Month: December 2013

PREVIEW: WATFORD

MATCH SPONSOR  – LYNX COPIERS, YEOVIL

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Yeovil Town are finally coming towards the back end of a hectic festive period of fixtures, but it doesn’t get any easier in their quest for Sky Bet Championship survival on New Year’s Day.

It is back to Huish Park too, not only for the Glovers but for the Sky Sports cameras as Watford are the visitors for a 5:30pm kick off.

It was only a matter of weeks ago that Yeovil and Watford met in the reverse fixture, a match that will probably rank as one of the Yeovil fans’ best of the season, if not of the last few years.

Debutant, Ishmael Miller, Byron Webster and Joe Edwards all netted in a thrilling 3-0 victory over the Hornets who were then managed by Gianfranco Zola.

How times change, Zola tendered his resignation not long after and was swiftly replaced by fellow countryman Giuseppe Sannino who had formerly been at charge at Serie A side Chievo.

Sannino is actually undefeated in his three games in charge, two draws with QPR and Ipswich have sandwiched a 4-0 thumping of Millwall.

This mini run of form has seen Watford cement their place in mid table, they lie in 13th place only five points behind the play off positions and it also puts them a full 13 points ahead of the Glovers in 23rd.

With results involving those around the bottom of the table, suiting Yeovil quite nicely, the 5-1 defeat to Huddersfield didn’t do too much damage to the way the bottom three shapes up.

A single win could put Yeovil within just a point of Doncaster who lie in 21st, if you’re one for omens, Yeovil’s win against Watford earlier this season came off the back of two defeats, much like the current situation.

Of course, New Year’s Day is not only a  busy one for the teams and fans involved, it’s also the start of the transfer window and fax machines up and down the country will be getting a newly filled paper tray and a once over with a duster.

It will be no different down at Huish Park, as Shane Duffy’s loan extension will need to hit the desk of the FA in time for his inclusion that evening in the Glovers’ squad.

The other loans in the squad will also need dealing with over the coming days too; John Lundstram, Joe Ralls and Liam Fontaine’s deals all come to end within a week of the registration window opening.

Adam Morgan should be classed as a ‘contracted’ player by the time kick off comes around, leaving the other five loans all eligible to play a part in the squad if needed.

There are some fitness worries for the home side however, Goalkeeper Marek Stech and midfielder Ed Upson both limped off in the game on Sunday and both will need all the time possible to recover in order to make the fixture.

Byron Webster also missed out at the John Smith’s Stadium, it was hoped he may be available but was given the extra game off to recover from injury.

Two of the Hornet’s stars who missed out on Sunday were Fernando Forestieri and Ikechi Anya who have both reported knee and groin problems respectively.

Both sides are grateful for the FA’s amnesty on a single match ban for collecting five yellow cards as both squads have a number of players with four bookings in the bank.

The meeting between the two sides in November was actually the only meeting between the two sides competitively; I guess that puts the head-to-head record firmly in the Glovers’ favour. Who can knock a 100% win record?

As of yesterday (Monday), over 1000 Watford fans have already booked their place in the away end at Huish Park and tickets in the home end are also selling nicely.

The game is the final chance to save up to £5 on the price of a match-day price, when buying online using www.ytfc.net.

Tickets will be available on the day, but for anyone who can’t make it to Huish Park, the game is live on Sky Sports, available on Glovers Player and will be accompanied by all the usual pre and post-match reaction on the green and white’s social networks pages.

Famous Watford Fans.

Singer, Elton John. Sky Sports Presenter, Adam Leventhal. Football Manager supremo Miles Jacobson.

BBC Radio One reporter Chris Stark has also tried to sign up Jennifer Aniston and Mila Kunis as Hornets but with little success.

A Foot in Both Camps.

Reg Gilmartin, Liam Bridcutt, Dom Blizzard, Dale Bennett, Billy Gibson, Lee Johnson, Gifton Noel Williams, Colin Miles, Lewis Young. Not forgetting that a certain Gary Johnson was once on the management team at Vicarage Road.

PITCH PROTECTED FOR SKY GAME

Covers have been draped over the Huish Park pitch to ensure tomorrow’s SkyBet Championship clash with Watford will go ahead.

Rain has fallen consistently for the last few hours whilst Somerset has endured a stormy Christmas period with high winds and heavy storms drenching the South West.

The Glovers’ ground staff were out in force early on Tuesday morning to protect the Huish Park pitch from the elements with rain forecast for the entirety of New Year’s Day.

Standing water which will collect on top of the covers will be removed by a Water Hog machine, to ensure the pitch remains in good condition ahead of tomorrow’s 5.30pm kick-off.

Yeovil host Giuseppe Sannino’s Watford hoping to record the double over the Hornets after recording a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road in November, thanks to goals from Byron Webster, Ishmael Miller and Joe Edwards.

Tomorrow’s clash coupled with Saturday’s FA Cup fixture at home to Leyton Orient will conclude the busy Christmas period, which will have seen the Glovers play five matches in just 15 days.

NO PUBLIC BUSES ON NEW YEARS DAY

Yeovil Town would like to remind fans that there will be NO bus services running in or around the town on New Years Day.

This includes the service from Yeovil Junction to the Town Centre.

Radio Cabs will be providing extra cars and can be pre-booked by calling 01935 426666.

JENKINS TO PLAY MAJOR LADIES ROLE

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 "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."

Commenting Club Chairman David Mills said “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 formerly starts his role on 1st January

 

REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

On a disappointing day the Glovers returned to Somerset after a 5-1 beating against Mark Robins Huddersfield Town.

Despite taking the lead thanks to a 14th minute goal from Ishmael Miller, Town conceded three first half goals and two Danny Ward second half goals.

The Glovers also lost two players through injury with Ed Upson and Marek Stech both limping off in the first half.

Town manager Gary Johnson made three changes to his starting eleven that started in the disappointing defeat against Bournemouth on Boxing day.

With Shane Duffy’s loan spell ending, Luke Ayling replaced him at centre back. Joe Ralls and John Lundstram dropped to the bench and were replaced by James Hayter and Liam Davis.

The hosts started brightly and should have taken an early lead when good play down the left saw Paul Dixon cross to the unmarked Paterson at the back post but the striker somehow missed the ball completely with the goal at his mercy.

Just before the 15-minute mark a lovely cross field pass from Liam Davis found Joel Grant on the right wing. The winger’s pass across the face of goal was sliced away for a corner but from the resulting corner the Glovers took the lead.

Grant floated the corner across which was only half cleared by the Huddersfield defence. The ball was headed back into the danger area over the Terriers back line where Miller was waiting to slot the ball under the advancing Smithies.

The hosts drew level less than ten minutes later when a Ward cross from the right was met by Clayton who poked the ball past Stech from six yards out.

With ten minutes of the first half remaining the Glovers could have taken the lead. A surging run by Joe Edwards saw him get away from his marker and release Davis on the left. The winger took a touch and shot across Smithies but saw his effort go narrowly wide.

Two minutes later the hosts took the lead thanks to Paterson. A cross found the former Scunthorpe striker at the back post and he made no mistake with his effort from 12 yards.

The Terriers made it 3-1 just moments later when a Adam Hammill corner was met by the head of Lynch at the front post.

Town started the second period brightly with Grant, Miller and Edwards all going close to pulling a goal back but were all denied by keeper Smithies.

Huddersfield extended their lead on 65 minutes when Ward picked the ball up and unleashed a left footed strike past Dunn and into the top corner of the net.

Three minutes later Ward added to his tally and made it 5-1 to the hosts when his long-range effort beat Dunn and snuck into the net.

Match Report : 29/12/2013

On a disappointing day the Glovers returned to Somerset after a 5-1 beating against Mark Robins Huddersfield Town.

Despite taking the lead thanks to a 14th minute goal from Ishmael Miller, Town conceded three first half goals and two Danny Ward second half goals.

The Glovers also lost two players through injury with Ed Upson and Marek Stech both limping off in the first half.

Town manager Gary Johnson made three changes to his starting eleven that started in the disappointing defeat against Bournemouth on Boxing day.

With Shane Duffy’s loan spell ending, Luke Ayling replaced him at centre back. Joe Ralls and John Lundstram dropped to the bench and were replaced by James Hayter and Liam Davis.

The hosts started brightly and should have taken an early lead when good play down the left saw Paul Dixon cross to the unmarked Paterson at the back post but the striker somehow missed the ball completely with the goal at his mercy.

Just before the 15-minute mark a lovely cross field pass from Liam Davis found Joel Grant on the right wing. The winger’s pass across the face of goal was sliced away for a corner but from the resulting corner the Glovers took the lead.

Grant floated the corner across which was only half cleared by the Huddersfield defence. The ball was headed back into the danger area over the Terriers back line where Miller was waiting to slot the ball under the advancing Smithies.

The hosts drew level less than ten minutes later when a Ward cross from the right was met by Clayton who poked the ball past Stech from six yards out.

With ten minutes of the first half remaining the Glovers could have taken the lead. A surging run by Joe Edwards saw him get away from his marker and release Davis on the left. The winger took a touch and shot across Smithies but saw his effort go narrowly wide.

Two minutes later the hosts took the lead thanks to Paterson. A cross found the former Scunthorpe striker at the back post and he made no mistake with his effort from 12 yards.

The Terriers made it 3-1 just moments later when a Adam Hammill corner was met by the head of Lynch at the front post.

Town started the second period brightly with Grant, Miller and Edwards all going close to pulling a goal back but were all denied by keeper Smithies.

Huddersfield extended their lead on 65 minutes when Ward picked the ball up and unleashed a left footed strike past Dunn and into the top corner of the net.

Three minutes later Ward added to his tally and made it 5-1 to the hosts when his long-range effort beat Dunn and snuck into the net.

PREVIEW: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet Championship action this Sunday, no more than 72 hours after their boxing days fixture.

It’s a long away day for the Glovers as they make the trip to Yorkshire to take on Huddersfield Town.

Despite the game taking place on a Sunday, the kick off remains at 3pm.

Yeovil probably would have wanted a quick turnaround into a new fixture following boxing day’s 3-0 drubbing down at Dean Court. Gary Johnson and a number of players have been quoted as admitting that things didn’t go the Glovers’ way and that the next fixture would be the ideal chance to put things right.

What it does mean is that Yeovil have now lost two on the bounce, but it hasn’t done much damage to the table, Yeovil still lie in 23rd and a single win could get them out of the drop zone.

One thing is for sure, and changes are on the agenda again as Gary Johnson is forced to shuffle his pack. Luke Ayling is available again after suspension and it’s hoped that Byron Webster should be back in contention if he has recovered in time from injury.

Defenders will be needed as Shane Duffy will miss the trip to Huddersfield after his first loan spell came to an end.

The better news is that he has confirmed that once January 1st comes round, he’ll be a Glover once more for the rest of the campaign.

Liam Fontaine is set to keep his place in the heart of defence, it just remains to see who will partner him.

Fontaine’s inclusion means that one of the other Loanees will have to miss out again, it was Adam Morgan on boxing day, who took the ‘Unlucky sixth’ title.

Better news in this department too, Morgan’s loan will become a permanent contract on January the 1st too, allowing all the other loans a place in the squad.

For Huddersfield, they will be boyed by a positive performance and result against high-flying Derby County on Thursday. The game may have ended 1-1, but those who watched the game commented on how The Tykes were by far the better side.

That may have been a positive, but Mark Robin’s side are actually without a win in their last four outings.

The Yorkshire side are sweating on the fitness of both star striker James Vaughan and Defender Anthony Gerrard who both picked up knocks on Boxing Day.

Like Yeovil’s previous opponents, Huddersfield sit a little lower in the table than they’d like to, they are currently 14th in the table, too low to be knocking at the door for the top 6, but not too high to be safe from looking over their shoulders.

A Yeovil win would put the Glovers within just eight points of their opponents and would be hoping to pull them into the scrap at the foot of the table.

With the two clubs having spent a lot of time in the football league recently, it’s no surprise that they have met each other on a number of occasions.

Huddersfield do have the best of the head-to-head record and did the double over Yeovil when the sides last met in the 2011/12 season.

Yeovil, do however have some memorable moments to call upon at the John Smith’s Galpharm Stadium;

Phil Jevons secured the Glovers place in League One with a brace at the end of the 2005/06 season.

As well as that, a Keiran Murtagh wonder goal after a few minutes wasn’t enough for the win back in 2009.

But it was during that season that Yeovil secured their last win over Huddersfield, Shaun MacDonald scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win.

It’s a long trip taking in the delights of the M5 and the M1 for the Glovers faithful, and tickets are available on the day for those who might make the decision to travel late on.

If you’re back in Somerset or exiled elsewhere, BBC Somerset, Glovers Player and all the social media outlets will have the game as post-match action covered.

It’s worth noting that the New Year’s Day fixture against Watford is the final chance you have to save up to £5 on the price of a match-day ticket when buying online in advance. See YTFC.net for all the details.

Famous Fans.

Star Trek Legend, Patrick Stewart. Actress Zoe Lucker, as well as Nora Batty herself from Last of the Summer wine, Kathy Staff.

A Foot in Both Camps.

Simon Church, Lee Peltier, Phil Jevons, Lee Morris, Jon Worthington and Tykes’ legend Danny Schofield.

DUFFY TO SIGN UNTIL END OF SEASON

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Shane Duffy will sign a further loan deal to stay with the club until the end of the season.

Shane joined the Glovers from Everton in September for an initial one month loan but extended that stay until the end of December.

The towering defender made 14 appearances at the heart of the defence and will join back up with the Glovers on January 1st.

REPORT: AFC BOURNEMOUTH V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town slumped to their second successive loss as Bournemouth inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Gary Johnson’s men at the Goldsands Stadium on Boxing Day.

The Glovers winless streak against the Cherries was extended to eight matches thanks to a brace from Matt Ritchie and a powerful effort from Eunan O’Kane, in 15 prolific second half minutes.

Manager Gary Johnson made three changes coming into the match – two enforced – with the suspended Luke Ayling and injured Byron Webster being replaced by Kevin Dawson and Liam Fontaine respectively, whilst Ed Upson returned to the starting eleven in place of Liam Davis who dropped to the bench.

The hosts were quickest out of the blocks and drew the first save of the afternoon when Andrew Surman’s header from Ryan Fraser’s dinked cross was palmed away by Marek Stech.

Johnson’s side responded almost immediately however when Ishmael Miller powered past two Bournemouth defenders wide on the right before forcing Lee Camp to save with his legs from a tight angle, in what was a frantic opening quarter of an hour.

After enjoying the lion’s share of possession the Cherries spurned the best opportunity of the first half just past the 20 minute mark when Jamie McAllister’s slip allowed Lewis Grabban a clear run on goal, but despite rounding Stech Bournemouth’s top scorer couldn’t fire past the covering Liam Fontaine.

At the other end both Miller and Joel Grant narrowly missed connecting with dangerous crosses from the left, whilst a succession of corners tested the hosts’ resolve.

Eddie Howe’s side enjoyed a flurry of chances just before half time with Yeovil’s Czech stopper denying both Daniels and Grabban, before Elliott Ward’s goal from a corner in first half stoppage time was disallowed for a foul on Shane Duffy.

Bournemouth weren’t to be denied for long however and five minutes after the restart the diminutive Ritchie put the hosts 1-0 up.

Fraser’s persistence down the left flank was rewarded with a loose ball falling to former Swindon winger Ritchie who emphatically lashed home from the edge of the box.

The Cherries opener only whet their appetite and Bournemouth doubled their lead three minutes before the hour mark when Ritchie’s drive from 25 yards cruelly flicked off of Duffy’s head and beat the wrong-footed Stech.

Gary Johnson reacted by making a triple substitution, introducing James Hayter, Liam Davis and Sam Foley for Joe Edwards, Jamie McAllister and John Lundstram respectively.

However, before the newly introduced Yeovil personnel could impact the game the Dorset outfit fired home a third goal in fifteen minutes when O’Kane drove past a number of Glovers defenders before shooting past Stech from the edge of the box with a well placed effort.

In a bid to get back into the match Yeovil threw numerical caution to the wind which resulted in Upson striking the post and Grant stinging the hands of Camp, but Bournemouth saw out a comfortable 3-0 win to dampen the Glovers’ Christmas cheer.

Match Report : 26/12/2013

Yeovil Town slumped to their second successive loss as Bournemouth inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Gary Johnson’s men at the Goldsands Stadium on Boxing Day.

The Glovers winless streak against the Cherries was extended to eight matches thanks to a brace from Matt Ritchie and a powerful effort from Eunan O’Kane, in 15 prolific second half minutes.

Manager Gary Johnson made three changes coming into the match – two enforced – with the suspended Luke Ayling and injured Byron Webster being replaced by Kevin Dawson and Liam Fontaine respectively, whilst Ed Upson returned to the starting eleven in place of Liam Davis who dropped to the bench.

The hosts were quickest out of the blocks and drew the first save of the afternoon when Andrew Surman’s header from Ryan Fraser’s dinked cross was palmed away by Marek Stech.

Johnson’s side responded almost immediately however when Ishmael Miller powered past two Bournemouth defenders wide on the right before forcing Lee Camp to save with his legs from a tight angle, in what was a frantic opening quarter of an hour.

After enjoying the lion’s share of possession the Cherries spurned the best opportunity of the first half just past the 20 minute mark when Jamie McAllister’s slip allowed Lewis Grabban a clear run on goal, but despite rounding Stech Bournemouth’s top scorer couldn’t fire past the covering Liam Fontaine.

At the other end both Miller and Joel Grant narrowly missed connecting with dangerous crosses from the left, whilst a succession of corners tested the hosts’ resolve.

Eddie Howe’s side enjoyed a flurry of chances just before half time with Yeovil’s Czech stopper denying both Daniels and Grabban, before Elliott Ward’s goal from a corner in first half stoppage time was disallowed for a foul on Shane Duffy.

Bournemouth weren’t to be denied for long however and five minutes after the restart the diminutive Ritchie put the hosts 1-0 up.

Fraser’s persistence down the left flank was rewarded with a loose ball falling to former Swindon winger Ritchie who emphatically lashed home from the edge of the box.

The Cherries opener only whet their appetite and Bournemouth doubled their lead three minutes before the hour mark when Ritchie’s drive from 25 yards cruelly flicked off of Duffy’s head and beat the wrong-footed Stech.

Gary Johnson reacted by making a triple substitution, introducing James Hayter, Liam Davis and Sam Foley for Joe Edwards, Jamie McAllister and John Lundstram respectively.

However, before the newly introduced Yeovil personnel could impact the game the Dorset outfit fired home a third goal in fifteen minutes when O’Kane drove past a number of Glovers defenders before shooting past Stech from the edge of the box with a well placed effort.

In a bid to get back into the match Yeovil threw numerical caution to the wind which resulted in Upson striking the post and Grant stinging the hands of Camp, but Bournemouth saw out a comfortable 3-0 win to dampen the Glovers’ Christmas cheer.

PREVIEW: AFC BOURNEMOUTH

The busy period of festive fixtures continues for Yeovil Town as they make the short trip to play Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

The Glovers make their shortest journey of the campaign to take on a side that came up to the Sky Bet Championship with them last season.

The Cherries have continued where they left off last season and have settled into Championship life well, they currently lie 15th in the table and 27 points have already been accumulated by Eddie Howe’s men.

Yeovil have just come off the back of a four-match unbeaten run with a defeat against Blackburn at the weekend and will be looking to get back on track with three points.

Should they be successful, a win could take Thursday’s visitors out of the relegation zone should other results go the right way.

The one thing that the Boxing Day game can almost guarantee is goals.

In 23 fixtures this season, Bournemouth haven’t been involved in a single 0-0 draw. Staggeringly, despite having eight points more than Yeovil, Bournemouth have conceded 11 goals more than their upcoming opponents and have a worse goal difference.

If it’s a form guide you’re looking for, Bournemouth have gone on a sequence of alternating between losses and wins, should that continue into Thursday, then it should be a Yeovil win.

In fact, Bournemouth have lost their last three games at home. However, the two sides have met quite a lot in recent years and the record is firmly in the Cherries’ favour. Two wins last season (1-0 and 3-0) are backed up by the fact that the last Glovers win in this fixture was way back in 2007.

Current assistant manager Terry Skiverton was on target in a 2-1 Yeovil win on that occasion.

The locality of the sides means that some players have represented both sides. Bournemouth have got Shaun MacDonald in their ranks, the Welshmen spent a number of loan spells at Huish Park under Terry Skiverton.

Meanwhile, in the other direction, James Hayter is somewhat of a legend by the seaside while Gareth Stewart also played well over 150 times for Bournemouth.

Stewart may be needed for Yeovil’s squad again, but it’s hoped that Chris Dunn will have recovered from injury significantly enough to challenge Marek Stech for his place in the squad. Elsewhere, Byron Webster hobbled off against Blackburn and Luke Ayling picked up his fifth yellow card of the season to rule him out too.

Those two incidents mean that Yeovil will need a 50% change to the defensive line, Liam Fontaine could be at the front of the queue for a place while Joe Edwards is no stranger to playing at Right Back.

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hat Fontaine’s expected inclusion will mean is that one of the loanees will have to miss out the Glovers can have no more than five in a match day squad.

Tickets for the game are NOT available for Glovers fans on the day of the game, so if you haven’t already got your ticket it’s too late to attend in person.

However, you can of course listen to the game on Glovers player and the YTFC Official social networks will keep you up to date with the action as it happens and the post-match reaction too.

Famous Bournemouth Fans.
A rather short list, headed by TV personality, Jayne Middlemiss and the Drummer from Bloc Party.

A Foot in both camps.
Shaun MacDonald, James Hayter, Gareth Stewart, Asmir Begovic, Leon Best, Terrell Forbes, Scott Guyett, Stephen Henderson, Marek Stech, Danny Seaborne,  and 1949 FA Cup Hero, Les Blizzard,

RALPH PLEASED TO GET THE ALL CLEAR

Yeovil Town defender Nathan Ralph is pleased to have been given the all clear on a knee injury which has kept him sidelined for 10 months.

The 20-year-old last featured for the Glovers when he scored in a 3-1 win over Preston North End at Huish Park on the 12th February 2013.

With full training for the left-back set to resume in the New Year, Ralph is pleased to be back kicking a ball.

“It was a very long time and it didn’t go fast at all. It was nice to get back into training, the boys gave me a round of applause which was nice; just to get a feel of the ball and be out there with a ball was nice.

“It’s hard when everyone is going out for training and you have to wait behind in the changing room and go to the gym and see the same thing every day, so it was lovely to get back on the pitch.

“I’m here to play football and that’s what I want to do. Obviously I still work hard in the gym but that’s not what you want to be doing which makes it harder because you find your days are longer – you’re in first and you’re away last,” said Ralph.

The former Peterborough defender, who worked under Gary Johnson at London Road, admits to the mental strain of being injured but has benefited from the presence of goalkeeper Marek Stech who was ruled out for four months earlier this season with a broken hand.

“It’s hard mentally, especially when you’re by yourself. To be fair I’ve had Marek Stech for quite a lot of the time so we’ve helped each other along with it and it keeps you going because you bounce off of each other.

“The days where you’re there by yourself in the gym you have to motivate yourself and it can get hard.”

Ralph had only just recovered from injury before netting against Preston and despite having no direct impact on the Play-Off success the Dunmow born defender was confident of success at Wembley.

He said: “You end on a bit of a high (scoring) and then to have to go to Wembley and watch from the stands was hard. I was confident in the boys though and I knew we would win so it didn’t faze me too much.”

With full training now on the horizon, Ralph is looking to build on his 14 appearances for the Glovers, after hopefully penning a new deal at Huish Park.

“I’m looking to resume full training in the New Year so we will see how it goes. My contract runs out in January so the main aim for now is to play well, impress the gaffer and hopefully extend my contract until at least the end of the season and try and push for a place.”

BOURNEMOUTH TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

Due to only having 100 Bournemouth tickets left to sell the club are NOT sending them back today (23rd Dec) but we will continue to sell until 11am on Christmas Eve.

There will now be NO tickets on sale on the day at Bournemouth.

ALLINSON’S TOP 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, 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 Women’s 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 men’s 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 Stephen’s nomination”.

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

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V BLACKBURN ROVERS

Yeovil Town slipped to a single goal home defeat for the fifth time this season as a Jordan Rhodes goal just before the hour gave Blackburn all three points today.

The striker’s goal, his 13th of another prolific season, was harsh justice on the Glovers who had struck the woodwork three times and were also denied a clear penalty when Ishmael Miller was brought down in the box by Grant Hanley with six minutes to go.

 

The defeat may also have come at a heavy cost as skipper Byron Webster went off injured after 35 minutes with a hamstring injury.

Manager Gary Johnson opted for two changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Barnsley last weekend. Keeper Marek Stech returned to the side for the first time since August after recovering from a broken hand, stepping in for Chris Dunn who failed to recover from a strain. Meanwhile Ed Upson dropped to the bench and was replaced by Liam Davis.

The first half won’t make many headlines in itself with both sides struggling with the end to end wind and giving away possession cheaply. Experienced midfielder David Dunn was conducting matters in the centre of the park but didn’t seem to have his shooting boots on in the first period.

Three times before the break, twice pulling efforts wide and then having a shot blocked, Dunn looked threatening but to be honest, neither side appeared to have that one clear cut chance to take the lead. Stech saved from Tom Cairney then saved with his feet from top scorer Rhodes.

Miller went closest with a shot that grazed the post but his chance wouldn’t have counted as an assistant referee’s flag was raised for offside.

Yeovil were forced into a reshuffle when Byron Webster limped off with ten minutes of the half remaining. Kevin Dawson came on in his place with Joe Edwards dropping to right back and Luke Ayling switching to a centre back role.

Yeovil came out after the break much more positive and playing at a higher tempo. Scott Dann almost turned a Miller cross into his own net but saw his clearance slide wide of the post. Then, from the ensuing corner, John Lundstram’s searing volley was tipped over by Simon Eastwood in the visitors goal.

The Glovers came even closer on 56 minutes when after Miller saw one shot palmed away by Eastwood, he then pulled the trigger again and saw his shot crash back off the crossbar.

Heartbreakingly, the visitors took the lead almost straight after. Breaking down the right flank, Dunn crossed for Jordan Rhodes who steadied himself before curling his shot into the top corner.

Stech parried a Dunn blaster before Joe Ralls’ shot from twenty yards cannoned back off the far post and to safety.

The game slowed down a bit with several changes for both sides and one sub, Blackburn’s Ruben Rochina made Stech tip his shot over. The hosts brought on James Hayter and Ed Upson late on, replacing Davis and Lundstram and Upson had one chance to add to his season’s tally but his shot went well wide.

Eastwood was then forced to smother a Grant effort that nearly squirmed from his grasp before Miller was then brought down in the penalty area by defender Grant Hanley but official Iain Williamson waved away the appeals.

Stech then made a terrific double save late on from Cairney and then Rhodes before Rochina curled a shot inches past the far post. But despite four minutes of stoppage time, Johnson’s men couldn’t find the equaliser and suffered their first defeat in five matches.

Match Report : 21/12/2013

Yeovil Town slipped to a single goal home defeat for the fifth time this season as a Jordan Rhodes goal just before the hour gave Blackburn all three points today.

The striker’s goal, his 13th of another prolific season, was harsh justice on the Glovers who had struck the woodwork three times and were also denied a clear penalty when Ishmael Miller was brought down in the box by Grant Hanley with six minutes to go.

 

The defeat may also have come at a heavy cost as skipper Byron Webster went off injured after 35 minutes with a hamstring injury.

Manager Gary Johnson opted for two changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Barnsley last weekend. Keeper Marek Stech returned to the side for the first time since August after recovering from a broken hand, stepping in for Chris Dunn who failed to recover from a strain. Meanwhile Ed Upson dropped to the bench and was replaced by Liam Davis.

The first half won’t make many headlines in itself with both sides struggling with the end to end wind and giving away possession cheaply. Experienced midfielder David Dunn was conducting matters in the centre of the park but didn’t seem to have his shooting boots on in the first period.

Three times before the break, twice pulling efforts wide and then having a shot blocked, Dunn looked threatening but to be honest, neither side appeared to have that one clear cut chance to take the lead. Stech saved from Tom Cairney then saved with his feet from top scorer Rhodes.

Miller went closest with a shot that grazed the post but his chance wouldn’t have counted as an assistant referee’s flag was raised for offside.

Yeovil were forced into a reshuffle when Byron Webster limped off with ten minutes of the half remaining. Kevin Dawson came on in his place with Joe Edwards dropping to right back and Luke Ayling switching to a centre back role.

Yeovil came out after the break much more positive and playing at a higher tempo. Scott Dann almost turned a Miller cross into his own net but saw his clearance slide wide of the post. Then, from the ensuing corner, John Lundstram’s searing volley was tipped over by Simon Eastwood in the visitors goal.

The Glovers came even closer on 56 minutes when after Miller saw one shot palmed away by Eastwood, he then pulled the trigger again and saw his shot crash back off the crossbar.

Heartbreakingly, the visitors took the lead almost straight after. Breaking down the right flank, Dunn crossed for Jordan Rhodes who steadied himself before curling his shot into the top corner.

Stech parried a Dunn blaster before Joe Ralls’ shot from twenty yards cannoned back off the far post and to safety.

The game slowed down a bit with several changes for both sides and one sub, Blackburn’s Ruben Rochina made Stech tip his shot over. The hosts brought on James Hayter and Ed Upson late on, replacing Davis and Lundstram and Upson had one chance to add to his season’s tally but his shot went well wide.

Eastwood was then forced to smother a Grant effort that nearly squirmed from his grasp before Miller was then brought down in the penalty area by defender Grant Hanley but official Iain Williamson waved away the appeals.

Stech then made a terrific double save late on from Cairney and then Rhodes before Rochina curled a shot inches past the far post. But despite four minutes of stoppage time, Johnson’s men couldn’t find the equaliser and suffered their first defeat in five matches.

FESTIVE PERIOD TICKET UPDATE

Only 300 tickets remain for the Boxing Day fixture with AFC Bournemouth.

Tickets are available to purchase from the Huish Park ticket office until Saturday 21st December. 

The ticket office will be open for an hour after the final whistle for fans wishing to purchase their tickets for the festive period.

Tickets for the FA Cup Third Round tie against Leyton Orient are also on sale from the ticket office.

Tickets can also be ordered by calling 01935 847888.

Remember you can order your tickets for Watford online and save yourself £5! More information here.

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A HAMPER

Yeovil Town fans will be able to get their hands on a whopper of a Christmas hamper by taking part in a raffle being held in the marquee bar at Huish Park.

The hamper is worth £100 and will be the star prize in a raffle being organised by The Away Travel Club. Included in the hamper is a piece of Applewood Smoked Ham weighing-in at 3.8kilos.

The chocolates have been donated by local Co-op stores and the bag of goodies have been given by Fudges of Stalbridge.

The draw will take place in the marquee bar at Huish Park on Saturday, December 21, ahead of Yeovil Town’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers.

Tickets will be able to be bought on the day at a cost of £2 a strip in the marquee.

All funds will go back to the club.

Plus why not double your chances of winning by also entering our FREE prize draw to win 1 of 10 Christmas cards signed by the team!

The draw takes place at 2pm and we’re expecting a large attendance for the game so please aim to arrive early to avoid missing out!

PREVIEW: BLACKBURN ROVERS

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Yeovil Town host Blackburn Rovers this Saturday as the SkyBet Championship returns to Huish Park.

The fixture has not one, but two, separate offers available to the Glovers fans to take advantage of; firstly buy your tickets in advance from www.ytfc.net and you could save up to £5 on the price of the match day ticket, while this game has also been designated as a ‘Kids for a quid’ match where Under 16s will be admitted for just a pound.

So, despite being the last home game before Christmas, the prices should hopefully help you get to the game while still having room in the budget for that extra stocking filler, (there’s plenty of those in the club shop, as it happens!)

Onto the game itself and Yeovil will welcome former Premier League champions Blackburn, who lifted the top flight trophy back in 1995.

Times have changed at Ewood Park and the Lancashire outfit were relegated into the second tier at the end of the 2011/12 season.

Blackburn currently sit in 11th place in the Championship table, six points off the play-offs and 10 ahead of the Glovers in 23rd.

Yeovil may be just one place off the bottom, but are actually closer to safety than they were last week; just a point separates them from 21st place Charlton Athletic.

Rovers’ form has been somewhat hit and miss of late, an impressive 3-2 win over Millwall was backed up with a 0-0 draw against high flying QPR, but prior to that they hadn’t won since the 2nd of November. What’s more, the visitors haven’t claimed all three points away from home since September. That 3-1 win over Bournemouth was their only win on their trips all campaign.

Alongside that stat, Yeovil haven’t lost at home, on a Saturday, since QPR visited in mid-September. Yeovil have collected eight points from their last four games and are undefeated in that same spell, a pair of wins have preceded draws against Charlton and Barnsley.

In team news, it’s all eyes on the Goalkeepers for Yeovil as it’s now a straight race for the Glovers’ number one shirt. Marek Stech is expected to return to the squad following injury earlier in the season, but last season’s hero will have to dislodge Chris Dunn who has put in a stunning run of form in Stech’s absence. Dunn was struggling slightly with injury against Barnsley but should be back fit for the game, either way, Yeovil are in safe hands.

The other injury news from the week is the return to training of Nathan Ralph who kicked a ball for the first time in over a year in training; it is safe to say a return to first team action is a fair way off yet, however.

For Blackburn, the news surrounds those who are available for selection who have missed out in recent weeks. Lee Williamson and Josh King were both doubts through injury but should both be available. Meanwhile, striker DJ Campbell has returned to training following his compassionate leave last week.

The fixture will mark the first ever competitive meeting between the sides, but they have crossed paths before.

In November 2000, Blackburn visited Huish Park as part of Warren Patmore’s testimonial. Yeovil lost 10-0 in that game with scorers including hat-tricks for both Craig Hignett and Egil Ostenstadt.

Those names may be long gone, but Rovers still boast such stars as former England ‘keeper Paul Robinson, Scotland Hot Shot Jordan Rhodes and Leon Best who scored vital goals for the Glovers during a loan spell in 2007.

The other former Glovers loanee in the squad is Josh Morris but he is on a short term deal with Carlisle so won’t be available this weekend.

Tickets are available right up until kick off, but the online offer applies only to pre-match purchases online.

As ever, if you are unable to get to Huish Park this Saturday all the usual outlets from Glovers Player and the clubs official social networks will have the game and post-reaction covered from all angles.

Famous Blackburn Fans.
Dr Who actor Matt Smith, Comedians Jim Bowen and Lee Mack, Snooker player Steve Hendry and Prince Albert of Monaco.

A foot in both camps.
Leon Best, Josh Morris, Cameron Stewart and current Glovers’ player/coach Gareth Stewart started his career at Blackburn without making a first team appearance.

JONES JOINS LADIES

Yeovil Town Ladies are delighted to confirm the appointment of Jennifer Jones as 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 and 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. 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 formerly starts her role on 1st January.

GARY COMMENTS ON LOAN DEALS

Yeovil Town are confident of extending the loan deals of Everton duo Shane Duffy and John Lundstram according to manager Gary Johnson.

Central defender Duffy, who has featured in every game for the Glovers since arriving in September, and 19-year-old Lundstram who has netted once after arriving in Somerset last month have enjoyed positive talks between their parent club and the Glovers, leaving Johnson confident of securing their services.

“I will be very disappointed if after recent discussions we do not have Shane Duffy and John Lundstram for the remainder of the season, and that is a big coop for us.

“It is a great situation between us and Everton; we have provisionally put a deal together so that will start on the first of January. However, because you cannot register these deals before then you never know what might happen but both parties have agreed so the deal should go through,” said the Yeovil manager.

Since arriving at Huish Park both youngsters have started every single match in the SkyBet Championship, owed to their adjustment to the way things are done at Yeovil according to Johnson.

He said: “It is good for us because both Duffy and Lundstram are two really good young players and they have been ‘Yeovilified’. They trust us and we trust them so they are good signings to have if it all goes through, which I am sure it will.”

Duffy and Lundstram’s current deals are set to expire at the end of December.

RALPH SET FOR RETURN

Yeovil Town defender Nathan Ralph is set to return to training after recovering from a knee injury which has kept him sidelined for 10 months.

The left-back last appeared for the Glovers in their 3-1 home win against Preston North End on the 12th February 2013 in which he scored, before being forced off with a knee injury.

Manager Gary Johnson confirmed at today’s press conference that the 20-year-old is set to resume normal training after being given the all clear by specialists.

The Glovers boss said: “He had some great news yesterday from the specialist and for the first time in 18 months since he has had this knee problem which has really set him back, he kicked a ball.

“I have kept him here because I know what a worker he is and he has come through it, so that is good. At the moment he is fit to start training normally which is great news.”

Despite being ruled out through injury the former Peterborough defender has remained in good general fitness, something that has not gone unnoticed by his manager.

“The first kick of the ball he took everyone cheered and clapped; It is fantastic because for the work he has had to do to stay fit he deserves a medal and he deserves time so he can get things right and be part of our squad.”

THE GLOVERS VISIT CHILDREN’S WARD

The Glovers management and members of the playing squad visited Yeovil and District Children’s Ward today to hand out goodie bags to youngsters spending the Christmas period in the ward.

Manager Gary Johnson, coach Darren Way were joined by Ed Upson, Shane Duffy, Luke Ayling, Kevin Dawson, Sam Foley and Byron Webster on the visit to the top floor of the hospital.

The players visited all the children in the ward and handed out the bags which included a new away shirt, a scarf, a pin badge, a copy of the club’s book 10, a Jolly Green Giant cuddly toy and a chocolate selection pack kindly donated by ASDA.

FESTIVE PERIOD OPEN HOURS

The club shop and ticket office at Huish Park will be open on the following days over the Festive period.

Remember, you can buy tickets at www.ytfc.net 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Opening times:

Monday 23rd – 9am-5pm Shop 10am-4pm

Tuesday 24th – 9am-12pm

Wednesday 25th – Closed

Thursday 26th – Closed

Friday 27th – 9am-5pm – Shop 10am-4pm

Saturday 28t – Closed

Sunday 29th – Closed

Monday 30th – 9am-5pm – Shop 10am-4pm

Tuesday 31st – 9am-5pm – Shop 10am-4pm

Wednesday 1st – 11am until kick off

HOSPITALITY AVAILABLE FOR ORIENT

Yeovil Town has a Hospitality package available for the visit of Leyton Orient in the FA Cup on Saturday 4th January.
The package includes the following:
* Exclusive Use of an Executive Suite
* Reserved seating just outside of the suite
* 2 Course Hot Fork buffet
* Reserved Car Parking
* Complimentary Match Programmes
* Complimentary Team Sheets
* Hostess drinks service (Payable on the day)
* Entrance into the players lounge after the game
 
For more information please contact Dave Linney on 01935 847872.

CLOSED FOR LUNCH

Yeovil Town would like to advise any visitors that the club will be closed from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm on Thursday this week for their annual Christmas Lunch. Normal service will resume at 2.00 pm when both the shop and the ticket office will reopen.

UNDER 11 GIRLS NEED HELP

U11’s Girls Team Manager Vacancy

 

Games Saturday morning 10.30KO in the Somerset Girls League from January to May.  This person requires an FA Level 1 as a minimum, provide a reference and will need to complete an FA CRB Check. 

 

We already have coaches in place for weekly training but we need someone who can commit to taking the squad on a match day.  The club require a committed, trustworthy and enthusiastic individual who wants to develop young players and support the growth of girls football in the area.  Voluntary post starting from JJanuary 2014.  We commit to supporting our youth coaches to develop and will assist with additional FA training & qualifications.

 

Contact: 07813293998 / sarah.lawler@yeoviltownladies.com

FYVIE RETURNS TO WIGAN

Wigan Athletic midfielder Fraser Fyvie has had his loan with Yeovil Town ended after the two clubs and the player mutually agreed to end the deal.

Fraser made his debut for The Glovers against Brighton & Hove Albion but picked up a shoulder injury and was substituted after 22 minutes. His next appearance came a month later against Doncaster Rovers, but he was again substituted to make way for Kevin Dawson after 31 minutes.

REPORT: BARNSLEY V YEOVIL TOWN

On a blustery afternoon in Barnsley Yeovil Town returned to Somerset with a point. 
The Glovers took the lead thanks to Joel Grant’s tenth minute strike before the hosts drew level in the 34th minute when Marcus Tudgay slammed home from the penalty spot.
The hosts started brightly with Chris Dunn called into action after seven minutes when Paddy McCourt tricked his way into the area to fire low at goal. Shot stopper Dunn was on hand though to get a strong palm to the effort.
Just minutes later the Glovers took the lead. A ball from the defence by Byron Webster somehow evaded Peter Ramage and Jack Butland and managed to find the feet of Grant. The former Wycombe man kept his cool to tuck the ball home.
Town could have doubled their lead just after the 20-minute mark. With Ishmael Miller off the field receiving treatment the Glovers surged forward with Grant holding the ball up well before setting up Joe Edwards. The former Bristol City man shot past Butland but was cruelly denied by the upright.
Seconds after being waved back onto the pitch Miller was denied by the feet of Butland. Miller controlled a smart cross from Luke Ayling but the referee adjudged the loanee had handled the ball before he got his shot away.
With 12 minutes of the first half remaining the home side drew level when referee Lee Probert awarded the home side a penalty after he adjudged Webster had fouled Cywka. Tudgay made no mistake with the spot kick to equalise for the hosts.
Five minutes before the break Barnsley thought they had taken the lead. Neat passing on the left wing saw Jacob Mellis find himself with room to spare. He curled the ball towards the far corner over Dunn, but luckily for Town Shane Duffy was on hand to head the ball wide for a corner.
Both managers made a substitute just before the hour mark with Jason Scotland replacing Marcus Pederson and Kevin Dawson replacing Ed Upson for Town.
Scotland nearly made an immediate impact when he turned in the area to strike a left footed effort at goal but his shot flicked the bar on the way over.
At the other end Miller and the travelling faithful thought the Glovers had re-taken the lead. Grant, again caused all sorts of problems on the wing before crossing to Miller. The big striker bundled the ball home but referee Probert deemed he had handled the ball in the process.
With less than five minutes remaining the game sprung  to life with Dunn pulling off a superb one handed, full stretch save to deny substitute M’voto. From the resulting corner Town broke away but Grant couldn’t find Hayter who was free in the box.  Seconds later a deep cross found Hayter but the substitute headed over from close range.
In the dying seconds Dunn was again called into action with another fine low save.

Match Report : 14/12/2013

On a blustery afternoon in Barnsley Yeovil Town returned to Somerset with a point. 
The Glovers took the lead thanks to Joel Grant’s tenth minute strike before the hosts drew level in the 34th minute when Marcus Tudgay slammed home from the penalty spot.
The hosts started brightly with Chris Dunn called into action after seven minutes when Paddy McCourt tricked his way into the area to fire low at goal. Shot stopper Dunn was on hand though to get a strong palm to the effort.
Just minutes later the Glovers took the lead. A ball from the defence by Byron Webster somehow evaded Peter Ramage and Jack Butland and managed to find the feet of Grant. The former Wycombe man kept his cool to tuck the ball home.
Town could have doubled their lead just after the 20-minute mark. With Ishmael Miller off the field receiving treatment the Glovers surged forward with Grant holding the ball up well before setting up Joe Edwards. The former Bristol City man shot past Butland but was cruelly denied by the upright.
Seconds after being waved back onto the pitch Miller was denied by the feet of Butland. Miller controlled a smart cross from Luke Ayling but the referee adjudged the loanee had handled the ball before he got his shot away.
With 12 minutes of the first half remaining the home side drew level when referee Lee Probert awarded the home side a penalty after he adjudged Webster had fouled Cywka. Tudgay made no mistake with the spot kick to equalise for the hosts.
Five minutes before the break Barnsley thought they had taken the lead. Neat passing on the left wing saw Jacob Mellis find himself with room to spare. He curled the ball towards the far corner over Dunn, but luckily for Town Shane Duffy was on hand to head the ball wide for a corner.
Both managers made a substitute just before the hour mark with Jason Scotland replacing Marcus Pederson and Kevin Dawson replacing Ed Upson for Town.
Scotland nearly made an immediate impact when he turned in the area to strike a left footed effort at goal but his shot flicked the bar on the way over.
At the other end Miller and the travelling faithful thought the Glovers had re-taken the lead. Grant, again caused all sorts of problems on the wing before crossing to Miller. The big striker bundled the ball home but referee Probert deemed he had handled the ball in the process.
With less than five minutes remaining the game sprung  to life with Dunn pulling off a superb one handed, full stretch save to deny substitute M’voto. From the resulting corner Town broke away but Grant couldn’t find Hayter who was free in the box.  Seconds later a deep cross found Hayter but the substitute headed over from close range.
In the dying seconds Dunn was again called into action with another fine low save.

TODAY’S TEAM NEWS

Gary Johnson has made two changes to his starting XI from the team that took to the field against Charlton Athletic.
Liam Davis misses out through injury and Adam Morgan drops to the bench.
Joel Grant moves to partner Ishmael Miller up front, Joe Ralls starts at left midfield with Jamie McAllister starting at left-back.
Yeovil Town: Dunn; Ayling, Webster, Duffy, McAllister; Edwards, Upson, Lundstram, Ralls; Miller, Grant.
Subs: Stewart, Moore, Hoskins, Hayter, Morgan, Foley, Dawson.

OVER 215K VIEWS ON YOUTUBE

Town’s YouTube channel has now reached over 215,000 views – if you haven’t done so already, be sure to subscribe too and get first access to Yeovil Town videos.
It’s totally free to access the YouTube channel – just hit the ‘Subscribe’ button on youtube.com/ytfcofficial and you can get alerts and videos straight to your inbox.
There’s loads of great content from on and off the pitch including match highlights, interviews with the manager and players.
Below are a few of the videos uploaded to the channel.

CLUB SHOP OPEN TOMORROW

The Yeovil Town club store will be open tomorrow (14th Dec) between 10am until 1pm.

With Christmas just around the corner it will be the ideal opportunity to get your Christmas gifts including the club’s new book ’10’.

PREVIEW: BARNSLEY

Yeovil Town are back on the road this weekend as the latest Sky Bet Championship fixture pits the Glovers against bottom of the table Barnsley in Yorkshire.
The M1 will take a battering as the team and fans make their way north to take on one of only two sides below Yeovil in the table.
The Tykes are bottom of the Championship two points, and two places behind Yeovil. It might be too early to be throwing around phrases like “Six Pointer” and “Must Win” but you could forgive them slipping out in the build up to such an important game for both sides.
A win for Yeovil could see them climb out of the drop zone, while a home win would put them the south Yorkshire side within a point of safety. 
Barnsley are currently without a manager following the departure of David Flitcroft, former Fleetwood Town boss Mickey Mellon is in caretaker charge; Mellon masterminded an FA Cup shock over the Glovers during his time at Fleetwood. 
Mellon has been in charge for two games so far, a win over Brighton before a home defeat against high flyers Burnley. Prior to that, a pair of defeats were the final results during Flitcroft’s reign, results which saw the Oakwell outfit hit rock bottom. Barnsley, aren’t without their high profile players, however.  Loan goalkeeper, Jack Butland represents both England Under 21s regularly and was part of the Great Britain football side at the 2012 Olympics.
At the other end, Paddy McCourt, has represented both Northern Ireland at international level and Celtic in the Champions League. They also are looking to a recently acquired Nottingham Forest loanee to score some goals, what Ishmael Miller is to Yeovil, Marcus Tudgay is to Barnsley.
Recent history has seen the Tykes swing from Premier League to League One and start the climb back again. In fact, the sides met during the 2005/06 season, both sides notched a win on their home patch. At Huish Park, David Poole and Efe Sodje scored in a 2-1 win.
Since then, we’ve only met in a pre-season friendly, Gavin Tomlin and Lloyd Owusu scored in a 2-0 Yeovil win, but the mass amount of trialists probably mean we cannot read too much into it.
Saturday’s visitors are going with a reasonably full bill of health, even goalkeeper Marek Stech is back fighting fit, even if his match sharpness might not see him make his first team return for a couple of weeks.
Mass changes might not be in Gary Johnson’s thoughts following two wins and a draw in the last three games. One man desperate to get a go will be Kevin Dawson, not only would it represent a chance to claim his starting place back, but it would also see him face his brother Stephen, who is a mainstay in the Tykes’ midfield. Christmas Dinner with a Dawson victory either way could be interesting!
The Glovers did have a little run out during midweek, a behind closed doors game against Exeter saw the Grecians win 1-0, but the likes of Sam Foley, Kieffer Moore and Liam Fontaine got some good minutes under their belt ahead of the weekend fixtures.
It’s 22nd vs 24th in the Championship on Saturday and if you’re not making the trip north, you can always keep up with the Glovers using both radio and online; whilst you’re online, it can’t hurt to remind everyone that you can save up to £5 on the cost of a ticket for each of the next two Yeovil home games simply by buying online at YTFC.net.
All the reaction will be available on the club’s YouTube channel while you can keep up with the conversation on Facebook and Twitter too.
Famous Fans.
Cricket Umpire Dickie Bird, Bowler Darren Gough and TV Interviewer extraordinaire Michael Parkinson.  
A foot in both camps.
Martin Cranie, Kevin Betsy, Arron Davies, Rory Fallon, Ritchie Jones, Michael McIndoe, Craig Rocastle, Korey Smith and Lewin Nyatanga was all set to sign for Yeovil during pre-season before being lured north to Barnsley.

AWAY TRAVEL CLUB DONATE CAMERA

Yeovil Town would like to thank the Away Travel Club for purchasing the club a GoPro Camera.
The GoPro camera has been used already with footage from training and games uploaded to the club’s YouTube Channel.
The camera will also be used in training with Darren Way and Gareth Stewart both using it already.
The Away Travel Club organise travel for fans and arrange raffles in the supporters marquee to raise funds. 
Mark Kelly from the Away Travel Club said: “We are always pleased to help out where we can with donations to the club. We ask what the football club would like and we are pleased to help them.”

FA CUP TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets for Town’s FA Cup Third Round tie against Leyton Orient are now on general sale.
Season ticket seats/terrace spaces will be held until 6pm on Friday 20th December. After this time unclaimed Season Tickets will be released for general sale. 
The ticket office will be opening for one hour after the Blackburn game to sell tickets for this game.
 
Season ticket holders will need to contact the ticket office in person or telephone if they wish to purchase their own seat/terrace ticket. 
Those buying general tickets can do so via the ticket office or online.

AugustaWestland Community Stand Centre  

Pre Match

Adult – £23.00

Senior – £20.00

16 – 21 years – £13.00

Juniors/Under 16 – £9.00

Vice Presidents – £34.00

Vice Presidents Conc. – £31.00

Disabled – £20.00

Screwfix Community Stand Centre 

Pre Match

Adult – £22.00

Senior – £18.00

16 – 21 years – £13.00

Juniors/Under 16 – £9.00

Disabled – £18.00

  

Thatchers Gold Stand   

Pre Match

Adult – £20.00

Senior – £15.00

16 – 21 years – £13.00

Juniors/Under 16 – £8.00

AgustaWestland Community Stand Wing  
Pre Match
Adult – £21.00

Senior – £18.00

16 – 21 years – £13.00

Juniors/Under 16 – £8.00

Disabled – £18.00

Family Block G (Adult) – £21.00

Family Block G (Junior) – £6.00

Screwfix Community Stand Wing  

Pre Match

Adult – £20.00

Senior – £16.00

16 – 21 years – £13.00

Juniors/Under 16 – £8.00

Family Block H (Adult) – £20.00

Family Block H (Junior) – £6.00

Disabled – £16.00

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TOWN LOSE OUT TO EXETER

A Yeovil Town team this morning (10th Dec) took on a Exeter City XI in a behind closed doors friendly.

The Glovers fell to a 1-0 defeat to the Devon side thanks to a curling 23rd minute free-kick from City midfielder Jimmy Keohane.
Town fielded three unnamed trialists for the game which took place at Huish Park.
Yeovil Town starting XI: Stewart, Fontaine, Jones, Nana, Trialist 1, Trailist 2, Hoskins, Moore, Foley, Madden, Trialist 3.

BURSARY HELPS CAMERON STAY ON THE BALL

A teenage footballer has received £1,000 from the family set up in memory of one of Yeovil Town’s biggest supporters.
Cameron Sanford, 14, who attends the Advanced Development Centre, was the latest recipient of the bursary given in memory of Gurnard Smith, a former vice-president who died in 2010.
The youngster was presented with the cheque by Mr Smith’s widow, Mary, ahead of the Glovers’ 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic at the weekend.
Sara Bradley, manager of the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust (YTCST) which runs the centre, said the money would help the youngster’s development as a player.
She said: “Gurnard was a lovely man and is sorely missed by everyone connected with Yeovil Town Football Club.
“This bursary will certainly help Cameron with his football and his progression within the Advanced Development Centre and beyond.
“I would personally like to thank and congratulate our development officer, Bob Thomas as he has been instrumental in developing Cameron into the footballer he is today.”
Cameron has been coached by the Trust for the past six years having started out in its Development Centre in Taunton and progressing to its Centre of Excellence ahead of its closure last year.
He now travels from his home in north Somerset on a weekly basis to take part in sessions organised by the Trust.
Development officer, Bob Thomas said: “When the Centre of Excellence closed, we invited the boys to say with us and Cameron opted to do so.
“We have been working with him recently on certain areas of his game that he needed to improve, and his response has been superb.
“Cameron is always one of the first to arrive at training, and has recently taken it upon himself to organise the warm up for the older boys.
“His commitment and enthusiasm for the game has never been in question.”

TOWN DRAW ORIENT IN THIRD ROUND

Yeovil Town have been drawn at home to Russell Slade’s Leyton Orient in the Third Round of The FA Cup.

Town were the second tie to be pulled out of the hat by Teddy Sheringham.

The tie will be played over the weekend of 4th and 5th January 2014.
Gary Johnson said: "We will of course work hard in the build up and against Leyton Orient to get through to the fourth round."
The full draw is as follows:
Barnsley v Hartlepool United or Coventry City
Yeovil Town v Leyton Orient
Liverpool v Oldham Athletic
Nottingham Forest v West Ham United
Bristol City v Watford
Southend United v Millwall
Middlesbrough v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
Kidderminster Harriers v Peterborough United
Doncaster Rovers v Stevenage
Stoke City v Leicester City
Southampton v Burnley
Newcastle United v Cardiff City
Rochdale v Leeds United
Wigan Athletic v Milton Keynes Dons
Charlton Athletic v Wrexham or Oxford United
Manchester United v Swansea City
Port Vale v Plymouth Argyle
Norwich City v Fulham
Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Macclesfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday
Sunderland v Carlisle United
Bolton Wanderers v Blackpool
Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City
Everton v Queens Park Rangers
Brighton and Hove Albion v Reading
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Birmingham City v Bristol Rovers or Crawley Town
Grimsby Town v Huddersfield Town
Ipswich Town v Preston North End
Derby County v Chelsea
AFC Bournemouth v Fleetwood Town or Burton Albion 

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Yeovil Town came from two goals behind to snatch a thrilling 2-2 draw at home to Charlton Athletic this afternoon.
After conceding two first half goals to former Yeovil loan signing Cameron Stewart and Johnnie Jackson, two half time subs by manager Gary Johnson turned things round. And in an inspired second half showing, a Michael Morrison own goal was quickly followed by an Ishmael Miller penalty as the Glovers showed their true battling mettle.
Charlton then had Jackson sent off with a straight red card and in the end, only one side looked likely to grab a late winner and it was the hosts with Miller almost securing all three points late on. It leaves Yeovil still in the bottom three but a point further clear of Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday who both lost.
Manager Johnson had no issues with his initial starting eleven the same as with the last two games that had yielded six points, four goals and two clean sheets.
The Addicks lined up with two former Yeovil loan signings in their team in Simon Church and Cameron Stewart but it was a current loanee, John Lundstram who came close to scoring early on when his volley wouldn’t quite dip quickly enough before passing the bar.
Athletic keeper Ben Alnwick saved well from Miller and then fell onto a shot from Davis as the Glovers impressed early on. But strangely the atmosphere was as flat as a pancake despite the recent upturn in fortunes. Yeovil then received a warning shot across the bows as Stewart broke through and sent in a rasping shot that home keeper Chris Dunn tipped over smartly for a corner.
Adam Morgan, on loan from Liverpool, tried his luck from fully forty yards but his attempted lob was easily held by Alnwick. And it was the Charlton keeper who then set up his sides opening goal, catching a cross before throwing the ball out quickly to Stewart on the left touch line. The on loan Hull winger galloped fifty yards unchallenged before firing home an unstoppable shot into the corner of the net.
Stewart then shot wide again before setting up his sides second goal three minutes before the break. Again, the attacker broke down the left before crossing for Johnnie Jackson to head home at the far post.
Johnson responded at the half time interval by withdrawing Lundstram and Morgan and throwing on Kevin Dawson and James Hayter. And it was Yeovil who had the early chances with Joe Edwards volley skimming the crossbar. Hayter was in the thick of it, going down inside the box but ref Craig Pawson saw no offence committed.
Jordan Cousins went close for the Charlton side with a rifling shot that went three yards wide before the impressive Davis then went off injured, replaced by Jamie McAllister on the hour mark.
Dunn pulled off a good stop from Church’s bicycle kick but the Glovers grabbed a lifeline on 71 minutes. Joel Grant’s good work down the left flank created space for a cross and the ball in deflected off Michael Morrison’s thigh and into the net to make it 2-1.
Yeovil had their tails up now and four minutes later, were level. Grant wriggled his way into the box and was hauled down, referee Pawson awarding the spot kick. Ishmael Miller smashed home an emphatic penalty for his second goal in three games to make it 2-2.
The comeback seemed to rattle Charlton and three minutes later, Chris Powells men were a man short as Jackson went in late on Luke Ayling, the fourth red card shown at Huish Park this week.
Late on, Yeovil almost grabbed a sensational winner when on the counter attack, Edwards bore down on goal but he over ran his final touch and the ball was cleared. Miller then was only a yard wide with. Left foot shot with five minutes to go.
In the end, the spoils were shared and it’s seven points from three games as Yeovil finally start finding their feet in the second tier of English football.     

Match Report : 07/12/2013

Yeovil Town came from two goals behind to snatch a thrilling 2-2 draw at home to Charlton Athletic this afternoon.

After conceding two first half goals to former Yeovil loan signing Cameron Stewart and Johnnie Jackson, two half time subs by manager Gary Johnson turned things round. And in an inspired second half showing, a Michael Morrison own goal was quickly followed by an Ishmael Miller penalty as the Glovers showed their true battling mettle.
Charlton then had Jackson sent off with a straight red card and in the end, only one side looked likely to grab a late winner and it was the hosts with Miller almost securing all three points late on. It leaves Yeovil still in the bottom three but a point further clear of Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday who both lost.
Manager Johnson had no issues with his initial starting eleven the same as with the last two games that had yielded six points, four goals and two clean sheets.
The Addicks lined up with two former Yeovil loan signings in their team in Simon Church and Cameron Stewart but it was a current loanee, John Lundstram who came close to scoring early on when his volley wouldn’t quite dip quickly enough before passing the bar.
Athletic keeper Ben Alnwick saved well from Miller and then fell onto a shot from Davis as the Glovers impressed early on. But strangely the atmosphere was as flat as a pancake despite the recent upturn in fortunes. Yeovil then received a warning shot across the bows as Stewart broke through and sent in a rasping shot that home keeper Chris Dunn tipped over smartly for a corner.
Adam Morgan, on loan from Liverpool, tried his luck from fully forty yards but his attempted lob was easily held by Alnwick. And it was the Charlton keeper who then set up his sides opening goal, catching a cross before throwing the ball out quickly to Stewart on the left touch line. The on loan Hull winger galloped fifty yards unchallenged before firing home an unstoppable shot into the corner of the net.
Stewart then shot wide again before setting up his sides second goal three minutes before the break. Again, the attacker broke down the left before crossing for Johnnie Jackson to head home at the far post.
Johnson responded at the half time interval by withdrawing Lundstram and Morgan and throwing on Kevin Dawson and James Hayter. And it was Yeovil who had the early chances with Joe Edwards volley skimming the crossbar. Hayter was in the thick of it, going down inside the box but ref Craig Pawson saw no offence committed.
Jordan Cousins went close for the Charlton side with a rifling shot that went three yards wide before the impressive Davis then went off injured, replaced by Jamie McAllister on the hour mark.
Dunn pulled off a good stop from Church’s bicycle kick but the Glovers grabbed a lifeline on 71 minutes. Joel Grant’s good work down the left flank created space for a cross and the ball in deflected off Michael Morrison’s thigh and into the net to make it 2-1.
Yeovil had their tails up now and four minutes later, were level. Grant wriggled his way into the box and was hauled down, referee Pawson awarding the spot kick. Ishmael Miller smashed home an emphatic penalty for his second goal in three games to make it 2-2.
The comeback seemed to rattle Charlton and three minutes later, Chris Powells men were a man short as Jackson went in late on Luke Ayling, the fourth red card shown at Huish Park this week.
Late on, Yeovil almost grabbed a sensational winner when on the counter attack, Edwards bore down on goal but he over ran his final touch and the ball was cleared. Miller then was only a yard wide with. Left foot shot with five minutes to go.
In the end, the spoils were shared and it’s seven points from three games as Yeovil finally start finding their feet in the second tier of English football.     

APPLAUSE AHEAD OF CHARLTON MATCH

The Football League has asked its clubs to hold a minute’s applause ahead of matches this weekend to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at the age of 95.
 
Football League Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “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.”

PREVIEW: CHARLTON ATHLETIC

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Yeovil Town host Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon as the Glovers look to keep up the momentum from a par of highly impressive wins over Watford and Blackpool.
Having beaten  two high flying promotion chasers attention now turns to an opposition much closer to Yeovil in the league table, Charlton lie just one place above their hosts in 21st place.
Just a two point gap seperates the sides, but possibly more importantly, a win for either side could see them leap away from the relegation zone.
The Addicks are coming off the back of a pair of 1-0 defeats; on Tuesday Reading continued their good home form with a Billy Sharp winner, while last Saturday, Ipswich Town went to London at talk all three points.
Chris Powell’s side did notch up an impressive 2-0 win over Doncaster prior to that, however and, like Yeovil, only succumbed 1-0 to big spending QPR.
This game does throw up an interesting statistic, the last time Yeovil lost at home on a Saturday was way back in September, QPR the victors in a 1-0 win. Yeovil have had a mixture of good results on their own patch and a few fixture changes as well.
On the injury front, Yeovil’s captain Jamie McCallister made a surprise appearance on the substitute’s bench on Tuesday, his shoulder problem has eased up and the skipper is now available once more for selection.
Former Charlton player, Dan Seaborne is unavailable, he remains on loan at Coventry, the defender played 90 minutes on his debut for the Sky Blue and they are in FA Cup action this weekend.
Gary Johnson will have the difficult choice of finding a loanee to leave out of the match day squad. Joe Ralls and Liam Fontaine have both missed one fixture as only five are allowed in the final 18. Elsewhere it’s a tale of the two injured goalkeepers. Marek Stech for Yeovil has hoped to be available again before Christmas, but this game will still be too soon, while for the opposition, Somerset born Ben Hamer looks likely to miss out.
For Yeovil, Chris Dunn will be hoping to keep up his excellent run of form as he continues to deputise for Stech and for Charlton, former Spurs keeper Ben Alnwick will keep his place in the side. Charlton recalled their third choice stopper, Nick Pope, from a loan spell at York City to act as back up.
Charlton will have a couple of familiar faces in their traveling party, ‘Keeper coach Ben Roberts played and coached at Yeovil while Simon Church and Jordan Cook have both spent loan spells at Huish Park.
They also have former Manchester United winger Cameron Stewart in their ranks, once on loan at Yeovil, he is now at the Valley on a temporary deal from Hull City.
This game features as part of the “Save £5 Deal” the Glovers are running using their online ticket purchasing system.
You can see the details on YTFC.net for this and the forthcoming fixtures that apply to this great offer. You could save up to £5 on the price of a match day ticket, when purchased online in advance.
If this game comes too soon, or maybe one of the future fixtures tickles your fancy make sure you save your fiver.
There are tickets available right up until kick off, with the Glovers on a roll and looking to make it three wins on the spin, you won’t want to miss out on this great Championship fixture.
Exiles and those unable to make it to Huish Park this weekend will be able to follow the game via all the usual outlets including, Glovers Player and the club’s many official social networks.
Famous Charlton Fans.
Tennis star, Bjorn Borg. Big Break Presenter Jim Davidson, Snooker Champion Steve Davis, Man Behaving Badly star Neil Morrisey. Olympic Medallist Kelly Holmes.
A Foot in Both Camps.
Ben Roberts, Jordan Cook, Simon Church, Cameron Stewart, Nathan Jones, Dan Seaborne, Martin Cranie, Kim Grant, Kelly Youga, Jon Obika, Dean Parrett, and the second top scorer in Yeovil’s history, Dick Plumb

EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ON PYROTECHNICS

The Premier League, The Football League and The FA have launched a supporter education campaign on the danger of pyrotechnics at football grounds, following research among fans that they would like more knowledge on how to address it.

The research, which was conducted with 1,635 Premier League supporters, found that 87% of fans believe that pyrotechnics such as flares and smoke bombs are dangerous at matches, and that 86% were concerned for their safety. The same number (86%) think flares and smoke bombs are a fire risk and 79% consider them to be a health hazard.

To help better inform fans who are not aware, clubs throughout the Premier League, Football League and Football Conference will be supporting a new campaign on the dangers on pyrotechnics by running adverts in their grounds and on club media like programmes and websites.

The campaign, which features posters parodying football chants, also has an online presence www.facepyrofacts.co.uk. There are real-life examples of how pyrotechnics are not, as pyro users attest, ‘innocent fun’, but can have serious repercussions.

Among the facts revealed in the advertising are that it is illegal to enter a football ground with a pyro and that supporters risk jail and banning orders even for being in possession of one.

Flares are used for marine distress and are designed not to be extinguished easily or quickly. They contain chemicals and burn at temperatures of 1600°C, the melting point of steel. Smoke bombs are mainly used recreationally in paintballing and war games, but these also burn at high temperatures and are designed to be used in wide open spaces. They are dangerous for those with asthma or breathing difficulties and can cause panic in a tightly packed crowd. They are not designed for use in confined spaces and it is illegal to enter a football stadium with one and set it off.

The use of pyrotechnics is a relatively new phenomenon in English football, with the trend imported from Europe where the issue is much more prevalent.  It is a rising issue: in the 2010/11 season there were just eight incidents across the Premier League, Football League and Football Conference and the domestic cup competitions. In 2011/12 this rose to 72 and last season it jumped to 172 incidents. During the 2013/14 season (up to the end of October 2013) there have been 96 incidents.

Although the use of pyrotechnics is still rare this is an issue that many fans would like addressed: 78% of those surveyed would support more action against the proliferation of flares and smoke bombs.

Over half of fans have now witnessed pyrotechnics at a match, and 36% have been directly affected: 24% have had their view of the match obscured, 10% have suffered from smoke inhalation and 2% have been affected by heat from a flare.

The research found that parents, who make up an increasing number of Premier League match attendees, were particularly concerned. Two thirds of them claim that the increased use of pyrotechnics is putting them off bringing their children. A further 81% of parents support more action for tackling pyrotechnics.

A disturbing element of increased pyrotechnics has been the involvement of children. It is not uncommon for ‘mules’ to bring the pyrotechnics into a ground on behalf of others, and in one incident at a Premier League match last season a child aged around eight was observed aiding those involved in pyrotechnic use. The child came into the ground with pyrotechnics in his rucksack and was then seen passing them to members of an adult group who let them off inside the ground. The child himself did not ignite any pyrotechnics.

There is general confusion among fans about key pyrotechnic facts. Those who undertook the research were asked six true and false statements about pyrotechnics: only 8% of respondents answered all six correctly, 29% answered five correctly and 31% answered four correctly.

When asked about the restrictions on pyrotechnics at football grounds, the majority of fans (82%) know it is illegal to go to a stadium with flares or smoke bombs. However, over half (53%) incorrectly believe that they are legal in most European football grounds. The six statements about flares and smoke bombs which fans were asked for a true and false answer were:

Statement                                                                                                                            Answer    Correct    Incorrect
It is legal to enter a sporting ground in possession of a flare or a smoke bomb                                False         82%          18%

Flares can burn at up to 1600°C                                                                                                 True          78%          22%

Possession of a flare or smoke bomb can result in being banned from football

grounds for up to three years                                                                                                     True          77%         23%

Flares and smoke bombs are less dangerous than fireworks                                                            False         72%         28%

In most European countries, the use of flares and smoke bombs in football grounds is allowed.          False         47%         53%

In general, it is illegal for a person to possess a flare or smoke bomb                                               False         45%         55%

PYROTECHNICS AND FOOTBALL – QUOTES


Andrea Brown, The Football League’s Head of Customer Services, said: “There really is no need for anyone to take pyrotechnics to a football match as they put fellow fans at risk of injury.  Supporters who do so are acting illegally and risk being banned from professional football and sent to prison.”

Policing Minister Damian Green said: “Football fans might see images of football grounds in other parts of Europe full of smoke and light caused by pyrotechnic devices and think that they create a good atmosphere — but they do not. Flares are very dangerous and can cause severe injuries. We are very lucky that no one has been seriously injured or killed by a flare here for a long time.

“This campaign clearly sets out the dangers of flares and smoke bombs. I want to see the courts taking this problem seriously and dealing in the strongest way possible with fans who still illegally smuggle pyrotechnics into football grounds.”

Alan Weir, Head of Medical Services at St John Ambulance said: “We know that St John Ambulance volunteers have treated people for burns and smoke inhalation caused by flares at several football grounds. These cases could have led to disfigurement or other serious injuries so we’re advising fans to seek prompt emergency help should they come into contact with a flare to help prevent their injuries from getting worse. Our volunteers are trained and equipped with life-saving skills to help those who need it. We urge fans to stop using flares and think about the safety of those around them.”

Amanda Jacks, Caseworker at The Football Supporters’ Federation said: "Whether it’s down to concerns around injury, or issues with smoke blocking their view, this survey indicates that a clear majority of fans oppose the use of pyro inside stadiums. This tallies with anecdotal feedback from members.

“Despite this its use does seem to have been on the rise lately, particularly among those fans who see it as a way to improve the atmosphere. However, we would strongly advise against supporters taking flares or smoke bombs into stadiums.

“Putting aside arguments over rights and wrongs the simple fact is it’s against the law and could be an inadvertent danger to other fans. Use pyro in stadiums and there’s a good chance you’ll be caught, get a criminal record, and long-term football banning order. You might even go to jail.

PYROTECHNICS AND FOOTBALL – BACKGROUND FACTS

Pyrotechnics and football – what we know

Pyrotechnics are illegal at football grounds

Being in possession of a pyrotechnic device at a football match, or attempting to bring a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium, is a criminal offence under the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985. Any person committing such an offence faces arrest and can expect the Court to make a Football Banning Order.

The 2012/13 season saw a record number arrested for pyrotechnics

There were 71 arrests for ‘Possession of a Firework / Flare at a Sporting Event’. This was an increase of 154% on arrests recorded for the 2011/12 season (28). These arrests have occurred at more matches in the Premier League (26) and Championship (21) than in League 1 and League 2 which saw less than five arrests each.

People are getting jailed and banned

•    In November 2013 a Manchester United fan that set off a smoke bomb during their clash with West Bromwich Albion – Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge – was given a two month jail term (suspended for 12 months) and banned from any football grounds for three years.

•    In February 2013 two Chelsea fans were jailed for 28 days and given six year football banning orders for taking smoke bombs into the Liberty Stadium for a match versus Swansea City. Their appeal for the sentence was thrown out.

•    In January 2013 an 18 year old Exeter City fan was jailed for two months and given a six year banning order for attempting to take a smoke bomb into Torquay United v Exeter City.

•    In August 2012 an Oxford United fan was jailed for two months and given a six year banning order for taking a smoke bomb into Home Park for a match versus Plymouth Argyle.

Incidents nearly always involved the away supporters

Of the 172 reported pyrotechnic incidents in the 2012/13 season, 164 were committed by away supporters.

They are used by younger fans

The average age of supporters arrested for pyrotechnic use is 20. Little disorder was reported as a direct result of their use.

What do football clubs do to counter the threat of pyrotechnics?

They gather intelligence

Prior to matches research is undertaken to find relevant intelligence about the visiting Club and the behaviour of their supporters with the Police, with the visiting club’s safety officer and by studying the reports collated on the Football Safety Officers Association website. When it is indicated that a threat exists in relation to smoke bombs, flares or fireworks mitigation is deployed.

How do they mitigate at grounds?

•    Pyrotechnic detection dogs are used as a visible deterrent and detect pyrotechnic devices both at points of entry and on the concourses. Their use is advertised to fans. Amnesty bins for those carrying pyros are often used by clubs.

•    Stewards and Security Officers are briefed on the intelligence relating to the visiting fans and how to react in the event of the illegal ignition of pyrotechnics.

•    Thorough searching of people entering the stadium is undertaken by security officers under the supervision of police.

What safety procedures to clubs have in place?

•         As pyrotechnics can vary in terms of manufacturer, size, duration, behaviour, effects and heat output, clubs treat each item as a ‘worst case scenario’.

•         After immediately informing the Stadium Control Room, stewards will monitor the situation from a safe distance.

•         If practicable they will ensure that spectators are kept away from the source and allow room for the Fire Safety Stewards to gain access to the area.

•         Only trained Fire Safety Stewards will approach and deal with the pyrotechnic situation, with associated Security Steward support as required.

•         They will gather evidence of those responsible for the pyrotechnic activations and request CCTV as appropriate.

Recent examples of injuries caused by pyrotechnics at English football grounds

•    West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United, 20 April 2013 – fans were treated for shrapnel wounds following the setting off of thunder flashes. Debris passed through jeans and caused cuts to legs.

•    Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa, May 2013 – a 15-year-old boy suffered lung damage from a smoke bomb thrown during the game. The boy needed hospital treatment, while two women aged 22 and 24, also required attention for the effects of the device.

•    Liverpool v Everton, May 2013 – an eight year Everton fan was hit by a smoke bomb thrown by fans in the away end. He was treated for a burn on his neck on his first visit to a Merseyside derby.

•    Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur on 20 October 2013 – an assistant referee was struck by a lit smoke canister thrown from the stand.

•    Leeds United v Shrewsbury Town, 11 August 2012 – two supporters were injured, one requiring hospital treatment, when an industrial firework was ignited and thrown in the away supporters’ toilet. 

•    Coventry City v Walsall, 8 December 2012 – a flare was discharged by the Walsall supporters. A steward placed his foot on the device to prevent further smoke escaping, however the sole of his shoe melted causing injury.

•    Leicester City v Sheffield Wednesday, 9 March 2013 – a female supporter received treatment for burns to her leg from one of the smoke bombs thrown between supporters. 

•    Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town, 2 April 2013 – Bolton supporters ignited a flare and an 18 year old youth was treated for burns picking it up.

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NEARLY FA CUP TIME!

Sunday sees the draw for the third round of the FA Cup, which this season will see Yeovil Town entering the competition without the need for first and second round ties being played.

The club’s Championship status enabled The Glovers and immediate opportunity to face one of the Premier League Giants.

The draw takes place on ITV1 on Sunday at 4.10pm. The all important number is 44.

 The full list of clubs 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.

 

GIRL BAND AUDITIONS

The hunt for Yeovil Town’s Girl Band got off to a roaring start at Huish Park last night with 17 girls attending the first audition for the group.

The Famous Company’s Choreographer put the girls through their paces before groups of four performed in front of the judges panel of Gary Johnson, Caron Johnson, Polly Maclellan and Adrian Hopper.

With top Sky Sports News reporter Gary Cotterill and ITV’s Chris Spittles on hand for television the event will undoubtedly be receiving good coverage on national and regional stations.

Even a top French football magazine sent over a photographer and journalist from Paris to do a feature in their magazine.

Once the group has been finalised the chosen girls will undertake a “Boot Camp” style training session before recording a record which will be available on i Tunes with proceeds going to the Football League’s nominated charity Prostate Cancer.

Commenting on the audition The Famous Company’s Polly Maclellan, who is project manager said: “I thought it went really well and it was particularly pleasing to have so many local girls taking part.

“Now we have the difficult task of picking the final five girls which will not be easy because all the girls were really brilliant. It’s an exciting project which is designed to give Yeovil Town maximum publicity and we hope a significant donation to the Official Football League Charity.

“Above all though it is something different and we are delighted to be working with Yeovil Town Football Club.”

Watch out for coverage on Sky Sports News around tea time today and on the ITV West local news programmes.

AWAY WIN EARNS TOWN ACCOLADE

The League Managers Association five-man Performance of the Week panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement that this week, the LMA Performance of the Week Award should go to Yeovil Town following their excellent 3-0 away win against Watford in the Sky Bet Championship on 30 November 2013.
Yeovil manager Gary Johnson will receive a specially engraved crystal football in a presentation to commemorate the award.
Town won their second LMA Performance of the Week Award of the season to secure victory at Vicarage Road.
Goals from Ishmael Miller, Byron Webster and Joe Edwards moved the visitors off the bottom of the Championship table. Johnson’s side then recorded back-to-back victories for the first time at this level as The Glovers recorded a 1-0 victory over Blackpool on Tuesday evening.
After the Watford match, Johnson was delighted with the result. "It is a massive win. Watford would have been fighting for a play-off place with a win this afternoon and most of the Watford fans would have seen this as an easy three points because of our poor league position.
"But we have been unlucky this season and should have seven or eight points more than we do." 

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V BLACKPOOL

Yeovil Town made it back to back wins for the first time ever in the Championship as they beat fourth placed Blackpool by a goal to nil at Huish Park.
John Lundstram’s 20th minute goal won all three points against a side that totally lost their discipline in the final ten minutes, incredibly ending with just EIGHT men following red cards for Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary McKenzie in a tempestuous finale.
But the Glovers were well worth the three points tonight in a match that saw a dozen chances for both sides; a surprise that the game only ended with one goal in it.
Town boss Gary Johnson unsurprisingly named an unchanged eleven from Saturdays fantastic win at promotion chasing Watford meaning there were home debuts for loan trio Adam Morgan, John Lundstram and Ishmael Miller.
Miller was a constant thorn in the Blackpool defence all night and could have scored inside the first minute but his shot was straight at Seasiders keeper Matt Gilks. Ricardo Fuller blazed over and Dan Gosling headed wide from a Neal Bishop cross.
The game was entertaining enough with chances at either end to keep the crowd warm on a chilly night. Thomas Ince and Scott Dobbie both had efforts while Miller shot wide and Luke Ayling had a shot blocked.
The Glovers took the lead on twenty minutes through midfielder John Lundstram. Liam Davis floated a left footed free kick over, Byron Webster challenged for the ball and as it fell, Lundstram stroked the ball home.
The Seasiders came back into the game more and often utilised the imperious throws of left back Jack Robinson to good effect, the ex Liverpool defender hurling the ball to the back post on occasion!
Yeovil keeper Chris Dunn produced a wonderful flying tip over from Bishop’s volley then watched as Dobbie, Isaiah Osbourne then Dobbie again all wasted chances. It wasn’t one way traffic though as Lundstram could have grabbed a second but sliced his shot wide right on half time.
Dunn then denied Gosling twice in the opening second half skirmishes before Morgan was replaced by Sam Hoskins with some fresh legs up front. Joel Grant! who had another good game wide on  the left curled a beauty wide of the far upright and Ed Upson was inches away from a goal of the decade contender when his stupendous 30 yard volley crashed against the underside of the crossbar. A few inches lower and it would have been a goal to remember.
Blackpool sub Steven Davies flicked over from Gosling’s assist on 74 minutes and both Davies and Ince saw shots blocked in a penalty area scramble as Yeovil had a wobbly five minutes where they couldn’t shake the Seasiders off their backs.
Miller and Hoskins then shot wide before the game caught fire with six minutes of normal time remaining. Hoskins was cynically flattened by Broadfoot, a challenge that was then repeated by McKenzie on Miller, both players earning yellow cards with Upson tripping Gosling twice and also seeing ref Chris Sarginson issue him a caution.
Fuller was inches away from a dramatic equaliser when he hooked just wide on 87 minutes and final sub Michael Chopra sliced badly when he had his chance to grab an undeserved leveller.
Then all hell broke loose as the match entered stoppage time with three red cards in stoppage time, all to Blackpool. Hoskins was again taken out by Broadfoot and saw a second yellow card, and subsequent red. Then Fuller, having becoming increasingly frustrated all night, pushed his head into Luke Ayling and was also dismissed for violent conduct. 
After Hoskins had blocked Robinson and also earned a yellow from the official, there was incredibly a third red card. McKenzie once again took Miller out needlessly on the touch line and ref Sarginson had no option but to reduce Paul Ince’s side to eight men.
So six points from two fixtures leaves Gary Johnson’s men tantalisingly close to escaping the bottom three and with 21st placed Charlton Athletic the visitors on Saturday, another vital match is on the horizon! 

Match Report : 03/12/2013

Yeovil Town made it back to back wins for the first time ever in the Championship as they beat fourth placed Blackpool by a goal to nil at Huish Park.
John Lundstram’s 20th minute goal won all three points against a side that totally lost their discipline in the final ten minutes, incredibly ending with just EIGHT men following red cards for Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary McKenzie in a tempestuous finale.
But the Glovers were well worth the three points tonight in a match that saw a dozen chances for both sides; a surprise that the game only ended with one goal in it.
Town boss Gary Johnson unsurprisingly named an unchanged eleven from Saturdays fantastic win at promotion chasing Watford meaning there were home debuts for loan trio Adam Morgan, John Lundstram and Ishmael Miller.
Miller was a constant thorn in the Blackpool defence all night and could have scored inside the first minute but his shot was straight at Seasiders keeper Matt Gilks. Ricardo Fuller blazed over and Dan Gosling headed wide from a Neal Bishop cross.
The game was entertaining enough with chances at either end to keep the crowd warm on a chilly night. Thomas Ince and Scott Dobbie both had efforts while Miller shot wide and Luke Ayling had a shot blocked.
The Glovers took the lead on twenty minutes through midfielder John Lundstram. Liam Davis floated a left footed free kick over, Byron Webster challenged for the ball and as it fell, Lundstram stroked the ball home.
The Seasiders came back into the game more and often utilised the imperious throws of left back Jack Robinson to good effect, the ex Liverpool defender hurling the ball to the back post on occasion!
Yeovil keeper Chris Dunn produced a wonderful flying tip over from Bishop’s volley then watched as Dobbie, Isaiah Osbourne then Dobbie again all wasted chances. It wasn’t one way traffic though as Lundstram could have grabbed a second but sliced his shot wide right on half time.
Dunn then denied Gosling twice in the opening second half skirmishes before Morgan was replaced by Sam Hoskins with some fresh legs up front. Joel Grant! who had another good game wide on  the left curled a beauty wide of the far upright and Ed Upson was inches away from a goal of the decade contender when his stupendous 30 yard volley crashed against the underside of the crossbar. A few inches lower and it would have been a goal to remember.
Blackpool sub Steven Davies flicked over from Gosling’s assist on 74 minutes and both Davies and Ince saw shots blocked in a penalty area scramble as Yeovil had a wobbly five minutes where they couldn’t shake the Seasiders off their backs.
Miller and Hoskins then shot wide before the game caught fire with six minutes of normal time remaining. Hoskins was cynically flattened by Broadfoot, a challenge that was then repeated by McKenzie on Miller, both players earning yellow cards with Upson tripping Gosling twice and also seeing ref Chris Sarginson issue him a caution.
Fuller was inches away from a dramatic equaliser when he hooked just wide on 87 minutes and final sub Michael Chopra sliced badly when he had his chance to grab an undeserved leveller.
Then all hell broke loose as the match entered stoppage time with three red cards in stoppage time, all to Blackpool. Hoskins was again taken out by Broadfoot and saw a second yellow card, and subsequent red. Then Fuller, having becoming increasingly frustrated all night, pushed his head into Luke Ayling and was also dismissed for violent conduct. 
After Hoskins had blocked Robinson and also earned a yellow from the official, there was incredibly a third red card. McKenzie once again took Miller out needlessly on the touch line and ref Sarginson had no option but to reduce Paul Ince’s side to eight men.
So six points from two fixtures leaves Gary Johnson’s men tantalisingly close to escaping the bottom three and with 21st placed Charlton Athletic the visitors on Saturday, another vital match is on the horizon! 

PREVIEW: BLACKPOOL

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If Yeovil Town could have asked for anything following their emphatic 3-0 win at the weekend, it could well be another game within a few days to continue to the momentum.
Thankfully, Blackpool are in town on Tuesday night and the Glovers will be in buoyant mood.
In fact, both sides got themselves three valuable points at the weekend, the Tangerines overcame Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 to not only send the Owls below the Glovers in the table, but also confirm the departure of Dave Jones.
Dan Gosling and Ricardo Fuller were on the score sheet as the Seasiders cemented their place in the top six.
Prior to the weekend, however, Blackpool had struggled for a bit of form, a 1-1 draw against Birmingham and a defeat at home to Ipswich had given Paul Ince some cause for concern.
Ince himself, was back in the dugout on Saturday following a 5-game touchline ban.
We are still only a few days outside of the loan transfer window closing and while Yeovil were bringing in three loanees, Blackpool were relatively quiet.
The loaned out striker Nathan Tyson to local rivals Fleetwood, but failed to bring in anyone in the final few days but have brought in Man Utd youngster, Tyler Blackett in the last month.
The Glovers do have a couple of injury worries, skipper Jamie McCallister missed the win at the weekend with a shoulder problem and this game will be too soon for a probable return.
Of course, Marek Stech is still waiting on his comeback from a broken hand; the Czech keeper has been stepping up training, but is still unable to take his place in the match day squad. Chris Dunn will keep his place between the sticks following two good performances.
Blackpool have a reasonable bill of health, with Barry Ferguson and Craig Cathcart edging back to fitness and a place in the squad.
Of course, their star man is the Gaffer’s son, Tom Ince, who has already notched 6 times so far this season.
Yeovil and Blackpool have clashed once or twice before, most famously in the 2007 League One play off final, a game which Blackpool won 2-0, Robbie Williams (not that one) and Keigan Parker scoring at Wembley.
The league matches, both during the 2006/07 season and prior results haven’t gone Yeovil’s way.
Kevin Amankwaah and Marcus Stewart getting goals in a 1-1 draw in ’05 and ’06 respectfully is about all the Somerset side have to shout about.
However, in the FA Cup, during the 2000/01 season, Nick Crittenden scored the only goal to knock out the Seasiders at the second round.
The game is the first of the holiday period where fans can purchase tickets online, in advance, and save £5 on the price, if Tuesday night is too soon for you, check out www.ytfc.net and get your place for the future fixtures this month.
But back to Tuesday and tickets will be available right up until kick off via the usual outlets.
If you’re exiled in another part of the country (or further afield) or can’t make Huish Park on Tuesday, stay tuned into Glovers Player, BBC Somerset and the club’s social networks for all the best coverage on the club’s latest Sky Bet Championship fixture.
Famous Blackpool Fans.
Former Rugby star and Question of Sport captain, Bill Beaumant. Former FA Chief Graham Kelly and all of the Nolan sisters.
A Foot in both camps.
Simon Gillett, Howard Forinton, Jake Edwards, Scott Flinders, Andy Welsh and Rory Prendergast was on the coaching staff of Yeovil’s Youth Department for a short amount of time.

POPPY SHIRTS RAISE OVER £2,000!

The Poppy shirts worn by the Yeovil Town players in the game against Wigan Athletic have now all been sold via auction.
All of the Yeovil players wore the commemorative shirts with the RBL Poppy embroidered on the front.
The shirts have raised a total of £2,124 for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

TRAFFIC WARNING FOR FANS

Fans are warned that the traffic lights along Thorne Lane will be in action tomorrow evening and may add time to your usual journey to and from Huish Park.
Stadium manager James Hillier said: "I have been speaking to the builders and unfortunately due to the nature of the works they will not be able to reinstate both lanes for the Blackpool evening match. 
"They have said that they will be manning the lights until all the football traffic has gone in order to give greater priority to supporters leaving at the end of the fixture. The builders are being very helpful and it may be the same case for Saturdays fixture."

PLAY THE SKY BET GAME TO WIN TICKETS

Christmas is coming and Sky Bet want to reward Football League fans for their loyal support. 
From December 1 until December 24, Sky Bet are giving away FIVE pairs of Football League tickets EVERY DAY! 
All you have to do is guess which Sky Bet Football League star is behind each ‘door’ on our football pitch advent calendar. 
There will be a series of picture clues to help you out – and remember, the player’s squad number is the same as the number on the ‘door’. 
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If you’re not lucky straight away, don’t worry – you can try as many times as you like.
  
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STILL TIME TO REGISTER TO AUDITION!

A groundbreaking new initiative was launched two weeks ago – as Yeovil Town become the first football club to have their own girl band.  
The Famous Company have teamed up with Yeovil Town in a new initiative aimed to develop the club’s profile and to attract a new generation of supporters to the club.
Auditions take place on the 4 December starting at 7pm at Huish Park after which there will be a boot camp to make sure that the group is ready for a release in January.
To sign-up for an audition visit www.thefamouscompany.com or contact 0843 289 4790 for more information.
As the Football League’s official charity both Yeovil and The Famous Company have chosen to support Prostate Cancer UK with this enterprise.