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31 October 2014 : Gary Previews The Chesterfield Away Game
As part of the build-up to the away match against Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium tomorrow, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary talks about new loan signing Jordan Clarke, the exit of Aaron Martin, what he thinks is one of the more major things affecting his side's form within games at present, and what he thinks of tomorrow's opponents. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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31 October 2014 : Johnson Needing More Resilience In Team
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson feels his side's confidence is being knocked too much when they concede goals in matches this season, and thus wants to see more resilience in his side. The Glovers have not managed to come back from a goal down to win a game since February 2013's 3-1 win over Preston North End, and this season have recovered only two points from a losing position, in home draws against Barnsley and Crewe Alexandra.

Gary feels his team are starting matches with the right sort of attitude, but have crumbled somewhat once the opposition score a goal. Pointing out that the club's best recent performance came against Swindon Town where they got their noses in front, the Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that this was one of the major things that he needed to address in future matches:

"The problem that we've got at the moment, which is glaring, is that we're creating one or two chances early, before the opposition score their early goal. That shouldn't, but it's losing our team's confidence pretty early in the game. I feel that we're not getting that opening goal from that opening chance. The one game we did was Swindon of course where we scored first, and obviously that was a good game because the lads kept going. But we've got to try to change it so that if we are 1-0 down then we've got to keep our confidence and keep our pecker up. Because it's been happening several times, the lads are just losing a little bit of confidence."

Having already sent Aaron Martin out on loan to Coventry City, whilst Jakub Sokolik moved to League Two side Southend United this morning, Johnson has already decided that refreshing his squad is the way to go. However, he said that there was still plenty of work to do in making his current crop of players more consistent from game to game:

"We have to work out who and why we're not scoring that early goal, and then why and who is making that mistake early on that is costing us in games. We're trying to eradicate that. Players are at this level sometimes because of that inconsistency, sometimes because they're young or inexperienced, or sometimes because they're not quite fit enough because your squad is not big enough, and where you can leave somebody out to work hard for a couple of weeks. If our starting 13 or 14 players become fit from injury then we've got to play them in the team generally, and often they've not quite got that match fitness and sharpness. That's not an excuse by the way - that's just the way that it is."

Tomorrow's match at Chesterfield will see Johnson needing to drop one of his loan players from the matchday squad, due to Football League rules. The club currently have Jed Steer (Aston Villa), Ryan Inniss (Crystal Palace), Stephen Arthurworrey (Fulham), Jordy Hiwula (Manchester City), Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) and Ben Nugent (Cardiff City) on their books.


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31 October 2014 : Fulham Defender Becomes Third Arrival This Week
Yeovil Town have taken Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey on loan. The 20 year old, who has Football League experience with Tranmere Rovers, has been signed up until January 31st 2015, following in the footsteps of Jordan Clarke (on loan from Coventry City) and Jed Steer (from Aston Villa) who have all arrived this week.

Born in Hackney on October 15th 1994, he is a 6'4" defender who has been on Fulham's books throughout their academy, since the age of 10 years old, and enjoyed a 17 game loan spell with Tranmere at the end of the 2013-14 season. He is under contract with the Championship side until the end of the 2014-15 season and recently made his first team debut - playing in their League Cup match against Derby County on October 28th 2014.


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31 October 2014 : Steer Makes Yeovil Town Return
Yeovil Town have signed up goalkeeper Jed Steer for a second loan spell with the club. The Aston Villa player returns to Huish Park three years after a 2011-12 loan spell that lasted 14 games, whilst he was on the books of Norwich City. Steer has just returned from a 17 game spell with League One rivals Doncaster Rovers, with Donny having taken on Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone instead - another former Glovers loanee!

Doncaster were constrained by the 93 day rule concerning emergency loans for goalkeeers and so had to make a switch in keepers, but Steer should be fully match fit, having played five times during the month just gone. Now aged 22 years old, the Norwich born keeper cost Villa £1.75 million when he moved across to Villa Park during the summer of 2013. However, he has only made three appearances for the Premier League club - all in cup competitions. Since leaving Yeovil Town - a spell that was curtailed due to a thigh injury - he has also had a five game loan spell with Cambridge United.

Steer's return would again bring into question the long term future of contracted goalkeepers Artur Krysiak (4 appearances this season) and Chris Weale (8 appearances this season) who have both struggled to hold down a place in the Yeovil Town side this season. The club had previously taken Jake Kean from Blackburn Rovers for a month, but his spell with the club only lasted the initial month.

Jed has joined Yeovil Town until January 31st 2015.


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31 October 2014 : Brown Ties Up Sokolik Deal
Southend United first team manager Phil Brown has confirmed yesterday's news that he has tied up a deal for Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik. The 21 year old has agreed a 28 day loan spell at Roots Hall that will see him temporarily depart Huish Park, having made 12 appearances so far this season.

Brown told the Southend Echo that Sokolik had come to get more games under his belt, implicitly suggesting that he was going to struggle to get into the Glovers first team over the coming month:

"Gary Johnson is keen for Jakub to get games and heís agreed to him coming here for 28 days which Iím obviously very pleased about because we all saw what Jakub could do at the end of last season. I felt like we needed to shore things up at the back again so I wanted to bring Jakub back and we can have another look at the situation at the end of his loan spell."

Sokolik will stand to make his debut in tomorrow's League Two match against Mansfield Town.


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31 October 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Chesterfield
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town head to Derbyshire where they will face Chesterfield for the first time in three years. It's also our second visit to their new stadium, currently known as the Proact Stadium, situated in the Whittington Moor part of the town. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover that fixture, including directions, parking, a pub guide, statistics, and photos of both the new and the old ground. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Chesterfield.


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30 October 2014 : Sokolik Finding The Only Way Is Essex?
Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik could be the second Glovers player to go out on loan this week. The former Liverpool academy player is reported as being in talks with League Two side Southend United. The Essex side tried to sign him over the summer, having had him on a loan spell from Anfield during the tail end of the 2013-14 season. However at the last minute the Czech Republic player decided against joining them, with League One standard football being the lure. However the Southend Echo believe he is in talks with Shrimpers boss Phil Brown about a possible return to Roots Hall.

Sokolik has made 12 appearances so far this season - with all of those starts - however, he's struggled on and off with a thigh injury, and was withdrawn at half time against Rochdale last weekend after he struggled to cope with a right-back role. He is on a two year contract at Huish Park, but with manager Gary Johnson trying to revamp his rather porous Yeovil Town back line, the 21 year old would appear to be expendable, with Coventry City's Jordan Clarke the most likely player to take the right-back slot at Chesterfield on Saturday.

As yet neither club have indicated that Sokolik is on the move, so we'll await full confirmation of this, but the Echo indicate that Brown is trying to tie up the deal in time for Southend's League Two match against Mansfield Town.

Link: Jakub Sokolik : Yeovil Town Profile.


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30 October 2014 : FA Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round match against Crawley Town is now available. The match will take place on Saturday 8th November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Seniors and Aged 16-21: £10.00; Under-16s: £5.00.

Season ticket holders have until 5.00p.m. on Thursday 6th November to claim their usual seats/positions in the ground before their seats are released to the general public. There will be no difference between the pre-match and matchday tariffs on this occasion.

To purchase your ticket, either call all visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.


Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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30 October 2014 : FA Cup First Round Live Matches Selected
Televised matches for the FA Cup First Round have been set by the BBC and by BT Sport. They will screen three First Round ties all of which see non-league sides at home to Football League teams, with the prospect of a cup shock their clear motive. Warrington Town, FC Halifax Town and Havant and Waterlooville are the lucky clubs chosen, with the three matches as follows:

07/11/2014 : Friday : Warrington Town vs Exeter City : 7.55p.m. kick-off. Live on BBC2.
09/11/2014 : Sunday : FC Halifax Town vs Bradford City : 12:00 noon kick-off. Live on BT Sport.
10/11/2014 : Monday : Havant and Waterlooville vs Preston North End : 8.00p.m. Live on BT Sport.

In addition to the three live matches, the BBC will also be covering the first round ties in other ways. They will present their Saturday lunchtime Football Focus match live from Weston-super-Mare, prior to their match against Doncaster Rovers. They will also be presenting a special FA Cup Final Score programme from 1.55p.m. on the Sunday on BBC1, where they will be bringing action from eight different FA Cup First Round ties that will be taking place that day, including goals and match highlights as they happen. Later that same day, they will show on BBC2 a full highlights programme starting at 6.30p.m. and lasting 90 minutes.

Then for those who still care about the competition once the weekend is done, the live draw of the Second Round will take place live on BBC2 on Monday from the National Football Museum in Manchester.

All six clubs selected for live broadcast will receive £67,500 each as a broadcast fee. All First Round winners will receive £18,000 from the competition pool.

Although it's not been properly confirmed, the assumption is that Yeovil Town's home match against Crawley Town will take place on Saturday 8th November at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. If that changes, we'll provide an update. The Ticket Office are still awaiting agreement of the pricing structure for this fixture - that will also be provided in due course.

Link: FA Cup Full First Round Draw.


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30 October 2014 : Officials For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One fixture between Chesterfield and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 1st November 2014 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Proact Stadium. The man in charge will be referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Mr Langford is a very familiar name on the circuit, and to Yeovil Town supporters, which for a referee is usually for bad reasons. We've had him ten times across five years so far, with a fair bit of drama involved in those games.

Mr Langford is probably best known amongst Glovers fans for being the man in charge for the April 2010 home match against Southampton which saw one of the more inexplicable decisions we've seen a referee make! Having already sent off Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin for a challenge on Gavin Williams, Mr Langford was faced with the problem of needing to raise a second one, just minutes later when Williams was upended by Jose Fonte whilst clean through on goal.

Doubtless conscious of the effect he would have had on the game in doing so, rather than the clearness of the professional foul, Mr Langford raised a yellow card instead. After the game, the then manager Terry Skiverton slammed Langford's decision-making in his post-match interview saying: "I've got complaints when big decisions need to be made. He wasn't good enough today, and he was a million miles off the pace of the game."

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

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

Of our more recent meetings with Mr Langford, the first was the August 2010 away match at Oldham Athletic. This game finished in a 0-0 draw, and we did have a few grumbles with the referee over his refusal to award a penalty for a trip by Latics defender Kieran Lee on Andy Williams. Then he ruled out what would have been a match-winning goal from Dean Bowditch, after Mr Langford claimed that goalkeeper Dean Brill had been impeded in the build-up. Indeed he had, but the video showed that it was his team-mate Reuben Hazell who had prevented Brill from claiming the ball, and not a Yeovil player. It was crystal clear that Mr Langford had made a mistake and the goal should have stood.

He then took charge of the final home match of our 2010-11 season - a 4-2 win over Colchester United. Our match report describes it as one of his better games, although he did seem to be in a rather lenient mood on the day. The most obvious was his decision not to give Colchester's Ben Coker a red card for a professional foul on Jonathan Obika. Within the context of a midtable fairly meaningless end of season fixture, and in the final minute of the match, we saw it as a "common sense" decision - raising a red card would have been of little consequence. However, given Mr Langford's track record, we'd wonder whether that was his thinking at the time.

He then was used for the September 2011 visit of Wycombe Wanderers. That seems to have been one of his quieter performances; or at least that there were few contentious decisions on the day for him to handle. He was then back at Huish Park for the January 2012 home game against Preston North End where red cards at the start and the end of the game dominated the shape of the match. He sent off Preston's Craig Morgan for a professional foul just three minutes into the match - almost identical to the Morgan Schneiderlin incident two years previously, but this time he decided to produce a red.

The problem was that the earlier decision seemed to shape the tone of the game. Preston, under Graham Westley's management, started to indulge in some rather niggly and confrontational tactics, and the yellow card count began to rack up - four against the visitors and two against the Glovers, without Mr Langford appearing to have too much of an idea on how to diffuse the tension. When Paul Huntington committed an aggressive, but ball-winning, 89th minute tackle on Jamie Proctor, Preston's players waded in on the centre-back and Langford fell for it - dishing a red for Huntington, but only a yellow for Proctor who reportedly threw a punch in retaliation. The Glovers appealed against the decision, but with it being undoubtedly a strong tackle, trying to prove that the referee's judgement was wrong, was difficult to present, and the Glovers lost the appeal.

Thankfully the two most recent meetings involving Mr Langford have seen decisions go in our favour - one was an April 2013 home match against Shrewsbury Town. We won the match 2-1, and were actually helped on the way by an early penalty decision, with a Byron Webster header being blocked by Shrewsbury striker Tom Eaves. Their boss Graham Turner heavily criticised the decision after the game, complaining that few Glovers appealed for it, and citing that he had 'previous' with their team. From our point of view, that was the only debatable decision in a booking free game.

He then turned up twice during the 2013-14 season - the first was our 4-0 win over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup in January 2014. Overall he had a decent game, producing just one yellow card, but our fourth goal, scored by Kieffer Moore, looked suspiciously offside - something that opposing boss Russell Slade pointed out after the game. Perhaps more of an issue for Mr Langford's linesman in fairness though. After that there was the April 2014 meeting against Blackpool that saw us win 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Again, he gave a decision in our favour - a Tom Lawrence corner was blocked by the hands of Tony McMahon, and James Hayter scored from the spot. He had a decent game overall, and we'll forgive him for his one booking of the game - a 90th minute bit of timewasting by ourselves - probably justified!

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

Mr Langford will be assisted by Matthew Bristow (Manchester) and Peter Gooch (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Michael D'aguilar (Staffordshire).

Link: April 2014 : Blackpool 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2014 : Yeovil Town 4 Leyton Orient 0.

Link: April 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Shrewsbury Town 1.

Link: January 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Preston North End 1.

Link: September 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 4 Colchester United 2.

Link: August 2010 : Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Southampton 1.

Link: October 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton 2.

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


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29 October 2014 : Chairman Fry Concerned At Reaction To Defeats
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has admitted that he is 'concerned' at the reaction some fans have shown to recent results on the field of play, but has defended his first team manager from some of that criticism. With the Glovers currently being on a run of six games without a win, and in particular having shown poor performances against Port Vale and Rochdale that have seen them slip into the League One relegation zone, leading to some dissent at the end of those two fixtures.

Fry has spoken to the Western Gazette about the issues that Johnson is facing and says he and his board are talking with 'frankness' about that situation. However, he pointed out that many of the teams that had been relegated from the Championship in recent seasons had needed periods of readjustment because of the level of expectation and the difference in the finances between second and third tier football:

"The board and the directors that are particularly concerned with the football side are always concerned with results that fans, our customers, donít like. It's a tough league and a tough situation we are in, having come down from the Championship with the expectations. We talk with transparency and frankness. Clubs that we know of like Bristol City, Sheffield United and Scunthorpe that we have seen come down from the Championship have shown how tough it is. We've lost huge revenues coming down from the Championship and there's no parachute payments. Gary's got a difficult job and thatís where heís finding the frustrations. He hasnít got the free hand the manager needs. Youíve got to try to do what you can in difficult situations."

The Yeovil Chairman told the paper that he could see the level of effort that Johnson was putting into turning around the club's fortunes and said that he was getting strong backing within the club. However, he did admit that they'd hoped to be occupying a different end of the league table when the season started:

"The disappointment we have got is that weíre in the bottom six rather than the top six and instead of 4,500 gates weíve got 4,000. You could point the finger and say 'it's the players, itís the manager, it's the board that hasnít put enough money in'. But Iíve said it all before about what the club can afford. One thing with Gary Johnson is that heís got a record of delivery with Yeovil Town Football Club. He's been a here a long time and we've got a lot of long-serving, loyal staff that have kept this club going. We know Gary's loyal and we know the amount of work he puts in. Everybody here is willing him on, trying to get the result that turns it around. Gary has said that will happen."


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29 October 2014 : Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League One match against Notts County is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 22nd November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Meadow Lane. Tickets are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £24.00; Aged 60 and Over or Aged 16-21: £15.00; Under-16s: £6.00.

Wheelchair and disabled supporters are charged as above according to your age. You can admit an assistant free of charge if you are on the higher or medium rate of Disabled Living Allowance. There are limited parking spaces available for disabled supporters. These are only available if purchased in advance Ė call 0115-9529000.

The Southbank Bar situated on Trent Bridge offers pre-match food at a discounted rate on production of a valid match ticket.

Away supporters are housed in the Jimmy Sirrel Stand in the Z Block area. This is a side-facing stand, so a little bit like the seated allocation that away fans get at Huish Park, in that it's close to one of the corner flags. The default allocation is for around 1,300 spaces but County make this flexible if they think there's more of you turning up.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2014-15 Travel Plans : Part One.


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29 October 2014 : Our Balls Have Gone Yellow For Winter
The Football League have agreed to adopt a set of 'winter balls' for the next four months. Whilst white footballs are the norm, very occasionally referees have requested the use of yellow footballs for matches where snow or heavy frost has been on a pitch, to aid visibility. However, last season the Football League decided to make them a standard affair during winter - in what we suspect was a sponsorship agreement with their Official Ball Supplier. They are also using it as an opportunity to push the Football League's 'Movember' charity campaign, which benefits the Prostate Cancer charity.

Repeating last season's arrangements, Mitre have been commissioned to provide a new set of footballs that will be used from this Saturday onwards, using them until the end of February. For the really technical amongst you, a Mitre Delta V12S Fluo football will be used, with the yellow colour of the ball being seen as a hi-visibility fluorescent model designed for those dark and dull winter afternoons. This is being rolled out to all 72 Football League clubs for League matches, as well as for Johnstone's Paint Trophy games. They haven't indicated what the policy will be for FA Cup matches, which are covered by Football Association rules.


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29 October 2014 : Martin And Clarke Swap Deals Confirmed
Further to our earlier news item, the arrival of right-back/centre-back Jordan Clarke from Coventry City can now be confirmed. The 22 year old has signed a loan agreement with the Glovers until January 5th 2015. He comes in as Aaron Martin goes in the opposite direction. The centre-back leaves Yeovil for a similar period, with Coventry taking him on in a straight swap loan deal.

Coventry City boss Stephen Pressley said he felt Clarke's opportunities would be limited in the coming weeks and so was happy to see him go out on loan:

"I spoke with Jordan about his recent limited opportunities in the first team and obviously he is somebody that wants regular football. We came to a mutual agreement that the best option for both parties would be for him to go out on loan to give him a better opportunity to get that. It has been a mutually beneficial arrangement between ourselves and Yeovil Town in that we have been able to bring Aaron here while at the same time allow Jordan Clarke to go in the opposite direction in order to try and secure more regular first team football."

For a profile of Jordan Clarke, see the earlier news item.


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29 October 2014 : Yeovil Linked With Coventry Swap Deal
Yeovil Town are reported to be lining up a swap deal with Coventry City for two centre-backs. Glovers defender Aaron Martin is claimed to be heading out on loan to the Sky Blues, with Jordan Clarke heading in the other direction as an incoming player.

Clarke is a product of Coventry's youth system and is a 22 year old (date of birth 19th November 1991) who was born in the city, captaining their Under-16 side as he worked his way through their ranks. He is a former England Under-19 and Under-20 international who has so far made 143 appearances, scoring four goals. So far this season he has been used on 14 occasions.

The slightly unusual move comes due to the fact that Coventry manager Steven Pressley tried to sign Martin in the summer, and has recently lost one of his players due to injury. Clarke has been left out of their matchday squad during the last two matches and so has therefore slipped down their pecking order somewhat. He started his Coventry career as a right-back but has been moved around in more recent times, playing also as a centre-back.

At 6'0" he is described by the Coventry Telegraph, who report the 'swap' claims, as a versatile defender who can fill a number of positions along the back line. The paper doesn't offer any quotes but seem to be offering it up as near-fact. Neither club have commented on this deal as yet, whilst a loan length for the pair is not disclosed at this stage.


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28 October 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : And Two Steps Back
Last week, Yeovil Town had three games in eight days - all League One matches. To reuse a phrase Gary Johnson used in a slightly different context recently, we saw the good, the bad and the ugly. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry picks up on some of the clues Gary has been giving out in the last week or two about where he sees his squad's weaknesses, and the issues that may exist in trying to fix them in the short term. Read on via the link below - as usual comments and alternative views are welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : And Two Steps Back.


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28 October 2014 : Rachael Edwards Talks About Her Retirement From Football
On Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies completed their 2014 season, as part of their first year in the FA Women's Super League structure. Bowing out in a highly creditable fifth place position, the end of the campaign also saw club captain Rachael Edwards make the decision to hang up her boots after eight years at the club. She spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton yesterday on the Breakfast programme about her retirement from the game, and you can read that interview via the link below.

Link: Rachael Edwards Speaks To The BBC About Her Retirement From Football.


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27 October 2014 : FA Cup First Round : Full First Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn against Crawley Town at home in the First Round of the FA Cup. The match will be played at Huish Park across the weekend of 7th/8th/9th/10th November 2014, with the default kick-off time for all fixtures being Saturday 8th November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The full draw for the First Round is as follows:

Mansfield Town vs Concord Rangers
Gosport Borough vs Colchester United
Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
York City vs AFC Wimbledon
Walsall vs Shrewsbury Town
Notts County vs Accrington Stanley
Chorley or AFC Halifax Town vs Bradford City
Warrington Town vs Exeter City
Eastleigh vs Alfreton or Lincoln City
Basingstoke or Harrow Borough vs Spennymoor Town or AFC Telford
Dagenham and Redbridge vs Tamworth or Southport
Weston-super-Mare vs Doncaster Rovers
Peterborough United vs Carlisle United
Cheltenham Town vs Swindon Town
Bromley vs Dartford
Weymouth or Braintree Town vs Chesterfield
Chelmsford City or Barnet vs Wycombe Wanderers
Gillingham vs Bristol City
Portsmouth vs Aldershot Town
Norton United or Shildon vs Gateshead
Crewe Alexandra vs Sheffield United
Grimsby Town vs Oxford United
Tranmere Rovers vs Bristol Rovers
Southend United vs Chester
Luton Town vs Newport County
Stevenage vs Maidstone United
Bury vs Nuneaton Town or Hemel Hemstead Town
Cambridge United vs Fleetwood Town
Northampton Town vs Rochdale
Eastbourne Borough or Dover Athletic vs Morecambe
Port Vale vs Milton Keynes Dons
Macclesfield Town or Wrexham vs Woking
Plymouth Argyle vs AFC Flyde
Barnsley vs Burton Albion
Hartlepool United vs East Thurrock United
Coventry City vs Worcester City
Oldham Athletic vs Leyton Orient
Canvey Island or Havant and Waterlooville vs Preston North End
Blyth Spartans vs Altrincham
Forest Green Rovers vs Scunthorpe United

Matches that will be screened live on the BBC or on BT Sport should be revealed in the next two or three days.


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27 October 2014 : FA Cup First Round : Glovers Given Home Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn against Crawley Town at home in the First Round of the FA Cup. The match will be played at Huish Park across the weekend of 8th/9th November 2014, with the default kick-off time for all fixtures being Saturday 8th November 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The full draw for the First Round will follow on this site shortly.

Matches that will be screened live on the BBC or on BT Sport should be revealed in the next two or three days.


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27 October 2014 : Glovers Dismiss 'Unfair, Unrealistic And Totally Misleading' BBC Survey
Yeovil Town have published a scathing response to the BBC Sport Price of Football survey, saying they have dismissed its contents as "unfair, unrealistic, and totally misleading". Their response comes twelve days after the BBC published their 2014 Price of Football Survey which compiles together a set of statistics aimed at drawing out what the average punter pays once they have turned up at a ground on the day and forked out for typical items such as a matchday ticket, a programme, a cup of tea and a pie.

The Glovers fared badly in the survey, being singled out by the BBC as having the most expensive admission prices in League One, both for the singular adult match ticket (based on a £25.00 ticket for the home terrace) and once the above extras were factored in, indicated that a 'typical' day out at Huish Park would cost that adult a total of £33.00. The BBC obtained their data by writing to individual clubs, with 176 surveyed across England, Wales and Scotland and a further sampling of 31 clubs in Europe.

The club's main beef with the survey appears to be that the BBC's data included Spanish side Real Madrid, although their website did not compare the Glovers with the La Liga side - their comparison was with Conference National side Alfreton Town, Bristol Rovers and Lincoln City, suggesting that the admission prices of those clubs were the same as Real Madrid. However, Director Ron Budden, via the club's website, has complained that the comparison is a false one:

"To compare Yeovil Town with Real Madrid is ludicrous. The Spaniards have capacity for 81,000 fans at the Bernabeu and a reported annual turnover of 604 million euros. We have a stadium capacity of 9,000. They are one of the worldís richest clubs so, of course, they can afford to set their ticket prices accordingly. Clubs like Real Madrid do not rely on gate money to the extent that we do."

The club's statement also gives exact Season Ticket sales for two of their League One seasons, citing 1,975 tickets sold for the 2012-13 season, along with sales of 2,569 for the current 2014-15 season. Figures for the 2013-14 season are not disclosed, however an early August projection just before that season estimated the club would sell around 2,700 tickets for that campaign. Budden believes that suggests the club are heading in the right direction on that front:

"We are clearly doing something right. And buying a season ticket equates to eleven free admissions. We do all we can to give our fans a good deal, and we are particularly keen to nurture the fans of the future. Our season ticket for youngsters under the age of sixteen is just £39 and £16 of that goes to support our Junior Glovers section which is flourishing."

The club also draw attention to alternative methods of booking tickets, which were not part of the BBC's Survey for any clubs, with supporters able to book tickets online up to 11.00p.m. on the night before a match at a lower charge (£5.00 less than the matchday price for non-junior tickets each, with a single £2.50 transaction fee added to the final number of tickets bought), as well as being able to book via phone or in person at the Huish Park Ticket Office in advance of the matchday for a lower price (a £2.00 difference between the pre-match and matchday price for non-junior rates).

A number of other Football League clubs have issued their own responses to the BBC's Price of Football Survey in the past fortnight. Coventry City agreed to remove their pre-match/matchday tariff structure, meaning that a spectator at the Ricoh Arena would pay £18.00 for their club's cheapest adult ticket instead of the usual matchday charge of £20.00. A few days later, Port Vale followed an identical path, reducing the cheapest matchday ticket at Vale Park from £22.00 down to £19.00 by removing their pre-match/matchday ticket price structure.


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27 October 2014 : Allen Explains Hoskins Decision
Barnet first team manager Martin Allen has given his views on why striker Sam Hoskins did not have his stay in North London extended for a further month. The Bees boss had told the press on Saturday that he expected the 21 year old's stay at The Hive to be extended for a further month, but today there has been a u-turn and the former Southampton academy player is on his way back to Huish Park.

Allen has hinted that the decision was his, rather than Yeovil's, and that an injury that kept Hoskins out of one of Barnet's recent games was on his mind when he made that decision, despite the striker having played the opening 70 minutes in their FA Cup game on Saturday:

"Iíve had a good chat with Sam. He has obviously picked up that little injury a couple of weeks back. He has scored some good goals for us and he has played his part in helping us during Charlie MacDonaldís injury."

Hoskins had been brought in as a temporary replacement for Charlie MacDonald who has been out with a knee ligament strain. The 33 year old's resumed very light training last week, and was expected to take up full training this week. Allen told his club's website that he was now planning to look for squad improvements in a different area, but praised Hoskins for his contribution during the month:

"We needed a centre forward and he has had a fantastic attitude. He is a first-class professional but we are not going to be taking Sam for another month. He has done a good job while he has been here but I have decided to look now in another direction."

Overall Hoskins made seven appearances for Barnet during his time at The Hive, scoring two goals in the process.


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27 October 2014 : Hoskins Makes Return To Yeovil Town
Despite reports on the weekend that they had wrapped up a loan extension for striker Sam Hoskins, Conference National side Barnet have announced that they will not be extending his current deal at The Hive. The 21 year old had featured seven times for the Bees, scoring two goals during his stay, and speaking after Saturday's FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round match, their first team manager Martin Allen said that Hoskins' deal would be extended for a further month.

This morning, Barnet have indicated that this will not be happening, and have tweeted: "Barnet FC can confirm that Sam Hoskins' loan from Yeovil Town has come to an end. Thanks Sam Hoskins and best of luck for the future!"

In turn, Hoskins has said on his Twitter profile: "Thanks everyone at Barnet FC for the support and the opportunity I received during my loan. I wish them all the best in their promotion push."

Given the u-turn, between Saturday and today, that would strongly suggest that Yeovil Town were unwilling to extend the former Southampton trainees loan deal, but that has not been confirmed.


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27 October 2014 : Gary Talks About Rochdale Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Rochdale kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about his team selection for that game, Rochdale's tactics, and also his thoughts on player recruitment, particularly regarding his plans for January. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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26 October 2014 : Leyton Orient Change Managers Again
League One side Leyton Orient have announced their third manager of the 2014-15 season. Having lost former Glovers manager Russell Slade to Cardiff City on September 24th, Slade's former assistant boss Kevin Nugent has been filling in as Caretaker Manager - a position that was upgraded for him to become Interim Manager a couple of weeks ago.

Unfortunately for Nugent, Orient's new Italian owners have tonight decided to switch managers yet again, with the former Swansea City player's position being downgraded to First Team Coach. In his place comes 43 year old Mauro Milanese - the club's Sporting Director, who will now assume the title of First Team Manager. He has no previous management experience, having previously held the title of Director of Football at Serie B side Varese, but does have a lengthy playing career, which included a spell with Queens Park Rangers, as well as two Italian national caps.

Milanese is recognised as being the party that entered Russell Slade's dressing room back in September, after a League One match, to tell him that he had one game left to save his Orient career. Slade later resigned to join Cardiff City - now Milanese will become the man in the dressing room on a permanent basis. There is no contract period disclosed.


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26 October 2014 : FA Cup First Round Draw Schedule And Ball Numbers
Tomorrow evening will see Yeovil Town enter the FA Cup First Round draw, along with all other League One and League Two sides. Yesterday saw the Fourth Qualifying Round matches played, leaving a maximum of 32 non-league sides left in the competition to potentially face one of the 48 Football League sides.

Historical tradition has always been for FA Cup draws to be made on Mondays, but the introduction of ITV and satellite broadcasters have seen that shifted to Sundays and often wrapped around a live match, rather than given its own dedicated slot. This season sees the old Monday draw restored, with the BBC taking back the rights in a joint contract with BT Sport that will run until 2018. As a result the FA Cup First Round draw will be screened live on BBC Two and also on BBC 5 Live radio, with a programme starting at 7.00p.m. and lasting 30 minutes.

The draw will be made from St George's Park - the Football Association's National Football Centre in Tatenhill, near Burton-on-Trent. In the studio, FA Cup winner Phil Neville and Derbyshire FAís Coach of the Year Tammy Snape will be doing the draw, watched by BBC Presenter Mark Chapman and 300 studio guests acting as the audience.

The three smallest clubs (by pyramid level) left in the competition are County Durham's Shildon, Devon side Willand Rovers and London's Greenwich Borough. Of local interest there is the possibility of coming up against non-league sides Bristol Rovers, Forest Green Rovers, Weston super Mare or Weymouth (who face a Tuesday night replay at Braintree Town).

Yeovil Town take Ball No.47 in Monday evening's draw. All of the Football League sides take No.1 - No.48 so if you hear us drawn against a side with Ball No. 49 or higher then we will be facing non-league opposition. The draw is done on a national unseeded basis, meaning that it's possible to face any of the other 79 clubs in the draw.

Ball numbers are as follows:

1 Accrington Stanley 2 AFC Wimbledon 3 Barnsley 4 Bradford City 5 Bristol City 6 Burton Albion 7 Bury 8 Cambridge United 9 Carlisle United 10 Cheltenham Town 11 Chesterfield 12 Colchester United 13 Coventry City 14 Crawley Town 15 Crewe Alexandra 16 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 Doncaster Rovers 18 Exeter City 19 Fleetwood Town 20 Gillingham 21 Hartlepool United 22 Leyton Orient 23 Luton Town 24 Mansfield Town 25 Milton Keynes Dons 26 Morecambe 27 Newport County 28 Northampton Town 29 Notts County 30 Oldham Athletic 31 Oxford United 32 Peterborough United 33 Plymouth Argyle 34 Port Vale 35 Portsmouth 36 Preston North End 37 Rochdale 38 Scunthorpe United 39 Sheffield United 40 Shrewsbury Town 41 Southend United 42 Stevenage 43 Swindon Town 44 Tranmere Rovers 45 Walsall 46 Wycombe Wanderers 47 Yeovil Town 48 York City

49 Spennymoor Town Or AFC Telford United 50 AFC Fylde 51 Grimsby Town 52 Norton United Or Shildon 53 Warrington Town 54 Alfreton Town Or Lincoln City 55 Macclesfield Town Or Wrexham 56 Chorley Or FC Halifax Town 57 Altrincham 58 Blyth Spartans 59 Chester 60 Gateshead 61 Tamworth Or Southport 62 Bristol Rovers 63 East Thurrock United 64 Forest Green Rovers 65 Dartford 66 Maidstone United 67 Gosport Borough 68 Weston Super Mare 69 Eastbourne Borough Or Dover Athletic 70 Weymouth Or Braintree Town 71 Worcester City Or Greenwich Borough 72 Canvey Island Or Havant & Waterlooville 73 Concord Rangers 74 Basingstoke Town Or Harrow Borough 75 Aldershot Town 76 Eastleigh 77 Bromley 78 Chelmsford City Or Barnet 79 Nuneaton Town Or Hemel Hempstead Town 80 Woking

All First Round ties are to be played on 8th and 9th November 2014, with the default kick-off time being 3.00p.m. on Saturday 8th November 2014.


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26 October 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Rochdale Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Rochdale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's views on the game, and also his own future at the club can be read via the link below.

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


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25 October 2014 : Hoskins Set For Bees Extension
Yeovil Town striker Sam Hoskins is set to have his loan spell with Conference National side Barnet extended. The 21 year old was given a one month stay with the Bees but has become a regular in their side during that time, making six starts and one substitute appearance, and scoring two goals, including one on his debut against Altrincham and then becoming the match winner in a single goal victory against Eastleigh.

Having been given permission to play in Barnet's FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round match against Chelmsford City today, he is now cup-tied in that competition in what was the final match in his first month at The Hive. However, Bees first team manager Martin Allen has said he already has a verbal agreement with Glovers boss Gary Johnson to extend his stay in North London, saying: "Yes, heís staying for another month" to the question of whether Barnet fans would see the former Southampton academy player again. Local paper the Barnet Times implies that the paperwork has not been completed yet, but that they see it as already agreed.

As revealed yesterday, centre-back Calvin Brooks has also had his stay with Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth extended for a further month. The club's other loaned out player - striker Adam Morgan - is on loan with Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone, but has not played any first team football for a month, partly due to the international break, but also due to him currently serving a two match suspension for a red card whilst playing for their Under-21 development side.

Link: Brooks Extends Terras Deal.


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25 October 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Rochdale 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.

NB: Whilst it is recognised that after a poor performance it may be hard to pick out three players worthy of the vote, such polls do build up a good picture of which players are playing reasonably consistently, and which players are continuing to drop below standards. However, please only select from players who got onto the pitch - if you select players who did not play today, your vote will be removed. Note the form does allow you to leave the selections empty if you can't think of a full list of three players.

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


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25 October 2014 : Johnson Admits All Managers Have A Shelf Life After Rochdale Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that even he may have a shelf life as first team manager, but insists that he will battle to turn around the club's results. The Glovers boss was reflecting upon a 0-3 home defeat that was the club's sixth match without a win, keeping them in the League One relegation zone at the end of the day.

Defensive woes cost them, with a Jack O'Connell and a brace from Ian Henderson giving Rochdale an easy win, that was greeted by both half time and full time boos from Glovers home fans, unhappy at the performance on the day as well as the club's League position. Having led the club to three promotions and an FA Trophy over his two spells with the club, Johnson was asked by BBC Somerset if his history with the club would buy him more time to turn things around. He said that was possible, but said that would be the sort of question the Board of Directors would need to ultimately answer:

"Maybe, I don't know - you're going to have to ask the boardroom that, and how they feel about it. But they've always been supportive over the years because we've always turned it around previously. Of course we've done what we've done. But of course everybody has a shelf life, and if people are deciding that's now then that's up to them. But from my point of view, and from Terry and Darren's point of view, we'll do all we can whilst we're in charge to turn it around."

Johnson added that he understood why the home crowd expressed their displeasure at the result, saying that they had every right to show their feelings on the defeat on the final whistle. But he said that hearing that did hurt him:

"Yes it hurts, but that's how the game went. We went 2-0 down quickly, but I didn't send them out there to go 2-0 down. We'd done a lot of work during the week on things. Then suddenly you're 2-0 down through a couple of poor bits of play. Of course it's disappointing, but I understand that (booing). We've had a lot of good days at Huish Park, and on the bad days people have got every right to express their opinion on how the game went, and I agree."

The Glovers boss insisted that his resolve to turn things around remained strong, and added that he felt a responsibility for the situation, given that it was his squad that he had assembled that was going out onto the field of play:

"It's strong, because this is the group that I brought in, and so there's no excuses that you've taken on someone else's group. At this moment in time it doesn't look a strong enough group, but I'm the one that's brought them in and I'm the one that's got to turn it around at this moment in time - or until somebody tells me otherwise."


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25 October 2014 : Yeovil 0 Rochdale 3 : Defensive Woes Gift Dale Easy Win
Yeovil Town slumped to their worst home performance of the 2014-15 season this afternoon, as they lost 0-3 at home to Rochdale at Huish Park. Once again defensive errors dominated the match, with a 6th minute corner from former Glover Michael Rose seeing Jack O'Connell getting an easy header to give the visitors the lead. Ten minutes later, Ian Henderson doubled the lead when Ryan Inniss miscleared a ball inside the box to give Dale a half time two goal lead. The same striker deservedly extended Rochdale's lead eight minutes into the second half when he converted a Matt Done cross, to leave Yeovil in 22nd place in the League One table, in an overall very poor performance.

The Glovers made two changes to their starting line-up with both right-flank players being dropped from the line-up. Seth Nana Twumasi had a slight knee problem that meant he was only fit enough to sit on the bench anyway, but Joel Grant was taken entirely out of the squad. Their places were taken by Jakub Sokolik at right-back and by Kevin Dawson on the right wing. On the bench AJ Leitch-Smith and James Berrett had recovered from injury, meaning that one player had to be left out of the squad entirely, with Grant the unlucky man.

The match started off in the worst way possible, with a sixth minute Michael Rose corner sparking the opening goal. Jakub Sokolik got his bearings wrong and lost Jack O'Connell as the ball came across with the Rochdale man having a comfortable header to put Dale 0-1 up. Set pieces were causing the Glovers back four plenty of problems in general, with O'Connell putting another header just wide, whilst Artur Krysiak made an excellent save from an Ian Henderson header.

Yeovil's chances throughout the match were few and far between, with Jordy Hiwula having a chance on goal blocked by excellent defending from Michael Rose who managed to push the ball out for a corner. Their efforts were not helped by Nathan Ralph going down injured 20 minutes into the match, and needing to be replaced by Sam Foley, having suffered some sort of upper leg injury after falling awkwardly. Foley took up his position on the left flank.

Just 16 minutes were on the clock when Rochdale doubled their lead, and again sloppy defending was at fault. A ball into the box saw Ryan Inniss only half clear the ball into the path of Ian Henderson and the former Colchester United striker fired home for a 0-2 scoreline. Henderson could have had another through a defensive error after Jakub Sokolik slipped but Artur Krysiak was one of the few Yeovil players shining, making an excellent save at his far post. Another Sokolik slip then saw Stephen Dawson break through and his cross saw Matt Done almost convert by the post, but the ball went wide.

Yeovil's best chance of the half came shortly after Jordy Hiwula had put a header over the bar. The Manchester City loanee was desperately unlucky to see another close range header blocked by Conrad Logan. But Stephen Dawson almost made it 0-3 on the break when he fired wide with Rochdale players queuing up to score. It had been a dreadful half defensively, and no surprise to find a number of boos on the half time whistle.

It was no surprise to find Jakub Sokolik being replaced at half time, with the Czech Republic player having struggled in what has been a problematic right-back area. His place was taken by AJ Leitch-Smith, with Kevin Dawson taking on the full-back position, whilst Jordy Hiwula moved to a right-wing position, with Leitch-Smith going up front. Rochdale almost extended their lead within a few minutes of the restart, with Artur Krysiak making a flying save to keep out Ian Henderson.

However, it only took eight minutes before they fell further behind. A cross from Matt Done allowed Ian Henderson to convert with a close range header to remove any chance of a comeback for the Glovers, and to give Rochdale a 0-3 advantage. It could have got worse after a Stephen Dawson cross was put into the box, but when the ball was pulled back across the goal, Ian Henderson found a linesman's offside flag denying him his hat-trick.

Another attempt to shake the team up came when James Hayter - who has started three games in eight days - had his legs saved for the closing stages of the match, with Sam Foley moving up front as Nathan Smith came on for the final 20 minutes. He forced Conrad Logan into one of his few second half saves, in what was a slightly more even closing stage to the game, but one in which you sensed Rochdale were merely playing out time and happy to just close down any unlikely chance Yeovil may have had of worrying the scoreline. In truth Yeovil were comfortably beaten from the 16th minute of the match onwards, and with them having gone six games now without a win, both results and performances certainly need a radical shift in the direction they are currently going in.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Rochdale 3.

Scorers: Jack O'Connell (0-1, 6 mins), Ian Henderson (0-2, 16 mins), Ian Henderson (0-3, 53 mins).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
12. Artur Krysiak
6. Jakub Sokolik 20. Ben Nugent 24. Ryan Inniss 19. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 3. Nathan Smith (69 mins for James Hayter) 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (46 mins for Jakub Sokolik) 11. Sam Foley (19 mins for Nathan Ralph) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi

Rochdale:
22. Conrad Logan 3. Rhys Bennett 5. Ashley Eastham 29. Jack O'Connell 25. Michael Rose 17. Scott Tanser 8. Matthew Lund 24. Jamie Allen 12. Stephen Dawson 16. Matt Done 40. Ian Henderson

Substitutes:
2. Joe Rafferty 6. Olly Lancashire 9. Calvin Andrew (66 mins for Jamie Allen) 14. Bastien Hery 18. Jack Muldoon 21. Jonathan Musangu 39. Joe Bunney (81 mins for Matt Done)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (76 mins, foul), Simon Gillett (foul).

Rochdale Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 17.

Rochdale Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 7; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Pat Miller (Bedfordshire). Assistant Referees: Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 3,601 (with 243 Rochdale supporters).


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25 October 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Rochdale at Huish Park. On Tuesday night, Sheffield United's main attacking outlet came down the Glovers right flank and thus it's not too surprising to find that is where the changes are made. Jakub Sokolik returns from injury and starts in a right-back slot, whilst Kevin Dawson who came on as a second half substitute in midweek keeps that position on the right wing.

As a result, Seth Nana Twumasi drops to the bench, whilst Joel Grant drops entirely out of the squad, with Aaron Martin another player who will be sat in the stands today - the defender is carrying an injury. James Berrett and AJ Leitch-Smith are fit again and take places on the bench meaning that for one of the few times this season there are more players than squad places. Striker Kieffer Moore's hamstring injury is the only other injury concern.

The line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
12. Artur Krysiak
6. Jakub Sokolik 20. Ben Nugent 24. Ryan Inniss 19. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 3. Nathan Smith 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 11. Sam Foley 15. Seth Nana Twumasi


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25 October 2014 : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town travelled to Port Vale in a League One fixture at Vale Park. The end result was a rather ugly 4-1 defeat with only an Aaron Martin goal four minutes from time providing a small bit of consolation.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielder Simon Gillett and on loan goalkeeper Jake Kean come out with some credit from fans. The winner of the poll was captain Joe Edwards. During the week that followed Kean returned to Blackburn Rovers at the end of his one month loan, and by the time team selection was done for the following fixture against Swindon Town, midfield duo Gillett and Edwards were two of only three players to survive the cull, suggesting that Gary Johnson's views on who had played reasonably at Vale Park strongly matched those fans who were at the game.

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

1. Joe Edwards 46 (4)
2. Jake Kean 29 (2)
3. Simon Gillett 22 (0)
4. Aaron Martin 14 (0)
5. Sam Foley 10 (1)
5. Kieffer Moore 10 (1)
7. AJ Leitch-Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.22
Performance : 2.89
Entertainment : 3.56
VOTES RECEIVED : 9


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24 October 2014 : Brooks Extends Terras Deal
Yeovil Town defender Calvin Brooks has extended his loan deal with Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth. The 20 year old was coming to the tail end of his first month's loan after this weekend's fixtures, but has agreed to extend his stay at the Wessex Stadium for a further month, taking him up to the tail end of November.

Since making his debut as a substitute in Weymouth's FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie against Bideford, he has gone on to make four first team starts, and has played a full 90 minutes in their last two league matches. As such, Terras first team manager (and former Yeovil Town trialist) Jason Matthews has agreed to keep him for another month. Brooks told the Dorset Echo that he was pleased to get the game time given that he wasn't getting on the field of play with Yeovil:

"Since I have been down there I have loved it, and getting the games has given me that little bit more of an edge in training when Iím at Yeovil in the week. One of the most important things for me is to feel wanted and feel like I can actually make a difference to a team. I havenít had much chance at Yeovil and Dorchester so to get it at Weymouth has been really good and Iíve had a lot of positive feedback from the fans."

Brooks added that he had been made very welcome on the Dorset South Coast, despite being a former Dorchester Town player who was on the Glovers books - two of Weymouth's main rivals! He praised Matthews for giving him a chance in his team:

"I want to thank all the boys for the way they have welcomed me and made me feel at home, when I go to the stadium now it doesnít feel like Iím just at a loan club. I have to thank Jase (Jason Matthews) as well for giving me the opportunity because I didnít have a lot of pedigree. I had Yeovil to my name but I hadnít done that much and I feel grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to play games."

One interesting snippet from the Echo is that they indicate Brooks is on a contract at Huish Park - previously he has been referred to as on non-contract forms with Yeovil Town. The paper describes the centre-back as being on a contract until January 2015, suggesting he had been given a half-season deal with the Glovers.


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24 October 2014 : Gary Previews The Rochdale Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Rochdale, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary speaks at length about Tuesday night's defeat at Sheffield United and the main problem areas, tomorrow's opponents Rochdale, and his ability to bring in new players into his squad. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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24 October 2014 : Johnson Warns Bringing In Fresh Blood Will Take Time
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has warned that it will take time for him to change his squad across the course of the season, and that it is unlikely to happen within days of a poor performance. The rather patchy showings during the 2014-15 season so far have seen the Glovers make good showings against the likes of Peterborough United and Swindon Town, but mix that up with a poor one against Sheffield United on Tuesday night, coupled with a dreadful match against Port Vale just under two weeks ago.

The Glovers boss has made clear that he will need to need to strengthen his squad between now and the end of the January transfer window, but told BBC Somerset that such changes would happen gradually over the course of time, rather than be situations where he could ship players out and bring new ones in within a matter of days:

"It doesn't come within days of poor performances. It comes over a period of time - you have to let the players know, let the agents know, and talk to agents. You've got to make sure that what you've got coming in is better than what you've maybe going out. Then there's got to be availability. People have got to want your players, and the players that you want have got to become available. So it's not done in just one or two weeks - it's done over a period of time."

Gary indicated on Tuesday night that he had been actively searching, but explained that was a continuous process, and not one that had a specific target or timescale in mind. He said the end goal was to ensure that the second half of the season was an improvement on the first, but didn't want his team to get too far adrift in the meantime:

"As I said to people on Tuesday night, we're looking all the time to try to improve our lot, and to try to improve our squad, and that's the nature of the game. We've got to get a consistency. The thing that I know is that we always get that during the second half of the season. But we mustn't be too far behind when that does happen. We suss our players as footballers, and we move on the ones that are not up to it, and we keep trying to build with the ones who are up to it. We know we'll get there in the end."


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24 October 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Rochdale
Officials for Yeovil Town's League One home match against Rochdale have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 25th October 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Pat Miller (Bedfordshire).

We've seen Mr Miller a a number of times over the years, oddly with all of the matches being away from home. He took charge of the City Ground defeat in April 2006 and for a Leyton Orient fixture in November 2006. On that occasion Miller caused outrage both on the Yeovil Town bench and amongst the visiting fans when bottling a late decision as Arron Davies was taken out, running into the box. Following those two, he was back in the middle for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Quarter-Final stage against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. On this occasion we failed to notice him.

Mr Miller took charge of Yeovil's 1-0 triumph over Charlton Athletic in the Carling Cup in August 2008. Despite us winning the match in a tremendous performance, we weren't quite so pleased with Mr Miller's definition of when a well-timed robust tackle becomes a reason to blow a whistle for an opposition free kick. Following Charlton but in the same season, he was in charge of the 2-0 defeat against Walsall in February 2009, where we had no significant complaints about his performance on the day.

During the following season, he took charge of a November 2009 away match at the Priestfield Stadium. Here he dished out six yellow cards and a red card to Jean-Paul Kalala. No complaints about the incident that caused JP to walk, given that it looked more like Eric Cantona at Crystal Palace than a touch of the beautiful game. However, there were a number of worthy complaints about what had gone on before, with Gillingham using some rough-house tactics to try to wind up both Kalala and Sam Williams with the pair on yellow cards. Manager Terry Skiverton felt his players deserved better protection from the match officials from that kind of tactic. Mr Miller also awarded Gillingham a penalty in the 10th minute that eventually won the game - no big complaints there.

We were due to have Mr Miller for the March 2011 match between Yeovil Town and Walsall, which would have been his first visit to Huish Park. Instead he was replaced by Roger East at the last minute - perhaps he prefers to only see us when we are on our travels? Instead he turned up at Griffin Park at the start of the following season for a 2-0 defeat against Brentford. We were beaten by the better team, but the match officials somewhat gifted the Bees their opening goal, by awarding them a penalty for handball when a Shaleum Logan cross struck arm of Nathan Jones - the crucial bit being that had his back turned towards the ball as he tried to use his body to block the cross - how can a handball be 'deliberate' if you can't even see the ball coming towards you? Terry Skiverton, who was manager at the time questioned: "if the player doesn't raise his arms, and he doesn't lean towards the ball and the ball strikes him, how is that supposed to be a penalty? I can't quite fathom it."

In the three years and two months that have past since then, Mr Miller has been conspicuous by his absence. That's not just a Yeovil thing - during the 2013-14 season, he did two games in August but no more after that. During 2012-13, he managed six matches, disappearing after October. This season he's already surpassed that total, with nine matches, featuring a relatively average count of 25 yellow cards and one red card. The big question is, after all this time will he finally make it down to Huish Park?

Mr Miller will be assisted by Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Link: April 2006 : Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil Town 1

Link: November 2006 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 0

Link: November 2007 : Swansea City 1 Yeovil Town 0

Link: August 2008 : Charlton Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Walsall 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2009 : Gillingham 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2011 : Brentford 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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23 October 2014 : YTFC Cycle Campaign Raise Fifty Grand From Boro Trip
Yeovil Town's YTFC Get Pedalling campaign have announced the amount of money that will benefit three charitable causes, following their mammoth charity ride earlier this year. The 2014 Get Pedalling campaign saw them travel 334 miles from Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium to Huish Park, with all 64 riders completing the journey in time for the club's final home match of the 2013-14 season.

The good news is that for all of the aches, pains, and saddle soreness, they have raised a total of £51,000 in sponsorship across all of the riders. That money will now be split three ways, with Prostate Cancer UK, St Margaret's Hospice and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust all set to be given a cheque for £17,000 each.

If that effort wasn't enough, tonight they are at their YTFC Get Pedalling 2015 launch night, where they are are going international with their 'Pedale de Paris' - a 386km ride that will commence on April 29th 2015 in the French town of Herblay and end five days later on Sunday 3rd May 2015 at Huish Park.

The 2015 efforts will benefit three charities again - with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust being joined by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the highly appropriate Cyclists Fighting Cancer charity. They also plan to use their publicity schedule to highlight the Organ Donor Register.

Even if you've missed their launch night tonight, there is still a chance for any budding cyclists to enroll and prepare for the trip. Drop ytfccycle@gmail.com an email or visit their website where you'll find information on costs. They are aiming to get up to 100 riders on this trip - hopefully they'll get as much support as they did during this year's campaign.


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23 October 2014 : Johnson Looking For More Drive And Flair In Attack
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson wants to see his team show more flare and passion when attacking the opposition goal in future games. So far this season, his side have netted in all bar four games, but perhaps significantly have only scored more than one goal in a game on two separate occasions, in the wins against Walsall and Bradford City. Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat against Sheffield United saw the Glovers create only a small number of chances, with the Blades back four snuffing out everything bar half chances, meaning that once they fell behind, it became increasingly unlikely that they would get back into the game.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that he felt the big atmosphere at the stadium, in front of 19,353 spectators, saw a few players fail to rise to the occasion, and he wanted to see a bit more drive from his players going forward in games:

"We didn't show enough flair or passion to go and score a goal. That means driving at someone, whipping a cross in, or having a diving header from a centre-forward. Or having the centre-forward getting in and being one-on-one with the goalkeeper like they were. That's what we need to create. It was a big old crowd and a very partisan crowd, and some of our lads didn't quite handle that on the day, for one reason or another. We certainly have got to do a little bit better when we go away to some of these big teams."

The Glovers boss felt that the 155 fans who had travelled to Bramall Lane in difficult weather conditions brought by the remnants of an Atlantic storm hadn't really got what their efforts deserved, and was frustrated that his team couldn't repeat the more positive showing on home turf in last Saturday's match against Swindon Town at Huish Park:

"A few days earlier (against Swindon) we did play very well, so it was disappointing. Huish Park is a place where the last good performance was - the last two were good in Peterborough and Swindon. So we've got to get that going again. We thank our supporters for travelling up to Sheffield in the eye of the hurricane Gonzalo, but we didn't really give them that much to sing about, or to warrant them making that long trip."


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23 October 2014 : Restaurant Offer For The Rochdale Game
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to enjoy some additional hospitality around their matchday on Saturday can eat in the Glovers Restaurant prior to the match. The Glovers take on Rochdale on Saturday 25th October with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and you can reserve a place in the restaurant by booking via the club's Ticket Office (01935-847888).

On offer for this weekend's match is a three course carvery for the price of £25.00. This entitles you to also use the restaurant bar before and after the game, as well as at half time, with a chance to mix with the players after the game. There will be a complementary matchday programme provided for each booking made.

Note that you must purchase your matchday ticket separately (or be a season ticket holder) and that the Restaurant operates under a 'smart casual' dress code. To place your bookings, call the Ticket Office now.

Glovers Restaurant offer for the Rochdale game - book now
Glovers Restaurant offer for the Rochdale game - book now.



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23 October 2014 : Gary Talks About Sheffield United Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Sheffield United kicked off at Bramall Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about where he sees some of the improvements needed in the team's play, the role that he wants Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula to play and how other players should be supporting him. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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22 October 2014 : Beer Tent Gains Approval
Further to the report earlier this month, Yeovil Town have had their planning permission for the Hospitality Marquee (aka the Beer Tent) approved. The application to South Somerset District Council was made due to the existing permission on the existing 'temporary' structure having expired in August 2008, and thus had been in place for the past six years without authorisation.

The new planning permission has been granted for a five year period. There had been representation from Brympton Parish Council for this to be pegged back to a one year period, on the basis that they had expected Yeovil Town to redraft its stadium development plans, following the withdrawal of the club's Food Store application. However, SSDC have authorised the full five year term as follows:

"Grant permission : Subject to the following : The following structures hereby approved namely the refreshment marquee, ancillary facilities and storage shall be removed and the land restored to its former condition on or before 31 October 2019 in accordance with a scheme of work to be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority."

The permission allows the football club to use the structure between the hours of 09:00hrs and 23:00hrs seven days a week. Note that does not imply alcohol licencing hours - it merely sets out the hours in which the club can use the Marquee from a business point of view. If the club want to extend the Marquee's use beyond October 2019, they'd need to submit a further planning application.

The Marquee has been in place since the summer of 2003, when it was intended to be used as a temporary facility for supporters, after the upstairs bars were restricted to Vice Presidents, Sponsors and corporate guests.


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22 October 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Sheffield United Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, 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 Sheffield United Away Game.


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22 October 2014 : Gary Johnson: We Needed All Eleven To Turn Up
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that two or three of his players dropped their standards too far when they came up against promotion-chasing side Sheffield United at Bramall Lane last night. Having all largely impressed during last Saturday's match against Swindon Town at Huish Park, the Glovers travelled to Yorkshire but lost out by a 2-0 scoreline.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the game that he recognised the qualities that the opposition had, but felt that was why all eleven of his players needed to perform at a top standard. He felt a number of his players dropped their standards which created weaknesses in his team:

"You're going to get games where you get beaten 2-0 by a club that's got the quality that they've got. But we had two or three that didn't turn up today, and that's what disappoints us. You need all eleven of them. Sheffield United showed a bit of power and pace and a bit of assuredness on the ball. I said before the game that we've got to keep the ball a little bit better, and we couldn't. We just made that same mistake where we pat-a-cake the ball down into the path of somebody, and then all of a sudden you're 1-0 down."

With Blades winger Jamie Murphy dominant throughout the evening, Johnson replaced winger Joel Grant with Kevin Dawson at half time in an effort to cancel out the dominance of the home side down that flank. The Glovers boss felt that Grant hadn't been doing enough to support full-back Seth Nana Twumasi by stopping his opposite number's runs:

"He didn't do enough. He was out there. But we said about stopping crosses, helping full-backs and unfortunately we didn't get anywhere near that desire and commitment that we asked for. We kept ourselves in the game without really playing that well. But we couldn't seem to get a foothold on that game today. Some of them have got to look at themselves a little bit and see whether they can affect this level."


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21 October 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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21 October 2014 : Sheffield United 2 Yeovil 0 : Blades Earn Comfortable Win
Yeovil Town went down to a 2-0 defeat against Sheffield United tonight at Bramall Lane as they took a slight step backwards from Saturday's promising display against Swindon Town. The Blades were the superior side, particularly in the first half, when Marc McNulty took advantage of a loose ball after Artur Krysiak could only parry a Louis Reed shot into his path. In a match in which the Glovers had to feed off scraps at times, the home side sealed the points midway through the second period when dangerous winger Jamie Murphy cut in from the flank to fire home, and send Yeovil back below the dotted line on goal difference once again.

Unsurprisingly given Saturday's performance against the Robins, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson selected the exact same starting eleven for tonight's fixture. The only alteration was an injury to midfielder James Berrett which meant that he didn't travel up to Yorkshire, resulting in the bench being a man light. Strikers Kieffer Moore and AJ Leitch-Smith and defender Jakub Sokolik continued their absence through injury.

Sheffield United took the lead just 14 minutes into the match with probably their first true chance of the half. Louis Reed shot from the edge of the box, but Artur Krysiak's parried save was a weak one and only succeeded in palming the ball into the path of Marc McNulty who was on hand for goalpoaching duties on the rebound. 1-0 down and inevitably the home crowd turned up the volume in response.

The home side's superiority largely came in their ability to keep the ball far better than Yeovil were able to, and also in the pressure that they exerted down the flank occupied by Joel Grant and Seth Nana Twumasi. Giving the ball away didn't help, with Artur Krysiak redeeming himself for the opening goal when he blocked a Stefan Scougall attempt that came through Ryan Inniss losing possession in his own half. The main positive at the break was that there was only one goal in it, and the Blades fans were becoming a little restless at their side's failure to turn the excess possession and territory into hard chances.

The second period opened with Yeovil making a half time change. Joel Grant's withdrawal for Kevin Dawson was no doubt a reaction to the problems down that flank, and that allowed the Glovers a chance to cancel out Sheffield United, albeit without creating too much at the other end themselves. Jordy Hiwula came close when defensive dithering between a Blades player and his keeper allowed him to break through, but referee David Webb awarded a foul against the Man City loanee, when he might have had a case for obstruction.

Minutes later, Sheffield United doubled their lead. A long pass from Louis Reed was flighted into the path of Jamie Murphy. The winger burst clear of Seth Nana Twumasi, cut inside and then fired home to double the lead, and to bring to an end any of the little nerves that the home team had been building up due to their single goal lead. Now settled with a 2-0 advantage, it was hard to see the game going any other way.

The Glovers managed to grab a few chances during the closing stages, when a Liam Davis cross saw Kevin Dawson head just wide of the post, and Jordy Hiwula had a couple of half chances that were snuffed out by Blades defenders. But the result was rarely in doubt throughout the night, and as a result, after Saturday's one step forward against Swindon that lifted them out of the relegation zone, they took one step back into 21st place - albeit only by virtue of their inferior goal difference in the extremely congested league table.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Sheffield United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Marc McNulty (1-0, 14 mins), Jamie Murphy (2-0, 67 mins)

Sheffield United:
1. Mark Howard
2. Craig Alcock 6. Chris Basham 17. Harrison McGahey 3. Bob Harris
20. Jamal Campbell-Ryce 22. Louis Reed 8. Michael Doyle 9. Jamie Murphy
10. Stefan Scougall
12. Marc McNulty

Substitutes:
7. Ryan Flynn (62 mins for Jamal Campbell-Ryce) 11. Jose Baxter (72 mins for Stefan Scougall) 14. Stephen McGinn 16. Ben Davies 21. Michael Higdon (62 mins for Marc McNulty) 24. Iain Turner 27. Terry Kennedy

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
12. Artur Krysiak
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 20. Ben Nugent 24. Ryan Inniss 19. Liam Davis
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 3. Nathan Smith (81 mins for Nathan Ralph) 5. Aaron Martin 7. Kevin Dawson (46 mins for Joel Grant) 11. Sam Foley (74 mins for James Hayter)

Sheffield United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Joel Grant (38 mins, foul), Kevin Dawson (61 mins, foul)

Sheffield United Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 7; Fouls: 18.

Referee: David Webb (County Durham). Assistant Referees: Ken Haycock (South Yorkshire) and James Mainwaring (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Joe Clark (West Midlands).

Attendance: 19,353 (with 155 Yeovil supporters).


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21 October 2014 : Team News For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for tonight's League One match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Having named eight changes for the Saturday match against Swindon Town but seeing significant improvement in the first team performance, manager Gary Johnson has opted for stability this time round with the same eleven players turning out for tonight's fixture.

There is one absent player from Saturday's bench, with midfielder James Berrett not having travelled up to Yorkshire because of injury. Striker Kieffer Moore, defender Jakub Sokolik and striker AJ Leitch-Smith remain out through injury.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
12. Artur Krysiak
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 20. Ben Nugent 24. Ryan Inniss 19. Liam Davis
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 3. Nathan Smith 5. Aaron Martin 7. Kevin Dawson 11. Sam Foley

Speaking as part of the build-up to tonight's match at Bramall Lane, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Somerset that he was expecting to play in front of a noisy crowd but hoped that his team would show the same level of commitment that they showed on Saturday against Swindon Town:

"They get great support and big support, and lots of numbers singing their songs. They've got songs that they sing that do get them going. They're a fit team because they do seem to be scoring a few goals at the end of games. But we can look forward to it now because we know that at least if I pick the same team, then there's going to be a commitment."

The Glovers continue to keep Artur Krysiak between the sticks tonight as he makes his third appearance for the club, and his second at League One level. Johnson praised his goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart for his work with the goalkeeper, as well as his current back-up Chris Weale, and felt that Krysiak had shown a good attitude in training over the two months that he hasn't been playing:

"Not once in the time that he's been here, has he dropped his head. Gareth Stewart has done a great job with him and Wealey in helping them get to a higher level than they were playing at previously. The players are slightly fitter, stronger and cleverer at the next level up, so we just had to get them sorted. He's done some good work with both of them."


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21 October 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Steps In The Right Direction
In the short gap between Saturday's home match against Sheffield United, and tonight's League One fixture against Sheffield United, there's a chance to contemplate a better weekend just gone for Yeovil Town. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers some of the changes made since the previous weekend, and the effect that had on what had been an extreme low point at Vale Park. Read on via the link below, and add your own views at the bottom of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Steps In The Right Direction.


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21 October 2014 : More Football And More Politics
Following last week's announcement by the Labour Party concerning their plans to give supporters a greater say in the running of their football clubs, the current coalition Government have unveiled their own plans that run along similar lines.

Sports Minister Helen Grant has set up a Supporter Ownership and Engagement Expert Group to meet in November, with representatives from the coalition Government, the FA, the Premier League, the Football League and Supporters Direct - the fans body that act as an umbrella group for Supporters Trust organisations - all invited to attend.

The group will be chaired by Joanna Manning-Cooper, who is a Marketing and Communications Director for the 2015 Rugby world Cup and also a member of Portsmouth Supporters Trust, as well as being one of Portsmouth's community shareholders. With Portsmouth's fans having taken ownership of their club away from a series of owners that racked up huge debts and a series of administrations, they currently stand as the biggest football club in the country that is wholly owned by their supporter base.

As yet, the current Government position hasn't been clear since a Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a report on the state of the game in July 2011, highlighting the lack of supporter representaton and the amount of risk-taking certain clubs were taking. However, Grant has outlined what her starting position is with respect to the committee's formation:

"Football fans are the lifeblood of the club they support. Owners, executives and managers may come and go but it is the fans that are the constant, loyally following their clubs through thick and thin. We want to see what more we can do to give fans a stronger voice in how their club is run, as well as looking at ways in which we can help remove some of the barriers to supporter ownership."

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore risks the wrath of some of his league's members by indicating that the country's top flight division is willing to back changes to the game that would give supporters a greater voice in the game:

"The Premier League supports the government's plans to remove legal obstacles which make it harder for fans to acquire shares in their clubs and so welcomes the creation of the expert working group. Dialogue with fans has helped shape recent regulatory changes, including stricter owners' and directors' tests, and tougher financial regulations and we will engage with the working group to identify where further improvements in company law or football rules and regulations can be made in removing unintended barriers to fan ownership."

The initial direction from all three major political parties suggests that in principle they are fairly aligned with a common goal of reforming football and forcing owners to engage with their supporter community, and have influence in the running of their clubs. However, with the last DCMS report currently three years and three months old, and its Committee Chairman John Whittingdale having given the the Football Association a supposed 12 month deadline to see change back in January 2013, it's clear that actions, rather than words, will provide the most compelling argument here.


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21 October 2014 : Alcock Set For Home Club Reunion
Tonight's match against Sheffield United will see former right-back Craig Alcock come up against a Yeovil Town side for the first time in his career. The 26 year old, who was based in the Wincanton area, was a product of the Glovers youth system, making his debut for the club in May 2007 and going on to make 121 appearances, scoring three goals. Despite seven years having past since that moment, he remains the last player to rise through the club's youth ranks, but left in 2011 to sign for Peterborough United, where he spent three years.

Alcock's move to London Road meant that he has never played against his first professional club. When the Glovers moved up into the Championship, Peterborough swapped places with them, falling into League One. He made 112 appearances for them before deciding to sign for the Blades on a free transfer in July. Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Alcock confirmed this would be a first for him, but that he would only be focussed on his new club:

"I came through the ranks at Huish Park and Iíve got so many fond memories of the place but sentiment doesnít come into it. Iíve never actually played against Yeovil before,Ē Alcock said. ďThings change quickly in football but there are still a few of the old faces from my time still around, Chris Weale, Nathan Smith and Gary Johnson of course, so it will be good to see them again."

With assistant manager Terry Skiverton another one of the faces Alcock will recognise tonight, the Truro-born player revealed that as a youth team player he was responsible for cleaning Skivo's boots:

"I was actually Terryís boot boy when I was coming through the ranks. He is probably the greatest defender that Yeovil have ever had and I donít say that lightly at all. Quite a few people were surprised when he stayed at the club to become a number two after being in the main job for so long but Terry is very loyal and thinks a lot of Yeovil. He wants what is best for them at the end of the day and, from what I can gather, still has a lot of input. Itís a very friendly football club and, while it might not be the biggest on the planet, thereís a real Ďus against the worldí mentality behind the scenes."

Link: Craig Alcock : Yeovil Town Appearances.


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20 October 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield United
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town head up to Yorkshire where they will take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in a League One fixture. The Ciderspace guide to the stadium and surrounding area, including directions, parking, ticketing, pubs and other such stuff can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield United.


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20 October 2014 : Ladies Captain To Hang Up Her Boots
Yeovil Town Ladies first team captain Rachael Edwards is retire from the game after Sundays final Womens Super League game of the 2014 season at Durham. The 34 year old, who has been a regular in the first team squad all season as a centre back, will play her final game in the green and white hoops up north, when her side play against Durham Women at New Ferens Park.

Edwards, who has been at the club for 8 years making close to 200 appearances, has been an integral part of the squad having also captained the side in the Womens Premier League over recent years before the club began life in the FA WSL. Having made this tough decision she said:

"Iíve been at the club for a very long time and Iíve loved every minute of my time here. The coaches, players and people who do everything behind the scenes are fantastic and I will miss each of them dearly. Itís been a difficult decision to make, however itís just the right time for me and for my family, itís time to spend more time with them and for the next chapter in my life. To finish my playing career being part of this squad and playing in the WSL 2 has been incredible and I will always remember it."

"To say I have played in a team which is part of the top 18 womenís football teams in the country is amazing and an opportunity for me to finish on a high. The journey the club have been on since I started with them has been unbelievable and they are only going to get better and really achieve things in the future."

Rachael Edwards, who plans to retire at the end of the Ladies' season
Rachael Edwards, who plans to retire at the end of the Ladies' season


Edwards added that this would not be the final time that she would be at a Yeovil Town Ladies match, explaining that she would be cheering from the sidelines in the future:

"Iím looking forward to being in the crowd and cheering them all on next season, I believe with the staff and players they have in place they can really go places. Itís hard to put into words how Iím feeling about playing my final game next weekend however I know Iíll be around my friends, playing the game I love and Iíll savour every minute. There are a lot of people I want to say a huge thanks to and over the next week Iíll get the opportunity to do that, but just to say a huge thanks to everyone involved with the club and to the management team and my teammates, Iíll miss you all very much and I canít wait to be your no.1 supporter next season."

Club Chairman David Mills commented on Edwards announcement by saying: "Rachael has been an outstanding player, Captain, Welfare Officer and role model for the Club. A few years ago Rachael almost retired but had a last minute change of mind. This proved to be a great decision as ever since, she has just got better and better as a player and I think this season has been her best ever. Great players should sign off at the top of their game and Rachael Edwards is a YTLFC 'Hall of Fame' level player."

Manager Jamie Sherwood added: "To lose a player of Rachaelís stature within the club, with be very difficult to replace. Her influence on and off the pitch has been crucial. Her leadership and enthusiasm for the game is second to none. The club has grown dramatically and Rachael has been integral to that growth and whoever wears her number five shirt in the future, will have a lot to live up to."


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20 October 2014 : Sheffield United Ticketing Update
Yeovil Town travel to play Sheffield United in a League One fixture at Bramall Lane tomorrow evening. The 7.45p.m. kick-off was initially set as an all-ticket game. However, the Blades have now indicated that this position has been relaxed and tickets WILL be available on the night - but at increased prices.

The Huish Park Ticket Office will hold advance tickets sales until 11.00a.m. on Tuesday morning for those who haven't got one yet - give them a call on 01935-847888 or visit in person.

For those who choose to pay the increased prices, there is a dedicated away ticket office situated next to the Away Turnstiles at Bramall Lane. You will need to pay Cash Only. For pricing, see the original article below.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town.


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20 October 2014 : Officials For Sheffield United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One fixture between Sheffield United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Bramall Lane on Tuesday 21st October 2014, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee David Webb (County Durham). For the avoidance of doubt he is not THAT David Webb - the idea of having a former manager and club owner officiating the game might go slightly against league rules.

This particular David Webb is from County Durham, which probably explains why we've not got much history with him, even though he's been at Football League level as a referee since the summer of 2008. We've had him just twice. The first was for an away match against Notts County in September 2010 at Meadow Lane. That game was a bit of a car crash - we lost 4-0 with a team that included Luke Ayling as a right winger and Adam Virgo as a striker! We lost badly, and to be honest the end scoreline flattered us. The idea of attaching any blame to the match referee for it would be laughed out of town.

We then had him for a March 2013 away match against Hartlepool United. A bit of a dull game all round, with only a Paddy Madden shot off the underside of the crossbar theatening to break the deadlock. As for the officials - they didn't seem to get visibly involved, which was nice. Two Hartlepool bookings, but nothing shown in our direction, in what was a low key game and an eventual 0-0 draw.

Mr Webb started life as a referee 15 years ago after he spotted an advert in a football programme recruiting referees, and went into the Consett Sunday League in the North-East, whilst running the line in the Wearside League. Heading through the Northern League and the Football Conference, he spent just one season at Conference level before being promoted to the Football League lists in the summer of 2008. In early 2009 he was England's representative at the Dallas Cup international youth tournament and also took charge of the Under-16s international between England and Scotland during the same season.

Mr Webb will be assisted by Ken Haycock (South Yorkshire) and James Mainwaring (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Joe Clark (West Midlands).

Link: March 2013 : Hartlepool United 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2010 : Notts County 4 Yeovil Town 0.


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19 October 2014 : Gary Talks About Swindon Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Swindon Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset journalist Andy Howard, Gary talked about the huge number of team changes he made, the opposition tactics, and also his views on the pressure he was under as a manager to achieve results. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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19 October 2014 : Swindon Boss Frustrated But Backs Johnson To Succeed
Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper has said that he was 'frustrated' not to have won yesterday's match against Yeovil Town, despite finishing the game with ten men. The Wiltshire side played out the final 11 minutes of the 1-1 draw a man short after Nathan Thompson was dismissed for two bookable offences, handling the ball whilst lying on the deck for his eventual dismissal.

Cooper said after the match that he felt his side was outstanding in the second half, but admitted that they deserved to be behind in the game when James Hayter gave Yeovil a half time lead:

"In the first half we weren't fluent like we usually are and that's full credit to Yeovil. They have obviously watched us and they pressed us all over the pitch and we weren't good enough to cope with it. In the second half, I thought we were outstanding. We dominated the game and could have won it even with 10 men and we I'm frustrated we haven't won."

During the second period, former Glover Andy Williams secured Swindon a draw when his 71st minute conversion of a Jack Stephens cross saw the visitors threaten to steal more than just a point. Cooper said that he was pleased with the way the goal came but claimed that there had been a foul on Thompson just prior to the handball that saw him prematurely leave the field:

"We have to try and be better than that, but the equalising goal is what we are all about. It was great movement and a wonderful finish from Andy Williams and it gave us a real momentum. I think without the sending off we would have won and I see it as two points dropped. On the sending off, I thought it was a push on Nathan (Thompson), there's contact there which means it was a foul, but we were flabbergasted with some of the decisions."

In the lead-up to yesterday's game, Cooper - who like Glovers boss Gary Johnson has also managed Kettering Town and Peterborough United - came to the defence of his opposite number. With Johnson under pressure following the club's slow start to the 2014-15 season, the Swindon boss told the Swindon Advertiser that he saw the tendency to chop and change managers as being a modern 'fad':

"You never used to see a manager getting sacked, it was either his contract finished or he wanted to move to a different part of the country. I think now itís more of a trend thing, more of a fad, letís have a go at the manager and letís get the manager out. I think Garyís had to do a bit of surgery on his squad, which takes time to gel and itís not going to happen overnight for them. Heís brought some good players and Iím sure somewhere along the line theyíre going to get it going."

Cooper suggested that the way that social media worked could create a snowball effect against a manager, and added that he felt that Johnson needed time to allow his new signings to bed into the team and start working together:

"Heís an experienced manager, he knows that heís doing and heís had a lot of success. When you look at the surgery theyíve had to on the squad it takes time. You canít expect to sign that many new players and everything be ok after 10 games. Heís going to need a little bit of time. Thatís the society we live in. With social media, you lose a couple of games and someone puts it on the internet that a manager should be sacked somebody else does and it snowballs. Before you know it thereís a campaign to get the manager out, itís ridiculous."


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18 October 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Swindon Town Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Swindon Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Andy Howard, Gary's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Swindon Town Home Game.


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18 October 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
If you watched this afternoon's match against Swindon Town 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 Swindon Town.


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18 October 2014 : Johnson: We Got The Reaction We Were Looking For
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that he got the reaction from his players that he had been hoping for, following last weekend's poor 4-1 defeat against Port Vale. The club's 1-1 home draw against promotion-chasing Swindon Town was gained during an impressive first half that saw James Hayter open the scoring with his second goal of the season, converting a Jordy Hiwula pass from inside the box.

Swindon came back into the match during the second period and equalised on 71 minutes when former Glover Andy Williams inevitably converted a Jack Stephens cross, meaning that the points were shared by both teams. But Johnson told BBC Somerset that it was his side's turnaround from the previous weekend's performance that impressed him, and added that he was proud of the way his players had reacted to that setback:

"We certainly got what we were looking for. We got a first half especially that was full of competitiveness and the will to win, and that's the least that we had to show. We got our goal and deservedly so. Swindon play a game where their keeper (Wes Foderingham) is sometimes their best player in finding an outfield player and we decided we would go and shut that down. We got our goal because of it and we had a couple of chances. In the second half, Swindon went a little bit quicker forward, and we couldn't quite shut them down as much. I'd liked us to have been a little bit more assured on the ball. Swindon got their goal, but I'm proud of the boys because the turnaround from last Saturday (against Port Vale) to here was magnificent. We know we've got that 12 or 13 out there that gave their all today and we can only be proud of them."

Johnson's pre-match team selection was a radical one, making eight changes to his team's starting line-up as only Joe Edwards, Simon Gillett and Jordy Hiwula survived a rather brutal cull of players. That included a new back four and goalkeeper, including new Crystal Palace centre-back Ryan Inniss. Gary explained that he had prepared his team for those changes very early in the week, and had high praise for his new arrival:

"We made those changes early in the week. So the lads sort of knew what we'd be doing. We brought in an organiser at the back. Ryan Inniss is only young, but when he says something he says it in a way that people will listen. That's good because we needed to play our tactics and it was very important that our back four played how we wanted them to play. It worked out for us as far as that was concerned. Of course we're disappointed at drawing 1-1 from being 1-0 up, but because of last Saturday it was a great performance, and the supporters have seen that everybody is still well up for it."


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18 October 2014 : Yeovil 1 Swindon 1 : Williams Returns To Deny Glovers Win
Yeovil Town gained a home draw this afternoon against high-flying Swindon Town at Huish Park, in an end-to-end match that both sides could have won. In a match that the Glovers were the more impressive team during the opening period, they took the lead when Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula set up James Hayter inside the box to give them the lead at the break. The Wiltshire side came back into the game more during the second half, and they equalised when former Glover Andy Williams converted a Jack Stephens cross. Swindon finished the game with ten men as Nathan Thompson was red-carded for two bookable offences, but despite that man difference both sides finished still going for the win in an entertaining 1-1 draw.

During the week, manager Gary Johnson promised radical changes to his team, but few could have predicted that he would make eight changes to his starting line-up for the visit of a Swindon side who were only kept out of the automatic promotion slots by virtue of them having sat out the last two international breaks. Only Joe Edwards, Jordy Hiwula and Simon Gillett survived the great Port Vale cull, with the back four and goalkeeper being changed entirely, and new Crystal Palace loan signing Ryan Inniss being chucked in the deep end.

The first half saw a clash of tactics, as Yeovil's 4-4-2 battled against Swindon's 3-5-2 and the Glovers found most of their attacking outlets came at exposing the Wiltshire side's wing-backs. Liam Davis clipped the top of the crossbar with a ball into the box that ended up curling closer to the goal than perhaps he had intended, whilst visiting keeper Wes Foderingham was kept busy - pushing a Joe Edwards header out for a corner.

This was a typical local derby - even if Yeovil and Swindon don't have too much of a history between them it has always been a game that has seen plenty of feisty stuff. A couple of incidents involving Yaser Kasim and James Hayter seemed to set the tone of the game, with the Yeovil striker landing in the book, and then Kasim appearing to get involved in an off-the-ball incident with the same player that led referee Scott Mathieson unsighted and having to have a lengthy talk with his assistant referee before deciding that all he could do was issue a finger-wagging to both.

James Hayter was also crucially involved when Yeovil took the lead in the 34th minute. A poor clearance by Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham saw Simon Gillett rob Louis Thompson of the ball, and that set the Glovers on an attack led by Hayter. He passed the ball through to Jordy Hiwula, who pulled the ball back to his strike partner and Hayter converted from close range to give Yeovil a lead that their first half play deserved. They could have easily added to that lead during the ten minutes between the goal and the whistle, but Foderingham's actual goalkeeping was excellent, as he blocked another Hiwula effort.

Just before the break, former Glover Jonathan Obika had fallen awkwardly on a shoulder that had kept him out through injury in recent matches, and it was no surprise to find him replaced at the break, with Andy Williams the equally unsurprising replacement. His pace allowed Swindon to play a little more direct, in an attempt to use pace at the Yeovil back four, and he got an early chance through that sort of 'route one' approach - Wes Foderingham's long clearance finding the striker, but he blazed wide of the target.

This was real end-to-end stuff, with Jordy Hiwula having a shot blocked by Nathan Thompson, whilst Swindon's Nathan Byrne had a series of second half chances, with one whistling just wide of the goal frame. Yeovil fans thought Hiwula had scored ten minutes into the half when he caused the side netting to ripple - unfortunately his shot was the wrong side of the goal frame. Foderingham saved acrobatically again, as Simon Gillett's spin on the edge of the box, followed by a sharp shot saw the ball turned around for a corner.

But as the half wore on, a few Yeovil legs began to wobble a bit, and Swindon finally clawed their way back into it. Jack Stephens worked his way down the flank, and Liam Davis couldn't stop the cross from the by-line, allowing Andy Williams the chance to dart in and convert a 71st minute equalising goal in front of 1,545 travelling Swindon Town fans. 1-1 and the game was now very delicately poised.

In theory, Yeovil should have had the upper hand eight minutes later when Swindon's Nathan Thompson was dismissed for a second bookable offence. His decision to clutch at the ball after he fell to the deck, and attempt to influence the referee into awarding a foul his way backfired significantly as referee Scott Mathieson - no stranger to a red card in Yeovil Town matches during 2014 - dismissed the Robins captain for deliberate handball, leaving them having to play out eleven minutes with ten men.

Surprisingly, and to their credit, the remaining Swindon players made no attempt to shut up shop. Nathan Byrne kept the tiring Yeovil back four busy, as he twice fired shots on goal. Yeovil had late appeals for a penalty turned down as a shirt pull inside the box was ignored by referee Mathieson, and so had to settle for the point, and one that was probably - based on the balance of the two halves - a fair result for both sides. Most importantly though, they climbed out of the relegation zone on the back of that draw, and all players on the pitch showed a clear reaction to last weekend's poor showing at Vale Park. A draw can't be called a full turnaround on that, but it was certainly a big step in the right direction.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Swindon Town 1.

Scorers: James Hayter (34 mins, 1-0), Andy Williams (71 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
12. Artur Krysiak
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 20. Ben Nugent 24. Ryan Inniss 19. Liam Davis
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 3. Nathan Smith 5. Aaron Martin 7. Kevin Dawson (75 mins for James Hayter) 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley

Swindon Town:
1. Wes Foderingham
2. Nathan Thompson 5. Jack Stephens 6. Jordan Turnbull
3. Nathan Byrne 4. Massimo Luongo 8. Yaser Kasim 19. Louis Thompson 12. Amari'i Bell
9. Michael Smith 20. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
7. Ben Gladwin (61 mins for Amari'i Bell) 10. Andy Williams (46 mins for Jonathan Obika) 14. Jake Reeves 16. Connor Waldon 23. Jack Barthram 25. Tyrell Belford 26. Anton Rodgers

Yeovil Bookings: James Hayter (foul, 23 mins), Ben Nugent (foul, 74 mins)

Swindon Bookings: Nathan Thompson (foul, 43 mins), Louis Thompson (foul, 89 mins), Michael Smith (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: Nathan Thompson (handball, second bookable offence, 79 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 7; Fouls: 19.

Swindon Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 1; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). Assistant Referees: John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Chris Powell (Dorset). Fourth Official: Adam Hopkins (Devon).

Attendance: 5,679 (with 1,545 Swindon supporters)


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18 October 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town - EIGHT Changes!
Yeovil Town have made EIGHT changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home League One match against Swindon Town at Huish Park. Only midfield pair Joe Edwards and Simon Gillett plus Manchester City loan striker Jordy Hiwula survive from last weekend's nightmarish performance against Port Vale, as a complete revamp of the squad is made.

Three players drop out of the squad through injury, with Jakub Sokolik, AJ Leitch-Smith and Kieffer Moore all carrying knocks. A fourth change is forced - with Jake Kean returning to Blackburn Rovers last weekend, there's a chance for Artur Krysiak to get his first League One game between the sticks, with Chris Weale occupying the bench.

There are two players who return to the squad, with Joel Grant having completed his international duty, whilst Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent returns from a one match suspension. Both start the match, with Nugent part of a brand new back five - every player who was part of that defensive performance ar Vale Park is purged.

Striker Kieffer Moore misses the match due to a hamstring injury that he aggravated when coming on as a substitute at Port Vale last weekend. The team for this afternoon reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
12. Artur Krysiak
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 20. Ben Nugent 24. Ryan Inniss 19. Liam Davis
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 3. Nathan Smith 5. Aaron Martin 7. Kevin Dawson 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley

Swindon Town:
1. Wes Foderingham
2. Nathan Thompson 5. Jack Stephens 6. Jordan Turnbull
3. Nathan Byrne 4. Massimo Luongo 8. Yaser Kasim 19. Louis Thompson 12. Amari'i Bell
9. Michael Smith 20. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
7. Ben Gladwin 10. Andy Williams 14. Jake Reeves 16. Connor Waldon 23. Jack Barthram 25. Tyrell Belford 26. Anton Rodgers


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18 October 2014 : Yeovil Town vs MK Dons : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played their last home match, when they took on Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park in a League One encounter. It had been a relatively even encounter until Ben Nugent's dismissal in the 66th minute swung the game in the visitors' favour. They ran out with a 0-2 scoreline and a disappointing end to the match for the Glovers.

Man of the Match voting saw a significant spread of opinion, with all 14 players who got on the field of play clocking up top three nominations. Near the top of the pile, midfielder Joe Edwards and right-back Seth Nana Twumasi got praise, with Simon Gillett's return to the team also seeing him pick up where he left off with another assured performance. However, the poll winner was striker James Hayter, who was off the pitch by the time the poorer section of the match ultimately lost the Glovers the game.

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

1. James Hayter 88 (6)
2. Simon Gillett 74 (3)
3. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 68 (4)
4. Joe Edwards 64 (4)
5. Aaron Martin 52 (4)
6. Jordy Hiwula 46 (2)
7. Nathan Ralph 36 (2)
8. James Berrett 20 (0)
9. Ben Nugent 16 (1)
10. Joel Grant 12 (1)
11. Nathan Smith 8 (0)
12. Jake Kean 4 (0)
13. AJ Leitch-Smith 2 (0)
13. Jack Price 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.9
Performance : 4.97
Entertainment : 4.83
VOTES RECEIVED : 29


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17 October 2014 : Gary Previews The Swindon Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Swindon Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Gary spoke about new Crystal Palace loan signing Ryan Inniss, the team's current form and the players reaction to last week's defeat, the possibility of players departing the club in the long run, and of course his views on the opposition. That can all be read via the link below.

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


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17 October 2014 : Football And Politics
With the General Election looming next year, there are signs that the major political parties are looking to put forward their case for how they would deal with some of the issues surrounding the football industry. Overnight, the Labour party issued a press statement laying down their current policy position and what they would seek to do if they were elected to Government in May 2015.

They highlight three areas of concern, highlighting where they feel the football industry has failed fans over the years. These include:
a) Club owners going directly against the majority view of their supporters - Coventry City's exile in Northampton, Cardiff City's change of club colours from blue to red, and Hull City's attempts to rebrand themselves as Hull Tigers
b) The continued high number of debt and insolvency cases - citing that 36 Football League clubs have entered administration since 1992.
c) High ticket prices - as highlighted in this week's BBC Sport Price of Football survey.

Labour's proposals are for fans - using a modified version of the Supporters Trust structures - to be able to have greater influence over the running of their football clubs. Their plans include the following:
a) Supporters Trusts interested in opting into the plans would become Industrial and Provident Societies
b) They would have the right to purchase up to 10 percent of the football club share allocation
c) They would have the right to be represented in the boardroom with up to a quarter of the Board of Directors, or a minimum of two Directors, whichever is greater
d) They would have the right to obtain, by virtue of a confidentiality agreement, financial and commercial information about their club
e) The Government legislation would offer training to Directors appointed under such a scheme, concerning their role.

Currently only 14 clubs out of the top 92 have a Supporters Director on their board. Meanwhile only eight Supporters Trusts own more than 10 percent of their football club, whilst only four clubs - all in League Two - are run wholly by their Supporters Trusts. Only one club at Premier League level - Swansea City - has a Supporters Director position channelled through their Trust.

The Football League have given a luke warm response to these proposals, with Chief Executive Shaun Harvey perhaps not appreciating that his former club Leeds United were singled out as an example of a club that had suffered financial failure. Harvey claimed the proposals might put off future investors:

"As ever, we welcome dialogue with the political parties regarding football, as our clubs represent communities across England and Wales. Many of the individuals that choose to invest in football do so without expecting any financial return on their investment, as they too are supporters of their club. Instead, they do so for a variety of different reasons and we have to be careful not to create barriers that act as a disincentive to the next generation of owners and directors, as the game will only suffer as a consequence."

Harvey also seemed to blur the boundaries between share ownership, and a funding commitment by suggesting that buying shares in a football club would expose them to 'unacceptable levels of financial risk', despite share ownership and operational business plans being wholly independent of each other:

"It is also important to understand any proposal for supporters to have a legal right to purchase a stake in a club within the context of the obligations that come with it. For example, the average annual loss of a Championship club in 2012-13 was more than £13m with that shortfall having to be met by the clubís shareholders to enable it to continue playing football. Improved communications with supporters shouldnít come at the cost of exposing those same supporters to unacceptable levels of financial risk. From personal experience and that of club directors that I speak with, there is no surer way of jeopardising a Saturday afternoonís enjoyment than being responsible for it on a Monday morning."

The Liberal Democrats also covered similar ground in their Party Conference earlier this month. Whilst their conference debate doesn't form official party policy, activists present appeared aligned with Labour, referencing club debt, excessive admission prices and incompetent owners as covering the game's problems. The LibDems say they will look to make homophobic chanting a criminal offence, help beef up the FA's Fit and Proper Person Test for owners and directors, whilst taking a greater share of the current television rights agreement to support grass roots football development.

In terms of the individual parties, the Conservatives have yet to show any obvious policy concerning the football industry. However, the current coalition Government has used the Commons Culture, Media and Sport committee published a report in July 2011, concerning the health of the game. Committee Chairman John Whittingdale said at the time that the report highlighted concerns regarding the Fit and Proper Persons Test, the practice of selling land assets to raise funds, the lack of investment in grass roots football and the need to restructure the Football Association. In January 2013, frustrated at the failure of the FA to make changes to the way the game was run, Whittingdale claimed that if these sorts of changes weren't introduced that the Government would aim to force legislation to make that happen:

"While some progress has been achieved, much greater reform in football is needed to make the game inclusive, sustainable and driven from the grass roots. The proposals for reform so far simply don't address the fundamental problems: the licensing model, the way supporters are engaged at club level and the membership of the Main Board, which is not fully representative. In addition, the financial risk-taking by clubs is a threat to the sustainability of football as a family and community orientated game. This central issue must be addressed. We recommend that the DCMS (Department of Culture, Media and Sport) make it clear to the football authorities that further progress on these issues is expected within twelve months. If football cannot reform itself, the Government should introduce legislation as soon as practically possible."

Despite the twelve month deadline, nothing further has been forthcoming, and is unlikely to be on the priority list before next year's General Election. Meanwhile, as the BBC Sport survey showed this week, the need to reform the game in many areas continues to sit on the agenda.


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17 October 2014 : Outgoings On The Horizon As Johnson Reshapes Squad
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he expects there to be further outgoings as he attempts to shape his squad over the coming months. The Glovers currently have three players out on loan, with Sam Hoskins (Barnet), Adam Morgan (St Johnstone) and Calvin Brooks (Weymouth) getting first team football elsewhere.

With a number of poor results - particularly last weekend's 4-1 defeat against Port Vale - so far this season, the Glovers boss is keen to make changes to his squad, but is constrained by the fact that the only movements he can make either way lie in the Emergency Loan market - with permanent transfers either way only possible in two-and-a-half month's time.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that he would ultimately be telling players where he felt that they didn't have a future at the club, but said that there were no outgoings specifically lined up at this point in time:

"We're anticipating outgoings, but that doesn't mean that's going to be soon. There's nothing in the pipeline just now. We're just going to assess the squad, as we always say we do around this time. We'll let the lads know which ones we think will take us further and which ones won't. But at the same time you've still got to have people that can come in and do the job."

Despite the arrival of Crystal Palace centre-back Ryan Inniss on a month's loan yesterday, Johnson said that he was under no direct pressure to reduce numbers in his first team squad, explaining that the club's Board of Directors were allowing him to manage that at his own pace:

"The board don't put me under that sort of pressure. They all know that I'll get it back to even-stevens as soon as I can. But sometimes you have to get in before you can get out. That's the situation - it was the situation with the goalkeeper last month. We weren't able to get a club that needed a goalkeeper at the time (for Chris Weale or Artur Krysiak to go out on loan)."

In terms of incoming fresh blood, Johnson said that was on his mind as well, with the need to keep the available number of first team squad players high. However, he warned that wages and consequently the experience of players that he would be able to recruit would be strong factors in what he brought in:

"You just have to wait and see who is available and who is not, whether there's a position for him, and what the salary is because that's very important. Generally you're going to get younger players with potential, as opposed to the ready-made player who has had 200 games experience."


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16 October 2014 : Nugent Given Orient Management Job
League One side Leyton Orient have appointed a replacement to Russell Slade, following his departure to Cardiff City. They have given his former assistant Kevin Nugent the title of Interim Manager until the end of the 2014-15 season, according to East London paper, the Ilford Recorder. Nugent has been in the Caretaker Manager position since Slade's departure, and had made clear that he did not plan to follow his boss to South Wales, preferring to persuade Orient's new Italian owners that he was the man for the job.

Nugent has told the paper that the decision to give him the First Team Manager's job was made last Friday, prior to their trip to Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground, but due to the importance of the fixture he chose to keep that under his hat to not divert attention away from the match. Nugent explained that he had never been in doubt that the position was his to take:

"Itís been business as normal since this whole situation has arrived. Itís slightly different now because on Friday I signed an amendment to my contract which gives me a role to manage the team on an interim basis. I have been given the role as interim manager and my contract has been amended to that. That was signed on Friday before the Sheffield United game so I am very happy about that."

The former Swansea City player said that he had even kept last week's news away from his players, as he wanted the headlines to be kept on their 2-2 draw that was obtained thanks to a Romaine Vincelot equaliser in the 99th minute of the match, despite Orient being down to ten men. Because of that drama he wanted to make sure that his players got the focus and not himself:

"The players didnít know the whole situation. Itís been ongoing and I spoke to the press but I didnít want to take anything away from the players spirited performance so I didnít want to speak about my own situation because there has been enough about it. The main thing for me is to focus on getting us climbing up the league table. I spoke to the players on Tuesday (about the appointment) and they know that I will be running it as I see fit now. Iíll be picking the side and anything to do with the football side is down to me now. Thereís no excuses on who is or isnít in charge. How long that lasts I donít know. If I was to go back to number two I certainly donít fear that situation, thatís fine."

Nugent's appointment should bring an end to a series of speculative articles in the West Country local media that attempted to connect Gary Johnson's name with the vacancy at Brisbane Road. The East London press have not mentioned Johnson's name at any stage, and have largely centred upon the length of time it has taken since Slade's September 24th resignation for the position to be filled. Nugent's decision to leave the appointment under wraps for six days elongated that process a little further.


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16 October 2014 : Glovers Take Crystal Palace Teenager On Loan
Yeovil Town have made a new loan signing this afternoon. They have taken on Crystal Palace centre-back Ryan Inniss on a short term youth loan deal. He is a 19 year old player who was born in Penge on June 5th 1995, and has been on Palaces books since the age of 14. He captained their Youth Team during the 2012-13 season, having been given a professional contract with them at the age of sixteen.

He is a former England Under-16 and Under-17 player who played 13 times across the two levels, and although he has not played for Palace's first team, he has first team experience through loan spells with Cheltenham Town (4 appearances), Luton Town (3 appearances, one goal) and Gillingham (three appearances). He stands at 6'5" tall.

The club have already indicated that defender Jakub Sokolik is carrying an injury at the moment, whilst Seth Nana Twumasi was absent last weekend with a knock. Thus with the back four leaking four goals last weekend, this would seem to be a reaction to both those factors as the Glovers attempt to plug the holes in their defence. He will be eligible for Saturday's match against Swindon Town.

The deal runs until mid-November, with Crystal Palace indicating that will allow him to play in up to five matches, suggesting that it will run until after the club's FA Cup First Round weekend match.


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16 October 2014 : Become Part Of Yeovil Town's Team In Paint Pot Challenge
Yeovil Town's exit from the 2014-15 season Johnstone's Paint Trophy competition was not one of their finest moments, with a home defeat against League Two side Portsmouth ending their participation after just one round. However, despite the early exit, they will still provide some input into the competition sponsors' initiatives a part of the Johnstone's Paint Pot Challenge.

The club will be the fourth team to take part in the competition, and the sponsors are looking for a Yeovil Town supporter who can join ten nominated players and management team who will be testing their ball skills and accuracy. The Paint Pot Challenge sees entrants try to chip the ball from the angle of the penalty area into a giant inflatable paint pot placed on the six yard line. A successful chip in is worth 10 points while one point is accumulated each time the paint pot is hit.

Currently this season's competition is led by Portsmouth who have 15 points to their name. Fans wanting to enter the competition to act as the 11th man should go to this Johnstone's Paint web page and provide your details before noon on Monday 20th October. Johnstone's Sponsorship Manager Ben Wilde has said of the competition:

"Itís a big hit with players and supporters alike and the 11th man competition is a fantastic chance for one lucky supporter to join the players at the end of the training session and not only represent their club but test themselves against the professionals. We would like to thank Yeovil for taking part in the Johnstoneís Paint Pot Challenge."


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16 October 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's League One fixture against Swindon Town have been published by the Football League. The match tapes place on Saturday 18th October 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). We can find nine previous instances of Mr Mathieson taking charge of a Yeovil match, with seven of the nine being on our travels. On the whole the experience has been pretty good, bar our most recent meeting, which became a rather talked about match - more of that one shortly.

Our earliest encounters with him saw a contested penalty decision that went against us against AFC Bournemouth in December 2005 at Huish Park. However, he did award another spot kick at the other end, so we mustn't grumble too loudly. He also gave us a spot kick up at Shrewsbury in September 2004, although Super Gav didn't take advantage of the two attempts he got to put it in the net.

We saw him for the Carling Cup match at the Riverside Stadium in August 2008, where we played Middlesbrough and lost 5-1 on the night. No suggestion that anything other than Premier League class was to blame for the margin of that scoreline. Then came the March 2011 home game against Brighton and Hove Albion, with the Seagulls heading for promotion - again nothing too much to say about him on that night, except that if anything he overlooked a few possible bookings against us.

After that he took charge of the February 2012 match against Carlisle United. There he gave the Cumbrians a penalty after Bondz N'Gala blocked a Jon-Paul McGovern cross with his arm. We had a mini-grumble about how close N'Gala was to the ball when it was hit into the box, but it seemed to be one of those "I've seen them given, and I've seen them not given" sort of decisions. Otherwise, he did okay, although the Carlisle press seemed to have some non-specific grumbles about him being a bit picky during the second half.

We then had him twice during the 2013-14 season. The first was in November 2013, and happy days it was. The 3-0 away win over Watford came as part of a decent quality game, in which the home side played their part. From the referee's point of view, we barely saw him, which is always a good thing. The Western Gazette said he "had little to do in a tempered match, allowing the encounter to flow" - two yellow cards raised, both at Glovers players.

However, for the March 2014 match against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, he became the unexpected headline-grabber. He was the man who sent off three Yeovil Town players, leaving us playing out the match with just eight men, and having to deal with seven minutes of injury time. Somehow we secured a 1-1 draw. The match had been a normal one until the 66th minute when Mr Mathieson issued a red card to Byron Webster for a professional foul on Danny Guthrie. The FA's Appeals tribunal ruled that decision was incorrect - had it not happened then the desperate tackling that occurred later in the match may not have induced the other red cards.

The second dismissal issued to Joe Ralls seemed to involve the referee caving in under pressure after he was surrounded by Reading's players following a foul by the Cardiff City loanee - the official's body language had suggested a yellow was coming at first. The final red card couldn't really be disputed - Kieffer Moore picked up two quick yellows although even then his second booking seemed to be as a result of the lack of numbers on the park, as he stretched in a late tackle. The feeling was that everything initiated from that incorrect penalty decision against Webster, and Mathieson's control of the game unravelled from that moment onwards.

Mr Mathieson will be assisted by John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Chris Powell (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Adam Hopkins (Devon).

Link: March 2014 : Reading 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2013 : Watford 0 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: February 2012 : Carlisle United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 - 1 Brighton and Hove Albion.

Link: August 2008 : Middlesbrough 5 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: April 2008 : Carlisle United 2 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: December 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 - 1 AFC Bournemouth.

Link: September 2005 : Bradford City 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: September 2004 : Shrewsbury Town 1 - 2 Yeovil Town.


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15 October 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Paying The Price
In what has been a busy week with a lot of talking points, the BBC's Price Of Football survey results provided some interesting media coverage for Yeovil Town. The latest Taff's Gloversblog covers some reaction to that specific point, as well as some thoughts on this week's comments from Gary Johnson and John Fry and the current goalkeeping situation. Read on via the link below, and as usual the comment box is for everyone to use, at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Paying The Price.


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15 October 2014 : BBC Survey Labels Yeovil Town As Most Expensive League One Club
Yeovil Town have fared badly in the annual BBC Sport Price of Football survey that has been published today. The survey provides a simple breakdown of the costs of following each football club based on them obtaining prices for a club's cheapest and most expensive ticket price, a pie, a cup of tea and a programme. The survey then compares clubs in each division to see what fans are typically paying across all clubs.

The big highlight is that Yeovil Town are labelled as being the most expensive matchday ticket in League One. They cite the £25.00 it costs for an adult to gain access to the home terrace for League One matches, pointing out that it's more expensive than five Premier League clubs. At the other end of the scale they single out Rochdale (£15.00), Fleetwood Town (£17.00), Crawley Town (£18.00) and Swindon Town (£18.00) as offering the cheapest deals for their fans.

Inevitably their total cost of a day out - one ticket, one pie, one programme and one drink - sees the Glovers fail badly for the same reason - Rochdale are costed at £21.50 in comparison with Yeovil Town's £33.00. For season tickets the Glovers come in somewhat better, with the £299.00 cost of a cheapest ticket comparing with Fleetwood Town's £179.50 and Chesterfield's £345.00 at the opposite ends of the spectrum.

Overall, the statistics paint a damning picture of English football. In the past season across all four divisions, they've ramped up the most expensive matchday ticket by an average of 5.2% whilst the cheapest ticket has gone up by an average of 13% over the past twelve months. When compared with the national rate of inflation - currently 1.2% - and the average wage rises across the country - currently 0.6% - then there's no doubt that the cost of football is comfortably outstripping the cost of living and the amount of spare cash fans will have in their pockets.

The BBC also provide comparison with the European football leagues, where there is far more spread in prices. They note that you can watch a match at Barcelona or Real Madrid for around the same price as Conference National side Alfreton, whilst the likes of Benfica, Porto and Sporting Lisbon offer season tickets for under a hundred pounds - cheaper than every top four division side. Whilst few of us can justify the travelling costs to such a venue, it shows a general problem with the way that English football has inflated in its costs whilst our European counterparts have gone in the other direction.

There are of course some inevitable flaws in the BBC's price of football survey, even though it should be taken as a good yardstick of how prices compare, and what the trends are. They single out Kidderminster Harriers as having the most expensive pie in the country at £4.00. But those who have sampled the Aggborough catering would know that this is no mass-produced over-cooked dried up Pukka Pie - Harriers have had a long standing reputation for their locally produced food, with their pies being safely comparable with a decent pub meal. You pay more, but you get value. The survey also can't cater for membership schemes, ticket package offers and other such things that may bring the prices down for the consumer. However, for the casual punter who may not be want to subscribe to such scheme, and wants to buy a walk-up ticket half an hour before kick-off, they provide useful data.

This morning BBC Somerset have covered this survey as part of their 'Breakfast' programme, with the above statistics being highlighted. They asked in advance to speak to someone from the club but have indicated that they have been unable to get hold of the nominated spokesperson to provide comment on the published statistics today.


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14 October 2014 : Chairman Fry Calls For Patience In Turning Around Bad Run
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said that those associated with the club need to show 'patience' in allowing manager Gary Johnson a chance to turn the club's fortunes around. On the back of three consecutive defeats, including the club's worst performance of the 2014-15 season so far, there's been a fair bit of soul-searching amongst the Huish Park ranks, whilst Johnson himself gave interviews to BBC Somerset and BBC Points West yesterday evening.

Fry himself said ten days ago that he regarded the start to the season as a bit disappointing but in a statement on the club's website he has warned that people should not see the situation as a crisis, and still sees Johnson and his backroom team being a strong asset to the club:

"Three defeats are not what we as a club want to see, but it hardly constitutes a crisis. In my opinion Gary Johnson, Terry Skiverton and Darren Way are without doubt amongst the best coaching and management team in this league. Gary has already stated that after ten games he will review where we are and he is reviewing his whole strategy from coaching methods, injuries and personnel right now. I firmly believe he will get the team back to winning ways very soon."

Fry perhaps implicitly referred to some of the dissent heard in the away stand at Vale Park on Saturday, by saying that supporters voices are often heard in such circumstances. However, he spoke of the need to provide the team with a positive atmosphere against Swindon Town on Saturday, rather than allow those views to spill over into a match situation:

"Every football fan wants their team to be winning and I know Yeovil supporters are no different. But we need their total support at this time because theirs are the voices that are always heard first. What is needed now is patience to allow the manager and his coaching team to get that confidence back into the squad. It will come back, of that I am sure, but letís try and all stick together and generate some positive atmosphere at Huish Park on Saturday."

Yeovil Town take on Swindon Town in a League One match at Huish Park on Saturday 18th October, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.


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14 October 2014 : Gary's Local Radio Studio Interview
Yesterday evening, just before Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson headed into the BBC Points West studio for a television interview, he also passed through BBC local radio studios for a chat. Joining BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner live on his 'Drive' programme, Gary gave a more expanded view on his team's current situation. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To BBC Somerset About The Club's Current Form.


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14 October 2014 : Ladies Fund-Raising Bingo Night This Weekend
This coming Friday night, Yeovil Town Ladies are hosting another Bingo Night. This is the third event they have arranged along this theme, and is aimed at raising funds for their club, as well as giving them a bit of light relief at the end of their first ever FA Women's Super League season.

The event takes place at Huish Park in the upstairs bars on Friday 17th October 2014. Doors will open at 7.00p.m. where the bar will be open for drinks. The event itself will commence at 7.30p.m. and last until around 9.30p.m. All supporters are welcome to attend - whether you've followed the Ladies team or not this season, you are welcome to turn up and support them on the night.

A pack of bingo game sheets will cost you £7.00, which contains ten games. You can also purchase singular 'dabber' sheets for £1.00. In addition to the game itself, there will also be a raffle for other prizes.

The event is being organised by Ladies Development manager Wesley Gullin and first team player Helen Bleazard. For any queries on the event, you can email Helen at helen.bleazard@hotmail.co.uk

The drinks bar will be open throughout the evening, whilst some of the Ladies squad are expected to attend, giving you a chance to chat to them and some of the people who have been part of their set-up throughout the 2014 season.


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14 October 2014 : Gary's Points West Studio Interview
Last night, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson appeared live on BBC Points West to talk about the club's start to the 2014-15 season, in the wake of the weekend's 4-1 defeat at Port Vale. With questions from sports presenter Alistair Durden, you can read what Gary said during that piece via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To BBC Points West About The Start To The Season.


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13 October 2014 : Kean Makes Blackburn Return
Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean has returned to Ewood Park at the end of his one month loan. The 23 year old has played in five appearances since arriving midway through last month, but manager Gary Johnson has decided against extending his spell at Huish Park.

Johnson has based his decision upon whether he regarded Kean as being 'head and shoulders' above existing pair Chris Weale and Artur Krysiak but told BBC Somerset that he felt that his two permanently contracted players should now be given a chance to compete for places in League One matches:

"Jake Kean has gone back to Blackburn now. We took him for that month as that's what we said we'd do, and we'd look at it and then see whether he was head and shoulders above the keepers that we had. CV-wise he's had good Championship games. He's had an injury, but they wanted him to get games and you couldn't turn that down. But over the course of the month he's done okay, but we didn't feel that it was worth it, with the two goalkeepers that we've got, to continue it when the other two keepers are waiting for their opportunities."


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13 October 2014 : Gary Johnson To Make BBC Points West Appearance
Yeovil Town first team manager Gary Johnson is to appear on the BBC Points West local news programme tonight. The BBC One local news magazine programme goes out in the mid-South-West region (i.e. via the local Bristol transmitter) and starts at 6.30p.m. Gary will be interviewed by their sports presenter Alistair Durden.


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13 October 2014 : Scunthorpe Unveil New Manager
League One side Scunthorpe United have appointed their new manager today. They have confirmed that Mark Robins has been given a three year contract at Glanford Park, succeeding Russ Wilcox, who was sacked last week. Robins has been out of work since August 10th, when he became the first Football League dismissal of the new campaign - sacked by Huddersfield Town after the opening day of the season.

Robins has had experience of three other Football League clubs - Rotherham United between 2007 and 2009, Barnsley during the following two years, a much shorter spell with Coventry City during the 2012-13 season, followed by his 18 month stay at Huddersfield. His moved to Barnsley and Huddersfield came about through approaches from those clubs whilst he was still in situ at Rotherham and Coventry respectively, whilst his resignation from the Barnsley role came at the end of the 2010-11 season, meaning that in the past seven-and-a-half years, he's spent all bar three months of that time in a Football League job.

His first task will be to haul Scunthorpe out of the relegation zone. The Iron currently lie in 23rd place in the League One table, and two points off safety, despite caretaker boss Andy Dawson gaining a surprise 3-0 away win at Gillingham on Saturday. Robins has confirmed that Dawson will keep some sort of role in his new set-up but implies that he will be bringing in an assistant manager from outside the Scunthorpe ranks.


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13 October 2014 : Taff's Gloversblog : Vale Defeat Provides A Watershed Moment
Saturday's defeat against Port Vale at Vale Park was a bit of a shock to the system, with the 4-1 loss a very fair reflection on the gap between the two sides on the day. The latest Taff's Gloversblog covers the issues surrounding that match, and also the wider question of first team manager Gary Johnson's position, and some of the views he gave after the game. Read that blog entry via the link below, and as always feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Vale Defeat Provides A Watershed Moment.


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12 October 2014 : Gary Talks About Port Vale Team Selection
Just before yesterday's away match against Port Vale kicked off at Vale Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary talks about why he left Nathan Ralph out of the side, the selection of Jakub Sokolik and Brendan Moloney and why he feels his side needs more 'eureka' moments. Read the interview via the link below.

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


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12 October 2014 : Video : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who can bear to view it, and in the absence of the Football League Show, a short YouTube clip of yesterday's 4-1 defeat against Port Vale is available to watch. Click on the video below to see the defensive performance as Tom Pope scores twice, and Chris Lines and Colin Daniel adds to the misery. An Aaron Martin goal to pull the score back to 3-1 acts as our one positive point.




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12 October 2014 : Sunday Carveries At Huish Park
If you're finding the prospect of cooking your Sunday lunch today to be a bit daunting, then there is an alternative. Yeovil Town have recently reintroduced their Sunday lunchtime carveries, which take place in the upstairs bars at Huish Park. The standard prices for these are as follows:

One course meal £12.95 per person (or £10.00 per person for Alec Stock Lounge Members)
Two course meal £14.95 per person (or £12.95 per person for Alec Stock Lounge Members)
Childred aged Under 14 : two course carvery mean at £5.00 per child

Whilst that covers today's prices, from next Sunday onwards, there is an offer available across four consecutive Sundays that allow you to enjoy two courses for two people for the sum of £15.00 only - see the poster below.

For all bookings call the Conference Centre on 01935-423662 Ext 222. The club indicate that you don't have to book in advance, but that it may help you if you have large numbers, or if you are planning to arrive across the main lunchtime period.

Sunday carvery at Huish Park
Sunday carvery at Huish Park.



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11 October 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The Port Vale Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-1 defeat against Port Vale at Vale Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's thoughts on the match and his wider thoughts on the club's situation can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Port Vale Away Game.


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11 October 2014 : Johnson: Coaching Staff And Players Need To Reassess Approach
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that he would need to reassess his squad's whole approach - including the club's training methods - in an effort to uncover the reasons for the club's poor start to the 2014-15 season. The 4-1 defeat against Port Vale at Vale Park saw the Glovers slip into the relegation zone in what was the club's third consecutive defeat, and probably their worst performance of the season so far.

Two goals from Vale target man Tom Pope during the first period were added to by second half strikes from Chris Lines and Colin Daniel, with only an Aaron Martin late goal giving brief reasons for smiles, as Johnson saw his side well-beaten. With such an emphatic defeat, the Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that now was the right time to consider everything from the backroom coaching to the individual players in order to plan for the future. He felt one of the fundamental things was that his side kept giving the ball away:

"We gave the ball away too often from our possession early on. We looked to start alright, but then we were giving it away. One major ball that we did give away up there, they ended up scoring the first goal from. Then all of a sudden their tails were up and they were ready to go. We've had a lot of meetings and we've had a lot of training sessions and we've done a lot of work on the training ground, but that doesn't seem to be sinking in. That could be because us (the coaching staff) are not doing the right thing, or it could be them (the players). But we're just going to have to assess what the situation is, and where we go from here."

Johnson said that Tom Pope's opening goal frustrated him in particular given that it came from a Port Vale move that they had discussed at the team hotel just a couple of hours before kick-off. Mark Marshall's cross was met by a free header from local boy Pope, and the Glovers boss felt that his players should have been more aware of that situation:

"I think it was about a quarter past one when we left the hotel and that was the last thing we showed them. Obviously you've got to stop the cross. I'm sure other clubs have said it as well and not been able to do it, but it was too easy that he got in at the far post with a free header. Then there was a free header on the other side from a corner, both of which were from where we'd given the ball away previously. But you can only lead the horse to water. Unfortunately they showed that they weren't good enough to handle that situation."


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11 October 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's match against Port Vale at Vale 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 Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.


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11 October 2014 : Port Vale 4 Yeovil 1 : Pope Double Sparks Dire Defeat
Yeovil Town slumped to their worst defeat and worst performance of the 2014-15 season this afternoon, as they slipped back into the relegation zone. The 4-1 defeat against Port Vale, who used their win to leapfrog the Glovers. The result was never in doubt, with the Valiants leading scorer Tom Pope netting twice during the opening half hour, as he headed home a Mark Marshall cross and then took advantage of poor marking from a corner. Straight from the restart, midfielder Chris Lines got a tap-in after a shot was blocked, and although Aaron Martin pulled back a late goal, Colin Daniel completed the rout as he took advantage of paper-thin defending for the final goal of the match, and to push Yeovil down into 21st place in the League One table.

The Glovers made four changes to their starting line-up, with Ben Nugent's suspension and Seth Nana Twumasi's injury seeing Brendan Moloney and Jakub Sokolik coming in as part of the back four. On the left-wing Sam Foley replaced Nathan Ralph, whilst up front AJ Leitch-Smith was swapped for James Hayter. On the bench Joel Grant's international call-up and Jack Price's return to Wolves meant that those two disappeared, allowing Liam Davis and Kieffer Moore a chance to sit in as substitutes.

The visitors actually started the game - briefly - as the better team, with Simon Gillett's free kick going wide, and a Joe Edwards chance shaving the outside of the post. But the fragile nature of the side, who became increasingly rattled by a physical Port Vale side saw them gradually retreat into their shells, and for the home side to asset their authority. Eighteen minutes into the match, Mark Marshall - who played for the club as a trialist during the 2007-08 season - skinned Brendan Moloney down the Glovers right flank and stuck in a cross for Port Vale's big centre-forward Tom Pope, who was able to easily head home for the opening goal.

Gary Johnson's reaction was to make an early substitution, taking off Sam Foley and reorganising his attacking options by introducing Kieffer Moore, and moving AJ Leitch-Smith out into the wide position. But it was down Marshall's flank that the weakness seemed to exist with both James Berrett and Brendan Moloney landing in the book during the first period for fouls - with weak officiating from rookie referee Darren Handley allowing Vale's players to cajole him into making his decisions.

The further the half went on though, the greater the home side's superiority. They emphasised that on the half hour mark as a Chris Lines corner took a near post flick and the ball fell into the path of Vale's top scorer Tom Pope - who was entirely unmarked inside the box, and had a comfortable chance to double their lead at 2-0.

Half time couldn't come quickly enough, with a possible chance for Yeovil to reorganise themselves and get some recomposure. Not that this opportunity was taken - just 60 seconds into the second half, Tom Pope broke through on goal and although Nathan Smith managed to block his shot, the loose ball fell invitingly to Chris Lines. Once again the marking was nowhere and he was able to poke the ball into an empty net with Jake Kean having already committed himself for the initial Pope effort.

A double substitution from the Glovers saw Kevin Dawson and James Hayter replace Brendan Moloney and Jordy Hiwula, but with the game surely already lost. As the Glovers pushed numbers up, Port Vale spurned numerous opportunities to create a real thrashing with Mark Marshall and Tom Pope both firing shots over the crossbar when they were in plenty of space in good positions. Yeovil did manage to pull back a goal though, when a Nathan Smith cross into the box saw Aaron Martin take advantage of a deflection inside the box, slotting the loose ball home from ten yards out.

The home side rightly finished the match off with the final word, finishing off one of their many second half chances against the paper-thin Yeovil defence. Substitute Colin Daniel got in behind the back four, and the man who relegated Bristol Rovers at the end of last season also gave the Glovers a miserable end to a miserable day, as he fired past Jake Kean for a 4-1 win. With the club slipping into the relegation zone, the manner of the defeat felt like a watershed moment, and there will need to be strong action taken by the management if the club are not to let such a poor performance become a habit.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Port Vale 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Tom Pope (18 mins, 1-0), Tom Pope (29 mins, 2-0), Chris Lines (46 mins, 3-0), Aaron Martin (86 mins, 3-1), Colin Daniel (90 mins, 4-1)

Port Vale:
1. Chris Neal
2. Adam Yates 6. Richard Duffy 32. Stephane Zubar 3. Carl Dickinson
8. Louis Dodds 15. Michael O'Connor 10. Chris Lines 20. Mark Marshall
11. Tom Pope 9. Ben Williamson

Substitutes:
26. Remie Streete 7. Chris Birchall 12. Sam Johnson 14. Colin Daniel (77 mins for Ben Williamson) 17. Michael Brown (83 mins for Michael O'Connor) 19. Byron Moore 22. Ryan Lloyd

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
2. Brendan Moloney 5. Aaron Martin 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith
8. James Berrett 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 11. Sam Foley
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 7. Kevin Dawson (71 mins for Brendan Moloney) 9. James Hayter (72 mins for Jordy Hiwula) 13. Kieffer Moore (25 mins for Sam Foley) 16. Nathan Ralph 19. Liam Davis


Port Vale Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: James Berrett (foul, 12 mins), Brendan Moloney (foul, 26 mins).

Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 3.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Darren Handley (Lancashire). Assistant Referees: Bob Roberts (Lancashire) and James Wilson (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Gary Hilton (Lancashire).

Attendance: 4,798 (with 179 Yeovil Town supporters)


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11 October 2014 : Team News For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's League One match against Port Vale. The red card issued to Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent in last weekend's home match against Milton Keynes Dons means that he drops entirely out of the squad through a one match suspension, and his place in the side is taken by Jakub Sokolik.

Right-back Brendan Moloney is restored to the side due to an injury sustained by Seth Nana Twumasi, whilst Sam Foley replaces Nathan Ralph in the left wing slot. There's also a change up front as AJ Leitch-Smith returns to the starting line-up, with James Hayter dropping to the bench.

There are two players who were on last week's bench, who are now absent. Midfielder Jack Price has returned to his parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of his one month loan with the club, but has been quickly loaned out again to League One side Leyton Orient. Winger/striker Joel Grant is on international duty with Jamaica, having played for them yesterday against Japan, and so he is absent from the playing squad this weekend - he should return in time for next weekend's match against Swindon Town.

Replacing them on the bench are striker Kieffer Moore, whose hamstring injury has cleared up enough for him to be part of the squad, whilst left-back Liam Davis, who has been recovering from a wrist injury but has yet to get back onto the field of play, is back in the squad.

Today's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
2. Brendan Moloney 5. Aaron Martin 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith
8. James Berrett 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 11. Sam Foley
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 13. Kieffer Moore 16. Nathan Ralph 19. Liam Davis


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11 October 2014 : Blackburn Boss Sees The Benefit Of Kean Loan Deal
Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has strongly suggested that he will accept Yeovil Town's request to extend goalkeeper Jake Kean's loan deal at Huish Park beyond this weekend. The 23 year old plays the final match of his one month spell at the club as part of this afternoon's away match against Port Vale and at that stage both clubs and the player himself will need to agree what the future holds.

Kean has so far made four appearances for the club, and manager Gary Johnson has indicated that he would like to extend the deal further, having been happy with the former Derby County youth player. His counterpart Bowyer has said that he's very happy with keeping him at Yeovil for the time being, and thus when Johnson calls him he's likely to get a favourable response:

"Jakeís certainly benefited from playing games. Itís something we wanted for him and heís certainly enjoyed it as it can be tough working all week and not getting a game at the weekend. Weíre delighted that heís gone there and has shown the right attitude and application. We mustnít forget heís still young from a goalkeeperís perspective."

Kean himself has also said that he would have no problem with extending his stay at the club, but was trying to focus upon the club's match in the Potteries rather than start thinking about what may lie beyond that:

"I will just play the game on Saturday and me and the manager will sit down and discuss what we have got to discuss and see what happens. I know what I have got to do on Saturday, I know what my job is and I know why Iím here. Future or no future, Iím here to do a job for the team on Saturday to help get three points. If itís my last game or not, so be it."

The goalkeeper has also explained that he was aware of Yeovil Town's transfer deadline day approach for him, and had been preparing to pack his bags and travel down to Somerset to sign a loan agreement. The deal fell through due to a 'communication' issue between manager Gary Johnson and an unnamed Yeovil Town director, with the club unable to authorise the deal in time. Two weeks later Kean finally returned to sign for the Glovers and he said that was a bit of a confusing period for him:

"I wrapped my head around that I was coming down, then it all fell through so I was concentrating at Blackburn. The opportunity arose again and I thought Ďwhy not, get on with it, go and play some gamesí. At a parent club youíre settled and donít have to make first impressions again. The lads know who you are and youíre settled with your family. Itís a bit different having to travel and settle again, fit in and make it work with your family with them being bang on 200 miles from your front door to here. I feel like I have settled in really well, the lads have been brilliant."


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10 October 2014 : Gary Previews The Port Vale Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League One match against Port Vale at Vale Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about tomorrow's opponents, his own team's consistency and league table position, Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean, defender Jakub Sokolik, his connection with Vale caretaker boss Rob Page and also finally his thoughts on claims of bullying that have been published in a couple of sporting autobiographies this week. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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10 October 2014 : Ciderspace Guide To Port Vale
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town make their first visit to Vale Park for over six and a half years as they play a League One match against Port Vale. As a result, the Ciderspace guide to the area of Burslem, the ground, directions, parking, a pub guide and other related stuff can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Port Vale.


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10 October 2014 : Grant Wins Fifth Jamaican Cap
Yeovil Town winger/striker Joel Grant picked up his fifth full international cap today. The 27 year old, who will miss tomorrow afternoon's match against Port Vale, played a full 90 minutes for his country against Japan at the Denka Big Swan Stadium in Niigata.

The game was settled in unfortunate circumstances, with Watford defender Nyron Nosworthy putting past his own goalkeeper in the 14th minute, to allow the home side a 1-0 win. Joel will now return home from Japan, and thus will be available for selection for next Saturday's match against Swindon Town.

Jamaica: 1 Ryan Thompson 2 Nyron Nosworthy 4 Wes Morgan 5 Alvas Powell 6 Jermaine Taylor 8 Nicholay Finlayson 11 Dane Richards 14 Joel Grant 15 Je-Vaughn Watson 16 Jamar Loza 20 Kemar Lawrence

Substitutes: 13 Dwayne Miller (GK) 3 Upston Edwards 9 Michael Seaton (46 mins for Jamar Loza) 10 Darren Mattocks 12 Hughan Gray (64 mins for Nicholay Finlayson) 18 Cardel Benbow 21 Deshorn Brown


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10 October 2014 : Officials For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League One fixture between Port Vale and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Vale Park on Saturday 11th October 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Handley (Lancashire).

Mr Handley is a new referee from a Football League point of view, having been promoted over the summer of 2014. So far, he has taken charge of seven matches at his new level, showing 27 yellow cards and two red cards along the way - a little higher than average in terms of the overall card count but obviously against a small sample of matches. With six of those games coming in League Two, and one in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, Saturday will be his first match at League One level.

He is a PE teacher at Tottington High School, and got into refereeing at an early age, moving from level eight to level four by the time he turned 18 - something that saw him move into the West Lancashire Football League during 1995. He was promoted to the North West Counties Football League referees list in 2000, before joining the national list for assistant referees in 2006. Prior to his promotion to the Football League, one of his final moments saw him take charge of the Conference Play-off semi-final second leg between Cambridge United and Halifax.

Mr Handley will be assisted by Bob Roberts (Lancashire) and James Wilson (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Gary Hilton (Lancashire).


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10 October 2014 : Planning Extension Requested For Huish Park Marquee
Yeovil Town have submitted a planning application to extend their agreement to keep a Hospitality Marquee in the south-west corner of the Huish Park site. The area, more commonly known as the Beer Tent, has been in place under a series of 'temporary' planning permissions since 2003 that were intended to precede the building of a more permanent structure on the site.

The planning application was submitted to South Somerset District Council on August 27th 2014 and was published on September 4th 2014. SSDC are currently scheduled to make a decision on the applicaton on October 22nd 2014. The main document requests the Council to provide:

"support of a planning application for the retention of a temporary marquee and facilities to house and support refreshment and ancillary facilities plus storage. The proposals are intended to provide refreshment and rest opportunities for a wide range of users of club facilities and activities. These include important considerations such as shade areas and refreshments for breaks in football taster sessions for younger users, match day refreshments and, as the community use of the site develops, the users of the adjacent allĖweather pitch."

The original Marquee and its associated planning permission dates back to 2003 (SSDC Application 03/01951/FUL), just after the football club had entered the Football League and had made the decision that the upstairs bars would be restricted to Directors, Vice Presidents and other Corporate guests and sponsors. The construction was approved on the basis that it was a temporary feature. Further planning applications to modify and extend the arrangements were submitted in 2004 (04/02181/FUL) and 2005 (05/01495/FUL) with all being approved by SSDC, to allow the Marquee to remain in place. In the meantime two applications to build permanent social club facilities by the club were submitted, with one approved by SSDC, whilst the second was withdrawn by the club.

Since then, the Marquee has continued to stand in its 'temporary' form, although has for the past six years been running on borrowed time, given that on August 18th 2008 the conditions attached to the 2005 planning approval expired, with the Decision Notice published on August 24th 2006 saying:

"The following structures hereby approved namely the marquee supporters bar, and associated cellar, toilet block and disabled toilet shall be removed and the land restored to its former condition on or before 18th August 2008 in accordance with a scheme of work to be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority."

This lapse was noted by SSDC during their April 2014 Planning Report for the club's recent Food Store application, with the Council indicating in the review document that they were aware that the permission had expired, but that they were not taking action at that stage, given the main focus on the site was elsewhere. The report detailed:

" ... permission was obtained in 2005 to retain the previously approved marquee to continue to function as a temporary supporters bar. This was another temporary consent until August 2008. The marquee is still in situ without the benefit of planning permission ... In the spirit of support the Council has not, to date, pursued enforcement action concerning the current lack of any consent for the marquee, the consent for which expired in 2008 or the TV gantry erected on the east stand."

Thus the current planning application seeks to deal with that oversight and to bring the Marquee back within the rules. The club are seeking 'temporary' planning permission for a five year period and their planning agent states in the supporting document:

"The continued and expanded use of this temporary structure is needed in the shorter term until permanent facilities can be incorporated as an integral part within stadium complex development proposals currently being drawn up."

As far as is possible to tell, all aspects of the application are to retain the existing structures that are already in place, and that there are no new requirements identified. Thus given that the Marquee has remained in place for the last eleven years without incidents or problems, it would seem highly likely that this will be approved by SSDC. The only question mark would be whether they allow the 'five year' period to be waved through - an early response by Brympton Parish Council recommends that it be for a one year period, so that they can see the club's strategic plans put on the table during that time. All other early responses from consulted parties have recommended the application be accepted. The final outcome should be known either on October 22nd 2014, or shortly after.


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9 October 2014 : Saturday's Opponents Bring In Newcastle Defender
Saturday's opponents Port Vale have signed up a new loan defender ahead of the League One fixture at Vale Park. The Valiants have taken Newcastle United defender Remie Streete until November 5th and he will be eligible to play against Yeovil Town on the weekend.

The 19 year old centre-half has been a regular for Newcastle Under-21s as well as warming the bench for their Premier League side, with Port Vale attempting to take him on for a number of weeks now. The Valiants have failed to keep a clean sheet throughout all competitions during the 2014-15 season, and caretaker manager Rob Page has been recruiting in defensive players since he took over from Micky Adams during mid-September, taking Stephane Zubar from Bournemouth and youngster Reiss Greenidge from West Bromwich Albion, in an attempt to drag them out of the relegation zone.

Page and his Chairman Norman Smurthwaite have been performing much of their scouting since Adams resigned, and the pair saw Streete play recently against Arsenal Under-21s, where he scored both goals in a 2-1 win, and was impressed by what he saw:

"Myself and the chairman watched him against Arsenal and obviously he has been in and amongst Newcastleís first team. They think a lot of him there, we were impressed with what we saw at the game and we feel that if we can get players of his ability and quality in and amongst the lads then it can only benefit the boys weíve already got here."

The local press believe that Page is also trying to bring in an unnamed striker before Saturday's match, although this has not been confirmed at this stage. This weekend they will be missing defender Ryan McGivern who is on international duty, whilst striker Jordan Slew will be suspended.

Link: FA Confirm Ben Nugent Suspension.

Link: Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.


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9 October 2014 : Anthony Barry Returns To Accrington
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Anthony Barry is back in the Football League, after he agreed to re-sign for Accrington Stanley in a three month loan deal. The 28 year old has returned to the club he was playing for when he signed for Yeovil Town as part of a loan arrangement that sees him move up a division from his current club Forest Green Rovers.

Barry played earlier this week in Accrington's Lancashire Senior Cup defeat against a Manchester United team, and the club subsequently confirmed that he was temporarily back on their books. Manager John Coleman explained that his side were short of cover in that area, and so was glad to see him return:

"We havenít got a great deal of cover in midfield and thatís an area that weíve highlighted for strengthening. He did exactly what I expected of him last night and heíll be a very good addition to our squad. Heís a better player since the last time he was here, a steady player and you know exactly what you are going to get out of him. Heís got a great attitude towards the game which is good to see."

Barry last played for Accrington during the 2005-06 season but was snapped up by the Glovers on Transfer Deadline Day in January 2006. Despite suffering a horrendous knee injury at Chesterfield a couple of months later, he went on to become a regular in the club's first team, making 74 appearances, including a full 90 minutes in the club's 2006-07 season League One Play-Off Final defeat against Blackpool at Wembley Stadium.

He was released in May 2008 and signed for Chester City a month later, before an ultra-brief spell with Wrexham saw him poached by big-spending Fleetwood Town, where he went on to become part of their Conference North and Conference National promotion-winning squads. He signed a three year contract with Forest Green in the summer of 2013 but has gone from being a regular in their side to not being selected at all during this season, hence their willingness to allow him to spend time back in Lancashire.


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8 October 2014 : The Price Is Wrong For Wolves Boss
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed that finances were at the heart of Yeovil Town's decision not to extend a loan deal for midfielder Jack Price. The 21 year old had an impressive seven game spell with the Glovers during the month of September, but the club ended that arrangement after Saturday's match with Milton Keynes Dons, allowing Price to sign a 93 day deal with League One rivals Leyton Orient.

Manager Gary Johnson had indicated last week that he knew that only a single month spell was going to be possible for the club, and appeared to already know that Wolves had lined up something else for the player. Jackett has told the Express and Star Midlands newspaper that with Yeovil only able to pay a 'certain level' of money, but Orient able to pay Price's full wages during the three month period, that the latter club were destined to win his player's services. Jackett explained:

"At a certain level of finance, Yeovil would have wanted to keep him, but I donít think theyíd have been able to come up with too much of his wages. They had some midfielders (Simon Gillett and James Berrett) coming back from injury and wanted to use their pretty tight budget on a centre forward (in Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula). Orient were prepared to pay all of his wages and with (Leyton Orient midfielder) Lloyd James breaking his leg, thereís a gap to go straight into that team and itís a good move. I think heíll stay in their side and do well there, then we can assess it in January."

A number of Wolves fans had indicated surprise that their club was willing to loan out a midfielder who had impressed for them during their 2013-14 League One title winning season. However, Jackett hinted that the player's age and his relative strength meant that he may need more time to turn into a Championship standard player, and therefore was happy to see him spend time at the lower level building himself up:

"I think Jack is a really good player. We have to be careful we donít get overpowered in this league because itís a strong, powerful division. Every team is physically strong and full of running and your goals against column can get affected by that."


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8 October 2014 : FA Confirm Ben Nugent Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed suspension details for Yeovil Town's on loan defender Ben Nugent. The Cardiff City player was dismissed for two bookable offences in Saturday's 0-2 home defeat against Milton Keynes Dons. As expected he will miss one match - sitting out Saturday's trip to Port Vale.

Nugent is the club's second dismissal of the 2014-15 season, with Seth Nana Twumasi given a straight red card in the League Cup First Round match against Gillingham back in August.

Yeovil's opponents Port Vale will also be missing one of their key players. Striker Jordan Slew was dismissed in the Valiants' 1-0 defeat against Fleetwood Town on Saturday for kicking out at Fleetwood's Danny Andrew. Vale caretaker manager Rob Page criticised the on loan Blackburn Rovers player after the match, indicating that he accepted the referee's decision. As a result Slew will miss three matches, of which Saturday's game will be the second in that suspension period.

A reminder that tickets for Saturday's match are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. They do rise quite steeply on matchdays (three hours before kick-off) so bear that in mind if you are planning to travel to Vale Park on Saturday.

Link: Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.


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8 October 2014 : Scunthorpe Part Company With Management Team
League One side Scunthorpe United have parted company with their management team. First Team manager Russ Wilcox and assistant manager John Schofield have been sacked. The Iron currently lie in 23rd place in the League One table with just two wins and seven points from their eleven games, and are three points from safety.

Last night saw them exit the Football League Trophy, in a 2-1 home defeat that saw former Glovers striker Paddy Madden notch his fifth goal of the 2014-15 season. However, that early lead wasn't enough to stop Scunthorpe caving in and suffering their fourth consecutive defeat.

During the 2013-14 season, Scunthorpe won automatic promotion from League Two with 81 points, but despite some significant financial backing they have struggled to adapt to life back in third tier football, with Chesterfield (6th), Rochdale (9th) and Fleetwood Town (10th) all showing more strongly of last season's promoted sides.

Defender and player-coach Andy Dawson has been put in caretaker charge whilst Scunthorpe search for a new manager, with Tony Daws assisting him.


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7 October 2014 : Extended Interview With Chairman John Fry
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry was interviewed live on air by BBC local radio to discuss the club's start to the 2014-15 season. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Ed Hadwin, John was asked about his relationship with manager Gary Johnson, his thoughts on the season so far, the club's stadium development plans, the playing budget and the club's finances, along with his views on Financial Fair Play, and finally his thoughts on his own position as Chairman. The full transcript of that interview (it's one of the more lengthy ones!) can be read via the link below.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The 2014-15 Season So Far.


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7 October 2014 : Morgan Sees Red For Saints Development Side
Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan was given his marching orders in a development team match last night against Hearts. The 20 year old has not played for St Johnstone's first team in the last 10 days and so was drafted into their Under-20 side that played the Hearts Under-20 team in a match played at Newtongrange.

Morgan's role in the match lasted only the first 44 minutes of the match. With the game poised at 1-1, the former Liverpool academy player was cautioned for dissent after 43 minutes and then was issued a red card for a stamping incident less than 60 seconds later. St Johnstone's Under-20s team went on to lose the match by a 3-1 scoreline.

Since heading to McDiarmid Park on August 8th, Morgan has made five appearances, with four of those coming as a substitute - totalling just 173 minutes on the field of play during his two months in Scotland so far.


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7 October 2014 : Price Makes Orient Switch
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Jack Price has made a quick switch across to one of their loan rivals. The 21 year old Wolverhampton Wanderers player has signed for managerless Leyton Orient on a 93 day emergency loan basis today that will keep him at Brisbane Road until January.

Orient are currently under the caretaker management of Kevin Nugent, following the departure of Russell Slade to Cardiff City. Price will have to watch his new team in action from the stands tonight - having already played for the Glovers in the Football League Trophy in their defeat against Portsmouth he will be cup-tied for Orient's trip to Dagenham and Redbridge.

Overall Price made seven appearances for Yeovil Town during his one month loan with the club.


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7 October 2014 : Fry Seeking Collaborative Approach To Replacement Development Plans
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said that the club are adopting a more co-operative approach towards the club's stadium and land development plans as they attempt to form a new plan to improve the club's off-the-field facilities. All has been quiet in terms of any successor to Yeovil Town's withdrawn Food Store plans, after the club decided not to present them at SSDC's June 2014 planning meeting.

At that time, a club statement said that they were about to release alternative plans, with Mr Fry saying that they were planning to continue their relationship with CDS International (owned by Chris Dawson and the head company behind 'The Range' superstores). The Yeovil Chairman said in June:

"I am very excited about the new proposals that the club, along with their development partners CDS international, will be submitting to the Council in the near future."

As part of a lengthy BBC Somerset interview on Saturday, Mr Fry was asked about what the latest situation was regarding the club's redevelopment plans. He explained that having come into conflict with the Council over Local and National Planning Regulations, that they were looking to consult with them prior to publishing their next plans. However, Fry also hinted that he may wait until after the May 2015 elections were held to see what effect that had on the local and national political picture:

"We'll sit and wait. There's a General Election and a Council Election coming up. There's a different attitude towards the club. We want to do things that will keep the local residents, the council and the football club satisfied. We want to work with the local community. We're saying to the Council, you're the leaders of the community, can you come forth and let's talk about it. We don't want to go forward this time with a project that is not going to get success. We've got to get success."

Fry admitted that the club had lost a lot of time over their last planning application, with the original blueprint for that dating back to March 2011, but with past interviews suggesting that the initial plans had been discussed back in 2007. Fry was conscious of the fact that a lot of time had passed since the ideas were first discussed:

"We can't afford to lose another five years in what we're trying to do, which is to provide the development on the site to assist with the football club and to progress the football club's infrastructures. This stadium is now twenty-four years old, and with today's football and requirements by the modern day fan are completely different to what it was twenty-four years ago. We're about to see the Council and we want to make sure that this time - without misleading the fans, or misleading ourselves - that we're going to get success and that we're confident that we'll get success this time."


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6 October 2014 : Bluebirds Confirm Slade Appointment
Championship side Cardiff City have confirmed the appointment of former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade as their new first team boss. Their announcement ends a rather protracted stand-off between the Bluebirds and Orient, over the compensation due to the Londoners, after Slade chose to resign his position following an approach that was made by the Welshmen.

Orient appeared reluctant to accept Slade's resignation, leaving both clubs in a state of limbo, whilst a package - reported as being in the region of £100,000 - was thrashed out. Orient themselves threatened to take their complaints to the Football Association, claiming that Slade had been tapped up, although with Orient's new owners having previously threatened their manager with the sack, they seemed on sticky ground themselves.

Slade has now been formally unveiled, with Bluebirds owner saying that he had come with high recommendation from former Leyton Orient owner Barry Hearn:

"Iím delighted to appoint Russell Slade as the Manager of Cardiff City. I have personally offered Russell this opportunity after giving much thought to the needs of the Club at this point in time and firmly believe that he is the right person for the job. I have spoken to many knowledgeable people in the game about Russell, and the feedback has been extremely positive. He is clearly well liked and respected, particularly by his former Chairman, Mr Barry Hearn, who could not speak more highly of him, both as a person and as a manager."

Tan added that he was convinced that Slade could manage at a higher level, despite his previous career being centred around League One and League Two sides. He felt that he was inheriting a manager that had a good track record in the lower divisions:

"I want to give this honest, committed and hardworking man the opportunity to manage our talented players and I am convinced, with Godís blessing, Russell can succeed now that he has been given his first opportunity to manage at a higher level. I ask that our supporters offer him a chance to prove his long term value to our club, giving him and his players their full support as we try to earn our place in the Premier League under his guidance. Look at Russellís track record. He certainly deserves to be given a chance. This is an important appointment for me because Russell has the right values for the Club and our supporters."

Meanwhile at Leyton Orient, the situation regarding caretaker boss Kevin Nugent appears to be slightly less clear-cut after he presided over two consecutive home defeats following the exit of Slade. Nugent said last week that he had been offered the position of Head Coach, in a restructured Orient management set-up, working under Sporting Director Mauro Milanese, whose entrance into the Orient dressing room to issue an ultimatum to Slade is thought to have sparked the current events in East London.

Milanese continued the general theme of miscommunication at the League One club by contradicting Nugent's views on his chances of getting the job on a permanent basis, instead indicating that he would be giving the situation one more week whilst Nugent remained in temporary charge:

"We trust Kevin because he coached with Russell Slade and he knows the players better than anyone else. At the moment we'll stay with Kevin and hope he gets some results. We need to keep it more private. I don't know who said this (about Nugent being offered the job) and I think sometimes rumours arrive. He wanted to have this chance and he preferred to stay (rather) than to follow Russell Slade. We have a cup game on Tuesday, and we need one more week to think about it. We are in no rush. The results at the moment are not helping us to confirm the position."


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6 October 2014 : Fry Feels Financial Fair Play Constraints Despite Biggest League One Budget
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry feels that Financial Fair Play regulations are holding the club back, despite also claiming that the club have set their 'biggest' playing budget as a League One club. The Glovers Chairman was a guest on BBC Somerset on Saturday - his first interview of the 2014-15 season, and he outlined his views on what he regarded as a 'disappointing' start to the season, that currently sees the club sat in 19th place in the League One table.

With three wins in their opening eleven fixtures, the club have had a stuttering start to life back in third tier football, and Fry told the BBC that he felt that the team had failed to click so far, despite boosting the playing budget with some of the money left over from their more lucrative Championship campaign. However, he had hopes that players such as Manchester City loan striker would allow the club to move upwards in the table:

"It's a bit disappointing really, because we put in the biggest League One budget ever in this football club. Coming off the back of the Championship we had a bit of money to spread around, and we spent it on the team. So Gary has picked some good players. We spent the whole of the pre-season selecting players, but they just haven't yet clicked. But we've got the feeling that with the new striker (Jordy Hiwula) and with some changes taking place, that the team will start taking off."

Fry emphasised that he still had a good working relationship with manager Gary Johnson, despite some apparent friction between Johnson and the board around Transfer Deadline Day that saw at least one signing thwarted due to what was labelled as a 'communication' problem. With Fry on holiday, a chance to bring in fresh blood wasn't taken but Fry insisted that was all in the past now:

"It's always easy with Gary Johnson. Gary is very demanding, but that's his job. We've got that chemistry and we work together. Sometimes we disagree. But it's his team and it's his choice of players. We've got a good backroom coaching staff as well. It's (Transfer Deadline Day) one of those things you sometimes get. We've got a very good backroom staff here, but sometimes it breaks down. Sometimes you have to take holiday and sometimes you're in a situation where you can't answer the phone. The place works on a 24 hours a day basis, and seven days a week. So you can't be here all the time. But that's the past, and that's all been sorted."

However, the Yeovil Chairman was far more critical of the Football League's financial fair play regulations, with the club currently working under the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) that is used by League One and League Two sides. Fry felt that those rules heavily constrained smaller clubs and that they were causing the Glovers some painful problems with respect to their ability to comply with the regulations:

"We've had a really difficult time coming out of the Championship, with a massive drop in revenues. What we were receiving in the Championship was fantastic. We had a great year and everybody here enjoyed it. We need the crowd, and to get the crowd up. People keep saying does Yeovil want a football team, because the crowd is sometimes disappointing. We've got to get it up to around the 4,500 or 5,000 mark, because we're being penalised by the financial fair play rules under the ratio between the revenues and the actual playing budget. That is serious and we've got to generate more revenues. We are being punished for the overall rules, and through the FIFA rules for this Financial Fair Play. It's benefiting the bigger clubs - and so are transfer windows, and the loan system and so forth. It doesn't benefit Yeovil Town Football Club."

Fry warned that there could be consequences if the club didn't make sure they complied with the regulations, pointing out that the club faced regular financial audits to ensure that what they forecasted at the start of the season could still be achieve. Thus if they could not attain their targeted 4,500 average attendances, then there could be consequences:

"At the end of the day we are audited. We have got real time testing now within the Football League. That means that in November we will be audited, where the League checks the gate receipts and so forth, and what we're spending on the squad. Then there are embargoes and fines and all the rest that comes with it. I don't like regulations, to be absolutely blunt. I've always run my businesses without regulations. You run it in accordance with Company Law and with good business practice, but we're suffering from the minority of clubs that have gone into administration or haven't run their clubs properly. We always have (run our club properly) since the 21 years that I've been here."


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6 October 2014 : Hoskins Happy With Winner As Barnet Go Five Clear
Yeovil Town striker Sam Hoskins continued his promising showing with Conference National side Barnet on Saturday, by scoring the winning goal in their match against Eastleigh. The 21 year old former Southampton academy player struck the only goal of the game in the 37th minute as the Bees went five points clear at the top of their division.

This was Hoskins' second goal of his loan spell with the north London side, and means he has scored in both of the home games that he's played so far. He could have got the match off to a flyer after just 52 seconds when he struck the goalpost with the first chance of the game. He admitted to the Barnet Times that took him by surprise:

"I was a bit surprised myself, to find myself in that position early on. I hit it well but unfortunately I hit the post and it came back out but I am glad to have got my goal in the end and even better that it was a winning one. I know my goal took a bit of a deflection but I will still claim that. I thought the lads did really well. We battled until the end and we definitely deserved the win Ė so a good feeling."

Barnet's main rivals AFC Halifax lost at home to Altrincham, whilst Wrexham dropped out of the play-off positions as Torquay United beat them 2-1, leapfrogging them in the process. That gave Barnet a five point buffer to play with and Hoskins said that was unexpected news to receive after the game:

"We thought that the teams that were around us would be winning today but we were not to know they were losing, so I think we did really well to stick it out. They had a goal disallowed late on, which was a bit nerve-wracking, but we did really well as a team to see it out. The gaffer told us straight away that the other teams around us had lost, so we were really pleased that we had gone five points clear. Now hopefully we can push on and widen that gap."

Sam is now four matches into his loan spell with the Bees, and with a current average of a goal in every two games, and some time on the pitch in every match so far, things are going well for him. He is happy with how things are panning out:

"It is obviously good for my personal development. Those are things I need: games and goals, so it is going well at the moment, so hopefully I can carry it on. I like playing off a big man. He can battle and I try and pick up the pieces and that is how the goal came about. It seems to be working well for us and he is getting goals as well, so hopefully we can make it a good partnership."

As far as the club's other two players who are currently loaned out, there is less joy to report. Striker Adam Morgan was once again an unused substitute for St Johnstone in their 1-2 defeat against St Mirren. Meanwhile Calvin Brooks was also an unused substitute for Weymouth as they drew 1-1 at Redditch United.


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5 October 2014 : Gary Talks About MK Dons Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Milton Keynes Dons kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about his opponents as well as new Manchester City loan signing Jordy Hiwula, why right-back Brendan Moloney and left-back Liam Davis were the two to be left out of the squad and also his thoughts on Jamaican international Joel Grant. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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5 October 2014 : Glovers Given Home Tie In County Cup
Yeovil Town have been drawn at home in the Second Round of the 2014-15 Somerset Premier Cup. The Glovers will face Hengrove Athletic at Huish Park, after the Western League Premier Division side beat Street by a 2-1 scoreline at the First Round stage, with the Glovers having received a bye during that stage.

The draw reads as follows:

Odd Down vs Chard Town
Weston Super Mare vs Bridgwater Town
Radstock Town OR Bath City vs Shepton Mallet
Paulton Rovers vs Ashton & Backwell United
Keynsham Town vs Taunton Town
Wellington vs Welton Rovers OR Frome Town
Brislington vs Cheddar OR Larkhall Athletic
Yeovil Town vs Hengrove Athletic

All ties have been set a provisional date of Tuesday 11th November, although clubs are able to negotiate their own fixture dates around that rough period.

Last season saw Yeovil Town pull out of the competition at the Quarter-Final stage, leaving Frome Town a walkover into the semi-final stages.


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5 October 2014 : Gary's Verdict On The MK Dons Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-2 home defeat against Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Milton Keynes Dons Home Game.


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4 October 2014 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons
If you watched this afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons 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 Milton Keynes Dons.


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4 October 2014 : Grant Gets Jamaica International Call-Up
Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant will miss next weekend's League One match against Port Vale due to an international call-up. Next weekend is a designated international fixture weekend, and the 27 year old has been given another call up by the Reggae Boyz that will see him travel to Japan for a match that will take place next Friday.

Jamaica will face the Japan national team at the Denka Big Swan Stadium in Niigata with a 19:25hrs local time kick-off (which we think is 11:25hrs UK time). As a result he will be leaving the Yeovil area tomorrow morning to team up with the rest of the squad as they prepare to fly halfway round the globe. Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that and a likely further call-up for Grant in November had influenced his thinking when selecting today's team:

"Granty goes away with Jamaica tomorrow, and misses Saturday's game (against Port Vale). He also misses two or three games in November. So if we're going to get a settled team then we've got to make sure that the players are going to be around."

The November matches centre around the Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup, which starts on November 10th and acts as a qualifier for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the USA. Jamaica will play three matches between November 10th and 18th in a competition that will be held in Montego Bay and would mean that Grant would miss the home match against Fleetwood Town if selected, but could be borderline for the two fixtures on either side of that game.

Assuming he is selected, next Friday would be Joel's fifth cap for his country, with the other four coming over the summer just gone.

Jamaica National Squad: 1. Darren Mattocks 2. Deshorn Brown 3. Alvas Powell 4. Je-Vaughn Watson 5. Ryan Thompson 6. Jermaine Taylor 7. Joel Grant 8. Jamar Loza 9. Adrian Mariappa 10. Nyron Nosworthy 11. Wes Morgan 12. Dwayne Miller 13. Dane Richards 14. Nicholy Finlayson 15. Kemar Lawrence 16. Upston Edwards 17. Hughan Gray 18. Cardel Benbow


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4 October 2014 : Johnson: Red Card Changed Pattern Of Game
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that the red card dished out to Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent changed the pattern of this afternoon's game. Although the Glovers boss agreed with referee Carl Berry's decision to dismiss the player in the 66th minute for his second bookable offence, he felt that it was the spark that changed the pattern of a game that at that point in time was goalless against top five side Milton Keynes Dons.

Three minutes after the Glovers went down to ten men, Will Grigg scored the opening goal of the game, taking advantage of some static Yeovil defending, and Johnson told BBC Somerset that although he wasn't absolutely happy with his team's play up until that point, it had been a relatively even match:

"I think we were in it at that point. We weren't playing particularly well offensively, but certainly you have to stop a Milton Keynes team from playing their pattern. That means that they try to get ten to fifteen passes to get their game going. We coped with those things. I thought the referee was a little bit fussy, but the game was just even. But then we shot ourselves in the foot, which we've done a couple of times this year, and we made a mistake. The mistake was for the lad to get sent off. It was a sending off. There were a few that I thought weren't bookings during the game, but those two were as he got caught out twice. It's hard enough to play against a Milton Keynes team with eleven men, let alone when you've only got ten men. Then they open up and they throw another man forward, and they can then dictate the game and it's then a difficult task."

The match ended in a 2-0 defeat for the Glovers, as Daniel Powell wrapped things up six minutes from time. At that point the game was over as a contest, and Johnson felt that his team could have put on a better showing once they were reduced to ten men, feeling that his remaining players could have shown more fight to try to cancel out the man disadvantage:

"Actually I didn't feel that we tried hard enough. I'd like us to have tried a little bit harder. Okay, so we had ten men, but if everyone picks it up by about ten percent, then you've got your (eleven) men again. But it didn't quite work out like that, and they got their second one, and unfortunately at that point the lads were feeling a bit sorry for themselves. But we've played Milton Keynes, and they're a strong side. They've been building their side for a little while. They've kept a few players over the years, so obviously financially they've got to keep them happy, and they've got some players that are above this level. Those players - although we stopped them today on occasions - are decent players. So it's no disgrace to get beaten by Milton Keynes, although that doesn't mean to say that we don't have to be disappointed."


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4 October 2014 : Yeovil 0 MK Dons 2 : Nugent Sees Red In Home Defeat
Yeovil Town's stuttering form continued this afternoon, as they lost 0-2 at home to Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park. In a physical match dominated by fouls and yellow cards, the fairly even pattern of the game was turned when on loan Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent picked up his second yellow of the game in a match that saw referee Carl Berry raise cards on nine different occasions. Three minutes later, Yeovil's makeshift defence failed to pick up Will Grigg's run and strike for a 69th minute lead, and the game was polished off when Daniel Powell exposed more open spaces six minutes from time to give the visitors the win and see the Glovers drop to 19th in the League One table.

The team selected to start the game was a radical one, with five changes from the previous weekend's defeat against Crawley Town. Ben Nugent replaced Jakub Sokolik at the back, whilst in midfield Simon Gillett made his comeback, displacing Jack Price who was featuring in his final match before his return to Wolverhampton Wanderers. On the wing James Berrett displaced Joel Grant as the club employed three central midfielders, then up front there was a complete change as Kieffer Moore's hamstring strain saw him drop out, allowing Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula to come in and make his debut, with James Hayter being brought in for AJ Leitch-Smith.

The first half was a very feisty and occasionally over-physical affair, with referee Carl Berry having his hands full right from kick-off. Some tackles were merely competitive, whilst some went a little over the top but the match official initially adopted a policy of letting things go. In terms of the football, not too many chances were created. Simon Gillett's free kick saw Jordy Hiwula flick a header just wide, whilst at the other end Daniel Powell cut inside but fired over the bar. Hiwula had another great chance to score when James Hayter's cross was met by the Man City striker's head, only to glance wide.

The big problem was whether players and referee could keep a lid on the niggles that were present during the match. One non-physical booking saw Ben Nugent cautioned for a handball after he slipped whilst defending inside his own half, sticking out a palm to deliberately block the ball, and that was to prove crucial as the even game moved into the second period. After Hiwula and Will Grigg had fired wide again, and James Hayter had forced David Martin into a superb save with his legs, the pattern of the match turned sharply in the 66th minute. Nugent fouled Grigg as he forced his way towards goal, and picked up a deserved booking, and an inevitable dismissal.

Jakub Sokolik briefly warmed up as a reaction to that, but instead the Glovers reshuffled with Nathan Smith moving to centre-back, whilst Nathan Ralph became left-back as they switched to a 4-4-1, leaving Hiwula as the lone striker. The visitors though exploited the new-look defence emphatically as Mark Randall slipped a ball over the top for Will Grigg to head onto, with both centre-backs hesitant in heading after the striker. The former Walsall man finished well to put Yeovil a goal down.

With a man light, Yeovil struggled to get back into the match in a poor closing twenty minute spell, as the visitors comfortably won the match. Referee Carl Berry made up for his fairly relaxed first half showing by showing yellow cards to almost anything that moved, with nine yellows and one red being the final tally - perhaps a little more authority from him early on might have negated the need for that.

The game was polished off six minutes from time when Daniel Powell received the ball 40 yards from goal. With the Glovers pushing men up in numbers, he easily found space to run at the sparse Yeovil back line, and he fired the ball past Jake Kean for a 2-0 advantage, and to send masses of home supporters streaming for the exit. For 66 minutes, they'd seen a relatively even game, but once Nugent departed, and Grigg scored the opener, the end result was all too predictable.

Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 2.

Scorers: Will Grigg (69 mins, 0-1), Daniel Powell (84 mins, 0-2).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
8. James Berrett 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 6. Jakub Sokolik 7. Kevin Dawson 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (64 mins for James Hayter) 11. Sam Foley 17. Joel Grant (64 mins for James Berrett) 18. Jack Price (79 mins for Simon Gillett)

Milton Keynes Dons:
1. David Martin 12. Jordan Spence 5. Kyle McFadzean 4. Tom Flanagan 3. Dean Lewington 8. Darren Potter 14. Dele Alli 10. Ben Reeves 11. Will Grigg 17. Daniel Powell 23. Benik Afobe

Substitutes:
13. Carl Baker (86 mins for Darren Potter) 9. Dean Bowditch 15. Mark Randall (33 mins for Tom Flanagan) 16. Ian McLoughlin 19. Tom Hitchcock 22. Samir Carruthers (88 mins for Will Grigg)

Yeovil Bookings: Aaron Martin (foul, 32 mins), Ben Nugent (handball, 44 mins), Nathan Ralph (foul, 73 mins), Jordy Hiwula (foul, 80 mins). Red Card: Ben Nugent (foul, 66 mins, second bookable offence)

MK Dons Bookings: Darren Potter (foul, 16 mins), Ben Reeves (kicking the ball away, 58 mins), Daniel Powell (foul, 74 mins), Mark Randall (foul, 83 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 19.

MK Dons Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Carl Berry (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Michael Webb (Surrey).

Attendance: 4,000 (with 337 MK Dons supporters)


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4 October 2014 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs MK Dons
Yeovil Town have made five changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's home match against Milton Keynes Dons. Following last weekend's disappointing result against Crawley Town, there's a radical number of changes with one defender, two midfielders and two strikers drafted into the side.

Ben Nugent has recovered from his hamstring injury and displaces Jakub Sokolik at the back. In midfield Simon Gillett comes straight back into the side following his knee injury, with Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Jack Price making way. In addition, Joel Grant drops out of the line-up from his right-wing slot, with James Berrett expected to occupy a wide berth.

Up front, Kieffer Moore (hamstring) makes way for new loan signing Jordy Hiwula, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith is displaced by James Hayter. The two players who don't make the squad at all are Brendan Moloney and Liam Davis - the first time the club have actively left outfield players out of the squad since the start of the season, with the injury situation now beginning to sort itself out.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
8. James Berrett 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula

Substitutes:
1. Chris Weale 6. Jakub Sokolik 7. Kevin Dawson 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 11. Sam Foley 17. Joel Grant 18. Jack Price


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4 October 2014 : Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last weekend, Yeovil Town travelled to the Broadfield Stadium, where they played Crawley Town in a League One fixture. The end result was a reasonable first half, followed by a poor second period that saw former trialist Marvin Elliott bite the hand that decided not to feed him - scoring both goals as the Glovers lost 2-0.

Man of the Match voting saw a big spread of views, which is often typical of a poor performance. Left-back Nathan Smith and Joel Grant who shuffled between right-wing and up front during the match, picked up a number of votes, as did captain Joe Edwards in the centre of midfield. However, the poll winner was Seth Nana Twumasi, who was operating in the right-back position on the day.

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

1. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 50 (4)
2. Joe Edwards 44 (3)
3. Joel Grant 22 (2)
4. Nathan Smith 22 (1)
5. Aaron Martin 16 (1)
6. Jakub SokolŪk 12 (0)
7. AJ Leitch-Smith 8 (0)
7. James Berrett 8 (0)
9. Jake Kean 6 (0)
10. Nathan Ralph 4 (0)
11. James Hayter 2 (0)
11. Kieffer Moore 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.73
Performance : 4.55
Entertainment : 4.91
VOTES RECEIVED : 11


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3 October 2014 : Huish Park Stages England Team In Victory Shield International
Yeovil Town's Huish Park stadium will play host to an England youth international next month. The club will host England Under-16s in their home match against Scotland Under-16s in what will be the final match of the Sky Sports Victory Shield - a regular home nations tournament that acts as one of the first stages for future England stars to make their steps onto the international stage.

The match will take place on Thursday 20th November 2014, with a 8.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Admission prices will be £3.00 for adults with concessions available at just £1.00. Tickets will be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office, either in person or over the phone on 01935-847888. The matches are usually televised in some form by Sky Sports as well.

This is not the first time the Glovers have hosted the Victory Shield. In October 2009 they hosted a home match against Wales Under-16s in front of 3,700 spectators, with the Three Lions grabbing a late winner. Players such as Norwich City's Nathan Redmond and Manchester United's Tyler Blackett appeared as juniors, whilst other players included Sheffield United's Callum McFadzean and Charlton Athletic's Jordan Cousins.

The club have also hosted other international matches in the past, with a March 2007 Under-18s match against Holland Under-18s that saw Daniel Sturridge bag a brace in front of 8,147 spectators.

Aside from the match being staged at Huish Park, England will also travel to play Wales Under-16s (Bangor City FC, 31st October) and Northern Ireland Under-16s (Porterdown FC, 7th November) prior to travelling down to Somerset, meaning that the game against Scotland could decide who is the ultimate winner of the Victory Shield.


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3 October 2014 : Gary Previews The MK Dons Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on new loan signing Jordy Hiwula, outgoing midfielder Jack Price, goalkeeper Jake Kean and of course the club's opponents, can be read via the link below.

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


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3 October 2014 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons
Officials for Yeovil Town's League One home match against Milton Keynes Dons have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 4th October 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Carl Berry (Surrey).

We've only had Mr Berry three as a match referee, as he was promoted to the Football League lists over the summer of 2011, although he did cover a couple of League Two matches during the latter part of the 2010-11 season. We've had him a couple of times as an assistant referee, such as the August 2009 home game against Tranmere Rovers (2-0 win) and the September 2010 home match against Exeter City (1-3 defeat) although we don't recall either linesman as being particularly annoying - over and above the usual!

His first appearance as the man in the middle in a Yeovil match came back in October 2011, and was his first match as a referee at League One level. This was for the visit of Carlisle United at Huish Park, and marked the one and only time that we saw Flavien Belson play for the Glovers. Two yellow cards meant that our sight of the Frenchman was rather brief; playing out the second half with ten men.

Terry Skiverton, who was manager at the time, was particularly non-plussed with Mr Berry's performance on the day, complaining after the game about the volume of yellow cards raised (three against Yeovil, two against Carlisle) and also his lack of leniency concerning Belson's second yellow, feeling that the match official should have made more allowances for Belson's nationality.

For what it's worth, a fair chunk of the Glovers fans in the crowd could see Mr Berry's signalling, prior to the critical incident, that made it clear to them that a 'last warning' had been fairly given five minutes previously, and so you didn't need English to be your first language to know what was coming once the next foul was committed. As such, we didn't really agree with Skivo's views on events. We could see it, Belson could see it, and probably Skivo should have gone for a safety first attitude and substituted him.

There was a bit more sympathy for a disallowed goal against Steve MacLean prior to that incident - one of those cases where a player's arm makes contact with a bouncing ball as he runs onto it, and so not really a deliberate act - but that one was given by the East Stand linesman rather than Mr Berry. Overall, he didn't have a great game, although in the case of Belson's red card there wasn't a lot he could have done.

Mr Berry also took charge of the May 2012 game against Huddersfield Town that ended our 2011-12 season. The Terriers were already in the play-offs; we were already safe from relegation. As such, this one was probably one of the easier games to referee, and bar two very early bookings, Mr Berry didn't have a lot to do. We lost 2-0, and we can't recall him having a particular effect on that.

His most recent match was the August 2012 game against Brentford at Griffin Park. We won the match 3-1, and although we picked up three bookings on the night, there's nothing to suggest that Mr Berry was doing anything that he shouldn't do. In fact we recall it being an excellent end-to-end match, with Marek Stech doing plenty at the other end of the pitch, meaning that the Bees were a little unlucky not to get more from the game than they did - a late own goal gave us a cushion in what had been a very good advert for football - and one in which referee was seen but not heard.

Since then we haven't been involved in any matches featuring Mr Berry. He didn't do any Championship games during 2013-14, suggesting that he's a little lower down the pecking order for referees than some are. However, with us back in League One again, we cross paths once more.

Mr Berry will be assisted by Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Michael Webb (Surrey).

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 3.

Link: May 2012 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2012 : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 3.


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3 October 2014 : Johnson Hopeful Hiwula Can Provide New Strike Threat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is hopeful that new loan signing Jordy Hiwula can add a different kind of striker to his squad during his spell at Huish Park from Premier League side Manchester City. Their Academy graduate has signed a deal with the club until early January as his first step away from their development set up and could make his first team debut on Saturday against Milton Keynes Dons.

Johnson explained that his decision to bring in an extra striker into his squad was motivated by the fact that none of his existing crop of attacking players have hit a rich vein of form yet, with the club's top goalscorer after twelve matches being two players on two goals. The Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that getting free-flowing goalscorers was not an easy thing to obtain:

"They're not easy to find. We haven't got enough strikers anyway at the moment. We've got strikers but nobody has really hit that bit of form just yet. Hopefully we're bringing in another striker with good pedigree, albeit young pedigree and inexperienced pedigree. Jordy (Hiwula) has scored quite a few goals for the Under-21s at Man City. He's got electric pace - and I am talking electric pace - and he's got a good goalscoring record. This is his first loan, so of course everyone is taking a little bit of a chance. But I don't think I'm taking a bit of a chance - I think he's ready. I think he's a man now and he needs this type of football to get his career going."

Hiwula has so far gained two caps at England Under-18 and two more at England Under-19 level, and so has been noticed by the national team set-up. Johnson said that he was open-minded as to which of his current strikers could partner the Stretford-schooled player but was hopeful that his style of playing would have an impact upon whoever he tried to pair him up with:

"I think he could play with any of the other strikers as well, whether it's AJ (Leitch-Smith), Hayts (James Hayter) or even Granty (Joel Grant). They're sort of No.10 strikers, whereas with this lad although he's not a target man No.9 he does like to play right at the top of the pitch. He makes some very clever runs. So I'm excited by it, that's for sure. He's played for England Under-18s and Under-19s. He then had an injury a year or so ago. He's now come back strong and scoring goals again, and I'm very excited to have him in our team. He is that striker who is on the shoulder (of the opposition defender) who loves getting in behind defences. He's a good finisher, so hopefully that is exactly what we've been looking for, and that will help everyone else around him to play their game as well."


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2 October 2014 : Orient Assistant Confirms Job Offer
League One side Leyton Orient's Caretaker boss Kevin Nugent has confirmed that he has been offered the position as Russell Slade's replacement on a permanent basis. The 45 year old was Slade's assistant manager, and as well as two other caretaker spells, he has had two playing spells at Brisbane Road, meaning that he has been a well known face at their club, on and off over the last 20 years.

Orient have shown little sign of looking outside their football club for a new man to replace Slade, who has still yet to be appointed as Cardiff City manager, a week after resigning his position as Orient first team manager. Whilst the East Londoners continue to play hardball over compensation for their manager, Nugent has told the London24 website that he has been offered a Head Coach role under new sporting director Mauro Milanese, and is currently holding some discussions over what that will entail before he accepts the position:

"Itís been well documented that I have been offered the position but there are still a few things that need to be ironed out. We will have to wait and see but our main focus at the moment is making sure the boys are ready for Saturdayís game in order to get a much-needed three points."

Matters under new owner Francesco Becchetti have continued to be volatile, with Orient's former Chief Executive Matt Porter indicating this week that he was asked to resign as a club director this week. Porter had been the main piece of continuity between the new Italian ownership and former owner Barry Hearn, but in a private statement issued via his Twitter account claimed that the new owners had changed their tune:

"I was surprised to receive an email from Alessandro Angelieri, the Chief Executive of Leyton Orient, asking me to resign from the board of directors. The reason I was given for this request is that the Clubís owner, Francesco Becchetti, Ďwould prefer that the board of directors is kept as small as possibleí. During and since the takeover, I had been happy and willing to continue serving as a director to assist the new staff with their integration in to the Club and to provide an element of continuity from the previous regime, as agreed with the new owner. However, to my disappointment, the position has now changed."

Due to being forced to resign from the Leyton Orient board, Porter has now had to tender his resignation from the Football League board, where he was a nominated League One representative.


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2 October 2014 : Price To Play Final Game Before Wolves Return
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has stated that Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Jack Price will be playing his final game for the club on Saturday. The 21 year old has so far played in six matches during his one month loan spell, and will almost make a seventh appearance against Milton Keynes Dons during Saturday's League One fixture.

However, Price's arrival at Huish Park was due to a knee injury sustained by Simon Gillett during the August 30th home game against Barnsley, and with him now back in full training at the start of this week, and James Berrett's thigh injury having cleared up, the club are now close to their full complement of players for this weekend's fixture, with only Kieffer Moore (groin) and Ben Nugent (groin) causing the club's physios some concerns.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that the return of Gillett and Berrett meant that he couldn't justify keeping Price on the club's books, and so had made his own decision to allow the player to return to Molineux:

"Jack Price has done fantastic for us. But with Jack his month was always going to be until Simon Gillett and James Berrett came back. So this will be his last game with us. That was the agreement with Wolves as well because they've got other plans for him. So we thank him - he's still got Saturday's game to come - but he's been a good player for us whilst our contracted midfielders have got themselves fit."

Gillett was still out of action last weekend, and did not travel with the team to their League One match against Crawley Town. However, Johnson confirmed that he had shown good progress in training and would be included in the matchday squad:

"He's on course and he'll definitely be involved in some capacity on Saturday, so we're pleased with that. So will James Berrett as they're completely over their injuries. So that's a good thing as we had high hopes for both of them at the start of the season, but unfortunately they both got pretty long term injuries."


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2 October 2014 : Manchester City's Hiwula Loan Deal Confirmed
As revealed earlier today, the signing of Manchester City striker Jordy Hiwula can now be confirmed. The 18 year old has agreed a loan spell that will keep him at the club until January 5th 2015. He will wear squad number 25 during his stay at Huish Park.

A full profile of the Manchester-born player can be read in our earlier article. To view a video of him scoring four goals in one match, see the YouTube club below.




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2 October 2014 : Glovers Linked With Manchester City Academy Striker
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Manchester City academy graduate Jordy Hiwula. He is an 18 year old striker who was born in Manchester on March 15th 1996, and has risen through their youth ranks as well as turning out for England at youth levels.

As yet Hiwula has not been tried at first team level but has picked up a number of accolades along the way as a youth teamer. As a Stretford schoolboy, he played in City's side that won the 2012 Al Ain International Juniors Championships, scoring against Valencia, Al Ain and the UAE national team. He also managed to finish as top scorer in another youth tournament in Oberndorf in August 2013.

His 2012-13 season was hampered somewhat by a knee injury that put him on the sidelines, but back in action as a regular in their development side for the following season. He is blessed with plenty of pace - at his school he was their 100 metre and 200 metre champion.

The claims of his link with Yeovil are made by a Sky Sports journalist who has managed to get a few names on the rumourmill correct over the past few years. As yet neither club have commented on a prospective loan deal, and so for the moment at least this sits on the rumourmill.


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1 October 2014 : Hamstring Doubts Remain Over Glovers Duo
Yeovil Town pair Ben Nugent and Kieffer Moore are rated as 'unlikely' to make the matchday squad for Saturday's home match against Milton Keynes Dons. The Cardiff City defender and former Dorchester Town striker both have hamstring problems, with Nugent failing a fitness test just before Saturday's match at Crawley Town, whilst Moore limped off midway through the first half with the same problem.

Whilst neither injury is thought to be particularly serious, both may need more time to recover, having yet to resume training this week. Speaking to the Western Gazette, manager Gary Johnson sounds pessimistic of their chances of pulling through before the weekend:

"The disappointing thing on Saturday was that we lost two of our players early on. We were hoping that Ben Nugent was going to play, we fitness tested him and he didn't get through it. We obviously had Kieffer Moore who come off after 20 minutes or so and that was disappointing because he gives us that presence up there. Those two we will be sweating on but it looks unlikely."

Aside from those two players, Johnson's other decisions will be more centred around the question of match fitness. The club had Liam Davis, James Hayter and James Berrett on the bench at Crawley, and although the latter two got onto the pitch as substitutes, they were acknowledged as being short of match fitness. Meanwhile this week has seen Simon Gillett (knee) and Brendan Moloney (knee) return to training thus clearing the club's long term injury list, but leaving the Glovers boss to assess which of his players are in the best shape to play a significant part in Saturday's match against the division's fourth placed club.

Another decision that Johnson will need to make shortly, concerns the future of Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Jack Price. The 21 year old was brought in to cover for the absence of Simon Gillett, but his initial month deal expires after Saturday, meaning that all parties will need to make a firm decision shortly. With Price impressing during his six match spell with the Glovers, Johnson will no doubt want to extend that arrangement, but the thorny question of playing budget is highly likely to come up in conversation at some point during negotiations.


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1 October 2014 : Hoskins Gets First Full Match Of The Season
Yeovil Town striker Sam Hoskins played a full 90 minutes worth of football last night, as he helped keep Conference National side Barnet on top of their division. The 21 year old featured in a 1-1 draw at Braintree Town that reduced the Bees advantage over AFC Halifax down to two points. Strike partner John Akinde scored Barnet's goal.

Hoskins is now three games into his loan spell with the North London club but this is the first game that he has stayed on the pitch for the full match. It's also the first time he's played a full 90 minutes this season - the last time Sam stayed on the pitch for a full match was the April 2014 Championship match against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Falmer Stadium.

There are no midweek fixtures for Yeovil's two other loaned out players, with Adam Morgan (St Johnstone) and Calvin Brooks (Weymouth) next due to be in action on Saturday.


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