level. In addition, he played 14 games for Burton Albion in the Conference as part of a loan spell whilst he was recovering from that leg injury.
In the summer of 2012, Nicholls moved to Northampton Town on a free transfer and started off well for them, scoring eight goals in 16 appearances. Unfortunately for a second time he suffered bad luck by suffering another broken leg that wiped out his season there, and ultimately contributed to him only making 29 appearances for the Cobblers, scoring nine times.
During his final season at Sixfields, Nicholls had two loan spells with Exeter City in League Two, and he made that move permanent in January 2015, spending 18 months at St James Park, where he made 61 appearances, scoring 12 goals. He then moved to Barnet, spending two seasons in League Two that saw him score 11 goals in 47 appearances. During his time with the Bees he also had a 13 game loan spell with Dundee United in the Scottish Championship.
Last season saw Nicholls move to Crewe Alexandra on a one year contract. He scored four goals in 26 appearances before being released at the end of the season, thus leaving him as a free agent.
Although he is generally labelled as a striker, Nicholls has often been utilised as a winger. During Tuesday night's friendly against Swansea City, he wore the No.10 shirt, playing as a front line striker for the opening 45 minutes of the match before being swapped for another trialist in the form of ex-St Albans City striker David Moyo. Given the one-sided nature of the friendly, Nicholls didn't see a lot of the ball at that end of the park to make a good assessment of his abilities.
Yeovil Town were firmly beaten this evening, as Championship side Swansea City put six goals past them. The Championship side have provided competitive opposition in pre-season friendlies over the past decade, but on this occasion there was a wide gap between the two teams, with Jay Fulton grabbing a hat-trick at Huish Park in a 1-6 scoreline, where only a first half headed goal from Tom Bradbury gave the Glovers any joy.
Darren Sarll's side went into the match using the same rough shape and line-up that he had used in the two previous friendlies. Matt Worthington had limped off at Bideford on Friday night and he was replaced by Nestor Shako. The half time substitution in that game against Hereford saw Gabriel Rogers replace Ryan Seager and that was also maintained, even though Seager was fit and available on the bench. The only other change was a new trialist occupying the No.10 shirt as former Crewe Alexandra and Walsall striker Alex Nicholls, with Bradley Ash not in the squad on the night.
On a pitch that appeared to have been heavily saturated by the sprinkler system, to the point of being almost waterlogged, Swansea opened the scoring with two goals in the opening nine minutes. Four minutes into the match Wayne Routledge threaded a pass down the middle to Bersant Celina and he passed the ball under the body of Stuart Nelson for an early lead. That was quickly followed by Jay Fulton curling a shot from the edge of the box into the top left hand corner to put Swansea 0-2 up.
Having started the match in such a dominant mood, with Celina striking the inside of the post five minutes later, Swansea would have been frustrated to even give Yeovil a sniff of a chance on goal. But that was what they did just over half an hour into the game when a Carl Dickinson free kick was headed back across goal by Tom Bradbury giving the Glovers a bit of happiness with their first major effort on target and a 1-2 scoreline.
But all that didn't last too long. Just before the break, a Matt Grimes ball into the box was met by an excellent header from Oli McBurnie. Stuart Nelson parried the attempt well, but he couldn't hold onto the ball and that allowed Jay Fulton the ability to follow up and tap the loose ball home from two yards out and give the Welshmen a 1-3 half time lead.
Yeovil's first half trialist Alex Nicholls hadn't done an awful lot, nor seen the ball and so another trialist in David Moyo took to the field for his third chance to impress. But nine minutes into the half, Swansea extended their lead with a free kick that Yeovil didn't really anticpate quickly enough. Bersant Celina took a free kick short across the face of the box, and Jay Fulton got time to read the pass and fire a shot from 18 yards out that cannoned off the underside of the bar.
Despite the goal glut, Stuart Nelson was having an impressive game, doing enough to make Celina fire over the crossbar, but then getting his hand on the ball when Wayne Routledge tried to round him for another goal. A single handed save from another Celina shot helped keep the scoreline down. Both sides rang the changes, with Swansea bringing six new players on, having introduced three more at half time, whilst Yeovil saw Ryan Seager come on, alongside another new trialist in Salisbury midfielder Tom Whelan.
But Swansea were still dominant even with a new team, and Barrie McKay made it look a bit too easy when he ran through the middle unchecked for a 75th minute goal that put his side 1-5 up. And as Yeovil made further changes, with Courtney Duffus and George Calverley coming on with another trialist, it didn't stop Swansea's momentum. A 90th minute run by George Byers saw him shoot from the edge of the box, and although Nelson once again saved, the ball fell at the feet of Courtney Baker-Richardson who made it 1-6 in favour of the Championship side, in a rather one-sided night at Huish Park.
Full Time: Yeovil Town 1 Swansea City 6.
Scorers: Bersant Celina (0-1, 4 mins), Jay Fulton (0-2, 9 mins), Tom Bradbury (1-2, 33 mins), Jay Fulton (1-3, 42 mins), Jay Fulton (1-4, 54 mins), Barrie McKay (1-5, 75 mins), Courtney Baker-Richardson (1-6, 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. Nestor Shako, 11. Daniel Ojo
8. Gabriel Rogers
9. Rhys Murphy, 10. Alex Nicholls
Substitutes: 18. David Moyo (46 mins for Alex Nicholls), 22. Ryan Seager (59 mins for Gabriel Rogers), 15. Tom Whelan (59 mins for Daniel Ojo), 16. Alex John (62 mins for Albi Skendi), 23. Tai Fleming (65 mins for Craig Alcock), George Calverley (76 mins for Carl Dickinson), Courtney Duffus (76 mins for Rhys Murphy), 19. Kyel Reid (76 mins for Lee Collins).
Swansea City: Nordfeldt; Roberts, van der Hoorn, Rodon, Bidwell; Fulton, Grimes; Dyer, Celina, Routledge; McBurnie.
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for the pre-season friendly against Swansea City. The side chosen is an approximation of the one that started the second half against Hereford on Friday night. Midfielder Matt Worthington picked up a knock after half an hour and was replaced by Nestor Shako, whilst at half time Gabriel Rogers replaced Ryan Seager.
The club haven't named the trialist wearing the No.10 shirt, but it will almost certainly be former St Albans City striker David Moyo or Weston-super-Mare born player Bradley Ash. The line-up is as follows:
First Half Side: 1. Stuart Nelson
5. Tom Bradbury, 4. Lee Collins (Capt), 3. Carl Dickinson
2. Craig Alcock, 6. Albi Skendi, 7. Nestor Shako, 11. Daniel Ojo
8. Gabriel Rogers
9. Rhys Murphy, 10. Trialist
Tonight sees Yeovil Town play their third pre-season friendly in preparation for the 2019-20 season. Their opponents are rather familiar, with Championship side Swansea City providing opposition for the sixth time in the last nine years. The match kicks off at Huish Park at 7.45p.m. and the good news is that if you can't get down to the ground in person, then our opponents are providing live streaming of the match.
There are two options provided - direct live streaming on the Swansea City website - although it's possible this may require you to register for an account prior to viewing. The other option is that they'll be using their Swansea City Facebook Page, which the maximum you should need is a Facebook account (although even that may not be mandatory).
Swansea indicate that coverage will start from approximately 7.45p.m. - presumably just before kick-off itself. Swansea City's communication suggests this is video-based coverage, rather than audio.
The Welsh side will have a number of absentees for this fixture. Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew have been on AFCON Finals duty for Ghana and are not back in training yet. In addition, Borja Baston, Jefferson Montero and striker Jordon Garrick are missing. Goalkeeper Erwin Mulder and central midfielder Tom Carroll have been missing through injury and if they feature it's likely to be minimal as a means of easing their way back.
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 O’Sullivan (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 he’s 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 weren’t 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 he’s 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 who’s contributed to the 500 Club and I'm sure all those fans will be looking forward to seeing Alex in action, because he’s 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 I’m 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, I’m 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.