Month: May 2014

GREEN & WHITE LOOKING BACK – DARREN WAY

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Darren Way Interview by Chris Sweet

Promotion to the Sky Bet Championship has seen first team coach Darren Way become increasingly thorough in gleaning information towards what Yeovil Town hope are the foundations for success.

The Huish Park favourite was arguably one of the Glovers’ most significant signings of the summer, committing his future to the club alongside manager Gary Johnson and assistant Terry Skiverton.

As well as being a visible presence on the touchline, Way has since kept true to the management trio’s ethos of refusing to leave a stone unturned by running through not only their own squad but the opposition with a fine-toothed comb.

However, promotion to the second tier has not only brought a leap in standard but also a significant increase in potential players facing the Glovers, meaning a subsequent volume of information for Way to first digest and then relay.

He explained: “Because of the turnover of games and the quality of players and the numbers in squads, the tactical information that has to be provided has gone up a level.

“We need to know about 30-odd players, rather than 11 in League One that would be played week-in, week-out. Clubs are more flexible.

“Rather than identifying one strength, they have got five, six or seven. At the same time it’s important you don’t identify too many strengths and not enough weaknesses.

“The gaffer and Terry will relay that information practically on the training ground and that has to be the right information.

“It’s like a building process and the foundations have to be structured in the right way so it’s not an overload and too much.

“The information has to be the right information. How the players take it on board is down to them. Last year the information they took on was not as much and by getting promoted those details have gone up, be it fitness, nutrition or technical information.

“We’re relentless and by being relentless it’s all about wanting that individual to achieve the maximum potential they can during their time at our club.”

Despite the larger workload, Way is certainly not complaining about life in the Championship and is confident the Glovers will continue their recent trend of defying the odds.

“When you challenge yourself against bigger resources and against bigger clubs with entire departments doing certain roles we have to do, you can only enjoy that challenge,” said Way.

“I feel at the moment we’ve been close. The stats don’t lie and we are where we are, but we know we’re close. There can’t be any other picture this year other than to stay up and I believe we’ll do that.

“With the manager’s experience, he uses the concept of a book where he sees a run of events happening as he’s seen them before.

“That’s something I believe and I trust because when we are working nine times out of ten that story will eventually end up happening, whether that’s goals, keeping clean sheets or winning games.

“That planning and adjusting to the situation as it happens whilst dealing with it is something what we did last year.

“We had six defeats on the trot last season but by sitting down and looking at what we had to do with the players rising to the challenge meant we did well. It will be no different this year.”

A THANK YOU FROM THE GREEN AND WHITE SUPPORTERS CLUB

The GWSC Committe would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended the end of season social evening on Saturday.

The event was a huge success and the GWSC are looking at making the social evening a regular event.

Paul Hadlow from the Green and Whites said: "The evening was great fun and very well supported. I’d like to thank Clive Robinson for laying on a superb spread of food and supplying the disco and karaoke.

FANS TO TRAVEL OVER 9,000 MILES TO WATCH THE GLOVERS

Yeovil Town fans will travel less miles watching their team in Sky Bet League One than they did in the Championship. 
Last season fans travelled 9,388 miles to watch the green and whites in action in the Championship. If you add in the trips to Southend United and Southampton in the cup it totals just under 10,000 miles.
This coming season fans will travel a total of 9,141 miles with the longest trips being a 546 round trip to both Fleetwood Town and Bradford City.
The shortest trip of the season will be the 85 mile round trip to Bristol City’s home of Ashton Gate.
Below are the grounds Yeovil Town will be visiting next season with the miles we will travel.
Barnsley – 502 miles
Bradford City – 546 miles
Bristol City – 85 miles
Chesterfield – 450 miles
Colchester United – 417 miles
Coventry City – 310 miles
Crawley Town – 296 miles
Crewe Alexandra – 402 miles
Doncaster Rovers – 488 miles
Fleetwood Town – 546 miles
Gillingham – 346 miles
Leyton Orient – 282 miles
MK Dons – 302 miles
Notts County – 404 miles
Oldham Athletic – 482 miles
Peterborough United – 418 miles
Port Vale – 386 miles
Preston North End – 508 miles
Rochdale – 496 miles
Scunthorpe United – 534 miles
Sheffield United – 468 miles
Swindon Town – 163 miles
Walsall – 310 miles

JOEL GRANT MAKES SENIOR DEBUT FOR JAMAICA

Town midfielder Joel Grant made his full international debut for Jamaica last night.

The tricky winger played 78 minutes for the Reggae Boyz in the 2-1 defeat to Serbia in the USA.

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to congratulate Joel on gaining his first cap for his country.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN LADIES V DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES

Doncaster Rovers Belles are arguably Yeovil Town Ladies’ toughest opponents of the season, with the visitors sitting top of the league table going into the match.

However, the play was scrappy in the opening stages of the game, and it took ten minutes before Rovers striker Sue Smith registered the first shot, which was pushed away by Yeovil ‘keeper Rachel Simkin.

The Belles started applying some pressure and striker Jess Sigsworth tried to open the scoring when she found herself in a lot of space at the far post from a free kick, but her volley looped well over the bar. Five minutes later she picked up the ball on the edge of the area and created space for herself, before shooting just wide.

Yeovil were struggling to get out of their own half, and Doncaster kept threatening. Left back Lauren Cresswell’s free kick from 30 yards out had to be pushed away by Rachel Simkin. Then, a Smith corner was missed by Simkin, and centre back Rhiannon Roberts headed just over the bar.

The onslaught continued, and Kaisa Lipka had a half volley blocked by a Yeovil body, before the ball broke back to her and she shot violently wide. Reanne Thomas also tried her luck, but her shot was again blocked by the Yeovil defence.

The visitors finally made the breakthrough on 40 minutes from a corner. Smith whipped the ball in, and a diving header from the Belles captain Leandra Little diverted the ball into the net to put Rovers 1 – 0 up.

Doncaster were extremely close to extending their lead before the break, when a powerful long-range effort from Cresswell was superbly tipped onto the crossbar by Simkin.

The game evened out after the break, with Yeovil having much more possession than they had in the first half. Despite the improvement, it was Rovers who had the first chance of the half when Thomas was given the ball in the penalty box, but her shot was weak and straight at Simkin.

Yeovil started creating chances, and forced an equaliser when Jade Kirby’s cross was chested down by Laura Bray, who set up Kirsty Whitton to smash the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the area.

However, they were on level terms for just five minutes before Rovers restored their lead in a goal that was very similar to their first. Another Smith corner was met by Little, who again headed home to put the visitors 2 – 1 up.

Yeovil pushed forward at every opportunity to try and get another equaliser, but they couldn’t create any clear cut chances. In fact, it was the Belles that had the ball in the back of the net again in injury time. Simkin couldn’t hold onto Smith’s shot and Bethany England got to the rebound. However, the goal was chalked off for offside, and the game ended 2 – 1 to Doncaster Rovers Belles.

As the FA WSL now heads into a one-month break – with the Glovers perched in fifth – Lawler insists her team will emerge all the stronger for it.

“We’ve had a tight game against one of the contenders for the league – with Donny and Sunderland doing so well in the first part of the season we might very well be taking a 2-1 defeat against a team that might win the league,” said Lawler.

“I’m not too dissatisfied with today and we showed a bit of character to come back into the game.

“I’m delighted for Kirsty because she has worked so hard and that paid off for her today.

“I think there is still plenty to do and to work on, but we’ve had 40 days of game time and within that 40 days I think we’ve come an awful long way.”

Photos courtesy of www.terryfisherphotography.com.

Yeovil (4-4-2): Simkin; Bleazard, Brazell, Edwards, Kirby; Bray, Sherwood (Whitton 16), Stewart, Radburn-Lorton; Pearson (Wardle 74), Cook

Subs not used: Tewkesbury, Cossens

Doncaster (4-3-3): Hobbs; Cunningham, Little, Roberts, Cresswell; Williams, Lipka, Bright (England 67); Thomas, Sigsworth (Mills 72), Smith

Subs not used: Johnson, Knight

Att: 255

Ref: S.Tobin

GREEN & WHITE LOOKING BACK – JOE RALLS

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Joe Ralls Interview by Chris Spittles

Midfielder Joe Ralls scored Yeovil’s second-ever Championship goal when he netted at Sheffield Wednesday last month – and believes the game at Hillsborough marked a turning point for the team.

After Ed Upson sealed an opening day win at Millwall, the Glovers then failed to score in their next four league games.

But Ralls’ impressive strike against the Owls earned Yeovil a point – and he has noticed an increased goal threat since.

The Cardiff loanee said: “I think we’ve been working the keepers more and we’ve definitely been creating more chances.

“In the earlier games we had possession but weren’t really making it count in terms of chances and there’s been an improvement.

“I scored the goal at Sheffield Wednesday and I could have had a couple more since then as well.

“I probably should have scored a late chance I had at Ipswich which would have earned us a draw that night.

“And then against QPR it was only a good save from Robert Green that stopped me scoring in that game.

“And it’s not just me getting the chances, in the last few games a lot of the lads have been getting good opportunities to score.”

Ralls made his debut for Yeovil in the 2-0 defeat at Burnley in August and has impressed so far with his performances in midfield.

But the undoubted highlight was his equalising goal at Sheffield Wednesday, when the 10-man Glovers earned an unlikely point.

The 19-year-old said: “I was really pleased with the goal and of course in the end it proved to be important because we took a point from the game.

“It was the first touch that made the goal really because after that the ball sat up nicely and I was able to put it away.

“And the relief when it went in was huge, I think you could see that in our celebrations and in the fans’ reaction.

“Although we’d been down to 10 men, we’d been playing well and definitely deserved to equalise.

“Even after that we kept pressing forward because we felt we could win the game even though we had a man less.”

Ralls has played the majority of his games for Yeovil on the left of midfield, although he prefers playing in the centre.

The youngster, who can also play at left-back, said: “I am a central midfielder, but I’ve played a lot on the left for Cardiff and I don’t mind it out there.

“I’m not going to be a left winger who gets down the outside and goes flying past the full-back, but I can do a job in that position.

“I naturally tend to drift inside and at times that makes the midfield lopsided because we don’t have much width.

“But we have players like Joel Grant and Kevin Dawson providing plenty of width on the other side and if I tuck in then it means Jamie McAllister can get forward more from left-back.

“I’ve also played a bit in the middle with Ed Upson and Joe Edwards when the manager’s played a different formation and I’ve enjoyed that as well.

“Ed and Joe are good players who keep possession of the ball very well and we’ve struck up a good understanding.”

Any expectations of Ralls being Welsh, given his connection with Cardiff, are shattered immediately when you speak to him.

The midfielder actually hails from Aldershot and has played for England Under-19s but moved to Wales as a 16-year-old.

After playing for both Aldershot and Farnborough, Ralls embarked on a series of trials and had interest from clubs including Fulham, Everton and Notts County.

But it was Cardiff who made the talented teenager feel most welcome and persuaded him to move across the Severn Bridge.

He said: “I was just a young lad enjoying my football when I was playing for Aldershot and Farnborough.

“And in some ways I think that helped me because I had a balanced life and I didn’t lose my hunger for the game at a young age, which can sometimes happen if football is the only thing in your life.

“When I was 15 I decided I’d try to get a scholarship at a club and I started to go on trials with a few clubs.

“Cardiff took me on and it’s turned out to be a great move for me. It’s an excellent club for a young player to be at and of course they’re now in the Premier League.

“Going into the Premier League changed things a bit for a player like me because they’ve recruited top players to make the squad stronger.

“It means I’ve had to come out on loan to get games because I need to be playing at this stage of my career.

“But the move to Yeovil has worked out really well and I know I’ll improve my game here before I return to Cardiff.”

BEN’S BETS – SKYBET LEAGUE TWO PLAY OFF FINAL

The last of the three play-off finals takes place on Bank Holiday Monday as Burton Albion and Fleetwood fight it out to play some of the most illustrious names in the Football League like Preston North End, Sheffield United and of course, Yeovil Town.

The bookmakers make Fleetwood the heavy favourites to succeed at Wembley but in the head to head battles this season it’s actually the Brewers who come out on top.

The sides have met four times, twice in the league and twice in the FA Cup.

Burton won at Fleetwood in the league and eventually came through the two legged tie before Fleetwood returned the away win favour in the final league meeting back in January.

Both sides have shared the goals about this season, unlike the other four play-off finalists neither of these sides have one single goal getter who have projected them up the table.

For the Lancashire side, Antoni Sarcevic has 13 goals with a number of others sat on 7, 8 and 10 goals just behind him.

Burton front man Billy Kee will be hoping to unlock the Red’s defence and add to his 12 goals this term.

But if it’s not to be Kee, then Adam McGurk, who netted in both semi finals will be more than happy to step up and take the responsibility.

Burton came through an enthralling two legged tie against Southend United, a dull 1-0 win at home was to prove the difference after the two sides slogged out a 2-2 draw in the return leg.

Fleetwood made a much less emphatic deal of their progression, a 1-0 away win at York and 0-0 draw at home was enough to see them through.

The Highbury side have been well backed by their chairman and it might be the difference when it comes to a big Wembley final.

Fleetwood finished in fourth place just missing out on the automatic spots, but I feel they’ll be better prepared for this final.

However, Gary Rowett will have his side prepared and battling for their chance to reach League One for the first time.

So, I’m going to suggest backing a number of markets that suggest a tight and close affair.

Here are my bets for the League Two play-off final.

Draw in 90 minutes – 9/4.

Both teams to score and a draw result in 90 minutes – 3/1

Fleetwood to win in Extra Time – 8/1

Both teams to score in the first 45 minutes – 4/1

And something a little bit different…

Billy Kee to score in 90 minutes – 6/4

Not a particularly special bet, however, his wife is due to give birth any day.

Kee has promised to play in the game even if his wife goes into labour; could he give his new born a quite special birthday present?

 

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GREEN & WHITE LOOKING BACK – JOHN MCGINLAY

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John McGinlay Interview by Chris Sweet

One former Glover with a foot in both camps today will have more than a keen interest in the result today as his homework is put to the test.

As a free-scoring striker, John McGinlay earned himself a permanent place in the hearts of Yeovil Town fans by smashing 56 goals across four seasons in the 1980s.

He later made his name in the Football League at Bolton Wanderers, earning international acclaim with Scotland.

Having hung up his boots, McGinlay initially moved into coaching – most notably in the United States – before returning home to scout first for his country and now with Wigan Athletic.

Reunited with fellow Scot and ex-Trotter Owen Coyle at the Latics, the 49-year-old will have been responsible for gaining the inside track on today’s hosts.

It also meant a trip down memory lane to reminisce about a period of his life he remembers fondly.

“I look back more fondly than some may imagine,” he said. “I met my wife whilst I was at Yeovil Town and 28 years later we’re still together.

“Two of my kids were born there and I’ve still got a lot of good friends that I keep in touch with there so I’ve got more of an affinity with the town than people may imagine.

“Speaking to people in Yeovil, they keep me updated with everything that’s going on. Social media is a wonderful thing and you can keep up with things quite well now. It’s still one of the results I look out for and if they’re playing I want them to do well.

“It was a good time. Gerry Gow took me there and it was the old Gola League then. It was a fantastic club, a family club and a tight-knit community at Huish with all of its history.

“For me, it was something new because we used to get 2,000-plus at the games and where I was coming from I was used to a lot less. It was a proper football club in my eyes and it was great to be so proud.”

Choosing to work with Coyle was an easy decision for McGinlay as they attempt to secure a swift return to the Premier League.

McGinlay said: “I’ve known Owen Coyle for 20-odd years and we’ve always kept in touch. I did some work in America for him previous to this and when I came back I was working for the SFA and I was close to the Scotland team when I came back so it was a transition into this job when it came up.

“We’ve got a strong squad at Wigan and it’s one of the stronger squads in the league. I think Bolton fell into the trap last year when they were relegated from the Premier League and all of a sudden were like the deer in the headlights because the Championship is such a difference to the Premier League where it’s so physical.

“There’s a little bit of a mutual respect thing going on in the Premier League where people stand off you and allow you to play in certain areas, but they don’t do that in the Championship.

“As soon as you receive the ball there are three or four players challenging you and they are in your face before you can blink. The Championship is a league you really have to earn to get out of it.”

BEN’S BETS – SKYBET LEAGUE ONE PLAY OFF FINAL

Does anyone remember what happened in the last League One Play-Off final?

I thought so, well, I’m predicting a very similar series of events for this year’s final.

Leyton Orient and Rotherham meet on Sunday afternoon with a Wembley win being the difference between a season in the Championship and another year in League One.

Orient boss, Russell Slade has been to this play-off final before – Glovers fans will probably remember that one too – in 2007 he guided Yeovil to the final, but a strong Blackpool performance sent the Tangerines up at Slade and Yeovil’s expense.

In fact, Slade doesn’t have the greatest record in finals. He lost the 2006 League Two final with Grimsby Town.

Slade will once again be in charge of the underdogs as bookmakers make Orient big outsiders to big spending Rotherham United.

The Millers are managed by one of the more interesting characters in the game, Steve Evans has previously managed Boston United and Crawley, but it’s probably best to gloss over most of his controversial career.

What we can be sure of is that he has galvanised his Rotherham side to a fourth place finish with a former Glover, Kieran Agard key to the success of the side.

Agard, who was made famous as the ‘Twansfer’ made by Yeovil manager Terry Skiverton after suggestions on Twitter has scored 22 times this season.

Orient will be hoping that David Mooney will carry on his good form and add to his 19 goals this term.

Interestingly, of those 19, 11 of those have been the first goal of the game – something to consider if backing a ‘first goal scorer’.

These two sides drew their play-off semi final first legs before wrapping up their ticket to Wembley with home wins in the second leg.

Orient toppled Johnstone Paint Trophy winners Peterborough, while Rotherham took out Simon Grayson’s Preston to get to the final.

Only goal difference separated the two sides in the regular league season and five out of the last seven meetings have been settled by a one goal margin.

Another tight game is almost guaranteed, each team won their home fixture in the last two meetings as well, suggesting this is going to be a very close affair.

But with last year’s final still in our minds, I’m going to suggest the game goes a very similar way.

Rotherham are the favourites and I’ll be backing them to make Evans and the Millers fans happy but it won’t be easy.

I have put together a few bets to consider – just how many remind you of last year’s League One final?

Rotherham to win 2-1 in 90minutes – 17/2

Kieran Agard and David Mooney to both score in 90 minutes. – 11/2.

Rotherham to win by exactly one goal (90 minutes) – 3/1

And for something a little bit different.

Rotherham to be winning 2-0 at Half Time – 12/1

This can be found under “Match Specials”

Yeovil Town will be hosting the losers of this game next season, will Slade or Agard be returning to Huish Park during the 2014/15 season?

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GREEN & WHITE LOOKING BACK – KIEFFER MOORE

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Kieffer Moore Interview by Chris Sweet

Having gained a taste of first team action just two games into his debut season as a professional footballer, Kieffer Moore is hungry to pull on the green and white hoops once more.

The imposing former Dorchester Town striker made an initial impression upon his summer arrival at Huish Park, towering over his team-mates at 6ft 5ins.

A string of lively friendly performances – including a well-taken angled goal in his first game at Poole Town – displayed just how he had caught the eye of scout Pete Johnson as he scoured the Non-League scene for a rough diamond to gift to manager brother Gary.

The Glovers had fought off the attentions of Sky Bet Championship rivals Charlton Athletic and, reportedly, Bolton Wanderers to capture the 21-year-old who had been released by Torquay United as a teenager when the Gulls had to fold their youth system.

For once, Yeovil’s minimal resources in comparison to their new divisional opponents had worked in their favour. Moore wanted to be close to and involved in a first team, rather than a regular in an Under-21 development squad.

And so far he believes his decision to choose David over Goliath has been justified, already named as an unused substitute in the Championship and given a chance to shine with goals in behind-closed-doors games with Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City.

However, his obvious personal highlight to date came at Roots Hall where he replaced fellow giant Michael Ngoo after 82 minutes of the 1-0 Capital One Cup first round defeat of Southend United.

“It was a great experience,” said Moore. “We may have been winning and it might not have been long but it was great to get on the pitch and get some time under my belt.

“Playing games is exactly what I want to do and I know I have got to take my chance when it comes. Hopefully I will get another chance soon, maybe in this competition.”

Former fitness trainer Moore admits that the step up from the Conference South to the Championship has presented quite a learning curve. But it is one he is relishing challenging.

“At the minute I’m trying to take everything the management are telling me on board and it’s just going through the motions, taking their steps and making sure that I put them into practice,” he said.

“It has definitely been a big help to my game and progression being this close to a Championship squad as well and being involved in and part of a club that is fighting and playing at such a good level.”

In Paddy Madden and James Hayter, Moore is rubbing shoulders with Championship experience and one of the hottest properties outside of the Premier League.

BEN’S BETS – SKYBET CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY OFF FINAL

Queens Park RangerS and Derby go head to head today with the prize being one of the most valuable in world football.

A place at the top table of English football is paired with a financial windfall being estimated at around £100 million.

Big spending QPR are the underdogs going into the showpiece final at Wembley and with big name players like Charlie Austin, Bobby Zamora and Ravel Morrison at their disposal this may come as a bit of a shock.

Derby, with Steve McClaren at the helm have been in a solid play-off place for most of the season and secured their place at Wembley with a comprehensive 6-2 aggregate win over Brighton.

Chris Martin has been key to this success, a goal every other game throughout a 50 game season is not to be sniffed at.

But with a fit again Austin, QPR have their main goal scorer back in the frame for the big finale.

Derby’s last five games have seen them win four and draw just once, but those wins were far more emphatic than QPR’s tentative progress through the play-offs.

Rangers had to play out a tense 0-0 draw against Wigan before squeezing through the second leg at home, 2-1.

So, I’m inclined to agree with the bookmakers on the favourites here – Derby, who out pass and out class many opponents are the ones for me to make the big time.

But, backing the Rams to win in 90 minutes at 11/8 or to be promoted via any means at 8/11 is hardly the most valuable bets on the coupon.

So we must dig a little deeper.

With Derby you are normally guaranteed one thing; goals. Nine of the last 12 County games have gone over the 2.5 goals threshold, so with that in mind we’re looking for correct scores with a big more value.

Contests between the two sides have always been close; the last three have seen each side win once, by only one goal, and a single draw.

So, with so much at stake and all those previous stats, I’m going to suggest a couple of bets from the Football League Sponsors, SkyBet.

Derby to win 2-1 (90 Minutes) – 17/2

Chris Martin and Ravel Morrison to both score in 90 Minutes – 15/2

Over 2.5 goals in 90 minutes – 6/5

 

And for something a little bit different…

Joey Barton to be sent off (in 90 Minutes) – 14/1

 

This can be found under the heading of “Big Match Specials”

 

For one side, it’s a dream to win at Wembley, for the other it’s another season in the SkyBet Championship.

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GREEN & WHITE LOOKING BACK – COLIN ADDISON

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Colin Addison Interview by Chris Sweet

Today’s clash at Huish Park evokes mixed emotions for one former manager who has a foot firmly in both camps.

Colin Addison is well-respected by both Yeovil Town and Derby County supporters following spells in charge of the clubs, separated by more than ten years.

The 73-year-old arrived at County’s former Baseball Ground home in 1979, filling the shoes of ex-Manchester United man Tommy Docherty.

Addison himself admits that off-field tension combined with the squad he was left with gave him an uphill challenge from day one and the Rams were relegated during the first of his three seasons.

“It was a very difficult time,” he said. “I think I’m right in saying that the chief executive of Derby County at the time had his office cordoned off because of investigations going on at that level.

“I’m not making excuses, but I took over from Tommy Docherty and it was a very hard job to tackle. It was a big, big challenge.

“I’d been number two to Ron Atkinson at West Brom and I could have stayed there, he didn’t want me to go.

“But I wanted the chance to be number one again and manage on my own and I took up the challenge even though we were relegated despite losing two of the last dozen games.”

Taunton-born Addison went on to manage the likes of Spanish giants Atletico Madrid and Celta Vigo before eventually returning to his roots in 2000.

In his sole season in charge he guided the Glovers to an FA Cup third round trip to Bolton Wanderers but also saw slip a commanding lead at the summit of the Conference, ultimately leading to his departure.

Despite his mere months in South Somerset, Addison said he always looks back fondly on his time with the Glovers.

He said: “I enjoyed my time there, although it was a short period. I did well with them and met a lot of nice people at a good, progressive club.

“It’s no surprise to me to see them playing in the Championship, they’re well-supported and it’s good to see them there.

“I look back at it very fondly and of course I always look for their score. I’m a Somerset man, born down the road in Taunton. I often get down for the cricket and I always look out for the football.

“There have been changes but Terry Skiverton and Darren Way are still there and I’ll definitely come down again this year to see a game in the autumn. I obviously know Jean and Terry Cotton and I’ll look forward to seeing them."

LADIES TO TAKE ON DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES

Yeovil captain and defender Rachel Edwards believes blunting high-flying Doncaster Rovers Belles’ free-flowing attack will be crucial to coming away with victory this weekend.

The Belles have certainly been living up to their favourites tag for this season’s FA Women’s Super League Two title in their opening fixtures.

Their first three league games saw them score 11 goals alone, followed by a comfortable 2-0 victory against Watford last weekend to maintain their 100 per cent FA WSL2 record.

Yeovil themselves have also enjoyed a strong start to the season, with just two losses in seven games in all competitions, leaving Edwards confident her side will give a good account of themselves.

“I would be lying if I said we don’t keep an eye out for how other teams are doing in the league,” she said.

“Doncaster have been scoring goals for fun and we know we will have to put in a fantastic performance and be at our best.

“As a defender, I will definitely have to work hard. But I have been pleased with the defensive performances we have been putting in recently.

“They are the best team in our league, they have a team full of experienced and talent players but it is a chance to show what we are about. We are really looking forward to it.

“We treat every game like it’s a cup final, we approach it in the same manner and go out for the win.”

But midfielder Millie Bright insists Doncaster are not about to let up on their early-season pace with just a small portion of the season done and dusted so far.

“It’s nice to know that people are putting us down as favourites,” she said. “We have gone out and done ourselves proud so far but we know we have got a lot of work still to do.

“Every game will be a tough one, so we just have to keep working hard and focus on ourselves.

Yeovil have got off to a good start so it will be a good game.

“We had a lot of changes in the club from last season but it’s been a fresh start. It’s a really good environment to be in at the moment, there is such a good team spirit that no matter how hard it gets, we are confident we will be able to work through it together.”

TOWN TO TAKE ON ROYALS AT HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town will welcome Nigel Adkins and his Reading squad to Huish Park for a pre-season fixture.

The Glovers will take on The Royals at 3:00pm on Saturday 19th July.

This is the seventh confirmed fixture of a busy pre-season for Gary Johnson and his squad.

Confirmed pre-season fixtures:

Frome Town – Away – Tuesday 8th July – 7:45pm

Basingstoke Town – Away – Saturday 12th July – 3:00pm

Torquay United – Away – Tuesday 15th July – 7:45pm

Reading – Home – Saturday 19th July – 3:00pm

Bristol Rovers – Home – Tuesday 22nd July – 7:45pm

Plymouth Argyle – Away – Wednesday 30th July – 7:45pm

Dorchester Town – Away – Monday 4th August – 7:30pm

SEASON REVIEW – APRIL 2014

The month started with a bombshell with the news that Gary Johnson had dispensed with Ishmael Miller’s services for disciplinary reasons.

It didn’t affect the team though as they added to Blackpools’ wow’s with a 2-1 victory. A first half penalty from James Hayter in the first half was backed up by a great goal from Tom Lawrence as Yeovil went 2-0 up.

Grandin pulled one back but it was a happy bus trip back for Yeovil and justified Gary Johnson’s decision.

With matches running out the away trip to Charlton was another one of those “must win matches.” Despite a determined performance from the Glovers, that saw Joel Grant equalise Charlton’s first half strike, they still ran out 3-2 losers as Dervit and Sordell scored early in the second half.

Kieffer Moore pulled another goal back but it was a disappointing defeat as Relegation became more and more possible.

Yeovil though were not going to go down without a fight and were so desperately unlucky not to take all three points against AFC Bournemouth in their next home match.

Kieffer Moore unleashed a first half screamer to put The Glovers ahead midway through the first half but The Cherries scored the most fluky equaliser you will ever see, as Byron Webster smashed a clearance against Fraser which somehow found it’s way into the net.

If it’s not meant to be it’s not meant to be!!

Only four games left now, and a difficult trip up to Blackburn saw The Glovers yet again astound their doubters, outplaying Rovers but unable to find a goal to kill them off.

Although mathematically still possible, hopes were hanging by a thread when Huddesfield rolled into town.

Wells put The Terriers ahead in the second half but Tom Lawrence equalised for the Glovers in the 73rd. minute.

But it wasn’t meant to be and we all realised despite our hopes and prayers that fact when Clayton scored in the 6th. minute of injury time.

Unless other teams were going to go crazy conceding goals, it was all over and again despite a spirited display away at Brighton Yeovil went down 2-0 to confirm relegation back to the SkyBet League One.

The season’s finale was a pointless affair against Middlesbrough when they collected their usual four goals to send the Huish Park faithful away in tears.

Hayter did equalise an early Boro goal but the tanks were totally run draw of both emotion, determination and energy.

It had been a fantastic journey, and but for several early season decisions mentioned earlier in these reviews, it might have been a different story.

But with the financial divide so huge now and Financial Fair Play to add to the story how long will it take Yeovil to get back to the promised land.

But let’s not end on a negative note!! We have Gary Johnson and if anybody can get Yeovil back up he can.

So fasten your safety belt and let’s enjoy the ride.

MAREK STECH JOINS SPARTA PRAGUE

Goalkeeper Marek Stech is to join Sparta Prague on a three-year deal after turning down a new deal at Huish Park.

The shot stopper has signed for his boyhood club where he started as a trainee.

Marek made over 80 appearances for The Glovers and nearly scored for Town in the memorable 3-3 draw away at Wigan Athletic.

Everyone at Yeovil Town wishes Marek good luck with his future career.

LEAGUE CROWDS RISE BY OVER 100,000

Crowds in the Sky Bet Football League increased by 136,000 during 2013/14, a figure that represents a 1% increase on the previous season and marks the 11th consecutive season that crowds have topped the 15m mark.

 

The Sky Bet Championship has retained its place as the fourth most watched league in Europe with a total audience of more than 9.1m fans, at an average of over 16,500 supporters per match. Only the Premier League (13.9m), Germany’s Bundesliga (13.1m) and Spain’s La Liga (10m) can boast more fans through the turnstiles.  The Football League’s top division, once again, attracted more supporters than Italy’s Serie A (8.8m) and France’s Ligue 1 (7.8m).

 

Attendance in Sky Bet League 1 saw a sharp rise of over 18% with more than 4.1m people going to games in the third tier, at an average of 7,478 fans per match.

 

Crowds for matches in Sky Bet League 2 averaged 4,351 per match and totalled 2.4m supporters.

 

The Sky Bet Football League continues to attract far larger crowds than equivalent leagues in Europe’s other major footballing nations. Crowds in the Sky Bet Championship outstripped Germany’s Bundesliga 2 (5.4m) by more than three and a half million fans and Sky Bet League 1 crowds were larger than second tier competitions in Spain (3.3m), France (2.7m) and Italy (2.3m).  Sky Bet League 2 attracted a bigger total audience than the top divisions in Scotland (2.2m), Switzerland (1.9m) and Greece (900k).

 

In total over 15.7m people came through the gates at matches this season. The Football League continues to enjoy sustained long term attendance growth with gates having more than doubled in the 27 years since the introduction of the Play-Offs in 1986/87.

 

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League said: “Supporters are the lifeblood of The Football League so it is always encouraging to see League crowds rising.  On behalf of all our clubs I would like to thank anyone who has been to a game this season.

 

“Gate receipts are the most important source of revenue for many Football League clubs whose efforts to attract and retain fans should be applauded."

FOUR DAYS OF FOOTBALL FUN FOR JUST £35.00!

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will be holding their next Soccer School during the Whitsun half term next week. Coached by their  FA, CRB and Emergency First Aid qualified coaches, their Soccer Schools are for boys and girls aged from 5 -15 years.

Each course includes warm up reaction games, small sided matches, fun tournaments and technique training which consists of passing, dribbling, shooting, attacking, defending and all aspects of goalkeeping. The courses also offer a great way to meet new friends and to have fun in a friendly and safe environment.

Details of the course are as follows:-

Whitsun 2014
When: 27/28/29/30 May 2014 

Time: 10.00- 3.00

Where: Alvington Training Complex, Yeovil, BA22 8UX

Cost £35.00 (Junior Glovers/ Members of Development Centres discounted to £30)

To book your child/children on this course, please download an application form by visiting www.ytcst.net or alternatively contact the Community Sports Trust Office on 01935 706671

THREE MORE PRE-SEASON FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

Town have announced three more pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2014-2015 Sky Bet League One campaign.

The Glovers have added trips to Plymouth Argyle, Frome Town and Dorchester Town to their itinerary.

Gary Johnson will take him squad to play former Town striker Adrian Foster’s Frome Town on Wednesday 9th July (7:45pm kick off).

On Wednesday 30th July the team will head to Devon to take on Plymouth Argyle at Home Park where the game will kick off at 7:45pm.

Johnson’s men will make the short trip down the A37 on Monday 4th August to The Avenue Stadium to take on Dorchester Town. The game kicks off at 7:30pm.

Ticket prices for all pre-season fixtures will be released when we have them.

Confirmed pre-season fixtures:

Frome Town – Away – Wednesday 9th July – 7:45pm

Basingstoke Town – Away – Saturday 12th July – 3:00pm

Torquay United – Away – Tuesday 15th July – 7:45pm

Bristol Rovers – Home – Tuesday 22nd July – 7:45pm

Plymouth Argyle – Away – Wednesday 30th July – 7:45pm

Dorchester Town – Away – Monday 4th August – 7:30pM

SEASON REVIEW – MARCH 2014

To say that March started with a bang is perhaps a major understatement as the Glovers headed to The Majeski Stadium to take on high flying Reading. The ended in a 1-1 draw but hardly told the full story.

Yeovil took the lead in the 20th. minute when Shane Duffy headed in a Luke Ayling free kick allbeit against the run of play slightly.

The second half was probably best called The Siege of The Alamo as Reading hit back hard. Their cause was helped by Byron Webster when he gave away a penalty and suffered the fate of a red card to boot.

Le Fondre scored from the spot. The siege continued and minutes later Yeovil suffered more problems when Joe Ralls got a straight red for a file on Drenthe. So nine men to defend an almost unstoppable force.

As Marek Stech performed miracles Kieffer Moore didn’t and he too got his marching orders for a second yellow.

With seven minutes of added time seven minutes, yes seven minutes were awarded but somehow the Glovers held on for more than just a well earned point. That game was what miracles are made of!!

Naturally after withstanding that sort of siege the team were somewhat more confident facing Sheffield Wednesday with a complete team and a goal from Ishmael Miller in each half saw The Glovers home for three very important points.

With eight games scheduled for the month next up Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich were the visitors but in a pretty sterile game the visitors went away with all the points after a first half goal from Berra.

Saturday and we were all up to the Bush, Shepherd’s Bush! Queen’s Park Rangers lay in wait desperately needing points themselves as they desperately tried to stay in the play-off positions.

Two goals from Ravel Morrison, one in injury time and a stunner from Bobby Zamora were more than enough to emphasis the financial gap that existed between the two clubs.

Many went into the next match fearing the worst with Wigan on a run of wins and they duly went in front through Nick Powell after 56 minutes.

Ishmael Miller equalised in the 82nd. minute and then put Yeovil into an unlikely lead three minutes later.

That only lasted for three minutes and James McArthur equalised for Wigan and then in injury time Byron Webster somehow headed past Stech to put Wigan back in front.

But Yeovil were not dead yet and as Stech came up for a corner Luke Ayling managed to prod home to earn yet another point

Bolton the visitors at home expectations were high. At half time that confidence was well founded as Yeovil miraculous away point.

Confidence was beginning to grow and with went in 2-0 up thanks to goals from Miller and Kevin Dawson.

Bolton pulled one back through Jutkiewicz but then had Baptiste sent off as The Glovers were awarded a penalty after discussions between the referee and his assistant.

Up stepped Ishmael Miller but he blasted against the post for his second miss of the season. It was to prove costly when Zat Knight equalised in the 83rd. minute and yet another 2 points were dropped from a winning position.

Confidence might have been high but the prospect of an away match against table toppers Leicester City was daunting.

But against all odds Yeovil went in front through a Joe Ralls free kick in the 22nd. minute.

More surprisingly though they held on until the 93rd. when they were cruelly robbed of a victory by a goal from Kasper Schmeichel. Yes Schmeichel, the goal keeper!!

It felt like a defeat although it was a very well earned point.

As if that wasn’t bad enough The Glovers just didn’t turn up against their next opponents Barnsley. In a must win match they capitulated 4-1 in an awful display.

It was 0-0 at half time but only a solitary late goal from Luke Ayling added some self respect to the score line.

NATHAN SMITH SET TO RETURN TO HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town Manager Gary Johnson has agreed a deal to sign former Yeovil Town and Chesterfield full back Nathan Smith.

The speedy full back has agreed to sign a two year contract.

Smith is no stranger to The Glovers having had a successful three year spell at the club from 2008 to 2011 during which time he made 119 appearances for the club.

Having first been spotted in a friendly between Yeovil and Potters Bar the full back was immediately invited for a trial and signed a full time contract soon after giving up his job in IT to go full time in football.

Nathan scored his first professional goal against Stockport in a 4-2 victory with a vicious 30 yard shot.

Nathan left Yeovil in 2011 to sign a two year deal with Chesterfield. He has gained two full international caps for his native Jamaica.

Commenting on the new recruit Gary Johnson said: “After discussions with Terry Skiverton and Darren Way, who Nathan played under during his first spell at the club, we were all happy to bring Nathan back to the club.

“I am sure all the supporters will remember Nathan’s style of play and we all look forward to welcoming him back to Huish Park at the start of July.”

A exclusive video interview with Nathan can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.

 

TWO TO JOIN PRE-SEASON TRAINING

Yeovil Town Manager Gary Johnson has clarified the oncoming trials of Billy Texeira and Mykel Beckley who will be coming to Huish Park at the start of the season, following the recent Budweiser Open Trials at Wembley.

Johnson said: “One of my staff, Stuart Housley, was at the trials, and he asked me to take a look at them.

“I agreed for them to come down and join us at training at the start of the season.”

Speaking to the Brentwood Gazette, Billy Texeira said:

"
When they told me I’d be going to Brazil I was gobsmacked. I first got into football during the 1994 World Cup and I remember thinking I’d love to go. But I would have had to have saved up for 40 years to get to a World Cup and I’m not that good at saving.

"It would never happen if it wasn’t for this. We’re taking it seriously. We’re only going to get one shot of playing at this tournament and we all want to come back as world champions."

"
Yeovil wanted me to go down at the beginning of July but Budweiser told them I couldn’t go because I’ll be in Brazil, so it’ll be the week after.

"It’s got me starting to train harder and I’m making sure my diet is a bit better leading up to Brazil. We’re going to go down there, me and another guy, and we’ll be doing training and playing in a match I expect."

"
I’d heard rumours of Conference clubs, League One clubs and even a Championship club being interested in people, but I never thought it’d be me. They (Budweiser) told me Yeovil wanted to take me on a trial during pre-season.

It’s just amazing, I thought they were winding me up at first. I’m just looking at it like another trial, like the ones I went through to get to St George’s Park and to Wembley. I’ve got to get on with it and hope for the best.

"I thought the scouts would be there just for the TV cameras and make it a bit more interesting. I never thought that I’d get picked up. I’m definitely taking it very seriously."

JAMES HAYTER AGREES CONTRACT EXTENSION

Yeovil Town have agreed to extend striker James Hayter’s contract for another 12 months starting July 1st.

James joined Yeovil at the start of the 2012-13 season and was a part of the successful promotion winning side that beat Brentford in the Play-off Final.

He made 56 appearances in the successful League One campaign scoring 16 goals and followed that up with 40 Championship appearances scoring eight goals.

An upbeat Gary Johnson said: “I am really pleased that James has accepted a contract extension. He is a model professional and a hugely important member of our squad.”

TOWN TO HOST BRISTOL ROVERS IN PRE-SEASON

Yeovil Town will play a pre-season friendly against Bristol Rovers as part the club’s preparations for the new season.

Town will host the Conference Premier side at Huish Park on Tuesday 22nd July, kick off 7.45pm.

Further games are expected to be announced over the next few days.

Confirmed pre-season fixtures:
Basingstoke Town – Away – Saturday 12th July – 3:00pm

Torquay United – Away – Tuesday 15th July – 7:45pm

Bristol Rovers – Home – Tuesday 22nd July – 7:45pm

TOWN GO VIRAL WITH YAYA TOURE TWEET

Yeovil Town have once again gone viral on the internet with a tongue in cheek offer to Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

Toure, was reported to be unhappy that Manchester City forgot to celebrate his birthday appropriately and YTFC couldn’t just sit back and watch one of the best midfielders in the world head to the world cup unhappy.

The media team at Huish Park made sure that the Ivorian was given the big celebration he deserved to mark his 31st birthday.

James Healey organised for a cake to be personalised for Yaya before he jets off for Brazil and made sure that social media was aware of the Glovers’ gesture.

If you follow Yeovil on twitter you will have seen the picture get ‘retweeted’ over 1500 times and ‘favourited’ almost a thousand times.

But it wasn’t going to stop there…

Some of the biggest accounts in the UK picked up on the birthday treat and published the Yeovil Town name on their own timelines for all to see.

Bookmakers William Hill and Coral shared the cake picture onto their combined followers of over 350 thousand people!

By the time that the BBC included the offer on their live sports day feed and the Daily Mail included it in their tribute to Yaya’s special day the club’s twitter feed was busier than just about ever before.

In the last hour, the Metro newspaper, betting company TotePool and members of the TalkSport team have all passed on the image meaning that the Glovers’ good wishes have now seen potentially millions of timelines for all over the world.

However, YTFC.net would like to put the record straight and confirm that Toure’s agent hasn’t (yet) been in contact with Yeovil Town and any deal would probably require the midfielder to take a slight pay cut…

As a final note – if anyone knows the favourite cake filling of Demba Ba, who turns 29 on Sunday, could they forward it to jhealey@ytfc.net and we’ll make sure he too isn’t left out on his special day.

GLOVERS TRAVEL TO DEVON TO TAKE ON TORQUAY UNITED

Gary Johnson will take his squad to Torquay United on Tuesday 15th July for a pre-season fixture.

Town will take on the The Gulls at Plainmoor with kick off being 7.45pm.

The Glovers have already booked an away friendly with Conference South side Basingstoke Town on Saturday 12th July.

GREEN & WHITE LOOKING BACK – GARETH STEWART

www.ytfc.net are pleased to reproduce some of our Green and White feature articles from last season for those supporters who may not have bought the programme when it was on sale at the game.

Gareth Stewart Interview by Chris Sweet

Marek Stech can return from injury a better keeper than before breaking his hand, according to the man at Huish Park who knows him best.

The Czech Republic stopper faces three months on the sidelines after fracturing the little finger on his right hand in two places during the Sky Bet Championship clash with Birmingham City. The 23-year-old required an operation to re-align the bone and has now embarked on the road to fitness.

However, keeper coach Gareth Stewart – who replaced Stech against the Blues – revealed it will not be day after day of lower body slog in the gym, predicting the rehabilitation plan will see Stech improve as a footballer.

“Everybody knows what a good keeper Marek is and when you lose a keeper of his quality it is a big miss,” said Stewart. “But it happens and you’ve got to deal with it.

“My major concern with Marek is to make sure he knows what to do, make sure he is working hard to get himself back and to get back not just as good as he was but in fact better.

“We have now got time to focus on a few other things such as fitness and strengthening, making sure he can be in the best physical condition possible.

“We are hoping to get him out on the training ground with us as soon as we can, out with the keepers helping and focusing on different things that we need to do.

“Certainly kicking technique, all that sort of stuff, he can do without touching the ball with his hands. There’s a lot he can join in with, such as fitness drills and footwork drills.

“If we keep it structured hopefully he will be better than he was before. It’s not all doom and gloom, he won’t be entirely stuck in the gym, but he will have to go through that and he will have to work two or three times harder to make sure he’s okay.”

Stewart admitted a determination to “get on with it” against Birmingham soon replaced fears over the extent of Stech’s injury.

The arrival of Manchester United’s Sam Johnstone and free agent Chris Dunn meant Stewart was no longer required amongst the substitutes against Burnley.

He said: “Saturday was probably a unique situation where we’ve turned up to a game with two brand new keepers. I’m not sure I’ve heard of that before, it’s certainly very unusual.

“It will be interesting and is good fun for me now I have stepped back from playing to fully concentrate on coaching. I’m happy to work like this and it will be an interesting time and learning period for me.

“We’ve conceded three goals in two games that have been incredibly lucky. The second goal at Burnley was from a shot that was going wide but took a deflection and went in.

“The own goal a week before against Birmingham we all kind of played a part in but these three goals have lost us matches when at any other time they probably wouldn’t have been scored.

“It’s a positive that nobody is scoring easy goals against us and nobody is cutting us apart for 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0 wins. When that luck turns – and I’m 100 per cent absolutely certain it will – we will start doing what we know we can do and go back to winning games.”

TOWN TO VISIT BASINGSTOKE TOWN FOR PRE-SEASON FIXTURE

Gary Johnson will take his Yeovil Town squad to face Basingstoke Town in a pre-season friendly.

Town will play Jason Bristow’s team on Saturday 12th July with kick off being 3.00pm.

The Dragons finished 14th last season the Conference South and have former Glover Kezie Ibe amongst their ranks.

This is the first of pre-season friendly announced with more fixtures to be released soon.

SEASON REVIEW – FEBRUARY 2014

February opened with a rare Sunday afternoon match up at The City Ground, Nottingham but things didn’t improve as Forest knocked three past Stech. An own goal from Byron Webster, Simon Cox  and Rafik Djebbour doing the damage.

After Webster’s own goal, as early as the 16th. minute, Kiefer Moore had equalised to give the Glovers hope, but Forest were well in control by the end to gain revenge for their 3-1 defeat at Huish Park.

The Sky cameras were on hand to see the visit of Leeds United and Yeovil out played their Northern visitors in the first half and should have gone in at half time 2-0 up.

Ishmael Miller had given the Glovers a 23rd. minute lead and when Kevin Dawson was brought down in the box as half time approached the chance was there for a 2-0 lead.

A confident Miller stepped up but somehow managed to crash the ball against the post and the chance was gone.

With a strong wind Marek Stech didn’t listen to instructions and somehow managed to kick a clearance straight to Ross McCormack who volleyed it straight back past him into the net.

Just past the hour mark Stephen Warnock secured the points for Leeds from a free kick and despite lots of pressure from The Glovers the match was gone.

The following Tuesday saw Millwall visit Huish Park for what was billed a “Must Win Sixpointer”

Once again Yeovil took the lead after a goaless first half when Joe Ralls side footed home from close range.

With new loan signing Tom Lawrence from Manchester United shining on the wing, things were looking good but Yeovil became tentative and Millwall equalised  through Steve Morrison and suddenly the “Must Win” game became a “Must Not Lose Game” as an edgy Huish Park saw the game  peter out to a disappointing draw.

Watford were the next visitors to Huish Park for another “Must Win Six Pointer” battle which once again ended in a draw doing The Glovers no good at all, although the point did keep Yeovil in the battling group all trying to avoid relegation.

Another home game to end the month saw Doncaster the visitors and a James Hayter penalty (he loves scoring against his old clubs!) was enough to secure the points for The Glovers as the month ended in a more happier and defiant mood.

SEASON REVIEW – JANUARY 2014

As we all know early January signals the start of the F.A.Cup, and with The Glovers entry straight into the third round, a “BIG” fish was hoped for in the draw.

Sadly it was only Leyton Orient with our old manager Russell Slade at the helm, and the gulf between even the bottom of the Championship and League was all to evident as The Glovers eased past Orient 4-0.

James Hayter gave the home side an early lead which they held to half time. Joel Grant netted early in the second half and James Hayter got another on the hour.

A first Championship goal for Kieffer Moore in injury time rounded off a satisfactory days work as Yeovil moved into the next round hoping for the “BIG” fish to come in the next round.

High flying Burnley were the next visitors to Huish Park, and although Yeovil were always in the game it was Burnley’s two goal machines of Ings and Vokes who put the Northerners into a comfortable lead.

Kieffer Moore did pull one back for Yeovil but in truth they were never really in with much of a chance against the Premier League wannabes.

Next up was a trip to play Birmingham City at St.Andrews.

Yeovil found themselves two up within nineteen minutes as James Hayter helped himself to a brace, and apart from an injury to new loan signing Bakayogo, Yeovil were well in control for a welcome away win.

The hoped for “BIG” fish in the fourth round of the FA Cup turned out to be fairly big in the shape of Southampton.

Nearly three and half thousand fans travelled to St.Mary’s but there was not to be a cup upset as the Premier League aristocrats cruised through 2-0, with goals from Do Prado and Gallagher.

From the writer’s perspective the next match was probably the lowest point of the season. Derby County in their impressive InPro Stadium flying high, and despite heavy rain the Glovers went in at half time 2-0 up with cracking goals from Lundstram and Miller.

As the second half wore on and Derby pressed ever harder, after pulling a goal back through Bamford, Yeovil were hanging on and then with only three minutes of normal time Bryson scored from the edge of the area.

Then as added time ticked away, and a draw seemed a disappointing result, a carelessly given away free kick by Ed Upson saw Chris Martin head home from an absolutely lethal free kick to send most Yeovil supporters suicidal.

It was a killer blow and with hindsight one that The Glovers probably never really recovered from.

SEASON REVIEW – DECEMBER 2013

 

With six games scheduled for the month and the general upheaval that Christmas brings with it, over five and half thousand turned up on a Tuesday night for the visit of Paul Ince’s Blackpool.

Ince, just back from a stadium and touchline ban, was his usual vocal self as his side struggled to get to grips with a resurgent Yeovil Town.

On loan John Lundstram, from Everton, had put The Glovers ahead after 21 minutes and the home side only had a slight wobble midway through the second half.

As the game entered added time though, all hell let loose when referee Sarginson sent off three Blackpool players-Broadfoot, Fuller and McKenzie.

A second three points was secured as Yeovil went tantalisingly close to getting out of the bottom three.

The following Saturday saw Charlton Athletic the visitors and as they rushed into a two goal first half lead, through goals from former Man Utd loanee Cameron Stewart and Jonnie Jackson, things looked pretty dismal at half time.

But a rousing half time talk from Gary Johnson saw a brighter second half performance from The Glovers.

A 72nd. minute own goal from Morrison and an Ishmael Miller penalty four minutes later restored parity as Yeovil went three games unbeaten.

Yorkshire was next on the agenda with a trip to Oakwell to play Barnsley.

Joel Grant gave Yeovil an early lead but Marcus Tudgay equalised from the spot for the home side as Yeovil once again let a lead slip away in a largely uninspiring game.

As Christmas got ever closer big hitters Blackburn Rovers were the next visitors to Huish Park and a single goal from Jordan Rhodes (who else?) on the hour, was enough to secure the three points for the visitors but once again “Little Old Yeovil” had not looked out of place against the former Premier League Champions.

Anyone expecting any presents for Christmas though was, I’m afraid, in for a rude awakening as AFC Bournemouth savaged Yeovil 3-0.

All the goals came in the second half with a brace for Matt Ritchie and one for O’Kane.

After the game manager Gary Johnson was far from happy with the performance of his players keeping them in the dressing room after the match for what seemed an eternity.

After the Boxing Day defeat things didn’t get any better with a long trip up to Huddersfield.

It did start well though as Ishmael Miller slotted home as early as the 14th. minute to give the Glovers an early lead.

But goals from Clayton, Paterson and Lynch soon put The Glovers in their place and a brace from Ward in the second half led to a very miserable end of the month after such an inspiring start to the month.

GREEN AND WHITE’S TO HOST SOCIAL EVENING

The Green and White Supporters Club will be holding a social night to thank those who have helped and travelled this season.

The night is to be held at Huish Park and will start at 7.30pm on Saturday 24th May. There will be a disco and karaoke with plenty of food and drinks!

Anyone interested in attending please contact Paul Hadlow on 07736044570 so he can get an idea on numbers.

TOWN ANNOUNCE RETAINED LIST

Gary Johnson has released the names of players he has made contract offers to for next season.

The following players have been made offers: Seth Nana Twumasi, James Hayter, Luke Ayling, Byron Webster and Marek Stech.

Discussions are still taking place with Chris Dunn and Nathan Ralph will be returning for pre-season training in an attempt to prove his fitness after two years of horrendous injury problems.

Ruben Palazuelos has returned home to Spain to look for a new club in his home land.

Three players, Jamie McAllister, Joey Jones and Reuben Reid have all been given a free transfer.

Commenting on the release of club captain McAllister Johnson said: “Jamie has been a fantastic servant to me both here at Yeovil and at Bristol City. He is 36 now and I think he still has a couple of good years ahead of him in somebody’s first team.

“I and everybody at Yeovil Town wish Jamie the best of luck in the future at whichever club he ends up at.”

All of the other players namely Joe Edwards, Kevin Dawson, Sam Foley, Gareth Stewart, Kieffer Moore, Sam Hoskins, Matteo Lanzoni, Joel Grant, Liam Davis and Adam Morgan are still under contract to Yeovil Town.

MAREK STECH RECEIVES CZECH REPUBLIC CALL UP

Goalkeeper Marek Stech has been called up for the Czech Republic national team.

The shot stopper has been selected for the squad to face Finland on Wednesday 21st May in Helsinki.

Marek has previously represented his country at under 17 and under 21 level.

SEASON REVIEW – NOVEMBER 2013

A trip to Elland Road is never going to be easy and so it proved as the all white’s ran out 2-0 winners. Although the scoreline indicated an easy victory it was anything but easy for Leeds as Yeovil battled away in the first for no tangible reward.

Two goals for Ross McCormack sealed things for the home side but it was an encouraging display from Yeovil who certainly looked as though they were getting the hang of Championship football.

With the next home match against Wigan being switched to a Sunday the match gave the club to honour their team of the decade who all turned up to be presented to the crowd before kick off.

Wigan nicked all the points with a controversial goal from Marc Antoine Fortune after Grant Holt had seemingly controlled the ball with his hand before crossing for the big Frenchman to score.

But it had been another indication, that despite the score line, the Glovers were coming to terms with their new division.

Two away trips were to follow with a Friday night trip to Doncaster’s Keep Moat Stadium up first. Furman put Donny in front as the 11th. minute when Manchester United loanee Macheda squared for Furman to score easily.

Yeovil hit back just before half time when Byron Webster smashed home from close range but a late goal from Mark Duffy snatched all the points for the Yorkshiremen and yet another long return home empty handed.

The last month in the month saw manager Gary Johnson return to his old haunts with a trip to Vicarage Road, Watford.

With new loan striker Ishmael Miller just signed from Forest Yeovil produced a great result against the high flying Londoners that ultimately saw their manager Gianfranco Zola sacked.

Other new loanee John Lundstram also started along with Adam Morgan for one of his rare starts.

After a competent first half display The Glovers went in front with a goal from Byron Webster on the stroke of half time.

With Lundstram controlling things from the midfield and a focal point like Miller to aim for Yeovil kicked on and Miller made it 2-0 in the 53rd. minute.

An inch perfect pass from Lundstram found a rampaging Joe Edwards and he slotted past Bond in the Watford goal to make it 3-0 and a triumphant return for the manager to his old club.

A great way to end the month.

 

SEASON REVIEW – OCTOBER 2013

After the promising display at Bolton in the last game in September The Glovers camp were confident as they went into the first home game in October against Leicester City.

A goalless first half saw The Foxes come out for the second period with all guns blazing and soon went two nil up thanks to goals from Lloyd Dyer and a penalty from David Nugent.

Yeovil managed to hit back with their first league goal at Huish Park which was also a penalty from James Hayter but it was not enough as Leicester ran out quite convincing winners. A sign of what was to come!

Things didn’t get better in the next game when a long trip up to Middlesbrough saw a 4-1 reverse for The Glovers.

It all started so well though with a 4th.minute goal from Liam Davis but that was about it for Yeovil as Boro went on to put four past Wayne Hennessy.

Nathan Jones returned top Huish Park for The Glovers next fixture which was against Brighton. In a pretty ordinary game upset by a fussy referee both sides had the opportunity to pick up all three points but neither managed to as the game petered out into a goalless draw.

But the point was a priceless one for the Glovers being their home SkyBet Championship point.

If the Brighton match had been boring, dull and goalless then the next match was certainly the opposite.

Our old foes Nottingham Forest were the visitors and a 7612 crowd enjoyed the first home league victory of the season.

Yeovil were quick out of the traps and a great opening goal from Ed Upson had Forest reeling as early as the 8th. minute.

Shane Duffy upended Simon Cox on fifteen minutes in the box but Wayne Hennessy was in fine form saving Cox’s spot kick and then in the 40th. minute Ed Upson got his second with a superb strike from 25 yards out.

Yeovil were really flying but Chalaboh pulled a goal back for Forest in the 42nd minute but The Glovers soon restored the two goal margin when Byron Webster headed in from a corner.

Forest picked up in the second half but poor finishing and stout defending from Yeovil made sure they retained their lead for a fine way to end off the month.

So as October slipped into November Yeovil Town went into the new month in a much happier frame of mind.

 

TOWN PRICED AT 9/2 TO RETURN TO SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

League sponsors Sky Bet price Yeovil Town at 9/2 to make an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.

Nigel Clough’s Sheffield United are favourites to win League One next season on the back of an impressive second-half to this season.

United are 6/1 to win the title and 12/5 to be promoted after a remarkable second half of the season saw them lose only two of 19 games and also reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

Other relegated sides Barnsley and Doncaster are each given odds of 7/2 to make an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.

Sky Bet make newly-promoted Chesterfield 11/2 shots to go up with Scunthorpe, who enjoyed a great run, 8/1 to complete back-to-back promotions.

Notts County, who avoided relegation on the final day of the season, are 16/1 to be promoted.

Sky Bet League 1 betting: skybet.com

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KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The 2013-14 season may be over for Town but there’s plenty to look forward to over the coming months.

Here are some key dates for you:

May 24th: Championship Sky Bet Play-Off Final – Wembley Stadium

May 25th: League 1 Sky Bet Play-Off Final – Wembley Stadium

May 26th: League 2 Sky Bet Play-Off Final – Wembley Stadium

May 30th: England v Peru (Friendly)

June 4th: Ecuador v England (Friendly)

June 7th: England v Honduras (Friendly)

June 14th: England v Italy (World Cup)

June 18th: 2014-15 Football League fixtures announced

June 19th: England v Uruguay (World Cup)

July 1st: Yeovil Town squad returns for pre-season training

July 13th: World Cup Final

August 9th: Sky Bet Football League season begins

Week commencing August 11th: Capital One Cup Round 1

Week commencing August 25th: Capital One Cup Round 2

Week commencing September 1st: Johnstone’s Paint Trophy 1st Round

Season tickets are on sale now from Huish Park. Click here for more information.

SEASON REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 2013

With an International break early on, September saw only four matches of which only one was at home.

The Glovers started away at Hillsbrough for a match again with controversy an ever present. Wednesday went in front with a goal from Nuhiu but with a linesman clearly waving for offside the referee waved play on!

To add insult to injury Byron Webster was dismissed just before half time. The Glovers equalised with a fine strike from loaneee Joe Ralls, his first for the club, and held on well for a richly deserved point considering their numerical disadvantage.

Three days later and it was a trip to Portman Road to face Ipswich Town. Yeovil took a first half lead through Joel Grant’s goal but were unable to hold on and went down to a 2-1 defeat. The match saw former Glover Liam Fontaine make his loan debut from Bristol City.

Next up was a visit from top of the table Queen’s Park Rangers and their high profile manager Harry Redknapp.

Another really tight game saw Yeovil giving as good as they got and Rangers were certainly having to pull out all the stops to stay in the contest.

 

The 9,100 crowd were seeing a great performance from Yeovil and Rob Green in the Rangers goal was by far the busier keeper with two remarkable saves from Liam Davis and Joe Ralls.

Once again though, a controversial penalty was to be the Glovers downfall. Charlie Austin went down after being involved in a 50/50 tussle with Dan Seabourne.

The referee ruled in favour of the more glamorous side in Rangers and Austin scored from the spot in the 75th. minute.

If anything though it showed that with luck Yeovil were more than good enough to hold their own in the SkyBet Championship.

The last match of September saw The Glovers travel North again to Bolton’s Reebok Stadium  which saw Shane Duffy make his Glovers debut. Once again another great display saw the team go into the 92nd minute leading through a 79th minute goal from Ed Upson.

But as the final whistle approached Zat Knight pulled across goal a deep cross for Alex Baptiste to head the equaliser.

The fact that the ball was a good two feet out of play when Knight crossed seemed to completely bypass the linesman attention and Yeovil were robbed of three points by a shocking decision from the official.

So at the end of the month only two more points had been added to the Glover’s total and things were clearly going to be hard as the months rolled on.

An interesting foot note that can be disclosed now is that manager Gary Johnson sent a DVD containing the incidents from the Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Queen’s Park Rangers and Bolton matches to the head of referee’s, whose opinion was that all the decisions were wrong, but sadly he could do nothing to change the results.

What might have been.

FOOTBALL REMEMBERS

The Premier League, Football League and The FA have joined forces with the British Council to create Football Remembers, a huge national commemoration supported by the Duke of Cambridge, that will mark this year’s centenary of the Christmas Truce – one of the most iconic moments of the First World War.

Every team in the Premier League and Football League as well as all 24 England sides will mark the centenary, right through to the grassroots – with every FA-registered club, County FA and UK primary and secondary school being asked to join in a series of activities between now and December 2014. Any football team in the UK and around the world will be welcome to participate.

The first two of these activities are launched today with the aim of engaging a new generation of young people about what took place on Christmas Day in Flanders in 1914. The four partners have launched a Football Remembers education pack that will be sent to more than 30,000 schools across the UK through the British Council.

It includes resources to help children learn about the Truce – including eye-witness accounts, photos, drawings and letters from soldiers some of which have never been published before. 

The pack includes perspectives from British, French, Belgian, German and Indian witnesses and is accompanied by specially written activities for English, modern foreign languages, drama, art, sport, history, moral education and conflict resolution. Pupils are encouraged to consider the significance of the Christmas Truce today.

The Duke of Cambridge – President of The FA – is backing another unique Football Remembers project. Schools and Football Academies are being asked to design a memorial to the football played during the Truce.

The permanent memorial will be built at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The winning design will be chosen by the Duke and Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott. The memorial will be formally unveiled in December.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge said: “The British Council, together with The F.A., Premier League and Football League, have put together a tremendous resource for use in the classroom and at home. It promises to be a powerful way to engage and educate young people about such an important moment in our history.

We all grew up with the story of soldiers from both sides putting down their arms on Christmas Day, and it remains wholly relevant today as a message of hope over adversity, even in the bleakest of times.”

The British Council’s Chief Executive, Sir Martin Davidson, said: “For a brief moment in history, the Christmas Truce showed how people-to-people connections can triumph at a time of global crisis. This year’s centenary is a valuable opportunity for a new generation to learn about that historic moment and the First World War more widely – the consequences of which continue to shape the world today, and the way in which people overseas view the UK. We want every school in the country to get involved.”

FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, said: “Having just been to visit the battlefields and memorial sites in northern France, I saw at first hand just how much a part football played in the First World War. The scale of the loss is unthinkable and it is only right and fitting the game comes together to pay tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

“By bringing the story of the Christmas Truce to life for a new generation, we can also remind how football can be a positive force in bringing people together – even at the worst of times.

"All at The FA will be involved in the commemorations and I would like to pay special tribute to our President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge for his personal support – particularly with the memorial design competition which I hope will really capture young people’s imagination.”

The Football League’s Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey said: “The forthcoming centenary gives us the opportunity to mark the extraordinary sacrifice made by millions of people of all nationalities during the Great War.  They include many people that were connected with our clubs and competition from players and administrators to referees and supporters.  We are delighted to be part of this initiative as football can play an important role in ensuring that their memory and the lessons learned from this conflict are never forgotten.”

First World War and Sports Minister, Helen Grant said: “When both sides laid down their arms at Christmas and played football, they showed how sport can overcome even the biggest divide. The Football Remembers educational pack is a fantastic way to reconnect young people with that moment and with a war that risks feeling so distant.

"The letters, photographs and mementoes vividly tell the story of what happened in the words of those who lived it. It is fitting then that, from playing fields and playgrounds to the world stage, football will once again unite us, this time in remembrance.”

Research released by the British Council earlier this year confirmed the Christmas Truce as one of the most recognised moments of the First World War – with more than two thirds of UK adults aware of the football matches that took place.

SEASON REVIEW: AUGUST 2013

After the usual pre-season games which saw mixed results, including a 5-1 reverse against Swansea all the anticipation of the summer saw the big day finally arrive on August 3rd with The Glovers away to Millwall at The New Den.

With friendly results being quite mixed nobody really knew what to expect, but in a fairly uneventful match Ed Upson popped up just before the end to score a vital if, by then, unexpected goal.

Cue frantic celebrations from the travelling Glovers fans that had travelled up to the capital in their hundreds. The perfect start!

A pretty unspectacular 1-0 victory at Southend followed in the Capital Cup with a Kevin Dawson goal being the difference between the two sides.

Saturday 10th saw the very first match at home in the SkyBet Championship with Birmingham City the opposition.

In front of 8,717 supporters Yeovil were dealt an early blow, when after seven minutes keeper Marek Stech was injured and had to be replaced by Gareth Stewart.

Worse was to follow with a Danny Seabourne own goal early in the second half and despite going close through James Hayter and Dan Burn it was a first defeat of the season proper for the Glovers.

The Gaffer had already been active in the loan market bringing in central defender Alan Tate from Swansea and he now had to address the loss of Stech by bringing Sam Johnstone from Manchester United.

Next up a visit to that Bastian of Northern football, Turf Moor.

Disaster struck as early as the warm up when Johnstone injured his finger. None the less he played the match and yet again Yeovil put up a great show holding the home side to as late as the 72nd. minute before they went on to record a 2-0 victory.

Back at Huish Park Derby County were the next visitors. Welsh International keeper Wayne Hennessy had come in on loan and was subjected to something of a baptism of fire as Derby showed their class with a 3-0 victory.

In the Capital Cup Birmingham were back at Huish Park in what can only be described as a match that had everything.

Brum went in front after 20 minutes but Yeovil soon equalised through Ed Upson. The Midlanders went in front again but Yeovil equalised in the last minute through a rather controversial goal from Byron Webster.

Birmingham had expected to have the ball put out after an injury but Webster had other ideas. Mayhem broke out but the goal stood.

That meant extra time and the rare sight of a goal from Luke Ayling to put Yeovil in front again but a minute later Gary Johnson, as he is prone to doing, decided to GIVE Birmingham a goal back sending the game into a penalty shoot out.

But for Yeovil that was as good as it got as they lost the shoot out.

The Glovers finished the month with a home match against Reading. In a match dominated by Yeovil it was left to our old friend Trevor Kettle to strike again as Adam Le Fondre went down under no challenge or contact but Mr.Kettle gave the penalty.

So the month ended with only three points from a possible 15 showing this league was certainly not going to be easy for The Glovers.

SUMMER PLANS FOR WWW.YTFC.NET

With the Summer break upon us and Yeovil stories for our offical web site hard to come by for the next couple of months we will be putting all our efforts into other areas.

Firstly we will be looking back on our adventure in the SkyBet Championship with a review of the season along with relevant articles that we have published in our programme Green and White.

Not everybody buys a programme so we thought it would be great to reproduce some of the many interesting interviews we featured in the programme, so watch out for them.

Then of course there is that small event going in in Brazil.

Yes it’s a World Cup year and we will be doing our best to get some interesting stories and people to give us their take on the great event.

New Sky Sports and BT Sport summeriser and former Yeovil Town defender Adam Virgo will be giving us his regular thoughts on all the games taking place on our YouTube channel.

We are also delighted to announce that another former Yeovil Town player, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, will be giving us his take on the competition from a player’s point of view.

Asmir will be giving us his thoughts next week as the countdown to Brazil begins and we are hoping to be able to get reports on his progress with Bosnia direct from Brazil if all goes according to plan.

If any other players with Yeovil Town connections are picked to go to Brazil we will also be trying to make contact with them.

The last World Cup saw an Octopus forecasting the results and rumours are rife around Huish Park that a local pig called Clarence, posses the same unique insight ahead of the games.

We are currently negotiating an exclusive contract with Clarence’s farmer owner for the football mad pig to feature on www.ytfc.net. Watch this space!

Together with any player comings or goings, and of course the new fixture list launch, we hope our plans will give you a regular "football fix".

IT’S NOT All SUN, SEA & SAND!!

Yeovil Town players have been warned that maintaining their fitness over the close season is a vital part of their summer break.

Yeovil Town Physio Simon Baker has been explaining to www.ytfc.net that all the squad have been given an "Off Season Information Pack" containing advice and sample diets for the players to follow.

The holiday period has been broken down to blocks with specific instructions for each period. The first two weeks are quite specific and players are expected to have a complete rest both physically and mentally.

Over the next three week period the players are expected to steadily maintain their fitness levels without going to extremes.

The final three weeks should see a steady increase in activities to ensure when the players return from their close season breaks they are able to go straight into pre-season training without having to play catch up at the start of next season.

Two vital giveaway signs that the players will have to beware of is their weight and their body fat percentage and any problems in either of these areas will undoubtedly result in some sort of disciplinary action being introduced.

So it’s not all sun, sea and sand for the lads as they unwind in exotic destinations across the globe. A basic level of fitness discipline must be maintained.

Have a good break lads!!!!

KIEFFER BACK FOR MORE WORK

Who said footballers all go off on holidays at the end of the season??!

Well in the case of our own Kieffer Moore it certainly is not true as the Glovers striker was back in this morning for extra training as he strives to overcome the calf injury he picked up at the end of the season which kept him out of the final four games.

Kieffer can be seen in our picture working out with physio Simon Baker.

PITCH RENOVATION STARTED EARLY

Unlike last year, work on the Huish Park has started at the earliest possible moment this season.

As soon as the season’s last match, The High Holborn Shield match between Merriott Jets and East Coker Cockerels was over preparation were put in place culminating with tractors and specialist equipment taking the top surface of the pitch.

A new surface will then be sown with the finished pitch ready for action ahead of the first scheduled Pre-Season friendly next season in July

YEOVIL TOWN ACHIEVES THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE FAMILY EXCELLENCE AWARD

Yeovil Town are delight to have been awarded ‘The Football League Family Excellence Award’ for the 2013/14 season.

Created in 2007, the Award recognises the outstanding experience provided by clubs for young fans and families as part of a scheme that won the Gold Award at the European Professional Football Leagues’ Best Practice Awards, earlier this season.

A total of 47 clubs from across all three divisions of The Football League have been given the Award for 2014, the same number as in 2013 despite a significant increase in the benchmark standard being applied by the judging panel.  More than ever this year, Football League clubs are providing families with engaging family areas and offering innovative matchday entertainment that delivers a money can’t buy experience for young fans.

In announcing the successful clubs, Football League Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “The Football League Family Excellence Award provides clubs with a benchmark in their efforts to attract families through their gates.

“It is hugely encouraging to see so many clubs receiving the accolade, demonstrating The Football League’s commitment to securing the next generation of fans.”

Seven clubs secured the award for the seventh year running – Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers and Yeovil Town. Two clubs, Blackburn Rovers and Port Vale, have been awarded the accolade for the first time.

The award recipients are decided by an independent assessment using real families that has been commissioned by The Football League, at all 72 League clubs, during the 2013/14 season.

YOUTUBE: WATCH THE END OF SEASON AWARDS PRESENTATION

After the Middlesbrough game the players gathered for the annual Player of the Season Awards.

Luke Ayling was the Green and White Supporters Club Player of the Season, The Bobby Hamilton Young Player of the Year, The Away Travel Club Player of the Year and the DSA Player of the Year.

 

Other awards were as follows: The Western Gazette Player of the Year-Joe Edwards, The Andy Stone Memorial Trophy for the Top Goal Scorer was James Hayter, The Cary Glovers Player of the Year was Byron Webster, The Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Player of the Year was Joe Edwards.

 

Two Runners up to mention were Shane Duffy who was runner up in the Green and White Supporters Club Award and Byron Webster who was Runner Up in the DSA Award.

To View the video click here or click the video below.

TOM LAWRENCE STARTS FOR MANCHESTER UNITED AFTER BEING RECALLED EARLY

After being recalled early by Manchester United from his loan spell with Town, Tom Lawrence has been selected to start in tonight’s match with Hull City.

Tom joined Town in January but was recalled before the final game of the season against Middlesbrough.

The Welshman made 17 starts and two substitute appearances for Yeovil during his spell.

Everyone at Huish Park wishes Tom all the best.

LADIES PUT TWO PAST ASTON VILLA IN CUP

On a sunny day at the Jones Stadium, Sherborne, Yeovil Town Ladies met Aston Villa Ladies in their second match in the FA WSL Continental Cup in three days.

The Glovers lost their previous game in this competition 2–1 to FA WSL1 side Birmingham City, but got off to the perfect start in this one by taking the lead after just six minutes. Winger Jemma Tewkesbury was released down the right wing and her low cross into the box was neatly tucked away first time by Helen Bleazard.

Villa tried to reply, and an early ball up-field opened up the Glovers defence, but striker Carly Davies’ shot went over the crossbar after she got on the end of it. A few minutes later Davies attempted to lob goalkeeper Rachel Simkin when she was off her line, but the shot also went over the crossbar.

Despite the Villa attacks, it was Yeovil who increased their lead before the half-hour mark. A corner from Bleazard was powerfully headed in by Laura Bray, who immediately ran over to celebrate with Bleazard.

It could have been more than just two goals before half time. Katie Cook’s mazy run and cross was almost met by Tewkesbury, but she couldn’t make contact. Tewkesbury then had a one-on-one with Villa goalie Caitlin Leach and after initially losing the ball to Leach, her persistence won the ball back and she rounded the keeper. Unfortunately, her finish was deflected into the side netting by a backtracking Villa defender.

After the break the game fizzled out somewhat and although Aston Villa had more possession, they didn’t create any clear-cut chances. In fact, it took them until around 60 minutes to record their first shot of the half – a ‘daisy cutter’ from substitute Maddy Cusack which was collected by Simkin.

The game did briefly spark back into life when Lauren Walker’s shot from the corner of the penalty area bounced back off the Glover’s crossbar. Down the other end of the pitch, Yeovil had a flurry of chances in the space of around 30 seconds. Bray dribbled into the penalty area but her shot was blocked, the loose ball fell to Cook but her shot was pushed away by Leach. Leach raced out to collect the ball but Bray beat her to it, when Bray then tried chipping Leach, the ball ended up in the thankful goalkeeper’s hands.

Villa were still in the ascendency but still failed to create any opportunities for themselves; lots of crosses and free kicks were put into the Yeovil box without any success. They even sent central defender Dani Petrovic up front for the final five minutes.

Despite this, it was arguably Yeovil who looked more threatening on the counter attack. Helen Bleazard found herself in acres of space on the right flank – she drove forward and fired at Leach, who pushed the shot just past the post. From the resulting corner, substitute Jade Lorton-Radburn’s overhead kick went over the bar.

In injury time, Villa couldn’t get a consolation goal. Rachel Simkin got down low to her right to push away a driven Beth Merrick shot, to ensure Yeovil’s first Continental Cup win.

Yeovil line-up: 1 Simkin, 23 Bleazard, 5 Edwards, 2 Brazell, 3 Kirby, 4 Sherwood, 7 Bray, 16 Stewart, 14 Tewkesbury, 9 Cook, 11 Pearson

Subs used: 12 Whitton, 6 Haigh, 8 Radburn-L

Subs not used: 17 Wardle, 27 Cossens.

The Glovers face Aston Villa again at home on Saturday 17th May, this time in an FA WSL match. Will they beat Villa for the second time in a row and secure the 3 points? Join them on the 17th to find out. Tickets cost £4 for adults/£2.50 concessions & are available to purchase online by clicking here, or supporters can pay on the day.  If fans have a season ticket they are also entitled to bring a plus one to the game for free (plus all other home games in May).

Photos courtesy of Terry Fisher Photography.

HIGH HOLBORNE SHIELD FINAL AT HUISH PARK TONIGHT

Young football stars from East Coker and Merriott will follow in the footsteps of professionals Chris Weale, Craig Alcock and Martin Cranie when they battle for the High Holborne Shield tonight.

Under-12s teams from Merriott Jets and East Coker Cockerels will take to the Huish Park pitch tonight at 6.30pm.

Coker currently top Yeovil and District Youth League Division One, while the Jets are one of 22 Merriott youth teams that stay true to the club’s train hard, play easy ethos.

The Cockerels – many of whom are avid Glovers’ fans – beat teams from Martock, Perry Street and Somerton to set up a semi-final with Aller Park Rangers that they won 7-1.

Coached by Rich Goddard and Nick Langdon, the team also places enjoyment at the heart of their game, striking a balance with the right level of intensity they believe makes them competitive.

Expressing their pride at reaching the final, the Coker coaches praised their players as a credit to the club as they maintain a fluent passing style that has not been compromised by games becoming more physical with age.

Jets eased past Ilminster Tigers, Ash Rovers and Ilchester Hammers on their way to Tuesday’s encounter, having been formed in 2010 for a group of children who had either not played before or needed a team they could feel part of.

Hard work and commitment has seen them since reach the Nigel Broome Cup and Champions Plate finals, before progressing to the Terry Hazell Cup semi-final and winning their league in 2013.

Under the guidance of manager Martin Hooper and coach Chris Hill, Merriott have already won the Richard Blackie Cup this season.

Thanks to Western Gazette for use of images and text.

#BACKFROMBORO CYCLISTS ALL ARRIVE HOME

The #BackfromBoro cyclists arrived back at Huish Park on Saturday morning more or less bang on time at 10.15 to an enthusiastic welcome from friends, family, club officials and the Chairman John Fry.

 

Led in by Gary Johnson after a gruelling 334 mile ride there were a few cycling wounded including Dan Cabell with a knee problem but by and large the only real problems were fatigue and the necessity to walk bow legged around at the finish!

 

So to all who participated our sincere congratulations on your achievement. You were all superb and we are sure the three charities that benefit will echo our sentiments.

 

A huge sum has been raised and thanks go out also to all the sponsors who helped make the event such a huge success.

 

Well done!

LUKE AYLING SCOOPS FOUR AWARDS

Following on from Saturday’s last game of the season against Middlesbrough the annual end of season awards took place and this year the regular recipient was Luke Ayling as he picked up four awards.
 

Luke was the Green and White Supporters Club Player of the Season, The Bobby Hamilton Young Player of the Year, The Away Travel Club Player of the Year and the DSA Player of the Year.

 

Other awards were as follows: The Western Gazette Player of the Year-Joe Edwards, The Andy Stone Memorial Trophy for the Top Goal Scorer was James Hayter, The Cary Glovers Player of the Year was Byron Webster, The Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Player of the Year was Joe Edwards.

 

Two Runners up to mention were Shane Duffy who was runner up in the Green and White Supporters Club Award and Byron Webster who was Runner Up in the DSA Award.

Check out our gallery of picture of the winners.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V MIDDLESBROUGH

Yeovil Town’s first season in the Skybet Championship ended with a disappointing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough.

A first half defensive horror show saw ‘Boro go in at half time 3-1 to the good with goals from Danny Graham, Emanuel Ledesma and Lee Tomlin. James Hayter had given Yeovil hope with an equaliser. But in the second minute of the second half, Ledesma added his second and Boro’s fourth to wrap the game up.

The visitors, playing in front of an incredible 1,348 of their own fans, could have scored more with Ledesma hitting the crossbar and Graham spurning two absolute sitters but in the end, it was a poor end to the Glovers’ historic first season at the second level of English football.

Manager Gary Johnson’s selection changes came in midfield where Tom Lawrence’s return to Manchester United and Ruben Palazuelos’s injury meant there were opportunities on the flanks for Kevin Dawson and Sam Foley. The pair’s return meant that eight of the starting eleven were at Huish Park last season.

Both sides had an early chance to score but both Foley and Graham failed to really trouble their opposition’s keeper. Graham then missed his first glorious chance when Nathaniel Chalobah’s cross set him up but he got no proper contact on the ball in. Hayter then went close for Yeovil with a delicate chip that Boro keeper Luke Steele just managed to tip over.

Jamie McAllister for Yeovil and both Chalobah and Tomlin for the visitors were off target as the game continued in an open fashion and Graham again went close with a far post volley that keeper Marek Stech got down well to block.

On the half hour though Boro opened the scoring. Ledesma cut inside from the right flank and fired in a shot that Stech parried but only into the path of Graham who finished easily. Ledesma almost made it two straight after with a left foot effort that smacked against the crossbar.

It took only seven minutes for the home side to reply, albeit in fortunate circumstances. Luke Ayling got into a good position on the right wing and sent in a low cross. Sam Hoskins miskicked his first time shot but diverted it to Hayter who tucked home for his sixth league goal of the season.

But before Yeovil could think about getting to half time level, they conceded twice more before half time as the defensive calamity continued. Daniel Ayala hit a long hopeful ball looking for the right winger but McAllister intercepted the pass, heading into the path of Graham. He then found Ledesma who finished to make it 2-1 from inside the box.

Number three was courtesy of another long ball from the back. Keeper Steele’s long goal kick ran all the way through to the edge of Yeovil’s box, creating a 50/50 ball between Stech and Tomlin. The Czech keeper missed the ball and Tomlin nipped in to finish from a tight angle.

The Glovers hopes of getting anything out of the game disappeared ninety seconds into the second half through another lapse in the back four. Shane Duffy, who returns to Everton tonight, stooped to head a dipping pass and failed to control the ball. Graham rounded Byron Webster and crossed for Ledesma to acrobatically volley in at the far stick.

The game ended as a spectacle at this point. Johnson had withdrawn Foley and Dawson at half time to look at Liam Davis and Joel Grant on the flanks. But it was still the long-travelling visitors who looked most likely to score next, Stech having to dive full length to prevent a Byron Webster own goal.

Graham then missed an even easier chance when Boro counter attacked and Tomlin unselfishly squared to the Sunderland loanee who scuffed his shot horribly wide.

The closing half hour saw the introduction of Seth Twumasi for a rare appearance, replacing Sam Hoskins. Boro sub Adam Reach fired over from the angle of the box and Twumasi had a sight of goal but sent his left foot shot wide of the near post.

The final action of Yeovil’s Championship season saw Hayter brought down from behind in the box but ref Graham Salisbury denied Yeovil a spot kick. Ledesma missed a chance for his hat trick, shooting wide, but it ended in a sad end to the Glovers’ season ahead of the summer rebuilding programme.

Match Report : 03/05/2014

Yeovil Town’s first season in the Skybet Championship ended with a disappointing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough.

A first half defensive horror show saw ‘Boro go in at half time 3-1 to the good with goals from Danny Graham, Emanuel Ledesma and Lee Tomlin. James Hayter had given Yeovil hope with an equaliser. But in the second minute of the second half, Ledesma added his second and Boro’s fourth to wrap the game up.

The visitors, playing in front of an incredible 1,348 of their own fans, could have scored more with Ledesma hitting the crossbar and Graham spurning two absolute sitters but in the end, it was a poor end to the Glovers’ historic first season at the second level of English football.

Manager Gary Johnson’s selection changes came in midfield where Tom Lawrence’s return to Manchester United and Ruben Palazuelos’s injury meant there were opportunities on the flanks for Kevin Dawson and Sam Foley. The pair’s return meant that eight of the starting eleven were at Huish Park last season.

Both sides had an early chance to score but both Foley and Graham failed to really trouble their opposition’s keeper. Graham then missed his first glorious chance when Nathaniel Chalobah’s cross set him up but he got no proper contact on the ball in. Hayter then went close for Yeovil with a delicate chip that Boro keeper Luke Steele just managed to tip over.

Jamie McAllister for Yeovil and both Chalobah and Tomlin for the visitors were off target as the game continued in an open fashion and Graham again went close with a far post volley that keeper Marek Stech got down well to block.

On the half hour though Boro opened the scoring. Ledesma cut inside from the right flank and fired in a shot that Stech parried but only into the path of Graham who finished easily. Ledesma almost made it two straight after with a left foot effort that smacked against the crossbar.

It took only seven minutes for the home side to reply, albeit in fortunate circumstances. Luke Ayling got into a good position on the right wing and sent in a low cross. Sam Hoskins miskicked his first time shot but diverted it to Hayter who tucked home for his sixth league goal of the season.

But before Yeovil could think about getting to half time level, they conceded twice more before half time as the defensive calamity continued. Daniel Ayala hit a long hopeful ball looking for the right winger but McAllister intercepted the pass, heading into the path of Graham. He then found Ledesma who finished to make it 2-1 from inside the box.

Number three was courtesy of another long ball from the back. Keeper Steele’s long goal kick ran all the way through to the edge of Yeovil’s box, creating a 50/50 ball between Stech and Tomlin. The Czech keeper missed the ball and Tomlin nipped in to finish from a tight angle.

The Glovers hopes of getting anything out of the game disappeared ninety seconds into the second half through another lapse in the back four. Shane Duffy, who returns to Everton tonight, stooped to head a dipping pass and failed to control the ball. Graham rounded Byron Webster and crossed for Ledesma to acrobatically volley in at the far stick.

The game ended as a spectacle at this point. Johnson had withdrawn Foley and Dawson at half time to look at Liam Davis and Joel Grant on the flanks. But it was still the long-travelling visitors who looked most likely to score next, Stech having to dive full length to prevent a Byron Webster own goal.

Graham then missed an even easier chance when Boro counter attacked and Tomlin unselfishly squared to the Sunderland loanee who scuffed his shot horribly wide.

The closing half hour saw the introduction of Seth Twumasi for a rare appearance, replacing Sam Hoskins. Boro sub Adam Reach fired over from the angle of the box and Twumasi had a sight of goal but sent his left foot shot wide of the near post.

The final action of Yeovil’s Championship season saw Hayter brought down from behind in the box but ref Graham Salisbury denied Yeovil a spot kick. Ledesma missed a chance for his hat trick, shooting wide, but it ended in a sad end to the Glovers’ season ahead of the summer rebuilding programme.

COME AND WELCOME BACK THE BIKERS

At between 10.00am and 10.15am tomorrow morning the 74 bike riders on the #Backfromboro bike ride will be arriving back at Huish Park.

Why not come down to Huish Park early to welcome them back and be nice and early for the final SkyBet Championship match of the season which kicks off at 12.15pm.

The Marquee will be open from 10.30 for drinks and snacks.

FANS GROUPS DONATE GYM EQUIPMENT

The Away Travel Club and the Green and White Supporters Club have again donated some fitness equipment to Gary Johnson and his squad to improve the range of equipment at present located in the club’s small gymnasium.

This is the first time the two supporter organisations have got together to donate equipment to the club.

It represents the end results of the numerous fund raising activities that both organisations conduct throughout the season and provides a very necessary facility within the players training programmes.

Our picture shows Away Travel representative Mark Kelly and Green and White Supporters Club  Chairman, Rich Rendell handing over part of the package donated to Manager Gary Johnson, and physios Mike Micciche and Simon Baker.

#BACKFROMBORO DAY THREE BLOG

Day three Nottingham to Stratford-on-Avon.

As forecast and expected by most, it rained really hard today, once before lunch and another downpour after. Our lunchtime feast of jacket potatoes and a welcome cup of hot tea was hosted by the Queen’s Head in Meridan – their normal lunchtime trade shot to pieces by a tribe of hungry Glovers. We all pushed on through the rest of the day, sore legs, (and other parts) plus the odd hangover and buckled front wheel didn’t deter anybody from reaching their goal – a hot bath in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Having strained my thigh muscles on Tuesday, the last two days have been a pleasure to cruise along at a nice steady pace. I seem to have adopted the role as ‘rear gunner’ marshalling and helping my fellow group 4 team mates and new found friends to complete the days challenge. What it has also done is given me the opportunity to reflect, to understand the characters and to appreciate why people have taken on this challenge.

Today has been more than challenging for a couple in the group, low energy, sickness, blood sugar levels too low, plus general fatigue, but at the back of the group I overheard somebody say "my legs are cold and wet" to which I heard a reply of "better cold and wet legs than no legs at all", the spirit in the camp is great and this helps everybody through the tough times. For me, this has always been about those less fortunate than ourselves, those that collectively we can make a difference for, so on to Bath tomorrow and a guest appearance for dinner.

I would like to take this opportunity to give huge respect to those who have tirelessly worked to make this event happen – a massive thank you.

You can sponsor Steve by visiting his justgiving page by clicking here.