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31 August 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Reading Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Reading at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Reading Home Game.


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31 August 2013 : Johnson Frustrated At Kettle Inconsistency Over Penalty Claims
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson criticised referee Trevor Kettle for his handling of two key incidents as part of today's Championship home game against Reading. The Glovers boss felt that better consistency from the Rutland official could have given his side at least a point, after he was left to reflect upon the penalty that was, along with the penalty that wasn't.

Referee Kettle, who twice sent off defender Luke Ayling during the 2011-12 season, gave the right-back another frustrating afternoon, as he judged that his tackle on Adam Le Fondre was illegal, giving the Royals the 77th minute goal that their striker converted, providing the visitors with all three points. Whilst that was contentious, Johnson told the press after the game that he felt Kettle was inconsistent in not awarding a second penalty shortly afterwards, when substitute Michael Ngoo went down in the box. Gary felt both situations were more or less identical, yet produced very different outcomes:

"If the referee gives that as a penalty then he should have given one for us too. Our boys were magnificent today and they deserved more than they got. We outplayed a very good Reading team and our boys did everything but score. We respect the opposition and think they are still one of the favourites to get promotion, so we're pleased that we competed more than adequately with them. I suppose that's why it's even more upsetting when it gets taken away from you by something out of your control."

On the overall performance today, Johnson said that he was happy with what he saw. Against a team that were playing Premier League football last season, he felt his team put in a good performance that he believes is starting to produce the sort of performances needed at Championship level:

"We kept creating chances and had lots of shots, and when they were on target the keeper made some good saves. I'm not sure you can do any more in a game and get beaten. I think we've found our Championship legs over the last couple of games, and I hope that bodes well for the near future."


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31 August 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Reading
If you watched this afternoon's Championship match against Reading 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 Reading.


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31 August 2013 : Johnson Cautious On New Arrivals Ahead Of Transfer Deadline
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is unsure whether he will see any further squad movement ahead of Monday night's transfer window closing. All permanent signings must be done by 11.00p.m. by Monday 2nd September, leaving clubs with just loan transfer options available to them after that date. With the Glovers already having five loanees on their books, loan options would need to be done on a one-in, one-out basis in order to be genuinely effective.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset after the game that at present he isn't expecting any changes to his squad, but says that if there are changes to be made, then it's much more likely to be arrivals than departures. However, at present there is nothing he is on the edge of completing:

"Not really - not right at this minute, and certainly no outs. I'd be disappointed if somebody came up with something this late in the day - that would have to be an unbelievable couldn't-refuse sort of offer for somebody. As far as bringing people in, there's a couple of little things on the go that may or may not come to fruition, but at the moment I'm pleased to be going into these next couple of weeks not thinking that I need five or six new players."

With just one Championship goal across a total of 450 minutes, the reason why the Glovers are 22nd in the Championship table doesn't take too much analysis. With Johnson's sides normally being high goalscoring teams, he recognised that was a problem with the club's current scorelines, but said that solving that problem wouldn't just come down to the strikers, suggesting that it may be a player that can create goals that is his biggest target area:

"That's the position where you win or lose games - the assists and the shooting and the crossing, and then somebody getting in on the end of it. But we've got strikers who are comfortable when the right ball comes in. We know Andy Williams will score goals as he's done that before. We know Paddy Madden will, and we know James Hayter will. There's a few we're not sure about yet, but we've still got three strikers that we know will score goals. So it's just a matter of believing in them. Goalscorers need the team playing well as well, because they need clever players who produce opportunities for them. You can't always make opportunities for yourself, so that's what we're trying to achieve at the minute, and when we all hit form together then hopefully we'll hit a few more goals."


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31 August 2013 : Yeovil 0 Reading 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to a single goal defeat this afternoon at Huish Park, on a day in which referee Trevor Kettle's return to South Somerset once again took centre-stage. The Rutland official, who has baffled fans with his penalties and cards over the years, settled the game in the 77th minute when a Luke Ayling challenge on Adam Le Fondre inside the box was judged to be illegal, and the Royals striker stepped up to give the visitors all three points. The Glovers had their own numerous chances during the 90 minutes, but with one goal scored in five Championship games, they slip to 22nd in the current Championship table after today's results.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Reading 1.

Scorers: Adam Le Fondre (77 mins, 0-1, pen)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
2. Luke Ayling 4. Byron Webster (Capt) 6. Dan Seabourne 3. Jamie McAllister
23. Joel Grant 8. Ed Upson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls
28. Andy Williams 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 11. Michael Ngoo (84 mins for James Hayter), 18. Alan Tate, 7. Kevin Dawson (84 mins for Joel Grant) 14. Sam Hoskins (83 mins for Joe Ralls) 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi

Reading:
1. Alex McCarthy 2. Chris Gunter 4. Jem Karacan 5. Alex Pearce 9. Adam Le Fondre 10. Royston Drenthe 12. Garath McCleary 15. Sean Morrison (Capt) 20. Danny Guthrie 22. Nick Blackman 24. Shaun Cummings.

Substitutes:
1. Adam Federici 6. Adrian Mariappa 7. Pavel Pogrebnyak 16. Hope Akpan (80 mins for Royston Drenthe) 17. Kaspars Gorkss 19. Hal Robson-Kanu (72 mins for Nick Blackman) 23. Danny Williams (38 mins for Garath McCleary).


Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (foul, 51 mins), Andy Williams (dissent, 88 mins).

Reading Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 18.

Reading Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Assistants: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Christopher Powell (Dorset). Fourth Official: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).

Attendance: 7,306 (including 2,103 Reading supporters)


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31 August 2013 : Madden Out For Four Weeks
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that striker Paddy Madden will be missing from the Glovers line-up for the majority of September. Having suffered a knee injury in a training ground collision on Thursday, he is expected to be absent for around four weeks - thankfully two of those involve an international break for the club.

Responding to rumours that Madden's absence from the squad over the last two matches might have been for other reasons and that the closure of the transfer window on Monday might be a factor, Gary said:

"He has never ever been available (for transfer). We love Paddy Madden. Sometimes he gets up full of the joys of spring, and other days it's not so. We have to deal with that, and that's his personality - good goalscorers are sometimes a little bit like that and you have to manage them, because the one thing they love doing is scoring goals. He is part of us. We want to make him at least a Championship player, and things that we do are only with that in mind. He'll be doing a lot more watching than he will playing in the next four weeks, that's for sure. We need to get him thinking about being a top goalscorer for Yeovil in the Championship, and that's always been our aim."

Left-sided player Liam Davis and striker Kieffer Moore are also injured with hamstring and rib injuries respectively, and missed today's match against Reading.


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31 August 2013 : Young Leaves Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have parted company with winger Lewis Young. The 23 year old had been on a short term contract with the Glovers, but had not featured during the 2013-14 season in any shape or form, with his last appearance coming in April 2013.

Having made just 17 appearances for the club, with 15 of those being substitute appearances, Young has been given an opportunity to find another club, with BBC Somerset reporting that he is now a free agent, and is currently on trial with League One side Notts County.


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31 August 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Reading
Yeovil Town's squad for this afternoon's Championship home game against Reading has been announced. The Glovers have made two changes to their starting line-up for their first Football League meeting against the Royals. Striker Kieffer Moore makes way for Andy Williams, who was cup-tied for the midweek match against Birmingham City. Williams makes his first start since his return to the club.

Striker Paddy Madden was rested during the midweek League Cup match, but picked up a Thursday lunchtime training ground injury. As reported yesterday that's serious enough for him to drop out of the Republic of Ireland squad, and so he does not feature today at all for the second match running. Madden is expected to be absent for around four weeks with a knee injury.

The other change sees Joe Ralls come in for Liam Davis on the left wing. Davis picked up an injury in training and so drops out of the squad entirely.

The line-up for today reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
2. Luke Ayling 4. Byron Webster (Capt) 6. Dan Seabourne 3. Jamie McAllister
23. Joel Grant 8. Ed Upson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls
28. Andy Williams 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 11. Michael Ngoo, 18. Alan Tate, 7. Kevin Dawson 14. Sam Hoskins 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi

Reading:
1. Alex McCarthy 2. Chris Gunter 4. Jem Karacan 5. Alex Pearce 9. Adam Le Fondre 10. Royston Drenthe 12. Garath McCleary 15. Sean Morrison (Capt) 20. Danny Guthrie 22. Nick Blackman 24. Shaun Cummings.

Substitutes:
1. Adam Federici 6. Adrian Mariappa 7. Pavel Pogrebnyak 16. Hope Akpan 17. Kaspars Gorkss 19. Hal Robson-Kanu 23. Danny Williams.


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31 August 2013 : Warnock's Sideswipe At Johnson
It's not that often that Football League Managers will directly attack their opposite numbers. When they do, it tends to be done in the heat of the moment, with any frostiness dispelled by the time they get as far as their next press conference. Not so with out-of-work manager Neil Warnock, who appears to still hold a grudge against Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson, over four years after an incident involving a Bristol City home match against Crystal Palace, who Warnock was in charge of at the time.

That August 2009 game at Ashton Gate saw referee Rob Shoebridge and his assistant Chris Knowles commit a blunder that was shown on TV highlights throughout the weekend, and led to the pair being withdrawn from duties for a couple of weeks, having failed to notice a goal from Palace striker Freddie Sears being scored after it ricocheted off a back stanchion.

Warnock claimed after the game that Johnson's side should have given him a walk-in goal to atone for the refereeing error, branding Bristol City as 'cheats' for accepting the referee's decision, in a game that City won 1-0. At the time, Johnson said that he was under the impression that the officials had awarded a free kick following an infringement, and thus saw no reason to intervene.

Now four years later, Warnock has resurrected that incident in a column for The Independent newspaper, labelling Yeovil Town's Tuesday night equaliser against Birmingham City as "obviously ungentlemanly conduct" - one of the first football pundits to come down against Johnson's side in the review of Byron Webster's controversial goal.

The incident at Ashton Gate happened at the start of Gary's final season with the Bristol club, with him eventually departing seven months later in March 2010. Warnock bizarrely infers that incident sparked Johnson's demise at the club, and spitefully suggests that history might repeat itself with Yeovil Town:

"I'll never forget walking off down the touchline with all those City supporters jeering, all of us knowing we should have won the game. I told Gary, "You'll regret it, what comes around, goes around', and told the press I was disappointed but it wouldn't surprise me if everything went wrong for Johnson afterwards. I was right, he ended up getting the sack. I wonder what will happen with Yeovil now."

Johnson actually outlasted Warnock in his management position, with the latter being at the helm when Crystal Palace went into administration, leaving shortly after their financial collapse. Since then, he's been and gone at Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United, and has been out of work since April 2013.

The reaction from most football pundits to Tuesday night's goal has either been to blame the so-called convention of kicking the ball out of play, or to point out that teams should primarily play to the referee's whistle, and not to any gentleman's agreement. Meanwhile Sky Sports have pointed out that Birmingham themselves tried to score a near identical goal against Watford on the opening day of the season, only to be thwarted by a Hornets defender's last-ditch tackle, criticising the Blues for their players own double standards across the two incidents.


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30 August 2013 : Madden Withdraws From Irish Squad
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland international squad, following a training ground injury. The 23 year old had suffered the knee problem during Thursday lunchtime's training session, but with the club's weekly press session immediately following that, it wasn't possible to judge how serious the problem was.

The Irish Times newspaper lists Madden as one of four players who have withdrawn from the squad, with Aiden McGeady, Joey O’Brien and Sean St Ledger also dropping out of the party that was due to play World Cup Qualifiers against Sweden (September 6th) and Austria (September 10th). Derby midfielder Jeff Hendrick had also earlier withdrawn, following his injury at Huish Park last Saturday. Notably, the Irish FA have given their blessing for O'Brien to play for his club this weekend, despite his withdrawal, due to the nature of his injury, but in singling him out it's clear they don't expect the other players to be appearing in their club shirts tomorrow.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni had planned to purposefully cull a number of players from his final squad for those two matches, but the injuries have allowed that process to pretty much happen under its own steam. The Irish Times don't specify exactly how serious Madden's injury is, except to describe it as a "knee knack" and to state that they received the news this evening. The news means that Madden would be highly unlikely to feature in tomorrow's match against Reading at Huish Park.

Republic of Ireland squad: Forde (Millwall), Westwood (Sunderland), Randolph (Birmingham City); O’Shea (Sunderland), Wilson (Stoke City), Coleman (Everton), Kelly (Reading), O’Dea (Metalurh Donetsk), Clark (Aston Villa), Dunne (QPR), McShane (Hull City); Whelan (Stoke City), McCarthy (Wigan Athletic), Green (Leeds United), Pilkington (Norwich City), McClean (Wigan athletic), Brady (Hull City), Hoolahan (Norwich City); Long (West Brom), Keane (LA Galaxy), Sammon (Derby County), Walters (Stoke City), Cox (Nottingham Forest).


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30 August 2013 : Gary Previews The Reading Home Game
As part of the build-up to the home Championship match against Reading tomorrow, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Jack Killah, Gary gives views on the Royals' 6-0 midweek defeat against Peterborough United, as well as having another look back at the midweek League Cup match against Birmingham City.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Reading.


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30 August 2013 : New Play About The Glovers Planned
Yeovil Town fan Nick White is producing a new play about the Glovers, inspired by the club's successes over the past decade. He's working with writer Will Gore and director Tim Bell to create a new play using the Green and Whites' first season in the Championship as the backdrop for a story about hope, aspiration and jolly green giants.

It will visit different venues in Somerset with a world premiere tour towards the tail end of the 2013-14 season and Yeovil’s supporters are being encouraged to help the team make sure it is a tale about the fans, by the fans, for the fans. Interested Glovers can get involved very simply by answering the following questions. If you have got a story to tell or want to get your view across to help shape the show, please send answers to yeoviltownplay@gmail.com.

1) How/why did you start supporting Yeovil?
2) What is your first Yeovil memory?
3) What is your best moment ever as Yeovil fan?
4) What is the most stupid thing you’ve done in supporting YTFC?
5) When has YTFC left you most angry, or disappointed?
6) Tell us about your best ever away day?

As well as celebrating Yeovil’s decade in the Football League this project marks the ten-year anniversary of Becoming Giants, a Glovers play created by Nick White and Will Gore, originally performed at the Octagon Theatre, Yeovil in 2004, featuring tales of Hugo Rodrigues, Harry Kewell and all that.

In an interesting twist to the project, writer Will is a Brentford fan and director Tim is a Norwich City fan. Whilst the Canaries shouldn't feature too much this season, hopefully the writing of the play will not be doing any glossing over of events in May 2013!


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29 August 2013 : Johnson Gives Bad News And Good News On Madden
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has today said that he has injury concerns over a number of players ahead of Saturday's Championship home match against Reading. Without naming all players receiving treatment, Johnson admitted that he'd lost a couple of players out of a Thursday training session, with Paddy Madden and Liam Davis named. Striker Kieffer Moore is another player receiving treatment on bruised ribs from a knock he got during Tuesday night's match against Birmingham City.

Madden competed in almost the full session on the Huish Park top pitches, but went into a fifty-fifty challenge with a team-mate and came out hobbling from the tackle and took no further part in that session. With Johnson going straight into the weekly press session today, he didn't have a clear prognosis on his main striker, but confirmed to BBC Somerset that he had suffered a knee problem as a result of that tackle:

"We trained today and unfortunately Paddy took a bit of a knock, which is a nightmare for him, because of the internationals coming up. We're just going to assess that, because he's opened up his knee a little bit in a tackle in training. So that's the latest one, but Liam Davis had to come off, and there were a couple that had to come off. We're just assessing them, including Paddy at the moment. If they're fit then they will be involved, but if they're not we'll just have to wait and see how long that is."

Johnson also dampened down any suggestions that Madden's absence on Tuesday was connected with an impending transfer or a fall-out with the player. Whilst he admitted that one or two players might be moved out on loan before the transfer window shuts on Monday, he said he had no outgoing transfer plans on the table for any of his players at this stage:

"What I can tell you right at this moment, is that certainly nobody is going to be going out on any sort of transfer - or at least nothing has come in. It might come in half an hour's time, but as we speak nobody need worry that there's a big offer on the table for anybody - Paddy springs to mind. He's going to be our player and we want him back to his best. When he is back to his best he is a fantastic striker. And we want him, so let me nip that one in the bud, because people are a bit worried that things are happening. Me and Paddy fall out sometimes, and I fall out with a lot of people sometimes. But we always get back together, because everybody genuinely wants to do well for this football club and for each other."


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29 August 2013 : Ticketing For Ipswich Town vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's forthcoming away match against Ipswich Town is now available. The match takes place at Portman Road on Tuesday 17th September, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Advance sales can be made via the Huish Park Ticket Office and will cost as follows:

Adults: £26.00; Concessions: £19.00; Under-16s: £10.50.

Concessions apply to Over-60s, Under-20s, NUS Card carrying students and disabled supporters.

The away fans area is situated on the Portman Road side of the Stadium at the south end of the Cobbold Stand (Upper Tier, Blocks V1 and V2). This holds 1,700 and gives a side on view at one end of the ground (i.e. much like the Screwfix Stand away allocation at Huish Park).

Portman Road's Disability Liaison Officer is Warner Duff who can be contacted on 01473 400556 or via disability@itfc.co.uk if you need any special arrangements for the game. You should note that Wheelchair Disabled places are situated in the East of England Cooperative Stand that is on the opposite side of the ground. For Ambulant Disabled supporters that may struggle reaching the Upper Tier, there are ten spaces in the Lower Cobbold Stand, but you'll need to contact Warner to make arrangements.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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29 August 2013 : Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's forthcoming away match against Sheffield Wednesday is now available. The match takes place at Hillsborough on Saturday 14th September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Advance sales can be made via the Huish Park Ticket Office and will cost as follows:

Adults: £27.00; Over-65s and Under-18s: £16.00.

The usual practice at Hillsborough is that away supporters are housed in the West Stand, more commonly known as the Leppings Lane End of the ground. In the past we've been given the Lower Tier of this stand, although Wednesday have also given clubs the Upper Tier - we'll report back on what area we've got once we've seen the tickets. The Upper Tier holds 3,700 seats, whilst the whole end and adjoining corner area can cope with up to 8,000 supporters.

For the avoidance of doubt you can purchase on the day of the game from Hillsborough, however Wednesday have introduced a £1.00 surcharge since their promotion to the Championship that comes into effect if you purchase on the day of the game after 12.00 noon.

Wheelchair users can gain admission for a concessionary rate with an assistant admitted free of charge. Ambulant disabled supporters pay the above standard rates, but can admit an assistant free of charge if they are on the higher rate of disability. For any enquiries, their Disabled Liaison Officer is Alastair Wilson, who can be reached on 0871 900 1867 or via dlo@swfc.co.uk


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29 August 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Reading
Officials for Saturday's Championship match against Reading have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 31st August at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be legendary Man-In-Black Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

On Tuesday 12th March 2013, towards the end of last season, we were left almost disappointed. The Football League's website had quite firmly stated that Mr Kettle would be joining us for the evening home game against Crawley Town - his first meeting of the 2012-13 season involving us. By the time we got to kick-off, his name had been replaced by James Adcock. Mr Adcock had a game so bad that a number of people still assumed it was Our Trev annoying the players and fans, but mercifully he was sat at home watching TV.

If you don't know who Our Trev is, then where have you been? His name has been legendary amongst Glovers fans for over a decade - whether it's referring to him as "the Whistling Kettle" in games, or whether it's sending out cat-calls to other referees, enquiring "Are you Kettle in disguise?" at any duff decision. His reputation has grown over the years, and we're not the only football club who knows of his legendary status.

Going back eleven years, our first view of him was on a Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th, 2000. We won the match against Hednesford Town 4-2 but still came away talking about an utterly bizarre refereeing performance that included two farcical penalty decisions for the penalties. The thing about Trevor is he likes to be noticed - and he doesn't care what you think of him. Presumably he believes this is 'imposing' himself, but as far as fans are concerned we don't pay good money for the pleasure of watching strutting, whistling and gesticulating from the official, we pay to watch a game of football. It wasn't too long before the inevitable nickname of the Whistling Kettle became lodged in supporters mind, and it would be hard for us to forget such an obvious name.

His appointment to the National List in 2003 coincided with our rise into the Football League, but his position in the RAF found him moving to East Anglia and we saw far less of him. However our fates have remained intertwined, and his highest refereeing honour to date, was as Fourth Official at the 2007 League One Play-off Final at Wembley.

When in the middle his performances had improved over the intervening years, and he was hardly noticeable in games at Huish Park against the likes of Blackpool and Chesterfield and more recently Port Vale, or away at St Mary's in the League Cup. Even we had to stick on our neutral hats and admit that probably Gary Roberts deserved to walk for a high tackle whilst on a yellow card at Cheltenham Town in our meeting in April 2009 - such an opportunity to get the cards out for that was meat'n'drink for Trevor.

And that's what he does - you'll rarely get a 'last warning' with Our Trev, he'll whip out a card quicker than a sharp-shooter in an old-fashioned Western film, and by the time you're midway through the second half, you've entirely lost count. In the case of a Southend United vs Canvey Island televised cup tie, even he lost count as to who he had booked and when, by showing a 'second' yellow card to a player who hadn't been booked - a sort of a Graham Poll incident only with just the one yellow being involved.

Then there was the match in January 2011 at Hillsborough saw a 2-2 draw that ramped up his reputation for the more modern Yeovil Town supporter, who might not have appreciated why us old-timers rant'n'rave every time his name gets mentioned. This game was littered with seven yellow cards being raised, two red cards, and a twice taken (and missed) penalty. On that night, it was at times like watching one of those motorway pile-ups, where you realise that once one car crashes, that it's going to release a horrible chain of events. On 53 minutes, not a single card had been raised, but in the remaining 37 minutes, everything went a bit crazy.

The red card for Luke Ayling was a typical Kettle dismissal - the majority of League One referees would not have considered raising a second yellow, giving the player one last chance on what wasn't a particularly bad tackle. Equally, the Giles Coke twice-taken spot kick on the video showed the major encroachment actually came from Yeovil players and not from the Owls, so we got a bit lucky there. Even though there were no complaints on Adam Virgo's red card for a professional foul, the general feel of the night was that this was a Kettlesque performance.

We then had him three months later against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. We're not sure if the Latics had done their homework on the official, but they seemed to do rather a lot of trying to wind things up, combined with the odd dodgy tumble inside the box to see if Our Trev would bite. He didn't on that count, but still managed to raise his yellow card seven times, including sending poor old Luke Ayling from the field for a second time.

Most recently, we were serenaded by our One True Love on Valentines Day 2012, as we journeyed to play Wycombe Wanderers. This romantic encounter was never a dirty game, but Mr Kettle was in the mood for handing out cards to those he loved - providing eight players across both teams a memento of their floodlit evening. We're not sure if we should praise him or heckle him for the fact that the Glovers had to take off Gavin Williams during that game to stop him from being sent off. In most other circumstances Gav wouldn't have been in danger - to be fair to the referee, he apparently did tell the Glovers bench that Gavin's next foul would see him leave the field, thus inviting us to get Gavin off before he did. He also managed to conjure up seven minutes of second half injury time in a game where the physios had barely entered the field of play.

Mr Kettle will be assisted by Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Christopher Powell (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).

Link: January 2011 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: February 2012 : Wycombe Wanderers 2 Yeovil Town 3.


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29 August 2013 : Madden Recall 'Very Likely' For Saturday
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that striker Paddy Madden is 'very likely' to get a recall to the squad for Saturday's match against Reading. Last season's leading goalscorer was left out of the Tuesday night League Cup game against Birmingham City, leading to a few raised eyebrows that he was not even on the substitutes bench for the game.

Having given former Dorchester Town striker Kieffer Moore a start in Madden's place, alongside James Hayter, Johnson told BBC Somerset after the match that he expects to rotate his squad again for Saturday's Championship fixture, and that's likely to mean the return of the Irishman to the squad of eighteen players:

"Very likely. You could see that I had rested three or four, and he (Madden) is still part of the squad, as is some of the others who were left out. But I went with a bit of a freshness, and that worked out well for us. You make your decisions, and that's what you have to do."

Johnson admitted that some of his players tired somewhat during the extra time period on Tuesday night, but added that with the game having followed a poor showing against Derby County last weekend, that he was happy with the overall performance he got from those players who did feature in the cup competition:

"Both sets of boys don't enjoy playing extra time. You could see a few of them were getting a bit leggy on both teams. That's what happens in extra time. But we were happy with the way that we played, and we needed a performance like that to get us going."


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29 August 2013 : Blues File Letter To FA
Tuesday night's opponents Birmingham City are reported to have now filed a formal complaint with the Football Association following the events that surrounded the stormy League Cup tie. Although they won the game on penalties, Blues manager Lee Clark had said after the game that he would be taking further action concerning Yeovil's 90th minute goal, scored by Byron Webster that put the game into extra time.

The Press Association report that Birmingham sent a letter on Wednesday to the FA's Regulatory Board, although don't divulge on what grounds this has been done. As the role of the FA's regulatory area is to investigate allegations of misconduct, they would be doing so against the current Laws of the Game, combined with the FA's own rules and regulations. All of the media who have used the PA's story have indicated that Yeovil Town did not break any rules in scoring their equalising goal. Even if they had, it would be up to referee Darren Sheldrake to decide what action to take during the game itself. As such, it's hard to understand what Lee Clark plans to get out of such a letter.


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28 August 2013 : Video : League Cup Birmingham City Match Highlights
Two video offerings from last night's match against Birmingham City have been uploaded, showing highlights from the game. The Sky Sports website now has full highlights of all of the relevant goals, along with the associated incidents and you can watch that via the link below, including goals from Ed Upson, Byron Webster and Luke Ayling.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City : League Cup Highlights.

If the idea of Sky trying to condense the whole 120 minutes into two minutes worth of video fills you with horror, then Birmingham themselves have uploaded a nine minute highlights clip on YouTube and that can be viewed below.




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28 August 2013 : Sky Sports News Interview With Gary Johnson
This morning, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was interviewed live on Sky Sports News, in the wake of the club's extraordinary League Cup Second Round exit. Speaking mainly about the sequence of events that had led to Byron Webster's 90th minute goal, and the subsequent decision to allow Lee Novak to score a walk-in goal, Gary's thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To Sky Sports News The Day After The Birmingham Cup Defeat.


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28 August 2013 : Royals Boost Travelling Numbers For Saturday
Saturday's opponents Reading have managed to squeeze a few more tickets out of their away allocation at Huish Park. Having reported earlier this month that they had sold out a total of 1,793 tickets for their first League meeting against the Glovers, they have today reported that figure has now gone up to 2,045, suggesting that at some point in time they were given an extra 250 tickets to sell.

So far this season, away supporters have heavily boosted the Huish Park gates, with 2,048 coming down from Birmingham City on the opening day of the season, whilst 1,753 visited from Derby County last Saturday. Reading now look likely to match the Birmingham figure - the maximum away allocation the club can offer at present.


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28 August 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Issues Of Sporting Conduct
Last night, eh? Yeovil Town's League Cup Second Round tie against Birmingham City has dominated a lot of the sporting debate over the last 24 hours, thanks to a key incident in the 90th minute of the game. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry considers the rights and wrongs of the Byron Webster goal, and why football has ended up tying itself in knots all under the banner of 'sportsmanship'. Head via the link below, and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Issues Of Sporting Conduct.


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28 August 2013 : Video : Byron Webster's Goal vs Birmingham City
Whilst we'd expect fuller highlights to appear online in due course, the Sky Sports website has uploaded the two critical goals from last night's League Cup Second Round match against Birmingham City. Watch the injury to Dan Burn, the subsequent goal from Byron Webster and the later walk-in goal from Lee Novak, via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Byron Webster's and Lee Novak's goals in the League Cup Second Round Tie.


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28 August 2013 : Hennessey Given Welsh Call-Up
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been given an international call-up for Wales. The Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee is one of three goalkeepers selected for two FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches that are scheduled to take place against Macedonia (Away - Friday 6th September) and Serbia (Home - Tuesday 10th September). As with Paddy Madden, who has got a Republic of Ireland call-up, Hennessey will not miss any Yeovil Town fixtures whilst he is on duty.

The full squad reads as follows:

Goalkeepers:
Wayne Hennessey - Wolverhampton Wanderers (on loan at Yeovil Town)
Glyn Myhill - West Bromwich Albion
Owain Fon Williams - Tranmere Rovers

Defenders:
Ben Davies - Swansea City
Neal Eardley - Birmingham City
Danny Gabbidon - Crystal Palace
Chris Gunter - Reading
Adam Matthews - Celtic
Samuel Ricketts - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Neil Taylor - Swansea City
Ashley Williams - Swansea City

Midfielders:
Joe Allen - Liverpool
Jack Collison - West Ham United
Andrew Crofts - Brighton & Hove Albion
Andy King - Leicester City
Joe Ledley - Celtic
Aaron Ramsey - Arsenal
Jonathan Williams - Crystal Palace

Strikers:
Gareth Bale - Tottenham Hotspur
Craig Bellamy - Cardiff City
Simon Church - Charlton Athletic
Hal Robson-Kanu - Reading
Sam Vokes - Burnley

Link: Madden Gets Second Irish Call-Up.


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28 August 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Birmingham League Cup Game
Following last night's League Cup defeat at Huish Park, against Birmingham City, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Birmingham League Cup Game.


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28 August 2013 : Birmingham Boss Plans Complaint Over Glovers Goal
Birmingham City manager Lee Clark accused the Glovers of not being good sportsmen, in the wake of last night's League Cup tie against Yeovil Town at Huish Park. Despite being later given a walk-in goal via Lee Novak, and receiving an apology from his opposite number Gary Johnson, the Blues boss said after the match that he felt the Glovers were unsporting in the way the sequence of events panned out as the Glovers scored a 90th minute goal that levelled the tie out and plans to lodge a complaint:

"I might be wrong but my parents made me grow up to be a good sportsman, win lose or draw. I'm going to go down the right channels to complain. I think something has got to be done. It's always easy to give a goal back when you're leading. We were winning going into injury time."

Clark added that his team had to play extra time as a result of Byron Webster's controversial strike, and he felt that having to play that additional 30 minutes was unjust, with his side having also played 120 minutes in their previous round tie against Plymouth Argyle, leaving them with a late night:

"I'm proud of my players, every single one of them. I said to them before the penalties that whatever happens, even if they missed or scored, they have done the club proud. The way we reacted when that winning penalty went in showed you how dramatic the game was. I've got a group of players who had to play 30 minutes extra and we'll get back to Birmingham late tonight. We're going to be extremely fatigued."

Goalkeeper Colin Doyle had a key view of the Webster goal and what led up to it. He claimed that former Glovers loan player Dan Burn had suffered a head injury - although the player did not require treatment from Birmingham's physio before play restarted. Doyle told his club's website that the crucial thing was that he'd moved off his goal line as he expected a tame pass-back from Webster:

"It was a strange match. To reach the 90th minute and we think we've got the game wrapped up. Dan's (Burn) gone down with a head injury so I've kicked it out. I was expecting to get the ball back on the edge of my box because I didn't want to stand back on my line in case it just trawled out for a goal kick. When he (Byron Webster) started running towards me I thought 'what's going on here?' and to be fair to the lad, it was an unbelievable chip but I've been in the game since I was 16 and I've never seen anything like it."

The problem Clark will have over making any official complaint over the incident is that the situation is not governed by the Laws of the Game. With the decision of whether to return the ball to the opposition being entirely at the discretion of the team taking the throw-in, any complaint directed at the Football League or the Football Association will doubtless draw a blank, given match referees have no jurisdiction over such events.


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28 August 2013 : Johnson Apologises For Controversial League Cup Goal
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has apologised to Birmingham City for the sequence of events that led to his side scoring a controversial 90th minute goal at Huish Park on Tuesday night in the Football League Cup. Central defender Byron Webster took the game into extra time after he hooked the ball into the back of the net from a throw-in, after the visiting side had put the ball out of play for treatment to former Glovers loanee Dan Burn.

With time running out in the tie, and the Glovers losing 1-2, the throw-in by Joe Edwards was received by Webster, and with Birmingham keeper Colin Doyle mistakenly expecting the ball to be tamely played back to him, he was caught out when the Glovers captain scored to tie the game at 2-2, extending the game by a further 30 minutes, in a game that ended in a 3-3 draw.

Eventually during extra time, Lee Novak was allowed a walk-in goal, following an extra time Luke Ayling goal that briefly put Yeovil ahead, but Johnson told BBC Somerset that he apologised to his opposite number Lee Clark for the way events panned out:

"I apologised to Lee Clark at the end of the game. On reflection it was ungentlemanly. However, we get a little bit fed up with teams kicking it out for their own players in the last minute of games here, when we're trying to get a goal back. I wanted us to play on. Then you get twenty-odd people in your face, and I had this gremlin in my head about it, and so I just said play on. I didn't expect the sequence of events. I apologise to the Birmingham fans, their staff and their players, because they were disappointed."

Johnson feels that the process of teams kicking the ball out of play to allow their players to receive treatment is being abused by clubs late on during matches, although didn't draw on whether he felt that specific incident was unsporting. The Glovers boss feels that teams are employing it as a tactic to use up time in games when they are ahead, rather than to actually get their player urgent assistance. He feels the authorities in the game need to look at the situation to sort out the fine line between abuse of the situation:

"I wanted us to play on but I didn't expect the Birmingham side to stand still, and didn't expect Byron to hook a goal in. I think people should look at this. How many teams are going to kick the ball out for their own players in the last minute? It's happened to us for the last three games. This kind of thing is happening too often at the minute."


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28 August 2013 : League Cup Man Of The Match Voting vs Birmingham City
If you watched Tuesday night's League Cup tie against Birmingham 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 Birmingham City.


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27 August 2013 : Yeovil vs Birmingham : League Cup Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went out of the Football League Cup on penalties after one of the most extraordinary nights of football Huish Park will have witnessed. In a match that saw Birmingham City twice take the lead, as Kyle Bartley headed home a corner, and Andrew Shinnie drilled home a shot just inside the box, a superb Ed Upson free kick in between kept the Glovers in the game.

All of that was surpassed though by the drama that unfolded during injury time when Byron Webster scored, leaving Birmingham's players furious that the Glovers hadn't given the ball back to them, after they'd kicked the ball out for Dan Burn to receive treatment. But that took the game into injury time, allowing Luke Ayling his moment of glory - a 20 yard strike for his first goal in 145 appearances. But the match went from the sublime to the ridiculous, as Lee Novak was allowed a walk-in goal to eventually compensate for Webster's controversial goal, meaning that the game went to penalties. Birmingham took advantage of Sam Hoskins, Ed Upson and Jamie McAllister all missing their kicks, with Tom Adeyemi scoring the one that put them into the Third Round of the League Cup.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Birmingham City 3. (Score 2-2 after 90 minutes. Birmingham win 3-2 on penalties).

Scorers: Kyle Bartley (0-1, 20 mins), Ed Upson (1-1, 22 mins), Andrew Shinnie (1-2, 44 mins), Byron Webster (2-2, 90 mins), Luke Ayling (3-2, 105 mins), Lee Novak (3-3, 106 mins)

Penalty Kicks: Sam Hoskins (Hit Post, 0-0), Chris Burke (Scored, 0-1), Dan Seaborne (Scored, 1-1), Neal Eardley (Missed, 1-1), Ed Upson (Saved, 1-1) Scott Allan (Saved, 1-1), Jamie McAllister (Missed, 1-1), Darren Ambrose (Scored, 1-2), Kevin Dawson (Scored, 2-2), Tom Adeyemi (Scored, 2-3).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
2. Luke Ayling 4. Byron Webster (Capt) 6. Dan Seabourne 3. Jamie McAllister
23. Joel Grant 8. Ed Upson 4. Joe Edwards 21. Liam Davis
13. Kieffer Moore 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 11. Michael Ngoo, 18. Alan Tate (80 mins for Kieffer Moore), 7. Kevin Dawson (80 mins for James Hayter), 19. Joe Ralls, 14. Sam Hoskins (66 mins for Liam Davis)

Birmingham City:
13. Colin Doyle
2. Neal Eardley, 5. Kyle Bartley, 6. Dan Burn, 4. Paul Robinson (Capt)
7. Chris Burke, 24. Tom Adeyemi, 23. Jonathan Spector, 22. Andrew Shinnie
12. Lee Novak, 25. Matt Green.

Substitutes:
30. Nick Townsend, 8. Hayden Mullins, 10. Darren Ambrose (87 mins for Andrew Shinnie), 15. Wade Elliott, 17. Callum Reilly, 20. Oliver Lee, 26. Scott Allan (77 mins for Matt Green)

Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (foul, 72 mins), Byron Webster (ungentlemanly conduct, 90 mins), Dan Seaborne (foul)

Birmingham Bookings: Jonathan Spector (foul, 67 mins), Paul Robinson (ungentlemanly conduct, 90 mins), Tom Adeyemi (ungentlemanly conduct, 90 mins), Darren Ambrose (foul, 98 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 10; Fouls: 14.

Birmingham Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 9; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistants: William Bull (Hampshire) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 3,767 (including 717 Birmingham supporters).


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27 August 2013 : League Cup Team News For Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for tonight's League Cup Second Round tie against Birmingham City. As expected the Glovers have made a large number of changes for the game, resting several key players for this cup competition.

Loan striker Andy Williams is cup-tied and so can't play tonight. The places in the front line are taken by James Hayter and Kieffer Moore, with the latter getting his full debut. Club captain Jamie McAllister makes his return from injury, whilst Joel Grant gets a rare start on the wing. Striker Paddy Madden is completely rested for the game.

Tonight's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
2. Luke Ayling 4. Byron Webster (Capt) 6. Dan Seabourne 3. Jamie McAllister
23. Joel Grant 8. Ed Upson 4. Joe Edwards 21. Liam Davis
13. Kieffer Moore 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 11. Michael Ngoo, 18. Alan Tate, 7. Kevin Dawson, 19. Joe Ralls, 14. Sam Hoskins

Birmingham City:
13. Colin Doyle
2. Neal Eardley, 5. Kyle Bartley, 6. Dan Burn, 4. Paul Robinson (Capt)
7. Chris Burke, 24. Tom Adeyemi, 23. Jonathan Spector, 22. Andrew Shinnie
12. Lee Novak, 25. Matt Green.

Substitutes:
30. Nick Townsend, 8. Hayden Mullins, 10. Darren Ambrose, 15. Wade Elliott, 17. Callum Reilly, 20. Oliver Lee, 26. Scott Allan.

NOTE: As a reminder - competition rules dictate that this game must be settled on the night. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, we go into 30 minutes extra time. If that still fails to present a result, then the game will be settled by penalty kicks, as per the usual rules.


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27 August 2013 : Brum Fans Barred From Beer Tent
Visiting Birmingham City supporters will again unfortunately not be admitted to the Beer Tent for tonight's League Cup Second Round fixture at Huish Park. The club have implemented the decision which they say "is being implemented on Police advice" despite the much smaller attendance expected for tonight's fixture.

As yet, no visiting supporters have been admitted to the Beer Tent during the 2013-14 season. We've yet to have confirmation, but would expect Reading fans on Saturday (based on capacity issues) to be given the same message, given they are bringing just under 2,000 travelling supporters.


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27 August 2013 : Townsend Gets England Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town loanee Andros Townsend has been given his first ever England call-up. Andros has this season returned to Tottenham Hotspur after a half season loan with Queens Park Rangers and has been included in manager Roy Hodgson's squad for World Cup Qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine early next month.

England take on Moldova at Wembley on 6th September, before travelling to Kyiv to face Ukraine on 10th September. The squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Ashley Young (Manchester United).


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27 August 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Back To Reality
In between the Derby County defeat and tonight's home game against Birmingham City, some thoughts have been added to Taff's Gloversblog. With formation changes and striker selection having attracted plenty of debate, the latest addition considers the choices Gary Johnson faces, and what we learned from Saturday's defeat. Head via the link below - comments are obviously welcomed as usual.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Back To Reality.


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27 August 2013 : Interview With Joe Ralls
Following Saturday's 0-3 home defeat against Derby County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Joe Ralls spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Joe's views on his home debut, having recently arrived from Cardiff City, can be found via the link below.

Link: Joe Ralls Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Defeat Against Derby.


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26 August 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City : League Cup Match Officials
Officials for tomorrow evening's League Cup Second Round tie between Yeovil Town and Birmingham City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Tuesday 27th August 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Mr Sheldrake was promoted to the Football League referees list in the summer of 2009. We've had him on seven occasions as a man in the middle, with three of those coming last season.

The first time we saw him was a February 2010 home game against Colchester United. The visitors were a big bunch of bruisers, but probably most of what they did was on the right side of the law, and we had no real complaints with Mr Sheldrake's performance. Similarly the November 2010 match against Dagenham and Redbridge. The real killer on that day was our ability to finish in front of goal, with the Daggers rather more efficient. No complaints about the officials on the day.

We're probably at our most critical for his third visit to Huish Park, which came in December 2011, when he took charge of the 1-0 win over Notts County. We felt that as the game wore on, he was guilty of stopping the game for incidents that few in the crowd could see, and that led to a lot of frustration on and off the field, and the accumulation of six bookings across the two teams - that said we were lucky not to lose Paul Wotton to a second yellow on the day.

Back in March 2012, we had him for an away match against AFC Bournemouth, towards the end of the 2011-12 season. That match saw a superb performance from loan goalkeeper Sam Walker, where the Glovers were under the cosh for much of the game. Mr Sheldrake had a quiet match, booking only Walker for a last minute bit of time-wasting, which was probably justified from both parties' point of view!

More recently, he took charge of the 2012-13 season League Cup home match against West Bromwich Albion which we lost 2-4. In what was an excellent footballing encounter, Mr Sheldrake didn't get noticed too often, with the Western Gazette saying of his performance that he "had very little to do in a match where two footballing sides got on with the game."

We then had him in January for the Football League Trophy match against Leyton Orient. His performance was a little bit irritating in that he seemed to allow Orient's slowing down of the game's tempo to be assisted by being a bit over-fussy with free kicks, but this was a frustrating evening all-round, and one man in the middle could not be wholly blamed for that. He did sort of do us a favour when he sent off Orient's Anthony Griffith for two bookable offences - some referees might have kept the midfielder on the pitch, but when a player kicks the ball away whilst he's already on a yellow card, few could complain about the end result.

Finally, he was present for the March 2013 League One home game against Tranmere Rovers. On the whole, we felt he was inclined to indulge some of the visiting side's tendency to writhe around a bit upon any sort of contact from Glovers players. Tranmere milked it a bit, and when Mr Sheldrake fell for it, they milked it some more - a situation that gradually had the crowd grumbling further as the game went on. That said, we won through our own free kick goal from Ed Upson, and they ended up with four players in the book, so Tranmere weren't ultimately successful in their approach to the game.

Mr Sheldrake will be assisted by William Bull (Hampshire) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Bennett (Devon).

As a footnote of trivia, Mr Sheldrake's appearance at the League Cup Second Round stage bringings him back to Huish Park for the same round of the same competition that he looked after during the 2012-13 season, when he was in charge of the aforementioned match against West Bromwich Albion. To extend the pattern further, one of his assistants was Mr Bull, whilst the Fourth Official was Mr Bennett, meaning that three of the four officials will be reprising their roles.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Tranmere Rovers 0.

Link: January 2013 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 West Bromwich Albion 4.

Link: March 2012 : AFC Bournemouth 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 0.

Link: November 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 3.

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 1.


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26 August 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Derby Home Interview
Just before Saturday's home match against Derby County kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about how new loan signing Andy Williams, and also the on-off-on nature of Wayne Hennessey's arrival at the club. He also explains why he was choosing the 4-5-1 formation, prior to kick-off.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Derby.


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25 August 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Derby County Match Highlights
Not the most comfortable of viewing, but the Sky Sports website now includes highlights of yesterday's home math against Derby County. As well as the three goals, the video clip also includes an additional save made by Wayne Hennessey, plus a second half penalty appeal when striker Andy Williams went down in the box, which you can now judge for yourself whether referee Keith Hill got it right or wrong.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Derby County Match Highlights.

In addition, you can also view Derby's middle goal and count up the number of passes they got through, without a Yeovil Town player getting within a sniff of the ball. Impressive from their point of view - bad from our viewpoint.




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25 August 2013 : Madden Gets Second Irish Call-Up
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has been included in the Republic of Ireland national squad for the second match running. This time round he has gone straight into a 29 man provisional squad for matches against Sweden and Austria, rather than hanging on the stand-by list that he was listed on when he eventually made his international debut against Wales earlier this month.

Madden lines up in a squad that will face Sweden in Dublin on Friday 6th September, and will then travel to Vienna to play Austria on Tuesday 10th September, with both games being World Cup Qualifying matches. Madden will not miss any Yeovil Town matches during this period - as a Championship club, the Glovers get an international break automatically on the weekend of September 7th, thus meaning they have a clear 14 days between two Championship fixtures.

The full squad is as follows:

Republic of Ireland: Forde, Westwood, Randolph, O'Shea, O'Brien, St Ledger, Wilson, Coleman, Kelly, O'Dea, Clark, Dunne, McShane, Whelan,McCarthy,Green, Hendrick, McGeady, Pilkington, McClean, Brady, Meyler, Hoolahan, Long, Keane, Sammon, Walters, Madden, Cox.


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25 August 2013 : Clifford's Chelsea Return Confirmed
Yeovil Town have allowed midfielder Billy Clifford to return to his parent club, after he failed to break into the first team at Huish Park. The 20 year old had been signed from Chelsea on a six month loan but did not make a Championship appearance. His one and only game was the League Cup First Round match against Southend United. He was left entirely out of last weekend's squad that travelled to Burnley, and played for Chelsea Under-21s yesterday with Chelsea suggesting his loan spell was in transition and so his departure doesn't come as too much of a surprise.

Aside from Clifford, the Glovers have five other loan players on their books with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, defender Alan Tate, midfielder Joe Ralls and strikers Michael Ngoo and Andy Williams all borrowed from other clubs. The most any club can field in a matchday squad is five players at any time, meaning that if Clifford had stayed in Somerset, he would most likely have been sat in the stands.


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25 August 2013 : Ladies Take On Chelsea In Friendly Match
Yeovil Town Ladies have arrange a pre-season friendly for today. They will be taking on Chelsea Ladies in a match that will take place at the club's Alvington Training Ground, which is situated just behind the Airfield Tavern, off Bunford Lane.

The match kicks off at 1.00p.m. today, and all supporters are strongly welcome to attend. Admission will be £1.00 for all spectators.


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24 August 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Derby Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Derby County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Derby Home Game.


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24 August 2013 : Clifford Turns Out For Blues Development Squad
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Billy Clifford returned to London today, to play for his parent club's Development Squad. The 20 year old had been signed from Chelsea on a six month loan, but was not named in the Glovers squad for last weekend's trip to Burnley or today's home game against Derby County.

Although Clifford had travelled with the squad to Turf Moor last weekend, this time round he appears to have been given permission to return to his parent club and play for Chelsea Under-21s, who were playing at Stamford Bridge against their Leicester City counterparts.

Clifford was brought on as a half time substitute in a match that Chelsea won 5-1, thanks to a brace each from Isaiah Brown and Islam Feruz with John Swift grabbing the other. He came on with the scoreline at 2-0, and played in a midfield position for 45 minutes. Their development squad manager Dermot Drummy's post-match view of the game appears to suggest that he still believes Clifford is on loan, although talks of him being in 'transition' which could imply that they expect something to be happening with respect to that:

"I'm pleased because it can be difficult at the Bridge for the players, and with Jose Mourinho watching as well, which is great, there is another edge to it. We are missing five players - good players - and we brought Anjur Osmanovic in who is an Under-19 who can't play in the youth team and Billy Clifford who is in transition on loan. I switched it up front at half time because we weren't pressuring their right-back. You have to be adaptable. You are going to play against teams that give you problems and you have to counter that."

So far, Clifford has only played one match for Yeovil Town's first team - the League Cup First Round tie against Southend United at Roots Hall - and has yet to get onto the pitch during a Championship fixture. At present the Glovers have got six loan players on their books, meaning that matchday squad rules force manager Gary Johnson to drop one of his borrowed players as part of each squad he names.


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24 August 2013 : Johnson: Formation Change Wasn't Positive For Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that his first half formation didn't do what it was meant to, after watching his side slip to a 0-3 home defeat against Derby County. The Glovers boss selected a 4-5-1 formation that saw Liverpool loan striker Michael Ngoo operate as the one man up front, in a move that frequently left him isolated, and struggling to get his team into the game.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, the Glovers boss explained that it had worked on the training ground as a means of getting an extra body in midfield, but by half time at Huish Park, and with his side 2-0 down, he recognised it wasn't working and switched to a conventional 4-4-2 by introducing Paddy Madden and Andy Williams for the second half:

"We thought the first shape (4-5-1) was going to be more positive than it was. But unfortunately that didn't work out for us, even though it looked very good during the week. Some players freeze a little bit. When it comes down to it, they do very well in training, and you think here we go, they've got it now. But suddenly it doesn't happen for them. So anyway, we changed it in the second half (to a 4-4-2), and we gave it a little bit of a go. Maybe we could have had a couple of decisions when it was 2-0, to give us a chance to get back into the game. We put them under pressure, but the game was already won."

Ngoo himself came in for some criticism at the ground, as well as on the local radio after the game. However, Gary warned that fans needed to give his players time to adjust to their new Championship level, and for the management team to work out which ones were not going to make it in second tier football:

"I think people have got to be very careful about what they say about anybody. Their club is in the Championship. It's going to be a very hard division. There are teams that are much bigger than us, with players that have been around longer. So people have to make their judgements a little bit later on, and give me time to work out those who are good enough at this level and those that aren't. Eventually we will find a group that competes. They (the supporters) need to be careful they don't ruin their weekends because Yeovil have lost. We are where we are. There were some good things in the second half, and we'll sort it out. Go and enjoy your Sunday lunch with people tomorrow, and let me sort it out."


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24 August 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Derby County
If you watched this afternoon's match against Derby County 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 Derby County.


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24 August 2013 : Yeovil 0 Derby 3 : Triple Ram Strike Sees Glovers Feel The Pain
Yeovil Town went down to their third consecutive defeat this afternoon, as they were well beaten by a strong Derby County side. Using an experimental 4-5-1 formation for the first half, the Glovers never coped with the Rams' passing in midfield, and they took the lead through two goals just before the break, with Johnny Russell and Craig Bryson netting for the away side. A switch back to the more usual 4-4-2 saw an improved second half, but Chris Martin's follow-up to a Jamie Ward shot just before the hour mark ensured it was game over, and the Glovers couldn't find the net to turn the game into a serious contest.

With three changes to the line-up that took to the field on the previous weekend's match at Burnley, one was an obvious one, as Sam Johnstone's hand injury meant that his loan spell at Huish Park lasted just one game, with Wayne Hennessey finally coming in on his loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. In midfield, the extra space went to Cardiff City's Joe Ralls, who got his full debut, whilst up front the established partnership of Paddy Madden and James Hayter was replaced by a lone striker in Michael Ngoo. Sam Foley was left out of the squad entirely due to illness, which allowed Andy Williams a chance to slot in on the bench following his arrival from Swindon Town.

The first half was a sticky one, with the Rams dominating the majority of it, particularly in the centre of the park. Despite having put the extra man in the middle to try to deal with Derby's diamond system, the movement of their players meant that Yeovil were struggling to pick up runners right from the kick-off. Jeff Hendrick got room to put a 25 yard attempt over the bar, whilst Chris Martin was a little wasteful after he received a cutback from Johnny Russell which he put wide.

The Glovers were struggling to carve out anything meaningful at the other end, with striker Michael Ngoo looking increasingly isolated. There had been hopes though that they could last until half time without conceding - those were dashed by two well-taken goals during the five minutes leading up to the break. Richard Keogh's superbly weighted pass picked the gap between Alan Tate and Dan Seaborne, and Johnny Russell took advantage by firing home from around 10 yards out.

Matters got worse barely two or three minutes later, with an outstanding team goal from the Rams. Barely giving any Glovers player a sniff of getting near the ball, as their midfield quartet danced around the Yeovil five, they guided their way through 25 unbroken passes, finalised by Johnny Russell and Chris Martin again exchanging passes, only for Craig Bryson to this time get the final one, as Derby again played it simple but effective - scoring inside the box and in yards of space. Jamie Ward could have even got a third before the break, but thankfully Wayne Hennessey saved his injury time attempt.

No big surprises then that the half time break saw a Yeovil double substitution. Michael Ngoo, who had a poor first half but with desperately little support made way, as did Alan Tate, as Liam Davis - who had struggled in a left-wing role - dropped into the left-back position with Dan Seaborne moving inside. Up front we saw Paddy Madden and Andy Williams come on in a 4-4-2 formation and a desperate attempt to salvage something.

In fairness to the eleven who turned out during the second period, they gave it a pretty good go, and had been building up a head of steam when Derby scored their third of the afternoon. Jamie Ward's wicked swerving shot was beaten away by Wayne Hennessey, but straight into the path of Chris Martin, who gobbled up the rebound into the Copse Road goalnet, and quite simply it was game over.

The Glovers were perhaps unlucky not to get a goal of their own in the second period, as they at least evened out the pattern of the play, if not the scoreline. Breaking after Wayne Hennessey had parried another Jamie Ward shot, Liam Davis tore up the field, with more conviction than he'd shown from his more advanced position, forcing Lee Grant into his best save of the afternoon. Then they really should have been given a penalty, when Jake Buxton took away the legs of Andy Williams in an attempt to stop him from reaching the ball before keeper Grant got to it - referee Keith Hill ignoring the furious appeals from Williams. The substitute who was making his return to the club also headed over the bar during the closing stages - a shame as even a consolation goal could have meant Yeovil ended the game with their tails up. It's proving to be a bit of a tough lesson for both players and management in this division so far.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Derby County 3.

Scorers: Johnny Russell (42 mins, 0-1), Craig Bryson (45 mins, 0-2), Chris Martin (58 mins, 0-3)

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
27. Wayne Hennessey
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 18. Alan Tate, 6. Danny Seaborne
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 4. Joe Edwards, 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
11. Michael Ngoo

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 3. Jamie McAllister 9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden (46 mins for Alan Tate) 14. Sam Hoskins 23. Joel Grant (82 mins for Joe Ralls) 28. Andy Williams (46 mins for Michael Ngoo)

Derby County:
1. Lee Grant 3. Craig Forsyth 6. Richard Keogh (Capt) 25. Jake Buxton 10. Jamie Ward 9. Chris Martin 8. Jeff Hendrick 17. Keron Freeman 19. Will Hughes 11. Johnny Russell 4. Craig Bryson

Substitutes:
14. John Eustance (63 mins for Jeff Hendrick) 26. Adam Legzdins 12. Michael Jacobs 2. Adam Smith 18. Conor Sammon (80 mins for Johnny Russell) 16. Ben Davies 7. Paul Coutts (69 mins for Jamie Ward)

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (36 mins, foul)

Derby Bookings: Jeff Hendrick (61 mins, foul), John Eustance (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 8; Fouls: 14.

Derby Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Fourth Official: Andrew Turner (Devon).

Attendance: 7,047 (including 1,753 Derby supporters).


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24 August 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Derby County
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home Championship game against Derby County. Injured goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is back at Manchester United, and in his place comes Wolverhampton Wanderers keeper Wayne Hennessey, who will play his first bit of first team football since April 2012.

Elsewhere, there are two outfield changes, and a formation change. Both Paddy Madden and James Hayter are dropped to the bench, giving Liverpool loanee Michael Ngoo a chance to impress as a loan striker. Midfielder Joe Ralls comes into the centre as an extra man.

New loan signing Andy Williams is on the bench, and he displaces Sam Foley who is ill and unavailable for selection. The full line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
27. Wayne Hennessey
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 18. Alan Tate, 6. Danny Seaborne
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 4. Joe Edwards, 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
11. Michael Ngoo

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 3. Jamie McAllister 9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden 14. Sam Hoskins 23. Joel Grant 28. Andy Williams

Derby County:
1. Lee Grant 3. Craig Forsyth 6. Richard Keogh (Capt) 25. Jake Buxton 10. Jamie Ward 9. Chris Martin 8. Jeff Hendrick 17. Keron Freeman 19. Will Hughes 11. Johnny Russell 4. Craig Bryson

Substitutes:
14. John Eustance 26. Adam Legzdins 12. Michael Jacobs 2. Adam Smith 18. Conor Sammon 16. Ben Davies 7. Paul Coutts


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24 August 2013 : Interview With Andy Williams
On Friday morning, striker Andy Williams completed a 14-month full circle, as he returned to Yeovil Town, as part of a season-long loan at Huish Park. Upon signing for the Glovers, he was interviewed by local journalist Ian Randall, in an interview for BBC Somerset. The output of that interview can be read via the link below, in which he explains his thinking of why he left the Glovers, and his confidence that he will perform at Championship level.

Link: Andy Williams Speaks To The BBC After He Returned To Huish Park.


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23 August 2013 : Johnson Seeing Great Future For Edwards
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that Joe Edwards has got a great future in the game, despite initially dropping down a division to sign for the Glovers. The Gloucester-born versatile player had struggled to get a look-in at Bristol City, after he had risen through their Academy ranks, making just four appearances before being allowed to leave permanently.

Now a regular part of Yeovil Town's first team, he has made 47 appearances for the club, and was rewarded this week, when he was given a new two year contract at Huish Park, that will keep him on the club's books until the summer of 2015. Speaking to BBC Somerset after that deal was signed, Gary doesn't even rule out the possibility of him getting as far as the Premier League one day:

"Joe's got a great future in the game. We spotted his potential, and so we want to make sure that he's comfortable and that he's enjoying it here. If he's good enough for the Premier League, then great. But meanwhile he's enjoying the Championship, and he's certainly one of our most consistent players in the Championship so far, and I'm very pleased that we've tied him down for another year (on top of his existing contract)."


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23 August 2013 : Hennessey Ready To Resume First Team Career
Yeovil Town's new goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey says that he is fit and ready to go, after a brief false start in his loan spell at the club. The Wolverhampton Wanderers keeper should finally make his debut, one week after the deal between the two clubs was called off due to a minor knee injury sustained by the 26 year old during the warm-ups of an international fixture between Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

Now with the deal back on, Hennessey arrived in South Somerset on Wednesday night, and met his team-mates during the Thursday morning training session. He said that he had never played at Huish Park before, and told BBC Somerset that he had no nagging doubts about his knee at present, despite having been out of first team football now for 16 months:

"I'm feeling really good. I just can't wait until Saturday. I know it's a big game. I've met all the lads and the staff and they've been fantastic. So I really want to push on now. I've never played here before, so I'm excited about that. I like stadiums like this as they're nice and tight, and you get the atmosphere going."

Six-and-a-half years ago, as a nineteen year old, Hennessey went out on loan with Stockport County, who at that time were playing at League Two level. At the start of that loan spell, he kept nine consecutive clean sheets, with it taking 857 minutes and almost two months of football before his goal was finally beaten - setting a club record for the Hatters.

Having arrived at Huish Park, some of his new team-mates have been setting that feat as a rather ambitious target for him to meet during his time with the Glovers. He explained that had been set for him as his Number One priority:

"Clean sheets. Everyone is giving me stick, because obviously I went to Stockport and kept nine clean sheets in a row. So all they're expecting is clean sheets. I'm coming here to help Yeovil, now I'm back from my injury, and hopefully touchwood back to my normal self. I want to show people that I'm the best I can possibly be."


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23 August 2013 : Gary On Sky Sports Twice This Weekend
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will be live on Sky Sports News this evening. He will be their studio guest as part of their Weekend Warm-Up programme which is broadcast from the Sky Sports Cafe with the coverage lasting one hour from 6.00p.m.

In addition to then heading down to Somerset for tomorrow's home Championship match against Derby County, Gary is then heading back to London for Sunday lunchtime, where he will be in the Sky Sports studio for the lunchtime live match between Watford and Nottingham Forest at Vicarage Road. Gary was Watford's former Academy Director before his first spell at Huish Park. That game kicks off at 1.15p.m. on Sunday 25th August on the Sky Sports 1 channel.


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23 August 2013 : Ticket Office Bank Holiday Opening
Yeovil Town's Ticket Office will have special opening hours during Bank Holiday Monday. With home matches against Birmingham City in the League Cup, and Reading in the Championship coming up, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be open from 9.00a.m. until 12.00 noon on the Monday to take sales for those matches, and other future home games. Either visit in person, or give them a call on 01935-847888.

The Ticket Office will be open as normal for tomorrow afternoon's Championship home game against Derby County but will be closed on the Sunday.


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23 August 2013 : Williams Return Confirmed By Glovers
Further to this morning's news, Yeovil Town have now formally confirmed that Andy Williams has rejoined the club, from Swindon Town. As expected, it's a season long loan deal that will keep him at Huish Park until the end of his contract at the County Ground, pretty much ending his stay with the Robins.

Williams rejoins the club just 14 months after he left the Glovers for Swindon Town, signing a two year contract with the Robins. During his first spell at Huish Park, he spent two years there, scoring 25 goals across 79 appearances.

The move now gives the Glovers six loanees on their books, with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, defender Alan Tate, midfielders Billy Clifford and Joe Ralls and striker Michael Ngoo at the club. It would therefore be no surprise if one of the existing loanees were allowed to return to their parent club, given that only a maximum of five can be fielded in any single matchday squad.


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23 August 2013 : Williams Loan Deal Being Lined Up?
This morning, BBC Somerset are reporting on their sports bulletins that former striker Andy Williams is 'close' to rejoining the club. They cite sources at the Swindon end suggesting that he is being lined up to sign for Yeovil Town on a long term loan deal, rather than an outright transfer.

A deal, if structured in that way, would help resolve the possible problem that the 27 year old was believed to have signed for Swindon Town a year ago on substantial wages that might prove a sticking point in bringing the player back within the club's wage structures. As such he would remain a Robins player, from a contractual point of view, but the Glovers would pay Swindon a proportion of his County Ground salary.

The BBC Wiltshire Twitter account, which is almost certainly the source of their Somerset counterparts information, has this morning claimed that the loan agreement has been reached, stating:

"SPORT: BBC Wiltshire understands #Swindon Town's Andy Williams has signed a loan deal with former club Yeovil #stfc"

The obvious fly in the ointment if the deal is structured as a loan agreement is that it would give Yeovil Town six loanees, with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, defender Alan Tate, midfielders Billy Clifford and Joe Ralls and striker Michael Ngoo all on the club's books currently. Logic would suggest that Clifford - who was not selected in last weekend's squad against Burnley - would be sent back to his parent club, although another option would be for Ngoo to return to Liverpool on the basis that the club's range of strikers would become too top-heavy to justify keeping him.

Update: The BBC Sport website describe it as a season-long loan, which would take over the remaining period of Williams' contract at Swindon Town, effectively ending his time at the County Ground.


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22 August 2013 : Johnson: Hennessey Loan Will Give Us Premier League Experience
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson says he hopes that Wayne Hennessey's Premier League experience can give his defensive line a boost as they look to recover from two consecutive defeats. After a false start last week, the 26 year old Wolverhampton Wanderers player should finally begin his one month loan spell this weekend when he is due to make his debut against Derby County.

Hennessey played over 100 matches for Wolves, across three seasons in the Premier League, being their regular keeper during their time at top flight level. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that having a player with that sort of a career behind him will make a difference to the back four when they make their own decisions:

"He's got experience in Premier League games, let alone Championship games. When you've got someone behind you that has had that amount of quality games, then you can trust them. That enhances the back four and it enhances the team. He's a big lad as he's 6'6", so that's always handy when you're looking for someone to pull a cross out of the air when it looks dangerous."

With the deal having been on, then off due to Hennessey's knee problem last week, the situation was reignited by Sam Johnstone's damaged finger that meant his loan spell from Manchester United lasted just one game. Johnson got back in contact with Wolves, and there was little hesitation in getting it back on a second time:

"The important thing for him, after having so long out with that injury, is that he needs to play the games. Wolves agreed with that as well - they knew he needed games, we needed a player and the player wanted to come. So it was just very handy for all parties."


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22 August 2013 : Johnson Talks About Interest In Andy Williams
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has responded - sort of - to today's claims made by Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper that the Glovers are interested in striker Andy Williams. With an unnamed Huish Park source having denied rumours yesterday that the 27 year old could return to the club, today's comments made by Cooper to Wiltshire journalists suggested the opposite.

This afternoon, the question was put on-the-record to Gary Johnson as to how he viewed matters, and he has told BBC Sport that he would see such a return as 'a great situation' but conversely isn't willing to say what has or hasn't been done with regards to an enquiry from his point of view:

"Andy coming back would be a great situation. Whether that situation comes up we don't know. Somebody has obviously put it out their end which is often how it starts. We're not quite sure if that's in Swindon's mind but it's something that would be exciting to get him back to add to the squad. But it's nothing we can talk about right at this moment."

Normally, we try to quote Yeovil Town's management and players to the fullest extent, to avoid what they say being taken out of context. But let's do a bit of idle splicing out of Gary's words above to cut down to the key bits of what he's said:

"Andy coming back would be a great situation. It's something that would be exciting to get him back to add to the squad."

That would tend to imply that there is some truth in what Swindon Town have claimed. How far any talking has gone, and where things stand right now would seem to be the more difficult thing to judge. However, it still appears to be an ongoing situation, from what Johnson has suggested. Of Cooper himself, he has told the Swindon media:

"I've heard there is an interest but nothing concrete. Things are ongoing. There's been nothing concrete as I'm aware of Andy going yet. If he does then we'll have to try to get somebody else in sharpish."



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22 August 2013 : Edwards Signs New Yeovil Town Contract
Yeovil Town's versatile defender/midfielder Joe Edwards has been given a new contract with the club. The 22 year old signed for the club in January 2013 in a permanent basis, and had agreed an 18 month contract at the club.

Now tending to operate as a central midfielder, rather than the right-back position that he occupied for his previous club Bristol City, Joe has been given a new deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2015 - effectively just short of a two year deal.

So far Joe has made 47 appearances for the club, scoring three goals.

Link: Joe Edwards : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 August 2013 : Swindon Boss Confirms Glovers Interest In Williams
Further to yesterday's news, Swindon Town are claiming that they have received enquiries for the services of their striker Andy Williams from Yeovil Town. Despite denials yesterday, it appears that BBC Wiltshire are sticking to their guns on this one, with themselves and a Swindon Advertiser journalist stating that Swindon's new manager Mark Cooper has confirmed this to be true.

Both parties have tweeted this afternoon as follows, presumably sourced from a Swindon press meet-up this lunchtime:

BBC Wiltshire: "FOOTBALL: #stfc boss Mark Cooper confirms rumours that #YTFC have made enquiries about the availability of striker Andy Williams."

BBC Sport: (via Caroline Chapman) "#STFC boss Mark Cooper says #YTFC have enquired about Andy Williams. I understand talks have taken place. We wait to hear what GJ has to say."

Swindon Advertiser: (via journalist Sam Morshead) "Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper says club have received tentative enquiry from Yeovil for Andy Williams #stfc"

Given the Wiltshire media's insistence that there has been contact from the Glovers for the services of Andy Williams, it will be interesting to see if anyone from Yeovil Town is prepared to go on the record and give a formal response, given yesterday's reports that they had denied any interest in the player.

Link: Andy Williams Rumours In Wiltshire Media.


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22 August 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : So Am I A Real Fan?
One of the good - and bad - things about football is that it can get a bit passionate. Everyone has a different opinion on every subject, and whilst that keep things interesting, sometimes things can get a bit over-passionate, in the way views and retorts are put forward. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, we have another guest posting from Francis Gates, who considers the idea of the 'real fan' - something we're all meant to be, but what does one look like? Head via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views on the subject ... at suitable levels of politeness of course!

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : So Am I A Real Fan?


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21 August 2013 : Dolan Agrees Hartlepool Loan Deal
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Matt Dolan has signed a loan deal with League Two side Hartlepool United. The 20 year old has agreed a month deal to join his home town club, who also tried to get him in on loan when he decided to join the Glovers down at Huish Park.

Gary Johnson had shown some interest in bringing Dolan back to Somerset himself, but only if he could get him permanently. With his parent club Middlesbrough seemingly unwilling to release their Under-21s captain, who has just under a year left on his current deal, Yeovil's interest waned, with them bringing in Billy Clifford from Chelsea and Joe Ralls from Cardiff City as midfield options.

Dolan joins another Middlesbrough academy product in Christian Burgess who has also signed for Hartlepool on loan, where their manager Colin Cooper is a former Boro player, coach and caretaker manager at the Riverside Stadium, and thus knows Dolan well, having coached him at Under-18s level.


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21 August 2013 : Andy Williams Rumours In Wiltshire Media
Earlier today, the BBC Wiltshire radio station ran a news bulletin, connecting former Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams with a move back to Huish Park. In their 1.00p.m. news bulletin, they ran an unattributed sports item, claiming that the club had made an approach for the 27 year old, who quit Yeovil to join League One side Swindon Town in June 2012, signing a two year contract at the County Ground, on what was reported at the time to be significantly high wages.

The exact wording of the BBC's sports bulletin was as follows:

"In football, BBC Wiltshire understands that Championship side Yeovil Town have made an enquiry about Swindon striker Andy Williams. Williams is Town's top scorer so far this season with two goals from four games. Swindon are thought to be looking at other targets to bolster their attacking options, but need to off-load existing members of the squad to stay within the Football League's Financial Fair Play rules."

Perhaps unusually, the BBC didn't repeat this in the following hour's bulletin, and to our knowledge haven't followed it since, meaning that it had very brief coverage. Since then, the Western Gazette have taken the opposite line, as a response to the local radio claims, stating that Yeovil Town "have confirmed ... that the reports are wide of the mark. Yeovil have not approached Swindon and talks have not taken place."

Whilst Yeovil Town may be possibly looking for other striker options, given they have only scored twice so far during the 2013-14 campaign, that's the same number that Swindon have scored in the division below, giving no obvious sign that Williams would be the cure to those problems. In addition, with him still having a year to run on his contract, and his wages believed to be significant, chasing him would be a costly business. It's more likely that Swindon's recent 'down sizing' of their playing budget is driving this, rather than input from the Glovers end.


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21 August 2013 : Derby To Be Given Further Ticket Allocation
Saturday's opponents Derby County have indicated that they are about to be given a further allocation of tickets for their Championship fixture against Yeovil Town. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 24th August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

As reported on Monday, the Rams had publicised that they had been given a total of 1,000 terrace places on the Copse Road Terrace, and 550 seats in the Screwfix East Stand. As of this morning, they have around 30 terrace places of that initial allocation left on sale at Pride Park, and had previously indicated that they did not expect to receive any more.

That felt a little unusual, given the overall capacity of the Copse Road Terrace caters for up to 1,500 supporters. This morning they have indicated that they are expecting to be given a further allocation of 500 additional tickets for Saturday's fixture. That would take them up to a total of around 2,050 places available - matching the allocation given to Birmingham City for the first home match of the season, although the speed of sales would suggest that Derby will probably not sell out their secondary allocation.

Derby County fans wanting to purchase tickets have to go via the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888. Rams supporters should ask for the Copse Road Terrace, which is an open terrace situated behind one of the goals.


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21 August 2013 : Hennessey Agreement Finally Wrapped Up
Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has finally completed his loan move. The 26 year old has agreed an initial one month loan with the club, a week after the initial attempts to bring him to Huish Park broke down following a slight knee injury sustained whilst on international duty. With his replacement Sam Johnstone also getting injured, the Glovers turned back to the now-fit Hennessey in a move that will see them field their fourth goalkeeper in three matches during Saturday's home game against Derby County.

He was born in Bangor in Wales on January 24th 1987, and is a former Manchester City youth product, although has been on Wolves' books since 2003, turning professional with them three years later.

He has made 166 appearances for Wolves, and their main goalkeeper for the majority of the three seasons that Wolves spent in the Premier League between 2009 and 2012. Unfortunately at the tail end of their time at that level, he suffered a bad cruciate knee ligament injury in April 2012, that was aggravated a second time in November when he attempted his comeback. As such, he has been out of first team football for 16 months, and Wolves are sending him out on loan to try to get him back into first team football.

Aside from his experience with Wolves, Hennessey holds 38 full Welsh international caps, along with numerous other appearances at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. He has also had loan experience with Stockport County, where in March 2007 he set a club record of 857 minutes without conceding a goal, which included nine clean sheets in a row. He also had a brief spell at Bristol City in August 2006, where he just about met Gary Johnson, who had just left Yeovil for the Ashton Gate club. Rather like last week's attempts to bring him on loan to Huish Park, he never played a first team match for the Robins, with an arm injury forcing his return to his parent club. Hopefully this time - finally - he will show Gary Johnson what he is capable of!

Hennessey's initial one month loan spell will run until September 21st, with all the usual clauses concerning the recall of goalkeepers built in, as part of Football League rules. The player arrived in Somerset late last night, and so will be training with the first team squad today.


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21 August 2013 : No Admittance For Rams Supporters To Beer Tent
Derby County supporters planning to visit Huish Park this weekend, should note that there will be no alcohol facilities available to them at the ground. As with the opening home game of the season, the 'Hospitality Marquee' (aka the Beer Tent) will be open to home fans only - Avon and Somerset Police have indicated that this is due to capacity reasons, rather than any 'security' issue, with another large attendance expected for this fixture.

For away supporters, the page at the foot of this article may help with finding a few local pubs. Note that The Bell in Preston Road is indefinitely shut and out of action for at least the rest of 2013.

Glovers fans wanting to visit the Beer Tent should make sure that they've picked up their home ticket or season ticket card to gain admission, and expect to have to display it when you walk past the stewards on the door. A reminder that you can take advantage of some reduced pricing on pints. For the month of August 2013, pricing has been set as follows:

Carlsberg £2.50; Tetleys: £2.50; Thatchers: £3.00.

At the home game, Yeovil Town supporters did experience a lot of problems with the amount of queuing for bar sales inside the tent. The club issued a statement after that indicating that "We found ourselves short of bar staff in the marquee and other areas. We have employed extra bar staff to join the staff in our marquee and we have plans to employ more for our other bars."

Link: Huish Park Directions and Pub Guide.


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20 August 2013 : Hennessey To Sign ... Again?!
With a script that has more twists'n'turns than the film Fatal Attraction, Yeovil Town's goalkeeping situation could be about to turn that little bit more weird. A Sky Sports journalist tonight has tweeted that Yeovil Town are planning to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey on loan, as a replacement for the injured Sam Johnstone.

Hennessey was of course part of the list of goalkeepers who have gone through the revolving door at Huish Park (and back out nearly as quickly), having injured his knee in warm-ups during an international tie for Wales only five days ago. The keeper did tweet at the time that he regarded the injury as "a little setback" predicting that it would only keep him out for one or two weeks. However, he has not given any progress reports since.

At present, Sky Sports are not carrying this claim on their website, although it is worth noting that the prediction is made by the same journalist who stated that Chris Dunn would be joining the Glovers on Saturday morning, and was the first to tweet about the arrival of Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls. If it does turn out to be true, it would provide a rather bizarre twist to the ongoing saga of Glovers goalkeepers during the month of August.

Update: The Western Gazette quote manager Gary Johnson as saying that the Hennessey deal should go through on Wednesday - the 26 year old is confirmed as being fit enough to return following his knee problem.

Update: Wayne Hennessey himself has tweeted tonight that he is in Yeovil, and therefore should be ready for a training session and a loan contract signature tomorrow.


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20 August 2013 : Keeper Woe Continues As Johnstone Injury Confirmed
Yeovil Town could be on the look-out for a new goalkeeper again after Saturday's debutant Sam Johnstone was kept up in Manchester following an injury sustained at Turf Moor. The Manchester United goalkeeper damaged the tendons in a finger during the warm-ups against the Clarets leaving manager Gary Johnson searching the market once again. The news has now been confirmed by the club, having been on the rumourmill over the past 24 hours.

Johnstone was due to travel south on Sunday but has stayed at Old Trafford for treatment, and so could become the answer to an unusual future trivia question - the player who turned out for the Glovers without getting as far as Huish Park or the club's training ground. The player himself has tweeted this afternoon:

"So the gutting news is out. I picked up the finger injury in the warm up on Saturday before the Burnley game. Bad timing - I'm gutted."

Since last Saturday the club have seen Marek Stech (broken hand), Wayne Hennessey (knee) and now Johnstone fall by the wayside. The only plus point is that they have also signed free agent Chris Dunn who worked under Gary Johnson at Northampton Town. They will doubtless be putting him in bubble wrap between now and Saturday just in case!


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20 August 2013 : Glovers Set More Trophy Tour Dates
Yeovil Town's plans to take the League One Play-Off Trophy around the local area have been added to by a set of forthcoming dates and locations. The club have already visited Somerset County Cricket Club, allowing supporters the chance to photograph and have their photo taken with the trophy that was won at Wembley Stadium in May.

Supporters should note that this does not involve players from the first team squad. Representatives from the Yeovil Town Ladies are providing the ferrying of the trophy and the organisation on the day. The current set of dates are as follows:

Wed 21/08/2013 : 10:30hrs : Clarks Village
Wed 21/08/2013 : 14.00hrs : Tesco, Glastonbury

Thu 22/08/2013 : 14.20hrs : Bath Racecourse (for ticketed racegoers only - time is first race)

Fri 23/08/2013 : 10.30hrs : Tesco, Ilminster
Fri 23/08/2013 : 12.00hrs : Waitrose, Crewkerne
Fri 23/08/2013 : 14:00hrs : Tesco, Chard

Tue 27/08/2013 : 10:30hrs : Tesco, Langport

Wed 28/08/2013 : 10:30hrs : Sainsbury, Bridgwater
Wed 28/08/2013 : 14:00hrs : Old Hospital, Minehead

Fri 30/08/2013 : 12:00hrs : Seaton (location to be confirmed)

Wed 04/09/2013 : 10:30hrs : Sainsbury, Sherborne
Wed 04/09/2013 : 14:00hrs : Somerton Town Centre

Thu 05/09/2013 : 11:00hrs : Cheddar Gorge.


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20 August 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Derby County
Officials for Yeovil Town's home Championship match against Derby County have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 24th August 2013 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). We've had Mr Hill four times as a Football League club, although oddly only twice since 2005, with the other two coming in our League Two days.

We last had him in a March 2011 game against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium - a game in which we lost 3-0, and where the scoreline undoubtedly reflected the balance of the play. No obvious complaints about the refereeing to be had on that day either.

The same can't be said for the October 2008 home match against Southend United - a game in which Mr Hill took centre stage. Raising his yellow card six times and his red card twice, the Hertfordshire official finally lost the plot, in a game he'd never had a grip on, in the last minute when he dished out a straight red card to Danny Schofield for an excellent sliding challenge. In the aftermath, Gary Roberts described to Mr Hill precisely what he thought of his decision-making and was also dismissed. The Glovers, who at that point had been putting the Shrimpers under sustained pressure with a late comeback goal, were down to nine men - two men dismissed because of an excellent tackle that the referee hopelessly misjudged the view of.

After the match manager Russell Slade labelled Hill as 'arrogant' for refusing to review the sending off on the video, and the Football Association called him up to explain himself. At the same time, the FA's own Appeals Panel were agreeing with Russell that Mr Hill had got the decision wrong, overturning the red card, meaning that by the time the Yeovil boss reached FA Headquarters he was merely warned as to his future conduct.

Aside from that mess, Mr Hill took charge of two home League Two matches - one against Macclesfield Town and another against Lincoln City. The Macclesfield defeat saw him go largely unmentioned in the match report. We were slightly more irritated by him in the March 2003 fixture against Lincoln, but that was because the home support did not like his unwillingness to clamp down on some gamesmanship and physical play from an Imps side playing the long-ball game.

Mr Hill will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Kevin Johnson (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Turner (Devon).

Link: March 2011 : Southampton 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 2.

Link: October 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 Macclesfield Town 2.

Link: November 2003 : Yeovil Town 3 Lincoln City 1.


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20 August 2013 : Interview With Sam Johnstone
Following Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor, Yeovil Town's new goalkeeper Sam Johnstone spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Sam's view on his first game can be read via the link below.

Link: Sam Johnstone Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Defeat Against Burnley.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Burnley Away Game.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Burnley.

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


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19 August 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Burnley Away Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's match at Burnley kicked off at Turf Moor, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about his trio of new signings Sam Johnstone, Chris Dunn and Joe Ralls, as well as the game itself. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Burnley.


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19 August 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Looking Back To Step Forward
Having just about dried out from the 'English summer' experience we got at Burnley on Saturday, it's time to reflect upon the Turf Moor defeat. With the 2-0 scoreline bringing people back down to earth, as the club suffered its second defeat in a row, the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry sifts through the good and bad of the team's performances so far.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Looking Back To Step Forward.


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19 August 2013 : Grecians Downed In Glovers Friendly
A Yeovil Town Reserves side played out a friendly this afternoon against Exeter City Reserves. Once again, an opportunity to give some players who didn't get 90 minutes at Burnley over the weekend, the Glovers gained a 3-2 victory over their Devon opponents, despite conceding twice during the second half.

Striker Kieffer Moore bagged the first two for Yeovil, with Michael Ngoo racing onto a through ball to put the Glovers 3-0 up. However, Exeter City fought back late on as Jake Gosling and then a Jimmy Keohane free kick reduced their deficit down to a single goal.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 3 Exeter City Reserves 2.

Scorers: Kieffer Moore (1-0), Kieffer Moore (2-0), Michael Ngoo (3-0), Jake Gosling (3-1), Jimmy Keohane (3-2).


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19 August 2013 : Rams Heading For Saturday Sell-Out
Saturday's opponents Derby County are reporting today that they are coming close to selling out their away allocation at Huish Park. The Rams had been given a total of 1,000 terrace places on the Copse Road Terrace, and 550 seats in the Screwfix East Stand. They have indicated today that they only have around 100 tickets left for the match which takes place on Saturday 24th August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Derby's total allocation of 1,550 tickets is rather less than the 2,048 spaces that Birmingham City sold out on, and still short of the 1,793 that Reading have been given and since sold out. However, it should still provide Huish Park with another significant attendance on Saturday.

Tickets for home supporters are on sale via the Huish Park Ticket Office, either in person or via 01935-847888. Derby County fans should head via their own ticket office to purchase the remaining batch.


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18 August 2013 : Burnley 2 Yeovil 0 : Claret Subs Sink Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to their second consecutive defeat yesterday, as two quickfire goals from Burnley saw them go home with nothing to show for their efforts. The game turned in an increasingly weather-affected game when a Keith Treacey cross was palmed into his own net by debutant Sam Johnstone as the wind-affected ball into the box came off his own woodwork. Four minutes later a Scott Arfield shot through a crowd of players deflected off the body of Sam Vokes, allowing Burnley to double their lead, eventually going on to comfortably win the game.

The match started with Yeovil Town naming a squad that contained three players who had been signed up during the previous three days, including two named only on the day of the match. One of those made his debut, with Sam Johnstone the man to replace Marek Stech, whilst he stays on the sidelines for three months with a broken hand. The other two sat on the bench, with Chris Dunn brought in as a free agent, after being released by Coventry City, whilst Joe Ralls joined him, thanks to a loan deal with Cardiff City. The other on the pitch change was for Liam Davis to swap with Sam Foley, as the former Oxford United player got the chance of a game on the left-wing.

It was a quiet start to the match, with matters more concentrated in midfield, where strong sliding tackles from both sides showed how much both teams were up for this game. Sam Johnstone's first taste of the action came when he had to dive low down to his left to block a Ross Wallace shot from the edge of the box, although not one that was likely to trouble him. Sam Vokes sailed another shot well over the bar, but was guilty of a far worse miss when Burnley took advantage of the Glovers outfield players pushing high up the field, as the striker got in behind, thanks to a ball over the top. Johnstone left his goal-line early, perhaps over-committing himself, but the shot from the corner of the penalty box was a yard wide of the target.

The best chance of the half though, fell to a Yeovil player. With nine minutes to go before the break, Kevin Dawson's low right wing cross dragged the Burnley defence entirely out of position, and with goalkeeper Tom Heaton on his near post, Liam Davis had a gift at his feet inside the six yard box. Unfortunately for him, he got his foot under the ball, and skied it over the bar. Yeovil may not have had too many chances during the opening 45 minutes, but there was no doubt that they should have been ahead at half time.

The second period showed the Glovers continuing their gradual growing into the game, passing the ball well, but with the criticism that once they got the ball into Burnley's final third, that they were being crowded out by a well organised Burnley defence, and couldn't find a clear-cut opening for Paddy Madden and James Hayter to get room for, with both being largely marked out of the game. Midway through the half, they had another good opening, as an Ed Upson free kick saw Liam Davis put in an early cross into the box. Dan Seaborne was unmarked, but his headed attempt was rather weak and drifted half a yard wide of the left-hand post and away.

With 21 minutes remaining, Burnley made a double-substitution that was to prove crucial in the pattern of the game. Introducing Keith Treacy and Scott Arfield onto the pitch, the former needed just five minutes to make an impact upon the game. Rain had been steadily falling since the half time break, and that had started to be joined by a strong side-to-side wind across the stadium. That undoubtedly was a factor in the opening goal, as Treacy's 74th minute cross from the left deceived Sam Johnstone, as it curled towards his near post, landing in the net via Johnstone's palms and the frame of the goal - an uncomfortable way to mark your Yeovil debut.

Prior to that point, Yeovil had been good value for their goalless draw, but after that, matters began to rapidly unravel. Liam Davis had been moved to a left-back slot following Yeovil's own double substitution, as he took over Alan Tate's role, and his rash tackle on goalscorer Keith Treacy got them a free kick close to the corner flag. David Jones took the free kick, and a near post header saw Burnley strike the far post leaving Yeovil's defence stranded. As the ball rebounded, Scott Arfield attempted to fire the ball home, but Sam Vokes ensured that the ball landed in the back of the net, as the ball deflected off his body and into the back of the net, for the second rub of the green that had gone Burnley's way on the day.

Yeovil's shape and composure though was somewhat disintegrating though, as Burnley could have easily ended up with a flattering scoreline in the closing stages. Sam Johnstone redeemed himself for his earlier error as he saved from David Jones and Keith Treacy, and then Luke Ayling superbly cleared off his own goal line as Treacy's low cross found Sam Vokes with an open goal, only to be denied by the full-back being perfectly positioned on the line. From being well in the game with 15 minutes to go, the Glovers ended the match well-beaten. Once again, the feeling that had they taken the lead earlier in the match it could have been a different story - the Championship division is certainly giving them a big learning curve early on about how important it is to take your chances when they come.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Burnley 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Keith Treacy (1-0, 74 mins), Sam Vokes (2-0, 79 mins)

Burnley:
1. Tom Heaton
2. Kieran Trippier 5. Jason Shackell 28. Kevin Long 3. Daniel Lafferty
7. Ross Wallace 8. Dean Marney 14. David Jones 11. Junior Stanislas
9. Sam Vokes 10. Danny Ings

Substitutes:
6. Ben Mee 12. Alex Cisak 15. David Edgar 22. Brian Stock 26. Keith Treacy (69 mins for Junior Stanislas) 35. Ryan Noble (90 mins for Danny Ings) 27. Scott Arfield (68 mins for Ross Wallace)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
25. Sam Johnstone
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne, 18. Alan Tate
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 4. Joe Edwards, 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 3. Jamie McAllister 11. Michael Ngoo (65 mins for Alan Tate) 14. Sam Hoskins (65 mins for James Hayter) 10. Sam Foley 23. Joel Grant 19. Joe Ralls (82 mins for Kevin Dawson)

Burnley Bookings: Dean Marney (foul, 48 mins), Ross Wallace (foul, 51 mins), David Jones (foul, 87 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Liam Davis (foul, 77 mins), Byron Webster (foul, 79 mins)

Burnley Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 3; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland). Assistants: Matt McGrath (East Yorkshire) and Peter Wright (Merseyside). Fourth Official: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

Attendance: 10,085 (including 363 Yeovil supporters).


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18 August 2013 : Video : Burnley vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's match at Turf Moor, highlights have been posted on the Sky Sports website. See both Burnley goals, as well as opportunities for Liam Davis, Dan Seaborne and Michael Ngoo via the link below - as usual you'll need to have a UK internet provider to be able to do so.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Burnley vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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18 August 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Burnley Away Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Burnley Away Game.

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


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18 August 2013 : Gary Talks About Double Keeper Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained why he signed two new goalkeepers yesterday, ahead of the away match against Burnley at Turf Moor. With Glovers fans expecting one player to replace the injured Marek Stech, instead we got two, with Sam Johnstone arriving on loan from Manchester United, whilst Chris Dunn came in as a free agent, after having his contract at Coventry City torn up.

Having endured a difficult week in which he lost Stech for three months with a broken hand, then saw his intended replacement Wayne Hennessey pull up with a knee injury in the warm-ups whilst on international duty for Wales, Johnson had to turn elsewhere on Wednesday night. He told BBC Somerset that recruiting Johnstone had been his primary aim, but that the technicalities of dealing with his parent club Manchester United meant that it almost didn't go through in time:

"Sam Johnstone was our choice, and when you're dealing with Man United, you're dealing with a lot of legalities. We got him in, and it was this morning that we got the final okay from the Premier League. So that was how long that took. He was recommended to us by some of the people who run the England teams. He's been in the England sides for a long time, and they believe he's ready for this type of football. He did well at Walsall last year, and Dean Smith liked him. At Scunthorpe when Alan Knill was there he liked him."

The lack of time to get the Johnstone deal done, meant that Gary also had to plan for the possibility of him not being available. With Dunn becoming a free agent on Friday, after two years with Coventry, Gary was happy to turn to a player he worked with at Northampton Town, and said it was essential in case the Johnstone deal got delayed or curtailed:

"We also had to make sure that we had cover in case that (Johnstone deal) didn't happen. Chris Dunn is someone who I know well from Northampton. He went to Coventry from us and we missed him. Now we've got back (former Northampton Town players) Chris Dunn, Webby (Byron Webster) and Liam Davis, they are sort of a project that I can now finish. He's a decent keeper as well and he's a brave keeper. We're at the level now where we've got to bring in a squad, and not take a chance by just going with the one goalkeeper. Even though Gareth (Stewart) does well, and he's a great shot-stopper, he'll be a great coach for those two lads and I'm pleased to bring them in now."

Gary confirmed that Johnstone has been given permission to play in the League Cup Second Round tie against Birmingham City in ten days time, even though he could have been used by his parent club in that competition. However, he said that there was a greater risk in terms of United's Champions League plans, if they suffered any goalkeeping injuries over the next two weeks:

"We're okay and they've given us permission to play him (in the League Cup). The only thing that could go wrong is if they get an injury to one of their goalkeepers before the 3rd of September, when they could call him back for the Champions League squad. If it happens after that then obviously they would have had to have already submitted their group of players for the Champions League. So that's why there were lots of different scenarios that we had to wait for."


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17 August 2013 : Johnson: We Let Burnley Game Slip Out Of Our Hands
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt his side failed to last the distance, as he watched the Glovers lose 2-0 at Burnley this afternoon. The game at Turf Moor was in the balance for 74 minutes until a wind-assisted Keith Treacy cross went in via Sam Johnstone's near post. From there on, the pattern of the game changed sharply, and the Clarets ended the 90 minutes with a comfortable 2-0 win thanks to a second goal from Sam Vokes four minutes later.

That was a far cry from the opening hour of the game, where the Glovers had matched their Lancashire opponents. Johnson felt that his side needed to take a greater advantage of their own dominant spells in the game, and not to collapse when the opposition had their own pressure on his side's goal:

"We feel as though we let that one slip out of our hands. We had a good hour and we looked Championship for the first 45 minutes. At this level, you have to take your chances - if you don't, all opposition teams will have some part of the play and when Burnley did, we suddenly capitulated."

Perhaps the turning points of the match came in the substitutions made by both sides. First scorer Treacy needed just five minutes on the pitch to make his mark, whilst Johnson admitted that his own introduction of Michael Ngoo and Sam Hoskins just before Treacy had entered the field, did not had the desired outcome:

"Our subs were not as effective as theirs on the day late on and we got gradually less effective, especially when they got their first goal. I was disappointed we didn't give it a right go to get back into the game. We've got some people who have not hit Championship form. We haven't come in this league to be the whipping boys, so we're actually a bit disappointed by the start. We've got to be careful of a pattern where we become shrinking violets in the last 25 minutes."


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17 August 2013 : Burnley 2 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to their second consecutive defeat today, as two quickfire goals from Burnley saw them go home with nothing to show for their efforts. The game turned in an increasingly weather-affected game when a Keith Treacey cross was palmed into his own net by debutant Sam Johnstone as the wind-affected ball into the box came off his own woodwork. Four minutes later a Scott Arfield shot through a crowd of players deflected off the body of Sam Vokes, allowing Burnley to double their lead, eventually going on to comfortably win the game.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Burnley 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Keith Treacy (1-0, 74 mins), Sam Vokes (2-0, 79 mins)

Burnley:
1. Tom Heaton
2. Kieran Trippier 5. Jason Shackell 28. Kevin Long 3. Daniel Lafferty
7. Ross Wallace 8. Dean Marney 14. David Jones 11. Junior Stanislas
9. Sam Vokes 10. Danny Ings

Substitutes:
6. Ben Mee 12. Alex Cisak 15. David Edgar 22. Brian Stock 26. Keith Treacy (69 mins for Junior Stanislas) 35. Ryan Noble (90 mins for Danny Ings) 27. Scott Arfield (68 mins for Ross Wallace)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
25. Sam Johnstone
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne, 18. Alan Tate
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 4. Joe Edwards, 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 3. Jamie McAllister 11. Michael Ngoo (65 mins for Alan Tate) 14. Sam Hoskins (65 mins for James Hayter) 10. Sam Foley 23. Joel Grant 19. Joe Ralls (82 mins for Kevin Dawson)

Burnley Bookings: Dean Marney (foul, 48 mins), Ross Wallace (foul, 51 mins), David Jones (foul, 87 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Liam Davis (foul, 77 mins), Byron Webster (foul, 79 mins)

Burnley Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 3; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland). Assistants: Matt McGrath (East Yorkshire) and Peter Wright (Merseyside). Fourth Official: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

Attendance: 10,085 (including 363 Yeovil supporters).


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17 August 2013 : Man Of The Match Voting For Burnley vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's match against Burnley at Turf Moor, 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 Burnley vs Yeovil Town.


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17 August 2013 : Team News For Burnley vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their squad for this afternoon's away match against Burnley. The match at Turf Moor sees the Glovers make two changes to the side that faced Birmingham City last weekend. Inevitably Marek Stech drops out of the squad, and his position in the line-up is taken by Sam Johnstone, who has joined the club on loan today. Liam Davis also comes in Sam Foley on the left wing. Also in the squad today is another new signing, with Chris Dunn taking a position on the bench as a substitute goalkeeper.

Club captain Jamie McAllister, who played in a midweek friendly against Plymouth Argyle, keeps his place on the bench despite suffering discomfort in his knee during that game.

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
XX. Sam Johnstone
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne, 18. Alan Tate
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 4. Joe Edwards, 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
XX. Chris Dunn 3. Jamie McAllister 11. Michael Ngoo 14. Sam Hoskins 10. Sam Foley 23. Joel Grant XX. Joe Ralls


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17 August 2013 : Two Keepers As Dunn Signs Up With Johnstone Confirmed
Yeovil Town have signed up two goalkeepers ahead of this afternoon's home game against Burnley. In addition to confirming the arrival of Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone on a three month deal today, they have also snapped up former Coventry City and Northampton Town stopper Chris Dunn, who left the Sky Blues yesterday by mutual consent.

Johnstone's career details were covered earlier today - Chris Dunn is a 25 year old goalkeeper who worked under Gary Johnson at Northampton Town whilst he was manager at Sixfields. Born in Havering on October 23rd 1987 he is a product of the Cobblers Centre of Excellence who turned professional in 2006. There he made 110 appearances with the bulk of those coming between 2008 and 2011, and thus was Johnson's main goalkeeper during his time there.

In the summer of 2011, Coventry City signed him up for an undisclosed fee, giving him a three year contract at the Ricoh Arena. There he struggled to break into their team, making just six appearances for the Sky Blues. His contract was cancelled by mutual consent by the Sky Blues yesterday, allowing him to team up with Johnson again. He has been given a one year contract at the club.

As yet there's been no indication as to which keeper will start this afternoon's match against Burnley.


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17 August 2013 : Gary Expecting Even Pairing For Burnley Clash
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is expecting to face a side with a similar work ethic, when his team travel to Turf Moor this afternoon. The Glovers face Burnley for the first time in their history, taking on a club whose history stretches back to include the very first season of the Football League, yet does not include Yeovil Town in its list of clubs it has faced.

That leads the Glovers into the unknown today, with a new club, a new ground, and even a new manager in Sean Dyche, who they have not come across as a man in the dugouts. Glovers fans may recall him as a former Bristol City defender who came up against the club during the latter part of his playing days as a Northampton Town player. Now 42 years old, Dyche has already got experience of management at Watford. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he is expecting his opponents to line up in a fairly similar way to how his own side will approach the game:

"Sean Dyche has got them playing at a good standard. They work hard. They're a little bit in our image - in fact not just a little bit. They do work hard, they play their 4-4-2, they've got wide players and people who can get the ball into the box, people who can get on the end of things. They look up for it at the moment - they look like a team that is comfortable with each other and comfortable with their game. It's going to be a tough game but we've got to go there and these are the types of games where you've got to be in, stay in, and take the few chances that you might get. If you create a lot of chances then great. But it is one of those where if you play well you can win, but if you're not on form then you definitely can lose."

Today sees the Glovers trying to get themselves back on track after they suffered their first defeat at Championship level. Johnson added that his side were disappointed to lose against Birmingham City, but having had a number of days to reflect upon it, he didn't think their performances in games needed to be changed too radically to turn those 1-0 defeats into something more positive:

"We were disappointed but you can still be positive in disappointment. We felt that we had enough chances and the luck really wasn't on our side - obviously with Marek (and his broken hand) and the save the lad (Birmingham keeper Darren Randolph) made with his foot. That was a great save, but we thought that generally those go in. We had a couple of other chances, so it was just really a matter of us not taking our chances when we needed to, in order to put us in the lead. We're quite a difficult side to break down when we're in the lead, and so often the first goal is pretty important. I thought we gave as good as we got - we had more possession than them, according to the PA stats, and more shots than them, according to the PA stats. So there's nothing at the moment that has made us feel that we don't deserve to be competing at this level."


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17 August 2013 : Glovers Linked With Loan Deal For Man United Keeper
Yeovil Town have are being linked with a move for Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. His name has been on the rumourmill for the past 24 hours around various Glovers social networks, but the Daily Mail is now reporting that he "is joining Yeovil on loan". Assuming the hacks at the Mail haven't just been reading Glovers fans on Twitter, and that they're right, then he will cover for Marek Stech whilst he is absent with a broken hand, following the breakdown in plans to bring Wolverhampton Wanderers keeper Wayne Hennessey to the club.

Johnstone is a 20 year old goalkeeper who was born in Preston on March 25th 1993. He is a product of their Youth Academy who has yet to feature for their first team, but has enjoyed three loan spells with Football League clubs over the past couple of years.

The first came with Oldham Athletic in the summer of 2011, when he joined Oldham Athletic during pre-season, due to both of their senior keepers being injured. He played in friendlies for the Latics, but by the time the season started, his position in the side was displaced. He then joined Scunthorpe United a month later, making 13 appearances for the Iron. His third loan spell happened at the tail end of last season when Walsall gave him a seven game loan spell.

Johnstone also has experience at international level, having represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-20 level. He was England's goalkeeper for the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup over the summer, making four appearances at that level, but was also capped 19 times whilst part of the Under-19 age group.

As yet, any deal for Johnstone's services hasn't been confirmed yet, but we'll doubtless find out for sure if it's true by Saturday afternoon.


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16 August 2013 : Johnson Expecting Combative Showing From New Midfielder
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that he has signed a midfielder in Joe Ralls who can enhance the competitiveness of his current squad. The 19 year old has been signed until January on loan from Cardiff City, and will be travelling with the first team squad up to Burnley this weekend.

Having already played 20 times for Cardiff's first team over the past two seasons, Johnson told BBC Somerset that he thinks that Ralls will eventually play in the Premier League for the Bluebirds. But he joked that he may have a special position for him in tomorrow's line-up:

"He's not only a left-back and a left-winger and a left-midfielder, he also quadruples up as a goalkeeper! Joe is a great player and he's a combative midfield player. We're strong in midfield and we're strong at the back as well, but he's a great addition to our squad, for the competitiveness of it. He's a good lad. (Cardiff City manager) Malky (Mackay) rates him very highly at Cardiff. They need him playing at this level, and once he's had some games for us, I'm sure Malky will involve him at some stage in the Premier League."

As yet, the Glovers have not revealed who will be between the sticks for tomorrow's match at Turf Moor - although it is expected that a new keeper will have arrived in time for kick-off, with the actual name being kept under wraps for now. Reserve keeper Gareth Stewart will be the stand-by option if the club don't get the loan deal through in time, with first choice Marek Stech having undergone a minor operation to straighten the broken bone in his hand on Thursday.


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16 August 2013 : Madden Credits Gaffer For Rapid Rise
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has said that he credits his boss Gary Johnson as having given him the stepping stone that ultimately led to his first ever senior international appearance on Wednesday. Stuck in Carlisle United's Reserve team until last October, his journey down to Huish Park, initially on a loan deal, turned into a fairy tale ten months that reached a peak when he was a substitute in the Republic of Ireland's 0-0 draw against Wales in Cardiff. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Madden said his manager had to take the plaudits for helping him on his way:

"Absolutely - as I've said before plenty of times, the gaffer gave me my chance, and always had confidence in my ability. Once I got given that chance he thought that I would do well. Thankfully I hit the ground running with Yeovil last year, and that obviously led to me scoring a lot of goals, and then an international call-up."

Prior to the game in Wales itself, Madden spent four days training with the Irish national squad, mixing with some of the players that he had idolised as a teenager. He said that mixing within that environment was certainly an experience:

"It was amazing just to be involved in the set-up for the last few days. That was a big plus for me to get recognition for my goals last year. Obviously to get the 25 minutes that I did was amazing, and I'm delighted to make my debut."

With the Glovers having brought in ten new signings over the summer, Madden has seen plenty of new faces during pre-season, with his team trying to bed into a new division with new personnel. Paddy said that he felt that they were settling in well, and didn't want to use that as an excuse for the club's current lack of goals:

"The gaffer likes to get everyone used to the style of playing and the way that we play. I think the new boys have settled in well, and they're looking to get that run in the team. But if you look at the starting eleven, it's largely the same players as last year. So I wouldn't use that as an excuse. We look good, and I'm sure we'll be ready for Saturday."

Madden attracted a number of headlines when he was substituted at half time on the opening day of the 2013-14 season, and has yet to complete 90 minutes in the three matches played so far. But he said that he was relatively happy with his own input into the games so far:

"I think my Millwall performance and then my Birmingham performance were good although obviously the goals weren't there. But I think I was happy with my overall performance. But it's a squad game, and so if the gaffer feels that he needs to change it, then that's the way it goes."


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15 August 2013 : Two Interviews With Dave Linney
With Yeovil Town having recorded one of their largest gates on Saturday for an opening home match of a season, Commercial Manager Dave Linney was interviewed by the BBC about the crowd and what it meant to the club. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner, Dave's views are captured via the link below.

As a bonus, there's also a second interview with Dave Linney that was conducted just before the 2013-14 season started, which covers some similar ground, but hopefully adds to the picture.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC About The Opening Home Game's Attendance.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The 2013-14 Season.


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15 August 2013 : Madden Delighted At Irish Debut
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has said that he was 'delighted' to get his first international appearance for the Republic of Ireland last night. On as a 68th minute substitute in yesterday's friendly international against Wales in Cardiff, Madden represented his country at senior level for the first time. Speaking to Irish radio 98FM, the 23 year old said he hoped that he had made a big enough impact for Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni to consider him in future squads:

"It’s a great achievement for myself. Obviously to represent your country is a great achievement and I’m delighted I did. The gaffer just turned around and gave me the nod. I was ready and was hoping he would – thankfully he did. Hopefully I’ve shown the gaffer that I’m up to the international standard and get the nod in the next squad."

In terms of his overall play, Madden came close to winning the match for the Republic, when he forced Boaz Myhill into an excellent save. His second attempt on the volley was rather wilder, going comfortably over the bar, but Paddy said that he would learn from that experience:

"I thought I did well but I should’ve came off the pitch with a goal. The first one I hit early and the keeper’s made a fantastic save. The other one I tried to bend around the ‘keeper but you learn from your mistakes and next time I’ll probably take a touch."


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15 August 2013 : Ralls Loan Deal Confirmed
As reported in yesterday's news, Yeovil Town have taken Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls on loan. The 19 year old has signed up on a loan deal that will keep him at Huish Park until the January 5th 2014. The deal is subject to international clearance from the Welsh FA, although given Cardiff City play in the English pyramid system, we're not expecting this to be a problem.

He was born in Aldershot on October 12th 1993 and has made 20 appearances for Cardiff so far, scoring one goal. Originally making his way through the youth ranks at Aldershot and Farnborough, he signed for Cardiff City for a small fee in the summer of 2011, despite being invited to play on a trial match for Fulham at the time. He was immediately put into their first team squad for four League Cup matches.

Six of his 20 appearances for the Bluebirds have come in cup competitions, and now with Cardiff having risen into the Premier League, he is likely to find appearances harder to come by. Generally he has been playing for Cardiff's Development Squad aimed at their Under-21 players, but will now hope to get regular first team football as a left-sided option in the club's squad.

His arrival gives Yeovil Town four loan players on their books - once a replacement for Wayne Hennessey is identified, that will bring them up to five loanees - the maximum allowable in a matchday squad.


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15 August 2013 : Glovers Suffer Hennessey Blow
Yeovil Town have suffered a set-back in their plans to loan Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. Although th 26 year old was sat on the bench for last night's international for Wales against the Republic of Ireland, he injured his knee during the warm-up and so has pulled out of the planned loan deal.

The Glovers are now left needing to look elsewhere for a keeper, with under 48 hours to go before they take on Burnley in the Championship at Turf Moor. Manager Gary Johnson did indicate that he had received around 15 separate contacts from other clubs concerning goalkeeper options - he will now turn his attention to the other 14 options ahead of the trip up to Lancashire.


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15 August 2013 : Trapattoni Impressed With Madden Debut
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has given the thumbs up to Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden after his international debut last night. The 23 year old got his first taste of senior international action in last night's friendly against wales in Cardiff, coming on as a substitute for Wes Hoolahan in the 68th minute.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph after the game, Trapattoni compared Madden to Nottingham Forest striker Simon Cox, who is a regular in the Republic of Ireland side. With Cox three years older than Madden, Trapattoni admitted that the Glovers player did not yet have the same experience levels, but said that he was certainly a player that he would now keep a strong eye on:

"He looked good, Paddy is a bit like Simon Cox in that he is quick. He does not have the same level of experience as Cox but he has a nose for goal. It gives us another offensive possibility. We have three or four strikers. It was good to see him in this friendly and we will continue to follow him as he is fast and he invites passes with how he drifts off defenders. He can be very useful for us."


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14 August 2013 : Play-Off Trophy Heads To The Cricket
Yeovil Town supporters living in the Taunton area, or planning to watch Somerset County Cricket tomorrow, can get up close to the League One Play-Off Trophy. The trophy is being taken to the County Ground, in Taunton where Glovers fans can have their picture taken with the silverware that was won at Wembley Stadium in May.

The trophy will be brought to the ground by members of the Yeovil Town Ladies squad, and they will be there from 12.00 noon onwards. Somerset take on Yorkshire in a 40 Over match later that day, with play starting at 1.45p.m. and with Under-16s able to get free admission (Under-13s must be accompanied by an adult)this is obviously a good opportunity to spend the whole day there.

The League One Play-Off Final Trophy will also travel to Bath Racecourse for a similar outing on Thursday 22nd August, where it will be on display from 12.00 noon onwards.


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14 August 2013 : Madden Makes Irish International Debut
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden became a Republic of Ireland international tonight, as he made his debut at senior level. He was a 68th minute substitute for Wes Hoolahan in a friendly against Wales played in Cardiff. Despite having been only on the stand-by list initially, he was named on the bench and was their second substitution of the evening.

Madden got immediately into the action, receiving the ball on the edge of the box, and forcing Wales keeper Boaz Myhill into a strong save low to his right, with James McClean coming close to converting the rebound. He blazed over another attempt in the 89th minute, as he took a first time shot on the volley. Paddy's first chance, which came in the 80th minute was probably one of the best of the match, which finished 0-0.

Speaking prior to tonight's game, his assistant manager Marco Tardelli said that he regarded Madden and some of the new players they'd drafted in as part of the future of the Irish squad, pointing out that Saturday's match against Birmingham City was not the only time he'd seen the Glovers striker play:

"He's a new option, a new quality, a good option for the future. I've seen him many times and he's a good player. He has a good attitude with quality. I think he is the future. I think that this new group is a good group. Maybe they lack experience but they are good players with tactical and technical qualities. It's very important for morale."

Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey didn't get onto the pitch tonight - he was named as a substitute but was not used. On the plus side that means that he will travel down to Huish Park tomorrow morning, fully fit, and so should sign a one month loan deal with the club as cover for the injured Marek Stech.

The substitute board goes up as Paddy Madden prepares to make his international debut
The substitute board goes up as Paddy Madden prepares to make his international debut



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14 August 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Burnley
It's not that often it happens, but on Saturday, Yeovil Town will come up against a club that they have never (to our knowledge!) played before. We travel to Burnley's Turf Moor ground, and to help you on your way, a new Ciderspace guide has been created to cover the trip. Expect ticketing, directions, parking, pub guides, statistics and other such stuff via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Burnley.

Link: Ticketing For Burnley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Burnley.

Link: Officials For Burnley vs Yeovil Town.


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14 August 2013 : Glovers Linked With Midfielder Ralls
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls. The 19 year old is claimed to have agreed a loan move to Huish Park by a Sky Sports journalist on Twitter although as yet it's not landed on their website. It is claimed that Ralls will move to Yeovil on loan until January.

He was born in Aldershot on October 12th 1993 and has made 20 appearances, scoring one goal. As yet neither club have suggested such a move is taking place, but manager Gary Johnson did play Conor Henderson on trial in midweek, suggesting he is still looking for a central midfielder.

Originally making his way through the youth ranks at Aldershot and Farnborough, he signed for Cardiff City for a small fee in the summer of 2011, despite being invited to play on a trial match for Fulham at the time. He was immediately put into their first team squad for four League Cup matches.

Six of his 20 appearances for the Bluebirds have come in cup competitions, and now with Cardiff having risen into the Premier League, he is likely to find appearances harder to come by. Generally he has been playing for Cardiff's Development Squad aimed at their Under-21 players, but it would seem highly likely that he would be allowed to go out on loan if the right club came along. So far he's yet to experience a loan spell with any club during his career.


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14 August 2013 : Officials For Burnley vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's Championship match between Burnley and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 17th August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Turf Moor. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Scott Duncan (Northumberland).

This is Mr Duncan's second season in the Football League, having been promoted to this level in the summer of 2012. That, combined with his Northumberland residence, means that we've not experienced him before as a man in the middle - the nearest we've come has been some of his time as an Assistant Referee, dating from around 2007 and 2008.

So far he's managed a rather modest two yellow cards in three fixtures during the 2013-14 season. Last year was a little top-heavy on the red card count, with eight dismissals in 35 matches, although the 87 bookings were roughly par for the course. To our knowledge, he's never refereed a Burnley game either, so this will be a new experience for both clubs.

Mr Duncan will be assisted by Matt McGrath (East Yorkshire) and Peter Wright (Merseyside). The Fourth Official will be Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

Link: Ticketing For Burnley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Burnley.


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13 August 2013 : Stewart Laments Stech Absence
Yeovil Town goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart has admitted that the loss of first team goalkeeper Marek Stech is a huge blow to the team, despite Wolverhampton Wanderers allowing Wayne Hennessey to come in on loan. Having worked with Stech since his arrival at the club just over a year ago, Stewart is one of the best people to understand how the Glovers No.1 operates. He told BBC Somerset that he was sure Hennessey would fit in well, but explained his belief that the goalkeeper had won Yeovil a serious number of points over the past year:

"He's (Wayne Hennessey) going to be able to do a job - there's no doubt about that. But Marek (Stech) is a huge influence on the team, with his athleticism and the way that he comes for things. The lads know him well and he's got a personality that is hard to better. As we saw last year, he kept us in games and he's going to be worth at least 10 or 15 points a season for us. In this league, that's going to be a huge thing."

Stewart added that not all was lost, as with it being a hand injury, Stech was capable of doing most forms of physical training. Hence although he would not be able to catch a ball for a number of weeks, that didn't mean that the pair would not be training together at various points during the week over the next few months:

"He can condition himself. He can work on aspects such as kicking and things like that. So there are things that he can work on and better himself. So when he comes back it will be better than it was before. So there's always positives to take from it. But obviously he wants to be playing and he wants to be building upon the success that he had last year. Unfortunately he can't do that for a couple of months. Hopefully, fingers crossed, that's all it is - a couple of months - and he can get back in and start doing the things that he's good at."


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13 August 2013 : Madden Reflects On Whirlwind Ten Months
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden admitted that he had been considering returning to his home country, until he secured his loan move to Huish Park last October. Dropped heavily down the pecking order at Carlisle United in League One, Madden was struggling to get any first team football until Gary Johnson came calling and took him on a whirlwind ten months that has seen him take the League One Golden Boot for the top goalscorer in the division, gain promotion to the Championship, and now receive a call-up to the Republic of Ireland national squad.

Madden teamed up with his international colleagues in Newport on Sunday and has told the Irish Herald that Yeovil's decision to take him on changed his career path

"I was in Carlisle, and I was thinking about coming home and playing in Ireland because I wasn't getting enough games. Gary Johnson gave me my chance at Yeovil and I've taken it. It just shows you the ups and downs of football. At Carlisle, I was not really enjoying it and I was not really playing. But it just shows you that if you keep working hard then you will get the rewards."

On his early experience of life in the Championship, Paddy admitted that he could see that he was now operating at a higher level, but was pleasantly surprised that his international call-up has come so early since moving into that new level:

"You can see the different standard in the Championship and managers will want to see if you can cut it in the Championship. I thought I would have to be longer in the Championship and score a few goals and then hopefully have got the shout (for an international call-up). But, thankfully, I have got it early."

Paddy was watched by Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli during Saturday's home match against Birmingham City, just prior to receiving his actual call-up into the senior Irish squad. He said that he had been aware that he was on the stand-by list for some time, but that arriving in Newport and meeting some of his playing idols like John O'Shea made it sink in what had happened:

"I heard our gaffer saying that he (Marco Tardelli) was coming. I was tuned in that he was coming and it makes you focus that extra bit. I was told I was on standby a week ago and it was amazing. It was recognition from scoring goals last season. So now to be in the squad is an amazing feeling. I would have known Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick from underage teams and I obviously know James McClean from the League of Ireland. It helps you and makes you settle in that bit quicker. You get a little bit star-struck when you see John O'Shea because I was a big Man United fan growing up so to be training on the same pitch as him is amazing, really."

Madden hasn't been named in the starting line-up for tomorrow night's match, which will be screened live on Sky Sports 1 (coverage 7.30p.m with kick-off 7.45p.m.) The eleven players who will take to the field were named this afternoon - as yet we've not seen the bench places formally named. Glovers fans tuning in should also get the chance to keep an eye on Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who is due to sign on loan for the club on Thursday, once he returns from Cardiff.

Republic of Ireland: (starting line-up) Westwood, Coleman, Clark, O'Shea, Wilson, Walters, McCarthy, Whelan, Brady, Hoolahan, Long


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13 August 2013 : Henderson On Trial As Reserves Beat Pilgrims
Yeovil Town fielded former Arsenal midfielder Conor Henderson as a trialist this afternoon, in a midweek friendly against Plymouth Argyle. The 21 year old Republic of Ireland player is a free agent, and did his chances of a contract with the Glovers no harm when he crashed in a 25 yard free kick during the match, with was to allow some of Yeovil's fringe players to gain further match fitness.

Born in Sidcup on September 8th 1991, the midfielder came through Arsenal's Youth Team, but in the end only made one FA Cup appearance during the 2010-11 season, with knee ligament damage putting him out for the majority of the 2011-12 campaign. Last season saw him sent out on loan to Coventry City but he failed to make an appearance for the Sky Blues, and was released by Arsenal over the summer. Aside from club football, he has featured for England Under-17s, but switched to the Republic where he has played at Under-19 and Under-21 level.

Aside from Henderson's goal, Kieffer Moore planted a close range header 65 minutes into the match, in a game that saw Michael Ngoo hit the woodwork. One concern though was that club captain Jamie McAllister managed only 45 minutes before being withdrawn, with concerns remaining over his knee, as he attempts to regain fitness following a pre-season period where he failed to feature at all. His failure to finish this game would suggest that he is still some way off being in serious contention for selection.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 0.

Scorers: Conor Henderson (1-0), Kieffer Moore (2-0).

Yeovil Town:
Gareth Stewart
Lewis Young, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Joe Jones, Jamie McAllister
Joel Grant, Billy Clifford, Conor Henderson, Sam Hoskins
Michael Ngoo, Kieffer Moore.

Substitutes: Liam Davis (46 mins for Jamie McAllister), Aidan Chainey (60 mins for Conor Henderson), Ben Long (46 mins for Michael Ngoo).

Plymouth Argyle:
Luke McCormick
Isaac Vassell, Jamie Richards, Guy Branston, Ben Purrington
Andres Gurrieri, Dean Parrett, Luke Young, River Allen, Ryan Lane
Tyler Harvey.


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13 August 2013 : League Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League Cup Second Round match against Birmingham City is now available. As expected, the match will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday 27th August, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over-65s: £10.00; Under-16s: £5.00.

Prices are flat across the ground for this fixture, with no matchday surcharge in place on this occasion.

Yeovil Town supporters can also take advantage of a ticketing offer from the competition sponsors Capital One. Supporters can claim an additional ticket for the game if they purchase a full-price ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office over the phone on 01935-847888 or via the ticket office in person. You will need to quote the code CAPITALONEC2 to take advantage of the offer.

This offer is open to the first 350 supporters, aged over-18, who take advantage of the two-for-one ticketing offer, and will be in place up to and including the day of the game (assuming that 350 tickets are not sold by then). The offer is not open to away supporters. The purchased ticket must be for a full-priced adult admission, but the 'free' ticket may be for any other aged supporter. There are a whole load of terms and conditions attached to the offer on the Capital One Cup website.


Link: Ticketing For Burnley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Burnley.

Link: Away Travel Club 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.

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Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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13 August 2013 : Gary Talks About Hennessey Loan Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his past association with Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey helped influence his decision to bring him to Huish Park. The 26 year old will sign a one month loan deal with the Glovers on Thursday, as cover for the injured Marek Stech, bringing Hennessey and Johnson together for the second time, after the Welsh international spent a short time on loan at Bristol City during August 2006.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after all parties agreed to the loan deal, Johnson said that it helped that he already knew him from his time at Ashton Gate, even if that loan spell didn't go to plan:

"I know Wayne well, as I loaned him at Bristol City when he was a young lad. He didn't manage to get a game, because he put his shoulder out in training. But I've kept in touch and watched him for a long time, and he's now a top goalkeeper. It suits everybody. Wolves need him to play first team football games, we need a first team keeper, and it's just a perfect situation. It's perfect timing. That's not good for Marek, but it's good for all the other three parties."

With news of Stech's injury being fairly high profile in a match that was covered by the national media, Johnson said he had little problem in finding a replacement keeper. Following the match against Birmingham City, Gary explained that they'd had plenty of calls to alert them to possible options:

"We had a lot of goalkeepers make themselves known to us when they realised there was a Championship spot going at our club. We're pleased to say that we ended up choosing out of a group of very good goalkeepers, Wayne Hennessey from Wolves. He's not in the first team at the moment, as he had an injury last year. So it suits everybody. The player wants to play first team football. He's a Welsh international, and he's away with Wales and probably playing against Paddy (Madden) in midweek."


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12 August 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Birmingham Home Interview
Just before Saturday's match against Birmingham City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary tackles a wide range of subjects, including why he opted for fireworks and opera singers on Saturday, his thoughts on Paddy Madden and Kevin Dawson and the Republic of Ireland squad, plus Jamie McAllister's fitness. That interview is now archived via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Birmingham.


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12 August 2013 : Welsh International Solves Yeovil's Goalkeeper Problem
Yeovil Town have taken on Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey as a temporary replacement for Marek Stech. After Stech broke his hand in Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Birmingham City the Glovers have wasted little time in recruiting a replacement, and have dipped into League One to snap up the Wales international goalkeeper, who could well come up against Glovers striker Paddy Madden on Wednesday night, given that they are in opposing squads in an international friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Hennessey has agreed a one month loan with the club that will commence when he returns from international duty, and so should team up with the squad on Thursday morning. He was born in Bangor in Wales on January 24th 1987, and is a former Manchester City youth product, although has been on Wolves' books since 2003, turning professional with them three years later.

He has made 166 appearances for Wolves, and their main goalkeeper for the majority of the three seasons that Wolves spent in the Premier League between 2009 and 2012. Unfortunately at the tail end of their time at that level, he suffered a bad cruciate knee ligament injury in April 2012, that was aggravated a second time in November when he attempted his comeback. As such, he has been out of first team football for 16 months, and Wolves are sending him out on loan to try to get him back into first team football. Boss Kenny Jackett has told their club's website:

"After 18 months out, I am pleased that Wayne has been given the opportunity to go and play some first team football. He has done all of the training sessions and has played in some of the pre-season fixtures but needs a regular run of games. It will be a good chance for Wayne to build up his match fitness, and is also in the best interests of the Club to see him enjoy some regular first team action."

Hennessey's loan period will be for initially one month. With Stech out for three months, that clearly won't cover the Czech Republic man's absence, but given loan rules allow him to extend up for up to 93 days, that shouldn't be a problem, with Wolves doubtless structuring the loan in stages to give them the right of recall if they need it. On Stech himself, he has told the Czech News Agency that he is having the injury assessed to see if he needs an operation:

"It was bad luck. I have never had a similar injury but it is quite annoying as a goalie needs their hands. We’ll see, there are several options. One of them is an operation, then there would be the possibility to fix the little finger to the ring finger in the keeper glove, which would perhaps mean I could catch. I do wonder what procedure the doctors suggest. I really do not want to be out for those three months, perhaps they’ll think of a way to speed up the treatment."

Aside from his experience with Wolves, Hennessey holds 38 full Welsh international caps, along with numerous other appearances at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. He has also had loan experience with Stockport County, where in March 2007 he set a club record of 857 minutes without conceding a goal, which included nine clean sheets in a row. He also had a brief spell at Bristol City in August 2006, where he just about met Gary Johnson, who had just left Yeovil for the Ashton Gate club. On that occasion, he never played a first team match, with an arm injury forcing his return to his parent club. Hopefully this time around, Johnson will finally see him play.

Finally, below is a video compilation of some of Wayne Hennessey's goalkeeping from the 2011-12 season, when he played for Wolves in the Premier League.




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12 August 2013 : Away Travel Club Plans For 2013-14 Season
The Away Travel Club have set their travel plans for all Championship matches between now and Christmas 2013. These are dependent upon numbers booking, and so early interest in these trips is appreciated. Their plans are as follows:

Sheffield Wednesday : Saturday 14th September 2013.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.. Cost of Travel: £25.00.

Bolton Wanderers : Saturday 28th September 2013.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.. Cost of Travel: £25.00.

Middlesbrough : Saturday 5th October 2013.
Huish Park: 7.00a.m.. Cost of Travel: £30.00.

Leeds United : Saturday 2nd November 2013.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.. Cost of Travel: £25.00.

Watford : Saturday 30th November 2013.
Huish Park: 9.00a.m.. Cost of Travel: £19.00.

They are not currently planning trips to Burnley, Ipswich Town, Doncaster Rovers or Barnsley. To place your bookings, call Roger Brimble on 01935-475384 or Mark Kelly on 07939618275. You will also find both present in the Beer Tent before home matches.

Link: Ticketing For Burnley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Burnley.

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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12 August 2013 : GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for all Championship matches between now and Christmas 2013. In addition to arrangements for Saturday's away trip to Burnley (see links at the foot of the article), you can also place your bookings for all forthcoming games over the next four months. These are listed as follows:

Sheffield Wednesday : Saturday 14th September 2013.
Bus Station: 7.15a.m.; Huish Park: 7.30a.m.
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

Ipswich Town : Tuesday 17th September 2013.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 12.30p.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Bolton Wanderers : Saturday 28th September 2013.
Bus Station: 7.15a.m.; Huish Park: 7.30a.m.
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

Middlesbrough : Saturday 5th October 2013.
Bus Station: 5.45a.m.; Huish Park: 6.00a.m.
Adult Members: £32.00; Member Concessions: £30.00
Adult Non-Members: £34.00; Non-Member Concessions: £32.00

Leeds United : Saturday 2nd November 2013.
Bus Station: 7.45a.m.; Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

Doncaster Rovers : Friday 22nd November 2013.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 12.00 noon
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

Watford : Saturday 30th November 2013.
Bus Station: 8.45a.m.; Huish Park: 9.00a.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

Barnsley : Saturday 14th December 2013.
Bus Station: 7.30a.m.; Huish Park: 7.45a.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

Note that if you haven't already paid for your 2013-14 GWSC membership then you can do so on the day of these games, but try to fill in your form in advance if you can do so. See below for a link to a form you can print out.

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Burnley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Burnley.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.

NOTE: Doncaster Rovers trip and departure times for the Friday night fixture are now confirmed.


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11 August 2013 : Interview With Byron Webster
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Birmingham City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town centre-back Byron Webster spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Byron's views on the game can be read via the link below.

Link: Byron Webster Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat Against Birmingham.


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11 August 2013 : Yeovil 0 Birmingham 1 : Own Goal Gives Glovers First Defeat
Yeovil Town succumbed to a single goal defeat yesterday afternoon, as an own goal separated themselves and Birmingham City at Huish Park. A ricochet from a Byron Webster defensive header after a Birmingham corner came off the body of Dean Seaborne and into the back of the net for a 0-1 away win. The Glovers day was marred by a serious hand injury to goalkeeper Marek Stech who faces a three month spell on the timelines after he suffered two broken bones.

After a midweek match that saw five changes to the starting line-up, Gary Johnson swapped back to the line-up at Millwall, with the only change on the bench being that Jamie McAllister's fitness allowed him to join the substitutes list, with Kieffer Moore being the player to miss out. In the opposition line-up was Dan Burn, making his first return to Huish Park since scoring in the Wembley Play-Off Final in May.

The match was started by an opera singer and fireworks, to greet the club's first ever home fixture at Championship level, in front of a near-capacity crowd, and in bright sunshine. After a competitive start, with Byron Webster and Dan Burn getting involved in some friendly but extremely competitive jostling on early corners, the Glovers suffered a major blow just six minutes into the game. Marek Stech came and punched a ball but in doing so, his fist landed into the back of Webster's head, injuring both players. The goalkeeper clearly came off the worst, and had to leave the field in pain - with a broken hand the eventual diagnosis that will keep him out of football for three months. In came Gareth Stewart for an unexpected 84 minutes worth of football.

That set the tone for a somewhat disjointed first half, which needed five minutes of injury time added due to the delay. The Glovers back four protected Gareth Stewart well, given that he spent his first 15 minutes merely dealing with a couple of backpasses. At the other end, Luke Aying and Paddy Madden had early attempts before Byron Webster's well struck shot forced Darren Randolph into an excellent parried save, with his reactions to Madden's follow-up probably even more impressive given that he was on the deck when the ball flew out to his fellow Irishman.

Birmingham finally tested Gareth Stewart, as Andrew Shinnie fired at goal on the near post, although the save itself was a relatively bulk standard one for a goalkeeper, with Stewart ensuring that Birmingham had no hope of a rebound from his initial parry.

The visitors were being rather combative elsewhere, clocking up a series of bookings for little trips that weren't nasty, but were certainly 'professional' in the way that they were intended to stop Yeovil's play. Referee Tim Robinson attempted to take charge of the situation by calling across captain Paul Robinson following one such trip, to make it clear that he was unimpressed by the persistent nature of those trips.

You might then think that Neal Eardley's lazy trip on Sam Foley - the same player he had fouled twice earlier in the game, would have resulted in a second yellow card, coming so close after the match official's 'final' warning. But instead, and to the fury of Glovers boss Gary Johnson, Mr Robinson proceeded to give a 'final final' warning, again calling over the Birmingham captain, with boos ringing around the ground for the referee's failure to produce a card for what should have been one of the easier decisions to make.

As the crowd continued to jeer at the official, he then gifted Yeovil a goal kick from a Birmingham shot that had clearly deflected off a Glovers defender - even the home terrace chanted "You don't know what you're doing" despite the decision having gone in their favour. The officials clearly needed a half time break to sort their heads out, and perhaps Birmingham boss Lee Clark needed to remind his players that they needed to watch their step - thankfully the second period was played out in less controversial circumstances.

It opened with a goal, as a Shane Ferguson corner was challenged for by Dan Burn, but clearly met by the head of Byron Webster. Unfortunately, the bal rebounded off the body of an unwitting Dan Seaborne and into the back of the net. Even though Burn celebrated it as if it was his, and the tannoy announced it as his, television replays made clear it had not gone near the ex-Yeovil loanee.

The big question was whether Yeovil could get back into the match now. Initially they responded well, with Ed Upson's free kick producing the save of the match, with Byron Webster's downward header perfectly placed, only for the diving Darren Randolph to get a leg in the way of the ball, as it rolled off his body and onto the crossbar and back out again.

Gary Johnson tried to mix things up midway through the half as Michael Ngoo and Sam Hoskins came on for Paddy Madden and Sam Foley. But unlike last week against Millwall, that didn't really shake things up as much as it did at the New Den, with Birmingham's defence holding firm, and Dan Burn giving Glovers fans a reminder of just how good a player he is. The nearest they came was in the 88th minute, when Ed Upson got a free kick on the edge of the box, which he curled well around the defensive wall, but unfortunately went just around the post.

The visitors ran the clock down in 'professional' style, and bar that Upson effort the Glovers ran out of attacking ideas a little during the closing stages. Certainly not outclassed at any stage during the game, but on the other hand, Birmingham's experience showed a little bit, and Yeovil will need to out-think such teams a little better to win points off them in future matches.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Birmingham City 1.

Scorers: Dan Seaborne (0-1, own goal, 48 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne, 18. Alan Tate
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 4. Joe Edwards, 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart (6 mins for Marek Stech) 3. Jamie McAllister 11. Michael Ngoo (67 mins for Paddy Madden) 14. Sam Hoskins (67 mins for Sam Foley) 20. Billy Clifford 21. Liam Davis 23. Joel Grant

Birmingham City:
1. Darren Randolph 8. Hayden Mullins 6. Dan Burn 4. Paul Robinson 2. Neal Eardley 22. Andrew Shinnie 15. Wade Elliott 24. Tom Adeyemi 27. Shane Ferguson 12. Lee Novak 25. Matt Green

Substitutes:
5. Kyle Bartley 7. Chris Burke 13. Colin Doyle 16. Koby Arthur 17. Callum Reilly (72 mins for Matt Green) 20. Olly Lee 26. Scott Allan

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (52 mins, foul), Ed Upson (54 mins, foul)

Birmingham Bookings: Neal Eardley (25 mins, foul), Shane Ferguson (33 mins, foul), Paul Robinson (59 mins, foul), Wade Elliott (64 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 9.

Birmingham Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Assistants: Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 8,717 (including 2,048 Birmingham supporters).


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11 August 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City Match Highlights
For those who want to see the online highlights of yesterday's Championship game against Birmingham City, the Sky Sports website is now carrying highlights. See the Dan Seaborne own goal that settled the match, along with a number of other chances for both clubs via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City Match Highlights.

A reminder that the Glovers were also the main match on the Football League Show yesterday, and so you'll find around ten minutes worth of highlights at the start of that programme. Head via the link below.

Link: BBC iPlayer : Football League Show Match Highlights.


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11 August 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Birmingham Home Game
Following yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Birmingham City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat Against Birmingham.


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10 August 2013 : Gary Talks About Stech Injury
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke about the injury to goalkeeper Marek Stech after today's match against Birmingham City. The Glovers lost their keeper just six minutes into the match when he broke his hand whilst punching the ball clear inside his own area, with the head of Byron Webster appearing to have caused the injury.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Gary fully admitted that losing Stech for around a three month period was a massive set-back, particularly given they have no realistic long term cover on their books at present:

"That's a blow, because with all due respect to Gareth Stewart, he is our goalkeeping coach. Marek (Stech) has broken his hand in two places, which is a real shocker for us. But that means that we've got to go out there (into the transfer/loan market). He'll be out for three months we think - the doctor says three months."

Johnson confirmed that he would be looking to recruit in from the outside whilst Stech is sidelined, and that he already had a couple of provisional names in mind, and that initial phone calls could take place as early as the Saturday night:

"We've got to find another goalie to take his place for that amount of time, whilst he's rehabilitating That's a major concern for us. So we'll find one, and now I've advertised it on the radio, I'll probably get 300 calls from goalkeepers! We've got a couple in mind, and we've got to see whether they're available. Me and Terry will be on the phone tonight and we'll see if we can't get somebody in nice and early."


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10 August 2013 : Madden International Call-Up Confirmed
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has been called up into the Republic of Ireland full international squad. Having been named on stand-by for their friendly match against Wales, Madden has now received notification that he will be required to travel to meet up with the rest of the Irish squad, following a series of players pulling out this week due to injury.

The match against Wales is scheduled to be played on Wednesday 14th August in Cardiff, kick-off 7.45p.m. Madden will join his countrymen in Newport tomorrow, where he will take part in training sessions. He will therefore be absent from training at Huish Park until around Thursday morning.

Congratulations to Paddy, and fingers crossed that this leads to some time on the pitch during midweek.


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10 August 2013 : Johnson Calls For Greater Potency In Play
Yeovil Town manager felt that today's defeat against Birmingham City was three points lost, after his side slipped to their first defeat of the 2013-14 season. A single own goal by Dan Seaborne separated the two sides, but that was all there was between the division's smallest club and one of the division's largest sides.

Johnson felt that more potent finishing from his own players could have won the game after the Glovers twice hit the woodwork, with James Hayter and Byron Webster striking the post and crossbar respectively. Other chances came Yeovil's way, but the away side held firm, with Seaborne's own goal, initially credited to Dan Burn, good enough to win them three points. Johnson felt things could have been very different:

"We looked competitive which is what we needed to do but we looked like, for me, as if we could win that game. We could have won that game looking at the two teams: our tactics, their tactics, and it was three points lost for us. That's not me making it up that's my honest belief."

Johnson felt that a lack of potency was a theme throughout the 90 minutes, feeling that although his side matched Birmingham man-for-man, that this was the one area of the field where he felt his team needed to be more creative:

"We didn't really look potent enough for the whole game. I would have liked to get past people more and when we did get through we didn't create chances. We did compete and it was fantastic to see the atmosphere, hopefully they will keep with us because we more than matched a Birmingham side, but to be better than them we needed to be more competitive."


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10 August 2013 : Yeovil 0 Birmingham 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town succumbed to a single goal defeat this afternoon, as an own goal separated themselves and Birmingham City at Huish Park. A ricochet from a Byron Webster defensive header after a Birmingham corner came off the body of Dean Seaborne and into the back of the net for a 0-1 away win. The Glovers day was marred by a serious hand injury to goalkeeper Marek Stech who faces a three month spell on the timelines after he suffered two broken bones.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Birmingham City 1.

Scorers: Dan Seaborne (0-1, own goal, 48 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne, 18. Alan Tate
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 4. Joe Edwards, 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart (6 mins for Marek Stech) 3. Jamie McAllister 11. Michael Ngoo (67 mins for Paddy Madden) 14. Sam Hoskins (67 mins for Sam Foley) 20. Billy Clifford 21. Liam Davis 23. Joel Grant

Birmingham City:
1. Darren Randolph 8. Hayden Mullins 6. Dan Burn 4. Paul Robinson 2. Neal Eardley 22. Andrew Shinnie 15. Wade Elliott 24. Tom Adeyemi 27. Shane Ferguson 12. Lee Novak 25. Matt Green

Substitutes:
5. Kyle Bartley 7. Chris Burke 13. Colin Doyle 16. Koby Arthur 17. Callum Reilly (72 mins for Matt Green) 20. Olly Lee 26. Scott Allan

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (52 mins, foul), Ed Upson (54 mins, foul)

Birmingham Bookings: Neal Eardley (25 mins, foul), Shane Ferguson (33 mins, foul), Paul Robinson (59 mins, foul), Wade Elliott (64 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 9.

Birmingham Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Assistants: Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 8,717 (including 2,048 Birmingham supporters).


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10 August 2013 : Stech Out For Three Months
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech looks set to be out of action for up to three months after being taken off against Birmingham City today. The Czech Republic keeper was substituted just six minutes into the match at Huish Park, and following today's game, manager Gary Johnson confirmed that his No.1 keeper has broken his hand in two places, following an x-ray at Yeovil Hospital this afternoon.

Gary Johnson confirmed after the match that he will be dropping into the loan market to provide cover for Stech, with substitute keeper Gareth Stewart the only other senior keeper on the club's books. Gary plans to recruit Stech's temporary replacement prior to next week's trip to Burnley.


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10 August 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City
If you watched this afternoon's match against Birmingham 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 Birmingham City.


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10 August 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City
Yeovil Town have named their squad for their first ever home match at Championship level. For the game against Birmingham City they have unsurprisingly reverted to the team that was fielded last Saturday against Millwall, undoing the five changes that were made in midweek against Southend United.

The one exception to the rule is club captain Jamie McAllister, who is on the bench today, displacing Kieffer Moore in the matchday squad.

Today's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne, 18. Alan Tate
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 4. Joe Edwards, 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 3. Jamie McAllister 11. Michael Ngoo 14. Sam Hoskins 20. Billy Clifford 21. Liam Davis 23. Joel Grant


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10 August 2013 : Three Years On - Sing For Stanno
Three years ago today, West Country football lost one of its most popular players, as former Yeovil Town, Hereford United and Exeter City striker Adam Stansfield lost his battle against bowel cancer. We're aware that all of his former clubs are planning to mark this moment with either applause or chanting during their games today.

For Yeovil Town supporters at this afternoon's game against Birmingham City, expect a chant of 'There's Only One Adam Stansfield' to come from the home terrace in the 7th minute today. We'd obviously like as many of you to join in as possible.

As Adam sent us on the start of a long journey with his goal in the FA Trophy Final against Stevenage at Villa Park, it is rather poignant that today should mark another step in that journey - the club's first ever Championship home match. Thank you Adam, and to those others we have lost over the years that have passed.

Adam Stansfield - gone but never forgotten
Adam Stansfield - gone but never forgotten.
Photo © 2002-2013 Ciderspace



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10 August 2013 : Little Old Yeovil In A Big Old Beer Tent
For those who didn't get their hands on a copy of Brendon Owen's 'Little Old Yeovil' book this week, the author himself will be signing copies today. Brendon will be present in the Beer Tent from around 1.00p.m. onwards, selling copies, and signing the book, priced £9.99, to all supporters who wish to purchase a copy.

Brendon Owen, pictured with Gary Johnson at Waterstones earlier this week
Brendon Owen, pictured with Gary Johnson at Waterstones earlier this week.
Photo c/o Brendon Owen.



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10 August 2013 : McAllister Ready For Yeovil Return
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he has got a near clean bill of health from his players for tomorrow afternoon's match against Birmingham City. Having played two games during the past week, the Glovers have heavily rotated their squad across the two games, but today are expected to revert to the side that travelled to Millwall, thus undoing the five changes that were made during the midweek trip to Southend United.

Early team news for the match suggests that only Nathan Ralph is definitely unavailable for selection, with his knee problem having kept him out of full training since April. Left-back Jamie McAllister was a surprise addition to the bench on Tuesday night, and although he didn't get onto the pitch, Johnson told BBC Somerset that his club captain has been getting in a good week's worth of training:

"Ralphy is the only one not available, with his long-term knee problem, but Macca (Jamie McAllister) has trained and trained well. So he comes into the reckoning. It just means that again we've got another number to our squad. He hasn't yet started any games, but he's experienced, he's fit. He's got his proper things in his shoes - his orthotics and that sort of thing. So that's taken five years off him!

In terms of the players who featured at Roots Hall on Tuesday night, Johnson confirmed that none of the substitutions that were made related to injuries. In fact his first consideration when making the changes was whether he should withdraw players who were on bookings in the League Cup competition, but in the end decided to stick to giving a couple of his players a bit of a break and rest their legs:

"We had to make the decisions - do you take off the lads who have been booked? We can't afford to lose Webby (Byron Webster) for the weekend. But we thought no, he's got to be professional, he's got to deal with it. We wanted Billy (Clifford) to stay on, and he'd been booked. But we thought we'd do what we were going to do, and give (Kevin) Dawson a rest and give Joe Edwards a rest. So we managed to do that, and we managed to get Kieffer (Moore) on to give him that first game under his belt, for his confidence. There were a lot of good things for us today. Going back on the bus, every one of the squad will feel that they've played a bit of a part. There's two or three that haven't yet, but that will come in time."


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10 August 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : The More Things Change ...
A busy week or so off the field for Yeovil Town has seen a number of things announced for the start of the 2013-14 season. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog, the boardroom reshuffle is considered, along with the latest announcement concerning stadium development plans. There's also a look at smoke bombs and the debate that's caused over the past week. Head via the link below, and feel free to add your own views on the subjects covered.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The More Things Change ....


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9 August 2013 : Gary Previews The Birmingham Home Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's home Championship match against Birmingham City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about his team's start to the season, his opponents, and the return of Dan Burn to Somerset.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Birmingham.


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9 August 2013 : Televised Ties Chosen For League Cup Second Round
Televised ties for the Second Round of the Football League Cup have been announced. The games selected following Thursday's Second Round Draw will see two games screened live with matches on Tuesday 27th August and Wednesday 28th August.

The match between Liverpool and Notts County at Anfield will be screened live on the Tuesday, whilst Morecambe vs Newcastle United at the Globe Arena will be shown on the Wednesday, both with 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The two decisions mean that Yeovil Town's home match against Birmingham City will now 99% certainly be played on Tuesday 27th August at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Absolute confirmation on this will follow in due course.


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9 August 2013 : Glovers To Feature On Football League Show
Yeovil Town's first ever Championship home game will be one of the featured matches on tomorrow's Football League Show. The BBC One programme will feature the match against Birmingham City as one of their main matches, along with the League Two clash between Accrington Stanley and Portsmouth.

The show commences at 11.35p.m. on BBC One, continuing through until 0.50a.m. during the early hours of Sunday morning. The programme summary states:

"It took 108 years for Yeovil to break into the big time but now after only ten years in the Football League the Somerset club are playing football in the Championship. This week the pre-season favourites for relegation meet Birmingham City, Lee Clarke's side are looking to kick on after a disappointing mid-table finish last season. Now out of administration and playing football in League Two, Portsmouth have reportedly sold over ten thousand season tickets this summer. Plus highlights from Pompey's visit to James Beattie's Accrington, and all the best of the Football League with Manish Bhasin."


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9 August 2013 : Johnson Enthused By 'Fantastic' Ticket Sales
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the prospect of a large crowd at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon is 'fantastic' for his hopes of increasing attendances at the club. With visitors Birmingham City guaranteeing a sold out away end, the home sides of the ground should also be on the full side, with the club reporting total sales of 8,000 at the end of yesterday, the club seem likely to record their highest league gate for five years.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that he hoped that those extra numbers would create a strong atmosphere to cheer the team on, but with the extra numbers likely to put a strain on the ground and its surrounding area, he also said that the club would be laying on entertainment before the game to try to get people inside the ground early:

"That is fantastic, and what people mustn't do is to get there late, if they are buying tickets on the day. There will be entertainment before the game, as we've put on a few little bits and pieces to make sure that everybody's day is an enjoyable one, and that they'll remember it for a little while. If people enjoy it then we'll try to keep that going. The crowd have got to build up the atmosphere before the game, so that when our lads come out they're all there, and that they're all out of the bars and their boxes and they're all sitting in their seats to cheer the boys on. If they get a reception like I know they're going to get, then that will be worth a goal to us."

The Glovers boss admitted that the other half of the equation was for the club to ensure that as many of those who turn up to Huish Park tomorrow would return. With that in mind, he would be doing his own bit on the pitch to try to provide entertaining football:

"What we hope to do, is to put on a performance as a club to keep those supporters. We've got to keep them. We'd like to think that they will give us a bit of time, and enjoy the Championship. If those new supporters are with us, and they get behind us and they decide to support us, then Huish Park will be a great place to be every other week."


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9 August 2013 : Cafer Gets Willand Deal
Western League Premier Division side Willand Rovers have announced that they have signed up Matt Cafer ahead of their 2013-14 season. The Yeovil Town goalkeeper, who was part of the club's Under-18 side last season, had been given a six month deal at Huish Park, but did not feature in any of their pre-season friendly matches.

Willand, who are based near Cullompton in Devon, have stated that they have "signed" the 18 year old, but Cafer himself has clarified that this is a loan deal, saying via his Twitter account:

"I am looking forward to going out on loan, will be a chance for me to play competitive games and will be a good experience for me. Can hopefully use this to give me the push I need to take me forward!"

Willand Rovers commence their season tomorrow afternoon with a home match against Longwell Green. Good luck to Matt in getting some valuable first team football experience.


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9 August 2013 : Royals Sell Out For Huish Park Trip
Yeovil's Championship opponents Reading will take a full allocation of away supporters when they visit Huish Park later this month. The Royals, who are one of the clubs with the shortest distance to travel to South Somerset, have been given an allocation of 1,793 tickets for this fixture, but have this morning sold all of their tickets for this game.

Reading are the second club this season to sell their full allocation, with Birmingham City having snapped up 2,077 tickets for tomorrow's match at Huish Park. The Royals will make their trip on Saturday 31st August.

Tickets for this game are on sale to home supporters from the Huish Park Ticket Office, along with all other 2013-14 Championship home fixtures.


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8 August 2013 : Johnson Rues Lack Of Variety In League Cup Draw
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has admitted that today's Second Round draw in the League Cup was not one he would have personally chosen. The Glovers have picked up Birmingham City at home as the reward for beating Southend United, after the draw was made on Sky Sports News at lunchtime today.

That pairs together two clubs that are due to face each other at Huish Park on Saturday, meaning that the League Cup tie will see the Blues visit South Somerset twice during August - something that adds an unusual twist to Saturday's Championship match which gives the Glovers their first home match at this level. Speaking to BBC Somerset today, Gary said that he suspected that Birmingham City boss Lee Clark would share his views on the subject:

"It's not the prettiest draw in the world, given the fact that you've got them on Saturday in the league as well. I've always said that I like playing teams that are outside of our division, and I'm sure Lee Clark will feel that way as well. It's even more reason, I suppose, to get a result for either side on Saturday, so that you've got the bragging rights for a little while."

Having opened the season with an away match at Millwall, followed by a fairly similar trip to Southend United three days later, Johnson did admit relief that his side did not have to hit the road, given the club's record of being pulled out as the away club in cup competitions in recent seasons:

"I'm pleased that we've got no more travelling, because we've done some unbelievable travelling in the last week. So that's good as it's a home draw. That was the main thing."

The League Cup Second Round tie against Birmingham City will be played during the week commencing August 26th - unless Sky Sports step in, a date of Tuesday 27th August will almost certainly be selected.


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8 August 2013 : Republic Assistant Travels To Watch Madden
Amongst the 8,000 or so supporters that will head to Huish Park on Saturday, Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden may feel that one particular spectator has his eyes on him. Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli is reported to be travelling to watch the Championship fixture against Birmingham City on the weekend, where he will get a chance to watch a player who is on stand-by for his country's national squad.

Tardelli was capped 81 times for his native country Italy, and so will know what it takes to be an international player - something that Madden has done for Ireland's Under-19, Under-21 and Under-23 sides, but has yet to do at full international level. However, Madden's chances of getting a call-up increased today, with Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady withdrawing due to a knee injury, leaving his country four short from the originally announced squad of 26 players.


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8 August 2013 : Saturday Ticket Sales Reach 8K Mark
Tickets for Yeovil Town's home match against Birmingham City on Saturday are starting to run out, as we get close to the club's first ever Championship fixture. The game against the Blues takes place on August 10th at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and as of tonight sales had reached in the region of 8,000 tickets. Based on the ground's official capacity of 9,565 spaces, that leaves around 1,500 spaces left, although some of that will be lost due to 'dead' area in the Screwfix Stand to separate home and away supporters.

Those who have still not purchased tickets can do so by calling the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or by visiting in person between 9.00a.m. and 5.00p.m. tomorrow, or from 9.00a.m on Saturday. The main bulk of the remaining spaces lie within the home terrace areas with seated availability starting to become difficult if you have a large group of people. You are strongly advised to have your Ticket Office Customer Number available when making your purchase to speed things up.

Birmingham City have already sold out their tickets for the match, with 2,077 sold, and no further tickets will be made available to away supporters.


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8 August 2013 : Marquee Bar News: Good For Home Fans, Bad For Away Fans
Yeovil Town supporters planning to visit the 'Hospitality Marquee' for the home matches against Birmingham City, Derby County and Reading can take advantage of some reduced pricing on pints. For the month of August 2013, pricing inside what is more locally known as the Beer Tent has been set as follows:

Carlsberg £2.50; Tetleys: £2.50; Thatchers: £3.00.

However, bad news for Birmingham City fans with respect to this offer : Avon and Somerset Police indicate that there are "no (alcohol) bars for away fans at the stadium" - the usual policy when there is a capacity away crowd at Huish Park. How common a situation this turns out to be now we're in the Championship division, we'll have to wait and see, but this is likely to affect future home games.

Glovers fans should therefore make sure that they've picked up their home ticket or season ticket card to gain admission into the Beer Tent, and expect to have to display it when you walk past the stewards on the door.

For away supporters, the page below may help with finding a few local pubs. Note that The Bell in Preston Road is indefinitely shut and out of action for at least the rest of 2013.

Link: Huish Park Directions and Pub Guide.


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8 August 2013 : John Fry Talks About Stadium Development Plans
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said that he will revive plans to redevelop Huish Park, provided the club's restructuring of its boardroom is successful. As reported yesterday, the Glovers have tweaked a number of their boardroom positions over the summer, largely due to the decision of Martyn Starnes to leave his Chief Executive post for a similar position at Plymouth Argyle.

Fry has chosen not to appoint a replacement for Mr Starnes, but to take on the Chief Executive position he held up until December 2007. In return, some of the Board of Directors' responsibilities have been altered from their previous remits, with the goal of them taking on some of the workload in certain key departments.

Speaking in this week's Western Gazette, Fry says that he will reassess the current position at the end of the 2013-14 season and will then decide whether Huish Park is to be expanded in its current 9,500 capacity, or whether they will seek to renovate some of the existing facilities within the club, such as the stadium teabars:

"By the end of the season we will get the plans in place for either the rebuilding of refurbishment of the stadium to increase standards for secondary spend (food, drink, programmes etc), or maybe extending the capacity. That's where I would like to get to and that means the development of the Huish Park site."

Fry implies that the ability for him to plan that depends upon whether his Board of Directors can lift the responsibilities off him to give him the time to concentrate on the stadium development plans:

"If all of those people do their job, which I'm sure they will, I will be given the room in which to start planning these things. It's a pretty big job. It's political, it needs to be handled properly and the person who's been handling that in the past four-five years has been me. We are not recruiting a Chief Executive and what we're doing is sharing that responsibility. We're confident it will work."

The interview doesn't indicate what has happened to the club's March 2011 announcement of plans to build a 3,500 stand at the away end at Huish Park. Furthermore, Fry himself doesn't mention the January 2012 plans to build a Food Store on the two training pitches at Huish Park. The latter application remains open, but dormant, on the South Somerset District Council website, with the last club-related output dated from September 5th 2012, requesting a delay on the planning application assessment.

The other gap is that Football League Ground Regulations require the club to carry out a number of mandatory stadium improvements, some of which will be necessary even if the club do not maintain their current Championship position. Plans and a firm timetable for these will have to be in place for the club to stay compliant with those rules.


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8 August 2013 : League Cup Second Round : Full Draw Details
Yeovil Town have been given a home tie in the Second Round of the Football League Cup. The draw was made live on Sky Sports News this lunchtime, with Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher pulling out the teams, and has pitched Yeovil Town against Birmingham City in a match that will be played at Huish Park.

The full draw for the Second Round reads as follows:

Carlisle United vs Leicester City
Doncaster Rovers vs Leeds United
Nottingham Forest vs Millwall
Sunderland vs MK Dons
West Bromwich Albion vs Newport County
Bristol City vs Crystal Palace
Peterborough United vs Reading
Barnsley vs Southampton
Burton Albion vs Fulham
Burnley vs Preston North End
Liverpool vs Notts County
Norwich City vs Bury
Leyton Orient vs Hull City
Everton vs Stevenage
Stoke City vs Walsall
Huddersfield Town vs Charlton Athletic
Aston Villa vs Rotherham United
Tranmere Rovers vs Bolton Wanderers
Morecambe vs Newcastle United
Queens Park Rangers vs Swindon Town
Derby County vs Brentford
Watford vs AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City
Accrington Stanley vs Cardiff City
West Ham United vs Cheltenham Town

All Second Round ties will be played during the week commencing 26th August, with the majority of ties being played on Tuesday 27th August. There should be two ties selected for live coverage on the Sky Sports network.


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8 August 2013 : Gary To Receive LMA Team Performance Award
Yeovil Town have been given a League Managers Association award for their weekend victory over Millwall. The LMA have awarded the Glovers their Performance of the Week Award after they beat the Lions 1-0 on the opening day of the 2013-14 season, with Ed Upson's late winner setting up a perfect start to life in the Championship.

The LMA's five man panel comprises of LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry and they have decreed that the result was the best of the weekend. Gary will be presented with a "specially engraved crystal football" to commemorate the weekly award.

Whilst such awards are rather welcomed, the national media's frequent use of phases like "shock victory" and the LMA's decision, shouldn't overlook the fact that for four seasons the Glovers played at the same level as Millwall in League One. Thus if that is a shock victory worthy of such an award, how would they view matters if Yeovil Town were to beat Birmingham City on the coming weekend - or indeed any of the other clubs they will face at Championship level.


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8 August 2013 : League Cup Second Round Ball Numbers
The Football League have clarified the way that today's Second Round draw for the League Cup will operate. As reported yesterday, the draw will be carved into seeded and non-seeded halves, meaning that Yeovil Town are guaranteed to be playing either a Premier League side, or one of the Championship clubs that finished high up the table at the end of the 2012-13 season.

The final list of seeded clubs, including their ball numbers, are as follows and represent the list of clubs that Yeovil Town could possibly face:

1. Aston Villa 2. Birmingham City 3. Bolton Wanderers 4. Burnley 5. Cardiff City 6. Charlton Athletic 7. Crystal Palace 8. Derby County 9. Everton 10. Fulham 11. Hull City 12. Leeds United 13. Leicester City 14. Liverpool 15. Newcastle United 16. Norwich City 17. Nottingham Forest 18. Queens Park Rangers 19. Reading 20. Southampton 21. Stoke City 22. Sunderland 23. Watford 24. West Bromwich Albion 25. West Ham United

In a slightly unusual departure from the tradition of cup draws, the unseeded clubs will be pre-drawn before they go live onto Sky Sports News. Thus the draw's starting position will be that they have already pulled out the 25 unseeded clubs, and that the question will be who they end up playing, and whether they are home or away during the Second Round. The full list of unseeded clubs are as follows (the ball numbers are irrelevant as we'll be drawn out by the time they go live):

1. Accrington Stanley 2. AFC Bournemouth 3. Barnsley 4. Brentford 5. Bristol City 6. Burton Albion 7. Bury 8. Carlisle United 9. Cheltenham Town 10. Doncaster Rovers 11. Huddersfield Town 12. Leyton Orient 13. Millwall 14. Milton Keynes Dons 15. Morecambe 16. Newport County 17. Notts County 18. Peterborough United 19. Preston North End 20. Rotherham United 21. Stevenage 22. Swindon Town 23. Tranmere Rovers 24. Walsall 25. Yeovil Town

Today's draw is live on Sky Sports News from 12.30p.m. We'll obviously put the full details of the draw on here, along with our @ytfcciderspace Twitter account, as soon as it comes through.


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7 August 2013 : Video : Southend United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive highlights from last night's 1-0 win over Southend United in the First Round of the League Cup, highlights are now on the Sky Sports website. Watch Kevin Dawson's goal, and further chances for Sam Hoskins and Liam Davis along with a late Marek Stech save, via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Southend United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.

Overseas supporters may prefer to watch the video clip below which is a slightly different cut of the highlights, provided by Southend United.




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7 August 2013 : Madden Put On International Stand-By
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has been rewarded for last season's goal glut by getting onto a stand-by list for the Republic of Ireland national side. The Irish have arranged a friendly match against Wales for Wednesday 14th August in Cardiff, kick-off 7.45p.m., and manager Giovanni Trapattoni had initially named a 26 man squad for the fixture. However, squad withdrawals have already cut that down to 23 players, with only three strikers currently named in the squad.

Madden himself has confirmed that he has been asked to be on stand-by for the fixture, which would not necessarily affect his involvement with Yeovil Town, who travel to play Burnley on Saturday 17th August. If called up to the actual squad, Paddy will be asked to join the squad in Newport on Sunday 11th August, meaning that he would be away for most of that week, but would return on the Thursday after the game.

The Irish FA have indicated that Madden's status is a reaction to Hull City winger Stephen Quinn dropping out of the squad. Anthony Pilkington and Simon Cox had also earlier withdrawn from the squad, along with Millwall goalkeeper David Forde, which benefits former Glovers keeper Stephen Henderson who has been drafted into the main squad.

The current Irish squad reads as follows:

Goalkeepers Henderson (West Ham), Westwood (Sunderland), Randolph (Birmingham)

Defenders O'Shea (Sunderland), St Ledger (Leicester), Wilson (Stoke), Coleman (Everton), Kelly (Reading), O'Dea (Metalurh Donetsk), Clark (Aston Villa), McShane (Hull City)

Midfielders Whelan (Stoke), McCarthy (Wigan), Green (Leeds), Hendrick (Derby), McGeady (Spartak Moscow), McClean (Sunderland), Robbie Brady (Hull), Meyler (Hull), Hoolahan (Norwich)

Forwards Long (West Brom), Sammon (Derby), Walters (Stoke).


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7 August 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City
Officials for Yeovil Town's home Championship fixture against Birmingham City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 10th August with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tim Robinson (West Sussex). This official is relatively new to the scene, having only been promoted to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2012. As such we've only had him twice as a referee before - both last season.

The first was for the November 2012 home match against Hartlepool United which we won 1-0. He produced four yellow cards on the day - one against ourselves and three against the visitors. We were relatively happy with his performance, although the visitors may hold different opinion. He can't be blamed too much for Antony Sweeney's second half goal being chalked off for an offside flag, but Hartlepool were furious when he denied them a penalty midway through the second half when Byron Webster blocked a header with his arm. Ball-to-hand ruled Mr Robinson.

We then had him for the March 2013 home game against Walsall. Normally booking-free games get the thumbs up from most football supporters, but on this occasion we felt his 'hands off' approach was a little bit too extreme. We had two strong penalty shouts during the match, as James Hayter appeared to be fouled, quickly followed by Dan Burn getting wrestled to the floor. On both occasions, no decision was given, leaving manager Gary Johnson feeling that he was too inexperienced as an official to cope with what was a crucial fixture:

"He was seeing little pushes and was blowing up for pushes from a corner, but he wasn't seeing the major decisions. The referee has got to find whatever level he's at as well. The assessors have got to find out whether these first year lads that are just coming into the game can handle the big game. That's what they have to decide and we don't have a say in it. They say that we do, but we don't."

Mr Robinson will be assisted by Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Lee Swabey (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 0.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 0.


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7 August 2013 : Glovers Reshuffle Boardroom Responsibilities
Yeovil Town have tweaked their boardroom responsibilities further in the wake of the departure of Martyn Starnes to Plymouth Argyle. The nature of the changes have already been partially revealed, with Chairman John Fry resuming his Chief Executive role at the club, and also indicating in a Saturday interview that he would be distributing some of those CEO responsibilities amongst his Board of Directors.

On Monday, it was confirmed that Stephen Allinson would be adding to his Communications Director responsibility by taking over the Chairman position of the Community Sports Trust, previously held by Starnes.

Director Andy Rossiter, who had previously been the Director responsible for the club's Centre of Excellence, now has been given responsibility for the club's Catering and Hospitality areas. Brian Willis maintains his current role as the director responsible for Stadium Operations, whilst Norman Hayward continues to be the club's notional Director of Football, in addition to his role as Vice Chairman. David Lee, who is the club's Company Secretary, continues to represent the club in legal matters, whilst Ron Budden will provide support for the club's Commercial operations.

Three of the club's Associate Directors, who do not sit on the main company board, also have fixed roles. Alan Chamberlain will control finance whilst John Dover will control Human Resources issues. Jean Cotton will continue in her role as Football Secretary.


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7 August 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Southend Away Interview
Just before yesterday evening's away match against Southend United kicked off at Roots Hall, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about issues surrounding striker Paddy Madden, and also what sort of things he expects players who are new to the club to have to adjust to. Read the full interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Southend.


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7 August 2013 : Seeding List For League Cup Second Round Draw
Yeovil Town are one of the unseeded sides for tomorrow lunchtime's League Cup Second Round draw. The Glovers are thus guaranteed to get either a Premier League side or an upper-Championship club, after the competition organisers split the teams into seeded and unseeded halves based on last night's results.

There are still three ties set to be played tonight, but the Football League have published the following list of seeds:

Seeded Clubs: Everton, Liverpool, West Brom, West Ham United, Norwich City, Fulham, Stoke City, Southampton, Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Reading, QPR, Cardiff City, Hull City, Watford, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Burnley, Birmingham City and Leeds United.

A reminder that there are a number of clubs who will not be in the Second Round draw, due to their participation in European Competitions. They will join the draw in the Third Round. Those clubs are as follows:

Second Round Byes: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City, Wigan Athletic.

The draw will be made at 12.30p.m. tomorrow lunchtime and will be live on Sky Sports News. All second round ties will be played during the week commencing August 26th.

Update: 10.00p.m. Leeds United become the final seeded team, following Wednesday's matches, and have been added into the above list.


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7 August 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Southend Away Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Southend United at Roots Hall, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the victory. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict on the League Cup First Round win can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Southend Away Game.


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7 August 2013 : Johnson Looks For Focussed Approach From Madden
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that striker Paddy Madden will become more effective as a Championship striker if he learns to channel his energy in games in the right way. Having been substituted in Saturday's away match at Millwall on Saturday, there were a few raised eyebrows when the Irishman didn't appear for the second half, with Johnson suggesting after the game that last year's top goalscorer wasn't tactically playing the game in the way that he wanted him to be.

Speaking prior to last night's fixture against Southend United, Gary explained to BBC Somerset that it wasn't a case of the player not working hard enough in games, and that in fact the situation was largely the opposite, in that the player needed a calmer, more focussed side to his game:

"It's not that he's not trying - he's trying very hard, and in fact he's trying too hard. That's what's losing the game that we need from him. He knows that he's our main striker, and he mustn't cut his nose off to spite his face by being miserable for too long - and he hasn't. We've had a good chat, and he's fine. What has been reported (on Saturday) has been right - I could have lied and said that he had a little injury or something, but that's not the case. We've got to make sure that everybody is up for it. If he gets a couple of goals against Birmingham, if selected, then we've done our job."

The implication of Gary's post-match comments after Millwall was that Madden had shown some dissent to being substituted at the New Den. But Johnson added that some things like that would inevitably happen in the heat of the moment, and that there was a positive side to what he was trying to do for the striker:

"Paddy has those little spats in his own head sometimes, but all we're doing is that we're going to make him a Championship goalscorer. He understands that, and in the cold light of day he totally understands it. Just sometimes in the heat of battle you might say something as a manager that some people might feel is a little bit strong for that particular moment, and some like to let you know that. Of course that's not the right time to do it."


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7 August 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Southend vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday evening's 1-0 win against Southend United at Roots Hall, 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 Southend United vs Yeovil Town.


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6 August 2013 : Johnson Happy With Solid Southend Win
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that he was very happy with a solid performance at Roots Hall tonight, after watching his side claim a 1-0 victory over Southend United. After a slightly slow start, the Glovers began to take control of the game, and they got through to the Second Round of the Football League Cup thanks to a single goal from Kevin Dawson.

Speaking after the game, Gary felt his side needed a second goal to really settle down what turned into a tense closing stage in the cup tie, but was happy with the way things turned out:

"I am very happy with that performance, we played some very good football and looked very solid. We gave six or so players who didn't play in the opening game a run out and I was pleased with that. We probably needed the second goal so it didn't seem so nervy but the boys at the back did their job very well restricting Southend to very few chances. That meant we came out worthy winners and I was enthused by a lot of our play."

Having now played 180 minutes worth of the 2013-14 season, the Glovers have yet to concede a goal, and Gary added that he was very happy with the way the squad were applying themselves in terms of their ability to last out games. However, he singled out Dawson for the way he performed on the night:

"Some of the new lads have shown superb fitness and game mentality and credit to everyone at the club for that. Kevin Dawson popped up with the goal and he is proving to be a great signing for us. He took his goal excellently and is showing what sort of player he is going to be this season."


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6 August 2013 : Southend 0 Yeovil 1 : Dawson Strike Puts Glovers Through In Cup
Yeovil Town progressed through to the Second Round of the Football League Cup tonight thanks to a single goal from Kevin Dawson. The Irishman took advantage of a Sam Hoskins through ball in the 36th minute to fire across the face of David Bentley's goal and into the back of the net. That was enough to see them progress against their League Two counterparts, in a relatively tight game that saw both sides create chances, but Marek Stech come to the rescue with two excellent saves during the closing minutes.

The Glovers made their progression, despite making five changes to their starting line-up from the weekend fixture at Millwall. Dan Seaborne sat the game out, to allow him extra time to recover from a bruised nose, as Liam Davis came into the back four as a left-back, with Alan Tate shuffling along into the centre. Ed Upson was swapped for Billy Clifford in the centre of midfield, whilst another straight swap saw Sam Foley make way for Joel Grant. Then up front Michael Ngoo and Sam Hoskins formed a partnership as Paddy Madden dropped to the bench and James Hayter dropped out of the squad with Jamie McAllister a new name on the substitutes list.

The Glovers took some time to get going during the first half, perhaps as a result of all of those changes, with the eleven men struggling initially to find some good rhythm. Craig Reid and Jack Payne put in early attempts for Southend, but with both going wide. At the other end, Yeovil gradually began to warm up, with Sam Hoskins forcing the first save of the game from Daniel Bentley, whilst Joel Grant, Joe Edwards and another Hoskins attempt went wide of the target.

Nine minutes before the break, the Glovers took the lead in a half that they were just starting to get a grip in, as Sam Hoskins clocked up his second assist in a row, putting through Kevin Dawson who shot across the face of Daniel Bentley's goal to put Yeovil 1-0 up.

That seemed to crank the game up a notch, and whilst Yeovil gained confidence from the goal, they also picked up three bookings, with the home crowd getting more and more fired up in their efforts to persuade referee Lee Collins to take heavy action for fouls accumulating. Byron Webster and Luke Ayling landed in the book, but it seemed that it was the one committe by Joel Grant that they got the most angsty about, during an extended injury time period where it seemed as though blowing the whistle for everyone to calm down a bit might be the best thing for the match official to do.

The second half saw Michael Ngoo come into the game, as he twice tested the Southend goal, with his strike partner Sam Hoskins also making a strong run that saw him fire just over the bar. The pattern of the game though, started to change when Southend introduced striker Barry Corr for defender Julian Bennett, allowing them the opportunity to switch from the 4-5-1 formation they'd started with into a conventional 4-4-2. With the ex-Swindon man now leading the line matters began to get a little more finely balanced, with further substitutions and a late Southend surge putting the pressure on.

Joel Grant could have sealed the tie at the other end, with a rare breakaway attack, but he put over the bar and Yeovil had to ride five minutes worth of injury time to get over the finish line, with Marek Stech making two superb saves - one from Mark Phillips as he stopped the game being taken into extra time. Instead the Glovers progressed to the next round, where they will wait to see if they can draw out one of the Premier League big guns as their reward for what was a competent, if not memorable performance at Roots Hall tonight.

The North Stand at Southend got a little smokey tonight
The North Stand at Southend got a little smokey tonight.
Photo by Bill Biss.


Final Score: Southend United 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Kevin Dawson (0-1, 36 mins)

Southend United:
17. Daniel Bentley 2. John White (Capt) 5. Mark Phillips 6. Luke Prosser 9. Craig Reid 11. Anthony Straker 12. Will Atkinson 15. Don Cowan 16. Conor Clifford 19. Julian Bennett 21. Jack Payne

Substitutes:
1. Paul Smith (GK) 3. Ben Coker (71 mins for Don Cowan) 7. Freddy Eastwood 8. Michael Timlin 10. Barry Corr (60 mins for Julian Bennett) 18. Ryan Leonard (58 mins for Jack Payne) 26. Jack Edwards

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 18. Alan Tate 21. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson, 20. Billy Clifford, 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Joel Grant
11. Michael Ngoo 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 6. Danny Seaborne 8. Ed Upson (63 mins for Joe Edwards) 10. Sam Foley 9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden (69 mins for Kevin Dawson) 13. Kieffer Moore (82 mins for Michael Ngoo)

Southend Bookings: Luke Prosser (foul, 75 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (foul, 38 mins), Luke Ayling (foul, 43 mins), Joel Grant (foul, 45 mins), Ed Upson (foul, 78 mins)

Southend Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 0; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 7; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey). Assistants: Dave Bushell (London) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Wade Norcott (Essex).

Attendance: 2,971 (with 162 Yeovil Town fans).


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6 August 2013 : Football League Cup Second Round Draw Schedule
Yeovil Town will go into the hat for the Second Round in the Football League Cup tonight, after they beat Southend United at Roots Hall, thanks to a single Kevin Dawson goal in a 1-0 win. The Second Round draw will be held at 12.30p.m. on Thursday lunchtime and will be live on Sky Sports News.

This is the round that sees clubs from the Premier League come into the competition, with the exception of those involved in European Competitions. The second round ties will be played during the week-commencing August 26th.


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6 August 2013 : Southend United vs Yeovil Town Team News
Yeovil Town have made five changes to their starting line-up for tonight's Football League Cup match against Southend United. Resting a large number of players from Saturday's Championship opener against Millwall, the Glovers have swapped around a large number of the players who were on the bench on the weekend, and given them starting positions.

In the back four, Liam Davis makes his full debut as a left-back, with Alan Tate moving in from the full back position, displacing Dan Seaborne who got a bash in the face on the weekend.

In midfield, Ed Upson may well have scored the winning goal at the New Den, but he sits this one out, as Billy Clifford comes into his position. On the left wing Joel Grant comes in for Sam Foley in a straight swap.

Finally up front both strikers are dropped, with Paddy Madden and James Hayter given a rest, as Michael Ngoo and Sam Hoskins form a new strike partnership. Hayter is out of the squad entirely, as Jamie McAllister lands on the bench for the first time.

The full line-up, which bar McAllister is based around the same eighteen players, is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 18. Alan Tate 21. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson, 20. Billy Clifford, 4. Joe Edwards, 23. Joel Grant
11. Michael Ngoo 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 3. Jamie McAllister 6. Danny Seaborne 8. Ed Upson 10. Sam Foley 17. Paddy Madden 13. Kieffer Moore

Southend United:
17. Daniel Bentley 2. John White (Capt) 5. Mark Phillips 6. Luke Prosser 9. Craig Reid 11. Anthony Straker 12. Will Atkinson 15. Don Cowan 16. Conor Clifford 19. Julian Bennett 21. Jack Payne

Substitutes:
1. Paul Smith (GK) 3. Ben Coker 7. Freddy Eastwood 8. Michael Timlin 10. Barry Corr 18. Ryan Leonard 26. Jack Edwards


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6 August 2013 : TalkSport Interview With Ed Upson
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Millwall at the New Den, Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson spoke to Talksport Radio about the victory. With questions from presenter Ian Danter, Ed's thoughts on his first ever game at Championship level can be read via the link below.

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To TalkSport Radio After The 1-0 Win Over Millwall .

That interview was one of two Ed conducted following the match - the BBC Somerset interview can be found below.

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Millwall.


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6 August 2013 : Johnson Mulls Over Changes For Southend Trip
Tonight's Football League Cup First Round match against Southend United could see both sides ring the changes a little, once the teamsheets are published at Roots Hall. As manager Gary Johnson explained after Saturday's win at Millwall, he would be considering changes to keep his team fresh for the Championship matches that are probably more important in the scheme of things to his club.

With defender Dan Seaborne having received a bash in the face during Saturday's win, he is one of a couple of Glovers players who needed treatment after the match at the New Den, and so will need assessing. However, despite the desire to rotate his squad for the cup tie, Johnson told BBC Somerset that he still wanted to select a side that was capable of winning the match due to the potential cup revenue at stake:

"It's high on the list of priorities, because when it comes to the next game you want to win the next game. Whether we decided to rest some of the players who played against Millwall or not, I don't want to be going into games having rested people and then having a team that's less effective in that next game. I don't want to do that. So I'll have a look. Some will get their opportunity at Southend. But it's an important game for the club and we want to get through as many round of all the cups as we can, for financial reasons, as well as our own pride."

There is a similar tale to be told at the Essex end, with Shrimpers boss Phil Brown indicating that he could be looking to give some of his new signings their first starts. One of those includes former Glovers loanee Conor Clifford, who has signed a two year contract at Roots Hall after his release by Chelsea. Brown has told his club's website that he could be one of the players that takes to the field:

"I will be making changes. That’s not to weaken the team but that is to give some of the other players a chance. Craig Reid, Conor Clifford, Julian Bennett and Don Cowan are all likely to be involved and it’s their chance to show what they can do. There’s no new injury concerns of note, but Ryan Leonard and Marc Laird both took slight knocks on Saturday due to their combative style of play."

Unsurprisingly, Southend had Yeovil watched on Saturday, with their Chief Scout Bob Shaw able to make a quick journey to South-East London to view Yeovil's win at Millwall. Brown said that his man had returned to Essex singing the praises of the Glovers for the way that they had worked for the victory:

"Bob Shaw has come in on Monday and said it’s probably the most hardworking team in a long time. He simply said ‘what a performance’. That hard work and effort is what they have built their success on. They will be very difficult to break down and when they get on the ball they will create because they’ve got some very good players."


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5 August 2013 : Officials For Southend United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for tomorrow night's Football League Cup First Round tie between Southend United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Roots Hall on Tuesday 6th August 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Collins (Surrey).

He is a relatively new referee on the circuit, having been promoted to the Football League's referees' list over the summer of 2011, meaning that we've only had him once as a man in the middle. He was only promoted to the National Assistant Referee's Group for the start of the 2008-09 season, and so is enjoying a swift rise through the ranks.

The one time we've had him before was for the October 2011 home match against Leyton Orient that ended in a 2-2 draw. Considering he ended up giving both sides a penalty each, you'd think we would have been far more opinionated about his performance, particularly as the second one was a late decision that cost us two points. However, with one a handball in our favour, and the other a foul inside the box by Marek Stech, match reports and our memory of the incidents are that he got them both right, whilst the Western Gazette says he "had no choice but to point to the spot (for the second penalty) in a game he officiated well." Sometimes we do say nice things about referees.

Mr Collins will be assisted by Dave Bushell (London) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be Wade Norcott (Essex).

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 2.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southend United.


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5 August 2013 : GWSC Travel To Burnley
Once we get tomorrow night's trip to Southend United out of the way, Yeovil Town's next Championship away match sees them travel to Burnley for the first time in a competitive fixture. The game at Turf Moor takes place on Saturday 17th August 2013 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and Whites Supporters Club have announced their travel plans for this match and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £28.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £26.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra. Note that if you haven't already paid for your 2013-14 membership then you can do so on the day, but try to fill in your form in advance if you can do so. See below for a link to a form you can print out.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or if you want to call him try after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com - remember to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: Ticketing For Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southend United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southend United.

Link: Ticketing For Burnley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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5 August 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Southend United
Tomorrow night sees Yeovil Town make the trip to Roots Hall, where we will take on Southend United in a Football League Cup First Round tie. In preparation for that, the Ciderspace guide to the town and the ground has been upgraded to contain this season's ticketing details, along with the usual statistics, club background, directions, parking and other such things.

Tomorrow night's fixture will be settled on the night. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, then the game will be extended by 30 minutes worth of extra time. If the scores are still level at that point, then there will be penalty kicks to settle the match.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southend United.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southend United vs Yeovil Town.


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5 August 2013 : New Community Sports Trust Chairman Appointed
Yeovil Town have appointed a new Community Sports Trust Chairman, following the departure of Martyn Starnes to Plymouth Argyle. Mr Starnes had been Chairman of both the Community Sports Trust and the Centre of Excellence, which are run as separate operating companies within the Yeovil Town company group structure, but his departure had left a gap in that area.

His replacement, in terms of the Community Sports Trust, is Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson, who has been on the club's main board since 1999, and as such is the club's second longest serving director. We'd assume that the Centre of Excellence company will now be either mothballed or wound down, given that operationally speaking it is no longer active.

The appointment is the second change the club have made following Starnes' departure, with the other being John Fry's decision to take up the Chief Executive role in addition to that of Chairman. John discussed those changes in an interview on Saturday, which can be read via the link below.

Link: John Fry Speaks To TalkSport Radio On The Morning Of The Millwall Game.


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5 August 2013 : Upson Given Sky Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has been included in the Sky Sports Team of the Week for the opening weekend of the 2013-14 season. The 23 year old is listed in their overall side selected from across the whole of the Football League, after he struck the winner in Saturday's 1-0 win over Millwall. Sky had this to say about Upson and his team's performance:

"If you believe the bookmakers then Yeovil were expected to be outclassed this season as they embark on a maiden Championship campaign. Nobody told Ed Upson as the Glovers midfield was the best player on the park in Saturday's 1-0 victory in the Lions' Den of Millwall. The 23-year-old former Ipswich trainee had already put in a fine display but capped it with the late winner to secure all three points. "I wanted to strike it first time but, with the spin, it could have gone anywhere and I found myself with time to control it and take a shot," admitted Upson afterwards."

The Sky Sports line-up also included two popular ex-Glovers, with Nottingham Forest club captain Chris Cohen and Blackburn Rovers striker Leon Best selected in their eleven notable players of the weekend. Their team reads as follows:

Tommy Lee - Chesterfield
Brian Wilson - Colchester United
Alex Baptiste - Bolton Wanderers
Harry Worley - Newport County
Chris Cohen - Nottingham Forest
Jose Baxter - Oldham Athletic
Ed Upson - Yeovil Town
Danny Drinkwater - Leicester
Junior Hoilett - QPR
Ross McCormack - Leeds United
Leon Best - Blackburn Rovers

You can read what Ed Upson had to say about his performance on Saturday via the link below.

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Millwall.


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5 August 2013 : Interview With Ed Upson
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Millwall at the New Den, Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson spoke to the BBC about the victory. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Ed's thoughts on his winning goal and on the club's first ever game at Championship level can be read via the link below.

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Millwall.


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5 August 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Millwall 0 Yeovil 1 : One Down, Forty-Five To Go
Saturday's trip to Millwall presents another landmark moment in Yeovil Town's history, as they played their first ever match at Championship level. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry describes the experience of that day out, and a bit of perspective on what we can take from it in terms of the 2013-14 season that lies beyond. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own views, particularly if you were at the game against Millwall.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Millwall 0 Yeovil 1 : One Down, Forty-Five To Go.


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5 August 2013 : Gary Johnson BBC Radio 5Live Interview
Early on Sunday morning, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was interviewed by national radio station BBC Radio 5 Live on the back of the club's first match at Championship level. With questions from presenter Garry Richardson, Gary gave his thoughts on getting a winning start, as well as the problems he had to deal with because of the Millwall fans behind his dugout and how he had the last laugh. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To BBC Radio 5 Live The Day After Millwall.


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4 August 2013 : Video : Millwall vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to relive highlights from yesterday's 1-0 win against Millwall at the New Den can do so via the Sky Sports website. Their two minutes worth of highlights includes a couple of good Marek Stech saves, but also chances for Luke Ayling and Kevin Dawson, along with that all-important Ed Upson goal. Those with a UK internet provider can view the footage via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Millwall vs Yeovil Match Highlights.

For those who live outside the UK, the YouTube video below should prove valuable. Three minutes worth of highlights from a non-Sky source (although the same source camera).




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4 August 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Millwall Away Interview
Just before Saturday's away match at Millwall kicked off at the New Den, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about why he largely stuck with his Wembley team for the game and his expectations for his strike force for the season. Head via the link below to read the interview in full.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Millwall.


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4 August 2013 : Millwall 0 Yeovil 1 : Upson Strike Gives Glovers Perfect Start
Yeovil Town's first ever Championship football fixture went precisely to plan yesterday afternoon, as a single goal downed Millwall at the New Den. Midfielder Ed Upson, who took the club to Wembley Stadium in last season's play-offs, continued with his knack of scoring vital goals as he took advantage of a half clearance in the 88th minute, firing low into the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the box to give Yeovil all three points. That turned out to be the only division between the two sides, in a tight game where both sides struggled to truly test the goalkeepers.

The team that took to the field was very much a continuation of last season's line-up, with nine of the starters having also been in the eleven who were named on the teamsheet at Wembley Stadium. The only absentees were Dan Burn, who has returned to Fulham, and decided to head out on loan to Birmingham City, and Jamie McAllister, whose knee injury has kept him entirely out of pre-season. In their place were former Southampton defender Dan Seaborne, and Swansea City player Alan Tate who took the left-back slot - the same line-up that had taken to the field in the club's final two major friendlies. On the bench was where things had changed radically, with all six of the outfield players being summer signings.

During the opening 20 minutes of the match, Millwall largely controlled matters, even if they were wasteful in front of goal. Most of the home side's pressure came from crosses into the box, with Steve Morison planting a penalty spot header well wide of the target, whilst Andy Keogh's glancing attempt was just as wasteful, allowing Marek Stech to just watch it go wide.

It took a while for Yeovil to get going, and only after they'd been on the receiving end of the odd physical tackle - notably Steve Morison's clattering of Dan Seaborne close to the touchline, which somehow referee Dean Whitestone saw as worthy of a booking for both players, even though he acknowledged that Morison was the one who had committed the offence. Paddy Madden was then booked for trying to block a free kick from David Forde, and there was a little bit of concern that the match official was going to take over proceedings, particularly when his over-fussy refereeing at a free kick saw Yeovil land the ball in the net, but with him having already blown up for a bit of argy-bargy in the box before it was taken. The second ball into the box though was just as good, as Ed Upson's free kick was met by the head of Dan Seaborne, but with Forde getting down low to his right to stop the chance.

As the half went on, Yeovil gradually began to grow in confidence after their slightly tentative start. Luke Ayling made a strong run up the right flank, cutting past his marker, but found his shot dragged just wide of the near post. At the other end though, Marek Stech had to be very alert to the danger provoked by a neat flick over the top that put in James Henry, with the keeper brilliantly anticipating that and blocking at the winger's feet before he could truly gain control of the ball. Andy Keogh then hooked wide - overall that was Millwall's problem in that whilst they'd had the better chances, only Henry had actually managed to get the ball on target to worry Stech.

The second period opened with a surprise substitution, as Paddy Madden was replaced by Michael Ngoo, whose gangly figure instantly upset the Millwall back line, either inducing them to give away fouls, or being guilty of bundling over a few players himself - whenever he got near the ball, something unpredictable was going to happen. There were also penalty appeals waved away when James Hayter and Mark Beevers went down together in the box, with probably referee Whitestone's main doubt being who started the pushing contest first.

Again, the game of few chances continued to see half attempts go wide of the target - Millwall missed one of the best as a Marek Stech clearance fell straight to James Henry, with the keeper out of position, but the winger's first time attempt to lob the ball into an empty net from 25 yards out went wide of the target for a bit of a let-off.

At the other end, Kevin Dawson cut in from the right flank but shot wide, as Yeovil finished as the stronger side. But with two minutes remaining though, Ed Upson managed to strike the killer blow to settle the match. A ball into the box was poorly cleared by the Millwall defence, and fell invitingly to Ed Upson on the edge of the area. As he chested it down, it was inevitable as to what he would be trying to do, and whilst the midfielder didn't hit it cleanly, it landed in the corner of the net, with keeper David Forde caught flat-footed. And with a goal being scored that late in the day, there was no chance for the Lions to find their way back into the game, as the Glovers claimed three valuable points, and a wonderful start to their new life at Championship level.

Final Score: Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Ed Upson (88 mins, 0-1)

Millwall:
1. David Forde
2. Alan Dunne 12. Shane Lowry 4. Josh Wright 3. Danny Shittu
16. Mark Beevers 14. James Henry 26. Nadjim Abdou 20. Andy Keogh
9. Steve Morison 18. Richard Chaplow

Substitutes:
5. Paul Robinson 7. Liam Feeney (82 mins for Richard Chaplow) 8. Jermaine Easter 10. Nicky Bailey (49 mins for Josh Wright) 27. Scott McDonald (69 mins for Andy Keogh) 28. Scott Malone 43. Stephen Bywater

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne, 18. Alan Tate
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 4. Joe Edwards, 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
11. Michael Ngoo (46 mins for Paddy Madden) 12. Gareth Stewart 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins (80 mins for Sam Foley) 20. Billy Clifford 21. Liam Davis (90 mins for James Hayter) 23. Joel Grant

Millwall Bookings: Steve Morison (14 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Dan Seaborne (14 mins, retaliation), Paddy Madden (19 mins, encroachment)

Millwall Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Daniel Cook (Hampshire) and Adam Nunn (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Adrian Gillett (Buckinghamshire).

Attendance: 12,404 (including 891 Yeovil Town supporters).


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4 August 2013 : TalkSport Interview With John Fry
Ahead of yesterday's 2013-14 season kicking off, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry spoke to TalkSport Radio about his side's first ever fixture at Championship level. As well as talking about the club's first opponents, in Millwall, Fry also confirms his decision to take back the Chief Executive role at the club, and also gives a few hints about his future as Chairman of the club. Read the full interview via the link below.

Link: John Fry Speaks To TalkSport Radio On The Morning Of The Millwall Game.


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4 August 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Millwall Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Millwall at the New Den, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the victory. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict on the club's first ever game at Championship level can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Millwall Game.


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3 August 2013 : Johnson Explains Madden Substitution
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained by he took off his leading goalscorer at half time today, during the 1-0 win at Millwall. Striker Paddy Madden, who won the League One golden boot last season, was a surprise half time substitution, whilst the game was still level, with the Irishman being replaced by Liverpool loanee Michael Ngoo.

Johnson confirmed that his main goalscorer was not suffering any injury or fitness problems, and explained that the decision was made for tactical reasons. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, he explained that he didn't feel Madden was playing to the game plan that he had set out prior to the game, and wanted the change to put more pressure on the Millwall defence:

"We needed Ngoo in the second half because we needed that willing runner, whether he fouled or whether he fell over - we just needed that runner to keep Millwall back. Then we knew that our midfield could then come and play a little bit on the edge of their box. That's what happened. Paddy wasn't quite playing to the game. He's a great lad and he's going to be a great player, but he's got to play to the pattern and to the tune of the manager. He didn't - he wasn't sure that I was right at half time - but you can't say that at half time. He didn't say it nastily, but at the end of the day we have to make the decisions. So before you ask me was he injured - no he wasn't, it was because tactically he wasn't playing our game."

Johnson stressed that although Madden wasn't happy about being withdrawn, that there had been no big conversation about it, and hoped that given the end result was a 1-0 victory for the Glovers, through a second half Ed Upson goal, that the player would understand why the change was made for the greater good:

"He'll be okay. There were no words - it was only about four words - 'Paddy you're coming off' - and that was it; there were only four. He knows that, and he's seen it before with other players, so hopefully he will go home and he will realise that the team has won a game. I've got to make those decisions sometimes for the betterment of the rest of the season. You stand and fall by the decisions that you make, of course."


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3 August 2013 : Lomas Unhappy With Lions Spurned Chances
Millwall boss Steve Lomas believes that missed chances cost his side at the New Den against Yeovil Town today. The Lions had a number of opportunities during the 90 minutes, with Steve Morison and Andy Keogh heading wide during the first half. Winger James Henry also spurned two opportunities, as Glovers keeper Marek Stech blocked at his feet, whilst in the second period he missed an open goal from 20 yards out after Stech had over-committed himself.

With the Lions failing to get the majority of their attempts on target, that meant that Marek Stech had to make few serious saves. Lomas felt his side should have done better with those opportunities when they came their way:

"We only have ourselves to blame, we had five decent chances and we have to take them. It was a typical first game of the season where no one really want to put their foot on the ball. But once you don't take your chances and the longer the game goes on you leave yourself open to the sucker punch, and that is what happened."

The former St Johnstone manager, who was taking charge of his first competitive match, following his arrival in London over the summer, was not happy with his defenders for failing to close down Ed Upson's winning shot on goal that won the game by a 1-0 scoreline. With two minutes remaining, Upson had the opportunity to take a touch before firing into the bottom corner, and the Lions boss felt that shouldn't have been allowed to happen:

"From our point of view an unopposed shot on the edge of the area is not good enough. I thought it should have been 0-0, but if you don't take your chances then they come back to haunt you."


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3 August 2013 : Johnson Using Pundit Views To Inspire Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his side are feeding off the words that footballing pundits have been using over the summer to describe his side's chances at Championship level. Ranked as the club most likely to get relegated by all of the bookies, and predicted for the drop by almost all of the season preview articles in the media, the Glovers took the first step in defying those odds today by clocking up a 1-0 win over Millwall, with Ed Upson's 88th minute goal providing to be the difference between the two sides.

Johnson said after the game that he was well aware that his club were being tipped to make a quick return to League One football, and said that he had been using that as a driver for his players in team talks, and as a motivating factor to prove people wrong:

"We are used to people telling us we are going to get relegated and with our budget we really should be, but we use it as a strength. Anything we do is a bonus. But we have a group of lads who know how to put in a shift and work for each other. They will all improve as they are a young lot."

On the game itself, there were few chances until Upson's goal settled the match - an edge of the box shot that has been typical of his goals for the Glovers over the past three seasons. Johnson acknowledged that there was little in the way of goalmouth action, but said that he felt his club could justify the three points:

"I think we deserved that win. I thought we played the best side in the first half without having any real chances. We left it a bit late, but it was a nice feeling when the goal goes in that late because they did not have any time to recover. The boys are buzzing, but it is just one game. It means nothing if we lose the next 45. So we have to keep our feet on the ground, we have to keep working."


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3 August 2013 : Millwall 0 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town's first ever Championship football fixture went precisely to plan this afternoon, as a single goal downed Millwall at the New Den. Midfielder Ed Upson, who took the club to Wembley Stadium in last season's play-offs, continued with his knack of scoring vital goals as he took advantage of a half clearance in the 88th minute, firing low into the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the box to give Yeovil all three points. That turned out to be the only division between the two sides, in a tight game where both sides struggled to truly test the goalkeepers.

Final Score: Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Ed Upson (88 mins, 0-1)

Millwall:
1. David Forde
2. Alan Dunne 12. Shane Lowry 4. Josh Wright 3. Danny Shittu
16. Mark Beevers 14. James Henry 26. Nadjim Abdou 20. Andy Keogh
9. Steve Morison 18. Richard Chaplow

Substitutes:
5. Paul Robinson 7. Liam Feeney (82 mins for Richard Chaplow) 8. Jermaine Easter 10. Nicky Bailey (49 mins for Josh Wright) 27. Scott McDonald (69 mins for Andy Keogh) 28. Scott Malone 43. Stephen Bywater

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne, 18. Alan Tate
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 4. Joe Edwards, 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
11. Michael Ngoo (46 mins for Paddy Madden) 12. Gareth Stewart 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins (80 mins for Sam Foley) 20. Billy Clifford 21. Liam Davis (90 mins for James Hayter) 23. Joel Grant

Millwall Bookings: Steve Morison (14 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Dan Seaborne (14 mins, retaliation), Paddy Madden (19 mins, encroachment)

Millwall Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Daniel Cook (Hampshire) and Adam Nunn (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Adrian Gillett (Buckinghamshire).

Attendance: 12,404 (including 891 Yeovil Town supporters).


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3 August 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Millwall vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 win against Millwall at the New Den, 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 Millwall vs Yeovil Town.


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3 August 2013 : Team News For Millwall vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their squad for their first ever match at Championship level. For the game against Millwall they field two players making their competitive debuts, with Alan Tate and Danny Seaborne lining up in the back four. Otherwise, the starting eleven has a rather familiar look to it in terms of the 2012-13 season, with nine of the eleven starters having played at Wembley Stadium in May.

Manager Gary Johnson takes his side to a new level today, where they will have the smallest playing budget by far. Playing in a division where the pundits have unanimously said they expect Yeovil to be swiftly relegated, he explains how his team can compete, even though they lack the resources of other teams:

"We can make sure we're ambitious. We can make sure that we pay attention to detail. We can make sure we're the fittest. We can make sure we have more desire than anybody else. All those things don't cost any money. Now if they're ahead of us in unbelievable quality then we'll hold our hands up. But I don't think they will be. There won't be worrying about what somebody is earning when they're playing against you, especially if we're beating them 2-0!"

Today's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne, 18. Alan Tate
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 4. Joe Edwards, 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
11. Michael Ngoo 12. Gareth Stewart 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 20. Billy Clifford 21. Liam Davis 23. Joel Grant


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3 August 2013 : 2013-14 Season Preview Interview With Gary Johnson
As part of the build-up to the 2013-14 season, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was interviewed by the BBC about his position as a football manager. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton, Gary talks about being in the Championship division, the away ground he is most looking forward to visiting, and also his relationship with his wife during the football season, and how she deals with being in a footballing family. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Ahead Of The 2013-14 Season.


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2 August 2013 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City
Yeovil Town supporters intended to come to the first Championship home match of the 2013-14 season, should bear in mind that ticket sales for this game are starting to rapidly pick up. The Glovers take on Birmingham City on Saturday 10th August 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off for what will be the club's first match at second tier level.

As reported earlier in the week, the visitors have already sold out their 2,057 allocation, meaning that there will be a packed Copse Road terrace along with the additional seated area in the Screwfix stand. However, the club are reporting that home seated areas are starting to pick up with reduced availability in certain blocks.

Whilst there are still tickets available in all three home areas of the ground, the Ticket Office expect sales to pick up significantly once we get beyond tomorrow's opening fixture against Millwall and seated areas may become limited for large numbers or key blocks. Hence if you are intending to go to the match, give them a call on 01935-847888 or head to the Huish Park Ticket Office in person. Try to have your Ticket Office Customer Number handy if booking by phone. They will be open from Monday morning at 9.00a.m.

NOTE: You can purchase home tickets for any 2013-14 Championship match in advance, so feel free to order tickets for other matches at the same time.


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2 August 2013 : BBC Points West : Team Talk Video Feature
Last month, Yeovil Town's Huish Park was the venue for a BBC Points West mini-programme that centred around the 2013-14 season. In a panel based format, BBC Bristol sports presenter Geoff Twentyman was joined by Glovers boss Gary Johnson as well as former goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall who is on the books of Bristol Rovers now.

Whilst you can see footage from that on BBC Points West tonight, the video can also be viewed online via their Facebook page. Head via the link below for 10 minutes worth - look out for a number of Glovers fans visible in the background!

Link: BBC Points West : Team Talk Programme.


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2 August 2013 : CEO and Chairman Roles Combined Again
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry appears to have taken up the role of the club's Chief Executive position once again. There has been a significant gap in the Huish Park hierarchy for the past month since Martyn Starnes quit Yeovil Town for a similar position at League Two side Plymouth Argyle. Since that time the club have not made any comment concerning how they would fill that role, which was created in December 2007.

The Western Gazette reports that Fry himself has taken on both roles, thus reversing the decision that was taken five and a half years ago when Fry decided that the two positions needed to be split, explaining "I'm getting older and there is a hell of a job to do here ... I just haven't got the time to do all the work here and I need to concentrate on certain factors, particularly the stadium development".

The 72 year old is reported to have been introduced as 'Chairman and Chief Executive' at a private event held last night for the club's sponsors ahead of the 2013-14 season. Of course, it may be that this is only an interim position, but with the club having not indicated at any stage that they intend to recruit a replacement for Martyn Starnes, it becomes the default position, and so is of little surprise. However, with the club's plans to build a Food Store on land to the north of the ground having stalled, and a long list of ground improvements necessary to comply with Championship ground regulations, it would seem that the number of off-the-field projects have increased since 2007 when the Chairman indicated that he needed to concentrate solely upon that stadium development.


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1 August 2013 : Interview With John Fry
Ahead of the 2013-14 season starting on Saturday, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry spoke to the BBC earlier today. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner, John talks about the additional income and costs of being at Championship level. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC Ahead Of The 2013-14 Season.


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1 August 2013 : Gary To Make Football League Show Appearance
The BBC's Football League Show returns this Saturday for the 2013-14 season, bringing highlights of the opening day of the campaign. The big bonus for the opening show is that Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will be joining main presenter Manish Bhasin and expert pundit Leroy Rosenior in the studio to help review the day's matches. This of course will include highlights from the game against Millwall from earlier in the day.

The show starts at 11.35p.m. and continues until 12.55a.m. for 100 minutes worth of highlights, and should also be available on iPlayer the next day. On the plus side, with the Glovers having reached the dizzy heights of the Championship, you shouldn't have to wait until some ungodly hour for highlights of the match to appear on the show this season!


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1 August 2013 : Johnson Talks About Davis Recruitment
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that the club's latest signing Liam Davis could begin to shine at Championship level. Having been on the books of Northampton Town and Oxford United in recent seasons, the 26 year old agreed a two year deal at the club this week, and will compete for places down the left flank of the pitch.

Johnson worked with the player at Sixfields during his time as the Cobblers first team manager, and has told BBC Somerset that he thinks that giving the player a chance at the higher level will allow him to break through as an individual:

"He's a good player and I think he needs this level to show his true colours. I think he deserves to be at this level. I have worked with him before at Northampton and he was one of our best players, so whenever he didn't play, you were always disappointed because you knew that he could make a difference. So I had the opportunity of signing him over the last few days, and as long as he passes his medical, which I know he will, we've got a great addition to the squad."

Johnson added that it was necessary to add players like Davis to his squad, despite having clear first team options with the likes of Jamie McAllister and Alan Tate in the left-back slot, because of the wear'n'tear injuries that began to materialise at the back end of last season. He felt it would be unreasonable to expect the same players to do that again at Championship level, and so has opted for a larger squad. He said that in Davis, the club were getting a player with plenty of legs:

"He's very athletic; he's got that good Championship athleticism, and he'll certainly bring good competition to the squad. That's what we need at this level. We absolutely killed some players last season when they played week-in, week-out because of out small squad, and I couldn't put seven subs on the bench on many occasions. But this season we're going to have to make sure that we've got a squad that's ready to compete."

This week saw the club's remaining trialists shown the door, with Ryan Burge, Ben Long and Swansea City right-back Curtis Obeng all told to look elsewhere. Johnson explained that it had been time for him to make firm decisions on those players for their own sake:

"They really need to be trying to pick themselves up a club now because it's so close to the season. So it's a 'no' for the others, because I didn't quite feel that they would be better than what we already had. Some of them have got a chance at lower levels to go and play first team football, and I thought that it was best to let them do that rather than just be a part of a squad."

Despite having a larger than usual first team squad, Johnson said that his summer recruitment plans may not be entirely finalised, indicating that he was still in the market for new players. But he said that was unlikely to happen before Saturday's trip to Millwall:

"There could be last minute business depending on who walks through the door. But we've probably done our business from now until Saturday, because we've got to really concentrate now on that game at Millwall. But you never know - you never say never."


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1 August 2013 : Season Ticket Sales Up Ahead Of First Championship Season
Yeovil Town have been given a significant boost in their season ticket sales for the 2013-14 season. Having experienced a bit of an ongoing slide down in the number of fans willing to commit to full seasons in recent times, the Glovers are reporting that sales are up by around 800 ahead of last year, as they prepare for their first ever season at Championship level.

Commercial manager Dave Linney is expecting the club to reach a total of around 2,700 season tickets by the time the first home match against Birmingham City kicks off on Saturday 10th August. Unofficial estimates suggest that the club are about 100 short of that, although usually a few late applications are made just before the season proper starts.

Last season saw the club have around 1,900 season ticket holders, having been on or around 2,000 for the 2011-12 season. That 1,900 figure was the lowest the club had sold since they entered the Football League. Thus the anticipated 800 rise in sales is wholly welcome - the club are still significantly short of the 3,600 that were sold during the 2005-06 season that saw their first year at League One level, but with away followings at Huish Park likely to be much higher this season, the club are hoping that an average gate of between 6,000 and 6,500 can be reached. The record is again the 2005-06 season, with an average of 6,512 spectators coming through the turnstiles per match during that campaign.


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1 August 2013 : Glovers On Two TV Channels At The Same Time?
Yeovil Town are set to feature across the Sky Sports network on a number of occasions today, on a day that could easily see the Glovers being broadcast across two channels at the same time. As we build up to the 2013-14 season, Sky are showing both classic archive footage this week, as well as providing coverage ahead of Saturday's Football League kick-off.

Today the Sky Sports News channel plans to get reporters visiting all 92 Premier League and Football League grounds, running interviews and features. Obviously that will include Yeovil Town - Sky haven't published a formal schedule, but at present the Glovers are expected to be on air around 4.30p.m. - allow plenty of time either side of that if you're planning to tune in.

Then on top of that, the Sky Sports 1 channel have been running a series of 'Football League Gold' programmes this week. One of those segments has been Yeovil Town's 2006-07 League One Play-Off Semi-Final against Nottingham Forest that saw the Glovers stun their hosts at the City Ground in the second leg. Short highlights from that game (around 15 minutes of a 30 minute programme) is shown at 9.00a.m. today.

As if that's not enough, Sky Sports 1 are also rerunning their 60 minute highlights programme of the 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final against Brentford. That is being shown at 9.30a.m. and 3.00p.m. (there is some variation in TV listings for the latter showing so be careful!) and therefore the initial showing immediately follows the above 2006-07 coverage. However, as it stands, there's a high chance of the afternoon pairing clashing with the Sky Sports News live coverage, and so you either need to tune into the morning programmes or make use of your TV recorder!


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