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31 December 2013 : Pressley Keen To Take Seaborne Back
League One side Coventry City have said that they are prepared to take back Glovers defender Dan Seaborne for a further spell, despite his current deal with the Sky Blues being ended by suspension. The 26 year old's current deal is up on January 5th 2014, but he will spend his remaining time on the sidelines, unable to play for either club.

With Glovers boss Gary Johnson having made clear that Seaborne is not in his long term plans, their manager Steven Pressley has told their club's website that he is keen on taking him back for a second spell, but will wait and see what happens when the defender returns to Huish Park:

"He has great leadership and his mentality has fit in here really well. As a left-footer, he is ideal for us. He is certainly one we will consider to try and bring in here. I think there is a good chance that they (Yeovil Town) will do business with him. I don't think at this moment in time that he is part of their plans so we will have to monitor the situation."

The implication of Pressley's words is that he is hoping for Seaborne to take the lead in getting his current Huish Park deal torn up - it currently runs until June 2015 but has only seen him pull on a Yeovil shirt eleven times.


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31 December 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Watford
Officials for Yeovil Town's home Championship fixture against Watford have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on New Year's Day - January 1st 2014 - with a 5.30p.m. kick-off due to being live on Sky Sports. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

Mr Adcock is a newbie on the circuit as far as Football League refereeing goes, having been promoted to the National List over the summer of 2011. We've had him on four separate occasions - two during the 2011-12 season and two during the 2012-13 season.

The first experience of him was for the fairly horrible December 2011 FA Cup defeat against Fleetwood Town. On the night he booked four players, and then dished out red cards to Bondz N'Gala and Fleetwood's Steve McNulty as they committed secondary fouls.

We've got few complaints about either red card - in the case of Bondz, Mr Adcock had given a clear 'last warning' to him, and despite the difficult playing conditions, manager Terry Skiverton chose not to withdraw him and admitted after the game that he was well aware that the centre-back was on a knife-edge saying: "he could have got sent off before that ... the referee gave him enough warnings". The Western Gazette agreed, saying he "had no choice with the red cards and kept a lid on a difficult game."

We then had Mr Adcock for the April 2012 home match against Rochdale that saw the Glovers reach the 50 points that more or less saw them safe for the season. We weren't too unhappy with his performance on the day, although the Western Gazette notes that he "threatened to ruin a good afternoon with indifferent decision making but thankfully had little impact on proceedings."

From the 2012-13 season, we had him for the away match at Scunthorpe United. Despite the 4-0 win at Glanford Park, we weren't 100 percent happy with his performance on the day, with six bookings across a game in which we felt that he was "messy". However, he deserved credit for allowing play to go on after a foul on Ed Upson, which allowed an advantage to be played that saw Reuben Reid eventually score.

The last meeting involving Mr Adcock saw him take charge of the March 2013 home match against Crawley Town. A late change from the originally publicised Trevor Kettle (phew!) he only made one decision that caused post-match talk - a 90th minute cross into the box that Crawley felt that was blocked by the arm of Kevin Dawson, but he chose to wave away, keeping the scores tied at 2-2. Otherwise, we'd agree with the Western Gazette assessment of matters that said he "went about his job quietly in a game with little incident."

He is a PE teacher at Sutton Centre Community College, and lives in Long Eaton, just outside Nottingham, and is 29 years old. He took his first refereeing course at the age of 16, and his father David was an assistant referee at Football League level who usually comes to watch his son's games.

Mr Adcock will be assisted by Ian Crouch (Kent) and Mark Howes (Birmingham). The Fourth Official will be Brendan Malone (Wiltshire) who is also a Football League referee.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Fleetwood Town 2.

Link: April 2012 : Rochdale 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2012 : Scunthorpe United 0 Yeovil Town 4.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Crawley Town 2.


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31 December 2013 : Seaborne Banned For Violent Conduct Video Incident
Yeovil Town defender Dan Seaborne has been issued with a three match ban by the Football Association. Currently on loan with Coventry City until January 5th, the 26 year old was charged by the FA in the wake of his side's 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic. Although he completed the full 90 minutes, it appears that the referees assessor noticed an incident involving Latics striker Jonson Clarke-Harris, which not picked up by the match referee.

The FA's disciplinary department have reviewed the video evidence and have retrospectively issued a red card for violent conduct. Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley has told his club's website:

"Dan Seaborne has been given a three-match suspension. The match-day observer noticed an incident in the first half which he reported to the FA. They have taken appropriate action and given him a three-match ban. We have until 6pm to decide whether or not to appeal the decision and we are still in discussions whether we are going to appeal or not. The risk with an appeal is if we lose the appeal, Dan (Seaborne) could get a further ban and miss more matches so we have to look at it."

Given the FA have already used video evidence to make their decision, it would be highly unusual if Coventry tried to use that same video evidence to try to overturn the punishment. Hence Seaborne is likely to miss their New Year's Day match against Rotherham United, plus the Sky Blues FA Cup Third Round tie against Barnsley.

At that point, his current loan deal with Coventry expires, although Pressley has said that he would like to hold talks with Seaborne to extend his stay with the club. Speaking in his post-match interview, Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson made it clear that Seaborne was not part of his long term first team plans, and so the aim will be to arrange a transfer for him during January. However, given that the FA's ban is likely to run until the weekend of January 11th, it may be that slightly puts back any possible transfer dealings.


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31 December 2013 : Football League Blog : Stand Up If You Love Yeovil
Earlier in the week, this site reported that a consultation document was being sent out to all Football League clubs to canvass their views on a return to standing facilities at grounds. Views on this were provided by the Safe Standing Roadshow - that's now being followed up by a second blog, from a Glovers perspective. Read that via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views.

A supporters survey will follow, based on the Football League's four questions to clubs, plus a few other associated questions.

Link: Football League Blog : Stand Up If You Love Yeovil.


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31 December 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Huddersfield Away Interview
Just before Sunday's game against Huddersfield Town kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary reflected upon the Boxing Day defeat, his problems with back four selection, and confirmation of Shane Duffy's availability for New Year's Day.

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


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30 December 2013 : Video : Huddersfield vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
We're wondering if this video clip should have a Parental Guidance warning, to make it clear that its content may upset small children - and adults. Highlights from yesterday's 5-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town are now on the Sky Sports website. In addition to Ishmael Miller's goal, they do show a second half chance for Joe Ralls. Unfortunately they spoil the clip with five Terriers goals wrapped around it, so you can perform your own personal post mortem on yesterday's horror show.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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30 December 2013 : Watford Report Strong Ticket Sales
Despite the late kick-off, and the match being live on Sky Sports, Yeovil Town's New Years Day opponents Watford are reporting strong sales for the match at Huish Park. The Hornets had sold 1,062 tickets for the match which takes place on Wednesday 1st January 2014, with a 5.30p.m. start, due to the live television coverage.

Tickets for the match will be on sale to both home and away supporters from the Huish Park Ticket Office on the day of the match, subject to the usual matchday tariffs. Opening hours for the Ticket Office over the New Year period can be found via the link below.

Link: Huish Park Christmas Opening Hours And Ticketing Availability.


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30 December 2013 : Travel Advice And Beer Sales For Watford Game
As is the norm for Sundays and Bank Holidays, there will be no buses running through Yeovil on New Year's Day for the visit of Watford in the Championship. This means that Hornets fans visiting Huish Park, and other Glovers travelling by train, will find no public transport from Yeovil Junction or Yeovil Pen Mill stations at all.

You can find a list of Yeovil-area taxi companies on this page. One of those is Radio Cabs, who have said they will aim to have taxis ready to visit the station regularly. We'd advise you book in advance on 01935 426666 to avoid delays. Note that on the return journey, most taxis will not pick up at the ground due to traffic congestion - you're better off picking an agreed pick-up point, such as The Bell on Preston Road.

In addition, before the Watford game kicks off at 5.30p.m. the club will be providing beer sales to home and away fans behind the two terraces, in addition to the usual Beer Tent facilities that are normally only open to home supporters. From 3.30p.m. onwards, Avon and Somerset Police report that there will be sales similar to that provided on a more low key manner for the pre-Christmas match against Blackburn Rovers.

Our understanding is that the club are paying for a daily 'events' licence to serve alcohol in this way on a match-to-match basis. There will be John Smith's bitter and Fosters lager provided. You should note that alcohol can only be consumed outside the stadium walls, and so don't be tempted to try to take your drink through the turnstiles.


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30 December 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Half Term Report
Twenty-three games played, twenty-three games to go. The perfect time to do a mid-season report on how Yeovil Town have been performing during the 2013-14 season. But did it have to coincide with the club's heaviest defeat of the season against Huddersfield Town? A dissection of that game, along with the wider picture is included in the latest Taff's Gloversblog, which can be read via the link below. As usual, comments, views and other stuff welcomed at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Half Term Report.


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30 December 2013 : Ladies Appoint New General Manager
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are delighted to confirm the appointment of Trevor Jenkins as General Manager. Trevor (aged 34) has over 18 years background experience and has previously worked as the Director of Arsenal Soccer Schools South West along with being a Head Coach at Richard Huish College and Taunton Town FC Youth Team. He was previously a Head Coach at the Somerset Girls Centre of Excellence for two seasons. He is a UEFA B coach and is hoping to begin his UEFA A Licence next year. Commenting on his appointment Jenkins said:

Byron Webster
Trevor Jenkins
"I am delighted to be given the opportunity as General Manager of YTLFC. The club has a terrific vision of where it wants to get to and I am excited to be a part of such a wonderful family club. I hope I can help YTLFC to achieve its aims by becoming a club competing at the very highest level in the WSL."

Club Chairman David Mills said of the appointment:

"It was vital that we secured the services of someone who we knew had a real enthusiasm for the club, as well as having a good background in football and the skills of an able Business Manager. In Trevor we have found exactly that and I have no doubt he will play a major part in driving this club forward in the FA WSL."

Trevor Jenkins formally starts his role on January 1st 2014.

[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Release.]


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30 December 2013 : Duffy To Get Clearance For New Year's Day
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that Everton defender Shane Duffy will be eligible to play against Watford on New Year's Day. The 21 year old was missing for yesterday's 5-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town, due to the club being unable to extend his emergency loan agreement any further, having used up the full 93 days allowable under Football League rules.

The club have already agreed with the Toffees for a new loan agreement to be drawn up to run for the second half of the 2013-14 season, but with that only able to kick in once the January transfer window opened, they faced the challenge of getting the paperwork in for the Hornets game. The Football League's offices are usually closed on Bank Holidays, despite the pressing need for clubs to do business on the first day of the window opening, and that has caused delays in the registration of players for that day's fixtures.

Johnson told BBC Somerset that the club had learned from past experiences of the nuances of the transfer window, and confirmed his belief that Duffy would be available for selection for the 5.30p.m. kick-off, implying that the documents had already been submitted in advance:

"We were on top of that one pretty early. So everything has been done. I think Everton are dealing with the Premier League. But he'll definitely be able to play on January 1st. It's a ridiculous situation (with the offices being closed on New Year's Day), but the older we get, the more experienced we get, and the cleverer we get."


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29 December 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Huddersfield Away Game
Following Sunday afternoon's 5-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for the BBC, Gary talks about the manner of the Terriers defeat, his plans for the January transfer window, plus the injuries to Marek Stech and Ed Upson.

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


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29 December 2013 : Johnson Plots January Changes In The Wake Of Huddersfield Thrashing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will make changes during the January transfer window to help eliminate the sort of results that saw them crash 5-1 against Huddersfield Town today. Although the Glovers scored first through Ishmael Miller just 14 minutes in the match, they fell apart as the game went on, with Adam Clayton, Martin Paterson and Joel Lynch giving the Terriers a 3-1 lead at the break that was added to by two goals from Danny Ward during the second half.

Following so closely on the back of Boxing Day's 3-0 loss against AFC Bournemouth, Johnson felt he had to act, and speaking after the game said he felt that some of his players were unable to perform at Championship level:

"At this stage a manager looks at it and sees which players can cut it and which can't. Some big decisions have to be made. I have given the players every chance to show they are capable at Championship level. At 5-1 you can scream and shout but maybe it's time to make a few changes."

Johnson has already transfer-listed Paddy Madden and sent defender Dan Seaborne out on loan to Coventry City as part of his attempts to reshape his squad. However, it would seem likely that players other than Madden and Seaborne will also be shown the door, as soon as suitable replacements are brought in.

On the game itself, Johnson felt that his side were poor during the opening 45 minutes, and that whilst they rallied somewhat during the early part of the second half, that Huddersfield proved themselves to be vastly superior on the day:

"We were very poor in the first half and a bit weak. We had words at half-time and we came out and created three or four chances early in the second half but we weren't good enough to take them. We only have to be better than three other teams in this division, and one of them isn't Huddersfield."


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29 December 2013 : Huddersfield 5 Yeovil Town 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town suffered their worst defeat of the 2013-14 season this afternoon, as they were hammered 5-1 by Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium. Despite taking the lead through Ishmael Miller's close range conversation after the Terriers failed to clear their lines, the Glovers fell apart across two spells in which the home side scored a brace of goals.

Midfielder Adam Clayton equalised midway through the first half as he found room in midfield perhaps left by an injured Ed Upson who had to come off immediately after that goal in an early blow for the Glovers. But the Terriers were well in control when Martin Paterson converted a ball into the box five minutes before the break, followed immediately by Joel Lynch heading home a near post corner.

Yeovil's woes continued after the break, as Marek Stech was substituted at the break with a thigh injury, replaced by Chris Dunn between the sticks. But the substitute keeper conceded twice through Danny Ward's two second half goals - the first a powerful shot into the roof of the net, with his second following three minutes later, as the Glovers finished the game feeling very sorry for themselves.

The end result leaves Yeovil still in 23rd place, with Barnsley losing again to stay below them. With the four sides immediately above them all drawing, the damage on the League table is not too great. However, the mental damage from two heavy away defeats in just three days will not be good, and with injuries to Stech and Upson likely to thin the squad further, the January transfer window can't come soon enough, as it's becoming clear the current squad needs reinforcements.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Huddersfield Town 5 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Ishmael Miller (14 mins, 0-1), Adam Clayton (23 mins, 1-1), Martin Paterson (40 mins, 1-2), Joel Lynch (43 mins, 1-3), Danny Ward (65 mins, 1-4), Danny Ward (68 mins, 1-5).

Huddersfield Town:
1. Alex Smithies
27. Tom Smith 15. Murray Wallace 33. Joel Lynch
12. Adam Hammill 6. Jonathan Hogg 4. Oliver Norwood 8. Adam Clayton 3. Paul Dixon
11. Danny Ward 17. Martin Paterson

Substitutes:
2. Calum Woods 7. Sean Scannell (69 mins for Danny Ward) 10. Oscar Gobern 13. Ian Bennett 14. Jonathan Stead (71 mins for Martin Paterson) 38. Duane Holmes (77 mins for Oliver Norwood) 39. Anthony Gerrard

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
7. Kevin Dawson 2. Luke Ayling 20. Liam Fontaine 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 21. Liam Davis
27. Ishmael Miller 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn (46 mins for Marek Stech) 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins (69 mins for Jamie McAllister) 19. Joe Ralls (25 mins for Ed Upson) 31. John Lundstram 24. Adam Morgan

Huddersfield Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Liam Fontaine (56 mins, foul)

Huddersfield Match Statistics: Possession: 65%; Shots: 29; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 35%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Christopher Akers (South Yorkshire) and Gary Hilton (Lancashire). Fourth Official: David Phillips (West Sussex).

Attendance: 12,946 (including 186 Yeovil supporters).


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29 December 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Huddersfield vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 5-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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29 December 2013 : Team News For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's Championship match against Huddersfield Town. A quirk of the emergency loan rules mean that Shane Duffy cannot play today, even though the club have already agreed a deal that will see him remain at Huish Park until the end of the 2013-14 season.

That leaves the door open for Luke Ayling to return after he sat out the Boxing Day match, having accumulated five bookings. He will play as a centre-back today, with Byron Webster continuing to be unavailable due to a hamstring strain. Liam Davis and James Hayter are also recalled to the side.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
7. Kevin Dawson 2. Luke Ayling 20. Liam Fontaine 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 21. Liam Davis
27. Ishmael Miller 9. James Hayter

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 19. Joe Ralls 31. John Lundstram 24. Adam Morgan


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29 December 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Blackburn Rovers : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match came on December 21st as they took on Blackburn Rovers for the first time in a competitive fixture. The match was settled by a single Jordan Rhodes goal, whilst at the other end, Ishmael Miller and Joe Ralls hit the woodwork. But the end result was another 0-1 home defeat.

The Man of the Match voting saw one player run away with the polling, even if Joel Grant was the choice of a few supporters. Goalkeeper Marek Stech was making his comeback after four-and-a-half months away from football, and he deservedly was the winner, following a number of flying first half saves that saw the Match Sponsors also give him the post-match award for player of the day.

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

1. Marek Stech 290 (26)
2. Joel Grant 100 (4)
3. Shane Duffy 56 (1)
4. Ishmael Miller 48 (0)
5. Joe Ralls 24 (1)
6. Luke Ayling 22 (0)
7. Kevin Dawson 18 (1)
8. Jamie McAllister 10 (0)
9. Byron Webster 8 (0)
10. John Lundstram 6 (0)
11. Joe Edwards 6 (0)
12. Ed Upson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.06
Performance : 5.88
Entertainment : 6.24
VOTES RECEIVED : 33


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29 December 2013 : Quintet Aiming To Pass Through Disciplinary Deadline
Yeovil Town now have five players walking a yellow card tightrope for today's Championship fixture against Huddersfield Town. Whilst they will welcome back Luke Ayling to the side for this afternoon's game against the Terriers - just as well given that Shane Duffy cannot play due to the emergency loan rules, whilst Byron Webster is likely to be unavailable due to a hamstring strain - they have a large number of players sat on four bookings as they go into the game at the John Smith's Stadium.

Striker Sam Hoskins, wide men Kevin Dawson and Joel Grant, midfielders Joe Ralls and Joe Edwards plus defender Byron Webster (if he plays) are all one yellow card short of a suspension - let's hope that referee Keith Hill (Hertfordshire) is not in a card-waving mood today.

The match in West Yorkshire represents the cut-off point for all players who eventually reach five bookings. After December 31st, the Football Association do not penalise players for reaching five yellow cards, meaning that today is effectively the last point at which they could be punished for reaching that level of bookings. They'll therefore all be worth keeping half an eye out for during today's game.


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29 December 2013 : Barnsley vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town made another trip up to Yorkshire, as they headed to Barnsley for what was a clear relegation six-pointer. The end result was a slightly frustrating 1-1 draw, given that Joel Grant's opening goal was cancelled out by a very questionable bit of refereeing from Lee Probert, who gifted the Tykes a penalty, converted by Marcus Tudgay.

The Man of the Match voting was tightly grouped with almost all votes being shared between three players. Goalkeeper Chris Dunn and centre-back Shane Duffy were two of your star performers, but goalscorer Joel Grant picked up the most votes on the day, having partnered Ishmael Miller up front at Oakwell.

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

1. Joel Grant 98 (8)
2. Shane Duffy 74 (4)
3. Chris Dunn 74 (2)
4. Ed Upson 10 (1)
5. James Hayter 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.13
Performance : 5.87
Entertainment : 6.4
VOTES RECEIVED : 15


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28 December 2013 : Football League Blog : The Case For Safe Standing
Yesterday saw an announcement by the Football League that they were seeking a consultation amongst its member clubs regarding the current rules concerning the ability for spectators to stand during games. One of the campaigners behind the return to terracing at football's top levels has been the Safe Standing Roadshow, and Jon Darch who is part of that campaign, has provided his own views on how it could affect the Glovers.

Read Jon's views via the link below - we'll also provide our own views in the next day or two, plus a chance to have their say on this issue, given how much the outcome of such a campaign could affect what Huish Park looks like in the future. Feel free to provide your early views via the foot of the article.

Link: Football League Blog : The Case For Safe Standing.


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28 December 2013 : Supporters Body Welcome League's Move On Terracing
The Football Supporters Federation have praised the Football League for their decision to hold a consultation on terracing and safe standing amongst their 72 member clubs. As reported yesterday, a document has been distributed to clubs, including Yeovil Town, ahead of a debate that will be heard in February 2014 to decide a majority view by clubs that will act as a direction for the Football League's committee to consider.

With Safe Standing having previously been a campaign taken by fans organisations, this is the first instance of an English footballing authority canvassing views amongst its member clubs, and FSF Chairman Malcolm Clarke has today told the Press Association that he welcomes this new stance:

"We welcome the Football League taking this initiative. Previously it was normally a debate between us and politicians. The big change that's occurred in the last two or three years is that increasing numbers of football clubs are now seeing the common sense of this. We're very pleased about that."

One of the disadvantages that clubs have faced in turning their existing terraced structures into seated accommodation is that they have lost capacity within their stadiums, or have had to build brand new stands simply to maintain the number of spectators they could admit to their grounds. That is believed to have fuelled an increase in ticket prices over the years to allow clubs to maintain their levels of income. Clarke believes that returning to terracing could help lower prices within grounds:

"That would be a decision for the club themselves, but there's certainly the possibility there of lowering ticket prices and increasing their income, for those clubs where there's a high level of demand. It's possible to accommodate more people in the same area standing safely than it is sitting. Clubs could reduce ticket prices and increase the capacity and, in some cases, increase their income as well. Potentially everyone's a winner."

One of the problems with the current seating arrangements in all-seater stadiums has been that sections of fans have continued to stand at games, causing problems for those who need to sit within those areas. Clarke therefore believes that separating fans out into those who want to stand and those who want to sit is the only sensible outcome:

"Eventually common sense must prevail. How long it will take, I wouldn't like to estimate, but certainly the debate is gathering momentum now within the football industry. It's not in anybody's interests that the current situation, where you have tens of thousands of people standing in seated areas every week, continues. That helps nobody. Those areas are not ideally designed for standing and you have the problem of those people who can't stand, or don't want to stand, having their view blocked by people who are. The common sense solution is to have a proper safe-standing area for those who wish to stand and seated areas for those who wish to sit."


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28 December 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield Town
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town travel up to Yorkshire to play Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium (formerly known as the Galpharm Stadium). This is incredibly our 17th meeting against the Terriers, but our first for a couple of years, with them gaining promotion to the Championship the season before we did. The Ciderspace guide to Hudderfield, including directions, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and other such things, can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield Town.


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27 December 2013 : Safe Standing To Be Debated By Football League Clubs
The Football League are to consult its 72 member clubs on the subject of all-seater stadiums in the Championship division. Current rules require all clubs at second tier level to admit spectators to seated areas, once they have spent an accumulation of two seasons or more at Championship level. Currently Yeovil Town are the only club at that level operating with terracing - unless the rules are changed they will be required to convert their two terraces into seated structures by the start of the 2015-16 season, assuming they are still at Championship level across those seasons. Clubs at League One and League Two level are able to keep their terracing.

On Friday, all Football League sides were sent a paper, ahead of a February 2014 debate on the subject amongst club Chairmen, as to how they would like the League to proceed. The paper has been put forward by Championship side Derby County and League One sides Peterborough United and Bristol City, who have been three of many clubs to apply pressure for the rules to be changed. Rules are currently enshrined in UK Law, in the wake of the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster, and are policed by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority which gives clubs their safety certificates.

Recent campaigning by the Football Supporters Federation has called for either a return to terracing on a trial basis, either by current provisions such as those at Huish Park, or by the introduction of 'Rail Seating' which is currently adopted in the German Bundesliga, which allows for a fold-up, fold-down style seat that can be bolted to the terrace's crush barrier for domestic competitions, but refixed as a seat for UEFA competitions that demand all-seater stadiums. As yet the English Premier League have firmly resisted, whilst initially at least the Football League appeared reluctant to put it on their agenda.

The weight of clubs and Supporters Trusts have bourne fruit though - the following clubs have all put their names forward for trials to be held, saying that they would be prepared to take part in them: Aldershot Town, Aston Villa, Barnsley, Brentford, Bristol City, Burnley, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, Exeter City, Hull City, Leeds United, Luton Town, Oldham Athletic, Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, Shrewsbury Town, Sunderland, Swansea City, Swindon Town, Watford, AFC Wimbledon and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Surprisingly so far, Yeovil Town have not put their name forward, despite being currently the club that would be affected the most by the current laws remaining in place.

As part of the League's consultation paper, there are four questions that clubs have been asked to have a view on for the February 2014 meeting:

1) Should the Football League approach the minister for sport to request that the 'all-seater' stadia requirement for Championship clubs be reviewed with a view to the re-introduction of standing accommodation?
2) Should the Football League approach the Sports Grounds Safety Authority to request that rail seating products be licensed in Football League grounds?
3) Should clubs be permitted to accommodate supporters in rail seating in the Championship?
4) Should clubs be permitted to revert from seating to standing accommodation in League One and League Two following relegation from the Championship?

League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has said that he is going to remain neutral on the subject, and will let the clubs direct proceedings, once a majority is established:

"It is now over to the clubs to get their views. Speaking personally, I do not have strong views on this and it is genuinely a matter for the clubs."

Depending upon how the above four questions are answered, the Football League will still have a number of matters to work through before there can be any u-turn on the current rules. They warn that there will need to be football regulatory, government policy and legislative issues worked through. However, FSF representative Peter Daykin said earlier this month that he did not believe this needed to involve primary legislation going through the House of Commons, with the Government's Secretary of State able to direct proceedings, should the League be able to successfully canvass the Government:

"The legalities of safe-standing can be debated between solicitors but our understanding is that primary legislation is not required. The Secretary of State (for Culture, Media and Sport) can direct the SGSA to drop the all-seat requirement from the licence it issues. It's not an outrageous proposal - League One and League Two clubs are already exempt."

The first step though, must be for supporters who are keen to keep their terracing, to lobby their own club and ensure that their club Chairmen are well aware of the mood amongst fans ahead of that February meeting. Only then can the Football League approach the politicians.


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27 December 2013 : Video : AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to hold a post mortem on yesterday's 3-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth, highlights are now on the Sky Sports website. Aside from the two Matt Ritchie goals and a third from Eunan O'Kane, you can also view Yeovil's two main chances on the day, with Ishmael Miller and Ed Upson both striking the woodwork - brief highlights on a poor day's football.

Link: Sky Sports Website : AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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27 December 2013 : Officials For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Sunday 29th December 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). We've had Mr Hill four times as a Football League club, although oddly only twice since 2005, with the other two coming in our League Two days.

We've already had Mr Hill this season, as he took charge of the August 2013 match against Derby County that saw the Glovers lose 0-3 at Huish Park. This was a game that was won and lost in the midst of a dazzling 25 minute spell from the Rams, and you can't blame a referee when a team string together 25 passes to slot the ball in the back of the net. That said, in the second half we felt that he denied us a penalty claim when Andy Williams was taken out in the box. The Western Gazette centred on this, calling him "infuriatingly inconsistent. The Glovers did well not to entirely lose their temper with a referee who failed to spot a clear penalty amongst a string of other poor decisions." That said, all he did there was to deny us the chance of a consolation goal.

Before that, we saw him for the March 2011 game against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium - a game in which we again lost 3-0, and where the scoreline undoubtedly reflected the balance of the play. No obvious complaints about the refereeing to be had on that occasion. The same can't be said for the October 2008 home match against Southend United - a game in which Mr Hill took centre stage. Raising his yellow card six times and his red card twice, the Hertfordshire official finally lost the plot, in a game he'd never had a grip on, in the last minute when he dished out a straight red card to Danny Schofield for an excellent sliding challenge. In the aftermath, Gary Roberts described to Mr Hill precisely what he thought of his decision-making and was also dismissed. The Glovers, who at that point had been putting the Shrimpers under sustained pressure with a late comeback goal, were down to nine men - two men dismissed because of an excellent tackle that the referee hopelessly misjudged the view of.

After the match manager Russell Slade labelled Hill as 'arrogant' for refusing to review the sending off on the video, and the Football Association called him up to explain himself. At the same time, the FA's own Appeals Panel were agreeing with Russell that Mr Hill had got the decision wrong, overturning the red card, meaning that by the time the Yeovil boss reached FA Headquarters he was merely warned as to his future conduct.

Aside from that mess, Mr Hill took charge of two home League Two matches - one against Macclesfield Town and another against Lincoln City. The Macclesfield defeat saw him go largely unmentioned in the match report. We were slightly more irritated by him in the March 2003 fixture against Lincoln, but that was because the home support did not like his unwillingness to clamp down on some gamesmanship and physical play from an Imps side playing the long-ball game.

Mr Hill will be assisted by Christopher Akers (South Yorkshire) and Gary Hilton (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Darren Bond (Lancashire).

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Derby County 3.

Link: March 2011 : Southampton 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 2.

Link: October 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 Macclesfield Town 2.

Link: November 2003 : Yeovil Town 3 Lincoln City 1.


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27 December 2013 : New Duffy Deal Confirmed
Yeovil Town centre-back Shane Duffy has now formally had a new loan deal rubberstamped by his parent club Everton. The 21 year old made the 14th and final appearance of his Emergency Loan spell with the club during yesterday's 3-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth, and due to the league's loan rules will have to sit out Sunday's trip to Huddersfield Town.

However, in his post-match interview, Glovers boss Gary Johnson said that he was "Very confident" that Duffy would return on a half-season loan deal as soon as the Transfer Window opened. That agreement has now been formally confirmed, meaning that once the loan contract is sent through to the League (on or around January 1st) he will stay in South Somerset until May 2014.

In addition to his half season deal, Duffy has been given permission to play in Yeovil's FA Cup Third Round match against Leyton Orient. The only question mark is whether the club can get the paperwork through in time for the New Year's Day match against Watford - the club have a 12.00 noon deadline under Football League rules, but may be hampered by the League offices tending not to open on Bank Holidays. However, Johnson's post-match words strongly hinted that he expected him to be available for the televised game against the Hornets.

Toffees midfielder John Lundstram is also expected to extend his stay at Huish Park shortly. However, the renewal of his loan deal is less urgent given that it already runs through New Year's Day, and will only expire after the Watford match.


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27 December 2013 : Joel Grant Rues 'The Worst Game We've Ever Had'
Following Boxing Day's 3-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court, Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Joel's post-match views on the game can be read via the link below.

Link: Joel Grant Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Defeat Against Bournemouth.


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27 December 2013 : A Better Diagnosis For Byron
When Byron Webster limped off in the pre-Christmas match against Blackburn Rovers with a hamstring injury, the initial expectation was that he would be out for several weeks. During yesterday's pre-kick-off interview with BBC Somerset, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson discussed the centre-back's latest situation with local journalist Chris Spittles.

As well as giving his views on Liam Fontaine's return to the side, Gary explains the team changes he deployed, as well as revealing that Byron has a 'small' chance of being on the bus to Huddersfield Town on Sunday, although a more realistic chance of being involved against Watford. Read Gary's views on that via the link below.

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

After the match, Gary also gave his views on Shane Duffy's time at Yeovil, with the Everton loanee's Emergency Loan spell having come to an end yesterday. The Glovers boss said that he was 'very confident' that Shane would be back on January 1st, with a half-season loan understood to have been verbally agreed - the paperwork will be submitted as soon as the Football League's offices allow it to be done.

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


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26 December 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Bournemouth Away Game
Following this afternoon's 3-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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26 December 2013 : Lions Sack Lomas After Boxing Day Defeat
Championship side Millwall have parted company with their manager Steve Lomas after today's fixtures. The 39 year old lasted just six months in charge, having arrived from St Johnstone on a one year rolling contract back in June 2013 as a replacement for Kenny Jackett who had resigned to later take on the Wolverhampton Wanderers job.

Lomas was never a popular appointment amongst Lions supporters, with his playing career having taken in an eight year spell with local rivals West Ham United. But his managerial record at the New Den was luke warm at best - six wins in 23 games, leaving Millwall in 20th place in the Championship table, and on the back of a 4-0 defeat against Watford at lunchtime today.

Immediately after the game, Lomas insisted "I've never quit before and I am not going to quit now." By tea-time, the Millwall board had done it for him. Coach Neil Harris and Academy Director Scott Fitzgerald have been given the caretaker roles at the club, as they once again search for a new manager.


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26 December 2013 : Johnson Apologises To Fans For Dean Court Disappointment
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson apologised to the travelling supporters, after a poor showing on Boxing Day that saw them slump to a 3-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court. All three goals came in the second half as two Matt Ritchie goals were added to by a Eunan O'Kane solo goal that gave the Cherries an easy win.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Johnson was only prepared to excuse centre-half pairing Liam Fontaine and Shane Duffy from his criticism of his side, and he felt that the others didn't put in enough given that the club was backed by 1,367 travelling supporters who had headed down for the game:

"I apologise to our crowd, and I apologise on behalf of the team because 1,300 people have come along. I know it's only just up the road, but it's still an hour-and-a-quarter in their festive holidays. So we're proud of them turning up but I'm sorry that we didn't really give them enough. We were second best really on the day. I'm a bit disappointed that man-for-man they were better than us. I thought the two centre-halves (Liam Fontaine and Shane Duffy) probably came out of it okay, but that was about it really. Bournemouth have got some busy players. They've got some players that are in between that Championship and Premier League level, and we're not there yet."

The end result leaves the Glovers still three points from safety, with only Charlton Athletic picking up maximum points from the cluster of teams near the bottom. However, Johnson admitted that the manner of the defeat concerned him, and that they needed to urgently pick things up in Sunday's trip to Huddersfield Town:

"If it doesn't improve then of course we're going to be in trouble. That's the sort of game that can give you the feeling that can send you down. We've got to very quickly turn it around. Bournemouth had got their tails up, and when they do that and we don't quite get our act together, and we give the ball away and give them a bit of possession, and not track their runners then of course you're going to be in trouble in places like this, or anywhere in the Championship. We hope that they are going to be learning very quickly. A couple of teams have done this to us and we haven't quite handled it. Hopefully they'll learn and improve quickly."


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26 December 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 3-0 defeat against AFCBournemouth at Dean Court, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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26 December 2013 : Bournemouth 3 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town succumbed to a poor defeat this afternoon, as a dominant AFC Bournemouth side easily picked up all three points in a 3-0 scoreline. The first half may have been goalless, but the Glovers had to thank Marek Stech for several strong saves, as well as the officials disallowing Elliott Ward's strike just before the break for a push inside the box.

The second period served up no better fare, and the Glovers were quickly dismantled through two goals from Matt Ritchie. The former Swindon winger took advantage of a Ryan Fraser shot that was palmed onto the post by Marek Stech, then came straight back out to him with the keeper still on the floor. Then Ritchie got a bit of luck as his shot at Stech came off Shane Duffy and into the back of the net seven minutes later, with the Cherries player claiming the goal.

The match was wrapped up shortly after Yeovil had made a triple substitution that saw Ed Upson take up the captaincy and Kevin Dawson take on a right-back slot as manager Gary Johnson gambled by reshuffling his side. But Yeovil's play throughout the match was summed up as Eunan O'Kane was allowed to dance his way through the Glovers midfield and fire home for the third and final goal, with the final score accurately describing the gulf between the two sides on what was a fairly miserable day. The only good news was that only Charlton Athletic won of the sides near the bottom, with Sheffield Wednesday picking up a point, meaning only minimal damage done to the league table.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Matt Ritchie (1-0, 50 mins), Matt Ritchie (2-0, 57 mins), Eunan O'Kane (3-0, 65 mins)

AFC Bournemouth:
42. Lee Camp
2. Simon Francis 22. Elliott Ward 5. Tommy Elphick 11. Charlie Daniels
20. Ryan Fraser 8. Harry Arter 32. Eunan O'Kane 30. Matt Ritchie
4. Andrew Surman
9. Lewis Grabban

Substitutes:
1. Ryan Allsop 7. Marc Pugh (81 mins for Ryan Fraser) 10. Brett Pitman 14. Ian Harte 16. Shaun MacDonald (60 mins for Harry Arter) 24. Miles Addison 28. Tokelo Rantie (74 mins for Lewis Grabban)

Yeovil Town (4-2-3-1):
1. Marek Stech
4. Joe Edwards 15. Shane Duffy 20. Liam Fontaine 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 23. Joel Grant
27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
24, Chris Dunn 9. James Hayter (62 mins for Joe Edwards) 10. Sam Foley (63 mins for John Lundstram) 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 21. Liam Davis (62 mins for Jamie McAllister) 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi

Bournemouth Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (36 mins, foul), John Lundstram (50 mins, foul), Ed Upson (69 mins, foul), Joe Ralls (77 mins, foul).

Bournemouth Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 25; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 6; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Michael Mullarkey and Ronald Ganfield (Somerset). Fourth Official: David Phillips (West Sussex).

Attendance: 10,717 (including 1,367 Yeovil supporters).


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26 December 2013 : Team News For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's away Championship match against AFC Bournemouth. The main two problem areas are because Byron Webster has a hamstring strain, whilst Luke Ayling is suspended for picking up five bookings. That means that Liam Fontaine comes back into the team after over three months out, having last featured on September 21st. Joe Edwards drops into the back four to cover Ayling's position.

The other changes have Ed Upson and Kevin Dawson recalled to the starting eleven, as the Glovers opt for a new formation for the match, as two holding midfielders and three attacking midfielders line up in a 4-2-3-1. Adam Morgan is the 'sixth loanee' who sits out the game entirely. The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-2-3-1):
1. Marek Stech
4. Joe Edwards 15. Shane Duffy 20. Liam Fontaine 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 23. Joel Grant
27. Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
24, Chris Dunn 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 21. Liam Davis 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi

AFC Bournemouth:
42. Lee Camp
2. Simon Francis 22. Elliott Ward 5. Tommy Elphick 11. Charlie Daniels
20. Ryan Fraser 8. Harry Arter 32. Eunan O'Kane 30. Matt Ritchie
4. Andrew Surman
9. Lewis Grabban

Substitutes:
1. Ryan Allsop 7. Marc Pugh 10. Brett Pitman 14. Ian Harte 16. Shaun MacDonald 24. Miles Addison 28. Tokelo Rantie


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26 December 2013 : Bumper Boxing Day Crowd Due For Bournemouth Trip
Today's Boxing Day Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Yeovil Town should see Dean Court get its biggest attendance of the 2013-14 season, but may even set a ground record. Whilst the original stadium on the site managed a record attendance of 28,799 against Manchester United in the FA Cup in 1957, it was completely rebuilt in 2001, with the pitch rotated 90 degrees from its original position.

At that time, the ground was only rebuilt as a three-sided stadium, with Bournemouth briefly experimenting with temporary seating around 2005 at the south side of the ground. This summer has seen them build a new South Stand, seating around 2,400 spectators and thus raising capacity at the ground from around 9,600 to 12,000. In practice segregation in the East Stand keeps the actual capacity down to 11,700.

Bournemouth's record attendance for any fixture at the redeveloped Dean Court was the 11,772 who turned up for the pre-season friendly against Real Madrid in July 2013. Their seasonal best for a competitive fixture was the 10,720 crowd for the November 2013 fixture against Derby County.

For this fixture, on Christmas Eve Bournemouth reported that they had only around 100 spaces left in home ends of the ground, with nearly all of those being front row seats or in areas with restrictive views of the pitch. Meanwhile the Glovers had only a tiny handful of their 1,200-1,300 allocation left at the Huish Park Ticket Office on Christmas Eve when sales were stopped.

Whilst there will be no tickets left for the East Stand away section - Glovers fans should NOT travel unless they already have a ticket - Bournemouth are planning to sell their remaining 100 tickets on a first come, first served basis on the morning of the game. It's therefore very likely that they will record an attendance of around 11,500 or possibly just above. By our reckoning that should be a record attendance for a competitive fixture at the redeveloped Dean Court ground.


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25 December 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth
For those travelling down to the Dorset Coast tomorrow afternoon, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover the Boxing Day fixture. As with last year's trip to Bournemouth, the complications of Boxing Day do mean that you need to pay careful attention to parking charges, and with pub opening hours. This year you also have flooding in the area to avoid. As usual the guide gives you statistics, past meetings and other info, available via the link below. Note that if you've not got a ticket yet, do not travel to the game!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To AFC Bournemouth.


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25 December 2013 : Bournemouth Trip Traffic Advice
With there having been a large amount of rain in Somerset and Dorset over the last 48 hours, Yeovil Town supporters travelling to Bournemouth should exercise some care in navigating roads tomorrow. The River Stour in particular has been badly affected, and whilst that flooding has receded, there are still some problems in and around the two counties that may have some effect upon those heading down to Dean Court for the Boxing Day trip.

The routes the Highways Agency have specifically reported (more minor roads may remain unreported) are as follows:

a) A303 Westbound: This was closed entirely on Christmas Eve, but even now still only has one lane open Westbound around Ilchester, between the A37 junction and the A3088 Cartgate Roundabout due to flooding.

b) Longham Bridge, Longham (near Ferndown): This is closed in both directions by Green Lane, due to the River Stour flooding. This may affect supporters coming from the Wimborne Minster direction.

c) A347 New Road: This is closed in both directions near the Kinson Park Road junction, due to the River Stour flooding. This may affect supporters coming from the Wimborne Minster direction.

d) A350 Sturminster Marshall: This is closed in both directions around the Newton Road junction, due to the River Winterborne flooding. This may affect supporters coming from the Blandford Forum direction.

The current weather forecast for the Bournemouth area is for things to be dry tomorrow, with light breezes, so the situation should improve from where things are. There is currently a heavy band of rain moving across Dorset tonight. The above list is accurate as of 7.00p.m. on Christmas Day. We'll use our Twitter Account for any on-the-day observations.


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25 December 2013 : Gary Talks About The Highs And Lows Of The Year 2013
As we reach the last week of the year 2013, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson recently reflected upon the year in an interview with the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol presenter Geoff Twentyman, Gary talked about his personal high point and low point of the year 2013, as well as giving an assessment of where he thinks the team stands in the Championship division. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About The Highs And Lows Of The Year 2013.


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25 December 2013 : Football League Blog : Boxing Day Championship Preview
A Merry Christmas to everyone reading Ciderspace - hope you have a great day. Whilst you're stuffing yourself with turkey and mince pies, you need something to read. Guest blogger Henry Hudson takes over the reins to look at the Boxing Day programme - one of the most anticipated days of the football season, with local derbies dominating the fixture list. Read Henry's analysis via the link below and feel free to add your own views and hopes for the Christmas fixtures.

Link: Football League Blog : Boxing Day Championship Preview.


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24 December 2013 : Hayter Hoping For Involvement Against Old Club
Yeovil Town striker James Hayter is hoping for a place in the starting line-up on Boxing Day, but will take any involvement in the match that he can get. The 34 year old hasn't started a match since the October 19th home game against Brighton and Hove Albion, and spent a month without getting onto the pitch after that 0-0 draw. However, over the past month, he has gradually begun to be used as a second half substitute, coming on in five out of the last six Championship matches.

On Thursday, Hayter hopes to play a part in a local derby match against a side that he spent 11 years as a professional, scoring 107 times across 407 appearances for the Cherries. He told BBC Somerset that he wanted to keep fighting for a place in the team:

"I'm no different from anyone else - I want to be starting as many games as I can. But I've been coming on lately and I've been involved in the games and getting a good 20 or 30 minutes in the last few games. So you've just got to keep yourself ready. It's about keeping yourself right in training, and doing the right things and just making sure that when you come on, you try to have an effect upon the game.

With Boxing Day's match the second game of five games in fifteen days across the Christmas period, Yeovil's squad will be used to its maximum, particularly with complications concerning the availability of loan players and suspensions for five match bookings kicking in. Hayter said that it was important that the players kept full focus on things during the busy period:

"It's a tough period where obviously everyone else is enjoying themselves, but we've got to make sure that we knuckle down, do things professionally, recover right after games and make sure that we prepare the best that we can for the next game coming up. It would be nice to be involved and hopefully to have some effect upon it, whether that's from the bench, or from starting."


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24 December 2013 : Interview With Marek Stech
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Blackburn Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, Marek's views on his comeback game, and the availability of defenders in front of him for Boxing Day's match against AFC Bournemouth can be read via the link below.

Link: Marek Stech Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat Against Blackburn.


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23 December 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Blackburn Home Interview
Just before kick-off against Blackburn Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary talks about goalkeepers Marek Stech and Chris Dunn, why he left midfielder Ed Upson out of the team, and his views on the pitch at Huish Park. Read the interview via the link below.

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


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23 December 2013 : FA Confirm Ayling Suspension
The Football Association have this morning confirmed that Yeovil Town defender Luke Ayling will now serve a ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the 2013-14 season. The right-back was cautioned for dissent during Saturday's home match against Blackburn Rovers and will now miss the Boxing Day trip to AFC Bournemouth.

Ahead of the December 31st cut-off period for five yellow cards, the Glovers currently have four other players walking a tightrope, with Sam Hoskins, Joel Grant, Joe Edwards and Byron Webster having all picked up four yellow cards. If any of them pick up another caution over the next two fixtures then they would serve a ban - after that date, FA suspensions only apply to players picking up ten or fifteen bookings.

Ayling's suspension comes at a bad time, given that manager Gary Johnson indicated in his post-match interview that Byron Webster suffered a hamstring strain on Saturday, meaning that he is highly unlikely to feature over the next few games. Defender Liam Fontaine is expected to come straight into the starting line-up if both Webster and Ayling are absent, with Joe Edwards the prime candidate to take the right-back slot.

Boxing Day's match represents the final match of Shane Duffy's 93 day Emergency Loan, meaning that the back four will need reshuffling again on December 29th when the club travel to Huddersfield Town. Although Duffy is expected to agree a half-season loan on January 1st, the loan rules mean that he will have to sit that game out, with a question mark over whether registration rules will allow him to get the paperwork in time for the New Year's Day match against Watford. Fontaine is available throughout that period, meaning that he could be belatedly getting a run in the side.


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23 December 2013 : Seaborne On The Way Out
Yeovil Town defender Dan Seaborne looks to have played his last game for the club. The 26 year old is currently on loan at Coventry City until January 5th 2014, and is already cup-tied, after the Glovers allowed him to play in the FA Cup for Coventry in their First and Second Round ties.

Seaborne played in eleven matches for the Glovers but dropped out of the squad after October 1st, when he suffered a minor injury and an illness, coinciding with the arrival of Everton loanee Shane Duffy. Now with Duffy verbally agreeing to sign a half-season loan once the transfer window opens in the New Year, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire are reporting that Seaborne has told them that he expects to leave Huish Park in January.

Seaborne had agreed a two year deal back in July, but the BBC's reports suggest that will be cut significantly short. He's so far made three League appearances and two cup appearances for the Sky Blues - at present he hasn't hinted if his loan deal with them would turn into a permanent arrangement.


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23 December 2013 : Cafer Leaves Huish Park
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Matt Cafer is to leave the club. The former Youth Teamer has been at the club on a half-season development contract but has not been considered for First Team or Reserve Team matches, instead getting experience with Western League side Willand Rovers and more recently Southern League side Weymouth.

Matt's arrangements with the club were up at the turn of the year, and that deal will now not be extended. The player has explained via his Twitter account that he believes that to be in his own interests to do so:

"I have come to a mutual agreement to leave Yeovil Town - had a good two-and-a-half years there, but it's time to get playing and what's meant to be will be. Would like to thank all the players, staff and fans for everything and wish the lads all the best for remainder of season."

We wish Matt all the best, and hope he breaks through at a professional level with another club in the future.


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23 December 2013 : Important Bournemouth Ticketing Update
There have been some changes to arrangements for match ticketing for the AFC Bournemouth match on Boxing Day. Due to the club now having only 100 tickets left at the Huish Park Ticket Office it has been agreed that the ticket office will continue to sell those remaining tickets at the Yeovil end, but that there will be NO TICKETS on sale on the day of the match. This is due to both the Bournemouth and Yeovil ends being close to full capacity, with close to a 12,000 crowd expected.

Hence any supporters still wanting to buy tickets MUST call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office by 11.00a.m. on Christmas Eve, with the Ticket Office closing an hour later that day. They will be open until 5.00p.m. tonight.


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22 December 2013 : Ex-Glovers Birkby And Grimshaw Help Draw Christmas Prizes
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Blackburn Rovers kicked off, the Away Travel Club organised a draw for a large Christmas Hamper. With several other prizes, the main winning ticket got a basket full of food goodies worth 100 pounds, and the lucky lady is pictured below.

Joining the Away Travel Club in the Beer Tent were a number of guests, with former players Martyn Grimshaw and Dean Birkby present for yesterday's match, whilst Glovers squad members Chris Dunn, Sam Hoskins and Nathan Ralph also played their part. The draw was made inside a packed tent, with a large Huish Park crowd of 7,179 taking advantage of the club's Kids for a Quid promotion, combined with the start of the Christmas holidays.

Organiser Mark Kelly would like to thank all five players for their time and participation, and to those who bought tickets for the event, from which the proceeds will ultimately be used to aid the football club.

Chris Dunn, Sam Hoskins and Nathan Ralph join former Glovers Dean Birkby and Martyn Grimshaw with the Christmas Hamper winner
Chris Dunn, Sam Hoskins and Nathan Ralph join former Glovers Dean Birkby and Martyn Grimshaw with the Christmas Hamper winner



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22 December 2013 : Glovers Director Takes Top FA WSL Role
Yeovil Town Ladies FC Director Stephen Allinson has landed a top role within Women's Football after being appointed as one of only four Club Representatives on the FA WSL League Management Committee.

Allinson who is also a Director of Yeovil Town FC and Chairman of Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust was voted on to the League Management Committee at the recent FA WSL AGM held at Wembley Stadium. Allinson, who is a very experienced Solicitor with one of his specialisms being sports related business, was delighted and said

"I am really looking forward to being part of the new era for Womenís football and these are very exciting times for the game. The game has grown enormously over recent years and is now the third most participated sport in the country, behind menís football and cricket. I hope that my role will enable me to be part of the further growth."

Commenting Yeovil Town Ladies FC Chairman David Mills said:

"Stephen will do a great job on the Committee as he has over 20 years experience on the Board of Yeovil Town FC and has a real passion for seeing Yeovil Town Ladies FC and the FA WSL succeed. I have no doubt he will make a major contribution on the League Management Committee. I also want to take this chance to thank John Salomon and our other friends at Watford Ladies FC who supported Stephenís nomination."

Stephen is expected to attend his first meeting of the League Management Committee in mid January.

Yeovil Town FC and Yeovil Town Ladies Director Stephen Allinson - now an FA WSL Management Committee Member
Yeovil Town FC and Yeovil Town Ladies Director Stephen Allinson - now an FA WSL Management Committee Member


[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Release.]


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22 December 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Blackburn Rovers Match Highlights
For those who want to view the match highlights of yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Blackburn Rovers, these are now on the Sky Sports website. In addition to the winning goal from Jordan Rhodes, they also include chances for John Lundstram, Ishmael Miller and Joe Ralls in their compilation of the best moments from the game.

Note that Sky also appear to only have a Glovers history record stretching back about as far as 1995!

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Blackburn Rovers Match Highlights.


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22 December 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played out a 2-2 draw against Charlton Athletic at Huish Park. The match was a lop-sided affair, with the Addicks knocking up a two goal lead that looked to be secure until around twenty minutes from time when a rapid series of events saw the Glovers assume control, with an own goal, and an Ishmael Miller penalty getting parity, in a match that they could have easily gone on to win.

As far as the Man of the Match polling went, Joe Edwards and Byron Webster picked up plenty of high marks from supporters at the game, whilst striker Ishmael Miller was also noted as putting in an impressive performance. The winner of the poll though, was Joel Grant, who from a left-wing position was the man who induced the opening own goal, and won Yeovil their penalty, giving him an 'assist' on both.

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

1. Joel Grant 326 (25)
2. Ishmael Miller 226 (11)
3. Byron Webster 152 (9)
4. Joe Edwards 126 (8)
5. Chris Dunn 66 (1)
6. Luke Ayling 58 (3)
7. Liam Davis 48 (1)
8. Kevin Dawson 36 (1)
9. Shane Duffy 24 (1)
10. James Hayter 16 (0)
11. Jamie McAllister 14 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.39
Performance : 6
Entertainment : 6.79
VOTES RECEIVED : 61


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21 December 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Blackburn Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Blackburn Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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21 December 2013 : Yeovil 0 Blackburn 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town suffered yet another 0-1 home defeat at Huish Park this afternoon, as a second half strike from Jordan Rhodes won the match for Blackburn Rovers. The goal kept the Glovers in the relegation zone despite playing their own part on a game played on a difficult pitch, and losing Byron Webster to a first half hamstring injury.

Following a poor first period, the final 45 minutes were an exciting end-to-end encounter, with Ishmael Miller striking the crossbar from 20 yards out, whilst Joe Ralls saw his curling effort go close for the Glovers, who also had two penalty appeals turned down as Miller went down in the box.

At the other end, Rhodes settled the game when his strike partner David Dunn squared the ball on the break allowing Blackburn's top scorer a chance to notch the winning goal. The pair kept Marek Stech busy enough on his return to the first team for him to pick up the sponsors man of the match, but the Glovers were unfortunate not to see their own forward play in the second period rewarded.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Blackburn Rovers 1.

Scorers: Jordan Rhodes (59 mins, 0-1)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
27. Ishmael Miller 23. Joel Grant

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 7. Kevin Dawson (35 mins for Byron Webster) 8. Ed Upson (74 mins for John Lundstram) 9. James Hayter (68 mins for Liam Davis) 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 29. Adam Morgan

Blackburn Rovers:
13. Simon Eastwood
27. Adam Henley 16. Scott Dann 5. Grant Hanley 3. Tommy Spurr
19. Chris Taylor 6. Jason Lowe 45. Tom Cairney 12. Ben Marshall
8. David Dunn 11. Jordan Rhodes

Substitutes:
4. Matthew Kilgallon 17. Lee Williamson (74 mins for Chris Taylor) 23. Ruben Rochina (67 mins for David Dunn) 25. Alan Judge 34. Jake Kean 39. Rudy Gestede (90 mins for Jordan Rhodes) 2. Todd Kane

Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (28 mins, foul), John Lundstram (72 mins, foul), Luke Ayling (74 mins, dissent/kicking ball away)

Blackburn Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Blackburn Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 25; Shots On Target: 10; Corners: 11; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Ian Williamson (Berkshire). Assistants: Adam Bromley (Devon) and John Busby (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Adam Hopkins (Devon).

Attendance: 7,179 (including 1,074 Blackburn supporters).


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21 December 2013 : Johnson: Second Half Display Should Have Given Us More
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt a slow start to the match this afternoon hid the fact that his side carved out enough opportunities during the second half in their 0-1 home defeat against Blackburn Rovers this afternoon. A Jordan Rhodes strike during the second half came on the break, but the Glovers were unlucky not to net themselves, having hit the crossbar through Ishmael Miller, whilst midfielder Joe Ralls also went close with one brilliant curling effort.

Johnson felt that at least one of those chances could have been converted in a much more impressive second half, and told BBC Somerset that his team did show plenty of good play during that final 45 minutes:

"It is a disappointing result, but we mustn't be devastated. In the first half we didn't get our passing game going - we gave it away too many times, too quickly. If you give it away too many times to the teams in the top half of this division then you can be in trouble. But we managed to see it through until half time, and we had a few words, and we came out and we kept the ball a little bit better. We created two super chances; one hit the crossbar and one hit the post. We then had a couple of penalty decisions turned down, so it just showed that we were a little bit in the ascendancy at that point, and maybe their goal came a little bit against the run of play, and definitely on the break."

The Glovers also had two late shouts for penalties, as Ishmael Miller went down in the box under pressure in quick succession. Referee Ian Williamson waved both away, much to Miller's frustration. Johnson said he felt both were valid appeals but said he'd talked to the officials and they had stuck to their earlier decisions:

"I think they're good shouts myself, especially when you ask for the reason for not giving it, and the reason comes back that his standing foot slipped. I'm not too sure that was what happened. It's happened to us a few times here when we've been beaten 1-0 and we've had penalties against us, and sometimes the fifty-fifty ones don't go our way."

The Glovers suffered a first half blow when Byron Webster went off clutching his leg, replaced by Kevin Dawson as the team was forced into a reshuffle. Gary said that he wasn't sure at this stage how severe the injury was, but admitted Webster could be missing the next game at least:

"He's strained his hamstring - we don't know what grade it is - we'll have to wait and see. It probably doesn't look good for the next game or so. We'll have to wait and see. But obviously there was a lot of rain and the pitch was heavy, so any time that you fall awkwardly or try to sprint away, can upset your hamstring. So I don't know the ins and outs of how bad it is but we'll have to wait until Monday."

Defender Luke Ayling is believed to have picked up his fifth booking of the season, which if confirmed would see him sit out a one match ban, and so with Webster struggling for the Boxing Day trip to AFC Bournemouth, Johnson confirmed that Liam Fontaine would almost certainly be in the matchday squad for that match.


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

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


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21 December 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Blackburn Rovers
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for their home Championship match against Blackburn Rovers. Goalkeeper Marek Stech makes his return after four and a half months out with Chris Dunn ruled out with a thigh injury, whilst Gareth Stewart continues to sit on the bench. The other change sees Ed Upson drop to the bench in a tactical move as Liam Davis replaces him, with Joe Ralls shuffling into the centre.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
4. Joe Edwards 31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
27. Ishmael Miller 23. Joel Grant

Substitutes:
23. Gareth Stewart 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 29. Adam Morgan


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21 December 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Blackpool : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's Tuesday night home match earlier this month against Blackpool was a lively encounter settled by a John Lundstram goal midway through the first half. The triple sending off during second half injury time that left the Tangerines down to eight men perhaps masked the fact that the Glovers were probably heading on to a 1-0 victory by then.

In terms of the Man of the Match voting that night, centre-back pairing Byron Webster and Shane Duffy were impressive in keeping a clean sheet, particularly during the first half when Blackpool put a lot of pressure on them. Man of the Match by a sizeable distance though was new loan signing Ishmael Miller, who was making his home debut that night. Results are as shown below:

1. Ishmael Miller 446 (30)
2. Shane Duffy 316 (22)
3. Byron Webster 202 (10)
4. Chris Dunn 130 (5)
5. John Lundstram 122 (4)
6. Joe Edwards 64 (3)
7. Ed Upson 38 (2)
8. Joel Grant 30 (1)
9. Liam Davis 22 (0)
10. Luke Ayling 8 (0)
11. Sam Hoskins 4 (0)
12. Kevin Dawson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.65
Performance : 8.49
Entertainment : 8.81
VOTES RECEIVED : 77


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20 December 2013 : Lundstram And Duffy Expected To Be Long Term Loans
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he expects the impending loan deals for Everton duo Shane Duffy and John Lundstram to be on a long term basis. Following up from yesterday's news concerning most of the club's current loan players, the Glovers boss has explained that provided nothing unexpected happens over the next 12 days, that he should be concluding half-season deals for both of them, taking them through to May 2014.

Duffy is currently 12 matches into a 93 day deal that concludes just after Boxing Day, whilst Lundstram arrived at the tail end of November and has so far featured on four occasions. Both have played a strong part in some improved Yeovil Town form over the past month, which meant that the Glovers were keen to hold on to them for a much longer period. Gary confirmed to BBC Somerset that everything was in place for that to happen, and only something a bit freakish might stop the paperwork from being signed:

"I'll be very disappointed if after recent discussions, if we don't have them. I'm pretty sure we'll be getting Shane Duffy and John Lundstram for the remainder of the season. That's a big coup for us, and it's a great situation with us and Everton. We've sort of provisionally put a deal together. Obviously that will start on the first of January. Now because you can't register these things anyway (until the Transfer Window opens), you never know what might happen - we might get a tsunami or the world ends tomorrow! So that should go through, as all parties think they've agreed. So that is good for us as Shane Duffy and John Lundstram are really good players, and they have been Yeovilified for sure. We trust them and they trust us. They're good signings for us, if it comes off which I'm sure it will."

The situation regarding striker Ishmael Miller is slightly less certain, even if Gary has got the nod from the 26 year old that he would prefer to stay at Huish Park, provided no club comes in for him on a permanent basis. He explained that Miller was giving him good vibes:

"He's come here for good reasons, and it's important that he plays games. But for us it's important that he plays good games. We're not just here to give people games - he's got to affect the game, as he has up until now. We're pleased with him, but he can get better, and he can get fitter and stronger with the number of games, hopefully if he stays in the team, and he keeps being selected. That's why he's come here."

Gary added that because a club might make a bid for Miller on a permanent basis, that any longer term deal would probably be only concluded at the last minute, given that the striker needed to keep his options open:

"we're just talking to Billy Davies and Nottingham Forest to see where they are, and talking to Ishmael and his representatives because we don't know what they have got in their minds. So that might be a last minute job to get into. If a club comes in for Ishmael, for a permanent transfer, then of course he's got to look at that. But he has said to me that if it's a loan to anywhere else, then he'd rather stay on loan here. So that's good - I was pleased to hear that, because that's the important thing for me. He's an important player of course, but that would mean that no-one else can come in and nick him on loan."


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20 December 2013 : Bournemouth Ticketing Update
Yeovil Town's Ticket Office have around 300 tickets left for the Boxing Day Championship away match against AFC Bournemouth. On Wednesday, the club had sold around 870 tickets out of a total allocation of between 1,200 and 1,300 tickets. So this suggests that around another 100 have been shifted during the last 48 hours.

Your last chance to get an advance ticket for this match will be after the match on Saturday, when the Ticket Office will be open for around an hour after the game. If you can call them before 6.00p.m. tonight though, you can buy them over the phone, and pick them up in person at Huish Park tomorrow. We'd strongly recommend that you buy in advance for this match, as although it may not quite sell out prior to the day of the game, it's going to be a close run thing.

A reminder that today also represents the final day for Season Ticket Holders to reserve their usual seat/place for the FA Cup Third Round match against Leyton Orient. From tomorrow, all unsold seats/places will go on general sale.

Finally, tomorrow's match against Blackburn Rovers is a Kids For A Quid fixture, allowing all Under-16s to enter the ground for one pound only.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient (FA Cup Third Round).

Link: Online Ticketing Promotion For Four Championship Games.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans Part 2 (From Boxing Day onwards).


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20 December 2013 : Ladies Appoint New Marketing And Promotions Officer
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are delighted to confirm the appointment of Jennifer Jones as their new Marketing and Match Promotions Officer. Since completing her honours degree in Marketing & Advertising at the University of Coventry, Jennifer has spent two years building upon her marketing career both agency and client-side. Working with globally recognised technology brands, she has built online and digital marketing strategies, managed & organised events across the UK & Europe, and has a strong focus on generating leads & increasing brand awareness.

Aside from marketing, Jennifer is a sports orientated individual with an extremely strong passion for football. She has played Futsal and 11-a-side from a young age for teams such as the Wiltshire Centre of Excellence, Coventry University LFC, Swindon Supermarine LFC & more recently, Bristol based team St Nicholas Ladies. Jennifer is now looking forward to coupling her marketing skills with her knowledge of football to develop the Yeovil Town Ladies brand, creating campaigns that will result in the club getting the support, fans and following it deserves. Commenting on her appointment Jones said:

"I am so pleased and incredibly excited to be at the forefront of marketing for top-flight team Yeovil Town Ladies FC. Having followed women's football all my life and the FA WSL since its debut 3 years ago, I now feel honoured and humbled to be part of it. A dream of mine has been to work within football marketing as I am very passionate about boosting the profile of the women's game so it receives the recognition it merits."

Commenting for the Club, Chairman David Mills said:

"Our Marketing and Promotions strategy plus Fan Engagement is a key part of our FA WSL Business plan so we needed to find someone we thought could push the boundaries of what we do in those areas. We had lots of great candidates but Jennifer showed us she could deliver that extra 1% that can make all the difference."

Jones formally starts her role on January 1st 2014.

New Yeovil Town Ladies Marketing and Match Promotions Officer Jennifer Jones
New Yeovil Town Ladies Marketing and Match Promotions Officer Jennifer Jones


[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Release.]


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19 December 2013 : The Return Of Stech
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that the club's main goalkeeper Marek Stech will be back in the first team squad on Saturday for the Championship home game against Blackburn Rovers. The Czech Republic goalkeeper has been out of first team action since August 8th when he broke his hand during the opening home match of the season against Birmingham City.

Since then, the club have seen Sam Johnstone, Wayne Hennessey, an aborted loan deal for Stuart Taylor and most recently Chris Dunn stand between the sticks, whilst the 23 year old recovered from the injury, sustained during a collision with Glovers centre-back Byron Webster. His rehabilitation has been a little slower than planned, but last week he resumed full training.

Given the form of his most recent replacement, Chris Dunn, there would normally be no reason to rush him back into first team action. However, a slight thigh injury sustained at Barnsley last weekend left a slight doubt about Dunn's availability. Johnson has understandably not given too many hints about which of his goalkeepers will be given the nod on Saturday, but he has told BBC Somerset that Marek will definitely be on the teamsheet, one way or another:

"He certainly will be in the squad on Saturday. So whether that's sitting on the bench, or whether that's in the team, you'll have to wait and see. Dunny (Chris Dunn) has got a slight little strain as you know, that he got at the Barnsley game. So either way, it will be Chris Dunn or Marek Stech in goal on Saturday."


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19 December 2013 : Jones And Twumasi Extend Huish Park Stay
Yeovil Town have agreed new deals for two of their fringe players. Defenders Joe Jones and Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi have been on the club's books for the 2013-14 season, but signed deals that run out at the turn of the year. Both have generally played in low key Reserve Team matches, although Twumasi has sat on the bench a number of games so far this season. Both have now been given deals that will keep them at the club until the end of the current campaign.

The Glovers also have agreed a deal in principle for Everton duo Shane Duffy and John Lundstram to extend their stays at the club. Although the club cannot extend current loan deals, manager Gary Johnson believes that he has a verbal agreement with the Premier League club to take both on new deals once the January transfer window opens on New Year's Day. Duffy will definitely miss the December 29th match against Huddersfield Town due to his emergency loan deal running out on December 27th - his ability to play in the televised home fixture against Watford will depend upon whether the club can get the paperwork through in time. But assuming the Toffees don't have a sudden injury crisis or change of first team management, Johnson believes he should get both on new agreements once the Football League offices open.

Johnson is also confident that Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller will extend his stay at Huish Park. The bit of caution on this one is that Miller's availability may depend upon whether any rival club comes in with a permanent offer for the player, with Forest understood to be willing to listen to offers for the 26 year old. If such a deal materialises, then Miller's stay may get cut short, but for now the chances of keeping him seem optimistic.

There is less to speak of regarding the club's two other current loan deals, with Bristol City's Liam Fontaine and Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls also on their books. However, this morning's Western Gazette reported that both were being talked to about their possible futures.

Finally, there is a possible light at the end of the tunnel for left-sided player Nathan Ralph. He made an injury-interrupted 17 appearances during the 2012-13 season, but was last seen in April 2013's 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra. Having suffered a number of knee injuries, he seems on his way back to some sort of ball-based training after eight months out of the game, having set foot onto the training ground with a football this week.


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19 December 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Moving The Goalposts
You wait a whole year for one bit of Food Store and ground development bit of news, and then two come along at once. With the club threatening to leave Huish Park this week, the question is what problems would that solve, and what effect would that have on the wider picture. The latest Taff's Gloversblog reacts to the suggestion that the club might be on the move, and why not all problems may be resolved. Read via the link below and obviously feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Moving The Goalposts.


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19 December 2013 : Glovers Threaten Ground Move If Food Store Fails
Yeovil Town are claimed to be considering a move away from Huish Park. Reports yesterday on local radio station Breeze FM suggested the Glovers were lining up a ground move as a 'Plan B' if South Somerset District Council refused to approve their planning application for a Food Store to be built on land to the north of Huish Park, where currently two training pitches are situated. The radio station carried it during its 2.00p.m. news bulletin yesterday, but had dropped it from the hourly news by the evening.

The original proposals issued by the club are now two years and nine months old, whilst the formal planning application will pass through its two year anniversary next month, despite the original schedule being for the plans to be reviewed by the Council back in May 2012. Two delays, at the request of the club's planning advisors MWA, are believed to have been made due to the knowledge that the application would have been rejected as a result of it failing to fall in line with national and local planning laws.

The claims are also carried by this morning's Western Gazette and closely follow legal threats issued by retail developer Chris Dawson that he would take SSDC to court if they refused to approve the application. Now these latest claims suggest that if the plans are rejected that the Glovers will look to find an entirely new site to house their ground, although this would still leave them with the problem that finding a buyer for the Huish Park land would be problematic if planning permission to develop it is not possible.

As yet, the club have not commented on Dawson's threats from last weekend, and so these current reports may or may not have significant foundation. Even if they did, any such development would take years to fulfil, which would not resolve the Glovers current pressing problems with respect to the need for new training ground facilities, and the need to upgrade Huish Park to satisfy Championship ground regulations.


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19 December 2013 : Watford Continue Italian Theme With New Managerial Appointment
Championship side Watford have appointed their new management team in the wake of the resignation of Gianfranco Zola. Given their former boss fell on his own sword, the Hornets have surprised a few by immediately making a move for 56 year old Giuseppe Sannino, rather than putting the vacancy out for general applications.

Sannino has never managed in this country, but has a long list of Italian clubs behind him - largely at Serie C and Serie D level, including Oltrepo, Biellese, FC Sudtirol, Meda, Sangiovannese, Varese, Cosenza, Lecco, Pergocrema, Varese, Siena, Palermo and Chievo Verona, with most of those appointments lasting a single season.

With Watford under Italian ownership their move for another Italian manager comes as little surprise though, and Sannino joined by assistant coaches Francesco Troise, Giovanni Cusatis and Paolo De Toffol.


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18 December 2013 : Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final Draw
The Quarter-Final Draw of the Somerset Premier Cup has been made this evening. The ties will see Yeovil Town travel to play Southern League Premier Division side Frome Town in the next stage of the competition. The draw is as follows:

Cheddar V Bath City
Wells City V Taunton Town
Frome Town V Yeovil Town
Odd Down V Paulton Rovers

The allocated week for Quarter-Final matches is during week-commencing February 25th 2013.

Frome's first team line-up in recent weeks has included Rhys Baggridge, Will Agbo and George Russell - all of whom were a recent part of the club's Centre of Excellence set-up, just before it closed down.


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18 December 2013 : Ladies Appoint New Reserve Team Manager
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are delighted to announce the appointment of Michelle Yeowell as Reserve Team Manager. Yeowell, who has been Assistant Reserve Team Manager since the start of this season, succeeds long time Reserve Team Manager Andy Dickinson, who stood down earlier this month due to work commitments.

Yeowell has an impressive background as she is a UEFA B licence coach, currently works at Somerset FA Centre of Excellence as a head coach and is the England Colleges Coach through her work with the Bridgwater College Women's Football Academy. Commenting on the appointment, Michelle Yeowell said

"I am extremely proud to accept the role of Manager for the Yeovil Town Ladies Development Squad. The opportunity to work in the FA WSL Development League will undoubtedly enhance my own coaching skills and development. I've been involved with the squad for several seasons as a player but now I'm looking forward to the challenges being Manager will bring and starting the second part of the season at the end of January."

Commenting, Yeovilís Head of Football Operations Sarah Lawler said

"Michelle is a very talented and committed coach who will really develop the group of talented and enthusiastic players we have in the Reserves team. The FA WSL development league is all about bringing through young talented players in the club and supporting them to aspire to play 1st team football and I have no doubt that Michelle's dedication in this role will pay off in seeing some players make that step in our first WSL season."

New Yeovil Town Ladies Reserve Team Manager Michelle Yeowell
New Yeovil Town Ladies Reserve Team Manager Michelle Yeowell


[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Release.]


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18 December 2013 : Huish Park Christmas Opening Hours And Ticketing Availability
Yeovil Town's Ticket Office and Club Shop have finalised their opening hours for the Christmas and New Year period. They will be available at the following times:

23/12/2013 : Monday : Normal Opening Hours
24/12/2013 : Tuesday : 9.00a.m. - 12.00 noon
25/12/2013 : Wednesday : Christmas Day : CLOSED
26/12/2013 : Thursday : Boxing Day : CLOSED (Bournemouth Away)
27/12/2013 : Friday : Normal Opening Hours
28/12/2013 : Saturday : CLOSED
29/12/2013 : Sunday : CLOSED
30/12/2013 : Monday : Normal Opening Hours
31/12/2013 : Tuesday : Normal Opening Hours
01/01/2014 : Wednesday : 11.00a.m. - kick-off (Watford Home, 5.30p.m. kick-off)
02/01/2014 : Thursday : Normal Opening Hours

From 02/01/2014 onwards the Ticket Office and Club Shop will revert to normal opening hours.

Normal opening hours with respect to the above, for the Ticket Office are 9.00a.m. until 5.00p.m. whilst for the Club Shop it is 10.00a.m. until 4.00p.m.

Away Ticketing: The following deadlines are in place for the selling of advance tickets for forthcoming away matches:
a) Bournemouth Away : Advance Tickets will stop being sold by the end of Saturday 21st December, as all unsold tickets will be returned to Bournemouth first thing on Monday 23rd.
b) Huddersfield Away : Advance Tickets will stop being sold by the end of Tuesday 24th December, as all unsold tickets will be returned to Huddersfield first thing on the next working day.

Where there are unsold away tickets, these will be available at the away club's stadium - for Bournemouth keep an eye out for how available these are nearer the time, as Dean Court is likely to be close to a capacity gate - as of today a total of 870 tickets have been sold out of around 1,200-1,300 available seats, and therefore you are advised to buy in advance. The Huddersfield match will not be a problem to purchase on the day.

Note that Huish Park Ticket Office policy on home matchdays is not only sell tickets for that day's game in the couple of hours leading up to kick-off. However, note that the Ticket Office will be open for an hour after the Blackburn Rovers game with the aim of selling tickets for that match. Season Ticket Holders have until Friday 6.00p.m. to claim their space/seat for this game before tickets are released into the general pool.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient (FA Cup Third Round).

Link: Online Ticketing Promotion For Four Championship Games.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans Part 2 (From Boxing Day onwards).


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17 December 2013 : Wilson Back At Oakwell For Second Spell
Championship side Barnsley have turned to the familiar name of Danny Wilson to help them in their battle against relegation. The 53 year old has been appointed as their first team manager, giving him his second spell at Oakwell. Wilson spent five years at Oakwell between 1993 and 1998, spending the first year as a player before taking over the managerial reins in a 201 game spell that ended when he left for Sheffield Wednesday.

He has been consistently involved in the game since that time, and has regularly crossed swords with Yeovil Town sides. He had a four year spell with Bristol City that was then followed up by managing Milton Keynes Dons, Hartlepool United, Swindon Town and Sheffield United. The Blades fired him in April 2013, despite them being in a League One play-off slot.

During his first spell with Barnsley he achieved promotion to top flight football at the end of the 1996-97 season, whilst he also got Hartlepool out of League Two during 2006-07. However, he has also been a 'nearly man' on a number of occasions, including two play-off failures with Bristol City, one with Swindon Town and one with Sheffield United. He was also the man at the helm when Milton Keynes Dons and Hartlepool United were relegated. His final season during his first spell with Barnsley also ended in relegation - albeit with it having come on the back of the highly successful previous season that had taken them into the Premier League on the previous campaign.


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17 December 2013 : Interview With Chris Dunn
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Barnsley at Oakwell, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Dunn spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Chris gives his views on the game itself, his thigh injury as well as his current run in the side. That interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Chris Dunn Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Barnsley.


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17 December 2013 : Away Travel Club Christmas Draw
Those of you who have been in the Beer Tent over recent home games, will be aware that they have been aware of a running raffle being made for a Christmas draw. That draw will be made at Saturday's home game against Blackburn Rovers and so you only have a limited amount of time to buy tickets for that before Saturday.

The first prize is a Christmas Hamper worth £100 with a piece of Applewood Smoked ham, Weighing 3.8 kilos. There are also additional prizes as shown below. The chocolates were donated by the local Co-Op store whilst the bag of goodies were donated by Fudges of Stalbridge. You are still able to buy tickets on the day at a cost of £2.00 a strip in the Marquee from Away Travel Club representative Mark Kelly.

The Away Travel Club Christmas Draw, including a £100 Christmas Hamper
The Away Travel Club Christmas Draw, including a £100 Christmas Hamper



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16 December 2013 : Zola Bows Out At Vicarage Road
Championship side Watford have parted company with their first team manager Gianfranco Zola. He has resigned today, leaving the Hornets in 13th place in the table, suffering an unexpectedly poor start in the wake of their 2012-13 Championship play-off final appearance.

Watford have not won a match since October 5th, whilst you have to step back to September 28th before you find their last home victory. Four draws and five defeats in their last nine games included Yeovil Town's 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road late last month. His final match in charge was another poor result against relegation-threatened opposition - Sheffield Wednesday's single goal victory in Hertfordshire on Saturday.

Zola had been in charge since July 2012, and he has unusually chosen to fall on his own sword, amidst increasing dissension amongst their supporters:

"I feel that it's in the best interests of the team that somebody new is given the chance to bring the success we have hoped for. It is for a variety of reasons, and not just over one matter or one moment, that I feel this is the right decision for me, in the best interests of the club. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve this club and I am sure we will see each other again one day."

Although Watford issued their own accompanying statement thanking Zola, they have yet to reveal who will take caretaker charge of the club, or their thoughts on what sort of manager they want to recruit to take up the reins.


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16 December 2013 : Club Staff Christmas Lunch
Yeovil Town's Huish Park offices will be closed entirely, this coming Thursday 19th December over the lunch hour. The closure between 1.00p.m. and 2.00p.m. will allow all staff to enjoy their office Christmas Lunch. Hence we'd strongly advise that you avoid visiting or calling around those hours. The Club Shop and Ticket Office will be open before and after those times, but obviously make any planned visits or phone calls away from those times to avoid problems.


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16 December 2013 : Whittingham Reveals Pompey Bargain Buy
During the 1988-89 season, Yeovil Town brought in a new striker from non-league side Waterlooville. The player was a revelation, scoring 18 goals in just over half a season - Guy Whittingham had the same sort of impact on the club's goalscoring fortunes as Paddy Madden did last season.

On Friday the 49 year old, who had recently been fired as manager by League Two side Portsmouth, became Crawley Town's first team coach, working under John Gregory, who was the Pompey manager who had recruited him in the summer of 1989, whilst he was still on the Glovers books.

The Glovers didn't receive a penny from Portsmouth at the time, missing out on a transfer fee for a player who eventually went on to score 156 goals across over 400 professional games, including 88 goals during the 160 appearances he made for Pompey during his first spell - enough to get him noticed by Aston Villa - a move that took him into top flight football in 1993.

The problem Yeovil faced at the time was that Whittingham was also signed up to the Army, preventing him from signing a playing contract at Huish - his time at the club was spent on a non-contract basis. To sign for Portsmouth they had to buy him out of his army obligations - something that 'Corporal Punishment' has now revealed cost the grand sum of £450, meaning that Yeovil lost that season's top goalscorer. Whittingham has explained this as part of his reunion with Gregory, who once again becomes his boss:

"One of the attractions was working with the Gaffer again. I guess I owe my professional career to him because he paid £450 to buy me out of the Army all those years ago. A lot has happened since then but I was keen to come in and work with John again. Obviously I have had my own experience of management so I know what itís like but itís great to be here (at Crawley)."


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16 December 2013 : Bournemouth Away Ticketing Update
Ahead of Boxing Day's away match against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court, Yeovil Town have confirmed that tickets are still available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. With a fairly limited capacity in the away blocks in the East Stand - the usual allocation is for around 1,200 seats - there has been concerns that there would be a shortage of tickets for this game.

At present they are still available, although we'd advise you to buy in advance if you're planning on making the journey down to the Dorset coast. Tickets will remain on sale until the weekend, but any remaining will be sent back to Bournemouth after the Blackburn Rovers game. Hence given the club only sell matchday tickets during the two hours leading up to a first team match, we'd recommend you purchase by the end of Friday (if over the phone) or by Saturday midday (if visiting in person). For ticketing arrangements, follow the link below.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient (FA Cup Third Round).

Link: Online Ticketing Promotion For Four Championship Games.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans Part 2 (From Boxing Day onwards).


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16 December 2013 : Fyvie Return To Wigan Confirmed
Yeovil Town have allowed Wigan Athletic midfielder Fraser Fyvie to return to his parent club, after failing to break into the first team. In fairness to the 20 year old, his debut against Brighton and Hove Albion suffered problems outside his control, having suffered a shoulder injury just 22 minutes into the match that forced him off the field, and meant that he missed almost a month's worth of football.

However, his second game for the club - against Doncaster Rovers in a televised Friday night game, saw him hauled off after just half an hour, having given the ball away sloppily for Donny's opening goal. An ill-timed tweet immediately after his substitution was not controversial in its content, but really should have waited until after the final whistle.

He therefore leaves the club having made just two appearances - his loan deal was originally intended to last until January 1st, but has been entered by mutual agreement between the three parties. Our understanding is that he has not been at Huish Park since the November Doncaster fixture, and so his return comes as absolutely no surprise.


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16 December 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Storing Up Problems
The football club's planning application for a Food Store to be built on land at the north end of Huish Park has been dormant for the majority of 2013. That woke up, to an extent, on Saturday with the man who wants to purchase the land - Chris Dawson - threatening legal action against the Council if he didn't get his own way. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry considers Dawson's latest move, and how it fits into the club's wider needs. Feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Storing Up Problems.


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15 December 2013 : Video : Barnsley vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive yesterday's 1-1 draw with Barnsley, the highlights have been uploaded to the Sky Sports website. In addition to the goals from Joel Grant and Marcus Tudgay, there's plenty of action to cram in. There are good chances for Joe Edwards, Ishmael Miller and James Hayter but at the other end, there are a couple of terrific 'saves' from Chris Dunn and Shane Duffy. You can also judge Lee Probert's controversial decision to award the Tykes their 34th minute penalty that Tudgay converted. View the clip via the link below.

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


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15 December 2013 : Barnsley Boss Backs Probert Over 'Definite Penalty'
Barnsley caretaker manager Micky Mellon is convinced that his side were awarded a legitimate penalty at Oakwell yesterday. The former Fleetwood Town manager, who was in charge of yesterday's 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town, had to rely upon a spot kick scored by Marcus Tudgay after referee Lee Probert awarded a penalty, following Tomasz Cywka's theatrical fall in the box whilst defender Jamie McAllister was paying him close attention.

Mellon told the press after the game that he thought it was a 'definite' foul inside the box, even though the Barnsley Chronicle considered it a more questionable, headlining their match report with "Referee rescues disappointing Reds" - a reference to Probert's 34th minute decision. He felt the Premier League had got it right:

"From where I was it was a definite penalty, without a shadow of a doubt. Cywka is a dancer when he gets the ball in the area and the only way to get him of it is to foul him. They found a way to get back in the game and then we had a real go at trying to win the game. I think it's a case of two points lost, I think we tried everything we could to get the win."

Prior to the controversial penalty, Yeovil were already 1-0 up at that stage, thanks to Joel Grant taking advantage of defensive indecision inside the Barnsley penalty box. Mellon admitted that it was a poor goal to concede:

"It's hard enough to win matches but when you gift goals like that it makes it even harder. Both teams were a bit nervy but I cannot fault the effort of our lads. It was a battle - there's no doubt about that. We didn't play with the kind of quality that we've come to expect over our last two games. But it was a different type of game today. Yeovil set up to try to make it difficult for us, and to try to fill pockets with players. We had to readjust and try to use our full-backs a bit better. We probably never got into the important positions or showed enough quality and ability that we should have done to punish them at times. It was certainly an end-to-end encounter, and both sides tried to go for the win."


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15 December 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Barnsley Away Interview
Just before Saturday afternoon's away match against Barnsley kicked off at Oakwell, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's thoughts on the selection of Joel Grant as a striker, plus goalkeepers Marek Stech and Chris Dunn can be read via the link below.

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


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15 December 2013 : Developer Threatens Council With Legal Action Over Food Store Plans
News on the club's plans to get planning permission for a Food Store at Huish Park have been silent throughout almost the whole of 2013. The last update (of sorts) came in February 2013, when South Somerset District Council (SSDC) emailed the club's planning agents MWA asking them if they had any update concerning a request made on behalf of the club to delay the application being heard back in September 2012. That February 2013 query remains as the last note against the application on the SSDC website.

Saturday morning saw an unusual twist to that, with the club's property development partner Chris Dawson in the town of Yeovil to be present at an unrelated store opening. As part of the store's opening, the Western Gazette have talked to him, and he points the finger of blame at SSDC for the delays, claiming that he is prepared to take legal action against them in the High Court if they do not approve the planning application. Dawson accuses the Council of "playing politics" over the Food Store:

"If they want to play, Iíll play. It will be fun and Iíve got deep pockets. We can take it to the High Court, we can take it to the House of Lords, but Yeovil will get this development no matter what."

Dawson's legal threats have been made in advance of any Council planning committee hearing - this had been earmarked for October 2012, but was called off following MWA's request to delay the application. Exactly what they would be reviewing may change, given that the paper also reports that his retail chain The Range - a Home and Garden warehouse-style company - would also be part of the Huish Park development. The plans currently lodged with SSDC in January 2012 reference "the erection of a Class A1 food retail unit" (i.e. a supermarket) but no other building. Yet in addition to The Range being built there, Dawson claims the supermarket is still planned and that there will be 'big' news early next year:

"Weíre working closely with the council and thereís progress. Thereís been a lot of talking and youíll see something big happen early in 2014. Weíve made a couple of tweaks to the plans but the principle remains the same."

When these plans were first announced back in March 2011, the club also announced plans to build a 3,500 seater stand at the Copse Road (Away) End of the stadium. However, the eventual January 2012 plans submitted to SSDC did not contain those developments. With the club having since moved into the Championship division, such a development will become mandatory within the next 18 months, assuming they stay at second tier level.


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14 December 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Barnsley Away Game
Following this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Barnsley at Oakwell, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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14 December 2013 : Johnson Frustrated At Oakwell Draw
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson gave a glass half-empty view of this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Barnsley at Oakwell, admitting his disappointment that his team had only come back with a point. The draw condemned both teams to occupy the bottom two places in the Championship table despite it pushing the Glovers a point closer to the safety line, thanks to Sheffield Wednesday climbing above them after their 1-0 win at Watford today.

Johnson told BBC Somerset after the game that he considered a draw better than nothing, but felt that his club had enough opportunities to win the match, saying that his opposite number Micky Mellon would probably be feeling the same way:

"Both teams will be disappointed that they only got a point. They had their opportunities and we had their opportunities. We started well and we would have like to have finished what we started, and we didn't quite, because we had some good opportunities late on where we created numerical advantages, with a couple of headers and we had a couple of shots. We had a three-v-one situation again that we didn't take advantage of. So I'm certainly disappointed that we didn't pick up three points. But if you don't pick up three points, then one point is the second best for you."

The draw ensures that Barnsley stay two points below Yeovil, and at the foot of the Championship table. From that point of view Johnson agreed that the point served Yeovil better than it did the Tykes, but warned that there was a long way to go before the end of the season:

"I think so, but there's still 26 games to go, so it still keeps us very close. The reason why it's a six-pointer is that it would have put us five points ahead of them, but after the game we found ourselves only two points ahead. So these are big games when you play the teams that are around the bottom of the league. With Charlton last week I was disappointed with that result as well. We mustn't think that just because we're in the Championship that a draw is a good result, if you're going to get out of trouble. You've got to believe that you can beat the teams that are around you."

Gary also explained that goalkeeper Chris Dunn had suffered a thigh strain during the match - a problem that prevented him from taking second half goal kicks. He will have treatment on that injury, in the hope that it will not be serious enough to keep him out of next week's match against Blackburn Rovers. First choice keeper Marek Stech is back in training now, but has not played a competitive game for over four months, meaning that the club will be reluctant to rush him back that quickly.


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

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


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14 December 2013 : Barnsley 1 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town and Barnsley scrapped out a manic 1-1 draw at Oakwell in a game that could have seen a far higher scoreline were it not for good goalkeeping, bad shooting, and the width of the goalframe. An early Joel Grant goal set the pattern of the game, as the home side's defensive indecision allowed Grant the opportunity to nip through and poke the ball home to give the Glovers the lead. Joe Edwards could have put Yeovil further ahead when his shot hit the inside of the post and rolled across the goalmouth, needing only a touch to push it over the line.

But Barnsley got themselves back into it on 34 minutes, when Jamie McAllister was judged to have fouled Tomasz Cywka inside the box, and Marcus Tudgay converted from the penalty spot. The home side enjoyed their best spell of the game following that, and at the start of the second period, but the introduction of Kevin Dawson as a substitute began to inject energy into a game that finished in an end-to-end encounter.

Jason Scotland skimmed the crossbar, and the same player forced Chris Dunn into a terrific save during the second period - one of numerous blocks the keeper made during the match. Ishmael Miller got the ball in the back of the net, only for referee Lee Probert to rule it out for handball - overall the Premier League referee had a messy game, but seemed to get that one right. Yeovil could have easily won it were it not for James Hayter putting a close range header over the bar, but both sides had to settle for a point - which sees Yeovil drop a place in the table, even though it leaves them a point closer to safety.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Barnsley 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Joel Grant (0-1, 10 mins), Marcus Tudgay (1-1, 34 mins, pen)

Barnsley:
12. Jack Butland
14. Scott Wiseman 6. Martin Cranie (Capt) 3. Peter Ramage 4. Tom Kennedy
11. David Perkins 21. Jacob Mellis
20. Marcus Pedersen 19. Tomasz Cywka 42. Paddy McCourt
50. Marcus Tudgay

Substitutes:
2. Bobby Hassell 5. Lewin Nyatanga 7. Jim O'Brien (30 mins for Paddy McCourt) 8. Stephen Dawson 9. Jason Scotland (59 mins for Marcus Pedersen) 22. Jean-Yves Mvoto (84 mins for David Perkins) 34. David Fox

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls
27. Ishmael Miller 23. Joel Grant

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart, 7. Kevin Dawson (59 mins for Ed Upson) 9. James Hayter (75 mins for John Lundstram) 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 29. Adam Morgan (83 mins for Ishmael Miller)

Barnsley Bookings: Jacob Mellis (foul, 11 mins), Scott Wiseman (retaliation, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: John Lundstram (foul, 45 mins), Joe Edwards (foul, 90 mins), Joel Grant (foul, 90 mins)

Barnsley Match Statistics: Possession: 63%; Shots: 22; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 37%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire). Assistants: Alan Young (Cambridgeshire) and Robert Merchant (Staffordshire). Fourth Official: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).

Attendance: 13,361 (including ??? Yeovil supporters).


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14 December 2013 : Team News For Barnsley vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's match against Barnsley. Left-back Liam Davis limped off during last weekend's match against Charlton Athletic with a hamstring problem, and his place is taken by club captain Jamie McAllister, with Davis staying at home. Meanwhile there is a tactical change as Adam Morgan drops to the bench, with Joe Ralls coming into the starting line-up whilst Joel Grant moves up front.

On the bench, Kieffer Moore is the one addition to the squad, given the absence of Davis. Defender Liam Fontaine remains as the "sixth loanee", missing out on selection, whilst Marek Stech has been spotted getting involved in the pre-match warm-up although has not ben selected. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi was the other player to travel, but not be selected, with Paddy Madden remaining in Somerset. The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 31. John Lundstram 19. Joe Ralls
27. Ishmael Miller 23. Joel Grant

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart, 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 29. Adam Morgan

Barnsley:
12. Jack Butland
14. Scott Wiseman 6. Martin Cranie 3. Peter Ramage 4. Tom Kennedy
42. Paddy McCourt 11. David Perkins 21. Jacob Mellis 19. Tomasz Cywka
20. Marcus Pedersen 50. Marcus Tudgay

Substitutes:
2. Bobby Hassell 5. Lewin Nyatanga 7. Jim O'Brien 8. Stephen Dawson 9. Jason Scotland 22. Jean-Yves Mvoto 34. David Fox


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14 December 2013 : Gary Previews The Barnsley Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's match against Barnsley at Oakwell, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary's thoughts on the game, plus Marek Stech, Kevin Dawson, Kieffer Moore, and the possibility of forthcoming player suspensions can be read via the link below.

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


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14 December 2013 : Trio Walking Suspension Tightrope During December
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the coming set of Christmas fixtures will be crucial for his side's fortunes, as they try to climb out of the bottom three, but still has concerns over players who are walking a suspension tightrope. The Glovers go into today's Championship home game against Barnsley with three players currently on four bookings, but with four matches still to play before the penalty for reaching five bookings is waived.

Currently striker Sam Hoskins and defensive duo Byron Webster and Luke Ayling will serve a one match suspension if they pick up one more yellow card between now and New Year's Day. Johnson has told BBC Somerset that he is conscious of that, but feels that players that have got this far through the season with only that level of cautions are being unfairly penalised:

"We've got a lot of games in a short space of time, but we've got to keep our fingers crossed because we've got boys who are on four bookings. I still think that at five bookings at this stage of the season, they should get a medal, rather than a suspension, because a foul is now a yellow card in some referees eyes. We've got to try to get through to December 31st, when I think it all gets quashed (for five bookings). Then we've got to hope that our small squad stays fit and healthy. But it's a great period of time, because if you love football, then you love these games coming thick and fast. We're going to try to pick up as many points as we can, and pick the team that's going to work very hard to get you those points. That's the thing - it's finding the desire, the commitment, and the players that have got the ability to pick up the points."

Today sees a crucially important match take place at Oakwell, with the 24th placed Tykes able to get above the Glovers if they picked up a win. Conversely, Yeovil would grab a five point gap between them and their hosts if they picked up all three points. Johnson freely sees it from that point of view:

"It's a key game, and that's what I call them - key games. If they win, then they'll be a point ahead of us. But what we've got to try to do is to make sure that we drag more teams back towards us, and that we keep Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday behind us. That's what we're trying to achieve. We've worked hard to get above two teams - now we've got to try to get above another two or three teams, and then see where we are when we come out on the other side of Christmas."

Barnsley recently fired manager David Flitcroft and so are currently under the temporary management of Micky Mellon. His name will be familiar to Glovers fans as the boss of Fleetwood Town during their shock 2011-12 FA Cup win over the Glovers in a Second Round Replay. Johnson wasn't Yeovil's manager at the time, but he was aware of the past meeting, and feels that since Mellon took over, Barnsley have shown signs of turning the corner:

"Recently they've beaten Brighton, and they were unlucky at Burnley I think. The new (caretaker) manager (Micky Mellon) - Yeovil fans will know him because he was at Fleetwood - tries to play good football. I think this is a key game for him, because he's only caretaker manager at the moment, so he will see it's a big game for his future, so we'll have to see whether he's passed that on to their lads. Certainly it will be a big game for both sides, as it was with us and Charlton, and we'll have to see who comes out of it."


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13 December 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Barnsley
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town head up the M1 again, with the club's first visit to Barnsley since the 2005-06 season. That means the Ciderspace guide to Oakwell and its surrounding area has been updated with directions, parking, a pub guide, statistics and other such info compiled together on a single page. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Barnsley.


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13 December 2013 : Johnson Looking For Moore Options From Kieffer
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that his decision to use striker Kieffer Moore as a centre-back in this week's Reserve Team match against Exeter City Reserves, may give him another option at the back, but at worst will help the player's personal development. Having been recruited in from Dorchester Town over the summer, the 21 year old has notched up one start and five substitute appearances, although has predominantly been used in the club's Reserve friendlies as part of his learning curve as he attempts to rise from Conference South football, into the Championship.

Moore got his first taste of semi-competitive action as a centre-back in the lunchtime friendly on Tuesday lunchtime against the Grecians, and speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary said that whilst there was an element of experimentation going on, that it would help him think about how centre-forwards make their runs, as well as teaching him another part of the game:

"It's an option. He's a young lad, and he hasn't really had an upbringing, as far as an apprenticeship is concerned, and learned the game. He's big, and he's strong, and actually he's a lot stronger as a centre-half at the moment, than he is as a centre-forward, because he's coming onto things, and you tend to follow a centre-forward's run as opposed to having to make the run yourself if you were that centre-forward. So we're thinking either way that it will help him learn the game, because he will come up against good strikers, and see what good runs they make, and that will then help him as a centre-forward. But he's no mean centre-half actually, and we're quite pleased with what he did the other day (against Exeter City) and what he's been doing in training. He might have that extra string to his bow. That would take a bit of time - he's still learning, but we're happy with his progress."

As reported yesterday, the Glovers have decided against taking their interest in three trialists used in that game any further. One was former Barnsley midfielder Hugo Colace, who had been spotted on his Twitter account making reference to the town of Yeovil and its gyms. Gary confirmed that he and two others had gone, and explained why it was so difficult to take on free agents at this time of year:

"I don't know if you've read Twitter recently, but he (Hugo Colace) has gone now! We've got a couple of other lads that we had in as well - a boy from the MLS and another boy who was at Middlesbrough a couple of seasons ago. But with all three of them, they weren't better than what we already had. We bring them in because they're out of contract, but generally when they're out of contract, it means that for six months or so they haven't played. If you don't play for six months, then you're too far behind, and we can't afford to bring someone in that we've got to give another pre-season to. That's too late, so with all three of them we've said 'Thanks a lot, but no thanks'."


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12 December 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : No Peaceful New Year For Gary
With us rolling into the final few weeks of the year 2013, Yeovil Town will be soon having to do a lot of business in the transfer market, particularly in terms of their current loan acquisitions. The latest Taff's Gloversblog runs through those players whose deals are running out, along with a bit of commentary on where their futures may lie. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views on the subjects raised.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : No Peaceful New Year For Gary.


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12 December 2013 : Officials For Barnsley vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's Championship away match between Barnsley and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 14th December 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

Mr Probert is one of the Premier League's Select Group of Referees and thus is usually found taking charge of top flight football. However, his rise through the leagues has not been that far off the way the Glovers have moved up the chain. He is a 41 year old who started his career refereeing matches in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area. He was appointed to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2003, and thus was 'promoted' at the same time as the Glovers. Between 2003 and 2007 he took charge of Football League matches until in the summer of 2007 he was promoted again, and thus since then has largely disappeared from view from a Glovers point of view.

Thus the last time we experienced him - apart from a couple of duties as a Fourth Official - was for the March 2006 home match against Brentford. Mr Probert has tended to have a reputation as a bit of a card-waving type over the years, and he didn't disappoint - six yellow cards spread across both teams, and whilst a couple were justified, a few more seemed to be excessive.

He didn't wave quite so many cards in the December 2004 match against Grimsby Town - just the three - but we still remembered him well from that game. A studs up tackle by Thomas Pinault on Michael Rose got off with just a yellow card, whilst we were decidedly miffed that an official who had blown his whistle repeatedly all afternoon didn't agree that Grimsby keeper Anthony Williams had fouled Phil Jevons inside the box late on. Thankfully we still won the game 2-1, otherwise we would have been ranting about that one a lot more.

That then leaves us with two encounters during the 2003-04 season, to complete our Football League meetings involving Mr Probert. On both occasions, he was unusually anonymous, and so we'd have to put him down as having had a good game, on the basis that he doesn't warrant a mention of critical note. The 0-0 draw against Cheltenham Town in April 2004 was such a snoozefest, it looks like we were too far in our slumbers to give him a mention. Three months earlier against Rochdale, we were a lot more cutting in our assessment, mainly because he wasn't giving any decisions, when we thought he needed to be more assertive. However, given Mr Probert's problem in recent years has been to be too assertive, we best not shout about that too loudly.

Mr Probert will be assisted by Alan Young (Cambridgeshire) and Robert Merchant (Staffordshire). The Fourth Official will be Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).

Link: March 2006 : Yeovil Town 1 Brentford 2.

Link: December 2004 : Yeovil Town 2 Grimsby Town 1.

Link: April 2004 : Yeovil Town 0 Cheltenham Town 0.

Link: January 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 Rochdale 0.


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12 December 2013 : No Solace For Colace
Earlier this week, the eagle-eyed browsers of Twitter spotted that former Barnsley midfielder Hugo Colace was training with Yeovil Town. He was also believed to be one of three trialists fielded in the midweek friendly against Exeter City Reserves at Huish Park this week.

This week's Western Gazette mentions him by name, but reports that none of the three trialists used during that game would be offered deals at the club, despite the player's Twitter account implying that he thought he was being offered a contract. For now, this would appear to be dead.

It also transpires that striker Kieffer Moore was used as a centre-back during that fixture - a spot of Gary Johnson inspired experimentation by a manager who has had a history of using Reserve Team matches to try out players in different positions to see if they have the ability to deputise in that position.


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11 December 2013 : FA Cup Televised Matches Announced
The various television companies have chosen their live matches for the FA Cup Second Round Replay and Third Round stages of the competitions. There will be two matches screened next week for Second Round matches, whilst there will be five games chosen at the Third Round stage.

Unsurprisingly Yeovil Town's home match against Leyton Orient is not one of those, although Blackburn Rovers, Nottingham Forest and Derby County will be getting on TV as part of the selected matches. The full calendar for FA Cup matches is as follows:

Second Round Replays:
17/12/2013 : 19:45hrs : Mansfield Town v Oldham Athletic (BT Sport)
18/12/2013 : 19:45hrs : Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers (BT Sport)

The FA live broadcast fee is £36,000 per club. The FA prize fund payment for winning clubs is £27,000.

Third Round:
04/01/2014 : 12:45hrs : Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City (BT Sport)
04/01/2014 : 17:15hrs : Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (ITV1)
05/01/2014 : 12:00hrs : Nottingham Forest v West Ham United (ITV1)
05/01/2014 : 14:15hrs : Derby County v Chelsea (BT Sport)
05/01/2014 : 16:30hrs : Manchester United v Swansea City (BT Sport)

The FA live broadcast fee is £144,000 per club. The FA prize fund payment for winning clubs is £67,500.


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11 December 2013 : FA Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round match against Leyton Orient are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 4th January 2014 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

As with all cup games, this is an 'all pay' match, meaning that Season Ticket holders must purchase their ticket separately. Season Ticket Holders will have their usual spaces/seats held back until Friday 20th December at 6.00p.m. At that point, unsold tickets relating to season ticket holders will be released into the general sale pool. You must go via the Ticket Office to ensure you keep your regular seat.

For non-season ticket holders, tickets go on immediate general sale. Admission prices are as per standard Championship prices - see the link below if you've forgotten them. Non-season ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets either via the Ticket Office or online.

The Huish Park Ticket Office will be opening for one hour after the Blackburn Rovers home game on Saturday 21st December, to cater for those who want to buy tickets whilst they are naturally visiting the ground.

Leyton Orient supporters will have their own ticket allocation sent to the Brisbane Road Ticket Office tomorrow, and so should wait for notification from their end that they are available for purchase.

Link: 2013-14 Season : Huish Park Admission Prices.


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11 December 2013 : Away Supporter Arrangements Change For Barnsley Trip
Yeovil Town supporters heading to Barnsley on Saturday, should note that there is a change of arrangements for this match. The game takes place on Saturday 14th December at Oakwell, with a 3.00p.m. The usual practice is to give away supporters the North Stand, but for this match Glovers fans are being switched to the West Stand Lower.

If you've already bought tickets for this match, the original tickets remain valid, even if they say 'North Stand' on them. Barnsley will also have stewards on that side of the ground if you're having problems locating the correct turnstiles.

Supporters should note that the West Stand Lower is an entirely uncovered stand - the West Stand Upper (which is part of Oakwell's original ground, dating back to 1904) is the only covered part. You should therefore take clothing that is suitable for being stuck out in the open for two hours on a December afternoon.

The West Stand at Oakwell, Barnsley
The West Stand at Oakwell, Barnsley


Link: Ticketing For Barnsley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Online Ticketing Promotion For Four Championship Games.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans Part 1 (Up To Christmas 2013).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans Part 2 (From Boxing Day onwards).


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11 December 2013 : Former Barnsley Midfielder Linked With Glovers
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for former Barnsley midfielder Hugo Colace. The 29 year old is an Argentine-born player, who was last spotted on the books of French side Auxerre, but played for the Tykes for three seasons between 2008 and 2011, clocking up three seasons at Championship level where he made 108 appearances, scoring nine goals.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on January 6th 1984, he has otherwise played overseas, taking in Argentine sides Argentinos Juniors, Newell's Old Boys and Estudiantes followed by Brazillian team Flamengo. Then came his three year stay in Yorkshire, followed by a trip to Mexico where he played for Estudiantes Tecos. He moved on to Auxerre in September 2012, but left them after only two months and three appearances at which point he seems to have disappeared off the map.

Hugo's Twitter account indicates that he is training with Yeovil and using gyms in the town, and he also indicates (although without mentioning the teams involved) that he played in a friendly match on Tuesday afternoon. Given the club referenced three trialists in their midweek fixture against Exeter City Reserves it would seem logical to conclude that he is one of the three trialists named.


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10 December 2013 : The Return Of The Bell
Just as we start to reach the end of the year 2013, some good news to close off a story from the first week of the year. Local pub The Bell in Preston Road, which has been popular amongst Yeovil Town supporters over the years, will open its doors tomorrow, after 11 months out of action. Following the huge fire that gutted the pub in January, the place has been board up and out of action since then.

The pub's owners - the Hungry Horse chain - have rebuilt the pub during the year, adopting the same exterior building design of the original pub, and it should be business as usual from now onwards, thus widening the available pub options for Glovers home games again. We'll wait to see if anything particular has changed in terms of the pub's interior, but given most Hungry Horse pubs are run to a certain theme, things probably won't look too different.

The Bell, on Preston Road - shortly after catching fire in January 2013
The Bell, on Preston Road - shortly after catching fire in January 2013
Photo/Video ©2013 @SyEssex1



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10 December 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Pitching A Curveball
Last Thursday, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson threw a bit of a curveball into the club's weekly press meeting. The question of the club's off-the-field facilities was brought up by the manager, as he attempts to compete with other Championship clubs. The latest Taff's Gloversblog attempts to dissect Gary's areas of concern, and also considers other issues the club may have on their plate if the current Championship status is maintained.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Pitching A Curveball.


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10 December 2013 : Reserves Lose Out In Grecians Friendly
A Yeovil Town XI played out a behind closed doors friendly against an Exeter City XI side this lunchtime, as part of the club's ongoing series of low key Reserve matches. The Grecians won the match by a 1-0 scoreline, with their strike coming in the 23rd minute from Jimmy Keohane.

The Glovers team used included three unnamed trialists - whether these were of serious interest to manager Gary Johnson, or merely 'guests' for the game isn't revealed - on one previous friendly, two of the trialists were later found to be Wincanton Town players, giving the team additional numbers.

The other significant thing to note is that striker Paddy Madden did play in this match - there have been past occasions where Johnson has tended to exclude 'unwanted' players even from Reserve Team matches, but on this occasion Madden was selected. However, Fraser Fyvie's disappearance since the November 22nd match against Doncaster Rovers continues, with the Wigan loanee not selected, and still no formal confirmation that he's been sent back to the DW Stadium.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 0 Exeter City Reserves 1.

Yeovil Town: Gareth Stewart, Liam Fontaine, Joe Jones, Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Trialist A, Trailist B, Sam Hoskins, Kieffer Moore, Sam Foley, Paddy Madden, Trialist C.

Exeter City: Pym (Hamon); Dawson, Moore-Taylor, Tillson, Wannell; Wheeler (Reid), Rigg (Chamberlain), Jagger Cane, Keohane, Gosling; Nichols.


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10 December 2013 : Extra Christmas Opening For Club Shop
Yeovil Town's main Club Store will be open this coming Saturday, to aid those looking to buy Christmas presents. Normally the Huish Park Club Store is closed on non-matchday Saturdays, but will open this coming weekend on Saturday 14th December from 10.00a.m. until 1.00p.m. to allow supporters the chance to get to the ground outside the standard opening hours.


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9 December 2013 : Watford vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Nine days ago, Yeovil Town travelled to Vicarage Road, where they played their first ever competitive fixture against Watford. The end result was a rather unexpected 3-0 win, with goals from Byron Webster, Ishmael Miller and Joe Edwards cementing the win.

For the Man of the Match voting, Liam Davis and Shane Duffy picked up plenty of plaudits for their performances, even though they didn't get on the scoresheet, whilst Byron Webster doubtless got his votes as much for a superb defensive display along with the opening goal. However the poll winner on the day was Joe Edwards, who was playing as a winger, and managed to clock up an assist for Ishmael Miller's goal, as well as having enough legs to score the 90th minute goal that guaranteed victory.

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

1. Joe Edwards 292 (22)
2. Shane Duffy 254 (17)
3. Byron Webster 150 (5)
4. Liam Davis 108 (4)
5. John Lundstram 50 (1)
6. Chris Dunn 50 (2)
7. Ishmael Miller 38 (2)
8. Ed Upson 14 (1)
9. Joel Grant 12 (0)
10. Luke Ayling 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.98
Performance : 9
Entertainment : 8.96
VOTES RECEIVED : 54


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9 December 2013 : Ince Blames Yeovil Trip Tiredness On Red Card Spree
Blackpool boss Paul Ince has blamed the fixture computer and poor refereeing on his side's wave of red cards they have incurred during the past week. The Tangerines have had a torrid week, seeing five of their players dismissed across two matches, with three coming during last Tuesday's match at Huish Park, whilst they lost two more players to red cards during their 5-1 defeat against Derby County on Saturday lunchtime.

The Lancashire side surprisingly made the decision to take the long midweek trip down to South Somerset as a day trip, avoiding the costs of an overnight stop - with Ince referring to it as a crap journey after the game. With all three of his players red-carded during the 90th minute, Ince still insists that his team should have won the game, and has blamed tired legs on the final outcome of the match:

"If we look at Yeovil, we were the better team. We had enough chances to win two games. The three sendings off compounded it. It is not a lack of professionalism, it is because they are tired. Other teams don't have fixtures away at Bournemouth and then Millwall (in September), then have to go away to Yeovil on Tuesday morning and play Saturday morning (against Derby County). We haven't got a squad to do that. So people do get tired, people do lose concentration, and people do make stupid decisions, and that's because they're tired. I don't think it's a lack of professionalism. It's because they're tired, and it might be frustration."

Blackpool have had eight red cards so far during the 2013-14 season, with Ince himself also having recently served a five match stadium ban for physical and verbal abuse he dished out towards a Fourth Official during their September trip to Bournemouth which included him throwing a bottle which hit a spectator. Despite that, he insists that his side's poor discipline is down to the quality of officials taking charge of his side's games, claiming that his side should be getting more Premier League referees taking charge:

"I think the reason behind it is that we get poor officials officiating our games. We never get a Premier League referee come down and referee Blackpool, while other teams do. You want a bit of help - you want people to help you by making the right decisions. They feel aggrieved that referees are making poor decisions, and that isn't right."


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9 December 2013 : Andy Dickinson Praised As He Steps Down As Ladies Reserve Team Manager
Late last week, Andy Dickinson announced the very sad news that he can no longer continue as the Yeovil Town Ladies Reserve Team Manager due increased work commitments. As ever, thinking of the team first, Andy had timed the announcement to coincide with the Reserves winter break, meaning the adjustment to the Reserve team Management structure can take place in a measured way without disrupting the teams development. Commenting on his decision Andy said

"Due to an increase in production at work I will no longer be able to give the time needed for the Reserves. It is reassuring to know that they will be in very good hands with Michelle (Yeowell) taking over full control. I feel that now is a good time to stand down as they are on their winter break allowing Michelle and the club to sort out any necessary business without disrupting the team's continuing development."

In a typically generous move Andy also took time to thank others at the club when he said:

"There are many people I'd like to thank during my time at Yeovil Town Ladies FC which has been an amazing journey with a lot of fond memories. Firstly Amy Jones who assisted me when I first joined to run the U12's back in 2007. Having progressed through the age groups, I was given the opportunity to work with the senior squad under Chris White and when he had to step back I took on the Reserve Team assisted by Mike Board and more recently Michelle Yeowell."

"Behind the scenes I have always been well supported by the hard working duo - David Mills and Sarah Lawler who have worked tirelessly to bring the club to where it is today. There is also the 2 club secretaries Ali King and Hilary Howard who have done a great job sorting all the paperwork. Lastly and definitely by no means least are all the players from youth through to seniors that I have had the privilege to work with. It has been an honour and I wish the club and all its teams the very best for the bright future they have. In particular the Reserve Team players who have worked hard and as their self belief grows will get the success they deserve."

Commenting on Andy's decision to step down, Club Chairman David Mills said:

"Andy can be very proud of what he has achieved with the Reserves over the years and one of his hallmarks has been sticking with things in adverse circumstances. Many lesser coaches/Managers would have been disheartened and thrown in the towel over the last few seasons when Andy has sometimes had to deal with playing games short handed or being on the wrong end of big scores as other teams have put out largely first team line ups. However he has always showed great determination to stick with it and make sure things are done correctly."

Mills also went on to highlight that Dickinson had contributed to the club gaining FAWSL status when he added:

"We only achieved FAWSL status as the whole club operated as one and Andy's role as Reserve team Manager was key to this as it was Andy who developed the young players for the first team or helped first team players come back from injury. Andy has been a great member of this club since 2007 and it was a very sad day when he had to stand down. I and the club thank Andy for his great service and of course he will continue to be a part of the YTLFC family."

Outgoing Yeovil Town Ladies Reserve Team Manager Andy Dickinson with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Chairman and Yeovil Town Director Stephen Allinson
Outgoing Yeovil Town Ladies Reserve Team Manager Andy Dickinson with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Chairman and Yeovil Town Director Stephen Allinson
Photo © 2013 Yeovil Town Ladies.



[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Release.]


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9 December 2013 : Interview With Joel Grant
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Charlton Athletic at Huish Park, Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Joel's views on a game in which he had a hand in both Yeovil goals can be read via the link below.

Link: Joel Grant Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Charlton.


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8 December 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic Match Highlights
For those who want to view the highlights of yesterday's home Championship match against Charlton Athletic, these are now on the Sky Sports website. In addition to the four goals scored in the 2-2 draw, the foul that led to the penalty and the red card against Charlton, they also squeeze in another chance that fell to Ed Upson. Watch it via the link below. For those who live outside the UK, there are also slightly different highlights via the club's YouTube channel shown below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic Match Highlights.




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8 December 2013 : FA Cup 2013-14 Prize Money
With the FA Cup Third Round draw having been made earlier this afternoon, each club competing has the chance for financial rewards for each round that they win. The lower league clubs who battled their way through this weekend's Second Round tie will have benefited to the tune of £27,000, but the prize money increases significantly from the Third Round onwards.

Each club that wins through the remaining FA Cup Rounds will receive the following sums, as part of the competition prize pool:

Third Round Proper winners : (32 clubs) £67,500
Fourth Round Proper winners : (16 clubs) £90,000
Fifth Round Proper winners : (8 clubs) £180,000
Sixth Round Proper winners : (4 clubs) £360,000
Semi-Final winners : (2 clubs) £900,000
Semi-Final losers : (2 clubs) £450,000
Final runners-up : (1 club) £900,000
Final winners : (1 club) £1,800,000

Amounts are accumulative per club for each round that they win - i.e. a club winning a Third Round match and a Fourth Round match would receive £67,500 + £90,000 as part of their run.

There are additional sums given out to those clubs who take part in televised ties, regardless of whether they win or lose the tie. Relevant sums for the next few rounds are as follows:

Round Three: £144,000
Round Three Replays: £72,000
Round Four: £144,000
Round Four Replays: £72,000
Round Five: £212,000
Round Five Replays: £106,000
Round Six: £212,000
Round Six Replays: £106,000.


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8 December 2013 : FA Cup Third Round : Full Draw Details
Yeovil Town have been given a home tie in the FA Cup Third Round, after the teams were drawn this afternoon at the FA Headquarters in Wembley. The Glovers will face Leyton Orient at Huish Park, following this afternoon's draw. The full draw is as follows:

Barnsley vs Hartlepool United or Coventry City
Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Liverpool vs Oldham Athletic
Nottingham Forest vs West Ham United
Bristol City vs Watford
Southend United vs Millwall
Middlesbrough vs Hull City
West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace
Kidderminster Harriers vs Peterborough United
Doncaster Rovers vs Stevenage
Stoke City vs Leicester City
Southampton vs Burnley
Newcastle United vs Cardiff City
Rochdale vs Leeds United
Wigan Athletic vs Milton Keynes Dons
Charlton Athletic vs Wrexham or Oxford United
Manchester United vs Swansea City
Port Vale vs Plymouth Argyle
Norwich City vs Fulham
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United
Macclesfield Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
Sunderland vs Carlisle United
Bolton Wanderers vs Blackpool
Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City
Everton vs Queens Park Rangers
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Reading
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur
Birmingham City vs Bristol Rovers or Crawley Town
Grimsby Town vs Huddersfield Town
Ipswich Town vs Preston North End
Derby County vs Chelsea
AFC Bournemouth vs Fleetwood Town or Burton Albion

The balls were drawn by Teddy Sheringham and his son Charlie Sheringham, who was in the FA Youth Cup winning side that Glovers midfielder Ed Upson played in for Ipswich Town in 2005. This is the first time the FA Cup draw has been made by a father and son duo.

All ties will be played over the weekend of January 4th 2014, with television and policing requirements determining the final kick-off times. We'd be surprised if Yeovil Town's fixture wasn't a Saturday 3.00p.m. kick-off, as a standard fixture.


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8 December 2013 : FA Cup Third Round : Glovers Given Home Draw
Yeovil Town have been given a home tie in the FA Cup Third Round, after the teams were drawn this afternoon at the FA Headquarters in Wembley. The Glovers will face Leyton Orient at Huish Park, following this afternoon's draw.

All ties will be played over the weekend of January 4th 2014, with television and policing requirements determining the final kick-off times.

The full draw will appear on this site shortly.


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8 December 2013 : Seaborne Becomes Cup-Tied
Whilst Yeovil Town enter the FA Cup Third Round draw later this afternoon, when the games take place around the weekend of January 4th, they will have to make do without one of their centre-backs. Dan Seaborne is currently on loan to Coventry City until that weekend but was allowed to play for the Sky Blues in their 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United yesterday. He therefore becomes cup-tied from the Glovers point of view.

So far Dan has played twice for Coventry, clocking up 90 minutes in both matches, with the other being an away match at Milton Keynes Dons. The club's decision to allow him to play in the FA Cup would perhaps bring into question what his future is at Huish Park - Dan has not played a Glovers first team match since October 1st. Between now and FA Cup Third Round weekend, the club will lose loan players Shane Duffy (after Boxing Day) and Liam Fontaine (after New Year's Day) and so with Seaborne unavailable, they will either need to ensure that Duffy and Fontaine agree new deals when the transfer window open, or recruit in new defenders before that date, who will of course need to be eligible to play in the FA Cup.


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7 December 2013 : Gary Gets A Little Tingle In The Tent
Just before Saturday's match against Charlton Athletic kicked off, Yeovil Town supporter and author Brendon Owen handed over a cheque to the Adam Stansfield Foundation. As reported yesterday, Brendon had committed to hand over profits from his Little Old Yeovil book to the foundation, having already cleared the costs of the production of his book that covers the return of manager Gary Johnson and the 2012-13 season that gave the Glovers promotion to the Championship.

Brendon made the presentation in the Beer Tent, with Away Travel Club representative Mark Kelly acting as a proxy for the Foundation, whilst first team manager Gary Johnson also visited to oversee the presentation and provide his own views on Adam Stansfield who he signed for the Glovers from non-league side Elmore. Gary, who got a loud cheer and an accompanying chant of 'Hey Gary Johnson' as he entered the tent, said he was proud to be involved, telling those present:

"I am very happy to be associated with this donation to The Adam Stansfield Foundation. Adam was a lovely lad and he is often in my thoughts."

Of the book, which covered the first eighteen months of Johnson's second reign, the Glovers boss was in fine form, telling the watching supporters that he had read the book already:

"I would recommend 'Little Old Yeovil' as a Christmas present. I have read it and it is a very good read. It brought back many good memories, in fact it gave me a tingle down my spine. I think it was the book ... it may have been my wife ... no it was definitely the book!"

Brendon's cheque was presented for the sum of £1,000 to the Foundation and he said he wanted to thank Gary for sparing his time, as well as those who had bought the book so far.

"I would just like to add my thanks to Gary Johnson for sparing the time to come to lend his support to the donation and see and speak to the supporters at such a busy time for him before the Charlton game. Once again I wish to thank everybody who has bought a book and helped me raise this sum for the Adam Stansfield Foundation and would encourage anyone who thinks it might make a good stocking filler to buy a copy of 'Little Old Yeovil' from Ebay, Waterstones, WH Smith, The Club Shop, The Away Travel Group or the Green & Whites. After all they may get 'a tingle down their spine!"

Brendon Owen, Gary Johnson and Mark Kelly, with a cheque for the Adam Stansfield Foundation today
Brendon Owen, Gary Johnson and Mark Kelly, with a cheque for the Adam Stansfield Foundation today.



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7 December 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Charlton Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Charlton Athletic at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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

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


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7 December 2013 : Johnson: Lack Of First Half Intent Nearly Cost Us
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that a lack of 'intent' from his side during the first half of this afternoon's match against Charlton Athletic left them with an uphill battle that they nearly didn't recover from. At 2-0 down during the break, the Glovers trailed due to goals from former Yeovil loanee winger Cameron Stewart, whilst the same player was the supplier of Johnnie Jackson's header that doubled the Addicks lead.

Matters ended well in the second half, as a Michael Morrison own goal from a Joel Grant cross was followed up by Grant winning a penalty that Ishmael Miller converted, giving the club a 2-2 final result. However, Gary told BBC Somerset after the game that he felt his team didn't get going until they suffered the shock of going two goals down:

"We didn't show enough intent in the first half, and it took us to be two-nil down before we really got going. Then we showed that intent to go and score a goal. Then although the quality all around wasn't good enough on the day, that intent got us into their penalty area very often. Then we started being a bit braver with keeping the ball. Obviously deep down I'm pleased that the boys have come back from nowhere at 2-0 down, to get a 2-2, but I felt that was an opportunity missed for us because of our poor start."

The first half was littered with mistakes with the team's passing particularly poor. Johnson added that he felt that until his team got their tails up, that was a big problem in their play, and he found that frustrating to watch:

"That's very frustrating for a manager and his coaching team, because we do a lot of that. That's just mental toughness on people to go and get the ball, and then pass it to a player in the same colour shirt. You're right, that wasn't happening. It took a while before that started happening, and when it did we started showing those runs and attacks, and the momentum to get the ball in their box."

Gary added that his side were sucked in for Charlton's opening goal, as the Addicks broke, releasing Cameron Stewart, who got far too much space to cut inside and fire home. The Yeovil boss agreed his side needed to show better awareness of how teams could score in that way in the Championship:

"I think their first goal came from our corner and that's what teams can do at this level. They suck you in and hit you on the break. I'm pleased we didn't lose and the boys did show character, but if you show that character in the first minute then you won't lose many football matches. Everyone wants me to be happier than I am, but maybe my standards are high. If we're getting out of trouble we need to show that intent for 90 minutes."


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7 December 2013 : Yeovil 2 Charlton 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town came back from two goals down in a topsy-turvy contest against Charlton Athletic at Huish Park this afternoon. The 2-2 draw against the Addicks looked rather improbable just before the 72 minute mark, with the away side having gained a comfortable half time lead, thanks to former Glovers loanee Cameron Stewart. He cut inside from the left wing to put Charlton 1-0 up eight minutes before the break, then provided the cross for the back post header that Johnnie Jackson converted right on half time.

A double substitution, followed by an injury to Liam Davis meant that Yeovil used all three substitutes early in the second period, and they got themselves a lifeline with 18 minutes remaining, as a Joel Grant cross deflected off Charlton defender Michael Morrison and into the back of the net. Grant was then fouled inside the box by Dorian Dervite four minutes later, allowing Ishmael Miller the chance to score his second Glovers goal, from the penalty spot.

The game then took another twist as Johnnie Jackson's studs-up challenge on Luke Ayling saw Charlton playing out the remaining 14 minutes with ten men, giving Yeovil chances to get the winning goal. But in a game in which Charlton had looked very comfortable for two-thirds of it, a point was probably a fairer result, leaving both sides still on opposite sides of the relegation line, with a two point gap separating Yeovil from safety. After seven points out of a possible nine this week though, the week has ended better than it had been at the start of last weekend.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Charlton Athletic 2.

Scorers: Cameron Stewart (0-1, 37 mins), Johnnie Jackson (0-2, 45 mins), Michael Morrison (1-2, 72 mins, own goal), Ishmael Miller (2-2, 76 mins, pen)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster (Captain) 21. Liam Davis
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 31. John Lundstram 23. Joel Grant
27. Ishmael Miller 29. Adam Morgan

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart, 3. Jamie McAllister (58 mins for Liam Davis) 7. Kevin Dawson (46 mins for John Lundstram) 9. James Hayter (46 mins for Adam Morgan) 10. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins 19. Joe Ralls

Charlton Athletic:
12 Ben Alnwick 4. Johnnie Jackson (Capt) 5. Michael Morrison 6. Dorian Dervite 8. Dale Stephens 9. Simon Church 16. Rhoys Wiggins 18. Yann Kermogant 23. Lawrie Wilson 24. Jordan Cousins 32. Cameron Stewart

Substitutes:
30. Nick Pope 2. Andy Hughes (69 mins for Jordan Cousins) 3. Cedric Evina 7. Danny Green 10. Marvin Sordell 15. Richard Wood (90 mins for Cameron Stewart) 20. Chris Solly (82 mins for Simon Church)

Yeovil Bookings: Shane Duffy (foul, 6 mins), Byron Webster (foul, 60 mins), Kevin Dawson (foul, 69 mins).

Charlton Bookings: Lawrie Wilson (foul, 17 mins) Yann Kermogant (71 mins, foul), Ben Alnwick (dissent, 75 mins). Red Card: Johnnie Jackson (serious foul play, 78 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

Charlton Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Marc Perry (West Midlands) and Scott Ledger (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Philip Gibbs (West Midlands).

Attendance: 6,053 (including 836 Charlton Athletic fans).


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7 December 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Charlton Athletic
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting eleven for the third match running this afternoon, as they prepare to take on Charlton Athletic in a Championship fixture. Having beaten Watford and Blackpool in the last week, the same eleven are asked to do it again against an Addicks side just above them in the table.

In addition to the same eleven, manager Gary Johnson has selected the same seven substitutes for the second match running, meaning that Liam Fontaine sits out as the sixth loanee, whilst there is no space still for striker Paddy Madden - Wigan Athletic midfielder Fraser Fyvie continues to be missing for the third match running.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster (Captain) 21. Liam Davis
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 31. John Lundstram 23. Joel Grant
27. Ishmael Miller 29. Adam Morgan

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart, 3. Jamie McAllister 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins 19. Joe Ralls

Charlton Athletic:
12 Ben Alnwick 4. Johnnie Jackson (Capt) 5. Michael Morrison 6. Dorian Dervite 8. Dale Stephens 9. Simon Church 16. Rhoys Wiggins 18. Yann Kermogant 23. Lawrie Wilson 24. Jordan Cousins 32. Cameron Stewart

Substitutes:
30. Nick Pope 2. Andy Hughes 3. Cedric Evina 7. Danny Green 10. Marvin Sordell 15. Richard Wood 20. Chris Solly


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7 December 2013 : Rosler Leaves Bees For Championship Football
In May 2013, Brentford manager Uwe Rosler found that he and his team were going to have to spend another season watching football at League One level. Just over six months later from that match at Wembley Stadium, and Rosler has got what he had wanted - leaving the Bees behind to join Wigan Athletic as a replacement for Owen Coyle who was fired on Monday following the Latics' luke warm start to the 2013-14 season.

The 45 year old will only have to make a short trip initially, as his new team are playing at Millwall this afternoon, with him sitting in the stand at the New Den whilst caretaker boss Graham Barrow takes charge. He will be formally unveiled on Monday, but has already resigned his position at Griffin Park, with a compensation fee being agreed between the Latics and the Bees.

Brentford are currently having another strong season, lying 4th in the League One table, whilst Wigan are in 14th place in the Championship table.


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7 December 2013 : Gary Previews The Charlton Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Charlton Athletic at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's thoughts on the team's form and their chances of over-taking the Addicks can be read via the link below.

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


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6 December 2013 : Book Profits To Benefit Adam Stansfield Foundation
Yeovil Town supporter and author Brendon Owen will be handing over a cheque to the Adam Stansfield Foundation tomorrow. As part of his commitment to writing his recent book entitled Little Old Yeovil, Brendon agreed to make a donation from the profits of the book to the Foundation which benefits local sports organisations, as well as increasing awareness of bowel cancer within the community.

With book sales having gone so well, Brendon has been in touch to indicate that he has now cleared all of his printing and associated book production costs, and now has an excess of £1,000 that will be donated to the Foundation. The presentation will be made at 2.15p.m. in the Beer Tent before tomorrow's game against Charlton Athletic, and time-permitting, Glovers boss Gary Johnson will be coming across to the tent to say a few words.

Needless to say, there are still a number of books available on sale, and for tomorrow's presentation, Brendon is offering them for a reduced (from £9.99) price of £6.00. If you're looking to buy a Christmas present then here is your chance. If you can't get to the Beer Tent, then books will still be available at the normal prices from the Yeovil branches of Waterstones and WH Smith, plus the Huish Park Club Shop or on eBay.


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6 December 2013 : Ticketing For Barnsley vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's Championship match against Barnsley is now available. The match takes place at Oakwell on Saturday 14th December 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Advance tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Over-65s and Under-18s: £16.00; Students aged 18-20 years: £16.00; Under-12s: £5.00.

Student tickets must be purchased in advance, and must carry a valid student card with date of birth, available for presentation on the turnstile.
Under-12s tickets are only available when purchased with an Adult or Over-65 ticket, and must also be purchased in advance.

The only two tariffs available on the day will be the Adult and Over-65/Under-18 tickets.

Away supporters are allocated the North Stand, which has a capacity of 6,000 and is divided between home and away fans. Normal allocation for visitors is a third (2,000 seats).

Barnsley's online information on their disabled facilities is poor, to say the least. Admission is for those entitled to the medium or high rate of Disability Living Allowance, and will be at a 'concessionary' rate. Assistants can be admitted free of charge, but they advise this to be made clear prior to the day of admission. Their best contacts for information on facilities are boxoffice@barnsleyfc.co.uk or 0871-2266777 (cost 10p per minute plus network extras). There is a specific disabled stand, but Barnsley indicate this is for home supporters only. Our understanding from previous visits is that away wheelchair disabled supporters are accommodated away from the North Stand, at pitch level, so expect to be exposed to the elements.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Online Ticketing Promotion For Four Championship Games.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans Part 1 (Up To Christmas 2013).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans Part 2 (From Boxing Day onwards).


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6 December 2013 : Football League Clubs To Honour Mandela
All Football League clubs this weekend have been requested to hold a minute's applause to respect and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday aged 95 years old. The League have issued the request to all home clubs, which will include Yeovil Town's match against Charlton Athletic at Huish Park tomorrow. The Premier League have also issued a similar request. Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has said of the decision:

"Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to millions and his determination, courage and forgiveness marked him out as a truly great man. We are delighted to give clubs and their supporters the opportunity to pay their own tributes to Nelson Mandela and recognise his extraordinary legacy."


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6 December 2013 : Leeds Game Selected For Sky Coverage
Yeovil Town's home Championship match against Leeds United has been selected for live coverage by Sky Sports. The match at Huish Park will now kick off at 12.15p.m. on Saturday 8th February.

This will be the third game chosen for the Glovers this season, following the selection of last month's away match at Doncaster Rovers, and the New Year's Day match against Watford.


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5 December 2013 : Johnson Calls For Off-The-Field Help To Progress The Club
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes the football club's off-the-field strategy needs to quickly catch up with the on-the-pitch success, if it is to sustain its Championship status on a long term basis. With the club playing second tier football for the first time in its history, the club face a challenge of both improving the facilities at Huish Park, as well as increasing the revenue coming in through the club.

The Glovers have been somewhat nomadic in recent years in terms of their training ground - having in the past used facilities at Huish Episcopi that were later abandoned, plus more recently Alvington, Bucklers Mead, Sherborne School as well as their own top pitches at Huish Park. However, that tends to leave Johnson's side living from day-to-day and often not with the right equipment at the right location. Gary said today that was starting to become an issue for him:

"We haven't got all those facilities that other clubs have got. The reason why I was late today was because we have to train 25 minutes up the road and then come back in the traffic. We've still got some things that we've got to do, to catch up with these other big teams that we're supposed to be competing against. We've got to do that pretty quickly."

One of the club's long term plans has been to locate new training facilities. Back in October 2011 they announced plans to go into partnership with an American artificial turf company to provide a new training pitch, but that plan ultimately fizzled out. Then in June 2012 the club's first team took over the main pitch at Alvington, although the club's recent usage of Bucklers Mead and Sherborne School would suggest those facilities are now not being regularly used. Johnson says that he appreciates the help both schools are giving the football club, but feels that progress on this is far too slow:

"I think at this club it takes too long to get change - whether it's help from outside. How long have we been trying to get things going? Credit to Sherborne School and Bucklers Mead School for giving us their facilities because without them we would be struggling. It always seems to take a lot of time for us to catch up, and we're going to need to catch up pretty quick, because we can't keep flogging ourselves, let alone anything else. We spend most of our day working out where we're going to go and what we're going to do, and that's not just on the football field - it's about our programme. How can we fit in a programme that's conducive to some of the players that we've got here who we've got from the Premier League. They're used to all of that sort of thing. I'm not having a go at anyone in particular, it's just that as a club, we've just got to catch up a bit quicker, and as quickly as we can. We might need some outside help - we'll have to wait and see whether that comes. There does seem to be a lot happening, but nothing happening."

Gary speaks of the club needing 'help', from either inside the club or outside the club, suggesting that he personally would welcome outside investment or expertise. He feels that with the club perhaps starting to find its feet at Championship level, then it has to start thinking 'bigger' if it is to continue to progress in the long term:

"The Championship is a very very high standard. If we are going to start thinking bigger, and people are going to start expecting us to be competing with these teams, then we've got to do something about it ourselves. You can be relentless (in training and management) for a particular amount of time, but you can't be relentless forever. You need help. We're competing at a level where we're a long way behind. It's all very nice when people pat you on the back and say well done, great effort, but it can't be like that forever. If we're going to compete at this level, then you've got to start making decisions, or get help, or whatever we need to do, to make sure that we can improve our players. Whether it is the Council, or whether it's outside help, or whether it be the Board of Directors, we need to think bigger. It's no use thinking bigger if things don't happen, or if they take two, three, four, five or ten years to materialise. There's a lot of really good people around this club, and it deserves a bit more help, maybe from the outside, or maybe from the inside. Everybody is trying hard, but nothing gets done, because of little obstacles, here and there."

With recent wins over Watford and Blackpool that have surprised many national football pundits, the club are now within touching distance of being able to escape the relegation zone - a win over fourth from bottom Charlton Athletic on Saturday would guarantee that step. However, Gary explained that in order to attract players like Ishmael Miller, Adam Morgan and John Lundstram to the club on extended stays, then the players themselves needed to be sold by what facilities they would be using when they reached South Somerset:

"Because people have enjoyed our couple of wins, I'm not sure if everyone knows what we've had to do, to get those couple of wins, and how hard it is to get the players to come, and to convince them to come, and then to work with them when there's not really workable facilities at the moment. Yet we're still competing, we're still there, and we're still just this one game away from getting out of the bottom three. I just want to see the club progressing. Everyone has done fantastic to get us here - so what are we going to do? Are we going to stand still now, and hope the manager keeps us out of trouble, or can everybody in the vicinity, and anyone who could help in any way, could they come in and let us know?"

Gary confirmed that he had put forward his views on the subject to Yeovil Town's Board of Directors in meetings this season, and added that his views were not aimed at any one specific person or area of the club, but at the issues that he believed needed resolving.


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5 December 2013 : Clubs Get Temporary Reprieve On Emergency Loan System
Football League and Conference National clubs have been given a 12 month reprieve against the scrapping of the Emergency Loan system. The system, which also included the use of Youth Loans, were due to be banned by FIFA from the start of the 2014-15 season. Clubs would be left with only the Standard Loan option for half-season and full-season agreements, bringing into question how smaller budget clubs would finance their squads in future seasons.

Today, the BBC Sport website has indicated that FIFA have postponed the rule change for a twelve month period, following lobbying by the Football Association and the Football League. FIFA's view was that the Emergency Loan and Youth Loan systems were in breach of its Transfer Window rules, given that the term 'emergency' is very loosely applied. However, the footballing authorities have pointed out that lower league clubs could be left either financially exposed or without an adquate team, if FIFA did not allow any concessions to this - consider Yeovil Town's goalkeeper crisis this season for an idea of where they would be without loan keepers!

With around 500 Emergency Loans executed per season across the Football League, any change would have a serious impact, and Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey is pleased FIFA have temporarily backed down:

"It is encouraging news and I'm sure Football League clubs will welcome Fifa's decision to extend the existing loan arrangements for a further 12 months. While this extension is obviously welcome we still need to convince Fifa of the merits of our particular system longer term. We are currently engaged in a constructive dialogue with Fifa about the ongoing use of short term player loans and are grateful for the support of the Football Association, Premier League, Football Conference and the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL)."

FIFA's view appears to be that if such a system is allowed to exist, then it must be made available to all member countries. Currently the Emergency Loan and Youth Loan systems are carried only by the Football League and Conference National division.


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5 December 2013 : FA Cup Third Round Draw Details And Ball Numbers
The year 2013 has been a unique one for Yeovil Town Football Club. With the exception of years covering the two World Wars, this is the first time the club have gone a full calendar year without an FA Cup tie being played, with the club's last participation in the tournament coming on November 7th 2012.

All of that will change early next year, when the Glovers go direct into the FA Cup Third Round for the first time in their history. Most FA Cup Second Round ties take place on Saturday, and the draw for the Third Round will take place on Sunday 8th December. It will be broadcast live on the ITV1 channel at around 4.10p.m.

Yeovil Town will take on Ball No.44 for the draw. The full list of clubs has already been published and are as follows:

1. AFC BOURNEMOUTH
2. ARSENAL
3. ASTON VILLA
4. BARNSLEY
5. BIRMINGHAM CITY
6. BLACKBURN ROVERS
7. BLACKPOOL
8. BOLTON WANDERERS
9. BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
10. BURNLEY
11. CARDIFF CITY
12. CHARLTON ATHLETIC
13. CHELSEA
14. CRYSTAL PALACE
15. DERBY COUNTY
16. DONCASTER ROVERS
17. EVERTON
18. FULHAM
19. HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
20. HULL CITY
21. IPSWICH TOWN
22. LEEDS UNITED
23. LEICESTER CITY
24. LIVERPOOL
25. MANCHESTER CITY
26. MANCHESTER UNITED
27. MIDDLESBROUGH
28. MILLWALL
29. NEWCASTLE UNITED
30. NORWICH CITY
31. NOTTINGHAM FOREST
32. QUEENS PARK RANGERS
33. READING
34. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
35. SOUTHAMPTON
36. STOKE CITY
37. SUNDERLAND
38. SWANSEA CITY
39. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
40. WATFORD
41. WEST BROMWICH ALBION
42. WEST HAM UNITED
43. WIGAN ATHLETIC
44. YEOVIL TOWN
45. BURY/CAMBRIDGE UNITED OR SHEFFIELD UNITED
46. WYCOMBE WANDERERS OR PRESTON NORTH END
47. PORT VALE OR SALISBURY CITY
48. BRISTOL ROVERS OR CRAWLEY TOWN
49. MILTON KEYNES DONS OR DOVER ATHLETIC
50. CARLISLE UNITED OR BRENTFORD
51. MACCLESFIELD TOWN OR BRACKLEY TOWN
52. CHESTERFIELD OR SOUTHEND UNITED
53. OLDHAM ATHLETIC OR MANSFIELD TOWN
54. ROTHERHAM UNITED OR ROCHDALE
55. PETERBOROUGH UNITED OR TRANMERE ROVERS
56. HARTLEPOOL UNITED OR COVENTRY CITY
57. KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS OR NEWPORT COUNTY
58. PLYMOUTH ARGYLE OR WELLING UNITED
59. WREXHAM OR OXFORD UNITED/GATESHEAD
60. FLEETWOOD TOWN OR BURTON ALBION
61. GRIMSBY TOWN OR NORTHAMPTON TOWN
62. LEYTON ORIENT OR WALSALL
63. TAMWORTH OR BRISTOL CITY
64. STEVENAGE OR STOURBRIDGE

All ties wil be played on or around Saturday 4th January 2014, with exact dates chosen depending upon television or policing requirements.


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5 December 2013 : Johnson To Receive LMA Award
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is to receive an award following the club's weekend win over Watford in the Championship. Every week, the League Managers Association provide an award to the manager whose team have produced the most impressive result - the Glovers have already been given the nod this season for their opening day win over Millwall, and Gary has been selected again for the club's 3-0 win at Vicarage Road.

The judging panel consists of LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry - they have selected Gary Johnson for the award, and he will receive a specially engraved crystal football to commemorate the award.


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4 December 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Blackpool Match Highlights
For those who want to see highlights of last night's 1-0 win over Blackpool, the SkySports website is now carrying this game. The main action comes from the boot of John Lundstram, who provided the one and only goal of the night. The footage also shows chances for Ishmael Miller and Ed Upson, as well as the three red cards that fired up the second half injury time, where you can judge for yourself how justified the dismissals were. Watch via the link below - in addition, you can view slightly alternative footage via the club's YouTube footage below if you live outside the UK.

Link: Sky Sports Website: Yeovil Town 1 Blackpool 0.




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4 December 2013 : Ince: What A Load Of Crap!
Blackpool manager Paul Ince complained that he had suffered a 'crap' day yesterday, as his team succumbed to a 1-0 defeat in the Championship against Yeovil Town. The 21st minute John Lundstram goal was overshadowed by headlines that centred instead on the visitors losing their heads in second half injury time as Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie all received their marching orders leaving Blackpool with just eight men on the pitch by the end.

The Tangerines made the decision to travel down to Huish Park on the day of the match, suffering the length of the M6 and most of the M5, and having dealt with a long day that had ended badly for him, he uttered an unintentionally humorous verdict on his time down in Somerset:

"It has been, all in all, a crap night. It is a crap journey down. The Football League gave us a crap game on a Tuesday night at Yeovil which was crap. It was crazy. It could have been so much easier for us. We started the game well, and I felt we took control of the game. We looked like we were going to score at any moment. Then there was a mistake that gave them a free kick, which was four yards offside. I've seen it three or four times and it was miles offside, then the geezer comes back into play, and he's the one that scores the goal. Once again it was incompetent officiating from both the linesman and referee. The linesman has got to help the referee out. They don't get to see it three or four times. If it's close then you can understand, but when it's that far offside and he's not put his flag up, then you can't have it. And you wonder why I lose my head?"

Ince admitted that his side began to become edgy and nervous in the second half, as they tried and failed to get back into the game. He felt that Blackpool should have been the ones going in ahead at half time, but that in the remaining 45 minutes they started to unravel in the way that they were playing the game:

"After that we created enough chances. We had enough chances in the first half, but we weren't clinical enough. If we'd got that one or two, then I think we would have won the game comfortably. I said to them at half time, just keep doing what you're doing. Keep playing the way you're playing, keep passing the ball, and don't get anxious. They're the ones who are going to get anxious because of where they are - but what happens? We start getting anxious and panicking, we start giving poor balls. That's not us. Then we start losing our heads, and we get sucked into a situation that we should never have been in."

Inevitably Ince was questioned in detail as to what he thought of the three red cards, all of which happened across separate incidents. At the time that he spoke to BBC local radio, he chose to blame his players for their ill-discipline and blasted them for letting the club down, leaving him with a headache for Blackpool's match on Saturday:

"It's madness. It's not so much the fact that we lost the game, because we didn't deserve to lose the game. Obviously our fans have got to make that journey back without any points. We fully deserved points, but the ill-discipline we showed where we didn't need to, was the worst thing for me. I've told them that they've let everyone down - they've let the fans down, they've let the club down. They're my two main centre-halves - my stalwarts - are now out for Derby. They've done something stupid, but they're experienced players - they shouldn't be doing that. They've cost us for the next couple of games. We've got the Christmas period coming up, and we've got no centre-halves."

Of the three red cards, Ince had mixed feelings in speaking to the BBC, admitting that Kirk Broadfoot's red card was an obvious one. However, he accused Luke Ayling of playacting when Ricardo Fuller headbutted him, and questioned whether Gary MacKenzie deserved a second yellow card for his clumsy barge into Ishmael Miller:

"I felt Broady (Kirk Broadfoot) had to go as that was reckless - and you know you're on a yellow card. We're chasing the game, and so we're pushing men forward. So if they go and win the game 2-0 that's fair enough. But the last thing that you want to do is to get your centre-half sent off. So he's just got to stand up. But he's gone to ground, and I think the referee has got that one spot on, to be fair. The one with Gary MacKenzie, it's a foul, it's obstruction, but no more than that. So I didn't think that was a sending off. With the Ricardo Fuller one, I thought their lad (Luke Ayling) went down as if he'd been shot, which is poor, and he should know better. He (Fuller) put his head to him, but you just want a bit of honesty. He saw a chance to get one of my players sent off, and he took it. You can't blame him, but you'd like to see a bit less gamesmanship than that. He didn't do that, and I'm disappointed with that. But we should know better, and as I've said, we let ourselves down, and they'll be dealt with."

Having largely blamed his players for the situation whilst talking to the BBC, Ince rapidly changed his tune by the time he moved in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Turning his attention to referee Christopher Sarginson, the Blackpool boss accused the referee of having lost control of the game, rather than his own players:

"There was ten minutes of madness where I think the referee has just lost control of the game. I tried to keep my head, because I've just come back from a ban, but when you see referees officiating like that, it's just not right. We're trying to keep winning games, keep the momentum going, but then you get people like that, and it's hard to take."


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4 December 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Blackpool Home Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Blackpool at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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3 December 2013 : Johnson Glad To See His Side Break Through Another Barrier
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that seeing his team get through barriers such as their first back-to-back wins in the Championship, will help steer them forward as they move closer to the halfway point in the 2013-14 season. The Glovers may currently lie in 22nd place in the Championship table after tonight's 1-0 win over Blackpool, but their position is vastly improved, having picked up six points from their last two matches.

Johnson said after the game that as his side cross through those 'firsts' that they will grow in confidence about their ability to cope in second tier football, particularly given that both Blackpool and Saturday's opponents Watford had been tipped to be amongst the top six sides come the end of the season:

"It feels fantastic. We're getting a few firsts - your first away win, your first home win, now your first back-to-back wins. The Championship is a fantastic league, that we're really enjoying. If it makes the lads feel more comfortable and confident about being a Championship team with Championship players, then that was a great result for us, because the two back to back wins were against no mugs. We went away at Vicarage Road and got a 3-0 result, and this was a win here against a decent Blackpool team."

The club now lie just two points away from being able to lift themselves out of the relegation zone, and face the side immediately above them on Saturday, in the form of Charlton Athletic. Gary added that he felt he could see daylight:

"It is nice now to see four wins on the board and hopefully we can see some more quickly. Psychologically to go above Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday was massive and to beat Blackpool has dragged in probably seven or eight teams. Suddenly, all of a sudden, you can pull in more teams than you could a few weeks ago and that is good. We move on to the next game, which is a massive game against Charlton."

Blackpool finished the match with just eight players on the pitch, as all of Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie ended up getting their marching orders from referee Chris Sarginson. Gary felt that the late indiscipline stemmed from the Tangerines getting frustrated at the way his side were holding possession as the clock ran down:

"We had to keep the ball, and any fifty-fifty ball, we had to get our toe to it, so that if you get your toe to the ball, and then they come through you then it can only be a booking. If they've already had a booking then it has to be a red card. It just spoiled their momentum and it just saw the clock down. At 1-0, they're a dangerous team. We knew Blackpool compete - that is why they are at the top end of the league. They compete and they have that little bit of quality and ability as well. They are all clever players so I am proud of our boys that we competed with them."


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

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


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3 December 2013 : Lundstram Seals Victory As Blackpool See Triple Red
Yeovil Town gained their first Championship back-to-back win tonight, as they defeated Blackpool by a single goal at Huish Park. The footballing side of the evening came thanks to Everton loanee John Lundstram, who took advantage of a Byron Webster knockdown inside the box from a set piece. In an end-to-end encounter, both sides had opportunities to score, but in the second half it was Ed Upson who went the closest, as he crashed a 30 yard effort off the crossbar, with the highly impressive Ishmael Miller unable to follow up the attempt due to a linesman's flag.

But the end of the game was all about Blackpool's lack of discipline. In a second half where they had become more petulant and frustrated, they let that boil over in the 90th minute, as they saw three players red-card in separate incidents. Blackpool had already been clocking up the yellow cards when Kirk Broadfoot picked up his marching orders for a late lunge on Sam Hoskins. Then Blackpool striker Ricardo Fuller was dismissed for an off the ball incident involving Luke Ayling.

Just when things couldn't get any sillier, Gary MacKenzie committed a rash challenge whilst the Glovers were holding the ball up, and after some lengthy thought about what he was going to have to do, referee Christopher Sarginson raised his red card for a third time. The seven minutes of injury time played saw the visitors shoot themselves in the foot, and allowed Yeovil to climb closer to the safety line - only two points separating them from 21st place after tonight's results.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Blackpool 0.

Scorers: John Lundstram (1-0, 21 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster (Captain) 21. Liam Davis
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 31. John Lundstram 23. Joel Grant
27. Ishmael Miller 29. Adam Morgan

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart, 3. Jamie McAllister 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins (60 mins for Adam Morgan) 19. Joe Ralls (81 mins for Joel Grant)

Blackpool:
1. Matthew Gilks 17. Chris Basham 6. Kirk Broadfoot 5. Gary MacKenzie 3. Jack Robinson 11. Tom Ince 4. Dan Gosling 15. Stephen Dobbie 18. Isaiah Osbourne 12. Neal Bishop 19. Ricardo Fuller

Substitutes:
8. Michael Chopra (79 mins for Stephen Dobbie) 9. Steve Davies (72 mins for Neal Bishop) 10. Bobby Grant 13. Tony Warner 16. Barry Ferguson (67 mins for Isaiah Osbourne) 31. Angel 25. Tyler Blackett

Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (foul, 75 mins), Ed Upson (foul, 86 mins), Sam Hoskins (foul, 90 mins)

Blackpool Bookings: Chris Basham (foul, 69 mins), Kirk Broadfoot (foul, 84 mins), Gary MacKenzie (foul, 86 mins). Red Card: Kirk Broadfoot (second bookable offence, 90 mins), Ricardo Fuller (violent conduct, 90 mins), Gary MacKenzie (second bookable offence, 90 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 11.

Blackpool Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 21; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 18.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Attendance: 5,530 (including 462 Blackpool supporters).


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3 December 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Blackpool
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for tonight's Championship home match against Blackpool. The eleven that predominantly won the match against Watford at Vicarage Road are kept faith with for the second match running - no surprise given the overall result.

The only changes come on the bench, with Joe Ralls swapped out for Liam Fontaine as the club juggle an excess number of loan players. Meanwhile club captain Jamie McAllister is fit enough to sit on the bench, replacing Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi. There is still no place for transfer-listed striker Paddy Madden, whilst the absence of Fraser Fyvie continues, tending to back up rumours that he returned to Wigan ten days ago.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster (Captain) 21. Liam Davis
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 31. John Lundstram 23. Joel Grant
27. Ishmael Miller 29. Adam Morgan

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart, 3. Jamie McAllister 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 14. Sam Hoskins 19. Joe Ralls


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3 December 2013 : Johnson Warns Glovers Not To Get Carried Away
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has warned the club that they must be careful not to get carried away with the Glovers' impressive win over Watford at Vicarage Road. Having not won away from home since the opening day of the season but beat last season's Championship play-off finalists by a 3-0 scoreline, thanks to goals from Byron Webster, Ishmael Miller and Joe Edwards.

Now comes a quick chance to take that result onto the next level, as fourth-placed Blackpool head to Huish Park tonight, seeing them come up against a side that have lost just twice in the division so far this season. Although confidence is high within the Glovers camp after Saturday's win, Johnson told BBC Somerset that his team needed to make sure that they weren't brought back down to earth by a strong Blackpool side:

"One swallow doesn't make a summer, as they say. So we've got to be a little bit careful that we don't get too excited just yet. But we've certainly looked all season like we had goals in us, as far as creating chances is concerned. But we haven't been able to tuck those chances away - and certainly not to any great percentage. But we did it the other day, with five on target and three goals, so we were pleased with that, and we think we can keep that going."

Despite Saturday's win the Glovers are still five points away from safety, and deep in the bottom three. Gary said that the club's next target, having climbed off the bottom, would be to get above the fourth from bottom club and he wanted to do that sooner rather than later:

"I don't want to leave it until the last five games of the season. We've got to start pulling these teams in. There's probably seven or eight teams that we're competing with down at the bottom of the table, and that's our little mini-league that we've got to try to certainly get above that bottom three and get above that line."

The climb above the bottom of the table took them above Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday - a situation that was followed almost immediately by both Yorkshire clubs sacking their managers. Johnson admitted that the swaparound in the league table, based on the Glovers resources could have been a factor:

"We are still a small fry in the Championship. I'm sure one of the reasons why the two nice lads lost their jobs this week could have been that Yeovil had leapfrogged them both. People find that difficult to comprehend. We've got to keep doing our best, keep competing, and we've got to now try to pull in the next couple above us."

Having gained their third win of the 2013-14 league season, Gary hoped that the arrival of the three new loan players would increase the level of competition for places inside his team's squad. However, he also believes that winning at Watford will make those who currently sit outside the team want to break their way into it:

"We have noticed a spring in their step. What happens is that the more wins you get, the better the competition for places, and everybody has to up their game. That's what we needed to up our game. When you bring in three new faces, all of whom are quality players, then of course people have to up their game even more, if they want to get a place in the team, or stay in the team."


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3 December 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Blackpool
Officials for tonight's home Championship match against Blackpool have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park this evening with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge is referee Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Mr Sarginson was promoted to the Football League's referee list in the summer of 2008. We had him twice during the 2008-09 season with the first being November 2008's 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United. We were a little unimpressed by Mr Sarginson's handling of the game, where six players got booked, but where a firmer grip on some of the earlier action might have stopped the game from boiling over at various points. In the end the only surprise was that both sides kept 11 players on the pitch.

Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons in March 2009. Perhaps our attention was swayed a little with three new loan signings in the side on that day, but the match referee doesn't get a mention in our match report, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it. We then had him for the August 2009 Tuesday night match against Exeter City that ended up in a 1-1 draw at St James Park. Just the one booking that night, which we had no complaints about, and a good unfussy performance.

After that, he took charge of the October 2011 2-2 draw against Colchester United. Here he did us a bit of a favour - chalking off a goal for the home side after Steven Gillespie was ruled to have fouled Glovers keeper Jed Steer when putting the ball into the net. Not too surprisingly, the Essex club were less than delighted about the decision; Gillespie said after the game:

"Keepers get protection, everyone knows that. I had a bit of leverage with the arms, but I thought it was a goal. I was up and away to celebrate. Even a couple of their lads after the game said they didnít see anything wrong with that."

The Western Gazette had a somewhat different view of Mr Sarginson's performance, saying that their main grumble was the six yellow cards - four against Yeovil - that he dished out saying that he "gave a number of soft free kicks and yellow cards but was largely spot on with his decisions."

Our most recent game involving ourselves came two years ago in December 2011, when we managed a 0-0 draw against Rochdale up at Spotland. This was a decidedly dull game where the biggest incident involved a red card given to Kerrea Gilbert. Partly because the midfielder was already on a yellow card, there seemed to be a bit of confusion over whether he'd been given a second yellow or a straight red. But in terms of the actual incident, it wasn't one that we made a big fuss about either way - an over-the-top tackle. The Western Gazette said of Mr Sarginson's contribution to the afternoon: "Neither side can have complaints about his competent afternoon."

As an assistant referee, he has waved the flag at an FA Vase Final, a Football League Play-Off Final and a UEFA Cup tie. As a referee, his biggest game was to take charge of the Conference Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg tie between Torquay United and Exeter City.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). The Fourth Official will be Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Link: December 2011 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2011 : Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2009 : Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

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


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2 December 2013 : Post-Watford Interview With Joe Edwards
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road, Yeovil Town's versatile Joe Edwards spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Joe's views on the game, his assist, and his last minute goal can be read via the link below.

Link: Joe Edwards Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Win Over Watford.


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2 December 2013 : Thorne Lane Traffic Lights
In addition to the earlier news concerning plans to close the A303 overnight over the next six weeks, Yeovil Town supporters travelling to Tuesday night's Blackpool game should be aware of further disruption. For several weeks there have been roadworks in Thorne Lane at the North-East part of the ground, leading out towards the junction with the A37.

Generally, the traffic lights supporting those roadworks have been cleared prior to the build-up of traffic on a matchday, thus allowing two-way traffic. For tomorrow night's match at Huish Park, the lights will remain in place, before and after the game, which coupled with the A303 diversion could create additional queuing. Attempts will be made by the construction workers to change the phasing of the traffic lights to match the expected flow of traffic.

With respect to Thorne Lane, the same situation may be in place for Saturday's match against Charlton Athletic. For other traffic and transport issues affecting Tuesday's and Saturday's games, follow the links below.

Link: Overnight Road Closures After Blackpool Game.

Link: Railway Engineering Work For Charlton Game.


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2 December 2013 : Blackpool Ticket Sales Update
Yeovil Town take on Blackpool at Huish Park tomorrow evening in a Championship home fixture, with the Tangerines making their first visit to South Somerset since October 2006. With this being a midweek trip, this is a mammoth journey for their fans to take for such a fixture - the Blackpool Ticket Office have been selling advance tickets for this match, and report that they have sold 284 tickets for the game.

Tickets for both sets of supporters will be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office on the day of the game at the usual matchday tariffs. As a reminder to home supporters, today is the last day that you can take maximum advantage of the club's quartet of Championship fixtures that currently have £5.00 off the matchday price (or £3.00 off the pre-match price) for Adults and Seniors (subject to a £2.50 booking fee per total purchase). You can still take advantage of the offer for matches against Charlton Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Watford after today, but the offer will expire for the Watford game by the end of today. Follow the links below for full details.

Link: Online Ticketing Promotion For Four Championship Games.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).


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2 December 2013 : Third Championship Manager Fired From Weekend Results
The Championship division has suffered its third managerial casualty this weekend, with the confirmation that Wigan Athletic have parted company with Owen Coyle. The decision has been badged as 'by mutual agreement' and follows their 1-3 home defeat against Derby County yesterday - their third defeat in a week that leaves the former Premier League side stuck in 14th place in the table.

The major surprise here is that Coyle has lasted just five-and-a-half months at the DW Stadium. His 23 games in charge yielded seven wins and six draws, albeit with five of those games being in the Europa League, and another being the Community Shield, following last season's FA Cup win. His Championship record covered six wins and four draws across 16 games.

Wigan have given the Caretaker Management roles to first team coach and former manager Graham Barrow and Assistant Manager Sandy Stewart. Their first task will be to take their team to Leeds United on Wednesday night.

Coyle's sacking comes in the wake of Barnsley firing three first team staff including manager David Flitcroft, whilst Sheffield Wednesday also got rid of Dave Jones.

The Glovers theoretically still have midfielder Fraser Fyvie on their books as a loan player from Wigan. However, there have been persistent rumours that he is back at Wigan for the past week. He was not part of Saturday's squad that travelled to Watford.


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2 December 2013 : Overnight Road Closures After Blackpool Game
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to tomorrow night's Championship home game against Blackpool at Huish Park, should take note of road closures that may affect their journey home. The A303 is due to be shut overnight for the next six weeks between 8.00p.m. and 6.00a.m. between Sparkford and Ilchester to allow for the resurfacing of the highway and the repainting of road markings on the relaid surface.

Traffic using the A303 will be diverted through the north end of Yeovil, using the A37 and the A359 as a dog-leg route. Eastbound traffic will be forced off the A303 at the A37 junction, and then will head back onto the trunk road via the A359. Traffic heading Westbound will be forced off the A303 at the Hazlegrove Roundabout (next to the Services) and sent down through the A359, then back out of the north side of Yeovil via the A37.

What this means in practice is that traffic on the A37 and A359 after the match is likely to be much busier than usual. We'd recommend that Westbound and M5 traffic uses the A3088 junction to avoid the diversion area, if at all possible. For those heading out of Yeovil on the Eastbound route, the A359 may be your only option, but you might want to consider using the A30 instead and rejoining the A303 around Wincanton. In general, traffic leaving the ground via Thorne Lane may find heavier than usual traffic when they reach the A37 roundabout that crosses over into Combe Street Lane.

With the road only closing at 8.00p.m. this shouldn't affect your journey before the match, whilst Saturday 3.00p.m. fixtures should remain unaffected. The six week period for these roadworks suggest that disruption is possible up to around January 12th 2014, assuming they keep to that schedule.


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1 December 2013 : Railway Engineering Work For Charlton Game
Yeovil Town and Charlton Athletic supporters planning on attending next Saturday's Championship home game at Huish Park should note that there is significant rail engineering works in the area. South West Trains are suspending all rail services between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction on Saturday 7th December and Sunday 8th December, and no trains will run between those two stations, including those travelling more locally from Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe and Sherborne.

For those travelling from wider afield, South West Trains note that some trains (presumably the longer distance services) are being diverted between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction via Westbury, adding around 30 additional minutes to the service time. For all other services, there will be a replacement bus service running between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction.

At present, the online National Rail service seems to be having difficulty in recognising this route at all, so if you still plan to travel by train, we'd recommend that you call 08457 48 49 50 or 020 7278 5240 so you're not caught out by the additional time it will take to travel next weekend.

Charlton fans should also note that this season many away supporters have experienced excessive demand for the standard shuttle bus that takes people into the town centre from Yeovil Junction. Hence even if you can get a train or a bus to that station, arm yourselves with a few Yeovil taxi numbers.


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1 December 2013 : Video : Watford vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive the goals from yesterday's match against Watford at Vicarage Road, the highlights have been uploaded onto the Sky Sports website. In addition to the goals from Byron Webster, Ishmael Miller and Joe Edwards, the footage also includes a half chance for debutant Adam Morgan. View the footage via the link below.

For those who like fans videos, there is also an excellent YouTube clip that shows Yeovil's third goal, scored by Joe Edwards. Relive the moment that 945 Glovers fans went ballistic, via the clip below.

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




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1 December 2013 : Drop Below The Glovers In The Table And You'll Get The Sack!
It used to be that when a team got beaten by Yeovil Town, that their manager got the sack. Now it appears that even going below them in the Championship table can see a manager given the boot. Having risen off the bottom of the table with their 0-3 away win over Watford yesterday, the Glovers climbed above both Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday in the process.

After Saturday's match Barnsley fired three first team staff including manager David Flitcroft. Now Sheffield Wednesday have dispensed with the services of manager Dave Jones with the Owls currently in 23rd place in the table and six points from safety.

Jones had been in charge since March 2012, having replaced Gary Megson the day before. His early months were successful, taking them to promotion during the 2011-12 season. However, he has operated on gradually diminishing returns - their 18th place finish for the 2012-13 season saw them finish just four points above the Championship relegation line, whilst this season has seen them record just one win in sixteen matches - a rather freakish 5-2 win over Reading. Since then they've lost three matches in a row, including yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Blackpool.


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1 December 2013 : Johnson: From Laying Dog Tracks To Acting Chief Executive
Just before Saturday afternoon's game against Watford kicked off at Vicarage Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary talks about a wide range of subjects, including how he helped lay a dog track at Vicarage Road as an apprentice, to how he's been acting as the club's Chief Executive this week, and why he put all three new loan players straight into the first team yesterday. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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1 December 2013 : Tykes Fire Flitcroft As They Hit Rock Bottom
Championship side Barnsley have parted company with their first team manager David Flitcroft. The Tykes also dismissed Technical Coach Martin Scott and Strength and Conditioning Coach Guy Proctor after they went down to a 0-3 home defeat against Birmingham City that saw the game won easily during the opening 37 minutes.

Flitcroft didn't even last a full calendar year in charge, having only been appointed to the job on January 13th of this year, following a two week period when he had been in caretaker charge following their sacking of Keith Hill on December 29th. He won only 14 of his 44 games in charge, but perhaps what would have been concerning the Barnsley board would have been the margin of some losses - in addition to yesterday's result, they have recorded a 5-1, a 5-2 and a 4-0 and sit at the foot of the Championship Table with comfortably the worst goal difference.

The club have put Assistant Manager Micky Mellon in charge of matters, on a caretaker basis, with Development Coach Paul Heckingbottom providing assistance. Mellon could be a candidate to take over the reigns, given that he has four years worth of experience of front line management with Fleetwood Town, and was their manager during their promotions from the Conference North and Conference National divisons, as well as the man in charge when they knocked the Glovers out of the FA Cup during the 2011-12 season. Barnsley have promised a fuller statement on their decision to sack Flitcroft on Wednesday.


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1 December 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Watford Away Game
Following Saturday's 3-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Andy Howard, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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