Month: June 2014

JAKUB SOKOLIK BECOMES A GLOVER

Yeovil Town can confirm the signing ofCzech Republic central defender Jakub Sokolík on a two-year contract.

Jakub was a free agent having been released by Liverpool at the end of last season.

After a loan spell at Southend United last season the Shrimpers were keen on securing the services of Jakub, but the defender has chosen Huish Park to play his football for the next two years.

Twenty-one-year-old Jakub was first spotted by Liverpool Chief Scout Eduardo Macia playing for his home country club Banik Ostrava where he had been since signing for the club as a six-year-old.

In March 2014 he joined Southend United on loan where he made ten appearances. Jakub has seven Czech Republic Under 16 appearances and five caps for Under 17 side.

CHRIS WEALE REJOINS GLOVERS ON TWO-YEAR DEAL

Yeovil Town have resigned former goalkeeper Chris Weale on a two year contract.

Chris, who originates from near-by East Coker, started his career at Yeovil Town in the successful Under 18 side in 2000.

He made his first team debut in Tony Pennock’s Testimonial match against Southmpton in July 2000. In all Chris made a total of 172 appearances for Yeovil scoring a memorable goal against Hereford during a loan spell in 2009.

In 2006 Chris moved on to Bristol City but injury blighted his time at Ashton Gate where he only made nine appearances before joining Leicester City where he made 75 appearances before moving to Shrewsbury Town in 2012 where he made 81 appearances. During his time away from Huish Park Chris enjoyed loan spells at Hereford and Northampton.

Chris was voted into the Yeovil Town team of the decade by supporters in a book to commemorate the club’s ten years of Football League action.

GOALKEEPER ARTUR KRYSIAK SIGNS FOR GLOVERS

Yeovil Town have today signed 25 year old Polish goalkeeper on a two year contract.

Born in Lodz was a member of the UKS SMS Lodz academy and came to England in 2008 when he signed for Birmingham City in a £60,000 transfer.

After only two hours of a trial at Birmingham City goalkeeping coach Nigel Spink knew he was the real deal. Academy Director Terry Westley described Artur as “A strong character with a massive presence in goal”.

During 2008 Artur  had loan spells in Scotland at Gretna,before going to York, Swansea, Motherwell and Burton Albion where he made 38 appearances.

In 2010 he signed for Exeter City on the completion of his Birmingham City contract where he made 119 appearances before leaving the Devon club at the end of last season.

LEITCH-SMITH JOINS GLOVERS

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the signing of striker Jay (A.J) Leitch-Smith on a two-year contract.
 

Jay started his footballing career at Crewe Alexandra at the age of six in the club’s Youth Academy. He signed a full time contract with Crewe in 2008 and was contracted to the club until the end of last season.

24-year-old Jay is a 5’11” striker described by his former club as a clever and tricky forward with an eye for goal. Often credited for his poaching, composure and finishing ability, Jay likes to play off the shoulder of defenders.

Jay made 103 appearances for The Railwaymen scoring 19 goals. He also had loan spells at Halifax, Newcastle Town, IBV in Iceland and Curzon Ashton.

Manager Gary Johnson said: "I am very happy to have secured the services of AJ. He has been on lots of clubs radars and I am delighted he has decided to join us here at Yeovil Town."

ENTERTAIN YOUR CHILD FOR AS LITTLE AS £8.75 A DAY!

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust have announced that they will be holding numerous Soccer Schools during the Summer holidays.
 

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.

Each child receives a certificate of completion, a medal as well as visits from the first team squad

THE VENUES
Courses will be taking place at the following venues: – 

29/30/31/1 JULY/AUGUST 2014 – Alvington Training Complex, Yeovil – cost £35.00

(Junior Glovers/Development Centre Participants discounted to £30.00)

12/13/14/15 AUGUST 2014 – Alvington Training Complex, Yeovil – cost £35.00

(Junior Glovers /Development Centre Participants discounted to £30)

To book your child/children on one of the Courses listed above, please download an application form from www.ytcst.net or alternatively contact the Community Sports Trust Office on 01935 706671

GAFFER’S DOTTING “I’s” AND CROSSING “T’s” ON TRANSFERS

For those of you wondering how the manager is going on with his quest for new players we have some news.

Not a lot but some news none the less!

Gary Johnson has been spending his time meeting with agents and players over the last few days and is hoping to, as he put it, dot the I’s and cross the T’s over the next few days before announcing the names of the players towards the end of the week or early next week.

So keep an eye on www.ytfc.net or our official Twitter and Facebook pages and we will bring you any news as soon as possible.

COMMUNITY SPORTS TRUST PREPARES FOR NERF JUNIOR PREMIER LEAGUE

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, the charitable arm of Yeovil Town Football Club, are preparing for their first season in the Nerf Junior Premier League. The Trust have had teams accepted at under 13, 14, 15, and 16 levels.

The JPL teams are the latest step for the Trust to run in conjunction with their existing Development Centres and Advanced Centre established with the aim of developing local players. The Trust currently runs Development Centres in Yeovil, Taunton, Wells, Burnham On Sea, and Frome. In September 2012 the Trust opened an Advanced Centre for those players that were excelling and the idea behind this was that by training and playing against players of a similar ability their football development would be accelerated.

YTCST Development Officer Bob Thomas said “It is important for us at the Trust to work with local talented players but also to provide them with a strong connection with their local football club.

"The Development Centres and Advanced Centre have been a great success and the progress made by the Advanced Centre squads has been especially satisfying particularly at a time when we need to offer the participants an extra challenge by providing regular competitive fixtures. The Nerf Junior Premier League is the ideal way to provide this opportunity."

The JPL is run in a very similar way to Centre Of Excellence and Academy level football, the only difference being the incentive to play for league points and participate in cup competitions. All of our players will have the opportunity of representing Yeovil Town Football Club, through the Trust , at a competitive level which provides them with this exciting opportunity. It also provides an incentive for all of our squads, from under 8 to under 16 to be involved with YTFC. In the future we hope to expand with under 12 and under 18 squads competing in the league.”

An important consideration in the Trust’s decision to enter the JPL was that the players will still be able to take part in their normal junior football club programme.

Fixtures are played on a Saturday morning and therefore do not conflict with local leagues who operate on a Sunday. It is hoped that the Trust can work alongside local clubs in developing young footballers.

The Trust will be holding trials to top up their existing under 13 and 14 squads [2014/15 age groups] at the following venues and times:-

Wells Blue School, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2NR.  Monday 7th July.

U13s/U14s – 5.00pm to 6.30pm.

Monkton Heathfield School, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8PD.  Tuesday 8th July

U13s/U14s – 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Alvington Development Complex, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8UX. Thursday 10th July

U13s – 6.00pm – 7.30pm

U14s – 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Places for the above trial dates must be booked in advance by emailing the Trust’s Development Officer Bob Thomas at bthomas@ytfc.net or by telephoning 01935 706671.

These contact details can be also be used for further information on any of our Development Centres or Advanced Centre squads.

DEFENDER BYRON WEBSTER JOINS MILLWALL

Yeovil Town can confirm that Byron Webster has today signed a contract with Millwall.

The 6ft 3-inch defender arrived at Huish Park from Northampton back in 2012 and made 98 appearances for the Glovers.

All at Yeovil Town wish Byron all the best for his future career.

MATCHDAY STAFF REQUIRED FOR ALL FIRST TEAM FIXTURES

Stadium Stewards:
As a match day steward you will be responsible for working as part of a team with the objective of maintaining the safety of supporters entering Huish Park.

Catering Outlet Staff and Bar Staff:
Successful applicants will be working as part of the event day catering team and have high standard of customer care and cleanliness.

All Staff will receive;

• Excellent rates of pay

• Full training

For further details please contact Yeovil Town FC on 01935 847888,

Open evening will be held at Huish Park on Thursday 26th June 2014 from 6:00pm.

TICKETS FOR PRE-SEASON FIXTURES ON SALE NOW

Tickets for all of Town’s pre-season fixtures at Huish Park are now on sale to all supporters.

Nigel Adkins brings his Championship side to Huish Park on Saturday 19th July (3:00pm). Tickets for this match are priced: Adults – £15 – Senior and those 16-21 – £10 – Under 16 – £2.

Next up sees recently relegated Bristol Rovers visit Somerset on Tuesday 22nd July. Tickets are priced at Adults – £10 – Senior and those 16-21 – £5 – Under 16 – £2.

The final home pre-season fixture will see Cardiff City travel to take on Gary Johnson’s men on Sunday 27th July (3:00pm). Tickets are priced at Adults – £15 – Senior and those 16-21 – £10 – Under 16 – £2.

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

Cardiff City – Home – Sunday 27th July – 3:00pm

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

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

YEOVIL TOWN LADIES SNAP UP COUSINS

Yeovil Town Ladies have signed Welsh International Nicola Cousins** to strengthen squad in preparation for second half of the FA WSL2 Season.

25 year old Cousins, who joins the Glovers from FA Women’s Premier League side Cardiff City Ladies, is a versatile defender that can play anywhere across the back four. This is Cousins’ first move in the UK away from Cardiff City Ladies, having grown up playing for the club. Undoubtedly, this makes it a huge move for Cousins.

“I am thrilled to have signed for Yeovil for the second part of the WSL2 season. I have watched their progress after the last 12 months and they have a great structure in place with some quality players” said Cousins.

She knows that the FA WSL will pose new challenges, but is not overwhelmed by this. “I am excited for this new challenge and cannot wait to start playing”.

First Team Manager Sarah Lawler commented; “I am pleased to introduce into the squad a credible player who really wants to be challenged and join the great squad we have here”

“Nicola can play anywhere across the back line and will fit in well to the squad. After chatting with her this week, it is clear that she is willing to work really hard for the club and understands what the club is trying to achieve”.

Cousins is the club’s second signing from Cardiff City Ladies for the 2014 season, after midfielder Paige Strewart joined earlier on in the year.

Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman commented; “It is fantastic to have Nicola at the club as she brings an extra dimension to our team and also is a highly regarded international standard player”.

“I am confident she will fit right in to our set up and quickly become a very valuable team member.”

Cousins is also currently competing in the World Cup Qualifiers with Wales, along with fellow Yeovil Town Ladies teammates Helen Bleazard and Alice Evans.

The Glovers season re-starts on 28th June when the ladies take on a strong Sunderland side away from home. The first home game, back at the Jones Stadium, Sherborne Town FC, will be on Saturday 12th July against FA WSL 1 side Notts County at 5pm in the Continental Cup. Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2.50 for concessions, you can pay on the day or purchase online by visiting www.yeoviltownladies.com/tickets.

 

**Subject to International Clearance.

FIRST WEEKEND ODDS FROM SKY BET

Following the announcement of the Sky Bet Football League fixtures this week, league sponsor Sky Bet is on the mark with match prices for the opening day clashes.

Last season’s defeated Play-Off finalists Leyton Orient go in to their opening fixture as favourites (11/10) as they host newly promoted Chesterfield United (21/10), while Yeovil will start as (7/5) favourites with a tricky home game against fellow former Championship side Doncaster Rovers.

Last year’s Sky Bet League 2 Play-off winners Fleetood will host Crewe in their first outing in League 1 and are fancied to make a good start at 8/11, while fellow promoted side Rochdale will be 2/1 underdogs as they host last season’s Johnson’s Paint Trophy winners Peterborough United.

Not only are Sky Bet the first place to get your bets on, they are also offering enhanced accumulators and if you open an account with Sky Bet, you get a £30 free bet and Town will benefit with a share of revenue.

To sign up for a Sky Bet account click here.

GARY JOHNSON LOOKING FORWARD TO START OF SEASON

Manager Gary Johnson he is looking forward to the start of the 2014/15 campaign after the fixtures were released earlier.

Speaking with ytfc.net after the fixture release this morning Gary said: "I can not wait to get started now. We pretty much start off with a double header against Gillingham. One team could be really happy after knocking the other out of the cup and then taking the three points on the Saturday. 

"We have Doncaster Rovers at home to start with followed by Scunthorpe United and then we play Barnsley. Two of those fixtures were Championship games last season and with Scunthorpe coming up it will be a good test for us in the first three home games.

"One of the stand out games is the local derby against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Boxing Day. I am really looking forward to returning there over the busy Christmas period.

"Naturally one of the first games I looked out for was Oldham. At least myself and Lee do not have to worry about that fixture until December!"

The full fixture list can be viewed here.

*Fixtures are subject to change.

TOWN START SEASON AT HOME TO DONCASTER ROVERS

Yeovil Town will start life back in League One with a fixture at home to Doncaster Rovers.

The game will be followed with a home tie in the Capital One Cup against Gillingham, before playing the Gills away just days later.

Boxing Day sees the Glovers head up the A37 to take on Bristol City before a home tie on 28th December against Russell Slade’s Leyton Orient.

The last home game of the season sees Port Vale come to Huish Park. The season’s last game will be away at MK Dons on 2nd May.

To view the full fixture list click here.

*Fixtures are subject to change.

CAPITAL ONE CUP RETURNS WITH MOST FAMILY-FRIENDLY START TO THE SEASON YET

Fans across the UK buzzing with summer football fever will get a family-feel when the Capital One Cup returns this season.

Capital One, the credit card provider and League Cup sponsor has teamed up with all 72 Football League clubs to launch a great offer, where adult fans can buy up to five children’s tickets for just £1 each at all Round One matches.

Kids inspired by the sensational summer of sport need look no further than their local Football League club for a fun family activity – without their parents breaking the bank.

Jaidev Janardana, chief marketing officer at Capital One, said: “After a fantastic summer of sport we’re delighted to be back and kicking off the football season with our third Capital One Cup.

“We wanted to make Round 1 as family friendly as possible and we hope our  great offer will encourage parents across the UK to treat the whole family to a host of great games, and, no-doubt, goals galore.”

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive at The Football League, added: “It’s great that Capital One and our clubs, are doing their utmost to attract young fans and help people enjoy Round 1 of the competition.

“Not only are they helping parents looking for inspiration for summer holiday activities, it’s also supporting the clubs draw in more fans and for many kids this could be their first ever football game.”

The Capital One website will soon be updated with full details on how to redeem the offer. In the meantime, for any further information please visit www.facebook.com/capitalone

BEN’S BETS – THE WORLD CUP

With the biggest sporting tournament on the planet now just a couple of days away it’s time to look at which betting markets we can have a little flutter on to help keep us in the football mood until the League One fixtures are released at least.

The Football League’s primary sponsors, Sky Bet have a whole range of markets available and we take just a snap shot at them here.

World Cup Winner

It won’t come as any real surprise, but much like everyone else, I see the tournament as a two horse race between South America’s giants, Brazil and Argentina.

Sides used to the climate and environment scattered with players of world class ability and reasonably easy groups to boot to kick their tournaments off in nice, comfortable fashion.

The two teams head the betting with Brazil edging the odds as 3/1 favourites.

However, for me, it’s Argentina who I’ll be siding with at 4/1.

The front four of Aguero, Di Maria, Higuain and the second best player in the world, Lionel Messi are pretty much as good as it gets, with solid players like Javier Mascherano and Pablo Zabaleta keeping things tight at the back, their whole squad is ready to match anyone.

Added to this, Argentina have been playing competitive football in the build up to this tournament, Brazil qualified automatically and have only had a series of meaningless friendlies as preparation.

Quite how much you can read into a 6-0 win over Panama is questionable.

With off the field issues threatening to overshadow the hosts’ efforts I’ll be backing their noisy neighbours to lift the trophy.

Top Scorer
I may be backing Messi’s men to triumph this summer, but I think the top scorer will come from the Samba boys of Brazil.

Argentina will share their goals out among a number of players, however Brazil are putting all their eggs in the Neymar basket.

Neymar has had an inconsistent season with Barcelona and has been restricted to a wide role, so I’m looking for the value elsewhere.

Fred is the striker of choice in this market; he’s at 18/1 to notch the most goals in the tournament.

He has been charged with leading the line in the build up to the tournament and scored in a 1-0 win over Serbia recently.

He also plays his club football in Brazil, no concerns over his ability to handle the heat, humidity and pressure of the supporters that might come with the likes of Thomas Muller, Cristiano Ronaldo or any other of the European front men.

18/1 is a shortened price as this was as big as 25/1 recently, so people are seeing this bet as value and bookmakers are responding.

For those looking for some longer odds for small each way bets, may I suggest Ciro Immobile of Italy, he’s 80/1, not bad for Serie A’s leading marksmen,  and Carlos Bacca of Colombia who will have to take the place of Falcao, his 100/1 could look decent value if he has a good group stage.

England.
The hopes of a nation are resting on the shoulders of Roy Hodgson and his troops. Led by Steven Gerrard the three lions have an exciting, young side with lots of attacking options and flair players without the baggage of previous tournaments.

The defence does look shaky and a lot will rest on the performances of Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka, but I’m staying positive.

Italy are notoriously bad at starting tournaments, with Balotelli set to keep Immobile out until the manager realises his error and makes the change they lack some on-form fire power too.

So, with all that in mind, I have three bets based around England.

Firstly, England to get exactly seven group points at 9/2, looks value. A draw against Italy followed up by wins over Uruguay and Costa Rica are the result I’m hoping for and it seems value for the fellow optimists out there.

With that group stage in mind, it would probably see us qualify; meeting one of Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan or Greece in the second round isn’t to be sniffed at either.

Avoiding the football super powers until at least the Quarter Finals is a huge boost, but that’s where it will end for Hodgson.

So I’m tempted by the England to be eliminated at the Quarter Finals at 3/1.

Elsewhere, a lot has been made of Wayne Rooney’s performances and positioning over recent weeks and that has to get to the striker.

What we do know is that Daniel Sturridge will feature in his preferred position up front, with support from team mates, Gerrard, Sterling and Henderson he could be the man to fire England out of the group.

He missed a couple of great chances in the friendlies, but he was in the right place at the right time and more often than not he’ll find the net.

So, avoid Rooney and take Sturridge to be the top England scorer at 5/2.

 

Special Markets.
Building on that ‘Top Team Scorer’ market we’ve mentioned with Sturridge, I’ve found a few others that may tempt you.

Edin Dzeko is likely to play a huge role in Bosnia’s tournament his big-league experience with Man City should mean he’s able to deal with Argentina and games against Nigeria and Iran won’t cause the big man any issues, so the 11/8 on him to notch more than any other Bosnian is a big price.

Ciro Immobile is next, he’ll probably start from the bench against Italy, but he’s the in-form striker in the Azzuri side and will be in the starting 11 soon enough. 22 goals in Serie A has alerted the big boys of Europe and Borussia Dortmund have swooped first, he’s in for Champions League football next season.

Combine these three in doubles and trebles with Sturridge in the England market and they combine at a 53/1 treble.

I wouldn’t put anyone off Lukaku for Belgium, Bacca for Colombia or Gyan for Ghana for the added value.

YTFC Special
Normally, I like to try and find a Yeovil Town special for these bets, but this is the biggest show on earth, there wasn’t much to choose from.

In fact, the YTFC special has to revolve around Bosnia ‘keeper Asmir Begovic, the former Glovers loanee is a 50/1 shot for the Golden Glove award.

I think that Bosnia will progress out of the group and possibly provide the shock of the tournament and get slightly further than some expect, a good goalkeeper will be key to that.

I’ll be having a small bet on Begovic and hope the Stoke stopper can pay for some trips to away games by the time the season comes back around.

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Odds correct at time of writing, subject to change.

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ADAM VIRGO GIVES FANS THE INSIDE TRACK ON THE WORLD CUP

Former Yeovil Town central defender Adam Virgo has joined the ranks of TV Pundits.

Having decided to hang up his boots, Adam has been giving his expert thoughts on BT Sport, Sky Sports and Talksport and recently was the expert summariser when Sky covered Yeovil’s last match of the season against Brighton.

ytfc.net have managed to persuade Adam to record his thoughts for all Glovers Supporters on all the forthcoming World Cup matches.

From his unique position as a pundit Adam will have his finger on the inside track of all the matches and the stories behind the scenes and he has agreed to share that privileged information with the club’s web site.

Whether he will be any better than Harv the Hawk remains to be seen but if you fancy a bet on any match then click here to take you through to SkyBet the club’s official betting partner where every bet helps your club financially. Please gamble responsibly.

So keep a regular check at www.ytfc.net for all your world cup features.

HARVEY THE HAWK TO PREDICT WORLD CUP SCORES

It is with deep regret that we have to inform supporters that World Cup expert Clarence has meet an untimely end and before YTFC.net could negotiate for his unique ability to forecast the results of the World Cup he has ended up in someone’s Bacon Sandwich.

We are sure all Glovers supporters will now be wondering every time they eat a bacon roll whether the contents are poor old Clarence. Rest in peace little fellow.

But it’s not all bad news because no sooner had we received the news of Clarence’s demise along comes Harvey the Hawk. Apparently word has got around that our World Cup tipping idea was in jeopardy when along came Harvey who also possess this unique ability to tip World Cup Results.

On Thursday afternoon at a secret location devoid of all seagulls (Harv doesn’t like them ganging up on him!) our star Hawk will be going through his paces to bring all you Glover’s supporters his thoughts on the first batch of World Cup games.

Don’t forget that having a bet with SkyBet also helps the club so click here to take you through to their site. Please gamble responsibly.

CARDIFF CITY TO VISIT HUISH PARK FOR FRIENDLY

Yeovil Town have lined up a home pre-season fixture against Cardiff City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær will bring his side to Huish Park on Sunday 27th July with kick off being 3:00pm.

Ticket prices for the game against Cardiff will be announced shortly.

Other prices for the home games are as follows:

Reading –Saturday 19th July:
Adults – £15

Senior and those 16-21 – £10

Under 16 – £2

 

Bristol Rovers –Tuesday 22nd July:
Adults – £10

Senior and those 16-21 – £5

Under 16 – £2

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

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

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

Cardiff City – Home – Sunday 27th July – 3:00pm

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

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

TOWN SEEDED IN CAPITAL ONE CUP DRAW

Yeovil Town have been named among the seeded teams for the Capital One Cup First Round draw.

The full draw for the opening round will be announced 17 June at 10am, and you can learn who The Glovers are set to face by checking ytfc.net.

With the first round split regionally, and based on final league positions from the 2013/14 campaign, The Glovers are among the seeds for the southern section of the draw, which could pit them against unseeded south teams such as Cheltenham Town and Plymouth Argyle.

Seeded Southern Teams

1. AFC Bournemouth

2. Birmingham City

3. Brentford

4. Brighton & Hove Albion

5. Bristol City

6. Cardiff City

7. Charlton Athletic

8. Ipswich Town

9. Leyton Orient

10. Millwall

11. Milton Keynes Dons

12. Peterborough United

13. Reading

14. Swindon Town

15. Walsall

16. Watford

17. Wolverhampton Wanderers

18. Yeovil Town

Non-seeded Southern Teams

19. AFC Wimbledon

20. Cambridge United

21. Cheltenham Town

22. Colchester United

23. Coventry City

24. Crawley Town

25. Dagenham & Redbridge

26. Exeter City

27. Gillingham

28. Luton Town

29. Newport County

30. Northampton Town

31. Oxford Untied

32. Plymouth Argyle

33. Portsmouth

34. Southend United

35. Stevenage

36. Wycombe Wanderers

GREEN & WHITE LOOKING BACK – PHYSIO TEAM

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.

Simon Baker & Michael Micciche Interview by Chris Sweet

Doubling the size of Yeovil Town’s physiotherapy team in the summer has boosted both the recovery from and prevention of injuries according to one half of the dynamic partnership.

Simon Baker returned to Huish Park in the summer having previously worked under Terry Skiverton during his tenure as manager and also having played for the Glovers’ youth and reserve teams.

With Gary Johnson’s men promoted to the Sky Bet Championship, the club moved to ensure the inevitable strain of injury had as little an impact as possible on their comparatively small squad.

Baker joined Mike Micciche in the Huish Park treatment room to start a working relationship that the one-time full back believes is already bearing fruit.

“It’s been pretty hectic but good on the whole,” said Baker. “We started off quite quietly from our point of view, which is a good thing as we never want to be busy.

“The prevention is much better than the cure. But it got a bit busier very quickly with three or four injured all at once so we had to get a lot of things sorted quickly, get plans in place, see the right people and do the right things.

“But that’s been exciting, it’s been quick and it’s been about thinking on the spot. It’s good, it’s what we’re here for.

“It means we can provide what we believe is a real quality service. We can allocate more time to prehab plans with players and making sure that they’re doing the right things in and around training, and are maybe strengthening areas which could lead to an overuse-type injury. We are trying to prevent issues arising that will stop them training and playing in matches.

“We get along well, it’s a good team and the communication’s good. It’s more hands on deck and then we can give a better quality service that’s hopefully going to help us well.

“For example, the squad on Wednesday had the day off after travelling back late from Ipswich Town. But we’ve got three players that we obviously want to be doing the right things for so it means one of us has the day off whilst the other works with the three players.

“It works for our down time and family time as well.”

After a relatively quiet 2012-13 campaign, the Glovers have already missed captain Jamie McAllister (knee), keeper Marek Stech (hand) and last season’s top scorer Paddy Madden (knee) to injury.

Baker admitted he and Micciche appreciated the importance of their swift return to fitness but said it could not be rushed.

He said: “There’s always pressure to get them back on the pitch when they’ve been such big players for the club.

“You want to do the best for everyone but when it’s really influential players there’s always that extra drive to get them back. But you have got to do it when it is safely possible.”

The duo have also benefited from the generosity of two supporters’ groups, the Vice Presidents donating new treatment tables  and the Away Travel Club buying an exercise bike.

“It’s been fantastic,” said Baker. “We’ve got a new exercise bike that Paddy and Marek have been battering, and the new beds have been great.

“We feel like we’re catching up to the Championship in all areas.”

JOEL GRANT OPENS INTERNATIONAL GOALSCORING ACCOUNT

Last night Town midfielder Joel Grant scored his first senior international goal for Jamaica in the 2-2 with Egypt at Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road.

The 26-year old scored from the edge of the area after a jinking run to put the Reggae Boyz 2-1 up after 38 minutes.

Joel picked up his third cap after playing the whole 90 minutes and will now travel to France to prepare for the friendly against the French on 8th June.

A video of Joel’s goal can be seen by clicking here.

PLAYING FOR YEOVIL TOWN SERIOUSLY IMPROVES YOUR CAREER!

In the last few years since spending time at Yeovil Town Football Club Tom Lawrence, Shane Duffy, Marek Stech, Joel Grant, Steven Caulker, Andros Townsend and many others have gone on to gain International call-ups for their countries.

With the World Cup almost upon us and the many consequential friendly warm up games, Tom Lawrence, Marek Stech and Joel Grant have all been involved with Lawrence set to get his first cap for Wales against his new club manager Louis Van Gaal’s Dutch side tonight.

Former Yeovil keeper Marek Stech played for the Czech Republic against Austria and Joel Grant made his International debut for Jamaica against Serbia and quickly followed up that by retaining his place against Switzerland.

In previous seasons both Steven Caulker and Andros Townsend have both been capped by England with both players considered unlucky not to be on their way to Brazil this week.

Shane Duffy has been selected for five Republic of Ireland squads and is hoping to make his International debut against Costa Rica this week.

Other players that have received International recognition following their time with Yeovil Town include:

Leon Best, Marc Wilson and Paddy Madden (ROI)

Simon Church, Aaron Davies, Wayne Hennessey, Shaun MacDonald, Gavin Williams (Wales)

Justin Cochrane, James Walker and Kieran Murtagh (Antigua & Barbuda)

Asmir Begovic (Bosnia)

Gavin McCallum, Jamie Peters and Josh Wagenaar (Canada)

Craig Rocastle (Grenada)

Zoltan Steiber (Hungary)

Nathan Smith (Jamaica)

Vitalijs Maksimenko (Latvia)

Abdula Demba (Mali)

Nicolas Mirza (Martinique)

Rory Fallon (New Zealand)

Francis Kumba(Nigeria)

Kevin Betsy (Seychelles)

Liam Bridcott (Scotland)

It is a testament to the quality of the management team and indeed the whole club that so many players involved with Yeovil have been gaining international recognition.

AARON MARTIN BECOMES GLOVERS SECOND SUMMER SIGNING

Yeovil Town can confirm the club’s second signing of the summer after agreeing a two-year deal with defender Aaron Martin.
 

The 6’3" central defender will join the club on July 1st after his deal with Birmingham City expired at the end of last season.

 

Aaron began his career at Eastleigh before joining Southampton in 2009 when the south coast club was in League One.

Whilst at the Saints, Aaron spent time on loan at Salisbury City where he made 15 appearances. He then joined Crystal Palace in the Championship and made six appearances.

After a short stay at Selhurst Park, the Isle of Wight born defender joined Coventry City where he made 12 appearances.

 

His contract at Southampton was ended by mutual consent in January before he signed a deal until the end of the season with Birmingham City where he made eight appearances for the Blues.

 

Manager Gary Johnson said: "We are delighted to have been able to sign Aaron, a player that I have tried to sign on a few occasions with other clubs so I am really pleased.

“Aaron is a really dominant centre half who had a good spell at Southampton and Coventry. But not only is Aaron a good player he has a good character as well which is what we need at the club.”

A video interview with Aaron can now be seen on the Yeovil Town YouTube page by clicking here.

CLUB STATEMENT

Yeovil Town Football Club have reluctantly decided to withdraw the planning application for a food super store at the Huish Park site.

After over three years of negotiations with South Somerset District Council the club can see that for their plan to redevelop the site to have detailed support at Council level it is not going to be possible in the context of the current proposal.

Consequently in order to promote a consensual approach the Club looks forward to discussing and promoting an alternative scheme.

Commenting on the decision Club Chairman John Fry said: “Of course I am very disappointed that after such protracted discussions with the council we have come to this decision.

“However it is fair to say I am very excited about the new proposals that the club, along with their development partners CDS international, will be submitting to the Council in the near future.

“With the introduction of Financial Fair Play to all clubs it is absolutely vital to generate more commercial income streams at the club and we feel our new proposals will be able to do that.

“Yeovil Town Football Club has put this town on the National and International map after its season in the SkyBet Championship and it is imperative that we maintain that momentum.

“I genuinely believe that Gary Johnson and his management team can do it again and get us promotion, but we must have a stadium that is worthy of the division and some of the best supporters in the country.”

GREEN & WHITE LOOKING BACK – JOE EDWARDS

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.

Joe Edwards Interview by Chris Sweet

The time has come for Yeovil Town to start repaying their supporters’ faith with points and victories, according to Joe Edwards.

The Glovers today return to Huish Park following the international break in search of their first Sky Bet Championship victory on home soil.

Impressive performances have not necessarily been rewarded with deserved results, leaving them second from bottom on goal difference ahead of the visit of Brighton and Hove Albion.

But versatile midfielder Edwards said the break allowed the squad to forget about their indifferent start and focus on the positives from the campaign to date.

He said it was now time for fans to have more reason for cheer after regularly backing their side and contributing to a home average attendance of more than 7,700.

Edwards said: “It’s been a long time without a game and especially after a defeat when normally you want a game again straight away.

“We’re really looking forward to the Brighton game now and hopefully getting our first home win. The break gives you time away from football so you can concentrate on other things for a bit, whilst hopefully refreshing your brain.

“That’s what happened and we certainly feel refreshed for the game and are able to put everything that has happened behind us.

“Everyone can see that we’ve been playing well, with only the odd game – like Middlesbrough – sticking out. We’ve played well so the boys are confident and now we hope results will start coming.

“The fans have been brilliant and that’s why I love playing at Yeovil because it’s a family club and everybody gets on.

“There have been 8-9,000 at almost every home game but we haven’t got a point there yet so we’ve got a lot to thank them for and we have got to hope they keep coming and keep supporting us as it means a lot to us. Hopefully the wins and the points will start coming.”

However, Edwards – who signed a contract extension earlier this season – added today’s visitors would be no pushovers.

“Brighton are a good Championship team and were close last season to promotion to the Premier League, so we will have a hard, tough game against them. But we’re looking forward to it, like we do every game in this league,” he said.

“We know every game will be tough and we know we have to work hard, otherwise we will be beaten.”

Whilst taking a break from Championship action, the Glovers have beaten both Toolstation Western League Radstock Town and Wincanton Town 8-0 in the Somerset Premier Cup and a friendly respectively.

Edwards said: “The manager thought it was a good idea for all of us to go down and get into that game mode.

“It wasn’t necessarily about the strength of opposition, it was still a game we had to win, like you would any other.

“It was good for a few of the boys’ confidence, for a few of them who haven’t scored. Hopefully that will give them confidence for the big games coming up. It’s all worthwhile and it did everyone good.”

KICK IT OUT LAUNCHES NEW MICROSITE

To bring Kick It Out’s inaugural ‘Season of Action’ to a close, the organisation has developed a microsite highlighting key landmarks from throughout its 20-year history.

The microsite uses a wide variety of online articles, stats, iconic images and video content to display the impact of Kick It Out since the organisation’s inception under its original title, ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’, in 1993.

Charting the evolution of the ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ campaign from an eight-point plan of action to a fully-comprehensive organisation tackling all forms of discrimination, the microsite is a must-use resource for anyone interested in the past, present and future of Kick It Out, as well as being a valuable teaching aid for schools and grassroots clubs alike.

The likes of Lord Herman Ouseley, chair and founder of Kick It Out, Keith Alexander, Zesh Rehman and Rachel Yankey are all quoted in the chronological timeline, which starts with a brief history of black footballers before providing the reader with an insight into the early resistance faced by the campaign, its achievements and the ongoing challenges looking to be addressed.

The microsite is full of unique content including a fascinating article on the development of the ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ logo, based on a discussion between Louis Mackay, the logo designer, and Louise Ansari, campaigns manager at the Commission for Racial Equality, and a copy of an archived letter showing early intent from ‘London Football Clubs Against Racism’ in 1984.

There is extensive information on Kick It Out’s ‘Week of Action’ initiative, which began in 2001, and most recently grew into a ‘Season of Action’, the organisation’s work to enhance the equality practices and policies within professional clubs, and the engagement with grassroots and community groups which has been so vital in spreading awareness.

High-profile incidents of discrimination which have occurred, both domestically and abroad, during the 20 years are focused upon, as well as key break-throughs on the pitch and in the dugout, and the production of campaigning videos to tackle homophobia and antisemitism.

The final entries in the timeline show a positive future for the organisation, with the launch of the Kick It Out app and the ‘Next 20’ initiative, which champions 20 young football stars across the Premier League, Football League and the Women’s Super League as they promote messages of equality and inclusion.

Click here to access the microsite.

FA FOOTBALL LEADERS COURSE HELD AT HUISH PARK

24 youngsters aged 12-16 enjoyed the FA Football Leaders Course at Huish Park last week. Tutored by Sion Kitson, funded by Santander, The Professional Footballers Association and The Adam Stansfield Foundation. The course helped the lads develop a variety of personal qualities and gain new life skills to use in coaching and life itself.

Trust Manager, Sara Bradley said: "I would like to thank Shaun and everyone at the Foundation for funding the course and for all the support they have given us.

 

"Everyone at the Foundation works extremely hard to not only promote the awareness of Bowel Cancer in a quest to save lives, but to help give young people the unique opportunity to develop life skills through the power of football.

"All twenty four boys throughly enjoyed the course and I have received alot of positive feedback from the boys and their parents already.

 

"Thanks also to Sion Kitson from the Somerset FA for delivering a fantastic course and inspiring them all."