Month: June 2015

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – NOTTS COUNTY

Founded in 1862, Notts County is the oldest professional football club in the world and they play in a black and white striped home kit.

Unsurprisingly, they have also played the most Football League games – competing in over 4,700 matches.

The club have an illustrious history, having played in the top flight of English football several times.

In the last two decades, the Magpies have bounced between League One and League Two, struggling to maintain a long period of regularity in either division. This is amplified by the fact that no club has moved between the Football League divisions more times than Notts with 13 promotions and 16 relegations.

One of the reasons their recent instability could be attributed to the revolving door of Managers, with 11 different coaches taking the Magpies hotseat in the last five years.

Currently at the helm is former Tottenham Hotspur coach Richard Moniz, appointed at the start of April on a three-year deal.

Distance from Huish Park: 202 miles (four hours).

2014-15 season final position: 21st in League One (relegated).

Odds on to finish: Win outright 20/1, promotion 9/2, relegation 12/1 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: Notable former Notts County Managers include Sam Allardyce and Neil Warnock.

YEOVIL TOWN XI TO TAKE ON SHERBORNE TOWN


A Yeovil Town XI will face Sherborne Town in a pre-season friendly at Raleigh Grove on Saturday, August 1st (3pm)
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Sherborne currently play in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division and are managed by Jamie Manley.

Last season, the Dorset outfit finished a respectable 11th with top scorer Marc Caines bagging over 25 goals for the Zebras.

Prices for the fixture will be as follows:

Adults: £5

Concessions: £3

Under-16s: FREE

MATCHDAY STAFF REQUIRED AT HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town are looking to recruit staff for the following roles on matchdays.

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

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

Litter Pickers
Reliable staff required to litter pick for 1.5 – 2 hours post fixtures.

All Staff will receive;

•    Excellent rates of pay

•    Full training

Please contact Yeovil Town on 01935 423662 for an application form or download the form by clicking here.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – NORTHAMPTON TOWN


Founded in 1897, Northampton currently play their home games at the Sixfields Stadium – which has a capacity of nearly 7,700 spectators.

Managed by Chris Wilder, who moved from rivals Oxford United in 2014, the Cobblers play in a claret and white home strip.

Northampton shared their stadium with nearby Coventry City in the 2013-14 season following a disagreement over rent between the Sky Blues owner SISU Capital and the ground’s operator ACL.

However, the Cobblers became embroiled in the conflict and were threatened with legal action by ACL for allowing Coventry to use Sixfields.

Thankfully, the dispute was resolved and Coventry moved back to the Ricoh Arena in September 2014.

Northampton boast former Glovers Lawson D’Ath and Brendan Moloney amongst their ranks, having also been managed by former Yeovil Manager Gary Johnson.

Their main shirt sponsor is currently the University of Northampton and they will be hoping to improve their results from last season in order to graduate from League Two.

Distance from Huish Park: 155 miles (around three hours, 20 minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 12th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 14/1, promotion 100/30, relegation 18/1 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: Northampton are nicknamed the Cobblers, linking to the town’s shoe-making heritage.

OPENING FIXTURE TO MARK ADAM STANSFIELD ANNIVERSARY

The opening fixture of the 2015/16 calendar – which sees Yeovil Town travel to Exeter City on Saturday 8th August – will allow supporters of both clubs to commemorate the life of Adam Stansfield, with a minute’s applause in both the 7th and 9th minutes of the game.
 

Stansfield is remembered fondly at Huish Park for his exploits wearing the number 7 shirt – and at Exeter City, the number 9 shirt is still retired in his honour after his untimely death during his time at St James Park.

 

The fixture falls two days before the fifth anniversary of Adam’s death. After a battle with bowel cancer, he passed away on August 10th 2010 at the age of 31.

 

During his playing career Adam represented both the Glovers and the Grecians. After impressing at Elmore, he was brought in at Huish Park in 2001 and spent three seasons in the green and white hoops of Yeovil.

 

Then after two seasons with Hereford, Stanno returned to the Westcountry to join the Grecians in 2006. He was diagnosed with cancer towards the end of his fourth season, and passed away at the age of 31.

 

Stanno was universally popular at all of his clubs for his commitment, character, energy and work-rate. The fifth anniversary of his death, with Yeovil supporters in the away end at St James Park, will offer a fitting opportunity for supporters of both clubs to pay tribute to the life of the Glovers’ number 7 and the Grecians’ number 9.

Glovers Chairman, John Fry said "This is a wonderful gesture by Julian Tagg (Exeter City chairman), Grecian supporters and everyone at Exeter City.

"It will also provide our fans the opportunity to remember Adam Stansfield near the fifth anniversary of his untimely death and pay tribute to a great servant of our club.

"Adam will never be forgotten by Town fans who had the pleasure of seeing him play. Our opening fixture of the 2015/2016 season against Exeter City is going to be a very emotional occasion for both Exeter and Yeovil supporters.

"To Adam it was all about the jersey, the badge of honour, the history, the club, his teammates and the fans. Only a moment he stayed, but what an imprint his short time at Huish Park left on our memories and in our hearts."

 

Exeter City chairman Julian Tagg said: “Everyone involved in Exeter City is still deeply saddened by Adam’s death, and no amount of time will change that.  But the anniversary of his passing gives us the opportunity to remember him and celebrate his life, and share memories of one of our most-loved players.

 

“It is particularly poignant that we should be playing Yeovil on the opening day – I am sure the Glovers supporters will also turn out in their numbers to pay tribute to their number 7. We look forward to welcoming our rivals to St James Park in the spirit of friendship, and to paying our warmest respects to Adam together on that day.”

ADVERTISE YOUR COMPANY AT HUISH PARK

There are plenty of options to choose from when advertising your company at Huish Park.

Advertising boards around the pitch showcase your company name to a audience both in the stadium and at home via the television and via media coverage.

Town’s Advertising and Sponsorship Brochure for the this coming season can be viewed online by clicking here.

To advertise your company at Huish Park please call the team on 01935 847877.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT SHAUN JEFFERS

Yeovil have signed a host of midfielders and defenders this summer, what the supporters were crying out for is a goal scorer. Step forward our latest recruit, Shaun Jeffers.

Here’s five things you need to know about our new front man.

1) Shaun Elliot Jeffers is a 23-year old striker formerly of Newport County.

2) Starting his career with Coventry City, Jeffers spent time on loan at Cheltenham, Cambridge and Tamworth to gain experience.

3) He was part of a deal between Coventry and Peterborough that saw Conor Washington go in the other direction in 2013.

4) Last season, at Newport County, Jeffers made a total of 35 appearances, scoring twice.

5) Jeffers has two England Under 19s caps – his first came in 2010 in a game against Slovakia.

International recognition doesn’t come around too often at Huish Park, hopefully Jeffers can settle early and get the goals flowing.

You can see his goals in person, at Huish Park and around the country once the pre-season schedule is off and running – click HERE for ticket details for all the upcoming warm up fixtures.

TOWN PLAYERS TO SHOW OFF THEIR CRICKETING SKILLS

Yeovil Town supporters eager to get a look at the new squad of players that manager Paul Sturrock has assembled, should make a note in their diaries for Friday 10th July.

On that day Yeovil Town players will take on a team from Plymouth, known as Total Abuse Cricket Club at North Perrott Cricket Club, near Crewkerne starting at 2.30 pm for a 20 over bash with no LBW decisions permitted.

Manager Paul Sturrock will turn out for TA Cricket Club while it is hoped that all the new recruits will be in the line-up for the football club team.

During and after the match a BBQ will be in operation and the bar will also be open for liquid refreshments.

If you would like to get some autographs and selfies with the new players get on down to North Perrott and, weather permitting, a very enjoyable day should be had by all.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – NEWPORT COUNTY

Founded initially in 1912 but reformed in 1989, Newport County play their home games at Rodney Parade.

Managed by former Sunderland Manager Terry Butcher, The Exiles sport a yellow and black home kit with red and white away colours.

County have actually appeared in the 1980-81 European Cup Winners’ Cup following their Welsh Cup win, entitling them a place into the prestigious competition.

They made it to the quarter-final stage but were eventually knocked out by German side Carl Zeiss Jena FC after two closely fought legs that ended 3-2 on aggregate.

However, darker days were to come. Demoted from League Two in 1988, the club subsequently disbanded but was reformed shortly afterwards at a much lower level.

Battling their way up the football pyramid, the Welsh side were promoted back into the Football League in 2013.

This week County signed former Town players Nathan Ralph and Seth Twumasi.

Distance from Huish Park: 76 miles (around one hour, 50 minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 9th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 25/1, promotion 13/2, relegation 8/1 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: Alongside his usual matchday duties, Newport’s mascot Spytty the Dog regularly competes in the Mascot Grand National, winning the recent Mascot Race at Windsor Racecourse.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT OMAR SOWUNMI

Another signing in the bag for Yeovil Town and another, like Jordan Gibbons, who impressed enough on trial to earn a deal is Omar Sowunmi, here’s five things you need to know about the newest Glover.

1) Omar Sowunmi is a 19-year old defender formerly on the books of Ipswich Town.

2) Sowunmi signed a one-year professional deal with the Tractor Boys last summer in the hope he’d push towards their first team.

3) He has spent time on loan with Braintree and Lowestoft Town last season. Whilst with the latter he would have played alongside former Glovers defender Curtis Haynes Brown.

4) Earlier this year Sowunmi told press it would be tough to turn down an approach from the Nigerian national side if they asked him to represent them.

5) You can follow Omar on Twitter by following @OmarSowunmi

Come along to Huish Park during pre-season to see our new man in action alongside the likes of Ben Tozer and Jakub Sokolik in the heart of the defence – click HERE for all the pre-season ticket details.

Picture courtesy of James Ager – @JamesAger91

FIVE FACTS ABOUT BEN TOZER

With all the midfielders signing on at Huish Park it’s nice to make sure we’ve got some cover at the back too, with Ben Tozer the all action defender is just than man, here is five things you need to know about our new man.

1) Benjamin Peter Anthony Tozer is a 25-year-old defender who can play at either right back or in the centre of defence.

2) Tozer started his career at Swindon under… you guessed it… Paul Sturrock, but the chance to move to Newcastle came soon after and he was signed for an undisclosed fee.

3) Tozer actually had trials at Everton before the Sam Allardyce took him to St James Park.

4) His Newcastle debut saw him start in the heart of defence with club legend Steven Taylor, he would then spend his first of two spells on loan with Northampton.

5) The day before Yeovil’s success at Wembley, Tozer was in the Cobblers’ side who lost out 3-0 to Bradford City.

Another one of Sturrock’s Stalwarts has signed on and will slot in among the likes of Nathan Smith and Jakub Sokolik in the defence.

Ben can be found on Twitter – @tozer_ben

Pre-season is fast approaching, click HERE to see the fixtures or click here to buy your tickets for the pre-season fixtures.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – MORECAMBE

Founded in 1920, Morecambe played their home games at Christie Park until 2010 when they moved to their new home at the Globe Arena, with Sainsbury’s building a supermarket on the Shrimps old ground.

Managed by Jim Bentley, Morecambe are predicted to have a tough season in League Two.

Their current playing squad features some notable experience including 36-year-old journeyman winger Kevin Ellison, who has amassed more than 550 appearances for 13 clubs during nearly two decades in football. His knowledge of the game will surely be crucial for the coming campaign.

The Seasiders sport a red, white and black kit and they have played in the fourth tier of English football since their promotion from the Conference in 2010.

Distance from Huish Park: 278 miles (around five hours, 40 minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 11th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 50/1, promotion 12/1, relegation 5/1 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: The club’s mascot Christie the Cat once had an infamous disagreement with Dagenham and Redbridge goalkeeper Tony Roberts during a game and was subsequently sent off by the referee.

NEW AND IMPROVED GLOVERS PLAYER LAUNCHED!

Make the new and improved Glovers PlayerHD your big signing this summer and support Yeovil Town wherever you are, whenever you want.

On match days you won’t miss a kick as Glovers PlayerHD brings you live audio commentary of every game, home and away. Debating Saturday’s talking points in the pub with your mates? Match video highlights make it easy to watch those big moments again and again.

But it’s not just about the on-field action. With Glovers PlayerHD you can get the very latest inside news from Huish Park.

We know you live for YTFC 24/7 and that’s why we know you’ll want to take Glovers PlayerHD with you wherever you go. And since Glovers PlayerHD is accessible on mobile, tablet and PC you’ll never miss thing.

All this great Town content can be yours from only £4.49 per month – so Glovers PlayerHD is one summer signing you’ll not want to miss out on.

To sign up for Glovers PlayerHD click here!

PRE-SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE TO BUY ONLINE


Tickets for Town’s home pre-season fixtures are now available to buy online.

Tickets for the fixtures against Bristol City, Premier League AFC Bournemouth and Swansea City Under 21s can be purchased by clicking here.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling 01935 847888 or in person from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

BOOK YOUR PLACE AT THE ANNUAL GOLF DAY


Sherborne Golf Club will host the annual Glovers Golf Day on Wednesday 15th July 2015 and there is still time for you to book your place on this popular event.

Participants will be greeted with a complimentary coffee and bacon roll on arrival before proceeding to play 18 holes of Golf on Sherborne’s exceptional course.

The day, sponsored by Thatchers, will conclude with a two course meal and the customary presentation ceremony.

Competitions will take place throughout the day with prizes awarded for the ‘Longest Drive’ and ‘Closest to the Pin’.

An auction and raffle will also be held so there are frequent chances for you to become a winner, even if your Golfing prowess is not quite up to scratch.

Each team will consist of your three players along with your past/present player, member of management or local celebrity.

So not only do you get to play against your friends or family, you also get to pit your wits against a fourth mystery member which could include First Team Manager Paul Sturrock and marauding left-back Nathan Smith.

You may even get the chance to play with one of the Glovers new signings before they step out on to the hallowed Huish Park turf for the first time.

The cost per team is £150 and if you would like to secure your team’s place then please click here to download an entry form or call 01935 847872.

Join us in what is sure to be another enjoyable event for all involved.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – MANSFIELD TOWN

Founded in 1897 and currently under the stewardship of player-manager Adam Murray, the Stags play in a predominantly yellow strip with a blue trim.

The Yellows play their home games at Field Mill, which boasts a capacity of just over 8,000 people.

Further challenges emerged off the field in December 2010 as the club were locked out of their ground following disagreements over rent with the stadium proprietor Keith Haslam.

Following negotiations, the matter was resolved and Chairman John Radford later purchased the ground from Haslam in 2012.

The last player to feature for both clubs was central midfielder Fergus Bell. He made 16 appearances and scored a solitary goal for the Stags before moving south to Huish Park. He was a largely peripheral figure for the Glovers though, playing only two games before being released at the end of last season.

Distance from Huish Park: 215 miles (around three hours, 45 minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 21st in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 50/1, promotion 12/1, relegation 11/2 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: Mansfield Town were nearly re-named Harchester United in 2008, the name a fictional Premier League team featured on Sky TV, after a bidder for the club expressed his interest to rebrand the Nottinghamshire outfit to make them more marketable. There was heavy opposition from supporters though and the takeover was ultimately unsuccessful.

OMAR SOWUNMI BECOMES TOWN’S LATEST SIGNING


Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has taken another step in the transfer market by signing defender Omar Sowunmi on a one-year deal.

6’5” Omar started his career at Ipswich Town where he progressed through the Portman Road’s Under 18 and Under 21 Academy.

During his time at Ipswich Town he also had loan spells at Braintree in 2014 and Lowestoft in 2015.

Omar was one of the stand out performers in the recent trial game that Paul Sturrock organised at Huish Park as he began the search for new players for next season.

Speaking to ytfc.net Town manager said: “Omar stood out for me in the trial match we held at Huish Park. He is only 19-years-old and very mature for his age. He will certainly benefit a lot by working alongside Terry Skiverton.

“I feel he will have a very successful career and I am excited about him signing for Yeovil Town.”

JAMES BERRETT AGREES TO JOIN YORK CITY


Former Town midfielder James Berrett has today joined York City following his release from Yeovil Town.


Berrett has joined The Minstermen after agreeing an early release from his contract at Huish Park.

James joined Yeovil from Carlisle United last summer and made 32 appearances in all competitions for the Glovers.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT JORDAN GIBBONS

There are yet more midfielders signing on to join Kevin Dawson at the club, and Jordan Gibbons might be a hidden gem unearthed by Paul Sturrock.

Here’s five things we can tell you about our new man.

1) Jordan Leon Chidubem Gibbons is a 21-year old attacker signed from the Queens Park Ranger academy, where he captained their development side during the 2014 season.

2) Gibbons is equally comfortable on the wing, in the middle of midfield or up front.

3) Yet to experience first team action in England, a loan spell to Inverness gave him a taste of fighting for three points.

4) Despite signing a two-year deal in June of 2014 a hip injury prevented him making the impact he would have liked.

5) He credits working alongside the likes of Adel Taarabt and Shaun Wright Phillips at QPR for moulding his game.

Check out Jordan on twitter by following @Jay_Gibbson or of course come along to Huish Park during preseason and see if any of the Taarabt and SWP trickery has rubbed off!

FIVE FACTS ABOUT MARC LAIRD

It’s been a busy week for incomings at Yeovil Town, so it’s time to get to know some of the new players…


Here’s five things you need to know about Marc Laird.

1) Marc James Peter Laird is a Scottish midfielder who will turn 30 in January. He was described as a typical “box to box midfielder” by his previous boss, Rob Edwards.

2) Marc started at Manchester City but left without making a first team appearance. Loans at Northampton and Port Vale gave him a taste of first team action.

3) A move to Millwall came in 2007 and it was here where he spent the most time, playing nearly 100 games including a Play Off success in 2010.

4) He encountered Paul Sturrock for the first time when he joined Southend United – initially on loan – in 2012. He called leaving Roots Hall two years later his “hardest goodbye”

5) Sturrock said of signing Laird in 2010 that he is an “excellent passer and will add experience in that area”.

SHAUN JEFFERS JOINS YEOVIL TOWN


Yeovil Town have completed the signing of striker Shaun Jeffers on a one-year deal.

The 23-year-old will officially join the Glovers on July 1st after leaving Newport County at the end of last season.

Shaun started his professional career at Coventry City in 2008. At Coventry the striker enjoyed loan spells at Cheltenham Town, Cambridge United and Tamworth.

In 2013 Shaun signed for Peterborough United where he made eight appearances before he joined Newport County in January 2014.

Commenting on the move Shaun said: "I am delighted to sign for Yeovil, I can see it is a great club and I am very grateful to manager for giving me opportunity to show what I can do.

"I played in the trials game that the manager and his staff organised and I am looking forward to getting started with my new team mates in pre-season."

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – LUTON TOWN

Affectionately known as The Hatters, Luton was founded in 1885 and they hold several major honours including a League Cup win from the 1987-88 season and a 1982 Football League Division Two title.

However, more recently they have dropped down the football pyramid and the Bedfordshire-based side were relegated to the Conference Premier in 2009 following a 30 point deduction due to financial difficulties.

After spending five seasons in non-League football, they were promoted back to the Football League in 2014 and achieved an encouraging 8th place in their maiden campaign, narrowly missing out on the League Two Playoffs.

Managed by the experienced John Still, they play their home games at Kenilworth Road, which has a capacity of just over 10,000 spectators.

Distance from Huish Park: 148 miles (around two hours, 45 minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 8th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 14/1, promotion 100/30, relegation 18/1 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: Former Luton player Joe Payne holds the Football League record for the highest number of goals scored by a single player in one match. He hit ten in a 12-0 victory over Bristol Rovers on the 13th April 1936.

TOWN PLAYERS TO SHOW OFF THEIR CRICKETING SKILLS

Yeovil Town supporters eager to get a look at the new squad of players that manager Paul Sturrock has assembled, should make a note in their diaries for Friday 10th July.

On that day Yeovil Town players will take on a team from Plymouth, known as Total Abuse Cricket Club at North Perrott Cricket Club, near Crewkerne starting at 2.30 pm for a 20 over bash with no LBW decisions permitted.

Manager Paul Sturrock will turn out for TA Cricket Club while it is hoped that all the new recruits will be in the line-up for the football club team.

During and after the match a BBQ will be in operation and the bar will also be open for liquid refreshments.

If you would like to get some autographs and selfies with the new players get on down to North Perrott and, weather permitting, a very enjoyable day should be had by all.

JORDAN GIBBONS BECOMES A GLOVER


Yeovil Town have signed Jordan Gibbons on a one-year deal from July 1st.

21-year-old Jordan is a product of the Queens Park Rangers Youth Academy where he has been since 2011.

In January 2013 he signed on loan for Inverness Caledonian Thistle and made his Scottish League debut in a 2-1 defeat to St. Mirren.

Jordan was voted as a standout performer in the recently held trialist game organised by Town manager Paul Sturrock.

Jordan will join up with the club for the start of pre-season training in July.

On signing for Town Jordan said: “I am very grateful to Yeovil Town and the manager for the opportunity they have given me.

“I can not wait to get started and hopefully help the club get back up to League One."

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – LEYTON ORIENT

It has been a torrid 12 months for Leyton Orient. After narrowly losing the League One Playoff Final to Rotherham United in May 2014, Manager Russell Slade left the club to join Cardiff City.

Kevin Nugent, Mauro Milanese and Fabio Liverani all took turns in the O’s hotseat but none of them could stop the slide and a disappointing relegation to the fourth tier of English football was ultimately confirmed.

Ian Hendon is now tasked with trying to reverse Orient’s fortunes and an immediate return to League One will surely be a realistic priority as he aims to rebuild a club that he was twice signed on for as a player in the 1990’s.

Founded in 1881 as the Eagle Cricket Club, the London-based team play their home games at the Matchroom Stadium and wear a primarily red home kit with a white trim.

Distance from Huish Park: 152 miles (around three hours, 15 minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 23rd in League One (relegated).

Odds on to finish: Win outright 9/1, promotion 2/1, relegation 20/1 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: Leyton Orient hold the record for the quickest goal ever scored in a Playoff Final – Chris Tate scoring for the O’s after just 27 seconds against Blackpool in 2001.

KEVIN DAWSON AGREES NEW DEAL AT YEOVIL TOWN


Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Kevin Dawson has agreed a new contract with Yeovil Town.

The Irishman has penned a new two-year deal that will see him remain at Huish Park until the summer of 2017.

Dawson signed for the Glovers in January 2013 and later in the season helped secure a play off final place by scoring the opening goal in the memorable semi-final win over Sheffield United.

Due to injury during last season, the popular midfielder found himself restricted to just 21 appearances, with his last appearance coming against Manchester United in the FA Cup 3rd round.

On signing the new deal Kevin said: "I am absolutely delighted to have signed a new deal at Yeovil.

“I cannot wait for the season to start. It has been a horrendous time with injuries for me but hopefully they are all behind me now.

“I had a operation a couple of weeks ago and that went well, so I hope to be back fully fit for the start of the season.”

BEN TOZER AGREES DEAL TO JOIN YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the signing of Ben Tozer.

The 25-year-old, who has spent the past five years at Northampton Town has penned a one-year deal at Huish Park.

Plymouth born Ben started his career at Swindon Town before joining Newcastle United. After two seasons at Newcastle he joined The Cobblers, where he made over 170 appearances.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: "I worked with Ben when I was at Swindon Town, before he joined Newcastle United, he was a centre back at that time.

“I feel Ben’s career over the past few seasons has stagnated in a way that he has become a utility player and played in about five different positions.

"I would like to settle him down now into playing in just two positions. He has all attributes to be a great signing for the club and I am looking forward to working with him."

MARC LAIRD SET TO JOIN YEOVIL TOWN


Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the signing of midfielder Marc Laird.

The 29-year-old will join the Glovers on a one-year deal on July 1st.

The Scottish born midfielder began his career with Manchester City before joining Millwall in 2008. He made over 70 appearances for the Lions before joining Leyton Orient in 2011.

After leaving Orient Marc joined Southend United in 2013 and last season played 39 times for Tranmere Rovers.

Glovers manager Paul Sturrock said: “Marc was my first signing of the close season. I know all about him from our time together at Southend United.

“He supported the front men well at Southend and I have that job earmarked for him here at Huish Park.

“I think the fans will find his play very pleasing on the eye.”

PAUL STURROCK REFLECTS ON SAM FOLEY’S MOVE


After Sam Foley joined League One side Port Vale, manager Paul Sturrock was quick to wish the former Town favourite all the best at his new club.

He said: “I am obviously disappointed that Sam has departed, but pleased for the boy, he was a loyal servant for Yeovil Town for three seasons.

“He has made a vast improvement in his game whilst at Huish Park, but the offer of League One football was too much for him to turn down at this stage of his career.

“It certainly wasn’t a financial decision as we made a very lucrative offer to Sam. He wanted to play League One football and if I was in his position, I would have probably made the same decision.

“On behalf of the club I would like to thank Sam for his efforts and hope his career goes from strength to strength.”

CARLISLE UNITED FIXTURE DATE CHANGE

Yeovil Town have moved their Sky Bet League Two fixture with Carlisle United forward 24 hours with the clash now taking place on Friday 25th March at 3pm.

The fixture was initially scheduled to be played on Saturday 26th March.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – HARTLEPOOL UNITED

Ten points adrift at the bottom of League Two in the New Year, few would have predicted Hartlepool to stay up.

However, the appointment of Ronnie Moore was a masterstroke as he turned the club round and secured Pools Football League status with one game to go.

In the process, Moore consigned his former club Tranmere Rovers to relegation – the club that had sacked him a year earlier.

The County Durham side play their home game at Victoria Park, which has a capacity of just under 8,000 people.

They play in blue and white stripes and can boast celebrities such as Sky Sports Soccer Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling, rock star Meatloaf and film director Ridley Scott among their high-profile supporters.

Distance from Huish Park: 335 miles (around five hours, 40 minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 22nd in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 33/1, promotion 7/1, relegation 15/2 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: The club’s mascot H’Angus the Monkey was elected Mayor of Hartlepool in 2002. One of his campaign pledges was free bananas for all schoolchildren. He was re-elected in 2005 as his vote more than doubled.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT NEW SIGNING MATTY DOLAN

Haven’t we seen you somewhere before?

Yeovil Town welcome back Matty Dolan to Huish Park as the midfielder penned a deal to sign for Paul Sturrock’s men this week.

We know you know a fair bit about a returning hero, but here is FIVE THINGS you need to know about Matty Dolan.

1) Matthew Alexander Dolan was born on February 2nd in Hartlepool and signed for Middlesbrough, captaining their youth teams right up to Under 21 level

2) Yeovil gave Matty his chance to make his senior football debut in 2013, he made 10 appearances over two spells and scored a memorable free kick in a 2-1 win at Notts County.

3) Since returning to the Riverside, he has had two spells at Bradford and two at Hartlepool before being released by the former this summer.

4) Dolan came on to sure up the Glovers’ midfield during the 2013 play-off final as an 88th minute replacement for James Hayter.

5) You can follow Matty on social media to welcome him back to Huish Park: On Twitter – @Mdolan63

Welcome Back to Somerset Matty.

SAM FOLEY JOINS PORT VALE

Sam Foley has today joined League One side Port Vale on a two-year deal after turning down Town’s offer of a new contract.

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to wish Sam all the best with his future career.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT NEW SIGNING JACK COMPTON

The 2015/16 season is just around the corner and with it comes new players – so here at ytfc.net we thought it was a good idea to introduce you to our new stars with these five things you may not know them.

1) Jack Louis Paul Compton was born in Cardiff, Wales on September 2nd, 1988. The 26 year old winger has left Hartlepool this summer with the hope of returning closer to his family.

2) Yeovil is not his first time playing in Somerset; he played on loan in Dorset for Weymouth in 2008 and spent some of the 2009/10 season with Weston Super Mare.

3) He’s not afraid to put the miles in, he’s career path has taken him from West Brom in the midlands to Brighton, then up to Scotland, back to Portsmouth (via Bradford) before popping back up north to Hartlepool!

4) Oh, what’s occurin’? Jack’s best mate owns Marco’s Café in Barry, South Wales, the shop made famous on the hit BBC TV Show – Gavin and Stacey.

5) You can follow Jack on social media and welcome the newest recruit to Paul Sturrock’s green and white army. On Twitter – @ComptonJ11 and on Instagram @ComptonJ11

MATCHDAY STAFF REQUIRED AT HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town are looking to recruit staff for the following roles on matchdays.

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

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

Litter Pickers
Reliable staff required to litter pick for 1.5 – 2 hours post fixtures.

All Staff will receive;

•    Excellent rates of pay

•    Full training

Please contact Yeovil Town on 01935 423662 for an application form or download the form by clicking here.

ADVERTISE YOUR COMPANY AT HUISH PARK

There are plenty of options to choose from when advertising your company at Huish Park.

Advertising boards around the pitch showcase your company name to a audience both in the stadium and at home via the television and via media coverage.

Town’s Advertising and Sponsorship Brochure for the this coming season can be viewed online by clicking here.

To advertise your company at Huish Park please call the team on 01935 847877.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – EXETER CITY

Formed in 1901 as St. Sidwell’s United, the club was renamed three years later as Exeter City.

Under the management of former Yeovil player and long-serving manager Paul Tisdale, Exeter achieved a notable tenth place finish last season.

Although they are expected to struggle this campaign, the Grecians have made some astute signings including former Peterborough United goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik and ex. Brentford midfielder Manny Oyeleke.

They play their home games at St James Park, which boasts a capacity of around 8,500 spectators, and sport a red and white striped jersey.

Yeovil and Exeter have had many heated derbies over the years but they also share the memory of Adam Stansfield – a combative striker who played for both clubs before sadly passing away from cancer in August 2010.

Distance from Huish Park: 48 miles (around one hour, eight minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 10th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 33/1, promotion 8/1, relegation 15/2 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: The club have played at St James Park since its inauguration but did you know that they first played on grassland used for fattening pigs.

JACK COMPTON AGREES TO JOIN YEOVIL TOWN


Yeovil Town are pleased to announce they have agreed a one-year deal to sign former Hartlepool United winger Jack Compton.

The Glovers have agreed personal terms with the Welshman, who will officially join the club on July 1st.

Jack, 26, started his career in the youth setup at Portsmouth before signing for West Bromwich Albion at the tender age of 17.

The winger joined Scottish side Falkirk in 2010, where he made 37 appearances before rejoining Portsmouth in 2012.

In January 2013 he joined Colchester United where he became the 600th player to play for the club in the football league.

Most recently Jack was at Hartlepool United where he helped the club secure safety in League Two last term.

On joining Yeovil Town Jack said: "I can not wait to get going now. I have heard so many good things about the club.

"I had some other offers but after meeting with the Gaffer and his staff, I knew Yeovil Town was the club I wanted to join.

“I would like to thank everyone at Hartlepool United, I had two great years at the club.”

Manager Paul Sturrock said: “Jack is a out and out winger and they are vital in football these days. He will supply us with endless crosses into the box.

“I have watched him numerous times when I have been at other clubs and have always been tempted to sign him.

“I am very pleased to have agreed a deal with Jack and look forward to seeing him play for Yeovil.”

TOWN AGREE DEAL TO SIGN MATT DOLAN


Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that they have agreed a deal to sign Matt Dolan.

The former Bradford City man has agreed personal terms and will officially join the Glovers on a two-year deal on July 1st.

Matt will be a familiar name to Town fans after spending time on loan at the club in 2013. During that spell the midfielder made eight appearances including a substitute appearance in the play-off final win over Brentford.

Since his time with the Glovers, Matt has spent time on loan at Hartlepool United and last season played in League One for Bradford City.

Matt said: “I am over the moon to be re-joining Yeovil. I have such good memories from my previous time at Huish Park.

“It is a good chance for me to play regular football and I’m looking forward to helping the club push for promotion back to League One.”

Manager Paul Sturrock said: “Fans will know Matt from his previous spell with the club. It is a big boost having a player here that knows the area and what the club is all about.

“Having watched him several times I feel he will be a significant signing for us.”

SEASON TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FROM HUISH PARK

With the 2015-16 Sky Bet League Two fixtures released today (see full list here), the production of season tickets is well underway at Huish Park.

Close to 2000 season tickets have been sold so far and they are currently in the production stage before being distributed later this June with a full fixture list enclosed.

Supporters who have not yet secured their seat for next season can purchase their season tickets online and can even spread the cost of the ticket with the Zebra Finance package.

Full details on season ticket applications can be found by clicking here.

To buy your season ticket online click here.

CHANNEL 5 TO BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS AT PRIMETIME

Channel 5 To Broadcast Football League Highlights Show At Primetime

Channel 5, the new home for The Football League’s weekly highlights show, can confirm details of their coverage this season following the fixtures announcement, with their new show Football League Tonight.

 

Football League Tonight will be shown in a live primetime 9pm slot on Channel 5 every Saturday of the season from Saturday 8th August. The rights have been signed to the channel to broadcast a 90 minute weekly Football League highlights show for the next three years.

Every Goal. Every Week
Each show will feature the top match footage from all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League and will include every single goal from matches across the board.

In addition, Channel 5 will also broadcast three one-hour shows covering the end of season Sky Bet Play-Offs across all three divisions, plus eight one-hour highlights shows covering the action from each round of the Capital One Cup.

Your Show
As well as every goal across the divisions, the show will be jam packed with high profile names. Players and managers will be encouraged to join us in the studio each week, or take part in the conversation via Skype and Facetime. A vibrant studio audience of genuine fans will also give their opinions. No lengthy punditry, no football clichés, this is football on 5 at its most exciting.

Executive Producer for Channel 5 Mark Sharman said: “Channel 5 are committed to bringing a quality, innovative football highlights show to Saturday night primetime TV. The 9pm slot finally gives the Sky Bet Football League the coverage and respect the fans deserve on terrestrial television.”

Sunset+Vine, the multi award-winning independent TV sports production and media company, is producing Football League Tonight Show on Channel 5.

2015/2016 FIXTURES REVEALED


To download the full fixture list click here

Yeovil Town will begin their first League Two campaign since 2004/05 on the road with a trip to face Exeter City on Saturday August 8th.

And in a distinctly local look to the first fixtures, the Glovers will host Conference playoff winners Bristol Rovers at Huish Park the following Saturday. This comes after Paul Sturrock’s men were given a plum home tie against QPR in the Capital One Cup first round draw made yesterday; the match being played in between the two local derbies.

York City away on a Tuesday night, Luton Town at home and Oxford United away follow later in August. The traditional Christmas quartet of fixtures sees away fixtures with Leyton Orient (Dec 19th) and Plymouth Argyle (Boxing Day) as well as home matches with Oxford (Dec 28th) and York City on January 2nd.

The Leyton Orient home reverse fixture winds up the season on Saturday May 7th and Yeovil’s last Saturday of travelling will see them face Conference champions Barnet the week before. Other highlights include the two games against Portsmouth (October 3rd away, February 20th away) and the journey up the A37 to play Rovers on April 16th. As well as the long trip to York, there are also home and away midweek fixtures with Accrington and Wycombe as well as a home midweeker against Mansfield.

To download the full fixture listclick here

PRICES SET FOR HOME PRE-SEASON FIXTURES


Ticket prices for Town’s home pre-season friendlies have now been set are available from Huish Park.

The Glovers have three home games lined up against AFC Bournemouth, Bristol City and Swansea City Under-21s.

Prices for the fixtures are:

AFC Bournemouth – Tuesday 28th July (7:45pm)
Adults – £15

Seniors (65+) – £10

16-21 – £10

Under 16 – £2

v Bristol City – Thursday 30th July (7:45pm)

Adults – £15

Seniors (65+) – £10

16-21 – £10

Under 16 – £2

v Swansea City Under-21s – Tuesday 4th August (7:45pm)
Adults – £10        

Seniors (65+) – £5          

16-21 – £5          

Under 16 – £2

Tickets can be purchased from the Ticket Office at Huish Park or by calling 01935 847888.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE

Managed by Wayne Burnett, Dagenham and Redbridge are favourites for relegation.

However, the Daggers are comfortable with being labelled as underdogs, as one remarkable example last season showed.

In August 2014, Dagenham and Redbridge were set to play Brenford in all-London affair but that was where the similarities ended.

Two leagues apart and with the Bees riding high following promotion to the Championship, no-one gave the Victoria Road outfit a chance.

It seemed as if the game was going according to the rulebook when Brenford went 2-0 up with just ten minutes gone on the clock.

Then something truly unprecedented happened – Dagenham not only fought back, they roared into action and the game turned into the joint highest scoring League Cup match in history.

The two teams played out a breathtaking 6-6 draw before the Daggers eventually lost on penalties so do not write them off just yet.

Distance from Huish Park: 169 miles (three hours, 11 minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 14th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 66/1, promotion 14/1, relegation 9/2 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: The club was founded in 1992 by joining two teams, Dagenham and Redbridge Forest, together.

TOWN TO FACE QPR IN CAPITAL ONE CUP

Town have been drawn to play Queens Park Rangers in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

Paul Sturrock’s men will host Chris Ramsey and his Championship side at Huish Park

Last season Town were knocked out in the first round after a 2-1 defeat to Gillingham.

Town last played QPR in March 2014 when they lost 3-0 thanks to two goals from Morrison and a goal from Bobby Zamora

First Round ties will be played during the week commencing 10th August 2015.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – CAMBRIDGE UNITED

Cambridge is synonymous for its esteemed University, yet more recently it has also been in the spotlight due to its football prowess and in particular that game against Manchester United.


After narrowly beating a certain Somerset side in the FA Cup Third Round, the Red Devils must have headed to the Abbey Stadium confident of a result.

However, despite putting out a strong line-up, they were unable to break down a resolute Cambridge defence – the full-time score line reading 0-0.

The U’s were eventually beaten in the replay as Manchester United’s quality tolled but they gave a good account of themselves and will hope to give that level of performance this campaign.

After securing their league status, they will be looking to improve this time around under the stewardship of Richard Money.

Formed in 1912, Cambridge United play in yellow and black stripes and have former Yeovil goalkeeper Chris Dunn amongst their ranks.

Distance from Huish Park: 190 miles (three hours, 45 minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 19th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 18/1, promotion 9/2, relegation 12/1 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: In 1848, modern football’s first list of rules were formed by members of Cambridge University.

GROUNDSMAN CHATS ABOUT PITCH PREPARATIONS

ytfc.net spoke to Head Groundsman Richard Allsworth about the challenges he faces to get the pitch ready for every game, his preparations in the close season and his pet hates on a matchday.

He said: “The last game of the season was the Charity Day so pretty much straight after that we started renovations.

“Three weeks and two days after seeding, the pitch is in pretty good shape and it is almost ready for playing on.

“We’ve been working on the training ground as well, trying to get the pitches ready for the players coming back on the 1st of July and they’re looking pretty good as well so we’re in good shape.”

Allsworth recognises that the close season is the most important time of year for his job as it can save him time and prevent problems occurring later on in the year.

He added: “January and February is the hardest time to keep the pitch to the best possible standard because the grass just isn’t going to do anything.”

“Every hour spent now will save us an hour a week for the rest of the season. If the pitches are absolutely superb at the start then they won’t go downhill that quickly at all.”

Being in the groundsman profession, he realises that his job heavily relies on the weather and it is something that he has to monitor hourly.

Allsworth (pictured below) said: “I’ve got to plan my week around it. Today we are flat out because we are expecting thunderstorms this afternoon and evening into Saturday.

“It’s great because we could use some rain desperately but we’re trying to get everything done because we know soon we won’t be able to do much.

“We have to watch the weather throughout the year because there are certain things you can’t do in certain weather conditions.

“Every season brings its own challenge. Right now the grass won’t stop growing but then in winter you can’t get it to grow at all.”

Allsworth has a small team to help him keep the pitches looking their best but also appreciates the management team’s assistance in preserving the grass.

He said: “I’ve got two full-time staff and two part-time that help out around when we need it. On match days we try to run with six grounds men. Other than that we’ve got quite a small team for the work we do.

“Darren Way and Terry Skiverton have always been pretty good at listening to me when it comes to their warm-ups. If they’re going to start wearing out one patch, they will move around for me.”

However, the Head Groundsman does get a little hot under the collar if a player performs one particular celebration on the pitch after scoring.

He added: “I think probably the biggest wind-up is when a pre-Madonna player slides through the six-yard box on his knees after scoring and tearing chunks out of the pitch. Goalies digging their heels in on the six-yard line is another constant bugbear.”

You would expect matchdays to be a busy time for Allsworth and his staff but he prefers to have the majority of preparation done beforehand to guard against any mechanical failures which could cause a game to be postponed.

Allsworth admitted: “We always start quite late on a matchday because we’ve got quite a small team of groundsmen but if you go to Premier League clubs then they’ll have eight full-time grounds men working on the stadium pitch alone. They’ll go in on a Saturday morning and cut the pitch three times. I haven’t got the mowers or the staff to do that.

“It’s almost a risk to far because if I came in at 8 o’clock and started cutting the grass then my mower breaks, I’ve only got one replacement. It’s not the same mower, I’d have to go to the training ground to get it and suddenly it could end up not being finished for the game so we try to get everything done on the Friday. Then normally we come in on Saturday around 11 or 12 o’clock just to make sure everything is alright and meet the referee when he turns up two hours before kick-off.”

Over the past couple of seasons, the emergence of pitch patterning has taken hold. Clubs up and down the country have shafted the traditional pitch design to try something more innovative. Circles, zigzags and diagonal cutting have been the order of the day as groundsmen try patterning their beloved grass. Allsworth is no different, although he acknowledges he would only experiment if there was nothing riding on the game.

He said: “I have done some patterning for the last game of the past two seasons. Most groundsmen do if there’s nothing resting on the game and they’ve got time then they’ll have a little play. You only do it if there is nothing resting on the game though because the last thing you want is to be hunting for a Playoff spot and the Manager turns around and blames you for doing silly circles.”

“I’ve been given pretty much been given free reign to do what I do and the club has complete faith in me which is a nice position to be in.”

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – BRISTOL ROVERS

Rovers need little introduction but just in case you were unsure, Bristol Rovers were promoted from the Conference Premier via the play-offs after their inaugural season in non-league football.

Managed by Darrell Clarke, the Pirates have been a mainstay in the Football League, albeit for last season’s blip.

They have come close to lifting the Football League Trophy on two occasions – in 1990 and 2007 –losing in the final both times.

Founded in 1883 as the ‘Black Arabs’, the Gas play in a home kit of blue and white chequers.

Based at the Memorial Ground which has a capacity of nearly 12,000 people, the club are currently in a legal dispute with Sainsbury’s after the supermarket tried to pull out of a proposed sale for the Memorial Ground land that would have financed a new stadium for the Pirates.

Distance from Huish Park: 72 miles (around one and a half hours).

2014-15 season final position: 2nd in the Conference Premier (Promoted via the play-offs).

Odds on to finish: Win outright 16/1, promotion 7/2, relegation 16/1 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: One of the club’s adopted songs, ‘Goodnight, Irene’, is thought to have originated from the 1950s when Rovers were playing at Eastville. The song featured in the charts at the time and the line ‘sometimes I have a great notion to jump in the river and drown’ fitted well when Rovers lost as the Bristol Frome runs next to their former stadium.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – BARNET

Conference Premier Champions after amassing 92 points and scoring 94 goals in the process, Barnet will enter League Two in high spirits.

Under the stewardship of Martin Allen, who has managed the Bees on four separate occasions between 2003 and the present day, Barnet play at The Hive Stadium – which has a capacity of just over 5,200.

Founded in 1888, the London-based club have never featured in the Premier League, although Barnet does have an impressive record of former players that went on to play in the English top flight including Jason Puncheon, Marlon King and Dougie Freedman.

The Bees have an orange and black home kit and are well accustomed to League Two, having previously played in the fourth tier between 1991-2001 and 2005-2013.

Distance from Huish Park: 139 miles (around two hours, 40 minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 1st in Conference Premier (Champions).

Odds on to finish: Win outright 20/1, promotion 9/2, relegation 10/1 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: The Bees no longer play at the Underhill Stadium in the London Borough of Barnet. Instead, they relocated to The Hive Stadium in the neighbouring Borough of Harrow for the 2013-14 season.

MANAGER CHATS ABOUT NEW PLAYERS AND PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

Manager Paul Sturrock speaks to ytfc.net about his ongoing search for new players and the pre-season friendly schedule which features Premier League new boys AFC Bournemouth and League One winners Bristol City as visitors to Huish Park.

Sturrock recognises the fans frustration at a lack of news regarding signings but assures Glovers supporters that he is doing everything he can to put together a team capable of competing in League Two next season.

He said: “I can totally understand fans being a bit disenchanted at this time of the year. It is very difficult for me to sit here and rattle off names of players.

“I can assure the fans that there is so much work going on behind the scenes. We are meeting players and their representatives daily and we are trying to structure a competitive squad of players to be a force in League Two next season.”

The Manager, along with his backroom staff, has also been extensively scouting potential loan targets but admits fans will have to wait for explicit details. However, there is more positive news on renewing players contracts, with an announcement expected soon.

Sturrock added: “No one is picking up loans at this moment in time. We have done our homework already by watching development games at the end of last season and we have a list of players that we feel will benefit the team that we would like to bring to the club.

“We are trying to get the squad together as quickly as possible. This isn’t easy at the moment with players and representatives away on holiday.

“I will hopefully have news for fans on both Kevin Dawson and Sam Foley towards the end of the week.”

Any new team needs time to bond so Sturrock is delighted that Yeovil have such a competitive friendly schedule to help get his team ready and firing for the start of the new season.

He said: “I am very happy with the pre-season friendlies we have arranged. It is vitally important that the players we have here are tuned into the way we will play quickly and with the friendlies we have arranged I feel we can achieve this.

 

“Pre-season is very important and it is vital for us that everyone gets through it injury free. It is also important that we get to the end of the games all on the same wavelength so we can hit the ground running on the 8th August.”

Town’s current pre-season schedule:

 

Friday 17th July v Truro City (Away – 7:45pm)

Sunday 19th July v Callington (Away – 3:00pm)

Wednesday 22nd July v Torquay United (Away – 7:30pm)

Tuesday 28th July v AFC Bournemouth (Home – 7:45pm)

Thursday 30th July v Bristol City (Home – 7:45pm)

Tuesday 4th August v Swansea City under-21s (Home – 7:45pm)

ONE WEEK TO GO!

With just one week to go until the Sky Bet League Two fixtures are released for next season, fans will soon get the chance to plan their away trips to Carlisle and Hartlepool, along with some somewhat closer journeys to Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle.

On Wednesday 17th June at 9:00am, the fixtures will be officially confirmed for next season.

Ytfc.net will of course provide you with a full fixture list and subsequent reaction across all platforms following the announcement.

You can also use the official Football League Twitter hashtag #FixtureReleaseDay to share your views on the big day and gage other supporters’ reactions.

Another reminder is that the Capital One Cup First Round Draw will be taking place on Tuesday 16th June at 10am and we will again provide details of who Yeovil will face through ytfc.net and our other social media channels.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – AFC WIMBLEDON

Formed in 2002 by concerned Wimbledon supporters following the decision of the club to relocate to Milton Keynes, AFC Wimbledon has been incredibly successful – gaining five promotions in just nine years.

Affectionately known as the Wombles, they play their home games at Kingsmeadow which boasts a capacity of 4,850 and their home colours are blue and yellow.

Managed by local boy Neal Ardley, who started his career with Wimbledon and made a total of 245 appearances for the London-based side, they also have a proven goal threat in Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Physically built and a challenge for any League Two defence, the 32-year-old – who is nicknamed ‘the beast’ – has been attracting admiring glances from further up the football league pyramid and abroad.

However, he dispelled any rumours of a possible move by signing a new contract and he could be crucial for AFC Wimbledon in the coming campaign.

Distance from Huish Park: 128 miles (around two and a half hours).

2014-15 season final position: 15th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 33/1, promotion 8/1, relegation 6/1 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: AFC Wimbledon hold the records for winning the most consecutive league games and having longest unbeaten run in English football, spanning three seasons and 78 matches.

SKIVERTON AND WAY EXTEND STAY AT HUISH PARK


Yeovil Town are delighted to announce coaches Terry Skiverton and Darren Way have extended their stay at the club.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: “I am really happy to have Terry and Darren as part of my team here at Huish Park.

“They have both been at the heart of Yeovil Town Football Club for years and have both seen the good and bad times.

“Terry’s job specification will now be to concentrate on the defensive aspect of the football team and Darren’s will be working with individual players and improving aspects of each player’s game. I will then be overseeing everything when it all comes together.

“I have found this method of working successful before and I think it is important to break down the units to get a better blend throughout the team.”

TOWN TO TRAVEL TO TORQUAY UNITED IN PRE-SEASON

Yeovil Town will travel to Torquay United as part of the club’s pre-season preparations for the 2015-16 season.

The game will be held at Plainmoor on Wednesday 22nd July with a 7:30pm kick-off.

The last time the two sides met the match ended in a 2-2 draw with the Glovers goals scored by AJ Leitch-Smith and trialist Camel Chergui.

Ticket prices for the home pre-season fixtures will be announced soon on ytfc.net.

Town’s current pre-season schedule:

Friday 17th July v Truro City (Away – 7:45pm)

Sunday 19th July v Callington (Away – 3:00pm)

Wednesday 22nd July v Torquay United (Away – 7:30pm)

Tuesday 28th July v AFC Bournemouth (Home – 7:45pm)

Thursday 30th July v Bristol City (Home – 7:45pm)

Tuesday 4th August v Swansea City under-21s (Home – 7:45pm)

GLOVERS TO HOST SWANSEA CITY’S UNDER 21 TEAM IN FRIENDLY FIXTURE

The Glovers will host Swansea City under-21s as part of the club’s preparations ahead of the 2015/16 season.

The game is due to take place on Tuesday 4th August with a 7:45pm kick off.

Ticket prices for the home pre-season fixtures will be announced soon on ytfc.net.

Town’s current pre-season schedule (more games to be announced soon)

Friday 17th July v Truro City (Away – 7:45pm)

Sunday 19th July v Callington (Away – 3:00pm)

Tuesday 28th July v AFC Bournemouth (Home – 7:45pm)

Thursday 30th July v Bristol City (Home – 7:45pm)

Tuesday 4th August v Swansea City under-21s (Home – 7:45pm)

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – ACCRINGTON STANLEY

With Yeovil having last graced League Two in the 2004-05 season, a decade on the Glovers are back in the fourth tier of English football.

However, as the saying goes a lot can happen in a week of football, let alone ten years, so for the next few weeks we will be going through club-by-club to see exactly who the Glovers will be up against as they push for an immediate return to the third tier.

Accrington Stanley

Formed in 1968 and managed by John Coleman, a prolific goalscorer in his non-league playing days, the Lancashire club entered the Football League as Conference Champions nine years ago.

Since then, Stanley have retained a steady mid-table position on the pitch, albeit for one play-off push in the 2010-11 season which ended in defeat to Stevenage.

However, off the pitch has been more testing with then Club Chairman Ilyas Khan rescuing Accrington from possible extinction in 2009. This is aptly described in their motto ‘The Club That Wouldn’t Die’.

The club became synonymous with a 1980’s milk advert that featured the slogan ‘Accrington Stanley, who are they?’

Their ground capacity is approximately 5000 with just under half being seated and they play in a red and white strip.

Distance from Huish Park: 261 miles (around four and a half hours).

2014-15 season final position: 17th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 100/1, promotion 20/1, relegation 100/30 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: Accrington had the worst defensive record in League Two last season, conceding 77 goals.

BOOK YOUR PLACE AT THE ANNUAL GOLF DAY


Sherborne Golf Club will host the annual Glovers Golf Day on Wednesday 15th July 2015 and there is still time for you to book your place on this popular event.

Participants will be greeted with a complimentary coffee and bacon roll on arrival before proceeding to play 18 holes of Golf on Sherborne’s exceptional course.

The day, sponsored by Thatchers, will conclude with a two course meal and the customary presentation ceremony.

Competitions will take place throughout the day with prizes awarded for the ‘Longest Drive’ and ‘Closest to the Pin’.

An auction and raffle will also be held so there are frequent chances for you to become a winner, even if your Golfing prowess is not quite up to scratch.

Each team will consist of your three players along with your past/present player, member of management or local celebrity.

So not only do you get to play against your friends or family, you also get to pit your wits against a fourth mystery member which could include First Team Manager Paul Sturrock and marauding left-back Nathan Smith.

You may even get the chance to play with one of the Glovers new signings before they step out on to the hallowed Huish Park turf for the first time.

The cost per team is £150 and if you would like to secure your team’s place then please click here to download an entry form or call 01935 847872.

Join us in what is sure to be another enjoyable event for all involved.

SEASON TICKETS IN PRODUCTION STAGE

With just over a week until the 2015-16 Sky Bet League Two fixtures are due to be released, the production of season tickets is well underway at Huish Park.

Close to 2000 season tickets have been sold so far and they are currently in the production stage before being distributed later this June with a full fixture list enclosed.

Supporters who have not yet secured their seat for next season can purchase their season tickets online and can even spread the cost of the ticket with the Zebra Finance package.

Full details on season ticket applications can be found by clicking here.

To buy your season ticket online click here.

HOWE TO BRING PREMIER LEAGUE SIDE TO HUISH PARK

Paul Sturrock and his Yeovil Town squad will host Premier League new boys AFC Bournemouth in a pre-season friendly.

Eddie Howe will bring his squad to Huish Park on Tuesday 28th July with kick off being 7:45pm.

Bournemouth won promotion to the Premier League after winning the Championship by one point on the last day of the season.

Ticket prices for the fixture will be announced on ytfc.net.

Town’s current pre-season schedule (more games to be announced soon)

Friday 17th July v Truro City (Away – 7:45pm)

Sunday 19th July v Callington (Away – 3:00pm)

Tuesday 28th July v AFC Bournemouth (Home – 7:45pm)

Thursday 30th July v Bristol City (Home – 7:45pm)

TOWN FAN BECOMES OLDEST TROLLEY ATTENDANT IN UK

A few weeks after the Daily Express ran a story on an Asda employee believed to be the oldest trolley attendant in the UK, staff at the local Tesco superstore in Chard have unveiled the name of 83 year old colleague they believe should hold such a title.

Locally loved Tesco colleague and lifelong Yeovil Town supporter Pat McCann, who has worked at the Chard store for 13 years, turned 83 today and the club were pleased to present a personalised shirt to the long term season ticket holder.

The accolade of oldest trolley attendant was previously believed to be held by 81 year old Gerry Slater, an Asda man in Huddersfield who the Daily Express interviewed back in March.

But speaking ytfc.net, Service Manager at Tesco Chard, James Lawrence, was keen to ensure that stalwart colleague Pat was given the recognition he deserves.

“He’s really popular with our customers and is outside talking to them come rain or shine. He’s also a lifelong Yeovil Town supporter so, what with the side being relegated to League 2 recently, he could do with a bit of cheering up as well”.

When ytfc.net asked him what he was hoping for his birthday, Pat’s answer was more or less instantaneous: “For Yeovil to be back in League 1”, he said, “but I’ll have to wait until next year for that present”.

LIVE OVERSEAS? STAND UP & BE COUNTED FOR THE GLOVERS

Overseas-based Town fans are being asked to ‘Stand Up & Be Counted’ for the The Glovers by registering at http://po.st/SUBC4YTFC, with those who register being given the chance to win a trip to come and see us play!

The campaign has been launched by The Football League for all 72 clubs, and asks fans to register their country and city of residence to show their support of their club.  The site includes an overall leader board so fans can see where our global fan base ranks compared to the other 71 Football League clubs, as well as a map displaying where in the world our fans are from.

By registering their support for a club, fans have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a trip for two to the United Kingdom, including flights, accommodation and match tickets to see their team play.

Register now at http://po.st/SUBC4YTFC

Football League matches and highlights are broadcast in up to 183 territories around the world every week throughout the season.

Commenting on the campaign, Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League said: “Our 72 Football League clubs are at the very heart of their communities, but there are also passionate fans all around the world who follow their team each week through our international television coverage and online.

“We’d encourage any fan around the world to stand up and be counted for their club by registering and helping to move then up the leader board”.

If you know any of our supporters based overseas then send them the link and help move us up the global fans leader board!

SKY BET AUCTION SIGNED SHIRTS & BALLS FOR CHARITY

Sky Bet, title sponsor of the Football League, have today launched a week-long charity auction containing nearly 700 items of Football League Clubs signed shirts and balls in aid of charity Reverse Rett.

With another thrilling Football League season over, Sky Bet are offering all footballs fans the chance to take home a piece of club memorabilia from the 2014/15 season, while supporting an amazing cause in the fight against Rett Syndrome.

Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder that strikes children around the time of their first birthday affecting nearly every aspect of their lives; taking away their ability to walk, talk and use their hands.

With items from each of the 72 clubs in the Football League available, we are calling on Town fans to play their part in support of Reverse Rett and pick themselves up some of our priceless club memorabilia in the process.

Sky Bet will be donating proceeds from the auction to Registered Charity Reverse Rett, who are the leading fundraising charity for Rett Syndrome in the UK. Founded in 2007, funds raised go directly to research to help beat the syndrome, which impacts thousands of people in the UK alone.

Commercial Manager Dave Linney said: “This is a fantastic cause and it’s great that we can play our part in helping. Now it’s our chance to show what the football family can do – I’m urging all Town fans to go online and bid for a shirt or ball, let’s make sure it’s our shirts that make the most money for the charity”.

The auction goes live on June 3rd at 12.00pm and will run for 7 days so make sure you don’t miss out and visit the site where you can view all the items on offer here http://stores.ebay.co.uk/skybetcharityauctions/

SEASON TICKETS REMAIN ON SALE AT HUISH PARK


Early Bird prices for season tickets have now expired, but fans can still buy their season ticket for next season.

Supporters can purchase their season tickets online and can even spread the cost of the ticket with the Zebra Finance package.

Full details on season ticket applications can be found by clicking here.

To buy your season ticket online click here.

AWAY KIT ON OFFER TO LOCAL FOOTBALL CLUBS

The Club Shop currently has a great offer for local football teams looking for a new kit for next season.

Clubs can buy last season’s shirts, shorts and socks from the shop at Huish Park.

For more details please visit the club shop or call 01935 847877.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME RECEIVES AWARD

Town’s matchday programme Green&White has been awarded 3rd place in this year’s end of season Programme Review in the ‘Independent Review’.

The judging panel from the publication said: "Yeovil Town have been amongst our top placings in recent years and this is another programme that simply does not wane under the pressures of relegation.

"As with its predecessor in the Championship last season, this is another programme which has maintained its high standards."

First place in League One went to Gillingham, with Coventry City taking the runners up spot.

To advertise in Green&White please call the Commercial Department on 01935 847872.

JOIN THE GLOVERS AT THE ANNUAL GOLF DAY

The annual Glovers Golf Day will place on Wednesday 15th July 2015 at Sherborne Golf Club.

Included in the enjoyable day is coffee and bacon roll on arrival followed by 18 holes of golf on the superb course at Sherborne.

The day, sponsored by Thatchers will be concluded with a two course meal followed by an auction and raffle and the customary presentation ceremony.

Join us and show off your golfing skills on the delightful Dorset course and try your luck at winning a prize in the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin competitions.

If you would like to enter a team in this popular event please click here to download a entry form or call 01935 847872.

The cost per team is £150 and each team will consist of your three players along with a past/present player or member of management or a local celebrity.