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30 November 2009 : Skiverton Warns Contract Talks May Take Time
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has remained tight-lipped on progress concerning contract negotiations for four of his permanent signings. Short term deals for defender Terrell Forbes, midfielders Jean-Paul Kalala and George O'Callaghan and utility player Andy Lindegaard are all up in around one month's time, with all players having been given deals to run to the end of the year.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton explained that in his experience, contract negotiations often took a significant amount of time to progress, and that it wasn't just him the players needed to keep impressing out on the field of play. Either way, he was keeping his mouth shut on the specific situation regarding each player:

"I'm not letting anything out at the moment. I'm talking to players and we're doing things behind the scenes. But when I was in the summer, it took me about four or five weeks to sort out a contract, and that was something like my first or second contract. These things are always ongoing, and the supporters always want to know yesterday. But we need to be in a good position, and players need to be playing well and the board need to be seeing that as well, because everything has got to be passed through them. So it's a joint decision from everybody, and they will be dealt with in hand, but that will all be done at the right time and the information will be released at the right time."


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30 November 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog: Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Tomorrow night, Yeovil Town are home to Walsall at Huish Park, and Taff is trying to drum up enthusiasm for the match. A windswept, cold freezing Huish Park, but with the warmth and satisfaction of knowing that he counted amongst the loyal supporters at the match? Or the evil temptation of an unnamed commercial television channel, complete with the heating on and a kitchen that doesn't run out of hot chocolate before half time.

Decisions, decisions and you can help Taff make up his mind (perhaps) by reading the latest Taff's Gloversblog and deciding whether you wish to give Taff empathy, or make the accusation of apathy.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog: Should I Stay Or Should I Go.


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30 November 2009 : 20 Percent Off (Almost) Everything At Huish Park Tomorrow
Yeovil Town's Huish Park Club Shop is having a pre-Christmas sale tomorrow. All stock inside the club will be discounted by 20 Percent for the whole of tomorrow - with the exception of gift vouchers, and stock that has already been reduced.

The Club Shop will be open from 10.00a.m. until 7.45p.m. tomorrow, although expect it to get very busy during the final 90 minutes before the kick-off against Walsall.

The Club Shop will also be opening late hours for the next three Thursday evenings - staying open until 7.00p.m. on those nights, so if you want to squeeze in some Christmas shopping on your way home from work, the 3rd, 10th and 17th of December are the nights to pick.


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30 November 2009 : Advance Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's visit to Swindon Town's County Ground are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The game takes place on Monday 28th December 2009, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices are as follows:

Adults £22.00; Over 60s £15.00; 16-20 yrs £15.00; Under-16s £9.00.

Wheelchair Users can gain admittance for £15.00 but can take an assistant in free of charge. However, you must ring 0871 223 2300 in advance to book arrangements.

Away supporters are usually allocated the end two blocks of the Arkells North Stand, which is a covered seated area of the ground, side-on to the pitch and houses around 1,200 supporters.

Note carefully that the concessionary rate for 16-20 yrs applies only to advance purchases. If you pay on the day, you'll be charged at the standard adult rate of £22.00. Why a seven pound surcharge just because you fall into a particular age group? Who knows!

Meanwhile if you want to park at the stadium, be warned that Swindon commit daylight robbery charge the grand sum of 10 pounds for the privilege of you parking your vehicle. And no, that's not a misprint.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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30 November 2009 : Poppy Appeal Shirt Auction Final Results
The British Legion 2009 Poppy Appeal Shirt Auction has now ended, with the highest bid setting a new record. The £455 bid for Steven Caulker's signed shirt is a record bid for the Shirt Auctions that the British Legion have been running in conjunction with Yeovil Town.

The bids make a grand total of £3,360 which when added to the bucket collections at the Southend United match will ensure that the British Legion receive £4,191 for their good causes. Final bids are shown below, and the presentations of the shirts will be made on December 12th, prior to the home match against Norwich City. If you need to confirm that your bid was successful, then drop County Secretary John Prior an email at jprior@britishlegion.org.uk

Congratulations to all of those who have winning bids, and many thanks to those who participated in the auction.

Final Top Bids: Steven Caulker £455; Dean Bowditch £240; Jean-Paul Kalala £230; Craig Alcock £220; Ryan Mason, Stefan Stam, Andy Welsh £200; Alex McCarthy £165; Keiran Murtagh, Jonathan Obika, Squad Shirt £150; Shaun MacDonald £135; Scott Murray £130; Terrell Forbes £120; Nathan Jones, Gavin Tomlin £110; Sam Williams £100; George O'Callaghan £80; Danny Hutchins £75; Richard Martin, Nathan Smith £70.


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30 November 2009 : Interview With Danny Hutchins
Seven days ago, full-back Danny Hutchins was interviewed by the BBC in the lead-up to the away match at Gillingham. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, who has recently moved across from BBC Radio Wiltshire, Danny gives an honest assessment of his own personal form as well as where the team currently sits in the league.

Link: Danny Hutchins Talks To The BBC In The Lead-Up To The Gillingham Game.


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30 November 2009 : Frank Fidler 1924 - 2009
It is with sadness that we report the death of Frank Fidler. Frank passed away at the age of 85 on Saturday 21st November. In two seasons at Yeovil Town from 1955 to 1957 he made ninety-two first team appearances and scored seventy goals.

Frank was born in Middleton, Manchester, on 12th August 1924. He signed as a junior for Manchester United in August 1941, but made just one appearance in the war-time leagues - against New Brighton at the age of seventeen. He later joined the Irish Guards. When his football career resumed there was a spell with Non-league Witton Albion before a move to Wrexham, then in the Third Division North, in 1950 saw Frank make it into the Football League. At 6' 2" Fidler was a No. 9 in the classic British tradition: big, bustling and good in the air. He was to score goals wherever he went.

After thirty-six appearances and fifteen goals for the Racecourse Ground club he moved to Division Two when transferred to Elland Road, spending the 1951-52 season with Leeds United. While there one of Frank's boot boys was a certain very youthful Jack Charlton, who would of course go on to achieve footballing immortality in 1966. He made his debut, and scored, on 27th October away to Blackburn Rovers, but was not a fixture in the first eleven at that level and, though scoring eight goals in twenty-two appearances, moved on again after a single campaign, dropping down to Division Three South and Bournemouth & Boscombe AFC. The goals started to flow again, better than one every two matches for the three years he was at Dean Court.

In 1954-55 Yeovil Town had just had its most successful season ever to that point, winning the Southern League, the Southern League Cup, the Somerset Professional Cup, and the Reserves becoming Western League Division Two champions. Player-manager Ike Clarke was pushing forty himself, and with several of his forward line moving on was looking for someone to fill the central role up front. Frank Fidler was that man. Like many Yeovil semi-professional players at the time, upon his arrival he took a job with Westlands in the town. He didn't play in the opening match of that campaign but made his debut in the second, at home to Worcester City. He scored in the 2-0 victory, and in the next five matches that followed. His career as a Glover was up and running, and the goals continued to flow - a massive fifty for the season, including four hat-tricks. Although in the hunt for three pieces of silverware as April approached Yeovil ended winning nothing. Easter ruined their hopes, with a crippling injury list that got so bad that for one away game a travelling supporter had to be drafted in as goalkeeper - the one and only appearance a certain Bob Spiller made for the club.

Frank had escaped the injury plague himself, playing in fifty-six matches, but was not so fortunate the next season. He was in and out of the side, clocking up thirty-six appearances but still scoring when fit - a total of twenty goals. When Yeovil met Peterborough United in the F.A. Cup First Round Proper the Posh manager, George Swindin, stated: "Only [Johnny] McKay and Fidler are dangerous, the rest we will take in our stride." Smacking of arrogance it may have been, but Swindin was right, Peterborough winning 3-1 at Huish.

Clarke was told at the beginning of April he would not have his managerial contract renewed and it was clear the side was going to be broken up. Fidler's last match for the Glovers was on 2nd May 1957, scoring in an 4-3 away victory at Lovells Athletic. Frank then departed to Yeovil's Southern League rivals Hereford United, where he would score sixty-three times across three seasons, and finally finished his playing days with Bridgwater Town.

After football Frank returned to work for Westlands, the Helicopter Division, where he became a shop steward. In 1972 the family moved to Farnborough and he joined Royal Mail, for whom he worked until his retirement.

Frank's son, John, writes that his father continued to enjoy watching his football right to the end, and was an avid Manchester City fan. He is survived by his wife, children John and Maureen, grand-daughters Louise, Emma and Vickie, and great-grandchildren Jack and newly arrived Isabelle, who he took great pleasure in getting to see just days before he died when she was only two and a half weeks old. Our condolences to all of Frank's family and friends.

Link: Statistics for Frank Fidler with Yeovil Town


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30 November 2009 : November 2009 Player Of The Month
As we take in final day of the month of November, on reflection this was not one of Yeovil Town's better months. One win, one draw and two defeats - one of which was an exit at FA Cup First Round stage for the fourth season running, with Oxford United collecting the scalp. Those four results produced just two goals with it - Yeovil's worst goal tally for a month so far this season.

In terms of the individual matches, the Man of the Match awards were won by loan trio Steven Caulker (Oxford United), Ryan Mason (Southend United) and Alex McCarthy (Charlton Athletic and Gillingham). Once that was turned into results for the whole month, it's clear that the loan players are the ones in form, with them taking five out of the top six positions for the month of November.

Craig Alcock is ne one permanent squad member to stop the whole top five being occupied by loan players, but in the end the above trio of Caulker, Mason and McCarthy were streets ahead of the rest. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy took the monthly poll though by a relatively comfortable margin, taking 26.4% of the total vote.

Full results for November, with percentage of votes cast, are shown below:

1 Alex McCarthy 26.4
2 Steven Caulker 21.5
3 Ryan Mason 20.0
4 Shaun MacDonald 8.8
5 Craig Alcock 6.1
6 Jonathan Obika 2.6
7 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 2.2
8 Andy Welsh 2.1
9 Danny Hutchins 1.8
10 Richard Martin 1.6


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30 November 2009 : Gillingham Man of the Match Result
Last Tuesday's match against Gillingham saw the Glovers fall to a 1-0 defeat at the Priestfield Stadium. In a match that was heavily affected by the weather conditions, the home team forced the advantage to an extreme in the opening 25 minutes and it was perhaps a wonder that Yeovil were not several goals down by that stage.

The fact that they weren't says a lot about Alex McCarthy's performance on the night. The Reading goalkeeper was only beaten from the penalty spot by Simeon Jackson's chipped goal, with the Gills unable to get past him in open play.

As a result it comes as little surprise to find that the Man of the Match voting was a one man show, with Alex taking a unanimous decision from everyone who was at the game. Full results are as follows:

1 Alex McCarthy 80 (8)
2 Steven Caulker 18 (0)
3 Ryan Mason 8 (0)
3 Shaun MacDonald 8 (0)
5 Craig Alcock 6 (0)
5 Jonathan Obika 6 (0)
7 Sam Williams 4 (0)
8 Stefan Stam 2 (0)
8 Gavin Tomlin 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.88

Performance: 3.75
Entertainment: 4.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 8


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30 November 2009 : Last Chance To Enter The Shirt Auction
A reminder that today is your last chance to get hold of a signed limited edition Yeovil Town shirt as part of an ongoing auction. The British Legion 2009 Poppy Appeal has a wide selection of Glovers shirts available for auction, signed by the player that wore the shirt (where that player was selected in the matchday squad) in the recent match against Southend United. There is also a shirt signed by the whole squad.

Bidding closes at midday today. Friday's bid prices can be found here whilst full details of the auction and how to bid can be found here.


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29 November 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Walsall
Officials for Tuesday night's match between Yeovil Town and Walsall have been announced. The man in charge will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Although Mr Linington has been a regular at Huish Park over the years, it has largely been as an assistant referee or fourth official. He was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season and he has since taken charge of three Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions.

The most recent match was another Tuesday night match - the August Carling Cup game against Norwich City. The scoreline was a 0-4 and consequently Yeovil's heaviest home defeat since entering the Football League. There were some post-match grumbles from midfielder George O'Callaghan about the opening goal, which came from the penalty spot, and this is probably the only major criticism we've seen of Mr Linington's performances over the three games.

The 2008 Christmas holiday trip to Millwall, where a 1-1 draw at the New Den saw the game flow well, with plenty of attacking football from both sides. As for Mr Linington, we barely noticed him, which is always a good thing.

The other match in October 2008 saw Crewe Alexandra as our opponents at Huish Park, and there's little doubt that the 3-2 scoreline and the thrilling way the game ebbed and flowed will have influenced our thoughts on the referee, but bar a minor quibble that he didn't get out his cards for one theatrical Crewe dive, our recollection is one of general happiness with his performance on the night in what was his first ever match at League One level.

Mr Linington will be assisted by Mark Philpott (Cornwall) and Andrew Turner (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 4.


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28 November 2009 : Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To MK Dons
The Devon and Dorset Greens have organised travel for Yeovil Town's away match against Milton Keynes Dons. Any supporters are welcome to join them. The match takes place on Saturday 5th December with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

A full bus will result in a charge of £12.00 for travel, with actual cost dependent upon numbers booking up. They are leaving Huish Park at 9.00a.m. and will be having a full breakfast stop along with other breaks as required.

To book, either email Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk or phone on 07840-787-287 (mobile) any time.


Link: Ticketing for MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel for MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to MK Dons.


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28 November 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Reality Bites
On a football-free weekend, Taff takes a look at our current league position, along with musing at what could have been whilst seeing a team in slightly familiar colours on TV. Meanwhile, the soap opera that is Muffenders took its latest twist this week and the latest edition of Taff's Gloversblog brings you up to date with the goings on down on the South Coast. Read on via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Reality Bites.


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28 November 2009 : Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers Match Report
Yeovil Town's Youth Team drew 1-1 with Bristol Rovers this morning at Carey's Field, in a friendly match arranged to assess a number of trialists mainly brought down from the North-West. The Glovers fielded just three Under-18s players, with the rest being made up of Under-16s and trialists with a strong eye towards next season's Youth Team squad, with no 'second year' scholars playing for Yeovil during the first 45 minutes. Rovers came armed with a full strength side, opening up in a 4-4-2 formation.

The Glovers lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, and competed well in an even first half. Rovers saw their main attacks coming down the flanks, but generally found them cut out. Trialists Adam Cleary put the Glovers ahead when he pressurised the Rovers keeper into making an error, and then followed up the loose ball, netting to put the Glovers 1-0 up at half time. At the other end striker Rob Clowes continued to impress as a centre-back, showing that he has two clear options of where he could play in the years to come.

The second half opened up with a series of tactical switches with Under 16s duo Jack Allan and Sam Lanahan replacing Lloyd Matthews and Ben Williams. Rovers made their own changes at half time, adopting a 4-3-3 formation which caused the home side headaches until they also made their own formation change on the hour mark to match up man-for-man.

Ten minutes into the second period, Rhys Baggridge replaced Rob Clowes whilst Johnny Oliver replaced Tom Hopkins. Hopkins later returned to the field, replacing trialist Jacob Salisbury, who had just prior to his withdrawal, crashed a 20 yard shot off the crossbar. Bristol Rovers finally forced an equaliser on 71 minutes, but then the Glovers finished the game more strongly, as Rob Clowes reappeared on the field as a striker, replacing trialist Nathan Hawkshaw, allowing Yeovil to finish the game on top but without finding a winning goal. Rovers could have netted a second when Baggridge gave away a spot kick but thankfully goalkeeper Steve Boore was on hand to save the attempt.

All of the trialists performed well on the day, giving Under 18s manager Mo Hopkins plenty of food for thought as to which players should be asked to join Yeovil Town for the future, in addition to selecting next season's scholars. Next up is a Monday night match against RNAS Yeovilton, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off - all are welcome to attend.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Youth Team 1 Bristol Rovers U18s 1.

Scorers: Adam Cleary (1-0, first half), Bristol Rovers Player (1-1, second half)

Yeovil Town: (3-5-2) Steve Boore, Alex Parks (T), Rob Clowes, Ryan Hanlan (T), Ben Williams (U16), Nathan Hawkshaw (T), Tom Hopkins (U16), Jacob Salisbury (T), Tyler Sheppard, Adam Cleary (T), Lloyd Matthews (U16)

Subs: Jack Allan (U16) (46 mins for Lloyd Matthews), Sam Lanahan (U16) (46 mins for Ben Williams), Johnny Oliver (55 mins for Tom Hopkins), Rhys Baggridge (55 mins for Rob Clowes)


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28 November 2009 : Skivo Warns Of Hard Games To Come
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that his side are coming up against big clubs in League One, even when they come up against less fashionable sides such as last Tuesday's team Gillingham or next Tuesday's opponents Walsall.

Gillingham were playing football at Championship level until the summer of 2005, whilst Walsall were at the same level until the previous summer. Both clubs suffered a fairly swift slide down to League Two level, but have since brought themselves back up again to League One.

Although neither club are expected to challenge for honours this season, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that it was important to remember that such clubs had the recent experience of Championship football, as well as resources from that period, whilst the Glovers by comparison were relatively new to this level:

"We're a small club and we're coming to places like Gillingham who have been in the Championship and have got massive facilities here. They are another one of these clubs that have been a lot bigger in the past, but have fallen down by the wayside. Mark Stimson has done a fantastic job in getting them back up into League One. We're a small club compared to Gillingham. But for me, these are the clubs where we've got an even chance against, or just slightly under an even chance. Walsall is another club like that. I don't call them winnable games. They are games where we will still go out and try and get three points against, but they are still hard games for Yeovil Town."

The Glovers take on Walsall at Huish Park this coming Tuesday, December 1st, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The two clubs have met three times before in the League at Huish Park, with a win, a draw and a defeat seeing honours spread evenly. The most recent saw a 1-1 draw back on the opening day of the 2008-09 season when a Gavin Tomlin early strike was cancelled out by Jabo Ibehre just 13 minutes from time. Away from Huish Park, the last meeting was the 2-0 defeat at the Bescot Stadium in February 2009, when Troy Deeney and Alex Nicholls scored second half goals to make it a comfortable win for the Midlands side.

Tickets for the League One match are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the pre-match price on Monday from 9.00a.m. until 5.00p.m. or at the matchday price from 9.00a.m. until kick-off.


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27 November 2009 : Chipping Away At Yeovil's Travel Problems
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton suggested that he was pondering a change to his tactics for away matches. Not too surprisingly, he isn't going to give away exactly what that change might be, although he has added a few more hints in the Western Morning News.

A bit of analysis of what options are open to Skiverton are provided via an article below. As always, tactics in football are a non-exact science, and so as with all our 'blog' articles, opinions are welcomed and expected.

Link: Chipping Away At Yeovil's Travel Problems.


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27 November 2009 : Ladies FAW Cup Tie Delayed
While everyone else is battling it out this Sunday (29th November) in the Second Round Proper of the F.A. Women's Cup, Yeovil Town Ladies have to kick their heels waiting on an unresolved First Round tie.

Forest Green Rovers and Cullompton Rangers have been unable to get their match on, and it has been switched to the neutral ground of Brimscombe & Thrupp FC in an attempt to get it played. Presuming a result is finally achieved the Glovers will now meet the winners on Sunday 6th December, with Yeovil having home advantage.

Before that, the Ladies fill in with a League fixture this coming Sunday, with a trip to Oxford City planned.


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27 November 2009 : Poppy Appeal Shirt Auction Update
A reminder that you have until Monday to get your bids in for the Shirt Auction being held to benefit the British Legion Poppy Appeal. There is a new top bid for a shirt, with Steven Caulker's shirt now taking a top bid of £405.

The Shirt Auctions have so far pledged a total of £2,860 and so should be able to top the £3,000 mark by the time that bidding closes at midday on Monday 30th November.

Latest top bid prices are as follows:

Caulker £405, Squad shirt £90, Alcock £200, Forbes £75, O'Callaghan £50, Welsh £180, Mason £200, Murray £105, Kalala £150, Hutchins £60, Obika £150, Stam £75, Murtagh £60, Tomlin £110, Bowditch £240, Martin £65, Smith £50, Williams £100, Jones £50, MacDonald £130.

For further information on how to bid, see the original news item linked below.

Link: British Legion 2009 Poppy Shirt Auction.


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27 November 2009 : Glovers Player Contracts Clarified
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has clarified the current status of his players that are on short term or loan contracts. There has been plenty of confusion over the status of numerous players within the Glovers camp this season, with frequently contract terms remaining undisclosed and inevitably the rumourmill driving the information flow.

Last week's Sunday Independent claimed that Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald had extended his deal with the Glovers for the remainder of the season. Skiverton has told the Western Morning News that is not the case, and said that like goalkeeper Alex McCarthy a decision needs to be made about his future:

"He (Alex McCarthy) is with us for the foreseeable future and we are talking to Reading all the time. His loan isn't up until January but I'm hopeful of extending that. It's the same with Shaun MacDonald. His loan ends next month and he's in the same situation as Alex."

As we understand it, MacDonald was brought in on an 'emergency loan' deal that entitles the club to keep him for a total of 93 days. MacDonald arrived at the club on September 21st which ought to just about keep him with the Glovers until around the last game in December against Swindon Town - although this depends on the precise registration date with him making his debut on September 26th. Thereafter the situation would be less clear. Our understanding of the loan rules (which tend to change from year to year) is that the Glovers would have to negotiate a long term loan deal with Swansea which would be non-recallable. However, the Swans may prefer to spend January looking for a buyer for the player, whose contract is up next summer, and so may not want to immediately commit any deals with the Glovers.

With McCarthy, he has signed on a long term loan, and the assumption has always been that his parent club Reading would he happy to see him stay at Huish Park for the full season. Hence extending his deal with the Glovers should not be as problematic as MacDonald's is likely to be.

The contractual situation regarding Terrell Forbes and George O'Callaghan has never been disclosed, and there had been rumours that Forbes had signed a deal until the end of the season. Skiverton says that has not happened and that Forbes, O'Callaghan and Andy Lindegaard are all in the same boat, with contracts due to end on or around December 31st:

"We're still talking to all three of them and nothing has changed so far."

There's no mention of Jean-Paul Kalala's contract in the WMN article - his is due to end on December 31st. We'd assume that's an oversight, and that he also fits into the same category as Forbes, O'Callaghan and Lindegaard.


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27 November 2009 : GWSC Travel To MK Dons
The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to next Saturday's match at Milton Keynes Dons. The game takes place on Saturday December 5th with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 9.30a.m. and will leave from Huish Park at 9.45a.m.

The cost to GWSC Members will be £19.00 with concessions available at £17.00. Non-members are welcome and will pay two pounds more against the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing for MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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26 November 2009 : Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Hartlepool United on December 19th are on sale now from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Victoria Park on the final Saturday before Christmas with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £10.00.

Concessions include any of the following: Over 60s, Under 16s, Full Time Students and Disabled Supporters. Disabled supporters are also entitled to claim admission for an assistant free of charge.

Away supporters are housed in the Rink End of the stadium, which is a seated section behind the goal housing 961 seats. Prices for this fixture are unchanged for the third season running and there are no surcharges for buying on the day of the game.

Link: Ticketing For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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26 November 2009 : Alcock Credits McCarthy For Keeping The Score Respectable
Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock has become the latest person to heap praise upon Yeovil Town's on-loan player Alex McCarthy. The Reading keeper has been in stunning form in recent matches against Charlton Athletic and Gillingham, in between call-ups for the England Under-21 side, and Craig told BBC Somerset that he felt the 1-1 draw and 1-0 defeat could have been far worse without Alex between the sticks:

"Thank God for Alex, because he's been magnificent in the last few games and he's kept the scorelines respectable. I think that without him, things could have been a lot worse. He's been brilliant for us and I think he will go on to bigger and better things. But it's good for us that he's here at the moment doing what he's doing."

During the first half at the Priestfield Stadium, against Gillingham, matters were so one-sided that manager Terry Skiverton was forced into a tactical change 20 minutes into the match, taking off Scott Murray and bringing on Sam Williams to enable the team to switch to a 4-4-2. Alcock felt that despite the change being early on in the match, it could easily be justified:

"I think at the end of the day, that proves that the gaffer is going to change it. If things aren't working then he's not afraid to change anything. So I think that shows a lot for him as a manager."

The second period showed some improvement from the Glovers, albeit without being able to engineer an equaliser. Alcock said that the half time team talk was very much about pointing out that the team couldn't possibly play worse than they had during the first 45 minutes. The right-back explained his manager's half time message:

"Just really that we couldn't be as bad as that (in the second half)! But at the end of the day we were still in the game. It was still 1-0 and all we needed was a lucky chance or a break. It wasn't as if we didn't have any chances. We had one where their keeper pulled off a great save. But it just wasn't to be."


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25 November 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Gillingham Game
Following last night's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Gillingham, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, Skivo talked about the game, his views on the penalty, and also why although he accepted Jean-Paul Kalala's second booking of the night, he felt that referee Pat Miller had been "conned" by some of the home side's roughhouse tactics on his players.

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

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Gillingham Game.


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25 November 2009 : Gills Boss Hails Outstanding McCarthy Performance
Gillingham boss Mark Stimson has said that Yeovil goalkeeper Alex McCarthy's performance was "outstanding" last night. Despite the Glovers getting something of a first half battering, the only way the Kent side could get the ball past Yeovil's on-loan custodian was from the penalty spot, with the England Under-21 player making a string of saves along the way.

Stimson told the Kent press after the game that he was happy with the result after losing at Bristol Rovers over the weekend, but believed they could have won by a more comfortable margin if it had not been for McCarthy:

"It was a good victory, 1-0 but it could possibly have been a few more if it wasn’t for the Yeovil goalkeeper who I thought was absolutely outstanding. He pulled off at least two or three certain goals. They had some constructive criticism over the last 48 hours and they responded in the right way. When you give the criticism out you always wonder if you’re being too heavy on them because some of them are young lads still and are learning the game. If they’ve got anything about them and they take it in the right way they’ll produce and they did that."

The damage was done in the opening 25 minutes, when Yeovil's starting formation and team selection failed to see many players make an impact upon the game, and during that time Gills striker Simeon Jackson scored the winning goal from the penalty spot - chipping the ball down the centre of the goal, after he had spotted McCarthy's early movement to one side. Stimson said he was delighted with his side's start to the game, as well as Jackson's goalscoring form:

"Full credit to the players, they started off really sharp, they wanted to pass the ball and get it wide and Simeon Jackson put the penalty away with pure class. Fair play to him because he’s missed the last couple but he stood up and took responsibility and put us on the way to a very important victory. He put it away with pure class. Fair play to him because he’s missed the last couple but he stood up, took responsibility and put us on our way to a very important victory. It took bottle to step up but he wants to be the highest goalscorer in the league and if he gets a chance from 12 yards he’s not going to turn it down."


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25 November 2009 : Two More Youth Team Friendlies Arranged
Yeovil Town's Youth Team have had two more fixtures arranged, and both of them are friendlies. In yesterday's news we mentioned the friendly match against Bristol Rovers that is expected to feature a number of trialists.

On top of that, next Monday, there is a friendly against the Royal Navy, that will take place at Yeovilton, with a kick-off of 7.00p.m.

Finally on the following Thursday, December 3rd, the Youth Team will be travelling to play Llanelli Under 19s. We're rather assuming there aren't any exiled Glovers in that area who plan to dash off to see that game, but if anyone is interested in further details, drop us an email.


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25 November 2009 : Charlton Athletic Man Of The Match Result
Saturday's match against Charlton Athletic saw Yeovil Town gain a 1-1 draw at Huish Park, with the game dominated by the elements. Whilst the first half saw the Glovers dominate to an extent, there was little doubt as to which team was in charge in the second period with the Addicks playing with the wind and forcing goalkeeper Alex McCarthy into a string of saves.

Whilst the Match Sponsors went for Ryan Mason, and he picked up enough votes to get into second place in our Man of the Match poll, the winner by a runaway margin was goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, which tells you all you need to know about the second half of the game. Full results are shown below with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1 Alex McCarthy 728 (64)
2 Ryan Mason 284 (9)
3 Craig Alcock 230 (7)
4 Steven Caulker 170 (5)
5 Jonathan Obika 40 (0)
6 Danny Hutchins 32 (1)
7 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 22 (2)
8 Stefan Stam 18 (0)
9 Shaun MacDonald 16 (0)
10 Dean Bowditch 6 (0)
11 Scott Murray 4 (0)
12 Andy Welsh 2 (0)
12 Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.56

Performance: 7.45
Entertainment: 7.66

VOTES RECEIVED: 88

Meanwhile don't forget to cast your MOTM votes if you were at Gillingham last night. Choose your top three players, along with entertainment and performance ratings along with any additional comments you would like to make using the form below. There weren't too many Glovers present at the Priestield Stadium, so every vote cast will count significantly, hence do your best to come up with three worthy names.

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


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25 November 2009 : Skiverton Concerned At Away Form
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has voiced his concern at his side's away form after they lost 1-0 at Gillingham last night. The Glovers have only scored in one league away match since August and have now lost their last three matches on their travels without finding the net, and the Yeovil boss admits he is getting concerned.

The 2-1 win at Bristol Rovers last month still represents the only away victory for a side that has scored five goals in the league so far, and Skiverton admitted to BBC Somerset that he was considering whether he needed to choose different personnel for away matches:

"It's almost as if you've gone back two steps. I'm starting to think "have I got to pick a totally different team away from home?" At home we seem to play good football, but I was disappointed that we didn't show bravery and getting on the ball and trying to get through it. We never got it into the forwards early and that wasn't working and we were going to end up in a whole load of trouble. But these things happen, and we walk away. We had a couple of chances at the end there to have nicked an undeserved draw, but fair play to Gillingham. We move on and I'll make sure that we get it right for the Walsall game."

Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala got his marching orders 10 minutes from the end for a foul on his Gillingham counterpart Kevin Maher. Skiverton said he had no complaints about JP's sending off, but complained that the player had been the subject of provocation in the lead-up to that incident which match referee Pat Miller failed to deal with:

"We had two players jump in two-footed at JP. I'm not condoning what he did after that, but when you've got two players trying to go through you and trying to hurt you, then you're going to try to protect yourself. I'm not happy with what he did when he landed, but referees have got to be wised up to these sort of things that happen and I think he (the referee) got conned quite a few times tonight."

The Yeovil boss said that he had no complaints though about the spot kick that sealed the game, with defender Steven Caulker deemed to have fouled Febian Brandy as he turned in the box, leading to Simeon Jackson's winning goal:

"I think it was a penalty. I think he had hold of his shirt and I'm not going to deny that. So I think that was a stonewaller. But these things happen, they got the decision, and well done to them."

Glovers fans who visited the Priestfield Stadium and paid on the day of the game were subject to a £23.00 charge to sit in the open in what constitutes Gillingham's away end, made out of scaffolding and a 'temporary' structure. As such they had to experience heavy rain during the first half and increasingly strong second half winds, and Skiverton admitted he felt sorry for what they had to sit through:

"We had some supporters out there in the wind and rain, and I felt a bit sorry for them that we couldn't put on a performance like we have done lately."


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24 November 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
After a very disappointing night at the Priestfield Stadium, we'd be rather grateful if you would cast your Man of the Match vote. Choose your top three players, along with entertainment and performance ratings along with any additional comments you would like to make using the form below.

There weren't too many Glovers present at tonight's match, so every vote cast tonight will count significantly, hence do your best to come up with three worthy names once you've dried out and warmed up!

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


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24 November 2009 : Gillingham 1 Yeovil 0 : Woeful Start Condemns Glovers
Yeovil Town went down 1-0 at the Priestfield Stadium tonight, as a single Simeon Jackson penalty was enough to separate the two sides on another blustery and rainy evening. The Glovers misery was completed by a red card for Jean-Paul Kalala after he picked up two bookings in a game that at times threatened to boil over, and despite the Glovers stabilising from a woeful start to the game, they couldn't find a way back.

The Glovers went into the match selecting the exact same starting line-up, substitutes bench and formation as they'd done on Saturday against Charlton Athletic. But despite playing with the wind, they made a fairly poor start to the match as the rain poured down, with Curtis Weston accepting a Mark Bentley knockdown and forcing Alex McCarthy into a save. That early warning turned into a loud ringing alarm bell when Febian Brandy turned in the box ten minutes into the match, and in doing so was sandwiched by a combination of Steven Caulker and Stefan Stam. Referee Pat Miller blew for a penalty and Simeon Jackson calmly converted from the spot.

The opening goal may have come from the penalty spot, but it was certainly no fluke, with Gillingham over-running the Glovers heavily during the first half with chance after chance, with the only positive being that Alex McCarthy carrying on where he left off on Saturday. Simeon Jackson found his shot blocked by the Glovers keeper, and Andy Barcham's drive was palmed away from a corner. Then Brandy hit the crossbar, and in all honesty, Gillingham could have been 5-0 up at that point were it not for the woodwork and McCarthy.

Manager Terry Skiverton rang immediate changes, with Scott Murray being sacrificed for Sam Williams, and the Glovers switching to a 4-4-2 as Mason switched to the right flank. That gave the Glovers a little bit of a burst, but McCarthy was still brought into heavy action as he managed a double save with Simeon Jackson and Andy Barcham denied, with the second save particularly impressive.

Overall though the change of formation worked well for Yeovil in levelling out the game, and giving them a bit more of an edge up front, even if it didn't entirely swing the pendulum the other way. Substitute Williams was putting himself about in the front line and giving Gillingham a bit more of a physical presence to deal with. That was emphasised when he and Josh Gowling got involved in a spot of handbags just before the half time break, with both players landing in the book.

The second half opened with the rain having eased off, but the blustery wind having picked up a notch. That was bad news as Yeovil were playing into the wind for the next 45 minutes, and although Gillingham's dominance of the game was long gone and the home crowd were edgy, the Glovers struggled to create chances, and there was not too much surprise when Dean Bowditch was introduced to the game, resulting in a shuffle around of the front line, as Jonathan Obika went to the right wing, Mason to left wing, with Bowditch hanging just behind Sam Williams.

At the other end, Gillingham hit the woodwork for a second time, as a free kick by Barry Fuller was tipped onto the goalpost by McCarthy for his best save of the night - a reminder that the game could just as easily go 2-0 as 1-1. Yeovil's best chance of the entire game came with just under 20 minutes remaining when a Ryan Mason free kick was flicked on by Steven Caulker and a header from Sam Williams was tipped over the bar for a corner. But that was really as good as it got, with plenty of approach play, but only half chances for the forward line to seize upon.

Terry Skiverton's final throw of the dice was to introduce Gavin Tomlin for Jonathan Obika, but that move went out the window, when Jean-Paul Kalala's tackle on Kevin Maher produced an obvious dismissal for the midfielder, with the midfielder having already been booked earlier in the game, and having been involved in another skirmish. There was little doubt that Gillingham were looking to rough up Kalala and Williams following their yellow cards, and although referee Pat Miller should have been more alert to some of the tactics out there from the home side, the showing of the second yellow was academic, and Kalala will now serve his second suspension of the season next Tuesday against Walsall.

And with that things fizzled out somewhat. The odd set piece gave Yeovil a bit of late hope, but a clear cut chance never really materialised, despite the Glovers switching to a 4-2-3 formation at the end, with Gavin Tomlin joining the front pair in a gamble of extremes. Even so, it needed Danny Hutchins at the other end, to make a flying block to stop Simeon Jackson grabbing his second of the night as he cut out a cross with the Gills catching Yeovil short on the break. All in all, a fair scoreline, and based on the opening 25 minutes of play, it could easily have been more than that.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Gillingham 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorer: Simeon Jackson (1-0, pen, 10 mins)

Gillingham: (4-4-2)
1. Simon Royce
2. Barry Fuller 16. Josh Gowling 20. Matt Fry 9. Chris Palmer
26. Curtis Weston 8. Mark Bentley 7. Kevin Maher 11. Andy Barcham
10. Simeon Jackson 29. Febian Brandy

Substitutes:
23. Alan Julian (GK) 3. John Nutter 4. Stuart Lewis 21. Dennis Oli (90 mins for Febian Brandy) 27. Luke Rooney 28. Jack Payne 30. Mark McCammon

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 23. Danny Hutchins
16. Scott Murray 25. Shaun MacDonald 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 6. Terrell Forbes 7. George O'Callaghan 9. Sam Williams (24 mins for Scott Murray) 10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Dean Bowditch (60 mins for Andy Welsh) 28. Nathan Smith

Gillingham Bookings: Josh Gowling (45 mins, off the ball incident), Febian Brandy (72 mins, retaliation)

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Williams (45 mins, off the ball incident), Stefan Stam (63 mins, foul), Dean Bowditch (68 mins, foul), Jean-Paul Kalala (71 mins, foul). Red Card: Jean-Paul Kalala (79 mins, second bookable offence).

Attendance: 4,450 (including approx 100 Yeovil fans)


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24 November 2009 : Team News For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
No changes for tonight's line-up for the League One game against Gillingham. Manager Terry Skiverton has selected an identical starting line-up and an identical substitutes bench for tonight's game as was used against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Thus the line-up as a reminder is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 23. Danny Hutchins
16. Scott Murray 25. Shaun MacDonald 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 6. Terrell Forbes 7. George O'Callaghan 9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Dean Bowditch 28. Nathan Smith


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24 November 2009 : Skivo Previews The Gillingham Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's match at Gillingham, manager Terry Skiverton had a chat with the BBC about the game yesterday. Skivo's interview with BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albert is captured via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Away Match At Gillingham.


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24 November 2009 : Youth Match Postponed - Another One Arranged
Yeovil Town's Youth Alliance Cup fixture against Plymouth Argyle has been postponed. The two sides had been due to meet this coming Saturday but the match will now not take place.

In its place will be a trial match to be played at Carey's Field in Sherborne against a Bristol Rovers side. The game will hopefully feature around seven trialists in the Glovers side with a view to them being drafted into the Youth Team for next year. Kick-off is 11.00a.m. so if you're feeling starved of football on what is a blank weekend, head down to Sherborne on the Saturday morning.

Plymouth's game has been called off as they have needed to reschedule their Youth Alliance Cup Second Round against Millwall for this coming Saturday, which was called off at the start of this month. The match against Yeovil - which is actually the final First Round Group game, will now almost certainly move into the New Year, with the game still representing a chance for the Glovers to claim top spot in their group, despite them having subsequently exited the competition.


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24 November 2009 : Skivo: My Goals Remain The Same As Before
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has played down any suggestions that he might have been beginning to focus on achieving a play-off spot for this current season. Skiverton recently made reference to the prospect of supporters being able to "have some fun" this season on the back of a few good results, which has partly led to some talk about the Glovers aiming for the top six slots in the division this season, rather than worrying about the bottom four.

However, speaking to BBC Somerset this week, he has stressed that his end goal for this season has not changed at all, and he wants everyone to keep their feet firmly on the ground, warning that the season could still easily go either way:

"My goals are exactly as we had at the start of the season, which is to secure League One status. I've got no other plans at the moment and I don't want to talk out of turn and distract from the job that we're doing. This year with how tight it is going to be, a couple of defeats and you're looking at the bottom four, but then a couple of wins and you're looking towards the play-off spots. So we want to be as far away from the relegation zone as possible and it's better looking up than looking over your shoulder."

Skiverton added that having experienced both promotion and relegation battles during his time with Yeovil, that it was far easier to play good football, when the "fear" of relegation was not hanging over you. In such circumstances, he considered his side's current eight point cushion to be important because it allowed his team to go and play on the front foot:

"It is definitely two different mindsets. When you're looking up, you're playing with confidence and you're on the front foot. When you're looking behind yourself and you're thinking of relegation, you're thinking on the back foot, you're not as confident and you're not getting on the ball and then you're not creating chances. So it sort of becomes a fear in the way that you play. We don't want that. We want to be positive and we want to be where we are in the league and we want to be at the right end."


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24 November 2009 : Magpies Backtrack On O'Brien Statement
Conference South side Dorchester Town appear to have backtracked following their initial statement concerning the dismissal of first team manager Roy O'Brien.

The Magpies put out an official statement on Sunday saying that Roy, who is Yeovil Town's Community Trust manager, had been dismissed "pending further enquires" (sic). They also promised a fuller statement following a Monday night board meeting. That has so far failed to materialise but Dorchester chairman Shaun Hearn has denied that there are any enquiries being made and told the Dorset Echo:

"There are no enquiries going on. We thank Roy and wish him all the best."

Despite Hearn's clarification of the situation to the Dorset newspaper, their original statement still remains as the top news item on their official website.


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24 November 2009 : Gillingham vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Kent tonight, for a League One match against a Gillingham side with somewhat polarised form so far this season. They are the side with the worst away record in the whole of League One, with eight defeats out of nine. The snag is that with the game being played at the Priestfield Stadium, they are also the side with the 6th best home record in the division, having last lost at home on August 22nd and having picked up five wins out of eight this season.

With that in mind, their somewhat lowly league position of 17th is somewhat deceptive on their home patch. They lie four places and four points below the Glovers in 13th, although given that they were only promoted back to League One over the summer, they will consider that a satisfactory start.

Any scouts from each club wanting to check out how each other play will have experienced an unusual quirk of the fixture computer over the weekend. Whilst Gillingham were losing 2-1 at Bristol Rovers on Saturday, the Glovers were drawing 1-1 at home to Charlton Athletic. each of those four sides now pairs off with the other clubs, with Rovers heading to The Valley tonight and the Glovers just down the M2 in Kent.

The Gills though, rely strongly upon striker Simeon Jackson who has scored 11 times so far this season, and so any scouts would have been scratching their heads slightly when a side that had scored just once in open play in their preceding five matches left their top scorer on the bench. Jackson is a Canadian international and manager Mark Stimson put his unusual decision down to the player's late return from international duty and the fact that he hadn't trained with his teammates that week. The expectation must therefore be that their talisman will return to the starting line-up for tonight's match.

Broadly speaking, they are expected to name an unchanged squad, with long term injury victims Danny Jackman (shoulder), Garry Richards (groin) and Simon King (ankle ligaments) still out. However, manager Mark Stimson has suggested that on the back of a defeat, changes in his side may go beyond the recall of Jackson and extend to a formation change:

"There could possibly be changes and we’re at home and might set up different. As an ex-player you want to play every day. It will be nice to get the game on Tuesday with Yeovil at home. So far at home the record is good and we have to maintain that."

For the Glovers, manager Terry Skiverton has said that he expects to be able to name an unchanged squad for tonight's match, with his only deliberation over whether to include Keiran Murtagh on the bench. Skiverton admitted the midfielder had been his 18th man on Saturday against Charlton Athletic, missing out against his old club, and he is likely to travel to Kent along with the other players who played in the 1-1 draw. Given that the Yeovil boss was broadly pleased with his side's performance, it would be a surprise if there was anything other than minor tweaking to tonight's side, particularly on the back of one league defeat in nine matches.

The game kicks off at 7.45p.m. and tickets are available on the night from the Priestfield Stadium. Watch out for a bit of legalised extortion though - an adult will be charged £23.00 for the privilege of sitting in an uncovered piece of temporary scaffolding in what is likely to be rainy conditions tonight. The Glovers may get criticism for their open Copse End at Huish Park, but at least it's the cheapest end of the ground at 15 quid. Other prices and ground information can be found in the Ciderspace guide below, but a coat with a hood seems pretty mandatory for your travel plans. For those preferring to stay dry, warm and under cover, BBC Somerset is your friend on 95.5FM tonight, starting from just after the 7.00p.m. news.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Gillingham.

Link: Officials For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Gillingham.


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24 November 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : New Kid On The Blog
Ahead of tonight's match against Gillingham, Taff provides his own thoughts on the match, and prospective formations to cope with the growing match fitness of striker Dean Bowditch. There's also someone moaning at Taff. Fair play, you can never have enough people moaning at Taff! Read on, in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry (penned late yesterday in case you think he's getting his 'tonights' and 'tomorrows' mixed up), via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : New Kid On The Blog.


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23 November 2009 : Interview With Alex McCarthy
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Alex McCarthy had a quiet first half, followed by probably his busiest 45 minutes of the season on Saturday. In torrential rain and strong winds, McCarthy kept Charlton Athletic down to a single goal in a 1-1 draw with several superb saves.

After the game, he spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon about the experience, and the full transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Alex McCarthy Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw With Charlton.


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23 November 2009 : Football League Launch 2010 Supporters Survey
The Football League have launched their 2010 Supporters Survey today. This is the third time that the League have launched such an online survey, with the last effort back in 2008 attracting around 40,000 respondants.

Results are published centrally by the Football League, and in the past, individual clubs have been given their own specific reports, although generally these are not made public, except where exceptional results are highlighted within the Football League's report.

Example questions from this year's survey include ...

* Would you like to see The Football League trial the use of sin-bins in one of its competitions?·
* Do you think The Football League should introduce a system that puts a limit on the amount clubs can spend on players' salaries or restricts the number of players they can sign?
* Do you think the standard of refereeing in Football League matches is improving?
* Why did you start supporting your club?
* What might encourage you to attend more of your club's home/away matches?
* Do you feel valued by your club?
* When would you prefer to watch live Football league matches on television?
* Would you be willing to pay to join a subscription service that would enable you to watch your club's away matches on the internet?

Go on! Fill your boots, via the link below, or head straight to the start of the survey by clicking here.

Link: Football League 2010 Supporters Survey.


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23 November 2009 : British Legion Poppy Appeal 2009 Shirt Auction Latest
Total bids for Yeovil Town shirts from this season's Poppy Appeal Shirt Auction now have topped 2,000 pounds. There are bids now for every shirt involved in the auction, with striker Dean Bowditch still taking the top price in the bids after he scored the winning goal against Southend United.

Latest prices are as follows. Note that there are still several shirts listed where you could pick up a real bargain:

£240 Bowditch. £215 Caulker. £200 Alcock, Mason. £180 Welsh, £125 McCarthy, Kalala. £100 Obika, Williams, £75 MacDonald. £70 Forbes. £60 Murray. £50 O'Callaghan, Stam, Murtagh, Jones, Squad shirt. £35 Tomlin, Smith. £30 Hutchins, Martin.

Note that one of the current items that has attracted few bids, is a 'Squad Shirt' that has been signed by ALL of the players. With the other shirts, they are signed by the player that wore the shirt (or was intended to wear the shirt in cases where they didn't get on the field) for the match. The 'Squad Shirt' has all of the signatures, and is therefore a little bit different.

To bid on any of these items, or for further guidance on the auction, see our earlier news item below. You have until midday on Monday 30 November 2009 to place your bids.

Link: British Legion 2009 Poppy Shirt Auction.


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23 November 2009 : No Loans Expected As Deadline Day Looms
Yeovil Town are not expecting there to be any inward movement in terms of their squad ahead of the forthcoming loan transfer deadline. All remaining loan transfer transactions involving Football League clubs must be completed by Thursday's 5.00p.m. deadline.

Thereafter no loan deals are allowed (with the exception of special permissions granted for clubs with no available goalkeeper) until January 1st. With the Glovers already having five loan players playing a regular part in their matchday squad, it would not be possible for them to bring in further signings without someone having to sit in the stands, and so manager Terry Skiverton's response to the Western Daily Press comes as little surprise:

"I will not be looking to get any more loan signings in unless anything drastic happens in the coming days."


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23 November 2009 : O'Brien Dismissed
Not from Yeovil Town we should hasten to add, where as far as we know Roy continues in his Community Trust role, but from Dorchester Town.

The immediate assumption, as news broke, was that even the Magpies could not stomach the idea of losing to Weymouth, firmly rooted to the foot of the Conference South, and that O'Brien was paying for a 3-0 defeat to our seaside friends in the Third Qualifying Round of the F.A. Trophy on Saturday. However a very brief announcement on the Dorchester Town Official Site suggests there may be more to it than a fit of pique over a loss to their derby rivals, with unspecified "enquiries" being pursued by the Board:

Official club statement
Roy O’Brien has this morning been relieved of his duties as manager of Dorchester Town Football Club pending further enquires
[sic].

Ashley Vickers has agreed to take the role as manager in a caretaker capacity.

There will be no further statement until after a Board meeting on Monday evening.



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23 November 2009 : Ticketing For MK Dons vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have indicated that advance tickets for the away trip to Milton Keynes Dons are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The Buckinghamshire side have given this a Category B (Standard) rating. Away fans are allocated the North-East corner of the stadium:mk. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Concessions: £13.00; Under 16s: £7.00; Under 7s free with full paying Adult/Over 60.

Concessions Over 60s, and MK say you are required to bring ID with you to act as proof of entitlement. Note that in the past they have allowed Students to gain concessions, but it looks as though that has now been discontinued as their official site no longer mentions this.

The under 7s offer allows up to two children to be admitted free of charge per adult. Concession qualifying dates are as follows:

Over-60s - Supporters born on or before 30/04/1950
Under-16s - Supporters born on or after 01/09/1993
Under-7s - Supporters born on or after 01/09/2002

Last season's advice for disabled supporters was that they must book direct with MK Dons by phoning 01908 622901. Dedicated disabled parking is available at the stadium site. Both ambulant and wheelchair disabled supporters are charged the concessionary price, with an assistant admitted free of charge.

There is no matchday surcharge at the stadium, however note that they operate cashless turnstiles and therefore you'll need to buy on the day from their Ticket Office. Their away Ticket Office booth is cash only.


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23 November 2009 : December 2009 Yeovil Town Fixture Poster
With the last home match having taken place on Saturday, there is a new Yeovil Town Fixtures Poster available for December. Produced by supporters to help publicise matches at Huish Park, the Word document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop etc or basically anywhere - provided of course you have permission to do so!

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. Alternatively, if you are visiting Huish Park, then Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley can usually help supply a few copies. For any queries or advice, or if you just want to say where the posters are being displayed, then contact Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: December 2009 Yeovil Town Fixture Poster.


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22 November 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 1 Charlton 1
With yesterday seeing the wind and the rain at Huish Park, Taff has just about dried himself out enough not to drip water onto his keyboard. As a result, his post-match breakdown of the 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic is now available as the latest article on Taff's Gloversblog.

Almost everything, bar the weather, is given the thumbs up, apart from one important aspect which provokes a bit of a final rant. Read on, via the link below, and as usual comments are always welcomed.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 1 Charlton 1.


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22 November 2009 : Glovers Extend Vandanel Shirt Deal
Yeovil Town have extended their contract with sports kit manufacturer Vandanel for another three years. The deal will include home and away kit plus training tops and be in place until May 2013.

There will be a new Away Shirt produced in time for the 2010-11 season. The club will then continue their policy of alternating new home and away shirts over the following two seasons, resulting in a new Home Shirt for the summer of 2011 and a second new away shirt scheduled for the summer of 2012.


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22 November 2009 : Southend United Man of the Match Result
Last weekend, Yeovil Town had a home match against Southend United, that saw them come out with a 1-0 victory, after dominating the game. The match may have been won by a Dean Bowditch goal, but once again it was two loan players who ran away with the Man of the Match voting.

Steven Caulker knocked up a sizeable number of votes, but the winner by an absolute mile was attacking midfielder Ryan Mason, taking two-thirds of the outright MOTM votes. Full results can be viewed below:

1 Ryan Mason 504 (44)
2 Steven Caulker 232 (9)
3 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 78 (2)
4 Scott Murray 58 (2)
5 Danny Hutchins 56 (0)
6 Dean Bowditch 52 (3)
7 Andy Welsh 44 (1)
8 Craig Alcock 40 (2)
9 Jonathan Obika 36 (1)
10 George O'Callaghan 34 (0)
11 Stefan Stam 28 (1)
12 Alex McCarthy 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.58

Performance: 7.57
Entertainment: 7.60

VOTES RECEIVED: 65

Meanwhile don't forget to cast your votes for yesterday's home game against Charlton Athletic. Choose your top three players from the 1-1 draw at Huish Park, along with performance and entertainment rankings, along with any other comments you wish to make, via the form below. Note that all votes need to be in by Tuesday 7.45p.m. before the Gillingham game kicks off.

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


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22 November 2009 : Officials For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Tuesday night's match between Gillingham and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match takes place on Tuesday 24th November at the Priestfield Stadium, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The man in charge of affairs is 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.

More recently, Mr Miller took charge of Yeovil's 1-0 triumph over Charlton Athletic in the Carling Cup. 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. Then finally, 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.

We do have a slight concern though about Mr Miller's recent form - since that February match, he has taken charge of just eight Football League and Football League Trophy matches. At the rate of around one match per month, might our man in the middle be a little rusty?

Mr Miller will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Keith Yeo (Essex). The Fourth Official will be Harry Lennard (East Sussex).

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: GWSC Travel To Gillingham.

Link: Ticketing For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Gillingham.


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22 November 2009 : Parkinson Disappointed Not To Have Won Game
Charlton Athletic manager Phil Parkinson admitted that he had mixed feelings at yesterday's 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town at Huish Park. Although coming back from a goal down whilst a man down might be seen as a good result, he told BBC London that he was actually disappointed not to win the game and said he would be playing close attention to the matchday DVD:

"When you're 1-0 down and you've got (Sam) Sodje sent off, then it's a point gained. But if you analyse the second half and the number of chances that we've had, including the disallowed goal which was a very contentious decision, then you have to say that we should have won it. We were so disappointed with that first 'goal' because it got disallowed. They were saying it wasn't offside, but we'll only be able to see when we get the tape and play it when we go back on the coach. Akpo scored a really great goal and then we had two or three really good chances to go on and win it for us."

Unlike Southend United boss Steve Tilson and his players last weekend, Parkinson said he had no complaints whatsoever about the red card dished out to defender Sam Sodje saying that the referee had no choice:

"No complaints, as obviously he's the last man and he's brought him down. So he goes. We were more disappointed that we conceded just before half time because we had the elements against us. I just felt that if we had gone in at 0-0 at half time that we had a great chance. But even at 1-0 down I said let's go and win this and be positive. Let's put pressure on them all over the pitch, and we did. The performance in the second half was tremendous."

Despite being a man down, Charlton put Yeovil under the cosh during the second half, and Parkinson added that having a man disadvantage meant little when the elements had so much influence over the game:

"It was one of those days where because of the conditions, having 10 men against 11 didn't really come into play. There wasn't a great deal of football played. The outstanding things for us was the character and determination of the team. Our supporters were absolutely tremendous and although we talked about it before the game, we wanted to put on an away performance after the Norwich and Carlisle games. We had 1,200 supporters stood out in the pouring rain and I'm pleased that they'll be going home having seen a really good Charlton display. I thought the supporters were really fantastic to come in as many numbers as they did and to give us the backing that they did. I'm just pleased that we put in a performance that I'm sure they'll be proud of, and like me they'll be disappointed that it wasn't three points."


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21 November 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Charlton Game
Following this afternoon's 1-1 draw at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Charlton Game.


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21 November 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic
Once you've dried out and got yourself a warm drink, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote for the home game against Charlton Athletic. Choose your top three players from the 1-1 draw at Huish Park, along with performance and entertainment rankings, along with any other comments you wish to make, via the form below.

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


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21 November 2009 : Yeovil 1 Charlton 1 : A Monsoon Of Two Halves
Yeovil Town gained a home draw with second placed Charlton Athletic this afternoon at Huish Park, as the visitors battled back from a goal down whilst a man down. Jonathan Obika's opening goal just before the break was scored 15 minutes after the Addicks had Sam Sodje dismissed for a professional foul on Ryan Mason, leaving Charlton down to 10 men for the final 60 minutes. But amidst strong wind and driving rain, the visitors took maximum advantage of the conditions, with a long range drive from substitute Akpo Sodje, and in the end the Addicks looked the more likely team to force a winning goal, with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy being forced into a string of saves in monsoon conditions.

Yeovil started the game playing with the wind and towards the Copse End of the stadium. They created a few early chances, with Ryan Mason instrumental in most of Yeovil's attacking play. His drive across the face of Carl Ikeme's goal forced the visiting goalkeeper into a save, but Scott Murray could only fire the rebound into the side netting. The same two players fired wide of the target, with Charlton struggling to find a route through on goal.

On the half hour mark though, it was a spot of deja vu as for the second week running the visitors were reduced to 10 men. Scott Murray thread Ryan Mason through the back of the Charlton defence, and defender Sam Sodje - once a Glovers trialist - was the last man, and as soon as he missed his tackle, it was obvious what the end result was going to be. Once again Yeovil would be up against a team playing with just 10 men for the last 60 minutes.

Charlton immediately reshuffled, taking off striker David Mooney, with the end result being a 4-4-1, and they created their best chance of the half when a set piece was put into the box and Therry Racon forced Alex McCarthy into his one and only save of the first half.

One minute from the break, and with torrential rain coming down onto the pitch, Charlton saw the effect that the elements could have on the game, when a clearance held up in the wind. Ryan Mason was the first player to react to the ball whipping back, and he fed Jonathan Obika, who calmly slotted home to put Yeovil 1-0 up at half time and for a lead that their play largely deserved.

The second period saw Charlton bring another Sodje into the play, with Akpo being introduced as an attacking midfielder to support lone striker Deon Burton, and he almost reaped dividends when he landed the ball in the back of the net from a Miguel Angel Llera free kick that Glovers keeper Alex McCarthy could only parry, but a linesman's flag rescued Yeovil, and Sodje's celebrations were in vain.

But that should have rung alarm bells in the Yeovil back line as the atrocious conditions were now in Charlton's favour. What they could have done about Akpo Sodje's 25 yard screamer, helped by the wind, is questionable. His strike hit the top corner, and a row of Alex McCarthy's would have had trouble in keeping it out.

McCarthy struggled with his next penalty area clearance - the ball looped up and sliced past him and out for a corner as the elements dominated. Then Sodje once again scared the Glovers supporters as his long range strike had to be tipped over the bar by McCarthy. Yeovil badly needed to get their foot on the ball and calm things down, and Andy Welsh once again became the sacrificial lamb as the Glovers introduced Dean Bowditch into the game as a left winger to try and brighten things up at the other end - if the wind would allow them to get that far up the field. Terrell Forbes also came on to bolster the defence, as Scott Murray also withdrew on the opposite flank.

Grant Basey forced Alex McCarthy into a fingertip save for a corner after Danny Hutchins had handled and landed in the book for the offence. Then Lloyd Sam and Akpo Sodje were both denied by goalline clearances, with Stefan Stam in the right position as Charlton belied their position as the team with 10 men.

Such was the dominance of the elements, it took Yeovil 35 minutes to gain their first corner of the game. At the other end, Grant Basey forced Alex McCarthy to tip the ball onto his own crossbar as the Charlton player threatened to score direct from a corner. The Glovers occasionally threatened to mastermind their own breakaway in the closing minutes as Charlton pushed men forward, largely leaving only two men at the back, but on the whole a draw was the fair result in the end.

A classic game of two halves, with the elements more dominant than either side could ever be. At half time, with a goal to the good and a man up, Yeovil might be a bit disappointed to not secure all three points. But it would be easy to under-estimate the impact the wind and rain had on the game, and a point against a side in second place in the table is no disgrace.

Link: Latest 2009-10 League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1.

Scorers: Jonathan Obika (44 mins, 1-0), Akpo Sodje (56 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 23. Danny Hutchins
16. Scott Murray 25. Shaun MacDonald 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 6. Terrell Forbes (69 mins for Scott Murray) 7. George O'Callaghan 9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Dean Bowditch (60 mins for Andy Welsh) 28. Nathan Smith (for Danny Hutchins)

Charlton Athletic:
24. Carl Ikeme
3. Kelly Youga 35. Christian Dailly 18. Sam Sodje 12. Grant Basey
11. Lloyd Sam 4. Nicky Bailey 6. Jose Vitor Semedo 8. Therry Racon
23. David Mooney 10. Deon Burton

Substitutes:
25. Darren Randolph (GK) 7. Jonjo Shelvey 5. Miguel Angel Llera 14. Matthew Spring 16. Scott Wagstaff 31. Elliot Omozusi 33. Akpo Sodje (46 mins for Therry Racon)

Yeovil Bookings: Stefan Stam (46 mins, foul), Danny Hutchins (72 mins, handball)

Charlton Bookings: Jose Vitor Semedo (33 mins, foul), Kelly Youga (79 mins, foul). Red Card: Sam Sodje (29 mins, professional foul).

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Ashley Slaughter (Sussex) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Neil Radford (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 5,632 (including 1,370 Charlton fans)


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21 November 2009 : Terry Skiverton's Pre-Match Charlton Interview
Just before kick-off against Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

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


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21 November 2009 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic
Yeovil Town have made just one change to their starting line-up for this afternoon's match against Charlton Athletic. Shaun MacDonald is back in action after he missed last weekend's match with a dead leg. George O'Callaghan is the unlucky player to miss out.

Terrell Forbes, Nathan Smith and Sam Williams return to the side after missing out through illness and injury last weekend, meaning that midfielder Keiran Murtagh does not even make the squad against his former club. The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 23. Danny Hutchins
16. Scott Murray 25. Shaun MacDonald 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 6. Terrell Forbes 7. George O'Callaghan 9. Sam Williams 10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Dean Bowditch 28. Nathan Smith

Charlton Athletic:
24. Carl Ikeme
3. Kelly Youga 35. Christian Dailly 18. Sam Sodje 12. Grant Basey
11. Lloyd Sam 4. Nicky Bailey 6. Jose Vitor Semedo 8. Therry Racon
23. David Mooney 10. Deon Burton

Substitutes:
25. Darren Randolph (GK) 7. Jonjo Shelvey 5. Miguel Angel Llera 14. Matthew Spring 16. Scott Wagstaff 31. Elliot Omozusi 33. Akpo Sodje


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21 November 2009 : Skiverton Looking For A 90 Minute Performance
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton wants to see his side put in a 90 minute performance this afternoon. The Glovers are up against second placed Charlton Athletic this afternoon, in what is a rare chance for Yeovil to size themselves up against one of the bigger clubs in the division.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he has concerns over how his sides have performed against the bigger sides in the division, citing the away match at Leeds United last month, and the home Carling Cup game against Norwich City, both of which saw Yeovil compete well early on but ultimately slump to 4-0 defeats in both games:

"We've got to watch ourselves. We're going into this game full of confidence, but we've struggled against the bigger teams so far. With the bigger teams, we've struggled and died out, but we're looking not to do that in this game and all of our focus is going to be on a 90 minute performance. That's what we've worked on this week to sustain our run of attacks and to keep defending well and to not wilt and end up conceding loads of goals."


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21 November 2009 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Town Match Report
A single Lloyd Matthews goal scored just eight minutes into the game was enough to see off Cheltenham Town this morning, as the elements dominated a tight game. The Robins had gone into the match today in 4th place in the League table, with the Glovers four places and nine points behind.

They took the lead early on when a Lloyd Matthews shot was fumbled by the Cheltenham keeper, and that was the way it stayed in the first half, with Yeovil playing into some high winds, but playing some great football, albeit without troubling the visiting keeper too much.

The unusual 3-4-4 formation, had Rob Clowes acting as a makeshift centre-back, and that was disrupted further during the second period when his fellow centre-back Sam Ford had to limp off injured just before the hour mark. Shortly after, Cheltenham picked up their first booking of the game when their No.2 fouled Tyler Sheppard and from the resulting free kick, Johnny Oliver was just inches over the bar with a header.

Driving rain in the second half made the game even more difficult. Cheltenham had the wind at their backs and pressed forward occasionally with little cohesion, and Yeovil still playing well considering the conditions.

With five minutes remaining, Cheltenham's hopes of getting back into the game were more or less extinguished, when their goalkeeper committed a two-footed tackle outside his area on Corrie Lewis. A flag from the linesman was followed by a straight red from the referee for the reckless challenge, and despite Cheltenham's furious protests, they were never likely to change the referee's mind, with Lewis left hobbling with a gaping hole in his sock as a souvenir.

Considering the team played into strong winds in the first half and driving rain in the second period, this was a good disciplined performance, and they handed the conditions far better than their opponents did. The main two strikers were outstanding, as were the back three, but it would be hard to single out individuals on a day when the lads functioned very well as a team.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 1 Cheltenham Town Under 18s 0.

Scorer: Lloyd Matthews (1-0, 8 mins)

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Sam Ford 3. Rhys Baggridge 4. Rob Clowes 5. Joe Grimshaw 6. Tom Gallagher 7. Tom Hopkins 8. Johnny Oliver 9. Tyler Sheppard 10. Corrie Lewis 11. Lloyd Matthews

Subs: 12. Adam Wakley 14. Adam Baker 15. Sam Lanahan (58 mins for Sam Ford) 16. Steve Harris.


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21 November 2009 : Oxford United Man of the Match Result
Just under two weeks ago, Yeovil Town travelled to Oxford United for an FA Cup First Round match. The day turned out to be a fairly miserable one, with a 1-0 defeat and numerous players not at the races on the day.

The Man of the Match vote saw only a few players come out with significant credit, with the top three votes all falling to loan players. Ryan Mason came in third position, and Shaun MacDonald got plenty of votes, particularly from 2nd and 3rd place votes, but it was Steven Caulker who was a comfortable winner, taking two-thirds of the outright MOTM votes.

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

1 Steven Caulker 196 (18)
2 Shaun MacDonald 134 (5)
3 Ryan Mason 52 (3)
4 Richard Martin 30 (0)
5 Andy Welsh 20 (0)
6 Terrell Forbes 12 (1)
7 Craig Alcock 8 (0)
7 George O'Callaghan 8 (0)
9 Sam Williams 2 (0)
9 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 2 (0)
9 Jonathan Obika 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.14

Performance: 3.66
Entertainment: 4.62

VOTES RECEIVED: 27


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21 November 2009 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham : Half-Time
This morning's Under 18s line-up for the match against Cheltenham Town has been announced. The Glovers have started the game playing three at the back, including striker Rob Clowes.

The Glovers are 1-0 up at half time with Lloyd Matthews netting eight minutes into the match, as his shot slipped through the Cheltenham goalkeeper's fingers.

The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Sam Ford 3. Rhys Baggridge 4. Rob Clowes 5. Joe Grimshaw 6. Tom Gallagher 7. Tom Hopkins 8. Johnny Oliver 9. Tyler Sheppard 10. Corrie Lewis 11. Lloyd Matthews

Subs: 12. Adam Wakley 14. Adam Baker 15. Sam Lanahan 16. Steve Harris.

Scorer: Lloyd Matthews (1-0, 8 mins)


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20 November 2009 : Skivo Previews The Charlton Athletic Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's match against Charlton Athletic, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has given his thoughts on the week's training and the game ahead. In particular he focusses upon the recent illnesses that Terrell Forbes and Alex McCarthy have had recently.

Skivo also talks about his likely change in policy in terms of selecting players for the substitutes bench, as well as explaining why he knows rather a lot about Addicks loan striker David Mooney. The full transcript of Skivo's interview with BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson can be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC In The Build-Up To The Charlton Game.


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20 November 2009 : Youth Team Take On Cheltenham Tomorrow
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under 18s are in action tomorrow in another Youth Alliance League match. Their opponents are Cheltenham Town who currently lie in 4th place in the league table having played four and lost two. The Glovers are four places and nine points behind.

The match will kick off at Westland Sports' Alvington venue at 10.30a.m. For full directions, see article below.

Link: Directions to Westland Sports, Alvington.


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20 November 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : How Green Was My Valley?
We did hear on the grapevine that Taff was getting all misty-eyed when he heard that a team from The Valleys were turning up tomorrow. And bringing a total of up to 1,700 of them all the way down to Somerset. Unfortunately, such is Taff's luck that this Charlton Athletic side are coming down from South London, and that their Valley is merely singular. Read his preview of the game in the latest Taff's Gloversblog article, available via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : How Green Was My Valley?


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20 November 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Charlton Athletic tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park in a League One match. The two sides lie 10 places and 11 points apart, with the Addicks currently second in the table and therefore hoping for automatic promotion back to the Championship level they have only just fallen from.

Whilst on the surface of things, this is very much a case of David vs Goliath taking place tomorrow, there are some causes for optimism from the Glovers in the lead-up to tomorrow's match. After a flyaway start to the 2009-10 season of six straight wins, Charlton have stuttered somewhat in recent weeks, winning just three times in the 10 league games that have passed since then. Furthermore, their last away win in all competitions was on August 29th, with their last two away defeats being captured on the TV cameras for the Glovers to analyse in depth and work out how the likes of Northwich Victoria were able to mastermind their own giantkilling.

At The Valley, Charlton still look very strong, with three wins in their last four matches with the latest being a 5-1 stuffing of Milton Keynes Dons last weekend, where five different scorers got on the scoresheet. They will be desperate to take that sort of form on their travels, if they are not to see their three point margin on the automatic spots eroded by the chasing pack.

They go into the match without a string of players. Right-back Frazer Richardson has a hamstring strain, whilst goalkeeper Rob Elliot has an adductor injury. Defender Chris Solly and midfielder Dean Sinclair have knee injuries whilst Izale McLeod is suspended.

For the Glovers, in theory all players apart from Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) are in contention for selection. Last week saw Sam Williams (hip/groin), Shaun MacDonald (dead leg), Terrell Forbes (illness) and Nathan Smith (illness) all unavailable, whilst goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (illness) also missed training during the week whilst on duty with the England Under-21s team. Manager Terry Skiverton has suggested that he has no pre-match injury concerns, although in recent weeks has tended to be fairly vague or evasive about such things, tending to throw in an unexpected absentee when the teamsheets are handed out.

Skiverton has said that his main issue is the match fitness of players like Gavin Tomlin and Dean Bowditch, who are back and available after injury, but are likely to remain in the bench. Skiverton's main dilemmas are likely to come in the return of MacDonald and Forbes to first team reckoning, with both missing out on last week's 1-0 win, yet having been integral to the Glovers recent form in the league. George O'Callaghan and Stefan Stam are likely to be the two most worried players in that respect.

Past meetings between the two clubs are unsurprisingly thin on the ground, although Charlton have been to Huish Park twice for pre-season friendlies in July 1992 and 1993, winning both fixtures. More recently though, Yeovil have twice visited The Valley in cup competitions - a 3-2 FA Cup defeat in January 2005, and then last season a shock 1-0 win in the Carling Cup in August 2008, that saw goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar put in a masterclass performance as Paul Warne's strike won the match. However, in terms of league meetings, this is a first between the two clubs.

Based on the current league table, Yeovil have yet to play any of the top 10 League One sides at home in the league, and so this will be a significant test of their credentials. So far only six out of their 16 matches in League One have been against top half of the table sides, and the current highest placed team they've faced at Huish Park is Swindon Town in 11th, who are the only team to beat Yeovil at home in the league this season. Thus at present, there is a slightly lop-sided view to the teams Yeovil have played so far, and this will be a significant test of their credentials if they do have designs on the top half of the table, rather than the more widely predicted bottom half.

Kick-off is at 3.00p.m. and if you've not bought your ticket yet, you can do so at the pre-match price by calling the Huish Park Ticket Office before 6.00p.m. tonight. Tickets will be available on the day of the game, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. Charlton are expected to bring between 1,400 and 1,700 supporters tomorrow, so expect a bit of extra traffic around the ground. At present, there are no pitch inspections planned at all, but if that position changes, we'll post a news item as soon as we get it.

Link: Williams Ready To Welcome Hometown Club.

Link: Addicks Boss Escapes Touchline Ban As Fans Aim To Fill Away End.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic.

Link: McLeod Gets Banned For Charlton Visit.


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20 November 2009 : Williams Ready To Welcome Hometown Club
Charlton Athletic will come up against two former players in tomorrow's squad that takes to the field in Yeovil Town's home League One clash at Huish Park. Whilst Keiran Murtagh is well known as a former Addicks academy player, striker Sam Williams would be a less obvious connection between the two clubs, given that most profiles of Sam that are available cite Aston Villa as his junior club.

Not that we should be too surprised at this revelation. Sam was born in Greenwich, the very London borough that houses The Valley and Charlton Village. The target man was there as a junior for eight years, before heading off to Villa Park. Sam told the Western Gazette that the shift up to the Midlands happened when he was 15 years old:

"I was there from when I was seven until I was 15. I was playing in a game when a few clubs came to watch me and I was not very happy at Charlton at the time. I went to a few clubs to see which one I wanted to sign for and Aston Villa was the best one. I moved up there and they even paid compensation for me."

With Williams having his family living in the Greenwich area, he explained that it wasn't just him that has a strong association with the Addicks:

"Some of my family worked at the club when I was younger. I think it is a special game for a few people, with Keiran Murtagh there as well, so I think it should be a good game."

Murtagh is another Londoner, coming up against his former club. Born in Wapping, he was an academy player at The Valley until November 2007, when he signed for Fisher Athletic, spending just under a season there until he signed for the Glovers in the summer of 2008.

Neither player is guaranteed to get on the field of play tomorrow. Williams missed last weekend's match with a hip injury, and although he is believed to be fit for this weekend's match, he will have to dislodge Jonathan Obika who took his place in last week's 1-0 win over Southend United. Meanwhile Murtagh has generally gained his appearances for the Glovers this season by stepping off the bench. With Shaun MacDonald, Jean-Paul Kalala and George O'Callaghan all pushing for central midfield starting spots, it would be a surprise if Murtagh was selected to start against his old club.


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19 November 2009 : O'Callaghan Admits Knocking On The Gaffer's Door
Yeovil Town midfielder George O'Callaghan has admitted that he has been knocking on manager Terry Skiverton's door in recent weeks. The Irishman has made just two league starts since August, having largely lost his place in the side to main pairing Jean-Paul Kalala and Shaun MacDonald.

O'Callaghan has had to make do with substitute appearances and sneaking into the line-up when one of Kalala or MacDonald have been missing from the line-up, and his place comes under severe threat this weekend, with MacDonald having recovered from a dead leg enough to come on as a substitute for Wales Under-21s yesterday. Assuming he shows no ill-effects from that and the flight back from Sarajevo, then O'Callaghan could find himself out of luck again.

The former Cork City player told BBC Somerset that he felt that it was only right that that he should be discussing with his manager about his reasons for not being in the team:

"I think he'd be more worried if you weren't bothered about not playing. I want to be playing in every game. I understand the reasons why I wasn't playing, but hopefully I showed on Saturday (against Southend) enough reasons for me to be able to get back into the team again."

O'Callaghan said that he felt the quality of the team was starting to reach fruition after a slow start to the season and that the players needed time to gel. However, he warned that winter could produce fresh challenges ahead:

"It has been good (in the league) and we've got some tremendous young players here. I've been saying since the start of the season that they just need time to settle down and get used to the league and the pace of the games. Now with winter coming and the pitches getting heavier we'll have to see how we react to that as well. But we've got every chance, and as the gaffer has said, if we can get there or thereabouts in the play-off spots then we'll keep the season alive and interesting, then I think that's our main aim at the minute."

To our knowledge, O'Callaghan is one of a number of players whose contracts end at the end of the year with Yeovil Town, with a need for both parties to discuss new terms if they want to carry things into 2010.


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19 November 2009 : Tis The Season To Post Losses
The run-up to Christmas tends to be a fairly traditional time for a lot of football clubs to post their club accounts. For Yeovil Town, this gives a chance to allow us to see what the other clubs in League One are spending, and how they're managing to afford that £200K striker, whilst we scrabble around in the summer market for out of contract freebies.

Looking around the league at the recent balance sheets, it doesn't take a degree in accountancy to work out that a number of clubs are still pushing the boat out. Details of four example clubs are considered via the article below, with comments and thoughts always welcomed at the foot of the piece.

Link: Football League Blog : Tis The Season To Post Losses.


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19 November 2009 : Glovers Get FA Cup Payment Fee?
Whilst we might not be exactly raking in huge dividends from cup competitions in recent seasons, it would appear that Yeovil Town have received some payment from their participation in this season's FA Cup competition.

The Official Football Conference website indicates that clubs that have been selected for Second Round highlights coverage will benefit to the tune of £6,750 per club. The way the article is slanted is that the fee is due to each club regardless of whether ITV choose to show 60 seconds or 60 minutes as part of their highlights programme. In the past, clubs have only received payments for highlights if the length of the broadcast reached a certain threshold but it looks like this has changed to be a flat sum. Assuming this to be the case and that both rounds carry the same payment, Yeovil Town's trip to Oxford United will have reaped the above value.

For the record, ITV have decided that the following matches will be shown on their highlights programme on Saturday 28th November:

Wrexham v Swindon Town
Staines Town v Millwall
Hereford United v Colchester United

At present, Yeovil Town have a blank weekend on the 28th due to their early FA Cup exit and with midweekers against Gillingham (away, Nov 24th) and Walsall (home, Dec 1st) on either side, we can't see the club rushing to fill that date.

For those who still have a passing interest in the FA Cup, the Third Round draw will be made on ITV1 on Sunday, 29th November 2009 at 3.55p.m. following the Kettering Town v Leeds United tie. Next weekend's live schedule is as follows:

28/11/2009 : 12:45hrs : Northwich Victoria vs Lincoln City (FAC2) (ITV1)
28/11/2009 : 17:15hrs : Carlisle United or Morecambe vs Norwich City (FAC2) (thefa.com)
29/11/2009 : 13:30hrs : Kettering Town vs Leeds United (FAC2) (ITV1)


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19 November 2009 : Bowditch Credits Outside Influences For Success
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has said that he has been using outside influences to help him succeed at Huish Park. Before Bowditch signed for the Glovers, he was featured on Sky Sports News undertaking a rigorous fitness training programme to keep himself sharp and therefore attractive to prospective clubs.

Dean has told BBC Somerset that he has kept in touch with that performance coach whilst he has been out injured, and has also been in touch with a sports psychologist during that time as he believes that whilst he was an Ipswich Town player, he was not always as focussed as he needed to be:

"Over the summer I saw a guy who helped me with my fitness and my all-round fitness. He's like a performance coach and he's really helped me. I speak to him most days to try and help me in terms of what I can try and do every day to improve myself. I also speak to a mind coach, to help get my mind straight, because my problem before was not down to the idea that I wasn't good enough, it was down to my mind not being straight. At Yeovil that is proving to be good, because my head is straight and that's the main thing for me."

Bowditch has so far scored two goals in two games - separated by three months - netting against Tranmere Rovers and Southend United. He is expected to be on the bench again for Saturday's home match against Charlton Athletic as he continues his rehabilitation from a dislocated shoulder incurred on the opening day of the season.


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18 November 2009 : Millers Confirm Gary Roberts Signing
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts has finally signed a new contract with another Football League club, three months after leaving Huish Park. Roberts has been on trial in Yorkshire for around two weeks, after having a similar trial period with Brighton and Hove Albion, but will now formally be a Millers player after he passed his medical earlier this week.

Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas confirmed to Rotherham's official site that Roberts has been signed up on an initial one month contract with an option to extend the deal:

"Gary has been with us for the past couple of weeks and (manager) Ronnie (Moore) has been very impressed with what he has seen. He has been a breath of fresh air on the training ground and I am sure he will provide competition for what is already a very competitive midfield."

The very best of luck to Gary in re-establishing a career in football.


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18 November 2009 : MacDonald Breaks Welsh International Record
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald has broken a Welsh international record this afternoon. The Swansea City player came on as a substitute in their 2-1 defeat against Bosnia and Herzegovina this afternoon, and in doing so broke the country's record for Under 21 appearances.

That record had been held by James Thomas, a striker who also was on the books of Swansea City between 2002 and 2006, but had been a Blackburn Rovers player during much of his younger days. But MacDonald's substitute appearance was his 22nd in Welsh colours at that level, and in doing so, he surpassed the record set by Thomas around nine years ago.

MacDonald first represented his country at Under-21 level back in 2006, having previously represented them at Under 19s level. He has yet to be capped at full national level, although has received full squad call-ups in the past five months.

Congratulations to Shaun on such an outstanding achievement.

Whilst on the subject of Shaun, last week's Sunday Independent claimed that the Glovers had tied up the Welshman on a loan deal that would last until the end of the season. The article's slant was that this was news that had been 'overlooked' by other media. This is indeed news to us, and although it would be welcomed, it would also be surprising, given that our understanding is that MacDonald is here on an "emergency loan" deal that would last up to 93 days. We've not seen the 2009-10 Football League rules on loans, but in previous seasons, conversion to a long term loan has been only allowable during the January transfer window. Hence we'll need to wait and see if this gets picked up by other media or announced by the club.


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18 November 2009 : Welsh Suffer Shock Defeat In Sarajevo
Wales Under 21s suffered a shock defeat this afternoon, when Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed a 2-1 win in Sarajevo this afternoon. The Welsh took the lead through Swansea City's Joe Allen in the 5th minute, but two goals for Bosnia's attacking midfielder Anes Haurdic on 39 and 66 minutes turned the tie on its head to give the Welsh their first UEFA Qualifying Group defeat. Despite that, they remain top of their table with two games left to play.

Glovers loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald got into the action just before the hour mark, replacing Sam Vokes on the left-side of midfield, with the scores tied at 1-1 with Wales struggling to create chances on a heavy pitch.

Haurdic could have grabbed his second goal earlier than he did - having a penalty saved after he was brought down in the box, but the Bosnian still managed to find the net midway through the second period. Wales threw the kitchen sink at Bosnia and Herzegovina in the dying minutes, hitting the crossbar and having another attempt cleared off the line, but the home side were able to hang on for the win.


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18 November 2009 : MacDonald Drops To The Bench For Wales
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Shaun MacDonald will be on the substitutes bench for this afternoon's Welsh Under-21s match. Wales are playing Bosnia and Herzegovina this afternoon at the Grbavica Stadium in Sarajevo in a UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifier match.

MacDonald has recently been captaining the Under-21 side, so his drop to the bench comes as a slight surprise. However, he did miss Yeovil Town's home game against Southend United on Saturday, with a dead leg, and so his move to the bench would appear to suggest that he is not 100 percent fit for the game. Leicester City's Andy King takes over the captain's armband.

Wales Under-21s:
1. Chris Maxwell (Wrexham), 3. Neil Taylor (Wrexham), 4. Andy King (Leicester City) (Capt), 5. Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), 6. Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City), 7. Joe Allen (Swansea City), 8. Mark Bradley (Walsall), 9. Simon Church (Reading), 10. Ched Evans (Sheffield United), 13.Adam Matthews (Cardiff City), 18. Sam Vokes (Wolves).

Subs: 2. Ashley Richards (Swansea City), 11. Shaun MacDonald (Swansea City - on loan to Yeovil Town), 12. David Cornell (Swansea City), 14. James Wilson (Bristol City), 15. Aaron Morris (Cardiff City), 16. Marc Williams (Wrexham), 17. Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester City).


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18 November 2009 : GWSC Travel To Gillingham
The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to next Tuesday's match at Gillingham. The game takes place on Tuesday November 24th with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 1.45p.m. and will leave from Huish Park at 2.00p.m.

The cost to GWSC Members will be £19.00 with concessions available at £17.00. Non-members are welcome and will pay two pounds more against the above prices.

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

As a general reminder to all those choosing to go to the match, there is a fairly hefty matchday price hike at the Priestfield Stadium for matchday ticketing, so if you are going, then we'd strongly advise you prepurchase via the Huish Park Ticket Office. See below for full details.

Link: Ticketing for Gillingham vs Yeovil Town.


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17 November 2009 : England Under 19s See Off Turkey - Another Cap For Caulker
England Under 19s won 3-1 tonight, as they defeated Turkey 3-1 at Scunthorpe United's Glanford Park. The Three Lions were trailing at the break through an Ozgur Cek strike just before half time. However, three goals from Dean Parrett, Gary Gardner and Nathan Delfouneso secured England a victory in front of 4,012 fans.

Yeovil Town's on loan Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker was in the starting line-up, whilst his team-mate Ryan Mason was on the bench. Mason came on after roughly an hour of the game, setting up one of the three goals scored.

In England Under 21s' match this afternoon, they drew 0-0 against Lithuania U21s. Glovers loan keeper Alex McCarthy did not feature in this game, although had not been training with England due to illness and so was never likely to play a part.

England Under 19s:
Wesley Foderingham, Nathan Baker(c), Steven Caulker, Jordan Clarke, Scott Malone, John Bostock, Dean Parrett, Cameron Stewart, Nathaniel Wedderburn, Nathan Delfouneso, Nile Ranger

Substitutes: James Severn, Phil Jones, Nathaniel Clyne, Gary Gardner, Ryan Mason, Frank Nouble, Sanchez Watt.


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17 November 2009 : Glovers Lose Out To QPR Youth
Yeovil Town's Youth Team lost 2-0 at Queens Park Rangers in West London this afternoon. With both teams playing a mix of Under 16s and Under 17s, QPR won by two late goals, with the first coming from a Rangers corner whilst the second saw the ball slip through Yeovil's keeper's hands and edge over the line.

Striker Rob Clowes put in an outstanding performance as a centre-back, whilst Under 15s player Aidan Chainey put in a full 90 minutes and despite his age, didn't look out of place at all. Overall the Glovers matched the West London side playing some good football and creating some good chances, but suffered in that QPR converted their chances when they came, whereas Yeovil in the end drew a blank despite having plenty of the game.

Final Score: Queens Park Rangers Youth Team 2 Yeovil Town Youth Team 0.

Yeovil Town Youth Team:
Steve Boore, Rob Clowes, Joe Grimstead. Rhys Baggridge, Sam Ford, Danny Rosser, Mark Clooney (trialist), Tom Hopkins, Aidan Chainey, Lloyd Matthews, Corrie Lewis

Subs: Ryan Peacock, Lewis Voizey, Tyler Sheppard, Sam Lanahan.


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17 November 2009 : Addicks Boss Escapes Touchline Ban As Fans Aim To Fill Away End
Saturday's opponents Charlton Athletic will have their manager in the dugout, after the Football Association yesterday fined him following his third sending off in less than 12 months at The Valley. Boss Phil Parkinson lost his rag when the Addicks conceded a penalty in their 3-1 defeat against Carlisle United just over two weeks ago.

The former Colchester United and Hull City boss, who arrived in South London last November, was given his marching orders after he kicked a water bottle across the dugouts, which has been suggested was a reaction to his own players failing to follow up the penalty when it rebounded to Carlisle scorer Ian Harte, rather than dissent towards the decision itself.

However, the FA have fined Parkinson £250 and warned him as to his future conduct - probably a favourable outcome given that a touchline ban could easily have been implemented for Saturday's match at Huish Park.

Whilst on the subject of Charlton, their trip to South Somerset is attracting plenty of interest from Addicks fans. They've so far taken up an allocation of around 1,700 terrace and seat tickets for Saturday's match and as of this afternoon, they had around 300 tickets left on sale.

They have been allocated more seated accommodation than is usually given to away teams, with 365 spaces in the Cowlin Stand, with the remainder of tickets being sold for the Copse End Terrace. As things stand, there should be at least 1,400 away supporters in the stadium, and probably more by the weekend, which should help boost the attendance for the game.


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17 November 2009 : McCarthy Pulls Out Of England Training
England Under 21 keeper Scott Loach has indicated that his country's side are currently training without on loan Glovers keeper Alex McCarthy. England Under 21s are due to play Lithuania in the capital Vilnius but it doesn't look like McCarthy will be involved at all.

Speaking on the FA's website, goalkeeper Loach said that only him and fellow keeper Frank Fielding are out on the training ground at the moment:

"Alex has a bit of a virus at the minute so is missed on the training ground. I know it’s all competition for between us, but do have a good laugh when we’re together."

Both Terrell Forbes and Nathan Smith were replaced in Saturday's Yeovil squad on Saturday due to a virus, and so it would not be surprising if McCarthy has got the same bug. It's not mentioned as to whether McCarthy got as far as the airport.

McCarthy has yet to be capped at Under 21 level, but Loach pointed out that he was in the same position this time 12 months ago, and believes McCarthy has plenty of time to catch up:

"I was the new kid last time around and I suppose Alex is like that this time. Everything that Joe passed on to me if I pass on to Al hopefully he can step up in the future."

This afternoon's game kicks off at 4.00p.m. UK time.


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17 November 2009 : British Legion Poppy Appeal Shirt Auction Update
The 2009 British Legion Poppy Shirt Auction is underway, with supporters able to bid for a genuine player's shirt, as worn in Saturday's match against Southend United.

Organiser and British Legion County Secretary John Prior reports that the following top bids have been made against players:

Alex McCarthy £125, Craig Alcock £200, Steven Caulker £200, Andy Welsh £120, Ryan Mason £200, Jean-Paul Kalala £100, Jonathan Obika £100, Dean Bowditch £240.

There are no bids on the other shirts so far. The British Legion also have poppy shirts available for Nathan Smith, Sam Williams, Nathan Jones, Terrell Forbes and Shaun MacDonald who were all in the original squad but had to pull out through illness or injury. Also the whole squad have signed a poppy shirt for the auction.

To bid on any of these items, or for further guidance on the auction, see our earlier news item below.

Link: British Legion 2009 Poppy Shirt Auction.


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17 November 2009 : Red Card Row Rumbles On
Last Saturday's opponents Southend United have continued to protest about what they see as an unjust decision to red card one of their players during the match at Huish Park. Central defender Sean Morrison was given his marching orders after he committed what referee David Phillips saw as a professional foul, with Glovers striker Jonathan Obika being hauled down just outside the penalty box.

Morrison, on loan from Swindon Town has today given his views to Southend's official site and has claimed referee Phillips buckled under pressure from Glovers players, also suggesting that Obika himself may have hit the deck with purpose:

"I've been given yellow cards for much worse than that and I couldn't believe it when the ref sent me off. He told me four times that it was going to be a booking but then got out a red card. Adam Barrett was there covering me so I wasn't the last man. Their player went down far too easily. I think the referee buckled under the pressure their players put on him and if the game had been played at Southend I really don't think I would have been sent off."

Morrison's defensive partner Adam Barrett has given the Southend Echo a similar story, claiming that he was covering Morrison when the foul was made:

"I was round there covering and I don’t think Sean was the last man to be honest. That decision changed everything and it was just so frustrating because we just didn’t get anything from the officials all afternoon. We came here wanting to win but as soon as Sean got sent off it was all about hanging on and unfortunately we just couldn’t quite do that in the end. You have to be careful what you say these days but these strange decisions keep on going against us and I don’t know why. It’s been difficult enough for us this year and the decisions from referees have really cost us."

What is perhaps surprising if Southend feel so strongly about the issue, is why they are not appealing against Morrison's red card, if only to save him from a one match ban this coming Saturday. Manager Steve Tilson has also agreed with his two players, yet they are willing to accept the ban.

For those who want a second look at the incident, the BBC Sport website has video highlights of the game, including the incident that led to the red card. You should note that the FIFA Laws of the Game state that the 'professional foul' is defined as "denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick".

The detailed guidance for referees given in the FIFA Handbook expands upon this law as follows:

"Referees should consider the following circumstances when deciding whether to send off a player for denying a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity:
• the distance between the offence and the goal
• the likelihood of keeping or gaining control of the ball
• the direction of the play
• the location and number of defenders
• the offence which denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity may be an offence that incurs a direct free kick or an indirect free kick
."

What the referee has to consider is if the foul was not committed, then was there "an obvious goal-scoring opportunity" or were there other scenarios, such as a defender getting a tackle in, or the ball going out for a goal kick, that could have happened instead. Note that the terms "last man" and "professional foul" do not appear in the FIFA Laws of the Game, even though they are in common usage through football pundits and the media. Judge for yourself whether the referee got it right on the BBC Sport website.


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17 November 2009 : Skivo Hoping For An Impact From The Bench
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is looking forward to being able to fill a strong bench, particularly in striking options, when Charlton Athletic come to town this coming Saturday. The long term injury to striker Dean Bowditch, along with Jonathan Obika's call-up to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup have at times meant that the Glovers bench has looked a bit on the thin side, such as on Saturday, when they could only field five substitutes.

However, striker Sam Williams (hip), midfielder Shaun MacDonald (dead leg), Nathan Jones (knee) and Terrell Forbes (illness) should all be available again for next Saturday's game, and with Bowditch proving he is capable of coming onto the pitch and making an impact, Skiverton told the Western Morning News that being able to make effective substitutions would make a big difference to the options he had available:

"It's every manager's dream to have quality players like that available to you. We played Leeds a couple of weeks ago and they brought Gradel, Kandol and Kilkenny off their bench. I want to be able to do that and I now feel that I can make substitutions that change the game."

Winger Aidan Downes is the club's only long term absentee, with shoulder and knee injuries that have kept him out since pre-season, and that means that Saturday's team selection will hopefully be all about who to leave out, rather than trying to cobble together a side. Skiverton admitted that could lead to a few unhappy players:

"With the lads that are coming back from injury, I think I'll have a few headaches next week, so that'll be interesting. This is what I wanted from the beginning of the season, and we've got competition in every position now. I've got virtually a full squad to pick from and I think I'll have a few unhappy players next week, but I can cope with that."


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17 November 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Yeovil 1 Southend 0
A little later than usual but with good reason, Taff provides his latest consideration on how the Glovers looked on Saturday. Reviewing the game against Southend United, Taff explains exactly why he happened to commit the heinous crime of being a season ticket holder but failing to attend a home game. Try not to be eating your lunch when you click on the link below for the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry.

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


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16 November 2009 : Youth Team Friendly vs QPR Arranged
Yeovil Town's Youth Team are playing a friendly against Queen's Park Rangers tomorrow afternoon. Kick-off is 2.00p.m. in West London. The line-up selected for the game is as follows:

Yeovil Town Youth Team:
Steve Boore, Rob Clowes, Joe Grimstead. Rhys Baggridge, Sam Ford, Danny Rosser, Mark Clooney (trialist), Tom Hopkins, Aidan Chainey (U15), Lloyd Matthews, Corrie Lewis

Subs: Ryan Peacock, Lewis Voizey, Tyler Sheppard, Sam Lanahan.


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16 November 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic
Saturday's home match between Yeovil Town and Charlton Athletic will be looked after by referee Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Mr Hooper was promoted to the Football League just over 12 months ago, meaning that we've only had him twice as the man in the middle.

The last occasion was for the 2-1 defeat at the Galpharm Stadium, where we took the lead but couldn't hang onto it. Certainly there were no real complaints about his officiating on that day, and he showed a bit of common sense in the final minute of the game to keep all 22 players on the field, when a spot of late handbags between Robbie Simpson and Nathan Smith could have easily seen both leave the field.

The other occasion was last October, in his first ever match at League One level, when a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient saw him a little too trigger-happy in terms of stopping the game and failing to play advantage for both teams. We also weren't too happy about him missing a fairly blatant penalty shout for an off the ball foul on striker Scott Rendell.

Mr Hooper will be assisted by Ashley Slaughter (Sussex) and Lee Swabey (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Neil Radford (Worcestershire).

Link: August 2009 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 0.


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16 November 2009 : Swindon In Dispute Over Outstanding Loan
No sooner do we see one winding-up order dropped at Southend United, then another one threatens to rear its ugly head at Swindon Town. Claims are being made that the League One side are being chased for the sum of £1.45m plus another £1.0m in interest payments from Property Company St Modwen.

St Modwen's involvement stems back to 2003 when Swindon's former owners set up a joint venture company Shaw Park Developments Ltd. The idea was that St Modwen would enable the Wiltshire club to move out of the County Ground into a purpose-built stadium, with the existing land being sold off for housing and leisure purposes. During 2005, Swindon were struggling to pay a VAT bill, and St Modwen stumped up the £1.45m needed to keep the taxman quiet.

This appears to have just moved the goalposts, rather than sorted out the problem. Since that time, Swindon have changed both club ownership and their ground development strategy, and are now leaning towards redeveloping the existing ground. When the present owners, headed by Chairman Andrew Fitton took over, the move from the County Ground seemed dead in the water, and so St Modwen asked for the loan to be called in. A two year grace period was established, which The Guardian newspaper claim ran out in August 2009, but St Modwen have apparently not been paid.

The newspaper claims that three weeks ago, St Modwen made a "statutory demand for repayment" but have yet to receive a reply. Swindon have issued a statement this morning indicating that they regard the matter "as subject to a dispute" although they don't enlighten as to what the dispute is about. They claim they made shareholders aware of this issue when accounts were issued for the period to 31st May 2009 - although it's surprising that the club have already produced accounts to this year, given that last year their AGM bundled up accounts for 2005, 2006 and 2007 due to them not being previously filed.

In October 2008, Swindon published a letter based upon their May 2007 published accounts stating that "the Balance Sheet of the Club shows a deficit of £13.7m and also ... an accumulated deficit on the Profit and Loss Account of £18.5m". Swindon had plans to reduce that debt by a complicated method of revaluing their existing share capital and reducing the nominal value per share, and then producing a new share issue to allow additional investment into their club. At the time they had only just completed the final repayment of a CVA agreement for £900,000, dating back to their last administration period in May 2002.

There's no actual sign of the St Modwen claim actually reaching the courts, but as Southend found, winding-up orders have to be treated seriously, and if someone from St Modwen has leaked their frustrations to The Guardian it would suggest that they are beginning to spoil for a fight.


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15 November 2009 : Bowditch: I Scored With My Bad Shoulder
Seventy-three minutes of play. Two goals. Not bad for striker Dean Bowditch, except that his two goals came over three months apart. The second came during Saturday's 1-0 win over Southend United, when Dean told the BBC that his winning goal came off the shoulder that had kept him out for all that time. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the full transcript of Dean's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Dean Bowditch Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Southend.


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15 November 2009 : Yeovil 3 Saltash 0 : Ladies Go Through In FA Cup
Yeovil Town Ladies have gone through to the Second Round of the FA Women's Cup this afternoon. They beat Saltash United in their first round tie by a 3-0 scoreline in a match switched to Tintinhull due to bad weather in Cornwall.

They were made to work hard for their win, with a goalless first half seeing Saltash adopting a classic 'away tactic' - soaking up pressure, making themselves difficult to break down, and then hitting Yeovil on the counterattack. Saltash were hardworking and very organised at the back.

All that changed on the hour mark when Lindsey Roe netted Yeovil's opening goal, and that allowed a more open game to materialise with Jemma Tewksbury doubling Yeovil's tally five minutes later. With 15 minutes remaining, Jemma Tewksbury grabbed her second from the penalty spot, and Yeovil never looked back.

The Ladies team will be home to either Cullompton Rangers or Forest Green Rovers on Sunday 29th November, with a 1.00p.m. kick-off.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 3 Saltash United Ladies 0.

Scorers: Lindsey Roe (60 mins, 1-0), Jemma Tewksbury (65 mins, 2-0), Jemma Tewksbury (75 mins, 3-0).

Link: FA Women's Cup Second Round Draw.


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15 November 2009 : Tilson: The Referee Ruined The Game
Southend United manager Steve Tilson has blamed yesterday's officials for 'ruining the game'. The Shrimpers boss was fuming about the decision to show a red card to debutant defender Sean Morrison half an hour into the match, and also disputed the free kick that led to Yeovil scoring the winning goal through Dean Bowditch.

Speaking to BBC Radio Essex, Tilson suggested that Yeovil had 'run out of ideas' by the time the winning goal went in, and that defender Adam Barrett was covering play for the red card, meaning that Morrison was to his eyes, not the last man:

"It was a game where, for me, the officials have ruined the game. I haven't seen the DVD, but it looks like Adam Barrett is covering. I just don't see that as a sending off. Saying that, I thought the lads were excellent in the second half and Yeovil had run out of ideas, to be fair. Again, they get a free kick that for me isn't a free kick, and not only that, apparently the goal is handballed in. So for me, I'm so disappointed because I feel that we've certainly done enough to get a point in the end, even with being down to 10 men for so long. The lads have dug in and worked hard, and I thought they were excellent in the second half."

Tilson also accused referee David Phillips of changing his mind over the sending off incident, claiming that he had been assuring the Southend players that he would be only cautioning the Swindon Town loanee:

"For the sending off, the referee has told Sean (Morrison) four times that it was a yellow card and then all of a sudden, as he's called him over, he's given him a red card. It's a decision that has put us down to 10 men with a long time to go. Irrelevant of what happens now, that decision has cost us getting something. He (the referee) has made three major decisions, including the handball for the goal and the free kick, and they've gone in Yeovil's favour - every one of them. And to be honest, I thought there were some strange decisions from the linesman as well."

The Shrimpers boss did acknowledge that his goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall - back at his old club yesterday - had kept Southend in the game during the first half:

"He made a couple of really important saves in the first half that kept us in it, and like I've said, I thought Yeovil ran out of ideas in the second half. Then you have a set play that probably wasn't, and that has got them the three points today."


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14 November 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Southend Game
Following this afternoon's 1-0 win over Southend United, Glovers manager Terry Skiverton gave his usual post-match views. Speaking to BBC Bristol reporter Alistair Durden, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Southend Game.


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14 November 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For Yeovil Town vs Southend United
If you were at this afternoon's 1-0 win at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match vote. Choose your top three players from the game against Southend United, plus performance and entertainment markings along with any additional comments you want to make, using the form below.

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


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14 November 2009 : Yeovil 1 Southend 0 : Bowditch Creates Fairytale Comeback
Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch completed a three-month comeback from a nightmare opening-day injury by scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Southend United today. He came off the bench to score from a set piece, as Jonathan Obika connected with a Scott Murray free kick, with Bowditch getting the final touch from close range. In a one-sided match, Southend were forced to compete with 10 men after Sean Morrison was dismissed on the half hour mark for a professional foul and it was only wasteful finishing and astonishing goalkeeping from former keeper Steve Mildenhall that stopped a goalglut.

The Glovers made five changes to last weekend's team, largely through injury and illness, with Stefan Stam, Danny Hutchins, Scott Murray, George O'Callaghan and Jean-Paul Kalala all brought into the starting line-up. The game had a slightly quiet start, as both sides tried to adjust to blustery conditions, with Yeovil kicking towards the Blackthorn Stand and against the wind.

Southend grabbed the first chance of the game, with Francis Laurent scooped the ball into the side netting from close range. But the Shrimpers were to create few chances during the game, with the Glovers well on top despite being against the conditions, forcing former Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall into a string of saves. Craig Alcock thumped a header against the post from a Scott Murray corner. Murray almost connected with a George O'Callaghan cross, but Mildenhall collected before Murray could get his head in the way. Then Mildenhall saved with his legs after Murray broke through and shot with his left foot. Mildy foiled the Glovers yet again just a minute later when Jonathan Obika was the latest to find the big keeper in the way - getting down low to push Obika's shot out for a corner.

Half an hour into the game, Southend's defensive problems magnified when Jonathan Obika burst through, and Sean Morrison cynically pulled him back on the edge of the box. A red card was fairly inevitable, even though the Shrimpers tried to claim that Adam Barrett was covering, and Southend were forced to reshuffle, with the unfamiliar sight of Jean-Francois Christophe acting as a centre-back for the Shrimpers, forcing them into a 4-4-1 formation. Ryan Mason's free kick from the offence was bent over the wall, but wide of the target. With three minutes remaining, Andy Welsh struck the crossbar after Alan McCormack gifted the ball to Yeovil's left winger allowing him to race through on goal, but the shot hit the woodwork and headed into the home terrace. At half time you had to wonder how on earth the scoreline was still 0-0.

The second period saw more of the same, as Scott Murray was put through on goal, but he trod on the ball and lost his momentum and could only shoot wide of the target with Anthony Grant closing him down. Chances fell to Andy Welsh, and to Jean-Paul Kalala as he attempted to blast the ball into the net. Mildenhall was there again with yet another save from Ryan Mason as he was put through by Craig Alcock. Southend were relying on the counter-attack heavily, but it was only on rare occasions that they got any end product.

At times, the Glovers got a little frustrated, and the game threatened to boil over, with both sides getting frustrated with either the referee or with members of the opposition. There was a great fear out there that the Glovers might end up having to settle for a 0-0 ... or even worse. With 20 minutes remaining, Dean Bowditch was introduced to a huge cheer from the crowd. His introduction was to be crucial.

After Scott Murray was flattened by Dougie Freedman off the ball in an accidental collision. Murray took the free kick, and the ball landed with Jonathan Obika, whose shot was turned in from close range by Dean Bowditch to create a sensational return and put Yeovil 1-0 up. Five minutes on the pitch, and he had his second goal of the season - over three months after his last one.

Bowditch could have made it 2-0 when he slid in on goal minutes later, only to find the brick wall of Mildenhall in the way again. The only fear was that Southend might sneak an equalising goal, but they were struggling with a paper-thin squad, and Anthony Grant and Alan McCormack were probably quite lucky to not join Sean Morrison in the dressing room for some of their tackles and verbals whilst sat on yellow cards.

The win puts Yeovil up to 12th place in the League One table, leapfrogging their opponents in the process. They are now seven points away from the relegation spots and six points from the play-off slots, albeit with Southampton and Brighton due to play on Sky Sports tomorrow. Despite the 1-0 scoreline suggesting a slender win, this was anything but, and will have given the team great heart as they recover from the recent disappointments of Leeds and Oxford.

Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 0.

Scorer: Dean Bowditch (1-0, 76 mins)

Yeovil Town: 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 4. Stefan Stam 23. Danny Hutchins
16. Scott Murray 7. George O'Callaghan 21. JP Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 8. Keiran Murtagh (89 mins for Ryan Mason) 10. Gavin Tomlin (80 mins for Scott Murray) 14. Dean Bowditch (71 mins for Andy Welsh) 3. Nathan Jones

Southend United:
1. Steve Mildenhall
2. Simon Francis 5. Sean Morrison 6. Adam Barrett 7. Anthony Grant
26. Francis Laurent 4. Jean Francois Christophe 8. Alan McCormack 14. Franck Moussa
9. Lee Barnard 16. Dougie Freedman

Substitutes:
10. James Walker (81 mins for Dougie Freedman) 12. Damian Scannell 22. Stuart O'Keefe 31. Kyle Asante

Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (43 mins, foul), George O'Callaghan (54 mins, foul)

Southend Bookings: Alan McCormack (56 mins, timewasting), Anthony Grant (63 mins, dissent), Red Card: Sean Morrison (31 mins, professional foul)

Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex). Assistants: Stephen Phipps (Oxfordshire) and Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Chris Powell (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,906 (including 344 Southend fans)


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14 November 2009 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Southend United
All change for this afternoon's line-up against Southend United with five players dropping out of the starting line-up for a variety of reasons. Left-back Nathan Jones, central midfielder Shaun MacDonald and target man Sam Williams are all injured, meaning that Danny Hutchins, Scott Murray and George O'Callaghan have come back into the starting line-up. Jean-Paul Kalala returns from suspension and displaces Keiran Murtagh. Terrell Forbes was named on the teamsheet to start the game but has dropped out entirely due to illness and Stefan Stam replaces him.

Murray's return from injury is accompanied by Gavin Tomlin who is fit again, but only makes the bench. Nathan Smith was also listed on the substitutes bench but his position has been taken by Nathan Jones, suggesting that he has also dropped out - whether Jones is just there to make up the numbers isn't clear.

Yeovil Town: 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 4. Stefan Stam 23. Danny Hutchins
16. Scott Murray 7. George O'Callaghan 21. JP Kalala 11. Andrew Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
26. Jonathan Obika

Substitutes:
15. Richard Martin (GK) 8. Keiran Murtagh 10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Dean Bowditch 3. Nathan Jones

Southend United:
1. Steve Mildenhall
2. Simon Francis 5. Sean Morrison 6. Adam Barrett 7. Anthony Grant
26. Francis Laurent 4. Jean Francois Christophe 8. Alan McCormack 14. Franck Moussa
9. Lee Barnard 16. Dougie Freedman

Substitutes:
10. James Walker 12. Damian Scannell 22. Stuart O'Keefe 31. Kyle Asante


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14 November 2009 : Obika: No Problems With Wide Role
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Jonathan Obika has said that he has no problems in being used as a winger. There have been some raised eyebrows at the Tottenham Hotspur loan star being used as a right-winger in Yeovil's last two matches, with him struggling to get into the game in particular in the away FA Cup tie at Oxford United.

Obika told the Western Daily Press that he is capable of being played in a variety of positions along the front line and is happy to leave the final decision to manager Terry Skiverton:

"Wherever the manager puts me is his decision. I enjoy playing anywhere across the front line, so I have no problems out wide. The experience here is very good as the gaffer is excellent, Nathan Jones is great and the players have been welcoming."


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14 November 2009 : Shrimpers Sign Loan Defender
Southend United have signed up Swindon Town defender Sean Morrison on a month's loan today. The Shrimpers were presumably trying to keep the signing under wraps ahead of this afternoon's game at Huish Park against Yeovil Town.

The 18 year old is a Youth Team graduate from Swindon's academy who they signed from Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2007 and has featured in six games for the League One side this season, although with his last appearance coming back on September 19th.


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14 November 2009 : No McCarthy For England
As expected, Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has failed to make the final cut for England Under 21s. Scott Loach and Frank Fielding are the preferred keepers for this lunchtime's game against Portugal.

We'll have to wait and see whether Alex has been given permission to return to Huish Park for this afternoon's game. For those wanting to see the England Under 21s match live, it is being streamed via the Football Association website.

England Under 21s:
1 Scott Loach, 2 Michael Mancienne, 3 Ryan Bertrand, 4 Fabrice Muamba, 5 Micah Richards (c), 6 Chris Smalling, 7 Tom Cleverley, 8 Fabian Delph, 9 Andy Carroll, 10 Kieran Gibbs, 11 Danny Rose

Subs: 12 Kyle Naughton, 13 Frank Fielding, 14 Jack Cork, 15 Dan Gosling, 16 Henri Lansbury, 17 Daniel Sturridge, 18 Zavon Hines


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14 November 2009 : Today's Match: Update
A preliminary pitch inspection by the referee around 11.30 a.m. has declared conditions currently fit to play. The match versus Southend United remains ON unless there is significant deterioration in the weather between now and 3.00 p.m., according to the club's Official Site.

However supporters attending today's match should note that the marquee is sh*t. The club has taken the decision to close this facility owing to the windy conditions. The Alec Stock Lounge will be opened to supporters (subject to the safety restrictions on numbers), so pop up and see how the VPs live.


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14 November 2009 : Southend Game Still ON
This afternoon's game against Southend United remains on. There are no pitch inspections planned for this game. We've been given unofficial advice that if there are heavy downpours between now and kick-off that position may change, but for now a game is taking place. If the position changes, we'll provide another update.


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14 November 2009 : Skivo Previews The Southend Game
With Yeovil Town back in home action, manager Terry Skiverton has been speaking to the BBC about the home match against Southend United. Skivo talks about the loan players, the club's finances and his frustration at spending so much time on the road, as well as giving his appreciation to former team-mate Steve Mildenhall.

Read the transcript of Skivo's interview with BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Southend Game.


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13 November 2009 : No Pitch For An Inspection ... Yet!
The club have issued a statement concerning the ongoing weather situation ahead of tomorrow's game against Southend United. Based on information circa 5.00p.m. (presumably the last update until the morning) there is no mention of a planned pitch inspection, but on the other hand plans may be put in place for one tomorrow morning if daylight shows concerns for the Huish Park Pitch.

The Metcheck website predicts that around 24mm of rain will fall between now and kick-off; thankfully far less than the 50mm that was forecast earlier in the week. The main glut is expected to come between 9p.m. and midnight tonight, with another substantial downpour expected between 6.00a.m. and noon tomorrow.

Once we reach beyond midday any future rain should be minimal, suggestion that the club should be able to make an absolute decision by midday, although it would not surprise us if some sort of a rudimentary inspection was carried out to coincide with Shrimpers fans leaving Roots Hall. All entire speculation in that respect, we might add.

Obviously if any information changes - positively or negatively - we'll provide an update on this news page.


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13 November 2009 : Weather Forces Ladies FA Cup Tie Switch
This Sunday's FA Women's Cup first round tie between Saltash United Ladies and Yeovil Town Ladies has been switched to Somerset, and will now be played at the Tintinhull Sports Ground, near Yeovil.

The Saltash area of Cornwall has had a massive amount of rain this week, and it became apparent yesterday that the fixture would not take place, despite the home club trying to secure a number of venues.

Under the competition rules, if a tie is postponed twice, the away side has the option to switch the game to their ground on the third week. This option would have been taken up next week, but following special permission from the Football Association both clubs have instead decided to play the game this week, so as not to interfere with future league games.

The Glovers usual home ground at Somerton could not guarantee that the pitch would be playable this weekend with the amount of rain predicted over the next 24 hours, but the staff at Tintinhull were confident that their top pitch would be all right, so again following permission from the Football Association, the venue was switched.

The FA Women's Cup first round tie between Saltash United Ladies and Yeovil Town Ladies will take place at the Tintinhull Sports Ground on Sunday 15th November 2009, kick off at 1.00p.m.


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13 November 2009 : Football League Chairman Explains Resignation Decision
Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney has cited his age as being the primary reason for his resignation, announced yesterday. He is due to step down on March 15th 2010 in what will represent over seven years as the head of the Football League's board.

In a more detailed statement issued today, Mawhinney said that Football League and Football Association regulations would have prevented him from continuing in his duty beyond this summer:

"Under League regulations, Board Members have to retire at age 70 though our custom and practice, as in the FA, is that this can happen at the end of the season in which the member turns 70. I will attain that age next July. My decision to stand down is not a “spur of the moment” decision. I have been discussing it with family and friends for some time."

Mawhinney has confirmed that fellow board member Ian Ritchie will not be running as his successor, but will instead oversee the selection of the new Chairman:

"The Board’s other independent Director, Ian Ritchie, has kindly agreed to initiate the Board’s process for appointing a new Chairman. This is appropriate because in addition to his independence Ian has told me he will not be a candidate for the post. I have made clear to him that, if asked, I will offer advice and my experience to the Board during this process but will not become involved in personalities."

Lord Mawhinney has pointed out that during the last seven years, 70 percent of Football League clubs have changed ownership and hence said that its members may want a fresh outlook to the way the league is run. He said that had to start with a review of how the Football League's board is structured:

"Initially the Board will need to determine if it wishes to continue the tradition of an independent Chairman. Secondly it will have to decide what structure of leadership it wants to establish. I am the League’s only executive Chairman. Before me it operated with a more traditional non-executive Chairman / Chief Executive model. No doubt your club will want to tell the Board their views on these crucial questions before the search for an individual begins. I have factored time for that consultation into my decision. Additionally my chosen date will allow my successor time to shape his/her policy for the 2010/11 season."

The former Conservative Party Chairman said that the timing of his last day in office was set to coincide with the Football League's Annual Awards evening, thus giving him a suitable opportunity to say goodbye to the League's member clubs and to hand over to his successor the next day:

"In the intervening months I will continue to do my job conscientiously and in the best interests of the whole League. During my years I have enjoyed much support from clubs and the Board and am grateful to all of you. Together we have made good progress and I have enjoyed shaping a better League than the one I inherited. There will be other opportunities to reflect on the beneficial changes that have occurred. Thank you for the privilege of being allowed to lead and serve you. I look forward to maintaining that tradition over the next few months and hope my contact with clubs will not necessarily end when my appointment finishes. It is my intention to preside at the League’s Annual Football Awards Dinner on Sunday 14th March and then, on the next day, the 15th, to stand down."


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13 November 2009 : Mildenhall Returns As Glovers Wait On McCarthy
Yeovil Town welcome back several former players to Huish Park tomorrow as Southend United come to visit. Whilst midfielder Jean Francois Christophe, winger Kevin Betsy (currently on loan at Wycombe Wanderers and so won't feature) and striker James Walker were all loan players at Huish Park, the face of goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is a far more familiar one, clocking up 85 appearances over two seasons, including the club's trip to a Wembley League One Play-Off Final.

Manager Terry Skiverton knows all about Mildenhall's strengths and weaknesses, having stood in front of him for those two seasons, and told BBC Somerset that he would be pleased to see him back in Somerset:

"He is a decent keeper and he is a real positive for them. He was a major part of our success when we got to the Wembley play-off final and we kept quite a lot of clean sheets. So it will be nice and tasty for him coming back here, but hopefully we've got one or two tricks up our sleeve and can put in a couple around his ankles, because he's a big fellow and he doesn't like it down there! Hopefully we can cause him loads of problems."

Mildenhall left the Glovers during the summer of 2008, having a bit of a blast at the club's hierarchy on the way out, citing the club's lack of "ambition" as being at the heart of his departure. Despite that, Skiverton said that he wanted his former team-mate to get a good reception tomorrow:

"Because of the job he did, I think he's a bit of a crowd favourite, so I hope they give him a good reception. He was a very good servant to the club, although he was only here for two years. He did a fantastic job for the club and I can't speak more highly of him."

Skiverton pointed out that although Mildenhall has been gone for over a year now, they've been very lucky with the goalkeepers they've recruited in over the years, citing his two current signings as being perfectly capable players:

"I think the club in the last few years have been spoilt for goalkeepers. We've had Chris Weale, Steve Collis and now we've got Alex McCarthy who is away with the England Under 21s along with a really good number two coming through in Richard Martin. We've had some really good goalkeepers at this club."

Of course tomorrow, current No.1 keeper Alex McCarthy is on international duty with England Under 21s as they take on Portugal at Wembley Stadium. In the past, Alex has been given leave to return to Huish Park before each game after manager Stuart Pearce has selected his 18 man squad out of the full list of called up players. As yet, there's been no firm indication of what is planned this time around and Skiverton said yesterday that he was in the dark as well:

"I can't say one way or the other yet. When they are away on international duty, anything can happen. So we're just sitting here and what will be, will be. If Richard Martin is playing on the weekend then I've got full confidence in him. I thought he was one of the plus points that came out of the game against Oxford. He made a few good saves and his general handling was really good. So I've got no problems about Richard. But if Alex is back and is able to play, then it will be Alex that comes back in to play."

For those wanting to catch England Under 21s in action - with or without McCarthy - the UEFA European Qualifying Group game kicks off at 12.30p.m. with free live video coverage available from the Football Association's website.

Link: Steve Mildenhall : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Jean-Francois Christophe : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: James Walker : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Kevin Betsy : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 November 2009 : Youth Game At Oxford Is OFF
Yeovil Town's Youth Team were due to travel to Oxford United tomorrow, but that match has been postponed. The current bad weather and overnight forecasts for the South of England have made a postponement fairly inevitable, and the Youth Alliance League fixture will now need to be rearranged.


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13 November 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Southend United Match Preview
Yeovil Town play their first home match for almost a whole month tomorrow when they host Southend United at Huish Park in a League One fixture. The wonders of the fixture computer, combined with the FA Cup draw have ensured three consecutive Saturdays on the road with the last match being the October 17th 3-1 win over Carlisle United.

Now it's time for home comforts, where Yeovil have picked up a steady record this season with just one defeat in the League all season, with Swindon Town the only club to pick up maximum points at Huish Park. Whilst the heavy defeat at Elland Road and last weekend's FA Cup exit at Oxford United's Kassam Stadium will have dented morale a bit following a six game unbeaten run, it is matches at Huish Park where they have looked the most comfortable this season.

Southend's form is fairly mixed, although it's to manager Steve Tilson's credit that he has managed to steady the club through a worrying time that saw the club inches away from administration on the back of a £2.135m tax bill, with a transfer embargo accompanying it. Three wins in their last five matches see them currently in 10th place in the League One table, but just two points ahead of Yeovil in 14th. Like the Glovers, last weekend saw them exit the FA Cup with Gillingham providing their scalp by a 3-0 scoreline.

Their squad has been hit recently by injury, suspension and more fundamentally a transfer embargo. Tilson has indicated that with the HMRC bill now paid up that he would like to bring in more players and so the expectation was for loan signings to be made. As yet though, these have yet to materialise, and the club have yet to absolutely confirm that the embargo has been lifted.

They will have top scorer Lee Barnard back in their squad, as well as midfielder Alan McCormack who both missed last weekend's match through single match suspensions caused by an accumulation of five yellow cards. Osei Sankofa (knee) and Jean-Yves M'Voto (hip) are definitely out, leaving Tilson's only question mark over left-back Johnny Herd who suffered a muscle spasm in last week's FA Cup match. A scan has indicated that he has not torn his hamstring, but the Shrimpers are not 100 percent confident he will be able to play tomorrow, and lean towards him being left behind in Essex.

Playing Southend is often a little bit of an old boys reunion, and tomorrow will see goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, midfielder Jean Francois Christophe and striker James Walker all aim to play against their former club. Winger Kevin Betsy is also on Southend's books but is currently on a loan deal with Wycombe Wanderers.

As for the Glovers, once again little is known about the current status of injured players. Striker Dean Bowditch is definitely available, although most likely will sit on the substitutes bench. Defender Stefan Stam (knee), left-back Nathan Smith (ankle), winger Scott Murray (calf) and striker Gavin Tomlin (groin) were all missing for last weekend's match at Oxford, but there is no firm indication of how soon they will be back, with Skiverton only indicating that he lost three of them the day before the FA Cup match. Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) remains the club's only long term absentee.

Another question mark remains over goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, with Skiverton stating yesterday that he had not had any indication over whether the Reading loanee would be allowed to leave the England Under-21 squad early and return to Huish Park in time for tomorrow's game. McCarthy is unlikely to play in the match at Wembley, but on the other hand manager Stuart Pearce has hinted that he sees the 'Wembley experience' as being an important part of his players' development. If McCarthy is not released, then Richard Martin will be between the sticks again.

Elsewhere, Skiverton has hinted that his side are working on a change of tactics or formation for tomorrow's match. The 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1 formation has worked well for the Glovers, having been a key part of their six match unbeaten run, but the last two matches have seen that tactic creak at the seams a little, particularly in the absence of Scott Murray, requiring Jonathan Obika to fulfil an unfamiliar role. Most tactics tend to have a shelf life to them before they get sussed and counteracted by opposition scouts and after two defeats now may be the right time for Skiverton to try and spring a few surprises. What that will be will inevitably depend upon the above injury list. The only cast iron certainties are the selection of the same back four, along with Shaun MacDonald, Jean-Paul Kalala and Ryan Mason. What gets built around them is anyone's guess until the game kicks off.

Previous meetings have not been too kind to the Glovers, with Southend having grabbed 0-2, 0-3 and 1-2 victories on their last three trips to Huish Park. November 2004 was the last time Yeovil had home joy against the Shrimpers. However, the last time the two clubs met, an Aaron Brown 6th minute goal set up an improbable gutsy 1-0 win for Yeovil despite losing two players to injury during the game and Aidan Downes to a red card.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets for the game are available on the day, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. If you want to take advantage of the pre-match price, call the Huish Park Ticket Office before 6.00p.m. tonight. As a slight warning, heavy rain is forecast in the Somerset area tonight and tomorrow morning. With Tuesday night's County Cup match having suffered a waterlogged pitch, we'd suggest that you check before you leave your home tomorrow in case there are any pitch inspections planned. At present there are none, but if that position changes, we'll provide updates on this news page.

Link: Bowditch Gets Green Light For First Team Return.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Southend United.


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12 November 2009 : October 2009 Player Of The Month
The month of November was, with the exception of the final match, a good one. Two draws against Oldham Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion were followed up by two wins against Carlisle United and Bristol Rovers. Unfortunately the final game against Leeds United went a bit pearshaped, but eight points from five games is Yeovil's best points haul of the season so far, so that's a statistic to be pleased about.

In terms of the Man of the Match awards, the individual winners were Shaun MacDonald (Oldham Athletic), Scott Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion), Ryan Mason (Carlisle United), Terrell Forbes (Bristol Rovers) and Jean-Paul Kalala (Leeds United). Five different matches, five different winners give an idea that this was a fairly well spread out month.

Once all of the votes were collated together across the month and averaged out, it's little surprise to find four of those five out in front, with Scott Murray's injury seeing him drop out of contention. The eventual winner though was Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald, who took 16.8% of all votes cast, with Terrell Forbes ending up in the runners up spot.

Full results with the weighted percentage of the vote cast shown, are as follows:

1 Shaun MacDonald 16.8
2 Terrell Forbes 14.5
3 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 11.9
4 Ryan Mason 11.1
5 Craig Alcock 10.1
6 Steven Caulker 8.7
7 Scott Murray 7.9
8 Andy Welsh 6.3
9 Sam Williams 5.5
10 Alex McCarthy 3.6


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12 November 2009 : Bowditch Gets Green Light For First Team Return
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has received the green light from club medical staff to put striker Dean Bowditch back into first team football. The former Ipswich Town player has not featured in any competitive game since the opening day of the season, when a bad tackle in the home match against Tranmere Rovers saw him dislocate his shoulder.

Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that he has received the all-clear to field Bowditch in Saturday's match against Southend United, although it seems inevitable that due to lack of match fitness he will be coming on from the bench for the next few weeks at least:

"It's still a bit early with Dean. This week my physio and my doctor have said that this is the first time that we are allowed to use him in anger. For the last week or week and a half, he has had full contact (in training) and he goes into this weekend's game where there is nothing structurally wrong with his shoulder now. So it's all healed and he is chomping at the bit to get back in and to try and fight for a place in the team."

Skiverton has confirmed what many suspected during last weekend's match against Oxford United - that the striker was there merely to make up the numbers and allow the Glovers to list seven substitutes on the bench. The Yeovil boss admitted that he would not have come on in any circumstances:

"I couldn't actually call on him on Saturday (at Oxford in the FA Cup). He was just a name to put on the bench, and he was just coming (to Oxford) to do the warm-ups. But because we didn't have anybody and we had three pull out on Friday then because Dean was there we ended up having to use him. But we had no intention of bring Dean on last week."


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12 November 2009 : Mawhinney Resigns From Football League Board
The Football League have issued a statement today indicating that their Chairman Lord Mawhinney has resigned from his position. He has given four months notice and will formally leave the role on March 15th 2010, having acted as Chairman for just under seven years, having been appointed to the position on December 19th 2002.

The Football League is run as a Private Members Club, but has two appointed personnel who act as independent representatives on the board. Mawhinney is one, whilst the other - Ian Ritchie - will be in charge of selecting Mawhinney's successor, which will be done in consultation with member clubs. Mawhinney has said of his departure:

"It has been a privilege to serve The Football League. I have greatly enjoyed the challenge of helping to shape a better League and I am grateful for all the support that I have received. This timetable will give my successor the opportunity to develop League policy for the 2010/11 season."

Mawhinney took over his current role after the resignation of former Chairman Keith Harris and CEO David Burns, who presided over the ITV Digital fiasco, including the League's attempt to take Carlton and Granada to court over the affair.

He is a former assistant professor of Radiation Research - far removed from the role he gradually grew into. He became best known as a Member of Parliament for Peterborough and later North-West Cambridgeshire, during which time he became Chairman of the Conservative Party. After stepping down from politics in May 2005, he was made a life peer and took on the title of Baron Mawhinney of Peterborough.

Mawhinney, aged 69, oversaw the formation of the Football League Championship in an attempt to rebrand the Football League following the establishment of the Premier League. He has also been a strong campaigner for football clubs to become accountable for their own actions when overspending by clubs has forced insolvency events, creating the 'Sporting Sanction' of the 10 point penalty for any club entering administration, and implementing transfer embargoes for clubs that fail to clear their footballing debts.

Whether he has succeeded in curtailing overspending by football clubs is rather debatable, but certainly the issue has been put well and truly into the public eye and created a moral debate regarding clubs that try and avoid their responsibility towards debts. This process may not have moved as quickly as this site would like it to, but things have certainly moved slowly and surely in the right direction in that respect, even if the stable door still remains somewhat ajar.


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12 November 2009 : Premier League Co-Opting Of Scottish Clubs Thrown Out
Bolton Wanderers Chairman Phil Gartside has had the main part of a proposal to restructure the Premier League thrown out today. Gartside has been campaigning for the Premier League to be expanded to two divisions of between 36 and 40 clubs, with the controversy increased by plans to include Scottish League clubs Rangers and Celtic.

The good news is that today's meeting has bounced the main part of Gartside's proposals for a second time, having already rejected similar proposals six months ago. The two Glasgow clubs will not be joining the English football pyramid at any level. A statement from the Premier League today said:

"Bolton Wanderers submitted a discussion paper detailing ideas concerning the restructuring of the Premier League into two tiers with the inclusion of Celtic and Rangers. The clubs welcomed the additional input into an ongoing process, however, they were of the opinion that bringing Celtic and Rangers into any form of Premier League set-up was not desirable or viable."

The bad news is that the Premier League haven't entirely thrown away Gartside's proposals, suggesting that a two-division Premier League may not be entirely discounted at this stage:

"The other relevant ideas contained within Bolton's paper will now be taken forward as part of the wider strategic review being undertaken by the Premier League since November 2008 with the aim of providing recommendations before December 2010."

The outcome of such restructuring could have a significant effect upon Yeovil Town and other football clubs throughout the whole pyramid system. With Gartside's plans as they stand only including up to 18-20 of the Football League's Championship division, the remainder of the division's 24 clubs would be 'relegated' into League One, thus triggering a ripple effect down through the pyramid. If you're unlucky enough to finish sixth from bottom on the wrong season, the trap door may open.

The other ramification concerns the allocation of sponsorship and television rights income. If the bigger Championship clubs are drafted into a 'Premier League II' division, then the likes of Sky Sports will see the remaining Football League membership as having a far less attractive package on offer, and so the amount of money trickling down to the smaller clubs may dry up.

As said in the Premier League statement, their recommendations for restructuring are due to be published in just over 12 months time. Every club in the footballing pyramid should keep a sharp eye on developments.


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12 November 2009 : Roberts On Trial For The Millers
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Roberts has moved to Yorkshire in his efforts to secure a new contract. He has arrived at League Two side Rotherham United, where he played for their Reserves in a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town yesterday.

The 22 year old had been on trial at Brighton and Hove Albion, playing in two games for their Reserve side, but presumably the change of management at the Withdean Stadium scuppered any immediate hope of Roberts getting the nod down in Sussex. The Brighton Argus pitched Roberts as "poised" to get a contract offer on October 23rd, but just eight days later, the Seagulls were changing their management team.

Yorkshire paper The Star stated that Roberts "produced a polished display in central midfield" as he provided the assist for Rotherham's second goal of the game, with their first coming from the familiar name of Paul Warne. Rotherham's side also included former Glovers full-back Mark Lynch, whilst former loan midfielder Nicky Law is also on their books.

The signs are the Roberts is going to get an offer from the Millers with manager Ronnie Moore telling BBC Radio Sheffield that there was something on the table for him:

"He's only 22 but has real talent. He impressed us when he played for our reserves this week. He has a great range of passing. When he's up to full fitness he would be a great asset. People say he comes with baggage but his attitude has been first class. I think he deserves a second chance and I hope he takes up our offer."


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12 November 2009 : Leeds United Man Of The Match Result
Around 10 days ago, Yeovil Town made the trip to Elland Road to play Leeds United and for the second season running were beaten 4-0 on the day. Judging the Man of the Match in such circumstances is always difficult and so it's not surprising to find that nine different players were given top marks by voters.

The two that stood out were Yeovil's defensive midfield pair of Shaun MacDonald and Jean-Paul Kalala. Shaun picked up a large number of second and third-placed votes along the way to boost his totals, but the overall winner of the poll was JP, giving an idea of why the Glovers perhaps missed him in the following weekend's FA Cup match.

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

1 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 70 (6)
2 Shaun MacDonald 50 (1)
3 Steven Caulker 36 (3)
4 Craig Alcock 34 (2)
5 Sam Williams 30 (2)
6 Alex McCarthy 28 (1)
7 Andy Welsh 22 (1)
8 Terrell Forbes 16 (1)
8 Ryan Mason 16 (1)
10 Jonathan Obika 8 (0)
11 Nathan Jones 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.00

Performance: 6.00
Entertainment: 6.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 18


The October 2009 Player of the Month result will follow soon. If you've not yet voted for the Oxford United match in the FA Cup there is still time to get your votes in, via the form below.

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


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12 November 2009 : Venue Set For Oxford United Youth Trip
Yeovil Town's Under 18s trip on Saturday to play Oxford United will take place at the World-famous Iffley Road Sports Complex in Oxford - part of Oxford University's sports facilities. The Glovers are playing Oxford in a Youth Alliance League fixture.

A map showing the rough location of the sports fields can be found here. The facilities are situated relatively close to Oxford's city centre on the South-East side. A wider area map is here.

The ground is famous as the site of the first sub four minute mile by Roger Bannister. Iffley Road Sports Complex is just off the A4158, one of the routes in towards the centre of the city from the South from the Oxford Ring Road. The complex has its own car park with 110 spaces although expect these to fill up quickly as this location will be hosting multiple events throughout the University.

Address: Iffley Road Sports Complex, Oxford University, Oxford OX4 1SR.


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11 November 2009 : Stolcers Back Training At Huish Park
If you happen to be passing Yeovil Town's training ground and spot a familiar face, don't get too excited just yet. Former Glovers attacking player Andrejs Stolcers is back in town and is currently training at Huish Park. However, his expectations are to eventually team up with a Conference National side or similar level, rather than attempt to play his way into a League One side.

The 35 year old made 43 appearances for the Glovers, scoring seven goals during the 2004-05 season but left over the summer of 2005, and went on to play for Azerbaijan side FK Baku, Latvian side Skonto and more recently a player/coach role with JFK Olimps Rīga. However, he now wants to win a contract with an English club, even if a proper move back to Somerset is unlikely at this stage.

Link: Andrejs Stolcers : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Another former player from that era who is on the move is striker Kevin Gall. Last month, Gally left League Two side Darlington, but has now signed up with Conference National side York City on a short term contract until January 2010.

Since leaving Huish Park, Kevin has had a three year spell with Carlisle United which included loan spells with Darlington, Lincoln City and Port Vale before his permanent move to the Quakers.

Link: Kevin Gall : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 November 2009 : Live Cup Match Listings Update
Further to Monday's news item, the Football Association and ITV have firmed more of their broadcasting commitments for the FA Cup First Round Replays and the FA Cup Second Round.

An additional First Round Replay between Stevenage Borough and Port Vale will be screened live on the FA's website next Tuesday evening to complete the First Round coverage.

Having broadcast the matches featuring Leeds United, Norwich City and Northwich Victoria during the First Round, the two parties have got their heads together and decided that they will broadcast ... Leeds United, Norwich City and Northwich Victoria in the Second Road. Perhaps this is some kind of a triple-pronged 'Road to Wembley' broadcasting venture? Norwich are the new announcement, with their game up in the North-West being dependent upon the outcome of the Carlisle vs Morecambe First Round Replay.

The revised broadcast list for all couch potatoes wanting their fix of lower league football is as follows:

11/11/2009 : 19:45hrs : Southampton vs Charlton Athletic (JPT) (Sky)
11/11/2009 : 20:00hrs : Rochdale vs Luton Town (FAC1R) (ITV4)
14/11/2009 : 12:05hrs : Huddersfield Town vs Wycombe Wanderers (L1) (Sky)
15/11/2009 : 16:30hrs : Southampton vs Brighton and Hove Albion (L1) (Sky)
17/11/2009 : 19:45hrs : Stevenage Borough vs Port Vale (FAC1R) (thefa.com)
28/11/2009 : 12:45hrs : Northwich Victoria vs Lincoln City (FAC2) (ITV1)
28/11/2009 : 17:15hrs : Carlisle United or Morecambe vs Norwich City (FAC2) (thefa.com)
29/11/2009 : 13:30hrs : Kettering Town vs Leeds United (FAC2) (ITV1)


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11 November 2009 : McLeod Gets Banned For Charlton Visit
Charlton Athletic striker Izale McLeod has been retrospectively issued with a three match ban for violent conduct. The player was charged by the Football Association, following their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Northwich Victoria in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The match in Cheshire was televised on ITV and the cameras picked up McLeod appearing to strike Northwich's Michael Connor just after the second half commenced.

McLeod will now be banned for three matches, which will take in Charlton's Football League Trophy tie tonight against Southampton, a home match against his former club Milton Keynes Dons and finally the trip to Huish Park on November 21st.


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11 November 2009 : Obika Wipes Out Palace Reserves
Yeovil Town's on-loan striker Jonathan Obika scored four goals for Tottenham Hotspur yesterday afternoon, as he returned to play for their Reserve side in a friendly against Crystal Palace in a match played at Spurs Lodge. Fellow loanees Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker also played in the match which finished 7-1 to the hosts.

The game actually started with a spectacular first minute Ryan Mason volley that set the tone of the match. John Bostock set Obika up for his first after 10 minutes, whilst Mason supplied the striker his second after 30 minutes. Harry Kanemins gave Obika his hat-trick on 77 minutes and substitute Ryan Fredericks provided Obika's fourth and Spurs' seventh with four minutes remaining.

Spurs got their other two goals from John Bostock and Exeter City loanee Troy Archibald-Henville. Palace's goal came when they were 7-0 down and from the penalty spot.


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10 November 2009 : Bristol Rovers Man of the Match Result
Just over two weeks ago, Yeovil Town travelled to the Memorial Stadium where they broke a duck going back to February 2009. The 2-1 away win againt Bristol Rovers was manager Terry Skiverton's first win on his travels, and let's face it, any win against local rivals is going to be a popular one.

Another duck was broken as Terrell Forbes scored what turned out to be the winning goal and his first goal in senior football. Terrell was chased in the Man of the Match voting by Andy Welsh who performed the two assists for the goals, and by attacking midfielder Ryan Mason, but Terrell could have had a stinker for the other 89 minutes and he would have probably picked up the MOTM votes. Thankfully he was pretty good elsewhere on the pitch as well.

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

1 Terrell Forbes 128 (11)
2 Ryan Mason 70 (4)
3 Andy Welsh 66 (2)
4 Shaun MacDonald 38 (2)
5 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 32 (2)
6 Steven Caulker 30 (1)
7 Sam Williams 16 (1)
8 Jonathan Obika 14 (0)
9 Nathan Jones 12 (1)
10 Alex McCarthy 12 (0)
11 Craig Alcock 4 (0)
12 Scott Murray 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.79

Performance: 7.25
Entertainment: 8.33

VOTES RECEIVED: 24

The Man of the Match result for the Leeds United game will follow very soon. Apologies for the slight delay in publishing these. If you've not yet voted for the Oxford United match in the FA Cup there is still time to get your votes in, via the form below.

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


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10 November 2009 : Poyet Gets Brighton Job
League One side Brighton and Hove Albion have appointed former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gus Poyet as their new manager. He has signed a contract until the end of next season. Poyet has been an assistant manager with Swindon Town and Leeds United and was up until October 2008 part of the backroom staff at White Hart Lane.

He will be assisted by Mauricio Taricco, who is a former central defender who was a team-mate of Poyet's at White Hart Lane. Taricco is also a former Ipswich Town player.

Poyet and Taricco replace former Brighton boss Russell Slade, who left the Withdean Stadium at the start of the month.


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10 November 2009 : County Cup Match Is OFF
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team match against Brislington in the Somerset Premier Cup tonight has been called off. The match has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date will be available shortly.


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10 November 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Southend United
Officials for Saturday's League One match between Yeovil Town and Southend United have been selected. The match will see referee David Phillips (West Sussex) as the man in charge for the game.

He is in his second season as a Football League referee, and we have had him three times during that time. The first of those occasions was November 2008's freezing trip to Colchester United that saw the Glovers lose out by a 1-0 scoreline. Mr Phillips dished out a stop-start performance, blowing his whistle far too often, making for a dull encounter in Essex.

Playing short on first half injury time, as well as disallowing a 'goal' from Terry Skiverton, certainly manager (at the time) Russell Slade wasn't too amused by his performance on the night.

The second occasion was a little less controversial but we still weren't too happy with his part in Yeovil's 1-1 draw with Carlisle United in March 2009. Again the second half deteriorated into a stop-start game, and he wasn't particularly wise to some gamesmanship being carried out by Carlisle players.

Finally we had him for the September 2009 Football League Trophy tie against AFC Bournemouth. Here we were probably glad that he chalked off a goal for the home side, even though it was a somewhat generous decision for us. His decision-making was also questionable in a number of second half decisions against both sides that tended to lead to players taking matters into their own hands and it was probably fortunate that things didn't escalate further.

Mr Phillips will be assisted by Stephen Phipps (Oxfordshire) and Tim Robinson (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Chris Powell (Dorset).

Link: September 2009 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 1.

Link: November 2008 : Colchester United 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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10 November 2009 : County Cup Tonight Sees Bowditch's Return
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves are in action tonight for the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. The match against Brislington takes place at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Tickets are on advance sale and are £5.00 for Adults and £2.00 for Concessions (Under 16s and Over 65s). Only the Main Stand will be open for this fixture.

Manager Terry Skiverton has recently, somewhat with his tongue-in-cheek we suspect, bigged up this game, although we'd still expect this match to only feature players who did not take to the field at Oxford United on Saturday, plus a scattering of Under 18s players.

One player who definitely will take part in the match, although it's unlikely he will be present for the full 90 minutes, is striker Dean Bowditch. He was on the bench at Oxford although never came onto the pitch. Tonight he should kick his first competitive ball for over three months, since he dislocated his shoulder in a poor second half tackle on the opening day of the season against Tranmere Rovers. He is likely to be joined by Andy Lindegaard, Rob Clowes and Rhys Baggridge in the side that takes to the field tonight.


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9 November 2009 : FA Women's Cup Second Round Draw
The draw for the second round of the FA Women's Cup has taken place today at Wembley Stadium. If Yeovil Town Ladies can beat Saltash United next Sunday they will be at home to either Cullompton Rangers or Forest Green Rovers in the second round. Glovers boss Steve Phelps said this afternoon:

"Obviously we have still to qualify for the second round, but I'm pleased with the draw. It's a home tie, and that is always good. It will be interesting to see who we potentially play. Cullompton have been doing well lately and will make it difficult at their own ground for Forest Green. All I'm worried about at the moment though, is preparing our players for Sunday's match, where we need to go down and get the right result against Saltash. If and when we get through, then we'll start to plan for round two. But yes, I'm pleased."

The FA Women's Cup Sponsored By E.On - Second Round Draw

Whitley Bay Women or Blackpool v Hull City or Rochdale AFC Ladies
Salford Ladies v Middlesbrough
Tranmere or Rotherham v Liverpool Feds
Stockport County v Wakefield Ladies
Coventry City v Leafield Athletic
Sporting Club Albion v Loughborough Foxes
Copsewood v Stoke City
Cambridge Women's v Dudley United
Norwich City Ladies v Chesham United
Lewes v Haringey Borough
Woodbridge Town v Littlehampton Town Devils & Ladies
Enfield Town v Gillingham
MK Dons Ladies v Northampton Town
Newquay v Swindon Town
Plymouth Argyle or Swindon SM v Havant & Waterlooville
Saltash United or Yeovil Town v Cullompton Rangers or Forest Green Rovers

All ties to be played on Sunday 29th November 2009, kick-off 1.00 p.m.

[Report by Ali King.]


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9 November 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : FA Cup R1: Oxford 1 Yeovil 0
It's time for a post mortem on Saturday's game, where Yeovil Town's FA Cup dreams died at the hands of Oxford United. In his latest blog entry, Taff pulls the game apart, and also pulls apart a few players, as he considers the question What Went Wrong? and ultimately decides that most of it did. Still on the plus side, at least Taff now knows what "Piłka nożna" means next time he goes on his holidays to Warsaw.

Read on, in the latest entry in Taff's Gloversblog.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : FA Cup R1: Oxford 1 Yeovil 0.


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9 November 2009 : FA Cup Televised Games
Televised matches for the FA Cup First Round Replay and Second Round have been chosen by ITV. The first round replay between Rochdale and Luton Town will be shown on the ITV4 channel on Wednesday 11th November, kick-off 8.00p.m. This is a fairly daft bit of scheduling by ITV, given that it clashes with a Sky Sports game featuring two League One sides (see below).

Meanwhile Leeds United have been selected for a live broadcast for the 739th time* this season. Their trip to Kettering Town's Rockingham Road is one of two live games selected by ITV for Second Round coverage, having already been selected for live broadcast by the FA in the First Round. Another team getting the live treatment for a second round running is Northwich Victoria, whose home match against Lincoln City will see ITV parked up in Cheshire once again.

The Football Association will be streaming a third match live on Second Round day. This and the exact kick-offs for the above two matches have yet to be announced.

Don't forget that there are two Football League Trophy matches being screened live this week along with two more League One matches over the weekend. You'll never guess which team is being shown live tomorrow evening ...

10/11/2009 : 19:45hrs : Leeds United vs Grimsby Town (JPT)
11/11/2009 : 19:45hrs : Southampton vs Charlton Athletic (JPT)
11/11/2009 : 20:00hrs : Rochdale vs Luton Town (FAC1R)
14/11/2009 : 12:05hrs : Huddersfield Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
15/11/2009 : 16:30hrs : Southampton vs Brighton and Hove Albion
28/11/2009 (tba) : Kettering Town vs Leeds United (FAC2)
28/11/2009 (tba) : Northwich Victoria vs Lincoln City (FAC2)

* We exaggerate for effect. But only just.


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9 November 2009 : Ladies Rained Off Again
Yeovil Town Ladies had their FA Women's Cup First Round match against Saltash United postponed today, due to a waterlogged pitch. The Kimberley Stadium suffered heavy rain over the weekend, and so the Ladies were unable to play for the second weekend running.

The two teams will have a second attempt at playing the game next Sunday 15th November, at the same venue, with kick-off 1.00p.m. This match replaces the originally scheduled game against Oxford City, which in turn will also need to be rearranged. The Ambassador League Cup game against Oxford had already been called off due to Oxford's involvement in their County Cup, and so the Saltash fixture serves to fill what would have been a blank weekend.


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8 November 2009 : Shrimpers Back In The Black
League One side Southend United believe that they have removed the threat of administration by settling their debt with HMRC. The Shrimpers had owed £2.135m in legacy taxes and were the subject of a winding up order from the taxman.

However, their club have issued a statement yesterday at 3.00p.m. indicating that the funds were transferred to HMRC on Saturday lunchtime, thus clearing their debts:

"The Club's Chairman, Ron Martin, has today (Saturday) confirmed that one of his Group Companies has now paid, in full, the tax due to HMRC in the sum of £2.1m thereby removing the threat of administration. The funds were being held by the Revenue's solicitors and at lunchtime today they have been released."

We'll assume that is the end of the matter for the Shrimpers, unless news to the contrary comes out. Southend are due in the High Court tomorrow, where if all is well, HMRC should be dropping their winding-up claim. Their official website promises a detailed statement next week.

Southend United are Yeovil Town's next opponents, with the Essex side coming to Huish Park on Saturday 14th November. Like Yeovil, they crashed out of the FA Cup yesterday, losing 3-0 to fellow League One side Gillingham. Manager Steve Tilson says that he hopes that the resolution of their financial problems will lift the club's transfer embargo and give him a chance to bring in new players:

"We had a makeshift side out there and need to bring players in. The tax bill has now been paid and hopefully, we can bring some players in as we are so short of numbers."


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8 November 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Oxford United Game
Following yesterday's exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Oxford United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke about the 1-0 defeat. Talking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript of Terry's interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Oxford United Game.


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8 November 2009 : Rovers 4 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Head Out Of Youth Alliance Cup
Yeovil Town's Youth Team headed out of the Youth Alliance Cup just five days after losing in the FA Youth Cup. They lost by a 4-1 scoreline to a Bristol Rovers side who they had beaten during the Group stages of the competition and finished above in the group, yet find themselves still in the league cup at the expense of the Glovers.

Once again, the Under 18s had to do without Rob Clowes and Rhys Baggridge, who were on first team duty at the Kassam Stadium. A groin injury to Ciaran Levet and the loss of Lewis Clarke also to injury meant that this was once again a patched up side that included a number of Under 16s players.

An early goal from Eliot Richards in a one-on-one with Steve Boore for the home side belied the balance of the game, and whilst a goal down Yeovil looked dangerous on the break. They were forced into a tactical switch midway through the first half when Tom Hopkins was booked and seemed to be on his way to collecting a second one and so was withdrawn before the match referee did it for him.

Despite the first period lying in the balance for so long, the killer blow came five minutes before the break when Ollie Clarke took advantage of a loose ball following a corner that Yeovil failed to clear.

That was the signal for the home side to dominate the second period, albeit with Cory Lewis and Lloyd Matthews providing attacking outlets at the other end. Rovers' third goal came when Eliot Richards took advantage of a poor header from Joe Grimstead, and then substitute Lewis Parker wrapped things up with their fourth of the match.

There was still time for Yeovil to grab a consolation goal though, as Mitch Conning set up Lloyd Matthews and he sold a dummy to a Rovers defender before curling a shot from the edge of the box past the Rovers keeper for a classy goal. At least that meant that the Glovers finished the game with their tails up, but their run in the Youth Alliance Cup is now at an end. Aside from Lewis and Matthews, defender Sam Ford and goalkeeper Steve Boore deserve credit for their performances, as do the whole team for having the attitude to recover from the midweek hammering at Swindon, even if the end result was ultimately disappointing.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers Under 18s 4 Yeovil Town Under 18s 1.

Scorers: Eliot Richards (1-0), Ollie Clarke (2-0), Eliot Richards (3-0), Lewis Parker (4-0), Lloyd Matthews (4-1)

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore, 2. Tom Gallagher, 3. Joe Grimstead, 4. Sam Ford, 5. Steve Harris, 6. Sam Lanahan, 7. Johnny Oliver, 8. Tom Hopkins, 9. Tyler Sheppard, 10. Cory Lewis, 11. Lloyd Matthews

Subs: 12. Mitch Conning, GK. Ryan Peacock, 14. Adam Wakley, 15. Adam Baker

Bristol Rovers Under 18s: Rob Holmes, Mark Cooper, Steve Kingdon, Tom Seery, Ashley Bowle, Jack McKenna, George Booth (Jack Camm), Robbi Maggs (Lewis Parker), Lamar Powell (Tyrone Rhoden), Eliot Richards, Ollie Clarke. Not Used: Sam Butler, Alex Hoyle.


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7 November 2009 : Oxford 1 Yeovil 0 : Giantkillers Get Giantkilled Again
Yeovil Town were knocked out of the FA Cup this afternoon by a resolute Oxford United side, with a single goal deciding the tie. That strike came 55 minutes into a match of few chances with Jack Midson lobbing goalkeeper Richard Martin after the Oxford striker won a chipped ball over the top of the Glovers back line that was typical of the home side's attacking play on the afternoon.

The Glovers lined up with two changes from last weekend's game against Leeds United, with Alex McCarthy blocked from playing in the FA Cup by his parent club Reading, whilst Jean-Paul Kalala's suspension saw Keiran Murtagh get a starting spot in the centre of midfield. Scott Murray and Gavin Tomlin continued their absences through injury, but one surprise was the sight of Dean Bowditch amongst the substitutes, even though he did not take to the field of play.

The first half saw both clubs compete well in a relatively even game, although it was Oxford who gradually began to come out on top in the two boxes. Ryan Mason was the Glovers chief threat, firing one attempt over the bar, whilst another was well saved by Oxford keeper Ryan Clarke. But at the other end, the home side were playing a clever long-ball system, with the ball getting aimed at the head of James Constable and their supporting midfielders running onto the second balls.

Matt Green had penalty appeals turned down when he went down in the box with what looked to be the faintest of clipped ankles as he ran at pace at the Yeovil defence, but fortunately referee Steven Cook couldn't make up his mind whether to give the penalty or book Green for diving, and so gave neither. A fairly nasty collision between Damian Batt and Nathan Jones saw Oxford's full-back booked as he charged in late on Jones after the ball was gone, and this was presumably a factor in why Jones ultimately failed to complete the game.

Actual cast iron chances were few and far between, but Oxford had the edge and Jack Midson had the best chance of the half - receiving a cut-back from James Constable, but seeing his shot from eight yards out easily saved by Richard Martin. This hadn't been a particularly impressive first half Yeovil performance but at least they were still in the game.

If there had been hopes that a half time dressing down by Terry Skiverton might galvanise the troops, that wasn't to happen. In fact the second period opened up with more of the same - a big physical battle that Oxford were more suited to than the Glovers. And 10 minutes into that half, the deadlock was broken. A lobbed ball in from the right-hand flank from Adam Murray was allowed to bounce on the edge of the box, and there was a certain amount of dithering amongst Yeovil's defence that allowed Jack Midson to react first and lob the ball over the advancing Richard Martin to put Oxford 1-0 up in front of their home fans.

In theory this was where Yeovil should have thrown the kitchen sink at their hosts in an effort to drag the game back. In terms of pushing players forward they did so - Andy Welsh was once again the sacrificial lamb as Yeovil switched from the 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1 that had left Sam Williams far too isolated, and on came George O'Callaghan to produce a 4-3-1-2 formation as Jonathan Obika went up front, having done little to impress on the right wing.

As the game closed down, Craig Alcock became pretty much a wing-back, hammering in cross-after-cross but with far too many of them merely hitting the front defender. Blocked attempts for Shaun MacDonald and Ryan Mason, including one that deflected narrowly wide of the target, and another from Jonathan Obika that Ryan Clarke swallowed up, were as good as it got, but overall there wasn't enough pressure on the Oxford back line and they looked largely composed and able to crowd out any attempt Yeovil had to try to weave their way through the middle.

In the end Yeovil's lack of conviction in front of goal cost them dearly, with not enough players attacking the ball when crosses were delivered, and far too many static players when the man in possession attempted to bring the ball forward. As such they made things far too easy for Oxford to deal with, although credit has to go to the home side's organisation at the back and the way they neutered the Yeovil attack. Although it was only a single goal that won the game, and they could have sneaked an equaliser at the death, Yeovil Town can't have too many complaints about the final scoreline. Time to concentrate on the league, and hope that the cost of going out of all three cup competitions at the first round stage again does not cause too much financial grief over the coming six months.

Final Score: Oxford United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorer: Jack Midson (55 mins, 1-0).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
15. Richard Martin
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
26. Jonathan Obika 25. Shaun MacDonald 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
9. Sam Williams

Substitutes:
33. Ben Roberts (GK) 7. George O'Callaghan (62 mins for Andy Welsh) 18. Andy Lindegaard 23. Danny Hutchins (56 mins for Nathan Jones) 14. Dean Bowditch 31. Rhys Baggridge 34. Rob Clowes

Oxford United:
21. Ryan Clarke 2. Damian Batt 5. Luke Foster 6. Mark Creighton 22. Steven Kinniburgh 4. Dannie Bulman 8. Adam Murray 11. Simon Clist 24. Matthew Green 9. James Constable 10. Jack Midson

Substitutes:
1. Billy Turley (GK) 3. Kevin Sandwith 7. Adam Chapman 16. Rhys Day 17. Ross Perry (69 mins for Jack Midson) 20. Sam Deering (86 mins for Adam Murray) 25. Jamie Cook (79 mins for Matthew Green)

Yeovil Bookings: Terrell Forbes (foul, 41 mins), Ryan Mason (foul, 48 mins), Keiran Murtagh (foul, 66 mins)

Oxford Bookings: Damian Batt (foul, 18 mins), Jack Midson (foul, 45 mins), James Constable (unsporting behaviour, 90 mins)

Referee: Steven Cook (Surrey). Assistants: Chris Knowles (Northamptonshire) and David Rock (Hertfordshire). Fourth Official: Mathew McLaughlin (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 6,144 (including 769 Yeovil fans)


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7 November 2009 : Man of the Match Voting for Oxford United vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's match against Oxford United, which ended in a 1-0 defeat,then don't forget to choose your Man of the Match. Nominate your top three players, plus performance and entertainment ratings along with any additional comments you wish to make, via the link below.

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


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7 November 2009 : Team News For The Oxford United Game
This afternoon's line-up for the FA Cup match against Oxford United sees two changes to the Glovers line-up. Jean-Paul Kalala drops out through suspension, allowing Keiran Murtagh to start in midfield. Meanwhile goalkeeper Richard Martin starts due to Reading not granting Alex McCarthy permission to play in the competition.

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
15. Richard Martin
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
26. Jonathan Obika 25. Shaun MacDonald 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
9. Sam Williams

The bench includes a surprise return for Dean Bowditch, with Ben Roberts, Andy Lindegaard plus youth teamers Rob Clowes and Rhys Baggridge.


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7 November 2009 : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town Youth Team Result
This morning's Youth Team game against Bristol Rovers has now finished. The game ended in a 4-1 defeat for the Glovers with Lloyd Matthews the Glovers scorer. There will be more details on this site later today.


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7 November 2009 : McCarthy Mystery
Yeovil Town fans go into this afternoon's match against Oxford United without any firm indication as to who will be between the sticks this afternoon. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was the one loan player who there has not been any firm indication as to whether he has been granted permission to play in the FA Cup.

Whilst manager Terry Skiverton just obliquely responded "I'm not telling you" to Thursday's press conference, this morning's Western Daily Press removes McCarthy's name from their projected squad list, naming Richard Martin and Ben Roberts as the two goalkeepers in this afternoon's squad that have travelled to the Kassam Stadium.

Skiverton was unusually coy about the team selection for this afternoon's match, telling BBC Somerset that he had the matchday squad fixed in his mind, and that there were no borderline injury or availability scenarios:

"None at all. We've got everybody that we know who can play, and we know the ones who can't play."

If this afternoon's match is drawn, Skiverton will almost certainly lose Ryan Mason, Steven Caulker and Shaun MacDonald to international duty, with the First Round replays scheduled to take place on or around Tuesday 17th November. Skiverton admits "It will be problematic if it goes to a replay."

Skiverton could also lose McCarthy for next weekend's League One home match against Southend United, but says that he is prepared to haggle with England Under-21s Manager Stuart Pearce to release the goalkeeper early if he does not make the final cut for the Saturday match against Portugal:

"We've had dialogue with Stuart Pearce a couple of times this season (about Alex McCarthy) and no doubt we will again with the games coming up and if he's not involved then hopefully he might be able to come back and be with us again. But we'll have to wait and see. But I know I've got full confidence in our Number Two keeper Richard Martin. He's trained excellently this week and if he is called upon he will do a fantastic job."

Whilst mentioning Southend, given the Shrimpers were due to cough up a £2.135m tax debt on Friday, having promised the High Court that they had the funding available to repay HMRC for the money owed. Now you'd expect even the most inept of press offices to have shouted from the rooftops "Hurrah! We're saved!" by now to their fans, upon payment of the debt. Instead the only thing you can see on Southend's official site or the Southend Echo newspaper website, is the sight of tumbleweed blowing across your screen, and a few scattered fans comments on forums asking "does anyone know what is going on?" combined with the usual "in the know" postings claiming alternately that it has/hasn't been paid. The Shrimpers are due back in court on Monday, where they will have to make their position clear to the High Court once again.


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6 November 2009 : Skivo Previews The Oxford United Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's FA Cup First Round match against Oxford United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about his expectations for the match. Talking to BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC in the Lead-Up To The Oxford FA Cup Game.

NOTE: Tonight's BBC Bristol coverage of Bristol Rovers vs Southampton was blocked out on the internet, which suggests that the rights for broadcasting FA Cup games over the internet have been secured by another party. This means that if you're not going to tomorrow's match, then 95.5FM will be your best place to get match coverage. With Paulton Rovers as the lunchtime fixture, it's unlikely that you will hear much of their Saturday Sport programme over the internet tomorrow.


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6 November 2009 : Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers Venue Details
A reminder if you live in the Bristol area, that tomorrow, the Youth Team are playing their Youth Alliance Cup Second Round match against Bristol Rovers. As with the earlier two matches against the Gas, this match will be played at the sports complex known as AXA Sports and Social Club. The ground is adjacent to Clifton Rugby Club and so you'll find signposts for both venues will serve you right up until the final 50 yards. Kick-off is 10.30a.m.

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

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

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

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

This is the third time that Yeovil have played Bristol Rovers at the AXA Sports Centre this season, and oddly have already beaten them in the Group stages of the competition, with a 3-2 win back in September. However, prior to that they lost 2-1 in the league match in August, making it one a-piece for both sides.

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

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team League Table.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Appearances.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Goals.

Link: 2009-10 Youth Team Fixtures and Results.


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6 November 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Up For The Cup
With just under 24 hours to go before Yeovil Town's 2009-10 FA Cup campaign begins, and the Glovers get pitched against Conference National leaders Oxford United, Taff's latest blog entry looks at Yeovil's role in the FA Cup and the attitude going into the game.

There's also a look at the complexities surrounding the availability of loan players in cup competitions, and yesterday's news that Tottenham Hotspur trio Steven Caulker, Ryan Mason and Jonathan Obika were not only able to play in tomorrow's game, but are staying the full season. If you know Taff's Premier League allegiances, you'll not be surprised to know that he's happy with that.

Read on, via the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, which can be found via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Up For The Cup.


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6 November 2009 : County Cup Match Date Gets Brought Forward
Yeovil Town have brought forward their Somerset Premier Cup match by 24 hours. The game against Brislington will now be played on Tuesday 10th November with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Tickets are on advance sale and are £5.00 for Adults and £2.00 for Concessions (Under 16s and Over 65s). Only the Main Stand will be open for this fixture.

If you've already bought a ticket for the Wednesday match, but can't make the game on the Tuesday, then we'd suggest you call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 for advice.


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6 November 2009 : Oxford United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town commence their 2009-10 involvement in the FA Cup tomorrow - the competition that has over the years made the club famous and established their reputation on a national scale. They face an Oxford United side who for two seasons enjoyed top flight football, and won the Football League Cup (now the Carling Cup).

That was between 1985 and 1987, just as Yeovil were being relegated to the Isthmian League for the first time and Gerry Gow was in charge at the old Huish ground. At that point Oxford were five leagues higher than Yeovil. Now the Glovers lie two leagues higher than their opponents. Whilst the Glovers have played non-league opponents since they entered the Football League - the less said about Torquay United and Rushden and Diamonds the better - this is probably the biggest case of role reversal that both clubs could possibly face.

Oxford's set-up and resources are of course anything but non-league. However, on the field of play is where it matters, and 12 months after the Glovers were promoted to League One, Oxford were being relegated to the Conference, and despite having the biggest crowds in that division and one of the biggest grounds, their two full seasons so far have failed to see them promoted. This season would appear to be a little different. They currently lie top of the Conference (or Blue Square Premier if you prefer) by eight points and with an emphatic home record that has seen them win eight games out of nine, and concede just three goals, whilst scoring 23 at the other end. Even away from home only Mansfield Town have managed to see them off, and 43 points from 18 games has put themselves in the driving seat, although their experience of the 2006-07 season when they threw away a top of the table position from a similar runaway start will make them cautious of planning their title celebrations at this stage.

Their form though should make Yeovil Town wary of assuming that just because Oxford lie two divisions lower that they are going to get a walk in the park on Saturday. The experience of Rushden and Torquay in recent seasons should be enough to remind the club of that.

The Glovers go into the match smarting somewhat after their 4-0 defeat at Leeds United broke up a six game unbeaten run. They will have to make do without Jean-Paul Kalala for the match, with the midfielder picking up his fifth booking of the season last weekend. Elsewhere manager Terry Skiverton was very coy about the availability of players, merely stating that there were no new concerns for him. Whether that means that Stefan Stam (knee) and Scott Murray (calf) can be considered for a place in the team isn't clear, although Stam should at least sit on the bench.

Aidan Downes (shoulder and knee) and Dean Bowditch (shoulder) will join Kalala in the stands. Four of Yeovil's loan players have been given permission to play in tomorrow's match - the only unknown factor is Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, where there's yet to be any firm statement indicating whether he will be able to play or not.

For Oxford, Glovers fans should keep an eye out for striker James Constable. He's scored 11 goals in 16 appearances so far this season after netting 24 times last season and is very much the focal point of their attacking line-up, although Matt Green has chipped in with five, whilst Jack Midson has scored four. However, it is unlikely that they will see goalkeeper Billy Turley on the field of play - he has played around 170 times for Oxford but has lost out to Ryan Clarke between the sticks this season and hasn't taken to the field of play yet.

Tickets for the match are available on the day of the game, subject to a matchday surcharge. For ticketing details as well as all of the other usual away day information, head to the Ciderspace guide below. If you're not going, then BBC Somerset will have live commentary, on 95.5FM. The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and prior to that the BBC will be covering the match between Paulton Rovers and Norwich City, which is being shown on ITV television.

If the scores are level on Saturday after 90 minutes, the game will go to a replay. Although the exact date of this will be on the whim of television companies and policing requirements, the expectation is that any replay would take place on Tuesday 17th November at Huish Park.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oxford United (including ticketing).

Link: Officials For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Skiverton Keen On Great Cup Draw.

Link: Oxford Chairman Hoping For Cup Bonus.

Link: Wilder Ready To Give FA Cup A Real Go.

Link: FA Cup First Round Draw.

Link: 2009-10 FA Cup Prize Money.

Link: Away Travel Club Arrangements For Oxford United.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oxford United.

NB: Contrary to what we said on an earlier version of this article, the BBC have blocked internet access to Bristol Rovers vs Southampton which is taking place on the Friday night. Hence it would appear that live commentary over the internet is not going to be possible tomorrow.


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5 November 2009 : Get Hold Of The FA Cup Tomorrow!
Yeovil Town supporters can get their hands on the FA Cup tomorrow, just over 24 hours before their club's 2009-10 campaign kicks off. The Football Association are touring the country with the actual trophy, and visiting 30 clubs over the next six months.

From 11.00a.m. tomorrow until 7.00p.m., the trophy will be at Huish Park. There is also a 30 minute "interactive FA Cup experience" aimed at children, fans and families aimed at giving some of the history behind the competition.

The promotional literature states that visitors can "walk in the footsteps of FA Cup legends by scoring the winning goal at Wembley in a virtual FA Cup Final, and then create their very own piece of history as they get to hold the actual FA Cup trophy. As a special memento from the day, your ‘FA Cup moments’ will be captured on film and available to download for free from facuptrophytour.co.uk

The promotional website states that "places are limited so you will need to pre-register to guarantee entry" but that you can turn up without booking, on the understanding that you may need to queue and that there are a limited number of bookings available. You can pre-register using the above website. The presentation is "aimed at children aged 7 to 11 and their families", although presumably inquisitive adults are welcome as well! Entrance is free.

If anyone does attend the tour and wants to see a photo of them with the FA Cup or any of the displays published on Ciderspace, drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with a copy of your photo and we'll either add it to the news page, or to a separate gallery, depending on how many we get. Don't forget to wear your club shirt and scarf if you're looking to get your photo taken, for the best effect!


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5 November 2009 : Oxford Guide (Revisited)
There's been a couple of small updates to our supporters' guide to Saturday's opponents Oxford United. If you're arriving in Oxford by public transport, there's some additional information on the local bus routes. We've also added some additional information concerning The Priory which is the nearest pub to the ground.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oxford United.

Talking of updates, if you clicked on the November 2009 Fixture Poster yesterday and found that it was October's listings, apologies for that. The link has been corrected and is repeated below.

Link: November 2009 Yeovil Town Fixtures Poster.


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5 November 2009 : New Contracts For Spurs Loan Trio
Further to our earlier news concerning their availability in the FA Cup, Tottenham Hotspur trio Jonathan Obika, Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker will now remain as Yeovil Town players for the rest of the 2009-10 season.

Mason and Caulker had been on loan with the Glovers until the end of the year, whilst Obika was contracted for a three month period. However, all three will now stay at the club until May 2010.

Of the three players, central-defender Steven has played the most games, making 15 starts this season. He has been selected for England Under 19s along with Ryan, who has been largely played in a midfield role or 'in the hole' between the midfielders and a lone striker. Ryan has scored four times for Yeovil in 12 appearances, having missed a couple due to international call-ups and a groin strain earlier in the season.

Obika has played 11 times for Yeovil, having missed a number of matches due to his participation in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Despite that, he has still scored three times for the Glovers, and last weekend was used as a right-winger.

Congratulations to all three players on furthering their stay in Somerset.


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5 November 2009 : Spurs Trio Given Cup Permission
Yeovil Town have received permission from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to play their loan stars in the FA Cup on Saturday. This morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin reports that Jonathan Obika, Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker will be allowed to play against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.

Earlier reports have stated that Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald has also been given permission to turn out in the same match. The only player who we haven't seen a positive response for is goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. However, given that Reading have refused Bristol Rovers permission for their goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen to turn out for them in the FA Cup, it would appear hopeful that McCarthy would be allowed to play for the Glovers, with Andersen giving Reading three keepers who they can guarantee will not be cup-tied.


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5 November 2009 : Skiverton Keen On Great Cup Draw
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is looking forward to a 'great draw' this coming Saturday, when the Glovers take on Conference National leaders Oxford United this coming Saturday.

The two sides meet in the First Round of the FA Cup at the Kassam Stadium in what many may see as a potential banana skin. But Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he saw the prospect of playing a non-league side to be a good one for the club:

"It's a great draw for us. It's a great draw in that they're a non-league team and it's a great draw in that they've got a good pitch and a great stadium with good facilities. It's a great draw for us because we'll be getting the highlights shown and we'll be getting Yeovil back on the FA Cup map, so to speak."

It's not the first time the Glovers have come up against non-league opposition since entering the Football League, having previously played Barnet, Histon, Rushden and Diamonds and Torquay United as non-league sides. But the Yeovil boss recognised that this was one of the first times that they had come up against a side that had experienced life at the top end of the Football League, yet now found themselves swapping places with Yeovil Town:

"They are on top of their league and they look like they're maybe nailed on for pushing on for the automatic spot for getting back into the league like Yeovil did in the past. For us, it's quite a turnaround, with Oxford being an ex-Championship (also First Division) team and us being in League One now and fighting to keep ourselves in League One with all the big teams. So it's nice for us to go there and really enjoy ourselves against a good team and have the cameras there."


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4 November 2009 : McCarthy Gets England Call-Up For Wembley Fixture
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has become the fourth Glovers player to receive an international call-up for the forthcoming batch of country-based fixtures. The Reading keeper has been included in a 22 man squad to face Portugal at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 14th November with a 12.30p.m. kick-off.

The match clashes with Yeovil's home match against Southend United, meaning that McCarthy could miss that League One match, although previous experience has been that manager Stuart Pearce has tended to release McCarthy early, with fellow goalkeepers Frankie Fielding and Scott Loach tending to be higher up in the pecking order. At present though, Glovers boss Terry Skiverton will need to consider a Plan B, with Richard Martin able to play if McCarthy is held back.

England Under-21s also have an away match in Lithuania on the following Tuesday 17th November, and it would seem likely that, injury permitting, the same squad will be chosen for that fixture. That would mean that McCarthy's ability to play in any potential FA Cup First Round replay against Oxford United would be in doubt, given that both would almost certainly fall on the same night. Shaun MacDonald, Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker are already on international duty during that week, suggesting that a draw would not be the best result for the Glovers this coming Saturday!

The full squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Frankie Fielding (Leeds United - on loan from Blackburn Rovers), Scott Loach (Watford), Alex McCarthy (Yeovil Town - on loan from Reading).

Defenders: Ryan Bertand (Reading - on loan from Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Michael Mancienne (Wolves - on loan from Chelsea), Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur), Micah Richards (Manchester City), James Tomkins (West Ham United), Chris Smalling (Fulham).

Midfielders: Tom Cleverley (Watford - on loan from Manchester United), Jack Cork (Coventry City - on loan from Chelsea), Fabien Delph (Aston Villa), Michael Johnson (Manchester City), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton Wanderers), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Peterborough - on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Junior Stanislas (West Ham United).

Forwards: Andy Carroll (Newcastle United), Zavon Hines (West Ham United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).


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4 November 2009 : Elland Road Striker Hit By FA Charge
Leeds United striker Tresor Kandol has been charged by the Football Association with violent conduct, following an end of match melee that occurred on the final whistle of Saturday's match against Yeovil Town at Elland Road.

Match referee Andy Haines did not take any action following the incident, but the BBC cameras picked up Kandol appearing to swing an arm at Yeovil's Sam Williams, as part of their Football League Show coverage.

Kandol has already admitted the charge, which suggests that he will receive a three match ban, that will have immediate effect. His case will be heard tomorrow by the FA's regulatory committee, but the outcome seems inevitable.

There is no suggestion of Williams or any other Yeovil player receiving a call-up from the FA.


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4 November 2009 : November 2009 Fixtures Poster
November is here and therefore there is a new Yeovil Town Fixtures Poster available. Produced by supporters to help publicise matches at Huish Park, the Word document below can be printed out and displayed in your local workplace, school, pub, shop etc or basically anywhere - provided of course you have permission to do so!

Save the document to your hard drive and print it off as many times as you like. Alternatively, if you are visiting Huish Park, then Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley can usually help supply a few copies. For any queries or advice, or if you just want to say where the posters are being displayed, then contact Pat Custard at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: November 2009 Yeovil Town Fixture Poster (link corrected!).


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4 November 2009 : Southend Defer Tax Payment Plans Again
League One side Southend United have had their winding-up order adjourned once again by the High Court. The Shrimpers have an overdue tax bill of £669,000, but have convinced the courts that they are capable of paying the full amount by Friday. The court session in London has therefore been deferred until Monday.

Reports coming out of today's hearing suggest that Southend's tax bill is in fact far greater, with two broadsheet newspapers claiming that the total amount owed to HMRC is £2.135m. Both papers suggest that it is this full amount that the Shrimpers must pay by Friday and not the original £669K figure. Southend's official site has never mentioned the larger figure, and lately have been rather coy in terms of how much is actually owed and how they plan to pay it, although their brief official statement today promises that "a full statement will follow shortly".

The Shrimpers yesterday stated that they were rejecting a takeover bid from an unnamed consortium, who were attempting to buy the Roots Hall club for a nominal one pound fee, in return for wiping out the club's outstanding debts. A statement from Southend United stated that the proposal would have still seen them go into administration, thus incurring a 10 point penalty, and so on that basis they rejected the offer. The bidding consortium have since stated that if Southend ultimately fall into administration, that they will then approach the administrator with a fresh bid.

As an aside, League Two side Accrington Stanley have confirmed that they have cleared their overdue tax debt of £308,000, but in doing so they have had a boardroom change with local businessman Ilyas Khan becoming Chairman of the club. It is believed that Mr Khan bridged the financial gap, thus ensuring Accrington's survival.

Finally League One side Stockport County have confirmed they are still in administration - just over six months after commencing the insolvency event. Their administrators have promised a six-month report to all creditors, claiming that they still need to agree some issues with the Football League before new owners can formally take over the club. However, given they've been saying that for several months now, don't hold your breath.

Update: Southend's official site has removed the part of their statement that claimed that "a full statement will follow shortly". Looks like that's the only comment Southend fans are going to get, with still no official word on the £2.135m debt figure that most national media are now carrying.


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3 November 2009 : Swindon 6 Yeovil 0 : Young Glovers Hit For Six
Yeovil Town crashed out of the FA Youth Cup at the First Round stage, as they found themselves on the end of a thrashing from a strong and pacey Swindon Town side who dominated the match almost across the entire 90 minutes. Watched by Terry Skiverton, Nathan Jones, Darren Way and Ben Roberts, they were outplayed throughout, and certainly the quartet of coaches will have plenty of advice to pass on in the coming days and weeks.

The Glovers were found wanting from the 4th minute right up until the 90th minute as an even spread of Robins goals sent them through by an easy margin against a Glovers side featuring a number of young players. The scene was set early with that 4th minute opener as Steve Boore could only parry a Matt Clark shot into the path of Matt Barnes and he poked the loose ball into the back of the net. Clark was the provider for Swindon's second as well, as he chased down a long ball, squeezing between two Glovers defenders and pulling the ball back for Jordan Record who turned inside the box and fired home to double Swindon's lead.

Lloyd Matthews had provided one of Yeovil's few early chances, with a rasping 20 yarder that was pushed over the bar, whilst Rob Clowes skewed the ball wide just before half time when he latched onto a long ball that got behind the Swindon defence. But the Robins were dominant with their pace and physical strength, and deserved their half time lead by some distance, having had another effort chalked off for offside.

The second half provided more of the same, as Jordan Record grabbed his second of the night, taking advantage of some hesitant defending inside the box to score from close range. Next came goal of the game when Seb Broomfield lobbed Steve Boore from 30 yards out. Broomfield bagged his second when he turned and shot into the far corner from the edge of the box, whilst substitute and England Under-16 player Alex Henshall got the final goal of the night right on full time with a shot that took a deflection to finish Yeovil's night on a low note.

No doubts as to the final scoreline, and no doubts as to which team dominated the match from end to end. However, it's worth remembering the age of the squad that took to the field, including five Under-16s and seven players who would qualify for an Under-17s side. If they can recover from the magnitude of the defeat tonight, they still have plenty of time on their side.

Final Score: Swindon Town U18s 6 Yeovil Town U18s 0.

Scorers: Matt Barnes (1-0, 4 mins), Jordan Record (2-0, 36 mins), Jordan Record (3-0, 56 mins), Seb Broomfield (4-0, 68 mins), Seb Broomfield (5-0, 72 mins), Alex Henshall (6-0, 90 mins)

Swindon Town U18s:
1. Calum Antell, 2. Elliot Knight, 3. James Richards, 4. Dan Evans, 5. Will Evans, 6. Matt Clark, 7. Matt Barnes, 8. Mark Hartmann, 9. Seb Broomfield, 10. Jordan Record, 11. Josh Parsons.

Subs:
12. Abdul Said, GK. Jamie Stephens, 14. Thomas Ryan, 15. Alex Henshall, 16. Ben Whitehead.

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore, 2. Rhys Baggridge, 3. Ciaran Levet, 4. Steve Harris, 5. Sam Ford, 6. Tom Gallagher, 7. Tyler Sheppard, 8. Tom Hopkins, 9. Rob Clowes, 10. Lloyd Matthews, 11. Max Harrington.

Subs:
12. Danny Williams, GK. Ryan Peacock, 14. Sam Lanahan (66 mins for Tom Hopkins), 15. Mitch Conning (78 mins for Tyler Sheppard), 16. Joseph Grimstead (61 mins for Max Harrington).

Referee: D. Tomkins.


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3 November 2009 : Tonight's Line-Up At Swindon
Tonight's line-up for the FA Youth Cup match at Swindon Town has been announced. The Glovers full starting eleven and substitutes at the County Ground in the First Round tie are as follows:

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore, 2. Rhys Baggridge, 3. Ciaran Levet, 4. Steve Harris, 5. Sam Ford, 6. Tom Gallagher, 7. Tyler Sheppard, 8. Tom Hopkins, 9. Rob Clowes, 10. Lloyd Matthews, 11. Max Harrington.

Subs:
12. Ryan Peacock, 14. Danny Williams, 15. Sam Lanahan, 16. Mitch Conning, 17. Joseph Grimstead.


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3 November 2009 : Officials For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's FA Cup First Round match between Oxford United and Yeovil Town have been announced. The match will be looked after by referee Steven Cook (Surrey). If the name looks a touch familiar, we only had him in September for the 0-0 draw at Millwall.

In that match, he made a bit of a hash of things, in a game that saw eight bookings and two flare-ups between players. At times we were not very impressed with Mr Cook's concentration levels at all, with the match referee often appearing to have his mind elsewhere, and by the second half he was having a bit of a stinker.

Fingers crossed that this was a one-off bad night for him, as on the other three occasions we'd had him, he seemed pretty good at his job. After having him on numerous occasions as an assistant referee, he was promoted to the national list for the 2007-08 season and it's since then that we've seen him in the middle.

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

In the same season, but later on in March 2008, we had Mr Cook again and Cheltenham Town were the visitors to Huish Park. We had no recorded issues with his performance on the day and again that was true of the Boxing Day match during the 2008-09 season when Cheltenham were also the visitors. At that stage he'd done three good matches out of three, and so the Millwall game was a bit of a change of form.

This season, he's been a little card happy overall. He's sent off four players so far, although three of those came in the Brighton and Hove Albion vs Stockport County match. Overall he's produced 48 yellows in 12 matches and had produced at least two yellow cards in every fixture he's refereed.

Mr Cook will be assisted by Chris Knowles (Northamptonshire) and David Rock (Hertfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Mathew McLaughlin (Bedfordshire).

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

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

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

Link: September 2009 : Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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3 November 2009 : MacDonald Gets FA Cup Clearance
Championship side Swansea City have given Yeovil Town permission to play midfielder Shaun MacDonald in the FA Cup on Saturday. The Welsh Under-21 international was the one player most likely to be refused permission to play out of Yeovil's five loan players, but according to the South Wales Evening Post, he will be able to face Oxford United in the First Round clash.

At present, there's no word on whether Tottenham Hotspur trio Steven Caulker, Ryan Mason or Jonathan Obika will be allowed to play on Saturday, although it would be a surprise if any were refused. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy's turn-out may depend upon whether Reading see him ahead or behind Bristol Rovers keeper Mikkel Andersen in the pecking order at the Madejski Stadium, and how paranoid they are about one of their first choice pairing getting injured.

Update: Bristol Rovers have been refused permission by Reading to play Mikkel Andersen in the FA Cup. Manager Paul Trollope told the Bristol Evening Post:

"Neither Mikkel or Chris (Dickson, Charlton Athletic striker) are being allowed to play in the FA Cup by their parent clubs, which is obviously not ideal as they have played in most of the games in recent weeks. These sort of things are always possibilities when you take on loan players, but it will bring opportunities for others and hopefully they can take their chances."

Of course this doesn't confirm that Alex McCarthy will play on Saturday - but does mean that Reading now have three keepers they won't allow to be cup-tied, which leans towards McCarthy's availability.


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3 November 2009 : Oxford Chairman Hoping For Cup Bonus
Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas has said that he is expecting a crowd of around 5,000 for this Saturday's FA Cup First Round match against Yeovil Town, but says that anything will be over and above his expectations for this season. The game takes place at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday 7th November with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, with a significant away following from Somerset expected.

The Conference National leaders are currently averaging 6,376 for league matches, leading some Oxford fans to predict a 7,000 crowd on the day. However, Oxford's 4th Qualifying Round match against Thurrock attracted a gate of just 3,296 and with cup matches having an 'all pay' status, Thomas told the Oxford Mail that he felt that hopes of a 7,000 crowd were over-optimistic:

"I think one or two are getting carried away. In my mind, if we get a 5,000 gate that would be great. That’s why 3,300 for Thurrock was such a fantastic crowd."

Thomas admitted that their FA Cup run had already exceeded expectations, purely because he did not include such a scenario when he set out Oxford's budgets for the season. They received £12,500 in prize money for beating Thurrock, on top of a share of the gate receipts, and £18,000 is at stake for Saturday's match for the winners to collect. Thomas said that an FA Cup run was one of five areas he had identified that had the potential to bring in additional income for Oxford:

"There were five unbudgeted areas, which were what I called ‘success factors’. These areas were not included in the budget, but were areas that would have a positive impact on the financial picture if they happened. Each one of these five areas will make a positive impact on the budget."

Meanwhile the Oxford Mail predict that Yeovil Town "could be in for a testing afternoon" due to Oxford's "exceptional fitness levels". They point to a number of matches this season where the Conference leaders have grabbed late goals and suggest that the full-time outfit are capable of matching the Glovers in that department. Assistant boss Mickey Lewis says:

"We look a fit team. We keep going right to the end, I think we’ve showed that all season."

Link: 2009-10 FA Cup Prize Money.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oxford United (including ticketing).

Link: Wilder Ready To Give FA Cup A Real Go.

Link: FA Cup First Round Draw.

Link: Away Travel Club Arrangements For Oxford United.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oxford United.


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3 November 2009 : Slade Happy To Consider Mariners Return
Former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he would consider a return to managerless League Two side Grimsby Town. Slade was in charge at Blundell Park for two seasons and took them to a League Two play-off final, but left shortly after that match to sign a contract with the Glovers.

Since he gave the Mariners that 4th place finish, they have struggled at the wrong end of League Two, finishing 15th, 16th and 22nd, and were only saved last season from relegation by Luton Town's substantial points deduction. This season that decline has continued and they lie in 23rd place and three points short of safety, with only Darlington below them. They fired Mike Newell as manager in mid-October and are still under caretaker management - something that Slade admitted to the Grimsby Telegraph could represent perfect timing:

"I was disappointed to lose my job at Brighton – especially after keeping them up last season in difficult circumstances. But that's football sometimes and now I'm keen to get back in as soon as possible. I have to work again and who knows what can happen? If there is an opportunity at Grimsby again I wouldn't rule it out. I have good memories of my time there and we went close to promotion before I left."

Slade's exit from Blundell Park over the summer of 2006 provoked rumours at the Grimsby that Yeovil Town had unfairly approached him for the job before his side played at Wembley and that he would have left the club regardless of the result, although there was never any firm evidence to support this. The more official line was that Slade refused Grimsby's offer of a new contract and so walked as an out of contract manager, with he admits caused some friction:

"It didn't end that well when I left but I had a good relationship with the chairman during my time there. I also enjoyed living in the area. But we'll see what happens – I don't know what the thinking is over a new manager at Grimsby. I'd certainly be willing to talk with the club, though, if that's what they wanted. I'm out of work and need to be back in quickly because that's what I love doing."

There's no word at the Brighton and Hove Albion end about any successor to Slade at the Withdean Stadium, with club owner Tony Bloom insisting that he will take his time in making the decision. Director of Football Martin Hinshelwood has been appointed as caretaker manager with Steve Brown and Charlie Oatway his assistants. However, the popular assumption for several months now has been that former Seagulls boss Steve Coppell was being lined up for a return to the South Coast from the day that Bloom took control of the club, with the new owner favouring his own man.


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2 November 2009 : Glovers Squad Selected For FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town have picked a squad of sixteen players who will travel up to Wiltshire to play Swindon Town in tomorrow's FA Youth Cup match. The game takes place at the County Ground, Swindon, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

The squad itself has a youthful look to it, with five Under-16s players, seven Under-17s players and just four players who would only qualify for an Under-18s side. The players travelling are as follows:

Yeovil Town Under-18s Squad:
Steve Boore, Ryan Peacock, Rhys Baggridge, Danny Williams, Sam Ford, Steve Harris, Joseph Grimstead, Ciaran Levet, Tyler Sheppard, Tom Hopkins, Sam Lanahan, Tom Gallagher, Max Harrington, Mitch Conning, Rob Clowes, Lloyd Matthews.

For those travelling, admission prices are £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for Concessions.


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2 November 2009 : Taff's Gloversblog : Premiership Giants 4 Plucky No-Hopers 0
Reflecting on Saturday's 4-0 defeat against Leeds United, Taff's latest blog entry looks back upon the weekend's football.

There's also a look forward at the FA Cup match against Oxford United, and a somewhat wistful glance at Weymouth, who are in danger of playing their last ever match tomorrow night, as well as one man who did have his last game over the weekend. Read on, via the link below in the latest article on Taff's Gloversblog.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Premiership Giants 4 Plucky No-Hopers 0.


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2 November 2009 : Ladies Get Rained Off
Yeovil Town Ladies had their top-of-the-table clash against Chesham United rained off yesterday. With high winds and heavy rain across the South, only one game took place yesterday, with Winscombe losing 1-2 at home to Newquay. The end result is that Newquay have moved level with the Glovers and in second place on goal difference on 22 points. However, due to the postponement the Glovers have a game in hand.

Next up is Sunday's Womens' FA Cup First Round match against Saltash United, which takes place on November 8th. See our earlier news item for more details.


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2 November 2009 : MacDonald Called Up For Wales Squad
Yeovil Town loan midfielder has been called up to the Wales Under 21 squad for the UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying match in Bosnia-Hercegovina. The away match will take place on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, during the same week that will see Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker absent from Huish Park through England Under 19s call-ups.

We're less certain that MacDonald's parent club Swansea City will allow him to become cup-tied in the FA Cup First Round, but if they do allow him to play in the competition, then he would almost certainly miss any theoretical replay against Oxford United if Saturday's match at the Kassam Stadium ends in a draw. The Wales squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: David Cornell (Swansea City), Chris Maxwell (Wrexham).

Defenders: Darcy Blake (loan Plymouth Argyle), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Adam Matthews (Cardiff City), Aaron Morris (Cardiff City), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City), Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Neil Taylor (Wrexham), James Wilson (loan Brentford).

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Billy Bodin (Swindon Town), Mark Bradley (Walsall), Jack Collison (West Ham United), Andy King (Leicester City) Shaun MacDonald (Swansea City - on loan to Yeovil Town), Joe Partington (Bournemouth), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

Forwards: Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester City), Simon Church (Reading), Ched Evans (Sheffield United) Casey Thomas (Swansea City), Sam Vokes (loan Leeds Utd), Marc Williams (Wrexham).


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2 November 2009 : Caulker and Mason Called Up For England
Yeovil Town's on-loan pair Steven Caulker and Ryan Mason have received another England call-up. The Tottenham Hotspur players have been drafted into the England Under-19s squad for a friendly against Turkey that will take place on Tuesday 17th November at Scunthorpe United's Glanford Park ground. Kick-off is 7.00p.m. and admission is FREE if you happen to live in the area, subject to you booking a ticket.

At present this game does not clash with any current Yeovil Town fixture. It would, however, cause a problem if Yeovil were to draw their FA Cup match against Oxford United on Saturday, given that the replay would be then scheduled to take place on or around that date. This is of course assuming that Spurs grant the Glovers permission for their three loan players to play in the FA Cup.

England Under 19s:
Nathan Baker (Lincoln City - on loan from Aston Villa), John Bostock (Tottenham Hotspur), Reece Brown (Manchester United), Steven Caulker (Yeovil Town - on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Clarke (Coventry City), Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Wesley Foderingham (Fulham), Gary Gardner (Aston Villa), Scott Malone (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ryan Mason (Yeovil Town - on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Jacob Mellis (Southampton - on loan from Chelsea), Dean Parrett (Tottenham Hotspur), Nile Ranger (Newcastle United), Declan Rudd (Norwich City), Cameron Stewart (Manchester United), Alex Nimely-Tchuimeni (Manchester City), Sanchez Watt (Arsenal), Nathaniel Wedderburn (Stoke City)


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2 November 2009 : Guide To Oxford United
With no League One matches for two weeks, the FA Cup now takes centre stage for all League One and League Two sides, and of course that includes Yeovil Town. The forthcoming trip to the Kassam Stadium to play Conference National table-toppers Oxford United is covered in full on the usual Ciderspace guide, with a club history, directions, past meetings, current form, a pub guide, and ticketing information all packed into a single page to enable you to plan for next Saturday's game.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oxford United.


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2 November 2009 : British Legion 2009 Poppy Appeal Shirt Auction
Yeovil Town are continuing to support the British Legion Poppy Appeal this season, by once again wearing a special playing strip at the match against Southend United on Saturday 14th November 2009. Each of the shirts worn by the squad will be embroidered with a poppy to make them unique souvenirs and they will be auctioned off after the game.

The proceeds will go to the charity in aid of ex-Servicemen and their families. Somerset County of the The Royal British Legion (TRBL), who are sponsoring the shirts, hope to raise at least £100 for each shirt.

Bids should be made to County Secretary John Prior at jprior@britishlegion.org.uk or by telephone to 01278 428457. The minimum bid for each shirt will be £30 and all fans will be informed of the current highest bid when their own bid has been surpassed so that they can increase their bid as required. Each bid is a contract and the supporters who bid most for each shirt will win them for that amount. Supporters have until midday on Monday 30 November 2009 to make their bids after which the winners will be announced.

The shirts will not be framed but will be signed front and back by the respective player to show they are the authentic item. Only 18 squad shirts will be made so they will be sought after collectors items.

Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes and First Team Manager Terry Skiverton have both stated how proud they are that the football Club is once again associated with the appeal. County Secretary John Prior stressed that the support from Yeovil Town Football Club for the Poppy Appeal continues to be absolutely fantastic and urges all Yeovil Town fans to support the Poppy Appeal with the same fervour that they support the Football Club.


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1 November 2009 : GWSC Travel To Oxford United
The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to next Saturday' match at Oxford United. The game takes place on Saturday November 7th with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Coaches will depart Yeovil Bus Station at 10.30a.m. and will leave from Huish Park at 10.45a.m.

The cost to GWSC Members will be £15.00 with concessions available at £13.00. Non-members are welcome and will pay two pounds more against the above prices.

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

Link: Away Travel Club Arrangements For Oxford United.

Link: Ticketing for Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Oxford United.


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1 November 2009 : Wilder Ready To Give FA Cup A Real Go
Oxford United manager Chris Wilder has said that his team will give it 'a real go' when the two sides meet next weekend at the Kassam Stadium. The Conference National leaders beat Altrincham 1-0 yesterday through a Damian Batt goal, leaving them eight points clear at the top of their division and increasing their home record to eight wins out of nine.

Oxford beat Thurrock 2-0 in the Fourth Qualifying Round to grab their First Round place in the FA Cup. Thurrock will be better known to Glovers fans as Purfleet, having changed their name in 2003, and now play at Conference South level, which made Oxford the comfortable favourites for the tie. Wilder told the Oxford Mail that when his side meets Yeovil, they would be seeing a role reversal:

"It’s a tough tie for us, but a good one. The boot’s on the other foot from against Thurrock on Saturday, and this time we can go out and enjoy ourselves with nothing to lose. It’s good for everyone connected with the club. It’s great for my players and it’s great for the supporters too because there should be a tremendous atmosphere at the stadium. They’re a club with a great Cup pedigree and they’re having a decent season. They won 2-1 at Bristol Rovers and any team that wins there must have plenty about them. So we’re long shots, but if we raise our game a notch, and they drop theirs a bit, who knows? We’ll have a real go."


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1 November 2009 : Slade Parts Company With Seagulls
Former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has left Brighton and Hove Albion today. The exit from the Withdean Stadium comes after yesterday's 3-3 draw with Hartlepool United that took the Seagulls out of the relegation zone but left them in 20th place in the League One table.

Chairman and owner Tony Bloom has told the Seagulls official site that he found it a difficult decision to make:

"Russell is a good man - which made it an even harder decision to take - but it is one which has been made in the club's best interests. Like all Albion fans, I am extremely grateful for Russell's achievements at the end of last season, as he kept us in League One against the odds."

Bloom has recently taken over as Chairman from Dick Knight with the Poker maestro having given Brighton the funding for their new Falmer Stadium. Slade himself has said that he bore the club no malice for the decision being taken:

"I am extremely sad that things have not worked out - but we have parted on good terms. I felt we were progressing through a much-needed and vital rebuilding process; that was never going to be easy with the large turnover of players during the close season. Whoever the club appoints will inherit a squad with enormous potential and an extremely supportive fan base. The supporters have been first class throughout my time here - and I would like to place on record my thanks to them. I'd also like to thank those staff and players, who worked so hard for me during the past eight months, and of course Dick Knight for giving me the opportunity to manage the club in the first place."

Slade had been at the Withdean Stadium for eight months and had been given a two year contract over the summer. The inference of the club statement is that he has left by mutual consent and will therefore be taking a payoff as part of his departure from the club. Brighton will now be looking for their fifth manager in just over a season, since Dean Wilkins was given his cards, with Micky Adams, Bob Booker and caretaker Dean White also having taken charge of the club.

White and Booker, who were part of the management team Slade inherited, have also departed the Withdean, having had a nine year association with the Seagulls. Slade managed Brighton for 31 games, winning nine and drawing seven of them, including keeping the Seagulls in League One from an improbable position from last season, but their slow start to the 2009-10 season, plus the arrival of Bloom as a highly ambitious owner, has accelerated his demise.


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1 November 2009 : McCollin And Lavers Get Some Match Time In
Both Glover loanees at Dorchester Town started in yesterday's Conference South fixture against Dover Athletic, with Louis Lavers getting forty-five minutes before being subbed at half-time, and Andre McCollin playing the full ninety. McCollin scored a late consolation as the home team went down 1-3 to high flying Dover.

Link: Non League News Match Report


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1 November 2009 : Technology Kicked Into Touch Until 2011
The ABM (Annual Business Meeting) of the International Football Association Board has reversed the decision of the same body at its AGM at Gleneagles in February, and put any discussion on introducing technology into decision making on hold until March 2011 at the earliest.

The IFAB, ultimate custodian of the game with representatives from the original Associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland plus four from FIFA, meets twice a year around February/March and September/October. At the last AGM investigation into goal line technology appeared to be back on the agenda, following a previous suspension, but now the IFAB has halted any further work in this area until the current trials of an extra assistant referee behind each goal are completed.

Despite regular claims by pundits that 'the technology is there and goal line technology could be introduced tomorrow' this is in fact rather more suspect than those with a vested interest - like Sky and Hawk-Eye - would have the public believe. Trials conducted at Fulham and Reading over the last couple of years have not been as conclusively positive as some would like to claim, and a number of issues about reliability, as well as the thorny question of cost, are still present.

While it is tempting to rush to moan about stick-in-the-mud fuddy-duddy suits on committees resisting the march of progress, the other side of the coin is unrealistic assumptions that wand-waving panaceas will instantly sort out officiating errors. It is easy to carefully select examples where technology - when a fool-proof one exists - would sort out a contentious decision. It is equally easy, though the media rarely if ever does so, to select examples where technology would not have been capable of so doing without fundamentally altering the way the game has been and is currently played.

This site suspects goal line technology will eventually be introduced at the higher levels of the game. The wider use of video in general play is, we believe, a fool's errand, diverting the game from the path that should be pursued of improving the human element that will remain fundamental to running a game of football for the foreseeable future.

Link: International Football Association Board AGM

Link: International Football Association Board AGM (Part II)


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1 November 2009 : Centre of Excellence Home Matches Called Off
Anyone thinking of going to see Yeovil Town's Under 10s, Under 12s or Under 14s in action this morning should be aware that their matches have been postponed. The bad weather has ensured that all home matches against Exeter City have been called off, although the away trips for the other age groups are continuing to take place at the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground.


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1 November 2009 : Youth Team vs Swindon Town Match Report
Yeovil Town's Under 18s went down 3-1 against Swindon Town yesterday as part of the dress rehearsal for Tuesday night's FA Youth Cup match. The match saw a scratch side that was decimated by injury, illness and first team call-ups meaning that the starting line-up contained five Under-16s players, whilst the bench could only field three out of the allowable five. Robert Clowes and Rhys Baggridge were up in Leeds with the first team squad.

It was therefore to Yeovil's credit when they took the lead, with one of the Under-16 squad Max Harrington sending a 20 yard bullet shot into the top right hand corner to put the Glovers 1-0 up. Sadly that lead only lasted four minutes, when Swindon's No.4 levelled the scores, and shortly after that Steve Boore had to make a strong save to stop Swindon taking the lead.

At the other end, Lloyd Matthews put a good effort just wide of the post, and the striker was a constant thorn in Swindon's side throughout the half. It was therefore a blow when Lloyd was the latest player who had to pull out through illness at half time with Corrie Lewis taking his place.

Swindon had the lion's share of the second period, particularly after 55th and 70th minute strike had given them a two goal advantage. Before that, there had been some alarm bells as the Glovers had to clear a goalmouth scramble, and Steve Boore was put under pressure from a Swindon corner, but claimed a difficult ball in the box.

Once Swindon had the lead though, the game swung more their way, and Steve Boore had to make some superb saves to keep the scoreline down. Overall, Ciaran Levet had a composed game in the unfamiliar position of left-back, whilst his opposite number Danny Williams grew into his position after a slow start on the right full-back slot. With so many players out on the day, the Glovers could have easily chosen to postpone the match, but took the attitude that it would be better to give some of the younger players a chance to further their development by stepping up a level for the day. Hopefully Tuesday night's FA Youth Cup match will allow some of the more senior players to make their return at the County Ground.

Final Score: Swindon Town Under 18s 3 Yeovil Town Under 18s 1.

Scorers: Max Harrington (0-1, 30 mins), Swindon No.4 (1-1, 34 mins), Swindon Scorer (2-1, 55 mins), Swindon Scorer (3-1, 70 mins).

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
1. Steve Boore 2. Danny Williams 3. Steve Harris 4. Sam Ford 5. Ciaran Levet 6. Mitch Conning 7. Johnny Oliver 8. Danny Rosser 9. Max Harrington 10. Tyler Sheppard 11. Lloyd Matthews.

Substitutes: 12. Corrie Lewis (for Lloyd Matthews) 14. Adam Wakley (for Max Harrington) 15. Sam Lanahan (for Johnny Oliver).


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