Month: January 2015

REPORT: PETERBOROUGH UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

On a bitterly cold afternoon Town suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Peterborough United.

A first half bundled goal from Harry Beautyman just before the half hour mark was enough to secure all three points on a bobbly, wet and cut up pitch.

Gary Johnson named the same starting eleven that drew with Coventry City last Saturday. New signing Fergus Bell took a place on the Glovers bench, which for the first time in a while had the full quota of seven players on it.

Town started the contest brightly and were close to opening the scoring after just six minutes. A neat through ball found the clever run of Jamar Loza, but the Norwich loanee’s shot was well saved by Scott Loach in the Peterborough goal.

On 15 minutes the home side’s first chance fell to Kyle Vassell but his thunderous volley went narrowly over Town’s cross bar.

Just seconds later keeper Steer had to be on his toes to tip over a long range effort.

It was the home side that did open the scoring just before the half hour mark. Maddison’s shot from just inside the area was turned in by Beautyman with Steer helpless to keep the effort out.

Town made their first change at the half time interval with Ajay Leitch-Smith replacing Jamar Loza.

Substitute Leitch-Smith almost made an immediate impact when his cross was almost bundled over the line by Alex Smith.

At the other end Steer had to make two great saves in the matter of minutes when he first denied Maddison. The shot stopper was quick off his line to narrow the angle when it looked like Maddison had done enough to score. The Villa loanee then saved a thunderous Joe Newell shot after the Peterborough man wormed his way through the Town defence.

With just over 20 minutes remaining the home side should have doubled their lead. A jinking run from Newell on the left resulted in him crossing across the Town area only for Vassell to somehow put his sliding effort over the bar from less than two yards out.

Town were forced into a change with ten minutes to go after striker turned defender Kieffer Moore was forced off with a injury to be replaced by Nathan Ralph.

Despite throwing men forward in the dying seconds, Town couldn’t find the breakthrough to find the equaliser.

Match Report : 31/01/2015

On a bitterly cold afternoon Town suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Peterborough United.

A first half bundled goal from Harry Beautyman just before the half hour mark was enough to secure all three points on a bobbly, wet and cut up pitch.

Gary Johnson named the same starting eleven that drew with Coventry City last Saturday. New signing Fergus Bell took a place on the Glovers bench, which for the first time in a while had the full quota of seven players on it.

Town started the contest brightly and were close to opening the scoring after just six minutes. A neat through ball found the clever run of Jamar Loza, but the Norwich loanee’s shot was well saved by Scott Loach in the Peterborough goal.

On 15 minutes the home side’s first chance fell to Kyle Vassell but his thunderous volley went narrowly over Town’s cross bar.

Just seconds later keeper Steer had to be on his toes to tip over a long range effort.

It was the home side that did open the scoring just before the half hour mark. Maddison’s shot from just inside the area was turned in by Beautyman with Steer helpless to keep the effort out.

Town made their first change at the half time interval with Ajay Leitch-Smith replacing Jamar Loza.

Substitute Leitch-Smith almost made an immediate impact when his cross was almost bundled over the line by Alex Smith.

At the other end Steer had to make two great saves in the matter of minutes when he first denied Maddison. The shot stopper was quick off his line to narrow the angle when it looked like Maddison had done enough to score. The Villa loanee then saved a thunderous Joe Newell shot after the Peterborough man wormed his way through the Town defence.

With just over 20 minutes remaining the home side should have doubled their lead. A jinking run from Newell on the left resulted in him crossing across the Town area only for Vassell to somehow put his sliding effort over the bar from less than two yards out.

Town were forced into a change with ten minutes to go after striker turned defender Kieffer Moore was forced off with a injury to be replaced by Nathan Ralph.

Despite throwing men forward in the dying seconds, Town couldn’t find the breakthrough to get the equaliser.

PREVIEW: PETERBOROUGH UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming with a trip to Peterborough United.

Peterborough lie in 13th place in the table and whilst that may seem like mid-table obscurity, the Posh lie just three points outside the play-off spots.

In contrast, the London Road side sit a comfortable seven points away from the relegation zone and a further two points again from Saturday’s opponents Yeovil.

The Glovers have finally clawed themselves off the bottom of the table with a mini unbeaten run that has taken in three games.

The home win over Bradford was backed up with impressive results against Preston and Coventry.

That run has put the Glovers within touching distance of the safety zone with 20th place Crewe just four points above the green and whites.

As for Peterborough, they actually sit below Yeovil in the form guide, just one win in the last six came last Saturday.

The 2-1 win over Notts County was the first win for Darren Ferguson’s men since 13th December.

In total, they have only collected three points twice since the 18th of October.

Nine defeats in that time have seen them plummet down the table, all whilst keeping in touch of the leading pack thanks to their good start to the season and the odd draw in the meantime.

At home, the stats make even more alarming reading, one draw out of six combined with five defeats have really put the pressure on at London Road.

Manager Darren Ferguson (pictured above) will be unable to assist from the sidelines this weekend, he is serving the second of a two match ban following an altercation with the referee in their defeat to Colchester last month.

They will also be without influential defender Gab Zakuani, the Congolese international is away at the African Cup of Nations and will be in the squad for the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday.

In goal for the home side could well be Scott Loach who has joined on loan from Ipswich, Loach has answered the call following injury to Ben Alnwick.

Yeovil will have to look at their goalkeeper situation following the conclusion of Saturday’s fixture, Villa loanee Jed Steer (pictured below) has been told he will be returning to the midlands following the completion of his loan spell.

Steer has been at Yeovil since the start of November keeping clean sheets against Chesterfield, Crawley, Oldham, Accrington as well as Bradford and Coventry.

The Yeovil defence may look very different next week as Ben Nugent returns from suspension after the Posh game.

The hunt for extra players at Huish Park has continued this week and will go right down to the wire on deadline day this Monday.

Town signed midfielder Fergus Bell on Thursday after the 24-year-old left Mansfield Town.

Yeovil have been unable to name a full bench in recent weeks, with just six out of seven names against Coventry.

Kieffer Moore will more than likely continue in defence, the striker has been a make shift centre back for three games and has impressed in his part time role.

When the two sides met earlier this season at Huish Park, Yeovil won through thanks to a fine solo goal from Joel Grant.

The Jamaican winger waltzed through the defence in the dying moments to secure a 1-0 win; Grant has been missing with an injury for a long time since returning from international duty.

Prior to this season, the sides last met in 2011.

A 2-0 Posh win at London Road was followed by a 2-2 draw at Huish Park. Paul Wotton (pictured above) and Andrew Tutte scored for Yeovil.

Going back to 2009, a 3-1 win away win for Yeovil was an impressive result with goals from Paul Warne (pictured below), Aaron Brown and Shaun MacDonald doing the damage.

The reverse fixture saw a 1-0 Peterborough win, meaning the head to head sits even with both sides notching up two wins with just one draw.

Tickets for the away fixture have been announced and are available on the day with a sizeable increase in prices on the day.

Anyone not making the trip can, as ever, keep up with the goings on with full coverage on Glovers Player and regular updates via the @YTFC twitter account.

Following the match, the post match reaction will be available on YouTube with the highlights uploaded on Sunday.

Next Saturday sees the Glovers return to Huish Park to face another side in the bottom four when Crawley come to town.

Buy your tickets now by clicking here to head to the online ticketing facility.

With a positive result this Saturday, the Crawley game has the potential to be the game Yeovil claw out of the bottom four and the team need your support.

Peterborough United

Famous Fans: TalkSport’s Adrian Durham and Mike Tyson, no really…

A Foot in Both Camps: Kieran Agard, Craig Alcock, Kwesi Appiah, Steve Collis, Arron Davies, Kerrea Gilbert, Ben Gordon, Giuliano Grazioli, Jon Obika, Jon Sheffield, Scott Rendell, Reuben Reid, Guy Whittingham as well as four of the current first team; Ben Nugent, Liam Davis, Seth Twumasi and Nathan Ralph.

Did you know: Victoria Beckham threatened legal action on Peterborough United over the use of the name ‘Posh’. The former Spice Girl contacted the UK Patent Office in 2002 over the club’s attempt to register the nickname as their own.

FERGUS BELL JOINS THE GLOVERS


Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the signing of free agent Fergus Bell.

24-year-old Bell has joined the Town squad until the end of season.

Bell started his career with Sunderland in 2005 before joining Hibernian in 2007 where he was a member of the Under 19’s side that won the Under-19 league and Scottish Youth Cup. 

In 2010 he joined Spanish club Jerez Industrial where he made 25 appearances scoring five goals.

Midfielder Bell has also spent time with Mechelen, Heist, Monza and most recently Mansfield Town.

ARTHURWORREY LOAN EXTENDED TO END OF SEASON

Fulham Football Club have agreed to extend Stephen Arthurworrey’s loan with the club until the end of the season.

Since his arrival at Huish Park Stephen has featured in fifteen matches for the Glovers having formed a useful partnership with first Ben Nugent and more recently with Kieffer Moore.

Stephen scored his first goal for the Glovers against Oldham away back in December.

MATCH OFFICIAL APPOINTMENT V PETERBOROUGH UNITED

Referee Mick Russell will be the man in charge of this weekend’s clash with Peterborough United.

Mr Russell was last in charge of Town when they lost 1-0 at home to Fleetwood Town. During the fixture he showed five yellow cards, three to Fleetwood and two to Yeovil.

So far this season Russell has taken charge of 19 games and has issued a total of 52 yellow cards and three red cards.

He will be assisted by Wayne Barratt and Neil Davies with Stephen Ross acting as fourth official.

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SPECIAL FA CUP SHIRTS REDUCED IN CLUB SHOP


The Glovers Club Shop has now reduced the price of the special edition FA Cup shirts.

Supporters can now make a saving on the special shirts in the club store and online, with prices reduced to just £20 for youth sizes and £30 for adult sizes.

If you can not get to the Club Shop then you can purchase your shirt from the online store by clicking here.

INCREDIBLE WEEK IN FOOTBALL

Well, I am not sure where to start this week, it really has been an incredible week in the football world and if we ever needed reminding why we love the beautiful game, FA Cup weekend showed us in style.

First of all though, let’s talk about Yeovil Town. On an extremely exciting weekend, the never boring Glovers…well…they drew 0-0 in a pretty dull game.

What are the chances eh? However, there were positives to take after the pretty lifeless encounter. It was a third game unbeaten, another clean sheet and Jed Steer’s penalty save was just fantastic. I must admit I feared the worst when the referee pointed to the spot, however I did say to my dad “He’s going to do a Bristol City.”

There really is only one thing for it, I must take full credit for that save. The reaction of our fans and the players showed how much it meant to everyone involved.

I thought that changed the game and after that we created enough chances to win the game. Once again though, we could not hit the back of the net. It is another point on the board and bottom teams very rarely stay unbeaten and keep clean sheets, so I think we all have reason to be optimistic.

Our next three games will make or break our season, in my opinion. Peterborough and Crewe away with a visit from Crawley in the middle.

These are huge games and we need to take points off these sides to propel ourselves out of the bottom four. We are the side most in form towards the bottom of the league and we must keep our confidence up and use it to our advantage.

Now, what a week to be a Bradford City fan. 2-0 down at Stamford Bridge and they pulled off the most incredible comeback defeating the Premier League leaders 4-2.

What is most staggering about this result, is that the performance from the League One side was so impressive and the goals they scored oozed quality. They really deserved the victory and are only the second team to win at Stamford Bridge whilst Jose Mourinho has been in charge. He said that it was a “disgrace” to lose to such opposition and on paper he is right.

However, he also praised the Bantams and is said to have entered the celebrating dressing room and congratulated every player and staff member. That must have been a surreal experience for all those players.

The magic of the FA Cup has been brilliant this year and on any other day Middlesborough winning 2-0 at the Etihad stadium would have been the result of the day! I feel sorry for them that they were overshadowed somewhat. Having watched the highlights, it was an extremely dominant performance and Boro could have ran out 5 – 0 winners quite easily.

Southampton and Tottenham also made an early exit out of the cup to Crystal Palace and Leicester City respectively. Manchester United could only muster a draw at Cambridge United thanks to the heroics of former Glovers keeper Chris Dunn. He made some outstanding saves and earned his side a deserved replay.

What a great day out that will be for Cambridge fans, as well as a nice pay out! I can’t help but feel slightly envious as I feel that we deserved a trip to Old Trafford after our impressive performance against Manchester United, but sometimes you just have to applaud a goal and that Herrera finish was a beauty.

 

Speaking of the United game, I purchased the DVD and magazine the club have produced on Saturday. I would urge you all to get one while you can, there is some great coverage of the match along with some really engaging interviews. Two with a certain Joe Edwards, he was like a little boy at Christmas, you can tell it is a day he will never forget.

It is tough to see the chance Kieffer Moore had over and over again as you can just imagine how that match would have gone had that gone in. No one will know that better than Kieffer though and to be honest he is doing so well at centre back he may have found his new position.

He really has been outstanding…I am a big Kieffer fan and this just shows the raw talent the lad has.

Goals of the week
 

I think there is only one winner this week and that has to be all the goals from Bradford City. My personal favourite is Andy Halliday’s finish to put the Bantams 3-2 up! Brilliant, and the celebrations…priceless!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BlqmARYdSc

I hope you all have a fantastic week and that our trip to Peterborough is a successful one. 3 points and everyone else will start to take notice of the fact that WE ARE STAYING UP!

Keep believing and sing your hearts out for the lads.

Shez

JED STEER LOAN ENDED

Aston Villa loanee goalkeeper Jed Steer is to return to the Midlands club on Sunday after 16 appearances for the club.

Injuries at Villa have forced Paul Lambert to recall Jed after his last game against Peterborough on Saturday.

During his stay at Yeovil Jed has only conceded 17 goals in 16 matches including five clean sheets and two penalty saves against Coventry and Bristol City.

He leaves with all good wishes from everyone at Yeovil Town for a successful ongoing career.

LEAD YEOVIL TOWN INTO EUROPE


For most clubs European excursions are not on the agenda. Luckily, as the Official Charity Partner of The Football League, Prostate Cancer UK is providing Yeovil supporters with a European footballing adventure they don’t have to dream about.

The London to Amsterdam Challenge is calling on groups of friends to represent Town and join a star-studded peloton cycling from Leyton Orient FC to Dutch giants Ajax.

International trio Luther Blissett, Terry Butcher and Matt Holland will line up at The Matchroom Stadium in east London in the early hours of Friday 12 June 2015 for the third annual #L2A, aiming to raise over £250,000 to help save men’s lives.

The 145-mile event includes a half-time pit-stop at Colchester United FC before the squad set sail from Harwich at the end of day one. The second day, Saturday, June 13th takes in a serene sojourn along the pristine pathways of the Netherlands culminating in a finale at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Former Republic of Ireland star Holland, who skippered AFC Bournemouth, Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic during his playing days, recently signed for #MenUnited and is relishing the challenge of returning to European action.

Footballer-turned-media man Holland represented the Tractor Boys in continental competition and, after joining the talkSPORT squad for the event, said:

“I’ve got some great memories of European football. As a player I’ll never forget when Ipswich hosted Inter Milan and we beat them 1-0 with an Alun Armstrong header. And as a fan it would be the dramatic Champion’s League final in 1999 when Manchester United came back from the dead and won it 2-1 against Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp. They scored two goals in added time and that was just frightening. As for London to Amsterdam, this cycling event is a new challenge for me but something I’m really looking forward to. I’ll bring some leadership to the talkSPORT team and it will be great to join some familiar faces in what’s sure to be a fun few days.

Prostate cancer kills one man every hour in the UK, and in 2014 riders from more than 50 clubs helped raise more than £200,000 to support the 250,000 men affected by the disease in the UK.

Not only will you and your mates have a great excuse to visit Amsterdam, you’ll be helping to beat prostate cancer.

To find out more about representing Yeovil Town on the London to Amsterdam Challenge visit prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam

TICKETS: COLCHESTER UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN


Town fans can take advantage of Colchester’s early-bird ticket system before a match-day increase in price.

Ticket prices are progressive and increase as it gets closer to the day of the game.

Prices are as follows:

Between 26/01/2015 and 10/02/2015

Adults – £16 – Concessions – £12 – Under 18 – £8.50 – Under 14 – £3.50 – Under 11 – Free* – Additional U 11 – £1

Between 11/02/2015 and 24/02/2015:

Adults – £18 – Concessions – £13.50 – Under 18 – £9.50 – Under 14 – £4 – Under 11: Free* – Additional U 11 – £1

Between 25/02/2015 and 10/03/2015:

Adults – £20 – Concessions – £15 – Under 18 – £10 – Under 14 – £4 – Under 11 – Free* – Additional U 11 – £1.50

Between 11/03/2015 and 17/03/2015:

Adults – £22 – Concessions – £16 – Under 18 – £11 – Under 14 – £5 – Under 11 – Free* – Additional U 11 – £2

Matchday:

Adults – £24 – Concessions – £18 – Under 18 – £13 – Under 14 – £6 – Under 11 – Free* – Additional U 11 – £2

 

*Under 11s are free of charge on a one paying adult to four U 11 basis. After this, the Additional U 11 cost applies. Additional Under 11s cost £1.00 during Earlybird and Super-saver period, £1.50 in the Saver period and £2.00 in the advance period and on a match-day.

Matchday prices will only be available at the Colchester’s Weston Homes Community Stadium.

To order you tickets call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935 847888.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V COVENTRY CITY

A superb Jed Steer penalty save earned Yeovil Town a valuable point at home to Coventry City this afternoon.

Steer’s full length dive on fifty minutes to deny Gary Madine’s spot kick effort preserved the point that took Yeovil off the bottom of the table and although at times, the Glovers lacked a little invention, they deserved a share of the spoils in a game that lacked chances and quality throughout.

After picking up four points from their last two games, Yeovil opted to keep things as they were with an unchanged starting eleven from the side that started the 1-1 draw at Preston in midweek. It meant the strike duo of Gozie Ugwu and Jamar Loza were paired again up front, leaving striker-turned-defender Kieffer Moore to continue his new career at the back.

The first half was almost a non-event with just four efforts on goal in the whole 45 minutes and not one of them hitting the target. Three of them were "attempts" on the Yeovil goal, two of them via Simeon Jackson. The first was a shot fired wide of the near post, the second a scuffed sidefooted effort from Frank Nouble’s cross that the striker would have been disappointed with. The first chance had come on twenty minutes when Jackson had been brought down 35 yards from goal by a combination of Moore and Stephen Arthurworrey, the latter picking up a booking. Jordan Willis’s free kick went way over the bar.

Yeovil’s only chance on goal came late in the half when Alex Smith pulled his shot wide under pressure but the Glovers were much better in the second half, albeit after surviving a mighty scare five minutes in. Nouble bounded into the box and was bundled over by Seth Twumasi, ref Andy Haines pointing to the spot. But Steer proved himself the equal to Madine by turning away the forward’s strike for a corner.

The penalty miss seemed to lift the game, the crowd and the players and the rest of the game, though without goals, was far better than the first period. Madine hit a shot into the side netting for City but Yeovil had more chances with Moore heading over a corner, Ugwu firing wide after combining with Liam Shephard and Loza shooting over after good work from Ajay Leitch-Smith.

Steer watched a long range effort from John Fleck sail over his crossbar while defensive colleague Nathan Smith produced a superb tackle to thwart sub Marcus Tudgay with Madine curling the rebound wide of the post; the striker then headed a Jim O’Brien cross over.

On 85 minutes, Yeovil looked to have had a strong penalty shout when Leitch-Smith was fouled in the box but ref Haines waved away the appeals. The hosts had one last chance to score in stoppage time but Moore’s header went wide of the post from a Joe Edwards cross.

Match Report : 24/01/2015

A superb Jed Steer penalty save earned Yeovil Town a valuable point at home to Coventry City this afternoon.

Steer’s full length dive on fifty minutes to deny Gary Madine’s spot kick effort preserved the point that took Yeovil off the bottom of the table and although at times, the Glovers lacked a little invention, they deserved a share of the spoils in a game that lacked chances and quality throughout.

After picking up four points from their last two games, Yeovil opted to keep things as they were with an unchanged starting eleven from the side that started the 1-1 draw at Preston in midweek. It meant the strike duo of Gozie Ugwu and Jamar Loza were paired again up front, leaving striker-turned-defender Kieffer Moore to continue his new career at the back.

The first half was almost a non-event with just four efforts on goal in the whole 45 minutes and not one of them hitting the target. Three of them were "attempts" on the Yeovil goal, two of them via Simeon Jackson. The first was a shot fired wide of the near post, the second a scuffed sidefooted effort from Frank Nouble’s cross that the striker would have been disappointed with. The first chance had come on twenty minutes when Jackson had been brought down 35 yards from goal by a combination of Moore and Stephen Arthurworrey, the latter picking up a booking. Jordan Willis’s free kick went way over the bar.

Yeovil’s only chance on goal came late in the half when Alex Smith pulled his shot wide under pressure but the Glovers were much better in the second half, albeit after surviving a mighty scare five minutes in. Nouble bounded into the box and was bundled over by Seth Twumasi, ref Andy Haines pointing to the spot. But Steer proved himself the equal to Madine by turning away the forward’s strike for a corner.

The penalty miss seemed to lift the game, the crowd and the players and the rest of the game, though without goals, was far better than the first period. Madine hit a shot into the side netting for City but Yeovil had more chances with Moore heading over a corner, Ugwu firing wide after combining with Liam Shephard and Loza shooting over after good work from Ajay Leitch-Smith.

Steer watched a long range effort from John Fleck sail over his crossbar while defensive colleague Nathan Smith produced a superb tackle to thwart sub Marcus Tudgay with Madine curling the rebound wide of the post; the striker then headed a Jim O’Brien cross over.

On 85 minutes, Yeovil looked to have had a strong penalty shout when Leitch-Smith was fouled in the box but ref Haines waved away the appeals. The hosts had one last chance to score in stoppage time but Moore’s header went wide of the post from a Joe Edwards cross.

PLANNING PUBLIC CONSULTATION OPEN BEFORE COVENTRY MATCH

Why not pop into the Yeovil Town FC & Yeovil Town Holdings Public Consultation sessions to promote their vision and future development of the Football Stadium and 25 acre site at Huish Park before tomorrow’s match against Coventry City.

The new plans which are very different to the Food Superstore proposals that were withdrawn from the planning process early June 2014, will enable funds to be raised to develop the stadium and football facilities. Mixed use development, traffic and community facilities all feature.

The general public, YTFC supporters and political groups are being encouraged to take part in the consultation sessions. 

The Club’s Planning Consultancy Team would like to hear your views. You have been invited to take part in the Public Consultation in the Marquee at the away end of the Huish Park Stadium, on the following dates:

Saturday 24th January 2015.-11.00 am to 2.30pm.&5.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

Sunday 25th January 2015. – 11.00 am to 2.00 pm.

LAST SUPPLY OF ‘THE DAY UNITED CAME TO TOWN’ NOW AVAILABLE IN CLUB SHOP


The last supply of "The Day United Came to Town" DVD’s and magazine Limited edition sets have now been received by the club so if you are looking for the ideal memory of that great day when United came to town you’d better get your skates on!

 

Priced at the limited edition price of £25 the double DVD set comprises of full match coverage with a choice of commentary from BT Sport, BBC Somerset and MUTV.

 

There’s all the pre-match build up with exclusive interviews with Lou Macari, Owen Hargreaves, Steve Macmanaman, Adam Virgo and John Hartson.

 

After match press conferences with Louis Van Gaal and Gary Johnson and interviews with players Ander Herrera, Darren Fletcher and Joe Edwards.

 

The seventy six page magazine is jam packed with pictures of the day including a fans section with numerous supporters pics featured.

 

It really is a fantastic memory of a fabulous day in the history of the club.

 

If you are a Yeovil Town supporter this really is a must have package so hurry now before stocks run out.

FRY PRAISE FOR STAFF

Yeovil Town Chairman has been praising the club staff for the way the club handled the recent Manchester United FA Cup tie.

Speaking as the club started the public consultation process for its revised plans for the Huish Park site the Chairman said:

“Playing host to the biggest football club in the world puts a massive strain on the resources of a club the size of Yeovil but I am delighted to say the club came through with flying colours.

“As soon as the draw was made the phones started ringing and it went on like that until the referee started the game and all our backroom staff are to be commended for all the effort and extra hours that were put in.

“Kirsty Baker and her ticket office team worked miracles with the tickets and we feel the system we used for distribution was as fair as we could get.

“James Hillier and his stadium staff had huge obstacles to overcome to get the stadium ready for a full house 9,500 plus crowd including the erection of some extra seats.

“Clive Robinson in the hospitality suites up stairs were stretched like they had never been stretched before, with nearly 130 supporters and businesses being accommodated.

“The ground staff under the supervision of  head groundsman Richard Allsworth produced a superb playing surface

“The Media team of Adrian Hopper and James Healey had over 120 press to fit into facilities that normally hold just 20 with reporters coming from all over the world to the match.

“Reporters from Holland, Germany, Sweden, Australia and the United States reported on the games with a feature on the club in The New York Times and broadcast on RSN Sports Radio Melbourne.

“Apart from BT Sport broadcasting the match in the UK pictures were beamed out to Fox Sports TV in the United States, Al Jazeria in the middle East, Vidstat in Denmark and Scandinavia and over 1 Billion people had access to the match on January 4th.

“The programme produced specially for the match proved a huge hit with praise coming from the crème de la crème of English journalists including the following comments:

Phil McNulty, Chief Football Writer for BBC Sport said:“Yeovil Town may not have got the result they dreamed about in the FA Cup third round tie with Manchester United on Sunday – but the match programme was the perfect souvenir of a wonderful occasion that did the whole club proud.

”Not so much a programme as a short novel, it was superbly informative, newsy and captured the mood perfectly with vast swathes of copy for both sets of fans to pore over and rich in photographs of past FA Cup big days for both sides.

”It’s hard to imagine any more could have been crammed into this superb publication, clearly a labour of love for all involved – and what a brilliant idea to reserve four pages at the back for autograph hunters. That could catch on. Great work.”

Daniel Taylor, Chief Football Writer for The Guardian newspaper was also impressed and said:"So often, football programmes these days can be skimmed through within a couple of minutes. Yet not this one. A great read and, as a programme collector, it was a nice surprise too to find a football ground with its own programme shop. Great work all round."

There was also praise on the Green&White twitter account (@YTFCprogramme) with Oliver Kay, Chief Football Correspondent for The Times newspaper, saying: “Really good. Best match programme I’ve read for ages. Brilliant job.”


Phil Kinsella from BBC Radio Manchester also added: “Just wading through the one off special prog from @YTFC v @ManUtd yesterday, quite a read but some lovely stuff in it,” and former Manchester United favourite and MUTV pundit, Lou Macari, simply said: “Yeovil match programme BRILLIANT.”

“So huge credit must go to the programme team of Jonathan Hopper, Adrian Hopper, Martin McConachie and Pat Custard and not forgetting our printers Wincanton Print for a superb job turned around in record time, along with league match programmes for the Colchester and Leyton Orient matches, with Christmas right in the middle to further complicate matters.

“Our club secretary Jean Cotton and Commercial manager Dave Linney  had their normal everyday workload, which is considerable, to cope with plus numerous requests for sponsorship, tickets and of course a busy board room to organise.

“Oh and I nearly forgot (only joking!) about Gary Johnson his staff and the team, who for over 63 minutes more than matched one of the biggest teams in world football and were only beaten by a wonder goal from Ander Herrera and a sublime finish from Angel Di Maria, who by the way only cost £59M!

“The staff of this great Football club not only put the club on the world stage but they put the town of Yeovil on the world map as well.

“Along with our board I would like to offer them ours sincere thanks for a job well done.

“They proved we have the ambition and expertise to handle an occasion like this, but the whole exercise also showed how necessary it is for this club to move forward and improve, something which we feel our new proposals will help it do.

“We can only hope and pray that the people of the town and SSDC will get behind our proposals as well …and quickly.”

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V COVENTRY CITY

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday when the Glovers host Coventry City at Huish Park.


This Saturday’s fixture is coming off the back of two positive performances for Yeovil with an impressive home win over Bradford and a battling away point at Preston.

The result left Yeovil still sat in 24th place, but with the gap to those above them completely eradicated, the bottom half of the table suddenly looks a lot tighter.

Yeovil are tied on points with both Crawley and Colchester and just two points behind Leyton Orient and Crewe.

Then come four more sides on no more than 29 points, including Saturday’s opponents, Coventry.

The Sky Blues have slumped from the top half the table and ambitions to get into the play-off picture to looking over their shoulders at those below them, demonstrating again at just how tight the division is.

Coventry didn’t have a midweek fixture and last Saturday lost away at managerless Gillingham.

In fact, since the start of December the Sky Blues have only recorded two wins with 2-0 wins over Port Vale and Walsall the only time Steven Pressley’s men have taken all three points.

One thing that won’t make the travelling side’s cause any easier is the search for a goalkeeper following the loan of Bournemouth’s Ryan Allsopp came to an end earlier this week.

Lee Burge has been the back up to Allsopp of late and could be handed a start if a replacement isn’t found before Saturday’s game.

There is some better news for away fans though and defender Reda Johnson could be in the squad for the first time since November. Johnson, who is still top scorer for Coventry with five goals, has been missing with a hamstring problem.

Injuries are more than a minor problem for Yeovil too, on Tuesday the Glovers named only five substitutes and two of them were goalkeepers.

Ajay Leitch Smith and Nathan Ralph missed out in midweek and they joined the long list of concerns in the Yeovil physio room.

Joel Grant, Liam Davis, Chris Weale, Simon Gillet and Kevin Dawson are also on that list, with Ben Nugent’s suspension only 50% complete and the precautionary substitution of Gozie Ugwu on Tuesday the squad is looking as thin as ever.

New signing Liam Shephard made his debut at Preston and impressed, he may well take the right back spot again.

Kieffer Moore played another match in the central defence keeping both Kevin Davies and Jermaine Beckford quiet during the match.

Gary Johnson has made no secret of his desire to add to the squad and will hoping to bring in some bodies before Saturday’s game.

Coventry have some strong links with Yeovil this season having signed Aaron Martin from the Glovers earlier this month.

Yeovil took full back Jordan Clarke on loan as part of that deal only for Scunthorpe to make a permanent offer for the defender once that loan spell had come to an end.

The two sides have only met three times in competitive action once this season and twice during the Glovers’ promotion season.

Earlier this campaign, at the Ricoh, Simeon Jackson earned the home side all three point in a 2-1 win.

Sam Foley had scored for the Glovers to cancel out Reda Johnson’s opener.

During the 2012/13 season however, things went much more in Yeovil’s favour.

Richard Hinds scored the Glovers goal in a 1-1 draw at the start of the campaign before the 1-0 away win lived long in the memory for Yeovil fans.

Paddy Madden scored the goal at the Ricoh which cemented the Glovers position as genuine promotion candidates.

In the post match comments from both Bradford at home and Preston away, players and management alike have moved to praise the support from Yeovil fans and that will continue to be as important as ever.

You can be part of the support by booking your ticket for the Coventry fixture now; pop down to Huish Park and see one of the ticket office staff in person, or call on 01935847888.

Click HERE and you’ll be sent to the online ticketing facility where you can buy tickets for match-day collection, choose your seat, save time and money as well as buying tickets for all the remaining home games of the season.

With the players getting two good results on the spin, your support is needed to try and turn this into an unbeaten run that secures survival.

Coventry City

Famous Fans: Richard Keys, Alistair McGowan and Jimmy Hill!

A Foot in Both Camps: Anthony Barry, Chris Dunn, Martin Cranie, Leon Best, Danny Seaborne, Adam Virgo, Aaron Martin, Jordan Clarke as well as current Yeovil player Liam Davis.

Did you know: Coventry is twinned with no fewer than 26 cities around the world including Warsaw in Poland and Kingston, Jamaica.

THE GIANTS MAKES DEBUT


The Giants, Wassail Theatre’s new play inspired by Glovers fans, made its debut last night at The David Hall in South Petherton.

Tonight it heads to the Alec Stock Lounge at Huish Park for its second outing and if the response of the audience from last night’s show is anything to go by, it will be another brilliant evening celebrating all things green and white.

Alongside Gary and Caron Johnson, Terry Skiverton and Darren Way, YTFC Director Andy Rossiter was in the audience last night – and he enjoyed it so much he led a standing ovation at the end. “Superb,” he said. “A must see.”

Gary will be plugging the show during his press conference this afternoon while he also intimated that he’ll come and see the show at Huish Park again tonight. And hopefully one or two others from the club.

At the time of writing there are roughly 30 tickets for the show remaining. They cost £10 full price or £6 concession and are available either from Yeovil Tourist Information on 01935 462781 or you can chance it on the door.

You can see a full review of the play here. To have a look at some of the rehearsal pictures, you can like Wassail Theatre Company on Facebook.

If you can’t come tonight, the show then visits a few other local venues on tour including The Marine Theatre Lyme Regis (7.30pm, 24 January); Yeovil College (7.30pm, 28 January); Lighthouse Poole (8pm, 30 January); West Coker Village Hall (7.30pm, 31 January) and The Brewhouse Taunton (7.30pm, 7 February).

YEOVIL TOWN V MANCHESTER UNITED SHIRT AUCTION ENDS MONDAY

The silent auction of 18 shirts of the playing squad that were involved in the clubs historic FA Cup 3rd Round fixture with Manchester United ends on Monday 26th January at midday.

Bids can be made by emailing auction@ytfc.net

Each player had two shirts for the game, one for themselves and one to go to auction.

A donation from the auction will be made to Prostate Cancer, the Football Leagues chosen charity.

 

Each shirt will be signed on the front and back by the player and accompanied with an authenticity certificate.

 

· To bid please state the number of the player’s shirt along with the name of the player.

· There will be a minimum reserve of £50 per shirt.

· Auction closes midday on Monday 26th January 2014.

· P&P will be extra should you require it.

Bids by email only please to; auction@ytfc.net
 

1 Jed Steer

3 Nathan Smith

4 Joe Edwards

7 Kevin Dawson

11 Sam Foley

13 Kieffer Moore

15 Seth Twumasi

16 Nathan Ralph

20 Ben Nugent

23 Simon Gillett

26 Stephen Arthurworrey

 

12 Artur Krysiak

8 James Berrett

9 James Hayter

10 Ajay Leitch-Smith

24 Ryan Inniss

27 Tom Eaves

28 Alex Smith

KEITH BULLER FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

The funeral of popular and much-respected Somerset FA referees development officer Keith Buller has been arranged for Friday, January 30.

The service will take place at St Mary’s Church in his home village of Nether Stowey at 11.30am. This will be followed by a short service at Taunton Deane Crematorium for family and close friends, after which everyone is invited to the Ancient Mariner at Nether Stowey for refreshments.

Donations in lieu of flowers are to be made to Cancer Research.

Mr Buller, 49, unexpectedly collapsed and died at home of heart failure last Thursday evening after routinely walking his dog. Despite the best efforts of his wife Megan and paramedics, they were unable to resuscitate him.

Football clubs across the county held emotional minute silences last weekend in honour of Mr Buller, a former Level 2 referee and assistant referee who served on the Football League between 1994 and 2005 before a knee injury forced his early retirement.

He became Somerset FA referees development officer (RDO) in January 2008.

There have been dozens of tributes paid to Mr Buller by friends and associates within the county and outside it.

Weston-super-Mare official Kevin Johnson, who has been enjoying a first foray into the Football League limelight this season, admitted he’d felt “devastated” when informed of the news.

“I worked alongside Keith and travelled frequently with him over many years when he was a Conference referee and I was his assistant running the line,” he explained. “We enjoyed a really good relationship and he was such an honest character, and a funny man too.

“He was a real supporter of referees and it was typical of him that, as I progressed up the ladder, he seemed happier for me than I was for myself.”

PLANNING PUBLIC CONSULTATION THIS FRIDAY

Yeovil Town FC & Yeovil Town Holdings have announced plans to hold Public Consultation sessions to promote their vision and future development of the Football Stadium and 25 acre site at Huish Park.

The new plans which are very different to the Food Superstore proposals that were withdrawn from the planning process early June 2014, will enable funds to be raised to develop the stadium and football facilities. Mixed use development, traffic and community facilities all feature.

The general public, YTFC supporters and political groups are being encouraged to take part in the consultation sessions. The Club’s Planning Consultancy Team would like to hear your views. You have been invited to take part in the Public Consultation in the Marquee at the away end of the Huish Park Stadium, on the following dates:

Friday 23rd January 2015. – 3.00 pm to 8.00pm.

Saturday 24th January 2015. – 11.00 am to 2.30pm. & 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

Sunday 25th January 2015. – 11.00 am to 2.00 pm.

AN IMPRESSIVE POINT AWAY FROM HOME

FINALLY! I have something really positive to write about. Not only did we finally gain that elusive first home win since September on Saturday against Bradford, we also brought back an impressive point from promotion chasing Preston on Tuesday evening.

I for one am so glad to see Gozie Ugwu back as I thought he did extremely well in his first spell at Huish Park and was unlucky to get injured and face fierce competition during the 2012/2013 season.

Two goals in two games from Gozie and four points against top six opposition are two fantastic positives we can take in our battle to stay up.

We also seem to have a new centre back in the form of Kieffer Moore. Unfortunately I didn’t make it to either match but I have heard he was extremely impressive.

I have always been a big Kieffer fan and his attitude and willingness are just the qualities we need to beat the drop. The spirit in the side seems to be improving drastically…we do love a second half of the season surge don’t we?

Moving on, Arsenal pulled off the result of the week in my opinion. A convincing 2-0 win at Manchester City severely dented City’s title hopes whilst the Gunners now sit just a point behind Manchester United in fourth place. League leaders Chelsea smashed Swansea City 5-0, but were held to a 1-1 draw at Liverpool in the Carling Cup Semi-Final first leg.

If Liverpool could win a trophy this year it would signify an extremely successful season after what has been a tough campaign for them. Also, how brilliant would it be for Steven Gerrard to end his Liverpool career lifting a trophy at Wembley? He is a true legend of the game and it is nice to see such loyalty in football. I am almost positive that he will never play against Liverpool no matter what happens in his future career.

As for the Championship, Brentford pulled off another amazing win away at Brighton, whilst Fulham enjoyed a last gasp winner against Reading. That is a big result for the London club, who now lie securely in 15th where they will hope to stay from now on.

Leeds United gained their first win in eight games against seemingly unstoppable Bournemouth. The league leaders finally drew blank after so many games where they seemed to be scoring for fun. Lucky for some eh?

However, they still lie a point clear and no doubt will bounce back in the League soon. They first must overcome Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Sunday. It may be worth putting a cheeky bet on…we do all love an upset and there is no denying that the Cherries are on fire this season. Ask our betting man about that one though.

 

Goal of the Week
This week’s goal of the week has to go to Raheem Sterling. His superb solo effort resulted in Liverpool getting the result they deserved in the Carling Cup. The run, the finish and the celebration is what football is all about. Enjoy this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL6K4XdDBWE

Next up, Yeovil Town host Coventry City at Huish Park in another huge match. Every game is so important for us but also for me. Every week my Manager, Assistant manager and I all compete over whose team can get the best result. Whoever loses has to buy treats for the week. Now as you can imagine, I am not in credit. Even last week I lost thanks to Fulham and Arsenal’s good results. So a nice 3-0 win and I should be safe. Thanks lads.

In other big news I think this blog is the first one in which I have not mentioned Joe Edwards…..AH SO CLOSE!

Enjoy your week everyone and in all seriousness let’s all get behind the boys for another big three points. Just think, we could be out of the bottom four by the end of the weekend. Keep believing, keep singing and keep talking…I know I will!

Shez

THE GIANTS – A NEW PLAY INSPIRED BY YEOVIL TOWN FC

Rehearsals are well under way for THE GIANTS, a new play inspired by Yeovil Town Football Club.

Jack Kelly and Molly Taylor play Warren and Emily, a couple whose relationship is tied to the fortunes of Real West Coker, the team they manage in the Yeovil & Districts Under 12’s league.

At the same time Jack and Molly play a whole host of other characters including teenager Rachel and her brother Mike; Radio South-West’s long serving commentators Barry and John as well as the entire Real West Coker team and a couple of surprise characters from Yeovil Town FC itself!

The show is suitable for ages 10+ and will be a real family affair.  It serves as a reminder how important a football club’s fans are to its success and how through thick or thin, you can still reach for the stars.

THE GIANTS opens at The David Hall Arts Centre on 21 January before visiting The Alec Stock Lounge at Huish Park on 22 January. 

From there it tours to Yeovil College (28 Jan), West Coker Village Hall (31 Jan), The Brewhouse Theatre (7 Feb) and schools in Somerset as well as The Marine Theatre (24 Jan) and Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts (30 Jan) in Dorset.

Full tour information is available via www.wassailtheatre.co.uk.

Supported by Arts Council England, Take Art and South Somerset District Council, THE GIANTS is a play about going for three points, striving for your dreams and what happens when the reality of life scores a last minute winner.

REPORT: PRESTON NORTH END V YEOVIL TOWN

On a bitterly cold night in Lancashire, Yeovil Town battled out a 1-1 draw with promotion chasing Preston North End.

A first half injury time goal from Gozie Ugwu secured a half time lead for the Globvers before a Sylvan Ebanks-Blake goal ensured both teams had to settle for a point.

Town were forced into making two changes from the side that beat Bradford City 1-0 on Saturday.

Ajay Leitch-Smith and Nathan Ralph missed the trip due to picking up injuries in the victory at the weekend.

In came Liam Shephard and Alex Smith for their first starts for Town. New signing Shephard started at right back with Seth Twumasi moving to right midfield.

The home side started the brighter with half chances falling to Gallagher and in loan striker Jermaine Beckford.

Town’s first real shot at goal came after 17 minutes when Alex Smith’s long range shot went wide of the Preston goal.

After having their hands full on Saturday marking Stead and Hanson Kieffer Moore and Stephen Arthurworrey were dealing with the presence of Beckford and Kevin Davies well.

Just after the half hour mark it was Moore who had Town’s first real chance at goal. A Foley free kick wasn’t cleared by the Preston defence and with the ball bouncing around, Moore saw his right-footed volley go narrowly wide of the upright.

Moments later Ugwu was denied by the feet of Johnstone when he wriggled his way through the defence.

Just before the half time interval the home side had keeper Johnstone to thank for keeping the score at 0-0. Foley’s wonderful volley was well saved by the Preston shot stopper.

With the fourth official signalling one minute of added on time Town took the lead. Foley’s free kick was flicked on at thw front post and Ugwu held off his marked to thunder the ball past Johnstone.

The second half started brightly for Town with goalscorer Ugwu’s shot going narrowly wide of the Preston goal.

From the resulting goal kick the home side broke away quickly with Gallgher finding himself with room to cross from the left. His cross luckily evaded everyone and Town managed to clear.

Town made their first substitution of the evening on 53 minutes, when goal scorer Ugwu was forced off with what appeared to be a injury to be replaced by James Hayter.

With 15 minutes remaining Town forced two corners in quick succession and from the second one could have doubled their lead. The head of Arthurworrey met Foley’s set piece, but the Fulham loanee’s effort went just over the bar.

Moments later the home side drew level when substitute Ebanks-Blake was put through by a neat pass through the Town defence and rounded keeper Steer to tap the ball into the empty net.

With just under five minutes on the clock the home side thought they had taken the lead when an acrobatic overhead kick from Ebanks-Blake went narrowly over Steer’s crossbar.

Match Report : 20/01/2015

On a bitterly cold night in Lancashire, Yeovil Town battled out a 1-1 draw with promotion chasing Preston North End.

A first half injury time goal from Gozie Ugwu secured a half time lead for the Globvers before a Sylvan Ebanks-Blake goal ensured both teams had to settle for a point.

Town were forced into making two changes from the side that beat Bradford City 1-0 on Saturday.

Ajay Leitch-Smith and Nathan Ralph missed the trip due to picking up injuries in the victory at the weekend.

In came Liam Shephard and Alex Smith for their first starts for Town. New signing Shephard started at right back with Seth Twumasi moving to right midfield.

The home side started the brighter with half chances falling to Gallagher and in loan striker Jermaine Beckford.

Town’s first real shot at goal came after 17 minutes when Alex Smith’s long range shot went wide of the Preston goal.

After having their hands full on Saturday marking Stead and Hanson Kieffer Moore and Stephen Arthurworrey were dealing with the presence of Beckford and Kevin Davies well.

Just after the half hour mark it was Moore who had Town’s first real chance at goal. A Foley free kick wasn’t cleared by the Preston defence and with the ball bouncing around, Moore saw his right-footed volley go narrowly wide of the upright.

Moments later Ugwu was denied by the feet of Johnstone when he wriggled his way through the defence.

Just before the half time interval the home side had keeper Johnstone to thank for keeping the score at 0-0. Foley’s wonderful volley was well saved by the Preston shot stopper.

With the fourth official signalling one minute of added on time Town took the lead. Foley’s free kick was flicked on at thw front post and Ugwu held off his marked to thunder the ball past Johnstone.

The second half started brightly for Town with goalscorer Ugwu’s shot going narrowly wide of the Preston goal.

From the resulting goal kick the home side broke away quickly with Gallgher finding himself with room to cross from the left. His cross luckily evaded everyone and Town managed to clear.

Town made their first substitution of the evening on 53 minutes, when goal scorer Ugwu was forced off with what appeared to be a injury to be replaced by James Hayter.

With 15 minutes remaining Town forced two corners in quick succession and from the second one could have doubled their lead. The head of Arthurworrey met Foley’s set piece, but the Fulham loanee’s effort went just over the bar.

Moments later the home side drew level when substitute Ebanks-Blake was put through by a neat pass through the Town defence and rounded keeper Steer to tap the ball into the empty net.

With just under five minutes on the clock the home side thought they had taken the lead when an acrobatic overhead kick from Ebanks-Blake went narrowly over Steer’s crossbar.

PREVIEW: PRESTON NORTH END V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Tuesday night with an away trip to play-off chasing Preston North End.

The Glovers will be hoping to add some momentum to Saturday’s impressive home win over Bradford City.

This fixture is being played in midweek due to both sides involvement in the FA Cup third round at the start of January.

The achievement of taking six points from two sides challenging for promotion would be quite incredible, but with Yeovil finally back in that winning groove, the midweek fixture may just give the Glovers every chance.

Preston played on Friday night, so could sit back and relax on Saturday while the others played their fixtures.

North End’s 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient saw them come from behind to take the lead before Chris Dagnall scored a last gasp equaliser to rescue a point for the strugglers.

That fixture saw Preston give a debut in goal to Manchester United loanee Sam Johnstone.

Johnstone played one fixture for Yeovil in the Championship last season, the 2-0 defeat at Burnley before having to return to Old Trafford through injury.

Jermaine Beckford and Paul Gallacher, also both on loan from Bolton and Leicester respectively were on target for the Whites on Friday and they have paired up well to minimise the impact of losing top scorer Joe Garner with a long term injury.

With the front line duo being assisted with England international Kevin Davies – with 800 career appearances behind him – the attacking prowess could be the biggest test for the Yeovil defence in a long while.

The Yeovil defence hit the headlines this week with Kieffer Moore stepping in as a make shift centre back.

The Glovers’ top scorer filled in next to Stephen Arthurworrey and gained rave reviews for his performance replacing suspended Ben Nugent.

Nugent sits out the second of his four match ban this Tuesday and with the quick turnaround from the weekend additional central defensive cover may not be brought in in time.

The Glovers have added to the squad since Saturday bringing in full back Liam Shephard on a youth loan from Swansea.

He joins Gozie Ugwu and Jamar Loza as the new arrivals in the squad.

Ugwu scored on his debut on Saturday and will be hoping to add to his quick start up at Deepdale.

Earlier this season, the two sides met at Huish Park and it was Preston who came out victorious with a 2-0 win.

Paul Gallagher secured the points late on, but it was another former Glover, Paul Huntington who scored the opening with a header from a set piece.

Prior to that, the two sides met during the Glovers’ promotion season of 2012/13 no fewer than three times.

Twice meeting at Deepdale, one in the league and one in the FA Cup, both of those away days ended in defeat and both saw midfielder Ed Upson sent off.

In the Huish Park league fixture however, Yeovil came from behind to secure a 3-1 win.

James Hayter, Nathan Ralph and Paddy Madden all scored in the final 15 minutes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

The only other Yeovil win in this particular head to head came the season before, again at home and again red cards tainted the performance. Huntington shown red after an Andy Williams double had the game wrapped up.

But it was the dismissal of Craig Morgan after only three minutes that set the tone for the fixture.

Tickets for this fixture are available on the day for anyone making the journey to Lancashire, but if a 500+ mile round trip doesn’t quite take your fancy you can buy tickets for home matches by clicking HERE.

That includes this Saturday’s home fixture versus Coventry as well as both home games in February.

As for Tuesday, you can dial into Glovers Player for full match commentary as well as catching up on all the post match reaction on the club’s YouTube channel.

The Glovers could be out of the relegation zone by the weekend and with your support the long awaited climb up the table could be underway with positive results.

Preston North End

Famous Fans: WWE Wrestler and former Intercontinental Champion Wade “Bad News” Barrett and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson.

A Foot in Both Camps: Aaron Brown, Craig Davies, Max Ehmer, Paul Huntington, Jamie McAllister and new signing Sam Johnstone.

Did you know: Preston was home to Britain’s first KFC.

YOUR CHANCE TO SING AT WEMBLEY STADIUM

Ever wanted to stand on the pitch at Wembley for the FA Cup final and sing your heart out? Well now is your chance as Songs of Praise has teamed up with BBC Sport, as part of the BBC’s FA Cup programming, to offer football fans the unique chance to be in the Songs of Praise FA Cup Fans Choir.

The choir will sing Abide with Me, backed by the FA Cup Final military band in front of 90,000 people on the hallowed ground on Saturday 30 May. Entries open today at bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise <http://bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise> .

 

First sung at the FA Cup Final in 1927 and a constant fixture ever since, Abide with Me has featured in a number of ways in the pre‐match build up over the years. Originally a conductor, nicknamed “the man in white” led community singing. In recent years a single celebrity singer has performed the song.

At the final in 2015, the BBC’s Songs of Praise team are putting together a choir with one fan representing each of the 64 teams who’ve made it to this year’s third round.

David Taviner, Songs of Praise Executive Producer said: “The chance to sing at Wembley is a dream come true for any football fan and I’m delighted that Songs of Praise are teaming up with The FA to offer this opportunity. The performance of Abide with Me is such an iconic moment in FA Cup final day and to be a part of that, at Wembley, in front of 90,000 people, live on BBC One would be something very special indeed.”

Ask any football fan their favourite FA Cup memory and they’ll come to life, so to be part of the choir Songs of Praise are looking for great FA Cup stories, the winners to be judged by a panel. No singing experience is necessary! Applicants need to visit bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise where there is all the information on how to enter and the terms and conditions.

Songs of Praise is looking for stories that reflect the personal memories and passion of the cup from every level of the game. Maybe witnessing giant killings, perhaps the first time your non- league team made the third round or the first time you were in the final with tales of great players, key moments, unforgettable goals and family anecdotes.

 

The competition is now open for entries and closes on 7 March.

A panel of judges from the worlds of football, music and journalism will read the best five stories representing each club and pick a winner. Winners will be notified mid-April. There will be a singing lesson and rehearsal before the big day.

Full entry details and terms and conditions can be found at bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise.

YEOVIL TOWN V COVENTRY CITY HOSPITALITY FOR JUST £10!

Enjoy our latest matchday hospitality offer for Town’s League One tie with Coventry City.

For just £10 you can enjoy this fantastic offer on the Glovers Restaurant.

Soak up the pre-match atmosphere with a drink and a delicious meal before kick-off, then relax in the comfort of the restaurant after the game. It’s a perfect way to enjoy a matchday at Huish Park.

To book your place call the ticket office on 01935 847888.

Offer only available with a valid season/match ticket.

THE DAY UNITED CAME TO TOWN NOW AVAILABLE IN CLUB SHOP

The Day United Came To Town pack containing a special double DVD and 76 page magazine is now available to buy from the Huish Park Club Shop.

Amongst the huge amount of coverage the DVD includes: The build up to the day, exclusive interviews with Lou Macari, John Hartson, Owen Hargreaves, Steve McManaman, Jake Humphrey and Adam Virgo, MUTV coverage including pre and post match, BT Sport’s match coverage and the post match Press Conferences with Gary Johnson, Joe Edwards and Louis Van Gaal plus footage of supporters around the ground on the day.

This is your chance to re-live what was possibly the biggest match at Huish Park in the club’s history.

The 76 page full colour glossy magazine of the day is a must for supporters to treasure the memories of a great day at Huish Park.

Amongst nearly 100 photographs from the day are sections on The Pre-Match, The Match Action, The Fans and The Press with reproductions of match reports from most of The Nationals.

These items are being sold as a limited edition package with a numbered certificate authenticity at the cost of only £25 and are now available from the club shop.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V BRADFORD CITY

A 25th minute winner from the returning Gozie Ugwu earned Yeovil Town an invaluable second home win of the season against high flying Bradford City this afternoon.

Ugwu’s finish after a flick on from Kieffer Moore was the only goal of a tight game where the home side had the majority of the chances with home keeper Jed Steer having very little to do all game. The win doesn’t lift the Glovers off the bottom of the table but now leaves the side just three points off safety and Leyton Orient in 21st place.

Manager Gary Johnson brought in two strikers late on in the week and introduced them both from the start. Ugwu, signed after a spell at SPL side Dunfermline started up front alongside Norwich City loan signing Jamar Loza with Kieffer Moore dropping back to cover the lack of bodies in the back four. The striker-cum-defender had a superb game at the back and was in with a shout for man-of-the-match.

It was his defensive colleague at right back, Seth Twumasi, who had the first sight of goal but his right foot shot sailed well wide of Jordan Pickford’s post. Ugwu then volleyed well over on twelve minutes after a bout of head tennis.

The new strike pairing of Ugwu and Loza combined well on 24 minutes but Loza’s shot lacked power and was easily held by Pickford. But it wasn’t long before the Glovers took the lead and Ugwu was involved again. Sam Foley’s free kick was swung in and Kieffer Moore’s back header was latched on to by Ugwu who controlled and fired into the corner.

Foley then went close to making it 2-0 as the Glovers dominated with Steer mainly reduced to taking goal kicks and collecting harmless chances. James Hanson tested Steer with a side footed effort but the keeper saved easily and later in the half, he watched Billy Knott’s header go over.

Ajay Leitch-Smith headed at Pickford and the Sunderland loan stopper also gathered a Joe Edwards left footed shot as the half closed.

A mistake at the heart of the back four allowed Jon Stead to break down the right flank but his perfect cross was blazed over by Hanson from four yards out. Bantams boss Phil Parkinson made a double change after with Stead and Halliday replaced by Zoko and Yeates.

Hanson headed wide and Knott pulled a right foot shot wide too as Bradford looked to level the game but the rest of the second half was a curious affair with Steer barely tested and Pickford having to watch most of the game too.

There was a scare late on for Yeovil when two minutes into stoppage time, sub Alan Sheehan had a free kick 25 yards out but it was a poor effort and went well wide of goal. Three minutes later, ref Darren Sheldrake blew for full time and Yeovil’s first home win since Peterborough United on 20th September was secured.

Match Report : 17/01/2015

A 25th minute winner from the returning Gozie Ugwu earned Yeovil Town an invaluable second home win of the season against high flying Bradford City this afternoon.

Ugwu’s finish after a flick on from Kieffer Moore was the only goal of a tight game where the home side had the majority of the chances with home keeper Jed Steer having very little to do all game. The win doesn’t lift the Glovers off the bottom of the table but now leaves the side just three points off safety and Leyton Orient in 21st place.

Manager Gary Johnson brought in two strikers late on in the week and introduced them both from the start. Ugwu, signed after a spell at SPL side Dunfermline started up front alongside Norwich City loan signing Jamar Loza with Kieffer Moore dropping back to cover the lack of bodies in the back four. The striker-cum-defender had a superb game at the back and was in with a shout for man-of-the-match.

It was his defensive colleague at right back, Seth Twumasi, who had the first sight of goal but his right foot shot sailed well wide of Jordan Pickford’s post. Ugwu then volleyed well over on twelve minutes after a bout of head tennis.

The new strike pairing of Ugwu and Loza combined well on 24 minutes but Loza’s shot lacked power and was easily held by Pickford. But it wasn’t long before the Glovers took the lead and Ugwu was involved again. Sam Foley’s free kick was swung in and Kieffer Moore’s back header was latched on to by Ugwu who controlled and fired into the corner.

Foley then went close to making it 2-0 as the Glovers dominated with Steer mainly reduced to taking goal kicks and collecting harmless chances. James Hanson tested Steer with a side footed effort but the keeper saved easily and later in the half, he watched Billy Knott’s header go over.

Ajay Leitch-Smith headed at Pickford and the Sunderland loan stopper also gathered a Joe Edwards left footed shot as the half closed.

A mistake at the heart of the back four allowed Jon Stead to break down the right flank but his perfect cross was blazed over by Hanson from four yards out. Bantams boss Phil Parkinson made a double change after with Stead and Halliday replaced by Zoko and Yeates.

Hanson headed wide and Knott pulled a right foot shot wide too as Bradford looked to level the game but the rest of the second half was a curious affair with Steer barely tested and Pickford having to watch most of the game too.

There was a scare late on for Yeovil when two minutes into stoppage time, sub Alan Sheehan had a free kick 25 yards out but it was a poor effort and went well wide of goal. Three minutes later, ref Darren Sheldrake blew for full time and Yeovil’s first home win since Peterborough United on 20th September was secured.

LIAM SHEPHARD SIGNS ON YOUTH LOAN

Gary Johnson has announced this morning that Yeovil Town have signed Swansea right back  Liam Shephard on a Youth loan.

Highly thought of by Swansea, Shephard didn’t sign in time to play in this afternoon’s match against Bradford City.

Shephard has been a regular performer for the Swansea Under 21 side and was on the bench for the Swans Premier League games against Newcastle and Stoke in recent weeks.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V BRADFORD CITY

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday as the Glovers host Bradford City with a 3pm kick off.

Yeovil are looking to kick start their second half of the season campaign with a home win that could put them back within touching distance of the safety zone.

Lying bottom of the pile, even a win wouldn’t even be enough to launch the Glovers out of 24th place, with Crawley Town four points ahead in 23rd.

Leyton Orient are the side to be chased however, with the O’s in 20th five points ahead of Gary Johnson’s side.

This weekend’s opponents, Bradford are fighting at the other end of the SkyBet League table with a play off spot not out of the question as an end of season target.

The Bantams are currently fifth, a full 15 points off the automatic spots.

Yeovil’s last outing was last weekend, a 2-0 loss away at Barnsley, in that match Ben Nugent saw red for an off the ball incident and as such will be serving the first of a four match ban.

The Cardiff loanee has been sent off once before this season and as such, will serve and elongated time in the stands.

Yeovil weren’t the only side to see a man sent off last Saturday, Bradford too saw their ‘keeper Jordan Pickford sent off.

Pickford’s ban was only one match in length and so used that up in the midweek cup fixture, so will be available again for the first team at Huish Park.

Bradford lost that game with only ten men as they succumbed to a late Rochdale winner. The game ending 2-1 to the away side.

On Wednesday night, Yeovil’s players will have been resting up and going over set pieces, Bradford’s however, were in an FA Cup Third Round Replay against Championship side Millwall.

The Yorkshire side made the home advantage count and caused a quite remarkable upset. A 4-0 win saw the League One side progress into Round 4 and a tie against Chelsea.

Four separate scorers did the damage including Jon Stead, James Hanson, Billy Knott and Andy Halliday.

Hanson, Knott and Stead have notched 20 goals between them this season and that is one more than the whole Yeovil squad combined in the league.

In order to try and change that Gary Johnson has added two front men to his squad.

Former loanee, Gozie Ugwu has joined on a six month contract while Norwich youngster Jamar Loza has been added on a month long loan deal.

At the time of writing the management team were still hoping to add some defensive cover to boost options but with Nathan Smith, Seth Twumasi and Calvin Brooks offering some flexibility in the back four, there may be a reshuffle rather than an addition in time for kick off.

The injury list gained two notable additions this past week with Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett both missing the Barnsley game and both players could be out for longer rather than shorter terms.

Elsewhere, long standing problems with Liam Davis and Joel Grant continue to be monitored.

Saturday’s bench for the Glovers included just five names, with two additions the bench should at least be full.

When the two sides met earlier this season, the Glovers put on arguably one of their best performances of the season with a 3-1 away win for Yeovil.

Aaron Martin, who has since left for Coventry, scored twice from Sam Foley set pieces before Ajay Leitch Smith scored a belter of a third to wrap up the points.

Previous meetings between the sides haven’t exactly been plentiful, but have seen a majority of results go Yeovil’s way.

In 2007, a 2-0 away win saw Aaron Davies score twice. That win came after two draws (0-0 and 1-1) and a Bradford win 1-0 in the only previous league encounters.

That previous form in the head to heads should hopefully stand the side in good stead.

With new faces and a hunger to get out of the relegation zone, the only thing missing is you!

Tickets for the fixture are available right up until kick off from all the usual outlets, the easiest option will be to click HERE for access to the online ticketing facility.

You can choose your seat and book in advance saving both time and money in the process. If you are collecting tickets on the match day, please allow an extra few minutes for collection and bring the ID you require.

Survival is the aim of the season now and that begins this Saturday, come along to Huish Park and be part of it!

Bradford City

Famous Fans: Cast members from Emmerdale and Hollyoaks, including Jennifer Metcalfe. Snooker player Joe Johnson and the Dalai Lama no less gave the Bantams his blessing during their League Cup run a couple of years ago.

A Foot in Both Camps: Matty Dolan, Ryan Dickson, Tommy Doherty, Ritchie Jones, Luke Oliver, Ben Roberts and Kelly Youga, remember him?

Did you know: Bradford saw off bids from Glasgow and Wolverhapton to be crowned the Curry Capital of Britain.

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THE DAY UNITED CAME TO TOWN NOW AVAILABLE IN CLUB SHOP

The Day United Came To Town pack containing a special double DVD and 76 page magazine is now available to buy from the Huish Park Club Shop.

Amongst the huge amount of coverage the DVD includes: The build up to the day, exclusive interviews with Lou Macari, John Hartson, Owen Hargreaves, Steve McManaman, Jake Humphrey and Adam Virgo, MUTV coverage including pre and post match, BT Sport’s match coverage and the post match Press Conferences with Gary Johnson, Joe Edwards and Louis Van Gaal plus footage of supporters around the ground on the day.

This is your chance to re-live what was possibly the biggest match at Huish Park in the club’s history.

The 76 page full colour glossy magazine of the day is a must for supporters to treasure the memories of a great day at Huish Park.

Amongst nearly 100 photographs from the day are sections on The Pre-Match, The Match Action, The Fans and The Press with reproductions of match reports from most of The Nationals.

These items are being sold as a limited edition package with a numbered certificate authenticity at the cost of only £25 and are now available from the club shop.

GOZIE UGWU JOINS THE GLOVERS


Striker Gozie Ugwu has signed a short-term contract with Yeovil Town.

The 21-year-old has penned a deal until the end of the current season after his contract at Dunfermline Athletic expired just after Christmas.

Town fans will remember Ugwu after he spent time on loan at Huish Park in the 2012/13 season.

He made his Glovers debut in the 3-0 League Cup win against Colchester United before scoring twice in the 4-0 win away at Scunthorpe United. He returned to Reading in January 2013 after making 18 appearances for Town.

Since his time at Huish Park, Ugwu has spent time on loan at Plymouth Argyle and Shrewsbury Town. In May 2014 his contract at Reading expired and he signed a deal with Scottish side Dunfermline Athletic.

Ugwu will wear shirt number 25 during his spell at Huish Park.

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GWSC AWAY TRAVEL DETAILS

The Green and White Supporters Club have released their travel details for the remaining away fixtures of the season.

Please note that a pick up from the Bus Station will be by request only. Please make it clear when booking with Paul that you would like to be picked up from the Station. For midweek fixtures there will be no pick up from the Bus Station.

Preston North End

Tuesday 20th January 2015.

Huish Park – 12.30pm

Adult Members – £29 – Member Concessions – £27

Adult Non-Members – £31 – Non-Member Concessions – £29

Peterborough United

Saturday 31st January 2015.

Huish Park – 8.00 am

Adult Members – £26 – Member Concessions – £24

Adult Non-Members – £28 – Non-Member Concessions – £26

Crewe Alexandra

Tuesday 10th February 2015.

Huish Park – 1.45pm

Adult Members – £26 – Member Concessions – £24

Adult Non-Members – £28 – Non-Member Concessions – £26

Doncaster Rovers

Saturday 14th February 2015.

Huish Park – 7.45am

Adult Members – £29 – Member Concessions – £27

Adult Non-Members – £31 – Non-Member Concessions – £29

Scunthorpe United

Saturday 28th February 2015.

Huish Park – 7.30am

Adult Members – £30 – Member Concessions – £28

Adult Non-Members – £32 – Non-Member Concessions – £30

Leyton Orient

Saturday 14th March 2015.

Huish Park – 8.45am

Adult Members – £22 – Member Concessions – £20

Adult Non-Members – £24 – Non-Member Concessions – £22

Colchester United

Tuesday 17th March 2015.

Huish Park – 1.30pm

Adult Members – £26 – Member Concessions – £24

Adult Non-Members – £28 – Non-Member Concessions – £26

Rochdale

Saturday 28th March 2015.

Huish Park – 7.45am

Adult Members – £29 – Member Concessions – £27

Adult Non-Members – £31 – Non-Member Concessions – £29.00

Fleetwood Town

Easter Monday 6th April 2015.

Huish Park – 7.00am

Adult Members – £30 – Member Concessions – £28

Adult Non-Members – £32 – Non-Member Concessions – £30.00

Swindon Town

Saturday 18th April 2015.

Huish Park – 10.45am

Adult Members – £14 – Member Concessions – £12

Adult Non-Members: £16.00; Non-Member Concessions: £14

Milton Keynes Dons – Sunday 3rd May 2015.

Huish Park – 7.00am

Adult Members – £22 – Member Concessions – £20

Adult Non-Members – £24 – Non-Member Concessions – £22

To book your seat with The Green and Whites send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. You can also email Paul at paulhadlow@outlook.com. If you want to book via phone, please call after 6pm.

FRY COMMENTS ON PLANNING PROPOSALS

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has commented on the club’s new planning proposals at their Huish Park site following the announcement of a Public Consultation process next week.

It’s not long since we withdrew the supermarket planning application. 

Why consult again and why now?

“The evolving proposals are very different to the previous application and they do not include a supermarket. 

“Through our Supporter Development Consultant, David Bell, much has been undertaken and achieved in the past 7 months.

“We started by assessing the needs of our football and our community businesses at Championship/League One level. Our main aim was to find ways of providing a better use of the stadium and site by our supporters and the local community on a 7 days a week cycle.

"It is these evolving thoughts and ideas upon which we will be consulting. We would like our fans and the general public to consider the exhibition material, discuss matters with the club’s Planning Consultancy Team and give feedback.”

 

JAMAR LOZA JOINS ON LOAN FROM NORWICH CITY


Striker Jamar Loza has joined Yeovil Town on an initial one-month youth loan from Championship side Norwich City.

20-year-old Loza, who was born in Kingston, moved to the UK at the age of six and has five international caps for Jamaica.

Loza made his debut for Norwich in the final game of the 2013/2014 season against Arsenal. He has enjoyed loan spells at Coventry City, Leyton Orient and Southend United.

In June of last year, Loza signed a new two-year contract at Carrow Road.

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MATCH OFFICIAL APPOINTMENT V BRADFORD CITY


Referee Darren Sheldrake will be the man to take charge of this weekend’s match against Bradford City.

Mr Sheldrake’s most recent Yeovil Town game as referee was the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat against Gillingham at Huish Park.

So far this season Sheldrake has officiated in 17 games issuing a total of 56 yellow cards and eight red cards.

His assistants on the day will be Adam Bromley and Andrew Turner with Kevin Morris as fourth official.

Tickets for the match are available by clicking here or calling 01935 847888.

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YEOVIL TOWN V MANCHESTER UNITED OFFICIAL DVD AND MAGAZINE

The Yeovil Town Media team have trawled through hours of video footage of the match with Manchester United in the FA Cup, and are pleased to announce that the club will be releasing a double DVD set containing footage of this memorable day, which should be available for the home match against Bradford City.

Amongst the huge amount of coverage this DVD will include: The build up to the day, exclusive interviews with Lou Macari, John Hartson, Owen Hargreaves, Steve Macmanaman, Jake Humphrey and Adam Virgo, MUTV coverage including pre and post match, BT Sport’s match coverage and the post match Press Conferences with Gary Johnson, Joe Edwards and Louis Van Gaal plus footage of supporters around the ground on the day.

This is your chance to re-live what was possibly the biggest match at Huish Park in the club’s history.

The club are also pleased to announce they have produced a 76 page full colour glossy magazine of the day for supporters to treasure the memories of a great day at Huish Park.

Amongst nearly 100 photographs from the day are sections on The Pre-Match, The Match Action, The Fans and The Press with reproductions of match reports from most of The Nationals.

These items are being sold as a limited edition package of only £25 and will be available from the club shop or the club shop web site.

 

Make sure you don’t miss out order yours today as demand is bound to be high.

OUR SUPPORT CAN REALLY MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

Another week has passed and already it is time for another Shez – She Talks.

I really hope you are all enjoying my weekly blog, I really am loving writing them. I just wish that I was able to be a lot more positive about Yeovil Town.

It was a freezing cold day in Barnsley on Saturday and the conditions were very poor. Playing any sort of attacking football seemed extremely unlikely. However, I thought we started well and if AJ Leitch-Smith had put that golden chance away in the first half, I think it would have been a different story.

The red card was disappointing, I must admit I did not see the incident at the game and initially I thought that it had been given for the tackle.

I think Ben Nugent has been outstanding for us this season and to be without him for four games is a real blow. I am sure he has learnt his lesson and will come back stronger; I just hope it doesn’t hamper our chances further of staying in League One.

It is very hard as a football fan to not be negative after a poor game and to see your side languish at the bottom of the table. However, it is not over until it’s over and our support can really make the difference. 1

156 Yeovil fans travelled up to Barnsley in gale force winds. That kind of support takes commitment and belief, so let’s keep that going. I know one thing; the boys won’t give up until the very end.

In other news, our FA Cup opponents Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton at the weekend. All the newspapers have focused on is how Radamel Falcao was left out of the entire squad.

However, having watched him grace Huish Park and not be able to remove himself from Ben Nugent’s back pocket, I am not entirely surprised. The money he is earning really is quite extortionate, over £375,000 per week and he has failed to impress both in the Premier League and in the Cup.  

Louis Van Gaal now has the same number of points as David Moyes did at this stage last season, with a significantly improved budget. That really is quite staggering, but the real plaudits should go to Southampton who have battled back from a bad run and are more than capable of challenging for Europe. I will be backing them all the way.

As for Burnley, their season looks to be turning around after they gained an important 2-1 win over QPR. QPR have now lost every single away game in the Premier League this season. That is a new record.

You see, it can always be worse. Everton and Man City played out an entertaining 1-1 draw, putting Chelsea back in the driving seat as they defeated Newcastle 2-0.

I still think there will be lots more twists and turns in the top tier this year and I think it will be a close call between Chelsea and Man City, never write anyone off – one of the most important rules in football!

Remember that Yeovil Town fans.

Goal (KEEPER) of the week.
It was one of the big talking points at Half Time at Barnsley, so I thought it would be only fitting for all of us to enjoy it.

Former Yeovil striker Matty Harrold played over 50 minutes in goal for Crawley on Saturday after Brian Jensen dislocated his finger. He gained the man of the match award but was unlucky to concede a last minute equaliser against MK Dons. Well done Matt! Enjoy his brilliant performance here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=his0K3C3n0o

Next up, we face another tough test at home with Bradford City in town. The reverse fixture ended in a 3-1 win for the Glovers and a similar result would certainly not go amiss. I will take a scrappy 1-0 win any day of the week. We need 10 wins from the last 19 games, so let’s get that first one this Saturday. Get behind the boys and re-create the atmosphere when United came to Town, this is bigger than that game.

The future of our club is relying on these final games, get your green and white on and cheer as loud as you can!

YTFC – Keep Believing!

Shez

REPORT: BARNSLEY V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town made the trip north to take on Danny Wilson’s Barnsley at a cold and windy Oakwell and returned empty handed.

Second half goals from debutant George Waring and dubious penalty from Conor Hourihane secured the points for the Tykes.

Town made two changes to the starting line up that was defeated by Manchester United in third round of the FA Cup.

Both Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett missed out through injury and were replaced by Ajay Leitch-Smith and James Berrett.

Town started brightly forcing numerous corners and free kicks around the Barnsley penalty area.

After just four minutes, keeper Jed Steer had to be on his toes to tip over a Mason Holgate cross that got caught in the wind.

At the other end Town’s first real chance after 17 minutes when a Sam Foley cross was flicked on at the front post by Stephen Arthurworrey into the path of Kieffer Moore. The former Dorchester man couldn’t quite get the connection he wanted and the ball fell into the hands of keeper Ross Turnball.

Five minutes later the Glovers had another superb chance to take the lead. A lack of concentration at the back by Jean-Yves M’Voto saw Leitch-Smith race clear, but his shot went narrowly wide of the upright.

With 25 minutes on the clock Town were reduced to ten men when Ben Nugent received a straight red card. The Cardiff City loanee and Barnsley striker Waring tussled in the centre circle and referee Bankes saw some foul play to send Nugent for an early bath.

Five minutes into the second half the home side took the lead. A cross from the Barnsley right was met at the back post by Holgate who nodded into the path of Waring, who volleyed home into an empty net.

On 75 minutes the home side were awarded a penalty when referee Bankes pointed to the spot after he thought Steer fouled Hourihane in the area. Despite the claims from the Town players that Steer won the ball, the referee was adament he fouled the Barnsley captain.

The former Plymouth Argyle midfielder dusted himself down to send Steer the wrong way and make the score 2-0.

Town now face a home fixture againt Bradford City on Saturday 17th January.

Match Report : 10/01/2015

Yeovil Town made the trip north to take on Danny Wilson’s Barnsley at a cold and windy Oakwell and returned empty handed.

Second half goals from debutant George Waring and dubious penalty from Conor Hourihane secured the points for the Tykes.

Town made two changes to the starting line up that was defeated by Manchester United in third round of the FA Cup.

Both Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett missed out through injury and were replaced by Ajay Leitch-Smith and James Berrett.

Town started brightly forcing numerous corners and free kicks around the Barnsley penalty area.

After just four minutes, keeper Jed Steer had to be on his toes to tip over a Mason Holgate cross that got caught in the wind.

At the other end Town’s first real chance after 17 minutes when a Sam Foley cross was flicked on at the front post by Stephen Arthurworrey into the path of Kieffer Moore. The former Dorchester man couldn’t quite get the connection he wanted and the ball fell into the hands of keeper Ross Turnball.

Five minutes later the Glovers had another superb chance to take the lead. A lack of concentration at the back by Jean-Yves M’Voto saw Leitch-Smith race clear, but his shot went narrowly wide of the upright.

With 25 minutes on the clock Town were reduced to ten men when Ben Nugent received a straight red card. The Cardiff City loanee and Barnsley striker Waring tussled in the centre circle and referee Bankes saw some foul play to send Nugent for an early bath.

Five minutes into the second half the home side took the lead. A cross from the Barnsley right was met at the back post by Holgate who nodded into the path of Waring, who volleyed home into an empty net.

On 75 minutes the home side were awarded a penalty when referee Bankes pointed to the spot after he thought Steer fouled Hourihane in the area. Despite the claims from the Town players that Steer won the ball, the referee was adament he fouled the Barnsley captain.

The former Plymouth Argyle midfielder dusted himself down to send Steer the wrong way and make the score 2-0.

Town now face a home fixture againt Bradford City on Saturday 17th January.

PREVIEW: BARNSLEY V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday with an away trip to South Yorkshire and Barnsley.

Both of these sides have struggled to readjust to life in League One following relegation from the Championship last season.

Yeovil are bottom of the league with the Tykes not fairing much better lying in 17th place.

However, there is still a six point difference between the two sides, a Yeovil win would not only take them within three points of their upcoming opponents, but also, potentially within one result of safety.

Both sides are coming off the back of FA Cup exits last weekend, Yeovil, as you may have noticed gave Manchester United a scare. The 2-0 score line didn’t quite tell the whole story as the Glovers spurned chances and were only beaten by two goals for world class quality.

As for Barnsley, they too were home against higher league opposition, Middlesbrough.

The game took place a day before Yeovil’s match did, so they will have 24 hours more recovery time in the bank, but the Tykes also exited the cup thanks to a 2-0 score line.

Prior to that, Barnsley are currently trying to turn their own poor form around with defeats to Preston, Scunthorpe and Walsall in the last month.

They also needed two attempts to get beyond non-league Chester in the FA Cup 2nd Round.

They did claim a creditable win just before Christmas turning over Leyton Orient 2-0 on Saturday 20th December.

Barnsley have been busy during the opening few days of the transfer window bringing in no fewer than four players.

Alex Kiwomya has joined on loan from Chelsea as have Ben Pearson from Man Utd and George Waring from Stoke.

They’ve also signed forward Milan Lalkovic on an 18 month deal.

For Yeovil, the activity has been in the ‘outgoing’ pile, with Tom Eaves and Ryan Inniss both seeing their loan spells coming to an end.

Jordan Clarke’s temporary deal has come to end also, he looks set to sign for another League One side so will not be returning to Huish Park either.

The positive news comes from the new contract awarded to Nathan Ralph who has signed a new deal keeping him tied to the club to the end of the season.

At the time of writing, no new names had joined Yeovil but with Gary Johnson working overtime to bring in some new recruits anything could happen between now and kick off.

As has already been mentioned, the two sides met last season with both clubs dropping out of the second tier.

They crossed paths at Oakwell in March and Joel Grant scored early in proceedings before a very questionable penalty was awarded to even up the scores.

Back at Huish Park, a relegation six pointer was comfortably won 4-1 by the away side. Only a Luke Ayling consolation gave the home fans anything to cheer.

Earlier this season, the two sides clashed in Somerset and played out a 1-1 draw. Conor Hourihane sent the away side into a lead that was soon cancelled out by a Martin Cranie own goal.

The last time Yeovil defeated Barnsley was way back in 2005.

David Poole and Efe Sodje got on the score sheet in a 2-1 win.

Tickets for the fixture at Oakwell are still available to purchase on the day, but for those of you who aren’t making the trip you can still keep in touch in all the usual ways.

Glovers Player has the full match commentary and you can count on the social networks to keep you up to date as the game goes on.

Highlights and post match reaction can be found on the club’s official YouTube channel as soon as possible after the final whistle.

Famous Fans.

Cricket Umpire Dickie Bird, Bowler Darren Gough and TV Interviewer extraordinaire Michael Parkinson.

A foot in both camps.

Martin Cranie, Kevin Betsy, Arron Davies, Rory Fallon, Ritchie Jones, Michael McIndoe, Craig Rocastle, Korey Smith.

Did you know?: The city of Barnsley buys and uses up to eight times more chip pans than any other city. They love their chips.

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TICKETS: DONCASTER ROVERS AWAY

Tickets for Town’s League One trip to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 14th February are now available from Huish Park.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults – £23 – Over 60’s – £17 – Aged 17-20 – £13 – Aged 12-16 – £8 – Under 12 – £5.

Wheelchair users and Ambulant Disabled pay the above prices and can admit an assistant FOC.

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MANCHESTER UNITED PROGRAMME NOW SOLD OUT!

Following our story yesterday regarding the remaining programmes for the Manchester United match.
 

Demand has been huge and will far outstrip supply and the programmes are now sold out.

 

So we are sorry to say that of the received requests by e mail we will have to allocate programmes on a first come first served basis.

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THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A FULL HUISH PARK

It’s 2015. A whole two weeks since my last blog. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year…I did and I have a feeling 2015 is going to be one of the best years yet.

For a start, we are going to stay in League One for another season and you can quote me on that.

Also, we have played one game in 2015 and that was against a small team we have all heard of once or twice. Manchester United.

I can honestly say that day was up there with the second leg of the 2013 Play-offs against Sheffield United. There is nothing better than a full Huish Park, the atmosphere was as incredible as the match. So, if you are reading this having attended the FA Cup 3rd round match, I urge you to make it a more regular thing!.

The club have some great deals on and the lads need and deserve all the support they can get.

I thought we played fantastically on Sunday. I could not fault any player and it was only fitting that each and every one of them got man of the match. However, the ones that really stood out for me were Ben Nugent, Kevin Dawson and you guessed it…Joe Edwards.

Radamel Falcao was no match for Nugent, Dawson was at the heart of every attack and Edwards was a true captain who was not afraid to slide in on Rooney.

It is a huge compliment to our side that they fielded such a strong team and had to bring on Di Maria, Mata and Jonny Evans to settle the match. I was so gutted when we conceded, but what a finish it was. That is the difference between the top teams and the lower leagues. That was the only difference though and we matched them throughout.

Kieffer Moore’s miss will haunt us for a while but as long as he saves the rest for the league, we will all be happy. In my eyes, it is simple – we play like that for the rest of the season, we stay up!.

As for the other players, both Ryan Innis and Tom Eaves have completed their stay at Huish Park, they have been great additions and I am sure they will do well in their careers. Good luck to them from all YTFC fans.

 

I am so excited that the Manchester United game shirts are going on auction, I bet you can’t guess which one I want?! Fingers crossed.

After all that excitement we move on to a huge game away at Barnsley on Saturday, three points are much needed and after the buzz of Sunday, there is no reason we cannot use that momentum and push on up the league. Never have I believed more that we will get out of this predicament. I can’t wait to see you all there…wrap up warm and keep believing.

 

I will be writing again next week about all things football with a goal of the week from the whole weekend of English football.

For this week, however, let’s relive the FA Cup game that so nearly had a fairytale ending. Let’s applaud Di Maria’s class and remember just how proud our club made us on the 4th January 2015. This is why football is so amazing; no one can take away those memories.

MATCH OF THE WEEK
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30670662

See you all Saturday…GREEN ARMY!

GREEN&WHITE RECEIVES FANTASTIC REVIEWS

After the euphoria of Sunday’s memorable game against Manchester United, journalists from the national press have been showing their appreciation for the club’s official programme, Green&White, this week.

The production team at Green&White pulled out all the stops to produce a special 96-page edition of the programme for the United game and their efforts certainly didn’t go unnoticed by some of the country’s top writers.

Phil McNulty, Chief Football Writer for BBC Sport said:“Yeovil Town may not have got the result they dreamed about in the FA Cup third round tie with Manchester United on Sunday – but the match programme was the perfect souvenir of a wonderful occasion that did the whole club proud.

”Not so much a programme as a short novel, it was superbly informative, newsy and captured the mood perfectly with vast swathes of copy for both sets of fans to pore over and rich in photographs of past FA Cup big days for both sides.

”It’s hard to imagine any more could have been crammed into this superb publication, clearly a labour of love for all involved – and what a brilliant idea to reserve four pages at the back for autograph hunters. That could catch on. Great work.”

Daniel Taylor, Chief Football Writer for The Guardian newspaper was also impressed and said:"So often, football programmes these days can be skimmed through within a couple of minutes. Yet not this one. A great read and, as a programme collector, it was a nice surprise too to find a football ground with its own programme shop. Great work all round."

There was also praise on the Green&White twitter account (@YTFCprogramme) with Oliver Kay, Chief Football Correspondent for The Times newspaper, saying: “Really good. Best match programme I’ve read for ages. Brilliant job.”Phil Kinsella from BBC Radio Manchester also added: “Just wading through the one off special prog from @YTFC v @ManUtd yesterday, quite a read but some lovely stuff in it,” and former Manchester United favourite and MUTV pundit, Lou Macari, simply said: “Yeovil match programme BRILLIANT.”

Glovers fans were also full of praise with Aaron Woodruff saying: “Another superb effort from the @YTFCprogramme team to produce a wonderful programme for today’s special FA Cup match against United! #ytfc,” and Jemma Stanton adding: “Great job on today’s programme guys, excellent read and brilliant graphics. Well worth the £5. A credit to the club.”

There are still a limited number of copies left of last Sunday’s special programme. If you would like to purchase a copy, priced at £5 + P&P, then please email the club at media@ytfc.net for more information.

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TICKETS: PETERBOROUGH UNITED AWAY

Tickets for Town’s trip to Peterborough United on Saturday 31st January are now on sale from Huish Park.
 

Prices for the fixture are as follows:

 

Adults – £23

Seniors (60+) – £14

18-21 – £14

U18 – £10

 

Disabled fans pay relevant category with their carer FOC.

Wheelchair users have a seat for their carer behind them and there is also limited space for family and friends of wheelchair users in the row behind wheelchair bays.

 

All prices rise by £3 on the day.

 

Peterborough United use a bar code entry system so supporters need to keep tickets in good condition and ensure bar code is not detached.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01935 847888 or in person from the ticket office at Huish Park.

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YEOVIL TOWN V MANCHESTER UNITED SHIRTS UP FOR AUCTION

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce that they will be auctioning off the 18 shirts of the playing squad that were involved in the clubs historic FA Cup 3rd Round fixture with Manchester United.

The silent auction starts today and will close at midday on Monday 26th January. Bids can be made by emailing auction@ytfc.net

Each player had two shirts for the game, one for themselves and one to go to auction.

 

Each shirt will be signed on the front and back by the player and accompanied with an authenticity certificate.

 

· To bid please state the number of the player’s shirt along with the name of the player.

· There will be a minimum reserve of £50 per shirt.

· Auction closes midday on Monday 26th January 2014.

· P&P will be extra should you require it.

Bids by email only please to; auction@ytfc.net
 

1 Jed Steer

3 Nathan Smith

4 Joe Edwards

7 Kevin Dawson

11 Sam Foley

13 Kieffer Moore

15 Seth Twumasi

16 Nathan Ralph

20 Ben Nugent

23 Simon Gillett

26 Stephen Arthurworrey

 

12 Artur Krysiak

8 James Berrett

9 James Hayter

10 Ajay Leitch-Smith

24 Ryan Inniss

27 Tom Eaves

28 Alex Smith

TICKETS: BARNSLEY AWAY

Tickets for Town’s League One trip to Barnsley On Saturday 10th January will remain on sale from Huish Park until 5pm on Thursday 8th January.

Ticket prices:

Adults – £23 – 65 and Over – £16 Aged 17-21 – £16 – Aged 12-16 – £10 – Under 12 – £5

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled will pay the relevant age band, with their carer admitted FOC.

Tickets on matchday are cash only but fans should be aware that the 12-16 and under 12 concessions are not available on the day.

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MATCH OFFICIAL APPOINTMENT V BARNSLEY

Peter Bankes will take charge of this weekend’s clash with Barnsley at Oakwell.

During his 14 games in the middle this season, Bankes has issued 47 yellows and three red cards.

  

Bankes last took charge of Town in the 4-0 away win at Oldham Athletic on 13th December.

Matthew Dicicco and Paul Hodskinson will assist Mr Bankes with Ian Dudley acting as fourth official.

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NUGENT EXTENDS LOAN

Yeovil Town Football Club have extended the loan spell of central defender Ben Nugent from Cardiff City until the end of the season, subject to International clearance.

WATCH OUT FOR THE DVD!

Yeovil Town Media team are trawling through hours of video footage of yesterdays match with Manchester United in the FA Cup, and are pleased to announce that the club will be releasing a DVD containing footage of this memorable day.

Amongst the huge amount of coverage this DVD will include: The build up to the day, exclusive interviews with Lou Macari, John Hartson, Owen Hargreaves, Steve Macmanaman, Jake Humphries, MUTV coverage including pre and post match coverage, BT Sport’s match coverage and the post match Press Conferences with Gary Johnson, Joe Edwards and Louis Van Gaal plus as much footage of supporters around the ground on the day.

This is your chance to re-live what was possibly the biggest match at Huish Park in the club’s history.

We hope to have the DVD ready for release in roughly a week so please watch out for announcements here on www.ytfc.net

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V MANCHESTER UNITED

Yeovil Town produced a brave, spirited FA Cup performance but went down to a 2-0 defeat against Premier League giants Manchester United at a packed Huish Park this afternoon.

The Glovers were more than a match for their illustrious visitors for the first hour but after Anders Herrera had scored a superb opener, sub Angel di Maria added a second deep into the 90th minute to seal a victory over the League One hosts.

A two goal defeat was harsh on Gary Johnson’s side who had battled till they dropped, none more so than the returning Kevin Dawson who was superb in right midfield. But the Glovers were made to pay for missing the few chances they did create and United go into the fourth round draw this week.

Yeovil had been boosted by the return of Kieffer Moore up front to provide some physical presence and Johnson opted to use a 4-5-1 formation to counter Louis Van Gaal’s usual 3-4-1-2 formation.

Captain Joe Edwards had the game’s first chance but he pulled his shot wide from 30 yards on three minutes. United defender Paddy McNair fired way over after the ball bobbled as he was about to strike it.

On fourteen minutes, Wayne Rooney curled a shot over the angle of the woodwork and the England captain was then influential at the other end when he cleared Steven Arthurworrey’s header off the line, Radamel Falcao tidying up from Ben Nugent’s follow up.

On twenty minutes, there was a nasty clash of heads between Moore and Paddy McNair which left both players needing treatment and a head bandage. Herrera then set up James Wilson but his right foot shot was easily dealt with by Steer. On 36 minutes, McNair handled the ball as he attempted to control a through ball but referee Craig Pawson deemed it unintentional and waved away Yeovil’s appeals.

Herrera pulled a shot wide right on half time and in stoppage time, Dawson mishit a shot that was easily cleared by the United defence.

Louis Van Gaal made two changes at half time with Rafael and Luke Shaw, his two wing backs coming off and Jonny Evans coming on with Juan Mata. Wilson headed over from a Tyler Blackett cross but the big chance for Yeovil came on 54 minutes. Dawson’s ball in was deflected to Kieffer Moore but the big striker couldn’t get the ball out from his feet and De Gea smothered his attempt.

Angel di Maria came on for Falcao on the hour mark and within three minutes, United took the lead. And it was a brilliant finish that gave the Red Devils the lead when Herrera swivelled and hit a superb shot into Jed Steer’s top left hand corner.

Yeovil went at United straight from the restart and Joe Edwards hit a shot straight at De Gea a minute later. United could have gone two up shortly after but Rooney’s free kick sailed over the bar.

As expected, Yeovil went through the gears in the last twenty minutes in an attempt to level the tie. Joe Edwards again went close with a superb diving header that was headed off the line by di Maria and Moore went close with a shot that took a slight nick off Smalling and went for a corner.

Rooney and di Maria were off target with attempts; then there was a standing ovation for Kevin Dawson as he was subbed off with Sam Foley to be replaced by James Hayter and James Berrett.

Right on the ninety minute mark, United dealt a killer blow to Yeovil’s slim hopes of getting back into the game when Rooney sent a diagonal crossfield ball to release di Maria who raced on and dinked the ball past Steer and into the net.

Steer had one more attack to deal with as he parried a shot from Herrera away and it was the final chance in a game short of real clear cut opportunities.

Match Report : 04/01/2015

Yeovil Town produced a brave, spirited FA Cup performance but went down to a 2-0 defeat against Premier League giants Manchester United at a packed Huish Park this afternoon.

The Glovers were more than a match for their illustrious visitors for the first hour but after Anders Herrera had scored a superb opener, sub Angel di Maria added a second deep into the 90th minute to seal a victory over the League One hosts.

A two goal defeat was harsh on Gary Johnson’s side who had battled till they dropped, none more so than the returning Kevin Dawson who was superb in right midfield. But the Glovers were made to pay for missing the few chances they did create and United go into the fourth round draw this week.

Yeovil had been boosted by the return of Kieffer Moore up front to provide some physical presence and Johnson opted to use a 4-5-1 formation to counter Louis Van Gaal’s usual 3-4-1-2 formation.

Captain Joe Edwards had the game’s first chance but he pulled his shot wide from 30 yards on three minutes. United defender Paddy McNair fired way over after the ball bobbled as he was about to strike it.

On fourteen minutes, Wayne Rooney curled a shot over the angle of the woodwork and the England captain was then influential at the other end when he cleared Steven Arthurworrey’s header off the line, Radamel Falcao tidying up from Ben Nugent’s follow up.

On twenty minutes, there was a nasty clash of heads between Moore and Paddy McNair which left both players needing treatment and a head bandage. Herrera then set up James Wilson but his right foot shot was easily dealt with by Steer. On 36 minutes, McNair handled the ball as he attempted to control a through ball but referee Craig Pawson deemed it unintentional and waved away Yeovil’s appeals.

Herrera pulled a shot wide right on half time and in stoppage time, Dawson mishit a shot that was easily cleared by the United defence.

Louis Van Gaal made two changes at half time with Rafael and Luke Shaw, his two wing backs coming off and Jonny Evans coming on with Juan Mata. Wilson headed over from a Tyler Blackett cross but the big chance for Yeovil came on 54 minutes. Dawson’s ball in was deflected to Kieffer Moore but the big striker couldn’t get the ball out from his feet and De Gea smothered his attempt.

Angel di Maria came on for Falcao on the hour mark and within three minutes, United took the lead. And it was a brilliant finish that gave the Red Devils the lead when Herrera swivelled and hit a superb shot into Jed Steer’s top left hand corner.

Yeovil went at United straight from the restart and Joe Edwards hit a shot straight at De Gea a minute later. United could have gone two up shortly after but Rooney’s free kick sailed over the bar.

As expected, Yeovil went through the gears in the last twenty minutes in an attempt to level the tie. Joe Edwards again went close with a superb diving header that was headed off the line by di Maria and Moore went close with a shot that took a slight nick off Smalling and went for a corner.

Rooney and di Maria were off target with attempts; then there was a standing ovation for Kevin Dawson as he was subbed off with Sam Foley to be replaced by James Hayter and James Berrett.

Right on the ninety minute mark, United dealt a killer blow to Yeovil’s slim hopes of getting back into the game when Rooney sent a diagonal crossfield ball to release di Maria who raced on and dinked the ball past Steer and into the net.

Steer had one more attack to deal with as he parried a shot from Herrera away and it was the final chance in a game short of real clear cut opportunities.

PICK UP YOUR COPY OF GREEN&WHITE

In honour of Sunday’s momentous FA Cup Third Round game against Manchester United the production team at Green&White have pulled out all the stops to bring you an extra special edition of the programme.

Included in the special edition are interviews with Glovers captain Joe Edwards, United defender Chris Smalling, ex-Glover Steven Caulker, former United players Lou Macari and Mickey Thomas and also the most recent player to represent both clubs, Tom Lawrence.

Added to all those top interviews are some great features including a look back at Yeovil’s previous Third Round adventures, a recap of the times the Glovers and the Red Devils have met previously and a feature on the players to represent both clubs.

And as well as all that we’ve got some top quality opinion pieces from the likes of Gary Johnson, Jed Steer, Adrian Hopper and Martin McConachie plus all the usual programme features and so much more.

Sunday’s special edition of Green&White, which is priced at £5,will be a perfect bound version of the programme and will also be printed on a more higher quality stock than usual.

So be sure to get your copy for what promises to be a day that will live long in the memory of all Yeovil Town fans.

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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V MANCHESTER UNITED

Yeovil Town are back in action this coming Sunday afternoon in the FA Cup Third Round.

The Glovers have been drawn at home to one of the world’s biggest and most formidable football clubs, Manchester United and will go toe to toe with the Premier League giants on Sunday at 3:30pm at Huish Park.

Gary Johnson’s men have earned this plum tie after a second round victory over Accrington Stanley, a win that needed a replay at Huish Park.

A 1-1 draw at Stanley’s Crown Ground was followed up with a 2-0 win at Huish Park.

Jordan Clarke netted the Yeovil goal in Lancashire before Simon Gillett and substitute Kieffer Moore put the tie to bed on a nervy Tuesday night ten days later.

Since the second round, things haven’t all gone Yeovil’s way in the League, with three defeats in a row condemning the Glovers to 24th place in the division, now 5 points from safety.

The losses to Colchester (1-0), Bristol City (2-1) and Leyton Orient (3-0) are hardly the best preparation for the FA Cup tie, but without the pressure of league points at stake, Yeovil will hope their players can relax and play the type of football that has earned them impressive results at Oldham and Notts County recently.

This is Manchester United’s debut in the 2014/15 FA Cup as all Championship and Premier League clubs are given byes until the third round.

Their preparation hasn’t exactly been ideal either. The hectic fixture schedule has prompted calls from players and management for a change in the way the matches are played out over the festive period.

Two draws against Tottenham and Stoke mean United lie in third place in the Premier League table, nine points off the top.

However, Louis Van Gaal’s side are undefeated in the league since they succumbed to their noisy neighbours, Man City at the start of November.

But, they haven’t had everything their own way in the cups. They of course missed out on any form of European Competition last year so would have been hoping for success in a domestic chase for silverware.

The Captial One Cup pitted Van Gaal’s new look side up against League One MK Dons and a large number of changes worked against the Dutchman as Karl Robinson’s side ran riot winning 4-0 in the second round tie.

Van Gaal will have a headache on whether or not to make changes again with player’s fitness weighing up against a desire to progress in the cup.

The Old Trafford team news is that Ashley Young will definitely miss out, he pulled up with a hamstring problem on New Year’s Day.

Elsewhere, Jonny Evans made his comeback from injury in that fixture and Angel Di Maria could be back in training before the trip to Somerset.

Summer signing Daley Blind should be available again, but injuries to Marouane Fellani and Marcos Rojo could mean Sunday’s fixture comes around too quickly.

For Yeovil, the fitness of second-round hero Kieffer Moore is proving the main concern, he hasn’t played since the Accrington Replay and could be aiming to return just in time.

Elsewhere, Jordan Clarke remains out injured and Sam Hoskins will miss out on playing due to being cup tied.

Those with knocks and niggles will be tested right up until the last moment, but with significantly more time off since their last game than their opponents, Gary Johnson will hope the extra recuperation time will see those players available for selection.

These two sides may well be at the polar opposites of the football scale, but the sides have crossed paths once or twice.

Back in 1949, the reward for arguably one of Yeovil’s greatest FA Cup giant killings, a win over the “bank of England” Sunderland side was a tie against Manchester United.

The game, played at Maine Road due to war damage at United’s ground, saw the Red Devils run riot winning 8-0. Jack Rowley scored 5 that day and Ronnie Burke helped himself to a brace.

The sides also met a few years before, in January 1938, Man United won 3-0 against Yeovil and Petters United.

More recently, in the summer of 1999, a Man United under 19’s side came to Huish Park for a pre-season friendly.

Warren Patmore scored twice and Adrian Foster also netted in a 5-3 Glovers win.

In the Red Devils side that day were Michael Rose and Mark Lynch, the full backs would go on to play for the Glovers a few years after being released by Manchester United.

As part of the pre-season preparations for the 2010/11 season a Manchester United XI led by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came to Huish Park for Darren Way’s benefit match.

A packed out Huish Park saw the Glovers triumph 3-2 with goals from JP Kalala, Sam Williams and Adam Virgo.

United replied through Matt Possebon and Robbie Brady but it wasn’t to be for Solskjaer’s men.

A result like either of those previous two are more than adequate for Gary Johnson’s men this Sunday but we are expecting a much more challenging set of players in the away dressing room.

Whichever side Louis Van Gaal sends to Huish Park it will contain potentially hundreds of international caps and medals among the squad and will present Yeovil with the toughest opponent in recent years.

The match is, as expected a sell out with all four sides packed to the rafters. If you aren’t coming to Huish Park never fear, the game is available on BBC Somerset, Glovers Player and live on BT Sport.

Keep an eye on YTFC.net for articles on the build up to the game, with the club’s YouTube channel showing all the post-match reaction from both camps.

Due to the FA Cup licencing, highlights will be available on the BBC’s website only.

It’s David v Goliath on Sunday at Huish Park. A positive result for Yeovil will probably be one of the greatest in the club’s history.

Famous Fans: Floyd Mayweather, Usain Bolt, Tom Cruise, Rory McIlroy and urm… Eamon Holmes.

A Foot in both camps: Mark Lynch, Michael Rose, Cameron Stewart, Sam Johnstone, Neil Mustoe, David Poole, Alan Tate, and Ritchie Jones.

Did you know? Former United ‘keeper Gary Bailey once saved three penalties in the same game for United against Ipswich in 1980. Ipswich still won 6-0.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

With the programme files all safely over at our printers Yeovil Town Football Club would like to thank all of our amazing programme team for achieving what has been a mammoth job completing a programme for the Colchester and Leyton Orient matches and of course a bumper Manchester United souvenir edition all with the Christmas and New Year break right in the middle.

So take a bow Jonathan Hopper, Pat Custard, Martin McConachie, Chris Sweet, Chris Spittles, Adrian Hopper and all the contributors and helpers that made it Mission accomplished.

It would also be very remiss of us to not thank our fantastic printers Wincanton Print who week in and week out produce miracles so that you supporters get your programmes on time and The Green and White Supporters Club who sell the programmes on match day come rain or shine.

Thank you all for a fantastic job well done.

GIANTS KILLED

With Yeovil Town hosting Manchester United this coming Sunday in the FA Cup third round, we here at YTFC.net have decided to take a look at some of the recent occasions where the Red Devils have fallen at the hands of lower league opposition.

FA Cup Third Round – January 1984

Bournemouth 2 – Manchester United 0

Manchester United were dumped out of the FA Cup by a Bournemouth side managed by Harry Redknapp at the third round stage.

At the time, United were cup holders while their south coast opponents were languishing in the third division.

Names in the United side included the England captain Bryan Robson, but all the international caps were no match for the Cherries who can now count goal scorers Milton Graham and Ian Thompson in their club’s folklore.

League Cup Second Round – 1995

York City 3 – Manchester United 0

David Beckham, Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs are three of the most successful and iconic names linked with the Man United side of the 1990’s and yet these three stars could not get past division three side York City.

The Old Trafford crowd were left silenced by three goals without reply that would see the Red Devils exit the League Cup over two legs, 4-3 on aggregate.

Paul Barnes (2) and Tony Barras aren’t household names like the stars they faced, but they are forever in the hearts of the York City faithful.

League Cup – November 2006

Southend 1 – Manchester United 0

Southend were struggling at the wrong end of the Championship when they hosted Manchester United who had lifted the Carling Cup just a few months earlier.

But the holders found themselves leaving the competition after a single Freddy Eastwood goal gave the Shrimpers a place in the quarter finals.

Sir Alex Ferguson named 10 internationals in the starting line-up for United that day and even the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo saw his best efforts repelled by Daryl Flahavan and co.

At the heart of the Shrimpers defence was former Glovers’ centre back Efe Sodje, he had made the switch to Roots Hall that summer from Huish Park.

FA Cup Third Round – January 2005

Manchester United 0 – Exeter 0

Not technically an upset as Exeter City still ended up going out of the cup when United won the replay, but Old Trafford did witness one of the most shocking 0-0 draws of recent times.

Again, a United side including the likes of Ronaldo, Paul Scholes and Tim Howard were thwarted from progressing at the first attempt against Exeter City, then of the Conference.

Paul Jones, in goal for the Grecians made save after save from Wes Brown, David Bellion and right at the death, Cristiano Ronaldo who really should have scored.

10 days later, at St James’ Park, Manchester United did shine through when the quality of Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and the Neville brothers was added to ensure progression.

FA Cup Third Round – January 3rd 2010

Manchester United 0 – Leeds United 1

Arch rivals from clashes in the Premier League, these two sides were drawn against each other in the FA Cup third round.

Leeds had dropped into League One and were struggling to readjust following multiple punishments and points deductions, but a single Jermaine Beckford goal sent the travelling fans into raptures.

Simon Grayson’s whites defeated Yeovil twice that season but will probably consider the defeat over their Lancashire rivals far more important.

Sir Alex Ferguson did rest a number of stars, but still used the bench to bring on Ryan Giggs, Antonio Valencia and Michael Owen to strengthen a front line that included Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Danny Welbeck.

Capital One Cup Second Round – August 2014

MK Dons 4 –  Manchester United 0

Louis Van Gaal’s current crop of stars have already been humbled by one League One side this season in the other national cup competition.

The Dutchman made a number of changes but still left David De Gea and Danny Welbeck in the starting line-up.

The side was made up with a number of younger players who now form a part of the first team squad on a regular basis including Will Keane, Paddy McNair and James Wilson.

The Dons’ front line of Benik Afobe and Will Grigg both helped themselves to a brace of goals as League One toppled the Premier League giants.

Manchester United will be hoping to avoid adding to this list on Sunday and despite the game being a sell-out, you can still catch full commentary on Glovers player, watch the game in its entirety on BT Sport and pop into the club shop to get some limited edition souvenirs from the big game.

BETTER THE DEVILS YOU KNOW

Manchester United are coming to Yeovil this Sunday for an FA Cup Third Round game and whilst their side is full of world renowned stars, they could bring some unfamiliar faces not yet household names.

Here at YTFC.net we have had a look at the crop of stars who could grace the Huish Park turf this weekend.

Goalkeeper

Anders Lindegaard

The Danish ‘keeper joined Manchester United from Norwegian side Aalesund in 2011 and for the vast majority of his time at Old Trafford has been David De Gea’s back up.

Lindegaard has made just 29 first team appearances and was a regular in cup competitions under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Due to a De Gea injury during the 2012/13 season the international stopper had a run of five games as the number one, a run which included a win over Liverpool and a Champions League tie against Galatasaray.

 

Defender

Tyler Blackett

 

Louis Van Gaal has used this young defender a number of times in the Premier League this season following a number of defensive problems with his first choice back line.

Injury, suspension and outward bound transfers left United light in defence and Blackett’s versatility at either full back or in the centre of defence led him to a string of decent performances.

Blackett has represented England Under 21s once and enjoyed loan spells at Blackpool and Birmingham last season.

Fellow Under 21 defender Paddy McNair has also impressed and could also be involved at Huish Park this weekend.

Midfielder

Andreas Pereira

 

18 year-old Pereira is a Belgian youth international who has been a mainstay of the Man United development side this season.

Having joined United at the end of the 2010/11 season from PSV Eindhoven the midfielder has progressed through the youth ranks and made his first team bow in the Capital One Cup against MK Dons in November.

Pereria is rated highly and has represented both his country of birth, Belgium, at youth level, but also Brazil Under 20s.

He took Adnan Januzaj’s number 44 shirt when his fellow countryman took Ryan Giggs’ number 11 this season.

Attacker

James Wilson

 

It takes quite a talent to keep the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie and Falcao out of the Premier League side, but young James Wilson has already notched up ten first team appearances and two goals during his relatively short time in the Man United first team set up.

Capped by England up to Under 20s level, Wilson has spent his entire career at Old Trafford.

The young striker made his debut in quite some style, scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Hull City. A game which saw the recently recalled

Tom Lawrence make his first bow in a United shirt just after a loan spell with Yeovil Town.

With stars like Jonny Evans and Angel Di Maria looking for some game time during their return from injury so the young stars named above could be mixed in with some of the biggest names in world football.

Huish Park is a sell out on the day, but you can still listen in with a subscription to Glovers Player, watch the game on BT Sport and make sure you visit the club store to get your merchandise, including specially branded home shirts.

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