Month: June 2016

OTIS KHAN JOINS THE GLOVERS


Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the signing of Otis Khan.

20-year-old Otis has joined the Glovers on a one-year deal from Championship side Barnsley.

The midfielder started his career at Manchester United before he joined Sheffield United in 2012. Following his spell in Sheffield, where he had successful loan spells at Buxton, Matlock Town and Barrow he was snapped up by Barnsley where he signed an 18-month deal.

Manager Darren Way said: “I am really excited to be able to work with Otis, he has a really good pedigree. He started at Manchester United before joining another big club in Sheffield United. He then joined Barnsley.

“Now he has the opportunity to join us here at Yeovil Town and I am sure he will be a big asset for this club. He has an unbelievable desire and determination to do well and I am sure he career at Yeovil Town will be successful.”

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – BARNET

Barnet were formed in 1888 having formerly been known as New Barnet FC and Woodville FC.

They joined the Football League in 1991 and have since dropped in and out in recent years.

Barnet, are also known as The Bees, play at the aptly named Hive Stadium which holds 5,200.

The Bees play in black and amber stripes.

They are managed by former Premier League player Martin Allen, who is enjoying his fourth spell at the club in thirteen years with The Bees. He has also managed the likes of Leicester and MK Dons in amongst his spells with Barnet.

Barnet’s main threat is posed by striker John Akinde who bagged himself 24 goals in the previous campaign with a third of them coming in his last six games of the season, two of which came against Yeovil in a 4-3 defeat.

The Bees’ defensive rock at the back comes in the form of former player Bondz N’gala who featured in all but four League Two matches last season.

Distance from Huish Park: 146 miles (around two and a half hours).

2015/16 season finish: 15th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 40/1, Promotion 15/2, (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super Stat: Barnet’s Hive Stadium is the newest throughout the whole Football League as it was opened in 2013.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – ACCRINGTON STANLEY

Stanley were formed in 1968 after the town of Accrington had been without a football team for two years following the collapse of the original club in 1966. They had been formed in 1891 and

played in the Football League from 1921 to March 1962.

Stanley play their home games at the Wham Stadium which holds just over 5000; their homecolours are red and white.

They’re managed by former nonleague player John Coleman who had previously managed Stanley for thirteen years from 1999-2012 but a couple of unsuccessful jobs elsewhere, meant he was back at the Wham in 2014.

Unfortunately for Stanley, they lost two important players in Josh Windass and Matt Crooks to Rangers on pre contract terms in January, meaning they will be without their joint top scorer in

Windass. However striker Billy Kee may be a key part in Stanley’s possible promotion push once again, as he notched 17 goals last season.

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

2015/16 season final position: 4th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win Outright 28/1, Promotion 13/2, (all odds sought from SkyBet)

Super Stat

Stanley are known across England for being a small club. This was brought to the nations attention when in the 1980’s an advert for milk, starring Ian Rush, mocked Stanley by making a reference to their obscurity.

TICKETS: YEOVIL TOWN V BRISTOL CITY

Tickets for Town’s pre-season friendly against Bristol City are now on sale.

The fixture against the Championship club is due to take place at Huish Park on Saturday 16th July with a 3pm kick off.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £15

65 and over – £10

16-21 – £10

Under 16 – £2

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

Town fans will be situated in the Tamburino Stand and City fans will be housed in the Screwfix Stand.

MATCHDAY STAFF REQUIRED AT HUISH PARK

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

All Staff will receive;

•    Excellent rates of pay

•    Full training

 

Please contact Yeovil Town on 01935 847888 for an application form or download the form by clicking here.

DATE SET FOR EFL CUP TIE AT WALSALL

The date of Town’s first round EFL Cup game has now been confirmed.

The Glovers will face League One side Wallsall away at the Banks’s Stadium on Tuesday 9th August – kick off 7:45pm.

The last time Yeovil faced Walsall away was in August 2014, a match the Glovers won 2-1 with goals coming from James Hayter and Kevin Dawson.

Ticket prices for the tie will be:

Adults: £10

Under 18/Over 60: £5

YEOVIL TOWN DRAWN TO PLAY WALSALL IN EFL CUP

Yeovil Town have been drawn to play Walsall in the first round of the EFL Cup.

Darren Way’s men will travel to face Jon Whitney and his Saddlers side at the Bescot Stadium.

Last season Town fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of QPR in the first round at Huish Park.

First round ties will be played during the week commencing 8th August 2016.

TOWN START NEW SEASON WITH HOME FIXTURE

Yeovil Town will kick off the new 2016/17 Skybet League Two season with a home game against Notts County at Huish Park.

The fixture, on Saturday August 6th, is then followed by trips to Luton Town, managed by former Glover Nathan Jones, and Mansfield Town. Morecambe visit later in the month with an away trip to old rivals Doncaster Rovers rounding off August.

Darren Way’s men wind up the season on Saturday May 6th with an away fixture against Colchester United; the last home game the week before will see Stevenage the visitors.

There is a quick reunion with Gary Johnson as his National League champions Cheltenham Town arrive on September 24th. The big home local derby with Exeter City is set for Boxing Day with Portsmouth visiting five days later on New Year’s Eve and another derby day, Plymouth Argyle scheduled for Saturday January 7th.

There’s no Good Friday game this season with matches being played on Easter Saturday and Darren Way’s side host Newport County before travelling to Crewe Alexandra on Easter Monday.

The two longest trips of the campaign see Yeovil trek to Carlisle United on Saturday December 17th and Hartlepool United on Saturday February 4th. Shorter trips to Plymouth (October 1st), Exeter (March 25th) and Newport County (April 15th) will attract large numbers of travelling Glovers for sure.

Another popular away sojourn for the Green Army is Blackpool, relegated from League One last year, and the away match will take place on Saturday January 21st, offering fans the chance to stay there for the weekend. The home clash is on September 3rd at Huish Park.

Just a reminder that the first round draw of the EFL Cup takes place at lunchtime today with the ties being played in the week commencing Monday August 8th.

FIXTURES RELEASED TOMORROW MORNING

Yeovil Town’s Sky Bet League Two fixtures will be released tomorrow morning at 9am.

The new campaigns in the newly branded EFL will kick off on the weekend of August 6.

Darren Way’s men will be keeping an eye out for who they will be playing on the opening day of the season and when the long trek to Carlisle United will be.

Eager fans can see who Town will face during the busy festive period when the fixtures are released at 9am on ytfc.net.

To find out who Town will face in their first game of the season, visit ytfc.net at 9am or check out our social media channels.

A STATEMENT FROM EVENT ORGANISERS NITRO CIRCUS


Due to today’s persistent rainfall, Nitro Circus has been forced to postpone its show at Huish Park in Yeovil.

While the event was held to wait for a potential break in the weather, the ongoing precipitation has made it impossible for the athletes to ride safely.

The show has been rescheduled for Monday, 20 June at 19:00. Gates will open at 17:00, with the Club Nitro VIP pre-show starting at 17:15. General doors open at 18:00 for a showtime of 19:00.

Tickets holders should retain their tickets or vouchers for admission to the rescheduled show and parking tickets also remain valid.

 

Nitro Circus has a strong commitment to the safety of our athletes and patrons and apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

ARRIVE EARLY FOR NITRO CIRCUS AND ENJOY THE SHOW!

The world’s biggest live action sports show will visit 11 first-time destinations including Huish Park, as fans from across the region will be given the opportunity to see the most explosive event in extreme sports, witnessing death-defying stunts, amazing tricks and unbelievable world firsts that have yet to be seen.

Led by American motorsports competitor and stunt performer Travis Pastrana, Nitro’s cast of daredevils will perform the most incredible choreographed riding routines ever in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, skate and much more.

Highlights include the explosive ‘Nitro Bomb’ featuring all riders flipping simultaneously, plus, during FMX trains, riders will slice through the air wheel-to-wheel, merely inches apart.

Huish Park will be open from 1pm with a host of stalls and a fun fair for Nitro fans to enjoy.

Nitro Circus athletes will also brave the famous 40-foot Giganta ramp, which will launch a host of ridiculous contraptions like trikes, a penny farthing, a lounge chair, a bathtub and much more.

All of this mayhem in one show, requiring more than 15 trucks and 50 crew members to transport and set up, adds up to a theatrical spectacular area fans have never experienced before.

Nitro Circus Live has sold out legendary arenas such as the O2 in London, AccorHotels Arena in Paris and Madison Square Garden in New York.

Tickets for the tour are on general sale at www.nitrocircus.live.

Car parking is available at Huish Park and can be pre-ordered online by clicking here.

For Nitro Circus news, tour updates, full rider line-up, exclusive behind-the-scenes content, and more, go to http://www.nitrocircus.com. Follow Nitro Circus on Twitter: @nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus. Athletes subject to change.

To download a ground map and guide of Huish Park click here.

*Please note no food or drink will be permitted to be brought on site.

WHOLE GAME SOLUTION CONSULTATION UNDERWAY

At their 2016 Summer Conference, EFL clubs have discussed the Whole Game Solution proposals put forward recently by the EFL Board.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey said: "I would like to commend clubs for engaging in an open-minded and thought provoking discussion of these important matters.

"As outlined at outset, any decisions can only be made by clubs themselves and it was therefore essential that they had the opportunity to hear more about the thinking that has underpinned the Board’s approach and were able to debate all the relevant issues.

"Clubs have asked for more information, further consultation and the opportunity to discuss additional matters at subsequent meetings during 2016/17.

“In parallel, we will develop discussions with the FA and Premier League alongside other stakeholders across football, as we look to find what is best for the English game."

The final decision in respect to these proposals will need to be taken by clubs in June 2017.

NITRO CIRCUS LIVE AT HUISH PARK THIS SUNDAY!

Global Action Sports Phenomenon Brings Spectacular New Show to Huish Park, Yeovil, Sunday 19th June 2016

Direct from sell out shows across the globe, the world’s greatest action sports show — Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live — will return to the U.K. this summer. Nitro Circus Live will play 13 area shows, including its first ever Ireland and Northern Island dates, giving fans the opportunity to see the most explosive event in extreme sports.

Fans can witness death-defying stunts, amazing tricks and unbelievable world firsts that have yet to be seen (even in competition) at Huish Park on Sunday 19th June 2016. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday 9 February). Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Car parking is available at Huish Park and can be pre-ordered online by clicking here.

Nitro’s cast of daredevils, the greatest action sports stars on the planet, will perform the most incredible choreographed riding routines ever in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, skate and much more. Highlights include the explosive “Nitro Bomb” featuring all riders flipping simultaneously. Plus, during FMX trains, riders will slice through the air wheel-to-wheel, mere inches apart.

Nitro Circus athletes will also brave the (in)famous 40-foot Giganta ramp, which will launch a host of ridiculous contraptions like trikes, a penny farthing, a lounge chair, a bathtub and much more. All of this mayhem in one show, requiring more than 15 trucks and 50 crew members to transport and set up, adds up to a theatrical spectacular area fans have never experienced before. This will be one of the biggest, if not the most massive, entertainment production ever to come to Yeovil.

Nitro Circus Live has sold out legendary arenas such as the O2 in London, Accor Hotels Arena (formerly Bercy Arena) in Paris and Madison Square Garden in New York. More than 35,000 people packed Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, site of the 2010 soccer World Cup final, for a massive 2014 show; 45,000 filled Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, the second highest attendance of any touring act at that venue. Now, people of Yeovil do not want to miss their chance to see Nitro Circus Live.

Fans looking for the ultimate Nitro Circus experience will want to check out the Nitro Club Experience. These exclusive passes include the best seats in the house as well as a chance to get up close and personal with the stars of Nitro Circus during an exclusive Q & A session where they will talk about life on the road and answer an array of very personal questions that fans would not normally hear at a show or in the media. Nitro Club pass holders will also receive a souvenir lanyard and electronically signed Nitro poster, as well as a chance to win cool Nitro swag.

For Nitro Circus news, tour updates, full rider lineup, exclusive behind-the-scenes content, and more, go to http://www.nitrocircus.com.  Follow Nitro Circus on Twitter: @nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus. Athletes subject to change.

FORMER GLOVER SHANE DUFFY LOOKING TO SHINE IN FRANCE

Former Town loanee Shane Duffy finds himself in the final 23-man Republic of Ireland squad following an impressive season playing for Blackburn Rovers.

Defender Shane joined the Glovers for a loan spell in September 2013 and remained at Huish Park until the end of the season, making 37 appearances and scoring one goal.

ytfc.net caught up with Shane at the team hotel in France and asked him if the call-up came as a surprise to him.

“It did come as a bit of surprise to be honest, because during the qualifiers I wasn’t that close to the playing squad. I put in some good performances in some of the friendlies, so there was always hope to get selected.

“Growing up I watched a lot of my heroes take part in major tournaments, so to now be part of the squad here in France is a proud moment for me and my family."

Reflecting on his time in Somerset he added: “Since my time at Huish Park I have come a long way. Being in Yeovil helped me massively, the move got me away from a big city and it was great to play week in, week out in the Championship.

 

“I learnt so much during my spell in Somerset and it has certainly helped me develop as a player."

When asked about his favourite memory whilst at Yeovil Shane said: “I remember the 3-3 draw with Wigan game fondly, it was a crazy game to be involved in. The 1-1 draw away at Reading was a mad game. I scored my first goal and we went down to eight men, but did so well to hang on for a point. I was getting a bit of a hard time about not scoring enough, so it was nice to pop up with a goal!

“The main thing for me about spending time at Yeovil is that I met so many good people there. I still speak to a lot of the lads and members of staff; the club is a great one to play for.”

NATHAN SMITH RETURNS FROM HIS UNUSUAL ‘HOLIDAY’

Two weeks ago ytfc.net reported that Nathan Smith was embarking a different type of holiday.

Defender Nathan spent ten days at a silent retreat in India and has kindly sent some photos and has written the below about his experience.

I was very nervous at first as I was stepping into the land of the unknown. I didn’t know anything about India, the retreat, which was in a village about 3 to 4 hours from the airport in Chennai and the only thing I saw prior to arriving at the retreat was a birds eye view layout sketch.

Vipassana meditations goal is to purify the mind to eliminate the tensions and negativeness that make us miserable.

Whilst at the retreat we were not allowed to exercise as exercise may interrupt with the focusing of the meditation. It was walking pace everywhere.

Each day started at 4am and finished at 9pm. During this time 11 plus hours was meditation.

The gong would sound three times with 20 second intervals to let us know we had 10 minutes until meditation started.

If you were not out of your bed in time, the assistant teach would come into your room ringing a tiny bell for ages until you were up.

We had to walk as far as 110 meters each time we wanted to fill up our water bottle. I would count in my head and time how long it took as I didn’t have my watch. It took on average 2 mins and 44 seconds each way in temperatures of 35-37 degrees!

I would drink 4-5 litres of water per day and have a wash 3-4 times as well. We had to fill up a bucket of water and then use a small cup to splash the water over us. We all had to wash our own clothes, wash our own dishes.

This all may sound tough, but it was all great fun going back to basics.

We all had to sleep on metal beds that did not have a mattress. I used my flat sheet and folded it many times to make a pillow. I had a travel pillow that I was going to use but I thought I wanted to experience the true art of living India so I could give an honest account of my time, so I just packed my pillow away in my suitcase.

I had many sleepless nights but managed some of my best sittings the next morning using techniques taught if you can’t sleep to help the body recover efficiently.

My mind was saying I should be tired because I haven’t slept but my body was full of energy.

I’ve learnt everything in life is constant moving energy vibrations so nothing stays the same. This means you will never be the same person you were a second ago.

The food was vegetarian and I’m a vegan, so the selection of a few was able to cater for my needs. But in India they put butter milk in some foods, so I had to listen to my intuition and not eat certain foods in case they contained milk.

Meals varied from coconut rice and some vegetable mixes. Some meals would be in a tin that was about 300ml full of chickpeas or various types of beans.

 

I thought I would get hungry but not once did I feel hungry, which helped to show me the power of being in control of the mind. 

Thoughts of the skipper Darren Ward echoed at times during the retreat when energy was feeling low due to the heat. As I learnt from him, I began to layer my food when eating to make food consumption easier to breakdown and reserve more energy.

Throughout the 10 days you learn techniques to help observe sensations, but to minimise any meaningful connection to them and make them equanimous.

For example, the sweet tooth craving a person might receive isn’t the food itself but for the sensation they get when consuming the food.

Similar to a person facing some form of misery they place attachment to the sensation that sweeps into the subconscious making their negative pattern a routine anytime they something similar arises.

By being aware you are letting the mind know the sensation is objective and your aware of it. As everything in life is energy and always moving, then so will this sensation end up passing with no attachment to stay.

I also lost close to a stone during the 10 days and feel great.

Some feel going away on holidays is relaxing, but the mind is still very much active. This helps get the mind relaxed, concentrated and away from all the mayhem.

I would advise people to do something like this retreat, regardless who you are, many people face many deep lying impurities in the subconscious mind. Some different to others.

Only you yourself can get to the deep levelled subconscious part of your brain. Doctors, psychologist etc only work on a surface level.

I will continue my practice and hope to show more of its benefits in the near future.

The vibrations felt through my body during this experience has definitely showed me there is a better way to live life through flowing positive vibrations.

Finally, thank you to my family, friends, the Yeovil Town fans and people I don’t know who sent me messages of support before, during and after my ‘holiday’. It was nice to see after our mobile phones were returned at the end of the 10 days.

DARREN WAY AND KEVIN DAWSON PRESENT TROPHIES TO YOUNGSTERS

On Saturday evening manager Darren Way and midfielder Kevin Dawson were on hand to present trophies at Pen Mill’s presentation evening.

The duo spent the evening presenting awards at the club’s annual presentation evening, which saw youngsters rewarded for another successful season.

Pen Mill have recently marked their 30th anniversary with an afternoon of celebration at Johnson Park in Yeovil.

A select few of images of Darren and Kevin presenting awards can be viewed below.

GLOVERS ADD ANOTHER PRE-SEASON FIXTURE

Manager Darren Way has arranged another fixture to his pre-season schedule.

The Glovers will travel to Salisbury’s Ray Mac Stadium to face Steve Claridge’s side for a 7:30pm kick off on Tuesday 26th July.

Admission prices for the fixture are as follows:

Adults – £9.00

Senior Citizen/Students (With ID) – £6.00   

Children 5-16 Years – £2.00

Children Under 5 (With Paying Adult) – Free

Town’s pre-season fixtures:

Tuesday 12th July – Dorchester Town (A) – 7:45pm

Saturday 16th July – Bristol City (H) – 3:00pm

Monday 18th July – Merthyr Town (A) – 7:30pm

Tuesday 26th July – Salisbury (A) – 7:30pm

MATT CHOWN COMPLETES FOOTBALL TO AMSTERDAM CYCLE

Glovers fan Matt Chown completed the Football to Amsterdam cycle challenge in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Matt described the ride as "an unforgettable experience" and recommends everyone to take part next year.

When reflecting on the ride Matt said: "The whole ride was superb. I have made some great friends and he organisation was second to none."

This years ride was led by three former England footballers in Luther Blissett, Terry Butcher and Viv Anderson, the riders joined the fight against prostate cancer with the aim to raise half a million pounds for Prostate Cancer UK, the Official Charity Partner of The Football League.

More than 50 Football League clubs were represented among the cyclists, all riding 145 miles over two days to support the leading men’s health charity against a disease that kills one man every hour.

The £500,000 raised will help ‘shift the science’ and crack the three core issues of diagnosis, treatment and prevention, which have been left unsolved for too long. It will also help provide support and information to those affected by the disease.

Want to take part in the 2017 Football to Amsterdam cycle ride? Just visit http://prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam to register your interest!

LESS THAN TWO WEEKS BEFORE NITRO CIRCUS COMES TO HUISH PARK!

  Global Action Sports Phenomenon Brings Spectacular New Show to Huish Park, Yeovil, Sunday 19th June 2016

Direct from sell out shows across the globe, the world’s greatest action sports show — Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live — will return to the U.K. this summer. Nitro Circus Live will play 13 area shows, including its first ever Ireland and Northern Island dates, giving fans the opportunity to see the most explosive event in extreme sports.

Fans can witness death-defying stunts, amazing tricks and unbelievable world firsts that have yet to be seen (even in competition) at Huish Park on Sunday 19th June 2016. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday 9 February). Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Nitro’s cast of daredevils, the greatest action sports stars on the planet, will perform the most incredible choreographed riding routines ever in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, skate and much more. Highlights include the explosive “Nitro Bomb” featuring all riders flipping simultaneously. Plus, during FMX trains, riders will slice through the air wheel-to-wheel, mere inches apart.

Nitro Circus athletes will also brave the (in)famous 40-foot Giganta ramp, which will launch a host of ridiculous contraptions like trikes, a penny farthing, a lounge chair, a bathtub and much more. All of this mayhem in one show, requiring more than 15 trucks and 50 crew members to transport and set up, adds up to a theatrical spectacular area fans have never experienced before. This will be one of the biggest, if not the most massive, entertainment production ever to come to Yeovil.

Nitro Circus Live has sold out legendary arenas such as the O2 in London, Accor Hotels Arena (formerly Bercy Arena) in Paris and Madison Square Garden in New York. More than 35,000 people packed Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, site of the 2010 soccer World Cup final, for a massive 2014 show; 45,000 filled Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, the second highest attendance of any touring act at that venue. Now, people of Yeovil do not want to miss their chance to see Nitro Circus Live.

Fans looking for the ultimate Nitro Circus experience will want to check out the Nitro Club Experience. These exclusive passes include the best seats in the house as well as a chance to get up close and personal with the stars of Nitro Circus during an exclusive Q & A session where they will talk about life on the road and answer an array of very personal questions that fans would not normally hear at a show or in the media. Nitro Club pass holders will also receive a souvenir lanyard and electronically signed Nitro poster, as well as a chance to win cool Nitro swag.

The positive economic impact the tour will generate also means Yeovil businesses can anticipate receiving a major boost with the show’s arrival drawing thousands of people to the town.

“Hotels, restaurants, bars and practically every other business in Yeovil will benefit from having Nitro Circus Live in town,” Yeovil Town Commercial manager Dave Linney, said. “Through audience research we’ve seen that fans are blown away, saying it’s the most exciting show they’ve ever seen.  We’re thrilled to bring an event that has sold out huge stadiums across the globe to Huish Park, The Home of Yeovil Town Football Club.”

For Nitro Circus news, tour updates, full rider lineup, exclusive behind-the-scenes content, and more, go to http://www.nitrocircus.com.  Follow Nitro Circus on Twitter: @nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus. Athletes subject to change.

FRANCOIS ZOKO AGREES NEW DEAL AT HUISH PARK

Striker Francois Zoko has today agreed a new one-year contract at Huish Park.

Zoko, 32, initially signed for the Glovers on a short-term deal in November 2015 before extending until the end of the season in January.

Francois has since scored eight goals in 29 appearances for the Glovers.

Francois said: "I am obviously delighted to sign for another year at Yeovil Town.

"I have really enjoyed my time at Huish Park and I am looking forward to working with the manager and his staff next season.

"I hope we can all put some smiles on the supporter’s faces next season, it is what the great Yeovil fans deserve."

Manager Darren Way said: "Francois has been a superb signing for Yeovil Town because of the quality that he brings to the team.

"You do not win games without scoring goals and Francois was a crucial part in our relegation battle last season.

"Last year he didn’t have a full pre-season, so I am looking forward to working with him to get him a full pre-season under his belt.

"I have been very supportive to him and his family and his family have been very supportive to him in allowing Francois to remain in sunny Somerset for another year."

SUPPORTER MATT SET TO CYCLE TO AMSTERDAM

As part of Yeovil Town Football Club’s involvement with Prostate Cancer UK, Glovers supporter Matt Chown will be representing the club on a cycle ride from The Olympic Stadium, London to Amsterdam covering 145 miles in just three days.

Matt will begin his challenge on Friday and will finish three days later in Amsterdam. All money raised will go to Prostate Cancer UK.

In 2015, the collective Men United squad raised a whopping £350,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, an amount which will go a long way in helping men who are affected by the disease and crucially pave the way for new research and treatments.

To sponsor Matt click here.