Month: April 2015

BEER, BALLS AND BIKES!!

This Sunday will see Huish Park turned into a hive of activity as the club welcomes the Pedal from Paris cyclists back from their long ride for Charity.

In addition there will be a Beer Festival which starts on Thursday evening from 7.00 pm to 11.00pm with different real ales on sale over the course of the festival as well as a great selection of cider available.

Referee:  Shaun Enever

Team Managers:  Tom White  &  Terry Cotton

16.00 – 17.00    CHARITY GAME
15.15 – 15.45    Yeovil Town Ladies v Yeovil Town Ladies Referees TBA (Shaun Enever)

14.45 – 15.05    U8 v Montacute U9/U9 v U10 (2 games across pitch)

14.20 – 14.40    U9 v U10 & U11 v U12 (2 games across pitch)

14.00       BIKES ARRIVE AT THE STADIUM
13.25 – 13.45    U13 v U14 (full pitch)

13.00 – 13.20    U15 v U16 (full pitch)

Community Trust Games (FREE and run by the Community Trust)
12.20 – 12.50       Team 5 v Team 6

11.40 – 12.10      Octavia Direct v YTCST Staff

11.00 – 11.30    Fudges Bakery v Silverline/Westbury Packaging

Corporate Games 30 minutes

The Complete running order for the day is as follows:
Sunday 2pm until 6pm

Saturday 2pm until 11pm

Thursday and Friday 7pm until 11pm

Opening times for the Beer Festival will be:
On the main pitch at Huish Park there will be games all day. The main attraction being the Tom White XI v Terry Cotton XI, which kicks off at 4pm. And amongst the returning Yeovil Town legends who have agreed to play will be: Al-James Hannigan, Paul Thorpe, Tony Pounder, Steve Thompson, Gerry Pearson, Adi Foster, Warren Patmore, Mickey Spencer, Terry Cotton, Ben Smith, Tom White, Kevin Gall, Andy Lindegaard plus many more. Entry is Free so bring all the family and enjoy and day of Beer, football and bikes returning from Paris and be a part of helping some worthwhile charities.

The cyclists are scheduled to return to the stadium at around 2pm, so why not come along and enjoy the beer festival and welcome back the cyclists.

Sunday 3rd May will be Family Fun Day with the Pedal from Paris cyclists returning from their epic charity bike ride.

All beers will be priced at just £2.50 per pint and there will also be a hog roast along with live music throughout the four days.  

 

JOURNEYMAN by BEN SMITH

‘Football is a game of lows punctuated by a few highs.’ – Gordon Strachan

Ben Smith, professional footballer. Recognise the name? Of course you don’t. That’s because most of Smith’s seventeen years in the game were spent outside the vaunted, big-money environs of the Premier League, and this unique sporting memoir is all the richer because of it.

1995, and a young man named Ben, with a dream of playing professional football, arrives at the training ground of one of England’s biggest clubs to begin his journey. Aged just sixteen, he shares pre-season sessions with the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright at Arsenal. Surely his career can only go one way from here? The next seventeen years duly see him descend from Highbury to obscurity in a career that involves seasons playing for Reading, Yeovil, Weymouth, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Southend, Crawley, Kettering and Sudbury AFC, and features three promotions, one relegation and some very memorable FA Cup games.

Smith candidly describes the contract negotiations, the insecurities, the fear and realities of injury, the house moves, the impact on his personal life, the wet Saturday afternoons playing in front of 500 people, and the many teammates, opponents and managers who left an indelible mark on his career.

This is the memoir of a quintessential journeyman footballer. Honest, intelligent, brutally unsentimental and often hilarious, forget The Secret Footballer and the usual ghosted life stories of pampered Premiership stars; Journeyman offers a real insight into what it is like playing season after season, with no financial safety net, in the unfashionable far reaches of the English game.

AUTHOR
Ben Smith enjoyed a seventeen-year career as a professional footballer at clubs including Arsenal, Reading, Yeovil, Hereford, Crawley, Shrewsbury, Weymouth, Southend and Kettering. He has successfully studied for a degree in management, as well as attaining his UEFA football coaching badges. This is his first book.

END OF SEASON AWARDS

The last match of the season at Huish Park saw the traditional end of the season awards presentations and it turned out to be almost a Sam Foley clean sweep.

Green and White Supporters Player of the Year-Sam Foley

Western Gazette Player of the Year – Sam Foley

Andy Stone Memorial Trophy – Shared by James Hayter and Gozie Ugwu

Cary Glovers Player of the Year – Sam Foley

Bobby Hamilton Young Player of the Year – Liam Shephard

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Player of the Year – Sam Foley

Away Travel Player of the Year – Sam Foley

DSA Player of the Year – Sam Foley

DSA Player of the Year – Runner Up James Hayter

Unsung Hero – Pat Custard

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V PORT VALE


Yeovil Town’s final home game of the 2014/15 season ended with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Port Vale this afternoon.

Vale’s top scorer Tom Pope curled his side ahead on 12 minutes and in a frantic finale, after Gozie Ugwu had levelled, Michael Brown scored the winner. Late on, Ugwu’s shot hit the post as Yeovil pressed for a second equaliser but in the end, Vale earned a vital three points that guaranteed they will play League One football next season.

New Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock, on the back of a three game unbeaten start as Glovers boss, made four changes to the side that beat Swindon 1-0 last weekend. Chris Weale came in in goal with Fergus Bell making his debut and Sam Foley and Gozie Ugwu also coming in. The four players left out (Artur Krysiak, Nathan Smith, Seth Twumasi and Joel Grant) were all on the bench as Sturrock took another chance to cast his eye over his squad going into the summer.

Port Vale, needing a win to clear up any relegation worries, started off much the better side and dominated the first half. Tom Pope, scorer of eleven goals this season, thought he had number twelve when he headed in on ten minutes from a cross but it was disallowed by ref Graham Scott for a push.

Sam Foley suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury on eleven minutes and was replaced by Nathan Smith.

The big striker wasn’t denied for long though and he opened the scoring two minutes later. The ball was laid back to him fifteen yards out and the forward curled a beauty past Chris Weale into the far corner.

Within two minutes, he was a foot wide with another chance, a smart left foot volley from Mark Marshall’s cross. Marshall, Pope and Michael O’Connor were running the show and Vale looked dangerous every time they attacked. O’Connor in particular was looking dangerous from set pieces with Weale parrying one and the other ending up going a foot past the post.

Yeovil’s chance wasn’t climbing very high with just two shots way off target from Bell and Kingsley while before half time, Pope had one more half chance, stretching to reach a pass from O’Connor.

The Glovers made two further changes at the break with Byron Webster and Bell replaced by Twumasi and returning skipper Joe Edwards. The change saw Yeovil looked a little more lively but Vale were still in charge. Neither side threatened each other’s goalkeeper and Yeovil’s first chance of any note didn’t come until the 76th minute when Edwards shot was always rising and flew past Chris Neal in the Vale goal.

The next chance though saw the breakthrough for the Glovers. James Berrett chipped in a free kick and Gozie Ugwu controlled before executing a bicycle kick into the net at the near post. It was a moment of class in an otherwise uninspiring performance from Yeovil and the striker celebrated becoming Yeovil’s joint top scorer in style.

Parity didn’t last for long though as within three minutes, Vale had scored what proved to be the winner. O’Connor delivered another quality set piece that Weale parried and Michael Brown nudged in from close range with the desperate clearance on the goal line from a Yeovil defender being to no avail.

Late on, Stephen Kingsley was set up by a barnstorming run forward by Stephen Arthurworrey but his shot found only the side netting. The Glovers came even closer in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Ugwu shot at goal but Neal produced a brilliant save with his feet, the ball hitting the post and cleared away to safety as the ref blew his whistle for full time.

Match Report : 25/04/2015

Yeovil Town’s final home game of the 2014/15 season ended with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Port Vale this afternoon.

Vale’s top scorer Tom Pope curled his side ahead on 12 minutes and in a frantic finale, after Gozie Ugwu had levelled, Michael Brown scored the winner. Late on, Ugwu’s shot hit the post as Yeovil pressed for a second equaliser but in the end, Vale earned a vital three points that guaranteed they will play League One football next season.

New Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock, on the back of a three game unbeaten start as Glovers boss, made four changes to the side that beat Swindon 1-0 last weekend. Chris Weale came in in goal with Fergus Bell making his debut and Sam Foley and Gozie Ugwu also coming in. The four players left out (Artur Krysiak, Nathan Smith, Seth Twumasi and Joel Grant) were all on the bench as Sturrock took another chance to cast his eye over his squad going into the summer.

Port Vale, needing a win to clear up any relegation worries, started off much the better side and dominated the first half. Tom Pope, scorer of eleven goals this season, thought he had number twelve when he headed in on ten minutes from a cross but it was disallowed by ref Graham Scott for a push.

Sam Foley suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury on eleven minutes and was replaced by Nathan Smith.

The big striker wasn’t denied for long though and he opened the scoring two minutes later. The ball was laid back to him fifteen yards out and the forward curled a beauty past Chris Weale into the far corner.

Within two minutes, he was a foot wide with another chance, a smart left foot volley from Mark Marshall’s cross. Marshall, Pope and Michael O’Connor were running the show and Vale looked dangerous every time they attacked. O’Connor in particular was looking dangerous from set pieces with Weale parrying one and the other ending up going a foot past the post.

Yeovil’s chance wasn’t climbing very high with just two shots way off target from Bell and Kingsley while before half time, Pope had one more half chance, stretching to reach a pass from O’Connor.

The Glovers made two further changes at the break with Byron Webster and Bell replaced by Twumasi and returning skipper Joe Edwards. The change saw Yeovil looked a little more lively but Vale were still in charge. Neither side threatened each other’s goalkeeper and Yeovil’s first chance of any note didn’t come until the 76th minute when Edwards shot was always rising and flew past Chris Neal in the Vale goal.

The next chance though saw the breakthrough for the Glovers. James Berrett chipped in a free kick and Gozie Ugwu controlled before executing a bicycle kick into the net at the near post. It was a moment of class in an otherwise uninspiring performance from Yeovil and the striker celebrated becoming Yeovil’s joint top scorer in style.

Parity didn’t last for long though as within three minutes, Vale had scored what proved to be the winner. O’Connor delivered another quality set piece that Weale parried and Michael Brown nudged in from close range with the desperate clearance on the goal line from a Yeovil defender being to no avail.

Late on, Stephen Kingsley was set up by a barnstorming run forward by Stephen Arthurworrey but his shot found only the side netting. The Glovers came even closer in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Ugwu shot at goal but Neal produced a brilliant save with his feet, the ball hitting the post and cleared away to safety as the ref blew his whistle for full time.

DATE AND VENUE SET FOR PREMIER CUP FINAL

Town will travel to the Viridor Stadium, the home of Taunton Town to take on The Peacocks in the Somerset Premier Cup Final.

The fixture will take place on Thursday 7th May with kick off being 7:45pm.

Both Yeovil and Taunton offered to host the final so a coin toss was held at the Somerset FA Headquarters to decide the venue.

Ticket prices will be announced for the final will be announced shortly.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V PORT VALE

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet League One action this coming Saturday for the penultimate time.

The match at Huish Park kicks off at 3pm as Port Vale are the final visitors to Somerset this season.

Yeovil are coming off the back of an impressive run of results since Paul Sturrock took over with two wins and a draw in the league and a successful navigation in the Somerset Premier Cup semi final.

Tuesday’s win over Bridgwater came off the back of two wins over League One play off contenders.

1 – 0 victories against both Swindon and Sheffield United showed that no-one at Huish Park is taking their foot off the pedal despite impending relegation.

New boss Sturrock has once again promised to make a couple changes to the side that won last time out in order to make sure everyone available gets a chance to impress the new gaffer ahead of a summer of change.

The best news surrounds the return to training of club captain Joe Edwards, Jakub Sokolik and Adam Morgan.

All three are back in fitness training, but only Edwards is now back in full contact training with the rest of the squad.

Edwards has been missing for a while, so to expect him to come straight back in and play 90 minutes could be asking a bit much, but don’t be surprised to see him involved in the match day squad.

That still leaves Simon Gillett and Kevin Dawson on the rehab road, but goalkeeper Chris Weale is now back and raring to go.

Weale played in the Somerset Premier Cup win on Tuesday and will be challenging Artur Krysiak for some league minutes between now and the end of the season.

The SPC win not only ensured an extra 90 minutes will be added on to the season for people to show their credentials, but also saw Fergus Bell notch his first and second goals in a Yeovil shirt.

Bell, whose brace was added to by a single James Hayter goal, is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Glovers and will be hoping to get some minutes before the season ends.

Saturday’s opponents, Port Vale come to Somerset looking over their shoulders with a gap of just four points between them and the League One trap door.

With two games to go they only need a point to ensure their third division status, but they are also rock bottom of the form table.

Three consecutive draws, against Preston (2-2), Scunthorpe (1-1) and MK Dons (0-0) have seen them keep their heads above water but a run of six straight defeats before that haven’t helped the Vale cause.

That statistic can be extended to say that Vale have only won just once since the end of February, a high scoring 3-2 win over Coventry.

Vale will be without stalwart defender Richard Duffy for Saturday’s fixture, he was sent off against Preston in the last game.

That fixture saw Vale come from behind twice, thanks to two Michael O’Connor penalties.

Another key man who will be absent for Vale is talented winger Byron Moore, he suffered a groin strain a month ago and hasn’t been seen since.

When the sides met earlier this season, the Valiants came out on top in an impressive 4-1 win.

The game was 3-0 to the home side by half time, Tom Pope getting two of the early goals.

Only a second half consolation from Aaron Martin gave the Glovers fans anything to cheer about.

However, before this season the games have gone far more in the green and white’s favour.

The last meeting was back in 2008, the sides played out a 2-2 draw with Andy Kirk and Gary Dempsey getting Yeovil’s goals.

The last time the two teams met at Huish Park a single Justin Cochrane goal was enough to secure all three points for Yeovil.

The final Huish Park game of the season is upon us and as usual, the match will be followed by the annual awards ceremony, a host of trophies will be handed out from local organisations as well as celebrating the best young player and top scorer.

So hang around after the game, not only to watch the gongs handed out, but also to wish the squad well going into the off season.

You can be here at Huish Park this Saturday by securing your ticket in all the usual ways; call the ticket office, pop down in person or click HERE and buy your tickets online.

Sturrock’s reign has got off to a flying start and your support could be the extra 10% the players need to really go into next year with momentum.

Talking of next season, the details for all the prices for 2015/16 including the season ticket details can be found HERE.

One final link – click HERE to read all about the fun day at Huish Park to welcome home the YTFC Cycle crew from their charity bike ride from Paris!

Finally (I mean it this time), a huge ‘Thank You’ to all the Yeovil Town supporters who have been through the turnstiles at Huish Park this season. We’ll see you back here next season.

Famous Fans: Robbie Williams. A Foot in Both Camps: Abdulai Bell Baggie, Dom Blizzard, Craig Davies, Kevin Gall, Wayne Gray, Colin Miles, George O’Callaghan, Gareth Owen, Craig Rocastle, Luke Rodgers, Darren Purse and Gavin Tomlin.

Did you know: They are based in Burslem, Staffordshire, one of six towns that make up the city of Stoke-on-Trent making them one of the few teams not named after a place.

GARETH STEWART LEAVES HUISH PARK


Yeovil Town Football Club can confirm that first team goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart has parted company with the club with immediate effect.

Stewart joined the club in 2010 and during his stay made a total of six appearances for the club.

His last appearance was when he came on for the injured Artur Krysiak against Scunthorpe at Glanford Park when the Polish keeper sustained a nasty gash to his head.

Stewart’s first job was to face a Paddy Madden penalty, which he duly saved.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: “I would like to thank Gareth for his commitment to Yeovil Town Football Club and wish him well in the future.”

UNITED GAME MAGAZINES AND DVD’S REDUCED

The club have managed to acquire an extra quantity of the photographic souvenir magazine that was produced for the F.A.Cup Third round tie with Manchester United – “The Day United Came to Town”.

Superbly printed on high quality paper the 78 page magazine contains hundreds of pictures of the day including sections on the fans, the Pre-Match, The Match and the Press reaction.

Don’t miss this last opportunity t obtain one of these quality magazines and keep alive the memories of that wonderful day back in January.

“The Day United Came to Town” is available now in the Official Club priced at the reduced price of £5.

There are also a limited number of the Official DVD of the day including full match coverage plus interviews with the managers and other football people who were present on the day including Lou Macari, John Hartson, Owen Hargreaves, Steve Macmanaman and Jake Humphrey.

The Official DVD is priced at £15

All in all it’s a great souvenir of a great day at Huish Park that will live in the memory of all Yeovil Town supporters.

 

 

CLUBS TO MARK BRADFORD FIRE DISASTER 30th ANNIVERSARY WITH MINUTE’S SILENCE

All matches in the Sky Bet Football League taking place this weekend (25th April – 27th April) will be preceded by a minute’s silence to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Bradford Fire Disaster in which 56 supporters lost their lives and hundreds more were injured. 

The date coincides with Bradford City’s last home match of the season, when the club traditionally marks the anniversary of the disaster which occurred on 11th May 1985.

 

Working closely with the Football Association and the Premier League (whose clubs will also hold a minute’s silence), The Football League will be supporting efforts to help raise £300,000 for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) at the University of Bradford. 

Supporters can support the fundraising efforts by donating online at http://www.fire-anniversary.brad.ac.uk/donate/; sending donations to the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit, University of Bradford, Richmond Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP; or donating by text. Simply text VPFA56 followed by the chosen amount to 70070. e.g. To donate £5, simply text VPFA56 5 to 70070

The Football League’s Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “This period of silence will give fans across the country the opportunity to remember the terrible events that occurred at Valley Parade back in 1985 and, in particular, the supporters of Bradford City and Lincoln City that lost their lives. The disaster’s impact continues to resonate within the Bradford community and within football and we must ensure that the lessons learned from it are never forgotten.”

In addition to the minute’s silence at matches this weekend, the official Commemoration will include a service of civic remembrance in Centenary Square, Bradford, on Monday 11th May.

Mark Lawn, the co-Chairman of Bradford City, said: “I am personally delighted that the FA, The Football League and Premier League have got involved. I would like to remind people that the PSBRU is solely reliant on charitable donations by the public, charitable organisations and businesses, and has no funding from the Government.

 

“I am extremely pleased that Bradford City has helped to fund the PSBRU through the supporters raising money. This has been enough over the years to help maintain and exceed the standards coming from the Unit."

23 GAMES FOR LESS THAN A DAY AT THE GRAND PRIX!

Season Tickets for next season are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

A day in the Becketts Block at the British Grand Prix will cost you £340. At Huish Park you can get a 23 game season ticket £71 cheaper!

A Thatchers Gold Terrace Season Ticket will cost £269 at the early bird price. That equates to only £11.70 per game!

Junior Glover prices remain at the fantastic price of £39 which includes a Junior Glover Membership and is open to all those aged 15 or under on the 31st July 2015.

A junior day pass to visit Lego Land will cost you £43.80 whereas a 23 game Junior Glover Season Ticket at Huish Park will cost you just £39. That works out at under £2 per game.

For just £39 a Junior Glover receives * Entry to all home league games * Priority on Cup tickets * 10% discount in the Club Shop * A £5 voucher for the club shop * Discount on away travel and the opportunity to be a mascot at an away match.

To buy your ticket click here or call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935 847888.

YEOVIL TOWN NOW RECRUITING ACADEMY COACHES


From the start of the 2015/2016 season Yeovil Town will be running a Category 3 Academy programme.

This will provide training and an elite games programme for young players locally and regionally, aged under 9s – under 18s, competing against other Football League Academies.

The Yeovil Town Academy’s aim is to develop and fulfil young players’ potential in order to provide the senior first team with future home grown players.

What is the role?

In line with the requirements of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) we are looking to recruit Casual Academy Coaches (u9s – u16s) to coach at the YTFC Academy and prepare our players for elite professional football.

The role will involve managing an age group and coaching and developing elite players throughout the Player Development Pathway. The successful candidate will be part of a team of coaches at our Category 3 Academy based at Huish Park Stadium, Yeovil, to implement a comprehensive and in-depth coaching curriculum which is individually tailored to each age group in line with our philosophy.

Monitoring and assessing players in both training and match performances will be an important part of the role, meeting the needs of the ISO and the Football League. Information must be uploaded to the Performance Management Application system for audit purposes and in line with EPPP requirements.

In return you will receive a competitive session rate and a chance to develop as a coach through our excellent CPD programme.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic UEFA B Licensed & FA Youth Awarded coach with significant experience of working in an Academy environment. Substantial experience and knowledge of the EPPP and ISO Audit Tool is also preferred.

Exceptional communication skills and a strong sense of leadership will be necessary in this challenging but rewarding working environment. Maintaining successful relationships with colleagues, parents, teachers and other appropriate persons will also be paramount in this role.

The successful candidate must also have excellent administration skills; ensuring record keeping (match reports and session plans) and fixture programming are completed to a high standard within the Performance Management Application.

Essential Requirements:
• UEFA B Licence

• FA Youth Award.

• Good personal and people skills

Preferred Experience:
• FA Advanced Youth Award

• Experience of working in an academy environment

• Experience of the EPPP and ISO Audit Tool

Please be aware that a criminal disclosure and identity check will be carried out for this opportunity.

If you are keen to undertake a new, exciting challenge, please email your CV with a covering letter to Jamie Harrison, Academy Co-ordinator: academy@ytfc.net

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3rd May 2015.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES!

Hi everyone.

What a difference a week makes, another win in the bag and we now boast an unbeaten record under our new manager and have had our say in the race for promotion with back to back wins against sides in the Play-Off spots.

I made my decision about whether to go to Swindon on the Saturday morning and it was such a beautiful day I thought, why not?! I made my way all on my lonesome but only just got there in the nick of time – I told everyone I was right on time arriving at 2:55!

It was a great away day with some friends I have met through watching Yeovil Town and the result topped the beautiful sunny day in Swindon off. It is easy to see why Swindon are at the top end of the table but they really struggled to break us down.

However, we do have Josh Sheehan’s incredible block on the line and then on to the crossbar to thank for a second clean sheet in a row.

Since Paul Sturrock has taken over we have played with a solid game plan and we look extremely organised at the back. James Berrett’s finish was a beauty and Byron Webster was my man of the match, playing what I would say was his best match since he returned.

I cannot wait for the last two games and it is a shame the season ends soon with our renewed momentum but I am sure we can carry that in to League Two next season. Exciting times ahead for Yeovil Town!

I think it is only right that I speak about the best competition in the world and one that Yeovil Town fans will have fond memories of this season. The FA Cup. We now have our two finalists in Arsenal and Aston Villa who will fight it out for the trophy on Saturday 30th May at Wembley.

There has been much talk about the semi-finals being played at Wembley as well as the final and how this takes away from the achievement of progressing to the final. I have to say I do agree and I think a neutral ground would be the best way to ensure a fair match as well as a great day out for the four teams who achieve that great feat.

We were treated to two great semi-finals at our national stadium though, with Arsenal needing extra time to get past an impressive Reading side.

Having been under the cosh first half and a goal down, to Alexis Sanchez’s finish from close range, the Championship side were rejuvenated in the second half and deservedly equalised through Garath McCleary.

It was heart breaking to see what happened in extra time to the underdogs, as Reading goalkeeper Adam Federeci (who had been impressive all game) fumbled an Alexis Sanchez shot and the horrendous error sent Arsenal to the final for the second year running.

I really felt for the keeper as he had kept his side in the match and was in tears at the final whistle. Unfortunately, that is football but Reading should be extremely proud of the performance they produced against the form team in the Premier League.

Aston Villa produced somewhat of a shock result at the weekend as they battled from a goal down against Liverpool to secure a 2-1 win at Wembley.

This will be their first FA Cup final since 2000 and tops off an impressive run of form since Tim Sherwood has taken over at Villa Park. Christian Benteke is back in form under the new manager and was a part of both goals but scored the equaliser to send Villa fans in to dreamland. Liverpool, on the other hand, have faltered significantly and seem to crumble in the big games.

This summer will be huge for Brendan Rodgers as he looks to mount a formidable challenge next year for the top four and maybe even the title. They must regroup and focus on a winning mentality, whatever the circumstances may be.

Next up for Yeovil Town is a visit from Port Vale in our last home game of the season. This may not have been the season that we all hoped for but I hope there is a good crowd there to cheer on Sturrock and the lads so that we can finish the season as the form team.

Vale are not quite safe in League One and will no doubt want to add to their points tally to make sure of another year in the third tier. Let’s keep our momentum going and enjoy a third win on the bounce and enjoy the end of season awards. See you all there.

Shez

GLOVERS REACH SOMERSET PREMIER CUP FINAL

Town progressed to the Somerset Premier Cup Final last night after defeating Bridgwater Town 3-1.

James Hayter opened the scoring for the Glovers after 16 minutes when his shot from just outside the area left Bridgwater keeper Ben John with no chance. The home side drew level when Tom Knighton converted from the penalty spot.

The home side were level for just under a minute as Fergus Bell scored to to make it 2-1. The former Mansfield Town man scored his second and Town’s third on 36 minutes when he headed home a inch perfect cross from Nathan Ralph.

Yeovil will face Taunton Town in the final. A date and venue is yet to be confirmed.

To view a gallery from the evening at Fairfax Park click here.

HELP SUPPORT THE #PEDALFROMPARIS CYCLISTS

Yeovil Town staff member James Healey will be donning some ill fitting lycra along with over 100 other cyclists to take part in the #PedalfromParis charity ride.

Each cyclist is taking up the challenge of pedalling 386km from Paris to Huish Park in order to raise money for three very worthy charities. The three charities that are set to benefit from the fundraising on the ride are the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, Cyclists Fighting Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis.

Last year 64 cyclists pedalled from Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium to Huish Park to raise over £50,000!

One of the driving forces behind the ride Ben Tupman said: "We’ll be leaving Huish Park on Wednesday 28th April and making our way to St Pancras station to catch the Eurostar to Paris. Two days cycling and an overnight ferry back will leave us with around 120 miles of riding before meeting up with our friends, families and supporters for a day of fundraising.

"We’ve been really fortunate in that Yeovil Town FC have completely embraced our cause. The chairman and his team have very kindly given us full use of Huish Park to put on, not only a big welcome home, but the opportunity to bring the spirit of "Get Pedalling" to those that haven’t been able to join us on the ride.

"Sunday 3rd May will be a Charity Day with football, live music, children’s entertainment and a beer festival. There is no entry cost, just buckets for people to pay what they feel. The day will round off with a charity auction following a celebrity football match between a Tom White XI and a Terry Cotton’s Legends XI.

"You are guaranteed to see some of your heroes from yesteryear and may even manage to sneak in a pint with them at the bar of the beer festival! Events begin at 11am with three public football matches – an opportunity for you to grace the Huish Park surface with your friends.

"We’d love to see as many people there as possible to round off the end of the YTFC Get Pedalling story."

For more information on the ride please click here.

To donate towards the bike ride click here

WELCOME BACK THE PEDAL FROM PARIS CYCLISTS AT THE YTFC BEER FESTIVAL


Yeovil Town Football Club will be holding a Beer Festival from Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May 2015 at Huish Park.

There will be different real ales on sale over the course of the festival as well as a great selection of cider available. All beers will be priced at just £2.50 per pint.

There will also be a hog roast along with live music throughout the four days.

Sunday 3rd will be Family Fun Day with the Pedal from Paris cyclists returning from their epic charity bike ride.

The cyclists are scheduled to return to the stadium at around 2pm, so why not come along and enjoy the beer festival and welcome back the cyclists.

On the main pitch at Huish Park there will be games all day. The main attraction being the Tom White XI v Terry Cotton XI, which kicks off at 4pm.

Opening times for the festival will be:

Thursday and Friday 7pm until 11pm

Saturday 2pm until 11pm

Sunday 2pm until 6pm

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE AWARDS

The Football League has announced the full list of winners for The Football League Awards 2015, the 10th annual awards ceremony that celebrates on and off pitch excellence across The League’s 72 clubs.

The winners were announced at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.

 

The 2015 ceremony, which marked the 10th year of the awards, were streamed live on The Football League’s official YouTube channel and website, while highlights will be shown on Sky Sports 1 on Monday evening at 6:15pm and 9:15pm.

A global online audience watched on as Middlesbrough’s Patrick Bamford won the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year Award. The Sky Bet League 1 award went to Preston North End’s Joe Garner and Bury’s Danny Mayor received the Sky Bet League 2 accolade.  All three of the divisional Player of the Year winners were decided by a vote among club managers.

Milton Keynes Dons midfielder Dele Alli was named The Football Leauge’s Young Player of the Year, following in the footsteps of stars like Gareth Bale, Fabian Delph and Wilfried Zaha who have won the award over the last decade.

 

The prestigious Contribution to League Football Award was presented to the late Major Frank Buckley, who had a renowned career manager and also a player in The Football League, and notably served his country with distinction as part of the Footballers’ Battalions in World War 1.

Former Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Leicester City striker Kevin Phillips picked up the Sir Tom Finney Award, presented to a recently retired player that has had an outstanding career in the Football League.

 

This year, to mark the awards’ 10th anniversary, The Football League also announced its Football Manager Team of the Decade.  The team recognised the 11 outstanding players and one manager from the last 10 years who have excelled in the competitions of The Football League, and includes names like Rickie Lambert, Jordan Rhodes, Gareth Bale and Eddie Howe.

For the first time in the events history, all Football League clubs were recognised at the ceremony through the Tokio Marine Kiln Club Hero Award.

 

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "The 10th Football League Awards has given us the opportunity to reward outstanding performance, both on and off the pitch, during what has been a memorable Football League season.

 "Each of our winners thoroughly deserves this recognition and, once again, we’ve seen exceptional levels of talent, dedication and achievement across all our nominees."

 

The full list of Award winners is shown below:

 

Contribution to League Football Award

Major Frank Buckley

 

Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year

Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough)

 

Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Year

Joe Garner (Preston North End)

 

Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Year

Danny Mayor (Bury)

 

Football League Young Player of the Year

Dele Alli (MK Dons)

 

Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year

Derby County (Derby County Community Trust)

 

Regional Winners

South: Brighton & Hove Albion (Albion in the Community)

Yorkshire & North East: Doncaster Rovers (Club Doncaster Community Sports & Education Foundation)

East: Norwich City (Norwich City Community Sports Foundation)

North West: Blackburn Rovers (Blackburn Rovers Community Trust)

 

Mitre Goal of the Year Award

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Yann Kermorgant (AFC Bournemouth)

Rohan Ince (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Craig Westcarr (Portsmouth)

Joe Garner (Preston North End)

Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town)

 

PFA Player in the Community Award

Danny Shittu (Millwall)

 

The Sir Tom Finney Award

Kevin Phillips

 

Capital One Supporter of the Year

Sarah Watts (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Divisional winners

League 1: Tracey Cole (Crawley Town)

League 2: Greg Hill (Exeter City)

 

LFE Apprentice of the Year for the Championship

Lewis Cook (Leeds United)

 

LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 1

George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra)

 

LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 2

Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth)

 

Football League Family Club of the Year

Colchester United

Divisional winners

Championship: Brighton & Hove Albion

League 2: Stevenage

 

Tokio Marine Kiln Club Hero Award

Brian Murphy (Birmingham City)

Football Manager Team of the Decade

Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel

Right Back: Angel Rangel

Left Back: Gareth Bale

Centre Back: Wes Morgan

Centre Back: Ashley Williams

Midfield: Wes Hoolahan

Midfield: Adam Lallana

Midfield: Peter Whittingham

Forward: Glenn Murray

Forward: Rickie Lambert

Forward: Jordan Rhodes

Manager: Eddie Howe

To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com or search #FLAwards on Twitter.

TOWN TO TRAVEL TO BRIDGWATER TOWN TOMORROW EVENING

Yeovil Town will travel to take on Bridgwater Town in the Somerset Premier Cup Semi Final at Fairfax Park tomorrow night (Tuesday April 21st 2015), kick off 7:45pm.

Admission prices on the night will be £8 for adults, £6 for OAPs and concessions and Under 16’s will be admitted for free.

The postcode for your Sat Nav is TA6 4TZ.

REPORT: SWINDON TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

On a delightfully sunny day in Swindon, Yeovil Town ruined a number of accumulator bets by beating the highflying Robins.

A second half strike from James Berrett just before the hour mark was enough to secure Paul Sturrock’s second win in two games.

Manager Sturrock made two changes from the starting eleven that beat Sheffield United on Tuesday evening.

Sam Foley missed the trip with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Seth Twumasi. Gozie Ugwu dropped to the bench and was replaced up front by Joel Grant.

The home side began the first half brightly and were passing the ball around nicely and should have taken the lead on 17 minutes when former Town loanee Obika latched onto a defensive mistake only to put his shot into the side netting when he had the entire goal at his mercy.

Swindon had the majority of the possession during the opening stages but the Town defense was standing firm with Webster making a vital block from a Goodwin shot.

It was Goodwin though who had the best chance to open the scoring for the home side when he found himself in space on the edge of the area to curl the ball towards the far corner. With Krysiak scrambling across his goal and the home fans cheering the ball bounced back off the upright.

It took until the 41st minute for Town to test Foderingham in the Swindon goal. Kieffer Moore met a deep corner from Josh Sheehan at the back post but the Swindon number one brilliantly saved his goal bound header.

The Glovers started the second period the brighter of the two sides and had the first chance of the second half.

Good build up on the right saw Shephard’s cross fall at the feet of fellow Swansea loanee Sheehan, but he couldn’t quite find the final touch to make it 1-0.

Just moments later Town did take the lead. After neat build up Berrett picked up the ball 30 yards out from goal. The former Carlisle man let fly with his right foot to beat Foderingham.

Just after the hour mark Town had Sheehan to thank for a miraculous clearance off the line to deny Michael Smith.

With just over ten minutes to go and with the home side throwing men forward, the Glovers were relying on quick breaks and almost doubled the lead from a break.

Grant held the ball up well on the right and found the onrushing Sheehan, but the Welshman’s shot went just wide of the upright.

Despite the home side throwing everything at the Town, the back three held firm to secure all three points for the men in yellow and green.

Match Report : 18/04/2015

On a delightfully sunny day in Swindon, Yeovil Town ruined a number of accumulator bets by beating the highflying Robins.

A second half strike from James Berrett just before the hour mark was enough to secure Paul Sturrock’s second win in two games.

Manager Sturrock made two changes from the starting eleven that beat Sheffield United on Tuesday evening.

Sam Foley missed the trip with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Seth Twumasi. Gozie Ugwu dropped to the bench and was replaced up front by Joel Grant.

The home side began the first half brightly and were passing the ball around nicely and should have taken the lead on 17 minutes when former Town loanee Obika latched onto a defensive mistake only to put his shot into the side netting when he had the entire goal at his mercy.

Swindon had the majority of the possession during the opening stages but the Town defense was standing firm with Webster making a vital block from a Goodwin shot.

It was Goodwin though who had the best chance to open the scoring for the home side when he found himself in space on the edge of the area to curl the ball towards the far corner. With Krysiak scrambling across his goal and the home fans cheering the ball bounced back off the upright.

It took until the 41st minute for Town to test Foderingham in the Swindon goal. Kieffer Moore met a deep corner from Josh Sheehan at the back post but the Swindon number one brilliantly saved his goal bound header.

The Glovers started the second period the brighter of the two sides and had the first chance of the second half.

Good build up on the right saw Shephard’s cross fall at the feet of fellow Swansea loanee Sheehan, but he couldn’t quite find the final touch to make it 1-0.

Just moments later Town did take the lead. After neat build up Berrett picked up the ball 30 yards out from goal. The former Carlisle man let fly with his right foot to beat Foderingham.

Just after the hour mark Town had Sheehan to thank for a miraculous clearance off the line to deny Michael Smith.

With just over ten minutes to go and with the home side throwing men forward, the Glovers were relying on quick breaks and almost doubled the lead from a break.

Grant held the ball up well on the right and found the onrushing Sheehan, but the Welshman’s shot went just wide of the upright.

Despite the home side throwing everything at the Town, the back three held firm to secure all three points for the men in yellow and green.

72 CLUB HEROES NAMED AHEAD OF FOOTBALL LEAGUE AWARDS 2015

The Football League have announced 72 ‘Club Heroes’, recognising a member of staff at each of the 72 Football League clubs.  The accolades are part of the Tokio Marine Kiln Club Hero Award at Sunday’s 10th annual Football League Awards, with an overall winner being named on the evening.

The award highlights the role played by staff at clubs throughout the League, whose work often goes unnoticed.  All clubs were asked to nominate one member of staff to be recognised for their loyal and dedicated service off the pitch.  Those selected cover a whole variety of roles showing the many different aspects of a professional football club, and include employees that have been involved with their club for over 10 years.

Each of the 72 people nominated will receive a special commemorative glass plaque to mark their inclusion in the list.  It is the first time that every one of the 72 Football League clubs will be honoured at the annual awards ceremony as part of a special way to mark the 10th year of the event.

Drew Barrand, Marketing Director of The Football League, said: “The Football League Awards 2015 provides not just the opportunity to recognise star performances, both on and off the pitch over the last year, but also the chance to celebrate the last 10 years of the event.

“We wish all those nominated the best of luck and look forward to a fantastic evening on Sunday.”

The full list of Club Heroes is;

Accrington Stanley – Vikki Gilmartin (Head of Finance)

AFC Bournemouth – Neil Vacher (Club Secretary)

AFC Wimbledon – Tim Hillyer (Shop Manager)

Barnsley – Norman Rimmington (Laundry Worker)

Birmingham City – Brian Murphy (Training Ground/Stadium Maintenance Manager)

Blackburn Rovers – Barbara Magee (Travel Administrator)

Blackpool Football Club – Rennie Parker (Golden Gamble Ticket Seller)

Bolton Wanderers – Joe McGlynn (General Operative)

Bradford City – John Duckworth (Kitman)

Brentford – Roger Crook (Community Sports Trust)

Brighton & Hove Albion – Keith Gallis (Matchday Programme & Lottery Coordinator)

Bristol City – Keith Draisey (Head of Operations)

Burton Albion – Enid Barks (Tea Lady)

Bury – Joan Curtis (Club Lottery)

Cambridge United – Dave Doggett (Chairman)

Cardiff City – John Tobutt (Academy Day Release Teacher & Coach)

Carlisle United – John Halpin (Football In The Community Officer)

Charlton Athletic – Bob Snow (former Player Liaison Officer)

Cheltenham Town – Paul Godfrey (Club Director)

Chesterfield – Jim Brown (Commercial Manager)

Colchester United – Julie Ager (Football Sales Executive)

Coventry City – Andrew Harvey (Training Ground Operations Manager)

Crawley Town – Terry Marshall (Steward)

Crewe Alexandra – Bev Dyer    (Ticket Office Manager)

Dagenham &Redbridge – Chris Pollard (Functions Manager)

Derby County – Gordon Guthrie (Club Ambassador)

Doncaster Rovers – Tracy Kennedy (Laundry Manager)

Exeter City – Richard Knight (Club Secretary)

Fleetwood Town – Ted Lowery (Honorary Vice President)

Fulham – Michael Cripps (Groundsman)

Gillingham – Peter Lloyd (Away Travel Co-Ordinator/Radio Summariser)

Hartlepool United – Doris Ford (Catering Manager)

Huddersfield Town – Andrew Brook (Kit Manager)

Ipswich Town – Pat Godbold (Club Archivist/Historian)

Leeds United – Stix Lockwood (Player / Community / Charity / Supporter Liaison)

Leyton Orient – Lindsey Martin (Club Secretary & Ticket Office Manager)

Luton Town – John Buttle (Press Consultant)

Mansfield Town – Michael Merriman (Head Groundsman / Kit Manager)

Middlesbrough – Ron Bone (Head Of Academy Recruitment)

Millwall – Colin Sayer (Stadium Manager)

Milton Keynes Dons – Paul Heald (Goalkeeping Coach/Player Liaison Officer)

Morecambe – Richard Danson (Senior Academy Scout / Match Day Co-ordinator)

Newport County – David Hando (Club President)

Northampton Town – Frank Grande (Club Historian)

Norwich City – Danny Casey (Ticket Office Manager & Customer Services Manager)

Nottingham Forest – Brian Goodliffe (Steward Supervisor & Tour Guide)

Notts County – Jo Richardson (Accounts Assistant/Facilities Co-Ordinator)

Oldham Athletic – Judith Lane (Retired PA to the Chief Executive)

Oxford United – Ambrose Landon (Press Liaison Officer)

Peterborough United – Tony Broughton (Match Day Host)

Plymouth Argyle – Rachel Fry (Head of Retail)

Port Vale – Steve Speed (Head Groundsman / Stadium Manager)

Portsmouth – Michael Turner (Deputy Safety Officer)

Preston North End – Simon Nash (Club Mascot – Deepdale Duck)

Reading – David Downs (Safeguarding Officer, Reading FC Academy)

Rochdale – Jack Northover (Kitman)

Rotherham United – Denis Circuit (Head of Medical)

Scunthorpe United – John Staff (Draw/Programme Seller, Historian & Scout)

Sheffield United – Gary Shanks (Club Mascot – Captain Blade)

Sheffield Wednesday – Keith Howard (Official Club Historian)

Shrewsbury Town – Ryan Jervis (PA Announcer)

Southend United – Helen Norbury (Football Secretary)

Stevenage – John & Janet Ryder (Head Groundsman / Club Shop Assistant & Kit Lady)

Swindon Town – Roger Reeves (Match Day Tunnel / Academy Co-ordinator)

Tranmere Rovers – Tony Coombes (Programme Designer)

Walsall – Paul Mason (Training Ground Manager)

Watford – Mary Thompson (Programme Sales Co-Ordinator)

Wigan Athletic – Kathryne Farnworth (PA to Team Manager and Club Doctor)

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Ron Picken (Academy Operations Coordinator)

Wycombe Wanderers – Gina Allan (Club Doctor)

Yeovil Town – Darren Way (First Team Coach)
York City – David Quinn (Programme Seller & Transfer Box Operator)

To tie in with the 10th anniversary of the Football League Awards, this year there are a total of 10 categories, including the Sky Bet Players of the Year in each division, Family Club of the Year, Capital One Supporter of the Year, Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year, PFA Player in the Community, Mitre Goal of the Year, LFE Apprentices of the Year and the Sir Tom Finney Award.

In addition to the Tokio Marine Kiln Club Hero Award, there will be another special category to mark the 10th anniversary of the event with 11 players and a manager selected to be in the Football Manager Team of the Decade, based on performances from the past 10 seasons.

Fans can watch the Awards ceremony live on The Football League’s YouTube channel from 8:30pm on Sunday evening at http://po.st/FLAwardsLIVE.  Highlights of the event will also be broadcast on Sky Sports 1 on Monday evening at 6:15pm and 9:15pm.

To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com or search for #FLAwards on Twitter.

PREVIEW: SWINDON TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

With just three games left in the season, both sides are starting to look beyond the current campaign and with each side knowing their fate, there could be an interesting match in prospect.

As we know, Yeovil are preparing for life in League Two following relegation, but under new manager Paul Sturrock the Glovers have picked up four points across two improved performances.

A draw against Notts County may well have confirmed the drop into the bottom tier of the Football League, but when backed up with a very impressive win over Sheffield United on Saturday it adds to the feel good factor around Huish Park.

As for Swindon, they secured their play of place at the weekend, beating Rochdale 4-2.

That result, combined with a 1-0 win over Peterborough previously put an end to a tough run of 3-0 defeats.

The Robins succumbed by that score line to Bristol City, MK Dons and Gillingham in the past month.

Their success this season has come from their attacking prowess this morning, a point proven by Ben Gladwin’s first half hat trick on Saturday.

It took the midfielder just 20 minutes from first to last goal.

Their attacking repertoire includes, not one, but two former Glovers with an eye for goal.

Jon Obika joined Swindon from Spurs after no fewer than four loan spells at Huish Park, he partners Andy Williams, a Yeovil player across two spells including a loan stint in the Championship that was curtailed by injury.

Swindon boss Mark Cooper may make a few changes this week, firstly to rest a few niggly injuries ahead of the play offs and secondly to cover for some absent members of his team.

Wes Foderingham is being monitored after a knock last week, while Jordan Turnbull and Raphael Branco are serving bans.

Branco was charged with violent conduct following some… industrial… treatment of Bristol City’s Aiden Flint during their televised clash.

However, Yaser Kasim is back from suspension after an accumulation of yellow cards triggered a ban.

For Sturrock’s men, the news is pretty much the same as it has been of late – the long term absentees are out and just about everyone else is fit and raring to go.

Chris Weale has returned to the bench after the best part of four months out of action and Joe Edwards is back on the training pitch – but the return to competitive action might be asking too much too soon of the club captain.

The new Yeovil gaffer may choose to try out some more of his squad as he makes some decisions on who will stay in his plans as the club embarks on the challenge of League Two.

When the sides met earlier in the season, the sides played a 1-1 draw in Somerset.

James Hayter sent the home side 1-0 up, but that man Andy Williams came back to haunt his former employers scoring an equaliser deep into the second half.

The game saw Swindon reduced to ten men when skipper Nathan Thompson was sent off for two bookable offenses.

It is no surprise that the two sides have met a number of times due to the geography of the two sides, but under Football League rules, the majority of meetings have ended in the Robins’ favour.

The last Yeovil victory came three games back, Swindon being one of the few sides to win both home and away during the Glovers’ promotion season of 2012/13.

However, back in 2011, a single Dean Bowditch goal snatched a 1-0 away win for Yeovil.

The sides played out an epic 3-3 draw prior to that, Bowditch again at the double, with Gavin Williams notching the third.

Now, this may be clutching at straws, but the last eight meetings between the sides have followed an interesting pattern.

A Yeovil win followed by two losses and draw… that then repeats; Win – lose – lose – draw.

So, if that continues, Saturday will see a Yeovil win – you can’t argue with statistics like that.

There is still time for you to be there on Saturday, you can buy tickets on the day at Swindon, but you may want to think about Yeovil’s last home game of the season the following Saturday.

Tickets for the Port Vale game can be purchased HERE.

If you’re not going to Swindon, tune into Glovers Player and keep your eyes on social media for updates and highlights from the game.

The time has come to think about next season for fans as well as the playing staff, please click here to read the fantastic news about the 2015/16 season tickets.

Famous Fans: Melinda Messenger.

A Foot in Both Camps: Kevin Amankwaah, Lee Cox, Rory Fallon, Giuliano Grazioli, Owain Tudur Jones, Ryan Mason, Steve Mildenhall, Jon Obika, Dean Parrett, Jamie Pitman, Howard Pritchard, Adam Rooney, Michael Rose, Jon Sheffield and Andy Williams.

Did you know: Swindon is more famous for its roundabouts than Milton Keynes. With the famous ‘Magic Roundabout’ having five mini roundabouts surrounding one big one.

‘TICKET SALES ARE THE KEY TO OUR SUCCESS’ – GLOVERS BOSSES

As the reality of relegation sinks in and Yeovil Town face life in League Two next season, the club’s chairman and the new manager have both appealed to supporters: “You hold the ticket to our success.”

The Glovers have announced a comprehensive range of season and matchday tickets for next season.

Prices have been reduced, and Early Bird discounts are available until May 15th.

Some ticket holders can take advantage of a deal which equates to nine free games in the new season.

Chairman John Fry said: “The fact of the matter is that our survival and our success depend on our loyal fans remaining loyal.

“All of us have been through two difficult seasons, and, believe me, I share the disappointment of our fans.

“But we need the solid foundation of strong sales of our tickets in advance of the new season.

“Yes, we will be in a lower league. But we have climbed back before and we can do it again.

“Me and my director colleagues have had to make some very difficult decisions this season.

“We now have a new structure and we all need to have faith. Our fans have shown tremendous loyalty, and we need that loyalty to continue.”

New manager Paul Sturrock, said:” I have already sampled the passion of the Glovers supporters and I thank them for my warm welcome.

“Rest assured, I will do my best to get this famous club back where it belongs, in the higher tiers of English football, as soon as possible.

“But it will take time, and I also have some difficult decisions to make before the start of the new season.

“I would just like to say that I will do my best to reward those fans who show their faith through the ticket office by producing the results they seek on the pitch.”

JOLLY UNDER STARTERS ORDERS AT WINCANTON RACES

Yeovil Town’s Jolly Green Giant will be appearing at this Sunday’s Children’s Day at Wincanton Race Course.

Children’s Day is a firm favourite with the local Somerset families with a wide range of free children’s entertainment on offer as well as a competitive afternoon of racing.

This year we will see the return of the Shetland Pony Rides, the ever popular sporting mascots set to line up in an Egg and Spoon race down the home straight during racing, and a Mascots Tug of War contest in the Parade Ring kindly coordinated by The Children’s Trust and F1 simulator.

There are also be complimentary goody bags for the first 250 children on-course containing an array of goodies sponsored by Bathwick Tyres, BV Dairy, Clarks Village and Yeovil Town Football Club and to top it off Cheltenham Festival winners Dodging Bullets, Cue Card and Big Bucks parading plus lots more.

To buy your tickets for the Children’s Day at Wincanton Race Course click here.

YEOVIL TOWN LAUNCHES ACADEMY PROGRAMME


Yeovil Town are very pleased to announce the relaunch of the Yeovil Town Football Club Academy.

From the start of the 2015/2016 season the club will be running a Category Three Academy programme.

This will provide training and an elite games programme for young players locally and regionally, aged under 9s to under 18s, competing against other Football League Academies.

 

The Yeovil Town Academy’s aim is to develop and fulfil young players’ potential in order to provide the senior first team with future home grown players.

The Academy are now recruiting players who are currently in years 3 to year 11 at school, ready to start the 2015/2016 season in our u9s-u18s squads, to play in the Football League Academy games programme.

The Club would like to hear from players who feel they would like to be challenged in a new elite environment.

The closing date for applications is 5th May 2015 and the trials will start later in May.

For more information and to book a place on the forthcoming trials please contact Jamie Harrison at the Academy by emailing academy@ytfc.net or call 01935 847880.

 

23 GAMES FOR LESS THAN A TRIP TO LEGO LAND!

Season Tickets for next season are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Junior Glover prices remain at the fantastic price of £39 which includes a Junior Glover Membership and is open to all those aged 15 or under on the 31st July 2015.

A junior day pass to visit Lego Land will cost you £43.80 whereas a 23 game Junior Glover Season Ticket at Huish Park will cost you just £39. That works out at under £2 per game.

For just £39 a Junior Glover receives * Entry to all home league games * Priority on Cup tickets * 10% discount in the Club Shop * A £5 voucher for the club shop * Discount on away travel and the opportunity to be a mascot at an away match.

To buy your ticket click here or call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935 847888.

IT HAS BEEN ALL GO AT YEOVIL TOWN

Hi everyone! It feels like ages since I last wrote for you all. It has been a busy few weeks and with the appointment of a new manager, it has been all go at Yeovil Town.

I am extremely happy that we have appointed Paul Sturrock as our new Gaffer and we could not have asked for a more experienced man for the job.

He has managed eight clubs, including Plymouth Argyle, Southampton and Southend United. He may have been out of management for two years but he has wasted no time in getting stuck in at Huish Park.

Last Saturday’s match was disappointing as it finally sealed our fate and confirmed relegation to League Two. However, I thought there was a definite improvement in our performance, it  was just a shame that we switched off for their goal. As for last night, what a performance that was.

Welcoming Sheffield United to Huish Park on a Tuesday night was always going to be a tough ask. They are looking to secure their place in the Play – Offs and have been in great form with four wins in their last six.

Football is a strange game though and having already been relegated, the pressure was off our boys. Straight from the kick off, we played with freedom and looked composed on the ball. Sheffield United just could not get a foothold in the game and you would not have been able to tell which team was pushing for promotion and which team was going down.

 

I had the pleasure of sitting in the Press Box last night as I watched how all the coverage works on a match day. I hope you all saw my tweets throughout the game for the Western Gazette’s live blog. I really enjoyed the experience and the team’s performance was just brilliant.

We limited Nigel Clough’s side to long range shots and we finally looked like a team. It is a shame that it does not change anything in terms of the league but it was nice to get that winning feeling back. It also bodes well for our new era under Paul Sturrock and although many of the players will not be at Huish Park next year, the style of play and attitude of the players was a credit to the new manager. As they say, the only way is up.

I cannot write this blog without mentioning Bristol City. They secured promotion last night in style. A 6-0 win at Bradford City meant that the league leaders are guaranteed automatic promotion to the Championship. If they win on Saturday, they will secure the league title.

I don’t think any football fan can deny that they have deserved it over the course of the season. They have been so consistent throughout the campaign and I would particularly like to congratulate former Glover Luke Ayling. He has been instrumental in their promotion and joined in the scoring fun at Valley Parade last night. Second placed Preston could only secure a 2-2 draw with Gillingham and MK Dons ran out 3-0 winners at Fleetwood.

There is now just a three point gap between the sides in second and third as the race for automatic promotion hots up. We could have a say in the outcome, as we travel to Stadium:MK for the last game of the season. With the pressure off us, we could easily affect the rest of the league.

 

Next up, we travel to Swindon in what will be another tough game. However, once again it will be all eyes on the Robins in their promotion race. We can go there and enjoy our football whilst hopefully shaking up their season.

It gives Sturrock another chance to look at the players we have and which ones he wants to keep for our League Two campaign next year. I for one am really excited for next season and although it hurts going down, it has been inevitable for a while now. Somehow, that is made it easier to take, along with our ambition in getting a new manager in to hopefully see us return to League One in the not so distant future.

See you all at Swindon and let’s all enjoy the last three games and get behind the lads. The atmosphere at Huish Park was brilliant last night and shows how much winning a game can change the mood of everyone. Relegated or not relegated, we show our support is as good as any side at this level. I know we will back stronger than ever.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V SHEFFIELD UNITED

Yeovil Town, relegated on Saturday after drawing at home to Notts County, produced one of the results of the season as they beat playoff contenders Sheffield United 1-0 at Huish Park tonight.

Byron Webster’s 67th minute winner, a scrambled effort after he had flicked on a Sam Foley free kick, ensured Paul Sturrock retained his unbeaten record as Glovers boss, picking up four points from his two games in charge.

The new boss had made two changes to the side that held the free falling Magpies on Saturday. James Hayter and Joel Grant both dropped to the bench and there were starts instead for Kieffer Moore and Josh Sheehan as Yeovil continued with a 4-4-2 formation.

The first half lacked highlights of any substance with neither keeper in action for anything other than goal kicks. Any shots were wide, way over or in some cases, both, in a game played in an atmosphere well down in volume to the last time these two sides met here, in the playoff semi final second leg two years ago.

For the record, Jason Holt pulled his shot wide and Stefan Scougall’s volley sailed way over in a first half hour devoid of chances. Kieron Freeman, a threat all night roving down the left flank, also fired over and it took till the 41st minute before either keeper made a save. It was Artur Krysiak, the Pole denying Holt with a simple save.

Blades boss Nigel Clough was forced into two substitutions before the break with both Steve Davies and Ryan Flynn going off, replaced by Jamie Murphy and former Glover Craig Alcock respectively.

Yeovil’s first clear chance fell to Stephen Kingsley on 56 minutes but his aim was well wide, as was Paul Coutts for United a minute later. Kingsley was also wide after the hour mark but Yeovil soon took the lead in strange circumstances. Sam Foley swung in a free kick which was back headed by Byron Webster into the danger zone. Stephen Arthurworrey went in on a challenge with keeper Mark Howard and the ball went over the line, the assistant referee on the main stand side flagging for a goal. Arthurworrey immediately pointed to Webster, identifying him as the scorer.

The game, after briefly livening up, then seemed to settle back down again with neither side really troubling the other though Murphy went close with a right foot effort that whistled past the far post.

So at the final whistle, relief at the first three point haul at home since March 7th v Oldham but frustrations that the win came too late to save Yeovil’s season. The team now go on to face Swindon at the County Ground this weekend, the Robins winning 4-2 at Rochdale tonight.

Match Report : 14/04/2015

Yeovil Town, relegated on Saturday after drawing at home to Notts County, produced one of the results of the season as they beat playoff contenders Sheffield United 1-0 at Huish Park tonight.

Byron Webster’s 67th minute winner, a scrambled effort after he had flicked on a Sam Foley free kick, ensured Paul Sturrock retained his unbeaten record as Glovers boss, picking up four points from his two games in charge.

The new boss had made two changes to the side that held the free falling Magpies on Saturday. James Hayter and Joel Grant both dropped to the bench and there were starts instead for Kieffer Moore and Josh Sheehan as Yeovil continued with a 4-4-2 formation.

The first half lacked highlights of any substance with neither keeper in action for anything other than goal kicks. Any shots were wide, way over or in some cases, both, in a game played in an atmosphere well down in volume to the last time these two sides met here, in the playoff semi final second leg two years ago.

For the record, Jason Holt pulled his shot wide and Stefan Scougall’s volley sailed way over in a first half hour devoid of chances. Kieron Freeman, a threat all night roving down the left flank, also fired over and it took till the 41st minute before either keeper made a save. It was Artur Krysiak, the Pole denying Holt with a simple save.

Blades boss Nigel Clough was forced into two substitutions before the break with both Steve Davies and Ryan Flynn going off, replaced by Jamie Murphy and former Glover Craig Alcock respectively.

Yeovil’s first clear chance fell to Stephen Kingsley on 56 minutes but his aim was well wide, as was Paul Coutts for United a minute later. Kingsley was also wide after the hour mark but Yeovil soon took the lead in strange circumstances. Sam Foley swung in a free kick which was back headed by Byron Webster into the danger zone. Stephen Arthurworrey went in on a challenge with keeper Mark Howard and the ball went over the line, the assistant referee on the main stand side flagging for a goal. Arthurworrey immediately pointed to Webster, identifying him as the scorer.

The game, after briefly livening up, then seemed to settle back down again with neither side really troubling the other though Murphy went close with a right foot effort that whistled past the far post.

So at the final whistle, relief at the first three point haul at home since March 7th v Oldham but frustrations that the win came too late to save Yeovil’s season. The team now go on to face Swindon at the County Ground this weekend, the Robins winning 4-2 at Rochdale tonight.

UP TO NINE GAMES FREE WITH A SEASON TICKET FOR 2015/16

Up to nine games FREE. That’s the headline news from Huish Park as the club release details of next year’s Season Ticket and Match Day Ticket prices.

The key points are that a Terrace Season Ticket equates to only £11.70 per game for an adult and a Matchday Terrace ticket is now ONLY £20 for an adult.

Full details are printed below but as an example a season ticket in the Thatchers Gold Stand, purchased by May 15th is priced at £269 which represents a saving of £191 if you relied on match day tickets. (removed after 15th)

Other examples are £306 for the Screwfix Wing and £336 for Screwfix Centre, while in the Tamburino’s Stand prices range from £321 to a maximum of £415 for a Premium seat.

All prices are subject to purchase by May 15th 2015.

 

Apart from NINE, yes Nine games FREE, Season Ticket holders receive a 10% discount in the Yeovil Town Club Shop and receive priority booking for any future Cup or Play-off matches The Glovers are involved in.

Everyone has the opportunity to purchase membership of the newly converted Legends Lounge.

For just £250 members will receive: *Access to the bar before during and after the game including all league matches, first and second round of the FA Cup and all friendlies * A free league matchday programme * tea or coffee and biscuits * Discounted meals * Discounted private hire rates of the Lounge.

Juniors remain at the fantastic price of £39 which includes their Junior Glover Membership open to all those aged 15 or under on the 31st July 2015.

 

Junior Glovers receive discounted Season Tickets at less than £2 a match * Priority on Cup tickets * 10% discount in the Club Shop * A £5 voucher for the club shop * Discount on away travel and the opportunity to be a mascot at an away match.

Match Day Prices have also been reduced for next season and are listed below, but to highlight the most popular choices an adult in Tamburino Stand Centre is reduced to £25, Screwfix Centre is now £24 whilst Terrace prices have been reduced by £5 to £20 for an adult, £16 for a young person and £8 for a junior (or £6 with a paying adult)

Early Bird discounts are available until May 15th but for those of you waiting in the starting blocks for the off you can buy now over the telephone (01935 847888) whilst our online service will be up and running very shortly.

 

Your personal renewal forms are scheduled to arrive next week.

   

Tamburino Centre Matchday
Premium* – £32

Adults – £25

Senior/Disabled – £22

Young Person (16-21) – £16

Juniors – £9

* seat price only   

   

Tamburino Wing Matchday
Adults – £23

Senior/Disabled – £20

Young Person (16-21) – £16

Juniors – £8 (£6 with full paying adult)

   

Screwfix Centre Matchday
Adults – £24

Senior/Disabled – £20

Young Person (16-21) – £16

Juniors – £9

   

Screwfix Wing Matchday
Adults – £22

Senior/Disabled – £18

Young Person (16-21) – £16

Juniors – £8 (£6 with full paying adult)

   

Thatchers Gold Terrace Matchday
Adults – £20

Senior/Disabled – £18

Young Person (16-21) – £16

Juniors – £8 (£6 with full paying adult)

To downloand a Season Ticket Application form click here.

A full price list for Season Tickets can be found here.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V SHEFFIELD UNITED

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet League One action this coming Tuesday when the Glovers host Sheffield United with a 7:45pm kick off.

Paul Sturrock takes charge of his Yeovil side for the second time inside four days and will be looking to pass judgement on the squad at the season comes to an end.

With four league games plus the Somerset Premier Cup matches left for Sturrock to mould his philosophy onto the side – as well as make some longer term decisions on who may stay or who may go – time is of the essence for the former Plymouth boss.

Following the 1-1 draw with Notts County on Saturday, relegation was confirmed with the Glovers only able to amass a maximum of 46 points before the season closes, Crawley, one place above the drop zone have 47 and now cannot be caught.

Sturrock has suggested he may make a few changes to his side to give him a chance to run the rule over a few extra bodies before the season ends.

That shouldn’t, however, be a weakened side with nearly all of the first team squad available to pick from.

The obvious exceptions are the long term absentees, Joe Edwards, Simon Gillett, Kevin Dawson and Adam Morgan.

As a side note, that’s quite a good midfield four sitting out the rest of the season through injury.

The likes of Chris Weale and Liam Davis are forever edging closer to being available for selection.

As with recent weeks, the situation of loan players remains a constant headache for the Glovers gaffer.

There are six loans on the books at Huish Park and only five can play, Ben Nugent – on a temporary deal from Cardiff – has been the ‘sixth’ loan of late and missed out on the match day squad.

The visitors on Tuesday come to Huish Park off the back of a draw, too. They shared the points with Oldham on Saturday, a game which ended 2-2.

United were 2-0 down at half time before a second half revival secured a point. Goals from Jason Holt and Jamie Murphy late on secured a share of the spoils.

The Blades sit comfortably in the play off places in 5th place. There is an eight point gap to Rochdale in 7th and a 13 point gap to Preston in second, suggesting another crack at the end of season show down is almost guaranteed.

They’ll want to finish in the highest possible place, however, to ensure a favourable draw in the play off semi finals.

Nigel Clough’s men travel to Somerset with some decent form behind them suffering only one defeat in the last month.

That was a 2-1 reverse at the hands of Crewe at the end of March.

In and around that result have been impressive wins against Barnsley, Doncaster and a 4-0 drubbing of Scunthorpe.

Sheffield United have been sharing the goals out this season and have no fewer than three joint top goalscorers, Murphy, Jose Baxter and Marc McNulty all have 12 goals to their name this season.

Nigel Clough could name one former Glovers hero in his squad this Tuesday as defender Craig Alcock now plies his trade in Yorkshire.

Alcock, who has been named in all positions across the back four this season, has played 20 times during his first campaign at Brammall Lane.

One of those appearances came when Yeovil travelled to Brammall Lane in October.

The game also took place on a Tuesday night with United coming out on top in a 2-0 win.

It was those two men again, Murphy and McNulty who scored the goals.

The Glovers’ side that day included a number of players who won’t appear on Tuesday, including Ryan Inniss and Jordy Hiwula whose loans have expired and the injured quartet of Davis, Dawson, Edwards and Gillett.

Showing just how much a side can change even within a 6-month spell.

Prior to that, the last meeting between the sides was a very memorable one for the Glovers’ faithful.

The play-off semi final of 2013 paired the two clubs together and Yeovil came out on top.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, goals from Kevin Dawson and Ed Upson turned the tie on it’s head.

Yeovil would progress to Wembley and eventually secure promotion to the Championship.

The league games from the same season were also shared one a piece; a 1-0 Blades win at Huish Park before a 2-0 Yeovil win in South Yorkshire.

Paddy Madden at the double on that occasion.

But those dizzy heights seem a long way away now, relegation to League Two has been confirmed for Yeovil and so this match serves as a clean slate from which Paul Sturrock can work from.

You can be there, along with the 400-500 travelling support, at Huish Park to cheer on the lads.

Tickets are available from all the usual sources.

Click Here for the online ticket purchase facility, call now on 01935c847888 or pop down to the stadium in person to see one of our lovely staff.

If you can’t be at the game, never fear, Glovers Player will have full commentary and the highlights, along with post match reaction available on YouTube just as soon as possible.

League Two may be confirmed for next season, but League One isn’t over just yet, come out and support this new era under Paul Sturrock for the penultimate time at Huish Park.

Famous Fans: Sean Bean and TV presenter Charlie Webster.

A Foot in Both Camps: Craig Alcock, Lee Morris, Marcus Williams and Colin Addison played for the Blades before starting his managerial career.

Did you know: Sheffield is the home of the oldest football club in the world, however it is neither United or Wednesday but Sheffield FC who formed in 1857.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V NOTTS COUNTY

Yeovil’s near inevitable drop into League Two was confirmed this afternoon with a 1-1 draw at home to fellow strugglers Notts County.

The Glovers had led through a ninth minute own goal from County defender Haydn Hollis but Garry Thompson’s 78th minute equaliser condemned Town to their second successive relegation in new manager Paul Sturrock’s first game in charge. Although James Hayter hit the bar for Yeovil, it wasn’t enough in a game which ebbed and flowed but never really caught alight.

The new boss, appointed on Thursday, made two changes from the side that lost 4-0 at Fleetwood on Easter Monday. Seth Twumasi and Josh Sheehan dropped to the bench with James Berrett and Nathan Smith coming into the starting eleven.

Yeovil got off to a great start on nine minutes. After initially giving Yeovil the advantage after a foul, ref Darren Drysdale then pulled play back to give Yeovil a free kick. Sam Foley swung a superb ball in and Magpies defender Haydn Hollis stooped low to head past his own keeper Roy Carroll, a great finish at the wrong end though.

The first half was scrappy but shaded by the Glovers. James Hayter almost got on the end of another defensive rocket, this time a short back pass but Carroll was quick off his line and cleared the danger. It was indicative of new County manager Ricardo Moniz that he was encouraging his side to play out from the back but at times, it almost backfired as they wobbled somewhat.

County forward Jimmy Spencer was twice off target with chances while in between , Hayter set up Stephen Kingsley but his first time left foot volley on 35 minutes was smothered well by Carroll.

Carroll excelled himself two minutes later with a brilliant save on 37 minutes to deny Gozie Ugwu, the big striker placing his header back across goal but Carroll’s One Andes tip over gaining applause from both sets of fans.

At half time, Moniz had seen enough of both Hollis and Sam Newton and brought on Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Blair Adams to strengthen the left and side attacking wise. But it was Yeovil who had the first chances with Hayters shot lacking power before he then set up Ugwu who promptly sliced his shot well wide of the right hand post!

Garry Thompson was awry with two headers from corners as finally County started to threaten and they looked even better once Paddy McCourt had been withdrawn and on loan Aston Villa striker Graham Burke introduced on the hour as County’s last sub.

Burke stung Yeovil keeper Artur Krysiaks hands with a thirty yard left foot shot and the Polish keeper then repeated the safe from Gary Jones four minutes later from even further out.

Yeovil broke through Joel Grant and Hayter but when the Jamaican international passed to Hayter, his effort hit the top of the crossbar and away to safety. Within seven minutes though, a heavy nail was hammered into the Yeovil coffin with the County equaliser. With Campbell-Ryce switching flanks to attack down the right, his cross found Garry Thompson who placed his header past the despairing dive of Krysiak.

With so much riding on the game, tempers got a little frayed late on with four late bookings, three for Yeovil, as things got increasingly desperate. Sam Foley burst through late on but then fired well wide and although the introduction of late sub Kieffer Moore added some energy and physicality up front, nothing more than chances came of it. Moore was unlucky with a left foot strike across goal and he then set up another sub, Seth Twumasi with a pull back but the defenders shot was blocked.

Former England, Leeds and Manchester United attacker Alan Smith had County’s last chance, volleying straight at Krysiak first time. The final whistle sounded after four minutes stoppage time and Yeovil Town, in the Championship twelve months ago, will kick off life in August in League Two.

Match Report : 11/04/2015

Yeovil’s near inevitable drop into League Two was confirmed this afternoon with a 1-1 draw at home to fellow strugglers Notts County.

The Glovers had led through a ninth minute own goal from County defender Haydn Hollis but Garry Thompson’s 78th minute equaliser condemned Town to their second successive relegation in new manager Paul Sturrock’s first game in charge. Although James Hayter hit the bar for Yeovil, it wasn’t enough in a game which ebbed and flowed but never really caught alight.

The new boss, appointed on Thursday, made two changes from the side that lost 4-0 at Fleetwood on Easter Monday. Seth Twumasi and Josh Sheehan dropped to the bench with James Berrett and Nathan Smith coming into the starting eleven.

Yeovil got off to a great start on nine minutes. After initially giving Yeovil the advantage after a foul, ref Darren Drysdale then pulled play back to give Yeovil a free kick. Sam Foley swung a superb ball in and Magpies defender Haydn Hollis stooped low to head past his own keeper Roy Carroll, a great finish at the wrong end though.

The first half was scrappy but shaded by the Glovers. James Hayter almost got on the end of another defensive rocket, this time a short back pass but Carroll was quick off his line and cleared the danger. It was indicative of new County manager Ricardo Moniz that he was encouraging his side to play out from the back but at times, it almost backfired as they wobbled somewhat.

County forward Jimmy Spencer was twice off target with chances while in between , Hayter set up Stephen Kingsley but his first time left foot volley on 35 minutes was smothered well by Carroll.

Carroll excelled himself two minutes later with a brilliant save on 37 minutes to deny Gozie Ugwu, the big striker placing his header back across goal but Carroll’s One Andes tip over gaining applause from both sets of fans.

At half time, Moniz had seen enough of both Hollis and Sam Newton and brought on Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Blair Adams to strengthen the left and side attacking wise. But it was Yeovil who had the first chances with Hayters shot lacking power before he then set up Ugwu who promptly sliced his shot well wide of the right hand post!

Garry Thompson was awry with two headers from corners as finally County started to threaten and they looked even better once Paddy McCourt had been withdrawn and on loan Aston Villa striker Graham Burke introduced on the hour as County’s last sub.

Burke stung Yeovil keeper Artur Krysiaks hands with a thirty yard left foot shot and the Polish keeper then repeated the safe from Gary Jones four minutes later from even further out.

Yeovil broke through Joel Grant and Hayter but when the Jamaican international passed to Hayter, his effort hit the top of the crossbar and away to safety. Within seven minutes though, a heavy nail was hammered into the Yeovil coffin with the County equaliser. With Campbell-Ryce switching flanks to attack down the right, his cross found Garry Thompson who placed his header past the despairing dive of Krysiak.

With so much riding on the game, tempers got a little frayed late on with four late bookings, three for Yeovil, as things got increasingly desperate. Sam Foley burst through late on but then fired well wide and although the introduction of late sub Kieffer Moore added some energy and physicality up front, nothing more than chances came of it. Moore was unlucky with a left foot strike across goal and he then set up another sub, Seth Twumasi with a pull back but the defenders shot was blocked.

Former England, Leeds and Manchester United attacker Alan Smith had County’s last chance, volleying straight at Krysiak first time. The final whistle sounded after four minutes stoppage time and Yeovil Town, in the Championship twelve months ago, will kick off life in August in League Two.

DO YOU KNOW THE SCORE?

This April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and players and managers are backing the fourth annual Know the Score campaign.


Know the Score, supported by Yeovil Town, the Professional Footballers’ Association and League Managers Association, aims to raise awareness of bowel cancer signs and symptoms.

Both teams and match officials will wear Know the Score t-shirts while warming up before tomorrow’s clash with Notts County.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most common cancer, with 41,000 new cases each year. It’s also the second biggest cause of cancer death. Every 90 minutes three people die of the disease. That’s 44 people each day – the equivalent to four football teams – but it needn’t be that way.

* If you’ve had bleeding from the bottom or a persistent change to looser or more frequent bowel movements for the last three weeks, tell your doctor. Other symptoms include a pain or lump in your tummy; feeling more tired than usual; losing weight for no obvious reason.

* You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting it checked out. If it’s not serious, your mind will be eased, but if it is bowel cancer, research suggests that over 90% of patients will survive the disease for more than five years if diagnosed at the earliest stage. A trip to your doctor could save your life.

* You can also call the Beating Bowel Cancer confidential helpline 08450 719301 (low call rate) or email nurse@beatingbowelcancer.org

The main aim of Know the Score is to end the perception that bowel cancer is an old person’s illness – in fact it affects men and women of any age.

Throughout football ‘Star of Hope’ badges are being worn during the campaign, which is also supported by the Men’s Health Forum and leading bowel cancer charities.

Stephanie Moore, wife of England legend Bobby Moore, said: “I started the Bobby Moore Fund after my husband Bobby died from bowel cancer in 1993, aged just 51. Raising awareness of bowel cancer through campaigns such as Know the Score is so important, as early diagnosis saves lives.”

HOW TO REDUCE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING BOWEL CANCER

* Eat healthily: Try to get your 5-a-day. So eat more vegetables and fruit, fish, and wholegrain foods. Eat less fatty foods like cakes and pastries and fewer processed meats like bacon and ham.

* Cut down on alcohol: Drinking too much alcohol can lead to a number of health problems and is linked with bowel cancer. By drinking less, you’ll reduce your health risks.

* Look after yourself: Keep active. Swim, cycle, go dancing – the more you can do, the better. Even walking to your local shops instead of taking the car can make a difference.

* Stop smoking: Giving up will lower your risk of getting bowel cancer. Visit smokefree.nhs.uk or call 0800 169 0169.

To find out more visit www.knowthescore.org.uk or follow @KnowTheScoreUK on Twitter.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V NOTTS COUNTY

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday as Notts County visit Huish Park for a 3pm kick off.

The Glovers will be managed by newly appointed Paul Sturrock for the first time as he begins his reign in charge of Yeovil.

Sturrock has come in to take the role held on a temporary basis by Terry Skiverton since the departure of Gary Johnson in February.

The former Plymouth Argyle boss took training for the first time on Thursday and has claimed to have already selected his first starting line-up as Gaffer.

With Skiverton and Way staying in key coaching roles by his side, Sturrock begins his plans for the future whilst also trying to gain as many points as possible in this campaign.

Relegation has not been confirmed, but with a maximum of 48 points achievable for the Somerset side, negative results, both at Huish Park and elsewhere could see the mathematicians close the door on Yeovil’s season in League One.

In an interesting twist, Notts County, Saturday’s opponents are also bedding in a new manager this Saturday, with Ricardo Moniz taking charge in the away dug out for the first time.

Moniz takes over a County side languishing in the relegation zone, just two places above Yeovil, but still within one win of safety.

County’s form under caretaker manager Paul Hart has been more miss than hit with no win in the last five, but three draws on the spin have at least kept them in touch with the sides sitting just outside the relegation zone.

The last two draws have both been 0-0 as Hart instilled a defensive style than made the side difficult to beat.

The stalemates with Coventry and Walsall was preceded by a 2-2 draw with Scunthorpe.

County’s last win was way back on the March 3rd in a 1-0 win over fellow scrappers Colchester at the bottom of the league.

Attention then turns to the team news for the game and Paul Sturrock will know he will be without long term absentees Kevin Dawson, Simon Gillett and Adam Morgan.

Stephen Kingsley was forced off against Fleetwood after some rough treatment from those marking him he joins Liam Davis on  a list of those fighting to be back involved.

Captain Joe Edwards is still be managed towards a return before the season is out, his progress will be monitored as he looks to make the squad for the first time since the Bristol City game on March 10.

Despite him missing out over the last two games, the loan deal of Scott Loach from Rotherham has now expired meaning the club is now down to just six loanees, meaning one will have to miss out of the match day squad.

Yeovil Town are hoping to make Notts County their third side of the season to do the double over having already beaten the Magpies in November.

County took a lead on the hour but Shaun Derry’s men were to come unstuck when loanee Jordan Clarke scored twice in the final five minutes to secure an unlikely win and important turnaround.

The game was a fiery encounter; with midfielder Gary Jones sent off for a two footed lung and County assistant Gregg Abbot was sent to the stands.

Since the two sides first met competitively in the  league back in 2004, Yeovil have only been on the losing side three times.

Two of those losses came in the first three meetings, the other being in 2012.

During the 2012/13 season that ended in promotion for Yeovil, the Glovers picked up four points; a 0-0 draw at Huish Park and a dramatic 2-1 win away from home.

That win saw Paddy Madden score just before the break, County equalised from the penalty spot before Matt Dolan scored a direct free kick to secure all three points.

Time are changing at both clubs then, but the focus is on Paul Sturrock and his new role with Yeovil Town.

Tickets for the fixture are available for the game right up until kick off, with the weather set fair for the weekend, why not bring your whole family to Huish Park?

Tickets are available by clicking HERE to visit the online ticket purchase site, or by calling 01935 847888 or pop down to the ground in person.

Come and show your support for Sturrock’s side and your appreciation for the job done by Skiverton and Way in the interim.

If you can’t be there on Saturday, fear not, the full commentary is on Glovers Player and the club’s YouTube channel will have highlights and post match reaction in full.

PAUL STURROCK JOINS YEOVIL TOWN AS MANAGER


Yeovil Town Football Club have appointed Paul Sturrock as their new manager.

Paul took up his duties this morning and will be in charge of the first team for Saturday’s match with Notts County.

Paul Sturrock, born in Ellon in Aberdeenshire in 1956, started his football career at Blackfoot Athletic before moving to Dundee United where he made 385 league appearances starting in 1974.

 

His final tally of appearances and goals for Dundee was 576 games scoring 171 goals making him Dundee United’s top attacking player of all time.

During his time at Dundee Utd he gained nine Under 21 caps and 20 full caps for Scotland.

Affectionately known to the fans in Scotland as “Luggy”, Paul moved into management when his playing career ended Paul and was appointed manager of St.Johnstone in 1993.

After five years he returned to Tannerdice as manager for two years before moving south of the border with Plymouth Argyle in 2000.

Paul had a brief spell at Southampton in 2004 after Gordon Strachan left, but his stay was fairly short and he then moved on to manage Sheffield Wednesday for two years.

In 2006 Paul was appointed Swindon manager, where he stayed for a year, before returning for a second stint at Home Park as Plymouth Argyle manager.

Paul’s last full time managerial role was at Roots Hall, Southend where he stayed for three years.

Acting first team manager Terry Skiverton will revert to the Assistant manager’s role with Darren Way acting as first team coach.

Everybody at Yeovil Town would like to welcome Paul to Huish Park and wish him a long and successful stay at the club.

YTCST TO HOLD JUNIOR PREMIER LEAGUE TRIALS

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are pleased to announce that they will be holding open trials for the following age groups competing in the Nerf Junior Premier League for the 2015/16 Season.

Under 12’s (School year 7)

Under 13’s (School year 8)

Under 14’s (School year 9)

Under 15’s (School year 10)

Under 16’s (School year 11)

Under 18’s

Details regarding the trials are as follows:

Venue: Alvington Sports Complex, Alvington Lane, Yeovil, BA22 8UX.

Dates & Times:

Under 12’s/13’s – Monday 27th April – 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Under 14’s/15’s – Tuesday 28th April – 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Under 16’s/18’s – Wednesday 29th April – 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Players who are successful at their first trial will be offered the opportunity of a second trial with the existing squad in their respective age group. Successful players from the second trial will then be offered the opportunity to represent Yeo-vil Town Community Sports Trust/YTFC in the Nerf Junior Premier League for the 2015/16 season.

All players must book their place in advance by contacting Bob Thomas on 01935 706671 or by e-mailing Bthomas@ytfc.net

TICKET DETAILS FOR BRIDGWATER TOWN FIXTURE

Yeovil Town will travel to take on Bridgwater Town in the Somerset Premier Cup Semi Final at Fairfax Park on Tuesday April 21st 2015, kick off 7:45pm.

Admission prices on the night will be £8 for adults, £6 for OAPs and concessions and Under 16’s will be admitted for free.

The postcode for your Sat Nav is TA6 4TZ.

REPORT: FLEETWOOD TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

Town made the 546-mile round trip to face Fleetwood Town and returned to Huish Park empty handed after a heavy 4-0 defeat.

Two goals from David Ball and a strike from Jamie Proctor inside the first 35 minutes saw the home side head into half time 3-0 up.

Although Town rallied in the second half and had the majority of the second half possession they failed to really test Maxwell in the Fleetwood goal and conceded a 4th when substitute Ashley Hunter scored with less than ten minutes remaining.

Manager Terry Skiverton made one change from the starting eleven that lost to Chesterfield on Good Friday with Joel Grant getting a recall in the place of Ajay Leitch-Smith.

Town started brightly and nearly opened the scoring within the first minute. Sam Foley picked up loose ball on the edge of the area to unleash a volley at goal. Long term Fleetwood defender Nathan Pond was on hand to provide a vital block for the home side.

Despite the bright start by the Glovers they found themselves a goal down after seven minutes when a cross from the right wing was headed back across goal by Pond into the path of Ball, who made no mistake from close range.

The home side doubled their lead after a fine solo effort from Ball. The former Peterborough United man ran at the Town defence and his shot from 20 yards beat a diving Artur Krysiak to nestle in the corner of the net.

Fleetwood made it 3-0 after 32 minutes when Proctor received a perfect through ball from previous goal scorer Ball to comfortably slot home from 12 yards.

Town started the second half on the front foot and nearly pulled a goal back after Stephen Kingsley’s curling free kick had to be tipped over the bar by keeper Maxwell in the Fleetwood goal.

With less than ten minutes remaining the home side scored a fourth with their first attack of the second half when Hunter swept Proctor’s cross from the right home.

Match Report : 06/04/2015

Town made the 546-mile round trip to face Fleetwood Town and returned to Huish Park empty handed after a heavy 4-0 defeat.

Two goals from David Ball and a strike from Jamie Proctor inside the first 35 minutes saw the home side head into half time 3-0 up.

Although Town rallied in the second half and had the majority of the second half possession they failed to really test Maxwell in the Fleetwood goal and conceded a 4th when substitute Ashley Hunter scored with less than ten minutes remaining.

Manager Terry Skiverton made one change from the starting eleven that lost to Chesterfield on Good Friday with Joel Grant getting a recall in the place of Ajay Leitch-Smith.

Town started brightly and nearly opened the scoring within the first minute. Sam Foley picked up loose ball on the edge of the area to unleash a volley at goal. Long term Fleetwood defender Nathan Pond was on hand to provide a vital block for the home side.

Despite the bright start by the Glovers they found themselves a goal down after seven minutes when a cross from the right wing was headed back across goal by Pond into the path of Ball, who made no mistake from close range.

The home side doubled their lead after a fine solo effort from Ball. The former Peterborough United man ran at the Town defence and his shot from 20 yards beat a diving Artur Krysiak to nestle in the corner of the net.

Fleetwood made it 3-0 after 32 minutes when Proctor received a perfect through ball from previous goal scorer Ball to comfortably slot home from 12 yards.

Town started the second half on the front foot and nearly pulled a goal back after Stephen Kingsley’s curling free kick had to be tipped over the bar by keeper Maxwell in the Fleetwood goal.

With less than ten minutes remaining the home side scored a fourth with their first attack of the second half when Hunter swept Proctor’s cross from the right home.

PREVIEW: FLEETWOOD TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Easter Monday with an away trip to Fleetwood Town.

The busy Easter weekend saw Yeovil lose out 3-2 at home to Chesterfield 72 hours ago.

The Glovers now travel to Lancashire to face another Play-Off hopeful Fleetwood Town.

The Cod Army are currently in 10th place, just four points outside the top six following their win over Gillingham on Good Friday.

Gareth Evans scored the only goal in the game as Fleetwood maintained their outside chances of promotion.

Yeovil had an eventful Friday, losing out 3-2 to high flying Chesterfield.

James Hayter and Sam Foley had initially given the Glovers a 2-0 lead, but Chesterfield showed why they are searching for the Championship with three goals in 13 minutes to flip the game on its head.

The defeat leaves Yeovil bottom of the table with their fate now out of their hands, the sad truth is that with a terrible set of results their fate could be settled with the Scunthorpe v MK Dons match on Tuesday.

But that won’t stop Terry Skiverton and his men making sure they are in the fight for as long as possible, a win on Monday will reduce the gap between Yeovil and those above them keeping hopes alive for another week.

On Friday, Terry Skiverton had to rest two loanees from the match day squad due to the loan restrictions. Ben Nugent and goalkeeper Scott Loach missed out as Artur Krysiak returned to the starting line up.

Loach is available for selection this Monday, but it would form the final game of his loan spell.

The former England Under 21’s keeper has played in six games during his time at Yeovil, saving a penalty on his debut against Walsall.

Joel Grant only made the bench on Friday, he could be in line for a start after returning from international duty late.

Joe Edwards was once again missing and Adam Morgan was forced out of contention with a foot injury.

The same fate was bestowed on Nathan Smith who has been playing with a knock recently.

The absentees gave all three Swansea loanees a chance to return to the starting eleven.

For Fleetwood, they extended their loan spell of Brighton defender Adam Chicksen until the end of the season.

Their current squad includes two former Glovers in Anthony Barry – part of the 2007 play of winning side (but, is currently out on loan at Forest Green Rovers) and Josh Morris.

Morris played five times on loan during 2012 before returning to Blackburn.

He now plies his trade at Highbury and the left midfielder is currently the Cod Army’s top scorer with seven league goals.

The two sides have only met three times in history, all within the last four years.

Earlier this season, Fleetwood came to Huish Park and won 1-0 thanks to Jeff Hughes’ late strike.

Previously, the clubs played out a FA Cup Second Round tie on ESPN.

The first leg at Highbury, saw Yeovil go 2-0 up thanks to Ed Upson and Conor Clifford strikes, but two late goals, including a 90th minute penalty saw the home side force a replay.

10 days later, again on ESPN, Fleetwood ran riot with a goal in either half to go through and face Blackpool in the third round.

Yeovil will be hoping to put their first “W” against their name in this fixture.

Tickets for the game are available on the day for any supporters making the journey up, but if you don’t fancy it, sign into Glovers Player for full match commentary.

The highlights from the game will be available on Tuesday on the Club’s YouTube channel.

Famous Fans: Darts player Wes Newton.

A Foot in Both Camps: Anthony Barry and Josh Morris.

Did you know: Defender Nathan Pond holds a Guinness world record for ‘the most football divisions played in for one club by an individual’ with a total of seven!

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V CHESTERFIELD

A second half horror show from Yeovil Town saw Chesterfield come from two goals down to win 3-2 at Huish Park this afternoon.

James Hayter and Sam Foley had put the Glovers two ahead but Sam Hird pulled a goal back before sub Jay O’Shea’s quick fire double made it three goals in ten minutes and ensured all three points would be heading back with the Spireites.

Manager Terry Skiverton made three changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Rochdale last Saturday. With Swansea loanees Josh Sheehan and Liam Shephard returning from international duty, Nathan Smith and James Berrett were stood down. Keeper Scott Loach dropped out of the squad as an extra loanee so Artur Krysiak came in between the sticks.

The visitors, who moved into the playoff positions with an impressive victory at Bradford on Tuesday, dominated the first half in terms of possession and had seven corners. Sam Clucas and Drew Talbot went close early on but Yeovil fought back well and ad two good chances to take the lead. Shephard and Gozie Ugwu combined well with Shephard firing over then sixty seconds later, Foley played in Ajay Leitch-Smith whose volley went narrowly wide.

The home side took the lead on eighteen minutes with a goal that initially looked offside. James Hayter seemed the last man as he received the ball from Ugwu’s pass but the striker ran on and calmly slotted home for his fifth goal of the season.

Krysiak made his first superb save of the match on twenty minutes when he got down to parry Talbots header that was going in the corner and the Polish keeper also denied Byron Harrison after is heavy first touch.

The keeper was helpless on 33 minutes when a ferocious cross shot from Jimmy Ryan glanced off the crossbar and behind; Hayter then headed wide from a Foley cross in Yeovil’s last chance of the half.

Although they had impressed in the first half, Spireites manager Paul Cook made a double change at half time. Tendayi Darikwa hit a searing shot that went over in the opening minutes of the second period and one of the Spireite subs, Jay O’Shea pulled a shot wide soon afterwards. The pattern of the first half was in danger of being repeated but out of nowhere, the Glovers added a second goal. Shephard put a fantastic ball over the top for the burst forward of Foley to run on to and he placed the ball wide of Tommy Lee for 2-0.

Chesterfield went on the attack straight away, refusing to take the second goal as the end of the game and after Krysiak had brilliantly denied Gary Roberts, he could do nothing from the corner when Sam Hird headed firmly home from the ensuing corner.

To the frustration of the home crowd, it was soon 2-2 with the goal of the game from sub O’Shea who hit a screamer from 25 yards into the top right hand corner of the goal. And unbelievably, further disaster followed just three minutes later. Stephen Kingsley slipped and lost control at the back post letting in O’Shea to smack home to complete a stunning comeback. Three goals in ten second half minutes had swung the game right round in Chesterfields favour.

Kingsley almost redeemed himself on 77 minutes when his accurate cross found Ugwu but the big striker lacked power with his header and Lee gathered easily. The game ended on a scrappy niggly note with visiting striker Sam Clucas lucky to stay on the pitch after twice clashing with Yeovil defenders and also kicking the ball away.

Late on, Clucas netted but was well offside; a point might have been scant reward for a Chesterfield side who controlled the match for long periods and fully deserved all three points that cements their place in the top six.    

Match Report : 03/04/2015

A second half horror show from Yeovil Town saw Chesterfield come from two goals down to win 3-2 at Huish Park this afternoon.

James Hayter and Sam Foley had put the Glovers two ahead but Sam Hird pulled a goal back before sub Jay O’Shea’s quick fire double made it three goals in ten minutes and ensured all three points would be heading back with the Spireites.

Manager Terry Skiverton made three changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Rochdale last Saturday. With Swansea loanees Josh Sheehan and Liam Shephard returning from international duty, Nathan Smith and James Berrett were stood down. Keeper Scott Loach dropped out of the squad as an extra loanee so Artur Krysiak came in between the sticks.

The visitors, who moved into the playoff positions with an impressive victory at Bradford on Tuesday, dominated the first half in terms of possession and had seven corners. Sam Clucas and Drew Talbot went close early on but Yeovil fought back well and ad two good chances to take the lead. Shephard and Gozie Ugwu combined well with Shephard firing over then sixty seconds later, Foley played in Ajay Leitch-Smith whose volley went narrowly wide.

The home side took the lead on eighteen minutes with a goal that initially looked offside. James Hayter seemed the last man as he received the ball from Ugwu’s pass but the striker ran on and calmly slotted home for his fifth goal of the season.

Krysiak made his first superb save of the match on twenty minutes when he got down to parry Talbots header that was going in the corner and the Polish keeper also denied Byron Harrison after is heavy first touch.

The keeper was helpless on 33 minutes when a ferocious cross shot from Jimmy Ryan glanced off the crossbar and behind; Hayter then headed wide from a Foley cross in Yeovil’s last chance of the half.

Although they had impressed in the first half, Spireites manager Paul Cook made a double change at half time. Tendayi Darikwa hit a searing shot that went over in the opening minutes of the second period and one of the Spireite subs, Jay O’Shea pulled a shot wide soon afterwards. The pattern of the first half was in danger of being repeated but out of nowhere, the Glovers added a second goal. Shephard put a fantastic ball over the top for the burst forward of Foley to run on to and he placed the ball wide of Tommy Lee for 2-0.

Chesterfield went on the attack straight away, refusing to take the second goal as the end of the game and after Krysiak had brilliantly denied Gary Roberts, he could do nothing from the corner when Sam Hird headed firmly home from the ensuing corner.

To the frustration of the home crowd, it was soon 2-2 with the goal of the game from sub O’Shea who hit a screamer from 25 yards into the top right hand corner of the goal. And unbelievably, further disaster followed just three minutes later. Stephen Kingsley slipped and lost control at the back post letting in O’Shea to smack home to complete a stunning comeback. Three goals in ten second half minutes had swung the game right round in Chesterfields favour.

Kingsley almost redeemed himself on 77 minutes when his accurate cross found Ugwu but the big striker lacked power with his header and Lee gathered easily. The game ended on a scrappy niggly note with visiting striker Sam Clucas lucky to stay on the pitch after twice clashing with Yeovil defenders and also kicking the ball away.

Late on, Clucas netted but was well offside; a point might have been scant reward for a Chesterfield side who controlled the match for long periods and fully deserved all three points that cements their place in the top six.

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V CHESTERFIELD

Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Good Friday when they host Chesterfield at Huish Park with a 3pm kick off.

Firstly, we must tell you that this game has been designated as a ‘Kids For A Quid’ match, click HERE to read about this fantastic offer and click HERE to head to our online ticket purchase facility.

Chesterfield currently sit in the final play off spot just a point ahead of Rochdale lurking in 7th place.

The Spireites are currently leading the pack of seven or eight sides all in the hunt for one place – including Monday’s opponents Fleetwood in 12th, just four points behind.

Yeovil, as we know, remain bottom of the League and with 11 points separating them from safety, it’s not exactly rocket science to suggest only six or seven wins from the remaining matches will be good enough to remain in League One.

The Spireites come to Huish Park off the back of some decent form, winning four of the last six including an impressive win over Bradford on Tuesday.

Yeovil on the other hand have had a free midweek schedule giving Terry Skiverton a full week of training since the defeat to Rochdale last Saturday.

The squad was depleted that day due to international call ups, Joel Grant was away with Jamaica and Swansea loanees Josh Sheehan and Liam Shepherd were with the Welsh Under 21s.

Stephen Kingsley, also on a temporary deal from Swansea was with the Scottish Under 21 squad, but returned to meet up with Yeovil on Saturday morning before the game to be part of the team.

The game ended in a 2-1 win for Rochdale, James Hayter missing a penalty in the first half but making up for that by scoring the solitary Glovers’ goal.

The return of the internationals to the squad will mean that Yeovil are back to their full complement of loanees,  there will be the need for some to miss out as only five are allowed in the match day squad.

The fixture also brings to an end the Huish Park career of loan goalkeeper Scott Loach, the Rotherham ‘keeper has been impressive between the sticks over the last month, playing in six games.

The seventh, and penultimate, game of the initial month comes this Friday, the final game of the spell is on Monday, away at Fleetwood.

For Chesterfield, they are sweating on the fitness of striker Armand Gnaduillet ahead of the game and Manager Paul Cook has suggested that he may make minimal changes saying that the side that put them in their current position deserve the chance to see the season out.

Cook has added goalkeeper Jon Flatt from Wolves on loan and recalled Drew Talbot from a loan spell at Plymouth Argyle to boost the numbers.

The injury concerns at Huish Park once again surround the club captain Joe Edwards, he has been missing for eight of the last nine games and is still a doubt going into the Easter weekend.

Elsewhere it’s just the long term problems that continue to hover over Simon Gillett and Kevin Dawson that are giving the physio team the most headaches.

When the sides met earlier in the season the teams played out a 0-0 draw in South Yorkshire.

The game was the first time Yeovil fans saw Jed Steer, Stephen Arthurworrey and Jordan Clarke.

Before this season, the sides last met during the 2011/12 campaign, drawing 2-2 away but coming through winners in a five goal thriller at Huish Park.

Andy Williams, Kieran Agard and Dominic Blizzard scored that day.

In fact, Chesterfield have only beaten Yeovil once since they first met in the league back in 2005. That defeat was in fact the first meeting, a 3-1 blues’ win at Huish Park.

Since then, the results have alternated between Yeovil wins and Draws.

With the last fixture between the clubs being a draw, the pattern would suggest this Friday’s fixture ends in a Yeovil win.

If you want to see if the pattern continues, you can do by being at Huish Park this Good Friday.

Click HERE to buy in advance online now – a reminder that Under 16s will be admitted for just a single £1.

A great way to keep the kids entertained for just a pound this school holiday.

If you cannot make it to the game, the good people at BBC Somerset will be sharing their feed with Glovers Player and the club will keep you entertained and informed on social media.

It’s the first game of two for Yeovil this Easter weekend, so put the chocolate eggs down and support the lads at Huish Park this coming Friday.

Famous Fans: Jo Guest (Model), Robert Wilson (Football Presenter), John Lukic (Goalkeeper – Arsenal)

A Foot in Both Camps: Craig Davies, Terrell Forbes, Jonathan Grounds, Daniel Johnson, Lee Johnson, Adam Rooney as well as current Yeovil left back, Nathan Smith.

Did you know: Chesterfield is most known for its crooked spire that twists 45 degrees and leans over 9 feet from its centre.

EASTER OFFERS IN THE CLUB SHOP

Your loved on a diet? Then why not treat them to some YTFC goodies instead of a chocolate bunny this Easter.

Currently the Club Shop has both home and away shirts reduced to just £15 each and there are still Yeovil Town v Manchester United DVD and Magazine sets available.

You can shop online 24/7 by clicking here.

SEE YOUR FRIENDS MORE-JOIN MEN UNITED

We’re delighted to welcome Men United to Yeovil Town on Friday.  A team of volunteers will be raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, to help the fight against a disease that will affect 1 in 8 men in their lifetime.  And as well as giving generously, you yourself can get involved.

Men United is Prostate Cancer UK’s movement for everyone who believes men are worth fighting for.

By joining Men United, you’ll get more opportunities to do great stuff with your friends, from bike rides to pub quizzes to Iron Man challenges. Whatever you and your mates love to do, you can do it for Men United and help beat a disease that kills one man every hour in the UK.

For example you could represent Yeovil Town in the London to Amsterdam Cycle Challenge cycle this June.

Plus, you’ll find out about ways to make a difference on an even wider scale by uniting with men across the UK, like petitioning MPs or volunteering.

Whether it’s big or small, signing a petition or running a marathon, doing it together is what really matters. What starts with a quick ‘hello’, a chat in the pub or a barbecue with mates can end with a nationwide movement of men – ready to fight for their friends, themselves and men everywhere.

Join Men United and help keep friendships alive.

 

SKY BET LEAGUE ONE BETTING PREVIEW

Crewe Alexandra v Crawley Town
Crewe gave their Sky Bet League 1 survival hopes a massive boost last weekend with a last-gasp victory over promotion-chasing Sheffield United, and now bid for three more points against one of their key rivals in the fight against the drop. Just two points separate Crewe and Crawley heading into their Good Friday clash, with Crewe 13/10 with Sky Bet to extend that to five, 9/4 it stays at two and 21/10 that Crawley leapfrog their opponents with victory. Crewe are 4/7 to stay up, and Crawley 7/4. Crewe lost three in a row before beating the Blades, while Crawley have won their last two away games 3-2; a repeat of that scoreline here is a chunky 40/1.

Top Tip: Over 3.5 goals at 5/2

Gillingham v Fleetwood Town
Gillingham are 6/4 favourites with Sky Bet for three points at home to Fleetwood on Good Friday. The visiting Cod Army sit only two points and two places higher than the Gills in 12th and are priced up at 9/5 for victory on the road. The draw is on offer at 9/4. Gillingham won 2-1 at Crawley last weekend but that’s just their second win in eight matches. Fleetwood are on a three-match winless run but their last two away games have seen them draw 2-2 at Bradford and win 2-1 against Sheffield United. These are two evenly matched sides so don’t be surprised by a draw this weekend.

Top Tip: The draw at 9/4

Oldham Athletic v Bristol City
Sky Bet League 1 leaders Bristol City continue their seemingly inevitable march to the title with a trip to Oldham on Good Friday. The Robins sit 10 points ahead of second-placed Preston in the standings and are made odds-on favourites at 5/6 for victory at SportsDirect.com Park. Hosts Oldham can be backed at 16/5 and the draw is on offer at 13/5. City are on a nine-match unbeaten run including seven victories and two draws. Aden Flint has scored in two of the Robins’ last three matches and looks a lively contender in the first goalscorer odds at 11/1. City striker Kieran Agard is the 5/1 favourites to open the scoring with Oldham’s Jonathan Forte on offer at 6/1.

Top Tip: Aden Flint to score first at 11/1

Port Vale v Colchester United
Time is running out for Colchester in their battle for Sky Bet League 1 survival so three points are vital from the Good Friday trip to Port Vale. The U’s have been made the outsiders for the win at 23/10 with Vale priced up as favourites at 23/20. The draw is on offer at 12/5. Colchester have only won one of their previous six outings but did secure a 2-2 draw at Gillingham last weekend. Vale though are on a four-match losing streak, which includes a defeat at home to Colchester’s fellow struggles Crawley. Vale striker Tom Pope is the 5/1 favourite in the first goalscorer betting and Colchester’s top contender is Chris Porter at 15/2.

Top Tip: Tom Pope and Chris Porter both to score at 8/1

Preston North End v Rochdale
Preston are the 7/10 favourites to move a step closer to automatic promotion out of Sky Bet League 1 with victory at home to Rochdale. North End are unbeaten in their last 11 league games and haven’t lost at Deepdale in League 1 since the middle of November. A tough task faces play-off hopefuls Rochdale and they are the outsiders for victory at 4/1. The draw can be backed at 13/5. Four of Preston’s last five matches have contained exactly two goals and its 5/2 for that tally on Good Friday.

Top Tip: Exactly two goals to be scored at 5/2

Scunthorpe United v Peterborough United
There’s no splitting Scunthorpe and Peterborough in Sky Bet’s odds for the Good Friday clash with both sides priced up at 13/8 for the victory. The draw is on offer at 23/10. Scunthorpe are desperate for victory as a nine-match winless run has seen them plunged into big relegation trouble. Peterborough’s aspirations are on the final play-off place and they are looking to bounce back after a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Coventry last time out. The last two Scunthorpe games have contained exactly four goals – a 2-2 draw and 4-0 defeat – and you can get 5/1 for exactly that mark to be reached.

Top Tip: Exactly four goals to be scored at 5/1

Walsall v Notts County
Walsall are the odds-on favourites at 19/20 to beat Notts County in a clash between two sides with relegation fears. County are the outsiders at 3/1 for the win and the draw can be backed at 23/10. Walsall are on a five-match winless run and County have been waiting exactly the same amount of time for a victory. Both teams have scored in County’s last four outings and both of Walsall’s last two home games. You can back both teams to score at evens and a third 1-1 draw in a row in a Walsall’s home match can be supported at 5/1.

Top Tip: A 1-1 draw at 5/1

Yeovil Town v Chesterfield
Chesterfield are the 23/20 favourites to keep hold of the final play-off place in Sky Bet League 1 with victory at bottom-of-the-table Yeovil on Good Friday. The Glovers can be backed at 23/10 and the draw is priced up at 12/5. The visiting Spireites won 1-0 at Bradford in midweek and all of their previous three games have contained just one goal. Yeovil are looking to avoid a fifth defeat on the spin and time is running out for them to avoid being relegated for the second season in a row.

Top Tip: Exactly one goal to be scored at 3/1

Doncaster Rovers v Bradford City
Doncaster are the 11/8 favourites to win the Yorkshire derby against Bradford at the Keepmoat Stadium on Good Friday. The visiting Bantams can be backed at 2/1 and the draw is on offer at 9/4. Both sides sit in the top half of the table with Bradford just one place and one point higher than Rovers in 10th. Bradford have won only one of their last seven games but Doncaster aren’t in much better form with just one win in five. Bantams striker James Hanson joins Rovers duo Nathan Tyson and Curtis Main as joint-favourites in the first goalscorer betting at 6/1. No goalscorer can be backed at 15/2.

Top Tip: Nathan Tyson and James Hanson both to score at 15/2

Barnsley v Sheffield United
Barnsley and Sheffield United clash in a South Yorkshire derby on Saturday. The visiting Blades are the even-money favourites for the three points and the Tykes can be supported at 13/5. The draw is on offer at 5/2. Barnsley are one of Sky Bet League 1’s form sides with no defeat suffered in their last nine outings, although their previous three matches have all ended in draw after six wins in a row. United suffered a surprised 2-1 defeat at home to Crewe last time out after back-to-back home victories. Jason Holt has netted for the Blades in two matches running and looks a decent first goalscorer contender at 14/1. Mark McNulty of the visitors heads that market at 11/2 with George Waring the top Barnsley contender at 7/1.

Top Tip: Jason Holt to score first at 14/1

Swindon Town v MK Dons
The Sky Sports cameras are at the County Ground on Saturday for the big game between second-placed Swindon and third-placed MK Dons. The Robins are the 7/5 favourites for the win with the Dons made the outsiders at 15/8. The draw is on offer at 23/10. Swindon are looking for a fourth win on the spin and the Dons hope to stop them by claiming a third victory on the bounce. There have been exactly three goals in five of the Robins’ last seven games and 3/1 is the price for exactly that mark to be reached this weekend.

Top Tip: Exactly three goals to be scored at 3/1

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GAFFER AND THE BOYS GET STUCK IN!!

Whitbread PLC has launched its brand new Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater restaurant in Yeovil Town Centre with an exclusive event attended by players from Yeovil Town FC this week.

 

During the event, which was also attended by the Mayor of Yeovil, Councillor Mike Lock, the club’s iconic mascot, the Jolly Green Giant, joined children from the local youth club to carry out a ‘Junior Hotel Inspection’ to make sure everything was up to scratch.

 

Furthermore, Joe Edwards, Byron Webster, James Hayter, Sam Foley, Terry Skiverton, Darren Way, Dave Linney and Gareth Stewart from Yeovil Town FC were joined by media and business leaders to take part in a steak-tasting session, lead by British brand Beefeater, famed for it’s steak offering, where attendees got to taste a range of steaks from the menu.

Delicious options included 18oz Porterhouse, Fillet and Rump, and were sampled under the expert guidance of Beefeater restaurant chefs who discussed how to match with wine.

 

The new Whitbread PLC development has contributed over £3 million to the local economy and generated 61 new jobs for the residents of Yeovil and the surrounding area.

KIDS FOR A QUID THIS FRIDAY AGAINST CHESTERFIELD


The Glovers host Chesterfield this Friday (3:00pm kick off) and the fixture has been designated Kids for a Quid!

All supporters under the age of 16 can purchase a ticket for just £1 in any stand for the game.

On the day all Junior Glover members will receive a free Easter egg. To collect the free egg members need to head to the YTFC Gazebo and show their season ticket or Junior Glovers members card.

There will also be a junior meal deal available in the tea bars, a free kids activity sheet and the Western Gazette will be on site providing face painting. The local paper will also be handing out their usual goody bag.

To buy your tickets click here or call 01935 847888.

FLEETWOOD TICKETS ON SALE FROM HUISH PARK

Tickets for Town’s trip to Fleetwood on Monday 6th April are still available from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Tickets will remain on sale until Friday, but the ticket office are reminding fans who wish to buy tickets to allow extra time at the ticket office windows and are encouraging fans to buy their Fleetwood tickets before 1pm.

Prices increase by £2 on matchday. Below are the prices for pre-matchday.

Adults – £22 – Over-65s – £17 – Under18 – £17.00 – Under16 – £14 – Under5 – FOC.

To buy your tickets call 01935 847888.