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30 September 2013 : Rams Bring In McClaren As Clough Replacement
Championship side Derby County have moved quickly to replace their former manager Nigel Clough, who was sacked on Saturday night. They have appointed former England manager Steve McClaren on a two and a half year deal, under the title of Head Coach, with plans to appoint a Technical Director to work above him.

McClaren had been part of the backroom staff at Queens Park Rangers, and only arrived at Loftus Road in the summer, but was given permission by the West London side to talk to Derby, having been in their books as a player between 1985 and 1988. He has recruited in Paul Simpson (First-Team Coach) and Eric Steele (Goalkeeping Coach) who are also former Rams players.

Clough's departure has seen five of Derby's backroom staff placed on gardening leave - a full clear-out of their top level management team. Coaches Andy Garner, Gary Crosby, Johnny Metgod and Martin Taylor along with Chief Scout Simon Clough remain on the payroll, but with McClaren bringing his own team with him, it seems unlikely they will play any further part in Derby's fortunes.

McClaren won't be in the dugouts for their match against Ipswich Town at Pride Park tomorrow night - he will be watching from the stands, with Academy Manager Darren Wassall getting one match in the spotlight as the club's Caretaker Manager.


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30 September 2013 : Foxes Home Clash To Be On National Radio
In addition to the usual coverage on BBC Somerset, Yeovil Town's Championship home match tomorrow is being covered by national radio. The digital station BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra has chosen the Glovers home match against Leicester City as their commentary match, meaning that those who live outside the Somerset region should have the chance to listen in.

The station broadcasts via the following means: DAB: 12B; Freeview: 706; Freesat: 706; Sky (UK only): 0144; Virgin Media: 908; UPC Ireland: 928.

They also broadcast over the internet via the link below. We're not sure what licence restrictions affect the broadcast of football commentaries for BBC national radio, but certainly they are advertising the match as if it would be available online. You may want to have your DAB radio or TV receiver handy just in case though. Their coverage is due to start from 7.30p.m. with kick-off at Huish Park just 15 minutes later.

Link: BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.


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30 September 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Controversial Refereeing Decisions No. 7395b
Saturday's match against Bolton Wanderers was certainly an interesting open encounter, despite both sides struggling for form at present. The eventual 1-1 draw has been dissected in the latest Taff's Gloversblog where inevitably there's a rundown of another contentious refereeing decision, and also a few interesting changes to the line-up that played at the Reebok Stadium. View the article via the link below, and feel free to post your own views on the game, or the wider issues at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Controversial Refereeing Decisions No. 7395b.


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30 September 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Bolton Away Interview
Just before kick-off against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday at the Reebok Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary runs through some of his thoughts on why he brought Shane Duffy into the club, his views on the strike partnership of Paddy Madden and Andy Williams, and why he reshuffled the midfield line-up on Saturday. That interview can be read via the link below.

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

Also available are the two post-match interviews following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Bolton - via the links below.

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

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Bolton Wanderers.


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29 September 2013 : Upson Misses His Own Reebok Stadium Goal
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Ed's views on the goal that he scored at the Reebok Stadium can be read via the link below.

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Bolton Wanderers.


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29 September 2013 : Video : Bolton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium, the Sky Sports website has been updated to include the match highlights package. Their two and a half minutes worth of coverage is a bit more balanced than the Football League Show's cut from last night, which seemed to imply that the Glovers had been under the cosh throughout, and overlooked the question of whether Bolton's equaliser should have stood.

In addition to Ed Upson's unusual opening goal, the highlights include chances for Joel Grant and Paddy Madden. They also include the controversial late equaliser that saw Alex Baptiste net from a rebound - however check out Zat Knight's positioning when he hooks the ball back across the area, and judge whether his extended boot means he connected with the ball out of play or not.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Bolton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.

For those who live outside the UK, there is some shorter footage on YouTube via Bolton's club website account that can be viewed through the clip below, which largely concentrates on the two goals that were scored.




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29 September 2013 : Soccer AM Away Days : Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town featured on Soccer AM yesterday, as part of their Away Days feature. Featuring their travelling 'reporter' known as Frankie Fryer, that clip has been uploaded onto the Sky Sports. Featuring just over four minutes worth of footage of the town and Huish Park, you can watch it via the link below. Just don't expect anything too highbrow in terms of the coverage!

Link: Soccer AM Away Days : Yeovil Town.


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29 September 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Bolton Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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29 September 2013 : Clough Sacking Gives First Championship Casualty
The Championship division already has its first managerial casualty of the 2013-14 season. Derby County have fired Nigel Clough following Saturday lunchtime's 1-0 defeat to local rivals Nottingham Forest. He leaves Pride Park having been in charge since January 6th 2009.

The Rams are currently in 14th place in the Championship, and were probably the most impressive side to visit Huish Park so far this season, producing fluent passing that saw them pick up a 3-0 away win. However, it's at home that they've struggled. Whilst today's defeat at the City Ground was their first one on their travels, they've only picked up one point from four matches, and that coupled with losing to their main rivals appears to have sparked the somewhat surprising decision to relieve him of his duties. Clough had been the country's fourth longest serving manager.

As yet they've not appointed a caretaker manager, but imply that they will be conducting a formal application process rather than having a new man waiting in the wings. Whoever takes over will inherit a side that is currently seven points off the play-off positions, and seven points off the relegation slots.


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28 September 2013 : Johnson Frustrated At 'Broken Record' With Officials
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that he was stuck in a situation like a broken record, after he watched another contentious goal take away points from his side in a spirited performance at the Reebok Stadium. His club's 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers looked to be turning into a win when Ed Upson's shot from the edge of the box was fumbled into his own net by home keeper Adam Bogdan.

That would have given the Glovers all three points were it not for Alex Baptiste's 90th minute equalising goal - scored after he hooked in the rebound from a cross put in by substitute Zat Knight. The Yeovil defence felt strongly that Knight had run the ball out of play before it was put into the box, but referee Tony Harrington and his linesman either disagreed or weren't in a position to conclude and allowed play to carry on and for the goal to stand. Speaking after the game, Johnson felt that he was having to make the same point about the match officials after every game and he was fed up with it:

"It's like a broken record, every week we seem to get something where somebody makes a poor decision. The lads are pretty adamant that the cross was out of play, which is why a few people stopped because they thought it was a yard out of play. Don't get me into that again, please don't ask me another question on it because I'm just about to go home and slash my wrists."

Despite conceding in the final minute of the game, the Glovers gave a good account of themselves, particularly during the second half of the match when the game began to get more stretched. Johnson felt that it was important that the club recognised it as a good away point, and to not focus too much on the timing of the equaliser:

"We've got to be careful that you don't get too carried away with being disappointed with a point at Bolton. We're disappointed because we were 1-0 up, albeit a mistake from the keeper. Having said that, I thought at that time we looked the most likely to score and I was very pleased with our play during that time in the game. We definitely took the game to them, we looked the stronger and we got the goal. Of course, they then go and leave five or six people up there (to try to get the equaliser). There was that little bit of naivety and hopefully we will learn quickly from that."


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28 September 2013 : Bolton 1 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town were denied three valuable points this afternoon at the Reebok Stadium, as a late goal saw Bolton Wanderers come from a goal down to secure a 1-1 draw. Midfielder Ed Upson appeared to have won the game when his shot from the edge of the box was fumbled by Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan into the back of his own net. But during second half injury time, Alex Baptiste managed to fire home a loose ball to give the Trotters a point, despite the Glovers claiming that the ball had been taken out of play during the build-up to the goal. The result lifts both sides up one place in the table, taking Yeovil out of the relegation zone, although only a point separates them and the bottom three clubs.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Bolton Wanderers 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Ed Upson (79 mins, 0-1), Alex Baptiste (90 mins, 1-1)

Bolton Wanderers:
1. Adam Bogdan 15. Alex Baptiste 4. Matt Mills 5. Tim Ream 23. Marc Tierney 44. Medo 6. Jay Spearing 7. Chris Eagles 11. Robert Hall 27. Chung-Yong Lee 9. David N'Gog

Substitutes:
26. Liam Feeney (54 mins for David N'Gog) 10. Jermaine Beckford (54 mins for Chung-Yong Lee) 12. Zat Knight (64 mins for Marc Tierney) 18. Neil Danns 21. Darren Pratley 24. Andy Lonergan 38. Sanmi Odelusi


Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
2. Luke Ayling (Captain) 15. Shane Duffy 6. Dan Seabourne 21. Liam Davis
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 19. Joe Ralls 23. Joel Grant
28. Andy Williams 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 7. Kevin Dawson (87 mins for Joel Grant) 11. Michael Ngoo 14. Sam Hoskins 9. James Hayter 3. Jamie McAllister

Bolton Bookings: Mohamed Medo (63 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Dan Seaborne (foul, 38 mins), Luke Ayling (dissent, 90 mins)

Bolton Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 5.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland). Assistants: David Richardson (West Yorkshire) and James Wilson (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Richard Bartlett (Cheshire).

Attendance: 14,716 (including 448 Yeovil supporters).


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28 September 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Bolton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's Championship match against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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28 September 2013 : Team News For Bolton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their squad for this afternoon's Championship fixture against Bolton Wanderers. For the match at the Reebok Stadium, manager Gary Johnson has made two changes to his starting line-up compared with last weekend's home game against Queens Park Rangers.

Defender Liam Fontaine is out with a hamstring strain, and his place in the side is taken by new loan signing Shane Duffy, who has arrived at the club on a month's loan from Everton. Captain Jamie McAllister is injured and his place is taken by striker Paddy Madden makes his return from a knee injury as the wide players reshuffle into a 4-4-2.

Today's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
2. Luke Ayling (Captain) 15. Shane Duffy 6. Dan Seabourne 21. Liam Davis
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson19. Joe Ralls 23. Joel Grant
28. Andy Williams 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 7. Kevin Dawson 11. Michael Ngoo 14. Sam Hoskins 9. James Hayter 3. Jamie McAllister


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28 September 2013 : Happy Birthday Gary Johnson
Yeovil Town's return to Bolton Wanderers and their Reebok Stadium will invoke memories of the club's 2000-01 FA Cup run. Warren Patmore gave the Glovers the lead, thanks to a Ben Smith assist, and although Bolton equalised, it looked as though it was all going to go to a money-spinning replay at Huish Park. That was until Michael Ricketts netted an injury time goal to send us all home wondering what might have been.

Those events took place before the arrival of Gary Johnson. However, a year and a half later we made a similar journey to what was to be a possibly more significant moment in Yeovil Town's history. Conference National side Horwich RMI used to play used to play at Grundy Hill in Horwich - walking distance from the Reebok Stadium, and at a ground that made the old Huish site look positively level - 16 foot from corner to corner.

We're not quite sure if the two events were connected, but just before Bolton moved out of town into the Reebok Stadium, Grundy Hill was sold for housing development, and Horwich moved seven miles south to Hilton Park, home of rugby league side Leigh Centurions. In doing so, Horwich RMI became Leigh RMI, in the somewhat misguided attempt to attract fans from the neighbouring town.

On September 28th 2002 - exactly 11 years ago to the day - Yeovil Town travelled to Hilton Park for what was to be their third and final visit to play Leigh RMI. The game took place on Gary Johnson's birthday - his 47th - and the team served up a treat for him as Terry Skiverton, Michael McIndoe, Nick Crittenden and Carl Alford all found the net, and the travelling supporters sang Happy Birthday to Gary at the end of the 4-2 win.

To add to the significance of the day, Yeovil Town went top of the Nationwide Conference division that afternoon - a position they never relinquished between that point and the end of the season, as they gained promotion to the Football League. Now 11 years to that day, and on Gary Johnson's 58th birthday, they return, with the town of Horwich connecting those events once again. Let's hope that it gives Gary another 'happy birthday' as it did back then.

Yeovil Line-Up vs Bolton: 1. Tony Pennock, 2. David Piper, 3. Anthony Tonkin, 4. Terry Skiverton, 5. Tom White, 6. Darren Way, 7. Barrington Belgrave, 8. Ben Smith, 9. Warren Patmore, 10. Nick Crittenden, 11. Andy Lindegaard. Subs: 12. James Bent (86 mins for Barrington Belgrave), 14. Roy O'Brien (65 mins for Andy Lindegaard), 15. Glenn Poole, 16. Gareth Risbridger, 17. Chris Weale.

Yeovil Line-Up vs Leigh RMI: 13. Jon Sheffield, 2. Adam Lockwood, 4. Terry Skiverton, 5. Colin Miles, 6. Darren Way, 8. Lee Johnson, 10. Nick Crittenden, 11. Michael McIndoe, 18. Kim Grant, 20. Gavin Williams, 23. Howard Forinton. Subs: 1. Chris Weale, 9. Carl Alford (39 mins for Howard Forinton), 12. Chris Giles, 16. Andy Lindegaard (89 mins for Darren Way), 24. Abdelhalim El Kholti (60 mins for Kim Grant).

Terry Skiverton celebrates the opening goal at Leigh RMI - his sixth goal of the season
Terry Skiverton celebrates scoring the opening goal at Leigh RMI - his sixth goal of the season
Photo © 2002 Ciderspace

The travelling supporters celebrate being top of the league back in September 2002
The travelling supporters celebrate being top of the league back in September 2002
Photo © 2002 Ciderspace

More end of match celebrations at Leigh RMI
More end of match celebrations at Leigh RMI
Photo © 2002 Ciderspace



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27 September 2013 : Glovers To Feature On Soccer AM
Yeovil Town supporters can see footage from Huish Park as part of tomorrow morning's Soccer AM programme. The Glovers feature on the show as part of Frankie Fryer's Away Days - a special feature that sees 'Frankie' tour the country and discover a football club's ground as well as its associated local attractions.

The show goes out on the Sky One channel at 10.00a.m. on Saturday morning, so if you're off to watch the team play Bolton Wanderers you'll need to record the two hour programme. For those who haven't seen the programme or the Away Days feature, don't expect anything too serious!


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27 September 2013 : Yeovil Town vs QPR : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday's home Championship match against Queens Park Rangers saw more frustration for the majority of those present at Huish Park. A single penalty from Charlie Austin saw the West Londoners win the game despite failing to get a short on target in open play across the whole 90 minutes.

Man of the match voting saw midfield pair Joe Ralls and Joe Edwards pick up plenty of votes, giving an idea of how dominant they had been in the centre of the park. Yet not for the first time this season, right-back Luke Ayling was the player capturing attention, particularly when he had to spend 50 minutes of the match playing as a centre-back due to Liam Fontaine's injury.

Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as shown below:

1. Luke Ayling 294 (23)
2. Joe Ralls 170 (8)
3. Joe Edwards 104 (4)
4. Dan Seaborne 96 (5)
4. Ed Upson 96 (5)
6. Jamie McAllister 84 (5)
7. Joel Grant 54 (2)
8. Liam Davis 38 (1)
9. Andy Williams 24 (1)
10. Kevin Dawson 20 (1)
11. Wayne Hennessey 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.69
Performance : 8.84
Entertainment : 8.55
VOTES RECEIVED : 55


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27 September 2013 : Tomorrow's Opponents Bring In Two More Loan Players
Tomorrow afternoon's opponents Bolton Wanderers have made their second and third loan signings of the week, following yesterday's capture of Leicester City midfielder Neil Danns. They have taken on Millwall midfielder Liam Feeney as part of a three month deal and have also captured Cardiff City full-back Kevin McNaughton on a one month stay. All three players will be available for tomorrow's game at the Reebok Stadium.

McNaughton is Cardiff's longest serving player but has dropped out of the reckoning this season, having failed to make a Premier League appearance. He is a 31 year old who made 201 appearances for Aberdeen across a seven year spell, before heading south in 2006, where he has clocked up 279 appearances for the Bluebirds. He has four Scotland international caps.

Feeney is a 26 year old player who spent two years with Salisbury City and two years with AFC Bournemouth before joining Millwall in the summer of 2011. He has already played against Yeovil Town this season, coming on as a substitute in the opening day game at the New Den - one of four appearances for the Lions. He has not featured for them since the end of August, suggesting that he isn't too highly rated by their new boss Steve Lomas.


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27 September 2013 : Johnson Cautious On Madden Return
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has warned against making too many assumptions concerning striker Paddy Madden's comeback from injury, when the team travel to Bolton Wanderers tomorrow. The 23 year old has been out for four weeks with a knee injury, but is on the team bus that left for the Reebok Stadium today, and so seems likely to be on the teamsheet for tomorrow's match.

However, speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary said that there was no guarantee that last season's top scorer would play a part in tomorrow's game. He pointed out that he had only had 60 minutes worth of football against a Torquay United XI in midweek, and so he may still need more time to ease his way back into competitive matches:

"With all due respect that was Torquay's second team. We're still not quite sure how fit he is and how ready he is. But he'll travel up there with us. He's certainly near enough for him to be mentally involved with us again, which is great. We'll have to decide whether he plays a part in the game, but he's only he's only just come back and he hasn't been back for long. So don't get too excited too quickly."

Whilst Madden scored twice against the Gulls second string, with fellow strikers James Hayter, Michael Ngoo and Sam Hoskins also finding the back of the net, at Championship level things have been much harder to come by. Ed Upson, Joe Ralls and Joel Grant - all midfielders or wide men - are the only three players to hit the back of the net in the League, with the trio notching one goal each.

Johnson has been quizzed on several occasions concerning the fact that none of his strikers have scored in the eight Championship games played. He maintains that he is not panicking about this, and points out that in Alex McCarthy and Rob Green they have come up against two goalkeepers in flying form in the last two home games:

"Strikers, midfielders, centre-halves all had chances and QPR's goalkeeper was man of the match, as was the Reading goalkeeper. So we're getting our shots away - we're just not hitting the back of the net. So I'm not going to get too down about it just yet. Strikers are strikers - they go through these spells, but it's not because we're not creating chances, because we are."


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27 September 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Bolton Wanderers
It's been twelve years since Yeovil Town last made the journey to the Reebok Stadium, situated on the edge of the Greater Manchester sprawl. Back then we were a non-league side, but now we meet Bolton Wanderers as equals in a Championship match. The Ciderspace guide for the game includes the usual diet of directions, parking, club statistics, pub guides and other such things and can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bolton Wanderers.


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26 September 2013 : Johnson Expecting Loan Policy To Continue
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he does not expect the loan signing of Everton defender Shane Duffy to be the club's last, despite them already having a high number of borrowed players on their books at present. Currently the club have five loanees at Huish Park, with defender Liam Fontaine receiving treatment on a hamstring strain at his parent club Bristol City for around the next week before he makes his return.

A seventh player - Alan Tate - is still technically registered as a loanee although is back at Swansea City with a long term injury. Meanwhile goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and midfielder Billy Clifford were registered with the club but have returned to their parent clubs, meaning that they have already used nine loanees across an eight match Championship season.

Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he will continue to keep his eye on the loan market throughout the autumn, matching that up with any gaps that may develop in his squad as injuries and suspensions bites. He expects realistically to need to go down that route again before long, and explained the circumstances in which that might happen:

"The weather is changing and so people get their little sniffles and colds. We're coming into that stage where people are getting two or three bookings - if they reach five then they get suspended. These next two or three months are going to be really important to us. There's a few Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday weeks, as it is this week. So we've got to be aware of that and make sure that we've got enough numbers in. So we're keeping our eye on people who may become available, overnight almost. And when they do, we've got to be ready to make a decision as to whether we think we need them or not."

Last season, the Glovers made use of 13 loan players across the whole season, although only three of those managed to break into double-digit appearances during their spells at Huish Park - four only made one appearance.


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26 September 2013 : Saturday's Opponents Bring In Danns Loan
Saturday's opponents Bolton Wanderers have boosted their squad with the arrival of 30 year old midfielder Neil Danns. He is currently on the books of fellow Championship side Leicester City, but heads there in search of regular first team football, having made just two appearances for the Foxes this season.

Danns, who already knows Bolton's boss Dougie Freedman through their time at Crystal Palace, has signed a three month loan deal that takes him up to and including Boxing Day, and gives Bolton plenty of experience, after a horror start to the season that has seen them fail to win a match - they currently lie bottom of the Championship table.

Born in Liverpool, Danns is a veteran of this level of football, having signed for Leicester following four years with Crystal Palace, whilst he has also spent time with Blackburn Rovers, Colchester United, Birmingham City, Bristol City and Huddersfield Town. He will wear squad number 18 during his time at the Reebok Stadium.

Yeovil Town have also dipped into the loan market today, bringing in Everton defender Shane Duffy on a month's loan. See our earlier story for full details.


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26 September 2013 : Duffy Loan Deal Confirmed
Further to our earlier news item concerning Everton central defender Shane Duffy, his arrival at Huish Park has now been confirmed. The Derry-born player has signed a one month deal to act as cover for the injured Liam Fontaine and the fact that Alan Tate has returned to Swansea City. With Byron Webster serving the final of his three match ban on Saturday, but also on three bookings, manager Gary Johnson has made the decision to bring Duffy in on loan.

He will wear the No.15 shirt whilst he is at Huish Park. Everton note that there is a deal in principle in place if Duffy's stay is successful, saying that both clubs have "negotiated an option to extend the loan if the switch proves beneficial for both the player and Yeovil."

For a full profile of Shane, see our earlier article.

Link: Shane Duffy Player Profile.


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26 September 2013 : Duffy Linked With Glovers Loan Move
Yeovil Town are being strongly linked with a loan move for Everton centre-back Shane Duffy. Whilst the national press are linking the 21 year old with a move to either Derby County or Millwall, information from the Everton end suggests that Duffy is Yeovil-bound for a 93 day period.

With Byron Webster suspended, Liam Fontaine out with a hamstring strain, and Alan Tate having returned to Swansea City with a more serious hamstring problem, the Glovers are rather short of centre-backs, with Luke Ayling having to move from his usual right-back slot into a central position for the final 50 minutes of last Saturday's home game against Queens Park Rangers. Only the inexperienced option of Joe Jones remains as an option for manager Gary Johnson.

Duffy was born in Derry, Northern Ireland on January 1st 1992, and has unusually represented both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at international level - switching across to the Republic in recent years to gain caps at Under-19 and Under-21 level. He signed for Everton in Nvember 2008, having played youth matches for Foyle Harps in Derry. He worked his way through Everton's Under-18 and Reserve teams to make a total of 10 appearances for Everton's first team, including five at Premier League level.

Shane has also had loan experience with Burnley during the 2010-11 season where he made one appearance, and a more fruitful period with Scunthorpe United in 2011-12 where he made 24 appearances, scoring one goal. He stands at 6'4" tall and so would be an imposing figure at the back for the Glovers.

At present, this move has not been confirmed by either club. However, a poster on an Everton forum, understood to be a member of Duffy's family, has told Toffees fans that Duffy is Huish Park bound, which would fit in with the club's need for a new centre-back for this weekend's trip to Bolton Wanderers.

Update: This deal has now been confirmed, with an initial one month deal but with the implication that it can be extended out for the full three months if things go well.


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26 September 2013 : Two Home Games Get Kids For A Quid Ticket Offer
Yeovil Town have designated two forthcoming home fixtures as 'Kids For A Quid' matches. The Championship fixtures against Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town will see the continuation of the club's occasional offers that allow those aged Under-16 to gain admittance to the ground for one pound only.

We'd expect the usual rules to apply. No adults required, no limitation on the number of tickets (subject to the capacity of the stadium) and for it to include visiting away supporters.

The Blackburn Rovers fixture is the final home match of 2013, and is scheduled for what should be the start of the Christmas holidays for most school-age people, and so is nicely timed for that. The Huddersfield Town fixture also falls in the school holidays, in a match that takes place on Easter Monday, and is the penultimate home match of the 2013-14 season, and so there is a fair chance that there will be something hanging on that fixture.

To book your tickets, call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or visit them in person. Tickets for all home fixtures for the 2013-14 season can be purchased in advance in this way.


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25 September 2013 : Officials For Bolton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday 28th September 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tony Harrington (Cleveland).

Mr Harrington is fairly new on the circuit, as he was promoted to the Football League during the summer of 2012. His 57 yellow cards and six dismissals from 24 games during the 2012-13 season was fairly modest on the number of cautions although perhaps slightly top heavy on the number of red cards - although five of those were concentrated across a six game period.

His one meeting involving ourselves came in October 2012 against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. We don't recall anything particularly controversial in his performance from our point of view, although have a vague memory of the home crowd booing him off at half time. The Crewe Chronicle ripped into him in their match report, using phrases such as "inexperienced ... inept ... naivety ... a bewildering display ... a genuine lack of understanding of the game itself", giving him a mark of 3 out of 10.

That said Crewe boss Steve Davis appeared to be more concerned with his own team's shortcomings and we can't find any quotes to back up the Chronicle's assessment. The paper also appears to contradict itself - referring to one incident as showing refereeing "naivety" but then reluctantly admitting that the associated booking for Crewe striker Chuks Aneke's elbow was "merited". Our suspicion is that their journo was frustrated on the back of what had been a frustrating game to watch, particularly if you were a home supporter, with the Glovers producing a 1-0 away win, achieved by nicking a Byron Webster goal against the run of play, and then grinding the game out.

Mr Harrington will be assisted by David Richardson (West Yorkshire) and James Wilson (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Richard Bartlett (Cheshire).

Link: October 2012 : Crewe Alexandra 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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25 September 2013 : Police React To Use Of Pyrotechnics At Huish Park
Several matches over the 2013-14 season so far have seen incidents involving pyrotechnics inside football stadiums, both nationally and in games involving Yeovil Town. A case in point was Saturday's Championship home match against Queens Park Rangers which saw smoke devices set off at both ends of the ground. On Sunday, Avon and Somerset Police revealed that three QPR fans had been arrested at the stadium for possessing and/or using "smoke devices" - an offence under the Sporting Events Act 1985.

On the back of that, Avon and Somerset Police Football Liaison Officer Ian Hambidge was interviewed by the BBC yesterday, giving his views on the situation. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner, that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Ian Hambidge Speaks To The BBC About The Use Of Pyrotechnics In Football.


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24 September 2013 : Planned Website Outage On Wednesday
The company that hosts this website has informed us that there will be a planned outage tomorrow evening. They are moving to a new physical location and thus are migrating the site as part of that process. As a result, the website is likely to be inaccessible between 10.00p.m. on Wednesday evening and 6.00a.m. on the following Thursday morning.

Hopefully that is the longest period in which the site will be missing. However, any deviation to that plan will be notified as we get it, via this site's Facebook Group or via our Twitter Account. Apologies if it causes any inconvenience during that time.


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24 September 2013 : Madden Returns To Action As Glovers Thrash Gulls
Yeovil Town Reserves breezed past Torquay United Reserves this afternoon in a behind closed doors friendly. The Glovers beat the Gulls 7-1 in a midweek friendly arranged to give their fringe players some match fitness during a week without first team football. Most significantly it marked the return of striker Paddy Madden, who has been missing for just over three weeks with a knee injury.

The Irishman's return certainly went well - he set up James Hayter to open up the scoring after he crossed into the box, with Hayter sending his header back across the keeper's path. Then Paddy Madden took advantage of a Sam Hoskins cross to double Yeovil's lead at the break.

Torquay pulled a goal back via a penalty as Damon Lathrope converted, after Joe Jones had fouled inside the box. Yeovil also got their own spot kick after Michael Ngoo was fouled, but his own attempt was saved by Gulls keeper Conor Thompson.

An hour in and Paddy Madden got his second goal of the game, with the Hayter/Madden partnership working well - James Hayter's shot was parried by the keeper, and Madden converted the loose ball on the rebound. Then an unnamed trialist scored from the edge of the box for Yeovil's fourth.

At that point both Madden and Hayter departed the field, having each played just over an hour's worth of football - a good workout particularly for Paddy in his efforts to come back from injury. But the goals kept coming against the young Gulls side, with a 25 yard Sam Hoskins free kick getting Yeovil's fifth, whilst a Hoskins corner saw a second trialist, who came on as a substitute head home the sixth. Michael Ngoo then made up for his earlier penalty miss by getting Yeovil's seventh goal of the day late on in the game, after he beat a couple of markers.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 7 Torquay United Reserves 1.

Scorers: James Hayter (1-0), Paddy Madden (2-0), Damon Lathrope (2-1), Paddy Madden (3-1), Trialist A (4-1), Sam Hoskins (5-1), Trialist B (6-1), Michael Ngoo (7-1).

Yeovil Town: Chris Dunn, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Byron Webster, Joe Jones, Kevin Dawson, Sam Hoskins, Sam Foley, Trialist A, Michael Ngoo, James Hayter, Paddy Madden.

Torquay United: Conor Thompson; Trialist, Jack Deaman, Jake Hutchings, Kevin Nicholson; Niall Thompson, Nathan Craig, Damon Lathrope, Courtney Cameron; Daniel Sullivan, Ashley Yeoman.


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24 September 2013 : Gulls Visit Glovers Today
As reported on Saturday, Yeovil Town are planning another 'behind closed doors' friendly this afternoon, to help with the match fitness of their fringe players. Their opponents have been named as Torquay United, with the game being played at an unspecified location in the Yeovil area. The Gulls have named their own team as follows:

Torquay United: Conor Thompson; Trialist, Jack Deaman, Jake Hutchings, Kevin Nicholson; Niall Thompson, Nathan Craig, Damon Lathrope, Courtney Cameron; Daniel Sullivan, Ashley Yeoman.

The Glovers team will doubtless be formed from Saturday's seven substitutes, along with other players such as Joe Jones. Despite being suspended, the club could use Byron Webster in the match, given that it is not recognised as a competitive fixture. The other player who fans will be looking out for is striker Paddy Madden - the striker indicated on Saturday that he was hoping to be fit for the trip to Bolton Wanderers - if he wants to meet that target, he will no doubt want to clock up some minutes in a semi-competitive environment, with today's game representing that possibility. However, as yet, the Glovers haven't hinted what they expect their team to be.

As implied above, this game will not be open to the public - however usually the final score and scorers are provided later in the day.


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23 September 2013 : Interview With Joe Edwards
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Edwards spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Joe's views on the QPR game can be read via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat Against QPR.


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23 September 2013 : Redknapp Admits Glovers Didn't Deserve To Lose
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp admitted that his side were fortunate to exit Huish Park with all three points on Saturday. The West Londoners grabbed their win despite not managing a shot on target in open play - Charlie Austin's penalty represented the only time they'd managed a direct attempt on Wayne Hennessey's goal.

At the other end, QPR goalkeeper Rob Green was in outstanding form, keeping out efforts from Liam Davis, Joel Grant and Andy Williams during the match. Redknapp told BBC London that the performance of his keeper had been a major factor, but that he had expected a tight match even before the game kicked off despite the financial gulf between the two sides:

"It was just what I expected. It was difficult, and I knew it would be difficult to come here and play with a full house. They worked their socks off and they didn't deserve to lose - they gave everything. They could have easily have got a point out of the game, couldn't they? We're lucky we've got a good keeper (in Rob Green)."

In terms of Yeovil Town's own performance, Redknapp praised manager Gary Johnson for getting the best out of his team, given the resources. But he felt that perhaps the main thing holding the Glovers back was having the sort of player who could find the back of the net at the right time:

"They were very good. I thought they were unlucky to lose, as they worked very hard and they gave everything, and we were hanging on at the end there. It was a hard-earned three points for sure. That's how it is when you're at the bottom - it's very tough. They're going to give everything every week, but you're going to need that little bit of quality to score, and maybe that's the problem for them at the moment. But Gary (Johnson) has done a great job, and he's getting the best out of them - that's for sure."


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23 September 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off QPR Home Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Queens Park Rangers kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary answers questions about QPR's team selection, Joey Barton and how he deals with surprise changes to the opposition line-up, as well as his thoughts on big game atmospheres.

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


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22 September 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs QPR Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights of yesterday's home Championship match against Queens Park Rangers, highlights are now available on the Sky Sports website. They cover chances for Joel Grant, Kevin Dawson plus two for Liam Davis, in addition to the penalty decision that led to Charlie Austin netting the only goal of the game. View the two minute video via the link below, if you have a UK-based internet subscription.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers Match Highlights.


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22 September 2013 : Road Traffic Accident Causes Problems For Glovers Fans
Yesterday, Yeovil Town and Queens Park Rangers supporters experienced serious delays leaving Huish Park after the game. Whilst the traffic situation post-match is a persistent problem post-match, the scenes on Saturday were fairly spectacular. The problems of getting a 9,108 crowd out of the stadium were significantly hampered by Bunford Lane being closed to all traffic due to a Road Traffic Accident that saw the police put up barriers at the Asda roundabout, forcing most traffic to head down Preston Road, where poor traffic light sequencing tends to cause long queues even on a good day.

According to the Devon and Somerset Fire Brigade who attended the scene, the accident doesn't appear to have directly involved those attending the game, unless they had decided to leave early. They indicate that they were called to the scene at 4.44p.m. to assist with the problem - in terms of traffic flow from the ground, probably the worst case scenario. Their statement reads:

"Two fire appliances and the Rescue Tender from Yeovil were sent to a report of a road traffic collision at the above location. On arrival crews confirmed that the collision involved two vehicles and that two persons were trapped. Fire crews removed the roofs from both vehicles to release the casualties and then assisted ambulance personnel with removal of casualties from the vehicles. Hydraulic cutting equipment was used and the scene was then made safe. Police also attended."

The road was reopened around an hour later, but the effect upon the traffic exiting the football ground was bad enough to ensure that cars were still trying to exit the main stadium car park at 6.00p.m. whilst supporters living as local as Crewkerne took two hours to get home due to the large queues.


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22 September 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The QPR Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's verdict on the QPR game can be read via the link below.

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


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21 September 2013 : Good News On Paddy, Bad News On Fonts
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has said tonight that he believes that he has a chance of being available for selection for the club's next Championship fixture. The Glovers travel to play Bolton Wanderers next Saturday at the Reebok Stadium for what will be a game between two sides that lie currently in the relegation spots in the Championship League Table.

Madden has been out since August 29th with a knee injury, but has resumed running recently, with manager Gary Johnson indicating on Thursday that he regarded block tackles and long range shooting being the two aspects that Madden needed to be confident in before he could be considered for selection. The 23 year old believes that if he gets a week's worth of training in then he can be ready for first team football, saying via his Twitter account:

"For people asking when I'm back, I'm looking forward to a good week's training this week, and available for selection for Bolton on Saturday."

Our understanding is that there may be another practice match or behind closed door game on Tuesday in which Madden would hopefully play a part. Provided he does not show a reaction to that slightly more competitive match environment, then he might get on the coach to the Reebok Stadium, although given he has been out for a month, the most he could hope for would be the bench.

On the flip-side Bristol City loanee Liam Fontaine looks likely to be facing a minimum of two or three weeks on the sidelines after he had to be substituted today, with a hamstring strain. The club will examine his injury to determine how serious the problem is, but the expectation is that he will be missing the next three matches against Bolton Wanderers, Leicester City and Middlesbrough, with any additional lay-off dependent upon what the damage is. Thankfully there is a two week international break after the Riverside Stadium trip, suggesting that the most likely scenario at this stage is that the defender will resume action on October 19th against Brighton and Hove Albion - just short of a calendar month.


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21 September 2013 : Johnson Happy With Performance Despite QPR Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that he was happy with his team's performance, despite them succumbing to a 0-1 home defeat against Queens Park Rangers. Admitting that there was room for improvement in a few areas, the Glovers boss felt that his team outplayed QPR's cash-rich squad, in a game in which they won with their only shot on target during the entire 90 minutes - thanks to a Charlie Austin 75th minute penalty.

Gary said he would sit down and watch the video tomorrow, but he expected on second review to see his team having played well at Huish Park, with them being denied persistently by England international Rob Green, who denied his players on a number of occasions:

"I'm going to be happy tomorrow because when I watch the video I will see we outplayed a quality team. We can't keep being unlucky and we don't want to be relegated as the unluckiest team ever. We have to start putting our opportunities away, but we're not always going to have Robert Green in goal against us."

Johnson felt his players couldn't sit there and feel sorry for themselves despite having got a bad rub of the green in several fixtures this season. He added that his side would keep aiming to improve in the hope of ensuring that they didn't need 'luck' to win games:

"We need to keep plugging away and believing in our game. They've been around at this level for a long time, but we can go home happy in the fact that we gave more than we got. The players will be disappointed but we can't forever wrap them in a comfort blanket. We've got to improve in certain areas and we will be relentless in our coaching and our attitude. It's not our football that's letting us down at the moment."


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21 September 2013 : Yeovil 0 QPR 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to a single goal defeat this afternoon, as a second half penalty saw them lose out by a single goal for the second match running. A Charlie Austin spot kick was converted after referee Gavin Ward judged that Dan Seaborne had fouled him in the box. That was rough justice on the Glovers who had persistent tested QPR keeper Rob Green throughout the match, with the England international in fine form throughout the 90 minutes, saving good efforts from Joe Ralls, Joel Grant and Andy Williams that gave him a clean sheet. The West Londoners ended up winning the match with their only on target shot in the entire 90 minutes.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Queens Park Rangers 1.

Scorers: Charlie Austin (0-1, 75 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
27. Wayne Hennessy
2. Luke Ayling 20. Liam Fontaine 6. Dan Seabourne 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
23. Joel Grant 8. Ed Upson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
28. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 7. Kevin Dawson (37 mins Liam Fontaine) 11. Michael Ngoo (79 mins for Andy Williams) 14. Sam Hoskins 9. James Hayter (79 mins for Joel Grant) 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi

Queens Park Rangers:
1. Robert Green 2. Danny Simpson 5. Richard Dunne 6. Clint Hill 39. Benoit Assou-Ekotto 36. Gary O'Neil 16. Jermaine Jenas 10. Tom Carroll 7. Matt Phillips 9. Charlie Austin 3. Armand Traore

Substitutes:
11. Shaun Wright-Phillips (60 mins for Armand Traore) 17. Joey Barton (77 mins for Gary O'Neil) 19. Niko Kranjcar (69 mins for Matt Phillips) 20. Karl Henry 26. Brian Murphy 28. Max Ehmer 32. Alejandro Faurlin

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Ralls (30 mins, foul), Ed Upson (88 mins, foul).

QPR Bookings: Charlie Austin (33 mins, foul).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 16.

QPR Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

(NOTE: Press Association statistics are notorious for not including penalties as on target shots.)

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 9,108 (including 2,105 QPR supporters).


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21 September 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs QPR
If you watched this afternoon's Championship 0-1 defeat against Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers.


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21 September 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs QPR
Yeovil Town have named their squad for this afternoon's home Championship fixture against Queens Park Rangers. The Glovers have made one change to their starting line-up for their first Football League meeting against the West London side. Liam Davis replaces James Hayter as the Glovers opt for a 4-5-1 formation.

Striker Kieffer Moore drops out of the side with a hamstring strain, which allows Michael Ngoo to rejoin the squad, after missing out in midweek. The line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
27. Wayne Hennessy
2. Luke Ayling 20. Liam Fontaine 6. Dan Seabourne 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
23. Joel Grant 8. Ed Upson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
28. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 7. Kevin Dawson 11. Michael Ngoo 14. Sam Hoskins 9. James Hayter 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi


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21 September 2013 : Ipswich Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last Championship away match came on Tuesday night, when they made the long midweek journey to Ipswich Town. The end result was a 2-1 defeat, despite holding a half time 1-0 lead, thanks to a Joel Grant goal just before the break.

Man of the Match voting saw Wayne Hennessey and Ed Upson get the thumbs up, whilst goalscorer Joel Grant also received plenty of votes. But the winner of the poll was right-back Luke Ayling, who seems to be enjoying his start in the Championship so far. Results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Luke Ayling 56 (2)
2. Joel Grant 28 (2)
3. Wayne Hennessey 20 (2)
4. Ed Upson 20 (1)
5. Liam Fontaine 16 (1)
6. Dan Seaborne 10 (1)
7. Joe Edwards 6 (0)
8. Andy Williams 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.56
Performance : 5.56
Entertainment : 5.56
VOTES RECEIVED : 9


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21 September 2013 : Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town made the first of two long-distance away trips as they headed up to Hillsborough for a Championship league fixture. The 1-1 draw was gained in difficult circumstances, thanks to some questionable officiating for the opening Owls goal, coupled with some rather questionable off-the-ball involvement from Byron Webster who was dismissed for throwing a punch.

The Man of the Match voting saw midfield pair Joe Edwards and Ed Upson pick up plenty of votes, whilst right-back Luke Ayling once again was considered to be one of the best performing players. However, the winner of the poll was the left-sided Joe Ralls, who scored his first ever Glovers goal, to give the club a point to take home with them. Results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes as shown in brackets:

1. Joe Ralls 92 (5)
2. Luke Ayling 60 (4)
3. Ed Upson 48 (4)
4. Joe Edwards 42 (2)
5. Andy Williams 20 (1)
6. Liam Fontaine 16 (1)
7. Jamie McAllister 8 (0)
8. Kevin Dawson 6 (0)
9. Byron Webster 6 (0)
10. Dan Seaborne 4 (0)
11. Wayne Hennessey 2 (0)
12. Joel Grant 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.18
Performance : 8.24
Entertainment : 8.12
VOTES RECEIVED : 17


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21 September 2013 : Gary Previews The QPR Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Charlie Taylor, Gary's thoughts on the visit of the West London side can be read via the link below.

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


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20 September 2013 : Redknapp Praise For Glovers Progression
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is warning his side to expect a competitive Yeovil performance, when he takes his team down to Huish Park for their first ever League meeting. The two clubs have met five times before, via two cup competitions, one testimonial and two friendlies, but this will be the first time that they meet as equals in a Football League match.

Much has been made about the financial disparity between the two teams. The BBC Sport website quoted today 2012 financial year figures, suggesting that QPR spent £56 million on players, in comparison with Yeovil Town's estimated £800,000 playing budget. Despite that, one club got relegated, whilst the other got promoted, and they now are pitched against each other. Speaking to BBC London, Redknapp warns of the dangers of making assumptions about each club's relative strengths:

"Out there tomorrow it will be 11 vs 11. They'll compete for every ball. They'll run and work, and they'll play. They've got a good manager, and it will be an intimidating atmosphere, and a full house. They're taking over 2,000 fans there, so we're going to get great support. Let's hope that we can go there tomorrow and give them (QPR fans) something to cheer tomorrow like we did at Leeds and Bolton."

Redknapp also referenced Yeovil Town's traditions - mentioning former manager Alec Stock, who also is a bit of a legend at Loftus Road, having managed them through consecutive promotions in the 1960s, and winning the Football League Cup during his time in West London. The QPR boss said that he had noted the rise of the Glovers, and of the manager who had got them there:

"Yeovil have done great, and they've come through. It's always been one of those clubs that's always had a bit of tradition about it, from the days of Alec Stock and the old slope on the pitch years ago. But Gary Johnson has gone there and done fantastic to get them promoted, and get them into the Championship. It's a brilliant achievement. I know him quite well. Gary's a good lad, and he's good at his job. He's gone back to Yeovil, where he was successful before, and they've done it again."


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20 September 2013 : Yeovil Town vs QPR : Back In 1988
On January 9th, 1988 a small Somerset market town went cup crazy, as top flight side Queens Park Rangers came to town. Packing 9,717 spectators into the old Huish ground, the Glovers were an Isthmian League side playing a team five levels above them in an FA Cup Third Round fixture.

Now 25 years later, the two sides meet again on level terms, with both clubs playing Championship football. Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, you can watch ten minutes worth of highlights from that match, and revisit Yeovil Town's old football ground for a spot of unashamed nostalgia, on the eve of QPR's return to Somerset.




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20 September 2013 : Win A Signed Gavin Williams Photo
Yeovil Town supporters who visit the Beer Tent tomorrow lunchtime, can get their hands on a signed picture of former midfielder Gavin Williams as part of a pre-match draw. The Away Travel Club will be selling draw tickets at £1.00 each for the chance to win the picture, shown below, which is autographed by the Welshman who is now turning out for Woking in the Conference National division. It's a canvas-style print that is around A4 in size, and so would make a nice one to frame and display somewhere.

Head to the Beer Tent before the match, and ask for Mark Kelly or look out for him where he will be doubtless clutching a book of tickets. We'd expect the tent to be busy tomorrow, so you are advised to arrive earlier than usual.

A signed photo of Gavin Williams - one lucky Yeovil Town supporter will get their hands on this tomorrow
A signed photo of Gavin Williams - one lucky Yeovil Town supporter will get their hands on this tomorrow



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20 September 2013 : Young Signs Shots Deal
Former Yeovil Town winger Lewis Young has been signed up by Conference National side Aldershot Town. The 23 year old had been on trial with League One side Notts County but has surfaced today at the Recreation Ground, signing a deal with them until January 2014. He signs as a free agent, having left Huish Park just before the transfer window shut.

Shots manager Andy Scott has told his club's website that he had tried to get Young to his club last season, but at the time was unable to persuade manager Gary Johnson to let him go out on loan. A further attempt to sign him on loan was made this summer, but he has had to wait until now to finally nail him down:

"He was a player I tried to get last year, but Yeovil needed him. Heís been on my radar for a long time. Heís very very quick Ė when I was at Rotherham, he played against us for Northampton and completely destroyed us. Heís in a similar mould to (his brother) Ashley and he just needs to play football. He wants to play regularly. Heís a Football League player who weíre fortunate enough to get. It gives us something which we havenít really got, which is real raw pace. Hopefully Lewis can come in and be a real asset to the Club."

Young himself revealed that he also had the option to move to Aldershot on loan just before he left Huish Park, but that he held back on it at the time because he wanted to set up a more permanent arrangement with a club, rather than a short term loan:

"Itís been a really good first day, everybody has been brilliant with me and my first training session was really sharp. The manager enquired about taking me on loan last month, but I wanted to get my feet under the table somewhere and work hard. The move came along really quickly in the last week and I love the managerís ideas."


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20 September 2013 : Moore Missing QPR Clash
Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore will be missing from the line-up for tomorrow afternoon's home match against Queens Park Rangers. The former Dorchester Town player has tweeted today that he has a "low grade" hamstring strain that will see him sat in the stands for the Championship fixture, which kicks off at 3.00p.m. at Huish Park. He expects to recover in time for the following weekend's match against Bolton Wanderers.

In terms of other absentees for tomorrow's match, goalkeeper Marek Stech remains out for around three weeks with a broken hand, striker Paddy Madden is unavailable for around two weeks with a knee injury, whilst Byron Webster serves the second of his three match suspension.

As of Friday morning, the club had just under 500 tickets available for the Home Terrace, with all other parts of the ground sold out. Theoretically, that should mean there are a small number of tickets still available on Saturday morning, although if you're travelling any distance we'd strongly advise that you book them over the phone on 01935-847888 just in case.

Needless to say with around 9,000 supporters likely to descend upon Huish Park tomorrow, allow additional time for parking and entry into the ground tomorrow.


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20 September 2013 : Hennessey Loan Extension Confirmed
Yeovil Town have confirmed that goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has agreed to extend his stay at Huish Park. The Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper will stay with the Glovers for a further month to act as cover for the injured Marek Stech, who is still around three weeks away from making a full recovery from the broken hand he sustained in the club's first Championship home game against Birmingham City.

Hennessey has so far clocked up five appearances for the club, and the final game of his initial month's loan was due to be against Queens Park Rangers. He will now extend his stay at the club until Saturday October 26th.


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20 September 2013 : Video : Ipswich Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who haven't seen them already, the match highlights from Tuesday night's Championship fixture against Ipswich Town are on the Sky Sports website. See what Joel Grant's first Glovers goal looked like, as well as the two second half strikes that gave the Tractor Boys the points, via the link below.

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


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19 September 2013 : Gary Gives Goalkeeper Plans
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that he will look to extend the loan deal for Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey this week, as cover for the injured Marek Stech. As reported yesterday, the national press were suggesting that the 26 year old would be likely to add to the five appearances he has made so far, by spending a second month at Huish Park, with Stech still out with a hand injury.

Hennessey's loan deal runs out immediately after Saturday's home match against Queen's Park Rangers, meaning that a firm decision will be needed to allow him to lengthen his stay, although with his parent club able to exercise a 24 hour recall at any time, there doesn't appear to be an obvious reason at present why they would refuse.

Speaking to BBC Somerset this afternoon, Gary explained his plans for all of his goalkeepers, including Chris Dunn, who has yet to play a game for the club, but has been warming the bench since his arrival as a free agent. Gary expects that Marek will need a few more weeks before he can seriously be considered for selection:

"I think Marek has probably got two or three weeks to go before he gets absolutely ready. With Wayne Hennessey, we'll be talking to Wolves this week - he will be and we will be - because we will hope to keep him for another month. I've been really happy with Chris Dunn, who has come in and done a job as our second goalie. So we're happy with him, but we still need two experienced keepers. So if we can keep Wayne, then it will be good for Wayne, good for us and good for everybody, whilst we're waiting for Marek to come back."

Stech's initial prognosis was for him to be out for three months, having broken his hand on August 10th. However, Gary's more up to date information would suggest that he will be available sometime around the second week in October. At this stage, what would appear to be more likely is that they would allow Hennessey the chance to see out a full second month at Huish Park, giving Stech an extra week or two to work his way back into full match sharpness, although Emergency Loan rules do allow clubs to negotiate extensions across shorter periods of time.


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19 September 2013 : QPR Striker Crisis (Sort Of)
Saturday's opponents Queens Park Rangers will go into their Championship fixture against Yeovil Town, minus several key forwards after suffering a series of injuries in the past week. Their rise to the top of the Championship table on Wednesday night has come despite having the likes of Niko Kranjcar, Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson all sidelined, leaving Charlie Austin as their only senior striker.

Manager Harry Redknapp has said that he plans to bring in a new loan striker, although has yet to show any signs that will happen prior to their first Football League visit to Huish Park. He has told BBC Sport that all of Kranjcar, Johnson and Zamora will be missing from that squad though:

"Niko Kranjcar is not ready to play yet and we lack that little bit of firepower. I think it will come. I am looking to bring another striker in. Bobby has had an operation and he's out until Christmas or whatever. With AJ, we're not sure when he'll be fit to play. It could be quite a while. Niko is just working on his fitness at the moment, certainly for the Middlesbrough game he should be fit. We need someone. Hopefully we'll sit down on Thursday. I've got a shortlist. What you're going to find this time of year is not easy but we have a couple of good names, I think."

QPR appeared to use a 4-2-3-1 formation on Wednesday night, with Austin as the loan striker, but with the attacking intent of Shaun Wright-Phillips behind him, supported by the likes of Karl Henry and Joey Barton in midfield. Their other attacking option is Tom Hitchcock, who has been linked with the Glovers on a couple of occasions in the past but has so far made only two first team appearances. He sat on the bench on Wednesday night, with QPR drawing 0-0 against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Their mean defence has taken them to the top of the division, having conceded just twice this season, with their seven goals from seven games perhaps showing why Redknapp is trying to line up more firepower whilst his trio of forwards remain out.


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19 September 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Batten Down The Hatches
If you've been feeling of a nervous disposition at seeing Yeovil Town move back into the relegation zone, after Tuesday night's defeat at Ipswich Town, a bit of perspective may be needed. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the early Championship league table, and where our club's challenges may come from, and how our possible main rivals are shaping up. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add in your own thoughts at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Batten Down The Hatches.


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19 September 2013 : Just 600 Left For QPR Clash
Yeovil Town report that over three quarters of the club's home terrace spaces have now been sold for Saturday's home Championship fixture against Queens Park Rangers. As per yesterday's news, all seated parts of the Huish Park ground have sold out for the game which takes place on Saturday 21st September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The club are now down to just 600 terrace spaces for the home terrace, which holds in the region of 2,700 supporters at full capacity. We're therefore looking at in the region of 8,900 tickets sold at present, given that QPR have already sold their 2,000-strong away allocation. With two days worth of ticket sales still possible, there should be at least a 9,000 crowd by the time the match kicks off.

Supporters wishing to purchase tickets should visit or call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 to avoid disappointment.


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19 September 2013 : Madden Rehab On Schedule
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden should be back and ready for action around the start of October, according to the latest prognosis on his knee injury. The 23 year old has been out with a knee injury since the end of August when he came off the worst out of a block tackle in training, damaging knee ligaments in the process.

Having been given an initial diagnosis of around four weeks following that incident, Madden surprised a few people by returning to running just over a week ago, leading to suggestions that he might return earlier than scheduled. However, speaking to BBC Somerset, his manager Gary Johnson has said that the original schedule is still more or less in force:

"His rehab is going okay, but he's still a couple of weeks away. It's a big injury. He's working hard. I thought he looked okay yesterday, but it will be the block tackles and the shots from a long way out that he'll struggle with at the moment. He's definitely not ready yet, but he's on schedule. It's around a couple of weeks."


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18 September 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Ipswich Away Interview
Just before Tuesday evening's match against Ipswich Town kicked off at Portman Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about the selection of Liam Fontaine and his decision to swap Sam Hoskins and Michael Ngoo in terms of numbers on the bench.

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


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18 September 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers
Officials for Saturday's home Championship match against Queens Park Rangers have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 21st September 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, and we had no complaints worth noting about him during that match. Prior to that he had featured as a linesman in various Yeovil matches. Next up was manager Terry Skiverton's first game in charge - back in February 2009 - which saw a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic, and for the second time we had no problems with Mr Ward's performance. He booked two players each in that game, but without raising the hackles of anyone in the ground too much.

Probably one of our most critical notes about Mr Ward came in the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam.

During the 2010-11 season, we had him twice in quick succession, during February and March 2011. He was the man in the middle for the midweek defeat against Peterborough United. We accused him of being "over-fussy" in this match - the same view we'd had in the 2009-10 season. There was nothing too major about his decision-making - just a tendency for him to provide a bit of a stop-start nature to the game, meaning that particularly during the first half the game failed to flow well, and it was difficult for the Glovers to build up a head of steam. We had far less to say about him a month later when he turned up for the away match against Exeter City, although five goals and a great Glovers comeback may have caused any negative vibes towards him to be forgotten!

For the 2011-12 season, we had him just the once. Despite it being a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic in the opening home match of the 2011-12 season, we weren't impressed, saying that he made a "series of erratic decisions had infuriated the home crowd throughout". These included a dreadful tackle on Jonathan Obika that took him entirely out of the game, with the perpetrator Xander Diamond only getting a yellow. The same player committed another poor tackle later in the match and was lucky to stay on the field, although the referee may have been distracted by the fact that a few seconds later he blew for a penalty for a second foul. The Western Gazette said that Mr Ward's performance was "Dreadful, but in equal measure for both sides. Along with his officials he made some truly baffling decisions."

Last season we had him for one match, which covered our December 2012 game against Wycombe Wanderers. He made two big decisions during the match - one was to give Keanu Marsh-Brown a yellow card for diving, which secured him a one match suspension. Manager Gary Johnson said after the game that he agreed with the decision, and sounded far more narked with KMB's theatrics. The other decision was to dismiss Wycombe midfielder Matthew Spring for what he viewed as a two-footed tackle. On the one hand Spring's tackle wasn't malicious, but on the other hand, it was fairly typical of what has in recent seasons been given as a red card offence, so was fairly consistent with what we had seen in other Football League matches. Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth though, was not best pleased with the decision, describing it as "harsh".

Mr Ward will be assisted by Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Link: December 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 3 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: March 2011 : Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 2.

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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18 September 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Ipswich Away Game
Following last night's 2-1 away defeat against Ipswich Town at Portman Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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18 September 2013 : QPR Ticket Sales Continue To Point To Sell-Out
Yeovil Town's home Championship fixture against Queens Park Rangers is continuing to show signs of selling out before we reach Saturday. The match, which takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 21st September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, could give the club a crowd of in excess of 9,000 with reports late yesterday that the last of the seated tickets had been sold.

That leaves tickets available only for the home terrace areas - if you want to purchase tickets for this match, we'd strongly advise that you visit or call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 to avoid disappointment. QPR have already sold their 2,000 ticket allocation and we are expecting this game to become a full capacity sell-out before the end of the week.


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18 September 2013 : Hennessey Extension Plans Claimed
Today's Daily Star national newspaper is claiming that Yeovil Town will extend their current loan deal with Wolverampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey shortly. The Welsh international has so far made five appearances for the club, but the final loan game of his initial month deal is on Saturday against Queens Park Rangers.

Unsurprisingly, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has previously held back on making any decision on Hennessey's future, given that his presence at Huish Park is to act as cover for first choice Marek Stech who is out with a broken hand. Reports are that the protective cast that had been fitted to the Czech Republic keeper's hand has now been removed, but that he is not currently ready to resume playing.

The Star don't offer up any quotes or sources - or indeed any detail - but the timing of their claim would roughly fit with the sort of point at which Johnson would want to make his decision, with Hennessey's last day this coming Saturday.


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17 September 2013 : Johnson Gives Players Portman Road Lock-In
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson kept his players locked in the dressing room for 45 minutes tonight, as he went through the events that saw them lost 2-1 against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. Having led at half time through a Joel Grant strike from outside the box, the Glovers conceded twice in seven minutes as Daryl Murphy and Aaron Creswell put the Tractor Boys in control of the match.

Gary was relatively content at the first 45 minutes worth of play that had seen the Glovers capitalise just before the break through Grant's superbly struck shot, the Yeovil boss was less happy with the second period. He felt that his side lacked the drive to stay in the game, and then to get a goal back once they went behind. He said putting that message through to his players was why he kept them in for so long after the match:

"I needed to go through a few things with the boys. We lacked the energy and competitiveness in the second half. We have to play the game more vigorously. We gave Ipswich time and room and you can't do that at this level. You have to be more clever. We did enough in the first half to be 1-0 up, but we were a little disorganised after the restart. We allowed Ipswich's experienced strikers to hold the ball up and their experienced full-backs to get forward. We didn't do enough in the final third."

Perhaps in fairness to Johnson's players, their 442 mile round trip to Suffolk came only 72 hours after a 488 mile round trip to Sheffield. Having played half of Saturday's game at Hillsborough with ten men, that may have been a factor in why they couldn't reach the manager's standards during the second period.


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17 September 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Ipswich Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this evening's Championship 2-1 defeat against Ipswich Town at Portman Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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17 September 2013 : Ipswich 2 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to a 2-1 defeat at Portman Road tonight, as Ipswich Town came from a goal behind to secure all three points. The Glovers ended up going home pointless despite Joel Grant producing a superb shot into the top corner just before half time after good work by Andy Williams up front.

That goal came somewhat against the run of play, and so it was no surprise to see the Suffolk club come back into the match, with Daryl Murphy's equaliser coming after he notched the rebound from his own shot that had hit the crossbar. Then Aaron Creswell turned the tables as he took advantage from a half-clearance to put the Tractor Boys ahead - a lead that on the whole they didn't look like surrendering, despite Joe Ralls almost snatching a point deep into injury time when his shot was saved by Dean Gerken.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Ipswich Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Joel Grant (0-1, 43 mins), Daryl Murphy (1-1, 53 mins), Aaron Creswell (2-1, 60 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
2. Luke Ayling 20. Liam Fontaine 6. Dan Seabourne 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
23. Joel Grant 8. Ed Upson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls
28. Andy Williams 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 7. Kevin Dawson 13. Kieffer Moore (62 mins for James Hayter) 14. Sam Hoskins (77 mins for Joel Grant) 21. Liam Davis (70 mins for Joe Edwards) 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi

Ipswich Town:
22. Dean Gerken
4. Luke Chambers 6. Christophe Berra 5. Tommy Smith 3. Aaron Cresswell
7. Carlos Edwards 8. Cole Skuse 19. Luke Hyam 16. Ryan Tunnicliffe
9. Daryl Murphy 10. David McGoldrick

Substitutes:
1. Scott Loach 2. Elliott Hewitt 14. Anthony Wordsworth 18. Jay Tabb (78 mins for Ryan Tunnicliffe) 20. Frederic Veseli 26. Paul Taylor 35. Frank Nouble

Ipswich Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Ipswich Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 7; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: Ian Crouch (Kent) and Michael George (Norfolk). Fourth Official: Alan Young (Cambridgeshire).

Attendance: 15,340 (including 155 Yeovil supporters).


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17 September 2013 : Team News For Ipswich Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for tonight's away match against Ipswich Town. With vice-captain Byron Webster commencing a three match suspension, he is replaced at the back by Liam Fontaine, who makes his full debut since joining on loan from Bristol City, having already impressed as a substitute on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday.

On the bench, Liverpool loanee Michael Ngoo is out of the squad, whilst Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi and Sam Hoskins come back in, due to Fontaine being promoted to the starting line-up.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
2. Luke Ayling 20. Liam Fontaine 6. Dan Seabourne 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
23. Joel Grant 8. Ed Upson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls
28. Andy Williams 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 7. Kevin Dawson 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 21. Liam Davis 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi

Ipswich Town:
22. Dean Gerken
4. Luke Chambers 6. Christophe Berra 5. Tommy Smith 3. Aaron Cresswell
7. Carlos Edwards 8. Cole Skuse 19. Luke Hyam 16. Ryan Tunnicliffe
9. Daryl Murphy 10. David McGoldrick

Substitutes:
1. Scott Loach 2. Elliott Hewitt 14. Anthony Wordsworth 18. Jay Tabb 20. Frederic Veseli 26. Paul Taylor 35. Frank Nouble


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17 September 2013 : Ed Upson Talks About His Return To Ipswich Town
As part of the build-up to tonight's away match against Ipswich Town at Portman Road, Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson spoke to the BBC about his return to his former club. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Ed's pre-match thoughts can be read via the link below.

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Ipswich Town.


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17 September 2013 : Upson Returns To Familiar Surroundings
If Yeovil Town's team coach gets lost on the way to Portman Road tonight, then one man will be on board to offer them good directions. Midfielder Ed Upson knows Ipswich Town's ground better than anyone in the Glovers camp, having grown up in the area, and being part of their youth academy system.

Ed never really made it as a Tractor Boy, in terms of first team football. Back in 2004-05, and at the age of just 15, he scored the winning goal for Ipswich in the FA Youth Cup final, but despite turning professional two years later, the furthest he got was two League Cup substitute appearances during the 2009-10 season, with his first team experience being gained through loan spells with Barnet and Stevenage Borough.

As a result, in the summer of 2010, Upson was released by Ipswich, and went on to join Yeovil Town, where he has gone on to make 128 appearances, scoring 14 goals. Three and a half years on from leaving Suffolk, the personnel at the club may have changed radically, but having been born in nearby Bury St Edmunds, Ed has told BBC Somerset that there will be still plenty of very familiar faces when he arrives at the ground:

"They're my local team, and all of my mates are season ticket holders. So it will be nice to wind them up a little bit. But it will be good, and I'm really looking forward to it. It obviously has got a special meaning to me, and it will be nice to go back there and play a proper game on the Portman Road pitch."

The decision to release Upson from his contract with the Tractor Boys was made by former manager Roy Keane, allowing him to leave as a free agent at an age when the midfielder could have commanded a fee. With the Glovers now playing at the same level as Ipswich, Upson said that he felt that leaving Portman Road had been the right thing for his career, in that it got him playing first team football on a regular basis:

"I think so - it's only benefited me really. I wasn't getting a game at Ipswich, and he (Keane) said at the time you're not going to get many games, and so you need to be going out and playing games regularly. That's something I've done, and I've clocked up over 100 appearances now. So it was the best thing at the time for me to do, and I haven't looked back."

With Upson returning to his old club, Yeovil Town supporters may recognise a familiar face in the opposition dug-out tonight. Terry Connor, who played for the club during the 1993-94 season, has followed manager Mick McCarthy to Suffolk as his assistant, after the pair worked together at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Connor briefly succeeding McCarthy as manager as boss at Molineux. Connor has been there since November 2012, with McCarthy recruiting as his assistant manager.


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17 September 2013 : Date And Prices Set For County Cup Tie
Yeovil Town have set a date for their First Round tie in the Somerset Premier Cup. Their match against Radstock Town will be played at Huish Park on Monday 7th October, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Admission prices for this game have also been set, with adults admitted for £6.00, whilst there are concessions available at £2.00.

NOTE: Concessions apply to all Seniors, Juniors and Young Persons - i.e. Over-65s, Under-16s and 16-21 year olds respectively.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Full First Round Draw.


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16 September 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Ipswich Town
For those heading to Portman Road tomorrow evening, for the match against Ipswich Town, the updated Ciderspace guide will hopefully set you on your way. With directions, parking information, ticketing, pub information and other such stuff can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Ipswich Town.


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16 September 2013 : FA Confirm Byron Ban
The Football Association have today confirmed that Yeovil Town defender Byron Webster will now serve a suspension. As expected, Byron has been given a three match ban that will rule him out of the remaining three matches for the month of September, with him missing tomorrow night's away match against Ipswich Town, Saturday's home game against Queens Park Rangers and the trip to play Bolton Wanderers. He will return on Tuesday 1st October when Leicester City visit Huish Park.

Those who have viewed the video of the incident on Saturday during the match against Sheffield Wednesday would probably unanimously agree that on that occasion referee Geoff Eltringham got his decision spot on, with the punch Byron threw at Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu clearly visible on the cameras.


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16 September 2013 : Officials For Ipswich Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Tuesday night's Championship away match against Ipswich Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Portman Road on Tuesday 17th September 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

Mr Deadman is a very familiar name whose experience in refereeing stretches back to our non-league days. He was promoted to the Football League's lists two seasons after we were, yet despite that he's not a referee we've had on a large number of occasions since entering the league - just the two meetings so far, and both of those were in the same calendar year.

Both of the 2008 meetings came on the road. He took charge of the League One match against Gillingham at Priestfield where he did wind up the locals by denying them a couple of penalty decisions in a 0-0 draw. In the middle of that, he gave midfielder Stephen Maher an unfortunate afternoon - red-carding him within four minutes of him landing in the pitch for what was deemed to be an overly aggressive tackle. We thought Mr Deadman was a little impetuous in the way he raced in with his red card to placate the baying Gills crowd, who had got a bit hysterical over some of his decisions leading up to that. But then conversely we then saw the more obvious of the two penalty appeals against us waved away, and we wondered if he had that Maher sending off on his mind as he did so.

Five months later we came across Mr Deadman in an away match against Hereford United. Although games against the Bulls tend to be fairly feisty affairs, he handled this one relatively well, even if we had some quibbles about him allowing Hereford's goal to stand with our (biased) view that Asmir Begovic had the ball kicked out of his hands. Two minutes after the 82nd minute goal that pulled the game back to 2-1, we had two players booked for timewasting - guessing the circumstances you can probably work out what was going on!

Overall Mr Deadman does have a bit of a reputation across the Football League as being one of the more heavy-handed referees, with cards a-plenty - in one recent season he managed to raise over 200 yellow cards and obviously that attracts attention amongst football supporters and media personnel. However, having not experienced him for five years we'd need to see more recent matches at first hand.

Mr Deadman will be assisted by Ian Crouch (Kent) and Michael George (Norfolk). The Fourth Official will be Alan Young (Cambridgeshire).

Link: August 2008 : Hereford United 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2008 : Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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16 September 2013 : Glovers To Help Light Up Wincanton
A Yeovil Town side will take part in a friendly match to help Western League side Wincanton Town officially turn on their new floodlights. The Somerset side have recently been promoted to Western Football League Division One, having finished runners up in the Dorset Premier Football League last season, and so have needed to upgrade their facilities at Moor Lane.

Yeovil Town will be sending a team to their ground on Tuesday 15th October, kick-off 7.30p.m. according to the Western Gazette that will act as an evening fixture to make good use of the new lighting. Normally, in such circumstances, we'd expect the club to send a 'Reserve Team' style squad, but given that the fixture falls two-thirds of the way through another two week international break, with no first team fixture scheduled for the previous Saturday, the Glovers may want to stretch the legs of a number of their players for that game.


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16 September 2013 : QPR Ticketing Update
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to purchase tickets for this Saturday's home Championship match against Queens Park Rangers should note that the availability of tickets is now becoming very scarce. As of Monday morning, the Huish Park Ticket Office were only able to accommodate singular seats in the Main Stand and the Screwfix Stand - i.e. if you want to purchase more than one seated ticket, then they'll not be able to get you all seated together. Thus if you're planning to purchase a seated ticket, give them a call on 01935-847888, as this means that they are now down to the last few available places.

There are still a relatively decent number of tickets available on the Home Terrace. However, with seating now becoming difficult to group people together, expect those to start selling significantly. Our advice would be to expect this game to have sold out by the end of the week, and thus to plan your purchases now.

Visiting side QPR have already sold their entire allocation of tickets, and thus are expected to bring in the region of 2,000 travelling supporters.


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16 September 2013 : Post-Hillsborough Interview With Joe Ralls
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Ralls spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Joe's views on his first ever goal for the Glovers can be read via the link below.

Link: Joe Ralls Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Sheffield Wednesday.


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15 September 2013 : Video : Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, highlights of the match have been uploaded to the Sky Sports website. Including chances for Ed Upson and James Hayter as well as the first goal for Joe Ralls, the footage also captures the controversial opener from Owls striker Atdhe Nuhiu, along with the red card for Byron Webster across two and a half minute's worth of footage.

Link: Sky Sports : Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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15 September 2013 : Fry Discusses Club's Transport Issues
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said that the club has held a meeting during the week just gone, to discuss transport problems associated with the club's Championship fixtures. Having had three consecutive league crowds exceeding 7,000 supporters, the problems of getting fans to and from the stadium were highlighted by the experience of Reading supporters, many of whom used the South-West Trains service that connects well between their town and Yeovil Junction station.

The snag is that many Royals fans did not appear to appreciate the five mile distance between the railway station and the ground, nor the very limited public transport service that runs between the two locations. As a consequence, many were faced with a long walk from Stoford into the town centre, with the 28-seat shuttle bus from the station to the town centre only able to cater for a fraction of those getting off the trains.

That provoked a letter from a Torquay-based Reading supporter into the Sunday Independent newspaper last week, who was one of the affected Royals fans. He pointed out that hundreds were left to fend for themselves, and suggested that the club needed to organise matchday travel for larger games, or for those with fans who were likely to make heavy use of the rail network.

Mr Fry has responded to that letter in today's paper, with Glovers fans having also contacted the club in the past fortnight about their own concerns regarding access to the ground. He says that he has recently held a meeting concerning the wider issues of transport and parking for matchdays - doubtless related issues such as those raised by Brympton Parish Council in July would have been under consideration. Fry told the paper:

"I called a meeting this week to discuss all of the aspects of travel and parking. We had our own stadium manager (James Hillier) involved, plus the police and parish council."

Fry doesn't indicate if there was a tangible outcome to that meeting, or whether there will be any changes in time for next Saturday's Championship home match against Queens Park Rangers, which is likely to see a similar volume of away supporters making their way down to South Somerset, with virtually the same rail route involved. However, he was aware of the reader's letter and gave his views on it:

"We get in touch with opposing clubs and give them all the help we can. We know quite a large number arrive by train but if they don't read the script then there is not a lot we can do about it. I'm afraid Yeovil is Yeovil. The letter-writer also mentioned the fact that taxis won't collect after the games because of congestion. Because their meters are ticking away, they will only come to within a certain distance."

In addition to public transport, the club plan to publicise instructions of where to park in locations other than the main club car park, which suffers from bottlenecks particularly after matches. The club are looking for local businesses that can help provide car parking on Saturdays when they may not be naturally using their parking facilities on a matchday, to act as an alternative to the street parking that supporters tend to use.
Reading fans improvise transport between Yeovil Junction and the town centre
Reading fans improvise transport between Yeovil Junction and the town centre two weeks ago.
Note for safety reasons, we don't condone this at all!



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15 September 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Sheffield Wednesday Away Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Sheffield Wednesday kicked off at Hillsborough, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's thoughts on the club's goalscoring record, and the sort of opposition the Owls present can be read via the link below.

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


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15 September 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield Wednesday Away Game
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield Wednesday Away Game.


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14 September 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's Championship 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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14 September 2013 : Johnson Praises Glovers For Coping With Adversity
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that he was proud of his players for battling through adversity after they came back from a goal down against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Despite losing Byron Webster to a red card just before the break, a 64th minute Joe Ralls goal cancelled out the first half opener from Atdhe Nuhiu and in the end the Glovers grabbed a valuable 1-1 draw to take them out of the relegation zone.

Johnson felt that his side had coped well with the situation they found themselves in, and in front of a large crowd had continued to play positively. And he also acknowledged the fact that a number of Owls fans stayed behind to applaud his own side off the pitch, despite having given their own players a rather frosty reception on the final whistle:

"That was nice - that was genuine supporters clapping off a genuine football team. In adversity we kept going. We were very disappointed with their goal of course, as anyone would be. But the headline deserves to be our players and the effort and the workrate that they put in. To play such good football away at Hillsborough, with 22,000 people where it's like the land of the giants where everybody is 6'3" tall - if we've ever grown up in the Championship then this is it. All in all we can go into the next few weeks knowing that our boys have done us proud. That's more than a point - you should get bonus points for effort!"

The opening goal from Atdhe Nuhiu was scored in controversial circumstances, as he ran through on goal, with a linesman's flag deeming him to be offside. But when Michail Antonio ran through and collected the ball, referee Geoff Eltringham overruled his assistant, allowing play to continue. With the Glovers defence having stopped play, Antonio then passed the ball back to Nuhiu who was able to score into an empty net.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that he felt that the officials had made a mess of the situation, and joked that he'd need the interview to be broadcast after the evening watershed for him to say what he really wanted to say about it:

"The offside rule is the offside rule that nobody understands. But when the linesman stands there rigid, with his flag as high as he can, then of course people stop. The referee's reason for letting play go on was that he said that in his opinion, the player that the linesman flagged wasn't interfering. What I want to know is how does he know who he's flagged, unless they're telepathic?"

On Byron Webster's red card, Johnson indicated that he accepted the referee's decision, feeling that Byron's actions had warranted the dismissal. He indicated that the defender would be fined as a result, on top of the three match automatic ban that he will collect for the dismissal.


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14 September 2013 : Wednesday 1 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town gained a valuable away point at Hillsborough this afternoon, after they battled back from a goal down, despite being a man down after Byron Webster was dismissed for violent conduct. Owls striker Atdhe Nuhiu put the home side in the lead in controversial circumstances when referee Geoff Eltringham overruled his assistant who had raised his flag for an offside against the player. Then Nuhiu was involved in an off the ball incident that saw Webster dismissed, leaving Yeovil looking in problems at the break. But they fought back well to get a share of the points when Joe Ralls showed excellent skill to beat his man and equalise for the Glovers and give them a point that their overall play thoroughly deserved, with the home fans booing their own team off the pitch, whilst applauding the ten-man Glovers.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Atdhe Nuhiu (1-0 25 mins), Joe Ralls (1-1, 64 mins)

Sheffield Wednesday:
1. Chris Kirkland 26. Jordan Spence 32. Miguel Llera 5. Kamil Zayatte 12. David Prutton 14. Giles Coke 17. Jeremy Helan 7. Michail Antonio 34. Atdhe Nuhiu 22. Liam Palmer 3. Reda Johnson (Capt)

Substitutes:
31. Camreron Dawson 2. Lewis Buxton 10. Jacques Maghoma (80 mins for Jeremy Helan) 6. Jose Semedo (75 mins for David Prutton) 11. Jermaine Johnson (64 mins for Liam Palmer) 16. Rhys McCabe 25. Cameron Lovery

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

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 11. Michael Ngoo, 7. Kevin Dawson (75 mins for Joel Grant) 13. Kieffer Moore (90 mins for Andy Williams) 20. Liam Fontaine (43 mins for James Hayter) 21. Liam Davis


Sheffield Wednesday Bookings: Miguel Llera (unsporting behaviour, 31 mins), Atdhe Nuhiu (off the ball incident, 42 mins), Jermaine Johnson (foul, 82 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (off the ball incident, 67 mins). Red Card: Byron Webster (violent conduct, 41 mins).


Sheffield Wednesday Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (County Durham). Assistants: Paul Cook (East Yorkshire) and Andy Newbold (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: David Plowright (Nottinghamshire).

Attendance: 22,328 (including approx 300 Yeovil supporters)


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14 September 2013 : Team News For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have released details of their travelling squad for this afternoon's match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. They have named an unchanged starting line-up compared with their last Championship match against Reading two weeks ago.

On the bench, new loan signing Liam Fontaine comes into the squad, displacing Alan Tate who was in the last squad but has returned to Swansea City for treatment on a hamstring injury. The other changes see Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi swapped for Kieffer Moore, whilst Liam Davis is preferred for Sam Hoskins.

The line-up is as follows:

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

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 11. Michael Ngoo, 7. Kevin Dawson 13. Kieffer Moore 20. Liam Fontaine 21. Liam Davis

Sheffield Wednesday:
1. Chris Kirkland 26. Jordan Spence 32. Miguel Llera 5. Kamil Zayatte 12. David Prutton 14. Giles Coke 17. Jeremy Helan 7. Michail Antonio 34. Atdhe Nuhiu 22. Liam Palmer 3. Reda Johnson (Capt)

Substitutes:
31. Camreron Dawson 2. Lewis Buxton 10. Jacques Maghoma 6. Jose Semedo 11. Jermaine Johnson 16. Rhys McCabe 25. Cameron Lovery


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14 September 2013 : Johnson Confident Goals Will Come For Glovers
Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson has said that he is fairly laid back about his side's current lack of goals in the Championship division. The Glovers have scored just once in Football League matches during the 2013-14 campaign, with even that one coming 362 minutes ago on the first game of the season at Millwall. Since then the Glovers have suffered four straight league defeats, although with the exception of the home match against Derby County, all have been tight affairs with Yeovil matching their opponents well, but unable to find the back of the net.

Johnson points out to BBC Somerset that a non-goalscoring run will often happen to a club at some point in a season, so the fact that it has happens so early on in the campaign doesn't immediately concern him. And he says it's not all about the strikers:

"Sometimes that happens at the start of the season, sometimes it happens in the middle of the season, and sometimes at the end. Your strikers lose a bit of form. Paddy was playing earlier on and he couldn't get that goal that he wanted, and even Hayts (James Hayter) couldn't get the one that he needed. But that will come. What you must not do is keep onto them and make out that it's their fault, because centre-halves can score a goal as they're up there for corners as often as forwards are. With full-backs we allow them to get in, and midfielders are having their shots."

Gary also explained that with just five matches of the 2013-14 league season having been played, that there was plenty of time for such patterns to be changed, and said that it was a matter of his strike force persisting in getting into the right area on the pitch:

"It's five or six games at the moment and there's plenty of games to go. We mustn't be sad over something that could change at any minute. It doesn't stop you working on scoring goals and making runs and the right moves, and being lively. If you're a goalscorer, then you need goals. You know what you have to do - you have to keep getting in those dangerous areas and wait for the ball to drop at your feet."

Reflecting on the first few games at Championship level, Gary felt that his players were competing well in games, particularly in more recent fixtures such as the League Cup tie against Birmingham City and the home game against Reading. And he felt that having reviewed the Royals game on DVD that his side were a little hard done by:

"We've got lads who are not down yet. We think that in the last couple of games, we've found what we'd class as our Championship legs. We're working our way into the Championship quite well at the moment. All of you know that should have been at least a draw in the Reading game. That wasn't a penalty - certainly officials have told us in their opinion, although not the ones that were there on the day of course, that having seen the DVD, it wasn't a penalty. But we can't do anything about that. We don't get any points back. What it does show us is how close we are to the other clubs, like Birmingham who we've had to play twice, and like Reading. To be fair, if you're above Reading this year, with the money that they've spent and the players that they've got, then you're going to do alright."


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14 September 2013 : Cafer To Head Out In Second Loan Deal
Southern League side Weymouth believe that they are about to sign Yeovil Town goalkeeper Matt Cafer. The Dorset side have recently lost main goalkeeper Simon Evans for the season and so have a gap in their side that manager Brendon King is anxious to fill.

Speaking to the Dorset Echo, King has said that he hopes to tie up the paperwork for Cafer in time for their Tuesday night home match against AFC Totton and expects to sign him on a non-contract basis:

"We are bringing a young keeper on board called Matt Cafer, who is a local lad that has been at Yeovil for a while. We are signing him on non-contract forms and subject to all the paperwork being sorted in time he should hopefully be in the squad for the Totton game."

Cafer is currently at Yeovil Town on a half-season deal, but has been on loan at Western League Premier Division side Willand Rovers. He did not feature in any of the club's pre-season friendlies, and with new arrival Chris Dunn coming in from Coventry City and Wayne Hennessey on loan from Wolves whilst Marek Stech recovers from a broken hand, the Glovers have plenty of choices in that area, particularly given that goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart is registered as a player.

Update 15/09/2013: Matt Cafer has indicated that he understands this to be a loan deal, rather than a permanent transfer, despite King's description of it being a signing on non-contract terms. His ultimate registration should therefore remain at Huish Park.


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14 September 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Reading : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last Championship league match came two weeks ago when they hosted Reading at Huish Park. The game was settled via a controversial Adam Le Fondre penalty, after Luke Ayling was judged to have felled him inside the box. Overall the Glovers played well, but couldn't create enough chances to force an equaliser.

Man of the Match voting saw midfield pair Ed Upson and Joe Edwards get the thumbs up for their performance against the Royals. However, the eventual winner in what has been an excellent start to the 2013-14 season for him personally, was Byron Webster. Full results are as shown below with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Byron Webster 152 (8)
2. Joe Edwards 126 (6)
3. Ed Upson 90 (8)
4. Joel Grant 74 (5)
5. Luke Ayling 68 (5)
6. Andy Williams 52 (3)
7. James Hayter 50 (2)
8. Dan Seaborne 40 (1)
9. Joe Ralls 28 (1)
10. Jamie McAllister 20 (1)
11. Wayne Hennessey 18 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.75
Performance : 7.9
Entertainment : 7.6
VOTES RECEIVED : 40


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13 September 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City : League Cup Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's second meeting against Birmingham City this season came in the League Cup in a controversial and lively encounter. There was plenty of debate about two of the goals scored in the 3-3 draw that the Blues eventually won on penalties. Yeovil's goals in actual play came from Ed Upson, Byron Webster and Luke Ayling.

In terms of Man of the Match voting, goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and winger Joel Grant got the nod from a number of fans. However, for the third match running the biggest chunk of the votes went to Byron Webster and Luke Ayling - who was going to deny Luke the Man of the Match, after he scored his first ever goal for the club, 145 matches into his Yeovil career?

Results are as follows, with outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets:

1. Luke Ayling 302 (22)
2. Byron Webster 144 (6)
3. Joel Grant 88 (4)
4. Wayne Hennessey 86 (4)
5. Ed Upson 34 (1)
6. Liam Davis 24 (2)
7. Joe Edwards 12 (0)
8. Dan Seaborne 4 (0)
9. Sam Hoskins 2 (0)
9. Jamie McAllister 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.46
Performance : 8
Entertainment : 8.92
VOTES RECEIVED : 39


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13 September 2013 : Johnson Hoping To Build Fontaine Back Up Again
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is confident that he can help build back up the career of defender Liam Fontaine, as he prepares to commence his third loan spell with the club this weekend. The 27 year old returns to the club he played for in 2004 and 2005, under a loan agreement that will run until January 1st 2014, and will be in the squad that has travelled to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

Johnson felt that his past history with the former Fulham trainee gave him confidence that he was getting a good player, having been at the helm when Fontaine was signed for both of his Glovers loan spells, as well as being the manager that took him to Bristol City, initially on loan. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary explained that he regarded him as a player with the right sort of ability as well as having a good personality:

"When we heard he was available, as I've said, I would have been disappointed if he'd gone somewhere else without us even thinking about it. I've brought Fonts to one of my clubs three times now, I think. He's a good pro - a real good pro - and he's a nice fellow, and he's the right sort of personality that you want on and off the pitch. For whatever reason he wasn't in Bristol City's immediate plans but I was happy to bring him in and have him as a member of our squad because I know that he's a good enough player and a personality to be pushing for a first team place - not only in getting in, but making sure that the ones that are in, keep lively."

City boss Sean O'Driscoll described Fontaine's position at Ashton Gate as 'untenable' when he allowed his player to move to Huish Park on loan - a remarkable admission given the circumstances. With both O'Driscoll and Johnson openly stating that they regarded the defender to be low on confidence, Fontaine had become the target of hecklers at Ashton Gate, leaving his boss needing to get him away from the club to break the vicious circle. Johnson agreed, adding that players could easily disappear at football clubs in such circumstances:

"You can lose a player like that, can't you? You can lose a manager like that when the fans get on your back! Sometimes you have to remember what people have done previously, and you have to give them an opportunity by supporting them, to bring out the best in them. It's alright when people come who are new to a club, and they don't look like they're trying, then you're going to give them some stick. But when a player has been at a club for as long as he has, and given the service that he has, sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say that at the moment he's not on form, so we'll leave him out, but don't give him stick - wait for him to get back in. That's how I would see it anyway. But supporters the world over are pretty similar like that - if someone is having a rough time, then often through the websites and things like that they can demoralise them."

Fontaine was part of the Robins squad when Johnson got them promotion out of League One, and was a key player in the team that reached the Championship Play-Off Final a year later. With the player's confidence problems having materialised after Gary's departure from Ashton Gate, as far as he was concerned he was getting a player with plenty of experience of second tier football:

"The experience is definitely there. In however many Championship games he's had, he's never let me down. As I've said, it was a good signing for us. He's probably a good signing for Bristol City at this time because they've obviously got other thoughts at the moment. But we can help get him back to that match sharpness. When you're not playing regularly, you lose a little bit of match sharpness, and that's what you have to get back, in whatever division you are in. So we're pleased to have him. It obviously coincided with Alan Tate needing to go back (to Swansea City) with a hamstring injury, and we're pleased with the contribution that he's made already."


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13 September 2013 : Sheffield Supertram Planned Works Withdrawn
Sheffield's Supertram operators have announced that they have cancelled engineering work in the Hillsborough area that was planned for this weekend. They have blamed adverse weather conditions for the change of plan - this appears to be rain related although there's not too much forecast for tomorrow. Their statement reads as follows:

"Due to the adverse weather conditions that are expected over the weekend of 14th/15th September, we have been advised that the planned rail replacement works affecting services to/from Hillsborough have been cancelled.

The replacement bus services will continue to operate between Middlewood, Hillsborough, Malin Bridge and the City Centre throughout Saturday 14th September only.

In addition we are pleased to advise that the following tram services will now also operate:

Saturday 14th September: A full Yellow Route Service will operate. A reduced Blue Route Service will operate between Sheffield Station and Cathedral with daytime services also extending to Shalesmoor.

Sunday 15th September: A normal Sunday service will operate on all routes (Yellow and Blue) with the exception of the existing works affecting Park Grange Road and Herdings Park
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13 September 2013 : Owls Set For Wolves Johnson Loan
Tomorrow's opponents Sheffield Wednesday are expected to tie up the loan signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Roger Johnson today. The 30 year old has a verbal agreement to sign for the Owls on a three month loan, with just the paperwork needing to be put through in time for the match at Hillsborough.

The move comes as manager Dave Jones prepares to be without his captain Anthony Gardner who is expected to be out for around five months through an Achilles injury that has required surgery. Reda Johnson is due to take up the captain's armband for tomorrow's match, with Miguel Llera the default person to replace Gardner, having covered for him in their previous match against Middlesbrough.

However, the expectation is that they will push the paperwork for Roger Johnson, with both club's first team managers indicating that they have a verbal agreement for that to happen sometime today. Johnson was transfer-listed by Wolves over the summer, and his manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed the agreement is in place:

"Roger is set to go to Sheffield Wednesday on loan for three months. I think itís all agreed, The paperwork hasnít been done but itís all agreed verbally. Iím pleased for Roger; it means he can move on and play some football and contribute to what is a very good club at Sheffield Wednesday. It was hard for him here, but he is ready to play for Dave Jonesís team and we wish him all the best at Sheffield."

Johnson should be a familiar name to Glovers fans, given that he is a Wycombe Wanderers youth product, who was at Adams Park between 2000 and 2006. He then went on to spent three years with Cardiff City and two years with Birmingham City and has made 464 appearances at Football League and Premier League level. He was initially made captain at Molyneux under Mick McCarthy, having moved from St Andrews for a fee of £4 million. However since the arrival of Kenny Jackett as manager and his side's fall into League One, he has been transfer-listed, and thus should stay with Wednesday for the maximum 93 day period.


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12 September 2013 : Time Off For International Break Was Pact With Glovers Players
Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson has said that giving the players last weekend off was part of a bargain that he'd struck with his squad last season. The Glovers players were allowed to go off and do their own thing between last Thursday and Monday during a long weekend where Premier League and Championship clubs were left without a fixture due to the international break.

That gave Yeovil their first pre-planned break of that nature in the club's history, with other past postponements across an international weekend generally coming at short notice. This time around, Johnson was able to firmly clear those dates for his players and he told BBC Somerset that it was something that he'd even agreed with his players last season, as an incentive for them to get promotion from League One:

"Last year, I promised the lads that if they could get to the Championship that they'd have more holidays as a footballer than they would have if they were in League One. That was a little bit of a spur, so we couldn't knock it when it came round. We enjoyed the few days, but we made sure people worked. We didn't use it as a holiday really, but we just used it as a break to recharge their batteries."

With a number of players out injured at present, Johnson also said that there was the side benefit that those players got a fortnight off without missing any games. In the case of striker Paddy Madden, who is currently out for four weeks with a knee injury, Gary explained that therefore made the lack of games a good thing for the Irishman:

"With people like Paddy Madden, for instance, if we'd had a couple of games last week he would have missed them. So he hasn't missed as many games as he might have done if it had not been an international week. So in that way, I think it's been good for him. I think he's probably a couple of weeks away (from full fitness) still, but he's coming along fine."

Prior to his injury, Madden had been due to go on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, but withdrew shortly after his training ground knock. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was the one Glovers player to travel with his home country, but he remained an unused substitute for Wales in both of their fixtures. Thus he returns to Huish Park, with still three more fixtures to run of his initial month's loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.


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12 September 2013 : QPR Complete Away End Sell-Out
Yeovil Town's next home League opponents Queens Park Rangers have confirmed that they have now sold out their allocation of tickets at Huish Park. The West London side visit on Saturday 21st September 2013 with the match kicking off at 3.00p.m. As of yesterday they had just 110 tickets left - those have now all gone, meaning that the away end should be boosted by just over 2,000 travelling supporters for the third time in the first four Championship fixtures of the 2013-14 season.

No further tickets will be made available to QPR supporters. Yeovil Town supporters are reminded, as per yesterday's article, that tickets in home areas are starting to become very limited in central stand blocks, with availability expected to ripple outwards over the coming days. If you're planning to attend, but you've not bought a ticket, then give the Ticket Office a visit or call them on 01935-847888.

Link: QPR Tickets Becoming Scarce In Central Blocks.


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12 September 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield Wednesday
As we turn attention back to Championship football after a two week break, Yeovil Town make the trip up to Hillsborough to play Sheffield Wednesday. With that in mind, the Ciderspace guide to the ground and the city has been updated to include the latest ticketing and travel information, as well as all the usual stuff relating to directions, parking, club statistics and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield Wednesday.


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12 September 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Counting The Cost
The BBC Sport annual football survey was published this morning, detailing the 'Price of Football' to the ordinary supporter. As a reaction to that, the latest Taff's Gloversblog centres on what they produced from a Yeovil Town perspective, and adds in a few thoughts on what you can take out of the survey, and Yeovil's early 2013-14 attendances.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Counting The Cost.


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12 September 2013 : Officials For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Hillsborough on Saturday 14th September 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Geoff Eltringham (County Durham).

Given his home is in the North-East and this is only his fourth season at Football League level, it's no big surprise to find that we've rarely experienced his refereeing, with all three past meetings coming away from home.

The first of those came in April 2010, when we visited Edgeley Park and relegated Stockport County in a 3-1 win - one of our best performances of that season. In that match we still have time for a grumble about Mr Eltringham's officiating, accusing him of playing to the home crowd somewhat, but this was a happy day for the Glovers so we weren't too down about him once the final whistle blew.

More noteworthy was his contribution to our March 2011 visit to Leyton Orient. Just 14 minutes into that match he red-carded Matthew Spring for a dangerous tackle on Andy Welsh. One of those "coming together" sort of tackles where both players were committed, and Welshy came off the worst. Orient appealed against the dismissal, but lost their claim. Mr Eltringham later gave us a fairly generous penalty award for handball, and so by this stage the home fans were rather outraged. Given we were on our way to a 5-1 win, we were rather content with his performance! The game had far worse tackles in it than Spring's early one, and so we would admit that the referee made a rod for his own back by his early decision.

We also got the rub of the green in our March 2013 visit to Carlisle United. Matters could have been rather horrendous when Marek Stech appeared to collide with Carlisle striker Lee Miller inside the box with only eight minutes gone. The video replays suggested Mr Eltringham had been rather charitable to Marek - even more so given that it would have almost certainly been deemed as a professional foul, leaving us with 82 minutes playing without our main goalkeeper. Thankfully that didn't happen, and we came out with a 3-3 draw.

Mr Eltringham will be assisted by Paul Cook (East Yorkshire) and Andy Newbold (Leicestershire). The Fourth Official will be David Plowright (Nottinghamshire).

Link: March 2013 : Carlisle United 3 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: March 2011 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 5.

Link: April 2010 : Stockport County 1 Yeovil Town 3.


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11 September 2013 : Sheffield Supertram Not So Super This Weekend
Yeovil Town supporters heading to Hillsborough this coming Saturday should note that they will not be able to use the Supertram service that runs to the ground. Across the coming weekend, there is rail replacement work taking place in the Shalesmoor area of the city from 8.00p.m. on Friday 13th September, and continuing all day throughout Saturday and Sunday.

The effect of this is that there will be no Blue Route or Yellow Route Supertram services running via Hillsborough for the day of our match against Sheffield Wednesday. All trams from the Meadowhall Shopping Centre and from Sheffield Station will terminate at Cathedral.

There will be a replacement bus service running between Spring Lane --> Castle Square/Angel Street --> Shalesmoor --> Hillsborough --> Middlewood (and vice versa on the reverse route). Replacement buses pass through Hillsborough roughly every 5-10 mins but the route varies. If you need the exact route and timetable, it can be found here (on the Supertram website).

If you're coming in from Meadowhall or Sheffield Station via Supertram, the best place to catch the connecting bus service would be the Castle Square stop. Bus B2 replicates the Blue Tram route, whilst Bus Y1 replicates the Yellow Tram route. Both should therefore go via the Hillsborough Hotel which is ten minutes walk from the ground - if you want to get direct to the ground, then the Y1 bus will be better as it will take you past the Middlewood Road stop that is close to the Leppings Lane End.


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11 September 2013 : Henderson Takes Tigers Trial
Former Yeovil Town trialist Conor Henderson is now on trial with Premier League side Hull City. The free agent, who left Arsenal at the end of last season, played in a friendly match last month against Plymouth Argyle, and was understood to have featured in a second Glovers midweek Reserve match. All went quiet after that, with it not being wholly clear if he was still at Huish Park or not.

He has now turned up on trial for the Tigers, and scored in their Reserve Team's 4-0 win over Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium yesterday. The Hull Daily Mail indicates that he has been training with them for a couple of weeks and Development Squad manager Stephen Clemence indicates that a contract offer is on the cards for the 22 year old:

"Conor Henderson is someone we've had in training for the last couple of weeks. He didn't quite make the grade at Arsenal, but he's always had a lot of potential. He's had a couple of knee injuries that have slowed down his progress. There's more to come from him. He scored a free-kick and played some lovely passes around the pitch so we've been impressed. He's someone we'll look to try and do something with to get him in on a permanent basis."


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11 September 2013 : QPR Nearing Away End Sell-Out
With tickets in the home section of Huish Park selling well for Yeovil Town's next home Championship match, it's no surprise to find that away tickets are also being snapped up quickly. The Glovers take on Queens Park Rangers on Saturday 21st September 2013 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and their West London opponents look likely to sell out their allocation shortly.

QPR report that they have sold all 1,500 tickets for the Copse Road terrace, and have just 110 tickets left of their Screwfix East Stand allocation. This remaining seated allocation is only sold to families, those with young children, senior citizens and ambulant disabled, but should eventually sell out.

Recent away allocations have seen 2,103 (Reading) and 2,048 (Birmingham City) tickets allocated to away clubs - we'd expect QPR's final ticket sales to be in that region.

Tickets remain on sale to home supporters, but are expected to gradually become more limited, with central seated areas already running out. See the earlier article for details.

Link: QPR Tickets Becoming Scarce In Central Blocks.


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11 September 2013 : QPR Tickets Becoming Scarce In Central Blocks
Yeovil Town supporters planning to attend the forthcoming Championship home match against Queens Park Rangers should note that certain seated blocks are beginning to become scarce in terms of their availability. The match takes place on Saturday 21st September 2013 at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and represents the first Football League meeting between the two sides.

At present, the Huish Park Ticket Office only has singular seats available for sale in the Central blocks of both the Main Stand and the Screwfix East Stand, meaning that if you want to purchase more than one ticket in that area, you won't be able to sit together. You can still purchase multiple seats in the wing areas of both stands, but inevitably with the Central blocks now largely eaten up the availability of those blocks will decrease as we get closer to matchday. Tickets for the terrace area remain available at present.

Our instinct is that this match will be close to a capacity attendance, with QPR bringing a large travelling support. Hence if you are attending this match, visit the Huish Park Ticket Office, or order your tickets over the phone via 01935-847888 to avoid disappointent.


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11 September 2013 : Matchday Ticket Prices For Ipswich Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town supporters planning to make next Tuesday's trip to Ipswich Town should note that there is a significant matchday surcharge in place for this fixture, and so are advised to buy tickets in advance. The match takes place at Portman Road on Tuesday 17th September, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Advance sales can be made via the Huish Park Ticket Office (01935-847888) and will cost as follows:

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

If you purchase your tickets on the day of the game, you will pay the following prices:

Adults: £28.50; Concessions: £21.50; Under-16s: £12.00.

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

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

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


Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bolton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Middlesbrough vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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10 September 2013 : Yeovil Veterans Side In Action This Weekend
A Yeovil Town Veterans side will be in action this coming Sunday as they take on a Chard Town Veterans side. The match will take place on Sunday 15th September 2013, with a 1.00p.m. kick-off at Chard's Zembard Lane ground.

With Yeovil's side led by the likes of Terry Cotton, Paul Thorpe and Tony Pounder, there should be plenty of familiar names on show. Admission prices are £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for children, whilst there will be a bar and refreshments area open on the day.

Address: Chard Town FC, Zembard Lane, Chard, Somerset, TA20 1JL

If you are interested in sponsoring the game please contact Nick Fricker on 01935 829566.


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10 September 2013 : Glovers XI Puts Five Past Cherries
Yeovil Town's squad players took part in another low key friendly match this afternoon, to help keep fitness levels up during a period that sees them go a fortnight without competitive football. They took on an AFC Bournemouth side in a behind closed doors game, and ran out as 5-0 winners.

Goals came from defender Joe Jones who headed home the opener, strike duo Kieffer Moore, Sam Hoskins who netted before half time and Michael Ngoo who followed up on his own saved second half penalty to grb the rebound. The final goal came via a Cherries player who put the ball in his own net after a Kevin Dawson shot was blocked.

The Glovers line-up was largely made up of players who have not been getting too much first team football lately, but included new loan signing Liam Fontaine and also an unnamed trialist playing as a central midfielder.

Bournemouth's line-up was described by their club as a "development squad" but contained the likes of Shwan Jalal, Sam Matthews, Donal McDermott, Josh McQuoid and Miles Addison, with others believed to be from their Under-21s side.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 5 AFC Bournemouth Reserves 0.

Scorers: Joe Jones (1-0), Kieffer Moore (2-0), Sam Hoskins (3-0), Michael Ngoo (4-0), Own Goal (5-0).

Yeovil Town Starting Line-Up:
Chris Dunn
Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Liam Fontaine, Joe Jones, Liam Davis
Kevin Dawson, A Trialist, Sam Foley, Sam Hoskins
Michael Ngoo, Kieffer Moore.


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10 September 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : No Hurry For A Loan
Today saw the loan transfer market open for business, with Football League clubs now able to make use of the Emergency Loan system. Some thoughts on that, and Yeovil Town's likely involvement in it can be found in the latest Taff's Gloversblog which can be read via the link below. Feel free to post your own views on how urgent it is to bring in more loans, or where the key improvement areas may be, at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : No Hurry For A Loan.


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9 September 2013 : Madden Back In The Running
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has given his side a boost, after indicating that he is seeing a good reaction to his knee injury. The Irishman, who had been ruled out for a four week period due to a knock sustained in training ten days ago, tweeted that he had tried running today for the first time since the injury, but had not had any bad reaction to that, saying: "Buzzing - back running today - everything ok. On Road to recovery."

Madden has been in Dublin for an extended weekend back home, with many of the club's players choosing to leave the town on Thursday lunchtime for a chance to visit family and friends. They were due back in this morning as the Glovers gear up for the week leading up to the away fixture against Sheffield Wednesday.

The 23 year old's return to running may or may not mean that the "four weeks" initial diagnosis that was spoken of is shortened in any way. However, the fact that the club's medical staff felt confident enough to allow him to take up running should give some cause for optimism that the initial estimate might be shortened to some degree.


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8 September 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Derby County : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's home Championship match against Derby County was undoubtedly won and lost during the first half, when the Rams scored twice to put them into the driving seat. Despite a more even second period, the visitors ran out with a deserved 0-3 away win, in what was probably Yeovil's most concerning performance of the season so far.

Of those who came out with some credit for their performance, many opted for Liam Davis, who played the first half as a left-winger and the second half as a left-back. However, for the second match running it was Byron Webster and Luke Ayling who picked up the lion's share of the votes, with Luke winning the poll by a comfortable margin.

Full results, with outright MOTM in brackets, are as follow:

1. Luke Ayling 414 (29)
2. Byron Webster 220 (14)
3. Liam Davis 114 (7)
4. Ed Upson 102 (5)
5. Kevin Dawson 102 (3)
6. Joe Edwards 56 (2)
7. Joe Ralls 40 (1)
8. Dan Seaborne 14 (1)
9. Wayne Hennessey 14 (0)
10. Paddy Madden 12 (0)
11. Andy Williams 4 (0)
12. Alan Tate 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.63
Performance : 5.26
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 62


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8 September 2013 : Burnley vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's fourth match of the 2013-14 season saw them make their first ever trip to Burnley's Turf Moor ground. All was going relatively well for a decent chunk of the game until the home side grabbed two late goals to send us home with a 2-0 defeat.

Judging by the Man of the Match voting, you were more impressed by the defensive aspects of the Glovers performance than the attacking side. Ed Upson, Kevin Dawson and Joe Edwards all got a reasonable number of votes from their midfield positions, but the top two positions in the poll were held by defenders.

Centre-back Byron Webster ended up being a close runner-up to the eventual winner, with right-back Luke Ayling coming out on top largely thanks to the number of second and third placed votes he got. Full results are as follows:

1. Luke Ayling 86 (4)
2. Byron Webster 60 (4)
3. Joe Edwards 52 (3)
4. Kevin Dawson 48 (3)
5. Ed Upson 36 (3)
6. Liam Davis 32 (2)
7. James Hayter 14 (1)
8. Dan Seaborne 10 (0)
9. Alan Tate 8 (0)
9. Paddy Madden 8 (0)
11. Sam Johnstone 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.85
Performance : 5.9
Entertainment : 5.8
VOTES RECEIVED : 20


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8 September 2013 : Yeovil Town's 1973 Campaign For League Membership
Yeovil Town may have gained promotion to the Football League back in 2003, but their attempts to gain admission to the professional football structure stretched back many decades before that. Until the mid-1980s, to get into the Football League you had to be 'elected', with the vote being taken by the Football League's own club members. This was like asking turkeys to vote for Christmas, with the lower league clubs frequently having a vested interest in their own fate.

That didn't stop Yeovil Town making some concerted efforts during the mid-1970s to boost their own profile and get elected to the Football League. In 1973 and 1974 they produced formal campaigns to get the word out to the footballing world and to try to persuade the League's 92 members that they would benefit through Yeovil's inclusion.

In April 1973, Yeovil Town were featured in 'Goal' Magazine - a weekly football publication that generally concentrated upon the Football League, with a full-page article giving the club's take on why the vote should be taken. The club outline their own financial position at the time, and the assets they had at their old Huish ground. That article, plus a number of other associated material can be viewed via the link below, and is housed in this site's History Section. It was to be another 30 years before the Glovers got there ... and by then the election system had been abolished.

Link: Yeovil ... Ready To Take Off.


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7 September 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Birmingham City : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's third match of the 2013-14 season saw them slip to their first defeat of the season, as Birmingham City grabbed a 1-0 away win. The all important goal had a bit of a freak nature to it, as a Byron Webster header ricocheted off the body of Dan Seaborne for an own goal.

The match overall was a tight one, in which the whole team performed relatively well, reflected by all 14 players picking up some Man of the Match votes. At the upper end of the tallied votes, midfielder Joe Edwards and right-back Luke Ayling came out well. However, the top pairing showed that most voters didn't blame the two defenders that unwittingly caused the one goal of the match - Dan Seaborne knew nothing about the goal he 'scored' and came in second place, whilst Byron Webster was an emphatic winner.

The full poll results for the match, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1. Byron Webster 432 (35)
2. Dan Seaborne 200 (9)
3. Luke Ayling 142 (5)
4. Joe Edwards 102 (3)
5. Kevin Dawson 64 (4)
6. Gareth Stewart 54 (4)
7. Alan Tate 48 (2)
8. James Hayter 36 (0)
9. Ed Upson 22 (1)
10. Sam Foley 18 (0)
11. Marek Stech 6 (0)
12. Michael Ngoo 2 (0)
12. Jamie McAllister 2 (0)
12. Paddy Madden 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.43
Performance : 7.21
Entertainment : 7.65
VOTES RECEIVED : 63


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7 September 2013 : Southend United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's second match of the 2013-14 season saw them travel to Roots Hall in a League Cup First Round match. Their 1-0 win over Southend United came thanks to a 36th minute Kevin Dawson goal, as he took advantage of a Sam Hoskins through ball that ultimately settled the tie.

In terms of Man of the Match voting, it was a tight affair, with goalkeeper Marek Stech's inclusion in the top three perhaps showing how well the Essex side played on the night. However, in the end it came down to the two players who created that winning goal - Sam Hoskins as the provider came in second place, whilst top player was Kevin Dawson who won first place largely through the number of second and third place votes he got from all voters.

Full results, with outright Man of the Match votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1. Kevin Dawson 74 (4)
2. Sam Hoskins 52 (4)
3. Marek Stech 40 (3)
4. Ed Upson 34 (1)
5. Joe Edwards 22 (2)
6. Dan Seaborne 20 (1)
7. Liam Davis 16 (1)
8. Billy Clifford 12 (0)
9. Michael Ngoo 10 (0)
10. Alan Tate 6 (0)
11. Sam Foley 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.06
Performance : 7.25
Entertainment : 6.88
VOTES RECEIVED : 16


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7 September 2013 : Millwall vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
The international break for Championship clubs gives Yeovil Town a chance to reflect upon their start in second tier football. One of those questions is which players are cutting it at the new level, and which ones may be struggling to find their feet at present. The Man of the Match voting administration has had a few tweaks this weekend that will hopefully speed up publishing results in future, and allows us to run through the results from the month from August.

That month started with the away fixture at Millwall at the New Den. That game was won by a 1-0 scoreline thanks to a late Ed Upson goal that put him into the club's history records as the first Glovers player to score in second tier football.

As part of the MOTM voting, you gave the thumbs up to Kevin Dawson and Joe Edwards, as well as Dan Seaborne who was making his debut. But midfielder Ed Upson got the plaudits on the day - with that special goal doubtless influencing some peoples thoughts. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Ed Upson 256 (20)
2. Dan Seaborne 146 (7)
3. Joe Edwards 122 (6)
4. Kevin Dawson 98 (7)
5. Marek Stech 88 (3)
6. Luke Ayling 86 (4)
7. Byron Webster 42 (1)
8. Michael Ngoo 18 (0)
9. Alan Tate 12 (0)
10. James Hayter 10 (1)
11. Paddy Madden 2 (0)
11. Sam Foley 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.12
Performance : 8.2
Entertainment : 8.04
VOTES RECEIVED : 49


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6 September 2013 : League Bring Back Oyston To Board
The Football League have added to their Board of Directors in a slight reshuffle that has been made today. Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston has been reappointed to their board as one of the Championship representatives, three years after he resigned following the Lancashire side's promotion to the Premier League.

Now back in the Championship, Oyston has been able to rejoin the Football League board due to the appointment of Shaun Harvey as the League's Chief Executive, with him having previously held a board position whilst employed as the Chief Executive at Leeds United. That reshuffle therefore gives the League the following set-up:

Greg Clarke (Chairman)
Shaun Harvey (Chief Executive)
Richard Bowker (Independent Non-Executive Director)
Andy Ambler (Millwall, Championship Representative)
Keith Lamb (Middlesbrough, Championship Representative)
Karl Oyston (Blackpool, Championship Representative)
John Nixon (Carlisle United, League One Representative)
James Rodwell (Notts County, League One Representative)
Ian Lenegan (Oxford United, League Two Representative).


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6 September 2013 : Ticketing For Middlesbrough vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Middlesbrough is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 5th October at the Riverside Stadium, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Advance tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £27.00; Over-65s: £17.00; Under-18s: £14.00.

Away supporters are generally allocated up to 4,000 seats at the west end of the South Stand, which provides a behind-the-goal view. You can purchase on the day of the game, for no extra charge, from the ticket outlet at the South Stand - cash only.

Wheelchair users get in for the same prices (including the above concessions), with facilities available in the South Stand. An assistant if needed will be admitted free of charge, where required. Your club contact at The Riverside for any additional information or requests is Simon MacDonald on 0844 499 1234, or e-mail supporters@mfc.co.uk.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Ipswich Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bolton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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6 September 2013 : Ticketing For Bolton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Bolton Wanderers is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 28th September at the Reebok Stadium, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Advance tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £23.00; Over-65s and Under-23s: £16.00; Under-18s: £9.00.

Away supporters are housed in the South Stand, which is a two-tiered structure situated behind the goal. The two tiers will seat up to 5,000 supporters, but Bolton sometimes allocate some of the lower tier to home supporters, giving an allocation of 3,000 when shared.

Disabled supporters are housed in the South-West side of the South Stand. You will pay the above range of prices depending upon your age. They state that Assistant tickets are available "on request" but imply that if you sit away from the disabled person you will be charged the going rate. For any special arrangements for disabled supporters, Bolton's ticket office is available on 0844 871 2932.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Ipswich Town vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.

Link: 2013-14 GWSC Membership Form.


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6 September 2013 : Glovers Agent Fees Go Up, As League Holds Steady
The Football League have published details of payments made by clubs regarding Football Agents for the 2012-13 season. Over the twelve month period covering July 1st 2012 until June 30th 2013, Yeovil Town paid out a total of £36,265 to Agents as part of transfer dealings relating to players.

That is a sharp increase on the spending the Glovers have made in this area in recent years - comparing with £8,720 in the 2011-12 season. Overall the club made 22 new player registrations or transfers, 11 loan registrations, 4 updated contracts and 3 cancelled contracts. Cancelled contracts would include players such as Keanu Marsh-Brown who were allowed to leave the club midway through their contracts at the club.

In comparison with League One clubs that the Glovers were competing against, their spending is dwarfed by AFC Bournemouth who splashed out £688,666 on agent fees on their route into the Championship. There will be eyebrows raised at the £252,256 that Coventry City were apparently able to afford, despite failing to pay rent on the Ricoh Arena, and ultimately falling into administration. Preston North End were the division's other big spender, with £199,605 spent under Graham Westley's lower mid-table finish to their campaign.

As for the Championship division that Yeovil Town now find themselves in, Blackburn Rovers are the Football League's biggest spenders on agent fees, forking out £3,538,034 across the year, with Cardiff City doubtless considering their £1,836,193 to be money well spent. Less successful were Wolverhampton Wanderers whose £1,676,300 gave them a ticket to League One. Bristol City spent £467,115 - more than ten times what was spent at Huish Park - to swap places with the Glovers. Blackpool were the good boys of the Championship, spending absolutely nothing on agent fees.

Overall, Football League spending remains roughly flat at £21,502,362 compared with £21,672,010 on the previous season. Other than Blackpool, Hartlepool United, Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Morecambe, Barnet and Crewe Alexandra were the others to bypass agent fees across the twelve months.

With Chairman Greg Clarke having repeatedly stated the view that paying money to agents is bad for football, seeing it as money 'leaving the game', the fact that fees have remained roughly constant is not good news for the League. However, he suggests that the introduction of Financial Fair Play will help drive that figure down:

"Again, this is a considerable amount of money to be leaving the game. However, the real challenge is to ensure that such payments are part of a sustainable financial model with clubs only spending what they can afford. In conjunction with clubs, we're making real progress towards this goal and now have all three divisions operating Financial Fair Play regulations."

The League note that all three divisions are now operating to Financial Fair Play regulations saying: "In the Championship, the 2013/14 season represents the first accounting period against which Financial Fair Play sanctions could be levied (from January 2015). In Leagues 1 and 2 clubs are operating the Salary Cost Management Protocol which limits spending on player's salaries to 60% and 55% of turnover, respectively."

Link: 09/08/2012 : Yeovil Town Record Small Rise In Agent Payments.

Link: 26/08/2011 : Glovers Agent Fees Flat As League Figures Spiral Upwards.

Link: 18/08/2010 : Glovers Agent Payments Down, But League Payments Go Up.


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5 September 2013 : Tate Loan Spell Curtailed By Injury
Not the greatest of surprises given his limited role in recent matches, but loan defender Alan Tate has returned to his parent club Swansea City, after his spell at Huish Park was put on hold. The slight hamstring injury that had been keeping his game time in the last two Glovers matches down, has now been diagnosed as a "grade two hamstring injury" that will require six to eight weeks on the sidelines.

Overall Tate made six appearances for the club, but will now have his half season loan spell put on ice, with his position in the squad effectively taken by Bristol City's Liam Fontaine. That now takes the Glovers back down to five available loan players once again. Theoretically the club could take him back once Tate's injury has cleared up, with the original deal due to last until January 2nd, but until then he won't be at Huish Park, with all treatment taking place back at his parent club.

Link: Alan Tate : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 September 2013 : Johnson Waits Over Fontaine Long Term Future
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will wait until January before considering any long term plans for Bristol City defender Liam Fontaine. With the 27 year old having been signed by Johnson for the fourth time in his career, the pair know each other particularly well, leading to the question of whether the decision to bring the former Fulham trainee back to Huish Park might extend that relationship further.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson didn't rule out the idea of that happening, with Fontaine due to become a free agent in June 2014. However, he explained that one of the sticking points would be that Fontaine's contract at Ashton Gate was beyond anything the Glovers could afford to take on at present, and so the loan deal was all he was considering at this moment:

"That's for another day. We'll take it up to January, but obviously our budget doesn't go up to where Liam is on his salary at Bristol City. But he is out of contract, I think, at the end of the season. So everybody will have a look at it. But at the moment, it's just about something that is comfortable for all three parties, which is the loan deal until January."

In addition to Johnson himself, and coaching staff Terry Skiverton and Darren Way, Gary said that Fontaine's stay in South Somerset would be aided by him knowing a number of the Glovers players, with Jamie McAllister and Joe Edwards being former Bristol City players. So he felt that Huish Park would be a good environment for him to re-establish his career:

"He obviously knows two of his team-mates in Macca and Joe. So he came in with them this morning. He also knows Andy Williams, so I think he'll be comfortable here. It's just a matter of him getting himself into the team and not feeling under pressure. So he'll be okay and we'll get him right. The change of environment can just make people a little bit more confident because you've broken the mould a little bit."

Fontaine's arrival may allow the Glovers to give Swansea City's left-sided defender Alan Tate a short break. Johnson has explained his time on the bench recently has been due to a slight hamstring strain, and thus Fontaine's arrival and the forthcoming international break should help Tate recover from that problem at his own pace.


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4 September 2013 : Gary On Sky Sports Tonight
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will return to the Sky Sports cameras tonight as part of their Johnstone's Paint Trophy coverage. Gary will be at Ashton Gate for the First Round clash between League One side Bristol City and League Two's Bristol Rovers, with the two sides meeting for the first time in seven years.

Gary will be Sky's studio guest in a game that you can view live on the Sky Sports 2 channel, with coverage commencing at 7.30p.m. This is a competition that the Glovers are not entering this season, due to their Championship status, and so is thankfully something you can sit back, relax and enjoy, with Gary able to provide perspective as a resident of Bristol and as a former City manager.


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3 September 2013 : Johnson: Change Of Circumstances For Fontaine Was Needed
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that a change of circumstances can help reignite Liam Fontaine's career. Having signed the defender up on loan from League One side Bristol City ahead of last night's transfer deadline, Gary is taking on a player he knows well, having signed him three times during the former Fulham academy player's career.

Fontaine has come in for heavy criticism from City fans in the last year or so, in the wake of their relegation down to third tier football, despite being one of the mainstays in their squad under Johnson that climbed from League One to the Championship play-off final. After spending seven and a half years at Ashton Gate, Gary told BBC Somerset that he felt Fontaine needed a fresh environment to kick-start his form again:

"He has been a great servant to Bristol City but has probably fallen on weak times at the moment. I think a change of environment just makes people a bit more confident. We heard City were willing to let him go out on loan and we need a bit of competition for our centre-backs."

Now 27 years old, Fontaine is a player with six years experience of Championship football, with the majority of his 291 City appearances having been made at that level. He should therefore provide the Glovers with a bit of know-how in this division. However, Johnson said that he would have to work his way into the side in the same way as his other defenders would:

"He is going to have to work hard and get in on merit. I think he will be comfortable here but it's just a matter of him getting in the team and not feeling under pressure to win our first game of the season against Sheffield Wednesday."

Fontaine will also be battling for a place in the matchday squad. As things stand matchday loan rules dictate that Johnson will have to sit one of his borrowed players in the stand, with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, defender Alan Tate, midfielder Joe Ralls, and strikers Michael Ngoo and Andy Williams the other loanees still on the club's books as the window closed last night.


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3 September 2013 : Gary's TalkSport Post-Birmingham Interview
Last Tuesday, Yeovil Town got national attention for an unusual incident in their League Cup match against Birmingham City. With debate over whether Yeovil Town should have scored their 90th minute goal, netted by Byron Webster, and also whether they should have allowed their opponents a walk-in goal, TalkSport radio got manager Gary Johnson to go live on air close to midnight that evening. Gary's chat with them can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To TalkSport After The Birmingham League Cup Defeat.


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2 September 2013 : Fontaine Arrival Confirmed
Yeovil Town have confirmed the signing of defender Liam Fontaine from Bristol City. The 27 year old has agreed a loan deal with the club that reunites him with manager Gary Johnson for the third time in his career. The former Fulham loanee has already had two loan spells with the Glovers during 2004 and 2005, having been signed up by Johnson on both occasions, albeit with his second spell seeing him play under Steve Thompson largely, when Johnson headed up to Ashton Gate.

Fontaine then followed Johnson up to Ashton Gate shortly after his second Glovers loan where he spent six years as a City player, making 291 appearances and scoring seven goals. He now follows Johnson down to Huish Park where he has signed a loan agreement until January 1st 2014. The deal is subject to paperwork being accepted by the Football League ahead of the 11.00p.m. deadline but that should be a relative formality.

At present that leaves the club with six loan players on their books, with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, defender Alan Tate, midfielder Joe Ralls, and strikers Michael Ngoo and Andy Williams all on their books. At present we don't know if that position will be maintained in the long term. The most obvious player to be dropped would be Tate, given that he and Fontaine give near identical positional options, and the Swansea defender has been left out of the club's last two fixtures.


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2 September 2013 : Fontaine Linked With Glovers Move
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Bristol City defender Liam Fontaine. The news is being sourced from a Sky Sports journalist who is on a bit of a roll at present, having successfully predicted the arrival of Joe Ralls, Chris Dunn and Wayne Hennessey in recent weeks.

Of course, Liam would need little introduction to Yeovil Town or manager Gary Johnson. The 27 year old had a highly successful loan spell with the Glovers back in 2004 under Johnson's first spell at the club, whilst he was on the books of Fulham playing 18 times for the club. He then returned a year later, adding 12 more appearances under Steve Thompson, before Gary took him on at Bristol City, initially on loan, but signing him up permanently during the summer of 2006 where he has made over 250 appearances at Ashton Gate.

He has so far only played four times for City during the 2013-14 season, with two of those coming during the 2013-14 season. The Sky Sports claims are that Fontaine would be arriving on loan - that would bring into question whether the club might choose to dispose of one of their current loanees, with Swansea City's Alan Tate operating in a very similar position to Fontaine's left-sided defender roles. With Jamie McAllister now back and fit, and Dan Seaborne a regular, if Fontaine arrived then that would leave the club with a significant surplus in that area.

As yet, neither club has given any hints that this deal is on - but we understand there is still some activity at Huish Park tonight, suggesting that they've not packed up for the night, ahead of the 11.00p.m. transfer deadline.

Update: DONE DEAL: See later article.


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2 September 2013 : Post-Reading Interview With Andy Williams
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Reading at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Andy's post-match views can be read via the link below.

Link: Andy Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat Against Reading.


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1 September 2013 : Caulker Call-Up Gives England Squad Two Former Glovers
Former Yeovil Town loanee Steven Caulker has been given another senior England squad call-up after manager Roy Hodgson lost three of his originally named squad. The central defender, who moved to Cardiff City over the summer, joins former Spurs team-mate Andros Townsend in the party that will take on Moldova and Ukraine in World Cup Qualifiers.

Caulker joins the squad after Wayne Rooney (Man United), Phil Jones (Man United) and Glen Johnson (Liverpool) all dropped out through injury. With Jones and Johnson both being defenders, that has left Hodgson short, and so whilst he has opted not to replace Rooney, Caulker has been brought in as an extra number at the back.

Townsend had already been named in the original squad earlier this week, meaning that there are now two former Yeovil Town players in the line-up. England take on Moldova at Wembley on 6th September, before travelling to Kyiv to face Ukraine on 10th September. The England squad meet at St. George's Park tomorrow to prepare for both matches.

The squad is as follows:

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

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Steven Caulker (Cardiff City).

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

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


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1 September 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Reading Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's Championship match against Reading, the Sky Sports website has uploaded short highlights. Featuring a trio of Ed Upson chances during the match, they also show Adam Le Fondre's penalty, and the challenge on him by Luke Ayling that referee Trevor Kettle judged to be worthy of a penalty. View the clips via the link below.

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


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1 September 2013 : Gary Talks About Ralls, Madden And Young
Just before yesterday's match against Reading kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, Gary centres upon the trio of Joe Ralls, Paddy Madden and Lewis Young in the interview that can be read via the link below.

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


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