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30 September 2009 : Sponsorship Goes Flat
The Football League is looking for a new sponsor after an American fizzy drinks outfit announced it would not be renewing its present contract, which runs out at the end of the 2009-10 season.

Taking over from the Nationwide Building Society in 2004, the Atlanta based company put up £15 million for the first of its three year deals, and £18 million for the second. In the present financial climate the Football League may be struggling to find another sponsorship package at this sort of level.

It would be nice if the Football League managed to find a title sponsor that created a rather more fitting name to the World's oldest professional football league, but it has to be recognised that the money is the object, not sensibilities or suitability, so something like: The Alliant Techsystems Inc Football League (producers of cluster bombs and depleted uranium rounds amongst other things), here we come.


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30 September 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Millwall Game
Following last night's 0-0 draw at the New Den, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Skivo's thoughts on the Millwall game are recorded in full, via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Millwall Game.


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30 September 2009 : Denis Pacey, R.I.P.
Former Yeovil Town centre forward Denis Pacey has recently passed away, aged 80. By coincidence, Mr Pacey made his name with last night's opponents Millwall, making 133 appearances for them and scoring 34 goals until he was transferred to Aldershot in 1958. He joined Yeovil midway through the 1959-60 season and scored seven goals for the club before moving on to Dartford.

Prior to that, Denis had established a career with Woking and Walton and Hersham before a certain Alec Stock gave him his break in professional football by bringing him to Leyton Orient in 1951. A total of 120 appearances, 46 goals and three years later, he moved across London to become a Lion.

Mr Pacey had returned to his home town of Chertsey in Surrey when he retired from football, and he died on September 23rd 2009 after collapsing in the car park of his local supermarket. He is survived by his two sons Nicholas, 52, Julian, 43, and one daughter Val, 60. He also had two grandchildren Victoria, 29, and Louisa, 28. His funeral will be held at Woking crematorium on Monday 5th October, with a remembrance service at St Peter's Church in Chertsey later that day. All donations are to be made to the British Heart Foundation. Our best wishes to his family and friends in their time of grief.

Link: Denis Pacey : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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30 September 2009 : No Fine For Glovers
There were suggestions at last night's match against Millwall that Yeovil Town would be picking up a fine for receiving five bookings during the game. Thankfully that does not appear to be the case.

The Football Association Disciplinary Procedures confirm that the fixed penalty applies to "any Club that has six or more individual Players cautioned or dismissed from the Field of Play in the same match". Hence the Glovers fell one booking short of the automatic fine.

Furthermore, the reported figure of £25,000 applies only to Premier League clubs, with other divisions having different penalties set on a sliding scale. For future reference, the penalty for a League One side is £2,500 for a team's first offence during a given season. For each subsequent offence, the fine is multiplied by the number of times that team has accrued six or more bookings during a match for that season. For example a team committing that offence three times in League One would be fined £7,500.

The Football Association also will call a club before its Regulatory Commission in cases where a club's overall bookings and sendings off exceed the median (average) for that division by more than 40 percent over a half or full season period.


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30 September 2009 : Full Game For Obika But England Left On The Brink
On loan striker Jonathan Obika played a full 90 minutes for the England Under-20s side last night, but had little joy as Ghana thrashed England 4-0. In a game that saw a number of England players ruled out through illness, Obika produced England's best chance just nine minutes into the match when he received a Ben Mee knockdown, but the ball crashed against the crossbar and Ghana scrambled the loose ball away.

The Africans eventually won through goals from Dominic Adiyiah (two), Andrew Ayew and Ransford Osei although with two of those goals being scored in the final 10 minutes it was a slightly flattering scoreline.

Realistically, England must now beat Uzbekistan on Friday night to avoid going home early, with the Three Lions currently bottom of their group without a point. In the other match last night, Uruguay beat Uzbekistan 3-0 meaning that their match against Ghana, also on Friday night, will decide who finishes top. For England they must now beat Uzbekistan and hope that is good enough to establish themselves as one of the four third-placed sides with the best record in the Group stages.

Final Score: Ghana Under-20s 4 England Under-20s 0.

Scorers: Dominic Adiyiah (38 mins, 1-0), Andrew Ayew (57 mins, 2-0), Ransford Osei (82 mins, 3-0), Dominic Adiyiah (88 mins, 4-0)

England Under-20s: Elliott Parish, Kieran Trippier, Martin Kelly, Ben Mee, Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Josh Walker(c), Paul Marshall, Matthew James, Febian Brandy, Alex Nimely, Jonathan Obika

Subs: Mark Oxley, Jordan Parkes, Gavin Hoyte, Gary Gardner, Andrew Tutte (45 mins for Paul Marshall), Sam Baldock (60 mins for Febian Brandy).


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30 September 2009 : GWSC Travel To Oldham
The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to Saturday's match at Oldham Athletic. The game takes place on Saturday October 3rd with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 7.30a.m. and will leave from Huish Park at 7.45a.m.

The cost to GWSC Members will be £22.00 with concessions available at £20.00. Non-members are welcome and will pay two pounds more against the above prices.

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

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Oldham.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.

Link: Officials For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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30 September 2009 : Ciderspace Guide to Oldham Athletic
For those of you making the trip to Boundary Park on Saturday, the full Ciderspace guide is available. The usual club background, ticketing information, pub guide, directions and numerous other things relating to Oldham Athletic can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Oldham Athletic.


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30 September 2009 : Skiverton Proud Of Players' Efforts
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he was proud of his players' efforts following last night's 0-0 draw in South-East London. The Glovers gained a point against Millwall and could have come home with all three if efforts from Shaun MacDonald and Jean-Paul Kalala had been an inch or two inside the woodwork.

Skiverton spoke to BBC Somerset and paid tribute to his players, with several having run themselves into the ground by the time the match ended:

"I don't think the players could have given me any more. The energy levels were flagging but we've got loads of young players out there. I think that the commitment that the lads showed and their spirit in defending and their working along with the formation which we have changed worked out well for us today. We had to ride our luck at times but arguably with us hitting the woodwork twice, we had the best two chances of the game and we're maybe a little bit disappointed not to have come away with anything more."


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30 September 2009 : Officials For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Officials have been announced for Saturday's match between Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town. The referee in charge of the game will be Nigel Miller (County Durham).

We've not had Mr Miller for a couple of years now. Whilst part of that will have come down to where the match official lives, part of it could easily relate to complaints made by former manager Russell Slade made when he tried to get the Football League to remove him from the list of officials prior to the club's Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg match against Nottingham Forest. Russell's view was that the official had a vendetta against him, and either by coincidence or to keep the peace, Mr Miller has not darkened our doors since.

The match in question did not help his relationship with Slade, with Forest being awarded two penalties in a 0-2 defeat, with the first in particular causing the home crowd to vent their fury repeatedly at Mr Miller - more so when he refused to award the Glovers a nailed-on penalty during the second period. Thankfully for the second leg, Mr Miller had been removed from the list of officials and things didn't turn out so bad at the City Ground.

Other than that match, Mr Miller has been seen at a 1-1 draw against Blackpool in October 2006 and a 2-1 defeat at Rochdale on a Friday night in October 2004. Neither match saw him particularly cover himself in glory and let's just say in the past two years that have gone by, we've not missed him at all.

Mr Miller will be assisted by Richard Clark (Northumberland) and Steven Copeland (Merseyside). The Fourth Official will be Duncan Street (West Yorkshire).

Link: October 2004 : Rochdale 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2006 : Blackpool 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: May 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 2.


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29 September 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Millwall vs Yeovil Town
A reminder to those of you who were at this evening's match at the New Den that the Man of the Match voting form is available. Choose your top three players from the match against Millwall, plus performance and entertainment marks along with any other comments you wish to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Millwall vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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29 September 2009 : Millwall 0 Yeovil 0 : Stalemate As Glovers Gain A Welcome Point
Yeovil Town gained a deserved point at the New Den tonight when neither side could find the back of the net in a match against Millwall that had plenty of side incidents to mull over, but not so many clearcut chances. The best for the Lions was a Steve Morison header that bounced onto the top of the crossbar, whilst two second half long range attempts from Shaun MacDonald and Jean-Paul Kalala also struck the woodwork, with home keeper David Forde producing a stunning save to deflect MacDonald's attempt.

Team selection for the night saw midfielder Ryan Mason drop out with a groin strain, meaning that Craig Davies got his first start for the club, whilst there was some minor tweaking of Saturday's tactics, with Davies getting the wide role whilst Tomlin was moved back into the centre.

The first period was a low quality affair and on many occasions became a comedy of errors, with both sides contributing to misplaced passes, overhit crosses and ball control that at times looked like the players were trying to juggle with a hot potato.

This was a game with an edge to it though, sparked in part by a confrontation between Sam Williams and home keeper David Forde that referee Steven Cook only seemed to belatedly decide to deal with. It remains doubtful as to whether the match official saw the incident, and so he decided to book both players just to be sure, whilst Forde was given a head bandage, which he decided to discard at half time. Referee Cook decided to only play a minute of first half injury time, despite that incident alone having seen play held up for around three minutes.

Millwall were perhaps slightly more forceful when they got the ball into the final third, and Steve Morison's header onto the top of the crossbar from a James Henry corner was probably the pick of their attempts. In the main, the Glovers looked comfortable though with containing their more illustrious opponents.

In the second half though, Yeovil came out far more on the front foot and produced the game's first period of clear dominance. This was despite losing Craig Alcock at the half time break for Andy Lindegaard - there had been a rumour that Alcock had been injured in the pre-match warm-ups but chose to continue, and presumably this was at the heart of his withdrawal.

Shaun MacDonald and Jean-Paul Kalala were playing the second period maybe five yards or so further up the field, and MacDonald's rasping drive was brilliantly tipped by David Forde onto the woodwork. Two minutes later though, Kalala's 25 yard attempt from a similar position on the pitch saw Forde stranded, but once again the woodwork came to the rescue of the Lions.

Unfortunately that period of dominance by the Glovers never reached fruition, and gradually a few weary legs began to see Millwall even out proceedings somewhat. The often bizarre performance of referee Steven Cook tonight also didn't help. Whilst referees can get penalty decisions wrong, or throw-ins wrong, you expect them to at least have a basic level of awareness about them in terms of what was going on in the game, but Mr Cook seemed to be gradually losing control of the match.

With 10 minutes to go, he allowed Millwall to take a throw-in despite Craig Davies being down injured in the centre circle before the throw was taken. Even a Millwall player seemed to want to draw attention to Cook's wretched performance - using Davies as a roundabout as he attempted to dribble his way up field. The game had also become increasingly fractious and Andy Frampton's shove on Davies as the injured player left the field went entirely unnoticed by the match referee - fundamentally because he wasn't looking at the substitution taking place at all. Cook's handling of the game also induced a mini-brawl as Gary Alexander's crude challenge on Glovers keeper Alex McCarthy saw players flying in to confront the Lions striker. Alexander and Terrell Forbes came out with yellow cards. In the end it was difficult to keep count of how many times Mr Cook had raised his cards, and we're pretty certain the Press Association statistics are at least one booking short in terms of Glovers bookings (believed to be George O'Callaghan). But when your side's yellow cards include 'slapping the corner flag' it's easy to see how such things can mount up.

A fairly messy game ended with some Yeovil players almost dead on their feet. If Terry Skiverton could have made a fourth substitution, Sam Williams would have undoubtedly been taken off, with the striker absolutely dead on his feet and unable to run in any shape or form during the final five minutes that ran into another five minutes worth of injury time. Several other players were looking very weary, and so they would have been thankful that Alex McCarthy kept out a late Gary Alexander shot to keep the scoreline blank. For that much effort it would have been cruel if the Glovers had come back from London with nothing to show for their efforts.

Final Score: Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Millwall:
1. David Forde
2. Alan Dunne 21. Jack Smith 18. Darren Ward 3. Andy Frampton
26. Nadjim Abdou 11. David Martin 17. James Henry 22. Ali Fuseini
9. Neil Harris 20. Steve Morison

Substitutes:
13. John Sullivan (GK) 4. Adam Bolder 7. Danny Schofield (71 mins for David Martin) 8. Gary Alexander (46 mins for Steve Morison) 12. Chris Hackett (70 mins for James Henry) 16. Scott Barron 24. Marc Laird

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
30. Craig Davies 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin
9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. George O'Callaghan (70 mins for Jean-Paul Kalala) 16. Scott Murray 18. Andy Lindegaard (46 mins for Craig Alcock) 28. Nathan Smith 8. Keiran Murtagh (81 mins for Craig Davies) 32. Andre McCollin

Millwall Bookings: David Forde (off the ball incident, 35 mins), Gary Alexander (foul, 73 mins), Ali Fuseini (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Williams (off the ball incident, 34 mins), Craig Davies (unknown reason, 45 mins), Nathan Jones (unsporting behaviour, 67 mins), Terrell Forbes (off the ball incident, 73 mins), George O'Callaghan (foul, 79 mins).

Referee: Steven Cook (Surrey). Assistants: Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire) and Gary Young (Bedfordshire). Fourth Official: Wade Norcott (Essex).

Attendance: 6,617 (including 156 Yeovil fans).


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29 September 2009 : England Under-20s Face Ghana Tonight
England's Under-20s squad are in action again tonight in their second Group D match in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. The squad, which includes on-loan Glovers striker Jonathan Obika face Ghana at the Ismailia Stadium in Egypt with an 8.30p.m. kick-off.

Head Coach Brian Eastick has told the FA Website that after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Uruguay that he feels his side need to get a win tonight to maximise their chances of qualification:

"Itís an important game for us. I wouldnít say itís a must-win game but itís certainly one we would like to take three points from. I think this group will go to the wire though, itís going to be very tight and I think there will be a few twists and turns along the way but we know itís going to be a difficult game for us."

Although Uruguay are seen as the hardest country in England's group, Eastick insists that Ghana will be no pushovers, pointing out that many of their team have full international honours:

"I think Ghana will play with more of a free spirit and that in itself can cause you problems. They have a great team spirit and some very experienced players, with five or six senior internationals here. Looking through their dates of birth, theyíll be a little bit older than us and with that comes more physical strength. Thereís no doubt that we tired in the first game, although it took a very good goal to beat us but I think our players will be better having had that first game."

In terms of qualification, the top two teams in each group automatically go through to the knockout stages. However, the best four teams in third place in each group will also qualify for the Second Round. There are six groups in total meaning that just two of the third placed sides will drop out.

In the other Group D match tonight, Uruguay take on Uzbekistan, with a 5.45p.m. kick-off. The British Eurosport channel is covering all of the games, with England's match being shown between 8.30p.m. and 10.30p.m. so if you're not going to Millwall tonight, tune in and keep an eye out for Jonathan Obika. The Spurs loanee was on the bench for the opening game, so don't be too surprised if you have to wait until the second half to see him on the pitch.


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29 September 2009 : Davies Willing To Consider Longer Huish Park Stay
On loan striker Craig Davies has said that he is open-minded when it comes to the possibility of spending more than a month at Huish Park. The Welshman is here for a month from League One rivals Brighton and Hove Albion and is currently acting as cover for striker Jonathan Obika, who is on England Under-20s duty in Egypt as part of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

That has meant that Davies is currently only scheduled to spend a month with Yeovil Town, but he has told the Western Daily Press that he would be prepared to stay in Somerset for longer than that if called upon:

"I want to come here, do well and if the two clubs can agree, I just want to play football, to be honest. If that is at Yeovil then that is great and I would be more than happy to stay here. The manager said he wants to play me and he seemed pretty keen to being me down, so I am definitely more than happy to come here."

Skiverton appears to have picked up on the striker's availability through a chance meeting with Davies' agent. The two sat together at a Brighton Reserve game against Aldershot Town Reserves on September 15th, where Davies scored both goals in a 2-1 win at the Recreation Ground, and that acted as the spark for the Yeovil boss to make his move a week later. Davies told the paper how the move happened:

"I knew he was at one of the reserve games recently where I scored two - I picked up on that. He was sitting next to my agent and said that he liked me, so the next thing I go into work on Friday and they are asking if I would like to go out on loan."

Davies, who had also netted goals against Gillingham Reserves and Leyton Orient Reserves, will be available for tonight's game against Millwall and Saturday's match at Oldham Athetic before taking a two week breather due to being barred from facing his parent club on October 10th.


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28 September 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Braving The Lions Den
In between our matches between Brentford and Millwall, Taff has been taking advantage of the couple of days off to spy on a few other websites. There's a look at what the Bees fans have been saying about Saturday's game, and you didn't expect a certain result on the weekend at Bishops Cleeve to pass him by did you?

There's also a link to a related video, which we prescribe to all Yeovil Town fans, whenever you're feeling a bit down at your own team's performances. You'll want to play it over and over again. Read on via the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Braving The Lions Den.


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28 September 2009 : England Under-16s Squad Chosen For Huish Park Fixture
The England Under 16s squad that will play at Huish Park on October 15th has been announced. An 18 man squad will take on Wales in the Victory Shield tournament with the game taking place at Yeovil Town's ground.

Obviously the majority of the players selected play for Premier League and Championship level clubs, although Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic do provide some League One representation. The full squad is as follows:

Elikem Amenku (West Bromwich Albion), Zak Ansah (Arsenal), Tyler Blackett (Manchester United), Anthony Callaghan (Sunderland), Robbie Cotton (Blackburn Rovers), Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic), Curtis Edwards (Middlesbrough), Matthias Fanimo (West Ham United), Luke Hendrie (Manchester United), Alex Henshall (Swindon Town), Hallam Hope (Everton), Adam Jackson (Middlesbrough), Sam Magri (Portsmouth), Callum McFadzean (Sheffield United), Adil Nabi (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), Nathan Redmond (Birmingham City), Bradley Watkins (Aston Villa).

Tickets for the match are on advance sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. For full ticketing details, follow the link below.

Link: England U16s Victory Shield Full Match and Ticketing Details.


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28 September 2009 : Millwall vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Millwall tomorrow night for a League One match, hoping to pick up at least a point to build on the win that they picked up against Brentford on Saturday. That 2-0 win broke a nine game run without a win, and it will be important for morale and belief for the Glovers to demonstrate that they are capable of going on some kind of an unbeaten run and to move away from the relegation zone.

In the majority of circumstances, the attitude would be "don't change a winning team" but manager Terry Skiverton hinted earlier today that he might decide to do so to combat a Lions side that reached the League One play-offs last season, and who are currently unbeaten at home.

Skiverton may also need to make one forced change with midfielder Ryan Mason a significant doubt, having suffered another groin injury during Saturday's game. Mason has consistently struggled to play both weekend and midweek matches since his arrival at Huish Park, due to a series of groin problems, and the Yeovil boss rates his chances of turning up tomorrow at 60:40 against. With another difficult away game coming up at Oldham Athletic on Saturday, the temptation will be for Mason to be rested, which means either another change in formation, or for another player to be tried out in that advanced midfield position.

Elsewhere, there's no indication as to whether team captain Stefan Stam's knee injury will have cleared up in time for the trip to South-East London, although given that he failed to make the squad on Saturday, it would be a surprise if he was near full fitness so quickly after being ruled out of the Brentford match. Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) and Dean Bowditch (shoulder) remain long term absentees.

Millwall are expected to welcome back striker Jason Price (thigh) and Tony Craig (back) with both believed to be at full fitness. Striker Gary Alexander (heel) is also available after making his return as a substitute on Saturday. The Glovers will also come up against midfielder Danny Schofield for the first time since his transfer deadline move to London. Since moving to the New Den, Danny has featured in four matches, with two of those coming from the bench.

Saturday's match was one of Schofield's bench appearances, getting just nine minutes on the field of play. By that time, another substitute in the opposition ranks had ensured that he would make the headlines, with the familiar name of Andros Townsend ensuring that the Lions fell to a single goal defeat at the hands of London rivals Leyton Orient.

Millwall's form has been a bit up and down so far this season. Away from home they've yet to win a match, having lost three games out of five. However, at the New Den, they are unbeaten, with two wins and two draws, and just two goals conceded. They lie just one point ahead of the Glovers, in 12th place in the table, but with them five points off the the play-off positions they can ill afford to lose any more ground on their rivals. Their current form of four defeats in their last five matches in all competitions clearly isn't going to do that unless they start picking up wins.

The last meeting between the two sides saw Yeovil pick up their one and only competitive win against the Lions. A 2-0 win for the Glovers on Good Friday saw goals from Gavin Tomlin and Jonathan Obika settle the match, whilst a 1-1 draw over Christmas 2008 represents the last meeting at the New Den, with Luke Rodgers unlucky to only come home with one goal to his name that afternoon. Thus although Millwall will start the game as clear favourites, Yeovil's recent record shows that they are capable of springing a surprise or two.

The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. tomorrow night and tickets are available from the North Stand Ticket Office on the night of the game at no extra charge. If you are not going to the game then BBC Somerset will have live commentary of the match tomorrow night with match coverage starting after the 7.00p.m. news.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Millwall.

Link: Officials For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.


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28 September 2009 : Alcock and Kalala Make Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town pair Craig Alcock and Jean-Paul Kalala have made it into the Football League's team of the week. Craig scored his second goal for the club on Saturday, whilst 'JP' has shown some fantastic form since his return to Huish Park - this is already his second nomination of the season despite him only signing for the club at the start of this month.

Andy Welsh and Terrell Forbes made it into the News of the World's Team of the week, giving an idea as to how good an all-round performance the Glovers produced in beating Brentford 2-0. The full Football League team is as follows:

Michel Kuipers (Brighton)
Craig Alcock (Yeovil Town) Patrick Kisnorbo (Leeds) Darren Powell (MK Dons) Kelly Youga (Charlton)
Liam Bridcutt (Stockport) Jean-Paul Kalala (Yeovil Town) Darel Russell (Norwich) Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool)
Jo Kuffour (Bristol Rovers) Pawel Abbott (Oldham)

Link: 14/09/2009 : Jean-Paul Kalala In Team Of The Week.

Link: 24/08/2009 : Jon Obika In Team Of The Week.

Link: 11/08/2009 : Andy Welsh In Team Of The Week.


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28 September 2009 : Skiverton Warns Don't Get Carried Away!
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has warned that his team and the club's supporters should not get carried away with Saturday's result against Brentford. The team broke a nine match run without a win by gaining a comfortable 2-0 win over the Bees, and have hopefully turned the corner after a worrying sequence of results.

However, Skiverton has said warned that tomorrow night's opponents Millwall will represent tough opposition. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he felt that it was important that there was focus on the next fixture:

"We are going to have some good games, we are going to have some bad games and we are going to come up against some good sides. The trick is for me to not get too carried away because we have only got two days before we have got another big game against a massive club with a big wage bill and good support who have been up there in the Championship before. You cannot get too cocky and arrogant. You have got to be humble so when the lows come, you do not get too low. That is what we have got to do because it is a long old season and there will be some good months and some bad months."

Just as the Glovers should not get too distraught at poor runs of form, they should not allow themselves to go overboard when the wins come. Skiverton now needs to turn attention to the club's away form and attempt to eradicate another unwanted record. The Glovers last won an away match on February 14th, at Peterborough United, when Russell Slade was still in charge, and the Yeovil boss hinted that even though his side won on Saturday, that he still might tweak things for the trip to the New Den:

"We have not had any results away from home, so I may have to switch the way we play because Millwall lost (to Leyton Orient), so they will be coming all guns blazing against us. We have got a very young side and there will be times during that game where we will have to ride our luck a bit."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Millwall.


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28 September 2009 : Welsh Happy To Take Tackles In Return For Goals
Yeovil Town winger Andy Welsh admitted that Saturday's match against Brentford was a painful experience for him at times, up until the 51st minute. Welsh was on the end of several hefty tackles during the match, including one from his own team-mate Gavin Tomlin early in the second half which he clearly wasn't expecting.

But after scoring his debut goal for the first team in the 2-0 win at Huish Park, Welsh was all smiles, with Tomlin providing the assist for the second goal of the match. He explained to BBC Somerset that prior to scoring the goal, he had taken one or two knocks, including his accidental collision with Tomlin:

"It was one of those days for me. Every tackle I went into, someone seemed to leave a bit on me. Obviously I'm not bothered now we've got the result and that's the main thing for us. We (Welsh and Gavin Tomlin) managed one of our better tackles of the season when we ran into each other two or three minutes before. We had a joke about it and said that they were the best tackles that we'd made all game! But I think just after that, he slipped me in with a great ball and obviously I finished it. It was great to finally score my first goal here."

Welsh celebrated by whipping off his Yeovil shirt - a decision that earned him a booking from referee Roger East, but he said he had few regrets in doing so:

"That's what football is all about. It's an emotional game and when things like that happen, you have to take a booking. But who cares, because at least we got the three points."

Andy had scored two goals in competitive games previously for the Glovers, but both came in Reserve Team matches. His first came in August 2008 whilst he was still a trialist, netting in a 6-0 win over Salisbury City. He then followed that with another goal in December, when the Reserves beat Cheltenham Town 5-1, but it has taken him 13 months since he put pen to paper for the Glovers to get his debut goal for the first team. Hopefully it won't take quite so long for goal number two to arrive.


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27 September 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1 : Yeovil 2 Brentford 0
Another League One home match but this time a win, which means Taff is in a good mood (as are all of us for that matter). In his latest blog entry, he dissects the 2-0 victory over Brentford both from an individual point of view as well as the overall team performance.

Read the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry via the link below and agree or disagree using the comment facility at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1 : Yeovil 2 Brentford 0.


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27 September 2009 : Post-Brentford Interview With Craig Alcock
Following Saturday's 2-0 win over Brentford, stand-in captain and right-back Craig Alcock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Win Over Brentford.


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27 September 2009 : GWSC Travel To Millwall
The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to Tuesday night's match at Millwall. The game takes place on Tuesday September 29th with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 14:00p.m. and will leave from Huish Park at 14:15p.m.

The cost to GWSC Members will be £18.00 with concessions available at £16.00. Non-members are welcome and will pay two pounds more against the above prices.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Millwall.

Link: Officials For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.


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27 September 2009 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Oldham
The Devon and Dorset Greens have organised minibus travel for next Saturday's match against Oldham Athletic. Any supporters are welcome to join them.

Currently the fare for the trip is £19.00 but if they can fill the minibus then the fare will be reduced to £12.00. They are leaving Huish Park at 7.15a.m. and stopping for breakfast along the way. They will be parking right next to the away turnstiles.

To book, either email Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk or phone on 01460-76980 (evenings) or text/ring on 07837-265-525 (mobile) any time.


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27 September 2009 : Into The Lion's Den
The updated Ciderspace Guide to Millwall for our trip on Tuesday 29th September, kick-off 7.45 p.m., is now available here, or through the usual site links.

We don't wish to over-egg the pudding, and have ourselves had perfectly decent and safe experiences on previous visits to The Den, but do be a little extra cautious for this one is our advice. We would strongly recommend only wearing colours or anything that identifies you as a visiting supporter inside the stadium, not in the surrounding vicinity.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Millwall


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27 September 2009 : Officials For Millwall vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's trip to Millwall on Tuesday night have been announced. The man in charge will be Steven Cook (Surrey).

After a long spell of having Mr Cook as an assistant referee, he was promoted to the national list for the 2007-08 season, and we've since had him on three occasions.

First up was the 0-0 draw against Hereford United in October 2007 when the Glovers needed a penalty shoot-out to get through to the next round of the JPT. We had nothing particularly bad to say about him on the night, although a JPT match rarely causes much of a ripple.

In the same season, but later on in March 2008, we had Mr Cook again and Cheltenham Town were the visitors to Huish Park. We had no recorded issues with his performance on the day and again that was true of the Boxing Day match during the 2008-09 season when Cheltenham were also the visitors. So three matches and three occasions where Mr Cook has largely been unnoticed by those inside the stadium - can he make it a fourth?

Whilst former boss Russell Slade may have been happy with Mr Cooks performances in those three matches, we suspect he will have held a different opinion on one of the games he has done during the 2009-10 season. Mr Cook took charge of the match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Stockport County earlier this season with three players receiving red cards, including crucially two against Brighton players. Overall he's raised the red card four times in seven matches this season - as many as he managed during the whole of last season.

Mr Cook will be assisted by Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire) and Gary Young (Bedfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Wade Norcott (Essex).

Link: October 2007 : Hereford United 0 Yeovil Town 0 (Yeovil win 4-2 on penalties).

Link: March 2008 : Yeovil Town 2 Cheltenham Town 1.

Link: December 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Cheltenham Town 1.


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26 September 2009 : Obika Features For England But Uruguay Finish On Top
On loan striker Jonathan Obika was a substitute for England Under 20s in their opening World Cup match against Uruguay tonight. Obika replaced Paul Marshall in the 71st minute with England struggling to create chances against the South Americans. Within two minutes of coming on as a substitute, he got in on the angle and lifted a shot over the bar.

But with six minutes left Uruguay substitute Tabarť Viudez produced a superb volley inside the box to settle the tie by a 1-0 scoreline and leave England bottom of their group after the opening fixture.

In the other Group D match today, Ghana beat Uzbekistan by a 2-1 scoreline and so currently top the group on goals scored. Ghana are England's next opponents on Tuesday night, also in the Ismailia Stadium.

Final Score: Uruguay U20s 1 England U20s 0.

Scorer: Tabarť Viudez (1-0, 84 mins).

England Under 20s: Kieran Trippier, Adam Clayton, Martin Kelly, Ben Mee, Febian Brandy, Josh Walker(c), Paul Marshall, Matthew James, Matthew Briggs, Elliott Parish, Alex Nimely.

Subs: Jason Steele, Jordan Parkes, Michael Woods, Mark Oxley, Gavin Hoyte, Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (46 mins for Matthew Briggs), Jonathan Obika (72 mins for Paul Marshall), Sam Baldock, Andrew Tutte, Gary Gardner (77 mins for Febian Brandy).

Link: FIFA Under 20 World Cup Schedule.


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26 September 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Game
Following this afternoon's 2-0 win over Brentford at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brentford Game.


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26 September 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Brentford
A reminder to those of you who were at this afternoon's match at Huish Park that the Man of the Match voting form is available. Choose your top three players from the 2-0 win over Brentford, plus performance and entertainment marks along with any other comments you wish to make on the game, using the form below.

Remember that with the Millwall game kicking off at 7.45p.m. on Tuesday night, all votes must be received by the time the match in London commences.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Brentford : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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26 September 2009 : Yeovil 2 Brentford 0 : Glovers Take The Sting Out Of The Bees
Yeovil Town gained their first three points since the opening game of the season as they got rid of a nine game run without a win at Huish Park this afternoon. A comfortable 2-0 win over Brentford was secured thanks to a Craig Alcock header from an Andy Welsh corner, followed by a second half Welsh strike from a Gavin Tomlin through ball. Brentford struggled to create chances throughout with their best chance coming during the second half when Sam Wood hit the post.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes from last week's defeat at Southampton, with Alex McCarthy returning in goal, whilst Shaun MacDonald displaced Keiran Murtagh in the starting line-up. Craig Davies was on the bench following his loan move yesterday whilst defender Stefan Stam was still absent with a knee injury.

The game started in tenative fashion, perhaps both teams suffering from nerves following their more recent poor form. The Glovers were adopting a new tactic and formation in what was notionally a 4-4-1-1 formation, but one in which Kalala and MacDonald sat as two deep holding midfielders thus allowing Ryan Mason and the two wingers to push up and join lone striker Sam Williams when Yeovil were on the ball. In soaking up everything Brentford tried to throw at them early on, the back four were rarely pressurised and the Glovers were gradually able to build their game up.

They got their opening goal from a set piece, with Andy Welsh's corner being headed home by Craig Alcock - ghosting in unmarked into the box for the second goal of his Yeovil career and his first since December 2008 at Swindon. The goal seemed to lift the Glovers significantly and they went on to dominate the half, with the additional man in midfield swamping Brentford's attempts to play the ball through, and with Andy Welsh guilty of missing a good opportunity just after the goal to double Yeovil's lead with Sam Williams' header having put him through.

Just after the break though, Andy Welsh atoned for his earlier miss with a goal that started in unorthodox fashion. Welsh and Gavin Tomlin actually tackled each other for a loose ball, but Tomlin was the victor in that and as he broke forward, Welsh had spun off into space and Tomlin's pass was superb, putting the left-winger into a one-on-one situation - he netted past keeper Nikki Bull to double Yeovil's lead, and the relief at Huish Park was immense. Welsh whipped off his shirt and got booked for his celebration, but probably cared little with it being the first goal of his Yeovil Town career.

With 15 minutes to go, Brentford almost found their way back into the game when Sam Wood thumped a shot against the foot of the post after a far post cross found him in space, with the shot leaving Alex McCarthy well beaten. But this was a rare chance for the Bees and they deserved little out of the game. In fact Craig Alcock could have grabbed another when his header late on struck the crossbar and on the whole it was a comfortable victory for the Glovers.

The win lifts Yeovil up to 17th in the League One table, with Brighton, Wycombe Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers and Southampton now in the bottom four. The Glovers sit in a pack of five clubs on nine points going into tricky away games at Millwall and Oldham Athletic, and are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. But at least the players have broken their unwanted run of games without a win, and can now look forward to those two matches with fresh belief in their fight to climb away from the bottom four. They snuffed Brentford out of the game almost entirely today, with Kalala and MacDonald shepherding the ball away from their back four whenever Brentford tried to break forward, and with League One matches often being about keeping a clean sheet, they were highly effective in doing that.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Scorers: Craig Alcock (1-0, 25 mins), Andy Welsh (2-0, 51 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Tomlin 25. Shaun MacDonald 21. JP Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. George O'Callaghan (90 mins for Jean-Paul Kalala) 8. Keiran Murtagh 16. Scott Murray 18. Andy Lindegaard 28. Nathan Smith (90 mins for Andy Welsh) 30. Craig Davies (77 mins for Sam Williams)

Brentford:
21. Nikki Bull 23. James Wilson 5. Mark Phillips 6. Alan Bennett 16. Sam Wood 7. Sam Saunders 2. Kevin O'Connor 4. Marcus Bean 12. Cleveland Taylor 8. Steven Kabba 10. Charlie MacDonald

Substitutes:
1. Lewis Price (GK) 11. Myles Weston (46 mins for Steven Kabba) 14. Danny Foster (71 mins for Sam Saunders) 24. Lewis Ferrell 22. Karleigh Osborne 27. Ryan Blake 32. Leon Legge (86 mins for Cleveland Taylor)

Yeovil Bookings: Andy Welsh (52 mins, excessive celebration), Jean-Paul Kalala (84 mins, foul)

Brentford Bookings: Marcus Bean (84 mins, retaliation), Danny Foster (85 mins, foul)

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Lee Swabey (Devon).

Attendance: 4,249 (including approx 900 Brentford fans).


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26 September 2009 : Skivo's Pre-Match Thoughts On Brentford
Just before kick-off this afternoon, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the home match against Brentford. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Skivo's pre-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

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


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26 September 2009 : Team News For The Brentford Match
Yeovil Town make two tactical changes for this afternoon's match against Brentford. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy returns between the sticks, as expected, with Richard Martin returning to the bench. Meanwhile Shaun MacDonald makes his second debut on loan from Swansea City with Keiran Murtagh dropping to the bench.

Elsewhere striker Craig Davies sits on the bench for the start of today's game as he commences his loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, whilst there is still no space for Stefan Stam in the squad, who missed last weekend's match with a knee injury.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Tomlin, 25. Shaun MacDonald, 21. JP Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. George O'Callaghan 8. Keiran Murtagh 16. Scott Murray 18. Andy Lindegaard 28. Nathan Smith 30. Craig Davies

Brentford:
21. Nikki Bull 23. James Wilson 5. Mark Phillips 6. Alan Bennett 16. Sam Wood 7. Sam Saunders 2. Kevin O'Connor 4. Marcus Bean 12. Cleveland Taylor 8. Steven Kabba 10. Charlie MacDonald

Substitutes:
1. Lewis Price (GK) 11. Myles Weston 14. Danny Foster 24. Lewis Ferrell 22. Karleigh Osborne 27. Ryan Blake 32. Leon Legge


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26 September 2009 : Southampton Man of the Match Result
Last Saturday's trip to Southampton saw the Glovers suffer through two controversial penalty decisions in a 2-0 defeat, with Rickie Lambert doing the damage from the penalty spot. Overall, the strengths of the team on the day came in the way that they snuffed out the Saints attack in open play and so it's not too surprising to find defensive-minded players acting as the front runners in the Man of the Match voting.

Goalkeeper Richard Martin got the thumbs up on his Football League debut, whilst Terrell Forbes and Jean-Paul Kalala continued to put in consistent performances. However it was centre-back Steven Caulker who got the nod as the best player on the pitch on the day. Full results including outright MOTM votes in brackets are shown below.

1 Steven Caulker 156 (12)
2 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 132 (9)
3 Terrell Forbes 80 (5)
4 Richard Martin 76 (4)
5 Ryan Mason 24 (0)
6 Sam Williams 16 (0)
7 Craig Alcock 12 (0)
7 Andy Welsh 12 (0)
9 Nathan Jones 8 (0)
10 Keiran Murtagh 2 (0)
10 Gavin Tomlin 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.33

Performance: 5.40
Entertainment: 5.27

VOTES RECEIVED: 30

If you're at today's match against Brentford, the Man of the Match form will be automatically available upon the final whistle, so get your votes in as soon as you get home tonight.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Brentford : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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26 September 2009 : Skiverton Sees Key Part For MacDonald
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton doesn't want to drop any hints as to whether loan midfield signing Shaun MacDonald will be starting against Brentford this afternoon, but insists that the Swansea City player has got a big role to play at the club over the next three months.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he could see comparisons with former Glover Chris Cohen in the way that MacDonald plays midfield roles and hoped that bringing in him and striker Craig Davies would provide a spark in his side to break their current run of games without a win:

"I don't want to let my secrets out of the bag just yet. But I've seen him playing and I know the qualities that he's got. He's someone that has got loads of energy and is a little bit of a Chris Cohen type who can get about. He's got great ability on the ball and he scored two goals for us when he was here on his loan spell last time. So we've done well to get him and we're really pleased. But we need to get a result this weekend and the boys are really focussed. Sometimes a fresh face in the pack helps out."

MacDonald himself said that he decided to come back to Yeovil because of the big welcome that he got from the club during his first loan stay under former manager Russell Slade. The Welsh international also cited club secretary Jean Cotton and former Swansea midfielder Darren Way as having a big influence upon his decision:

"When I came here the last time, everybody welcomed me and made me feel a big part of Yeovil. Everybody looked after me really well and that includes the people outside the football as well such as the staff and the secretary (Jean Cotton). That was a massive thing in me coming back, but obviously there was Darren Way as well. It's good to see him back and walking and really nice to see him and the way he is."


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26 September 2009 : Skivo Aims To See Off Balanced Brentford
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes that this afternoon's opposition have a well-balanced side. The Glovers face Brentford at Huish Park in a League One match, with the West London side making their return to third tier football just 12 months after suffering relegation down to League Two.

Despite Yeovil only facing the Bees in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last season, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that they are a side he is familiar with, and also admitted that he'd tried to sign Bristol City central defender James Wilson on loan last season. Wilson is now on loan at Griffin Park as part of his second spell with Andy Scott's side, and the Yeovil boss is well aware of his credentials:

"They've got a good bit of youth and experience. They've got the lad from Bristol City who we tried to get last year - James Wilson. They've got (Myles) Weston and Charlie MacDonald I know about, plus Steve Kabba. So they've got a good mixture, but I think that we have as well. The way the pitch is looking out there today is fantastic. The home supporters are wanting a win like us and I know they'll be 100 percent behind us like they were at Southampton. Hopefully the little bit of luck goes our way this time."

The Glovers need a win today to avoid going into double figures for the number of games without a win in all competitions. But Skiverton told the Western Daily Press that he did not want to consider such statistics, preferring to concentrate on singular games:

"We will not be looking at anything about stats, percentages or odds. We just know that we need to keep working hard, keeping doing the things that we believe in and the tide will turn. The only thing I am doing at the moment is looking in the streets to see if I have hit any black cats because luck seems to have gone against me so far. We have worked really hard this week, everyone has put a shift in and we know that if we keep working like that then the form will change and we will get our just desserts. We know what we have got to do. We have got a game plan and we will stick to it. It is frustrating because there are a few games we think we should have won. Everyone behind the scenes is upbeat and the supporters know what we have got to do to be a good League One team."


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25 September 2009 : England and Obika Kick-Off In FIFA U20 Cup Tomorrow
On loan striker Jonathan Obika will be hoping to get the England Under-20 squad off to a flying start in Egypt tomorrow night when they commence their involvement in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup tomorrow. Obika will be pushing for a place in the side that faces Uruguay in their opening Group D match, with Febian Brandy, Alex Nimely and Sam Baldock his main rivals for the striking pair.

The South Americans represent tough opening opposition, and are ranked as the fourth best team in FIFA Under-20 World Cup history. Head Coach Brian Eastick is well aware of the challenge his side faces, and told the FA's website that the key factor would be how well England defend during the game:

"We've seen quite a lot of Uruguay and we think they're a very good side. We will have to defend very well because they have some good individual players, so the key to the game will be how well we defend against the Uruguay forwards. But we're looking forward to the challenge and we'll try and make it as difficult as we can."

Eastick is trying not to think too far ahead in a tournament that runs through to October 16th, but he believes England are capable of getting into the knockout stages of the tournament:

"Our objective now is to try and get through the group stages and into the last 16. There is a good team spirit and work ethic within the squad. We haven't been together for very long but the lads have bonded and we're looking to take that into the games."

The British Eurosport satellite/cable channel is providing extensive coverage of the tournament, and will be broadcasting England's match live tomorrow (Saturday) night. Both kick-off and TV coverage starts at 8.30p.m. The British Eurosport channel is typically showing two or three live games a day over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on your TV guide for other matches of interest.


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25 September 2009 : Site Downtime Today
Apologies to anyone who has been having problems reaching the Ciderspace site this afternoon and this evening. We are aware of problems with the server that this site sits on and have contacted our Internet Service Provider. If you find the site goes down again, please leave it an hour or two before trying again. We will post updates on the green room forum and the mailing list if there are any further problems.


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25 September 2009 : MacDonald Gets Welsh Under-21s Call-Up
On loan Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald has as expected been called up into the Welsh Under 21 international squad. MacDonald will represent Wales against Bosnia-Herzegovina in a match that will be played at the Racecourse, Wrexham on Saturday 10th October 2009. Kick off is at 12.45p.m.

The news means that MacDonald will definitely be added to the long list of loan players who will be absent for the October 10th match against Brighton and Hove Albion, which currently includes defender Steven Caulker and midfielder/striker Ryan Mason and may include striker Jonathan Obika if England Under 20s reach the Quarter-Finals of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. New loan signing Craig Davies is also ruled out of that game at the request of his parent club Brighton.

The full squad list is as follows:

Wales Under 21s: David Cornell (Swansea City), Chris Maxwell (Wrexham), Darcy Blake (Cardiff City - on loan to Plymouth Argyle), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Matthews (Cardiff City), Aaron Morris (Cardiff City), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City), Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Neil Taylor (Wrexham), James Wilson (Bristol City on loan to Brentford), Joe Allen (Swansea City), Jack Collison (West Ham United), Andy King (Leicester City), Shaun MacDonald (Swansea City on loan to Yeovil Town), Joe Partington (AFC Bournemouth), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Simon Church (Reading), Ched Evans (Sheffield United), Casey Thomas (Swansea City), Sam Vokes (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Marc Williams (Wrexham).


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25 September 2009 : Glovers Land Striker Davies On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed Brighton and Hove Albion striker Craig Davies on a month's loan today. He will be available for tomorrow's match against Brentford and provide cover for Jonathan Obika whilst he is on England Under-20 duty.

Davies is a full Welsh international player, who considering he is just 23 years old has certainly been around the block a bit. He is a former Shrewbury Town youth player and Manchester City trainee who has also played for Italian club Verona, Burscough, Oxford United, Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan), Oldham Athletic, Stockport County (loan) and finally Brighton.

Unsurprisingly Brighton will not allow him to play in their game against the Glovers on October 10th in just over two weeks time. Although he is 6'2" tall, he possesses significant pace. He has been capped at Welsh U17, U19, U21 and full international level and once scored a hat-trick for his country at U21 level. He was born in Burton-on-Trent on 9th January 1986 and qualifies for Wales through a grandparent.

Davies signed for Brighton on January 31st, before Russell Slade's arrival at the Withdean Stadium. As a result he played against Yeovil four times last season - three for Stockport County and one for Brighton and thus managed to see the Glovers beaten 5-0 twice whilst in opposition colours. He scored Stockport's goal in the 1-1 draw at Huish Park in the FA Cup in November 2008 that gave the Hatters the lead.

So far this season he has played just 16 minutes for Brighton, coming on as a substitute in their home match against Southend United last weekend. Otherwise he has struggled to get near Brighton's first team and Slade explained to Brighton's official site that he was hoping to monitor the player's progress whilst he was at Huish Park:

"It's an opportunity for Craig to get some first team football under his belt, and we will monitor his progress while he's there."

A big welcome to Craig, and hopefully he can get a couple of goals during his stay at Huish Park.


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25 September 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Welcome Back Shaun
With Shaun MacDonald set to make his 'second debut' for the club tomorrow, Taff considers what the Swansea City midfielder can bring to the team. He also looks at the wider issues that affect the club's use of the loan system. Finally Taff's pre-match betting analysis for tomorrow's game against Brentford and the youth team's switch back to Alvington are examined.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Welcome Back Shaun.


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25 September 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Brentford Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to West London side Brentford tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park, looking to break their run of nine matches without a win. They come up against a Bees side who have made a reasonable start to their first season back in League One after winning the League Two title last season.

They lie in joint 11th place in the table, having won two and drawn four of their eight league matches so far. However, their more recent form suggests that they are stuttering a touch, after that initial high, with no wins in their last five league games, and six without a win in all competitions. Their last away goal came on August 22nd - over a month ago.

Brentford's home record was good until last weekend - when it all went a bit pearshaped in a big way during the first half. Three first half goals from Bristol Rovers saw Bees boss Andy Scott fuming after the game and threatening changes after isolated errors gifted Rovers three points. Scott made two first half substitutions to arrest that woeful start to the game, with Sam Saunders and Marcus Bean being given their chance, and after a Charlie MacDonald strike ensured they 'won' the second half 1-0 to produce a final 1-3 home defeat, the temptation must be for Scott to stick Saunders and Bean in the starting line-up. Bean in particular will be favourite to return given that he was only on the bench due to some recent injury concerns.

Scott has made it clear that if he sees a repeat of last week's episode then he will definitely be seeking to make wholesale changes. Speaking to the Brentford Guardian he explained:

"Not concentrating, not doing your jobs, not wanting to be ruthless, not accepting how teams are going to play, thinking you are better than you are; all of those things were a factor (against Bristol Rovers). Weíve got to take the last 45 mins to Yeovil and forget the first 45 mins, but if it happens again Iím not going to tolerate it. That was not defending in any shape or form of the word and Iím not going to accept it."

Both of Yeovil Town's strikers have been on Brentford's books in the past. Gavin Tomlin played for the Bees during 2006, making 15 appearances for the Bees. More recently, Sam Williams was on loan at Griffin Park at the tail end of last season, making 11 appearances in what was his last bit of football before joining the Glovers. Dean Bowditch would have been a third Bees connection if it were not for his dislocated shoulder.

In addition to Bowditch, Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) remains out long term, whilst Jonathan Obika remains in Egypt on England Under-20 duty. However, goalkeeper Alex McCarthy should return between the sticks after serving his one match ban last weekend. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton will need to consider whether to recall defender Stefan Stam, who missed the match at Southampton with a knee injury. New loan signing Shaun MacDonald should make his 'second debut' for the club - the dilemma will be whether he is used as a wide-right player, or whether Skiverton slots him into the centre.

For Brentford, Ben Strevens remains a long term absentee as he looks to recover from a broken leg sustained in pre-season. Full-back Ryan Dickson (knee) is also out, meaning that Bristol City loan centre-back James Wilson has been filling in at left-back for the Bees.

Obviously the two sides did not meet in the league last season, but they did line up in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, with a 2-2 draw at Griffin Park being settled by a penalty shoot-out. The Bees triumphed, with Aaron Brown's penalty kick last seen crossing the Chiswick Flyover and threatening jumbo jets trying to land in at Heathrow. Marc Bircham and Gavin Tomlin were Yeovil's scorers in normal time. The last meeting at Huish Park came back in January 2007, when a Leon Best goal was enough to see a 5,373 crowd go home happy with a 1-0 win. The Glovers did the double over Brentford that season, with the team on their way to a Wembley play-off final and the Bees on their way to relegation.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday, with tickets for the match available on the day from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual match-day tariffs. If you want to take advantage of the pre-match rates, visit or call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 to order your ticket.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Brenford.


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24 September 2009 : Under 18s vs Argyle Is Called Off
Yeovil Town's Under 18s match against Plymouth Argyle has been postponed. At present we're not sure of the reason for the match being called off this early.

Our earlier news regarding the change of venue and kick-off times for future Under 18s matches should still be assumed to apply.

We'll notify a revised date for the Argyle game as soon as we have it.


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24 September 2009 : Starnes To Appeal Over International Postponement Ruling
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has indicated that the club will make a second request to the Football League to try and get the October 10th match against Brighton and Hove Albion postponed. As mentioned in our earlier article, the Glovers have had their initial request thrown out by the Football League, but Starnes does not believe that to be the end of the matter.

Speaking to the Western Gazette, Starnes explained that the debate concerned the classification of loans for Spurs trio Steven Caulker, Ryan Mason and Jonathan Obika. The Football League have introduced a third classification of "youth loans" this season, in addition to "emergency loans" and "long term loans", aimed at giving academy graduates and scholars early experience in professional first team games and Caulker and Mason fall into that category. Starnes feels it is unfair that the youth loans are classified in the same way as short term loans which can not be considered when seeking to postpone matches due to international call-ups:

"We have already pursued postponing the game with the Football League and the stance at the moment is that they would not let us postpone the game because they are classing youth loans as the same as emergency loans, which is something we contest. We do not see it that way at all and we are in the process of asking the Football League to look at it again. But we are not optimistic and it may well be that we are asking for a change in regulations."

Starnes has added that if the motive is to develop players and turn them into Premier League and England stars of the future, then Football League clubs must not be penalised if they take those players on:

"We cannot see the sense of bringing in a youth-loan category and encouraging clubs like us to use it for young English players to gain experience in League matches, which are obviously more demanding than academy matches, and then penalise us when we happen to pick the best ones who are of international standard. That just does not make any sense to me whatsoever."

If Starnes wants to get a change to the rules on the agenda at Football League level, then the club have in ideal opportunity to kick off discussions today. The latest quarterly meeting of all 72 Football League clubs is being held today at Derby County's Pride Park ground, where there will be discussions on policing costs, salary cost controls, fit and proper persons tests, youth rules and the arrangement of next season's fixtures amongst other things.


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24 September 2009 : New Under 18s Venue And Kick-Off Time
Yeovil Town's Under 18s take on Plymouth Argyle on Saturday morning as part of their fourth Youth Alliance Cup Group match. The Under 18s are unbeaten in the group stages and currently top their group.

As mentioned last weekend, the match has been switched to the Westland Sports ground at Alvington in Yeovil and this will now be the venue for all Under 18s matches from now on. Note also that the kick-off time will be 10.30a.m. and again this will be the default kick-off time for all home games at Alvington.

For those who don't know where the ground is, it is situated just behind the Airfield Tavern public house in Alvington Lane. Assuming you're coming from Huish Park, at the Asda/Halfords roundabout, head towards Yeovil Crematorium into Bunford Lane. When you have passed the crematorium, turn right into Bluebell Road and then left into Alvington Lane. When you reach the Airfield Tavern, head past their car park and this will lead you to the entrance of the ground. Parking is available either inside the entrance gates, or on the surrounding roads.

NB: Note the Multimap link below is for the Airfield Tavern and is not the most accurate link we've ever seen, but should give you sufficient details of how to find the ground.

Link: Multimap.com : Westland Sports Football Ground, Alvington, Yeovil.


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24 September 2009 : Brighton Game Postponement Rejected
Yeovil Town's attempts to get their League One match against Brighton and Hove Albion postponed appear to have fallen on deaf ears. The Brighton Argus indicate that the Football League have refused Yeovil's claims despite them having a number of players missing on international duty.

The current situation is that defender Steven Caulker and midfielder/striker Ryan Mason are definitely missing on England Under 19s duty, whilst Jonathan Obika will still be missing if England Under 20s get beyond the Second Round stage in the FIFA Under 20s World Cup.

However, it seems inevitable that Welsh Under 21 captain Shaun MacDonald will also be missing that weekend once Wales announce their Full and Under 21 squads for that weekend. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will also potentially face a rush back to Somerset if he gets called up for England's Under 21 match on the Friday night.

What all of this means is that the Glovers could have all five of their loan players either missing or having to go to unusual lengths to prepare for the League One match on Saturday 10th October. The Brighton Argus hopes that the Seagulls can take advantage of this, headlining their article with a Great chance to beat Yeovil - it seems likely that it will be up to Yeovil's permanent squad members now to prove them wrong.


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24 September 2009 : October 2009 Fixture Poster Available
The Fixture Poster for October 2009 is now ready for download. You may remember that these are being produced by a couple of Glovers fans to help publicise games around the Somerset and Dorset area and these are being made available for download in case you have a workplace, school, club or local shop where you would be able to display the poster. Hence if you can help, please print out this poster and get it displayed wherever you can. Obviously remember to seek the permission of anyone who may own the building or notice board where you plan to display the poster!

For any enquiries or advice on where to display the posters, or if you just want to drop a line to let us know where they are being displayed, drop Pat Custard an email at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

If you don't have access to a printer, Pat usually leaves a supply with Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley in Huish Park Reception, so if you're going to Brentford on Saturday, pop into reception and pick up a copy.

Link: October 2009 Yeovil Town Fixture Poster (opens in Microsoft Word).


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23 September 2009 : MacDonald Tries Not To Think About Contracts
New loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald says that he is going to try not to think about his contractual situation at the Liberty Stadium. The 21 year old is out of contract with the Swans next summer and has only featured in three matches for his parent club so far this season, and so he might be worried about his future prospects. However, he has told the South Wales Evening Post that he does not want to think about that for the next three months:

"My contract runs out next year but I am not going to worry about contracts for the moment. I think everybody knows that my dream is to play for Swansea, my hometown team. But I am not getting games at the moment and I just want to play. At my age I need to be playing regular football and hopefully going to Yeovil will give me that chance."

MacDonald added that he felt that he was struggling to get a look in, as part of the Championship side's first team squad, and that he felt that situation was about to get worse with team-mates like Ferrie Bodde and Darren Pratley coming back to full fitness:

"Physically and mentally I need games and I'm hoping the move will help build my confidence back. what I feel I need is a run of games. I am not going to get that at Swansea at the moment, especially with all the midfielders coming back to fitness. I could stay here with my family, friends and my girlfriend and fight for my place, but I think it's the right time to go out and play a run of games."


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22 September 2009 : Skivo Hoping For Stronger Swansea Links
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he would like his first dealing with Swansea City to be the spark that sets up further links between the two clubs in the loan market. The Glovers signed midfielder Shaun MacDonald yesterday on a three month loan and speaking to BBC Somerset, Skivo had high praise for Swansea manager Paulo Sousa and Chairman Huw Jenkins for allowing the deal to go through:

"I've had very close dealings with Paulo Sousa who has very kindly allowed this connection with us now. I've got to thank everyone down at Swansea, especially Huw Jenkins and Paulo Sousa who I've had dialogue with, in getting Shaun. We want to build up a relationship with clubs like them, because they play good football and they do it the right way and they are producing some very good young players."

Skiverton revealed that MacDonald's arrival was not just a reaction to the departure of Danny Schofield, but was something that he had been trying to bring to fruition for a couple of months. He also recalled the run that the Glovers had been on around the time MacDonald was last at Huish Park in January 2009:

"He's someone that I've been chasing since pre-season. I've been to watch three or four of Swansea's games. The beginning of his loan spell was when we went on that unbeaten run if I remember rightly. He was right at the beginning of that and unfortunately he did a little bit too well for us and he got called back into their first team and we went on a bit of a slump after that. But he was an excellent player for us and one that I know can come straight into the squad and be someone who can perform to a very high level, especially in playing for Yeovil."

Link: Shaun MacDonald : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 September 2009 : Skivo Welcomes MacDonald Back
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has welcomed the loan signing of Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald. The Welsh international has agreed a three month loan deal earlier today and will be available to play in Saturday's match against Brentford.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skivo explained that his wait for MacDonald was due to Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde finally making his comeback from a 10 month lay-off after a cruciate knee ligament injury last November put him out for a lengthy period. Bodde has come on as a substitute for the Championship side in the last two matches, pushing MacDonald down the pecking order, and with Darren Pratley also expected to return from a shoulder injury soon, Skivo was able to persuade the Swansea management team that now was the right time for Shaun to go out on loan:

"I know the quality that Shaun has got. He's someone who can get about the pitch. He can be aggressive in the tackle. He's the captain of the Welsh Under 21s team. He's just been recently called up into the full squad, but with the abundance of midfielders that they've got at Swansea with (Ferrie) Bodde and (Darren) Pratley nearly coming back, it was a chance for us to strike whilst the iron is hot. It's been something that's been going on for quite a while now and I'm really pleased to bring Shaun in."

Whilst on the subject of MacDonald's international credentials, he will almost inevitably be missing during the weekend that Yeovil Town play Brighton and Hove Albion. As a player who has recently been called up into the Welsh senior squad against Russia and also back in June for their match against Azerbaijan, he stands a chance of being called up for the Welsh FIFA World Cup Qualifying match in Finland on October 10th, which takes place four days before a Wednesday night match in Liechtenstein.

If MacDonald doesn't get called up for the full national squad, then his captaincy of the Under 21s side means that he will play against Bosnia-Herzegovina on the Saturday lunchtime in a UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifying match.

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy could be required for England Under 21s match against FYR Macedonia, also in the UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifying stages. However, that match is due to take place on the Friday, and with McCarthy notionally the third choice keeper at that level, there is a fair chance that any call-up may leave him free to return to Somerset after the game without any involvement in that match.

Defender Steven Caulker and midfielder/striker Ryan Mason will definitely be absent on international duty for England Under 19s, whilst Jonathan Obika is currently with the England Under 20 squad, preparing for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and may still be in Egypt on that weekend.


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21 September 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Brentford
Officials for Saturday's home match between Yeovil Town and Brentford have been announced. The referee for the match will be Roger East (Wiltshire).

Mr East is a familiar name to Yeovil Town matches, but not so much as a man in the middle. He was promoted to the National referees list for the Football League in 2007 and has covered numerous Glovers matches as an assistant referee and as a fourth official as well as dealing with a few friendlies and Reserve Team matches.

Our experience of him as a referee has been minimal, covering just two Football League matches, but has not been good. He dealt with the February 2008 match againast Southend United that saw the Essex side kick-started by a poor decision outside the box that won them a free kick. We didn't play well on the day, but certainly things like that did not help.

More recently he took charge of the 1-0 win over Swindon Town in March 2009. We may have won the game, but we found a lot of his early decision-making antagonised both crowd and players in a tense local derby where a cool head could have been done with instead. His decision to book Chris Weale for timewasting, then 11 minutes later to book David Noble for taking a free kick too quickly was to say the least odd.

Somehow he also managed to wind up Glovers fans during a pre-season friendly against Bristol City, in July 2008. A dodgy penalty and the lack of an offside award for another goal, along with two bookings being dished out in a friendly and he didn't impress too many that night.

Before everyone despairs at the possibility of another poor official, it should be noted that up until Saturday, referee Tony Bates, who took charge of the match against Southampton at St Mary's had a near unblemished record in Yeovil Town matches. Perhaps Mr East can also reverse his current form in Glovers matches, only in a more positive way?

Mr East will be assisted by John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).

Link: Feb 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Southend United 3.

Link: July 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.

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


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21 September 2009 : Under 16s Grab Another Pair Of Wins
Yeovil Town's Under 16s gained a 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town on Saturday. They had to come from behind to make that happen with Cheltenham taking an early lead, but a back post header from Dan Williams saw the sides go in level at the break. With 25 minutes to go, Jake Allen took advantage of a goalmouth scramble to put the home side 2-1 up and they held out for another good win.

Last week, the Under 16s had it a little bit easier, thrashing Torquay United 6-0. Max Harrington put Yeovil 2-0 up with a pair, then Jake Allen and a Ben Robertson header made it four. The game was wrapped up with a cool finish from Louis Morgan then finally Alex Pathy bagged the sixth when he was first to react to a rebound from a Brad Hansford shot.


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21 September 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Patience Is A Virtue
Whilst the Glovers sit on the back of a rather sticky-looking nine match run without a win, there has been much navel-gazing amongst Glovers fans during the past two or three results. The team sit in 20th position in the League One table - a position that would certainly satisfy many if it were to be held come May 2010. But there is a long way to go before that point and a need in the club for clear-headed thinking. Taff analyses the current situation, following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Southampton in the latest entry in Taff's Gloversblog.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Patience Is A Virtue.


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21 September 2009 : MacDonald Returns To Glovers On Loan
Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald has signed on loan for Yeovil Town in a three month deal. The midfielder was at Huish Park last season where he scored twice in four appearances.

Shaun, who is also a Welsh Under 21 international, who was called up to the full Welsh squad earlier this month after captaining the U21s, can play both central midfield and the right-side of midfield and is a natural replacement for Danny Schofield who signed for Millwall on September 1st. MacDonald's name has been on the rumourmill since Schofield departed and it has become ever more clear that he was one of manager Terry Skiverton's top targets to fill the vacant position.

Swansea have agreed a 24 hour recall clause in MacDonald's loan contract that can be exercised after the first month has past, and told Swansea's official site that his agreement to come back to Huish Park was heavily influenced by how much he enjoyed his stay last time:

"I enjoyed my time at Yeovil last season. They looked after me well and I really enjoyed my football there. It's another chance for me to get some games under my belt. If I can chip in with a few goals along the way as well, it will be a bonus. At my age I need to be playing games and I would love to help Yeovil climb the table after all the support and faith they gave me last season when I was there."

Welcome back Shaun, and enjoy your stay at Huish Park.


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21 September 2009 : Help Is Coming For The Heroes
Further to our September 2nd article, the Football League have now announced their official nominated charity for the 2009-10 season. Following 25,000 votes from supporters, the top two charities voted for were Help for Heroes and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The Football League's board have consequently decided that Help for Heroes will be its nominated charity for this season, but have also decided that Marie Curie Cancer Care will be its chosen charity partner for the 2010-11 season.

Help For Heroes was established in 2007 and raises funds for all members of the Armed Forces injured whilst serving their country. The Football League have indicated that they will be distributing matchday tickets for members of the Armed Forces and their families throughout England and Wales in addition to their charity work. They will also give 300 servicemen VIP treatment at the three Play-Off Finals at Wembley in May 2010, including arranging a lap of honour for those present prior to kick-off.


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21 September 2009 : Glovers Apply For Brighton Postponement
This morning's Western Morning News indicates that Yeovil Town have applied to the Football League for their forthcoming match against Brighton and Hove Albion to be postponed. The Glovers will definitely be missing defender Steven Caulker and midfielder/striker Ryan Mason for the visit of Russell Slade's side on October 10th, and could have striker Jonathan Obika out if his involvement in the FIFA Under 20s World Cup extends beyond the Second Round stage.

The WMN have spoken to Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, who has said that the ability to postpone matches if three or more players get international call-ups on designated weekends normally does not apply to loan players. The lack of certainty over Obika's status will also cloud the issue.

However, the Glovers have put in their application partly on the basis that Caulker and Mason have been signed as 'Youth Loans' - a new type of loan distinct from the existing long-term and 'emergency' loan systems that currently are in place. Our understanding is that the basis of this is rather like a scholar receiving 'work experience' as part of his training and development within the parent club's academy and that different rules now apply from the start of the season. What those rules are, and whether they would benefit Yeovil's case isn't clear.

Given all the circumstances, our suspicion is that the Glovers are putting in their application more out of hope, than out of certainty, in an attempt to be treated as a special case or have the rules bent or changed to cover such cases. At Saturday's match against Southampton, the Glovers went into the game with just 16 recognised players available, with goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts and youth team striker Robert Clowes filling the additional spaces. If Caulker, Mason and Obika are excluded from those numbers, and similar injury and suspension problems exist in the lead-up to the Brighton match, Yeovil's ability to field a team could be significantly stretched on that day.


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20 September 2009 : Lambert Admits Abusing Lino For Second Penalty!
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert admitted that he didn't have a clue what their second penalty on Saturday had been given for. Referee Tony Bates awarded the Saints a spot kick after his linesman believed Glovers assistant boss Nathan Jones had handled in the box, but it seemed that the decision left all four sides of the ground perplexed.

Lambert was honest enough to tell BBC Somerset that his first move was to abuse the linesman, thinking that Southampton had been hauled up for an infringement, but admitted that he was shocked when the spot kick was awarded:

"Definitely. I still haven't got a clue what the linesman has seen. I was shouting at the linesman myself, because I thought he'd given a foul against us. So as soon as I realised that he'd given a penalty I was made up! I then took advantage of it. I thought we played really well, and then we went 1-0 up. But then we were on the back foot a little bit with Yeovil getting back into it. I think it killed them off very early on in the second half."

Saints manager Alan Pardew also admitted that he thought the linesman's flag was raised to give a foul against his team, but was willing to take that bit of good fortune along with Lambert's second goal of the game, which he felt won the game for his team:

"It was good to get the second goal, but perhaps it seemed a bit harsh on Yeovil, but perhaps that's what we needed to lift the pressure that was on us. I actually thought the linesman was flagging for an offence that we had done, so that was a good bit of fortune for us. It was unfortunate for Yeovil to have that, but we've worked really hard, so we'll take that one, because it was a really big big goal for us in a lot of ways."


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20 September 2009 : Skivo Explains Stam Absence
In the lead-up to Saturday's match at Southampton, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match and his expectations for the game. Terry also explained the absence of central defender Stefan Stam who had dropped entirely out of the squad on the day of the game. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Skivo's pre-match thoughts are archived via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off At Southampton.


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19 September 2009 : Glovers Under 18s vs Swansea City Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under 18s kept up their unbeaten run in the Youth Alliance League Cup with a 2-2 draw this morning at Carey's Field in Sherborne. They faced their opponents Swansea City without top scorer Robert Clowes who had been called up into the first team squad that travelled down to Southampton that morning.

The man who took advantage of that vacancy in the side, Adam Wakley, grabbed the opportunity with both hands, giving Yeovil the lead just six minutes into an excellent first half. The 45 minutes showed both sides to be passing the ball superbly, making use of the flanks well, along with the lush green turf and producing a highly attractive game to watch. The only downside was the lack of end product from both sides, and that meant that they went in at the break with just the single goal to show for all of the good passing.

All that changed straight after the break, with Swansea scoring straight from the restart. A series of passes inside their own half saw Tom Scott lose possession and Da Silva took full advantage. Just 10 minutes into the second period and things got worse as March broke through the Yeovil defence to turn the match on its head.

Joe Grimstead was booked for dissent as he mouthed off at the linesman and there were a couple of second half off the ball confrontations, with Tyler Sheppard grabbed by the throat by a Swansea player after one of their players had gone down injured. The match referee chose to just issue a finger-wagging to the visiting player.

With five minutes remaining, Yeovil's pressure told, as a goalmouth scramble saw Steve Harris bravely stab the ball home to equalise for the Glovers. Harris managed to injure himself in scoring, taking a kick from a Swansea defender, and had to be substituted before play could restart.

Right at the end, Swansea could have won it, but Steve Boore made an excellent blocking save from a one-on-one to keep the match tied at 2-2 and to keep Yeovil in prime position to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time in the club's history.

The match represented captain Tom Scott's final match in green'n'white colours. As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Tom is heading over to Australia to try his luck playing football down under, and plans to be out of the country for the next 12 months. We wish him the best of luck in his adventure in Oz.

Next up for the Youth Team is a home game against Plymouth Argyle in the fourth match in the League Cup Group Stage. This match will be played at Westland Sports ground in Alvington, Yeovil - just behind the Brewsters pub. Kick-off will be at 11.00a.m. next Saturday before the first team play Brentford and all are welcome to attend.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 2 Swansea City Under 18s 2.

Scorers: Adam Wakley (1-0, 6 mins), Da Silva (1-1, 47 mins), March (1-2, 55 mins), Steve Harris (2-2, 85 mins).

Yeovil Town Under 18s: 1. Steve Boore, 2. Sam Ford, 3. Joe Grimstead, 4. Steve Harris, 5. Tom Scott (Capt), 6. Tom Gallagher, 7. Tom Hopkins, 8. Johnny Oliver, 9. Adam Wakley, 10. Tyler Sheppard, 11. Ciaran Levet.

Subs: 12. Charlie Elsworth (85 mins for Steve Harris), 14. Rhys Baggridge (76 mins for Adam Wakley), 15. Lewis Clarke (64 mins for Tom Hopkins), GK. Alex Sprake.

Yeovil Booking: Joe Grimstead (dissent, 58 mins).


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19 September 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Southampton Game
Following this afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Southampton, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the press. Talking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Skivo gives his views on the game, the two penalties, and his thoughts on what the squad is currently lacking.

For the full interview transcript, follow the link below, or head to the Interviews section on this site.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Southampton Game.


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19 September 2009 : Southampton 2 Yeovil 0 : Lambert Double Has Glovers Paying The Penalty
Yeovil Town were beaten by two controversial penalties at St Mary's this afternoon. Rickie Lambert continued to be Yeovil's nemesis when he scored twice from the spot to give Southampton their first league victory of the season. The Glovers battled valiantly but only fleetingly looked like they could seriously threaten the Saints goal during the 90 minutes. The first spot-kick came 19 minutes into the match when a dubious looking trip inside the box by Terrell Forbes on Marek Saganowski saw referee Tony Bates take centre stage and Lambert score from the spot. In the second period, Saints got their second spot kick when a linesman's flag ruled that Nathan Jones had handled inside the box, and again Lambert made no mistake.

The Glovers went into the match with Stefan Stam pulling out of the squad, but thankfully Craig Alcock had fully recovered from a hamstring injury. Jonathan Obika's absence through international duty allowed Sam Williams to get a starting place. On the subs bench, Youth Team striker Robert Clowes filled the 7th spot, with the Glovers down to their last 17 senior places.

Yeovil competed in the sense that they chased Southampton down, worked hard and put in plenty of effort. But it was clear from an early stage that one team held the aces, in subtle ways. It wasn't in goalbound attempts, and it wasn't in enthusiasm - the Glovers would have won that hands down. But it was in the way that almost every 50:50 ball was won by the home side and in the way that they held their shape far better and made themselves difficult to break down. An early Andy Welsh shot and a half chance for Gavin Tomlin gave Yeovil some hope that they might break through, but Southampton were to get the upper hand in controversial circumstances.

Marek Saganowski appeared to have lost the ball as it ran out of play, but he fell across the body of Terrell Forbes in theatrical fashion where only the most optimistic Saints fan might have appealed for a penalty. In the press this week, there has been plenty of talk about how to spot players performing theatrics inside the penalty box including academic presentations on the subject. A pity that referee Tony Bates doesn't appear to take a daily newspaper - he pointed to the spot and Rickie Lambert put the Saints 1-0 up with 19 minutes gone.

It's difficult to really identify any other clear-cut chances for either side in what was a first half played largely in the middle third of the pitch. Saints looked superior but without having any real cutting edge to them - they were well organised and Yeovil were a little inclined to play the ball across the face of the opposition box rather than attempting to shoot early when the opportunity arose.

If the first penalty was iffy, the second penalty was utterly ridiculous. It was apparently the result of a handball against Nathan Jones, but even that had to be confirmed to travelling fans via the BBC local radio commentary rather than by using their eyes. At the other end, Saints fans found it just as difficult to work out what referee Tony Bates and his linesman were doing in awarding the second spot kick. Even the Saints players walked away when the whistle was blown, with Rickie Lambert admitting after the game that he had assumed that Saints had been penalised for an infringment. Sadly, strikers like Lambert will accept any bit of generous charity thrown his way, and despite it being incredibly obvious from his run-up which corner he was going to aim for, the power of the shot was too much for Richard Martin to save.

With the second goal being a real kick in the teeth for the Glovers, Saints began to dominate possession with the crowd cheering every pass, as well as the arrival of Senegalese striker Papa Waigo Ndiaye onto the field. It wasn't really until the closing stages of the match that the Glovers began to rack up a number of good chances, even if the majority of attempts were made to look very comfortable by home keeper Kelvin Davis. There was a feeling that Saints were barely needing to get out of second gear to smother the Glovers attacks, and it was only near the end that they got a bit sloppy, with a long range attempt from Sam Williams, and other lesser efforts from Caulker, Mason and Kalala, but even so it looked as though Southampton might grab a slightly harsh third goal on the break as Yeovil pushed up in numbers.

It would be easy to try and pass this game off as more bad luck, or the result of unjust decisions, and it's true to say that on the surface of it, referee Tony Bates has a lot to answer for in his influence upon the game in its key decisions. But that would mask the fact that Yeovil were second best on the day and at times during the second period, the phrase "men against boys" sprung to mind. The players can't be faulted for their effort today, but there is a lack of quality and a lack of physical presence in the side, and certainly today the lack of a Plan B - magnified by the decision to only make one substitution in a game that was crying out for change. As part of his lead-up to the game, Skiverton said the two clubs were streets apart in their standing - it may have taken Mr Bates to step in to make that point obvious, but certainly the underlying impression was that Skivo was right in many aspects of Yeovil's play today.

Final Score: Southampton 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Rickie Lambert (19 mins, 1-0 penalty), Rickie Lambert (52 mins, 2-0 penalty).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
15. Richard Martin
2. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
13. Ryan Mason 8. Keiran Murtagh 21. JP Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin

Subs: 33. Ben Roberts (GK) 16. Scott Murray 18. Andy Lindegaard 32. Andre McCollin 7. George O'Callaghan 28. Nathan Smith (64 mins for Andy Welsh) 34. Rob Clowes .

Southampton: (4-4-2)
1. Kelvin Davis
2. Dan Harding 12. Neal Trotman 6. Radhi Jaidi 3. Wayne Thomas
23. Lloyd James 14. Dean Hammond 19. Morgan Schneiderlin 20. Adam Lallana
7. Richard Lambert 4. Marek Saganowski

Subs:
28. Bartosz Bialkowski (GK) 10. Paul Wotton (79 mins for Wayne Thomas) 9. Papa Waigo Ndiaye (72 mins for Marek Saganowski) 35. Jacob Mellis 18. Joseph Mills (71 mins for Morgan Schneiderlin) 17. Matthew Paterson 5. Chris Perry

Southampton Bookings: Dean Hammond (66 mins, foul), Neal Trotman (74 mins, foul), Lloyd James (75 mins, foul), Papa Waigo Ndiaye (82 mins, kicking ball away)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Jones (80 mins, foul)

Attendance: 19,907 (including 1,472 away fans)


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19 September 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Southampton vs Yeovil Town
If you were at St Mary's this afternoon, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote from the match against Southampton. Choose your top three players, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you wish to add, using the form below.

Link: Southampton vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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19 September 2009 : Under 18s vs Swansea City Result
Yeovil Town's Under 18s played Swansea City this morning in their third Youth Alliance Cup Group Stage match. The match finished with a 2-2 draw. Yeovil's goalscorers were Adam Wakley and Steve Harris. A full match report will be on this site later today.


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19 September 2009 : Jones Frustrated At Spurs Trio International Absence
Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones has admitted his frustration that he could be without three of his club's first choice players for next month's home match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Midfielder/striker Ryan Mason and defender Steven Caulker have both been called up to England Under 19s whilst Jonathan Obika is out in Egypt for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and could be missing if England progress beyond the Second Round stage. All three are on loan at Huish Park from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

Jones told BBC Somerset that he hoped Obika would be home by then but recognised that that he may need to live without them on the day:

"I'm delighted for them personally, but I just wish that there could be an international break where they could go off and earn their respective accolades at international level, then we wouldn't have to suffer. As it is, we could have three of them missing for the Brighton game, which again will be a massive game for us. So it's a bit of a nuisance really. We just have to grin and bear it. Hopefully something can be done and we won't be missing all three of them, and being a Welshman I'd hope that England get knocked out of the tournament anyway! We want to get Jon (Obika) back as soon as possible."

There's no mention of any possibility of applying for the match to be postponed, so we assume at this stage that the club are not considering this, or that it is not an option open to them.

Jones has indicated that the club are hoping for a breakthrough in their hunt for two more loan players after this weekend's matches. The Glovers are looking for an attacking midfielder to cover for Danny Schofield's position in the squad, following his transfer day deadline move to Millwall. Meanwhile they are also looking for a short term loan to cover Jonathan Obika's absence, whilst he is out in Egypt. Jones isn't specific about which place is closest to being filled, but he did tell the Western Daily Press that he was expecting some developments:

"We are working tirelessly. Things will come a little bit clearer over the weekend. We have identified targets, some of which have come about lately whilst others we have been chasing for a while. It is coming together."


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19 September 2009 : Goalkeeper Martin Looks Forward To His Biggest Game
Yeovil Town will be giving a full league debut to goalkeeper Richard Martin this afternoon as he covers for first choice keeper Alex McCarthy, who is suspended today. McCarthy was red-carded during last weekend's game at Stockport County and that gave Martin his first bit of league experience for the Glovers. Prior to that, a Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against AFC Bournemouth had given him his club debut.

Assistant manager Nathan Jones has recognised that Martin lacks experience, but has told BBC Somerset that based on what he has seen of him in training, he doesn't have a problem with chucking him in the deep end:

"The proof will be in the pudding, but we trust him. We've seen him in training. He trains very well and he's got a great energy about him. He is young and he is early in his career, but he will never develop unless he is given these chances. It's a big game, playing away at Southampton where they average 16 or 17,000. So that will be a good test for him. But we have enough faith in him to put him in and not to look elsewhere."

Martin has had previous first team league experience with Kingstonian, Dorchester Town and Folkestone Invicta whilst on the books of Brighton and Hove Albion, where Jones and goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts first met the 22 year old. But he never got as far as the Seagulls' first team, meaning that this afternoon is by far the biggest game in his career. Martin himself admits that it will be a special occasion:

"I can't wait. What a game to make your league debut - Southampton at their place. That should be a fantastic game with good atmosphere. I'm buzzing and I can't wait for it to start. You always get a bit nervous before every game at any level, and that was particularly true when I was younger. But I must say that this season I've been a bit cooler and a bit calmer. However, it's nice to have a little bit of nerves in that it just gets the adrenalin going before the start of a game and makes it easier to get involved that way."


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19 September 2009 : Stockport County Man of the Match Result
One of the good things about supporter-led Man of the Match voting is the general diversity of opinion you get. The Matchday Sponsor's Man of the Match that is announced over the tannoy sometimes leaves many of us scratching our heads. But as the saying goes, football is a game of opinions, and the votes that we get through reflect the spread of those opinions.

Every now and again though, everyone is all of the same mind. One of those moments came as part of last Saturday's 2-2 draw against Stockport County and the end result was verging on a unanimous verdict. Whilst defensive duo Steven Caulker and Terrell Forbes clocked up a healthy number of votes, the winner was a mile ahead.

The return of Jean-Paul Kalala to Huish Park has certainly created a good first impression and he was the runaway winner by the biggest margin of the season so far. Even the Matchday Sponsor agreed, the Western Gazette agreed and the Football League agreed when they published their Team of the Week on Monday.

Full results, with outright Man of the Match votes in brackets are shown below. Don't forget when you return from St Mary's Stadium tonight that the voting form will be automatically ready for you to cast your votes for that game as well.

1 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 536 (50)
2 Terrell Forbes 144 (1)
3 Steven Caulker 106 (4)
4 Ryan Mason 66 (1)
5 Gavin Tomlin 66 (0)
6 Andy Welsh 34 (2)
7 Sam Williams 30 (1)
8 Jonathan Obika 26 (0)
9 Nathan Jones 18 (0)
10 Keiran Murtagh 16 (0)
11 Stefan Stam 8 (0)
12 Richard Martin 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.90

Performance: 7.02
Entertainment: 6.78

VOTES RECEIVED: 59


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18 September 2009 : Jonesy Wary Of Lambert Threat
Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones has said that he is under no illusions about the threat that tomorrow's opponents have got up front. The name of former Bristol Rovers striker Rickie Lambert needs little introduction to a fellow West Country club, with him having spent three years at the Memorial Stadium.

Just after the 2009-10 season, Lambert moved from Bristol to Southampton for a fee reported as £800,000, rising to one million depending on add-ons. A considerable investment for any League One side, but Nathan told BBC Somerset that he thought it was money well-spent:

"A lot of teams try and spend big and bring in players from higher leagues who maybe don't quite get this league. But Rickie Lambert is a great buy I think. They've spent a million pounds on a proven striker at this level. And I think that if you are proven, then you are going to do well at this level. They've got a very good target-man and he is very dangerous. He is as dangerous outside the box as he is inside. It's going to be a good test for our own centre-halves."

Yeovil Town's last encounter with Lambert was not a happy one. He scored the third goal in a 3-0 win over the Glovers for Bristol Rovers in February 2009 in the game between Russell Slade's departure and Terry Skiverton's appointment as manager. He also netted in the September 2008 2-2 draw at Huish Park in the same season.


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18 September 2009 : England U16s Victory Shield Full Match and Ticketing Details
Further to our September 11th news item, further details of the Victory Shield tournament are now available.

The club had previously announced that Northern Ireland would be the visiting team at Huish Park on Thursday October 15th. The FA have stated that Wales will instead be the visitors on that day. The match will kick-off at the slightly unusual time of 7.40p.m. and will be comprised of two 40 minute halves.

As previously mentioned, the Victory Shield is an Under 16s international tournament sponsored by Sky Sports who usually televise the events. The match against Northern Ireland will take place at an unnamed English venue on November 5th, with a visit to Scotland scheduled for November 27th.

Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has confirmed the fixture against Wales and added that he hoped it would bring a lot of younger supporters to Huish Park:

"We are delighted to be asked by The Football Association to host the Victory Shield international between England and Wales at Huish Park. It is a wonderful opportunity for people in Somerset and the neighbouring counties to see some of the best emerging talent in the game. We hope the youngsters from the local schools and clubs particularly will attend in large numbers and create a terrific atmosphere for this prestigious match."

England Under 16s Head Coach Kenny Swain said that those people from the Somerset area who went to the game would stand a chance of seeing some of the England stars of the future with past encounters having seen many now famous names wear England shirts as youngsters:

"Weíre delighted to be able to bring this U16 game to Huish Park. Itís a terrific venue and itíll be a great opportunity for people from the south-west to see Englandís emerging talent. The Victory Shield is a fantastic competition because it gives young players their first taste of international football. In previous years players such as Wayne Rooney, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe have played in this competition and have obviously gone on to represent their country at the highest level. Jack Rodwell, Danny Welbeck and Danny Rose have featured more recently and they are now making their mark at Under-21 level. There could be some players on view at Yeovil that will one day follow in their footsteps, and if so, they can say their England career began at Huish Park."

Advance tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office, priced just £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions. Match day prices will be £5.00 for adults only, with concessions remaining at £1.00. There are also Charter Standard Booking Forms (aimed at schools/clubs) and Group Booking Forms (aimed at large bookings) that you can use below if you are looking at taking a large school group or organisation to the game that will reduce the cost of admission for children down to £0.50. For all enquiries please phone the Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

Link: Charter Standard Booking Form.

Link: Group Booking Form.


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18 September 2009 : Southampton vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the short journey down to the south coast of Hampshire tomorrow as they face a Southampton side just as desperate for points as they are. The Glovers go into the game with five defeats and three draws in their last eight games, whilst the Saints have not won in the league at all this season. Both teams will want to avoid extending those statistics any further.

The Saints also lie bottom of League One on minus five points, and have made heavy weather of trying to deal with their 10 point deduction caused when their parent club went into administration at the tail end of last season. Even removing that penalty would leave them in the relegation zone, and it's pretty obvious that those in charge at St Mary's will not tolerate the situation if manager Alan Pardew does not start clawing back that deficit soon.

To be fair to Pardew, he has had next to no time to build up his own squad. The former Yeovil Town midfielder was only appointed to the job on July 17th, with the Saints having lost numerous players over the summer as either their administrators sold players off to keep the club alive, or players chose to leave to stay at Championship level. By the time Pardew turned up and the club came out of administration, a fair chunk of the pre-season was gone and Saints were playing catch-up with their squad numbers as well as catch-up on the league table.

The mood amongst the Southampton media and websites is that of whipping up a storm for what they believe is an imminent first win, and it will be Yeovil Town's job to play the role of either party-poopers, or lambs to the slaughter. The Southampton Daily Echo opt for the latter, believing that on paper their first home win is on its way. Journalist Simon Carter is certainly no stranger to Yeovil Town - he used to be employed by the Western Gazette around the time when Pardew was playing for the Glovers, and he seems to see the game as a foregone conclusion:

"Saints really need to win on Saturday against a side that have drawn three and lost five of their last eight league and cup games. Saints shouldnít beat Yeovil because of the two clubsí vastly differing histories, traditions and fanbases. They should win because they have got a far bigger and far better squad, full of players who would walk into Championship teams. THAT is why questions will start to be asked if Saints donít win this weekend ... because they donít really have any excuses not to."

Whilst the Glovers may sit back and wonder why they're bothering to turn up to St Mary's on Saturday, given that kind of judgment on their chances, probably their best hope of getting one or three points on Saturday is to keep the game tight for the opening half hour spell, in the hope that this may get the home supporters a little twitchy in their seats. Nerves are likely to be jangling with the Saints unlikely to be satisfied with yet another draw and Pardew has told the Daily Echo he needs the home fans to remain patient:

"The most important thing for us as we need the win so much is they donít make us nervous tomorrow. Iíd stress to them to try and hold back when we make mistakes and give us some vocal support. We will be a bit nervous tomorrow to get this win but the boys are in good spirits, desperate to win, theyíve worked really hard Ė so weíre looking forward to it."

Pardew faces a few team selection dilemmas, with two new signings having come through a midweek Reserve match designed to improve their fitness. Defender Radhi Jaidi and Senegalese striker Papa Waigo N'Diaye both played in the stiffs and are likely to be in the match-day squad. Pardew though has hinted that Jaidi is the one closest to full fitness and so he could get the nod to make his full debut. Winger Lee Holmes is also available following a groin injury.

Their only two definite absentees are full-back Graeme Murty, who has a knee injury and Kayne McLaggon who has an Achilles problem. They will include defender Dan Harding in their line-up, with him being able to tell Pardew a thing or two about the Glovers, given that he trained at Huish Park during pre-season. Another familiar face is Rickie Lambert, who was last seen scoring a long-range free-kick against the Glovers in a Bristol Rovers shirt in February and so will need close attention.

The Glovers will give a full league debut to goalkeeper Richard Martin as first choice keeper Alex McCarthy serves a one match suspension for a red card last weekend. Meanwhile striker Jonathan Obika is away for a month with the England Under-20s side, meaning that Sam Williams and Gavin Tomlin are almost guaranteed to be the front pairing for Yeovil on Saturday. Dean Bowditch (shoulder) and Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) remain long term absentees.

Skiverton's main team selection issues lie in who to pick along the right-flank of Yeovil's line-up. At right-wing, the Glovers boss has shuffled around a bit attempting to plug the gap left by Danny Schofield, with Andy Welsh and Ryan Mason having been tried in that spot so far. Meanwhile at right-back, Skivo has a nicer problem with Terrell Forbes putting in some impressive performances both out wide and in the centre so far this season and the Glovers boss admitted to the Western Daily Press that this gave him a decision to make over Craig Alcock, who missed the game with a hamstring problem:

"Terrell looked very good (at right-back against Stockport). He was very enthusiastic going up the line and I think he defended really well. He has created a little problem for me now because I thought Stefan (Stam) came in and was solid as well. When people are out of the side they are going to have to fight now to get back and Craig (Alcock) is going to have to train hard."

Tickets are available on the day of the game from Ticket Office Number 3 from St Mary's Stadium on a CASH ONLY basis. They are no longer being sold from Huish Park. For full ticketing details and other information, head to the Ciderspace guide below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southampton.

Link: Congestion Expected For Southampton Boat Show.

Link: Officials For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southampton.

Link: Away Travel Club Details For Southampton.


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18 September 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Happy Days Are Here Again
As the squad prepare to travel to Southampton this weekend, Taff has given his own pre-match analysis of the game. This includes thoughts on where the squad stands now Jonathan Obika is off for a month's worth of international duty.

On another note, a parallel universe appears to have appeared within Taff Towers. Read on in Taff's Gloversblog, with the latest article available via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Happy Days Are Here Again.


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17 September 2009 : Caulker and Mason Get International Call-Ups
Yeovil Town have had two loan players called up into the England Under 19s squad. The two are Tottenham Hotspur pair Steven Caulker and Ryan Mason. They will be absent for matches against Slovenia, Finland and Slovakia as part of the first qualifying stage of the European Championship that is being held in Slovenia next month.

The matches will be held between Friday October 9th and Wednesday October 14th, meaning that both players will miss the October 10th home match against Brighton and Hove Albion. This is a match that team-mate Jonathan Obika could also miss if the England Under 20s reach the quarter-final stages of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.

Congratulations to both players, on what is their first ever call-ups at this level of football.

As something to keep an eye on, the call-ups for Mason, Caulker and Obika mean that Yeovil Town could apply to the Football League for the postponement of their match against Brighton. However, given Obika's stay in Egypt is conditional on England reaching the latter stages of the tournament, we're unsure of where the rules stand concerning the potential of a club losing a player for a League match. Football League rules state that a club may apply for the postponement if three or more players are called up for international duty on a designated international fixture weekend. However, this is generally for confirmed call-ups and the Glovers will only be certain that Obika will be absent after the FIFA Under-20 World Cup Second Round fixtures have been completed. At present, the Brighton match will remain on - we'll publish another news item if there is any doubt of it not taking place.

England Under 19s: Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Jacob Mellis (Southampton - on loan from Chelsea), Jordan Clarke (Coventry City), James Wallace (Everton), Wesley Foderingham (Fulham), Reece Brown (Manchester United), Cameron Stewart (Manchester United), Ryan Donaldson (Newcastle United), Nile Ranger (Newcastle United), Declan Rudd (Norwich City), Nathaniel Wedderburn (Stoke City), Adam Smith (Wycombe Wanderers - on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Dean Parrett (Tottenham Hotspur), Steven Caulker (Yeovil Town - on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Mason (Yeovil Town - on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Frank Nouble (West Ham United), Scott Malone (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Schedule:

09/10/2009 : England vs Finland (Fazanerija, Murska Sobota, Slovenia, 15:00hrs)
11/10/2009 : England vs Slovenia (Fazanerija, Murska Sobota, Slovenia, 15:00hrs)
14/10/2009 : England vs Slovakia (Sportni Park, Lendava, Slovenia, 15:00hrs)


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17 September 2009 : Congestion Expected For Southampton Boat Show
Yeovil Town's trip to St Mary's on Saturday will clash with another major event in Southampton. The 2009 Southampton Boat Show will be into its penultimate day on Saturday. The event takes place around the Mayflower Park and Town Quay area of the city.

What this means is that there will be extra pressure upon the city's central car parks, with West Quay Podium and Multi-Storey, Ocean Village and Leisure World car parks expected to be very popular for those heading to the Boat Show.

In addition, roads for those travelling from the west side of the City are likely to be more congested with Millbrook Road expected to be particularly busy.

Obviously allow additional time for travelling through the City centre, and if you plan to use any of the car parks in the Town Quay area, then allow plenty of time to find a space.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southampton.


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17 September 2009 : Advance Ticket Sales Deadline For Southampton Trip
Yeovil Town fans wanting to purchase advance tickets for Saturday's match against Southampton must do so by the end of today. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open until 5.00p.m. tonight for advance sales for the match at St Mary's, which takes place on Saturday 19th September with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. There will be no advance sales tomorrow.

For those who can't buy a ticket today, don't panic - there will be on the day sales available from St Mary's. For full ticketing details, including on the day arrangements, see the Ciderspace guide below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southampton.


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17 September 2009 : Skivo Says Patience Is The Key
Glovers manager Terry Skiverton has suggested that he is not expecting any new faces to arrive ahead of Saturday's trip to Southampton, but on the other hand he does still appear to be on the look-out for two separate players. Since Danny Schofield left the club on September 1st, Skiverton has been consistent in his aims to bring in a like-for-like replacement for the attacking midfielder. However, he has sometimes - but not always - made reference to the need for a second loan player to cover for striker Jonathan Obika's trip to Egypt with the England Under-20 squad.

At present, his hunt for a striker, as well as an attacking midfielder, appears to be back on the agenda, after Skivo had suggested on Monday that he might be relying upon Sam Williams to step into Obika's shoes. But at present it doesn't look as though either vacancy will be filled in time for the weekend. Skiverton told this week's Western Gazette that there was a need for patience in the matter:

"I think we have got to be extra patient. If someone does come in, it is maybe a little bit ahead of schedule with what I am looking to do and with the type of player I am trying to bring in. I keep telling fans to be patient. Jon Obika is going (on international duty) and we have not yet missed any games without our full quota of strikers. But if we go into another week and then another week without getting a striker and another player I will be disappointed."


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16 September 2009 : Glovers Youth vs Millfield Tonight
Yeovil Town's Youth Team are taking on Millfield School tonight in a friendly being played at Carey's Playing Field, Sherborne. Kick-off is 5.30p.m. and the following side has been named for the match:

Yeovil Town Youth Team: Alex Sprake, Lewis Clarke, Ben Williams, Ben Robertson, Rhys Baggridge, Will Spurway, Tom Hopkins, Charlie Elsworth (Capt), Max Harrington, Lloyd Matthews, Andy Baker.

Subs: Lewis Morgan, Danny Williams, Henry Bond, Ben Bicknell, Tyler Sheppard, Steve Boore (GK).

Link: Carey's Playing Field, Sherborne.

Update: Yeovil Town's Youth Team lost the match 1-0, with Millfield's goal scored from the penalty spot.


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15 September 2009 : On The Day Ticketing At St Mary's
For those who need to make late decisions for Yeovil Town's League One away match at Southampton, tickets for the match will be available on the day of the game. Glovers fans must go to Ticket Office 3 at St Mary's Stadium to make their purchases. However, you should note that this office accept CASH ONLY so don't turn up expecting to pay by credit card or cheque.

We'd still recommend that you buy in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office if you can. Aside from the convenience factor, some of the bus shuttle services require you to show your matchday ticket to make use of the service. The full Ciderspace guide to Southampton has, we hope, all the information you could need.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Guide to Southampton.


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15 September 2009 : McCarthy Ban Confirmed
The Football Association have confirmed that goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will serve a one match ban this coming Saturday, when Yeovil travel to Southampton. McCarthy was dismissed for a professional foul in last weekend's match against Stockport County.


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15 September 2009 : Saints Boss Pardew Optimistic Despite The Pressure
Southampton manager Alan Pardew is being bullish about his side's chances of picking up three points against Yeovil Town. The Saints have yet to win a league match since they were relegated from the Championship at the end of last season, with their only success being a Carling Cup match against Northampton Town.

On the flipside though, they've not lost in the League for a month now, with the Hampshire club being the draw specialists - five out of their seven league fixtures have ended up in stalemate. Their problem is that they're unable to hold onto a lead - they've taken the lead in three of their last four matches (the other was a 0-0 draw) only to find themselves pegged back.

Pardew, who played for Yeovil Town during the mid-1980s has told the Southampton Daily Echo that he believes his club are on the edge of great things and hopes that can commence against the Glovers on Saturday:

"I do sense itís almost there. It is a great platform if we win on Saturday against Yeovil. The people at all four games so far will have seen there is enough talent here to go on a run and enough discipline being installed."

Pardew believes his side's tendency to concede late goals is in part due to the pressure on his players' shoulders whilst the lack of a first league win remains:

"Unfortunately, we havenít got that win and, until we get that, we will play with a bit of pressure. I felt when Charlton scored on Saturday, the pressure came back on us again and affected us. Iím afraid if you canít get into winning mode itís hard, and we could look a very good side if we get that. At the moment we look a decent side that just loses its confidence because of a lack of a win now and again."

Southampton's pressure is added to by the 10 point deduction they incurred over the summer due to their parent company going into administration. That has left them bottom on minus five points. At present, even discounting the penalty they incurred, the Saints would still be in the relegation zone, meaning that they have yet to eat into the gap between them and safety. This season could still be all about survival for them, with the impact of their new Swiss ownership having yet to make a noticeable difference in terms of points on the board. Rather like the Glovers, they need a win sooner rather than later.

Link: Away Travel Club Details For Southampton.

Link: Officials For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southampton.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.


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15 September 2009 : Away Travel Club Southampton Details
The Away Travel Club are running transport to Saturday's away match at Southampton. The game takes place at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday 19th September with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The cost of travel to anyone wanting to go will be £10.00 and they will be leaving from the Away End at Huish Park at 10.30a.m. Call Roger on 07960687075 if you want to reserve a seat.

Link: Officials For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Southampton.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.


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15 September 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 2 Stockport 2
On the back of Saturday's 2-2 draw with Stockport County, Taff brings his latest views on the team's performance. There's also his usual look at the individuals in the team, and consideration of the attendance figure - Yeovil's third lowest Football League crowd.

Read more via Taff's Gloversblog, with the latest article linked below. Don't forget that you can comment on the articles by using the form at the foot of the page.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 2 Stockport 2.


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14 September 2009 : Kalala In Team Of The Week
To give him his full name, Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala has not taken long to make an impact since his return to Huish Park. He's added bite to a mid-field where that was seriously lacking in the opening matches of the season, and his second appearance and first start on Saturday, against Stockport County, saw him the sponsors' Man of the Match. To that recognition he can now add a place in this week's Football League Official League One Team of the Week.

The full line-up is :

Mikkel Andersen (Bristol Rovers); Adam Virgo (Brighton & Hove Albion); Byron Anthony (Bristol Rovers); Luke Oliver (Wycombe Wanderers); Chris Palmer (Gillingham); Adam Lallana (Southampton); Curtis Weston (Gillingham); J-P KALALA (Yeovil Town); Danny Jackman (Gillingham); Nicky Forster (Brighton & Hove Albion); Carl Baker (Stockport County).

Congratulations to all, but of course particularly to J-P.

Link: 24/08/2009 : Jon Obika In Team Of The Week.

Link: 11/08/2009 : Andy Welsh In Team Of The Week.


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14 September 2009 : Officials For Southampton vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League One match against Southampton have been announced. The match referee will be Tony Bates (Staffordshire). We've not seen Mr Bates in action for a couple of years, but based upon previous experience he is one of the better officials on the circuit.

Our last two meetings were during the 2006-07 season, with him taking charge of a 1-0 win over Swansea City at Huish Park and the 1-1 at Sixfields in September 2006. Prior to that he was at Huish Park for the 3-0 over Doncaster Rovers in April 2006, and twice in 2004-05 - away to Swansea City (2-0 victory) and away to Rushden & Diamonds (0-2 loss).

What's unusual is that bar the odd quibble on a yellow card that we thought that should have been a red (in our favour, naturally!) and other things of a similar nature, he's yet to have a bad game in a Yeovil Town match. Either this means that he should be pushed further up the league ladder to the top level, or that he's seriously overdue a stinker. We'll let you know which, after Saturday!

Mr Bates will be assisted by Matt Foley (London) and Elliott Kaye (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Michael Rowley (Berkshire).

Link: Feb 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 Swansea City 0.

Link: Sept 2006 : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2006 : Yeovil Town 3 Doncaster Rovers 0.

Link: Jan 2005 : Swansea City 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2005 : Rushden and Diamonds 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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14 September 2009 : A Charitable Concern
Whilst the focus was not directly upon our own club, Yeovil Town played host to one of the more emotional parts of the footballing weekend on Saturday. We may not have appreciated Carl Baker's two goals for Stockport County in quite the same way as the Hatters fans in the away end, but if one County player was going to score against us, then there couldn't have been a more appropriate person to do it.

As reported in the lead-up to the weekend game, Carl Baker lost his brother Michael to leukaemia on Wednesday, and it would not have been too surprising if he had elected to stay at home. He decided instead to travel down to Somerset and in doing so made himself the country's leading goalscorer in national football with his 8th and 9th of the season. Their defender Johnny Mullins told the Manchester Evening News that their opening goal celebration was preplanned:

"I was over the moon for Carl to get those two goals. The shirt and the celebration was something that we planned in the week with kitman Richard Landon in honour of Carl's brother and it was going to happen whoever scored but it was really fitting that Carl managed to get the goal."

BBC Sport internet columnist Paul Fletcher has written an article about the game, centred around Baker, and also some of the work Stockport are doing for leukaemia charities. Well worth a read, and for the comments from supporters that follow it, via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Paul Fletcher Blog : Carl Baker and Stockport - an example to us all.


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14 September 2009 : Skivo Looks To Williams For Regular Role
With striker Sam Williams coming off the bench to score his debut goal on Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has hinted that he may seek to give the former Aston Villa trainee a run in the side, rather than dive into the loan market.

Last week, Skiverton indicated that Jonathan Obika's call-up into the England Under 20s squad would force him to go into the loan market again. However, speaking to the Western Daily Press he has suggested that he is more likely now to restrict his targets to one loan recruit, with the original need to replace Danny Schofield still the number one priority:

"I am still out there looking for one more player, and hopefully we might get something sorted this week, but I think Sam deserves his chance and I think he will get it. Sam has done fantastically well, he has shown great patience with his injury and I think it is time to give him a go now."

Obika will be missing for up to six matches now, as he is due to fly to Cyprus today with the England Under 20 squad as part of a training camp that will be held prior to the main FIFA event in Egypt. During that time, the Glovers will have Sam Williams, Gavin Tomlin and Andre McCollin competing for the striking positions. In practice that will mean that Williams and Tomlin will have a free run in the side. Ryan Mason is the other player in Yeovil Town's squad with experience of playing up front, but so far he has been exclusively used in midfield.


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14 September 2009 : Swindon Town Man Of The Match Result
Just over a week ago, Yeovil Town played Swindon Town at Huish Park and came out on the end of a 0-1 reversal in a game of few chances. It was a downbeat performance from the Glovers and it probably says a lot that the top five Man of the Match votes went to the back four and the goalkeeper.

Keeper Alex McCarthy did well for himself, but it was the central defensive pairing of Steven Caulker and Terrell Forbes who were out on top by some distance, with Terrell finishing on top. Recognition indeed, considering Terrell could have easily been marked down by supporters for scoring an own goal during the match that won the game for Swindon. For reference, Nathan Jones was the match sponsor's Man of the Match on the day and came in 5th.

Full results including outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1 Terrell Forbes 234 (17)
2 Steven Caulker 190 (11)
3 Alex McCarthy 106 (7)
4 Craig Alcock 62 (4)
5 Nathan Jones 44 (2)
6 Keiran Murtagh 26 (1)
7 Andy Welsh 24 (1)
8 Jonathan Obika 22 (0)
9 Ryan Mason 20 (1)
10 Andre McCollin 16 (1)
11 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 10 (0)
11 Nathan Smith 10 (0)
13 Andy Lindegaard 8

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.52

Performance: 3.30
Entertainment: 3.74

VOTES RECEIVED: 45

Don't forget that if you were at Saturday's match against Stockport County your Man of the Match votes are also required. Choose your top three players, plus entertainment and performance marks and follow it up with any additional comments you want to make, via the form below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Stockport County : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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14 September 2009 : Interview With Sam Williams
During Saturday's 2-2 draw with Stockport County, summer signing Sam Williams came off the bench to score his debut goal for the club. Following the game, BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon talked to him about the match, and the full transcript of that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Sam Williams Talks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Stockport.


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13 September 2009 : Skivo's Pre-Match Stockport Interview
Just prior to kick-off yesterday, manager Terry Skiverton gave his pre-match team news and views to the BBC. Speaking to reporter Rob Scanlon, Skivo's pre-match thoughts are now recorded in the Interviews section of this site, or via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Talks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Stockport.


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12 September 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Stockport Game
Following this afternoon's 2-2 draw with Stockport County, manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match thoughts to the BBC. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon the full transcript of Skivo's interview is recorded via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Stockport Game.


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12 September 2009 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Stockport County
If you were at Huish Park this afternoon, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote from the 2-2 draw against Stockport County. Choose your top three players, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you wish to add, using the form below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Stockport County : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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12 September 2009 : Yeovil 2 Stockport 2 : Ten Men Glovers Defy Odds
Yeovil Town secured a 2-2 draw against Stockport County at Huish Park this afternoon in difficult circumstances. They had to play for 70 minutes with just 10 men after goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was dismissed for a professional foul. That offence gave Stockport the lead from the penalty spot with Carl Baker netting past substitute Richard Martin. Baker added a second after Gavin Tomlin had turned in a Ryan Mason assist. It was Mason again who supplied Yeovil's second equalising goal, as his cross allowed Sam Williams the chance to head home his first Glovers goal.

The Glovers made three changes to last weekend's line-up with Craig Alcock replaced by Stefan Stam as Terrell Forbes shuffled out to right-back. Gavin Tomlin was a straight swap for Sam Williams, who presumably wasn't quite fit enough to get through 90 minutes, whilst Nathan Smith dropped to the bench allowing Andy Welsh and Ryan Mason to take up the wide positions, and for Jean-Paul Kalala to make his first full appearance since returning to the club.

County striker Carl Baker has had a week to forget off the field, surprising a few by turning up in Somerset despite suffering a family bereavement during the week. But sometimes such events can inspire and galvanise a player, and so it was not surprising to find him opening the goalscoring from the penalty spot and to add his 9th goal of the season later on in the game.

The opening strike did not go down well with the home fans. It came on the back of a Nicholas Bignall run that took him past home keeper Alex McCarthy. There were suggestions that Bignall had got beyond McCarthy before he went over in the box, but once referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot, McCarthy was in trouble, and his dismissal for a professional foul was inevitable, even if the actual decision to award the penalty will need to be scrutinised on the Football League show tonight.

Baker dispatched the penalty, heading to the Stockport dugouts to collect a t-shirt - doubtless with a message on it giving a dedication to his brother. With Richard Martin in goal, and Andy Welsh having been sacrificed to allow the change, Yeovil seemed up against it but to their credit they didn't lie down.

Just 11 minutes after the opening goal they drew level. Stockport failed to clear their lines from a Nathan Jones corner, and Jones got a second bite of the cherry. His ball into the box was headed back by Steven Caulker to Ryan Mason, whose pass-cum-shot found Gavin Tomlin, who turned and shot into the net to ensure that the ten-men Glovers were back on level terms.

If anything the Glovers were playing better with 10 men than with 11 on the field. It was therefore highly frustrating that Stefan Stam was guilty of giving Carl Baker far too much room to turn inside the box and fire the ball into the back of the net in first half injury time. A soft goal and scored slightly against the run of play at the worst possible time. 1-2 at the break.

The second half saw Stockport seemingly trying to sit on their slender lead. Chances for either side were limited, and the visitors seemed content to stick with their advantage rather than looking to extend it further. In doing so they seemed to play into Yeovil's hands, and the longer the half went on, the more confidence the Glovers gained that they didn't need to worry about being a man down.

They'd therefore feel fully justified in their equaliser which has to go down as an inspired substitution by manager Terry Skiverton. Five minutes after he had replaced Jonathan Obika for Sam Williams, just before Obika leaves for the FIFA Under 20 World Cup, a Ryan Mason cross was met by the head of Williams for his first Yeovil Town goal and a great equaliser.

Oddly the goal still didn't wake up Stockport and in the closing stages, the Glovers could have snatched an improbable winner. Jean-Paul Kalala's cross deceived Owain fon Williams and almost landed direct in the back of the net, whilst in injury time Ryan Mason shot just wide of the post. In the end the Glovers had to settle for the draw, but their sheer effort with 10 men could even have grabbed them more than that. In terms of effort and keeping their heads up they deserve great credit for that.

The result means that Yeovil remain in 17th place in the League One table. A 90th minute win for Bristol Rovers did Yeovil a favour as they climbed above Oldham Athletic who drop into the relegation zone. Elsewhere all of the other sides in and around the bottom half of the table drew their matches bar Tranmere Rovers who lost again, whilst Brighton and Hove Albion won at Carlisle United. They now face three difficult away matches in their next four games, and are still searching for a win since their first match of the season. But considering the circumstances they will consider that a point gained rather than two dropped today.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Bookings.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Stockport County 2.

Scorers: Carl Baker (0-1, 22 mins), Gavin Tomlin (1-1, 33 mins), Carl Baker (1-2, 45 mins), Sam Williams (2-2, 68 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
13. Ryan Mason 8. Keiran Murtagh 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) (21 mins for Andy Welsh) 7. George O'Callaghan (79 mins for Keiran Murtagh) 9. Sam Williams (63 mins for Jonathan Obika) 16. Scott Murray 18. Andy Lindegaard 28. Nathan Smith 32. Andre McCollin

Stockport County (4-4-1-1):
1. Owain Fon Williams
2. Johnny Mullins 20. Gianluca Havern 25. Paul Huntington 3. Michael Rose
7. James Vincent 5. Liam Bridcutt 8. Greg Tansey 15. David Poole
10. Carl Baker
24. Nicholas Bignall

Substitutes: 23. Lloyd Rigby (GK) 4. Paul Turnbull 6. Michael Raynes 9. Peter Thompson (86 mins for Nicholas Bignall) 11. Oli Johnson (76 mins for James Vincent) 17. Danny Pilkington 18. Andy Halls

Yeovil Bookings: Jonathan Obika (37 mins, foul) Red Card: Alex McCarthy (20 mins, professional foul).

Stockport Bookings: James Vincent (35 mins, foul)

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Mike Cairns (Somerset). Fourth Official: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 3,519 (including approx 200 Stockport fans)


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12 September 2009 : Starting Line-Ups For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County
This afternoon's match against Stockport County sees manager Terry Skiverton make three changes to last week's side. Right-back Craig Alcock has failed to recover from a hamstring strain he sustained in last weekend's match, meaning that there is a recall for team captain Stefan Stam whilst Terrell Forbes shuffles out wide.

In midfield, Nathan Smith is dropped to the bench, allowing Andy Welsh the ability to switch back to his natural position on the left. Jean-Paul Kalala benefits by coming into the centre of midfield, whilst Ryan Mason plugs the problematic right-wing slot.

The third change is that Gavin Tomlin returns from injury - convenient given that Sam Williams is only fit enough to sit on the bench today.

Stockport's starting line-up features three former Glovers, with Liam Bridcutt, David Poole and Michael Rose all in their eleven.

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
13. Ryan Mason 8. Keiran Murtagh 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. George O'Callaghan 9. Sam Williams 16. Scott Murray 18. Andy Lindegaard 28. Nathan Smith 32. Andre McCollin

Stockport County (4-4-1-1):
1. Owain Fon Williams
2. Johnny Mullins 20. Gianluca Havern 25. Paul Huntington 3. Michael Rose
7. James Vincent 5. Liam Bridcutt 8. Greg Tansey 15. David Poole
10. Carl Baker
24. Nicholas Bignall

Substitutes: 23. Lloyd Rigby (GK) 4. Paul Turnbull 6. Michael Raynes 9. Peter Thompson 11. Oli Johnson 17. Danny Pilkington 18. Andy Halls


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12 September 2009 : Glovers Youth Gain Revenge Over Rovers
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side gained an impressive 3-2 victory over their Bristol Rovers counterparts at the AXA Sports and Social Club in North Bristol this morning. The result was adequate revenge for a 2-1 defeat earlier this season in the main League competition, with the Glovers securing their second win in the Youth Alliance Cup Group stages.

The game came alive midway through the first half with four quick-fire goals inside 10 minutes. Steve Kingdon put Rovers 1-0 up, but just 60 seconds later a Tom Gallagher piledriver levelled the scores. Then with only two minutes having passed since the equaliser, Tyler Sheppard swivelled inside the box and shot, putting Yeovil 2-1 up. But Rovers pulled the scores level 11 minutes before the break, when Rovers captain George Booth took a long range speculative shot that deflected heavily off a Yeovil player and beyond Steve Boore into the back of the net.

This was a fiercely competitive match with tackles flying in, although both teams kept their discipline in check unlike last week's match against Torquay United. Two half time substitutions for the Glovers saw Lewis Clarke and Tom Hopkins introduced, with Sam Ford having taken a knock during the first period.

The second half was to be the tale of two penalties, with one side converting and the other side failing. Yeovil were the first to get their spot kick, after Ciaran Levet was upended in the box, and Johnny Oliver scored to put Yeovil 3-2 up.

However, when Rovers player Elliot Richards - who has been sat on the bench for a number of their first team fixtures this season - was tripped by Steve Harris, goalkeeper Steve Boore guessed correctly and made a great save from Richards' own penalty to keep Yeovil's lead intact.

Charlie Elsworth came on as a late substitute to steady the ship, and the Glovers held on to secure their second consecutive win. It was a match that could have easily have gone either way, and provided great entertainment for those watching. Aside from the outfield goalscorers who both had great games, Ciaran Levet shone in his best game so far for the Glovers whilst players like Tom Gallagher had better games than they had managed even in last week's match.

The only downside is the news that captain Tom Scott will be leaving the club in a couple of weeks time. He is off to try his luck in Australia for a year. His captaincy and great leadership as well as his own skills as a defender will certainly be missed when he goes.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers Under 18s 2 Yeovil Town Under 18s 3.

Scorers: Steve Kingdon (1-0, 24 mins), Tom Gallagher (1-1, 25 mins), Tyler Sheppard (1-2, 27 mins), George Booth (2-2, 34 mins), Johnny Oliver (2-3, 63 mins)

Yeovil Town Under 18s: 1. Steve Boore, 2. Sam Ford, 3. Joe Grimstead, 4. Steve Harris, 5. Tom Scott (Capt), 6. Tom Gallagher, 7. Tyler Sheppard, 8. Johnny Oliver, 9. Rob Clowes, 10. Lloyd Matthews, 11. Ciaran Levet

Subs: 12. Lewis Clarke (46 mins for Sam Ford) 17. Adam Wakley, 14. Tom Hopkins (46 mins for Lloyd Matthews), 15. Charlie Elsworth (76 mins for Steve Harris), 13. Alex Sprake (GK).

Bristol Rovers Under 18s: Rob Holmes, Alex Hoyle, Steve Kingdon, Tom Seery, Mark Cooper, Jack McKenna, George Booth, Jack Camm, Ollie Clarke, Eliot Richards, Lemar Powell.

Subs: Sam Butler, Jordan Tillson (75 mins for Ollie Clarke), Ashley Bowle (60 mins for Alex Hoyle), Tyrone Rhoden, Robbi Maggs (70 mins for Lemar Powell).

Bookings: Tyler Sheppard (54 mins, foul), Tom Hopkins (87 mins, foul).


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12 September 2009 : Youth Team Line-Up vs Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town's Under 18s are in action this morning in a Youth Alliance Cup Group match against Bristol Rovers. The line-up selected for the game is the same as the team that started against Torquay United last weekend and is as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 18s: 1. Steve Boore, 2. Sam Ford, 3. Joe Grimstead, 4. Steve Harris, 5. Tom Scott (Capt), 6. Tom Gallagher, 7. Tyler Sheppard, 8. Johnny Oliver, 9. Rob Clowes, 10. Lloyd Matthews, 11. Ciaran Levet

Subs: 17. Adam Wakley, 14. Tom Hopkins, 15. Charlie Elsworth, 13. Alex Sprake (GK).

As far as the subs are concerned, there is one change. Rhys Baggridge has dropped out due to a family commitment, whilst there is a 5th substitute who we'll try and identify later on in the game.


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12 September 2009 : Skivo Previews The Stockport Game
On Thursday afternoon, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the press as part of the warm-up to this weekend's match against Stockport County. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, Skivo's thoughts ahead of the Saturday afternoon match at Huish Park are recorded in full, via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Talks To The BBC In The Lead-Up To The Stockport Game.


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11 September 2009 : Team News For The Stockport Game
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has indicated that both of last week's injury victims are struggling to be fit for tomorrow afternoon's match. Striker Sam Williams came off after just 22 minutes with a hip injury, whilst right-back Craig Alcock suffered a hamstring strain and had to be withdrawn six minutes into the second half.

Neither player is certain to play tomorrow, with Alcock almost certain to miss out. However, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was still hoping that Williams would pull through on the day of the game:

"Craig Alcock is struggling at the moment, but Sam Williams we are just going to leave another 24 hours. Hopefully he will be available for the weekend. But it is going to be a close call with Sam."

Skivo confirmed through that there was no issue with striker Gavin Tomlin, meaning that he is most likely to partner Jonathan Obika if Williams fails to pull through:

"Gavin Tomlin is back and fit, so he will be involved. He got through Thursday's training and fingers crossed he will get through Friday's as well. So he's OK and so hopefully we'll have three out of the four to pick from."

Striker Dean Bowditch (shoulder) and winger Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) remain long term absentees.


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11 September 2009 : Huish Park Chosen For England Under 16s Tournament
Yeovil Town will be hosting an England Under 16s match next month as part of the Victory Shield tournament. They will host the England vs Northern Ireland match that will be played on Thursday 15th October.

The match will be televised on Sky Sports who also sponsor the competition. England are current holders and have held the Shield either jointly or outright for the past eight seasons. Kick-off and ticketing arrangements have yet to be determined.


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11 September 2009 : Skiverton Waiting On Lady Luck
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is hoping that his side's luck changes tomorrow. The Glovers boss feels that he has been seeing the wrong side of the coin in recent matches, with injuries forcing players off the field early on and own goals settling games.

The Glovers have lost their last three matches - against Huddersfield Town, AFC Bournemouth and Swindon Town, and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he had high hopes that his side would get the break that they needed tomorrow against Stockport County:

"The last week or week-and-a-half have been a little bit disappointing with results. We've not really had that much luck. We've been positive this week. We've trained really well. I'm very pleased and I'm very confident going into this game. Sometimes you've just got to relax and wait for your turn on the side of luck. We've been training hard, and I think that if you work hard and keep doing the right things, then you will get that little bit of luck eventually."

Link: Saturday's Opponents Make Loan Signing.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Stockport County Match Preview.


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11 September 2009 : Obika Named In England U20 Squad
On loan Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika has been named in England's Under 20 squad that will travel to Egypt later this month. The full squad is as follows:

England Under 20s: Jason Steele (Middlesbrough), Kieran Trippier (Manchester City), Jordan Parkes (Watford), Adam Clayton (Manchester City), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Ben Mee (Manchester City), Febian Brandy (Manchester United), Josh Walker (Middlesbrough), Rhys Murphy (Arsenal), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Paul Marshall (Manchester City), Matthew James (Manchester United), Mark Oxley (Hull City), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Gavin Hoyte (Arsenal), Kyle Bartley (Arsenal), Jon Obika (Yeovil Town - on loan from Spurs), Sam Baldock (MK Dons), Gary Gardner (Aston Villa) Andrew Tutte (Manchester City), Elliott Parish (Aston Villa).

The tournament commences with a match against Uruguay on 26th September. However, the FA have indicated that they expect the squad to relocate to a training camp in Cyprus next week to help them acclimatise to the conditions they are likely to face in Egypt. This means that tomorrow's match against Stockport County will be Obika's last game with the Glovers for potentially up to a month.

Obviously if England are knocked out earlier in the competition, then the players will come home on completion of their final match. However, with the final being played on Friday October 16th, there is the possibility that Obika may not be available until after that weekend. As things stand he therefore could miss up to six matches. At minimum he will miss four games, with the final group stage match set for Friday October 2nd.

Manager Terry Skiverton indicated yesterday that he would look to bring in a loan striker if Obika got called up and with this now having happened, Skivo will need to hunt down two loan players, with a replacement for Danny Schofield still needed.

Congratulations to Jon for getting the call-up. It serves as an early birthday present for him - the striker turns 19 years old tomorrow.

Full England Schedule: (England in Group D)

26/09/2009 : England vs Uruguay (Ismailia Stadium, 7.30p.m.)
29/09/2009 : Ghana vs England (Ismailia Stadium, 7.30p.m.)
02/10/2009 : Uzbekistan vs England (Ismailia Stadium, 7.30p.m.)

Knockout Stage Possible Relevant Fixtures:

Second Round: October 5th - 7th inclusive.
Quarter Finals: October 9th - 10th inclusive.
Semi Finals: October 13th.
Final and Third Place Play-off: October 16th.


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11 September 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Stockport County Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Stockport County tomorrow in what will be a vitally important match for both clubs. This early in the season, any talk of a 'must win' game is sheer folly, but for the Glovers in particular they need to shake off the unwanted statistics that currently read seven games without a win and three defeats in their last three matches.

Stockport lie one position below the Glovers in the current League One table, with both clubs separated by goal difference. Their form is a little better than Yeovil's, with two wins in their last four matches, albeit with one of those being in the JPT against League Two side Crewe Alexandra. Even their single defeat during that four game run was at Elland Road, where Leeds United have just set a club record of 14 straight wins on home soil.

Pre-season betting odds firmly placed the Glovers and Hatters as the two most likely sides to get relegated this season and whilst the clubs lie in 17th and 18th place respectively, they will be anxious to avoid dropping into any position that allows the bookies a chance to say I told you so. Given that Yeovil face daunting looking trips to Southampton, Millwall and Oldham Athletic as three out of their next four fixtures after this one, Saturday's match represents a winnable fixture and a chance to shake off the woes of last week's 1-0 home defeat against Swindon Town.

They go into it without long term injury victims Dean Bowditch (shoulder) and Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee). Striker Gavin Tomlin has been declared as fit, but we've not heard yet whether Sam Williams will be available as well, with the striker having suffered a hip injury last weekend. Right-back Craig Alcock also suffered a hamstring strain last weekend, but was expected to recover in time.

In terms of previous results between the two clubs, the less said the better. They met four times last season after having never previously crossed paths, and a 1-1, 0-5, 2-4, 0-0 in Stockport's favour made them a bogey team of sorts, if you can have such a thing after one season. The hope is that such a bogey status passed over via former manager Russell Slade down to Brighton where his new side lost 2-4 at home to Stockport earlier this season - the Hatters' only League win so far.

Striker Carl Baker scored a hat-trick that day, and he proved it was no fluke when he netted three more against Crewe Alexandra in the JPT, scoring seven goals so far this season. In fact with the exception of singular goals from Nicholas Bignall, David Poole and Oli Johnson, no-one else has scored for the Hatters so far, so it seems fairly obvious which player needs to be marked the most tightly in the game tomorrow.

Unfortunately Baker is a doubt for tomorrow's game due to a family bereavement yesterday and the Hatters have yet to indicate whether he will travel down to Somerset. Skipper Michael Raynes (hamstring) and midfielder Adam Griffin are doubts and could be missing for the visitors. The absence of Raynes is likely to mean that 21 year old Leeds United centre-back Paul Huntington will make his debut as part of his loan spell at Edgeley Park.

Stockport will also have a new man in the dugout with Hugh McAuley joining the club on a temporary basis after assistant manager John Ward left for Colchester United for a similar role in Essex. He will assist boss Gary Ablett for the foreseeable future whilst he mulls over how to replace Ward.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets for the game will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday surcharges. If you want to grab your ticket at the pre-matchday rate then a call or visit to the Ticket Office before 6.00p.m. tonight on 01935-847888 is advised.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Make Loan Signing.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County.


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11 September 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Crumbs of Comfort
As we reach the end of a fairly quiet and uneventful week, Taff looks forward to Saturday's home match against Stockport County and where Skivo should turn following a fairly iffy performance against Swindon Town last weekend. There's also a look at the little team down the road, and therefore the latest episode of Muffenders ... or is it Terranation Street? Or Muffside? Anyway, whilst you're pondering that, click on the link below and you'll be taken to the latest article from Taff's Gloversblog.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Crumbs of Comfort.


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10 September 2009 : Obika Call-Up Would Trigger Striker Hunt
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that if striker Jonathan Obika is called up for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup later this month, then he will go into the loan market for a striker. As mentioned earlier today, Chief Executive Martyn Starnes had hinted that the club might recruit in a 6th loan player in special circumstances, and Skiverton has confirmed now that it is precisely those circumstances that would trigger the move for another loanee.

If Obika is selected, he would be out there for potentially four weeks and up to five League One matches, and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he is waiting on tomorrow's FA squad selection to find out if Obika's name is on the call-up list for the actual tournament squad:

"I think that Jon Obika has the squad announced tomorrow for the Under-20 World Cup and Jon could be in that. So there may be a couple of people that I'm then looking to bring in. I'd then be looking for a striker to bring in from somewhere else."

In terms of his main target - a replacement for midfielder Danny Schofield - it doesn't appear that the Glovers are going to get their man now before Saturday, and that Skiverton may have to be patient:

"We're having dialog with the club all the time and it's just waiting now for him to be freed up. It's still close but it could still be one or two weeks away yet. So it's still ongoing. I'm just waiting and seeing what's happening out there at the moment. There are deals that are out there that are just waiting to be concluded."

In terms of fitness and availability, the BBC confirmed that striker Gavin Tomlin is fit and available for Saturday's match against Stockport County. There's no word just yet on fellow striker Sam Williams, who limped out of last week's game against Swindon Town with a hip injury, although his early prognosis was that he would be fit for the visit of Stockport County.


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10 September 2009 : Floodlights Opening
Yeovil Town are to play a friendly against Western League Wellington FC to mark the installation of new floodlights at the Playing Fields, Wellington's home since the Fifties.

Wellington are of course managed by Glovers legend Warren Patmore, and the fixture has been arranged for Wednesday, 28th October. We haven't a kick-off time as yet.


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10 September 2009 : Saturday's Opponents Make Loan Signing
Saturday's opponents Stockport County have made a loan signing today. The player concerned is Leeds United defender Paul Huntington who has been on their books since signing from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee in August 2007.

The 21 year old is already at Edgeley Park, training with their first team, and County are just waiting for their paperwork to be authorised by the Football League. They are currently operating under a transfer embargo due to still being in administration and so will need that to be confirmed before they can put him on the coach to South Somerset for this weekend's game.

County have received sad news today that striker and top scorer Carl Baker has suffered a family bereavement. His older brother had been suffering with leukaemia but passed away this morning. There's obviously been no mention yet whether the player is likely to travel down to Somerset for the weekend's game, with his family taking the greater priority at present.

Stockport have recently taken two other young players on loan, with 19 year old Nicholas Bignall arriving from Reading whilst 20 year old Chelsea midfielder Liam Bridcutt will need little introduction to Glovers fans, having finished the 2007-08 season on loan at Huish Park, clocking up nine appearances during his time with the club. Manager Gary Ablett told the Manchester Evening News that although both players came from different clubs, both were recommended to him by the same source:

"I think Nicholas is a great acquisition. I was aware of him and Liam Bridcutt through Brendan Rodgers who's now at Reading. I played against Brendan a couple of times last year with Chelsea and Liverpool reserves and Liam stood out in both games so he was someone I thought would benefit us if we could bring him in. And Nicholas has changed the game for us in terms of the way we play. He has a little bit of extra pace and he's looking to shoot all the time and be positive."

Two more names to watch out for on Saturday are winger David Poole and left-back Michael Rose. Both are regulars in the County line-up, and so should ensure that there are three former Glovers in the line-up for Saturday's game at Huish Park.

Link: David Poole : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Liam Bridcutt : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Michael Rose : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 September 2009 : Experience Wanted For Fifth Loan Deal
Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton has suggested that his next loan signing will have plenty of Football League experience. At present the Glovers have four players on loan contracts at Huish Park, but all four are in their teens, with little experience to their names. The overall make-up of the team is very young, particularly with both team captain Stefan Stam and club captain Scott Murray currently sitting on the bench.

Added to that, the Glovers have lost 29 year old Danny Schofield to Millwall in the last week, lowering the average age of the starting eleven even further and taking a man out of a midfield area that has yet to settle so far this season. Speaking to the Western Gazette, Skiverton said that his goal was clear, but that he would not be hurried in the matter:

"We need to strengthen and we are trying to get in a bit more experience to help out the squad. That will be my next port of call, but the lads who have been on loan so far have been brilliant. It is a case of biding my time. We have got one more loan available and I want to make sure it is the right one."

Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has suggested that the club could get in more than the one loan that Skiverton speaks of, but is mindful of the rule that prevents clubs from selecting more than five loans within a single matchday squad:

"We are working on a few options. We have got four on loan at the moment and we can get in only one more who can play. We are not restricted in getting in two loans, but you can only play five in any one fixture and we would have to make a special decision. If the right player comes along and is going to strengthen the side in the right areas, then we will look at it."

One possibility for the club regarding any thoughts on a 6th loan could well be to wait and see whether striker Jonathan Obika gets a call-up into the England Under-20 World Cup squad. The Spurs Academy graduate was on a preliminary squad of 30 players for the tournament in Egypt and should find out tomorrow if he is in the actual squad of 21 players for the competition that takes place between September 24th and October 16th.

On a worst case scenario (or best case if you place your England priorities higher) Obika would miss five matches and that may be seen as too long to live without a player who is at present Yeovil's key striker. However, if Obika is not selected in tomorrow's England squad, then it is difficult to see what benefit a sixth loan player would give the Glovers given that the four they have at present are - when fit - some of the more impressive performers so far this season. They may be better off waiting for the inevitable injuries and suspensions to kick in during the autumn months before making any moves beyond more obvious need to find a replacement for Danny Schofield.


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10 September 2009 : Venue For Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers Set
Saturday's Youth Team match against Bristol Rovers is their second match in their set of League Cup Group games. As with the earlier League match against the Gas, this match will be played at the sports complex known as AXA Sports and Social Club. Note that this is a change from the original venue and Rovers are planning to use the AXA venue for the rest of the season. The ground is adjacent to Clifton Rugby Club and so you'll find signposts for both venues will serve you right up until the final 50 yards. Kick-off is 10.30a.m.

The complex is situated just off the Cribbs Causeway dual carriageway (A4018) that runs from M5 Junction 17 into the City Centre. If you are coming in from the M5 then be aware that you will need to go past the rugby club then double-back upon yourself at the next roundabout.

From the M5, take the A4018 (Bristol West). Travel down the dual carriageway (Cribbs Causeway) to the Crow Lane roundabout (Old Crow Public House). Do a 180 degree turn at this roundabout back towards the M5. As you approach next roundabout, turn left into lane just before the roundabout (marked by a brown sign Ė Clifton RFC). The entrance into the 'AXA Sports Ground' is opposite the end of the lane.

If you are coming from Bristol City Centre, then go straight over the Crow Lane roundabout towards the M5 then use the same directions as before.

Address: AXA Sports Centre, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS10 7TB.

The Glovers go into their game having won last week's opening group match against Torquay United by an 8-2 scoreline. Unsurprisingly that result means that they topped the group after the opening matches. However, they will face a Rovers side that beat them 2-1 two weeks ago in a League match, so Saturday's match will be a quick chance to get revenge. Rovers lost their opening Cup Group game to Exeter City last week by a 4-3 scoreline, suggesting Saturday's match will be a tight affair.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team League Cup Group Table.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team League Table.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Goals.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Fixtures and Results.


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9 September 2009 : Loan Window Closure Date Set
With the emergency loan window now open to allow Football League clubs the ability to bring in additional players on a short term loan basis, the corresponding window close date has also been set. Clubs will be able to recruit in loan players until 5.00p.m. on Thursday 26th November.

At that point, clubs will only be allowed to extend existing loan deals and will not be allowed to initiate any new loans or signings until January 1st 2010. The exception to this rule is players who have not played for any club governed by the transfer window (i.e. those who are free agents or play for clubs below the Conference National division).

Special dispensation may be granted by the Football League where a team has no registered and fit goalkeeper available, but this is done on a strict seven day loan basis that has to be approved by the League prior to each seven day period.

As far as the emergency loan system is concerned, clubs may loan a player for a minimum of 28 days and a maximum of 93 accumulated days. Players can not be recalled during the first month's loan period (with the exception of goalkeepers) but thereafter can be recalled with 24 hours notice. There is no limit to the number of emergency loans a club can make, although only a maximum of five loans (emergency or long term) can be selected in any named matchday squad. A team may only loan a maximum of four players from a single club during a season.

Comments from Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton and from other quarters suggest that some subtle changes have been made to the rules this season, although these appear to only affect long term loans and players on month-to-month deals as far as we can see. If we find out otherwise, we'll provide a clarification.


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9 September 2009 : Schofield Waiting For The Long Goodbye
Former midfielder Danny Schofield has indicated that he will be using Yeovil Town's forthcoming match against his current side Millwall to say a few goodbyes and thank yous to the club that he left behind.

Yeovil Town play the Lions at the New Den on September 29th, just 28 days after Schofield left Huish Park on transfer deadline day. The Yorshireman has admitted to the Western Daily Press that everything was a bit rushed once the deal went through meaning that so far he's only been able to make phonecalls to friends and former team-mates:

"The Yeovil fans were brilliant and I struck up a personal relationship with quite a few of them having lived bang in the middle of the town for a year-and-a-bit. They have been really good to me and I enjoyed playing in front of them. This has all happened quite suddenly so I did not get the opportunity to play in front of the fans knowing I was leaving or say goodbye to the players or staff at Huish Park. I called a few of the players and spoke to the gaffer and we wished each other all the best. But it will be good to say goodbye sooner rather than later. It is ironic that our next two games are against Yeovil and Huddersfield Ė the only clubs I had played for before coming to Millwall."

Schofield explained that Millwall's challenge for the League One play-offs last season heavily influenced his thinking, as well as their large following. The transfer fee remains officially undisclosed, although figures that have come out on the rumourmill have suggested that the Glovers got £50,000 for his services. Schofield said that he thought that the deal suited all parties:

"The gaffer (Terry Skiverton) called me and said there was interest from Millwall and that both parties were going to meet in Yeovil. For me and for the club it was a good move and it went ahead. The attraction was that Millwall did really well last season and just missed out on promotion. They are a big club and that was what drew me towards them really. Millwall fans are renowned for their passion and for being a big following. That makes the atmosphere at big games really exciting, which was also an attraction."

Schofield had handed in a transfer request during the summer but later withdrew it, and he has insisted that the move had nothing to do with his family being unsettled in Somerset:

"It was purely a football thing. I think we did get settled in Yeovil but when this offer came along it was one that, at my age, I could not afford to turn down."


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9 September 2009 : Yeovil Town Under 18s 2009-10 Squad
Yeovil Town's Under 18s have undergone a major change this summer, with only a small number of last season's side still present in this season's line-up, with captain Tom Scott and striker Adam Wakley providing the continuity from last season's side. As the Under 18s are also now coming under the club's Centre of Excellence, they have a new manager in Mo Hopkins. A new team group picture was taken prior to their 8-2 win over Torquay United and can be seen below.
Yeovil Town Under 18s
Yeovil Town Under 18s 2009-10
Back Row (L-R): Johnny Oliver, Alex West, Lewis Clarke, Rob Clowes, Charlie Elsworth
Middle Row (L-R): Joe Grimstead, Alex Sprake, Rhys Baggridge, Steve Harris, Sam Ford, Steve Boore, Tyler Sheppard
Front Row (L-R): Tom Hopkins, Adam Wakley, Andrew Gill (Asst Coach), Tom Gallagher, Mo Hopkins (Head of Youth), Tom Scott (C), Richard Atkinson (Youth Head Physio) Ciaran Levet, Lloyd Matthews



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8 September 2009 : No Room For Mason As England Under 19s Win
Despite landing on the stand-by list for tonight's England Under 19s match, there was no final squad place for on-loan midfielder/striker Ryan Mason for their match against Russia. Ryan has therefore been able to stay in South Somerset this week without interruption.

The Under 19s won their game 2-1 tonight with goals from Nile Ranger and Reece Brown in a game played at Shrewsbury Town's new ProStar Stadium. Former Glovers loan winger Andros Townsend played the first 45 minutes of the match before being substituted at half time.

England Under 19s: Declan Rudd, Nathan Baker, Matthew James(c), Andros Townsend, Nathan Delfouneso, Nile Ranger, Sanchez Watt, Reece Brown, Nathanial Clyne, Scott Malone, Jacob Mellis.

Substitutes: Wesley Foderingham, Matthew Briggs, Cameron Stewart, James Wallace, Ryan Donaldson, Jordan Clarke, Oscar Gobern.


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8 September 2009 : GWSC Travel To Southampton
The GWSC will be taking coaches to Yeovil Town's away trip at Southampton on September 19th. Kick-off in the League One match at St Mary's will be 3.00p.m.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 9.15a.m. and will leave from Huish Park at 9.30a.m.

The cost to GWSC Members will be £12.00 with concessions available at £10.00. Non-members are welcome and will pay two pounds more against the above prices.

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


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7 September 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County
Officials for Saturday's home match between Yeovil Town and Stockport County have been announced. The game will see Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire) taking charge as referee for the League One fixture. He was promoted to the Football League's referees list for the start of the 2007-08 season and so has now had just over two years of officiating at this level.

We've only had Mr Horwood twice before as a match referee. The first was for the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in December 2007 at Huish Park. We were more than happy with his first half performance, but felt that the longer the game went on, the more he seemed to be conscious of the match scoreline - booking Yeovil players for apparent time-wasting that had been no worse than offences committed by Brighton players whilst the score had been level, and awarding the Seagulls a series of controversial decisions. As such, he seemed to be getting a little too wrapped up in the game, rather than letting it flow as he had done so during the first period.

The second and most recent was the January 2009 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Not the best of games to watch by any stretch of the imagination, but all of that was forgotten when Gavin Tomlin's 94th minute goal sent the away support slightly mad. We managed to recover our composure enough to remember that Mr Horwood had "an excellent game" - see, we do praise them sometimes!

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Mike Cairns (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Jan 2009 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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7 September 2009 : Gulls Boss Unhappy With Officials
Torquay United Youth Team manager Matt Williams has said that he will be putting in a report complaining about the match referee his club had for their 8-2 defeat at the hands of Yeovil Town's Under 18s side.

The Gulls had three players sent off during the second half of the game, with the first happening whilst the scoreline was whilst the game was 4-2 and there's little doubt that contributed to the final scoreline on the day. Speaking to the South Devon Herald Express, Williams admits that some of the crucial decisions to dismiss his players were warranted but was unhappy with the referee's overall control of the game:

"I don't like criticising referees, and I'm not going to say that some of the cards weren't deserved. But some of his decisions were hard to take, to say the least, and I will be making a report about it. It was a competitive game until the sendings-off. I think, at 3-2, that we would have got back in the game, but it ended up looking like we got absolutely battered."

The Glovers won the game thanks to goals from Robert Clowes (3), Lloyd Matthews (2), Adam Wakley (2) and Johnny Oliver despite the game having been delicately poised during half time at 2-2. But an off the ball punch sparked Torquay's downfall, losing three players to red cards and conceding four goals in the last six minutes of the game.

Link: Match Report : Yeovil Town Under 18s 8 Torquay United Under 18s 2.


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7 September 2009 : Skivo Steps up Loan Hunt
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton appears to be accelerating his intentions to bring in an actual replacement for attacking midfielder Danny Schofield. The loan transfer window opens tomorrow meaning that the 'emergency loan' rule kicks in. This means that clubs can sign players up for a minimum of 28 days and a maximum of 93 days during that period, although goalkeepers follow slightly different rules.

The Glovers have now suffered three defeats in a row and have slipped to 17th in the League One table - on level points with 21st placed Brighton and Hove Albion and speaking to the Western Morning News, the exact phrasing of Skiverton's words suggest that it will be sooner rather than later before he brings in new blood:

"It's no secret that I want to bring someone in, but I've got to wait for the loan window to open first. Someone will be joining us and we'll be on the case this week."

Current thinking is that with Andy Lindegaard and Jean-Paul Kalala having eaten slightly into the budget freed up by Schofield's departure that the unnamed loan player will be an attacking midfielder closer to the Schofield mould to act as the direct replacement. We already know that Arron Davies was top of that list and a Schofield/Davies style player is almost certainly what Skiverton wants.

Two names have popped up on the rumourmill recently, although we should stress that these are merely "bar-room rumours" rather than anything suggesting concrete or insider information. Both are well known to Glovers fans, with Bristol City midfielder Gavin Williams and Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald getting mentions from supporters as possible contenders.

Certainly both would tick the boxes of the clues Skiverton has given away so far in his press interviews. Gavin has played four times for Gary Johnson's side this season with the last on August 26th. Shaun has played three times for Swansea, with the last on August 18th. Gavin is facing stronger competition in City's side with the arrival of Dutchman Evander Sno last week and he dropped entirely out of the squad from City's last league match. Meanwhile Shaun captained the Wales Under 21s on Friday night in a shock 2-1 win over Italy and he has now been promoted to the Welsh full national squad that is due to face Russia on Wednesday.


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7 September 2009 : Wilson Slams 'Pathetic and Embarrassing' Decision
Swindon Town manager Danny Wilson appears to be expecting a call-up from the Football Association, following his sending off on Saturday - and he already has hinted that he will be appealing against it. The Robins boss was sent to the stands during the second half following an argument with Glovers boss Terry Skiverton, with Wilson leaving his technical area to try and put his point forward.

The row concerned Wilson's belief that Yeovil should have put the ball out of play for Swindon defender Lecsinel Jean-Francois to receive treatment - even though by Wilson's own admission, his own side failed to do so whilst they were in possession. As soon as the Glovers regained possession, the Swindon boss lost his rag claiming that the Glovers should have done what his own side failed to do.

Wilson has labelled the decision to send him off as "pathetic and embarrassing" and appears to point the finger at Fourth Official Chris Powell for giving match referee Jarnail Singh advice on the situation. Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser, Wilson considered the situation to be "a matter of opinions" rather than something that warranted a dismissal:

"The referee has to report back from what the fourth official has said. Iím sure there were a few expletives Ė there always is because youíre out on the shop floor. But there was nothing directed at the fourth official or anybody else, he should have just let us get on with it because weíre both experienced pros and know what we are doing. The sad thing about it is that heís got involved in a situation that doesnít need any involvement, and then all of a sudden it turns into what it did. It was no fracas Ė just a matter of opinions, thatís all."

Staggeringly, Wilson has suggested that his side had "every right" to keep the ball in play, yet had a problem with Yeovil choosing to do the same. He also claimed that central defender Gordon Greer failed to notice that his defensive partner was lying on the deck in full view at the other end of the field:

"Weíve got every right to keep the ball in play and Gordon (Greer) didnít even see Lecsy (Lecsinel Jean-Francois) down. Then their manager started getting involved, but it was no problem at all until the fourth official started getting involved. Itís pathetic and embarrassing really that I was sent to sit in the stand from a nothing situation. People make something out of it when thereís nothing there."

Wilson twice left his technical area to remonstrate with Skiverton, only to be ushered back by the Fourth Official, and once Jean-Francois had received treatment, referee Singh was alerted by Fourth Official Chris Powell and was sent off. Wilson admits that he is expecting to have to explain his actions, but rejects claims that he is now looking at a touchline ban:

"I would very much doubt that will be the case when we put our case forward. That would be outrageous if that happens, but you just never know. Iíll have my say no doubt when the time comes. The situation has been blown out of all proportion and itís just pathetic really."


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7 September 2009 : Interview With Craig Alcock
Following Saturday's 0-1 defeat against Swindon Town, stand-in captain Craig Alcock spoke to the BBC. Speaking about the game, his injury and his captaincy, the full transcript of Craig's interview with BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson can be found via the link below.

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC Following the 0-1 Defeat Against Swindon.


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6 September 2009 : Skivo's Pre-Match Interview For The Swindon Game
Just prior to kick-off against Swindon Town, manager Terry Skiverton had a quick chat with the BBC about the game. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's interview is now recorded in the Interviews Section of this site, or via the link below.

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


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6 September 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Swindon 1
Saturday's match at Huish Park was definitely one to forget. So you may or may not appeciate Taff giving you a stark reminder of yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Swindon Town combined with his usual blow-by-blow analysis of how each player did individually and how the team did as a whole.

Read on via Taff's Gloversblog, with the whole ugliness replayed via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 0 Swindon 1.


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6 September 2009 : Bournemouth JPT Man Of The Match Result
Only a limited number of you could clearly stomach the idea of heading to Dean Court last Tuesday. A 2-1 defeat against AFC Bournemouth in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy saw few people covered in glory on the night.

Terrell Forbes and Keiran Murtagh got the thumbs up from some people voting in the Man of the Match for that game, but it was goalkeeper Richard Martin who got the nod by a comfortable margin, which says a lot for how much Bournemouth deserved their victory. Full results and outright MOTM votes are shown below:

1 Richard Martin 36 (3)
2 Keiran Murtagh 18 (1)
3 Terrell Forbes 10 (1)
4 Andy Welsh 6
4 Jonathan Obika 6
6 Stefan Stam 2
6 George O'Callaghan 2
6 Sam Williams 2

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.17

Performance: 3.00
Entertainment: 5.33

VOTES RECEIVED: 5

Things weren't too pretty on Saturday against Swindon Town either, but if you were at Huish Park, don't forget to choose the three players who you felt that justified their wage on the day, plus those performance and entertainment marking. You may have a comment or two you wish to make as well!

Link: Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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5 September 2009 : League One Saturday Round-Up
With six games played now, the League One table is finally starting to take a degree of shape. This afternoon's results have seen the Glovers slip down to 17th in the table, now level on points with Brighton and Hove Albion, who occupy the last relegation spot after picking up their first win of the season today. In doing so they climbed above Wycombe Wanderers, with a Nicky Forster goal dividing the two teams.

Southampton of course remain bottom, and they have now drawn four of their opening six fixtures, meaning that they still have yet to narrow the gap on their 10 point penalty. A 0-0 draw against Colchester United did little for either side at opposite ends of the table. Kemal Izzet was red-carded for the visitors for violent conduct.

Tranmere Rovers are in danger of becoming whipping boys in League One after another away defeat, losing 3-0 at Carlisle United. They now lie in 23rd place and have yet to score a single goal on their travels. They weren't helped by losing Shaleum Logan to a red card - the player whose tackle put Yeovil's Dean Bowditch out with a dislocated shoulder.

In between Yeovil and Brighton lie Stockport County, Leyton Orient and Exeter City - three of the clubs that the bookies predicted would be lying around the bottom area of the table. Stockport are next Saturday's opponents at Huish Park and they lost 2-0 at Leeds United - not much that can be read into that given that Leeds still have a 100 percent record this season. Exeter lost 3-0 at Gillingham, whilst Leyton played on Friday night, losing 3-0 at Southend.

At the other end of the table, Charlton Athletic stay top after winning the lunchtime Sky Sports game, with a 2-0 win over their London rivals Brentford. Deon Burton and Lloyd Sam did the damage in front of the cameras. The aforementioned Leeds are on level points in second place.

Match of the day though came with Milton Keynes Dons battling out five goals with Huddersfield Town. The franchise side twice took the lead in the match with the Terriers coming back both times through Jordan Rhodes and Theo Robinson. But with 12 minutes left, Antony Kay got the winner for the away side meaning Huddersfield grab 3rd place, whilst the Dons have to make do with 5th.

Sandwiched in between are Bristol Rovers, who grabbed a Jeff Hughes penalty and a Chris Lines long ranger to defeat Millwall at the Memorial Stadium. Rovers were expected to struggle following the loss of Richard Lambert to Southampton - if anything they appear to be striding onwards without him.

Finally goals at Carrow Road appear to have dried up for once. After a 1-7, a 5-2 and a 1-4 so far this season, Tuesday night's JPT saw merely a 1-0 win, and today, a 0-0 draw with Walsall saw the shock of dullness for the Canaries faithful. Perhaps the opposition could have seen it coming - Walsall's last three results are now 0-0, 0-0 and 0-0 and with the result before that being a 0-2, Walsall haven't scored since August 18th and haven't won since the opening day of the season.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Bookings.

Link: 2009-10 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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5 September 2009 : Glovers Leave Gulls With Eight Goals And Eight Players
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side ran riot in a Youth Alliance Cup Group match this morning, beating Torquay United 8-2 in a bad-tempered encounter at Carey's Playing Fields in Sherborne. The Gulls finished with eight players on the pitch, as they lost their discipline badly in the closing stages and the Glovers took full advantage to pump up their goal difference in the opening Cup Group fixture.

The first half was a good old end-to-end encounter. Torquay took the lead from the penalty spot after a trip in the box, with Ashley Yeoman setting the Gulls on their way. However, Lloyd Matthews had been promoted from the Under 16s for the day, and he rose to the occasion, grabbing two goals in three minutes, with both having similarities about them - low drives into the corner of the net from inside the box.

Ray Spear equalised for Torquay with just 24 minutes gone and at that point the Under 18s were mirroring their First Team counterparts rather well in recent games - good going forward, but somewhat shaky at the back. However, Yeovil seemed to have a slight edge on the game and with the wind at their backs, the second half would look to favour them.

The game had a bit of an nasty side to it, with Torquay often resorting to fairly underhand tactics on their opposite numbers. The match referee initially seemed to take a very lenient view on this - although on occasions he missed incidents that the crowd watching let him know about. One was more obvious - Torquay's Ed Palmer decided to throw the ball at a Yeovil player in an act of petulance and finally a player landed in the book. That came off the back of a couple of melees in which the match official and his nearest linesman decided they couldn't identify those responsible, although perhaps Yeovil's first substitution suggested that the Yeovil bench could - withdrawing Tom Gallagher almost immediately afterwards.

By this point, Yeovil were 3-2 up - a long throw by Sam Ford being well controlled by Johnny Oliver, who almost took the ball to the goal-line with his back to goal, before hooking it into the net, with Torquay's keeper taking a knock in the process that raised the temperature of the game even further.

The Torquay keeper's decision to stay down injured for Yeovil's next goal was perhaps more out of embarrassment than injury - he spilt the ball far too close to Rob Clowes and he had an empty net to walk the ball into.

At this point, Torquay seemed to collectively lose the plot. Their wide man Rob Herring got into a running battle with Ciaran Levet out on the flank, and after one punch was missed by the officials, the shouts from the sidelines were enough to alert the linesman into viewing a second connection being made seconds later. By this stage lenience wasn't even an option for the match referee, and Torquay were down to ten men.

Rob Clowes grabbed another tap-in before Torquay disintegrated again, losing both Ed Palmer and Ike Robertson to second yellows for bad fouls, and at that point it was only a question of how many. Clowes grabbed his hat-trick in the final minute, and Adam Wakley notched his second goal with a powerful drive from outside the box.

Quite why the Torquay captain, manager or the match referee did not step in at any given stage to try and calm things down, only they will know. Those on the touchline could see the game was a pressure-cooker waiting to go off. The Glovers weren't wholly innocent at all times, and were perhaps lucky not to lose a man in the midst of one of the earlier incidents, but on the whole they steered clear of retaliating and in the end they thankfully let their football do the talking.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 8 Torquay United 2.

Scorers: Yeoman (0-1 , pen 10 mins), Lloyd Matthews (1-1, 12 mins), Lloyd Matthews (2-1, 15 mins), Spear (2-2, 24 mins), Johnny Oliver (3-2, 58 mins), Rob Clowes (4-2, 70 mins), Adam Wakley (5-2, 84 mins), Rob Clowes (6-2, 88 mins), Rob Clowes (7-2, 90 mins), Adam Wakley (8-2, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town Under 18s: 1. Steve Boore, 2. Sam Ford, 3. Joe Grimstead, 4. Steve Harris, 5. Tom Scott (Capt), 6. Tom Gallagher, 7. Tyler Sheppard, 8. Johnny Oliver, 9. Rob Clowes, 10. Lloyd Matthews, 11. Ciaran Levet

Subs: 12. Rhys Baggridge, 17. Adam Wakley (for Tom Gallagher 66 mins), 14. Tom Hopkins (for Lloyd Matthews 76 mins), 15. Charlie Elsworth (for Levet 73 mins), 13. Alex Sprake (GK).

Torquay United Under 18s: Searle, Parish, Westcott, Robertson, Palmer, Taylor, Herring, Beattie, Spear, Yeoman, Williams

Subs: Green (not used), Halpin, Kudi


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5 September 2009 : Yeovil 0 Swindon 1 : Own Goal Separates Sides In Low Quality Encounter
Yeovil Town went down to their first home league defeat of the season in a poor quality game against Swindon Town. In a game of few chances, and mostly scrappy play, the Robins nicked the game by unfortunate circumstances - a Terrell Forbes own goal after he headed a Jon-Paul McGovern cross past his own keeper. With both sides doing a good job at blocking each other out, but not so good a job at getting behind their opposition back fours, that goal was to prove enough to settle the game and give Swindon all three points.

The Glovers went into the game with Gavin Tomlin dropping entirely out of the squad following an injury he picked up during Tuesday night's match at AFC Bournemouth in the JPT. His position was taken by Sam Williams. Otherwise the only other change from last weekend's impressive performance at Huddersfield Town was to cover the departure of Danny Schofield to Millwall and Andy Welsh was given the nod to play on the right wing. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was a welcome name on the teamsheet - he had flown back between his two England Under 21 commitments to play for the Glovers and will be back on a plane to Greece tomorrow to team up with the international squad for a second occasion.

As for the game itself, probably the most impressive passage of play from the Glovers came during the opening 15 minutes. Not that they created anything much more than the odd header or shot going wide, but the presence of Sam Williams allowed Jon Obika to play his more natural game, and so there was early disappointment when Williams received a nasty bang on the hip early on and despite his attempts to limp along for ten more minutes, it was obvious that wasn't going to work and Andre McCollin replaced him.

Both sides were struggling to get in behind the back fours and as the half wore on, it became more and more obvious that this was not going to be a repeat of the Leyton Orient 3-3 draw from a fortnight ago. So when Swindon took the lead four minutes from the break, the alarm bells were ringing. A Jon-Paul McGovern cross was destined for the head of Jonathan Douglas, who was free in the centre, but Terrell Forbes got himself in front of Douglas - only to find his header sweetly planted in the back of Alex McCarthy's net. Forbes was one of Yeovil's more impressive performers on the day, but he doesn't seem to have much luck when he is in or around his own goalnet.

The second period saw Andy Lindegaard introduced as another forced substitution, with captain Craig Alcock limping off with a hamstring strain. Whilst the Glovers have been inconsistent so far this season, they've usually been able to find a significant passage of play during a game in which they do play well, but on this occasion, the effort became more one of huff'n'puff rather than any conviction.

Swindon boss Danny Wilson was sent to the stands after he got into an argument with Terry Skiverton, with the Glovers not having sent the ball out of play following an injury to Lecsinel Jean-Francois. The point that Wilson appeared to be missing was that his own team had played the ball out from goalkeeper through to striker with the defender lying on the floor without any intention of playing the ball out - yet the second the Glovers regained possession, Wilson blew his top and twice left his technical area to remonstrate with Skiverton. Referee Jarnail Singh decided Wilson was better off having a cool-down elsewhere in the stadium.

As the minutes ticked down, Andre McCollin and Jonathan Obika had semi-struck shots easily saved by Robins keeper David Lucas, whilst they had rather optimistic appeals for a penalty turned down when Scott Cuthbert lost his footing in his own penalty box and the ball continued to roll over his body. Handball was the claim, but it would have been a surprising decision if it had been given.

All in all, although the Glovers could have argued the case for a 0-0 being a fair representation of a poor game, Swindon just about edged it. Two Alex McCarthy blocks and a Craig Alcock clearance close to his own goal-line could have given Swindon goals elsewhere in the game, whilst it was difficult to recall a moment during the match when visiting keeper David Lucas was truly tested. The longer the game went on, the more obvious the 1-0 scoreline seemed and the four minutes of injury time were played out more in hope than in conviction.

The result sees the Glovers slip down the table to 17th - kept out of the relegation zone only by their superior goal difference, with Brighton and Hove Albion now holding the last relegation spot, and Wycombe Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers continuing their stay in the bottom places along with Southampton. Given Stockport County lie immediately below them and are next week's opponents, their next game has just got that little bit bigger.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 1.

Scorer: Terrell Forbes (0-1, 41 mins, own goal).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
11. Andy Welsh 13. Ryan Mason 8. Keiran Murtagh 28. Nathan Smith
9. Sam Williams 26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 7. George O'Callaghan 16. Scott Murray 18. Andy Lindegaard (51 mins for Craig Alcock) 21. Jean-Paul Kalala (78 mins for Andy Welsh) 32. Andre McCollin (22 mins for Sam Williams)

Swindon Town: (4-3-3)
1. David Lucas
15. Kevin Amankwaah 6. Gordon Greer 2. Scott Cuthbert 19. Lescinel Jean-Francois
7. Jon-Paul McGovern 4. Jonathan Douglas 30. Simon Ferry
9. Ben Hutchinson 20. Billy Paynter 11. Anthony McNamee

Substitutes:
12. Phil Smith (GK) 10. Michael Timlin (80 mins for Simon Ferry) 14. Sean Morrison 17. Callum Kennedy 22. Lloyd Macklin (67 mins for Ben Hutchinson) 24. Temitope Obadeyi (54 mins for Anthony McNamee) 31. Alex Revell

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (foul, 45 mins), Andy Lindegaard (foul, 53 mins), Ryan Mason (foul, 65 mins), Nathan Jones (foul, 74 mins)

Swindon Bookings: Lloyd Macklin (kicking ball away, 89 mins)

Referee: Jarnail Singh (Hounslow, Middlesex). Assistants: Richard Martin (Somerset) and Andrew Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Chris Powell (Dorset).

Attendance: 4,807 (including 1,068 Swindon fans)


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5 September 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Swindon Game
Following this afternoon's match against Swindon Town, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the press about the game. Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Skivo's interview is available via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Following the 0-1 Defeat Against Swindon.


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5 September 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
If you were at Huish Park this afternoon for the League One match against Swindon Town, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote. Choose the three players who you think came out the best from this afternoon's match, plus performance and entertainment ratings by using the voting form below, along with any other comments you wish to make.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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5 September 2009 : Youth Team vs Torquay United Result
This morning's Under 18s match against Torquay United has ended with the Glovers inflicting an 8-2 thrashing upon the Devon side. Three goals from Robert Clowes, two from Adam Wakley, two from Lloyd Matthews and another from Johnny Oliver completed the rout. Torquay lost their rag in the second half, having three players dismissed and the Glovers took full advantage.

A full report will be available on this site later in the weekend.


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5 September 2009 : Skivo Previews The Swindon Town Game
With Swindon Town today's opponents in a League One match at Huish Park, manager Terry Skiverton has been previewing this afternoon's opponents. In addition to revisiting the Tuesday night match against AFC Bournemouth, Terry also reveals the names of two players he had been chasing over the summer.

The full transcript of Terry's interview with BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC Between the Bournemouth and Swindon Games


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4 September 2009 : Friday Night League One Round-Up
With it being international weekend, two matches were played in League One tonight. Both show up how ridiculously tight the middle and lower part of League One is at present.

Hartlepool United started the evening in the relegation zone and finish it in 11th place. A surprise 0-3 away win saw goals from James Brown, Leon McSweeney and Denis Behan shock home side Oldham Athletic.

Meanwhile a local derby match between Southend United and Leyton Orient saw a Lee Barnard hat-trick at Roots Hall give the Shimpers their first league win, and lift them up to 9th.

The end result is that Yeovil drop two places to 14th on the back of tonight's results, with Wycombe Wanderers now dropping into the relegation spots. With the rest of League One playing tomorrow, expect those positions to inevitably alter radically by 5.00p.m. tomorrow.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.


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4 September 2009 : Murray Sees Match On Opening Day Performance
Yeovil Town club captain Scott Murray felt last Saturday's performance against Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium was on a par with the way they played on the opening day of the season. That result on August 8th against Tranmere Rovers currently represents Yeovil's only win of the 2009-10 season so far, but Murray told BBC Somerset that he felt that performance deserved something more:

"For the Tranmere game on the first day of the season, the lads played extremely well. But for last week's game against Huddersfield, the lads probably played just as well yet came away with nothing. That's probably the way it works. Some weeks you won't play well and you'll come away with three points, but on other weeks you'll probably play your best game of the season and come away with nothing."

The problem the Glovers have at present is they are conceding plenty of goals this season, with 14 let in during the last six games. Scott admits that's a problem, that is an unusual one given the management team's respective playing positions:

"It's just something that we've got to work on in training. I think the gaffer is a bit disappointed as well, because we're conceding a lot of set piece goals and obviously with him being a centre-half as well, that's something criminal to him. Jonesy is a defender as well, so it's certainly something that we've got to try and work on."

The media has reached saturation point during the past fortnight, over Arsenal striker Eduardo's alleged dive in a Champions League qualifier that led to him being banned for two games by UEFA. Scott was asked if he felt it was a new problem in the game:

"No, I think even a few years ago, Robbie Fowler did it. I think it will always be in the game. Even from a young age, I've always been told that if someone gives you a little bit of a nudge in the box that you've got to go down. I think that's what most players do nowadays. That's if you get touched, but some of the last few have been very dodgy."


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4 September 2009 : Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Tickets for Yeovil Town's away trip to Boundary Park are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match against Oldham Athletic takes place on Saturday 3rd October, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Ticket prices are set as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over 65s: £9.00; Under 16s: £9.00; Under 12s: £3.00.

Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled are admitted at the Adult price, but can admit an assistant free of charge.

Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until Thursday 1st October at 5.00p.m. Thereafter you must buy from Boundary Park at the matchday price.

NOTE: With the exception of the prices for the Under 12s, all of the above prices increase by £2.00 if tickets are purchased from Boundary Park on the day of the game. Bear that in mind when making your decision of when to purchase.

Link: Ticketing For Southampton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Millwall vs Yeovil Town.


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4 September 2009 : Lindegaard Signs Extended Contract With Glovers
Utility player Andy Lindegaard has extended his stay at Huish Park by signing another contract that will keep him at Huish Park until December 31st 2009. Lindegaard, who has been on a month's contract up until now, made his second 'debut' during Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against AFC Bournemouth.

As mentioned on Tuesday night, manager Terry Skiverton felt that the outgoing transfer of Danny Schofield to Millwall would allow him to sign up Lindegaard on a proper contract, along with Jean-Paul Kalala and another unnamed midfielder, who he hopes will arrive on loan in the next week or two.


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4 September 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Swindon Town tomorrow afternoon in a League One match at Huish Park. The Glovers lie in 12th place in the league table after five games played, whilst their visitors are in 8th place and three points better off.

Both teams have oddly contrasting form at present considering they are just four places apart in the table. After getting hammered 5-0 on the opening game of the season against Gillingham, Danny Wilson's side haven't lost in live play since. The one exception was a penalty shoot-out defeat against Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Carling Cup and wins over Milton Keynes Dons, Southampton and Southend United have made their opening day embarrassment a world away.

For the Glovers, they've not won in six games now, with four defeats and two draws, including two exits from cup competitions. That has led to manager Terry Skiverton reading the riot act and cancelling the players' day off on Wednesday, demanding that they go "back to basics" to deal with a defence that has leaked 14 goals in its last six matches.

If Skiverton is looking for a positive angle to take into tomorrow's match, it is that the March 2009 match between the two sides marked a turnaround in Yeovil's fortunes, having been on the back of 0-4 and 0-5 hammerings against Leeds and Brighton with Skivo enduring a torrid start to life in management. A Jonathan Obika goal though brought him his first win and was the second of five consecutive matches in which the Glovers kept a clean sheet, arresting the slide that had threatened their League One existence. Whilst it took a lot more than just the 1-0 win over Swindon to preserve Yeovil's status, it was a big boost to the Glovers, and a similar tonic is needed tomorrow.

Swindon manager Danny Wilson has warned his side not to under-estimate the Glovers, pointing out that whilst Yeovil's away form is not exactly anything to write home about at present, that Huish Park remains a difficult place for teams to come to. Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser he explained:

"Going to Yeovil, itís close enough to call it a derby game. It will be a great atmosphere down there and they have got some very good home results over the last couple of years because itís a tough place to go and play. The fans are right on top of you and very vociferous. Weíll go there knowing there is a big challenge and big test in front of us, but weíre capable of overcoming it if we apply ourselves in the correct manner. These are the games that if we want to be challenging in the right areas, we have to go there and get a result."

In terms of team news, the Glovers definitely have Dean Bowditch (shoulder) and Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) missing long term. Striker Gavin Tomlin limped off just before half time in Tuesday night's JPT match at AFC Bournemouth and will need some assessment. Otherwise, there's not been too much news on any other knocks - if that changes we'll provide an update. Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala will hope to make his second debut for the club, having agreed a short term deal this week, although may have to do that from the bench. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy remains on international duty, and so Richard Martin will be between the sticks for a second match. Some reports have suggested that Ryan Mason is an injury doubt for tomorrow's game - unless he's had a relapse, Skiverton said that Mason was fit and available on Tuesday, but that he did not want to risk him in the JPT.

For Swindon, they've had a busy week, bringing in striker Alex Revell on loan from Southend United on transfer deadline day. They have also recently brought in two 21 year olds from Scottish Premier League side Celtic, with striker Ben Hutchinson and midfielder Simon Ferry arriving at the County Ground. Their top scorer is striker Billy Paynter with three goals - many Glovers fans will recall him turning out for Port Vale before his move to the County Ground. Paynter fits the bill of "old fashioned centre-forward" - a big physical presence that the likes of Revell, with the higher work-rate, will hope to feed off.

Midfielder Alan O'Brien (hamstring), Lee Peacock (back), defender Hasney Aljofree (knee) and midfielder Kurt Hammonds are all unavailable for Swindon and will not travel down to Somerset, although only O'Brien was involved in last weekend's fixture.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. with tickets available on the day of the match, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. If you want to get tickets at the pre-match rate, the Huish Park Ticket Office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight, in person or by calling 01935-847888.

Link: Officials for Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.


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4 September 2009 : Amankwaah Puzzled By Huish Park Boo Boys
Former Yeovil Town right-back Kevin Amankwaah has said that he is puzzled as to why he has got such a bad reception from Glovers fans each time he has returned to Huish Park. The 27 year old joined tomorrow's opponents Swindon Town in the summer of 2008 and played in the March 2009 match that the Glovers won 1-0, but has told the Swindon Advertiser that he recalls getting plenty of stick during that match:

"I always enjoy going back to my former clubs because it gives you that incentive to do well. But I get a bad reception at Yeovil and I donít know why. I did well down there and Swansea came in and gave me the opportunity to go to a bigger club. I thought the fans would appreciate that but obviously they didnít and Iíve got booed every time Iíve gone back."

Amankwaah left Huish Park for Swansea City in the summer of 2006 for a fee believed to be in the region of £200,000 but failed to settle in South Wales, joining Swindon on a free transfer two years later. He said the majority of the stick that he got during the March fixture was from supporters in the Cowlin Stand:

"They give me abuse, especially on the far side opposite where the benches are. But I donít mind getting booed - I donít care. Unfortunately though since I left Yeovil I havenít won a first team game there, so it would be good to go there and get something from the game."

For what it's worth, we're not sure why Amankwaah got abused at the last game he played at Huish Park. Whilst no supporter wants a former player to come back and do well against them, there was nothing controversial about Amankwaah's move to South Wales, save for some minor irritation at the time that he felt that Swansea were a bigger club, despite both clubs having gained promotion from League Two at the same time. Speaking at the time of his departure from South Somerset, Amankwaah said:

"I did want to stay at Yeovil when they offered me a new deal, but when Swansea came knocking it was very difficult to turn down. I was in two minds about what to do and I was sad when I decided to leave Yeovil. I have got a lot to thank Yeovil for. They took me on from Bristol City and re-launched my career. If it was not for Yeovil, then Swansea would not have noticed me."

Kevin played 59 times for Yeovil across just under 1.5 seasons, and scored Yeovil Town's first ever League One goal in a 1-1 draw against Blackpool. He has played in every game so far this season for Swindon and will doubtless line up against the Glovers in tomorrow afternoon's fixture.

Link: Kevin Amankwaah Yeovil Town Statistics


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4 September 2009 : Youth Team vs Torquay United Reminder
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side play their second home match tomorrow morning with Torquay United their opponents in a Youth Alliance League match. Kick-off is 11.00a.m. and admission to the game is free, meaning that you've got enough time to see the morning match and get along to see the first team play against Swindon Town.

The match will be held at Carey's Playing Field in Sherborne. If you've not been to Carey's Playing Field before, directions are available on our August 20th news item. Note that we've updated that article to provide a bit more clarity - the car park we directed you to is for Officials and Players only - there is a separate car park for spectators and so we've highlighted both car parks and how to get to them.

Note that the Under 16s are playing at the same venue at the same time (see below) so make sure you are certain of which pitch you are watching the game from!


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4 September 2009 : 2009-10 Huish Park Attendance Survey Final Reminder
Just under two weeks ago, we launched a site survey to look into supporters' attendance habits at Huish Park.

That survey is going to be closed over the weekend, so this is a final reminder for anyone who has not submitted an entry to do so. We'll close the survey following tomorrow's match against Swindon Town (probably on the Sunday once we've dealt with all of the post-match stuff on this site).

For further information, and why we chose to do the survey, see the link below, which takes you through to the survey itself.

Link: 2009-10 Huish Park Attendance Survey.


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3 September 2009 : Centre of Excellence vs Exeter City Round-Up
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides were in action last weekend against Exeter City sides. The following results were recorded for each age level:

Yeovil Town Under 9s: Lost 5-8 (Home)
Yeovil Town Under 10s: Lost 0-3 (Away)
Yeovil Town Under 11s: Drew 4-4 (Home)
Yeovil Town Under 12s: Drew 3-3 (Away)
Yeovil Town Under 13s: Won 4-1 (Home)
Yeovil Town Under 14s: Lost 0-8 (Away)
Yeovil Town Under 15s: Did Not Play
Yeovil Town Under 16s: Won 3-1 (Home)

The Yeovil Town Under 16s match saw Ben Williams open up the scoring, whilst Lewis Voizey made it 2-0 when he headed home from a Max Harrington corner. A goal from Exeter's Oli Knowles brought the Devon side back into the game, but a mistake in the Exeter defence was seized upon by Lewis Morgan to give the Glovers a 3-1 final scoreline.

This coming weekend, all age groups from Under 9s through to Under 16s are taking on Oxford United sides. The Under 16s are at home on the Saturday, with the Under 11s, Under 12s and Under 13s all at home on the Sunday. All other age groups go on their travels on the Sunday. All matches kick-off at 11.00a.m. with the home matches being played at Carey's Field in Sherborne.


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3 September 2009 : Youth Team Photos From The Rovers Match
Late last month, Yeovil Town's Under 18s side played Bristol Rovers in a Youth Alliance League match. A short photo gallery containing six photos from that game have been added into the Photo Gallery section of the site and can be accessed via the link below.

Link: Bristol Rovers Under 18s vs Yeovil Town Under 18s Photo Gallery.


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3 September 2009 : Skiverton Confirms Davies Fall-Through
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed Tuesday night's reports that the Glovers were trying to tempt Nottingham Forest midfielder Arron Davies back to Huish Park as a replacement for the outgoing Danny Schofield.

The Glovers lost out to Brighton and Hove Albion, with the Sussex press indicating that Carlisle United were also interested, and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that at one stage he was close to bringing the former Southampton trainee back to Somerset:

"I'll make no secret of it now. We lost out on Arron Davies. We were very close to signing him, but Brighton came in at the last minute and snatched Arron off us. So that was going to be the ideal replacement at first, but that's now fallen through, so we've gone onto the backburner with another two or three (targets)."

In yesterday's news, Skiverton indicated that he had another prime target in focus, but that he was likely to have to wait for that one to come to fruition. Tonight, he offered one or two more clues:

"We've got our eye on a few. We're just waiting for one to clear up now. He's been involved with the (parent club's) first team, so it's been a little bit difficult to get him. Hopefully it will be a little bit clearer within a week or two, and then we'll have that loan person on board."

The BBC Somerset report suggested the player was from a Championship club - we're not sure at this stage whether that was conjecture on their behalf or whether Skiverton was explicit about that.


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3 September 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Told You So
A week that we didn't expect to be a busy week has turned into a busy one. The sudden departure of midfielder Danny Schofield came a bit out of the blue, although not according to Taff's Gloversblog, which saw this one coming nearly four months ago.

Taff also talks about the arrival of Jean-Paul Kalala (now confirmed), the performance at AFC Bournemouth in midweek, and manager Terry Skiverton's post-match reaction to various individual performances. Read on in the latest blog entry, via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Told You So.


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3 September 2009 : Kalala Returns To Yeovil Town
Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala has now confirmed his return to Huish Park. The defensive midfielder has signed a short-term contract with the Glovers that will keep him at Yeovil until December 31st 2009. As a free agent, his arrival is not bound by the transfer window.

Kalala has been training with the Glovers recently following his release by Oldham Athletic over the summer. His prescence in the Yeovil Town squad is welcomed given the Glovers have not really got a truly defensively-minded midfielder within their ranks. He will take squad number 21 and go into manager Terry Skiverton's thinking for Saturday's game against Swindon Town.

Welcome back JP, and fingers crossed that his second stay with the club is as successful as the first.


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3 September 2009 : Roberts Admits Alcoholism And Gambling Problems
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts has taken the first step towards dealing with his off the field demons by admitting that he is an alcoholic, who also has a gambling addiction. The former Crewe Alexandra player had his contract terminated by the Glovers just before the start of the season due to an incident associated with the club's Family Fun Day.

Today's Guardian newspaper reports what had been on the rumourmill and presumably has now been owned up to by Roberts himself - that he arrived at the event "with the stench of alcohol on his breath". Our understanding is that Roberts had been the subject of other previous disciplinary incidents at the club and that this was the final straw on a day when the first team would be out on full display for an open training session. Roberts was sent home and subsequently had his contract terminated by the club by mutual consent.

Despite the chain of events, the Chester-born player says that he does not blame manager Terry Skiverton for his actions, nor Crewe bosses Dario Gradi and Steve Holland for their decision to allow him to leave Crewe over similar issues:

"I don't hold any bitterness towards him [Skiverton]. Like with Dario and Steve at Crewe, it's not the manager's responsibility to sort my problems out. Only I can do that."

The sorting out will entail Roberts booking himself in for a 26 day residential stay with the Sporting Chance clinic set up by former England player Tony Adams eight years ago, following his own experiences as an alcoholic. Roberts admits to the paper that he needs to do this for the sake of his own career:

"I'm looking forward to sorting my life out. I know clubs won't take a chance on players who have addictions because they don't want that culture developing in their dressing room. That's why I want to get clean Ė my dream remains to be a top pro. I know I have the talent to play in the Championship at the very least as I've done it before and the aim is to get there sooner rather than later. I also want to become a proper dad to my son. I want him to be proud of me and give him the best life possible, which I can only do through football. I really can't believe what's happened to me. What's happened to my life."

The Guardian Article runs through Roberts' life and paints a rather predictable tale that has been common to English footballers like Paul Gascoigne - a poor upbringing, a sudden excess of money, the endless trips down the bookies, the numerous hangers-on who want a slice of his money and fame, the problems of living in a hotel room away from family that gradually escalated into dressing room disharmony and the off the field problems over-spilling into his playing career. You can read it all in full via the link at the foot of this article.

Our understanding is that Yeovil Town did offer Roberts help for his problems whilst he was under contract at Huish Park but at that time he declined the offer. We're therefore pleased that he has now changed his mind and is prepared to seek the help that he needs. There is a light at the end of the tunnel for him. One Scottish Premier League club and one League Two side are prepared to offer him a trial if he can prove his mental and physical well-being. We wish him the very best of luck in achieving that - he is far too talented a player to allow his career to go to waste, but needs to grasp this 'Sporting Chance' with both hands.

Link: Guardian Website: Gary Roberts wrecked his Yeovil career but now has a Sporting Chance.


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3 September 2009 : Skiverton Wants Bodies On The Line
It says a lot when a manager continues to fume two days after a Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat. Manager Terry Skiverton has added some more in his criticism of his players following Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at AFC Bournemouth. The Glovers conceded two goals from corners, and the Yeovil boss has accused several players of failing to put their bodies on the line.

One of the players he excused on the night was defender Terrell Forbes, who twice went close to breaking his goalscoring duck when he went up for corners on Tuesday night. Skiverton said in his post-match interview that a number of players needed to follow Forbes' example on the field, and speaking in today's Western Daily Press he told them who he was talking about:

"Terrell never gets anywhere near scoring and it shows you how badly we are attacking the ball when we are relying on him to get his head on the ball in their box. The reason why I brought in Stefan Stam was for him to get his head on those balls and he is getting nowhere near them. Jon Obika is getting nowhere near them and Sam Williams is getting there occasionally. I have got to get the people who want to put their body on the line, and at the moment we have not got enough in our team."

Unusually following an evening away game, Skiverton cancelled the players' day off on Wednesday and brought them in for additional training for what he described as getting "back to basics". The Yeovil boss told BBC Somerset he was showing his players no sympathy:

"There's no days off through this run. I'm not here to be nice. I'm here to get results and that's what we'll be doing."


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3 September 2009 : Schofield and Davies Explain Their Moves
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Danny Schofield has revealed that he came close to leaving the Glovers for League One rivals Millwall in January. The 29 year old left Huish Park on Tuesday, but has told the Southwark News that the deal never went through, but re-emerged just over a week ago:

"There was interest from Millwall in January, but nothing materialised. But the gaffer has come in again before the transfer window closed and I'm glad to get it all done really. About ten days before the deadline my agent phoned and told me that Millwall had come back in. It's a massive club and a big opportunity for me. I'm sure they'll be pushing for promotion again this season, so it's a brilliant move."

Meanwhile another former midfielder Arron Davies had a choice of going to Yeovil Town, Carlisle United or Brighton and Hove Albion on transfer deadline day, as he prepared to make a loan move from Nottingham Forest.

Although earlier reports suggested that Brighton won the race due to them being willing to pay a greater proportion of Davies' wages to Forest, the Welshman told the Brighton Argus that as far as he was concerned he was the one that made the decision, preferring to team up with his former boss Russell Slade again:

"When I went in at Forest I wasnít allowed to train because some teams wanted me on loan. The club did the negotiating and it more or less came down to where I wanted to go. I knew the gaffer (Russell Slade) at Brighton from our time at Yeovil, where we had a lot of success. I know heís a good manager and that swung it. We had a very happy squad at Yeovil. It was my most enjoyable year in football. It was a great time for me and it got me a move to Forest. The gaffer did a lot for me then and hopefully the same happens this time."


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2 September 2009 : August 2009 Player Of The Month
The month of August 2009 was certainly an odd one for consistency amongst players and amongst the team. In terms of individual Man of the Match awards, Steven Caulker, Andy Welsh, Ryan Mason, Craig Alcock, Danny Schofield and Keiran Muragh picked up match awards meaning that each of the six matches were shared out.

That has inevitably made for a very well contested August Player of the Month once all the votes are added together and averaged out. Terrell Forbes didn't pick up any individual match awards but was the model of consistency during the month, coming in 4th whilst Danny Schofield who has since been transferred to Millwall had a good final month finishing 5th.

The top three included two Tottenham Hotspur loan players, with Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker proving that they've made a positive impact upon their arrivals in Somerset. But the winner of the monthly award was left-winger Andy Welsh, whose run of 4th (Tranmere Rovers), 1st (Norwich City) and 2nd (Leyton Orient) gave him the nod over the rest. Full results, including the percentage of the vote cast for each player, can be seen below:

1 Andy Welsh 13.8
2 Steven Caulker 12.9
3 Ryan Mason 11.7
4 Terrell Forbes 11.5
5 Danny Schofield 8.5
6 Keiran Murtagh 6.6
7 Jonathan Obika 6.6
8 Craig Alcock 5.8
9 Sam Williams 3.6
10 Alex McCarthy 3.5

Don't forget if you were at Dean Court last night, your votes on the game will be very much appreciated, using the voting form below.

Link: AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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2 September 2009 : Huddersfield Town Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's trip to the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday saw the Glovers perhaps a little hard done by to come away with a 2-1 defeat. They took the lead against Huddersfield Town thanks to a Keiran Murtagh long ranger that finished in the top corner and there's little doubt that strike must have influenced a few of the Man of the Match voters.

Craig Alcock and Steven Caulker featured highly and six different players got given outright MOTM votes, but in the end Keiran won the vote by a fairly comfortable margin. Full results are shown below with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1 Keiran Murtagh 76 (6)
2 Craig Alcock 50 (3)
3 Steven Caulker 36 (3)
4 Terrell Forbes 32 (1)
5 Danny Schofield 22 (1)
6 Ryan Mason 18 (1)
7 Gavin Tomlin 14 (0)
8 Alex McCarthy 6 (0)
8 Jonathan Obika 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.27

Performance: 7.20
Entertainment: 7.33

VOTES RECEIVED: 15

Don't forget if you were at Dean Court last night, your votes on the game will be very much appreciated, using the voting form below.

Link: AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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2 September 2009 : Youth Team vs Westland Sports Match Report
Yeovil Town's Youth Team beat Westland Sports Under 18s tonight by a 6-2 scoreline. Goals were scored by Rhys Baggridge from the penalty spot and Lloyd Matthews, with Max Harrington bagging two more. Lewis Morgan wrapped up proceedings by scoring direct from a corner, whilst Yeovil's second of the night was an own goal.

The match, which was played at Westland Sports Club featured a mix of Under 18s and Under 16s players during the evening. Centre of Excellence manager Mo Hopkins would like to hear from any local clubs who are seeking friendly matches to help develop his players at these two levels. For a match against the Under 16s, the club would prefer to face an Under 18 level side. For a match against Yeovil Town's Under 18s, they would prefer to play a men's side. Matches would need to be played during midweek.

If you think you can provide a suitable level of opposition, contact Mo Hopkins at the club or feel free to email us at ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and we'll ensure that Mo gets your message.

Final Score: Westland Sports U18s 2 Yeovil Town Youth Team 6.

Scorers: Mitch Conning (o.g.) (1-0, 3 mins), Rhys Baggridge (1-1, 11 mins, pen), Westland Player (o.g.) (1-2, 16 mins), Lloyd Matthews (1-3, 34 mins), Max Harrington (1-4, 51 mins), Max Harrington (1-5, 56 mins), Lewis Morgan (1-6, 64 mins), Westland Player (2-6, 86 mins).

Yeovil Town Youth Team: (Under 18s except where stated) Steve Boore, Ben Williams (U16), Rhys Baggridge, Henry Bond (U16), Danny Rosser, Charlie Elsworth, Andy Baker, Tom Hopkins (U16), Lloyd Matthews (U16), Mitch Conning, Lewis Morgan (U16)

Subs: Max Harrington (U16), Ryan Lake (U16), Danny Williams (U16), Andy Venning (U16), Alex West.


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2 September 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Dean Court, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the match against AFC Bournemouth. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can now be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game.


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2 September 2009 : Skivo Has Clear Loan Target
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he has a clear target in mind to replace outgoing midfielder Danny Schofield. The Glovers lost Schofield to Millwall on transfer deadline day but says that he has one person in mind who can replace him.

Skiverton said yesterday that he wants to get Andy Lindegaard and Jean-Paul Kalala tied up on lengthier deals, and revealed that a third player would be arriving on loan. Speaking to BBC Somerset, he explained where his current thinking lies:

"It's not so much a case of working through (lists). We've got one that's in the pipeline and if it comes off then it will be great for the club. But if it doesn't come off, there's another couple on the backburner. This one is the one that I really want and I am really after. Hopefully when certain other situations change with their club, then we'll get him."

Skiverton's reference to needing another club's situation to change would strongly imply that the club he is looking to get the player from has their own pending deals in the loan market that need to go through before they can release the unnamed player to the Glovers. That points towards a fringe player in a bigger club's side, who would slip down the pecking order in such circumstances.

The 'emergency' loan transfer window will open for Football League clubs in roughly one week's time, and so any movement will not be expected until after Saturday's home match against Swindon Town. In reality given the need to maximise the 93 days allowable under the emergency loan rules, any movement would probably be more likely to happen closer to the following weekend's match against Stockport County.


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2 September 2009 : Fans To Choose Charity
The Football League is asking fans to help select its nominated charity for the 2009-10 season. The League has created a short-list, and voting is open until Wednesday 9th September:

Care of Police Survivors (COPS)
Everyman
Help For Heroes
Marie Curie Cancer Care
The Bobby Moore Fund

Once voting has closed the Football League will make its final decision between the two charities that received most votes from supporters. Their decision will be announced on Friday 11th September, 2009.

Follow the LINK for details of the work of each charity and the Football League's voting page.


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2 September 2009 : Lambert Fined For Red Mist At Glovers Game
Norwich City manager Paul Lambert has been fined by the Football Association for improper conduct. The charge relates to Lambert's final league match as Colchester United manager in a 2-1 win over Yeovil Town.

Lambert was sent to the stands after his reaction to a decision made late in the game by match referee Russell Booth after he failed to award the home side a penalty. In a hearing today at Wembley, Lambert admitted the charge, was fined £750 and was warned as to his future conduct. The Regulatory Commission noted that they had taken into account his previously good disciplinary record when assessing the matter.


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2 September 2009 : Sky Live Matches Involving League One Clubs
A number of games featuring League One clubs have been selected for live coverage by Sky Sports. Southampton's home match against Brighton and Hove Albion, plus Huddersfield Town's game against Wycombe Wanderers have been moved to suit the Sky cameras. Meanwhile Leeds United have had their home Carling Cup Third Round tie against Liverpool chosen to be screened live.

There are also a number of League One matches due to be screened live in the next few weeks. Details are as follows:

05/09/2009 : 12:30hrs : Charlton Athletic vs Brentford
14/09/2009 : 19:45hrs : Milton Keynes Dons vs Norwich City
22/09/2009 : 19:45hrs : Leeds United vs Liverpool (Carling Cup)
12/10/2009 : 19:45hrs : Tranmere Rovers vs Stockport County
19/10/2009 : 19:45hrs : Leeds United vs Norwich City
14/11/2009 : 12:05hrs : Huddersfield Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
15/11/2009 : 16:30hrs : Southampton vs Brighton and Hove Albion


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2 September 2009 : Boothroyd Gets The Nod At Colchester
League One side Colchester United have appointed Aidy Boothroyd as their new manager. Boothroyd replaces Paul Lambert at the Community Stadium after he controversially jumped ship for League One rivals Norwich City.

Boothroyd will be formally unveiled to the media at lunchtime today. As yet there's no length of contract revealed. The 38 year old left Watford last November after a poor start to their 2008-09 season, but had previously taken the Hornets to the Premier League in 2006 and the FA Cup Semi-Finals in 2007.

Boothroyd watched Colchester's JPT First Round match against Gillingham last night from the stands, but is expected to be in charge for their Saturday game against Southampton at St Mary's.


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2 September 2009 : Officials for Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
Officials for Saturday's home match against Swindon Town have been announced. The man in charge will be the familiar name of Jarnail Singh (Hounslow, Middlesex). There are few officials on the circuit that we don't need to really write a profile for, given how well known they are by Glovers fans. The other would be a Mr T Kettle, but that is for reasons much different to that of Mr Singh.

His star has slipped slightly since the time when he got applauded by Huish Park spectators just for doing his warm-ups before one particular game - when did a referee ever get that sort of reception from a home crowd? His main faux pas came during a home game in the 2007-08 season, when he entirely missed one of the most blatant handballs one will ever see (or in his case, didn't see) when Oldham Athletic switched from football to basketball inside their own penalty area - 19th January, 2008. Perhaps we've scrutinised him a little bit more critically since then, realising that even a good referee is not infallible.

His last two visits came during the 2008-09 season. The first was on 22nd November, 2008, when he had a decent enough match in the 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers. The most recent was April 2009's 3-4 home defeat against Hartlepool United in which both teams were allowed to play fast flowing football.

This will become the tenth time Mr Singh has been in the middle for Yeovil Town games since joining the National List, with eight league matches at Huish Park and one away F.A. Cup tie his previous occasions. On 3rd January, 2005 he sent off both Colin Miles and Luke Rodgers, then playing for Shrewsbury Town, in separate incidents. Neither player should have had the slightest complaint. The other red issued in these games came on 22nd October, 2005 when Gareth Taylor of Nottingham Forest decided to try to lay out Colin Miles behind the referee's back, but fortunately it was spotted by one of the assistants.

Mr Singh will be assisted by Richard Martin (Somerset) and Andrew Turner (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Chris Powell (Dorset).


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2 September 2009 : Skiverton Unimpressed By Squad Performance
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton felt that there were few players who impressed him in last night's match at AFC Bournemouth. The Glovers went out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy by a 2-1 scoreline after Skiverton made seven changes to his starting line-up.

However, the Yeovil boss told BBC Somerset that he felt that few of those players he introduced for the game showed signs that they should hold their place for Saturday's League One match against Swindon Town, pointing out that a number of players had been trying to talk him into giving them a starting spot in the side, but that they had failed to deliver:

"We just weren't good enough. I think we went from a really positive performance against Huddersfield. I gave people an opportunity and they didn't take it. That's as fair as an assessment as I can put it. I've given an opportunity for people to show me. I've had a lot of people knocking on my door telling me that they are good enough, but when it comes to the crunch you've got to be ready to do your talking out there on the pitch and there were too many of us that were not doing that tonight."


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2 September 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
If you were at Dean Court for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against AFC Bournemouth, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote. Choose the three players who you think came out the best from Tuesday night's match, plus performance and entertainment ratings by using the voting form below, along with any other comments you wish to make.

Link: AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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1 September 2009 : Terry Skiverton's Pre-Match Interview At Bournemouth
Just prior to kick-off at Dean Court, manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about Transfer Deadline Day. As well as giving his pre-match views on the AFC Bournemouth match, Skiverton spoke to BBC Radio reporter Rob Scanlon about the transfer of Danny Schofield to Millwall as well as explaining the future for players such as Andy Lindegaard, Jean-Paul Kalala, Andre McCollin and his plans to dip into the loan market in around a week's time.

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

Link: Terry Skiverton Talks To The BBC Prior To The JPT Match At Bournemouth.


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1 September 2009 : Bournemouth 2 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Crash Out Of JPT
Yeovil Town went out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this evening as their dismal record in the competition continued at Dean Court. The Glovers were beaten by AFC Bournemouth thanks to a corner in each half, with Brett Pitman and Alan Connell doing the damage from the set plays. Substitute Jonathan Obika set up a possible late comeback when he netted with three minutes to go, but the League Two side deserved to go through and again it was too little too late from the Glovers.

The Glovers went into the game making seven changes to their Saturday line-up with only Terrell Forbes, Nathan Smith, Keiran Murtagh and Gavin Tomlin retained from the trip to Huddersfield Town as manager Terry skiverton attempted to rotate his squad as far as he possibly could within the rules of the competition.

A long range attempt from Scott Murray flew wide of the target during the early exchanges, but largely Bournemouth held the upper hand with Richard Martin forced into a couple of early saves. Bournemouth even had the ball in the back of the net after 32 minutes through a Brett Pitman header, but with both teams assuming that the goal had been scored, referee David Phillips perhaps kindly ruled the attempt out due to Pitman leaning on Danny Hutchins as he aimed to force his header home.

Five minutes later, Sam Williams put in a cross from the left and a header from Gavin Tomlin was flicked across goal and onto the post, with home keeper Shwan Jalal just getting a hand on the ball to divert the ball onto the woodwork. It was undoubtedly Yeovil's best chance of a half where too many individuals weren't quite on song.

Just as the game looked to be heading into the break, Bournemouth broke the deadlock. A corner from Warren Cummings was dummied in the box by Sammy Igoe, and Brett Pitman finally got the goal he thought he deserved 15 minutes earlier. 1-0 at the break and Yeovil's cause wasn't helped by Gavin Tomlin limping off during injury time with the Glovers not even waiting until the half time interval to make the decision to replace him with Jonathan Obika.

The second half opened up in a fractious manner with both sides sticking the boot in and some random decisions from referee David Phillips not helping the situation, with both sides taking it out on each other as they argued over the referee's decisions. Sam Williams and Keiran Murtagh landed in the book, whilst George O'Callaghan was fortunate not to land in there after an altercation with Marvin Bartley.

Sam Williams went close to giving Yeovil an equaliser when he beat goalkeeper Jalal to a near post header, but Scott Guyett was mopping up behind to deal with any potential damage. But on the hour mark George O'Callaghan's header from a Scott Murray cross came off the inside of the post and straight back into the grateful arms of the Bournemouth keeper for a massive let-off for the Cherries.

But manager Terry Skiverton has persistently talked about being ruthless with their chances, and hitting the post twice in a game counts for nothing when the opposition were being more clinical. Another Bournemouth corner saw the home side double their lead, with Alan Connell left with way too much free space from just six yards out to plant the ball home.

Andy Lindegaard got his first taste of Glovers football since his return to the club and he almost lobbed keeper Shwan Jalal who looked to be suffering badly with an injury. But with three minutes left, the Glovers got a lifeline when Sam Williams and Jonathan Obika exchanged passes and set Obika through on goal, and as the crocked Jalal advanced, the Spurs striker made it look very simple when he passed the ball left-footed into the corner of the net. 2-1 and three actual minutes and five additional injury time minutes left to save the game.

But it was Liam Feeney who got the best pair of chances as the seconds ticked out, predictably from breakaways, as first he forced Richard Martin into a strong save, and then seconds later he clipped the top of the crossbar. Five minutes into the injury time, George O'Callaghan had a great chance for a last gasp improbable equaliser, but when he received the ball from Obika, he shot wide of the target and that was the end of that, with Yeovil's role in another cup competition ended for another year. Once again there was a late rally from the Glovers, but tonight two set pieces proved to be their undoing and Yeovil's inability to keep a clean sheet needs to be sorted sooner rather than later.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Brett Pitman (1-0, 45 mins), Alan Connell (2-0, 66 mins), Jonathan Obika (2-1, 87 mins)

AFC Bournemouth: (4-4-2)
1. Shwan Jalal
8. Anton Robinson 2. Scott Guyett 3. Ryan Garry 28. Warren Cummings
11. Liam Feeney 7. Sammy Igoe 6. Marvin Bartley 23. Lee Bradbury
9. Brett Pitman 10. Alan Connell

Substitutes:
30. Dan Thomas (GK) 24. George Webb (90 mins for Marvin Bartley) 20. Mark Molesley (60 mins for Anton Robinson) 31. Jason Tindall (85 mins for Brett Pitman)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
15. Richard Martin
23. Danny Hutchins 4. Stefan Stam 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
16. Scott Murray 7. George O'Callaghan 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
5. Steven Caulker 18. Andy Lindegaard (80 mins for Scott Murray) 26. Jonathan Obika (45 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 32. Andre McCollin (76 mins for Andrew Welsh) 33. Ben Roberts (GK)

Bournemouth Bookings: Anton Robinson (42 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Williams (51 mins, foul), Keiran Murtagh (57 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (75 mins, foul), George O'Callaghan (83 mins, foul)

Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex). Assistants: Lee Collins (Surrey) and Wes Linden (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,655 (including approx 150 Yeovil fans).


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1 September 2009 : Glovers Missed Out On Davies Return
Tonight's BBC Somerset coverage suggests that Yeovil Town lost out in attempts to sign midfielder Arron Davies on loan from Nottingham Forest. The former Southampton trainee, who was signed by Gary Johnson, has headed out on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion, teaming up again with former Glovers boss Russell Slade.

The BBC suggest that the Glovers lost out on the deal because Brighton were willing to contribute a greater proportion of Davies' wages as part of the loan deal with Forest than the Glovers were willing/able to. Davies has signed a deal to stay in Sussex until December 31st.

In more concrete news, manager Terry Skiverton has suggested that midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala will be getting a permanent deal with the club shortly. This deal is not affected by the transfer window as Kalala is currently a free agent. Skiverton has also indicated that utility player Andy Lindegaard will also be put on a more lengthy deal after he was signed up on a month deal just before the season began.

As a third signing, Skiverton plans to add one additional loan player to his squad - presumably one who can fit into the sort of role that the outgoing Danny Schofield occupied, as an attacking midfielder or winger. There are no hints as to who this player might be, or whether Skiverton himself has earmarked anyone as yet.


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1 September 2009 : Tonight's Line-Up Against AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town have made seven changes to their starting line-up for tonight's match at Dean Court. Only Terrell Forbes, Nathan Smith, Keiran Murtagh and Gavin Tomlin started Saturday's game at Huddersfield Town suggesting that manager Terry Skiverton is keen to rest as many players as possible for this Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against League Two side AFC Bournemouth.

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy appears to have been released early to prepare for international duty and so doesn't even appear in the squad for tonight's match, with goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts being named as the substitute keeper, whilst Richard Martin will make his debut for the club.

Bournemouth include former Glover Scott Guyett in their line-up at the back in what looks to be a strong starting eleven for the Cherries although they only name four players on their bench.

AFC Bournemouth: (4-4-2)
1. Shwan Jalal
23. Lee Bradbury 2. Scott Guyett 3. Ryan Garry 28. Warren Cummings
7. Sammy Igoe 6. Marvin Bartley 8. Anton Robinson 11. Liam Feeney
9. Brett Pitman 10. Alan Connell

Substitutes:
30. Dan Thomas (GK) 24. George Webb 20. Mark Molesley 31. Jason Tindall

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
15. Richard Martin
23. Danny Hutchins 4. Stefan Stam 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
16. Scott Murray 7. George O'Callaghan 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
5. Steven Caulker 18. Andy Lindegaard 26. Jonathan Obika 32. Andre McCollin 33. Ben Roberts (GK)


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1 September 2009 : Window Closes - League One Round-Up (Part Two)
Well as this is typed the clock strikes 6.00 p.m. and the transfer window has been closed for an hour, not to open again until January 2010. So here's a round-up of today's League One events that we've gleaned, though doubtless certain deals won't reach the airwaves for another hour or two yet.

This morning's events can be found further down, and of course the big news for Yeovil Town fans was the departure of Danny Schofield. As to the rest of the action:

Ex-Glover Arron Davies rejoins Russell Slade at Brighton & Hove Albion on a long term loan from Nottingham Forest that keeps him in Sussex until December 31st.

In at Oldham Athletic, right-winger Joe Colbeck for an undisclosed fee from Bradford City, and Alan Sheehan on a one month loan from Leeds United. Leaving Boundary Park are Pole (get away!) Przemyslaw Kazimierczak and Peter Gilbert, both released from week-to-week contracts.

Local rivals Exeter City made two late moves. In come striker Stuart Fleetwood on a season long loan from Charlton Athletic, and Oscar Jansson a 19-year-old goalkeeper on the books at Tottenham Hotspur on a one month loan deal.

Other rivals up the road, Bristol Rovers, tied up three bodies, unsurprisingly given their problems with 'glovesmen' two of them being goalkeepers. Mikkel Anderson comes in from Reading on a loan until 1st January 2010, and Rhys Evans had his short term contract about to run out on 9th September converted to a one year deal. Lastly, midfielder Mark Wright was bought for an undisclosed fee from the Seagulls (Sussex version). Out from the Mem is Lewis Haldane, on a month loan to Port Vale.

As well as loaning out Fleetwood, there was also the loan away from The Valley for vowel rich right-back Yassin Moutaouakil to Motherwell for six months. Coming in, as well as Leon McKenzie (now confirmed), is Luke Holden from Welsh club Rhyl, on loan until January initially but with a view to purchase.

Struggling (John Barnes') Tranmere Rovers have turned Marlon Bromme's non-contract terms into a one year deal, and and also secured striker Kittson Bain of Grenada subject to obtaining work permit clearance.

Kris Renton departs Norwich City for a loan spell at Scottish League Two club Brechin until December 31st, and Leyton Orient have brought in midfielder Kristian O'Leary on a one month loan from Swansea City.

Leeds United added to their earlier business by signing South African striker Davide Somma on a one year contract after an extended trial at Elland Road over the last couple of months.

Alex Revell exchanges Roots Hall for Swindon Town, a loan spell to January initially, but with an option of a permanent move.

Southampton have sent 23-year-old goalkeeper Michael Poke out on loan to Torquay United until January, but have inserted an instant recall clause.

7.00 p.m. Update (well we said some more would filter out late) :

Kevin Betsy, loan until January 2010 from Southend United to Wycombe Wanderers.

James Wilson, loan from Bristol City to Brentford extended to January 2010.

Centre-back Sam Sodje gets an unspecified contract at Charlton Athletic.


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1 September 2009 : Schofield Departs Glovers For Lions
Yeovil Town midfielder Danny Schofield has left Huish Park for League One rivals Millwall. The club have accepted an "undisclosed fee" for the attack-minded player. Danny has signed a two year deal with the Lions. He will have a swift meet-up with his ex-team-mates in four weeks time when Yeovil travel to the New Den.

Certainly Schofield's departure will come as a blow to the Glovers, with the former Huddersfield Town player having been voted as Man of the Match in the club's last home match against Leyton Orient. He had been transfer-listed over the summer at his own request, but when he came off the list in late July he implied that his family had settled down and wanted to stay in Somerset. Certainly if he was unhappy at remaining at Huish Park he gave away few clues when he was interviewed last week.

Danny made 46 appearances for the Glovers, scoring five goals in the process, the last of which came in the last home game against Orient, scoring Yeovil's third and final goal of the game. However, with him in the final year of his contract at Huish Park, and assumed to be one of the highest earners on the Glovers' payroll, it may be that this is a case of room being made for Jean-Paul Kalala to come back into the fold. Certainly with another midfielder down and two hours until the transfer window shuts, a replacement body would not go amiss.

The very best of luck to Danny in settling into London and thanks for the last 14 months or so.


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1 September 2009 : Ticketing For Millwall vs Yeovil Town
Tickets for Yeovil Town's midweek trip to Millwall are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 29th September with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Tickets are available in advance and on the night of the game at the same prices. If you want to buy in advance, via Yeovil Town, you need to do so by Monday 28th September at 5.00p.m. - thereafter you'll need to purchase from the Away Stand Ticket Office at the New Den.

Prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over 60s: £13.00; Under 16s: £11.00; Under 12s: £8.00.

Note that Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult to take advantage of the cheaper price. Otherwise you'll pay the Under 16s price.

Wheelchair users pay the full Adult price, but assistants are admitted free of charge.

To book tickets, visit the Huish Park Ticket Office in person or phone them on 01935-847888.


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1 September 2009 : Transfer Deadline Day Lunchtime Round-Up
Quiet so far in League One on Transfer Deadline Day, with not much action outside the bigger clubs.

The biggest money spent is by Leeds United, who have bought defender Leigh Bromby from Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee but thought to be in the £200,000 to £300,000 range. Young central defender Tom Lees heads out of Elland Road on a loan deal to Accrington Stanley until 2nd January, 2010.

Dejan Stefanovic has departed Norwich City by mutual consent. Goalkeeper Frazer Forster, who arrived at Carrow Road last week on a one month loan from Newcastle United has had the deal extended until 2nd January 2010 .

Ex-Glover Marvin Williams has been released from Brentford by mutual consent and is expected to sign a short term contract with League Two Torquay United until January.

Although not confirmed by either club, striker Leon McKenzie is quoted in the press as saying he will depart Coventry City today and sign for Charlton Athletic.

Walsall have secured defender Clayton McDonald on loan from mega-bucks Manchester City.


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1 September 2009 : Skiverton Wants To Kick Off A Cup Run
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he would like to see his team establish themselves in a cup competition this season. However, he admits that he is not too fussy about whether that is tonight's Johnstone's Paint Trophy competition, or the higher profile FA Cup.

Although the Glovers managed to get trips to Charlton Athletic and then Premier League side Middlesbrough in last season's Carling Cup, their last serious cup run came in the 2004-05 FA Cup when victories over Darlington, Histon and Rotherham United brought them an FA Cup Fourth Round tie, with Charlton (at that time a Premier League side) again their opponents. Since then, success in cup competitions has been lacking - the Glovers have not got past two rounds in any competition and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he wanted to change that:

"It's important and it's another cup competition and it's another game for us to make sure that we enhance our reputation. It's my first chance at a round of cup competitions as a manager and out of all of the cups we want to start going on a little run in one of them. As I've said before, I'm not looking to go on a big cup run in any certain competition. Hopefully the cup run will find us and we'll go on a little bit of a run, get through and do well in one of the cups. Whether it's the JPT or the FA Cup, I don't really mind."

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, at the age of 31, is the youngest manager in the Football League, and Skiverton said he bumped into Howe at a Centre of Excellence match last autumn whilst both managers were carrying out far more junior duties within their respective clubs:

"I know him and Jason Tindall really well. As I've said in a few press conferences before, he was the Centre of Excellence manager and I was the Under 15s manager, and at the time we'd both had a little bit of a chat. Three months later we were both in the first team manager jobs. It's been a steep learning curve for the pair of us, but he's done a great job down there by keeping them up when they were in so much trouble. They seem to be doing it against the odds given everything and the (transfer) embargo that has been placed on them. But it will be a tough game for us and it will be another one that will be a nice local derby for the fans."


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1 September 2009 : AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on AFC Bournemouth tonight in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round tie. The match will be played at Dean Court with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. This match will be played to a conclusion tonight and if the match is a draw after 90 minutes, then it will be settled by a penalty shoot-out. There will be no extra time played.

The Football League Trophy is always seen as the pauper of all league and cup competitions, and it has to be said that there are likely to be some extremely low crowds tonight in the numerous First Round ties being played. Yet for a significant proportion of the clubs playing in the competition, this cup represents their main hope of seeing Wembley Stadium this season, and the Glovers are probably one of those sides. Plus we are long overdue for a cup run from somewhere, and have already crashed out of the Carling Cup at the First Round stage.

Yeovil's opponents tonight are unlikely to make an easy passage into the Second Round for them. Bournemouth lie in third place in the League Two table - kept off the top only by goal difference - have won four out of their five league games so far. On top of that they've won all three home matches by a 1-0 scoreline, including two impressive victories over Rotherham United and Crewe Alexandra, who are two of the more likely teams to rival the Dorset side for promotion.

Off the field, it has to be said that Bournemouth are still in a sorry mess. They are currently under a transfer embargo, and a statement on their official site late last week suggested that there was very little light at the end of the tunnel for that to be lifted. What that has meant is that manager Eddie Howe has had to dip heavily into Bournemouth's Youth Team graduates to make up squad numbers. So far, they've done pretty well for themselves.

For tonight's match, they will have to make do without a number of players that will probably enforce any 'squad rotation' Howe was considering making. Fletcher, Cooper and Hollands are all injured. Joe Partington and Josh McQuoid are on international duty. There was initially talk that Partington might delay his international call-up but all has gone quiet on that front and their local press don't entertain that possibility in their own pre-match analysis.

Former Glover Scott Guyett could well feature tonight. The big Australian was a substitute in their 1-0 win over Crewe on Saturday, and only got four minutes on the field of play and so is a likely tweak to Eddie Howe's side. That said, Howe told the Bournemouth Echo he doesn't expect to make too many changes:

"I may make a couple of changes although we donít have an abundance of options. I may tweak things slightly and give players an opportunity to come in and impress. Itís going to be a good test for us. If we can do well against a League One side, it will show we can hopefully be competitive in our league. Itís always a good challenge to pit your wits against sides from the league above. We played Millwall in the Carling Cup and they did ever so well against us so it will be interesting to see how we fare against Yeovil from the same division. They are a good side and have several loan players from Tottenham who have made a big difference to them. Our home form has been good and I donít think any side relishes coming to Dean Court at the moment so hopefully we can continue from where we left off on Saturday."

Competition rules are that each club must play at least six of their eleven most used players so far this season. Not that either manager would be able to easily break that rule. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton will of course be without long term injury victims Dean Bowditch (shoulder) and Aidan Downes (knee and shoulder). It would also be a major surprise if he risked Ryan Mason, with him having limped off with a groin strain on Saturday, whilst Nathan Smith appeared to jar his ankle again late on in the same match.

It would seem likely that Andy Welsh and George O'Callaghan would be the main beneficiaries of this, although with winger Scott Murray having played so little football since his arrival at Huish Park it could be time to give him a run-out. Another change that Skiverton might want to consider is that of blooding reserve keeper Richard Martin tonight, given that he will be between the sticks on Saturday when Alex McCarthy heads out on international duty. Elsewhere though, there shouldn't be too many more changes made with the importance of getting a cup run, and also an away win high on the agenda.

Bournemouth's official site claims that winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy outright could be worth up to £500,000 to the lucky club. They cite the £300,000 gate receipts the four Wembley finalists have each accrued, plus the £100,000 prize money to the winners out of a total competition prize pool of £400,000. Add in another £100,000 in merchandising and sponsorship and despite the Football League Trophy's lowly status in the early rounds, there are few club accountants, Chairmen and Owners who would want this competition to be treated lightly.

Tickets for the game are available on the night from Dean Court, or from the Huish Park Ticket Office if you get in there before 12.00 noon when they'll send the excess tickets back. For prices (and everything else) see the Ciderspace guide below. If you can't make it, then 95.5FM is the frequency to tune into, where BBC Somerset will be broadcasting coverage of the game, starting just after the 7.00p.m. news bulletin.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Officials For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bournemouth.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Bournemouth.


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1 September 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : There Used To Be A Football Club Over There
In between Saturday's match at Huddersfield Town and tonight's match at AFC Bournemouth, Taff looks at where things stand, and also how his sure-fire bet went down the proverbial on Saturday lunchtime.

Whilst we have a moan and a gripe at our own club from time to time, it's true to say that things could be worse. Far worse, in fact. Taff also has another look at the never-ending soap opera down at the Wessex Stadium and wonders if on this occasion the soap opera might not be as as never-ending as we might think.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : There Used To Be A Football Club Over There.


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