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31 October 2013 : Johnson: Duffy Extension Can Benefit All Parties
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has given his thoughts on the decision to extend the loan deal for Everton defender Shane Duffy today. Subject to paperwork being completed, the Glovers have agreed to keep him at Huish Park for a further month, after an impressive first month that saw him make five appearances as an ever-present member of the first team.

Speaking to BBC Somerset earlier today, Gary said that he saw it as an arrangement that would benefit all parties, with Yeovil able to give Everton's player the regular first team football that he was struggling to get at Goodison Park:

"Both clubs have agreed and the player has agreed, although I did give him quite a bit of stick this morning, so he might change his mind! He's a good lad and a good player, and it's benefiting everybody - us, Everton and him. He wants to stay, he's happy and we're happy. He's a good player, and he needed the games - that's for sure. It was a bit like when Danny Burn first came here - he wasn't quite ready. He's a man, but he's a young man - he doesn't mind competing, and he's got a little snarl when he needs it, which is good because we need that. I'm looking forward to him putting a header in the back of the net, because the keepers have made a couple of good saves and he's hit the post a couple of times. So he deserves his goal, and hopefully he will get it on Saturday."

With Duffy having arrived at Huish Park on September 26th, his loan deal could still be extended further, but is unlikely to take him quite as far as the January transfer window, meaning that the club are having to look at how long he would be allowed to stay at the club under the Emergency loan rules. Gary confirmed that Football Secretary Jean Cotton was looking into that, and confirmed that although the current extension is for just one further month that he does have an eye on that arrangement continuing beyond January, if all parties agree:

"It's an emergency loan at the moment, because he was signed outside the transfer window, and so therefore you can only sign someone for 93 days in total. I'm sure we'll take him. I think the 93 days comes to just before the end of December. I don't know the exact date - our secretary is working that one out. Then if it come to January and everyone wants to keep it going, then you could put somebody on a standard loan which would go until the end of the season."

Current rough calculations, based on a 93 day period, would suggest that any third month extension would take him up to or around Yeovil's Boxing Day fixture, but would probably prevent him from competing in a couple of the club's Christmas fixtures.


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31 October 2013 : More TV Punditry For Gary Tonight
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will be revisiting his non-league days tonight, as he travels to the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. He will be a pundit for BT Sport when they show the live game between Salisbury City and Hereford United in Wiltshire, which is being screened live. Kick-off is at 7.45p.m. but BT's coverage starts at 7.30p.m. and carries through until 10.00p.m.


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31 October 2013 : Officials For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's away Championship fixture against Leeds United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Elland Road on Saturday 2nd November 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Richard Clark (Northumberland).

He is a new man on the circuit, who was promoted to the Football League in the summer of 2012. During the 2012-13 season, he only did league matches at League One and League Two level - even this season he has only done one game at Championship level - a game between Barnsley and Watford, during late September. Thus Saturday's match at Elland Road will be the biggest home stage that his refereeing capabilities have been tested.

So far, neither Yeovil Town nor Leeds United have experienced him as a man in the middle, so this is new territory for us, and most definitely for the match referee in what will be his second Championship game. So far this season, he's managed 36 yellows and 4 red cards across his 11 games in charge.

Mr Clark will be assisted by Mark Griffiths (South Yorkshire) and Geoff Law (Leicestershire). The Fourth Official will be Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire).


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31 October 2013 : Supporter Bar Facilities At Elland Road
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to Elland Road on Saturday should note that there are new bar facilities opening at the ground for the match against Leeds United. For all of our previous visits to Elland Road, we've been given the South-East corner of the South Stand at the ground (near the Billy Bremner statue). This season, we are still on the south side of the ground, but in the West Stand - i.e. the opposite side of the pitch to what we're used to, close to the South-West corner.

The Howard's bar is situated at the corner of the West and South stands at Elland Road and will be open to away supporters only from 1.00p.m. until just before kick-off. Both food and drink will be on sale inside the venue. You will need to show your 'away' ticket, so if you're buying your matchday ticket on the day, make sure you visit their Away Ticket Office which is also located in that vicinity.

Although the bar will be open from 1.00p.m., Leeds ask those who are taking any sizeable supporters coaches or organised travel are asked to drop Leeds a line with an estimated time of arrival, so they can make sure they have an idea of numbers.

Link: Ticketing Information For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.


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31 October 2013 : Duffy Deal Done
Yeovil Town have confirmed the loan extension for Everton defender Shane Duffy. The 21 year old will now extend his stay in South Somerset for a further month, subject to the paperwork being approved with the Football League.

His current deal has been extended by a further month, which should take him through to the end of November. The club are ultimately entitled to keep him for a maximum of 93 days, assuming his parent club agree, but for the moment the deal will last the additional month.

So far, Shane has made five appearances for Yeovil Town, starting in all games he has been available for.


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30 October 2013 : Johnson Hopes Forest Win Can Provide New Mindset
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he hopes last Saturday's win over Nottingham Forest will allow the club to adopt a different mindset in future league fixtures. The 3-1 win over the former top flight side gave the club its first home win in second tier football, and also gave them their first points from one of the 'bigger' clubs in the division, amongst the group who are expected to be challenging for promotion to the Premier League.

The result lifted the Glovers off the foot of the Championship table, and speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary hopes that can also give his team a lift of a different sort:

"You could do - that's a massive Championship three points against Nottingham Forest. At least now no-one can ever day 'You're never going to beat that team'. We've done the job and we have beaten a top team, and it does wonders for the confidence."

The club's next match will be a big test of that new mental attitude - a visit to Elland Road, where they will face 10th place Leeds United. Having suffered a slow start to the 2013-14 season, Leeds have won their last two home matches and Gary added that it was important that his team stood up to what would be a partisan atmosphere:

"We're going to Leeds and we want to go there and be assured. It's another little test with the crowd. They're going to be baying for blood and they're going to be baying for every decision, and we've got to be strong. So it's another little learning curve for us."


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30 October 2013 : Duffy Extension Due Tomorrow
Yeovil Town are expected to confirm a loan extension for Everton defender Shane Duffy tomorrow. The Republic of Ireland Under-21 captain has had an impressive first month at Huish Park, starting in every match he has been available, having arrived on September 26th as cover for an injured Liam Fontaine.

Plans to extend that stay have been on the cards for a number of days, and according to the Western Gazette the final contractual date of that first month is tomorrow. The deal was done under the emergency loan system, allowing the club to extend that out for up to a maximum of 93 days, and it appears that manager Gary Johnson is confident enough about the 21 year old's abilities to push that out as far as he can, with Boxing Day falling on the third month anniversary of his arrival in South Somerset.

At that point, Duffy would have to return to Goodison Park for at least a week, but the club could then open up talks with Everton for another loan spell - although our understanding of the ever-changing rules is that would have to fall under a Standard Loan agreement which would commit all parties to a half-season period. Johnson has told the paper that is part of his current thinking:

"We’re checking the terms and hoping that we can keep him up to Boxing Day so, without jumping the gun, there’s a possibility of doing it until the end of the season if all parties are happy in January."

Yesterday's Reserve Team match against Torquay United saw two notable absentees from the squad that travelled to Devon - strikers Paddy Madden and James Hayter were both left out of the team - the former due to illness and the latter due to an illness within his family. Both are expected to be available for Saturday. The player that may or may not be is defender Dan Seaborne - having missed last weekend's game against Nottingham Forest through illness, the Gazette notes that he picked up a knock in yesterday's game and so his presence on the team bus up to Yorkshire will have to be decided later in the week.


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29 October 2013 : Win A Signed Yeovil Town Shirt
Yeovil Town supporters visiting one of the town's local supermarkets can take part in a raffle for a signed shirt, as part of a charity campaign. The Co-Operative supermarket in Sherborne Road, Yeovil are raising money for the Carers Trust charity, who are their charity of the year. Their stores nationwide have a target of raising £5 million during 2013, and the Yeovil branch has got their hands on three pieces of Glovers-related prizes that the draw winners can get their hands on.

The draw tickets are £1.00 each, with the key item being a club shirt signed by the 2013-14 Championship first team squad. Other prizes allow fans to pick up a Wembley 2013 scarf, and a 'Magic Johnson' t-shirt as second and third prizes respectively. Prizes will be drawn on Monday 18th November 2013, so to get involved, pop into their store and purchase as many tickets as you like. Their store is situated in Sherborne Road, close to Pen Mill station.

Staff at the Co-Operative Supermarket with the draw prizes Details of the prizes in the Co-Operative Supermarket charity draw
The Co-Operative Supermarket In Sherborne Road, Yeovil show their raffle prizes




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29 October 2013 : Torquay 1 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town Reserves gained a draw in Devon this afternoon, in the latest behind closed doors game to be arranged for fringe players to stretch their legs. Following a goalless first half, Torquay took the lead and held that advantage until a Luke Ayling free kick was fired onto the woodwork, allowing Andy Williams, who had previously had a goal ruled out by an offside flag, to convert the rebound and level the scores.

The Glovers side featured two trialists - although in past matches these have tended to more be 'guests' than players that manager Gary Johnson has had serious intent in considering bringing in.

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

Scorers: Nathan Craig (1-0, 73 mins), Andy Williams (1-1, 88 mins).

Yeovil Town Reserves:
Chris Dunn
Luke Ayling, Dan Seaborne, Liam Fontaine, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi
Sam Foley, Joe Jones, Trialist A, Trialist B
Andy Williams, Kieffer Moore

Torquay United:
Poke; Hutchings, Downes (Ives 46), Mackenzie, Cruise, (Alexandrou 62), Lathrope, Mozika (Chaney 66), Craig, Sullivan, Berrow, Benyon.


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28 October 2013 : Upson Given Goal Of The Week Nomination
In their round-up of the weekend's football action across the globe, the Sky Sports website has plucked out some of their favourite goals. Amongst the 17 they have chosen is the second goal that Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson scored during Saturday's 3-1 win at Huish Park.

They also give you a poll to vote in once you've watched the video of the goals - do we actually need to hint which one to vote for here?

Link: Sky Sports Website : Goal Of The Week.


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28 October 2013 : Gulls Training Match Planned By Glovers
Yeovil Town have arranged another behind closed doors friendly match that will take place tomorrow afternoon. With no midweek fixture, once again the Glovers have opted to keep some of their fringe players fit by agreeing to play a Torquay United side, that the Torquay Herald Express say will include former Glovers trialist Aaron Downes, plus goalkeeper Michael Poke and new signing Damien Mozika.

Whilst the Glovers have not revealed their line-up for this fixture, given they didn't make any substitutions on Saturday, it seems highly likely that the seven bench warmers of Chris Dunn, Luke Ayling, James Hayter, Sam Foley, Paddy Madden, Liam Fontaine and Andy Williams would all be used.

Other players who didn't make the squad on Saturday were Joe Jones, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi and Kieffer Moore, whilst Dan Seaborne could also feature if he has recovered from the illness that caused his absence on the weekend. Loan midfielder Fraser Fyvie remains back at his parent club Wigan Athletic receiving treatment on a shoulder injury, whilst Marek Stech continues to undergo rehab following his broken hand injury.

Note that tomorrow's game will not be open to the public, as it is largely viewed as a training match by both camps.


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28 October 2013 : Interview With Wayne Hennessey
Following Saturdays afternoon's 3-1 home win over Nottingham Forest, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Wayne's view on his Man of the Match performance and his double penalty save can be read via the link below.

Link: Wayne Hennessey Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Over Nottingham Forest.


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28 October 2013 : Duffy Set For Longer Stay In Somerset
Yeovil Town are expected to confirm a loan extension for centre-back Shane Duffy in the next couple of days. The Everton loanee has reached the end of his initial one month deal at Huish Park but has impressed significantly, playing in five games so far - winning two of this site's Man of the Match polls during that time.

According to Press Association reports, both Glovers boss Gary Johnson and Duffy himself are keen to extend the deal. In addition, Duffy's father, who was at Saturday's 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest, has said that he believes things will be tied up in the next day or two for a longer stay at the club. Given that the initial month has now expired, unless Everton unexpectedly have different ideas, we'd expect something to come through fairly soon.


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28 October 2013 : Ed Upson Talks About His Double Strike
Following Saturdays afternoon's 3-1 home win over Nottingham Forest, Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Ed's view on the match and his two goals can be read via the link below.

Link: Ed Upson Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Against Nottingham Forest.


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27 October 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's match highlights, the Sky Sports website now includes the action from yesterday's 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest. Inevitably they have both goals from Ed Upson, plus Byron Webster's header - and also Wayne Hennessey's double-penalty save, along with Webster's clearance off the line.

In addition they have a post-match interview clip with Gary Johnson and Forest boss Billy Davies tagged on as well, in the three minute video clip. Watch it all via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest Match Highlights.


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27 October 2013 : Forest Boss Surprised Glovers Had To Wait For First Home Win
Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies admitted that he was surprised that Yeovil Town had taken so long to record their first home victory in the Championship, based on what he saw yesterday at Huish Park. The visitors were on the end of a 3-1 defeat to end an 11 game sequence in which the Glovers had failed to win a league match.

Davies felt that the Glovers were far superior during the opening 45 minutes of the match, as two Ed Upson goals and a Byron Webster header put them ahead at the break, and whilst Forest were stronger during the second half, he felt that opening period was where his side fell down:

"I was surprised that was Yeovil's first home win because in the first 45 minutes their appetite was good, their attitude was good and we quite simply didn't turn up. Having said that, at 1-0 you can't afford to miss penalties and that was without doubt a big turning point. I think they deserved to be in front at half time because of a very good workrate and a very good appetite for the game, and second half I thought Hennessey was excellent and deserved his man of the match. It was a very hungry Yeovil side, and they'll give their manager and staff a lot to be pleased about, because they certainly showed more than that than we did. We certainly did not turn up, and we never deserved anything."

Davies added that he felt that all opposition in the Championship division needed to be respected equally, possibly referring to a Nottingham local press article that mocked their opponents, AFC Bournemouth, before their match last weekend. The Forest boss said that unless teams and clubs went in with the right sort of attitude to fixtures, then they would come unstuck, regardless of who the opposition was:

"In the Championship the blue sky doesn't exist every weekend, there are dark clouds and there will be difficult days ahead with ups and downs, bumps and bruises. The people that try to mock teams in this division don't know the game. There is no easy game in this league and you have to respect every team. Every team has good players and they work hard and they do what they can. Your attitude has to be right - and ours wasn't in the first half. On another day things could have been different, but Hennessey was excellent. I thought the home team's workrate was very good, and you could see that they were up for it more than we were. They had two excellent goals that they scored in the first 45 minutes, we had a missed penalty that cost us dearly. In the second half we had loads of chances and loads of control, but it was a very well deserved Man of the Match performance from their goalkeeper."


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27 October 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Nottingham Forest Home Game
Following Saturdays afternoon's 3-1 home win over Nottingham Forest, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Nottingham Forest Home Game.


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26 October 2013 : Attack And Defence Gives Johnson A Championship Performance
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that a great first half attacking performance, and a great second half defensive performance were exactly what his side needed, after they finally got their first home win at Championship level. The Glovers beat high Nottingham Forest by a 3-1 scoreline, thanks to a long range brace from Ed Upson and a Byron Webster header from an Upson corner.

The Glovers held that lead at half time, despite Nathaniel Chalobah pulling a goal back for Forest at one point, and Johnson said after the game that he felt the balance of the two halves - one attacking, one defensively - gave his side the sort of performance that shows they can compete at Championship level. He hoped that would give his side a lift in the coming games:

"We went at them right from the off, and I thought our first half attacking performance was fantastic, and well worthy of the Championship. Then our second half performance was well worthy of the Championship in a defensive way. Nottingham Forest are Premier League in the waiting - they will go up - I'm sure they will. We're new to this level, but the boys have been unlucky in a few games and I keep saying we're good enough to compete with these teams. Hopefully this will push us on for the next few games. The lads have never lost the faith and I think we've been unlucky, beaten by the odd goal a couple of times and a couple of official decisions have cost us points."

Although Yeovil's three goals won them the game, the match sponsors awarded the Man of the Match to goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who made a number of excellent second half saves. Pick of the bunch though, was his superb double save from a Simon Cox penalty, whilst the scoreline was only 1-0. Johnson had high praise for his keeper for that performance, even though he joked that he didn't like him picking up the award at the end of the game:

"We've all had to hang on in there and this was a great game to play in, as Forest are quality with Premiership and international players. Wayne Hennessey is a great goalkeeper, Wolves know that, we know that Wales know that. I don't like my goalkeeper getting the Man of the Match when we've won 3-1. However, everything that he did was class today. He is a top goalkeeper and we're pleased to have him whilst Marek is rehabilitating. Today everything he did was sheer class he's certainly earned his money today. He came here and has just been a real class act for us. We needed to get our first home win and it will be great for confidence, and everyone at the club realising they've got a group of players and a manager who can win football matches at this level."


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26 October 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest
If you watched this afternoon's Championship home match against Nottingham Forest 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 Nottingham Forest.


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26 October 2013 : Yeovil 3 Forest 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town gained their first ever Championship home win this afternoon, as they grabbed all three points against Nottingham Forest at Huish Park. Matches against Forest have a habit of being great spectacles for Glovers fans, and this one was no exception with all four goals being scored in the opening 45 minutes. Ed Upson's shot from distance came after he received the ball from a throw-in to give Yeovil the opener, but the Glovers had to rely upon goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey who made a terrific double-save from a Simon Cox penalty after the same player had judged to be fouled by Shane Duffy inside the box, with Byron Webster clearing a third Forest attempt to score off the line.

Five minutes from the break, the game went goal crazy as Ed Upson got his second of the day, as he fired home from 20 yards out, following Kevin Dawson's pass. Then Forest pulled a goal back from Nathaniel Chalobah, who got himself space in the box following a Chris Cohen free kick that was headed by Jack Hobbs inside the box. But then a minute later, Ed Upson's corner was headed home by Byron Webster, with the ball coming off the inside of the post, and an assistant referee ruling that the ball had crossed the line. Forest came back into the match during the second period, as Yeovil defended their advantage, but there were no further goals, thus lifting the Glovers off the foot of the table, leapfrogging Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday who both drew today in a lunchtime kick-off.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Yeovil Town 3 Nottingham Forest 1.

Scorers: Ed Upson (1-0, 8 mins), Ed Upson (2-0, 40 mins), Nathaniel Chalobah (2-1, 42 mins), Byron Webster (3-1, 43 mins).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
4. Joe Edwards 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
23. Joel Grant 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 2. Luke Ayling 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 17. Paddy Madden 20. Liam Fontaine 28. Andy Williams

Nottingham Forest:
1. Karl Darlow
2. Eric Lichaj 25. Jack Hobbs 16. Jamaal Lascelles 8. Chris Cohen
18. Gonzalo Jara 7. Nathaniel Chalobah 28. Radoslaw Majewski 11. Andy Reid
9. Darius Henderson 31. Simon Cox

Substitutes:
3. Dan Harding (46 mins for Nathaniel Chalobah) 12. Jamie Mackie (63 mins for Simon Cox) 15. Greg Halford 21. Jamie Paterson (69 mins for Radoslaw Majewski) 27. Matt Derbyshire 35. Khalid Al-Rashidi 39. Djamel Abdoun

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (foul, 24 mins), Kevin Dawson (foul, 41 mins), Joe Ralls (foul, 46 mins), Sam Hoskins (kicking ball away, 57 mins)

Forest Bookings: Nathaniel Chalobah (foul, 45 mins), Jamaal Lascelles (foul, 54 mins), Andy Reid (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 37%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 8; Fouls: 12.

Forest Match Statistics: Possession: 63%; Shots: 27; Shots On Target: 13; Corners: 10; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Daniel Cook (Hampshire) and Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent). Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

Attendance: 7,612 (including 2,099 Forest supporters).


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26 October 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Nottingham Forest. The Glovers have opted to start Joel Grant as a front line striker - he replaces James Hayter and will partner Sam Hoskins up front. The other change is enforced, with Fraser Fyvie out with a shoulder injury - his position is taken by Joe Ralls who had missed last weekend's game due to a minor knock.

On the bench, Paddy Madden and Sam Foley return to the squad, having been left out of last week's side. The two that miss out are Kieffer Moore and Dan Seaborne - the latter is ill, leaving the bench loaded with attacking options. The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
4. Joe Edwards 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
23. Joel Grant 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 2. Luke Ayling 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 17. Paddy Madden 20. Liam Fontaine 28. Andy Williams


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26 October 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Brighton : Man Of The Match Result
Last weekend's 0-0 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion saw Yeovil Town pick up their first home point at Championship level. That was probably the major plus point in a game that didn't quite take off, with both teams struggling to create chances on the day.

Man of the Match voting saw two of the players who had been put into the starting line-up impress you, with Kevin Dawson earning a recall on the right flank, whilst Sam Hoskins got his first ever start at Championship level. The overall winner of the poll though was vice-captain Byron Webster, who continued his consistent start to the season, as part of the back four that kept the Glovers first clean sheet since the first day of the season.

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

1. Byron Webster 268 (19)
2. Sam Hoskins 144 (10)
3. Kevin Dawson 124 (6)
4. Shane Duffy 84 (3)
5. Wayne Hennessey 46 (2)
6. Joe Edwards 24 (0)
7. Jamie McAllister 22 (1)
8. James Hayter 18 (1)
9. Ed Upson 18 (1)
10. Luke Ayling 10 (0)
11. Fraser Fyvie 6 (0)
12. Andy Williams 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.93
Performance : 6
Entertainment : 5.86
VOTES RECEIVED : 44


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26 October 2013 : Johnson Gives The Lowdown On Madden
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has gone into some detail over his thinking regarding striker Paddy Madden, who has been in and out of the side during the current season. Paddy was left entirely out of the first team squad for last weekend's home Championship game against Brighton and Hove Albion, leading to some speculation about where things stood with respect to last season's leading goalscorer.

Gary appeared on BBC Somerset on Friday night, for a lengthy interview on a wide range of topics, and inevitably the subject of Madden came up, along with Sam Foley who also sat out last weekend's game, along with the general theme of goalscoring. The Glovers boss told the Twentyman Talks Back programme that whilst Madden had been effective last season, that he felt he had become gradually less so this season, and needed some time out to get himself refocussed:

"He was (an effective striker) last year - that's for sure. He had a very quiet spell - a slow spell - early on in the (2013-14) season. Then he got injured and was out for four or five weeks with a medial knee ligament problem. Now he's sort of just coming back now. He's one of those lads that needs to be right mentally. He needs to feel wanted and he needs to feel that he's scoring goals. He doesn't like missing goals, and he gets upset with himself. But at the right time he'll be back. It's only 12 games into the season. We're trying to give him lots of Reserve games where he can score lots of twos and threes, where he can get his confidence back and get his game back. If someone is not scoring goals, then they've got to be doing everything else - they've got to be assisting in goals. I'm sure the penny will drop soon, and I'm sure he will start thinking about becoming a Championship player. I think he might have thought he was already a Championship player, which is great on the confidence side, but it wasn't quite happening for him, and he got less and less effective."

Gary was asked how Madden would earn his place back in the side and improve his confidence in front of goal, given that his main outlet would only be through Reserve Team style outings. Gary explained that applying himself well in such games would make a big difference and felt that he was showing some signs of reacting well to that:

"He gets back in the team by sticking the goals in at those (Reserve Team) levels, and showing us the 100 percent attitude that you need to play in our first team, not just when we've got the ball but when the opposition have got the ball. They're all things that he wants to do; he's not just saying 'Well, no I'm not going to do that'; he's just still learning the game. From where Paddy came from, he's not been at this level. It was a fantastic season for him, and he's a fantastic kid. I really like him as a personality, and as a person. His football personality is a little bit different. He won't thank me for it, but he has a little self-destruct button every now and again, as some players do. Then you have to let them spit their dummy out, but eventually they have to put their dummy back in their own mouth. Then you know that you've got them back. I don't think he's that far away at the moment, and in the last week or so he's looked okay."

Gary was asked if the pair had fallen out at a personal level at any stage in proceedings. He explained that his process of dealing with out of form players was to set them different challenges or scenarios to shake them out of that phase, and said that was being done on a professional level between them:

"No, we haven't fallen out, although I don't invite him to dinner around my house, and he doesn't invite me. You don't really fall out with people, you just sort of change things. I've tried everything - I've tried the arm around the shoulder, you try being his best mate, and then his worst enemy. You bring him in for extra training, you give him less training, you send him home, or whatever - (this is true of) players; any players - to have a rest, get out of the place, then come back refreshed - all of that sort of thing. We've tried everything, and we're still trying everything. That's really to try to get the best out of your squad. People at Bristol City used to call me a bit of a bully. I don't see it as bullying - I demand things. That's what you have to do, because if you don't demand things off players, then they tend to take the easy route. That's when you can get a team that might struggle."

Gary was also asked if he was seeing a response from his striker and if he was likely to work his way back into the first team. He was firm in his response and felt he was closer to being ready for a return to the first team squad:

"Yes he is - he is - I'm pleased to say. He could have gone the other way (after being dropped) and I'm pleased to say that he is gravitating towards the first team now."

Gary also gave away one bit of today's team selection against Nottingham Forest. Midfielder Sam Foley will be recalled to the first team squad and will be on the bench. Gary has indicated that part of Sam's exclusion has been that he suffered breathing problems in a Reserve Team game, and so they eased back on his training.


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25 October 2013 : Gary Johnson On The BBC : Listen Again
If you missed this evening's BBC local radio interview and phone-in with Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson, the whole thing is available online, via the BBC Sport website. Head via the link below to hear 49 minutes and 31 seconds of Gary talking to BBC Bristol and BBC Somerset presenter Geoff Twentyman along with a number of callers into the show, via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson: Yeovil Town manager on Twentyman Talks Back.


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25 October 2013 : Hennessey Third Month Loan Extension Confirmed
Further to our earlier news item, Yeovil Town have successfully extended the stay of goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey into a third month. The Wolverhampton Wanderers player, who has made ten appearances for the club so far, will now remain with the club until Sunday 17th November.

This takes Wayne's stay into the middle of the next international weekend, meaning that after tomorrow's home match against Nottingham Forest, he will also be available for the away trip to Leeds United and the home match against Wigan Athletic.

First choice goalkeeper Marek Stech is currently recovering from a broken hand, but the end of Hennessey's third month spell will hopefully be timed to allow the Czech Republic player the chance to make his comeback - with the November 22nd Sky Sports televised Friday night match at Doncaster Rovers the most likely point for him to make his first team return, although it would seem highly likely that a Reserve Team match would be arranged during that November international break period to help him get back into the swing of things.


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25 October 2013 : Johnson Keeps People Guessing On Madden And Foley Selection
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is not giving any secrets away regarding whether prominent first team squad members Paddy Madden and Sam Foley will be restored to the teamsheet tomorrow. The Glovers play Nottingham Forest in a Championship fixture at Huish Park (kick-off 3.00p.m.) that is the club's second consecutive home game, following last weekend's 0-0 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Madden and Foley were left entirely off the squad list last weekend, despite the pair being fully fit for selection. They both watched the game against the Seagulls from the stand, with their boss giving a guarded viewpoint of why he left them out of the team in his post-match interview.

Speaking to BBC Somerset ahead of the Forest game, Johnson confirmed that Madden and Foley would be available for selection, but that he would keep the opposition guessing as to whether he was likely to recall either player:

"They're always in the selection shake-up, but when you've got 22 players, you can only put eleven of them on the field, and seven on the bench. So a few have to miss out, for whatever reasons that the manager either decides to say, or decides not to say. But the team is never announced until the day, so that question will have to wait until after the weekend."

Johnson said he felt that a number of his players were still undergoing a learning curve in terms of their experience of playing Championship football. With only a minimal number of his squad having played second tier football, most are experiencing the standard of Championship oppositions for the first time in their careers. Johnson said that he still had the belief that his players had the natural ability to play at that level, but that for some it was taking a bit of time for that to come through:

"Many of them are still learning about this level. Now I know I can hear everyone shouting 'Well hurry up or it's going to be too late!' - but that's what you do. Most of them are still early learners, as far as the Championship is concerned. But they've all got the ability to play at this level. Some of them are coming through it okay, and some have got a little bit to do yet."

Currently standing bottom of the division after 12 games, there is obviously concern that the Glovers stay at this level might be shorter than intended. However, Johnson feels that at this stage it's all about staying close enough to other clubs to be able to challenge them as the season goes on, and he still believes his side can take their Championship experience into a second season:

"We do believe it, and so long as we are within touching distance of at least three other teams, then we'll give it a right go. But we can't go kamikaze, and we can't go like lemmings flying off the edge of a cliff. The lads have got to learn about how strong some of these teams are tactically, and what you have to do, in order to stay in the game. Then you hope that you take one of your several chances that come along. What we have done, is that we've always created chances in our games - but we haven't always tucked them away, and that's the key."

A positive of sorts from last weekend's match, despite the club going bottom of the table, was that they recorded their first home point of the 2013-14 season, and their first clean sheet since the opening day of the season. Given Brighton had reached the Championship play-offs back in May, Gary felt that wasn't too bad a result, even though he recognised that a win would be needed sooner rather than later:

"It was our first point at home, and it was against a team who were only a couple of games away from the Premier League last year, in Brighton. They've got a tactic all of their own - Gus Poyet started it, and the new fellow has come in and carried it on. So we had to be very aware of their tactic, and I thought we handled it very well. We kept them to a couple of chances, and we managed to get a couple of chances ourselves. So it was a start, but it would be nice to get a win if we can - but we're coming up against some top teams, especially at Huish Park."


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25 October 2013 : Ex-Glover Virgo Explains Early Retirement
Former Yeovil Town centre-back has explained why he has hung up his boots despite being only 30 years old. The Brighton-born player has had an injury-riddled two years, centred around knee problems he began to experience as soon as he made the move to Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2011, after rejecting new terms at Huish Park.

Virgo's time at the Memorial Stadium never really took off at all - 11 appearances in his first season, and only 12 more during his second season, with knee ligament damage at the heart of the problem. The problems started in October 2011 with a training ground injury, and two years later, he made the decision to give up his professional career. Speaking to Sky Sports today, Adam has told them what went wrong:

"I got the injury back in October 2011. I took a year out of the game to try to rehabilitate it but last season I had setback after setback. I saw a surgeon in February who told me the knee wasn't very good and that I was getting early signs of arthritis. I had one more go at it; come pre-season I went and trained at Crawley (in July 2013) then played a pre-season game against Leeds. I just landed from a header and the pain in my knee was excruciating. I got home after that and thought 'enough is enough'."

Virgo left Rovers at the end of the 2012-13 season, but had not played for them since October 23rd 2012. As a free agent, his trial with Crawley Town was a brief one and didn't result in a contract offer. He explained that he had to make the decision, to avoid sustaining permanent damage to his body that could have impacted upon his future quality of life:

"The decision has been taken out of my hands. I'm only 30 and I missed all of last year so I finished at 29 really. You need to accept it. You don't want to keep fighting it because you don't want to do yourself permanent damage. I didn't want to carry on playing and end up crippled at the age of 40 and not be able to enjoy family life and be a dad."

Virgo is currently hedging his bets in two directions, taking up media work when he is offered it, as well as being given work by his former club Brighton and Hove Albion within their Academy set-up. He also has a coaching role at Ardingly College, in Haywards Heath - the school where he completed his secondary education. He said that he was trying to move forward and ensure those roles became successful for him:

"There's more to life than being a professional footballer. The media side of things is really interesting me, but of course coaching as well. I really enjoy coaching kids. Brighton and Hove Albion have given me an opportunity to work in their academy already, which I've already taken up, and the media side of things, you just try to get on air as much as you can."

Link: Adam Virgo : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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25 October 2013 : Hennessey Negotiations Under Way To Extend Keeper's Stay
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is due to play the final game of his second month loan spell at Huish Park tomorrow, but the club are hoping that it will not be his last for the Glovers. The 26 year old has so far featured in ten games since arriving on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the final match of his current agreement takes place tomorrow afternoon, when Nottingham Forest come to Huish Park.

In addition to his games for the green'n'whites, Hennessey has also won his Wales international place back, having not played for his country since November 2011. With his goalkeeping career now back on track, following a 16 month lay-off due to knee ligament damage, things are looking up again for the Bangor-born player. With Glovers first choice goalkeeper Marek Stech still not ready for a first team return, manager Gary Johnson has told BBC Somerset that all parties are keen in principle for Hennessey to remain in Somerset, and that it is a matter of concluding negotiations for what would be the third and final part of his loan agreement:

"I think Wayne (Hennessey) would like to stay, so that's good. We'd like him to stay. I think it's just a matter of negotiating with Wolves for another month. They can call him back now anyway, because it's in the third month, at any time. So if they do have an emergency they can call him back so they don't lose out. But it's just the negotiations side of things that we have got to go through."


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25 October 2013 : Gary In The Radio Hotseat Tonight
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will be put into the hotseat tonight as he plans to spend an hour on BBC local radio answering supporters questions. The Glovers boss will be the studio guest for Twentyman Talks Back, which is a radio phone-in programme broadcast on both BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol. The programme starts at 6.00p.m. tonight, and if you want to call the show and get your question to Gary, then give them a call either just before the programme starts or during the show, by dialling 0845 900 5 949 and hopefully they'll put you on air to talk directly to the man himself!

The programme is broadcast on all the usual frequencies for the above two stations - the most obvious one for those who live in Yeovil is 95.5FM - you can also try 1566 MW (BBC Somerset) and if you live in the north side of the county try 94.9FM or 104.6FM (BBC Bristol). Or if you live entirely out of the area, or are on the move, the show will be broadcast online - use the link below.

Link: BBC Somerset : Listen Live.


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25 October 2013 : Video : Dorchester vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town travelled to the Avenue Stadium to play Dorchester Town in a midweek friendly. The Magpies have uploaded 12 minutes worth of footage from the 6-0 win, including all of the Glovers goals scored on the night, and you can watch it via the YouTube clip below.




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24 October 2013 : Duffy Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Shane Duffy has been included in a Championship Team Of The Week selected by the Teamtalk website, which is owned by Sky. This season, the usual weekly tradition of the Football League and Sky Sports publishing their own divisional teams has gone out of the window somewhat - the League have not provided any this season, eventually noting on their website that the "feature is currently suspended" whilst Sky have tended to opt for line-ups that have stretched across all three divisions of the Football League, rather than three unique ones.

The selected team has an extremely northern feel to it - three from Burnley, two from Wigan Athletic, two from Leeds United and two from Blackpool. Perhaps the fact that the author is from Leeds may have something to do with that! However, that means the fact that Glovers loanee Shane Duffy has been singled out to be more remarkable. He was part of the defence who kept a clean sheet in last week's 0-0 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion, and has so far clocked up four first team appearances at the club, with two Republic of Ireland Under-21 appearances sandwiched in the middle. The full team list reads as follows:

Teamtalk Team of the week: (4-4-2) Scott Carson (Wigan Athletic); Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Jason Shackell (Burnley), Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town), Craig Cathcart (Blackpool); Scott Arfield (Burnley), Rodolph Austin (Leeds United), Niko Kranjcar (Reading), Craig Bryson (Derby County); Ross McCormack (Leeds United), Tom Ince (Blackpool).


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24 October 2013 : Ladies Finalise FA WSL Membership
Yeovil Town Ladies FC's position as one of the top eighteen teams in English Women's Club Football has been confirmed with news that the club has completed the required 76 page Licence to become a member of the Women's Super League, the FA WSL. Yeovil Town Ladies FC Chairman, David Mills said:

"The announcement earlier this year that we were one of the teams to be offered a chance to be in the expanded FA WSL was just the start of the hard work. Since then there has been an enormous amount of work behind the scenes to get to the stage where we were able to complete the FA WSL Licence. I would particularly like to thank Stephen Allinson, Sarah Lawler, Chris White and everyone at both Yeovil Town FC and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust as without their support and hard work over the last few weeks, the signing of this licence – the most important document in the Club’s History - would not have been possible."

Yeovil will play their first game in the newly created FA WSL 2 Division next March where they take on clubs including Aston Villa, Sunderland, Watford and a dynamic new team, Durham WFC. The Glovers main ground will be Sherborne Town FC’s Raleigh Grove, which is undergoing a number of changes to bring it up to the standards set out for FAWSL 2 clubs. Commenting on the build up to their first FA WSL 2 game, Mills said:

"Obviously it is a very exciting time for the club, but there is still a lot of work to be done to make sure we ready for the big kick off. However we are lucky to have a tremendous collection of volunteers, players, coaches, sponsors and fans who are determined to make Yeovil Town ladies FC a big hit in the FA WSL. Just six years ago we were playing in the South West League and now we are one of the top 18 clubs in England. That fact alone underlines the culture we have at the club for constant improvement."

Stephen Allinson, who along with David Mills, Chris White and Sarah Lawler, will be the inaugural Directors of the Club added:

"I am delighted both as a Director of Yeovil Town Football Club and as the recently elected Chairman of the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, to be associated with our Ladies Football Club. The obtaining of the Super League licence is a fantastic achievement and the Ladies team is a vital part of the overall Yeovil Town Sports brand."

[David Mills - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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23 October 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest
Officials for Yeovil Town's home Championship fixture against Nottingham Forest have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 26th October at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Mick Russell (Hertfordshire).

Mr Russell last visited Huish Park in January 2013, and certainly was the centre-piece of a number of big decisions both before and during the game. His first big moment came when he passed the pitch as fit to play on, even if visiting Milton Keynes Dons boss Karl Robinson moaned about that after the match when his side lost 2-1 claiming the pitch was 'a shambles' and that the game shouldn't have gone ahead.

Once the game started, the match referee also had another big decision to make when Izale McLeod and Byron Webster squared up to each other - yellows for both, and we'd say Byron was a bit fortunate. However, the one that grabbed all the headlines was his decision to red-card Antony Kay for an off the ball incident involving Paddy Madden. A moaning Karl Robinson (again) accused Madden of being a 'cheat' and loudly protested that he had had 'fantastic video footage' that would show that the Glovers striker had feigned injury. That fantastic video footage clearly wasn't good enough to persuade the FA, who backed Mr Russell's decision when it was taken to an appeal. Did this stop Robinson moaning some more about it? What do you think? - but in the absence of seeing that 'fantastic video footage' ourselves, we'll assume that Mr Russell was in the right.

He started refereeing in the early 1990’s, progressing through the South Midlands League to reach the National List of Assistant Referees in 2000. He was promoted to the referees’ list in 2004. Russell (who in his earlier days was generally announced as Mike rather than Mick) was a regular face at Yeovil matches in our early League One years, but that has thinned out in recent seasons, with just two meetings to talk about since 2008.

His other more recent meetings include the January 2008 midweeker when we lost 0-2 to Walsall in appalling weather conditions - a game infamous for a Clayton Ince goal kick that was taken by the wind, looping straight past him and out for a corner. Not too much to say about the referee, except that he probably would have been within his rights to deem the game unplayable at that stage. Give him credit - Mr Russell clearly doesn't mind a bit of wet weather.

After that, he was present for the April 2010 match against Millwall, where he was in a fairly lenient mood. Just the one booking on the night in a game where he preferred to take a back-seat, surprisingly so when he clearly saw Lions player Jack Smith kick out at a Glovers player off the ball, yet chose to take no action.

Mr Russell will be assisted by Daniel Cook (Hampshire) and Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent). The Fourth Official will be Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

Link: September 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 2

Link: December 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Barnsley 1

Link: March 2006 : Chesterfield 0 Yeovil Town 3

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 1

Link: January 2007 : Yeovil Town 3 Huddersfield Town 1

Link: January 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 2

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 1.

Link: January 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Milton Keynes Dons 1.


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23 October 2013 : Ticketing For Watford vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's forthcoming Championship away fixture against Watford is now available. The match takes place at Vicarage Road on Saturday 30th November 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are priced as follows:

Adults: £26.00; Concessions: £15.00; Under-16s: £10.00

Concessions apply to Over-65s, 16-19 year olds and students aged Under-25 with a valid NUS card.

Wheelchair disabled supporters are admitted for £10.00, with concessions priced at £5.00, as per the above categories. Ambulant disabled supporters pay as per relevant pricing above. Whilst tickets are sold from the Huish Park Ticket Office, for any special provisions contact Watford's Joanne Simonds on 01923 496250 or joanne.simonds@watfordfc.com

Away supporters are accommodated in the Vicarage Road Stand which is situated behind the goal and is a covered seated stand. It is a stand shared with home supporters, with generally up to 2,200 spaces provided for away fans.

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game, at no extra charge. The majority of Watford's turnstiles are unmanned electronic gates that rely upon a barcode reader to get admission. Thus if you leave it until the day of the match you'll need to either purchase from their Ticket Office prior to admission, or look out for the 'Cash Only' turnstile at the away end.

Link: Ticketing Information For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Information For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.


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23 October 2013 : Ladies Reserves Take On New Sponsors
Following on from their strong backing for local Winter Olympian Donna Creighton, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust has cemented its reputation for backing female sport with the announcement that they are to be the new main sponsor of Yeovil Town Ladies FC's dynamic young Reserve team.

This season the Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves are playing in the new FA WSL Development League against Reserve teams from clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea and Bristol Academy, so the partnership with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust is ideally timed as the team looks to step up to the next level. The Reserves new shirts, which sport the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust logo, will be worn by the most talented and dynamic Reserve team the club has ever had as the squad develops to be ready for the start of the full FA WSL season in 2014. Commenting on the deal, Chairman of Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, Stephen Allinson said:

"We are delighted to be sponsoring the Yeovil Town Ladies reserve squad this year. Our vision as a trust is to enhance all sport throughout Somerset and our Ladies team is a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication. With the growth of ladies football throughout the country, we look forward to working closely with the Club and playing our part in the development of the game in Somerset and beyond."

On behalf of the club, Chairman David Mills was thrilled with the deal. He added:

"It is fantastic to have Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust backing the Reserves. They have been great supporters of us for many years and it is excellent that the Trust logo is now on the Reserve team shirts, especially as the Reserves will be playing some of their games this season on one of the pitches at Alvington in Yeovil. Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust do a lot of great work in the community to promote many sports, not just football, so I would urge everyone in the area to check out the Trust’s work."

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Chairman Stephen Allinson presents a sponsored shirt to Yeovil Town Ladies Reserve Team Manager Andy Dickinson
Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Chairman Stephen Allinson presents a sponsored shirt to Yeovil Town Ladies Reserve Team Manager Andy Dickinson
Photo © 2013 Yeovil Town Ladies.



[David Mills - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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22 October 2013 : Cafer Plays In Terras Shut-Out
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Matt Cafer played 90 minutes tonight, as part of his loan spell with Southern League side Weymouth. The former Youth Team player turned out in the Terras match against Bashley which was being played at Wimborne Town's ground tonight, following a floodlight failure at Bashley's ground last week that had caused the originally planned fixture to be postponed.

Cafer was preferred between the sticks to Weymouth's usual No.1 keeper Jason Matthews, who nearly signed for the Glovers under David Webb at the turn of the century. He kept a clean sheet in their 5-0 win, in what is - as far as we know - his first appearance for their first team since being loaned out as part of his development as a first year professional.

Weymouth: Cafer, Sharpe, Wells, Winsper, M Walker, Poole, Symes, Allen, Ford, Groves, Holland. Subs: Burbidge, Anstey, Tewkesbury, Harvey, McClements.


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22 October 2013 : Dorchester 0 Yeovil 6 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town gained a comfortable win at the Avenue Stadium as they beat Dorchester Town in a friendly match tonight. After only scoring one goal in the first half, the Glovers stepped up a gear during the second period to record a 6-0 victory in a match that was arranged in part to help the Magpies with recent cashflow issues, but also to recognise the transfer of striker Kieffer Moore from The Avenue to Huish Park over the summer.

The one and only first half goal came just a couple of minutes into the match, when a Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi square ball found Joel Grant, who converted to put the Glovers 1-0 up. Playing a 4-3-3/4-5-1 style formation, with Kieffer Moore in the centre, alongside two wider strikers, the Glovers created plenty of chances but were somewhat wasteful, with Joel Grant, Paddy Madden and Kieffer Moore all having close range changes. Madden went the closest to getting the second before the break, as he struck the top of the crossbar with an angled shot/cross.

The second half substitution of Joel Grant for Liam Davis, also saw the Glovers revert to their usual 4-4-2 formation, with Moore and Madden as the main strike pairing. But it was the man moved onto the wing who doubled the lead, as Andy Williams drove the ball home from the corner of the penalty box. Paddy Madden then got on the scoresheet as he converted a penalty awarded for a trip on Joe Jones, who was playing a more advanced role as a midfielder on the night.

Then came a late flurry of goals, as a mass of Dorchester substitutions and tired legs allowed the Glovers to assume full control. Sam Foley, playing in the centre of midfield, turned inside the box and fired home for Yeovil's fourth. Then Andy Williams got Yeovil's 5th and 6th of the night - the first as he used his pace to stretch the tiring Dorchester defence to put the ball across the keeper. Then came the final goal of the night as Andy Williams claimed his hat-trick - receiving a diagonal pass from Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi and volleying the ball into the net.

Final Score: Dorchester Town 0 Yeovil Town 6.

Scorers: Joel Grant (0-1), Andy Williams (0-2), Paddy Madden (0-3), Sam Foley (0-4), Andy Williams (0-5), Andy Williams (0-6).

Yeovil Town:
Chris Dunn
Luke Ayling, Dan Seaborne, Liam Fontaine, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi
Joel Grant, Sam Foley, Joe Jones
Paddy Madden, Kieffer Moore, Andy Williams.

Substitutes:
Gareth Stewart, Liam Davis (46 mins for Joel Grant), Aiden Chainey, George Russell

Dorchester Town: Walker-Harris, Bell, Smeeton, Jermyn, Walker, Rolls, Crittenden, Green, Beasley, Gleeson, Martin

Substitutes:
Munday (for Beasley), Twyford (for Green), Gape (for Bell), Jevon (for Crittenden), Michie (for Smeeton), Reynolds (for Walker-Harris)


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22 October 2013 : Fyvie Falls At The First Hurdle
Yeovil Town's newest loanee Fraser Fyvie will be missing from action for at least the next three fixtures, after he temporarily returned to his parent club Wigan Athletic for treatment. The 20 year old is on loan at Huish Park until January 1st, and made his debut in the 0-0 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. He had to be replaced after just 22 minutes of that match, after an illegal challenge by former Glovers loanee Rohan Ince sent him crashing to the deck.

Fyvie has been ruled out for two weeks, according to the Western Gazette, with a "grade two shoulder injury" and thus will miss the home game against Nottingham Forest and the away match against Leeds United. However, with the following match being a home game against his parent club, Fyvie will not be available for that match either. Add in the November international break, and he will be absent for a full calendar month, with his return expected to come for the Friday night Sky Sports televised trip to Doncaster Rovers.

In addition to Fyvie, Yeovil Town currently have Wayne Hennessey (goalkeeper), Liam Fontaine (defender), Shane Duffy (defender), Joe Ralls (midfield) and Andy Williams (striker) as loan players on their books, with Alan Tate theoretically another on that list, although he is out with a long term hamstring problem and back at Swansea City. Ralls missed Saturday's game with his own injury - he would be the most logical replacement for Fyvie in Saturday's squad, but as yet there's no certainty over when he will be available for selection.


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22 October 2013 : Mowbray Sacked By Boro
Yesterday evening saw Middlesbrough dispense with the services of manager Tony Mowbray following a luke-warm start to their 2013-14 campaign. Boro currently lie in 16th place in the Championship table, but their 3-2 defeat against Barnsley - who had been bottom of the table - on Saturday proved to be the final straw, with them pulling the plug 48 hours later.

Mowbray had been in charge at Boro for 153 games, having arrived in October 2010, with the axe falling just short of the third anniversary of his arrival. With 61 wins and 55 losses, he leaves with a positive record, but it is during the year of 2013 that the wheels have come off badly at the Riverside Stadium, with just 5 wins in 33 games. This season saw them dumped out of the League Cup against League Two side Accrington Stanley, whilst they have won only one home match - against Yeovil Town just over two weeks ago.

For the time being, they have put assistant manager Mark Venus in charge as Caretaker Manager. Mowbray's departure means that the current list of longest serving managers in the Championship division include: Chris Powell (Charlton Athletic, Jan 2011), Nigel Pearson (Leicester City, Nov 2011), Gary Johnson (Yeovil Town, Jan 2012) and David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday, March 2012). All other Championship managers have only been at the helm for the 2012-13 season onwards, giving an idea of the mad short-termism that exists in football at present.


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22 October 2013 : Glovers Travel To Dorchester Tonight
Yeovil Town travel to play Dorchester Town tonight in a friendly game at the Avenue Stadium. In a match kicking off at 7.45p.m. the match serves a multitude of purposes - the fairly regular midweek slot for fringe players in the Glovers first team squad to keep their fitness levels up, but also a chance for the Magpies, who have been suffering some cashflow problems lately, to get some revenue coming through their turnstiles.

The Dorset Echo also indicates that Dorchester had the rights to a friendly match as part of the transfer deal for striker Kieffer Moore who moved to Huish Park over the summer, and so will make his first return to the Avenue Stadium tonight.

Admission prices for tonight's match will be as follows:

Adults: £8.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-16s: £2.00

Dorchester Town's website indicates that concessions apply to "Armed Forces Personnel, N.H.S Employees, Emergency Services, Disabled (carers free) and Students on production of valid ID card."

In terms of the side that the Glovers will field, given that striker Paddy Madden and midfielder Sam Foley were not in Saturday's squad, we'd expect them to be part of tonight's team. We'd also expect Chris Dunn, Kieffer Moore, Dan Seaborne, Liam Fontaine, Joe Jones and Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi to play a major part, with the remaining part of the squad depending upon who is fit, and who needs additional match time before Saturday's Championship fixture.

At the Dorchester end, they have a few players missing, with the Echo indicating that Brandon Goodship, Josh Wakefield and Ashley Vickers are likely to sit out the game. Boss Phil Simkin has said that he plans to name 16-18 players and says of the match:

"It’s going to be very much a mixed side. It will be a good experience for the younger lads while it’s a chance to keep people match fit. It will be good to see Kieffer again and hopefully, weather permitting, there will be a good crowd to watch the game."

If you can get down to watch tonight's match, then please do. The previous two 'Reserve Team' matches against Radstock Town and Wincanton Town have been high scoring affairs, with sixteen goals netted - hopefully tonight's fixture will have more of the same!

Update: The following players have been confirmed: Chris Dunn, Luke Ayling, Joe Jones, Liam Fontaine, Seaborne, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Joel Grant, Sam Foley, Paddy Madden, Andy Williams, Kieffer Moore, Liam Davis.


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21 October 2013 : Forest Sell Out Huish Park Allocation
Yeovil Town will have yet another sold out away end for Saturday's visit of Nottingham Forest. So far, Birmingham City, Reading and Queens Park Rangers have brought full allocations for their Championship fixtures this season to Huish Park, whilst other visitors have brought 1,500 or more spectators to South Somerset.

Now Forest have indicated that they have today shifted their full 2,087 allocation for a match that takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 26th October, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Tickets remain available for home supporters ONLY from the Huish Park Ticket Office, either in person or by calling 01935-847888. Please have your Ticket Office Customer Number available, if possible, to help them with identification and speed of ordering.


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21 October 2013 : Interview With Sam Hoskins
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Sam Hoskins spoke to the BBC about the game against Brighton and Hove Albion. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Sam's views on his first ever start in the Championship division can be read via the link below.

Link: Sam Hoskins Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Brighton.


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20 October 2013 : Gary Talks About Brighton Team Selection
Just before Saturday's home match against Brighton and Hove Albion kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary gives some background in terms of why he made four changes to his starting line-up for yesterday's game, and what qualities he wants his players to show to get a place in the side. He also explains why he brought in loan midfielder Fraser Fyvie.

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


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20 October 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Brighton Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's 0-0 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park, highlights of the match are now available on the Sky Sports website. In addition to a couple of saves by Wayne Hennessey from Ashley Barnes, along with a Will Buckley attempt, they've also picked out second half efforts from Ed Upson and two for Shane Duffy that went close to giving Yeovil more than the point that they got. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website: Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion Match Highlights.


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20 October 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Brighton Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game against Brighton and Hove Albion. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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19 October 2013 : Seagulls Draw A Fair Outcome For Johnson
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he couldn't be entirely happy at only gaining a point against Brighton and Hove Albion, but admitted it was probably a fair result. The Glovers gained their first Championship home point thanks to a 0-0 draw at Huish Park, in a game where both sides created plenty of half chances, but mustered up few killer attempts that could have broken the deadlock.

Speaking after the game, Gary admitted that his side had to deal with a lot of Brighton possession, and concentrate on ensuring that the Seagulls passing play didn't result in any damage during the 90 minutes of play:

"No manager is ever happy with a point, because we want the three that are up for grabs. We've had to work very very hard to win the ball back, because they play a particular style that is very difficult to shut down all over the field. You want to win your games at home, but to be fair, a 0-0 isnt a bad result against these top teams. We created some chances, but they were not unbelievable chances. You have to concentrate against teams like Brighton. They keep the ball and it's really hard to get it back. I think we gave the ball back to them too easily and that's what we have to be better at. The boys gave it everything and we had the opportunities to win the game."

Overall, Johnson said that both sides had done enough to deserve a share of the points and felt that scoreline should be put into context against where Brighton had finished in last season's Championship table:

"I don't think either side deserved to lose. It was a cagey game, but when you come up against a team like Brighton, who were only one or two games away from the Premier League last year, then you mustn't be too disappointed with a point. We may have gone bottom of the league, but we're gaining experience against these types of teams who keep the ball and are clever. Our league is a mini-league with the bottom six or seven teams and I'm
sure Brighton won't be in there. It's a bit early to be worrying about league position, but at the same time we've got to gradually push our way out of the bottom three
."

Gary indicated that Wigan Athletic loanee Fraser Fyvie would be sent off to hospital as a precaution tonight, so the club could get a quick assessment on a shoulder injury that forced him off after 22 minutes. The initial expectation is that it is bruising, rather than anything too serious.


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19 October 2013 : Johnson: Players Not Selected Must Be 'Up For It' To Win Places Back
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he wants to see proof that players left out of the first team squad are 'up for it' for them to be selected for future games. The Glovers boss has been significantly rotating the names on the matchday teamsheet in recent weeks, as he attempts to turn around a run of form that has now gone 11 games without a win and is currently bottom of the Championship table.

What was noticeable about today's team selection for the home match against Brighton and Hove Albion was that striker Paddy Madden was left entirely out of the eighteen named, despite being last season's top scorer. In addition, attacking midfielder Sam Foley was also missing, with both players understood to be fit and available. Instead the Glovers boss opted for a front pairing of James Hayter and Sam Hoskins, in what turned out to be a 0-0 draw at Huish Park. Gary told BBC Somerset that whilst a failure to hit the back of the net meant he couldn't completely give them the thumbs up, that they were the two who were impressing the most in training at that end of the field:

"Well you would have liked them to have scored one goal each, and then they would have done enough. But they're certainly ahead of the ones that we didn't select, at the moment. So we'll have to see how the week goes this week. But only I know what goes on behind closed doors, and I pick the team where I believe that starting eleven and the subs are going to give me and the club 100 percent. And if I don't think that then I won't play them."

Gary was pressed specifically about his decision to not include Madden in the squad on the day. He chose a guarded answer to that question, but said that much the same applied to Foley and others who weren't getting in the final squad:

"If he (Madden) was up for it, and up to it, at this moment in time, then of course you would play him. The same applies where the crowd were singing about Sam Foley - we love Sam, but unfortunately he's another one that doesn't warrant a place just yet, for reasons that stay with the management."


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19 October 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Brighton
If you watched this afternoon's Championship home match against Brighton and Hove Albion 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 Brighton and Hove Albion.


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19 October 2013 : Yeovil 0 Brighton 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town gained their first ever home point in the Championship this afternoon, as they grabbed a 0-0 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park. Having lost their first five home matches of the 2013-14 season, the Glovers finally achieved a shut-out against a Seagulls side who saw their best chances come from a first half Ashley Barnes header, and then a second half Will Buckley attempt when he knocked the ball past Wayne Hennessey and into the side netting. Yeovil striker Sam Hoskins had the best of his team's efforts, although a late Shane Duffy header hit the outside of the goalframe. In truth, both sides struggled to carve out incisive chances - the result leaves the Glovers at the bottom of the table, but can at least add another point onto their tally.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
4. Joe Edwards 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 11. Fraser Fyvie 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 2. Luke Ayling (22 mins for Fraser Fyvie) 13. Kieffer Moore 6. Dan Seaborne 20. Liam Fontaine 23. Joel Grant (61 mins for Liam Davis) 28. Andy Williams (68 mins for James Hayter)

Brighton and Hove Albion
29. Tomasz Kuszczak
2. Bruno 3. Gordon Greer 20. Matthew Upson 17. Stephen Ward
8. Andrew Crofts 4. Keith Andrews 38. Rohan Ince
30. Will Buckley 9. Ashley Barnes 23. Craig Conway

Substitutes:
44. Leroy Lita (59 mins for Ashley Barnes) 6. Adam El-Abd 16. Casper Ankergren 18. Jake Forster-Caskey (83 mins Craig Conway) 21. David Lopez (46 mins for Rohan Ince) 27. Solly March 14. Inigo Calderon

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 5 mins), Sam Hoskins (diving, 45 mins), James Hayter (foul, 45 mins), Jamie McAllister (foul, 76 mins)

Brighton Bookings: Rohan Ince (foul, 11 mins), Stephen Ward (foul, 28 mins), Bruno (foul, 86 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 37%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 18.

Brighton Match Statistics: Possession: 63%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Andrew Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Justin Amey (Dorset).

Attendance: 6,873 (including 1,965 Brighton supporters).


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19 October 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Brighton and Hove Albion. Compared with the team that took to the field a fortnight ago against Middlesbrough. New loan signing Fraser Fyvie comes straight into the starting line-up as Joe Ralls drops out of the squad entirely. There's also a swap on the right-wing as Kevin Dawson returns to the starting line-up, replacing Joel Grant who drops to the bench.

Up front there's a new pairing as Sam Hoskins and James Hayter are given the job of breaking the club's lack of scoring from the front line in open play. Andy Williams drops onto the bench, whilst Paddy Madden is not in the squad - his pre-match tweets suggest that he knew about this yesterday, wishing his team-mates luck for the game.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
4. Joe Edwards 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 11. Fraser Fyvie 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 2. Luke Ayling 13. Kieffer Moore 6. Dan Seaborne 20. Liam Fontaine 23. Joel Grant 28. Andy Williams

Brighton and Hove Albion
29. Tomasz Kuszczak
2. Bruno 3. Gordon Greer 20. Matthew Upson 17. Stephen Ward
8. Andrew Crofts 4. Keith Andrews 38. Rohan Ince
30. Will Buckley 9. Ashley Barnes 23. Craig Conway

Substitutes:
44. Leroy Lita 6. Adam El-Abd 16. Casper Ankergren 18. Jake Forster-Caskey 21. David Lopez 27. Solly March 14. Inigo Calderon


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18 October 2013 : Gary Previews The Brighton Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's thoughts on his current squad recruitment and on the Seagulls can be read via the link below.

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


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18 October 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Officials for Saturday's home Championship match between Yeovil Town and Brighton and Hove Albion have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 19th October 2013 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire).

We last had Mr Sutton for the 2012-13 season match against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. We won by a single Paddy Madden goal and were on a strong run at the time, and so may not have really been focussing upon the officials that day too much. He booked two of our players, whilst the Western Gazette observed that he "certainly frustrated the home faithful with an inconsistent display. He will not be remembered for his excellence but is far from the worst out there".

In the 2009-10 season he took charge of the away match against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. In a game played on a poor pitch, and in snowy conditions, it wasn't a match for the purist, and was settled by Sam Williams taking advantage of a goalkeeping error. We had no complaints about his performance on the night.

There then followed a very large gap, largely due to Mr Sutton getting taken off the Football League's referees lists for two seasons, meaning that you have to wind back to October 2006 and for the away match against Chesterfield at Saltergate. Marcus Stewart got us a late equaliser late on, and we all went home relatively happy with the point, and it appears the referee didn't do too badly either.

Prior to that, there was the December 2005 trip to Millmoor and a 2-1 win over Rotherham United. Striker Matt Harrold got the winner that day, with the other Glovers goal kindly coming from a Millers defender. Once again, we had nothing bad to say about Mr Sutton's performance on the day.

Mr Sutton will be assisted by Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Andrew Turner (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Justin Amey (Dorset).

Link: February 2013 : Coventry City 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2010 : Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2006 : Chesterfield 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2005 : Rotherham United 1 Yeovil Town 2.


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18 October 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Season So Far: A Lack Of Luck And Goals
We're now around a quarter of the way through the 2013-14 season, and the international break has given us a bit of time for reflection again. Just before we restart Championship football again, guest blogger Kurt West has returned with a Taff's Gloversblog to consider the season so far, including the good and the bad. Read via the link below, and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Season So Far: A Lack Of Luck And Goals.


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18 October 2013 : Hennessey Extension Looking Necessary
Yeovil Town's on-loan goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey looks likely to be needed for a further month, as the Glovers continue to wait for the green light on main first choice keeper Marek Stech. The Czech Republic keeper broke his hand during the August Championship fixture against Birmingham City, ruling him out for around three months as a result.

The original prognosis was for Stech to return around mid-November, and the latest picture is that will continue to hold, meaning that Hennessey's current loan deal - set to expire on October 26th after the Nottingham Forest game - will need to be extended. Glovers boss Gary Johnson explained his thinking:

"Marek will probably need that extra month anyway. So we'll keep our eyes on Wolves and how they're feeling. Obviously Wayne seems to be enjoying it, and we've helped him get his Wales place back, because that's what they'd said - he needs to be playing games. So that's a good thing. I think he's got a couple of games left, and we'll assess it then. But I suspect that Marek won't be back quite before Wayne Hennessey's (second month) loan finishes. So what I mean is that we're probably going to need to keep Wayne again (for a further month) before Marek comes back."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has been singing the praises of his keepers this week, suggesting that he is comfortable with the two other keepers that he has at Molyneux at present. Current No.1 Carl Ikeme has kept four consecutive clean sheets whilst Hennessey has been away, and Jackett is more than happy with that situation:

"Our goalkeeping department is a good one with Wayne playing well at Yeovil. And (third choice keeper) Aaron McCarey as well is a good goalkeeper. Don’t rule him out. It is a good position for us at present with the form of Carl (Ikeme) which has been outstanding for us this season. Between the three of them we feel we are well covered and there’s good competition between them. You always do need competition. It is a very good area for us - one we are strong in and one we’re pleased with all three so far this season."


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18 October 2013 : Jones Looking Forward To Huish Park Return
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones has given a warm assessment of his time at Huish Park, as he prepares for his return to the club where he spent seven years. The 40 year old is Brighton and Hove Albion's Assistant Head Coach, working under Head Coach Oscar García after a year as Charlton Athletic's Under-21 Professional Development Coach.

This is the first time that Jones has come back to Somerset since bowing out a few months after Gary Johnson's return to the club, and Nathan himself has chosen to return to the Sussex town that he regards as his home, having spent five years as a player. Jones told the Brighton Argus that he had fond memories of his stay in Somerset:

"Going back to Yeovil is fantastic really. I love the place, I love the people there. We always felt we were doing well in League One. Now, to be competing in the Championship, they have done outstandingly well and it will be a very difficult game. You know what you are going to get when you go to Yeovil. You very rarely catch them on a bad day and it’s a difficult place to go."

Whilst we'd expect Nathan to know a thing or two about Gary Johnson and Terry Skiverton's footballing ethos, he reveals that he's been keeping in touch with how the Glovers have been doing this season, via a series of unusual coincidences. A quirk of the fixture list has meant that he has been watching rather a lot of Yeovil's games on DVD and is even in touch with some of the questionable refereeing decisions the club has had:

"I have watched every single game of Yeovil’s, because funnily enough we’ve always had opponents they’ve had first and we’ve played next. They’ve missed the odd chance and been unfortunate with penalty decisions. We always complained at Yeovil that we never got decisions, especially against big clubs. We always felt we would never get the rub of the green and they will feel like that."

Nathan's assessment is that with the exception of Yeovil's last match at the Riverside Stadium, against Middlesbrough, that he has seen a series of tight matches. He is therefore expecting the Seagulls to experience more of the same when they arrive on Saturday:

"They have been in every game. It was really only the Middlesbrough game where they were under par. In every other game they have been in it and they are competing. The one thing they will do is test you for 90 minutes. They have got good, honest pros, a great environment there. It’s going to be such a tough game."


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17 October 2013 : Johnson Talks About Fyvie Loan Deal
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that new loan signing Fraser Fyvie comes highly recommended from the manager who brought him in to play in the Premier League. Former Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez is now at Goodison Park managing Everton, but has a strong connection with the Glovers in that he also worked with first team coach Darren Way whilst the pair were at Swansea City.

Martinez brought 20 year old Fyvie south of the border from Aberdeen in the summer of 2012 for a fee of £500,000, but the Scottish Under-21 international has failed to break through into the Latics first team. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson said that circumstances had meant that Fyvie had been involved in a difficult season for his parent club, but that he was happy to bring him in to add to his squad's central midfield options:

"We need more competition in that area anyway. He's a busy competitive midfield player. He's played at international level and was bought for a lot of money by Wigan. (Former Wigan manager Roberto) Martinez said that he would give him a year to cope with what was the Premier League, and have a look first. But unfortunately then Wigan went down without him playing too many games, and then Martinez moved on. So we might have caught him at the right time to give him games."

The Glovers come up against Wigan on Sunday 10th November, and Wigan have already stated that they do not want him to play against them. Johnson admits that comes as no surprise:

"I'm sure they're not going to let him play against Wigan, but we're pleased to have him in. (It's all about) the more that we can improve our squad - we've got to keep on doing that, as and when we can. He is a nice lad. I've spoken to him and he seems very keen to get going. He loves his football, and Roberto (Martinez) swears by him. We obviously spoke to him and he likes him very much. So he comes with high recommendation."

The current agreement between the two clubs runs until January 1st 2014. Whilst Gary was reluctant to say too much about a player that has yet to play in a green'n'white shirt, he said that he certainly was doing the deal with a longer frame in mind if all went well:

"We'll think about extending it if it goes well. You don't really speak about that just yet to both clubs. But generally if Wigan are still going well, and we think Fraser is doing well for us, then I'm sure it could go on until the end of the season. But we'll wait and see."


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17 October 2013 : Fyvie Deal Confirmed
Further to our earlier news, Yeovil Town have now confirmed a loan deal for Wigan Athletic midfielder Fraser Fyvie. The 20 year old has signed on loan until January 1st 2014, and will wear the No.11 shirt during his time at the club - previously worn by Michael Ngoo who has returned to Liverpool.

Fraser will not be allowed to play against his parent club when the two sides meet at Huish Park on Sunday 10th November.

For further details on Fraser's playing profile, see the news item below.

Link: Glovers Linked With Latics Midfielder Loan Move (Fraser Fyvie Profile).


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17 October 2013 : Glovers Linked With Latics Midfielder Loan Move
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Wigan Athletic midfielder Fraser Fyvie. He is a 20 year old central midfielder who has played most of his professional career for Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen.

The link between the Glovers and Fyvie is being made by a Sky Sports journalist who has successfully predicted many of the club's signings this season. He reports that the player is due to sign on loan until January.

Fyvie was born in Aberdeen on March 27th 1993, and was a product of his home town club's youth system - making his first team debut at the age of 16 - a club record. He also holds the record for being the youngest goalscorer at Scottish Premier League level, having netted against Hearts in January 2010, and that early start to his career led to Aberdeen giving him a three year contract. Despite missing most of the 2010-11 season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, he went on to make 66 appearances, scoring three goals, largely across the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons.

He then completed a £500,000 move to Wigan Athletic where he has made nine appearances for the club, albeit with only one of those coming in the league. He has played for Scotland at Under-15, Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. When signing for Wigan, his then manager Roberto Martinez said of him:

"Technically he's very gifted, enjoys playing in the midfield where he can cover large areas, he's very powerful off the ball and in possession is someone who can read the tempo of the game very well."

The player himself, who has been on international duty this week with Scotland Under-21s, has made it public that he's not happy with life at Wigan, with Martinez having moved to Everton and new boss Owen Coyle not selecting him. Thus Fyvie considers a loan move his best option:

""It's not great. The manager's just not given me any chance at all. Of course it's demoralising. You go down there and a manager (Martinez) buys you and tries to mould you into the player that he wants you to be and then of course he went to Everton. The new manager (Owen Coyle) has come in and he's got his own players, so there's not much I can do apart from prove a point to him that I want to get in the Wigan side."

At present there's no confirmation of Fyvie's arrival - however given the Glovers tend to unveil their loan signings on Thursdays or Fridays before a weekend game, it would seem likely that we may hear something about this later today.


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16 October 2013 : Saturday's Opponents Snap Up Former Bristol City Striker
Saturday's opponents Brighton and Hove Albion have signed up a new striker on loan ahead of their visit to Huish Park. The Seagulls have brought in former Bristol City, Reading and Middlesbrough player Leroy Lita until January 1st 2014, to cover the loss of a number of key players. They lost Leo Ulloa with a broken foot earlier this month, whilst Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (knee ligament) all on the treatment table, leaving Ashley Barnes as the only senior striker left on their books.

Lita will help fill that gap, even though he has yet to play a first team match during the 2013-14 season. His last game for his parent club Swansea City came back in April 2012, and he spent the 2012-13 campaign on loan with Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday. He is a 28 year old Zaire-born player who progressed through Chelsea's youth team ranks before signing professionally with Bristol City as an 18 year old. He missed Gary Johnson's time at Ashton Gate, having left for Reading in the summer of 2005 for a fee of £1 million, having netted 38 times in exactly 100 appearances. Since then he's largely operated at Championship level during his career - overall he's scored 108 goals from 343 appearances during his 11 years as a professional.

He will be registered in time for Saturday's visit to Huish Park, subject to international clearance which should be a formality given Swansea's status in the Premier League.


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15 October 2013 : Glovers International Round-Up
Two of Yeovil Town's loan players were in international action today for Wales and the Republic of Ireland. As with Friday's match, Everton loanee Shane Duffy captained the Republic of Ireland Under-21s side in a UEFA Under-21 Group Qualifying match, playing a full 90 minutes in a match played against Romania in Sligo.

Sadly for him, the game didn't go to plan - Ireland lost 0-1 at home to put a significant dent in their hopes of qualification, as a long range strike from Martin Madalin proved to be the difference between the two sides. Next month will see another international double-header for Duffy and Ireland, with the Faroe Islands and Montenegro their opponents, and they will need to target wins in both to make up the deficit - the Faroe Islands are currently bottom of the group, whilst Montenegro are one of their most likely rivals for qualification.

Republic of Ireland Under-21s: Aaron McCarey, Anthony O’Connor, Sean McGinty, Derrick Williams, Shane Duffy (C), Samir Carruthers, Connor Smith (Callum Reilly 79), Aiden O’Brien (Graham Burke 68), Sean Murray, Anthony Forde, Frankie Sutherland (William Hayhurst 70).

Goalkeeper Wanyne Hennessey had a tremendous night at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, as Wales grabbed a 1-1 draw against Belgium in their Group A World Cup Qualifying match. Whilst the Welsh had no hope of qualifying themselves, they were up against a Belgian side who had dropped only two points in their group matches up until that point, having won eight out of nine matches. Kevin De Bruyne finally got past Hennessey in the 64th minute, only for Aaron Ramsey to equalise for the visitors two minutes from time. The end match statistics showed Belgium had peppered Hennessey's goal with 29 shots across the 90 minutes, but could only get past him once.

The Wales Online website gave player ratings from the match and scored Hennessey with 9/10 saying "At his reliable and commanding best in opening period, making sure he made himself big when Wales needed him but was not left with any chance with the one that got past him".

Wales: 1. Hennessey 2. Richards 3. Taylor 7. King 5. Gunter 6. Collins (Wilson 57) 11. Robson-Kanu (Wilson 87) 4. Vaughan 9. Church (Vokes 70) 10. Ramsey 8. Bellamy

Wayne Hennessey and the name of Yeovil Town comes up against players from Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Hannover 96, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Spurs
Wayne Hennessey and the name of Yeovil Town comes up against players from Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Hannover 96, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Spurs
Photo © 2013 Seb White/Ciderspace.



Meanwhile Andros Townsend played 86 minutes in England's 2-0 win over Poland at Wembley Stadium - his second cap across the international weekend. Andros could have opened the scoring for the Three Lions in the first half when he crashed a shot off the crossbar, and put in another impressive performance as part of England's qualification for the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Having performed so well in his two appearances so far, he stands a good chance of establishing himself as a regular for his country.

Townsend is not the only former Glovers player who could be going to Brazil next summer. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic played a full 90 minutes as Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Lithuania by a single goal to create history for his country. Since having achieved independence from the former Yugoslavia republic, this is the first time that they have qualified for a World Cup final, finishing top of Group G on goal difference from Greece, and dropping points in only two games.


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15 October 2013 : Wincanton 0 Yeovil 8 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town ran out as comfortable winners in a friendly match tonight, arranged to formally switch on Wincanton Town's floodlights. The Glovers managed eight goals from eight different goalscorers in an all-round team performance as the Glovers made good use of their squad across the two halves.

The Main Stand at Moor Lane is packed out with supporters amongst the 420 crowd
The Main Stand at Moor Lane is packed out with supporters amongst the 420 crowd
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Defender Liam Fontaine was returning from a hamstring injury, and he headed home from a corner in the opening minute, and that was quickly followed up by an unnamed Trialist converting a Paddy Madden cross. Then Andy Williams got in on the act as he deceived the Wincanton keeper for Yeovil's third. Paddy Madden got the fourth via a Kevin Dawson square pass, then Dawson himself got in on the act for a 5-0 half time lead as his lengthy run from the halfway line got himself a goal.

In the second half, mass substitutions allowed three of those to find the back of the net. Sam Hoskins fired home from distance for Yeovil's sixth, and that was followed up by Joel Grant's weaving run that saw him get on the scoresheet. The game was finished off by Kieffer Moore scoring the eighth and final goal of the night at Moor Lane, allowing all of Yeovil's quartet of strikers to find the back of the net.

Final Score: Wincanton Town 0 Yeovil Town 8.

Scorers: Liam Fontaine (0-1), A Trialist (0-2), Andy Williams (0-3), Paddy Madden (0-4), Kevin Dawson (0-5), Sam Hoskins (0-6), Joel Grant (0-7), Kieffer Moore (0-8).

Yeovil Town XI: Chris Dunn, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Joe Jones, Dan Seaborne, Liam Fontaine, Jamie McAllister, Kevin Dawson, Sam Foley, A Trialist, Andy Williams, Paddy Madden.

Substitutes: (TBA but including) Sam Hoskins, Joel Grant, Kieffer Moore.

Attendance: 420 paying spectators.

Action from the game at Moor Lane as Wincanton defend their goal
Action from the game at Moor Lane as Wincanton defend their goal
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15 October 2013 : Team News For Wincanton Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting eleven for tonight's friendly against Wincanton Town. The line-up features an unnamed trialist who appears to be a midfield player given the composition of the rest of the line-up. That team features the return of Bristol City loanee Liam Fontaine who has been out with a hamstring problem, but moved back into the fold during the international break.

Strike pair Paddy Madden and Andy Williams are lined up again, having also featured in last week's County Cup competition. Picking through the exact line-up of the defenders and midfielders is harder until we know where the trialist is playing, given that there are five players who would normally feature as defenders on the pitch. The eleven reads as follows:

Yeovil Town XI (starting): Chris Dunn, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Joe Jones, Dan Seaborne, Liam Fontaine, Jamie McAllister, Kevin Dawson, Sam Foley, A Trialist, Andy Williams, Paddy Madden.

We'd expect some changes to be made later in the game given that this fixture allows for unlimited substitutions.


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15 October 2013 : Johnson: Wincanton Friendly Will Help Strengthen Community Links
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that arranging friendlies against teams such as Wincanton Town and Dorchester Town represents an opportunity for the club to get involved in the community. With the club now in the Championship division, and eleven seasons into their Football League era, tonight and next Tuesday will give the club a reminder of its non-league roots - with last Monday's Somerset Premier Cup game against Radstock Town providing competitive opposition in that area.

The Glovers take a full first team squad to tonight's game at Moor Lane and whilst that will give Wincanton Town a prestige friendly, Gary explained to BBC Somerset that there was plenty of benefit to the Glovers as well and that with it coming during the current international break that was perfect timing:

"We enjoy getting involved with the local teams. Obviously it's been a great couple of years of success at Wincanton. It's important for a couple of reasons really. One reason is that we don't play in a Reserve league. We have a small squad of around 24 professionals, all of whom need to be kept up to scratch and match fit. The only way we can do that is by playing matches. Secondly, even though some of the boys played just before the international break, it would have been two weeks before we'd had another game. So we have to make sure that we put these match situations in place."

So far this season, the Glovers have put out midweek Reserve sides in informal friendlies against other Football League sides such as AFC Bournemouth, Torquay United and Exeter City. However, Gary said that once you dropped down to the non-league sides then you were sometimes coming up against more local players or supporters who followed the Glovers as well as their own local club:

"I think we play Dorchester next week, so it's good to play the local teams, as well as the likes of Bournemouth, Exeter, Torquay, and this was perfect. Wincanton are friends of ours and we know there's a lot of Yeovil supporters down there, and it was our chance to give something back really."

All of that is a far cry from the days in which Yeovil Town and Weymouth battled it out at Conference level, with Dorchester usually just one division below the Glovers. Gary recognised that to be true of next Tuesday's opponents, but said that was another reason to make sure that his whole first team squad were at such fixtures:

"Obviously many years ago we were local rivals to clubs like Weymouth and Dorchester. But now it's just a matter of keeping in touch with the community, keeping in touch with your fans, and if that involves a football match then we're all very happy. So all of the boys will be there tonight - the whole first team squad. So we haven't got the first team squad sat at home watching the England game - they'll all be involved."

For those travelling to Moor Lane tonight, Wincanton advise that they will have the England vs Poland match on in their clubhouse, so with a slightly different kick-off time tonight, supporters should be able to catch a fair chunk of what's going on at Wembley Stadium, and the crucial end to that game, inside the Wincanton bar. Tonight's friendly kicks off at 7.30p.m. For admission prices, see our earlier article.


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15 October 2013 : Glovers Take 'Full Strength' Squad For Wincanton Friendly
Yeovil Town have indicated that they plan to send a "full-strength first team squad" to Wincanton Town for tonight's mid-season friendly. The Glovers travel to Moor Lane for a 7.30p.m. kick-off. This match has been arranged to formally 'turn on' Wincanton's floodlights, with them having been promoted from the Dorset Premier Football League over the summer, meaning that they have had to make ground improvements to comply with new Western Football League Division One ground regulations.

Admission prices for tonight's fixture are as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Juniors: £3.00.

There will also be a matchday programme produced, priced £2.00. Their ground can be found at the following location:

Address: Wincanton Sports Ground, Moor Lane, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 9EJ.


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14 October 2013 : Mixed Views From Town Traders On Matchdays
The town of Yeovil are reporting mixed trade on matchdays since the football club achieved its dream promotion to the Championship this summer. With average attendances at Huish Park having risen to currently 7,731 on the back of several high profile fixtures early on in the 2013-14 season, compared with just 4,240 on the previous campaign, a large number of additional people are coming to the ground. However, the jury seems out over whether they are getting as far as the town centre on their way to watch the football.

Earlier this month, BBC Somerset ran a lengthy feature that included an interview with Glovers Commercial Manager Dave Linney as its centre-piece. But they wanted to also see what was happening away from the football ground and in the town centre.

One key area they asked was the Yeovil Chamber of Trade and Commerce who are a membership organisation representing the local business community. Their spokesman Jason Livingstone believes he hasn't seen any great stories of trade being boosted during home games. However, he admits he is aware of transport issues that make it difficult for football fans to move their way around the town area:

"Certainly it hasn't lit the blue touchpaper. I'm not getting any great stories of increased trade from the town in pounds, shillings and pence. There was an expectation that those people coming through, certainly on the train, would stop off in the town. I believe there are some transport issues to be resolved, to try to capitalise upon the increased numbers. But a lot of people will come in and go to the football match, and they've got everything they need there, and then they will leave, and they won't actually be coming down into the town and doing their shopping. I'm certainly not within the Chamber of Commerce being told that there is definitely a spike in trade in Yeovil town (centre) on the days when Yeovil (YTFC) are playing at home. There definitely is an increase in numbers, as we all know that from the gates, and what we've got to do is to work a little bit more proactively and get them to come into Yeovil, either earlier or later obviously."

Mr Livingstone believes that the key to boosting trade within the shopping area is to make it easier for football fans to reach the town centre from both the railway stations and the football ground:

"Yeovil is blessed in that we have the Yeovil town (centre) team and all the different stakeholders are all together around the table, and we're working together. There has been a conversation about Yeovil Town's (football) position now in the league, and the opportunities presented by the bigger football following going there. Basically (we need) this transport link going back from the club into the town to give people the opportunity to go and eat there or perhaps to go and do a bit of shopping. But more people equals more turnover, so we've got to get them into the town."

The view of the Chamber of Commerce is not universally backed throughout the people that the BBC spoke to at the time, with many saying they did notice when there was a home game on. Inevitably one of the key winners was The Arrow on the Abbey Manor Estate, which stands as the closest public house to the ground. They spoke to Paul Cooper who gave his own perspective:

"It gets really busy, so that's very good. We were busy before, but there's definitely more people coming in - a lot more people. We knew that we were going to be busy. We're the closest pub to the ground, and we were busy last season, so that's obviously very positive. We have up to eight staff behind the bar. We have to have door security, and we obviously limit people coming in and out because of health and safety and fire regulations. I think it's for the longhaul. What we've gathered from away fans is that they've all been really happy to come here. The compliments that have been paid have been absolutely fantastic. That word is going to get around, and that is going to keep us busy, I think."

The BBC then moved into the town centre itself, where the general viewpoint was that trade was slightly up on matchdays. Kelly, who works in the Winking Frog, which is a coffee shop in Princes Street felt that football trade was positive:

"Absolutely, yes - we've been much busier. I would say that we are up by at least 30 percent. We weren't expecting that at all. So we're very pleased with the result."

Michelle, who works at No.5 Catering, in Waterloo Lane admits she was pleasantly surprised that they were getting football fans visiting them, and hoped that sort of regular trade would help boost the town centre on a more permanent basis:

"During the football games, we generally do take more trade. It brings a lot more people to the town centre, actually. We weren't sure (if we'd get more trade) as obviously the football ground is not in the town centre. So we thought they'd all be up at that end, but to be honest they have come into the town as well. I hope it's a long term thing, as it will bring so much more to the town centre of Yeovil. It would be brilliant to get all these empty shops opened. It really does bring new people into town, and obviously if they like it, then they're going to come back, which is brilliant for us, and definitely helps us out in these hard times that we've been having."

Probably the most neutral of them all in terms of the people running the bars and cafes was Carol White from the Westminster - once one of the closest public houses to the old Huish ground. She said that she'd welcome away supporters but was wanting more to visit:

"Not a huge amount, but we do get a fair few away supporters in, and they're all very nice. I was hoping we would see a few more, but as time goes on perhaps we will."

With the general message being that the town centre traders would like to see more fans visiting the town centre, and many home and away supporters highlighting the transport problems between the railway stations and the football ground, it seems as though there is a great deal of common ground between the club and those running businesses in the town. However, until those organising and running the local town bus services meet the demands of those people on matchdays, it is inevitable that many fans will choose whatever method of transport they can leap on board of, regardless of how many shops that takes them past along the way.


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13 October 2013 : Interview With Dave Linney
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney spoke to BBC Somerset about the effect of large crowds on both Huish Park and the town centre. In a two-part report, the BBC considered the effect the football club was having on trade in the town, and the benefits, or otherwise, that the football business was bringing to other outlets in the area. Dave's interview with BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton can be read via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney talks to the BBC about large crowds at Huish Park.


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12 October 2013 : Seagulls Sell Out Terrace Allocation
Yeovil Town's next Championship opponents have become the latest club to sell out their terrace allocation for their visit to Huish Park. Brighton and Hove Albion have shifted all 1,500 of their Copse Road End standing tickets a week before they travel to Somerset on Saturday 19th October, guaranteeing another big away following.

The Seagulls have been given a total of 547 seated tickets for the Screwfix East Stand, but these are on sale only to families, seniors and ambulant disabled supporters, meaning that they are on restricted sale. They still have a number of tickets still on sale for that section, but will no doubt start to run out of those during the coming week.

Brighton's sell-out may come as a slight surprise given that their fans are very familiar with Huish Park, having visited five times between 2006 and 2010 during their time in League One. However since their move to their new stadium at Falmer and their promotion to the Championship, their attendances have mushroomed, with an average of 26,475 turning up to their home matches, compared to the 7,000ish that used to visit the Withdean Stadium.


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11 October 2013 : Townsend Scores On England Debut
Former Yeovil Town loanee Andros Townsend got his full England international career off to a flyer tonight, as he scored on his debut. The 22 year old, who had been given a start in Roy Hodgson's side against Montenegro, netted his country's third and crucial goal at Wembley Stadium, as he fired home from 20 yards out with an excellent right-footed shot.

Townsend was also given the Man of the Match by his ITV namesake Andy Townsend as he put in a strong performance in a match that also saw Daniel Sturridge score twice and Wayne Rooney net the opener, with all five goals scored in the second period. But it could have been a nervy end to the match when Dejan Damjanovic pulled the game back to 2-1 with 19 minutes to go - Townsend's piledriver seven minutes later ended any hopes that Montenegro had of pulling off a shock.

The Leytonstone-born player's promising debut has distinct parallels with that of his former Spurs team-mate Steven Caulker. Both played their first professional first team football matches for Yeovil Town, whilst both scored on their debuts for the England senior team. With England playing against Poland on Tuesday, hopefully Townsend won't have to wait too long for his second taste of international football.

Final Score: England 4 Montenegro 1.

Scorers: Wayne Rooney (48 mins, 1-0), Branko Boskovic (62 mins, 2-0, own goal), Dejan Damjanovic (71 mins 2-1) Andros Townsend (78 mins, 3-1), Daniel Sturridge (90 mins, 4-1, pen)

England: 1. Hart 2. Walker 3. Baines 4. Gerrard 5. Cahill 6. Jagielka 7. Townsend 8. Lampard 9. Sturridge 10. Rooney 11. Welbeck


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11 October 2013 : Duffy Captains Ireland In Romania
Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy played a full 90 minutes in Romania this afternoon, as part of his Republic of Ireland Under-21 international duties. The Everton defender was playing in a European Under-21 Qualifying Group 6 game at the Stadionul Ceahlaul in Piatra Neamt that finished in a 0-0 draw. Duffy captained the side in a game of few chances from either team.

The result leaves Ireland on four points after three games, and third in their group table. They now travel back to Ireland where they will again play Romania Under-21s in a game that takes place next Tuesday at The Showgrounds in Sligo.

Republic of Ireland Under-21s: 1. McCarey 2. O'Connor 3. McGinty 4. Williams 5. Duffy (Capt) 6. Doherty 7. Smith 8. Reilly 9. O'Brien 10. Murray 11. Forde.

Substitutes: 16. McDermott 12. Sutherland (77 mins for Smith) 13. Dunne 15. Shaughnessy 17. McHugh 18. Hayhurst 14. Burke.


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11 October 2013 : Hennessey Back As Welsh Number One
Yeovil Town loanee Wayne Hennessey has been named in the starting line-up for their 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Macedonia tonight. The Wolverhampton Wanderers player regains his place in the side, having been sat on the bench during the last couple of Welsh internationals. He displaces Boaz Myhill who had played in their previous two internationals.

Hennessey gains his 39th Wales cap, just under two years after his last one, having been out with a series of knee injuries during that time. He plays in the following team, which also features former loanees Simon Church and Owain Tudur Jones:

Wales: 1. Wayne Hennessey 2. Neil Taylor 3. Declan John 4. David vaughan 5. Chris Gunter 6. James Collins 7. Andy King 8. Craig Bellamy 9. Simon Church 10. Aaron Ramsey 11. Hal Robson-Kanu.

Substitutes: 12. Boaz Myhill 13. Lloyd Isgrove 14. James Wilson 15. Ashley Richards 16. Daniel Alfel 17. Harry Wilson 18. Owain Tudur Jones 19. David Cotterill 20. Jermaine Easter 21. Owaine Fon Williams 22. Rhoys Wiggins.

There is also a fourth slightly more subtle Yeovil connection in the above substitutes list. Southampton winger Lloyd Isgrove is a 20 year old graduate of their Academy system who was born in Yeovil and has been working his way through the Saints ranks.


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11 October 2013 : Ex-Glovers Loanee Makes England Debut
Former Yeovil Town loan winger Andros Townsend has been handed his first ever full England cap as part of tonight's 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley Stadium. The 22 year old gets his debut, having risen through the England Under-16s, Under-17s, Under-19s and Under-21s over the years.

Townsend had previously been given a call-up during the August 2013 pair of matches against Moldova and Ukraine, but did not get onto the pitch. However, it gave a strong indication that he was part of manager Roy Hodgson's plans, and will now get a chance to put that into practice.

Andros made his Football League debut as a professional with Yeovil Town back in the 2008-09 season, scoring one goal in ten appearances, and has since moved through a series of higher profile loan moves, gradually breaking into the Tottenham Hotspur first team during the 2012-13 season. He becomes the second former Yeovil Town loanee to gain a full England cap, with Townsend's former Spurs team-mate Steven Caulker, having played and scored against Sweden in November 2012.

England: (starting line-up vs Montenegro): 1 Hart 2 Walker 3 Baines 4 Gerrard 5 Cahill 6 Jagielka 7 Townsend 8 Lampard 9 Sturridge 10 Rooney 11 Welbeck.


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11 October 2013 : Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's away Championship fixture against Doncaster Rovers are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Friday 22nd November 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Note that this is a rearrangement from the originally published fixture list as the game is being broadcast live on the Sky Sports television network.

Ticket prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Over-60s: £17.00; Aged 17-21: £13.00; Aged 12-16: £8.00; Under-11s: £5.00.

Disabled supporters are admitted as per the above rates, depending on your age. You can admit an assistant free of charge, if required. For any special advance arrangements for disabled supporters, email Doncaster at ticketoffice@doncasterroversfc.co.uk or call them on 01302 762576.

Away supporters are usually allocated the North Stand, which is a covered seated stand situated behind one of the goals. Up to 3,344 supporters can be accommodated here. Doncaster also allow room for away fans in the East Stand, but only tend to use this for either very small or very large away followings.

There are no matchday surcharges in place for this fixture, although note that you will need to purchase from a Keepmoat Stadium ticketing outlet as there is no cash payments accepted on the turnstiles.

We'll confirm the GWSC Travel plans for this fixture very shortly.

Link: Ticketing Information For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.


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10 October 2013 : Middlesbrough vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town suffered their heaviest defeat of the 2013-14 season so far, as they went down by a 4-1 scoreline at the hands of Middlesbrough. The only bright spot of the day came in the 4th minute, as Liam Davis capitalised upon questionable Boro defending, to open the scoring and put Yeovil 1-0 up. Thereafter things went rapidly downhill.

Man of the Match voting saw you more impressed with the attack-minded players than the defensive ones - no surprise given the four goals conceded at the other end. Winger Joel Grant got a few votes from those at the Riverside Stadium, whilst substitute Sam Hoskins got the thumbs up after coming on as an early replacement for Andy Williams. However, the winner, largely by virtue of his 2nd and 3rd place votes, was Liam Davis, with no doubt his goal an influence upon that. Full marks with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are shown below.

1. Liam Davis 74 (5)
2. Sam Hoskins 56 (5)
3. Joel Grant 32 (1)
4. Ed Upson 20 (2)
5. Shane Duffy 20 (2)
6. Byron Webster 18 (0)
7. Wayne Hennessey 16 (1)
8. Kieffer Moore 8 (0)
8. Joe Ralls 8 (0)
10. Joe Edwards 2 (0)
10. Paddy Madden 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.38
Performance : 3.75
Entertainment : 5
VOTES RECEIVED : 16


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10 October 2013 : Somerset Premier Cup Second Round Date And Admission Prices
Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup tie against Weston-super-Mare now has a firm date set against it. The reward for beating Radstock Town 8-0 earlier this week is a home game against the Conference South team that will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday 5th November 2013 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Admission prices for the tie are as follows:

Adults: £6.00; Concessions: £2.00.

Concessions will apply to all Seniors, Juniors and Young Persons age bands - i.e. those aged Over-65 or Under-21.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Full Second Round Draw.


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10 October 2013 : Hornets Game Chosen By Sky
Yeovil Town's home Championship league match against Watford has been chosen for live transmission on the Sky Sports television channel. The match will take place on New Year's Day at Huish Park. However, the match will now kick-off at the later time of 5.30p.m. perhaps giving us all a bit of extra time to work off that New Year's Eve hangover.

This is the second scheduled televised fixture of the 2013-14 season, with the club's Friday night trip to Doncaster Rovers on November 22nd 2013, also set to be shown via the Sky cameras at the Keepmoat Stadium.


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10 October 2013 : Glovers Set Up Magpies Friendly
Yeovil Town have arranged a midweek friendly match with Conference South side Dorchester Town for later this month. The match will take place at the Avenue Stadium on Tuesday 22nd October, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission prices will be:

Adults: £8.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-16s: £2.00

Dorchester Town's website indicates that concessions apply to "Armed Forces Personnel, N.H.S Employees, Emergency Services, Disabled (carers free) and Students on production of valid ID card."

The game has been set up to help support the Magpies during a time in which they are experiencing a number of financial issues, resulting in cutbacks in their playing budget, and a number of players including Ben Watson, Arran Pugh and Lewis Morgan leaving the club for rival teams.

With the Glovers having had past ties with the Dorset side - they hosted Conference National matches for Yeovil Town during the early part of the 2002-03 title winning season whilst the club's pitch was being relaid - the club have stepped in to hopefully provide the Magpies with a good attendance that night, and much needed cashflow. We'd therefore ask as many Glovers fans as possible to support this fixture by sticking it in your diary now.

The game will also allow striker Kieffer Moore the chance to make an early return to his former club - having been transferred over the summer for an undisclosed fee.


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9 October 2013 : Trio Of Glovers Arrests In Latest Home Office Figures
Yeovil Town have recorded a good crowd behaviour record for the 2012-13 season, despite showing a small number of spectator arrests during the last campaign. In Home Office statistics published to cover the season just gone, the club saw three supporters arrested throughout the campaign.

Despite that breaking the duck of the previous season, that still puts the Glovers as one of the best in last season's League One list. Colchester United and Milton Keynes Dons (one each), Crawley Town, Leyton Orient, Notts County and Stevenage (two each) were the other better behaved clubs in third tier football. The worst-behaved were surprisingly Walsall, who had 42 fans arrested, with Scunthorpe United close behind on 38 arrests.

All three of Yeovil Town's arrests came at away fixtures, with one arrest each for Public Disorder, a Pitch Incursion and an Alcohol Offence. There were no recorded incidents involving home supporters at Huish Park. The Home Office figures include - for the first time - arrests recorded by British Transport Police, where they specifically relate to travel to or from a football match, and so would include travel on public transport.

Overall at national level, arrests associated with football matches were up slightly, with an increase from 2,363 to 2,456 - there is also an additional 316 British Transport Police arrests that cannot be compared with 2011-12 figures. Of most concern is that arrests for Violent Disorder - the most serious of the listed categories - is up from 273 to 554 across the season (with an additional 31 British Transport Police cases to add in). Of the 554 cases, 419 of them were for offences outside stadiums. In perspective though, over 39 million spectators went through turnstiles across the season, showing that the above statistics remain a tiny minority.

The Home Office also publish the number of Football Banning Orders under each club. Yeovil Town have one supporter banned from attending matches, for an incident relating to a previous season. In matches between November 10th 2012 and September 20th 2013 there were zero banning orders issued against Glovers fans. A total of 471 were issued nationwide during that period, with a grand total of 2,452 in force at present. Comparing with other Championship and League One clubs, all teams have at least one supporter subject to such an order - you have to drop into League Two before you find AFC Wimbledon and Burton Albion as having a clean slate.

Link: 16 November 2012 : Yeovil Town Fans Get Clean Record On Hooligan Stats.

Link: 23 December 2011: Hooligan Statistics Show Glovers Fans In Good Light.

Link: 29 November 2010: Latest Home Office Figures See Glovers Fans Top Of The Table.

Link: 13 October 2010: Glovers Chief Praises Fans Behaviour.

Link: 22 December 2009 : Yeovil Town : The Best Behaved Supporters In The Football League.

Link: 26 November 2008 : Home Office Report Gives Thumbs Up To Glovers Fans.

Link: 12 August 2008 : Police Reveal Football Arrest Figures.


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9 October 2013 : Michael Ngoo Loan Spell Cut Short
Yeovil Town loan striker Michael Ngoo has left Huish Park and returned to Anfield. His parent club Liverpool have confirmed that he has had his full season loan agreement cancelled by mutual consent after dropping down the pecking order with the Glovers. Liverpool indicate that he is now back training with Alex Inglethorpe's Under-21 squad.

Originally Ngoo was due to stay at the club for the full 2013-14 season but his stay has been cut short by seven months. Liverpool indicate "his loan spell with Championship side Yeovil Town was ended by mutual agreement" suggesting that the Glovers will have had to pay up part of the outstanding agreement but that the Premier League club will have looked at the bigger picture for a player who wasn't even getting in the Glovers first team squad.

Overall, Ngoo made seven appearances for the club. However, only two of those were starts, with only 11 minutes worth of football for the Glovers since the end of August. He departs having failed to score a goal during his stay in South Somerset.


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9 October 2013 : Leeds United Away Tickets Now On Sale
Further to yesterday's article concerning admission prices for the forthcoming Championship fixture against Leeds United, tickets are now on sale. They can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office from today.

Yeovil Town have been given an initial batch of 1,000 tickets, with Leeds able to offer up to 3,000 tickets if demand requires. You can purchase on the day, but will need to visit the ticket booth close to the away turnstiles before entering the ground. For full pricing, see yesterday's article.

Link: Ticketing Information For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town.


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9 October 2013 : Admission Prices For Wincanton Town vs Yeovil Town
During the current international break, Yeovil Town have arranged a friendly match against Western League side Wincanton Town. Arrangements for that match were set a few weeks ago, with the game taking place at Moor Lane on Tuesday 15th October, kick-off 7.30p.m. They have now set admission prices for this fixture as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Juniors: £3.00.

There will also be a matchday programme produced, priced £2.00.

Our understanding is that Yeovil Town's players will be given another 'long weekend' off from training this weekend as part of the international break, with no first team fixture scheduled for Saturday. Therefore a little more should be known about the line-up when they return - the expectation would be that the sort of players that featured in Monday night's County Cup tie against Radstock Town would be part of that travelling squad.

Link: Glovers To Help Light Up Wincanton.


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8 October 2013 : Ticketing Information For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's Championship away match against Leeds United is available. The match is scheduled to take place on Saturday 2nd November 2013, at Elland Road, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and despite being nearly a month away is our next away fixture. Leeds have declared this game to be a Category C fixture, which means that prices for the fixture will be as follows:

Adults: £28.00; Concessions: £22.00; Under-16s: £15.00

Concessions apply to those aged over 60 years old, those aged 16-21 years old, and full time students carrying an NUS card. The same applies to Ambulant and Wheelchair disabled supporters, who are also admitted at the concessionary rate, but can admit an assistant free of charge.

The allocation given to away supporters so far this season has been for 1,500 seats in the John Charles West Stand, as it joins with the South Stand. This is on the opposite side of the ground to what we've been used to on previous visits - we used to have a South-East corner wedge between two stands, but are now close to the South-West corner.

Note that Leeds describe it as allocated seating - that may not mean too much on the day itself, but mention it just in case it is enforced. Subject to availability, tickets are sold from Elland Road on the day of the game, at the same prices.

Update 09/10/2013: Tickets now have arrived at the Huish Park Ticket Office. We have an initial batch of 1,000 tickets, with the option to allocate up to 3,000 supporters if demand requires it.

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.


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8 October 2013 : Three Year Banning Order For QPR Offence
Yeovil Magistrates have issued their second Football Banning Order of the 2013-14 season, following an incident involving a smoke bomb at Huish Park. Having banned a Birmingham City supporter from all designated football grounds for a period of three years, the same fate has befallen a Queens Park Rangers supporter who threw a smoke device onto the pitch during the September 21st Championship fixture against Yeovil Town.

Richmond-based QPR supporter Jack Parkin has been given a three year banning order after he was caught on CCTV throwing the object onto the playing area. The Magistrates Court records that there were two blue smoke devices set off outside The Arrow in Abbey Manor Park, followed by a further seven during the match - two from the Yeovil end, and five more set off in the Copse Road End of the ground. Parkin was arrested as he left the stadium, having been tracked by CCTV whilst the game was still being played.

He pleased guilty to the offence, and the Western Gazette indicates that he was fined £400 as a result, with £85 in additional costs and a £40 victim surcharge. He will be prohibited from entering any regulated football stadium, and is barred from going within two miles of any QPR match for four hours before and after the match. If he breaks those conditions, then even if he is not committing another offence, he risks being hauled before the courts again.
A three year Football Banning Order for this offence
A three year Football Banning Order for this offence



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7 October 2013 : Yeovil 8 Radstock 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town ran out as comfortable winners tonight in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. Three goals from Paddy Madden, plus one each for Kieffer Moore, Sam Hoskins, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Kevin Dawson and Andy Williams gave them an 8-0 win over Radstock Town to secure their passage through to the next round where they will meet Weston-super-Mare.

The Glovers opened the scoring midway through the first half when Paddy Madden headed home from a Sam Hoskins cross, whilst Kieffer Moore notched Yeovil's second as he converted a Kevin Dawson ball into the box. Dawson was again the provider as he set up Madden for his second, with the Irishman converting his hat-trick just before half time from inside the area with an angled drive.

Into the second half and Sam Hoskins received a through ball from Paddy Madden for the fifth goal of the night. Then came a spirited Radstock rearguard action as they shut the Glovers out for half an hour, frustrating them somewhat as the home side dominated but couldn't get further goals. It was only in the final ten minutes that the floodgates opened again, with Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi's low diving header converted Paddy Madden's cross. Then Andy Williams was felled inside the box, allowing Kevin Dawson the chance to score from the spot kick. Finally Williams himself got on the scoresheet as he broke through in a one-on-one for the eighth and final goal of the night.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 8 Radstock Town 0.

Scorers: Paddy Madden (1-0, 17 mins), Kieffer Moore (2-0, 25 mins), Paddy Madden (3-0, 37 mins), Paddy Madden (4-0, 43 mins), Sam Hoskins (5-0, 50 mins), Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi (6-0, 82 mins), Kevin Dawson (7-0, pen, 86 mins), Andy Williams (8-0, 89 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Dunn 2. Luke Ayling (Capt) 3. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 4. Joe Jones 5. Dan Seaborne 6. Kevin Dawson 7. Andy Williams 8. Sam Foley 9. Paddy Madden 10. Kieffer Moore 11. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart (GK) 13. Joe Ralls 14. Joel Grant (30 mins for Kieffer Moore) 18. Joe Edwards (87 mins for Luke Ayling)

Radstock Town:
1. Carl Crabtree 2. Mark Hibbard 3. Jibari Ngozi 4. Lloyd Edgell (Capt) 5. Adrian Harvey 6. Rhymel Henderson 7. Luke Ingram 8. Omar Lindsay 9. Jordan Townsley 10. Mario Matteus 11. George Pawley.

Substitutes:
12. Leigh Edward Samuels 14 Dominic Stewart 15. Marcel Smith 16. Chris Wright 17. Devaughn Martin

Referee: Richard Hulme. Assistants: Steve Barclay and Richard Lawrence. Fourth Official: Shaun Enever.

Attendance: 303.

NOTE: There are mixed views on the scorer of the first goal. The club have given it to Paddy Madden. However Kieffer Moore was named over the tannoy and a number of fans at the game believe he scored. Kieffer himself is claiming it.


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7 October 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Radstock Town
Yeovil Town have announced their squad for tonight's Somerset Premier Cup match against Radstock Town. The line-up has one or two surprises with Paddy Madden and Andy Williams playing in the match after they also started the weekend first team fixture against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. Both were subbed by half time on the weekend, suggesting that manager Gary Johnson wants them to put right what he felt they were doing wrong on Saturday.

The line-ups are as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Dunn 2. Luke Ayling (Capt) 3. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 4. Joe Jones 5. Dan Seaborne 6. Kevin Dawson 7. Andy Williams 8. Sam Foley 9. Paddy Madden 10. Kieffer Moore 11. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart (GK) 13. Joe Ralls 14. Joel Grant 18. Joe Edwards

Radstock Town:
1. Carl Crabtree 2. Mark Hibbaed 3. Jibari Ngozi 4. Lloyd Edgell (Capt) 5. Adrian Harvey 6. Rhymel Henderson 7. Luke Ingram 8. Omar Lindsy 9. Jordan Townsley 10. Mario Matteus 11. George Pawley.

Substitutes:
12. Leigh Edward Samuels 14 Dominic Stewart 15. Marcel Smith 16. Chris Wright 17. Devaughn Martin

Referee: Richard Hulme. Assistants: Steve Barclay and Richard Lawrence. Fourth Official: Shaun Enever.


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7 October 2013 : Live Commentary For Radstock Cup Tie
It's not often that our Somerset Premier Cup matches get live commentary, but it appears that tonight is an exception. Local radio station Somer Valley FM, who operate in the Radstock area, are sening down a commentator to talk about the First Round tie between Yeovil Town and Radstock Town. They are online via this link.

Updated: Corrected link is above. Apologies.


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7 October 2013 : Glovers Set For Radstock Challenge
A reminder that Yeovil Town commence their involvement in the Somerset Premier Cup tonight at Huish Park. They take on Radstock Town in the first round of the competition, 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. Concessions apply to all Seniors, Juniors and Young Persons - i.e. Over-65s, Under-16s and 16-21 year olds respectively.

Such fixtures for Football League clubs are categorised as non-first team fixtures, and Yeovil Town have in recent years tended to either select players from outside their first team squad, or even from their Under-18s side. However, with the club operating without a Reserve or Youth team structure this season, all players will come from the professional ranks.

The club have staged a number of 'behind closed doors' matches against local sides this season, and the line-up from those games has generally been chosen from those players who didn't significantly get onto the pitch for the preceding Saturday game. Whilst that should mean that players such as Chris Dunn, Joe Jones, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Michael Ngoo and Sam Foley are selected, the rest of the line-up will be harder to predict, given that Luke Ayling and Dan Seaborne were rested on Saturday, whilst fringe players such as Sam Hoskins and Kieffer Moore got a fair bit of time on the pitch at Middlesbrough. Manager Gary Johnson may also choose to use players who he may have felt needed to put some things right from their showing at the Riverside Stadium, making the squad chosen very difficult to predict.

The winners will face Weston-super-Mare at home in the Second Round. Tonight's match will go to Extra Time and Penalties if the two teams cannot be separated across normal time.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Full Second Round Draw.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Full First Round Draw.


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7 October 2013 : Interview With Jamie McAllister
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium today, Yeovil Town captain Jamie McAllister spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Jamie's views on the defeat and the team's performance can be read via the link below.

Link: Jamie McAllister Speaks To The BBC After The 4-1 Defeat Against Middlesbrough.


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6 October 2013 : Gary Talks About Ayling And Seaborne Team Selection
Just before yesterday's game at the Riverside Stadium kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match against Middlesbrough. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary explains why he left Luke Ayling and Dan Seaborne out of the side yesterday as well as his views on moving Joe Edwards around the pitch. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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6 October 2013 : Video : Middlesbrough vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive the goals from yesterday's match at the Riverside Stadium, the Sky Sports website now contains highlights of the 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough. Featuring the opening goal from Liam Davis and all four Boro goals, they also include the chance that Sam Hoskins had to reduce the deficit during the second period.

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


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5 October 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Middlesbrough Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium today, 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 Middlesbrough Away Game.


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5 October 2013 : Johnson : We Were Second Best In Boro Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that his team were firmly second best after his side came home from Middlesbrough with nothing more than a bruising 4-1 defeat at the Riverside Stadium today. An opening Liam Davis goal after four minutes proved to be the only bright point in the game, as the home side ran out easy winners in a ragged performance.

Middlesbrough, who had gone into the match showing poor league form with eight games without a win, roared back from that early deficit, and won through goals from Grant Leadbitter, Albert Adomah, Jacob Butterfield and Kei Kamara in a match that could have easily ended with a higher scoreline as the home side hit the woodwork and Yeovil had a goal ruled out for offside. However, Boro were undoubtedly the superior opposition, and speaking to BBC Somerset Johnson readily admitted that:

"We were second best all over the field. That's what Championship teams can do when you're not on your game. We looked League One today, and they looked like a Championship team. Because of Middlesbrough's shape, if you can't keep the ball then you're going to get beaten. They're going to pull you all over the place, and when they get their tails up in that shape then they're going to be difficult to close down if you keep giving the ball back to them. That's what we did - we didn't hold the ball up whatsoever. We scored against the run of play - although I know it was only the first three minutes - but we got that goal. There were certain aspects where we did alright but certain aspects where we were nowhere near."

Johnson was asked whether he'd consider making further squad changes to revive a side that has now not won in the League for ten games. He said that was not going to be something that would happen overnight, and that much of the problems came down to the consistency of players during each game:

"Obviously you're not going to be able to manoeuvre everybody out. But some on occasions are not at this level, and sometimes they are. That's just the consistency of those players that are in our group. Sometimes they do look Championship level and sometimes they don't. We knew that it wasn't going to be easy, and we knew that there were going to be some games where you take a bit of a battering goals-wise. It probably could have been 7-3 as a final result."


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5 October 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Middlesbrough vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's Championship match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside 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.

NOTE: Whilst today wasn't pretty, it would be perhaps good to see which players come out with credit - hence consider it a "three least worst" sort of poll for today!

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


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5 October 2013 : Middlesbrough 4 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town were soundly beaten this afternoon at the Riverside Stadium, despite taking a shock early lead against Middlesbrough. Winger Liam Davis took advantage of poor defending by Rhys Williams to put the Glovers ahead by a single goal, but that good start wasn't to last for long. Grant Leadbitter converted an Albert Adomah cross, and then the roles were reversed as a Leadbitter penalty - awarded for Joel Grant's foul on George Friend - was saved by Wayne Hennessey onto the crossbar and Adomah followed up.

Middlesbrough twice hit the woodwork through Kei Kamara during the first half, whilst Paddy Madden had the ball in the net before the break, but had his goal chalked off for offside. By half time, both Andy Williams and Madden were replaced by inexperienced duo Sam Hoskins and Kieffer Moore, but the second half saw Boro maintain their dominance as Jacob Butterfield ran through the heart of midfield to fire home from outside the area, and then Kamara polished things off by heading home from a corner at the near post. The result sees the Glovers slip one place to 23rd place, propped up only by Barnsley losing again against Queens Park Rangers.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Middlesbrough 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Liam Davis (0-1, 4 mins), Grant Leadbitter (1-1, 8 mins), Albert Adomah (2-1, 24 mins), Jacob Butterfield (3-1, 50 mins), Kei Kamara (4-1, 74 mins)

Middlesbrough:
1. Jason Steele
5. Frazer Richardson 4. Rhys Williams 22. Ben Gibson 3. George Friend
6. Jacob Butterfield 7. Grant Leadbitter 18. Dean Whitehead 27. Albert Adomah
10. Marvin Emnes 29. Kei Kamara

Substitutes:
2. Justin Hoyte (77 mins for Frazer Richardson) 8. Jozsef Varga (78 mins for Grant Leadbitter) 9. Lukas Jutkiewicz 15. Seb Hines 32. Jayson Leutwiler 33. Richard Smallwood 19. Mustapha Carayol (62 mins for Marvin Emnes)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
4. Joe Edwards 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 8. Ed Upson 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
28. Andy Williams 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 2. Luke Ayling 10. Sam Foley, 7. Kevin Dawson (79 mins for Jamie McAllister) 13. Kieffer Moore (46 mins for Paddy Madden) 6. Dan Seaborne 14. Sam Hoskins (33 mins for Andy Williams)

Middlesbrough Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (foul, 28 mins), Joe Ralls (foul, 70 mins)

Middlesbrough Match Statistics: Possession: 61%; Shots: 22; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 7; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 39%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 19.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Paul Curry (Northumberland ) and Ricky Wootton (West Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Barry Gordon (County Durham).

Attendance: 13,181 (including 236 Yeovil fans).


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5 October 2013 : Team News For Middesbrough vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's away match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. The back four is where the major reshuffle comes, with the experienced duo of Byron Webster and Jamie McAllister coming back into the side. Making way are Luke Ayling and Dan Seaborne who both drop to the bench, meaning that Joe Edwards comes into the back four, whilst Liam Davis moves up the flank into midfield, allowing Joe Ralls the chance to move inside into the centre of midfield.

Striker James Hayter was left in Somerset due to an injury sustained when he grabbed the penalty against Leicester City, whilst Michael Ngoo continues to stay out of the squad. The one player to come into the squad is Sam Hoskins, who sits in the bench, replacing Hayter.

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
4. Joe Edwards 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 8. Ed Upson 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
28. Andy Williams 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 2. Luke Ayling 10. Sam Foley, 7. Kevin Dawson 13. Kieffer Moore 6. Dan Seaborne 14. Sam Hoskins


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5 October 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Leicester City : Man Of The Match Result
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town played a home Championship match against Leicester City at Huish Park. The 2-1 defeat was probably on the balance of play a fair reflection of proceedings, with the Foxes grabbing a two goal lead before James Hayter's late penalty made things interesting during the final few minutes.

In terms of the Man of the Match polling, Joel Grant, who had moved across to the right-wing position, and Joe Ralls who was on the left-wing, got a sizeable number of votes. However, the poll winner for the second match running was new loan signing Shane Duffy - not a bad start to your Glovers career.

The full results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1. Shane Duffy 144 (11)
2. Joe Ralls 108 (6)
3. Joel Grant 100 (5)
4. Luke Ayling 82 (5)
5. Joe Edwards 82 (3)
6. Liam Davis 64 (5)
7. Ed Upson 20 (1)
8. Wayne Hennessey 16 (0)
9. James Hayter 12 (1)
10. Paddy Madden 12 (0)
10. Byron Webster 12 (0)
12. Andy Williams 4 (0)
13. Dan Seaborne 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.24
Performance : 7.08
Entertainment : 7.41
VOTES RECEIVED : 37


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4 October 2013 : Bolton vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town gained a useful 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers, even if it was frustrating that they were inches away from claiming all three points. The Glovers took the lead when midfielder Ed Upson's scuffed shot rolled over the line thanks to a goalkeeping error, but were pegged back in second half injury time with a controversial equaliser.

At the top end of the Man of the Match voting, right-back Luke Ayling continued his fine form this season, whilst goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey picked up plenty of votes for some impressive saves, particularly during the first half. However, making his debut at the Reebok Stadium was Everton loanee Shane Duffy and the reaction to his start with the Glovers was a good one, with him winning the overall vote.

The full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1. Shane Duffy 98 (5)
2. Wayne Hennessey 64 (5)
3. Luke Ayling 48 (2)
4. Joel Grant 46 (2)
5. Ed Upson 30 (3)
6. Liam Davis 24 (1)
7. Paddy Madden 18 (1)
8. Joe Ralls 10 (1)
9. Dan Seaborne 6 (0)
10. Joe Edwards 2 (0)
10. Andy Williams 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.5
Performance : 6.9
Entertainment : 6.1
VOTES RECEIVED : 20


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4 October 2013 : Ralls Open-Minded About Extending Huish Park Stay
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Ralls has said that he is enjoying the early experience of playing on loan at Huish Park. The Cardiff City left-sided player has made eight appearances for the club since arriving in mid-August on a half season loan deal that runs out just after the turn of the new year.

Despite not being in a winning team yet across those matches, Ralls has told BBC Somerset that he has enojyed the experience of playing first team football every week:

"I'm really enjoying myself. The boys have been brilliant and we've been playing some good stuff. Hopefully I can kick on and get a few more goals and create a few more chances for the team."

Prior to his arrival at Huish Park, the Aldershot born 19 year old had not been out on loan before. Now scheduled to stay in Somerset until January 5th 2014, he is cautious about saying what might happen in three months time, but is certainly open-minded as to the situation:

"I'm not sure what will happen in January. At the moment, I'm just keeping my head down until then, and trying to do the best that I can for Yeovil. I'm really enjoying it here, and it would be nice to see what happens in January."


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4 October 2013 : Gary Previews The Middlesbrough Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts ahead of the weekend trip are captured here.

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


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4 October 2013 : Somerset Premier Cup Second Round Draw
The Second Round draw for the Somerset Premier Cup has been made. The winners of next week's First Round tie between Yeovil Town and Radstock Town will face a home tie against Conference South side Weston-super-Mare in early November. Weston finished 7th in their division last season, and are managed by Craig Laird. They are currently third in the 2013-14 Conference South table after nine games.

Most First Round ties were played this week, with Weston beating Chard Town 5-0 at home to gain their route through to the next stage. The full Second Round draw reads as follows:

Keynsham Town vs Frome Town
Bath City vs Larkhall Athletic
Clevedon Town vs Odd Down
Paulton Rovers vs Shepton Mallet
Cheddar vs Wincanton Town
Yeovil Town or Radstock Town vs Weston-super-Mare
Taunton Town vs Bridgwater Town or Portishead Town
Bishop Sutton vs Wells City

Yeovil Town's match against Radstock Town will be staged at Huish Park on Monday 7th October, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. For further details, see the earlier article below. The match is recognised as a non-first team fixture, although with the Glovers now having no Reserve or Youth set-up the team will be chosen from first team squad members - most likely those who don't get onto the pitch up at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Radstock Town : Admission Prices.


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4 October 2013 : Fontaine Return To Come After Boro Weekend
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson expects Bristol City loanee Liam Fontaine to make his return to Huish Park after the weekend's match against Middlesbrough. The Glovers will travel up to the Riverside Stadium without the defender, with him still looking to recover from a hamstring injury sustained during the September 21st home match against Queens Park Rangers.

Fontaine returned to Ashton Gate for the main part of his rehabilitation, but once the club return from the North East mammoth trip, he is expected to come back to Huish Park during the two week international break, to blend back the Glovers first team squad. Johnson told BBC Somerset the latest picture:

"I spoke to Liam maybe two or three days ago and I think he's planning to come back around Monday, although he won't be ready yet. I think he's got another week or two before he's ready to play again. But I think he'd like to get back into the swing of things as he's here until January. But he's doing part of his rehabilitation at Bristol, and the last part of it we think will be here."

Fellow defender Dan Seaborne limped off during the second half of Tuesday night's home game against Leicester City but his injury is not a serious one, and he is expected to have boarded the team coach today. Johnson added that he saw that sort of a knock as being inevitable when they were playing three games across a week, and that there were one or two players falling into that category:

"There's a few of them where we're treating little knocks and you always have to keep an eye on that. You've got Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday games, especially at this level, because everybody who was here (on Tuesday night against Leicester City) saw how quick the pace is at this level. Certainly the top teams in the Championship are Premier League in the making."


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4 October 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Middlesbrough
For those heading up to the Riverside Stadium tomorrow, don't forget to access the Ciderspace guide, which has been updated from our previous League Cup visit. Featuring ticketing information, directions, parking, a pub guide and plenty of statistics, the guide can be accessed via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Middlesbrough.


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3 October 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Competing In The Mini-League
With ten Championship matches gone, Yeovil Town's situation and what they need to do in the division to compete gradually begins to evolve. A look at that ten match marker - the point at which manager Gary Johnson starts to lay down his own early benchmark - is included in the latest Taff's Gloversblog and the good and the bad that we can take out of that. Read on via the link below - comments welcomed as always.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Competing In The Mini-League.


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3 October 2013 : Hennessey Gets International Call-Up Again
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been named in the Wales senior international squad for the forthcoming pair of matches scheduled over the next few weeks. The Wolverhampton Wanderers keeper is part of a squad that has FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches against FYR Macedonia in Cardiff on Friday 11th October, kick-off 7.45p.m. and then in Brussels for a game against Belgium on the following Tuesday 15th October, 7.45p.m.

Five players with Yeovil Town connections are in the full list of players - Simon Church is in the main squad, whilst Craig Davies, Shaun MacDonald and Owain Tudur Jones are all on the stand-by list along with summer trialist Lewin Nyatanga.

Hennessey's call-up means that two Glovers players will be away during the international break, with Everton defender Shane Duffy included in the Republic of Ireland Under-21s side over similar days. However due to the international break for Championship sides, neither player will miss any competitive fixtures.

The full Welsh squad is as follows:

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

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

Midfielders:
Joe Allen - Liverpool
Jack Collison - West Ham United (Loan AFC Bournemouth)
Andrew Crofts - Brighton & Hove Albion (Suspended v FYR Macedonia)
Declan John - Cardiff City
Andy King - Leicester City
Joe Ledley - Celtic
Aaron Ramsey - Arsenal
David Vaughan - Sunderland

Forwards:
Gareth Bale - Real Madrid
Craig Bellamy - Cardiff City
Simon Church - Charlton Athletic
Hal Robson-Kanu - Reading
Sam Vokes - Burnley

Stand-By:
Lewis Price - Crystal Palace
David Cornell - Swansea City (Loan St.Mirren)
Paul Dummett - Newcastle United
Craig Davies - Bolton Wanderers
Steve Morison - Millwall
Joel Lynch - Huddersfield Town
Ashley Richards - Swansea City (Loan Huddersfield T)
Shaun MacDonald - AFC Bournemouth
James Wilson - Bristol City
Lewin Nyatanga - Barnsley
Rhoys Wiggins - Charlton Athletic
David Cotterill - Doncaster Rovers
Owain Tudur Jones - Hibernian

Link: Duffy Given Republic Call-Up.


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3 October 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Leicester Home Interview
Just before Tuesday night's home match against Leicester City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary rather accurately predicts one of the key aspects of the match by talking about Leicester's knack of getting penalties, plus why he kept Byron Webster on the bench, and his views on the Paddy Madden and Andy Williams strike partnership.

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


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3 October 2013 : Football Banning Order Issued For Birmingham Incident
Yeovil Magistrates Court have given a Birmingham City supporter a Football Banning Order for his role in an incident inside the Huish Park stadium in August 2013. The August 10th Championship meeting between the two clubs was on the whole free of problems, with the vast majority of the travelling 2,048 Blues fans causing no problems on the day.

However, 41 year old Neil Rowley has been found guilty of assaulting a Yeovil Town steward whilst he was attempting to control the crowd at the Copse Road end of the stadium. The Birmingham Mail reports the prosecution stating that he "slapped the victim in the face" whilst the stewards were holding back the crowd.

Mr Rowley has been issued with a three year Football Banning Order which prevents him from watching games at any regulated football match in the UK, and requires him to regularly report to police to declare his whereabouts. If he breaks the order then - even if he is not causing further trouble - he risks being jailed for up to six months. In addition to the banning order, he has been fined £135 with £85 costs. He will also pay a £20 victim surcharge and pay the victim £50 as compensation.


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3 October 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Leicester City Match Highlights
For those who want to relive highlights of Yeovil Town's 1-2 home defeat gainst Leicester City at Huish Park, the match highlights have been uploaded to the Sky Sports website. A second half chance for Andy Williams plus the penalty that was won and converted by James Hayter can be viewed in the two minutes highlights, as well as the two Foxes goals. Head via the link below if you have a UK internet provider.

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


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2 October 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Leicester Home Game
Following last night's 1-2 home defeat against Leicester City at Huish Park, 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 Leicester Home Game.


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1 October 2013 : Johnson Acknowledges Foxes Quality
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that a little bit of extra quality from Leicester City tonight was responsible for his side losing out by a 2-1 scoreline. Goals from Lloyd Dyer and David Nugent put the Foxes on their way to a 2-1 win that put them on level points with the league leaders, despite James Hayter's penalty giving Yeovil some late hope.

Speaking after the game, Johnson admitted that his side were still learning about life in the Championship, and that the moves that the likes of Nugent, Dyer and winger Anthony Knockaert showed in the build-up to both goals showed why the visitors had the edge in the end:

"It is a learning curve for our boys. We haven't got that many lads with experience in the Championship like they have. You could see that both teams played with a tremendous amount of power and pace but they just had that little bit of extra quality where it mattered in their two goals."

James Hayter's late penalty, awarded after the same player was tripped with six minutes remaining, at least gave the club their first Championship home goal. Johnson said it was good to get over that hurdle, but added that his side did need more goals:

"We still gave it a go and it was nice to get a home goal, and also we finished okay. So the boys held up okay and we did create a good Championship football match, I think. Maybe the difference was just that little bit of quality that's needed to go and score a couple of goals in each game."


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

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


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1 October 2013 : Yeovil 1 Leicester 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to their fifth consecutive home defeat of the 2013-14 season, as they lost by the odd goal to high flying Leicester City at Huish Park tonight. After a goalless first half, two goals in the second period gave the game to the Foxes, as Lloyd Dyer scored on the break following a David Nugent run and pass. Then eight minutes later Nugent got in on the act as he took a penalty, awarded for Dan Seaborne's trip on Anthony Knockaert. The Glovers fought back, and had a lifeline six minutes from time after they got their own spot kick, awarded after Liam Moore fouled substitute James Hayter inside the box. The striker took his own spot kick and scored, but the Glovers couldn't find the back of the net for a second time, despite late pressure.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Leicester City 2.

Scorers: Lloyd Dyer (0-1, 54 mins), David Nugent (0-2, 62 mins, pen), James Hayter (1-2, 84 mins, pen).

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

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter (76 mins for Andy Williams) 3. Jamie McAllister (74 mins for Luke Ayling) 5. Byron Webster (63 mins for Dan Seaborne) 13. Kieffer Moore

Leicester City (4-4-2):
1. Kasper Schmeichel
2. Ritchie de Laet 5. Wes Morgan 18. Liam Moore 3. Paul Konchesky
24. Anthony Knockaert 4. Danny Drinkwater 10. Andy King 11. Lloyd Dyer
35. David Nugent 9. Jamie Vardy

Substitutes:
7. Dean Hammond (90 mins for Danny Drinkwater) 8. Matthew James (72 mins for Anthony Knockaert) 15. Jeffrey Schlupp (78 mins for David Nugent) 20. Tom Hopper 23. Ignasi Miquel 25. Conrad Logan 27. Marcin Wasilewski

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Leicester Bookings: Ritchie de Laet (timewasting, 83 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 5.

Leicester Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 24; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistants: Kevin Johnson (Somerset) and Paul Rees (Somerset). Fourth Official: Richard Hulme (Somerset).

Attendance: 6,476 (including 1,460 Leicester City fans).


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1 October 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Leicester City
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting eleven for their home match against Leicester City tonight. The Glovers keep faith with the eleven that gained a 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium, with Luke Ayling therefore retaining the captaincy.

On the bench, Michael Ngoo and Sam Hoskins are rotated out, with Byron Webster making his way back after suspension, whilst Kieffer Moore gets on the bench tonight. The team selected is 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 Upson 19. Joe Ralls 23. Joel Grant
28. Andy Williams 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 10. Sam Foley, 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 3. Jamie McAllister 5. Byron Webster 13. Kieffer Moore

Tonight's opponents come to Huish Park in third place in the Championship table, and could theoretically go top of the division tonight. Manager Gary Johnson has told BBC Somerset he's not surprised to see the Foxes in that position in the table:

"They're all teams that before the start of the season, you'd be tipping them to have a big season and bigger than they had last season. What we know is that Leicester are going to be there or thereabouts. They have got a very very good team, and that is one that if you are not assured in your passing and you don't keep the ball, then they're going to show how good they can be."


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1 October 2013 : Duffy Talks About Glovers Debut
Yeovil Town's new loan signing Shane Duffy has said that the experience of making his debut for the Glovers was what he expected, having arrived at the club last Thursday. The Everton player signed on a month's loan, and was thrown straight in the deep end on Saturday when he played his first game for the club at the Reebok Stadium against Bolton Wanderers.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, he admitted that it had been a tough match to find his feet in, but that he was glad to be out there and playing games - his first bit of First Team football since a February 2013 FA Cup game with the Toffees. Shane was glad to get out there:

"It's just what I expected it to be, and what I expected from myself. It's tough when you don't play for a long time - it's like a long injury, when you come back for your first game. But I am enjoying it - it's the best feeling in the world - to play football and get out there, and that's what I'm doing."

Shane only met his new team-mates on the Friday when they travelled up for an overnight stay in the Bolton area, and he admitted that was a bit daunting. Although he knew striker Paddy Madden through their Irish roots, he said that initially he had been trying to get to know the players he would be lining up alongside:

"It's tough when you first come in because you haven't got a clue. I didn't really know many players from here. I knew a few like Paddy (Madden) from Ireland and that's it. But they're all great players here and straight away I fitted in."

Tonight sees Duffy stand by to make his home debut for the club in a home match against Leicester City. His place in the side is by no means guaranteed given that Byron Webster and Jamie McAllister are likely to be available for selection tonight. He hopes to keep his place in the side:

"I'm looking forward to it, and hopefully I'll stay in the team. It's another big game and we'll be looking for all three points at home with the fans behind us and hopefully we can get that."


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1 October 2013 : Duffy Given Republic Call-Up
Yeovil Town's Everton loanee Shane Duffy has been given an international call-up. He is part of the Republic of Ireland Under-21s side that will take part in two games in the middle of this month that form part of the UEFA Under-21s Group Six qualifiers.

Both of the forthcoming matches are against Romania Under-21s. On Friday 11th October they travel to Romania where they will play at the Stadionul Ceahlaul in Piatra Neamt (kick-off 18:30hrs CET, 19:30 local time). Then on Tuesday 15th October 2013, they travel across to Ireland where they will play at The Showgrounds in Sligo (kick-off 16:00hrs CEO, 15:00hrs local time).

At present striker Paddy Madden is not part of the Republic of Ireland squad for the same period, having been out for the past month with a knee injury. The Wales international squad has not been announced yet, meaning that goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey's inclusion in their squad has not yet been formalised, although he is expected to be named.

The call-up for Duffy won't see him miss any Glovers games as there is a two week international break between Saturday's match at Middlesbrough and the home match against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday 19th October.


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1 October 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Leicester City
Officials for tonight's home Championship game between Yeovil Town and Leicester City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 1st October 2013 at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be the rather familiar face of referee Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

He was promoted to the Football League's national referees list during the summer of 2010, at the age of 42. Mr Malone is a former Hampshire League footballer, who had to retire from the game at the age of 23 due to a knee injury. He took up refereeing as a result, and ran the line at League level for several years. Our most recent meeting involving him was a pre-season friendly match against Exeter City during which he sent off Grecians midfielder Tommy Doherty. His boss Paul Tisdale had a bit of a post-match grumble about that decision, but the view from those at the game was that it would have been hard for Mr Malone to do otherwise, with the former Glovers loanee having struck Byron Webster in the face in an off-the-ball incident.

His most recent competitive match involving ourselves, was the 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra that represented our final home match of the 2012-13 season proper, before we moved into the play-off matches. We actually only saw him as the match referee for around 30 minutes - he pulled up with a hamstring injury, and had to be replaced by fourth official Adam Bromley. In that brief period we saw him he seemed to be doing okay, but in truth had little in the way of contentious decisions to deal with.

Mr Malone was in charge for the Boxing Day 2011 match against Charlton Athletic - a game we lost 2-3 at Huish Park. On the whole he had a decent game, and in fact called one bit of 'controversy' well - visiting keeper Ben Hamer claimed he'd been fouled for Jonathan Obika's 8th minute opener, but the TV footage later proved that the former Holyrood Community School pupil had in fact slipped in the box under his own steam, with the referee correctly ignoring Charlton's protests. The Western Gazette were less impressed with his handling of the game, saying that he "baffled fans with decisions at throw-ins and corners, while six bookings reflects unfairly on the game" - two of those bookings led to suspensions for Glovers players, so that may have been part of the frustration at his decisions.

Mr Malone was the unfortunate official in charge of the stormy September 2011 encounter against Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park. The centre-piece of the game was a controversial Kieran Agard goal, scored after he chased down the Owls defence following an uncontested drop ball. Whatever the moral rights and wrongs of that goal, the Laws of the Game that Mr Malone operates within meant that he could not be blamed for the situation that developed.

He did endure a rather difficult second half, in which Wednesday's players were rather fired up and aggrieved about the incident, and we saw four Glovers go into the book, plus an Owls player. He also ruled out awarding a penalty for a shirt tug on Gavin Massey that could have put Yeovil back in the lead. It wasn't the best 45 minutes of refereeing we've seen, but given the circumstances, probably all bar a few Premier League officials would have struggled to control the situation. He later saw Owls goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes called up by the Football Association for an incident in the tunnel at half time, so clearly was keeping his eyes on what was going on out there.

Our first experience of him as the man in the middle for a first team game was the August 2010 Football League Trophy match against Exeter City. Much as though we'd love to put on our best green-tinted spectacles for the red card dished out to Sam Williams for an off-the-ball incident on the night, there were no real complaints about the decision, and overall Mr Malone dealt with the game well.

The other game involving him as a referee was the 2011 New Year's Day match against Plymouth Argyle. There we can have no complaints either, particularly given that he awarded Yeovil a penalty after Andy Williams appeared to slip inside the box. Mr Malone kindly decided that Argyle's Curtis Nelson had clipped him. Unfortunately, Sam Williams failed to take advantage of the bit of charity, by having the penalty attempt saved. Mr Malone chalked off an Andy Williams 'goal' just before the break - the whistle had blown long before it landed in the back of the net though.

Just to prove we don't always do ref-rants as part of these profiles, Mr Malone was praised by manager Terry Skiverton after the game against the Pilgrims, although felt that there were one or two situations where he could have let the game flow to an advantage:

"I thought the referee (Brendan Malone) was excellent today, but there was one time where Andy (Williams) had got away from the defender, and he got pulled back a bit, and he blew up rather than play the advantage and I think that if he had given the advantage then Andy would have got a shot off. It's a hard job, and I'll say again that he (Brendan Malone) was excellent, but in those situations you may want the advantage."

Mr Malone will be assisted by Kevin Johnson and Paul Rees. The Fourth Official will be Richard Hulme.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.

Link: January 2011 : Plymouth Argyle 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 3.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Charlton Athletic 3.

Link: April 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Crewe Alexandra.


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