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31 December 2010 : Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their first ever Football League trip to Home Park tomorrow, as they start the year of 2011 with a New Year's Day localish derby against Plymouth Argyle. The Pilgrims are the last of the major West Country teams that the Glovers have yet to play in the League - the nearest they came to parity before that was two 1965-66 Western Counties Floodlit League matches that were officially badged as first team games, but where Football League sides tended to put out fringe sides.

There have been three previous cup meetings though - a 1928-29 FA Cup First Round match that saw Yeovil beaten 1-4 at the old Huish ground, whilst in 1972-73, Argyle triumphed again by a 0-2 scoreline, with 10,577 turning up in South Somerset for the Second Round tie. More recently though, the Glovers achieved an amazing 3-2 win in the Carling Cup at the start of the 2004-05 season, as three legendary Lee Johnson goals - including one scored by mistake - saw the home side go through, and Johnson's first goal screened regularly on national television, along with Plymouth's bizarre equaliser.

Now the two teams meet on an even footing. The Pilgrims go into the match in 15th place in the current League One table, ten points ahead of the Glovers who remain in 24th place and six adrift of safety. However, more recently all of the noise coming out from Home Park has been about what's been happening off the field of play. Left winger Craig Noone has completed his move to Brighton and Hove Albion, and that is believed to have brought in around £250,000 to pay off their tax bills. His place in the side should be taken by Yannick Bolasie.

Argyle have also admitted that they have received an offer for one of their strikers - they've not named names, but the rumourmill suggests that Sheffield Wednesday are after Rory Fallon, although Argyle's official site oddly speculates itself by pointing out that George Donnelly is currently on loan with League Two side Stockport County. They have insisted it is not top scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips, whose transfer away from Home Park would easily clear their tax debts on his own.

For the Glovers, since they played their last match up at Hartlepool United in mid-December, winger Ivan Sproule has returned to Bristol City, but today they have recruited goalkeeper Richard Martin (details), QPR midfielder Max Ehmer (details) and perhaps most intriguingly Paul Wotton (details) who will make his début against his home town club. Winger Ivan Sproule has gone back to Bristol City, whilst benchwarmer-coach Ben Roberts has left for Charlton Athletic.

In terms of those that haven't arrived or left since the last match, left-back Nathan Smith returns after his one match suspension, whilst one of the small benefits of a near blank December is that Stefan Stam (hamstring), Paul Huntington (ribs) and Adam Virgo (knee) should all be available. Virgo was the only borderline case when Yeovil were due to play on Boxing Day - we've not heard of any fresh injuries but hopefully that extra week will have turned Virgo into a certainty to be available. In theory that would make the whole first team squad available for selection.

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and for those of you who get down to Home Park, the Ciderspace guide linked below is your friend, with tickets available on the day. For those of you who are nursing hangovers too bad to cope with the journey, take two aspirin, and make sure you're following either our Twitter account or BBC Somerset on 95.5FM for live commentary.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Officials For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: High Noone For Argyle.


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31 December 2010 : Martin's Glovers Return Completed
As reported earlier, goalkeeper Richard Martin's return to Huish Park has now been completed. With first choice goalkeeper John Sullivan due to return to Millwall after Monday's match against Milton Keynes Dons, and goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts having headed to Charlton Athletic, Martin has signed a short term contract of unspecified length that will provide cover for the keeper position at Huish Park.

He will now be able to join the first team squad for tomorrow's match at Plymouth Argyle. For full details, see our earlier news item.


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31 December 2010 : Glovers Sign Up Argyle Old Boy
Yeovil Town have signed up Southampton midfielder Paul Wotton on a month's loan. The 33 year old is set to make his debut for the Glovers against Plymouth Argyle - the club where he has spent the bulk of his career, with him spending a total of 14 years at Home Park. Turning professional in 1994, he made over 400 appearances for his home town club, leaving them in 2008 to sign for the Saints.

He was Plymouth's player of the season in 2002-03 and 2004-05 as well as being in the PFA's team of the year for the 2001-02 season. Wotton has operated as either a central defender or as a holding midfielder throughout his career although oddly ended up as Argyle's top scorer in the 2004-05 season, with 12 league goals suggesting that he is one to watch on set pieces.

This season, he has struggled to get into Southampton's side, and was last seen on the pitch in late October. During November he had a four game loan spell with League Two side Oxford United but his last first team match was on December 4th.

Welcome to Huish Park, Paul, and enjoy your return to Home Park tomorrow.


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31 December 2010 : QPR Midfielder Ehmer Signs For Glovers On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed up Queens Park Rangers academy graduate Max Ehmer on a month's loan. The 18 year old German has been at Loftus Road since the age of eleven and has worked his way through the ranks, captaining his age group at various stages.

As yet he's not made a first team appearance for QPR. As a boy his family moved over to England and settled in Virginia Water, playing in youth teams for Ascot United, ACS Egham school and Warfield Predator youth sides, before QPR took him into their academy set-up where he has remained ever since. He was a pupil at ACS Egham, near Englefield Green, and signed his first QPR contract during the summer of 2009. He has been coached by former Glovers midfielder Marc Bircham, who is the club's Youth Team manager since he left Huish Park.

Welcome to Yeovil Town, Max, and we hope you have a successful stay.


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31 December 2010 : Plymouth Train Tips And Extra Pubs
For those travelling to Home Park tomorrow, for the League One match against Plymouth Argyle, a few extra tweaks have been made to the Ciderspace Guide. Some additional advice for those travelling by train has been added, particularly concerning engineering works at Reading that are having a knock-on effect further down the line. In addition, one of our readers has kindly let us know how you can lower your travelling costs against a standard day return to Plymouth.

Finally, we've added in a couple of additional options for pubs, for those looking for alternatives to the more crowded options available.

Note, for those who have asked - tickets are available on the day of the game from Home Park - prices as per the Ciderspace guide, and the earlier news item.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Officials For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: High Noone For Argyle.


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31 December 2010 : Martin To Make Glovers Return
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that he is looking to bring former goalkeeper Richard Martin back to Huish Park. The 23 year old is a free agent, having had short term spells with Havant and Waterlooville and Crawley Town to cover for goalkeeping injuries and suspensions but otherwise appears to have struggled to find a new club since leaving Yeovil Town at the end of last season.

With goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts having left Yeovil Town for League One side Charlton Athletic, Skiverton needs bench cover through a second goalkeeper, and so Martin is planned to come back into the squad to provide that safety net. Last season he played as understudy to Alex McCarthy making five appearances for the Glovers. His return has yet to be formally rubberstamped, meaning that we'll have to wait and see if his registration can go through in time for Saturday's trip to Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Richard Martin : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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30 December 2010 : High Noone For Argyle
Yeovil Town's New Year's Day opponents look likely to lose one of their key players to a rival League One side before the turn of the year. Left winger Craig Noone seems likely to head for League One leaders Brighton and Hove Albion within the next 24 hours, with the two clubs having agreed a fee, reported to be in the region of £250,000 by the Brighton Argus newspaper.

Noone is a former Skelmersdale United, Burscough and Southport player who was brought south in 2008 for an undisclosed fee, reported as potentially worth in excess of £100,000, depending upon add-on clauses. He has travelled to Brighton today for talks, and given Argyle's precarious financial position, and the Seagulls' big bucks and league position it would be a surprise if the deal caved in. Even if the closure of Football League offices over the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend prevents the parties from completing the deal, it would be no surprise if he was pulled from Argyle's squad.

With no less than three High Court winding up orders hanging over their heads, Argyle are in a desperate financial situation. On December 23rd, their holding company Plymouth Argyle Football Company (Holdings) Limited was confirmed as being the subject of a winding up order that will be heard on January 12th 2011, with HMRC once again calling in outstanding tax debts at the club. That is on top of the £760,000 that two other Argyle companies owe the Taxman, with Plymouth Argyle Football Company Limited and Home Park Properties Limited given until February 9th 2011 to cough up, after they got a stay of execution in early December.

The financial woes has prompted some dissention within the boardroom, with Executive Director Keith Todd due to step down in his executive role on January 1st, with Paul Stapleton taking over on an interim basis. However, Todd's removal from his executive position has prompted Chairman Sir Roy Gardner to resign his position, as well as throwing in the towel as a director of Plymouth Argyle (Holdings) Limited and Plymouth Argyle Football Club claiming:

"I have not been adequately consulted by the board on this matter - and have not given my agreement to the announcement. I have no alternative but to resign as chairman with immediate effect."

Todd is meanwhile remaining on the board, but his reason for keeping that position is hardly full of glowing recommendation for the way the club is being run at present:

"I represent Mastpoint and we are the biggest creditor. We (Mastpoint) have put the vast majority of money, around 80% plus, into the club over the last 18 months. As such I have an important responsibility to the club to make sure the club survives because funding has been the core issue over the last 18 months and clearly still is. I am now the sole voice for Mastpoint investors on the board, but our voice will still be the same and that is we've always done things in the best interests of the club - we've tried to ensure others do, but that hasn't always been successful. In terms of stepping down for somebody else to take over the role of executive director that's absolutely fine, but it would be ideal if we understood who that was, but at the moment it isn't clear. They can't (vote me off the board). There are, in extreme cases, means of removing me from the board, but I'm going to be operating in the best interests of the club and the creditors, including Mastpoint."

Happy days then. Those vibes from Home Park have got all the more jittery today, with the news that former Leeds United and Cardiff City Chairman Peter Risdale has been appointed as a 'football consultant', initially until February 8th - the day before two of Argyle's companies are up before the High Court again. Risdale's role appears to be to act as the axeman - culling the Pilgrims costs, and selling players in order to raise the money that will satisfy HMRC and the High Court. He has said today:

"From what I have seen the situation is precarious. No-one should underestimate the challenge that faces this club in surviving the short-term pressures. We've got to raise money by selling assets and the only short term assets that we've got are the players. That means that some of the players we'd like to keep, some of them may have to go. I initially came to talk to Argyle regarding investment but, frankly, the true financial position that became apparent was significantly worse than had been volunteered. It therefore requires a different focus before traditional investment can be considered."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Officials For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.


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30 December 2010 : Huish Park Admission Price Deadline
Particularly for those who are still on their Christmas holidays and can't remember what day of the week it is, a reminder that tomorrow is your last chance to purchase matchday tickets before Yeovil Town put their admission prices up. The £1.00 increase in ticket prices is particularly significant for those wishing to purchase tickets for the January 3rd home match against Milton Keynes Dons, given that the matchday surcharge will also add an additional £2.00 on the day of the game.

For example, an adult ticket for the home terrace will cost you £15.00 right up until 2.00p.m. tomorrow (Friday 31st), but will set you back £18.00 on the day of the MK Dons match. As the Ticket Office is not open on Saturday or Sunday, you may wish to make your decision on whether you are going to the game a little earlier than usual. Opening hours over the coming weekend are as follows:

Thursday 30th December : 10.00a.m. - 2.00p.m.
Friday 31st December : 10.00a.m. - 2.00p.m.
Saturday 1st January : CLOSED
Sunday 2nd January : CLOSED
Monday 3rd January : 9.00a.m. - kick-off (MK Dons match)

Note that on January 3rd, the club shop will open 90 minutes later than the above Ticket Office times, but otherwise both will keep identical opening hours.

Note that the Huish Park Ticket Office will sell advance tickets for any of the 2010-11 home matches at the current rate, even if they are taking place in 2011. Thus if you're certain you're going to any particular future home games, you may wish to purchase your tickets before Friday, 2.00p.m. to avoid paying for your ticket at the increased (by £1.00) tariff. For the current set of admission prices (prior to the price increase), follow the link below.

Link: 2010-11 Huish Park Admission Prices (up until December 31st 2010).


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29 December 2010 : Roberts Explains Huish Park Exit
Outgoing Yeovil Town goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts has given his views on why he chose to leave Huish Park over Christmas for a chance to return to his former club Charlton Athletic. The 35 year old's departure from South Somerset was confirmed earlier today, with former Glovers keeper Jon Sheffield taking his place.

Roberts has told Charlton's club website that he has owned a home in South-East London, close to Charlton's ground ever since he played for the Addicks between 2000 and 2003. The final part of his professional playing career came between 2003 and 2005 when he joined Brighton and Hove Albion, but he continued to live in Greenwich. Thus Roberts admitted that he saw the move as an opportunity to move back home:

"I always kept my home in Greenwich when I moved to Brighton & Hove Albion after I left Charlton. To actually be training from what I class now as home, I'm obviously delighted. The move has come about fairly quickly. Charlton approached Yeovil for permission to speak to me, and they asked if I would like to speak to Charlton, and I said 'yes, definitely'. I travelled up to speak to the manager a week ago, but obviously it was difficult to be released through the Christmas period and games."

Roberts revealed that he effectively left Yeovil Town on Christmas Eve, as soon as the Glovers saw their matches against Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday called off. He explained that otherwise he would have been asked to stay at Huish Park and perform his bench-warming duties until New Year's Day, but as soon as the games were called off he was packing his car up to return to Greenwich:

"Yeovil were meant to play against Sheffield Wednesday, and I've been on the bench all season for them doubling up as back-up goalkeeper. After the Sheffield Wednesday game was called off, and the Boxing Day game (against Brentford) was called off as well, I was able to travel up on Christmas Eve and get all my moving done, so my first day was on Monday. You get used to travelling in football; the business comes first. So I used the fact there was no traffic on the road to make a couple of journeys and unpack Yeovil into Greenwich."

The implication is that the Glovers will be attempting to line up goalkeeping cover for the New Year's Day trip to Plymouth Argyle, although at a pinch incoming goalkeeping coach Jon Sheffield could provide that emergency role at the age of 41. However, with John Sullivan due to return to Millwall after Yeovil's January 3rd home game against Milton Keynes Dons, the combination of keepers and coaches will need to be revisited in early January regardless.


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29 December 2010 : Hillsborough Match Gets Second Attempt
Yeovil Town's second attempt at a trip to Hillsborough has been confirmed. The League One match against Sheffield Wednesday will now be played on Tuesday 25th January, in South Yorkshire, kick-off 7.45p.m.

The match had been due to be played on December 28th, but frozen and burst pipes at the Hillsborough Stadium meant that their Safety Advisory Group would not permit matches to be staged at the ground, leaving the Owls without a game over the Christmas period, and with Yeovil Town yet to play a League match since December 11th.


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29 December 2010 : Sheffield Makes Glovers Return
Further to the earlier news concerning Ben Roberts, Yeovil Town have appointed a new goalkeeping coach. He is the familiar name of Jon Sheffield who was on the club's books as a player and a coach between 2001 and 2004 under Gary Johnson. Sheffield has joined the club on a temporary basis, with a view to negotiating a permanent deal for him to return to the club.

Jon was born on February 1st 1969 and signed for the Glovers on July 10th 2001, shortly after being released by Plymouth Argyle, for whom he made 158 first team appearances as their first choice goalkeeper.

Jon was one of Gary Johnson's first signings at Huish Park, having had an association with Gary since the early 1990s, with the Bedworth born keeper having spent over four years at Cambridge United, where Johnson was Reserve, Assistant, Caretaker and First Team Manager at various times. In total, Jon clocked up 319 Football League appearances and the other clubs in his playing career included Norwich, Aldershot, Colchester, Swindon, Hereford and Peterborough.

At the time that he played for Yeovil Town, Jon was at the tail end of his playing career, and his time at Huish Park allowed him his first route into coaching. He had just taken his first coaching badge, prior to his arrival in South Somerset, and so in addition to his playing duties, he was also responsible for coaching Yeovil's young duo of Chris Weale and Steve Collis and turning them into regular full time professional keepers.

The 41 year old clocked up 23 appearances himself, but as Weale became the recognised number one keeper, Sheffield's thoughts began to turn to other matters. From his home in Saltash in Cornwall he began to set up his own football coaching business, and in 2004, he left the Glovers, effectively retiring his playing career, save for a short spell with his home town club of Saltash United. Jon is still involved in coaching in Cornwall and Devon, but it is hoped that he can return to Huish Park on a more permanent basis soon. In the meantime, he will assist manager Terry Skiverton on a temporary contract, to allow the Glovers some continuity with the loss of Ben Roberts to Charlton Athletic, earlier today.

Welcome back Jon, and let's hope this current arrangement can be turned into a permanent stay.

Link: Jon Sheffield : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 December 2010 : Roberts Becomes An Addick
The rumourmill suggests that Yeovil Town's goalkeeping coach is on his way to Charlton Athletic. The former Middlesbrough player used to play for the Addicks and they currently have a vacancy in that department, after Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew raided his former club to take Andy Woodman up to St James Park.

With Roberts having been on Charlton's books between 2000 and 2003, a move back to The Valley is expected to be revealed soon, with the 35 year old set to leave Huish Park after 18 months in his current position of goalkeeping coach and chief scout.

As yet, this news has not been confirmed but we're expecting it to become concrete in the next day or two.

Update: Ben's departure has now been confirmed as per the above news item. His replacement has yet to be confirmed.


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28 December 2010 : Pilgrims Make Small Progress
With a large number of matches once again being postponed today, the gap between Yeovil Town and the sides just above the relegation zone remains at six points. Just four matches survived the weather, with none of the bottom four sides playing on the day.

Of those who did see some football, the key game was Plymouth Argyle's home match against Notts County, with the visitors only above the relegation zone on goal difference. Both goals in the 1-1 draw were scored in the opening seven minutes, with some rusty defending allowing Stephane Zubar to open his account for the Pilgrims, as Lee Hughes restored parity for the Magpies.

A point a-piece that lifted County seven points clear of the Glovers; on the plus side at least we now know that Home Park is capable of hosting football matches - we should see a game on New Year's Day. Plymouth will go into Saturday's match in 15th place and ten points ahead of Yeovil Town.

Aside from Notts County and Plymouth, the other side hovering around the relegation zone to play today were Swindon Town, who needed a Charlie Austin penalty eighteen minutes from time to cancel out a first half Lee Tomlin strike for visitors Peterborough United. Swindon climb one place to 15th, and nine points ahead of the Glovers.

The other two matches involved clubs higher up the table. Milton Keynes Dons beat AFC Bournemouth 2-0 as the Cherries threaten to slide out of the League One play-offs - having not won since their late November success over the Glovers. Finally two other play-off contenders battled it out at St Mary's, and Huddersfield Town's miserable Christmas continued. They are the only team to have played twice so far over the holidays, and they've now lost both games, going down 4-1 against Southampton who are up to 5th in the table. Had the Terriers won those two matches, they would be top of the table by now.

Tomorrow night, Brighton and Hove Albion (1st) take on Charlton Athletic (4th). If the Seagulls win they will go six points clear at the top, whilst an away win would put the Addicks into the automatic promotion slots at the turn of the year, with both sides having played two games less than the teams that now separate them.

Link: Latest 2010-11 League One Table.


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28 December 2010 : Sproule Return Confirmed
Largely for completeness, but as it had yet to be confirmed - Bristol City winger Ivan Sproule has now definitely returned to Ashton Gate. The 29 year old had been on loan at Yeovil Town during the month of December, but clocked up just two appearances, with 167 minutes worth of football across his one month loan.

Sproule has been named as a Bristol City substitute for their home match against Crystal Palace this afternoon, confirming his return to City's first team squad. The expectation is that Sproule will leave Ashton Gate in the January transfer window, however any chances of him returning to his old club Hibernian during that period appear to have been scuppered. Their first team manager Colin Calderwood believes that he can not sign him due to a limit on the number of clubs a player can feature for during a single season. Calderwood ruled out any approach saying: "He can't play (for Hibernian) - he has played for two clubs" - Bristol City and Yeovil Town.

Either the rule on this has been tightened up, or is specific to transfers between different countries, given that Arron Davies was able to (in a contrived manner) play for Nottingham Forest, Brighton and Hove Albion and Yeovil Town last season. Last season the rule allowed clubs to transfer players under the Emergency Loan rule without them being counted towards the number of clubs a player has played for, which eventually allowed Arron to rejoin Yeovil Town as a 'loan' player from Brighton.


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28 December 2010 : Skivo's End Of Year Review Interview
As part of BBC Bristol's Boxing Day sports coverage, they gave over an hour to a Sports Review of the Year. That programme included an end of year interview with Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton, conducted by BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin. The transcript of that interview can now be found via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton Speaks To The BBC As Part Of Their 2010 Review Of The Year.


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27 December 2010 : Officials For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the New Year's Day match between Plymouth Argyle and Yeovil Town have been announced. The game is the next League One match that the Glovers will take part in, and kicks off at 3.00p.m. at Home Park on January 1st 2011. The man in charge of the game will be Brendan Malone (Wiltshire), who is a familiar name at Huish Park, although until this season he had only been represented as an assistant or as a fourth official.

He was promoted to the Football League's national referees list during the summer of 2010, at the age of 42, and has so far done just ten Football League matches; all at League One and League Two level. Mr Malone is a former Hampshire League footballer, who had to retire from the game at the age of 23 due to a knee injury. He took up refereeing as a result, and ran the line at League level for several years.

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

The only other times we've seen him take charge of a match has been in Reserve Team football - all other first team occasions have involved him waving the flag or as the fourth official.

Mr Malone will be assisted by Kevin Johnson (Weston-super-Mare) and Tim Wood (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).

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


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27 December 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Plymouth Argyle
One day, Yeovil Town will play a football match. We're keeping our fingers crossed that will happen on January 1st 2011, when we are due to play our first ever Football League match against Plymouth Argyle. The trip to Home Park is covered in our usual Ciderspace guide, with directions, parking, ticketing, pubs and other such information carried via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Devon and Dorset Greens Travel To Plymouth Argyle.


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27 December 2010 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Plymouth
Yeovil Town's next match is a trip to Home Park for a League One match against Plymouth Argyle. The match against the Glovers takes place on Saturday 1st January 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £11.00 - current booking levels pitch the cost as £13.00 but this will drop as they get more bookings. They will be leaving Huish Park at 11.00a.m. with stops as requested.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.


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26 December 2010 : Pools Avoid Freezing
Although Yeovil Town's Boxing Day match that was scheduled to be played today against Brentford was one of the first to fall victim to the weather, the end result was that only one game managed to beat the elements with 11 out of 12 matches in League One postponed today. That was down to Huddersfield Town's undersoil heating at the Galpharm Stadium, but they probably wished they hadn't bothered, as visitors Hartlepool United grabbed all three points, with a Leon McSweeney goal just before half time giving Pools their third 1-0 away win in a row.

At the start of this season, previous Pools manager Chris Turner believed that his side was not capable of staying in League One. A few more results like this, and his replacement Mick Wadsworth may be saying the same, but with a slightly different slant to it - they are now 10th in the latest League One table, and one point off the play-offs.

Six wins in their last seven games, including their FA Cup Second Round win over the Glovers makes them the league's form team - at the time the two sides were drawn out of the hat in the FA Cup they were just two points and four places apart. That gap is now 13 points, and 14 places.

In terms of Monday's Bank Holiday fixture list, at present Yeovil Town's trip to Sheffield Wednesday remains as the only match that has been called off. The key game to watch out for is Walsall's (17pts) home fixture against Dagenham and Redbridge (18pts) - the two clubs immediately above the Glovers (16pts) in the table. However, with Rochdale (22pts) at home to Bristol Rovers (22pts) and Plymouth Argyle (25pts) at home to Notts County (22pts) there are two other big six-pointers to look out for on the day.

Link: Latest 2010-11 League One Table.


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25 December 2010 : Tis The Season To Be Jolly
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas! (© Clipart Mountain).

A very Merry Christmas to everyone who has enjoyed reading Ciderspace during 2010. With no Christmas holiday football to look forward until New Year's Day, we hope you don't feel too cooped up and starved of the beautiful game. Although on the plus side, it's worth pointing out that Yeovil Town are unbeaten in the League during the entire month of December! Enjoy your day however you are spending it - eat, drink and be merry. Now where's that bottle gone?


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24 December 2010 : New Date For Brighton and Hove Albion Match
Yeovil Town's home League One match against Brighton and Hove Albion now has a new date. The game was due to be played on Saturday 8th January 2011 but with the Seagulls playing in the FA Cup Third Round on that Saturday, that match was called off. In its place on the same day will be the home League One match against Brentford, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park.

The revised date for the match against Brighton, who are currently League One leaders, will be Tuesday 1st March 2011, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park.

Recently postponed matches against Carlisle United (home) and Sheffield Wednesday (away) still await new dates.


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24 December 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Brentford - New Date Arranged
With the Boxing Day match against Brentford being called off this morning, a new date has been arranged. The game will now be played on Saturday 8th January 2011 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park.


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24 December 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Brentford - 'Match Off'
Yeovil Town's home League One match against Brentford has been postponed according to the BBC. The BBC Sport website reports that the game has been "postponed because of a frozen pitch".

This news has come through 30 minutes before the planned noon pitch inspection, but the news from Auntie Beeb does not come as a surprise, with the forecast for double-digit negative temperatures overnight for the next two nights, and Christmas Day to not rise above -5C.

Update: Now confirmed - new date Saturday January 8th 2010.


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24 December 2010 : Snowmen Get An International Flavour
For those who might be planning to get away from snowbound Britain for Christmas, don't expect it to get any better if you are heading for mainland Europe. Here we find our occasional collection of Yeovil Town themed snowmen and other such things getting an international theme with Jemma Stanton building hers from the unusual location of Tervuren in Belgium. We can confidently predict that Jemma will have a monopoly on Glovers-themed snow pictures in this area!

This isn't the first international snowman we've received, with January's gallery featuring one from Maine in the USA. However, we don't recall too many from this part of the world!
Jemma posts with her ultra-tall Yeovil-Belgian snowman Jemma's snowman lit up in the dark
Jemma Stanton gives Yeovil Town an international feel in Tervuren, Belgium with her snowman
Photo © 2010 Ciderspace


Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town Snowmen.


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23 December 2010 : Starnes: Frost Covers Can Only Achieve So Much
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has admitted that there is only so much that a set of frost covers can achieve. As the Glovers prepare for tomorrow's pitch inspection that will give an idea of whether Boxing Day's game at Huish Park against Brentford can take place, Starnes has told BBC Somerset that they only provide a degree of protection against the elements.

Football League ground regulations for the 2010-11 season required all clubs to have frost covers or similar at their stadiums that can be utilised in wintry weather, and Starnes told the BBC that was the reason for the money being spent at the club:

"We've had to invest in covers as it's been a requirement of the Football League anyway. So we've invested in the frost covers, but with the weather being so severe, those frost covers have been largely delinquent in terms of the support that they can give to us."

If the Brentford match fails to survive the weather, then that would leave the Glovers without a game until New Year's Day at least, given that the December 28th fixture against Sheffield Wednesday has already been called off. Starnes adds that is not a disaster, but is certainly not what the club wants:

"We'd be able to cope. But we certainly hope it doesn't continue into January. We're hoping that we'll get the game on for Boxing Day, but the pitch is still covered in snow and we're in the hands of the weather over the next few days as to whether we'll be able to put the game on."

In terms of the odds of tomorrow's pitch inspection getting the thumbs up, the BBC Weather forecast for the Yeovil area is not the most optimistic. They are forecasting overnight lows of -8C, -12C and -10C in the lead-up to Boxing Day, with the daytime temperature stuck around -1C. Whilst frost covers may help insulate from air frosts much in the same way as putting a cover over a car windscreen will help, they will not fully protect against deep sustained ground frosts. Fingers crossed that the BBC forecasts are not as pessimistic as they sound.


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23 December 2010 : Sheffield Wednesday vs Glovers Trip Is OFF
Yeovil Town's trip to Hillsborough has been postponed. The match was due to take place on Tuesday 28th December but has been called off due to the frozen weather. Wednesday's Safety Advisory Group have also called off their New Year's Day match against Peterborough United due to the ongoing weather conditions.

Wednesday's problems stem from frozen pipes and burst pipework that need repairs before their Safety Advisory Group will allow spectators inside the stadium and it is this that has led to the early call-off. Wednesday believe that they will be unable to address the burst pipework until the thaw begins and all points of failure can be identified.

The end result is that Wednesday will not play any games between now and the turn of the year with their Boxing Day clash also called off against Tranmere Rovers.

Yeovil Town's Boxing Day game against Brentford at Huish Park has a 12.00 noon pitch inspection tomorrow.


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23 December 2010 : Pitch Inspection For Brentford Boxing Day Clash
There will be a pitch inspection at Huish Park tomorrow lunchtime to see if the Boxing Day clash against Brentford can go ahead. A local referee will take a look at the Huish Park pitch at 12.00 noon tomorrow to see how good the pitch is under the snow and frost covers that are currently covering the grass.

The first League One match has already fallen victim to the weather, with Tranmere Rovers admitting defeat in their home game against Sheffield Wednesday at Prenton Park. More locally, Wincanton Races has already been cancelled on Boxing Day due to a frozen track.

According to the Metcheck website, the temperature in Yeovil is not expected to rise above freezing tomorrow and will reach overnight lows of -4C tonight. As soon as we are aware of any outcome of a pitch inspection, we'll post it here and on our Twitter account.


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23 December 2010 : Gibson and Russell In Negotiations Over Deals
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is in discussions with one current Glovers player, and one potential arrival about signing deals with the club. Winger Billy Gibson's contract runs out at the end of the calendar year, whilst Bath City midfielder Alex Russell is on a similar deal at Twerton Park that would leave him able to move on a free transfer after New Year's Day.

Skiverton has told this week's Western Gazette that both players are in talks with the club about deals at the club, whilst he is also talking to a number of other unnamed players:

"Billy Gibson is one that I am talking to at the moment, as is Alex Russell to bring in a little bit of experience. There is also four or five others that I am talking to as well so I have been pretty busy."

Two positions that Skiverton will need to sort out fairly soon are that of goalkeeper John Sullivan and midfielder Shaun MacDonald. Both have been at the club on half season loans, but these end on January 3rd, meaning that the home game against Milton Keynes Dons is set to be their last. This is also the date that central defender Tom Parkes is currently set to return to Leicester City. Skiverton either needs to extend those deals, or needs to bring in replacements, and it is probably in these areas that the 'four or five others' fall into.


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23 December 2010 : Glovers Post Small Profit In Latest Accounts
Yeovil Town have recorded a small profit in their trading accounts for the 2009-10 season. The accounts have yet to reach Companies House, but this week's Western Gazette reveales a £21,000 profit for the year ending June 30th 2010. The figure represents a radical change from the 2008-09 season that saw an operating loss of almost one million pounds.

At present the detail is sketchy, but the Gazette record the turnover as having increased to £3.1 million which is listed as an increase of 14 percent on the previous accounts. The article indicates that 'administrative costs' have been reduced by £500,000 against the previous year.

Yeovil Town's Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has told the paper that the achievement of returning the club to an even keel, from an operational perspective was an important one for the Glovers:

"We needed a business model that we feel is appropriate for Yeovil Town Football Club. Talking to a number of other clubs, they quite admire our model. Some owners are getting tired of subsidising their club by millions of pounds in some cases and not seeing any significant improvement in their results. It is a remarkable turnaround and it has taken a lot of hard work from everyone associated with the club, from the board down to every single employee, who have all made a contribution towards that."

Obviously the posting of a small profit for this latest set of accounts is welcome news given the huge losses posted last season. The devil will be in the detail, and we'll attempt to analyse that when the full set of accounts are published. One word of caution is that in last years accounts, the auditors noted that loans had been provided by the company's shareholders in order to sustain cashflow, and that the practice had continued into the 2009-10 season. One key aspect that will need to be examined therefore is how much that position has changed since the last set of accounts, given that will indicate the club's level of debt that it carries to those shareholders - thought to be from Yeovil Town co-owner Norman Hayward.


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22 December 2010 : Winter Weather To Cost 'Tens Of Thousands Of Pounds'
Yeovil Town's Chief Executive Martyn Starnes believes that the current wintry conditions have cost the club 'tens of thousands of pounds', without any guarantees that the situation will improve in the short term. The Glovers have staged just one first team fixture since October 30th's match against Swindon Town, and even that was on November 13th when Dagenham and Redbridge came down to South Somerset.

Since then, the Glovers have seen home fixtures against Peterborough United and Carlisle United fall due to snow and ice on and around the Huish Park ground. Starnes has told BBC Somerset that the club stands to lose a considerable amount of money, both from the costs of attempting to keep games on, and in the lost revenue associated with the postponed matches:

"It's a considerable inconvenience. We've only had one game here now in about eight weeks. So it's been very difficult for us from a cashflow point of view. It would be tens of thousands of pounds that it has cost us, either in money that we have expended, or in lost revenue. Even though we've still got the games to play, we can reckon that the income that we can generate from those same fixtures would be much lower than they would have been on a Saturday. Fortunately we have the resources to withstand it."

The Chief Executive added that the wintry conditions had also affected a number of off the field bookings, where the club had lost money through cancellations of bookings:

"With other functions that we've put on, particularly during the Christmas period, a number have been cancelled, and that's exacerbated the difficulties really. If it looks as though we're going to get these weather conditions on a regular basis now, then I think that every club will have to look at what they do, in order to improve the possibility of putting games on."

As reported in yesterday's news, the club are attempting to plan their stadium operations concerning the Boxing Day fixture against Brentford. The majority of League One clubs are currently putting together similar efforts to remove snow and ice from their stadiums and pitches. Starnes says that is something the club will plan out, but that there are no guarantees there:

"We're making steps to get the pitch cleared. We've kept the snow on the pitch because that protects it from the frost, and there are frost covers underneath. So we're hoping that surface will be okay, but we're still in the hands of the weather between now and the weekend, because the forecast is still showing very low temperatures, and I've even heard this morning that there is the prospect of more snow, which would still make it difficult. But we really badly want this game on for Boxing Day - that's for sure."

A recurring theme throughout the winter of 2009-10 and 2010-11 has been the club's use of Bucklers Mead School, who had a 3G pitch implemented that enables them to play sport in all weather conditions. Starnes said that the club had been making good use of that again, as well as an indoor facility:

"Training has been very very difficult. Obviously, all of the outside surfaces have been frozen, so the players have found it very difficult to train outdoors. We have made use of an all-weather facility at Bucklers Mead School and we're very grateful to them for their assistance. We've been able to use an in-door facility just down the road, which has helped the players just keep topped up in terms of their fitness. We've had to use gym facilities and that type of thing. They've had to be very flexible and adaptable in terms of keeping their fitness levels up."


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22 December 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield Wednesday
Yeovil Town play two away matches over the Christmas holiday period, and both are against clubs they've never played at League One level. We'll assume that none of you saw the club's last meeting at Hillsborough either, hence the Ciderspace guide gives you all of the info you need ahead of that trip. Directions, ticketing, recent form, parking, and of course a pub guide are all provided amongst other bits, available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Sheffield Wednesday.

Link: GWSC Travel To Sheffield Wednesday.

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.


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21 December 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Who's On Board?
In a suitable piece for the current weather, Cruncher returns with his latest blog entry, where he is trying to make sense of the Good Ship Yeovil. Who is at the rudder of the ship? And who is most likely to tell them "watch out for that iceberg in front of you?" when it's clear that problems are afoot, and you are trying to avoid falling into those icy waters.

Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views on the subject matter via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Who's On Board?


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21 December 2010 : Club Appeal For Boxing Day Volunteers
Yeovil Town have asked for supporters with free time to help them have their best chance of keeping their Boxing Day match on. The Glovers are due to play Brentford in a League One clash on Sunday 26th December, but with the big freeze continuing, the current batch of snow and ice around the stadium is not expected to naturally thaw during that time.

Hence during the lead-up to that game, Stadium manager James Hillier has asked for supporters to turn up at the ground (with shovel, brushes and similar) to help clear snow from the stadium pathways and inside the stadium terracing and seating that might cause the club's safety advisors concerns in terms of the external part of the ground.

In addition, James is also asking for volunteers who can turn up on Boxing Day morning from 8.00a.m. The club's plan is to leave their frost covers in place throughout the week, along with the snow on top, on the basis that it will help protect against several heavy ground frosts expected between now and Boxing Day. On the morning of the match, the snow will need to be removed.

If you can help, please email James Hillier at jhillier@ytfc.net or give him a call on 01935-423662.


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21 December 2010 : Huish Park Christmas and New Year Opening Hours
With the Christmas holidays coming up, the Huish Park Ticket Office and Huish Park Club Shop will be operating on special opening hours across the main week. For those looking to purchase tickets or spend money in the shops, please take note of the following hours of business:

Friday 24th December : 9.00a.m. - 12.00 noon.
Saturday 25th December : CLOSED
Sunday 26th December : 10.00a.m. - kick-off (Brentford match)
Monday 27th December : CLOSED
Tuesday 28th December : CLOSED
Wednesday 29th December : 10.00a.m. - 2.00p.m.
Thursday 30th December : 10.00a.m. - 2.00p.m.
Friday 31st December : 10.00a.m. - 2.00p.m.
Saturday 1st January : CLOSED
Sunday 2nd January : CLOSED
Monday 3rd January : 10.00a.m. - kick-off (MK Dons match)

Note that on January 3rd, the club shop will open half an hour later than the above Ticket Office times, but otherwise both will keep identical opening hours.

Note that with respect to purchasing tickets at the pre-match prices, you will need to be aware of the office closures which take place on the days prior to the Brentford and Milton Keynes Dons home matches - e.g. for the MK Dons game, the last time to avoid the matchday surcharge will be at 2.00p.m. on the preceding Friday.

Note that Friday 31st December (up to 2.00p.m.) will also be your final opportunity to purchase any individual match tickets prior to the club's matchday admission increase. This would mean a three pound difference in price in this instance between the Friday and the Monday for all non-Junior tickets for the MK Dons match, and a one pound difference for Junior tickets.


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21 December 2010 : Club Director Pays Tribute To Taff Glover
In addition to the huge number of comments we've received following the sudden and unexpected death of Ciderspace founder Taff Glover (aka Jon Morgan) we've also received a touching message from Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson.

Whilst we've no doubt that some of Taff's writing over the years may have made a few people in authority at the club squirm in their seats somewhat, Stephen admits that he found Taff's articles to be an excellent read. He writes:

"It was with great sadness that I read and was told of Taff’s passing. I am sure I speak for all my fellow Directors when I say that YTFC has lost a true friend and supporter. Some of the pieces he penned may not always have been easy reading for us as Directors of the Club we all love but that is the beauty of democracy and freedom of speech.

Everything I read from him, or in discussions, was however always very well articulated and said from a position of one who loved YTFC and that is to his great credit and I always respected him for that. When I read his pieces I always felt that he was a chap who I would really like to spend time discussing football and sport and life over a pint (or two). I knew that although we may disagree on some things we would do so out of mutual respect – and that is the mark of the man.

Independent views on football and life are very important and I am sure, as he looks down on us in the future, he will be penning more views on such matters. The Club he loved will be around a lot longer than all of us - we are merely its current custodians – and I am very grateful that fans like Taff have added to these recent years in such a committed way. My thoughts are, at such a difficult time, with his family. God bless you Taff and thanks for the memories
."

For those who haven't noticed, the funeral arrangements on December 29th have been updated to include further detail. The gathering after the funeral will be held in the Lounge at Westlands Sports and Social Club in Yeovil. All are welcome to attend and share their happy memories.

Link: Jon Morgan (Taff Glover) Funeral Arrangements.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Godfather Of Ciderspace : 21st November 1960 - 16th December 2010.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Thank You Taff Glover.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Taff Glover RIP.


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21 December 2010 : Last Chance For Half Season Ticket Offer
As a slight sweetener to the club's plans to put up individual match prices on January 1st, Yeovil Town put on offer a Half Season Ticket for supporters to purchase. The offer allows people to purchase season tickets that cover the matches that were originally scheduled to take place from Boxing Day's game against Brentford onwards.

That offer is available by visiting the Huish Park Ticket Office or by calling them on 01935-847888 up until Wednesday 22nd December (i.e. tomorrow). Full price lists haven't been published, but have been calculated on a pro-rata basis - you'll need to speak to the Ticket Office for precise details.

Note that December's postponed matches for Peterborough United and Carlisle United would probably not be included in the half-season ticket offer from the club, given they were originally scheduled to take place before the Boxing Day game, but you may want to clarify that with the Ticket Office.

Link: New Year Price Increase Will Mean Summer Price Freeze.

Link: Yeovil Town Put Up Ticket Prices.

Link: 2010-11 Yeovil Town Ticket Prices (up to December 31st 2010).


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21 December 2010 : Snow No, Not Again!
The year of 2010 looks to end exactly as it started - with masses and masses of snow. Some of you may recall that back at the start of the year, we gradually uploaded a gallery of Yeovil Town snowmen sent in by Glovers fans around the country.

Well this latest batch of the white stuff wouldn't be complete without another one. Jayne Francis has been in contact with a December 2010 creation and suggests that this could be a new signing. We'll resist the obvious temptation to make comments about his ability compared to the rest of the team!

As before, and particularly with this now being the school holidays, if you've got any Yeovil Town themed snowmen or snow pictures then send them through and if we get enough we'll put them into a gallery. Drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com or the usual site address and tell us a bit about the location or the people in the photo. Huish Park ground shots if you've been up to the club are also welcomed - in fact anything that has a YTFC theme to it that you've taken during the last few weeks.
Sign him up, Skivo! Jayne Francis gets creative in the snow
Sign him up, Skivo! Jayne Francis gets creative in the snow
Photo © 2010 Ciderspace


Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town Snowmen.


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20 December 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Brentford
Hopefully the snow will have gone and the ice melted by Boxing Day - although there are no guarantees of course. Working on the optimistic premise that we will be playing a football match on that day, officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Brentford in League One have been announced. The game takes place on Sunday 26th December, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and the man in charge will be Roger East (Wiltshire).

For those who enjoy living off omens and superstitions, well here's one for you - Mr East was last at Huish Park on September 11th 2010. The significance of that is that it was the day of Yeovil's last home victory - a 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers. A chance to make it many happy returns for Mr East, perhaps? Overall his performance three months ago was not too bad - we praised him for remembering to dish out a booking that he'd played an advantage for, relating to an earlier incident. A mild grumble that he chalked off a late goal for Adam Virgo for climbing on his marker, but by then the Glovers were three goals up, and his awarding of a late Tranmere penalty couldn't be complained about.

Mr East was a regular at Huish Park as a Fourth Official and an Assistant going back into our early Football League days but in the summer of 2007 was promoted to the National referees list for the Football League. Apart from the Tranmere game we've had him four times in competitive fixtures, although he has also taken charge of various pre-season friendlies and Reserve Team matches.

His earliest match as a referee for a Yeovil Town league game was the February 2008 match against Southend United that saw the Essex side kick-started by a poor decision outside the box, winning them an early controversial free kick. We didn't play well on the day, losing the match 1-0, but certainly things like that did not help.

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

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

His three most recent matches involving the Glovers have probably been his best, with two of them coming during the 2009-10 season. Our 2-0 win over Brentford in September 2009 warrants no significant criticism of his officiating. Boxing Day's 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers was not quite so error free - his positioning left a lot to be desired - twice getting in the way of attempted Yeovil clearances, putting Wycombe through on goal with one, but maybe he felt the opposition needed a friendly hand that day? With that 4-0 win coming precisely 12 months prior to our Boxing Day victory over the Chairboys, can we count this one as a second lucky omen to accompany Mr East's visits to Huish Park?

Mr East will be assisted by John Flynn (Wiltshire) and Anthony Horton (Wolverhampton). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Turner (Devon).

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

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

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

Link: September 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 4 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: September 2010 : Yeovil Town 3 Tranmere Rovers 1.


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19 December 2010 : GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle
The second of Yeovil Town's two Christmas holiday away fixtures sees an opportunity to tick off another new ground that the club has never played at in the Football League. This is a League One match against Plymouth Argyle at their Home Park stadium. The match takes place on Saturday 1st January, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 10.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 11.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £13.00, with concessions available at £11.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Sheffield Wednesday.


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19 December 2010 : GWSC Travel To Sheffield Wednesday
Over the Christmas holiday period, Yeovil Town have two consecutive away fixtures that take them to new grounds that the club has never played at in the Football League. The first of those is a League One match against Sheffield Wednesday at their Hillsborough stadium. The match takes place on Tuesday 28th December, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 7.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £24.00, with concessions available at £22.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing For Sheffield Wednesday vs Yeovil Town.


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18 December 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Godfather Of Ciderspace
It's taken us a couple of days to get our thoughts together, but we wanted to put together an article that showed the influence that Taff Glover, aka Jon Morgan had upon our site, as well as upon our lives. In addition to earlier articles written by his brother Paul, and his blogging partner Cruncher, our tribute to the man who brought Ciderspace to your web screens can be found via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Godfather Of Ciderspace : 21st November 1960 - 16th December 2010.


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18 December 2010 : Jon Morgan (Taff Glover) Funeral Arrangements
May I begin by thanking you all for your thoughts and kind words. They really do help and I assure you Jon’s parents and Julie his wife are reading them all and they are bringing great comfort at this unbearable time.

The funeral has now been arranged for Wednesday 29th December 2010 at Midday, Yeovil Crematorium.

Family flowers only please and any charitable donations that you wish to make in his name to be sent to the Spinal Injuries Association. I understand this can be done through Wakely Brothers Funeral Directors of Yeovil.

There will be a gathering after the funeral which we hope will be an opportunity for friends and family to meet and remember Jon in a happy, positive manner. He would have wanted nothing but smiling faces and laughter. The venue for this is currently being arranged and I will update you as soon as it is confirmed.

Paul Morgan.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Thank You Taff Glover.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Taff Glover RIP.

Update: The gathering after the funeral will be held in the Lounge at Westlands Sports and Social Club in Yeovil. All are welcome to attend and share their happy memories of Jon.


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17 December 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Thank You Taff Glover
Most of you will be aware that Taff's Gloversblog turned into a double-headed beast this season, with increased output following matches, and various off-the-field issues. With Taff being at most home games, and the exiled Cruncher covering many of the away games, we had double the fun. In the light of yesterday's sad news, Cruncher has penned his own tribute to his partner in crime, which you can find below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Thank You Taff Glover.

Whilst we're at it, the problem some of you may have noticed with respect to reading and adding to comments on yesterday's article has been fixed now, and so anyone who wants to leave messages is welcome to continue to do so at the foot of yesterday's article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Taff Glover RIP.


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17 December 2010 : Ladies Matches Postponed
Yeovil Town Ladies this afternoon announced that Sunday's match with Queens Park Rangers Ladies has been postponed due to ice and snow on the Raleigh Grove pitch.

Further snow is forecast, and with sub-zero temperatures predicted for the coming weekend, together QPR's fear of impassable roads between London and Somerset, it was decided to postpone the game well in advance of Sunday.

Further to this, a pitch inspection was made at the Somerton Sports Ground this afternoon and as a result Sunday's match between Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves and Queens Park Rangers Reserves has also been postponed due to a frozen and snowbound pitch.

[Ali King, Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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17 December 2010 : Skivo Previews The (Postponed) Carlisle Game
The game has since been postponed, but before it was called off, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about tomorrow's scheduled Carlisle United. The transcript of that interview with BBC Somerset can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo Previews The (Postponed) Carlisle Game.


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17 December 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Is OFF
Yeovil Town's home League One match against Carlisle United has been postponed. The game was due to be played on Saturday at 3.00p.m. but in view of the poor conditions both around the stadium and the obvious safety implications, the game has been called off.

A new date will be arranged in due course.

As of 3.00p.m. Friday, the following League One games have all fallen victim to the weather:

Hartlepool vs Charlton
Leyton Orient vs Plymouth
Rochdale vs Bournemouth
Walsall vs Southampton
Yeovil vs Carlisle


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16 December 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Taff Glover RIP
It is with huge sadness that we bring a message from Paul Morgan, brother of Taff, who so many of you will know as one of the key people behind this website. Paul's message can be found via the link below.

You are of course welcome to leave messages at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Taff Glover RIP.

Update: Friday 6.20p.m. The comment facility has been restored. Sorry for any inconvenience. Please feel free to add your own thoughts and read the huge volume already posted which we thank everyone for.


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16 December 2010 : Late Kick-Off Returns
The BBC One regional football programme Late Kick-Off is to return to our screens in the New Year. The programme ran during the second half of the 2009-10 season, and covered football clubs on a slightly more localised basis within the Football League, with the country split into regions.

The Glovers fitted into a 'South and South-West' regional show that covered clubs as far was as Plymouth Argyle and as far east as Brighton and Hove Albion. Clubs such as Cheltenham Town and Wycombe Wanderers represented the northern boundary of the regional coverage. With such a wide area, the Glovers rarely featured in any depth beyond the goals highlights, but the programme itself covers a lot of the region's other teams around the League One level.

The new series will start on January 17th, at 11.05p.m. and will continue weekly, on Monday nights thereafter until the end of the 2010-11 season.


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16 December 2010 : Skiverton Calls For More Experience Within The Ranks
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has now openly confirmed that he is considering signing Bath City midfielder Alex Russell in the January transfer window. The 37 year old is out of contract at the end of the year, and the player himself has already said that he is expecting to have talks with both Yeovil and Bath about his future.

With the Glovers offering Russell full time football, and even letting Russell train with them for the moment, Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he is aware of the experience that the former Bristol City and Exeter City player could offer, and said that was key to the way he needed to improve his squad:

"He is someone I'm looking at, just to have that little bit of experience and that little bit of know-how. You can see from Hartlepool that they had two or three very experienced players."

However, Skiverton said that 'everything' would be up for grabs come the turn of the year, and said that changes were likely both on and off the field of play. The Yeovil boss hinted that some of those changes may come through a more experienced addition to the coaching or management staff:

"I think I need to look at everything. I need to look at the playing staff, my coaching staff. I need to look at everything and maybe bring in a bit more experience throughout the club, just to help us in this little situation that we're in. One thing that I am here, is that there are no 'friends' and we've got to be professional in what we're doing. That is throughout for me - upstairs and underneath me. One thing we will make sure of is that we're now focussing on a really massive game for us on the weekend and back to the league."

Of course any change to the management and coaching team does not need to wait until the January transfer window opens, and can be done immediately. There had been speculation a couple of weeks ago suggesting that former Bristol Rovers Director of Football Lennie Lawrence was being lined up for a similar position at Huish Park, although nothing has materialised since then to suggest that rumour has legs. However Skiverton's mention of 'upstairs' changes as being a possibility imply that sort of an appointment can't be ruled out. What quick differences it would make to the current situation is another matter.


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16 December 2010 : Skivo Wants Phillip Return
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he may look to bring back striker Adam Phillip during the January transfer window. The Chelsea teenager headed back to Stamford Bridge earlier this week after a one month loan at the club. However, Skivo says he hopes that is not the last he has heard of him.

In an interview conducted by BBC Somerset just before kick-off, Skivo explains why Phillip's loan spell was ended, and also explains the injury situation concerning centre-back pairing Paul Huntington and Adam Virgo.

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


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15 December 2010 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Officials for Yeovil Town's home match against Carlisle United have been announced. The game takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 18th December with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and the man in charge will be referee Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). If the name of Mr Horwood sounds familiar, we were due to have him in late October for the home game against Swindon Town, but he was replaced late on by Mick Russell. On the plus side, his quick reallocation to a Huish Park game means we can more or less repeat his October profile:

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

The second was the January 2009 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Not the best of games to watch by any stretch of the imagination, but all of that was forgotten when Gavin Tomlin's 94th minute goal sent the away support slightly mad. We managed to recover our composure enough to remember that Mr Horwood had "an excellent game" - see, we do praise them sometimes! We were due to have Mr Horwood for a home League One match against Stockport County in September 2009, but by the time everyone got to Huish Park, Mr Horwood had been replaced for an unspecified reason.

However, the most recent occasion was the April 2010 match at Griffin Park that saw Brentford and Yeovil Town share a 1-1 draw. The two teams also shared two highly dubious refereeing decisions. The one that went for us was a penalty that Brentford conceded for a handball that visiting supporters at the other end of the field didn't spot. Gavin Tomlin showed no mercy against his former club. But they do say luck levels itself out, and so it did when Mr Horwood penalised Luke Ayling for an excellent sliding tackle, and Brentford stuck a superb equaliser from the dead ball situation. No damage done to either side, but two wrongs don't make a right.

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Richard Corp (Somerset) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

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

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : April 2010 : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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15 December 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn ...
The morning after the night before. Going out of the FA Cup as a Yeovil Town fan has always been a painful process. Even more so when you are bottom of the League One table. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog our scribe sifts through the wreckage and poses the question of 'What next?'

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn ....


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15 December 2010 : Trollope Fired After Rovers Cup Exit
League One side Bristol Rovers have removed first team manager Paul Trollope from his post after they headed out of a cup competition last night. The Gas lost on penalties to Exeter City in the Football League Trophy, in a week that saw them thrashed 6-2 by Sheffield Wednesday and fall into the relegation zone in League One.

Trollope has been placed on gardening leave by Rovers, pending discussions to sever his contract. He was one of the Football League's longest serving managers, having been put in charge after the departure of Ian Atkins in 2005, albeit as a First Team Coach working under a Director of Football. Trollope was more recently retitled as First Team Manager when Lennie Lawrence left the Director's post, and now they will need to fill the main managerial post. Chairman Nick Higgs has said that recent results forced the club's decision:

"We have become concerned with results and performances this season and the recent slide down the table. We now find ourselves in the bottom four, with attendances dropping off rapidly, and the board felt that immediate action was needed to make the necessary changes and try and reclaim something from this season. We now hope to make a prompt appointment to take over the managerial role and get the club moving back in the right direction."

As yet, they have not indicated who will be in charge for their League One fixture on Saturday.


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15 December 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool FA Cup Game
Following last night's 4-2 defeat in the FA Cup at the hands of Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game at Victoria Park. Taking questions from BBC Bristol reporter Rob Scanlon, the transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool FA Cup Game.


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15 December 2010 : Skiverton Admits Glovers Got 'Found Out' In FA Cup Exit
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton admitted that his team were 'found out' during last night's 4-2 defeat in the FA Cup at Hartlepool United. The Glovers boss said that missing several players through injury and suspension had contributed to his side's downfall, but also noted that Pools had exploited Yeovil's Achilles heel in their inability to defend from set pieces and crosses into the box.

The Glovers were missing centre-back pairing Paul Huntington and Adam Virgo, along with first choice left-back Nathan Smith, whilst loan winger Ivan Sproule was refused permission to play in the FA Cup. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that those absentees did not help his plans:

"This is one of these times when you do get found out with players missing. You try to put a brave face on it, and be positive before the game, but it's when you look at the harsh realities of it. You think you've turned a bit of a corner, but then stuff conspires against you with injuries."

On the plus side, midfielder Ed Upson scored his debut goal for the club, whilst Leicester City loanee Tom Parkes made his full debut. Skiverton praised both players, but felt that other more experienced ones did not come up to scratch on the night:

"I thought Ed Upson did very well and I thought Tom Parkes did well again. But I think I was more disappointed with some of the more experienced players tonight. They didn't really get a foot on the game and they didn't drag the other players with them. But Hartlepool were fantastic in the second half and you've got to give them full credit. I think they caused us problems, and the difference was in the strength of their set plays and in their people who wanted to come in and attack the ball."

The BBC also said that Skiverton had confirmed the earlier report that he was looking at 37 year old Bath City midfielder Alex Russell with a view to a short term deal. The BBC also reported that Skiverton is looking to bolster his backroom staff in the near future, but we've yet to understand what that might entail.


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14 December 2010 : Blank Weekend On Third Round Day
Yeovil Town's defeat at Victoria Park tonight means that they will be without a game on FA Cup Third Round day. The Glovers were due to play Brighton and Hove Albion at Huish Park on January 8th 2011, but that match was already shelved with the Seagulls having made their own way into the Third Round for their home tie against Portsmouth.

With Yeovil's involvement in the FA Cup curtailed tonight, that now means they will have a blank weekend on the 8th, unless any unexpected options present themselves for games to be slotted into that Saturday.


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14 December 2010 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Hartlepool Cup Match
If you were one of the 42 spectators at tonight's 4-2 defeat against Hartlepool United in the FA Cup at Victoria Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Given how few travelling Glovers there were at the game tonight, every vote will count significantly, so if you were there, your vote will be very appreciated.

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


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14 December 2010 : Hartlepool 4 Yeovil 2 : Glovers Get Nicked By The Sweeney
Yeovil Town crashed out of the FA Cup tonight at the hands of Hartlepool United, after throwing away a two goal lead. The Glovers had taken a shock two goal first half lead through goals from Andy Williams and Ed Upson, but two goals from set pieces saw Antony Sweeney net both times to square things up at the break. Early second half goals came via a Ritchie Humphreys thumper and Sweeney's hat-trick goal, and it was goodnight to the FA Cup with Pools deservedly going through.

The Glovers went into the match without both first choice centre-backs, as Adam Virgo and Paul Huntington dropped out through injury. Nathan Jones was suspended, whilst Ivan Sproule was denied permission to play in the match at Victoria Park. Youth teamers Josh Doile and Rob Clowes filled a thin looking bench.

The first period took a while to warm up with anything of consequence, but when it did, it did so with a flourish of goals, with three being scored across a nine minute period. But it was Yeovil who took a shock lead in the game. Pools pair Joe Gamble and Antony Sweeney collided in their own half, and Andy Welsh took advantage, putting the ball into the box and finding Ed Upson. His shot was parried by Jake Kean, Dean Bowditch found his rebound shot blocked, but then Andy Williams made it third time lucky as he shot the loose ball into the net.

The Glovers doubled their lead on the half hour mark, as Andy Welsh found Dean Bowditch, and his ball into the box saw Ed Upson getting into space, and the former Ipswich Town man bagged his first goal for the Glovers, as he shot in off the post to put his side 2-0 up.

This kind of a start was beyond Yeovil's wildest dreams, but they came crashing down, as the predictable feature of Yeovil's season - being unable to defend from set pieces - came back to haunt them. Just four minutes after Upson's goal, a Pools free kick was headed across goal by Gary Liddle, and Antony Sweeney was on hand to pull the game back to 2-1.

Just five minutes later, and Hartlepool's comeback was complete, via another free kick. Sam Collins headed the ball down, and once again Antony Sweeney was left unmarked, for a morale-sapping 2-2 scoreline. The Glovers had played generally well during the first period, albeit without great domination, but yet again, switching off at set pieces had cost them.

Into the second period, and what was bad, very quickly got worse. It took just four minutes of the second period for Hartlepool to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 advantage. Antony Sweeney got a left wing cross into the box, and Ritchie Humphreys struck a brilliant goal first time and into the back of the net. Great goal, but once again poor marking.

The killer goal came on the hour mark, as Anthony Sweeney grabbed his hat-trick goal, and once again it came from sloppy defending. A sliced clearance by a Yeovil defender from a Ritchie Humphreys header saw the ball fall straight into the path of Sweeney and having had two earlier chances to get his third goal of the evening, he wasn't going to turn down a Christmas gift. 4-2 and pretty much game over.

The Glovers huffed and puffed as Sam Williams, Craig Calver and Billy Gibson were introduced during the second half, but none of them truly changed a game that had slipped away from Yeovil during the phase of play on either side of the break. They did come close to setting up an unexpected finale in the 90th minute as Andy Williams had a shot hacked off the line by a Pools defender, with Calver hitting the rebound wide. But in reality, Pools were cruising a little after they struck their fourth goal, and not too surprisingly Yeovil were demoralised and well beaten by that stage. So no big FA Cup run again this year - but more to the point, a long old slog in the League left to come. Picking the players up from this one and clawing back the six point deficit that is now their one and only focus is going to be one hell of a task.

Final Score : Hartlepool United 4 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Andy Williams (18 mins, 0-1), Ed Upson (31 mins, 0-2), Antony Sweeney (35 mins, 1-2), Antony Sweeney (40 mins, 2-2), Ritchie Humphreys (49 mins, 3-2), Antony Sweeney (59 mins, 4-2)

Hartlepool United:
32. Jake Kean 2. Neil Austin 5. Sam Collins 29. Peter Hartley 6. Evan Horwood 7. Leon McSweeney 15. Antony Sweeney 8. Joe Gamble 4. Gary Liddle 11. Andy Monkhouse 3. Ritchie Humphreys

Substitutes:
10. Adam Boyd (71 mins for Ritchie Humphreys) 12. Fabian Yantorno (79 mins for Leon McSweeney) 14. James Brown 16. Steven Haslam (63 mins for Joe Gamble) 20. Paul Murray 22. Armann Bjornsson 23. Colin Larkin

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 12. Tom Parkes 8. Luke Ayling 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 21. JP Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 16. Ed Upson 11. Andy Welsh
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 9. Sam Williams (54 mins for Andy Welsh) 17. Craig Calver (71 mins for Shaun MacDonald) 23. Billy Gibson (84 mins for Dean Bowditch) 27. Rob Clowes 28. Josh Doile

Hartlepool Bookings:
Yeovil Bookings: Tom Parkes (foul, 74 mins), Andy Williams (foul, 88 mins)

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Jason Knowles (West Yorkshire) and Philip Dermott (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Martin Coy (Durham).

Attendance: 1,914 (including 42 Yeovil supporters)


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14 December 2010 : Team News For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have been forced into four changes for tonight's match at Hartlepool United. Defenders Paul Huntington and Adam Virgo are both injured, whilst left-back Nathan Smith is suspended for picking up five bookings. Meanwhile Ivan Sproule is prevented from playing by Bristol City.

In comes Andy Welsh, Ed Upson, Tom Parkes and Nathan Jones as replacements with another 4-5-1 formation expected. On the bench, youth-teamers Rob Clowes and Josh Doile fill the seven.

The line-ups are:

Hartlepool United:
32. Jake Kean 2. Neil Austin 5. Sam Collins 29. Peter Hartley 6. Evan Horwood 7. Leon McSweeney 15. Antony Sweeney 8. Joe Gamble 4. Gary Liddle 11. Andy Monkhouse 3. Ritchie Humphreys

Substitutes:
10. Adam Boyd 12. Fabian Yantorno 14. James Brown 16. Steven Haslam 20. Paul Murray 22. Armann Bjornsson 23. Colin Larkin

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 12. Tom Parkes 8. Luke Ayling 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 21. JP Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 16. Ed Upson 11. Andy Welsh
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 9. Sam Williams 17. Craig Calver 23. Billy Gibson 27. Rob Clowes 28. Josh Doile


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14 December 2010 : Live Commentary On Tonight's Game
The BBC Sport website is reporting that there will be live commentary on tonight's game against Hartlepool United over the internet. This will be available via a webstream that will carry the BBC Somerset commentary. They say it will be available to UK users only. To access the commentary, head to the link below, and keep your fingers crossed as this is the first time we've seen this done by the BBC.

At present it's just giving a looped recording, but it may kick in nearer kick-off time.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Live Commentary Stream.


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14 December 2010 : Ladies Land Home Draw In FA Cup
Yeovil Town Ladies have managed to achieve what the men's first team can't - to get a home draw in a cup competition. The Second Round of the FA Women's Cup has paired the Glovers with Cardiff City Ladies, who also play in the Premier League Southern Division.

The match will be played on Sunday 9th January 2011 at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove ground, kick-off 1.00p.m., and the full draw is as follows:

1 Blackpool Wren Rovers LFC or Salford Ladies vs Sheffield Wednesday Women
2 Manchester City LFC vs Mossley Hill LFC
3 Rochdale AFC Ladies vs Preston North End WFC
4 Newcastle United WFC vs Liverpool Feds LFC or Morecambe Ladies
5 Middleton Athletic LFC or Whitley Bay Women vs Leeds City Vixens LFC
6 Curzon Ashton LFC vs Middlesbrough LFC or Stockport County LFC
7 Sheffield United Community LFC or Stoke City LFC vs Cambridge Women's
8 Derby County LFC vs Daventry Town LFC or Rotherham United LFC
9 Barnsley LFC or Sheffield Ladies vs Loughborough Students LFC
10 Leicester City WFC vs Leicester City Ladies
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers WFC or Solihull Ladies vs Coventry City LFC
12 Aston Villa LFC vs Radcliffe Olympic LFC or Sporting Club Albion LFC
13 Tottenham Hotspur LFC vs Colchester United LFC
14 Ebbsfleet United LFC or Maidstone Town LFC vs Gillingham LFC
15 Havant & Waterlooville LFC vs Enfield Town LFC
16 Portsmouth LFC vs Crystal Palace LFC or Panthers LFC
17 West Ham United LFC vs Norwich City Ladies or Cambridge University LFC
18 Hemel Hempstead Town LFC vs Brighton & Hove Albion WFC
19 Denham United LFC vs Charlton Athletic LFC
20 Luton Town Ladies vs Queens Park Rangers LFC
21 Larkhall Athletic LFC or Southampton Saints WFC vs Keynsham Town LFC
22 Yeovil Town LFC vs Cardiff City LFC
23 Newquay Ladies vs Plymouth Argyle LFC
24 Cullompton Rangers LFC vs Andover New Street LFC

The Ladies team draw 0-0 against Gillingham Ladies on Sunday at Raleigh Grove, in a result that keeps them in 5th place in the table. The Ladies Official Site has a match report up covering this game in more detail.

Raleigh Grove is the venue once again on Sunday for their final match before they break for Christmas - with the Cardiff City cup game being the first game for 2011. Sunday's game sees QPR Ladies as their opponents in the League, and as usual all are welcome to attend.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs QPR Ladies : Fixture Flyer.


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14 December 2010 : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town FA Cup Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to the North-East tonight to play their twice-postponed FA CUp Second Round match against Hartlepool United. It should be third time lucky at Victoria Park, with the weather forecast predicting temperatures well above freezing. The winners will pocket £27,000 as part of the FA's prize fund, to add to the £18,000 both clubs collected as part of their First Round victories, and will take on Watford in the Third Round on January 8th 2011 at Vicarage Road.

Both sides got through their weekend games without conceding a goal, with Pools managing an impressive 1-0 win over promotion-chasing AFC Bournemouth, with striker James Brown coming up trumps. Mick Wadsworth's side have started to quietly pick up some steady form in the last few months - nothing that has blown the league apart, but enough to have them quietly sneak up to 12th in the latest League One table and ten points ahead of the now bottom-placed Glovers. Four wins and three draws in eight League and FA Cup matches have helped push them forward, with their only blemish during the last two months being a Football League Trophy exit at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.

They've had a bit of fortune along the way mind. Goalkeeper Jake Kean was even by his manager's admission lucky not to see red for getting involved in a spot of handbags with Bournemouth's Danny Hollands on Saturday, after Kean was fouled by Harry Arter. All three got booked, with Mick Wadsworth admitting after the game that an outfield player would have been going in goal, having earmarked defender Sam Collins for temporary duties. Since the last attempt to play the FA Cup match, Wadsworth has sent loan keeper Lee Nicholls back to Wigan Athletic meaning that they will almost certainly play tonight's game without a substitute keeper - former Glover Scott Flinders is one of two permanent keeper signings still on the sidelines, with Andy Rafferty another long term absentee. Manchester City forward James Poole also returned to his parent club, whilst Billy Greulich has an ankle injury.

For the Glovers, there's been (probably deliberately) no output from manager Terry Skiverton concerning the status of three players who suffered knocks in the 0-0 draw at Colchester United. Centre-back Paul Huntington went off with what looked to be a rib injury early on in the game, whilst fellow centre-back Adam Virgo was hobbling around badly in the closing minutes and probably would have come off if the Glovers hadn't used all three substitutes by then. Virgo is reported as not playing tonight. In between, striker Dean Bowditch lasted only five minutes of the second half before putting his hand up in what appeared to be a procedure agreed during the half time break for something that had caused Bowditch concerns earlier. With Stefan Stam (hamstring) missing again, Skiverton will be praying that at least one of his centre-backs pulls through for tonight's match, or defensive options will come close to disappearing. The worst case scenario is that teenagers Tom Parkes and Luke Ayling will be paired up at the back.

Hartlepool have already beaten Yeovil Town this season with their 2-0 win at Huish Park in Mick Wadsworth's first game as Caretaker Manager. Goals from Gary Liddle and Andy Monkhouse took the points in what was a pretty awful Glovers performance. But Yeovil have proved they can be stubborn against tonight's opponents, gaining a 1-1 draw in their last match at Victoria Park, as Sam Williams netted an opener at a snowy Victoria Park, only for Monkhouse again to deny the Glovers three points.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. at Victoria Park with tickets still available on the day. We'll be letting you know how the game is going on Twitter tonight, whilst BBC Somerset will also be covering the game on 95.5FM. If, heaven forbid, this game goes to a replay, then it will be on December 21st at Huish Park.

Link: Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town FA Cup Match.

Link: GWSC FA Cup Travel To Hartlepool United (Revised).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.


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14 December 2010 : Alcock Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town's captain Craig Alcock has been included in the Football League's Team of the Week. The right-back is the Glovers' first nomination since October as he was part of a team that stopped a run of four defeats in a row.

Craig was part of a back four that gave Yeovil their first clean sheet in the League since October 9th, and there's little doubt that was a strong influence in the decision to include him in the team. The full eleven is as follows:

Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town)
Craig Alcock (Yeovil Town) Mike Edwards (Notts County) Mark Arber (Dagenham & Red) Oluwafemi Ilesanmi (Dagenham & Red)
Chris Sedgwick (Sheffield Wednesday) Stephen Dawson (Leyton Orient) Matthew Richards (Walsall) Gary Teale (Sheffield Wednesday)
Bradley Wright-Phillips (Plymouth) James Brown (Hartlepool).

Yeovil Town's nominations in the Football League so far during the 2010-11 season are as follows:

1. John Sullivan (29/09/2010 : Oldham (a) D0-0) (details)
2. Paul Huntington (11/09/2010 : Tranmere (h) W3-1) (details)
3. Nathan Smith (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
4. Stephen Henderson (02/10/2010 : Walsall (a) W1-0) (details)
5. Paul Huntington (09/10/2010 : Rochdale (a) W1-0) (details)
6. Dean Bowditch (30/10/2010 : Swindon (h) D3-3) (details)
7. Craig Alcock (11/12/2010 : Colchester (a) D0-0).


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13 December 2010 : Russell Trains With Glovers In Search Of Deal
Bath City midfielder Alex Russell is training with Yeovil Town in the hope of earning a contract with the Glovers. The former Torquay United and Bristol City player has been playing in the Conference National division since being released by League One side Exeter City over the summer, but BBC Somerset are reporting that the 37 year old has been keeping his fitness up by training full time with the Glovers.

Russell had signed a short term contract at Twerton Park and has been playing for them since late September. But his current deal runs out at the end of the year, and he has told the BBC that at the moment he doesn't know where his future lies, indicating that he will be talking with both Bath and Yeovil during the coming week:

"I'm not sure yet. I've got to speak to Adie (Britton) next week, and we'll discuss that next week. There's a few things that we'll have to talk about. I've got to speak to Yeovil next week as well, so at the moment there's a couple of different scenarios that could come out as well, but I'm not going to worry about it now because I've not spoken to either manager about it. But we'll soon find out."

Russell started his career with non-league side Burscough, but since then has enjoyed a long and varied career in the Football League, including spells with Rochdale, Cambridge United, Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town. However, although he dropped back into non-league football over the summer, he admits it would be attractive to return to the Football League:

"Yes, I think it would. I've always played my career in League football, apart from when I was around 18 or 19. It's where you feel like you could be playing. But obviously I am 37 years old and life changes. I've enjoyed it at Bath. It's different to what I'm used to, but that doesn't make it any more enjoyable."


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13 December 2010 : Parkes Has Mixed Feelings About Extended Debut
Yeovil Town's latest loan signing Tom Parkes has said that he had mixed feelings about his debut performance for the Glovers. The Leicester City teenager was part of a back four that kept a clean sheet against Colchester United at the Community Stadium on Saturday, but told BBC Somerset after the game that he was disappointed that his new side didn't come back with more than that:

"We are disappointed in a way, because we had chances to score goals and we could have come away with three points. But on the opposite side, we're happy because we've come down here, we've worked hard, we've dominated it at times and we've come away with a nice point. That's something to be happy about."

Parkes was selected as a substitute for his first match in a green-and-white shirt, but had to be introduced early on in the game due to a painful looking rib injury sustained by fellow centre-back Paul Huntington. His team-mate had to withdraw from the field, which meant that Tom got a more lengthy introduction to League One football than he was expecting:

"It was fifteen minutes into the game and I was being told to warm up, and then told that I was coming on. From not starting the game to coming, it was hard to get into the rhythm and work with the boys, but I thought I did well myself. Most strikers these days are strong and quick. But that's my job to do isn't it? But today I thought it wasn't just me, I thought everyone on the pitch defended well, and we got a clean sheet and a good point."

Whilst the Glovers have suffered problems with getting permission for various loan players to turn out in the FA Cup from their parent clubs, Tom has confirmed that there are no such issues with his club Leicester City, meaning that he will be in the squad for tomorrow night's match against Hartlepool United:

"They've allowed me to play in the FA Cup, so hopefully I'll get to play on Tuesday, and hopefully we'll get a win on Tuesday."


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13 December 2010 : Phillip Makes Chelsea Return As Loan Ends
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Adam Phillip has returned to Premier League side Chelsea after completing a one month loan at Huish Park. There was a fair bit of trumpeting of the teenager's arrival at the club in the hope of him providing the goals to lift Yeovil out of their current run of form.

However, three substitute appearances at Charlton Athletic, AFC Bournemouth and Colchester United didn't really give him enough opportunity to show what he was capable of, and mean that Yeovil Town's home fans never got the chance to see him play. He was blocked from playing in the FA Cup by his parent club Chelsea and so would not have been allowed to play in tomorrow's match at Hartlepool United.

We wish him luck upon his return to Stamford Bridge.


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13 December 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Colchester 0 Yeovil 0 : All Graft And No Craft
Fresh from his trip to deepest darkest Essex, Cruncher is behind the controls to give us the lowdown on what happened at Colchester United on Saturday. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry, our man considers the good and bad about the day out to the Community Stadium that saw Yeovil Town gain a surprise and welcome away point, but at the same time drop to the foot of League One.

Alternative views of the day or the current situation are welcomed as always.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : L1: Colchester 0 Yeovil 0 : All Graft And No Craft.


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13 December 2010 : Download The Ladies vs QPR Fixture Poster
Yeovil Town Ladies are at home for the second weekend running next Sunday. To help advertise that game, there is now a new Fixtures Poster available.

That game takes place on Sunday 19th December at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne, kick-off 2.00p.m. and is against QPR Ladies. Download the poster below and print it and display it anywhere you think may help spread the word.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies vs QPR Ladies : Fixture Flyer.


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12 December 2010 : FA Cup Arrangements Unchanged
Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round match against Hartlepool United sees various arrangements stay as per the attempt to play the match last week. Travel plans for the GWSC remain as per last week, whilst the match officials for this game are also unchanged.

The match at Victoria Park kicks off at 7.45p.m. for the right to face Championship side Watford on Saturday 8th January 2011. For those travelling to the game, the Ciderspace guide is also linked below.

Link: Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town FA Cup Match.

Link: GWSC FA Cup Travel To Hartlepool United (Revised).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Whilst on the subject of the FA Cup, the fifth and final Third Round live match has been chosen, and as suspected, the ESPN choice has come from one of last week's midweek replays. The game will see Crawley Town, managed by convicted tax fraudster Steve Evans, play host to Derby County, managed by all-round nice guy Nigel Clough. Each club will deposit the sum of £144,000 into their chosen bank account.

The final list of five are as follows:

08/01/2011 : 12:45 : Arsenal v Leeds United (ITV1)
08/01/2011 : 17:30 : Stevenage v Newcastle United (ESPN)
09/01/2011 : 13:30 : Manchester United v Liverpool (ITV1)
09/01/2011 : 16:00 : Leicester City v Manchester City (ESPN)
10/01/2010 : 20:00 : Crawley Town vs Derby County (ESPN)

Talking of Clough Jnr, his old club Burton Albion are involved in one of two matches selected by ITV for their highlights package. There will be a third match chosen nearer the time, or possibly on the day of the Third Round. Each club will get £6,750 as a broadcast fee. The two games chosen so far are as follows:

Burton Albion v Middlesbrough
Scunthorpe United v Everton


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12 December 2010 : Glovers Hit Rock Bottom
Yeovil Town have slipped to the bottom position in the League One table this weekend, with the moment coming without them kicking a ball. Charlton Athletic had demanded a shift in their weekend fixture to a Sunday afternoon kick-off, due to their television commitments that saw them play on ESPN in the FA Cup on Thursday night, beating Luton Town in a Second Round replay.

With the Addicks on Sky Sports on Tuesday night in the Football League Trophy, against Brentford, they asked the Football League for their match against Walsall to be put back by 24 hours. The Saddlers objected to the rearrangement, but they had the last laugh as a Matthew Richards goal midway through the second half saw them grab all three points.

The result means that Walsall leapfrog Yeovil Town, sending the Glovers down to 24th place in the League One table.

Link: Latest 2010-11 League One Table.

As a point of trivia, this is the first time that Yeovil Town have been bottom of a League One table since early on in the 2005-06 season, just after they had been promoted from League Two. The Glovers were slow to adjust to their new level during the last few weeks of Gary Johnson's reign at Huish Park, and it was only when they won their first match in third tier football that they began to climb upwards. The last table to show Yeovil Town bottom of the table was following games placed on September 3rd 2005, eight matches into that season. The table is shown below.

Link: 2005-06 League One Table : September 3rd 2005.


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12 December 2010 : Signed Manchester United Shirt Auctioned For Adam Stansfield Foundation
Those of you who went to the Capital Glovers evening to raise funds for the Adam Stansfield Football Foundation will recall that one auction item was withdrawn in favour of it being auctioned separately.

A Manchester United shirt, signed by 13 of their First Team squad, is available on the eBay website, with four days left for you to bid on it. If you're a Manchester United fan, or know someone who is, then head across to eBay and place your bid.

All money raised will help youth football development in Devon and Somerset by being donated towards the Adam Stansfield Football Foundation, so your money is going towards a great cause as well.

NB: If you run a Manchester United website or forum, please help us promote this auction to give it the best chance of sending the shirt to a happy home.

Link: eBay : Signed Manchester United 2010-11 Shirt.

Link: Review Of The Adam Stansfield Fundraising Night.


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12 December 2010 : Ladies vs Gillingham - In Action This Afternoon
A reminder that Yeovil Town Ladies are in action this afternoon in an FA Women's Premier League Southern Division match. The game against Kent side Gillingham Ladies takes place at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town Football Club, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

The Ladies site has a full match preview on their News Page and all supporters are welcome to come along and support the Glovers. If you're feeling a bit starved of football in South Somerset lately, this could be a good way to catch up. The Gills lie two places below Yeovil Town in the League Table and just three points, so it should be a competitive game.


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11 December 2010 : Skivo's Verdict On The Colchester United Game
Following this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC.

Speaking to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript can be found via the link below. In the interview, Skivo explains how former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale helped him bring in his latest loan signing from Leicester City.

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


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11 December 2010 : Man of the Match Voting for Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
If you were at this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Colchester United at the Community Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

With a Tuesday night match in the FA Cup to come, you'll need to get your votes in before kick-off that night.

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


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11 December 2010 : Colchester 0 Yeovil 0 : Point Gained As Glovers Snuff Out U's
Yeovil Town gained a valuable away point at Colchester United's Community Stadium this afternoon, as a 0-0 draw was ground out in Essex. The game was one of very few chances, with the Glovers frustrating the home side throughout, and both keepers making few saves. The only down side to the afternoon were injuries to three key players that could cause a headache when Yeovil play their FA Cup Second Round match at Hartlepool United on Tuesday.

The Glovers made two changes to the side that played last two-and-a-half weeks ago, with Paul Huntington coming back from suspension, whilst Stefan Stam dropped from the squad through a hamstring injury. Meanwhile Sam Williams dropped to the bench as a tactical switch meant that Luke Ayling was employed as part of a midfield five, as Dean Bowditch was left up front on his own. Craig Alcock took the captaincy role.

It was a half largely devoid of chances. Shaun MacDonald unusually sat as the deepest of the three midfielders, leaving Jean-Paul Kalala and Luke Ayling to look to snuff out Colchester midfield pairing Kemal Izzet and David Perkins. They did that task well, seeing the midfield flooded out.

The Glovers suffered an early blow, as defender Paul Huntington had to come off early on, clutching his ribs, and looking in severe pain, despite having had to carry on for a significant amount of time after the fourth official delayed Yeovil's attempt to make a substitution. Leicester City teenager Tom Parkes came on to make an extended début from his bench.

Main Colchester striker Kayode Odejayi put a couple of headers over the bar, but largely the home side were struggling to find room on the pitch. Not that Yeovil were creating too much themselves - their only shot on target in the first period was an Adam Virgo effort after he received the ball from a long range free kick, but home keeper Ben Williams swallowed the ball easily.

The Glovers finished the first period with a mini-surge of pressure that would have put them in at the break with their tails up. Ivan Sproule, who had a fairly quiet opening 45 minutes, put one over the bar, whilst another cross was cleared close to his own goal line by Tom Williams. Then Nathan Smith put a screamer just wide with home keeper Ben Williams well beaten. All of this led to the home side being booed off when the whistle blew - a measure of how much Yeovil had frustrated their hosts during the half.

Colchester opened up play in the second period by switching to a 4-3-3 to try to out-do the Glovers tactics, and whilst initially that made the game a bit more open, the match soon reverted to type. The Glovers lost a second player to injury when Dean Bowditch had to come off, leaving Adam Phillip out on his own as the incoming striker.

There were odd periods of play when the game threatened to open up, but they were rare. Midway through the second period came Colchester's golden chance, as Kayode Odejayi out-muscled Adam Virgo, and John Sullivan made a stunning save to push the big striker's shot onto the bar. A total of 70 minutes in and the first cast-iron chance of the match for either side. At the other end, Adam Phillip's cross to the back post turned into an on-target shot as it curled in, and Ben Williams was left scrambling to stop a freak goal.

Into three minutes of injury time, and the Glovers could easily have sneaked all three points. Adam Phillip broke clear on goal, and as Ben Williams saved, the ball fell free to fellow substitute Sam Williams. But his attempt to win the game went wide of the target, and that was greeted with the final whistle.

A good point that pretty much everyone involved at Yeovil Town would have taken before the game kicked off, against a team gunning for the play-offs. However, the draw may have come at a high cost - with Paul Huntington suffering a painful injury and Dean Bowditch limping off early in the second period, that was added to in the closing stages, with Adam Virgo virtually immobile as Yeovil effectively played out with ten men, having used all three substitutes, with Luke Ayling acting as a centre-back to cover Virgo and see the game out. We'll have to wait and see where that leaves Terry Skiverton for Tuesday night's long trip to Hartlepool United on Tuesday, and pray that one of the two centre-backs pulls through.

Yeovil stay in 23rd place in the League One table, with Dagenham, Leyton Orient, Plymouth Argyle, Hartlepool United and Plymouth Argyle all winning. However, it was a bad day for Bristol Rovers, who drop into the bottom four after a 6-2 thrashing, and Yeovil are now six points away from them, with Tranmere Rovers, Notts County and Rochdale all on 22 points.

Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.

Final Score: Colchester United 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Colchester United:
1. Ben Williams
20. Brian Wilson 6. Paul Reid 5. Pat Baldwin 31. Tom Williams
7. Ashley Vincent 10. Kemal Izzet 17. David Perkins 22. Anthony Wordsworth
15. Kayode Odejayi 16. Ian Henderson

Substitutes:
12. Mark Cousins (GK) 3. Lee Beevers 19. David Mooney (65 mins for Ashley Vincent) 24. Ben Coker 26. Lloyd James (85 mins for Kemal Izzet) 27. Liam Henderson (78 mins for Kayode Odejayi) 28. Matt Heath

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 19. Adam Virgo 5. Paul Huntington 6. Nathan Smith
29. Ivan Sproule 8. Luke Ayling 25. Shaun MacDonald 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 7. Andrew Williams
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 9. Sam Williams (76 mins for Ivan Sproule) 11. Andy Welsh 12. Tom Parkes (18 mins for Paul Huntington) 14. Adam Phillip (51 mins for Dean Bowditch) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver

Colchester Bookings: Anthony Wordsworth (foul, 70 mins), Brian Wilson (foul, 90 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Dean Bowditch (foul, 41 mins), Ivan Sproule (dissent, 46 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 75 mins)

Referee: Steve Rushton (Staffordshire). Assistants: Stuart Butler (Kent) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Elliott Kaye (Essex).

Attendance: 3,748


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11 December 2010 : Skivo's Pre-Kick-Off Colchester Interview
Just before kick-off in this afternoon's match against Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. Giving his pre-kick-off views to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the full transcript can be found via the link below.

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


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11 December 2010 : Team News For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town are planning to start this afternoon's match at Colchester United with a 4-5-1 formation. Striker Sam Williams and defender Stefan Stam are shuffled out of the last starting line-up against AFC Bournemouth. Big Sam is replaced by Luke Ayling with the Glovers putting in the extra midfielder, whilst Paul Huntington returns to the centre of defence with Stam dropping out of the squad with a hamstring injury.

For Colchester, top scorer David Mooney is ill and is saved for the bench, whilst second top scorer Andy Bond is ruled out with a hernia problem, which needed an operation. The teams are as follows:

Colchester United:
1. Ben Williams
20. Brian Wilson 6. Paul Reid 5. Pat Baldwin 31. Tom Williams
7. Ashley Vincent 10. Kemal Izzet 17. David Perkins 16. Ian Henderson
15. Kayode Odejayi 22. Anthony Wordsworth

Substitutes:
12. Mark Cousins (GK) 3. Lee Beevers 19. David Mooney 24. Ben Coker 26. Lloyd James 27. Liam Henderson 28. Matt Heath

Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 19. Adam Virgo 5. Paul Huntington 6. Nathan Smith
29. Ivan Sproule 8. Luke Ayling 25. Shaun MacDonald 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 7. Andrew Williams
10. Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 9. Sam Williams 11. Andy Welsh 12. Tom Parkes 14. Adam Phillip 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver


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11 December 2010 : Sullivan Glad To Get Back Into League Action
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper John Sullivan has admitted he has not enjoyed the unscheduled winter break, and is looking forward to getting back into action today against Colchester United. The Millwall keeper is on loan at Huish Park until January 3rd and is fully aware that the number of games he has left in South Somerset are running out.

Sullivan has got five games under his belt since returning from a shoulder injury sustained in September, and has so far clocked up 13 for the club. He admitted to BBC Somerset that knowing that his time was limited was especially frustrating for him:

"It's not been nice, especially for me, as my loan is up on January 3rd. When I came back from injury, I played in four or five games and was getting into a rhythm of games, even though the results have not gone how we would like them to. So to have a two and a half week break through the weather, has been poor for me really, especially with us getting all the way up to Hartlepool. But that's part of being a footballer and you just have to get on with it."

The Glovers are currently on a run of six league defeats in seven matches, and lie in 23rd place in the League One table - six points adrift of safety. Sullivan said that the players were realistic enough to know that the club was in a bad position:

"We all know the situation that we're in. We're not silly. We read the papers, and even the local papers and we see the league table and Sky Sports every day and it hurts. It hurts your pride. Any footballer does not want to be seen near the bottom of the league. We've really got to get some points over the next few games because the longer it goes on, we don't want to keep on looking up and up. But I still firmly believe that we'll get two or three wins on the bounce and then there's not much difference between that and midtable."

The 22 year old pointed out that although this afternoon's match at Colchester United was seen by many as a home banker, that the club's record against teams near the top of the table should give them some hope in going into the game at the Community Stadium:

"We've pushed teams like Charlton. Colchester are up there and Charlton are second or third in the league. I just personally think that maybe we are sometimes a bit naive in seeing games out, or when we are in a good position. We were 2-2 away at Charlton and that's where we need to learn more there just to see the game out and take a point - or where we're winning 1-0 like we did at Rushden and Diamonds, we all dug in together and you could see the real belief in the squad and we just need to get that back."


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10 December 2010 : Skivo Previews The Colchester Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow's match at Colchester United, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson, the transcript of Skivo's interview can be found via the link below.

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


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10 December 2010 : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Remember that game played with the round ball, and the two sets of nets? Unless the weather forecasters have got it badly wrong, a game of football will be played at last tomorrow as Yeovil Town travel to the Community Stadium to take on Colchester United. This League One match will be the first game for the Glovers since November 23rd when they lost 2-0 against AFC Bournemouth.

Since then a series of snowbound and frozen pitches have prevented games from taking place, with the majority of sides in League One affected. Saturday's opponents were similarly affected, although they did play their FA Cup Second Round tie against Swindon Supermarine just under two weeks ago. They're currently in good form, having won five out of their last six home matches, and have six wins in eight games overall. However, they are beatable, with their last League One match against Brentford seeing them go down 2-0 at home.

The Essex club currently lie in a healthy seventh place, and so look set to challenge for the League One play-off slot that they just missed out on last season. They are 14 points ahead of the Glovers who are in 23rd place in the table, and desperate to start clawing back the six points (plus a goal difference deficit) that separates them from safety. If there is to be a benefit of Yeovil Town's enforced break, then it has to be that the two and a half weeks away from football gives them a fresh start to a season that was on the slide somewhat, with six defeats in their last seven games. Manager Terry Skiverton's message to his players therefore must be to persuade them that they are starting a new campaign and to tell them that the current form book has been rendered irrelevant by the wintry layoff.

Two players have left Yeovil Town's squad since they last kicked a ball, with midfielder Owain Tudur Jones heading back to Norwich City and even coming off their bench for their first team last weekend. Meanwhile Gavin Williams has returned to Bristol City having completed his 12 game loan spell. In their place comes Leicester City teenage defender Tom Parkes, who is still waiting to make his debut, despite arriving at the club two weeks ago. Centre-back Paul Huntington returns following his one match ban that was served in the Bournemouth away match. Apart from that, we're not expecting any other squad changes, with no obvious injury news coming out of Huish Park in the last couple of weeks.

Colchester are expected to go into tomorrow's match without attacking midfielder Andy Bond. Nicknamed 'Forrest Gump' by his team-mates for his workrate during games, the 24 year old had a double hernia operation during the unplanned winter break, and although clearly the timing of that has been perfect for him, with games being postponed, he is not expected to make his comeback quite so soon. That's a blow for the U's with Bond having netted six times this season - he is their second top scorer behind striker David Mooney. However, they have potency in their attack from other sources, with the name of Kayode Odejayi a familiar one to Glovers fans from his Forest Green Rovers and Cheltenham Town days. Defender Tom Williams is on loan from Bristol City and is another experienced campaigner who has played for a myriad of clubs.

In terms of past meetings, Yeovil's record is not good, with Colchester having won the last four meetings between the two sides and five out of their last six encounters. The Glovers have yet to beat them in the Football League, with the last win being back in November 2000, when Colchester were thrashed 5-1 in the FA Cup First Round, with two goals from Warren Patmore and one each for Barrington Belgrave, Terry Skiverton and Darren Way shocking a side that was two divisions higher. More recent matches have not been so fruitful with Yeovil only scoring once in their last five meetings against the U's.

The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available on the day of the game from the Community Stadium. For those who are going, the Ciderspace guide can be found below, along with all travel arrangements. If you can't make it, then our Twittering should keep you company, as will BBC Somerset on 95.5FM, who start their day slightly earlier tomorrow at 1.00p.m.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.

Link: GWSC Travel To Colchester United.

Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Colchester.

Link: Officials For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.


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9 December 2010 : Super Gav Disappointed To Leave With A Defeat
Yeovil Town will hopefully resume League One action on Saturday for the first time in two and a half weeks, when they travel to Essex to play Colchester United. When they do so, they will be one man short, with midfield playmaker Gavin Williams having returned to his parent club Bristol City.

As mentioned last Friday, the postponement of a number of games, along with City's wishes for Gavin to not become cup-tied mean that his exit was a fairly quiet one. The Welshman has spoken to this week's Western Gazette about his departure and admits that he is disappointed to leave with a defeat:

"Charlton Athletic turned out to be my last game and it is disappointing to go out on a loss. It has been good and I enjoy playing for Yeovil, but as a team we have struggled a bit over the last few weeks so it is disappointing to be leaving the club in the position we are. But I have got every confidence in the lads and in the coaches and manager that they will turn it around."

Gavin's contract at Ashton Gate runs out next summer and it seems likely that he will be leaving Bristol either then or during the January transfer window with both loan and permanent transfer options possible. The 29 year old has told the Gazette that he is open-minded as to what will happen, but expects to be leaving his parent club:

"I am not sure what lies ahead really. I will go back to Bristol and just see what January brings. Obviously my future lies away from Bristol and we will have to see what comes up. I would liked to have done a bit better at Yeovil and I have struggled a little bit with my ankle injury. But I am over that and I am just looking forward to getting fully fit for January and hopefully playing for somebody."

One possible hint that Gavin throws out is the suggestion that goalkeeper Stephen Henderson may return to Huish Park in January. On the face of it, it's hard to tell if Gavin's mention is a throwaway platitude towards his Bristol City teammate, or whether he has let the cat out of the bag that the Glovers are looking to take him back for a second loan spell:

"I think Hendo did terrifically for the club. He is a really good keeper and should be playing first team football for someone. Hopefully he will maybe be coming back to Yeovil in January."

Current loan goalkeeper John Sullivan is due to remain at Huish Park until January 3rd under the terms of his current agreement. However, Henderson had a successful eight game loan spell across September and October whilst Sullivan was recovering from a shoulder injury and put in a series of impressive performances.


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9 December 2010 : New Posh Home Date Set
Yeovil Town's League One home match against Peterborough United now has a new date set. The game will be played at Huish Park on Tuesday 15th February, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The original fixture was called off due to snow on the pitch, with a heavy frost underneath, whilst a second attempt was also called off due to Yeovil Town's participation in the FA Cup Second Round match against Hartlepool United that is due to take place at Victoria Park next Tuesday.


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8 December 2010 : Pilgrims Get 63 Days Breathing Space
League One side Plymouth Argyle have been given a stay of execution in the High Court today. In one of the most generous delays to a winding-up order we've seen so far, the Pilgrims have been given until February 9th 2011 to answer HMRC's demands to pay outstanding PAYE and VAT taxes. In the past, football clubs have tended to be given 7-14 days as a short-term adjournment, but today Court Registrar Sally Barber gave them 63 days to sort out their finances.

The amounts revealed were £500,000 owed by Plymouth Argyle Football Club, and £260,000 owed by Home Park Properties - the company set up to manage the Pilgrims property assets earlier this year. At the court session, Argyle offered up a payment of £48,000 produced directly from the Football League, who will have withheld rights payments and paid them directly to HMRC.

At the court session, a representative for Argyle has said that they will look to generate funds through the sale of players during the January transfer window and it is probably this which has determined the new date of the second Wednesday in February. Of course, this may mean that there is a fire sale taking place at Home Park during January, which will inevitably weaken the quality of their playing squad. Lying three points above the relegation zone they don't have a lot of room to play with though.

The court session has also heard that Argyle have received an offer of a loan of £500,000 from one investor, whilst another has offered £5.75 million to purchase property, which would tend to point to that investor taking Home Park itself out of Argyle's control. For now neither offer has been taken up, but they were used as alternatives to the worst case scenario of liquidating both Argyle and their associated Home Park Properties company.


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7 December 2010 : Argyle Make High Court Pilgrimage Tomorrow
League One side Plymouth Argyle will learn their fate in the High Court just before lunchtime tomorrow. The Pilgrims roll into Court No.55 where first Plymouth Argyle Football Company Limited will be before the court Registrar, followed by Home Park Properties Limited half an hour later. In theory Argyle supporters will know their fate by noon, although our experience of other Football League clubs responding to winding up orders is that there are a large number of cases around them that can cause a backlog on the day.

As yet, there's no sign that the Pilgrims will be able to pay off the £700,000 that they owe HMRC in unpaid VAT and PAYE taxes. According to the Devon press their plan is to ask for a 56 day stay of execution and for their bank account to be unfrozen.

At present, the Devon press are reporting Argyle's total debts as in the region of £7 million, although this varies from report to report, with figures as high as £9 million being mentioned. They have recruited in Peter Risdale - former Leeds United and Cardiff City Chairman, who is thought to be discussing investing in the club. In the short term he is reported to be helping the Pilgrims draft out a "business plan" that will be provided to the High Court tomorrow. If there's one thing Risdale is an expert on, it's in processing winding up orders, although that isn't exactly a recommendation.

The problem the Devon press have faced in reporting what's going on in this case is the near wall of silence that their board have put up in recent days. The Herald stated that "director Keith Todd was unavailable for comment yesterday" and that's a theme that has persisted since the news broke out of the High Court order. In one of the few public acknowledgements of the issue made week ago, director George Synan, who owns a joint 38 percent stake in the club, told BBC Devon:

"I'm personally not worried, and at this point in time, we see no reason as to why we can't work our way out of this problem. I'll be here in Plymouth as long as it takes to get this issue sorted out."

Yet with 24 hours to go, rather than stay in Plymouth, the Herald claim he has boarded a plane to Japan, presumably to visit his business partner and co-owner Yasuaki Kagami. It would therefore appear that Todd, who holds an executive position within the club, will be the one that will have to face the music in London tomorrow.

As with all cases, the winding-up order can be adjourned for a set period of days, paid up by the defendant on the day, or the Registrar can move to commence liquidation proceedings. In Argyle's case the winding up order against two companies means that in theory the decisions could be made independently of each other. There had been rumours today that Argyle were planning to move into administration that would have protected themselves against liquidation but that has never been confirmed.

If either company falls into administration, the Football League will initially deduct 10 points from Argyle's 2010-11 season points total, sending them to the bottom of League One on 12 points. Clearly that would benefit Yeovil Town, although no supporter would want to rely upon such an eventuality as a means to bail themselves out - not that we'd be too proud to not take advantage!

Their fall from grace has been swift for a club that was in the Championship last season and was even with half a sniff of the play-offs there three years ago. A £1 million profit was announced for the 2007-08 season. They had plans to build a stadium fit to host World Cup matches.

Yet that may be where it all started to go wrong, as they set up grandoise plans, and restructured their company assets, morphing from a company set-up that had two registered legal entities into a complex array of seven organisations, of which two are now in danger of being liquidated. The Two-Footed Tackle website article linked below gives a blow-by-blow indication as to how they got into that sort of mess in the first place, so we won't attempt to duplicate their account of the troubles they are in.

Yet now they are in it, it isn't clear how they plan to get out of it. Apart from a lurking Risdale who hasn't even thrown his hat firmly into the ring yet - in public at least - there are no White Knights lurking in the way that Milan Mandaric was for Sheffield Wednesday. What plan they have, and whether it will convince the judge tomorrow isn't clear at all.

Link: Plymouth Argyle v the taxman: The biggest match of their history.


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6 December 2010 : Glovers Agent Fees - Year Ending Sept 2010 - Published
Yeovil Town have published the amount of money paid out to Football Agents for the year ending September 30th 2010. In addition to the six-monthly figures produced by the Football League overall, their member clubs were last year asked to publish their annual figure with the end of September set as the cut-off point.

The Glovers paid out £8,941 to agents during this period. Given this is the first time that Yeovil Town have issued a figure baselined to this date, direct comparisons are harder, given that most contract business is done during the period of around July and August.

However, the amount spent has doubled when compared against the last issued figure, which covered the period between June 1st 2009 and June 30th 2010 - a 13 month period designed to bring the accounting period more into line with the time covered by player contracts. Over that period, the Glovers paid out £4,670. The clear implication is that at least one of the 2010-11 season new arrivals at the club over the summer, incurred an agent fee.

During last season, three clubs in League One paid nothing to Football Agents, and the Glovers were the fourth lowest when compared with others. The preceding 12 month period covering the 2008-09 season saw £11,500 paid out.

Full coverage of the 2009-10 season can be found in our August 2010 article, via the link below.

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

Link: 20/08/2009 : Glovers See Agent Payments Drop Again.


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6 December 2010 : Officials For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Working on the optimistic basis that Yeovil Town might have a football match being played this coming Saturday, officials for the trip to the Community Stadium have been announced. The Glovers take on Colchester United on Saturday 11th December, kick-off 3.00p.m. and the man in charge will be Steve Rushton (Staffordshire).

On the plus side, the one and only time we've experienced Mr Rushden as a match referee, we won the game 4-0! That March 2010 thrashing of Hartlepool United feels a bit of a world away at present, but was on the day that Gavin Williams returned to Huish Park.

In truth, despite being extremely happy at the result, the performance of the match referee could have been better. We of course won't complain too loudly about the rather iffy penalty he gave us to open the scoring, which looked more ball-to-hand than the deliberate handball that Mr Rushton judged the block by Pools defender Peter Hartley. That was balanced out late on in the game by the one we didn't get - a far more obvious penalty as Gary Liddle took a chunk of Andy Welsh's shirt as a souvenir.

In between that, we had the sending off for Gavin Williams. Getting involved in a spot of handbags with Andy Monkhouse, Mr Rushton's decision to give Williams the red, and Monkhouse the yellow when the latter had been the aggressor did not amuse those inside the ground. Thankfully at 3-0 up, it didn't affect the eventual scoreline although put Super Gav out for three matches.

Other than the Hartlepool United game, we've only experienced Mr Rushton on one other occasion and even that was as an assistant referee - a 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest in January 2007.

The reason for the lack of matches involving Mr Rushton is that this is only his second season as a Football League referee. He was promoted in the summer of 2009 after his final Nationwide Conference match - the Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg match between Histon and Cambridge United, which probably represents his high point in his short refereeing career so far. As a point of trivia, he comes from a footballing family - his father was also a Football League referee.

Mr Rushton will be assisted by Stuart Butler (Kent) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be Elliott Kaye (Essex).

Link: March 2010 : Yeovil Town 4 Hartlepool United 0.


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6 December 2010 : Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Colchester
Yeovil Town's next match is a trip to The Community Stadium for a League One match against Colchester United. The match against the Glovers takes place on Saturday 11th December 2010 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Devon and Dorset Greens have announced their travel plans for this match.

Cost of travel will depend upon their take-up, but if the minibus is full the fare will be £13.00. They will be leaving Huish Park at 7.30a.m. and having a stop along the way. They can do pick-ups along their A303 route, such as Wincanton, if you request them in advance.

If you would like to book a seat, then ring Pat Custard on 07840 787 287 (mobile), 01460 76980 (evenings) or email her at patcustard@hotmail.co.uk

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.

Link: GWSC Travel To Colchester United.


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5 December 2010 : Taff's Gloversblog : Lions Led By Donkeys
With anything planned to take place on blades of grass being called off left, right and centre, there's not a lot of income coming into Yeovil Town Football Club at present. That is, with the exception of those events that can take place in doors, away from the ice and the snow. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at his own personal experience from making plans to see Abba's Angels last night and his party's experience of the evening. To be blunt, it's not pretty reading.

As always, alternative views and other experiences are welcomed via the comments box at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Lions Led By Donkeys.


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5 December 2010 : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town Is OFF (again!)
Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round match against Hartlepool United has once again been postponed. The game at Victoria Park has been called off due to a mix of snow and a frozen pitch up up in the North East. A pitch inspection at 1.00p.m. by match referee David Webb (no not that one!) ruled that the pitch had no chance of a recovery.

The third attempt at playing the match will be made on Tuesday 14th December, kick-off 7.45p.m. The switch means that Yeovil Town's home League One match against Peterborough United will now be postponed and will require a new date.

Whilst the news of another postponement is frustrating, on the plus side at least the early decision ensures that no-one will have left for the game.

If you're still holding onto tickets for the Victoria Park match from the original attempt, they will still be valid for the December 14th match (or indeed any other subsequent attempt.

If the Victoria Park match is drawn, the latest date for the Replay will be December 21st, kick-off 7.45p.m. at Huish Park. In summary:

07/12/2010 : 19:45 : Match Postponed
11/12/2010 : 15:00 : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
14/12/2010 : 19:45 : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town (FA Cup Second Round)
14/12/2010 : 19:45 : Yeovil Town vs Peterborough United (No new date as yet)
18/12/2010 : 15:00 : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
21/12/2010 : 19:45 : Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United (FA Cup Second Round Replay - If Required).



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5 December 2010 : Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United
Next Saturday sees Yeovil Town make yet another away trip, with Colchester United's Community Stadium the destination. The Ciderspace guide for that game has been updated, including directions, ticketing information, a pub guide and plenty more besides.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.

Link: GWSC Travel To Colchester United.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Link: GWSC FA Cup Travel To Hartlepool United (Revised).


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4 December 2010 : Robins Enjoy Wintery Conditions
Only a single League One match survived the snow and ice this weekend, with eleven out of twelve games postponed in Yeovil Town's division. The one game that took place was at the County Ground, where Swindon Town climbed away from the relegation zone, by beating promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday 2-1.

Goals for the Robins came from Charlie Austin in the first half, and Jon-Paul McGovern in the second, which sandwiched a Clinton Morrison equaliser for the Owls. That lifted Swindon from 20th to 14th in the latest League One table, which wasn't a good result for the Glovers, given the Wiltshire side were their nearest club above the relegation safety line. The gap between the Glovers and safety remains at six points, but Leyton Orient are now the only club on 21 points, with a vastly superior goal difference.

Link: Latest 2010-11 League One Table.


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4 December 2010 : GWSC Travel To Colchester United
Next Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town make the journey to Essex for a League One match against Colchester United at their relatively new Community Stadium. The match takes place on Saturday 11th December, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 7.45a.m. and from Huish Park at 8.00a.m. Cost of travel will be £22.00, with concessions available at £20.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.


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4 December 2010 : GWSC FA Cup Travel To Hartlepool United (Revised)
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town are scheduled to make their second attempt to travel to Victoria Park for the FA Cup Second Round match against Hartlepool United. The Green and White Supporters Club have organised travel for the game and you can book your place now.

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 11.00a.m. whilst there will be no pick-up on this occasion from Yeovil Bus Station. Cost of travel will be £30.00, with concessions available at £28.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra compared with the above prices.

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

Given there is a pitch inspection for Tuesday night's game, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday at 1.00p.m. you may want to wait until after the pitch inspection takes place before booking your place. If the game is postponed, the expected rearranged date would be Tuesday 14th December, and it's probably safe to assume that the above timings and costs would equally apply for that date.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.


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3 December 2010 : FA Cup Third Round Live Matches Selected
Four out of the five FA Cup Third Round live broadcast slots have been selected by ITV and ESPN today, with few surprises in their choices. Only one club from the bottom two Football League divisions will have live coverage, and so far no non-league clubs have been considered. Five of the eight clubs play in the Premiership. The games chosen are:

08/01/2011 : 12:45 : Arsenal v Leeds United (ITV1)
08/01/2011 : 17:30 : Stevenage v Newcastle United (ESPN)
09/01/2011 : 13:30 : Manchester United v Liverpool (ITV1)
09/01/2011 : 16:00 : Leicester City v Manchester City (ESPN)

There will be a 5th match chosen for live coverage, but ESPN have deferred their decision until next week, meaning that they are awaiting the outcome of one of the FA Cup Second Round ties. This is almost certainly the FC United vs Brighton and Hove Albion match where the winners will take on Portsmouth at home. ESPN have selected FC United twice so far, and so a third attempt would seem likely, although the winners of Crawley Town vs Swindon Town, who will play Derby County would also fit the bill.

The above confirmed clubs will grab £144,000 each as the FA's Broadcast Fee for the Third Round. The winning clubs will also receive £67,500, as will all Third Round winners.

Link: FA Cup Third Round - Full Draw.


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3 December 2010 : Hartlepool Pitch Inspection Brought Forward
The pitch inspection for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round tie at Hartlepool United has been brought forward. The pitch inspection will now be held on Sunday at 1.00p.m.

With the inspection being brought forward by 21 hours from the original plan, our guess would be that the weather up in the North-East has not abated, and therefore that matters are looking a little pessimistic. We'll let you know the outcome one way or another on Sunday lunchtime.


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3 December 2010 : Skivo Not Feeling The Pressure Despite League Position
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he is not feeling the pressure, despite the club's precarious League position. The Glovers have been in the relegation zone since October 30th and have so far shown little sign of being able to get out of it.

They currently lie 23rd in the latest League One table and six points adrift of the safety line. Their negative goal difference means that in reality it would take at least three matches for them to pull themselves above the line, which means they will be in the bottom four for at least the next two weeks.

Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he was not panicking, and cited his former midfield team-mate Paul Tisdale, manager of Exeter City as an example of how close things can go to the wire, with the Grecians surviving by a point and with just eight minutes to spare. Based on that experience, Skivo said that he was determined to get through the current problems:

"I'm not feeling the pressure; just the personal pressure to do well and to make sure that we are out of that relegation zone. But I remember Paul Tisdale at Exeter last year, and I think he was minutes away from being relegated. So this can go down to the wire. One thing if that does happen, and it is going to be a tough season, then we've got to be ready for it. What we can't do is make out that everything is hunky dory. But as I've said before, we've got to stick together, stay strong and we'll get through this."

Skiverton added that he felt those around the club had been good at keeping the pressure off him so far, and willing him to succeed. After Yeovil's last League match at AFC Bournemouth, the Glovers boss had admitted that his side's performance probably didn't deserve applause from the travelling supporters but that he was grateful for it. He added that it made his job easier to not have people on his back:

"They're all very good. I think the club, the supporters and everybody is supporting me. It makes my job a lot easier. With the players I've got I know we can turn this around. But it's going to take us a couple of weeks to put a bit of a dent in that (six point deficit) and get ourselves out of where we are. But we're ready and we're focussed. It's not the first time where it's got a bit tight and a little sticky, but this is what I'm in the job for - to fight for this club. I love managing this club and that's how we're going to move on together, by being together."


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3 December 2010 : Ladies First And Reserve Games Are OFF
Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies have just announced that Sunday's match with Yeovil Town Ladies has been postponed after to the Withdean Stadium pitch was deemed unplayable due to the ever-worsening winter weather conditions. On inspection the pitch was found to be under a foot and a half of snow, and with more snow and freezing conditions still to come the game was postponed well in advance of Sunday.

Further to this news, a pitch inspection was made at the Somerton Sports Ground this afternoon and as a result Sunday's match between the Yeovil Town Ladies Reserve team and Brighton and Hove Albion Reserves has been postponed due to a frozen and snowbound pitch.

For full information on Yeovil Town Ladies please visit their website at www.yeoviltownladies.com

[Article by Ali King, Yeovil Town Ladies]


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3 December 2010 : Youth Team vs Plymouth Is OFF
No big surprises, given the First Team match fell to the weather yesterday, but Yeovil Town Under-18s have had their Youth Alliance League match for tomorrow postponed. They were due to play Plymouth Argyle Under-18s tomorrow morning, but that has been called off due to a frozen pitch.

In addition, all Centre of Excellence fixtures have been postponed this weekend.

As far as League One and the First Team is concerned, the Glovers are unlikely to lose much ground by having their game called off. At present nine matches of the twelve have already been called off. The only ones that remain on at present are:

Bristol Rovers vs AFC Bournemouth (pitch inspection planned tomorrow morning)
Exeter City vs Tranmere Rovers
Swindon Town vs Sheffield Wednesday

Obviously, any overnight frosts may increase the number of games called off.


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3 December 2010 : Elvis Is In The Building On Sunday
On Sunday evening, as advertised in the Huish Park Leisure Guide, there is an Elvis Presley tribute act performing in the Alec Stock Lounge. Barry Paull is an Ilminster Firefighter by day, and an Elvis impersonator by night, and even has his own website where he can be hired out as a performer for the night.

The Huish Park Leisure Guide states:

"Barry Paull is considered to be one of the best Elvis tribute acts in the South West. A fun and enjoyable evening of entertainment for the whole family."

Tickets for the evening are just £5.00 and can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office or on the night. At present we're not sure on the exact start time, but obviously the Ticket Office can advise here.


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3 December 2010 : Abba's Angels Hit Town This Weekend
Tomorrow (Saturday) evening, as advertised in the Huish Park Leisure Guide, there is a combined Dinner Evening and musical performance on display. The tribute act Abba's Angels will be performing in the Alec Stock Lounge, starting at 8.00 p.m. combined with a three course meal from the club's restaurant.

Featuring the music of 1970s Swedish group Abba (the name is a bit of a giveaway) you can see them perform for £35 per head or £300 for table of 10, which includes a three course meal.

You can read more about them in the Huish Park Leisure Guide and call 01935-847888 to book tickets. Alternatively if you can't make tomorrow night's performance, they will be doing the same all over again on December 17th, giving you a second opportunity to see them perform around a dinner evening. The text of the Huish Park Leisure Guide preview of the event reads:

"Abba's Angels, one of the UK's premier Abba Tribute groups have been established since 2000. Featuring some incredibly talented singers and musicians, they offer one of the most capitivating and authentic tributes to one of the greatest bands of all time. They have appeared on BBC TV's Children In Need twice, featured on Star For A Night, been recommended in The Sun newspaper and on the front cover of a Sunday Times Magazine."


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3 December 2010 : A Farewell To Super Gav
If our understanding is correct, yesterday's postponement of the League One match against Peterborough United means a rather quiet exit for one of our loan players. Midfield playmaker Gavin Williams was due to return to parent club Bristol City on December 10th, but tomorrow's call-off combined with City's unwillingness to allow him to play in the FA Cup means that Gavin's time at Huish Park is effectively over - even though he will stay on the club's wage bill for another week.

Gavin's final month with the Glovers was somewhat disrupted, with just one full appearance and one substitute appearance since November 2nd. The FA Cup First Round, and a suspension for reaching five yellow cards have meant that games have been hard to come by for him during November and early December.

Overall, he made 12 appearances for the Glovers during his third spell with the club, scoring one goal in the 3-3 draw against Swindon Town. A persistent niggling ankle injury perhaps stopped us seeing the best of him during his three months back in Somerset, but his career tally with the Glovers rises now to 130 appearances and 27 goals.

The end of Gavin's loan spell will see him return to Ashton Gate until the New Year. However, City's decision to not allow him to become cup-tied in the FA Cup strongly suggests they plan to put him back on loan in the January transfer window, or to potentially sell him before his contract runs out. Needless to say, the Glovers are not expected to be in the running, given that his three month loan wages had to be subsidised by supporters. Good luck to him though, and let's hope this isn't the last time that Super Gav will don a Yeovil Town shirt.

Link: Gavin Williams : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 December 2010 : Skivo Frustrated By Postponed Games
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that he is frustrated at seeing a second weekend being badly affected by the weather. The Glovers had their League One match against Peterborough United postponed this afternoon, and Skivo explained that with his side currently stuck in the relegation zone in 23rd place, he wanted to take steps to get them out of that as quickly as possible.

Today's postponement came after local referee Jeff Cox inspected the pitch, and speaking to BBC Somerset, Skivo said that aside from the three inches of snow, that the main problem was that the home terrace end of the ground was likely to be slower to thaw from any freezing temperatures:

"That end (by the covered home terrace) doesn't really get any sunlight and the pitch is frozen underneath, which is terrible for us because of the situation that we're in. We want to play games, and with the game against Peterborough and Gary (Johnson) coming back there (were) loads of under-currents of a great story happening at the weekend. We're desperate to play football. For us, if it goes another week, all you're doing is your fitness work and your training which we have programmed in already, as we knew this was going to come in. So we've got alternative venues and we're working on that, but as professionals you want to be playing every week."

With the wintry weather having disrupted things during the past week, there's been little opportunity for the first team squad to train at Huish Park. Skiverton added that they were having to split their training up between limited outdoor work on the club's training pitch, and more in depth sessions using an indoor facility in the town:

"We were up on the top pitch this morning which was all fitness work, all with straight lines and no turning, because you're just about able to run up there. We then went down and had a second session at an indoor 3G pitch that's in the middle of Yeovil. So we got a bit of football work in there. So we've been doing fitness work in the mornings and we've been training every afternoon to make sure that the players are topped up and they're ready for when this break does come to an end. Last year we had a little spell like that (after Christmas and through to mid-January) and then we went to Leyton Orient and we got beaten and we didn't play well. So we're just changing a few things there to make sure it doesn't happen this time."

Last season, the Glovers went between December 28th 2009 and January 19th 2010 without playing a match - a gap of 22 days between games. Today's postponement takes Yeovil Town up to 14 days without a match - assuming next week's FA Cup game at Hartlepool United goes ahead, so the wintry weather would have to last somewhat longer to break last year's spell.


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2 December 2010 : Hartlepool Cup Tie Pitch Inspection Planned
Next Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round opponents Hartlepool United have arranged an early pitch inspection for their second attempt at playing the tie. The match at Victoria Road is due to take place on Tuesday 7th December, kick-off 7.45p.m. for the right to face Watford in the Third Round, but following Pools' postponement of their League One match against Southampton earlier today, they have already pencilled in a pitch inspection for Monday morning for the Glovers as well.

The inspection, which takes place at 10.00a.m. on Monday is designed to allow Yeovil Town the chance to avoid setting off for the North East if the condition of the pitch isn't playable, and doesn't look likely to recover by the Tuesday night.

If the game is postponed, then it will in turn postpone the rearranged Peterborough United League One match which is planned for December 14th. This is also the date pencilled for any FA Cup Second Round Replay required.

If all of this confuses you, once the snow has done its business - or otherwise - we'll list out the dates properly. For now, the schedule is:

07/12/2010 : 19:45 : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town (FA Cup Second Round)
11/12/2010 : 15:00 : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town (League One)
14/12/2010 : 19:45 : Yeovil Town vs Peterborough United (League One)


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2 December 2010 : Glovers Staff Head Home To Avoid Snow
Huish Park is closing early today, due to the wintry weather. Staff are heading home now with the club offices closing at 4.00p.m. and they will open at the later time tomorrow of 10.00a.m. If you're calling into the club or ordering tickets for games bear this in mind.


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2 December 2010 : Yeovil Town vs Peterborough United Is OFF
Yeovil Town's home game against Peterborough United has now been postponed due to snow at Huish Park. A new date for the game is already in place - Tuesday 14th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off provided the Glovers do not need to play their FA Cup Second Round match against Hartlepool United on that day.

Local referee Jeff Cox has inspected the Huish Park pitch this afternoon, and as a result of its current condition, and the weather forecast for the next 48 hours, the match has been postponed to avoid any inconvenience for travelling Posh players and supporters. The Glovers pitch is currently covered in around three inches of snow, and freezing temperatures mean that it is also solid underneath.

The December 14th date is currently pencilled in for any FA Cup Second Round Replay needed for the Hartlepool game, but presumably would also apply if next Tuesday's game at Victoria Park also falls victim to the weather.


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2 December 2010 : Huish Park Ruled Out Of Yeovil Sports Zone Plans
Yeovil Town's Huish Park land has been ruled out of South Somerset District Council's plans to build a Sports Zone in Yeovil. The Council have also dropped Yeovil Recreation Ground (aka Mudford Rec) from its list, and have instead shortlisted Brimsmore Key Site and Bunford, thus eliminating five sites from their original list of seven.

One of the final shortlisted sites lies close to Huish Park though. The Brimsmore Key Site area is situated on the North side of Thorne Lane; a familiar access route for those arriving or leaving via the North-East side of Huish Park. The Bunford site lies further away on the South-West edge of the town to the immediate west of Bunford Lane (A3088).


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2 December 2010 : Saturday's Posh Game - Weather Warning
Yeovil Town's home match against Peterborough United is under threat from the weather. Having escaped much of the snowy conditions, around 2 to 3 inches of snow have landed on the Huish Park pitch. With the weather forecast for the next 48 hours not looking good, with freezing temperatures and the possibility of further snowfall, the club have admitted that the game is "in doubt".

As yet, no pitch inspections are planned, although we'd imagine any will be timed with the travel plans of Peterborough's team coach and/or their supporters coaches. If any do get planned, which seems likely, we'll mention them on here, whilst particularly for those who are on the road, any news will be also on our Twitter account the second any news is known.

In today's Western Daily Press their article ends stating: "Glovers chief executive Martyn Starnes said the club planned to get the pitch covered in a bid to beat this week's big freeze" however, we don't know if those covers have been laid down prior to last night's snowfall.


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2 December 2010 : One Rule For One Club, And One Rule For Another?
From one extreme to another - Yeovil Town's FA Cup opponents Hartlepool United have already called off their Saturday League One match against Southampton. After Yeovil Town's attempt to play at Victoria Park on the weekend just gone was curtailed just two hours before kick-off, after fans had already reached the ground, Pools have managed the opposite for this weekend's fixture, getting the game called off just after 10.00a.m. on Thursday morning.

Pools have cited heavy snow, the forecast for sub-zero temperatures, along with Southampton Airport being closed meaning that Saints would have to negotiate their way along many snowbound roads. Obviously the early nature of the postponement would suggest that Tuesday's rearranged FA Cup Second Round match may need to be kept an eye on. Let's hope that this time round though that any decisions are not left until the last minute.

In this week's Western Gazette, Glovers director Stephen Allinson, who arrived at Victoria Park on Saturday morning and joined in with shovelling snow off the pitch, apologised to supporters for the wasted journey Glovers fans had on the day, and said that he was considering contacting Football League Chairman Greg Clarke to ask why it was so difficult to get games called off early, suggesting that the footballing authorities needed a 'reality check' to recognise the huge distances supporters were covering in bad weather:

"As directors we apologise to the fans who made the long journey to Hartlepool. It was completely out of our hands and we checked with the club on Friday, who said they were doing all they could to make sure the game went ahead and the forecast looked good. We know from past experience that the football authorities simply will not agree to any early postponements as it has been tried before. What is frustrating is that I spoke to Hartlepool manager Mick Wadsworth after the game was postponed and he said it could have been off from the previous Wednesday."

Given that in such circumstances, fans are travelling through dangerous conditions knowing there is a risk a game is going to be called off, Allinson adds that the footballing authorities need to get their priorities straight and realise what they are putting fans through by leading them out on wasted journeys:

"It seems to me that the authorities have to decide whether they are in it for the fans. It costs our fans a lot of money to travel. We feel responsible for our fans but this was out of our hands. If both clubs agree that the weather is going to make playing the game very difficult I cannot see why the football authorities cannot agree as well and say we can fix the game for another date."

The question has to be asked - why did Yeovil Town's trip get left until two hours before kick-off for a decision to be made, yet Southampton have been able to force a decision over 50 hours before their game takes place at the same ground? Some consistency with clubs would be useful here.

Meanwhile, Hartlepool have been keeping busy off the field during this time, with caretaker manager Mick Wadsworth being told that he now has a permanent position as First Team Coach to head up the team until the end of the 2010-11 season. His remit is to keep Hartlepool in League One, with Chairman Ken Hodcroft stating that the club would replan over the summer of 2011, with a number of staff in and around the football management position having left recently.

The County Durham club have also issued their accounts for the end of 2009, and report an operating loss of £1.1 million. They also lost the same amount in their 2008 accounts, and owners IOR had to provide a loan of £1.5 million to cover this, taking their overall financial exposure to a running total of £12 million. Hartlepool recorded a turnover of £3.04 million, with players wages costing them £2.11 million. Pools admit that this is too high, and that if their wages were measured against the Salary Capping percentage recorded by League Two clubs, then it would stand at 82 percent. The League Two capping level is 60 percent - at League One level it is merely advisory.

Hartlepool continue to blame a proportion of their financial position upon the fact that they no longer own their ground, with previous owners having separated out the ownership, and the Council having purchased the land when the club fell into financial problems. Their attempts to repurchase the ground to bring it back under control of the football club have failed, and thus club owners IOR are reluctant to invest in land they do not own. Pools Chairman Hodcroft has issued a shot across the Council's bows as part of their financial statement, accusing the council of not being willing to help the club succeed:

"The attitude towards IOR and the Club beggars belief and unilateral statements made to the press are wholly unacceptable. Statements such as derogatory offers and claims for £600,000 payments shows the Council fail to recognise just what the owners have done for this town and Club. The owners have invested millions into this Football Club; the Council have done nothing to help. Consequently, unless the Council recognise their failings and the consequences of their actions and look realistically at what the Club and owners require and are trying to achieve - for the benefit of the town - the owners will need to carefully evaluate the economic model for the future of the Club. If financial support is withdrawn from the owners then the Club will disappear from League One (and possibly beyond) and the Council will have to answer to the townspeople/businesses and the people who elected them."

We're guessing that not too many Christmas cards will be swapped between Victoria Park, and their local council offices.


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2 December 2010 : Bournemouth Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last match was their League One trip to AFC Bournemouth just over a week ago. Not exactly the Glovers' finest hour - they were well beaten, with perhaps the final 2-0 scoreline flattering them in the end.

Man of the Match voting was fairly emphatic, with all bar one outright MOTM votes split between two defensive players. Right-back Craig Alcock came in for some praise, but the choice of goalkeeper John Sullivan as the Man of the Match by most present at Dean Court perhaps emphasises just how much worse the scoreline could have been in the end.

Full results are as shown below, with outright votes shown below:

1 John Sullivan 194 (17)
2 Craig Alcock 82 (4)
3 Andy Williams 38 (0)
4 Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala 18 (0)
5 Nathan Smith 16 (0)
6 Sam Williams 10 (1)
7 Shaun MacDonald 8 (0)
8 Luke Ayling 4 (0)
9 Owain Tudur Jones 2 (0)
9 Ivan Sproule 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.77

Performance: 3.27
Entertainment: 4.27

VOTES RECEIVED: 22


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1 December 2010 : Arron Looks Forward To Huish Park Return
Former Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Arron Davies admits that he is looking forward to the possibility of returning to Huish Park on Saturday. The Welshman ended his second spell at the club last summer, but was awarded a two year deal by Gary Johnson at Peterborough United and has been a fairly regular part of the Posh side this season.

So far, Arron has made 13 starts plus 4 substitute appearances for Peterborough, although was only used for two minutes during their FA Cup Second Round win at Bury last weekend. The 26 year old admitted to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that he did not know what was in Johnson's thoughts with respect to team selection for the coming weekend:

"Obviously I'd like to be playing. I don't know what the gaffer's thoughts are on the team or anything. I know it's a bit of a cliché, but it's just another game. I know that they're towards the bottom of the table but I know a few of their players, and they've got some good ones so I know it's going to be a tough game down there. At home, whenever a big team comes down, there's a bit of an increase in their gates and the lads are up for it. So it's going to be a tough game, but we're going to go there and hopefully put on a show and win."

Arron admitted that he still had a large number of ties with Yeovil Town's players, having made 124 appearances for the Glovers across two spells, and with a number still with the club from his last stay in Somerset. He said the feedback he'd been getting from his former team-mates was that they felt hard done by a number of their recent results:

"I have spoken to a lot of the lads. They feel that they've been a bit unlucky, like you always do if you've been losing games I guess. The table doesn't lie, but I believe they've got individuals, who on their day can be a threat. I've been there in the past and I know what it's like when the bigger teams come down, they'll see it as an ideal opportunity to put on a show, and that's what the lads will be thinking there. They are like a dangerous animal when they're like that, so we're going to have to be up for it."

During Arron's time with the Glovers, he was initially drafted in as a replacement for Gavin Williams, who had been sold to West Ham United during the winter of 2004. Six months later, he picked up a League Two title winners medal, and then two years later he played his final competitive game for the Glovers, as he featured in the League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium. He said he hoped for a good reception from Glovers fans on the day:

"I hope so. I spent two-and-a-half years down there and we won League Two and then we got to a play-off final. I had a good rapport with the fans, and I still speak to them. My mum and dad still speak to a few of the fans and meet up with them for a drink and things like that. So hopefully I'll get some good applause."

In several recent matches, Peterborough have been reported as playing a 3-5-2 formation - the tactic that Gary Johnson first used when he arrived at Yeovil Town. As a result Arron has been utilised in a central role - without having seen Posh play ourselves, we'd guess that he is fitting 'in the hole' that he did on occasions for the Glovers, but was more the role enjoyed by his predecessor at Huish Park Gavin Williams. Arron admits that he has played numerous roles for the Glovers and other clubs:

"When I first went to Yeovil I played a little bit up front, but then after the gaffer (Gary Johnson) left, I played the majority of my time on the left wing. It works well sometimes in playing a lot of different positions, but I've been playing a lot centrally this year or out on the right. But I believe that if I'm playing week-in, week-out, which I was at Yeovil, that I can get goals. but it's just a case of getting 15 to 20 games back-to-back and hopefully I'll be looking to do that later on in the season."

Peterborough this season have been one of the more odder statistics in League One, but one that stereotypes "Gary Johnson Football" to an extreme - they are second top scorers in League One, but have conceded the most goals - remarkably three more than the Glovers. Some freakish results at London Road and on their travels have put Johnson under recent pressure, with club owner Darragh MacAnthony hardly helping with his lengthy outburst given to the Peterborough Evening Telegraph a week or two ago, with the gist being:

"I made a conscious decision to hire an experienced manager, then allowed him to double our wage bill ... The next five fixtures are very important. We need an FA Cup win and 12 League One points to get our season back on track. In all honesty if this management team and squad can’t look at the next five fixtures and pick and train a team motivated and good enough to win those matches, then we are all going to have to sit down, take stock and figure out where we go from there ... his staff and players need to show us all that they are serious about promotion."

Whilst Johnson got MacAnthony his FA Cup win, Posh's next result was a 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient, meaning that Gary is already running below MacAnthony's impatient expectations. The owner-induced pressure will inevitably grow. Arron Davies was asked by the BBC whether Gary's techniques had changed significantly from his days as Yeovil manager, and his midfielder had no doubts about his answer:

"The gaffer is just football through and through. His thoughts back then are still the same as they are now. He tries to get you playing football in the right way. I love that and I know all the lads here love that. He had a very good football team at Yeovil and it's no surprise that he had success there. He went onto Bristol and did the same there, and hopefully he'll do the same here as well. I don't think he's changed - he's just a good manager."

Gary Johnson and Arron Davies make their return to Huish Park this coming Saturday, 4th December, for a League One match against the Glovers. Kick-off on Saturday is 3.00p.m.

Link: Arron Davies : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 December 2010 : Skivo Featured On Football League's Podcast
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton is one of the guests featured on this week's Football League Podcast programme. The weekly audio bulletin from the League has tended to be decidedly light on Glovers-related content since its launch, but this weeks edition has Skivo talking about his experience of making a 670 mile round trip to Hartlepool United's Victoria Park ground, only to find the FA Cup Second Round match called off two hours before kick-off.

Presenter Mark Clemmit, who does the 'Potted History' slots on the BBC's Football League Show, also talks with Leeds United Chief Scout Marvyn Day, Norwich City striker Grant Holt and Barnet Director of Football Paul Fairclough.

You can access the Podcast via the link below and play it via that page, or alternatively download it through iTunes to listen offline.

Link: Football League Podcast : 2010-11 Season : Episode 18.


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1 December 2010 : Pilgrims Short Of Progress Over Finances
League One side Plymouth Argyle's woes are continuing this week by the news that their banking facilities have been suspended. The Pilgrims have confirmed that their players and staff have yet to be paid this month and are directly blaming it on the outstanding winding-up order they have against them from HMRC that is due to be held next Wednesday, as a result of their failure to pay their taxes on time.

The Plymouth Evening Herald states that the players were due to be paid on the weekend but this has yet to happen. Since then Argyle have produced a statement saying that the events are directly connected, rather than a suggestion that the Pilgrims' cashflow has reached critical point:

"Following the publication of the HMRC winding-up petition, our bank has taken the normal step in such circumstances of suspending our banking facilities. The suspension will remain in place until such time as the petition from HMRC is dismissed or we obtain a 'validation order' which returns our banking facilities to normal."

The Herald states that the outstanding tax debt is for around £700,000, and is with respect to both PAYE and VAT. There are in fact two winding up orders - one against the main Argyle Football Club company, whilst the other is against Home Park Properties Limited, which was created in January to hold Argyle's property assets.

Fellow League One side Sheffield Wednesday are due back in court today over their tax debts, but are now confident that their outstanding VAT bill will be paid. As mentioned in last week's article, Milan Mandaric is their 'White Knight' and barring disasters, he will become their new Chairman and Owner after he reached agreement with all major creditors to take over the club.

Mandaric will officially buy the Owls for £1.00 - although that's not quite as cheap a deal as it first appears, with the former Leicester City owner, who last week resigned as their Chairman to make way for this deal, agreeing to fork out in the region of £10 million to various creditors as settlement of the club's debts, thought to be in the region of £26 million.

Mandaric's deal will be formally ratified on December 14th at a company EGM, with the club being sold to a US-registered UK Football Investments company - who under a former name owned Portsmouth Football Club. UKFI are owned by the trustees of the Milan Mandaric 2008 Revocable Trust. In theory the EGM could reject Mandaric's offer, but the current Sheffield Wednesday board have indicated that they already have agreement from 43.6 per cent of shareholders for the sale to go ahead - mainly those who Mandaric has already negotiated with. With that in mind, UKFI have said that they will be settling the club's £300,000 VAT debt, and will presumably also sort out the £1.4 million PAYE debt that was deferred until a day after the EGM is due to take place. Whether Mandaric can get Wednesday operating on an even keel in the longer run will be the harder task.

League One basement side Walsall have released their company accounts for the year ending May 31st 2010, and Chairman Jeff Bonser doesn't seem to be getting a lot of value for his money. The official line is that the Saddlers made a profit of £5,000, but the Walsall Express and Star paper states that this was only achieved by Bonser loaning the club a total of £546,652. The Saddlers total debt has risen to £2.8 million.

Bonser has been the ongoing target for Saddlers fans over the past year, and whilst he has loaned the club half a million, the split of the club's property assets from their main football club company means that they have had to pay out £415,000 in rent for the stadium, training ground, car park and various machinery. Walsall's shortfall looks to be in part caused by a drop in football and commercial income from £474,000 down to £4.4 million. With Walsall bottom of League One at present, and out of the FA Cup, their financial position is unlikely to improve.

Just to show that not everyone is short of the pennies, Notts County Chairman Ray Trew has taken pity on his club's supporters that travelled all the way up to Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United, only to find their match was called off three minutes into the game. Trew will be paying their coach fares if they travel to the rearranged match in January. We don't suppose, Mr Fry, that ...


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