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31 August 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Exeter City (Cup Match)
If you were at this evening's 1-3 home defeat against Exeter City at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Exeter City (Cup Match).


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31 August 2010 : Yeovil 1 Exeter 3 : Williams Sees Red As Glovers Crash Out Of Cup
Yeovil Town crashed out of the Football League Trophy tonight, as they lost 1-3 at Huish Park against Exeter City in an end-to-end encounter. Whilst two Jamie Cureton goals and a Ryan Harley last minute free kick were Yeovil's undoing, they shot themselves in the foot when Sam Williams was red-carded just before the break after he headbutted Exeter's James Dunne, and will now miss three matches. Winger Andy Welsh gave the Glovers brief hope by equalising but could only hold that for less than two minutes.

Team news saw the Glovers make just one change, with Andy Williams ducking out of the squad entirely, due to an ankle injury sustained at Oldham Athletic on Saturday that saw him exit Boundary Park on crutches. His place was taken by Cameron Stewart, whilst Shaun MacDonald and Rob Kiernan commenced their international duty with Wales and the Republic of Ireland sides. However due to competition rules that only allow five players on the bench, that wasn't too much of a problem for selecting sixteen players.

The match was preceded by a minute's applause for Adam Stansfield, who was such a hero for both teams' fans, with a huge No.9 flag-cum-shirt stretched out on the Copse End terrace, which the Exeter fans are carrying around with them. Chants of "There's only one Adam Stansfield" rippled out across the stadium throughout the night, started by both sets of supporters - if there's one good thing to come out of such a situation, it's that it has brought two local clubs closer together as a result.

It was a game that saw the Glovers open in very promising circumstances. Cameron Stewart shot over the bar, Owain Tudur Jones had a shot parried for a corner and then from that set piece Sam Williams saw his header go just wide of the target. All the pressure was in one half, and so it was somewhat of a surprise when they conceded the first goal.

The Grecians' opener was scored in classic counter-attacking style in the way that any away side would want to get a goal. Ryan Harley, who had been the subject of much speculation prior to the transfer window closing, lobbed the ball over the top for Jamie Cureton to chase, and he outpaced Adam Virgo to the ball, slotting it home to give Exeter the lead, decidedly against the run of play.

Once Exeter had worked out they could do it once, they tried it again ... and again. Jamie Cureton broke through a second time, but this time John Sullivan saved. Then Liam Sercombe again caught the Glovers on the counter-attack with pace, firing wide of the target. Next Cureton broke through a third time - again Sullivan the saviour, causing the on-loan Millwall keeper to direct a volley of complaints at his centre-back pairing for allowing him to be exposed so many times.

And yet oddly, despite these moments for the Grecians, Yeovil were - territorially at least - the side that was on top of the game. Paul Huntington was enjoying life at the other end of the park a little more; lashing the ball against the crossbar after he received a knockdown whilst he was stood on the penalty spot.

Right on half time though, the Glovers suffered a blow when Sam Williams got his marching orders. After Adam Virgo and Exeter centre-back Troy Archibald-Henville had got involved in a mild form of handbags that seemed to be going nowhere, Williams got needlessly involved; appearing to aim his head at Exeter's James Dunne. Whether there was much contact with Dunne didn't matter too much - the intent was there and referee Brendan Malone saw it all. A red card for Williams, a three match ban, and a 45 minute period to play with 10 men.

Considering they were down to 10 men, the Glovers showed no sign of a disadvantage when they opened the second half. Playing a 4-4-1 formation, first Dean Bowditch played through Owain Tudur Jones, and Exeter keeper Paul Jones made a bit of a hash of his save, as the ball squirmed through for a corner. Then Andy Welsh showed trickery down the flank to feed Cameron Stewart who was set up nicely to fire a shot wide of the target.

Exeter made a double-substitution and a formation change to try and counteract the Glovers new-found energy, slowing the game down as much as they could and concentrating on keeping possession. Just beyond the hour mark, Jean-Paul Kalala came off for Luke Ayling, taking an ice bag from physio Simon Baker and using it on his hamstring area, suggesting that he had been withdrawn to protect himself against a possible problem.

Richard Logan managed a rare chance for Exeter, as they largely settled for defending their lead, and that was the way things looked as though the match was going to go until two goals in three minutes brought the game to life again.

Dean Bowditch, who had minutes before shot into the side-netting - bringing half the ground to their feet thinking he had scored - was involved in the build-up. His ball into the box was only half cleared, and Andy Welsh struck from the edge of the area; a neat volley that nestled into the bottom corner to give Yeovil an equaliser that based on their second half efforts was rather deserved.

The snag was that the Glovers only held that equaliser for 120 seconds, if that. Exeter had been seemingly playing within themselves, settling for the 1-0 result, and their next attack was an incisive one as they realised they had to come out of their shells, and Yeovil Town weren't prepared for it. Substitute Jake Thompson put a cross into the box, and there was Jamie Cureton yet again, with a swivel and volley and the lead restored.

Richard Logan could have easily finished the game off shortly afterwards, were it not for a brilliant point-blank save by John Sullivan. But for the final 10 minutes, the Glovers went for broke, introducing Luke Freeman as a striker and sending Adam Virgo up front in a 3-3-3 formation, though they struggled to carve out chances.

Instead it was Exeter who had the last laugh. A bad tackle by Paul Huntington appeared to see him crocked after he brought down Liam Sercombe, and after a lengthy delay, up stepped Ryan Harley for a peach of a free kick, and for his personal performance a deserved goal, even if the Glovers will feel that flattered the Grecians a little given how tight the game at been at one stage.

For the Glovers, it won't have just been the result of the game that will have concerned them. A three match ban for Sam Williams, coupled with a possible hamstring strain for Jean-Paul Kalala, and a limping Paul Huntington just about completing the game, will put strain on a squad just as Shaun MacDonald and Rob Kiernan are away on international duty this Saturday. Filling the bench at Notts County could be an interesting problem if Kalala and Huntington don't recover in time.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.

Scorers: Jamie Cureton (10 mins, 0-1), Andy Welsh (76 mins, 1-1), Jamie Cureton (78 mins, 1-2), Ryan Harley (90 mins, 1-3).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
15. Cameron Stewart 20. Owain Tudur Jones 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 8. Luke Ayling (61 mins for Jean-Paul Kalala) 16. Edward Upson 18. Luke Freeman (83 mins for Cameron Stewart)

Exeter City:
27. Paul Jones 3. Richard Duffy 5. Troy Archibald-Henville (53) 18. Billy Jones (53) 2. Steve Tully 4. James Dunne 7. Ryan Harley 22. Liam Sercombe 11. Scott Golbourne 12. Jamie Cureton 20. Richard Logan

Substitutes:
30. Artur Krysiak (GK) 14. Bertrand Cozic 15. Rob Edwards (53 mins for Billy Jones) 21. Jake Thomson (53 mins for Troy Archibald-Henville) 29. John O'Flynn

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Huntington (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: Sam Williams (violent conduct, 45 mins)
Exeter Bookings: Scott Golbourne (foul, 26 mins), Troy Archibald-Henville (off the ball incident, 45 mins)

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Warren Atkin (Sussex). Fourth Official: Chris Powell (Dorset).

Attendance: 2,954


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31 August 2010 : Close But No Cigar On Deadline Day
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he was 'close' to making a signing on transfer deadline day today, but without any final deal being completed. The Glovers were still looking for one last addition to their first team squad, with plenty of rumour and speculation that they were attempting to bring back Gavin Williams to Huish Park, with the Bristol City local press suggesting the Welshman was going to be available for a loan deal from the Championship side.

Tonight's BBC Somerset coverage stated that they had asked Skivo the question of whether the mystery player was Gavin, but he declined to confirm or deny the rumour. Skivo did comment on his search for unnamed player:

"It was fairly close, but it was one of those things where you're talking to people, and I was talking to a couple of people and it didn't quite come off. It was a little bit like watching Bully (on Bullseye) when they say 'look what you could have won'. We were after the speedboat but found out we were in the middle of the country!"


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31 August 2010 : No Wembley Play-Off Final This Season
Supporters of League One and League Two sides hoping to visit Wembley Stadium with their teams will face disappointment this season. The League One and League Two play-offs will not be played at the North-West London stadium in May 2011 because the Football Association has decided to make room for the Champions League Final. This means that tonight's Football League Trophy competition represents the only realistic chance for a third or fourth tier club to travel to the country's most prestigious venue.

The spanner in the works is that Wembley Stadium has been chosen to stage the 2010-11 Champions League Final on Saturday 28th May - a direct clash with the designated play-off finals weekend for Football League sides. The Championship play-off final has been saved for Wembley and will take place on the Bank Holiday Monday, on 30th May, but the other two divisional finals will have to be played at alternate venues. The Football League are not allowed to stage the finals a week earlier, as UEFA regulations require the venue to not stage any matches in the two week period leading up to their competition final.

The ripple effect will now also affect the Premier League, with the FA Cup Final now scheduled for Saturday 14th May, which was originally intended to be set aside for the penultimate weekend of their season - now meaning that the FA Cup is no longer the domestic climax of the English season for top level clubs and may come at a time when the finalists are also fighting for their League title.

The Football League will now have to hunt for at least one alternative venue for the League One and League Two finals, with the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff the most obvious stadium to pick.


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31 August 2010 : Sullivan In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town's on-loan goalkeeper John Sullivan has been nominated for the Football League's Team of the Week. The Millwall keeper is the first Glovers player to make it into the weekly League One side, made up of the players the Press Association believe have performed the best during the preceding seven days matches.

Saturday's 0-0 draw at Oldham Athletic was Yeovil Town's first clean sheet of the season, and it came as John made a number of crucial first half saves, particularly from Oldham's Chris Taylor. The full line-up is as follows:

John Sullivan (Yeovil Town)
Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient) Jose Fonte (Southampton) Jamie McCombe (Huddersfield) Aaron Cresswell (Tranmere Rovers)
Adam Lallana (Southampton) Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) Dietmar Hamann (MK Dons) Jason Kennedy (Rochdale)
Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough) Josh McQuoid (Bournemouth)


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31 August 2010 : Grecians Supporters Launch Fundraising Prize Draw
Two Exeter City supporters will be selling draw tickets at tonight's Football League Trophy game with the aim of raising money for the two funds set up in Adam Stansfield's name. Rich Marshall and Sharon Boulton will be aiming to boost the Adam Stansfield Family Fund and the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

The good news is that various people have been bending over backwards in their quest to help. Ashley House Printing have supplied 4,000 draw tickets at zero cost, whilst a whole load of prizes have been donated. The pair managed to sell 300 tickets at Leyton Orient on Saturday, and 120 at Elmore.

All of the prizes shown below have been donated by the relevant companies mentioned. Hence if you spot Rich or Sharon at tonight's match, then chip in with a ticket or two for the chance of winning a few great prizes. Each ticket will cost £1.00 and with this being a mix of volunteer effort and donations, all money raised will go directly into both funds. Prizes are as follows (with Exeter's official site indicating that the list may grow):

2 Return flights from Exeter to any of flybe's destinations
Derby Shirt signed by Dean Moxey
2 Adult Leisure Memberships for a year at Woodbury Park Hotel and Golf Club
Signed Framed 07/08 City Shirt donated by Alan Smith of ALS Motor Parts
£50 Tony Pryce Voucher
Framed Picture of Stanno's Shirt hanging in Wembley Dressing Room, from Play off Final 2008. Donated by Snappy Snaps and Keith Stone
Hereford United Signed Shirt
Yeovil Town FC Family Ticket
3 Course Meal for two people at Jack in the Green
£30 Old Timers Voucher
2 Night Stay at Exeter's Mecure Southgate Hotel
A Nights Stay at Padbrook Park Hotel and Country Club
A 4 ball Round of 18 Holes at Padbrook Park
Crealy Family Pass
Roberto Mancini Signed Framed Photo with Certificate of Authenticity
Frank Lampard Signed Superfrank DVD
Full Body Swedish Massage at Eden Day Spa
Vue Cinema Tickets
Voucher for 2 at Cafe Gourmandine

Link: Accounts Opened For Adam Stansfield Fund Donations.

Link: Adam Stansfield Club Fundraising Plans And Tribute.


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31 August 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Cup Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Exeter City tonight in a Football League Trophy first round tie at Huish Park. The meeting is the first between the two clubs since the death of former striker Adam Stansfield, who played for both clubs, and so will have an emotional attachment to it as fans from both teams join together in a minute's applause for Adam before the game.

Both managers have been anxious to remind everyone concerned that there is a football match taking place as well, and one where both teams will have serious intentions about. The Grecians have yet to win a match this season, and on Saturday were beaten 3-0 by Leyton Orient - clearly for any team the longer that sort of record goes on, the more of a millstone it becomes, and so whilst tonight's competition is not a particularly fashionable one, it is one that Paul Tisdale's side want to win.

To do so, it would appear that Tisdale will have to pick a side without a number of key players. Striker Daniel Nardiello has a groin strain, whilst club captain Matt Taylor has been suffering from back spasms. Former Glovers hero Marcus Stewart will miss the game with a foot injury. However, they should welcome back Richard Duffy from suspension, whilst fellow defender Troy Archibald-Henville ought to play some part, after coming on as a substitute on Saturday, following a seven month lay-off with a knee injury. Whilst Stewart won't feature, another former Glover will - midfielder David Noble has gone from spending almost 18 months on the sidelines to captaining the Grecians in Taylor's absence, and he looks as though he has recovered from his career-threatening knee injury.

For the Glovers, the only obvious doubt is winger Andy Williams, who pulled up during the tail end of Saturday's 0-0 draw with Oldham Athletic with what looked to be either an ankle or calf problem. It may be that even if the injury was not serious that he is given the night off. Otherwise the other question mark is over midfielder Rob Kiernan, who is due to team up with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for two fixtures around the coming weekend. Shaun MacDonald's parent club Swansea City stated that the Welsh Under-21s were meeting up on Monday, causing MacDonald to miss the game, and so if the Irish follow the same plan, Kiernan would be unavailable.

This is the first of two September meetings between the two clubs at Huish Park, with a League One clash due to happen on September 25th, where the two clubs have planned the majority of their events to commemorate Adam Stansfield's death. Skiverton admitted to the Western Daily Press that he would have preferred it to be the other way round:

"I would preferred to have waited until the league game to meet, but it has come up and we have got to deal with it. I was at the Cathedral (in Exeter for Adam's funeral) and I must say that Exeter City and everyone connected with Adam and his family showed real class with the way that they have dealt with the situation."

A reminder that there will be no extra time if tonight's scoreline is deadlocked after 90 minutes. Football League Trophy rules mean that the two sides will go direct to spot kicks. In recent seasons, Yeovil Town have lost at Brentford and won at Hereford United on penalty kicks and so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise if this one goes the distance as well.

Link: No Squad Tinkering For Skivo.

Link: Football League Trophy Rule Change.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City.

Link: Adam Stansfield Club Fundraising Plans And Tribute.

Link: Trophy Time And Prices Set.

Link: Football League Trophy First Round - Full Draw.


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31 August 2010 : No Squad Tinkering For Skivo
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has stated that he will not be employing any form of squad rotation for tonight's Football League Trophy First Round match. The Glovers take on Exeter City at Huish Park in a game that kicks off at 7.45p.m. looking to win their first match in this competition since their penalty shootout win over Hereford United back in October 2007.

With Skiverton himself yet to win a cup match since arriving as manager 18 months ago, and the Glovers out of the League Cup already, the Yeovil boss told BBC Somerset that getting rid of that statistic was on his mind as well:

"I'll be picking my strongest team. I won't be resting anyone; I can't afford to rest anyone. So we'll be picking our strongest team and it's an important game for us. Exeter are a good side and a good footballing side and the games that we've played against them have always been quite entertaining. So for us it's a perfect game to have a local derby and to try and get through a cup competition. As we've said before, my record is not too good in the cup, but my lucky has got to change somewhere and so we'll be looking to change our luck a little bit."


Link: Football League Trophy Rule Change.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City.

Link: Adam Stansfield Club Fundraising Plans And Tribute.

Link: Trophy Time And Prices Set.

Link: Football League Trophy First Round - Full Draw.


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30 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : It's The Hope That Hurts
With a number of signings and loan extensions going through on Friday, and the transfer window due to close tomorrow, Taff updates his blog to consider the latest squad situation. With manager Terry Skiverton having thrown out a giant hint that he wants to sign someone up by the time the window slams shut, Taff mulls over who it could be.

Read on, via the link below and feel free to provide your own comments.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : It's The Hope That Hurts.


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30 August 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Notts County
Mention a trip to Nottingham to any Yeovil Town fan, and their eyes will light up. This time around, this coming Saturday's journey is not a return to the scene of THAT Friday night win at the City Ground, but to their slightly older neighbours at Meadow Lane. Get your guide to Notts County, along with directions, ticketing, pubs and plenty more, via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Notts County.


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30 August 2010 : Football League Trophy Rule Change
Subtle rule changes for the Football League Trophy have been made ahead of tomorrow night's First Round match at Huish Park. Yeovil Town take on Exeter City in a game at kicks off at 7.45p.m. and managers are being given a small amount of extra flexibility in the way that they select their teams for the competition.

The standard rule for the competition states that teams must play at least six of the players who have made the most starts in all competitions so far this season. That has now been relaxed slightly to allow two other alternative measurements for management to use, perhaps mindful of the fact that at this early stage of the season squads are still evolving.

The starting eleven for tomorrow night's game may also contain either six of the players that started the team's previous game, or six of the eleven players who will start the team's next game. Club's can base their Football Trophy line-ups on any of the three methods, but obviously can not combine two or more measurements.

Teams that fail to comply with the above rules can be fined by the Football League, unless they can provide mitigating circumstances that prevented them from being able to comply with the rule.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City.

Link: Adam Stansfield Club Fundraising Plans And Tribute.

Link: Trophy Time And Prices Set.

Link: Football League Trophy First Round - Full Draw.


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30 August 2010 : 4-0 Away Win - So Sack The Manager!
Football is full of oddly timed decisions, and this is certainly up there with one of the best. Less than 48 hours after winning 4-0 against Bristol Rovers, Southampton manager Alan Pardew is out of a job. He has been shown the Exit door along with First Team Coach Wally Downes and Goalkeeping Coach Stuart Murdoch.

Assistant manager Dean Wilkins has taken on the job on a caretaker basis with Under-21 coach Martin Hunter acting as his temporary assistant.

Saints have made an average start to the 2010-11 season, with one win, one draw and one defeat to their name - an opening day blip against Plymouth Argyle followed up by a 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient, before Saturday's thrashing at the Memorial Stadium.

The official club statement implies that they had little faith in Pardew's ability to get them promoted this season, stating:

"The club has decided that, to achieve its well known targets, it is essential to make changes to the management. We recognise that frequent changes to the football management are unlikely to assist in the winning of trophies and promotions. However, we are taking these steps to achieve our aims, which we share with all supporters, to get promoted this season, and secure long term stability and progress for our football operations."

With an appointment unlikely before the transfer window closes tomorrow, whoever comes in will have to largely work with the current squad to achieve the club's stated goal of "promotion this season".


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30 August 2010 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Notts County
The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for next Saturday's trip to Notts County. They have seats available for the trip to Meadow Lane that takes place on Saturday 4th September, kick-off 3.00p.m.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £12.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 8.00am and having a full length breakfast stop - other breaks as and when requested.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Notts County.


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29 August 2010 : GWSC Travel To Notts County
Departure times and prices are available for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club for the forthcoming trip to Notts County. The match takes place at Meadow Lane, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 4th September 2010.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 8.15a.m. and then Huish Park at 8.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £23.00, with concessions available at £21.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.


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29 August 2010 : Yeovil 0 Swindon 1 : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under-18s went down 0-1 at home yesterday morning, despite matching reigning Youth Alliance Champions Swindon Town for much of the game. In a match played at Gassons Lane, Somerton, a second half Robins goal was enough to divide the two sides, who both ended up down to 10 men, after an off the ball incident saw two dismissed, including Yeovil's Nick Lyskov.

Swindon had the Somerton slope and the wind with them in the first half, but were unable to take advantage of the conditions, even if Glovers keeper Steve Boore was forced into a 9th minute save for the opening chance of the game. At the other end, good team interplay finished with a Lloyd Matthews shot. Then Rob Clowes and Lewis Clarke combined well down the right wing, with Will Gordon's final shot being deflected over the bar.

Captain Rhys Baggridge was performing well in both boxes - first stopping a Swindon attack in its tracks with a well timed tackle, and then going up the other end and forcing a good save from the Swindon keeper from a Joe Grimstead corner. As the half closed, Joe Grimstead took advantage of a loose ball after Swindon half-cleared their lines from a free kick, but volleyed just over the bar.

Overall, the Glovers shaded the opening 45 minutes, although the last chance before the break was a Robins shot that went just to the left side of the post, after they grabbed a loose ball following a corner. Both sides were struggling to hold the ball in blustery conditions, but it was the Glovers who were managing the elements better.

The second half opened with the Glovers convinced they had forced the ball over the Swindon goal line, but the Man in Black waved their claims away. Once again though, the team playing up the slope and into the wind found it easier to control the ball - going downhill meant that the ball was inclined to run away in the wind and so it was Swindon who gained the ascendancy. They should have taken the lead when a shot came through a crowd of players, only to find their own player inadvertently blocking the ball on the goal line. Then Rhys Baggridge put in a brave last ditch tackle to stop another Swindon chance that saw him briefly injured.

Despite Swindon's pressure, their only goal of the game came from a spot of Yeovil pressure - a Glovers corner that was cleared from inside Swindon's box, and the Robins broke clear as the ball was quickly cleared up field, for a breakaway goal on the hour mark. Glovers keeper Steve Boore was particularly unimpressed with the decision to allow the goal, complaining that a Swindon player had run into an offside position, and getting booked for his pains.

Both sides were reduced to 10 men with 19 minutes remaining, when Swindon's No.10 aimed a kick at Glovers midfielder Nick Lyskov, and he responded back with his own kick at the Robins player. Both were dismissed, and that upset the rhythm of the game for both sides, with the game becoming quite scrappy as a result.

A series of late Glovers substitutions failed to produce an equaliser. The last of the three changes saw Lloyd Matthews withdrawn, thus allowing Anton Elson to make his competitive début for the club. But he did not have too much opportunity to use his electric pace, before the game to an end, with Rob Clowes coming the closest to levelling the scores - shooting just wide of the target right at the end of the game. Considering the Glovers were up against the reigning Champions, this was by no means a poor result, but they will feel frustrated that they didn't get their noses in front during their more impressive first half display.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 0 Swindon Town Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Swindon Town Scorer (0-1, 61 mins).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Aiden Chainey 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Mitch Conning 5. Rhys Baggridge (capt) 6. Nick Lyskov 7. Lewis Clarke 8. Rob Clowes 9. Lloyd Matthews 10. Tyler Sheppard 11. Will Gordon

Substitutes:
Adam Cleary (79 mins for Aiden Chainey), Johnny Kaye (79 mins for Mitch Conning), Anton Elson (83 mins Lloyd Matthews).


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29 August 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City (Football League Trophy)
Barely does one game finish, then it's time to look forward to another one. Officials for Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy home match against Exeter City have been published. The man in charge of the cup tie will be Brendan Malone (Wiltshire), who is a familiar name at Huish Park, although only as an assistant or as a fourth official.

He has been promoted to the Football League's national referees list this summer, at the age of 42, and has so far done just two Football League matches; both in League Two. Mr Malone is a former Hampshire League footballer, who had to retire from the game at the age of 23 due to a knee injury. He took up refereeing as a result, and has run the line at League level for several years. The only times we've seen him take charge of a match has been in Reserve Team matches, and so he arrives on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45p.m.) with a clean slate and no preconceptions.

Mr Malone will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Warren Atkin (Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Chris Powell (Dorset).

Link: Adam Stansfield Club Fundraising Plans And Tribute.

Link: Trophy Time And Prices Set.

Link: Football League Trophy First Round - Full Draw.


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28 August 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin the full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Game.


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28 August 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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28 August 2010 : Oldham 0 Yeovil 0 : Stalemate At Boundary Park
Yeovil Town gained a useful away point this afternoon as their match against Oldham Athletic turned into a stalemate at Boundary Park. Both sides struggled to create chances, although the odd isolated chance at both ends could easily have allowed both sides to nick the game. Glovers striker Dean Bowditch got the ball in the back of the net deep in second half injury time, only to have a foul on the home keeper see the 'goal' ruled out, whilst Owain Tudur Jones had a shot cleared off the line, but overall chances were in short supply for both sides across the 90 minutes.

The Glovers made four changes to the side that had lost 0-2 at home to Hartlepool United on the previous weekend, with the central midfield pairing swapped out and Jean-Paul Kalala and Owain Tudur Jones brought in. The other area to be ripped out was the left flank, with Nathan Smith and Andy Welsh brought in. Shaun MacDonald's return to the club was delayed, not making the final squad.

The first half was a dull uneventful affair, with Oldham having a slight edge on the chances, as Chris Taylor forced John Sullivan to parry the ball out for a corner, whilst former Glover Ritchie Jones shot wastefully wide of the target from just inside the box. It took Yeovil 26 minutes to produce any shot of any worthy description, as Dean Bowditch turned and hooked the ball from the edge of the box, giving the Glovers their first shot on target, but Dean Brill made it look comfortable as he saved.

As the half wore on, the Glovers gingerly nudged forward their attacking intentions in blustery conditions that were more like a late autumn day, than the heights of an August Bank Holiday weekend - the wind alternately bringing in bright sunshine followed by squally showers, and then back to bright sunshine again. Once again Chris Taylor was Oldham's best outlet, as he forced John Sullivan to tip the ball over his own crossbar, whilst at the other end, Dean Bowditch nearly surprised Dean Brill by shooting instead of crossing on the angle.

Early in the second half, Yeovil had penalty appeals turned down when Oldham full-back Kieran Lee appeared to clip the ankle of Andy Williams just as he was about to drive the ball across the face of the box, but referee Oliver Langford ignored the strong appeals. At the other end Ritchie Jones was inches away from getting the opening goal when a he connected from a free kick, only to find John Sullivan get in the way of his attempt on goal.

The second period saw both sides open up with a little more open play, with both teams showing more positive intentions than they had early on, but without any true clear-cut chances. Midway through the second period, Andy Welsh - starting his first game of the season was replaced by Cameron Stewart - a move to deal with Welsh's lack of match fitness as well as an attempt to try and shake things up, with Andy Williams moving across to the left wing position.

Ten minutes before the end of the game, the Glovers had their two best chances of the game - both within 30 seconds - a Paul Huntington header from a corner was well saved by Dean Brill to take the ball over the bar. Then from the resultant corner, Owain Tudur Jones had his attempt cleared off the line by Kieran Lee, as the Glovers got inches away from breaking the deadlock.

Just after three minutes had been notified for the start of injury time, Andy Williams produced a rising shot that was heading right for the top corner, until home keeper Dean Brill produced a stunning save to keep the scoreline blank. The bad news was that Williams appeared to injure either his calf or ankle in making the shot, and he limped off straight away, being replaced by Luke Ayling.

Brill's brilliance went from the sublime to the ridiculous as he suffered a rush of blood during injury time, almost letting the Glovers in twice. Both involved balls into the box that saw him come off his line. On the first occasion he missed his punch entirely and only the anticipation of Reuben Hazell stopped Luke Freeman from reacting to the loose ball. Then seconds later, Brill came off his line again, through a crowd of players, again missing the ball, but as Dean Bowditch put the ball in the back of the net, referee Oliver Langford generously gifted Brill a let-off as he blew his whistle for a supposed foul.

That was that, and the final whistle blew, with both sides having had only a few isolated chances to have won the game at times during the game and as such 0-0 was a scoreline that described the game well. But on the plus side, this was a far more solid performance than the previous week's Hartlepool debacle, and that will give the Glovers something to build on. Right at the death they could have stolen a win, and hopefully they can turn that into a positive when they face Exeter City on Tuesday night.

Final Score: Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Oldham Athletic:
1. Dean Brill
19. Kieran Lee 2. Jean Yves Mvoto 6. Reuben Hazell 21. Paul Black
7. Ritchie Jones 14. Dean Furman 20. Dale Stephens 18. Chris Taylor
17. Warren Feeney 36. Ournare Tounkare

Substitutes:
28. Paul Gerrard (GK) 5. Andy Holdsworth 8. Deane Smalley (73 mins for Chris Taylor) 9. Dean Kelly (81 mins for Dean Furman) 25. Rodrigue Dikaba 26. Djeny Bembo-Leta (62 mins for Warren Feeney) 34. Rodney McDonald

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 20. Owain Tudur Jones 21. JP Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 8. Luke Ayling (90 mins for Andy Williams) 14. Rob Kiernan 15. Cameron Stewart (68 mins for Andy Welsh) 16. Edward Upson 18. Luke Freeman (80 mins for Sam Williams)

Oldham Bookings: Dean Furman (foul, 43 mins), Reuben Hazell (foul, 72 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Andy Welsh (dissent, 23 mins), Adam Virgo (foul, 27 mins)

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: David Benton (South Yorkshire) and Danny Markham (Tyne and Wear). Fourth Official: Scott Oldham (Lancashire).

Attendance: 4,180 (including 168 from Yeovil)


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28 August 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Oldham Interview : Still One More Signing Planned
Just prior to kick-off against Oldham Athletic this afternoon, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview with BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, the full transcript is available via the link below.

As part of the interview, Skivo reveals that he is still after another signing before the transfer window closes on Tuesday. There's no names or positions mentioned, but the assumption must be that the player he is after is a striker, given that this has been the general theme of Skiverton's interviews prior to Friday's double-signings.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Oldham Athletic.


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28 August 2010 : Team News For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's visit to Oldham Athletic. Midfielder Owain Tudur Jones starts in the first game of his second spell with the Glovers, whilst he will be partnered by Jean-Paul Kalala, who returns from a single match suspension.

There's changes as well on the left-flank with Nathan Smith and Andy Welsh making their first starts of the 2010-11 season. As mentioned earlier today on these pages, there is no place for Shaun MacDonald in this afternoon's squad, and the Welshman is not expected to feature until September 11th.

Oldham's line-up includes former Glovers loan midfielder Ritchie Jones, but there is no place in the Latics squad for transfer-listed midfielder Jonathan Worthington.

Oldham Athletic:
1. Dean Brill 19. Kieran Lee 2. Jean Yves Mvoto 6. Reuben Hazell 21. Paul Black 7. Ritchie Jones 14. Dean Furman 20. Dale Stephens 18. Chris Taylor 17. Warren Feeney 36. Ournare Tounkare

Substitutes:
28. Paul Gerrard (GK) 5. Andy Holdsworth 8. Deane Smalley 9. Dean Kelly 25. Rodrigue Dikaba 26. Djeny Bembo-Leta 34. Rodney McDonald

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 20. Owain Tudur Jones 21. JP Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 8. Luke Ayling 14. Rob Kiernan 15. Cameron Stewart 16. Edward Upson 18. Luke Freeman


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28 August 2010 : Kalala Not Focussing On Red Card Woes
Yeovil Town midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala has said that he will not dwell too much upon his recent red card that has provoked a fair bit of talk about his discipline within games. Having finished last season with 14 yellows and one red, which in itself was formed of two yellows, he has followed up this season with another red card from two yellows, along with another booking.

That all adds up to nineteen yellow cards being raised in just over one season, but Kalala told BBC Somerset that although he conceded he needed to be more cautious after he had been booked in a game that he wasn't going to worry too much about what happened at Bristol Rovers a fortnight ago:

"I've just got to go into this next game with the right mentality. That's getting stuck in and not thinking too much, because if you think too much that's the worst thing that can happen. But you've just got to keep in the back of your head that if you have already been booked or something like that then you have got to be more clever. Other than that I just need to keep doing the same things."

The red card at the Memorial Stadium saw manager Terry Skiverton issue threats to substitute Kalala if he feels he is a danger to himself, and the 28 year old told the Western Daily Press that his manager was just as vocal about it in the dressing room:

"The gaffer was not best pleased and he made his point and opinion heard loudly enough. He just told me to do better next time and be a bit more diligent with the tackles. I cannot guarantee that I will get less bookings, but I am not going to get that in my head too much. I am going to focus on playing. If you focus on yellow cards you might not play as much. If I am picked to play I will give everything and not notice too much about being booked or not. I am going to be myself and play as well as I can."


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28 August 2010 : Young Glovers Go Down To Single Swindon Strike
Yeovil Town's Under-18s went down 0-1 at home to Swindon Town Under-18s this morning in a match played at Gassons Lane, Somerton. In blustery conditions and with the wind against them, the Glovers played well during the first period, matching last season's Champions well. The second period saw them play with the wind and the slope, but that proved to be a disadvantage, if anything, with the ball tending to run away too quickly at times.

A full match report will follow on this site in the next 24-48 hours.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 0 Swindon Town Under 18s 1.


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28 August 2010 : No MacDonald For Two Weeks?
By the looks of it, Yeovil Town supporters will have to wait a while to see midfielder Shaun MacDonald back in a green and white shirt. His parent club's official site states that the Welshman will not be available for this afternoon's trip to Boundary Park, where the Glovers take on Oldham Athletic. Presumably this is a simple case of the player's registration papers not having reached the Football League in time, rather than any actual issue.

Swansea City also indicate that Shaun will be joining the Welsh Under-21 squad on Monday as part of training and preparation for their two international matches against Hungary and Italy. On that basis he would also miss the Football League Trophy tie against Exeter City and the away trip at Notts County. His return would therefore only take place on Saturday 11th September for the home match against Tranmere Rovers.

Speaking to their official site, the 22 year old said of his fourth loan spell at Huish Park:

"It's another opportunity for me to play some football. I know the club really well and it'll be a chance to get some games."

Given Shaun is teaming up with the Welsh Under-21s on Monday, that would also bring into question Rob Kiernan's availability for the Football League Trophy tie, given he is on a similar double-header with the Republic of Ireland Under-21s at the end of next week.

Link: MacDonald Gets Double Welsh Call-Up.

Link: MacDonald Returns To Yeovil Town - Again!


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28 August 2010 : Skivo Previews The Oldham Game
As part of the build-up to Yeovil Town's trip to Boundary Park, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Skivo's views prior to the Oldham Athletic match are captured via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Oldham Athletic Game.


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27 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Slowest Drip
With yesterday having seen the region's three local papers run an interview with Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, and today see The Guardian's Digger column provide their 5th article on the subject of Yeovil Town, Cruncher hijacks Taff's Gloversblog once again to consider the latest developments.

Read on via the link below, and as usual comments are welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Slowest Drip.


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27 August 2010 : MacDonald Returns To Yeovil Town - Again!
Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald has returned to Yeovil Town for a fourth loan spell at the club. The 22 year old Welsh Under-21 international has agreed to stay at the club until January 3rd 2011, having only returned to Liberty Stadium at the end of last season.

Shaun has so far made 36 appearances, scoring five goals since former manager Russell Slade brought him in for a single month loan during January 2009, scoring on his début. He returned to the Glovers in September 2009 for a three month loan spell before returning to the Liberty Stadium over Christmas but returned back to Huish Park early in 2010 for a third spell at the club, staying this time until the end of the season.

Shaun is heavily capped in the Welsh international sides, and is a record holder at Welsh Under-21 level. Two more call-ups mean that he will miss Yeovil Town's trip to Notts County on September 4th, along with Rob Kiernan who will be on Republic of Ireland duty at the same age level.

The news means that Yeovil Town have now made a fairly surprising four moves in the transfer market today - two new loan signings and two loan extensions. Significantly it now means that the Glovers have six loan players on their books with Luke Freeman, and Cameron Stewart to add to the quartet of John Sullivan, Rob Kiernan, Owain Tudur Jones and Shaun MacDonald who have put pen to paper today. Under Football League rules, one of those six players will have to sit in the stand tomorrow.

Link: Shaun MacDonald : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: MacDonald Gets Double Welsh Call-Up.

Link: Kiernan And Sullivan Sign Extended Loan Deals.

Link: Tudur Jones Returns To Yeovil Town.


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27 August 2010 : Yeovil Town Ladies Season Kick-Off Preview
Yeovil Town Ladies kick off their first competitive match of the season this Sunday when Premier League National Division side Reading Ladies come to town for the first match of this season's FA Tesco Premier League Cup.

The Female Glovers have a new home this season, now playing their home games at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Glove ground. Raleigh Glove is an excellent facility, and perfect for Women's Premier League football, with a fine pitch and excellent facilities. It is also a marked improvement for the supporters, with not only bar and tea-bar facilities, but a stand from which to watch the game.

Sunday's opponents Reading Ladies will be familiar to many of our supporters as they were in the South West Combination League during Yeovil's first season in that division. They were crowed champions that year and were promoted to the FA Tesco Premier League, Southern Division. They progressed well, and were promoted to the National League at the end of last season.

They should prove tough opposition for the Glovers, but Steve Phelps' team are well capable of getting a result. This is the first group match from this season's League Cup. It should be highly competitive, exciting and well worth coming along to watch.

Yeovil Town Ladies would like to thank the many supporters who came to Raleigh Grove last Sunday to cheer them to victory over Chelsea Ladies. The girls were watched by 119 supporters, and romped home against the Super League Club, with two goals from Laura Bray and one from Helen Bleazard firing them to an impressive 3-1 win.

We hope this season will again be a successful one and full of excitement on the pitch. The club always appreciates its enthusiastic support and hope to welcome as many fans to Raleigh Grove this season as possible. We really appreciate our 12th player!

Yeovil Town Ladies take on National League side Reading Ladies at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, this Sunday the 29th August, kick off at 2.00pm. Admission is just £3.

[Article by Ali King, Yeovil Town Ladies Official Site.]


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27 August 2010 : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the long trip up the M5 and M6 to play Oldham Athletic tomorrow afternoon, in their fourth League One match of the 2010-11 season. Now is just about the point where the League One Table starts to be of some vague relevance to things; Oldham go into the game in second place, having won two and drawn one of their fixtures so far, and that means they are four points ahead of the Glovers in 15th place. All very early days though, with a great deal depending upon the balance of the fixture list and who has played who so far.

Oldham are under new management, with Paul Dickov taking over from Dave Penney over the summer, following a disappointing season for the Latics. However, win at Tranmere Rovers and home to Notts County combined with a draw against Charlton Athletic have got them off to an impressive start, and probably better than a new team under a new manager might have hoped for.

They go into the game minus the suspended Jason Jarrett. The midfielder got red-carded at the tail end of last Saturday's draw at Charlton, but probably will be relieved to note that his decision to aim the ball at the Charlton bench following his dismissal hasn't brought any further action from the authorities. He will be joined on the sidelines by Sean Gregan (ankle), striker Lewis Alessandra (thigh) and defender Phil McGrath (knee).

Former Glovers loan midfielder Ritchie Jones will face his old club, but we're unlikely to find Jonathan Worthington partnering him, who has been transfer listed by the Latics and has yet to feature for them this season. In terms of other players with dual links, Jean-Paul Kalala and Stefan Stam are former Latics players, with Kalala the more likely of the two to start at Boundary Park.

Up until this morning, Kalala's place in the side was almost guaranteed, but that's been thrown up in the air by the arrival of Owain Tudur Jones on loan for a second spell from Norwich City. With Rob Kiernan having extended his deal, and Luke Ayling and Ed Upson also available, suddenly there is a conundrum of who fits in where in the centre of the park.

The only player to miss last week's match through injury was winger Cameron Stewart, who had a slight thigh injury. That wasn't expected to keep him out for long, and so he should return to the squad with Kalala. That therefore just leaves the usual question of any minor knocks on the training ground which manager Terry Skiverton tends to keep firmly under his hat.

Although Yeovil's task tomorrow will be a tough one, their record against Oldham is a highly respectable one, with two wins and two draws in their last four matches. None of the players who scored in those games for the Glovers are still with the club - three goals for Gavin Tomlin, two for Gavin Williams and one each for Aaron Brown and Paul Warne in the past four meetings were responsible for those results, although the last match at Boundary Park was a fairly uneventful 0-0 draw in October 2009. With the Glovers needing to break a run of three defeats in a row, few would complain if that was the outcome tomorrow.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and for those who are going, a reminder that the Ciderspace guide is linked below. For those who can't make it, the BBC Somerset coverage on 95.5FM should keep you company, whilst those who are on Twitter can follow us on @ytfcciderspace during the day.

Link: Officials For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Stadium Fire At Boundary Park.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.

Link: Jarrett Japes Give Latics Suspension Next Week.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oldham.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Oldham.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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27 August 2010 : Kiernan And Sullivan Sign Extended Loan Deals
Yeovil Town loan pair Rob Kiernan and John Sullivan have now formally agreed to stay at Huish Park. The Watford midfielder and Millwall goalkeeper have tied up new loan deals that will keep them in Yeovil Town colours until January 3rd 2011.

The news means that both players will be registered on long term loan deals. It will still be possible for Sullivan, as a goalkeeper, to be recalled under special loan rules for goalkeepers, but the deal for Kiernan will not contain any recall clauses as far as we can tell.


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27 August 2010 : Tudur Jones Returns To Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have taken Norwich City midfielder Owain Tudur Jones on loan for a second time. The former Swansea City player was on loan with the Glovers during the second half of last season, joining the club at the tail end of January. He made six appearances for Yeovil, scoring one goal against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park, but returned to Carrow Road at the end of his single month loan.

Tudur Jones went down to Plymouth Argyle during the 2010-11 pre-season on trial and played in a friendly against Saltash United whilst in Pilgrim colours. However, his last first team appearance for any club was for Yeovil Town on February 23rd 2010 when he played in the Glovers 1-0 win over Walsall.

Owain will stay at Huish Park until September 25th for the month loan deal. Welcome back Owain, and let's hope for a more lengthy stay this time at Huish Park.

Link: Owain Tudur Jones : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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27 August 2010 : Youth Team vs Swindon Town Reminder
If you're not planning on going to Saturday's first team match at Boundary Park, but still fancy a fix of football, a reminder that Yeovil Town's Youth Team are at home in a Youth Alliance fixture on Saturday morning.

They play host to Swindon Town Under-18s in a match that will be played at Gassons Lane, Somerton. Whilst youth teams inevitably are fairly transient in their make-up, The Robins have tended to consistently sit high up on the Youth Alliance table over the years. They have won the league over the past two years and so are seeking a hat-trick of trophies. So far they've played one league match, which they won 1-0.

Address: Somerton Sports Club, Gassons Lane, Somerton, TA11 6HS.

Link: Multimap.com : Somerton Sports Club.


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26 August 2010 : Loan Duo Renewal To Go To The Wire
The future of goalkeeper John Sullivan and midfielder Rob Kiernan looks likely to go down to the final day of their initial month loan period with the club. The plan had been for manager Terry Skiverton to hear back about extending both players' deals at Millwall and Watford respectively on Monday, but as yet that has not materialised.

In terms of Saturday's trip to Oldham Athletic, there should be no cause for alarm as Monday's Western Daily Press indicated that the loan spells covered the match at Boundary Park. However, after that, some agreement will need to be reached, with Tuesday night's match against Exeter City in the Football League Trophy needing to sort out Sullivan's future at the very least, with a Bank Holiday and transfer deadline day wrapped up in the middle.

Speaking to Sky Sports, manager Terry Skiverton implied that the decisions would now only be taken at the end of the initial month's loan and therefore on the journey back from Lancashire:

"The reason that we only managed to sort out a one-month loan deal was the fact that they were so close to the first team at their respective clubs, so the current deals gave us the chance to see how things went for a month. We will see whether the boys have enjoyed it when the month comes to an end and see how they have done, but if they continue to perform how they have been doing then we will definitely be hoping to extend their stays if possible. Obviously the decision will largely come down to whether their parent clubs are willing to extend their stay here, but we would like to keep them on board if possible."


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26 August 2010 : Striker Search Goes On
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he is still looking for an additional striker in his attempts to strengthen the Glovers' first team squad. With the transfer window due to shut next Tuesday, it is looking increasingly unlikely that one will be arriving on a permanent basis, or as part of a long term loan.

Skivo told Sky Sports the message he gave last weekend in that he is trying to target players who are right on the edge of their current club's first team, and therefore with most clubs having only played four matches so far this season, squads are taking their time to bed down:

"I'm still looking for that extra striker at the moment and the main problem is that the players I am looking at are on the fringes of the first team at their respective clubs, so it is a case of being patient and if they still haven't broken into the first team in a few weeks then I might have a chance of bringing them here."

If Skiverton misses the August 31st transfer deadline, then around eight days later, the emergency loan window opens where clubs can take on players for between 28 and 93 days on a loan basis, and the Glovers boss has confirmed that if nothing drops before next Tuesday, that will be his Plan B:

"We've still got quite a bit of time left, with the deadline next week, but we can always use the loan system if we need to after that, so there's no rush at the moment. I've got Andy Williams who can play up top as well, so we aren't exactly threadbare, but it is just a case of making sure that we have competition for places in all areas."

Link: Skivo Plays Waiting Game On Striker Hunt.

Link: Skivo Still After One Last Signing.


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26 August 2010 : Glovers Provide More Detail On Holding Company Plans
Yeovil Town have given their first public comment on their plans to form a Holding Company since their initial statement made in early June. The Glovers announced on June 3rd that they planned to separate their "property assets" from the "football club" with an aim to develop the club off the field. However, since then there has been silence on the issue, with a growing disquiet amongst supporters concerned as to what the detail in the plans would entail.

Today the Western Daily Press, Western Gazette and Western Morning News all carry almost identical articles on the subject. The articles state that the club's plans to separate their property assets have been under consideration for five years, which would tend to point to the time when former owner Jon Goddard-Watts made his decision to put the club up for sale in a deal that went through in December 2005.

They indicate that 96 percent of the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited (aka Yeovil Town Football Club) company voted in favour of the company split. However, given that Chairman John Fry and Director Norman Hayward own 92 percent of the club's shareholding, this indicates that outside the club's main owners, that half backed the deal and half didn't. With 4 percent of the shareholding having not actively agreed to transfer their shares, it's not clear what will happen to their shares at this stage. However, the articles state that "shareholders' rights and interests in the football club are maintained in their entirety".

The majority of the clubs who have recently fallen into administration or significant financial problems over the past few years have done so whilst operating with a set-up where the property assets have been separated from the footballing operations. However, Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has denied though that there is any correlation between the two events:

"As far as we are aware at least 45 clubs out of the current 92 in the top four divisions have established a holding company to manage their property assets in some shape or form. We are not doing anything unusual or irregular. It would be incorrect to suggest there's any correlation between clubs establishing a group structure and those encountering financial difficulties. Almost 50 per cent of the clubs in the Football League have been in administration so of course some of those clubs are part of a group. But there are many clubs that have not suffered serious financial setbacks that are also part of a group."

Mr Starnes reiterates the original club view that their motives are to improve their chances of attracting investors into the club that can put their money into the property company only, without putting their finances at risk from the unpredictable nature of the footballing operations:

"The sole purpose for embarking on this strategy is to improve our chances of upgrading our facilities at Huish Park and to create additional income streams to support the football team and enhance our competitiveness in npower League 1. Extensive consultation over the last few years has educated us to the fact that the separation of our property assets into a holding company is more likely to attract potential investors who wish to partner or contribute to an appropriate development but have no wish to be tied into the finances or operations of a football club."

Mr Starnes has also clarified something that was not in the club's original statement - that the stadium itself will continue to be owned by the Football Club company, which obviously opens up the question of what exactly is being sold to the Holding Company. The articles don't mention the Yeovil Sports Zone plans at all, but if it is not the stadium that is being sold off, then the land earmarked by South Somerset District Council is the more obvious explanation, although pure conjecture on our behalf.

Mr Starnes also indicates that the Holding Company directors have "no wish" to charge rent against the property assets that they will then own, although in that context the concern would be not what Mr Fry and Mr Hayward would wish to do but what any of their successors may do in the years to come:

"The document which was issued to shareholders outlining their opportunity to exchange their shares in the football club with those in the new holding company made it clear the stadium was staying in the football club. The directors of the holding company have no wish to create a rental charge between the two companies."

Whilst the opening of a dialogue by the club with the press on this issue is strongly welcomed and a couple of concerns are partially closed off, the articles do open up further questions on the subject. Hopefully this is the start of a conversation on the subject that will allow supporters to gain confidence in both the immediate owners' current plans, but also any necessary safeguards to protect the club's long term position at the point when the club (inevitably, given all shareholders are mortal) moves into new ownership.


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26 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Club Offers Crumbs Of Comfort
Today has seen the local media reproduce a common article across the board, which contains the club's response to recent comments made by The Guardian's Digger column, which has run four recent articles on the Yeovil Town Holdings Company. More on that on these pages shortly. In the meantime, Taff's Gloversblog has been updated to give Taff's thoughts on the additional information supplied.

Read on, via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Club Offers Crumbs Of Comfort.


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26 August 2010 : September 2010 Fixture Poster
With all of the games on the August 2010 fixtures poster now played, a new Fixtures Poster for September 2010 is now available. Covering all Huish Park games during the coming month, the Word document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop or anywhere that takes your imagination - provided you have permission to place the poster there.

We've had to sneak in an August game into the September poster. The Football League Trophy home match against Exeter City takes place next Tuesday, 31st August, kick-off 7.45p.m. On top of that there are home League One matches against Tranmere Rovers (11th), Exeter City (25th) and Southampton (28th), and so it's a busy month at Huish Park, with four games on the September poster.

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. Alternatively, if you are visiting Huish Park, then Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley can usually help supply a few copies. For any queries or advice, or if you just want to say where the posters are being displayed, then contact Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: September 2010 Fixture Poster.


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25 August 2010 : 2010-11 Youth Team Statistics Pages
This season's Youth Team Statistics pages have been set up, covering the 2010-11 campaign. In addition to the already available Fixtures and Results Page, there are now separate pages that will cover Appearances, Goalscorers and the League Table. These are all housed in the site Statistics Section or can be accessed via the link below.

We're aware from past experience, that it's easy for us to make spelling mistakes on player names, particularly on the newer members of the squad. Hence if any players, parents or friends spot any errors, no matter how minor, drop us an email via the link below, as it will then stay corrected for the season.

Link: 2010-11 Youth Alliance League Table.

Link: 2010-11 Youth Team Appearances Page.

Link: 2010-11 Youth Team Goalscorers Page.

Link: 2010-11 Youth Team Fixtures and Results Page.


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25 August 2010 : Skivo Pays Tribute To Adam : A Lovely Family Man
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has paid tribute to his former team-mate Adam Stansfield, who he describes as a 'lovely family man' who was devoted to his wife and children. Skivo will be a number of club representatives who will be attending this afternoon's funeral at Exeter Cathedral, for the player who started his professional career with the Glovers.

Speaking in the current Western Gazette, Skiverton admitted he endured a sleepless night on the day the news broke of Adam's untimely death, and had strong memories of a friend who was always spending time with his family. Skivo vowed that if he could do anything for Adam's family in the future then he would help them out:

"I did not really sleep, to be honest with you. I did not get to sleep until 4am in the morning, just thinking and going over some of the memories, what a nice lad he was, and what a good family unit he had. Adam was a really lovely family man. He had a lovely wife and three kids. He was someone who did everything for his family. They were always going off and doing things together. My condolences go out to the family, (wife) Marie and the children. I am missing a good friend, and I wish his family all the best for the future. And if there is anything that we can do at Yeovil Town, we will be bend over backwards to help."

Stansfield was a total unknown when manager Gary Johnson brought him in from Western League side Elmore. But Skivo told the paper that he could soon see why Gary believed that he could make the grade:

"I remember when he came in everyone was thinking 'wow, who is this boy?' Normally when you get people from that standard they are either a good finisher or someone who is quick but not a good finisher, and like a rough diamond you have to mould them. But with Adam you had a mixture of the two - he was very fast and could finish the ball when it was sent over the top."

Skivo praised Adam for taking life's challenges head on. The Yeovil boss had seen that first hand when Stansfield missed the majority of the 2002-03 season with a broken leg, but more recently with his ultimately terminal diagnosis of bowel cancer. Terry said that he admired him hugely for the way he reacted to such things:

"One thing I did know was that he was a brave lad. Even up to the end when fighting the cancer, he took it head on. Every challenge he took head on, and those sorts of people I have always admired. As being a leader sort of character myself I have always admired people like that."


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25 August 2010 : A Sabotage Times Tribute To Adam Stansfield
This afternoon, in Exeter Cathedral, the funeral of former striker Adam Stansfield will take place. We've already published our own site tribute to one of the most popular Glovers players of the past decade, but there are two more worth reading on this sad day, that provide different angles to why Adam's passing was so shocking for West Country football fans.

Some of you may have already read a tribute to Adam on the Sabotage Times website, penned by Seb White of the Capital Glovers. Sabotage Times is a new online magazine devoted to popular culture - football, fashion, sport, drink, film and other stuff. That tribute is reproduced via the link below:

Link: Yeovil Town Blog : A Sabotage Times Tribute To Adam Stansfield.

Secondly, Oliver Holt of The Mirror newspaper has produced a very touching tribute to Adam, trying to explain why players in the lower leagues have closer ties to their club's supporters than the Premier League stars can ever hope for.

Link: The Mirror Website: Why players like Exeter's Adam Stansfield have a connection with fans that the rootless millionaires of the Prem never will.

Link: Ciderspace Site Tribute : Adam Stansfield RIP : 1978-1990.


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24 August 2010 : Glovers Reserves Go Down To Grecians
Yeovil Town Reserves lost out in a match played against Exeter City Reserves this afternoon. The Glovers went down 2-0 in Exeter in a match that saw them field four first teamers - all unnamed.


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24 August 2010 : Games The Goal For Kiernan
Yeovil Town's on loan defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan has said that he is just happy to be getting first team football at Huish Park - even if it is away from his preferred position. The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international started his academy career with Watford as a midfielder, before the Hornets moved him into the centre of defence a few years ago.

Since arriving in South Somerset, Kiernan has been mainly utilised as a central midfielder, and he gained his first full start on Saturday in the 0-2 defeat against Hartlepool United, deputising for the suspended Jean-Paul Kalala. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, the 19 year old said that although centre-back was his preferred slot on the field, he'd take anything that was coming his way:

"I'm happy to play wherever. I'll play wherever on the pitch the gaffer puts me. I prefer to play centre-half as that's where I play for Watford and that's where I play for my country. So that's where I see myself. But if I can get games in midfield then I'm not going to complain at all."

Kiernan is waiting for the green light for him to extend his one month loan spell at Huish Park with manager Terry Skiverton having got a verbal agreement from the Hornets that this would be possible. He said he would have no doubts about extending his stay with the club if that happened:

"I'm really happy to get some games here. Everyone wants to be playing, so I'm really happy to stay here. We've got a good bunch of lads here and everyone works hard and wants to go forward. We've got a lot of young lads here, so you can relate to them as some are from other clubs. I've known some of the boys from their other clubs as well, so it's been good."

Last season, Rob had a loan spell with Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock, which involved him playing twice against Glasgow side Celtic. Although he admitted that there was a slightly higher profile loan player in the opposition ranks when he made his debut north of the border:

"It was different to here. It was quite a long way from home and it was my first loan period. Being a young boy, that's a hard league and a big physical league. But it was good for me, as I got a few appearances up there, and I came up against Robbie Keane on his debut in front of a big crowd. It was hard, but it's meant that when I walk on that pitch now, I feel a lot more comfortable as it's not so big a deal."


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24 August 2010 : Testimonial Match For Rob Cousins
Former Yeovil Town defender/midfielder has been granted a testimonial match for his lengthy service in football. The match will be staged on September 7th at Winterfield Road, home of Paulton Rovers, where they will take on Bristol City.

City were Rob's first professional club, whilst Paulton were the club he was playing for when he made his 1,000th first team appearance. The 39 year old is now playing for Yate Town as well as acting as a first team coach. His decision to leave Paulton was one that would allow him to extend his playing career at Yate, whilst Paulton were only willing to offer him a coaching deal.

Having broken through the one thousand game barrier, the temptation might have been for Rob to hang up his boots and concentrate on coaching at Paulton, but he said that keeping on the field of play was a priority for him, telling the Gloucestershire Gazette:

"I’ve still got the desire and hunger and feel I can play at a certain level. I had the opportunity here to play and help out with coaching and I’m more than happy to do it. I just enjoy every game. It’s my 22nd season at this level, I just enjoy playing football and the dressing room banter, the training and at the moment I’ve still got hunger to keep playing and I hate losing or not playing. My legs are still going so long may it continue."

Rob's day job is as a pensions administrator for Hewlett Packard in Filton, Bristol whilst at Yate, he reports to manager Dave Mogg, a former team-mate during his Bath City days and he says he is enjoying the start he has made with the Gloucestershire side:

"Hopefully I can give a bit of guidance because it’s still a very young side. If I can pass on my experience, my know-how and what I’ve picked up during my playing career, hopefully that will have an effect. Hopefully the lads can give me a bit a bit of respect and have seen what I can do in pre-season friendlies and how hard I work in training. Everyone here has made me feel welcome which has made it easier to settle in."

The expectation is that Rob's Paulton side on that night will contain a number of guests, including players that he has played with over the years, and former Yeovil Town players are unsurprisingly expected to be amongst those numbers. In addition to the above clubs, Rob has also played for Forest Green Rovers, Tiverton Town and Mangotsfield United.

The match against Bristol City will take place at Winterfield Road on Tuesday 7th, September with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

Link: Rob Cousins Signs For Yate Town.

Link: Former Glover Makes 1,000th Career Appearance.

Link: Rob Cousins : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 August 2010 : Adam Stansfield Club Fundraising Plans And Tribute
Yeovil Town have released details of plans to commemorate the recent death of former striker Adam Stansfield, and to provide fundraising opportunities for the two causes set up in his name. With there being two upcoming matches against Exeter City in the Football League Trophy and in League One, unsurprisingly these games will be used as the events to allow supporters to contribute, both emotionally and financially.

The fundraising plans are as follows:

Commemorative Shirts: Both sides will be wearing a special commemorative shirt for the League One match that will be signed and auctioned after the match. Those who have taken part in the club's British Legion 'Poppy' Shirt auctions will have an idea of what to expect. Exact arrangements will follow later.

Bucket Collection: The League One match will have a collection at half time, and outside the gates on the final whistle.

FA Trophy DVD: A reissue of the FA Trophy Final win over Stevenage Borough at Villa Park during the 2001-02 season, containing additional interview footage. To go on sale at a date to be announced.

Minute's Applause: There will be a minute's applause at both matches.

The Football League Trophy match will take place on Tuesday 31st August, kick-off 7.45p.m., whilst the League One match will take place on Saturday 25th September, kick-off 3.00p.m.

All money raised as part of the above ventures will be donated equally between the Adam Stansfield Foundation and the Adam Stansfield Family Fund. For those who are unable to make the fixtures but would still like to donate, follow the link below.

Link: Accounts Opened For Adam Stansfield Fund Donations.


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24 August 2010 : Adam Stansfield Funeral Route And Arrangements
The funeral of former Yeovil Town striker Adam Stansfield takes place tomorrow at Exeter Cathedral. The service will take place at 2.00p.m. and is open to the public. Given the numbers expected at the service, anyone wishing to attend is asked to arrive from 1.15p.m. and to be in their places by 1.45p.m.

Approximately half of the Cathedral will be allocated to supporters, with the central seating area reserved for family and friends. There will be stewards inside the cathedral who will advise people where to sit.

In terms of protocol, there is no still or video photography allowed inside the cathedral. However, there will be no dress code for tomorrow's service, and so those wishing to wear football scarves or whatever they feel is appropriate will be welcomed. The nearest public car park is the Guildhall Shopping Centre, situated five minutes away. If the cathedral is full, then there will be a PA system set up outside in the cathedral grounds.

For those wishing to stand along the route the cortege will take, the planned journey will be as follows:

Leaving St James Park at 1:30pm the cortege will turn right out of Stadium Way, across the roundabout in front of the Odeon cinema, continue down Sidwell Street to the junction of Old Debenhams and Next.

It will then continue forward all the way through the High Street until turning left at the junction of North Street and South Street (where Athena is). It will then proceed down South Street past KFC before turning left into Palace Gate. It will then stop outside the main entrance to the Cathedral.

Following the funeral there will be a private family ceremony in Tiverton. Supporters are instead welcome to The Centre Spot at St James Park, where the bar will be open.

Link: Adam Stansfield's Funeral.

Link: Adam Stansfield Tribute T-Shirt On Sale.

Link: Accounts Opened For Adam Stansfield Fund Donations.

Link: Exeter Fan Plans Double Marathon Run For Adam Stansfield.

Link: Adam's Family Send Message To Supporters.

Link: A Tribute To Adam Stansfield : 1978-2010.


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23 August 2010 : Kiernan Gets Double International Call-Up
Yeovil Town's on loan defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan has received a call-up for two Republic of Ireland international matches. The Watford teenager has been included in an 18 man Under-21 squad that will travel twice to play Switzerland and Turkey on September 3rd and 7th respectively.

That means that - assuming his loan deal is successfully extended at Huish Park - Rob will miss Yeovil Town's trip to Notts County which takes place on September 4th at Meadow Lane. He has already missed the Carling Cup match against Crystal Palace during which he made his début for Ireland at Under-21 level in a 5-0 win over Estonia.

Under-21s manager Noel King will be handing matters over to Wim Koevermans, a member of his coaching team, for these two matches as King is away with the Under 17s Women's World Cup. Koevermans, who carries the rather grandiose title of High Performance Director (we think that means 'Fitness Coach') admits Ireland are looking to the future by continuing to blood younger players:

"We can’t qualify for the European Championships but we want to end the campaign on a positive note. We showed against Estonia what this team is capable of. So we want to go to Switzerland and Turkey and put in the same kind of performance."

Republic of Ireland Under-21 Squad: Stephen Henderson (Bristol City), Shane Redmond (Chesterfield); Seamus Coleman (Everton), Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe), Gavin Gunning (Blackburn), Brendan Moloney (Nottingham Forest), Rob Kiernan (Yeovil Town - on loan from Watford), Lanre Oyebanjo (Histon); Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons), Conor Hourihane (Ipswich), Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace), James McCarthy (Wigan), Conor Clifford (Chelsea), Alan Judge (Blackburn); Cillian Sheridan (CSKA Sofia), Aaron Doran (Blackburn), Anthony Stokes (Hibernian), Joe Mason (Plymouth).

Link: Kiernan Makes Eire U21 Debut.


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23 August 2010 : Officials For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's trip to Boundary Park have been published. The game against Oldham Athletic takes place on Saturday 28th August, and will see referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands) take charge of the occasion.

Mr Langford has plenty of history with the Glovers and not a lot of it is good. He was the man in charge for the April 2010 home match against Southampton which saw one of the worst bottlings of a red card we've seen in a long time. Having already sent off Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin for a challenge on Gavin Williams, Mr Langford was faced with the problem of needing to raise a second one minutes later when Williams was upended by Jose Fonte whilst clean through on goal. Doubtless conscious of the effect he would have had on the game in doing so, rather than the clearness of the professional foul, Mr Langford raised a yellow card instead.

After the game, manager Terry Skiverton slammed Langford's decision-making in his post-match interview saying:

"I've got complaints when big decisions need to be made. He wasn't good enough today, and he was a million miles off the pace of the game."

So maybe he did better in the 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in October 2009? Not quite. A failure to stamp his authority on the match, combined with some odd decisions left Skivo fuming after the game, saying of Langford's performance:

"We cannot keep coming up against referees every week that are sub-standard. If I do not do well in my job then I will get the sack and it seems that people can get away with it week-in, week-out and get patted on the back by the people upstairs."

It's perhaps a relief to find that March 2009's home match against Northampton Town saw Mr Langford get through the game without too much of a fuss. No mention in the match report, and no post-match grumbles from the Yeovil boss about his performance.

Mr Langford started refereeing at the age of 15, working through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. Given that he only spent one season as a referee in the Conference National division before being moved up another level for the start of the 2008-09 season, it would appear that he is an official that the authorities are looking to fast-track through the system, still in his late twenties.

Mr Langford will be assisted by David Benton (South Yorkshire) and Danny Markham (Tyne and Wear). The Fourth Official will be the appropriately named Scott Oldham (Lancashire). Let's hope the heritage of his surname bears no bias!

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Southampton 1.

Link: October 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton 2.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 0.


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23 August 2010 : Glovers Loan Pair Deal Lengths Clarified
Further to Saturday's news concerning goalkeeper John Sullivan and defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan there is now a bit of clarity on when their initial loan deals expire. When both deals were struck as "one month" loans, it wasn't absolutely clear what the end dates were.

This morning's Western Daily Press reports that both players have got one more game of their current deals left to run and so we should be safe for both to feature at Oldham Athletic on Saturday at the very least.

The expectation is for manager Terry Skiverton to get the nod from Millwall (Sullivan) and Watford (Kiernan) sometime today, with a verbal agreement already in place for the latter. See the three weekend articles below for further details.

Link: Skivo Expecting Decisions On Loan Pair On Monday.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Hartlepool United.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game.


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23 August 2010 : Stadium Fire At Boundary Park
Next week's opponents Oldham Athletic have suffered a serious stadium fire that is strongly suspected to be an arson attack. There's no suggestion at this stage that Saturday's match is in any danger of being postponed, but the Latics will have plenty of work to do in order to prepare their stadium for use for the August 28th game.

The fire is believed to have started at around 5.40p.m. yesterday and club CCTV images have captured two people entering the stadium at around 5.15p.m. and leaving the stadium 25 minutes later by climbing a gate around the time that the fire started.

The club's Corner Flag Suite has been gutted by the fire and there is damage to disabled facilities and to CCTV and PA systems. Clearly Oldham will have plenty of work to do in order to get the stadium in a fit state for the game in five days time. Chief Executive Alan Hardy has told their official site:

"There is significant damage to the disabled platform and the hospitality suite. We will have to make a decision whether the suite is removed or repaired. When you look at the smoke and water damage, damage to the platform and hospitality suite, electrics, CCTV and PA systems you could be looking at a cost upwards of £40,000."

With Yeovil Town fans housed in the Rochdale Road End (dubbed the Leesfield Development Stand currently) there should not be any issues in facilities for those travelling as this is at the opposite end of the ground to the Corner Flag Suite. If anything materialises of note, then we'll publicise it here.

In the meantime, all travel and ticketing information is available via the links below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.

Link: Jarrett Japes Give Latics Suspension Next Week.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oldham.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Oldham.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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22 August 2010 : County Cup Date Set
Western League Premier Division side Odd Down have set a date for their County Cup match against Yeovil Town Reserves.

Their club site states that the Somerset Premier Cup Second Round tie will be played on Tuesday 9th November 2010 at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup First And Second Round Draws.


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22 August 2010 : Hereford United vs Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town Under-18s suffered their first ever defeat against Hereford United when they went down 2-0 at Hereford City Sports Club yesterday. Two second half goals from Zac Brimble and Josh Hunt gave the Bulls victory in a game that the Glovers could even have won if only they'd taken some of their own chances during the same half.

Yeovil started the game well, in overcast conditions, despite Hereford having the wind behind them in the first half, but the bumpy pitch made playing flowing football difficult. A couple of chances for the home side on 20 minutes gave an idea of what they were capable of, with Steve Boore doing well to stop a one-to-one with Bulls striker Josh Hunt, and then blocking a Dean Lee shot at the other end.

The best first half chances came during the closing stages, with Lewis Clarke being denied by a well-timed last-ditch Hereford tackle by Hereford's right-back just as he prepared to pull the trigger, whilst right on the break, Lloyd Matthews got into a one-on-one position but put his shot just wide of the posts to leave the scoreline blank at the break.

The second period opened with the Glovers carving out numerous opportunities, particularly in the way they caught Hereford on the break, with an early chance blocked well by Hereford keeper Mat Gwynne. However, it was Hereford that took the lead; with Zac Brimble blocking out a Glovers defensive clearance and charging in on goal, catching Steve Boore out of position and opening the scoring for the Bulls.

That was the cue for the heavens to open and the rain came teeming down. Despite that, the Glovers pressed well for the equaliser and this was their best spell of the game, with them switching the play well from wing to wing effectively. On another day, the Glovers could easily have turned the game round in some style.

But instead it was the Bulls that broke through against the run of play, as Will Loughman's shot could only be parried by Steve Boore, and Josh Hunt gobbled up the rebound to double Hereford's lead.

In the closing stages came Yeovil's best chance of the day, as a Tyler Sheppard shot hit the post, then ran along the goal line with only a touch needed to send it into the net. That summed up the Glovers game; on another day they could have won the match, but instead they came out having failed to find the net, and that was what cost them in the end.

Final Score: Hereford United Under-18s 2 Yeovil Town Under-18s 0.

Scorers: Zac Brimble (51 mins, 1-0), Josh Hunt (75 mins, 2-0)

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Aiden Chainey 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Mitch Conning 5. Rhys Baggridge 6.Nick Lyskov 7. Lewis Clarke 8. Rob Clowes 9. Lloyd Matthews 10. Adam Cleary 11. Will Gordon.

Subs: Tyler Sheppard (51 mins for Adam Cleary). Lee Green (67 mins for Lewis Clarke)

Hereford United Under 18s:
Mat Gwynne, Jo Lemar, Kyle McCarthy, Will Loughman, Matthew Croose, Masimea Matapo, Zac Brimble, Dean Lee, Jack Biggs, Josh Hunt, Laurie Marsh

Subs: Matty Lattibeaudire (68 mins for Jack Biggs), Ashley Savage (80 mins for Josh Hunt), Tumelty (85 mins for Laurie Marsh)


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22 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : All Quiet On The Western Front (and the back)
The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry sees the baton passed back to Cruncher as he pens (or rather types) a reply to Taff's Friday article on the media balance of what is tending to be christened as Holdingsgate.

Cruncher's latest views are recorded via the link below; comments as usual welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : All Quiet On The Western Front (and the back).


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22 August 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Hartlepool Interview
Just before yesterday's kick-off against Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, on behalf of BBC Somerset, the full transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

In the pre-kick-off interview, Skivo talks about Luke Freeman's injury, as well as the situation regarding loan pair Rob Kiernan and John Sullivan.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Hartlepool United.

The post-match interview is also available in full, via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game.


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22 August 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game
Following yesterday's 0-2 home defeat against Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, on behalf of BBC Somerset, the full transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game.


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21 August 2010 : Skivo Expecting Decisions On Loan Pair On Monday
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he expects decisions on loan pair Rob Kiernan and John Sullivan to be made on Monday. The midfielder and goalkeeper are at Huish Park on month deals from Championship sides Watford and Millwall respectively, but those deals run out at the end of next week.

With Sullivan in particular occupying a crucial area of the pitch, Skiverton has said that he has been in contact with the management teams at both clubs, and the clear indication is that the Glovers boss wants to keep both players on his books. Speaking to BBC Somerset, he confirmed that he had a verbal agreement with the Hornets for Kiernan to stay longer, but that he would need to wait for the Lions to make a decision on Sullivan:

"Contact has been made. Verbally with Watford (for Rob Kiernan) it's been agreed. (Millwall manager) Kenny (Jackett) is having a think about it (with goalkeeper John Sullivan) over the weekend. I caught him on Friday, quite late, and he's had a big game today quite early on, so he said he'd have a think about it and get back to me on Monday. So from our point of view, contact has been made with the two clubs and we'll find out the length and time and how long we've got them for on Monday morning."

Skivo was asked how long the loan deals would be, but he declined to answer, in case negotiations between the two clubs resulted in the final agreed loan lengths being altered.


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21 August 2010 : Jarrett Japes Give Latics Suspension Next Week
Next week's opponents Oldham Athletic will suffer a player suspension for their match against Yeovil Town. The Latics went down to 10 men after Jason Jarrett was dismissed at The Valley late on during their away match at Charlton Athletic.

The midfielder will face a one match ban for two bookable offences, but could easily be reported to the Football Association for his actions after his dismissal. The Charlton press claim that the 30 year old struck Addicks manager Phil Parkinson with the match ball as he left the field of play, causing a melee to break out. If referee Rob Shoebridge chooses to put the incident in his report, Jarrett risks a longer ban.

Oldham's media barely mention the incident, but it would appear that Jarrett blamed the Charlton bench for reacting to the Latics player's foul on Kyel Reid, sparking scenes that saw the Charlton boss needing to be restrained by his coaching staff in a bad-tempered conclusion to their 1-1 draw. Parkinson admitted his bench appealed for the foul, but told the Charlton press the player needed to take responsibility for his actions:

"He was sent off, and then he kicked the ball at us. It was his second yellow and I don't think he could argue it. I think their bench was a bit disappointed that we appealed that it was a foul. But any bench would have done the same. The lad got himself in more trouble by booting the ball towards our bench. It might have missed the bench and hit a young girl or lady in the crowd. You can't do that. When you get sent off, you have to take your punishment and get off the pitch."

For the Glovers, they will see Jean-Paul Kalala available to face his old club at Boundary Park next Saturday. A number of media reports leading up to this weekend's match claimed Kalala was banned for three matches; the Football Association's published list of suspended players states that JP is banned for one game, which is covered by this afternoon's match against Hartlepool United.


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21 August 2010 : 'Pitiful' ... 'Toothless' ... 'One Of The Worst Performances'
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has labelled this afternoon's performance against Hartlepool United as "pitiful" and one of the worst performances he had seen in his time as Yeovil Town manager. The Glovers succumbed to a goal in each half and Skivo admitted that his side looked toothless and lacked commitment.

In a fairly damning assessment of his side, the Yeovil boss admitted that he probably should have introduced left-winger Andy Welsh into the action a little earlier than he did, with his first appearance in the 2010-11 season being followed by a brief flurry of chances. But with the Glovers already 2-0 down at that stage, the game was already lost. Skiverton admitted:

"We should have given them the three points. We didn't turn up. It was one of the worst performances under me, especially at home. It stands out a mile when we don't play well after the way we have been playing. Hartlepool's formation caused us a lot of problems and I think I should have brought on Andy Welsh in the first half.

"We looked toothless. I am writing it off as a one-off - that level of commitment. They beat us to the second ball every time. They won headers up front, midfield and at the back. You can't be bullied like that especially at home. and unfortunately it was a pitiful performance
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21 August 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
If you were at this afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Hartlepool United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United.


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21 August 2010 : Yeovil 0 Hartlepool 2 : Woeful Glovers Sunk By Pools
Yeovil Town crashed to their third defeat in a row as they were convincingly beaten by Hartlepool United at Huish Park this afternoon. Whilst they could feel hard done by in the other two defeats against Bristol Rovers and Crystal Palace in the past couple of weeks, there was nothing that could be suggested that the Glovers deserved anything out of the game. A goal in each half from centre-back Gary Liddle and winger Andy Monkhouse was the very least the visitors deserved, having dominated the match for all bar a short 10 minute spell.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to last week's side, with both enforced. Jean-Paul Kalala's suspension saw Rob Kiernan given a central midfield role, whilst a thigh injury for Cameron Stewart meant that it was an obvious return for striker Dean Bowditch after his kidney problems last weekend. New signing Billy Gibson had to make do with watching his new team-mates from the bench.

Hartlepool were the side that got out of the traps better after an emotional minute's applause for former striker Adam Stansfield. An early header from Dean Bowditch went wide for the Glovers, but as the half went on, Adam Boyd had a shot cleared off the line by Paul Huntington, whilst John Sullivan saved brilliantly from Paul Murray.

Thus it was no surprise when the visitors went ahead on the half hour mark, with Yeovil's midfield being over-run by Hartlepool's 4-5-1 formation, leaving the inexperienced Ayling and Kiernan somewhat outnumbered. The goal itself came from a corner though, and was more down to Yeovil's inability to mark in the box, with centre-back Gary Liddle heading home from 10 yards out. 1-0 down and undeniably a deserved lead on the balance of play.

Yeovil kicked off the second period by switching to a 4-5-1 formation in an attempt to match up Hartlepool like-for-like, with Andy Williams moving into the centre and Dean Bowditch going wide. Whilst that neutralised things a touch, it left Sam Williams isolated up front, and Hartlepool still were able to bypass the now crowded midfield and double their lead. A long ball over the top met winger Andy Monkhouse and he hit his shot early - a brilliantly struck 20 yard strike to double the visitors' lead.

Thus Yeovil's attempt at a 4-5-1 was abandoned, and the Glovers reverted to their earlier 4-4-2. For 10 minutes, they looked as though they might get back into it. Andy Welsh was introduced as a substitute, and Andy Williams found a way through on goal on the opposite flank, but found Scott Flinders blocking his path to the goal. Then Dean Bowditch produced another shot that was deflected for a corner with Flinders beaten.

But that was just a brief spark; the Glovers fizzled out, frustrating the sparse 3,537 crowd, who sarcastically cheered the substitution of left-back Nathan Jones, who was replaced by Nathan Smith. Not that his withdrawal improved the game in any shape or form - there were too many other players putting on under-par performances.

In the final 10 minutes, Adam Virgo was put up front, and the sponsors' Man of the Match Dean Bowditch headed straight at Flinders and put another shot wide of the post. But it was Hartlepool who could have easily extended their lead as Andy Monkhouse was inches away from connecting with a low cross that fizzed across the Yeovil box. If they'd got it they would have deserved it.

Early days, but a poor performance against a side tipped to be around the bottom places, and a deserved defeat will give manager Terry Skiverton some extreme food for thought. Lacking Kalala in the centre of midfield, Hartlepool's flooding of that area left Yeovil struggling with two teenagers on their books, who haven't always played in that position. There's little doubt who - despite his disciplinary record - will be welcomed back with open arms next week. Not that this was by any stretch of the imagination the only problem on the park today.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 2.

Scorers: Gary Liddle (0-1, 30 mins), Andy Monkhouse (0-2, 54 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 19. Adam Virgo 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 8. Luke Ayling 14. Rob Kiernan 18. Luke Freeman
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 6. Nathan Smith (63 mins for Nathan Jones) 11. Andy Welsh (56 mins for Luke Freeman) 16. Edward Upson (77 mins for Rob Kiernan) 17. Craig Calver 23. Billy Gibson

Hartlepool United: (4-5-1)
1. Scott Flinders
16. Steven Haslam 4. Gary Liddle 5. Sam Collins 6. Evan Horwood
14. James Brown 8. Joe Gamble 15. Antony Sweeney 20. Paul Murray 11. Andy Monkhouse
10. Adam Boyd

Substitutes:
21. Andy Rafferty (GK) 3. Ritchie Humphreys 7. Leon McSweeney (86 mins for James Brown) 9. Denis Behan 19. Jon-Andre Fredriksen (69 mins for Joe Gamble) 23. Colin Larkin 29. Peter Hartley (71 mins for Adam Boyd)

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (29 mins, dissent), Ed Upson (90 mins, foul).
Hartlepool Bookings: None.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Marvin Thompson (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Ryan Atkin (London).

Attendance: 3,537.


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21 August 2010 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
Yeovil Town have made two changes for this afternoon's match against Hartlepool United. Midfielder Rob Kiernan starts for the suspended Jean-Paul Kalala whilst Luke Freeman retains his place despite last weekend's injury concern.

Winger Cameron Stewart has got a thigh injury and so has dropped out of the squad. That makes the return of striker Dean Bowditch an easy decision. On the bench, Billy Gibson stands by to make his Yeovil debut, whilst Andy Welsh makes his first appearance in the squad after missing the start of the season with a thigh injury.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 19. Adam Virgo 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 8. Luke Ayling 14. Rob Kiernan 18. Luke Freeman
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 6. Nathan Smith 11. Andy Welsh 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 23. Billy Gibson


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21 August 2010 : Youth Team vs Hereford United Final Score
Yeovil Town' Under 18s suffered defeat at the hands of Hereford United this morning. In a game that saw the second half suffer from heavy rain in Herefordshire, the Glovers created many chances as the game wore on, but this was not one of their better performances, and they ended up losing out by a 2-0 scoreline. More detail on this game will be provided in the next 24-48 hours.


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20 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Local Press Letting Fans Down
Taff takes back the reins of Taff's Gloversblog today, after yesterday's hijacking by Cruncher. Our scribe considers why this summer's No.1 Topic for Yeovil Town fans is being covered by the national press and by national football blogs, but that the local press haven't seized on the lack of information on the club's planned separation of "property assets" from the main football club as being an issue worth reporting on.

Read on via the link below, and if you're a local scribe (or indeed anyone with a view on this) then we'd love to hear your views, via the Comment box.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Local Press Letting Fans Down.


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20 August 2010 : Skivo Previews The Hartlepool Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday's home match against Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of the interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Hartlepool United Game.


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20 August 2010 : Glovers Players Kicking Each Other Up In The Air
Just what you need when you've got a small squad - Yeovil Town players doing their best to injure each other. Thankfully it's not with intent! This week's training at Huish Park has been apparently rather enthusiastic, and probably manager Terry Skiverton has been wincing every time a tackle has gone in on the training ground.

Thankfully the players' commitment to their training sessions hasn't broken any bones. Speaking to BBC Somerset this week, Skivo has said that he had to halt training to ensure that no-one in his squad hurt their own team-mates:

"This week's been a little too intense. We had to have a meeting because some players were being kicked up in the air. I feel that we're a physically stronger squad and possibly mentally too. The ones we've brought in have bought into our mentality and know what we're trying to achieve."

Hopefully there will still be a bit of energy left for those tackles to be taken into tomorrow afternoon's match against Hartlepool United at Huish Park.


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20 August 2010 : Ex-Watford Winger Signs For Glovers
Yeovil Town have signed up former Watford winger Billy Gibson on a short term contract. Gibson played for the club in Darren Way's Benefit Match against Manchester United Reserves just under a month ago, coming on as a substitute.

Gibson has been given a contract by the club "until Christmas" - we assume that means until December 31st, given the way the transfer window works. He was released by Watford this summer, and so knows Glovers loanee Rob Kiernan. He is 19 years old.

We profiled Billy on the day of the Benefit Match - for the full profile click on the link below.

Link: Billy Gibson Profile.


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20 August 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Hartlepool United tomorrow afternoon in a League One match that will see them hoping to build on their winning league start at Huish Park to the 2010-11 season.

The visitors go into the game in a spot of disarray - hours after yesterday's news that Director of Sport (and acting first team manager) Chris Turner had resigned his position, Chief Executive Russ Green also walked out on the club, with a statement on the Hartlepool official site claiming that it was Green's daily commute from Pontefract that was at the heart of his resignation - Green has yet to comment on whether his views differ on that account.

With no offence to Mr Green, his departure is unlikely to affect Hartlepool players' mindsets for tomorrow, however the departure of Turner may do so. Making sure that it doesn't is Turner's former assistant Mick Wadsworth, who has assumed the hotseat in a caretaker capacity, and will no doubt be trying to persuade the Pools travelling squad that they now need to impress Turner's successor, which could easily be Wadsworth himself, given that he has experience as first team manager at Crewe Alexandra, Chester City, Huddersfield Town, Oldham Athletic, Carlisle United and many more. Wadsworth also was part of England's coaching set-up under Bobby Robson in 1990. This isn't a case of the rookie being left in charge of the team - quite the opposite.

Yeovil Town should be able to welcome back Dean Bowditch into the squad after he missed last week's game with bruised kidneys, whilst there are high hopes that left-winger Andy Welsh should be able to make it into the squad for the first time this season. Manager Terry Skiverton has told this week's Western Gazette that bringing the two back into the squad should make a big difference to his side's attacking options:

"We have been looking around on the bench and apart from Craig Calver it has always been defenders on the bench. It gives us a chance now to have people on the bench that will be attacking options that can come on and really change a game and stretch opponents. It will give us more of an attacking edge and we definitely have that in Dean Bowditch and Andy Welsh."

The main doubt lies with winger/striker Luke Freeman, who suffered a leg injury against Bristol Rovers last weekend. Thankfully the diagnosis is severe bone bruising rather than the leg break first feared. From the sounds of it though, his chances of making tomorrow's squad are very borderline. Definitely out is midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala, who serves a one-match ban for his red card last weekend.

In the Hartlepool camp, Wadsworth will be without right-back Neil Austin, who tore ankle ligaments on the opening day of the season. Defender Ritchie Humphreys has an Achilles injury which he is recovering from - he played 45 minutes for Hartlepool Reserves in midweek but his lack of match fitness means that he has only a slim chance of making their bench at best. They have a minor doubt over midfielder Fabian Yantorno who suffered a back strain in the warm-ups for the same Reserve match, but he is expected to be OK.

Former Glovers midfielder Ritchie Jones left Pools for Oldham Athletic over the summer, but they should still have Scott Flinders between the sticks as an ex-Glover. Scott played nine times for Yeovil during the second half of the 2007-08 season and has been in goal for all three matches so far for the visitors.

Hartlepool's early season form has been fairly steady - two draws in the league against Rochdale and Swindon Town along with a League Cup win over Sheffield United. However, outgoing manager Chris Turner declared himself concerned at his side's level of match fitness when they threw away a two goal lead against Swindon last weekend, so this may be a game where the whole 90 minutes is important.

The match at Huish Park will be preceded by a minute's applause for former Yeovil Town striker Adam Stansfield, which we're sure will be emotionally received by all of those attending the game. For those who can't make it, BBC Somerset should be covering the game live on 95.5FM.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Hartlepool Suffer Manager Resignation.

Link: Kalala Ban Length Confirmed By FA.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United.

Link: A Minute's Applause For Adam Stansfield.

Link: Scott Flinders : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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20 August 2010 : TwoHundredPercent Blog Covers Yeovil Town Company Split
The highly respected football blogging website TwoHundredPercent has become the latest outlet to cover the current situation regarding the Yeovil Town Holdings Company. Read by football fans, journalists and pundits all over the country, they cover issues all the way from the England national side across to stories affecting non-league sides.

They have written their own article summarising the story so far; you can read it via the link below.

Link: TwoHundredPercent Blog : Yeovil Town's Veil Of Silence.


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19 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Can You Hear The Yeovil Sing?
Cruncher is in guest blogger mode once again to follow up his Get Over The Hump article that was written earlier this month. With The Guardian newspaper continuing to dig at what the plans are for the Yeovil Town Holding Company, Cruncher goes over the latest developments.

Alternative views and common views are welcomed, via the Comment box at the end of the page.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Can You Hear The Yeovil Sing?


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19 August 2010 : Adam Stansfield Tribute T-Shirt On Sale
Yeovil Town supporters can get their hands on a special tribute t-shirt designed in memory of Adam Stansfield. The t-shirt is available on the Zazzle website and has been designed by the Glovers fan who posts on internet forums as 'Blackthorn Stand'.

Centred around a photo of Adam holding the FA Trophy in May 2002, the t-shirt can be ordered in a fairly lengthy list of styles and colours for a variety of costs which we won't even attempt to list on this site - apart from the main design shown below, it's pretty much a case of design your own t-shirt. The backing of the shirt has the word "STANSFIELD" above a large number 7 - the number he wore during the FA Trophy Final, although even this can be customised.

The Zazzle website gives the designer of the t-shirt (i.e. 'Blackthorn Stand') 10 percent in royalties from each shirt sale. Those royalty payments will be donated to an appropriate charity associated with Adam Stansfield. To have a look at shirt options and prices, head to the link below.

Link: Zazzle Website : Adam Stansfield Tribute T-Shirt.
Adam Stansfield Tribute Shirt - Get Yours Now - In Many Colours And Styles
Adam Stansfield Tribute Shirt - Get Yours Now - In Many Colours And Styles.
Photo © 2010 Ciderspace/Blackthorn Stand



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19 August 2010 : More Huish Park Construction Pictures
In mentioning yesterday's 20th Anniversary of the first competitive game at Huish Park, we pointed to a photo gallery detailing some of the pictures taken around the 1989-1990 period whilst the ground was being built.

That reminded us that we were sent another set of photos a year or two ago by a supporter who worked on the construction of Huish Park. We've added in those photos to the gallery; if you had already viewed the initial set of photos yesterday, then restart at the bottom photo of Page 2 - otherwise start viewing on the First Page.

We've also unearthed a number of pictures taken during the construction of the home terrace roof that was built around the 2000-2001 period. Those should get added in to the same gallery either tomorrow or over the weekend.

Link: Huish Park Ground Pictures.

Link: Happy Birthday Huish Park!


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19 August 2010 : Saturday's Opponents Hartlepool Suffer Manager Resignation
Past experience has told us that a large number of Football League managers lose their jobs shortly after playing Yeovil Town. This time round though, Hartlepool United have parted company with their manager just before they play the Glovers. Director of Sport Chris Turner, who also acts as their first team manager, has today resigned from his post.

Former Crewe Alexandra and Gretna manager Mick Wadsworth, who was Turner's assistant, has taken over as caretaker manager for Saturday's trip to Huish Park.

There's been no reason given for Turner's decision to quit his post. In fact Hartlepool have started their season relatively well, with two draws in League One and a shock Carling Cup victory over Sheffield United in between.

However, he has made some slightly outspoken comments over the past month about his side - suggesting his team were not physically fit enough on Saturday, and had earlier said that he had to make do with the squad he had, with no chance of strengthening it:

"We have no chance of bringing anyone in. It's just not going to happen. It's a small squad, though, and we know that with three or four injuries to key players we're going to be struggling a bit."

Turner even went so far as to suggest in pre-season that he believed his side were at huge risk of being relegated, speaking after a friendly against non-league Garforth:

"We need some players at this football club. We just managed to stay in League One last season with this squad of players minus seven players. That tells its own story. In my opinion, we need to bring in four players who are good quality players. The players who played (against Garforth), on that performance aren't good enough to sustain Hartlepool United in League One."

Logic would suggest that rather than be part of something he thought was likely to fail, Turner jumped ship to avoid an unwanted black mark on his CV.


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19 August 2010 : Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing Information for Yeovil Town's forthcoming away trip to Huddersfield Town is now available. This game will be played on Saturday 18th September at the Galpharm Stadium and will be a pay on the day match. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Students and Senior Citizens: £12.00; Under-16s: £8.00.

Disabled supporters must make advance arrangements with the Huddersfield Ticket Office by calling 01484-484123. Admission prices are £21.00 for ambulant disabled (or the relevant concessionary price) and £12.00 for wheelchair disabled, with an assistant admitted free of charge.

There is currently a ticketing promotion available through The Sun newspaper where you have to collect vouchers to obtain special discounts on tickets, which Huddersfield Town are participating in. If you wish to take advantage of that offer, then you will need to purchase the advance tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office, with them on sale until Thursday 16th September, 5.00p.m. Prices are £19.50 for two adult tickets, with additional adult tickets available at £10.00 and additional junior tickets available at £2.00. For full terms and conditions, see The Sun newspaper.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the South Stand, which houses up to 4,000 spectators. The Terriers have sometimes split this stand between home and away supporters according to demand from home fans. Wheelchair disabled supporters get places in the Travel World Stand, accessed via a series of ramps.


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19 August 2010 : Ladies Suffer Big Match Delay - But Chelsea Come To Town
Yeovil Town Ladies should have been preparing for a significant milestone in their club's history this Sunday with their first ever match in the FA Tesco Women's Premier League. Unfortunately that match against Cardiff City Ladies has been postponed, due to the Welsh side getting three international call-ups.

With the Ladies involved in the League Cup on the following weekend against Reading Ladies, they will have to wait two weeks until they finally kick-off with an away match against Keynsham Town Ladies.

Somewhat ironically, the Ladies' last pre-season friendly was against Cardiff City Ladies - a game that they lost 5-1. Instead of their opening League match, they will now play a home match against Women's Super League side Chelsea Ladies on Sunday 22nd August, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

The game will be played at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne - home of Sherborne Town Football Club - and admission will be £1.00. Tea bars and the Raleigh Grove social club will be open for the game.


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19 August 2010 : Loan Pair To Know Their Fate 'By Weekend'
Yeovil Town's two short term loans should know their future with the Glovers by the coming weekend. Goalkeeper John Sullivan and defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan are on a month's loan from Millwall and Watford and decisions need to be made on whether they will remain at Huish Park.

The expiry date for their loans has never been stated, however, manager Terry Skiverton's comments in this week's Western Gazette suggest that Saturday's home match against Hartlepool United represents the final game of their first month at the club. With the Glovers out of the Carling Cup, they have no midweek match next week, with the next game after that being the away trip to Oldham Athletic on August 28th.

Skiverton told the paper that the target was to have their futures sorted by this coming weekend:

"Hopefully this week we will be sorting out the futures of the two boys on loan. I am discussing it with Martyn and by the weekend we will have a decision."

Kiernan was signed on July 28th, with the Watford Observer describing it as a 28 day loan, whilst Sullivan was signed on July 27th with the loan just described as "a month".

The Gazette indicate that winger/striker Luke Freeman has an "outside chance" of being involved in Saturday's match against Hartlepool with a bruised shin being his diagnosis on his leg injury. That would suggest that at worst he would miss one game. Skiverton also believes that Dean Bowditch and Andy Welsh will be available, although they may only get as far as the bench.

Link: Yeovil Sign Watford Teenager On Loan.

Link: Glovers Have A Keeper - For A Month.


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18 August 2010 : National Paper Reveals Club's Holding Company Advisors
Yesterday, The Guardian published its third article in its Digger column about Yeovil Town, and they have wasted no time in following that up with a fourth article today. Whilst the national newspaper has struggled to get any information directly from the football club concerning their plans to split its "property assets" from its "footballing operations" they have determined that the club are being advised by Denison Till, who describe themselves as "specialist solicitors" who act "for a number of professional football clubs and other sporting organisations".

On Denison Till's website, they indicate that they "are aware of the complexities of the Football Association and Football League Rules with which all football clubs must comply. They can provide advice as to how football clubs can best preserve their assets within these rules, at a time when many are facing financial difficulties ... We are also able to advise on the desirability of separating property assets from trading assets." The same page indicates that they are aware of circumstances that "can lead to conflict between management, investors and a club’s supporters."

Given that the York-based company indicate that they have such experience, it is surprising that they are not advising their clients that arming supporters with full and transparent information is the way to bring them on board. The football clubs that have attracted the most controversy in such company splits are the ones that have given out the least information, leading to media organisations and supporters having to play detective to try and unearth the facts. Conversely League One side Brentford have published safeguards to stop their property company falling into the wrong hands, and maintain a separate website (as well as their main club site) to keep supporters informed. We've little doubt which route appeases supporters and keeps the majority onside.

The newspaper article also draws attention to the club's Customer Charter, quoting an except from the section on Consultation and Information. The full text of the Charter in this section reads:

"The Club consults supporters on a regular basis through public meetings organised by The Supporter Liaison Officer with all information being fed back through the Clubs Official Internet Site and Match Day Programme.

The Club publicises its position on major policy issues in a user friendly manner via the clubs Matchday Programme, specialist publications and the Clubs Official Internet Site.

The Club has and will continue to develop ways of consulting with shareholders, sponsors, season ticket holders and other interested parties
."

Given that this is undeniably a "major policy issue" that deserves public consultation, if the club are to commit to its own Charter, then the above three paragraphs would appear to be a good path to take. A consultation with the Capital Glovers, requested to the club on August 2nd, would also be another good step.

The Digger article on The Guardian's website can be read via the link below.

Link: The Guardian : Digger Series : Yeovil Vote Of Confidence (Second Article).

Link: Usual Deafening Silence At The Club.

Link: Supporters Group Requests Detail Over Club Restructuring Plans.


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18 August 2010 : Kalala Ban Length Confirmed By FA
The Football Association have confirmed the length of Jean-Paul Kalala's ban. The midfielder was red-carded during Saturday's away match against Bristol Rovers after committing two fouls in six minutes.

A number of match report and statistical sites have suggested that Kalala received a straight red card for serious foul play, which would have earned a three match ban. Thankfully our eyes at the Memorial Stadium did not deceive us; he was dismissed for two bookable offences and the FA have confirmed that he will receive a one match ban, which will be served during Saturday's home match against Hartlepool United.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United.

Link: Rovers 2 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Lose At The Death Again.

Link: Skivo Has Mixed Feelings On Kalala Card Count.

Link: Kalala May Get Subbed To Save His Own Skin.


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18 August 2010 : Glovers Agent Payments Down, But League Payments Go Up
Yeovil Town Football Club's payments to Football Agents has dropped significantly, according to the latest figures issued by the Football League. The Glovers paid out just £4,670 across a 13 month period between June 1st 2009 and June 30th 2010. That's a heavy drop against the £11,500 figure for the 2008-09 season, and continues the cut-backs on money spent by the club in this area.

The Football League publish the figures to provide transparency in member clubs dealings within the world of agents, and to try and pressurise clubs into removing the practice of making payments to football agents, which they see as money "leaving the game". Only three clubs in League One made zero payments to agents - they were Exeter City, Stockport County and Tranmere Rovers. The Glovers were therefore the 4th lowest in League One.

At the other end of the scale, we have Southampton (£401,248), Norwich City (£381,681) and Leeds United (£335,723) were unsurprisingly the biggest payers of fees. Bristol Rovers were the busiest side in the division, registering a fairly incredible 29 loan deals and a total of 75 transactions overall.

The overall news across the whole Football League is that Agent Fees are on the way up, with a total of £12.7m paid out to agents between July 2009 and June 2010 compared with £8.8m for the 2008-09 season. Football League Chairman Greg Clarke has expressed concerns about this trend:

"Given the current economic climate, it is worrying to the see such a significant amount leaking from the game. This year's figures demonstrate a considerable increase on those of last season and it is essential that clubs work to reduce this liability over the coming campaign."

Over the course of the 2009-10 season, Yeovil Town made 11 new player registrations and transfers and updated one player's contract. There were four players contracts that were cancelled, whilst there were 14 loan deals executed, all adding up to 30 transactions across the season.

Link: 20/08/2009 : Glovers See Agent Payments Drop Again.


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18 August 2010 : Happy Birthday Huish Park!
Twenty years ago today, Yeovil Town played their first ever competitive fixture at a new ground called Huish Park. Having left the old Huish ground in May 1990, a new dawn saw the Glovers play an opening Conference league fixture on August 18th 1990 at home to Colchester United, who were also facing a rather unwanted new challenge - their first match at Conference level following their relegation from the Football League.

Striker Mickey Spencer, now manager of Sherborne Town, went down in history as the first competitive goalscorer at the new ground, scoring in the 20th minute, whilst midfielder Peter Conning wrapped up a 2-0 victory in the second half. A total of 4,169 witnessed the club's opening fixture and the line-up that day was:

YTFC Line-Up vs Colchester: 1. Len Bond, 2. Jeff Sherwood, 3. Tiv Lowe, 4. Mark Shail, 5. Steve Rutter, 6. Derek Dawkins, 7. Robbie Carroll, 8. Andy Wallace, 9. Paul Wilson, 10. Mickey Spencer, 11. Peter Conning

Subs: 12. Nicky Dent, 14. Andy Ford.

For those who want a trip down memory lane, a reminder that we have a selection of photos taken during the construction of the ground between 1989 and 1990.

Link: Huish Park Ground Pictures.


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17 August 2010 : Accounts Opened For Adam Stansfield Fund Donations
Further to yesterday's news concerning Adam Stansfield's Funeral, the Exeter City official site has now set up two different online funds for those wishing to donate to their chosen cause. For those wishing to donate, there are links and explanations regarding both funds below.

Link: The Adam Stansfield Football Foundation.

Link: The Adam Stansfield Family Fund.

On the day of the funeral Adam's family will be meeting privately at St James Park before making the route from the ground to the Cathedral. Supporters are invited to line the route if they wish to do so. Exeter are looking at the possibility of providing external speakers on the Cathedral Green for the funeral service for what is likely to be a heavily oversubcribed attendance.

Exeter will be opening up St James Park and The Centre Spot bar after the funeral, which takes place on Wednesday 25th August at 2.00p.m.

Link: Adam Stansfield's Funeral.


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17 August 2010 : Trophy Time And Prices Set
As expected, the Football League Trophy Round One, Southern Section - West, tie between Yeovil Town and Exeter City has been set for Tuesday 31st August 2010. Kick-off is 7.45 p.m.

Prices are a flat rate across the ground. How much of the stadium will be open has not been announced as yet, though it has sometimes been in the past that only one or two sides of the ground have been made available for such minor fixtures.

Prices are: adult £10.00; 16-21 and over-60 £5.00; under-16 £1.00.

The early stages of this competition are traditionally as popular with fans as watching the paint of the current sponsor dry. However with the death of Adam Stansfield being so recent and raw in the minds of supporters at both clubs there may well be more interest in this meeting of the two teams than would otherwise have been the case.

Link: Football League Trophy First Round - Full Draw

Link: Adam Stansfield's Funeral

Link: A Tribute To Adam Stansfield : 1978-2010


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17 August 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
Officials for Saturday's match between Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United have been announced. The man in charge will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Mr Linington was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season after a number of years of holding a flag in Yeovil Town games, and since being given a whistle he has taken charge of five Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions.

The most recent encounter was the March 2010 game against Norwich City that ended up in a 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road. If we'd tried to blame the referee for that result we'd have been laughed out of town. In a one-sided encounter, coming up with any mention of refereeing faults would have been churlish. Just the one booking - for Jean-Paul Kalala of course!

That was one of three 2009-10 encounters with Mr Linington. Prior to the Carrow Road match was a December 2009 home match against Walsall that finished with a 1-3 home defeat in appalling weather conditions. We had a slight grumble about Walsall's tendency to slow play down once they got their noses in front and would like to have seen Mr Linington be more authorative in the way that he dealt with that gamesmanship.

Prior to that was another game against Norwich City in the same season; looking after the August Carling Cup game. The scoreline was a 0-4 and consequently Yeovil's heaviest home defeat since entering the Football League. There were some post-match grumbles from midfielder George O'Callaghan about the opening goal, which came from the penalty spot.

The 2008 Christmas holiday trip to Millwall, where a 1-1 draw at the New Den saw the game flow well, with plenty of attacking football from both sides. As for Mr Linington, we barely noticed him, which is always a good thing.

The other match in October 2008 saw Crewe Alexandra as our opponents at Huish Park, and there's little doubt that the 3-2 scoreline and the thrilling way the game ebbed and flowed will have influenced our thoughts on the referee, but bar a minor quibble that he didn't get out his cards for one theatrical Crewe dive, our recollection is one of general happiness with his performance on the night in what was his first ever match at League One level.

Mr Linington will be assisted by Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Marvin Thompson (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be Ryan Atkin (London).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 4.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

Link: March 2010 : Norwich City 3 Yeovil Town 0.


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17 August 2010 : Usual Deafening Silence At The Club
It's said: if one says something often enough people will come to believe it. However it can be that it simply becomes a standing joke. Such is the case with Yeovil Town chairman John Fry's oft repeated claims of transparency at Huish Park, which long ago reached humorous cult status amongst supporters.

Mostly it didn't matter an awful lot, just being irritating and faintly insulting to be treated as muddied fools who should get on with our business of buying tickets, while the great and the good ran their increasingly personal fiefdom. However, back at the beginning of June (3rd June,2010), an opaque statement of the intention to separate the club from its land was slipped out to the Western Gazette. Ignoring the fact that the Football League itself is opposed to the separation of clubs from their stadiums and/or the land on which they sit, Fry quoted that Yeovil Town was merely following a number of other clubs in so proposing. He did not name any names, which was perhaps wise given what subsequently occurred at some of those clubs.

The club's Official Site has failed to provide any flesh to those meagre bones thrown to the Western Gazette. Nor has it even mentioned what may or may not be a related matter: that the Huish Park site is one of the options under consideration by South Somerset District Council for development of its Sports Zone.

On 23rd July the national press, in the form of The Guardian, first picked up on what was going on at Huish Park. No response from the club. At the start of August supporters group The Capital Glovers submitted a request to the club for futher information (Supporters Group Requests Detail Over Club Restructuring Plans). As far as this site is aware there has been no response from the club. The letter was also submitted to the Western Gazette for publication. We have been informed that the paper contacted the club for its response, and was asked to hold publication whilst one was prepared. Two weeks on it is our understanding that nothing has materialised.

On 6th August The Guardian picked up matters again, contacting the club directly. It was brushed off, allegedly told that the chairman had "got the hump". Today the paper continues its probing, and what began as a small footnote a month ago has reached headline status in something that the club could and should have responded to properly immediately:

Yeovil Town's land sale clouded by questions of value

The club seems to have failed to understand what even politicians realised decades ago: when questions start being asked, however inconvenient and one would rather they weren't being, you have to reply to them or matters simply escalate and control of the agenda is lost.

There are many questions Yeovil Town supporters have about what is a major issue with huge future significance for our club. The structure of this separation needs clarification; will rent be involved; where do the rights to income generated on and from the site reside; what valuation is placed on the land; what protection, if any, will be put in place for when, as is inevitable at some time in the future, Yeovil Town Holdings Limited passes into other hands?

Fans deserve answers, but from Bunker Huish Park will they be forthcoming?

Link: Glovers Launch New Holding Company For 'Investment'

Link: Sports Zone Location Confirmed On Huish Park Land

Link: Huish Park Sports Zone Pros And Cons Published

Link: National Paper Wary Of Glovers Ground Plans

Link: Capital Glovers: An Open Letter to the Club

Link: National Paper Refused Info On Club's Ground Plans

Link: Yeovil Town's land sale clouded by questions of value


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17 August 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Bristol Rovers Interview
The transcript of Terry Skiverton's pre-match interview with BBC Somerset prior to kick-off against Bristol Rovers has been added to the Interview Archives. The full transcript of his interview with Rob Scanlon can be accessed via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Bristol Rovers.


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17 August 2010 : Skivo Plays Waiting Game On Striker Hunt
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits he is playing a bit of a waiting game in his attempts to bring in one more player into his first team squad. The Glovers are principally looking for a target man striker to act as cover and competition for Sam Williams, but the Yeovil boss is mindful that other priorities may materialise at various points in the season, as shown by Saturday's injury to Luke Freeman.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that getting hold of a quality target man was proving to be a difficult task and that he may switch his focus if Freeman's time out of the side is a lengthy one:

"I'm still looking to bring one in. They're a bit of a dying breed and there's not many out there at the moment. We've got our eye on a few, but it's not worth bringing someone in to sit on the bench at the moment, so we're keeping that option open just in case someone does get injured, like a Luke Freeman. Fingers crossed he (Freeman) is not injured, but if he is then we can address it that way, rather than having a young boy to come in and just sit on the bench."


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16 August 2010 : GWSC Travel To Oldham
Departure times and prices are available for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club for the forthcoming trip to Oldham Athletic. The match takes place at the Boundary Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 28th August 2010.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and then Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £24.00, with concessions available at £22.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Oldham Athletic.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Oldham.


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16 August 2010 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Oldham
The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for the second away match of the 2010-11 season. They have seats available for the trip to Oldham Athletic that takes place on August 28th at Boundary Park, kick-off 3.00p.m.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £14.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 7.00am and having a full length breakfast stop at Strensham Services - other breaks as and when requested.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Oldham Athletic.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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16 August 2010 : Kalala May Get Subbed To Save His Own Skin
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has told midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala that he will be substituted in future if he feels his main blocker is in danger of getting sent off. Kalala got his second red card in his Glovers career on Saturday at Bristol Rovers in the 2-1 defeat at the Memorial Stadium, having also received his marching orders in the away tie at Gillingham last season.

Overall, Kalala has been shown yellow cards 19 times since his return to Huish Park just over a year ago, with two pairs of those being converted into reds and Skivo told BBC Somerset that he would have to look at taking him off in such circumstances:

"He knows now that when it comes to those sort of situations and he carries on doing it then we'll bring him off. If someone is stupid enough to consistently get booked or sent off, then you've got to look at other alternatives. I don't want to bring him off every time he gets booked, but if that's a way of saving our team, then so be it."

The snag for Skivo is that with only six minutes between Kalala's yellow and red on Saturday, he may not even be presented with the opportunity to do so!

Speaking to the Western Morning News about the game in general, Skiverton added that he was not going to fault his players for their effort in general - just that individual errors gave away the two goals:

"In the ten minute spell leading up to our goal, I don't think they had a kick. I've seen enough of the fight, character and determination that the lads have shown in the last three games and I'm happy with the performance. It was difficult because we were down to ten men, and there were a few people running on empty. They were all gutted in the changing rooms."

Better news is reported on striker Luke Freeman today. He has bad bone bruising, but at present Skivo isn't ruling him out of Saturday's match against Hartlepool United. Then again, he isn't ruling him in either. Hopefully we'll hear more by Thursday.


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16 August 2010 : Adam Stansfield's Funeral
The Exeter City Official Site has announced details of the funeral of Adam Stansfield, who died on Tuesday 10th August 2010 at the age of 31 leaving a wife, Marie, and young family.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday August 25th 2010 at 2.00 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Exeter, to be followed by private interment.
Family flowers only are requested.

If you wish to make a donation there are a number of different ways to do so:

The Adam Stansfield Foundation is being set up by his family, to promote youth football in the South West.

Donations to this fund can be made via a retiring collection at the service, at the Exeter City reception or through the Exeter City Official Website at www.exetercityfc.co.uk from lunchtime on Wednesday 17th August onwards.

The Family Fund, to which donations can be made via the Exeter City reception and at www.exetercityfc.co.uk, again from tomorrow.

A Run For Stanno - all monies to Cancer Research UK - at http://www.justgiving.com/arunforstanno.

Link: Exeter City Official Site: Date Announced For Adam Stansfield's Funeral

Link: Exeter Fan Plans Double Marathon Run For Adam Stansfield

Link: A Tribute To Adam Stansfield : 1978-2010


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16 August 2010 : Adam's Family Send Message To Supporters
Marie Stansfield, the wife of former Glovers striker Adam Stansfield, has given a public response to the volume of messages and tributes made by football fans over the last six days. Posted on Exeter's official site, Marie has given thanks on behalf of her family as follows:

"We would like to thank everyone for the kindness shown to us since Adam sadly passed away. The many cards and messages of support have been a great comfort and are really helping us through this very difficult time. We have all been very moved by the many tributes left at the ground from both our friends at Exeter City and from around the country.

Thank you, Marie, Boys and Family
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16 August 2010 : Exeter Keep Big Bank Gates Open For Adam
League One side Exeter City are continuing to keep one end of their ground open to allow supporters to lay tributes to Adam Stansfield and to visit those already on display. The Big Bank gates will remain open until 7.00p.m. tonight, and then will be open from 9.30a.m. until 5.00p.m. for the remainder of the week.

On Thursday, the Grecians will start to move the tributes and memorabilia across to the fencing and area adjacent to the Flybe Stand turnstiles to allow their home match against Bristol Rovers to be staged this coming Saturday. All tributes and memorabilia left at the ground will be handed over to the Stansfield family at a later date.

Obviously all Yeovil Town fans in the Exeter area are welcome to visit the stand to either view the current displays or to lay their own tributes to Adam. Yeovil Town have their own display at the club's Garden Of Remembrance on the corner of the Main Stand and Home Terrace at Huish Park.


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16 August 2010 : Where Are They Now : Mason, Thommo, Martin And Others
Another round-up of recent news involving former Yeovil Town players sees movement between clubs continue, particularly in the non-league divisions, which commenced their seasons over the weekend. Of the players most recently on Yeovil's books, Richard Martin and Corey Lewis have found new clubs. The same is true of Marvin Brown and the ever-green Steve Thompson, whilst Ryan Mason grabs a loan move. Centre-back Curtis Ujah extends his stay at Boreham, whilst Owain Tudur Jones ends his trial at Plymouth Argyle.

All articles are linked below (and link to each other) whilst the latest entries in the Where Are They Now section are displayed at the top of the main news page.

Link: Ujah Agrees New Boreham Deal.

Link: Brown Signs For Almondsbury.

Link: Thommo Joins Dorset Gills.

Link: Lewis Joins Taunton And Nets On Debut.

Link: Martin Turns Out For Hawks.

Link: No Tudur Jones Move For Argyle.

Link: Mason Heads To Donny.


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15 August 2010 : Crystal Palace Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday's League Cup First Round match against Crystal Palace saw the Glovers go down by a solitary last minute goal after having matched the Championship side for much of the game. In terms of the Man of the Match voting, there was a reasonable spread of opinion, with Dean Bowditch and Craig Alcock rated highly and Sponsors Man of the Match Andy Williams coming in second place.

The majority vote though went to Millwall's on-loan goalkeeper John Sullivan, who made a number of first half saves to thwart Palace and keep the scoreline level. Full results are shown below with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets.

1 John Sullivan 262 (20)
2 Andy Williams 130 (5)
3 Craig Alcock 118 (7)
4 Dean Bowditch 108 (5)
5 Adam Virgo 78 (4)
6 Sam Williams 62 (2)
7 Luke Ayling 38 (2)
8 Nathan Jones 14 (0)
8 Paul Huntington 14 (0)
10 Luke Freeman 12 (1)
11 Nathan Smith 10 (1)
11 Cameron Stewart 10 (1)
13 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.54

Performance: 8.33
Entertainment: 8.75

VOTES RECEIVED: 48

Don't forget to place your votes for Saturday's away match against Bristol Rovers. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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15 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Late Goals Cost Points, Again
On the back of Saturday's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bristol Rovers, Taff has updated his blog. Under consideration is the loss of two key players, and the manner in which we concede our goals. Just one of those things, or is there more to it? You decide, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Late Goals Cost Points, Again.


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15 August 2010 : Trollope Says Hard Work Justified Victory
Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope believed his side's hard work paid off following yesterday's 2-1 win for the Gas against Yeovil Town yesterday at the Memorial Stadium. Trollope had come under increasing pressure to produce a result following an opening day 3-0 defeat, followed by a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Oxford United in the League Cup.

A late late Byron Anthony strike gave Rovers a fortunate three points, shortly after Adam Virgo's 89th minute equaliser, but Trollope said after the game that he believed that was justified for the way his side responded both to the midweek result and Virgo's goal:

"We've all worked exceptionally hard to turn it around after the poor start we've had. There's been some late nights, some early mornings, and a lot of work on the training pitch, in meeting rooms and in the office. There's a temptation to come down very hard on the players and overdo things, but that can mean they are not fresh enough to produce a performance. This performance made me proud, particularly the way we responded to their equaliser with only three or four minutes left. The lads could have allowed their heads to drop, but they kept going and got their rewards when Byron scored the winner."


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15 August 2010 : Leyton Orient Man of the Match Result
The 2010-11 season's Man of the Match voting commenced last weekend with the opening day match against Leyton Orient at Huish Park. It was a game that the Glovers won 2-1 with goals from Dean Bowditch and Luke Freeman giving them a welcome three point start.

The Man of the Match voting was fairly one-sided. Andy Williams, making his debut, featured well, as did goalscorer Dean Bowditch. However, most of you agreed with the Huish Park Match Sponsors, who voted former Brighton and Hove Albion defender Adam Virgo as their Man of the Match, and he won our vote by a very comfortable margin, to give him a great debut in Yeovil Town colours.

1 Adam Virgo 710 (66)
2 Dean Bowditch 242 (5)
3 Andy Williams 120 (4)
4 John Sullivan 92 (0)
5 Craig Alcock 58 (1)
5 Luke Freeman 58 (1)
7 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 40 (1)
8 Paul Huntington 36 (0)
9 Luke Ayling 24 (0)
10 Sam Williams 18 (0)
11 Nathan Jones 11 (0)
12 Ed Upson 10 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.53

Performance: 6.48
Entertainment: 6.58

VOTES RECEIVED: 79


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15 August 2010 : Skivo Explains Bowditch Absence
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has explained the absence of striker Dean Bowditch from Saturday's first team squad. Last season's top scorer was a surprise omission from the trip to the Memorial Stadium, with Cameron Stewart taking his place in the starting line-up.

Bowditch was withdrawn towards the end of last Saturday's match against Leyton Orient with a slight hamstring niggle. However, Skivo told BBC Somerset that Dean's withdrawal from the squad had nothing to do with that and was due to bruised kidneys:

"He got a whack in his kidneys and there was a little bit of blood that came out in his urine. So we were a little bit worried about him. He's okay and he wanted to play today, but we've just followed the advice of the physio and the doctor and rested him because you can't afford anything when it's internal like that. You can't afford to take risks with people and so we've just sat him out."


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15 August 2010 : Skivo Has Mixed Feelings On Kalala Card Count
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has got mixed feelings about midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala's high card count. The Congolese player was red carded in Saturday's 2-1 defeat against Bristol Rovers after he picked up two yellow cards inside five minutes.

Last season he clocked up 14 yellow card and one red card, and was dropped from his side on the final game of last season to avoid him picking up his 15th and a further ban. Skiverton said that he had no issue with Kalala's aggressive tackling, but he felt that it was the more trivial infringements that he needed to cut out of his game:

"It's difficult with JP (Kalala) because I don't want to restrain the boy. He runs about and gets his foot in for us and I like that. I'm not going to change him as a player and make him stand off. It's just the silly bookings and the second one was a silly one. We had a chat to him in the dressing room and he knows how I feel about it."


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14 August 2010 : Freeman Suffers Significant Leg Injury
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Luke Freeman has suffered a significant leg injury during this afternoon's match against Bristol Rovers. Luke was substituted in the 43rd minute following a hefty challenge that left him hobbling about until manager Terry Skiverton was forced to withdraw him.

Luke was taken to hospital after the game for an x-ray, with the concern that he may have broken a bone in his leg. Thankfully that has not been the case, but it seems inevitable that he will be spending some time on the sidelines. Exactly how long won't be known until after the weekend, but if it proves to be non-trivial, then it's possible that his parent club Arsenal may recall him for treatment until the issue is sorted. Fingers crossed that we're talking bruising rather than anything that would sit him on the sidelines for any great length of time. Speaking before the x-ray results came back, Skivo explained his concerns:

""There were a few tackles against us that were close to the mark and Luke (Freeman) has been caught on his shin. He's going for an X-ray. We think it could be a broken leg so we're hoping that doesn't prove to be the case."

Thankfully the current prognosis is that is not the case.


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14 August 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Torquay United : Youth Team Match Report
Yeovil Town Under-18s kicked off their 2010-11 Football League Youth Alliance this morning with a win over Torquay United. The Glovers won the match by a single goal from defender Rhys Baggridge in a game played at Gassons Lane, Somerton.

The match started in pouring rain and though it did ease off the conditions were hard for either team to play flowing football. With the wind, rain and slope behind them Torquay had most of the possession but did not threaten unduly with most of their attempts going wide.

After eight minutes Rhys Baggridge and Torquay's number 9 were given yellow cards after a clash on and off the ball. However, this settled both sides down and the weather and football improved with Torquay still on top.

With 20 minutes gone, the breakthrough goal came, but it wasn't at the end that the early play had suggested. Yeovil took a corner through Johnny Kaye and a towering header by Rhys Baggridge found the top corner. 1-0 to Yeovil giving them the start they wanted. Torquay still took the game to Yeovil but found it difficult to penetrate a resolute defence. Just before the half time break, Nick Lyskov became Yeovil's second booking as he was cautioned for a clumsy foul.

The second half same as the first but now it was Yeovil's turn to have the possession and not be able to covert it into goals. Will Gordon and Lloyd Matthews both had good chances that they were unable to finish off. Mitch Conning came on for Johnny Kaye after 65 mins as the game ebbed and flowed with neither side being able to boss the game and chances were missed at both ends.

On 78 minutes, Tyler Sheppard made a welcome return after injury replacing Adam Cleary as the game closed down. Just before the ninety minutes were up, it was the Glovers who had the best chance to grab a second goal, as Will Gordon was put through one on one with the Torquay goalkeeper. Gordon was brought down outside the box but the Gulls keeper escaped with a yellow card for the final action of the game.

After the game, the Yeovil management described the game as a scrappy game but they were pleased with the level of commitment and the desire for the ball that their new team showed. Next up is an away trip against Hereford United which takes place next Saturday morning.

Full Time: Yeovil Town U18s 1 Torquay United U18s 0.

Scorer: Rhys Baggridge (1-0, 20 mins).

Yeovil Town:
1. Steve Boore 2. Aidan Chainey 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Jonny Kaye 5. Rhys Baggridge 6. Nick Lyskov 7. Lewis Clarke 8. Rob Clowes 9. Lloyd Matthews 10. Adam Cleary 11. Will Gordon

Subs:
Ben Kendall, Tyler Sheppard, (78 mins for Adam Cleary), Will Agbo, Andy Baker, Mitch Conning (61 mins for Johnny Kaye).

Yeovil Bookings: Rhys Baggridge (8 mins), Nick Lyskov (41 mins).
Torquay Bookings: Three Bookings.

Torquay United:
Kitscha (trialist); Bragg (trialist), Parrish, Lang, Quinn, D. Williams, Kudi, Taylor (Williams 65), Thompson, Latimer, Spear.

Attendance: 41.

Centre of Excellence Scratchcard winner: Bev Boore.


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14 August 2010 : Man of the Match Voting For The Bristol Rovers Game
If you were at this afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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14 August 2010 : Rovers 2 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Lose At The Death Again
For the second time in a week, Yeovil Town lost a game with almost the last kick of the match. The Glovers lost to a Bryon Anthony goal four minutes into injury time, barely minutes after Yeovil thought they had snatched a point through Adam Virgo. Rovers had opened the scoring through Jo Kuffour just before the break, and that looked to be enough in a somewhat scrappy game, until the two late goals saw Rovers edge out by a 2-1 scoreline.

The Glovers lost Dean Bowditch pre-match to an unspecified injury, with Cameron Stewart replacing him in the starting line-up but moving out to the left wing. That allowed Luke Freeman a chance to move up front for the start of the game. There was still no place for Andy Welsh who has yet to feature in the 2010-11 season proper.

Rovers probably started the sharper, with John Sullivan being forced into an early save, along with some relative pressure, albeit without creating volumes of chances. The Glovers were in a highly physical move, flying into challenges on a greasy surface that saw Luke Freeman rightly carded as he made a typical striker's challenge to close down a defensive clearance and ended up clattering a Rovers defender.

Freeman almost got onto Yeovil's first chance - an Andy Williams shot from outside the box that Mikkel Andersen spilled, and the Arsenal striker was if anything too close to the Rovers keeper to have a chance of following up on the rebound. The Glovers grew into the game, and managed to force play into the Rovers half, although were not exactly creating a glut of the chances.

Pick of the bunch though, came from a great team move that saw a Sam Williams shot cleared off the line by Danny Coles. Started by a brilliant chipped pass by Luke Freeman that set Nathan Jones on an overlap down the left flank, Jones cut the ball back from the by-line superbly and the swivel and turn from Big Sam was exquisite. Unfortunately his shot wasn't the best, and Coles was able to clear the ball from danger.

Yeovil didn't create too much else that was clear-cut and they weren't helped by Luke Freeman hobbling around and eventually having to be replaced. That saw Nathan Smith introduced, seeing a big change around to accommodate the swap. Cameron Stewart switched flanks and Andy Williams went up front. Quite possibly that switch unsettled the Glovers, given that Stewart's new marking duties would almost certainly have involved Gary Sawyer. He received a ball out wide on the left from Will Hoskins and his unchallenged ball into the box was met by a free header from Jo Kuffour to put Rovers 1-0 up right on the stroke of half time. When someone as small as Kuffour gets in a free header, you know your marking has gone astray badly.

A fair bit of rain in the first half turned into heavy rain lashing down in Bristol, for the opening of the second period, coupled with the odd lightning flash. Sadly there wasn't quite so much going on pitch-wise, with Rovers looking comfortable enough to keep the Glovers away from their goal. Yeovil had a 15 minute spell when they almost looked as though they were going to gain ascendancy, but again without those magical chances being created.

Just as things began to fizzle out, the Glovers shot themselves in the foot further by losing a man to a red card. Jean-Paul Kalala had only just been booked for a foul on Chris Lines, when a fairly daft foul on Stuart Campbell was committed. Not an ugly one by any stretch of the imagination, but an easy one for Michael Oliver. All 552 Yeovil fans knew what was coming, and the Glovers were down to 10 men.

Adam Virgo was pushed up front as the Glovers made a double substitution for the final 15 minutes, and again it looked as though that attempt to shake things up was going nowhere. But from a corner in the 89th minute, Virgo headed home for an equalising goal, and what looked to be a bit of a get out of jail card.

Alas, we said in our match preview to expect the unexpected in derby matches against Bristol Rovers. After Rovers appeals for a handball by Nathan Smith from a Wayne Brown shot had been turned down, and with the clock ticking out on 94 minutes, Rovers won a corner, the ball was floated in, and it dropped nicely to Byron Anthony who was able to win the match with more or less the last kick of the game. Barely a chance to kick-off again before referee Michael Oliver blew his whistle.

Neither goalkeeper had to do much throughout the game other than pick the ball out of the net in all honesty, with not too many incisive shots on goal during the 90 minutes. Hence the Glovers may feel that a draw would have been a fairer result. But from the moment Rovers went 1-0 up just before the break, there was too much huffing and puffing by the Yeovil side and the Virgo equaliser came out of the blue. Such a shame that the 10 men couldn't hang on for another 30 seconds.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jo Kuffour (45 mins, 1-0), Adam Virgo (89 mins, 1-1), Byron Anthony (90 mins, 2-1).

Bristol Rovers:
1. Mikkel Andersen 15. Byron Anthony 5. Danny Coles 6. James Tunnicliffe 3. Gary Sawyer 7. Stuart Campbell 14. Wayne Brown 4. Chris Lines 11. Jeff Hughes 17. Jo Kuffour 8. Will Hoskins

Substitutes:
13. Mike Green (GK) 16. Dominic Blizzard 10. Darryl Duffy 2. Carl Regan 20. Charles Reece 23. Ben Swallow 18. Eliot Richards

Yeovil Town:
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 21. JP Kalala 8. Luke Ayling 15. Cameron Stewart
18. Luke Freeman 9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 17. Craig Calver 14. Rob Kiernan (76 mins for Cameron Stewart) 4. Stefan Stam 6. Nathan Smith (43 mins for Luke Freeman) 12. Danny Hutchins 16. Edward Upson (77 mins for Nathan Jones)

Rovers Bookings: Wayne Brown (48 mins, foul), Danny Coles (54 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Freeman (18 mins, foul), Luke Ayling (38 mins, foul), Adam Virgo (46 mins, handball), Jean-Paul Kalala (76 mins, foul). Red Card: (81 mins, second bookable offence).

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland). Assistants: Mike Cairns (Somerset) and Mick McDonough (Northumberland). Fourth Official: Rob Lewis (Shropshire).

Attendance: 6,438 (including 552 Yeovil fans)


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14 August 2010 : Youth Team vs Torquay United : Full Time
Yeovil Town's Under-18s got their 2010-11 season off to a winning start this morning against Torquay United. The Youth Team won their opening game at Somerton by a 1-0 scoreline, with a Rhys Baggridge header from a Johnny Kaye corner in the 20th minute ultimately dividing the two teams. Torquay put up a good fight keeping plenty of possession during the game, but struggled to carve out direct chances.

More detail on this match will follow in the next day or two.


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14 August 2010 : Football League Trophy First Round - Full Draw Details
The full draw for the First Round of the Football League Trophy has now been made. The full draw is as follows, with Yeovil Town getting a home tie against Exeter City:

Southern Section - West: Yeovil Town v Exeter City, Aldershot v Oxford United, Southampton v Swindon, Bournemouth v Torquay.

Southern Section - East: Southend v Gillingham, Charlton v Dagenham & Redbridge, Brighton v Leyton Orient, Stevenage v Brentford.

Northern Section - West: Oldham v Shrewsbury, Macclesfield v Morecambe, Port Vale v Rochdale, Tranmere v Accrington.

Northern Section - East: Walsall v Chesterfield, Sheffield Wednesday v Notts County, Rotherham v Lincoln City, Hartlepool v Northampton


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14 August 2010 : Youth Team vs Torquay United : Half Time
Yeovil Town's Under 18s are playing Torquay United this morning. The young Glovers are 1-0 up at half time currently. We'll update this news item at full time.


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14 August 2010 : Former Clubs Pay Their Tributes To Adam Stansfield
Former Yeovil Town striker Adam Stansfield's old clubs have been lining up to pay tribute to him. After Adam passed away on Tuesday night, his old clubs Twyford Spartans, Cullompton Rangers, Elmore and Hereford United have described him as playing like "a kid in a toy shop" and being "as brave as a lion".

Twyford Spartans was Adam's junior club, and we're told that he made regular journeys back there even after he turned professional. Twyford issued their own statement saying:

"He was well respected and admired by everyone at Twyford and will always be remembered as true role model for young children in the sport as well as an excellent ambassador for youth and professional football."

The Glovers took Adam into professional football in November 2001 from Western League Elmore with the striker having joined them in 1998 and their joint-manager Simon Harder said that Adam had been back to the club recently:

"He was at Elmore watching England against Germany in the World Cup and was having a laugh and a joke with everyone. His aim was to be back in the Exeter City team to play against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough (in May). He was desperate to play there and had his sights set on it. He was saying that everything was looking good so his passing has come as a huge shock.

"He was a genuine character and always had time to talk to people. You hear so many stories about modern footballers these days in the press, but Adam was just a nice lad and a good footballer as well. He had so many friends at Elmore and this is a real tragedy. We know a lot of Adam's family and they are really nice people. Adam is someone who will never be forgotten at Elmore, not just because he has come from Elmore and go on to play in the Football League, but for who he was. A lot of the players at Elmore knew Adam and (Elmore striker) Steve Rowlands was absolutely devastated by the news. I am surprised he got through the game on Wednesday. All our thoughts are with his friends and family. It was a pleasure to have known him
."

Stan Hill, now vice chairman of Cullompton Rangers, was manager of the Spartans U-16 team and Cullompton Rangers second team and so was the only person to coach Adam at two different clubs. He told the North Devon Star:

"Adam was a great player. He was dedicated to his game, he never complained and had a brilliant attitude. His speed got him past players and he had a good football brain to keep him one step ahead. He was always one of the boys and he didn't forget you when he moved on we were invited to his wedding. I was keeping in contact with his brother-in-law and I know he was in so much pain towards the end. I'm so sad for his family. The club will miss him and we're thinking of his family."

Elmore Chairman Jed Hewitt said the club will hold a minute silence before their home FA Cup tie against Hamworthy today:

"He was an inspirational player and person and was very supportive of youth football in the area. He was calm, professional and focused and will be missed"

After leaving Yeovil Town in 2004, Adam went on to play for Hereford United in the Conference where he won promotion in his second season at Edgar Street. His manager Graham Turner, now at Shrewsbury Town said that he heard the news when he was on his way home from their Carling Cup win over Charlton Athletic:

"We came back from 3-0 down against Charlton on Tuesday to win 4-3 - a magnificent game and a magnificent performance from us, but I got the phone call about Adam on the way home which put everything in perspective. We knew him as a family man and it is an absolute tragedy, particularly for his wife and his three small lads. Everyone at Hereford, and even the staff here who worked with me at Hereford, were devastated by the news."

"He came into professional football a bit later than most and he always gave me the impression of being a kid in a toy shop. When he was released by Yeovil it didn't take much thinking about - we wanted him to sign for us. He loved the game, in training he always had a smile on his face. I can genuinely say he was one of the most pleasant players I have worked with and it was that enthusiasm for the game which seemed to rub off on those around him. Adam could score, he did very well for us for a period and he always worked tremendously hard during the matches. He wasn't physically the strongest but he was as brave as a lion
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14 August 2010 : Football League Trophy First Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn at home in the First Round of the Football League Trophy which was made this morning. The Glovers will face Exeter City at Huish Park following a draw made on Sky's Soccer AM programme. Full draw to follow later today.

Ties will be played in the week commencing August 30th.


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14 August 2010 : Football League Trophy Draw Due This Morning
A reminder that the First Round draw for the Football League Trophy is made today. The teams will be selected live on Sky's Soccer AM programme. The first round draw is heavily regionalised and Yeovil Town can only be drawn against seven other teams. A reminder of those teams are as follows:

Southern section (west): Aldershot, AFC Bournemouth, Exeter, Oxford United, Southampton, Swindon Town, Torquay United, Yeovil Town.

Ties will be played in the week commencing August 30th. Other regional draws can be found via the link below.

Link: No Trophy Bye For Glovers.

Link: Football League Trophy Dates.


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13 August 2010 : Williams Expecting Reaction From Gas Fans On His Return
Former Bristol Rovers winger/striker Andy Williams has admitted that he is expecting to get some kind of a reaction from his former supporters when he returns to the Memorial Stadium tomorrow.

Williams turns 24 years old tomorrow and will almost certainly start against The Gas, who he played for between 2007 and this summer, making 102 appearances and scoring 10 goals. Although he felt the Rovers fans supported him well whilst he was their player, he told BBC Somerset that he wasn't sure how favourable they would be now he was in another club's shirt:

"I got a good reaction from the fans whilst I was there, but obviously once you leave they cut the ties sometimes. So it just depends the way that they feel. The way I left the club, I didn't really have much of a choice, so hopefully they'll see that and it won't be too much of a hostile reaction. I imagine it will be reasonably muted until I touch the ball, but hopefully it will die away if I don't do anything."


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13 August 2010 : Skivo Previews The Bristol Rovers Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday's trip to the Memorial Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon about the match against Bristol Rovers, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Bristol Rovers Game.


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13 August 2010 : Rovers Defender Coles Has Plans For Williams!
Bristol Rovers centre-back Danny Coles will be doing his best to keep is former team-mate Andy Williams out of the game tomorrow, even if he has to resort to dubious tactics. Coles and Williams were team-mates at the Memorial Stadium last season, with Yeovil's new winger/striker making his first trip back to his former club for tomorrow's local derby.

Coles told BBC Somerset that he struck up a conversation about Williams with an unexpected source - namely Glovers boss Terry Skiverton who he met whilst out with his family. Coles joked that he planned to nobble Williams to slow him down, but that the right-winger had other plans:

"I was talking to Terry Skiverton yesterday when I was out and about with the wife and the little one. I asked him how Willo was doing and he said yes, he's been on fire. So hopefully we can sort him out on Saturday and give him a kick or two! But it will be good to see Willo and I still keep in contact with him. I've messaged him a few times. It's actually his birthday on Saturday, so he'll be looking to have a good game and get one over on us. He said he's going to stay as far away from me as he can!"


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13 August 2010 : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the short trip up the A37 tomorrow to play their local rivals Bristol Rovers in their second League One match of the 2010-11 season. Both teams have faced their own internal challenges for very different reasons this week, and so it will be different to second guess how each club will react.

Whilst the Glovers have mourned the loss of former striker Adam Stansfield this week - tomorrow's game will see them don black armbands in tribute to the Exeter City player, tomorrow's opponents have had very different (and let's face it, more trivial) problems to deal with, namely their leaky defence which has seen them cave in by 3-0 and 6-1 scorelines to open up the season. Not quite the start that Rovers had intended, given that they spent a fair chunk of last season hovering 6-10 points off the play-off spots.

The 6-1 hammering by Oxford United in midweek will demand a response, and there seems little doubt that if Rovers fans do not see that on Saturday, then there will be growing pressure put upon manager Paul Trollope. He in turn has put pressure on his own players, telling BBC Bristol in midweek:

"If people haven't got that fire in their belly they'll quickly find themselves on the sideline or out of the club. Because that lack of defensive desire is not acceptable."

One thing that seems pretty certain is that Rovers will be making two changes to their defensive line-up. Goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen - once again on loan from Reading - was on international duty during midweek, whilst centre-back Danny Coles was rested during the Oxford massacre. Both will surely return to the starting line-up.

Aside from Anderson, Rovers have brought in midfielder Wayne Brown from Fulham, who briefly played for them on loan last season, whilst Harry Pell is another midfielder joining from Charlton Athletic. James Tunnicliffe has come in on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion. Rovers are believed to have downsized their playing budget over the summer, and of course lost winger/striker Andy Williams to Yeovil Town over the summer.

Williams will celebrate his 24th birthday tomorrow back at his former club, and is reported as having recovered from a shoulder injury he sustained during Tuesday night's defeat against Crystal Palace. Midfielder Rob Kiernan will return from making his début for the Irish Under-21s, whilst Cameron Stewart ought to have recovered from a bout of tonsillitis that saw him withdrawn in midweek. The only question mark is therefore over left-winger Andy Welsh who has yet to feature, following an unspecified injury.

Both meetings last season showed up the peculiarities of local derbies and how there is no point in analysing the form book on such fixtures. The October 2009 game saw Yeovil go into the match without an away win under manager Terry Skiverton yet goals from Jonathan Obika and an "I was there" moment from Terrell Forbes cancelled out Chris Dickson's opener for a 2-1 win.

Fast forward to March 2010 and a Glovers side priding themselves on their strong home record were undone by a nightmare first half display, with two Jo Kuffour goals and a Paul Heffernan close range effort incurring a 0-3 home defeat. Thus far the rule of thumb for Yeovil vs Bristol Rovers matches has been to expect the unexpected.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. tomorrow and tickets will be available on the day of the match from the Memorial Stadium, albeit with a two pound surcharge. For those who can't make it, one of BBC Somerset or BBC Bristol will be covering the game live. Listen carefully to whatever is said in the build-up between 2.00p.m. and 3.00p.m. as in recent sports bulletins, BBC Somerset have referenced commentary on 94.9FM (Bristol) for this game, but haven't made it clear what they'll be covering on 95.5FM (Somerset). Hence be prepared to retune your dial at short notice. For those on the internet, we'll be on Twitter at @ytfcciderspace during the game. If you are going, don't forget your Ciderspace guide to Bristol and the Memorial Stadium below.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Officials For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Black Armbands For Adam On Saturday.

Link: Skivo Wants 'Strong' Glovers To Avoid Rovers Backlash.


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13 August 2010 : Sullivan Hoping For Loan Extension With Glovers
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper John Sullivan has said that he is willing to stay longer at Huish Park - if he is asked to. The third-choice Millwall keeper is with the Glovers for a month, and admits that as yet there are no talks of an extension yet.

Manager Terry Skiverton has hinted that the option is there for Sullivan's loan to be extended and now the keeper has told this morning's Western Daily Press that he would be happy to see that happen:

"I have really enjoyed my time down here, it is a great club, it suits me and I would like to stay longer and play. All a player wants to do is play and I am at the point where I want to play and I think I am showing people I can play at this level, and hopefully higher. I am not saying there will not be a chance at Millwall in the future, because Millwall is a fantastic club as well. But at the minute I am not thinking about Millwall, I am not thinking about anything else, I am thinking about playing for Yeovil Town. Hopefully if I do well I can stay longer, but if I do not I will have to respect the manager's decision. Hopefully it will be longer."

At present, we're not sure when Sullivan's last game in his initial month deal is likely to be - his one month deal started on July 27th, but will very much depend upon the exact number of days negotiated between the two clubs.


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13 August 2010 : Venue Set For Youth Team vs Torquay United
Yeovil Town's Under 18s commence their league season tomorrow in the Football League's Youth Alliance South-West Division. They start with a home game against Torquay United U18s in a match that will be played at Gassons Lane, Somerton.

The club changed venues several times last season in staging their home fixtures last season. For now, and until further notice, Gassons Lane will be the default venue for the 2010-11 season. Kick-off is at 11.00a.m. and all are welcome to attend.


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13 August 2010 : Where Are They Now : McCarthy, Dayton, Townsend and McCollin
The movement of Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to Brentford on loan seems an appropriate point to provide a compendium of updates on past Yeovil Town players. McCarthy has featured three times this week in our Where Are They Now news section on past players, and all for entirely different reasons.

Also featured in recent days are left-wingers James Dayton and Andros Townsend and striker Andre McCollin who have all moved to new clubs in the past day or two. Follow the links below (which all link to each other). The latest Where Are They Now stories are now automatically displayed at the top of the main news page to make it easier to spot them when they go up.

Link: Bees Grab McCarthy On Loan.

Link: Dayton Gets Three Year Deal.

Link: Townsend The Tractor Boy.

Link: McCollin Returns To Farnborough.


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12 August 2010 : Skivo Wants 'Strong' Glovers To Avoid Rovers Backlash
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admits that he does not know what sort of Bristol Rovers side to expect on Saturday, when the two clubs meet at the Memorial Stadium in a League One local derby clash. The Gas were massacred 6-1 in the Carling Cup during midweek against Football League newcomers Oxford United, three days after losing 3-0 against a Gary Johnson led Peterborough United side.

All of that has led to some harsh words said after the match, with Rovers manager Paul Trollope describing his team's performance as "embarrassing" whilst Chairman Nick Higgs said it was a "totally inept defensive display, which simply wasn't good enough".

With both of Rovers' matches so far being away from home - where they have won just twice in their last 20 outings - their hope will be that a return to the Memorial Stadium will set them up for a return to form. But on the other hand, a poor start could see them cave in. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he wouldn't like to predict too much about how the home side will react to the situation:

"I don't know. We'll be looking at it in terms of the positives for us, in that they might be a bit edgy and their home fans will be expecting them to start the game well. So I'll be looking at the positives from my side. From his (Paul Trollope's) side, he'll be getting them up for the game and they'll be in tip-top shape looking to get this mini-run out of the way. They'll be using us as that springboard, that platform, and it's up to us to not bow down to that and be strong and to take them all the way."

Back in March 2010, Rovers grabbed one of those rare away wins when they gained a comprehensive 0-3 away win at Huish Park, with two goals from Jo Kuffour and a third from Paul Heffernan giving them their first ever win against the Glovers in South Somerset. Skiverton points out that this proves what Rovers are capable of:

"They beat us quite convincingly here (at Huish Park) last season, 3-0. We will need to be stronger. It will be a tough game for us. The last time I lost a game like that, I think it was Norwich and we ended up being beaten by four. So we'll go there and we'll stay strong in our shape and with the players that we've got, hopefully we can score a goal. All during pre-season we've been looking lively and scoring goals and getting good crosses in, and so we need to take that on board for Saturday."

Note that advance tickets for the game itself are now on General Sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office - get them at the advance price before Friday 12.00 noon. Prices go up by £2.00 on the day of the game.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Officials For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Black Armbands For Adam On Saturday.


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12 August 2010 : Black Armbands For Adam On Saturday
Yeovil Town's players will wear black armbands at this Saturday's match at the Memorial Stadium. The current first team playing squad will pay their tribute to former striker Adam Stansfield in the away match against Bristol Rovers.

Whilst management pairing Terry Skiverton and Darren Way played in the same Yeovil Town side as Adam, the tribute will also be a personal one particularly for winger/striker Andy Williams who was Adam's strike partner at Edgar Street whilst both were playing for Hereford United.


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12 August 2010 : Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Walsall is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd October at the Bescot Stadium with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

As with previous seasons, Walsall operate a fairly ludicrous ticketing system where they operate a matchday surcharge for anyone who does not buy tickets in advance. Nothing unusual in that as such, except that they do not allow away supporters to purchase tickets from their local club's Ticket Office. Advance ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over-60s and Under-18s: £12.00.

To get the advance prices, you have to phone Walsall's Ticket Office, even if you are an away supporter. Add £2.00 to the above prices if you are purchasing on the day of the game. Disabled supporters pay the same prices as the above, but with an assistant admitted free of charge.

Walsall's Ticket Office is open from 9.00a.m. until 4.30p.m. from Monday to Friday on either 01922-651414 or 01922 651416.

Yeovil Town supporters are housed in the Dains Stand, more commonly known as the William Sharpe Stand, which is an all-seater stand housing 1,914 spectators behind one of the goals. Disabled supporters are housed in the Bite Size Stand (seriously, that is its name - formerly the Banks's Brewery Stand).


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12 August 2010 : Officials For Mem
Youngest referee to officiate a Football League match; youngest referee to officiate a Play-Off Final; youngest referee to officiate a Premier League fixture; youngest referee to judge at Crufts probably. Yep, it's Michael Oliver, being shipped down from Northumberland for our derby at the Memorial Stadium, with the media's favoured "youngest ever referee to" tag attached.

On the opening day of the season he issued two reds in the Bristol City versus Millwall clash - possibly the youngest ever referee to. And at the back end of last season three red cards in a Leeds United versus MK Dons game. Doubtless the youngest ever referee to do that too.

We've had him twice previously, in February 2008 away to Walsall, and November 2008 away to Oldham Athletic. Neither game occasioned us to comment negatively on the performance of Mr. Oliver (Jnr).

The other officials, who may or (more likely) may not be setting records for youthfulness, are : Mike Cairns (Somerset) and Mick McDonough (Northumberland) running the lines; Rob Lewis (Shropshire) as waver of the extra minutes board.

Yeovil Town travel to play Bristol Rovers on August 14th, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

Link: Match Details: 09/02/2008, Walsall 2-0 Yeovil Town

Link: Match Details: 01/11/2008 Oldham Athletic 0-2 Yeovil Town

Link: Guide to Bristol Rovers


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12 August 2010 : Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's away trip at Notts County is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 4th September at Meadow Lane, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

This will be a pay on the day fixture, with no advance sales available from Huish Park. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Over-65s and Students: £14.00; Under-16s: £6.00.

Away supporters are located in Block X of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand. Note that this is a different location to the one we occupied during the 2004-05 season, which has now become a home fans area. The block given is an area by the corner flag nearest the Kop End, which was the stand we'd previously been given. In comparison with your last visit to Meadow Lane, you're paying seven pounds more (as an adult) for being dumped in the corner of the ground. Thanks, Notts County!

Disabled supporters will be admitted with a 25 percent reduction on the above set of prices, with an assistant admitted free of charge. County say that "tickets for personal assistants will only be provided when the Ticket Office is presented with proof of their role".

Note that although there are Wheelchair spaces in the Jimmy Sirrel Stand, Notts County instead house wheelchair disabled supporters in the Haydn Green Family Stand - at entirely the opposite end of the ground. There are 30 spaces available at this end. For Ambulant Disabled supporters, there are 56 spaces in the Jimmy Sirrel Stand.

Disabled supporters must contact Notts County in advance to make arrangements on 0115 9557 204 or via email at office@nottscountyfc.co.uk


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12 August 2010 : Exeter Bosses Perryman And Tisdale Lead Stansfield Tributes
Exeter City Director of Football Steve Perryman and First Team Manager Paul Tisdale have both given their personal tributes to Grecians striker Adam Stansfield, who passed away on Tuesday.

The Grecians have had Saturday's game against Dagenham and Redbridge called off as a mark of respect, and to allow Adam's friends and team-mates time to grieve. Perryman has told Sky Sports that the whole club was in shock at the news:

"We are in a state of shock. We are trying to come to terms with this. He was a super pro and a terrific team member. He will be sorely missed. The supporters really took Adam to their hearts and this is a severe knockback for them. The Big Bank, which is the famous end at Exeter City, is open and people can go there and lay their tributes. There are people there now who are thinking about Adam and what he meant to us all.

Everyone is going to accept this in their own particular way. Although Adam could be described as a lower-league footballer, other people have phoned me from all levels of the game expressing their condolences and asking for their wishes to be passed on to the family. When it is such an extreme case like this it transcends Premier League or Conference or whatever, it goes back to being life and people and the feelings and problems that we all have
."

Stansfield's manager Paul Tisdale, who also spent time at Huish Park during his playing days, obviously knew him better than most at St James Park. He told the Exeter Express and Echo that it seemed 'unfair' for that to have happened to such a hard-working person:

"It is extremely sad for his family and everyone connected with the football club. We were very fond of Adam because he contributed so much in the last four years. Not only did he contribute but it was the manner in which he did it. He has been the epitome of our never-say-die attitude. One thing I would say about life is that you can only do your best and that is something Adam always did. He will always be fondly regarded and we are going to miss him terribly.

It is devastating news and we should be quick to pay tribute to what a terrific individual he was. He never made a fuss and he did what he needed to do to help the team. He was a true family man and the whole thing seems so unfair. The fans loved him and he loved the club. His family have got an awful period of mourning and adjustment to go through and they will be left with as much space as they need. We will do everything we can to support them
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12 August 2010 : Exeter Call Off Dagenham Trip In Respect To Adam
Exeter City's trip to play Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday has been called off, due to Tuesday's sad events concerning former Yeovil Town striker Adam Stansfield. Their match is the second game to be called off this weekend, with Milton Keynes Dons vs Southampton also called off due to the death of Southampton's club owner (see earlier news).

Exeter have continued to open up their Big Bank gates at St James Park and they will stay open until 7.00p.m. tonight for fans to pay their respects. They will also re-open on Friday from 9.30a.m. A number of Yeovil Town fans have already visited Exeter to pay their respects; any other Glovers fans in the area will be welcome to come down.


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12 August 2010 : Saints Postpone Match As Owner Dies
League One side Southampton have had their match on Saturday against Milton Keynes Dons called off, following the sudden death of their club owner. Markus Liebherr, 62, had taken over at St Mary's in July 2009 as part of the move that had taken them out of administration. He was a German born Swiss businessman, whose family owned companies in the construction industry.

Libherr died on Wednesday, and the Football League and MK Dons have agreed for Saturday's trip to be postponed. A club statement issued yesterday said that there would be no change to Southampton's ambitions and plans as a result of his death:

"He would have wanted to be there when the Saints get promotion to the Premier League. The well laid plans for the Club that he and the Executive Chairman had mapped out over a year ago will continue to be implemented uninterrupted and nothing will change in that regard."

In what has been already a sad week for League One football clubs, we send our best wishes to Southampton, following this news.


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12 August 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Crystal Palace Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-1 defeat against Crystal Palace, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset the transcript can be found via the link below.

Note that the interview took place before the news concerning Adam Stansfield was made public.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Crystal Palace Game.


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11 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : League Cup R1: Yeovil Town 0 Crystal Palace 1
On the back of last night's Carling Cup 0-1 defeat, Taff's Gloversblog has been updated to pick apart the game against Crystal Palace. As usual, the performance of individual players and the overall team performance is totted up to consider how well we did against Championship level opposition.

Read on - and comment - via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : League Cup R1: Yeovil Town 0 Crystal Palace 1.


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11 August 2010 : Alcock Sees Carling Cup Result As Cruel
Yeovil Town's new club captain Craig Alcock has said that last night's result against Crystal Palace was 'cruel' and did not reward his side's efforts. The Glovers were undone by a 90th minute Alan Lee goal just seconds after Dean Bowditch had come inches away from scoring the winning goal at the other end of the pitch.

Alcock has told BBC Somerset that the team have nothing to be ashamed about in the way that they performed against the Championship side, and hopes they can move on from that disappointment:

"The lads put in a good shift this evening against higher league opposition, so there's nothing that we can be ashamed about. But at the end of the day we're out of the cup, so we've got to move on. That shows how cruel football can be sometimes. But we gave it everything and I think we more than matched them really, but unfortunately today wasn't our day."


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11 August 2010 : A Minute's Applause For Adam Stansfield
As might be expected, there will be a minute's applause at Yeovil Town's next League One home game for former striker Adam Stansfield who passed away yesterday. The August 21st match against Hartlepool United at Huish Park will be preceded by a minute's worth of appreciation for the player, whose name has been mentioned in the media today as far and wide as BBC Radio 2 to the more obvious area of Sky Sports News.

At present it would appear that the club and Exeter City are planning some sort of a joint event in memory of Adam. Whether that is simply worked around the Saturday 25th September meeting between the two clubs at Huish Park, or whether separate plans will be unveiled, we'll have to wait and find out in due course.

For now, those wishing to leave floral tributes can do so at the Garden of Remembrance at Huish Park, which is situated on the corner of the Main Stand and Home Terrace. For those who would prefer to make monetary donations, one option worth considering is Exeter fan Nick Bryant's sponsored 46 mile run that will take place on the morning of the September 25th match between the two sides.

Link: Exeter Fan Plans Double Marathon Run For Adam Stansfield.

Link: Yeovil Town Blog : A Tribute To Adam Stansfield : 1978-2010.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Adam Stansfield 1978-2010.

Link: Gary Johnson Pays Tribute To Adam Stansfield.


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11 August 2010 : A Ciderspace Tribute To Adam Stansfield
Following yesterday's sad news concerning Exeter City striker Adam Stansfield, who played for Yeovil Town between 2001 and 2004, we have compiled our own detailed tribute article. This can be accessed via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town Blog : A Tribute To Adam Stansfield : 1978-2010.

Link: Adam Stansfield : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Adam Stansfield 1978-2010
Following last night's shocking news about former Glovers striker Adam Stansfield, Taff has updated his blog with a short entry. Feel free to pass your own thoughts and memories of Adam and his time at Yeovil, via the comments box as usual.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Adam Stansfield 1978-2010.


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11 August 2010 : Skivo Unhappy With Carling Cup Penalty Decision
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton bemoaned his side's luck when they failed to be awarded a second half penalty in last night's Carling Cup clash. The Glovers boss felt that his side deserved a spot kick when Crystal Palace's Paddy McCarthy tackled Yeovil striker Dean Bowditch inside the box whilst the game was finely balanced at 0-0.

Skivo told BBC Somerset that although he respected referee Phil Gibbs, that this was another example of borderline decisions that had gone against his side:

"Yes, I think that was a major decision in the game. I think Dean Bowditch was clean through on goal and he'd nicked the ball away. We've had a look on video and their player does catch him first. It was a good tackle in the end, but he made contact with the player first and so it was a penalty. It was a massive decision and their lad would have got sent off for that as well. It seems after a few times last year, and games like MK Dons spring to mind, and Southampton out here, that we're not getting those decisions. But these things happen in games. I'm not going to say the wrong things because the ref (Phil Gibbs) is a nice guy and we'll have a cup of tea afterwards and then I'll have a moan at him. That cost us a little bit today, and also we looked a little tired at the end."

Both sides had their chances to win the match before Alan Lee's cruel 90th minute winning goal, and Skivo said that despite the defeat on the night, he felt his side had plenty to be proud of:

"I'll take a lot of pride out of the performance. We were in the game and we were up for it. We weathered a little bit of a storm early on. The thing that I'm really liking is that there's no nonsense at the back where we're giving silly little passes away and then they're breaking on us. We've got men back there and it was really heartening to see that. Also the way we moved forward, I thought we created some really good chances against a really good Championship team."

Tuesday night's post-match interviews came too early for Skiverton to acknowledge the passing of Adam Stansfield. He later wrote on his Twitter account:

"I've just seen (the news) on Exeter's website. I have had the best week with the birth of my young boy and the worst with the news on Adam Stansfield."


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11 August 2010 : Exeter Fan Plans Double Marathon Run For Adam Stansfield
An Exeter City supporter has agreed to set out on a super-marathon run in memory of striker Adam Stansfield. Nick Bryant, who ran the London Marathon earlier this year, plans to run from St James Park to Huish Park on the day that Yeovil Town play host to Exeter City, on Saturday 25th September.

Whilst a marathon covers 26 miles, Nick will be almost doubling that distance for the mammoth run - the shortest route that the Multimap website can come up with clocks up 46 miles, giving an idea of how tough a challenge he is setting himself.

Appropriately, Nick will be raising funds for the Cancer Research UK charity. He has set up a 'Just Giving' page for the event. Anyone donating to his run will will see the Just Giving website donate the funds directly to the charity, with the ability for the charity to claim tax relief if you are currently paying income tax as part of your employment.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Nick should head to the page below.

Link: Just Giving : 'A Run For Stanno'.


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11 August 2010 : Gary Johnson Pays Tribute To Adam Stansfield
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has paid tribute to Exeter City striker Adam Stansfield, who passed away last night. Gary was the manager who gave Adam his career break in November 2001, turning him into a professional footballer. Adam became one of the club's key players during the 2001-02 season, and Gary, now with Peterborough United, spoke to BBC Somerset this morning about the news:

"Absolutely tragic. I heard it first last night when I came home from our game, and I was just in total shock. Our condolences have got to go to the family of course. It is unbelievable that such a nice lad can be gone so soon. To be honest with you, I wasn't expecting it. When people are diagnosed you hope that the treatment works and people come out of these things. But it was a shock to me, because I didn't know how bad it was and obviously hearing the news yesterday was devastating."

Adam's debut season for the Glovers turned out to be his finest, scoring the winning goal in the FA Trophy Final at Villa Park against Stevenage Borough, but not before the striker had put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes to get there. Gary acknowledged that the player had put in a lot of effort to get that far:

"I got to know him very well. He was probably one of the hardest working footballers I've ever worked with. He was a great kid and he was great to have around. It brought him from non-league football to Yeovil and so we gave him his chance. We got to know his family well. He had a fantastic day when we were in the FA Trophy Final. He was the man of the match and he got the winning goal. He was just a great kid and cut out a nice little career for himself in professional football, coming in from non-league football, so that was credit to him. He was very popular with the fans, for the simple reason that the fans knew that in every game he gave everything. He would shut defenders down for 90 minutes and be a constant threat to them. That was his nature and he just loved the game."

Unfortunately Adam missed almost the whole of the 2002-03 season, breaking his leg in the opening day of the season after he collided with the Gravesend and Northfleet goalkeeper and facing a long lay-off. Gary added that it was an awful moment:

"That was unlucky for him, because he did fantastic in that Trophy final to help us get our first trophy in the cabinet. He was unlucky in the first game of the following season that he broke his leg and was out for the season. That was disappointing for everyone. But people will remember him for his hard work and for his heart. He was all-action and never gave up on anything and that was a big feature of him."

Gary finally paid tribute to Adam and his family, and rued the loss of such a great player at an early age:

"I think he'll be remembered as a great player and a great lad. He has a super family, and we hope that eventually they can get over it. It's a young life to take, and that's the sad thing."


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11 August 2010 : Exeter Open Stadium Gates Today For Adam
Exeter City Football Club have announced that they are to open gates at their stadium this morning to allow supporters to pay tribute to striker Adam Stansfield. The Big Bank gates will be open from 9.30a.m. this morning at St James Park.

We're sure that any Yeovil Town fans in the area wanting to pay their respects will be made very welcome.


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11 August 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Crystal Palace
If you were at last night's 0-1 defeat against Crystal Palace at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Crystal Palace.


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10 August 2010 : Adam Stansfield R.I.P.
It is with great sorrow that we announce that former Yeovil Town striker Adam Stansfield has lost his battle with cancer. The Exeter City player, who had joined Yeovil from non-league side Elmore in 2001 and also played for Hereford United, passed away this evening according to an official statement issued by Exeter tonight.

We wish Adam's family and friends - he had many of them - the deepest commiserations. We will publish a fuller tribute to Adam once we have gathered our thoughts.
Adam Stansfield's Finest Moment In A Yeovil Town Shirt - The Winning Goal At Villa Park
Adam Stansfield's Finest Moment In A Yeovil Town Shirt - The Winning Goal At Villa Park.
Photo © 2002-2010 Ciderspace

Adam Stansfield with Carl Alford - the two Villa Park goalscorers
Adam Stansfield with Carl Alford - the two Villa Park goalscorers.
Photo © 2002-2010 Ciderspace

Adam Stansfield on the final whistle at Villa Park - always with a smile on his face
Adam Stansfield on the final whistle at Villa Park - always with a smile on his face.
Photo © 2002-2010 Ciderspace



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10 August 2010 : Yeovil 0 Palace 1 : Lee Delivers Last Minute Sucker Punch Winner
Yeovil Town got caught by a sucker-punch at Huish Park tonight, as a 90th minute Alan Lee goal saw them knocked out of the Carling Cup in the cruellest of circumstances against Championship side Crystal Palace. In an end-to-end encounter, it was remarkable that it took until the final minute for the deadlock to be broken, but frustrating that the Glovers hadn't taken one of their chances earlier in the game.

Yeovil selected the same starting line-up that had beaten Leyton Orient on Saturday, but lost Cameron Stewart (tonsillitis) and Rob Kiernan (international duty), who were replaced by Craig Calver and Lloyd Matthews on the bench.

The game started with Palace on the offensive, as two chances for pacey striker Nathaniel Pinney were blocked by John Sullivan, whilst a Calvin Andrew header also found Sullivan in the way of the Championship side. The Glovers took 15-20 minutes to get into their stride, but when they did, they proved they were a match for them, with Luke Freeman thumping a Nathan Jones cross against the bar, whilst Dean Bowditch shot over the bar from the same left-flank source.

Around the 30 minute mark, things got a little fruity on the pitch, with Paddy McCarthy and Sam Williams squaring up after a robust challenge from the latter, leading to McCarthy pushing him in the chest. Minutes later Nathaniel Pinney and Paul Huntington got into a spot of handbags when Pinney appeared to lead with his elbow. Referee Phil Gibbs decided to leave both incidents well alone.

As the half closed, the match switched from end-to-end to an extreme. Dean Bowditch shot across the face of goal and Paddy McCarthy cleared off Palace's goal-line. Then Alan Lee ran through on goal at the other end, only to have his shot smothered by John Sullivan. Straight down the other end and Bowditch got the same treatment from Julian Speroni. Somehow the match stayed goalless at the half time break.

The second period opened in a somewhat more sedate manner than the first half had, with both sides showing plenty of endeavour, but without creating the glut of chances that had been seen earlier. Yeovil's best attempt came when Dean Bowditch thought he had earned the Glovers a penalty, around 15 minutes from time, when Paddy McCarthy appeared to remove his legs inside the box. Referee Phil Gibbs waved the claims away, presumably believing that McCarthy had made a clean tackle. Bowditch shows what he thought, by banging his fists into the turf in frustration.

Just as the game looked as though it was going to go into extra time, the game's end-to-end nature was ultimately what saw the game decided. Yeovil had bombed players forward with a strong attacking move, and Dean Bowditch was inches away from converting a cross - the player landing in the back of the net as he slid in, but unfortunately without the ball going in with him.

But straight down the other end, Palace caught the Glovers on the counterattack, with midfielder Kieron Cadogan part of a move that saw him break through on goal. John Sullivan looked to have denied his attempt, but following up the rebound was Alan Lee to kill the game by slotting the ball into the net. With just three minutes of injury time to play, there was no way back for the Glovers; undone by their own valiant attempts to win the game themselves inside normal time. Once again, the Glovers' recent cup misery continues, and it's back to League football on Saturday. But they can be proud of the way they matched their Championship opponents on the night - sometimes the end to football matches can be very cruel indeed.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Crystal Palace 1.

Goal: Alan Lee (0-1, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 3. Nathan Jones
18. Luke Freeman 8. Luke Ayling 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 7. Andy Williams
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 6. Nathan Smith (73 mins for Luke Freeman) 12. Danny Hutchins 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 30. Lloyd Matthews

Crystal Palace:
1. Julian Speroni 19. Julian Bennett 6. Adam Barrett 5. Patrick McCarthy 2. Nathaniel Clyne 15. Kieron Cadogan 7. Darren Ambrose 11. Andy Dorman 12. Calvin Andrew 9. Alan Lee 23. Nathaniel Pinney

Substitutes:
13. Lewis Price (GK) 4. Claude Davis 24. Charlie Holness 16. Wilfried Zaha (46 mins for Nathaniel Pinney) 21. Kieran Djilali (58 mins for Calvin Andrew) 17. Jack Holland 25. Alassane N'Diaye

Yeovil Bookings: None.
Palace Bookings: Darren Ambrose (dissent, 87 mins)

Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistants: William Bull (Hampshire) and Andrew Rodda (Devon). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Attendance: 3,720


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10 August 2010 : Kiernan Makes Eire U21 Debut
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Rob Kiernan made his debut for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s side tonight. The Watford teenager played a full 90 minutes in their UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying match against Estonia U21s, in a game played at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin.

The Irish managed an emphatic 5-0 victory with goals from Anthony Stokes (two), James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman and Crystal Palace player Owen Garvan, playing in his last game at this level.

Kiernan has captained the Ireland side at Under-19s level, but to our knowledge this is his first ever appearance at Under-21 level, with the midfielder having now gone through the cut-off for Under-19 level.


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10 August 2010 : Team News For The Crystal Palace Match
Tonight's line-up against Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup has been announced. The Glovers retain an unchanged starting line-up against their Championship opponents, with the only two changes being on the bench.

Midfielder Rob Kiernan drops out as his parent club Watford do not want him cup-tied. Kiernan has also been called up by Ireland Under-21s for their UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying match against Estonia U21s tonight.

Meanwhile winger Cameron Stewart has tonsillitis and so has been withdrawn.

There has been a five minute delay on kick-off due to crowd congestion, with Crystal Palace fans badly affected in their attempts to get out of London tonight.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 8. Luke Ayling 21. JP Kalala 18. Luke Freeman
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 6. Nathan Smith 12. Danny Hutchins 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 30. Lloyd Matthews


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10 August 2010 : Bowditch Keen To Avoid Norwich Repeat
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch wants to see his side put up a better fight in the Carling Cup than they managed this time 12 months ago. The Glovers went out at the First Round stage of the competition with Norwich City winning 4-0 in what was the club's worst home defeat since they entered the Football League.

Bowditch told BBC Somerset that he expected tonight's opposition Crystal Palace to present a somewhat different type of problem, and that he recalled the defeat against Norwich somewhat bitterly:

"They demolished us on that day. We did well against them for an hour, but then they just took the mick out of us, which was a bit annoying. Crystal Palace are going to be slightly different, and will be slightly younger and not so experienced, and hopefully we'll do them over!"

The 24 year old striker knows the man in the Palace dugout very well - George Burley was Ipswich Town manager between 1994 and 2002 before moving on to Derby County. Bowditch's professional Ipswich career just missed the Scotsman's time at Portman Road, although he did know him from his time in Ipswich's academy system and said that he expected Palace to blood a lot of younger players under their new manager:

"They've just been taken over by George Burley, and I know him well from when I was younger. He'll bring in a lot of youngsters, so it will be a completely different test. I don't really know too much about the players that are in there at the moment, but we've just got to step up and hopefully win."


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10 August 2010 : Freeman Says Players Are Keen On A Cup Run
Yeovil Town's loan striker Luke Freeman says that the Glovers first team squad are all talking about going on a cup run this season. In recent years, fortune has not favoured a club that has built its reputation upon its performances in cup competitions.

Last season the Glovers were dumped out of all three cup competitions at the first round stage, whilst the previous two seasons had seen just a Carling Cup win over Charlton Athletic and two Football League Trophy wins over Shrewsbury Town and Hereford United to their name.

Freeman told BBC Somerset that it was a running theme amongst the players, who are no doubt desperate to get a run going in one of the competitions this year:

"We need to get a good run in the cup. This year it's what everyone is talking about. As well as the league, you always want to have a good cup run."

In terms of his own personal form, Freeman got his Yeovil Town career off to a good start on Saturday against Leyton Orient when he scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win. Freeman revealed that he had set himself a tough target for the season as a whole:

"I'd like to have 15-20 goals, and that's my target. If I get less then I'll be disappointed. But if I can get more, then I'll go for it, for sure."


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10 August 2010 : Bowditch Happy At 'Homely' Yeovil
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has said that he is enjoying himself down in Somerset. The 24 year old signed a new contract over the summer after a certain amount of speculation concerning his future at Huish Park, after the 2009-10 top scorer ran out of contract at the end of last season.

Having been on Ipswich Town's books prior to joining Yeovil Town in the summer of 2008, he told BBC Somerset that he found the town to be quiet, but said that he found the club a very homely place to be:

"It's a different part of the world. I'm always used to a bit more busy-ness and stuff like that. It's nice to come to a place like this. It's a very homely club and everyone is tight-knit. We've got a small squad, and so everyone has got to take care of each other, which all the lads do. It's a very young squad as well. I'm enjoying myself down here. I'm enjoying everything and I'm enjoying my football and enjoying the lifestyle. Everyone here is helping me as well as me hopefully helping other people as well."


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10 August 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Crystal Palace Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Crystal Palace in a Carling Cup First Round match at Huish Park tonight. The game puts them up against Championship level opposition for the first time in two years, since August 2008's 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic in the same competition.

Palace were merely a whisker away from playing Yeovil Town in a league competition this season. Having been deducted 10 points for falling into administration, they faced Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the 2009-10 season for the ultimate six-pointer. Wednesday drew the short straw and will end up as Yeovil's opponents in the league this season. Palace survived and remain at Championship level, now under new ownership and new management.

The South-Londoners got off to a flying start on Saturday with a 3-2 win over Leicester City although they had to survive some late scares in that game. Wilfred Zaha, Darren Ambrose and Alan Lee gave them a 3-0 lead that looked to be unassailable until Leicester launched their two goal comeback.

They will go into tonight's game minus Owen Garvan who is on international duty, whilst Neil Danns (suspended), Sean Scannell (knee) and David Wright (hamstring) will not feature. For the Glovers, they have no fresh injuries, with striker Dean Bowditch having declared himself fit for the game. Midfielder Rob Kiernan though is not expected to feature, as Watford do not want him cup-tied, whilst left-winger Andy Welsh missed Saturday's match with an unspecified injury and has not been mentioned since then in terms of his status.

As mentioned at the time of the draw, on these pages, the two sides last met in April 1993 in a friendly match which Yeovil won 4-2. However, the last competitive meeting between the two sides came in December 1963, when the Glovers created an FA Cup Second Round shock, as Palace were dumped out by a 3-1 scoreline as two goals from Dave Taylor and one from Ken Pound secured the win and a chance to play Bury in the Third Round. Back in 1934-35, an FA Cup First Round 3-0 win over Palace also saw an FA Cup shock, with the Glovers going on to beat Exeter City and face Liverpool in the Third Round. So, three victories and two of those in competitive circumstances - can the Glovers make it one more?

Tonight's game kicks off at 7.45p.m. and will be played to a conclusion on the night. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, extra time will be played, and if necessary spot kicks will settle the match. Tickets are still available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, and on this occasion there are no match-day surcharges. If you can't make it, then BBC Somerset will have live commentary on 95.5FM from just after the 7.00p.m. news, whilst you can follow us on Twitter at @ytfcciderspace for some kind of an idea of what's going on.

Link: International Call-Up Forces Palace Into Team Change.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crystal Palace.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Crystal Palace.

Link: Carling Cup First Round Draw Made - Full Draw.


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9 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Get Over The Hump
For a second time, Taff's Gloversblog has been hijacked with a guest columnist. Once again Cruncher assumes control of Taff's keyboard and this time taps out an article considering how the board might go a long way to reconnect with its supporter base, and why those current connections may be a little frayed at present.

Read the full article via the link below, and as ever feel free to supply your own views on the subject.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Get Over The Hump.


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9 August 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crystal Palace
Officials for Yeovil Town's Carling Cup match against Crystal Palace have been published. Phil Gibbs (West Midlands) will be the man with the whistle for the Carling Cup match which kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday) night at Huish Park, 7.45p.m.

An Assistant Headteacher at a Secondary School in Birmingham, Mr Gibbs qualified as a referee in 1993 and was promoted to the National List in 2008. We last saw him in January 2010, away at Leyton Orient.

It is only fair to point out that the 0-2 defeat at Brisbane Road was the product of a dismal lacklustre performance by the Glovers, rather than anything to do with the officiating of Mr Gibbs (Toothless Glovers See Year Start Badly). In fact the most notable refereeing incident in the game was Nathan Smith picking up a booking without ever entering the field of play: stopping to rather too vigorously dispute the decision of an assistant referee in awarding a corner to the home side, whilst he was supposed to be having a limb stretching trot up and down the touchline.

Prior to that the only time Mr Gibbs has refereed a match involving the Glovers was away at Griffin Park in the Football League Trophy First Round. We recall being rather unimpressed with his performance that night, even if he did award us a penalty which Gavin Tomlin converted.

Mr Gibbs was due to take charge of our April 2010 home clash against Southampton, but like last Saturday's game, a late change of officials meant that Oliver Langford took over. For reference, last Saturday's home match against Leyton Orient saw Mark Hayward take charge instead of Keith Stroud. Perhaps our review of Mr Stroud frightened him off.

The assistant referees are William Bull (Hampshire) and Andrew Rodda (Devon), Andrew Laver (Hampshire) the Fourth Official.

Link: September 2008 : Brentford 2 Yeovil Town 2 (Brentford winning 4-2 on penalties).

Link: January 2010 : Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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9 August 2010 : Injury Fears Not On Bowditch's Mind
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has said that last season's serious injury was not on his mind during Saturday's 2-1 win over Leyton Orient. Bowditch scored during the season opener, just as he had done 12 months ago against Tranmere Rovers in the 2009-10 home win.

However, whilst Bowditch left the field on Saturday under his own steam, albeit with a slight hamstring tweak, his exit during the August 2009 fixture saw him with a painful dislocated shoulder that put him out of the game for almost four months. Speaking to BBC Somerset, the 24 year old said that any worries about what had happened this time last year were not on his mind, and also confirmed his status for tomorrow night's game against Crystal Palace:

"Do you know what? It (the dislocated shoulder) didn't even cross my mind, because I was so focussed on other things. I didn't even think about it, but a couple of people have mentioned it now. It's nice to come out of the game not having had any problems. I'll be absolutely fine for Tuesday. I just want to keep playing now and get 40 to 45 games under my belt and have a fit and successful season, hopefully."


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9 August 2010 : International Call-Up Forces Palace Into Team Change
Tomorrow night's opponents Crystal Palace are being forced to reshuffle their pack for their Carling Cup tie at Huish Park, with a brand new signing missing on international duty. Their 22 year old midfielder Owen Garvan was snapped up for £250,000 only last week from Ipswich Town, but no sooner to they sign him, then they lose him - called up to play for the Irish Under-21 squad who are playing in Estonia.

Palace manager George Burley is not impressed that the player will be unavailable for tomorrow night's match at Huish Park, given that it is his last ever game at Under-21 level, and Ireland are already out of the reckoning in the European Championship qualifiers. He explained to the South London Press:

"Owen hasn’t even trained with us properly yet because his registration was only cleared on Friday night. He did really well against Leicester but now he is away for a meaningless game - Ireland can’t qualify and Owen’s only got one more match before he becomes too old to play."

Palace will also be missing Neil Danns who is suspended whilst David Wright is unlikely to play due to a hamstring problem. Striker Sean Scannell is a long term absentee, having been ruled out for six months with a knee injury.

Unsurprisingly for a club that has been into and come out of administration as well as changing management over the summer, there has been plenty of transfer activity at Selhurst Park over the summer. In addition to Garvan, they have also snapped up Southend United centre-back Adam Barrett and St Mirren attacking midfielder Andy Dorman. Wright was another summer capture from Ipswich Town. Julian Bennett has arrived from Nottingham Forest on loan until January. They were also given a boost when midfielder Darren Ambrose agreed a three year contract to stay at the club, rather than follow old boss Neil Warnock to Queens Park Rangers, where midfielder Shaun Derry and defender Clint Hill had already defected earlier in the summer.

Tickets for tomorrow night's match are available on the day of the game from the Huish Park Ticket Office with no extra charge. However, to avoid the queues in the lead-up to kick-off, tickets can be purchased now on 01935-847888.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Crystal Palace.


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9 August 2010 : Oldham Guide
For those planning the trip to Boundary Park on August 28th, kick-off 3.00 p.m., the Ciderspace guide has now been updated for this visit to play Oldham Athletic. Follow the link below, or the usual routes through the Ciderspace Homepage or the menu system.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Oldham Athletic

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town


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9 August 2010 : FA Extend Fast-Track Disciplinary Process For Football's Bad Boys
The Football Association are extending last season's 'Fast Track' system to clamp down on disciplinary issues within the game. Last season they implemented new measures designed to speed up some of the more farcical situations that had developed within the game where players or management had clearly broken the rules, but where hearings could take weeks or even months to be held. On certain occasions, managers in particular were able to bend the rules to delay hearings to suit their own agendas.

For the 2010-11 season, the FA have now set a target of resolving the majority of FA charges within 72 hours of a match. This has been extended to include comments made to the media about the game or the officials, along with mass confrontations between players and/or coaching staff, confrontation towards a match official and technical area infringements. On field incidents and wrongful dismissal claims are already fast-tracked.

Charges for alleged infringements will be issued within three working days of the match completing. The time for officials and players to respond will be brought down from 14 days to just three working days, following the issue of the charge.

The FA are also implementing a penalty scale that will encourage those offending to admit guilt, to help speed up the process. The FA will indicate the penalty set within the charge letter as a lower 'offer' to those admitting guilt in reply. Those who look to contest the charge will be looking at a higher non-specified penalty if they are found to be guilty at their hearing.

Those who request a personal hearing to discuss an offence will have their cases heard usually within 10 working days, unless the case relates to a repeat of an earlier offence. Those who request a non-personal hearing will have their cases heard within three working days.

More complex cases such as crowd misconduct, betting integrity and doping offences will continue to sit outside the "three day" rule. Those who are repeat offenders or have committed exceptional or serious offences may be bundled into these "non-standard" categories. In these cases, no lower penalty 'offer' will be included in the charge letter.

The FA will be holding quarterly meetings with the Premier League, Football League, Football Conference, PGMO, Professional Footballers Association and the League Managers Association to discuss the effectiveness and consistency of the new measures.

Link: August 2009 : No Mind Games Allowed In Pre-Match Interviews.

Link: August 2009 : FA Issue Rule Changes For Player Suspensions.


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9 August 2010 : GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers
Departure times and prices are available for those travelling with the Green and White Supporters Club for the forthcoming trip to Bristol Rovers. The match takes place at the Memorial Stadium, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off on Saturday 14th August 2010.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 11.45a.m. and then Huish Park at 12.00 noon. Cost of travel will be £10.00, with no concessions available on this occasion. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Note that advance tickets for the game itself are now on General Sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office - get them at the advance price before Friday 12.00 noon. Prices go up by £2.00 on the day of the game.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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9 August 2010 : Where Are They Now? : McCarthy, Collis, Christophe, Fitzgerald And More
Then over the weekend, Jean-Francois Christophe got a trial at a new club, Scott Rendell's transfer fee was revealed, Steve Collis got himself a new club, Simon Gillett got red carded, Glenn Poole and Danny Schofield scored on the opening day of the season. Finally Alex McCarthy is on the edge of making his England début.

Read all articles via the links below - they all link to each other at the foot of each article. There will be improvements to the navigation and visibility of these articles during this week with further changes coming to this section.

Link: McCarthy Nearing England U21 Debut.

Link: Collis Signs Short Term Posh.

Link: Schofield Nets Past England Goalkeeper.

Link: Poole Scores On Barnet Debut.

Link: Christophe On Trial At Wrexham.

Link: Gillett Red-Carded On Donny Debut.

Link: Rendell Nets On Debut As Six Figure Fee Revealed.

Link: Murray Goes Commercial At City.

Link: Fitzgerald Teams Up With Uxbridge.


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9 August 2010 : 2010-11 First Team Statistics Pages
With the first game of the 2010-11 season having been played, all of the relevant First Team Statistics pages have been created for the season. These are all housed in the Statistics Section of the site, or off the pull-down menu for the same section, and include the Goals, Appearances and Bookings pages for the team, as well as a new League One table. Access the fledgling pages via the links below; they will be updated after each match as usual.

Link: 2010-11 First Team Goals.

Link: 2010-11 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2010-11 First Team Bookings.

Link: 2010-11 League One Table.

Link: 2010-11 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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8 August 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Leyton Orient Interview
Just before Saturday's match kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match against Leyton Orient. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the interview transcript is recorded via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Leyton Orient.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game.


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8 August 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 win over Leyton Orient, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton gave his views to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game.


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8 August 2010 : Glovers Youth Lose Out To QPR
As reported yesterday, Yeovil Town's Under 18s had a pre-season friendly arranged yesterday against a Queens Park Rangers side as part of their final preparations for the 2010-11 season. Scott Green's side went down 3-2, but launched a great comeback in the second half after being 3-0 down at the break.

A Lloyd Matthews penalty was added to by a second from striker Rob Clowes, and only a linesman's flag stopped them from gaining an equalising goal.

Their season proper begins next weekend, with a home match against Torquay United in the Football League Youth Alliance South-West Division.

Link: 2010-11 Yeovil Town Under-18s Fixtures And Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Sign Up Portland Teenage Duo.


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8 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 1
The first game of the 2010-11 season is over - one down and 45 to go and a good start. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry picks apart the 2-1 win over Leyton Orient both from a team perspective as well as a run-down of how each player on the pitch did individually.

Read on and feel free to supply your own alternative views via the comment box at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 1.


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8 August 2010 : Skivo Still After One Last Signing
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he still wants to add one more player to his existing first team squad. Speaking before yesterday's match, he explained to BBC Somerset that his main concern was the lack of cover for target man Sam Williams and felt that he had replacement options elsewhere on the park if anything went wrong with his first choice eleven players:

"I'm still looking for one more. I'm looking for a target man to help Sam (Williams) out a little bit, but that's probably the only place I'm looking at. I'm happy in every other area, but there's still the one more that I'm looking to introduce."

Skiverton confirmed post-match that he was happy for that player to be either a loan or a permanent signing.


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7 August 2010 : Slade Disappointed As 'Best Side' Loses Game
Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade believed that the best team across the 90 minutes lost the game today. Orient lost their opening game of the 2010-11 League One season against Yeovil Town by a 2-1 scoreline, with a goalkeeping error gifting the Glovers their winning goal.

Slade told the Guardian Series newspaper after the game that he felt that Luke Freeman's tap-in came at a point when Orient had got on top of the game:

"I'm bitterly disappointed with the result. The best team lost today. We didn't get the best of starts, but we soon started to dominate and it didn't surprise me when we equalised. We then gave away a goal just before half-time and that gave Yeovil something to hold on to. We must take the positives out of the game and there were one or two of those. Revell took his goal really well and it was a great cross from Cox."

Whilst goals win games, it's probably fair to say that Orient had the most clear-cut chances throughout the 90 minutes, with goalkeeper John Sullivan making several saves and centre-back Adam Virgo clearing two off the line. However, the Press Association statistics show that this was a fairly even game at Huish Park and when the goalkeeper at the other end presents a gift at the feet of an opposition player, it is the sort of event that can decide a game.


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7 August 2010 : Skivo Sees Room For Improvement Following Opening Goal
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he felt his side sat back too much after they scored their opening goal against Leyton Orient today. A stunning opening strike from Dean Bowditch got the match off to a flyer after just 12 minutes, but Orient fought back well after that and deserved their equaliser. The Yeovil boss said that there was a bit of a repetitive problem in the way the team tended to ease off after an initial burst:

"The first 15 minutes is a recurring theme with me. We played some great stuff; created one-on-ones and had a lot of chances but as soon as we got the early goal we sat back like we did in the friendly with Bristol City and didn't pass the ball. We had to chase about a lot and they had three in midfield who got a lot of possession and a lot of interplay. They caused us problems at times but we held on and took our chances well."

Skiverton acknowledged that the performance on the day could be down to it being so early in the season, but singled out defender Adam Virgo as having kept the Glovers in the game during their lesser moments:

"It was the first game and there was a bit of rustiness. People didn't want to take risks. In the second half they threw caution to the wind. My back four was magnificent with Adam Virgo outstanding. He has come down the leagues but has the bit between his teeth."


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7 August 2010 : Yeovil 2 Orient 1 : Keeper Blunder Gets Glovers Off To A Winning Start
Yeovil Town got the 2010-11 season off to a strong start by grabbing all three points against Leyton Orient in a 2-1 win at Huish Park. The Glovers got their opening goal of the season with a superb strike from Dean Bowditch on the angle before an Alex Revell header levelled the score. Right on half time came the winner though as a goalkeeping blunder gifted Luke Freeman an easy tap-in that was to prove to be the winning goal.

The team selection saw not too many surprises given what had come before during pre-season. Andy Welsh was left out of the squad entirely, presumably through injury, whilst Nathan Jones was preferred to Nathan Smith at left-back. Elsewhere it was largely the players who had played the most football during pre-season.

The Glovers made a positive start, and got off to a flyer when striker Dean Bowditch produced an excellent solo goal. Cutting in from the Cowlin Stand on his right foot, he then cut inside onto his left, curling a shot in off the inside of the far post for an awesome opener. Yeovil had largely dominated the opening 15 minutes or so, and so deserved the lead based on what they had produced up until the goal.

Orient though began to get their act together, by stretching the ball across the field from wing to wing and gradually opening up the Yeovil defence. That said, it took until 35 minutes into the match before they mustered a shot of any sort, with Alex Revell's downward header forcing Glovers keeper John Sullivan to have to punch the ball away acrobatically. Minutes later, Scott McGleish forced Sullivan into a near post save, and the pattern of the game had begun to swing.

It was therefore not too surprising when a Dean Cox left wing move beat Craig Alcock to the byline, and his cross to the near post saw Yeovil's centre-backs go walkabout and Alex Revell head the ball home from close range to give Orient an equaliser.

The Glovers really needed half time to come, to keep them on level terms, but instead they got a total gift that put them ahead. Andy Williams put in a right wing cross that looked harmless enough as it was hooked into the area, but a goalkeeping error was to gift Yeovil the lead. Jamie Jones had played for Yeovil Town Reserves under Russell Slade whilst on trial from Everton, but Slade chose not to take him on. Hence Jones did not create a particularly favourable second impression for the Orient boss when he dropped the ball at the feet of Luke Freeman who slotted the ball into an empty net for the last kick of the first half.

The second half saw the obligatory opening booking of the season for Jean-Paul Kalala as he chopped down Stephen Dawson right in front of the referee. At the Copse Road End, Terrell Forbes was a whisker away from getting a goal against his former club when he put a bullet of a header from a corner against the goalpost, with the ball rebounding out, via a deflection to safety.

Next Dean Cox forced John Sullivan into a point-blank save, as the keeper parried a shot from inside the box, with only the attentions of Adam Virgo stopping the ball from going over the line. Virgo was to go on to win the sponsors Man of the Match, with a second goal line clearance late on in the match and whilst not the speediest of defenders, looked to have a good physical presence inside his own box.

A spot of Route One football almost saw Bowditch grab his second of the game as a huge John Sullivan goal kick bounced once, leading to a spot of indecisiveness in the Orient back line. Bowditch spotted goalkeeper Jones off his line and hooked the ball first time, but the shot went just wide of the post.

The second half became a touch scrappy overall, with Orient struggling to work past a Yeovil midfield that had become in practice a 4-5-1 formation, particularly after a couple of substitutions had emphasised that point, with Cameron Stewart and Rob Kiernan coming on to make their debuts.

Four minutes of injury time produced little of note that would threaten Yeovil's 2-1 advantage, with Yeovil even threatening slightly in the closing 10 minutes as gaps opened up. Not a classic performance by any means for the Glovers, but certainly a good enough one as an opener, and a welcome three points against one of the teams tipped to be around them in the table. As Skiverton said before the game, the opening day is merely a start, but three points is a good start.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 1.

Scorers: Dean Bowditch (12 mins, 1-0), Alex Revell (41 mins, 1-1), Luke Freeman (45 mins, 2-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 8. Luke Ayling 21. JP Kalala 18. Luke Freeman
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 6. Nathan Smith 12. Danny Hutchins 14. Rob Kiernan (84 mins for Luke Freeman) 15. Cameron Stewart (77 mins for Dean Bowditch) 16. Edward Upson

Leyton Orient:
1. Jamie Jones
2. Elliot Omozusi 4. Ben Chorley 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Michael Liddle
8. Stephen Dawson 10. Adam Chambers 16. Matthew Spring 7. Dean Cox
9. Scott McGleish 11. Alex Revell

Substitutes:
12. Lee Butcher (GK) 5. Aaron Brown 14. Ryan Jarvis 15. George Porter 18. Jonathan Tehoue (72 mins for Scott McGleish) 19. Mike Cestor 20. Jimmy Smith (72 mins for Adam Chambers)

Yeovil Booking: Jean-Paul Kalala (foul, 51 mins).
Orient Booking: Luke Chambers (foul)

Referee: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Andy Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 4,126 (incl approx 300 Orient fans)


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7 August 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
If you were at today's 2-1 win against Leyton Orient at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient.


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7 August 2010 : Rovers Tickets On General Sale
A reminder that tickets for next Saturday's away match at Bristol Rovers went on general sale this morning. Tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office (except after 2.00p.m. today) - for further details see our earlier article.

As of this morning, both terrace and seated tickets were still available.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Bridport Glovers Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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7 August 2010 : Yeovil Town Sign Up Portland Teenage Duo
Yeovil Town have signed up two teenagers from Dorset side Portland United. Mitch Conning and Dan Austin have signed dual registration forms that will allow them to play for Yeovil Town's Under 18s side as well as Portland, with the Glovers getting priority on availability.

Both players have been on trial at the club's Centre of Excellence over the summer and are set to play in a match against Queens Park Rangers today. Portland Youth Development Manager Stuart Heath told the Dorset Echo that whilst he was sorry to lose them, he was proud of what Portland had achieved with both players:

"Both Mitch and Dan have been training with Yeovil this summer and they have now signed youth forms there, which means they will play for the club’s under-18s on Saturday mornings throughout the season. Mitch played up front for us and at first was very slight but he is now a bit stronger and by the end of the campaign he was knocking in goals regularly and doing really well. Dan went on a similar journey at left-back. He is a fantastic athlete and just like Mitch, he works hard on his game and is determined to succeed. It is disappointing for us in the sense that we will lose them for long parts of the campaign but it is also great to see them making their first steps at a professional club. Their aim now will be to try and win a professional contract and the fact that we have played a small part in their development is fantastic."

Mitch played a number of games for Yeovil Town's Under 18s during the 2009-10 season, and so will know some of the existing players already.


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7 August 2010 : Interview With John Sullivan
As part of the lead-up to this afternoon's match against Leyton Orient, Yeovil Town's new on-loan goalkeeper John Sullivan has been speaking about the game and the coming season. In an interview for BBC Somerset, local journalist Chris Spittles talked to John last Friday on the club's photocall day.

The transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: John Sullivan Speaks To The BBC After He Signed On Loan From Millwall.


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7 August 2010 : 2010-11 League One Predictions Survey : Final Reminder
A reminder that today is your final chance to enter our League One Predictions Survey for the 2010-11 season. The deadline is at 12.15p.m. today when the opening League One match kicks off on Sky Sports between Southampton and Plymouth Argyle.

For more information, see our original news item or head directly to the survey form below.

Link: 2010-11 League One Predictions Survey.


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6 August 2010 : Skivo Geared Up For 'Frenetic' Opening Week
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes his side are well prepared for the coming season, which starts tomorrow with a home match against Leyton Orient. The Glovers boss does not draw any particular significance to the first game of the season, telling BBC Somerset that he saw it merely as a start to a very busy week:

"It just means a start, to be honest with you. The first week is really frenetic. You play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday and you go from playing League One teams to playing a team in the Championship and then back down to League One. That's why we've had this pre-season. I think it's been great for us so far, because we've come up against all kinds of different shapes. We've played against a 4-3-3, a 3-5-2 and a 4-4-1-1. So we've come up against everything and it's been a real good test for us."

Skiverton added that he felt that the pre-season period had shown that his side were capable of playing good quality football that would help entertain the home crowds:

"For me personally, I think we've coped with everybody's shape and they've been good footballing games. I think you can see from the way that I'm trying to play that I want to get some more supporters back at the club and get them enjoying their football and hopefully we can do that with the squad that we've got this year."

The Yeovil boss was born in Mile End in London, just a couple of tube stops from Leyton and so it is a club that he has known well over the years. He recalled last August's 3-3 draw at Huish Park that saw former loan star Andros Townsend grab an incredible goal against his former club as one of the six scored on the day:

"It's a good football club at Leyton Orient, which is just round the corner from where I come from. Last year was an excellent game at home. We drew with them, including Andros's wonder-goal, so hopefully it will be another good game that the supporters can enjoy."


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6 August 2010 : National Paper Refused Info On Club's Ground Plans
It's never a comfortable feeling when your club gets sandwiched into a column that details Liverpool's mystery Chinese consortium looking to buy their club, Ken Bates trying to bend the rules on the disclosure of ownership of Leeds United and Cardiff City doing another day's battle in the High Court with HMRC. But for the second time inside a month, The Guardian newspaper is using its Digger column to ask questions of Yeovil Town's plans to separate out its "property assets" from the main footballing operations.

Their article makes reference to a letter sent by the Capital Glovers around August 3rd, which in fairness the club clearly deserve time to respond to. The Yeovil-relevant section of the Digger article is here or can be read immediately below:

Yeovil fans seek answers

Talking of transparency, Digger got on to Yeovil Town again yesterday, once more asking to look at the documents relating to the club's decision to separate the property assets from their football operation. The answer, again, was no. Apparently the club's chairman, John Fry, has got the hump that this column suggested fans should keep a close eye on a development that has caused problems for Crystal Palace, Southend United and others over the years. Now it looks like fans are facing a similar wall of silence.

A fans' group has written an open letter to Fry asking: "Please can you explain the benefits of pursuing the sale of Yeovil Town's property assets, potentially including Huish Park, and the splitting of these assets from those of the footballing operation? What long-term assurances can you, the club, provide us, the fans, with regarding the long-term security of Yeovil Town Football Club?"

Fry has a strong record as a good custodian of the club but the longer he maintains his silence over the asset separation, the likelier it is that people will assume the worst.

Link: 23/07/2010 : National Paper Wary Of Glovers Ground Plans.

Link: 03/08/2010 : Supporters Group Requests Detail Over Club Restructuring Plans.


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6 August 2010 : Slade Bears No Animosity Towards Glovers On His Return
Former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade says he bears his old club no animosity, as he prepares for his second return to Huish Park since leaving the Glovers. The Leyton Orient boss has already headed back to Huish Park back in October 2009 as Brighton and Hove Albion manager and says that he was pleased with the reception that he got.

Slade parted company in controversial circumstances in February 2009 and so might be forgiven for being a bit tetchy about returning there. If he is, then he didn't show it when he spoke to the Guardian Series East London newspaper:

"Obviously, when you go back to your old club you want to do well and I'm no different from anyone else. The last time I went there, I got a standing ovation. There's no reason for any animosity. It’s a tough game away from home, as they proved last year. They have two experienced centre-halves and they want to play as well. I think Yeovil Town are searching for their best team, like most of us. We’ll see if they make any changes."

His opposite number, and former club captain, Terry Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he got along well with Slade, and recalled the 2006-07 season that saw the club reach the League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium:

"That (return of Russell Slade) was all done when he came back with Brighton. As I've said before, I get on with Russell and I've spoken to Russell a few times since his appointment. It will be nice to see him and Forbsey come back. I know there will be mixed receptions for him, but he did a good job for the club. He got us to our highest position in League One and I'll always remember him for that, rather than anything else that went on. He's a good guy."


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6 August 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient Match Preview
So here we are again! Barely five minutes since the last season ended (or so it feels) the 2010-11 season is among us. The whole thing kicks off again tomorrow afternoon with a home match against Leyton Orient which will be an early benchmark for the Glovers against one of their peers and one of the sides that the bookies are predicting will struggle during the coming season.

Orient are of course managed by former Glovers boss Russell Slade, which adds a slight twist to proceedings. Add in former central defenders Terrell Forbes and Aaron Brown and matters get a little more interesting with Yeovil's new centre-back pairing of Paul Huntington and Adam Virgo up for potential comparison against the Old Guard at the other end of the pitch.

With ten new signings, there is the possibility of up to nine Yeovil Town players making their competitive debuts with only defender/midfielder Luke Ayling having clocked up minutes on the pitch during last season's loan spell. Given that centre-back Stefan Stam, left-winger Andy Welsh, midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala and left-back Nathan Smith all failed to get onto the pitch in the final pre-season friendly at Torquay United, then the chances of those new boys getting their debuts will increase if any of that quartet fail to recover from their knocks.

In the Orient camp, they have also made ten new signings over the summer and so whilst both teams will doubtless need time to settle before a pattern is noticed during the early part of the season, neither side can use that as an excuse tomorrow, given both are in the same boat in terms of squad changes. Apart from Forbes and Brown, midfielder Matt Spring might be one to watch, given that in pre-season he scored a Beckhamesque 60 yard lob from inside his own half after spotting the opposition keeper off his line. They will definitely be missing teenage striker Jake Argent and left-back Charlie Daniels, who both have knee ligament damage.

This will be Slade's second return to Huish Park, with the other occasion happening during October 2009 when Brighton and Hove Albion secured a 2-2 draw at Huish Park. Given that six weeks earlier, his new club Orient had travelled down and gained a 3-3 draw, the omens would point to a high scoring draw. None of the three Yeovil players who scored on that late August Saturday are still with the club, with Gavin Tomlin, Jonathan Obika and Danny Schofield getting the goals. Two of Orient's men - Scott McGleish and Ryan Jarvis will be in the visiting squad for tomorrow, whilst their other goal was a dazzling 70 yard solo run from former Glovers loan winger Andros Townsend, doing the dirty on his old boss.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. tomorrow, with tickets available on the day of the match from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. If you want to avoid that, the ticket office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight.

If you can't make the game, then BBC Somerset's Saturday Sport programme returns tomorrow with live commentary available on 95.5FM. Or you can sign up to Twitter and follow us at @ytfcciderspace where we will be posting updates throughout the game - set your Twitter account up to receive SMS messages direct to your mobile phone for free in the UK (other countries may vary).

Link: Saturday's Opponents Orient Suffer Striker Injury Blow.

Link: Orient Plug The Gap With Left-Back Signing.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient.


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6 August 2010 : 2010-11 First Team Player Profiles
Ahead of tomorrow's opening day of the 2010-11 League One season, the Player Profile section of this site has been brought up to date to reflect the current squad. For those who have perhaps been away over the summer, or have got lost in a sea of ten new signings over the summer, each of the new players has also had a short playing career summary added to their profile page.

To view the complete squad list and profiles of the new boys, head to the Players option under the Statistics site menu, or access the page via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Player Profile Section.


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5 August 2010 : Skivo Sets Baby-Sized Targets For Season
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says his target for the 2010-11 season is to take the club in a forward direction, but he doesn't mind if that is by huge distances or by two inches. The 2009-10 season saw the Glovers finish three points off the relegation spots on 53 points. The previous season had seen Yeovil finish on 51 points and two off the relegation line.

That's only a marginal difference, but if that were to continue another step in that direction, it would be good enough for the Yeovil boss. In a season where yet another bunch of bookies and pundits are lining up to write off the Glovers before a ball gets kicked, Skiverton says he will be content for the club to take 'baby steps' forward to ensure their League One status is maintained, and hopefully in a slightly more comfortable manner:

"I'll be looking to move the club forward, but it's all about making steady progress. Progression for us is keeping ourselves as far away as possible from those four relegation places, and if we do that by making little baby steps that's okay. Last season it got a bit scary towards the end and we finished only a few points clear of the bottom four, so hopefully we can increase that gap this time."

Skiverton's analogy is a highly suitable one in a week where his wife Anna has given birth to their third child Louie Albert Skiverton, who was born on August 2nd. Perhaps he had other things on his mind when the Football League's official site interviewed him!

The Yeovil boss hopes that he can improve on the club's 2009-10 away form that saw the Glovers win just four times out of 23 away matches, scoring 19 and conceding 33. With the home form at Huish Park having held up relatively well during the same season, Skiverton says he would like to see some progress in the way they perform on the road:

"At home last season we had some really good performances and caused a lot of the bigger teams problems. Unfortunately we didn't do that away from home, so for me this season it's a case of being better on our travels but keeping the home form going. I'm optimistic about the season after having a very good pre-season. We've played teams like Bristol City, Swansea, Manchester United reserves, Stevenage and Torquay, so we've had different types of tests. Importantly for me in those games, we've also come up against different team-shapes and so the technical aspects of pre-season have been good for us while the physical side of things has looked after itself."

The coming season sees League One without the giants of Norwich City and Leeds United, but with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and West Country side Plymouth Argyle having slipped downwards. Hence Skiverton says that he is still expecting a tough time competing against such clubs in the coming season:

"I just hope we can get off to a good start to the League season and set ourselves up to push on from what we did last year. League One is going to be a very tough division again. The likes of Leeds and Norwich have gone up, but there are still some giants in the division. I have to say though, that we enjoyed taking on the bigger clubs last season - and we're looking forward to the challenge again."


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5 August 2010 : Yeovil Gets 335K Bonus In Coffers
A by-product of the Football League reforms we covered earlier today (Further FL Rule Changes) is the triggering of the new Solidarity Payments deal from the Premier League. Although negotiated some time ago, the Premier League was insisting that the Football League change some of its practices to fall in line with theirs. This has now been achieved with the package of regulation changes agreed at the EGM.

Each Championship club will receive £2.2 million, with League One sides getting £335,000 and League Two clubs £225,000. The payments, which are seasonal and based on the club's division in the previous campaign, will run for three years in the first instance, with this deal worth a total of £372 million when the increased parachute payments to relegated ex-Premier League clubs are added in. There would seem to have been some very minor tweaking upwards of payments to League One and Two clubs from those orginally announced in May.

Link: Further FL Rule Changes

Link: League In U-Turn Over Solidarity Payments


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5 August 2010 : Orient Plug The Gap With Left-Back Signing
Saturday's opponents Leyton Orient have plugged a significant gap in their first team squad by signing Sunderland left-back Michael Liddle on a youth loan. There's a high probability that the 21 year old will start in Saturday's game at Huish Park as first choice left-back Charlie Daniels is out injured.

Liddle has made just the one senior appearance for the Black Cats, but has experience at League One level thanks to a 22 game loan spell with Carlisle United two seasons ago. His youth loan runs until December 24th, with a cancellation clause available to both parties after the first month.


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5 August 2010 : Saturday's Opponents Orient Suffer Striker Injury Blow
Saturday's opponents Leyton Orient have suffered an injury blow ahead of the start of the 2010-11 season, with the loss of one of their strikers. Jake Argent, an 18 year old, suffered knee ligament damage during a pre-season friendly against Cambridge United and the prognosis is not good.

Orient manager Russell Slade, who will return to his former club on Saturday, told their official site that Argent was likely to be missing for many months to come:

"Jake could be out for the majority of the season. This is disappointing news, both for Jake and the club, but I'm sure he will fight hard to overcome the injury."

Slade will also find himself weak in the left-back position, unless he can bring in a last minute loan deal. First choice full-back Charlie Daniels has more minor knee ligament damage, but is not expected to play in the first few weeks of the season, and Slade has indicated that is his priority in terms of bringing further signings to Brisbane Road. However, at present there is no sign of that happening before their trip to Somerset.

The loss of striker Argent will put the pressure upon striker Jonathan Téhoué to make a return to first team action after missing part of pre-season through injury. The Frenchman was the only senior Orient player risked in their final friendly against Dartford in midweek as the Londoners attempt to give him further match fitness. He is likely to sit on the bench during Saturday's match.

With Slade only being confirmed as permanent Leyton Orient boss over the summer, he has unsurprisingly used the close season as an opportunity to bring in his own players. Former Yeovil Town centre-back pairing Aaron Brown and Terrell Forbes are newcomers, with Forbes set to make his Orient debut against the club he played his last game for. Brown has arrived from Aldershot.

Other new arrivals at Brisbane Road include George Porter, a striker from non-league Cray Wanderers, Lee Butcher - a goalkeeper from Tottenham Hotspur, Dean Cox - a 22 year old winger who played under Slade at Brighton and Hove Albion, Stephen Dawson - a midfielder from Bury, Elliot Omozusi - a 21 year old right-back from Fulham, Alex Revell - a striker from Wycombe Wanderers who has also spent time with Southend United and Swindon Town and Matt Spring - a 30 year old midfielder from Charlton Athletic.

With so many new faces in the squad, and Slade himself relatively new to the position, having arrived in a caretaker capacity last spring with the target of bailing Orient out of relegation trouble, he has warned that his new squad may need time to bed in.

Speaking to the East London Guardian Series newspaper, he felt that there may be early teething problems that materialise during their opening ten games:

"There will be times over the first ten games particularly when we’ll find it particularly difficult and we may become a little bit disjointed. But I do feel this team will improve over the season. The signs are really good early doors and we can’t ask for anything more. It’s important for the players to feel settled and to enjoy their football."

Yeovil Town take on Leyton Orient at Huish Park this coming Saturday, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off in what will be their opening League One match of the 2010-11 season.


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5 August 2010 : Further FL Rule Changes
The Football League continues its campaign to tighten up on financial regulation of its member clubs. The arrival of the critical basket case Portsmouth may have concentrated minds further, though very much an instance of shutting stable doors after horses had long bolted in their case.

In an EGM held at Pride Park Stadium the club chairmen agreed to changes that brought the Football League into line with recent regulatory alterations in the Premier League.

On what used to be called the 'Fit and Proper Person Test' and is now called the 'Owner and Director Tests' :

the creation an Annual Reporting process for all club directors;
prior disclosure of new directors, and a prohibition on persons taking up the role until clearance is received from The Football League;
a restriction on anyone owning an interest in a club where they are prevented from entering the UK or are unable to have funds available in the UK for their own benefit.

Additional financial reporting requirements for Championship (only) clubs :

the provision of 'future financial information' relating to the subsequent season (in practice this means clubs will be required to demonstrate they are in a fit state to complete two seasons, rather than the current one season);
clubs to provide disclosure they have no overdue transfer fees, compensation fees, key employee wages or PAYE/NIC;
clubs in default or clubs with business plans that cast doubt on their ability to fulfil fixtures or pay football creditors will be required to submit to budget constraints including possibility of transfer embargo;
the change of ownership of more than 30% of any club will trigger fresh reporting requirements.

The disclosure of the identity of any individuals owning 10% or more in any club will become a requirement.

An absolute prohibition of 'third party interests' in players was agreed.

A new standard player contract in line with that in use in the Premier League will be introduced.

Football League Chairman Greg Clarke stated:

"I am pleased that our clubs have today supported new and revised regulations that further strengthen the professionalism and good governance of The Football League.

The season ahead is an important one for The League and its clubs as we seek to continue our recent growth. Centrally, we will be doing everything possible to support our clubs through a difficult economic environment and to encourage more and more fans to enjoy the fantastic product offered on the pitch by all 72 Football League clubs.
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As always, the proof of the pudding will be in the eating, and how rigorously the Football League enforces its regulations and pursues errant clubs. What it has released (above) are clearly broad brush sentiments, and its the detail of how these regulations have been drawn up and phrased that will be important. There's a long history of clubs driving coaches and horses through loopholes in vaguely composed 'rules' in football.


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5 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Mystic Taff's Season's Predictions 2010-11
Just when you thought you'd seen enough dodgy pundits to last a lifetime, forecasting the 2010-11 season final places, the latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at all five of the top English divisions.

With a quick look at how well he did this time last year, Taff sticks his neck out on the winners and losers for the coming nine months. Read on, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Mystic Taff's Season's Predictions 2010-11.


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4 August 2010 : Where Are They Now? Walker, Caulker, Johnson and Peltier
Four new Where Are They Now? stories have been uploaded to the site today. The articles feature striker James Walker, central defender Steven Caulker, midfielder Lee Johnson and right-back Lee Peltier in our ongoing coverage of former Yeovil Town players.

Link: Walker On Trial For Orient.

Link: Caulker Heading For Leeds Loan.

Link: Johnson Jnr : I'm Never Playing For Dad Again!

Link: Peltier Signs Four Year Terriers Deal.


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4 August 2010 : More Pundits Make Their League One Predictions
The Nottingham press are predicting doom'n'gloom for Yeovil Town during the 2010-11 season, forecasting that they will finish bottom of the League One table. With every pundit under the sun sticking their necks out in terms of who will land where for each division of the Football League, another set have been published by a variety of papers and websites.

The Nottingham Evening Post, which covers League One newcomers Notts County, predicts a 24th placed finish for the coming season, whilst suggesting that their own club will finish 10th. They claim the Glovers will go down with Hartlepool, Dagenham and Rochdale. Their full line-up is as follows:

1. Southampton 2. Peterborough United 3. Sheffield Wednesday 4. Huddersfield Town 5. Swindon Town 6. Milton Kenyes Dons 7. Colchester United 8. Charlton Athletic 9. Bristol Rovers 10. Notts County 11. Brentford 12. Carlisle United 13. Leyton Orient 14. Brighton 15. Plymouth Argyle 16. Oldham Athletic 17. AFC Bournemouth 18. Walsall 19. Tranmere Rovers 20. Exeter City 21. Hartlepool United 22. Dagenham and Redbridge 23. Rochdale 24. Yeovil Town

In terms of their assessment of Yeovil Town they state: "The Glovers have made a few impressive signings but have also lost some star players including striker Gavin Tomlin."

With that fairly damning assessment from Nottingham, it's probably nice to report that five out of Teamtalk.Com's pundits think we'll survive. Only Matty Briggs out of their six pundits believes Yeovil will go down, with Rochdale given a unanimous verdict from their personnel. Their assessment for the four clubs to head for the drop is as follows:

Ian Watson : Hartlepool, Dagenham, Tranmere, Rochdale.
Simon Wilkes : Oldham, Hartlepool, Exeter, Rochdale.
Sam Nightingale : Carlisle, Hartlepool, Rochdale, Walsall.
James Marshment : Exeter, Dagenham, Rochdale, Hartlepool.
Rob McCarthy : Carlisle, Walsall, Dagenham, Rochdale.
Matty Briggs : Leyton Orient, Dagenham, Yeovil Town, Rochdale.

Mr Briggs has this to say about his selection for the drop:

"Things will be as tight as ever at the bottom this season. Just three points separated the six sides that finished 15th to 20th and stayed up last season and it could be four from 10 or 12 teams that go down this time around. New boys Dagenham and Rochdale are both run on shoe-string budgets and both look set to return to the bottom tier. Orient and Yeovil are the other two sides I've picked for the drop after they avoided relegation last season by one point and three points respectively."

Finally Sky Sports think the whole thing is going to go down to the wire, predicting that Yeovil Town will finish in 20th place at the end of the 2010-11 season. Their analysis on the Glovers states:

"Since winning the 2004/05 League Two title the Glovers have held their own in the third tier. Although a repeat of their 2006/07 play-off appearance may be beyond them, they will be hopeful of improving on last season's finish."

They also add with respect to Saturday's opponents Leyton Orient:

"Leyton Orient have been far busier and Russell Slade will be confident of improving on last year's efforts, while his former club Yeovil will likely occupy the low midtable reaches they have frequented these past few campaigns."

Sky list Dean Bowditch as Yeovil's key player. They name Tranmere Rovers (21st), Hartlepool United (22nd), Rochdale (23rd) and Dagenham and Redbridge (24th) as the four clubs to ensure the Glovers' survival takes place.

Got your own views on the forthcoming season? Cast your predictions using our form below.

Link: 2010-11 League One Predictions Survey.

Link: Rotting Turnips vs Jellied Eels Next Weekend.

Link: 2010-11 League One Full Betting Odds.


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4 August 2010 : 2010-11 Yeovil Town First Team Squad Numbers Set
Yeovil Town's first team squad numbers have been set in stone for the 2010-11 season. With ten new signings (albeit with Luke Ayling having featured last season) and the official retirement of manager Terry Skiverton and first team coach Darren Way last season, unsurprisingly we're talking almost a brand new list with only six players retaining last season's numbers.

Full details are as follows:

1. John Sullivan 2. Craig Alcock 3. Nathan Jones 4. Stefan Stam 5. Paul Huntington 6. Nathan Smith 7. Andy Williams 8. Luke Ayling 9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch 11. Andy Welsh

12. Danny Hutchins 14. Rob Kiernan 15. Cameron Stewart 16. Ed Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman 19. Adam Virgo 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 22. Ben Roberts 30. Lloyd Matthews 31. Rhys Baggridge.

At present shirts 13, 20 and numbers 23-29 are all left blank.

The players who have made the decision to change their shirt numbers are Dean Bowditch (from 14 to 10), Danny Hutchins (from 23 to 12), Nathan Smith (from 28 to 6) and Ben Roberts (from 33 to 22).

Craig Alcock, Nathan Jones, Stefan Stam, Sam Williams, Andy Welsh and Jean-Paul Kalala are the only players to keep their same shirt numbers from last season.


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4 August 2010 : Yeovil Town BBC Points West Video Feature
Yeovil Town have been featured on a BBC Points West video that is available online on the BBC Sport website. Centring around manager Terry Skiverton's use of the social networking site Twitter, footage in the two and a half minute video includes clips from the opening of Huish Park, the Conference title win, and some 2010-11 pre-season footage.

Skivo managed to sneak in a bit of banter during the video feature. As part of the footage, they show him Tweeting "Chatting to Alistair at BBC Points West" - by the time he had pressed send, an extra word "Boring" had been added - an in-joke between Skivo and Alistair!

Link: BBC Sport Website : Terry The Tweeter.

Link: Terry Skiverton's Twitter Account.

Link: Ciderspace's Twitter Account.


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3 August 2010 : Where Are They Now? : Terry Quakes, Gray Gets An Offer
Over the course of the summer, we've been looking to improve our site coverage of past Yeovil Town players and any ongoing news that affects them. With the 2010-11 season about to begin, we're mindful that any attempt to continue that throughout the season may result in the Ciderspace News Page becoming a little bit swamped.

Hence from today onwards, the plan is to carve up news and interviews with past players into a new Where Are They Now? section on the site, leaving the News Page a little more devoted towards current affairs. We'll still cross-promote additions to this new section on the news page, but probably more on a daily basis, unless major news on past players breaks.

The format of the new section is based upon our 'Blog' page format - that is going to be enhanced over the next few weeks, with the idea of improving both our blog coverage and the ability to turn the 'Where Are They Now?' section into a growing library, indexed by player. Hence expect further developments in this area, with the aim of it becoming a dedicated stand-alone section of the site.

For now, today's three entries are linked below (and also in turn link to each other) and concern Wayne Gray, Paul Terry and Owain Tudur Jones. You'll find also that most of the last couple of month's news pieces on past players have also been duplicated in this section to give the format a head start.

Link: Wayne Gray : Gray Gets Cambridge Contract Offer.

Link: Paul Terry : Terry Becomes A Quaker.

Link: Owain Tudur Jones : Tudur Jones Nets As He Looks For A Pilgrimage.


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3 August 2010 : Tudur Jones Nets As He Looks For A Pilgrimage
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Owain Tudur Jones turned out for League One side Plymouth Argyle in a pre-season friendly last night. He played 90 minutes and scored a goal in their 8-0 hammering of Saltash United as the Norwich City player seeks regular first team football.

Speaking to the Argyle official site after the game, manager Peter Reid said of the Welshman's performance:

"Ian Rush, who I know well, had a word with me about him and recommended him. So we're having a look at him see if he likes us and we like him. I thought he did all right."

Argyle have yet to officially indicate on what basis they hope to take him on, although the Devon press speculate that they are lining up a loan deal, rather than a permanent move.

Owain played six times for Yeovil Town last season, scoring one goal during a one month loan period, but manager Terry Skiverton did not extend the deal any further after he returned to Norwich.

Link: Owain Tudur Jones : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 August 2010 : Supporters Group Requests Detail Over Club Restructuring Plans
Yeovil Town fans organisation, the Capital Glovers have written to the Football Club asking for further details concerning the club's restructuring and development plans. In a letter written to Chairman John Fry they ask for further details on the benefits of forming the Yeovil Town Holdings Limited company, which plans to take hold of the club's "property assets" - i.e. the stadium and the surrounding land.

With two months having passed since the original announcement by the club concerning the establishment of the new holding company, the Capital Glovers, who represent Yeovil Town supporters in London and the South-East, have also asked for assurances regarding how the club will avoid the pitfalls of other clubs who have run into financial difficulties after selling land. The club have yet to make any comment whatsoever concerning their involvement in the Yeovil Sports Zone project, where around 50 percent of the current Huish Park land has been earmarked for the town's sports village.

To read the Capital Glovers letter in full, see their website, via the link below.

Link: Capital Glovers : An Open Letter to the Club.

Link: Glovers Launch New Holding Company For 'Investment'.

Link: Huish Park Sports Zone Pros And Cons Published.

Link: Sports Zone Location Confirmed On Huish Park Land.

Link: Land 'East Of Huish Park' Shortlisted For Sports Zone Project.


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2 August 2010 : 2010-11 League One Predictions Survey
As threatened earlier today, our quick survey to see how good you are at predicting this season's League One table is here again. Choose the sides that get promoted and relegated as well as predicting where Yeovil Town will finish at the end of the 2010-11 season.

This is where we find who are the shamelessly over-optimistic ... and who are the downright miserable pessimists amongst you. Feel free to use your Achieve By Unity/Green Room forum login name, or a nickname, as these are names we'll use next summer to indicate who was good (and maybe who was hopeless!) at the end of the season.

The deadline for the survey is Saturday at 12.15p.m. when the opening League One fixture takes place between Southampton and Plymouth Argyle, followed a few hours later by our home match against Leyton Orient.

Link: 2010-11 League One Predictions Survey.

Link: 2009-10 League One Prediction Results.


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2 August 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : We're Going To Score One More Than You
With Yeovil Town's first team squad more or less finalised, and just five days to go before we commence the League One season with a home match against Leyton Orient at Huish Park, the latest Taff's Gloversblog sizes up the whole squad. With comparisons made between this season and last season's squad, it's a good assessment of where things are currently going.

Feel free to supply your own views by using the Comment box at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : We're Going To Score One More Than You.


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2 August 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
With the opening day of the 2010-11 League One season looming ever closer, officials for Yeovil Town's opening game have been selected. The man in charge for the home game against Leyton Orient will be Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Mr Stroud has been selected for a number of high profile Glovers matches over the years, and to be frank, we haven't always liked what we've seen. His most recent link up with Yeovil Town came during the Christmas holiday game against Swindon Town. We won't use his performance on the day to excuse our own team's poor performance that saw them well beaten, but it is a trifle galling when you are forced to withdraw your striker because you can see the referee is getting suckered in by histrionics from the home side's players and bench. By the time Sam Williams was withdrawn, to save him from a second yellow card, we were 3-1 down anyway.

One Swindon goal though did appear to be more down to poor officiating - a shove in the back by Billy Paynter on Nathan Smith allowed our left flank to be exposed and a crucial second goal scored. We were poor that day, but so were the officials.

The time before that was one of Mr Stroud's better performances. The match in April 2008 was the 0-1 home defeat against Leeds United, and he can't be blamed for the farce that had developed off the field, on the terrace and in the stands. He dished out a red card to Leeds defender Alan Sheehan after a melee developed, and resisted temptation to even up the sides three minutes later when a Marc Bircham-induced second shoving contest broke out.

A year previously, Mr Stroud had done us a favour! The home match against Leyton Orient may well have come on the back of a rather poor performance from the man in the middle, but his decision in that match broke a two year long barren run where the Glovers had been denied penalty appeal after penalty appeal. The trip on Nathan Jones inside the box finally gave us a chance from 12 yards out. Overall though despite that decision finally going our way, we were unimpressed by a catalogue of others throughout the game.

If Stroud was poor against Orient, then he was probably worse against Swansea City in November 2005 - like the Leeds game, another Friday night match. Whilst that night is largely remembered for a bit of Lee Trundle extravagance, it shouldn't be forgotten that Mr Stroud gifted Swansea their opener - a penalty that was exposed on the video as a perfect sliding tackle by Efe Sodje. On top of that, he red carded Lee Johnson when the hapless official mistook a slap on the forearm for a handball appeal as an offensive gesture. To rub salt into the wounds, his chance to even up the numbers with a second yellow card offence for Trundle late on was declined - probably because of its proximity to the rather vociferous home fans. Certainly one of the messiest displays of officiating we've had the displeasure to witness.

A month after the Swansea game, he took charge of a local derby at Huish Park against the red half of Bristol, and thankfully in this instance, his performance was rather more anonymous, passing off without significant note. Over the years we've had him though, that hasn't always been the case, and he's been an official that gets noticed in games, which is not what players or spectators want in a match.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Andy Turner (Devon). Neither of these two assistants are former Yeovil Town players, we assure you! The Fourth Official will be Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Link: December 2009 : Swindon Town 3-1 Yeovil Town

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0-1 Leeds United.

Link: April 2007: Yeovil Town 2-1 Leyton Orient.

Link: December 2005: Yeovil Town 1-1 Bristol City.

Link: November 2005: Swansea City 2-0 Yeovil Town.


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2 August 2010 : 2009-10 League One Prediction Results
Approximately 12 months ago, we produced a prediction survey allowing supporters to guess the key positions for the 2009-10 League One season. It's come to our attention that we've not produced the results for that, and also that we need to produce a similar survey for the 2010-11 season before the proper football recommences!

To recap for those with lousy memories, at the end of the 2009-10 season, Yeovil Town finished 15th in the League One table, whilst Norwich City were Champions and Leeds United were runners up.

Millwall were play-off winners, whilst Charlton Athletic, Huddersfield Town and Swindon Town were the other three who got to the play-offs. At the other end we waved goodbye to Gillingham, Wycombe Wanderers, Southend United and Stockport County.

So how did everyone do? In terms of the key question, eight of you correctly predicted that Yeovil Town would finish 15th. In fact, this was a popular area of the table for supporters to make their predictions with a rather large 61 percent of you predicting we would finish between 10th and 16th. Seven of you thought we'd be relegated, whilst as for the two of you who predicted the Glovers would get automatic promotion, we'll have some of what you were drinking at the time.

As for the eight who predicted Yeovil's finish correctly, step forward and take a bow: Taff, Ian Kinder, ..::AL::.., Oliver, Yatton Green, Roy Clarke, Jon Body and Geroge.

In terms of the automatic promotion places, not too surprisingly there were a huge number of people who had gone for Norwich City and Leeds United. The challenge was getting them in the right order. The bookies had Leeds as favourites but a number of you had different ideas. An impressive total of 16 of you got both and in the right order and these were:

Barry Hemsley, Bowerboy, Chucky, DazTaylor, Geroge, Glover Felix, Green MP, Kyle Garland, Madbull, Nicro6, Paul Sparks, Peter Male, Ryan Fox, Spud Whale, Tony Praill, Torquay Glover.

Given that Millwall were the play-off winners though, and only eight of you thought they would achieve that, it would be really impressive if anyone managed to get all three spot on. Thus Green MP and Kyle Garland should take a bow as they got all three of them correct. Well done guys!

And so, we turn attention to the bottom end of the table. We were already in problems on this one, because only two people in the whole survey predicted that Southend United would get relegated, and no-one thought they would finish 23rd in the table. So straight away, we know that no-one got all four spot on, although well done to Chucky and R.Toogood for being the only ones to foresee the Shrimpers' demise.

That just left the question of whether anyone had got the other three relegation teams correct. No-one got them in the right order, but Ben Barrett, Ian Kinder, Jon Body and Nick Linthorne came out on top as the four supporters who predicted that Gillingham, Wycombe and Stockport would be on their way down.

Thank you to everyone who entered and particularly well done to those of you mentioned above, with one or two getting singled out in more than one area.

There will be a survey for the 2010-11 season in place fairly shortly, so keep an eye out for that. With the League One season opening up 12.15p.m. on Saturday with a televised game between Southampton and Plymouth Argyle, that match's kick-off will be the also deadline for submissions. We'll put up a new article when the survey is ready.


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2 August 2010 : Skivo Reports No New Injuries Out Of Gulls Game
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is very happy with the team he now has at his disposal to start the 2010-11 season. Skivo was speaking after Saturday's match against Torquay United that saw the Glovers end their pre-season schedule with a 1-0 defeat. Speaking to the Western Morning News he explained:

"I'm really pleased with the team that I have got to start the season. I thought it was an excellent game. Paul Buckle has got a very good side here. It was a really good test for us, and the main thing for me is that no one has come out of the game injured."

The lack of fresh injuries means that the only question mark lies over four Yeovil Town players who have missed some of the recent pre-season games. Left-back Nathan Smith was on the bench at Plainmoor, but was the only outfield substitute to not get on the field of play. Meanwhile the trio of centre-back Stefan Stam, left-winger Andy Welsh and midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala were all left out of Saturday's squad entirely.

For Stam, Saturday's game was the first match he had missed in pre-season, but left-sided pairing Smith and Welsh have been in and out of the squads selected so far. Meanwhile Kalala headed out early from last Wednesday's home defeat against Bristol City and although there was nothing too visibly wrong with him, his subsequent absence is a concern. That said, any manager is likely to play safe at this stage of pre-season with any borderline players.

As for the actual game at Plainmoor, Skiverton felt that his side lost their way at the start of the second period, during which Kevin Nicholson's shot-cum-cross proved to be the winning goal of the game:

"I thought in the first half we played well. For the first 20 minutes of the second half we got out-battled a little bit, which was the only down point, and we didn't get the ball wide and stretch them and create the one versus ones we normally do, but we have got to deal with that. There's a couple of teams in our league now where it's going to be that sort of game and you have got to stand up to it."


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2 August 2010 : August 2010 Fixtures Poster
The 2010-11 Football League season is almost upon us and to recognise that, a new Fixtures Poster has been produced. Covering the home games during August, the Word document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop or anywhere that takes your imagination - provided you have permission to place the poster there.

The poster covers Saturday's home match against Leyton Orient, plus the Carling Cup game against Crystal Palace and the second home league match against Hartlepool United.

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. Alternatively, if you are visiting Huish Park, then Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley can usually help supply a few copies. For any queries or advice, or if you just want to say where the posters are being displayed, then contact Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: August 2010 Fixture Poster.


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1 August 2010 : Rotting Turnips vs Jellied Eels Next Weekend
Having brought you the view of the bookmakers earlier today on the 2010-11 League One season, we now find out what the journalists make of the forthcoming year. And thus we find that next weekend's home match against Leyton Orient is a relegation six-pointer. According to Sunday Times journalist Rod Liddle anyway.

At the top, he predictably goes for Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday as front runners, naming Huddersfield Town as his dark horse most likely to split the two. Notts County and Charlton Athletic are his other two tips with Brighton and Hove Albion as a surprise package. He believes that Swindon Town over-achieved last season.

At the bottom, he puts his claim on Hartlepool United and Rochdale as his two certs to go down, and then lists three other clubs as most likely to join them:

"The last two relegation berths should see an East End scrap, jellied eels flying all over the place, between Leyton Orient and Dagenham, with Yeovil breathing the stench of rotting turnips down their necks."

With quality journalism like that, analysing the teams in such great depth, we can't wait to find out what the more lowbrow end of the Murdoch stable has to make of the forthcoming season. We would link to the article in question, but with Murdoch's newspaper empire now behind a paywall, that's not possible. The above should give you an idea of what to expect for your money if you choose to subscribe.


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1 August 2010 : 2010-11 League One Full Betting Odds
With most clubs having come close to finalising their squads for the 2010-11 season, and just six days to go before the first weekend's worth of matches, it's worth another look at what the bookmakers are saying about the next nine months.

Those with world-weary experience of Yeovil Town's time in League One will not be surprised to know that the Glovers are outsiders amongst many bookmakers. We've tended to use Bet365 as an arbitrary benchmark (other bookmakers are available!) and they have Yeovil priced at 100/1 to win the League One title along with four other clubs. Other clubs they believe will make little impact on the League One title include League Two newcomers AFC Bournemouth and Dagenham and Redbridge, along with Exeter City and Walsall.

At the other end, again there are few surprises with Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday tipped to be in the automatic promotion slots, whilst Huddersfield Town, Peterborough United, Charlton Athletic and one of Brighton and Hove Albion and Swindon Town will make the play-offs. Full Bet365 odds are as follows:

League One Title Odds:
Southampton 9/4; Sheffield Wednesday 11/2; Huddersfield Town 8/1; Peterborough United 11/1; Charlton Athletic 12/1; Brighton and Hove Albion, Swindon Town 14/1; Plymouth Argyle 16/1; Notts County 25/1; Milton Keynes Dons, Bristol Rovers, Colchester United 33/1; Brentford 40/1; Carlisle United, Tranmere Rovers 66/1; Leyton Orient, Oldham Athletic, Hartlepool United, Rochdale 80/1; AFC Bournemouth, Exeter City, Yeovil Town, Walsall, Dagenham and Redbridge 100/1.

Obviously shop around before placing your bets - for example SkyBet list Rochdale and Dagenham as favourites for the drop at 150/1 - far more generous than Bet365's 80/1 for Rochdale. At present the 100/1 price tag is the widest odds we're aware of for the Glovers.

If you think that promotion for the Glovers by any means possible is a more realistic wager, then the promotion odds are also provided below. Here, Bet365 believe Yeovil Town are the least likely side to gain promotion, ranking them as 28/1 outsiders. The hierarchy though follows a similar pattern and is as follows:

League One Promotion Odds:
Southampton 4/6; Peterborough United, Charlton Athletic 7/2; Sheffield Wednesday 7/4; Huddersfield Town 9/4; Swindon Town 9/2; Brighton and Hove Albion 5/1; Plymouth Argyle, Milton Keynes Dons 11/2; Notts County 6/1; Colchester United 7/1; Bristol Rovers, Brentford 8/1; Walsall 14/1; Carlisle United, Oldham Athletic 16/1; Tranmere Rovers, Leyton Orient 20/1; AFC Bournemouth 22/1; Hartlepool United, Exeter City, Rochdale, Dagenham and Redbridge 25/1; Yeovil Town 28/1.

You can get wider odds than that for the Glovers at present - for example ToteSport are offering 33/1 against promotion.

If you fancy doing the dirty on your own team, and betting on them to go down, then you'll not get particularly good odds on the Glovers. They are priced at 9/4 with Bet365 with Dagenham, Hartlepool and Rochdale tipped to be the other teams dropping. Best odds we can find at present for Yeovil Town getting relegated are 5/2 with Victor Chandler.

League One Relegation Odds:
Dagenham and Redbridge 15/8; Hartlepool United, Rochdale 2/1; Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient; Exeter City 5/2; Carlisle United, Oldham Athletic 7/2; AFC Bournemouth, Tranmere Rovers 11/4; Walsall 10/3; Brentford 5/1; Notts County 11/2; Bristol Rovers 6/1; Milton Keynes Dons, Colchester United 7/1; Charlton Athletic 10/1; Plymouth Argyle, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town 12/1; Brighton and Hove Albion 14/1; Peterborough United 16/1; Huddersfield Town 20/1; Southampton 50/1.

If all of this is leaving you feeling a bit depressed with the way the bookies are predicting the season to go, fear not. This time last year, we logged what the bookies predicted, and they had Stockport County and Yeovil Town as favourites to be relegated, along with two out of Walsall, Leyton Orient, Exeter City and Hartlepool United. By the time the final table was drawn up, they'd only got Stockport County correct, with them even having ranked Southend United as joined 8th favourites for promotion. In fairness they picked out both automatic promotion slots well, with Leeds United and Norwich City listed as favourites to go up.

Finally, who will be taking away the Golden Boot at the end of the season? Southampton pair Rickie Lambert (4/1) and Lee Barnard (12/1) are ranked as favourites, along with Huddersfield Town's Jordan Rhodes and Peterborough United's Craig Mackail-Smith are given top billing, with Lee Hughes and Charlie Austin ranked close behind.

If it is a Yeovil Town player you want to single out for the Golden Boot, then you have to go a long long way down the pecking order before one of the club's players pop up. Dean Bowditch (50/1) and Andy Williams (100/1) are the only Glovers players that any of the bookies have bothered to list, and even then not all bookies list them. If you're fancying a wager on those two or any other Yeovil Town players, you're probably best off making a special enquiry and seeing what you can sting them for.

As usual, bet responsibly - and remember what sort of a car your local bookmaker drives these days - there ain't no such thing as a poor bookie!


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1 August 2010 : Capital Glovers Join Twitter
The Capital Glovers have established themselves on the Social Networking site Twitter. The group, which represent Yeovil Town supporters exiled in London and the South-East (or those who visit the area) will be using it to publicise their travel plans, social outings and other such things.

To follow them, subscribe to their account @CapitalGlovers and drop them (or us) a line if you need any further information or want to join their mailing list.

Link: Capital Glovers Twitter Page: @CapitalGlovers

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