Month: July 2015

ACADEMY SEEKING FULL TIME PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Job title: Lead Academy Physiotherapist

Yeovil Town Academy are looking for a full tiome physiotherapist to oversee the youth team and academy sides.

The candidate must hold Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP)

Candidates must have good communication skills, be flexible and have a positive attitude.

You will be required to have a Criminal Records Bureau check. The job is dependent on suitable references.

Rate of pay will be discussed and will be dependent on experience.

Please contact the Academy secretary, Joe Shulberg on 01935 847880 or send you CV and covering letter by email to academy@ytfc.net.

REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V BRISTOL CITY

A dramatic last minute winner from youngster Max Melanson earned Yeovil their first home preseason win with a 1-0 victory over Championship side Bristol City.

Melansons strike, coming after some superb work from fellow sub Shaun Jeffers grabbed an unlikely win for a Yeovil side that were hard working but out of touch in front of goal.

Yeovil included two new trialists in their starting lineup with ex Peterborough defender Kane Ferdinand and Luton midfielder Andrew Parry joining the rest of Paul Sturrock’s preseason squad. The Glovers lined up with ex City keeper Chris Weale between the sticks while Steve Cotterill’s team included former Glovers Luke Ayling, Luke Freeman and Korey Smith.

The first half was a very quiet affair with neither keeper really tested to any level. New City signing Jonathan Kodjia, signed from French side Angers for £2 million, looked lively up front and shot well wide with his first chance on two minutes.

Kodjia then set up Joe Bryan but the left wing back’s right foot shot whistled a yard wide of the far post. A minute later and the only on target opportunity of the first half fell to Matt Dolan but his left foot shot lacked power and City glove man Frankie Fielding saved easily.

Yeovil also came close on 24 minutes when after Premier League official Kevin Friend played a good advantage, Mark Beck went on and shot, his effort deflected for a corner. The only other chance of note saw Marlon Pack drive well wide after Aaron Wilbraham had laid the ball back to him.

Six minutes into the second half, Wilbraham headed inches wide from a pinpoint Ayling cross. Then Marc Laird tested Fielding with a shot he did well to keep down from 25 yards before City then came closer still when Wilbraham’s flicked header came off the front of the crossbar. Kodjia then had another attempt in the 70th minute but a covering defenders block took the sting out of the shot.

With a quarter hour remaining, Mark Little’s run from right back was found by Freeman but Weale got down quickly to save to his left. Weale then could only watch as an audacious piece of skill from Kodjia set himself up for a shot that rolled just wide of the post. Smith then tried his luck from twenty yards but his shot was deflected and gathered by Weale.

What looked to be the last chance of the game fell to Bird who sliced his shot wide from 25 yards out, summing up both sides inability in front of goal. But then came the late, late twist. Shaun Jeffers produced a brilliant run down the right flank and crossed for Melanson to slide in at the back post to grab a dramatic late winner.

Yeovil: Weale, Ferdinand, Smith, Parry, Lacey, Arthurworrey, Laird, Dolan, Beck, Burrows, Dickson

Subs: Jeffers for Beck 58 min, Bird for Burrows 58 min, Melanson for Dickson 80 min, Sowunmi for Arthurworrey 80 min

FAN’S VIEW: OLLIE MARSH LOOKS AHEAD TO THE NEW SEASON

Since Yeovil Town’s first summer signing was announced, not a day has gone past without some sort of excitement at Huish Park. Whether it’s one of the 15 new faces checking in, new contracts for existing players, or more recently the latest pre-season friendlies, the excitement has definitely been building as the Glovers prepare for the new season.

After successive relegations it would be easy for us Town fans to remain downbeat as we look ahead to a year in the lowest division in the Football League, but Paul Sturrock has made clear that one of the main things on his agenda is to get rid of the losing mentality within the club. As I watched my first friendly of the pre-season against Bournemouth (a poorly timed holiday and my job meant I wasn’t able to travel to any of the three previous games), it was clear to me that there was a much more positive attitude on display.

As it turned out Bournemouth beat us 3-0 in a victory that was more than comfortable for the Cherries with Yeovil hardly getting on the ball, so you may be wondering what I found so positive about it. Well, it’s worth remembering that Bournemouth are now a Premier League team and, as hard as it is to comprehend considering we were above them in the football pyramid not too long ago, they were merely making their divisional supremacy count.

For me, the positivity was shown in the effort and the energy shown from Sturrock’s men. New signing Iffy Allen may not have had too much time on the ball, but he was still busting a gut to run down the wings. Vice-captain Nathan Smith may have been left chasing the Bournemouth wingers throughout most of the game, but he still showed resilience and produced some great challenges, slide tackles and blocks. In his second Yeovil spell, Matt Dolan may not have provided a match-winning moment, but he still showed some promise through a couple of dangerous shots.

I know there will be some people who won’t have been impressed by the Bournemouth match but for a glass-half-full person like myself, it’s the promise that the Glovers showed that makes me hopeful for a successful season in League Two. And with two local derbies against Exeter City and Bristol Rovers, as well as a classic cup match against QPR in the first month of the season, there are plenty of opportunities for glory early on!

The new signings I’m tipping for success include Dolan, who is sure to already be a fans favourite having been part of the squad that won promotion at Wembley. Mark Beck could also be a hit as the powerful forward won everything in the air during the Bournemouth match, a useful attribute in League Two. It’s not hard to imagine Shaun Jeffers latching onto one of Beck’s flick ons more than once next season; the former Newport County striker is looking to restart his career with Yeovil and you can see how hungry he is for goals. He’s already hit the back of the net twice in pre-season against Callington Town and Torquay United, which will do wonders for his confidence.

Finally, I have to mention the fantastic work that’s going on at Yeovil Town Ladies. The Lady Glovers are currently third in their league, and have recently set a record in that league by beating Watford Ladies 7-1 at Sherborne. With all the excitement that’s been happening with the men’s team it would be easy to overlook this, but to say they deserve our support as well would be an understatement.

All in all, it’s safe to say that the future’s bright for the green and white!

If you would like to write for our Fans View feature please email Jim Healey at jhealey@ytfc.net

PRIVATE MEMBER WINNERS FOR JUNE 2015

Yeovil Town Football Club are continually striving for further commercial success and are looking for new members to join the Yeovil Town Private Members Club Scheme, which pays out £1000 of prize money each month – 10 x £100 winners, 5 x £200 winners, 4 x £250 winners or 2 x £500 winners.

 

Schemes such as the Private Members contribute greatly to the financial stability of this historic club, hopefully with a view to reaching greater heights.

 

The scheme is run each month and subscription is £10 per month and payable by standing order, cash or a cheque.

For more information on the above please contact Commercial Manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email dlinney@ytfc.net

10 x £100 Winners for June 2015

6 – Mr T Whittington – Sherborne

166 – D Stott – Yeovil, Somerset

178 – Mr O Dowding – Wincanton, Somerset

38 – Mr  G Knowles – Southend On Sea

187 – Warren & Read – Somerset

166 – J James  – Dorchester

171 – Mrs Banfield – Milborne Port

21 – Mr T Custard – Yeovil, Somereset

198 – Mr Bowring – Yeovil, Somerset

14 – Mr & Mrs Chick – Chard, Somerset

NEW AWAY KIT REVEALED

We are delighted to announce that the official 2015/16 away kit, made by Sondico, will be available to buy from 10am tomorrow (Thursday 30th August).

The away strip kit will feature the logo of our new sponsor, Jones Building Group on the front and the back will show the logo of Thatchers Cider.

The away kit can be purchased online or in person at Huish Park from 10am tomorrow.

Town will be wearing the new strip when they take on Bristol City at Huish Park tomorrow evening (7:45pm kick off). To order you tickets click here or call 01935 847888.

HOSPITALITY AVAILABLE FOR BRISTOL ROVERS FIXTURE

Why not enjoy a game in style by booking hospitality for Town’s match against Bristol Rovers.

Hospitality is currently available for Yeovil Town v Bristol Rovers (Saturday 15th August – 3pm)

Offering a great view of all the action and a private setting to host guests, a box at Huish Park is one of the best ways to enjoy the day.

· Exclusive use of Executive Suite

· Reserved seating just outside of the suite

· Two Course Hot Fork buffet

· Reserved Car Parking

· Complimentary Match Programmes

· Complimentary Team Sheets

· Hostess drinks service (Payable on the day).

· Entrance into the players’ lounge after the game.

For more details contact Dave Linney – dlinney@ytfc.net or call 01935 847872.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT LATEST RECRUIT IFFY ALLEN

Another day and another signing through the doors at Huish Park as Iffy Allen becomes the 15th addition to Paul Sturrock’s new look squad.


You could be forgiven for getting lost with just who’s who – but fear not we have five things you need to know about Iffy so you can hit the ground running.

1) Iffy Allen is a 21-year old winger who has joined the Glovers on a one year deal from Barnet following his release in the summer.

2) Our new man’ full name is Ifeanyi Tafari Decosta Allen, we’ve already begun elocution lessons with the BBC Somerset commentators, but they, like us, will probably just use "Iffy"

3) Allen has recovered from a broken leg this time a year ago, a fractured fibula only kept the attacker out of action for a matter of weeks rather than months before returning to action.

4) The Lambeth born man was actually originally on the books of Fulham has a youngster before being told he was too small to make the grade with their full time squad – signing this deal back in the Football League has gone some way to proving that wrong!

5) During his spell in Non League with the Bees, he spent three spells out on loan to sides down the pecking order including Kingstonian, Redhill and the excellently named Wingate & Finchley.

Iffy Allen has been included in a number of pre-season friendlies as a trialist, but now you can come along and see him as a fully signed on member of the squad.

Check out the ticket purchase facility for all the upcoming fixtures HERE.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT MARK BECK

Yeovil Town are now under two weeks from starting their SkyBet a League Two campaign and Paul Sturrock has moved to add some more experience to the front line of attack with the signing of Mark Beck.

As always, here’s five things you need to know about the new man leading the Glovers strike force.

1) Mark Beck is a 21 year old Scottish striker who has joined Yeovil from Carlisle United on a 2 year deal, on a free transfer.

2) Beck had only signed a two-year extension at Brunton Park last summer, but the Glovers have been allowed to take the striker without paying a fee, although sell on clauses have been included in the deal.

3) Mark towers in at a whopping 6ft 5in – meaning that he would fit in nicely among he other tall Glovers we featured on YTFC.net when Stephen Arthurworrey rejoined on loan. You can visit that list by clicking HERE.

4) At just 21 years old, Beck has been called up to the Scotland Under 21 squad on a number of occasions but has yet to be played. He did however score on his international debut for the Under 19s north of Hadrian’s Wall.

5) Beck is of course on many social media networks, type in @markbeck94 twitter or Instagram and you can welcome our new man to the club, after all, he has moved a fair way!

Beck joins the club just in time for the new season and now is the time to be thinking about joining him. Get tickets for all the home games by clicking HERE and cheer him and all the others on to glory this season.

BEN’S BETS – LEAGUE TWO PREVIEW

The 2015/16 SkyBet Football League season is just around the corner and the principal sponsors have a whole host of exciting betting opportunities that we can look at for the entire season.

In this series of ‘Ben’s Bets’ we will take an in depth look at each division, in order and throw up a few markets that might be of value in the Ante Post category.

SkyBet have a promotion on at the moment where new customers can earn a FREE football shirt of their choice – of course, you’ll pick the nice new Yeovil one – but click HERE to sign up for SkyBet and take advantage of that brilliant introductory offer.

League Two – Champions

Yeovil Town. That was easy. Moving on…

… OK, I’ve put the scarf down and removed the green and white goggles.

We’ll talk about Yeovil in more depth, but the Glovers aren’t the obvious choice for the title, but then again neither is the bookmaker’s obvious choice.

Portsmouth at 4/1 seems no value based on the same theory that prevented me from backing Sheffield United in League One. They’ve been at this level, as pre-season favourites for too many seasons without success, why should this be any different?

My League Two selection is a side that have been backed already this summer. Coming in from odds of 20/1 to 16/1 thanks to their signings are Cambridge United.

Their marquee addition has to be Barry Corr, the striker may have been a target for Paul Sturrock at Yeovil, but the location of Cambridge and their willingness to flash the cash may have been a tempter.

Corr scored vital goals for Southend in their successful promotion season last time but has remained in League Two. Added to that the experience of Keith Keane, Jeff Hughes and Elliot Omozusi and they’ve put together a formidable squad.

Elsewhere, I think the South West may have a positive season with Plymouth and Bri… Brist…. You know… them, having good campaigns, so I’d consider them for promotion and play-off betting markets.

Relegation

Dropping out of the Football League altogether is the fear of all 72 teams under the SkyBet sponsored banner. Looking at the odds, there may be a few teams, some of them a bit obvious who could be trying to avoid finishing in the bottom two.

Accrington Stanley finished 17th last time out and have had to reshape their side, a couple of high profile youngsters including Josh Windass may not see out the season in the red of Stanley and as a result, John Coleman’s side will be hovering around the whirlpool of relegation once more.

I’ve toyed around with a second selection, looking at Exeter and their need to promote academy players, as well as some of the bookmaker favourites in Dagenham and Redbridge and Hartlepool, but I’ve settled on Mansfield at 6/1

Here’s why, the Stags finished in 21st last season, just seven points from the drop and that could end up being the best they can hope for again.

In player-manager Adam Murray they have an inexperienced gaffer and the high turnover of players doesn’t grab me with any enthusiasm, Scott Shearer aside the outgoings are more emphatic than the incomings.

It’s an incredibly competitive market; many teams will be concerned about their status and with just two places dropping into non-league it really could be an interesting one.

Specials

There is one bet I like that involves Yeovil Town, the Glovers are 10/3 to finish the highest of the four relegated sides. Beating Leyton Orient, Notts County and Crawley in the league won’t be easy but certainly not out of the question.

As of right now, SkyBet don’t have a top scorer market available, that’ll come as the sides finalise their squads, but I wouldn’t put anyone off Reuben Reid or even Ryan Bird in that market as each way suggestions. Barry Corr will be getting my outright money on that one.

There will be far more markets available for League Two over the coming days and weeks.

YTFC.net will be previewing Yeovil’s chances in the all the available markets so stay tuned for that. Until then, a reminder that you can signed up for SkyBet HERE and you could qualify for a free football shirt.

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REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN V AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Yeovil Town’s unbeaten preseason run came to an abrupt end as they were well beaten by a strong Bournemouth side at Huish Park tonight.

Two goals from Junior Stanislas and a third from Josh King sealed victory for the newest Premier League side in the Glovers first home warm up game of the summer.

Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock has brought in fifteen new signings in a busy first summer in charge and he started seven of them tonight along with returnee Stephen Arthurworrey. Among them was ex-Bournemouth midfielder Wes Fogden who lined up opposite former Glover Shaun MacDonald in the Cherries ranks.

It was a quiet first quarter hour lacking any excitement as Bournemouth played the ball around in their trademark manner. In fact, the only time the crowd came to life was when a baby seagull halted proceedings by nervelessly walking around the pitch. A dozen stewards soon nabbed the pitch invader before any harm came to him.

Influential Marc Pugh was running the show for Bournemouth and after pulling a shot wide early on, he set up Josh King but the new signing saw his shot deflected onto the post and cleared for a corner.

Within two minutes, the Cherries took the lead when Jakub Sokolik tripped Pugh in the box. Ref Kevin Johnson awarded the spot kick and Junior Stanislas converted into the corner for the opener.

The visitors controlled the first period, so much so that they played four minutes with ten men after Christian Atsugi, the loanee from Chelsea, limped off and his replacement wasn’t ready. The Glovers also suffered a first half blow with today’s new signing Iffy Allen going off on 35 minutes. The Glovers then had their first attempt on goal when Matt Dolan’s rasping left foot drive forced Artur Boruc into a fine save.

After the break, it took Eddie Howe’s men just 92 seconds to double the lead. And it was that man Stanislas again, tucking in from a narrow angle for his second of the night. He almost completed a hat trick three minutes later from a similar position but this time Yeovil keeper Artur Krysiak got down to save.

Josh King was looking equally threatening up front and after causing a flutter of hearts in the Yeovil defence with a cross that deflected off Arthurworrey and went behind, he put his new side three up on the hour. A rare long diagonal ball found the ex Blackburn forward and he outpaced the home back line and coolly slotted home.

The final half an hour saw few goal scoring chances for either side as a raft of substitutions and the     nature of the game dictated. Yeovil’s last chance, and the final one of the match, saw the ball blazed over from a half cleared corner.

Yeovil: Krysiak, Sokolik, Smith, Dolan, Lacey, Arthurworrey, Allen, Fogden, Beck, Jeffers, Dickson

Subs: Weale (unused), Bird for Beck 73, Burrows for Jeffers 54, Gibbons for Allen 31, Laird for Dolan 68, Collins for Dickson 54, Sowunmi for Sokolik 82

TONIGHT’S YEOVIL TOWN TEAM NEWS

Manager Paul Sturrock has named the following side to face AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park.

1. Artur Krysiak

2. Jakub Sokolik

3. Nathan Smith

4. Matty Dolan

5. Alex Lacey

6. Stephen Arthurworrey

7. Iffy Allen

8. Wes Fogden

9. Mark Beck

10. Shaun Jeffers

11. Ryan Dickson

Subs:

12. Chris Weale

13. Ryan Bird

14. Jamie Burrows

15. Jordon Gibbons

16. Marc Laird

17. Roddy Collins

18. Omar Sowumni

IFFY ALLEN SIGNS FOR YEOVIL TOWN


Yeovil Town are pleased to welcome the signing of Iffy Allen to Huish Park.

Allen began his career at Fulham, where he remained for one year before joining Barnet in 2012. While at Barnet the winger spent time on loan at Kingstonian, Redhill and Wingate & Finchley.

The 21-year-old has been at Huish Park on trial for a month and has impressed the management team enough to earn a one-year deal.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: “Iffy came to us with no real background after a spell at Barnet, where he only played a few games.

“He is a very exciting winger and his potential is huge, he showed glimpses of his potential against Torquay in the friendly last week.

“Iffy knows where the goal is and likes to get crosses into the box, there is no substitute for pace a guile. We have have taken a chance on him and it is up to him to force himself into the team.

“I have watched him in training over the past month and that is where I see and learn most things about the players, he is not the finished article by a long shot.

"I am excited by what I have seen in the games and training and I believe I can mould him into a exceptional player.”

Tickets for tonight’s pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth are still available to buy by calling 01935 847888.

Town will be wearing their new home strip and you can buy your replica shirt from the club shop or by clicking here.

BEN’S BETS – LEAGUE ONE PREVIEW

The 2015/16 SkyBet Football League season is just around the corner and the principal sponsors have a whole host of exciting betting opportunities that we can look at for the entire season.

In this series of ‘Ben’s Bets’ we will take an in depth look at each division, in order and throw up a few markets that might be of value in the Ante Post category.

SkyBet have a promotion on at the moment where new customers can earn a FREE football shirt of their choice – of course, you’ll pick the nice new Yeovil one – but click HERE to sign up for SkyBet and take advantage of that brilliant introductory offer.

League One – Champions

We’ve had a quick count up and I think there may be no fewer than 11 sides that will realistically thinking of automatic promotion and title chases this season.

Coventry (22/1) and Doncaster (18/1) have been particularly active this summer in a bid to make their impact on the top of the division, but I’m going to be looking a little closer to the top.

Sheffield United lead the market, as they do every season, but at 5/1 there’s no value in backing a side that has failed to get promoted for the four years they have been in the third tier.

Wigan have dropped out of the league above and as Yeovil fans we know just how hard it is to adjust so I’m going one more down the list – to Peterborough United at 10/1.

The Posh have come out this week and publically declared their upcoming season a ‘failure’ if they don’t get promoted and that is quite a promise.

They’ve signed well and having employed club stalwarts Dave Robertson and Grant McCann as Manager and Assistant is only a good thing.

The owner may enjoy the public limelight but he knows how to back his managers appropriately, combine that with their nous in the transfer market turning non-league prodigies into players worth hundreds of thousands and they’ve got a lot going for them.

At bigger odds, I’m looking at Yorkshire sides Bradford (4/1) and Barnsley (11/2) to get promoted, possibly via the play offs.

Relegation

League One relegation *shudders*, is a betting market we are far too familiar with at Yeovil, so we’ll keep this one short and sweet.

Crewe are Odds On favourites at 5/6 to drop into League Two and whilst they may be there or there abouts, I’m not going to risk £6 to win £5 nine months later.

Colchester too, are just too short to back and Port Vale are a surprisingly low 6/4 despite having signed some players more than capable at that level.

Blackpool to suffer back-to-back drops *shudders* is tempting at 2/1, but not exactly enticing, so I’m going for a side who might be the most average side in the entire league – they’ve finished safely in the mid table of the middle league for the last eight seasons. Finishing  14th, 13th, 9th, 19th, 20th, 10th, 13th, 12th – hardly worrying those at either the top, or bottom of the league.

That run has to come to an end sometime, I’m thinking that they, along with maybe Oldham and Gillingham have more to worry about than most this campaign.

Walsall to be relegated is 9/2.

Specials

I am looking at one club in particular here, a club who have signed well, have the desire to make a move in the division but maybe not the ‘oomph’ to make the big step into the Championship just yet.

Scunthorpe United have unveiled some big plans for a new ground and some shiny new players to play in it.

An Iron top half finish won’t tempt many at 5/6, but with signings like Luke Williams from Middlesbrough and Jamie Ness from Stoke, I feel it’s almost a certainty.

SkyBet don’t currently have odds available for top scorer yet, but I’ll be having a couple of quid on Paddy Madden – for old time’s sake if nothing else.

You can also take individual odds on Scunthorpe finishing higher than other sides too, Iron to outdo Chesterfield and Evens and Rochdale at 10/11 seem like they’ll be nailed on too.

But the stand out special is for Scunthorpe to make the play-offs at 3/1. A competitive division could be a fascinating one.

Stay tuned and we’ll be previewing SkyBet League Two and of course… Yeovil Town’s fortunes.

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ACADEMY SEEKING FULL TIME PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Job title: Lead Academy Physiotherapist

Yeovil Town Academy are looking for a full tiome physiotherapist to oversee the youth team and academy sides.

The candidate must hold Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP)

Candidates must have good communication skills, be flexible and have a positive attitude.

You will be required to have a Criminal Records Bureau check. The job is dependent on suitable references.

Rate of pay will be discussed and will be dependent on experience.

Please contact the Academy secretary, Joe Shulberg on 01935 847880 or send you CV and covering letter by email to academy@ytfc.net.

RYAN DICKSON NAMED YEOVIL TOWN CAPTAIN

Paul Sturrock has announced that Ryan Dickson will become the new Glovers captain, with Nathan Smith as vice-captain.

Sturrock said: "Ryan has been there and got the t-shirt, he has played in a number of leagues for different clubs and his experience will be invaluable to our younger players.

"We have numerous young lads this season and it is important we have leadership qualities and Ryan certainly has those qualities.

"I have made Nathan Smith the vice-captain, Nathan is a model professional and picking these two is the right choice for the club"

New skipper Ryan said: "It’s a honour to be made captain, we have a young squad and I see myself as one of the more experienced players at the club.

"I hope to help the young lads, our togetherness is key this year and I hope I can bring players together.

"I like to think I do things right, both on and off the field and I see myself as a leader. I have a bit of temper at times and I am not scared to tell people what I think.

"I was captain for three games at Crawley last season and we didn’t lose one of them, so hopefully we can go unbeaten this season as well!"

MAKE HUISH PARK A FORTRESS

The countdown is on!! Just over two weeks and Yeovil Town will be back in Sky Bet League Two action.

It has been a long summer without the beautiful game but luckily for us we have a ladies side that have made the absence a lot easier to take.

I had the pleasure of attending and writing about two Women’s Super League Two matches either side of the excellent Women’s World Cup.

It is safe to say I am a convert and am super proud of our Lionesses and our lady Glovers.

Watching them at Huish Park was something special and they looked right at home.

They like to play the ball out wide and get numerous crosses in the box.

I really hope we will see that style of play, and their determination, in the new season and no doubt Sturrock will make sure Huish Park becomes a fortress in the 2015/2016 season.

Now, speaking of the lads, it has been a busy summer for Glovers fans and I hope you have all been keeping up with the signings and remembering the names and faces!

I have had a tough summer dealing with the departure of Joe Edwards so I am on the lookout for a new favourite.

I am, of course, joking.

Well, I am sort of joking!

Here are the players I think we should watch out for in the coming season. Let me know via Twitter if you agree or disagree and who you think will make their mark.

Wes Fogden

I will admit I did not know a lot about the 27 – year – old midfielder but I do know that fans comments are often crucial regarding how successful a signing will be. AFC Bournemouth fans have assured me that he is a top addition to our squad. When you hear phrases such as “does not stop running” and “fans favourite”, who would not be excited? He sounds like just the type of player Yeovil Town welcome into their hearts and if he is anything like Bournemouth favourite, James Hayter, then we are in for a treat. He has got off to a good start in pre – season by making his mark with assists. Let’s hope that continues from August 8th.

Jack Compton

Jack joins us after a whirlwind season with Hartlepool United. He was a part of the squad that pulled off a remarkable “great escape” from relegation. This experience will no doubt have been a valuable one and I hope this season he will be fighting at the opposite end of the table. It is always nice to have a player who knows the West Country on board. Having played for both Weymouth and Weston Super Mare the 26 – year – old will be right at home in my favourite place in the world.

Matty Dolan

I think this is my favourite signing of the summer. Despite only playing 10 games for us in his loan spell in 2013 (best year ever) Matty really made an impression and his attitude, for a loan player, was impeccable. I have fond memories of that free kick against Notts County and I hope he adds to his tally from midfield. He already has a play – off winner’s medal and I really hope he makes the central midfield place his own. Matty has the pleasure of taking on the number four shirt and if anyone was going to take Joe’s number – I am very glad it is him!

Ryan Dickson

Yeovil fans know better than most what it is like to lose their player of the season but this time we snapped up Crawley Town’s top man. Ryan Dickson has also spent time on loan at Huish Park and the left back returns with a lot more experience under his belt and is reunited with his former boss. It speaks volumes that players are returning to play for Paul Sturrock. He obviously builds up a rapport with players and gets the best out of them. I think Ryan is a great addition and I hope he replicates his form with Crawley – but, this time, at the top end of League Two.

Welcome to all the other players who will pull on that special shirt in August.

It could end up being a very special season.

The loyal fans certainly deserve it and the Sturrock era looks to be an exciting one.

With such a fantastic start ahead of us, the opening three matches could tell us a lot about the season ahead.

I hope to see you all at Exeter away and for the rest of the season.

Also, I urge you all to catch a Women’s Super League match at the Jones Stadium – Yeovil Town ladies could make history.

We are one club with two teams we should be extremely proud of.

So, with the excitement building, let’s keep the countdown going on Twitter!

#YTFC

MARK BECK BECOMES A GLOVER

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the signing of Mark Beck from Carlisle United.

Beck has penned a two-year deal at Huish Park after agreeing terms this morning.

The 6ft 5in striker joins the Glovers having spent his professional career at Carlisle United where he racked up over 60 appearances scoring 12 goals.

During his spell at Carlisle, Beck spent time on loan at Workington and last season spent time north of the border at Falkirk.

At Falkirk Mark made 20 appearances in all competitions, scoring five times.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: “I have watched Mark from afar for a while now. He had a successful loan spell at Falkirk last season and managed to force himself into the Scotland Under21 squad.

“He has great talent, he is a big lad at six foot five. I am hoping with that kind of target man and the pace we have, we now have someone who will give us an out ball should we need it.”

BEN’S BETS – CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

The 2015/16 SkyBet Football League season is just around the corner and the principal sponsors have a whole host of exciting betting opportunities that we can look at for the entire season.

In this series of ‘Ben’s Bets’ we will take an in depth look at each division, in order and throw up a few markets that might be of value in the Ante Post category.

SkyBet have a promotion on at the moment where new customers can earn a FREE football shirt of their choice – of course, you’ll pick the nice new Yeovil one – but click HERE to sign up for SkyBet and take advantage of that brilliant introductory offer.

Championship – Champions

The SkyBet Championship is possibly the most competitive division for title chasers; the three relegated sides will have parachute payments burning a hole in their pocket and those who missed out last season will be trying to make sure they hit the big time for their own slice of the Premier League pie.

Derby lead the way according to the bookmakers and you can see why; under McClaren they fell away as the season wore on, but with Real Madrid’s second in command, Paul Clement, now in charge they are giving off a sense that they are immediately back on course.

The signings of Andreas Weimann and Darren Bent have rightfully caught the eye but so have a few others elsewhere in the league.

Stewart Downing arriving at Middlesbrough has hit the headlines and Aitor Karanka has certainly put together a squad capable of going one better than last season’s play-off disappointment. Tomas Kalas keeps their link with Chelsea strong as another loanee follows on from Patrick Bamford’s success last season.

I’m tipping up either of these two to take the trophy in May, Derby are at 6/1, and Middlesbrough at 7/1. Based on the odds alone, I’m taking ‘Boro.

Again though, if we look a bit deeper and check out the Forecast market where we pick the first two in order the odds jump significantly.

Derby 1st, Boro 2nd is 28/1, as is Boro 1st, Derby 2nd.

Relegation

Down at the wrong end of the division, Rotherham, Charlton and Bolton are far too short to be backed, even if you can understand the reasons for their favouritism in this market.

So, I’m looking for an outsider. Leeds are 4/1 for the drop and an owner who can’t help but keep his nose out of business certainly raises my interest, but in truth they probably have just a bit too much quality on the pitch to be in trouble regardless of how many managers, head coaches, caretakers or owners they may get through.

Next in line is Birmingham at 9/2, they are my selection to drop into League One, the Blues may have finished safely in mid table following the surge in performance that comes with the changing of a manager, but prior to that was a 21st place that was probably closer to their rightful place.

My concern here is who they might lose; Clayton Donaldson has been linked away from St Andrews and Gary Rowett is quickly becoming one of the most promising young managers, don’t be surprised to see him tempted away to a side who haven’t quite got it right in the opening weeks of the season.

All hypothetical, of course, but after four consecutive seasons in the second tier and three promoted sides who blitzed their way out of League One, I think there are some sides looking nervously over their shoulder.

Specials

In the specials of this division there are a couple markets that jump to mind; looking at the options for ‘top goal scorer’, I’d consider the ‘stars’ of the division like Jordan Rhodes to be poor value in the betting market based on their value in the transfer market to sides in the Premier League, so looking at options at a slightly bigger price might be the way to go.

Ross McCormack is certain to be leading the line at Fulham this season and should probably be shorter than 14/1, but my selection comes from one of the promoted sides, Preston.

PNE were not short of goals last term, notching 79 in the league alone, that was considering Joe Garner and Jermaine Beckford didn’t get a whole campaign in the white of North End.

Those two are 25/1 and 40/1 respectively to top the market and with each way offering the top four scorers, there are certainly worse bets in the division.

That said, Preston are 6/4 to finish in the top half, with League One champions Bristol City odds on to do the same.

Bristol City ran away with League One last campaign and that momentum could well see them through another positive campaign, I’ll be having a small bet at 5/2 on Bristol City making the Play Offs.

The Championship is looking like a minefield for betting – stay tuned for League One and League Two selections in the coming days.

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SEASON TICKETS ARE ON CAPITAL ONE

Season Tickets are on Capital One
 
This season is on Capital One. Town fans have the chance to win a pair of 2015/16 season tickets thanks to League Cup sponsors Capital One.
 
The prize will allow the winner and a friend to attend our home league games at Huish Park in the 2015/16 season.
 
Jason Carr, Head of Sponsorship at Capital One, the Official Credit Card of The Football League, said: “Football fans are the heart and soul of the game and we wanted to give them the opportunity to show their support week in, week out with a pair of season tickets at each of the 72 Football League clubs available.”
 
To be in with a chance of winning, visit the Capital One UK Facebook page and fill out the form to enter.
 
The promotion closes on the 12th August. T&Cs apply.
 
Make sure to keep up to date with other promotions through the Capital One UK Facebook and Twitter accounts.

ENJOY A MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE AT HUISH PARK THIS SEASON!

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust offer a variety of matchday ticket offers and activities designed to make Yeovil Town Football Club and professional football as accessible as possible whilst providing a truly unique and memorable day out at Huish Park.

Matchday Football Experiences

For the 2015/2016 Season, the Trust are offering a fantastic matchday experience, tailored specifically for young groups.

The perfect outing for birthday parties, football clubs, school trips and community organisations,  your group will start their day with a behind the scenes look at Huish Park followed by an hour and a half structured coaching session, designed to suit your team and your specific needs at YTFC’s superb first team training ground.

Then, when Paul Sturrock’s men return to the dressing room at half time, it will be all eyes on our special visitors, as they take to the hallowed turf for a lap of honour and photograph at half time.

For just £20.00 per adult and £17.00 per child your matchday package will include:

A lap of honour and photograph on the pitch at half-time in front of a crowd of spectators

A 1.5 hour coaching session with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust at the first teams training ground located approximately 1 mile away from the Stadium. The facility has 4 dressing rooms that can be used on the day, toilets and tea/coffee making facilities.

Match ticket in the Family area of the Tamburino Stand

Chance to meet members of the first team squad

Tour of the Stadium (Includes dressing rooms, tunnel, dug outs, corporate boxes, press box, club shop and much more)

Your group announced and welcomed at half time

Your group mentioned on the Trust’s page in the Matchday Programme

Matchday itinerary:

10:00/10.15 – Arrive at Huish Park

10.30 -11.15 – Stadium Tour

11.30 – 13.00 – Coaching Session at YTFC’s first team training ground (subject to weather conditions on the day)

13.00 – Free Time (grab some lunch and head back to Huish Park!)

3.00 – Kick-off! Sit back in the stand and enjoy watching Paul Sturrock’s men in action

3.45 – Take to the pitch for your lap of honour and photograph (subject to weather conditions on the day)

For further information regarding our Matchday Football Experiences, please email Sbradley@ytfc.net or call 01935 706671.

Community Group Bookings

We are offering schools, clubs, colleges, brownies, cubs, scouts, guides and other  community organisations FANtastic match ticket opportunities on group bookings for the 2015/16 season.

For more information, please contact 01935 706671 or e-mail Sbradley@ytfc.net

REPORT: TORQUAY UNITED V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town travelled to Devon to face National League side Torquay United in a pre-season friendly and returned home with a 2-1 victory

Despite falling behind to a Louis Briscoe goal a goal in each half from Shaun Jeffers and Matty Dolan secured the win for men in Green and White.

Paul Sturrock named new signing Alex Lacey in the starting XI and also named Max Melanson, Bradley Champion ad Jayden Corbridge, who are all part of the new academy set-up at Huish Park.

The first real chance of the game came in the sixth minute when a quick break started off by Wes Fogden saw him release Iffy Allen on the left wing. The trialist played a neat through ball to Nathan Smith. The skipper’s cross/shot beat Spiess in the Torquay goal, but the ball hit the crossbar then the post and rebounded to safety.

The home side opened the scoring with 15 minutes on the clock when Briscoe slotted home a Butler cross from just inside the area.

The Glovers left side featuring Smith and Allen were causing problems for the Torquay right back with both players creating good crossing opportunities for each other with their neat play.

With 27 minutes on the clock Town drew level when Jeffers met a Wes Fogden cross to head powerfully home past Spiess from just 12 yards.

Town took the lead with less than five minutes of the second half played. Neat work on the left again from trialist Allen saw him cross low across the ground into the path of Dolan, who smashed home from 25-yards with his left foot, leaving Spiess with no chance.

Just past the hour mark the home side nearly equalized when Luke Young’s strike hit the woodwork and bounced away to safety.

In the 70th minute Town made their first change with the impressive Allen being forced off with cramp to be replaced by Jamie Burrows.

Town now face Premier League new boys on Tuesday (28th July) at Huish Park. To buy your tickets click here.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT NEW RECRUIT ALEX LACEY

Yeovil Town are now deep into pre-season and with the real action just around the corner the squad is taking shape.

The Glovers added another defender this week in Alex Lacey and in order to get to know him… it’s time for FIVE FACTS on the former Luton man.

1) Alexander Lawrence Lacey is a 22-year old central defender signed from Luton Town who put him on the transfer list at the end of the 2014/15 season.

2) Lacey has been at Luton throughout his whole career progressing through their youth system, making his first team debut in December 2010 – aged just 16.

3) He is equally capable in the centre of midfield having spent four spells away from Luton on loan at Cambridge City, Thurrock, Eastbourne Borough and Eastleigh.

4) As recently as last summer, Sky Sports linked Lacey with Bournemouth, Charlton and Millwall. John Still named Lacey Luton captain for pre-season as a challenge for him to step up and improve his communication.

5) Lacey has been very highly rated at Kenilworth Road and joins Yeovil Town with a Conference Title Winners Medal in his suitcase following over 50 appearances with the Hatters.

You can welcome Lacey to Somerset by tweeting him at @AlexLacey24 or by coming along to see him in action.

There are some big names coming to Huish Park this pre-season with Bournemouth and Swansea still to visit while tickets for all the home fixtures are available now for purchase by clicking HERE

ALEX LACEY BECOMES LATEST SIGNING AT HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the signing of Alex Lacey.

22-year-old defender Alex has penned a two-year deal at Huish Park.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: “I am delighted to secure the signing of Alex. He is a natural talent that has played fairly regularly in League Two, I feel he has massive potential and I hope we all get to see that potential.”

Lacey penned his first professional contract at Luton in 2010 and has remained at The Hatters throughout his career to date.

He has spent time on loan at Cambridge City, Thurrock, Eastbourne Borough and in 2013 spent time on loan at Eastleigh.

CHANNEL 5 ANNOUNCE PRESENTERS FOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TONIGHT

Channel 5 today announces the new faces of the Football League highlights show, Football League Tonight which launches on Saturday 8th August at 9pm. Kelly Cates and George Riley will be the new sports duo bringing you every goal from all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League from 9pm every Saturday of the season on Channel 5.

Kelly Cates was part of the Sky Sports News launch team, went on to report on the 2010 FIFA World Cup for ITV, the London 2012 Paralympics for Channel 4 and now presents 606 on Radio 5 Live with pundit Ian Wright. She brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the game to Channel 5’s new Football League highlights show.

Kelly Cates said: “I’ve always been drawn to the passion and unpredictability of The Football League. I can’t wait to be involved in the show and look forward to welcoming viewers to the new home of the highlights show on Channel 5”

If you cut George Riley in half, British sports runs through the core of him. From trialling Olympic Games bids to World Championship Snooker, refereeing for the FA for a day to Rugby League, George has earned his stripes at the coal face of sports broadcasting. A regular on BBC Breakfast, the BBC sports news team and Radio 5 Live George has passion for the local face of British sports and getting down to the details the fans need to know.

George Riley said: “It’s exciting to be a new face on a new Football League highlights show which has a new home on Channel 5! With plenty of opportunities for viewers to get involved I’m looking forward to interacting with the fans and getting to the heart of the game.”

Each show will feature extended coverage of that weekend’s best matches and will include every single goal from all three divisions. Players, managers and fans will also be encouraged to join us in the studio each week, or take part in the conversation via Skype and Facetime. With Kelly’s 50,000 Twitter followers and George’s 30,000 our presenters will be able to engage with viewers direct and join the weekly debates from the studio. Viewers can also use the handles @footballon5, #footballon5 and also catch up on Demand 5 on multiple platforms.

Channel 5 can also confirm that Football League Tonight will continue in weeks where there is no Sky Bet Championship programme and will provide a special focus on the very best games in Sky Bet League 1 and Sky Bet League 2.

Executive Producer for Channel 5, Mark Sharman, said: “Kelly and George make an exciting new combination. They are strong editorially, really know their football and aren’t afraid to add humour to the mix. We think the Football League is a great product and we intend to capture the passion, devotion and sometimes the disappointment that comes with following a League team. In Sunset and Vine, we have the production company to achieve that.”

BEN’S BETS – ANTE POST

The 2015/16 SkyBet Football League season is just around the corner and the principal sponsors have a whole host of exciting betting opportunities that we can look at for the entire season.

In this series of ‘Ben’s Bets’ we will take an in depth look at each division, in order and throw up a few markets that might be of value in the Ante Post category.

SkyBet have a promotion on at the moment where new customers can earn a FREE football shirt of their choice – of course, you’ll pick the nice new Yeovil one – but click HERE to sign up for SkyBet and take advantage of that brilliant introductory offer.

Premier League – Champions

Starting with the Premier Division and personally, I cannot see past Chelsea strengthening their hold on the trophy, but I’m not going to kick start this article by tipping a 6/4 favourite, so I’ve been on the hunt for some value.

I think I’ve found that value in the ‘Straight Forecast’ market.

I’ve already mentioned that Chelsea should be winning the title and so, adding in the team to finish second immediately ups the odds considerably.

If you thinking Man City will come second to Mourihno’s men, you can have 7/2. Picking Arsenal in silver medal position is 11/2 but I’m going one further.

My first selection is Chelsea 1st, Manchester United 2nd at 13/2.

United have added well this summer, Schweinsteiger adds solidity to an already classy midfield and with Rooney the main man thanks to Van Persie’s departure there are goals to be scored.

There is still a goalkeeping issue to be resolved, Valdes and De Gea look set to leave but Jasper Cillisen is a more than adequate replacement should that deal go through.

Relegation

That’s the top of the division sorted, but what about the other end?

The three promoted sides lead the betting for sides to be relegated, but with odds of 4/5 (Watford), Evens (Norwich) and 6/5 (Bournemouth) there isn’t much value in any of those for the average punter.

Leicester’s managerial switch puts them in prime position, but Claudio Ranieri is well equipped to deal with a Premier League battle.

So, it is Aston Villa who I fear for, they will be counting the pennies from the sales of Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke and the void they leave may be too big to fill.

There are doubts over Randy Lerner’s position as owner and so he may be reluctant to splash that cash on replacements.

Tim Sherwood’s management style is certainly entertaining and guiding Villa to the FA Cup final may paper over some cracks, following that up with big spending clubs coming up from the Championship may be too much to ask.

Aston Villa to be relegated – 10/3.

Specials

With so much transfer activity likely to happen between now and kick off, the top-scorer market is still subject to change, but the 16/1 on Wayne Rooney strikes me as each way value as does Diafra Sakho of West Ham at 66/1.

West Ham are one of three or four clubs who will be looking to make significant strides this season, they along with Stoke, Everton and Swansea finished just short of the automatic European places last season and will be hoping to make the kind of progress shown by Southampton.

With that in mind, you can get a few special markets on SkyBet and I’ve found a few that might be of interest.

West Ham to finish higher than Tottenham is a striking 15/2 and Crystal Palace to finish in the top half is 6/4 – Yohan Cabaye wouldn’t have signed for a side not going places.

Head into the #RequestABet section of the SkyBet website for more wild and wacky bets; it’s 6/1 that any Premier League player scores from inside his own half, 10/1 that a Goalkeeper scores at any point and my personal favourite…

‘Wayne Rooney, Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero and Deigo Costa all to score 15 or more league goals’ at 7/2.

So, I’m suggesting good seasons for Jose Mourihno and Louis Van Gaal, but Tim Sherwood and his gilet are heading in the opposite direction.

If you disagree, then SkyBet will have something to fit your taste – click HERE to sign up or log in.

Stay tuned to YTFC.net for my views on the SkyBet Championship.

Yeovil Town Football Club and SkyBet promote responsible gambling for over 18s only. Please Bet Responsibly – only bet to levels you can afford and are comfortable with. Odds suggested are correct at time of writing and subject to change. Visit www.gambleaware.co.uk for the facts and help with problem gambling.

AWAY TRAVEL DETAILS

The Green & White Supporters Club will be running their usual away travel service this season.

Below are the details for the first games this season.

To book your space on the coach please contact Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. Please only call after 6.00p.m. Or email Paul on paulhadlow@outlook.com.

The Away Travel Club will also be running transport to the fixture away at Exeter City on Saturday 8th August. There will be a stop off at Topsham Town FC for a few drinks before the match.

The bus will be departing from the away end of the football club at 11.00am and the price will be £10 per person. To book your space please call Sara on 07939608338.

Green and White Away Travel

Saturday 8th August

Exeter City

Departs Huish Park at 11:30am

Members: £11 – Concessions £11

Non-Members: £13 – Concessions £13

Tuesday 18th August

York City

Departs Huish Park at 11:30am

Members: £31 – Concessions: £29

Non-Members: £33 – Concessions: £31

Saturday 29th August

Oxford United

Departs Huish Park at 11:00am

Members: £21 – Concessions: £19

Non-Members: £23 – Concessions: £21

Saturday 19th September

Crawley Town

Departs Huish Park at 8:45am

Members: £22 – Concessions: £24

Non-Members: £20 – Concessions: £22

Tuesday 19th September

Accrington Stanley

Departs Huish Park at Midday

Members: £31 – Concessions: £29

Non-Members: £33 – Concessions: £31

TOWN READY FOR TRIP TO TORQUAY UNITED


Yeovil Town are set to travel to Plainmoor tomorrow evening (Wed 22nd July) to face Torquay United.

After two games and two victories in Cornwall over the weekend, manager Paul Sturrock and his squad will head to Plainmoor for the 7:30pm kick off against the National League side.

Due to maintenance work the away terracing will be shut for the fixture.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £10

Concessions (Over 65 and students) – £5

Under-12 – FREE

FIVE FACTS ABOUT NEW SIGNING WES FOGDEN

With the Glovers returning from a short pre-season camp in Cornwall, it is time to take a closer look at the newest Yeovil striker with five things you need to know about Wes Fogden.

1) Wesley Kieth Fogden is a midfielder who has spent his whole career playing on the south coast starting at Brighton before taking in Havant and Waterlooville, Bournemouth and finally Portsmouth. He must really love that sea air!

2) Aside from those clubs, Fogden spent three separate spells at one of Yeovil’s closest rivals, Dorchester Town, scoring a handful of goals across 30 appearances.

3) Fogden is written into the history books of Non-League football, he was the first Havant a Waterlooville player to win, not one, nor two but three consecutive Player of the Month awards.

4) In 2013, whilst at Bournemouth, Eddie Howe had plans to change Fogden’s role from that of a bustling midfielder to that of a full back, claiming he was the ‘perfect professional’ and

able to adapt his game.

5) Probably, the most fascinating fact of this or any of the other new YTFC signings is that, at the age of 18 Fogden overcame a spinal tumour.

He spent three months in a full body cast and could have been forgiven for thinking the worst. Thankfully, the tumour was not cancerous and he made a full physical recovery in time to embark on his football career.

Fogden has been touted as a fan’s favourite from every club he has represented and in order to make that happen at Yeovil, he’ll need you to be in attendance each and every week.

Tickets for all the home fixtures, including pre-season, are now available for the upcoming campaign.

Click HERE for more.

REPORT: CALLINGTON TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town ended their mini pre-season tour of Cornwall with a 4-0 victory at Callington Town.

A first half goal from Shaune Jeffers followed by second half goal from Stephen Arthurworrey and a brace by Ryan Bird secured the win for Paul Sturrock’s men.

Town started the game brightly and passed the ball around nicely on the long grass.

It took seven minutes for Town to open the scoring. A Matt Dolan corner caused havoc in the Callington area and with the ball bouncing around the area, Shaun Jeffers pounced to tuck the ball home from close range.

Town pushed forward at every opportunity and were crossing well from both wings. Trialist Ashley Vincent crossed from the left wing, but new signing Wes Fogden’s header was well saved by Borthwick in the Callington goal.

Five minutes after the interval the Glovers doubled their lead from another cross into the box from the wing. This time left-back and skipper for the day Nathan Smith’s cross was headed home by towering defender Arthurworrey.

Just after the hour mark substitute Bird made an immediate impact when he slotted home to score his first goal in the Green & White.

Bird scored his second of the afternoon and Town’s fourth when he headed home a pinpoint Wilson Carvalho free-kick.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: "I am very happy with the workout here at Callington. The pitch was a difficult one to play on and was sticky, which made hard to run with the ball and to get some good passing going.

"We came into these two games having not worked on any shape or style of play, so I have to be pleased to get two clean sheets and score five goals.

"The mini tour has been a great success, we have a charity night last night (Saturday) which went down with the players. Evening like that are just as important as a training session.

"The new players are still learning about each other. We have a young squad at the moment but if we can educate them properly we have some cracking players in our squad."

PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN LADIES V MILLWALL LIONESSES

Yeovil Town Ladies v Millwall Lionesses (Sunday 19th July at Huish Park)

Helen Bleazard is hoping to put on a show for a bumper crowd when Yeovil Town return to FA WSL 2 action on Sunday.

Yeovil welcome Millwall Lionesses to Huish Park – switching from their regular home at Sherborne Town with a record attendance for the season expected – in search of a fast start to the second half of the campaign.

They went into the World Cup break six points off the pace-setters Reading and Doncaster Rovers Belles in Women’s Super League 2 with BT Sport.

However, they each picked up three points last weekend and with the Glovers out of action, the gap has grown to nine.

And Bleazard is hoping to address that against Millwall, who lie seventh in the WSL 2 table with just two league wins to their name.

“We’re ready for Millwall and we’re playing at the men’s ground as well, so it’s an extra incentive for us,” she said.

“We’re going to get more fans than usual and I know quite a lot of the youth teams will be watching as well, which is great because it’s important to promote the sport both inside and outside the club.

“We’re hoping for a record crowd for the club but also for a WSL 2 record, so it should be a great day.

“It’s always going to be a tough game against Millwall – they’re a bit lower down the table than us but that’s because they had a lot of draws in the first half of the season.

“So they’re tough to beat and we know that we’re going to have to fight to get a result this weekend.”

Millwall returned from the World Cup break last weekend with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa and travel to Yeovil looking to bounce back.

They are five points behind their hosts and just four places off bottom spot but Naomi Cole, who scored a penalty when these sides drew 2-2 in May, believes Millwall can turn their season around.

“We’ve got our own targets within the club for the rest of the season and we just want to keep progressing,” said Cole.

“You’ve got to go into every game feeling like you are going to win or at least put in a good performance.

“We want to get that unbeaten run going again, turn draws into wins and see how far up the table we can get.

“We know the top two is a big ask but we are capable of doing that. I think if we finish higher than we did last year though, that’s great because we’ve improved.”

You can book tickets for this game by clicking here.

The Club Store will also be open from midday until 2pm for fans to buy their new shirts for the coming season.

TOWN START PRE-SEASON WITH A 1-0 WIN AT TRURO CITY

Yeovil Town began their pre-season matches with a 1-0 win away at Truro City.

A Marc Laird goal after 87 minutes was enough to earn the Glovers the win against their Cornish hosts.

Manager Paul Sturrock named a first half XI and a different second half XI with only a couple of players playing all 90 minutes.

Included in the starting line up were trialists Paul Connolly, Iffy Allen and Ashley Vincent.

The game started at a frantic pace with both teams passing the ball around nicely in the opening exchanges.

The first real chance of the match fell to striker Shaun Jeffers after 15 minutes. His turn and shot from the edge of the box went narrowly wide of the Truro post.

Just before the half time interval the home side when Shane White headed home from close range. But the referee’s assistant had other ideas as he raised his flag for offside.

At half time Town changed their team around with new trialists Wilson Carvalho, Christopher Ibaiya getting a chance to try and impress the Yeovil Town management team.

Fifteen minutes into the second period Jakub Sokolik thought he had opened the scoring when his cross/shot cannoned off the cross bar and away to safety.

Five minutes later Jamie Burrows was close to opening his account for the Glovers, but his powerful header was well saved by Tom McHale in the Truro goal.

With just three minutes to go and the score line still at 0-0 Town scored the only goal of the game.

A cross from the left wing from Carvalho was met by the leaping Burrows, who headed back across goal into the path on Laird, who made no mistake from close range.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: “I am happy everyone got 45 minutes under their belt.

“We haven’t really worked on any shape as of yet, so it was really pleasing to get of to a winning start.

“We are back training tomorrow (Saturday) and have another game at Callington on Sunday, before some testing home pre-season games.

“I thought Paul Connolly played well. He hasn’t trained with a team for a while. I thought he didn’t put a foot wrong.”

WES FOGDEN BECOMES A GLOVER

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the signing of Wes Fogden, subject to paperwork confirmation.

Wes has penned a two-year deal with the Glovers ahead of tonight’s pre-serason friendly with Truro City.

Midfielder Wes started his career at his hometown club Brighton in 2006 before he joined Dorchester Town in 2008.

After a season at Dorchester he join Havant & Waterlooville where he made over 100 appearances scoring 29 goals.

In 2011 he joined AFC Bournemouth where he remained for three seasons making over 50 appearances for the Cherries.

Last season Wes made 28 appearances for Portsmouth in League Two scoring two goals.

PRE-SEASON STARTS TONIGHT AT TRURO CITY


Town return to action tonight when they travel Truro City for their first pre-season fixture (7:45pm kick-off).

Paul Sturrock’s men will face Steve Tulley’s side, who will play in the National League South this season, after winning the Southern League play-off final last term.

Tonight’s game will be the first of seven pre-season fixtures fr Town. The second match being played at Callington on Sunday (1pm kick-off).

Prices for tonight’s fixture against Truro City are as follows:

Adults – £8

Concessions – £6

Under 16’s – £3

Under 16’s with a paying Adult – Free

Prices for the trip to Callington are as follows:

Adults – £7

Concessions – £4

To see the pre-season fixtures click here.

The postcode for Truro’s ground is TR1 2TH

The postcode for Callington’s ground is PL17 7DR

ACADEMY SIDE LOSE AWAY AT DORCHESTER TOWN


Town’s new under 18 side played their third game of pre-season last night away at Dorchester Town.

The academy side lost 2-0 thanks to goals in each half from Charlie Davis and Luke Woodland.

In the second half Town could have got themselves level when a Morrison shot cannoned off the cross bar.

Town’s team:

Kingsley Latham

A.N.Other

Thiago Sa

Fedji

Prince

Jayden Corbridge

Bradley Champion

Max Melanson

Jack Ball

Frankie Maloney

Phillip Stroble

Subs:

James Needle

Sam Bolton

Matt Morrison

Arthur Warren

Ben Griffiths

Jason Root

Ollie Bassett

TICKET INFORMATION FOR LADIES FIXTURE AT HUISH PARK


Here is a small guide to ticket information for this weekends (Sunday 19th July) Women’s Super League match at Huish Park, which kicks off at 2.00pm.

£4.00 adults

£2.50 concessions (Under 18’s and over 65’s)

YTLFC SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

If you are a Yeovil Town Ladies FC Season Ticket holder, you will be able to gain FREE access to the game. Please enter through Turnstile One, situated just to the left of the main ticket office and show your Season Ticket upon entry.

If you wanted to take advantage of a pre-match Carvery, please email matchday@yeoviltownladies.com with your full name and we will book you in. There is an additional cost of £7.50 for a Carvery, which can be paid on the day.

PRE-BOOKED TICKETS

The easiest way to get your matchday ticket is to book online. Click here and then follow the steps through. Once you have booked, you will receive an E-Ticket by email. Just print that off and bring with you on the day, where it will be scanned upon entry. Please enter through Turnstile One, situated just to the left of the main ticket office. You can also add a pre-match Carvery to your tickets, by selecting the number you require.

PRE-MATCH CARVERY

For an additional cost of £7.50, you can enjoy a pre-match Carvery in the Alex Stock lounge, whilst looking over the Huish Park pitch. Places for this MUST be booked in advance, as places are limited. You can book your place by either emailing matchday@yeoviltownladies.com or by adding a booking to your matchday ticket when booking online. Once booked, you will enter through the Conference Centre entrance to the ground. Please bring your E-Ticket with you if you have booked online, or your Season Ticket if you have one and show upon entry. Entrance to the Alex Stock Lounge is from 12.00pm onwards.

BUYING TICKETS ON THE DAY

Within the main Tamburino Stand, Turnstiles Two, Three and Four will accept cash on the day. Cost is £4.00 adults / £2.50 concessions.

ENTRANCE TO THE STADIUM

There is strictly no entry until 12.30pm, unless you have booked a pre-match Carvery, where access through the Conference Centre is from 12.00pm.

For more information please contact us on info@yeoviltownladies.com or tweet @YeovilLadiesFC or Facebook facebook.com/YTLFC

GET A FREE SHIRT FROM SKY BET

Sky Bet, the Title Sponsor of The Football League, are offering new customers a fantastic deal to kick off the season in style.

 

From Thursday July 16, Football League fans who open a new account with Sky Bet and stake £45 on selected Football League outright markets will receive a FREE £45 voucher to spend in their team’s club shop.

 

The voucher can be exchanged for a new club shirt or any other product available in the store with all of the profit going directly back to the club.

 

Head of Sponsorship Edwin Martin said: “It’s our goal to reward Football League fans for choosing Sky Bet and what better way to do it than help everyone get kitted out in their club colours – while having a punt on their team.”

 

The offer is open to new Sky Bet customers only, and they must sign up at www.skybet.com/shirts.

 

Football League Commercial Director Ben Wright said: “It’s a brilliant scheme from Sky Bet to start this Football League campaign.

“I hope to see even more fans kitted out in this season’s strip after taking advantage of this offer.”

 

To claim your free £45 club shop voucher, visit skybet.com/shirts and select the team you support.

 

Once you have staked a total of £45 or more on Football League Promotion or League Winner markets, you will receive an email confirming your voucher, which will be posted to your home address.

 

Terms and conditions apply. See www.skybet.com/shirts

FIVE FACTS ABOUT NEW SIGNING RYAN BIRD

Yeovil Town announced the signing of striker Ryan Bird on a two year deal and with a new front man come five new facts.

1) Each time Bird has flown his nest to a new club, he has scored on his League debut. Portsmouth, Cambridge and. Hartlepool all reaped the benefits of his goal scoring straight away.

2) You could say that Bird has always been Eagle-eyed in front of goal; at non league Burnham, where he started his career, he scored over 100 goals including 45 goals in 45 games during the 2012-13 season.

3) It’s well known that birds are attracted to shiny things and Ryan is no different, winning a league title medal with Burnham and the FA Trophy with Cambridge – scoring a goal in a 4-0 final win at Wembley.

4) Bird actually started off as a defender, playing a number of games at centre back due to his height, but after filling in up top and finding his scoring boots that’s where he stayed.

This does give Paul Sturrock options with his new man, you could say it’s like having two Birds in his hand… Equivalent to four in the bush.

5) Bird is a tweeter… What else would you expect? Welcome him to Somerset and wish him well on his emigration south for the winter season on twitter with the handle @Ryan7Bird

The Bird is most certainly the word at Huish Park this week, make sure you come along to support him by buying your tickets HERE.

CLUB HOLDS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL GOLF DAY

The Yeovil Town Annual Golf Day sponsored by Thatchers Cider was held yesterday at Sherborne Golf Club.

The winners of this years competition, scoring a total of 97 points were Terry Skiverton and his team of N. Harvey, J. Brennan and J. Brodie.

Second place went to former player Paul Thorpe and his team of P. Weston, A. Skirton and L. Parker.

Third place with 93 points went to Tony Pounder, Martin McConachie, Mike Stone and Jim Healey.

The fourth place position went to T. Jones, D. Pring, S. King and T. Watson.

The winning celebrity was Chris Weale who scored an impressive 40 points.

The club would like to thank Thatchers Cider for sponsoring the event and Sherborne Golf Club for hosting another superb day at their wonderful course.

CLUB EMPLOYEE PASSES AWAY


Yeovil Town Football Club are deeply saddened to report the passing of long-serving employee Peter O’Riordan.

Peter, who passed away on Saturday, July 11th, worked for the Glovers for 15 years and headed up the club’s accounts department at Huish Park.

Peter’s funeral will be take place at Yeovil Crematorium on Wednesday, July 22nd at 11:20am.

The club’s offices will be closed from 11am until 1pm to allow staff members to attend the funeral.

TICKETS: EXETER CITY V YEOVIL TOWN


Tickets for Town’s trip to take on Exeter City on 8th August will go on sale at 9am on Friday 17th July.

Due to the limited allocation of tickets, season ticket holders will have priority, but will be restricted to one ticket per person.

Any remaining tickets will go on sale from Monday 3rd August.

General sale will be restricted to two tickets per person.

 

Adult and senior prices rise by £1 on the day.

Prices are as follows:

As the allocation of away seated tickets at St James Park is extremely limited we would ask all supporters who are able to stand for the duration of the game to consider purchasing terrace tickets so that we may give priority to disabled supporters, families with young children and those who are unable to stand for the duration of the match.

Whilst we won’t be placing restrictions on the buying of the seated allocation supporters co-operation on this matter would be very much appreciated.

To order your tickets please call 01935 847888. If you reach the answerphone, please only leave one message.

SQUAD NUMBERS REVEALED


A list of squad numbers the players will be wearing this season can be viewed below.

1. Artur Krysiak

2. Ben Tozer

3. Nathan Smith

4. Matty Dolan

5. Stephen Arthurworrey

6. Jakub Sokolik

7. Kevin Dawson

8. Marc Laird

9. Ryan Bird

10. Shaun Jeffers

11. Ryan Dickson

12. Chris Weale

14. Jack Compton

15. Jordan Gibbons

16. Jamie Burrows

17. Omar Sowunmi

18. Simon Gillett

For details of sponsorship packages this season, including player sponsorship, please contact Dave Linney on dlinney@ytfc.net or by calling 01935 847872.

All squad numbers are subject to change.

NEW HOME KIT FOR SEASON 2015/16 REVEALED

ytfc.net can reveal the new home strip for the 2015/15 season.

The new shirt, which is made by Sondico features the club crest inside of a shield to make the crest more prominent on the green hoop. 

Town supporters will be able to purchase the new shirt from the Club Shop from midday tomorrow (Thursday 16th July).

The green and white hooped shirt, which features the new club sponsor Jones Building Group, is available for the price of £40 for adults and £30 for youth sizes and the newly stocked baby kits are £35.

The back of the shirt also features Thatchers Cider just below the collar.

As a special offer the first 10 fans to buy their shirt will receive 20% discount*.

*Discount is only valid for one shirt.

RYAN BIRD FLIES SOUTH TO JOIN YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the signing of striker Ryan Bird.

27-year-old Ryan has penned a two-year deal at Huish Park after he left Cambridge United at the end of last season.

The 6’4” striker started his career at Burnham FC where he played nearly 300 games and scored 114 goals.

In 2013 then signed for Portsmouth where he made 20 appearances. Whilst at Portsmouth he spent time on loan at Havant & Waterlooville and Cambridge United.

After leaving Portsmouth in 2014 Ryan re-joined Cambridge United where he made 24 appearances scoring six goals. Towards the end of last season he joined Hartlepool United, where he played six games, scoring twice.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: “Ryan has come out of non-league at a relatively late age. If you look at his goals to games ratio that he has started it shows he has plenty to offer.

“I have watched him over the past few days during training and he certainly has goals in him. And goal scorers are invaluable at any football club.

“He is a big lad and will give us a great option up front. We are pleased with the signing and I hope Ryan pushes himself to be a starter in the team.”

CALLINGTON TOWN KICK OFF TIME CHANGE


Town’s pre-season fixture against Callington Town will now kick-off at 1pm.

The original kick-off time was 3pm, but the fixture time has been moved forward two hours.

Fans travelling to watch Town can use the postcode PL17 7DR in their satellite navigational systems.

GLOVERS WIN PRE-SEASON CRICKET MATCH

With the Ashes in full swing it came as no surprise that the newly acquainted squad of Yeovil Town Football Club wanted to get in on the act.

On a gloriously sunny afternoon the lads took on Total Abuse Cricket Club, a team that included a certain Paul Sturrock.

The new Gaffer had become acquainted with the opposition during his time at Plymouth Argyle.

After a purely abusive toss up The Glovers won the toss and elected to bat with Chris Weale and Ryan Dickson opening for the football club.

After a tentative start Dickson blasted a beautiful four for the first boundary but sadly that was as good as got for Ryan as he was out next ball.

Matty Dolan was next in but his stay was also very short as he was bowled for just the one run.

Wealey in the meantime was plodding along on his way to an unbeaten twenty when he had to retire (Gaffer’s orders!) but new arrival Shaun Jeffers was looking good as he made his way to 14 before being caught.

Marc Laird and Stephen Arthurworry didn’t worry anybody as they both departed for ducks but the next two in, Jordan Gibbons and Omar Sowumni both made 23 before retiring but clearly Jamie Burrows didn’t play much cricket with Rangers as he departed for another duck.

Jacob Sokolik was next in with 4 followed by Artur Krysiak who showed that the Polish clearly have a long way to go in cricket terms.

Finally Nathan Smith came and went walking all over his stumps on the way. Well done Smithy!

But the final total of 126 was a fair score for a team still learning the game…that’s cricket we mean.

The Total Abuse reply was led by Luggy Sturrock, as he team mates seemed to call him. The gaffer strode out to the wicket, looking every bit the professional, and showed what he could do with the bat with a solid 18 before being caught and bowled.

We do not know who by as the PA went on the blink and the scorer was sleeping at the time.

Total Abuse’s Mills was next in and out for a duck but Aspinal did slightly better with nine, but clearly Total Abuse were way behind the run rate and it was looking good for the footballers.

Adams chipped in two before Darren Way, making a guest appearance for Abuse somehow managed 11 as he flung the bat at everything.

Next in was Sly, who put up a fierce resistance with 13 which left Terry Skiverton (another guest for Abuse) stranded on four as the overs ran out with Abuse way behind on 93.

So a really positive start for the very new look Glovers as the season approaches with supporters and players alike all looking forward to a winning start to the season.

Yeovil Town Football Club 126 (Weale, Gibbons and Sowumni all retired on 20, 23 and 23 respectively)

Total Abuse Cricket Club 93 (Sturrock 18)

MATCHDAY PRICES FOR 2015/16 SEASON REVEALED

The Yeovil Town Ticket office can now confirm the match day ticket prices for the 2015/16 Sky Bet League Two season.

All tickets will be available to buy online from Monday morning.

Tamburino Centre       

                                    Matchday    Pre-match

Premium*                        £32            £30

Adults                              £25            £23

Senior/Disabled                £22            £20

Young Person (16 – 21)     £16            £14

Juniors                             £9              £9

* seat price only       

       

Tamburino Wing       

                                    Matchday    Pre-match

Adults                              £23            £21

Senior/Disabled                £20            £18

Young Person (16 – 21)     £16            £14

Juniors                            £8              £8

Screwfix Centre       

                                    Matchday    Pre-match

Adults                             £24            £22

Senior/Disabled               £20            £18

Young Person (16 – 21)    £16            £14

Juniors                            £9             £9

       

Screwfix Wing       

                                    Matchday    Pre-match

Adults                            £22             £20

Senior/Disabled              £18             £16

Young Person (16 – 21)   £16             £14

Juniors                           £8               £8

       

Thatchers Gold Terrace       

                                    Matchday    Pre-match

Adults                            £20             £18

Senior/Disabled              £18             £16

Young Person (16 – 21)   £16             £14

Juniors                           £8              £8

DAVID BYRNE JOINS ACADEMY SET UP


Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the appointment of David Byrne as their new Academy Head of Coaching and Under 18’s Manager.

David teams up with manager Paul Sturrock for a third time after  working together at both Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town.

David joins Town with immediate effect and will be leading the under 18’s in their first season back after a two year break.

With the news of David joining the fixtures for the 2015-16 FL Youth Alliance Under 18 South West League have now been released.

Along with the league games the new academy team will be playing six pre-season games before their first league game away at Exeter City on 8th August.

The pre-season fixtures sees the academy start against Longwell Green on Saturday 11th July at Huish Park.

The full pre-season schedule can be seen below:

Sat 11th July – Longwell Green – Home – 1:00pm

Tues 14th July – Barking Abbey – Home – 2:00pm

Thurs 16th July – Dorchester Town – Away – 7:45pm

Thurs 23rd July – Wincanton Town – Away – 7:45pm

Sat 25th July – Frome Town – Away – 3:00pm

Wed 29th July – Reading – Away – TBC

League Fixtures:

Sat 8th Aug – Exeter City – Away

Sat 15th Aug – AFC Bournemouth – Home

Sat 22nd Aug – Swindon Town – Away

Sat 29th Aug – Oxford United – Away

Sat 5th Sept – Cheltenham Town – Home

Sat 12th Sept – Newport County – Away

Sat 19th Sept – Bristol Rovers – Home

Sat 26th Sept – Plymouth Argyle – Home

Sat 10th Oct – Portsmouth – Away

Sat 17th Oct – Oxford United – Home

Sat 24th Oct – Cheltenham Town – Away

Sat 7th Nov – Bristol Rovers – Away

Sat 14th Nov – Newport County – Home

Sat 21st Nov – Plymouth Argyle – Away

Sat 5th Dec – Portsmouth – Home

Sat 19th Dec – Exeter City – Home

Sat 9th Jan – AFC Bournemouth – Away

Sat 23rd Jan – Swindon Town – Home

All fixtures are subject to change.

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT IAN BOTHAM?

Yeovil Town players will be be taking to the cricket pitch this Friday (10th July) when they take on Paul Sturrock and his Total Abuse Cricket team at North Perrott.

The game is due to start 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.

HOST FAMILIES WANTED


Yeovil Town Academy are currently looking for host family providers to support our young players who need to live away from home to undertake their football training at Huish Park.

The accommodation is required for our young professional football apprentices. The club are looking for good quality lodgings in an area which provides a safe residential setting for them to live, whilst taking part in their weekly training and education schedule.

If you require further information please contact Geoff Harrop at academy@ytfc.net.

LAST CHANCE TO 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.

JONES BUILDING GROUP BECOME NEW CLUB SPONSORS

With just under four weeks until the start of Sky Bet League 2 campaign Yeovil Town Football Club are delighted to announce that Jones Building Group will become their main sponsor for the 2015-2016 season, taking over from W+S Recycling Services.

Jones Building Group have been heavily involved at Yeovil Town for more than a decade, namely being the main sponsor from 2009 until 2012. Previous to that they were youth team sponsor for a number of seasons as well as occupying one of the executive suites throughout this period.

Commercial Manager Dave Linney said: “This is a new and exciting era for Yeovil Town Football Club and we are delighted to have secured this main sponsorship for the new season and would like thank Dave Jones and Mark Porter for their continued and loyal support of our club.

Mark Porter, Managing Director of Jones Building Group said: “We are delighted to be back as main club sponsors of Yeovil Town.

“A good number of our employees are Yeovil Town fans, the company started here in Yeovil. We now have offices in five locations, but home is still in Yeovil.

“The sponsorship is all about helping Paul and his management team rebuild. After two relegations, it would be nice to now see two promotions.

“We are looking forward some good times ahead as main club sponsors.”

Chairman John Fry said: “We have worked with Jones Building Group for a number of years and they have been brilliant sponsors and supporters of Yeovil Town Football Club.

“I can see this being a successful relationship, we have always had a happy relationship with Dave Jones and his company. It is nice to have them back as main club sponsors.

“Jones Building Group are also sponsors of Yeovil Town Ladies and support both teams superbly. We would love to have the ladies playing at Huish Park in the future.

“The sponsorship begins a new era for Yeovil Town with this deal and the launch of the new academy set up.

“I would also like to thank W+S Recycling Services for their sponsorship over the past three seasons.”

 

Jones Building Group are a leading South West business with over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. Their head office is based here in Yeovil but also have branches in Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and New Milton. They offer a range of services including design and build, renovation, maintenance and responsive works as well as painting and decorating along with other specialist services.

Dave added: “We must also remember the magnificent support of outgoing main sponsor W+S Recycling who held this title over the past three seasons. In particular I would like to thank Geoff Thompson for his support”.

"On behalf of everyone at the club we would like to pass on our appreciation to everyone at Jones Building Group for the support and commitment to Yeovil Town Football Club and hope that both organisations can progress in the future."

NEW ACADEMY RECOMMENDED FOR CATEGORY 3 STATUS

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that the new Academy has been recommended for Category 3 status.
 

The club has achieved Category 3 status after the completion of the Elite Player Performance Plan inspection process.

Newly appointment Academy chairman Andy Rossiter is pleased to announce that the club have appointed Geoff Harrop as the academy manager.

Geoff has joined Yeovil Town following his departure from Torquay United where he was responsible for restarting the youth department in 2010.

 

Geoff has previously had successful spells with Colchester United, Rushden & Diamonds and Northampton Town.

 

Geoff said: “I am delighted that we have achieved Category 3 status after all the hard work that has been put in behind the scenes over the past couple of months prior to my appointment.

 

“We now have players ranging from under 9’s to under 18’s signed up to the academy for the new season and we have members of qualified staff ready to get going.

 

“We all want to see young players in our first team who are developed through the academy and here at Yeovil Town they will be given every opportunity to impress.

“The board and manager Paul Sturrock have demonstrated their ambition and drive to develop young players and now the real hard work begins.”

John Evans, Principal of Yeovil College said “Yeovil College is proud to be working in partnership with Yeovil Town Football Club again to deliver the educational studies for the new academy footballers.

"The programme is an excellent opportunity to develop the football stars of the future and to give a clear educational pathway for local and regional academy apprentices.

"The apprentices will be studying at the college for a day and a half working towards their Level 3 BTEC qualification.”

COME AND WATCH THE PLAYERS 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.

TICKETS: YEOVIL TOWN V QPR


Tickets for Town’s Capital One Cup clash with QPR are now on sale.

 

Season ticket holders will have until 3rd August to claim their seat, but all other available seats are available to buy now by clicking here.

There will be no price increase on match day, but fans are urged to buy their tickets early. Tickets can be purchased via the online ticket page or by calling 01935 847888.

Season ticket holders can purchase their seats online by logging into their my tickets account with their season ticket number and password.

 

Prices for the fixture are as follows:

 

All Seated Tickets
Adult – £18

Senior (65 and over) – £13

Disabled/wheelchair – £13

Young Person (aged 16-21) – £13

Under 16 – £5

 

Thatchers Gold Terrace
Adults – £15

Senior (65 and over) – £11

Young Person (aged 16-21) – £11

Under 16 – £5

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

FIVE FACTS ABOUT NEW SIGNING JAMIE BURROWS


Yeovil Town returned to pre-season training this past Friday and along with all the new faces we knew about, came one more, Jamie Burrows.

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

1) Jamie Burrows is a 20 year old striker who left Glasgow Rangers this past summer, Rangers have been his only professional club.

2) Burrows signed for the Scottish giants from a little known club, St Paul’s of Jersey, a club which count Graeme Le Saux among it’s alumni.

3) Burrows was suggested to Paul Sturrock by a friend who described his play as either "Smelly or Pele" – that’s one can of deodorant away from a very big compliment!

4) It not just 11-a-side that Burrows has played, he represented the blue half of Glasgow in the Hong Kong Sevens tournament on more than one occasion.

5) Burrows is something of YouTube hit, there are two videos, one from his time at St Pauls and one from his time at Rangers that show off the young striker’s attributes, you can view them by clicking HERE and HERE

Burrows is certainly an exciting prospect we are all looking forward to seeing this season, you can beat the masses to see him in action by buying your tickets for the pre-season friendlies by clicking HERE

JAMIE BURROWS SIGNS FOR YEOVIL TOWN


Yeovil Town have today completed the signing of attack minded player Jamie Burrows, subject to international clearance.

20-year-old Jamie has penned a one-year deal with an option of extending the contract subject to appearances.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: “Jamie had a two year youth contract at Rangers and progressed to receive a one-year professional deal.

“Unfortunately he broke his ankle early in the season and played very little last season. A friend of mine gave me the quote ‘he is either smelly or Pelé’ and it will be my job to make sure he is more Pelé than smelly.

“I have seen enough of Jamie’s highlights and had my cards marked by several other people about what this boy can potentially achieve.”

To view some highlights of Jamie in action for Rangers click here

YEOVIL TOWN LADIES TO PLAY AT HUISH PARK

Third placed Yeovil Town Ladies will play their next Women’s Super League match at Huish Park, as they welcome Millwall Lionesses on Sunday 19th July.

With the Lady Glovers attendances on a big increase and exposure to the women’s game increasing all the time, it is hoped that Huish Park will welcome in excess of 1000 fans to the game to support local Women’s elite football, which comes off the back of a recent superb World Cup campaign for the England Women team.

This will be the first time that Huish Park has hosted a female game since the fixture back in 2013 when Leeds Utd played in an FA Women’s Cup game, which saw just over 600 fans in attendance.

But with an excellent first half of the season in the FAWSL, manager Jamie Sherwood is hoping that a large following will come along and support his team on 19th July, in their first game since the midseason and World Cup break.

Sherwood said “We have had a terrific first half of the season, but our next run of games are crucial to us and they are huge matches and if we want to progress further, we will have to be at our best. The players will be absolutely buzzing to be able to play at Huish Park and they will do all they can to ensure that their performance on the pitch, is a return on the amount of energy and support given from the fans.”

 

“Millwall will be a tough test, but I’m positive that with the support of the whole region, this will enable us to get the points we require in order to put on a real push for promotion”

“Our ladies are big supporters of the mens team, and we know the mens team are big supporters to the Ladies too and the opportunity for us to showcase Women’s Elite football at Huish Park, shows the ‘One Club’ philosophy in order in Achieve By Unity. The players will wear their green and white shirts with pride and will give no less than 100%”

Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman Steve Allinson said “I am very grateful to John Fry and his Board of Directors for giving us the opportunity to play this game at Huish Park and we are all looking forward to an opportunity to showcase the women’s game, which has captured the imagination of so many through the recent performances of our England team in the Women’s World Cup"

The game kicks off at 2.00pm, with the turnstiles opening at 12.30pm. There is an opportunity for fans to purchase a pre-match Carvery, which is served from 1.00pm inside the conference centre. There are a maximum number of places available for this, so it is advised to book early. You can purchase match tickets and book and pay for your pre-match Carvery by clicking here

Tickets are priced at £4.00 adults and £2.50 concessions, with the pre-match Carvery costing an additional £7.50.

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.

THE YEOVIL TOWN SHORTLIST

With the announcement of Stephen Arthurworrey set to rejoin to Glovers for a second spell we here at YTFC.net decided to check out the tallest players to don the green and white.

Arthurworrey joins the list as the shortest of the big men, so only those who are listed as being over 6ft 4.5in are included.

 

1) Hugo Rodgrigues. 6ft 8in

The Portuguese defender was a firm fans favourite and his long leg was famously subject to a Harry Kewell dive in 2004.

2) Dan Burn. 6ft 8in

Arthurworrey isn’t even the tallest Fulham loanee ever to grace the Huish Park turf.

Burns extra height proved vital at Wembley as he rose highest to nod home the second, and winning, goal against Brentford.

3) Asmir Begovic. 6ft 6in

The first of two goalkeepers on the list is Asmir Begovic, at the time on loan from Portsmouth but now of Stoke City. Half a season with Yeovil gave the Bosnian valuable first team experience before he made it to the big time.

3=) Wayne Hennessey. 6ft 6in

Goalkeeper number two on the list, Hennessey played a short spell on loan during the season in the Championship. The Welsh international wowed fans with his performances before Premier League Crystal Palace came calling.

4) Kieffer Moore. 6ft 5in

The first and only striker that made the countdown. Described by some as a ‘beanpole’ forward. Kieffer Moore troubled defences in League One and the Championship and scored the goal that secured the visit of Manchester United last season.

4=) Ben Nugent. 6ft 5in

Staying with last season’s side, Ben Nugent towers over most of the side – but was only half an inch taller than his central defensive partner Arthurworrey.

4=) Aaron Brown. 6ft 5in

The central defender joined the Glovers in 2008 and played more than 20 times scoring a memorable overhead kick at Southend.

5) Stephen Arthurworrey. 6ft 4.5in

The "Big Dog" as he was affectionately nicknamed by his former youth team comrades comes in a lowly 5th on the list.

 

He impressed during his first spell and kept the powerful Manchester United front line in check for the vast majority of their visit in January.

Now he’s back in Somerset and aiming for promotion under Paul Sturrock.

As an aside, our newest defender Omar Sowunmi could well be added to the list, he matches Arthurworrey on the measuring stick and will be considered one of the Glovers tallest players just as soon as he makes his debut.

Have we missed any? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter – don’t blame us if any of these heights are incorrect, either. We went with Wikipedia for the stats!

 

Arthurworrey will be back in Green and White this pre-season. Click HERE to buy your pre season ticklts online.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – PLYMOUTH ARGYLE


Formed in 1886 as Argyle F.C., Plymouth play at Home Park which has a capacity of just over 17,000 spectators.

After reaching the Playoff semi-finals last season, succumbing to Wycombe Wanderers 5-3 on aggregate, Plymouth will be looking to go one better this time around and you would not bet against them doing so.

Following the sacking of John Sheridan at the end of May, the Pilgrims appointed Derek Adams to take the helm – a 39-year-old Scottish Manager who had been plying his trade North of the border with Ross County.

There are strong links between Yeovil and Plymouth with former Glovers midfielder Paul Wotton having racked up nearly 500 appearances for the Pilgrims during 17 years at the club. He is now based with the Devon side in a coaching capacity.

Current Yeovil Manager Paul Sturrock has also had two successful spells with Plymouth, having guided them to the Third Division Title in 2002 and their highest league position in 20 years in 2008. He was named in the supporters’ team of the century and is still held in high regard by the Green Army.

Distance from Huish Park: 90 miles (one hours, 50 minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 7th in League Two.

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

Super stat: Plymouth’s ‘Pilgrims’ nickname originates from the 17th century when an English religious group departed Plymouth for the New World.

STEPHEN ARTHURWORREY RETURNS TO HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Stephen Arthurworrey on a season long-loan from Fulham.

The highly rated defender has penned a deal with the Glovers until the end of the season after signing a one-year contract extension with his parent club.

This will be Stephen’s second loan stint in the green and white after spending the majority of last season at Huish Park.

During his spell last season the 6’5" defender made over 30 appearances including an impressive performance against Premier League Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: "I am very pleased with the acquisition of Stephen. For a young player he was outstanding in the heart of the defence for us at the end of last season.

"He is going to be the stalwart of our defence this season. I am really looking forward to working with him and helping him to improve his game."

WEALE AND KRYSIAK TO STAY AT HUISH PARK


Manager Paul Sturrock has confirmed that both Chris Weale and Artur Krysiak are to remain at Yeovil Town.

Speaking to ytfc.net the manager said: "Artur and Chris will both be returning to Yeovil Town for pre-season training on Friday.

"They will both be fighting it out for the number one jersey throughout the pre-season schedule and into next season.

"Chris will have a dual role at the club as he will also be the goalkeeper coach. I am also a qualified goalkeeper coach so will also be helping in that area.

He continued: "I listened to John Terry last week when he spoke about Petr Čech’s move to Arsenal and how the move will save them at least 14 points. I couldn’t agree more and it goes to show how important the goalkeeper position is.

“At this moment in time, I feel that experience is very important and I have given both the shot stoppers the chance to fight for the number one jersey.

“Hopefully the competition for the goalkeeper position will put an edge to their game that will see both players improve.

“After last season the slate is wiped clean and it is up to one of the goal keepers to impress me enough to earn the number one shirt.

When asked about competition for places the manager said: “I think competition for places is very important and I hope to have two players for each position. I hope to have two or three utility players, which will help the dynamics of the squad.”

FIVE FACTS ABOUT NEW SIGNING RYAN DICKSON


With pre-season training just a few days away,  Paul Sturrock has announced another new face will be joining Yeovil Town.

Full back Ryan Dickson is back in his native West Country and here’s five things you need to know about the left back.

1) Ryan Anthony Dickson is a 28 year old left back who left Crawley Town earlier this week. He is the second former Glovers loanee to join on a permanent deal this summer.

2) He’s one of Sturrock’s Stalwarts having played under the gaffer at Plymouth until 2008.

3) Dickson has played for Yeovil before, he made a handful appearances in 2012. Ryan made his debut in a thrashing at Sheffield United which was Gary Johnson’s first game in his second spell in charge.

4) The set piece specialist has actually knocked Yeovil out of a competition too, he scored a crucial penalty for Brentford in the 2008 JPT.

5)  During Dickson’s time with Southampton, he won a League One promotion medal and was still on the books when the Saints made the Premier League. He didn’t play in the top division however before leaving for Colchester.

It’s nearly time to welcome Ryan back to Somerset and you can be at the pre-season friendlies by clicking HERE and buying online.

RYAN DICKSON JOINS YEOVIL TOWN


Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the signing of defender Ryan Dickson.

The 28-year-old has penned a two-year deal at Huish Park after his departure from Crawley Town.

Ryan has previously spent time on loan at Huish Park in 2012 when he joined from parent club Southampton. During his loan spell he made five appearances scoring one goal in the 3-2 defeat away at Bury.

Cornish born Ryan started his career at Plymouth Argyle in 2004 before he joined Brentford in 2008, where he played over 80 games for the Bees.

In 2010 he joined Southampton, where he remained for three years before joining Colchester United.

At the beginning of the 2014/15 season Ryan joined Crawley Town where he made 32 appearances.

Manager Paul Sturrock said: "I had Ryan playing for me at Plymouth Argyle, but I moved him on at that time because I felt I had more experienced players available.

"He has a very good career to date, playing for clubs like Southampton and Brentford.

“He is only 28-years old and has a superb left foot and I feel he is a player that will excite the crowd here at Huish Park.”

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – OXFORD UNITED

Formed in 1893 as Headingdon United, they became Oxford United in 1960.

The club currently play their home games at the Kassam Stadium, a ground which has a capacity of 12,500 spectators despite only having three stands.

Oxford have a large supporters base, shown at the 2011 Conference Playoff Final where 33,000 U’s supporters descended on Wembley to watch there team gain promotion back to the Football League after a four year absence.

The club has been to the national stadium once before in 1986, beating Queens Park Rangers by three goals to nil to win the League Cup Final in front of more than 90,000 spectators.

Now managed by former Blackburn Rovers boss Michael Appleton, the U’s play in a yellow and blue home strip complimented by a white and purple away kit.

After a respectable 13th place finish last season, Oxford are expected to challenge at the top end of League Two this campaign.

Distance from Huish Park: 115 miles (around two hours, 20 minutes).

2014-15 season final position: 13th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 8/1, promotion 7/4, relegation 33/1 (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super stat: The Yellows are the only team in history to gain successive promotions from Division Three to the First Division as Champions.